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DM NomadSage's Curse of the Crimson Throne

Game Master nomadicc

Part II: Seven Days to the Grave


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Jade Regent | Crimson Throne | Skull & Shackles

Welcome to the *Curse of the Crimson Throne* adventure path! My goal is to have (another) PBP campaign with strong longevity. By their very nature, these are slow going, and can take years to get through. Luckily, I'm not in a big hurry! =)

I'm not a taskmaster DM, but I'd request you post/check the thread daily. Things will eventually settle into their own rhythm. RL has the ultimate priority, but just let me know if you're going to be offline or limited access for any extended period (vacation, moving, etc).

Experience points will be notional, and I'll award level-ups based on overall campaign progress. I will run fewer combat encounters than the printed AP, but generally beef up the encounters some (especially with 6 PCs).

I use MapTools to build the combat maps, and will shotgun those out to you round-by-round via e-mail. If you're comfortable, please PM a good e-mail to use. If not, I can flex to a image hosting site.

As far as the mech goes, I leave most of the dice rolling in the hands of the players. If you declare an action with a specific dice check, go ahead and be proactive with the dice. I'll spoiler Knowledge, Perception, Sense Motive, and other skills of opportunity. The rest, I'll handle "back stage".

I'll detail Dungeon Crawl Mode and Flex-time in a later post.

For now, please finish up any refinements for your characters. I'll go through each with a closer look and ask questions, if required. The going-in expectation is your PCs have never met, but if you see some synergy in your backgrounds, we can probably work in a prior acquaintance.

If you have questions, fire away. I hope to get the game thread rolling this weekend.

Welcome again! =)


M Human (Shoanti) Barbarian (Urban) 4- HP 54/54, DR 2/4 Nonlethal and Resist Fire 2: INIT +2, Perc. +7, AC 17/T:13/FF:15, Saves= Fort+6, Ref +3, Will +1/5

Greetings. I'll be your barbarian and handle any raging and the like. Looking forward to playing with you, IF the boards every settle down and allow regular posting again.


Female Human Cleric 2

Hallo. I'll be your caster priest, generally out to mess up the enemy and occasionally make people feel better. Also an off-face and occasional combat maneuver when it won't require me to get too close to the fighting.


Chelish Inquisitor 3 - HP: 21/27 - AC 18, T:12, FF:16 Fort: +6, Reflex: + 3, Will: +6 Perception: +7

Hail and well met. I am your inquisitor. I plan on being a very scary back-up healer as well as working on other inquisiting.


Female Tiefling Rogue 3 / Fighter 1; Init +3; Senses Darkvision 60 ft, Perception +6; AC 19 (+4 Dex., +4 armour, +1 Ring of Protection); AC +1 vs. traps; hp 16/32 Fort +5; Ref +7; Will +1 (+2 vs. fear)

Hello, everyone. I hope we'll have a great game together. I'm jolly curious to see how the adventure proceeds! ^^ Look to me for your sneaky Rogue-style work, carpentry and sailing needs.


Male Half-elf Shadowcaster 3/Rogue 1 //HP: 24/25 (1 Str dam), AC: 12 (16), F:1 R:5 W:2
Status:
  • Active spells: Mage Armor
  • Spells remaining: Color Spray, Sleep, Touch of Sea x4, hypnotic pattern, Mn Image, Invis
  • Binding Darkness: 7/7

Hey all. Second story burglar playing backup to.Absinthe, but primarily an illusionist focusing on shadow magic in the end. Max of 3-4 rogue levels across the life of this AP.


M Human (Shoanti) Barbarian (Urban) 4- HP 54/54, DR 2/4 Nonlethal and Resist Fire 2: INIT +2, Perc. +7, AC 17/T:13/FF:15, Saves= Fort+6, Ref +3, Will +1/5

I sense a Trickster in the works,,, :)

Until I get some DR going at higher levels I will not be very tankish, so any AC buffs will help immensely. I have the option of using a shield, at least until I can afford an earthbreaker, and then I am not sure I will every use a shield again. :) At least I do not loose AC when I rage. My hatred for Lamm is a calm and calculated thing...


Female Dusk Elf Witch (Deception)/Level 4
Stats:
HP 20/20 AC 11 Per +8 Init +7 F +2 R +2 W +4

Good morning! -pulls down big ol' beaked mask and enjoys the overcast morning- I'll be your arcane debuffing hexer, and in a level, a cackling fiend. In a pinch, secondary (tertiary?) healer--in any case, I am a doctor. :D


M Human (Shoanti) Barbarian (Urban) 4- HP 54/54, DR 2/4 Nonlethal and Resist Fire 2: INIT +2, Perc. +7, AC 17/T:13/FF:15, Saves= Fort+6, Ref +3, Will +1/5

Everyone accounted for. Lets adventure!


