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Mistborn: Alloy of Law RPG: Prologue

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 5:43 PM
I've made it no secret: I love the Mistborn series.

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Ever since I came across the first book all those months ago, falling in love with Brandon Sanderson's characters, setting and magic, I've been devouring just about the entirety of Brandon Sanderson's bibliography. From Mistborn I moved on to Warbreaker, Elantris and The Stormlight Archive, as well as any short stories and novellas taking place in his "Cosmere" franchise. 

Yeah, if he wasn't a new favourite by the end of the first Mistborn book, then he is to me by now. I love his styles, his themes, his unique esoteric magic systems that defy standard fantasy conventions, his amazing and richly constructed worlds... and most importantly, his characters. Vin, Elend, Kelsier, Vasher, Siri, Kaladin, Shallan, Wax, Wayne, Hoid, all of these and more? Damn, man. Through great storytelling I can't help but have fallen in love with these wonderful characters.

So, bearing all of this in mind, when I had finished the Mistborn trilogy you wouldn't be surprised to learn I had already begun formulating a plan to run a d20 game in the world of Scadriel. I was homebrewing unique classes for Mistings, Ferrings, Koloss, Feruchemists, Inquisitors, Kandra and Mistborn when it had come to my attention that Brandon Sanderson had already co-created an official Mistborn RPG. 

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Ah. Well, then, I thought, nevermind.

I bought the RPG and all its supplements on DriveThruRPG.com and bam! I was reading through the corebooks like mad. In the meantime, I had been trying for months to get some friends of mine into Mistborn, hyping it up, comparing it to series like Avatar: The Last Airbender, Fullmetal Alchemist and Berserk to get their attention... when, in reality, the series is really more along the lines of "Tolkien meets X-Men." But you have to understand, my usual D&D buddies on Deviantart and Skype? The good majority, barring two or three exceptions? They're, ahem, "weeb" inclined. Anime and manga, but mostly anime, are their thing. In some cases, their only thing. 

When you have a "thing" long enough, it can get harder to step out of that comfort zone and try something new. So, bearing that in mind, I buttered up any and all comparisons to animu or animu-inspired media. And it worked. They started reading. Then they finished, told me they loved it and of course they'd try a hand at a Mistborn RPG! Ha! Call me slightly manipulative if you want, but I get results. If I can get some non-readers to read even one book, I call it a victory. 

So we planned, we built sheets, we even had practice runs to get acquainted with the Mistborn RPG's unique mechanics. We did everything we could have to prepare... except for timing. Yeah. The Mistborn game didn't pick up off the ground like I had planned, for God knows how many reasons. I had hit a funk and got into writing my novels, everyone else was either on vacation, had massive family obligations or they simply had computer problems. Or they too had some personal issues at the time that needed to be sorted out.

Real life, am I right? Ain't it just an inconvenience?

Well, eventually, by the time I had gotten out of my malaise and hit the internet again... to my pleasant surprise, I had found some of the lads had kept on reading, all the way of the Wax and Wayne sequel series (more on that in a bit). At that same time, I had finished it myself (what're the odds), and not to mention I was kind of in a real Western mood: watching The Magnificent Seven, Fistful of Dollars, The Wild Bunch and Rio Bravo will do that. Oh, and playing Red Dead Redemption again will also do that. 

So I proposed to the gang, "Hey, while we're waiting for some of our friends to come back, let's put the first Mistborn game we had planned on hold and run a different one?"

"Different how?" :iconagimat-warrior713: asked. 

Well... here's the thing I also love about the Mistborn books. I love it when fantasy universes break out of the old "medieval stasis" so endemic to the genre. In Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld, we gradually witnessed (over three decades) the growth of the Disc from a medieval society to an early Victorian-era European-ish one. In Legend of Korra, we saw the world leave behind Last Airbender's feudal dwellings, hot air balloons and giant drills for skyscraper metropolises, motorcycles, biplanes, robots and (spoiler) nuclear weapons. I love seeing how all that magic or fantasy-stuff could be implemented into technological or social advancement (i.e. imps used to power photographs in Discworld, firebenders working in power plants and metalbender construction crews in Avatar, etc). 

So, Mistborn did something similar. 

