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It does not freeze at once, so they will have to wait for the effect. I suggest you use it as the grease spell, which is not that much higher level, but with a delay.


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I understand why they were freaked out by the little cabin. My players mistrust all cabins since seeing Cabin in the Woods :-)
All in all it was a pretty atmospheric first session.


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The background article on Triaxus in The frozen stars perhaps has some interesting ideas. There are hints of smoking towers and caves which have to be guarded against misuse. Anyway, make the dragons much much creepier and more supernatural (links to the plane of shadow or any other creepy plane). You could also invent a very powerful overlord dragon (who is maybe a darklord and maybe something else altogether, e.g. from the dark tapestry).
As for the vistani: you could make them human, but from another world (and they became trapped in Ravenloft and are trying to escape, or perhaps they know/knew the secret of escape)

It all sounds very promising and interesting.


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We had great fun running Challenge of the fang. I ran it near Waldsby and added some extra wolves for flavor. I also linked it to the campaign themes. One of the best parts was that the sorcerer disguised himself as 'little red riding hood' in order to confuse the wolf.


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I couldn't agree more.


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I added an extra location and put an item there to mediate the effects of the eon pit. I linked the extra location to the story of one of the characters.


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Check out Tales of the old Margreve (Open Design/Kobold Press). It has 8 scenarios from levels 1 to 10 and has roughly the same feel as ROW (i.e. Russian-flavored fairytale scenarios).


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Nice!
My players tried to cure Mortens agoraphobia by hypnotizing him.
We will be playing tonight. My group has just defended Spurhorn against the Drakelands. They have won a great victory.


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I see your point. I hope it all works out. It sounds like a fun campaign. Good luck with the Logrivich fight.


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There are suggestions that Baba Yaga will reward the players at the end of ROW. Perhaps she could promise an extra/higher reward when the PCs recover the torc, or give part of the reward now and part after they have finished the quest.
It is a nice idea that Baba Yaga does not yet want people to know that she is back. I was planning to use Witchwar Legacy as well at the end of the campaign and I might use that. She will of course not get the item herself. It is simply too obvious if she does that. And perhaps she is busy tying up loose ends.


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I agree. My players have had a lot of fun so far with this one as well. And the alien planet makes for a nice change of pace.


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You could also have someone enter/attack the tower from below, e.g. reinforcement guards or some other creatures (perhaps some creatures from the tower returning from an errand) and letting them make lots of noise. Chances are that your players take the bait and attack them first, so that they will be either level 6 or exhausted enough to go and rest first.


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Thanks. I decided on gaseous form, but fly works as well.


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Wow! Would make a very exciting movie!


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Yes, the deinonychus was nasty. Fond memories.


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Name: Zikimo Talib
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Druid 11
Adventure: The Frozen Stars
Location: Battlefield at Spurhorn
Catalyst: Trying to take on an army on his own
The Gory Details:

After the meeting in Spurhorn Zikimo asked commander Pharamol whether it was OK for him to scout a little with wildshape. Pharamol said OK but to be careful. Zikimo however did not tell his group that he was going to do this, changed himself into a bird and began to fly over general Malesinder's troops. But these troops are no fools and when some of them noticed the bird, they began to shoot at it. However, 3 arrows all missed (and the shots were good enough to hit a normal bird). A bird so hard to hit was indeed very suspicious, so general Malesinder decided to send some ceustodaemons after it. Zikimo was still far enough away, so he could still have fled (only risking that the ceustodaemons would use dimension door). However, he decided to attack. It even worked for a while and the ceustodaemons got wounded. So general Malesinder decided to send reinforcements in the form of a sorcerer on a red dragonkin. Zikimo still could have fled, though it got more risky, but still decided to continue attacking. He was held by the sorcerer, got caught in the dragonkin's breath weapon and (because he was held) plummeted down into the enemy camp.
This was the first death in this campaign, but we have had a lot of near-deaths in similar situations, so I hope this player has learnt that he needs to be more careful when he tries anything like this again.


