DM Brainiac's War for the Crown: Table 1

Game Master Brainiac

Current Date: 18 Kuthona, 4718 AR

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Count Bartelby will be available to influence in the next session. Only Okerra and Onora will be unavailable.

While an amusing idea, Sara, it probably wouldn't go over well with the nobles.


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

Where do I need to be to talk to Bartelby? Playing Trucco or just watching from the side - Melodie is happy to sit out if it fits her 'persona' better.


You can talk to him either while playing trucco or watching. He will split his time between the game and chatting with his guests.


Pre-Marriage Alias

I'm definitely warming to the idea of Zhi on a horse with a lance. That sounds like a fun scene to write. ;)

Someone needs to suggest it to her, though.


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)
Melodie d'Valois wrote:

Well I like the idea... :D

Maria is probably our best shot for overall balance - the -2 in ride is countered by the +1 to hit. :)

I don't think the extra +1 to hit would make much difference. And given how I've been rolling lately...


Remember you'll be charging Zhi, so your AC will be 2 lower and your attacks 2 higher!


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

Trying to catch up, as our big release just went live today. I have gotten a little lost as the scene has moved on and I'm not sure who we still need to influence.


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

Everyone still needs to be influenced


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

You asked for this Zhi! Remember that! :P

Although I suppose I could apply mage armor if you prefer? :) Give you my sleeves of many garments and make it look like you're wearing armor?


Pre-Marriage Alias

Zhi actually considered using Mage Armor. It's one of the two, count them, two, first level spells she knows. :)

She changed her mind because with all the spell-casters in the crowd, someone would be bound to notice it.


Pre-Marriage Alias

Is Zhi back in the social round cycle or is she still considered jousting?


She's still considered jousting for the duration of the event. I'll put up another RP post soon for you to keep you from getting bored until the others finish the social rounds.

Sara has three checks to make, Maria has two, and Melodie and Zileska have one each.


Pre-Marriage Alias

No worries. I can make my own entertainment. :)


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

Three checks? Goodness, I'll get on that sorry.


No problem. 2 will catch you up to Melodie and Zileska, 3 will finish out the social rounds so Zhi can rejoin the group when everybody finishes.


Pre-Marriage Alias

Planning for the evening, oh great DM ... :)

The servant that Sara 'propositioned' ... is she going to be spending any part of the evening in Sara's room?

Inquiring minds would like to know what to write towards. ;)


That's up to Sara. Her invitation was a bit vague.


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 mean if she comes to collect her 8 platinum, we'll see what goes down.


Pre-Marriage Alias

Ok, I'll wait and see then. ;P


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

You two and your booty calls...


Pre-Marriage Alias

Zhi is a girl that has been repressed in many ways since childhood. For the first time in her life she doesn't have any real supervision or expectations of behavior.

And she's just discovered sex and magic.

That's a recipe for all kinds o' volatileness. :)

(Is that a word?)

Be careful, some of it still might get directed at Melodie (if she's interested).


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 hope folks don't mind that since my luck with the dice runs in really bad streaks like this, I just sit out these scenes.


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
Mai Zhi wrote:

Zhi is a girl that has been repressed in many ways since childhood. For the first time in her life she doesn't have any real supervision or expectations of behavior.

And she's just discovered sex and magic.

That's a recipe for all kinds o' volatileness. :)

(Is that a word?) Volatility

Be careful, some of it still might get directed at Melodie (if she's interested).

Most of what you just said applies to Melodie too... although she's not actually had a chance to discover sex yet! She's also had a slightly more structured upbringing, and is therefore something of a romantic.

Melodie's big development will be when/if her Mother starts calling her...


Melodie d'Valois wrote:
Melodie's big development will be when/if her Mother starts calling her...

The GM steeples their fingers and smiles but says nothing.


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
DM Brainiac wrote:
Melodie d'Valois wrote:
Melodie's big development will be when/if her Mother starts calling her...
The GM steeples their fingers and smiles but says nothing.

Awww... s%#t!


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)

*looks at the DM-rolled Perception check*
Dear god; the dice hate me even when I'm not the one rolling them!


The DC was 18, so you all had a decent chance to make it. The dice really don't like some of you. :(

Let's see what Sara and Zileska do!