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This is the Wax and Wayne sequel series of Mistborn. It's set three centuries after the events of the original trilogy, which have now become the basis for mythology and religion in modern Scadriel society (for instance, protagonist Vin is now worshipped as a sort of warrior goddess/patron saint figure known as "The Ascendant Warrior"). Mistborn and full Feruchemists are believed to be semi-mythical entities now, so the only Metalborn around are Mistings (who can only burn one metal), Ferrings (who can only use one metal) and Twinborn (a combination of the other two). From the lush and paradisical Elendel Basin, civilisation has expanded to the "Roughs," a sort of Mistborn equivalent to the Wild West. 

So, you know, there are outlaws, gunslingers, horses, deserts, trains, every Western cliché you can think of. There just also happens to be a bunch of people who can gain superpowers from drinking or wearing metal. Aside from that, the set up's easy to get, right? I mean, that is, so long as you don't mind spoilers for the events of the original trilogy and digging through tons of lore. If not, then you should be fine. 

Half the group hadn't read Wax & Wayne, but they loved the idea of playing as Allomancers in a Wild West-esque setting that they jumped at the prospect to play this:

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Yup. There's a supplement. Based on this era. In the span of one night, I had written up our characters sheets, I sketched a rough outline of a campaign, and bam! We were in business! Alongside the Berserk d20 game, the tabletop chatroom was finally abuzz with activity. 

And I couldn't be happier.  (Contented sigh) I love working/playing with these people. The only downside to playing tabletop games on Skype is the lack of, you know, having a drink or sharing snacks with these good friends of mine. Ah, oh well. 

Anyway... 

With all of that set up aside? Welcome to the prologue of our first Mistborn game. The premise? It's set during the Wax and Wayne era of Mistborn. Specifically, it's set immediately after the first book in the series, Alloy of Law. Our party, or "crew" in Mistborn parlance, consists of lawkeepers (sort of all-purpose "hired sheriffs" who provide their legal services to towns on the roughs), hired guns and one scrappy thief. Together, they keep the peace in the growing but isolated town of Vinsong. Far as it is from the civilization of the Basin, on the farthest reaches of the Roughs, it's something of a perfect magnet for crime and all sorts of illicit activities. 

That's where our heroes come in. 

Ladies and gentlemen~!

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OUR DRAMATIS PERSONAE: THE STEELDEVILS CREW


Vash the Stampede by GamemasterFel

"RAINING-LEAD" ZAK
Played By: :iconyoungsamurai18:
Alignment: Lawful Good
Age: Late 20's
Race: Descended from nobles and skaa
Weapon of Choice: Dual Revolvers, One Pump-Action Shotgun
Classification: Gunslinger Coinshot, Lawkeeping Allomancer
Notes: The de facto leader of the Steeldevils crew, he's a Coinshot (a Misting who can only burn Steel, which allows him to "Push" on metal telekinetically) with a heart and a badge... and they're both made out of gold. 
- :iconyoungsamurai18: may have used Vash as a physical base, personality wise he described him as "Vash the Stampede by way of Pyrrah Nikos from RWBY."
- He's also a showoff, theatrical as all get out. 

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"HUNTING EYES" KELSIEN AUDIEL
Played By: :icontohokari-steel:
Alignment: Lawful Good
Age: Mid-40's
Race: Commoner/Terrisman
Weapon of Choice: Hunting Rifle, Hunting Pistol, Big Ol' Hunting Knife
Classification: Twinborn Big Game Hunter
Notes: Kelsien Audiel, second member of the group and its only Twinborn (someone who can use one Allomantic power and one Feruchemical power).
- The metal he can burn: Bendalloy, which allows him to create localized bubbles of space/time (or "Speedbubbles") so he can enter, well, bullet time. 
- The metalband he wears: Tinminds. By storing his five senses in his tinminds, Kelsien can draw upon them later to enhance sight, scent, hearing, taste and touch. 
- Bendalloy Mistings are called Sliders, Tin-Festings are called Windwhisperers. Twinborn with both are referred to as "Spotters."
- Incidentally, his name is derived from original trilogy hero Kelsier, who in this time is worshipped as a Christ figure called "The Survivor." Kelsien is a major believer. 
- And yeah, he's rocking the "Hugh Glass" schtick really hard there, isn't he? He's the hunter and sniper of the group, a real mountain man. 

