D&D 5E: On Wings of Midnight

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  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    "Aye aye, will warn you of upcoming hazards"

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    When Gear managed to throw them off her scent, the pair headed for the only place they know that exits their territory, a shaft that leads up to a rec room.

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    If you don’t grab them now, they’ll escape upwards and wreck the joint!

    What do you do?

  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    "Aw fuck"

    Baber leaps forward, yelling and waving their arms and net trying to attract the dragons attention

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited September 23
    Roll for Initiative!

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    Hado

    Baber has moved just a bit too far from you, fast too, so you don’t have a lot of light on your side all of a sudden.

    Make a Perception check. Succeed and you’ll be fine. Fail and you’ll only be able to move 10 feet per turn. Safety, that is, you could try to go further...

    Baber

    You see a white streak blitz through the air back from the shaft. On the ground a black reptile turns back and hisses at you.
    Geth roll 1d20+4 for Male
    Geth roll 1d20+2 for Female

    Male:
    1d20+4 12 [1d20=8]
    Female:
    1d20+2 17 [1d20=15]

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
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    Initiative 17

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    Initiative 12

    These things are quick!

  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    Geth roll 1d20+1 for initiative

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    initiative:
    1d20+1 19 [1d20=18]

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  • TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    Geth roll 1d20+1 for initiative

    initiative:
    1d20+1 16 [1d20=15]

  • TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    On his first turn, Hado is going to cast Animal Friendship as a second level spell to try and charm both of the dragons

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  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    Baber stands tall and spreads their arms wide, with their net at the ready. They strobe their lights red in a hypnotic way, and bare their fangs.

    Geth roll 1d20+4 for Intimidation

    Intimidation:
    1d20+4 11 [1d20=7]

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Before all this combat went down, Gear did as hado requested and made some lights. The dragons did like shiny objects, that's for sure.

    ((OOC: In the future shall we just assume that if one character is asking another to do something that wont cost any resources, they do it? We're all friends etc!))

    Now that fights are about to break out though...

    Geth roll 1d20+2 for initiave

    initiave:
    1d20+2 15 [1d20=13]

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited September 24
    You frighten ‘em! But when it comes to fight or flight, well... The little black one takes a deep breath and covers Baber in a gout of funky liquid. Smells like... oil.

    Hado steps between you. The flying one lands on his head.

    So Hado, what’s next?
    Geth roll 1d20 for Saving Throw
    Geth roll 1d20 for Saving Throw

    Saving Throw:
    1d20 13 [1d20=13]
    Saving Throw:
    1d20 13 [1d20=13]

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited September 24
    Hado

    You understand them, these things, these dragonettes. They’re close relatives to the famous dragons, but they won’t be growing as big as castles. Everything you know about dragons applies to them, save they’re not going to go beyond mortal intellect. They’re closer to beasts, thankfully for you.

    You earn 20 experience for dealing with them calmly, and in the manner of a true druid.

    They don’t have much worth saying yet, they’re only a few days old, if that.

    They’ll be a bit upset if you take the jewellery back, but perhaps you can keep them in a big clay pot with some pretty things.

    You know deep in your heart they must be released into the wild. They’re not pets.

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Gear is very happy she didnt have to do anyhtign to kill them, and sets about bringing the treasure to the party and the baby dragonnettes so they can all figure out what we can do.

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited September 24
    The rest of the auction breezes by once you establish how you’re going to keep the dragonettes under wraps. Hado says how you do it.

    Below are the final bids you can make to succeed—let’s brush over the details.


