Rise of the Runelords by DM Doctor Evil (again)

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Rise of the Runelord. Chapter 3

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F Human Shoanti [AC: 23/12 tch/21 ff; HP 95/95; Frt +9, Ref +5, Will +13; Perc +19/21 vs creatures] Cleric 10, Init:+1, Diplo +8, Heal +15, Sense Motive +15

Robin, your call but selling the mask in effect removes half its value from the party AND from your gear value. That is at least one way to look at it.


Male Halfling Bard (Wit) 10 | AC 21 T 14 FF 18 | HP 109/110 | F+8 R+13 W+9 (+11 vs fear) | Perc +14 | Init +14 (always act in surprise round) |

Hey, did we ever figure out if the mithral armor is resizable? Now that Adolina has a cloak of elvenkind, does she want that armor?

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Silver Crusade

HP:51/104; AC:25 (29) FF:-- T:22; F:+8 R:+12 W+3; Init +7, P/ SM +12, Stealth +23; Challenge 3/3 (+7 damage, +2 AC/Saves), Resolve 3/3, Shadow Illusion 1/1, Active: FoM, Heroism, MCvsE
Shadowlina:
HP 33/52, AC 15 FF13 T15, F: +8, R: +6, W: +4, Incorporeal Attack +11/+6, d6 Str Damage.
Robin the Jester wrote:
Hey, did we ever figure out if the mithral armor is resizable? Now that Adolina has a cloak of elvenkind, does she want that armor?

It wasn't the stealth mod that worried me - it was the dex cap at +6. Basically Adolina (after shopping) will have +6 dex and I'd want to get to at least +8 - if I could get Celestial Armour made of mithril then I'd be going to for it! :)


Male Human (Chelaxian) Conjurer 5/Cyphermage 5
Stats:
HP: 84 | AC/T/FF: 15/14/12 19/14/16 | Fort +5, Ref +7, Will +10 | CMD: 18 | Init: +7 | Perc +8, Sense Motive +2 (each +2 with Narcizia) | Shift Remaining: 7/8

Hahahahahahaha why did I ever think Marcellano would succeed at a Knowledge check.


F Human Shoanti [AC: 23/12 tch/21 ff; HP 95/95; Frt +9, Ref +5, Will +13; Perc +19/21 vs creatures] Cleric 10, Init:+1, Diplo +8, Heal +15, Sense Motive +15

About to spend my money. Are we all good with chipping in for a new wand of Cure Light? It comes to 188 gp each if we split it 4 ways and 150 gp if we split it 5 ways. Any other party resources we should pick up?

Great job on keeping up with loot Adloina, by the way. Its appreciated. One thought I had was to set aside funds for party items like the wand. We could set aside a half share or a quarter share for such. Thoughts?

Cadas is likely going to upgrade her headband from Inspired Wisdom (+2 Wisdom) to Mental Prowess (+2 Chr and Wis). She needs the charisma for a number of things including more channels and the ability to exclude more bad guys from healing and good guys from negative channels.


Male Half-Elf Fighter 5/Golden Legionnaire 2 | HP 84 | AC 23 T 13 FF 20 | Perception +10 Init +8

Given the level of the party and what monsters we tend to face at these levels, wands or potions of Lesser Restoration, Silence and Invisibility can come in extraordinarily useful.

That is merely an idea!

Silver Crusade

HP:51/104; AC:25 (29) FF:-- T:22; F:+8 R:+12 W+3; Init +7, P/ SM +12, Stealth +23; Challenge 3/3 (+7 damage, +2 AC/Saves), Resolve 3/3, Shadow Illusion 1/1, Active: FoM, Heroism, MCvsE
Shadowlina:
HP 33/52, AC 15 FF13 T15, F: +8, R: +6, W: +4, Incorporeal Attack +11/+6, d6 Str Damage.
Cadas wrote:

About to spend my money. Are we all good with chipping in for a new wand of Cure Light? It comes to 188 gp each if we split it 4 ways and 150 gp if we split it 5 ways. Any other party resources we should pick up?

Great job on keeping up with loot Adolina, by the way. Its appreciated. One thought I had was to set aside funds for party items like the wand. We could set aside a half share or a quarter share for such. Thoughts?

Another way of doing it would be to set up a list of items the party wants, prioritise them and then assume we spend enough gold to buy the top 1-2 each time. I'm certainly happy to chip in my share of gold for a new wand.

