Ooooh that's a good one! I'm hoping if we can get the exact wording we can figure out a way to cheat the geas.
Busy at work today. It's not looking good to spare this guy, I just don't think we have the right equipment or magic? Astri has one of those holo-projector disguise kit things but it only works on her.
Would he pursue us, if we just run through?
I don't think it'll get dark enough for the elf not to see, so sneaking during nighttime probably doesn't work.
Hmm, put a bag on his head so he doesn't see us :P Do we even have bags (damn sci-fi setting)?
The AP does kind of assume that this will be a fight. But it isn't inevitable. I've thought of two ways you guys could try to get around it (with skill checks) and there might be more if you guys get creative!
I'll give you guys one more day to make plans and then Panelliar will get bored and attack.
I'm a bit curious about how the temple looks - is there any windows or similar points of potential entry visible on any side we have seen?
Hard to gauge how well sneaking in would work otherwise!
Otherwise I'm thinking trying some pretty word twisting shenanigans and using Ralkawi to make us fit into the category of "speaker for the star eater" and get past him that way.
If that works it works. If it doesn't it's one of the least-effort ways to try at least : )
It's a pretty tall ancient castle type building. There are windows but they are of the stained glass variety that don't open. I updated the map a little bit to make clearer how big the temple and where it sits on the plateau as the group would be able to gauge that by passing underneath it from the stairway up.
So there is clearly windows! And, as we know from computer class, those break easily :P
Now we would need to figure out what exactly he believes he is guarding. If the veil is just a small area then bypassing it can't be too hard right?
Plus it would be awesome to know if he includes himself in the category of things that can't pass. Given the wording he should - but he might need a honeyed tongue to remind him of that.
Then going around looks like a valid option!
Unless I've missed some pillars?
Depending of course on how strongly he feel about the words "crossing" : )
Well today was supposed to be busy, but then my boss just didn't show up? Guess I get to do pbp instead!
He kind of got snippity when I suggested redefining the Veil, so we'll try the going around route via windows. It hurts me inside to think of smashing up a stained glass window though :(
|Cueta Guiding Star|
As for what window Leila is to crash through, should we just go with the closest?
I'm going with the closest to the steps.
Ok. So I'll allow Acrobatics to give a BONUS to the Strength check needed to break Ancient glass.
Acrobatics DC 10 will be +1 and every 5 over that will be additional plus ones.
I'll set the Break DC of the Ancient glass to half that of a wooden door. So that's DC 8.
That would be almost rivial for anyone but, uh, Leila is rocking a total of -11 as she's Impaired and Overburdened and has a Strenght of 8.
Also I'm going to reroll the d20 as a 2d10.
|Cueta Guiding Star|
Let's just say there were a reason Leila wanted to shoot the window!
But then I realized that the failure case of smacking into the window was hilarious enough to try ^^
So Leila rolled a total of 8 on the break check.
Step one barely worked.
There was supposed to be a step two?
Bonding epoxy is a two-part adhesive plastic kept in a handheld dispenser that automatically mixes the components as they are dispensed. A single dispenser can be used five times. The dispensers cannot be reloaded, and a new dispenser must be purchased if additional epoxy is desired.
As a full action you can coat up to a 1-square-foot area with the epoxy. Anything held against the area bonds to it over 1d4 rounds as the epoxy dries. This requires a full action each round to maintain contact between the objects, and anything resisting (such as a creature) must be pinned or helpless to be held in place during this drying period. Dispensed epoxy that is not used within 1 minute hardens and loses its ability to bond objects together.
Pulling apart objects bonded together with this epoxy requires a successful DC 20 Strength check. If the objects are carefully fitted together (requiring 1 minute and a successful DC 20 Engineering check), the Strength DC to separate them increases to 25.
The cable will need a DC 20 str check (average roll from Str 28 [as average is 11 instead of 10.5 now!]). Should be enough to support a few people I hope.
If not, and Leila can figure that out, she'll just have to either find a better anchor or go for the 'careful fitting' option.
It'll be a DC10 Athletics Check to go up the rope at half speed as a move action.
From the outside the window is 5 metrons up.
Strength check to keep from ripping the cable from the wall doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Let's say that each DC10 of a bond's strength check to remove equates to being able to handle the weight of one medium sized person or two small.
So the Engineers of the group would recognize that a cable and epoxy set up can accommodate two people at a time.
I was actually hoping to try and Bluff whoever came to check the noise. But for some reason these doomsday cultists seems to be the shoot first ask questions never types!
Sorry...All work and no play and all that...
I really wish we coulda seen that bluff.
Astri probably would have went with "maintenace"or "window cleaners"
|Cueta Guiding Star|
Window cleaners, ha!
"Oh no, I'm sooooooooooo totally fired!"
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Was going for something along the lines of "ooops I crashed. And there's some crazy elf outside!!" and just hope that coupled with halflings natural cuteness would cause them to hesitate for the twenty seconds or so it take you guys to hop over and shoot them : )
Can't edit campaign tab so I'll just leave this here.
Lol, why is every barrel firing simultaneously? I don't think the artist understood how a rotary barrel machine gun works.
