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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25
Araki Aiko wrote:


Aiko raises an eyebrow at Liesel-Marie's words about her 'witch sight'. The arael’sheaen is not some party trick to be performed for the amusement of others. The way she says it brings to mind one who has been admonished for doing just that.

With unusual clarity, Liesel-Marie meets the samurai's eyes and says, "Maybe not, but if you wish us to travel with you, you and the doubting one need to know who you are traveling with."

As the faint whispers tickler the back of her mind, Liesel-Marie abruptly stands, instinctively reaching for her greataxe as she looks around the room, eyes a little wild, before they return to the tableau of her associates old and new around the table. She watches, still tensed herself, as Aodhan stalks over to Aiko. As she hears the words of the samurai and the bouncer's response, a terrible realization dawns on her.

The whispers return as Aodhan struggles, but this time, the Erutaki has focus and they flow off like water from a duck's back. She gently steps up behind the Chelish man, keeping her voice low and unthreatening. "None of us knew, Aodhan, what that was in the cave. We thought we had defeated the monster. I am ashamed that I fled from my own axe, afraid of what I saw and did not understand. You were the stronger, you leapt forward to wrest it free, and you gave us the time we needed to destroy it as best we could. That it lives on somehow in you, I did not know, and for that I am ashamed once more. If anyone should be fighting this battle, it should be me. I should have stood fast, my friend, and I did not. It should be me."

And she tries to gently, but very firmly, take the man by the shoulders and turn him toward her where she can envelop him in a crushing bear hug while he gets it together or falls apart, whichever he needs. She looks at Kytynna, pain in her eyes, and whispers, "I'm so sorry. It should be me."

Note for the GM:
I'm untrained in Influence. Her speechifying is more to disarm him from resisting the 'grapple' and the CMB was my intent when I started to respond. However, I will defer to the master storyteller to determine which roll is appropriate. Her Influence bonus is +1, her CMB is +10. Please apply the appropriate bonus as you see fit.

Bare d20 awaiting its bonus: 1d20 ⇒ 18

Everything above the roll was typed before I previewed the roll. I cannot deny how much that roll pleases me. I look forward to seeing what you do with it.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie doesn’t let Tsadok’s comment slow down her eating after her one question. At Kytynna’s “accusation“, she just winks and nods and keeps chewing.

At the inquiry about working together, she nods again. Pausing to swallow, she points to Aiko and says, ”She has made some nasty enemies and has deemed to share the fun of whipping them with Team Ruby. In return, we have offered to share the fun of taking down a fortress with her. It’s the least we can do.”


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Not one to stand on ceremony, Liesel-Marie is also not one to avoid talking with her mouth full. She gestures with the knife and fork as she speaks around a mouthful of egg, "So we have a short time to get to know each other before we find ourselves fighting a deadly and practiced foe." She swallows and cuts another bite of sausage before continuing, "Specifically, how we fight. Do I need to worry about either of you dropping fireballs and what-have-you on clusters of enemies? I'm not going to say I'm graceful on a battlefield, but I'm not completely out of control. Not always. I can remember to stay out of the way. I'd rather someone else worry about the big picture and let me focus on destroying one enemy at a time, to tell the truth."

She grins, "But I can surprise a foe sometimes. One fellow was so sure that I would ignore him in favor of his ally that I was fighting that he stepped right up next to me to attack this one," pointing at Nyym. "I shifted to be behind him, still engaged with my original foe, but the new fellow was so concerned that he couldn't see me that he surrendered his advantage. And died as a result. Then we only had one to fight."

"But then, when we had to face a troll, there was only one way to fight. All-out, everything I had, no tactics, and let my friends work around me." She shudders, "We were fortunate. I was fortunate. I am sure that creature could have defeated all of us by himself on a different day."

She fixes her gaze on Tsadok. "I don't want all of your secrets, my new friend, but if there's a way I can be a better ally in a fight, do tell." She spears the piece of sausage and chews, gazing at the half-orc.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie nods, but it's pretty clear she's not following the thread of the conversation. "Tell you what - let's order our breakfast and make our plans to find this lair. And you just point me toward whatever heads need to be crushed or removed, as the case may be. I do better if I think less and all this talk is starting to make my head hurt."

