My players captured Tsuto, Orik, and Lyrie. Tsuto was taken at the Glassworks and was handed over to the guard. The others were taken at Thistletop and, upon the realization that Orik was nothing more than a sell-sword and showed concern for Lyrie, they were released with their gear under the promise that they would never show their faces in Sandpoint again. Tsuto, on the other hand, was bound with rope when captured, and he rolled really high to escape, and figured he would get away on his trip to Magnamar for trial.
I am debating whether or not to have these NPCs interact with the players again at some point or just have them leave the current story line and head off on their own.
I imagine that Orik knows that he was bested and will do his best to stay away, as promised, just to save his skin. Though, he is smitten with Lyrie and would hope this alone time would build a bond.
Lyrie, on the other hand, would probably be vengeful, and become annoyed with Orik rather quickly, especially considering she's obsessed with Tsuto. I imagine she would slit Orik's throat in the middle of the night, and leave him to rot in a ditch.
I imagine Tsuto being a bit of a lost soul. He knows he's not welcome in Sandpoint, and by the time he starts heading for Magnimar, he's heard of Nualia's death. He's certainly an opportunist, but I wonder if everything crumbling down at once would leave him catatonic. So I don't know what to do with him.
I don't see Orik retreating to Riddleport, and I don't see Lyrie retreating to Magnamar, so I imagine they ran to the east, at least until Lyrie has had enough of him. I guess I could see Tsuto resigning himself to his fate and walking to the gallows as an empty shell of a man. At some point Lyrie would have discovered that Tsuto had been captured and sent to Magnimar, but would arrive to find him swinging from the walls as a message to other criminals. She then becomes even more enraged and blames the PCs for every wrong and works to bring them down, possibly hiring the Red Mantises, or something like that.
Huh, I think I worked through it and figured it out. Thanks everyone! :)
I'm planning on running CotCT at some point in the future once Game Space is up and running. I figured I would take the time to rebuild the AP into Hero Lab to help me become better acquainted with the story. Most of it is going to be fairly straight forward, but there are some builds that are kind of wonky and I wanted to bring those to the forum to let the group critique them to see if I'm on the right track.
Lesser Necrophidius CR 2
N Medium Construct
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +0
AC 15, touch 12, flat-footed 13 (+2 Dex, +3 natural)
hp 25 (1d10+20)
Fort +0, Ref +2, Will +0
DR 5/bludgeoning; Immune construct traits (+20 hp), ability damage, ability drain, bleeds, death and necromancy effects, disease, energy drain, exhaustion, fatigue, mind-affecting, non-lethal damage, paralysis, poison, sleep, stunning
Speed 30 ft.
Melee Bite (Necrophidius, Lesser) +3 (1d6/x2)
Special Attacks dance of death, lesser (dc 11), paralysis (1d4 rounds) (dc 11)
Str 10, Dex 15, Con —, Int —, Wis 11, Cha 12
Base Atk +1; CMB +1; CMD 13 (can't be Tripped)
Feats Weapon Finesse
Skills Stealth +10
Other Gear You have no money!
Construct Traits (+20 HP) Constructs have many immunities, no Constitution, and a bonus to HP based on size.
Damage Reduction (5/bludgeoning) You have Damage Reduction against all except Bludgeoning attacks.
Dance of Death, Lesser (DC 11) (Ex) A lesser necrophidius can entrance opponents by swaying back and forth as a full-round action. All creatures within 30 feet who can see the necrophidius when it uses its dance of death must succeed on a DC 11 Will save or be dazed for 2d4 rounds. Thi
Darkvision (60 feet) You can see in the dark (black and white vision only).
Immunity to Ability Damage Immunity to ability damage
Immunity to Ability Drain Immunity to ability drain
Immunity to Bleeds You are immune to bleeds.
Immunity to Death and Necromancy effects (Ex) You are immune to Death and Necromancy effects.
Immunity to Disease You are immune to diseases.
Immunity to Energy Drain Immune to energy drain
Immunity to Exhausted You are immune to the exhausted condition.
Immunity to Fatigue You are immune to the fatigued condition.
Immunity to Mind-Affecting attacks You are immune to Mind-Affecting attacks.
Immunity to Non-lethal Damage You are immune to Non-Lethal Damage
Immunity to Paralysis You are immune to paralysis.
Immunity to Poison You are immune to poison.
Immunity to Sleep You are immune to sleep effects.
Immunity to Stunning You are immune to being stunned.
Low-Light Vision See twice as far as a human in low light, distinguishing color and detail.
Paralysis (1d4 rounds) (DC 11) (Su) A living creature bitten by a lesser necrophidus must succeed on a DC 11 Fortitude save or be paralyzed for 1d4 rounds. The save DC is Charisma-based.
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Vreeg CR 6
Derro Wizard 5
CE Small Humanoid
Init +4; Senses Perception +2
AC 19, touch 17, flat-footed 14 (+4 Dex, +1 size, +2 natural, +1 deflection, +1 dodge)
hp 62 (3d8+5d6+32)
Fort +6, Ref +6, Will +11
Weakness vulnerability to sunlight
Speed 20 ft.
