6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Damian enters the hideout and sits himself on a sofa reupholstered by Fool. "*yawn*SHAAAAADE, bring me some food."
A hand taps Damian on the shoulder, Damian turns around to see a wooden man, with visible mechanisms and pulleys. Damian gets up promptly and yells "WHAT THE F*$#!" He goes to punch the person with the wooden hand...
Joseline: "Wait Damian! Don't hurt him" Joseline comes running up and hugs Damian "Fool made him, he is real nice, though he cant talk, but he can do lots of cool things." At this point Damian starts to inspect the man more thoroughly. Not only his hand but the entire body is made of wood, there are no organs, but instead pullies and levers and screws across his body. In an outstreched hand is a tray with two large sandwiches on it. The man doesn't seem alarmed by the fact that Damian was about to clobber him. He also looks very fragile and Damian wonders how he stays together at all.
Joseline takes a sandwich and Damian follows suit. Once Damian takes the food, the man immediately turns around and proceeds to grab a broom and start sweeping. "Weird, that thing seems to operate like a person, but it looks so simple, I don't know how its staying up" *starts eating the sandwich* "Hmmm, could use some meat, hey Jo, where is Fool, I want to see how much hes done since I've been gone"
Joseline points down one of the corridors and says with a mouth full of food "Hrees rrofer rere"
Damian walks down the hall with Jo in tow to find a work chamber where Fool is standing and examining a stone wall. "Hey Foo-"
Fool "Shhh shh shhh hush for a molment" Fool looks at the wall for a few seconds, and then goes up to it to make marks on it with chalk. "Ahhh yes bello, now what would you like bambino?"
Damian "Do you have the stuff I asked for?"
Fool "Ah yes *pulls an intercom out of his pocket* here you go, the rest are on that table over there" He points to a table with papers on it.
Damian walks over to the table "W...Where? I don't see anything."
Fool has started drawing more on the wall "The papers sciocco" Damian takes a closer look at the papers and sees a schematic for flash grenades, a swizz army knife, and a cloak. Damian stares at the papers for a second then turns angrily to Fool "So did you BUILD them? I want them, NOT these papers"
Fool turns to look at Damian, walks over and picks up the papers "Their essence is right here, all you have to do is take some time to make them real."
Damian "YOUR supposed to make them for me I HAVE BEEN BUSY, Taking INITIATIVE in this War while YOU have been DRAWING ON WALLS!!"
Fool "And you want me to make weapons for you while your out? Things for killing and murder? I refuse bambino."
Damian "WHY!?!!? THATS THE WHOLE POINT!!! YOUR supposed to help me win this war, and the easiest way to do that is if we get rid of everyone else. Why are YOU EVEN F%@~ING HERE IF YOU WONT MAKE ME ANY G&* D$~ WEAPONS?!?!?"
Fool "To What End Avventato Damian? Preparing For War? SO you can you take a life? Are you ready to take the life from another? To make them and all those who love them suffer so that this will be 'Easiest'? AND THEN WHAT? WILL YOU KILL THEIR FAMILY TOO WHEN THEY COME FOR REVENGE FOR KILLING THEIR BELOVED!?." As Fool continues talking Damian's rage starts to deflate.
By this point Joseline is watching the two argue with tears in her eyes, Fool notices her and goes up to calm her down "Shhh shhh, its ok bambina, go on now and we will play more later."
Joseline *sniff sniff* "Don't be mad at Damian"
Fool "Its ok, hush now, go on." He watches her leave the room and waits a few moments then turns back to Damian "What would happen to the little bambina if you got yourself killed? She would have no where to go, no family. Who would protect her and care for her?"
Damian stands there for a moment trying to think of an answer "I don't know."
Fool "You can do what you want with your life Damian, but remember that your actions have consequences. Violence will not fix your problems."
Damian "Then what am I supposed to do? What do you expect me to do? I've had to fight to survive my whole life, and I've fought to give her a better life. Its all I know."
