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HP: 25/25 | AC:17 ; T:16 ; FF:14 ; CMD:21 | Fort:+4 ; Ref:+6 ; Will:+7 | Init:+2 ; PER:+8

Hey! You can't Ninja me before I even have a chance to respond... No 'backsies' :)

I'm assuming you figured out the discrepancy was my racial bonus, yes?

Regarding tie-ins... I'm thinking Venedictus and Udaya (Cleric and Paladin of two Gods not necessarily popular in town) would probably know each other enough to exchange words and possibly stories. "So how did you get stuck in this hell-hole?"

I also imagine that Dara and Udaya, being two of the few serious weapon wielding non-human chicks in town probably have a nodding acquaintance if not a sense of camaraderie.


Udaya Udas wrote:
I'm assuming you figured out the discrepancy was my racial bonus, yes?

Yes. Just consider it payback for you ninjaing Anneke earlier with your avatar antics. ;)

As far as tie-ins, I suspect Beargle's wayward brother and Dara might have some history together: Dara eyes the big man suspiciously, "You're kin to that Zstellian kid that likes to make bets he can't pay up, huh? Tch— I don't care how big you are, try that crap with me and we'll be seeing eye-to-eye if ya get my drift. So, what's the stakes? I barely got enough coin left for dinner and a few rounds at what passes for a tavern in this pisshole of a town..."


Dara Hellhammer wrote:
Work is looking crazy again tonight, but I've put together a Skill Matrix within the Google site just like I did for our Arcadia campaign (I'll do a Language Matrix later tonight when I have time).

That skill matrix is great! Thanks for doing that!

Venedictus: You seem to have 5 skill points, but is that right? 2 for cleric + 1 Int + 1 human bonus = 4. Is cleric your favoured class? If so, that would account for the fifth, but since you've stated an intention to go mostly bard, I would have thought you'd want bard as favoured class. It doesn't really matter to me, but I just wanted to check to be sure.

That reminds me of a point: Can everyone make a note somewhere on their character sheets where they are putting their favoured class bonuses each time they receive them? It's pretty easy to figure out at first level, but later levels can get annoying. Just a simple note somewhere, for example if you have five levels in a favoured class, you might just note "3 favoured points in skills, 2 in hp" or something like that. Thanks!


HP: 25/25 | AC:17 ; T:16 ; FF:14 ; CMD:21 | Fort:+4 ; Ref:+6 ; Will:+7 | Init:+2 ; PER:+8

Dara, I just checked your numbers - they jive.


Udaya Udas wrote:
Dara, I just checked your numbers - they jive.

Appreciate the the extra set of eyes, Udaya, thanks.

As far as Udaya and Dara, given their martial prowess and tough demeanors, it's quite possible that they've been among those working various guard jobs in town. Given that Udaya has a better work ethic though (LG and all), I'm guessing that she hasn't been fired nearly as often as Dara.

"Hey U," Dara calls out simply using your first initial as she runs up to walk beside you, "I don't get these humans. They hire us to knock heads and keep people in-line then get pissy when we do! You know any other jobs around here I can do? I'm damn near broke but can't find a decent gig. Any idea if we got any caravans headin' out soon? I'm thinking to sign-on as a road guard and get outta here. What about you?"


HP: 25/25 | AC:17 ; T:16 ; FF:14 ; CMD:21 | Fort:+4 ; Ref:+6 ; Will:+7 | Init:+2 ; PER:+8

Udaya smiles at the feisty dwarf, "I'm prepared to sign on as a draft horse if it will get me out of this town. I'm nearly out of money myself. Some job better come along soon..." She pats her scimitar's hilt, "Or I'm going to have a serious 'chat' with the head of my order. Come'on, let's go see if we can scare up some legal business."


Fredrik approaches the young ladies, and gives a bow, and introduces himself, "Hello, my name is Fredrik Willians, and you probably have heard of my Amazing Illusions show I put on every week at the local Emporium. I could not help but overhear you are looking for some excitement, adventure , and dare I say, loot?" He smiles broadly at them, and continues, "Well, if you ladies would care to accompany me, we can talk further about this unique opportunity. What say you?"


