War for the Crown with DM Vayelan

Game Master vayelan

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Lidia Espinosa Paladin (Shining Knight) 5 | HP 44/44 | AC 24 T 11 FF 23 | Ft +7 Rf +4 Wi +8 | Init +3 | Perc +5 l CMD 18 l Smite 1/2 l Lay 4/4

It has been done.


Investigator 6 / Swashbuckler 1 | HP: 59/59 | AC: 21 (T: 15, F: 18 | CMB: +5, CMD: 18 | F: +5, R: +10, W: +6 | Init: +7 | Perc: +10, SM: +11 | Speed 30' | Inspiration 7/8 | Panache 6/6 | Phrenic Pool 3/3

I was accepted into another WftC campaign so I've jumped over to it.

Best of luck with your recruitment guys! If you find a DM and need to pick up a new player (or more), you could take a look at the recruitment thread for the other campaign.

One of the characters in particular,
Photinè Michèle
was really excellent. I was very surprised she wasn't picked for the other one, and she seems like a good Amandine replacement. There are plenty of others as well.

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Lidia Espinosa Paladin (Shining Knight) 5 | HP 44/44 | AC 24 T 11 FF 23 | Ft +7 Rf +4 Wi +8 | Init +3 | Perc +5 l CMD 18 l Smite 1/2 l Lay 4/4

Thanks for letting us know Amandine. I hope you have a good game.

Alright folks, who's still around?


Male Human [Taldan] Cleric (Evangelist) 1 | AC 14 T 10 FF 14 | HP 9/9 | F +3 R +0 W +5 | Init +0 | Perception +8

Still around~


Senate Dossier | Loot Log | Female Human Druid (Swarm Monger) 4 | AC 16 T 13 FF 13 | HP 31/31 | F +8 R +3 W +6 (+4 vs. pois/dise) | Init +2 | Perc +11 | Active Status:: -none-

I'm here too!


Male Human

Present.


Hello everyone. With your leave, I will be taking over as GM to continue the campaign. I've read over the Gameplay log, and now I am getting acquainted with the character backgrounds and familiarizing myself with the Gala portion of the AP book.

We should have the game running again by this evening.


Senate Dossier | Loot Log | Female Human Druid (Swarm Monger) 4 | AC 16 T 13 FF 13 | HP 31/31 | F +8 R +3 W +6 (+4 vs. pois/dise) | Init +2 | Perc +11 | Active Status:: -none-

Awesome! Let me know if you have questions on anything you see in Chana's profile. Also, let us know what kind of expectations/thoughts you may have for the campaign.

Big thumbs up from me for taking this on. It looks like a real doozy to GM for, so your willingness (and bravery :>) to do so is really appreciated.

Based on my past experience with games that slow down or sit idle for a bit, it'll take a little while to get up and running again, so bear with us!


Human Arcanist (Harrow Student) 4 | HP 18/18 | AC 11 T 11 FF 10 | Fort +1 Ref +2 Will +5 | Spells L1 5/5 L2 2/2 | Arcane Reservoir 7/7 | Active Effects: none

Hey, my wife has been following this thread and noticed that Amandine recommended me! I was asked to join another WFTC campaign, but it seems to have died before it started (and honestly it didn't feel like a good fit anyways). Not trying to insert myself, but if y'all decide to pick up another player I would love to be considered. If not, it's still super flattering to have been mentioned, and best of luck to everyone!


Male Human

Hey DM Vayelan! Many thanks for taking this on.

Photine, I have no objections - but it's probably up to the new DM on whether they feel they can take on a new PC.


I would welcome the addition.

As long as there are no objections among the other players, Photine is more than welcome to join our cast.


Human Arcanist (Harrow Student) 4 | HP 18/18 | AC 11 T 11 FF 10 | Fort +1 Ref +2 Will +5 | Spells L1 5/5 L2 2/2 | Arcane Reservoir 7/7 | Active Effects: none

Awesome! Provided everyone else is okay having me on board, @DM Vayelan is there a certain way you’d want me to introduce Photiné, or could I just hop in and say Martella met with her separately?


@Photiné, I imagine you would be part of the crowd gathered around to hear the princess' address, giving you an opportunity to introduce yourself to the party afterwards.

Given the political cloak and dagger nature of the evening, though, it seems unlikely that the party would simply accept a random new acquaintance into their mission.

Therefore, it would probably be best to introduce Photiné as an existing agent of Martella's, brought along as additional help to ensure things go smoothly - and to also ensure that Martella actually gets to enjoy a gala, for once!

