Fadil Ibn-Kazar

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You land on the walkway to talk to Gendowyn.

"You speak of Meril and Wendel, who are right there."

The two quicklings are indeed at your side now and both bow deeply to their queen.

"Aided the heroes we did, killed the demon mushrooms who taunted them with laughter, guarded them in their sleep. Slew the bandersnatch who attempted to sneak up behind them while they fought in the throne room."

She smiles at them then turns back to you.

"You may rest easy now, I shared a broken mental link to Arlantia and understand well the madness she descended into. You seek the sardonyx shard, a powerful piece of an ancient artifact." She reached up and removes the crude crown, taking the shard out of it and casting the metal to the ground. "This is the shard you seek. It amused Arlantia to place an artifact capable of planar travel on my head, knowing I could not use it to escape my prison while the Darkblight warped the planar boundary. I will gladly trade it to you now in return for my scepter. Today you freed a legacy and earned the gratitude of a goddess—far more in a day than most of your kind accomplish in the momentary glimpse of life granted to them."

Assuming you agree to the trade, she looks upon Dryad's Song with another smile. "Let us see about repairing centuries of damage. Wait here." She moves back into the chamber behind her and emerges a short time later with an atomie. "This is Gossamer, she will be your guide during your stay in the Accressiel Court. You are welcome here for one week and one day, as is tradition. We will speak more later."

Gendowyn returns to the chamber and eventually frees some 5 dozen fey from their imprisonment while you loot the dead. As you do, the blight retreats from the walls and the palace begins to regain some of it's former glory.

From looting:
potions of cure serious wounds (3)
+2 light fortification glamered chain shirt
Spiteful Scimitar
amulet of natural armor +3
belt of mighty constitution +6
cloak of resistance +5
headband of inspired wisdom +2
ring of evasion
onyx unholy symbol of Cyth-V’sug (worth 500 gp)

elixirs of truth (2)
liquid blades (2)
smoke pellets (10)
smokesticks (5)
tindertwigs (20)
+3 deathless mithral chain shirt
Obedience (+3 defending short sword)
Retribution (+2 axiomatic short sword)
amulet of natural armor +4
belt of physical might +4 (Dex, Con)
minor cloak of displacement
hat of disguise
ring of freedom of movement
ring of protection +3
deck of cards illustrated with risqué goblinoid men and women (worth 5 gp)

Spiteful Scimitar:

Arlantia wields the Spiteful Scimitar, a powerful magical item stolen from Treerazer millennia ago, when Gendowyn led her fey armies against the nascent demon lord’s invasion. Arlantia believes Cyth-V’sug guided her to the weapon, and ever since, the blade has inspired nightmares in her sleeping mind. These visions have helped guide Arlantia as a cruel and twisted ruler.

SPITEFUL SCIMITAR PRICE
75,315 GP
SLOT none CL 11th WEIGHT 4 lbs.
AURA moderate abjuration, transmutation, and necromancy

This +2 cruel furyborn scimitar was created accidentally by Treerazer when the demon lord plunged the glaistig Hephloma’s scimitar through her own chest. Images of shriveled vines and wilted flowers decorate its blade. Three times per day as an immediate action after dealing damage to a creature, the wielder can cause the blighted plant life depicted on the blade to animate, embedding thorny vines in the creature’s wounds. The creeping, twisting vines cause the creature to become entangled for 1d4 rounds, and it is nauseated by the pain while the entangled condition persists. A successful DC 22 Fortitude saving throw negates the nauseated condition.

Should you wish to destroy the Spiteful Scimitar you will be granted an equivalent cost item by Gendowyn. She cannot modify existing items, this would represent a fey giving up a magic item of theirs in return for the destruction of this sword.

In addition to all of that, you have completed Book 5 and achieved Level 16!

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Bazil's knowledge is not up to the task. Consulting with Krowe you believe it will simply sever the link between the planes and not open a portal prompting you to purchase DLC. to another realm. As for the wizard and the king, Bazsil recalls neither.

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Two tough enemies plus that poor dumb hobgoblin makes for one hell of a climactic battle. Could still swing either way but Faolan is a beast, this hasted monk flurry with a shield business really puts in work.

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I actually messed up Blasphemy again and it's even more worthless, you don't even take the STR damage so I'll mentally add 1 to each of your attack and damage rolls.

The hobgoblin continues his attack on a Dazed Bor.

Attacks at Bor:

Attack @ Bor: 1d20 + 24 - 7 ⇒ (17) + 24 - 7 = 34
Damage: 1d6 + 6 ⇒ (4) + 6 = 10

Attack @ Bor: 1d20 + 19 - 7 ⇒ (11) + 19 - 7 = 23
Damage: 1d6 + 6 ⇒ (2) + 6 = 8

Attack @ Bor: 1d20 + 14 - 7 ⇒ (4) + 14 - 7 = 11
Damage: 1d6 + 6 ⇒ (6) + 6 = 12

Attack @ Bor: 1d20 + 9 - 7 ⇒ (12) + 9 - 7 = 14
Damage: 1d6 + 6 ⇒ (2) + 6 = 8

Attack @ Bor: 1d20 + 23 - 7 ⇒ (2) + 23 - 7 = 18
Damage: 1d6 + 6 ⇒ (3) + 6 = 9

Attack @ Bor: 1d20 + 18 - 7 ⇒ (13) + 18 - 7 = 24
Damage: 1d6 + 6 ⇒ (6) + 6 = 12

The dragon flies away from Faolan and the erinyes, disappearing from the sight of all but Krowe.

Arlantia scowls as the group continues to function, instead taking advantage of the dragon's escape to spring a whirling ball of scimitars into existence around the melee.

Faolan and the Erinyes must make DC 22 Ref Save to avoid damage. If you fail it will be 15d6 ⇒ (5, 2, 3, 2, 2, 4, 5, 4, 1, 4, 3, 4, 3, 6, 4) = 52 damage. The nature of the barrier means it'll still float there for many rounds but you can just fly out the top or bottom, after you're done dodging its creation.