? Greensting Scorpion Familiar

Hey! Down here! By your foot? With the stinger? Yeah, I won't be speaking during the game, on account of having an Int of -, but I will be carrying Mistress' spells! Yup! I'm a walking spellbook! Okay, I probably won't be doing anything during the game...probably just chittering here in the OOC thread. While crawling near you.

Oh, and when she's walking around dressed as a doctor, that hump on her back? That would be me. And when she's sleeping, you see how I'll be sitting on her chest with my stinger all curled up? Yeah, you ever wondered if scorpions sleep? Poke me and find out! Don't expect me in melee or anything--squishy spellbook--but I could Stealth for you if you feed me crickets! Or rats. Or just about anything. Hold still--there's a fly on you!


Female Dusk Elf Witch (Deception)/Level 4
Stats:
HP 20/20 AC 11 Per +8 Init +7 F +2 R +2 W +4

-raises hand- I have oodles of questions, DM NomadSage. -shoves Hloire in a bag-

Oodles of Questions:

First off, thanks so much for taking us all on the team! I'm really looking forward to it. I'm gonna frontload all of the questions for Mel here, and I hope I don't sound too greedy. Just asking. :D

-Will you allow Dreamspeaker to increase the DC of Mel's sleep-based hexes in addition to her sleep spells? Hero Lab doesn't allow this; it isn't RAW, but some GM's allow it. 'Tis a mere +1.

-Can she get the rare cantrip Penumbra? This was zapped from Ultimate Magic. The rare cantrips are here: Rare Cantrips It would help her out with bright daylight. It would also make her look weird (walking around under magic shadow) and could, of course, be dispelled.

-By my reckoning, the doctor's mask doesn't stop bright sunlight, or if it does, it might as well reduce Perception by the same amount as the dazzled condition due to those periphery-blocking lenses, so no gain or loss. It also doesn't function as a disguise per se; she's clearly a female elf. I was hoping you'd allow that it does cover her face, and that plus some gloves and a hood at least hides the fact that she's a dusk elf while out in public being doctorly. Sound good? She'd be suspicious anyhow, as she doesn't mingle with the elves of the southern parts of Korvosa.

-Will you allow her to have low-light vision outside of darkvision range? I doubt it will affect gameplay much; I just never understood how night creatures can only see 60' in the dark, especially those poor dazzled ones!

-Can she have a pony? Ok, enough requests.

-With regards to her history with Lamm, I figure she was some sort of exotic pet--she sent dream messages to entertain him and his cronies, but she was so drugged up that she doesn't remember them, the messages, or where she was kept...of course, you can always have her remember something when they enter one of his hideouts, and break down with the shivering fits.


Female Human Cleric 2
Segang wrote:

I sense a Trickster in the works,,, :)

Until I get some DR going at higher levels I will not be very tankish, so any AC buffs will help immensely. I have the option of using a shield, at least until I can afford an earthbreaker, and then I am not sure I will every use a shield again. :) At least I do not loose AC when I rage. My hatred for Lamm is a calm and calculated thing...

You know, if you grab Thunder and Fang (which will cost a point of dex from somewhere for TWF, admittedly) you can get a shield to go with the big hammer.


M Human (Shoanti) Barbarian (Urban) 4- HP 54/54, DR 2/4 Nonlethal and Resist Fire 2: INIT +2, Perc. +7, AC 17/T:13/FF:15, Saves= Fort+6, Ref +3, Will +1/5

What source is that from? I see it in the PFSRD but no reference to it.


Female Dusk Elf Witch (Deception)/Level 4
Stats:
HP 20/20 AC 11 Per +8 Init +7 F +2 R +2 W +4

Here: Varisia, Birthplace of Legends

I suppose you'd have to get DM NomadSage's permission, but as you are a Shoanti in Varisia, it's the perfect flavor. Probably requires one to buy something in HeroLab as well, but hey!


Female Human Cleric 2

Yeah. The biggest problem, I have to admit, is that it's very feat intensive to get up and running. A fighter level in there is probably going to be a 'must.'


Jade Regent | Crimson Throne | Skull & Shackles

Hellos... super busy day, so I've not had a chance to settle and read yet. I'm here though! =)


Jade Regent | Crimson Throne | Skull & Shackles

Mel:
Alright, let's dig in... =)

- Yes for the Dreamspeaker DC.

