EbonFist's PFS #3-25 Storming the Diamond Gate

Game Master EbonFist

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For the discussion of things.

Silver Crusade

NG human alchemist 5 | HP 38/38 | AC 19 (T 14, FF 16) | Perception +8, Initiative +3 | Fortitude +6 (+8 vs poison), Reflex +8, Will + 3 | Active Conditions: fly, invisibility, see invisibility

Making sure my undertitle works.

Sovereign Court

M Halfelf Investigator (Mastermind) / 1, Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) / 1, Occultist / 1 AC18 [19] T15 [16] FF13 [14] | HP: 21/21 | F3 / R10 / W4 | Init: +7 | Perception: +9 | Lowlight vision 60'

Hey GM: a couple of questions...

Following helpful advice, I will be taking an Occultist dip at third for Castinus. I'll get to stat this up tomorrow- is this delay ok?

Second, a question on the Tapestry and its denizens. Since the inhabitants were brought there by Hoa Jin from other planes, is it fair to say they are all non-native for the purpose of 'Planar Ward' ?

Dark Archive

Mental Focus:
Transmutation 3/3 {+2 CON} | Abjuration 2/2 {+1 resistances}
Tiefling Magus 4 | Far Strike Monk 2 | Occultist 1 AC 21 (T:16/ FF:16) | HP: 62/ 62 | Fort +13, Ref +10, Will +7 | Perception: +10 | Initiative: +5 | Resist: Cold, Electricity, & Fire: 5

Fiata here. Just wondering which character to play. I am leaning toward this magus. I know he would be out of tier. Also have a kinetesist or a shamat (both 4th level).


Storming the Diamond Gate Games I've Played (Session Tracker)
Castinus Fulvio wrote:

Hey GM: a couple of questions...

Following helpful advice, I will be taking an Occultist dip at third for Castinus. I'll get to stat this up tomorrow- is this delay ok?

Second, a question on the Tapestry and its denizens. Since the inhabitants were brought there by Hoa Jin from other planes, is it fair to say they are all non-native for the purpose of 'Planar Ward' ?

Obviously yes to the first question, since it looks like you've got Castinus updated.

As to the Second, that is an interesting question. As with the folks at Naldak's point, they were moved into the Tapestry long enough ago that the original people taken have died off. Because their descendants were born int he Tapestry, they are actually Natives to the Tapestry and things like 'Planar Ward' don't work on them.

Now...a bunch of Apsis goons who've inhabited a temple within the tapestry and just got there...


Storming the Diamond Gate Games I've Played (Session Tracker)
Izlin Greymantle{Toku Kara Shi} wrote:
Fiata here. Just wondering which character to play. I am leaning toward this magus. I know he would be out of tier. Also have a kinetesist or a shamat (both 4th level).

I'm good with this Magus. Ichio's 5th level now and I know Bocke's replacement character is also 5th.

Quensha's playing a 4th level pregen.

With Castinus and Kal at 3rd and your character at 7th, that gives us an APL of 4.5 so we're still in the lower subtier. It would be exactly 4 if you played your 4th level so no real difference, other than Izlin may not feel particularly challenged with this adventure.

Also, I'm playing a Mindblade Magus who's going to multiclass into an Occultist and, quite honestly, I can't figure out how the rules work, exactly so seeing someone else do it would be good for me.

Sovereign Court

As I’m playing a pre-gen, I do not mind switching to Kyra if we need more healing?

Silver Crusade

NG human alchemist 5 | HP 38/38 | AC 19 (T 14, FF 16) | Perception +8, Initiative +3 | Fortitude +6 (+8 vs poison), Reflex +8, Will + 3 | Active Conditions: fly, invisibility, see invisibility

Diazepane has Use Magic Device and a wand of CLW for out of conbat healing. If someone else has CLW we should be able to revive people in emergencies. He also saves a 2nd level extract slot and can prepare Lesser Restoration (out of combat).

Kyra is always welcome but I think you should have the freedom to play whatever you want.


Storming the Diamond Gate Games I've Played (Session Tracker)

I agree with he-who-is-no-longer-Bocke.