Fool takes a deep breath "I know bambino, I know....We will talk more tomorrow. Go rest now Damian, your tired and you need to sleep." *Fool turns back to the wall and takes his chalk to it.*
Damian watches him for a short while, but eventually wonders off to think.
Damian leaves the [location] and starts heading in the general direction of home, not directly towards home, in a way that will attract the least amount of attention, until he finds a deserted building. Once there he reaches into his cloak and pulls out one of the pills given by [name]. "Lets see what this s@@! can do." Damian swallows one of the pills.
Insight on how my body reacts: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (11) + 7 = 18
Perception to notice any changes:1d20 + 17 ⇒ (12) + 17 = 29
Observation to keep a constant check on myself: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (5) + 6 = 11
Will to keep my mind in check: 1d20 + 14 ⇒ (14) + 14 = 28
also if it helps 10 general knowledge and 5 medicine knowledge
Damian: "The [location]? wtf why there?!”
???: "Because it's a safe place where there are no other masters”
Damian: "Whatever >.> how should I find you once I’m there”
???: "Just ask anyone who works there for me”
Damian: "Alright shouldn't take me too long to get there, cya there Glasses" Damian makes his way to [location] walks into the front entrance and goes up to the receptionist desk,
Receptionist: “Are you Mr. Damian? one moment please he's been expecting you” she makes a phone call and ??? comes shortly after
???: "Ah good to see you. Come with me." ??? leads Damian to an area that is labeled 'authorized personnel only' Damian closes the door behind them and the two start walking down a corridor with multiple doors
Damian: "So what makes you so important around this place?"
???: "I manage and own this [location]" he hands Damian an ID card "This will let you access most of the facilities in this hospital, should you need them"
Damian:"Thanks *Damian puts the card in his pocket* So you want to work together right? if you expect me to form some kinda ‘alliance’ with you we need to talk about a few things, first of all you already know what I want the grail for, so what do you need it for? A nice set of prescription binoculars?"
???:" Haha, no nothing so trivial. Truth be told I don't actually need the grail to attain my wish, all I need is a moment of time before it is used to study its properties before someone makes a wish on it. As such I want to form an alliance with you, since I have calculated that it is the safest way to attain my goal with the least casualties."
Damian: "You expect me to believe that? With the power of omnipotence and everything you could ever want within your grasp, you simply want to 'look at it'? You already know my intentions thanks to this illusive 'mind reading computer’ you have, but I don't have that kind of luxury. How do I know I can trust you?"
??? stops by a room "please look here." Damian looks into the room and sees a beautiful girl sleeping in a bed hooked up to some machinery, she is about Damian’s age and looks exactly like the girl from the painting. "That's my daughter...as you can see she's very sick."
Damian suddenly feels strong attraction toward this girl, he looks away, confused by his own feelings "What’s wrong with her?, and what does that have to do with my question, it seems like you would need the wish for her" *Damian tries to make his voice sound its normal gruff self*
???: "The nerves that control her body, even those that control her heart and lungs aren't working. Her body has been maintaining its self by using her magic circuits as a replacement, but they are incompatible with her body and are decaying faster than they can be generated. Once they are gone she can no longer replace them. I'm in the process of creating replacement circuits that will regenerate no matter how badly they are damaged. The Holy Grail is made of just such circuits. It has been able to regenerate its self from nearly utter destruction. I only need to study the grail to be able to reproduce its regenerative powers in my daughter. After that you can have it."
Damian: “Makes sense I guess, what’s the kid’s name?"
Damian: "Is Irean.....can she last until we finish this war? how long can she stay hardwired like that?
???: "She'll last up to a year and a half if I don't finish my research...although that's only if you can count 8 months of being totally comatose as 'living.' But for now she's just sleeping"
Damian: “So not long” *Damian takes another good look, and has a hard time looking away from her* “Let’s go" Damian wanted to be out of eye sight of her, his emotions for this girl made him lose focus of why he came here "Well that makes things a little better, but there are still things about you that don’t sit right, for one thing, that computer you have, it gives you far too much info on me, if we do become ‘teammates’ I’d like to know where it is and to be able to use it.” The two walk farther down the hall and enter what appears to be a private office. In the room there is a giant screen with an input console that is hooked up to what look like bookshelves of hard drives mixed with magical technology, which farther run large cables down the room into the wall.
