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BTW if you get some time today check out "American Diaper" on youtube, My linkfu must be weak today


Tin Foil Yamakah wrote:
*wakes up, looks at weather across country, feels guilty for it being 72 today. shrugs shoulders puts on shorts and flip flops

I'm not so much guilty as I am a mix of worried and frustrated. We've been in the 70s here in Silicon Valley, and it feels like a nice spring day. It shouldn't.


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JUST MET PINKIE AND MAUD PIE AND GOT THEIR AUTOGRAPHS ON THE FAMED PIE SISTERS POSTER I GOT IN THE NEW PINKIE AND MAUD PIE LUNCH BOX I GOT!


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Okay, now I have the time and energy to write again!

Thousand Screams Recap:
So, a good year or so had passed since the defeat of Vordakai, and the heroes have been checking over how their lands have been doing. Kiriv is now a father, and Sage has adopted Tatiana and Euphemia. The threat posed by Nyrissa (and possibly Nyarlathotep) seemed imminent, but nothing was happening.

That is, until the 1st day of Calistril, the blooms began. Fending off the vortex and the elementals dwelling within it, they soon set about scouts to all four corners of their land as they found out that there is more to come. Thanks to these precautions, they caught wind of the mandragora infestation soon after, and disposed of it with some help of the kobold commandos, who brought quite a few fiery bombs along. Once the Horned Hunter showed up, the group was kind of fed up with Nyrissa's machinations, and Sage used his Diplomacy to an audience with the nymph queen, though she was prepared to unleash all of her realm's most powerful denizens at the group if they tried to strike at her.

Anyway, once they came face to face with Nyrissa herself, they questioned her desire to be an Eldest once more, as well as her intentions of giving a gift to the very deities that banished her, tore her soul apart AND made a weapon of it to kill her. While she was still confused about how to respond (and finding it difficult due to her lack of empathy), Ciaran and Sage devised a very risky plan; they'll plunge Briar into her, and force the shard of her soul back to her. Given she was a powerful nymph once, they assumed the recovery of her soul would bring her inner good back (and I figured Nyrissa was once Chaotic Good), and they won the Initiative roll. I then told them to roll a Caster Level check while I also rolled for Nyrissa. Sage rolled 15, Ciaran rolled a 20. The blade impaled the nymph, and a torrent of energy knocked the two heroes back while she fell to the ground, Briar close by in sword form with the blade sticking to the ground. She soon got up, amazed by the feeling of her soul restored.

Unfortunately for the heroes, this breaking of the prophecy that had foretold of Nyrissa's demise caught the attention of Nyarlathotep, who wasn't willing to let such a clever trick earn them an easy way out. He decides to steal away all the viler creatures of the realm and let them loose upon the Greenbelt Duchy, giving them a reminder of those unforeseen consequences and then vanishing away, banished by Nyrissa who asks to be given some time to recover as her mind was still unstable despite her recovery. She sends the heroes back to their capital, where reports flood from all over the realm. Frost giants are wreaking havoc in the mountains near Varnhold, a hag is attacking the boggards, people are being turned to stone in the forests, a massive black dragon has been sighted near Pitax, and so forth. The session ended with the heroes preparing accordingly to each given threat, hoping that once these things have been taken care of, they can rule the land they have owned for three years in peace.

I was honestly surprised to see that the mostly Neutral group of heroes doing such a selfless act, and one that could have backfired on them rather horribly at that. Then again, Sage has had a long history of his soul being tormented, so that might have factored into the decision to help Nyrissa out instead of killing her. Ciaran is an ally of the fey in general, so he had no reason to be kill her either. Kiriv and Oruda went along with it as well, mostly because the other two didn't tell them of this plan of theirs.


It's 19 degrees out.

I am standing outside in a short sleeve shirt holding a parking space for someone. I feel the occasional nip when the wind picks up.


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So many packages incoming. Late Christmas presents (UPS done borked up), plus bicycle components galore so I can turn my hardtail mountain bike into a townie.


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Freehold DM wrote:

It's 19 degrees out.

I am standing outside in a short sleeve shirt holding a parking space for someone. I feel the occasional nip when the wind picks up.

We might just make you a Viking yet.

Ever tried speaking in kennings?


I don't usually keep a whole lot of food in the house, so every time I return from the grocery store, my caveman brain kicks in and makes me want to eat everything I just bought, because hey, you don't know when the next time you'll have this much food will be, now, will you. I think I'd have been much better off had I been raised by a tribe of hunter-gatherers.


Kelsey Arwen MacAilbert wrote:
So many packages incoming. Late Christmas presents (UPS done borked up), plus bicycle components galore so I can turn my hardtail mountain bike into a townie.

impressive.

I have many changes in store for the hayaikaze-Kai myself. Expensive, theoretical changes.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Kelsey Arwen MacAilbert wrote:
So many packages incoming. Late Christmas presents (UPS done borked up), plus bicycle components galore so I can turn my hardtail mountain bike into a townie.

impressive.

I have many changes in store for the hayaikaze-Kai myself. Expensive, theoretical changes.

The only references to hayaikaze-kai Google can find are from this thread. What type of bike is it?

