Thursday, November 14, 2013

FATE: Conan - Red Nails


FATE: Conan - Red Nails

One seriously swordy pair, one ancient city of warring tribes, depraved lifestealers and maniac magicked minions.  And a really big lizard.

Draft 1.0  April 21, 2013 - Blue Tyson



SETTING

A dead city with two warring tribes who refuse to leave the city, who live in fear of ghosts, wizards and dragons.  And an ever youthful princess.


ISSUES

Will the dragon get them?
Who will win the war?
Are the wizards and ghosts real?


THE PLAYERS


Conan

Gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth
Sandalled feet, do your thing
Magic sucks
Money is for spending
Never shy with a sword


F: Amazing +5  
A: Remarkable +3
S: Excellent +2
E: Remarkable +3
R: Good +1
I: Remarkable +3
P: Incredible +4

Resources  Typical (+0)
Popularity  Remarkable (+3)

Other Skills

Unearthly (+7)  Sword
Fantastic (+6)  Knife, Shield, Spear
Incredible (+4) Alertness, Intimidation, Survival
Remarkable (+3) Leadership, Warfare
Excellent (+2)  Burglary, Contacts, Ride, Stealth, Swim
Good (+1)  Deceit


Valeria

Red Brotherhood Pirate
Celebrated In Song and Ballad
Excessively Brave Aquilonian

F: Incredible +4  
A: Remarkable +3
S: Good +1
E: Remarkable +3
R: Good +1
I: Remarkable +3
P: Remarkable +3

Resources  Typical (+0)
Popularity    Remarkable (+3)

Other Skills

Fantastic (+6)  Sword, Knife
Incredible (+4) Alertness, Intimidation, Survival
Excellent (+2)  Burglary, Contacts, Ride, Stealth, Swim
Good (+1) Deceit


Derketa Fruit

Amazing (+5) Poison

A Survival or other such skill check can notice these fruits in the area surrounding the dragon confrontation..  The poison in which can pretty much kill anythinig.




Dragon

Bench-legged Monstrosity About the Size of a Mastodon

F: Good +1  
A: Good +1
S: Remarkable +3
E: Amazing +5
R: Feeble -2
I: Good +1
P: Poor -1

Other Skills

Remarkable (+3)  Body Armour: Physical [scaly hide]
Excellent (+2)  Claws, Teeth


THE PLAYERS


Burning Skull

Scary Masked Warrior

F: Good +1  
A: Good +1
S: Good +1
E: Good +1
R: Good +1
I: Good +1
P: Good +1

Resources  Good (+1)
Popularity  -Good (-1)

Other Skills

Incredible (+4) Intimidation
Excellent (+2)  Disguse, Sword

Burning Skull contains old wizard brain bits, being an actual skull used as part of a mask.


Techotl

Unbalanced Tlazitlan Survivor
Not down with the depraved royalty

F: Good +1  
A: Good +1
S: Good +1
E: Good +1
R: Typical +0
I: Typical +0
P: Typical +0

Resources  Typical (+0)
Popularity  Typical (+0)

Other Skills

Excellent (+2)  Sword, Spear


People of Xotalanc

F: Typical +0
A: Typical +0
S: Good +1
E: Typical +0
R: Poor -1
I: Poor -1
P: Poor -1

Resources  Typical (+0)
Popularity  Typical (+0)

Other Skills

Good (+1)  Sword


People of Tlazitlan

F: Typical +0
A: Typical +0
S: Typical +0
E: Typical +0
R: Typical +0
I: Typical +0
P: Typical +0

Resources  Typical (+0)
Popularity  Typical (+0)

Other Skills

Good (+1)  Spear, Sword


Stair Slitherer

Giant snake

F: Typical +0
A: Good +1
S: Typical +0
E: Excellent +2
R: Poor -1
I: Poor -1
P: Poor -1

Other Skills

Good (+1)  Frost Touch



Prince Olmec

Prince

F: Excellent +2  
A: Good +1
S: Excellent +2
E: Good +1
R: Typical +0
I: Typical +0
P: Typical +0

Resources  Excellent (+2)
Popularity  Excellent (+2)

Other Skills

Remarkable (+3)  Sword, Spear


Tascela

Princess of Tecuhltli
Overly youthful witch

F: Incredible +4  
A: Remarkable +3
S: Excellent +2
E: Remarkable +3
R: Good +1
I: Good +1
P: Remarkable +3

Resources  Excellent (+2)
Popularity  -Excellent (-2)

Other Skills

Incredible (+4)  Intimidation, Sword
Excellent (+2)  Poison [Paralysis]


Yasala

Maid of Tascela

F: Typical +0  
A: Excellent +2
S: Typical +0
E: Typical +0
R: Good +1
I: Typical +0
P: Typical +0

Resources  Typical (+0)
Popularity  Typical (+0)

Other Skills

Excellent (+2)  Deceit, Drugs, Stealth


Xatmec

Unfortunate Tlazitlan Guard

F: Typical +0
A: Typical +0
S: Typical +0
E: Typical +0
R: Typical +0
I: Typical +0
P: Typical +0

Resources  Typical (+0)
Popularity  Typical (+0)

Other Skills

Good (+1)  Spear, Sword


Xotalancan Red Nails

F: Typical +0
A: Typical +0
S: Good +1
E: Good +1
R: Poor -1
I: Poor -1
P: Poor -1

