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268 posts. Alias of Tim Bürgers.


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Hey guys,

I'm back from my vacation.

Sadly, some real-world-issues force me to withdraw time from fun-activities to get back into my old job or to apply for a new one.

If I can help you to go on with the campaign in any way, please let me know via PM.

I am very sorry that I have to end all my pbp-activities at once in this way, but it helps me a lot attending my current problems.

It was a very entertaining time - thank you all.

Tim


After the death of the horrible predator, the titanic Eldertree stands before the group in all of his massive majesty.

Somewhere on this tree, the Elderwood Moss must grow and with it a part of Falcon's Hollow's salvation.

Where/how do you want to search for the moss?


You can pick your tasks if you deem it interesting for roleplaying-purposes or necessary in the current situation.

Ondir gets the impression that Crimson is not that friendly towards him and his newfound allies. (unfriendly)

Ask her yourself. Now leave me alone.


I still like it! I especially like your creative out-of-the-box roleplaying. Makes DMing easier and a lot more fun.

Considering the length of Ondir's posts, I can't believe that he completely lost interest.

As far as I know, you guys know him personally. Maybe you want to ask him if he still likes to play?


Chaulky is a pretty young woman, that's for sure. It surely depends only on personal taste, if one likes her better than Riff.

Chaulky always takes her meals with the officers as she has to try the captain's food (and "help" him get rid of the calories in the night).

Riff finds the young cabin girl singing with a bunch of crew-members. They give a pretty ramshackle version of a ambigious song about a young man that went to sea and "learned to love the company of men".


I'm back. So if you want to continue this, I'm at your service.


Ok, thanks for the help with the vocabulary. The poison taster is "Caulky" Tarroon, the captain's cabin girl.

...

Okay guys, let's forget about the sailoring tasks from now on. Let's just assume that everyone has enough routine now to do the work. All that rolling comes to nothing in the end.


Ambrose gives a tired smile at Antal's remark.

We better do the meals well, lad. Else we get much closer to the whip than we might hope for. This ship is a hell of a place, be warned. It eats your soul. None of it is even close to the heroic tales the tell in the harbor-taverns and Besmara-temples. Life is a pitiful lot on the Wormwood if you are not on the top of the heap and the both of us certainly aren't.

Then he pets Bezebel's belly making the black chicken give comfortable sounds.

...

Jack seems not that eager to befriend Antal: [b]Sorry man. I know you mean to be friends and that is all good. But being friends with the likes of you doesn't seem to be a good idea on this ship as long as Plugg and Scourge make the rules here. Sorry.[b]

Jack stays indifferent towards Antal.

...

What is a poison taster? Some kind of blackmarketeer selling poison? Or the one testing food to save the superiors from poisoning?


The man obviously doesn't take Andros` lesson and offer kindly:

And you better p1ss off. You scare away customers. So vanish or I tear your eyes out and stuff them back into your a55 so you can take a look at all the sh1t you do.


What a mess. Okay, let`s just assume the thing is so hungry that it left the tree...


The half-elf Illya works for the Stick at a place called the "Ebony Arc". This is common knowledge in Firelight. In front of the Arc, a muscled man in colorful garb keeps on kicking at a huddled woman in front of him.

Perception DC 12:
"You won't tell anyone anything, you hear me? Else we kill you right here in the gutter for that is where trash like you belongs! And now get up and serve the customers."


Oh sorry. The beast attacked when you attempted to climb the tree. I assumed "in dubio pro ludenti" that Gounar was close enough to attack. I usually forgoe a combat-map when only a single opponent is involved or the situation is quite simple. And in these cases, I usually rule in favor of the players. Short: This was the surprise round and normal combat starts now.


Thanks for the advice, I will make good use of it!

Ini Dragon-Thing:1d20 + 3 ⇒ (3) + 3 = 6

The green "snake" darts forward and takes a bite at Ki:

Atk: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (17) + 8 = 25 damage: 1d6 + 4 ⇒ (3) + 4 = 7

...and after that, a big fist flies in from the side and Gounar breaks several of the beast's bones, leaving it heavily wounded.

...assuming Gounar delays until the dragon-thing is near enough, since it charges.

Wracked in pain, the green-scaled monster recoils from Ki and forgoes its attempt to grab him with his muscular snake-like body.


If there is anything you wish to solve before my vacation, post it. I will check for the last time in about 36 hours.


Wonderful!


With a loud hiss, a big serpentine creatures darts from the branches above. Hanging suspended on the lower branches of the Eldertree, it bites at you.

Anyone who hasn't done so far, please roll for intitiative. Anyone who is trained in Arcana may roll for monster knowledge.


No response from Gounar since Nov 10.

Is everyone okay with a replacement?


