Giantslayer: Anvil of Fire (revised)

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Male Human Wizard 15th

I had misjudged the distance, the dragon can easily make it to the portal and away on her turn. She had 3 hp left.

Map is updated btw, and combat is over.

I'll get a post up soon.


Male Human Wizard 15th
"Dizzy" wrote:
Eventually, as she searches for survivors, she finds her sword, but just unceremoniously sheathes it as she continues the search.

So this has come up a couple of times, and I just want to be clear: the players post their actions, and I post the results of those actions. If you're doing something that has a chance of failure, go ahead and include a roll (in this case, perception).

Because Dizzy does not eventually find her sword, she'll have to look for it.

Btw, the big portal is still there.


HP: 79 (114 ) | AC: 32/36; T: 28; FF: 17/22 | CMB: +16; CMD: 36 | Fort: +13; Ref: +14; Will: +12 +2 w/Heroism | Init +14 | Arcane Pool: 13 (13) | Current Spells: Mage Armor (cl 13), Overland Flight (cl 13) Always Defensively Casting | Enemies within my reach have a -4 penalty to concentration checks and provoke an AoO if they fail a concentration check | I have Resist 5 to Acid, Cold, Electricity, and Fire |

Apologies, I was assuming that we'd have some period of time where we were looking for survivors and putting out fires; that sort of thing. If we're still in more immediate timeframe (Where minutes or even an hour or two matter) I misunderstood that.


Relic Hunter Inquisitor (13) Wounds (0) HP (126) Saves (16/11/17) AC (37/14/34, +2 vs crit confirmation) Initiative (+8) CMD (22, +4 Bullrush/Trip, +5 Disarm) Abj (8/8) Trans (9/9) Conj (3/3) L1(6/6) L2(5/6) L3(5/5) L4(4/4) L5(2/2) WCLW (50/50) 10ft Trick (1/1)

Two giants yet live. Torag says take no prisoners. Anyone object to them being executed?


Male Human Wizard 15th
"Dizzy" wrote:
Apologies, I was assuming that we'd have some period of time where we were looking for survivors and putting out fires; that sort of thing. If we're still in more immediate timeframe (Where minutes or even an hour or two matter) I misunderstood that.

So, you are correct in that we've moved into a more narrative phase, but minutes do matter at this time. I just wanted everyone to know that saving your possessions wouldn't need to be a priority.


Male Human Wizard 15th
Ulmo Nargrymkin wrote:
Two giants yet live. Torag says take no prisoners. Anyone object to them being executed?

Torag says not to take prisoners against his people's enemies specifically, but fire giants (especially these specific giants) definitely count. You'd also know sparing them after they fell in battle would be extremely dishonorable and shaming to them. Being taken alive is a terrible disgrace in fire giant society.

Unrelated, I assume you spent the material component for true seeing? I don't see any more eye ointment on your sheet (could have missed it tho) so you may want to stock back up before you leave Trunau.

I only care about keeping track of components that have a gp value, but those do need to be tracked.


HP 48, AC 30/17/24, CMD 27, F +6, R +15, W +8/14, Init +5, Per +13 F Human mesmerist 10/Swashbuckler 3
Ulmo Nargrymkin wrote:
Two giants yet live. Torag says take no prisoners. Anyone object to them being executed?

Hmm. I think Vashta would not be for summary execution, but if it happened while she wasn't there, she's not going to hold it against you.

(As a player, I have no problem with it. I think even with the shame aspect, it's probably not worth the risk of killing them.)


Relic Hunter Inquisitor (13) Wounds (0) HP (126) Saves (16/11/17) AC (37/14/34, +2 vs crit confirmation) Initiative (+8) CMD (22, +4 Bullrush/Trip, +5 Disarm) Abj (8/8) Trans (9/9) Conj (3/3) L1(6/6) L2(5/6) L3(5/5) L4(4/4) L5(2/2) WCLW (50/50) 10ft Trick (1/1)

I completely missed the material component. My apologies. I’ll mark off the gold and buy components.


Male Human Wizard 15th

New post and loot sheet are up.

