Considering Arx? Consider Deepwood!


  • Pitcrew

    I've decided to post this as an external thread to the main Deepwood one because I know there might be people who could be giving Arx a look and are on the fence, or might not want to wade into an extensive thread but might look at a separate individual topic.

    House Deepwood holds a sizable March within the game with both roster characters as well as opportunities to create entirely new characters in Deepwood and its vassal Houses, as well as new Houses from the ground up. We are very friendly for those who are new to the theme and/or system.

    Here is a list of currently available roster characters.

    Would you be interested in playing a noble within an established House? Take a look at Mia and Nigel.

    Would you like to play a House from the ground up but not have to deal with building a House yourself? Take a look at Oona, Peri, and Kaldur. The head of House, Orrin, will most likely come back onto the roster soon as well.

    We have commoner knights (like Kerr), brilliant stewards (like Bethany), and openings for minor nobility have been made available in the new Barony of Whitehawk, namely Eshken and Emele.

    And if you want to start your own House, from the ground up? Deepwood has recently had a significant land expansion and is looking to ennoble new Counties and Baronies from amongst the newly Prodigal* population. We are happy to consider new House concepts!

    (*Prodigal: Members of clans and tribes who previously lived independant of the governance of the Compact who have decided in relatively recent time to join it.)

    If interested, please feel free to contact me via PM here, or on the game at play.arxmush.org:3000 as Samantha, or reach out to any House Deepwood member, or any member of the vassal Houses.

    I'm also happy to answer questions here on the thread.


  • Pitcrew

    I play Cutlin Moss, a commoner retainer to the Deepwoods. 40 year old ranger. I have need of twin daughter PCs from my background (Anywhere between 18-22), and all kinds of other relations! Or, as she mentioned, app in a legit Deepwood! Do iiiiiit.



  • @Cupcake
    Just co-signing this. I feel like I lucked into Deepwood (and Grayson as a whole) kind of randomly when I took Esoka off the roster. Samantha (and Tikva, Rymarr, Zhayla, and more of the Grayson players than I can name) really helped me find my feet and not feel lost and overwhelmed on what can feel like a huge game. I find the way Riven is positioned within the theme as a blended old nobility/Prodigal house really rich and ripe for exploration if people want to dig into it.


  • Pitcrew

    @toreadorfool: Alas, Sam is the only "legit" Deepwood left, although Rymarr married in, because they were all massacred when she was five (tres tragique!). But we would happily accept either roster or original characters who are part of the Deepwood household; knights, a steward (someone app Bethany PLEASE), etc.


  • Politics

    @Cupcake said in Considering Arx? Consider Deepwood!:

    (someone app Bethany PLEASE)

    sigh. PM me or something?


  • Pitcrew

    I play Rymarr, the husband of Samantha who is the ruler of Deepwood. My character is in command of the more martial aspects of the household. My hope is for the household to gain more retainers(knights, scholars, etc) so that I can begin hosting what I've decided to call The Deepwood Adventures. Many years ago the noble family of House Deepwood was virtually wiped out and would have all but disappeared if not for the survival of Samantha. Deepwood is very much a phoenix, rising from the ashes sort of story and I'd love to be able to begin hosting adventures surrounding Deepwood and rediscovering the displaced history of the family - a project that requires bodies!

    If you aren't certain of how to CGen or don't even want to bother creating an Original Character but would like help making a roster character? Give me a shout on Rymarr via page or @mail. I tend to enjoy tinkering with building new characters both from the viewpoint of their story and mechanics. If you have questions? I'll try my best to answer them. If I don't know the answer? I'm going to try to find it out because I need to learn too. Basically I'll just ask @Roz since they always seem to know All The Things.

    From the standpoint of Deepwood itself and the players in it, I adore them. OOC drama is minimal(in actuality I'd say non-existent, but only Sith deal in absolutes) and more often than not when drama does occur it's kept IC and handled IC. Just the way the average sane person likes it. So let's keep it that way!

    The wood is deep, thus it is good.


  • Pitcrew

    Our fatal flaw: wood puns.


  • Coder

    @Cupcake said in Considering Arx? Consider Deepwood!:

    Our fatal flaw: wood puns.

    Not mistaking the holdings for an 1800s Western?

    ... get it? Eh? Eh?!



  • @Cupcake Anyone gay? (Or knowing almost none are explicitly written to be, anyone that could be without prior relationships with the estrogen inclined?)


  • Pitcrew

    @TNP Not written as such. Sir Kerr and Count Orrin had a wives (which doesn't mean they can't be attracted to men if inclined), and Mia Riven is married to a man, but that about it. I try to avoid writing sexuality unless it's important for a spouse to be included as part of the history and story seeds. Arx has no hangups about sexuality; Samantha certainly doesn't.


  • Politics

    @Cupcake said in Considering Arx? Consider Deepwood!:

    Our fatal flaw: wood puns.

    Hey, as long as we have wood for sheep --


  • Pitcrew

    We don't really encourage people specifying in their for-the-roster- CGs what the character's orientation is, because it's not really intrinsic to what makes people tick, and that way players have freedom to decide. Generally speaking.


  • Pitcrew

    With all of the many roster characters that have been written, I can only recall one that was written as explicitly gay (and @TNP already played him). Although there are several I can think of offhand that written as "their sexuality includes same-sex attraction in some format" without any limitations on opposite-sex attraction.


  • Pitcrew

    I generally approach all characters from a bisexual baseline and from that the individual player can decide. A character who currently has an opposite sex spouse (like Mia) may also like the same gender, and characters who were formerly married, ie widowed, divorced, etc, may also have desires toward the same gender, and vice versa. It's really no big deal.


  • Pitcrew

    @Thenomain said in Considering Arx? Consider Deepwood!:

    @Cupcake said in Considering Arx? Consider Deepwood!:

    Our fatal flaw: wood puns.

    Not mistaking the holdings for an 1800s Western?

    ... get it? Eh? Eh?!

    alt text


  • Pitcrew

    @Cupcake said in Considering Arx? Consider Deepwood!:

    I generally approach all characters from a bisexual baseline and from that the individual player can decide. A character who currently has an opposite sex spouse (like Mia) may also like the same gender, and characters who were formerly married, ie widowed, divorced, etc, may also have desires toward the same gender, and vice versa. It's really no big deal.

    And really, a noble who's widowed or divorced from an opposite-sex partner could still be gay. Just -- you know, marriage politics.


  • Politics

    @Roz said in Considering Arx? Consider Deepwood!:

    And really, a noble who's widowed or divorced from an opposite-sex partner could still be gay. Just -- you know, marriage politics.

    Why do they need to be widowed or divorced? You could be married to an opposite-sex partner and be gay.


  • Pitcrew

    @Ganymede said in Considering Arx? Consider Deepwood!:

    @Roz said in Considering Arx? Consider Deepwood!:

    And really, a noble who's widowed or divorced from an opposite-sex partner could still be gay. Just -- you know, marriage politics.

    Why do they need to be widowed or divorced? You could be married to an opposite-sex partner and be gay.

    Right, yeah, that too. There's just way more single rosters than married ones, so I was thinking about that.



  • Definitely. I just wouldn't want to pick up a character to had a loving, sexual relationship and then end it.


  • Pitcrew

    Tempting.

    My issue mostly is time and stupidity (when it comes time learning new game systems).

    And it has been really super nice not having to deal with ooc meanness or drama for the last year.


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