- Not sure on the cantrip... they edited the spell into UM as a 2nd level spell, with only a minor addition. It makes the cantrip look very powerful. Thoughts?

- AFAIC, the doctor's mask conceals your identity enough that, assuming you're wearing enough other clothing, no one would probably tell you were anything more than an elf. Unless the viewer was a very discerning, highly perceptive elf. Does that answer the question?

- I'd rather just keep it as written... the way I take it, is that darkvision races develop their sense because they almost NEVER have low-light situations, so they wouldn't need to develop low-light vision.

- Of course, you can have a pony! Just not miniature, pink ones...

To everyone, my plan is to start the game thread on Saturday, assuming all the characters are ready to go.


Female Dusk Elf Witch (Deception)/Level 4
Stats:
HP 20/20 AC 11 Per +8 Init +7 F +2 R +2 W +4

NomadSage:

-cool, I shall bump up Slumber accordingly.

-wow, Protective Penumbra is virtually the same. No argument there. She'll just squint.

-Yep, I bet those darn south town elves would spot her. I figure dusk elves have an detectable accent in Elven due to differences in dialect, although that's speculation. Mel will express her opinions about said daylight elves from time to time...

-darkvision as written is fine; I'll take the hit. ;) The things we do to see in the dark! Meanwhile, those OP aasimars and tieflings, gettin' darkvision and resistance to everything... -grumble grumble-

-I kid you not, there is a My Little Pony PbP on these forums. My jaw dropped.

This is my first time playing an elf...since dusk elves have no expected fluff, it will be easier to get away from Legolas stereotypes...I still wonder what elves do for the first 100+ years of their life before adventuring, but for Mel I think the answer is "hide, flee, and generally have a rough time".


Male Half-elf Shadowcaster 3/Rogue 1 //HP: 24/25 (1 Str dam), AC: 12 (16), F:1 R:5 W:2
Status:
  • Active spells: Mage Armor
  • Spells remaining: Color Spray, Sleep, Touch of Sea x4, hypnotic pattern, Mn Image, Invis
  • Binding Darkness: 7/7
Segang wrote:
I sense a Trickster in the works,,, :)

Originally, that was the plan but I may gear towards Veiled Illusionist since Absinthe is in the party.


Jade Regent | Crimson Throne | Skull & Shackles

All the characters look good - I really don't have any questions or concerns.

As far as previous character meetings, I could see where Seren, Rosa and/or Absinthe may have crossed paths at sometime in the Korvosan underworld... or maybe just heard of in passing. I leave it to you if you want to build on that at all.


Female Human Cleric 2

I would be open to that if either of you wanted


Male Half-elf Shadowcaster 3/Rogue 1 //HP: 24/25 (1 Str dam), AC: 12 (16), F:1 R:5 W:2
Status:
  • Active spells: Mage Armor
  • Spells remaining: Color Spray, Sleep, Touch of Sea x4, hypnotic pattern, Mn Image, Invis
  • Binding Darkness: 7/7

Works for me ... I may be reworking my back story to accommodate my slight change, but the Cerulean Society should still be a part of it.


Female Tiefling Rogue 3 / Fighter 1; Init +3; Senses Darkvision 60 ft, Perception +6; AC 19 (+4 Dex., +4 armour, +1 Ring of Protection); AC +1 vs. traps; hp 16/32 Fort +5; Ref +7; Will +1 (+2 vs. fear)

I'm fine with that, too. ^^ Maybe we all ran in the same pack of young thieves at one time - at least, before Absinthe 'went straight' and apprenticed herself to a carpenter?


Chelish Inquisitor 3 - HP: 21/27 - AC 18, T:12, FF:16 Fort: +6, Reflex: + 3, Will: +6 Perception: +7

I'm still trying to figure out how I fit in with all these lawless hooligans. I mean I'm used to being the odd man out, but sheesh.


Female Tiefling Rogue 3 / Fighter 1; Init +3; Senses Darkvision 60 ft, Perception +6; AC 19 (+4 Dex., +4 armour, +1 Ring of Protection); AC +1 vs. traps; hp 16/32 Fort +5; Ref +7; Will +1 (+2 vs. fear)

Okay, having read your backgrounds more extensively...

Seren, how would you feel about our gangs briefly having been rivals for a piece of turf at one time before the guard drove both groups away?

Rosa, during your info-gathering days, you could have heard about the two gangs with the 'exotic' members. Absinthe, you could know personally because she came by once every year to leave a small present on the altar; a copper penny or a sweet, in recognition of the Scarlet Wing's worship of Calistria and their works leading to Absinthe's birth. You never got the idea Absinthe was hugely fond of the Lady in the Room herself, however.

