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Mythic is still one major encounter area away - so you still have a bit of time. But they are indeed on the SRD if you want to get a headstart on them.

And yes - Joneth got to choose his kit, so the current disbursement of loot is just for the rest of you.


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Over the last couple of months you will have definitely noticed that my posting and ability to update the campaigns has suffered immensely. Partially that's due to DM fatigue, partially due to a child that has 'erratic' sleeping patterns, and it's also impacted to a degree by my workload at work. While I've been able to kick off my other campaigns (WotR, Way of the Wicked and Throne of Night) I've found it very difficult to get back into the swing of things here.

I'm not entirely sure why either - which is both confusing and frustrating. I keep telling myself that one more day, or sure I'm tired tonight, but tomorrow it will be easier... but as my woeful update schedule has shown - I've not been able to effectively step up to the plate.

Ultimately I've had to come to the realization that I can't keep going on like this and prolonging the slow meandering agony isn't good for either me or all you faithful players that have blessed me with both your time and RPGing gifts. So with a heavy heart, but knowing that it's ultimately the right call, I'm calling a halt to the campaigns where they are.

I apologize for my failings along the way, and hope that at least the journey shared has been enjoyable and that I haven't been too poor a host upon the path.

An eleventh I know: if haply I lead
my old comrades out to war,
I sing 'neath the shields, and they fare forth mightily
safe into battle,
safe out of battle,
and safe return from the strife.


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Demonstrating yet again the insane level drive that exists in this AP - you are all 4th level now.

Also - I realise that there hasn't been too much useful wealth being tossed your way just yet.

Eudocia has a loot list at the bottom of her profile. Please review and claim what you want to claim, then advise what you might be looking to offload. The Crusaders are limited in terms of what they have... but in true AP fashion they might just happen to have exactly what you're looking for :P


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Theodric's question is met with affirmation from Irabeth "Aye, we are short of answers and I'll not refuse any chance at further information."

Irabeth looks to Quednys at Eudocia's question and gives a slight nod, before the aged magister smooths back his mostly absent pate of hair and begins. The words come as a weary expression descends upon the man "Fire and death, the Storm King came and took the head of Terendelev... but you know of that already. They came as a wave... those that could fly washed over us even as foulness boiled up from beneath our feet. We were not ready... we were not strong enough... and the ground became a river of blood."

"When the wardstone was destroyed by the Storm King, it exploded and destroyed the Kite. The network along the border failed, but did not fade completely. I believe this is because a significant portion of our wardstone still exists... though we know not where. The attack on Kenabres has had a predictable result: our brethren have massed at the border to defend it. Some wonder why the demons haven’t attacked in stronger numbers... and the truth is we know not why... not yet."

"It would serve to reason that the crystals and the machinations spoke of in the missives you recovered may have hints to the whys... but meditation and thought is needed to draw out the truth."


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Mi'Dre falls from the bough and his squinted eye identifies his target, an elf near to his claws...

Fickle Hand:
1d20 ⇒ 9

...but his mark's eyes widen with surprise as he sees the lesser devil drop. The elf is garbed similarly to the one that you surprised earlier, and is currently the only one you see.

Due to the rest of the party not being a party to this, I'm going with an elf v devil surprise round - then will bring in the rest of you.
Mi'Dre can keep his 18 roll to use on his first action.
Map later - but you're 15ft from your target, charge lane is open if you wish to.

Fickler Hand:
Elf: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (11) + 3 = 14
Mi'Dre: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (20) + 4 = 24

Surprise Round: Mi'Dre, Elf


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Nar discards his bow and takes advantage of the slug's distraction, moving up with hammer in hand. Can roll your own attack when you're online.

DM Notes:
59 damage

Roiling in pain the body of the slug shudders before it's maw and prehensile tongue seek the nearest target... who happens to be Padrym...
Tongue: 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (3) + 15 = 18
...though through minor miracle it's vile lick is defeated by the armor girding the dwarf's form.

Action Tracker (Round 3): Stali, Padrym, Hilde, Nar, Agna, Da Slug

I'm guessing full attacks should probably put paid to the wee mollusc.


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Hilde Forgedottir wrote:
It looks like Stáli has taken 29/39, so he's still up and swinging.