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Lidia Espinosa Paladin (Shining Knight) 5 | HP 44/44 | AC 24 T 11 FF 23 | Ft +7 Rf +4 Wi +8 | Init +3 | Perc +5 l CMD 18 l Smite 1/2 l Lay 4/4

Welcome Photine!


Human Arcanist (Harrow Student) 4 | HP 18/18 | AC 11 T 11 FF 10 | Fort +1 Ref +2 Will +5 | Spells L1 5/5 L2 2/2 | Arcane Reservoir 7/7 | Active Effects: none

Makes sense! Thanks y'all, I'm excited, this is a great group of characters.


Investigator 6 / Swashbuckler 1 | HP: 59/59 | AC: 21 (T: 15, F: 18 | CMB: +5, CMD: 18 | F: +5, R: +10, W: +6 | Init: +7 | Perc: +10, SM: +11 | Speed 30' | Inspiration 7/8 | Panache 6/6 | Phrenic Pool 3/3

Cool! I'm glad you guys are up and running again. Enjoy!


I was reviewing the gameplay thread to double check who was undertaking which mission, but I couldn't quite be sure of what was decided.

Also, since Photinè is replacing Amandine, we may want to reevaluate the mission assignments anyhow.

So, just to be sure, who's doing what?


Male human bard (court fool) 2; HP 17/17; AC 15; Perception +4; Initiative +3

I believe it was something like this:

Aide- Olivia

Discovery- Damrak

Fraud- Fraud

Spy- Tanglefoot

Theft- Amandine

Politicking- Khalil

Sabotage- Amandine

Tanglefoot can potentially take theft.


Senate Dossier | Loot Log | Female Human Druid (Swarm Monger) 4 | AC 16 T 13 FF 13 | HP 31/31 | F +8 R +3 W +6 (+4 vs. pois/dise) | Init +2 | Perc +11 | Active Status:: -none-

Welcome Photine! Really glad we managed to pick you up and get a full 6 man group going.

As for mission assignments, I think Fraud was not being done by 'Fraud' but by Chana! :D


Male human bard (court fool) 2; HP 17/17; AC 15; Perception +4; Initiative +3
Chiara "Chana" Durante wrote:

Welcome Photine! Really glad we managed to pick you up and get a full 6 man group going.

As for mission assignments, I think Fraud was not being done by 'Fraud' but by Chana! :D

Lol, oops.


The next scripted event is a "check in" from Martella. We can use this opportunity to formally introduce Photinè to the group.

Also, I would endorse Chana's new nickname or middle name being "Fraud."
"Can I do this? Of course! Fraud's my middle name."


Human Arcanist (Harrow Student) 4 | HP 18/18 | AC 11 T 11 FF 10 | Fort +1 Ref +2 Will +5 | Spells L1 5/5 L2 2/2 | Arcane Reservoir 7/7 | Active Effects: none

I can take Sabotage and can aid with almost any other mission!


Senate Dossier | Loot Log | Female Human Druid (Swarm Monger) 4 | AC 16 T 13 FF 13 | HP 31/31 | F +8 R +3 W +6 (+4 vs. pois/dise) | Init +2 | Perc +11 | Active Status:: -none-

I've been having a heck of a hard time keeping what Chana knows about the various nobility straight, so I made myself a little dossier and filled it in with what info she's been exposed to so far. I have a link to it in my stat bar.

If anyone else wants to do the same, feel free to make a copy of the sheet for yourself and adjust it to match what your character knows.


Excellent. Thank you for taking the initiative to put that together, Chana. With such an NPC-intensive AP, documents like that are essential.


Human Arcanist (Harrow Student) 4 | HP 18/18 | AC 11 T 11 FF 10 | Fort +1 Ref +2 Will +5 | Spells L1 5/5 L2 2/2 | Arcane Reservoir 7/7 | Active Effects: none

I’m traveling today, I’ll be able to post later tonight.

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Lidia Espinosa Paladin (Shining Knight) 5 | HP 44/44 | AC 24 T 11 FF 23 | Ft +7 Rf +4 Wi +8 | Init +3 | Perc +5 l CMD 18 l Smite 1/2 l Lay 4/4

Pardon me for my lateness. I've had a really rough week

Post should be up soon

I'll give the dossier a look, Chana


Male Human

Oops. Forgot the -2 on my roll for leaving the Princess' speech early.

My bad.


Human Arcanist (Harrow Student) 4 | HP 18/18 | AC 11 T 11 FF 10 | Fort +1 Ref +2 Will +5 | Spells L1 5/5 L2 2/2 | Arcane Reservoir 7/7 | Active Effects: none

Traveling back home today, I’ll post this evening!