Ulmo Nargrymkin wrote:
I completely missed the material component. My apologies. I’ll mark off the gold and buy components.

No problem, I've been there too, so I try to help remind.


HP 48, AC 30/17/24, CMD 27, F +6, R +15, W +8/14, Init +5, Per +13 F Human mesmerist 10/Swashbuckler 3

Oh, I meant to ask. I assume you want us to track XP since you listed it? (I'm just so used to leveling at the appropriate point these days, but happy to go old school.)


Male Human Wizard 15th
Vashta Denaria wrote:
Oh, I meant to ask. I assume you want us to track XP since you listed it? (I'm just so used to leveling at the appropriate point these days, but happy to go old school.)

Yeah, that's a good point. We will be using XP as written in the AP, but I'm splitting it 5 ways (Ingrahild as an NPC will level differently).


Male Human Wizard 15th
"Dizzy" wrote:
Landing back in town, Dizzy went and looked for her friends.

Assume that Dizzy finds the others already immediately. She probably also sees the eagle flying towards the Barter Stones.


Male Human Wizard 15th

At this point, you don't need to wait for me to post unless there's an outcome you need determined or NPC you want to talk to. Ball is in your court.

We can also just skip ahead if that's what everyone wants.


male Human | Init: 3x | hp 65+26/112+26 | AC 16, T 14, FF 26 50%fort | F+10 R+8 W+12 | CMD 32 | Perc+16, +2 v evil, det:evil | Spells L6: 2/4, L5: 7/7, L4: 6/7, L3: 6/7, L2: 7/7, L1: 8/8, Obedience 0/1 | Current Effects: Stoneskin, Eaglesoul, Righteous Might

Perhaps a perceptive dragon has seen the sword?


Male Human Wizard 15th

Any objections against Umlo executing the unconscious giants will need to happen before my next post, folks have had plenty of time to speak up if they have an issue.

That said, the giants are very much not conscious or cognizant and therefore unlikely to respond to Umlo. You imagine they'd be quite grateful to him if they were awake.

Argos Halfhand wrote:
Perhaps a perceptive dragon has seen the sword?

Perhaps!


Relic Hunter Inquisitor (13) Wounds (0) HP (126) Saves (16/11/17) AC (37/14/34, +2 vs crit confirmation) Initiative (+8) CMD (22, +4 Bullrush/Trip, +5 Disarm) Abj (8/8) Trans (9/9) Conj (3/3) L1(6/6) L2(5/6) L3(5/5) L4(4/4) L5(2/2) WCLW (50/50) 10ft Trick (1/1)

Conscious or not, it is customary to give them the offer before death. It is their fault if they aren’t awake!

Also he is trying really hard to not slide down towards inflicting pain for the sake of hurting others. Giving them a quick and clean death fulfills his oath, gets some vengeance, and doesn’t taint his honor. He’s on a knife’s edge of slipping into a berserker rage of hatred and is trying to control himself by clinging to the law of his God like a drowning man would a raft.


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Male Human Wizard 15th
Ulmo Nargrymkin wrote:

Conscious or not, it is customary to give them the offer before death. It is their fault if they aren’t awake!

Also he is trying really hard to not slide down towards inflicting pain for the sake of hurting others. Giving them a quick and clean death fulfills his oath, gets some vengeance, and doesn’t taint his honor. He’s on a knife’s edge of slipping into a berserker rage of hatred and is trying to control himself by clinging to the law of his God like a drowning man would a raft.

Firstly, I think this action very much fulfills his oaths.

Secondly, for the giants being executed while unconscious is just as honorable as bleeding out, so it's actually better than being woken up at the mercy of their enemies. Keep in mind that fire giants are just as lawful as they're evil.

Thirdly, I really like the internal conflict. I want to give you room to explore that, so I'm not going to use falling and losing your powers as a disincentive unless things get really out of hand (which would admittedly be interesting too, but mechanically detrimental. I've allowed evil characters as long as they're team players after all.


HP 48, AC 30/17/24, CMD 27, F +6, R +15, W +8/14, Init +5, Per +13 F Human mesmerist 10/Swashbuckler 3

My only hesitation is do we want to try to question them before. Would Ulmo object to that? It's going to help us kill more giants.


