Old thread>>33443749You are Sireyi Valyenya, 18 years old, you are on your first quest.You have retrieved the Horn of Alzurad: a legendary artefact that can call dead heroes back to fight for the holder of the Horn. But now you’re lost on another plane, trying to find your way home.You are walking in the gardens with Princess Sofia, and Lord Lenda, an old noble.“What was your question?” You ask Sofia.“You said earlier about how my powers made me a Paladin, and how a Paladin should always do the right thing, no matter the personal cost, is that really what I should do?”Ok, that’s a bit of a heavy question this early in the morning.>Ask further questions, what is she getting at specifically>Yes, a Paladin should always do the right thing>It depends on the situation>You are allowed to consider your own happiness to>Other
>>33450219>Ask further questions, what is she getting at specifically"Journey before destination"
>>33450219>If you protect someone by sacrificing your own happiness than you're not really protecting anyone. Just choosing who gets hurt.>Ask further questions, what is she getting at specifically
>>33450219>I think everyone should strive to do the right thing, no matter who they are. Paladins just formalize that idea into a way of life. >Contrary to popular belief "the right thing" does not always mean sacrificing yourself for others. Your own life is important as well.
>>33450219>>You are allowed to consider your own happiness too.
>>33450219>Ask further questions, what is she getting at specificallyThis might be about marriage, but she also might be planning some bullshit sacrifice related to the prophecy about what it thinks will happen here.
>>33450219>Ask further questions, what is she getting at specifically>Contrary to popular belief "the right thing" does not always mean sacrificing yourself for others. Your own life is important as well.
>>33450219>>33450306>>33450315also ask more questions
>>33450219Ask questions, and yes, Paladins are supposed to do the right thing at personal expense, but point out that Paladins generally choose to be paladins.She was born with the powers, she is not obligated to follow the code unless she chooses to.
>>33450315Addendum:>The way I encourage is to help others in a way that you yourself can stay happy. This is not always the most efficient way to help the most people, as some proclaim is the obligation of a ruler, but it will keep you sane and of a fresh mind. And if you lose those, even the best philosophy won't make you a good ruler.
“I think everyone should strive to do the right thing, no matter who they are. Paladins just formalize that idea into a way of life. Contrary to popular belief "the right thing" does not always mean sacrificing yourself for others. Your own life is important as well.” You say “but was there something specific you were thinking about Sofia?”She closes her eyes briefly and then looks at you, her gaze unwavering “Yes, she says, I think I know how to solve this whole mess, and stop the Empire of Drache getting stronger.”“Ok...” you say, encouraging her to say more .“The Sorcerer” she says “The Third Demon Lord, was a terror in his own right. If I am married then sooner or later I’ll be expected to provide an heir, and my vision has made it clear that if I become pregnant, I’ll die.”“If that happens, then he’ll be free, and the whole world, not just this tiny island, will be in even greater peril.”“If we could kill The Sorcerer, that would be a far greater service to the world than anything else I could do.”“You’ve convinced me that you could probably kill him if he had just emerged from the Heartfire. I think you should kill me, and when the Heartfire fails, kill the demon lord.”There’s a moment of stunned silent before Lenda gasps out “Absolutely not child, I forbid it, what would happen to the Island, your people? Don’t be in such a hurry to throw your life away!”“It’s my choice!” she insists “Yes, I realise I would be abandoning my people, but I don’t want to get married, I don’t want to live under some nobles thumb, just to sign the degrees Ninver pushes in front of me. I can do something to help the entire world!”
>>33450566Your response? This is an indication only, the actual decision will be later>Definately not>Let’s shelve that idea for now, we can come back to it later>Well it’s not the best idea, but we might have to consider it at some point>OtherMeanwhile, there were other things to be discussed also>The assassin>Marriage Act>My plans>Other
>>33450581>No, there has to be a better way.>Marriage Act
>>33450581>>Definately notSounds all-round horrible. Better kill the jack-ass nobles if we're going to do such drastic things
>>33450581>Definitely not>Marriage Act
>>33450581>Definately not>The assassin
>>33450581>Your willingness to give yourself honors you as superior to most rulers I know>But let's figure out a better way before you throw your life away in a sacrifice>What was that about marriage act, Lord Lenda?
