That could take a while, we might need to do it sooner.
I wasn't necessarily thinking that we'd all go there to drop them off. They might head out at the first opportunity (immediately after this fight?) because Vethran is ready to start crafting. So he heads off there to get down to business and Elisile escorts him.
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I'm sure Aubrey has a long list of volunteers, but in case I'm wrong, I would be interested - and more than willing to step aside when the others return.
That'd be good. I wouldn't want anyone to feel they have to retire from the game in favour of others and this game doesn't have a huge number of PCs right now, so stepping aside shouldn't be an issue. So - you up for it, AG? I might have to impose slightly to make it work, but we can discuss...
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Could someone please confirm that I'm getting this right, so I don't have to keep trying to work it out? From the init chart, and the failure of the Will save, as far as I can tell, Camlo has the following effects on him:
Last Init, After Illes - Camlo 6 extended haste(move 30ft more, +1 atk, +1 dodge to AC), Inspire Courage (Illes +4 att/dam, +4 charm/fear), blessing of fervor (Assume incraete ATk, Dodge), wand of magic missile (CL 3, 33 charges), fly, Shaken (-2 to attacks, skill checks, ability checks and saves)
Blessing of Fervor
Each round for the duration of this spell, each of your allies can choose one of the following bonuses for that round at the beginning of its turn (their choice).
Stand up as a swift action without provoking an attack of opportunity.
Gain a +2 bonus on attack rolls and a +2 dodge bonus to AC and Reflex saves.
These effects are not cumulative with similar effects, such as those provided by haste or a speed weapon, nor do they actually grant an extra action, so you can't use it to cast a second spell or otherwise take an extra action in the round. Blessing of fervor does not stack with haste.
I've copied the description from blessing of fervor and then removed the bits not applicable to Camlo. It says it doesn't stack with hast, so to make life easy, ignore the speed increase, which haste is giving me. Unless I need to stand up, that leaves one sensible thing to do with it. Since that thing doesn't stack with haste, I've ignored the hast bit in working out the follwoing....
Heard a mothy update by way of somebody who talked to somebody who told me,......
he's temping; so he has some work; and he had computer problems at home shortly after he lost his job, so that's why he's not around.
I like the wand. An alternative could be for Illes to use it with Use Magic Device
While having Alwyn clamber around on the ceiling in his platemail and the Cloak of arachnia is a rather amusing idea, others have more use for it; our arcanists, for example, could use it to cast spells safely perched on a wall or the ceiling.
The potion could make Camlo Tiny. That could be useful; I don't see any of the others getting much use out of it.
Is the dart a throwing weapon, or is it used in a hand crossbow? Either way, Camlo would get the best use out of it.
One of the arcanists takes the scroll.
The hand allows the wearer to use one more ring. I don't know if we have enough rings that this is a problem. So it's party loot now, given to the first one who needs it.
Hehe. Wonder how many characters on the boards die as a result of their allies' direct action as soon as they are able?
Ah, well, let's say you don't come across as particularly loveable yet and that a Hellknight isn't the smoothest fit with a bunch of Varisian gypsies and Shoanti anarchists. However, I was thinking of pursuing a "no, this death isn't horrible enough for her" line of thinking - you'll live a long time, don't worry about that.
Oh, and that was a spectacular entrance. Kudos for that.
So when we were in spoiler-ville (while being manacled) I managed to fall impressively embarrassingly behind on this one. I've read up to present tonight and will be back to posting from tomorrow. Sorry about that guys.
Basically whenever the weather in Athens seasonally shifts to be nicer or on holidays (Christmas and Easter) I get kicked in the balls by work. I think the worst of it is past now and it will be back to normal by the end of the month. Eventually I'll have to leave this place and find something with regular hours, but with Athens being what it is right now I think plenty of work places feel supremely confident in taking advantage of and abusing their workers. I think I may be the only person working at this place who has flat out refused to work a 24+ hour shift. 12 is about the max I will give them, but during these periods it is sometimes 6 days a week. Occasionally 7.
