#0-04: The Frozen Fingers of Midnight [Tier 1-2] (Core) - GM Rutseg (Inactive)

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Welcome to the Frozen Fingers of Midnight Scenario!

Let's hope we enjoy together a great time while exploring this old Absalom scenario.

This is the information I want you to fill up (you can copy&paste the form):
[b]Character name[/b]:
[b]PFS number[/b]:
[b]Day job[/b]:
[b]Brief character presentation[/b]:

Most important thing, if you have any doubt about anything, or you feel I am missing something, let me know! You can use private message if you prefer not to post a public message.

I will give 1 day for you to sign in here answering to my invitation. If you feel you need more time to flesh out a new character, report so in this discussion thread and you will have an extra day while the Gameplay thread warms up!

Be kind to the other players and have fun!

PD: I'm not native speaker, so you will find errors and weird grammatical structures all the time. If some kind of error is repeating enough for you to bother, please, let me note ;)

Scarab Sages

Female Halfling Ranger 2/Paladin 1 | HP 25/25 | CMD 17 | AC 19, t 15, ff 15 | Fort +7 Ref +8 Will +5 (+2 vs. fear) | Init +9, Perc +9 | MP: 9/9 | Wand Charges used: 0

Character name: Eveline Bleakrock
PFS number: 2205-17
Day job: None
Brief character presentation: Eveline is a stout halfling, and is easily one of the tallest women of her race. She has a stern gaze and a no-nonsense mentality comparable to venture-captain Ambrus Valsin. She wears a studded leather armor a bit too tight for her rather buxom frame (proper sized armors weren't available at that time), and carries a selection of handheld weapon including a quality composite longbow on her back. She keeps her curly mid-length, brown hair open, though tied into a ponytail when necessary.

She got herself some slight changes in statistics thanks to the rebuild chance. Her constitution decreased from 14 to 12, but her wisdom rose from 10 to 12 and charisma from 12 to 13.

The Exchange

Male Human Cleric 3
Stats:
HP:39/39 [AC:18(12), T:12; F:16(18)] [F:6, R:3, W:6] [Perception +2, Init +9]

Character name: Lionel "The Lion" Wynne
PFS number: 120549-2
Day job: None
Brief character presentation: Lionel is a big, muscled man with dark skin. A gilded diamond earring stands in each of his ears. In his clothing, purple and yellow are predominant. On his breastplate is the holy symbol of Calistria, always shined, even if the rest of his armor isn't. On his head is a needlessly large-brimmed hat, purple in colour, with a long yellow feather.

A somewhat unnerving grin sits on his face almost constantly.

I am terribly sorry, but browsing through the d20, I realized that you need a BaB of +1 and not just Str 13 to get Power Attack. As a terribly sorry person, I have exchanged it for Improved Initiative, and I really, really apologise if that unbalanced the previous games.

Grand Lodge

Male Human Ranger 2 HP 20/20 | AC 19/13/16 | F +4, R +6, W +1 (+2 on Fear vs Humans)| Init +5| Perc +6

Character name: Reed Hofstatler
PFS numbeer: 73432-7
Day job: None
Brief character presentation Tall and lanky, Reed's slender limbs hide an impressive physical strength. The man has axes placed all over his person, brown eyes peer out of a tanned face, dark brown hair grown shaggy.

Grand Lodge

Male Human Ranger 2 HP 20/20 | AC 19/13/16 | F +4, R +6, W +1 (+2 on Fear vs Humans)| Init +5| Perc +6

Rutseg, if I may, I'd like to make a purchase. I'll sell my right hand handaxe and buy a MW handaxe. Net purchase is 303 gp.

Scarab Sages

'The Grandidierite Sage' Male Half-Elf Sorceror 9 (HP 74/74) (AC 16/10/16) (CMD 12) (Fort +8, Ref +5, Will +8) (Init +6) (Perception +22)

Character name: Numair Salmalin
PFS number: 2847-36
Day job: N/A
Brief character presentation Numair is a tall, well-muscled half-elf with white-blonde hair and striking hazel eyes. He wears a robe of bright green, trimmed with gold, and has a well-used morningstar at his side.


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Lionel@ it is ok, do not suffer, you could have played with a fighter or a ranger with a wand to very similar effects. I appreciate you have fixed it.

