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Pathfinder Society Member. 4,892 posts (5,189 including aliases). 413 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 2 aliases.


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Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

The place is indeed in good condition, and boasts no inhabitants larger than a spider (ordinary house-spider size, put down that Bestiary!).

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

There is no magic in the room. The door opens to reveal a rather harassed-looking fellow in a black gown, balding but what hair he has is long and a bit unkempt.

"You're not the builders!" he says, then smiles. "Do tell me you've come about antiquities. I'm fed up with builders. Montagnie Crowl. How can I be of service?"

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

"Yes... yes... come in!" says a slightly flustered sounding voice.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

It will be appropriate for everyone (that wants to) to meet up...

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Nothing magical, no signs of recent intrusion or habitation... the place looks long-deserted.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

B5, the Wharfmaster's Manor, is a handsome, three-story mansion with a splendid view of Kelmarane's dock and the tannery and mill across the river. It is in a good state of repair, unlike most of the buildings here, but does not appear to be in use.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

The place is a hive of activity with builders and other craftsmen all over the place.

Eventually you come to a door with "Doctor Montagnie Crowl, Head of Antiquities" painted on it.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

When you arrive at the university, you are greeted by the sight of several builders and craftsman working to repair damage to the builiding to which you are directed, the Antiquities Department.

The porter at the gate says "You'll spot Doctor Crowl easily enough, he's an eccentric but likeable man, he is prone to waving his arms about enthusiastically... he's well known in town, particularly in light of the recent theft from his department that famously led to the capture of the dreaded Beast of Lepidstadt, who now sits on trial. Have you been to see it yet? I'm going tomorrow, it's my day off."

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Hilda looks a little surprised.

"Why would I travel with anyone else? None of my friends wish to colonise, they are comfortably settled where they are. It is not as if I am ill: this is a natural condition." She pats her belly contentedly.

Andoran

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Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Well done. The furthest I have got is Book 3 of an AP (that's Curse of the Crimson Throne) so far. Legacy of Fire, well you are the 3rd party I've tried with this and you have got the furthest... one lot burned down the monastery!

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Without knowing who the deity is, how can you tell if it's evil or not? A statue is a thing, it doesn't have an alignment! Mind you, it doesn't look very nice...

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Oddly enough, I was thinking it was about time you lot levelled... so...

*PING!*

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Ashe, you think it may be a Vudran deity, perhaps one with an affinity to animals.

Varrel, the gem appears to be a third eye bloodstone.

Ebon Wings, there is an outsider presence... several, probably above on the upper floor.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

"It's already started, friend," says the guard, who is sounding a bit more friendly now. "First day was yesterday. They detailed a long list of crimes against the Beast, three of which are to be used as the basis of its execution — burned alive in the Punishing Man, a giant pyre that is even now being raised outside the courthouse! If you have time once you have met your obligations, you should take a look."

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Graxer sneaks off towards D7. He opens the door to find himself in a library. Two floor-to-ceiling bookshelves decorate the south and west walls of this chamber, facing a curved north wall on which hang a half-dozen grotesque paintings depicting torture, murder, cannibalism, and even necrophilia. Two glittering chandeliers hang from the ceiling, providing more than enough lighting for anyone sprawled on the dozens of cushions strewn about the room to read by... or at least they would when lit.

Meanwhile, Ashe goes to look at the statue at the end of the hall (D3). It's a fourteen-foot-tall marble statue of a six-armed woman with four faces on her head, one looking to each of the four cardinal directions, standing under a dome of colored glass. The statue wields numerous weapons in its six arms, and a small kneeler at its base gives a place to pay respects to whatever deity the statue represents. Each of the statue's eight eyes is a sparkling bright green orb. One of them is indeed magical, but there don't seem to be any spells associated with it.

What are the rest of you doing?

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

The herdsman eyes Rhasadilara a bit askance.

"I am Theodor bilAmtrand, and I have forty head of cattle and a bull. I seek a wife to make cheese and butter, and will hire a herdsboy, who I will train up in the art of managing a herd. I'll be happy to supply dairy to all who need it."

Hilda hil-Sampt smiles at Lothar.

