Gods and Monsters and Heroes

Game Master Daxter

This is the story of a time long ago, a time of myth and legend. The gods used to be petty and cruel plaguing mankind with suffering. However, that time has long passed. The gods themselves have grown out of their petty squabbles and feuds and have realized that they were wasting their gifts. The gods are far closer to politicians than the lords they were in the time of old but no less powerful. In fact the gods themselves now live on Earth in the Hall of Olympieion. The building is less of a temple and more like a government building. The campaign takes place on ancient earth and will mostly center around the country of Greece and its neighboring countries.

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Male Human(Amazing)

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Male Dwarf Seapriest 4 (AC: 18[T: 12 FF: 17] | HP: 31/31(0NL) | F+5*, R+4*, W+8* | Init: +2 |Perc: +12)

”Oy! Bugger me if we aren’t a sad lot! Two pointy eared singing freaks, and two crazy longuns: one a witch without a real pet, and the other a warrior without a real weapon. By the Trident, we’re certainly not the Argonauts, are we? Still, I wager we can sing a lusty shanty given a chance!”


Male Human Bacchanal Skald 4 | HP 33/33 | AC 14/T12/FF12 | F+7, R+5, W+4 | Perc +3, Low Light Vision | Init +2 | Move: 30ft.| Hero Points: 1

Checking in - thanks for the selection DM Amazing Red - think this one will be a great game :)

Raising his kylix to the grumbling dwarf, the burly Polyοἶνος laughs heartily;

"Ho-ho-ho! Sad? Sad! Calm your seas my friend! There is no melancholy here! So come join and imbibe."

The Bacchanal beckons Varocles take a seat at the table crowded with jugs of wine, flasks of water and meze foods;

"A lusty shanty? Hah! Rest assured I have plenty... but perhaps first an ode to the mighty god you serve would placate your stormy temperament my friend!"

He chuckles, taking a hearty draught from his own cup - the wine spilling down his beard and soaking the colourful ribbons entwined therein, before he begins the verse - his voice a deep basso full of melody and intonation;

"ἀμφὶ Ποσειδάωνα θεὸν μέγαν ἄρχομ’ ἀείδειν,"
γαίης κινητῆρα καὶ ἀτρυγέτοιο θαλάσσης,"
πόντιον, ὅς θ’ Ἑλικῶνα καὶ εὐρείας ἔχει Αἰγάς."
"διχθά τοι Ἐννοσίγαιε θεοὶ τιμὴν ἐδάσαντο"
"ἵππων τε δμητῆρ’ ἔμεναι σωτῆρά τε νηῶν."
"χαῖρε Ποσείδαον γαιήοχε κυανοχαῖτα,"
"καὶ μάκαρ εὐμενὲς ἦτορ ἔχων πλώουσιν ἄρηγε."

Translation from Ancient Greek:

"About Poseidon the great god first I sing,"
"mover of the earth and the barren sea,"
"marine god, who possesses Helicon and broad Aegae."
"In two parts, Earth-shaker, the gods assigned you your privilege:"
"to be a tamer of horses, and saviour of ships."
"I salute you, Poseidon, earth-rider, sable-hair."
"Keep your heart well-disposed, blessed one, and assist those at sea."

Know we're using Greek = Common, but couldn't resist him "singing" in the original tongue. Hope you'll indulge me :)


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Half-Elf Gloomblade (4) Wounds (13) HP (40) AC (23/11/22) Saves (6/3/6, +1 vs Fear, +2 vs enchantment) CMD (20) Dancing lights (1/1) Darkness (1/1) Faerie fire (1/1)

”A fine song indeed! But do my ears deceive me? Has the dwarf said that I misplaced my weapon?” Feigning fright he looked around, held up his hand, and formed a trident. He tossed it to Varocles, though it vanished before it reached him. ”Alas! But shadows.”

