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Pathfinder Society Member. 5,012 posts (5,309 including aliases). 422 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)

"Library? What library? They keep books there. I had a book once. Taldan poetry. I tried to learn some of it," says the Beast. "Why am I here? I didn't do it!"

Andoran

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

Dyfrig and Seth appear with some provisions for you all. Bread, cheese, cured meats, a few jars of preserves...

Apparently Seth has a talent for curing meat, and has started experimenting with sasuage-making.

Andoran

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

"I didn't do it!" says the Beast, firmly. A tear runs down its cheek.

Andoran

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

Ashe duly enlarges to giant economy scale.

And the elephant begins to move! It raises its trunk and trumpets loudly.

Andoran

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

The gnoll falls, choking in its own blood... whispers Mummy and dies.

Andoran

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

OK, we can finish scouring the area, then. No worries.

The gnolls have leather armour and battle axes. One has a glove with no thumb and a rather battered set of thieves' tools, the other has a pouch with various oddments useful to an archer and a blood-red agate. Between them they have a total of 20sp.

Andoran

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

The Beast rouses slowly, and cringes away from Dillon as if expecting a blow. It's clearly scared...

Andoran

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

@ Ebon Wings: I think not. Assuming elemental form is associated with your wild shape ability, and in that you are only capable of the communication that the creature whose form you assume can manage, hence no spell verbals. Elementals are not spell-casters, hence my conclusion.

Anyway, eveyone reaches the ground safely, and look round at a quite amazing site. Even Ashe, who has seen it on the odd social occasion that he's been here, still finds it quite exceptional!

This chamber hardly seems to be part of a palace — it seems more like a clearing at the heart of a vast jungle, teeming with life. The sky above is a deep, cloudless blue, while in the distance, hazy towers of distant structures rise above the verdant canopy. Exotic bird calls fill the air, the scent of dozens of unfamiliar flowers and plants assault the nose, and everywhere a riot of colour demands the eye, be it the wing of a tropical bird, the petals of a brightly hued flower, or the glittering multicolored tiles that make up a round fountain to the north, its central plume a stone pillar around which entwine two cobra statues that clutch green gems in their fanged maws. Opposite the fountain to the south stands an immense, life-sized jade statue of an elephant, a howdah perched on its back, its tusks and trunk raised high in greeting to the southeast doors — doors that, from inside the room, look more like gates set into a wrought iron fence that encircles the garden. Other gates set in this fence doubtless lead to other parts of the palace, and after a bit more observation the somewhat static nature of the jungle and landscape becomes apparent — the walls of this garden are in fact an incredibly realistic and clever painting of a Vudran junglescape.

Ashe, the 2 evils beings you discerned are perched in the howdah on the elephant's back. Looking up, though, they are invisible except to those who can see invisible creatures... but of course you know they are there!

Andoran

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

Do you all intend to jump/fly down from the balcony 25 feet to the area below?

Andoran

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

Kaple rounds up a couple of guards and escorts you down to the cellars, where the Beast is being held.

A towering abomination sits in an iron chair, bound with no less than a dozen sets of manacles. Stitching holds together this grotesque patchwork of flesh and bone, beast and man, though the wires are so taut they look as though they may fly apart at any moment. Its mouth is twisted in a permanent sneer, and a shock of lank, dark hair clings to its scalp. The creature slumps in its chair, a despondent expression upon its monstrous face.

Andoran

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

Despite the AP directing that you are instructed to scout and brief Almah's forces for an assault, it then proceeds on the basis that you will clear Kelmarane out for yourselves without their help!

If you would like to have the climatic fight in the Battle Market to clear that, with the assumption that you've dealt with other outliers with the same dispatch as you did the gnolls and hyenas, we can do that. As you already know, I prefer to just tell you to level up every so often rather than track XP, so I won't let you lose out.

Andoran

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

Assuming you ask Kaple, he thinks the witnesses are here in town - certainly the ones from Morast will be as they are due to give their evidence in the morning. He doesn't know where they are staying.

Andoran

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

Ashe goes to the balcony. He can detect two sources of evil in the garden, just beside the elephant statue.

Andoran

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

It's clear but a bit overcast with a brisk wind today.

Andoran

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

Glorio shrugs, like he couldn't care less.