HP: 25/25 | AC:17 ; T:16 ; FF:14 ; CMD:21 | Fort:+4 ; Ref:+6 ; Will:+7 | Init:+2 ; PER:+8

Sense Motive 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (14) + 6 = 20

Udaya looks skeptically at the hustler trying to determine whether he actually knows of a job or whether he, like so many other townies, is trying to make time with eligible women who don't have a price tag. "Never heard of your illusions, friend. What opportunity are you talking about?" She makes no move to accompany him without knowing more.


Male Human Cleric 1/Bard 1

No, that's a hold over from back when I had his Int and Wis scores reversed. I guess I'll have to give up my beautiful +9 Diplomacy score (which might explain why this town isn't worshiping Shelyn after his year there).

"It's Venedictus, not 'Vene', not 'V', not 'Big Man'. Unfortunately, most of the people in this town can't pay for healing even if I wanted to charge them money for my services. Besides, do you really think we need to incite violence in this miserable town in order to get a brawl happening? Just wait ten minutes; the public peace changes more than the weather around here."

He looks back and forth between Dara and Udaya. "How did I get stuck in this hell-hole? Same way everybody else did - I arrived looking for better things, and the wretched slime of the place started to drown me. The whole damned town is hopelessly irredeemable! They don't want to change, so let them rot!"

He sighs. "I don't mean that, really...but I do."


Udaya Udas wrote:
Come'on, let's go see if we can scare up some legal business."[/b]

"Legal? That's when they pay without bein' threated first, right?"

Dara accompanies her tall, dusky-skinned friend interested to see what work they can find. Upon seeing a young human step into their path and bow, she scratches the back of her neck before folding her arms in impatience as she listens to his sales pitch.

Sense Motive 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (1) + 3 = 4

Flash wrote:
"Well, if you ladies would care to accompany me, we can talk further about this unique opportunity. What say you?"

Scrunches up her face and looks over her shoulder. "Uh, is it Fred or Bill? Listen, we ain't those kinda girls, if you want a... 'lady'... try the brothel. U.U. an' I pretty much just hurt people."


Venedictus wrote:
"It's Venedictus, not 'Vene', not 'V', not 'Big Man

"No problem, Champ. Just don't get your priestly panties all in a twist.

The surprisingly hot dwarf girl wrote:
"You're kin to that Zstellian kid that likes to make bets he can't pay up, huh? Tch— I don't care how big you are, try that crap with me and we'll be seeing eye-to-eye if ya get my drift. So, what's the stakes? I barely got enough coin left for dinner and a few rounds at what passes for a tavern in this pisshole of a town..."

Bear sighs in exasperation at mention of his younger brother, "Just got that runt's troubles all paid off. Had to sell my horse to do it, too, and that was a damned fine horse." he hesitates, "Well, he was alright, anyway." He throws his hands up in mock surrender "And I wouldn't try nothin' on you, girl. I've seen you wield a stick or two in town. And as far as getting the hells otu of this horse dung town…. well, sign me up, sister."

As far as those skill modifiers are concerned... they are a mistaken carry-over from the character I used as a template for this guy. The correct number is +6. I'll update my character sheet.. thanks for the heads up.

Also, Bear's been in town for the better part of a year (working in mines or wherever else he needs to in order to help him raise enough money to bail out his worthless brother), so he probably has at least a passing knowledge of everyone. He probably specifically knows V, though, as at some point he would have ended up needign some healing - depending on the work that he's been doing. A fellow upstart mage might have also caught his eye... even if Bear keeps his 'talents' on the down-low.


As it happens, Fredrik may just have a real opportunity. Or it may just be bunk. But there's really only one way to find out...

I'll be posting the details in the actual game thread soon...


Dotting...


Darn, Ninja'd by DM, oh well.

Fredrik assumes a shocked look on his face, and replies, "I am shocked, shocked and flattered that you would consider me just your average towngoer just looking for some female companionship. Perhaps another time..." He gives the not unattractive dwarf a leer.

Noticing the ladies steeling their gazes at him and moving on, he hurriedly continues, "No! Before you go off to yet another day of drudgery, and toil with no hope of escaping it, please throw aside the bonds of caution, and take that first step to freedom, wealth and power! surely that sounds better than being propositioned by every teo bit hustler in this hellhole, every day for the rest of your life!". He waits patiently for a response.

Hmmm, we may get that brawl pretty quick, he he.