Relic Hunter Inquisitor (13) Wounds (0) HP (126) Saves (16/11/17) AC (37/14/34, +2 vs crit confirmation) Initiative (+8) CMD (22, +4 Bullrush/Trip, +5 Disarm) Abj (8/8) Trans (9/9) Conj (3/3) L1(6/6) L2(5/6) L3(5/5) L4(4/4) L5(2/2) WCLW (50/50) 10ft Trick (1/1)

He’d prefer not. But he won’t take part in it if someone else does it first.


HP 48, AC 30/17/24, CMD 27, F +6, R +15, W +8/14, Init +5, Per +13 F Human mesmerist 10/Swashbuckler 3

I think as a player we should question them, but Vashta's not with Ulmo at the moment, so I'm going to say go ahead with it. It adds to the chaos of the scene.


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Relic Hunter Inquisitor (13) Wounds (0) HP (126) Saves (16/11/17) AC (37/14/34, +2 vs crit confirmation) Initiative (+8) CMD (22, +4 Bullrush/Trip, +5 Disarm) Abj (8/8) Trans (9/9) Conj (3/3) L1(6/6) L2(5/6) L3(5/5) L4(4/4) L5(2/2) WCLW (50/50) 10ft Trick (1/1)

Yay for honorable murder!


Male Human Wizard 15th

New post is up. Everyone except Argos (obviously) is present at the Barter Stones.


HP 48, AC 30/17/24, CMD 27, F +6, R +15, W +8/14, Init +5, Per +13 F Human mesmerist 10/Swashbuckler 3

Guys, does anyone want a trick? It's one of Vashta's key abilities, but need someone to claim/ask for them. See the last post of page 3. They can save lives.

Argos, feel free to weigh in too, since I assume you'll be back with one character or another.

Two people can have tricks going.

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And one more question, GM -- what XP track are we on? Not sure what my starting XP should be.


Male Human Wizard 15th
Vashta Denaria wrote:

Guys, does anyone want a trick? It's one of Vashta's key abilities, but need someone to claim/ask for them. See the last post of page 3. They can save lives.

Argos, feel free to weigh in too, since I assume you'll be back with one character or another.

Two people can have tricks going.

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And one more question, GM -- what XP track are we on? Not sure what my starting XP should be.

Yeah, implanted tricks are life saving.

But for XP you're on the medium track.


Relic Hunter Inquisitor (13) Wounds (0) HP (126) Saves (16/11/17) AC (37/14/34, +2 vs crit confirmation) Initiative (+8) CMD (22, +4 Bullrush/Trip, +5 Disarm) Abj (8/8) Trans (9/9) Conj (3/3) L1(6/6) L2(5/6) L3(5/5) L4(4/4) L5(2/2) WCLW (50/50) 10ft Trick (1/1)

Sure! They’re all good. Does one need to be chosen, or is it a generic trick with the effect chosen when needed?


HP 48, AC 30/17/24, CMD 27, F +6, R +15, W +8/14, Init +5, Per +13 F Human mesmerist 10/Swashbuckler 3

You need to choose one.


Relic Hunter Inquisitor (13) Wounds (0) HP (126) Saves (16/11/17) AC (37/14/34, +2 vs crit confirmation) Initiative (+8) CMD (22, +4 Bullrush/Trip, +5 Disarm) Abj (8/8) Trans (9/9) Conj (3/3) L1(6/6) L2(5/6) L3(5/5) L4(4/4) L5(2/2) WCLW (50/50) 10ft Trick (1/1)

Compel alacrity then. With it can 5ft step, then as free action move 10ft, and finally full attack. Insanely helpful in the right circumstance.


Male Human Wizard 15th
Ulmo Nargrymkin wrote:
Compel alacrity then. With it can 5ft step, then as free action move 10ft, and finally full attack. Insanely helpful in the right circumstance.

