Mantisbane Pact with GM Zek

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Wow, Talia. Are you sure your alignment is CG?


Female Aasimar Shaman 9 | HP 73/73| AC15 T11 FF14 | CMD 15 | F+7 R+6 W+13 | Init +5 | Perc +21 | Sense Motive +24

Hey I'm not mentioning it in character for a reason :)

In all seriousness we should break the jaw or something to prevent Speak With Dead spells.


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Fair enough. And that's a good thing to discuss. If you don't specify what you do with the bodies, I'm assuming you just leave them lying on the ground.


Female Aasimar Shaman 9 | HP 73/73| AC15 T11 FF14 | CMD 15 | F+7 R+6 W+13 | Init +5 | Perc +21 | Sense Motive +24

Don't stress guys, if anyone can find them, Talia can!

(I hope)


Female Aasimar Shaman 9 | HP 73/73| AC15 T11 FF14 | CMD 15 | F+7 R+6 W+13 | Init +5 | Perc +21 | Sense Motive +24

Hey GM are we "together" again or is Rue still seperate?


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You’re back together at this point.


Human Inquisitor (Iconoclast) of Shelyn 7 | HP 20/41 | AC18 T13 FF16 | CMD 20 | F+5 R+4 W+7 | Init +6 | Perc +11

45 posts?

Can someone explain to me what is going on? I am back. I will level Vorya up tomorrow GM, I just drove 8 hours straight.


Female Aasimar Shaman 9 | HP 73/73| AC15 T11 FF14 | CMD 15 | F+7 R+6 W+13 | Init +5 | Perc +21 | Sense Motive +24

Damn, I drove 5 hours straight yesterday and I was wiped. Couldn't imagine doing 8.

Anyway all you missed as a minor combat encounter. Uruelleth went in through the front and grappled the cleric there into submission, while Kilarra, and everyone else went through the back. Combat lasted like 1 round where Talivar basically blinded both clerics and then you, Killara, and Makori killed them. We are still at the Hospice looking for our friends who the Sister tells us have been "released". We have just discovered a door leading into Darkness.

Pretty sure that is everything.


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Level up when you can, Vorya. I've missed seeing your posts, so it's good to hear from you. Hope everything's going well.


Human Inquisitor (Iconoclast) of Shelyn 7 | HP 20/41 | AC18 T13 FF16 | CMD 20 | F+5 R+4 W+7 | Init +6 | Perc +11

Talia, it wasn't fun. I feel like I slept on a wooden board for the last week.

Or in other words, I feel like Vorya's aged spine.


Female Aasimar Shaman 9 | HP 73/73| AC15 T11 FF14 | CMD 15 | F+7 R+6 W+13 | Init +5 | Perc +21 | Sense Motive +24

Ouch :(

You should rest up and recharge!


Human Inquisitor (Iconoclast) of Shelyn 7 | HP 20/41 | AC18 T13 FF16 | CMD 20 | F+5 R+4 W+7 | Init +6 | Perc +11

More snow, work is nuts and cat is peeing blood.

Sorry! Should get a post up in a bit. I still have to level him.


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Sounds rather unpleasant. And no worries. You've got a while before I would normally bot you. : ) I'm guessing you get some new tricks at level 6 that could be helpful, too.


Human Inquisitor (Iconoclast) of Shelyn 7 | HP 20/41 | AC18 T13 FF16 | CMD 20 | F+5 R+4 W+7 | Init +6 | Perc +11

Ok leveled.

No huge changes, +1 to BAB, more hit dice, +1 to all saves.

Put my class bonus in for the Hit Point.

New teamwork feat is Percise Strike- Whenever you and an ally who also has this feat are flanking the same the creature, you deal an additional 1d6 points of precision damage with each successful melee attack. This bonus damage stacks with other sources of precision damage, such as sneak attack. This bonus damage is not multiplied on a critical hit.

and new 2nd level spell is Zone of Truth-Creatures within the emanation area (or those who enter it) can’t speak any deliberate and intentional lies. Each potentially affected creature is allowed a save to avoid the effects when the spell is cast or when the creature first enters the emanation area. Affected creatures are aware of this enchantment. Therefore, they may avoid answering questions to which they would normally respond with a lie, or they may be evasive as long as they remain within the boundaries of the truth. Creatures who leave the area are free to speak as they choose.


Female Aasimar Shaman 9 | HP 73/73| AC15 T11 FF14 | CMD 15 | F+7 R+6 W+13 | Init +5 | Perc +21 | Sense Motive +24

Rue with the quick time events :)


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Elf Bloodrager 9| HP 100/100 | AC27 T15 FF24 | DR 1/- | CMD 25 | F+10 R+7 W+5* | Init +3 | Perc +14 | Spell slots 1st: 2/3 2nd: 2/2 Active buffs: THP: 0; shield, keen edge
Rage:
22/22 rounds | HP 118/118 | AC 25 T13 FF22 | CMD 28 | F+14 R+7 W+7* | Init +3 | Perc +14

I am a ticking time bomb of fury.