Reed@ ok, a new masterwork handaxe!


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Lionel and Honor the Gameplay thread is up and we are ready to start the adventure. Please proceed with at least a check in post.


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I was hoping for Honor to join us during these first steps, but it seems he is failing to do so.

The game should be playable with 4 characters, but in case you have some spare player in the other table Eveline, feel free to redirect him here or send me a PM.

I will give a bit extra time for someone to join us while we wait for Lionel and Eveline to give a reply in the Gameplay thread.

Start takes time sometimes :)

The Exchange

Male Human Cleric 3
Stats:
HP:39/39 [AC:18(12), T:12; F:16(18)] [F:6, R:3, W:6] [Perception +2, Init +9]

Tell me about it. I'll post when I get home, still working them self employed hours.

Scarab Sages

Female Halfling Ranger 2/Paladin 1 | HP 25/25 | CMD 17 | AC 19, t 15, ff 15 | Fort +7 Ref +8 Will +5 (+2 vs. fear) | Init +9, Perc +9 | MP: 9/9 | Wand Charges used: 0

At the moment there are five players in my game. Both Hádanka and Jasper decided to pass claiming to need time to rebuild the characters.


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I think I got a fifth player, someone who already played in our first Core game.

Dark Archive

Male Human Bard/1: HP (10/10): AC (16/touch=13/flat=14): Saves (Fort=1/Ref=4/Will=2): Initiative +6: Perception +4: Sense Motive +0

Sorry for the delay.

Character name: Draylan Gossamar
PFS number: 8570-10
Day job: Perform Oratory: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (10) + 7 = 17
Brief character presentation: Bard. Draylan is a class clown, adventure seeking, socialite. Light hearted, but good intentioned. He know his contribution to a group seldom involves martial weapons. He is an inspiring force that helps any group perform better at THEIR skills.


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Great! Please, join the fight as a late arriver send by Adril Hestram.


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The scenario calls to make Tullo Baltias helpful and a specific bribe threshold to get a bonus in order to discover de address. So sorry if he feels a bit tough.

I am having fun with him though ;)

Plus, he is a named character Lionel, in case you want to attempt that specific goal of your faction.


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As Numair said, I am referring to the Journal cards. If I do not wrongly recall, there is something about adding merchants to the faction within the Exchange goals.

Scarab Sages

Female Halfling Ranger 2/Paladin 1 | HP 25/25 | CMD 17 | AC 19, t 15, ff 15 | Fort +7 Ref +8 Will +5 (+2 vs. fear) | Init +9, Perc +9 | MP: 9/9 | Wand Charges used: 0

For me there's enough paperwork to be done with a character sheet and the chronicles (although I hold all of them strictly in digital form...), so you don't have to worry about me wanting to fulfill some faction journal quest.


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So long we have only Reed stated what is his preference on how to access the building, sneaking in. Eveline also said her preference about sneaking in before the dual question was asked by Numair. What others think about?

I want to note you Numair have provided to options but it was not clear in your message which one is your preference. Please, always provide your preference when giving options to the party.

Once you are ready, state an action, whether it is talking with the warrior, approaching the main door, swimming or other ideas, and provide relevant checks (diplomacy, stealth, swim, whatever...)

I will probably not be available tonight, Champions final, but I will move along things tomorrow with your decision.

Scarab Sages

Female Halfling Ranger 2/Paladin 1 | HP 25/25 | CMD 17 | AC 19, t 15, ff 15 | Fort +7 Ref +8 Will +5 (+2 vs. fear) | Init +9, Perc +9 | MP: 9/9 | Wand Charges used: 0

On Thursday and Friday I was extra active because I had so much more free time at work than I usually have. And I don't want to rush things, I wanted to give others options and chances to include their ideas. Mainly I worry about dragging the scenario onwards while some less-active players just tag along and don't really get a say in the matters.

Furthermore I'm not sure whether weekends are more active or less active.


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Yup, sorry, I did not made me properly understandable. I was hopping for some discussion on the party on how to face the warehouse.

It seems from my post I wanted you to start rolling, but I was expecting only to happen after you had agreed into a plan. Sorry for that.

Let's see what Reed and Draylan do next. If they do not post during today I will bot them following the majority of the party.