>>33450581>I could not commit an act of evil just to stop a greater one, I'm sorry.>There is another way, I know it, I believe in it.>As for marriage and children...Tell her about our arranged marriage if we haven't already.
>>33450566My last reply >>33450560 still fits. This is not a sane choice. There is not just a binary decision. Even if she lives, she does not have to live under the thumb of politicians. We will help her.Logical argument:>Assume I can kill the demon lord. Now the other two will assimilate this island and soon the rest of the world. You might destroy one Lord, but you would give the others the whole world.>Second idea: We really don't know if we can kill him right now. There is a good chance it would just release the Demon, destroy the island and, with that, give even more of the world to the demons.
>>33450581Can't we just kill the demon sorc and protect everyone at the same time?
>>33450581>Definately not>Marriage Act>My plansQuestion: do we know Any really powerful paladins who would be interested in courting her from our home plane? Or, hell, Any noble. The support that they could provide would make it impossible for the council to force a marriage. Assuming we can use the Heartfire to power a planar portal of course.
>>33450669We have.Don't just jump into the second part without reading the first thread.>>33450674No, he's trapped in the Hearthfire and the last attempt to shut it down for a moment to try and kill him resulted in everyone that attempted it dying and him still being trapped.
>>33450581tell her about the horn than blow the hornahahahah you thought I was gone didn't you NOPE IT WAS I DIO!
>>33450715Soon enough blow the horn anon. Soon enough.
>>33450715No.Although we might want to tell her about the horn.
>>33450581>DefinatelyDefinitely, dear.next topic:>My plansAs per last thread: Gain power, accelerate her pregnancy, protect her all the time. Takes a few months, but probably worth it.>Marriage ActAlso curious regarding that. And it's more urgent.>>33450715Right, and show her the horn. At one point.
>>33450698nah but they didn't have a pally when they tried. We got this, totally... triple 1 time?
>>33450669There's no evil involved if she's willing to pay the price. I'd still rather have her get away alive.
>>33450730And don't forget to stealthily detect evil the nice uncle! Paranoia is important.
>>33450735We'd still be murdering a paladin, it's the classic kill one to save... How many people are on this island? A few thousand?But yeah, fuck that noise, lives are priceless, and killing the descendent of Konig is a terrible idea.
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>>33450735>Killing an innocent, willing or not>Not having to roll to not fallNice little fantasy you have there.>>33450730It would only take a month and a few days assuming we can get Blessed Health 2 and 3 soon, since 3 lowers it to only one month of gestation.We do have a 3 month time limit, if you'll recall.
>>33450715I can't wait to see his face when we actually blow the horn.
>>33450794>We do have a 3 month time limit, if you'll recall.I do not. Remind me of the reason, please.
>>33450735fuck that. We just told her that her life is precious, who are we to take it
>>33450817She turns 18 in 3 months.
>>33450817The Island's defenses are only as strong as they are because someone of Sofia's bloodline who is under 18 is on the island.She turns 18 in three months.
>>33450817we need blessed health 3 though if we want to blessed health her
>>33450715>descendant of konig>horn of konig
>>33450866Blessed Health 2 can work on others, but it only lowers gestation to 13 weeks, or 3 months and 1 week.In order to make our time limit, we need Blessed Health 3, which lowers gestation to one month.
>>33450838>>33450843Ah, that's what you mean. I do not consider that a problem because:a) I assume it would take far less than 3 months.b) Given their current plans to only have her marry at 18 they seems to assume that the weakened barrier can still hold for at least 9 months.
>>33450923I'm an idiot. The fucking baby in the womb counts as a child! So as long as shes preggers before she turns 18...
>>33450894dat feeling when we wish we had saved some exp
>>33450947Good catch. Didn't think of thatStill, they plan to have her try to have a child after she has turned 18. Which, given human physiology, might still take a month or more of trying. They assume that the barrier will hold, even if weakened.
>>33451015I'm not sure what they are thinking then. Might have to ask her for clarification.
>>33450772>>33450794>>33450836All I'm saying that voluntary sacrifice is something completely different than murdering someone and it's a good act on part of the one giving.It's a shitty solution, but not an evil one.
>>33451015Blessed health also allows to assure pregnancy. One intercourse would be enough.
