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Rennick's Jade Regent: The Prophecy of the Seal

Game Master Rennick

A group of closest friends bands together for one of their own - and may hold the key to salvation in a far off nation's time of need.


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Hmmm, at some point in this chapter Yosrick would like to leave Sandpoint and feel as if he's both got a purpose and isn't fleeing from anything. He's been so dysfunctional with grief and guilt that he's been constantly on the run, mostly into a bottle, so having a goal is his main thing.

On a less down note, I'd like to have the opportunity to use my whip to swing across a chasm or from a chandelier.


Season 1 Goal #1:
I think the party participating in a classic cinematic chase would be sweet! With daring skill checks resulting in short-cuts/closing in on who we're chasing (or gaining a bigger lead/getting away if we're the one's being chased!)

Season 1 Goal #2:
I would really dig it if Andrin were able to defeat a haunt - especially if doing so would save Shalelu from it.

Season 1 Goal #3:
Perhaps more toward the end of the season (after he's a more accomplished spellcaster), I think it'd be cool if Andrin were able to resolve an otherwise bloody conflict with a spellduel. This would even be appropriate as a Season 2 or Season 3 goal, depending on when one season transitions into the next. I can't imagine a spellduel being very dazzling prior to level 3 spells and I'd expect them to get more entertaining as the levels increase.

possible Season 2 Goal:
I think it'd be amazing if there were some kind of revelation that indicated Andrin's oracular powers might not come from where he thinks they come from

possible Season 3 Goal:
Andrin would like to establish/found a settlement, similar to his grandfather before him


Male Human Inquisitor - 2

Daemon's Current Primary Goal:
Daemon wants to reprove himself to his group of NPC friends. Many of them, once learning of whom he was working for, are on the ropes about him. They're unsure as to his loyalties and reasons for helping Titus.(As Sandru notably pointed out before we departed) He especially hopes to achieve this in regards to Ameiko.

Daemon's Current Secondary Goal:
His secondary goal is two part: Work his way back to the renowned status he once had within the City when his mother was alive... And hopefully do the same thing in his own eyes so he feels Iomedae will accept him for who he is. (He doesn't feel as if she does because of his failure to revive his mother - which he feels as her not allowing him the ability.)


Male Human

been slammed by a norwalk flu flying around London. Be back up tomorrow, then probably no update this weekend as I'll be out of town.


Male Human

Thanks for the answers folks (Though some of you can't count! :p )

To keep things transparent: I've sent a message to Lirrathan asking about his absence. Depending on his reply we may be looking for a new player (That's a big maybe though, benefit of the doubt and all.)


CN male human summoner [synthesist] 1

Do you have any answers for my earlier questions, Rennick? Or should I just let my mind go wild and let you sort things out on your own?


Male Elf Ranger 3 (AC: 17 [T 13 /FF 14]; HP: 30/30; F+4, R+6, W+1/+3 vs Enchantments; Init: +3; Perc: +10)

I was also waiting for your answers to Koveluss' questions before I stated my chapter goals. I'm not sure how many chapters there are, how long each one is, or how long or short term the goals will be.

Sorry for the inactivity, it's the hard part I have with playing the non-thinker in a group. I tend to just let the others do the planning, he will handle the combat.


Male Human

Sorry Kove, I brain-farted on those, I'll blame the flu.

The "seasons" normally last 9 to 10 levels, but honestly, I don't know how long they'll last for this time. >.> For two reasons: It's the first time I've used this tool in a PbP, which is a lot more chaotic than a RL table game for me to be able to say "Yeah, that should take us two months of game time" and its my first time using it with an AP, which is only expected to run until 16th level.

That said, I'm fine with big changes to the AP and expect them to happen. I already have a few things I know I'll be changing, so I'm happy to consider any suggestion, as long as I feel its within reason.

Besides, you're supposed to give three, so if I really don't like one, I can ignore it. :p

Lirrathan - As I've said before, whatever the reason, disappearing for a week or more isn't fair to myself or the other players. I completely understand real life complications - I have more than enough myself - but I don't think I'm asking too much to expect you, or any of the players, to pop on and write a blurb telling us what's up.

