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Deka became my party's nemesis after they confronted her once they put it together that she was likely a member of the Order of the Blue Feather, and was actively making their investigation difficult; and they totally had her killed after saving Osirion.

That said, the Mark of Justice is just a bestow curse but worse. You could have Sebti do it as a one-time thing (she owes the party for saving Wati), and if they get caught again, tough luck, likely with assistance from the Tephu militia. Break Enchantment is *only* a sixth level spell, and should be something the party should be logically able to buy in either Wati (stat block for 7th level spellcasting, which we all know is Sebti) or Tephu (9th level in its stat block).

Speaking of that 9th level casting, the High Priestess of Thoth has beef that her clergy isn't allowed in the Great Library. Perhaps she would be willing to remove the mark if the party were able to copy some tomes or some other esoteric research that is beyond the capability of her 3-acolyte at a time limit that Deku has imposed. See p.65 in the entry for the Houses of Order and Wisdom for inspiration. She's LN, and may give a bit of flak against removing it, but it provides an intriguing way to gain an ally and a sufficient Break Enchantment.


I'm interested in ideas for the High Prestess of Thoth myself.

My game's leader/soul of the group is a Priestss of Ma'at and linked up with Ma'at and Thoth's worshippers.

I'm trying to figure out a good way of expanding on the beef between them and the Nethys church. Right now I'm going with the fact Thoth's group is big about spreading knowledge, regardless of what happens afterward.


Before running this AP I had concerns about the players running off to Sothis once they heard about the heart being located there so I figured out a really nice way to fix the problem. After Nebta-Khufre was killed at the end of book 2 the players went through his notebooks and found references to something that he had been searching for having been stolen from Sothis. I left it really vague so that the players didn't have anything to go off of. They didn't know what it was, where in Sothis it was being held, what Nebta-Khufre wanted it for, how old the notes were, nor when it was stolen. This prevented them from going to Sothis to investigate and later on, in book 3, when they learned about the heart one of the players thought about it and realized that was likely what had been stolen. So now they're aware of it and know that someone out there has it. (They suspect that the Cult of the Forgotten Pharaoh has it but they aren't sure.)


So wait, how do you run Udjebet? She uses her ring to cast basically Alter Self okay that makes sense but then...,

Does she keep her gaze attack in her 'human form' then?


I had her not look at the PCs (her back was to them which she was going through the books) so the gaze attack wasn't a concern.

They let her be, but at one point the rogue snuck back to see if she was still there. With a high perception check the rogue noticed her hair slightly moving, knowledge check let them know the obvious, player put on a blindfold and walked in to talk to her.


My players had unpleasant experiences with the clerics of Nethys right from the start, bleeding over from their experience in the Necropolis. They sought out the temple of Thoth when they heard that there was ancient beef between the two churches because the New God had supplanted the Old. I made the priestess of Thoth an extremely old and powerful cleric, obviously frail but wise and, to the players, almost all knowing. Building on the first book, I made her a little better than the Crocodile, so 15th level. I never bothered to stat her up. Just figured what spells she had access to and that if the party attacked her they all died at their level.

This has ended up being a long term alliance. They are friends with the church of Pharasma and Thoth, which has been helpful to them as they navigate the slave trenches.

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I'm curious how the sand kraken went for people. The sand kraken only exposes tentacles, which aren't part of the kraken for purposes of killing it. You have to dig up a sand kraken to kill it.

But the only treasure here is with the Kraken. Did your parties dig up the kraken and kill it after destroying the tentacles? I can't imagine my party doing that. They might if they succeed at the knowledge check to know what it is—they're pretty civic-minded—but do most parties actually kill the kraken?


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tally_ho wrote:
Any suggestions for the clearly-contemplated-but-not-detailed scenario of the party breaking into the library and getting caught?

Here's a bit of an after-action report to help other GMs who may end up in this scenario. Thanks to archmagi1 for the helpful suggestions.

Deka arrested the party and interrogated them. They avoided having the Mask confiscated with some good diplomacy/bluffing. Deka is Lawful and the governor of Tephu so I figured it would not be too hard to convince her that they have legal title to the mask through the Wati Lottery, as long as she did not realize it was connected to the Forgotten Pharaoh. If she caught them a second time she would totally have taken it.

The party went to Wati to get Sebti to remove the marks. She did it but demanded a large donation to the temple on top of the normal spellcasting service charge. The party decided to go kill the dragon from Book 2 to steal her hoard to pay for it, which was an easy way for me to put up this gate without screwing their WBL.

