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DM Alexander Kilcoynes Serpents Skull PbP- Chapter 2, Racing to Ruin (Inactive)

Game Master Alexander Kilcoyne

"I might toss her back into the sea for good measure"

Nkechi "The Tempest", speaking about Willow Whisperwood.


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Sovereign Court

Male

Aerys is actually a fighter who happens to have taken Improved Unarmed Strike :)


Male Human Fighter 5 50/50 hp 4hp nonlethal

Doh!

Sovereign Court

Male

The handy part about your plan is you have inadvertently kept yourselves within radius of Gwen's channe- she can stand on the edge of the ridge and just about get all of you assuming you don't move too far lol...


Female Human Oracle 4

You're fine, Marcus - As AK said, this is actually a great plan. Assuming the bridge goes down. If it doesn't, we're all going to basically die anyway.


Female Human Oracle 4

However, AK - and this bears mentioning should things go South here - the difference between having this fight at 2nd and at 3rd levels is an entire extra d6 on every one of my channels. That's going to be vitally important, I think.

Sovereign Court

Male
Gwenyth wrote:
However, AK - and this bears mentioning should things go South here - the difference between having this fight at 2nd and at 3rd levels is an entire extra d6 on every one of my channels. That's going to be vitally important, I think.

Yup, oh don't worry i've taken these things into account... but fights won't always be fair. Thats why we play an RPG not a tabletop wargame :). You have managed to split their forces with good strategy, your tactics are good and you have NPC's to help tip the scales a little.

I'm looking forward to this immensely *evil grin*.


Male Human Fighter 5 50/50 hp 4hp nonlethal

Totally advertent really...

Yeah Gwen. If they did something intelligent like just form ranks around the bridge and bring everyone across its a total wipe although I guess we always have the old standby of challenging their leader to single combat. Assuming they're all barbarians they're awfully nasty with this many.

Time for your channeling dice karma to rebalance itself...

Sovereign Court

Male

Plus as your soon about to see the savages don't exactly have the best leadership or tactics...

I did grant you one reprieve though- I haven't added levels to the leader or the spirit guide.


Male Human Fighter 5 50/50 hp 4hp nonlethal

Ugh I'm a complete moron and forgot I had a potion of shield of faith I should have used. Maybe I will get a chance before the leader chops me into mincemeat.


Female Human Oracle 4
Alexander Kilcoyne wrote:
Yup, oh don't worry i've taken these things into account... but fights won't always be fair.

I know things won't always be fair. In fact, they rarely should be, what's the fun in that, after all? I'm just saying, the difference between 2nd and 3rd level is a huge one for me, personally.

Sovereign Court

Male

Definitely.


Female Human Oracle 4

Man alive, I was sooooo hoping for 3rd level.

Oh well, let's go slay some stuff or something. After we get out of the heat, of course.

Sovereign Court

Male

Ok guys- you have the XP to level, but until you make a safe camp somewhere and take a day out you won't be able to level. So think about the changes you'd like to make, but don't make them yet ;).


Female Human Oracle 4

Er...I missed a big hunk of XP somewhere, obviously. Can anyone give me an actual total?

Sovereign Court

Male

I was relying on Tun'ada's total as he seems to keep it very well updated- his total + the 940 or so I just awarded should put you over 5,000.


Male Human Fighter 5 50/50 hp 4hp nonlethal

Don't think I was very clear. Looking at the map I just started wondering where the n/nw path went as oppoed to the n/ne path up the mountain.

Mountain it is maybe we'll find a cave.

Now I just need to decide power attack or doubleslice.

Sovereign Court

Male

Oooooh now I get it.

The map shows a path to the northwest does indeed lead towards the coast, but you have no idea what might be there...

As far as you can tell it doesn't offer any way of getting back across the river except for a nice swim...


Male Gnome Bard (Archivist) 5
Alexander Kilcoyne wrote:
I was relying on Tun'ada's total as he seems to keep it very well updated- his total + the 940 or so I just awarded should put you over 5,000.

Yeah, with the latest 940 xp I've got a total of 5416 xp.


Male Dwarf Cleric (Forgemaster) 3 [HP 27/27 : AC 20 CMD 12 Touch 10 Flat 20 : warhammer +5;1d8 : spiked gauntlet +2;1d4 : dagger +2;1d4 : F +6 R +1 W +7 : INIT +0 Perc +10 CMB +2]

3rd Level - Monk

These changes will, as discussed, take effect when we have a chance to rest. I just happen to have free time right now ;)

+1 BAB
Feat - Stance of the Xorn (Anyone else have suggestions? This is my first time playing a monk.)