I have a Specialized Hard Rock mountain bike. I believe it is a 1987 model, with a chromoly steel frame. My earlier use of the phrase hardtail was wrong. It doesn't have any suspension. I keep it fit with front and rear lights. Soon, it shall be a commuter/cargo Frankenbike for college use, with the addition of 5 1/4" raised handlebars, front basket, seat mounted rear rack, panniers, water bottle cage, rear view mirrors, 1.5" road tires with kevlar bands and reflective walls, and a cup holder.

Shadow Lodge

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My day started off at 70 degrees, dropped to 46 at the airport, and finished at 21 when I arrived at my final destination in Milwaukee, WI tonight.


Kelsey Arwen MacAilbert wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Kelsey Arwen MacAilbert wrote:
So many packages incoming. Late Christmas presents (UPS done borked up), plus bicycle components galore so I can turn my hardtail mountain bike into a townie.

impressive.

I have many changes in store for the hayaikaze-Kai myself. Expensive, theoretical changes.

The only references to hayaikaze-kai Google can find are from this thread. What type of bike is it?

I have a Specialized Hard Rock mountain bike. I believe it is a 1987 model, with a chromoly steel frame. My earlier use of the phrase hardtail was wrong. It doesn't have any suspension. I keep it fit with front and rear lights. Soon, it shall be a commuter/cargo Frankenbike for college use, with the addition of 5 1/4" raised handlebars, front basket, seat mounted rear rack, panniers, water bottle cage, rear view mirrors, 1.5" road tires with kevlar bands and reflective walls, and a cup holder.

The Hayaikaze-kai is a modified Dahon Jack D7. It has tt base handlebars, and has a deraileur to make it a single speed bike.

When the latest modifications are made, indeed if they can be made, the wheels will be increased in size to 700cc with disc brakes, the deraileur will be repaired or replaced, and I will have smrtgrips on them, which will require the replacement of the handlebars to something straighter and hopefully shorter.


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THE NEW MAUD AND PINKIE PIE LUNCH BOX HOLDS ALL MY GAMING STUFF WHEN USED IN CONCERT WITH MY OLD PINKIE PIE LUNCH BOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also, the Pinkie Pie messenger bag

Spoiler:
THAT I GOT FOR FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
easily holds all of my Kingmaker stuff. I AM GAMING IN STYLE Y'ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just said Y'ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Freehold DM wrote:
Kelsey Arwen MacAilbert wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Kelsey Arwen MacAilbert wrote:
So many packages incoming. Late Christmas presents (UPS done borked up), plus bicycle components galore so I can turn my hardtail mountain bike into a townie.

impressive.

I have many changes in store for the hayaikaze-Kai myself. Expensive, theoretical changes.

The only references to hayaikaze-kai Google can find are from this thread. What type of bike is it?

I have a Specialized Hard Rock mountain bike. I believe it is a 1987 model, with a chromoly steel frame. My earlier use of the phrase hardtail was wrong. It doesn't have any suspension. I keep it fit with front and rear lights. Soon, it shall be a commuter/cargo Frankenbike for college use, with the addition of 5 1/4" raised handlebars, front basket, seat mounted rear rack, panniers, water bottle cage, rear view mirrors, 1.5" road tires with kevlar bands and reflective walls, and a cup holder.

The Hayaikaze-kai is a modified Dahon Jack D7. It has tt base handlebars, and has a deraileur to make it a single speed bike.

When the latest modifications are made, indeed if they can be made, the wheels will be increased in size to 700cc with disc brakes, the deraileur will be repaired or replaced, and I will have smrtgrips on them, which will require the replacement of the handlebars to something straighter and hopefully shorter.

Out of curiosity, why would you put a deraileur on a single speed bike? You don't need to change gears on a bike that only has one.

By disk brake, do you mean coaster?


I bought a bag of Red Vines bites. They taste like plastic.


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Kelsey Arwen MacAilbert wrote:
I bought a bag of Red Vines bites. They taste like plastic.

red vines taste awful.


Kelsey Arwen MacAilbert wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Kelsey Arwen MacAilbert wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Kelsey Arwen MacAilbert wrote:
So many packages incoming. Late Christmas presents (UPS done borked up), plus bicycle components galore so I can turn my hardtail mountain bike into a townie.

impressive.

I have many changes in store for the hayaikaze-Kai myself. Expensive, theoretical changes.

The only references to hayaikaze-kai Google can find are from this thread. What type of bike is it?

I have a Specialized Hard Rock mountain bike. I believe it is a 1987 model, with a chromoly steel frame. My earlier use of the phrase hardtail was wrong. It doesn't have any suspension. I keep it fit with front and rear lights. Soon, it shall be a commuter/cargo Frankenbike for college use, with the addition of 5 1/4" raised handlebars, front basket, seat mounted rear rack, panniers, water bottle cage, rear view mirrors, 1.5" road tires with kevlar bands and reflective walls, and a cup holder.

The Hayaikaze-kai is a modified Dahon Jack D7. It has tt base handlebars, and has a deraileur to make it a single speed bike.

When the latest modifications are made, indeed if they can be made, the wheels will be increased in size to 700cc with disc brakes, the deraileur will be repaired or replaced, and I will have smrtgrips on them, which will require the replacement of the handlebars to something straighter and hopefully shorter.