>>33451162That part doesn't work on others, and we don't know if she can learn Blessed Health.Personally, I'm part of the camp that believes being descended from Konig means she'll learn mostly combat-oriented powers.Yes, healing is combat-oriented, if you don't see how useful it is then go play fire emblem.
>>33451162I was talking about their plans. Their plans don't include paladin powers They include their knowledge about the barrier, which is why I brought it up.
>>33449722#>>33449751#We are all god's children, and he blessed Mary with his son.>>33449728#>>33449762#Which is why we ask him to do it after we break the barrier. He kinda owes us one for getting the Horn back.
“Your willingness to give yourself honors you as superior to most rulers I know” you say, knowing you have to handle this carefully “But let's figure out a better way before you throw your life away in a sacrifice.”“The way I encourage is to help others in a way that you yourself can stay happy. This is not always the most efficient way to help the most people, as some proclaim is the obligation of a ruler, but it will keep you sane and of a fresh mind. And if you lose those, even the best philosophy won't make you a good ruler.”“As for myself I could not commit an act of evil just to stop a greater one, I'm sorry. There is another way, I know it, I believe in it.”Princess Sofia looks thoughtful as she considers your words.“What was that about marriage act, Lord Lenda?” you ask, grateful for another topic.“Ah, what, eh, yes” he says “Thanks to um, a few favours I have a copy of Ninvers amendment to the Royal Marriage Act. It has everything we feared it would: a transfer of certain powers to the husband; that the Regency Council can choose a husband for Sofia; a few sops about voting thrown in for Michol; and it limits the nobles the Council can choose from to those under the age of 55, with no current wives, and that they must be ‘the most senior member of their house currently present within the Kingdom of Hanse’” He snorts “which limits it to 3 people, Ninver and 2 of his cronies.”“But what they forgot to include” he says “Is far more fun, they forgot to exclude foreign nobles, and they forgot to specify what happens if Sofia wasn’t present at the ceremony.”“What?” says Sofia “Yes” he cackles “If the islands protections are going to weaken when you turn 18 anyway, it makes no difference if you’re present on the island or not.”“Now” he says to you “Where did you plan to go next?”
>>33451258>After we break the barrierAnd how do you propose we do that?Oh wait, you don't know how.Because the entire reason we're doing this quest is in the hope of a way home.Also:2magicalrealm4me
>>33451318“I had a few places in mind” you say evasively, not wanting to reveal too much.“Hah good enough” he says “Sofia used to convince one of her maids to dress up as her when she was younger, so she could run around like a hellion, I was think a bit more of an elaborate ruse this time, complete with a young baby to ensure that the spies of Drache have no reason to believe the islands defences are weaker.”This idea sounds crazy, you need to discuss it further>Sofia would still end up in an arranged marriage when she returned?>I can’t take Sofia with me, it could be dangerous>The other nobles won’t go along with this>The islands defences will be weaker>The assassin>Other
>>33451346>Sofia would still end up in an arranged marriage when she returned?
>>33451203Fair point. Maybe we could pray this favour out of Velya? She does seem to be able to reach out to us to some extent. Even if it meant sacrificing a few paladin XP as a price on Sireyi's part.
>>33451346>Sofia would still end up in an arranged marriage when she returned?>The other nobles won’t go along with this>The islands defences will be weaker>Sofia would still end up in an arranged marriage when she returned?Then:>The assassin
>>33451391She can reach out in the form of answering a prayer, but the second time we prayed she couldn't reach us.I doubt she can send a miracle our way until we get the barrier down.Also this old guy has a plan that looks like it might be cool.>>33451429You selected the option to reject the plan on account of being too dangerous in addition to the question.
>>33451334Well I don't know about you, but as far as I'm concerned we are doing this quest because we're a fucking paladin.
>>33451346>Sofia would still end up in an arranged marriage when she returned?>The other nobles won’t go along with this>The islands defences will be weaker>The assassinThanks>>33451472
>>33451334Well, we gain a level or so in sorceress, and then we hit the barrier with concentrated shaft of energy, and shatter it.
>>33451346>Sofia would still end up in an arranged mariage?I'm pretty sure it not being her who got married in first place would be valid grounds to nullify the bond though.>What of the island. If we don't find her a match she would like, the island will weaken.Although hopefully once we get into Drache heartland, we'll manage to wreak some havoc so that invading the isle will be last thing on their mind.
