Hello /tg/ I've been a longtime lurker of the community, and recently due to an infatuation with early Russian history, I've wanted to start by seeing whether or not anyone would be interested, in a quest about it. This primarily covers the Early Muscovite period, in the middle to late Mongol Yoke. This period in time is where most of the Russian Asiatic culture gets its roots. Here's to hopefully a slightly informative, and hopefully fun alt-history adventure.trip-code: DmitriDonskoipastebin: http://pastebin.com/8hP24jvX>continued in the next post
You are the son/daughter of Russian immigrants, who emigrated from the Soviet Union after its collapse in 1991. After arriving in the states, your parents would establish their careers before they had you, after half a decade adjusting to life in the United States. Your parents always encouraged you to adapt to American culture, and since you were born they talked to you about being glad you lived in the United States. Your parents are reasonably well off, and your life was spent in a relatively sheltered environment. However your parents encouraged you to go out and expand your knowledge through any means. Still though, they taught you how to speak/read/and write in Russian. Making sure you take pride in your cultural heritage. To this day, you are proud to say you are a first generation American, but also a first generation college student. Your parents never went to college, in fact your father and mother in the Soviet Union worked as civil servants. Today however, your father works as a System Threat Analyst for a very important Technical firm on the East Coast of the United States. Your mother works as an executive at a major accounting firm in the local area. Your family although not extremely wealthy, is still well off by today’s standard. However you are actually the first generation of both their families to go to University. So today begins a very important day in your life and hopefully a path to a bright future.You wake up to your alarm. Its excessive ringing over the past 12 years you have had the cursed thing has woken you up time and time again for middle and high school. However today is a very important day. Today is the day you start your new life at University. “_____, come down and get something to eat!” yells your mother in her usual Russian. You begin to get out of bed and make your way to your bathroom. You look into the mirror and begin to start your morning routine.
Note: I'm an idiot whose never used a tripcode before.>Pick a name (Write-In)>Do you shave your face? (You are a boy)>Do you put on makeup? (You are a girl)
Yeah maybe running right now wasn't such as good idea.
>Sergei Yegorovich>We let our beard grow.
Have something written have to change but that is a-okay. Welcome aboard
>>44171371>Ana Anastasia Romanov>You are a girl>You do
>>44171727I'm okay with this.>Implying we're not also going to weark makeup for shits and gigglesGotta keep those eyelashes full and charming, tovarich
>>44171865How about we wear makeup when in alone time and it's a secret we'll bring to the grave?
>>44171932> a secret we'll bring to the grave> not have it discovered at the worst possible time in an actually fucking unpleasant accident> don't throw a tantrum stabbing nobles and commoners left and right> not have a massive scandal blown out of it> don't get dethroned, hanged and quartered because of itYeah, that's not how Russian history works.
>>44172004Bringing it to the grave is the idea.What actually happens is another story.
>>44171727>Sorry about that, was dead so went to get lunch.You look into the mirror, and see the stubble from the day before growing thicker and thicker. As a teenager your mother was vehementely against beards. Something your father despised. But in reality no one wanted to poke an angry Russian woman.But today is different. It is your universities move in day, and you've decided in an act of defiance, to grow your beard like a true Russian. Needless to say, however as you walked downstairs and made it to the kitchen your mother gave you a look of disapproval and your father looked up from his paper and said...."Hello Sergei, good to see you this morning. You're turning into a fine young man, isn't that right dear?" your father asks your mother."Yes he's grown so much, it's hard to believe our son is going off to college. We're so proud of you!" she sets a pan down on the stove and by the looks of it she's making potatoes and eggs. One of your favorite meals.You look over to your father again, and see that his face is completely engrossed in the newspaper. He seems to be smiling at something.>What are you reading father?(roll 3d10 average of 3 for the following attributes (Strength, Constitution, Agility, Charisma, Intelligence, and Intuition) (State which attribute you are rolling for, highest rolled average for multiple rolls will be taken. Only one attribute roll per post)
>>44172079Forgot to mention the pastebin has mostly everything. I will also consistently update it.
Rolled 7, 9, 4 = 20 (3d10)Rolling for charisma.
Rolled 4, 9, 10 = 23 (3d10)I guess I'll roll the other stuff too.This is Strenth.
>>44172122>>44172143That's a 7 in Charisma and 8 in Strength.
Rolled 6, 4, 1 = 11 (3d10)This is Agility.
Rolled 5, 8, 6 = 19 (3d10)>>44172079Intelligence
>>44172004What you are saying is pretty tame for the Riurikovich Dynasty. The Romanovs would pull something like that.