Senate Dossier | Loot Log | Female Human Druid (Swarm Monger) 4 | AC 16 T 13 FF 13 | HP 31/31 | F +8 R +3 W +6 (+4 vs. pois/dise) | Init +2 | Perc +11 | Active Status:: -none-

I think I'll hold off for a bit to allow Khalil and Olivia to catch up with their social rounds.

I just wanted to say, Vayelan, I'm really blown away with the interesting stuff that's coming out of our influence and other social round rolls. I'm not sure how much of that is directly baked into the written content in the AP and how much is your own improvisation based on what's provided, but either way I'm impressed and I'm really enjoying it :>

Happy 4th of July to all the US-based folks!


Chiara "Chana" Durante wrote:

I just wanted to say, Vayelan, I'm really blown away with the interesting stuff that's coming out of our influence and other social round rolls. I'm not sure how much of that is directly baked into the written content in the AP and how much is your own improvisation based on what's provided, but either way I'm impressed and I'm really enjoying it :>

Well, that just made my day! Thank you!

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Lidia Espinosa Paladin (Shining Knight) 5 | HP 44/44 | AC 24 T 11 FF 23 | Ft +7 Rf +4 Wi +8 | Init +3 | Perc +5 l CMD 18 l Smite 1/2 l Lay 4/4

Thanks Chana, sorry for falling behind

Regarding the comment about no slight of hand for the theft mission, I'm wondering if I could potentially use my heritage and convince Miss Vau to let me take back the items.

At first, I was planning to either stay far away from the theft mission, or help facilitate it, but now I'm wondering...


Male human bard (court fool) 2; HP 17/17; AC 15; Perception +4; Initiative +3
Lady Olivia Vernisant wrote:


Regarding the comment about no slight of hand for the theft mission, I'm wondering if I could potentially use my heritage and convince Miss Vau to let me take back the items.

I was wondering something similar. If that doesn't work, could Bluff be used to try to concoct some story about the items needed to be taken away for cleaning or restoration or something?

Also I want to second Chana's comments about your performance as GM so far. Your responses are incredibly detailed, and it really helps get the feeling of being at a large social event with lots of interesting personalities.


For the Theft mission, in lieu of Sleight of Hand, I think a convincing Bluff could work pretty well. When the time comes, let's see how convincing you guys can be.


Male Human

@DM - just to second what the others have said, this is excellent and that tracker in particular is incredibly useful.

Can I just check though that Countess Pace is still un-influenced? Also, did we not discover during the speech that her true loyalties are to herself?

She's one of my targets so I just wanted to check that her details are up to date.


Countess Pace remains un-influenced. Based on what you've observed about her, I will say that you have suspicions about her true loyalties but not solid evidence that can be brought to Martella.

As a result, I will give you a +2 bonus on Influence checks to put her at ease and a +4 to the Sense Motive check to confirm her attitude and complete her half of the Discovery Mission.


Male Human [Taldan] Cleric (Evangelist) 1 | AC 14 T 10 FF 14 | HP 9/9 | F +3 R +0 W +5 | Init +0 | Perception +8

Yeah I'll confess I wasn't prepared to get back into this game as quickly. Id sort of given up hope for it after so long with no replies. So it took me a bit to get back into the head space to play Khalil and an intrigue game. But for what its worth I am gonna try to be more active. You're doing an amazing job Vayelan, thanks again for taking over.


Human Arcanist (Harrow Student) 4 | HP 18/18 | AC 11 T 11 FF 10 | Fort +1 Ref +2 Will +5 | Spells L1 5/5 L2 2/2 | Arcane Reservoir 7/7 | Active Effects: none

I'll get a post up soon--this weekend has been busier than expected.

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Lidia Espinosa Paladin (Shining Knight) 5 | HP 44/44 | AC 24 T 11 FF 23 | Ft +7 Rf +4 Wi +8 | Init +3 | Perc +5 l CMD 18 l Smite 1/2 l Lay 4/4

Starting on the 16th I'm going to be away on a quasi-vacation to the other side of Canada. My grandfather is passing away and my family is travelling out to see him. I'll be back on the 29th. Unfortunately, internet isn't going to be a thing where I'm headed, so its very unlikely that I'll be able to post at all.


Male Human

Sorry all - got called away with work. Catching up on the gameplay posts now and will post something in a bit.


Male Human

BTW, I know I previously mentioned it, but I've now set up a recruitment thread for the Kingmaker/Ultimate Intrigue mashup game. Link to the recruitment thread is here for anyone who's interested.