Out of curiosity, why would you put a deraileur on a single speed bike? You don't need to change gears on a bike that only has one.

By disk brake, do you mean coaster?

It was originally a 7 speed bike. I only wanted one speed without making it a fixed gear.

Maybe? I know terminology is different the world over.


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David M Mallon wrote:
I don't usually keep a whole lot of food in the house, so every time I return from the grocery store, my caveman brain kicks in and makes me want to eat everything I just bought, because hey, you don't know when the next time you'll have this much food will be, now, will you. I think I'd have been much better off had I been raised by a tribe of hunter-gatherers.

I know the feeling. Food vanishes suspiciously fast since my return from Ye Merry Olde England.

That, or I have a tribe of hunter gatherer gremlins living somewhere in drawers...


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I'm sorry if winter has invaded the south Orthos:-(


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But thanks to their own unique micro-climates, the east, west and north Orthoses are entirely frost free! :D


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Limeylongears wrote:
But thanks to their own unique micro-climates, the east, west and north Orthoses are entirely frost free! :D

I'm pretty sure East Orthos is suffering from Snow Fatigue and is probably planning his crusade vs The Groundhogs as we speak (not to worry East Orthos, the Midwest has your back! Death to the German Weather Oracles!*)

West Orthos, living in the West where Weed is legal, is most likely completely oblivious to the weather conditions:-)

North Orthos is safely tucked away hibernating in his Igloo, dreaming of Spring:-)

*Groundhogs, i have no issues with German people.


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I wrote all this up to Orthos, so I figured I'd share some of our FR deities that have come about as a result of our own games:

Basha*, Chinac**, Crystal***, Ennajen****, Stonecutter*****, Tessa******, and Thor^

There are others, I'm just not thinking of them right now.

Asterisk Explanations:
* A female Turmish-based "aspect" of Aumaunator/wife of an avatar of both Lathander and Kossuth! (She was originally an accidental interloper avatar of Pelor who married Lathander before worship conjoined her to Amaunator.) Fierce enemies of Kiarensalee, Loviatar, Shar (who successfully scarred Basha badly, tainting her with shadow, making her the "dusk goddess"), Talos (who actually destroyed her sacred mountain on the material), and Umberlee (for siding with Valkur and protecting all the coastlines near Turmish). She actually did quite well, expanding into the Vilhoun, until the Spellplague shrank her worship dramatically.

** A svirfneblin cerebromancer folk-hero who secretly replaced Callarduran Smoothhands, and led his people in summoning the Raurin desert (the entire thing) in an epic Summon Earth Elemental ritual. It carried his people across the Sea of Fallen Stars, to the Vilhoun where it entered a specially prepared portal to bring it to the astral in a bid to create an anti-Band/anti-Cyric/anti-Shar deity who could be a rival to Gruumbar. It failed, but the svirfneblin were never forgotten again! He later moved with his people to the Border Forest, where (in our setting) he still lives. After the Spellplague, he created an illusion of the deceased (by the 'plague) Garl that was so convincing that worship actually turned the illusion into the real thing, reviving the pantheon. Closely related to Stonecutter.

*** A swashbuckling young deity who stole the Dark Dancer avatar from Shar, and became it as an independent creature in a complicated (and partially successful) bid to leverage partial control over the Shadow Weave (though she's primarily worshiped in other worlds). She received independent divinity inherited from Nephthys when she was destroyed by Sseth (Set) aided by Shar. She later joined a "sisterhood" of sorts of "dancing goddesses" including Eilistraee, Lliira, Sharess, Shialla (and I think more, though I can't remember them right now?) who have their own sort of "pantheon-like" grouping going on among their churches. She actually resides on the material in three floating cities conjoined into one by a mega-mythal crafted out of each city's own, to create a secure base. A powerful mage who would later suffer madness, corruption and defeat created an eternal thunderstorm, leaving the under-side of the city radioactive (and constantly misting/raining/steamy) and the mythals prevent any sort of teleportation into or out of the place. It was sealed in a remote and nearly-impossible-to-reach valley south of the Vilhoun, and the only way in is by teleporting several-miles above the city (to the edge of the mythal) and falling by feather-fall. You can make the fall shorter, of course... by going closer to the edge of the city - hope you don't miss! Her greatest foe is Shar, naturally, though Cyric is just as up there, with Talona not far behind; Helm and Siamorph have (sometimes severe) issues with her but never hit "true foes" status with them. She reveres Mystra as a mother-like figure (despite being, relatively, nearly the same age). She has a petty rivalry with Velsharoon (treating him as a "jerk older brother"), deeply respects the Red Knight and Nobanion, and, though she'll occasionally lightly flirt with Finder, Milil, Sharess, and Valkur, she's thoroughly dedicated and ultimately faithful to her husband Xan - a powerful theurge who formerly worshiped Selune before being nearly obliterated and reincarnated by Crystal by a complicated process that kiiiiiiiiiiinda wrote Grazz't out of existence, a bit, at least temporarily. (He suffered severely in the Spellplague, eventually accidentally sprouting a new Grazz't who promptly escaped, alas. Still, Xan survived.)