The dryad queen turns to Krowe. "You should be serving me, mortal. Such power we would have. Take the staff, strike down your friends, and my gifts will be beyond your dreams. I will help you break your bargain."

Party is up.

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Bor Olrum wrote:
With dazed looks like Bor's actions do not change.

Yeah but one round of Daze and my poor hobgoblin is still -7 vs. 90 rounds of paralyze means y'all are still in this :D.

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Oh fudge, I read the spell 3 times and still screwed up. I used her HD in the chart to calculate and not her caster level, which is 15. That means Bor is only Dazed and Weakened, and Bazsil and Faolan are only Weakened.

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Thank you and I agree, tough to keep the energy up during PbP and we're doing it. Really looking forward to kicking this into Book 6 and hopefully we've accomplished our initial goal of making you feel like underdogs fighting back against an unstoppable army.

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You decide not to rest here but instead press your advantage against the queen. Moving back to the acid pool room, you recite the poem in your best Abyssal. The acid pool begins to gurgle and swirl and finally recedes, leaving behind a spiraling stone stairway going deeper.

This is the final fight of book 5 and is going to be extremely difficult. Arlantia will know you are coming no matter what you do, you've fought enough fey through the palace to understand they all have a mental connection and you haven't caught any of them unaware. You know you are facing at least 3 tough opponents, including an almost godlike dryad, so feel free to rest first if prepping the right spells and having a few extra spell slots will make a difference.

You descend the stair into a short tunnel that leads into a massive cavern. A gong starts sounding as you reach the ledge overlooking a literal heart of darkness. An enormous clot of green, black, and white fungus—pulsing as if a thousand hearts beat beneath its fleshy surface—dominates this massive cavern. Innumerable thick, fibrous strands sprout from the cavern walls, suspending the massive growth fifty feet in the air. At the very pinnacle of the mighty fungal bulb is a throne made from wilted yellow flowers braided into twining wicker. Large ledges perch at the cavern’s east and west ends, overlooking a cavern floor dotted with stands of mushrooms and rancid, bubbling pools of goo.

Cavern

The entrance to Arhlantu from above leaves visitors on a large ledge at the western edge of the cavern, and bridge-like strands of fungal matter run from this ledge to the mass itself, as shown on the map above. Each bridge is considered normal terrain along its 5-foot-wide traversable surface, but they have no railings to prevent bull rush, reposition, and similar combat maneuvers from throwing a creature over the side.

Perception DC 30:

You notice a recessed, prisonlike cave at the eastern end of the area.

Sitting on the fungal thrown must be no other than Arlantia herself, and perched against the fungus on the far wall you see the fungal black dragon you fought before.

"At last, my pitiful admirers have found me! I did worry you’d gotten lost along the way. Welcome to a rather summary end! I admit, I’m impressed at your passion. Perhaps I should recruit you to my lovely prince’s cause—the First World knows I’m missing enough minions all of a sudden. Shall I turn you into my latest pets? Make you obedient as I did my precious little hobgoblins? Or maybe you’ll choose to sacrifice yourselves to my lord, the Prince of the Blasted Heath, who shall soon frolic in the festering playground that is the Fangwood?"

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Once again you find yourselves missing more than you hit, but those hits prove to be enough and the fungus fey goes down. As she falls her body disintegrates into fine spores which rise towards the ceiling. You hear a cackling fade into the mushroom forest behind you as she dies.

You stand guard for a bit, waiting for yet another attack but none arrives. As the erinyes return to their home plane they blow Krowe a kiss and wink suggestively. You've never seen a teleport spell swish suggestively before but there's a first time for everything. Putting aside your caution and giving in to your inner loot goblin, you rummage through the pile where the mad pech fell.

potions of barkskin (CL 9th) x2
potions of cure serious wounds x2
potion of remove paralysis
strand of prayer beads (lesser)
wand of giant vermin (13 charges)
+2 breastplate
+2 buckler
+1 icy burst heavy pick
unholy symbol of Cyth-V’sug
127 gp

In addition she had the fourth ring around her neck and you are now able to complete the corrupted artifact that will allow you to defeat the evil fey queen and find the piece of the artifact the Ironfang Legion is using to raise their dark towers.

Thinking of the encounter with the hobgoblins, you realize the mindslaver mold on their bodies must also be with another hobgoblin who was communicating with them through the mold. Odds are good this hobgoblin has the artifact you seek, though why it would be here in the first place you don't know.

You also remember that the woman leading the hobgoblin commandos, as well as the mad pech, said you could reach the queen through the pool. With a little thought you are able to translate the poem created by all four rings and surmise that standing by the acid pool and reciting this poem will transport you to the queen herself.

You suspect the fungal black dragon you defeated earlier, but didn't kill, is probably also there. You aren't sure where the bandersnatch has slunked off to but the mushroom madmen who have been giggling at you have fallen silent now. This room is fairly defensible should you desire rest but that does give your enemies the same respite.

Reconstructed Dryad's Song:

This tarnished gold scepter’s ends are shaped into sickly, withered-looking leaves. The scepter’s rod has four slots, into which four large rings can be placed. Each ring is engraved with a phrase in Abyssal, and can be placed upon or removed from the scepter as a standard action.
Ring 1: “Princess of the Blasted Heath.”
Ring 2: “Shall stand proud to station earned.”
Ring 3: “Moss and rot shall grow unchecked.”
Ring 4: “‘Til all hands bear the sin they’ve earned.”

Should you decide to rest and study the scepter you will learn the following.