Melee Masterwork Dagger +7 (1d3+1/19-20/x2)
Special Attacks sneak attack +1d6
Spell-Like Abilities Darkness (At will), Daze (1/day), Ghost Sound (At will), Sound Burst (1/day)
Wizard Spells Prepared (CL 5):
3 (1/day) Vampiric Touch, Fly
2 (3/day) Spectral Hand, Blindness/Deafness (DC 15), Scorching Ray, Shield, Extend
1 (4/day) Magic Missile, Cause Fear (DC 14), Sleep (DC 13), Chill Touch (DC 14), Ray of Enfeeblement (DC 14)
0 (at will) Ray of Frost, Touch of Fatigue (DC 13), Mage Hand, Detect Magic
Str 13, Dex 19, Con 18, Int 15, Wis 3, Cha 18
Base Atk +4; CMB +4; CMD 20
Feats Combat Casting, Craft Wand, Dodge, Extend Spell, Scribe Scroll, Spell Focus (Necromancy), Turn Undead (5/day) (DC 16)
Skills Acrobatics +4 (+0 jump), Bluff +10, Fly +17, Knowledge (arcana) +10, Perception +2, Spellcraft +11, Stealth +14
Languages Common, Terran, Undercommon
SQ arcane bonds (object [ring of protection +1] [1/day]), grave touch (5/day), madness, opposition schools (conjuration, illusion), poison use, specialized schools (necromancy)
Combat Gear Robe of bones, Wand of Ghoul Touch, Blue whinnis (5); Other Gear Masterwork Dagger, Ring of protection +1, Spellbook (Calculating), 57 pages, 1 Book(s) (Wiza, You have no money!
Arcane Bond (Ring of protection +1) (1/day) (Sp) Use object to cast any spell in your spellbook 1/day. Without it, Concentration required to cast spells (DC20 + spell level).
Combat Casting +4 to Concentration checks to cast while on the defensive.
Conjuration You must spend 2 slots to cast spells from the Conjuration school.
Extend Spell Spell duration lasts twice as normal. +1 Level.
Grave Touch (5/day) (Sp) Melee touch attack, shakes then frightens target.
Illusion You must spend 2 slots to cast spells from the Illusion school.
Madness (Ex) Derros use their Charisma modifier on Will saves instead of their Wisdom modifier, and are immune to insanity and confusion effects. Only a miracle or wish can remove a derro's madness. If this occurs, the derro gains 6 points of Wisdom
Necromancy The dread and feared necromancer commands undead and uses the foul power of unlife against his enemies.
Poison Use (Ex) You do not risk poisoning yourself accidentally while poisoning a weapon.
Sneak Attack +1d6 +1d6 damage if you flank your target or your target is flat-footed.
Spell Focus (Necromancy) Spells from one school of magic have +1 to their save DC.
Spell Resistance (14) You have Spell Resistance.
Spellbook (Calculating), 57 pages, 1 Book(s) (Wizard) A spellbook has 100 pages of parchment, and each spell takes up one page per spell level (one page each for 0-level spells).
This gear item calculates the number of pages and books required to store your spells. It then increments the weight based on the number of books you must carry to store your spells. It will also provide a total gp value of the spellbook(s) for future sale.
NOTE: This item will not "purchase" additional spellbooks beyond the first. To reflect this, purchase an appropriate number of "normal" spellbooks and then delete them. This will deduct from your wealth but maintain the correct encumberance.
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I must admit that I'm a bit embarrassed at just noticing this, since I placed it on my bookshelf when I first got it (how ever long ago that was) and didn't crack open the book until today.
Page 82 (the Comozant Wyrd bestiary entry) has been double printed, leaving everything blurry. Page 87 (ship in a bottle bestiary description) has a similar issue, except that the page was possibly jammed in the printer: the top half is double printed, then there is a crease in the page, and the bottom half is printed normally.
Although it has been a number of months since I received it, is there any possibility that I could send this copy back to you and get a replacement?
Thank you for your time!
Ferocious Strike (Su) wrote:
Whenever you make a melee attack, you can designate that attack as a ferocious strike. If the attack hits, it deals additional damage equal to 1/2 your cleric level (minimum +1). You can use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + your Wisdom modifier.
Can I wait to declare my melee attack as a ferocious strike once I know I hit the target, or do I have to declare the attack as a ferocious strike (thus, expending one of my available uses regardless of outcome) prior to making my attack roll?
I am asking because an adventure I will be GMing tomorrow indicates that I can declare a ferocious strike on a successful hit, though after reading the actual description, I don't know if this is true.
I'll finally be continuing the adventure this Saturday (holidays and moving sure do wreck game-time). They'll be delving into the Thistletop Dungeons, and I wanted to get a feel of the tactics the defenders will use depending on how my players infiltrate. This is less of a question and more of me thinking by writing and looking for feedback, but I do have a question at the end.
We left off with the group having just finished clearing the goblin fortress and they had indicated that they were going to proceed down without first resting. If that holds true, I am going to assume that those in the dungeons are unaware of the fact that the PCs have defeated the goblins upstairs.
If the group goes down the back stairs (stairway #1 on the map), they'll run into Lyrie first. I think, even if she hears them coming, Lyrie would still be caught by suprise due to her thinking the PCs are an annoying group of goblins rather than attackers. The secret door to level 2 would still be open.
Lyrie would fight just enough to take damage and then run down the stairs to join Nualia (which, I'm hoping she fumbles jumping over the trap because that would just be hilarious). Bruthazmus wouldn't be aware because he's busy. I imagine the Yeth Hounds in the chapel area would hear the fight, but probably wouldn't pay it any heed as they only listen to Nualia and are used to the sounds of goblin-fighting anyways.
