1) Lanzaffar has wanted ever since he was a child to become an evil mastermind, a tyrannical wizard with a huge palace and scores of loyal minions.
2) Unfortunately, he's generally a decent person at heart, and not terribly good at being terrible. Very few of his evil schemes turn out quite the way he imagined.
3) Lanzaffar grew up in a small coastal city-state outside the former Demon Barrier that had been conquered ten years before he was born by a tyrannical wizard who ruled with an iron fist. The climate was tropical, and blazing hot all the time.
4) The tyrant Malcaph had been unbelievably evil when he came to power, but after two decades of dictatorship spent most of his time enjoying the fruits of his evil. Despite the circumstances, Lanz's parents tried to teach him that if you do right and work smart, you will be rewarded.
5) Because Malcaph took as "tribute" all the resources surrounding Lanz's home city, all the other cities nearby were poor and overrun by crime and violence. In his home city, there was very little crime but the taxes were astronomically high.
6) As a result, Lanzaffar grew up seeing his parents and friends work hard and get little for it, while sometimes Malcaph would pass by on the street surrounded by gold and an army of beautiful women.
7) Most of the other children grew up to despise Malcaph, but Lanz couldn't see the sense in it. Clearly their mystical master was doing something right that no one else was, since he had the most rewards. Little Lanz wanted nothing more than to live the life of respect and luxury that being an evil mastermind gave you.
8) He left his home city after failing to find any magical tutors there and traveled to Atlas City, where he'd heard the Sorcerer's Guild was run by an admirably evil man named Halcyform.
9) Though disappointed that Halcyform was no longer running the place, Lanzaffar got a decent education, specializing in magical research and lore. (Libraries are generally very comfortable, as opposed to the outside.)
10) Having graduated (and been told he couldn't stay at the Sorcerer's Guild for free room and board without doing some original research), Lanzaffar set out to begin building up his (sort-of) evil empire one step at a time.
1) Lanzaffar wants to become an evil mastermind, commanding the respect and loyalty of a horde of loyal minions and living in a gilded palace by the sea.
2) To this end, Lanzaffar is determined to make a spell of his own that is the equal of the Dragon Slave, one strong enough to blast away all the hypothetical enemies of his hypothetical domain. He began researching the other Mazoku Lords during his education, and decided to try and draw on the power of Chaotic Blue. His results so far have been ... mixed. The Ma-o isn't called Chaotic for nothing.
1) Lanzaffar discovered during one late night research session, hyped up on a little too much coffee, a small text on the plane of existence where Chaotic Blue lives. He read it and memorized as much as he could, then in true evil mastermind fashion, destroyed it to prevent anyone else from using it. He may also have done his best evil laugh afterwards and been asked to leave the library for making too much noise. He plans on using this secret knowledge to make a spell that will equal the Dragon Slave.
2) Lanzaffar doesn't know that the reason he feels such an affinity for Chaotic Blue is that because of his unique upbringing, he is at once evil and good, lawful and chaotic. His entire way of life is based on logical dissonance. This gives him a strange affinity to Chaotic Blue, whose power is like the swirling chaos of a hurricane. A few Mazoku of our plane have begun to take notice of Lanz, concerned that if he succeeds in summoning the power of Chaotic Blue to this world, it may threaten their balance of power.
Three Important People
1) Malcaph, the iron-fisted evil wizard who rules his home city
Malcaph probably doesn't even know who Lanzaffar is, but the young boy grew up watching this evil tyrant live a life of unbridled luxury and extravagance. His massive palace on the ocean glittered like a dream, and once Lanz hit his teens he also began to notice just how many women the tyrant always seemed to have with him. In many ways, Malcaph is more important to Lanz than anyone else, serving as a (slightly misunderstood, admittedly) example of how to live in this crazy world. Lanz has never said a word to Malcaph or even met him personally, only seeing him make grand pronouncements from the palace or deliver swift justice to "criminals" on the street.
2) Chaotic Blue, the Mazoku "Lord of the Blue Skies" of another plane
Very little is known about the mysterious equal of Ruby-Eyes Shabranigdu who rules another plane of existence. Even his title, "Lord of the Blue Skies," is known only to a select few -- even fewer now that Lanz has destroyed one of the few existing tomes about him. Lanzaffar has studied every bit of lore about this Mazoku Lord that he could find, intending to call upon his power to fuel a spell mighty enough to give him the life of evil luxury he has always wanted. Blue's power, however, is as wild as a storm and as crushing as the depths of the ocean, and who knows how he will react to an incantation bearing his name.