Male Human [Taldan] Cleric (Evangelist) 1 | AC 14 T 10 FF 14 | HP 9/9 | F +3 R +0 W +5 | Init +0 | Perception +8

@Damrak - Yeah I definitely applied.

@DM Vayelan - So are we allowed to know a little about how the whole Weakness/Influence System works? I assume Influence is pretty simple since it appears there are a certain number of successful rolls with their Influence Skills. But how does Weakness work? Are Weaknesses always Influence Skills but just certain ones that have a bonus to them? If you discover a Weakness it is just a thematic bonus to your future Influence rolls cause you know that weakness? Like I think I learned that the Princess had a Weakness for animals. I dont know if that means that I gained a bonus that theoretically could have been spent on my Influence roll by mentioning a love of animals as well, or if really that was just hinting that Handle Animal would be a more worth while Influence skill. Just trying to understand whatever we are allowed to about the system itself.


With Influence Checks on NPCs, once you achieve a certain number of successes - usually 2 or 3 - you unlock a mechanical gameplay benefit (such as the reroll from Princess Eutropia), as well as implicit roleplaying and story benefits, such as gaining new friends and allies.

As for how Weaknesses work, once you discover an NPC's "weakness," you gain a +4 bonus on future Influence Checks targeting them. This bonus also applies to the rest of the party, assuming you share the discovered information with them. In character, it's assumed that you use this "weakness" as a subject of discussion, a suggestion, a threat, or otherwise work it into the conversation to play upon the NPC's social vulnerabilities.


Male Human [Taldan] Cleric (Evangelist) 1 | AC 14 T 10 FF 14 | HP 9/9 | F +3 R +0 W +5 | Init +0 | Perception +8

Okay great. So basically with the Princess, it could be assumed that part of why she welcomed me in was commenting about some favored pet of mine that I missed being so far away from it in the capital. Since I know she loves animals that gave me the mechanical +4 to Influence. It wasn't that I needed to roll Handle Animal. And anyone told about that could comment on similar things to attract her attention. Awesome that makes more sense to me now. I like this social engagements in this Campaign even if I dont have as many skills to participate in them as Id like. Hah


Male Human

Apologies for the delay in posting - I started my own PbP campaign this week and it took more time/energy than I thought it would.

I'm still around and will definitely get something posted up today. Sorry for keeping you waiting.

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Lidia Espinosa Paladin (Shining Knight) 5 | HP 44/44 | AC 24 T 11 FF 23 | Ft +7 Rf +4 Wi +8 | Init +3 | Perc +5 l CMD 18 l Smite 1/2 l Lay 4/4

I'm back guys, thanks for the botting. I had completely forgotten about the Aide mission. Do I have any other messages on me that need to be delivered? Or just this one I'm waiting for?

Good luck on your game, Damrak. I really liked that concept.


@Olivia: You've delivered the first message to Count Zespire. He then had you wait while he composed a new message to be delivered to Junior Senator Dou, who happens to be the guy that Malphene is intimidating.

After that, Martella has messages for Lady Gloriana (who will send a reply to Martella) and to Duke Centimus.

Finally, Martella will ask you to deliver a file folder to the archives.

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Lidia Espinosa Paladin (Shining Knight) 5 | HP 44/44 | AC 24 T 11 FF 23 | Ft +7 Rf +4 Wi +8 | Init +3 | Perc +5 l CMD 18 l Smite 1/2 l Lay 4/4

Where do I pick up the messages for Gloriana, Centimus, and the archives?


Hmmm. The book says that Martella hands over the messages for Gloriana and Centimus during the check in with her, which we just completed. I must have missed that.

Since it's reasonable to assume she gave Olivia the messages when the two briefly talked privately, we'll say that Olivia already has those two.
For the archive delivery, you'll have to report back to Martella after delivering the messages.


Human Arcanist (Harrow Student) 4 | HP 18/18 | AC 11 T 11 FF 10 | Fort +1 Ref +2 Will +5 | Spells L1 5/5 L2 2/2 | Arcane Reservoir 7/7 | Active Effects: none

Reviewing the Sabotage mission, I don't believe any of us have ranks in Disable Device--can I attempt it untrained when the time comes or perhaps there's another skill I could reasonably use?

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Lidia Espinosa Paladin (Shining Knight) 5 | HP 44/44 | AC 24 T 11 FF 23 | Ft +7 Rf +4 Wi +8 | Init +3 | Perc +5 l CMD 18 l Smite 1/2 l Lay 4/4

Thank you DM ^^

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