Assuming the PCs pursue, they either watch Lyrie getting eviscerated (fun) or have to discover the trap themselves (not as fun, but still fun) and deal with Nualia, Lyrie (assuming Lyrie isn't cowering in fear), and the Yeth Hound. When the Yeth Hound bays, I figure the two in the Chapel would respond and come downstairs to help. If the PCs do not pursue downstairs, then I would think that Nualia, Lyrie, and the Yeth Hound would then come upstairs to attack the PCs at some point.
Now, if the group goes down the front stairs (stairway #2), they'll likely run into Bruthazmus' porn extravaganza first, and that battle will probably do little to alert Lyrie or concern the Yeth Hounds in the chapel. Orik would probably respond.
Once the group gets to the chapel and the Yeth Hounds bay, would Nualia respond and come up to confront the group, or would she likely stay downstairs and set up her defenses down there?
Just reading through to brush up for my group's game next Saturday. In the event that Orik is captured instead of killed, it mentions that he has no knowledge of the second level of Thistletop. On page 60 of the Anniversary Edition in area E3, it says that Nualia and her remaining allies have explored the chambers and further explains that Tsuto was hunting for traps.
Would it be safe to say that while Orik may not know the exact layout of the lower level (to the point of drawing a map), he would be aware of the trap in area E3 and could warn the PCs?
When a Good caster summons a monster with a summon monster spell, some of them gain the Celestial template. The creatures have the same alignment of the caster, and the spell type becomes good.
Does the celestial template allow the creature's attacks to overcome damage reduction from good aligned weapons?
My players, having captured Tsuto and read his journal, was curious as to what a "quasit" was. I granted the one asking the question an appropriate knowledge check. I set the DC at 17 (15 for rare creature, +2 for base quasit CR), and she rolled a 19. I told her that a quasit was a type of demon and they are often found serving wizards.
Honestly, this was the first time that a player has used knowledge to determine creature abilities, so I don't have a base line as to whether I gave her enough info. I was debating whether or not to actually set the DC at 12, but figured that the players wouldn't necessarily know, nor were they in an area that had quasits flying around on a regular basis.
What would you set the DC at? What type of info would you give your player based on that player rolling a 19 at whatever your DC is?
I GM'd my group's first RotRL session today. One of my players maintained a journal, and she allowed me to post it.
Cast of Characters:
Elsbeth Veneficus, spoiled female half-elf sorcerer and long time Sandpoint resident (and journal keeper).
RotRL Session #1:
The four of us met in Sandpoint, but we’re merely acquaintances at the moment. “Mudder” Focker Goblinkicker, a dwarf ranger, was a guardian and guide for Tordag Skullhammer, a dwarven cleric of Abadar who needed to get to Sandpoint to be the representative of goodwill from Janderhoff for the blessing of the new temple. Melda, an elf, is a mysterious wanderer. She is in town for unknown reasons. I have lived in Sandpoint most of my life. My parents have sent me on my own to learn humility, a worthless and entirely human trait.
It is the 23rd of Rova, 4707. We have gathered in the town square for the Swallowtail Festival for games, food, and the consecration of the new cathedral.
We tooled around Sandpoint for most of the morning. I introduced Melda to several prominent members of the community and Tordag and Mudder hung out with members of the clergy. Mudder tried to drink the hagfish water, and of course, he was sick. I told him so.
In the afternoon, the town was suddenly besieged by goblins. It was my first ever battle, and I was pleased to discover the glowing orbs I’ve been using to startle the gardeners are actually quite effective as weapons. In our battle, we slew mediocre underling goblins and a war chanter, who appeared to be somehow inspiring the goblins by her song.
Shortly afterward, we heard calls for help from the northern edge of town. We approached and found some garish fop named Aldern Foxglove cowering behind some crates and a beautiful hunting dog while a group of goblins threatened him. We dispatched the goblins (I’m afraid I wasn’t terribly helpful. I expended my glowing orbs spells earlier. Humph) and the Dandy offered to host us at the Rusty Dragon. I wasn’t terribly impressed with him, but the ‘RD’ does have some of the best food in town…
When we came back in to town, Ameiko Kaijitsu, the proprietress of the ‘RD’ and a local glassmaker’s daughter, offered us a free week of board at the ‘RD’ and a chance to share stories with her. Naturally, I was pleased to take her up on this offer so that I didn’t have to return home to my parents.
Afterward, we saw Belor Hemlock, our sheriff, with a goblin in tow. Tordag speaks goblin (what a guttural, terrible language), so he interrogated the prisoner. He found out that some “stupid longshanks” wanted to do something at the graveyard. We decided the goblin attack must have been a diversion from the happenings at the cemetery.
Sure enough, when we arrived, Mudder found several sets of footprints: six sets of goblin sized and one set of humanoid prints. We saw the prints led to the crypt of Father Tobyn. Inside, two skeletons were rustling about. The two dwarves quickly disposed of the skeletons, and inside the crypt we found a used Robe of Bones (probably where the skeletons came from) and the remains of Father Tobyn were gone.
After begging our discretion, the sheriff sent us back to the Rusty Dragon to rest for the evening. When we arrived, we were hailed as heroes by the townsfolk. I could get used to this.
Unfortunately, the garish, cowardly fop was there in addition to the townsfolk. If he’s not gay, I suppose he would be acceptable marriage material – after all, he did give the party 50 gold. He also has attendants. I know just what to do with attendants. Unfortunately, he is such a driveling bore in conversation I may have to kill myself before he has a chance to appropriately woo me with fine clothing and jewels. And liquor. A lot more liquor.