**** She's actually a 4E-deity who is more accurately part of a collective host of minor divinities revered by the restored High Imaskar. She also has myriads of "fetches" of herself, all bonded to a singular mind, spread across much of Faerun and a little beyond, to gather information. Good friends with Crystal and originally a worshiper of Basha, her greatest foe is everyone who even remotely dislikes those gods, unfortunately. She is also part of "Holy <BEEP>'s Chosen" - Holy <BEEP> being a profane, wicked creature sort of created by/sort of redeemed by Basha and becoming one of her greatest servitors and supporters; a (very) minor deity in his own right, temporarily keeping Shaundakul's divinity "in trust" while that deity has disappeared. He's pretty much the foe of all evil Underdark gods, though as such a minor power, he has to tread carefully and relies on his friends as much as his own strength. His "Chosen" aren't "Chosen" like those of other gods - they are merely imbued with a fraction of immortality, and are otherwise a growing group of powerful adventurers who Holy <BEEP> trusts entirely.

***** Stonecutter was a half-giant barbarian from the Anauroch who resented the intrusion of the Zhents and the Shades into his peoples' lives, as well as the depredations of drow, but mostly just wanted to leave. Eventually turned into a were-spider, a protean (before PF - effectively a shade+anti-shade {"lunarian"} template->protean), and minor demigod of arachnids and fey, and he moved with his quasi-divine draconic lover to the Border forest to protect the fey there, and harass both the Zhentarim and, more importantly, the Shades. Chinac lives there with him, siphoning off his latent psionic energy, but feeding him a vast network of information, and organizing the svirfneblin to control the Underdark region and connections within the Border Forest. Stonecutter's greatest divine foe is neither Shar nor Bane, but Lolth, as he actually has partially successfully challenged her mastery over spiders with his over arachnids. Fairy dragons are actually kind of becoming his most numerous and devout followers, though he is also receiving worship from some half-giant tribes in the Anauroch as their protector or, barring that, avenger.

****** Tessa was a co-conspirator with Crystal in stealing Shar's avatars; she successfully stole the Nightsinger. She quickly became a rival for Waukeen and Umberlee and Frienemy of Finder and Milil. After her destruction (as part of Shar's plans to reacquire the Nightsinger persona) she is instead replaced by Crystal's half-"mortal" (sort of) daughter, Sapphire. The portfolio of despair and sorrowful music was forced into a more mercantile track early on, as she quickly became a minor goddess of silver (including coins, trade value, and the like) and a foe to therianthropes everywhere as a result. Due to nearly controlling trade and finances within the Vilhoun, she gained Waukeen's ire, and her alliance with Valkur for trade ships in the region caused trouble with Umberlee, but fortunately when Basha later came on the scene, Umberlee had much bigger fish to deal with. Sapphire has little of the presence that Tessa does, and is practically unknown, being a deity only due to the worship of a small cadre of hidden soldiers and protectors, seeking to keep Crystal's daughter safe from all the would-be assassins.

^ Not... not that Thor... it's a long, long 4E story, starting with "there was a mongrelfolk shaman who worshiped the ancestor spirit 'three-thunders'..." and getting crazier from there. He's eventually worshiped in Chessenta as Ramman, in High Imaskar (well, among in the Mulhorandi survivors, at least), and by the grelves (mongrelfolks' name for themselves on the world stage; singular: "grelf"). Big foe of evil, though he's not especially good himself (he's not evil, either).

The best part about this is that these were all players - and sometimes the players would forget that these used to be their characters, and later ask, "Wait: was that how they were written in the book?" or other similar questions. It's pretty awesome. These were often some of their favorite patrons to choose in that setting. :D


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captain yesterday wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
But thanks to their own unique micro-climates, the east, west and north Orthoses are entirely frost free! :D

I'm pretty sure East Orthos is suffering from Snow Fatigue and is probably planning his crusade vs The Groundhogs as we speak (not to worry East Orthos, the Midwest has your back! Death to the German Weather Oracles!*)

West Orthos, living in the West where Weed is legal, is most likely completely oblivious to the weather conditions:-)

North Orthos is safely tucked away hibernating in his Igloo, dreaming of Spring:-)

*Groundhogs, i have no issues with German people.

alters weather dominator to leave Boston be and spread winter more generously around


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Tacticslion wrote:

I wrote all this up to Orthos, so I figured I'd share some of our FR deities that have come about as a result of our own games:

Basha*, Chinac**, Crystal***, Ennajen****, Stonecutter*****, Tessa******, and Thor^

There are others, I'm just not thinking of them right now.

** spoiler omitted **...

I love home brewed gods.

Would probably hate FR slightly less if they made Elminster a god after all this time instead of having him ruin campaigns with his presence.

Dark Archive

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Afternoon FaWtLies, hope everyone is well and having a good day today. A grand auld day on the Emerald Isles today, hope the local weather clusters are close to everyone's preferences. :)

Dark Archive

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I've never played D&D before PF (due to it being mostly derided by the college society where I picked up the hobby), so I'm not familiar with FR or the origins of the god(esse)s. Interesting to read though.


