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Tonight i had my first death ! Yeeee ! ( also my first post )

Name: Zembah
Race: Aasimar
Class: Oracle of Life 5
Adventure: Stolen Lands
Location: Nettle's Crossing Hex
Catalyst: Random Encounter, 4 Trolls, Don't Split the Party

Gory Details : the Oracle, tired because of Nettle's Nightmare, run to the river to persuade him to remove his curse and failed the perception check vs the 4 trolls. Instead of retreating the poor aasimar went into total defense and called for help.
The others try to save him ( they killed one of them )but in the end the poor aasimar was left behind by the retreating party.
They try to reincarnate him after a sub-quest ( given by the Hermit near Oleg )and now Zembah is a Lizardfolk !

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Turin the Mad wrote:
What?! Eat her brains!! EAT HER BRAINS!! ^__^

The party returned, stronger and better prepared, and downed the big v-litch. Only two of the six characters were mobile by then, one who had died and got a breath of life spell, the rest were paralyzed. Pressing on to the soul jar room, they found the Dutchess' body, sans grey matter.

Now they're traveling by ship to Absalom to get a True Resurrection for her.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

That's pretty far to go. Had they considered Brevoy?

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DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
That's pretty far to go. Had they considered Brevoy?

Unless I misread things, none of the Brevic cities is large enough to have 9th level spells available for purchase. In addition, in my game the civil war between Issia and Rostland is still underway, making it pretty dangerous for nobility to be traveling around. A low-profile trip to Absalom was judged to be a better option. This plays into my designs nicely. I get to run my own river adventure, playtesting the skulls and shackles rules. The absense of the leadership sets up a great transition to Blood For Blood. Their transport is the pirate captain I introduced in my "brevoy attacks the locks" event, and she demanded a letter of marque for her services. Her post-adventure actions are going to raise tensions between Mivon, Rostland, and the PC kingdom, setting up the aldori civil war/reunification events that I plan on running before sound if a thousand screams. All of which is forthcoming in a thread here, soon.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Righteous. Although if all she's only missing her brain Ressurection would work nicely too.


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Name: Sempor
Race: Gnome
Class: Druid 16

Name: Hêmael Zoari
Race: Half-Elf
Class: Cleric of Kurgess 14/fighter 2

Name: Iaurinn o-Lossaeglir
Race: Elf
Class: Conjurer (teleportation sub-school) 16

Adventure: Sound of a Thousand Screams
Location: The House at the Edge of Time
Catalyst: Nyrissa

Gory Details: The long version of the campaign's acme can be found here. The short version is that the final battle against Nyrissa was tensed and that the evil nymph queen proved as dangerous and b%&$#y as its stat block suggests.

During the fight, Nyrissa used her Spell Synthesis to merge a fire storm for 72 points of damage and a chain lightning for another 53 points of damage. Failing both saves, the poor Sempor was turned into a pile of ash… and quickly brought back to life by a breath of life spell. Despite being healed he would a couple of rounds later be within one hit point of dying again.

A few rounds after this, Nyrissa cast a prismatic spray onto half of the group, turning the kingdom's general and cleric, Hêmael, to stone. Even Briar couldn't help him, but the high magister, Iaurinn, braved the battle field to break enchantment and turn Hêmael back to flesh.

Before the end of the 18-round long fight, Iaurinn himself died after being the main target of Nyrissa's evocation spells, culminating with the combination of a flame strike and a quickened lightning bolt. Little of the high magister was left after the assault, but the timely use of the group's last breath of life brought him back to life. Just barely…

In the end, the group prevailed, and Nyrissa plagues the kingdom of Gwendor no more.


Name: Count Basque Garess
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Cavalier 4/Battle Herald 3

Adventure: Varnhold Vanashing
Location: Fort Varnhold
Catalyst: Pit trap and very poor rolls for the player

The Gory Details: The assault on Fort Varnhold had been going fairly well. By this point many members of the party had very eroded health. Towards the end, Basque decided to charge a wolf about to attack the party Paladin

As he did so, he triggered a pit trap, both him and his mount failed reflex saves and fell into the pit. The horse, poor Acheron, was skewered and knocked near his CON in neg hit points. Basque farred even worse, receiving a full serving of spikes which the DM rolled near max damage on all his dice, blowing through Basque's remaining hitpoints and his CON.


Name:Mikhail and Var
Race:Human and Half-Orc
Classes/levels:Magus and Fighter both 15th
Adventure:Part 6 Sound of a Thousand Screams
Location:Thousand Voices Woods
Catalyst:Inevitable due to encounter parameters
The Gory Details: First some background. Party of six, three players each playing two characters. Suggestion from the DM (me) as it was easier for me to upgrade and adjust for 6 than it was to adjust for three characters.

Party composition: Var, half-orc fighter with Sherry Aasimar priest; Mikhail, human Magus with Gale Sylph Wizard; and Glaz, half-orc Bard with Kaillum Grippli rogue.

Spoiler:

Party had an issue with previious encounters versus human bane and unholy weapons, they got hit hard as most are either human or good and some fill both orders. So I knew this encounter was going to be an issue. Our group is very good at staying alive, and very good at pulling tricks out of hats to overcome difficult situations so I ran a couple of scenarios before the encounter to see what I thought might happen and as "background information" the Hunter might have. No matter how I did it, the Magus (who was wielding Briar) was not going to survive this fight. As luck would have it, I had a NPC druid I had been playing with that I figured I would put in the area in case things went like I thought they would. I knew they did not have the materials on hand for res, and did not like using raise dead. So I thought I would give them an option for reincarnate. And since all of us utilize Hero Lab, I took it upon myself using a dice roller and an expanded reincarnate chart, to pre-roll all of the characters in a new body in case they died and chose reincarnate.

Well for the combat part of the deaths, the Hunter (using the six-player modifications) had set up an ambush for the characters after fiegning an attack at Littletown and leaving a easily followed trail. He drew them in, and seperated them as the ettins popped out from hiding spots to attack the casters. Well as things the bard used a spell to dim door next to the hunter with the fighter in tow, forcing him to use a teleport charge and get away from them, so the first two rounds I only got one shot off on the human.Next round the bard did it again, so the half the ettins came to help surround him and allowed him to break out of proximity of the two attacking him. So in the forth round, with several of the ettins down now due to spells and arrows from the rogue, the fighter attacks a couple ettins wounding and killing one. The bard does something similar and the hunter is allowed to finally take a full round of attacks at the human Magus holding Briar. So utilizing many-shot and rapid-shot, and only missing with one attack but critting another, the Magus was hit for 272 points of damage. Next round, bard and fighter are able to get next to hunter as an ettin picks up the sword and runs toward the hunter to give it to him. Rogue drops that ettin, as the fighter almost dropped the hunter. Mage and priest deal with a couple of ettins that have been pestering them, and the bard positions himself along side the downed ettin and Briar preparing to stop the hunter from getting to it. So next round the hunter teleports out of range and sight of the party, and heals in preparation for claiming the sword again. Party gangs up on ettins, but did not fair well in damage so a couple are left standing. Next round, Hunter steps out from where he was hiding and fires 2 shots (3 arrows with many shot active) at the fighter, and other 3 at the bard. Hit all 3 times on fighter and critted once, but only hit bard twice. That took the fighter to -57 hit points as he had been wounded bad already, but the bard was still standing. Now the fighter had a Ring of Regeneration on at this time, so was not officially dead, but was beyond healing besides what the ring would do. Top of the next round, the druid appears and banishes the hunter (house rule on the banish, and it allows me to use him again later).