    Steel Chest
    A large chest of unusual design made by the Sky Ascended People. It’s made of steel, a very rare material.
    50gp

    Horn Caps
    The other bits of jewellery get snapped up for seriously inflated prices, but this one matters to you.
    5gp

    Compass
    A compass that points north. The arrow is made from a slither of iron, the rest is fine wood and glass.
    10gp

    Veniko Arrows
    Arrows painted in a poisonous green paint. They require gloves to handle safely. (5)
    10gp

    Arrows of Sigon
    Fragile glass arrows that bubble with pressurised water. Said to shatter and release more water than you’d expect when they hit their target. (5)
    20gp

    Swan Ring
    A fine wooden ring with a white marble inset shaped like a swan, a type of mythical creature. The auctioneer cleans it to have been made by a famous paladin.
    10gp

    Belt of Fortitude
    A leather belt with a buckle made of tusks from an unknown beast. Said to grant magical toughness to the wearer.
    40gp

    Feathered Cap
    A soft purple cap with a peacock feather in it. Once owned by an actor and playwright who died in mysterious circumstances.
    10gp

    Torajo Cards
    A deck of cards for a forgotten game. The wax seal over the card’s box remains unbroken. Even to the untrained eye, this is an magical item.
    5gp

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Gear will buy the chest, the horn caps and the Torajo cards! She'll then identify the cards as soon as possible

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited September 24
    The story of your heroism grows! Everyone at the auction will spread the word that those who stopped the demon summoned also fought two dragons and won!

    For saving the auction house from being torn apart as they grew in secret, you each earn 50 experience!

    The auctioneer gives you a gift as thanks:

    Premium Points Card
    Every time you win a bid at the auction house you get a point. The purpose of the point is inscrutable.

    “Thank you for all your help!”, he says.

    The fact Hado has five topaz gems on him to keep the dragonettes in check is never brought up by the auctioneer, who has been quiet around Hado for some time. So Hado has earned those, too.

    Gear, how much of your share of the money do you have left. Did you have to borrow any from your pals?

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    (I quite possbily did, and i'll be hoenst, i have lost track a bit of the gold. HALP. I'm trying to figure things out now)

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    [OOC: Its okay. I’m bad at tracking it too. I’ll have a re-read after I’ve baked a cake, a thing I am doing today. I think you’re on budget between all of you, so that’s fine.]

  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    ((Yeah, i'm backtracking and logging things now.

    We had 300 gp total. Gear's share was 100.

    She spent: 19 gp buying armor for Hado. 10 gp on the Spellfocused stock, and another 50 gp fixing the demon automatom core. So she's spent another 60 gp on buying this stuff, and is at 139 gp total. Hado's spent 80 odd gp on the armor and potions. Baber's spent nothing. So yes, i need to borrow some off Baber or Hado, but hado like owes me 19 for the armor anyway =P. And Baber's a generous soul and might like a steel weapon so i'm sure it all works out)

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Gear eyes the aucitnoneer. "So... you wanna explain what these points do? We did just you know, save you from dragons."

    ((OOC: @Tynnan - Given an hour, Gear can make any tool that'd be in any of the toolkits. Pretty sure endless would let us use this to make soemthing to carry the dragonettes in, yeah? Basically, given time, gear can make it for ya))

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    “Yes! Of course! When you collect five points you can stay for the after event tea party, where I’ll show you a few exclusive items you can buy!”, the auctioneer exclaims, “I don’t give out a card to just anyone, why the first card I ever handed out was to Rogdeo the Painter, a high ranking Hierarchy member in charge of affairs concerning the arts across the city!”

    They either don’t know that’s lame, or they’ve got high Charisma, low Wisdom.

  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    Baber'll buy the Swan Ring and Belt of Fortitude. One can never acquire too much stuff!

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Gear just stares. "...that is a terrible way to conduct a buisness. Oh my striped gods. that is just hte worst." She walks away shaking her head about the follies of the rich.

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    edited September 24
    Gear will of course also identify the belt and the ring for Baber as soon as possible.

    ((Also the party is down to 31 GP and 300 SP left by my reckoning)

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  • TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    edited September 24
    ((So, my first thought for how to deal with the dragonettes was to use blankets or really big towels to swaddle them up - like those flying fox rehabilitation photos:
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    Between that and some shiny knicknacks and food to distract them, would you say that's enough to keep them docile while we move them to a new location? I'll narrate how Hado does it after the table talk.