Healing is always useful but you should definitely play someone that interests you and there are enough CLW wands floating around to work in an emergency.


Male Human (Shoanti) Bloodrager 4 | HP 40 | AC 18/12/17 | Fort+7 Ref+3 Will+2 | Initiative +1; Perception +7 buffs: shield +4 AC

Crowe comes with a potion of CLW and a wand.

As long as someone else can trigger the wand for him, I’ll stick with him.

Silver Crusade

NG human alchemist 5 | HP 38/38 | AC 19 (T 14, FF 16) | Perception +8, Initiative +3 | Fortitude +6 (+8 vs poison), Reflex +8, Will + 3 | Active Conditions: fly, invisibility, see invisibility

I count 3 wands of CLW and 2 wands of IH on character sheets. I'm not sure what the rules are regarding the goody two-shoes anointing themselves with unholy water / demon blood but it seems like we don't have any problem with healing either way.


Storming the Diamond Gate Games I've Played (Session Tracker)

I don't think we have any goody two shoes in this group. At least no one who would protest being anointed in demon blood if it would heal them.


Male Human (Shoanti) Bloodrager 4 | HP 40 | AC 18/12/17 | Fort+7 Ref+3 Will+2 | Initiative +1; Perception +7 buffs: shield +4 AC

Infernal Healing is on Crowe's list, so he can trigger that.

Also, Crowe is here to kick demons' teeth in, then do whatever he wants with their corpses.


Storming the Diamond Gate Games I've Played (Session Tracker)

Ok...that's settled, you have a reliable way of healing. And we'll be skipping what Crowe does to the corpses (though feel free to PM me with details.)

I was partially waiting on that determination before pushing forward, but I want to give Ichio a chance to chime in before we get going, too.

I like to keep a good pace, though so if there's not a post form him by tomorrow morning, I'll go ahead and push the story forward into the Tapestry.

And the Maps and Slides are up. Please put in your Init and Percep on the first one. I left the values in for the 3 folks coming back, but you may/probably need to update them.

Everyone else, get in where you fit in.


Male Human (Shoanti) Bloodrager 4 | HP 40 | AC 18/12/17 | Fort+7 Ref+3 Will+2 | Initiative +1; Perception +7 buffs: shield +4 AC

Oh, it's mostly leaving them in the mud, maybe a bit of micturating on them.

But, if he needs to harvest some of their blood for healing? Sure. Why not. He knows people who eat the hearts of their enemies to claim their power, after all.

Silver Crusade

NG human alchemist 5 | HP 38/38 | AC 19 (T 14, FF 16) | Perception +8, Initiative +3 | Fortitude +6 (+8 vs poison), Reflex +8, Will + 3 | Active Conditions: fly, invisibility, see invisibility

Demon's blood has, um, "resale value" in the alchemical markets.

Silver Crusade

NG human alchemist 5 | HP 38/38 | AC 19 (T 14, FF 16) | Perception +8, Initiative +3 | Fortitude +6 (+8 vs poison), Reflex +8, Will + 3 | Active Conditions: fly, invisibility, see invisibility

I'm GMing a new PbP game and wanted to know if anyone here was interested. The scenario is 4-09, The Blakros Matrimony, and will preferably be run high tier (6-7). There are 5 open slots, and you can PM me (Watery Soup) for details. In case all 6 of you are interested, I will roll a d6, assigning you numbers in the order I was PMed.

Dark Archive

Mental Focus:
Transmutation 3/3 {+2 CON} | Abjuration 2/2 {+1 resistances}
Tiefling Magus 4 | Far Strike Monk 2 | Occultist 1 AC 21 (T:16/ FF:16) | HP: 62/ 62 | Fort +13, Ref +10, Will +7 | Perception: +10 | Initiative: +5 | Resist: Cold, Electricity, & Fire: 5

Alas, I have already played that one. It's a fun one to be certain.