Feeling sorry for the party, the druid offers to reincarnate the 2 down party members. the fighter mentions that he is not technically dead because of the ring of regeneration. He is given the option to heal up using the ring or the druid will reincarnate him, he decides it would be fun to be rincarnated (he is thinking that half-orcs do not live long and this will allow him to rule longer). So the Magus and the fighter both are given the choice of what I have already rolled, and set up in Hero lab, or do they want to roll themselves? They both take my rolls and what I have already prepared. Now, I told myself that I would not alter any rolls that were made when I was doing the reincarnate table. However, the first one I did was the Magus and I rolled half-orc. With the animosity his character had with the half-orc, I thought that would be cruel. So I re-rolled, and got orc. Thiniking that would not work I was going to re-roll again, but then stopped myself realizing that I could do this all day and would stick to what I rolled. So he became an Orc, and the fighter turned into a Nagaji. So while they did both die, they both live on in newer different bodies.

Short side story to this, the druid had a companion with her (psuedo dragon) that had in his possesion a Deck of Many Things. Seeing as they had a couple hours to kill, a couple of the characters decided to try thier luck. The priest fell to the Donjon card, then the bard drew the talons card, and as the fighter was recovering he thought nothing else could go wrong or get worse so he drew three cards: rogue, rogue, talons. The rogue was trying to decide how many this whole time and at the last minute decided against it as he saw nothing good come from any of the draws. So this encounter drained the party of many magic items, a couple of lives, a good chunk of gold, and temporary loss of the primary healer, and has put a big chip on their shoulder for the next meeting with the hunter.


At least you got to use your Hunter. :)


Name: Alexander Makarov Sibirkovich (My PC)
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Paladin 8
Name: Pirag
Race: Half-orc
Classes/levels: FIghter 8
Adventure: The Varnhold Vanishing
Location: Mountain pass along direct line between capital of Varnhold and our kingdom’s capital
Catalyst: Random Encounter with a Peluda followed by failed knowledge checks and ending with failed fort saves vs poision with constitution damage
The Gory Details: We were travelling along the mountain pass. The lead party members see a spiky, dinosaur-like monster as they crest a ridge in the pass. Our inquisitor shouts something to the effect of “holycrapaspikydinosaur!!!” and retreats behind our usual front-liners, Alexander and Pirag. We dismount and sally forth, while Laguna, the cleric, cast Blessing of Fervor and Mac, the rogue, began circling behind our foe. Unfortunately, our wizard was elsewhere (on legitimate in character business while his player was out of town), and no one else could identify the beast, so we had no idea what we were fighting.

As we engage, we begin taking hits from the beast’s quills as we hit it. Pirag gets in the first swing, with Alexander following up quickly. Mac then gets to its flank and takes a chunk out of a tender spot. Then the creature bristles and launches its spines at everyone nearby. Horses and men are injured, and we all begin to feel the effects of a nasty poison. As we struggle to slay the beast, Alexander feels a call from the Gods of light. It was just a small thing, but they urged him to check for the presence of evil. He pauses his assault for a moment, and focuses upon his foe. Realizing what he faced, he calls upon the gods to aid him, and resumes his assault, reinvigorated by their presence.

Soon the beast falls, but it will not fall alone. Even in death, its poison was still working its way through us. Laguna’s divine power was taxed to its limit, and unfortunately, Alexander and Pirag succumbed.


Name: Wren, Blackturd the Almost Great, and Wendell the Wizard
Race: Half elf, Goblin, and Human
Classes/levels: Rogue 5, Ranger 3, Wizard 3
Adventure: The Stolen Lands
Location: Additional Site - Oubliette of the First World
Catalyst: Curiosly playing with powerful magical devices, Activating a law-bomb

The Gory Details: After heading east of Olegs to try and pick up the trail of Gaff the Wretched - a Necromancer in the region - the party came across an ancient druid site in the woods that both radiated a heavy magic, and caused two of the party members to be nauseated. However, curiosity got the better of them and they began fiddling with what was effectively a control panel for the site, and no good ends.

spoiler:

The site is called the Oubliette of the First World and is a cache hiding a relic of the Sidhe Court. In my game, there are barriers between the First World and Golarion that are eroding in the Stolen Lands. These barriers were set up by the natives to the region (Barbarians and Druids) 8,000-10,000 years ago, when the Sidhe Court (Oberon and Titania) discovered a way into Golarion and conquered much of the North East (River Kingdoms, Brevoy, Numeria, Galt, Razmiran, Kyonin). The Barbarians and Druids were displeased with their new fey overlords and a rebel movement was born to put an end to the Fey Rule.

At the same time, Narissa was left in the First World as regent of the Sidhe Court. It was there that she encountered Count Ralnak, and falling for the dastartly fellow, she began learning things she shouldn't be privy to. Jealousy bloomed in her heart and she and started amassing her own power base in the Thousand breaths and the First World.

When their tour of their newly conquered lands completed after a few hundred years, Oberon, Titania, and the court that was in Golarion returned to the first world to be met by Narissa's forces. This ended very poorly for Narissa, as she could not stand up to the might of the Sidhe King and Queen on their home turf. While this struggle was taking place, the rebel barbarians enacted their own plan to erect the barriers, closing off thier overlord's access to the lands of Golarion. As the rebels slipped into the first world, one group of them came across a treasure trove of the Sidhe Court. Not wanting to let opportunity slip away, they stole everything they could get their hands on and slipped back into Golarion as the ways were closing.

The site the players discovered this week was the holding place of one of these treasures of the first world - The Grand Return - a relic able to re-open a gateway into the First World. rebels created an elaborate mechanism to house, hide, and protect the relic, and sealed it with a trap infuced with the raw energies of Law, should any fey discover it. Unfortunately for our party, the Law Trap keyed off of alignment to cover the possibility of agents of the fey attempting to retrieve the device.

After discovering the site, and the obelisk therein, the party began to investigate the area. Blackturd and Shirin (Fighter 5) stayed back 60 feet from the clearing as they were both nauseated by the aura of the place. Wendell, Wren, Mort (cleric 5) and the Professor (Alchemist 4) went in to investigate.

The obelisk was a puzzle to Mort and Wendell who went to investigate it - made from a stone not native to the region, it's top sheared off at about 25 feet from what looked to be a lightning strike. The forest nearest the obelisk seemed to be encroaching on the monument, trees growing closer to it, their branches and roots almost reaching towards the stone pillar.

While the cleric and wizard were checking out the obelisk, the Professor and Wren began poking and prodding at what they figured was some sort of stone control panel nearby. as they started moving around the control stones (both Wren and the Professor had good Use Magical Device rolls and began activating the site), Wren's trap sense started to tickle and she became aware that there was a trap nearby. She could not pinpoint it, and yelled "It's a Trap!", high-tailing it out of the clearing, assuming that the others would follow suit.

At this point the ground started to rumble, and the obelisk slooooowly started to raise up out of th earth. The professor stood in amazement at the control device watching the proceedings. Wendell, having listened to the Rogue's alarm, fled the clearing, and moved 60 feet out to where Shirin and Blackturd were waiting, both puking from the nausea induced by the area. Mort moved over to there the Professor was and also watched, rather amazed.

And the obelisk slowly rose.