Dryad Song Powers:

The corrupted Dryad’s Song grants some limited control over the Darkblight. With a single ring, the bearer can cast entangle and wood shape each 3/day. With two rings, the bearer can also cast blight, diminish plants, plant growth, and tree stride each 1/day. With three rings, the bearer can also cast black tentacles 1/day, animating the fungal matter in the area in lieu of creating extradimensional tendrils. With all four rings, the bearer can recite the full poem on the scepter as a full-round action to purge a single creature within 60 feet of the Darkblight’s taint, as if she had successfully cast remove curse and remove disease—even removing the blighted fey template from a target creature (unwilling fey can resist this effect with a successful DC 28 Will save). All of these spell-like abilities affect only fungus and plants infected with the Darkblight.


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|| AC 23/T16/FF21 | HP 198/198 | F +18 R +10 W +9 | Init +2 | Perception +17 | Sense Motive +0 Human (Shoanti) Barbarian (Invulnerable Rager, Urban Barbarian) 15

Rhesus frowns, covered in golem guts. "That wasn't the final battle?" His shoulders slump a little before he straightens back up. "That means there's more fighting! Come on little buddy, let's go knock this Zim guy back into the grave. And don't you worry, I won't let myself get possessed by that powerful artifact made by the guy we're using it against, no sir."


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|| AC 23/T16/FF21 | HP 198/198 | F +18 R +10 W +9 | Init +2 | Perception +17 | Sense Motive +0 Human (Shoanti) Barbarian (Invulnerable Rager, Urban Barbarian) 15

HP 216/216+16 DR 8/-, 16/lethal, fire 4
AC 30/T19/FF26
CMD 37
Fort +20, Ref +15, Will +11; +2 insight bonus vs. transmutation spells, +5 morale bonus vs. spells, supernatural abilities, and spell-like abilities while raging but must resist all spells, even allies', +4 bonus to Will saves vs. enchantment spells.
Rage: 37/37
Sihedron: Charity
Eater of Magic: 1/1/Rage
SA: +1 to Confirm Earthbreaker critical, +5 damage vs spellcasters while raging, +1 damage while flanking, fast healing 5
Row: Front
Opponent: Giant thing

Rhesus decides there is no need to change up his method and charges the giant thing, pouncing on it invisibly with the Charity Sihedron, which will almost certainly not possess him and cause him to kill the entire party.

Attack 1: 1d20 + 43 ⇒ (1) + 43 = 44
Damage: 2d6 + 39 ⇒ (1, 4) + 39 = 44

Attack 2: 1d20 + 43 ⇒ (20) + 43 = 63
Damage: 2d6 + 39 ⇒ (5, 1) + 39 = 45

Attack 3: 1d20 + 38 ⇒ (4) + 38 = 42
Damage: 2d6 + 39 ⇒ (6, 1) + 39 = 46

Attack 4: 1d20 + 33 ⇒ (11) + 33 = 44
Damage: 2d6 + 39 ⇒ (3, 2) + 39 = 44

Attack 5: 1d20 + 28 ⇒ (19) + 28 = 47
Damage: 2d6 + 39 ⇒ (2, 4) + 39 = 45

Attack 2 Crit Confirm: 1d20 + 43 + 1 ⇒ (12) + 43 + 1 = 56
Additional Damage: 4d6 + 78 ⇒ (2, 6, 6, 2) + 78 = 94

Attack 5 Crit Confirm: 1d20 + 28 + 1 ⇒ (18) + 28 + 1 = 47
Additional Damage: 4d6 + 78 ⇒ (3, 3, 4, 5) + 78 = 93

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Bazsil if it's ok I'm going to switch your target to the omox, Faolan wasn't able to kill it alone but your two arrows will finish the job and leave you with only the 4 babaus. Just need Krowe's actions and I'll stab the crap out of Faolan.

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It's 5 rounds for the trap and then a decent length tunnel, I believe you had fly on earlier so it'd be gone but the longer buffs would remain.

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Most of you fly above the trap while Bor is ever so briefly touched by acidic earth. Thinking quickly the three of you swoop down and pick him up.

Take the first round of acid damage, at this point we'll assume you're seasoned enough adventurers that an acid earth trap wouldn't panic you into not picking your friend off the ground.

You wait for the earth to recede and find a renewed purpose within yourselves. The way you quickly snatched Bor off the ground and kept him out of harm's way. Bor accepting help even in the midst of his own madness. Krowe taking a gloom blade that he almost certainly probably won't use against you when you least expect it. Bazsil.

With this resolve and inner strength you don't even stop to wonder where the quicklings went or how you didn't notice they haven't been with you for some time. Ahead, the deeper darkness of a palace warped and twisted by an immortal fey who fancies herself a god awaits you and you descend into it.

Massively tall mushrooms spiral up toward the ceiling above, their fanlike gills stirring gently on an unfelt breeze and nearly reaching the loamy soil coating the floor. The air here is moist, claustrophobic, and cloying. The cavern extends to the west, though you see no obvious path now.

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The negative levels are from enervation and wont require restoration, just a few hours to pass.

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My understanding was you were stone walling yourself into the dragon cave, then probably retreating into an extradimensional space to rest, loot, and level. Going to push with the current plan of using the ring and diving into a throne.

"Oh yes, Wendel will come, yes-yes. Very big trouble without me, look how you've succeeded with my guidance, yes-yes."

You march back to the throne, utter the Abyssal words, then use the fey charm to dive into the throne. You expect a battle or a throne room, perhaps an angry hungry dragon, but you by no means expected a titanic bird.

The overwhelming centerpiece of this eerie clearing is an enormous, ancient, terribly blighted ash tree so tall it blots out the sun and wide enough to dwarf the girth of any other nearby trees. With withered, strangely marked bark that looks more akin to rotting skin and drooping branches that weep putrid mold, this tree casts an ominous pall over the entire sickly meadow. Beyond this 100-foot-wide clearing, as far as the eye can see, grotesque blooms of fungus spring up amid an angry briar.

Standing guard near the tree is a giant, featherless, scaled dodo with purple wings and a lizard tail.

