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    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    BlackDragon

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    (Thanks for posting!)
    Quote Originally Posted by Tawmis
    However, Lawful Good, by definition can still be an ********.
    You can still follow all the laws and be a complete arse-hat to people.
    Well, yes. (Because no one is perfect.)
    Hence the Batman Meme "Lawful Good Doesn't Mean Lawful Nice!"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tawmis View Post
    It's interesting - because to me, Lawful Good is someone who "obeys the laws."
    So for example, Lawful Good doesn't j-walk, doesn't steal, beat up people for no good reason.
    To me: all of the Lawfuls tend to do those things.
    When they beat up people, there is always a reason and a purpose in doing so.

    Good people can have nasty beliefs (Elitist) and habits (Rude).

    Evil people can still care about family and those they feel are True Friends
    (There's lots of RL examples of both, but that's kinda not allowed for posting)

    Lawful people might J-walk when they are in a hurry and there's no traffic, especially if there isn't anyone to witness.

    I've always advocated that Chaotic (Good) don't just disobey the Laws for no reason. (But might punch the cop trying to arrest them at a protest) The difference is that once in front of the Judge, CG behave themselves (mostly to be seen as a nice person, where CN would do so to avoid more - unwanted - trouble) where a CE person will most likely refuse to shut up.

    LG would seek to have Laws that benefited the community the most: promoting mutual support and punishing violence. They would support: Shelter for the Homeless and Soup Kitchens, with Social Events (Sports for Kids, Elderly Bingo, etc) and related.

    CG might want more camping areas and locations where tent towns are allowed.
    More parks and places to meet others.

    LN would mostly support infrastructure: Roads, Bridges, Libraries, Court Houses.

    LE would support laws to restrict access to weapons and armor. More Court Houses but also lots of Prisons. Anyone found guilty of a crime can expect at least a fine; and being put in jail (if not prison) is common.

    I'm not really good with CN PCs, (IMO) they just seem to be more Just Leave Me Alone - Or Else! types.

    TN wouldn't bother showing up at the protest, and if they happened to been there (shortcut home, etc) and arrested - they might spring for a lawyer to not get a stain on their record.

    I Like using Aladdin as my Go To for a LG thief.
    (Aladdin = Expertise: Sleight of Hand, Athletics; Persuasion and Insight)
    (To me Robin Hood was like a 14th level Deepstalker Ranger with maybe a 6 level dip in Scout Rogue. Expertise on Stealth, Athletics, Sleight of Hand and Deception. Uses Disguise Kit and Thieves Tools)

    Sure, (IiRC in the cartoons that did his backstory) Aladdin had to see how his stealing from the common folks hurt them, to realize that what the others were doing was wrong. After then he only stole what he needed, and only from the richest of the merchants in the marketplace. (This was shown more in the Cartoons than the movies)
    Technically, Aladdin was never caught, which is - in part - his loophole.

    Technically, Jafar could be seen as LE.
    He kept within the Laws (charming the Sultan was his loophole) even to the point of wanting to marry Jasmine to become the Sultan, at least until he got Genie's Lamp.
    But even here, his behavior was still mostly Lawful. Up to him becoming the Evil Genie - this might be enough to shift to more CE, because he knew he had the power to flaunt the (mortal) Laws.
    Last edited by Great Dragon; 2019-11-11 at 02:58 AM.
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    BlackDragon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tawmis View Post
    Since this is for an NPC - I kept this short and sweet. Explained how she becomes an assassin, but still be Chaotic Good.
    Left plenty open for what may have happened between the gap of years, if you wanted to explore that further...
    Anyway - here you go!
    I like it!
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    This was a 3x D&D spell.

    Summon Undead 1st level
    Necromancy
    Range 60 feet
    Duration: Concentration up to an hour.
    Components: V,S,M (a 100 gp Black Pearl)

    This spell calls forth two Zombies or Skeletons that will obey the caster's commands for the duration or until destroyed. These undead do not count against the total number of controlled undead the caster can have.

    Upcasting calls forth either eight of the above, or any combination of undead up to the CR equal to the level of the spell.

    (Still trying to figure out if this is fairly balanced...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Great Dragon View Post
    What sets Lawful Good apart - other then being the Nicest Goody Two Shoes?

    What about Lawful Evil - besides being the Meanest Tyrant this side of Andromeda?

    Can Chaotic Evil be anything beyond a Destructive Anarchist?

    Are Chaotic Good nonviolent rebels?

    Are Neutral Good forever seen as merely Hippies?

    Are Neutral Evil just lazy opportunists, but very cruel when they strike?
    To answer in brief:

    LG: believes that laws, rules, traditions are the way to a better world and works to make those things happen. They are benevolent, but they don't have to be nice. That doesn't mean a LG character wont lie, that's a paladin deal in some editions.

    CG: believe that laws, rules, traditions shouldn't hinder anybody from being who they are or restrict individual freedom. They're V's idealized "Land of Do as You Should" from V for Vendetta, rather than his actual activities.

    NG: somewhere in between LG and NG. I would suggest that most people that are Good are ambivalent on the law/chaos axis and thus do what is right in the moment. Sometimes that's traditions/laws/whatever other times its personal freedom.

    LE: The evil dictator, the corrupt attorney, Doctor Doom. These character take what they can within the rules, or the setup the rules so they can rule. Alternatively they have the same outlook as a LG character, but they aren't benevolent in any way.

    CE: an individualist with a sadistic streak. They see personal freedom as the only option, specifically their personal freedom to do what they want when they want. This doesn't mean they're a scenery chewing cardboard cut out villain. CE can be nuanced, but the core is "me, me, me".
    Last edited by Beleriphon; 2019-11-12 at 12:31 PM.

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    @Beleriphon: Thanks for posting!
    I've shared your response with the players and will let you know what they thought in return.
    Edit - No direct comments, yet.

    Posted by Player 2:
    This is pulled from a tumbler post, not my own words.

    Alignments in summary

    Lawful: Rules matter more to me than individuals.

    Chaotic: Individuals matter more to me than rules.

    Good: Other people's well-being matters more than my own.

    Evil: My well-being matters more than other people's.

    Neutral: My opinion of what's most important matters is determined on a case-by-case basis.
    Last edited by Great Dragon; 2019-11-15 at 09:39 PM.
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    Moved
    Here is the challenge from my Frontiers Group (now on Tue)
    Three players are missing; three regular Players and another New Player joins. I offered to run something for the PCs, that would be seperate. (No one wanted to ruin the current situation in the Campaign)

    Player Characters
    Scourge Aasimar Celestial Warlock; Changeling Mastermind Rogue;
    sHuman Hunter Ranger; vHuman Life Cleric

    They accepted and so - I literally jumped into Donjon and pulled up a random Encounter that had 10 choices. I picked Young Black Dragon, and then used the Random Dungeon to get a location where said would be.

    The party appears in a randomly rolled (1d20 by a player) room and they encounter a Fire Elemental. Short fight. No problem.

    Hints of water and the smell of rotting vegetation were given.

    Next they go out into the hallway, and the Celestial Warlock scouts ahead and gets ambushed by a Cloaker. Slightly tougher fight. But, victory is theirs.

    Next they set off the acid trap, and after they enter the room, the hallway behind them has heavy blocks slamming down - forcing the rest into the room and cutting off retreat.

    Encounter with Young Black Dragon.
    Rather tough fight, but Dragon brought down to 1 HP in four rounds!
    Dragon barely escapes.

    Treasure Room:
    Gloom Weaver Shadar-Ki with Greater Invisibility.
    two attacks 1d8+4 piercing plus 26 (average) necrotic damage a hit, PLUS being able to cast a 1 action spell a round, dropped two PCs (they got back up) and then re-dropped the Warlock. This went down the path to a TPK fairly fast.

    The Cleric cast Spirit Guardians - and this did 60 HP damage to the Weaver over three rounds = Nearly half HP.

