DM Brainiac's War for the Crown: Table 1 (Inactive)

Game Master Brainiac

Current Date: 21 Kuthona, 4718 AR

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Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Seems the Melodie not is doing a good job!! Sorry for the brevity of the post. Hopefully I can keep an eye on this a couple more times before I get back


Pre-Marriage Alias

And the MelodieBot comes through again! :)

Zhi would recommend that Melodie gets the mask.

So, off to find the General now? Although I don't think any of us know anything about fishing. ;P

Also, Zhi will throw in an additional 600gp which, with the resources we just received, should be enough to enact the second set of civic improvements.


Female Human Fighter (Cad) 13, Brawler 2 | HP: 55/185| AC: 19/17 (11 T, 17 F)| CMB: +19/+28, CMD: 28| F: +19, R: +12, W: +7| Init: +7| Perc: +17, SM +12, Dip +45, Intim +39| Speed 35ft| Martial Flexibility 3/4, Serpentine Tattoo 3/3, Beast Form 2 (Lion) 1/1, Terrible Cost 5/5| Active Conditions: N/A

100% down with going fishing; also I imagine we can use that Stachys citizen profession check thing for our fishing roll, RP it as finding someone who claims to have had the General on the hook in the past.


Pre-Marriage Alias

You just want to see everyone get wet. ;)


Tracking the General requires a total of five successes using any combination of the following skills, though any given skill can be attempted only once each week: Handle Animal, Knowledge (local), Knowledge (nature), Perception, Profession (fisherman), Survival, or Swim. If you are able to track him, then you will need a Profession (fisherman) check to hook him. This check can be made untrained, and each check represents an hour of fishing. You can bring along a citizen to use the Stachys bonus for this check.

Of course, you'll have to get Baron Okerra's permission to fish in his lake first, though that shouldn't be an issue. Do you want to go straight to Pensaris, or back to Stachys for a bit first?


Pre-Marriage Alias

Zhi would like to return to Stachys first.

That will give us a chance to drop off the new resources there as well as begin the next civic improvements.

Once we do that and find a 'volunteer' to assist us, we can head back to Pensaris to talk to the Baron.

Zhi still intends to invite Selli along on the trip and have a 'girls talk' with her. What could go wrong on a fishing trip?


ADVENTURE PATH COMPLETE

I also have a short side bit I wanna do in Stachys.


Got it, back to Stachys.


Pre-Marriage Alias

Waiting for her to turn into another porcelain-bug-thing. :P


Sometimes, little girls aren't horrible monsters in disguise.

Sometimes. ;)


Female Rakshasa-spawn Tiefling Investigator 17 | HP 103/105 | AC 34 T 17 FF 29 | Fort +11 Ref +20 Will +16 | Initiative +9 | Perception +20 (free Insp) | Sense Motive +23 (free Insp)
DM Brainiac wrote:

Sometimes, little girls aren't horrible monsters in disguise.

Sometimes. ;)

Quoth Matthew Mercer regarding door Mimics.

"I don't hate you that much yet."


Female Human Fighter (Cad) 13, Brawler 2 | HP: 55/185| AC: 19/17 (11 T, 17 F)| CMB: +19/+28, CMD: 28| F: +19, R: +12, W: +7| Init: +7| Perc: +17, SM +12, Dip +45, Intim +39| Speed 35ft| Martial Flexibility 3/4, Serpentine Tattoo 3/3, Beast Form 2 (Lion) 1/1, Terrible Cost 5/5| Active Conditions: N/A

If this is how we get our first PC death, I uh

I don't f~@~en know man.


Death by catfish may be the most ignominious epitaph.


