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Male Gray Elf Eldritch Knight 20

Damn, it's been over a year since we finished this. But I found this when I was transferring files off my soon-to-be-decommissioned gaming PC to my shiny new file server, and wanted to share. In case any of you guys are still running around out there - I had a blast, and still look back fondly on our Road to 20. Good gaming!

Grunting with effort, Filraen places Karzoug's golden throne on top of a pile of other valuables. "That's the last of them," he declares, stepping down from the ten foot diameter pile of gems, golden artifacts, and valuable artwork Gabrielle and Sheila have claimed as their and the Society's share of the wealth of Karzoug the Claimer. "That should leave just enough room for the circle..."

Stepping back, Filraen begins tracing diamond dust around the pile of valuables, careful to keep to an exact measurement only his mind's eye perceives. After almost ten minutes of painstaking work, with his former companions looking on the whole time, Filraen completes the circle and retrieves a scroll from his belt, commanding the magic stored within to complete his task. The circle flickers like a dying flame for a moment before flaring vibrantly to life, then going still. The contents of the circle disappears.

"Just the two of you left," Filraen says, indicating the area where the treasure once stood with his head. "Off you go to Heidmarch Manor, and from their back to Taldor."

Sheila frowns as he steps back. "You are not free to do as you please, Filraen Ghaun. You still serve the Decemvirate."

"I have never served the Decemvirate," he replies. "Now, it is time to go."

Sheila steps into the circe behind Gabrielle. "The Ten, and those loyal to them, will come. The Occulding Field is gone, and you cannot hide in your fastness from them. Their eyes see all things; even magical wards cannot hide you."

"That remains to be seen," Filraen replies, his tone pompous and his smile fond, if overly familiar, "It is time for you to be gone." With a sharp command in the language of magic and a gesture, he cuts off Sheila's retort with the command word of the teleportation circle. In an instant, the great hall of the Pinnacle of Avarice stands empty but for it's new permanent resident. With a gesture, the door to the throne room is pulled shut. He scuffs the circle with the toe of his boot, permanently ruining the magic and sealing off the last entrance to Xin-Shalast. "But not today."

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"You may be, but only because I went on a Race for the Runecarved Key. If only I had known!"

-Filraen Ghaun, currently stuck as a level 19.2 Eldritch Knight.

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Male Gray Elf Eldritch Knight 20

Filraen shakes his head wordlessly.

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"Absolutely not!" Filraen barks, menacing Sheila. "I will not tolerate the Ten having their hands on any of Karzoug's artifice! They've demonstrated themselves too irresponsible to possess such things."

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Male Gray Elf Eldritch Knight 20

"That it secures Mhar and Karzoug under my direct supervision is of ancillary significance to me in wishing to remain here," Filraen admits, shrugging apologetically. "It is a task I am happy to perform, because I enjoy my continued existence, but I would desire the use of this place regardless."

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Male Gray Elf Eldritch Knight 20

"Corruption is a vague concept. Corruption according to whom? Measured by what metric? Any of us, except perhaps Sheila, could use magic to determine if there is innate evil present within the walls of this structure. If the bricks and mortar are not inherently evil, will that satisfy you?"

Pointing north, Filraen continues. "What about Mhar Massif? There is undeniable evil there, where a Great Old One slumbers. The World Thunder is beyond even our considerable capabilities. We are like gnats to it. What would you do with that, an undeniable evil at the pinnacle of the Kodar Mountains?"

Lowering his voice, he concludes, "I fear you are setting yourself up for failure if you attempt to eradicate a concept from a geographic location. Short of the utter annihilation of the mountaintop and the Great Old One within, I fear that is beyond all our grasp. Much of what Karzoug wrought can be turned to good. His wealth can be used to help those like the Vekkers, who can be uplifted from their stations. It can be used to protect against things more terrible than even Karzoug himself, like Mhar or the aboleth masters of Azlant. To annihilate it would be... wasteful."