They went back to Tephu. I came up with some quick and dirty social stealth rules for how the players would gradually draw attention if they loitered in Tephu in the open. Rules in spoiler because formatting is hard.

Spoiler:
  • 1. They would encounter guards as they traveled the streets, a number of times depending on what neighborhoods they were traveling through and how far they were going.

  • 2. The guards had been given the party's description and would roll perception to see if they noticed the party. The base odds were quite low and were adjusted depending on how crowded the street was, how close the party would have passed the guards, and whether it was dark out. Those odds could be further reduced by a successful disguise check (rolled in secret). (My party got auto-noticed the first time because a gnome riding a jaguar is pretty conspicuous, but they got the message.)

  • 3. If a guard noticed the party, they would approach. The party had a chance to react by getting away or deflecting suspicion -- what skills they could use and the DCs limited only by the players' ingenuity.

  • 4. If the party failed to escape or deflect, the guards would attempt an arrest. (Never happened to my party.)

  • 5. Every time a guard noticed the party, though, the DCs would increase after a few hours, to represent that word trickled up to Deka that the party had possibly been sighted and then the guards would go on higher alert.

  • 6. If the party ever went somewhere and were seen by guards and lingered there too long, a group of soldiers would appear to arrest them OR the Cult would attack them (having overheard from the guards where the party is).

  • 7. If they stayed there even longer, Deka would show up personally with a phat entourage and try to arrest them again.

We played this quite loosely and I think it worked well. My players were very happy to spend a lot of time making plans and playing this minigame (the rules of which were hidden from them). They were never interested in approaching Muminofrah, and I think this was a good alternative to the social roleplay that they are supposed to do with her. They never completely screwed up, so they didn't have to kill any guards and Deka never caught them until the end.

Once they finished all of the research, for some resolution I had Deka show up at the last library and try to arrest them. They messed up the social stealth right at the end so there was an easy excuse, but I would have made the encounter happen regardless. After defeating her, the party leaves Tephu and the adventure can continue as written.

Liberty's Edge

According to p. 62 in Shifting Sands, the city of Tephu has a Lore rating of +6. According to the Game Master's Guide,

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A settlement’s lore modifier applies on Diplomacy checks made to gather information and Knowledge checks made using the city’s resources to do research when using a library.

Does this mean players get a +6 on all their research checks while in the Great Library?


The Dark Depository research rules say that it's only possible to reduce its kp below certain thresholds by researching in different sections. Does this mean that it takes at least four rolls (probably four days) to fully research the library, no matter what? Or should hitting a threshold early mean they still have time? And if they clear the whole place before doing any researching, can they clear it in a single check (presuming really good rolls)?

Related: I have six PCs, and they've been forming two teams of three for research - one primary and two assistants. I've been letting them add their progress from these two "attacks", but that's led to them doing 15~20 points per research period, which feels fast to me. Is this about the intended speed, or are we doing it wrong?


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I would try to make sure it takes at least 4 days so you can work in the tephu intrigue you need to. My players had lots of fun with that.

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Bobson wrote:
The Dark Depository research rules say that it's only possible to reduce its kp below certain thresholds by researching in different sections. Does this mean that it takes at least four rolls (probably four days) to fully research the library, no matter what? Or should hitting a threshold early mean they still have time? And if they clear the whole place before doing any researching, can they clear it in a single check (presuming really good rolls)?

A research roll takes a day. There's a maximum they can get to in a certain area, so that will be their limit for the day. If the most they can reduce kp in a given chamber of books is 5 and they roll 20 kp, they don't instantly know they've exhausted that resource. They are still looking for additional clues, tracking down other books, until they realize they've exhausted every possibility.

I always told my group when they'd hit the limit, of course, but changed the description based on how well they rolled. If they blew past the limit, then they've explored virtually every tome in there. If they just barely hit it, they found a hint in one of the last books that they examined that pointed toward the next resource.

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Related: I have six PCs, and they've been forming two teams of three for research - one primary and two assistants. I've been letting them add their progress from these two "attacks", but that's led to them doing 15~20 points per research period, which feels fast to me. Is this about the intended speed, or are we doing it wrong?

It's hard to know, bu that seems possible if they're both bards with decent intelligence scores. A pair of bards will average 13 points + probably 6 or 8 from intelligence. A wizard is going to typically get 9 or 10 kp per day, I think.

