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Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

I'm planning a Cavalier with the Order of the City. (S)He is going to be a real kintargo homeboy/girl. The proper charismatic leader type. Whether they'll be smart enough and/or manipulated by a more puppet-master type remains to be seen :D


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation
d'Valois Mai Zhi wrote:

Thank you again, Sir, for running such a fun game!

And thanks to all of the rest of you for making this a enjoyable time!

Seconded!


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Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Thoroughly self-indulgent politics posted. Thank you for letting me play in the sandbox one last time!


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Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

The senate is packed with people, on a scale that hasn’t been seen for two years, ever since the Exaultation Day Massacre. The floor is thronged with senators, resplendent in their rich robes and garments. The galleries are packed too, but with a much lower class of people than would normally be permitted within the august halls – artisans, labourers and a few even less reputable looking people. Not only is the Empress herself in attendance at this session of the Senate, but today’s business is a great change, one that represents the largest ever shift in Taldan governance.

The Succession Heroes are all in attendance at Melodie’s request, forming the event into an amusing rerun of their first meeting at the Exaultation Gala. Rather than being the bright eyed senatorial aides however, they now represent a significant concentration of skill and power, around which a number of other senators, nobles and hangers on seek to gather. The Countesses d’Valois draw the most attention, but even Zileska garners interest and gossip for more than her current choice of outfit.

”We should head to the box.” Melodie says, having received a significant nod from one of the ushers stationed across the Arcade. ”It looks like the show is about to begin.” It takes nearly ten minutes but the flow of human traffic into the senate hall itself finally slows until the Senate Princeps, Lord Giovanni Merosett, can gavel the session to order.

”The Senate is called to order to vote on motion 26b of the new Justice Bill, allowing for the appointment of People’s Tribunes to sit amongst this august body.” Merosett’s voice is laden with disapproval, a staunch traditionalist who voted against repealing primogeniture he despises the many ‘innovations’ introduced under Eutropia and has wielded his considerable senate influence to delay, dilute or outright block numerous reforms – unfortunately for him, this particular bill had had supporters too powerful for even a man with thirty years’ experience to defeat.

”Does Your Majesty approve of the bill?” He asks formally, turning to the Grand Princess on her throne. Eutropia inclines her head regally, the Primogen Crown flashing under the bright lights of the hall. ”The Throne approves. Therefore the bill will proceed to vote, we begin in ten minutes.”

From their box Zileska and Melodie scan the senate floor together, noting face and demeanors as their friends chat behind them, explaining some of the finer points to Safina.

”There, it’s Vernisant. He’s trying to talk to Duo.” Zileska points out, laying a hand on Melodie’s arm to draw her attention. The changling’s mismatched eyes narrow.

”I though we’d warned him off. Clearly he’s feeling brave today.” She turns to her wife, a smirk forming on her lips.
Feel like doing a job for me sweetheart. Earl Vernisant is downstairs and trying to steal our votes, would you mind ‘talking’ to him for me?

Zhi catches the bent of her wife’s thoughts and grins in response.
”My pleasure, Princessa.” She replies, slipping down the stairs from the senatorial box.

From above the rest of the women watch as Zhi makes her way through the crowds to Earl Vernisant. The conversation between the two is brief and Vernisant appears defensive, until Zhi produces a black feather from somewhere and pushes it into the Earl’s hands. Even from their balcony, Vernisant’s face pales dramatically and he retreats from the senate floor with unseemly speed leaving Zhi standing by herself with a wide grin as her wife applauds her from above.

Zhi has just returned when the votes are called and the entire group watches with delight as Merosett’s face turns redder and redder as the count moves steadily against him. With the Empress here in person even normally traditionalist senators bow to the throne’s will and the vote is unanimous, with Merosett not casting a vote at all, in futile protest.

”By seven hundred and forty three votes to none, motion 26b is now passed. The floor is open to nominations for People’s Tribune.”

”Sara Burke! Sara Burke!”

The call rings out across the hall from somewhere in gallery and is soon filling the auditorium as the tall woman is propelled to the front of the balcony. Merosett hammers his gavel into the podium to restore order, beating the ancient wood with ferocity until silence is restored.