"You must be Guardian Narda, my husband did a little sketch of you. It's a pleasure to meet you. Is my husband well?"

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

The milk-selling colonist is still asking where the best pasture is to be found. His cows are suffering here with nothing but hay instead of proper grazing.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Here's the map again.

The Sarenrae temple is B12 and the graveyard B13. You have been to the Slave Market, that's where you killed a snake for Umdrella.

Sonya, that sort of seal is used to keep demons in. Perhaps the Lady Almah knows more, seeing as the Pactmaster Guard placed it and she was commissioned by the Pactmasters to liberate Kelmarane...? The last elder priest here was called Halruun. You have not seen his tomb, but you did fight something that appeared to be wearing clerical robes in the graveyard.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

The guard, a large human (or does he have a touch of orc) with a bushy ginger beard, draws himself up at Tre'duinne's approach and is drawing breath for a sharp reply when Sorin steps in. He exhales noisily.

"Lived here all my life, stranger. Directions you be wanting? The University... not the trial? Right - take the third right then follow the brick road around the edge of town, past the windmill and just keep going. You'll see the University standing in its own grounds by and by."

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Buried in the debris that comprises the peryton's nest is a +1 longsword and a ring of jumping, although the ring is so mudcaked it took Jengren's detect magic to find it.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

D2 is the visitor's lounge. This comfortable room is warmed by a large fireplace (not lit at the moment), its marble sides and mantle carved into a parade of capering monkeys and tigers. A large sofa sits to the north, while a few comfortable looking chairs sit to the south. This is where the Arkonas meet with visitors to the palace - likely Ashe has been there if he ever visited outwith of galas.

There is no evil or magic in here (except that which you have brought with you!).

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

You have the names Doctor Montagnie Crowl of Lepidstadt University and Judge Embreth Daramid as the people to whom you need to deliver books: the majority to Crowl, and the copy of Manual of the Order of the Palatine Eye for Daramid.

Lepidstadt is a bustling, lively city of students and academics, with newly bricked streets, wide plazas, and grandiose structures built from imported wood and stone. Away from the university and city centre, however, the narrow, winding streets of Lepidstadt show the signs of its age, with dilapidated hovels, crumbling stone walls, and cramped courtyards.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

The guard watches the illusionary pseudodragon, and appears to be convinced - if the cursewords he's using at having been disturbed by one of those pesky flying rats are anything to go by. Sheathing his sword, he stomps over to the door and closes it firmly.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Round 4

Sonya moves towards the whirling Silena.

The peryton, scenting the blood, strikes again.

Peryton's attack: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (19) + 8 = 27, damage 2d4 + 3 ⇒ (2, 3) + 3 = 8

Jengren raises his arms, the sleeves of his robe falling away and unleashes another sizzling bolt of lighting that hits the peryton. Its very fur sizzles as it staggers...

Silena's chain whirls but the peryton's lurch takes it out of range.

And Erizi steps in with a mightly blow that smashes the beast into the ground. It lies shattered, unmoving, its blood soaking into the earth.

Well done, everyone!

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Upon your arrival in Lepidstadt, you find an almost carnival atmosphere in the city. The trial of the Beast of Lepidstadt has already commenced, and things don't look good for the creature. A huge pyre in the shape of a man — Lepidstadt's famous Punishing Man — has been erected in the main circle outside the courthouse, and locals eagerly add fuel to the effigy in preparation for the Beast's execution.

The Crooked Kin have pitched camp outside the city walls, but ask if you'd mind distributing some flyers in town for them.

City Map

Where would you like to go first?

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

The magician and the ranger meet each other just beside a tent where an enterprising colonist is selling milk from his cows. Seeing a couple of Guardians he rushes out to ask where the best grazing is, as that is where he would like to homestead.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Apart from the magic mouth and the illusions working on the elephant head, there is no other magic, Varrel.

A fellow wearing an Arcona tabard over a chain shirt comes in, sword drawn. The illusionary Majenko flaps around, and you can all see his eyes tracking it...

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Delightful to hear, Lothar.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Yep, I read the OOC thread first! I have now posted the next round... :)

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Round 3

Sonya stays back, casting an anxious eye over Silena...

