Duboris's "A Dirge For Everything"

Game Master Duboris

Chapter 1: Rebirth and a Song
- The players awake to a new way of life, and the comfort of... a Dirge. The Adventure Begins


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hp 28/28, grit 2/3 Male Human Gunslinger 1 / Fighter 2

Does Roman knows that targeting the rusting antlers is a good bet? Did Bromen said it out loud?


Heeeee did not. He just said "I know a few ways of fightin'em!" or something along those lines.


I'd like to take a moment to commemorate Tera on gaining 480 experience for just running. I don't know what CR the calories were, but she killed'em good.

What did you guys think of your first combat?


Male Human Wizard 3, +5 Initiative, +6 Perception, AC 11 / Touch AC 11 / Flat Footed AC10, Saves F+2/ R +w / W +6 HP:19/19

Instead of WILD DANGEROUS MONSTER COMES TO WRECK YOUR ANUS, it was a nice race to combat, and defeat bugs that's gonna make your traveling that much harder.

Also, someone should give Bannon a cupcake - its not often that Wizards can HIT things in combat. I was really surprised - praise Desna.

With that aside, lets see what happens on NEXT TIME ON DRAGON BALL Z!!!!


Female Human Arcanist 3/Inquisitor 1 | Hero Points: 1/3 | HP: 19/19, NL: 0 | AC 14/13/11, Cold Resistance 1 | F+4 R +5 W+8 | Per: +10 | Init: +3 | Bolts: 4, Arrows: 14, Shocking Grasp: 21, Silent Image: 5, Magic Missile: 15
Spells and Abilities:
Arcanist Spells - 1st: 1/5 | Inquisitor Spells - 1st: 1/2 | Arcane Reservoir: 4/6, Judgments: 1/1
Duboris wrote:

I'd like to take a moment to commemorate Tera on gaining 480 experience for just running. I don't know what CR the calories were, but she killed'em good.

What did you guys think of your first combat?

the calories are easy, it's the stiff joints that had the High CR.


Male Human Wizard 3, +5 Initiative, +6 Perception, AC 11 / Touch AC 11 / Flat Footed AC10, Saves F+2/ R +w / W +6 HP:19/19

You mean...shin splints.


Female Human Arcanist 3/Inquisitor 1 | Hero Points: 1/3 | HP: 19/19, NL: 0 | AC 14/13/11, Cold Resistance 1 | F+4 R +5 W+8 | Per: +10 | Init: +3 | Bolts: 4, Arrows: 14, Shocking Grasp: 21, Silent Image: 5, Magic Missile: 15
Spells and Abilities:
Arcanist Spells - 1st: 1/5 | Inquisitor Spells - 1st: 1/2 | Arcane Reservoir: 4/6, Judgments: 1/1

Oh, whoops, I was talking about the armor.


If anyone's wondering, I didn't throw that in to be *completely* silly, as the explanation of how that thing got in there is quite amusing, assuming you can figure it out, that is.


That might have been the first "1 health wonder" i've thrown at a group in ages.

I might make him a trap in the future. Have him jump out, chomp at somebody, then die. Regardless, yay for another combat over.

Not exactly any experience for the combat equivalent of a half-dead housecat, however.


Male Human Wizard 3, +5 Initiative, +6 Perception, AC 11 / Touch AC 11 / Flat Footed AC10, Saves F+2/ R +w / W +6 HP:19/19

Blargh, I'm an idiot for a wizard.

>Rolls Nat 20 Knowledge Nature Check on Gremlins
>Learns that they're malicious and curse things
>Hands Dwarf a ring, and Keeps a Simple looking one for himself
>Proceeds to get cursed.

Welp, I'm sure this'll make for a great story to share with Marco - if Bannon survives....


Female Human Arcanist 3/Inquisitor 1 | Hero Points: 1/3 | HP: 19/19, NL: 0 | AC 14/13/11, Cold Resistance 1 | F+4 R +5 W+8 | Per: +10 | Init: +3 | Bolts: 4, Arrows: 14, Shocking Grasp: 21, Silent Image: 5, Magic Missile: 15
Spells and Abilities:
Arcanist Spells - 1st: 1/5 | Inquisitor Spells - 1st: 1/2 | Arcane Reservoir: 4/6, Judgments: 1/1

Well, now I've got to figure out how Tera responds to this development.


hp 28/28, grit 2/3 Male Human Gunslinger 1 / Fighter 2

Ok, GM, fellow players.

