Post by DM Hawk on Dec 11, 2018 10:43:54 GMT -5
General Server Information
The Forgotten Realms Cormyr module went live as a persistent world in 2004 and has been in continual development since. FRC offers 650 areas in game including 100 dungeons. The module portrays the Forgotten Realms Kingdom of Cormyr from the Tun Marshlands to the Hullack Forest, from the northern shore of the Lake of Dragons to Castle Crag with room to expand for more. FRC's Regions include the Cormyrian Heartlands, Dragonmere Coast, the Farsea Swamp, the Hullack Forest, the King's Forest, the Stonelands, the Stormhorn Mountains, the Tun Marsh, the Wyvernwater, and the Underdark beneath - all waiting to be explored. The classic landmarks of Cormyr such as Suzail, Marsember, Arabel, Immersea, Eveningstar, Waymoot, Espar, the High Horn, Castle Crag, Dhedluk, Tyrluk, and Thunderstone are all represented.
On FRC Player Characters can march with the Purple Dragons, join a remnant society of elves who withstood the Retreat and welcome the Return, or be adopted by a resolute dwarven clan. A druid circle awaits hidden away in the forest, a cult of necromancers practice their magic on Cormyr's honored dead, and a Church of Bane seeks opportunities to seize power. FRC Players can watch the balance of power with the Harpers, fleece the factions for a thieves' guild, or join in the political intrigues of a contentious city with a history of rebellion. In FRC one can become a wealthy merchant, a skilled craftsman, an honored knight, or a dangerous outlaw.
What will be the story of your character?
Haks used by FRC
Historically Forgotten Realms Cormyr has limited its use of haks to the Community Expansion Pack (CEP) to offer ease of entry for new players. FRC will maintain use of CEP at the conversion point to Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition and take advantage of new features to introduce a new FRC Custom Hak while still maintaining ease of entry.
The FRC Custom Hak will be minimal at first but will expand over time as the FRC Staff judiciously add more custom content.
All Hak and Tlk files in use by FRC will be automagically downloaded and installed for you when logging into FRC in game. This is handled by the server through NWSync.
The FRC Module undergoes updates frequently. A list of updates is maintained here.
In game events during FRC's first six years are considered to have taken place in 1372 and 1373 DR. Beginning in 2010, the FRC calendar began to move forward month by month, year by year with the real world calendar. January 2010 became Hammer 1374 in game. At the time of this writing in December 2018 the date in the Forgotten Realms Cormyr Calendar is Nightal 1382, Year of the Black Blazon.
In January 2019 the FRC Calendar will advance to Hammer 1383, the Year of the Vindicated Warrior. More information about the FRC calendar in game may be found here.
Resting on FRC
FRC has a resting system in place. There is a 40 minute waiting period between resting. Player Characters must be near a restful object to rest, such as an inn room bed or something characters may carry with them such as a consumable camping supply kit or a reusable tent. After resting characters have a penalty applied to their stats to represent hunger. After eating food a character should be rested, fed, and good to go!
Death and Dying
The life of adventurers is hazardous and some challenges may kill them outright including certain spells, effects, or being brought to -10 hit points or below. When a player character is brought between 0 and -9 hit points they fall unconscious and lay dying. While dying the character will lose one hit point per round until they reach -10 and die, stabilize and recover, or are healed. A dying character has a 10% chance to stabilize per round. If a dying character stabilizes they will gain one hit point each round and become conscious again once they have greater than 0 hit points.
Should your character die and have no surviving party members committed to a rescue, the character must Respawn. Don't linger while dead in the hope that someone will wander by and come to the rescue.
Should a character die and respawn, FRC applies a death penalty of 100 XP per level and 10% of gold carried by the character. In addition the respawning character will be sent to the Fugue Plane. Characters in the Fugue Plane must find a way out to return to the land of the living on the Prime Material Plane.
Respawning characters will have fatigue, represented by lowered physical attributes. The fatigue will fade after a period of 5 minutes real-time or after resting.
Keep in mind that returning from the dead, whether killed in PVP or while adventuring, is a miracle of the gods and should be role-played accordingly. Returning from the dead is a major event in any character's story and should not be taken lightly.
There is no forced Permanent Death (Permadeath) or retirement policy on FRC. A DM, player, or character cannot force your character to accept permadeath. Permadeath or retirement can only by the decision of the character's player.
However if a player should lose their playing privileges on FRC their characters will of course disappear.
Banking and Commerce
Adventurers accumulate wealth over time through their adventures. While the Neverwinter Nights engine will allow a character to carry an infinite amount of gold on their person it is not practical in character to do so. There may be hazards for doing so, when one respawns for example.
FRC offers a banking system where one may deposit loose gold and be given a note or valuable bullion in exchange to reflect the deposit. Later when a character wishes to invest in a new item they may return to the back and withdraw their deposit by cashing in the bank note or bullion in order to do business with the NPC merchant.
The bank will also exchange foreign coins found while adventuring into gold for use with NPC merchants.