On the specific topic of "non thinking"

From the Recruitment thread wrote:

I am looking to develop my DMing into a more narrative style and will be expecting the same from my players. Expect a lot of conversation, both between PCs and NPCs. I will be giving experience based on Roleplaying and combat will most likely only be 50% of the game. (sometimes more and sometimes less, depending on the adventure)

I was clear from the start what my intentions were for this game, and I'm not interested in a character who just "re-appears" for combat, as it were. I've said my piece and given my warnings, so I'm going to get off of my DM-Soapbox now.


Male Human Inquisitor - 2

*evily laughs as he yoinks the DM-Soapbox out from under Rennick before he can decend*

And, not do 'beat a dead horse', but I get the feeling of a 'chaotic evil' character coming from you, Lirrathan. I know you've stated you aren't, but the proof is in the pudding. His thoughts are a little bloodthirsty and sadistic - very uncharacteristic of an Elf. Without development to disprove this, you're not helping your case! Only awaiting combat digs that hole deeper every time.

Anywho... "On with the chlorophyll!"

Rennick - I'll come up with another goal for Daemon. I came up with two initially to help get the proverbial brain juices flowing.


Male Human Inquisitor - 2

Daemon's Tertiary Goal:
Daemon's final hope and goal is to Convert Titus into an honest man or guide him down the correct path to become one. Or if Iomedae requires, turn him in for his misdoings to those the misdoings are against.

(A tie in with his First goal - however I would see it as potentially being a more Long-term goal as Titus is obviously a very wealthy man. Plus, this ought to give you a a lot of free-reign to alter the story!)


CN male human summoner [synthesist] 1

Goal 1:
Koveluss dreams of owning a bastard sword that changes size along with his fused form; before long his fused form will be large-sized. As it stands now he'd either have to carry two swords, one medium and one large, or suffer a penalty for using a weapon of an incorrect size rating.

As a player I've always wanted to deal with an intelligent weapon that comes into conflict with my character's intentions from time to time. For this specific character maybe something linked to his fused form would be appropriate. The misplaced personality of his inner fiend, perhaps, with an ego score that is greater when fused and/or an ego that changes with the phases of the moon.

Goal 2:
I love chase scenes/races. My all-time favorite memory from my earlier gaming days was running from an entire town after "accidentally" lighting their church on fire. Having to use my wits and all the tricks I had at my disposal to avoid the angry mobs without hurting any innocents was a truly memorable challenge. I also got to use magical items in my possession that are usually ignored due to having non-combat and non-rp effects.

I would love one or more chase scenes, in either typical or exotic and/or dangerous terrain/situations.

Goal 3:
Koveluss is fond of theatrics and deception, something only more wondrous to him because he often falls for such tactics himself. I'd like opportunities to utilize my fused form, my summoning spells, and the Perform skill (which I plan on starting to put ranks into soon) to overcome challenges without combat. For example, if the rotund chief had still refused to exit, and hadn't fled, I was going to instruct Poog to pretend he was casting an enchantment on me. I was going to change into my fused form in order to demonstrate to the goblin tribe the "power of the mighty Poog".


Male Elf Ranger 3 (AC: 17 [T 13 /FF 14]; HP: 30/30; F+4, R+6, W+1/+3 vs Enchantments; Init: +3; Perc: +10)

I realize he's eager to take ears, but are you saying that Sandpoint is CE for putting a bounty on said ears? He's only collecting them because that it what was requested for the bounty. He wants to collect more of them because he made a bet that he could earn a bigger bounty, as it were.

He's driven by excitement, looking for fun where he can find it, if he seems less than eager to talk his bounty out of fighting. Possibly because he finds that long conversations are rarely exciting, and in this instance results in a smaller bounty.

My thoughts on inner monologues:
I tend to avoid inner monologue for the idea that it feels immersion breaking for me. The idea of inner monologue makes me feel like the character is in a novel, where the only people seeing it don't have a stake in the story other than as entertainment. I tend to play a "I am what they see, just like in real life." people only know either what I tell them, or they see from me. Only in novels do I expect to be told what the characters are thinking, in real life I have to figure it out, by word or deed.

Goal 1:
I rarely play simple meleers, as I tend to really enjoy a dynamic battle, where there are ledges, swinging, climbing, leaping. I would like combats that allow Lirrathan to show his skills on more than a "I swing weapons well" dynamic.

Goal 2:
Lirrathan wants to prove to people that he is better than his older sister, that he doesn't need her to look out for him/take care of him. If this includes an opportunity for him to turn the tables where she needs him, and he has to protect/take care of her, all the better. It's part of his drive against the goblins, as she has been instrumental in the past in fighting them.