”Order! I will have order!” He bellows, until the gallery subsides. ”Now, while the senate appreciates the… enthusiasm of the people, this is a senatorial vote, not an Andoran election. Unless Miss Burke is able to…”

”Princeps. May I speak?” Melodie calls, her voice cutting cleanly through the hubbub. Merosett frowns at the silence that follows her question but steps back, ”The Senate recognises Senator d’Valois.” He agrees unwillingly.

Melodie pauses for a long moment, casting a stern eye across the gallery to ensure silence for her announcement. ”I hereby nominate Sara Burke as People’s Tribune.” The crowd roars approval and doesn’t stop until Eutropia herself raises a hand. With an official nomination there is no further impediment and, despite the traditionalist faction raising half a dozen objections, the vote proceeds swiftly. Sara is voted by a narrow margin and strides down onto the senate floor to take her seat in the front row, where Bartelby Lotheed cedes his seat to her to much applause.

The Grand Princess leaves and much of the gallery empties now that the main vote has passed. The Princeps finally gavels the session to order once more and launching into the next motion when he sees the new Tribune standing. ”Tribune Burke, this is not the time. The Senate has much pressing business and no time to instruct you in your new duties.” The man snaps. ”Now…”

”Princeps Merosett!” Sara replies sharply, ”I am well aware of my new duties. As Tribune I am accorded the same rights as every Senator and, since the is not a vote in progress, I propose an urgent motion.” Trapped by the laws which he had helped draft, Merosett is forced to yield the podium to the imposing woman.

In the senatorial box Zhi can feel her wife’s tension, and rubs her arm soothingly. ”She’s doing brilliantly isn’t she?” She asks, trying to distract Melodie. ”It’s going to be fine. We’ve planned for this.” Melodie squeezes her wife’s hand but doesn’t speak, uncharacteristically nervous as Sara brings her speech to a close.

”… therefore I declare a motion of Censure against Princeps Merosett, for obstruction of the throne, incompetence and by the will of the people!” Merosett glares ferociously at Sara, but the former-resurrectionist returns his gaze cooly. ”Will anyone second the motion.”

”I will.” A tall brunette calls.

”The motion is seconded by Senator Trant.” Sara responds, flashing a wink at her lover. ”Lord Darvian, will you conduct the vote?”

Darvian, a grey-haired elf who has sat in the senate for more than a century, nods regally and moves smoothly through the motions of the vote, which passes by more than one hundred votes. Merosett’s long time in the senate having made him plenty of enemies who are only too glad of an opportunity to stick the knife in.

”Since the Princeps has been censured I am required to open nominations for a replacement.” Darvian says, over the hubbub. ”Who will make a nomination?”

”I nominate Lord Attrem!” Merosett calls immediately, to calls of approval from the traditionalist faction. Up in the box Melodie’s hand tightens convulsively on her wife’s. [smaller]”This is it.” She murmurs, before nodding significantly to Trant and Sara on the floor.

”I nominate Countess d’Valois.” Bartelby Lotheed announces, a move which Trant immediately seconds. Again the matter is put to a vote as Sara, Malphene and Bartelby move across the floor, speaking quietly with certain people. Above Zhi watches with narrowed eyes, mentally ticking off names as vote after vote is cast.

Merosett was barely restrained from yelling when Melodie was nominated and, as her votes mount into the hundred with even reliable traditionalists casting their votes for her, his face turns scarlet and he nearly foaming at the mouth by the time the votes are counted.

Darvian raises a wrinkled hand for quiet and announces. ”By six hundred and seventy five votes to eighty we have a new Princeps. Countess d’Valois, the senate is yours.”