Pre-Marriage Alias
Melodie d'Valois wrote:
(Is that a word?) Volatility

Ok, fine, Miss Knowy-Wordy person, but I think mine sounded better. ;P


If the rest of you prefer to roll for multiple social rounds at once as well, you may do so.


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 just like to get it out of the way in case I'm rolling 2, 6, 6, again, so I at least know that I'm not really meaningfully part of the scene in any way.


Pre-Marriage Alias

Awww.. there's still funs to be had even with bad dice. :)


Pre-Marriage Alias

@DM Braniac

Would it be possible to get the current date? For most things it probably doesn't matter, but in long term games I like to keep track of things like birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

I've scanned back through the intro material and I didn't see a date anywhere. If it's there and I missed it, sorry.


There's no date given for the start of the adventure. Let's say it began on 14 Calistril 4718, and it's been 14 days now, so the current date is 28 Calistril.


Pre-Marriage Alias

Ok. Thanks bunches.


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 made a map of the current encounter just cause I was trying to keep track of things in my head. Also I don't have the feat but would Deflect Arrows work on the spikes?


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)

Waaaaaaiiit a minute... that manticore icon in Sara's map... isn't that the one from Golden Sun?


Deflect Arrows would work on the spikes.

Maria is up!


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 it is the one from Golden Sun.


Sara, you don't have to keep rolling a miss chance. The manticore only had one while it was blinded by the glitterdust.

Also, thank you for putting together the map. :)


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

Oops, I didn't see that part of Melodie's post until now, thank you both. Also no prob.


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

Current map


The manticore's body weighs 1,000 pounds. It may be difficult to drag all the way back to the palace.


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

Sara can push/drag 1150 pounds, so if someone takes her purse while she pulls the sled she should be able to do so. Also try telling a b*#&$ no while she's hauling a manticore over her shoulders.


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The Saga of Taldaris

Much ado has been made over the life and accomplishments of our founder, the glorious First Emperor Taldaris of Oppara, who bound together frightened city-states into an indomitable empire. Legends, parables, and rumors of his heroic feats abound, and as Grand Prince Taldaris was an honorable man, we can only assume they are all true. Taldor would not exist without the courage, integrity, and tactical genius of this extraordinary man, and so the least debt historians can reasonably owe him is benefit of the doubt on those stories surrounding and supporting his glory.

Taldaris's parentage remains unknown, but it is almost certainly divine. As a foundling raised by lions, Taldaris grew up to be a strong and savage survivor. Accounts suggest he beheaded a cockatrice that threatened his pride while he was still in swaddling clothes; this astonishing feat set the stage for a life of great deeds. When soldiers from the city-state of Oppara found the wild boy, they adopted him into their unit and taught him of politics and metalwork. Such was his ferocity and insight that he had risen to the rank of commander by the time the soldiers returned to Oppara.

Taldaris completed 12 great challenges on behalf of his adopted city—including hunting the deadly Sun Lion, the grogrisant—and was crowned Grand Prince of Oppara. From this seat of power, he united the Azlanti city-states lining the eastern shores of the Inner Sea to form the Principalities of Taldaris. In the process he claimed seven wives and four husbands, from whom he sired the first noble lines of Taldor, including—naturally—the resplendent Stavian line, which traces its ancestry directly back to our singular founder.

Grand Prince Taldaris lived to a venerable age, in an era long before the grand princes of Taldor routinely extended their lives by means of the wondrous sun orchid elixir, further pointing toward a potentially divine heritage. He passed away only after saving the people of Golsifar from the terrible dragon Verksaris the Kingeater, from whose gullet he pulled the gold used to forge the Primogen Crown, finally succumbing to the beast's legendary venom after 3 days.


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)

Wait; twelve trials, including killing a lion, multiple lovers/spouses of either gender, then died to dragon poison? Was someone reading Heracles and decide to throw a dash of Beowulf in at the end? :D

EDIT: For those unfamiliar with the legends and want a nice summary of them:

Beowulf
Heracles


The tale wears its inspirations on its sleeve. :)


Pre-Marriage Alias

Wow, that's a lot for any following ruler to live up to.


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

Hey, DM, you have the date listed as the 29th of Calistril, but according to the calendar page, it only has 28 days like February

Just an aside.


Well, that's my fault for not looking it up. I will fix it.


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

This is a leap year of course! :D

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