If we'd all like to put funds aside either a half share or a flat percentage? Say 5-10%?


Male Halfling Bard (Wit) 10 | AC 21 T 14 FF 18 | HP 109/110 | F+8 R+13 W+9 (+11 vs fear) | Perc +14 | Init +14 (always act in surprise round) |

Another CLW wand is fine. Robin has one in hand as well, along with the CMW wand, but it's good to have another ready to go!

I think Adolina's suggestion is preferable - focus on what we want to buy for the party and then buy it.

Wands with 2nd level spells are very pricey at this level, unless we get some with partial charges. I would support a Wand of Lesser Restoration with partial charges. If you want to go cheap, we could buy a Paladin version for a mere 750 gp, and Robin can try his luck making it work (UMD +8 modifier).


F Human Shoanti [AC: 23/12 tch/21 ff; HP 95/95; Frt +9, Ref +5, Will +13; Perc +19/21 vs creatures] Cleric 10, Init:+1, Diplo +8, Heal +15, Sense Motive +15

If a wand created by a Paladin was available we should buy it but then Casas could use it as it's still a divine spell on her spell list.


Narrator [Maps, handouts, pictures: Links in top of page spoiler]

Got back last Thursday from Boston / Cambridge and brought home a major head / chest cold. Last night was the first that I have not spent most of the night hacking out a lung. Will have a post out late this afternoon / early evening.


F Human Shoanti [AC: 23/12 tch/21 ff; HP 95/95; Frt +9, Ref +5, Will +13; Perc +19/21 vs creatures] Cleric 10, Init:+1, Diplo +8, Heal +15, Sense Motive +15

Sorry about your cold and glad you seem to be over the hump. Ready to go here.


Male Halfling Bard (Wit) 10 | AC 21 T 14 FF 18 | HP 109/110 | F+8 R+13 W+9 (+11 vs fear) | Perc +14 | Init +14 (always act in surprise round) |

That definitely sucks. Get the rest you need. Holidays wrapping up for me soon, so I'm pretty much back.


Male Human (Chelaxian) Conjurer 5/Cyphermage 5
Stats:
HP: 84 | AC/T/FF: 15/14/12 19/14/16 | Fort +5, Ref +7, Will +10 | CMD: 18 | Init: +7 | Perc +8, Sense Motive +2 (each +2 with Narcizia) | Shift Remaining: 7/8

Indeed, get the rest you need! Hope you feel better. :)

Silver Crusade

HP:51/104; AC:25 (29) FF:-- T:22; F:+8 R:+12 W+3; Init +7, P/ SM +12, Stealth +23; Challenge 3/3 (+7 damage, +2 AC/Saves), Resolve 3/3, Shadow Illusion 1/1, Active: FoM, Heroism, MCvsE
Shadowlina:
HP 33/52, AC 15 FF13 T15, F: +8, R: +6, W: +4, Incorporeal Attack +11/+6, d6 Str Damage.

Take whatever time you need. New job is making life difficult so I'm not worried about pace right now :)


F Human Shoanti [AC: 23/12 tch/21 ff; HP 95/95; Frt +9, Ref +5, Will +13; Perc +19/21 vs creatures] Cleric 10, Init:+1, Diplo +8, Heal +15, Sense Motive +15

With these new funds Cadas plans to buy herself a Belt of Giant Strength +2


Male Halfling Bard (Wit) 10 | AC 21 T 14 FF 18 | HP 109/110 | F+8 R+13 W+9 (+11 vs fear) | Perc +14 | Init +14 (always act in surprise round) |

I just deducted 150 GP for another CLW wand per Cadas's suggestion. I added the Medusa's Mask to my inventory, and added the gold from Xanexha and the mayor. I then spent 8k on a Cloak of Resistance +2 and a Jester's Cap of Alluring Charisma +2. I did not claim the +1 Mithral Chain Shirt on the assumption that it cannot be re-sized for me; someone else can take if desired.


Male Human (Chelaxian) Conjurer 5/Cyphermage 5
Stats:
HP: 84 | AC/T/FF: 15/14/12 19/14/16 | Fort +5, Ref +7, Will +10 | CMD: 18 | Init: +7 | Perc +8, Sense Motive +2 (each +2 with Narcizia) | Shift Remaining: 7/8

Hoooo yeah, I gotta figure out what I'm buying! It looks like we should each get 15,068.28, counting the mayor's bounty?