    So, since this was a Side Quest, I (added) in a Glitterbag. Which, after a bit of trouble, they used to reveal the foe, and then the Mastermind used his BA Help to grant Advantage to Hit and they quickly dispatched the Weaver. They then collected the treasure and got out.

    So (by the Encounter Builder) the Fire Elemental was CR 5 = easy, the Cloaker was CR 8 = hard;
    the Dragon (in Lair) was a CR 8 = Hard, and the Weaver was CR 9 = Deadly.

    Now, I didn't fudge any Dice or nerf the Weaver.
    I did add something to give the PCs a way to negate the Invisibility, but then left everything else up to tactics and Dice Rolls.

    The players left in high spirits.
    I'm curious as to people's thoughts on if this was a "Tough Fight made Fair".
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    Edited - old games left here.

    Spoiler: Hunting Xanathar = Escaped!
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    Spoiler: what would you make?
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    Condition: the PC does not start knowing they are after Xanathar, so pick things (like spells known/spellbook) accordingly.
    *****
    Tenth Level 64,000 Need 85,000

    Abilities: 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 08
    Maximum Hit Points.
    5 Uncommon and 2 Rare. 10 Greater Heal potions.
    2,000 gold: Can spend on Equipment and Common Magic Items.


    Spoiler: Player 0 - Out
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    (Pc W) Kibbriss - Half-Orc Gold Dragonic Sorceress
    Str Dex Con Int Wis Cha
    Race: Intimidation. Folk Hero Animal Survival Class: Arcana Deception
    ASI (4th) War Caster (8th) Elemental Adept (Fire) ignore fire resistance

    Inspiration

    10 Greater Heal potions.

    Uncommons
    HHH * Pearl of Power * Wand of Magic Missiles 100 charges
    Ring Lesser Invisibility (up to 10 minutes per day)

    Rares
    Mantle of Spell Resistance * (Focus) Wand of the Warnage +2 Calling.

    Equipment
    Ten 50 gp gems; Three 100 gp Pearls. 1,200 gold.

    Spells
    Cantrips: Firebolt, True Strike, Light, Mage Hand.
    Mending, Ray of Frost.

    (4 slots) First: Shield, Chromatic Orb, Expeditious Retreat, Identify,

    (3 slots) Second: Misty Step, Hold Person.

    (3 slots) Third: Fireball, Haste

    (3 slots) Fourth: Charm Monster, Dimension Door.

    (2 slots) Fifth: Immolation.
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    (Pc X)
    Spoiler: replaced
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    Brakken - Half-Orc - Fighter Battlemaster 10
    Str Dex Con Int Wis Cha
    ASI (4) +1 Con +1 Str (6) Heavy Armor Master (8) Martial Adept.
    (Race) Intimidation
    (Background) Soldier:
    (Class)
    Inspiration
    10 Greater Heal potions.

    Uncommons
    Mithril Armor, HHH, Ring of Water Walking, Periapt of Wound Closure

    Rares
    +2 Bastard Sword, +2 Shield

    Equipment
    Full Plate, Metal Shield.


    New (Pc Y) Drow Thief Rogue.

    Replaced with (PC Z) = Vippy


    Spoiler: Player 2
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    (Pc A) Breena Beren “Snipe” (f) Forest Gnome Gloom Stalker Ranger. NG
    Str 14 Dex 19 Con 16 Int 12 Wis 16 Cha 08
    ASI (4) Alert (8) Athlete
    Skills (Background) Athletics, Nature
    (Class) Stealth, Survival, Perception
    Language: Gnomish, Common; Deep Speach
    Inspiration

    9 Greater Heal potions.

    Uncommons
    Adamantine (Breastplate) * 2 Arrows of Returning * HHH * Bracers of Archery

    Rares
    +2 Armor (Breastplate) * Cloak of Displacement

    Equipment
    Explorer kit, 1 month rations *
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    (Pc B) Balsar "Climber" Delmirev White Dragonborn Cleric of Palor (Healing Domain) LG
    Str 18 Dex 10 Con 14 Int 12 Wis 18 Cha 13
    ASI (4) +2 Cha (8) +2 Cha
    (Background) Folk Hero (Slave Rebel) Insight, Survival
    (Class) Religion, Medicine
    Languages: Common, Draconic; Undercommon
    Inspiration 1

    8 G.Heal potions.

    Uncommons
    HHH * +1 mace * Adamantine (Plate) * Lenses of Night * Periapt of Wound Closure.
    Rares
    +2 Armor * +2 Shield
    Equipment
    Full Plate * Metal Shield * Priest Kit * Explorer’s Kit * Holy Symbol (Focus) * 1 month rations


    Spoiler: Player 3
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    {Updated Old Character}
    (Pc C) Royden Fulton V-Human Champion Fighter. LG
    Str 18 Dex 14 Con 18 Int 18 Wis 16 Cha 12
    ASI (H) Great Weapon Master (4) Alert (8) +2 Dex

    Skills (Background) Soldier * Stealth, Intimidation
    (Class) Athletics, Survival.
    Languages: Common; Undercommon, Dwarven, Deep Speach, Elven, Draconic
    Inspiration 1
    10 G.Heal potions.

    Uncommons
    Mithril Armor * Cloak of Protection +1 * Bracers of Archery * HHH *Periapt of Wound Closure * (Mug of Sobriety)

    Rares
    “Mother’s Kiss” a +2 Maul * “Salune’s Blade” a +2 moontouched sword

    Equipment
    Plate 1,500 * Explorer kit * 1 month rations *

    (Pc D1) Lanetel Mormont Half-Elf (m) Hunter Ranger (Updated old Character) NG
    Str 16 Dex 18 Con 14 Int 14 Wis 16 Cha 14
    ASI (4) Duel Style (8) Duel Defense (+2 AC)
    (Race) Insight, Animal Handling
    (Background) Outlander/Bounty Hunter Athletics, Survival
    (Class) Nature, Stealth, Perception
    Languages: Common, Sylvin, Elven (Undercommon), Draconic, Deepspeech

    10 Greater Heal potions.

    Uncommons
    Mithril * Medallion of Thoughts * Ring of Mind Shielding * Brooch of Shielding * Quiver of Elona.

    Rares
    +1 Dragonslayer [1d10+3d6 slashing] ** +1 Aberration-bane [1d10+3d6 slashing]

    Equipment
    Half Plate 750 * Explorer Pack * 1 month of Ration


    Spoiler: dPC Exits Stage Left
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    Ruxnal Shadowthief * Urd (m) Thief Rogue
    (Stout Halfling (m) Xandal Featherlight) CG
    Height 2’8” Weight 27 Eyes: Hair;
    Str 06 Dex 20 Con 16 Int 10 Wis 12 Cha 14
    ASI (4) Dungeon Delver (8) Lucky (three)
    Skills (Background) Harper Spy * Deception, Sleight of Hand
    (Class) Stealth (ex), Investigation, Perception, Insight
    Tools: Thieves Tools, Smith Tools. Water Vehicles
    10 Greater Heal potions.

    Uncommons
    Smuggler’s Vest (HHH) * Decanter of Endless Water * Hat of Disguise * Amulet of Proof from Detection and Location.
    Periapt of Wound Closure

    Rares
    +2 Rapier * Ring of Lesser Greater Invisibility (Attunement. Up to 10 minutes)

    Equipment
    Dungeoneer's plus Explorer's Pack, Thieves Tools, Smithing Tools, Keymaker Kit. Everburning Hooded Lantern.
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    Put up an Alignment RP Challenge in
    Evil?

    Spoiler: Kobold Spy
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    10th level Thief Rogue
    pretending to be a (Stout) Halfling
    Has the Lucky Feat, plus Dungeon Delver Feat.

    *Amulet of Proof Against Detection and Location plus a Hat of Disguise, and Expertise in Deception, Stealth; Investigation and Thieves Tools. Does speak Halfling.

    LG = Actually in the Service of a (Gold) Dragon, he still knows that he wouldn't be accepted as a Kobold by any of the so-called Allied Races, except perhaps Dragonborn.