    Also: Hado has spent 80 out of his 100gp share at the auction. He's occupied with the dragonettes and forgoes any bids on the other items.

    Reaction button! Woohoo))

    "Baber, Gear, I'm going to keep our new friends distracted for a moment. Would you please go find some blankets? I have an idea for what to do now."

    Hado will coax the dragonettes into being swaddled in blankets while keeping them distracted with trinkets (made extra-shiny from Artificer enhancement) and feeding them scraps liberated from the Auction House break room. With his friends' help, he'll bring the dragonettes up to a surface alleyway and then he'll summon a Torbon cab, consuming his Torbon Token in the process. He'll take this taxi out beyond the city walls to a nearby farm and implore the favor of using their barn for a few nights while he can arrange a proper release for the dragonettes. For the next few days he'll work to find a suitable wilderness location where the dragonettes can be released safely. ((Unless of course you want that to be part of our next wilderness adventure hook? But this seems more like what you were going for with this one.))

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    Hado has the two dragonettes wrapped up like burritos and attached to his chest.

    Very soon we’ll hash out some final details, and then commence the journey into the wilds.

    All will be revealed shortly...

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Thanks to a drunk patron paying by the legend of Hado Dragonboobs was born

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    You haul your new trinkets to your homes after sharing a drink and food together at a little café. Adventure seems to find you all no matter what you’re up to!



    In light of Hado’s clever use of his farming connections, releasing the dragonettes will happen one the first day of your journey, with a suitable location already scouted out.

    Your first day into the wilds will not cost you rations, nor will you come up against danger or an obstacle. Hado knows the way.

    Hado, with your Torbon Ticket used up, you earn 10 experience! You’re on a roll!



    The Next Day
    Baber’s Shack

    It’s a rare rainy day by the sea. The sun still shines, but the air is pleasantly cool. Life teems all around you, hundreds of varieties of birds are nesting along the cliffs, crabs march sideways to breeding pools, and out in the shallows a trio of beach hounds run with a long branch in their mouths.

    Baber, you hear a knock at your door. You count Gear and Hado, who else would visit you?

    A young (or just short?) Kaburin stands outside, carrying a parcel.

    “Mister... Baber? I presume.”, they say, over-pronounce each sound, “I am here to provide your... city assurance party... with necessary information as kindly offered by the Hierarchy.”

    Funny, you’d all been thinking it was time to head out of New Zellatia, to find the mercenaries Avad paid to find something far into the wilderness.You’re all at full strength, so it’s time to make your move.

    Before that though, tell me one project you finished in your downtime, or something you learned. Sorry Gear, you haven’t had time to make the dozens of other things you intended to invent, just one.

    However, Gear has identified the following:

    Swan Ring
    You weren’t exactly swindled, but it’s just a ring. Just a ring! How absurd!

    Belt of Fortitude
    Requires attunement.
    While attuned to this belt you do not suffer exhaustion, however if you should have exhaustion when the belt is removed you take on twice the level of exhaustion.

    Torajo Cards
    As if the cards could cast Counter Spell, your attempts to identify the deck have alluded you. You know they’re magically. You know that drawing a card will release a spell from it. You can’t be sure if it’s designed for good, evil or something else. You think they’ll be fun!

    Baber, will you invite this person in?

  • TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    ((Oh no. A Deck of Minor Things.))

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    ((so to be clear, I have my crossbow and automation core done yeah? I just need to come up with something else?)

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    [OOC: Yup!

    @Tynnan
    It might not be that! It might be worse! Wait, I messed up. It might be fine!]

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  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    Baber has learned that friendship is important, and that scaring someone into getting your desired results isn't always enough. Sometimes talking to someone (or something!) and persuading it is the best course of action for everyone involved.

    Baber smiles and says, "Just Baber will do, thank you. Please, come inside! Would you like tea?" They set their mandolin aside and gesture the kaburin in.

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  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    [OOC: Yup!