>>33451579That's...There are so many things wrong with that, I can't even start.There is literally no correct part of your statement:We don't gain levels in the Dungeons and Dragons manner, we gain ranks in sorc magic of which currently 3 are available.Literally none of the spells effect barriers in that manner, and none of them would work on a presumably 10th rank spell.NONE of them use a shaft of energy, and if you meant freeform magic then that isn't a thing.The barrier isn't even a physical thing, it's an effect across the whole dimension that makes it so even the gods can't reach into it.If we want to get magically powerful enough to break the barrier it would likely take months or even years.You cannot solve the quest to find out a method of how to break the barrier *by* breaking the barrier.
>>33451473Yes, of course we are, we are finishing this quest in the best possible manner, no matter what, but that doesn't change that this quest *is* a subquest of the Break the Barrier quest and was obtained and started for that reason.
“Sofia would still end up in an arranged marriage when she returned” you argue “this is a temporary solution at best”“I don’t know how they do it where you come from” says Lenda “But in Hanse marriage only 1 husband or wife is permitted. Provided Sofia found that special someone, they cannot simply marry her to whom they choose, although” he concedes “They could kill her husband, but that’s a problem for another day.”“The other nobles won’t go along with this” you know Ninver certainly won’t.“They won’t have a choice” he says happily “I’ll only tell them after you’re long gone, they’ll have to help keep up the pretence, or risk the Empire of Drache finding out – if nothing else their own self-preservation should win out.” He pauses “They may send people after you to bring her back of course.”“The islands defences will be weaker” after all, this is the whole point of this discussion.Sofia watches the two of you batting arguments back and forth, turning her head to watch each of you in turn.“Bah” he says “The Empire hasn’t actually attacked the island in 5 years – and that was a single ship. Yes, the defences will be weaker, but they won’t be gone” he says significantly “They’ll only discover the defences have weakened if they come in force. And if they attacked when the defences where at their strongest they’d lose thousands of their own men, tens of thousands, in the attempt.”“They won’t attack until they know the defences are weaker.” He insists.Hmm, maybe. But it’s best not to choose right now.1/2
>>33451879“And what about the assassin?” you ask.“I don’t know” confesses Lenda “The timing is suspicious, there may not even be an assassin, or there could be one that Ninver is over-exaggerating the skills of. The only thing I can think of is to contact the Guild for more information, which will take days given the back channels of smugglers we use.”“Or you could go and spring whatever trap this is, whilst the palace guard watches Sofia, I’m not sure.”Sofia’s situation>Make a choice now>Don’t make a choice yet>Talk to Lenda and Sofia some more (saying what?)Assassin >Get more info from Thieves the usual (slow) way>Go hunting him myself>Go hunting him with Bokin>Other
>>33451902>Don’t make a choice yet>Go hunting him myselfIf we can take care of the assassin first I'd feel a lot better about taking her with us
>>33451808Shhh. Calm down. It might not be correct in any way, but if viewed in a positive light in might resemble the scaffold of an actual plan.>another level in sorceressMight just mean purchasing more sorceress skills /powers.>hit the barrier with energyWell, we were told we could break it once we have enough power. We might learn a powerful spell, that could be sloppily described as a concentration of energy. We might also find a sort of "magic gun" or artefact that can turn our magic in a barrier-shattering bolt of energy. Who knows.Unrelated: I have to leave now. Don't kill Siyeri while I'm away.
>>33451902Okay, so all our arguing is completely pointless since this third option is better, potentially.We need to make sure the old guy isn't a demon spy, first.I think we should try and find out who's responsible for all the damn assassins getting in, too.>Detect evil on the geezer>Don't make a decision yet>Go hunting him myself in dragon-form
The issue of marriage can be avoided by her becoming Queen without marrying first. Once she is queen she should have enough power to change the rules regarding marriage. What we should deal with is creating an heir. That's important and should not be delayed.
>>33451902Does Bokin count as royalty, being son of the mountain giant chief?I kid, I kid.I'd like to know how Sofia feels about the idea herself. Although I suspect we may happen across a fugitive prince of some conquered kingdom on our next adventures...Anyway, as for the assassin, if there is one, he definitely needs to be dealt with or he might ruin Lenda's plan. Could we go slumming - I mean, hunting with the princess disguised?