    CG = Inspired by some Freelance Treasure Hunters, he has joined the Harpers (FR) and just seeks to undermine the forces of both Tyranny and Evil, without caring about any particular order in doing so.

    NG = rescued by some Dream Druids, he now works for the Emerald Enclave (FR) to protect the Wilderness, while still allowing towns.
    Not very fond of Big Cities.

    LN = He learned fast that Laws make it easier to get things done, but didn't buy into the hate-mongering of the followers of Kurtulmak or any other so called Kobold Deities. Losing his status amount the Inventor class caused him to need to Forever leave the Warren.
    Only hides his Race because he'd most likely be killed on sight by most other Races. He's now a spy for Hire, and freelance Treasure Hunter to maintain a very comfortable lifestyle.

    NE = Raised in the Kobold Warren, thievery was the only way to get ahead. Once he learned enough to actually be good at it, he knew he needed to leave, lest he be either made a slave of the current Chief, or killed.
    He now hides amongst the Allied Races, since it's easier to exploit them as an acceptable Treasure Seeker. Never forgets or forgives any true insult, and doesn't care how long it takes to get Revenge.

    CE = growing up oppressed has made him resentful of Rules; and how other Races have treated him since had made him hateful of nearly everyone. Now, he tricks them into believing he's a harmless Halfling to better catch them off guard.

    LE = While he prefers the company of his Kobold Tribe, he accepts the need to spy on the other Races, and learn their Customs and Laws, to help his people overcome them.

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    Spoiler: Factions
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    Bregan D’aerthe Nar’l (Spy) -> Jarlaxle
    Harper Thorvin
    Lord’s Alliance Jalester
    Zent Yagra Stonefist
    Emerald Enclave Jeryth
    Mirt is both Harper and Lord's Alliance, and known as such to both.


    (7/18/19)
    12/21/2040
    Waterdeep: Dock Ward: The Yawning Portal.

    The Dragonborn rolled for Insight (on the bartender) a natural One for the first roll of the Campaign!!

    Mirt tells them that there are new problems in the sewers of Waterdeep.

    Two Raids
    (1) possibly disguised as Drow that raided a guard station and took several items, mostly armor.
    (2) a noble’s house was broken into and a magic item was stolen. Details needed.
    He is willing to tell what it is, but would require signing a Binding magical contract to never tell.

    Mirt directs them to the nearest location of one of the Sewer Factions that he knows about.

    Hideout

    10 Maw Demons (hard)
    Baddies got two 20s. Dragonborn’s adamantine negates another Natural 20’s extra damage.

    Session end; Summery, a very tough fight, and our heroes retreat and find a safe place nearby to take a long rest to recover.

    1,200 exp each. Total = 65,200
    Player One is behind, will she create a Backstory to catch up?
    Pc A = 64,000 * Pc B = 64,000 * Pc C = 65,200 * Pc D = 65,200 * Pc E = 65,200 * Pc F = 65,200 * Dm X = 65,200

    (7/25/19)
    12/22/2040
    Missing Player 3 * Adding Player 1- Mirt directs these two to the correct location
    Player 2 = both PCs stayed at the nearest Inn. Xandal joins them again. 3 luck points

    Return to roundabout. Scrying eye over door. Cleric identifies.
    Entrance Hallway Soul Monger (cr 11, mtf 226).
    Monger retreated through door, and tells the Death Kiss (cr 10, vgm 124) to attack
    Ranger casts Arrow Cordon (rather disappointing, especially as a 2nd level spell.)

    Discovered Duergar Stone Guard (cr 2, mtf 191);
    Duergar Despot (cr 12, mtf 188) hard, 8850 xp

    Death kiss drops cleric. Round three.
    Potion of greater healing from and on cleric by rogue
    Cleric up than Tolled the Dead, No effect on Kiss, killed Duergar.

    Kiss hit Cleric = down.
    Immolation by sorceress, first on Kiss - then on Despot.
    Rogue minus 1 luck point.
    Fighter kills Kiss in round 5
    Rogue kills Despot in round seven.

    All get inspiration.

    (8/1/19) 12/23/2040
    Down we go.
    Roundabout = Heightened Fireball!!
    Door - Scry eye
    Soulmonger returns. Waves of Weariness. Phantasmal Dagger on Gnome Ranger.
    Pass w/o Trace. Monger disengages.

    Party retreats. Rogue leaves Party..
    Soulmonger attacks again. Sorceress does Empowered Careful Fireball for 37 damage.
    Sorceress casts Dimension Door (modified) on party. 1,000 exp each

    Long Rest.
    (8/8/19) 12/24/2040
    All players!!
    Quest = Rescue 6 y/o Noble Boy (Rickard Everfire) before dawn.

    Balhannoth. Very tough fight!
    Led into a Trap that had eight CR 12 Drow, add the party was captured.
    Now located in the same area as Ricky.
    Only four hours left !!
    Player 1 PC 2 (Drow Thief Rogue) gets Helm of Teleportation and rescues party, but is asked to leave the group. New PC = Vippy Kobold Arcane Trickster Rogue.

    (9/3/19) Player 1 leaves game, due to RL situation.

    1/29/2041
    Party
    {Player 1} [A] Gnome Gloomstalker Ranger and [B] Dragonborn Life Cleric;
    {Player 2} [C] sHuman Champion Fighter and [D] Tabaxi (Bardic) Factotum;
    {Player 3} [E] Dwarven Samurai and [F] Tiefling Sorcerer (?);
    {Player 4} [G] v-Human Scout Rogue and [H] Goliath Storm (Sea) Barbarian

    P2 missing, and P4 had not joined yet.

    Party decided to go into Undermountain. And one of the LBEG working for Xan had hired an “Assassin” vPC to ‘get rid of that little annoyance’ that was the Party, after first finding and destroying Hideout, and now having entered the actual Lair prior to the decision to go Dungeon Delving.

    Encounter
    [B] Cleric has a light torch in the back, [E] Samurai is leading the front, followed by his [F] Tiefling ‘manservant’, then [A] Ranger.

    vPC Race and second Class and Subclass Rolled Randomly (in front of Players)

    Half-Ogre Assassin Rogue 5th/Gloomstalker Ranger 5th
    Ambushed Samurai in darkness, and is Invisible to Darkvision.

    Half-Ogre beat Passive Perception of Samurai, and attacked getting full effect of Assassin feature.
    Samurai tried to pull out and activate his Sunblade.
    But, vPC takes second attack and succeeds in hitting, but instead of doing damage, knocks potential Light Source out of the Samurai’s hands!
    Full round of fighting effectively invisible Foe, but Gnome Player recognizes that vPC is using the same Features that they are, and tells the Cleric to throw the torch into the area. vPC tries, but does not succeed in escaping.

    1/15/2041
    Back after Xanathar
    10 zombies with Greater Invisible Necromancer. This vPC powns party.
    Short Rest - Gnome got necklace of see invisibility (attunement)
    CR 10 Illithid and 4 Greater Intellect Devourers (CR 10 each)

    Very tough fight, and Samurai went down with Zero Int, and party barely prevented his brain being eaten by Devourer and becoming new vPC !!

    1/22/2041
    Once again enter the (under)Castle Lair.
    But they were met by an Adamantine Animated Armor, and Xanathar joined the battle from hiding.
    The "Butler" was hit by a Fear Ray (failed save) and took off running, crying something about burned biscuits!
    The fight against the Armor, interspaces with Eyes appearing at random shooting Rays of different effects, was tough, and after victory - the Party straight up stole the Adamantine Full Plate armor (which the Samurai now wears!!) and beat feet out.

    Xanathar got tired of dealing with these intruders and most likely simply retreats to his Secret Lair?

    Undermountain
    Party fell through a trapdoor, met a Minotaur named Wolfhoof, paid Woldhoof to lead them to Skullport.

    Albras went about gathering info about Xanathar's island base and told Dragonborn Life Cleric to gather slaves.

    Tiefling Sorcerer found a Kobold who informed then of a 1000 year old Drow known as the Queen of Mystery and that Skullport is only 200 years old. After leading them to her lair, the kobold leaves, Sorcerer and Samurai meet the Queen.