???:"I'd be more than happy to let you use it, but without my magic circuits it doesn't work. As for how it works, it merely runs simulations of all possible outcomes of an event, isolates the most likely results and gives you an answer."
Damian: "This looks expensive Glasses, tell me, how rich are you?"
"I was rich, this was, but that was before added my own funds to this machine" he taps one of the shelves "I actually have only purchased 4 of these. The rest are built up from multiple generations of multiple families, pooling together their resources to make a device powerful enough to make prophetic predictions. Simple put, this is about 200 years’ worth of investment from 10 different families."
Damian: "So you’re telling me you have no money? I mean, to own and manage the [location] you must get some good income from that, at least 3 pairs of glasses".
???: "True, I am not poor, but I am currently not rich ether, and the moron poisoning the city's water isn't helping ether. I you need some money however I would be happy to provide some."
Damian: "It’s not that, its just an idea....I'll share it with you if I feel like I can trust you more, for now don't worry your pretty little head about my financial situation, I can get by on my own By the way, you've been pretty compliant with my questions, surprised you don’t have questions yourself, though I guess this machine makes that job easy"
???: "Not exactly, I can see general outcomes and the most probable result of my actions, as such I have seen several different ends to this war. For instance one where I question you thoroughly and end up fighting against you, one where I don't show you this room in which you died and I lost the war, I've even seen one where I have a son and daughter in-law..." he smiles pleasantly at the comment, while Damian blushes looks away at the comment
Damian: "Well I guess you wouldn't want that, I'd probably be too much for you to handle, it makes sense that you'd be afraid to ask questions" *Damian turns back with a smirk on his face "So if you don't want answers then what do you want, nothing comes for free, and it seems like your offering me a whole lot for very little. If there’s one thing I learned everything has a price."
???: "All I want in this world is to see her free to run around in the open again. All I want is to see her happy."
???: "To an extent, however there are side effects to teaming up with any of the others that are less beneficial for example if I was to team up with Berserker's master ...the world would come to an end. Saber, half the planet dies and I still don't get the grail. Lancer, I end up winning the war, but my daughter is already dead. You get the picture."
Damian: "So what I bring to the table is your best chance at saving your daughter, that makes sense…for now I’ll trust you, still I'd like one of my familiars to be here, specifically in this room, so I can know what questions you ask this computer, also I want to know all the info you have on the other combatants, I will seek them out in my own time and work on how best to get rid of them and lastly I want to know all of your magics. In exchange I will share with you my Servant's name, and allow you access to his abilities, I think they would be most useful to you. Sound Fair?
???: "Feel free to leave a familiar here, don't give me any information on your servant, I don't know anything about him/her other than it is of the Fool class, and neither of us like the results of you telling me that. As for servant information, this machine is intentionally cryptic, and often doesn't give specifics, but here is what I can tell you about the other servants is...[left out of game]"
Damian: "Good, It seems I won’t have to do any Glasses stomping in the near future, *summons a mini-shade out of his shadow* I want you to stay here, follow this guy around and report anything he doesn't tell me and anything he asks this computer. *starts walking out the door* If you don't need anything else I think I’ll be off"
???: "Ah take these." He hands you a jar of candy looking pills. "They temperately double your strength magically. Needless to say they won't work on servants. And be careful while using them. they will double your strength speed and stamina for 30min, but after it wears off you will have half your strength speed and stamina for an hour. you could consider it borrowing from your future strength."
Damian:"...thanks, cya around."
Time: 2PM - 4:30PM
Joseline "Daaaaamian I don't wanna do this stuff any more"
Damian walks up and looks down at her books "Hmmm Idk Jo, doesn't look like you did any of it right, I think u'll have to redo it all"
Joseline "NOOOOOOO DAMIAN" [crosses her arms and makes a pouty face]
Damian "Hahahaha" [Ruffles her hair] Comon, lets go see what the Fool is up to.