A headband is probably in order for Marcy...


F Human Shoanti [AC: 23/12 tch/21 ff; HP 95/95; Frt +9, Ref +5, Will +13; Perc +19/21 vs creatures] Cleric 10, Init:+1, Diplo +8, Heal +15, Sense Motive +15

Cadas is ready to head out. She can do no crafting but will be casting some divination magic while on the ferry. I'd appreciate any help with what to ask about.


Male Halfling Bard (Wit) 10 | AC 21 T 14 FF 18 | HP 109/110 | F+8 R+13 W+9 (+11 vs fear) | Perc +14 | Init +14 (always act in surprise round) |

Ready to go!


Male Halfling Bard (Wit) 10 | AC 21 T 14 FF 18 | HP 109/110 | F+8 R+13 W+9 (+11 vs fear) | Perc +14 | Init +14 (always act in surprise round) |

What kind of divination spells do you have, Cadas? I guess the obvious thing to do is to ask where Xanesha's brother is. Or who he is "grooming" for sacrifice.

The other trick is to ask if it's better to travel by land or water.

Silver Crusade

HP:51/104; AC:25 (29) FF:-- T:22; F:+8 R:+12 W+3; Init +7, P/ SM +12, Stealth +23; Challenge 3/3 (+7 damage, +2 AC/Saves), Resolve 3/3, Shadow Illusion 1/1, Active: FoM, Heroism, MCvsE
Shadowlina:
HP 33/52, AC 15 FF13 T15, F: +8, R: +6, W: +4, Incorporeal Attack +11/+6, d6 Str Damage.

Wasn't it a sister? I seem to remember the name being Lucrezia...
Finding out about the location of/what happened to Fort Rannick would be good too.

Water is the quickest way to travel I think - which means cheaper!

Adolina is ready btw. :)


F Human Shoanti [AC: 23/12 tch/21 ff; HP 95/95; Frt +9, Ref +5, Will +13; Perc +19/21 vs creatures] Cleric 10, Init:+1, Diplo +8, Heal +15, Sense Motive +15

Without even checking I know there is Augury (Short Term - Immediate Futyre) and Divination (longer term - within 1 week). That is likely it. Commune is not available to Cadas until level 9.

Divination:
Similar to augury but more powerful, a divination spell can provide you with a useful piece of advice in reply to a question concerning a specific goal, event, or activity that is to occur within 1 week. The advice granted by the spell can be as simple as a short phrase, or it might take the form of a cryptic rhyme or omen. If your party doesn't act on the information, the conditions may change so that the information is no longer useful. The base chance for a correct divination is 70% + 1% per caster level, to a maximum of 90%. If the die roll fails, you know the spell failed, unless specific magic yielding false information is at work.

As with augury, multiple divinations about the same topic by the same caster use the same dice result as the first divination spell and yield the same answer each time.

So maybe cast once a day. Start asking about danger on the trip? Heck maybe first questions are about choice of transport. As we got closer we start asking about threats to Turtleback Ferry or from Turtleback Ferry to us. Then about the fort. Just thinking out loud.


Male Human (Chelaxian) Conjurer 5/Cyphermage 5
Stats:
HP: 84 | AC/T/FF: 15/14/12 19/14/16 | Fort +5, Ref +7, Will +10 | CMD: 18 | Init: +7 | Perc +8, Sense Motive +2 (each +2 with Narcizia) | Shift Remaining: 7/8

Frequent divinations can't hurt now that we're powerful enough to get 'em!


Male Human (Chelaxian) Conjurer 5/Cyphermage 5
Stats:
HP: 84 | AC/T/FF: 15/14/12 19/14/16 | Fort +5, Ref +7, Will +10 | CMD: 18 | Init: +7 | Perc +8, Sense Motive +2 (each +2 with Narcizia) | Shift Remaining: 7/8

Typical adventurers, really: spend thousands and thousands of gold pieces on magical trinkets, proceed to aggressively haggle over a 50-gp week-long boat fare. :P

