All Hail the Hypnotoad (Book 3 Spoilers)


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So this happened a couple sessions ago, but I keep forgetting to write it up.

The party was infiltrating Hook Mountain and encountered the hags and Bayden (I moved him into their room because I knew the party would shred the hags easily without any physical support, and of course lone bad guys never do well.) The party's Dual-Cursed Oracle of the Dark Tapestry decided to try to hit one of the hags with Murderous Command, which failed due the Mind Blank they all had up, even after she forced a re-roll of the save with Misfortune.

The hags retaliated by hitting her with Baleful Polymorph. The oracle failed her Fort Save and found herself turned into a toad. I double-check the spell description and have the player roll a Will Save to retain the oracle's mind. Which succeeds.

Baleful Polymorph wrote:
If the spell succeeds, the subject must also make a Will save. If this second save fails, the creature loses its extraordinary, supernatural, and spell-like abilities, loses its ability to cast spells (if it had the ability), and gains the alignment, special abilities, and Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma scores of its new form in place of its own. It still retains its class and level (or HD), as well as all benefits deriving therefrom (such as base attack bonus, base save bonuses, and hit points). It retains any class features (other than spellcasting) that aren't extraordinary, supernatural, or spell-like abilities.

So, by succeeding on the second save, she maintains all her supernatural and spell-like abilities, as well as the ability to cast spells that aren't hindered by her new form. Since she had Silent Spell and Eschew Material Components, that meant anything without a Somatic Component was fair game (at 1 higher level, of course.)

End result, a flying toad (thanks to Wings of Darkness) hitting people with things like Murderous Command and Touch of Madness, immediately prompting Hypnotoad jokes from the players.


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Hypnotoads are acceptable but you havent lived until you put a Brain Slug on your upper cranium.


ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD


too... awesome!

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Agreed! I think this is an awesome way that a spell cast by a baddy backfires on them. "Yes! I've got you now - oh, COME ON!!!"


The players had a lot of fun with it, and were almost sad when the party wizard took Break Enchantment on level-up to reverse it, though the Oracle's player was happy to be able contribute more to party conversations than "Ribbit".


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Kalshane wrote:
The players had a lot of fun with it, and were almost sad when the party wizard took Break Enchantment on level-up to reverse it, though the Oracle's player was happy to be able contribute more to party conversations than "Ribbit".

oh come on now their is plenty for the hypnotoad to say what about "Bud-Weis-errrrr" ;D

sorry, i couldn't help myself, i'm just glad we didn't die from the tornado that went thru the field behind the house last night:)


captain yesterday wrote:

oh come on now their is plenty for the hypnotoad to say what about "Bud-Weis-errrrr" ;D

sorry, i couldn't help myself, i'm just glad we didn't die from the tornado that went thru the field behind the house last night:)

My players made that joke as well. There was one other thing they said she could say, but I can't remember what it was at the moment.

Yikes! Hurray for not dying.


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and yes pretty awesome story:)

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