Envoy's Alliance

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Male halfling rogue (thief) 1 | AC 18, +1 vs atk by traps | F 4 R 9 W 7, +1 vs traps | hp 15/15 | Perc +7, +1 vs traps | Effects:
Titus Au Parthicus wrote:

Hey there seems to be some debate on healing spells and feats.

Heal, on page 343 of the Core Manual states that a 2 action heal, can heal for 8 HPs and range of 30ft on one target.

As a FEAT , a Cleric at 1st Level can take the 1st level Feat Healing Hands on Page 121 of the Core manual. When this feat is taken and heal is cast, d10s are rolled instead of d8s. I am making a small jump in logic here, but if a one action heal now heals for 1d10 at first level, it seems logical that a 2 action heal would heal for 10 HPs and not 8 HPs.

The only prerequisite for the feat is to have healing font, which Titus does.

I am happy to ask this in the rules blog and i get eh impression you all think I might be trying t pull a fast one, which if that is the case, I am happy to withdraw from this scenario.

Oh, no, my friend, forgive me for being unclear. I don't think you are trying to pull a fast one. I think you are selling yourself short. In the rule you mention on page 343, it doesn't say you heal 8 hit points. It says "increase the the Hit Points restored by 8." So look at what you will heal with a one-action heal (1d10 for Titus) and add 8 to that. Because you are spending more actions, you get more bang for the buck in addition to it now being a ranged spell. For a three-action casting, you don't get the additional 8 points restored, but you potentially get far more targets. When you heighten it, it gets even more generous.

I am so sorry you thought I was accusing you of something. Far, far from it.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

”What was The Raggedy Man seems a better question. A being that entered our dreams and attacked us, then when we fought him, it was even more of a nightmare. None of our weapons seemed to harm him, save a dagger blessed by the love of a woman for her fallen fiancé. Nyym struck that final blow, but he and I struck together to bring him down.”


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

"Gorewillow. I believe that reuniting them might be difficult." She looks at Nyym, "Is that not the one the Raggedy Man was... or the one that was the Raggedy Man... or one was inside the..." She throws one hand up in the air, "It's all very confusing, but if it's the one I'm thinking of, she's going to have to talk to Pharasma to find out where his soul now resides. He died in the tomb."

She seems to have completely missed the reference that Nyym might know where to find the dark elves.

Thoughtfully, she adds, "Or he was already dead in the tomb because the Raggedy Man had consumed him."


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie realizes she is still standing and settles back into her chair. ”That, my new ally, is a plan I can understand. I don’t do a lot of tactics, if you haven’t seen me fight.”

”So. What are your thoughts? How will we find the lair of the derrow?”


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Brow furrowed, Liesel-Marie asks Tsadok, "This Melira, is she an orc? Or a member of the orc tribes? So many orcs died during the attack... If it's one of those, I don't know how that information would help us."


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie raises an eyebrow, "Her beloved? Do we know who this assassin loved?"


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie tilts her head as she listens to his words.

"The Chief Defender believes she was here to kill one of the members of Team Ruby. I'm not sure I understand why, but the council seems to think she is another part of the story that led to the attack on the city. The name doesn't sound familiar to me. What is an Aldori Swordlord? And what is a shadowdancer? If she's coming after me or my family," she points at Nyym again, "the more I know about her, the better."

She frowns slightly at his parting shot. "This is the deal. I will aid you and yours, but only with Nyym and Kytynna alongside. If they choose not to accompany you, I shall not. If you cannot accept aid from either of them, you don't need mine. But I think we are starting this relationship on the wrong foot."

She stands slowly and bows slightly to Aiko and Tsadok. "We have met, but I don't believe we have been formally introduced. I am Liesel-Marie, originally from the far north, it would appear, but I have no real memory of my time prior to Trunau. This is the only home I can remember. My friend Nyym, here, seems to have come from somewhere else, also, but his memory starts in Trunau, also. We have had visions of a time before, but we know not where or when that time was. I would count you among my friends. Tell me of yourselves, my new friends, if you would."


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

"I don't know how you did it, but thank you for not involving my town," she gestures to Nyym, "our town in another battle. These people have seen enough, and bloodshed will return to Trunau soon enough."