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LordSynos wrote:
Afternoon FaWtLies, hope everyone is well and having a good day today. A grand auld day on the Emerald Isles today, hope the local weather clusters are close to everyone's preferences. :)

looks out at snowThey are....


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Ok. Who here suggested that I (re-re-re-re-re)play Skyrim?


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Grrr...

My boss gave me a minor rant due to some customer complaining about me.

I supposedly wasn't focusing on the customers enough, which is a load of bullcrap.


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Icyshadow wrote:

Grrr...

My boss gave me a minor rant due to some customer complaining about me.

I supposedly wasn't focusing on the customers enough, which is a load of bullcrap.

moves snow to icyshadow's boss' house


Also, I went back to my boss' office after a moment and clarified that I had trouble helping out a few customers (they asked some really weird questions), hence my relatively slow pace at the help desk. Now I am not sure if my boss took that as insubordination (considering she told me during her rant that she doesn't want to hear excuses) or as me making it clear that the complaint did not come from deliberate negligence. I guess I'll see what happens within the next few days. Either way, I wish I knew who made that complaint. It kinda ruined my day.


I can help you locate the customer...just call 91-8675309


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Icyshadow wrote:
Also, I went back to my boss' office after a moment and clarified that I had trouble helping out a few customers (they asked some really weird questions), hence my relatively slow pace at the help desk. Now I am not sure if my boss took that as insubordination (considering she told me during her rant that she doesn't want to hear excuses) or as me making it clear that the complaint did not come from deliberate negligence. I guess I'll see what happens within the next few days. Either way, I wish I knew who made that complaint. It kinda ruined my day.

I'm not a fan of "no insubordination" threats and/or policies. It's an ugly way of silencing all dissent, and forcing people to take things to HR if they want to be heard, and that organization is noone's friend in these situations.


How are we defining insubordination? I think of it as open refusal to obey a direct order, which is a justifiable firing in my mind. What Icyshadow says doesn't come close to that level, or even seem like an offense at all. Me thinks the boss is being unfair.


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LordSynos wrote:
I've never played D&D before PF (due to it being mostly derided by the college society where I picked up the hobby), so I'm not familiar with FR or the origins of the god(esse)s. Interesting to read though.

Glad you like it!

Forgotten Realms is a relatively well-known setting for D&D - in fact, it's probably their most famous, despite Greyhawk being the "base" setting for a few editions (Greyhawk being Gygax's own setting, built around Castle Greyhawk, which I believe is the first "mega-dungeon" in D&D history).

There are a lot - and I mean a lot of names up there. I'll explain them to you, if you like, but hide it behind spoilers.

All of the following are actually canonical, unless it refers to the gods I listed above.

Major Gods:

- Pelor is a NG god of sun, strength, and healing. Not from FR, but from Geyhawk.

- Kossuth is a N god of elemental fire (in 4E called a "primordial" instead) who helped settle wars between the gods and the elementals in the ancient days (bringing peace). He hates water.

- Lathander is a NG god of dawn, spring, renewel, etc.; Aumaunator was an ancient LN god of the sun and ostensibly dead; 4E went "NOPE, Lathander was Amaunator the WHOLE TIME!" which was a bit odd, but okay.

- Bane is a LE mortal who ascended to godhood a looooooooooooooooonnnnnng time ago (he won a contest by basically bowling with lich skulls) along with two friends of his. A god of tyranny, hatred, and strife, he rules an organization (among others) named the Zhentarim, based around a location called Zhentil Keep. They are a ruthlessly evil and very powerful... but sometimes seemingly incompetent organization who attempt to expand their power and influence, but are often beaten back by weird and unexpected events (such as the loss of their god, before he later gets better; the sudden return of ancient mages long believed extinct to cut off critical previously-monopolized supply lines, those meddling kids adventurers, etc.)

- Shar is the Evil (sometimes lawful, sometimes neutral) goddess of darkness, the night, loss, despair, etc. She waited a long time to set up a long-ranging plan to eventually take the Weave (the source of all magic) from Mystra, starting with creating her own rival source of magic "the Shadow Weave" (which was better at enchantment, illusion, and necromancy; but sucked at evocation and transmutation). Though she successfully leveraged another god to kill Mystra (causing an event known as the Spellplague/a ham-fisted transition to 4E), she didn't succeed in taking over all magic (hence 4E happening instead). She had two famous avatars: the Dark Dancer, and the Nightsinger. These were (in our canon) stolen from her, permanently reducing the number of avatars she can have. She has a powerful sect of terribly evil worshipers and mages called the Shades (because they lived on the plane of shadow for thousands of years; the rulers or important servants gain a kind of near-immortality from a template called "Shade" template). They live on a flying city "Shade", saved from destruction by Shar when Karsus made his really big mistake (see below).

- Cyric is a mortal who ascended to godhood fairly recently. He was a friend stalker of the female wizard Midnight (see below) and instrumental in killing several gods during the Time of Troubles (a historical event that transitioned FR from 2E to 3E). Chaotic evil effectively insane murderous monster, he's a jerk through-and-through, and is well hated. If he was a hero, he'd actually be a Mary-Sue character... as a despised villain, he's... well, despised. It was he (aided by Shar) who actually killed Mystra (sort of; see below).

