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Starting Day: Moonday, 1st of Calistril, 4709
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Male Voice Beyond the Folding Fourth Wall Game Master

Valai, your token is prepped. We can proceed.

All, sorry for the delays, but I think we are all on the same page now.


Female Elf Illusionist 1; Init +1 (+1 Dex.); Senses Low-light vision; Perception +3; AC 11 (+1 Dex.); hp 8; Fort +2, Ref +1, Will +3

I think I should be the one apologizing. :-/


Male Voice Beyond the Folding Fourth Wall Game Master

Zoja had to leave us, fyi guys.


Duergar Unchained Monk 2 | HP: 21/21 | AC: 16 T:16 F:10 CMD:17 AC: 19 T:18 F:11 CMD:19 | F: +5, R: +5, W: +3 (+2 vs spells) | Init: +2 | Perc: +7, S.M. +7 | Speed 20ft
DM Gee-Em wrote:
Zoja had to leave us, fyi guys.

Too bad.

Are we going to look for a replacement?

We could really use a battle cleric or oracle. Frontliner with healing.


female tiefling (pitborn) Sorcerer 3 | HP 23/23 | AC 13, TAC 12, FF 11 | CMB +1, CMD 13 | Fort +3, Ref +3, Will +3 | Init +2 | Perc +0 (darkvision 60 ft) | serpeant's fang (dc 13) (5/7) | Blood Intensity 1/1 Spells: lvl 1 2/6

Sorry to hear she left us.


Male Voice Beyond the Folding Fourth Wall Game Master

Okay, Nessa and Khavakra, I am so sorry for the delays, but Valai and Stitches have not gotten back to me. I think they're done. Unless you are too (I hope you're not) I'm going to open a re-recruitment thread to fill up the now empty seats. Sound good?


female tiefling (pitborn) Sorcerer 3 | HP 23/23 | AC 13, TAC 12, FF 11 | CMB +1, CMD 13 | Fort +3, Ref +3, Will +3 | Init +2 | Perc +0 (darkvision 60 ft) | serpeant's fang (dc 13) (5/7) | Blood Intensity 1/1 Spells: lvl 1 2/6

I'm still here, ready and waiting to proceed when we have the people.


Female Elf Illusionist 1; Init +1 (+1 Dex.); Senses Low-light vision; Perception +3; AC 11 (+1 Dex.); hp 8; Fort +2, Ref +1, Will +3

What? But - it isn't my turn, is it? 0_0; Aw, dangit, not again!


Duergar Unchained Monk 2 | HP: 21/21 | AC: 16 T:16 F:10 CMD:17 AC: 19 T:18 F:11 CMD:19 | F: +5, R: +5, W: +3 (+2 vs spells) | Init: +2 | Perc: +7, S.M. +7 | Speed 20ft

I'm able to keep going.

New recruits could just "happen" to be in the crowd.

In particular though we should be looking for at least a healer type. A battle cleric or oracle would be great.


Male Voice Beyond the Folding Fourth Wall Game Master

Sorry, Valai, my bad. I thought I messaged you. Thanks for checking in! At this point, I'm going to ask you post actions and I'll order them in a "master-post". That way we're hopefully not waiting on anyone but me.

Alright, I'll ask for a healer. Hang in there, guys.


Male Voice Beyond the Folding Fourth Wall Game Master

Nessa, Khavakra, and Valai, since this is still your game and you recommended roles to fill, I'm going to let you three pick who gets in. Sound fair?


Duergar Unchained Monk 2 | HP: 21/21 | AC: 16 T:16 F:10 CMD:17 AC: 19 T:18 F:11 CMD:19 | F: +5, R: +5, W: +3 (+2 vs spells) | Init: +2 | Perc: +7, S.M. +7 | Speed 20ft

I won't object!


Duergar Unchained Monk 2 | HP: 21/21 | AC: 16 T:16 F:10 CMD:17 AC: 19 T:18 F:11 CMD:19 | F: +5, R: +5, W: +3 (+2 vs spells) | Init: +2 | Perc: +7, S.M. +7 | Speed 20ft

Valai, Nessa:

Okay, it's time to look over the characters. Most of them are in and the one that isn't probably isn't going to show at this point.

I figure we need three things: A healer, a heavy, and then someone versatile.

My preferences are:

Healer: Felina Darini. Mainly because it's interesting. Class abilities allow her to get rid of ability damage, and later on, disease, and poison. At 3rd level she can get the flesh mend ability which will allow a much greater amount of healing.

Cuàn has thousands of posts and though I haven't looked closely at his campaigns yet I don't think he's going to run off anywhere.