Goal 3:
Lirrathan may not realize it, but he wants fame and attention. He wants people to know who he is, by his reputation preceeding him. He's happy at the outcome with the goblins, if for no other reason than that they may be afraid of him years down the road, without even meeting him. He wants the word of his prowess in all matters he considers worthy (gambling, fighting, wit) to be on everyone's tongues, and for people to know him if even by these things alone.

I'm not trying to play an only combat character, I'm trying a role I rarely play. I tend to play RP heavy games, and I play Int/Chr characters most of the time. So to be the prime melee character, I'm somewhat over-correcting, otherwise I get long-winded, and it feels like it will break the flavor of the character. He feeds off the others, and will tend to try and do things to pump himself up.

I'm not trying to make excuses, and I apologize for the amount of time between my posts, I didn't realize how long it had been. I'm just trying to explain where I and Lirrathan are coming from. Also, I have said before that I am a very lawful person by nature, so I'm trying to push the "what would be exciting, but not always the most logical course of action" with his decisions. It's not that he delights in killing, he delights in swordplay, he delights in proving his worth by the bounty he can collect, he delights that he was given both these opportunities by killing things that the town of Sandpoint wants dead.


Male Human

No worries Lir, the apology is accepted, ge issue addressed, time to move on. And I haven't had major worries about him going evil on us.

I find the suit allignements very interesting in pathfinder (and D&D before it). Consider this; the party feels, and rightly so, that they have done a good thing. by finding a bloodless solution to the goblin problem. However, let's say we had a Paladin PC, and he used detect evil. Every Goblin there would have blazed evil, and the Paladin would be in the good for killing them all. But it's these dilemmas I like. One of my favorite moments was (as a PC) we were confronting the BBEG - a Lich and leader of a sentient undead army. He wanted to turn the whole world into this awakened undead. Why? To end famine, disease and prejudice. By halfway through the game my level 20 lawful good knight willingly slept with a Succubus because he had made a deal with Grazzt to get the rest of his party safely out of the Abyss in exchange. It was a concession he never was able to really come to terms with it, but justified because he saved his friends.


Male Human

Sorry for the slightly slow pace guys. It'll pick up though.

If you could, feel free to use this discussion board as a way to decide things OOC, so I can gloss a bit IC for the tedious stuff (Example is whether to go to town or chase the Sinspawn, though it looks like everyone's pretty cool with letting the little beast go.)


CN male human summoner [synthesist] 1

I'd be willing to stay at the old gnome's shack. Of course I'd be willing to stay at the Licktoad camp for the night, too; perhaps you shouldn't give too much weight to the decisions of a chaotic neutral character.

Actually, this brings up a good point. We all probably know that playing a chaotic neutral character presents unique challenges, challenges that I enjoy tackling. I find the spontaneity, and occasional brutality, of the alignment fairly opposite of my personal perspectives and fun to roleplay. I'll endeavor to balance out acts of good and acts of evil, but the latter may prove fairly extreme should Koveluss ever become truly angry. The character may have some control over his fiendish blood, but he still has a demonic temper.

Let me know if you feel I'm deviating from an overall chaotic neutral alignment; give me a nudge and I'll decide if I want to shift my actions a little, or simply run with things and allow an alignment change.


Male Human

Will do!

That said, as fair warning, in the same way that I believe Lawful Good does NOT equal Lawful Stupid, I believe Chaotic Neutral does not equal Psychotic Neutral. I have had players try to use it as a loophole to play evil, which if I feel is being attempted, I will auto shift your alignment.

Not that I think you will. Just being upfront.


CN male human summoner [synthesist] 1

I fully understand. The way I envision Koveluss is that it would take an extreme situation for the character to start behaving psychotic neutral. It's certainly possible, but if it were to occur it would be a rare occurrence, and only last a short duration. Such anger would also be directed; basically think Wolverine in a Hydra base: there's a reason Hydra's protocol for an incursion by everyone's favorite claw popper is activate the self destruct and flee like little girls.


Male Human Inquisitor - 2

I think that Daemon may be more willing to head to the Gnomes shack - especially with the potential threat of leading anything to the city.


Male Human

So we're two against two? I need a decision guys!