Quite to my surprise, I’ve been recently accepted into a volunteer project that will last from June 18th to July 6th. I doubt there will be much internet access where I’m going, and even then, I probably won’t have much time to post.
I have to leave Roman to be DMPCed until early-to-mid July. I may be able to post once or twice a week in this period of time, but I wouldn’t count on it.
I’ll leave in the PC profile a tactics and goals section, if there’s choices to be made. In the unlikely possibility that we attain a new level, I’ll post the new sheet too.

I apologize for the inconvenience – GM please let me know if you need anything else from me (or if you wish to just drop Roman down the bridge as retaliation… I will understand).


Roman, we're on the fast track. I would actually post the next 4 levels of his progression separate spoilers. Also I'm not totally for killing off characters, if anything your character would be a recurring NPC with his own goals that hangs back in the nexus and eventually finds his way back to your home to investigate the prison further.


hp 28/28, grit 2/3 Male Human Gunslinger 1 / Fighter 2

I reasoned that we made less than 1/2 a level in 25 days... I'm away less than that...


Hmm. True, but that's still impressive!

That aside, are you guys going to roleplay a bit, or are we waiting on me to explain Bromen's inquiry?


M Dwarf Fighter 6 / inquisitor 3 | HP 88/88 | AC:23, T:15, F:19 | CMD:25, CMB:+11 | Save (F+11, R+7, W+6) | Init:+6 | Perc: +13 , DV 60'

guess folks are satisfied watching the cursed idiots suffer.

(just kidding of course. I wanted to post a 'im still here' note but haven't had my second cup of coffee yet so it came out snarky...........)


Male Human Wizard 3, +5 Initiative, +6 Perception, AC 11 / Touch AC 11 / Flat Footed AC10, Saves F+2/ R +w / W +6 HP:19/19

Whatever seems best. For the moment, I'm feeling an impasse.


Female Human Arcanist 3/Inquisitor 1 | Hero Points: 1/3 | HP: 19/19, NL: 0 | AC 14/13/11, Cold Resistance 1 | F+4 R +5 W+8 | Per: +10 | Init: +3 | Bolts: 4, Arrows: 14, Shocking Grasp: 21, Silent Image: 5, Magic Missile: 15
Spells and Abilities:
Arcanist Spells - 1st: 1/5 | Inquisitor Spells - 1st: 1/2 | Arcane Reservoir: 4/6, Judgments: 1/1

I say move it forward.


Male Human Wizard 3, +5 Initiative, +6 Perception, AC 11 / Touch AC 11 / Flat Footed AC10, Saves F+2/ R +w / W +6 HP:19/19

Crap, Bannon got pulled over by the police - lolol.

Good move Tera. Gotta see how this plays out. I'm sure the GM has something in store, MWUAHAHHAHAHA.

(hopefully though, Giant Dragon doesn't come and eat us).


[O___o]


M Dwarf Fighter 6 / inquisitor 3 | HP 88/88 | AC:23, T:15, F:19 | CMD:25, CMB:+11 | Save (F+11, R+7, W+6) | Init:+6 | Perc: +13 , DV 60'
Tera Flinders wrote:
BTW I just want to make it clear that I am enjoying the game, and I love Bannon's character. It just that Tera's trying to avoid having anyone get hurt.

Same here- Bromen might be a mage-hater, but I am loving the game so far!


So, we're moving forward, or does anyone want to get in some conversation? This does happen to be one of those "We have information, so what's your gameplan" moments.


Male Human Wizard 3, +5 Initiative, +6 Perception, AC 11 / Touch AC 11 / Flat Footed AC10, Saves F+2/ R +w / W +6 HP:19/19

Go forward.


Female Human Arcanist 3/Inquisitor 1 | Hero Points: 1/3 | HP: 19/19, NL: 0 | AC 14/13/11, Cold Resistance 1 | F+4 R +5 W+8 | Per: +10 | Init: +3 | Bolts: 4, Arrows: 14, Shocking Grasp: 21, Silent Image: 5, Magic Missile: 15
Spells and Abilities:
Arcanist Spells - 1st: 1/5 | Inquisitor Spells - 1st: 1/2 | Arcane Reservoir: 4/6, Judgments: 1/1

I think that plan's the same.


Okay gents, here's where we are. This conversation with the dragon, so far, is going swimmingly, though I really wish the lot of you would use the discussion pages more to flesh out ideas. As soon as my summer classes are done and over with, I'll be at my new dorms a few days later, so that gives me a solid half a month to throw this game into hyper drive.