Demitri, how would you feel about having gone through a period of dissolute despair? You could even have frequented a temple of Calistria while in a drunken stupor, meeting Rosa. Alternatively, while you were 'feathering your nest' for your young bride, you could have been looking for nice furniture and met Absinthe when you visited her master's shop.


Chelish Inquisitor 3 - HP: 21/27 - AC 18, T:12, FF:16 Fort: +6, Reflex: + 3, Will: +6 Perception: +7

Dissolute despair? Possible. The latter is more likely but a bit mundane... I will have to think on this. Thanks for the ideas.


Female Tiefling Rogue 3 / Fighter 1; Init +3; Senses Darkvision 60 ft, Perception +6; AC 19 (+4 Dex., +4 armour, +1 Ring of Protection); AC +1 vs. traps; hp 16/32 Fort +5; Ref +7; Will +1 (+2 vs. fear)

No problem. ^^ Glad to be of help.


Female Dusk Elf Witch (Deception)/Level 4
Stats:
HP 20/20 AC 11 Per +8 Init +7 F +2 R +2 W +4

I have either been in Lamm's clutches, under the bridge downtown, or playing doctor.


M Human (Shoanti) Barbarian (Urban) 4- HP 54/54, DR 2/4 Nonlethal and Resist Fire 2: INIT +2, Perc. +7, AC 17/T:13/FF:15, Saves= Fort+6, Ref +3, Will +1/5

The Shoanti barbarian is feeling a little left out too. lol. Gangs will make sense/feel right to him though as he is tribal.


Female Dusk Elf Witch (Deception)/Level 4
Stats:
HP 20/20 AC 11 Per +8 Init +7 F +2 R +2 W +4

You might have seen this person walking around in the poorer parts of the northern districts though, before dawn or just after sunset.

Doctor What


Jade Regent | Crimson Throne | Skull & Shackles

That pic is creepy, and awesome!


Jade Regent | Crimson Throne | Skull & Shackles

Okay, I tried setting up a Campaign page and my thread only goes to a blank page. =/

EDIT: I posted the issue on the website feedback forums, but I have no idea if it will get fixed before Monday. =( Hopefully...

If I had a way to delete it, I would and just restart the thread without trying to link it to a campaign.


Male Half-elf Shadowcaster 3/Rogue 1 //HP: 24/25 (1 Str dam), AC: 12 (16), F:1 R:5 W:2
Status:
  • Active spells: Mage Armor
  • Spells remaining: Color Spray, Sleep, Touch of Sea x4, hypnotic pattern, Mn Image, Invis
  • Binding Darkness: 7/7

Same here ... cant even get to this thread directly. Only able to get through the recruitment thread link.


Female Dusk Elf Witch (Deception)/Level 4
Stats:
HP 20/20 AC 11 Per +8 Init +7 F +2 R +2 W +4

I had to reply to myself and delete the reply to get here. By hook or by crook! Poor Gary Teter. The whole Paizoverse needs him.


Female Human Cleric 2

I pulled the thread out of my History. Might be possible for you to grab the IC thread from same and post a link here. It's crude, but better than nothing.


Jade Regent | Crimson Throne | Skull & Shackles

Sorry about the delay... will hopefully be able to get this going tomorrow if the thread gets fixed.

In the meantime, I still need e-mails from Segang, Absinthe and Demitri (if that's cool) - you can PM them to me.


M Human (Shoanti) Barbarian (Urban) 4- HP 54/54, DR 2/4 Nonlethal and Resist Fire 2: INIT +2, Perc. +7, AC 17/T:13/FF:15, Saves= Fort+6, Ref +3, Will +1/5

Still here and ready to start posting. Hope you guys have not started somewhere without me. When I try to find a game thread I just get a blank screen.


Female Dusk Elf Witch (Deception)/Level 4
Stats:
HP 20/20 AC 11 Per +8 Init +7 F +2 R +2 W +4

I think we have technical difficulties in the campaign settings--NomadSage has alerted the Gary Teter authorities.


Chelish Inquisitor 3 - HP: 21/27 - AC 18, T:12, FF:16 Fort: +6, Reflex: + 3, Will: +6 Perception: +7

Well, you could try start a new discussion thread and linking that to the campaign, Nomad. I heard that works for most people if the Teterites can't help.


Male Half-elf Shadowcaster 3/Rogue 1 //HP: 24/25 (1 Str dam), AC: 12 (16), F:1 R:5 W:2
Status:
  • Active spells: Mage Armor
  • Spells remaining: Color Spray, Sleep, Touch of Sea x4, hypnotic pattern, Mn Image, Invis
  • Binding Darkness: 7/7

I've reworked Seren a bit to fit the group/campaign a touch more:

What Changed?