And to clarify, the way to the shipwrecks and the caves are through the swamp. not around it. (They're on the opposite end of it from Sandpoint.


CN male human summoner [synthesist] 1

I will abstain.


I'll vote for staying at the shack, since it keeps us closer to the action.


How far to the shipwreck/caves from Walthus'? If it's closer, Andrin could be persuaded to change his mind.


Male Elf Ranger 3 (AC: 17 [T 13 /FF 14]; HP: 30/30; F+4, R+6, W+1/+3 vs Enchantments; Init: +3; Perc: +10)

I think cramming all of us into the warden's shack may be a bit of a task. Side question: is he a gnome or halfling? I thought he was first introduced as a halfling, but I have seen both in reference to him. Or maybe I'm remembering it as the first time I started playing the AP (we only got as far as his shack) and he was a halfling then.

Lirrathan will put up a fuss about having to stay in the swamp, he has a vice he wants to placate (gambling). He doesn't see the town as so far that it's a big deal to walk back, stay for the night, then come back in the morning. I don't know how much anyone knows about Yosrick's vice (drinking), but if he does he will try to use it to encourage Yos to want to return to town as well


CN male human summoner [synthesist] 1

Now that I think about it I believe the warden was presented to us as a halfling; I believe the gnome reference is my error.


Male Human

DM Fiat:

Daemon's diplomacy 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (16) + 6 = 22
Lirrathan's diplomacy 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (9) + 1 = 10

Daemon presuades the group to make for Walthus' home. :p


Male Elf Ranger 3 (AC: 17 [T 13 /FF 14]; HP: 30/30; F+4, R+6, W+1/+3 vs Enchantments; Init: +3; Perc: +10)

Reasonable method of resolution, I like it, and it works for me. Lirrathan isn't real convincing, as much as he's complaining about the swamp and wanting to gamble. It stands to reason he would be out debated.


Male Human

I would have laughed if he did win the debate.

I just had one of those moments where exhaustion slams you. so the update will be tomorrow morning my time. Night folks.


Male Human Inquisitor - 2

Diplomacy FTW!


Male Human

having some technical issues with my laptop guys, hopefully be able to update today.


Male Elf Ranger 3 (AC: 17 [T 13 /FF 14]; HP: 30/30; F+4, R+6, W+1/+3 vs Enchantments; Init: +3; Perc: +10)

Do elves still trance for 4 hours, or do they need the same amount of sleep as the others? I was wondering for when we discuss how we do watch shifts.


Male Human

Far as I know, they just sleep like normal now.


Did Walthus by any chance produce a bucket or barrel like Andrin had requested? The man is quite dirty and he is packing soap. =P


Male Human

Hey gang, I didn't get out of rehearsal until about 10 pm today (We started at 9 am) and I'm back in at 9 tomorrow so I'm just going to go pass out now.

Feel free (and encouraged to RP amongst yourselves and I'll update soon. If anyone would like you can use Walthus in small amounts to further any exposition you want. I think he's had enough characterization that you guys can write him in small doses, just don't alter the plot or anything big. :p


Just a head's up for y'all, I'm going to be out of town at a conference for most of this week (yay for Orlando!) and I am not sure if I'll have any internet access while I'm away. I'll check in if I'm able, but if not, feel free to DMPC Andrin. I'll be leaving late Tuesday evening and returning some time butt-crack-of-dawn-early on Sunday.


Male Human

Given Andrin's conference and that I'm in rehearsals from 9 to 9 all week, would anyone be opposed to waitin until Friday and then catching up over the weekend?


No problem. SHould we just start from the morning after, in the swamp? In the meantime we could tell stories around the fire before we all fall asleep, to keep the game moving.


Male Elf Ranger 3 (AC: 17 [T 13 /FF 14]; HP: 30/30; F+4, R+6, W+1/+3 vs Enchantments; Init: +3; Perc: +10)

Not sure what you mean by catching up, but Fri and Sat are bad post days for me. I'll post if I can then, but I won't be able to be a heavy participant.


Male Human

Yos - sounds great!

Lir - no worries. Weekends were never mandatory, I get it. I'm going to have time off and most of my friends are out of the country so I'll probably update.


CN male human summoner [synthesist] 1

I've no issues with waiting for the update. The last week's been a mess anyway; my mind's a bit frazzled and I wouldn't mind a bit of time to sort my thoughts without shifting gears too often.