Sovereign Court

M Halfelf Investigator (Mastermind) / 1, Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) / 1, Occultist / 1 AC18 [19] T15 [16] FF13 [14] | HP: 21/21 | F3 / R10 / W4 | Init: +7 | Perception: +9 | Lowlight vision 60'
Diazepane Ketal wrote:
I'm GMing a new PbP game and wanted to know if anyone here was interested. The scenario is 4-09, The Blakros Matrimony, and will preferably be run high tier (6-7). There are 5 open slots, and you can PM me (Watery Soup) for details. In case all 6 of you are interested, I will roll a d6, assigning you numbers in the order I was PMed.

Sorry - I don't have a character for that tie, and prefer not to play pre-gens. Thanks for the offer though.


Male Human (Shoanti) Bloodrager 4 | HP 40 | AC 18/12/17 | Fort+7 Ref+3 Will+2 | Initiative +1; Perception +7 buffs: shield +4 AC

It's a great scenario.

Unfortunately, I've already played it with my conjurer.


Storming the Diamond Gate Games I've Played (Session Tracker)
Diazepane Ketal wrote:
I'm GMing a new PbP game and wanted to know if anyone here was interested. The scenario is 4-09, The Blakros Matrimony, and will preferably be run high tier (6-7). There are 5 open slots, and you can PM me (Watery Soup) for details. In case all 6 of you are interested, I will roll a d6, assigning you numbers in the order I was PMed.

Excellent! I just finished an adventure with my 6th level character and am eager to get him into another.

I'll take a seat!

I really like that you color coded your map in What the Helms Hide, btw. That makes things so much more obvious and simple when people are talking about where they want to go.

Silver Crusade

NG human alchemist 5 | HP 38/38 | AC 19 (T 14, FF 16) | Perception +8, Initiative +3 | Fortitude +6 (+8 vs poison), Reflex +8, Will + 3 | Active Conditions: fly, invisibility, see invisibility

I learn from my mistakes! I GMed it live and used some white paper to cover sections, thinking we'd use cardinal directions to refer to passageways. People got confused and I had to draw a compass on the map, but it was still difficult, and not everyone could reach every part od the map because the table was large. I was going to put a number on each square but couldn't figure out a good way to do it on Google Docs so I just used the colors.

Aside from the monetary issues, GMing evergreen scenarios appeals to me because I can do it better the second time I GM! :)


Storming the Diamond Gate Games I've Played (Session Tracker)

I learned the hard way that the easiest way to do numbers on a box is to just do a text box with the number then fill in the background with the color. For a while I was doing a box then the text box over top but then you're manipulating 2 objects instead of 1.

Dark Archive

Ganzi Dragonic Bloodrager 3 | HP 34/34(43/43*) | Resistance 5 (Acid, Electricity, Sonic) |AC 17(*15) T 11 FF 16 |Rage*: 11/11, Quibble 1/1| CMB +6 (+2 trip), CMD 16 | F: +6/*+9, R: +2, W: +1/*2 (+2 charm/compulsion) | Init: +1 | Perc: +7, SM: +3, Dipl +7 Darkvision 60'| Speed 20ft | Active conditions: None

Sorry guys, I ran two marathon sessions this weekend (Friday and Saturday night) in addition to working... I'll catch up lickity split


Storming the Diamond Gate Games I've Played (Session Tracker)

No problem. I assume posting is going to slow down (or halt entirely) over the weekends.

I'm usually not able to do much those 2 days each week so I'm not going to hold anyone else to a higher standard.


Storming the Diamond Gate Games I've Played (Session Tracker)

Something I found interesting: I just finished a game that I started back on March 11th.

The Icebound Outpost (the first of the Hao Jin Tapestry games I ran) started on March 22nd.

Storming the Diamond Gate is the 6th Hao Jin Tapestry game I'm running.

Thanks to those of you who have been with me from the beginning and everyone who's jumped in since and thanks to you all for being quick, consistent and interesting posters.

Sovereign Court

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M Halfelf Investigator (Mastermind) / 1, Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) / 1, Occultist / 1 AC18 [19] T15 [16] FF13 [14] | HP: 21/21 | F3 / R10 / W4 | Init: +7 | Perception: +9 | Lowlight vision 60'

You deserve the credit - for great storytelling, and for keeping the momentum going !