>>44172195Kill me. It finally passed. Fuck this site freezes once a week for the last fucking decade.
Rolled 5, 4, 4 = 13 (3d10)This is Intelligence.>>44172216Was having trouble myself.
>>44172216Good to hear I wasn't the only one having problems.
Rolled 6, 10, 7 = 23 (3d10)This is Constitution.
>>44172237Always assume it's 4chan and not you.
Rolled 1, 6, 5 = 12 (3d10)>>44172216Damn I thought it was my internet too! >>44172079Intuition
>>44172237>>44172223>>44172216>>44172195>>44172187>>44172143>>44172122Still need Constitution and Intuition.
Rolled 10, 3, 1 = 14 (3d10)And finally, Intuition.
Rolled 3, 9, 5 = 17 (3d10)>>44172079Agility.
>>44172273But we don't. Already rolled.
7 CHA9 STR4 AGL5 INTE10 CON5 INTUFinal results after adding Gender Modifiers.> Back to storyWhat are you reading Father? You ask curiously. Your father always loved to read the newspaper, something about outdated media seemed to always get his attention. He said it was about Free Press, and what not, but you could never understand the significance of it. It's outdated. But of course you wouldn't tell him that."Oh this? I'm reading about how your university is running an exposition of famous people in Russian history. Need I remind you that we descend from some of Russia's finest citizens. Do you remember who?" your father looks at you, his chin is up in the air, and you can't help but shrug and let out a sigh. When you were growing up, you were always constantly reminded of how significant your family was in the past. But who were they?You are descended from….> Mikhail Lomonosov: (Bonuses: +2 Intelligence, +1 Intution, speak/write fluent Latin, +3 on all Chemistry and Writing Rolls.) > Alexander Pushkin: (Bonuses: +1 Intelligence, +2 Charisma, can speak/read and write in an additional language, +3 on all Perform and Writing Rolls)>Yuri Dolgorukii: (Bonuses: +2 Strength, +1 Constitution, all given one free pass at a Strength check each session, +3 to all Leadership and Martial Weapon Rolls.)> Stephen Razin: (Bonuses: +2 Agility, +1 Intuition, able to ride on horseback, +3 on all Lockpick/Pickpocket and Ranged Weapon Rolls.)> Alexander Menshikov: (Bonuses: +3 Charisma, +1 Intelligence, -1 Intuition, you are extreme Charismatic, though hated by nobles you are loved by Tsars, you make friends of the highest rank easier, but suffer lowering disposition with competing nobles. +4 on all Diplomacy and Leadership checks, -1 on Danger Sense and Sense Motive checks.)
>>44172439I should've given you links so you can choose based on preference and character.Lomonosov:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikhail_LomonosovPushkin:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_PushkinDolgorukii:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_DolgorukiyRazin:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stepan_RazinMenshikov:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Danilovich_Menshikov
>>44172439>Alexander MenshikovThough Mikhail is tempting.
>>44172545I'm going with this too.
>>44172545Menshikov is a good choice. Should we wait until someone else shows up?
>>44172580We can wait a bit.Quests with only two people are not much fun now are they?
>>44172580Yeah give 5-10 mins for votes. Maybe even extra at the start since they're more critical.Reading about Menshikov, he's a total scumbag. If we had more int I would have changed to Mikhail
>>44172545>>44172578You look to your father and state in a feigned elegant manner. "Who else but our dear Ancestor, Head of the Army College, Lord Regent of Peter II, and wrongfully exiled to Siberia, who else but Alexander Menshikov?" You do a slight bow, earning a grin from your mother, and a small chuckle from your father."He was very egotistical wasn't he?" He asks you."Never mind the fact that he was Peter I's right hand man. Never mind the fact that he effectively controlled the Zemskii Sabor for most of the early 18th Century." Your father replies."Okay now dear your breakfast is ready." Your mother takes the pan in which your Potatoes and Eggs were being cooked, and deposits them on a plate, a rather heaping amount at that."Thank you both so much for supporting me all these years!" you reply cheerfully as you begin to dig into the mound of starch induced happiness."I'll be right back to get your admissions sheet. You have yet to fill out your major form. Most kids today already know what they want to do, so you don't have to choose right away." your mother leaves you and your father alone as she exits the room. Your father looks at you for a moment and hands you a small box with a wood finish. "Don't tell your mother." He says and gives you a wink.> Tell your mother> Do not tell your mother
>>44172726>Do not tell your mother.Snitches get stitches.