I realize you weren't necessarily talking to Bear, but he's present so…

"Okay, I'll bite, Bub. What's the gig? I mean, if it pays, I'll at least listen." He reaches out one giant hand in greeting, and when you take it, your hand is squeezed in a bone-cracking grip, "I'm Bear, by the way. I've seen your show."


Flash hastily retrieves his hand before his fingers were permanently damaged by the strong grip. "Ahhh yes, Bear, I remember seeing you, you had that look about you which I recognize so well! The look of a professional, who gives exacting detail to his profession! I am looking forward to seeing you in action!"


"For the love of—" Dara rolls her eyes and balls her left hand into a fist, "Enough speeches, spit it out!"


A guarded look crosses the big man's features, "You can tell a horse-trader on sight?"

Sense Motive DC 10:
Bear is apparently not excited about the prospect of his magical capabilities becoming public knowledge. He certainly hasn't broadcasted that information in the nine months he's been in town.

Bluff 1d20 - 1 ⇒ (11) - 1 = 10.


Sense Motive 1d20 ⇒ 18

Fredrik gives the Varisian a knowing wink, and says, "Well, you certainly should be wary of those who believe horse traders have a bad reputataion. I was saying I am cautious of charlatans, but you do not strike me as such."


"Good to see we have an understanding." He is clearly talking about what went unsaid as opposed to what was. He then cuts his eyes over to the dwarf, "You probably don't want to keep her waiting, Bub. What's the gig?"

I'm not sure why I'm channeling Wolverine here


The game thread is live!

Go here.


HP: 25/25 | AC:17 ; T:16 ; FF:14 ; CMD:21 | Fort:+4 ; Ref:+6 ; Will:+7 | Init:+2 ; PER:+8
Fredrik "Flash" Williams wrote:
Fredrik assumes a shocked look on his face, and replies, "I am shocked, shocked and flattered that you would consider me just your average towngoer just looking for some female companionship. Perhaps another time..." He gives the not unattractive dwarf a leer.

Udaya rolls her eyes as if to say, You have just proven you are yet another townie looking for action.

Dara wrote:
"For the love of—" Dara rolls her eyes and balls her left hand into a fist, "Enough speeches, spit it out!"

Udaya glances at Dara with approval and then adds, "Fred, is it? Fred, you are testing our patience."

Fredrik "Flash" Williams wrote:
Noticing the ladies steeling their gazes at him and moving on, he hurriedly continues, "No! Before you go off to yet another day of drudgery, and toil with no hope of escaping it, please throw aside the bonds of caution, and take that first step to freedom, wealth and power! surely that sounds better than being propositioned by every two bit hustler in this hellhole, every day for the rest of your life!". He waits patiently for a response.

"Buddy, you have YET to distinguish yourself from every other two-bit hustler in this place. And giving my friend here 'the eye', as you did, doesn't strengthen your argument..."

She nods to Bear politely and turns to Dara, "You wanna go see if we can drum up some real business now? I don't think Fred here has enough coins to even buy us drinks while we listen to his pitch."


Fredrik, I hope you don't mind that I took your mention of a "proposal" and ran with it. It just worked so perfectly. :)


At the mention of drinking, a serious look crosses Dara's face. "Hmm... 9 in the morning..." she looks up at Udaya, "That's only 3 hours before noon, right?"

She cracks her knuckles with her thumbs before letting her fingers drum on the head of her waraxe. "I suppose I could use a cup of ale... set me up for the day. Alright Fred, you buy we'll listen, an' if yer lucky, that's all we'll do."

With that Dara gives Fredrik a slap on the ass that nearly lifts him off his feet as she sets a brisk pace towards the tavern.

And with that, let's continue this in the game thread, shall we?"


Male Human Cleric 1/Bard 1

Spontaneous decision prompted by Dara's crack about 9am being three hours to noon. Venedictus' disillusionment has progressed to the point of him becoming a too-familiar sight at the local watering hole, drinking away whatever money he has left. In fact, it was probably while he was on his way to the tavern for his morning nip that he was accosted by the rest of the group in the street.


I have uploaded a map of Baslwief to the campaign site.


OK, just completed work on a Language Matrix similar to the one used in Colin's Arcadia game. Like the Skill Matrix, you will find a link to it located at the bottom of the Library page. (I'd put the links to these Matrices in a more obvious spot, but the site doesn't seem to let me do that.)