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Planning on it today. :)


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Zileska did a wonderful job of playing the cleric. She fulfilled the 'heal-bot' role, but rather than just being the provider of divine magic she was a wonderfully realised character who did a great job of embodying all the complex and contradictory facets of being a Calistrian. She slept with anyone she wanted but never came across as cheap and genuinely found something special and valuable in everyone that she came across, whether living painting, cursed spider-man or anything in between. She also did a wonderful job as 'party mom', coaxing both Zhi and Mel (those roiling balls of teenage angst) through a wide variety of situations with remarkable wisdom and good humor. Her sideline of founding a school for young women was a lovely way to give her a goal in her own right and very fitting - something her goddess would absolutely approve of, but in a kind and caring way that reflected her own personality perfectly. May every cleric be as interesting, compassionate and fun as you Zileska!


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Tomorrow then. :)

Don't worry, you'll all be in it!


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

I've got something else in mind but its likely highly self indulgent... so not entirely sure I should. :)


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

After the Miracle:
Melodie groans softly as Zhi pushes against her and leans down, nowhere near as far now, to capture her wife's lips in her own again.

"Well I am looking forward to taking you shopping. You're going to model lots of things for me to admire you in..." She pauses, "But how could we go shopping without making sure we both know exactly what changes have been made." One of her hands snakes up between them and begins to tease Zhi's hard nipple. "I think we need to make a thorough inspection first!"

With that decided she spins around, twirling Zhi with her and pushes her wife back towards their bed. "So... I think I should start from the feet..."


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

And it's a very good RBF dear...


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Tessa and Zhi making faces... priceless! :D


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

"Mine!" Melodie hurls the thought across the distance, although there is no response except for a faint echo of amused laughter. She too helps to tuck Zileska in although she does give the woman a mock stern look.

"You'll have to ask beforehand if you want to have another taste." She says, although without any real venom - she knows that the relationship is not like that.

"Thank you Zil, thank you for everything. If you ever need aid from me all you have to do is ask." She says it firmly, her ever-so-expressive voice giving the words a sense of great weight.

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After the Miracle:

Melodie steps up behind her wife and runs her white hands gently down Zhi's newly smoothed skin to rest on her rounded hips.

"I think you're beautiful." She whispers, leaning down to rest her chin on her wife's shoulder. [smaller]"Is it everything you wanted?"


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Excellent work. N0thing needs changing from me.


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Zhi/Zil:
"Really?" Mel replies with a disappointed mu, "Once the baby is here I'll have to try and change your mind about that."

Any more to do for this one, or shall we move to the wetnurse, or the wish? ;)


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Zhi/Zil:
"Just the drink for now." Melodie says, making the decision on her wife's behalf. "We can meet the wet nurse tomorrow when we're actually prepared for that."

She takes her wife's hand and, with a thought, sends wafts of air across her heated skin.

"Better?"

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"She's perfect!" Melodie breathes, reaching out with one gentle finger to stroke her daughter's face. One tiny fist reaches up and clutches at Melodie's long digit and, as the two make contact, Melodie slips gently into her daughter's bright, flickering mind.

Welcome little one. We love you. So much." Inside her daughter's mind Melodie can feel the barrage of sensation, light and sound assaulting her senses. So she eases the pressure, siphoning sound and light away and watching as the tiny bundle relaxes into Zhi's arms.

"We did it my love. You did it!" Her mental voice reflects the awe that Melodie feels. "Our daughter is here..."


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

G$$-d#@n all these orphaned adventurers with parental issues!

In retrospect Mel having three parents was very greedy and I must apologise. :) [My defense is that I'd just got Blood of the Coven when the recruitment went up and changelings are cool!]

Seriously though Maria, if I crowded you out I am sorry.


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

I sent them to the new GM - if he's not using them then :(.

She was going to get a special spellbook with extra stuff.
Although unless you guys are going crazy fast you aren't in the place to get it yet.


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Definitely seconding the relics - I think they're seriously cool.

Since I am a bad GM I've pulled back from the game of Ruins I was running but not before I introduced Relics into that game too, they're just too cool not to have!


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

I'm playing this with another group and a very different character and I've botched the first couple of persona rolls. It'll be interesting to see if I can ever recover from it or if Caspian will go the same way as Zil did... fingers crossed he won't...