Mr. Foxglove invited our party to go on a hunting expedition tomorrow. Both dwarves are thrilled to go, naturally. They really are an uncivilized race. The elf, however, also appears to want to go on this expedition. She seems to like the idea of “adventure”. Ugh. I suppose I should go as well. At least I’ll get a chance to see how Foxglove uses his attendants.
On an additional note, I’ve learned that both the elf and one of the dwarves can also cast spells. Interesting. The elf can actually bring creatures to fight for her. She may be a powerful ally while I am out trying to learn about “humility”.
If I continue on with these dwarves, and the pitiful Mr. Foxglove, I am afraid all I may learn is humiliation.
24 Rova 4707
We awoke early this morning to go on the boar hunt.
After an hour’s worth of conversation with Foxglove, I’m pretty sure I found the bore.
It turns out that Mudder has some remarkable tracking skills. He managed to track down a boar shortly after our trek into the Tickwoods.
Foxglove, as is to be expected, was useless on the hunt. He kept making ridiculous proclamations about how each weak shot was in my honor. After Tordag, Mudder, and Melda did some substantial damage to the poor animal, I finally stepped in and killed the beast with my spear.
I did not declare my shot in his honor. Unbelievably, the simpering fool didn’t appear to be emasculated at all by the experience. In fact, it seems to have further endeared me to him. Perhaps I can get him to buy me a nice fur cloak as proof of his affections.
When we arrived back at the tavern, Amiko began preparations on the boar, and our party did its best to get Foxglove stinking drunk. Tordag was especially effective in these efforts. Every time he congratulated Foxglove on his ability to “sink his spear deeply”, he gave Foxglove a drink.
I think there may have been some innuendo at play here since Mr. Foxglove was more of a distraction than a threat to the boar.
Before we celebrated the hunt with an amazing dinner, Ameiko’s father, Lonjiku Kaijitsu, came storming in and chewed us out. He said it was our fault that there was trouble in the town, and we should have let the town guard do its job. Emboldened by drink, I suggested to him the town guard was at fault because they were not doing their jobs, to which he replied I should shut my poor mouth.
Just as I was about to shoot him with a glowing orb, Ameiko came out of the kitchen and she confronted her father. At the end of their argument, Ameiko banished her father from her tavern, and he disowned her.
The rest of the evening was spent in celebration, and thankfully, Foxglove remained passed out on the table for the remainder of the evening.
It’s probably for the best. All of the gold in the world can’t make that man interesting.
25 Rova 4707
Upon leaving my room, I discovered a bouquet of flowers from Foxglove. He had to depart early. He must have had a splitting headache. :-)
Somehow during the day, Mudder got himself into trouble with Vin Vendor. What ever happened, it affects all of our abilities to shop anywhere in town. Humph. Stupid “Shameless”. Anybody who is anybody knows she’s been whoring around while her sister is gallivanting around with some other man. Unfortunately, none of those people are vendors.
Same townswoman, I remember having seen her before, but I don’t remember her name, approached us about her baby having been attacked. Apparently, she and her husband found bite marks on the baby, and they found a goblin in his bedroom. She left the house with the kids, but we went to go check out the situation with the goblin. When we got there, we found the goblin in the closet and the husband and dog dead. We killed the goblin, cleaned up the best we could, and took the body to the temple. Father Zantus agreed to house the widow and her children at the temple.
We went back to bed, exhausted.
26 Rova 4707
This morning, Shalelu Andosana arrived in town. She’s back earlier than normal – she’s often out for a couple of months and comes back in to catch up and do some shopping. This time, she went directly to see Sheriff Hemlock.
Shortly afterward, the sheriff arrived to ask us to come meet with him at the town hall. We found out from Shalelu that the goblin attack is not isolated to Sandpoint; they’ve been attacking all up and down the coast.
She tells us that all five of the area goblin tribes seem to be working together; this is not good. Big plans mean big bosses.
The sheriff will travel to Magnamar to ask for reinforcements to the town guard. In his absence, he’s asked us to take care of protecting the town. We agreed, and I quietly question everyone’s reasons for doing so. Tordag seems like the do-good type; he would jump to the rescue whenever he had the opportunity. I’m unsure about Mudder. Perhaps he sees Tordag as some sort of leader? He was, after all, merely a guide to Tordag on his way here. I am completely mystified by Melda’s compliance in this arrangement. I can’t figure out her angle. She bears watching. As for me, this seems like a perfect way to show my parents that I really don’t need their support.
Humility. Bah. Notoriety seems to be the best medicine for me!
Later that evening, we met for dinner with Shalelu at the ‘RD’. She told us about the five major goblin tribes, their leaders and some interesting tidbits of information about them. Goblins hate horses and dogs, they love to sing, they find inappropriate places to hide (like ovens) because they’re sneaky, they’re raiding, they have voracious appetites, and they live fire. They’re not very intelligent; hence, they can be very dangerous. They also believe writing steals their soul. Morons.
The five tribes live all around Sandpoint. The Birdcrunchers live southeast of Sandpoint and seem to be the least aggressive of the tribes. The Lick-Toads live in a marsh south of town and are very good swimmers. The Seven Tooth Tribe call the Shankwoods their home and they raid Sandpoint’s garbage dump. The Mosswood tribe is the largest; they are located to the east. Thistletop is the name of the group that owns the most coveted piece of property, their very own island that is hailed by all goblins as the best place to live.
After our dinner with Shalelu, we went to go check out the landfill, but it was much too dark for me to see. We decided to go back to the inn for the night.