Heavy: We need a full-BAB character. Three have been submitted. I like Elek Kardforgató. A slayer is a solid build and they also get lots of skills. Robert Henry has over 17,000 posts between his aliases too, so I think he will stick around.

Though I also don't mind Gabsen. The sheer simplicity of the build appeals to me. No flash, just solid. The user has about 10,000 posts.

Someone Versatile: My first pick here would be Derick Ravenmore. Hunters have the "outdoorsy" stuff that the rest of us lack, and spells from the druid list, backup healing, and a companion. Over 6000 posts.

But I don't mind Chalkou or Jack Callahan for that position either. Chalkou is the more interesting of the two, but Jack has shown a desire to work with teammates to come up with a background. His character is a little dull though. There's really nothing that stands out about him.

Rejects: Here's why I don't care for the others.

Flayed: can heal very well, but that's just about all he can do. For the first several levels he's going to be a lame duck unless someone needs in-combat healing. And his backstory is neither interesting nor well-written, so I don't think he'll make it up with roleplaying.

Lisa: Kineticists I am not a huge fan of as their repertoire is pretty limited. And Lisa has decided that her best score is going to be wisdom, though all it does for her is perception and Will saves. She has either deliberately or inadvertently built a rather poor kineticist.

Prof. Faust: Vivisectionists are the class that made the original rogue completely obsolete. I don't care for them on principle. Prof. Faust in principle seems to be a glass cannon. Potentially does a LOT of damage, but without enough AC to avoid taking a lot of hits.

Ivellios: This Aasimar Paladin seems to be designed to be an archer paladin... except that he doesn't have a bow. ??? Probably will get weapon finesse for his curve blade at level 3. But until then, the character designed as a Full-BAB heavy has only a +2 to hit.


female tiefling (pitborn) Sorcerer 3 | HP 23/23 | AC 13, TAC 12, FF 11 | CMB +1, CMD 13 | Fort +3, Ref +3, Will +3 | Init +2 | Perc +0 (darkvision 60 ft) | serpeant's fang (dc 13) (5/7) | Blood Intensity 1/1 Spells: lvl 1 2/6

Khavakra and Valai:
Already let our GM know my choices, though I think I may amend one of them.

One thing to point out though on Lisa's submission her casting stat is wisdom because she is using the Psychokineticist archetype which changes the stat from Con to Wis. Not entirely sure which element she is taking and that does have a very big alteration on how the class plays and what roles they can fill. Having said that her backstory isn't very detailed which is troublesome.


Male Voice Beyond the Folding Fourth Wall Game Master

Ladies:
So, are we agreed on Felina, Elek, and Derick? Valai,
I'm giving you to the end of today to cast a vote.


Female Elf Illusionist 1; Init +1 (+1 Dex.); Senses Low-light vision; Perception +3; AC 11 (+1 Dex.); hp 8; Fort +2, Ref +1, Will +3

I'll vote Derick.
Game on.


Female Tiefling (Grimspawn) Occultist (Panoply Savant) 1

Hello all, Cuàn here.

For the image, her avatar would do nicely. It has the sawn-off horns Felina has in order to be able to hide them under a hat.

For a similar reason she always wears gloves and high boots with long pants or skirts. All her extremities darken in color along the way, starting with turning sort of indigo to almost black on her fingers and toes.

She also has no tail. It was surgically removed when she was little in order for her to look more human. It happened so long ago she doesn't even remember what having it was like.

And for some more flavor things: Her abjuration implement is a minty green marble holy symbol of the Azlanti god of healing, Aesocar. She has no clue about that though, she just knows it's some ancient god.
Her conjuration implement is a censer made of brass that hangs from a short chain. She also uses it to burn incense when she prays to the empyreal lords. She venerates them all, though lately she's feeling particularly close to Ashava.


Male Half-Orc | LN Fighter(Armiger)| Speed 30 | Initiative+2 | Perception+11 | Diplomacy+1 | Sense Motive+1 | Ardent[1/1] | Armor Training, Weapon Training (Spears) | AC: 19 (Tch 12, FF 17, Armor+6, Dex+2, NA+1) | Fort+9, Reflex+4, Will+3 | CMD: 22 (BAB+5, Str+5, Dex+2) | Hp: 67 [67/67] [10+4d10 (27)+Con (20)+FC (5)+Toughness (5)] | Melee +13 Longspear 1d8+11, +11 Shortspear 1d6+6, Ranged +7 Light Crossbow 1d8 | CMB: +8

Hey there, thanks for picking me. The profile picture works fine.