  • Dropped Con by 2, upped Cha by 2 <gasp!>
  • Switched Skill focus from UMD to Disguise
  • Dropped the 3 arcane scrolls purchased to pick up a disguise kit (leaves a few extra gold as well)
  • Changed Framed trait from Dropout to Family Honor
  • Reworked background a little bit to incorporate the trait change ... minor in the grand scheme of things

Sooo, the intent is 2 total levels of rogue, 5 of Wiz/Shadowcaster (with Illusion/Shadow arcane path/focus) and then switch to Veiled Illusionist and never look back. Looking to be the man of many faces. May invest in some more languages as well. Looking at putting more points into Bluff/Disguise/Stealth/Linguistics and less into Disable/Perception/Climb. This last bit is mainly for Absinthe so we don't double up unnecessarily, although I should always be around for for a well-placed aid other.


Female Human Cleric 2

I don't think Gary, as a general rule, pays a great deal of attention to threads. If there's a problem he hears about, he'll fix it, but in general I believe the fastest way to deal with problems like this is PM or Emailing the Webmaster link at the top of the page.


Jade Regent | Crimson Throne | Skull & Shackles

Basically, the trouble started when I linked the new thread to the campaign... if I had left it un-linked, it would probably be fine now. 20/20 hindsight, etc.

I posted the problem in the website feedback forums in a thread with another user/identical problem... still no response tho. Just bumped it, for good (annoying, squeaky wheel) measure.

I could just start a new thread, and let the old one linger and die, but I'll give it another day. Sorry for the delays - I'm excited to get this going! =)


Jade Regent | Crimson Throne | Skull & Shackles

Gary replied and said a bugfix should be out today or tomorrow...


Female Dusk Elf Witch (Deception)/Level 4
Stats:
HP 20/20 AC 11 Per +8 Init +7 F +2 R +2 W +4

We shall be a charismatic bunch, which is fine. Mel will be using her Cha to intimidate, primarily; I probably should have taken a trait to boost that, but eh. (Bully doesn't work thematically.) Nothing wrong with a cadre of sexy bluffers.


M Human (Shoanti) Barbarian (Urban) 4- HP 54/54, DR 2/4 Nonlethal and Resist Fire 2: INIT +2, Perc. +7, AC 17/T:13/FF:15, Saves= Fort+6, Ref +3, Will +1/5

Even your barbarian has Chr 10. :)


Female Dusk Elf Witch (Deception)/Level 4
Stats:
HP 20/20 AC 11 Per +8 Init +7 F +2 R +2 W +4

Devilishly handsome for a barbarian! Or just not prone to min-maxing.

DM--I am finalizing a few gear, spell, skill thingies on Mel's page.

One question for the melee-ers: anyone want to pick up a bludgeoning weapon? They could come in handy.


Chelish Inquisitor 3 - HP: 21/27 - AC 18, T:12, FF:16 Fort: +6, Reflex: + 3, Will: +6 Perception: +7

Well I don't have much money but I can pick up a club. Oh and I think I am going to go for the dissolute despair angle that Absinthe mentioned. If that's ok with Rosa of course.


M Human (Shoanti) Barbarian (Urban) 4- HP 54/54, DR 2/4 Nonlethal and Resist Fire 2: INIT +2, Perc. +7, AC 17/T:13/FF:15, Saves= Fort+6, Ref +3, Will +1/5
Melianthe Ssulissien wrote:

Devilishly handsome for a barbarian! Or just not prone to min-maxing.

DM--I am finalizing a few gear, spell, skill thingies on Mel's page.

One question for the melee-ers: anyone want to pick up a bludgeoning weapon? They could come in handy.

As soon as I can afford an earth breaker it shall be mine. If you have a mere 40 gold you could purchase me one. :)


M Human (Shoanti) Barbarian (Urban) 4- HP 54/54, DR 2/4 Nonlethal and Resist Fire 2: INIT +2, Perc. +7, AC 17/T:13/FF:15, Saves= Fort+6, Ref +3, Will +1/5

I am having more and more trouble posting to this page. Now when I do it returns me to the blank campaign page. Someone PM me with a link to the actual game page when we start proper.


Female Dusk Elf Witch (Deception)/Level 4
Stats:
HP 20/20 AC 11 Per +8 Init +7 F +2 R +2 W +4

We could pool our gold--I have a little left.

Yeah, I bookmarked this page to get here, and it kicks me to a blank campaign page after I post. Like so-

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