A nice touch in the Ancient Greek for singing


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Male Dwarf Seapriest 4 (AC: 18[T: 12 FF: 17] | HP: 31/31(0NL) | F+5*, R+4*, W+8* | Init: +2 |Perc: +12)

I do believe we shall have an enjoyable romp.


Half-elf Witch 4 ~ AC 13 (t 12, ff 11) | F+5, R+4, W+5 | Init +2, Per +9 | HP 30/30

"Actually, that reliance on stereotypes about our cultural practices is what keeps my people oppressed. But you probably didn't know about that. Anyway, I've been writing my own sorts of songs. Well, poems. Here, let me read a few of them to you. They may be a little long." Kyronai starts shuffling through crumpled scraps of paper.


Male Human (Greek) Arrowsong Minstrel Bard 3: Init +3 | AC 18 T13 FF15 | Hp 24/24 | Fort +2 Ref +6, Will +3 | Perception+6 | Spells: 1:2/3 | Perform: 11/11

Teledoros claps at the dwarf's song. "Well done, my friend. It's a fine day that we may sit, sing, and drink."


Male Human Bacchanal Skald 4 | HP 33/33 | AC 14/T12/FF12 | F+7, R+5, W+4 | Perc +3, Low Light Vision | Init +2 | Move: 30ft.| Hero Points: 1

Song is one adapted (and featured) in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, which I believe is set during the Peloponnesian War (I've not played it myself). An online scholar referenced the original poems and songs that inspired those in the game and I've earmarked them (and a bunch of others) for inclusion in our game :) Ancient Greek when singing just made sense (and looks more immersive).


Male Human(Amazing)

Your interactions are all fantastic. The gameplay intro is up and as it says there, things are a bit sandboxy so I need you guys to drive the story for a bit. Also warning, anachronisms inbound.


Male Dwarf Seapriest 4 (AC: 18[T: 12 FF: 17] | HP: 31/31(0NL) | F+5*, R+4*, W+8* | Init: +2 |Perc: +12)
DM Amazing Red wrote:
Also warning, anachronisms inbound.

Hahaha, yeah there are!


Male Human(Amazing)

Hey, I did mention my inspirations. There will be more to come!


Male Human(Amazing)

Also for anyone who hasn't already, please put your backstory into your profile. Same for your character sheet/link to said sheet.


Male Human (Greek) Arrowsong Minstrel Bard 3: Init +3 | AC 18 T13 FF15 | Hp 24/24 | Fort +2 Ref +6, Will +3 | Perception+6 | Spells: 1:2/3 | Perform: 11/11

Profile is updated.

Hopefully I'll be able to keep posting over the course of the week but I'm in central Florida so Dorian may have other plans. I'll post when I can.


Male Human Bacchanal Skald 4 | HP 33/33 | AC 14/T12/FF12 | F+7, R+5, W+4 | Perc +3, Low Light Vision | Init +2 | Move: 30ft.| Hero Points: 1

Tweaked Polyοἶνος's name in his profile to the translation Polyoinos - brings it in line with everyone else :)

@Teledros: Stay safe mate.


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Male Dwarf Seapriest 4 (AC: 18[T: 12 FF: 17] | HP: 31/31(0NL) | F+5*, R+4*, W+8* | Init: +2 |Perc: +12)

Indeed, if I had the powers that Poseidon has granted Varocles, I'd do my best to keep you safe myself. I've got family in Florida and the Carolinas, so we'll be praying for all of you.

Virginia here, so we likely won't get the bad winds, just dumpsters of rain!


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Male Human(Amazing)

Understood Teledoros. Be safe. That is more important than a game. Even my game. :)


Half-elf Witch 4 ~ AC 13 (t 12, ff 11) | F+5, R+4, W+5 | Init +2, Per +9 | HP 30/30

Yes, be safe. Very familiar with what may happen living in Houston.


Male Human(Amazing)

Guys?


