1. 14:51 22nd Jul 2014

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    iguanamouth:

    you’re gonna look so goddamn cool

     
  2. 09:38

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    johndarnielle:

giraffepoliceforce:

Still pretty proud of my response to this.

I loved Marvel comics when I was a kid; I was a weird kid who didn’t get down with macho stuff, in part because of the general scene in my house & in part because I was scrawny and couldn’t really front like I was tough. In my tiny limited-to-my-personal-friends-and-surroundings comics scene, the idea that macho norm-enforcer types could be into comics would have come as a huge and deeply disappointing surprise; comics, in my mind, were for people who’d already begun to sense that, in the immortal words of Anti-Flag, “their system doesn’t work for you.”
I hope Marvel systematically “ruins” absolutely every one of their legacy characters forever, one after another, and then D.C. runs a Sgt. Rock miniseries where he renounces violence as a means of conflict resolution. May the grousing of the macho comics dudes ascend to Heaven forever and make an acceptable sacrifice unto Galactus

    johndarnielle:

    giraffepoliceforce:

    Still pretty proud of my response to this.

    I loved Marvel comics when I was a kid; I was a weird kid who didn’t get down with macho stuff, in part because of the general scene in my house & in part because I was scrawny and couldn’t really front like I was tough. In my tiny limited-to-my-personal-friends-and-surroundings comics scene, the idea that macho norm-enforcer types could be into comics would have come as a huge and deeply disappointing surprise; comics, in my mind, were for people who’d already begun to sense that, in the immortal words of Anti-Flag, “their system doesn’t work for you.”

    I hope Marvel systematically “ruins” absolutely every one of their legacy characters forever, one after another, and then D.C. runs a Sgt. Rock miniseries where he renounces violence as a means of conflict resolution. May the grousing of the macho comics dudes ascend to Heaven forever and make an acceptable sacrifice unto Galactus

     
  3. 13:16 21st Jul 2014

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    ivoryathena:

    Badass women from history

    1. Leather clad English rocker girl
    2. Women boxing on a roof in LA (1933)
    3. Ellen O’Neal, the greatest woman freestyle skateboarder in the 1970s
    4. Elspeth Beard, first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle
     
  4. 00:28

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    irisandtheinseparableinnuendos:

(via Hark! A Vagrant - Scotty P.)

She did fight Envy Adams.
     
  5. 00:12

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    gutsanduppercuts:

    Sad, sad news. Panna Rittikrai, director of “Ong Bak” and “Ong Bak 2” as well as Tony Jaa’s mentor and the fight choreographer for aforementioned films and "The Protector," died yesterday at the age of 53.

    Rittikrai didn’t just help reinvent Thai cinema; he reinvented action cinema in general. His choreography, as we as his stunt team single-handedly changed martial arts action in a time when the genre was on a pretty grm decline.
    As well as directing and acting, he starred in a number of films too. Most notably, he was the chief bad guy in 2010’s “Bangkok Knockout.”

    It’s so sad that a true icon has died at such a young age. I can’t help but feel like he had so much more to give. He was just so innovative and a landmark action director as for as stunts go.
    Rittikrai died due to complications involving liver and kidney failure. Doctors also discovered that he had a brain tumor.

    Rest in peace to a true modern legend and incredible talent.

     
  6. 09:58 20th Jul 2014

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    mitsukake:

    idonthavetodowhatyousay reblogged your photo and added:

    I am STONED and this speaks to me.

    I wish I were stoned.

    move to colorado! Its legal and cheap!

     
  7. 01:12

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    I am STONED and this speaks to me.

    I am STONED and this speaks to me.

    (Source: ruinedchildhood)

     
  8. 10:15 18th Jul 2014

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    thecursor2002:

The basic outline for a DnD/Pathfinder Campaign:
The Shakespeare Campaign
Prologue
War, terrible war, has come to the Italian Coast!
In the West, King Lear has died along with all of his heirs and the throne of Illyria stands vacant. After a brief struggle for control among the nobles, Duke Orsino has gained the support of Illyria’s nobility and now intends to place himself on the throne by marrying the last living member of Old Lear’s family: Lady Olivia.
To the East, the island of Messaline has taken advantage of Illyria’s succession crisis to declare itself independent of their rival. Even now, the Duke of Messaline now plans to travel to get aid from mainland Europe. As the campaign begins, the Duke and his twin children, Sebastian and Viola, travel to Aragon to ask Don Pedro for money and arms.
So the two nations call upon it’s allies across the Mediterranean to stand with them and prepare for war. Italy’s kingdoms are divided, some siding with Messaline and others with Illyria. If shots are fired, the conflict could spread as far as France and Spain.
Only the Doge of Venice, a wise man who knows the cost of war, seeks a diplomatic solution to the madness. To this end, he has hired the pirate captain Antonio to take his airship Portia, and find the mighty wizard Prospero, who disappeared from Milan on the twelfth night of June.
But some people whisper that there is an unseen force behind this war, an inhuman mastermind who plots a terrible revenge upon Prospero, Italy, and all Mankind! For reasons all your own, you have answered the call to join Antonio’s expedition and have prepared yourself to set sail for an adventure that will take you to undiscovered countries.
You enter the small tavern described in Captain Antonio’s letter and across the hustle and bustle of sailors and barmaids, you find the Captain sitting at a table near the rear of the building…
Introduction
Welcome to the Shakespeare Campaign, a Pathfinder Campaign featuring characters and settings inspired by the plays of William Shakespeare.
As a participant in this campaign, you are about to take a journey through the mind of a master of the English language. This setting is designed to try to capture the essence of the source material and create a high fantasy environment based on the Bard’s more fanciful tales. So before playing, Players and Game Masters are encouraged to watch and or read a few Shakespeare plays to brush up, although it’s not necessary.
The main plot of the campaign is based around the idea that, with a little editing, five of Shakespeare’s plays could occur in the same universe with shared characters: Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice, Two Gentleman of Verona, Twelfth Night, and The Tempest. Other characters from other plays also make appearances and connections between characters in different plays are created that didn’t exist before. For example: Captain Antonio from Twelfth Night is now the same Antonio who nearly lost a pound of flesh in the Merchant of Venice, Valentine from Two Gentleman of Verona is apparently a distant member of the Capulet family, and Petruchio from Taming of the Shrew is a Montague and he’s Romeo’s cousin.
As for the Campaign’s time period, players are going to have to give us a little leeway. Most of the setting occurs a fictional “Clockpunk” interpretation of the 1500s English Renaissance but with deliberate adjustments and anachronisms throughout. By the late 16th century, the Italian Renaissance was long dead and the romantic, enlightened Italian characters of Shakespeare’s comedies simply didn’t exist anymore. So much of Shakespeare’s writing covers a bygone age, even at the time that it was written hundreds of years ago. Even though this game officially occurs during the height of Shakespeare’s writing period, the Italian characters will make no mention of the various outside countries that owned or invaded Italy at the time because this isn’t the real Italy, its Shakespeare’s idea of Italy.
Trust us; it isn’t as weird as it sounds
So keeping all of this in mind, prepare to enter into a world of passion and pain and humanity and loss and romance. A world divided by race and class and history and mystery. This is a world with Ghosts, Wizards, Witches, Mischievous Fairies, and Murderous Kings. An age that existed in the mind of one man (or multiple men or a woman using a pseudonym or aliens depending on the interpretation) the world of the Shakespeare Campaign!
Before we move on, here are a few words from the man himself:
And let us, ciphers to this great accompt,
On your imaginary forces work.
Suppose within the girdle of these walls
Are now confined two mighty monarchies,
Whose high upreared and abutting fronts
The perilous narrow ocean parts asunder:
Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts;
Into a thousand parts divide on man,
And make imaginary puissance;
Think when we talk of horses, that you see them
Printing their proud hoofs i’ the receiving earth;
For ‘tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings,
Carry them here and there; jumping o’er times,
Turning the accomplishment of many years
Into an hour-glass: for the which supply,
Admit me Chorus to this history;
Who prologue-like your humble patience pray,
Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.
 Exit  (From Henry V, Prologue, Act 1, Scene 1)
Playable Races
Humans “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.” As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 7
Humanity in this campaign, as in real life, is a multifaceted race of many cultures. Primarily this campaign will deal with Europeans, it would not be impossible for every human race to find its way into the lands of Shakespearean Europe. Players who play a human are encouraged to use a name found in one of Shakespeare’s plays or a period appropriate name, for example : Baltus, Cordelia, Malvolio, Helena, Hermia, Iago, or Falstaff.  
Alternate rules: To add a little spice to the game, GMs are encouraged to allow players from different races to have different problems/benefits related to their culture. For example, Jews in Europe were heavily persecuted and discriminated against but their long history of Jewish mysticism and scholarship might make them natural mages and sorcerers.  
Sample:  Italian (Default)- +1 to all tests involving navigation, cartography  Asian- may suffer -1 social when dealing with European NPCs, +1 to all tests involving guns Danish or Norwegian- +1 resistance to cold  French- may suffer -1 social when dealing with British NPCs, +1 to all tests involving Charm British (English or Welsh) - +1 to all tests involving bows and swords. Scottish- +1 to all tests involving clubs or large swords. Moorish- may suffer -1 social when dealing with European NPCs, + 1 to Intelligence  Jewish- may suffer -1 social when dealing with European NPCs, +1 to all tests using Magic Spanish- may suffer -1 social to all British NPCs, +1 to all tests involving naval warfare
Note: Since race can be a tricky topic that can distract from play, these rules should be considered strictly optional.
Grecian Elves “Swifter than the moon’s sphere. I serve the Fairy Queen.”- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 2, Scene 1