Resources  Typical (+0)
Popularity  Typical (+0)

Other Skills

Good (+1)  Spear, Sword


Yanath

Tlazitlan Guard who accompanies Conan

F: Typical +0
A: Typical +0
S: Typical +0
E: Typical +0
R: Typical +0
I: Typical +0
P: Typical +0

Resources  Typical (+0)
Popularity  Typical (+0)

Other Skills

Good (+1)  Spear, Sword


Topal

Tlazitlan Guard who accompanies Conan

F: Typical +0
A: Typical +0
S: Typical +0
E: Typical +0
R: Typical +0
I: Typical +0
P: Typical +0

Resources  Typical (+0)
Popularity  Typical (+0)

Other Skills

Good (+1)  Spear, Sword


Tolkemec

Supposedly dead Tlazitlan ruler
Possible Ghost
Definitely Crazy
Likes tittering and aging people to death

F: Typical +0
A: Typical +0
S: Typical +0
E: Typical +0
R: Poor -1
I: Typical +0
P: Typical +0

Resources  Poor (-1)
Popularity  Typical (+0)

Other Skills

Good (+1)  Wand of Mummification

Wand of Mummifaction (+5) Withering Death Effect




PLAYERS UNFAMILIAR WITH THE STORY SHOULD NOT READ THIS PART


ONE PC VERSION

The player is Conan, or other very capable PC of their own.  Valeria is another option.  If Valeria is chosen, replace the possible roles in the sequence of kidnapping/drugging to be Conan and increase Tascela's fighting and strength one rank each on the ladder to be equal and greater than Conan's resepectively.

TWO PC VERSION

Conan and Valeria.  So the sequence may differ quickly apart from being cornered by the dragon and quickly seeing the dead city.

MULTIPLE PC VERSION

May support the adventuriing pair - or save them from a dragon would be a good share a journey hook.  Or if multiple PCs they could take the place of Conan and Valeria easily as long as some combat capability.

1. Conan meets Valeria in the wilderness
2. Cornered by a dragon that is basically impervious to normal weapons thanks to its skin
3. Find dead city in which two tribes fight an ongoing feud
4. Valeria meets the Burning Skull and finds it is a man in a mask
5. Techotl and Xotanc men attack - will grapple
6. Stair monster - actually a giant snake
7. Meet the prince and princess of Xuchotl - story of Tecuhltli stole the wife of Xotalanc over five decades ago
8. Yavala tries to drug Valeria - who whips her
9. The Xotalanca attack with a demon fifer - on successful sorcery roll gain surprise
10. Attackers of generic crazed men and women of the Xotalancas - The Red Nails - enough to outnumber opponents significantly until reinforcements, including Conan, Valeria, Olmec and Tascela can arrive
11. After victory, Conan goes scouting with two guards for more Xotalancas.  The City has five levels, named after animals/birds.
12. They find the corpse of the stair slitherer...a giant snake
13. One of the guards tries to kill Conan...sucks to be him
14. Techotl arrives saying Valeria has been kidnapped
15. Conan rushes back and on the way finds Olmec in a death trap
16. Tascela poisoned Olmec and kidnaps Valeria, by surprise and because she is stronger
17. Olmec offers to help Conan ambush Tascela if he will free him.
18. But of course he trys to pearl harbour Conan and gets his neck snapped thanks to a Valeria warning
19. Ritual altar time!  Valeria is to be sacrified to extend Tascela’s life.
21. Crazy wizard Tolkemec arrives and interrupts, mummifying Tascela’s Poor (-1)  ritual attendants left and right.
22. Conan arrives and must get past a bear trap style device from the floor!  Excellent (+2) strength.
23. Two heroes in trouble vs a magic wand maniac and a lifedrainer.  Although Tolkemec wants to kill Tascela as well!






THE LADDER

Being a big Marvel Super Heroes fan from way back, this is how I like to think:

Value    Adjective

+13 Cosmic 5 (Class 5000)
+12 Cosmic 3 (Class 3000)
+11 Cosmic 1 (Class 1000)
+10 Legendary Z (Shift Z)
+9  Legendary Y (Shift Y)
+8    Legendary X (Shift X)
+7    Unearthly (Epic)
+6    Monstrous (Fantastic)
+5    Amazing (Superb)
+4    Incredible (Great)
+3    Remarkable (Good)
+2    Excellent (Fair)
+1    Good (Average)
+0    Typical (Mediocre)
-1    Poor
-2    Feeble (Terrible)
-3    Awful 0 (Shift 0)
-4    Abysmal


FASERIP - basic human attributes

Physique is split compared to Core, into a Strength component and an Endurance component, the latter of which should be used for the Stress track.  Reason is native intelligence.

Fighting (Fight)
Agility (Athletics)
Strength
Endurance
Reason
Intuition (Notice)
Psyche (Will)

Secondary

Popularity is a measure of charisma, reputation and public influence. If you like, bad people can have a negative popularity ladder equivalent.  Supervillains, mass murderers, ruthless thugs in The Ball, etc.

Popularity
Resources



REFERENCES

Short Novel

Red Nails  http://www.gutenberg.org/files/32759/32759-h/32759-h.htm

Author

Robert E. Howard http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E._Howard


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