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Chronicles of the Silver Rose Company

Game Master Patrick Curtin

This campaign is my attempt to play a canonical Planescape campaign using the updated Pathfinder ruleset. The game actually predates the release of Pathfinder, but we have managed to update as we have needed.


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Bribes always welcome
Justin Case wrote:

Justin starts looking over the nearest stacks, knowing they won't be what he's looking for, but interested nonetheless. He double takes at the zipping entrance of the flying purple crystal skull.

Displaying an unusual amount of wisdom, he keeps his mouth shut as the skull conducts business with Olli.

The skull seems to be perusing through the stacks after talking to O.L.L.I. A book extracts itself from a shelf and opens in front of the skull (Morbo?). Pages begin flipping quickly in front of it.

The books Justin sees are a hodgepodge of subjects mundane and magical. Some look brand new, others centuries old. Most look to be written in Planar Common, but a sizable minority seem to be penned in the three main outer planar tongues: Celestial, Abyssal, and Infernal.


Bribes always welcome

Anyone looking about roll me a Perception please


Male Human (Athasian) Cleric 9

perception 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (7) + 4 = 11


Female catfolk sorceror 9

Perception Merle

1d20 + 5 ⇒ (1) + 5 = 6

Seph to busy with his nose already in the first book he could reach


Male Half-elf (Planar) Ranger 5/Rogue 2/Plane Walker 1

Isaac looks about, already thoroughly bored. Even if meeting an independent modron was a rarity, the fact that he was eagerly joining the Hardheads made it clear to the Godsman there was little common ground to be had.

Perception: 1d20 + 17 ⇒ (13) + 17 = 30
32 if urban terrain applies.


female Tiefling 9th level Duskblade
O.L.L.I wrote:

Sorry. Been a real busy weekend.

O.L.L.I takes in the information silently. At the end he chirps

"It will take some time for this unit to do the research. This unit extrapolates a wait of thirty one hours and fourteen minutes before all sources can be accessed and collated. Can this unit reach you at this time?" About noon tomorrow

"That's fine Olli," Karrin says, "You want your usual fee?"

Karrin pauses, then stands up straight, as if hit by an invisible arrow.

"Issac? Can I have a word in private?" Karrin says turning to the team leader, "I'm sure this is nothing but I just had an thought . . ."


Male Half-elf (Planar) Ranger 5/Rogue 2/Plane Walker 1

"Hm? Oh, sure cutter. Let's step outside then."


female Tiefling 9th level Duskblade

"Okay," Karrin says once she's certain no one else is listening in, "What I'm about to tell you cannot leave this room, you have to promise me not to tell anyone ever till then end of time. Okay? So I was just thinking about that gem we picked up and the subsequent fights we had to get it, and I'm thinking that if I had the power to choose who got to carry that little gem I might pick someone with . . . the right linage . . . and then I got to thinking about how each of those fights ended . . . you know despite everything I was around for every victory . . . So . . ." Karrin takes a deep breath, "I've never told anyone else this . . . but turns out, as far as my linage goes, well my grandfather . . . is Ba'al. Oh wow! I said it . . . I haven't been able to share that with anyone. Been keeping it locked away for weeks now. I didn't even tell my priest. Wow. I need a moment . . ."

Karrin takes a step back and fans herself.

"You know what I'm thinking right?" she manages to ask.


Neutral Modron (Exile) Cleric 3
Karrin Kind wrote:
"That's fine Olli," Karrin says, "You want your usual fee?

O.L.L.I nods.

"100 Ladies, plus any expenses incurred. Or you can relate a detailed narrative of your planar adventures and this unit will waive the fee"


Bribes always welcome
Isaac wrote:

Isaac looks about, already thoroughly bored. Even if meeting an independent modron was a rarity, the fact that he was eagerly joining the Hardheads made it clear to the Godsman there was little common ground to be had.

Perception: 1d20+17
32 if urban terrain applies.

I would rule a library counts as urban terrain.

Isaac:

Spoiler:
Issac notes a berk ghosting from book stack to book stack, looking rather shifty. There is also a real weird bald-headed cutter dressed in head-to-toe leather clothes with a pair of smoked glass goggles on his eyes. This cutter seems to be looking at Justin more than casually while he reads a book at a desk


Male Half-elf (Planar) Ranger 5/Rogue 2/Plane Walker 1

DM:

Spoiler:
Would I recognize either of these berks?
Knowledge: Local: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (1) + 6 = 7
I'm guessing no, with that roll...

