Second, I would say that the adventures that come out of Elthos are pretty badass as well. I try to GM concepts that I think will surprise my players, and in some of the more recent cases the most badass thing they did was shrink down to the half the size of rice-grains in order to escape an enemy, riding on the backs of aphids.
It all started with chores. I have my players as members of a large household of swine herders way out in the sticks, with lots of chores to do. They are between the ages of 12 and 16, and don't know much beyond their farmstead. They got involved, however, with a shadowy character that promised them huge wealth if they would plant certain black seeds on the first day of spring. Nope, they could not wait and planted them right away - wrong move!. As soon as they did there was a tremor in the earth, and that got the adventure rolling. They went to pay a visit to the local Monastery of the Golden Sheaf (sacred to Minvar, the Elkron of the Earth) so they could report the quake (but not mention the odd coincidence regarding the black seeds). Along the way they met Old Biddy Mable, and managed to rescue a girl and her brothers from the lonely witch's magical snare. The Abbess at the Monastary was kind and helpful, and all was well, until they got lost on their way home and wound up in the Black Forest. There they met Lady Lucia who governed the Green Dragon Inn, and met some swindlers there, one of whom took a fancy to a Party member named Morgana. Whoopsie, in the morning the Party woke up to find that Morgana was missing from her room. They pursued up into the mountains where they found an old ruin occupied by a rather brutal gang of thugs, lead by a magician named Thurwulv. There they were, cornered on the parapet of an ancient tower, having rescued Morgana, and in the process causing the death of her captor, Mr Montague (who happened to have sincerely fallen in love with the girl, who herself fell in love with him despite his crooked ways). Trapped by Thurwulv and his men thursting for revenge, the Party escaped
|Old Biddy Mable|
Overall, it was pretty damn BadAss. I wrote up the entire story in prose with all of the actual dialog and detail and maps on my Blog. You can find the whole "Actual Play" Story write up in Chapters here, which is another BadAss expression of Elthos. And then of course there was the incorporation along the way of the Elthos Tarot Deck, another bit of BadAssery that I created with the amazing artistic assistance of Jason Moser, by which Morgana foretold the Death of Mr Montague, though in the end it saddened her greatly.
Lastly, the final BadAss aspect of Elthos are the "One Die System" (ODS) Rules which is a Mini-System I created for the Literary Role Playing Game Society of Westchester so we could try out GMing ideas at the local pub where we have our meetings. The Elthos ODS has turned out to be a pretty handy little system, that as it turns out is simple enough, yet complete enough, to run a reasonably light weight Traditionalist, non-Genre-Specific game. It also has the virtue of being programmable due to is simple mechanics. So I created one more BadAss thing - the Elthos ODS Web Application that runs all of the ODS Rules as a web based Application. It allows GMs to create their own Worlds, roll and manage Characters, equip them, and maintain records of their adventures, doing all necessary calculations. Basically a Gamesmaster's Toolbox, and World Weaver's Development Studio.
Ok, that is all the BadAss I have (except also for my Elthos Drawings!). But gosh, that's enough already! Sheesh!!
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