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Male Gray Elf Eldritch Knight 20

"Unfortunately, my elementals do not possess teleportation magic. Perhaps you should see the shaitan about organizing his workforce once they arrive?" Filraen looks to his other companions. "Provided Morgrym and Sheila are amenable. I believe we also owe the Vekker family some of the wealth we accrued here."

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Male Gray Elf Eldritch Knight 20

"Ignoring the vast quantities of gold required to actually make the teleportation circle and that you would need one at each end, doubling the cost, nevermind that you have no greater claim to every last speck of gold on the mountain than Morgrym or I... still no." Filraen reaches into a pocket and pulls out a black handkerchief, which he allows to unfold. However, rather than dangling partway down his arm, it drops all the way to the floor where it pools a bit at his feet.

"Because I own a portable hole."

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Male Gray Elf Eldritch Knight 20

Sense Motive: 1d20 + 36 ⇒ (19) + 36 = 55*.

Filraen cocks an eyebrow at Gabrielle. "So you only need a permanent, two-way teleportation circle in order to loot the place?" he asks suspiciously. "If all you want is gold, I can ferry you up and down the mountain myself, or make Karzoug's former apprentice do it."

Bluff: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (15) + 7 = 22 and Sense Motive: 10 + 36 = 46.**

As he speaks, he glances sideways at Ceoptra.

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I haven't been counting morning tea as a 12-hour buff. I find the rules logic that stands on to be... shaky. If we're considering the tea set's magic to last 12 hours, rather than the standard duration of the spells, then that's two higher for +38.

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To send an innuendo and gauge whether the intended target picked it up.

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Male Gray Elf Eldritch Knight 20

"Oh? I'm not the only one who has decided on a preferred fate for Xin-Shalast," Filraen replies, looking pointedly at Gabrielle, "I am simply the first one to make my intentions known."

"Besides," Filraen sweeps his arms wide, as if to encompass the entirety of the Pinnacle of Avarice, "Karzoug still lives, against my advice might I add. Someone will need to remain as warden of both of Karzoug and Mhar. I have much to gain here, longer aims to further in safety and seclusion. It is much to my advantage to operate from the peak of the world; unlike the two of you, thousands of leagues do not hinder me."

Filraen's smiles mirthlessly as he lowers his arms. "Why did you think I invested so much time and effort into enchanting those three rune giants? As a present to Zarta Dralneen? To decorate my office at the Acadamae?"

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"This is spinning rapidly out of control," Filraen mentally admonishes himself, "I had not expected her to announce herself as herself. Was a more palatable guise too much to hope for?"

Releasing a long breath to still his racing mind, Filraen places his gloved hand on the hilt of his scimitar before dipping his right shoulder and steps out from his hiding place. "Because," he states matter-of-factly as he looks from companion to companion, almost daring them to contradict him, "I will require her assistance in renovating Xin-Shalast."

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Stealth: 1d20 + 35 ⇒ (12) + 35 = 47

Filraen steps around a corner, plucking spell components as he does so.

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Filraen nods, then uses his spiked gauntlet to cut his palm and begin tracing the somatic components of a spell.

Filraen casts polymorph any object on Ceoptra to transmute her into a female Azlanti woman. For dramatic effect, I kinda ignored the fifteen minutes of spell prep required to fill an open 8th level slot. He has one available to fill.

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"Presented," Filraen asks, "As in I will need to do the presenting?"

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Morgrym Anvilstrike wrote:
how does she seem to know so much about us?

That is a little disconcerting. Though Filraen does only have 9 Wisdom, so he's probably less concerned than I am.

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Male Gray Elf Eldritch Knight 20

"Illusions will not last long enough to conceal your appearance from Sheila and Morgrym. I expect they will remain several days. With fifteen minutes of preparation, I can transmute you into something else," Filraen explains, retrieving his spellbook. "However, divination magic will see through it. I can provide you limited protection against divination as well, but it will not be foolproof unless you have better warding magic available."

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Whoops! That's resting, not resisting!

Filraen nods. "I see. I will need to see him shortly. Or her, I suppose. I confess I have not paid much attention to the genders of the giants."