On his way out the door following Karrin, Isaac taps the modron's "shoulder".
"Appreciate the Chant, OLLI ol' son. Looks like our fellow bibliophiliac over there-", he says, pointing out an indecisive and shifty looking sod hovering between the stacks,"could use a little reading recommendation, eh? Don't want teh monopolize yer time, this bein' a jewel in the Cage's public cap, as it is."

He pats the cube's backplate before leaning in to Justin.

"The cutter in the smoked glasses' got a crush on you, mate. Old friend from the Prime or a new admirer?", he whispers, subtly indicating a different man.


Male Half-elf (Planar) Ranger 5/Rogue 2/Plane Walker 1
Karrin Kind wrote:

"Okay," Karrin says once she's certain no one else is listening in, "What I'm about to tell you cannot leave this room, you have to promise me not to tell anyone ever till then end of time. Okay? So I was just thinking about that gem we picked up and the subsequent fights we had to get it, and I'm thinking that if I had the power to choose who got to carry that little gem I might pick someone with . . . the right linage . . . and then I got to thinking about how each of those fights ended . . . you know despite everything I was around for every victory . . . So . . ." Karrin takes a deep breath, "I've never told anyone else this . . . but turns out, as far as my linage goes, well my grandfather . . . is Ba'al. Oh wow! I said it . . . I haven't been able to share that with anyone. Been keeping it locked away for weeks now. I didn't even tell my priest. Wow. I need a moment . . ."

Karrin takes a step back and fans herself.

"You know what I'm thinking right?" she manages to ask.

Isaac raises his eyebrows.

"Oi. Uh, well. Thanks for yer confidence, cutter. So yer granddad's a Duke of Baator? Way to cut the line on yer road to being a Power, basher."

He shakes his head in disbelief.
"But you're tellin' me that not even Nari or Merle know 'bout this? What about Renkar? I mean... I ain't against ye pocketing this gem and all- but we should tell the others don't ye think? They all agreed to have me hold onto it; I drop the responsibility in yer hands without their say-so that's an abuse o' their trust. We all earned this thing."

"... and if you hold onto it, whose to say it won't react somehow? Very few sods know how apotheosis works, cutter, you could be fast-tracked to Powerhood with this thing."


Male Human (Athasian) Cleric 9

Ekuur remains fixated on the little being made of metal while the others converse. He raises an eyebrow as Karrin takes Isaac outside, and also wonders at what he whispers to Justin as well. His instincts tell him something may be up, but not knowing what, he simply remains silent but alert.


female Tiefling 9th level Duskblade
Isaac wrote:


Isaac raises his eyebrows.
"Oi. Uh, well. Thanks for yer confidence, cutter. So yer granddad's a Duke of Baator? Way to cut the line on yer road to being a Power, basher."

He shakes his head in disbelief.
"But you're tellin' me that not even Nari or Merle know 'bout this? What about Renkar? I mean... I ain't against ye pocketing this gem and all- but we should tell the others don't ye think? They all agreed to have me hold onto it; I drop the responsibility in yer hands without their say-so that's an abuse o' their trust. We all earned this thing."

"... and if you hold onto it, whose to say it won't react somehow? Very few sods know how apotheosis works, cutter, you could be fast-tracked to Powerhood with this thing."

"Wait . . . What? No! That's exactly the opposite of what I want. I want you to hold onto that gem and no matter what don't use it on me. I've always felt my fiendish blood was a curse but I had no idea how much of a curse. The idea of getting some sort of divine power . . . I mean all this could be just coincidence, but I'm not playing into someone else's game Isaac. I'd rather die then get pulled into that side of my family."

Karrin turns away to hide her anger, but Isaac can easily hear the grinding of metal as Karrin flexes her mitt.

"And that's exactly why I never told anyone," Karrin says, "I mean people think I'm an evil manipulative hell spawn as is, but knowing how close I am one of the lords of hell would only make people question me more. Not only that, but my blood, lots of folks would want it just because of how close I am to one of the dukes of Hell. There are exactly four people who know about this Isaac, and two of them are in this room. Please tell me that I haven't made a mistake entrusting you with this."


Female catfolk sorceror 9

Merle finds a table for Seph while keeping an eye on any books that might somehow take her fancy.


Neutral Modron (Exile) Cleric 3
Isaac wrote:

DM: ** spoiler omitted **

On his way out the door following Karrin, Isaac taps the modron's "shoulder".
"Appreciate the Chant, OLLI ol' son. Looks like our fellow bibliophiliac over there-", he says, pointing out an indecisive and shifty looking sod hovering between the stacks,"could use a little reading recommendation, eh? Don't want teh monopolize yer time, this bein' a jewel in the Cage's public cap, as it is."