The enchanted woods around Athens are home to many mythic races: satyrs, centaurs, nymphs, dryads, and even treants. But none are as numerous and as respected as the High Elves of Athens. It is assumed that they are descended from the Greek Gods themselves, born into the world from the union of Aphrodite and Hephaestus. They are long lived, beautiful, and possessing the kind of wildness not found in most other High Elves. Their chief is Oberon, King of all the woodlands and fields from Athens to Arcadia and using his powerful magic he stands watch against the dark things of the world, a source of harmony wherever he goes. Oberon’s marriage, however, is not a source of harmony. He and his wife Titania have a fierce, passionate marriage with loud disagreements, endless threats of divorce or dissolution, and rampant infidelity on both sides. While they have never failed to ultimately reunite, their marital strife tends to be a huge source of upheaval in Woodland Society. A few rough patches are normal in a marriage, 1200 years of rough patches is the definition of a toxic relationship. Many political factions have risen up in the Forest Realm as a result of these disagreements with various courtiers leading factions in favor of the king or in favor of the queen or both at the same time. For this reason, many elves prefer to go off wandering for decades, returning when the sectarian violence caused by Oberon and Titania’s “passion” has died down.
Note: Most Grecian Elves prefer to name their children after small, natural objects that bring them pleasure. For example: Cobweb, Pease Blossom, Mustardseed, Bee Wing, and Hawk Feather
Scottish Dwarves  “Does he have such a high opinion of you because I’m so short?”- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 3, Scene 2
While most Dwarves prefer the mountains in places like Iceland, Russia, or the Alps, there is one breed of Dwarf who digs deep in the Highlands and builds up mighty strongholds alongside black lakes. The Scottish Dwarf is a mighty being, who stands 3 inches taller than all other Dwarves. For this reason they are called “Glenn”, which means “Deep” in old Gaelic. While they retain much of the Old Dwarvish ways, the Glenn have certain cultural distinctions that only their kin lay claim to. For one thing they do not dig as deeply into the earth as other Dwarves and their mines are often large open air pits instead of twisting tunnels in mountainsides. Furthermore they tend to wear kilts, like their human neighbors, and carry swords. They have a fondness for human ales and consider it superior to the thick liquid bread favored by other Dwarven kingdoms. They even enjoy the bagpipe and drum, also like the human Scots who share their lands. But unlike the Scots, the Dwarves do not assemble in clans and instead maintain the complex “stronghold government” of their Dwarf kinsmen. Dwarves live in a stronghold (which is a mine, a city, and a fortress all at once) and each of these strongholds are ruled over by a Thane or Earl, and he is ruled over by a Lord, who is himself ruled over by the High King. This rigid hierarchy was originally designed to keep the peace among warring nobles but lately that peace has been in shambles when a dwarf named Macbeth seized the throne and ruled the land as a mad tyrant. The nobles, now led by an alliance of wronged parties, revolted against Macbeth and his Half Elf Wife, Lady Macbeth. In the throes of madness, the King exiled many of his enemies both real and imagined and created a large Glenn Diaspora who now wanders the world in search of shelter.
Half-Elves  “In black ink my love may still shine bright.”-Sonnet 65
Elves (and some Drow) are very beautiful creatures and thus attract the attentions from many different races. As the focus of so much passion, Half Elves have become increasingly more common, much to the chagrin of many Elven monarchs who dislike seeing their bloodlines mixed with mortal peasants.
Half-Orcs  “If you prick us, do we not bleed?”–The Merchant of Venice, Act 3, Scene 1
Half Orcs are a pathetic people, looked upon with disdain and generally feared as brutes descended from other brutes. Many Half-Orcs find themselves dropped on the doorsteps of orphanages or sold into slavery by human mothers who either regret consorting with Orcs or had not choice in the matter to begin with…
Egyptian Tengu “Like a white dove in a flock of crows.” – Romeo and Juliet, Act 1, Scene 5
The mysterious bird people of Asia seem alien and monstrous but have a rich cultural heritage that stretches back centuries. Many of the Western Tengu are descended from a small colony that travelled across Asia to the Mediterranean and settled on an island near the African Coast. Known among their people as the Horus Flock, these Tengu had close relations with the Egyptians and were a common sight in the court of the Ptolemy Pharaohs. Anthony and Cleopatra were known to have several Tengu in their body guard. To this day, many of the Egyptian Tengu still wears the clothing of their ancient ancestors and worship the old Egyptian Gods. Sadly, this colony of Tengu died out mysteriously and the location of their island was lost. The remaining members of their race live in scattered communities across Southern Europe in small working class neighborhoods. Considered hard working, but strange folk, the Tengu tend to live quietly.
Classes
Alchemist  “All that glisters is not gold”- The Merchant of Venice, Act 2, Scene 7
As the very first scientists, Alchemists set off in search of the impossible dream of endless wealth only to instead find endless knowledge and the science that would ultimately become chemistry. While the Alchemists in this campaign could indeed turn lead into gold, they are just as likely to heal an injury or cure a sickness…or make a poison…
Bard  “If Music be the food of love, play on!”- Twelfth Night, Act 1, Scene 1
Minstrels and Bards and theatre folk were very important to the society of the Renaissance, spreading thoughts and ideas across borders and cultures. Some Bards even traveled on the road and put on plays, some built grand theatres to entertain countless masses of people. One even worked at the Globe in London…
Cavalier “And, upon this charge cry ’God for Harry! England and Saint George!’”- Henry V, Act 3, Scene 1
Gone are the knights and paladins of old and in their place rises a new class of hero: the Cavalier! Charging forward into battle, past the frontlines and towards their goals, the Cavalier is a dashing figure who swings a shining sword that glints in the sunlight. Don’t bother wishing them luck…for they need it not.
Cleric “Now, God be praised….”- Henry VI, Act 2, Scene 1
Religion in Shakespeare’s Europe had a complicated history. Yes, it was indeed a source of conflict, war, and strife. But it was also a source of comfort and social bonding that assured the meek that their toil would not go unrewarded and reminded the powerful that the defense of their people was their sacred duty.
Sample Real World Alignment Chart for Cleric PCs  (Monotheistic Religions can apply their deity to any “Domain” within their alignment; Polytheistic Religions should merely chose one of the appropriate gods in their pantheon and apply it to that domain.)
