DM Brainiac's War for the Crown: Table 1

Game Master Brainiac

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Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 | HP:93/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +43(48), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 8/8, 2: 7/7, 3: 7/7, 4: 6/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 3/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 18/17+1; Words: 12/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

So we have a 17 year old Melodie who has never faced anything like this before, and an 18 year old Zhi who is full of conflict.

And for role-models they have a convicted murderer/bodysnatcher and a priestess of Calistra... how can this possibly end badly? :D

I'm getting to the point of not needing the pearl so much now - but having an extra spellslot never hurts and I'm not looking for gear particularly, so I might as well hold onto it. (But if I could buy Precise Shot as a feat I'd totally do that :D)


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
Melodie d'Valois wrote:
So we have a 17 year old Melodie who has never faced anything like this before, and an 18 year old Zhi who is full of conflict.

I thought Mel was 19?

"Melodie d'Valois wrote:
And for role-models they have a convicted murderer/bodysnatcher and a priestess of Calistra... how can this possibly end badly? :D

I was never convicted of murder, just the body snatching.


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 | HP:93/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +43(48), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 8/8, 2: 7/7, 3: 7/7, 4: 6/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 3/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 18/17+1; Words: 12/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation
Sara Burke wrote:
Melodie d'Valois wrote:
So we have a 17 year old Melodie who has never faced anything like this before, and an 18 year old Zhi who is full of conflict.

I thought Mel was 19?

"Melodie d'Valois wrote:
And for role-models they have a convicted murderer/bodysnatcher and a priestess of Calistra... how can this possibly end badly? :D
I was never convicted of murder, just the body snatching.

I forget! I just remember it was young and she's sheltered so she comes across younger still! :P


Pre-Marriage Alias

Ok then, as far as loot goes, it looks like the sell total will stand and everyone will get 3935.2 gp each as a share.

As far as the unclaimed items:

Sara took the potion of Bull's Strength and Melodie took the pearl of power (1st level).

Zhi will take the potions of gaseous form, the potion of CLW, the figurine of wonderous power - silver raven and Dagio's spellbook.

Why didn't we sell the spellbook you ask? Zhi would like to spend some time with it first (then we'll sell it).

--

As far as scouting the warehouse, I think we're ready to move forward with that. Any further drama can probably be backposted.


Alright, if you insist on making me write out the spells in the spellbook:

2nd--acid arrow, invisibility
1st--burning disarm, comprehend languages, detect secret doors, hydraulic push, itching curse, mage armor, magic missile, ray of sickening, shield, stunning barrier, thunderstomp
0--all cantrips


Female Half-Elf Cleric 17 | HP 105/105 | AC 21 T 14 FF 19 | Fort +12 Ref +9 Will +17 | Initiative +2 | Perception +8 | Channel Energy 6/6 | Dazing Touch 8/8 | Bit of Luck 8/8 | Good Fortune 2/2

That's a nice utility spellbook. A good start for, say, an arcane trickster.


Pre-Marriage Alias

Yes ... and no. :)

Zhi's going to learn effectively nothing from it other then it will confirm that she can't do magic that way.

She's going Sorcerer with the Imperious bloodline. Got that noble magical blood from her mother dontcha know.

I know, Wizards make better arcane tricksters. But an Imperious Sorcerer fits my image of her so much better.


Female Half-Elf Cleric 17 | HP 105/105 | AC 21 T 14 FF 19 | Fort +12 Ref +9 Will +17 | Initiative +2 | Perception +8 | Channel Energy 6/6 | Dazing Touch 8/8 | Bit of Luck 8/8 | Good Fortune 2/2

Do what you enjoy - I'm running a cleric whip build, for goodness' sake. ;)


Female Rakshasa-spawn Tiefling Investigator 16 | HP 91/99 | AC 35 T 18 FF 29 | Fort +10 Ref +20 Will +15 | Initiative +5 | Perception +19 (free Insp) | Sense Motive +22 (free Insp)

Killing someone with a high heel... Sara's not related to the Widow at all, is she? :P


Pre-Marriage Alias

High heel violence. That's hardcore.


Female Rakshasa-spawn Tiefling Investigator 16 | HP 91/99 | AC 35 T 18 FF 29 | Fort +10 Ref +20 Will +15 | Initiative +5 | Perception +19 (free Insp) | Sense Motive +22 (free Insp)

I thought it was going to be a once-a-season thing for the Widow - her first scene in season 1 ended with her interrogating one of the nomads who tried to kill her by pressing the heel of her boot to his throat, then killing him with said heel when she got what she wanted. She hasn't done it yet in season 3, though. Granted, only two episodes of the new season have aired so far, so there's still time. :P


Female Half-Elf Cleric 17 | HP 105/105 | AC 21 T 14 FF 19 | Fort +12 Ref +9 Will +17 | Initiative +2 | Perception +8 | Channel Energy 6/6 | Dazing Touch 8/8 | Bit of Luck 8/8 | Good Fortune 2/2

Video blocked in my country, what is it?