Lenda does not detect as evil. You also viewed him with Arcane Sight earlier.He does not have non-detection on him, he does have an item that boosts his health though.
>>33452009The problem is the nobles are going to force a vote on who she should marry *before* she's 18, and then have her marry on her upcoming birthday.
>>33452159Nobles can go fuck themselves when she already returns with a hubby and a babby and of age, dismissing their entire lot. And if they try something funny, like impeaching her (if that's even possible), they'll pay the price in getting curbstomped by demons.
>>33452206Yes, that's why we should take her with us, something I am in favor of.It appeared that he was talking under the hypothetical scenario in which we don't bring her.You definitely can't impeach a queen, especially not one with a badass demon-slaying angel for a friend.Also, even if the nobles are assholes, we aren't going to let demons just roflstomp them.Because the demons are worse.So much worse.
>>33452280Of course not. I'm just pointing out why the nobles will keep their traps shut even if they don't like it.
“What’s your view Princess?”you ask Sofia.She puts her hands to her head, looking a little overwhelmed “I...I don’t know, I mean, I don’t ‘want’ to die, I just thought that was the best way to help everyone. And I don’t want to be forced into a marriage either. I...I want to be free” she says, almost whispering at the end.Well that’s a decision to make later, for now you have an assassin to hunt. Lenda has one of his assistants obtain the thieves guild contact info from Ninvers cronies and you set off for Ravensport alone, after telling Bokin to look after Sofia in your absence.You soar high above the water and land some distance from Ravensport, assuming your draconic disguise you head into town, looking for the thieves guild.You wander through the town, watching everything cautiously. You can sense evil all around you. This place is populated by a mixture of demon-blooded people of various races, including orcs, humans and beastmen. Although how much demon-blood they have doesn’t always set the humans social standing, generally the more human they look, the lower they are in the social order.Most take great pains to emphasise their demonic features. Here and there people with draconic blood can be seen, although they’re in a minority they’re not so rare that the appearance of one causes comment.You encounter problems when the tavern you were supposed to meet your thieves guild contact is closed, and boarded up. You take a look around the outside of the building, but it looks abandoned.>Break in>Go looking for thieves elsewhere
>>33452370>Break inOf course it's boarded up, they don't want people just walking into their discreet hideouts.
>>33452370Discreetly take a look around to see if we can find a back door.When that inevitably fails, break in.
After looking around to ensure that no one is watching, you pull a few boards away from one of the doors and let yourself inside.This place is well and truly abandoned, and has been for weeks.You could search the place for secret doors or anything hidden, or leave and look for the thieves some other way.>Search it>Leave
>>33452510>Search itThere better be a secret passage, or Ninver is going to see the city from a *very* high altitude.
>>33452510Search around.If someone comes bother us, tell them we wanted to take this tavern for our own and start a business here. Or a demon cult. Whatever seems better idea at the time.
Roll 1d20+3 for searching
Rolled 1 + 3>>33452575Shouldn't this be +5 from investigator?
Rolled 12 + 3>>33452575
Rolled 6 + 3>>33452575>investigate
>>33452602Int-based checkInt+1, Investigator+2
You don't find anything that can help, no secret doors, concealed entrances. There's not even a hidden compartment for the landlords second set of tax accounts.>Keep searching>Leave
>>33452628We really should get two points in intelligence next time we level up for a better bonus.
>>33452159What could they really do to compel her? "Me and my new angel friend say go fuck yourself."
>>33452664>Keep searchingIts there man I know it
>>33452664>Keep SearchingAlways search twice, that's what the ogre lair taught me.How much time does each search attempt take?>>33452669Willpower, Fellowship, Intelligence, all are good.
>>33452707>How much time does each search attempt take?An hour or so, to search the whole building, less if you focused on a particular areaRoll again 1d20+3
Rolled 9 + 3>>33452740Here's looking at you, kid!
Rolled 20 + 3>>33452740
Rolled 13 + 3>>33452740Here we go again
As you keep searching the building, you find nothing of importance.But you do spot two people watching the building, one at the front, one at the back. They’re acting casual but they’re definitely watching the building. And they weren’t there when you first came in.They are both demon-blooded humans wearing light armour, and carrying shortswords, and a length of chain, all coiled up. They appear to be waiting for something.>Wait>Try and leave the building without being seen>Leave casually, you did nothing wrong>Flee quickly, speed before stealth>Confront them>Other
>>33452861>Wait for them while praying.