O.L.L.I. follows Issac's pointing finger.

"That being, designated Androcynes, is a guardian of the library. He has made statements to the effect that he is a tangible dream of the Lady, and as such guards her library. This unit cannot adequately corroborate Androcynes' claims."


Bribes always welcome
Merle Barer wrote:
Merle finds a table for Seph while keeping an eye on any books that might somehow take her fancy.

There is a small area that seems designed for smaller beings. Merle gets Seph set up with a large fairytale book, and looks about herself. There is a lot to take in. Books in Draconic, books in Aklo, even books in Sylvan, which is rarely written down. However, actual books containing spells, or magical writings seem to not be in the open stacks


Male Half-elf (Planar) Ranger 5/Rogue 2/Plane Walker 1
Karrin Kind wrote:
Isaac wrote:


Isaac raises his eyebrows.
"Oi. Uh, well. Thanks for yer confidence, cutter. So yer granddad's a Duke of Baator? Way to cut the line on yer road to being a Power, basher."

He shakes his head in disbelief.
"But you're tellin' me that not even Nari or Merle know 'bout this? What about Renkar? I mean... I ain't against ye pocketing this gem and all- but we should tell the others don't ye think? They all agreed to have me hold onto it; I drop the responsibility in yer hands without their say-so that's an abuse o' their trust. We all earned this thing."

"... and if you hold onto it, whose to say it won't react somehow? Very few sods know how apotheosis works, cutter, you could be fast-tracked to Powerhood with this thing."

"Wait . . . What? No! That's exactly the opposite of what I want. I want you to hold onto that gem and no matter what don't use it on me. I've always felt my fiendish blood was a curse but I had no idea how much of a curse. The idea of getting some sort of divine power . . . I mean all this could be just coincidence, but I'm not playing into someone else's game Isaac. I'd rather die then get pulled into that side of my family."

Karrin turns away to hide her anger, but Isaac can easily hear the grinding of metal as Karrin flexes her mitt.

"And that's exactly why I never told anyone," Karrin says, "I mean people think I'm an evil manipulative hell spawn as is, but knowing how close I am one of the lords of hell would only make people question me more. Not only that, but my blood, lots of folks would want it just because of how close I am to one of the dukes of Hell. There are exactly four people who know about this Isaac, and two of them are in this room. Please tell me that I haven't made a mistake entrusting you with this."

Isaac holds up both hands, placating.

"S$**, cutter, I'm sorry. I misunderstood- and I think you should understand somethin' about me, right? See, I'm a Believer of the Source, right? Also called the Godsmen. Our point o' view is that all of us have the potential to be Powers, if we realize our full potential. Hence we work metal- I ain't a man with a book education, you know, but I think that's a metaphor. So either through living, dying and being reborn we think we're all pushing our way toward to the Best Us. And for us, that means at some point becoming a Power."

"So, when you said you're related to a demigod, you had survived these trials- I jumped to a conclusion. Got nothin' to do with tiefling prejudices, of which I have none, it's just my years of Godsman philosophy jumping in. I agree that this thing's a huge risk, and knowing this, I'll keep it bloody well away from you. Really, we had the same thought; I just misunderstood what ye were drivin' at. And I'm sorry for that, truly. Not a bloody word will rattle from my bonebox, basher, I'll swear it three times."


Male Half-elf (Planar) Ranger 5/Rogue 2/Plane Walker 1
O.L.L.I wrote:
Isaac wrote:

DM: ** spoiler omitted **

On his way out the door following Karrin, Isaac taps the modron's "shoulder".
"Appreciate the Chant, OLLI ol' son. Looks like our fellow bibliophiliac over there-", he says, pointing out an indecisive and shifty looking sod hovering between the stacks,"could use a little reading recommendation, eh? Don't want teh monopolize yer time, this bein' a jewel in the Cage's public cap, as it is."

O.L.L.I. follows Issac's pointing finger.

"That being, designated Androcynes, is a guardian of the library. He has made statements to the effect that he is a tangible dream of the Lady, and as such guards her library. This unit cannot adequately corroborate Androcynes' claims."

Isaac raises an eyebrow, though he really hopes that the rest of the team marked him as well.