Silver Crusade

We are about to start Book 3 (I am GM), and at least one of the players takes good notes and (in- and out-of-game) does good research. He has several note already for me, even before they get to Tephu.

For those who have run this (or even played), what say you to the DC for History check regarding "what is the Slave Trenches of Hakotep"? I mean, they are noted on most maps found on The Google, upon which we accidentally stumbled so they have seen the reference there; AND they are referenced somewhere in Books 1-2 because he has notes; AND book 5 literally has the title. All frustrating for keeping stuff secret.

Anyway, do you feel that is a high-DC (40?) check perhaps, something that is lost to the sands of time for all but the most knowledgeable scholars? Maybe even higher for non-Osirion persons? Would anyone in Wati know anything of the Slave Trenches?

They can probably learn something in the Library of Tephu (I've not read that far ahead yet.) Or, I guess I could say "your research yields nothing" until it actually does (per the AP).

thanks in advance for any advice.
Game on!
- Corey


My answer to "what is the Slave Trenches of Hakotep" question would be something like this: (Note, while I'm running this AP, it's been a while since we sat down, so my grasp of the fine details are slim at the moment

DC 25 - An ancient ruin cut into the desert earth far to the west, presumed to be part of a burial for a pharaoh long since forgotten. While there has been numerous speculative works on their meaning, no reputable scholar has been able to acquire any evidence to match any of the theories presented. Not even the name has been sourced definitively, as no Pharaoh of that name exists in any historical record.

DC: Nat 20 + Mod + Full Party of Assists x 2 + 10 = "Dude, this may be important later, when you've gained 4 to 8 levels, but it isn't really now. Besides, the deep desert is deadly. Do you think you are prepared to venture out there at your current level? I don't."

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gamerdork wrote:
and (in- and out-of-game) does good research. He has several note already for me, even before they get to Tephu.

I'm not sure what this means exactly, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't even run an AP for someone who was googling it on the side. Is your player really researching the AP out-of-game?

Silver Crusade

TomParker wrote:
gamerdork wrote:
and (in- and out-of-game) does good research. He has several note already for me, even before they get to Tephu.
I'm not sure what this means exactly, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't even run an AP for someone who was googling it on the side. Is your player really researching the AP out-of-game?

No, sorry - I just meant that he is a prepared player out of game, not specific to the AP. He is 1st-time Pathfinder and so reads a lot about the rules, his class choices, etc.

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Ah, got it. First, maps on Google and the name of the AP is meta-information that the PCs don't know. In general, I don't give knowledge checks based on things like that.

By the end of book 2, they may be researching the name of Hakotep. The cartouches in the Slave Trenches are actually some of the only known references to Hakotep. Per the AP,

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It’s believed that Hakotep I ruled Osirion as pharaoh some time in the distant past, but virtually all records of his rule have been lost. His name survives only in cartouches found in a ancient network of earthworks now known as the Slave Trenches of Hakotep.

So it's probably not that high a DC to know the Slave Trenches exist—but no one knows who Hakotep I was or what the trenches were for.

So the Slave Trenches aren't really secret, they just don't seem to have a purpose that anyone is aware. I think Roonfizzle's DC sounds about right for that.

Silver Crusade

Fellow GMs of this ap, hello!

I am thinking of designing an encounter for Part 2 of this book, possibly to replace something in a another hex location. Wondering if the community has any ideas to flesh these out.

1, basic idea is a ruined caravan which at one time was a dune giant’s slaver caravan, so the critters would be a sunbaked zombie dune giant, plus a couple sunbaked zombie ogres (former slaves, because medium humanoids like gnolls would be worthless to add). But that would be just a bunch of beef and a quick melee fracas. I thought perhaps the vehicles could be half buried so maybe an opportunity for a collapsing or sand trap during the search after.

Any ideas to make it flavorful or a “cooler” encounter? Or maybe a quick fracas with treasure is fine.

2. My other idea is a draconian themed mausoleum or tomb, mostly buried in the dunes, but contains (at the end?) a mummified desert dragon (already statted at CR8). Looking for help with the ‘why is that there?’ idea.

Thanks for any thoughts;
Game on!


So, the assasins with their ranged death attacks, what have people run with, how has it gone?

I'm split between "They just get ranged death attacks because that's obviously how they're statted", them giving up a feat or something to 'qualify' for it in a balanced way, or seeing if I can stat out a balanced way to swap them for a single Slayer which does have the ranged Death Attack.