Female Human Fighter (Cad) 13, Brawler 2 | HP: 55/185| AC: 19/17 (11 T, 17 F)| CMB: +19/+28, CMD: 28| F: +19, R: +12, W: +7| Init: +7| Perc: +17, SM +12, Dip +45, Intim +39| Speed 35ft| Martial Flexibility 3/4, Serpentine Tattoo 3/3, Beast Form 2 (Lion) 1/1, Terrible Cost 5/5| Active Conditions: N/A

Looking through the thread for our remaining side quests and the only thing (that we already know about) I can find is Zileska found a bounty for "the Four Hoods" way back when, but there might also be one in Voinaris; the Baroness was too large a presence at the party to not matter at all imo.

Seeing as they're in the Beggarwood, maybe we can get the refugee settlement to absorb into Stachys or something, and while we're there, ally ourselves with the anti Lotheed presence these thieves represent?

Also, I think the only improvement we have left is the Advanced Temple; Zhi said she would pony up the extra 1000 for the advanced civic improvements after we got the 3000 from Atratus.

Oh, and we still need to return Baronet Vort's amulet to him and help get the people of New Towne situated in Jambis.


Pre-Marriage Alias

I'd forgotten about the 'Four Hoods' bounties. That sounds like a job for masked alter-egos. :)

I've already marked off Zhi's contribution to the Advanced Civic improvements (actually 600gp with the 10% discount). I had assumed that we had initiated the beginning of that when we went back to Stachys.

Of course we may need all the money we can scrounge up for a raise dead spell. :/


There is one short side quest in Voinaris, but you're almost done with all of them. Soon, you'll be ready to move on the Palace of Birdsong directly.

Assuming the General doesn't eat you all first.


Pre-Marriage Alias

Well, I'm sure he has to finish with Maria first. I'm pretty sure she'll make sure to give him a nasty tummy-ache. Probably even fatal.


Female Rakshasa-spawn Tiefling Investigator 17 | HP 103/105 | AC 34 T 17 FF 29 | Fort +11 Ref +20 Will +16 | Initiative +9 | Perception +20 (free Insp) | Sense Motive +23 (free Insp)

If a raise dead is needed, Maria should have about two grand or so to put towards it. I can't get at her sheet from work but check the Loot Tracker tab of the sheet itself, it's up-to-date.


Once more, Sara's heels prove to be the deadliest weapon in her arsenal.

And I'm kind of sad the General didn't get to swallow anybody whole. ;)


Female Human Fighter (Cad) 13, Brawler 2 | HP: 55/185| AC: 19/17 (11 T, 17 F)| CMB: +19/+28, CMD: 28| F: +19, R: +12, W: +7| Init: +7| Perc: +17, SM +12, Dip +45, Intim +39| Speed 35ft| Martial Flexibility 3/4, Serpentine Tattoo 3/3, Beast Form 2 (Lion) 1/1, Terrible Cost 5/5| Active Conditions: N/A

Yo, I bet you we have enough to build the advanced temple now. All that's left after that is one festival.

Also thank god no one died, that was uncomfortably close. Luckily we got three criticals but cheesy rice that was f$%!ing narrow.


Pre-Marriage Alias

I'm actually surprised that no one drowned.

I thought we had only done one festival so far? If so, we need two more festivals to gain the loyalty point. And we can only do a max of one per two weeks.

I was just reading about the temple stuff. The first upgrade turns it into a normal temple to just one of the indicated deities. Did we decide which one it was? I don't remember.


Female Human Fighter (Cad) 13, Brawler 2 | HP: 55/185| AC: 19/17 (11 T, 17 F)| CMB: +19/+28, CMD: 28| F: +19, R: +12, W: +7| Init: +7| Perc: +17, SM +12, Dip +45, Intim +39| Speed 35ft| Martial Flexibility 3/4, Serpentine Tattoo 3/3, Beast Form 2 (Lion) 1/1, Terrible Cost 5/5| Active Conditions: N/A

We dedicated it to Calistria (hence the statue being, IIRC, Calistria seducing Abadar, because it was the Bank of Abadar's money that paid for both), also I thought we did a second festival as celebration for the building of the temple and statue? I could easily be mistaking it with your nat 1 party tho.