"Sounds like a good way to get Mazed.. or worse. Thanks cutter."


female Tiefling 9th level Duskblade

"Well I got nothing against wanting to become a power, if you're not linked to one of the lower planes that is, but it's nothing I'm willing to risk. Maybe, if I'm lucky, I'll get to live my life without drawing the attention of . . . that side of the family. It's strange, Kron, that's my adopted father, well he always told me to avoid devils, and I'd always hoped and maybe even assumed that I was tainted with demon blood. When I first came to the cage I was terrified of devils. Well, still am really, but it's not just my soul I'm scared they'll take now. Now I got to worry about . . ."

There's a long pause, and it doesn't take a master at reading people to know Karrin has more to say, but the usually talkative tiefling has decided to clamp up.

"We'd better get back to the others . . ."

Taldor

Male hu-man Paladin

Karrin picked up this little fact over four years ago and has kept it to herself ever since. You might remember back when Karrin met with Sebastian? Although you only have to go back two years ago to see where Karrin came close to revealing this secret to the group. It was just after Nari got her new body:

Karrin Kind wrote:

"Well my mother is a bloody scion of hell!" Karrin snaps, "A monster of unimaginable proportions!"

Karrin pauses, blinks, then quickly adds, "Probably. I mean for all I know she could be some lowly demon or something. Actually that's probably more likely. Sired by some unknown, unimportant demon somewhere, but forever tainted. No matter what your father was Nari at least you don't carry his taint everywhere you go. People didn't look at that old elven body of yours and think "she must be some sort of monster" or something. You at least had the option of disowning him, putting him in your past, but me, I got these horns, I got these teeth, and I got this ugly red skin. How can I forget one of my parents was a monster? I mean I can try every day, serve Rao every day, and I still got these horns on my head. Folks automatically think I'm evil. I mean I was lucky, I found a guy once that was able to look past these stupid fangs, see me for a good person, but you think that's ever going to happen again? I'm sorry for ranting here Nari, and I'm really sorry for the bad stuff that happened to you, but I don't to walk away from what I am ever. I'm just having a really hard time accepting this is all . . . "

Karrin does seem to be having trouble controlling the tone of her voice.


Human Wiz 8
Isaac wrote:
"The cutter in the smoked glasses' got a crush on you, mate. Old friend from the Prime or a new admirer?", he whispers, subtly indicating a different man.

"Hm?" Justin says, reluctantly dragging his eyes from the stacks of knowledge before him, glancing sideways at the person Isaac is nonchalantly indicating.

"Don't think I've seen him before. But I'm more of a name person not a face person." He mutters, wondering what the libraries policy on copying spells was. Fair exchange? Gold up front? And where are the spellbooks anyway? There were a couple of books he had already glanced at that might help him develop the active casting theory for a couple of spells he had been thinking about,...

Justin shook his head, bringing him back to the present.

"Thanks Isaac, I'll be careful." Justin nods to his friend, pulling an interesting volume from the shelf to keep himself from unconsciously checking on the Rod tucked into his inside coat pocket.

NICE RP Karrin! :)

Justin starts mentally cataloging the interesting items he has collected during his recent adventures, idly matching their qualities up to certain arcane enchantment properties they might retain well.


female elan Psion (Kineticist) 9

Nari is entranced by the books and unintentionally wanders off from the group, though (hopefully) not far before she can be found curled up on the floor somewhat hidden by bookshelves reading a book on the history (or mythology...it tends to get a bit fuzzy) of the fey.

I'm gonna be offline for a couple of days so this should keep Nari occupied in the meantime. :)


Bribes always welcome

The odd-looking cutter scoping out Justin rises from his seat and glides into the farther stacks


female Tiefling 9th level Duskblade

(Karrin and Issac return eventually, not in the least bit hot and sweaty, so don't even bother starting those rumors)


Bribes always welcome

The After-Antipeak hours start to fade into the Before Peak as Karrin and Issac return. The library starts to fill with the early-risers and a small crowd of scribes set up small folding tables in the large foyer to ply their trade

Actions folks?


Female catfolk sorceror 9

Merle continues to idly sarch books while Seph reads whatever he can get his paws on.


Male Half-elf (Planar) Ranger 5/Rogue 2/Plane Walker 1

After stepping back into the library with Karrin, Isaac finds OLLI and counts out 100 ladies.
"100 ladies is your research fee, right cutter? This should square us away. And if there's any extra research or shall we say discretionary fees, just lann me the Chant, eh?"
Isaac is basically putting the possibility of a bribe (or "donation") on the table to keep the inquiry quiet.


Human Wiz 8

Justin asks OLLI if there are any reference works to mentally advanced rodents or other vermin in Sigil. He also requests to be directed to works that might assist him in his designing and enchanting of arcane items.