"If that's the way you want to be, then go to the garden room where you will find a life-size statue of an elephant. It's a figurine of wondrous power, but that's not important now. The platform on which it stands is a secret portal to what lies below. At the very centre is a hidden switch that will gain you access. It will rise and rotate, revealing a spiral staircase. This remains accessible for some ten minutes and then closes automatically. From below, there is another switch twenty steps down the stairs which will also trigger the mechanism. Below is a hidden garden. The guardians will attack you, I cannot prevent them - anyone who isn't an Arcona will be attacked. Sorry about that. Climb down the cat's cradle of rope ladders to sea level, where there is a cavern. In the wall you'll find a secret door which gives you entry to the dungeon."

He smiles lazily.

"Have a nice trip."

Andoran

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

This section is primarily intended, according to the AP, to be mere brawling. Unfortunately I don't find it very interesting!

We could, if you are fed up with hack'n'slash, handwave the rest of clearing the town and move on to the investigation of the crypt. I'll give you a sneak preview: when you report back that Kalmarane is taken, the Lady Almah will give you the key to open the Pactmaster seal on the door!

Andoran

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

Do you want to head straight out to Karb Island (where the Sanctuary hospital was)? Or do you want to do anything else first?

It is mid-afternoon right now.

Andoran

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

"So, we shall work together to rid Korvosa of the scourge that has come upon our fair city?" asked Glorio Arkona, with a rather sly smile.

Andoran

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

T think you are more organised than I am!

Andoran

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

"I'm sure I have a map somewhere," said Kaple, burrowing around on his desk. "Ah, yes, here you are!"

Map of the area around Lepidstadt

"The only evidence to be presented is the statements. In our court, the clerk has to be notified in advance of what evidence either side wishes to present, and that's all that the prosecution have listed."

He listens to your questions.

"The events took place over the last year or so. Morast, here, a year back. Then Herstag seven months ago and the hospital four months ago. The attack at the university you know about, but that is not to be raised in court. If convicted these three are sufficient to condemn the Beast to the flames. Of course there are other things attributed to him as well, but the prosecution case is based on just the three events."

Andoran

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

It's a bit of an issue with APs... in a one-off adventure you can get away with reasonable predictions of what the party will do, but with a full-blown campaign you are trying to predict likely behaviour for a loooong time. The best resort is to go sandboxy, but that doesn't work when you have a clearly-defined plot... and yet, that clearly-defined plot is one of the strengths of an AP!

The best recourse is to have a creative DM. I do my best, but sometimes I wonder how on earth (well, Golarion) I'm going to get you to intersect with the next bit of plot.

It's not you lot, either. The same is true of all the APs I've run.

Andoran

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

Update: things are to be delayed for a year, as Chrissi has decided to switch courses to one that's is continual assessment rather than exams, so will be here for two more years instead of just the one. She's a bit exam-phobic and this showed on the results this summer: she knew her stuff but underperformed in her exams.

Andoran

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

"The Beast is, as I say, accused of the murder of ten people in the village of Morast a year ago. The evidence to be presented is that of three people who were there at the time. They claim the Beast turned up over the course of several nights to abduct and kill people, and was eventually driven off into a nearby swamp and, they thought, killed. Only of course he is still around.

"The second crime took place in Herstag seven months ago. The claim is that the Beast slew six children before being driven off. The final crime on the docket is an arson attack on the hospital of Sanctuary on Karb Isle four months ago. The claim is that the Beast set fire to the place, killing the doctor in charge and all staff and patients save one, who will be giving evidence."

Kaple looks worried.

"You see, the evidence is quite bad. Eyewitnesses of all three events. It may be that there is evidence to be had in the three places but you see how busy I am, I cannot go. Of course, if you want to help perhaps you could...?"

Andoran

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

As information, most Korvosan residents have heard the odd dark rumour about the Vivified Labyrinth. It is a notorious dungeon said to be used by the Arkonas to torment and test prisoners and agents alike.

Andoran

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

The rakshasa blinks and then glares, takes a deep breath.

"Yes, yes, of course I have them, tucked away safely never you fear. As for the door, it merely opens onto my vault, those small treasures I have accumulated."

He takes another breath and shifts slightly, getting more comfortable.

"Now, I want you to consider my offer. You won't get a better deal. Still, if it's Kalepopolis and Orisini that you want... well, handing them over to you is, shall we say, a trifle complicated. You see, they have been sent into the Vivified Labyrinth. I won't retrieve them for you, but I shall tell you the secret of the elephant statue in the garden, how to access the caverns below the palace and where to seek the secret door that leads into the labyrinth. So what say you? Do we have a deal?"