    The Dragonborn Cleric bought 5,600 unskilled slaves, and is going to train them up (as Adventures) to be able to free more slaves. The Agents of the various Skullport Factions are wondering if he's building an Army, and for what purpose?


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    Spoiler: variant Star Wars = Suspended
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    Not sure if anyone here is interested in this.

    Party met the new Maul, and I wish that I could find an animator for that scene !!


    Sadly - this Campaign has Died (hopefully not forever)

    Spoiler: Birthright = TBD
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    10/2/19 - mostly preliminary World Set Up, and Character Introductions.
    Player 1
    (A) Minotaur Celestial Warlock 9th
    (B) General (Need to get info)

    Player 2
    (A) Human Sun Soul Monk 9th
    (B) Elven Princess Druid 9th

    DmPCs
    (1) Mekmernox LE Kobold Conquest Paladin of Tiamat 9th
    "Draconic Bloodline" AC 18 (13+ 5 Dex)
    Wielding Longsword two handed.

    (A) LN Kobold Trickery (?) Cleric.

    (2) Quickburst * CG Brass Dragon Wyrmling


    No longer a player in a D&D Retro-Clone on some Sundays.
    It's ok, but playing any spellcaster is nearly pointless.


    I still like having been classed by the other Members as an Archfey Warlock !!
    Last edited by Great Dragon; 2020-01-14 at 05:41 AM.
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    BlackDragon

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    Spoiler: New Frontiers - ended
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    1/ 14/ 848
    first player (random encounter)
    Uma * Wood Elf Nature Cleric.

    Looking for Vermix Blackoak the furniture merchant. Owns a Sawmill.
    Bruce Deadhand Half-Orc Barbarian 1

    Stampeded the Giant Oxen!!
    Delivery delayed a week.
    Sawmill - Cleric Damaged belt, Pipilin jammed log saw and trapped DC 24

    Met dNPC Pipilyn the Halfling Rogue
    Red Hair Green Eyes. Ht 3’3”
    Background: Urchin Sleight of Hand, Perception, Disguise Kit; Class:
    Str 12 Dex 20 Con 16 Int 14 Wis 16 Cha 15,
    Language: Common, Goblinoid, Undercommon,

    Quest = Goblins! Walking 1 day. Paladin, Monk, Ranger.

    Pipilin is following; met the party

    Travel an hour. And find the Goblin Hideout
    4 round to kill 7 goblins. 1 almost escaped.
    3 wolves in 6 seconds.

    10 goblins. Killed. 10 hand xbows, 130 bolts.
    Short rest. Brown mold trap.
    Bridge 4 goblins (leather shield shortswords)

    Short rest.
    +20 min for two Rituals.

    Level 2 (550 exp)
    Return to Town.

    Half-Elf - Paladin
    sHuman - Ranger (Forest)
    Kenku - Druid (Shepard)
    Moon Elf (f) - Rogue
    sHuman - Fighter
    Moon Elf - Fighter
    Half-Elf - Blue Draconic Sorcerer.
    vHuman - Monk

    Mostly Character development and backstories.

    1/ 16/ 848
    Paladin, Monk and Ranger are in Oytmeet town.

    Fireaxe - Dwarf (m) - needs an Ogre killed.

    Found the Ogre’s Hut.

    Ranger casts Animal Friendship successfully on the worg
    Sorcerer casts Fire bolt on the hut.

    Nat 20 on Paladin = 13 damage.
    Ogre dies. 25 cp 82 sp 21 gp
    Party 1 cp 2 sp 5 gp

    Ogre + 2 Shadows + Orcs

    2400 cp (300 each), 800 sp (100 each), 40 gp (5), Box of Perfumed Candles (25 gp), Small Bag of Spices (25 gp), Leather Belt set with Hematite (25 gp), Leather Coinpurse (25 gp), Ceramic Scroll Case (25 gp),
    Brooch of Shielding (uncommon, dmg 156), +1 Weapon (sickle) (uncommon, dmg 213)

    1/ 19/ 848

    Contract for Giant Job - get Info = 500 gp. Move them = 1,000 gp. Kill = 2,000 gp.

    Side quest: Orcs in the Forest.
    Ambushed by 10 orcs.

    Paladin, Monk and Ranger are level three.

    Small group - side quests.

    1/ 20/ 848
    Party is Camping - met The Blue Draconic Sorcerer.

    Kicked the heck out of 3 Ogres, leaving one for Integration, killed when done.

    Party 1 cp 1 sp 10 gp

    Found orc camp. 20 Orcs would have TPKed the party.

    Gwydalin * Gnome (f) Evoker.
    Saved party with a fireball.

    310 gp (74 gp), (125 gp),
    Spell Scroll (Grease) (common, dmg 200),
    Spell Scroll (Heroism) (common, dmg 200),
    Potion of Climbing (common, dmg 187),
    3 x Potion of Healing (common, dmg 187)

    Party is now 4th level.

    4 Phase Spiders - Killed.

    01/20/848
    2 Ogres killed. 1400 exp
    Dragonborn Attacked by Invisible Kobold (cussing in Deep Speech)
    3 Hill Giant - killed 1800
    Chief - negotiation to move the tribe to the north pass.

    Party Treasure 4,510 gp

    Party Level Five !!

    Dragon hilted Longsword +2 Dragonslayer Wis DC 14 or 3d6 psychic damage
    Assassin’s Dagger +2 Con DC 14 or stunned for 1d4 rounds
    Rapier +2
    Scimier +2 Fiendfoe Wis DC 14 or 3d6 radiant damage
    Tralzog Book
    Tile of Invulnerability

    02/01/ 848
    Going into the mountain caverns.
    Got a Stone Mephit to guide party through caverns and lead to treasure.
    3 Iron Shadow Hobgoblins = Giantfoe Bow

    02/08/ 848
    The Blue Dragonborn Evoker Wizard read the Fiend Warlock Book, and was transported to Hell.
    He met Tralzog, and made a deal to get some interesting powers.
    He would collect souls that he and his companions killed in exchange for further powers and favors.
    Tralzog agreed, and gave him the ability to collect souls.

    2/09/ 848
    During a tough fight with some Goblins, The Dragonborn made a deal to collect their Souls to regain some spell slots. However, the Kenku Undeath Cleric of Hades stole half! Wizard in deep trouble!!

    02/13/ 848
    Met and made a Deal with Duergar (got some magic items) to drive the Stone Giants away.
    Captured Kids and used as leverage in negotiations.
    Stone Giant "King" agreed to leave, but plans to return in full force.
    Party convinced the Stone Genasi Diplomat (Eloquence Bard) to lead a rebellion against the Stone Giants.
    The Party acquired about 10k gold from the salvage of what the "Rebels" took after the Stone Giants left.

    The party didn't have any major encounters once outside the Mountain Range.
    Out in the wilderness, In the middle of the night, a Figure in Full Plate armor with the emblem of the order of Monk's overbearing parents were leaders of suddenly appeared, and pointed at the Sun Soul Monk and commanded: "Go to Hell!!" and a Portal opened and the entire party literally fell into Avernus.
    Just as this happened, an IMP appeared and joined the Blue Dragonborn Wizard.

    Decent into Avernus
    Day One: They found themselves at the edge of the newly sunken City.
    They explored a small amount, rescued a little girl from Ghouls and met Lulu, the Holyphant.
    They decided that they needed to help Lulu find her "Lost Friend" (Zariel) by locating the Holy Sword.

    They went where Lulu last remembered the Sword being.
    The Party fought and killed 9 Hellwasps, and two members went down - but were quickly revived.

    They went with Lulu and camped (Long Rest) and met the Tabaxi Conquest Paladin, who joins the party.
    Sadly, the Arcane Trickster Rogue needed to depart (RL) and Lulu made sure she got out of Hell safely.

    Kenku signed a Contract to make Qroz the Imp his Familiar.

    Party fights (and manages to defeat) Bitter Breath and his Hobgoblin Fire Engine crew.