At this point they saw that the obelisk looked to be a mirror of itself on top and bottom, it descended deep into the ground tapering as is sunk deeper, much the same as the top of the monolith.

And the obelisk slowly continued to rise (about a foot every round).
Wren was about 250 feet away when she stopped and looked back, having expected an explosion, or something. She turned to see what was going on, and could make out the people still in the area. She then succumbed to her snese of heroic duty, knowing she had the best shot of disarming the trap, returning to where the obelisk continued to rise. Wendell was taking notes and drawing diagrams of the thing, Blackturd and Shirin were clutching their stomachs, Mort and the Professor watched in awe as the device was raised by the magical energies of the place.

Arriving just before the obelisk's 30 foot depth cleared the surface, Wren was accutely aware that the trap was located at the bottom of the obelisk. She had one shot to disable the device as it cleared the ground.

As Wren worked franticly to try and disable the trap. She was confronted with what looked like tendrils of stone cradling an ovoid chest made of blue iron, adamantite, mithril and spun threads of gems and light. She reached into the cradle and wrenched, tweaked, hammered, and fiddled with the device at the bottom of the obelisk.

Sadly the dice were not in her favor.

As sunlight hit the cradle, a pulse emenated from the obelisk of cold, hard, law-infused energy. The Law-bomb had gone off, and saves were now in order for everyone within 200 feet of the device. The save was Fortitude 22 - a tough one for certain. the 10d8 damage turned out to be 52 points. This was more than Wren, Blackturd, and Wendell could sustain, and the trap took them well into the arms of Pharasma. Mort made his save and sustained 26 points, Shirin failed her save but as a fighter had the hitpoints to soak it - she had 1 hp left. The Professor crit on his save, and then crit on his confirmation, and then rolled a 16 -- he was unaffected.

Our first deaths wound up being a trio. Though we've had tough scrapes and close calls, we hadn't lost anyone yet due to the fact that we've got some incredibly smart players who work very well together. As a gm you are never happy to see your players perish, especially against such nasty odds. It was also Wendell's first night with us - he's a longtime friend and player with our group but shedules hadnt allowed him to join in until last night. But in the end, people had a lot of fun, and there are options available to take care of getting the dead back should they choose to do so...


Name: Solovei Borga, duke of Mithurdane
Name: Alhirin, prized tournament fighter
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Fighter 9 (greatsword lover), fighter 9 (tower shield/versatility)
Adventure: Blood for Blood
Location:

Spoiler:
Armag's Tomb

Catalyst: Hitting a proverbial brick wall without preparation

The Gory Details:

Spoiler:

Druid, Cleric of Gorum (recently reincarnated from human into gnome) and Solovei and Alhirin went after baron Drelev (and lady Quintessa) who had managed to escape towards the barbarian encampement. Arriving there the birdie-druid went NOVA on the barbarians' asses, and the cleric had some magical fun with them before everyone was pummeled, sliced and diced, or headbutted into coma.

Finding the girls, and even Quintessa had them overjoyed.
It was clear the party wanted revenge on Quintessa for helping the baron escape fort Drelev (and confusing the cleric) so she "explained" that she was on the payroll. Her contract was now over, so she was free to do whatever she wanted.

As a token of goodwill she warned them that she overheard three old ladies in black cloaks who wanted the barbarian warlord to do some kind of ritual... *vague*
They went in, despite the druid saying, a bit droopyfaced, that she would not be of much (zappy) use anymore.

Entering the first chamber, they encountered the three ladies, and were instantly besieged by their summoned demonic friends.
Having nothing to overcome the DR10 and resistances/immunities, they were in over their heads. The girls and their bestow curses failed none of them, and the rest of the spell selection was NASTY...
The cleric and birdiedruid ended up retreating and covering their retreat with stone shape...

Aftermath:

Spoiler:

Alhirin was reincarnated into a halfling.
Solovei, being firm believer in Gorum, was admitted by Zorek as one of the chambers defenders... He now stands waiting...


Name: Haggar Hillbreaker
Race: Dwarf
Classes/levels: Cleric 6
Adventure: Rivers Run Red
Location: Ruins of Dwarf Fortress
Catalyst: Nagrundi the two-headed troll
The Gory Details: When the great hero-kings (though they are mere barons at the moment, they are in good standing with the citizenry) of Numas (I actually like this name for the kingdom better than Narland) first snuck in to the old dwarven stronghold that the trolls had made into their new lair, they managed to clear the way rather easily, the Catfolk Ranger and Human Necromancer co-operating in setting the giants on fire or spraying them with acid while also knocking their HP down at a steady rate with help from the Dwarf Cleric and Holstaur* Monk.

All of this came to an end when they managed to get the attention of a certain two-headed troll. Due to the tight space, the melee fighters were stuck in a spot they couldn't move from, the Ranger took such heavy penalties to her ranged attacks that they failed to work, and the Cleric couldn't channel energy to heal without healing the troll as well. While the Monk and Cleric started dishing out damage to the beast after a few lucky rolls, Nagrundi soon decided to switch from claws to teeth. He hit, started chewing the Dwarf and spat him out when he died, after which the Ranger and Monk manage to kill him.

He was later brought back by a Cleric of Urgathoa (True Neutral and an ally of the Necromancer), who likes to remind the Dwarf about the fact that he owes her one.

* = Homebrew race of mine. The Cleric of Urgathoa is also one.

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Name: General Bahrel
Race: Dwarf
Classes/levels: Ranger 12
Adventure: War of the River Kings
Location: A battlefield south of Tatzleford
Catalyst: Avinash Jurrg
The Gory Details During mass combat, Bahrel challenged enemy general Avinash to single combat. Fully buffed, Bahrel was easily overpowering his opponent. Desperate, Avinash cast a hold person spell on Bahrel, then beheaded him while he was paralysed.

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Name: Jaekah
Race: Centaur Runt
Classes/levels: Barbarian 7
Adventure: Rivers Run Red
Location: Mad Hermit's Lair
Catalyst: Random Encounter
The Gory Details: After dealing with the Mad Hermit, the party took their rest and made camp before heading west the next morning to investigate the "queen" in the forest ruins; during the night, a group of Goblins and Goblin Snakes led by a Barghest attacked. During the battle the Barghest charmed Lilith, the rogue and spymistress, and she badly sniped Jaekah from her place in the trees above. The Barghest took the opportunity to slash at the wounded General and scored a deep critical hit, slicing him down to 1 below negative CON. He was avenged less than a round later by the group's Marshal, the samurai Takeshi, who decapitated the Barghest with a crit of his own, which broke the charm on Lilith in time for the two of them to finish up the remainder of the surviving enemies.

His party members severed a hand, burned the remainders of his body, and marched back to Bokken for the hermit druid to reincarnate him. Jaekah returned several days later... in the form of a magma dragon! (Figures that the first use of my homebrew reincarnate chart would roll one of the 90+ "could be anything" options!)

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Name: Lissi
Race: Sylph
Classes/levels: Witch/Gunslinger 1
Adventure: Stolen Lands
Location: Thorn River Bandit Camp
Catalyst: Kressle rolling a high enough Perception to notice her
The Gory Details: Due to many variants used in my game, Kressle is also a shadow assassin (class by Super Genius Games), and 2nd level. Due to Lissi being flat-footed, Kressle managed to take her from full health to super dead in the first round. But it's okay, Lissi got better. (Also using the Horrifically Overpowered feats from Super Genius Games.)


