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DM Alexander Kilcoyne's Sargavan Saga

Game Master Alexander Kilcoyne

"What is this place? Puzzles in Azlant, more magic than you see in a year in Absalom. Wheels literally within wheels. Bound demons and wax golems? The expense must have been enormous. But why? To what end?"

Jakob

Kingdom Rules | SRD Reference | Pyramid, Level 1 | Pyramid, Level 2 |


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What a f%+#ing day. I work in such a nest of two-faced, small-minded snakes.


Male Human

So, had fun then?

Just an attempt to lighten the mood, do not mind me...


Does anyone know offhand where to find the rule about how to reverse-engineer racial bonuses and penalties to ability scores from a bestiary statblock? Like, the garden-variety drow has stats of Str 11, Dex 15, Con 10, Int 10, Wis 9, Cha 10, and the drow racial adjustments are +2 Dexterity, +2 Charisma, –2 Constitution?

Dark Archive

No longer matters Drow Lich Epic level Wizard/Cleric of considerable ability

Do you mean Pathfinder specifically or are you including 3.5 material?

If the latter, I would try Savage Species. I'll help you look for the former. :)


I don't think I have Savage Species.

I was thinking it was something like you were supposed to presume the basic array for NPCs and work it out from there. It works for drow, but it can't make it fit with other statblocks.

EDIT: Or maybe it just doesn't work out as nice and even as it does for races more "fit" for PCs.


D&D 3.5 SRD wrote:
To determine any creature’s racial ability adjustments, subtract 10 from any even-numbered ability score and subtract 11 from any odd-numbered score. (Exceptions are noted in the Combat section of a creature’s descriptive text.)

From the Monsters (Intro-A) document. I'm assuming PFRPG kept this, but who knows.

Dark Archive

No longer matters Drow Lich Epic level Wizard/Cleric of considerable ability

Are you wanting the bonuses/penalties for specific monsters? HeroLab lists them under the race selection.

EDIT: I found that rule as well but it doesn't seem to work all the time. Does it even work for the drow?


Bestiary 1 wrote:
Unless otherwise indicated, a creature's ability scores represent the baseline of its racial modifiers applied to scores of 10 or 11.

That's from the Bestiary's Monster Introduction section on PRD under "ability scores." So yeah, they kept it the same.


I also just found the Pathfinder wording, in the Bestiary intro:

Quote:
Ability Scores: The creature's ability scores are listed here. Unless otherwise indicated, a creature's ability scores represent the baseline of its racial modifiers applied to scores of 10 or 11. Creatures with NPC class levels have stats in the standard array (13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8), while creatures with character class levels have the elite array (15, 14, 13, 12, 10, 8); in both cases, the creature's ability score modifiers are listed at the end of its description.

So that's why it works out from the basic array for drow: he's a warrior.

Never thought of checking HeroLab.


Male Human (Mwangi - Bas'o tribe) Barbarian (Brutal Pugilist archetype) 4

Caverns Ho! - is nice, is good :)


Primordial Ooze

If anyone is interested, I'm going to try something new to give myself a kick up the butt to get some of the disparate ideas flowing through my head onto electronic paper here.

Feel free to ignore, read, laugh, make fun, make suggestions, make hand-puppets, etc as you see fit :)


Male Human (Mwangi - Bas'o tribe) Barbarian (Brutal Pugilist archetype) 4

Latest in my list of Kickstarted receipts

The merino and steer are my favourites... but the guys really need to get a triceratops or a pachycephalosaurus...


Your Humble Narrator

Hi all. So sorry I let this game slide for so long. Hope your all still with me and i'm returning to daily updates starting today. PM's/Facebook messages going out right now.


Yay! :D

... of course, I'd forgotten how very little Tebati has to contribute while exploring super-ancient-tech-dungeon. :P


Your Humble Narrator

Can always poke something with a Hanbo, spontaneously drink the water, etc. :)

Oh wait, shes the one with the high wisdom.


I need a macro for each new room we enter: "Tebati has no idea what she's looking at but disapproves."


Male Human (Mwangi - Bas'o tribe) Barbarian (Brutal Pugilist archetype) 4

Work Qhude into the macro as well :P


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"Qhude has no idea what he's looking at but disapproves ... violently."


"Ansha deduced the location of the six magical auras within the room. Two Moderate strength Evocation auras, one in each of the water tanks. Two Moderate auras of Divination, again, with one in each tank. And finally, Ansha detected a Strong divination aura which seemed to emanate from the water in the large tub itself."

I'm terrible at math...but I'm pretty sure that's only five.


Your Humble Narrator

Cut me some slack i'm out of practice with this whole DMing shenanigan. Either that or i've tipped my hand that there is an illusionary aura in there somewhere :P.

House Rules wrote:


Detect Magic Changes-

1. You must make a will save against an illusions DC+2 to realise it is an illusion and have its magical aura register while using Detect Magic. The increase in DC is to represent that your not really interacting with it in any sensory way (close inspection, using hands/hearing) as well as balancing a cantrip against higher level spells. This will save will be made by me in secret.


You did. Don't worry, I'm good about OOC/IC separation. ;)


Jakob Mulle wrote:
Tebati wrote:
...we should have heard of you {them?} before."