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Zileska/Zhi:
"You are beautiful" Melodie says, in perfect time with Zileska before she pulls up short to let the priestess finish speaking.

"I love you d'Valois Mai Zhi, and not for your body. Well, not just for your body." Like Zhi her telepathic link is wide open, echoing every word with emotion and power. "What makes you happy makes me happy darling. This is for you and there is nothing you can do that would diminish you in my eyes. Be happy my darling - that is all I ever want from you."

"And maybe I'll be able to get my pet some pretty new outfits afterwards." She adds silently, the thrill of excitement and anticipation plain.


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

I don't think there's anything I'd change at all. War for the Crown is a great AP and I've been immensely fortunate to have a wonderful GM and fantastic party to enjoy it with.

I think that one of the best things has been how everyone has been willing to put the story on hold to allow people time to expand their characters - the whole kerfuffle with Kurana is a great example. Brilliantly woven into the main plot by Brainiac and everyone gave me the room to keep running with it, which has been much appreciated.

The highlight was getting married, of course(!). Only thing I regret is that so many interesting NPC's came and went fairly quickly - Galina, Bartelby (my fault I know), Night Swan - there's just so many interesting characters in this AP who could nearly be PC's in their own right.

Also very glad that we went for the diplomatic options, and that Brainiac played them out. The verbal duel with Bartelby was great, a real lovely bit of the team working together (Sorry Mel curb stomped the later ones so hard...) and I think the game would have been much weaker if we and/or the GM had just gone 'that's too hard - lets kill him'.

So five stars from me for everything! :D


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Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

WooHoo! Bribing the party with property acquired in game :D :D More seriously, thanks everyone. :)

Maria:
"Of course." Melodie says gently. "But you will be godparents I hope?"

The next day she is as good as her word, returning on time with the paperwork required already drawn up. Once Maria accepts she gets a massive hug from the changeling, before Safina gets one nearly as large.

"I'm sure you'll both be happy there." She says, smiling widely. "If you ever need anything done for the house let me know, my mother knows a lot of decorators."

Zileska/Zhi:
"Oh?" Melodie replies, raising an eyebrow. "I'll take the tea then." She reaches out for her wife and gently calls for her attention. *"Zil says she has a gift for us sweetheart."*

"Zhi's listening too." She says, accepting a cup of tea with a generous dollop of honey. "I hope its not anything too extravagant, or else you'll be wanting our second child too!" She offers with a hint of levity.

Zhi:
Melodie follows her wife quietly through the shop, although she does take a peppermint stick and sucks slowly on it, looking much younger than she is as she does so.

As Zhi reveals the details of her past Melodie says nothing, simply squeezing her wife's hand. "I think that depends my darling. You did something that most people would never do, after provocation that most people never suffer. If you regret it, or you want to forgive him, then this is the place to do it. Otherwise..." She pauses for a long moment, "Perhaps... turn this place into something good. Would Trent take an apprentice or two? Foster some children, get them off the street and give them a trade, a new life. Then instead of horrors this could be a place where children's lives are made better?"

She shrugs. "I don't know if it's a good idea, or what you want, but perhaps it's something...?"


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Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Zileska:
Melodie looks at Zileska, her face utterly impassive. The Calistrian's question has sent her straight into political mode. Even Zileska's practiced eye has few tells to go on.

"That would be quite a goal." She says calmly. "The Empress will be marrying as a matter of course, no doubt heirs will be on the way, and Carrius will inherit should she die. Your situation is theoretical at best. What I want is to provide for my family, to set my child, children hopefully, up to have more than I have had, and I want to change Taldor for the better. Eutropia is appointing me to the Senate." A smile breaks through Melodie's careful demeanor. "I will make this a better place, and if I end up with considerable power, land and influence along the way..." Now her smile turns sly. "Well... I'd like to think that you and your goddess would approve."

She stands to look down at the school and the grounds, nodding in approval. "You'll be a godmother for Harmony I hope? We're asking you, Sara, Maria and Safina. If it ever came to it there's no-one either of us could want watching out for our daughter more than you."