Name: Thornton Orlovsky
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Paladin 2
Adventure: Stolen Lands
Location: In a copse near Oleg's.
Catalyst: Overconfidence or player death wish, not too sure.

The Gory Details: After the party took out the Thorn River camp, they had captured a number of bandits, including Kressle herself. They hauled them all the way back to Oleg's. A couple of days after they arrived, one of the weekly supply caravans came in to the trading post. Rickard, the caravan leader, offered to take the bandits up to Restov for the justice system to take care of them. The entire party flubbed their Sense Motive checks at this point. They went back out into the wilderness to continue their charter.

The next time they returned to the trading post, they heard rumours of creepy moans and wails coming from a cluster of trees a few miles up the road towards Restov. The PCs followed their investigating feet. The copse became more unnaturally dark the closer they got to the source of the moaning.

Just as they spotted a shallow grave, the ghost of Kressle came flowing up out of the ground. Three of the adventurers ran away immediately, while only the bard and Thornton, the paladin, remained. Recognizing the PCs, Kressle demanded that they avenge her death, all while her horrific gaze drained the life from them. The stalwart pair didn't even reply and tried to attack her, to no avail. She insisted that they avenge her death by bringing the head of Rickard.

That's when her gaze outright killed the paladin.

The bard hastily agreed to fetch Rickard's head, and booked it. (Some extra fun came later, in which they had Jhod Kavken cast a ritual to destroy the ghost. The ritual succeeded, but severed the cleric's connection to Erastil's divine power!)


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Murderous allies and ghost-Kressel, I love it!


Name: Nexxus Northman
Race: Human
Classes/Levels: Fighter 14
Adventure: War of the River Kings
Location: Irovetti's Palace.
Catalyst: Throne room brawl.

The Gory Details::
The party, after laying siege to Pitax, brazenly march through the city, and assault the king's palace at midday. Once inside the throne room, all hell breaks loose. The nation's Queen, a witch named Sersei, eliminated Avinash from the fight quickly. Nexxus called out Vilamor Koth, having a score to settle with him after the Rushlight Tournament. However, just as Koth attacks, so does an invisible Irovetti, who, between the two of them, obliterated the nation's general. Shortly thereafter, the King's contingency is activated by Serah Aldori's blade, and the rest of the room is mopped up. Nexxus was spared thanks to the Hero Point system, however.

Name: Serah Aldori
Race: Aasimar
Classes/Levels: Magus 14
Adventure: War of the River Kings
Location: Irovetti's Palace.
Catalyst: Poorly run stealth encounter on my part.

The Gory Details::
Later on, the party reaches the gladiator pit inside the palace, where they are ambushed by Alasen and Gedovius, as well as his hounds. Thanks to me being very tired, however, I unfairly ran the stealth system, and it ended up getting Serah obliterated by Alasen (and coincidentally enough, rolling a 1 on their save vs. her lycanthropy). The party retreated at this point, taking Serah's body back to their capital and searching out a diamond of sufficient size to return the Magus to life.

Name: Nexxus Northman
Race: Human
Classes/Levels: Fighter 15
Adventure: Sound of a Thousand Screams
Location: Farmstead in Southern Greenbelt.
Catalyst: Serah Aldori.

The Gory Details::
After having a run in with the Mandragora swarms located in the southern reaches of the Narlmarches, the party decides to fall back and rest and better prepare for dealing with the swarms on the following day. However, the bloom spreads in the other direction instead, and the party WOULD have had a peaceful night sleep. However, things didn't go that way. Having spoken to the player of Serah Aldori prior to game about their lycanthropy, it was agreed that the player would run the character as if they were truly a turned beast when given the signal. The signal was given as it became clear that the party was going to camp out in the wilds. However, after the call had been made, the nation's queen and powerhouse frost giant (player had always wanted to play a giant, and I am the type of DM to try to let players do what they want) teleport back to the capital for better accomodations (the palace is designed to accomodate large creatures). This left Nexxus, the nations General, Caelan Lebeda, the nation's monk diplomat, and Serah's cohort paladin to deal with a rampaging magus weretiger (in hybrid form instead of animal, to give the party a chance to recognize her and spare her life). However, the weretiger Serah killed not only the poor helpless farmer and their family, but severely wounded the cohort and Caelan, the two of which had to flee once they realized that the beast had already slain Nexxus. End result, Nexxus needs resurrected now, and Serah's player, succeeding on the roll to remember the previous nights events, has elected to bring in a new character, as Serah's mental state had shattered after slaying (and consuming) innocent civilians and Nexxus, whom she had secretly been in love with for quite some time.


Name: Alianna
Race: Human
Classes/Levels: Ninja/Sorc 5/4
Adventure: Blood for Blood
Location: Dungeons beneath Fort Drelev
Catalyst: too sticky :D

The Gory Details:

Spoiler:
The group approached the Fort through the tunnels and encountered the black puddings. After a few rounds, everybody except of the dwarven Warcleric and the alchemist were grappled.
As Alliana has los HP (and was focused on ranged sneak ray attacks) she got totally lost in this grapple. After a few rounds she constrict and acid damage did the rest.
The cleric tried to revive her wit h breath of life, but due to misplacement, AoO etc. he failed. The character gave her last will to another player a few adventures before and as the group opened it, they got knowledge that she don't want to get resurected again (died aleeady once before (sprigan chief in varnhold))

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Name: Silme Gorumsdottir
Race: Changeling
Classes/Levels: Cleric of Gorum 9
Adventure: The Varnhold Vanishing
Location: The second level of Vordakai's tomb
Catalyst: one crit too many (special mention: player overconfidence)

The Gory Details:
The party entered the feasthall and were facing off against the four zombie cyclopes. Having been forewarned by Xamanthe, they had come loaded for bear with undead bane weapons, but hadn't had enough cash to buy them for everyone, so the group had decided to put them in the hands of the cavalier tank (+1 undead bane longsword) and the ranger murder-everything archer (50 +1 undead bane arrows). This, however, meant that Silme, the cleric, was merely using her usual +2 greatsword. After firing off a hefty searing light and taking the initial charge from the zombie with only moderate injury, Silme was feeling pretty good about her chances in dropping the zombie on her next action, so when Grjle, the grippli ranger, dropped her target and announced she'd turn her attention next to Silme's foe, Silme's player said, "No, I've got this," and Grjle instead went after one of the other two zombies.

And then things went straight to hell.

Now in melee range, the zombie unleashed a full attack. As had been my policy with all the zombie cyclopes in the mod, I had her foe use its flash of insight ability on the first full attack it could make, setting the secondary axe attack (normally at +9) to a natural 20, and then rolling for the confirmation. With the weaker attack bonus, confirms had so far been rare, but it made the players nervous, which is exactly the tension I wanted from the fight. This time, though, not only did I confirm the battleaxe crit, but I also rolled a second natural 20 on the cyclops' slam attack, which also confirmed. With the help of the x3 crit modifier from the axe and some really hot dice rolls (I think the 6d6 from the axe crit alone did 30 damage, well above the statistical average), I wound up doing over 70 damage and blowing through all her remaining hit points and her Con score in one fell swoop.

Aecora Silverfire resurrected her as a half-orc, which we all agreed was a sign of Gorum's general approval of his faithful priestess.