The only unusual thing that I found while doing the languages is that I noticed Bear is the the only one who can actually understand Venedictus. I'm guessing it is an omission, but his sheet doesn't list Common.

Also, what are the rules on starting with regional languages such as Varisian? Do we each automatically know the language of our homeland (like we do with common)?

  • If so then Fredrik, Udaya, and I each need to know what to pick.
  • If not, then it looks like Beargle and Venedictus each have 1 more language than allowed by their Int.

    Lastly, Fredrik still needs to select a language for the point he placed in Linguistics.

    Also, since Michael asked that we keep a note of everyone's Favored HP vs. SP, I've added a tracking area to the Skill Matrix for that. (This should make it much easier to maintain as we advance too.)


  • Dara Hellhammer wrote:

    OK, just completed work on a Language Matrix similar to the one used in Colin's Arcadia game. Like the Skill Matrix, you will find a link to it located at the bottom of the Library page. (I'd put the links to these Matrices in a more obvious spot, but the site doesn't seem to let me do that.)

    The only unusual thing that I found while doing the languages is that I noticed Bear is the the only one who can actually understand Venedictus. I'm guessing it is an omission, but his sheet doesn't list Common.

    Also, what are the rules on starting with regional languages such as Varisian? Do we each automatically know the language of our homeland (like we do with common)?

  • If so then Fredrik, Udaya, and I each need to know what to pick.
  • If not, then it looks like Beargle and Venedictus each have 1 more language than allowed by their Int.

    Lastly, Fredrik still needs to select a language for the point he placed in Linguistics.

    Also, since Michael asked that we keep a note of everyone's Favored HP vs. SP, I've added a tracking area to the Skill Matrix for that. (This should make it much easier to maintain as we advance too.)

  • Taldane is Common. Golarion just gives Common a name. It's the language of Taldor (basically imperial England, spreading its language across the known world through conquering and colonization).


    Ah well that's good to know. Alright, I've updated the chart to match.


    I guess I was under the impression that you got your local language and common for free at creation. I don't know where I picked that up, though, so it may have just been something I assumed.

    I mean, it makes sense to do it that way, though. If you rolled up a human with an Int score of 10 or lower, you would either be unable to speak common or unable to speak your native tongue.

    Anybody find an official ruling on this frm a book somewhere?

    Also, Laith, thanks for all the hard work bookkeeping... it sure is helpful.


    Beargle "Bear" Zstellian wrote:

    I guess I was under the impression that you got your local language and common for free at creation. I don't know where I picked that up, though, so it may have just been something I assumed.

    I mean, it makes sense to do it that way, though. If you rolled up a human with an Int score of 10 or lower, you would either be unable to speak common or unable to speak your native tongue.

    Anybody find an official ruling on this frm a book somewhere?

    Also, Laith, thanks for all the hard work bookkeeping... it sure is helpful.

    By the book, you start off knowing whatever it says you know under the section for your race. This means humans know only common and not their native tongue (unless Common is their native tongue). However, I think it makes sense for everyone to know their native tongue plus common. So if your race doesn't already allow that, you can go ahead and add an extra language. Additional languages come from high Intelligence plus one for every rank in Linguistics. So Fredrik will then end up with two more languages: his native, which would be Varisian, and one more of his choice for that rank in Linguistics.

    Just a note: As you go up levels, if you put ranks in Linguistics, I would like some sort of in-game nod to how you learned the new language rather than you just spontaneously started speaking it. :)


    Dara Hellhammer wrote:
    OK, just completed work on a Language Matrix similar to the one used in Colin's Arcadia game. Like the Skill Matrix, you will find a link to it located at the bottom of the Library page. (I'd put the links to these Matrices in a more obvious spot, but the site doesn't seem to let me do that.)

    Yeah, the site only allows a certain degree of flexibility within its template. However, I've added those links to the sidebar as well, so it should be easier to find them now. Thanks again for this great work!


    Navior wrote:
    So Fredrik will then end up with two more languages: his native, which would be Varisian, and one more of his choice for that rank in Linguistics.