Half-elf Witch 4 ~ AC 13 (t 12, ff 11) | F+5, R+4, W+5 | Init +2, Per +9 | HP 30/30
DM Amazing Red wrote:
Guys?

Sorry, holiday weekends usually mean mandatory family time.


Male Human(Amazing)

Also if anyone needs an idea for stuff to do, there are games to play as well. You could win some fabulous prizes.


Male Human Bacchanal Skald 4 | HP 33/33 | AC 14/T12/FF12 | F+7, R+5, W+4 | Perc +3, Low Light Vision | Init +2 | Move: 30ft.| Hero Points: 1

Quick question DM Amazing Red: I'd mulled taking Raging Grappler for Polyoinos' Rage Power - but was not sure how it would interact with your Grappling House Rule?

Raging Grappler: As long as you are raging, whenever you succeed at a check to start a grapple, you can choose to deal damage as if you had also succeeded at a check to maintain the grapple. In addition, while raging, whenever you succeed at a combat manoeuvre check to maintain a grapple, you can choose to give yourself, the target of your grapple, or both the prone condition as a free action while continuing to maintain the grapple.

Grappling House Rule: Grappling Attacking while in a grapple is a standard action. Breaking a pin only reverts the target to being grappled. It requires another grapple check to break free.

Ideally I'd take this power in lieu of Good For What Ails You as it gives Polyoinos an additional attack but wanted to check if it still "works" as written?


Male Human(Amazing)

It works just fine. My house rule is really to stop monsters from full attacking someone that is grappling them. It is a buff to the grappler.


Male Human Bacchanal Skald 4 | HP 33/33 | AC 14/T12/FF12 | F+7, R+5, W+4 | Perc +3, Low Light Vision | Init +2 | Move: 30ft.| Hero Points: 1

Sweet - adds another string to his lyre (if he played one :) Cheers DMAR


Male Human(Amazing)

Am I good to assume everyone except Varocles is going to compete?


Half-elf Witch 4 ~ AC 13 (t 12, ff 11) | F+5, R+4, W+5 | Init +2, Per +9 | HP 30/30

If magic or archery are allowed, Kyronai will give it a go. Otherwise I don't see much point.


Male Human(Amazing)

Archery is allowed as is nonlethal magic. I will move us along later tonight.


Male Human(Amazing)

Alright, so like I mentioned during parts like these I need some extra effort and more posting so things don't drag.


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Male Human(Amazing)

Believe it or not I want you guys to succeed. I think I just need to tweak things a bit.


Half-Elf Gloomblade (4) Wounds (13) HP (40) AC (23/11/22) Saves (6/3/6, +1 vs Fear, +2 vs enchantment) CMD (20) Dancing lights (1/1) Darkness (1/1) Faerie fire (1/1)

Luckily I’m having good dice rolls!


Male Human(Amazing)

Yea apparently.


Male Human Bacchanal Skald 4 | HP 33/33 | AC 14/T12/FF12 | F+7, R+5, W+4 | Perc +3, Low Light Vision | Init +2 | Move: 30ft.| Hero Points: 1

The rest of us got the bad rolls out of the way for you :)


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Half-Elf Gloomblade (4) Wounds (13) HP (40) AC (23/11/22) Saves (6/3/6, +1 vs Fear, +2 vs enchantment) CMD (20) Dancing lights (1/1) Darkness (1/1) Faerie fire (1/1)

I am humbled by your generosity.


Half-elf Witch 4 ~ AC 13 (t 12, ff 11) | F+5, R+4, W+5 | Init +2, Per +9 | HP 30/30

How close was Kyronai to beating Lobo?


Male Human(Amazing)
Kyronai wrote:
How close was Kyronai to beating Lobo?

You did about half his hp in damage.


Half-elf Witch 4 ~ AC 13 (t 12, ff 11) | F+5, R+4, W+5 | Init +2, Per +9 | HP 30/30
DM Amazing Red wrote:
Kyronai wrote:
How close was Kyronai to beating Lobo?
You did about half his hp in damage.