Christianity: Lawful Good  Judaism: Lawful Good Islam: Lawful Good Hinduism: Lawful Good Egyptian Pagan: Lawful Good Buddhism: Neutral Good Norse Pagan: Chaotic Good Taoism: True Neutral Greco Roman Pagan: Chaotic Neutral  Satanic Worship: Lawful Evil Typhon: Neutral Evil Great Old Ones: Chaotic Evil
Note: Since human religion can be a tricky topic, use of the Cleric class and the religious alignment chart should be considered optional only.
Fighter “Come not between the dragon and his wrath!”- King Lear, Act 1, Scene 1
Though they were hardly cut from the same cloth as the noble Cavaliers or the Paladins of ages past, many a sell sword found work during Late Renaissance thanks to the dozens of wars that raged across Europe at the time. The difference between a Fighter and Cavalier was often money, Cavaliers are typically noblemen and Fighters were usually just good with a sword. Monk  “…knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.” –Henry VI Part 2, Act 4 Scene 7
Christian Monastics were well known in Europe and there are still many wandering friars and clergy willing to travel across the world in search of a place to spread the word of their God. But not all Monks have to be Christian. A Monk PC could be a Hindu Fakir traveling West to see where the Silk Road ends, or a Muslim Imam who wishes to increase his knowledge of Allah’s beautiful creation, or even a Shaolin Buddhist in search of the ultimate source of enlightenment
Ranger “Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.”-Much Ado About Nothing, Act 3, Scene 1
Despite centuries of settlement, a portion of Europe remained wild and unsettled. Wild wolves still roamed the Iberian Peninsula and wild deer run through the fields in the British Isles. So men and women with the skills to live off the land are still a prized part of society who could help provide food and faster routes of travel. Rangers in this era have an advantage over nature that their kind have never had before: the Musket.
Rogue “Where we are, there’s daggers in men’s smiles…”- Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 3
The 1500s saw the rise of the Golden Age of Piracy on the oceans and organized crime in the city. A person who knows how to be subtle and pick a pocket or two would be highly prized by the proto crime lords of the Elizabethan Era.
Witch  “Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble.”-Macbeth, Act 4, Scene 1
Every society has someone sitting at the edge, even magical societies. Witches perhaps don’t quite fit in with the stuffy world of magical colleges or libraries. Here at the edge between the wild and civilization, the Witches hunch over their cauldrons and whisper words to their familiars…
Wizard “For I can here disarm thee with this stick and make thy weapon drop!”-The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2
While the Renaissance was an exciting time for the advancement of human knowledge, it was still a time when mankind had a strong belief in magic. When people whispered old words over stones to tell their fortunes or buried locks of hair to keep their beloved close. Magic still rules the day.
A (Role) Play Game in Seven Acts
Act One Venice: A Pound of Flesh
You and your fellow adventurers are hired by the Doge of Venice to follow Captain Antonio on an expedition to find the lost Milenese wizard Prospero. But before you can depart, it seems one of Captain Antonio’s sins has come back to haunt him…
Dramatis Persone
Venice The Doge Antonio Shylock Portia Assassins Thugs Townsfolk
Act Two Verona: A Pox on Both Your Houses
You first travel to Verona to meet with two friends of Captain Antonio’s: Valentine and Proteus, two gentlemen of Verona. But upon arriving in the city, you discover that there will be no warm welcome for the entire city has gone mad! The Prince’s nephew Paris and his cousin Mercutio have died by violence! Tybalt of House Capulet has been murdered! The only son of Old Montague has committed suicide and alongside him the only daughter of Old Capulet. Chaos spreads across the land! And now the city has taken up arms in revolt, each side blaming the other for these young deaths…
Dramatis Persone
Streets of Verona Prince Escalus Pertruchio of House Montague Valentine of House Capulet Proteus, Valentine’s friend Old Montague Prince’s men Montagues  Capulets
House Capulet Old Capulet Lady Capulet The Apothecary Servants  Mad Men
Act Three Athens and later the Forest of Arden: All the World’s A Stage
Athens is under Goblin attack and the mighty hero Theseus calls for aid. All the lands of men and Elves empty of soldiers to fight off the green horde and the crew of the airship Portia answers the call to action. Perhaps if you join the fight you can meet the Elven King Oberon and ask him a favor….
Dramatis Persone
Athens Theseus Hippolyta Oberon Puck Grimwhisker the Gnoll Spider-eye the Goblin Goblin soldiers Gnoll warriors Athenian Hoplites Elven Warriors
Arden Frederick the Usurper Duke Senior Rosalind Celia Touchstone Frederick’s Men
Act Four Scotland: For Whom the Bell Tolls
As your party heads towards Denmark, a terrible snow storm forces the airship to land in the wild Scottish countryside where you are rescued by a tribe of Scottish Dwarves. Inside a darkened stronghold, the Dwarven Thane Macduff tells you a story of murder and evil…
Dramatis Persone
Castle Macbeth in ruins Thane Macduff Fleance  King Malcolm  Siward of England Dwarven Warriors English Soldiers
The Dark Forest The Wyrd Sisters The Mysterious Shade Spiders Wargs Drow Bandits Trolls Sycorax’s Tengu
Act Five Denmark: Something Rotten in the State of Denmark
After finally making your way to the castle of King Fortinbras, you find that Prospero and his company have already come and gone. But there may be some evidence of their ultimate destination in the deserted castle of Old King Hamlet. “But you mustn’t go there,” The courtiers’ whisper, “that is a terrible place…”
Dramatis Persone
Castle Fortinbras King Fortinbras Horatio Guards Servants Courtiers Nobles
Castle Hamlet Shades of Hamlet, the King, the Queen, and others Zombies Dire rats Skeletons
Act Six Sicily and later the Isle of Prospero: The Stuff that Dreams Are Made Of
On your way to Prospero’s old island home, you stop in Sicily at the home of Leonato, Governor of Messina, to attend the wedding of his niece, Beatrice, to Sir Benedict, a lord of Aragon. It promises to be a merry affair and a good rest after a long journey. But an Oracle from Delphi sent by King Oberon arrives and gives a terrible warning…
Dramatis Persone
Sicily Leonato Don Pedro Dogberry Beatrice Benedict Hero Claudio The Elf King’s Soothsayer
Prospero’s Island Ariel Caliban’s Children Sycorax Sycorax’s Tengu
Act Seven Illyria: Or What You Will
The final villain of the plot stands revealed: Sycorax the fiendish witch and mother of Caliban. She seeks Prospero to avenge the death of her son and she doesn’t care who she hurts on her way to that goal. Now you race against time to avert a terrible, terrible war. So Antonio turns the airship toward Illyria, charging through the naval blockades to house of Duke Orsino…
Dramatis Persone
Illyria Duke Orsino Sebastian  Viola Countess Olivia  Malvolio Sir Toby Maria  Prospero the Fool Sir Andrew Orsino’s Guards Olivia’s Guards Sycorax’s Tengu Warriors Sycorax’s Tengu Ninjas Baphomet, demonic husband of Sycorax