Male Human Inquisitor - 2

It's fine with me. I work so much that I hardly ever know where I am, even when I'm there. I always just click this link doo-dad within the mark of books thing on this here liquid crystal contraption, and see posts!... Then... Ya'know... Answer...... Them.........


Male Human

+
Hey folks!

I've just finished my run on the latest play and closed off my second term (Ahh vacation you feel so sweet) so we will be revving back up into our normal speed and I plan to have an update for you by today


I am back! Though if any of you ever find yourselves Northbound on I-95 in South Carolina, just quit. That stretch of road is an irredeemable pit.


Male Human

Welcome back!

my logbook for my last production is taking a bit longer than I planned (Damn you Mass Effect 3 procrastination!) but I will have our next update up soon, I promise!


I'm playing through ME1&2 again before picking up 3 myself. Hopefully, it will take me long enough that they'll have 3 and all the DLC available in a bundle sale of some sort. *crosses fingers

How're you enjoying it so far?


Male Human

Without going into any spoilers (As I've no idea what you have heard): I am 99% in love with this game. Aside from one flaw I think it is probably the strongest in the series and has some of the best emotional moments in the entire franchise.

Me (And not even close to the end yet): ;_;

girlfriend: ... are you crying?!

Me: .... maybe...

Girlfriend: Again!?!

Me: Shut up!

Girlfriend: It's just a video game!

Me: Shut up! *sniffle*

Girlfriend: Dead Poets Society, Brokeback Mountain, Schindler's List! And you don't shed a tear. But a Space Dinosaur...

Me: >_< He's a Turian! and he's my best friend!

(I'm intentionally being ambiguous. I refuse to comment on just what scene with Garrus I'm talking about)


In 1 I had my paragon Shepard romance the plucky Ashley Williams and in 2, I had a secret hope that she'd come back around in 3, so my first play through I didn't pursue any of the other possible romances. The scene just before jumping through the Omega relay was one of the most emotionally riveting ones I've seen yet, as the music swelled and Shepard silently paced about his cabin, finally coming to his desk to gaze at her photo.

All that being said, your post above is probably the best advertisement for the game I've come across so far. I'm *really* looking forward to picking it up.

(And I've avoided anything even remotely spoilerish, so thanks for being ambiguous!)


Male Human

Haha, no worries. And they way the romances are handled (That I've seen so far) is pretty cool. The character I used had slept with Miranda in 2 after being with Ash. in 3 Ash calls him out on it and later I had to tell Miranda it was over. So sad... anyways stuff happened so for this playthrough I'm actually using an ME2 save again (the one on my first go was missing some DLC like Arrival) And I went and broke up with Miranda. Loaded the save up into 3 and in character creation sure enough it says:

- Romanced Ashley in ME1
- Did not romance anyone in ME2

Playing through, all is good with my paragon Shepard (Who had a one time fling) and Ashley still calls me out on it! Miranda however was cool with me. The game recognized that I'd slept around without keeping the romance going!

And I have to admit Garrus is my favorite character by far, and he gets a lot of development in this game. Some of the moments between him and Shepard (And I'm speaking of my straight male shep) are by far some of the most touching moments in the game.

There are even more touching moments, but that'd be spoilery.


Male Human Inquisitor - 2

I have devoted a lot of time into the Mass Effect series. (I'm sad to admit over 140 hours into the first game alone... Also, I have read all of the Novels >_<). I beat ME3 over the last weekend, and it was a joy and a... disappointment. I encourage beating it to get the full sense of what I mean.

Oh - if you Romance Tali, she gives you a picture of her without her suit on. I didn't experience this myself, unfortunately, as I too was a sucker for Ashley's hard yet oddly sensitive poetic nature. My room-mate called me into his room to share the glory! (Those of you know Roidrage on the Forums - he's my room-mate).


Male Human

I know what you mean Daemon, I'm conflicted about it, but Bioware's given me way too many hours of amazing gaming over the last decade to not support them, and aside from that one thing, the rest of the game is amazing. I'm confidant DLC will eventually fix the issue.

Your update's coming soon. >.> After a few more thousand words of theatrical essay. Sorry the wait has been so long.


Male Human Inquisitor - 2

No worries!

ME3 is probably the ONLY acceptable reason for the delay... Oh and that school thingy. It might be acceptable too.

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