- Mystra is the third incarnation of the goddess of magic. Originally there was Mystryl (CN, flighty, crazy, frightening; goddess of all magic). Thousands of years ago, a super-powerful wizard named Karsus decided (for reasons that seemed good at the time) to take the power over all magic from Mystra for himself; the insane thing is, he actually succeeded, but then realized "Oh, crap, I am so not fit to be the god of magic" and instantly died causing magic to crash and fail everywhere. Mystryl sacrificed herself to instantly reincarnate into a new goddess of magic that could regain control of the Weave (to bypass Karsus' spell) - the now LN Mystra. She was the goddess of magic for a long, long time, until the Time of Troubles (when gods were temporarily cast out by a bigger god). She was killed trying to fix things, but she'd prepared a mortal wizard named Midnight to be the next Mystra, "just in case" it seems, and so the NG young mortal wizard girl suddenly became the goddess of magic, renaming herself "Mystra" in honor of the goddess that chose her to be the successor. She would be eventually "killed" (well, almost) by Cyric (see above), sparking off the collapse of magic and an event known as "the Spellplague" which sucked and made FR move into 4E. She gets better at the start of 5E. She has a number of servant gods, one of the least of which is Velsharoon, an evil lich who ascended to divinity of necromancy during the time of the LN Mystra who still serves the NG Mystra because the other options is being crushed by a CE god "Talos the Destroyer" (guess what he does) who was responsible for Velsharoon's ascension in the first place.

Minor Gods:
- Kiarensalee is a CE minor drow god of undeath and vengeance who tends to take needless risks to gain power and never forgive (and take disproportionate vengeance for) slights made against her (most of which are imagined).

- Umberlee is a CE moderate god of oceans and waves, who likes killing and drowning things.

- Valkur is a CG minor god of sailors and sailing who protects those under his care.

- Callarduran Smoothhands is the N god of svirfneblin. He serves Garl Glittergold, the NG (or LG) god of gnomes in general. The Raurin desert has nothing to do with gnomes, but is known as "the planes of purple dust" because the desert there is purple in color. It's enormous, magical, dangerous, and hides artifacts that predate most known civilizations.

- Gruumbar is a little-known N god of elemental earth. He doesn't like air.

- Sseth is a CE Yaun-Ti god (Yaun-Ti are basically serpentfolk) who is actually asleep and kept that way by the CE deity Set who is stealing his worship (and divinity) due to their "shared" name: "sSETh". (Corny, true, but hush.) Set is a Mulhorundi deity, basically fantasy-Egypt in the FR setting.

- Nepthys is another Mulhorundi deity; CG, she is the protector of the dead, children, and wealth.

- The "dancing goddesses" are goddesses who are known for doing exactly that: Eilistraee (the CG drow goddess of moonlight), Lliira (the CG goddess of joy), Sharess (the CG goddess of sensual pleasures and cats), and Shialla (the NG goddess of a very specific forest and the region around it). They aren't really related at all in normal FR canon; it just worked out that way in our games. Eilistraee is FreeholdDM's avatar, if you're curious - a naked drow dancing with a sword.

- Siamorph is a minor LN god of nobles, nobility, and "proper" rulership.

- Talona is a CE goddess of disease and poison.

- Helm is a LN god of guardians and duty; he killed the second Mystra (the LN one) as he was the only "god" allowed to stay in the heavenly realms, tasked with the duty to prevent any other god from returning: so he did.

- the Red Knight is a LN ascended mortal and minor god woman who was so good at strategy and tactics that the CN god of war (Tempus) decided to adopt her as a daughter and make her a goddess as well.

- Nobanion is minor LG god of good cats and lions and stuff like that. He's basically an expy of Aslan from Chronicles of Narnia, although he has been substantially changed in the ensuing editions.

- Finder is an ascended mortal and N minor god of art and change, who was once so arrogant he drove an apprentice to suicide, but has since amended his ways and killed an evil god.

- Milil is a NG god of song, eloquence, and poetry.

- Selune is the sister of Shar, and the CG goddess of the moon.

- Grazz't is a CE demon lord.

- Shaundakul is a once-important but now relatively minor deity (who, from what I can tell, was ret-conned into existence in 3E) of wind, travel, and portals. He disappeared in 4E.

- Lolth is the CE goddess of the drow. She was cast out when the drow were, as she'd led them into evil, and then attempted to kill her consort, Corellon (CG god of the elves).

- Waukeen is the N goddess of wealth, trade, money, mercantilism, etc.

- The 'three-thunders' is a divine title once held by a god of thunder called Ramman. He was killed by a god of poetic justice (LN; named Assuram, or Hoar) who was after his portfolio (they'd had a long rivalry), but the portfolio instead when to a Mulhorundi god who happened to be nearby (named Anhur; CG). Ramman was a god in a place called Chessenta.

- Tiamat: I forgot to mention this deity of Chessenta and Greed; enemy of Ennajin, Thor, and High Imaskar.

Events and Places:
- Spellplague: the thing that happened when Mystra was "killed" by Cyric, magic went crazy for a while and screwed a lot of things up very, very badly. People went crazy, died for no reason, rocks and other elements started floating in the sky, and three pieces of another world literally replaced pieces of Toril.