Silver Crusade

@draxar - Mine are almost there too, and Slayer seems like a good idea! Although with little extra time to prep I will probably run it as "They just get ranged death attacks' method.

Question for all GMs of this AP: my group just finished Dark Depository research, although on the morning of the 4th day, thereby exceeding their 3-day permission slip. My first thought is to have Tephu militia waiting to arrest them when they climb out, a ploy by Deka to slow them down.

Maybe a day in the slammer, and Muminofrah demands their release so they can amuse her; or maybe they have to pay some pricey bail fee. I see some good stuff in the book, too, but I don't want the marks of justice to entice them to head to Sothis - one PC already wants to - and them feel like I have to railroad them to say in Tephu.

Any thoughts on this?

Game on!


gamerdork wrote:
@draxar - Mine are almost there too, and Slayer seems like a good idea! Although with little extra time to prep I will probably run it as "They just get ranged death attacks' method.

The main thing with Slayer is they don't get their death attacks until 10th level. The three nameless assasins are level 7, a CR10 encounter total. So it could either be a single level 10 Slayer with something else to bump him up.. but his total sneak will be much lower, and isn't the 'bunch of attackers' thing, it feels more personal, less assasins for hire.

So I might go with 'they just get it ranged' or I might stat up a simple Unchained Rogue build that's assassination focused, and have three of those.


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I'm the GM, and we're about to finish Book 2, and I'm excited for Shifting Sands.

I have a party of all alchemists (various archetypes to hit all the party niches). They're all playing brothers of the same family. This has posed some fun and interesting challenges. Many fights have been a breeze (because of bombs), and other fights have been challenges (also because of bombs). It's crazy, but we're all having fun.

What are some of the challenges you faced with Shifting Sands regarding encounters or situations in the book? Like the race, and the libraries and all that? Any good tips?

Thanks!


Question - how did people find the 'Leaving Tephu' encounter, and how many Cultists did you have present? Am worried that Khabekh-shu + 6 Cultists + hieracosphinx is a bit much, but the PCs haven't looked into the Cult in the city at all.

My players have had the encounter with the cultists on the Chariot Race, but not done any follow up on that at all.

They've not particularly interacted with Khabekh-shu - he's in disguise on the boat when they are and listening in a bit, but from a distance. They're not actively socialising/investigating there (but also to be fair to them, I'm not really playing up those encounters; mostly informational/'cutscene').

This plus the fact the only scripted encounters with the Cultists are in the Chariot Race, at the moment they're going to face all of 'em - am wondering if that's going to be a bit much, or if it'll be fine?

Think they'll need one more 'permission slip' to get in, rather than have them do some entertaining, get them to go hunt something and have some of the cultists join in there? With a 'They'll run away' thing, but both if some of them drop, that makes the final fight fairer, and might prompt active investigation from the PCs before that.

KingGramJohnson wrote:

I'm the GM, and we're about to finish Book 2, and I'm excited for Shifting Sands.

I have a party of all alchemists (various archetypes to hit all the party niches). They're all playing brothers of the same family. This has posed some fun and interesting challenges. Many fights have been a breeze (because of bombs), and other fights have been challenges (also because of bombs). It's crazy, but we're all having fun.

What are some of the challenges you faced with Shifting Sands regarding encounters or situations in the book? Like the race, and the libraries and all that? Any good tips?

Thanks!

Rewriting Muminofrah into being less of a "Here's yet another fat character who's lusty as an extension of their inability to control themselves." fatphobic stereotype. Went for having her fat but strong and powerful, removing the elements that seemed gratuitous and concentrating on her as a politician - she sees the PCs as some celebrities who are a useful means to extra visibility for herself; romance might happen if a PC either initiated or suggested interest in such, but still would be a political move - I basically ignored all the elements where she has a particular paramour.

My players lost the Chariot race; they played it too safe (but also rolled quite badly; not sure they'd have done better going risky). Suspect that one may be partly based on if you have someone with enough points in enough of the different skills.

Beyond that... there's more details in some other posts, but there's a few places where there's attacks that depend on specific rules that don't apply - sniper assasins with Death Attacks that are Melee. Stand Still being used to keep someone from getting inside spear reach... when actually it only works within 5 foot.