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Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Melodie has been working maniacally behind the scenes and, more often than not, in front of them too. Martella is too much the spymistress to ever want to stand at the front of the stage and after her experience in Axis Melodie has decided that her destiny lies at the forefront of the most dangerous arena in Taldor. Politics.

One of the Empresses most important duties is to reappoint members of the senate after the Exaltation Massacre and Melodie spends weeks attending soirees and balls by the score, private dinners by the dozen and an almost infinite number of intimate get-togethers and one to one tea sessions vetting candidates and drawing up exhaustive lists for the Empress to peruse. Only her frenetic activity prevents her from gaining quite a bit of weight. Her hard work pays off however at the Grand Day of Exaltation when Eutropia names over one hundred new senators, and rounds the process off by gifting Melodie with a senate seat - to be inherited by any child of her blood, regardless of gender. Primogeniture is gone for good and, with Harmony due in scant months, Melodie can't help but feel that the future is very bright indeed.

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"I'd love some." Melodie replies with a smile, squeezing the hand of her now considerably pregnant wife. "Although I think the sweetest thing in the world is standing right next to me. Nothing in that sweet shop will be able to trump it." She leans in and steals a kiss with a smile.

Zileksa:
Shortly before the Grand Day of Exaltation Melodie approaches Zileska for a private conversation.

"Hey Zil." She offers with a smile. "I've got a gift for you, although it might have a string if you'd be willing?" She offers a scroll, ornately sealed with a large fleur de lis. "This is my official deed, gifting you the Tribuneship of Stachys. Your school has done so much good there Zil and I want it to be yours, entirely yours. So here it is." She smiles again and waits for Zil to examine the document.

"I am hoping for something in return though." She says gently. "You have all the right to refuse, I'm taking Stachys back either way. Zhi and I owe you far too much for that. But the Princess is going to be appointing us as Countesses on the next Grand Day of Exaltation, as part of the celebrations. I was hoping I might convince you to decline the title. With Harmony on the way I want something to leave her in the future and a place for our family..." She blushes somewhat, a hint of the old, less confident Melodie peeking through. "I'm not trying to be horrible Zil, I swear."

Maria:
Also just before the Grand Day of Exaltation

"Maria, Safina." Melodie says, approaching the two women. "I was hoping I could speak to you both about a business proposition. The Princess is planning on announcing rewards as part of the Exaltation celebrations, and I know from reliable sources that we are to be granted the county of Meratt. I was hoping that I could interest you in an exchange?" She pauses to give either of her friends a chance to object before continuing. "I know I can't offer either of you a county, but I don't think either of you are the kind that are just going to retire to the countryside. You'd both be dead of boredom in a week so I wanted to offer you this." She hands over a small sheaf of documents. "It's Jerroth's manor house in Zimar. I transferred it to Zhi before we left, as Jerroth so it's legally ours to dispose of. We want to offer it to you both in exchange for declining Meratt. I thought that since its where you met, and much closer to Qadira... that it might be something you both wanted?" She pauses, looking from Maria to Safina and back. "I want Meratt for Zhi and I, I admit it. With Harmony on the way I want things I can pass on, to our children. I hope you can both understand. And, regardless of your answer - would you both be godparents? Zhi and I would never have made it this far without you both."


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

"No." Melodie says, watching the prince being carried away. "The Ulfen Guard won't abandon him, and certainly not this easily. There are going to need to be meetings, private ones, and then very public ones too. With Carrius on side we can do it - but getting the Princess to become Empress... there's a lot of work still to be done."

She takes hold of her wife's hand but she's clearly distracted, Zhi can see her wife has fallen firmly into 'scheming mode'.

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The moment Zhi's spell returns the group to Eutropia, Melodie grabs Martella and pulls her off to one side, already speaking nineteen to the dozen. In bare moments the women are bending over a table, heads side by side as they delve deep into arcane matters largely incomprehensible to most listeners.


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

And you are a good thing Boss. We'll be here when you get back.


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Argh! The suspense!

Two years in the making and the GM leaves us hanging for a week now? How fiendish!