    Actually, I might be wrong about Fredrik's native language. For some reason, I was thinking he's Varisian, but I noticed it doesn't actually say that in his background. At any rate, he'll get a native language of some sort. :)


    Go Chell so Bear has a really good reason to be severely antagonistc towards him. :)


    Glad to help. I figured it was easier to do it now while everyone is still at 1st level than waiting. After finishing this I went to 'upgrade' the one for Colin's game to include similar 'tracking' information.

    Hoo boy! Even at 2nd level it took two hours for that game because most folks haven't marked their ranks. Fortunately, I discovered that our cleric actually had 2 ranks left unspent because he forgot about the bonus ranks that humans get. I'm sure he'll be happy about that find. :)


    Navior, since we haven't hit combat or used any resources, do you mind if i switch Enlarge Person for Magic Weapon? It has nearly as good a benefit with far less drawbacks.

    EDIT nvm, i really like the flavor of enlarge person


    I updated my languages list, added Varisian, and Abyssal.


    Male Human Cleric 1/Bard 1

    What year is this set in? I have a blank 4707 AR calendar that I can upload to the website, although it would be better if I could change it to the appropriate year. Just let me know which year I should post?


    Venedictus wrote:
    What year is this set in? I have a blank 4707 AR calendar that I can upload to the website, although it would be better if I could change it to the appropriate year. Just let me know which year I should post?

    It's 4708.


    Male Human Cleric 1/Bard 1

    Subpage Calendar 4708 AR added under "The Story", but I need Navior to fix it so that there's a link in the sidebar.


    Venedictus wrote:
    Subpage Calendar 4708 AR added under "The Story", but I need Navior to fix it so that there's a link in the sidebar.

    Done.


    Navior wrote:
    Venedictus wrote:
    Subpage Calendar 4708 AR added under "The Story", but I need Navior to fix it so that there's a link in the sidebar.
    Done.

    Oh, and thanks muchly!


    Navior wrote:
    Navior wrote:
    Venedictus wrote:
    Subpage Calendar 4708 AR added under "The Story", but I need Navior to fix it so that there's a link in the sidebar.
    Done.
    Oh, and thanks muchly!

    Not a problem. Doing this reminded me that I hadn't updated the Rise of the Fallen calendar since the pirate attack...


    Male Elf Wizard (Admixture-Evoker) AC: 15/15/13 w/magic 23/15/20 Init:+9 Perc:+10 F:+7 R:+7 W+8

    You guys enjoy! I was maxed out with Naz's and my Kingmaker AP PBP games...I will have to stop by from time to time though to make sure you haven't all fallen out...


    Question: now maybe this is naive, but occasionally I read some of the threads on this messageboard, like one about somebody asking how detailed peoples' games are, and someone responds with something like, 'when you set up camp is a good time to get a little role-playing in', does that mean that there are people out there playing D&D without all this little banter and discussion? Characters just walk into rooms, and something like, 'Okay, you turn the sarcophagus to the green lantern. There's a loud rumble and the floor falls away. From inside the hole, you hear the sound of thousands of insects swarming up from below. Roll initiative...' happens on a regular basis?

    I can't actually believe that it's true. Somebody please disabuse me of this.


    Regular basis? Maybe. I know a few guys who could care less about in-character banter - or even good setting descriptions. They just want to kill stuff.


    I've heard of such games often enough to suspect that there are groups like that. Fortunately it's been since 2nd Edition when I was just learning the game since I've been part of such a group.


    Yeah, groups like that definitely exist. I once played in a group where the DM banned me and one other player from talking in-character (we were the only two players who were doing that). He said he didn't care what our characters were saying. He just wanted to know what we did. I quit the group a session or two later.


    Would that be one of the instances where you're allowed to point and say, "You're playing D&D wrong?"


    Dara Hellhammer wrote:
    Would that be one of the instances where you're allowed to point and say, "You're playing D&D wrong?"

    The crazy part is, the group actually believed it was role-playing, and they would speak quite derisively of what they called hack and slash. But to them, role-playing was coming up with strategy. Hack and slash was just walking into a room, killing what was there, and moving to the next room. Repeat ad infinitum. But role-playing was planning how you were going to enter a room and kill things, then move on to the next one. None of the planning was ever done in character, though. Their characters didn't have any personality, and while they gave their characters names, they never used them. They just referred to the characters as "the cleric" or "the fighter". If there was more than one of a certain class, they'd put the player's name after the class, such as "Cleric Pete" or "Cleric Mike".

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