"But sir.. sir.. this is hardly procedure." The librarian said as the tall winged elf half drug/half shoved the librarian him through the library archive.
"I'm not in the mood for procedure, you are the archivist in charge of Night Hags and their practices are you not?" The scarred elf asked as he half turned to face him, two hip quivers rattled and he tapped the shelves with his long bow. He was dusty, dirty and looked like he had literally just gotten in from a trip, one or two of the feathers on his wings are singed as is an eyebrow. There are several fading scars that speak of healing spells and there is an air of impatience about him.
"Why yes, of course.. I'm auxiliary sage Mystrom...."
"Auxiliary? I asked for the premier sage on the subject, Drendle that drunkard said I would have him if I only stopped yelling till his hangover faded.." the tall elf, deceptively named 'Runt' in the common tongue', started swearing in a variety of languages.
"I am .." the man said primly. "..well now, the current expert and premier librarian on staff on the subject. Mistress Weatherby is.. er.. on.. well that is to say.. no longer with us.."
"How?" The rant, mostly a discourse in Tien about certain preferences of a certain venture captain and a three legged donkey, stopped as he took in the librarian's saddened look. "The conclave?" He asked firmly, his anger diverted for a moment.
"Aye..uh.. Pathfinder Runt." The librarian said running a finger only a track in the stone wall, which Runt noticed ran from a hole in one side of the room, in a track easily a half inch wide, to a bigger hole in the other. "We were ..hostages. Pathfinder Ebonblade shot one of our captors two rooms down. Between her and her companions.. most of us survived but Mistress Weatherby.. protested to our captors about three minutes before our liberators arrived."
"With what? A siege weapon?" Runt asked before shaking his head and looked at the man more closely. "I'm sorry Mystrom.. this .. person I'm seeking is tied to this. I have encountered, at least tangentially, this one hag twice..and she knows of me now. We first encountered one another via a spellbound chalkboard in the Diamond City.. one of my companions foolishly listed our names to her...the second was just two hours ago in some occult realm. As my mentor's teacher, Mrs. Cosmopilite says.. 'Tis best to check up on who is looking in your trash'."
The librarian blinks a bit trying to make sense of things. The elf shrugged.
" Sounds better in Tien or Hobgoblin... trust me. The point is... she knows more about me..than I know of her. One time.. coincidence, two times.. not so much, so I'm preparing for the third." The librarian nodded, that at least made sense. "So, I have name.. and I have someone who knows these stacks.. I'm usually move through the Alchemists wing mostly you see. .and I want to know about this Hag. Aslynn. All I know is she was an associate of the late venture captain Thurl."
"Ah, that is a good thing to know about Hags Pathfinder.. a Name is a very good thing to have..even if it's a speaking name." The sage said as he started working with the Pathfinder to find information about his foe.
Runt has run into Aslynn twice and suspects that he will be encountering her soon, and is doing a take 20 with the sage to check knowledge (Planes) on her. :D
Yup.. I was the last one with feathers standing.. both axebeaks died.. you got nailed in the final encounter and I think the falcon was first right?
Just like my Grenadier Alchemist, who flings Admixtured vials of Slime Grenade/Aratokan's Flame (3d6 acid/2d6 Fire) + Explosive Missile (up to 5d6+Int, varies by bomb) + medium/large arrows. He's a single shot archer. I put a LOT on the shot.. and it can get expensive at times.
Once upon a time..
Mike Brock had an idea to use the enhancements to the reporting tools to send out boons to the folks reported in the system. Say.. maybe a dozen a month or so. It was proposed.
It went down in horrible horrible flames because one group or another disliked it.
I think that using the reporting tool to 'award' via email could be a good idea.. assuming the mechanism could be figured out.
Won't happen.. cause haters will hate. Loudly. Constantly. Till whoever would do the choosing throw up their hands and give up.
John Compton wrote:
I loved the Chainsaw and Gravity Clip..
The bad guys in Tapestry's Toil..(My next scenario). facing a 12 foot winged alchemist.. not so much.