He puts his head to one side and smiles.

Graxer, you are convinced that every word spoken is true.

Andoran

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

How delightful, have a good one with your beloved!

Andoran

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

I'm still here.

Now here's a thing. Whilst admitting happily that rakshasha are a bad lot, the AP has their leader proposing a deal to the party with the apparent expectation that they'll at least consider it if not take him up on it. My own opinion of the creatures is more in line with Ashe!

Even stranger, they did not anticipate the party making a night raid on the mansion! It's all about how the party is escorted in as guests having walked up and knocked on the door in the daytime. So there's been a fair amount of winging it going on this side of the DM screen :)

When everyone is recovered and ready to continue, I'm still here, never you fear...

... or should you be afraid, very afraid?

Andoran

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

In due course, Calinder communes with his deity. A chuckle fills his mind as a voice whispers My child, there is danger everywhere for those who walk outwith My paths, and challenges await those who are faithful to Me. If you seek danger you will find it, but there is no immanent threat hanging over you or those you cherish. Yet it comes...

Andoran

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

Dusty ground. No tracks worth speaking of although it's a bit scuffed up. A couple of dried out and almost dead shrubs.

Andoran

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

Yeah, well, if you will keep rendering him unconscious he's not going to say anything (tears up next 2 pages of the AP... but given Ashe's attitude I think I'd be wasting time typing it anyway!).

Did those who went enjoy Gen Con? Never been to the US one, used to help run the UK one.

Andoran

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

"Dunno. Went in and out the door," says the gnoll, who you are beginning to suspect is not very bright, even by gnoll standards.

Andoran

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

"Um. One. Two. Three. Er. More'n I can count." says the gnoll.

Andoran

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

Enjoy!

Andoran

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

As Lothar and Rhasadilara patrol, Seth comes running up.

"Hello, Master! You're back!" He says that he has decided that farming is not for him, so he has apprenticed to Dyfrig and is learning to cook. However, he is practising the exercises Lothar gave him every day, and demonstrates. Lothar notices considerable improvement in the boy's balance and stamina.

Andoran

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

"Yes, that would be possible," said Kaple. "D-do you want to go down now? Acting Sergeant Dun can arrange it."

Andoran

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

The gnoll looks up, tears in its eyes.

"Nothing to tell," it sniffs. "Me'n Bil here was on guard, in case anyone came poking around. Rest is patrolling or in that Battle Market place."

Andoran

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

"If y-you can help, of course evidence can be p-p-presented," says Kaple. "The B-b-beast is below, or you c-could visit t-the locations of the Beast's depredations...er, alleged depredations. If you need reasurrance speak with the Judge. She does her best to b-be fair."

Andoran

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

The journey proceeds without incident, and you arrive at the Stag Lord's Fort. This has now been completely refurbished and Gorguk has organised the former bandits into a quite impressive militia.

Most of the settlers have at least made a start on building their own houses. As they are now able to prepare their own food, Dyfrig has stopped running his communal cookhouse, or at least has turned it into more of a tavern. He's still feeding Gorguk and the former bandits.

Samlor hilSampt has built himself a stone house beside the fort and is establishing himself as a kind of mayor, directing the development of the settlement. He's delighted to see his wife, and she him.

Andoran

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

Alright then. It will take about 10 days at the rate of progress of such a caravan, especially if you want to keep the dairy herd with you. Cows are not built for speed!

Andoran

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

He's still blubbering!

Andoran

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

All Dillon can see is a lot of legal stuff.

Kaple explains that the that the trial has already commenced, and preliminary evidence has been presented to the three justices. The trial begins in earnest tomorrow, however, as the majority of the evidence for the three crimes will be presented over the next 3 days.

He sees some puzzlement on Sorin's face and backtracks a bit.

"S-s-sorry. You know t-t-that the B-b-beast was c-c-captured after breaking into the university, right? T-t-that is by no means the most s-s-serious charge. T-t-the prosecution is using three recent crimes attributed to the Beast to convict the creature of murder: the murder of 10 citizens of the village of Morast a year ago; the slaying of six children in the farming community of Hergstag 7 months ago; and the arson attack 4 months ago at the Sanctuary on Karb Isle, which resulted in the deaths of Doctor Brada and his patients and the blinding of the doctor's assistant, Karl.