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JARRINGTON "THE DANDY MAN" ENTRONE
Played By: :iconchaingangofone:
Alignment: Lawful Good
Age: Late-20's/Early 30's
Race: Noble/Terrisman
Weapon of Choice: Twin straight-edged aluminum-laced blades, one revolver, two backup two-shot derringers hidden in his sleeves.
Classification: Sparker Duellist
Notes: Yeah. He's basically Val Kilmer's Doc Holiday from Tombstone... if he were as much a swordsman as a gunslinger. 
- And I know this might sound silly but in the greater Mistborn mythology aluminium is one of the few metals that can't be affected by Allomancy. You can wear an aluminium foil hat against government mind control and it'd actually work. Hence the swords. In a world where some people can magnetically toss most metals around, it's practical as fuck.
- Also, a "Sparker" (a Ferring who can only use Zinc) is able to amp up their brain's computational speed and intelligence for quicker reaction time. Mechanically, this translates to Jarrington both starting first in any enemy encounter or reacting before the other guy can shoot him. This also allows him to pull off trick shots by speeding up his brain to analyze every facet of his immediate environment. It's neat!

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"JON MERCURY"
Played By: :iconagimat-warrior713:
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Age: 16/17
Race: Terrisman
Weapon of Choice: Two steel brassknuckles that double as Steelminds
Classification: Steelrunner Thief
Notes: A Steelrunner is a Ferring who can only use Steel metalminds... in which, as the name might suggest, they're able to store their speed for later use. Upon drawing that speed, well, they gain superhuman speed. 
- "Jon Mercury's" thing is that he zips around, steals from people, picks locks or otherwise fights close and dirty and runs away before an opponent can react. He has no guns and he's too cocky to think he needs them. 
- Yeah... he's basically playing Quicksilver (the live-action Days of Future Past version). 
- Also, Jon Mercury is not his name (in-universe). His true Terris name will be kept a secret for awhile... mostly out of embarrasment. 

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GREYJOE
Played By: ME
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Age: Early 30's
Race: Koloss-Blooded Terrisman
Weapon of Choice: A massive meat cleaver. 
Classification: Koloss/Terris Hybrid Brute
Notes: I know it's bad form for a GM to play alongside the party... but I couldn't help it. I wanted to play in Mistborn so badly. 
- In the original trilogy, koloss were the orcs of the setting: super strong killing machines designed by the Lord Ruler (think Sauron) as super soldiers. Originally, they were stuck between two moods: listless and depressed... or raging and homicidal. By the time of the trilogy, the koloss were "redesigned" and given full sentience and humanity, allowing them to interbreed with humanity. 
- Koloss-Blooded individuals (read: mixed-race children) still receive incredible amounts of prejudice, though...
- Also, yes. I based Greyjoe on the Grey Hulk "Mr. Joe Fixit"  persona of Bruce Banner. Heh heh, that's the second Marvel character to get a shout out here. 

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Everyone caught up to speed on the setting, the game, and the overall gist? Good. 

Let's begin. 


Hi there! Welcome to the first in a series of recaps revolving around our Mistborn RPG campaign! Sit back, read and have fun. Or don't, it's up to you. 

Technically, there's not much recapping happening here. This is just meant to introduce most readers to what the hell the setting is supposed to be about, how my friends and I got to doing it, etc. Set up, basically. Hope you're all okay with that. 

Mistborn © Brandon Sanderson. 
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Kingsdaughter613 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Great job! Personally, I think having a lawful good character named after Kelsier is hysterical... Three cheers for our favorite heroic psychopath! I wonder if this group will ever meet him? 

On a side note, Sauron did not create the orcs; that would be his master, Melcor/Morgoth. Oh, and orcs actually breed normally. And have societies. And... are nothing like the old Kollos at all but very like the new ones? Hum... never really thought about that before... (Yes I am a crazy Tolkien fan. Why do you ask?)
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GamemasterFel Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017
In fairness, I meant to say they're more like the closest thing "to" the traditional orc archetype in fantasy. 

And I know, right? Kelsier must still get a kick out of the religion that's built up around him. 
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Kingsdaughter613 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Where do you play these? It seems like so much fun!
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GamemasterFel Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017
These are Tabletop games I run with friends over Skype, with digital dice, character sheets and the like.
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Kingsdaughter613 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Sounds like fun!
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720051710 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016
I know that book 7, The Last Metal, is still going to be with Wax and his group. However, it sounds like book 8 is going to be roughly the 1940s or 1980s era
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GamemasterFel Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016
From what I here, Era 3 will be set in a roughly "1980's" equivalent. Possibly starring a "nicrosil nerd" and a SWAT team of Allomancers. Which sounds ballin.

But he's also planning a short story set in-between the Wax & Wayne era and Era 3...
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golork Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016
I'm looking forward to this one too.
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