"More importantly, I will need to know the disposition of the servants that once belonged to Karzoug. I can tell you Viorian Dekanti is gone; she left with one of my companions, presumably to copulate. Two more Rune Giants were killed in our push through the Pinnacle, and several of the storm and cloud giants were freed in the process. I would like to bring them back into the fold, without needing compulsions if possible. I am not above forcing my will on them, as you observed, but charmed or compulsed minions lose their innovation, their creativity, and with it much of their value. The denizens of Leng are gone, a state I would prefer to maintain until I have better understanding of the creatures, and their device lies in ruins, much to my chagrin. That is the extent of the forces of Karzoug I have encountered; what others can you tell me of?"

Pausing for a moment, he looks his prospective ally up and down, as if noticing for the first time in the conversation that he is discussing tactical distribution of forces and empire building with a twelve foot tall half-lion, half-woman. "It might also behoove us to alter your appearance temporarily; for different reasons, I expect both companions that remain in the Pinnacle might, erhm..." he holds his arms up in an apologetic shrug, "Rush to judgment, were they to see you."

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Spellcraft: 1d20 + 40 ⇒ (6) + 40 = 46

I might need a little clarification; if I understand correctly, the giant dropped off radar sometime in the last 24 hours. With my Spellcraft skill, I know that it is an impossibility for him to do that without some intervention unless I fail to check the spell once every 24 hours; this happens every day when I prep spells. Are you declaring as GM that at some point I forgot because I the player didn't say it, or is this all starting to sound fishy?

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Male Gray Elf Eldritch Knight 20

You're right; I do remember Ursus' proclivities, though if I remember correctly he confined himself to his own taxonomic family.

"Announce me?" Filraen furrows his brow, thinking rapidly. "Ah, as a Runelord. Unnecessary. Coveting, after all, would be pride; there are more important things to focus on. Like, for example, a mysteriously disappearing Rune Giant." As he finishes speaking, Filraen mentally checks in with the two remaining dominated giants, confirming that he has not lost any more.

Bluff with Moment of Prescience: 1d20 + 7 + 21 ⇒ (9) + 7 + 21 = 37 to disguise his quickly changing the subject from declaring him a Runelord...

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Yeah, he always did think I was evil... which, for the record, I am not!

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Sense Motive: 1d20 + 30 ⇒ (8) + 30 = 38

Filraen's eyes darken and his gaze becomes a glare. "I am not one to be baited by taunts or other," he pauses momentarily, "physical persuasions." Pointing to his temple with his gauntleted left hand, he explains, "The treasures of the mind are more valuable than any worldly things."

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"So, if you do not worship Lissala... You are not a 'priest' in the academic sense at all, are you?" Remembering an earlier divination, and the conversation it overheard, He finally puts the puzzle together. "No god, then. No god, no master, just your force of will and your Greed?"

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Male Gray Elf Eldritch Knight 20

Knowledge (religion): 1d20 + 27 ⇒ (11) + 27 = 38

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Any knowledge that would be appropriate for ancient Thassilon?

Knowledge check: 1d20 ⇒ 1?

Arcana +40, local +39, dungeoneering/nature/planes/religion +27, engineering/geography/history/nobility +24. Whichever would be most appropriate.

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Male Gray Elf Eldritch Knight 20

Seeing no holy symbol, Filraen's eyes narrow.

Knowledge (nature): 1d20 + 27 ⇒ (18) + 27 = 45 (or Religion, if that is more appropriate) to remember the deity lamias worship.

"You say you would be my high priestess," he begins, his mind racing. "Priestesses answer to the gods, not men or elves. To whom, I wonder, do you pray?"

Perception DC 15:
As he speaks, Filraen unconsciously brushes the back of his gauntleted left hand.

For the DC of the Perception, I used the same DC as to hear a whispered conversation from CRB p. 102; I'd guess they're roughly equivalent "actions".

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Perception: 1d20 + 37 ⇒ (20) + 37 = 57 looking for a holy symbol or other indicator of her faith.

