GMDQ's Skull and Shackles

Game Master DeathQuaker

A small band of mariners find themselves press-ganged into service on the Wormwood, led by the fearsome Barnabas Harrigan. Will they turn their misfortune to glory on the high seas, or will folly lead them to an ignominious watery death?


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Who wants a plague mask? I'll probably grab one for Lark under the "every bit helps" theory.

It seems like masks take the head slot for equipment. So, if you've got a fancy hat like Lark it may be an either-or choice. Do I have that right?


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Yes, it is a head slot so you cannot benefit from it and your hat at the same time.


Female Changeling? Magician 20

Grab one for me. I still haven't gotten a hat, fancy or otherwise, so I'm good for the time being.


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heck yeah Ill take one. It'll be super scary to see these plague mask wearing pirates


Female Changeling? Magician 20

Thren will of course decorate hers if possible to do so. She still wants to look her best even on a haunted island.


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Yes, it is a head slot so you cannot benefit from it and your hat at the same time.

I will also add--that is for magic items only, Lark. You can wear the nonmagical version and your hat just fine.


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As I was just refreshing the rules myself, I thought it might be a good idea to remind you that when you earn Infamy, you also earn an equal amount of an expendable resource called Disrepute. You use Disrepute to buy Impositions, which are various boons.

You have been able to buy Impositions for some time now--as of Plumetown your Infamy was 18 and with Lark, Corwin, and Kahuranga's braggadocio, it is now 19. You haven't spent any Disrepute, so you have 19 points of that.

my summary of this system is here.

That summary links to the full rules as well, and the Impositions you can buy are here (from the page linked in the summary): https://beyond-the-shore.obsidianportal.com/wikis/impositions

You can only buy Disgraceful Impositions right now. If you earn one more point of Infamy, you can also buy Despicable ones. (And you're aiming for a Despicable Infamy to be able to qualify for Free Captaincy).

I realize you may not have anything you want to buy immediately, but this is important to bear in mind for your adventures forthcoming, as they can help give you a much needed edge in a pinch.


Male Sylph Witch 7 |HP: 49/49| AC/T/FF 19/15/16| F 2 R 4 W 5 CMD 17| Init +3, Per +3, Prof (Sailor) +1

My posting will be erratic this week due to work. Bot me as necessary. I'll try to keep up.


Female Changeling? Magician 20

I think the team's ready for the curtain to rise! Though I'm concerned about The Norv, you with us yet m'man?

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He hasn't checked in a bit to the game that he is running, and he normally is fairly communkcatove. I plan on emailing him soon if he doesn't check in soon. Hopefully all's ok, he just got stuck underneath moving complications.


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And yes, you've got 2 days to curtain, say what you're doing or of you are ready to move on.


Female Changeling? Magician 20

Ready to move on. Thren's gonna be too occupied to cause trouble :)


I just dropped in a post covering two more info-gathering trips for Lark. I'm fine if you want to resolve either or both based on just the text and dice rolls I included. I'm ready to visit the opera, I just wanted to get those out while I was thinking about it.


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I hope to respond soon (sometime tomorrow). I've had kind of a frustrating week but I am not going to go into it. Lark, I really like what you posted, the detail of your describing how you are going about things, and your pulling from your background for some extra weight to what you are doing; take a hero point.


Thanks! I hope your week/end gets better.


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Thank you.

Given the site was down almost all day yesterday, I'm going to give some folks some time to respond.


Female Changeling? Magician 20

I'm thinking with this buildup the opera will be one hell of a show (pun intended)!

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Bear with me folks, am trying to keep up. Have been having continual car trouble among other appointments and obligations (my car overall has been good to me lo these many years, but it's getting old. Check engine light came on last week... turned out to be an unfortunately expensive repair, but it involved replacing a part I knew was about time for it to be replaced. Annoying thing is check engine light keeps coming back on after that and keep having to take it back to the shop. Really annoying! But mechanic is being very reasonable... gave me free Lyft rides and now a loaner car without issue, and waiving some of the diagnostic/labor fees.) Sometimes I have time to post and sometimes I have time to properly prep but not both at once.


Female Changeling? Magician 20

No problem. Go deal with what you've got to deal with, we'll be here.


Good luck with your car woes, DQ!


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Update coming on Monday. Both my weekend obligations (family and religious community) went way longer than expected, plus got a fun allergy attack! Apologies for delay.


Female Changeling? Magician 20

Just a thought: are you allergic to your family like I am with my family? :) I'm sure you're not allergic to your religion!

Ok, jokes in poor taste over, looking forward to the post, now got FF6 in my head!

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Actually, it was my religion, technically. The regional meeting I had to go took place in a community that has very old meeting house (built in 1775). There was a distinct scent that suggests LOTS of dust and mold. Fortunately the bulk of their activities were in the brand new adjacent community house, but just an hour of meeting for worship in the old building was enough to trigger the snot fountain (you're welcome for that mental image). The community is aware of the issue; I'm sure remediation in a historic (officially registered) building is complicated and expensive.