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I know after being so close it is exhausting to discover you have to begin again searching.

Thus, I wanted to make clear the guards are there standing, trusting Drylan but not whiling to leave their position.

That means I am waiting for you to act and anyone may post.

Dark Archive

Male Human Bard/1: HP (10/10): AC (16/touch=13/flat=14): Saves (Fort=1/Ref=4/Will=2): Initiative +6: Perception +4: Sense Motive +0

Is someone planning on initiating this battle, or should I?


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It is perhaps a bit late, but I found the time to perform a character review today. I hope it is of use for everyone:

Reed
The hp in the status bar and in the sheet have different values. I think 12 is the correct one.
Speed is 20’ due to medium armor.
I don’t understand the +2 vs fear saves against humans. Fearless Defiance seems to provide a generic +1 vs fear.
Track bonus I think is +6 instead of +8.
I recommend you mark somehow the skills subject to armor penalty so you do not forget to apply it.

Numair
Disguise skill bonus should be +2, unless you have a special item
I got your bloodline is Draconic because of Claws and Perception as class skill, but you probably can better state what is your bloodline choice somewhere. Similarly stating what is your bloodline arcana would be of use.

Lionel
You forgot to update your AC with the bonus of your breastplate.
I cannot find in your sheet what are your 2 domains and their granted powers.
It seems you still have 2 traits to chose.
I recommend to expand the information in your profile sheet with all other basic stats, like DMC, channel energy, attacks or spells.

Eveline
I was unsure you had enough fame for the bow, but I double checked in the Organized Play Guide darkwood is always available, and I guess mighty is just a common characteristic of a composite bow. Thus, everything ok.
I cannot find what bonus did you chose for your Favoured Class.

Drylan
You forgot the extra rank from the human Skilled racial trait.
Your initiative should be +8
There is something amiss with your AC. You either are using Studded leather instead of Leather, a heavy shield instead of a light one, or your AC is 15 (or I am missing something)

The Exchange

Male Human Cleric 3
Stats:
HP:39/39 [AC:18(12), T:12; F:16(18)] [F:6, R:3, W:6] [Perception +2, Init +9]

I'll rectify this when I go home. I got the actual complete character sheet.

Scarab Sages

Female Halfling Ranger 2/Paladin 1 | HP 25/25 | CMD 17 | AC 19, t 15, ff 15 | Fort +7 Ref +8 Will +5 (+2 vs. fear) | Init +9, Perc +9 | MP: 9/9 | Wand Charges used: 0

Huh, indeed I have forgotten to include the favored class bonus skill/hit point. Good catch.

It should have been a skill point. I initially designed Eveline to be a fighter to get Precise Shot at 1st level, but instead did a ranger. Forgot to update that 2+1 sp/lvl then. The +1 indicated the favored class skill point.

I put the extra skill point to swim.

Dark Archive

Male Human Bard/1: HP (10/10): AC (16/touch=13/flat=14): Saves (Fort=1/Ref=4/Will=2): Initiative +6: Perception +4: Sense Motive +0
GM Rutseg wrote:

Drylan

You forgot the extra rank from the human Skilled racial trait.
Your initiative should be +8
There is something amiss with your AC. You either are using Studded leather instead of Leather, a heavy shield instead of a light one, or your AC is 15 (or I am missing something)

1. added 1 skill rank to sense motive

2. Initiative should be +6, unless I'm missing something (lol). It was correct in my spoilers, but I had to update it on the "class/levels" field
3. Should have been studded leather, corrected in profile.

Thank you for the thoroughness of your review. I appreciate you pointing out details I must have missed, or figured incorrectly.

Scarab Sages

Female Halfling Ranger 2/Paladin 1 | HP 25/25 | CMD 17 | AC 19, t 15, ff 15 | Fort +7 Ref +8 Will +5 (+2 vs. fear) | Init +9, Perc +9 | MP: 9/9 | Wand Charges used: 0
Draylan Core Gossamar wrote:
2. Initiative should be +6, unless I'm missing something (lol). It was correct in my spoilers, but I had to update it on the "class/levels" field

+2 from Dexterity 15

+4 from Improved Initiative
+2 from Reactionary trait

Dark Archive

Male Human Bard/1: HP (10/10): AC (16/touch=13/flat=14): Saves (Fort=1/Ref=4/Will=2): Initiative +6: Perception +4: Sense Motive +0

oh yeah, forgot the trait bonus... thanks


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Good job dealing with the warehouse ^_^

I will be waiting for your next steps now (how do you get out of the warehouse with all the recovered stuff, and where do you go next to do what).