    Party goes and rescues 256 kids from the City and then returns to the Mortal Plane.

    Kenku leaves the group to go build Rejection Junction with Necrovile under.
    Takes Dragonborn Wizard with him.

    Scourge Aasimar Celestial Warlock replaces Kenku.

    Sun Soul Monk (Leader) finds out about The White Shadow; which decides to gather a team and go after the Kenku Undeath Cleric!!

    Teleported - Intercepted! Now found themselves in the Cloud Giant's Castle.
    Shenanigans as the party runs around trying to convince the Giants that they are members of their staff!
    While Freeing Prisoners and now going after the (Young Brass) Dragon Guarded Treasure Room!!!
    Sidequest - (PCs to be edited in)
    Young Black Dragon in Lair. Barely escapes!
    Near TPK with Shadar-ki Gloom Weaver.

    Deck of Many Things!
    Ranger = Nemesis and a Fiendish Foe (Yogoloth)

    Monk = map to dungeon

    Rogue = now a Keep owner

    Paladin = 1 "Question" and 1 Wish !!

    Game Paused until January 2020.


    Hill Giant Chief Xidus

    Spoiler: Guildhouse Dungeon - ended/incomplete
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    With the loss of two major players, the group decided to return to a lower level and get more gameplay experience. Starting level 3.
    Party total with Player/Race/Class\Subclass TBA

    Room 1 = Faces on Walls. Mimic

    Room 2 = Lighting the chandelier opened a secret door.

    Room 3 = three Hellhounds!!
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    Spoiler: Phandalin - Sat
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    (These are what are taken later)

    Half-Orc Fighter (EK)
    Mt Dwarf Barbarian (AG)
    Half-Elf Ranger (MS)
    Stout Halfling - Fighter + Rogue
    Loxodon - Monk (Hand)
    Moon Elf - Life Cleric
    S-Human - Wizard (Necromancer)
    Half-Elf - Paladin (Ancients)
    Half-Elf - Rogue (AT)

    Start 6/5/1212
    Party took job to find missing Gundren Rockseeker.
    Cragmaw Cave The Half-Elf Ranger snuck up the chimney and caused quiet death to the Bugbear “Chief”.
    The rest of the Party dealt with the remaining Goblins fairly easily.

    6/7/1212
    After returning to Phandalin went into the forest and Fought a Harpy with a bow: Most of the Party was Charmed, and the Halfling (Hf) Fighter’s bad Bard impression helped to save the Party.

    6/8/1212
    Cragmaw Castle
    This is where the Half-Orc Fighter kicked a door and killed three Goblins!
    Exploration took two sessions, ending with the party fighting the Bugbear “King”, two Hbgoblins, and an Owlbear. Also managed to kill the Drow Ambassador.
    Rescued Noble Warrior Sildar.

    6/9/1212
    While in Phandalin: Rrath found a suit of Full Plate Armor at the Mining Exchange, and made a deal to retrieve a Red Leather-bound Book from the local abandoned mansion.

    6/10/1212
    Mansion
    The cool part was how the Party got in.
    The Fighter is actually being run by a Marine, so don't be too surprised by some unusual Tactics.

    Some of the Players were not able to attend (some are every other weekend) so the ones in the game had them do discractionary tactics and throw torches in the front windows to make the Bandits spread out.

    They cleared the main floor by the end of the session.

    6/10/1212
    In the next Session, they find the hidden spiral staircase to the second floor.
    They found the Red-bound Book Mystery Book in the Library, secured it.

    6/10/1212 (Night)
    Dream Dungeon with Halfling Fighter/Rogue, Sia Cleric, and Polar Human Wizard.
    Ended up fighting the Minotaur, managed to defeat and got into the Treasure Room.

    6/11/1212
    Cleared the Mansion Tomb and freed the prisoners.
    Very nearly a TPK from a Fireball, but Halfling Fighter used Action Surge to use Healing Potions to save party.
    Half-Orc Killed “Glasstaff”

    The next Session led them into the Basement through the Alternate (cave) entrance.

    They fought their way through 2 Bugbears and the Evil Mage dropping a Fireball on the Party!!

    In the next Room, they fought 4 more Bugbears and then broke into the Workshop.

    The Fighter stayed in the Hallway, and was surprised by another Bugbear.

    The Evil Mage launched another Fireball and literally dropped everyone except the Halfling, who Action Surged to get as many other PCs back up, and the Eldritch Knight manged to hit the Evil Mage with an Acid Chromatic Orb and "killed" him.

    The Party then cleared out the rest of the Basement with ease.

    They have now created a Heroes Guild "The Hero Corps" and have recruited Myl'Rezaq and have given him some items (including Mystery Book) to Identify.

    6/12/1212 Return to Phandalin
    Known problems:
    1) The New Hobgoblin Fortification.

    The Guild actually did investigate these people. They found out that there is both a Warlord and Master Mage in charge of this place. There are at least 50 Hobgoblins, 20 Sergeants, 10 lieutenants, and 5 Captains in the Fort. Patrols of 20 Hobgoblins and at least a Sergeant are sent out at least one a week for supplies.

    As a 4th level party, they were nowhere near being able to take this place on; so I had Azo - a Wyrmling Gold Dragon tell them to get more powerful before taking on these guys.
    The PCs told him that they were making a Hero's Guild, and he said that he would inform his father, and see if there was a way to work together. And gave them a magic Whistle to call him.

    2) Orcs have taken control of Thundertree town. Numbers and related information unknown.

    6/25/1212 the Group have repaired the Mansion and the created a Hero's Guild.

    6/26/1212 SideQuest Bone Naga + Arminite (Fiend Centaur)

    7/08/1212
    3 Chimera
    2 Hill Giants and Manticore

    6/28/1212
    Ogres!
    Met the Gnome Patrol
    Fourth level

    (7/20/19)
    The PCs then take on a Hobgoblin Patrol camped in a house; and the Eldritch Knight goes all Kool Aid Man through the wall and uses Thunderwave on them, nearly killing those that fail their Saves!!

    Recruited Makrag Xeviz: Hobgoblin (m) Rogue (Arcane Trickster)

    Quote Originally Posted by Great Dragon View Post
    Setting the Scene: LMoP. Conyberry village, north of Wyvern Tor.

    Dydrun Reltat Hobgoblin (male) LE Background: Soldier ** Flaw: Trusting of Higher Authority. * No Class, yet.
    Str 13 Dex 12 Con 12 Int 10 Wis 10 Cha 09
    IC “I still have vivid dreams of that day. The 2 hour march into the Abandoned Village was nothing.
    Lieutenant Halbid had the 20 of us set up camp in the most intact Hut, were were would rest while waiting for nightfall. Two were assigned Patrol Duty, and we relaxed. Less than an hour later an attack came from the least expected direction:

    The east wall was breached by the largest male Half-Orc I have ever seen! Nearly seven feet tall, and wearing Full Plate better than what our Warlord has! Taking four strides into the room he speaks a Command Phrase and a wave of sound blasts forth from him, knocking four of the others against the far wall, where they can barely stand from their wounds.

    Us grunts do our best against the wave of Intruders, but Halbid takes poison to escape capture, and I am the only one left. After a brief Interview (and a broken finger) I tell them all I know. But, instead of killing me, as I had expected, they instead offer me a position within their own paramilitary organization. Not seeing any kind welcome back at the Fortification, I agree.

    My only fear is that KuntarSpell finds out my location with his far seeing magical Eye….”

    Dydrun is now the House Guard of The Bleeding Hearts Hero Guild, based in the mansion just East of Phandalin.

    Spoiler: OoC Info
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    The New Hobgoblin Warlord Gurkak Bonebreaker #5, has successfully constructed within 3 days (with the Master Mage Ithek “KuntarSpell” (Hobgoblin M) and some of his higher Students casting multiple Wall of Stone spells) a new Stone Fortification named "Krud Keep" about two miles away from Tor itself. This Outpost is a bold move on Gurkak’s part, and Ithek is looking forward to being able to expand his spellbook with the easy access to the nearby (former) trade route. These Hobgoblins are a close knit group, and (mostly) trust each other.
    Spoiler: Hobgoblin Adopted!!
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    Dydrun Reltat Hobgoblin (male) LN
    Background: Soldier Athletics and Intimidation
    Flaw: Trusting of Higher Authority.