K. Nature DC 25:

This is a jubjub bird, a titanic predator of the First World. Akin to the jabberwock and bandersnatch, the jubjub has the distinction of being the least powerful and least intelligent of those mighty creatures. This does not change the fact that the least powerful First World predator is still a very dangerous threat to mere mortals.

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Welcome to Level 15 folks!

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For the record while most of you are on the edge of dead the dragon is not, she is fleeing while still fairly healthy because potentially immortal dragons don't take such chances.

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The dragon looks at you in exasperation. "NO, I'M...YOU KNOW WHAT, NEVERMIND."

Initiative:

Baszil: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (11) + 9 = 20
Faolan: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (1) + 3 = 4
Bor: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (16) + 1 = 17
Krowe: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (13) + 7 = 20
Naphexi: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (15) + 3 = 18

Bazsil and Krowe act before the dragon, Faolan and Bor after. After the first round we'll switch to Party then Dragon for ease of posting. I am getting on a plane and will be in business meetings/after hours activities until my return on the 28th, we will resume regular posting on the 29thish. Enjoy your break folks.

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A long caterpillar-like creature winds down from the trees in a different spot than the voice was coming from. When the creature speaks the deep soothing sound is the same however. "The warriors thought they had knowledge, but the knowing of things and the seeing of things are not always the same. Wonder they did, at the madness of the Blight. Curious they were, the many ways of the wind in this haunted place."

K. Nature DC 16:

This is a remacera, a large fey creature of the the First World obsessed with transformation and metamorphosis. This one appears a few degrees off plumb.

"Here it was, the dragon sought her final form, a painful journey of self-discovery whose destination they now stand in." The creature rears up and waves back and forth. "woooooooooooooooooooo"

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Mireena laughs, the sound of bubbling water and flowing brooks.

Bazsil:

It actually sounds closer to the braying of some village animal.

"Your offers are very kind mortals, but I'll be safe enough here. I can hide in my waterfall." A look of quiet desperation crosses her face briefly. "I don’t allow myself the luxury of hope any longer. I doubt very much I will see any of you alive again. But perhaps your deaths will be mercifully quick and painless."

You move on, some of you more readily than others, along the river. It is not long before you find another clearing. Tiny dwellings made of latticed twigs and connecting vine bridges weave expertly through the trees here, but this sheltered alcove stands eerily still and silent. Slick, greasy fungus blooms on the trees’ trunks, and the miniature buildings are brittle and dilapidated, as if nothing had touched them in years. A few small, bleached bones and elongated skulls are visible through the detritus of the forest floor.

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You are attempting to gain fey allies by defeating the fey who have them imprisoned, so it's reasonable to get cold iron weapons that can handle good. Having read through Book 5 and 6 I can say you'll probably get more mileage out of Good weapons than Evil Outsider Bane weapons.

Karburtin and the dwarves of Kraggodan help you prepare your items for the journey to the Darkblight.

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You spend some time recovering from your latest adventure. The road your allies set you upon weeks ago has taken you many miles through endless darkness and crushing rock. Mutated creatures, simulacrums, dwarves, beetles, gugs, ghosts, and odd fiendish gem merchants you have encountered. You made friends and allies with the dwarven nation of Kraggodan and provide the proof necessary to end one ruinous war and free them to fight in another.

Once the medusa ghost was dispelled, and time passed as you waited to confirm this was true, divinations and research into the notes and evidence moved swifter than you imagined from the Council. Talks have already begun to end the war, though you imagine this will take some time. As Karburtin explains, even if the war were to end tomorrow it will take some times for the dwarves to reequip and prepare for a war against the Ironfang.

Karburtin arranges a remote conversation with your friends in Fangwood and Longshadow. You find that the Ironfang have consolidated their hold over Nirmathas south of Longshadow, having turned Phaendar into their new stronghold. Without you to fight them your allies have done their best to keep them at bay, spreading rumors of the Ghosts of Phaendar and striking at Ironfang resources far and wide. Karburtin looks at you seriously on hearing this news and promises to find aid for you wherever he can.

Mechanically as much time will pass as you need to equip, level, and prepare.

You find yourself welcome in the Greathammer stronghold and spend your time training and preparing for a return to the war against the Ironfang. Before you have time to chaff at the delay, Karburtin Lightbrand summons you to his home.

"Kind friends," Lightbrand says, rubbing the curls of his short beard with concern. "You have done us such a great service in past weeks that I wish I could bring you better tidings. Prince Gorm has dispatched not insignificant material aid—weapons and armor—to your allies, but alas, I must be frank. Our beloved Sky Citadel does not have the numbers to provide you with any military assistance. The prince considers you friends for life, but we cannot jeopardize our homeland by sending our small defensive forces on an offensive mission. Surely you understand. That does not mean we are unwilling to help, however. I have just finished extensive research on the Onyx Key, the artifact stolen from our vault, and it is indeed the weapon your enemies now use to move their troops unseen. The device creates a network of extradimensional tunnels—it’s a fascinating process, truly. My ancestors suspected the artifact relies on some great power source or hub positioned outside reality, and once opened a gate to it using the red sardonyx shard from the artifact’s base. But in the process, they unleashed terrible monsters that ravaged our city."

"I believe the Ironfang Legion has succeeded where my ancestors failed, conquering this hub and now using it as a central stronghold from which they direct their invasion. I’ve been divining, trying to locate the sardonyx shard for you, so you too can open a gate to the hub. My most recent spells found it deep within the heart of Fangwood Forest, but soon thereafter a powerful magic began shielding it from my spells. To me this implies only one culprit: the Blight."

Karburtin pauses here to refill your drinks and answer any questions you may have regarding the Onyx Key and its history with the dwarves. He continues after.