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I have decided to make the siege tower higher on one side, so that it is skewed on the underside and flat at the top and so that the platform reaches the top of the wall when it is positioned against the wall. I have also decided to give it spiked wheels for extra grip on the slope. It seems more logical to me, especially because general Malesinder strikes me as an able tactician and would come up with a solution to these problems.
This means it is a little bit more difficult to topple the tower, but I expect my players to be creative and resourceful enough to manage it. And they can of course just kill the hydras in order to solve this problem.
The only problem left to solve is how the hydras got there.

Anyway, when thinking about these problems I saw an image of enemies flying over Spurhorn on drakes and dropping off with parachutes. That would surely make for an exciting encounter. Since the Triaxians have been used to flying creatures for so long, they might have developed parachutes.


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My group managed to kill 4 Giants before the hut killed the rest. But yes, it was a fun encounter!


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And another question: How did they get the hydras up the cliff? They can't fly, can they?


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I have a problem with the siege towers. Can some one help me with these questions?
1. What is the height of the siege towers? Am I to assume it is 30 feet? How can the enemies reach the walls if the towers are on such a steep incline (angling backward)?
2. 45 degrees means an inclination angle of 50%. It is very difficult to roll a siege tower up such a steep incline. Some older cars even have trouble with inclines of 12% and the siege towers are not powered by machines (though hydras are strong).
3. Where are they going to position the siege towers on this steep slope? They would either roll down again or tilt and fall flat or crush the hydras. Or do they anchor them? These towers are not extremely unstable but rather it seems to me it is impossible to position the towers there at all.
Perhaps I am nitpicking, but my players will certainly notice this (one of them is a math and physics teacher).


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Bellona wrote:
@ Luna: I figured as much, but in context it sounded rather amusing and I couldn't resist it. My sincere apologies if the comment came off as sounding mean in any way!

Thank you. No, it did not sound mean. I had to laugh as well. It only goes to show that no matter how well you think you know a second language (and I am using English every day in my job), you still can make mistakes like this. I think these errors are called "false friends".


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Sorry, Bellona, I am not a native speaker. Nevertheless I should have spotted this one. It was a literal translation from Dutch.


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My players have just reached the hut configuration for Triaxus and it was great fun. Exciting combats with the moonflowers, and later with the denizen of Leng and the moonbeast. Two of my players kept calling the witch's hut 'the cabin in the woods'.

They have freed Zilvazaraat and accepted his proposal for trade in magic items. However, one of my players took Zilvazaraat apart and asked if he also traded in living creatures and parts of living creatures. I let Zilvazaraat give a noncommittal answer.

This player has been playing his character (a druid) as a sort of Docter Frankenstein. He has been examining dead bodies of monsters since the beginning of the campaign. In the first adventure he has been cutting open dead fairies in order to see if he could remove the ice sliver in their hearts. He has also tried to split the wolf in sheep's clothing in two, and has later reincarnated Syvet.

This has set me thinking: it would be nice if Zilvazaraat knew another planar trader. This could be a mercane or some other outsider, preferably with plane shift or a similar ability. This outsider could deliver body parts so that this PC could build some kind of creature, just like Igor in the Frankenstein films. Of course the player would need electricity to bring the creature to life, but I suppose that is available in Russia. This plotline would offer endless possibilities.
Problem is I cannot find a suitable outsider (or other creature) for this purpose. It would preferably have to be a CN creature (or slightly evil) without scruples about dealing in body parts, and it would have to be a bit shady and mysterious. It would be raiding cemeteries, etc. It cannot be a creature that is too evil, since there are good characters in the group and they would probably kill it. Does anybody have any suggestions what would be a suitable creature for this purpose?


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It might be a problem in some parts of the campaign, so I would not advise it.


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There are (or were) co-operation feats. Basically you get a feat which works for the whole group if you co-operate. If they do no longer exist, you could use the idea as inspiration.
You could use the horses in this way, however. I.e. they can summon them as a group. You could give them a +2 on ride checks when they are riding together. Something like that.


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I added some Margreve stuff to book 2 and I added the wikkawak castle from Castles of the inner sea to book 3.


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You also could give them a kind of group ability/co-operation ability.


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This is such a great read. It brings back fond memories.
In my campaign Avner was eaten by the terror birds. The Island really intimidated the players. Later on, when their characters were higher level, they started calling it XP Island.


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Polar bears are adapted to a cold environment, so they need no cold resistance. Also, they have fur.