26 Rova 4707
We awakened to no breakfast. This is very unusual. The sous chef told us Amiko has gone missing. When she went to Ameiko’s room, she found Ameiko’s bed still made. Bethana, the sous chef, found a note written in Mankai. Bethana translated it into common. It was a letter from Ameiko’s brother, a half-elf (scandal!). Clearly, Lonjiku wasn’t his father. Gossip tells us that Ameiko’s mother never revealed whom was the father. Tsuto was disowned from the family. When Ameiko found out about him, she struck up a relationship with him. They got along well for a while but had a falling out. Tsuto believed Lonjiku pushed their mother off of a cliff.
When Bethana translated the note, she discovered that Tsuto believed that Lonjiku may have had something to do with the goblin attacks. He asked Amiko to meet him at the glassworks. Apparently, she did, and she hasn’t returned.
We left immediately for the glassworks. The doors were locked and the window shades drawn – unusual for this business. Normally at least the showroom is open. Inside, we heard goblins at work. When we broke through the door, the sounds stopped. They knew we had arrived.
We made our way room by room through the glassworks searching for Ameiko. What we found in the first room was appalling. Lonjiku’s body had been covered in molten glass. His flesh under the glass casing was badly burned. From what we can tell, he was still alive when the class was poured on him. This seems like a calculated move; perhaps it was Tsuto.
In addition to Lonjiku’s body, the eight employees have been killed and are on display here as well, though not as artfully. The goblins appear to have been trying to imitate the murder of Lonjiku, unsuccessfully. Also inside this room we found eight goblins. We made quick work of them and were investigating the surrounding rooms when we heard from the first room where we entered, we had set up a noise trap by which we could hear if someone entered the entryway. It worked.
Tsuto had sneaked in behind us. He, like me, was a half elf, but with a decidedly Asian appearance. Hot. Unfortunately, he is also a bad guy. Too bad Mr. Foxglove-the-Dandy hadn’t been built like Mr. Has-Daddy-Issues. We followed him downstairs and fought him until he yielded.
We successfully tied him up, and upon further exploration, we found Ameiko tied and gagged but thankfully still alive. We treated her wounds and discovered that she did not yet know about her father’s murder. Tordag sat her down to tell her about it.
In my compatriot’s search of the premises, they discovered several items they considered to be of use. I can’t imagine the need to pilfer through someone’s belongings. Grody. They did, however, find some very nice earrings that I agreed to hold on to for the time being.
They look nice.
We also found Tsuto’s journal. It’s a good thing he doesn’t believe writing steals your soul. Of course, he may not have had one to steal. He has been in on the plot for the various attacks on towns on the coast. We plan to cart his nefarious ass down to the jail and get some particularly trustworthy guardsmen to watch him.
We also need to ask some guardsmen to watch this tunnel we’ve discovered under the glassworks building. We plan to come back later to check out where this leads.
Tsuto’s journal mentioned a “Nualia”. I was sure she died in the fire with her father.
Think of the Elsbeth character as a spoiled, know-it-all teenager. So, when she saw Foxglove the first time, she was initially interested. But, from the tone of her writing, you can tell how she feels about him now. GENIUS!
Since Elsbeth's player was writing the journal from a mostly first-person perspective, she omitted most of what happened to Mudder when he encountered Shayliss Vinder. He got suckered into the "there's a goblin in my basement" and was trying to stealth around to see things, only to see her charging him! The other players got a kick out of this whole scenario, especially when dad came walking down the stairs. Needless to say, Vin became very verbal with Tordag yelling the things you would expect a father to yell if he walked in such a situation. Tordag's response was something like "well, you raised your daughter..." and just left it at that (ironically, when he rolled the Diplomacy check: EPIC FAIL. It was awesome!). He also rolled poorly to smooth things over with Shayliss, so I'll need to think of a way to have her interact with the group at a later time.
Melda's player was playing her character in a way that she didn't want the world to know that she had an Eidolon, so she never had an opportunity to call it. Though, she was extremely effective with her Summon Monster SLA. She would place them in choke points or flanking positions and was invaluable in preventing much damage from being inflicted upon the party. On the one hand, it might seem that the players "breezed" through each of the encounters. They did take damage, but I don't think they were ever in serious danger of going negative. (Although, I do have to say that the boar, with that ferocity trait, was laying down the ban-hammer. But they pulled through.) I think Melda dropping her SLA was HUGE in protecting the rest of the party.
The fight at the glassworks went well for the party. Once again, the summoner SLA dropped right in the perfect spot. That furnace room is long, but narrow so having that summoned monster dropped right in the middle bottle-necked all the goblins up. One goblin managed to trip Tordag, and then grappled him (a second attempted to grapple but failed) with the intent of dragging him to the fires, but they never made it past the next round. Ultimately, they killed all the goblins. The last goblin, with his dying breath, was able to scream out "THE LONGSHANKS ARE COMING! THE LONGSHANKS ARE COMING!" I had been making periodic Perception rolls for Tsuto throughout the fight, and he FINALLY heard this last round of combat.