"You surely know of the legends of the Fangwood’s diseased heart: tales of cruel, corrupted fey and trees that shift and trails that change once travelers pass. This is the work of the Blight, or more precisely, the Darkblight, which is both a disease and a place—the realm of a corrupted fey ruler called Arlantia. But it was not always this way. Not so long ago, the Fangwood was dominated by a collective of fey called the Accressiel Court, ruled by a powerful earth goddess named Gendowyn. Of course, ‘goddess’ is something of an honorific. She was powerful, but hardly divine I think. Regardless, my ancestors sought her council in the past on matters of the earth and seasons. Arlantia once sat at Gendowyn’s right hand, and it was the earth goddess’s Accressiel Court that was overthrown and perverted into the Darkblight."

"The sardonyx shard is somewhere within this cursed realm—I don’t know why, precisely—and cloaked by the region’s powerful corruption. But if you’re willing to brave this terrible place, then this may be a blessing in disguise. I believe that Gendowyn is too powerful to have been simply slain, and Arlantia too vain to kill her rather than keep her captive and gloat. Arlantia was a dryad once, and so must be bound to a tree somewhere in that foul forest. Your sardonyx shard and Gendowyn are both likely held there, if you can find them. Freeing our esteemed Gendowyn would put her in your debt, and as we dwarves can attest, Gendowyn’s kindness knows no bounds for those whom she favors. Rescue her, friends, and you may very well secure the might you need to wipe this Ironfang Legion from the face of Golarion."

Some questions you may ask and their answers.

What can you tell us about Gendowyn?:

"Ah yes, of course, you wouldn’t know. Gendowyn is a glaistig, a mighty fey creature, ancient beyond even my ken. Our clan’s first documented contact with her was more than 700 years ago, when our revered ancestors heard of the great eruption of Droskar’s Crag in Andoran and worried for our own city’s safety. We’d heard tell of this earth princess who held sway over the fractious fey of the Fangwood. Gendowyn communed with the land, and whether she tamed it or simply confirmed its stable intentions, I can’t say. But she gave us invaluable peace of mind during a trying time, and what’s more, she cemented a real alliance between my kin and the Fangwood’s fey. The princess even crafted a gift for my people: a golden rod they could use to part the trees and call the forest’s fey to our aid, should we find ourselves in need. For eighty years did Kraggodan and Gendowyn’s fey bask in friendship, until—well, until that evil dryad, that Arlantia, loosed her corruption on the world. It is a source of terrible, inexcusable shame that we have failed our ally for all these years since."

Why have the dwarves never tried to rescue Gendowyn yourselves?:

"Oh we have, and at terrible price. None of the champions we dispatched ever returned from that accursed place save one, and she returned so twisted and hobbled that she survived only three agonizing days. Eventually, we settled for containing Arlantia’s corruption with a network of runestones, but even these have failed, thanks to... human tampering."

What do you know about Gendowyn’s current state? Are you certain that she is still alive?:

"We know only that we cannot contact her, nor can we find her. The Darkblight twists magic, especially divinations and conjurations. The only dwarven warrior to return from the Darkblight crawled back bearing a lock of the earth goddess’s hair, and with powerful divinations through that we learned she was alive and somewhere beneath the earth. But we have long since run out of hair to use as a focus for our divinations."

What is the blighted region of the Fangwood like?:

Karburtin fixes each member of the party with a serious stare. "I won’t lie; its terrible nature almost defies words. The single dwarf who has returned to Kraggodan alive from those depths described a place of horror, nightmares, and rot before she died an excruciatingly painful death. It’s said that in the Blighted Depths, the living bodies of fey and careless travelers grow into the sickly trees’ trunks; mushrooms and fungus spew spores that gnaw your brain; and hideous, maddening laughter echoes from every direction. Magic often malfunctions or doesn’t work at all there, and almost everything is warped in ways that defy logic. The blighted forest will test your very soul—and I believe that you, my friends, might be the only ones strong enough to fight it."

Is the Darkblight contagious?:

"I’m sorry to say it is, and quite deadly once contracted. The bright side is that while fey are quite vulnerable to it, mortals seem far more difficult to infect. Dwarves, humans, and the like seem able to catch it directly only from infected trees, either moving through them magically—mingling your essence with the Darkblight’s own—or else being in contact for long periods. Rumors say the fey lash their victims to infected trees for days at a time to infest them with the rot."

Who is Arlantia and how can we find her tree?:

"Arlantia is the evil creature who brought the Darkblight to the forest. She was once a handmaiden to Gendowyn, and my own great-grandfather wrote fondly of her passion and creativity. But for whatever reason, she turned from Gendowyn and embraced Cyth-V’sug, demon lord of fungus and parasites. We suspect that she does all of her wickedness in his name, and we believe that she operates from a tree located somewhere in the heart of the Darkblight."

How would freeing Gendowyn help in our fight against the Ironfang Legion?:

"Once Gendowyn was a powerful fey in her own right, but she also once commanded the Fangwood’s thousands of fey creatures. If even a fraction of them remain loyal to her after these centuries, then they could form an army she might place at your disposal. Surely that could help you stand toe-to- toe with this Ironfang Legion."

How can the sardonyx shard help in our fight against the Ironfang Legion?:

"The shard is literally the key to their front gates. They’re winning this war because they can appear anywhere through those damned black towers they grow, and retreat to a stronghold you can’t reach. With the sardonyx shard, you can hit them in their home."

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Karburtin listens carefully as you describe the events in the few hours since you saw him last. He consults his familiar and pages through arcane tomes then nods in satisfaction.

"It's almost unprecedented, but I think we've figured it out. It was the different ghosts that clarified it. This medusa was betrayed by her allies and murdered in the final room before stealing the Onyx Key. She must have been able to turn the hobgoblin into a statue as she died, and those emotions contained all of her hatred and rage, binding her to this plane."

He takes a sip of water.

"Somehow she was able to assume the form of those she turned to stone, and it is these statues that bind her still. You said you've returned 3 to flesh, the last is to return or destroy the hobgoblin statue and that should release the ghost."

You are dubious at this logic but return to the Reliquary and decide on the course of pragmatism, shoving the headless statue into the lava rather than waste a spell on him.