- Toril is the planet that Forgotten Realms centers around, like Golarion.

- Sea of Fallen Stars it's an inner sea, akin to Golarion's, save that this one is truly land-locked despite it's massive size. It fits within the middle of the continent of Faerun. It's the most central feature of Faerun.

- Faerun is the primary continent; kind of like Golarion's Avistan.

- A Mythal is a magical field of such power that it's beyond belief. It can be used to cause cities to levitate, create persistent magical effects that cover miles (like... levitating a city) and is restricted to the secrets of the most ancient and learned elves... for the most part. There was an ancient and mighty human empire named Netheril that found a "shortcut" or "cheat" - a way to make artifacts called mythallars - that basically do the same thing. Unfortunately, the most arrogant and brilliant human mage that empire had ever produced got stupid and decided to become the new god of magic to save his people... (his name was Karsus). Though the mythals and mythallars temporarily failed when Mystryl perished, many survived intact (though some became warped) by the Spellplague.

- the Vilhoun is a region that was an inhabited powerhouse of trade at one time, but when the spellplague hit was practically turned into a "NO-NO!" zone of death and madness. Long, long ago it was a large solid spit of land with a psionic empire, but when they nearly wiped out a local group of radical elves, the elves wiped themselves out (well, almost) to cast a super-spell that sunk the entire empire into the water. Civilization sprung up around the edges of the water until the Spellplague. It is on the southern border of the Sea of Fallen Stars.

- Anauroch an ancient desert where Netheril once lived. It was destroyed by a malevolent species of magic-users who weren't easily detected until it was too late. They were later defeated after Karsus' folley. This is North by Northwest of the Sea of Fallen Stars. It is land-locked, separated from the Sea by several countries.

- Border Forest is a forest between the Zhents and the Anauroch among the mountans and hills there. Lots of fey.

- Underdark is the "Darklands" of D&D (before there were Darklands!).

- Chessenta is a "country" of hypothetically independent trader-based city-states, but is influenced heavily by a single city in service to Tiamat. It once belonged to the country of Unther, but split to freedom when that country lost its ability to maintain its tyranny over the large swath of land. This is in the South East of Faerun, bordering the Inner Sea.

- High Imaskar is the returned people group of an even older arcane human nation than Netheril. Before Netheril existed, this country had "High Artificers" who created magic so great they sealed gods out, and stole entire people groups to be slaves in their world (hence the existence of Egyptian-like cultures and orcs). Eventually, the gods of humanity became wroth at the kidnapping of their people and prevention of their presence, so they incarnated themselves into mortal form to bypass the wards. They lead a rebellion against the artificers and their artifacts and won. The remnants eventually became the Raurin - the planes of purple dust. The remnant of the very shattered Imaskari hid underground in the Underdark and sealed themselves away for thousands of years, terrified of divine retribution. Eventually the seals faded and broke and the people to whom gods were only a scary fairy tail returned with their high magic which, remarkably, survived the Spellplague. They returned to re-establish High Imaskar when Mulhorand was (nearly) entirely destroyed by the Spellplague. This is to the east of the Inner Sea (the Sea of Fallen Stars), and is where Mulhorand used to be. It used to be further South East where the Raurin desert now lies (the Plains of Purple Dust).

- Mulhorand: fantasy Egypt; the Mulhorandi are a mostly-lawful good people who serve expies of the Egyptian gods, and seek to rule with a firm, but righteous hand. It was established when the gods of Mulhorand led a rebellion against and overthrew the High Artificers of ancient Imaskar. Very ancient, powerful, prosperous, and good (though the mortal descendants of the divine rulers did make some questionable decisions), it warred with it's equally ancient southern neighbor, Unther. The Untheric gods were killed by orc gods, Mulhorandi gods, and each other, and Unther's fortunes waned until the entire country was literally crushed by a flat, displaced piece of another world - another nation - during the events of the Spellplague.

Races:
- Half-giant: a group of magic-experiment half-breeds between hill giants and humans to create a slave race; naturally psionic, they are an individual race that breeds true.

- Mongrelfolk are a "mutt" race of many varieties of humanoids - goblins, humans, halflings, gnomes, dwarves, elves, and orcs (and probably a few more, depending on the tribe). Rare, but fecund, they are extremely tough, fairly dexterous, and tend to be relatively ugly and uneducated, but kind of looking like all of their progenitor races simultaneously anyway. Those that care to engage in the world tend to call themselves "grelves" (singular: "grelf") to avoid the derogatory sound of "mongrel" in relation to themselves.

Feel free to skip any of that - none of it's necessary, it's just information for you, if you care!

EDIT: for more information and clarity.


Kelsey Arwen MacAilbert wrote:
How are we defining insubordination? I think of it as open refusal to obey a direct order, which is a justifiable firing in my mind. What Icyshadow says doesn't come close to that level, or even seem like an offense at all. Me thinks the boss is being unfair.

I don't know how to read minds. When I went back to the office and told things from my point of view, she didn't interrupt me or start a second rant, so she might have heard me out.


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Karsus: Muhahahah! I will become a god by taking away power of another god! Whom should I pick... Oh, I know, I will take away power of goddess of magic so I will become a new god of magic in her place!