    @Tynnan
    It might not be that! It might be worse! Wait, I messed up. It might be fine!]

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    They bow before entering, and take their boots off at the door. They briefly look for a boot rack, then plop them in your pile of flipflops and other things.

    “I am {an incredibly long name followed by a formal title that takes 45 seconds to say}, but you can call be Manini.”

    “Enclosed in this package is a map the Hierarchy, in conjunction with Auntie Fatta and her new trainee Oona, have drawn with the presumed whereabouts of the mercantile band paid by the ex-abbot Avad. The mercenary’s purpose for travelling so far is unknown to us, and as we have no formal... how to put it, long distance protective assembly... and it is felt the Hierarchy would come into question should they form a standing army, we need you for this mission.”

    “I would like tea, yes please and thank you. You are an honourable host.”

    They unfold the map and put it on your table.

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited September 24
    The Map

    Rather than going by a hex-map, we’re gonna use a lot of theatre of the mind. As nothing is set in stone the map is pretty abstract. At times I’ll go so far as to ask you what you see, and together we’ll make it up. However, this is going to take many days to get to where you’re headed, that much is certain.

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    You’re heading north.

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    This is the most obvious route, at least without actually knowing what may stand in your way.

    But you have a few other personal missions too. Namely releasing the dragonettes into their natural habitat, and seeking the forging abilities of a certain smith who is in hermitage on one of the many plateaus that rise abruptly from the rolling hills. Add to that, you may not wish to enter the area the mercenaries occupy from the obvious point, giving you a journey like this:

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    Map notes:
    The landscape is tropical. It’s defined by rolling hills and plateaus. There are no gradual mountains. Climbing the plateaus takes great effort and skill.

    There are many rivers and clumps of forest. You’ll not go a day without seeing both. Poisonous things lurk in the forest, everyone knows that.

    The Northern Break is a massive sinkhole that stretches for miles, caused by shifting tectonic plates long ago. The land on the other side to the north is a full mile lower.

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    Baber has become proficient in the Persuasion skill!

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  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    [OOC: That's a real pretty map, Endless! You got a clean, higher-res version?]

    Baber pours a cup of tea into a plain but nice teacup and sets it before their guest. "Thank you, Manini. Do you have any particular knowledge of these lands we'll be traveling through that may help us? Like any ideas about how to cross the Northern Break and get down to the uncharted lands?"

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited September 24
    [OOC: Unfortunately I made it on my phone so I do not. If I was at a laptop I could smooth it over I bet. I’ll see what I can do tomorrow!]

    They gesture something, then sigh, “I have never left the city myself. Which is doubly troubling, as I have been tasked with making the journey with you. I hope that is satisfactory?”

    “I am, despite my appearances, a paladin. My oath is to the people of New Zellatia.”, they pause, looking for some effect, “I am of the 3rd circle. That’s higher than the 2nd... which is a good thing.”

    They continue after an awkward silence, “While I cannot force you to adhere to this, the Hierarchy would rather limit who is involved with this mission for their safety, however if you would like, and can acquire on short notice, a final member to our group, please do so.”

    Manini has been ordered to accompany you. Will you allow it?

    You can take another person with you. Likely candidates include:
    - Tizu, Devil*
    - Luce, 3rd level Tunglani Life Domain Cleric
    - Breeze, 3rd level Primodem Mastermind Rogue
    - Mahon, 3rd level Calipdis Champion Fighter

    *Tizu isn’t built like a PC. They have more than enough innate power to make up for a lack of levels.

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  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    edited September 24
    "I would be honored to travel with you. I'll need to consult with my friends here to see if there is someone else we would be able to have join us as well."

    [OOC: Penguin, Tynnan, what do y'all think?]

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    ((my instinct is to let Tizu stay and put down roots, and see if we can recruit Luce.

    *Fingerguns* for all but also she's one of my favourite NPC's. I don't remember Breeze, and mahon made a bad impression

    Also hey endless we never got a scene of giving the Eskrima sticks to Luce))

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