Fast Movement (Ex)
Maneuver Training (Ex)
Still Mind (Ex)

+1 Acrobatics
+1 Perception
+1 Sense Motive
+1 Stealth

Sovereign Court

Male

Whats that feat and wheres it from?

Edit: Found it. That is quite nice defensively.

Defensive Combat Training makes for a very impressive CMD, netting the extra 5 points to catch up with the high BABer's. CMD is important for any grappling build as its what opponents test against to escape, so that might be a worthy investment.

Weapon Focus (Brass Knuckles)?


Male Human Fighter 5 50/50 hp 4hp nonlethal

I'm no monk expert but I would think DCT or power attack. Stance seems really nice when it applies but is quite conditional (although cool).

Sovereign Court

Male

I may have mentioned this to various people on MSN, but I thought i'd make myself clear with some copy-paste-fu.

I am completely swamped with work for university- i'm posting at 6AM after being up all night working on a damn progress report, and I have a paper on security due in a couple of days. I'm stressed, burnt out and exhausted.

Hence my slower post rate- but never fear, for my next deadline is on friday so I imagine i'll be back to normal posting rate on monday, after my melted brain has cooled down once more.

Thanks for your patience, and apologises for the slowdown on my end.


Alex, no problems....me, I'm busy in the run up to the Xmas period and over Xmas won't be posting...see Deevor.

Please Bot Chi today, weds 15.


Male Human Fighter 5 50/50 hp 4hp nonlethal

No problem alex. Uni should come first.

Liberty's Edge

Male Rat Editor 3/Grammarian 3

No problem at all, bud - get some rest. Things are bound to get slow here and there, around the holidays is no surprise.


Male Mwangi (Caldaru) Human Ranger 3 (Shapeshifter) / Barbarian 2

In the build I have in mind for Tun'ada there are at least 2 levels of Barbarian (so I can pick up a bite attack, along with the claws) What I am having difficulty with is deciding what to do at level 3.

I'm leaning toward taking the first barbarian level, with my 3rd level feat being extra rage.

My original plan went down the tubes when I remembered Improved Natural Weapon required a +4 BAB, so that will have to wait until level 5, assuming AK let's him live that long.

Does anyone have any thoughts on the matter?

Sovereign Court

Male

Work out how many rounds of rage you will have with the one and two levels, I often find Extra Rage is just not worth it... YMMV

Shadow Lodge

Alexander Kilcoyne wrote:
Work out how many rounds of rage you will have with the one and two levels, I often find Extra Rage is just not worth it... YMMV

With the 2 levels of Barbarian that I'm thinking about, he would max out at 7 rounds without the feat (5 rounds at first level), the extra rage would get me to 11 and 13 rounds respectively. In this case, I think it may be worth it.

Sovereign Court

Male

Which rage power are you thinking about?

Shadow Lodge

Alexander Kilcoyne wrote:
Which rage power are you thinking about?

Animal Fury, figured the bite to go along with the claws was appropriate.

Sovereign Court

Male

I thought the same. At some point your likely to want power attack though too no?

Shadow Lodge

Alexander Kilcoyne wrote:
I thought the same. At some point your likely to want power attack though too no?

Most likely, yes.


Male Human Fighter 5 50/50 hp 4hp nonlethal

If you do end up taking more than 2 levels of barb will you end up pissed off you took extra rage this early?


Female Elf Witch 3 (favoured) / Rogue 2 HPs 19/27

For 3rd level, I see Chi taking another level of witch.
I always saw her a a tricky/deceptive witch so take Deception as her patron...

I had always thought I'd take the hex Cauldron and start brewing up some potions, even though it's not so useful long term, I think we could do with some healing potions....I'm open to other opinions...

I hope to take profession(cook), to be in keeping with her background, rather than to be exploited in game.

I'm not seeing the witch build as being overly helpful in straight combat, with the emphasis on deceit. So to use feats to improved perception and disable device or to get extra hex, the hexes in question being one from disguise, flight and tongues, all not being very useful in straight combat.

As I've never built a witch before let alone a witch/rogue build, I'd be interested in comments, and you ideas for spells? This level, I'll probably take spells Mount, Cure Light Wounds plus Ventriloquism(domain). I could learn other witch spells from a scroll, I was hoping for a cure light scroll to learn from, but we haven't got one. Anyway, your ideas are welcome.

Sovereign Court

Male

I honestly assumed you were heading for Witch/Rogue/Arcane Trickster.

If that isn't the case, i'd suggest no more than two levels of Rogue- each one is hurting your caster level and a witch is still essentially a full caster.

By the time your level 4 you will be off this island, but taking Cauldron now with the limited resources and downtime may be a mistake. Taking it at 4th or 5th will be more ideal.