Male half-elf Slayer 2|HP 20 |AC 16/T 12/FF 14 | F+5/R+5/W+1 | CMB + 6 | CMD 18 |init + 2 | Perc + 9 | disable device + 9/+ 11

Thank you for the invite DM Gee-Em,

I'm happy with Elek's Icon, it hides his face and at a charisma of 8 I want him to seem a little reserved.

Good to see you again Nessa, it's been a while since Helikon's game.


female tiefling (pitborn) Sorcerer 3 | HP 23/23 | AC 13, TAC 12, FF 11 | CMB +1, CMD 13 | Fort +3, Ref +3, Will +3 | Init +2 | Perc +0 (darkvision 60 ft) | serpeant's fang (dc 13) (5/7) | Blood Intensity 1/1 Spells: lvl 1 2/6

It has, how's it been?


Male half-elf Slayer 2|HP 20 |AC 16/T 12/FF 14 | F+5/R+5/W+1 | CMB + 6 | CMD 18 |init + 2 | Perc + 9 | disable device + 9/+ 11
Nessa Meretrix wrote:
It has, how's it been?

Family things settled down so I was able to return to gaming. Trying to not get over committed. Still post mostly at night from work.

How are things on your end.

I hope You don't mind that Elek's mom is connected with the Silken Veil (the temple of Calistria in Riddleport) She would be a minor character there and would have spent most of Elek's younger years at the Kardforgató's home sending information to Shorafa Pamodae's network.

I don't know if Elek and Nessa would have know each other, we can discuss it. He was kicked out of the 'Temples training school' for being 'soft.'

I was trying to show his 'chaotic Good' nature and thought trying to keep someone from being beaten up would be a good way. It also supports the personality I picked for him.


female tiefling (pitborn) Sorcerer 3 | HP 23/23 | AC 13, TAC 12, FF 11 | CMB +1, CMD 13 | Fort +3, Ref +3, Will +3 | Init +2 | Perc +0 (darkvision 60 ft) | serpeant's fang (dc 13) (5/7) | Blood Intensity 1/1 Spells: lvl 1 2/6

Thing've been pretty good, changed jobs about a year ago and while I work more hours I mostly enjoy it and male quite a bit more money than the last job. Been involved in quite a few games since Helikon's, most of the ones from that time died out or I left, and been in plenty of others since.

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I hope You don't mind that Elek's mom is connected with the Silken Veil (the temple of Calistria in Riddleport) She would be a minor character there and would have spent most of Elek's younger years at the Kardforgató's home sending information to Shorafa Pamodae's network.

I don't know if Elek and Nessa would have know each other, we can discuss it. He was kicked out of the 'Temples training school' for being 'soft.'

I was trying to show his 'chaotic Good' nature and thought trying to keep someone from being beaten up would be a good way. It also supports the personality I picked for him.

Doesn't bother me any, I doubt they had much interaction though. Nessa uses the old tiefling age categories where 64 is more or less the minimum age. What kind of interaction they had would depend on just how long ago he was a part of the temple training school. Either way he would still know of her because Nessa does stand out considerably.


Male half-elf Slayer 2|HP 20 |AC 16/T 12/FF 14 | F+5/R+5/W+1 | CMB + 6 | CMD 18 |init + 2 | Perc + 9 | disable device + 9/+ 11
Nessa Meretrix wrote:
Thing've been pretty good, changed jobs about a year ago and while I work more hours I mostly enjoy it and male quite a bit more money than the last job. Been involved in quite a few games since Helikon's, most of the ones from that time died out or I left, and been in plenty of others since.

Right there with you. I'm playing with a couple of the same people but different games.

I had forgotten about the tieflings aging slower....

Elek had only been in the school a couple of years and just left, he came to the 'goldin goblin' looking for work...

Did the fact that Shorafa Pamodae is a tiefling affect your choice any?


female tiefling (pitborn) Sorcerer 3 | HP 23/23 | AC 13, TAC 12, FF 11 | CMB +1, CMD 13 | Fort +3, Ref +3, Will +3 | Init +2 | Perc +0 (darkvision 60 ft) | serpeant's fang (dc 13) (5/7) | Blood Intensity 1/1 Spells: lvl 1 2/6

Tieflings used to age that slow, they technically eratted them to age like a half-elf, something I ignore when it suits me because it makes sense that some age at different rates than others, especially abyssal based ones.

Shorafa didn't particularly, though it was a fun coincidence when I first played this campaign (campaign died before the first book was done).