Oh. My. God.

    thecursor2002:

    The basic outline for a DnD/Pathfinder Campaign:

    The Shakespeare Campaign

    Prologue

    War, terrible war, has come to the Italian Coast!

    In the West, King Lear has died along with all of his heirs and the throne of Illyria stands vacant. After a brief struggle for control among the nobles, Duke Orsino has gained the support of Illyria’s nobility and now intends to place himself on the throne by marrying the last living member of Old Lear’s family: Lady Olivia.

    To the East, the island of Messaline has taken advantage of Illyria’s succession crisis to declare itself independent of their rival. Even now, the Duke of Messaline now plans to travel to get aid from mainland Europe. As the campaign begins, the Duke and his twin children, Sebastian and Viola, travel to Aragon to ask Don Pedro for money and arms.

    So the two nations call upon it’s allies across the Mediterranean to stand with them and prepare for war. Italy’s kingdoms are divided, some siding with Messaline and others with Illyria. If shots are fired, the conflict could spread as far as France and Spain.

    Only the Doge of Venice, a wise man who knows the cost of war, seeks a diplomatic solution to the madness. To this end, he has hired the pirate captain Antonio to take his airship Portia, and find the mighty wizard Prospero, who disappeared from Milan on the twelfth night of June.

    But some people whisper that there is an unseen force behind this war, an inhuman mastermind who plots a terrible revenge upon Prospero, Italy, and all Mankind!

    For reasons all your own, you have answered the call to join Antonio’s expedition and have prepared yourself to set sail for an adventure that will take you to undiscovered countries.

    You enter the small tavern described in Captain Antonio’s letter and across the hustle and bustle of sailors and barmaids, you find the Captain sitting at a table near the rear of the building…

    Introduction

    Welcome to the Shakespeare Campaign, a Pathfinder Campaign featuring characters and settings inspired by the plays of William Shakespeare.

    As a participant in this campaign, you are about to take a journey through the mind of a master of the English language. This setting is designed to try to capture the essence of the source material and create a high fantasy environment based on the Bard’s more fanciful tales. So before playing, Players and Game Masters are encouraged to watch and or read a few Shakespeare plays to brush up, although it’s not necessary.

    The main plot of the campaign is based around the idea that, with a little editing, five of Shakespeare’s plays could occur in the same universe with shared characters: Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice, Two Gentleman of Verona, Twelfth Night, and The Tempest. Other characters from other plays also make appearances and connections between characters in different plays are created that didn’t exist before. For example: Captain Antonio from Twelfth Night is now the same Antonio who nearly lost a pound of flesh in the Merchant of Venice, Valentine from Two Gentleman of Verona is apparently a distant member of the Capulet family, and Petruchio from Taming of the Shrew is a Montague and he’s Romeo’s cousin.

    As for the Campaign’s time period, players are going to have to give us a little leeway. Most of the setting occurs a fictional “Clockpunk” interpretation of the 1500s English Renaissance but with deliberate adjustments and anachronisms throughout. By the late 16th century, the Italian Renaissance was long dead and the romantic, enlightened Italian characters of Shakespeare’s comedies simply didn’t exist anymore. So much of Shakespeare’s writing covers a bygone age, even at the time that it was written hundreds of years ago. Even though this game officially occurs during the height of Shakespeare’s writing period, the Italian characters will make no mention of the various outside countries that owned or invaded Italy at the time because this isn’t the real Italy, its Shakespeare’s idea of Italy.

    Trust us; it isn’t as weird as it sounds

    So keeping all of this in mind, prepare to enter into a world of passion and pain and humanity and loss and romance. A world divided by race and class and history and mystery. This is a world with Ghosts, Wizards, Witches, Mischievous Fairies, and Murderous Kings. An age that existed in the mind of one man (or multiple men or a woman using a pseudonym or aliens depending on the interpretation) the world of the Shakespeare Campaign!