"We are not needed for the rebuilding. We have been asked to go to Redlake Fort to find the one that set the orcs on the path that nearly destroyed this town and those within. I intend to see that through, but sometimes the best tactics are not the most direct." She grins and shrugs, "Not that my fighting style would ever hint that I know it."

"For myself, I see the value in accompanying you and your new allies to the lair of these - dero? - in exchange for your accompanying us to the Fort in return. Whether Nyym and Kytynna wish to come along is up to them - we are not a military force, we are a group of friends, thrown together by chance. We have no commander, merely common cause. I have absolutely no doubt of the loyalty of Nyym. He may not stand beside us swinging his sword, but he has never abandoned us, even when that was certainly the smarter choice. If your friends and mine find ourselves with common cause, we will stand with you. I vouch for Nyym's loyalty with no hesitation."


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie reaches over to pull a chair away from the table, clearly offering it to Aiko. ”I’m not good with ceremony and I’m not sure I understand everything you just said, but my friend, my brother-in-arms, says we have common cause. Let’s talk so we can figure out how we can help each other.”

She’s not noticed Tsadok yet, but if he comes to the table, she won’t turn him away.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie looks at him, waiting, but he seemed to be done talking and waiting for her reply. She turns to look at the woman he indicated, who happened to be watching them at that moment. Liesel-Marie smiles at her and nods in acknowledgment. She notes the blades in the woman’s sash.

Turning back to Nyym, she answers, ”So we are hunted by someone we don’t know and cannot identify. That’s no different than last week, is it? But we have potential allies to help us against this foe, someone that also needs to go where we are going, anyway. Sounds good to me. Do you trust these people? What’s the question here?”

She leans in, ”You do not look well. Why are you ill at ease, my friend? We won against the orcs and we take the battle to those that sent them. We have lost allies, but we are gaining new ones. The gods provide, do they not? Are you leaving something unsaid?”


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

”Good morn, Nyym. Did you sleep well? I don’t think I’ve gotten such good rest since... I don’t think I’ve ever gotten such good rest. I had a dream - no nightmare, nothing like that, it felt like a memory of before, when I was young.” She pauses, thoughtful for a long moment, ”But then, I guess I have no way of knowing if it was a memory or just something my mind made up because I was dreaming.” Another long pause, then she looks at her friend.

” I hope it was a memory. I really hope it was something real.”


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie rises with the sun. After some basic exercises and stretching, she gathers up her gear and heads for breakfast. She sees the foreign woman descending the stairs ahead of her. She hasn't met her yet, but she has always seemed nice enough.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25
In another place and time wrote:

The nameless dark-haired girl crouches on the tundra, intently watching the herd far away. In the middle distance, she knows they are there, the men and boys, the ones that refused to let "a girl" participate in their hunt. The boys know she is a better shot and a stronger warrior than any of them, but they tell their fathers and the other hunters that it wasn't her that brought down the reindeer. One of the boys did it, 'the girl' just dressed the kill because that's woman's work. That's what they say.

They left her in the village, but today, today she is going to prove something. She is going to be a hunter for the village and the men will see. They will know. So today she hunts - she hunts the herd and she hunts the hunters.

Her father says she should keep her name, it is a good name, but boys her age that feel they are men or soon to be, they cast off their childhood names and they pronounce themselves nameless. They will have a spirit quest or a vision or a dream and in that experience, they will find their truename. The boys laughed when she said she was now nameless. She was better than any of the boys now proudly nameless and so she cast off her name.

As she watches the hunted and the hunters, she can hear her father's voice as he chuckles, "My darling daughter, I am proud of you. I am not proud of you because you will bear me many grandchildren. I am sure that is not the road you will travel. I am proud of you because of your spirit and your fire. There are tales of my ancestors that had literal fire within them, that were able to call forth the flames to protect themselves and to aid their family. I can feel that in you, see that in you. One day, you will find that fire." She closes her eyes and feels his massive rough hands on her shoulders once more as he turns her to face him. "Do not let the fire consume you. Take your time, learn to control the fire. Then you can use it, when you control it. Not before. Do not be in a hurry to show your strength. It matters not what others think. If they find you to be not a concern because you are a woman, so much the better. You will find them easy to control because they underestimate you. Take your time, learn to control your strength. Then you can use it, when you control it. Not before. Remember these things, for me, for our ancestors."