Just to back up real quick: the PCs entered the Glassworks through the doors at Area #16. They immediately found the steps leading down, but decided to clear the upper level first. Regarding the door that lead downstairs, I determined that it was a swinging door that opened into the hall with the stairs and that there was no latch. I figured that the workers, carrying stuff in their arms, could just lean against the door and walk through if they needed to take stuff downstairs. This led to a few minutes of RT debate to figure out how to secure that door so they could make sure their rear was covered. Well, I figured that the other side of the door would have a door handle so the workers could open it to come back through. So, the players took a rope, tied it to the door handle and used the rope to pull the door shut and tied it off on the door handle to the exit. They then laid the wheel barrow against the door with the safe on top. The intent, not to hurt or stop someone from coming through, but instead to make noise so they knew someone was coming. When Tsuto heard the warning cry and battle, I figured he wouldn't know that all of his goblin allies had already been killed and he would come up to support. So anyways, the PCs swept through the furnace room and then started moving out the doors opposite from the ones they entered (started investigating Area #1). Tordag and Elsbeth were in the hallway in front of Area #1 and Mudder and Melda were still in Area #17, but getting ready to follow during their next move when they all heard a crashing noise coming from Area #16. So Tordag and Elsbeth moved down the hallway towards #16 while Mudder and Melda moved through Area #17...split party...oh yeah. I was going to mess some stuff up. I figured when Tsuto made the noise, he would hold his ground in #16 to see what came at him - he still had his escape route down the stairs. So Mudder reaches Area #16 first, epicly fails his perception check and doesn't spot Tsuto by a mile and moves right by him. I'm thinking I've got the perfect set-up: split party, they don't see the bad guy, and he's getting an AoO, and I'm going to stun him and cause some serious issues to the group dynamics. I roll a NATURAL 1! *FACEPALM* Well, after a couple of rounds of fighting, they do whittle Tsuto down to 12 HP or so and because it's still above his "run away" threshold, I just have him retreat back down the stairs to be able to quaff a healing potion. Needless to say, he does get cornered and smacked down to 4 hp and surrenders.
While the whole session was awesome, the very moment the group discovered that Nualia could potentially still be alive was a truely a priceless moment for me. Especially considering that they weren't roleplaying their reactions, they had an honest, natural reaction to the news. Tordag's player was reading the journal, and I don't think he really recognized Nualia's name as he was reading it. It was Elsbeth's player who recognized the name. She had this look of shock, her eyes got wide and mouth practically hit the floor and said something like "Oh My God she's still alive?" Awesome.
Unfortunately, due to the players not living conveniently close to one another (my brother and his wife live three hours away) and my inconvenient work schedule, we can only get together once a month, and that is assuming that things work in our favor and something else doesn't pop up to prevent us from getting together. Our next game is tentatively scheduled for November 3rd. Expect the next update shortly after that!
EDIT: spoiler end the GM notes.
In another thread a civil disagreement arose over whether you gain the shield bonus from the Two-Weapon Defense feat by just holding two weapons in each hand (or a double weapon), or if you must make TWF attacks (primary AND off-hand attacks) to gain the benefit.
Mainly posting for the FAQ.
Not looking to start a debate, just asking the question to get FAQ hits:
The description for Unarmed Strike in the Monk class (page 58, CRB) states that the Monk may make unarmed strikes even when his hands are full. Does this line imply that only Monks are capable of making unarmed strikes with their hands full, or are non-monks also able to make unarmed strikes even if their hands are full?
Do not discuss, please hit the FAQ.
It is with great regret that I will be unable to purchase the following items:
Pathfinder AP #10
I WILL be purchasing the remaining items in my side cart.
I sent an email yesterday, but the boards looked a bit more active, so this is essentially a repost of my email.
Pg. 225: The Headless Lord. His "Create Spawn" special ability states that he creates fast zombies, but the four hill giant zombies on the next page appear to be normal zombies. Are they intended to be fast?
A couple of general questions about stat blocks: with spell casters and their "before combat" descriptions, do their stat blocks include those spell effects in their stats, or should we assume that the spells are not included unless specifically told that they ARE included?
For those creatures that fight with two weapons (The Headless Lord, Lucretia, etc), do the stats include the penalties for two-weapon fighting, or is that something we'll need to add if the situation warrants it?
I know that quadruped creatures have a reach that is shorter than their space (ex a horse has a space of 10 ft. But a reach of 5 ft.). While a bipedal creature has a reach that is the same as their space. I though I read something somewhere that discussed this, but I cannot find it. Any suggestions?
Page 51, C24, Treasure:
Im reading through the contents of the treasure, and they sound familiar. I look up information on Kyra and her equipment description eerily matches. Did you guys kill off Kyra, store her remains in C20 as goblin food, and stuff her gear in the treasure chest? You awesomely sick bastards! *high five*
Anything else hidden away?
First, I do realize that the WBL table is a guideline, but I do think it is important to keep it in mind. That being said, I've got an idea for a "West Marches" style campaign. This idea is in the most infantile stage at this point: just a bit more than "hey this would be cool", so I may be getting ahead of myself. Regardless of what I do, I intend to run it at the slow xp advancement rate. Considering the players will be able to go wherever and do whatever, how do I best set encounter rewards to maintain WBL balance? I guess ultimately, how should I keep things organic and natural, but still keeping the WBL in mind?
Hello all, I'm working on converting this AP. I know there are a few conversion threads out there, but from what I could tell, they were done primarily for the Beta.
For the most part, I tried to maintain the CRs by adding levels as appropriate. Though, I only added one level to Depora rather than adding two (so she's a CR 5 instead of 6). To make up for this, I added in an extra dretch to this encounter.
By my calculations, the PCs (assuming 4 of them) should have about 7,500 XP at the end of this module, which should put them about 1/3 of the way to 5th level.
This conversion does not include the set piece adventure.
EDIT: found an error, so I fixed it and re-uploaded it requiring a new link.
