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Welcome to the game! Dot in the gameplay thread - it's open.

I've added a map of Korvosa to the campaign header; this is an urban campaign so it will help to know your way around a bit.

Korvosa basically has 7 districts, plus 2 bits that aren't exactly part of the city but are getting swallowed up.

Quick rundown:

The Heights: snob central. Wealth and power (temple of Abadar, palace, castle) are concentrated here. Very well-to-do, heavily patrolled by the Korvosan Guard.

North Point: the bit that keeps the rest of Korvosa going. Middle class, industrious, where the traders and shopkeepers and professionals live. Quiet, very little trouble other than the occasional gangs.

Midland: the bit that does the work. Full of slum tenements and labourers, docks and wharfs, warehouses. Also home to Citadel Volshyenek, headquarters of the Korvosan Guard. Just as well, since gang and criminal activity is pretty widespread.

Gray: mostly quiet - the cathedral of Pharasma is here, as are the city's burial grounds and occasional restless undead (hence, 'mostly quiet').

South Shore: if you live here, it's because you think that The Heights are becoming too full of riff-raff. This is where the serious nobility live. Don't even think of walking down these streets if you aren't dressed for it.

Old Korvosa: basically a no-go area if you don't belong. Slum central, along with some very old nobility - the sort that make their own law and don't worry about getting caught, if you get my drift. The Guard come here as little as they can reasonably get away with - and in large groups.

East Shore: like Midland, only even poorer since it's further from the city centre. Gangs everywhere.

Thief Camp: no dwellings are allowed by law this close to the road, so it's a wash of squatters' tents and makeshift lean-tos. The Guard periodically come by and disperse it, but it always rebuilds. The name Thief Camp basically speaks for itself - if you're looking for someone disreputable you can find 'em here. Or someone who knows 'em.

Trail's End: a Varisian community of people who can't afford rent in the city proper. Basically law-abiding, if a little rough. The local gangs are Sczarni so there's some sort of honor code.


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

Dotted gameplay. Setting up statline and responding to pm a bit later(on mobile right now).


Great - let me know when you're ready to begin ^_^


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

Yep. Did most of my catching up on missed work(about to head home now). I'll work on the missing parts of background over the next couple days, but I'm good to go.

(Saturday-Monday I will be at a family event and a work-related event - but that's just a headsup in case I don't get to post then.)


OK - I'm slightly snowed under with work right now so I'll get something up this weekend :)


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

Hehe, no worries, whenever it's fine for you ^_^


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

You good? Just checking up on you - been rather busy with work the last few days, so was not in a hurry, but figured I'll ask :)


Sorry, yes I'm still here - work slightly manic. I'll post something today/tomorrow to get us started.

How are you getting on?


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

Well, as said, supremely busy times - work, kids, extended family. All of us had been sick, sequentially - didn't get to sit down and put things into writing much...it's a lenghty process for me doing so...so, soon, still ;)
Just found a bit of time yesterday and figured I'll go and update some of my games, and also see if you're ok :)


Get well soon! First post now up, just giving us some time to get into character(s)...


Got distracted by the news of Pathfinder 2nd edition, so apologies for the delay.

Do you want to describe the next bit - Mira's lodgings, how she's planning to wait for her brother, a bit about her character; or have you done that via her alter ego? If you just want to fast-forward to the planned rescue, let me know.


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

Aye, I'll do the next bit, hopefully will have time tomorrow :)


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

Work turned out particularily cruel this week. I have standby duty this week and so far, was called every single night. Plus analyzing causes during the next day, in addition to regular work :P
Very un-fun.
I did manage to start writing today, regardless, but was unhappy with how it turned out and scrapped it. I'll post as soon as there's a chance, just wanted to keep you updated :/
PS: Will be easier after the 'start' is over and things start becoming more fluid. But right now, I need a moment more to 'get into character' compared to other characters I got 100's of posts with already.