3) Lantan and Lauril Halspar, his parents who now live in Atlas City
Despite having a son with such strange interests, Lanzaffar's parents are decent folk, having survived their long years under Malcaph's rule mostly through a strong will and a stronger sense of humor. They asked Lanzaffar to help them move to Atlas City during his apprenticeship, and once he had gotten the money together, he did just that.
They moved to get out from under the iron thumb of Malcaph's tyranny, of course, but Lanz thought it was just a good idea to squirrel them away where no rival tyrants could get at them. His father works there as a gunsmith, making use of the craftsmanship of their homeland to fill the virgin markets of the Continent with black powder. He does enough business to keep them comfortable, but isn't selling as much as he would like due to how commonplace magic is. Lanzaffar tries to send them a few coins now and then, but doesn't visit as often as his mother would like because he's afraid one of his secret (read: nonexistant) rivals would find them and use them as leverage.
1) Lanzaffar remembers vividly standing on the walls of the city as a little boy and watching the forces of a rebellion form on the beaches outside the city. Many had been robbed or injured during the formation of the rebellion, and now they had come to topple Malcaph once and for all. The evil wizard, however, simply came out on a balcony of his massive ivory tower by the sea and began chanting something no one could quite hear.
The Dragon Slave he cast vaporized the entire gathered forces of the rebellion in one blinding flash of light. It left a massive crater of heat-fused glass on the beach which soon filled with water, and Lanz never forgot how the thousand glittering swords of the rebels had been replaced by gleaming glass.
2) Traveling by sea from his home to Atlas City to begin his education, Lanzaffar's ship was attacked by pirates. Sensing an opportunity to begin gathering minions for his evil empire, the young aspiring tyrant hatched an evil scheme to defeat the pirate's captain and take their ship as his own. He would use one of his ship's cannons to make a hole in the pirate ship, swing across undetected, and defeat the pirate captain from behind before he knew what was happening.
It didn't quite go down that way, of course. He'd never even been out of his home town before, and had no idea what a cannon could do. The cannonball went through the pirate ship and hit the powder magazine, causing a massive explosion and setting the pirate ship ablaze. The pirates had no choice but to surrender and turn themselves over in exchange for safe passage, and Lanzaffar was treated like a hero and paid the reward for capturing the pirate captain when they reached port. Shrugging off the change in plans (and the nagging warm and fuzzy feeling of doing good), Lanz decided that if the simpleton masses wanted to decide he was a good guy, it would make it easier for him to do evil schemes unnoticed. Not to mention, the reward money paid all his entrance fees to get into the Sorcerer's Guild.
3) Lanz (mostly) remembers his first attempt to create a spell using Chaotic Blue's power, the result of weeks of research while living in a small hut by the sea outside of Atlas City. It had all seemed so promising at first -- as he chanted the incantation he'd been working on, he formed a small azure maelstrom of energy that flickered wildly in his hands from shape to shape. A sword, an axe, a shovel, a spear, a bucket, a tiny baby seal, a cannon -- wait, wait, was that a baby seal?
That moment of distraction was all the spell needed to go wild. Lanzaffar woke up with a splitting headache, mostly naked and in a small village ten miles from his hut on the beach. The last thing he could remember was the word "seal," and the few witnesses he could find told him that he had run naked through the village square like a madman, soaked to the bone and with his hair standing on end. The local guard had tried to apprehend him, but anyone who touched him got shocked by tiny blue bolts of lightning, and so they finally just let him wander around until he passed out. It had been four days before he woke up.
When he went back to the hut to collect his research materials, all he found on the beach was a wild spiderweb of glass and charred wood. A total failure, he thought -- but then he touched the tiny slivers of glassy melted sand and smiled to himself, feeling he'd come one step closer to the Dragon Slave's power.
Lanz will be speaking in Dark Orange. If nobody minds, I'd also like to go ahead and claim Deep Sky Blue for any future mentions or appearances of some aspect of Chaotic Blue in the game.