She opens her eyes. The herd has gotten closer. The hunters crouch, using a slight depression in the land to hide their presence. The wind blows the scent of the herd to the hunters and beyond, to the nameless girl.

Suddenly, she knows that she is not alone. Turning her head ever so slightly, she sees to her right another figure, a wolf stalking the herd. Another hunter. A hunter never alone. Where there is one, there will be more. It doesn't see her, not yet, but surely it picked up her scent, surely it is looking.

She looks around - there they are, further back. She should be frightened, one girl alone on the tundra against a score or more wolves. There's no way the hunters can get here in time to help her. But she feels no fear, none at all. What she feels is anger, frustration at the injustice of the timing. It has been a poor year and they are late in the season. The village needs this hunt, needs it to be a good hunt. She needs this hunt, needs to make her name with those that think her just a girl. Her frustration builds as she stares at the wolf. She's not prepared for this fight. She has her spearchucker, carved by her own hand, and spears, but those are for the herd. They will avail her little against a large wolf. And a skinning knife. Nothing more. The frustration becomes anger, becomes rage, a rage that threatens to overwhelm her, cause her to not think, only act.

But that's not what her father wants. It's exactly what he fears. So she stares at the wolf, feeling that rage, feeling the heat like a fire, dangerous and unstable, and she reaches out to it. She imagines pulling the extra fuel from the flames, to the edge of the fire ring where their lesser flames sputter and die, until what's left in the middle are coals. Hot, manageable coals. Now they are a tool to cook with, to warm a tent with. Or to burn the unwary with. In her mind, she reaches out to pick up one of the coals - it doesn't burn her hand, it feels warm and comforting, calling to her - and she's back on the tundra, feeling that warmth in her hand, and she raises from her crouch to one knee and throws it at the wolf. Flames splash against his flank, and he yelps, unaware of her until that moment, until the pain of the fire. The herd doesn't hear - they are upwind and far away, but one of the boy hunters turns to see the girl facing off with this angered wolf. She reaches into the coals in her mind, but changes her mind and pulls a firebrand from the side of the fire ring, its tip still a white-hot coal. She stirs the coals with it once, and then holds it before her.

It crackles and burns in her hand. What the wolf sees, what the boy sees, is a club of fire. She holds it in both hands. She swings it at the wolf though he's clearly too far away. It's a warning from her to him. The fire in her hand crackles and burns and seems eager to burn the wolf. She feels the hunger, encourages it. The wolf feels it, fears it. The wild animal wants no part of fire. His instincts tell him to run from fire, return when the ground has recovered and become green again, return when the hunting is better as the birds and the hares and the foxes come back to reclaim their nests and burrows. His yellow eyes stare at the girl and her fire and his lip curls in a snarl, but he makes no sound. Even a wolf knows there is nothing gained in threatening a wildfire. He turns, not taking his eyes from the fire, and moves toward his fellows. Soon, he is running, fleeing a wildfire as surely as if it had spread from one horizon to the other. Instincts have kept him and his pack and their ancestors hunting these steppes for hundreds of years. Instincts are respected, not questioned. The other wolves, seeing his flight, do not question why, they follow. Something that causes one to run is enough to cause all to run. They will live to hunt another day by avoiding this threat.

The girl stands, fire in her hand, watching them go. Her rage has not cooled, but she controls it, owns it, and when it is time, she quenches it and the fire disappears from her hands. She stares at her hands, amazed that neither is blistered or charred. No sign of the fire remains.

She turns toward the hunt, afraid that the wolves have ruined everything. Three hunters, a man and two boys, rush toward her, but stop when they see that she is fine, that no wolf feasts on her. The man is angry, the boys bemused. The man points toward the village. He doesn't even come close enough to argue. He stops, and he points. Beyond the three, the girl with no name sees the herd, untroubled by her or the wolves, and knows that the other hunters wait. And it will be a good hunt without her.