So here's the list of news:

-Another group will be running this very same path very soon, right as soon as I get things organized with them.

-I've just became the proud owner of a Intuos 5 Large Multi-touch tablet, and I managed to snatch it via bid off ebay for 345 dollars, so color me happy.

-I'm going to be drawing the maps for this adventure path and compiling all the contents of book 1 over the course of the next few months, and it's what I'll be doing on most of my down-time, aside from replying to things on this and other paths, of course.

-T1 internet is going to be awesome.

-I'm going to start streaming soon, with my tablet, all of the characters I find wonderfully amusing in my current paths, starting with my very own Dmitri Mavis via paint tool sai. I'm rather excited to start drawing them, but I'll need to get re-acquainted with the tablet first.

-Life is good.

Now here's what I want out of you guys, and that's opinions. This is a trial run of Dirge, so I want to know what's really peaked your interests and fancy.

As of yet no one's "Converted" anything to Aether, so we can't really flesh that out, as of yet.

Dirge, ironically enough, is a adventure path made with difficulty in mind. Dieing is expecting, and hell, at the drop of a hat one of you could be down in an instant. I'd half thought to make all of you level 2 to start, but I went against that plan. The encounter with this... *ahem* cr 5 wyrmling... has went swimmingly, given the diplomacy roll of Tera.

It could have just as easily went south in an instant. He's not designed to be easy in combat, but the diplomacy check was in the book for a reason. Offering healing kind of placed a bonus on that, which is just swell.

So what do you guys think so far?


hp 28/28, grit 2/3 Male Human Gunslinger 1 / Fighter 2

The only problem I have with the adventure so far is the lack of maps. PbP makes it unefficient to ask for clarification (the back and forth with Q & A would be lengthy and furtherly slow down the pace of the PbP).
Our first "encounter" was in a non-straightforward location, with the cliffs and edges and the moving bridge and everything else, and I still don't really know how to imagine the place we met the ogre in.

Aside from this, color me completely satisfied with how it's going so far.


Yeah, about that, I'll be making the maps shortly, as I mentioned prior. The Tablet actually comes in Tuesday. At that point maps will become commonplace and rather detailed. I'll also spend time drawing the characters.


Female Human Arcanist 3/Inquisitor 1 | Hero Points: 1/3 | HP: 19/19, NL: 0 | AC 14/13/11, Cold Resistance 1 | F+4 R +5 W+8 | Per: +10 | Init: +3 | Bolts: 4, Arrows: 14, Shocking Grasp: 21, Silent Image: 5, Magic Missile: 15
Spells and Abilities:
Arcanist Spells - 1st: 1/5 | Inquisitor Spells - 1st: 1/2 | Arcane Reservoir: 4/6, Judgments: 1/1

Seconding Roman's thoughts. Very pleased with how things have turned out so far.


M Dwarf Fighter 6 / inquisitor 3 | HP 88/88 | AC:23, T:15, F:19 | CMD:25, CMB:+11 | Save (F+11, R+7, W+6) | Init:+6 | Perc: +13 , DV 60'

Also enjoying myself. I get the sense that theres a LOT more going on than Im fully aware of yet which is a very good thing - tells me there's depth here just waiting to be uncovered.

Of course, adding a locked book when you know we don't have Disable Device is a little mean.......


Male Human Wizard 3, +5 Initiative, +6 Perception, AC 11 / Touch AC 11 / Flat Footed AC10, Saves F+2/ R +w / W +6 HP:19/19

I'm excited! Being a fellow artist, I hope to see some fanart of our game.


Male Human Wizard 3, +5 Initiative, +6 Perception, AC 11 / Touch AC 11 / Flat Footed AC10, Saves F+2/ R +w / W +6 HP:19/19

Okay, here's some inception style shenanigans.

> Goad Wyrmling into taking cursed rings for Book and Arcus' Tools

> Teleport back to Aether.

Simple no?


M Dwarf Fighter 6 / inquisitor 3 | HP 88/88 | AC:23, T:15, F:19 | CMD:25, CMB:+11 | Save (F+11, R+7, W+6) | Init:+6 | Perc: +13 , DV 60'

Seems like a better idea than fighting the now healed dragon.


^ Lulled.