    Before we move on, here are a few words from the man himself:

    And let us, ciphers to this great accompt,
On your imaginary forces work.
Suppose within the girdle of these walls
Are now confined two mighty monarchies,
Whose high upreared and abutting fronts
The perilous narrow ocean parts asunder:
Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts;
Into a thousand parts divide on man,
And make imaginary puissance;
Think when we talk of horses, that you see them
Printing their proud hoofs i’ the receiving earth;
For ‘tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings,
Carry them here and there; jumping o’er times,
Turning the accomplishment of many years
Into an hour-glass: for the which supply,
Admit me Chorus to this history;
Who prologue-like your humble patience pray,
Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.

    Exit
    (From Henry V, Prologue, Act 1, Scene 1)

    Playable Races

    Humans
    “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.” As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 7

    Humanity in this campaign, as in real life, is a multifaceted race of many cultures. Primarily this campaign will deal with Europeans, it would not be impossible for every human race to find its way into the lands of Shakespearean Europe. Players who play a human are encouraged to use a name found in one of Shakespeare’s plays or a period appropriate name, for example : Baltus, Cordelia, Malvolio, Helena, Hermia, Iago, or Falstaff.
    
Alternate rules: To add a little spice to the game, GMs are encouraged to allow players from different races to have different problems/benefits related to their culture. For example, Jews in Europe were heavily persecuted and discriminated against but their long history of Jewish mysticism and scholarship might make them natural mages and sorcerers.
    
Sample:
    Italian (Default)- +1 to all tests involving navigation, cartography
    Asian- may suffer -1 social when dealing with European NPCs, +1 to all tests involving guns
    Danish or Norwegian- +1 resistance to cold
    French- may suffer -1 social when dealing with British NPCs, +1 to all tests involving Charm
    British (English or Welsh) - +1 to all tests involving bows and swords.
    Scottish- +1 to all tests involving clubs or large swords.
    Moorish- may suffer -1 social when dealing with European NPCs, + 1 to Intelligence
    Jewish- may suffer -1 social when dealing with European NPCs, +1 to all tests using Magic
    Spanish- may suffer -1 social to all British NPCs, +1 to all tests involving naval warfare

    Note: Since race can be a tricky topic that can distract from play, these rules should be considered strictly optional.

    Grecian Elves
    “Swifter than the moon’s sphere. I serve the Fairy Queen.”- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 2, Scene 1

    The enchanted woods around Athens are home to many mythic races: satyrs, centaurs, nymphs, dryads, and even treants. But none are as numerous and as respected as the High Elves of Athens. It is assumed that they are descended from the Greek Gods themselves, born into the world from the union of Aphrodite and Hephaestus. They are long lived, beautiful, and possessing the kind of wildness not found in most other High Elves. Their chief is Oberon, King of all the woodlands and fields from Athens to Arcadia and using his powerful magic he stands watch against the dark things of the world, a source of harmony wherever he goes. Oberon’s marriage, however, is not a source of harmony. He and his wife Titania have a fierce, passionate marriage with loud disagreements, endless threats of divorce or dissolution, and rampant infidelity on both sides. While they have never failed to ultimately reunite, their marital strife tends to be a huge source of upheaval in Woodland Society. A few rough patches are normal in a marriage, 1200 years of rough patches is the definition of a toxic relationship. Many political factions have risen up in the Forest Realm as a result of these disagreements with various courtiers leading factions in favor of the king or in favor of the queen or both at the same time. For this reason, many elves prefer to go off wandering for decades, returning when the sectarian violence caused by Oberon and Titania’s “passion” has died down.

    Note: Most Grecian Elves prefer to name their children after small, natural objects that bring them pleasure. For example: Cobweb, Pease Blossom, Mustardseed, Bee Wing, and Hawk Feather

    Scottish Dwarves
    “Does he have such a high opinion of you because I’m so short?”- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 3, Scene 2

    While most Dwarves prefer the mountains in places like Iceland, Russia, or the Alps, there is one breed of Dwarf who digs deep in the Highlands and builds up mighty strongholds alongside black lakes. The Scottish Dwarf is a mighty being, who stands 3 inches taller than all other Dwarves. For this reason they are called “Glenn”, which means “Deep” in old Gaelic. While they retain much of the Old Dwarvish ways, the Glenn have certain cultural distinctions that only their kin lay claim to. For one thing they do not dig as deeply into the earth as other Dwarves and their mines are often large open air pits instead of twisting tunnels in mountainsides. Furthermore they tend to wear kilts, like their human neighbors, and carry swords. They have a fondness for human ales and consider it superior to the thick liquid bread favored by other Dwarven kingdoms. They even enjoy the bagpipe and drum, also like the human Scots who share their lands. But unlike the Scots, the Dwarves do not assemble in clans and instead maintain the complex “stronghold government” of their Dwarf kinsmen. Dwarves live in a stronghold (which is a mine, a city, and a fortress all at once) and each of these strongholds are ruled over by a Thane or Earl, and he is ruled over by a Lord, who is himself ruled over by the High King. This rigid hierarchy was originally designed to keep the peace among warring nobles but lately that peace has been in shambles when a dwarf named Macbeth seized the throne and ruled the land as a mad tyrant. The nobles, now led by an alliance of wronged parties, revolted against Macbeth and his Half Elf Wife, Lady Macbeth. In the throes of madness, the King exiled many of his enemies both real and imagined and created a large Glenn Diaspora who now wanders the world in search of shelter.

    Half-Elves
    “In black ink my love may still shine bright.”-Sonnet 65

    Elves (and some Drow) are very beautiful creatures and thus attract the attentions from many different races. As the focus of so much passion, Half Elves have become increasingly more common, much to the chagrin of many Elven monarchs who dislike seeing their bloodlines mixed with mortal peasants.