Silver Crusade

HP:51/104; AC:25 (29) FF:-- T:22; F:+8 R:+12 W+3; Init +7, P/ SM +12, Stealth +23; Challenge 3/3 (+7 damage, +2 AC/Saves), Resolve 3/3, Shadow Illusion 1/1, Active: FoM, Heroism, MCvsE
Shadowlina:
HP 33/52, AC 15 FF13 T15, F: +8, R: +6, W: +4, Incorporeal Attack +11/+6, d6 Str Damage.
Marcellano Gallenica wrote:
Typical adventurers, really: spend thousands and thousands of gold pieces on magical trinkets, proceed to aggressively haggle over a 50-gp week-long boat fare. :P

But for the items we get value - and its in the book. This is clearly a GM fiat thing, so we can haggle him down! :D Besides, Adolina would just pay up. :)


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Male Halfling Bard (Wit) 10 | AC 21 T 14 FF 18 | HP 109/110 | F+8 R+13 W+9 (+11 vs fear) | Perc +14 | Init +14 (always act in surprise round) |

In a sense, we kind of owe these sailors the gold given that we're about to interrupt their peaceful lives with numerous level-appropriate random encounters!


Male Half-Elf Fighter 5/Golden Legionnaire 2 | HP 84 | AC 23 T 13 FF 20 | Perception +10 Init +8

What are the rules as using sailors as impromptu tower shields?

Asking for a friend >.>


Narrator [Maps, handouts, pictures: Links in top of page spoiler]
Adolina d'Jhaltera wrote:
Marcellano Gallenica wrote:
Typical adventurers, really: spend thousands and thousands of gold pieces on magical trinkets, proceed to aggressively haggle over a 50-gp week-long boat fare. :P
But for the items we get value - and its in the book. This is clearly a GM fiat thing, so we can haggle him down! :D Besides, Adolina would just pay up. :)

Actually, the price is in the book. Page 131 of 434 in the Anniversary Edition PDF. heh....

-- david


Narrator [Maps, handouts, pictures: Links in top of page spoiler]
Atrius the Black wrote:

What are the rules as using sailors as impromptu tower shields?

Asking for a friend >.>

That would depend on whether the sailor resists, or is dead already, and how strong the person is.... snicker

-- david

edit: The place that I look up emoticons does not have anything listed for >.> and I am too old know what most of them mean....


Male Human (Chelaxian) Conjurer 5/Cyphermage 5
Stats:
HP: 84 | AC/T/FF: 15/14/12 19/14/16 | Fort +5, Ref +7, Will +10 | CMD: 18 | Init: +7 | Perc +8, Sense Motive +2 (each +2 with Narcizia) | Shift Remaining: 7/8

Atrius: totally fine RAW, as long as they have the right feat. :P


Narrator [Maps, handouts, pictures: Links in top of page spoiler]
Marcellano Gallenica wrote:
Atrius: totally fine RAW, as long as they have the right feat. :P

Really !! Wow, stinks to be a low level commoner....

-- david


Male Half-Elf Fighter 5/Golden Legionnaire 2 | HP 84 | AC 23 T 13 FF 20 | Perception +10 Init +8

The >.> is meant to be shifty eyes :D


Narrator [Maps, handouts, pictures: Links in top of page spoiler]
Atrius the Black wrote:
The >.> is meant to be shifty eyes :D

Thanks, I'll try and remember, but there are days when I don't even remember my own name....

-- david


Narrator [Maps, handouts, pictures: Links in top of page spoiler]

Our dog, Amarillo, crossed the Rainbow Bridge this weekend, and my wife and I are still grieving. I'll have something out tomorrow.

Picture On the left is Mercer Man, her rough and tumble playmate who crossed a little over a year ago, and on the right, Amarillo. The cancer she had a year ago, came back with a vengeance.


Male Halfling Bard (Wit) 10 | AC 21 T 14 FF 18 | HP 109/110 | F+8 R+13 W+9 (+11 vs fear) | Perc +14 | Init +14 (always act in surprise round) |

They both look like great dogs. So sorry for your loss.


Sorry to hear! Take your time, losing pets is always terrible


Narrator [Maps, handouts, pictures: Links in top of page spoiler]

Thanks for the kind words. I needed a couple of extra days to grieve. Feeling somewhat better now as wife and I went looking at adoptable dogs yesterday afternoon at a local rescue.


F Human Shoanti [AC: 23/12 tch/21 ff; HP 95/95; Frt +9, Ref +5, Will +13; Perc +19/21 vs creatures] Cleric 10, Init:+1, Diplo +8, Heal +15, Sense Motive +15

So tomorrow I leave for a week + of skiing. Its quite a bit of traveling and my days will be pretty filled. I hope to have internet but am not sure about quality or time availability. I'll post as time allows but please do not wait on me. I'll be back home on Sunday the 19th.