Female Human Arcanist 3/Inquisitor 1 | Hero Points: 1/3 | HP: 19/19, NL: 0 | AC 14/13/11, Cold Resistance 1 | F+4 R +5 W+8 | Per: +10 | Init: +3 | Bolts: 4, Arrows: 14, Shocking Grasp: 21, Silent Image: 5, Magic Missile: 15
Spells and Abilities:
Arcanist Spells - 1st: 1/5 | Inquisitor Spells - 1st: 1/2 | Arcane Reservoir: 4/6, Judgments: 1/1

Except the Paladin isn't about to let someone hand off cursed rings to someone else, even if he happens to be an evil dragon.


Definitely seeing some trust issues coming out of Hana right now, and I do love it.

Sczarni

Female Kitsune Bard 3; AC 17, 13 touch 14 flat-footed; HP 21/21, Fort +2, Ref +6, Will +4; +5 Initiative, +6 Perception

Tera's such a nice person. I hate to be the Doctor Smith character, but sometimes you just gotta go for it and be a foil.

I'm having fun, but some of it is definitely curbed by the fact that I'm also feeling like my character is relatively powerless in comparison to what we're facing. I don't get to feel very heroic cowering in front of CR 5 wyrmlings and CR infinity dragon ladies. And even when I win, I fail, like with the ogre, the levers and the rust monsters, or the box and the gremlin. And then the paladin scolds me. :P

Humorously I haven't been seeing the discussion thread getting new posts since like, before July, so I was like, wow... this game's pretty quiet. Nope! You guys have been in here chatting away.


Female Human Arcanist 3/Inquisitor 1 | Hero Points: 1/3 | HP: 19/19, NL: 0 | AC 14/13/11, Cold Resistance 1 | F+4 R +5 W+8 | Per: +10 | Init: +3 | Bolts: 4, Arrows: 14, Shocking Grasp: 21, Silent Image: 5, Magic Missile: 15
Spells and Abilities:
Arcanist Spells - 1st: 1/5 | Inquisitor Spells - 1st: 1/2 | Arcane Reservoir: 4/6, Judgments: 1/1

Well, to be fair, you happened to be the one who spoke first. Tera's just a bit ticked at the moment.


Esmeralda was Cr 4, actually, and that encounter was actually intended to go messy. I may have to curb her personality to be hostile on sighting the party this next time, but I assure you, like-leveled enemies are not far into the future, and you guys actually *can* take the dragon, I believe.

Also the Wyrmling is actually Cr 6, but it's a Cr 5 because his health is practically halved, healing or not.

As for constantly failing, not so much, really. You've actually done remarkably well, considering, it's just, this dragon is, well, a dragon. They're never easy to work with, and if anyone didn't know Draconic you'd guarantee he'd have taken atleast 2 of you with him. Difference being, he'd be dead, and you two would just materialize 200 exp down.


M Dwarf Fighter 6 / inquisitor 3 | HP 88/88 | AC:23, T:15, F:19 | CMD:25, CMB:+11 | Save (F+11, R+7, W+6) | Init:+6 | Perc: +13 , DV 60'

Yeah, I don't like Bromen's chances against this wyrm.....but this situation doesn't look promising. He's one of those impatient fighter-types and the worse this starts to look the closer he gets to that "enough talk!" moment again.

Sczarni

Female Kitsune Bard 3; AC 17, 13 touch 14 flat-footed; HP 21/21, Fort +2, Ref +6, Will +4; +5 Initiative, +6 Perception

I will say that this spat is much more enjoyable than the one I had with another group on the forums. My anti-paladin was threatened by the summoner and told him that if he ever drew his weapon again he would make the summoner eat it.

Afterwards, he threw a lot of passive-aggressive vibes at me that culminated in a minion he controlled telling me off. A minion! It was confusing.

I'm glad we can both yell at eachother and hate eachother and still be pals.


Female Human Arcanist 3/Inquisitor 1 | Hero Points: 1/3 | HP: 19/19, NL: 0 | AC 14/13/11, Cold Resistance 1 | F+4 R +5 W+8 | Per: +10 | Init: +3 | Bolts: 4, Arrows: 14, Shocking Grasp: 21, Silent Image: 5, Magic Missile: 15
Spells and Abilities:
Arcanist Spells - 1st: 1/5 | Inquisitor Spells - 1st: 1/2 | Arcane Reservoir: 4/6, Judgments: 1/1

Heh, I hope there comes a point where Tera and Hana can be friends, it'd be interesting to say the lest. It's an interesting foil. Hana wants to off the dragon because it's evil. Tera wants to try and redeem him, and won't attack him because he hasn't done anything other than make a threat about touching his horde.

Once we're out of earshot of the dragon, I imagine things are going to get really interesting.