Bleah. I should have used more spells, but I didn't know how many rounds there would be, and I didn't want to use them all up and then not have any when I faced stronger opponents.


Male Human(Amazing)

So the party has the rest of the in-game day to whatever you like. I will move us along later tonight.


Male Human(Amazing)

You guys can go ahead and take your turns and you dont need me to chime in.


Half-Elf Gloomblade (4) Wounds (13) HP (40) AC (23/11/22) Saves (6/3/6, +1 vs Fear, +2 vs enchantment) CMD (20) Dancing lights (1/1) Darkness (1/1) Faerie fire (1/1)

If your next round doesn’t break Invisibility and I can’t beat your Stealth roll, then just assume I’m going total defense again to keep this moving.


Male Dwarf Seapriest 4 (AC: 18[T: 12 FF: 17] | HP: 31/31(0NL) | F+5*, R+4*, W+8* | Init: +2 |Perc: +12)

Am heading out of town this weekend. Will be back Sunday evening.


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Male Human(Amazing)

Championship Belt: The "Big Gold Belt" has a giant gold plate on the front with a carving of Greece etched onto it along with 2 matching side plates with the winner's name also carved on it. When worn in the belt slot or alternatively over the shoulder in the back slot, this belt gives the wearer a +1 sacred bonus on str-based skill checks, strength checks, and cha-based skill checks and charisma checks. The belt may hide some other powers that may be unlocked later on.


Half-elf Witch 4 ~ AC 13 (t 12, ff 11) | F+5, R+4, W+5 | Init +2, Per +9 | HP 30/30

Heh. I had Kyronai cast detect magic on the belt before I saw this post.


Male Human(Amazing)

I think you guys have missed the 2nd part of my post.


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Half-elf Witch 4 ~ AC 13 (t 12, ff 11) | F+5, R+4, W+5 | Init +2, Per +9 | HP 30/30

Okay, my wife just sent me this.


Male Human Bacchanal Skald 4 | HP 33/33 | AC 14/T12/FF12 | F+7, R+5, W+4 | Perc +3, Low Light Vision | Init +2 | Move: 30ft.| Hero Points: 1

Given the timezone difference (believe you guys are all in the US, while i'm in the UK) I'm chiming in where I can - hope Polyoinos' comments and japes aren't coming across as frivolous or derailing - much easier for me to post something like that up quick and in-line with the flow of thought that you lot are running with :)


Half-elf Witch 4 ~ AC 13 (t 12, ff 11) | F+5, R+4, W+5 | Init +2, Per +9 | HP 30/30

I love Polyoinos! I think you're doing a great job with him.

And yeah, disparate posting times is one of the things you have to accept with PbP.


Male Human(Amazing)

Effort is what matters most. Your posts always enhance the situation.


Half-Elf Gloomblade (4) Wounds (13) HP (40) AC (23/11/22) Saves (6/3/6, +1 vs Fear, +2 vs enchantment) CMD (20) Dancing lights (1/1) Darkness (1/1) Faerie fire (1/1)

Polyoinos Is great! Even if he didn’t cast a single spell or provide any buffs, I’d still find him to be an integral part of the group.


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Half-elf Witch 4 ~ AC 13 (t 12, ff 11) | F+5, R+4, W+5 | Init +2, Per +9 | HP 30/30

(But the spells and buffs would still probably help. Hint hint.)


Male Human Bacchanal Skald 4 | HP 33/33 | AC 14/T12/FF12 | F+7, R+5, W+4 | Perc +3, Low Light Vision | Init +2 | Move: 30ft.| Hero Points: 1

All good my friends - and hint taken lol.


Male Dwarf Seapriest 4 (AC: 18[T: 12 FF: 17] | HP: 31/31(0NL) | F+5*, R+4*, W+8* | Init: +2 |Perc: +12)

I'm taking Cub Scouts camping this weekend, so I will be offline until Sunday evening.

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