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

Same here


Pre-Marriage Alias

What's that say about me that I want to see it even more now.


Female Rakshasa-spawn Tiefling Investigator 16 | HP 91/99 | AC 35 T 18 FF 29 | Fort +10 Ref +20 Will +15 | Initiative +5 | Perception +19 (free Insp) | Sense Motive +22 (free Insp)

It's a fight scene from the first episode of Into the Badlands second season, of the Widow cutting a bloody swathe through a fellow baron's soldiers. One of whom she kills by driving the heel of her high-heeled boot through his neck.


Female Half-Elf Cleric 17 | HP 105/105 | AC 21 T 14 FF 19 | Fort +12 Ref +9 Will +17 | Initiative +2 | Perception +8 | Channel Energy 6/6 | Dazing Touch 8/8 | Bit of Luck 8/8 | Good Fortune 2/2

Ah, that. I was really annoyed by the Widow fight in her original appearance in ItB. It's very obvious that all through the fight she is not wearing heels, because (of course) heels are not practical for that kind of combat. So they transparently just bookend it with ridiculous heels that somehow vanish while she's fighting. And they do it anyway because, well, we have to make the character 'sexy.' Ugh.


Female Rakshasa-spawn Tiefling Investigator 16 | HP 91/99 | AC 35 T 18 FF 29 | Fort +10 Ref +20 Will +15 | Initiative +5 | Perception +19 (free Insp) | Sense Motive +22 (free Insp)

They got better about that in later seasons. You can still see some of it in the scene I linked but the cinematography for her first fight in season 3 (against Nathaniel Moon) did a much better job hiding the flats needed for stunt work.


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

I get that it's impractical, but like idk, you can learn to fight in heels, it's just way harder. I stripped and did theatre and burlesque for three or four years and would choreograph fight scenes in heels.

You're at a major disadvantage and it's only really doable on even ground, but if you know how to walk/dance/run in them and wear wide-ended, steel-beamed heels with platforms it's totally doable. In my experience (again, with sparring and stage combat), you're only really at risk for falling if someone shoves you, sweeps your leg or kicks your knee, but all of those could knock you on your ass in flats.

And it's terrible on your ankles.


Female Rakshasa-spawn Tiefling Investigator 16 | HP 91/99 | AC 35 T 18 FF 29 | Fort +10 Ref +20 Will +15 | Initiative +5 | Perception +19 (free Insp) | Sense Motive +22 (free Insp)

Here's the scene I mentioned in my last post, with her fighting Nathaniel Moon (assuming that one also isn't country restricted, wish there was something indicating that before you go sharing the link). You can still see where Emily Beecham (or her stunt double) had to wear flats for the stunt work, but the switches certainly don't seem as obvious to me as they were in the first two seasons.

EDIT: And fighting in heels is the least physics-defying thing that show has.


Pre-Marriage Alias

So to clarify, it looks like we're going to use the raven figurine to send a message to our outside allies to create a distraction on the west entrance. Once that begins, Zhi will fire an arrow with the thunderstone attached to the top of the west inside wall.

When the guards move that direction, our entire group will head north and then up the stairs.


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

Yes

Can the command phrase be "Bye Bye Birdie?"


Post forthcoming within the hour.


Congrats on hitting 1,000 gameplay posts already!


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

Wow holy heck, 1000 posts? I'm loving the game and the characters, it's very easy to enjoy writing for this.


Yes, it's lots of fun. :)

Just need Zileska's actions.


Female Half-Elf Cleric 17 | HP 105/105 | AC 21 T 14 FF 19 | Fort +12 Ref +9 Will +17 | Initiative +2 | Perception +8 | Channel Energy 6/6 | Dazing Touch 8/8 | Bit of Luck 8/8 | Good Fortune 2/2

You mean the one posted... <checks timestamp> 48 minutes ago?


Pre-Marriage Alias

Woo-hoo! 1000 posts!

Here's to hoping that the next 1000 posts are just as much fun.

*clinks glass*


Zileska Vestalina wrote:
You mean the one posted... <checks timestamp> 48 minutes ago?

Posted 7 minutes after I went to sleep, alas. :)


I missed the edit window for the last post, but I forgot to add the creature's strength bonus correctly. Zhi should have taken 11 total damage.