I eat roleplay up by the way. I do particularly enjoy giving bonus experience for it, as well. Wink wink, nudge nudge.

So, here's some pickup on the news.

-I'm rather rusty, and I'm no longer able to access paint tool sai, so I donwloaded sketchbook, and I literally lost my s++~ with happiness. It's such a better trade I could honestly die.

-Hana Miyahara, Bromen, and Roman's back stories have been converted into quests for the first book.

-In future installments, all characters here, will be cohorts for future players and be immortalized in the nexus as story-important NPCs that give advice, all of whom will be level 6 of their selected classes, save for Roman, who will be a Fighter 2 Gunslinger 3 Rogue 1

-I'm streaming as we speak as I think up how this dragon situation is unfolding.

Speaking of which: http://www.livestream.com/duborissden I'm doodling as we speak.

Sczarni

Female Kitsune Bard 3; AC 17, 13 touch 14 flat-footed; HP 21/21, Fort +2, Ref +6, Will +4; +5 Initiative, +6 Perception

I know, right? Hana's too calm to get into an argument unless she goes nuclear, but I'm sure Tera will push her buttons somehow.

"He can one day be good!" "yesss give me the cursed rings so I can use them for evillll" :P


Female Human Arcanist 3/Inquisitor 1 | Hero Points: 1/3 | HP: 19/19, NL: 0 | AC 14/13/11, Cold Resistance 1 | F+4 R +5 W+8 | Per: +10 | Init: +3 | Bolts: 4, Arrows: 14, Shocking Grasp: 21, Silent Image: 5, Magic Missile: 15
Spells and Abilities:
Arcanist Spells - 1st: 1/5 | Inquisitor Spells - 1st: 1/2 | Arcane Reservoir: 4/6, Judgments: 1/1

Sketchbook is awesome. Mypaint is also good, but it has issue with Windows.


M Dwarf Fighter 6 / inquisitor 3 | HP 88/88 | AC:23, T:15, F:19 | CMD:25, CMB:+11 | Save (F+11, R+7, W+6) | Init:+6 | Perc: +13 , DV 60'

well.....Bromen would rather be doing the sucker-punching instead of the distracting....and lets be honest its not exactly the BEST plan.....but if he can aether the entire container that'll get it away from the wyrm and probably piss it off just enough to focus on Bromen for a moment so you guys can dogpile him.


The furnace, without what's inside, is a masterwork furnace, which places it's price at exactly 150 gold. That's not much, but it's plenty of Iron, and the time it'd take to Aetherize it is exactly 1 minute, along with all other things.

So... You're going to Aetherize the furnace? I must say, that is a hilarious turn of events. It might not be pretty, though. The furnace will turn into a small, white sphere in your hand. There aren't any pipes into it, but the lot of the metal connected to and with it are going to disappear in tandem.

Well, all I can say is good luck, and hope the dice are certainly in your favor, because he isn't going to like that furnace disappearing At. All.

Is everyone ready to fight this thing?


Male Human Wizard 3, +5 Initiative, +6 Perception, AC 11 / Touch AC 11 / Flat Footed AC10, Saves F+2/ R +w / W +6 HP:19/19

*groans*


That's 10 rounds of time for people to converse a tad before the furnace poofs into Aether. Someone could realize what he's doing with a sense motive of 15, as you're all aware of how that works, especially Roman.

That said, he can be stopped rather easily. I've crunched the numbers and defeating this guy is far from impossible, but you'll have to play your cards right to avoid casualties...

...but then there's all kinds of sweet loot in the corner. (Which can be aetherized to gain back what you lost~)


M Dwarf Fighter 6 / inquisitor 3 | HP 88/88 | AC:23, T:15, F:19 | CMD:25, CMB:+11 | Save (F+11, R+7, W+6) | Init:+6 | Perc: +13 , DV 60'

Original thought was the BOOK might be a good idea for this crazy a55 trick, but Bromen would definitely be panicking about the forge. After dropping the hint in common he's certainly ready for someone else to suggest something better .....


Long story short, you guys have till... Hmm... Well, I get off of work at like 3:30, but I get home anywhere between 4:20 and 5:40, so you guys have until then before I progress with things as they are.

I'm quite certain Hana will be all for the idea of killing him, and Bromen has to resist the urge to throw a dwarven arrow at him from backstory alone. Bannon's been awful complacent for all of this :o Roman's done his own thing, and Tera will probably be reluctant until he does an attack.

I'm giddy with anticipation.

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