Scarab Sages

Female Halfling Ranger 2/Paladin 1 | HP 25/25 | CMD 17 | AC 19, t 15, ff 15 | Fort +7 Ref +8 Will +5 (+2 vs. fear) | Init +9, Perc +9 | MP: 9/9 | Wand Charges used: 0

I'm on vacation and on an exodus to the countryside till next Monday. Expect decreased update frequency until then.


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Lionel "The Lion" Wynne wrote:
GM, you took the opportunity to buy a gaudy white fur coat away from me. I am saddened.

Ein? :? What coat are you talking about Lionel? Have I missed some question? :)

I apologize if so.

The Exchange

Male Human Cleric 3
Stats:
HP:39/39 [AC:18(12), T:12; F:16(18)] [F:6, R:3, W:6] [Perception +2, Init +9]

Does he attack the correct Lionel as per the copycat ability? Just asking, since didn't see any rolls for that. Also, I apologize again for not clarifying the action economy.


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With this, prior your last player interactions, we have reached the end of the scenario. I hope you found some fun on the way :)

If anything is unclear to you, about how the Beacon works, or what exactly happened, or you are curious to know if something could have solved in a different way, don't be shy to ask!

Chronicles will arrive during today.

Scarab Sages

'The Grandidierite Sage' Male Half-Elf Sorceror 9 (HP 74/74) (AC 16/10/16) (CMD 12) (Fort +8, Ref +5, Will +8) (Init +6) (Perception +22)

Thanks for running the scenario :-)

Grand Lodge

Male Human Ranger 2 HP 20/20 | AC 19/13/16 | F +4, R +6, W +1 (+2 on Fear vs Humans)| Init +5| Perc +6

Was there a way to talk to Bengeirr civilly and not needing to slay him?


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Nothing really scripted in the scenario Reed.

The encounter seems designed as an infiltration plus combat.

I might have allowed that if you accessed to the warehouse and him under some pretext or disguise, but anyway he has no other interests than vengeance, and thus it would be nearly impossible of convincing him to release the Beacon. Perhaps tricking him into some way to give the artifact, but the scenario does not detail what interests he has beyond vengeance, thus it would have been difficult to judge.


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Find here attacked your chronicles. If the web tells you to log in to Dropbox, make sure you are clicking the "Download" button. It should download without need of any special account.

Let me know if you wish some note added or you find any error or typo.

The Exchange

Male Human Cleric 3
Stats:
HP:39/39 [AC:18(12), T:12; F:16(18)] [F:6, R:3, W:6] [Perception +2, Init +9]

It's been another wonderful scenario from GM Rutseg, I am sorry for the lack of time on my part. What would've happened if Lionel wanted to marry the witch, I need to ask. I almost went through with it at one point, but I decided that he's not going to devote himself to that idea.

Scarab Sages

Female Halfling Ranger 2/Paladin 1 | HP 25/25 | CMD 17 | AC 19, t 15, ff 15 | Fort +7 Ref +8 Will +5 (+2 vs. fear) | Init +9, Perc +9 | MP: 9/9 | Wand Charges used: 0

Very nice, but it did feel a little rushed after the warehouse scene. Maybe I just yearn for some non-scenario "PFS lounge" for this company to chat with each other. Lionel and Reed (both characters Eve has played with previously) are rather striking characters to me at least, and I certainly wish to see more personality buildup with them.

Grand Lodge

Male Human Ranger 2 HP 20/20 | AC 19/13/16 | F +4, R +6, W +1 (+2 on Fear vs Humans)| Init +5| Perc +6

Thanks for the game again, GM Rutseg. It did seem a bit harried at the end, but I think we had been kind of floundering in some of the non-combat situations, so I understand. I enjoyed playing with everyone!

Scarab Sages

'The Grandidierite Sage' Male Half-Elf Sorceror 9 (HP 74/74) (AC 16/10/16) (CMD 12) (Fort +8, Ref +5, Will +8) (Init +6) (Perception +22)

Chronicle successfully downloaded, and printed.