    Str 13 Dex 18 Con 12 Int 12 Wis 12 Cha 10

    Rogue (Arcane Trickster)


    7/10/1212
    In the Mine
    Fiendish Skeletal Minotaur - Dwarven Barbarian takes Greataxe and gets cursed.

    7/10/1212
    Fought a Stone Cursed.
    Hobgoblin Troop (10 Hobgoblins, Sergeant, Captain and Journeyman Mage)
    Only Captain and Mage escaped.

    7/26/1212
    Castle (again)
    Hill Giant and 20 Worgs

    8/06/1212
    After One Week of travel
    Orc controlled Thundertree
    Green Dragon Wyrmling was defeated.
    Orc Divine Soul Sorcerer (CR 6) managed to escape. Plotting revenge!!

    8/17/1212
    After another Week of return travel

    8/20/1212
    Finished Exploring the Phandelver Mine, unknowingly drove The Black Spider out.
    Gundren Rockseeker now runs the Mine with his two brothers.

    8/22/1212
    Kryd Keep
    Made a deal with a Gold Dragon Wyrmling who Kills the Hobgoblin Warlord, and drives the rest out!

    Some members of the party got some items from the Hobgoblin Master Mage:
    2 Black Steel Daggers to Sun Elf Assassin Rogue
    Black Steel Scythe (+2) to Human Necromancer

    Party was tricked by Hobgoblin Master Mage when they attacked "him" (Illusion on Zombie)
    Had to fight 20 Suites of Animated Armor.
    Wizard found Secret Door, which Assassin opened to find the Treasure Room.

    8/22/1212
    In Phandalin they decided to lure out mysterious raiders on the Road.
    7 Ettins!!

    9/12/1212
    Attack of the White Dragon!!!
    A lot of the NPCs that were outside, were dropped by the Frost Breath Weapon.
    The Dragon then flew into town, where his Kobold Minions (with White Kobold leaders) were rounding up important people.

    - Lots of ranged attacks, with some support from the spellcasters -

    After the dragon was driven away, and all but two of the White Kobolds were killed, and the rest chased away;
    the Party hired local Dwarven masons to build a Fortified Location in the town for people to go to in the event this ever happened again. The Dwarves just finished the Defense Bunker, and the Surface entrance looks like a Stone Tool shed.

    9/14/1212
    The Party went to investigate the disappearance of some of the Female Guild Employees, and are now exploring the Dungeon where they are kept for "training" in the Love Cult.
    This has the potential to lead into Avernaus!! (the book they bought for me.)

    (I'll need to look up dates to get the timeline)
    They encountered a Ghost, found the girls, fought a Lava Dwelling Demon, and made good their escape.

    Upon returning to the Guild Mansion, they then decided to "help" the Necromancer stock up on Undead.
    Returning to Thundertree to Animate Orc Corpses, got only Skeletons (they had been dead over a month)
    20 Cocatrice were disturbed during the Animation process. Two PCs stoned.

    Party loaded PC statues and (unanimated) Orc Skeletons onto their wagon, and went to Neverwinter.
    Paid a Cleric to restore the PCs, and stocked up on scroll, getting four more spells for the Necromancer.

    On the road back to Phandalin: They took out the Young Green Dragon in two rounds!! She didn't even get to attack anyone!! Introduced a Pseudodragon that led them to the Dragon's "Lair".

    Medusa with six basilisks! Stoned 2 PCs (restored immediately) and then Stoned the Necromancer, who was restored the next day.

    Phandalin: Checking the Quest Board, they decided to investigate the disappearances at Gnomengaurde.
    (Orc) Druid turns himself into a Wolf (Hey - Scooby!!) to get scent of victimes.

    Encountered 3 Blue Slaad (fey) with a Green jumping into the fight halfway.
    The Green escaped and convinced the guards that the heroes were crazy "Gnome Haters"!
    The party manages to calm the Gnomes down, and set up a way to detect outsiders.
    By having the only Paladin casting Detect Good/Evil everyday.
    But, this then caused the Gnomes to need to have someone check the Paladin, who then needed to be checked......and so on!

    Next Up = Illithids with pets!!

    Arrival at the Mansion and encounter four devourers in the living room!
    The Battle Mage took a strong hit to his Int !

    Fought a Greater Invisible Illithid.
    Dominated House Mage arrived and Fireballed everyone - kills Illithid.
    Party subdues and then rescues him by retreating.
    Gets the Mage freed of being Dominated, and gets some information.

    Return to the Mansion (with Drekekno) and encounter 2 Invisible Guards and three hiding in windows.
    The EK once again goes Kool Aid Man and crashes in on the second window.
    With Assistance from Drekekno - The Murder Hobbit goes after the ones on the roof.

    Needless to say, it didn't take long for the party to capture these guards, and then once again retreated and freed dominated people. Session ended.

    Returning to their Mansion, they went back to the Manse to find the front room filled with 100 kobolds!!
    Two were 'rescued' at the end of the fight.

    remaining in the manse, they explored a bit more.
    Encountered 10 Ghouls and a Squid, who escaped via Plane shift.

    Fought the Guardian Gargoyle and didn't encounter anything else.
    Collected all the Journal pages.

    Boos Fight!!
    3 Illithid and 5 Devourers.
    Very close fight, but everyone went down.
    Most of the party is now level Nine.

    Three missing player, and the rest of the Party went to solve a Pirate problem in Leilon Point.
    The Pirate Goons were no real match for the PCs.
    And the Mage lost their Fly spell to Dispel Magic, and decided to Dimension Door into a known Cave within 500 feet. The Party learned that there were 20 more Pirates and an Orc Leader (Lv 10 Storm Barbarian)

    Everyone was there!
    Discovered a Greater Flameskull. Lots of PCs hurt, but the Bard threw up a Leomund's Tiny Hut and they did a long rest

    Next day, they fought a Water Elemental, and three Pirate "Thugs" a Priest, A Mage and a Bard.
    Took some hits, but the Necromancer stopped the Mage from casting Lightning Bolt, twice.

    The bad news, is that Sorceress that survived the fall from the last battle, straight up stole the treasure and dropped a Sending to the barbarian to get out, lest they take the unneeded risk of total elimination.
    So, Pirate Captain is a bit upset - first at the party for disrupting their 'business' and second at the Sorceress.


    Up next.
    (15 HD) Young White Dragon plus a Remoraz.
    Dragon wants some payback, and has a plan......

    Very Tough Fight.
    Rem was Polymorphed into a Rat and stuffed into the Dragon's Mouth!
    After a battle lasting more than half a minute - both Rem and Dragon were dead.

    But, there's something waiting at the Dragon's Lair, and is going to be a very nasty surprise!


    Gold Dragon Wyrmling Azorvylendrix
    Had to come up with full Name for Azo.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tawmis View Post
    So I picked a place far to the East of it... and where a Golden Dragon might call home... Naturally, there's a bit of tragedy in this story... but it's to explain the father's view on humans, and why Azo should stay away from them (which you hadn't mentioned, but I thought would add some flavor to Azo in his "mortal guise")...
    As always, change what's needed...
    Enjoy!
    This is very nice.
    No need to change Halfling Identity.

    Essentials Updated information.
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    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    BlackDragon

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    12/4/19 - I'm getting to play!
    I'm hoping this will turn into a full Campaign!!
    Odds are looking good!!

    Spoiler: D&D vs Rick and Morty
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    Player One: Dwarf (m) Life Cleric

    Player Two: Summer (Sister)
    Half-Elf Fighter.
    (Archer? In a Dungeoncrawl? This got changed to Duelist.)

    I'm Morty:
    (Goblin) Rogue 1.
    Trait: Sucker for a Pretty Face.
    Ideal: Everything is shared (by family only)
    Bond: Lost in Rick's Shadow.
    Flaw: Greedy.