The peryton, scenting blood, attacks Silena yet again. (As it happens, it is their habit to fixate on one opponent, even if facing a whole group.)

Peryton's attack: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (18) + 8 = 26, damage 2d4 + 3 ⇒ (3, 2) + 3 = 8

Jengren raises his arms again. Lightning crackles but goes wide of the peryton.

Silena twirls her chain and this time it makes contact! The peryton hisses in pain.

Erizi strikes the ground, just where the peryton was standing a moment before...

And it's on to the next round, folks...

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Thank you all. My apologies for the confusion.

We were waiting on Jengren, but it was over the weekend. Some folks find it harder to post then.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Hmmm. It does make you rather powerful... it might be better to only have the DR in cat form.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Now I am confused. I thought I'd said that the DR silver was in beast form only (could also be in hybrid as well, only Silena doesn't have one...).

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Round 2

Sonya stays well clear, watching the combat unfold. The peryton, clearly annoyed at missing with its first charge, strikes at Silena again with its tusks.

Peryton's attack: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (9) + 9 = 18, damage 2d4 + 3 ⇒ (4, 4) + 3 = 11

Jengren steps back raising his hands, releasing two effulgent balls of eye-searing light which strike the peryton.

[ooc: Dearly beloved suggested that with your typo, perhaps your belly enlarged to engulf it... :)[/ooc]

Silena moves smoothly, making space for Erizi, but giving the opportunity for the peryton to have another go at her (which it does, of course).

Peryton's AoO: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (19) + 8 = 27, damage 2d4 + 3 ⇒ (3, 2) + 3 = 8

Her chain, shedding a trail of flame behind it as it swirls, narrowly misses the beast... and then Erizi steps in with a mightly blow that crashes down on the creature's flank, staggering it somewhat...

And it's on to Round 3 if you please...

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

The rest of the journey is uneventful. Anyone want to do anything before we reach Lepidstadt?

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Analysing the magic on the door, it is a permanent magic mouth triggered visually by anyone entering who is not wearing an Arkona symbol. Oh, and the thrashing trunk is illusionary...

Somewhere in the depths of the building a door slams. Then there's a pattering of feet and a tousled page-boy, barefoot and with his tabard on backwards, comes pelting down the hall and bolts out through the doors by which you entered. He doesn't pay attention to those of you who are visible, just looks scared.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

The AP notes that the Arkonas leave their door open at night due to their arrogance - spot on, Ashe! Oh, and it took you half-an-hour to get here from Pilt's place, assuming you didn't hang around.

Ashe, you do detect magic as you enter, something on the door, but whatever it is nothing happens as first you then Graxer sneak in.

Then Majenko flits in. That's when the permanent magic mouth spell goes off, triggering an audible alarm that sounds like a bull elephant trumpeting. Above the door, the elephant head animates, the truck thrashing around and scaring the poor pseudodragon into a wild loop...

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Round 1

The peryton comes galloping out. A menagerie of bestial features combine to form this vicious creature. From the body and forelegs of a powerful stag issue sharpened hooves, powerful black wings, and the taloned haunches of a gigantic bird of prey. Its head combines the features of deer and wolf, a set of sharp horns arching over bloodstained jaws. Most unnerving is its shadow, though, which spills forth in the shape of a human figure.

As this monstrosity charges out, Sonya is first to react. Chanting arcanely, she touches Silena's chain which bursts into flame, then she backs away to give the others space to fight.

The peryton is then upon them, lowering its head to gore Silena, undeterred by the flaming chain or the sparking dark lightning gathering around her form.

Peryton's attack: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (8) + 8 = 16, damage 2d4 + 3 ⇒ (3, 1) + 3 = 7

Jengren flips his sleeves back and raises both hands, releasing a coruscating torrent of blinding, mind-twisting rainbow colours.

Peryton's save: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (16) + 3 = 19

Silena releases the crackling black and purple forces of negative energy at the peryton.

Peryton's save: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (2) + 3 = 5

Erizi seems to hesitate for a moment, then charges forward into the melee. his first blow narrowly missing the peryton.

OK, folks, next round's actions and rolls, please.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Ashe, invisible of course, sneaks up to the front door. There is nobody outside and he reaches out to try the door... which is indeed unlocked!