Yeah, 24 hour shifts can go straight to hell. I work two 8-hour shifts and two 12-hour shifts a week right now. I could probably handle 16 hours if I had to, but 24? That's madness.
I hope everything is working out for you there, though. I admit to not following the news as well as I should. Is Greece getting its act together after all the fallout from last year? Or are we going to be seeing you stateside before long?
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It's weird - the reason that Greece is the way it is is because of so many restrictions of working practices, yet they pull rubbish like this. It clearly pays to be in a restricted profession - you should become a pharmacist or something. How are things - I hear that Athens is the worst in lots of ways compared to the rest of the country?
24 hour shifts come from them thinking it is reasonable to ask people to prepare a catering job at the business and then go to the event to work as service. Luckily when I started I told them I would rather find another job than work service at an event. A wedding party might have you starting at 7am and returning to the shop at 7am the next day. If something like that fell on a weekday I've seen people there take a 2 hour break then work another day shift. Hell no. It isn't like that happens all of the time, but it should never happen in the first place. Also- they push to keep their workers employed as "freelancers" (if they are on the books at all) which means they pay nothing for insurance, pension, vacation, etc and leave you with no job protections whatsoever.
I have worked 24 hour shifts split between two jobs before I moved to ny, but it was once a week, short term to bank up some money and even then with a 2 hour break in the middle to sleep for a minute.
Aubrey> As an outside observer I believe the reason Greece has such a bloated bureaucracy regarding the work place is decades of hiring sprees after each election cycle to secure positions for supporters and lock up them and their family as future votes. The old cycle used to be firing all govt jobs and replacing them with your own people, but they made that illegal at some point. After that they just kept hiring people and finding new jobs for them. So finding something for all those people to do has resulted in this Byzantine system where two workers sitting beside each other in the same office can't agree on what forms and paperwork you need and neither will agree with a third guy from another office. The regulations regarding opening a new business are incredibly onerous, but you aren't expected to follow them. The idea is that you pay bribes to each office and get them to smooth everything over for you. If you refuse to pay the bribe, then they use their office to destroy your business until you will pay. I'm making sweeping generalizations but it does happen. It is called the "speed tax."
As far as how things are in Athens... I swear I should take a camera around with me and document the army of illegal immigrants stripping the city for scrap metal or anything else they can recycle. Or the people scavenging through dumpsters. Or the little homeless forts built up in the sheltered overhang of buildings.
Last week someone got into our building, broke our boiler and stole 2 months of heating fuel (500 Liters). Heating fuel prices keep skyrocketing here. I don't know if that is Greece or just everywhere, but now we will have to replace all of that fuel with significantly more expensive fuel and our lobby smells like toxic chemicals every day. Supposedly it has been cleaned up by the management company, but the smell doesn't seem to be going anywhere.
Also, disturbingly the NeoNazi party continues to grow in popularity. I don't know who did this poll or whether it was reliable, but supposedly 50% of the police in Athens identify with Xrysi Avgi for their anti-immigrant stance. That ain't good.
Here's a tidbit- the most famous Greek pop star just got busted for her tax returns last year. She claimed an income of 3,000 euros... for the year. Her lesser rivals are claiming around 4 million. The most famous male pop star was busted for claiming 60,000.
Stay or go is always the question. I don't know what we will do at this point.
That, unfortunate truth be told, is pretty spot on, if you will permit me this brief butting in.
Hey! You are the first person in Athens I've run into on the boards. Nice to meet you :) We are in Exarchia- thus the homeless forts.
Regarding the bribes I see it through my work place. When IKA (the insurance/pension pool for these professions) is coming for an inspection they get a phone call beforehand from their connection at the local office courtesy of greasing the wheels.
Actually, we have talked before in the boards, though it was a couple of years or three ago. I was looking for any other Greek people that might be around, I think. Memory may be a bit iffy.
I am in Gyzi, by the way. No homeless forts here, though there is the occasional, ahem, scavenger. In fact, when my old fridge "died", it had only been out by the dumpster for a minute, two tops, before someone took an interest in it and carted it away. The whole fridge... on a supermarket cart!
Waiting for the inevitable Thunderdome to pop up one of these days myself...