Sara and Zhi:
And it should say "insectile eyes," not "insectivore eyes." Stupid auto-correct.


Pre-Marriage Alias

Sorry folks. I had hoped for Zhi to move to the other side of the 'thing' so at least one other person could engage.

Although if it hits her again, someone else will be able to step up.

Just don't step on the small Tien woman lying on the ground. :P


Zileska could try to trip her if Melodie moves back on her turn. If the girl is prone, the others could move through her space.


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 | HP:93/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +43(48), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 8/8, 2: 7/7, 3: 7/7, 4: 6/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 3/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 18/17+1; Words: 12/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Someone more tactically minded will need to suggest it but Melodie will do as she's told :) in this case at least!


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

Could I use the reposition combat maneuver on Zhi as my standard action? I'm comfortable with it provoking an AoO, I just think Sara would try and shield her friend, but I can't find concrete rulings on it.


You can use it to switch positions. The creature already took its AoO so you don't have to worry about provoking one. And since I assume Zhi is willing, you can succeed automatically.


Pre-Marriage Alias

I'm sure Zhi is willing.

Does it involve Sara manhandling her? ;)


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

More than that, don't you worry


I forgot to tell you the cultists' loot! They have: potions of cure light wounds (8), potions of hide from animals (4), smokesticks (8), tindertwigs (20), mwk chain shirts (4), mwk short swords (4), silver unholy symbols of Norgorber (4, 25 gp each), 20 gp.


Pre-Marriage Alias

Definitely gotta pick up a haversack or something to preserve the verisimilitude. :)


At the moment, I'm just assuming you're going to carry things out in shifts after the dungeon is clear. :)


Pre-Marriage Alias

Reading around, it looks like movement is still possible while prone, although I'm finding mixed interpretations of how much.

What say you, oh all-powerful DM? :)

Zhi would attempt to, at the very least, roll next to Sara to attempt to defend her from the ground.


I believe you can crawl 5 feet as a move action, unless you have a feat or rogue talent that lets you move faster.


Female Half-Elf Cleric 17 | HP 105/105 | AC 21 T 14 FF 19 | Fort +12 Ref +9 Will +17 | Initiative +2 | Perception +8 | Channel Energy 6/6 | Dazing Touch 8/8 | Bit of Luck 8/8 | Good Fortune 2/2

Wow. They made every save and we failed every one.

So, what adventure should we try next after we're all killed?


One failed a save against sleep! But it has been pretty one-sided...

I'm sure you can turn things around!


Female Half-Elf Cleric 17 | HP 105/105 | AC 21 T 14 FF 19 | Fort +12 Ref +9 Will +17 | Initiative +2 | Perception +8 | Channel Energy 6/6 | Dazing Touch 8/8 | Bit of Luck 8/8 | Good Fortune 2/2

You saw my "normal" die rolling back at the opening of the game, during the diplomacy scene. I don't have any faith in my ability to turn things around.


You could channel to heal--none of the living cultists are injured except Wyssilka, and she's far enough away to avoid it.

Or you could give Sara a bit of luck to help her break out of the hold person.

Or you could try to use dazing touch on one of the cultists.

Just some ideas. :)


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

I would 100% appreciate a bit of luck, yes please.


Female Half-Elf Cleric 17 | HP 105/105 | AC 21 T 14 FF 19 | Fort +12 Ref +9 Will +17 | Initiative +2 | Perception +8 | Channel Energy 6/6 | Dazing Touch 8/8 | Bit of Luck 8/8 | Good Fortune 2/2

Bit of luck is a spell-like ability, so I can't grant it to Sara without taking an AoO. Just like a spell, if I get hit, it can be disrupted. Same for dazing touch, actually, which makes it mostly useless.


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

But only if something enters our melee space between now and your next turn which is not a guarantee if Maria and Melodie seem more threatening than two fools, one frozen and one on the floor.


Female Half-Elf Cleric 17 | HP 105/105 | AC 21 T 14 FF 19 | Fort +12 Ref +9 Will +17 | Initiative +2 | Perception +8 | Channel Energy 6/6 | Dazing Touch 8/8 | Bit of Luck 8/8 | Good Fortune 2/2

I have to touch to use them, and they're not a "held charge" like a spell. That means I must be next to you to use Bit of Luck on you, which means I provoke an AoO from at least one of the rogues attacking you. Likewise I must be next to the person I plan to daze to use Dazing Touch, and they thus get an AoO as well. In both cases, if the AoO hits and does damage, I risk losing the spell-like effect.


You have a clear path to walk to Sara now Zileska if you want to change your action for the round. That would allow her a second roll now since your initiative is before hers.

And you can activate dazing touch, move and then use the touch attack without provoking.

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