Human Sorcerer 9 | HP 29 / 47 AC 19 (Mage Armor) T14 FF16 | CMB + 3 CMD 17 | F +7 R +9 W +11 | init +7 | Resource Tracker
Skills:
Appraise +11 Bluff +17 Diplomacy +14 Kn:Arcarna +15 Kn:Geography +14 Kn:Planes +14 Perception +15 Spellcraft +15 Stealth +7 Prof:Sailor +8 Prof:Soilder +7

I completely forgot about the wands we bought:

4x wand of CLW
1x wand of lesser restoration: 25 charges
1x wand of daylight: 10 charges
1x wand of haste: 10 charges

I think Talivar would have the haste wand at least. I think it could be useful here.


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Yay Haste! While it’s a great ability, it also signals the start of it being exceedingly important for everyone to keep track of what buffs they have and when they apply. The higher in level we get, the more complicated combat has the potential to become.

While I've never participated in high level combat via pbp, I know face-to-face it can get quite involved. As such, I think it's important for us to make sure we stay on the page. To do so, I think we'll probably soon (if not now) need to start tracking things more closely.

Basically by that I mean that everyone will soon need to start keeping a 'Stats' spoiler in their combat posts. That seems to be the most effective method I've seen. If anyone else has any other suggestions, please feel free to mention them. For clarity, I basically mean a stats spoiler that has up-to-date health information, tracks your abilities, DCs, what status effects you currently have, etc.

Something like this (which I copied from a particularly studious player in my other campaign):

Stats:

HP: 21/26
Spells Prepared
0th - daze, detect magic, guidance, light
1st — [X] burning hands [X] ears of the city [X] sleep DC15 [ ] detect undead (S)
2nd - [ ] cure moderate, [X] spiritual weapon, [ ] lesser restoration (S)
Channels (DC13; 2d6) remaining: 1/3
Hexes: Chant, Evil Eye DC15, Misfortune DC15
Cure Light charges remaining 49/50

I know this will involve more work, but I think it will be much better for the campaign in the long term. It will also help keep me sane. And a sane GM is usually (always?) a good thing.


Female Aasimar Shaman 9 | HP 73/73| AC15 T11 FF14 | CMD 15 | F+7 R+6 W+13 | Init +5 | Perc +21 | Sense Motive +24

No problems GM, but I might need you to give me a little time every 24 hours to update that stat block.

So in general, theres two types of posts I can do, one are kinda like "detailed" posts which might be rp or info dumps, and others are "combat" posts. Combat posts, I can usually do off my phone in transit to / from / at work because they are a sentence or two to make / do and maybe require like, 1-2 dice rolls. Detailed posts are much harder to do on my tiny iphone and I dont usually get the time at work to complete them (as paizo is blocked @ work). Doing such a spoiler as above, is just flat out not possible unless I'm at home on my laptop.

So, I can 100% commit to doing a stats spoiler, probably every 24 hours, because when I get home I would have the time to update and type out everything on my laptop (as a spellcaster, I have quite a lot to record), but it might mean that I might make a combat post first (eg 11AM my time while at work) and then add a secondary update post 6-8 hours later (maybe at 7-8PM) updating my stats spoiler, when I get home. Does that sound fair GM?

No problems helping out, my main issue is being unable to do such a detailed spoiler on my iphone just during work hours, but I'd always be able to do one when I get home. I'm just conscious of my timezone, where sometimes I can move the game forward with a quick combat post @ work before you update a round.


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That's perfectly fine, Talia. Having Paizo blocked at work must stink. Are you in the US?

Once every 24 hours will be great. It's mostly just needed in combat, anyway, since I assume you would update your quick stats line as needed once out of combat. I know we've generally been moving at a bit quicker pace than 1 post every 24 hours (during the week, at least), but things do tend to slow down in combat, so I don't think it'll even matter most of the time. When it does, you could probably just do a post when you get home that just includes your stats spoiler (if there hasn't been another update since then).

And yeah, casters, especially prepared casters, do have quite a bit to include in their spoilers, so it's definitely not a trivial matter. You'll hopefully be able to copy/paste most of the information after you do it the first time, save for the few relevant updates.


Human Inquisitor (Iconoclast) of Shelyn 7 | HP 20/41 | AC18 T13 FF16 | CMD 20 | F+5 R+4 W+7 | Init +6 | Perc +11

Ok, that is annoying. Forum wasn't showing any new posts being made. I wondered why things had suddenly come to a halt!

Sorry.