Male Gnome Bard (Archivist) 5
Chi T'reignial wrote:
I'm not seeing the witch build as being overly helpful in straight combat, with the emphasis on deceit. So to use feats to improved perception and disable device or to get extra hex, the hexes in question being one from disguise, flight and tongues, all not being very useful in straight combat.

Just a suggestion, but I'd recommend either Cackle or Slumber if you take the Extra Hex feat. Both of your existing hexes can benefit from Cackle, and Slumber is pretty powerful if your target fails their save.


Alexander Kilcoyne wrote:

I honestly assumed you were heading for Witch/Rogue/Arcane Trickster.

If that isn't the case, i'd suggest no more than two levels of Rogue- each one is hurting your caster level and a witch is still essentially a full caster.

By the time your level 4 you will be off this island, but taking Cauldron now with the limited resources and downtime may be a mistake. Taking it at 4th or 5th will be more ideal.

Yep, my thoughts entirely about the rogue levels, still undecided whether to take a second level in rogue...originally thought it would be the next level, but not so sure now.


Male Human Fighter 5 50/50 hp 4hp nonlethal

Slumber is just great and seems thematic for Chi. We cant fight vermin forever.

I like misfortune as well especially with cackle (and the two seem quite a combo with the evil eye she already has).

As above don't really see the benefit of more rogue levels unless your going trickster. How do you see Chi at say level 8?


I think Chi will go, cackle and misfortune or slumber, which seems a more common witch build...the more I think of it. I originally wanted the next rogue level for the extra +1 to hit, +1 reflex save and a rogue talent, like trap spotter....but not sure whether to forgo that and just do witch. I kinda see her as being good with traps, as part of her armory of survival, she would have learnt as a child with her tribe, and it might help the group more. The main problem with taking another rogue level, is that it means Chi is get new spell levels after a pure witch, but it probably doesn't make so much difference between lvl 18 and 19, which is just 1 lvl 9 spell.

Looking at Arcane Trickster, It might be something to consider, as the thing the build looses are hexes, although a 3rd level of rogue is required...So many choices...

Next feat will be to add Sharp Senses ...or Alertness...for increased perception...and then maybe increase disable device...hmmm!

Sovereign Court

Male

To be honest your best bet for increasing her aptitude as danger senser would be-

A second level of Rogue.

Take the 'Trap Spotter' rogue talent so you'll always get a passive roll from me :).

And for increasing perception, nothing beats a good ol' skill focus. Ask old Tun'ada over there.

I will say, having taken the one level dip, you definitely want the second level for evasion and rogue talent.

Liberty's Edge

Male Rat Editor 3/Grammarian 3

Gwen's pretty much going to go with Extra Channeling. Going to take the Life Link revelation, also, unless I opt for Energy Body - it's between those two, though. Yay 2d6 Channel!

Sovereign Court

Male

Heh yeah i think i've added value to the healer's role in this chapter... I'm just looking forward to Klorax Round 2 ;).


Alexander Kilcoyne wrote:


And for increasing perception, nothing beats a good ol' skill focus. Ask old Tun'ada over there.

Except Sharp Senses in the APG...for elves and things.... :)

Liberty's Edge

Male Rat Editor 3/Grammarian 3

Hey, out of curiousity, I swear I saw a feat that allows a spontaneous caster to learn a new spell up to their highest level known. Does that sound familiar to anyone?

Sovereign Court

Male

APG- Expanded Arcana.

And if you go for the next spell level down, you get two spells instead of one.

Edit: Fixed.

Liberty's Edge

Male Rat Editor 3/Grammarian 3

Thanks, sir. I may actually go with that. I am unsure. Extra channel seems really good here... 4d6 extra healing for the entire group (essentially) per day. But then again, Prot. from Evil and Endure Elements...it would be nice to have them both.

Sovereign Court

Male

Mmm...

I sense that your healing abilities won't be stretched to their limit quite so much in later chapters, but it certainly wouldn't be a bad investment.


Female Elf Witch 3 (favoured) / Rogue 2 HPs 19/27

Umm...we're a bit light on action at the moment....still lots of Christmas games to be played on consoles first I guess...that or still recovering from the mass of turkey eaten...

Looking forward to getting back into the swing of things...yea oh yea!

Sovereign Court

Male

Same. I'm itching to go now i'm back... And all my games are slooooooooooooooooooow...

Dark Archive

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

If it makes you feel any better*, it seems to be a board wide trend. Those that I am participating in, and those that I am lurking, all seem to be suffering slow downs post holidays.

Hopefully things will get back on track for everyone soon.

Cheers

*I'm sure it doesn't, but hey, I'm trying... ;)

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