The multiple barrels spin in a circle and alternate firing so the last fired barrel (the one lined up with the top center ONLY) has time to cool before another round is fired through it to prevent barrel deformation.
Tiny error in the stamina calculation for Leila: 34-11 is 23, not 22 : )
@Weird art - Let's blame it on the horrible recoil that thing no doubt would have when hand-held. Or something.
Also I think a good rule of thumb is to never be at the end where you can count muzzle flashes :P
(If we are nitpicking then the barrels doesn't seem to line up with the muzzles either - which could be an even bigger problem!)
Let's take out the big bad and then we can explore this place proper.
Cueta is pretty beat up but the rest of us are fine and we have pletny of RP, I think we can muscle through this.
I'm not going to be shy about lobbing my best grenades for the rest of these encounters, so you all may want to stay at ranged for the first round or two. Stickybombs for entangled condition, smoke for cover, shock for electrical damage. I don't think I'll use frags because we actually want the place intact.
Leila is very curious about how smart and thinking those statues are. Pokédex roll!
2d10 ⇒ (4, 6) = 10
Maybe we really could take one as a souvenir?
It would be quite cool! Especially if we can get it to stop stabbing non-elves and start stabbing people whom shouldn't be on our ship.
|Cueta Guiding Star|
Sorry I've been absent, had a pet die last week and then a job interview yesterday, so life's been pretty hectic. I'll get caught up now...
Take the time you need, we can wait.
The staff of mystic healing obviously goes to Cueta. If anyone wants any of the spell gems to carry just say! Otherwise they'll be on Astri,
We forgot to search the Cultists for goodies. Prospero might want that machine gun?
We still have the western part of the temple and the southern part of the temple to explore.
More importantly, where the hell did Tahomen go?
My condolences on your loss, Cueta.
My life is (fortunately) less dramatic, but it got very hectic again. So sporadic posting ahead...
The Remove Affliction gem should rid Leila of her annoying poison.
But if we're not in a hurry we could just rest a day or two ...
Now we know we're not in a hurry but will probably go and fight the boss right about now - feels a tiny bit cheesy to use that info to figure out if one retroactively used the gem or not.
Thoughts : )?
Also using a Resolve point to regain stamina!
I wish I had looked this up yesterday so we could have done it immediately, but in Starfinder Remove Affliction can be used to remove curses! We can remove Panelliar's curse and have him help us fight Tahomen!
... is what I would say if Tahomen didn't just show up, so now I feel like I'm metagaming :/ Reeallly wish I had known what that spell did yesterday.
So how about this- we burst out of the front door, use the remove affliction gem on Panelliar, and he can help us kick ass! (unless it fails, which then it will be really, really rough). Cueta or someone could even use the window and come around the back, flanking them.
I had another plan involving the detonator but this sounds way more effective. I mean Tahomen knows we're here, there's a freaking rope hanging out of a window... Also where is Ralkawi and why didn't she radio us?
Current Group loot:
(1) Mysterious glowing stone?!
* credsticks worth a total of 300 credits
* 4 weeks worth of field rations
* 2 utility scatterguns
* 50 scattergun shells
* 2 defiant longswords
* 2 shock grenades I (Astrianna)
* 2 sets of lashunta ringwear 1
The mini gun wielding cultist on the other hand has some significantly better equipment
* A squad defiance series set of heavy armor
* cestus battleglove (Cueta)
* squad machine gun imbued with a rune of the eldritch knight
* 110 heavy rounds for the machine gun,
* 2 weeks worth of field rations
* a detonator.
(10) serums of healing mk 1
(1) serums of healing mk 2
(2) Spell amps of Lesser Restoration
(1) Merciful Seal (Lvl 2)
(2) Spell amp of Comprehend Language
(2) Spell amp of Share Language
(1) Spell amp of Remove Condition, Lesser
(60) Rounds, Small arm (2L)
(50) Rounds, Longarm and Sniper (2L)
(4) Batteries (20 charge each, continually recharged by Cueta)
(1) Frostbite Rifle (Sub-zero class)
(1) Shirren-eye Tactical Rifle
(1) spell gem of flight,
(1) spell gem of remove affliction
(1) spell gem of see invisibility
(1) Staff of Mystic Healing (Cueta)
If anyone wants anything out of the loot pile or group loot before we face off with Tahomen, just say. We should at least keep that rune of the Eldritch Knight even if we don't take the Minigun, it's really good.
|Cueta Guiding Star|
Hmmm, I think I'd prefer Cueta get in Tahomen's face immediately, and maneuver around as the fight goes on. Or try and maneuver into a flank with Pan in the first round. Going out and around could eat a lot of rounds, and I have no doubt that this guy is going to be tough.
I think I screwed the pooch, guys. Sorry.
This is... really in character for Astri so I'm going to roll with it.
|Cueta Guiding Star|
I read the spoilers. Yeah, we're not magicky. So this fits perfectly. Plus,
Cueta I kind of wants Pan's weapon, so if we survive, there's that!
The spell has an "other harmful afflictions" line. So maybe it's work? Or we could just throw it at Tahomen - he's certainly both harmful and an affliction on this world :P
Hmh. At the very least we tried! We could also claim that we haven't *crossed* the courtyard - we are more then content to simply stay here and shoot at the cultists : )