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I was wondering where you were, Vorya. Good to see you again. : )


Human Inquisitor (Iconoclast) of Shelyn 7 | HP 20/41 | AC18 T13 FF16 | CMD 20 | F+5 R+4 W+7 | Init +6 | Perc +11

Oh come on, GM, we all know there is some horrible many armed monster in the water.


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You could always just splash around in the water and see what happens.


Female Human Slayer 9 | HP: 67/67 | AC 27* (T 16, FF 22*) (+2 vs. traps) | CMB: +12 CMD: 26 | F:+10* R:+13* W:+8* (+2 vs. divine, +2 vs. traps, +5 vs. continuing FX) | Init +4 | Perc +14*, SM +11, Bluff +11, Diplomacy +1, Intimidate +5 | Speed 30 ft. | Active Conditions: Shield

I'll happily kick you in. Haha.


Human Inquisitor (Iconoclast) of Shelyn 7 | HP 20/41 | AC18 T13 FF16 | CMD 20 | F+5 R+4 W+7 | Init +6 | Perc +11

Ooh, villain slow clap scene. very classy GM.


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Thank you. I think?


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So I only actually got a reply from Talia regarding keeping a 'current stats' spoiler up-to-date during combat. While Talia admittedly has the most to track, it is something I would like everyone to be on board with. Please chime in if you have questions or concerns. This combat would be a good time to start using it. If you're not sure how it works, please ask. This is new territory for me as well.


Female Human Slayer 9 | HP: 67/67 | AC 27* (T 16, FF 22*) (+2 vs. traps) | CMB: +12 CMD: 26 | F:+10* R:+13* W:+8* (+2 vs. divine, +2 vs. traps, +5 vs. continuing FX) | Init +4 | Perc +14*, SM +11, Bluff +11, Diplomacy +1, Intimidate +5 | Speed 30 ft. | Active Conditions: Shield

Does it have to be in a spoiler? I already have all that information up to date on my header.


Elf Bloodrager 9| HP 100/100 | AC27 T15 FF24 | DR 1/- | CMD 25 | F+10 R+7 W+5* | Init +3 | Perc +14 | Spell slots 1st: 2/3 2nd: 2/2 Active buffs: THP: 0; shield, keen edge
Rage:
22/22 rounds | HP 118/118 | AC 25 T13 FF22 | CMD 28 | F+14 R+7 W+7* | Init +3 | Perc +14

Let me know if the info in my header is good for you, GM.


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For more martial minded characters like you two, that's probably fine. I just want to make sure we're being consistent with it. As long as you're keeping your quick stats up-to-date, it should work. One of the reasons for using a spoiler is that I suspect at higher levels you won't be able to fit enough info into your quick stats lines, but you may prove me wrong. The other major reason is so that we're all tracking things the same way.

That said, as long as everyone's able to understand what's going on, we should be good to go. I just want to plan ahead as I expect high level combat will be exceedingly complicated.


Human Inquisitor (Iconoclast) of Shelyn 7 | HP 20/41 | AC18 T13 FF16 | CMD 20 | F+5 R+4 W+7 | Init +6 | Perc +11

Swamped at work today. Post and spoiler up tonight!


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No worries, Vorya. It's a Saturday, so I expect things to be a bit slower. Thank you for including a spoiler. : )


Human Sorcerer 9 | HP 29 / 47 AC 19 (Mage Armor) T14 FF16 | CMB + 3 CMD 17 | F +7 R +9 W +11 | init +7 | Resource Tracker
Skills:
Appraise +11 Bluff +17 Diplomacy +14 Kn:Arcarna +15 Kn:Geography +14 Kn:Planes +14 Perception +15 Spellcraft +15 Stealth +7 Prof:Sailor +8 Prof:Soilder +7

Is this the kind of thing you're looking for?

Status:
HP: 32/32
Spell slots used: 1st: 3/8, 2nd: 3/6, 3rd: 4/4
Buffs: Mage Armor (9 hours), Heightened Awareness (1 hour), Haste (5 rounds)
Resources used: Urea Power Component: 9/40, Tangle Burn Bag: 0/3, Haste wand: 2/10


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Yep! That's pretty much perfect, Talivar. It makes things a lot easier for me to track so I don't have to swap between even more tabs than I already do. The only other thing I can think of to include would be the DCs of spells for each given spell level (and any exceptions due to feats, etc.)


Human Sorcerer 9 | HP 29 / 47 AC 19 (Mage Armor) T14 FF16 | CMB + 3 CMD 17 | F +7 R +9 W +11 | init +7 | Resource Tracker
Skills:
Appraise +11 Bluff +17 Diplomacy +14 Kn:Arcarna +15 Kn:Geography +14 Kn:Planes +14 Perception +15 Spellcraft +15 Stealth +7 Prof:Sailor +8 Prof:Soilder +7

I always list DCs when casting spells. It gets complicated to list everything he knows.