Damian and Joseline go to the workshop and see Fool working on some kinda weapon, it kind of looks like a small sword with a chain that leads to a weird oversized handle that fits down the length of a persons arm, the workshop has changed in size since the two have been in the workshop, and many of the devices present before have either been changed or disappeared and been replaced with new devices.
On the wall next to where the painting of Damian and ??? Hangs is another painting, this one featuring a picture of four people around a circular table. One of them clearly represents you, one represents ???, the third is Jo, and the fourth is some girl you have never seen before. the four of you are sitting around a moderately fancy table in a relatively nice room. On the center of the table is a giant gold cup, which you interpret to be the holy grail. The shadows that would normally be on guard for your portrayal appear to be tranquil and calm. You are sitting on the center left, and are staring at the unknown girl, who's appearance reminds you of a beautiful doll. You are staring at her with a look of passion, caring and affection that you have previously only shown to Jo. Jo, seated on the far left looks rather happy, she appears to be eating delicious looking food, and enjoying herself. ??? is the only one of you standing and he is looking down upon the rest of the table with a warm expression. In a word you might consider this room "paradise." Though it certainly isn't one you dreamed of.
Damian: "Hey Fool, whats that your working on?"
Fool: "Ah nothing jeune Damian, just one of my many projects" [continues to tinker with it while talking, almost seeming to not be paying attention to Damian]
Damian: "Well while your doing this I got a list of stuff for you to make, here" [hands Fool a list] "Let me know if you need anything to make this stuff"
(flash grenades, intercoms, a Swiss army knife with nearly endless variation of small applications and a weapon Davinci thinks would suit Damian)
Fool glances at the list "Hmmm yes, for these things I will need (insert what he needs here)
Damian: "Alright I'll be back after I get the stuff and take care of some things, Shade come here"
Out of Damian's shadow appears Shade "Hows it goin boss, got anything tasty to morsel on?"
Damian makes a (-.-) face "You don't eat Shade, now listen, watch over Jo, make sure she doesn't go running off, and if I'm not back by 7 make sure she eats something, got it?"
Shade "Sure thing boss!"
Damian leaves the junk yard and quickly makes his way to the pawn shop a few blocks over and gets all the things Davinci asks him to get.
After a little while he feels he has to stop putting this off. He takes the phone out of his pocket and dials the only number on the phone.
To answer some of your questions Amelia:
The "a section" is actually not a strictly speaking "commands" section, it is in fact the choices in a rather complex (ive seen the set up) rock paper scissors system, which you use for both offense and defense
(note all the following examples are from the previous game and may not hold up or have been changed)
for example, Rush will always lose against invitation as when someone rushes into a trap they will get caught
however, Invitation always loses to feign, and rush will always win against feign
sometimes this matches arent straight forward "A beats B" if two people choose rush, then they would both roll initiative, and the winner of the roll gets the hit (this is also why when you attack you roll initiative, use versus and power)
sometimes this can be changed by what you put in sections b and c, but for the most part when considering two equal opponents the a section doesnt change and its very vital
so no, for that section you can't make up your own commands
But when you auto win versus their attack you are "countering", when neither of you hit you are "dodging" (or parrying) when you both hit you are "engaging" etc etc it is for this reason that you don't have complete control of your servant, rather you are giving them an idea of what you want them to do and they will do a fitting attack which interacts with the other servant's attack
I don't know if this is still true, but in the last game the number of skills you could use per bout was entirely based on your mana (ie mana is the only dictating factor)
For the passives its usualy best to remind the GM that you have them :P even if in theory they should "always be active" everyone is likely to forget
Auto-pilot can be risky, namely because if your servant is in trouble you have no way to help them, usually they will be as efficient in auto-pilot (I've seen some Servants control a whole room full of servants on their own, though they had independent action) but their support network wont be their so yeah not recommended unless necessary for a plan. If you have to I would suggest pre-made battle plans and contingencies for your Servant.
and as always questions are always welcome :) I'm more then willing to help you, I'm a good friend of the GM, I know a lot of the info about the game, and I'm not as busy as he usually is so feel free to PM me with questions (I also have more immediate access to him to ask him stuff)
The first one requires a looking back at your key for which abbrivations are which.
