The Dire GM's [PFS 2e] #2-20: Breaking the Storm: Bastion in Embers (Gameday X) (Inactive)

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PFS 2e PbP: #2-20: Breaking the Storm: Bastion in Embers (5-8)

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This is the discussion thread for PFS 2e #2-20: Breaking the Storm (part 1): Bastion in Embers (5-8) as part of the Play-by-Post Gameday X event, set to begin on September 6, 2021!

Recruitment for this game is handled through the Gameday announcements thread, and you can sign up on the Google sheets event listing.

Feel free to pop in and say hello if you're part of the game!

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Dire's PbP "Table Rules" -

0 - RL > Game. No other rules trump rule 0! :D

1 - I'd like it if everyone posted once a day Mon-Fri. Friday night through Sunday night is eh-whatever (I am in US Eastern Time, for reference). I'll try to post when I can over weekends, but I know people have lives and won't always be online, so no worries.

2 - If you don't post in the middle of an "action" scene for a day, you get skipped once (or botted if your action would be super obvious or you leave a note to me or another player "proxying" your character). If you don't post a second time, you get "botted" by me to do something simple (usually just attack or aid another). If we get into the 3-5 range, I'll probably drop you a line off-list to see what's up. If it goes on too long...well, I hate dropping people from games, but it unfortunately happens :(

3 - When you've got a saving throw to make, please roll that first before posting any other actions/rolls (unless it can occur before the save).

4 - Feel free to roll perception and sense motive whenever you want, and if you have a reroll, feel free to use that anytime as well.

5 - Have fun! Rule 5 trumps all other rules! :P

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Thanks very much, and I look forward to running this scenario for you! :)

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Heya all. Looks like we'll be playing 3 + a pregen (graciously being portrayed by Ivis).

I probably should have looked more carefully at the calendar when making my first post here. Rosh Hashonah starts at sundown tonight (Sept 6), so I'll post an introductory prompt in a few minutes, but other than that, expect game to begin in the evening of Tuesday, September 7th.

Thanks very much, and talk to you all soon!

Horizon Hunters

M Ancient Elf, Tapestry Refuge Champion of Ketephys 4, AC: 22, F:+11 R: +11 W: +10, ! Perception +8, Stealth +12

dotting in.
Seleneth's profile is a work in progress.
I am missing a chronicle to be 5th level, but all the other paperwork says that he is. I am working to clarify.

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Seleneth Nenaral wrote:

dotting in.

Seleneth's profile is a work in progress.
I am missing a chronicle to be 5th level, but all the other paperwork says that he is. I am working to clarify.

If you need any help, just let me know. "VC powers activate" is something I can easily do to lend a hand! :)

Dark Archive

Y'all my apologies for my tardiness. Been dealing with some health issues among other things that pulled my attention away. Trying to jump back in and do better now. :-(

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>.>
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...Bueller?

Horizon Hunters

M Ancient Elf, Tapestry Refuge Champion of Ketephys 4, AC: 22, F:+11 R: +11 W: +10, ! Perception +8, Stealth +12

I am doing 14 hour days for the next while. I will check the board every day, but my posts will be short & I may not be able to affect the maps.

I like the art for the trees, those are really cool :). I also like the options for strategy. I can make use of flat footed enemies so think I will opt for the Brown. I am flexible as far as placement so as not to trap any one else in the same area. I think I can sit higher up in the tree and shoot arrows down. Question for GM: what cover situation would that create? Are there other concerns? I need to be within thirty feet of allies to make use of liberating step, if folks prefer that option.

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Given that Gen Con is about to start, my ability to post regularly is also about to be curtailed, so this is a great time for you all to hash this out.

Basically, you each get 1 tree and can choose what type/color to make it. If you "recover" (heal) your tree back to feather form then re-plant it, you can change its type/color at that time. You can each choose any of the four types/colors (i.e. you could do 4 of the same one, 1 of each, or any other combination).

Because the trees are 5-feet in diameter and 60-feet tall, they do provide cover. Sitting on top of one would let you have an amazing vantage point. I'm going to say, based on the art, that the foliage atop the tree is effective a 5-foot emanation, so nearby trees might affect your cover, but that's about it if you want to be sniping. Obvious at that height, liberating step won't be viable.

At the moment, I've colored the borders of each tree to match the border of your minis, so you can track which tree is yours on the map. I'll put a colored dot or something on the map once you declare the tree's actual type/color, too.