Again, thanks for running the scenario :-)


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You are all welcomed!

I take note about the hurrying. I felt the action was bogging down at the time of the warehouse and thought enforcing a fight with the guard would have been more tedious than building up anything, thus I took the risk to force the action to increase the interest.

On the last part I thought all the way the Beacon works and how to help Skelg might be confusing, so I decided to better get along with scripted scenes, as failure to discover what to do next takes the adventure to a dead end anyway. I was tempted at times to post faster, but I tried to wait for at least a couple of people to interact.

You are welcomed to expand a bit more on the closing of the scenario to strengthen your character bonds, do not get shy :)

I might run Silent Tide or Prince of Augustana for you next. Unless you have a nice idea for an interesting Society arc that foreshadows newer seasons events. I might be out on travel during mid August, but before that I have a lot of time to devote to a new game.

Perhaps a Confirmation to push you up to Level 2 like it should be done.

Scarab Sages

Female Halfling Ranger 2/Paladin 1 | HP 25/25 | CMD 17 | AC 19, t 15, ff 15 | Fort +7 Ref +8 Will +5 (+2 vs. fear) | Init +9, Perc +9 | MP: 9/9 | Wand Charges used: 0

By the way, it seems Draylan dropped out completely around the warehouse scene. What's his fate then?

Scarab Sages

'The Grandidierite Sage' Male Half-Elf Sorceror 9 (HP 74/74) (AC 16/10/16) (CMD 12) (Fort +8, Ref +5, Will +8) (Init +6) (Perception +22)

Hmmm... Perhaps some of the other scenarios actually set in Irrisen?

Grand Lodge

Male Human Ranger 2 HP 20/20 | AC 19/13/16 | F +4, R +6, W +1 (+2 on Fear vs Humans)| Init +5| Perc +6

Confirmation would be great, or something in Irrisen like the Frostfur Captives.


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I know nothing about Draylan. I could have fairly assigned him a 0 xp chronicle as if he has not completed the scenario, but I found that a bit harsh. He contributed to the party, at least at the warehouse, and so I preferred to give him full credit in this case. But, if you Draylan read this and prefer to play this again in a more meaningful way, I can delete the credit and erase the chronicle.

I have most of the Irrisen scenarios, I have run through them multiple times. I can easily run another Frostfur Captives without much effort, or a Shades of Ice series.

I would have more fun though going through the season 0 scenarios as those I also own but have not had the opportunity to GM most of them.

And I am also whiling to go the Confirmation way, as I would like to count on that scenario for when new players arrive at our gaming events.

So there are different options now:
- Season 0 (Prince of Augustana)
- Repeatable level 1 (Confirmation)
- Irrisen (Shades of Ice, then Frostfur Captives)

Scarab Sages

'The Grandidierite Sage' Male Half-Elf Sorceror 9 (HP 74/74) (AC 16/10/16) (CMD 12) (Fort +8, Ref +5, Will +8) (Init +6) (Perception +22)

I would be happy with either of the Confirmation, or the Shades of Ice trilogy :-)

Grand Lodge

Male Human Ranger 2 HP 20/20 | AC 19/13/16 | F +4, R +6, W +1 (+2 on Fear vs Humans)| Init +5| Perc +6

Confirmation seems good.

The Exchange

Male Human Cleric 3
Stats:
HP:39/39 [AC:18(12), T:12; F:16(18)] [F:6, R:3, W:6] [Perception +2, Init +9]

I'd personally go with the Irrisen trilogy. I've done the Confirmation on Lionel before Core existed, and I've done it once on a table non-officially.

Lionel would definitely be happy going to Irrisen, but if GM Rutseg wants to run a Season 0 Scenario, I'd be happy with that.

Scarab Sages

Female Halfling Ranger 2/Paladin 1 | HP 25/25 | CMD 17 | AC 19, t 15, ff 15 | Fort +7 Ref +8 Will +5 (+2 vs. fear) | Init +9, Perc +9 | MP: 9/9 | Wand Charges used: 0

Up for anything CORE really. These games I've played with Eveline are the only core games I've played. Regular though, I've played all the scenarios listed (including all scenarios from Season 0).

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