Male half-elf Slayer 2|HP 20 |AC 16/T 12/FF 14 | F+5/R+5/W+1 | CMB + 6 | CMD 18 |init + 2 | Perc + 9 | disable device + 9/+ 11
Nessa Meretrix wrote:
Tieflings used to age that slow, they technically eratted them to age like a half-elf, something I ignore when it suits me because it makes sense that some age at different rates than others, especially abyssal based ones.
I didn't realize they had changed it.
Nessa Meretrix wrote:
Shorafa didn't particularly, though it was a fun coincidence when I first played this campaign (died before the first book was done).

I wanted Elek related to the Sczarni, it made sense to have his mother be a mistress. When I saw that Shorafa brokered information and had a school for thugs it seemed an easy way to 'kill two birds with one stone.'

The first time I played was gestalt, so a rogue/cleric was out. Again a character that was related in concept to 'the gentlemen bastards' We had started gambling when I left.

@DM Gee-Em I dotted in game then deleted it so the game would be on my cue. Do you want us to make the same roll checks from your second post?

Also, shall we go through a similar intro or just jump in combat and handle intro's afterwards?

Oh, also, the description of a greatclub includes a shillelagh. Are you ok with Elek having one of these or something similar so he just has a 'walking stick'? instead of one of these.

He is dressed in a fashion, that he would be in, as he moves around town. Subtly prepared, and obvious to anyone who would know, but not obviously armed and armored like a soldier or guard member would be.


Female Tiefling (Grimspawn) Occultist (Panoply Savant) 1

I find it rather funny that Nessa and Felina appear to be on the different ends of the tiefling spectrum when it comes to what they are.

Nessa appears to embrace, or even revel in, her heritage whereas Felina hides it and is actually ashamed of it.

As far as age goes, I envision her to be somewhere in between the half-elf aging and the old tiefling aging. She is 52 but when it comes to maturity she'd be comparable to a college kid, so 20-ish.


Male half-elf Slayer 2|HP 20 |AC 16/T 12/FF 14 | F+5/R+5/W+1 | CMB + 6 | CMD 18 |init + 2 | Perc + 9 | disable device + 9/+ 11

Hey Felina, nice to be gaming with you!


Female Tiefling (Grimspawn) Occultist (Panoply Savant) 1
Elek Kardforgató wrote:
Hey Felina, nice to be gaming with you!

Hey, good to have you too. Now just make sure you don't get hit too badly, my ability to patch you up isn't entirely up and running just yet. It works but it's limited. Starting lvl 3 it will be quite a bit better as my healing reservoirs will vastly increase at that level.


Male Voice Beyond the Folding Fourth Wall Game Master

For those who aren't in the Roll20 game, here's the invite link. Please tell me who is who - among our new players - so I can assign control of your "minis" to you.

Roll20 Invite

I will reassign initiative tomorrow and we'll get underway again. Thank you all for your cooperation! :)


Male half-elf Slayer 2|HP 20 |AC 16/T 12/FF 14 | F+5/R+5/W+1 | CMB + 6 | CMD 18 |init + 2 | Perc + 9 | disable device + 9/+ 11

I'm showing "The Chelaxian's Second Darknes" on my "Roll 20" main page, so um, what happened to the last "S"

Ok, My Roll 20 moniker is Robert H, not to be confused with my Paizo.com moniker Robert Henry... sorry about the image, it's the only way I can get a painting on the internet...

Do you want me to change it to 'Elek' or is Robert H ok?


Male Voice Beyond the Folding Fourth Wall Game Master
Elek Kardforgató wrote:

I'm showing "The Chelaxian's Second Darknes" on my "Roll 20" main page, so um, what happened to the last "S"

Ok, My Roll 20 moniker is Robert H, not to be confused with my Paizo.com moniker Robert Henry... sorry about the image, it's the only way I can get a painting on the internet...

Do you want me to change it to 'Elek' or is Robert H ok?

Eh heh heh Typo, I think? I don't remember.

As long as I know its you, I don't mind what its called.


Male Voice Beyond the Folding Fourth Wall Game Master

Chalkou and Felina, who are you on Roll20?


Female Tiefling (Grimspawn) Occultist (Panoply Savant) 1

Ah yes, sorry. I posted it on the roll20 chat. I am Keeran L on there.


Male Half-Orc | LN Fighter(Armiger)| Speed 30 | Initiative+2 | Perception+11 | Diplomacy+1 | Sense Motive+1 | Ardent[1/1] | Armor Training, Weapon Training (Spears) | AC: 19 (Tch 12, FF 17, Armor+6, Dex+2, NA+1) | Fort+9, Reflex+4, Will+3 | CMD: 22 (BAB+5, Str+5, Dex+2) | Hp: 67 [67/67] [10+4d10 (27)+Con (20)+FC (5)+Toughness (5)] | Melee +13 Longspear 1d8+11, +11 Shortspear 1d6+6, Ranged +7 Light Crossbow 1d8 | CMB: +8
DM Gee-Em wrote:
Chalkou and Felina, who are you on Roll20?