Karburtin keeps the medusa corpse but gives you her items. "It will be a few days while we confirm everything you've learned and cast divinations on the site. Please rest here while we do so."

You can level up while you wait, welcome to Level 14.

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The text in Dwarven says "Chamber of the Onyx Key" and the icons around it appear to be stylized Dwarven letters. M, A, C, G, U, F, F, I, N.

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Karburtin stares at you gravely. "You met the Enthroned King then? Little is know of his past, or the reality anyway. During the tumultuous early years of Kraggodan’s history, the city came under many threats, first from orcs of the surface and then from the duergar
below. The king took drastic measures to continue his stable rule, using alchemy and arcane magic—and, some whisper, blood sacrifice—to extend his reign far beyond the normal dwarven life span. His mind remained sharp, but eventually grew cruel as his body withered into dust.

After centuries beyond his allotted years, the people of Kraggodan quaked under their increasingly distant king’s rule, and they plotted a revolt to place a living heir on the Sky Citadel’s throne. The Enthroned King lashed out, calling down unspeakable violence on his people. Horrified to discover what he was capable of, the king abdicated in the bloody wake of his actions and ordered his name be stricken from Kraggodan’s records for his shameful deeds. As he waited to die, however, he soon discovered that he had so long spurned Magrim, the dwarven lord of death, that death would no longer take him, leaving him nothing but breath in a bottle."

Karburtin pauses. "Of course, who knows if this tale is true or false. As for the stone, I can only assume a medusa, though I do not understand why this one seems to be producing ghosts as well. Remember well that many of the stories we tell depend on our point of view. No doubt the Enthroned King believes what he tells you, but who can say what time has done to that poor spirit, or even if he is the being he claims to be. If he saw a naga but not a medusa, that doesn't mean there is no medusa, only that there is also a naga."

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You find no traps. South is your only new direction, short of gnawing your way through a few walls gugnam style.

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The party unleashes on the infernal gugs and their dark purply toothed god and the enemy returns the favor. The gugs turn to Bor since Faolan is being chewed on.

Gug 1 Attack @ Bor: 1d20 + 17 ⇒ (8) + 17 = 25
Damage: 1d6 + 7 ⇒ (5) + 7 = 12
Gug 1 Attack @ Bor: 1d20 + 17 ⇒ (17) + 17 = 34
Damage: 1d6 + 7 ⇒ (2) + 7 = 9
Gug 1 Attack @ Bor: 1d20 + 17 ⇒ (7) + 17 = 24
Damage: 1d6 + 7 ⇒ (1) + 7 = 8
Gug 1 Attack @ Bor: 1d20 + 17 ⇒ (9) + 17 = 26
Damage: 1d6 + 7 ⇒ (1) + 7 = 8

Gug 2 Attack @ Bor: 1d20 + 17 ⇒ (4) + 17 = 21
Damage: 1d6 + 7 ⇒ (1) + 7 = 8
Gug 2 Attack @ Bor: 1d20 + 17 ⇒ (13) + 17 = 30
Damage: 1d6 + 7 ⇒ (5) + 7 = 12
Gug 2 Attack @ Bor: 1d20 + 17 ⇒ (16) + 17 = 33
Damage: 1d6 + 7 ⇒ (5) + 7 = 12
Gug 2 Attack @ Bor: 1d20 + 17 ⇒ (15) + 17 = 32
Damage: 1d6 + 7 ⇒ (1) + 7 = 8

The purple worm attempts to swallow Faolan whole.

CMB Grab: 1d20 + 36 ⇒ (20) + 36 = 56
Damage: 4d8 + 14 ⇒ (6, 5, 7, 4) + 14 = 36

Faolan disappears down the worms gullet!

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Adder nods along.

"Baba Wren is right though, killing him would prevent them from using him." He shrugs. "Death is almost never permanent most of the time if you do it right anyway. Unless you want to be dead forever, there are ways. We would cut off your head, then boil your brains and stuff the corpse with garlic, rosemary, and scorpion peppers. Nothing would bother you."

He waits to see if the noble is willing to be noble.


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|| AC 23/T16/FF21 | HP 198/198 | F +18 R +10 W +9 | Init +2 | Perception +17 | Sense Motive +0 Human (Shoanti) Barbarian (Invulnerable Rager, Urban Barbarian) 15

Status:

HP 211/211 DR 8/-, 16/lethal, fire 4
AC 29/T18/FF26
CMD 37
Fort +22, Ref +14, Will +13; +2 insight bonus vs. transmutation spells, +6 morale bonus vs. spells, supernatural abilities, and spell-like abilities while raging but must resist all spells, even allies', +4 bonus to Will saves vs. enchantment spells.
Rage: 37/37
Eater of Magic: 1/1/Rage
SA: +1 to Confirm Earthbreaker critical, +5 damage vs spellcasters while raging, +1 damage while flanking
Row: Front
Opponent: None

Will DC 25: 1d20 + 13 + 6 + 4 ⇒ (11) + 13 + 6 + 4 = 34
Will DC 25: 1d20 + 13 + 6 + 4 ⇒ (3) + 13 + 6 + 4 = 26

"Not today little fishy."

Attack: 1d20 + 38 ⇒ (17) + 38 = 55
Damage: 2d6 + 34 + 5 ⇒ (1, 3) + 34 + 5 = 43

Attack: 1d20 + 33 ⇒ (18) + 33 = 51
Damage: 2d6 + 34 + 5 ⇒ (5, 4) + 34 + 5 = 48

Attack: 1d20 + 28 ⇒ (2) + 28 = 30
Damage: 2d6 + 34 + 5 ⇒ (6, 4) + 34 + 5 = 49

Attack: 1d20 + 23 ⇒ (13) + 23 = 36
Damage: 2d6 + 34 + 5 ⇒ (4, 6) + 34 + 5 = 49

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Also because I didn't clarify, everything you buy or have crafted is also discounted 15% but the regular price cap still applies. In addition, Karburtin can craft rods, wands, and rings as a 10th level abjurer and will do so at cost for you, within time constraints as usual.