Head held high, the girl turns toward the village. She does not acknowledge the hunter. She leaves not because of his anger. She found something today much more important than the respect of the hunters. She no longer cares that the boys lie about her prowess or that they think she is 'just a girl'. She knows the truth, and that is enough.

Liesel-Marie's eyes suddenly open in dimly-lit room. It takes a moment to realize she is not in her father's tent, not in a bedroll under some long-forgotten tree in a forest she does not recall. She is home, in the city of Trunau, in Cham's, in her room. What has awakened her, she cannot say. What dreams she has dreamt, she cannot recall. But she remembers pride and satisfaction. She ponders for a moment why her first reaction to waking was that she was not in her father's tent. Since arriving in Truau and being found by Silvermane, she cannot recall a time when she thought of a father. She had often wondered if she had been an orphan, unclaimed and turned out by a primitive community that could not support her. Her lineage is clear enough in her face, but her history - her family, her birthplace, her childhood - remain clouded in the mists of memory for her.

She can feel that it was a good dream. The night is quiet, the orcs have been routed, and the Erutaki warrior resolves to see if that dream can be recaptured. Soon, she is asleep once more.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

I’m not Kytynna. And Liesel-Marie is not the most attentive student in class, anyway.

Envoy's Alliance

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Male halfling rogue (thief) 1 | AC 18, +1 vs atk by traps | F 4 R 9 W 7, +1 vs traps | hp 15/15 | Perc +7, +1 vs traps | Effects:

Or we can ignore sensible tactics and GM largesse and continue as we were. Roumatha, Kra’a, would you be amenable to switching our attentions to freeing Fola from the enigmatic eruxi Urwel ?


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie looks up from her conversation with Nyym, intending to ask Halgra or Silverman more questions, only to realize they have both taken their leave.

"Well, I guess we have our mission. Tomorrow we can ask where we are to meet the BloodTusk captain. Tonight, I don't feel like celebrating. She reaches back to pull her greataxe free and hold it in her right hand. With the stone Agrimmosh in her left, she holds them forth. "I believe I need to give some thought to using stone and flame to our advantage. Good night, my friend."

She takes her leave, headed toward her lodging for the night. She packs the few belongings she feels she will need for the trip before getting a candle and lighting it. As she did at the ceremony, she stares into the flame, looking for answers, but with a new question: How to use Agrimmosh to benefit their mission the best...

When the candle gutters out, the bloodrager stands and stretches, unsure if she found any answers, and climbs into bed to sleep.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

”This Grinderduck the giant. I don’t care about orcs - they are merely rough patches in the road to the giant. We will roll over them or around them. But I intend to send this giant to her maker with his own hammer. I saw a vision of how he created giants with this hammer. I’m going to un-create one with it. And. She. Will. Know. Why.”

The Erutaki’s eyes were watching Rohan walk away, but right now, her face might have been the one of stone. She looks at Nyym, ”I seek nothing from this, but debts to the dead of Trunau are owed. Let us collect on those debts.” She reaches out with her free hand and squeezes his shoulder.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie does indeed attend to Rohan's summons.

The surprise on her face is obvious as he explains his struggles and she tries to talk him out of it, knowing that his absence will create a void in Team Ruby, but also knowing that once, she felt a calling to leave the world of ice and snow that was all she had ever known and there was nothing that could be done but follow her calling. Why do I remember that now? It seems so clear, yet I haven't known of that since... since waking up in Trunau.

She shakes her head to clear it and sees Rohan sadly shaking his head. No, he's right. He must follow where the yearning leads. Then he drops an even bigger surprise as he hands her Agrimmosh. Holding it once more, she watches the hammer adjust itself to her size ever so slightly after being claimed by the man-giant.

She reaches out for a warrior's clasp. "The hammer Agrimmosh will be here in my hands waiting for you when you are ready to reclaim it. It will taste the blood and crush the bones of our enemies. It has slumbered too long and will know battle once more. Return to us safely, son of giants."


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie stands and tousles the youngling's hair. "I have every intention of returning, little one. I intend to bounce your firstborn on my knee, but that won't be for a while, so I have time. You must stay to protect Trunau."

"How many strong is our force going to this Redlake Fort? Is it Team Ruby or are there others that might know the lay of the land better?"