Aye - tired eyes seeing a 2 where a 3 sits... please ignore and carry on.


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Mi'Dre:
You catch the streak of the arrow as it passes you, and though you are able to trace it back from there you cannot see the shooter due to the cover you are lurking within.

You know which direction and guess that due to the foilage it would need to be quite near to where you are. If you choose to attack - then please give me a stealth roll (you are currently still hidden).

The boggards begin to gibber among themselves in their throaty tongue, clearly the abrupt nature of the assault has them nervous. None of you within the clearing are able to ken from which direction the arrow was shot, or spy any assaulting parties.


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Neither Theodric nor Gregori are able to glean any additional information from the clues before them.

Theodric - for reference you can corroborate Eudocia's information re: Minagho and the Nahyndrian crystal.
Faxon was the name of the tiefling that was killed holding the note, he seems to be merely a cog within the machine.

The wizard's brow furrows before he shakes his head "It is not known to me... but your memory is keen with respect to the past massacre. The demons are undying so it could be possible that the names are not coincidence... but if so, then it is a grave portent indeed."

Irabeth is pensive as you speak, seeming to take in what is said and weighing it with respect to what forward actions might be borne of it.


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As Stali swarms forward the slug reacts and lunges towards him...
Tongue: 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (4) + 15 = 19 for 2d10 + 12 + 2d8 ⇒ (4, 3) + 12 + (6, 4) = 29 2d8 is acid
...a thick and fibrous tongue catching the dwarf across his face despite his best efforts to dodge. Stali feels like a hammer has struck him, and the slimy aftertaste left from the tongue's passage begins to hiss and burn.
I think that takes you to 0 HP? - but charge should still complete.
I know you have reach, but the slugs is 15ft.

With what ounces of strength remain Stali follows through, though his weapon seems to lose some of it's strength bouncing off the malleable hide.

Unbowed by acidic taint Padrym follows, and thanks the stars that the slug is less than nimble, his axe almost being turned before biting through the beast's hide.

Hilde's aim is affected by battle having been joined and her arrow is less ably directed, skimming off the slug's skin.

Agna summons another trio of force bearing missiles that thud home into the beast's skin.

Action Tracker (Round 2): Stali, Padrym, Hilde, Nar, Agna, Da Slug


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Padrym readies himself while Agna sends a trio of force missiles slamming into the slug.

It makes a noise akin to a screeching roar in response and tears itself forward, surging closer to Padrym before slowing slightly and seemingly locking in on the dwarf's location. The mollusc's forward section rears back before twitching forward. A globule of smoking phlegm is launched like a catapult at Padrym...
Acid Spit (Touch): 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (15) + 3 = 18 for 10d6 ⇒ (4, 2, 2, 4, 4, 3, 3, 1, 6, 2) = 31 acid damage
...the gobbet catching him upon the shoulder and the sticky liquid etching and burning as it spreads to cover his skin.

Slug is 45ft in front of Padrym; Padrym is 5ft in front of Stali; and everyone else is 20ft behind Stali.

Action Tracker (Round 2): Stali, Padrym, Hilde, Nar, Agna, Da Slug


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Eudocia does not know of the name Vorlesh, though she can recall some pertinent information about other items of mention.

Red Morning Massacre and Minagho:
In early 4607 ar, however, a lilitu demon named Minagho entered Kenabres magically disguised as a refugee. Once inside the town’s walls, she revealed her true form and slaughtered 62 citizens before vanishing in a cloud of greasy black smoke.

After the Red Morning Massacre, as it was called, Kenabres refused entrance to any except those who could demonstrate direst need. Those admitted were forced to undergo protracted and painful tests to demonstrate their mortality. Individuals who fell under suspicion were turned away or executed on the spot.

S.V.:
A possibility raises within Eudocia's mind... there was a disgraced and discredited crusader and mercenary commander who was shown to be a traitor who shared the initials... Staunton Vhane, a dwarf crusader who turned to depravity and became an anti-paladin.

Nahyndrian:
The etymology of the name suggests that the item might come from the demonic realm, but you cannot discern any tacit information from that.


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Hah - no hopefully not. I should be able to get something down at work today.