>>33452861With a commanding voice:>"You two! Come in and help me with this!"Then>confront themif they turn out agents of the empire, at least we'll be able to dispose of them without prying eyes.
dumping angel pics, just becauseYou decide to wait and pray, are you praying for anything in particular?
>>33453010For Sofia to not be getting ganked by Ninver.Because I still think that guy's going to go full traitor.
>>33453010Pray for guidance regarding the demon lord, or at least inquire into what Veyla was going to warn us about when we talked to her last.
>>33453010For guidance.For blessed health for Sofia.For gossiping a bit about Honig's affairs in mortal realms.
Ok, roll Willpower 1d20+4
Rolled 19 + 4>>33453130
Rolled 6 + 4>>33453130
Rolled 20 + 4>>33453130
Rolled 16 + 4>>33453130Fly me to the moon!
"Sireyi, my champion, you are in great danger!" says Velya, and then nothing.As you wait in the abandoned inn praying, you hear boards being ripped off and doors being forcibly opened. Footsteps enter the building and a hushed voice says “find her”. You can hear a lot of footsteps.It won’t be long before they find you, what do you do?>Hide>Wait for them to come>Go to meet them>Escape Out a window>OtherAnd just where did you kneel down to pray?>Inn Common Room>Basement>Room upstairs>Other
>>33453219>Go to meet themWe're still a badass warrior without needing to use our angel/paladin powers>Basement
>>33453219>room upstairs>wait and ambush themI have my suspicions that Ninver is a traitor and he sent them.Either way, more information from the survivors would be good, we have an assassin to find
>>33453219>Wait for them to comeWe may actually have to fight them and I'd rather do that inside than where everyone can see our holy powers>Room upstairs
Do we still have passive paladin abilities?If we do use paladin abilties in dragon-form, how far away would the 'ping' of paladin energy travel?If we use angel abilities, would anything less than a moderately experienced full demon be able to identify it as such?
>>33453219>Meet them with Cold Steel>Common Room>rifle the bodies for evidence.Although, a warning from a goddess is nothing to be sneezed at. Maybe it would be more prudent to escape out of a window instead.
You wait in your room upstairs for them to come to you. And they do. The door is eased open and two part-demons stand in the hallway. As they see you they raise their shortswords threateningly and one says “come quietly, and you won’t be hurt, much.” The other one shouts to his compatriots that he has found you. You hear more of them coming your way.They are dressed and armed the same as the two observers where before, though they are not the same two individuals.In this smaller space, they can only come at you two at a time, though one could always burst in the boarded up window of course.How do you respond?>Are you the assassins?>Did Ninver send you?>I’m not the person you’re looking for>This doesn’t have to end in violence>Other
>>33453437>Did Ninver send you?>This doesn’t have to end in violence
>>33453437>Are you the assassins?>Did Ninver send you?Then:>I'm not the one who should be worried about being hurt.
>>33453437>Did he send you?No point in specifying name. Maybe their tongue will slip.>This does not have to end in violence
>>33453324>Do we still have passive paladin abilities?Yes>If we do use paladin abilties in dragon-form, how far away would the 'ping' of paladin energy travel?Depends on how good the receiver was, out in the street for sure.>If we use angel abilities, would anything less than a moderately experienced full demon be able to identify it as such?Not properly, but they could tell it was something unusual and anti-demon.
>>33453472For the invariable coming fight, do NOT allow the chains to touch you. They are no doubt enchanted something perfidious. Blow a hole in the wall with maxed out storm if necessary.
>>33453497I forgot to ask, but I assume that angel abilities would send a ping for a similar length as paladin.Would using our storm-given abilities count as angel, or would most people identify it as a storm elemental doing it's thing?
>>33453560Angel: YesStorm abilities detect as Angel abilities, since that's how you gained them.“Did Ninver send you?” you ask.“Ninver? Ninver who?” asks one, looking slightly confused.“This doesn’t have to end in violence” you say, hoping for a peaceful solution. One chuckles and the other says “right you are, so very right, all you need to do is put these chains on” he rattles them for emphasis “and there will be no violence, none at all.”They cautiously await a response.>Wait them out, see what they do>Then who did send you?>Attack>Go quietly, maybe you can negotiate with their boss>Other
>>33453650>Then who did send you?>Attack, if none or no satisfactory answer
>>33453650>Then who did send you?