Female Changeling? Magician 20

Ok, that was definitely unexpected that it'd be something like that. And remediation would also be slow; the bureaucracy is likely impressive.


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Ooo, imps up on the catwalk! Four ton weight maybe? Five minutes to act? ROFL


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BTW I have emailed the Norv (later than I intended, but a few days ago). I have heard nothing. He also has not checked into the game he's been running. This is unlike him--he has sometimes been sucked into school year starts and the like but I just checked and he's been off the boards entirely for at least six weeks. I very much hope he is okay.

(At the same time, I am also aware of several PBP participants who, after a long radio silence, get embarrassed about disappearing and never check in, choosing to leave everyone in the lurch rather than own up and just try to do better next time. I wish they wouldn't do that because you have no idea if they're just embarrassed or unexpectedly dead, and embarrassment is a poor reason not to show up, especially when it leaves people otherwise wondering if you're dead. It's possible this is the case, but he's never struck me as the kind of person who would do that, so I am assuming he is at least without reliable internet access due to his move or at worst dealing with an emergent illness or family issue.)

Unfortunately it is my policy that if a player disappears without warning or explanation for several weeks at a time, that their character gets written out of the game. (And his last message was that while he was distracted due to the move he was planning to post soon, so he didn't warn about an extended absence.)

If the Norv's circumstances turn out to have been understandable, we can certainly invite him back.

Fortunately we are in a good spot to separate from Emberar. The city is full of Gholgan ruins which he would be fascinated by and want to study. I'll bring this in the appropriate point in game, but we'll say he has opted to stay and study, but also serve as the cavalry if things get really bad in Yoha's Graveyard. He will give you a feather token to communicate with him if you need help, and/or if you do not return from Yoha's Graveyard in a week's time, he and some hirelings will come to investigate and at least rescue any crew left on the ship, if you are lost in the jungle somewhere.

Threnody has some healing capabilities, and moreover a cleric cohort who is capable of casting one of the most important spells you will need on that island.


Female Changeling? Magician 20

I've been worried about what's going on with him too. Hopefully all's well.

On that note I'm off this weekend to see friends and family in PA, so bot me as needed. I shall return Monday night or Tuesday morning.


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Give them my best!


I hope the Norv is OK.

Lathiira - have a good trip!


Female Changeling? Magician 20

It was indeed a great trip. Wonderful travel weather. Made the Manhattan trip. Saw part of a Korean pride parade and dodged NY Comiccon. Hid on Sunday. Caught up with my sister. Great trip. I did say hello for you GMDQ.


Sounds awesome.


Female Changeling? Magician 20

We're all quiet, all well?

Also, a note for our expedition to come: Thren has minor healing abilities in the form of knowing cure light wounds and a wand of the same at less than half strength. So let's not get too crazy with taking damage when we get there. I'd planned at next level to swap out a spell from my 2nd level repertoire for cure moderate wounds but that won't help when we get there. So let's try this strange idea of being smart :)

In the meantime, what's going on in the catwalk hmm?


Hopefully the catwalk will be a cakewalk. We need to make sure Threnody is back on stage to receive her standing ovation!

I think GMDQ mentioned earlier that Sandara has a spell that'd be very helpful on the island. If she's there that's another healer. Lathiira, do you have any hesitation about bringing Sandara along to the island of foggy death?


Male Sylph Witch 7 |HP: 49/49| AC/T/FF 19/15/16| F 2 R 4 W 5 CMD 17| Init +3, Per +3, Prof (Sailor) +1

I have a wand of cure moderate with 35 charges and a wand of cure light with only 5 charges. I probably need to replace the cure light wand here if that is possible.


Female Changeling? Magician 20

I have no problems with Sandara coming along. She'd likely realize that Sunstruck wandered off and that we need someone with common sense along.


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hey guys, I'll be travelling for the next few days. Apologies. Please bot me as needed.


Safe travels!

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Well, my Congressman passed away. This is really terrible. He was a really good person by my estimation, and was extremely responsive to his constituents, moreso than any other elected representative I've had.

I know this is a weird place to mention this, but I'm just sort of stunned and need to express it somewhere. I obviously didn't know him personally (I might have shook his hand in a reception line or something, but that's about it), but I've always considered him very inspiring. Peace to his family and close ones.


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See you when you're back Corwin!


GMDQ - I saw that headline this morning, shocking and very sad. It's a real loss on many, many levels.


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BTW I did hear from the Norv a couple days ago. After moving he got hit by grad school like a truck. He said he was hoping to get back into things soon. I hope he is able to join when he can, but I also encouraged him to do whatever he needed to carry on with his priorities.

For now I am still going to operate with Emberar sticking around town in the background; if he is able to join in I can work a way to get him back in later.


Female Changeling? Magician 20

Good to hear he's ok other than grad school blues.

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