Regarding concentration checks for specialist wizards (in my case a Transmuter), does the +1 caster level for casting transmutation spells apply to the concentration check modifier? So, for example a 4th level Transmuter with a 17 INT normally would have a +7 modifier. Would that become a +8 when casting transmutation spells?
Regarding drow and their spell-like abilities, what ability modifier do drow fighters use to determine their concentration check modifier?
EDIT: Doh, I'm converting a 3.5 transmuter. She doesn't get a +1 CL to transmutation spells due to her specialty. But, she does have the Varisian Tattoo (transmutation) feat, which DOES give her the +1 CL to those spells. Oh well, different causes, same result.
If this is the wrong forum, I apologize. Also, if this has been mentioned already, I apologize a second time!
I was flipping through my PDF-Lite copy of the ISWG on my iPad. Page 240, the image for the Outer/inner Spheres does not appear to be rendering correctly: I see the wording for "The Boneyard", "Axis", "Positive Energy Plane", etc., as well as the arrows protruding from the Planes of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, but I don't see any other parts of the picture. I don't have my hard-copy available to reference, but I'm sure there is supposed to be more to the picture than that.
My wife is playing an elven summoner. I've described how a) elves as a community are a bit standoffish, and b) summoners are extremely rare. I asked her why her character would be in Sandpoint: her character is traveling the world in order to better know her eidolon and determin if the Elven way of life is the way for her or not - sort of like how Amish children, when of a certain age leave their family and experience the world to see if that is the way they want to live. So far, so good, that's pretty easy to work with.
A few weeks later, we discuss her character's background a little more. She feels that her summoning ability would be secret and only known by a few people (parents and elders). She had mentioned something about possibly doing secret work for these elders, which made me think that this would be perfect for Second Darkness, but alas. So I lobbed a question to her: what if, way back when, thousands and thousands of years ago, summoners were servants of some evil king/tyrant/wizard/whatever. She really liked this idea.
So, my wife acknowledges that summoners are rare in the present time because of an association to evil at some point in the past, thus making summoners taboo. I.e. there are tales, rumors, and bedtime stories of these evil transgressions (stories parents tell their kids, etc) that make having a summoner around less than ideal. So, suddenly, one day the character develops these summoning powers and it freaks the parents and elders out. They "allow" her to leave the Elven lands to wander and discover the nature of her powers. This is agreeable to the character's desire to see the world. She ends up in Sandpoint to partake in the festival.
So, with that, I'd like to tie summoners to the runelords somehow. I know the giants were the shock troops, maybe the summoners/eidolons were used for nefarious reasons (or perhaps they were just typewriter operators - no organization can survive without a beaurocracy)! Either way, I don't think those details are important, yet.
To help draw my wife into the story further, I think I'm going to have her glowing rune be the sihedron symbol. I would hope she would start asking questions when it starts popping up elsewhere. I was thinking of making it the symbol of greed, but I don't know if I want to tie her directly to Karzoug, or just have the summoners be a generic runelords thing. That and a specific rune of sin might be too obscure.
It's late, I hope I've kept my thought coherent. Any suggestions or recommendations?
Didn't see one started so I figured I would give it a go!
A few of the encounters have some creatures that have templates, but there are no stat blocks. If I may be so bold, I stated them up using Hero Lab.
SELISSA CR 6
Female young water naga (Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 3 199, 291)
N Medium Aberration (Aquatic)
Init +8; Senses Darkvision (60 feet); Perception +17
AC 21, touch 18, flat-footed 13 (+8 Dex, +3 natural)
Spd 30 ft., Swimming (50 feet)
Str 16, Dex 27, Con 16, Int 11, Wis 17, Cha 18
Poison: Bite - injury (DC 17) (Ex) Poison deals 1d2 CON damage, 1/round for 6 rds, cure 2 consecutive saves.
LOCATHAH MATRIARCH CR 2
Female advanced locathah (Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 2 179, 292)
N Medium Humanoid (Aquatic)
Init +3; Senses Low-Light Vision; Perception +5
AC 17, touch 13, flat-footed 14 (+3 Dex, +4 natural)
Spd 5 ft., swim 10 ft.
Str 14, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 17, Wis 17, Cha 15
THE MATRON CR 4
Female advanced giant sahuagin (Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 239, 294, 295)
LE Large Monstrous Humanoid (Aquatic)
Init +2; Senses Blindsense (30 feet), Darkvision (60 feet); Perception +8
AC 21, touch 11, flat-footed 19. . (+2 Dex, -1 size, +10 natural)
Spd 30 ft., Swimming (60 feet)
Str 22, Dex 15, Con 22, Int 18, Wis 17, Cha 13
Blood Frenzy (1/day) (Ex) Once per day, a sahuagin that takes damage in combat can fly into a frenzy in the following round. It gains +2 Constitution and +2 Strength, but takes a -2 penalty to its AC. The frenzy lasts as long as the battle or 1 minute, whichever is shorter.
Kelloort's Concubines (2):
KELLOORT'S CONCUBINE CR 3
Advanced female sahuagin (Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 239, 294)
LE Medium Monstrous Humanoid (Aquatic)
Init +3; Senses Blindsense (30 feet), Darkvision (60 feet); Perception +8
AC 20, touch 13, flat-footed 17. . (+3 Dex, +7 natural)
Spd 30 ft., swim 60 ft.
Str 18, Dex 17, Con 18, Int 18, Wis 17, Cha 13
Blood Frenzy (1/day) (Ex) Once per day, a sahuagin that takes damage in combat can fly into a frenzy in the following round. It gains +2 Constitution and +2 Strength, but takes a -2 penalty to its AC. The frenzy lasts as long as the battle or 1 minute, whichever is shorter.