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

"You'll have all the leverage you need." Melodie agrees. "And you know people who can get things done. Besides the Senate's decree is still in force. Primogenoture no longer defines the succession so Eutropia is the rightful heir even with Carrius alive. He doesn't want the throne so that will make things even better. Do it Zip but quickly." Mel's face is starting to show signs of strain. "The door wants to close. I can't hold it too much longer..."


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Seems like the perfect time for it. This is the end, so if you don't use it now then there's no other time! :D

Melodie brightens slightly. "Yes! Do it Zil! Think of all the possibilities that were denied when he was killed!"


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

"I'm sorry Carrius." Melodie says, holding the young man's hand briefly. The regret is deep and sincere in her tone as Zhi pulls her away.

On the other side of the portal she composes her thoughts rapidly, composing herself to meet whatever happens on the other side of the door.


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Melodie continues to strike at the blades as swiftly as she can.

Did you roll for Mesmeric Mirror when the blade attacked me? I'll also activate Visions of Blood to stun Gennarius when Zhi crits him.

Attack: 1d20 + 21 ⇒ (12) + 21 = 33 Damage: 1d4 + 1d6 + 21 ⇒ (2) + (5) + 21 = 28
Attack: 1d20 + 16 ⇒ (20) + 16 = 36 Damage: 1d4 + 1d6 + 21 ⇒ (2) + (1) + 21 = 24
Attack: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (13) + 11 = 24 Damage: 1d4 + 1d6 + 21 ⇒ (4) + (3) + 21 = 28

Crit?: 1d20 + 16 ⇒ (9) + 16 = 25 Damage: 1d4 + 1d6 + 21 ⇒ (4) + (1) + 21 = 26
First Hit, Stare Damage: 7d6 + 8 ⇒ (6, 4, 4, 2, 2, 6, 4) + 8 = 36


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Melodie joins her wife in assaulting one of the swords, hoping to remove Gennarius's defences quickly.

Attack: 1d20 + 21 ⇒ (4) + 21 = 25 Damage: 1d4 + 8d6 + 29 ⇒ (1) + (2, 5, 6, 1, 3, 1, 6, 6) + 29 = 60

+5 weapon, so ignores all Dr.


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Melodie too seems fine to continue fighting, although what Carrius says about Gennarius seems to worry her. "He is famed as a general." She says, in response to questioning looks. "Famous for killing seven qadiran generals and keeping their swords as trophies. Be on the look out, if this is his legend then the swords will probably be involved somehow..."

Before they head in, Melodie takes time to offer certain tricks to her friends.

Visions of Blood on Zhi. Cursed Sanction on Maria and Zil. Mes mirror for Safina and herself.


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

So much for 'Iresistable' Dance then...

Since nothing else is doing it, Melodie opts for just stabbing the Emperor - she's getting pretty annoyed now!

Stab!: 1d20 + 21 + 2 ⇒ (7) + 21 + 2 = 30 Damage: 1d4 + 4 + 1d6 + 17 ⇒ (1) + 4 + (1) + 17 = 23
Stab!: 1d20 + 16 + 2 ⇒ (12) + 16 + 2 = 30 Damage: 1d4 + 4 + 1d6 + 17 ⇒ (1) + 4 + (3) + 17 = 25
Stab!: 1d20 + 11 + 2 ⇒ (10) + 11 + 2 = 23 Damage: 1d4 + 4 + 1d6 + 17 ⇒ (3) + 4 + (6) + 17 = 30
On First Hit: 7d6 + 8 ⇒ (3, 6, 4, 6, 3, 5, 3) + 8 = 38

If he attacks me, use the Dagger to get DR1 and Fast Healing 3. If I hit him, DC23 will or be dominated for a round. All stare penalties apply as normal.


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Melodie steels herself for something that is almost certainly going to hurt and begins to whistle a jaunty tune. Then she ducks forwards and thrusts her hand towards Stavian's burning form.

Touch: 1d20 + 16 ⇒ (11) + 16 = 27

Irresistible Dance! :D Also is Stavian eating the -4 to his attack rolls?