>>33453650Like they would tell us now that they know that we don't know... >Very well, I will go...>...but not quietly. Chaaaaarge!
“Then who did send you?” you ask.“Why, the Firedancer himself” he says. The name means nothing to you.You can see a dozen of them crowded outside the door now, you move in to attack.What do you do?>Lightning Bolt (2 targets, you’re inside a wooden building)>Lightning Storm (10 targets, you’re inside a wooden building)>Halberd (+smite? +electricity)>Windblast>Other
>>33453793>Lightning Storm 2 base, boost with 5
>>33453793>Lightning Storm (10 targets, you’re inside a wooden building) +2 DE
>>33453793>Firedancerthat sounds like someone we'd like to meet...Nevertheless,>Storm
>>33453823This, then bail.
Lightning Storm +3DE (averaged, rounded down)Roll 1d20+4 please
Rolled 4 + 4>>33453888Nice system for boost level disputes.
Rolled 13 + 4>>33453888
Rolled 5 + 4>>33453888Blow them the fuck out. Literally.
Would lightning halo's +10 apply to spell-like abilities, such as lightning storm?
>>33453923YesYou take advantage of the fact that they’re all bunched together and a lightning storm explodes in the hallway, you can hear screams and smell burning flesh, as well as smell burning wood. It seems the corridor is now on fire (DE 22/27). Your attackers retreat momentarily.At the same time...something comes bursting through the boarded up window and attacks you in a whirlwind of flames. You dodge and block its attacks as best you can. It’s moving very fast and it’s hard to make out from the haze of heat what you’re fighting but it looks like a half-demon wielding 2 flaming swords.One of his attacks hits you, hard (HP 48/58), damn he’s as strong as you are, if not stronger, and those flaming swords hurt.What do you do?>Lightning Bolt (2 targets, you’re inside a wooden building)>Lightning Storm (10 targets, you’re inside a wooden building)>Halberd (+smite? +electricity)>Windblast>Flee>OtherWho?>Hunters in the corridor>Leader (can hit only him if you use any powers)Battlefield2 Part-Demon Hunters6 Part-Demon Hunters (badly wounded)Half-demon Leader
>>33454079>YesLightning Halo just became better than Crown of Dominion.>Lightning Storm, 5 DEWe vaporized 4 guys and badly wounded 6, it'll hit everyone again and should finish off everyone but the leader.Hopefully.
>>33454079Do we have an open sky yet? If not, make another storm. I want to be able to blast away if we got into a pickle.
>>33454079Good point. I'll second >>33454128
>>33454128Oh, wait, just too clarify, the 5DE at the end is how much *total* I want to spend, not boosting by 5.
ok, roll 1d20+4 for another lightning storm
Rolled 14 + 4>>33454197
Rolled 1 + 4>>33454197
Rolled 8 + 4>>33454197No unfunny lines this time.
>>33454139>Do we have an open sky yet?You have open window, if you're standing close to it or leaning out of it, that counts.
You throw another lightning storm into the hallway, intensifying the flames there, you hear more screaming coming from that direction (DE 17/27).The half-demon in the room with you blasts you with a wave of fire, though it does no damage to you. When the flames subside you realise your arms, legs and torso are wreathed in hot metal chains. You can’t move, though you can still use your powersWhat do you do?>Lightning Bolt >Lightning Storm >Windblast>Ride The Lightning (might not make it through the ceiling)>Talk>OtherThe two remaining Hunters have retreated up the corridor and you cannot see them to attack them.Battlefield2 Part-Demon HuntersHalf-demon Leader
>>33454411Dispel the chains.(I'm assuming they are magical)
>>33454411oooh smart idea anon. I didn't think of that >>33454468Seconded
>>33454411>Windblast self out window, then ride lightning to safety
>>33454468Pretty sure that we need our hands free to cast.Even then, the things are probably designed with the victim of them being a mage in mind.
>>33454487I suppose that is a possibility. But apparently we can still use powers.this guy >>33454480 offers a good alternative too though
>>33454508>>33454487If we can't cast then I'll second >>33454480
>>33454508Well, most of our powers are just spell-like abilities, not proper magic.Divine Energy and Arcane Energy are two different things, as well, and I doubt they'd be expecting to go up against DE in a godless world, ergo we can still use DE powered abilities.That's what I'm assuming, anyway.