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Name: Kabal, Darro, and Astrella
Race: Half-orc, bear, and human
Class/Level: Druid (Bear Shaman) 8, Animal Companion 7, Cleric 8
Adventure: The Varnhold Vanishing
Location: Vordakai's throne room
Catalyst: Too many player failed saves, too many DM good attack rolls, 1 level too low and some player overconfidance

The Gory Details::
They had just trashed the 4 dread zombie cyclops in the dining area when they went upstairs, healed but a bit low on clerical bursts and healing. They entered Vordakai's throne room, and bunched up at the door. He cast Waves of Fatigue at them, and the battle was on. Druid fell to phantasmal killer, used hero points to stabilize at -15 (16 con). Ranger had undead as favored enemy so even though he was using a greatsword he was able to overcome the dr and chip away at the lich. They got the druid back up (breath of life) when I had the water elemental appear. Between the elemental, and paralyze touch and grave touch, he finally took out the druid, bear was paralyzed, cleric was paralyzed, ranger succumbed to suggestion (ranger had initially failed dominate but cleric had scroll of break enchantment) and fled as he was suggested. Wizard finally ran away, V dim door to intercept him, but missed on attack. Wizard dim door to ranger near water (they still had water walk on so they got thru hell pit) and when down to single digit hit points dim door with ranger outside and escaped. If the V had successfully attacked the wizard, it would have been a tpk since the ranger had no way to leave.

At this point, since we had some many characters (lost 3 players) in and out, we all decided to move on to the next AP.

-- david
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Finally got my first PC death, but it wasn't actually in KM material...

Name: Mitts
Race: Suli
Class: Barbarian (elemental kindred) 2 / Crossbloded sorceror 1
Adventure: Rivers Run Red
Location: Golushkin Mountains, near the halls of the Golka Dwarves
Catalyst: Barbarian rage combined with being the wrong party for the job

The Gory Details:

IMC, everyone got a second character when they founded their kingdom, so this was the first adventure the second party had gone on. They were sent to Garess in order to try and win their favor by going into the Golka Clanholds to find the Duke's son. Unfortunately, there were complications.

I decided to make the Golka city a megadungeon, so that there would always be something to hack if my group ever felt the need. I also expected that my group of powergamers would always make characters that were suited to hacking dungeons all day every day. Turns out they made characters that were really good at running kingdoms instead. :/

So they went into the dungeon, and even stumbled onto one of the parts I was hoping they would find - a mithril mine that the new inhabitants of the dungeon had been working relatively near to the surface. Unfortunately, all the monsters they had run into were oozes and plants - the main inhabitants being fungus-men who use oozes as mining tools - and all the party's spells were mind-affecting.

They make some unlucky decisions about which hallways to go down, and end up triggering the group of pech miners that work for the fungus-men. I had planned that the pechs would just cast Wall of Stone and cut off their lair from the party and everyone would go home. Unfortunately, Mitts the barbarian charged when he saw some monsters and ended up on the wrong side of the newly formed stone wall.

Several strong attacks from the pechs, and the barbarian went down. One hp left before the last attack dropped him, ended his rage, and took him past -con. The rest of the party decided that the best thing to do was go home and try to assault the level from a different direction. Later.

His brother "Luigi" is going to come join the party soon, since he only got to play for a session and a half.


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Name: Robert
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Rogue 5

Adventure: Rivers Run Red
Location: Troll den
Catalyst: One lucky troll

The Gory Details:
The party sees some trolls in the next room and the trolls see them. The rogue goes first, the rogue rushes to the end of the hallway to get his sneak attack on. After he dished out some decent damage it is the troll's turn (4 trolls in here since the party was not at all subtle about how they entered the place). Only two trolls can get at him as he is still in the hallway, the first one bites (miss), claw 1 (miss), claw 2 (hit, 10 damage).

Troll two attacks. I am rolling 3 dice, a yellow one for the bite and 2 black for the claws. I look at the yellow one, a 3, that's going to miss. When I go to find the 2 black dice I notice that the players on one side of the table are all staring. Both black dice rolled 20s. Well, that is unusual. So I pick the dice up again and roll to confirm the critical hits. 2 more 20's... OK then. Now, our group uses a house rule that a nat 20 on a confirmation roll gets to confirm for instant death (so 3 natural 20's in a row instantly kills). I don't normally invoke this on players but the player for the rogue insisted since it would only be fair (this rarely comes up and the players enjoy it even if it has only ever killed a CR 1/2 goblin). So I roll again, two 5's... what the hell is with these dice?

Time to dish out damage: 2d6 +10 (claw 1), 2d6 +10 (claw 2), 1d6 +7 (rend). Ouch. 47 total.

I look at our rogue and ask him what that puts him at, he looks at his character sheet and says "-15, incidentally exactly enough to kill me" (he had max 42 HP and has a 15 Con).

Now to find a thread about how the kingdom reacts when the ruler dies (After the fight the party finished off the unconscious, regenerating trolls and retreated with a corpse, a badly wounded bear animal companion, and plenty of damage). On the plus side the fight did give them enough XP to level.


The consequences of a ruler's death on a kingdom are documented in the base Kingdom rules. It isn't pretty...


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Sorry for the derailment, but where'd you find that, Turin?

All I could gather was

Quote:
If the leader is assassinated, the nation gains 1d6 Unrest points and immediately suffers the penalties for not having a leader in that role until the role is filled during a subsequent Improvement phase.

And that's from the event section of "Of Cities and Kings" (under Assanation event).

Ruyan.


RuyanVe wrote:

Sorry for the derailment, but where'd you find that, Turin?

All I could gather was

Quote:
If the leader is assassinated, the nation gains 1d6 Unrest points and immediately suffers the penalties for not having a leader in that role until the role is filled during a subsequent Improvement phase.

And that's from the event section of "Of Cities and Kings" (under Assanation event).

Ruyan.

Look in the King/Queen role text. IIRC the kingdom can take no actions at all without a ruler. The kingdom ability scores drop precipitously (loss of ruler's stat bonus) among other things. It's nasty.


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True. Thanks, Turin for pointing it out.

And now back to all the detailed reports about the grisly deaths of unfortunate PCs. *Muaahahahahahahahahahhaaaa*

Ruyan.

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Name: King Nicholaedes Orlovsky
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Cavalier 16
Name: High Executioner Turin Naldiir
Race: Elf
Classes/levels: Ranger 16
Adventure: Sound of a Thousand Screams
Location: The High Folly
Catalyst: Absolutely brutal ambush by Ilthuliak the Wyrm

The Gory Details:
Party makeup is Ranger(Archer), Cavalier, Witch, Alchemist, and Barbarian/Rogue. The dragon used its corrupt water ability at 330' on the Alchemist spoiling all her potions and bombs, making her all but useless the rest of the fight (party still unaware they are being attacked). Then it goes invisible and flies in from the tower. The PC's fail to make the 52 DC perception check to hear the approach of the invisible dragon.

During the surprise round it immediately blasts with it's breath weapon from 100' feet above both the alchemist and the witch on their flying carpet. The carpet is instantly destroyed because of failed saves.

Round #1: Dragon wins initiative before all but Ranger-archer, who cast Instant Enemy. Dragon casts Acid Cloud on entire (now grounded) party. Ranger, Cavalier, and Barbarian flee the cloud. Alchemist makes self protected against acid. Witch takes Ice Form.

Round #2: Dragon casts Mass Reduce Person to no effect. Archer continues to move away from cloud and bounces a couple of multishot deadly aimed arrows off 48 AC dragonhide. Cavalier flees to tower from still flying dragon. Barbarian/Rogue moves too and hides behind huge Athach statue. Witch and Alchemist Start flying and rise from acid cloud.