Looking at the "My Subscription" page, my shipment that is scheduled for this month states that it is being planned to be shipped with US Priority Mail while all of the others are expected to be shipped with Standard. (I do have "Cheapest Method" selected). Just curious as to the reasoning for the difference.
EDIT: Or a more specific question: what is it about this month's shipment that is making it cheaper to ship with US Priority?
I'm reviewing my Sidecart and comparing the estimated shipping dates with when my pre-ordered products are estimated to be available, specifically the RotRL hardcover and the minis.
Are those products shipping "a month late" because that's when they are expected to be released, or are they expected to be released earlier but miss the shipping deadline of the AP volume in the associated month they are released?
I'm just curious because depending on when they are supposed to be released, I might request them to be pulled out of the Sidecart so they can be shipped ASAP instead of waiting.
I'm sure there is an answer to this somewhere, but unfortunately, I'm having trouble finding it:
I haven't had my first AP volume shipped to me yet, and so my discount advantage hasn't kicked in. I have also made a number of pre-orders. Once my discount kicks in, will my pre-orders reflect that discount or will I have to cancel my pre-orders and redo them once I have the discount?
My wife is so darned cute, and slightly nieve. She will be in my group when I run RotRL this summer and I'm going to enjoy watching her reaction. Now, I want my group's attitude about goblins to go from "awww, look at them, they're adorably stupid" to "raise the black flag and take no prisoners" rather quickly.
So, I'm going to
have a goblin kill a kid in front of them during the raid, probably right before the second wave.
My question is, will I get more reaction if I describe the act (goblin jumps on kid, stabs it with dog slicer, etc) as occurring in the middle of the street or should I describe it as the screaming kid runs around a corner with a goblin in chase and the screaming comes abruptly to an end with a wet, sucking, thwack sound and then describe the goblin skipping back around the corner swinging its arms like it was paying on a playground?
I'm not worried about making my group squirm, I know they can handle the extreme.
I figured I would turn to you good people to help me out.
My wife is going to be a Summoner for my upcoming campaign, and her eidolon is going to be a "beautiful white/translucent dragon, maybe even kind of like Falcor (the luck-dragon from The NeverEnding Story)"; although, she also said that she want's her dragon to be "totally bad ass", so that might mean a more traditional dragon. Oh well.
Anyways, do any of you have any suggestions for a dragon miniature that I could get her? I suppose the other complication would be that it would be medium sized (at least until she can get enough evolutions to make it large).
Not 100% sure where I should have put this, but I'm sure I'm safe in here.
Inspired by a thread some time ago about biased dice, I made an excel document that would let you put in die rolls, and you could determine if you had a bad die, as well as the degree to which it is bad. If anyone is interested, let me know!
I was under the impression that as long as a creature has 4 HD, they would get an ability increase, regardless if the HD is from Racial, Class, or a combination of both HD. I am building a Quasit in Hero Lab that has 3 Cleric class levels, and when I add a bonus to Wisdom, I get a flag saying that I don't have enough levels to justify an ability increase.
I'm having a heck of a time searching through the rules to find this rule; if someone has a better search-fu check than me, would you mind posting a link to the rule for me? I would like to get verification before I report it as a bug on the HL forums.
I was about to post a message complaining about the fact that the order I made last week didn't show up BEFORE I made my order (because expecting you to have access to a clairvoyance spell is a reasonable assumption because you guys can do everything else), and I open my front door to see a package from Paizo that contains the contents I ordered! How do you guys do that? Now, THAT'S some powerful magic!
(I posted this question in a different thread, but it was the wrong thread and got buried, so I'm reporting it here.)
How do the erratas for a book affect the layout of previous versions of that book?
I have the PDF of the CRB and I am thinking of printing it out. Instead of reprinting the entire book each time a new printing comes out, I am thinking of only printing those pages that have changes. I am wondering though, is if there is a change on "page 100", can I just print page 100 (and the opposite page of course) or will I have to print the rest of that chapter to account for the sentence that has been added into page 100?
I hope I've asked my question clearly enough, I'm not sure what terminology I should be using; typesetting, maybe?
I think my players are getting to the point that they are pretty confident with what classes they want to be. My next step is figuring out how to incorporate their vision of their characters into the AP.
Player 1 wants to be a Dwarven Cleric of Abadar, and sees himself as a lawyer-type who would assist the sheriff in acting as an arbitrator for minor disputes.
He is the easy one.:
He pretty much just walked into the plot hook for the adventure. To give him a foundation, I'd like to set it up with him helping the sheriff investigate the Chopper murders. I also thought it would be interesting to set it up where Fr Tobyn is a mentor to him, and then the he is the one that discovers the bodies of Tobyn and "Nualia".
Player 2 is not too difficult either as he wants to be a Dwarven ranger (I don't know why there is a Dwarven fetish thing going on here, but I digress). He hasn't given me much as far as what he wants his role to be, but I figure I could set up Shelalu as his mentor and he could help with some scouting in the region.
Players 3 & 4 want to be a sorcerer and a summoner, respectively. I don't know how to incorporate a background for these two, but I figured that with the summoner, I could run some story of how she became bonded with her Eidolon.
Does anyone have any ideas that have popped into their minds? Over all, I want to develop strong stories that will keep my player's interested in Sandpoint and have a desire to follow up on the leads at I present them.