Warped Savant wrote:
There's nails sticking through every available surface of the doghouse (except the floor). That way the prisoner can't lean against the interior walls (making it difficult to get any sleep) and can't climb onto the roof to get away from the dogs.
I Understand that, but the definition for “festooned” is to be adorned with ribbons or garlands.
Turn of the Torrent wrote:
The scaffold consists of a 30-foot-square wooden platform, at the center of which has been placed a small wooden doghouse-shaped structure, the walls and roof of which have been festooned with nails.
Could someone clarify what is meant when the adventure says “festooned”? I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out what this means.
I am the friend! I am here! Just found out that my Inquisitor of Ragathiel just barely hit 10, so I can't bring my Silver Crusade (and I'm upset!) so my options are a 9 warpriest/sentinal of Calistria (Dark Archives), a 5 magus who's still recovering from a TPK in the Gloomspire (Exchange), a 9 necromancer (Dark Archive), and an 8 negative-energy cleric of Sun Wukong (Sovereign Court) (I'm planning on playing the cleric in an IRL scenario on October 6th, so I'm mostly mentioning him here for thoroughness and honesty).
Hahaha! I may have to use that for the Poisoned Quill.
That said, I can see where you’re coming from; I personally always saw Tiarise as being a lesbian in the (at least what I believe to be) uber-conservative Cheliax (after all, the Order of the Rack’s main purpose is to maintain the status quo). I always thought that the one “feminine” woman that Barzillai was not uncomfortable around was his borderline-incestuous view of his sister.
Pnakotus Detsujin wrote:
Interesting way of putting it, and I largely have to agree, but two points of clarification: 1) who are you referring to as “THE woman Barzillai despises”? I’m assuming the Queen, but you know what they say about assumptions. 2) What about Tiarise? She’s quite possibly the most feminine of Barzillai’s major allies in addition to being one of the catalysts of the campaign as a whole.
Full disclosure: I am not GMing this YET, but being the meticulous man that I am I wanted to make sure everything was perfect (or as close as possible) for my group of players who are really excited to play this AP.
This brings me to this point: properly roleplaying and presenting Barzillai. Barzillai’s flaws in this book give a great framework for his personality and what makes him tick.
Cruelty: the man is a master of torture and would kill 300 people in cold blood for his way.
And then you get to the one that made me raise my eyebrow and go “huh?”: Gynophobia. Throughout reading Hell’s Rebels I got a good image of Barzillai in my head as a guy willing to use anything and everything to achieve his goal, but when I saw that he was apparently gynophobic, I was wholeheartedly confused. His personal bodyguard (Nox) is a woman, the person who gave him the Book of the Damned idea (Tiarise) is a woman, even one of his trump cards, a mighty dragon willing to do his bidding, is a woman. A misogynist I could potentially see him as, but a gynophobe? Not really.
This long route finally brings me to my actual question that might require some psychoanalysis: In what way has Barzillai Thrune’s actions indicated that he was gynophobic?
Yeah, that's what I did, since I also found the exact same situation for an enemy in Hell's Rebels. I've informed my players about that interpretation of the rules (far in advance so that they don't know when it will happen) so that it won't come as a complete surprise to them.
Okay, can someone make sense of Jamirah's tactics for me?
1) "Once in melee combat, she uses her
FYI this is my first time GMing an ongoing AP, campaign, or whatever, and I'm running it for people who are very experienced with the game (a 5 star in PFS and a 2 star who's also a VA), so I'm looking over tactics and combats entire books in advance.
(Wow! This is really long! But, whatever, let's just roll with it.)
So, in the Hammer Fist entry of the Armor Storm Soldier Style, it says that "You treat any unarmed attack you make while wearing heavy or powered armor as being made with a battleglove with an item level equal to or lower than your soldier level..." I know that unarmed strike damage is normally 1d3, but this statement makes me think that that isn't the case here. Does this mean that at level 1, a soldier with this style is treated as wielding a cestus battleglove (item level 1) and deals 1d4 plus stuff, increasing to a powered battleglove's (item level 10) 2d8 damage at level 10, and so on?
And while on the subject, it later says that "These unarmed attacks don’t benefit from other abilities that apply specifically to unarmed attacks (such as the Improved Unarmed Strike feat)." Does this mean that the soldier doesn't get the enhanced damage that they would get from wearing a specific suit of powered armor? If so, then it would be pretty counterintuitive for them to get the proficiency for free and not be able to use that part of it.
I'll be jumping between three books, so bear with me.