Sure thing, I understand. Thanks for the update. Sorry work sucks at the moment, hope it improves :)


Good stuff, now I have to stat up an NPC :)

Before this turns into a fight, just wanted to check what weapons Mira is carrying? She probably wouldn't be allowed to carry more than a dagger, or something similarly easy to conceal.


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

Hehe, you can wing it, or go cinematic :)
We can also learn Lamm's current location from him, if you are so inclined. Figured I'd give you something to work with ;)

@Weapons: Aye, you remind me that I need to synchronize some profile parts...I intended to update to a Rapier at some point, but yes, to start with, she'll only have a dagger. (I considered a Spring Blade, but that's too expensive).
That said, there's a chance she is in a position(missionary? *grin*) where that dagger is out of reach...in which case a vase to the head will need to do...


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

Everything ok? Stress?
(Been gone a week myself for a couple reasons...was just wondering after not seeing a post when I came back and wanted to check :) )


Sorry - things have been crazy here. Got called away with work, not much email access. Got back yesterday and am sorting through stuff that piled up in my absence.

Will post tomorrow, and after that hopefully normal service will be resumed :)


Hope you are OK. I've sorted out my schedule so I should be good to post most mornings, or at least every other day.


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

Mostly ok :) Work issues still not fully resolved, and plenty of catching up to do. I meant to post yesterday but had a hard time making up my mind on how to proceed(I wouldn't want to waste my turn, but at the same time, would need to be surprised about my brother, nor clearly give away my martial prowess) - by the time I decided what to do, I had run out of time to make posts - I'll make sure to get a post up by tomorrow!


Great - I'll try and post within 24 hours of you, to keep things moving along.


Not to worry, I'm sure it's still Wednesday somewhere ^_^


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

Yeah...could be :P
I had a 3-hour train ride to get to HQ that day, and fully expected to be able to take it easy and post. I was called with an emergency before I even boarded the train, and it was not resolved until half the day had passed - which then tightened my schedule for everything else that was planned for that day - requiring me to extend to today...
I'm crazy tired, came back home only a little while ago, but I'll get to work :)


Ugh, that sucks. Hope things improve - glad you got a chance to post.

EDIT: and you're in luck - Caleb has improved unarmed combat (and improved grapple - he's basically a bully who likes to hold people down and hurt them), but he was flat-footed so no AoO that round.


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

I hoped so :)
Even if he had an AoO, I hoped he'd react that way, rather than 'break' his toy.
Oh well, let's see what happens if the kitten stops purring and shows claws.


Well, that happens. Apparently.

I'm travelling with work next couple days, posting may be patchy till Tuesday but if the hotels have wifi then I'll do what I can :)


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

Oh, for the record, she'd really gladly take over the place once Lamm's dead.
There's no other "allies" except her alter ego, that's the bluff.
But by running the brothel she was forced to work at, she has several options...she has an instant 'spy-network' to gather information from pillow-talk. She has a 'safe' place to stay and something to keep busy while her brother and her alter ego are out adventuring.
(Nobody said she would do all the bookkeeping herself, after all...)
It also allows her to run certain infiltration missions or events by performing as an escort for select customers she had.(As I'm pretty sure her brother would not be keen on her continuing in her current line of profession...but with my casting bonded to the Profession-Check, I would appreciate a reason to keep raising it in the future. - Being "in the business" but only doing a few jobs now and then may be more tolerable for him.)


I like the idea - but you need to kill Lamm first ^_^


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

Was busy like hell with the cleanup of an earlier work-related incident...which compiled on top of the other stressful factors currently at work.
I do fully expect my situation to normalize within the next 2 months...thanks for your patience!


No problem, life is busy here too. This is a slow-burn campaign, so it doesn't matter if posting is a bit erratic occasionally :)


Sorry for delay, travelling with work and I couldn't get my head into it. I'll post tomorrow


Just checking in - things OK?