Dark Archive

Ganzi Dragonic Bloodrager 3 | HP 34/34(43/43*) | Resistance 5 (Acid, Electricity, Sonic) |AC 17(*15) T 11 FF 16 |Rage*: 11/11, Quibble 1/1| CMB +6 (+2 trip), CMD 16 | F: +6/*+9, R: +2, W: +1/*2 (+2 charm/compulsion) | Init: +1 | Perc: +7, SM: +3, Dipl +7 Darkvision 60'| Speed 20ft | Active conditions: None

Agreed. These are among the very best pbp's that I have been fortunate to be a part of on the boards.

Scarab Sages

varon tengu| HP: 33/33 | AC: 21 (16 Tch, 16 Fl) | CMB: +4, CMD:19 | F: +6, R: +11, W: +3 | Init: +6 | Perc: +11, SM: +7 slayer 1/uc rogue 4 initiative +6 bmc 5 dmc +20 ts fort +6 ref +11 will +3 pg39 ac 21 flat 16 touch 16

plz npc a couple of days ill be on travel


Storming the Diamond Gate Games I've Played (Session Tracker)

That's probably my last post until Thursday.

Happy Holidays, everyone.

May your sweets be treats and your family be friendly (or your friends be family.)

Sovereign Court

M Halfelf Investigator (Mastermind) / 1, Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) / 1, Occultist / 1 AC18 [19] T15 [16] FF13 [14] | HP: 21/21 | F3 / R10 / W4 | Init: +7 | Perception: +9 | Lowlight vision 60'

Merry Christmas guys !

It's been a pleasure playing with you in 2019 and I look forward to more in 2020 !


Male Human (Shoanti) Bloodrager 4 | HP 40 | AC 18/12/17 | Fort+7 Ref+3 Will+2 | Initiative +1; Perception +7 buffs: shield +4 AC

cyfarchion y tymor!

Sovereign Court

M Halfelf Investigator (Mastermind) / 1, Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) / 1, Occultist / 1 AC18 [19] T15 [16] FF13 [14] | HP: 21/21 | F3 / R10 / W4 | Init: +7 | Perception: +9 | Lowlight vision 60'

ac i chwi hefyd

Sovereign Court

M Halfelf Investigator (Mastermind) / 1, Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) / 1, Occultist / 1 AC18 [19] T15 [16] FF13 [14] | HP: 21/21 | F3 / R10 / W4 | Init: +7 | Perception: +9 | Lowlight vision 60'

Well it's 1:30am here in England so I can now wish you American colonials a Happy New Year ! May the new decade bring you health, happiness and natural 20s in all you do!

Dark Archive

Mental Focus:
Transmutation 3/3 {+2 CON} | Abjuration 2/2 {+1 resistances}
Tiefling Magus 4 | Far Strike Monk 2 | Occultist 1 AC 21 (T:16/ FF:16) | HP: 62/ 62 | Fort +13, Ref +10, Will +7 | Perception: +10 | Initiative: +5 | Resist: Cold, Electricity, & Fire: 5

Many thanks Castinus. Exactly 9PM PST here, so a few hours to go. Hope everyone has a safe New Year and a wonderfully rewarding decade to come.

Sovereign Court

M Halfelf Investigator (Mastermind) / 1, Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) / 1, Occultist / 1 AC18 [19] T15 [16] FF13 [14] | HP: 21/21 | F3 / R10 / W4 | Init: +7 | Perception: +9 | Lowlight vision 60'

Guys, looking at the threads I can't believe it was Tuesday I last posted. Apologies...

Sovereign Court

M Halfelf Investigator (Mastermind) / 1, Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) / 1, Occultist / 1 AC18 [19] T15 [16] FF13 [14] | HP: 21/21 | F3 / R10 / W4 | Init: +7 | Perception: +9 | Lowlight vision 60'

And... action ! Castinus is not holding back with the swashbuckling !

Silver Crusade

NG human alchemist 5 | HP 38/38 | AC 19 (T 14, FF 16) | Perception +8, Initiative +3 | Fortitude +6 (+8 vs poison), Reflex +8, Will + 3 | Active Conditions: fly, invisibility, see invisibility

Swashbucklers gonna swashbuckle!