Hope all that helps!

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Gen Con is now wrapped. I have a game to run locally tomorrow night, but I hope to start us up again here in 24 hours or less.

Please have your placements figured out soon - the first wave of enemies will be approaching soon!!

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Okay - one way or another we move on today. I'll have time to bot and make "the big war post" later on.

Once we get into the combats, things will move swiftly and regularly. Sorry for how slow things have started!

Horizon Hunters

M Ancient Elf, Tapestry Refuge Champion of Ketephys 4, AC: 22, F:+11 R: +11 W: +10, ! Perception +8, Stealth +12

OK I got a little lazy: Here is Seleneth Nenaral's character sheet. Link is also in his profile.

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Had a minor delay due to unexpected house guest, but look for wave two to hit a few hours from now!

Horizon Hunters

M Ancient Elf, Tapestry Refuge Champion of Ketephys 4, AC: 22, F:+11 R: +11 W: +10, ! Perception +8, Stealth +12

I can't affect the map from here, can someone please move Mesa adjacent to blue archer? (Speed of 60).

Horizon Hunters

M Ancient Elf, Tapestry Refuge Champion of Ketephys 4, AC: 22, F:+11 R: +11 W: +10, ! Perception +8, Stealth +12
The Dire GM wrote:

Okay, so...I know the errata for this only went up recently, so I'm not going to ding you for this if my assumption is correct...but I can only assume you chose Mesa as a divine ally animal? If so, that's not a viable option in PFS, unfortunately, but as I said, not gonna make you change your character mid-combat. Instead, I'm going to use what you've got here.

Young animal companions have ancestry HP plus 6+Con per level. You're level 5, birds have Con +1, and 4 ancestry HP, so (7x5)+4 = 39hp. Mesa also uses your level for calculating AC based on proficiency (trained), so AC = 10+Lvl(5)+T(2)+Dex(3) = 20.

No worries, I half expected table variation on it. I have used Mesa probably once before in combat. Sadly, the description of Ketephys lends more to a hawk than a horse. One of his heralds is a hawk and it is also a sacred animal (at least in PF1). On the plus side, if I had used divine ally on my bow, these archers would be immobile more often :)

How new is the errata/clarification and where can I find it?

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Seleneth Nenaral wrote:
The Dire GM wrote:

Okay, so...I know the errata for this only went up recently, so I'm not going to ding you for this if my assumption is correct...but I can only assume you chose Mesa as a divine ally animal? If so, that's not a viable option in PFS, unfortunately, but as I said, not gonna make you change your character mid-combat. Instead, I'm going to use what you've got here.

Young animal companions have ancestry HP plus 6+Con per level. You're level 5, birds have Con +1, and 4 ancestry HP, so (7x5)+4 = 39hp. Mesa also uses your level for calculating AC based on proficiency (trained), so AC = 10+Lvl(5)+T(2)+Dex(3) = 20.

No worries, I half expected table variation on it. I have used Mesa probably once before in combat. Sadly, the description of Ketephys lends more to a hawk than a horse. One of his heralds is a hawk and it is also a sacred animal (at least in PF1). On the plus side, if I had used divine ally on my bow, these archers would be immobile more often :)

How new is the errata/clarification and where can I find it?

Someone told me that it was "announced" a bit ago, but I only heard about this within the last few week and it didn't occur to connect the dots until that post. The easiest place I can link is here:

https://paizo.com/pathfindersociety/faq#champion-cavalier-animal-companion- mount

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!

Horizon Hunters

M Ancient Elf, Tapestry Refuge Champion of Ketephys 4, AC: 22, F:+11 R: +11 W: +10, ! Perception +8, Stealth +12

That is not your fault. I was more worried, I had been playing an illegal character. But I have not played Seleneth since before PaizoCon :)

I am not sure what option I will choose, but will figure it out before their next game.

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Seleneth Nenaral wrote:
Rereading the tree's entangle, a success helps but a failure hurts my chances of hitting the target. :)

Actually, in 2nd edition, it still helps you! :)

Prone wrote:

You're lying on the ground. You are flat-footed and take a –2 circumstance penalty to attack rolls. The only move actions you can use while you're prone are Crawl and Stand. Standing up ends the prone condition. You can Take Cover while prone to hunker down and gain greater cover against ranged attacks, even if you don't have an object to get behind, gaining a +4 circumstance bonus to AC against ranged attacks (but you remain flat-footed).