Round #3: Dragon turns Archer to stone with his failed save roll of 1. Cavalier begins climbing internal spiral staircase with his horse. Barbarian climbs 30' up athach statue hoping to attack dragon in flight. Alchemist moves up to dragon drinks potion discovering for the first time that her stuff is corrupted. Witch casts spell but fails to penetrate SR. The stone form of the archer disappears into the advancing acid fog.

Round #4: Dragon breaths acid on Alchemist and Witch second time knocking the witch unconscious. Alchemist flees to witch's side and throws dispelling bomb into acid fog to dispel it only to find bombs too have been corrupted. Cavalier, seeing his friends on the ropes, feeds potion of flying to his mount (which actually has been trained with a fly skill because he does this so much). Barbarian/Rogue dimension Doors via his cloak to the top of the tower in the hopes of distracting the dragon by finding eggs or looting it's hoard.

Round #5: Dragon casts haste. Alchemist grabs wand of cure light wounds and attempts to heal witch from -6 hitpoints but rolls only a 2(healing 3). Cavalier activates winged shield in preparation of a charge. Barbarian begins looting anything that may help him fly from dragon's hoard.

Round #6: Dragon advances on Alchemist and misses with a rolled natural 1. Alchemist attempts to heal witch from -3 hitpoints with wand but rolls only a 1(healing 2). Cavalier charges from the tower, needs a 9 to hit but only rolls a 7. Barbarian continues to loot.

Round #7: Dragon tears into cavalier and crits alchemist with tail(activating alchemists contingent transformation - not sure what it's called). Alchemist grabs wand of dimension door off of witch and flees through a dimension door with her. Barbarian in desperation calls to dragon about him looting her hoard but the cavalier finally strikes a telling blow doing 41 damage to dragon.

Round #8: Dragon has lost herself in the glory of battle and hits cavalier with EVERYTHING and pries his mithral full plate open and eats the soft squishy meat inside. THE KING IS DEAD!

Aftermath: Witch and Alchemist dimension door away 3 more times just to make sure they are safe. Barbarian/Rogue uses Dust of Disappearance and goes terminal velocity off the top of the tower to escape dragon's wrath. Party meets back up in The Shunned Falls, meeting up with the Cavalier's mount and the Archer's Thylacine animal companion that randomly fled that way. Time to go get a true resurrection for the king without letting the Queen know he's dead. She is the former Baroness Drelev and quite evil. Marriage was part of the peaceful annexation of Drelev after the Baron's capture and death(at the Baroness' hands). Gods forbid she should EVER find out she is the sole legitimate ruler of the players kingdom!

P.S. My players are QUITE experienced players but sometimes things just don't go your way...anyway just thought I would share. Dragon DC 31 saves are a real pain for ANY party. I'll update you for round 2 when they go to try and recover their Archer buddy with the help of a recruited Adult Silver dragon from chapter #3.


Dark Arioch wrote:


Name: High Executioner Turin Naldiir
Race: Elf
Classes/levels: Ranger 16

An elf?! Pshaw, no wonder ... ;)


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Dark Arioch wrote:
P.S. My players are QUITE experienced players but sometimes things just don't go your way...anyway just thought I would share. Dragon DC 31 saves are a real pain for ANY party. I'll update you for round 2 when they go to try and recover their Archer buddy with the help of a recruited Adult Silver dragon from chapter #3.

Thanks for sharing, Dark Arioch! That looks like a great fight for the final instalment of the campaign. Something similar could have happened to my PCs: they were scattering around randomly to avoid the blunt of Ilthuliak's assault and things were going south very fast when the dragon rolled a 1 on her save against a baleful polymorph! Maybe your leaders will get a similar revenge in their next session?

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I need a ruling in mass combat I wiped 2 PC armies and 1 major NPC does that deserve an obit post.

Shadow Lodge

I'd say unless a PC is in said army when it gets flattened not to worry about it... nameless masses aren't as important or amusing to read about their demises compared to the singular focus on the PCs =)

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GM_Solspiral wrote:
I need a ruling in mass combat I wiped 2 PC armies and 1 major NPC does that deserve an obit post.

I will happily read about the loss of important NPCs and armies.


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Well, if you're looking for *amusing* deaths of major NPCs, read on:

Name: Dovan
Classes/levels: Rogue 5
Adventure: Stolen Lands
Location: scrub-covered hillside near the Old Sycamore
Catalyst: amusing comments and dice karma

Last night's session started with the players camped out, getting ready to assault the mites in the morning. Dovan and a scouting party attempt to get closer, to hit the PCs while they're off guard. Of course, one of them rolls a 1 on his Stealth while the PCs roll hot on Perception.

As the party spreads out to engage with arrows, Dovan is able to hide long enough to pop up behind the barbarian PC, but not get a sneak attack in. I've printed the pictures of NPCs onto 4"x6" cards that I use to track important info, so I was able to flip up his picture at this point. Barbarian (female, human)'s player approved of his goth look, and wished she could make him her boyfriend. "I could so hit that."

She critted, confirmed, while power-attacking with a greataxe-- All the way to negative Con.

There were lots of snarky comments on that, he was a nicer guy on the inside, he spilled his guts for her, etc. She's keeping the armor as a souvenir/trophy, despite the fact that the bare-midriff look seems to be dangerous.

The two bandits still alive at the time quickly surrendered and are now being used as porters.

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death has been my gift lately, still haven't taken a pc head but the game has become much more deadly of late...

Name: Sootscale Sappers
Classes/levels: CR 5 large army
Adventure: Rivers Run Red
Location: King H's stronghold
Catalyst: using reckless tactical option, heroic sacrifice

The sootscales were ready to take on King H with a huge army of knights raised by the PCs (my version up DMs plot but with larger meaner armies) but the fortifications of king H was impressive. Sootscales went reckless and halved the defense in an epiuc crit roll, only to immediately perish the same round of mass combat as the trolls also rolled a crit and dealt more than enough damage to the army 2 size catagories smaller. Ttoal wip, a memorial tot he sacrifice of the sootscales is being errected.

Name: Vrash (Ape animal companion), Spite (Wasp animal companion)
Classes/levels: 5th level companions (one thru Eldritch heritage feat one thru class dip in druid and boon companion feat)
Adventure: Rivers Run Red
Location: Against Stag lord's fort run by clan fox (ninjas)
Catalyst: Bad to the Bone Barbarian enemy, wrong location wrong time, respectively

Spite was destroyed by an attack of opportunity from a wood golem followed by a flurry of blows form a monk, Vrash was taken down by an amazing set of attacks by a barbarian fighter combo that was confused with the stag lord risen fromt he grave...


Name: Sir Reginald Theeds of House Orlovsky, Lord Mayor of Thornton's Charge
Race: Half-orc
Classes/levels: Urban Barbarian 5
Adventure: Rivers Run Red
Location: 3 miles east of Tiressia's Grove (Hex A)
Catalyst: Random encounter
The Gory Details: A random encounter with four grizzly bears left me scratching my head why there would be so many bears in one place. Since I have 5 players and they're currently ahead of the XP curve, I usually add a monster to fights to keep things balanced. In this case, I decided to add a swarm of bees defending a ginormous honey stockpile.

Reginald got grappled by a bear and held in place while the swarm stung him to death.