    Half-Orcs
    “If you prick us, do we not bleed?”–The Merchant of Venice, Act 3, Scene 1

    Half Orcs are a pathetic people, looked upon with disdain and generally feared as brutes descended from other brutes. Many Half-Orcs find themselves dropped on the doorsteps of orphanages or sold into slavery by human mothers who either regret consorting with Orcs or had not choice in the matter to begin with…

    Egyptian Tengu
    “Like a white dove in a flock of crows.” – Romeo and Juliet, Act 1, Scene 5

    The mysterious bird people of Asia seem alien and monstrous but have a rich cultural heritage that stretches back centuries. Many of the Western Tengu are descended from a small colony that travelled across Asia to the Mediterranean and settled on an island near the African Coast. Known among their people as the Horus Flock, these Tengu had close relations with the Egyptians and were a common sight in the court of the Ptolemy Pharaohs. Anthony and Cleopatra were known to have several Tengu in their body guard. To this day, many of the Egyptian Tengu still wears the clothing of their ancient ancestors and worship the old Egyptian Gods. Sadly, this colony of Tengu died out mysteriously and the location of their island was lost. The remaining members of their race live in scattered communities across Southern Europe in small working class neighborhoods. Considered hard working, but strange folk, the Tengu tend to live quietly.

    Classes

    Alchemist
    “All that glisters is not gold”- The Merchant of Venice, Act 2, Scene 7

    As the very first scientists, Alchemists set off in search of the impossible dream of endless wealth only to instead find endless knowledge and the science that would ultimately become chemistry. While the Alchemists in this campaign could indeed turn lead into gold, they are just as likely to heal an injury or cure a sickness…or make a poison…

    Bard
    “If Music be the food of love, play on!”- Twelfth Night, Act 1, Scene 1

    Minstrels and Bards and theatre folk were very important to the society of the Renaissance, spreading thoughts and ideas across borders and cultures. Some Bards even traveled on the road and put on plays, some built grand theatres to entertain countless masses of people. One even worked at the Globe in London…

    Cavalier
    “And, upon this charge cry ’God for Harry! England and Saint George!’”- Henry V, Act 3, Scene 1

    Gone are the knights and paladins of old and in their place rises a new class of hero: the Cavalier! Charging forward into battle, past the frontlines and towards their goals, the Cavalier is a dashing figure who swings a shining sword that glints in the sunlight. Don’t bother wishing them luck…for they need it not.

    Cleric
    “Now, God be praised….”- Henry VI, Act 2, Scene 1

    Religion in Shakespeare’s Europe had a complicated history. Yes, it was indeed a source of conflict, war, and strife. But it was also a source of comfort and social bonding that assured the meek that their toil would not go unrewarded and reminded the powerful that the defense of their people was their sacred duty.

    Sample Real World Alignment Chart for Cleric PCs
    (Monotheistic Religions can apply their deity to any “Domain” within their alignment; Polytheistic Religions should merely chose one of the appropriate gods in their pantheon and apply it to that domain.)

    Christianity: Lawful Good
    Judaism: Lawful Good
    Islam: Lawful Good
    Hinduism: Lawful Good
    Egyptian Pagan: Lawful Good
    Buddhism: Neutral Good
    Norse Pagan: Chaotic Good
    Taoism: True Neutral
    Greco Roman Pagan: Chaotic Neutral
    Satanic Worship: Lawful Evil
    Typhon: Neutral Evil
    Great Old Ones: Chaotic Evil

    Note: Since human religion can be a tricky topic, use of the Cleric class and the religious alignment chart should be considered optional only.

    Fighter
    “Come not between the dragon and his wrath!”- King Lear, Act 1, Scene 1

    Though they were hardly cut from the same cloth as the noble Cavaliers or the Paladins of ages past, many a sell sword found work during Late Renaissance thanks to the dozens of wars that raged across Europe at the time. The difference between a Fighter and Cavalier was often money, Cavaliers are typically noblemen and Fighters were usually just good with a sword.

    Monk
    “…knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.” –Henry VI Part 2, Act 4 Scene 7

    Christian Monastics were well known in Europe and there are still many wandering friars and clergy willing to travel across the world in search of a place to spread the word of their God. But not all Monks have to be Christian. A Monk PC could be a Hindu Fakir traveling West to see where the Silk Road ends, or a Muslim Imam who wishes to increase his knowledge of Allah’s beautiful creation, or even a Shaolin Buddhist in search of the ultimate source of enlightenment

    Ranger
    “Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.”-Much Ado About Nothing, Act 3, Scene 1

    Despite centuries of settlement, a portion of Europe remained wild and unsettled. Wild wolves still roamed the Iberian Peninsula and wild deer run through the fields in the British Isles. So men and women with the skills to live off the land are still a prized part of society who could help provide food and faster routes of travel. Rangers in this era have an advantage over nature that their kind have never had before: the Musket.

    Rogue
    “Where we are, there’s daggers in men’s smiles…”- Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 3

    The 1500s saw the rise of the Golden Age of Piracy on the oceans and organized crime in the city. A person who knows how to be subtle and pick a pocket or two would be highly prized by the proto crime lords of the Elizabethan Era.