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Karburtin Lightbrand, the archivist who guided you through the city and asked you so many questions about the fey and forests, arrives after your third meal spent waiting. He sits heavily and looks at the remains of food and drink, noting your cautious stares.

"When first you arrived, I was alarmed. Strangers at our back entrance! Still, you had important information and I thought it best to hear you out. We know of the Ironfang Legion, mercenaries primarily employed by Molthune. The evidence we had for the theft pointed at Molthune, though your examination found it could be suspect."

The winged creature from his staff brings him a cup of water, which he drinks before continuing.

"It took time to assemble a quorum of the Evenhanded Synod, the rulers of Kraggodan, and in that time we cast multiple divinations on the evidence. We found several of the coins had been handled by hobgoblins and a few even by a naga, we believe the same dark naga whose simulacrum you encountered in the morlock caverns."

"You are now asking yourselves why the food, why the telling of tales. It was a test, of character and honesty. No, we didn't torture you but make no mistake, that was an interrogation. Who are these strangers, why have they arrived after two years of war with Molthune, and could they be spies for our enemy?"

He sighs.

"We see the wounds you carry, on body and spirit, of your fight against the Legion. We wanted to offer you comfort, such as we could, and show you that even in the middle of war it is important to take stock of who you are and what you are fighting for. You are brash, but we expect that of the short lived races. You wanted immediate answers, and this too is common of heroes."

"The Synod has heard your story, weighed your character, and believes we would make worthy allies. We want to aid you in your fight against the Legion, but first we must lift the siege of Kraggodan. To do that, you will need to venture into Reliquary of Ascension and find proof of what was stolen from us and by whom. Take the time you need to prepare, for the Reliquary has been invaded by gugs and houses other assorted traps and protections, not all of our own design."

"Because you so impressed the Synod, we will also offer you a discount on purchases in town and a stipend of 20,000 gold to clear out the Reliquary for us and bring back proof that the Legion and not Molthune was responsible. You understand that this proof is not for us, but to convince Molthune beyond a shadow of a doubt that we accused them incorrectly and have no further desire for aggression against them."

Please refund yourself 15% of any money you paid for goods or crafting from the vendors in town. You have whatever time you need to finish some last item crafting, several days I believe, and you are now level 13.

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The Synod listens carefully to this section, however you can tell they are not very interested. They perk up at the descriptions of battle, but focus mostly on their food during talk of fey and forests. Karburtin is knowledgeable about the Fangwood fey, but has little interest in the politics of Nirmathas. Lady Thramirra shows some passing interest in the fortresses and defenses employed.

As the main dish is cleared and you're waiting for dessert, you prepare to win them over with your fight directly against the Legion. The first third of your third tale should detail the plight of Radya's Hollow and how you dealt with it.

DC for this section is 25. Your earlier successes mean the dwarves are still engaged and so you won't have to work as hard to win them over.

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Give me a few hours and I'll have the reaction posted so you can see what future rolls/sections needs to look like and you get a better idea, this post from Faolan is perfect for the details we'll want.


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|| AC 23/T16/FF21 | HP 198/198 | F +18 R +10 W +9 | Init +2 | Perception +17 | Sense Motive +0 Human (Shoanti) Barbarian (Invulnerable Rager, Urban Barbarian) 15

Rhesus trusts Clement without question or thought of his own safety or tastiness.

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Technically it's still over the base so I'd have to roll for it. Since it's a Moderate item I already rolled all of those, and only two were Wonderous items. Both were related to flight so I "burned" both slots to convert it to the flying item for Bor. All they'd have left is single +2 belts at this point.

Karburtin shakes his head. "No hobgoblins are attacking us, just Molthune. Molthune stole the Onyx Key, an artifact of incredible cultural significance to the dwarves of Kraggodan. Any claims that hobgoblins were involved means they were just flunkies for Molthune. We found evidence that Molthune was responsible for the theft, our ambassadors went to them demanding the Onyx Key be returned, and they imprisoned our ambassadors then marched on Kraggodan."

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You're not sure how much time you have, it will depend on how the conference with the rulers goes.

To recap, because PbP is a long process. Your goal is to meet with the rulers of Kraggodan and convince them to aid you in the fight against the Ironfang Legion.

1. You know the Legion infiltrated Kraggodan and stole something called the Onyx Key
2. Kraggodan is currently under seige by Molthune
3. You have several items of proof that the Legion planned to steal the key, but nothing proving they succeeded
4. You do not know what the Onyx Key really is or why Kraggodan had it
5. You do not know what will be expected of you before the Synod
6. Your guide is the chief archivist of the city

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Faolan:

We've made some changes already to allow the shield throw to work, it's thematic and it's fun. I don't think that was an overpowered change. When I look at house rules like this the question is always if it's too powerful alone and if it's too powerful when combined with other abilities. Grand scheme of things we're really looking at 2 points more damage per swing, 12 damage total if you're hasted. Your last attack was 38 from dice and 84 from bonuses, which would drop to 24 against anything with DR 10/-, a real possibility at this level.

Overall I'd say we're not going to run into a problem with this change. Your individual damage is still low per swing, even hasted and buffed with Enlarge and/or SkaldRage Brand Energy Drink you're in line with the rest of the party and Krowe's summons. Go for it.

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I'll let the others chime in before we advance, but from what I can see you will have an opportunity to unload stuff. You can plan based on this, but please wait before you roleplay/post it. There's always a chance you get kicked out first. ;)
MARKETPLACE
Base Value 9,600 gp;
Purchase Limit 75,000 gp;
Spellcasting 9th
Minor Items 4d4; Medium Items 3d4; Major Items 2d4


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Rhesus listens intently and scratches his butt with the new wayfinder. "Will they have blood Bibic? If it's constructs maybe I should get one of them things that helps my hammer go through their shell?"