That was last week. This week's obits:
Name: Jak Riven Faust
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Diviner wizard 2/Rogue 2
Adventure: Rivers Run Red
Location: Across the Skunk River from the Narthropple Expedition (Hex C)
Catalyst: Random encounter
The Gory Details: Another random encounter. Due to some wacky shenanigans in book one, the PCs have caused there to be many shambling mounds terrorizing the Narlmarches. Each time they encounter a mound, I up the difficulty slightly to keep them interesting through the levels. This time around, I happened to roll up two encounters simultaneously: a shambler plus 4 shocker lizards. I just ran with it as a symbiotic relationship.

The party totally flubbed their Perception checks, so they were right on top of the monsters when the encounter started. Against all odds, Jak failed his reflex save against the lizards' electric kaboom in the first round, and it completely one-shotted him.

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Lee Hanna wrote:

Well, if you're looking for *amusing* deaths of major NPCs, read on:

If you can't kill someone dramatically, you may as well kill them hilariously.

Lee Hanna wrote:
She critted, confirmed, while power-attacking with a greataxe-- All the way to negative Con.

...though it sounds like your PCs managed to do both...

GM_Solspiral wrote:
death has been my gift

Nice. "The GM lives in the action of death, the blood cry, the penetrating wound. He is destruction..." ;)

blargney the second wrote:
Catalyst: Random encounter
blargney the second wrote:
The Gory Details: Another random encounter.

Those things should come with a warning label on 'em or something. And I hear you on the, "Why would X number of creatures be hanging out together?" front. In Blood For Blood, I rolled an adult black dragon encounter. A THREE adult black dragon encounter...

Shadow Lodge

Courtney! wrote:
Those things should come with a warning label on 'em or something. And I hear you on the, "Why would X number of creatures be hanging out together?" front. In Blood For Blood, I rolled an adult black dragon encounter. A THREE adult black dragon encounter...

My party's rogue got pounced on by three wyverns on Monday. There was a nest nearby, though after the near-pulverizing she got (poison took her down to 3 Con before the Oracle could remove it) I'm not surprised that they didn't bother to investigate.


Name: Warden Buzz
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Fighter 10
Adventure: Blood for Blood
Location: Armarg's Tomb
Catalyst: Courage, Boredom, Failing to heal himself

The Gory Details:

Spoiler:

The PCs fail to impress Zorek and he lays down a blade barrier to start combat with the PCs. Buzz confidently leaps through the blades, not afraid to take some damage. The party Rogue has snuck up on Zorek beforehand but the rest of the party is on the far side of the blades.

Always vicious with his axe, Buzz unleashes lots of damage to Zorek. The cleric d'doors away to heal up. Not wanting to jump back through the blades and thinking maybe Zorek d'doored past the locked doors they are at, the Rogue picks the lock while Buzz patiently waits (when he should have been drinking a healing potions). The rest of the party is searching on the other side of the blades for Zoerk, doesn't find him, so d'door to join Buzz and the Rogue at the now unlocked door.

They throw open the door just as Zorek returns and catches the party in perfect formation for a flame strike. Buzz is seriously injured, but is faced with the decision of staying at the door for healing and probably getting flame striked again or charging in to face Armarg and his skeletons. Always itching for a fight, he charges in and is cut down.

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Name: Jolene Barrett
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Conjurer Wizard 10
Adventure: Blood for Blood
Location: Armarg's Tomb area 1
Catalyst: silence, summoned demons with sneak attack and flanking, poor coordination, botched dice rolls

The Gory Details:

Our intrepid heroes have begun their delve into Armag's tomb. In the very first chamber they encountered the Three Sisters of Gyronna (6-player power up). The Sisters got the drop on the party, and as their first action all summoned Babau Demons around Jolene, the party wizard and coinmaster of the kingdom. They were able to hit her with ease and did massive sneak attack damage to her.

The party's inquisitor/cleric/rogue of Erastil, Otho, dropped a silence on himself and rode Rocky, his animal companion Roc into the midst of the Sisters to prevent further spellcasting. Unfortunately, Jolene was caught in the silence as well. Not fretting, she used a Lesser Rod of Silence to defensively cast a Protection from Evil spell to ward herself against the summoned monsters... and didn't beat the spell resistance of 2/3 of them.

The next round, the Sisters start using their Aura of Madness and selective Negative Energy Channels, remaining combat effective in the silenced area. The two demons who passed the SR check to attack Jolene get her in a flanking claw/claw/claw/claw/bite/bite combo with 2d6 sneak attacks on all of them, and reduce her to less than ten HP. She tries to defensively cast a Dimension Door with her Silence rod, and botches the concentration check.

The rest of the party is ineffective at rescuing the wizard due to the Aura of Madness, doing as much damage to each other as the enemies, and on the third round the Babau demons drop Jolene to negative Con and knock out Perlivash, whom she has taken as a familiar.

One Reincarnation spell later, she's back as a half-elf.


lesser metamagic rods don't work on 4th level+ spells. :)

The Exchange

Summoning is a full round action, is it not? and so generally can't be completed in a surprise round (assuming that's what you meant by got the drop on them)


Pre-emptive summons, IIRC the Black Sisters used calling spells, not summon monster.

Shadow Lodge

Also there are a few class abilities that allow standard-action summoning - for example, my group's Queen is a Spellscar Oracle who can (level)/day summon an elemental as a standard action.


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I've got a couple new ones to list since last I posted.

Name: Elsa Silvertongue Goldwhistle Orlovsky
Race: Halfling
Classes/levels: Bard 8
Adventure: The Varnhold Vanishing
Location: Vordakai's Tomb
Catalyst: Antipaladins are dicks

The Gory Details: After a long battle, the party managed to reach the inner sanctum of the ancient cyclops lich Vordakai. There they met the lich himself, along with the lich's champion - a Cyclops Graveknight Antipaladin (courtesy of the excellent six-player conversions stickied on this board). As the party's spellcasters traded spells with the lich, Baroness Drogza (the party paladin) challenged the Champion to a battle, and the two began smiting the hell (or heaven, as the case might be) out of each other.

This only lasted a round or two, before Kalinka, the party's battlefield control Sorcerer, used a combination of aqueous orbs and create pit spells to interrupt the impromptu duel.

It was several rounds before the Champion was able to emerge, and when he did, Drogza was ready to resume the battle. Being clever, she chose a position where the Champion would have to stand next to Kalinka's magical pits to engage her. Unfortunately, the Champion was also clever, and chose to ignore her and wade into the midst of the party's spellcasters instead, leaving only a space next to Kalinka's pit from which the mounted paladin could attack him. He then struck with his great flaming axe, doing grievious damage to Elsa while taunting Drogza to attack him if she dared.

Drogza maneuvered to a different position where the Champion could face her on even ground and once again called out a challenge. "Come and face me in honorable combat, and we shall end this once and for all!"

The Champion gazed at Drogza for just a moment before, with a laugh, burying his greataxe in the already critically-wounded halfling, killing her outright. "No! I'm Chaotic evil, motherf!&*#r!"

Needless to say, the Champion fell very quickly after that, and fortunately the party was able to get to Elsa with a Breath of Life spell before it was too late.

Name: Kalinka
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Sorcerer 10
Adventure: Blood for Blood
Location: Drelev Keep
Catalyst: High Level Spellcaster Rocket Tag with Imeckus Stroon

The Gory Details: After his dastardly, unprovoked attack on Tatzlford, it was plain that Baron Hannis Drelev had to pay. The plan was a simple one. Sneak into Drelev keep through the escape tunnel, find and rescue General Numesti, and make their way up to the baron to demand answers.