No knowledge checks to see here.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie scooped up young Ruby most unceremoniously as they walked and carried her over one shoulder, but relents and lets the girl change positions so she sits on the Erutaki‘s shoulders instead.

At the translation of gratitude, she places a fist over her heart and makes a minimal bow to avoid throwing her rider. ”We could do no less, Grandfather. You are the heart of this tribe called Trunau.”

Reaching up, she lifts Ruby up and over her head to sit her gently on the ground, only to find the youngster feigning anger. ”I’m no little girl anymore - I have my hopeknife now!” In response, Liesel-Marie falls to one knee, drawing the heavy greataxe as she does, and holds it before her horizontally. ”Forgive me, little defender. I only meant to have fun. I pledge my strength and my life to you and this city,” she looks up at Ruby’s mother as she finishes the statement, ”wherever that may take me.”

Looking back at Ruby, ”Am I forgiven?”


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie is fine carrying Aggrimosh and she is fine with one of the allies carrying it. She instinctively knows this is AN IMPORTANT THING and will do what's necessary to protect it.

Who can argue with an artifact as an available weapon choice, really - bring on those skellies, I've got a surprise for them!

Seriously, I did try to get my weapon inventory to a more reasonable level, so if the party is cool with her keeping Aggrimosh until Rohan returns, I will adjust a little further accordingly. What should I know about the hammer's stats at this point? (I'm cool with finding out what it does and how as we play if that's GM's preference.)


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie goes down on one knee and bows as the girl approaches. She accepts the blade solemnly with her head bowed and both hands before her, then stands, resisting the urge to study the craftsmanship until the ceremony was complete.

At the salute, she looks around, clearly uncomfortable and wondering if she should raise her new dagger and join in or if she was supposed to accept it stoically.

As the crowd took up the cry, she chose to raise the dagger, held horizontally and letting the firelight play on the blade.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie seems lost in the flame, almost hypnotized. Her body moves slightly with the beat of Mesa's song, but she doesn't otherwise attend to it as she stares, unblinking, into the fire.

Does it call to her? Or does she call to it?


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katataban wrote:
As for what I want to know right now, preferably I'd like to know people's prefered class so I can make a balanced party.

I'm very much a "what does the party need" character designer because there are so many I want to try and building my first character for actual play in PF2, that difficulty in deciding increases exponentially.

HOWEVER. I understand that you are not going to be able to make a decision without knowing what people want to play, so I looked at the AoA backgrounds to see what inspiration struck.

I am literally open to playing anything to fill a gap that the party is suffering from, but I am going to start working on a halfling ranger with the emancipated background. For practice, I might work up a dwarven cleric of Sarenrae with the haunting vision background.

And a shout out to Nevynxxx - haven't seen you for a minute, my friend! Hope all is well!


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie willingly participates in the ceremony in any fashion the local officials see fit, if only because if she's busy with responsibilities, she's not looking at the grieving faces and remembering the friends she's also lost.

As a result, when she's not dutifully performing a task, she stands gazing at the flame, somber and seemingly smaller than usual.


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Male Elf Fighter (archer)/rogue* 5 | AC 19 (20 with buckler), T 14, F 15, CMD 19 | F 5 R 5 W 3 | hp 39/39 | Init +4 | Perc +11, +13 vs traps, darkvision 60' | Effects:
Grum Bakison wrote:
And if you do die while gone Grum will wear your pants to remember you by.

As a cape, of course.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Looking up, Liesel-Marie sees Rohan's transformation. Wordlessly, she strides over and holds the hammer up for him to take. "Our shaman would have said it's calling to your blood."


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie is lost in thought, staring at the massive hammer. As she looks at it, her eyes unfocused, her friends see the hammer shrink from its unwieldy size - appropriate for its former giant owner - down to a size appropriate for the ersatz Erutaki princess.

"Agrimmosh, the hammer of Minderhal." She looks up, "A vision of Minderhal, using Agrimmosh at his forge. He scattered pieces of a being he destroyed across a land. The pieces became different beings, some with hair and beards of fire, others with skin like ice, and even others with skin like stone." Realization dawns visibly, "Giants. That's how he created giants!"