Inside, a black marble arch depicting dozens of elephants standing one atop the other frames a great ebony door in the south wall of this wide and airy entrance hall. Above the door, a single one-eyed elephant looks out over the hall, its eye a glittering bloodstone the size of an apple. Tall windows grant a commanding view of the palace grounds, and a rich red carpet, ten feet wide and luxuriously thick, provides a pathway between doors to the west and north, and around a corner to the east. Each of these doors, including a few smaller ones just west of the northern pair, are decorated with images of a six-armed, four-faced woman who rides a tiger with human hands for feet. (This is area D1 on the map, by the way.)

Who's following? And are they all invisible, or in some other way being stealthy?

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

There is a tendancy for the fairer folk to judge those of unusual and ugly appearance on their looks rather than their behaviour," says Trollblood. "Were there a fight between me, say, and a human, they will automatically assume that I was the aggressor just by looking at me. That is the way of the world, and I doubt such as the Beast will get a fair trial whether or not he's done wrong!"

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

The wheel of this roofless mill still turns with the flow of the river, but it clearly has not been used for its intended purpose in decades. As soon as you enter this rushes out at you, clearly annoyed at having been disturbed!

Peryton's initiative: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (13) + 7 = 20

You'd better roll yours! (And add your first round actions and rolls, please.)

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

The Beast's crimes, at least as far as the Kin are aware, seem to be more about being a Beast than any particular murder or robbery, yet such are attributed to him.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

"Yes, Guardian Surital, it is," said Nathan Peake with an air of confidence. "Do you have a map of the region? That would help. If not, can you describe it and I'll make a fist of mapping it for you. I like maps!"

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

OK, I take it that you wait until you're just outside the Arkona place to start chucking spells around...

This is what you (Ashe certainly) know so far: Palace Arkona is perched at the highest point atop Endrin Isle in Old Korvosa. The palace is home to the family alone; servants and guards dwell nearby in one of two outbuildings. The grounds are generally open, decorated here and there with tiny copses of trees, exotic topiary animals (elephants, cobras, and tigers being the most common), beautiful flower gardens, and exquisite fountains. The palace is a breathtaking structure built in the Vudran style, with golden pillars, high windows that rise to tapered points, minarets, and domes decorated with slender spires.

Inside, walls are made of ebony and carved with depictions of elephants, tigers, monkeys, and peacock, all with shimmering mother-of-pearl eyes. Doors are made of mahogany and carved with images of the Vudran deity Chamidu, the God of Wild Beasts. Chamidu appears as a six-armed, four-faced giant who rides a tiger with human hands for paws. All rooms are lit at night by everburning torches. Exotic plants in clay pots are in abundance, and each room is rich with their scent, mingled with that of sandalwood incense burning in brass censers that hang from the ceiling here and there. The rooms inside the palace are spacious and grand — ceilings, unless otherwise mentioned, are 20 feet high.

Indeed, as I'm feeling kind and Ashe at least may have been here before on social occasions, here's the map for you. You'll still have to sneak and evade - and maybe fight - of course, but at least you don't have to grope around an unknown place :)

So, how do you wish to mount your assault?

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

You are not far from the water, and it is a trivial matter to dispose of the blade as a rat watches incuriously.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

It's full dark and beginning to drizzle.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

"Thank you," says Laori, and kisses Greyeagle on the end of his nose.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

"Sure," says Peake, nodding. "I can do that if you need it doing. The documentation bit, I mean. What information do you want to know about new arrivals? What about those who want to go to the woods or the plains rather than down to your new settlement? Oh, yes, I will knock up a few barrels as well - once Master Sinon gets round to actually asking for them instead of wandering around muttering that it would be nice if he had some!" There's a twinkle in his eye as he says this last.

Hilda just looks relieved. A self-reliant woman with a husband cut from the same cloth, right now she's feeling in need of someone to care for her and her unborn child.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

It does not move, but the strange markings glow brighter until Silena moves away.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Laori smiles broadly.

"Indeed I shall take care of Salvatore. Thank you all. I believe our arrangement is concluded, but I shall of course depart the city without causing any... disruption."

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