And for more on one example on this:

draxar wrote:
gamerdork wrote:
@draxar - Mine are almost there too, and Slayer seems like a good idea! Although with little extra time to prep I will probably run it as "They just get ranged death attacks' method.

The main thing with Slayer is they don't get their death attacks until 10th level. The three nameless assasins are level 7, a CR10 encounter total. So it could either be a single level 10 Slayer with something else to bump him up.. but his total sneak will be much lower, and isn't the 'bunch of attackers' thing, it feels more personal, less assasins for hire.

So I might go with 'they just get it ranged' or I might stat up a simple Unchained Rogue build that's assassination focused, and have three of those.

I spotted there's actually a few Slayer things that work, and at a lower level. No Death Attack, partly because it needs a higher level for a Slayer, but also because the minimum DC would be 18 (Level / 2, plus 3 for studied target) compared to the 13 of the 'as written' Assasins, and that kind of 'Save or die!' seems a bit too cruel.

So I've decided to go for something still pretty nasty, pretty dangerous, quite 'assassin' approach, but which works at range, and is potentially deadly without being 'thud, dead' - the assassins have Wyvern poison, Slayers can make their poison more deadly by 'concentrating' on a studied target, and Sniper slayers can do Sneak Attack and other bonus damage on anyone unaware of them within their 1st range increment. So that means that the attack won't start at 40ft, it'll start further out, with a pair of poisoned crosbow bolts thudding into a PC, whilst the slayer scurries away down to join the other two.

The Exchange

I'm really having trouble understanding the False Ceiling in area E5 of the Vault of Hidden Wisdom.

For some reason my brain cannot wrap itself around how this works mechanically... Where exactly is the ceiling? Is it just over the part with the pillars and gates? Where do the Lynxes fall? Into the caged part? Does the ceiling only break if you're inside that part? How do you avoid the falling rocks if it is? What is the ceiling like outside the pillar/gate area? Is it the same as everywhere else? How does the ceiling hold in the rocks and lynxes? Is it convex or concave?

I'm just really struggling with how to describe this to my party and they already hate this book so much that I just am not sure what to do.

Thanks!

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I have found that with traps in APs, that I just need to go with the "spirit" of the trap and not try to nail down all the mechanics perfectly. Basically whatever the author envisioned and what the developer put into print and what the cartographer put on the map oftentimes conflict to some extent. So just adjust the printed description to what makes sense to you.

The gist is that if they notice something is up with the false ceiling and mess with it they get a bunch of rubble and lynxes falling on them within the white circle. I think of it as 2 upsidedown soup bowls stacked on top of each other. the space between them holds rubble and lynxes.

Also, if your players are hating this, then they may not enjoy the rest of the AP, there are ALOT of traps all the way through and they all will need some adjustment by the gm to have them make sense.


Roonfizzle Garnackle wrote:

My answer to "what is the Slave Trenches of Hakotep" question would be something like this: (Note, while I'm running this AP, it's been a while since we sat down, so my grasp of the fine details are slim at the moment

DC 25 - An ancient ruin cut into the desert earth far to the west, presumed to be part of a burial for a pharaoh long since forgotten. While there has been numerous speculative works on their meaning, no reputable scholar has been able to acquire any evidence to match any of the theories presented. Not even the name has been sourced definitively, as no Pharaoh of that name exists in any historical record.

DC: Nat 20 + Mod + Full Party of Assists x 2 + 10 = "Dude, this may be important later, when you've gained 4 to 8 levels, but it isn't really now. Besides, the deep desert is deadly. Do you think you are prepared to venture out there at your current level? I don't."

Hakotep is specifically known as Hakotep I, which presumably means there were other Hakoteps. The other way to go is that anything under DC 25 only tells the players that there were fifteen Hakoteps who left various statues and palaces across Osirion, and they have no idea if it's related to the Sky Pharaoh or ways to confirm it. A DC 25 tells them that nobody knows its purpose, but caravans and gnoll tribes famously avoid the site because it has a bad reputation.

KingGramJohnson wrote:
Rewriting Muminofrah into being less of a "Here's yet another fat character who's lusty as an extension of their inability to control themselves." fatphobic stereotype. Went for having her fat but strong and powerful, removing the elements that seemed gratuitous and concentrating on her as a politician - she sees the PCs as some celebrities who are a useful means to extra visibility for herself; romance might happen if a PC either initiated or suggested interest in such, but still would be a political move - I basically ignored all the elements where she has a particular paramour.