>>44172680In the future I will take that into account. I hope everything so far is okay, but for right now, I'm somewhat disappointed you didn't pick Razin, as he is basically the definition of crazy Steppe thug.
>>44172726>Do not tell your mother.Is it booze? I hope it's booze.
>>44172726> Do not tell your mother
>>44172726>> Do not tell your mother
>>44172751>>44172773>>44172777Your mother returns, as you put the box in your bag. Your father gives you a subtle nod and a wink. "I have your sheet to fill out!" Your mother says. Apparently the classes you picked earlier this semester came with a packet of material for you to read." she hands you the slip and a pen and you begin to fill out the easy stuff, but when it comes time to choose a major, you're stumped.What will it be?>Mathematics(+2 to Mathematics and Concentration, -1 to Martial and Range Weapon)>History (Specify)(+2 Understand spoken Languages and Dialect Rolls)>Engineering (Specify)(+2 on all Engineering Rolls)>Science (Specify)(+2 on Medicine or Chemistry Rolls, additional +2 Engineering if Physics)>The Arts (Specify)(+2 on either Perform or Writing.) >Undeclared (+2 to a random skill)>Other (Write-In)(Pick something you believe would be useful and I’ll assign +2 to the skill you choose)
>>44172771Could have fooled me. You gave quite a bit more detail to Mensikov. Felt more unique and interesting to play him.
>>44172869Or perhaps I'm just bad at creating character arch-types, my original draft had 11, but I toned it down because I felt that I was going to overload people.
>>44172903I'll wait a little while, but if you get a confirmation can you pick a skill from the pastebin? (Scroll down to just below the attribute area.)http://pastebin.com/8hP24jvX
>>44172901Yeah the amount of choices was fine. Just give them all a bit more parity with details and how they play.
>>44172929Very good choice. I'll still wait for more and then if we get another tie, I'll leave it up for a vote.
>>44172931Coerce/Bluff/PersuadeSense MotiveDiplomacyLeadershipAnd maybe perform, not entirely sure what it does. It's going to be one of them, or perhaps one point to two skills? You allocate of course.
>>44172960I'd argue +1 Coerce/Bluff/Persuade and +1 sense motive. We know to play politics, and we can learn to expect it from others.
>>44172933My apologies, if enough people confirm that, I'll let you all decide again.Here's a summary:Lomonosov: First Russian to actually teach at the Academy of Sciences, a famous chemist, who tested electrical experiments around the time of Ben Franklin. He also established the Russian Porcelain industry. He was born of low caste though.Pushkin: Every Russian historian or literature expert, who has any sense at all will tell you that Pushkin is perhaps the greatest writer to have ever lived. (I'm more of a Gogal fan myself)Dolgorukii: The Russian Grand Prince of Vladimir, "Dolgorukii, means "Long Arm in Russian," He could basically kick anyone's ass in martial combat. He's also the founder of Moscow.Stephen Razin: A thief, scoundrel, traitor, and womanizer. The first one to primarily rebel against the Tsar during the early Romanov reign. He was notable for setting the trend, of being put in chains, locked in a cage, and carted to Moscow as the public spittoon and eventually executed in horrifying ways. He was also a Cossack or "Steppe Horse Rider."I think I've already covered MenshikovThe choice is all up to you guys, it was my mistake.
>>44172960>>44172981I would be okay with either of those. Political Science is very versatile.
>>44172960I'd personally cut out leadership. Politicians strike me more as leaders rather than law-makers.>>44172981Probably a more accurate version.But I mean, the path to power is surely through the boyars.
>>44173117Would aid with sense motive and persuade then. Vital for plotting and power sharing deals.
>>44173117I mean *politicians strike me more as law-makers rather than leaders.
So I'm assuming we're going with Political Science?Would you like Sense Motive, or Coerce/Bluff/Persuade?Holding out just a little while longer for that.
>>44173211I'm in favor of political science. I see each study gives 2 points, so one to that and one to that?
I made a suggestion for PoliSci, but I'm still in favor of military history.
>>44173244Sure I can do that. Should've said splitting the points was okay.> back to the storyYou fill out your major form at last being sure to mark Political Science as your field of study. You personally felt that at a young age, you could make a difference in the lives of those around you through running for political office. The idea of fair elections was something your parents struggled to comprehend when coming to the states, and since you are born with all the rights granted to any United States citizen the idea of holding public office is very important to you."I think we've found the next President of the United States." Your father says while laughing hoarsely, it seems that your father's dry humor is taking its toll on his throat."Well, even if he does run for President, he better make sure to give us a spot in the Presidential Palace." Your mother says rather seriously."Mother, I believe that is what American's refer to as the White House." you reply, trying to make sense of what you've just heard."Oh of course, I knew that dear, now check your bag, make sure you have everything and be prepared to leave, your father was kind enough to pack your stuff this morning." her eyes begin to water a bit, as she mentions packing your stuff away.>Hug your mom.>Check your stuff in your bag>Leave
>>44173395>Hug your mom & check your bag.
