Did You Know

  • No less than five major characters were met, mentioned, or alluded to in the first session.
  • The wanted posters from the first session were taken from Fable 2. The lost pet poster from the same session came from a comment from the D&D subreddit.
  • The campaign is now on its fourth name. Previous names included “Archangel”, “The Archangel”, and “Symphony of Destruction”. The name of “Hemlock Philosophy” was also thought up but not used… yet.
  • The name of the campaign comes from the Avenged Sevenfold song of the same name (one of the three songs of theirs that I think is any good). The tagline comes from a song called “Archangel” by Elena Siegman, which served as a musical Easter Egg for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s zombie map “Origins”. Not-so-coincidentally, “Shepherd of Fire” is in the same game.
  • While most of the notes for this campaign are written down (either in a notebook or a document in Google Drive) quite a few are also recorded on the iPhone Voice Memo.
  • The reason Rita’s favorite flowers are nightshade is because that is one of the seven flowers I can name off the top of my head (others being daisies, morning glory orchids, forget-me-nots, lavender, golden poppies, and roses). The reason I blurted out nightshade is because I went on a crusade in Skyrim trying to find 20 of them for a quest. Oh, and I just remembered lilies exist.
  • The portrait for Estellise originally had pink hair. Not wanting to have pink hair anywhere in this campaign, I photoshopped the hair to blond. The same goes for the portrait further down in her bio.
  • Rita originally had a darker shade of red hair that appeared more brown; her eyes were also a glassy blue color. They were photoshopped to a bright red and green respectively.
  • Had the party waited for Richard and Constance Sidos to approach them about why in Hell they locked them up so quickly, the two nobles would have not been slaughtered mercilessly by devils out to get Estellise’s soul.
  • Every single “WANTED” section in the bottom of the Ranger’s Post is a reference to some movie, game, etc. Spongebob is the most prominent of these. They’re pretty much nothing but jokes; any true bounties are posted elsewhere, though there may be exceptions here and there.
  • If Aelar and whoever else was down in the brig of the Storm Runner opened up that coffin, there could have been a TPK that very session.
  • A number of the regions in Vesperia are simply my co-workers’ names but slightly edited.
  • There is one achievement that was never meant to be: Catch the Rainbow. It was a placeholder I used until I could find or at least think of something better. Failing to do so, it stuck. Hey, at least I got another Rainbow song in the campaign somewhere. I’m still struggling to think of something where “Sixteenth Century Greensleeves” is appropriate.
  • The names for Raven/Schwann come from two types of birds. Raven, is obviously, from the bird of the same name. Schwann is based off of the word “schwan” which is the German word for “swan”. In addition, the name of Raven’s adopted daughters, Gauche and Droite, are French for “left” and “right” respectively.
  • Had the party chosen to not merge Schwann’s personalities, there would have been a few consequences. Keeping only Schwann would have made it so the Shadows of the Crown would become even more powerful thanks to his dedicated concentration on them. If they kept only Raven, the Shadows would have still grown stronger thanks to having a new leader and would have become more aggressive than before.
  • Estellise was supposed to be a more minor character and none of the party members meant to become nobles. I’m quite unsure where things went wrong, but it may have started when I decided to make backstories for every character and could only think of a few reasons as to why Estelle was kept locked away in Castle Pearlwall, none of which were cooler than “pre-order bonus on soul”. All downhill (well, I guess uphill for some) from there.
  • Baern Strahklin and Erdan Piper were last minute additions to the campaign. Where exactly Baern came from is a mystery to me. Erdan was included because of a line from Megadeth’s Symphony of Destruction (Just like the pied piper/Led rats through the streets/We dance like marionettes/Swaying to the Symphony of Destruction).
  • The Book of Vile Darkness wasn’t originally supposed to be in this campaign. However, I changed what was originally going to be a powerful spellbook into this evil artifact when I realized that Himaestro would want it.
  • I made a slight change to the endgame of Estellise’s sidequest. It was so good (as in evil) that I began laughing for five minutes straight. The audio recording of my notes features a bit of said laughter.

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