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

Aye, I hope.
Been meaning to post for days, but my 'vacation' was rather more stressful than working would've been...
(emptying storage cellar with several trips to junkyard, then filling it up again with stuff from living space)
It's not that I didn't have any time at all, it's that I never had the peace of mind to get into posting - apologies for the delay.(I started working again yesterday and already took care of many of my games(those were other players had to wait on me) and intended to post in the others(including this one) today :)


HP: 9/9 | AC: 17 / T: 16 / FF: 14 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

Ha, half past midnight and I didn't actually get to post in any games :P
Certainly tomorrow, though.
(That said, I think sometimes I am overthinking my options. The extra amount of freedom granted by not having a party is sweet in a way, but gives me too much time to consider :) I'll adapt to that soon enough, I hope :)


No worries, it happens. Like I said, this is a slow-burn campaign so we're not in a hurry :)


My turn to get clobbered by work! But I'm back now.


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

I've been absent these past few days for medical reasons.
Apologies for any inconveniences that may have caused.
I am still recovering, but hope to catch up and get back to posting again soon.


Your health is far more important! Be well and post when you're able to.


*poke*


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

No need to worry this time around :)
I'm here.
But weekends, during day, are family time, and at evening, one of the only chances to do something with friends/colleagues.
I am currently in a social setting, but I'll try and get a post in tomorrow :)
Otherwise I should be more "daily" again during the week, since I did finally manage to catch up on all games.


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

A heads-up that I might take a few days to respond.
I don't want to 'postpone' and continue with the game without properly resolving.
But my small one is currently aquiring more teeth.
Let me put it that way: Trying to soothe a baby in pain and carrying it around for a few hours is not a great way to set the mood for what I'm attempting to write. I tried yesterday and scrapped it.

If the big one is an indication, these phases will last a few days(3-4) for each set of teeth. I'll sit that out and notify you if so.


Ack. Teething sucks - for everyone. Best wishes.


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

Situation got better with little one, but the big one decided to be decisively difficult now(I believe it's a bid for extra attention after focus was on her baby sibling for a few days) :P anyway, I'll pm+post tomorrow! I wanted to today, but honestly I'll be happy to fall into bed :)
Just wanted to let you know posting is right around the corner before you start worrying-


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

Whoever is waiting at Lancet Street, I would guess the original AP sees all the characters there, unless it's something specific to this game. But I don't know about any plans Lexi might have tomorrow at sunset, so for all I know he might want to spend the evening with Mira - which would cause her to miss the scheduled meeting.

If he points out(to Aspie before she leaves) having an errand to run the next evening, then Mira would expect to have spare time and just case the joint from afar, now, and opt to go there, tomorrow(as Aspie, and surprised to see Lexi, I would guess).

Just saying I didn't mean to exclude you by stating I'd go tonight :)


HP: 9/9 | AC: 17 / T: 16 / FF: 14 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

Hej, everything ok?
Just worrying if you're fine, no hurry or pressure.
If not for my office having AC, I would probably not get anything done with the current heat wave :)


Sorry, been swamped with work - I'll have something up this week for sure.


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HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

I'm back, I'm back. For the longest time, site was not functional. Maintainance or down every time I managed to check up on it.
As such, was unable to announce I was on vacation. I returned this last week to a ton or both work and plenty of posts...I'll get a post up within another 2-3 days.
Sorry for the wait!


HP: 9/9 | AC: 18 / T: 13 / FF: 15 | Fort: +1, Ref: +5, Will: +2 | CMB: -1, CMD: 12 | Init: +3, Perception: +0

That 2-3 days proofed optimistic, this week was...filled to the brim with work and duties...I FINALLY managed to catch up to all other games today. But it's 3:30 am here now and I'm very tired.
I PROMISE I'll post tomorrow.
But here, it's not just a post needed, I also need to write a PM...and it will take some time and a specific state of mind :)
And rushing it is not an option. I want to do it proper.
(And yes, I'll make sure to post more steadily again. Apologies again that you repeatedly had to wait on me.)


Hi - my turn to apologize for the slow posting! Lemme know if you still want to continue

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