>>44173459You reach out to hug your mom, she begins to break down in tears. You didn't realize that you going off to University was such an emotional thing for her. Let alone your Dad, who also seems to shed a faint tear. You take your bag in your hand and you begin to take a look before realizing that you put the box your dad gave you near the top of the bag.>Excuse yourself to go upstairs to check your bag (Test Roll: 1d20+4 Charisma Persuade)>Everything is fine just go on ahead (Leave house)
Rolled 20 + 4 (1d20 + 4)>>44173516>Excuse yourself to go upstairs to check your bag (Test Roll: 1d20+4 Charisma Persuade)
>>44173561I guess we sure are a fucking charmer, huh.
>>44173561>>44173576You are making Menshikov stir in his grave."Hey uh mom, I have to go upstairs, and get a few things. Do you mind, its just for a little bit." You ask of your mother, using the voice of your ancestor.She reluctantly excuses you, and she leans on your Dad crying as you go upstairs. You hope she'll be okay and this will pass, however not without weekly calls for the next four months. You make it to your room, the place you've spent most of your time growing up. You open the door drop the bag on the bed and you begin by opening it.You find:Inventory:Mysterious Wooden Box (Dad's Gift)A 70page Spiral Bounded Notebook3 Pencils3 PensYour Smart Phone and ChargerYour LaptopSome white outA highlighterAbout 3 packets of snacks.A full waterbottle.A can of Pepper Spray> Open the box (1d20 -1 Agility Conceal/Sneak Never know if mother is watching)>Leave it closed, wait till you are out of your parents hair.
>>44173561>Excuse me I have to go upstairs for a second IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH AMERICA FUCK YEAH (F-22 squadron flies above the house, an american flag phases in the background and an eagle lands on your shoulder)
Rolled 10 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>Open the boxWelcome to the first shitfest of the quest.
>>44173691You just avoided your extremely emotional mother. A really impressive feat.
Rolled 19 - 1 (1d20 - 1)>>44173671
>>44173671>Leave it closed, wait till you are out of your parents hair.
>>44173839What could possibly go wrong?> Open the box
>>44173762> Damn you guys are good. >>44173717Good thing that roll was using the wrong modifier.I should tell you all I use best of three unless otherwise stated. No confirmed crits either.> Back to the storyYour curiosity gets the best of you and you peek into Pandora's box, you take off the cover and whisper to yourself."Damn Dad, this is going to get me arrested." you look into the box, and find a really dangerous tool. When you pull it out of the box, you read the tag and it reads in Russian."This belonged to myself when I was in Afghanistan, if your mother found out about this, I would be roasted over coals. I hope you never have to use it." - Love, DadNow normally one would heavily question the reason for even possessing something that could be illegal to even own, let alone possess on a college campus. However knowing your Dad did serve in Afghanistan during the Soviet Excursion, you decided to keep it quiet. But what should you do with it?>Keep it, it's for self-defense right?>Place it back in the box, and in your closet, its not worth the risk.>Leave the House (Not a choice really.)
>>44173908>>Keep it, it's for self-defense right?
>Keep it.I mean, what could possibly go wrong?Why do I feel like we'll be saying this a lot?
>my time in AfghanistanFuck yeah.>>44173957It's pretty much a Russian principle throughout their history.>>44173908>Keep it.
>>44173908>Place it back in the box, and in your closet, its not worth the risk.Unless the campus is in Detroit.
>>44173908Are we in commiefornia? I thought you could carry weapons in most of USA
>>44174023>Today however, your father works as a System Threat Analyst for a very important Technical firm on the *East Coast* of the United States.I don't think we are?
>>44173908>no write-inThis is the epitome of a bad idea. Fuck it.>Keep it.
>>44173908>Place it back in the box, and in your closet, its not worth the risk.We're a Russian, not an idiot.
>>44174052>>44174023https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/15/1245Lawfag here. They're illegal as fuck.
