GM Lorenzo's #10-00: The Hao Jin Cataclysm (Tier 5-6) PbP Gameday VIII

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Dark Archive

Male Alchemist 5 HP: 38/38 AC:(20)17 FF:(18)15 T:(13)12 F:+6 R:+7 W:+5 CLW Fork:47 Perception +9 , Sense Motive +5 (Bombs: 5/11) Effects: Ant Haul, -4 STR, Cogn: +4 INT, +2NA; Levitate, Fire Res 10, Targeted Bomb Admixture 5rds

Dale is here. He's currently engaged in another game for a bit longer. He'll also be leveling up to 5th at the conclusion of said game.

As far as 'who is Dale': Level 5 mindchemist (alchemist). First and foremost he's a skill/knowledge monkey with a thirst for knowledge and adventure that his physical self can't always keep up with. He tends to get himself into trouble and hopes his companions can/will bail him out of said trouble.

He's spent the bulk of his PF career in and around the Mwangii area and has the bug bites, scars, and languages to back it up. He's capable at any and every skill and thrives on fulfilling the explore and report tenets of our organization.

When it comes to combat he's a bit unreliable without all of the feats for a fully functional bomb thrower.

Grand Lodge

[Init +6, Per +11, Spd 30] M Tengu Unchained Rogue (Swordmaster/Scout) 5th [HP 28/29, AC 23(27) /ff 16 /t 17, Fort +2, Ref +10, Will +2,']

Kahwen reporting for duty. Also currently engaged in another game but should wrap up by Gameday.

He's a double archetyped unchained rogue - Swordmaster and Scout. Swordmaster lets him enter a trance for a set number of rounds per day where he can use a Combat Stance. Currently the only one he has is Crane which, when combined with his Acrobatics has the following effects - -2 penalty to Attack Rolls. +4 Dodge Bonus to AC when fighting defensively, + 7 for full defense.

Scout lets him apply sneak attack damage any time he charges.

He's prone to running around the battle field trying to gain flanking positions or getting room to charge.

He has Fast Getaway, which I always forget to use but lets him withdraw after a successful sneak attack and Resiliency which gives him Temporary Hit points 1 time per day when he goes below zero (which will almost assuredly happen.)

And finally, he has the glide racial ability which lets him make a fly check to simulate the effects of Feather Fall whenever he falls.

He's pretty good at all the skills you'd expect a rogue to be good at - Stealth, Perception, Disable Device, Climbing, Swimming, Acrobatics.

He is very proud of being a Pathfinder and can be fairly naive and idealistic.

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Welcome, Dale and Kahwen!

I'll take a look at your character sheets and let you know if I have any questions.

Let's hope we hear from the others soon.

Silver Crusade

Male Nagaji Samurai 6 | HP 51:51 | AC17 T12 F16 | F+6 R+3 W+3 | Init +1 | Percep +9 | Diplo +10 | Intim +16 | SM +

Kimiya checking in. He's a nagaji sword saint samurai 6 repping the Silver Crusade and the Order of the Blue Rose. He's a (penalty free) non-lethal focused Enforcer that tries to resolve situations "peacefully" if possible. That said, he tends to do enough non-lethal damage to kill ... a lot. He primarily uses his naginata to reach out and touch foes before they're close enough to harm him.

Outside of Diplo and Intimidate, his skills leave a lot to be desired.

I'll update his sheet to 6 tonight hopefully.

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Welcome, Kimiyo!

Looks like you've been busy since you last updated your tagline. ;-)

Silver Crusade

Male Nagaji Samurai 6 | HP 51:51 | AC17 T12 F16 | F+6 R+3 W+3 | Init +1 | Percep +9 | Diplo +10 | Intim +16 | SM +

Lots of in-person play and a few modules applied :)

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Male CG Vanaran Bloodrager 5/Brawler 1 | HP: 50/57| AC: 22 (11 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: +8, CMD: 22 | F: +14, R: +7, W: +7 | Init: +1 | Perc: +8, SM: +5 | Speed 60 ft fly| Bloodrage: 4/14 | Flex: 0/4 | Spells: 1st 0/2 | Active conditions: Shield, bloodrage, resist fire 10, fly

N'aranav is a recent addition to the Pathfinder Society, hailing from the lush jungles of the Mwangi. He is an unarmed combatant, using his brawling skills and bloodraging capabilities to move around the battlefield (including a natural climb speed) and strike hard despite his slight stature. He can augment his unarmed strikes with additional elemental damage through his blood conduit ability (magus-lite!) twice a day.

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Welcome, N'Aranav!

Now we've identified the brains of the outfit. ;-)

Please 'ninja-dot' in on the Gameplay thread, and add this session to your list of campaigns, so you'll be able to track updates.