I was thinking of doing the same when my party gets to Book Two, with the added caveat that she's much smarter than as-written and is actually using her flamboyant public persona so that her henchman, to all outward appearances a foppish butler who's actually a Risen Guard, can covertly test the waters of the local nobility for their loyalty. If my party play their cards right, they could frame their work as uncovering evidence that the Haty-a is hiding things about herself from the state that would have disqualified her from consideration. I can't imagine the Ruby Prince being happy to find out his duly appointed representative is a member of an infamous cult, or that she's personally intervening to screw over adventurers who saved Wati.


Failing to Stand Still

So, the 'Slayer Assasins' worked well - pretty effective, especially with full BAB + studied target, the ability to make their Sneak Attacks within their first Range Increment, buff the poison DCs. But also it was quite nice to have 'Lots of threat' without 'Save or die'

Thus I'm going to do another restat where the book has got it wrong, this time on Jamirah because of "she uses her Stand Still feat to prevent opponents from getting within her longspear’s reach" - when it doesn't work that way!

I don't want to do a heavy restat of her. I also don't want to try too heavily to work out what I should and shouldn't take out - I can see some stuff like 'Silent spell' likely wouldn't be used in this, but makes sense given her background/style. However, she's got a Cruel Weapon, Shatter Defences and... the only way she can trigger that is a full round action Dazzling Display- which seems a bit limited for a CR12 boss given what's available at her level. Options...

[u]Cornugon Smash:[/u] Free Action Intimidate on people I Power Attack. However, if I'm using Stunning Assault, that's a lot of penalty.

[u]Violent Display:[/u] Immediate Action Dazzling Display on Sneak or Critical with Focus weapons - and I'd hope to be Sneaking a chunk. Downside is that it's listed as 'available to weretigers, weretiger-kin and those who associate with these creatures.' Yeah, I'm the GM, but I run a fairly harsh and 'by the book' game. I'm thinking I could possibly allow this because she's a violent shapeshifter in a way that kinda fits. But I'm unsure if it's the best - it is simple though.

[u]Hero's Display:[/u] Another 'Dazzling display-alike' but more complicated (at the cost of more prereqs). Take Hero's Display (Performance Combat Check, and then essentially a Dazzling Display-esque AoE intimidate, for a Swift Action. Requires another feat (Performing Combatant) - give up Rogue Talent Reslience ('cause 8 HP ain't going to change much...) for Combat Trick for that, and 11 ranks of Fly for 11 Ranks of Fly for Performance. Complicated, but feels kinda appropriate?

[u]Frightening Ambush:[/u] Single target Intimidate as a free action. Downside that I don't get to scare the rest of the party whilst I'm whacking one, and get them ready to be hit harder later. Upside - simple, one feat, no extra prereqs or anything else like that.

[u]Dreadful Carnage:[/u] Too many prereqs, too high a BAB so I'd have to work out when she takes it compared to other stuff - the other things are all fairly low level, so I'm much less worried about them.

Thoughts/suggestions?


Robert G. McCreary wrote:
Laric wrote:
I was intrigued by the Udjebet encounter and all the possibilities that could come from it. Is the Uraeus Ring that she is looking for supposed to play some role later on in the AP or is this meant more as a side-trek that left up to the GM's discretion to explore?
The uraeus ring does not appear later in the AP; it is a plot hook for the GM to play with or not.

So one of my players in Mummy's Mask got obsessed with the "Ring of Uraeus", divining after it, etc, through the end of the campaign. That character then transferred over to Slumbering Tsar AP, and *finally* got the ring, so this is what I did for it.

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Ring-Abilities:

Uraeus Ring - CL 20th - Minor Artifact

This legendary ring grants dominion over serpents and venom.

It grants a +5 insight bonus to saving throws vs poison, and also acts as a greater ring of inner fortitude reducing ability damage or temporary penalties by 6 points and reduces ability drain by 3 points, from poison effects only.

At will, the bearer can use dominate monster (DC 26) on any serpent or snake.

Three times per day the bearer can cast spew a 30-foot line of stinging poison, a creature in the area of effect can avoid the poison with a successful DC 24 Reflex save. On a failed save, a creature is blinded and suffers 4 points of dexterity damage each round for 8 rounds. Each round at the end of its turn, an affected creature may attempt a DC 24 Fortitude save to end the blindness and prevent the dexterity damage.

The wearer is also under a constant toxic blood spell (DC 24).

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