Unless specified in the ability, you cannot use a 5 ft. step in conjunction with any movement, even as a free action:

"Take 5-Foot Step. You can move 5 feet in any round when you don't perform any other kind of movement. Taking this 5-foot step never provokes an attack of opportunity. You can't take more than one 5-foot step in a round, and you can't take a 5-foot step in the same round that you move any distance."


Relic Hunter Inquisitor (13) Wounds (0) HP (126) Saves (16/11/17) AC (37/14/34, +2 vs crit confirmation) Initiative (+8) CMD (22, +4 Bullrush/Trip, +5 Disarm) Abj (8/8) Trans (9/9) Conj (3/3) L1(6/6) L2(5/6) L3(5/5) L4(4/4) L5(2/2) WCLW (50/50) 10ft Trick (1/1)

Ah. Well, I’ll still take it. 10ft instead of 5ft has come up more times that I’d like.


HP 48, AC 30/17/24, CMD 27, F +6, R +15, W +8/14, Init +5, Per +13 F Human mesmerist 10/Swashbuckler 3

Sounds good. Mark it down on your "sheet" please and I'll note it off for my limit.


male Human | Init: 3x | hp 65+26/112+26 | AC 16, T 14, FF 26 50%fort | F+10 R+8 W+12 | CMD 32 | Perc+16, +2 v evil, det:evil | Spells L6: 2/4, L5: 7/7, L4: 6/7, L3: 6/7, L2: 7/7, L1: 8/8, Obedience 0/1 | Current Effects: Stoneskin, Eaglesoul, Righteous Might

I like the look of Mesmeric Mirror.

Ok, I'm up for getting some reincarnation going. I can sell off my ring of protection to pay for it.


Male Human Wizard 15th
Argos Halfhand wrote:

I like the look of Mesmeric Mirror.

Ok, I'm up for getting some reincarnation going. I can sell off my ring of protection to pay for it.

The material component is 1,000 gp, so that's pretty affordable unless you go for the scroll of raise dead instead.


HP: 79 (114 ) | AC: 32/36; T: 28; FF: 17/22 | CMB: +16; CMD: 36 | Fort: +13; Ref: +14; Will: +12 +2 w/Heroism | Init +14 | Arcane Pool: 13 (13) | Current Spells: Mage Armor (cl 13), Overland Flight (cl 13) Always Defensively Casting | Enemies within my reach have a -4 penalty to concentration checks and provoke an AoO if they fail a concentration check | I have Resist 5 to Acid, Cold, Electricity, and Fire |

I can chip in to pay for it too, if needed.


Relic Hunter Inquisitor (13) Wounds (0) HP (126) Saves (16/11/17) AC (37/14/34, +2 vs crit confirmation) Initiative (+8) CMD (22, +4 Bullrush/Trip, +5 Disarm) Abj (8/8) Trans (9/9) Conj (3/3) L1(6/6) L2(5/6) L3(5/5) L4(4/4) L5(2/2) WCLW (50/50) 10ft Trick (1/1)

Love how Argos is now Godhand. Very cool moment there.


Male Half-Orc Barbarian 10/Mammoth Rider 3 hp 136/155, Init +3; darkvision 60 ft.; Per +16, AC 22, T14, FF19, F+16, R+10, W+9, DR/2-, lance+14/+9/+4(1d8+19, 19-20x3, +2d6 vs Giant)

Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet, guys. Busy week, and it’s not quite done. I’ll catch up tomorrow. Maybe tonight.


Male Human Wizard 15th

So it sounds like you're planning to set a trap for giant dragonhunters? Or is there another plan to move forward?

Ulmo Nargrymkin wrote:
Love how Argos is now Godhand. Very cool moment there.

Originally, I had planned to keep this private to just Argos, but if you can keep IC and OOC separate, I'm fine with everyone reading it (Ulmo has already obviously). Also, thanks!

Fulk the Red wrote:

Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet, guys. Busy week, and it’s not quite done. I’ll catch up tomorrow. Maybe tonight. [/QUOTE

No worries, so long as we're not in combat there worst that'll happen is your voice won't be heard.