Step 1: Write 5 background and concept elements that you feel are important to your image of the character. These can be a concept overview, a list of important life events, a physical description, a personality profile...whatever you need to get an image in your mind. 5 is just a minimum...more elements are encouraged.
1) Shiina is a Half-Mazoku (and she's been it for as long as she remembers). For some strange reason, her soul haven't been corrupted by the mazoku inside her.
2) She's a very sweet person deep down, but is easily angered.
3) In an attempt to surpress the mazoku inside her (though she believes so far that she's just cursed, having a mazoku sealed inside her), Shiina took up the arts of the warrior, thereby learning discipline and how to better kill as well.
4) She's got a horrible phobia for big spiders... not the giant ones but just regular BIG spiders.
5) When she's angered or otherwise stressed, her eyes gradually turns red and animalistic and her personality get's more violent, hot-headed and, of course, angry.
Step 2: List at least two goals for the character. At least one of these goals should be one that the character has, while another should be one that you, as a player, want to see developed over the course of the game.
1) Shiina wishes to become capable of completely and utterly surpress her inner mazoku.
2) I'd personally like some embarrassing moments involving Shiina and some of the other party members
Step 3: List at least two secrets about your character. One is a secret the character knows, one is a secret that involves him but that he is not actually aware of yet. This will help me in creating plots that center around your character. I will also be creating a third secret which you as a player will not be aware of, so expect some surprises!
1) Shiina think she's cursed with evil, however that's not so...
2) A wierd Fangirl-like cult has devoted themselves to Shiina and are now trying to find her.
3) GM's secret.
Step 4: Describe at least three people that are tied to the character. Two of them are friendly to the character, one is hostile. If you like, you can include an enemy of yours here as well, so I have an instant NPC nemesis to throw at you.
1) Old-man Markise - the man who teached Shiina how to wield a sword.
2) An annoying little critter, Chipper the squirrel - a companion of hers... yes it's a small squirrel that follows Shiina around, much to her dismay.
3) Gormax - A bandit leader who Shiina beat the fillings out of when he (and his underlings) tried to ambush her. now he's got a grudge.
Step 5: Describe three memories, mannerisms, or quirks that your character has. They don't have to be elaborate, but they should provide some context and flavor.
1) She can cook.
2) Shiina is left-handed.
3) She enjoys eating, she's got a HUGE appetite and can eat a buffet empty should it taste good enough (though she doesn't actually need to eat or drink at all).
Shiina will be speaking in Red :3. thoughts will be in italic and colored red as well.
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quick question, will my Damage Reduction reduce drain damage from casting spells as well? technically the damage isn't magical, but fatigue from USING magic. if this IS the cast then awesome if not, then oh well.
btw, do we use the 'that time of the month' optional rule?
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lol Damage reduction doesn't affect anything having to do with spells, spell-like abilities, or energy damage -- spell drain included.
A creature with this special quality ignores damage from most weapons and natural attacks. Wounds heal immediately, or the weapon bounces off harmlessly (in either case, the opponent knows the attack was ineffective). The creature takes normal damage from energy attacks (even nonmagical ones), spells, spell-like abilities, and supernatural abilities. A certain kind of weapon can sometimes damage the creature normally, as noted below.
Just as a side note, the SRD has most of the basic answers you come across when dealing with this kind of stuff -- a free version of it (searchable, even) is available here:
1. He is the man eventually trying to achieve “Gold Dragonhood” or at the very least become a servant to the God’s blessed with the grace, strength and will of a Dragon. A True Hero of Justice.
2. He is outgoing and happy, generally looking for the good in all people, even the evil monsters in the world, everyone deserves a chance to be saved before dealing judgment.
3. Kin habors a lot of ill will towards violent or malicious people. He dislikes how those people are the reasons his “Parents” (see secrets) are dead. He will go out of his way to stop things like this from happening even risking his life.
4. Kin’s ill will manifests in the form of destructive, white magic. He became well versed in healing so he would know the correct way of harming; this is something of a mental ideal versus true use of his abilities.
5. He fears that his will is too weak, and he may doubt his Gods when the time comes, even if he can’t achieve his dream, by making people happy and ending wars, he could live. If he brought great harm to people he would rather be dead.
1. Short Term: Make friends/allies and create a band of heroes, after his idol “Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun”
2. Mid Term: To achieve such renown with “Holy Spells” that he can be called upon to end wars across the land, granting peace.