The Exchange

Male Galtan Dictator/Thug 6 | HP 56 | AC: 24(29)* (T 17, FF 18) | CMD 21* | F: +6, R: +14, W: +3* | Init +7 | Per +10

Checking in!

I was split on which character to bring to this party but ultimately it seems I only had melee characters available in the 5-6 subtier so opted for the swashbuckler over the druid I signed up originally as!

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Welcome, Quillen!

Sounds like you're all sugar and spice.

Scarab Sages

M Human Wizard (Exploiter) 6 | HP 44/44 | AC12 T12 FF10 CMD 16 | F+5/R+5/W+6 | Per +10 | Init +2 | Reservoir 5/9 | Prescience 4/4 | Active: False Life

Checking in!
He is a wizard, he carries a longsword (and knows how to use it), and his head is full of memories that he isn't sure are his. And he thinks his name is Aroden.

The lost God of Humanity? An amnesiac possessed by a vestige? The reincarnation of a former High Priest of Aroden? An aboleth experiment of some sort? In any event, he is a Pathfinder, and trying to be a little more cosmopolitan than his memories are. The occasional "For Humanity!" battle cry comes forth, but he's not against anybody else and tries to catch himself when that happens.

His go-to tactic in combat is the divine fighting technique Iomedae's Aroden's Inspiring Sword. An at-will aura buff. He keeps a fair number of situational and problem-solving spells prepared, and a few "big guns" to use with his Arcane Reservoir. Great Knowledge skills and a few other skills as well.

The Exchange

Male Galtan Dictator/Thug 6 | HP 56 | AC: 24(29)* (T 17, FF 18) | CMD 21* | F: +6, R: +14, W: +3* | Init +7 | Per +10

Ah for a moment I mistook you for Aroden Reborn!

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Welcome, Aroden (R)!

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Hey, everybody? You ready?

Need some info from each of you. Please reply here in the Discussion thread.

Which of the following scenarios has this PC played?

#3-12 Wonders in the Weave I
#3-14 Wonders in the Weave II
#3-20 Rats of Round Mountain I
#3-21 Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment
#3-22 Rats of Round Mountain II
#6-21 Tapestry’s Trial
#6-97 Siege of Serpent

Thanks.

Silver Crusade

Male Nagaji Samurai 6 | HP 51:51 | AC17 T12 F16 | F+6 R+3 W+3 | Init +1 | Percep +9 | Diplo +10 | Intim +16 | SM +

I have not played any of those scenarios.

Grand Lodge

[Init +6, Per +11, Spd 30] M Tengu Unchained Rogue (Swordmaster/Scout) 5th [HP 28/29, AC 23(27) /ff 16 /t 17, Fort +2, Ref +10, Will +2,']

None for me. I've run one but haven't attributed it to this character.

Dark Archive

Male Alchemist 5 HP: 38/38 AC:(20)17 FF:(18)15 T:(13)12 F:+6 R:+7 W:+5 CLW Fork:47 Perception +9 , Sense Motive +5 (Bombs: 5/11) Effects: Ant Haul, -4 STR, Cogn: +4 INT, +2NA; Levitate, Fire Res 10, Targeted Bomb Admixture 5rds

Dale's current game is running long, hopefully we finish in time otherwise I can either come in late or sub in Lady Mae and Sunny. (Druid and slug companion)

Grand Lodge

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I've created our slides and enabled the shared link.

Please enter your PC information.

On Slide 1, post your icon in your preferred spot in a single- and double-file standard march order.

On Slide 2, please enter your PC's admin info for the Chronicles as well as your Perception and Initiative modifiers in the pre-formatted spoilers.

If you have a day job, please roll it here in the Discussion thread.

If you're using slow progression, please let me know.

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[Init +6, Per +11, Spd 30] M Tengu Unchained Rogue (Swordmaster/Scout) 5th [HP 28/29, AC 23(27) /ff 16 /t 17, Fort +2, Ref +10, Will +2,']

Day Job - Profession (Sailor): 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (17) + 8 = 25

Done and done and done.

Scarab Sages

M Human Wizard (Exploiter) 6 | HP 44/44 | AC12 T12 FF10 CMD 16 | F+5/R+5/W+6 | Per +10 | Init +2 | Reservoir 5/9 | Prescience 4/4 | Active: False Life

Craft (Sculpture) of the thing from beyond reality that he sees in his nightmares: 1d20 + 11 + 5 ⇒ (11) + 11 + 5 = 27

The Exchange

Male Galtan Dictator/Thug 6 | HP 56 | AC: 24(29)* (T 17, FF 18) | CMD 21* | F: +6, R: +14, W: +3* | Init +7 | Per +10

Quillen's day job is +1PP from Fangwood Keep.

He has my GM credit for Siege of Serpents.