HP 48, AC 30/17/24, CMD 27, F +6, R +15, W +8/14, Init +5, Per +13 F Human mesmerist 10/Swashbuckler 3

I haven't read the Argos stuff, though I can... ;)

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I like the idea of setting a trap for the dragonhunters. Right now that's my best idea for finding out some more clues, other than just heading to the Ashpeaks ourselves.


male Human | Init: 3x | hp 65+26/112+26 | AC 16, T 14, FF 26 50%fort | F+10 R+8 W+12 | CMD 32 | Perc+16, +2 v evil, det:evil | Spells L6: 2/4, L5: 7/7, L4: 6/7, L3: 6/7, L2: 7/7, L1: 8/8, Obedience 0/1 | Current Effects: Stoneskin, Eaglesoul, Righteous Might

Definitely very cool!

I'm go for reincarnation, I only mention selling the ring because he's short on liquid cash - he has a grand total of 840 gp before any share of loot, which won't even get him the reincarnation. He does have 1000 gp of diamond dust which will take care of one of the negative levels and I guess we have a week to scrounge up the next 1000 gp of diamond dust.


HP: 79 (114 ) | AC: 32/36; T: 28; FF: 17/22 | CMB: +16; CMD: 36 | Fort: +13; Ref: +14; Will: +12 +2 w/Heroism | Init +14 | Arcane Pool: 13 (13) | Current Spells: Mage Armor (cl 13), Overland Flight (cl 13) Always Defensively Casting | Enemies within my reach have a -4 penalty to concentration checks and provoke an AoO if they fail a concentration check | I have Resist 5 to Acid, Cold, Electricity, and Fire |

As a general rule I don't normally ready spoilers not intended for me. I play alot of games and it helps to keep me from messing up =)


Male Human Wizard 15th
"Dizzy" wrote:
As a general rule I don't normally ready spoilers not intended for me. I play alot of games and it helps to keep me from messing up =)

This is a good rule in general, and I actually specified that only Argos should be reading the spoilers, but in retrospect I will allow peaking if you want.

Vashta Denaria wrote:
The 28 the GM mentioned Vashta got above could have gone to either Fulk or Icetusk.

Yeah, feel free to apply it to either.

Alsom Haverick can heal either Icetusk or Fulk an additional CMW: 2d8 + 5 ⇒ (6, 7) + 5 = 18 and CLW x2: 2d8 + 10 ⇒ (2, 4) + 10 = 16.


F Human | Init: 3x | hp 125/125 | AC 16, T 14, FF 26 50%fort | F+11 R+8 W+12 | CMD 32 | Perc+16 | Spells L6: 0/4, L5: 2/7, L4: 4/7, L3: 1/7, L2: 1/7, L1: 1/8, Obedience 0/1 | Current Effects: 1 negative level

I'll update with an avatar pic as soon as the website gets fixed up.

I rolled twice to get a human reincarnation so I rolled a few other starting characteristics randomly, including sex. As I understand the spell, the reincarnated person carries over most of the original but some aspects may get lost or change in the transfer. Creative liberties may have been taken...

I don't intend to make light of or be insensitive towards gender dysphoria here, and if there are any objections I'm completely happy to roll back and keep Argos basically as he was before he died


Male Human Wizard 15th
Argea Godhand wrote:

I'll update with an avatar pic as soon as the website gets fixed up.

I rolled twice to get a human reincarnation so I rolled a few other starting characteristics randomly, including sex. As I understand the spell, the reincarnated person carries over most of the original but some aspects may get lost or change in the transfer. Creative liberties may have been taken...

I don't intend to make light of or be insensitive towards gender dysphoria here, and if there are any objections I'm completely happy to roll back and keep Argos basically as he was before he died

Personally, I'm okay with it, but if it does make anyone uncomfortable feel free to bring it up in this thread or PM me and we'll make sure your concerns are addressed fully.

Otherwise, I think this is a really interesting development.


Male Half-Orc Barbarian 10/Mammoth Rider 3 hp 136/155, Init +3; darkvision 60 ft.; Per +16, AC 22, T14, FF19, F+16, R+10, W+9, DR/2-, lance+14/+9/+4(1d8+19, 19-20x3, +2d6 vs Giant)

It can be a confusing thing, but being upfront about it is good. I'm in another game where it took me a while to realize why a player's IC posts seemed to randomly bounce between genders. I still haven't figured out a rhyme or reason to when which one is used, but at least I've figured out why the change is going on.