>>44173908>>44173945>>44173957You decide to place the knife in the box, and place it at the bottom of your bag. Your father took a lot of risks giving that to you. It means he trusts you, and cares about your safety. However the gifting of something like this could be seen as suspect to many people, mostly due to your family's former Soviet citizenship. You just hope to Christ it doesn't kick you in the teeth.You go downstairs, and give your parents a big old hug, you all walk out of the house, and to the car. When everyone is settled in and buckled up, you all pull out of the driveway and make your way on the two hour trip to campus.What do you do to pass the time?>Start by attempting to get your parents to divulge more about their past (1d20 +4 Charisma Persuade)>Play games on your Smartphone>Just look out the window and take in the sights, its a short drive after all.
>>44174102>>Just look out the window and take in the sights, its a short drive after all.
>>44174096I just couldn't resist adding a rather dangerous and possibly significant plot device.
Rolled 10 + 4 (1d20 + 4)>>44174096>Ten yearswelp>Start by attempting to get your parents to divulge more about their past (1d20 +4 Charisma Persuade)
>>44174096And thus, awesome.
>>44174185>>44174145Can we get a tie breaker?
Time travel when?
Rolled 13 (1d20)>Start by attempting to get your parents to divulge more about their past (1d20 +4 Charisma Persuade)
>>44174221It's only thread 0. You haven't even met your professors.
>>44174237You didn't actually say no.
>>44174250My guess after we settle in and meet our room mate and professor.
>>44174250>implying our crazy poli-sci teacher won't drag us into a revolution to restore tsarist russia
Rolled 9 + 4 (1d20 + 4)>>44174102>>Start by attempting to get your parents to divulge more about their past (1d20 +4 Charisma Persuade)>>44174217Here you go
>>44174305>implying its not Rasputin who has been waiting decades for a chance at revenge via time travelYou better turn this into Red Alert Quest
>>44174223>>44174185Divulge Secrets:> Back to Story"Hey mom, and dad? What was life like in the Soviet Union? You said you were civil servants, but Dad you served in the Afghan War in the 1980s didn't you?" you ask not expecting a straight-forward answer.Your father gives you a look, that completely takes away the kind and quiet father you had, and replaced it with a man, who looks like he's ready to crash the car at any minute."Honey, that was years ago. It was just like the media said it was back then. We were a failing state, and worse yet the economic downturn brought many of us into poverty. As a result we left, and have never regretted it." Your mother replies and then looks at you father giving him a dirty look.You know they're evading giving you solid answers but you already committed yourself to this, should you ask further, or restrain yourself? Your dad is giving you a look that might keep you from saying something that might just end your life.>Push further(1d20 +4 Charisma)>Push further but show off your strength. (1d20 +2 Strength)>Leave it be, you might meet your end.
Rolled 11 + 4 (1d20 + 4)>>44174429>>Push further(1d20 +4 Charisma)
Rolled 4 + 4 (1d20 + 4)>>44174429>Push further(1d20 +4 Charisma)
>>44174475>>44174503Might want to roll one more. Charisma, this might get dicey, or switch to strength.
Rolled 19 + 4 (1d20 + 4)Fuck it.Charisma it is.
>>44174565> The day is saved!>Back to the storyRather than being knocked unconscious and man handled like in those spy movies, your father's stare finally relents and with a sigh he tells you a sentence that you probably didn't want you to hear."It's none of you damn business, even if you are my son. But I'll tell you this. If you ask Dr. Speranskii at your university, he can tell you more. I don't want you to know, but if you ask that man, he'll tell you anything, assuming you can bribe him enough." He coughs and then opens the window, and the wind blows in. It seems that's all you could've gotten out of him. Looks like you have no choice but to ask this Dr. Speranskii though, he might know more.The trip goes by without incident, and you make your way to campus by late afternoon, unfortunately due to traffic. One thing is on your mind though. Why didn't you have the right to know? I thought they trusted me more than this.- End of Thread -Will do a short Q/A. Plan on starting again this Wednesday afternoon around 14:00EST.Hope you all enjoyed.
>>44174724I'm looking forward to the next thread.
>>44174724If you plan on making this more than a handful threads long I'd suggest you get a twitter account for announcements and such
>>44174724>>44174816Seconding, please do make a twitter.
Thanks for running.
>>44174798Thanks>>44174816Noted, will work on that, for now I have to get a pastebin ready for this coming Wednesday. Thread is archived. If someone wants to update it with the Q/A that's fine by me, but I have to get ready to make dinner.
>>44174861>>44174816>>44174798>>44174895Thank you all for being good sports.Twitter is right here:@DonskoiDmitri
>>44175087A'ight, looking forward to the next thread double D.