You have only held one festival so far.


Pre-Marriage Alias

Party? I don't remember any party. If there was a party I'm sure everybody would remember that and I don't so there must not have been any party.

Right?!

*avoids eye contact*


Female Human Fighter (Cad) 13, Brawler 2 | HP: 55/185| AC: 19/17 (11 T, 17 F)| CMB: +19/+28, CMD: 28| F: +19, R: +12, W: +7| Init: +7| Perc: +17, SM +12, Dip +45, Intim +39| Speed 35ft| Martial Flexibility 3/4, Serpentine Tattoo 3/3, Beast Form 2 (Lion) 1/1, Terrible Cost 5/5| Active Conditions: N/A

Well we can hold one festival now and another in two weeks maybe (if we make it that far; but with the Beggarwood and New Towne lingering threads and whatever the DM said is in Voinaris, we certainly could). If we sell the +1 heavy steel shield from under the Senate (that Sara's been keeping out of sentiment but is never ever going to use), that'll pay for one of them +400 gold.

Oh and I think we should still try and find Crabbe's bust, but there's really no story purpose there.


Pre-Marriage Alias

So back to Stachys after the feast to make preparations for a festival?

We can then clear up the thread for New Towne.


You can also take another Persona Phase when you return, so you can start planning on that,


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

I have returned! What are your other two wishes?

Clearly I missed stuff again - including crits, Sara jamming her heels into a giant fish and someone nearly dying? Now to read the gameplay and catch up.

P.S. Missed you girls! :)


Pre-Marriage Alias

Missed you too! Glad you're back.

Hope you had lots of fun.


Welcome back!


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

I need a holiday to recover from the holiday! I hear that's normal wiht Disney though. At the moment I'm trying to stay up so I can get my sleep pattern back onto UK time rather US!

(Thanks for the mask too Zhi ;)) Quick reference point - Melodie already has one blue and one green eye (can't remember if that went in her original description post or not) - so the main effect the mask has on her eyes is to reverse the colors! :D


Pre-Marriage Alias

Eye colors noted.

Zhi will absolutely insist that Melodie take it off at bedtime. As pretty as it is, it allows the user to read thoughts, after all. ;)


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

But think of the potential darling... ;)

Melodie is going to take to wearing facepaint in the same patterns just to mess with her girlfriend now!

Question for the GM - does it cover Melodie's haemophilia? She's got tremendously thin skin, so her veins etc show quite clearly. When the mask is on will it make her skin more opaque?

Also - do you have a link for the song Melodie sang? I'd like to hear it!


The mask would not make her skin opaque.

The song is "Take Me to the River" by Al Green.


Pre-Marriage Alias

I only know the Talking Heads version.


Pre-Marriage Alias

Oh great DM ...

Verbotene Frage: What are the chances that we'll level up before the end of the next game week? ;)

Was wondering if Zhi would be able to put a skill point in Perform (sing) by her birthday. If not, no worries.


You're still a little ways off from level 6. You'll hit it right before you are ready to move on the palace.


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation
Mai Zhi wrote:
Was wondering if Zhi would be able to put a skill point in Perform (sing) by her birthday. If not, no worries.

Retraining is a thing - I think you've already put the in game time in! :)

Also Zhi - some questions arising from while I was away.

1. What does Melodie know about Zhi's mother/mother related outburst where she wrecked the dress?
2. Has she mentioned the conversation with Sara?

and 3 - no reaction to the big L word? :P


Pre-Marriage Alias

What say you, DM Brainiac? Possible for Zhi to retrain to move a skill point?

Looking up the retraining rules would allow her to retrain 2 skill points for 250gp and 5 days. Hopefully we can count some of the downtime days already passed.

