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So something I've noticed for any GMs who eventually get to this module is that several traps have misprinted stealth DCs/modifiers and I believe got accidentally inflated. For example the Avian Rage trap on pg 11 has a stealth bonus of +45 which means the DC to find it would be a DC 55 check which is way above even an Extreme DC for a trap of that level. I believe the author meant a DC 45 check to spot so a +35 modifier which is much more in line with hazard building rules.
This repeats with the unstable fiendcage on page 50 which has a +48 or 58DC to spot. And the Keystone trap on page 52 which has a whopping +51 or 61DC to spot. Even a rogue with fully invested 20 WIS and legendary perception cannot physically spot any of these traps.
Keep an eye out when running and drop the modifiers and DCs by 10.
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Can someone help me understand what exactly Kemnebi's motivations are? All I can grasp is that he thinks he grand plan will allow him to overthrow the government and grant him ultimate power over Geb somehow (I'm not sure how he expects that to work either). But who is he as a person? Why is this his plan? I'm trying to present him as a character that isn't totally one-dimensional.
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Kemnebi and Balji are pretty much non-characters. Between that major problem, the hazards being wrong, the Boneyard being under-utilized, and the technical problem with the PDF, this book is the weakest of the Blood Lords AP.
My take on Kemnebi is that he, like the players, is an ambitious Blood Lord. Unlike the players, he's had to play second fiddle to Geb, an absentee monarch, then passed over by Geb in favor of Arazni, an outsider who never the best interest of Geb at heart and later abandoned her post. Then Geb returned, still prioritizing his rivalry with Nex above the good of the nation. Kemnebi has legitimate grievances and interesting commonalities with the PCs.
I'm dropping that bit about having a dead wife and child. I suppose that part of his plan was rallying the other Blood Lords against Geb through sabatoge or by destroying Geb's throne somehow. The details of what would've happened are irrelevant once the PCs foil the Grand Reanimation.
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I changed Balji to a high-ranking Irori priest in ancient Osirion (or even an Irori god servant like Tristian in KM2E) who ruled the land together with Governor Khmet Khanrah. After the Ghost King killed Khmet Khanrah, Balji was still against Geb's invasion of Osirion in today's Field of Maidens. Kemnebi, one of Geb's men, plotted against, killed, and ate him by pretending to surrender to Balji and receive his enlightenment.
Balji is so powerful that he still lives in Kemnebi's forehead and changes the vampire's mind. Kemnebi was evil, cunning and power-hungry at first, but Balji not only made him wiser and more patient, he also made him hate Geb - since Geb destroyed Balji's country.
This explains Kemnebi's motive for betrayal with his foolish plot of poison - the purpose of the plot is not to attack Geb's neighbors then raise an army of undead at all, but to turn all of Geb's trade allies into enemies. Finally, after Balji/Kemnebi successfully makes the neighboring countries think that the plot of poison is the will of the Ghost King, Geb himself will be identified as a Garund version of Tar-Baphon. As Geb will most likely be destroyed during the subsequent crusade, the ghosts of Khmet Khanrah and Balji, who have occupied Kemnebi, will be able to reclaim their lands.
final boss of ap are often only meet the player once at the end
make them just a stranger in a room
replace the thing seldeg suppose to do with kemnebi give player a chance to talk
and introduce balji much early with some ancient monk item players might find
maybe show player fragment of kemnebi memory of wild aggressive monster before absorb balji and calm patient monster kemnebi become