I thought I fixed it so that it would show me as Chalkou. It may say Leonard. I’ll check when I get home tonight.


Male Voice Beyond the Folding Fourth Wall Game Master

Hey, Felina, is there another picture I can use? For some reason your alias' pic won't upload on Roll20.


Female Tiefling (Grimspawn) Occultist (Panoply Savant) 1

Give me a moment, I'll try to find one.

EDIT: Hmm, can't find the original, full art for this one so on to find a replacement.


Duergar Unchained Monk 2 | HP: 21/21 | AC: 16 T:16 F:10 CMD:17 AC: 19 T:18 F:11 CMD:19 | F: +5, R: +5, W: +3 (+2 vs spells) | Init: +2 | Perc: +7, S.M. +7 | Speed 20ft

You should be able to view and save the image from THIS LINK


Male Voice Beyond the Folding Fourth Wall Game Master

That is what I have been doing. That image appears as corrupted when uploaded to Roll20.


Duergar Unchained Monk 2 | HP: 21/21 | AC: 16 T:16 F:10 CMD:17 AC: 19 T:18 F:11 CMD:19 | F: +5, R: +5, W: +3 (+2 vs spells) | Init: +2 | Perc: +7, S.M. +7 | Speed 20ft
DM Gee-Em wrote:
That is what I have been doing. That image appears as corrupted when uploaded to Roll20.

Weird. Does Roll20 prefer different formats? I could reformat the image if you want.


Male Voice Beyond the Folding Fourth Wall Game Master

We could try that, would you please? I'd like to get back underway as soon as possible.


Female Tiefling (Grimspawn) Occultist (Panoply Savant) 1

I converted it to both .png and .jpg from the .jpeg it is by default. The last two should be more or less similar but some sites don't get that.

Now the question becomes, how do I get them to you?

On an aside, I'll be out of town from later today until Sunday evening so my net access will be severely limited.


Male Voice Beyond the Folding Fourth Wall Game Master

Email to thechelaxian@gmail.com will be fine.


Female Tiefling (Grimspawn) Occultist (Panoply Savant) 1

They should be in your mail.


Male Voice Beyond the Folding Fourth Wall Game Master

We are a go, guys! Thanks for hanging in there. I rerolled the initiative, but you all go before the bad guys, so no harm done, I think.


female tiefling (pitborn) Sorcerer 3 | HP 23/23 | AC 13, TAC 12, FF 11 | CMB +1, CMD 13 | Fort +3, Ref +3, Will +3 | Init +2 | Perc +0 (darkvision 60 ft) | serpeant's fang (dc 13) (5/7) | Blood Intensity 1/1 Spells: lvl 1 2/6

Did the attempt to call the cloth with the chest to my hand via mage hand work or not?


Male Voice Beyond the Folding Fourth Wall Game Master

Whoops, yes, yes it was.


Male Half-Orc | LN Fighter(Armiger)| Speed 30 | Initiative+2 | Perception+11 | Diplomacy+1 | Sense Motive+1 | Ardent[1/1] | Armor Training, Weapon Training (Spears) | AC: 19 (Tch 12, FF 17, Armor+6, Dex+2, NA+1) | Fort+9, Reflex+4, Will+3 | CMD: 22 (BAB+5, Str+5, Dex+2) | Hp: 67 [67/67] [10+4d10 (27)+Con (20)+FC (5)+Toughness (5)] | Melee +13 Longspear 1d8+11, +11 Shortspear 1d6+6, Ranged +7 Light Crossbow 1d8 | CMB: +8

*poke, poke*

Anybody home?


Female Elf Illusionist 1; Init +1 (+1 Dex.); Senses Low-light vision; Perception +3; AC 11 (+1 Dex.); hp 8; Fort +2, Ref +1, Will +3

I am sorry to do this, but events have overtaken me and I must withdraw from this game.
Please retire my character.


Duergar Unchained Monk 2 | HP: 21/21 | AC: 16 T:16 F:10 CMD:17 AC: 19 T:18 F:11 CMD:19 | F: +5, R: +5, W: +3 (+2 vs spells) | Init: +2 | Perc: +7, S.M. +7 | Speed 20ft

Sorry to hear that.


Male half-elf Slayer 2|HP 20 |AC 16/T 12/FF 14 | F+5/R+5/W+1 | CMB + 6 | CMD 18 |init + 2 | Perc + 9 | disable device + 9/+ 11

Sad, I hope things go well for you in RL.

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