The outline of the campaign story

This whole thing started as an idea of having a group that didn’t have to suffer from infighting amongst the members with regards to jobs, acts of violence, murder etc… Often we have suffered nasty eruptions of fighting amongst the members of the group due to conflicting alignments.

These fights often ruined gameplay and fun more than they served a story or roleplaying purpose, therefore the idea of creating a very neutral group where basically “anything” goes floated to the surface. That resulted in the idea of having a fantasyworld spy group, mercenaries without much moral conflict, but they still had to have some spark of goodness to seperate them from the utterly evil organisations. So the idea came to mind that they would not inflict direct damage or harm upon innocents, ofc its not possible to grasp the entire indirect scope of consequenses a given action has.

We had just ended a campaign with the silver circle and I thought it would be fun to continue in the same setting where our previous group had now achieved a sort of ruling position. Also the storyline of a shattered, destroyed weave replaced by a new elemental magic intriqued me.

The elemental magic had not been elaborated upon so I quickly began spawning ideas about how this new magic came with a price, inside each magic using being had been planted an elemental spark. These looking like a tiny gemstone, and in these sparks lies a latent link to the elemental planes. Around the prime material realm of Faerun certain elemental effects would begin to occur as the ancient elemental kings begin their conquest of the realm. in the ancient pact with the gods their had sneaked in a few backdoors allowing them to invade and dominate the mortal realm.

How to tangle the group characters personally into this planar struggle was my next obstacle and i came across a prestige class where u serve as some sort of right hand for a deity. next thing i know another idea began taking form in my mind. what if the group had been such agents before and in a planar struggle been destroyed and cast down as mortals without memory and their old powers stripped from them. begin a quest of slowly discovering this truth ending with them regaining their former power and status or new similar powers and thus entangling them in bigger planar plans and struggles.

As a vessel for that i stole the old rod of se en parts concept, an artifact created as a tool in an ancient struggle the characters was a part of used to defeat them and cast them down in the process shatters the item and sprinkles the shards across the multiverse. same item remended and assembled could bring back their former status and powers. so now i just need to tie the elemental planes plots into the chracters quest for former power.

On top of all that, we wanted a sneaky stealthy campaign, so plots of how to entangle them with their old employer Zentharim began taking shape, along with plots of establishing contact with the harpers and having the shadow thieves begin operations in their enviroment. The groups only real established enemy is the Zentharim, the rest… depends on how they interact.

At some point I also had the idea that the Zentharim should become aware of the shadow circles existance and that they had faked their deaths to escape from the Zentharim. This would of cause lead to further confrontations with the black network.

so what now lies before me and the group in this campaign?

well.. we have just now introduced the first shattered shard of the ancient artifact into the game, it was stolen from a high lvl skymage in a zentharim fortress, so the quest for assembling the seven shards has begun. It goes to reason I now have 6 other scenarios to plan out for the rest of the shards, and where might that take the party… I imagine we shall have to travel to other planes at some point and maybe use this as an oppertunity to introduce the ideas behind the old planescape setting.

well.. we have just now introduced the first shattered shard of the ancient artifact into the game, it was stolen from a high lvl skymage in a zentharim fortress, so the quest for assembling the seven shards has begun. It goes to reason I now have 6 other scenarios to plan out for the rest of the shards, and where might that take the party… I imagine we shall have to travel to other planes at some point and maybe use this as an oppertunity to introduce the ideas behind the old planescape setting.and running along side of the artifact quest, shall be the slowly evolving storyline of the elemental magic. at the moment im thinking it shall be indirect signs, things they witness or hear about and not as much direct encounters altho some of those might occur.

well.. we have just now introduced the first shattered shard of the ancient artifact into the game, it was stolen from a high lvl skymage in a zentharim fortress, so the quest for assembling the seven shards has begun. It goes to reason I now have 6 other scenarios to plan out for the rest of the shards, and where might that take the party… I imagine we shall have to travel to other planes at some point and maybe use this as an oppertunity to introduce the ideas behind the old planescape setting.and running along side of the artifact quest, shall be the slowly evolving storyline of the elemental magic. at the moment im thinking it shall be indirect signs, things they witness or hear about and not as much direct encounters altho some of those might occur.The zentharim will be scrutinizing every event since the silverwood camp assault up until the infiltration and stealing of the rod, they might come upon a few interesting observations leading them down the path of discovering their old agents are still alive.

well.. we have just now introduced the first shattered shard of the ancient artifact into the game, it was stolen from a high lvl skymage in a zentharim fortress, so the quest for assembling the seven shards has begun. It goes to reason I now have 6 other scenarios to plan out for the rest of the shards, and where might that take the party… I imagine we shall have to travel to other planes at some point and maybe use this as an oppertunity to introduce the ideas behind the old planescape setting.and running along side of the artifact quest, shall be the slowly evolving storyline of the elemental magic. at the moment im thinking it shall be indirect signs, things they witness or hear about and not as much direct encounters altho some of those might occur.The zentharim will be scrutinizing every event since the silverwood camp assault up until the infiltration and stealing of the rod, they might come upon a few interesting observations leading them down the path of discovering their old agents are still alive.The recent addition of a drow to the party might play well into the coming scenarios, as I plan on taking the party into the underdark for a short trip.

well.. we have just now introduced the first shattered shard of the ancient artifact into the game, it was stolen from a high lvl skymage in a zentharim fortress, so the quest for assembling the seven shards has begun. It goes to reason I now have 6 other scenarios to plan out for the rest of the shards, and where might that take the party… I imagine we shall have to travel to other planes at some point and maybe use this as an oppertunity to introduce the ideas behind the old planescape setting.and running along side of the artifact quest, shall be the slowly evolving storyline of the elemental magic. at the moment im thinking it shall be indirect signs, things they witness or hear about and not as much direct encounters altho some of those might occur.The zentharim will be scrutinizing every event since the silverwood camp assault up until the infiltration and stealing of the rod, they might come upon a few interesting observations leading them down the path of discovering their old agents are still alive.The recent addition of a drow to the party might play well into the coming scenarios, as I plan on taking the party into the underdark for a short trip.Spoiler alert:
I am brainstorming alot on planewalker.com as I plan on taking things into the multiverse and the planescape setting my ongoing thread on the campaign there is http://www.planewalker.com/forum/council-affairs

The outline of the campaign story

The Shadow Circle Bahne