FRC offers a number of options to help characters travel around the setting.
- Caravans are available in most towns to transport you to nearby destinations for a fee.
- Ferry boats are docked in piers of some coastal towns and cities and will transport you to other ports for a fee.
- Characters may purchase a war horse, riding horse, or pony. More information about FRC's Horse Implementation may be found here:
- Wizards, Sorcerers, and Clerics with the Travel Domain have access to the Teleport spell through an item available in game.
- These boots were made for walking...
Characters may interact with the environment to forage food, useful herbs, and wood for campfires.
FRC has implemented a number of changes to Arcane and Divine spells available in Neverwinter Nights. More information about FRC's spell changes may be found here:
In addition to the spell changes above, FRC has implemented changes to the following Character Classes.
- Items are available in game for druids to use when casting Bull's Strength to change the result to Cat's Grace or Endurance to better reflect D&D 3.0/3.5 Druid Spells.
- An item may be found in game for druids to use when casting Call Lightening to change the result to a Darkfire effect granting electric damage.
- An item may be found in game for druids to use when casting Healing Sting to change the result to a Vampiric Weapon effect that scales with druid class level.
- Upon reaching Druid Level 10, Players of Druid Characters may ask a DM (DM Penguin, DM Hawk) to consider their roleplay effort and determine whether a special shape reward has been earned. The roleplay reward comes in the form of three rings granting unique forms for stealth, detection, and travel. These forms are non combat forms and can be used as many times per day that their wild shape feat allows.
Upon reaching Paladin Level 5 the character may gain a special warhorse as his Paladin Mount at no cost by visiting the horse merchant in Tyrluk.
FRC has modified the Hide in Plain Sight (HIPS) feat to prevent abuse, encourage continued advancement in the Shadowdancer class, and allow Shadowdancers to make use of normal stealth and HIPS separately. The standard HIPS feat has been disabled and activating Stealth Mode will function normally as it would for a Rogue. The Talk Channel Chat Command !hips will activate HIPS for a Shadowdancer and can be added as a Custom Text Macro on the Quickbar for convenient use. A cool down duration has been added to the HIPS ability according to Shadowdancer Class Level as follows:
Level 1 45 Seconds
Level 2 22.5 Seconds
Level 3 15 Seconds
Level 4 12.25 Seconds
Level 5 9 Seconds
FRC has modified the special shapes of the Shifter Class. Further information about FRC's modified Shifter Shapes can be found here:
FRC has implemented a custom crafting system. This system allows Player Character crafters to create a variety of items as their skill level increases and using materials found in game. More information can be found here:
Crafting Menu Dialog
Selecting the Radial Crafting option will initiate a conversation which will allow you to:
- Backup your character in the Server Vault with a new update.
- Craft the Appearance of Equipment.
- Craft a Trap.
- Open a Trash Can to help dispose of unwanted items from inventory.
- Toggle Character Bumping On or Off.
- Toggle Crafting Drops On or Off.
- Unglitch your Character from certain bugs.
Talk Channel Chat Commands
The following Talk Channel Chat Commands have been added in game for convenience:
!fix - Unglitch your character from certain bugs.
!fixinvis - Fix a bug where monsters have spawned nearby but aren't visible.
!pace - Will toggle any character to normal movement speed on/off, even for monks or mounted characters to help their companions keep pace with them.
!raiseme - Toggles permission on/off for ally to search your body for a raise/res scroll.
!rand - Generates a random number in specified range, example !rand 100.
!reset - Reports hours & minutes until the server resets.
!reversepp - Use the Reverse Pickpocket Tool. Requires pickpocket skill.
!roll - Rolls specified dice, example !roll 3d6.
!search - Search a fallen ally for a raise/res scroll.
!walk - Toggles walking speed on/off for all characters now updated with correct animation. Entering combat will not remove this setting.
Character Height Adjuster
The Character Appearance Models in the New Character Appearance Customizer Area offer an option to adjust Player Character Height in 3% increments.
Dialog Path: Modifications -> Character Height
Very Tall +9%
Above Average +3%
Below Average -3%
FlyingMidget (Very Short) -9%
The New Character Appearance Customizer Area can be accessed by all characters from the Welcome Room.
Player Housing Policy
FRC has offered Player Housing off and on over its life. Currently Player Housing is on hold with only a few the exceptions for requests made before a freeze was put in place for the NWN EE Conversion.
Player Housing opportunities may be offered again in the future as a reward for roleplay effort in game.
An announcement will be posted at the time that decision is made.
FRC offers additional custom content in the form of:
- An in game Character Description Changer available to Players.
- Items which allow the summoning of custom creatures.
- A Reverse Pick Pocket Tool.
- Writing Tools to compose books and letters in game.
- Player Tool One enabled to allow better control of summoned creatures.
- And more.
Please let a member of the DM Team know if you have any questions about the FRC Module.
The FRC Staff
Edited February 21, 2019 by DM Hawk for Player Tool One addition.