Bilge-duty doesn't mean killing dire rats. These nasty critters were just a one-time event. Under normal circumstances, there are only ordinary rats and sometimes spiders in the bilges. So no combat required.

@Ondir: Yes, you are right. Badger is friendly then because the DCs go down with each better step.

Toilday, 15th of Abadius, 4711 AR, 7th day of the journey

Sandara seems a little sad about Ondir's request, or more specifically her inability to help: Oh I wish I could help. But my magic is by far not strong enough to cure diseases. I think I can help with the weakness tomorrow. I will ask the Pirate Queen for some strengthening magic. I suggest rest, hot drinks and a lot of sleep. Sad tough that all of this is a bit scarce on this ship.

Next day's weather will clearly be a powerful storm, as Ondir can tell from the heavy black clouds on the horizon and the nervous demeanor of the fish-swarms in the clear blue water.

To faciliate my administration, I will now give you Sandara's statistics. She is helpful towards you, so you may use her in any way you like, as long as I don't tell you otherwise:

Sandara Quinn:

Female human cleric of Besmara 3
CG Medium humanoid (human)
Init +1; Senses Perception +2
DEFENSE
AC 11, touch 11, flat-footed 10 (+1 Dex)
hp 20 (3d8+3)
Fort +3, Ref +2, Will +5
OFFENSE
Speed 30 ft.
Melee mwk rapier +4 (1d6+1/18–20)
Ranged heavy crossbow +3 (1d10/19–20)
Special Attacks channel positive energy 5/day (DC 13, 2d6),
surge (+5)
Domain Spell-Like Abilities (CL 3rd; concentration +5)
5/day—copycat (3 rounds)
Cleric Spells Prepared (CL 3rd; concentration +5)
2nd—instant armor* (DC 14), slipstream*D, summon monster II
1st—command (DC 13), doom (DC 13), inflict light wounds
(DC 13), obscuring mistD
0 (at will)—bleed (DC 12), create water, purify food and
drink, stabilize
D Domain spell; Domains Trickery, Water (Oceans
subdomain*)
* See the Advanced Player’s Guide.
STATISTICS
Str 13, Dex 12, Con 10, Int 10, Wis 15, Cha 14
Base Atk +2; CMB +3; CMD 14
Feats Athletic, Combat Reflexes, Scribe Scroll
Skills Appraise +4, Bluff +6, Climb +3, Heal +6, Knowledge
(religion) +4, Profession (sailor) +8, Stealth +5, Swim +4
Languages Common
Combat Gear scrolls of cure light wounds (2), scroll of cure
moderate wounds; Other Gear heavy crossbow with 20 bolts,
dagger, masterwork rapier, Besmara’s tricorne (see page 58),
clay pipes (3), ebony holy symbol of Besmara, pouch of Old
Deep Rum-soaked pipe tobacco, tindertwigs (10); Locker
35 gp


Yes! Yesyesyes YESSSS! I am good at hiding!!! Won't tell anyone, promise!

The goblin nods as if his life depended on it (maybe it even does) and slowly moves away, an unsure smile on his face and sweat on his forehead.


I CAN'T DO THAT! If I help you and you lose, I will be killed! No, please, let me just go! Please!!!


Hey guys, sorry, I'm a bit in a trouble of keeping up. I hope you don't mind, that I reduce this post to the most important things.

Ratsline is now friendly towards Ondir.
Badger is now indifferent towards Ondir.

Riff

Yes, you are awakened for the rum. And the exhaustion lasts 24 hours, no matter how much sleep you get, because it reprensents mainly the fact that the two of you were in a sweatbox meant for only one person...

Antal

Tam seems to buy it. No, it ain't yers. Git yer dirty hands of it, I say. With these words, the ugly dwarf just pushes Antal away from the locker. Next time I'll chop your greedy hands off!


Antal

Antal can easily determine, which locker belongs to that nasty dwarf Tam Tate. With a routinely twist of his hand, the halfing opens the poor lock of the locker as if there was no lock at all.

Perception to see, if somebody noticed this: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (14) + 2 = 16

Unfortunately, right at the moment, Antal stretches his greedy hands into Tam's locker, the dwarf himself turns around a corner. What are you doing with my locker?!

And then, he draws a sap and takes a threatening pose.

I will continue my post later, not much time today.


Nononononono!!! You don't know these Darguun-badasses! They WILL find you, it will just take longer...

insight DC 13:
The goblin clearly believes this. He is pretty afraid of the Darguun-sellswords.


I don't know where he is. But I'm sure the mercenaries know how to contact him. The ambush-site would have been chosen depending on my spying-information. They are sellblades from Darguun, those. By the way, if I don't return, they start seeking me and try to get you without my aid.


Ondir

You can't discern Rats' attitude. Still wanna try to influence?

Kith&Riff

Some deckhand appears in the evening and releases you from the sweatbox. You are exhausted for the next 24 hours (-6Str/Dex, don't run, don't charge), because your bones ache like hell.