"Urm, I'm, ah, a little short of coins at the moment." Justin says, scratching his ear.

"Did you say that you had alternative payment methods?" He asks hopefully.


Neutral Modron (Exile) Cleric 3

O.L.L.I nods

"Indeed, wizard designated Justin Case. This unit is a collector of information. If you can provide this unit with relevant information on Sigil, and it's inhabitants this unit will attempt to provide the information you require."


Neutral Modron (Exile) Cleric 3
Isaac wrote:

After stepping back into the library with Karrin, Isaac finds OLLI and counts out 100 ladies.

"100 ladies is your research fee, right cutter? This should square us away. And if there's any extra research or shall we say discretionary fees, just lann me the Chant, eh?"
Isaac is basically putting the possibility of a bribe (or "donation") on the table to keep the inquiry quiet.

too bad the box is too clueless to get the innuendo

"This unit will keep a detailed invoice of any costs accrued while collating the information, adventurer designated Issac. The information you seek should not require undue travel or payment"


Bribes always welcome
Merle Barer wrote:
Merle continues to idly sarch books while Seph reads whatever he can get his paws on.

roll me a d1000


female elan Psion (Kineticist) 9

Nari has lost track of time as she read, uncharacteristically unaware of her immediate environment. In her excitement about this place of learning she has forgotten to be afraid for a little while at least.


Female catfolk sorceror 9

1d1000 ⇒ 458


Human Wiz 8
O.L.L.I wrote:

O.L.L.I nods

"Indeed, wizard designated Justin Case. This unit is a collector of information. If you can provide this unit with relevant information on Sigil, and it's inhabitants this unit will attempt to provide the information you require."

Justin smiles.

"Collector of information eh? You sound a lot like me." He says.

Justin spends a few moments discussing details with OLLI, (Does he want names and details of specific persons? Or does he prefer portals discovered, what worlds they connect to, types of creatures encountered, etc? Or all of the above?) He relaxes while talking, and after a few moments he is talking to OLLI as if the Modron were an old acquaintance.

"Right! Sounds Like a deal OLLI. I'll tell you about my personal encounters and discoveries of Sigil so far, you subtract the information you already knew, I'll add in whatever I find about these cranium-rat things, and any extra you can put towards those enchantments references I asked about." The wizard says jovially. Justin rubs his hands briskly in anticipation.

"Hm. Out of curiosity OLLI, do you prefer to receive your information verbally, so you can write it down as you prefer? Or would you rather that I write it down and give it to you that way?"

Justin continues to work out the details and ask general questions about the layout of the library until the others are ready to go.


Male Half-elf (Planar) Ranger 5/Rogue 2/Plane Walker 1

Isaac stretches, then quickly scribbles a note on a piece of scrap in his pocket, handing it to Justin on his walk to the door.

Note:

Spoiler:
The box iz a hardhed- don't giv him any senstiv infermashun ok?

"We got ourselves a deal then, OLLI old son. I'm sure Karrin or any of these other learned cutters will be happy to check in on that, eh? I'm ready to call it an evening, cutters, I'll see ye back at the kip."


Male Human (Athasian) Cleric 9

While there is quite a bit Ekuur would love to research and get to know, he starts to become a little nervous around so much paper and wood. Not the best place for Fire, he thinks.

"Yes, I agree, Isaac. I am also ready to head on for the night ... or is it morning? Either way, I would like to retire to my temple for some rest and early morning worship. Shall we meet back here at the designated time?"

Assuming the others agree, Ekuur will make his way back to the Temple District and the comforting sight of the Temple of the Sacred Flame.


Human Wiz 8

Justin takes the paper, glances at it, makes a 'huh' sound as he reads it, then pockets it.

"Thanks a lot OLLI. I'm with the guys though. We have been up for a while, and I need my beauty sleep." He says to the Modron with a smile.

"Sounds good to me Ekuur. We meeting up for breakfast? Then back here?" He asks the muscular priest and lithe ranger as they head toward the doors. Justin stops, then turns back to the Library.

"Um, where did Merle, Nari and Seph go?" He asks, glancing at the stacks.


Male Half-elf (Planar) Ranger 5/Rogue 2/Plane Walker 1

"Whatever your fancy, cutter. Don't give this place the laugh on my account- I just ain't the library sort o' sod."

The Cager shrugs.
"I'd reckon they're all right; don't seem like the darkman would tolerate any cross trading. They'll leave at their own pace."

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