Upgrading Ally 2 Apprentice into Ally 5 Pyromaniac Mage.
Four half-elven children were sitting by the fountain in the center of Sothis. Qualzar approached. "Have you been having fun on your vacation?" They all cheered. Qualzar beamed. "Everyone has fun at the Whimsical World of Qualzar the Wondrous!"
But then the eldest child added, "Although I think our parents have been arguing a lot." Qualzar looked over to the other side of the fountain, where a human and elf were having a heated dispute with a gnome. He took a closer listen.
"175 gold for a picture?" the elf was saying. "Look here, Mr. Hoppert. That can't be right."
The gnome cleared his throat. "Ah, ahem, er, as a matter of fact, it is 175 gp *per child* pictured." He held up a piece of parchment, showing the four half-elves riding in miniature pyramids. Each pyramid bounced up and down while moving around a central pylon. "So that would be 700 gp."
"700 gp?!" The human stamped in anger. "That's ridiculous. We certainly won't be paying such an outrageous sum!"
The elf sighed. "Just pay the gnome, dear." This clearly was not the first time they had had this argument. Reluctantly, the human pulled out a small purse, counted out some coins, and handed them over. Hadden bowed and scurried off.
The human turned to the elf. "700 gp for a picture. 1400 gp for the ride. Another 1400 gp to ride Darago's Spooky Mansion. 900 gp at the Rat-a-tat Rat Arcade. 2600 gp for admission to Lini's petting zoo. 4000 gp for aura readings at E & H. 12000 for lunch reservations at Gronk's Grub. 1250 for sweets at Cogsnap's Clever Candied Concoctions, including souvenir candy dishes..."
"The price gouging is outrageous!" the elf interrupted, but then sighed. "But what can we do?"
Qualzar whispered to the children. "I know what would cheer everyone up!" He conjured a flyer. "Nemsky's All-New Pyrotechnic Fireworks Extravaganza is starting soon!" The kids all looked excited. "See, seats are still available! Go on, go tell your parents!"
The half-elves ran over and showed the advertisement. The elf read, "...Seats are still available for 400 gp, 1100 gp for front row..." The human gave a tired groan, the elf gave pained cry. But the sorcerer watched them all depart in the direct of the amphitheatre.
Qualzar laughed and laughed and laughed. "Tourist trap!" His adventuring days might be over, but some things would never change. "Classic!"
Deck:22 cards 1 Weapon: Giantbane Dagger +1
5 Spells: Dominate, Blizzard, Life Leech, Wall of Fire, Dimension Leap
2 Armors: Robe of Vision, Robe of Energy Resistance
4 Items: Pearl of Magic, Headband of Alluring Charisma, Mist Horn, Crown of Charisma
5 Allies: Velociraptor, Clockwork Owl, Pyromaniac Mage, Cat, Surgeon
5 Blessings: Blessing of Achaekek, Blessing of Sivanah, Blessing of Abadar, 2 Blessings of PharasmaFeats:Skills:
Strength d6  +1  +2
Dexterity d6  +1  +2
Constitution d4  +1
Intelligence d10 [X] +1 [X] +2 [X] +3
-- Knowledge: Intelligence +2
Wisdom d6  +1  +2  +3
-- Perception: Wisdom +2
Charisma d10 [X] +1 [X] +2 [X] +3 [X] +4
-- Arcane: Charisma +2
Favored Card: Spell
Hand Size 6 [X] 7  8
Proficient with: Arcane, Mental
For your combat check, you may discard a card to use your Arcane skill + 1d6 ([X] +1) ([X] +2) ([X] +3) ([X] +4) and add the Attack, Mental ([X] or Force), and Magic traits. This counts as playing a spell.
When you encounter a monster, you may evade it ( and put it on the top of the location deck it came from). This counts as playing a spell that has the Arcane and Mental traits.
 When you would shuffle a monster into a location deck on your turn, you may shuffle it into a random open location deck instead.
[X] Reduce Combat damage dealt to you by 2 ( 3).
 When you succeed at a check to recharge a spell, you may instead recharge a spell from your discard pile.
Weapons 1  2
Spells 3 [X] 4 [X] 5
Armors 1 [X] 2
Items 2 [X] 3 [X] 4
Allies 4 [X] 5  6
Blessings 4 [X] 5  6
Hero points: 7