Storming the Diamond Gate Games I've Played (Session Tracker)

I like it! It's just the kind of thing my rogue would do. Right before he jumped off the edge of the other plateau to the floor before (but I wouldn't suggest that for anyone who can't fly, levitate or glide.)

Sovereign Court

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M Halfelf Investigator (Mastermind) / 1, Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) / 1, Occultist / 1 AC18 [19] T15 [16] FF13 [14] | HP: 21/21 | F3 / R10 / W4 | Init: +7 | Perception: +9 | Lowlight vision 60'

Sorry guys for the abrupt exit of Castinus.

Ebonfist - sorry to leave in this way. Please see my PM.


Male Human (Shoanti) Bloodrager 4 | HP 40 | AC 18/12/17 | Fort+7 Ref+3 Will+2 | Initiative +1; Perception +7 buffs: shield +4 AC

The map got moved, probably a mistake that went unnoticed.

I've put it back put now Ichigo is in the wrong place. I made a guess at where he should have been.

Silver Crusade

NG human alchemist 5 | HP 38/38 | AC 19 (T 14, FF 16) | Perception +8, Initiative +3 | Fortitude +6 (+8 vs poison), Reflex +8, Will + 3 | Active Conditions: fly, invisibility, see invisibility

Hope all is or will be well, Castinus. You'll be missed.

Grand Lodge

Spoiler:
1d20 + 9 + 1d6 ⇒ (1) + 9 + (3) = 13 Crit fail...

Silver Crusade

NG human alchemist 5 | HP 38/38 | AC 19 (T 14, FF 16) | Perception +8, Initiative +3 | Fortitude +6 (+8 vs poison), Reflex +8, Will + 3 | Active Conditions: fly, invisibility, see invisibility

Wait, are you leaving for an in-game reason or a life reason? I thought something came up.

If you crit failed a jump check, (1) I believe there are ways to reroll, and (2) even if you can't reroll, a 100' drop is "only" 9d6, which could very well roll out to be less than 31. Diazepane will be able to fly and move next turn, and then the next round he can fly and stabilize.

Sovereign Court

M Halfelf Investigator (Mastermind) / 1, Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) / 1, Occultist / 1 AC18 [19] T15 [16] FF13 [14] | HP: 21/21 | F3 / R10 / W4 | Init: +7 | Perception: +9 | Lowlight vision 60'
Diazepane Ketal wrote:

Wait, are you leaving for an in-game reason or a life reason? I thought something came up.

If you crit failed a jump check, (1) I believe there are ways to reroll, and (2) even if you can't reroll, a 100' drop is "only" 9d6, which could very well roll out to be less than 31. Diazepane will be able to fly and move next turn, and then the next round he can fly and stabilize.

You shouldn't read things marked 'spoiler'. And, don't worry about Castinus; worry about the enemy in front of you.

Thanks for the concern; all is well here.

Sovereign Court

M Halfelf Investigator (Mastermind) / 1, Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) / 1, Occultist / 1 AC18 [19] T15 [16] FF13 [14] | HP: 21/21 | F3 / R10 / W4 | Init: +7 | Perception: +9 | Lowlight vision 60'

Spoiler:
Following a crit fail roll, but before the result of the dice roll is revealed, Castinus spends a free action and 1 inspiration point to add 1d6 to the result: yikes!: 1d6 + 13 ⇒ (5) + 13 = 18 therefore travelling 18 (but not 20...) feet forward in the jump.

Then, teetering at the edge of the chasm, he attempts a ref save to grab the edge:ref: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (10) + 10 = 20

Silver Crusade

NG human alchemist 5 | HP 38/38 | AC 19 (T 14, FF 16) | Perception +8, Initiative +3 | Fortitude +6 (+8 vs poison), Reflex +8, Will + 3 | Active Conditions: fly, invisibility, see invisibility

Okay, best of luck.


Storming the Diamond Gate Games I've Played (Session Tracker)
Castinus Fulvio wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

Castinus:
You're all good. You're between the chasm and the stairs. Make your way up as you see fit.
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