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That works. That, probably more than most other things, saves me a lot of time. Otherwise I have to go hunting through your character profile.


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Question for everyone: Now that you're tracking your own stats, is it helpful or more confusing for me to also keep a 'current status' section for you? I realize it can get confusing if I'm listing the amount of health you've lost, but it doesn't reflect health you've lost from before the current encounter. I'll always keep a current status section for enemies, but I'm thinking it might be better to just have your characters' current status reflected in your 'stats' spoiler or quick stats lines.

Thoughts? Questions? Rude remarks? Witty Quips? Unnecessary pontificating? Okay, I'll stop now.


Female Aasimar Shaman 9 | HP 73/73| AC15 T11 FF14 | CMD 15 | F+7 R+6 W+13 | Init +5 | Perc +21 | Sense Motive +24

It's helpful for me to have you mention a current status in combat. It's a quick and easy way for me to spot how much damage I took in a round without hunting through text. I don't mind if it stays or goes but it is useful.


Human Sorcerer 9 | HP 29 / 47 AC 19 (Mage Armor) T14 FF16 | CMB + 3 CMD 17 | F +7 R +9 W +11 | init +7 | Resource Tracker
Skills:
Appraise +11 Bluff +17 Diplomacy +14 Kn:Arcarna +15 Kn:Geography +14 Kn:Planes +14 Perception +15 Spellcraft +15 Stealth +7 Prof:Sailor +8 Prof:Soilder +7

Hmm, I'm going to have to pick up a blast that don't give a reflex save next level.


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Alright, I'll keep tracking it, then. Just with the understanding that negative health amounts and other debuffs will be based off the current combat.

Not a bad plan, Talivar. Though, in this case, them making their reflex saves isn't why they took no damage at all.


Human Inquisitor (Iconoclast) of Shelyn 7 | HP 20/41 | AC18 T13 FF16 | CMD 20 | F+5 R+4 W+7 | Init +6 | Perc +11

Please keep tracking, it also a good way to make sure I/you didn't mess something up and are on the same page.


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Very true, Vorya. I definitely need correcting every now and then. As much as I would like to be, I'm far from a perfect GM.


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Human Inquisitor (Iconoclast) of Shelyn 7 | HP 20/41 | AC18 T13 FF16 | CMD 20 | F+5 R+4 W+7 | Init +6 | Perc +11

Uruelleth saying he shouldn't kill someone? Did the red Mantis body snatch him?!


Elf Bloodrager 9| HP 100/100 | AC27 T15 FF24 | DR 1/- | CMD 25 | F+10 R+7 W+5* | Init +3 | Perc +14 | Spell slots 1st: 2/3 2nd: 2/2 Active buffs: THP: 0; shield, keen edge
Rage:
22/22 rounds | HP 118/118 | AC 25 T13 FF22 | CMD 28 | F+14 R+7 W+7* | Init +3 | Perc +14

There are reasons.

;-)

I'm actually really surprised no one has pushed the issue with him about his past. I mean, Driara dropped a big hint during the fight on the boat.


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Uruelleth is actually a deep, deep cover Red Mantis agent. I worked it out with him before the campaign started. ; )


Elf Bloodrager 9| HP 100/100 | AC27 T15 FF24 | DR 1/- | CMD 25 | F+10 R+7 W+5* | Init +3 | Perc +14 | Spell slots 1st: 2/3 2nd: 2/2 Active buffs: THP: 0; shield, keen edge
Rage:
22/22 rounds | HP 118/118 | AC 25 T13 FF22 | CMD 28 | F+14 R+7 W+7* | Init +3 | Perc +14

Yeah, it was going to culminate in the big crossover event between our two campaigns.

;-P


Human Inquisitor (Iconoclast) of Shelyn 7 | HP 20/41 | AC18 T13 FF16 | CMD 20 | F+5 R+4 W+7 | Init +6 | Perc +11

I've always wanted to do a secret spy thing like that in a game. Would be interesting.

if I recall GM_Zek turned down the idea when I pitched it to him (or some variation of it) before coming up with Vorya?


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A crossover event actually sounds amazing. Haha.

I checked back through my PMs. You did indeed propose something along those lines, Vorya, though it was going to be for the Guild of Wonders. I just... I feel like actually doing something like that would feel like a low blow/betrayal to the rest of the group (besides in the obvious ways). I could see doing it with a group you've played with before or with people you know in person.


Female Aasimar Shaman 9 | HP 73/73| AC15 T11 FF14 | CMD 15 | F+7 R+6 W+13 | Init +5 | Perc +21 | Sense Motive +24

I'm sorry guys but all these NPC's you have met have been Eris all along!

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