About this time, she realizes that the hammer has changed sizes and she just stares at it.


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Liesel-Marie Frostvale is a young woman of Erutaki descent. She is obviously quite strong, just looking at how she moves, but she is not covered in bulging muscles. I think my vision of her has evolved as the game has carried on, so here's my current mental picture of her.

Just shy of 6' tall, broad shoulders but not so broad you are going to mistake her for a man, and a slim athletic frame. Her skin is the dark of a people that spends its time outside nearly every day of the year and her hair is jet black and long. Her attempts to control it are limited to simple ties to keep it from flying around, but even those are infrequent. In battle, her hair is as likely to be a cloud of black around her head as not.

She prefers informal clothes and interactions - she's not one for formal gatherings or dress and she really has one way of dealing with conflict - head-on, preferably with a blade of significant heft in hand. Her preferred weapon is a greataxe and the one she carries has an unusually heavy haft and head, even for such a large weapon, with many runes carved into its face, some barely discernible from age, a few looking sharp and distinct like they'd been cut yesterday.

Her black eyes regard you with an expression that defaults to a small smile, but they flash with a promise of danger when she gets angry or frustrated.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

I was hoping someone would suggest Nyym accompany the Warrior Princess(TM); Having entered the chamber, she will not be attempting the check

Descending the steps cautiously, Liesel-Marie takes in the height of the entombed skeleton. ”Is that a real corpse? He would have had to be a huge man! And look at the damage on his armor - he was a veteran of many battles. Did it take an army to bring him down before his time, I wonder.”

She spares hardly a glance at the treasure, more concerned about threats. ”My friend, let’s get the others. I think this is what we’re looking for.”

The character is less interested in the loot than the items named in the letter, but the player is excited to find out what it is.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie's focus on the spider was complete - she only vaguely knew than another ally was within striking distance of the creature, not that Nyym was actually out of the fight. As the creature's body dissipated, she let her breathing return to normal (and she becomes fatigued). Her eyes are still a little wild from the adrenaline when she hears Nyym's confused question.

Turning around, she is surprised to see him on the ground. "Are you hurt, also?" Seeing no obvious wounds, she reaches down, grabs the front of his armor just below his chin, and pulls him to his feet. "There was - or seemed to be - a great spider. It bit Rohan and pulled him in close, but Kytynna's blade made short work of it. What happened to you? I didn't see you fall."


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25
DM Blayde MacRonan wrote:
The map has been updated to take what has transpired into account.

As Kytynna steps in with her temple sword and puts on a display of speed and steel, Liesel-Marie lets her bloodrage boil, steps around Miss Hanakotaba (I believe I will have to move ten feet, to between Rohan and Nyym; I presume that puts her between Kyt and the obelisk), and tries to deliver a single massive blow with the blocking greataxe, feeling like she's finally gotten the hang of the unwieldly weapon. The weapon gains a faint purplish glow about the blade as it comes through the air.

Attack!: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (18) + 11 = 29 All-out: Attuned, Bloodrage, Power Attack, Arcane Strike

Kill the spider!: 1d12 + 1 + 9 + 6 + 2 ⇒ (12) + 1 + 9 + 6 + 2 = 30


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Rogue 14 [ HP 36/87 (0 NL) | AC 26 Tch 19 FF 20 | Fort +9* Ref +18* Will +10* | CMD 27, 29 vs steal | Init +9 | Perc +21, vs traps +32, trap spotter | Effects: Haste]

He's a hero now. Once he hires a promoter, he may no longer have time for us...


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie half-falls to the ground, sitting heavily beside Nyym and the dead half-orc (?). Reaching up to the kneeling elf, she pulls him off-balance and into her lap where he is engulfed in a fierce hug that threatens to snap him in half.

After a long moment, she pushes him back and, still holding him, says, ”How did you know? Why did you use the dagger?”

Then, she realizes the awkwardness of the position he is in. Blushing furiously, she rights him back on his knees.

OK, now her rage ends and she almost passes out from exhaustion and relief.

Breathing heavily, she looks at the others. ”It’s been one fight to the next for what feels like a month. What do we do now?”