*A lot of magic experiments, preparations, and rituals later*

Karsus: Muhahahaha! I have succeeded in taking away power of goddess of magic and become the new god of magic. And I have zero experience in being the god of magic, which involves controlling the tapestry of magic itself that powers all forms of magic in our world, including the magic that helds the flying cities of my civilization afloat, including the one which is mine, I am living in, and in which I am currently in... Oh crap.


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Mystryl: Great job idiot. You broke magic and let yourself be killed leaving magic uncontrolled and tearing the world apart with chaos and dead magic zones. I could fix it, except some moron severed me from my divine power. *sigh* I cannot reconnect to the Weave directly but I can sacrifice myself to let my reincarnated self link to it as a rightful heir of myself instead of a dumb usurper.


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To be fair, it was one of those well-intentioned extremist moments. Netheril was fighting off the phaerimm, a species of magic-eating aberrations, at the time, and Karsus was hoping to go for the full-on god-hammer assault on them with his little trick. It just backfired immensely horribly, in addition to not being well thought-out to begin with.


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Mystra: Great, first day on the job involves cleaning mess left by my predecessors... Lets get some things straight first. One. No more fricking 12th level spells that allow one to take power from god to become god.


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It was a decade-long not-well-thought-out process which forced him to go on numerous adventures, including single-handedly defeating the Tarrasque (which was scarier then) and carving out it's gizzard and keeping it more-or-less fresh - for a decade - while he learned how to do this.

"Idiot Savant" indeed.

It's no wonder the elves have taken to calling him "the Ape who would fly" - cruel as it is, from their perspective, it's not far off from the truth.

But yeah, the guy meant well enough.

Also: Mystryl had two moms! And they were sisters! Both of whom gave birth to her at the same time!

EDIT: it... it makes more sense than it sounds...

EDIT 2: ... and a lot less kinky...


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Tacticslion wrote:
LordSynos wrote:
I've never played D&D before PF (due to it being mostly derided by the college society where I picked up the hobby), so I'm not familiar with FR or the origins of the god(esse)s. Interesting to read though.

Glad you like it!

Forgotten Realms is a relatively well-known setting for D&D - in fact, it's probably their most famous, despite Greyhawk being the "base" setting for a few editions (Greyhawk being Gygax's own setting, built around Castle Greyhawk, which I believe is the first "mega-dungeon" in D&D history).

There are a lot - and I mean a lot of names up there. I'll explain them to you, if you like, but hide it behind spoilers.

All of the following are actually canonical, unless it refers to the gods I listed above.

** spoiler omitted **...

Interesting stuff, TL. I could almost not hate it.


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Tacticslion wrote:
Also: Mystryl had two moms! And they were sisters! Both of whom gave birth to her at the same time!

Now I can't help thinking Mystryl is the Jake character in a Two and a Half Moms sitcom.

Edit: Rose is Sharess.


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Tacticslion wrote:

It was a decade-long not-well-thought-out process which forced him to go on numerous adventures, including single-handedly defeating the Tarrasque (which was scarier then) and carving out it's gizzard and keeping it more-or-less fresh - for a decade - while he learned how to do this.

"Idiot Savant" indeed.

It's no wonder the elves have taken to calling him "the Ape who would fly" - cruel as it is, from their perspective, it's not far off from the truth.

But yeah, the guy meant well enough.

Also: Mystryl had two moms! And they were sisters! Both of whom gave birth to her at the same time!

EDIT: it... it makes more sense than it sounds...

EDIT 2: ... and a lot less kinky...

And this, I just like.


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Tacticslion wrote:

It was a decade-long not-well-thought-out process which forced him to go on numerous adventures, including single-handedly defeating the Tarrasque (which was scarier then) and carving out it's gizzard and keeping it more-or-less fresh - for a decade - while he learned how to do this.

"Idiot Savant" indeed.

It's no wonder the elves have taken to calling him "the Ape who would fly" - cruel as it is, from their perspective, it's not far off from the truth.

But yeah, the guy meant well enough.

Also: Mystryl had two moms! And they were sisters! Both of whom gave birth to her at the same time!

EDIT: it... it makes more sense than it sounds...

EDIT 2: ... and a lot less kinky...

And then one of them got all jealous about the kid and turned evil.


Freehold DM wrote:
Interesting stuff, TL. I could almost not hate it.

>:)

Freehold DM wrote:
And this, I just like.

Muwahahahah~! Aaaaaalllll part of the plan...

* steeples fingers, tapping them together slowly *


Orthos wrote:
And then one of them got all jealous about the kid and turned evil.

Well, she was kind of "off" by that point anyway, what with the trying to strangle her sister "back to sleep" and all.

(Of course, outside of Ao, they were the only two things in existence.)

For Freehold, as it's... ah... er... hm...:
This was before clothes were invented. Or swords, but, you know.


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Amby's Brain wrote:
Edit: Rose is Sharess.

... "if you know what I mean."

Disclaimer:
>.>

<.<

>.<

And I sure don't!

(I'm sorry! I just kind of had to! I've never even seen an episode of that show!)


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Nice try Freehold DM. Nice try.


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The Books of Skyrim.

One of my favorites, The Incident in Necrom.

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