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

I know. Worth it to end the fight in 1 though. His SR is reduced by 4 too.

SR: 1d20 + 17 + 4 ⇒ (3) + 17 + 4 = 24


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

"I don't know..." Melodie replies to her invisible wife. "You see no heretics here. It is time to return to Taldor as a hero." She continues, speaking to Stavian now.

Dominate Person. Stavian will take a total of -12 On his will and -4 to reflex, attacks, SR etc.


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

"If Zil can patch me up." Melodie says, proving gingerly at the massive bruise beneath her new mail. "It sou nd's like Stavian is taking fire to the extreme. Do we have any protections against that?"


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Melodie steps out of range and snaps. "Stop it!" at the Ulfen.

Hold Person. If Zhi doesn't kill the one attacking me then -12 on his will save. If she does then target the other, only -4 on his saves. DC24.


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Struck down and restored in nearly the same moment Melodie resorts to her dagger, whistling a single note to set the blade humming with sonic power.

Attack: 1d20 + 21 + 2 ⇒ (15) + 21 + 2 = 38 Damage: 1d4 + 8d6 + 29 ⇒ (4) + (6, 1, 6, 4, 3, 5, 1, 1) + 29 = 60


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

"Stop hurting my friends." Melodie commands flatly, overwhelming Maria's foe with grief.

Terrible Remorse, all usual stare penalties.


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Melodie steps up and thrusts the Scions Dagger into the eye of the helpless guardsmen, her face impassive.

Damage: 2d4 + 9d6 + 42 ⇒ (1, 2) + (4, 4, 1, 3, 3, 4, 1, 6, 1) + 42 = 72 Can he make a DC 82 fort save?


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

How are they raging if they haven't acted yet? :P


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

That 5 actually did some serious damage... I could have picked up 6 of them with a 20...


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

"Bow before me!" Melodie commands, her voice ringing with power. The light in the throne room seems to bend, engulfing her in an aura of power and majesty.

Overwhelming Presence. DC28 will. Nearest guard gets the voice and all the linked penalties.


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Forgot the -4 so my total is a (mere but nice round) 50.


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Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Did someone say Bluff? :D :D :D

"Guards, we are here on the authority of the rightful Emperor. Daronlyr is a traitor and a regicide!" Melodie cries, her voice ringing with feigned conviction.

Bluff: 1d20 + 49 ⇒ (5) + 49 = 54


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Melodie gives Zhi a kiss on the cheek in reward when her wife talks Cyricas down.

Zhi:
{"You can sweet talk me like that any time darling. Or use your tongue for other things."}

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"How are we doing?" She asks, "Does anyone need to recover or can we press on? Time flows oddly in places like this but I don't want our bodies left alone for any longer than necessary."

She waits for reports and then heads towards the door that, she hopes, holds Emperor Daronlyr.

"I think this will have some sort of test." She warns. "Daronlyr claimed the loyalty of the Ulfen Guard from his brother to take the throne. So we might have a lot of angry beserkers to deal with."


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

"I don't suppose you feel like carrying me sweetheart?" Melodie says to her wife with a gentle smile. "This sort of thing is not my best terrain..."


Female NG Changeling Mesmerist (Vox) 17 RETIRED | HP:71/93 | AC: 25 (17 Tch, 21 Fl) | CMB: 11, CMD: 25 | F: +8, R: +17, W: +17 | Init: +8 | Perc/SM +23, Bluff +44(49), Dip +38, I +34, Dis +34, UMD +22, Spcft + 18, KnwA +16| Speed 30ft | Spells: 1: 7/8, 2: 6/7, 3: 5/7, 4: 4/6, 5: 6/6, 6: 1/3 | Tricks: Alac, Curse (M), Free (M), Gift, Visions (M) 10/17+1; Words: 10/12 | Mask: DT (DC20) 9/9, TS 1/1 | Active: See Invisbility, Echolocation

Melodie growls as she feels her wife wink out of consciousness.

"BAD move Cyricas!" She growls before smashing her will into the Emperors.

Dominate Person. DC26 with all the usual penalties.

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