Narrator [Maps, handouts, pictures: Links in top of page spoiler]

Sorry. I missed the last step on the stairs from the 2nd level to the 1st floor and fell Thursday morning. Put my elbow thru the wall (nice hole), thankfully missing the studs, but wrenched my back badly. Other than a few minutes sitting, I have spent the time l laying down. Feel much better today and am getting caught up on my PbP.


Male Halfling Bard (Wit) 10 | AC 21 T 14 FF 18 | HP 109/110 | F+8 R+13 W+9 (+11 vs fear) | Perc +14 | Init +14 (always act in surprise round) |

That sounds really, really awful! Rest up and feel better.

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Male Half-Elf Fighter 5/Golden Legionnaire 2 | HP 84 | AC 23 T 13 FF 20 | Perception +10 Init +8

Oof! Sorry to hear that, glad you're okay.


F Human Shoanti [AC: 23/12 tch/21 ff; HP 95/95; Frt +9, Ref +5, Will +13; Perc +19/21 vs creatures] Cleric 10, Init:+1, Diplo +8, Heal +15, Sense Motive +15

Ouch! Glad you did not fall all the way down the stairs. Hope your recovery is a swift one.

Silver Crusade

HP:51/104; AC:25 (29) FF:-- T:22; F:+8 R:+12 W+3; Init +7, P/ SM +12, Stealth +23; Challenge 3/3 (+7 damage, +2 AC/Saves), Resolve 3/3, Shadow Illusion 1/1, Active: FoM, Heroism, MCvsE
Shadowlina:
HP 33/52, AC 15 FF13 T15, F: +8, R: +6, W: +4, Incorporeal Attack +11/+6, d6 Str Damage.

Get well soon! We're all sending good wishes.


Male Human (Chelaxian) Conjurer 5/Cyphermage 5
Stats:
HP: 84 | AC/T/FF: 15/14/12 19/14/16 | Fort +5, Ref +7, Will +10 | CMD: 18 | Init: +7 | Perc +8, Sense Motive +2 (each +2 with Narcizia) | Shift Remaining: 7/8

Indeed! Hope you feel better soon. Sounds scary!


F Human Shoanti [AC: 23/12 tch/21 ff; HP 95/95; Frt +9, Ref +5, Will +13; Perc +19/21 vs creatures] Cleric 10, Init:+1, Diplo +8, Heal +15, Sense Motive +15

Internet is down at my house. Yard work cut cable in 4 places Thursday. Not fixed yet. Sorry for my lack of posting. Hopefully it will be fixed tomorrow.


F Human Shoanti [AC: 23/12 tch/21 ff; HP 95/95; Frt +9, Ref +5, Will +13; Perc +19/21 vs creatures] Cleric 10, Init:+1, Diplo +8, Heal +15, Sense Motive +15

Internet is back up!


Male Halfling Bard (Wit) 10 | AC 21 T 14 FF 18 | HP 109/110 | F+8 R+13 W+9 (+11 vs fear) | Perc +14 | Init +14 (always act in surprise round) |

For those of you in the New York area, stay safe and warm!

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Narrator [Maps, handouts, pictures: Links in top of page spoiler]

Thanks... A foot of snow already, and it is dang near white out conditions.

(Poughkeepsie, NY - about 80 miles north of NYC on the Hudson River)


F Human Shoanti [AC: 23/12 tch/21 ff; HP 95/95; Frt +9, Ref +5, Will +13; Perc +19/21 vs creatures] Cleric 10, Init:+1, Diplo +8, Heal +15, Sense Motive +15

Wow. Be careful and stay warm. Strangely I am sort of envious. I like snow.


Male Human (Chelaxian) Conjurer 5/Cyphermage 5
Stats:
HP: 84 | AC/T/FF: 15/14/12 19/14/16 | Fort +5, Ref +7, Will +10 | CMD: 18 | Init: +7 | Perc +8, Sense Motive +2 (each +2 with Narcizia) | Shift Remaining: 7/8

New York City wasn't actually hit quite so badly--we've got plenty of snow (and it's very icy), but it looks like things are worse north where you are, David! Didn't realize we were so close--I'm in the city itself.

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