>>33454558In that case we may have an edge in it that the commander thinks we're finished and may be able to goad some info out of her. Maybe we should do that?
Ok, dispel chains it is.Yes they are magical, and yes you can cast spells whilst restrained, it's just harder.Roll 1d20-1 for dispel, first 3 rolls countPlease also decide how much (if any) extra Arcane power is to be used, average of first 3 choices will be used.You can roll and pick arcane power with the same post if you like.
Rolled 2 - 1>>33454612Throw an extra 12 AE into it, not like we have many spells we want to cast.
Rolled 10 - 1>>334546124 extra
Rolled 2 + 1>>334546126 AE might be good.
Rolled 19 - 1>>33454612Well, if the chains are not magic-banning, there's no point in bluffing.Pour 2 extra energy into the dispel (not sure how much of a difference that makes)
>>33454634>>33454653>>33454674>>33454696>Highest rolls a 9>average AE is 6I'm telling you guys, we should go with 12 like I suggested.
>>33454720If it actually adds to the roll then sure. While I know it boosts the spell, I have no idea by how much.
>>33454746Throw enough AE at the problem and I'm sure we can slide by with a shit roll by overwhelming the magic with raw arcane fury.Not mention we have 34 points and our most expensive spell is 2 points by default.I'd rather have 20 points left and not get abducted.
>>33454800eh good point. I'll support trying to burn 12 on it then
You focus your arcane powers and attempt to dispel the chains, but they remain wrapped around you. The Half-demon facing you smirks raises one hand in front of you says “night-night Miss” and clenches the hand into a fist.Burning hot agony flares through you, and you black out.End ThreadNext thread will be at 12-noon BST on FRIDAY. I am not planning on running tomorrow.Thank you for playing, I hope you enjoyed and I apologise if the quest was a bit slow today.I’m leaving now but please post any questions or comments you have in the thread, I’ll make sure I read the archive before the next thread and do my best to answer any questions, respond to concerns etc in the next thread.Sireyi in Captivity.....
>>33454880Well that sucked.
>>3345488012 arcane energy burned for no additional effect?What the fuck?
>>33454880Well tits. That sucks.Anyway, can we get a more thorough breakdown of just what exactly pumping more DE or AE into a spell does?
>>33454929Well the rolls were really shit. On the plus side, I guess we'll finally meat our mirror counterpart at least (if we haven't already)
>>33454959Possibly, but I doubt it.One guy seemed to think the half-demon was a female, but he's a dude, and therefore not our Dark Sister.I just hope Sireyi doesn't get raped, really.
>>33454880Oh, and thanks for running Pally. Guess we should have just gotten out of there when we had the chance.
>>33454946Damaging spells and effects do more damage.Otherwise extra AE/DE adds to roll to use spell - as it does for Dispel. But he dumped a LOT of Arcane Energy into his spell too.After all, you were going through his men like blades of grass.You scared the hell out of him and he dropped the big guns on you.
>>33455039Next time we're dumping all 34 onto it.That'll show them.
>>33455039I hope we're not inching closer to a Bad End.
>>33455089Of course we are, but there will be chances to get off on the way.
>>33455089OP said he wouldn't bad end us, I trust him on that.Consequences and shitty situations, yes, but no VN style bad ends, only character death will end the quest.
>>33455089You're not going to wake up in a good place.But you'll have plenty of opportunities to escape before something truly bad happens.
Not calling for a retcon or anything, but can we make it to where if someone doesn't put the correct modifier on their roll, it doesn't count?
>>33456067Like, I take the .5 seconds needed to add a modifier, and some other guy beats me to the window because he didn't. It's kind of annoying.
Character sheet got some...interesting updates:>(t)Strength- 10 (+0) Divine Warrior 21 (+5) Chains 11 (+0)>Divine Energy 27/27 (base 14) - Divine Powers Currently blocked (Requires Will roll DC 20 to use Divine Energy)>Arcane Energy 0/34 (base 14)>Divine Magic-Blocking Collar>Mental Inhibition Collar (Will roll required to disobey orders, DC varies)>Arcane Magic-Draining Chains (17)>Strength-Draining Chains (5)