He's OK near the front of the marching order. I stuck him there but can imagine Kimiya also wants to be up front.

Silver Crusade

Male Nagaji Samurai 6 | HP 51:51 | AC17 T12 F16 | F+6 R+3 W+3 | Init +1 | Percep +9 | Diplo +10 | Intim +16 | SM +

Done. Kimiya generally tries to be up front with his reach weapon but the stellar +1 init doesn't do him any favors. Apparently, he sucks at making beer too :(

Day Job - Profession Brewer: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (5) + 5 = 10

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Male CG Vanaran Bloodrager 5/Brawler 1 | HP: 50/57| AC: 22 (11 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: +8, CMD: 22 | F: +14, R: +7, W: +7 | Init: +1 | Perc: +8, SM: +5 | Speed 60 ft fly| Bloodrage: 4/14 | Flex: 0/4 | Spells: 1st 0/2 | Active conditions: Shield, bloodrage, resist fire 10, fly

N'aranav has not played any of those scenarios. Also, I did run this scenario at GenCon last year, so I will let the rest of the party make all the choices.

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N'aranav, as long as you're acting in-character, feel free to express your thoughts and recommendations to the rest of the team. Just avoid spoilers.

What we'd like to avoid is analysis-paralysis and unnecessary delays in play.

There's usually a player or two who is slower than the rest of the team to post or surprises everyone by being absent once or twice during the scenario.

Anything anyone can do to maintain a good, fun pace is appreciated.

Grand Lodge

[Init +6, Per +11, Spd 30] M Tengu Unchained Rogue (Swordmaster/Scout) 5th [HP 28/29, AC 23(27) /ff 16 /t 17, Fort +2, Ref +10, Will +2,']

I'm running a table in this special so I'll be working to avoid spoiling, too.

Scarab Sages

M Human Wizard (Exploiter) 6 | HP 44/44 | AC12 T12 FF10 CMD 16 | F+5/R+5/W+6 | Per +10 | Init +2 | Reservoir 5/9 | Prescience 4/4 | Active: False Life

Aroden has not played any of the scenarios mentioned.
And I have never played nor run this one with any PC.

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Pathfinders, the organizers of PbP Gameday VIII have announced that we will have to postpone Gameday VIII by 2 weeks.

The new dates for Gameday are 09 September 2019 - 17 November 2019.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Dark Archive

Male Alchemist 5 HP: 38/38 AC:(20)17 FF:(18)15 T:(13)12 F:+6 R:+7 W:+5 CLW Fork:47 Perception +9 , Sense Motive +5 (Bombs: 5/11) Effects: Ant Haul, -4 STR, Cogn: +4 INT, +2NA; Levitate, Fire Res 10, Targeted Bomb Admixture 5rds

The delay at least works out nicely for Dale. He'll be done by then.

Dark Archive

Male Alchemist 5 HP: 38/38 AC:(20)17 FF:(18)15 T:(13)12 F:+6 R:+7 W:+5 CLW Fork:47 Perception +9 , Sense Motive +5 (Bombs: 5/11) Effects: Ant Haul, -4 STR, Cogn: +4 INT, +2NA; Levitate, Fire Res 10, Targeted Bomb Admixture 5rds
GM Lorenzo wrote:

Hey, everybody? You ready?

Need some info from each of you. Please reply here in the Discussion thread.

Which of the following scenarios has this PC played?

#3-12 Wonders in the Weave I
#3-14 Wonders in the Weave II
#3-20 Rats of Round Mountain I
#3-21 Temple of Empyreal Enlightenment
#3-22 Rats of Round Mountain II
#6-21 Tapestry’s Trial
#6-97 Siege of Serpent

Thanks.

Dale hasn't played personally in any of those scenarios. I have personally played 3-21.

Day Job: Craft Alchemy, create bonus, crafter's fortune: 10 + 12 + 5 + 5 = 32 75g

Sorry to cut things so close, Dale just now received his chronicle and leveled up this morning. Happy to be aboard!

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Welcome, Dale!

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Note: We officially begin Gameday at Midnight UTC on September 9.

So what, you ask?

Please check in as soon as possible after 5pm Pacific Standard Time on 8 September for my first post, which will include a bunch of skill checks. We'll only have about 24 hours before we advance to the next phase of the scenario, so please include the called-for skill checks in your posts right away. That'll ensure we get off to a great start.

Dark Archive

Male Alchemist 5 HP: 38/38 AC:(20)17 FF:(18)15 T:(13)12 F:+6 R:+7 W:+5 CLW Fork:47 Perception +9 , Sense Motive +5 (Bombs: 5/11) Effects: Ant Haul, -4 STR, Cogn: +4 INT, +2NA; Levitate, Fire Res 10, Targeted Bomb Admixture 5rds

Dale is a skill monkey so be prepared for the non stop knowledge checks!