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"A tempting offer..." Filraen lapses into concentration for a moment, his eyes glazing over as he orders the two rune giants still responding to his magic to find their missing compatriot. "What vision, exactly, is it up to me to accomplish? And in whose name would you be accomplishing that vision?"

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Filraen pauses to ponder this proposition. After considering for several minutes, he speaks slowly. "That is... an unexpected proposition, and one that merits exploration. Let's say that you were to be the high priestess of "my domain"; what direction would you provide the people? To what purpose would you direct them?"

As he speaks, Filraen mentally curses his own lapse in judgment for forgetting to cast telepathic bond on his allies.

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With his foresight spell not alerting him to combat, Filraen raises an eyebrow. "For now, let's answer with a tentative, 'Yes'. What would that make you?"

While speaking, Filraen will make a mental inventory of the dominated Rune Giants, to confirm that they're all still alive, and eyeball the cloud giants for any signs of charms or compulsions.

Sense Motive: 1d20 + 30 ⇒ (4) + 30 = 34 to detect hostile intent and/or compulsions.

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Male Gray Elf Eldritch Knight 20

As Filraen has an active foresight spell from our time spent in the tundra digging up mine shafts, what does his spell foresee in his next six seconds after he rounds the corner?

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Sighing and shaking his head, Filraen heads into the Pinnacle. "If someone requires me, I will be locating a room to use as my quarters and laboratory. Ideally a large one."

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Filraen closes his eyes and places a hand in the center of the shaitan's torso. Resting his other hand on Morgrym's shoulder, he speaks a syllable in the language of magic and all three disappear, to reappear just outside the Pinnacle of Avarice.

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Turning to face the elementals, Filraen withdraws the map to Xin-Shalast and holds it out to the elementals. "Travel northeast following this map, until you reach the edge of the city. Move through the city until you reach the tower on the north edge of the city. I will meet you outside the tower."

As the elementals take the Vekkers' map and glide into the earth, Filraen turns to face the rest of the party. "Ready to go?"

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Filraen sighs and looks at Sheila with an exaggerated, and obviously false, smile. "Only because it's you, we could leave the earth elementals to make their own way up. It will be faster for them to simply walk through the earth than to climb over it unexposed."

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"What has our esteemed appraiser done to you?" Filraen asks, chuckling. "Or is roughing it out here in nature starting to affect you?"

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Filraen arches an eyebrow at Gabrielle's dissatisfaction. "Enslaved? Hardly. Our pasha is an honored guest. An unwilling one, to be sure, but a guest nonetheless. Would you treat the child hostage of a vassal family so rudely?"

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Filraen smiles. "It is my understanding that both cloud and storm giants are expert craftsmen. I doubt they will require persuasion either; I can't foresee objection to dismantling the wealth of the wizard who enslaved them."

Surveying the collection of adventurers and outsiders, his smile dissipates in favor of his usual slight frown. "Now, because there are too many of us to teleport, we'll want to begin walking." Pulling out his wayfinder, he examines it a moment before turning to face northwest. "This way."

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"Why are you so fixated on having a permanent way to teleport here?" Filraen asks, "We have a labor force of giants already, who I am sure will take pleasure in stripping Karzoug of his wealth, even posthumously, and simple teleportation can take us down the mountain to turn what we retrieve into liquid assets." Gesturing to several trinkets arrayed upon his person, he continues, "With the wealth we took from Karzoug alone any one of us could settle the debts of nations; the Vekker clan will be wealthy beyond their imaginings without us trying to melt down every inch of the city."

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Filraen pauses to consider this "I don't know - a simpler solution would be to donate a portion of whatever we strip from the Pinnacle to them. They did show us the way, after all." Hefting himself out of the snow and to his feet, he continues, "What it most certainly proves is that the Vekkers did not lie to their investors - there was a great deal of gold in the mountain. Just not where one would expect a dwarf to retrieve it!"

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Sitting on a snow drift, Filraen sighs. "So that's it, then? Karzoug and his predecessors have sucked the mountain dry but for fools' gold and sparkling quartz?"