    Morty asks to play D&D - family agrees and Popped into Dungeon by Rick

    Room 1: Five Stirges. Tough fight.

    Room 2: Rick Statues (Morty defaced)

    Room 3: Orcs. Summer shoots elder in chest, and Morty is knocked to Zero HP during fight.
    (Would have been true death, if DM hadn't stopped at first hit dropping Morty!)

    Room 4: Three Goblins, one already dead. Morty discovers that they had been doing an eating contest with Gold Coins.
    Fails his Wisdom Check to resist his flaw, and ends up gutting all three. 400 gp !!

    Needed Long Rest, and had to exit the area.

    paused - might be resuming = TBA
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    BlackDragon

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    i like this definition

    Quote Originally Posted by Shoreward View Post
    The labels of "high magic" and "low magic" are fairly modern, and thus imprecise and highly argued in their definitions. They mostly arose from people learning that "high fantasy" and "low fantasy" didn't refer to what they thought they did in the literary scene, and trying to find new labels to suit the concept of how much fantasy was in their fantasy. As a result, trying to categorise fiction into these categories post-hoc is going to lead to a lot of arguments.

    However, I'm going to try and lay out my understanding of the labels as they currently exist in a way that's at least of marginal help when considering a setting's overall facets. Bear with me:

    As with all things, I'd consider this less as two distinct categories and more like a continuum between two extremes.

    "Low magic" generally refers to settings in which magic is rare for the average person to see, and the more explicitly supernatural elements of the setting are either nonexistent or uncommon. This is where you get your gritty sword and sorcery stories which relegate most magic to the fringes, with very few people having encountered much in the way of the true supernatural. These are closer to reality, but with a few rare but notable deviations which are significant even in-universe. In these settings, what magic can do is more likely to be limited, subtle, or weak.

    "High magic" refers to settings in which magic is a frequently-encountered part of the average person's life, and explicitly supernatural elements are more likely to be commonplace. In these settings you're more likely to see public magical institutions, and normal folks know a little magic or at least heave ready access to people or items which do. Chances are high that any person in the setting has experienced something supernatural or magical. These settings are usually further from reality on average. Magic is more likely to be of incredible power, flashy, and more broadly capable.

    A lot of settings occupy some space between, but what it comes down to is what direction the setting leans by default.

    In Short:
    • Low magic settings treat the supernatural as notably rare or unusual, and what elements may exist are usually limited in potency or otherwise closer to reality.
    • High magic settings treat the supernatural as commonplace, and the average slice of the setting is more likely to be of incredible power or otherwise unlike our reality.
    There are some good responses, but don't want to re-post the entire thread.
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    BlackDragon

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    Ok had a DM Pow-Wow, and am going to be testing the following.

    Charm Person
    ok. First, Too many spells hit Wisdom for Saves. Going with Charisma, for this.

    if the person that casts the spell is not observed doing so, there is no Automatic "Spell cast Known" when it wears off - and possible hostile reaction on a successful Save.

    It was actually suggested that the target doesn't get a save, until they are asked to do something.

    Reasonable Request = normal Save.

    Unreasonable request (against their Nature or Job) = Advantage to Save.

    Very Reasonable Request (something they like doing anyway) = Disadvantage to Save.

    Now, even with a Failed Save, the target gets a New Save each time they are asked to do something.

    The thing is, that if the target was asked to do something unusual, they will realize this when they make their Save, or when the Spell wears off..... and Consequences will ensue!!
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    Sorcerer
    Quicken Spell. 2 Sorcery points to do as normal.
    To change a spell from an Action to a bonus Action and still retain full Spell access with an Action, pay one extra point per Spell Level.

    Now, this does mean that the 5th level Sorcerer can cast Fireball twice in the same round.
    But, they spent two 3rd level Slots and all their Sorcery Points doing that.
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    For those interested, the best way to add 5e Subclasses to 3.5 D&D/PF is to make them Prestige Classes with 3 to 5 levels. The short version for requirements to qualify is
    "3rd level in (X) Class" [ECL 4]

    DMs should also keep in mind that some Features might be available sooner than 5e normally plans for, and make adjustments.

    Spacing the Subclass Features out over 10 levels of the Prestige Class might be the best way to go.

    Playtesting might be needed.

    Reversing (3x into 5e) can be a bit trickier. But, pick the 3-4 things you like from a Prestige Class and put them into the Archetype Feature slot closest to where it would normally fit in the ECL line up.
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    - Moved -


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    You have made a pact with an Ancient Dragon
    The DM should keep in mind the type and nature of the Dragon, and set goals accordingly.

    Draconic Presence starting at 1st level, you can cause each creature in a 10'-cube in front of you to make a Wisdom Saving Throw against your Warlock save DC. Those creatures that fail their saves are all charmed (Good Dragons) or freighted (Evil Dragons) until the end of your next turn.
    (Too similar to Archfey.... Suggestions for replacement?)
    How about - Advantage to Persuasion (Metallic), Intimidate (Chromatic), Persuasion (Gem) or Insight (Others) ?

    Elemental Affinity: at 6th level, when you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your Dragon Patron, add your Charisma modifier to that damage. Does not stack with the feat of the same name.

    Draconic Resilience: at 10th level you gain Resistance to Spells. (Advantage to saves)

    Draconic Power: At 14th level, you gain a Breath Weapon of the energy type of your Dragon Patron.
    The character can choose either Line or Cone (once chosen, cannot be changed) with a range of 30 feet, and does 10d6 damage of the chosen type, with a Dexterity Save equal to your Warlock Casting DC, for half damage. You regain use of this ability when you have finished a long rest.

    At 17th level, can cast Dragon's Breath on a willing creature a number of times equal to your Cha modifier
    (1 minimum) and regained on a long rest.

    Black/Copper
    1 Chaos Bolt, Speak With Animals
    2 Acid Arrow, Blindness/Deafness
    3 Elemental Bane, [b]Tongues[b]
    4 Vitriolic Sphere, Modify Memory
    5 Insect Plague, Seeming

    Blue/Bronze
    1 Thunderwave, Sleep
    2 Lightning Arrow, Gust of Wind
    3 Lightning Bolt, Gaseous Form
    4 Greater Invisibility, Stoneskin
    5 Telekinesis, Hold Monster

    Green
    1 Absorb Elements, Detect Magic
    2 Alter Self, Protection from Poison
    3 Water Breathing, Water Walk
    4 Dominate Beast, (Phantasmal Killer)
    5 9Dominate Person), Control Winds

    Red/Gold/Brass
    1 Searing Smite, Burning Hands
    2 Aganazzar’s Scorcher, Flame Blade
    3 Fireball, Sending
    4 Fire Shield, Wall of Fire
    5 Immolation, Scrying

    White/Silver
    1 Ice Knife, Expeditious Retreat
    2 Snilloc’s Snowball Swarm, Dragon's breath
    3 Sleet Storm, Elemental Weapon
    4 Fire Shield, Ice Storm
    5 Cone of Cold, Conjure Elemental
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    Assistance welcomed:
    ***********************

    These are meant to be Human Deities.

    Only Humans, Half-Elf, Half-Orc, Genasi, Tiefling, and Aasimar.

    Divine Ranks should vary, and not exceed Greater (Rank 15) status.
    ************
    Need some more Race/Names.

    Need stories/shinagines for how each Deity achieved ascension.

    Would like to see Unusual Class combinations.

    Good vs Evil
    Note: Neutral Domains should be rather rare.
    The Moral War extends into almost every aspect of Sentient exisitance.
    Remember: No Chaotic Neutral or True Neutral.

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    Arcane
    (NG) Opimal Spellbinder V.H (m) Arcane Cleric
    (Replaced last Good Arcane Deity.)