Plan is to actually move just one background skill point from Appraise to Perform (sing).

~~~
Melodie:

1. All Melodie knows so far about Zhi's mother is what's been revealed onscreen, i.e. Her name is Matsuo Aiko, she's from a noble family in Kasai that has a long history of Arcane study, and that she left when Zhi was still a baby. Zhi still has/had a dress that she left as well as some costume jewelry. As a note of clarification, everything that Zhi knows about her mother was told to her by her father. How much is true ... *shrugs*

Zhi is hoping that she didn't hear any of the screaming (probably unlikely).

By the time Melodie had come to the room that night, Zhi had gathered up the ruined pieces of the dress and, unable to throw them away, had stuffed them into a small bag and stowed it in her bag-o-everything. I'll leave it up to you whether Melodie might find a piece that she missed.

2. No, she wouldn't have mentioned the conversation with Sara. She also feels very guilty not mentioning it. ;)

3. Oh, just you wait. :)


You can retrain the skills, Zhi. You can count previous downtime days towards it as well so you will complete it in time for your performance.


Pre-Marriage Alias

If anyone is looking for funds for the three upcoming days ...

Items Claimed

bottle of bloodbery gin (x4) 100gp ea (Sara)

Items to Sell

deck of illusions 8100gp
ruby and sapphire wedding ring 1000gp

Total value: 9100gp
Each Share: 1820gp


ADVENTURE PATH COMPLETE

That's an expensive wedding ring. Dollars to donuts it belonged to someone important.


Female Human Fighter (Cad) 13, Brawler 2 | HP: 55/185| AC: 19/17 (11 T, 17 F)| CMB: +19/+28, CMD: 28| F: +19, R: +12, W: +7| Init: +7| Perc: +17, SM +12, Dip +45, Intim +39| Speed 35ft| Martial Flexibility 3/4, Serpentine Tattoo 3/3, Beast Form 2 (Lion) 1/1, Terrible Cost 5/5| Active Conditions: N/A

My vote is we use that money to get the Advanced Temple so Zileska can set up her Calistrian finishing school.

Also before I decide whether to contact the Swan again or not, will we have another Persona phase if we try to hit all the side quests before laying siege?


Yes, you will have one more persona phase.


Female Human Fighter (Cad) 13, Brawler 2 | HP: 55/185| AC: 19/17 (11 T, 17 F)| CMB: +19/+28, CMD: 28| F: +19, R: +12, W: +7| Init: +7| Perc: +17, SM +12, Dip +45, Intim +39| Speed 35ft| Martial Flexibility 3/4, Serpentine Tattoo 3/3, Beast Form 2 (Lion) 1/1, Terrible Cost 5/5| Active Conditions: N/A

Hmm...

I'm gonna do it anyways, cause I dunno if we're gonna level up before or after the phase and if this passes, I'll hit my max for Persona Ranks until level 6 and might not be able to meet with her in the way I have been.

Charm Rank 5, Secret Meeting, Bluff, DC 25: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (17) + 8 = 25

With that as a success, I gain two new agents and a bonus feat, Persuasive. I'll write a fluff post in the morning.


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Melodie will take the ring as part of her money share :D as long as no-one objects!

@Zhi
1. Let's say Melodie did find some evidence but hasn't broached the topic - she's been distracted after-all ;)
2. Cool. Probably better that there are some things Melodie doesn't know! :D


Pre-Marriage Alias

Melodie's ring is a ring of eloquence

The languages on the ring are non-standard, though:

Varisian, Minkaian, Tien, Shoanti


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Well now your birthday present really sucks... :)


I will wait till everybody finishes their conversations/vignettes before my next post.


ADVENTURE PATH COMPLETE

I have given significant thought to the form that a Calistrian wedding would take. Hint: There's no "vows" or "oaths."

I will admit that at this time I am slightly worried that Sara is going to secretly work behind us to depose the Princess as well and go full Galt. This would unfortunately necessitate disposing of the rest of the party.

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