Example with your method:
1)-R <Sk:Spear Thrust> (ST)
While the Second does not
Example with my method:
1)-Rush <Skill:Spear Thrust> (melee)
2)-Crush <Noble Phantasm> [open up the wormhole and bury him in snow]
3)-Strike <Phantasm> (Range)
Also looks nicer in my opinion
-Rush <Skill:_______> (Range)
Not to be rude but:
Amelia Abendroth Martell
You all have turns to take in response to the GM's posts
I do as well but my turn takes place later in the day and since most of you are still at 8 or 9 in the mourning I wanted to wait
I also understand its holiday time, but yeah if we could get the ball rolling I'd appreciate it.
Has your person designed a character yet? If not have him/her fill out one of the character sheets and then create an account here on paizo so he/she can message the GM and send him the files.
Also you can edit your posts if you forgot to add something :)
like so :D
Edited: Rawr more editing hehe ^.^
Thinks to self I'm not awake enough for this s*@$ right now.
Damian:"BLEH WTF!!! YO, FOOL GET YOUR ASS OVER HERE!"
Damian turns around and sees a man with glasses leaning against the bookshelf reading a book, He closes the book and walks towards Damian
"yeah, whats it to u"
"you won't find any books on the Holy Grail wars in a library, at least none that aren't fiction." he holds out the book he was just reading and a cellphone, its old so you know it isn't valuable, but you also know its old so it doesn't have a GPS.
quickly snatches the book and puts it in the bag "why would i need a phone, and who are you, you got a thing for little boys hmm?"
he chuckles, "that's an amusing reaction. Not at all, I am just a business man, and business revolves around making valuable contacts. Perhaps you will find it useful."
"You've become involved in a war you know nothing about you would be wise to keep your options open, at least until you fully understand your circumstances. You never know where you could find an ally."
"thats a fair point" grabs the phone "so how did you find me, and more importantly who are you"
“[Name3]. As I have previously stated I am just a business man with a very smart computer"
"and how much do you know about me"
"that you are the master of the fool class servant and that you would be stopping by here tonight, as well as the wish you seek the grail for."
"wish? what wish"
"this war is a death match over a single wish, and although it isn't necessary most of the competitors will kill each other off to get that wish"
"ha, seems your "very smart computer" isn’t that smart since I didn’t even know about the wish thing, I assume all the info on this war is in that book you gave me then?" *starts to become relaxed since no harm seems to be intended*
"of course, and for any specific details regarding the war you may ether call me or the church outside of town is considered neutral ground and its members serve as judges for the war."
gives [Name3] a death stare "i don't trust churches, you don't work for them do u?"
"Not at all. It is just another piece of information; personally I wouldn't trust those religious nuts as far as I could throw them."
"good... i hope you'll understand if i don't trust you...yet anyway, you don't know where i live do u? or my powers?"
"No not yet, though I don't expect you to believe me”
"then how about this, you show me one of your powers, and ill show u one of mine"
"Oh how very un-mage like of you, very well." he snaps his fingers and *****
"so you have ****** then? ha, that’s funny" produces ******* "my ****** are in contrast to your own magic it would seem, now is the thing standing behind me a friend of yours? because hes starting to creep me out"
"Ha ha, Indeed ***** come on out."
Danian turns to see *******
"and who might you be?"
“I am ******”
"Never heard of ya, well its been fun and all, but my intuition is saying I have no reason to keep talking to you. ill contact u later if i need to, till then cya later Glasses"
walks away and goes back to the ****** and get food/water (so i can make the check) and to check up on my servant/sister
***** = censored by either me or GM