You, as in the Order of Arioch, of which Akirra is a representative, rather than them, as in the fortresses, which are almost certainly looted ruins, if still standing.

Hundreds of invisible magic ziggurats going unnoticed in a populated continent, I'm not buying.


Your Humble Narrator
Joana wrote:


Hundreds of invisible magic ziggurats going unnoticed in a populated continent, I'm not buying.

Me too. But you have all the pieces to put that puzzle together. Logic would dictate that Earthfall destroyed many, if not all of them.


Which is why she told Akirra they're no longer standing. It's Ansha and Jakob who think they may still be out there. :P


Male Human Haunted Nature Oracle 4 (Ac 20 Cmd 20 Will+4 Ref+2 Fort+4)
Joana wrote:


You, as in the Order of Arioch, of which Akirra is a representative, rather than them, as in the fortresses, which are almost certainly looted ruins, if still standing.

Aha! I stand corrected. I am ruling the Jakob misheard or just wasn't paying that much attention.

DM Alexander Kilcoyne wrote:
Joana wrote:


Hundreds of invisible magic ziggurats going unnoticed in a populated continent, I'm not buying.
Me too. But you have all the pieces to put that puzzle together. Logic would dictate that Earthfall destroyed many, if not all of them.

This must be why the continent is so undeveloped! People keep walking into magic invisible mind-fogging ziggurats and can't get any work done!


Akirra certainly isn't suggesting that they are all still out there. Can't blame him for hoping that maybe at least one other one might be though. He would like his mind fully restored if possible. :)


Joana wrote:
Which is why she told Akirra they're no longer standing. It's Ansha and Jakob who think they may still be out there. :P

There aren't hundreds out there, but there are still a few...and who's to say that one or two of them isn't still inhabited by sentient beings connected to the order? Like a lich....


Then I'd as soon not meet him/her at level 4. ;)


I never said I wanted to meet whoever was on the other end of any possible communication! ;P


Akirra wrote:
Should I(we) be spoilering this seeing as how the door has been closed?

Has it?

Qhude wrote:
Qhude allows the others to pass before closing off the doorway and taking martial guard.

I was taking this to mean that he was physically blocking the doorway, not closing the door.


I took it the other way... but it is irrelevant now anyhow. :)


Male Human (Mwangi - Bas'o tribe) Barbarian (Brutal Pugilist archetype) 4

I had meant it as standing in front of the portal... that way he could be both outside the room and free to provide for stabbing within if needed.


So I have been thinking about massive destruction and violent psychopaths but apart from holidays with the family I was also thinking about jumping the shield and running a PbP here.

I have always wanted to give Savage Worlds Necessary Evil* a go. I don't have a recruitment thread up yet, I am waiting on an off-board friend who will likely be playing to finish vetting the announcement post for sanity.

Strike anyone as interesting?

*Elevator pitch: Modern age aliens invade Stan Lee's four-color Manhattan. Heroes die B-list villains, the players, are left to deal with an occupied earth.


Don't know the ruleset. Good luck with it, though, if you decide to go through with it.


Ansha wrote:
Lingering behind, Ansha uses the levers to replicate what she heard Akirra do until the map reflects what seems to be pre-Earthfall Sargava. She then reaches out and touches the point of light nearest where modern-day Eleder is (however far away that actually is).

I'm kind of assuming that there is still some way in which we can interact with this device that will produce results, but if not, we can move on to the next room.


Male Human Haunted Nature Oracle 4 (Ac 20 Cmd 20 Will+4 Ref+2 Fort+4)

I get the feeling we either don't have anything like the skills to decipher these things or we missed an early clue dispenser.

Your plan of poke it and see what happens is our best bet until we get more data.


Well, we haven't opened all of the doors yet. Perhaps something will change once we see everything.


Your Humble Narrator

Sorry guys, this game next on my to-do list promise!


Akirra! You've changed! :D


Your Humble Narrator

Holy makeover!


I've been hoping to find a more mwangi avatar... one that I like. Not a lot of choices as you well know. I'm not super pumped on this one. (I kinda like the last one to be honest) What do you think? Should I keep this one?


And yet again, no blond elves in the latest batch. >_>

Not sure I have an opinion on which one of Akirra's avatars I like better.


Male Human Haunted Nature Oracle 4 (Ac 20 Cmd 20 Will+4 Ref+2 Fort+4)

No opinion here either. Both have the "I'll most likely kill you in the morning" stare going on. So that's good.


Male Human

My medical residency's board certification exam is over (I passed, in case you were wondering) so I will be returning to active duty soon enough. As soon as I have rested and cleared my head and also caught up with what has happened in the game so far. Thank you for your patience and understanding. :-)


Male Human Haunted Nature Oracle 4 (Ac 20 Cmd 20 Will+4 Ref+2 Fort+4)

Congratulations!

That can not have been easy.


F. Castor wrote:
My medical residency's board certification exam is over (I passed, in case you were wondering) so I will be returning to active duty soon enough. As soon as I have rested and cleared my head and also caught up with what has happened in the game so far. Thank you for your patience and understanding. :-)

Yay! Congratulations!

As for catching up on this game, it won't be easy. I think we opened a door. ;P


Your Humble Narrator

I think you also managed to look inside!

I promise i'm updating soon.


Congrats, Kieran!


I'll add my congratulations to the heap! :)

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