The Lethe's Kiss
- I thought you weren’t going to run Pathfinder again?
Well, technically not a question but one I suspect to hear from my table. The short answer is “Shut up, that’s why.” The long answer is that while looking for materials to try and create a side game to run while Broken Earth is in hiatus, I came across the Fursona and Black Tokyo supplements and they struck my muse in a particular way.
- What about Broken Earth?
The Broken Earth campaign is not, by any measure, dead. But I’ve had a stressful time of it lately, and that culminating in a near-spirit breaking weekend of the game that made me reevaluate many of the choices I’ve made up until this point. So, no Broken Earth isn’t done. Yes I’m coming back to it. I just need to clear my head for a bit first.
- What is the Lethe? Is it like Hell?
Mmmmyes and no. The actual purpose, nature, and history of the Lethe is something integral to the over-arcing metaplot, so I’m not going to give that one away. But.. is it like Hell? Yes, in that it is a place of unimaginable corruption and suffering. No, in that is not a plane of punishment or perdition.
- Why run a Hentai campaign?
Well, to start off the focus isn’t going to be on hentai or sexuality, but those themes are heavy undercurrents to the story. In the concept of running this as a horror game, the threat of sexual abuse adds a new threat beyond just dying. Same as the Corruption system.
To be more exacting, though, my table consists of adults over 21 in all cases, and over 25 in most. We’ve dealt with themes bordering on sexuality and perversion in several other games, and they’ve handled it well in most cases.
Honestly, the short answer is because I want to, and I think my group can handle an NSFW campaign. If I’m wrong, this wiki will be the most fun waste of time I’ve ever had as a GM.
The idea to use Humanity as the villain against a world of distinctly non-human races has been one that I’ve been kicking around for a while, and this seemed like an excellent fit.
By creating a stable of homespun races, it allows me to present a wholly alternate setting with a lot of the typical fantasy fodder thrown out.
- Why Animal People?
Well, the races aren’t all animal people, just predominantly. There is an in-story explanation for that to be discovered, but suffice to say that for the narrative of the story, this set up does actually make sense. Also, why not?
- Why Slime People then?
Because I thought it was a neat idea, and I wanted at least one or two races in the setting that weren’t simply animal people.
- No, seriously, what the fuck is up with them?
Honestly? I couldn’t find affordable Racial Traits that suited my image of them, so I piece-mealed them together from things that looked either a) entertaining to watch RPed or b) served a narrative purpose.
- Cavalier: The notion of Cavalier is grounded in the idea of a chivalric society, or at the very least, one which supports codified soldiers who follow an edict. Neither side of this conflict support these somewhat antiquated ideas, and as such Cavalier (and the alternate Samurai) are not allowed.
- Cleric: The Lords in the Lethe are not Gods, and cannot grant Divine magic. Conversely, the corruption of the Lethe keeps the Gods’ voices from being heard, so they are unable to bestow spells or answer prayers. Therefore the divine caster roll falls to other Classes.
- Druid: A character who follows the natural paths to become a Divine spell-caster are the priests of the Old Ways. The notion of the Druid as secluded society does not exist in Nalusha.
- Gunslinger: Black powder weapons and gear are not common enough to reconcile this Class’ presence. May potentially be available at a later date.
- Oracle: Inspired by forces beyond their reckoning, the Oracle is the Nazamuur Priests of the Lethe Lords, using their inspiration to draw magical power from the Lethe itself.
- Oracles begin play with 1d6 extra Corruption
- Paladin: Paladins have been excluded because in the setting, the bastion of hope and heroism has become a lost notion.
- A character with the Pure template at character creation who maintains their Purity can take Paladin as a class option.
- Black Tokyo
While technically, it is a d20 Modern book, the absolutely unabashed and no-holds-barred style of the way it was presented sucked me in (no pun intended), and the idea of running a game where few punches are pulled in regards to adult content sounds like it could be a lot of fun.
I’ve had a request on my table for a long time now for a campaign world where animal people are commonplace, that lasted more than 2 sessions. Figured I should give it a shot.
- Character Points
Honestly, I didn’t want to design a shit-ton of new traits, and I wanted to give everyone the chance to build the character they want to play, not just have people fucking around with builds that won’t pay off for 15 levels.
- Character Templates
Rather than deal with Traits and all that shit, I decided to create a small collection of Templates that each character can take, giving them a greater clarity of their character’s background in addition to race/class/character point choices.
I want to run an epic fantasy, where slow progression is no bar to being decently powerful.
Rather than dwell on the dual-nature of Pathfinder’s Alignment system, the nature of the Lethe allows for the inclusion of a means of showing a character’s corruption by way of an upward sweeping mechanic.
In any setting where perversion and corruption is pervasive, there has to be a counter-balance. And vice versa.