If you would be knocked prone while you're Climbing or Flying, you fall (see Falling for the rules on falling). You can't be knocked prone when Swimming.

Only if the prone character uses the "take cover" action on its turn, it gets a +4 to AC vs ranged attacks, but is still flat-footed (-2 to AC) for a net gain of +2. This was always an annoyance in PF1 that I'm very happy with how they handled it in PF2E! So even as an archer, trip away! :P

Horizon Hunters

M Ancient Elf, Tapestry Refuge Champion of Ketephys 4, AC: 22, F:+11 R: +11 W: +10, ! Perception +8, Stealth +12

I hope the next(& current) 24 are better!

The Dire GM wrote:

Being 100% honest - my last 24 hours have been a little bit rough. If I've messed something up here, please poke me on it.

Healing: It appears everyone is at 100% health?
Seleneth, basically you can refocus during the same 20 minutes that it takes to help the local leaders ("double-dipping"), or when you take 10 minutes away by yourself to meditate using the refocus activity.
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I got the double dip thank you. I just didn't know if 20 minutes of aid, counted as two 10 minute recoveries. My max focus point is 1 so unless I cast again mid-aid it is irrelevant. If I can cast mid-aid then I would have two other LoH meaning Seleneth can be at full health after the hour, Mesa at 36/39. Both are Wounded 1.

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Well, we don't want that, so let's do something about it! :)

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Note - my area's local (online this year) convention, Gobloween, starts today, so I will probably not be able to update this game until Monday. Just wanted to let you know!

Shadow Lodge

Male Half-Giant Geologist 6 (PrC: Geophysicist 1) / Historian 4 / Teacher 2 / Freelance Writer 1

Okay...a day later than planned due to other stuff, but I am back. I'll check the gameplay thread and get a reply started in a few minutes! Sorry about that!

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Alrighty. Charity livestream and other things done - aaand we're back, and probably near the end!

Horizon Hunters

Male Goblin Sorcerer (Rogue Dedication) 7 / HP 73/73, Perc +11, AC 25, Fort +13 Ref +13 Will +13 / Active conditions: Darkvision, Unbreakable goblin, Burn it!, Vandal

I wait until Seleneth rolled her save.

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Seleneth's use of Glimpse of Redemption negates the need for the saves. It's harder to adjudicate in PbP, but it's probably my favorite of the three Champion reactions! :)

Horizon Hunters

M Ancient Elf, Tapestry Refuge Champion of Ketephys 4, AC: 22, F:+11 R: +11 W: +10, ! Perception +8, Stealth +12
The Dire GM wrote:
Seleneth's use of Glimpse of Redemption negates the need for the saves. It's harder to adjudicate in PbP, but it's probably my favorite of the three Champion reactions! :)

WooHoo!

Usually the reduction of damage is win enough, but I agree, this is pretty cool. :)

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Thank you all very much for playing! I hope that you all enjoyed this scenario, despite some rocky bits early on. I plan to get your chronicles together in the next 24 hours or so, and will send them out via email. Feel free to roleplay as you see fit in the meanwhile, and feel free to hit me up with any questions you might have. I've already reported the game to the PbP Gameday!

For those of you who listened to it or were curious:

Breaking the Soundtrack: Bastion in Embers wrote:

Final Fantasy 8 OST (except track 10)

01 - Pre-Game - Drifting
02 - Briefing - SeeD
03 - Farheavens & Defenses - The Stage is Set
04 - Fire Burns (c) - The Extreme (Cut Edit)
05 - Planning (Planting?) What's Next - Junction
06 - Ash & Smoke (c) - Never Look Back
07 - Taking Stock - Find Your Way
08 - Burning For You (C) - The Legendary Beast
09 - Clearing the Clouds - Balamb Garden
10 - Post-Game - Cello-Orchester Baden-Württemberg - I See Fire (Ed Sheeran)

(c) Combat

Well done, everyone! :)

Horizon Hunters

Male Goblin Sorcerer (Rogue Dedication) 7 / HP 73/73, Perc +11, AC 25, Fort +13 Ref +13 Will +13 / Active conditions: Darkvision, Unbreakable goblin, Burn it!, Vandal

Thank you for the game! I think we were quite effective in this one.

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Game reported and all chronicle sheets are now sent! We'll leave this PbP open for a bit in case anybody needs it for anything.

Thank you all again so much for playing!

Mike

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Okay, closing this up. Drop me a private message or email if you need anything. Thanks again, all!

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