    Witch
    “Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble.”-Macbeth, Act 4, Scene 1

    Every society has someone sitting at the edge, even magical societies. Witches perhaps don’t quite fit in with the stuffy world of magical colleges or libraries. Here at the edge between the wild and civilization, the Witches hunch over their cauldrons and whisper words to their familiars…

    Wizard
    “For I can here disarm thee with this stick and make thy weapon drop!”-The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2

    While the Renaissance was an exciting time for the advancement of human knowledge, it was still a time when mankind had a strong belief in magic. When people whispered old words over stones to tell their fortunes or buried locks of hair to keep their beloved close. Magic still rules the day.

    A (Role) Play Game in Seven Acts

    Act One
    Venice: A Pound of Flesh

    You and your fellow adventurers are hired by the Doge of Venice to follow Captain Antonio on an expedition to find the lost Milenese wizard Prospero. But before you can depart, it seems one of Captain Antonio’s sins has come back to haunt him…

    Dramatis Persone

    Venice
    The Doge
    Antonio
    Shylock
    Portia
    Assassins
    Thugs
    Townsfolk

    Act Two
    Verona: A Pox on Both Your Houses

    You first travel to Verona to meet with two friends of Captain Antonio’s: Valentine and Proteus, two gentlemen of Verona. But upon arriving in the city, you discover that there will be no warm welcome for the entire city has gone mad! The Prince’s nephew Paris and his cousin Mercutio have died by violence! Tybalt of House Capulet has been murdered! The only son of Old Montague has committed suicide and alongside him the only daughter of Old Capulet. Chaos spreads across the land! And now the city has taken up arms in revolt, each side blaming the other for these young deaths…

    Dramatis Persone

    Streets of Verona
    Prince Escalus
    Pertruchio of House Montague
    Valentine of House Capulet
    Proteus, Valentine’s friend
    Old Montague
    Prince’s men
    Montagues
    Capulets

    House Capulet
    Old Capulet
    Lady Capulet
    The Apothecary
    Servants
    Mad Men

    Act Three
    Athens and later the Forest of Arden: All the World’s A Stage

    Athens is under Goblin attack and the mighty hero Theseus calls for aid. All the lands of men and Elves empty of soldiers to fight off the green horde and the crew of the airship Portia answers the call to action. Perhaps if you join the fight you can meet the Elven King Oberon and ask him a favor….

    Dramatis Persone

    Athens
    Theseus
    Hippolyta
    Oberon
    Puck
    Grimwhisker the Gnoll
    Spider-eye the Goblin
    Goblin soldiers
    Gnoll warriors
    Athenian Hoplites
    Elven Warriors

    Arden
    Frederick the Usurper
    Duke Senior
    Rosalind
    Celia
    Touchstone
    Frederick’s Men

    Act Four
    Scotland: For Whom the Bell Tolls

    As your party heads towards Denmark, a terrible snow storm forces the airship to land in the wild Scottish countryside where you are rescued by a tribe of Scottish Dwarves. Inside a darkened stronghold, the Dwarven Thane Macduff tells you a story of murder and evil…

    Dramatis Persone

    Castle Macbeth in ruins
    Thane Macduff
    Fleance
    King Malcolm
    Siward of England
    Dwarven Warriors
    English Soldiers

    The Dark Forest
    The Wyrd Sisters
    The Mysterious Shade
    Spiders
    Wargs
    Drow Bandits
    Trolls
    Sycorax’s Tengu

    Act Five
    Denmark: Something Rotten in the State of Denmark

    After finally making your way to the castle of King Fortinbras, you find that Prospero and his company have already come and gone. But there may be some evidence of their ultimate destination in the deserted castle of Old King Hamlet. “But you mustn’t go there,” The courtiers’ whisper, “that is a terrible place…”

    Dramatis Persone

    Castle Fortinbras
    King Fortinbras
    Horatio
    Guards
    Servants
    Courtiers
    Nobles

    Castle Hamlet
    Shades of Hamlet, the King, the Queen, and others
    Zombies
    Dire rats
    Skeletons

    Act Six
    Sicily and later the Isle of Prospero: The Stuff that Dreams Are Made Of

    On your way to Prospero’s old island home, you stop in Sicily at the home of Leonato, Governor of Messina, to attend the wedding of his niece, Beatrice, to Sir Benedict, a lord of Aragon. It promises to be a merry affair and a good rest after a long journey. But an Oracle from Delphi sent by King Oberon arrives and gives a terrible warning…

    Dramatis Persone

    Sicily
    Leonato
    Don Pedro
    Dogberry
    Beatrice
    Benedict
    Hero
    Claudio
    The Elf King’s Soothsayer

    Prospero’s Island
    Ariel
    Caliban’s Children
    Sycorax
    Sycorax’s Tengu

    Act Seven
    Illyria: Or What You Will

    The final villain of the plot stands revealed: Sycorax the fiendish witch and mother of Caliban. She seeks Prospero to avenge the death of her son and she doesn’t care who she hurts on her way to that goal. Now you race against time to avert a terrible, terrible war. So Antonio turns the airship toward Illyria, charging through the naval blockades to house of Duke Orsino…

    Dramatis Persone

    Illyria
    Duke Orsino
    Sebastian
    Viola
    Countess Olivia
    Malvolio
    Sir Toby
    Maria
    Prospero the Fool
    Sir Andrew
    Orsino’s Guards
    Olivia’s Guards
    Sycorax’s Tengu Warriors
    Sycorax’s Tengu Ninjas
    Baphomet, demonic husband of Sycorax

    Oh. My. God.

     
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