Unfortunately, with an axe-crazy Barbarian in the party, the whole "sneaking" and "talking" parts of that plan proved to be a little overly complicated. The party was spotted quite quickly and the alarm was sounded, putting the entire fortress on alert and sending reinforcements scrambling to support the central tower.

Angus (the afforementioned axe-crazy barbarian), after being buffed with a Greater Invisibility spell, made his way up to the throneroom above. A create pit and grease spell placed by Kalinka to discourage reinforcements actually ended up discouraging the party from getting up to assist Angus.

Of course, Angus didn't actually need much help, although his negotiating tactic of cleaving his way through the palace guard while invisible didn't actually prove to be an especially strong negotiating tactic. Still, Angus was just one man, and while he wasn't in any great danger, without assistence he was not able to press his advantage fast enough to keep the situation from escalating out of control. By the time the rest of the party arrived to reinforce him, the Baron's own reinforcements were starting to arrive - most significantly the Evoker Imeckus Stroon, who flew outside the throneroom and, casting through the window, dropped a forcecage on Drogza (the paladin) just as she emerged to join the battle.

Solamus (the party witch) and Elsa (the party bard) immediately teamed up to try to lock him down as best as possible, and after dropping the wounded Baron Drelev down a Hungry pit, Kalinka moved to join them. In the space of just a couple rounds, Stroon found himself with nearly 50 points of nonlethal damage, 4 negative levels, spending two rounds in a row stunned by sound bursts, and blown all the way from the window to the palace wall behind him by a river of wind.

When the lockdown on Stroon finally failed, the Evoker took note of the fact that his enemies were lined up nicely so that they could see out the window to target him effectively. He therefore sent an Empowered Lightning Bolt in through the window, hitting all but Drogza (still stuck in a forcecage) and Angus (who had gone downstairs to engage the giants as they started to enter the first floor.)

13d6+6 damage later, and Kalinka was killed outright. Solamus was knocked into negative hit points and left unconscious. Seradin (the party's Oracle and main healer) was still up, but with only 1 hit point left. Only Elsa made it through without taking too much damage. Seradin did his best, but ultimately failed the concentration check to defensively cast Breath of Life on Kalinka before it was too late.

With Kalinka dead, per our table rules all of her non-permanant spells failed. This included the various pits, including the one imprisoning Baron Drelev. Reinforcements flooded into the throneroom, and things were looking grim for our heros.

Then Angus ran back up the stairs, and killed Baron Drelev with a critical hit. Rather than continuing the battle after the baron's death, Imeckus Stroon called for a truce, and it was agreed that he could take his sister and his gear and leave in peace. The guards, being mercenaries themselves, were also willing to lower their swords at that point, which left only the giants to be disposed of before the castle could be secured.

Kalinka's player has not yet decided whether she wants to bring Kalinka back, or whether she will create a new character.

This brings me to a total of 3 deaths thus far in Kingmaker - so far, so good!


Name: Zi Mishkal
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Wizard 6
Adventure: Rivers Run Red
Location: Hargulka's Fort
Catalyst: A well-placed bead from his necklace of fireballs

The Gory Details: The party was working its way through Hargulka's fort following their militia's battle with the trolls outside, and were nearing the big bad's chamber itself - they were mid-battle with the rock troll when they see a little bead come flying out from behind a curtain of animal furs. Hargulka had been watching, and looking for an opportune moment to join the fight! This 8d6 fireball dropped the party cleric and the wizard to either negatives or very close; the rest of the party rushed up to Hargulka after killing the rock troll. Hargulka seized the opportunity to throw in one more bead and the wizard was down. Fortunately he had two hero points, so was able to be "stable and -11" rather than dead. The party barbarian then proceeded to crit on both of his next attacks, slicing off Hargulka's head before he could drop another fireball on the party, which would have likely killed the cleric too.

Dark Archive

Name: Alroy
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Rogue
Adventure: Stolen Lands
Location: Hex 2 spots SE of Olegs.
Catalyst: werewolf random encounter.

The Gory Details:Bad luck on the random encounter chart and after already fleeing from 3 Trolls at first level they met up with a lone traveler while exploring (werewolf). They had a nice conversation with the man who gave them information/misinformation about the terrain and hazards that lie ahead and went on his merry way. Later that night I rolled the same encounter on the chart so the same guy (werewolf) paid them a visit while they rested and gave the group a serious beatdown. Alroy using the withdraw action plotted his movement poorly and was hit by a AoO and killed. The rest of the party fled and lived to fight another day.

Shadow Lodge

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Name: Takeshi, Marshal of Iomrall
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Samurai [Ronin] 8
Adventure: Rivers Run Red
Location: Ruined Keep
Catalyst: Dancing Lady + Teorlian flank one-two claw-bite-punch
The Gory Details: Upon breaching the Dancing Lady's chamber, General Jaekah and Magister Errol of Iomrall failed their will saves and succumbed to the enthralling dance. Takeshi however resisted, and when the kingdom's Duchess Elegy arrived right behind him and found herself attacked by the Dancing Lady's Kelpies - which wore the faces of dead bandits Kressle and Topper Red - Takeshi leaped into the fray, cut down the plantified Kressle in a single flurry of slashes, then shoved his way past the Grimstalker to reach the Dancing Lady. The vindictive fey followed though, and gutted Takeshi viciously from behind; the Lady then tore into him, lashing him into unconsciousness then death without at all breaking from the flow of her dance.

After Elegy and Spymistress Lilith killed the Dancing Lady and the party as a whole finished off Teorlian and the other Kelpie and rescued their fey friend (who had been given to the baobhan sidhe as a gift from Hargulka), they collected Takeshi's gear, severed one of his hands, and headed once again to Bokken's to purchase another reincarnate from the eccentric druid. Takeshi returned from the dead in the body of a Naga, the ruling species from his homeland of Senkaku; taking this new form as a sign of approval of his ancestors, he reclaimed his swords and retains his post as Marshal of Iomrall.


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Name: Solamus Aldori
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Witch 10
Adventure: Blood for Blood
Location: Drelev Keep
Catalyst: Overconfidence in the utility of greater invisibility

The Gory Details: With Baron Drelev dead, his guards surrendered, and Imeckus Stroon having taken his leave, the only foe between the party and victory in Drelev Keep was a group of Hill Giant Barbarians trying to fight their way up to the party.

The party had set up in the spiral staircase and were very effectively grinding the giants down one by one. Solamus, always one to take bold (and some might say foolhardy) risks, decided this was taking too long, and while still under the effects of a Greater Invisibility spell, broke out of the party's defensive line and flew carefully between the giants, then lined up and fired a lightning bolt which hit four of them.

Unfortunately for Solamus, he chose to do so from inside a doorway that two of the giants could reach. Knowing that a bolt of lightning had just blasted out of the door adjacent to them, the giants (who couldn't reach the party's warriors in the staircase yet anyway) decided to start swinging at where-ever that bolt of lighting came from. The 50% miss chance helped Solamus a little - it took 3 attacks instead of 2 for him to be squashed into oatmeal by the enraged giants.

The party managed to mop up the remaining giants 4 or 5 rounds later, and Solamus was raised by one of the party's scrolls of Raise Dead.

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