Silver Crusade

Male Nagaji Samurai 6 | HP 51:51 | AC17 T12 F16 | F+6 R+3 W+3 | Init +1 | Percep +9 | Diplo +10 | Intim +16 | SM +

My bad Dale - should have included a description IC. Kimiya is wearing Taldoran Parade Armor.

Dark Archive

Male Alchemist 5 HP: 38/38 AC:(20)17 FF:(18)15 T:(13)12 F:+6 R:+7 W:+5 CLW Fork:47 Perception +9 , Sense Motive +5 (Bombs: 5/11) Effects: Ant Haul, -4 STR, Cogn: +4 INT, +2NA; Levitate, Fire Res 10, Targeted Bomb Admixture 5rds

No problem. Dale would have still lead with Tien. He knows more than he should about things to makes lots of assumptions that he shouldn't because of it.

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This first bit lasts only 24 hours or so.

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[Init +6, Per +11, Spd 30] M Tengu Unchained Rogue (Swordmaster/Scout) 5th [HP 28/29, AC 23(27) /ff 16 /t 17, Fort +2, Ref +10, Will +2,']

Kahwen will take a potion of Cat's Grace.

Grand Lodge

Male CG Vanaran Bloodrager 5/Brawler 1 | HP: 50/57| AC: 22 (11 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: +8, CMD: 22 | F: +14, R: +7, W: +7 | Init: +1 | Perc: +8, SM: +5 | Speed 60 ft fly| Bloodrage: 4/14 | Flex: 0/4 | Spells: 1st 0/2 | Active conditions: Shield, bloodrage, resist fire 10, fly

Potion of Bull's Strength

Scarab Sages

M Human Wizard (Exploiter) 6 | HP 44/44 | AC12 T12 FF10 CMD 16 | F+5/R+5/W+6 | Per +10 | Init +2 | Reservoir 5/9 | Prescience 4/4 | Active: False Life

Aroden will take a Potion of Delay Poison.

Dark Archive

Male Alchemist 5 HP: 38/38 AC:(20)17 FF:(18)15 T:(13)12 F:+6 R:+7 W:+5 CLW Fork:47 Perception +9 , Sense Motive +5 (Bombs: 5/11) Effects: Ant Haul, -4 STR, Cogn: +4 INT, +2NA; Levitate, Fire Res 10, Targeted Bomb Admixture 5rds

I'll happily accept a potion of invisibility, thanks.

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Consolidated the benefits you've earned on Slide 4.

Still waiting for a couple of PCs to select their 1st- or 2nd-level potions.

The Exchange

Male Galtan Dictator/Thug 6 | HP 56 | AC: 24(29)* (T 17, FF 18) | CMD 21* | F: +6, R: +14, W: +3* | Init +7 | Per +10

Potion of invisibility sounds like it could come in handy - we'll go with that.

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Cool. Don't forget the other benefits you earned, including the potion of CSW each of you got.

Some of them are limited-use.

Silver Crusade

Male Nagaji Samurai 6 | HP 51:51 | AC17 T12 F16 | F+6 R+3 W+3 | Init +1 | Percep +9 | Diplo +10 | Intim +16 | SM +

Potion of Bull's Strength would be great.

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It's been about 9 hours since I posted your options and asked for your preferred mission and an alternate.

Thanks to Aroden and Kahwen for their posts.

Aroden - #6, alternate #1
Kahwen - #5, alternate #2

I had said we'd go with a Rule of Three, but I'm amending that to the standard Rule of Two, in order to maintain a quicker pace.

If you can manage it, please check the Gameplay thread frequently and post as often as you can. Unlike normal scenarios, Specials have a time constraint.

Silver Crusade

Male Nagaji Samurai 6 | HP 51:51 | AC17 T12 F16 | F+6 R+3 W+3 | Init +1 | Percep +9 | Diplo +10 | Intim +16 | SM +

Apologies - I started a post and never actually submitted it.

The Exchange

Male Galtan Dictator/Thug 6 | HP 56 | AC: 24(29)* (T 17, FF 18) | CMD 21* | F: +6, R: +14, W: +3* | Init +7 | Per +10

Long Tuesday for me, but I'm good with you keeping it moving as you quickly sense our PC personalities when real life keeps us away from posting for anything over 8 hours.


Hao Jin Maps

***Aid Token #3***

Passing To: GM Lorenzo

Boost: Allied Offensive (+1d8)
Boosted By: Urktar (Half-Orc Barbarian 5/Fighter 1)

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Slide 3 lists and explains all the aid tokens.

Let's not sit on these. If the team has no use for it right now, you can boost it and pass it to another table.

If you ever feel the need for one, let me know, and I'll dial 9-1-1 on the GM Campaign thread.

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