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Metagaming thoughts:
Ah... so this gorewillow was not the Raggedy Man so much as the Raggedy Man was 'riding' Gorewillow.

"Aodhan, no!" The Erutaki's mind raced. Fire doesn't help, surely mere strength is not sufficient. What else do we have? Acid?

She continues to hack at the fleshy mass. "Think, my friends! What do we have to drive this monster away, to release Aodhan!?"


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Focus your fire, ranged attackers, and someone find me a springboard. My best ranged missile is me!


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

At the sight of flesh under the stony exterior, the Erutaki warrioress laughs and completely ignores the doppelganger's answering blow. "You're like an oyster, waiting for me to crack you open to find the pearl! With a new fire in her eye, she shouts, "Come, don't resist, let's see what you are made of!"

Swift action: Smite evil vs Nightmare Rohan

Attack: 1d20 + 8 + 1 + 4 + 1 ⇒ (14) + 8 + 1 + 4 + 1 = 28 Enraged, Power attack, Inspiration, Smite Evil, Soundtrack

Damage: 1d12 + 8 + 6 + 1 + 10 ⇒ (8) + 8 + 6 + 1 + 10 = 33 Enraged, Two-handed Power Attack, Inspiration, Smite Evil

Her searing flesh defense remains in effect.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Liesel-Marie strides into the light of Rohan's sunrod, moving just past the tall man to survey the cavern that appears to be the cause of a lot of pain in their city.

Perception checks, if she needs to make them (the first is obviously out of reach: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (3) + 4 = 71d20 + 4 ⇒ (6) + 4 = 10 And so is the second one.

She readies an action to attack if attacked, her knuckles showing just a little white as she grips the big axe.

I don't want to get too far from the rest of the party, but I'm OK with being the vanguard, so she is in the second square 'south' of Nyym, please.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

"Are you leading, Nyym? I will be right behind you unless you want me to delay while you explore." She pauses, frowning, "Light is going to be a problem, isn't it?"


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Leisel-Marie says nothing, but her greataxe is in her hands and she’s gripping it tightly, her face grim.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

It was an opportunity to roleplay and didn't seem out of character. I think you did fine and wouldn't worry about it, as Kyt says.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

The bloodrager shrugs her shoulders in a motion of acquiescence. "I offered my name as a gesture of good faith in hopes we could parley. I did not submit myself to your test with the intention of provoking you into another fight. If you feel that this one has done so," she jerks a thumb at Rohan, "I'm inclined to save you the effort and beat him down for you." She might be joking, but she actually sounds more miffed than jovial.

Influence aid: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (20) + 3 = 23 Shoot, can I be the primary even though I intended to be aiding?


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Keep those eyes to yourself if you want remain the tallest member of the party. I can crush walnuts with those glutes! ;-)


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Lurker chiming in here - glad to see GM Dak was able to take your game on. I was in a game that kept shedding GM's without explanation, so I could feel your pain, just couldn't do anything to ease it. Our game lasted several years and only died its last death a few months ago. Here's to many more years for your game here.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25

Ah, I misunderstood. Everyone can use a good quality dagger. IF you lack an enhanced blade, take a dagger, I’m thinking.

The Erutaki nods, the light coming back to her eyes. ”Yes, let’s show Gorewillow the hospitality that Trunau saves for those that attack her.” She’s ready to go...


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 5.2; AC 18/13/16; 44/44 hp; F7 R4 W4; Effects: ; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 25/25
DM Blayde MacRonan wrote:
Searching the halves of Bax's body, LM finds the following items: potions of cure moderate wounds (2), adamantine weapon blanch, cold iron weapon blanch, smoke bomb, broken studded leather, starknife, mwk daggers (4), Bax's Mask (broken)

Nyym has claimed two daggers. I will carry two if no one else claims them. I suggest Nyym might be a better choice for the blanches because he’s more likely to make a tactical hit, but I defer to the team. Liesel-Marie won’t use them. Same with the smoke bomb and starknife. I could find a use for a healing potion, of course.

Liesel-Marie lays out the other still-whole items from the body to be claimed. ”The Hopespring? What of the attack at the gates? Do they not need us there?” Absolutely fine with the group’s decision. She just wants to go somewhere that she can lose herself in battle right now.

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