He nods along with Clem. "Oh yeah, we'll take 'em out no problem. I'm sure after that demonstration on the beach we can count on you to back us. This is a great city we call home and it'd be a shame if some old dead emperor guy wrecked it."

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Even on a nat 20 it's not enough. Probably just best to keep it by the outhouse in case you get locked out.

Faolan smashes the chest to pieces, revealing the contents for all.

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"War is always good for profits Bazsil, you know that. Every cursed thing that walks or crawls or digs or flies on this damned Plane wants to kill something, and little me is just doing her best not to get stabbed, shot, electrified, fireballed, or poison mushroomed to death while making a living doing it. Hate the Legion if it helps, hate the people who don't fight back, or look the other way. Hate the people who show up when the fighting is done and glorify the dead as heroes and the cause as just. Pray for peace and love if that's your thing, ask the gods to spare you any pain in this world and lift you to a glowing afterlife where maidens feed you grapes and wash your bum." She stares into the glowing lichen you are huddled around. "But hate me for trying to survive? Might as well hate yourself for growing strong enough to fight back. You're not the scared band I saw sniveling in a forest cave so long ago, and maybe you'll win your fight and maybe you won't. I'll miss you Bazsil, I might even mourn you."

She smiles. "But count on this, I'll loot your corpse and sell your crap after I'm done crying." She slaps you on the arse and sends you on your way. "Watch them backsides like I do boys, and bring me more stories when we meet again."

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It's been six days of travel from mushrooms to now. The spear was a +1 spear.

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The caravan lead approaches Bazsil, almost stalking him. Not yet sure what new horror you are about to encounter, you hold yourself ready. The figure reaches into their hood, hands wrapped and covered, then looks up directly at you.

The hood flips back to reveal your old friend Novvi, the svirfneblin trader who arrived at your secret cave so long ago to sell goods. "Bazsil you sneaky git, what are you doing here!?"

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The lizardman was clutching a +1 spear.

After 1 minute Faolan must make another DC 22 Fort Save or suffer 1d6 ⇒ 1 Con damage. At that point the mushrooms will run their course. I think I read the wording wrong, I assumed after the second save you'd be disabled by coughing for 2d4 rounds but I think it was the first save. Would've changed the fight a little by dragging it out, you still would've killed them I think. The part about him dying in 1 minute was flavor, 3d6 Con damage will end most adventurers.

You see nothing else of interest down here, however there is still the cave/den the creatures emerged from. Flying up, Bazsil sees the entrance is covered in quills and would take some time to clear.

Your choices are abandon the cave, squeeze into the cave, or clear the quills and move into the cave.

Abandon the cave:

You shrug and move on, having killed several predators and now find yourselves in need of a place to rest your beetles.

Escape Artist DC 24 into cave:

You find loot.

Failed Escape Artist DC 24 into cave:

1d6 ⇒ 1 piercing damage, DC 20 Fort or take 1d4 ⇒ 1 Con damage.

You find loot.

You spend 2 hours clearing the quills:

You find loot.

Loot:

6,107 cp
11,457 sp
92 gp
26 pp
oil of shrink item
periapt of health
potion of fly
wand of magic missile (CL 7, 32 charges)
opal (worth 350 gp)
four amethysts (worth 100 gp each)
dragon statuette carved from a red dragon’s femur (worth 500 gp).

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All of you put together pound the second dragon into paste, and it dies as it lived, overconfident and covered in mushrooms.

Faolan is still in the mushrooms, if Bor moves he will also be mushroomed. The dragon will die before Bor needs to punch him, though that would have hit, so I will rule that Bor doesn't suck down a big helping of karma from virulent mushrooms that any guide would have known about. ;)

Faolan staggers out of the mushroom cloud, looking far worse for wear due to his inhaling of the spoors than the dragon quills sticking out of his shield.


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Status:

HP 198/198 DR 7/-, 14/lethal, fire 4
AC 29/T18/FF26
CMD 37
Fort +19, Ref +13, Will +11; +2 insight bonus vs. transmutation spells, +5 morale bonus vs. spells, supernatural abilities, and spell-like abilities while raging but must resist all spells, even allies', +4 bonus to Will saves vs. enchantment spells.
Rage: 37/37
Shard of Greed: 1/1
Eater of Magic: 1/1/Rage
SA: +1 to Confirm Earthbreaker critical, +5 damage vs spellcasters while raging, +1 damage while flanking
Row: Front
Opponent: None

Rhesus pounces!

Rage, Power Attack, Reckless Abandon, Haste, Inspire, ClemStuff, Pounce. +5 phase locking ghost touching hammer of pain coming in (I hope).

Attack #1: 1d20 + 35 ⇒ (10) + 35 = 45
Damage: 2d6 + 31 ⇒ (4, 6) + 31 = 41

Attack #2: 1d20 + 35 ⇒ (6) + 35 = 41
Damage: 2d6 + 31 ⇒ (6, 1) + 31 = 38

Attack #3: 1d20 + 35 ⇒ (4) + 35 = 39
Damage: 2d6 + 31 ⇒ (6, 6) + 31 = 43

Attack #4: 1d20 + 35 ⇒ (13) + 35 = 48
Damage: 2d6 + 31 ⇒ (4, 4) + 31 = 39

+4 damage to each if this thing is a spellcaster.


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Rhesus shakes his head and dodges debris. "Never wake up ancient evil in the middle of town. Consortium rule #3." He holds his hammer in a way that makes clear to any stampeders they should stampede in a different direction.

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Faolan, you sense she is being honest.

She jumps back on her beetle and rides up and away as fast as possible. "Harsh, man!"

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She laughs. "Dwarven settlement? No, those hairy jerks are always harshing on me and the feeling is mutual." She moseys down the wall.

"Well I'll tell ya Bazsil, I guide folks all along this here road and beyond. Can point out the dangers, grease the right palms, you know how it is. For a cool 7.5k gold my services are yours from here until you dudes leave the Long Walk."

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