He takes a deep breath.

"N-now, I t-think the B-beast is probably guilty, b-but I am doing my best to defend him. I have s-s-spoken to the main witnesses and t-t-they sound plausible. T-there is little time if any new evidence is to b-b-be brought to bear... T-tell me, why are you here? D-do you want to help?"

Andoran

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

"No trouble, Master Szekely. Look, Grig's back already. Well, boy?"

Grig, a young guardsman with a red face and tousled hair, says "Barrister Kaple will see the visitors, Sarge."

Dun smiles. "Grig, show these gentlemen the way."

Grig leads you in through the main entrance, with ornate pillars holding a balcony above wide steps leading up to a huge ironbound door. Through there, it's remarkably work-a-day, with the rest of the guards taking their ease before a fireplace and a spiral stair leading up to the courtroom proper on the 2nd floor.

Up here it's all wood-panelled and fine, as Grig leads you into the courtroom itself. This grand room is paneled in dark oak and its vaulted ceiling is 25 feet high. Three thronelike chairs with built-in lecterns for the presiding justices stand in front of the east wall. The witness stand is directly in front of them. Two polished mahogany desks, one for the defense and one for the prosecution, stand facing the justices' chairs. An iron restraining chair with six sets of masterwork manacles for the accused stands in the centre of the room, specially created for this trial. Behind the accused, two rows of a dozen seats each face the front of the court. To the west, the public gallery overlooks the room 10 feet above.

There are three doors in the north wall, and Grig leads you to the easternmost one and raps smartly.

"C-c-come in," says a rather harassed-sounding voice. Kaple proves to be a rather shabby fellow, sallow-featured and with a bald head - although a fine wig is on a stand on the desk, which is strewn with papers and books.

"H-how can I h-help you? I am a l-little busy now, is it to d-do with the t-t-trial of the B-b-beast?"

Andoran

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

Enjoy Gen Con and best wishes to your oldest off to college (that will be next year for me, Chrissi's just about to start her last year in school... well, she'd be a high school senior in the US, she's actually studying at the local college - community college equivalent - who offer the appropriate courses in the UK system. Oh, and she's Student President!)

Andoran

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

Nathan Peake is busy organising the removal of the transit camp to its new location (to Oleg's great relief). Sinon has contracted with Hilda hilSampt to carry some barrels of ale to the new settlement beside the Stag Lord's Fort in her cart, and a caravan of some 100 souls is now ready to travel there, including the dairy farmer and his herd. He'd like to settle on grazing reasonably near the settlement so as to have a ready market for his dairy produce.

Do the Guardians want to go back with the caravan to the new settlement, or would you rather go off exploring again? There's still plenty to be found out there... :)

Andoran

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

"I can direct you to the Judge's house if you wish to see here, not sure about the barristers but I think Barrister Kaple is still in his office. Grig, go see if Barrister Kaple's in and and if he'll see... um, who did you say you were, Sir?" said Dun.

Andoran

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

OK. We can move on to more active adventuring now that things are settled at Oleg's.

Andoran

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

"I believe everyone has gone, Sir. Judge Daramid has left, for sure. One or other of the barristers may be around..." The guard turns his head, spots someone inside and calls out "Sarge! Are Heiger or Kaple still here?"

The figure comes out into view, a burly greying fellow with a red sash over the regular guard uniform.

"Afternoon. Acting Sergeant Dun at your service. How may we assist you, sir?"

Andoran

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

There's a guard at the courthouse door who asks you your business. He adds that the trial is over for the day, although when it's in session the public is admitted.

Andoran

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

It bursts into tears.

Andoran

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

The blade cannot puncture the skin, but the 'man' begins to stir.

As for D18... The crowning glory of this dazzling chamber is, without a doubt, the four-poster canopied bed that takes up a full quarter of the room. Silk sheets, gossamer curtains, ebony bedposts depicting tigers and cobras chasing monkeys in an endless circle, and a half-dozen huge pillows combine to create a resting place fit for a king. Strange and ferocious animal heads are mounted on the walls, their eyes looking almost alive. A towering redwood cabinet stands against the eastern wall, while to the west sits a massive desk covered with books and scrolls and a large green paperweight the size of an apple. An exotic-looking five-foot long stringed instrument sits on display on a bronze stand near the desk, and a spherical birdcage containing several brightly colored songbirds hangs from the center of the ceiling above.

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