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Aye - the other days I just suck at being a good DM :P


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The prisoners that were brought with you were taken into custody, and secured within an adjacent building under guard. If the demons were to come there would be little effort spent to defend them, but there is at least a remaining pretense that they might see a trial before hanging.


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Joneth:
At the Tower of Estrod you found that it had been partially levelled during the initial demonic assault and only two floors stood. Your patrol fought with cultists of Baphomet before forcing your way into the second floor, where a red skinned tiefling witch was in wait.

Through foul magicks he forced himself into one of your kinsmen's mind and you were forced to slay your fellow crusader before striking down the witch. A shrine to Baphomet was discovered in the building A brazen minotaur head hangs from one wall above an altar covered with wavy-bladed knives and curved bulls’ horns, while star-shaped symbols in red decorate other walls. and the Tiefling bore a note on his person that read:

Faxon,
You did well to report your superior’s mishandling of funds, and I trust that you will continue to serve as loyally in the weeks to come. You need not command the Kenabres Templars for long, for the city is about to die—I only wish I could be there to take part in its murder, for I have fond memories of my Red Morning Massacre. No matter, I suppose, for your mortal kin will all fall soon enough—as I said, Kenabres’s days are short.
Vorlesh has already left to meet with our Lord’s daughter in the Abyss to secure a Nahyndrian crystal of the proper purity, and once she has what she needs, she’ll arrive in Kenabres to finish the job and turn the wardstones fully to our use. You will know when she succeeds, I suspect! Praise Lord Baphomet!
Minagho

Joneth - this is your cue.


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Quednys' brow furrows briefly in thought before he has a seeming revelation of recollection and offers his own hand "Yes.. I remember it now, sadly we will be in need of your talents even more now than before... so much has been broken and lost." eyes distant and with a tinge of sorrow before he nods "It is good that you survived... and are here yet to fight with us"

At the mention of the Tower of Estrod, Irabeth raises a hand "That we know of... one of our scouts led a patrol there earlier today and I hadn't a moment to debrief yet. Joneth, come we'll take your report now." calling to a lithe man in one corner of the Inn to step forwards.


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Stali steps to and girds his loins while Hilde forges resolve in Nar's breast. Nar's following triple volley of missiles sink deep into the slug's hide... but it is not yet clear if the beast is injured by them.

Action Tracker (Round 1): Stali, Padrym, Hilde, Nar, Agna, Da Slug

DM's Notes:
15 damage


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Damage will destroy the ice gate easily enough given time.

Guard Captain's Possessions:
Masterwork cold iron longsword, masterwork heavy crossbow, 4 x Potions, Bolts (7), Chain shirt, spiked light steel shield, dagger, Small mirror in a closing locket.


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This is indeed the tower proper.
Map

The noises coming from the opposite doors where the edge of bedding is visible are clearly those of guardsmen readying themselves for combat. There does not yet appear to be any other inhabitants of the ground floor bar yourselves.

Bastagar's furtive venturing does not elicit much further information. The North and South stretch out by corridor to what appear to be the transport hubs that Hatch spoke of. There are also other doors, two appear to be to small chambers while two others doubleback towards the courtyard and you wager they allow passage up to the battlements.


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Right - I've kind of lost track a bit of exactly where we ended up and I think it'll be best for all concerned if we start on a fresh note rather than a recall... so:

Katherson's bludgeon catches the man heavily upon his hip, shattering bone and crumpling him in a heap. The bloodied guard captain is the next to fall, Skane's shield blasting away his blade before his sword snakes in to steal breath. The other guardsmen withdraw into the fastness of the tower, leaving you with a moments respite to draw heavy breath and count your own wounds.

The icy gate still stands between Klo and the interior, and a brief casting of eyes does not betray an easy means of seeing it opened. Annalisa's broken form upon the floor also presents an issue of pressing concern.

Perception DC 25:
You see the telltale flits and fragments of sprites in the air. They have not engaged, but are watching from a distance - around the curve of the tower and from high within the structure of the white dragon in the courtyard.

It is easy to ken that the guardsmen are drawing strength within the doors, while yours is static... who knows what time you have, what other beasts lie in wait within... and how much time you have to bring succour to your wounded.

Out of combat, but still tracking time in rough rounds behind the curtain.