    (NE) Vecna S.H. lich
    (Necromancer)

    Knowledge
    (LG)
    (Lore Bard)

    (NE) Vecna

    Life
    (LG)

    (CE)

    Death
    (xGood) (LE) Poityz Skullyr

    Grave
    (xEvil) (CG) Eryk Eversleep

    Undeath
    (LG) Amnamurel Rivika - Aasimar (f)
    (LE) Siriliux Aranxenon - Tiefling (m)

    Forge
    (LN)
    (Artificer?)

    Light
    (LG)

    (CE) Scorx - S-Human (m)
    (Pheonix Sorcerer)

    Nature
    (Player assisted)
    (NG) Brungor RypHowl Half-Orc (m) Moon Druid

    (NE) Niglya Everswarm vHuman (f) Nature Cleric

    Night
    (CG)
    (Gloomestalker Ranger)

    (NE)
    (Shadow Monk)

    Trickery
    (CG)
    (Arcane Trickster Rogue)

    (CE)
    (Mastermind Rogue ?)

    Protection
    (LG)
    (Devotion Paladin)

    (LE)
    (Champion Fighter)

    Tempest
    (CG)
    (Storm Sorcerer)

    (CE)
    ( Barbarian)

    Travel
    (L.N)

    Order
    (LG)

    (LE)

    War
    (CG)
    (Beserker Barbarian)

    (LE)
    (Battlemaster Fighter)

    Luck
    (CG) Lari Kynzpinner - V-Human (f)
    (Thief Rogue)

    (CE) Jimin Trickstep - Half-Elf (m)
    (Divine Soul Sorcerer)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tawmis View Post
    This was a lot of fun to write!
    I didn't get too much backstory for the character...
    But delved into his motivation... his plan... gave names to the dragons...
    One of which will probably be familiar...
    Took some liberties (associated him with blue) which you may need to change...
    Hope you enjoy!
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    Mekmernox
    Quote Originally Posted by Great Dragon View Post
    Just a little tweaking, and off I go!!
    This was great!
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    Returning to Cthululu.

    While I'm not a fan (but also not a dedicated opponent) of Lovecraft beings, I can use Everything up to Chululu himself. I just take away the "Insanity Factor" (I don't like CN or Insane PCs, that's just not fun to me) for everything but the Big Squid himself.

    I don't like the Living World and especially dislike the Elder Gods, or use them as even Warlock Patrons.
    (I can use the "Living Stars" from 4e D&D, as Patrons, though)

    I Give these "outsiders" both resistance to P/B/S and spell resistance (advantage to saves) and work my way up to full resistance to both physical and magical attacks - this makes them very deadly and Players lots more cautious.

    Tier 1 CR Outsiders are still affected by magical weapons and spells.

    Tier 2 CR Outsiders are immune to non-magical weapons. And have SR.

    Tier 3 Outsiders are resistant to all physical damage, and also have magic resistance (half damage)

    Tier 4 Outsiders are resistant to even magical weapons and have both spell resistance (advantage) and magic resistance (half damage at all times, so a failed save is half, and a successful safe is 1/4 damage)

    Chuthulu has Tier 4 plus Regeneration (20) and Legendary Resistance and Legendary Actions.

    He doesn't have Lair Actions, but instead I give him Minion Actions.

    Summon Minions (usually 20d4 HD of any lesser Outsider), Attack and Maneuver commands.

    Oh, and PCs looking at Big Squid need to make a Charisma Save (DC 18) or have the effects of Crown of Madness cast on them.

    They can avert their eyes, but then all attacks are at Disadvantage
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    Quote Originally Posted by Great Dragon View Post
    These are the Unearthed Arcana Subclasses up to date so far.
    Some may already be listed.
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    Barbarian
    Wild Soul (UA Barbarian and Monk)
    I lost the Playtester for this.

    Beast (UA Subclasses part 1)
    Needs Playtesting.

    Bard
    Eloquence (UA Bard and Paladin)
    Needs Playtesting.

    Cleric
    Twilight (UA Cleric, Druid, and Wizard)
    A Sneaky Cleric? Needs Playtesting.

    Order (UA Order Domain)
    Needs Playtesting.

    Druid
    Circle of Spores (UA 3 Subclasses)
    Currently being Playtested.

    Wildfire (UA Cleric, Druid, and Wizard)
    Needs Playtesting.

    Fighter
    Rune Knight (UA Fighter, Ranger, and Rogue)
    Seems like a very limited Arcane Knight, but interesting. Needs playtesting.

    Brute (UA 3 Subclasses)
    This is currently being Playtested. Seems a bit potent, especially compared to Champion.

    Psychic Warrior (UA Fighter, Rogue, and Wizard)
    Needs Playtesting.

    Monk
    Way of the Astral Self (UA Barbarian and Monk)
    IDK - seems way over the top. Needs Playtesting.

    Way of the Mercy (UA Subclasses part 1)
    This one is currently being Playtested.

    Paladin
    Oath of Heroism (UA Bard and Paladin)
    I'd really like to see this Playtested.

    Oath of the Watchers (UA Subclasses part 1)
    Looks really close to Ancients Paladin. Needs Playtesting.

    Ranger
    Conclave of the Swarmkeeper (UA Fighter, Ranger, and Rogue)
    Needs Playtesting.

    Rogue
    Revived (UA Fighter, Ranger, and Rogue)
    Needs Playtesting. Combining this with Revenant seems really wacky!

    Soulknife (UA Fighter, Rogue, and Wizard)
    Needs Playtesting, but look very interesting.

    Sorcerer
    Aberrant Mind (Sorcerer and Warlock)
    Sigh - looked too much like a Warlock, and thus I combined it with Great Old One.

    Warlock
    Lurker in the Deep (Sorcerer and Warlock)
    Different. Needs Playtesting.

    Noble Genie (UA Subclasses part 1)
    Needs Playtesting.

    Wizard
    School of Invention (UA 3 Subclasses)
    Another Creation type. Haven't Playtested yet.

    Onomancy (UA Cleric, Druid and Wizard)
    No. One does not wander through the wilderness and pick a random Rock and just (somehow) know it's true Name! The names that Sentient Creatures use on daily basis are not their Truenames!!

    Psionic (UA Fighter, Rogue and Wizard)
    I believed this to be a bit much as a Wizard Class. Being able to change spells daily as well as recover Slots on a Short Rest once a day, plus access to the damage types that are the rarest to resist, seemed just too much. As such, I made this a Sorcerer Subclass. Playtesting soon.
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    Man, it's nice to be back !
    Hope this lasts - I'll see if I can budget in some donations.

    Still going through all the Unearthed Arcana Subclasses.

    Hope to be post-chatting with folks again, soon !!
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    After more theorycrafting and some dedicated playtesting by several players,
    This is what I’ve come up with for my changes to The Hexblade:

    Medium Armor, and one Martial Weapon. Shield Spell.
    (physical shields and Shield Spell don't stack in my games)

    10th Level makes even a Nat 20 miss if they roll 4+ on 1d6. This is just nuts, imo.
    I changed this to imposing Disadvantage as a Reaction.
    Most likely Wisdom modifier times per day. Minimum of once.

    Master of Hexes, honestly, this shouldn't have been a 14th level feature. I'll most likely drop this into 6th, and try and think of a better 14th Level feature....

    Back to 6th level = I didn't really like the Spectre feature - I mean it's not super OP, but has waaay too much temptation for PvP, and I really HATE when the game becomes a pissing contest for who can kill/dominate Everyone else. This is why I'll tell the Players (especially New) that PvP isn't allowed in my games. I honestly can only count three times [ever, in 37 years of playing] where D&D PvP gameplay had Everyone still being Friends afterwards.

    How about Cursing Spirit? (This hasn’t been Playtested yet)

    This is a variation of Accused Spectre, but only affects the Hexblade.
    "If killed in combat, your spirit rises up on your next turn to try and finish the fight against your killer. The Hexblade becomes a Spectre that can still cast spells with any remaining Slots, and able to use all class features, and can wield their chosen weapon. This state lasts up to an hour or until the Hexblade Spectre or the target is killed."
    Note: Revivify will not work on the Warlock because of this, but Raise Dead and Resurrections (can) work normally.
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