Antal

Do you want to try to get into the officers' chambers? I'm not sure if I understood it correctly.


4 successes, 1 failure - You solved the skill challenge successfully. Everyone gains 100 XP. In addition, the goblin gives you the following information:

It seems that the goblin doesn't want to push his luck and risk that you might really get violent.

Yes, no need to get hostile! Yes! I was sent after Meekin, because the Stick heard that he planned something. But the tavern-room was quite a loud mess, so I didn't understand much.

Then, the goblin falls into a whisper:

The Stick also hired some mercernaries to ambush anyone Meekin might sent out. I have to tell them, that you are the ones, else they kill me. But I can delay it somewhat to give you an advantage, okay? Maybe you will ambush them? So you let go of me now, yes?

The goblin looks at you with big, begging eyes. He actually looks surprisingly cute.


Gounar? Are you still with us?


An expression of fear is visible on the goblin's face. He seems to be more and more willing to tell who sent him.

3 successes, 1 failure. It's Leni's turn. Her action will most likely decide between wether you win or lose the skill challenge...


The captured goblin falls into a whisper.

Good to hear this. See, I actually might really be willing to tell you something...

2 successes, 1 failure


Intimidate-check for Andros with a +2 circumstance-bonus, because of the beast-form support:

1d20 + 2 ⇒ (15) + 2 = 17

The goblin suddenly seems more cooperative: Hey, hey, hey! Come on, we are reasonable people, yes? We can talk civilized about everything, right?

1 success, 1 failure


The goblin lifts an eyebrow. Oh, come on, Moooooom, don't tell me THAT old fairy tale again... We goblins have INVENTED lying, so you have to do a lot better than that.

0 successes, 1 failure, no special boni


Truly impressive speed. To my mind, the usual one-post-per-day guideline even seems pretty much.


As Andros drags the Goblin outside, he clearly senses that hairy spy's fear. With a little effort, a group of determined interrogators could surely get information out of him.

I assume that everyone follows outside. If not, please tell me in your post.

What is a skill challenge?:
A skill challenge represents a special kind of non-combat encounter. It presents you with an obstacle that could be nearly anything like navigating through a dense jungle, trying to organize a sieged city's defenses or, in this case, make a captured goblin speak.
Everyone can contribute in some way. Just name a skill and describe how you want to put it to use in the described scenario. For example, someone could try diplomacy to offer the goblin his freedom if he spills the beans. Even skills that aren't directly connected to the scenario could be used, but it takes a little creativity: If one wants to use e.g. Athletics in this context, he could just state, that he wants to show his great strength to the prisoner, thereby intimidating by sheer physical power. But be warned - those exotic uses are almost always quite difficult. On level 1, such a use would be against a DC of 20, for example.
You can even just name a skill and the DM tells you, what you could do with it. Or you can state what you want to do and the DM tells you, which skill to use.
In each skill challenge, you have to gather a specific number of successes before you accumulate to many failures. In this skill challenge, you have to collect 4 successes before 2 failures.
If you succeed at a skill challenge, the following adventure part will become considerably easier. If you fail, you might get a disadvantage, but it will almost never be a showstopper. To give an example, Hans will try a quite obvious skill in the next post.

Skill Challenge: 0 successes, 0 failures, no special boni


As this is my first real try at pbp I am quite amazed how long it takes for an adventure to proceed. Our progress so far would be... don't really know... 6 hours of table-gaming?!


Andros catches up to that hooded spy just at the right time. As the little eavesdropper notices, he tries to get out of the window.

Acrobatics vs. Andros' Reflex: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (4) + 8 = 12

But Andros is faster and grabs the short one. Under the hood, he notices a furry, sand-yellow face that looks somewhat like a monkey - a goblin!

The bartender looks angrily at the two and shouts: Hey there! No quarrels! You'll pay everything you break!


The turtle-soup is rather thin in the evening, containing by far not enough turtle. Antal is pretty sure, that the punishment for this watery soup will be another day in the bilges hunting rats. ...your task for tomorrow. Ironically, you will be much better at this, I guess. But it is NASTY, SMELLY work! :-P

It is a rather pitiful sight, seeing Ambrose on the floor, covered in some shards of a jar he broke as he slipped on his own "pavement pizza". Now his redded eyes are awkwardly twisted and saliva or worse runs out of his snoring mouth. Bezebel sits on him and turns the misery into a fortune by picking up the firm parts of Ambrose's puke. As Antal enters, the chicken says: Wooooaaaalk! as if nothing has happened.

Grok is obviously delighted to see Antal. Yeah, five gold. Ask me if you need anything.

Concerning the size of the hotbox, Riffelan and Kithranna have no other choice as sitting on each other. What's arousing at first, turns into a stinking, sweaty affair soon after.