Mystic Lemur wrote:
I've done it on occasion. Mutagen, enlarge person and bull's strength.
I don't either.. given you don't get a LOT of crit damage out of a bomb and nothing out infused alchemical weapons...
But then I've had a guy tell me that my doing 40 points of damage in a single shot with my gunslinger/alchemist is far more game breaking than the half-orc in purple roid rage paints SPLATTERING two guy in the same round for over 180.
Organized play or no, you're not adding +16 to hit with an arrow for 5 gp a shot.
While not the reason that I didn't use the logic of 'if it hits.. explosive missile detonates', I have to admit I've never had to shoot further out of combat than medium.. and between my trait, PB Shot/Precise, and the fact that I have wings and get get above most of my crew, I've never needed to do more than one shot a round.
So at 8th level, if I need more than +14 to hit, I can always pop a true shot extract. Of course if I need to do more than one shot a round..we're in trouble anyway.
I've put many, many a durable arrow in foes all over. From Bonekeep (1 & 2) and beyond. One shot at a time. I haven't seen a need for rapid/manyshot or deadly aim. Even with just a 'mundane arrow' backed by up to a 28 or so Strength (and large arrows) I hit pretty well.
So yeah.. I COULD argue about touch arrows (mainly for tanglefoot bombs and distance flyers) but I've sucked up the range penalty and still hurt the bad guys (Giant Fiendish Wasp + Arrow/Tanglefoot Bomb + 300+ ft drop.. yeah.. good times)
Warning: expect table variance.
I had on GM tell me that while imbuing was a move or swift action, that it was still a move action to pull the alchemical weapon that I was imbuing.
You probably use Dye Arrows for extended Touch range, too, right?
Actually no. I am of the opinion you have to do damage to trigger explosive missile. (Which sucks for tanglefoot bomb arrows but.. if I'm going to go one way on damage triggers..I have to go for all versions of the bomb)
I do however use them to tick off bad guys..cause nothing irks a macho bad guy getting his face dyed bright vivid pink.
I might stress test the rules, using the Grenadier archetype to the max, but I don't go total cheese. I don't use blankfinger paste to add poison to my arrows, though TECHNICALLY I could. I don't create 'megabombs' out of Focusing flasks + hybridized Acid/Artoku's fire for hideous splash damage (3d6 acid + 6d6 fire + Int). I don't pull the 'abundant ammo' wand trick for all the alchemical arrows I use.
Game Master wrote:
Your alchemist sounds a lot like mine... :3
If I could get another source of strength bonus I think I could make one of my local GMs cry.. He loathes Runt.
Of course, I'm at max capacity of my 2 efficient quivers and haversack, so I'm saving up for a +4 Strngth Belt and a bag of holding and wand of unseen servant.
(Casts unseen Servant in bag)
Game Master wrote:
Just be VERY aware that the mythic versus regular bits. It is epically awesome but the mythic stuff makes it more so. I like use it and holy water in a Hybridizatiin Funnel. 2d6 + 2d4 is scary to something's. Particularly when you're using it PLUS explosive missile PLUS a large arrow. (grenadier alchemist)
Runt keeps several Enlarge Person infusions (preserving flasks rock) and the tricky part is the 'handoff' of arrows. You have to explain to some players (and GMs) that the arrows are a: large and b: legal for play.
Two more levels and I can get gravity bow wand as an autowin roll (I'll be @ UMD +19 then)
I know more than one GM who hates my Grenadier because of that. :D
nothing like Mutagen (Str), Enlarge Person, Bull's Strength to make your 'middle of the road' Archery based Alchemist into a scary scary man with a +1 adaptive bow and the GM going 'He has a WHAT strength?'.
Add in the other things like a set of Large Durable Arrow set that he hands off to a bystander before starting up..and it's fun.
Not to mention its fun those few times when he gets to use his Falchion. :D
Enlarge Person is an AWESOME spell but like other said, timing is VITAL.
Just imagine arrows the size of POOL STICKS with Explosive Missile AND admixtured Fire/Holy Water..and you know why folks suddenly decide the white haired elf in back isn't to be ignored.