Male Human Wizard 15th
Fulk the Red wrote:
It can be a confusing thing, but being upfront about it is good. I'm in another game where it took me a while to realize why a player's IC posts seemed to randomly bounce between genders. I still haven't figured out a rhyme or reason to when which one is used, but at least I've figured out why the change is going on.

I believe Agros is now Argea, and uses she/her. I don't think that she's genderfluid. Though I'm happy to be corrected.

Ulmo Nargrymkin wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

For the sake of my sanity, I fast traveled everyone to the Sanctuary, so the party is reunited once again.


Relic Hunter Inquisitor (13) Wounds (0) HP (126) Saves (16/11/17) AC (37/14/34, +2 vs crit confirmation) Initiative (+8) CMD (22, +4 Bullrush/Trip, +5 Disarm) Abj (8/8) Trans (9/9) Conj (3/3) L1(6/6) L2(5/6) L3(5/5) L4(4/4) L5(2/2) WCLW (50/50) 10ft Trick (1/1)

Argos, think you could make a new profile? Argea Godhand. It would be alot less confusing


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F Human | Init: 3x | hp 125/125 | AC 16, T 14, FF 26 50%fort | F+11 R+8 W+12 | CMD 32 | Perc+16 | Spells L6: 0/4, L5: 2/7, L4: 4/7, L3: 1/7, L2: 1/7, L1: 1/8, Obedience 0/1 | Current Effects: 1 negative level
Artofregicide wrote:
Fulk the Red wrote:
It can be a confusing thing, but being upfront about it is good. I'm in another game where it took me a while to realize why a player's IC posts seemed to randomly bounce between genders. I still haven't figured out a rhyme or reason to when which one is used, but at least I've figured out why the change is going on.

I believe Agros is now Argea, and uses she/her. I don't think that she's genderfluid. Though I'm happy to be corrected.

Correct on all counts

Ulmo Nargrymkin wrote:
Argos, think you could make a new profile? Argea Godhand. It would be alot less confusing

Done! The website is broken though and wont allow picture updates, I'll get that done once the website is fixed.


HP 48, AC 30/17/24, CMD 27, F +6, R +15, W +8/14, Init +5, Per +13 F Human mesmerist 10/Swashbuckler 3

Sounds good. I have no problem, assuming everyone's being respectful.


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HP: 79 (114 ) | AC: 32/36; T: 28; FF: 17/22 | CMB: +16; CMD: 36 | Fort: +13; Ref: +14; Will: +12 +2 w/Heroism | Init +14 | Arcane Pool: 13 (13) | Current Spells: Mage Armor (cl 13), Overland Flight (cl 13) Always Defensively Casting | Enemies within my reach have a -4 penalty to concentration checks and provoke an AoO if they fail a concentration check | I have Resist 5 to Acid, Cold, Electricity, and Fire |

Who am I to judge how other people play their characters?

I, as a life rule, tend to find it easiest to just treat everyone the same: like people.

For the most part, it tends to work out well.


HP 48, AC 30/17/24, CMD 27, F +6, R +15, W +8/14, Init +5, Per +13 F Human mesmerist 10/Swashbuckler 3

FYI, I got asked to help out on a late project, so I may be a little slow to post in my PBPs until I get it done. Will still try to post daily, though.


Male Human Wizard 15th
Ulmo Nargrymkin wrote:
Ulmo scratched his head while looking at the blade. His own spear was now attached to his arm via a Weapon Cord, as was his shield on the other. He certainly didn’t want the same happening to him.

So, I'm fine with you having one, but do make sure to pay for it. Also, weapon cords don't work with shields* and shields can't be disarmed anyways... so what's the point? It's also strapped to your arm, you can't drop it if you wanted to.

*Nobody is using a dwarven war shield or a spiked shield I'm pretty sure, so let's not worry about shields as weapons.

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