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The malevolent crew settle in for a long wait after Jethryk urging the boggards to remain in clear view around the treant's corpse. Within the shadowed maw of the Horn's caverns most of you need only deal with tedium and boredom... while Jethryk also needs fend off the forward attentions on his willing and horrifically disguisting harem. The treant is set to burn and after an ungainly span of minutes where the boggard stand around suspiciously... they begin to play a game that involves pitching rocks at the elven captive. It's hard to follow but it seems that they are scoring themselves by how loudly they can force it to scream and their accuracy to tender places.

Fickle Hand:
1d5 ⇒ 2 and 2d20 ⇒ (19, 12) = 31

Only a couple of hours pass before you are rewarded. A boggard draws back his arm with stone in hand... before he is transfixed by a barbed arrow through his throat. It's scream of pain is only a gargle as the stone falls and he drops to the ground.

Perception checks please :)


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Irabeth measures up Lann with a wary eye as she listens to all that you have said about him and his tribe. At completion she nods cautiously "Of course... we have no dearth of foes and can use all assistance we can. We will send a patrol with you to formalize the treaty when we can. If the tunnels are now secure they may very well be the best place to sequester civilians until Mendev comes with steel."

Harrol need not stand on ceremony or salivate for any real length of time... as bread, stew and stale cheese is furnished to the table as well as a thin ale and weak tea. The fare is not as sumptuous as it would have been before fire and death descended upon Kenabres - but it has still been made with care and is a welcome reminder that not all that was has been lost.

Quednys himself arrives just as Theodric mentions that Aravashnial lives - the grim lines on his aged and stern face softening as the news sinks in. His voice is soft, but still forceful "So a Riftwarden lives... It is not often that tidings heard are as fair as that."

I assume you inform them about the leads from the cultists? - for the Tower of Estrod, etc?


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Tis a bump for the others.
And a reminder to Stali that with haste he could charge 90ft if he wanted to.


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Non lethal damage always works :P


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thejeff wrote:
Especially when players have a strong tendency to glom onto the weird bits from one part of the setting and drag them off to use in other parts where they don't fit so well.

I'd argue that makes the world more realistic rather than less. And I say that as a western expatriate living in SE Asia. I am a weird bit from another part of the setting... and I don't fit so well... which is awesome.

Contrast makes a world shine.


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If I thought like that you probably wouldn't have found that elf you got to torture :P
No taking of 20, but you could look for a spot that gives you cover / total cover from lines of approach, yet still allows sight into the clearing; that sort of thing.


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Stealth vs Perception is opposed, so no taking 20 on it.


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Aye she's a bit that way (both written and consciously on my part)... but I also wanted a non-Gwermish character as well.

Plus I generally ain't fantastic at NPCs as well :P


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Slightly distracted by the Malaysian Airlines flight that apparently got shot down in the Ukraine...


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Any coolness of phrase is not met with challenge, instead Irabeth's green face smiles around her nascent tusks "For my benefit or not I can still offer thanks for the act." pausing a moment before adding "Do you keep your name for a purpose?... or would you let me have it?"

On mention of the Blackwing Irabeth nods affirmation though with an appearance of confusion "Aye the same... though he thought the Blackwing entirely destroyed. He will be gladdened to hear that some of the order survived."


Correct - experience is generally handed out by defeating the enemy. That also includes talking the enemy out of fighting in the first place, or bypassing the conflict by other cunning means.

See here on the PRD


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I'd offer... but t'was at roughly that point that my own S&S died a death ne'er to rise again.

Plus I'm struggling to keep the tickers ticking on my other campaigns.

A shame 'tis for Quillin needs to ride.


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Action Tracker (Round 1): Stali, Padrym, Hilde, Nar, Agna, Da Slug


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It's a coming - I've got 3/5 back on track and the Reigns of Winter are next.


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As you begin to move forwards towards the inn, you are swiftly met by the emergence of a half-orcen lady. She is bedecked in full plate of burnished bronze, a heavy bladed sword at her side and a demeanour that both commands respect and threatens righteous violence both. Her stern face melts though at the sight of she who limps beside you on makeshift crutches. "Anevia!" she cries to be answered by a "Irabeth!". With what swiftness they can muster they meet in embrace as Anevia's crutches are left to clatter to the ground.