3. Long Term: To achieve a something almost unheard of, an eventual transformation into a servant of the Gods, a “Gold Dragon.”
1. Kin is aware he was better suited for harming arts, but took up the path of the healer to avoid ever running into those “Villains” who called to him in nightmares. Kin went so far as to learn holy methods in order to hunt down that evil doer are who killed his “Parents.”
2. Kin’s parents are both evil villains to a “T”, they left him with his “Parents” to see if he would gravitate towards them naturally or would the need to push him into the abyss themselves, they plan to offer his pure soul to the monster race for more power, and maybe a stronger servant of evil.
Three Important People
1. Master Goshine, taught him to have faith and keep on the path of righteous, stopping evil wherever it may go.
2. Lily Jikolo, is his best friend, she spent many years training alongside of him as her goal is to become a Shrine Maiden for the same reason he seeks to become a Cleric. She harbors true romantic emotions for him.
3. Weasly Miser, the third student of Master Goshine, had romantic feelings for Lily but those were rejected for the sake of Kin. He sees Kin’s kindness being the undoing of the world, and loser like him should just stick to farming, not helping people. Weasly is willing to go out of his way to perform evil acts to deter Kin, for the sake of a greater good.
1. I remember how everything started; I was just a simple boy born to a family of farmers and gardeners. I spent my days aiding my mum on making meals, and tending to the gardens. It wasn’t until the age of around eight or nine did my parents discovered my natural gift. See, I had brought home a small dog that injured from a fight. It was lying in the fields and desperately needed the attention of a vet. Sadly my parents told me the dog was doomed to pass on, see the town was over ten miles away, there was no way he could make it. It was then once my parents left me in the room, I started to pray. It was like magic and my prayers were answered a golden light from my touch brought the dog back from the throes of the abyss. It was the first time a prayer was answered, and my parents told me I was given a gift
2. A few years later after storing up many months of food and selling it in town, my parents were able to send me to a temple. It was there I met my master, Goshine. He was a old man with a kind face and slow speech. Every so often my parents would send me fresh fruit and letters, wishing me the best, it was like yesterday. I remember hearing the villagers that my parent’s farm was under attack by enemy forces, from outside our walls. They say it was due to a small war that broke out. Hmph, like any war could be called small, but that small dispute could be seen from the center of town. That night my master took off into the skies, with glowing wings, heading to save as many people as he could. I admired him from that point onwards. The next morning he came back, covered in dust and debris holding a pendant, tied with brown leather with a gold dragon on it. It was a gift from my parents; it seems they have perished in the crossfire. Even with my master hugging me, I cried and stated that I hated wars and the people who caused them.
3. I remember my master. He was a strong and kind man. In order to become even a quarter of the man he is, I would need to travel. Following the local legends and tales of heroes past, I decided to leave out on my own. Hopefully he wouldn’t be too mad with me. Lily said we could eventually meet up once were famous heroes and that was a promise I could keep. Even Weasley agreed that by the next time we saw each other, we would all be heroes. Though strangely enough Master Goshine, didn’t stop us. It was almost like he wanted us to go. I’ll never understand that, but I do understand that a promise must be kept, and my dreams must come true! One day I will be the one who flies through the skies, and saves the people in the name of the Gods!
Kin shall be speaking in "green" and his thoughts will be italicized and in green.
the one thing that's bad about templates as a whole (or just LA for that matter) is that the character is at a rather low HP level compared to the others. there is of course races who starts with racial hit dice, but they also counts towards the ECL.
okay, no more talk about that. promise
oh and yay, we are now all on the board
can't wait to see how this is gonna go for our characters
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lol Just wanted to let you guys know that Lanz's out-of-control ego is only in-character. He is living practically in a little fantasy world where he's a mighty conqueror building up an empire and agents of his rivals could be anywhere.
Hence him saying that Shiina must be powerful to sneak up on him when in reality he just wasn't paying attention at all.
And also, I made him be picky about his food since you mentioned it in Kin's post. Seemed like a good minor way of showcasing their different points of view on good and evil.
I can't seem to find any relevant data on the subject, perhaps the others could elucidate?
I think that since it's taken as a sort of a possesion/fusion, as long as the half mazoku remains as such, he or she has the lifespan of the mazoku, depossessed, he or she would have the lifespan of the original form.