Moonday, 14th of Abadius, 4711 AR, se
In the morning, Riff and Kithranna are led to the hotbox, a metal-cube right on deck. The box is too small for one person to be comfortable and Kithranna and Riffelan are put there together. The box smells of urine and worse things. There are some spots on the metal-walls, where rests of burned skin hang.

Have fun, you too!" Mr. Scourge says as he locks the box from the outside.

Riffelan:
You clearly feel that a heavy storm is going to build. That clearly will reduce your punishment to aching limbs and problems with problems with excrements.

@Ondir: Yes, you can assume that Sandara helped you.

The other riggers are Samms Toppins, the former fisher-woman who never wears shoes, "Ratline" Rattsberger, a halfling with only seven fingers, Maheem, the big unfriendly Rahadoumi, Syl Lonegan, a close-mouthed but angry-faced woman and Tam Tate, the sadistical dwarf that likes to act as Master Scourges minion.

As for the rigger-tasks, the upcoming winds and rain make it more difficult (-2).


Decide yourself. Ain't no use in making checks for things as minor as a pinch in the tongue.

Owlbear answers a bit too loud for Valen to feel comfortable, as curious faces turn to them for a moment.

I like you and this little man to be boss here!


Considering the height of this massive tree, the bodies hang very low at about 40 ft..

As Kestrel nears the mighty trunk of the Eldertree...

Perception DC 23:
A green-scaled, snake-like draconic beast slithers down to you, ready to attack.You won't be surprised in the following combat.


There are no magical auras on or around the tree.


Does anybody of you have any further questions I can answer? Else I would go and try to catch some sleep...

Meekin obviously hasn't slept much in the last days. Maybe Famicas disappearance is just too much for him.

Perception DC 15:
A hooded stranger of the size of a halfling has obviously eavesdropped on Meekin and you from a nearby table. It seems that he has heard enough. He stands up, pays his bill and tries to walk out the door without drawing too much attention. What do you do?


The bodies are obviously of three medium-sized Humanoids. They hang between the branches as if some sort of beast put them there for later use. No vines or webs seem to bind them.

But the rest of the tree is just so huge that it is nearly impossible to tell, what threat might have put the three people there.


That is my opinion too. You can just list the powers by name. No one expects you to give a powers details of course.


The pirate-flunkies spend a moment searching for Antal, but to no avail... Who would have thought that the halfling hid unter that loose floor-board in the space between the floor of this deck and the ceiling under it?

Some minutes later, Antal tries to bluff his pursuers by pretending drunkenness...

Bluff-Check please! DC is the Pirates' Sense Motive-check:

1d20 + 1 ⇒ (4) + 1 = 5


Kestrel and Ki clearly spot a patch of fine Moss growing around the trunk of the tree, quite easily accessible with a climb. But...

Both of them also spot three possibly dead bodies hanging between the branches of the tree...


Meekin seems delighted. Yes! Welcome! Hello!

He offers Lani a meal and summarizes all shared information so far.

It seems you will be a colorful bunch! I am very confident that Famica will be in good hands!


Isn't much of a problem in Eberron I think.


Antal notices three crew-members with a jug of rum sneaking up on his sleeping-place...

Perception: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (11) + 2 = 13

...

Owlbear gives one of his moron-smiles on Valens nice words. U wanna crab? Yummy! Caution! Always bite through first, else might pinch mouth! Owlbear always shares crabs with friends! Owlbear likes being friends!


As you send the hobgoblin away on the summoned horse, he showers you with false-faced thanks for minutes until he is finally out of hearing-range.

As you continue your journey, the dense trees and thick brush of the forest give way after a few hours, parting seemingly in respect for the titanic darkwood tree that dominates a clearing right before you. Several times taller than a temple minaret, in one direction the obviously ancient
tree reaches into the sky with branches like a giant’s arms, while in the other it plumbs the earth with roots thicker than a man’s waist. Its limbs broad and strong, its bark thick and so richly colored as to almost be black, and its leaves the size of bucklers, the giant thing is less a tree and more a cathedral of boughs and branches.


Yes, yes, yes! I know this girl! Nice one! Nice one! Works in the Honeypot. Be careful with her, okay? Threaten her if you must but don't harm her.

Meekin stops for a moment and seems to think. Wait! Ah... I'm soooo forgetful! We are not complete yet! Let's wait over dinner and hope that this gnome-girl shows up.

Meekin yells over to a waiter: Bring us a big pot of your daily meal and enough plates for my friends here!

As he has made his order, he turns around again: Let's not be naive about his one: As far as I know the Stick, you won't be able to rescue Famica without violence. So maybe you talk now about what your abilities and specialties are to improve your teamwork later on, yes? I hope everyone has a sufficient amount of combat equipment, yes?

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