Irabeth Tirablade smiles widely as the pair part but slightly, Anevia relying now upon her wife's support to move and she effuses "A thousand thanks I will offer you... but first within, words would be best exchanged bound by walls and with weight off our feet" and with that you are led into the inn proper. In her relief and haste she either does not care or has not noticed Lann's macabre appearance... the guardsmen are less ebullient, but with Irabeth's approval girding your claim that do not challenge. One stammers a response to Theodric "Aye, there's divine agua within"

The darkened common is lit by flickering lanterns and much of the decoration has been given over to maps and notes spread upon the walls. Red and black marks depict places of note and interest, but you are ushered to a central table swiftly and cannot pay much notice. Irabeth calls to a one-armed man behind the bar for water and stew as seats are taken and adds "Send for Quednys". The inn has a range of weary crusaders both martial and arcane around... who turn and take interest in the new arrivals.

Seated beside Anevia, Irabeth opens "I am Irabeth Tirablade, Commander of what remains of the Eagle Knights and the organised resistance against the demons. You have returned my light to my life and for that I will always mention you in prayers... but please, speak of me your names and what brought you to this place of refuge in times dire."


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Mapski

Can I get a provisional ok?
The boggard can be positioned as you wish, the grid is 10ft squares, and the rocks in the entrance provide cover (so you can hunker down behind them relatively out of sight easily).
The extreme of the map to the South, West and East is the start of the tree cover.
If you want to move just let me know.
Also Shendalyn - is Gurthock out or not?


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Initiative Block:
Stali: 15
Nar: 8
Agna: 9
Hilde: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (9) + 2 = 11
Padrym: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (8) + 5 = 13
Da Slug: 1d20 - 4 ⇒ (8) - 4 = 4

As words arcane and divine are put to tongue to bolster and gird a single arrow arcs through the dark from Nar's bow. His aim is true, but the missive bounces off the slug's thickened and gnarled hide. A chilling and guttural screech comes from the behemothic mollusc and it readies to surge towards the source of the projectile... it's slimy track making an indescribable sound of grating, sliding, grinding as it surges.

Action Tracker (Round 1): Stali, Padrym, Hilde, Agna, Nar, Da Slug

The tunnel is 15ft wide, and the slug is still 90ft ahead of the front liners.
No map yet - but it should be fairly simple to figure out.


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Best laid plans for the last two nights swiftly harpooned by a 2 year old with a snotty nose. My chest does a very good impression of a bed.


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Best laid plans for the last two nights swiftly harpooned by a 2 year old with a snotty nose. My chest does a very good impression of a bed.


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Best laid plans for the last two nights swiftly harpooned by a 2 year old with a snotty nose. My chest does a very good impression of a bed.


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Best laid plans for the last two nights swiftly harpooned by a 2 year old with a snotty nose. My chest does a very good impression of a bed.


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My favored World Cup is already finished and Australia actually won that one!


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The last week hasn't been great for me in terms of RPG headspace (note primarily due to in game fraction in another PbP that's now resolved) - and that's obviously been reflected in a lack of in game posting.

While I get back up and on my mental feet - I'm going to officially take a 1 week sabbatical from my DM'd games. This will give me the comfort to recharge my batteries and hopefully get back on the job on roughly 13th July.

I appreciate your consideration, and hopefully this doesn't put too many of you out.


Primordial Ooze

The last week hasn't been great for me in terms of RPG headspace (note primarily due to in game fraction in another PbP that's now resolved) - and that's obviously been reflected in a lack of in game posting.

While I get back up and on my mental feet - I'm going to officially take a 1 week sabbatical from my DM'd games. This will give me the comfort to recharge my batteries and hopefully get back on the job on roughly 13th July.

I appreciate your consideration, and hopefully this doesn't put too many of you out.


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Primordial Ooze

The last week hasn't been great for me in terms of RPG headspace (note primarily due to in game fraction in another PbP that's now resolved) - and that's obviously been reflected in a lack of in game posting.

While I get back up and on my mental feet - I'm going to officially take a 1 week sabbatical from my DM'd games. This will give me the comfort to recharge my batteries and hopefully get back on the job on roughly 13th July.

I appreciate your consideration, and hopefully this doesn't put too many of you out.

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