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Filraen emits an exhausted sigh. "Of course they were. It was the city of Greed, after all." Turning to Morgrym, he continues, "We can check the other assay points, if you wish."

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Filraen arches an eyebrow. "We will certainly find out if their creditor's claims are well founded, or if the brothers were in the right. Beyond that, it is up to the family to decide what to do with the mines." Turning away and retrieving his spellbooks, he adds, "If the family wishes further assistance, they will need to negotiate it separately."

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Filraen's frown becomes a sneer. "I would expect that compensation to extend to the mining rights that would, under Taldan law, pass to the Vekkers' heirs rather than to whoever happened to stumble upon their corpses?"

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Filraen frowns. "I would assume that, if the deposits are of sufficient size, the Vekkers' heirs will come to claim their due. I do not intend to plan or execute their expedition beyond verifying the claims of the deceased, and even that only because Morgrym feels it is just."

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"The deposit's size is unknown," Filraen explains to the shaitan, "You and our elemental labor force will need to estimate the size and value of the deposits in the boreholes. If necessary, the elementals can excavate a portion of the deposit for further examination." Retrieving the Vekkers' map, Filraen spreads it on a table. "The deposits are marked on this map."

Turning to his companions, Filraen inquires, "Do we plan to? I believe we wanted to clear the good name of the Vekkers and withdraw a sample of the deposits, not strip mine the mountain. The climate makes using humanoid labor prohibitive."

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"Well... isn't that interesting. The elementals have resisted my command. We shall have to wait until tomorrow to try again with them."

Filraen turns to the his other compelled ally and begins pacing around the binding circle. "Noble shaitan, what do you prefer to be called? I should know the name of a business partner." As he speaks, Filraen drags his foot through the shaitan's binding circle, breaking the magic that held it within.

After sleeping on it, for sticking with PFS rules I figure anything that affects our stat blocks (like wishes for stats) should probably stay off limits. However, we're not the only ones engaged in world-building with things that aren't strictly PFS legal. Stuff that isn't reflected in our stats is the kind of world-building PCs of our level should be expecting to do.

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"Noble Shaitan, you will act as my adviser and appraiser for the next eighteen days. In return, I offer you my share of whatever valuable gems, minerals, or goods we find in the excavation conducted by the elementals; at the conclusion of your service, those resources are yours to do with as you please. I will further offer you fair market value for any appraisals you perform."

Opposed Charisma check: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (8) + 6 = 14

"Elementals, you will assist us in excavating dig sites in and around the area of Xin-Shalast for the next nineteen days."

Opposed Charisma check: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (3) + 6 = 9.

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Male Gray Elf Eldritch Knight 20

Before resting, Filraen will spend an hour filling his empty 6th level spell slot with planar binding, his empty 7th level spell slot with magic circle against evil, and fill his empty 8th level spell slot with greater planar binding.

He will then cast magic circle against evil twice, once via limited wish using blood money.

Blood Money damage: 1d6 ⇒ 3 plus 2 Strength damage.

He will cast a second limited wish using blood money again to enchant one trap with dimensional anchor.

Blood Money damage: 1d6 ⇒ 6 plus 2 Strength damage.

He will then use one trap to cast planar binding to summon three medium earth elementals, followed by casting Persistent greater planar binding, applying the Persistent spell feat with two charges from his Staff of the Master to summon a noble shaitan as a supervisor and appraiser.

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Yeah, I've tried to hew to the PFS rules for item/spell access - otherwise, as Morgrym said, I'd have some permanent spells (and +5 inherent bonuses to my stats... thanks wish!).

"Hmm, how many elementals do you think will be necessary? With a planar binding, I can summon three earth elementals to do most of the actual investigation. A second casting would net us a xorn to burrow an actual tunnel for us. Between the two of us we should be able to summon a serviceable burrowing work crew."

"Alternatively, we could transform ourselves. However, I prefer to let others do the heavy lifting."

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"We could use magic to shorten our rest, as well, and summon or bind outsiders to speed up the excavation process. Earth elementals or shaitans. Or others? Xill, maybe?"

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