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Since they are somewhere 'in between' Triaxians and dragons, you would expect them to have quite a long lifespan. This would give them a different perspective on things, and it would make them first-hand witnesses of the time when it was still summer, offering nice roleplaying opportunities. Of course the dragons have this perspective as well, but since they are mostly antagonists in this adventure, I do not expect that the PCs will be chatting with them about weather and climate.


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Thanks for the feedback everyone.

Zhangar - the survival check is a good idea, as dragonkin also have a fairly high survival check.

remoh - I like the cold resistance/fire resistance switch. Perhaps with a slight color change (more subdued in winter and brighter in summer).

My point is that part of the flavor of Triaxus is that creatures have a mechanism for survival both in summer and in winter which can be actually noticed by the players, e.g. a transformation, or they hibernate or estivate. I have players who want to know these things, so I want to have an answer ready just in case.
Also I am adding some extra flavor to the adventure (as advised in the foreword), such as the possibility that the dragonkin might have been genetically engineered in the distant past (as was the case in the Dragonriders of Pern-series). In that case they would clearly have a distinct survival mechanism.


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Thanks. It is just that most other creatures on Triaxus have a survival mechanism. E.g. the Triaxians have fur in winter and no fur in summer. Other Triaxian creatures sleep through summer or through winter. So you would expect dragonkin to have something like that, too.
As for polar bears: they can function perfectly in arctic climates, but cannot cope with heat and melting ice at all.
But well, thick hides and being a supernatural creature it is, then.


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I still have the same question about this adventure: how do the dragonkin survive on Triaxus? You would expect that the red dragonkin are only active in summer and the white only in winter, etc. However, dragonkin of all colors are present in the adventure. Can anyone explain this? They do not seem to have any climate adaptation.


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They also eat a lot of fish. See the Fishcamps in The shackled hut.


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I know that. You could play with the concept, however. After all, the player characters do not know that.


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Do not forget that Rasputin was called 'the mad monk' (historic reference). Perhaps you could use that to your advantage.


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These are the moments we all cherish as DMs.


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They can also use the migrus if they still have it. Since it is a construct, it is immune to aging.


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I adapted this by adding an extra quest. They have to find the egg of the firebird and if they break it at the bottom of the eon pit, they can undo the aging and insanity effects.


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In my group there is one character from Irrisen, but he sides with the heralds. In that case there is no problem.


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Check out those same SWW threads for a lot of ideas how to solve this. At least you will find inspiration here for your own ideas.


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Yes, that is a disadvantage. However, things get a bit better later on in the adventure path.


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This is full of good ideas, so I would like to hear how it goes when you run this.


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One of my players married Nadya and she is carrying his child as well. They left her in Irrisen "for safety reasons". He promised to come back for her and lead the revolution against Elvanna.
As for Radosek: my group had quite an easy time killing him, but they had lots of trouble with his animated dragon, so they deserved it. One of the players pushed Radosek from the Pale Tower. It had gotten personal.


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I used the ice theatre plot (in the Irrisen book). The heralds wanted to infiltrate the theatre company to stage a subversive play and the group could meet someone belonging to the Iron Guard there to make contact. My group went for it. The have a bard and 2 other characters with very high perform skills. It was great fun.


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For kellfox: give your players the idea that reinforcements will arrive soon to the Pale Tower. I did, and it made my players decide to defeat all the enemies in the tower in one go, without rest or sleep. It made for a very exciting session with a commando atmosphere and a lot of danger and suspense.
If they still have an easy time, really let some reinforcements arrive.


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Yes, that would work. Especially because the sorcerer also is the character with leadership and a high diplomacy check. His sister might see that as "he gets everything, just by talking. And I get nothing at all."


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Great ideas! I am curious about the final result. Keep us posted.


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I am going to add cold sisters as well to book 3. Extra detail: one of the sisters is the sister of one of the PCs. They had conflicting loyalties in the past and the sister left her family and they have not seen or heard from her since.


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There are several androids serving Unity (and betraying Unity) in Iron Gods. You could consider making Elvanna an android and making it a secret for the PCs to uncover. Perhaps Elvanna does not even know it herself.
Baba Yaga's daughters could be androids made by Baba Yaga to oppose Unity.

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