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Here's what happened in last night's exciting episode. Each PC gets 395 xp.

17th Maius (contd)

While Krivinn sets to work bashing down the secret panel, Sharden looks through the archway to the right. Below, he can see two gnolls loading chests and coffers into a rowboat holding a hooded eladrin. The villains spot the dwarf and battle is joined. El’em tries to leap down in amongst them but screws up and falls off the wooden ledge, landing at the feet of the gnolls. Gong enters the room, only to be shot at by a drow elf who had been skulking in the chamber beyond. Sharden’s prayer sends the eladrin mage into the river and he’s promptly swept away by the current. One gnoll is killed; the other is shoved into the water by El’em’s thunderwave and also disappears downstream. The drow, Drazen, is knocked unconscious and the PCs tie him up. The room he appeared from is dominated by a creepy-looking statue of the Rat God Nirumath; its eyes are rubies and it’s surrounded by treasure but there is something about it that gives the PCs pause (even El’em). Instead, the genasi opens a couple of the treasure chests, triggering an arrow trap, then sets off the caustic spear trap in the secret room and gets impaled.

After El’em has been rescued, the PCs interrogate Drazen, learning that he works for Orloch Scragmane but little else. Krivinn opens the door in the statue room, only to run into a skeleton which gives off a burst of bone shards when bloodied and explodes when it’s killed. Meanwhile, El’em tries to roll the trussed-up drow into the Rat God statue. Drazen takes umbrage, slips his bonds and makes a run for the boats. Sharden takes him down as he escapes with thunder of judgement.

With everyone somewhat the worse for wear, the PCs return through the Hidden Quarter tunnels to the surface and then on to the Temple of Niu Dahan, taking Wang Jin We, Lady Patricia and her handmaidens, and the little girl Bhuvi with them. (Barius and Theus are locked in the slave cages). Wang Jin We tells the PCs that a man named Sreedhar who had been looking to hire adventurers was among the slaves taken to the slave market. He urges them to rescue all the captives. The PCs get the rest of the chests and coffers open and then rest.

Return to the dungeons beneath the slum tenement and head downstream in the rowboats. Krivinn pilots the first one with Sharden and El’em as passengers; Gong and Brave Ella are in the second. Despite a few hairy moments when the PCs at the helm struggle to control the boats in the current, the party are able to guide their vessels through the network of underground tunnels. An attack by half a dozen stirges is successfully repelled and the two “captains” even manage to keep the rowboats upright as they fly over a waterfall and into a large underground cavern. At the far side are some wooden docks; on the water is another boat with two gnolls….


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Feb. 10th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
I looked into the possibility of setting up Gong as a roguish cleric, but you need Dex 13+ to take the "Sneak of Shadows" multiclass feat and that he doesn't have. There is a slightly bizarre way of avoiding the dull-as-ditchwater route of using the Skill Training feat to learn Thievery - to instead take the "Pact Initiate" *Warlock* multiclass feat (for which he satisfies the Cha requirement), as Thievery is on the skill list, and you get an additional Encounter power thrown in as a bonus.... His Dex is still mediocre, however, so he wouldn't be great at it.

Could be done by swapping out Weapon Focus (mace) at next level - which is just under 350xp away. Gong has a sudden flash of understanding in the esoteric astrological teachings he picked up amongst the desert savants and invokes a star pact....!?
Feb. 10th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Thievery
Ah, pesky ability score requirements! Skill Training is a bit dull as you say, so maybe Pact Initiate is the way to go.
Feb. 10th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Ha, my exploits may be demeaned but I have no time for weak 'warriors' who tarry behind!
Feb. 10th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
Damn you what a tease! Just a few short of 3rd level.
Feb. 11th, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
Re: XP
What's your xp total?

I'm assuming Krivinn is 2nd level now although I don't have that written down. I don't want Sharden to end up being 1st level while there are others at 3rd.
Feb. 11th, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
Re: XP
Fair enough.

PS I think we were lucky with that skill challenge. That soooo could have gone horribly wrong!!
Feb. 11th, 2009 09:21 am (UTC)
Re: XP
whoop whoop under the new weirdo XP rules I now have 2312 which i believe makes me third level! now, what fantastic new powers of bravery do i get?
Feb. 11th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
Re: XP
Hmmm Im confused now. I don't have enough xp for third but now realise this is the 7th session and I only have 6 sessions recorded. I must have missed one.

Feb. 11th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Re: XP
If you've played in all seven sessions you should have 2,352 xp which takes you to 3rd level and gives you a new encounter power. Mike, did you miss any?

Since Ella is now 3rd level, I think I'm going to give Sharden an extra 125 xp to take him to 1,000 xp and 2nd level.
Feb. 11th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Re: XP
Don't think I missed any. Suppose I could go back through the session logs and see if I'm named in them all.
Feb. 11th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
Re: XP
Well, just see if you remember the session! Let me know if you've levelled up.
Feb. 11th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Re: XP
Hooray, I simply missed on session xp out. So I'm also now third, but not here next week.

Will post a summary of our treasure tomorrow.
Feb. 11th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
Re: XP
PS I think we were lucky with that skill challenge. That soooo could have gone horribly wrong!!
Yeah, I was using the new, lower DCs in the errata. I think I might raise them next time.... Too easy!
Mar. 9th, 2011 04:27 am (UTC)
A subterranean waterfall?

I love it!

Well done!
Mar. 9th, 2011 09:17 am (UTC)
Thanks - I've always liked them. I was probably thinking about the start of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride when I wrote it!
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