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    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    EvilClericGuy

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    Default Campaign Journal: From the Journals of Elis Took.

    From the Journals of Elis Took - 0
    Those of you who follow, may not believe it, but I never intended to start out on this particular adventure. It had been several months since I had returned to the clan smial. My last series of freelance excavations had been successful, so I settled in for a long overdue vacation.

    But after a few months, I was starting to feel that itch in my feet, that desire to see what’s over the next hill. The cousins were coming to me with more and more hairbrained ideas. My great-aunt, the clan matriarch and priestess of Cyrrollalee, gently (gently, I say!) suggested I might undertake a pilgrimage on her behalf.

    In the interest of familial harmony (and let’s be honest, my own wanderlust), I boarded the Varion on behalf of Aunt Margaret. And shortly thereafter, I found myself ensconced in the current shenanigans.

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    One of the women in our group ran her first campaign in the 20yrs I've been with the group: 5E, Waterdeep Heist. After that experience, one of the men offered to run, paraphrased, "enough of that pansy 5E; we're gonna play pure-quill 1E." That got him a raised eye-brow from the previous DM and a LOOK. Older sister-younger brother; they've been gaming together forever.

    (This is not dysfunction. This is good adult friends and family who've been together so long, we've to got real porous boundaries. She got her revenge though, though. She's running a gnome fighter with a Napolean complex. It is AWESOME.)

    Since this is only the second 1E game I've ever played, I decided to go for the oldest of schools: hobbit burglar (OK, Stout halfling thief). And so I present:

    Elis Took
    Halfling Thief 5 (1E PH)

    S – 20 (girdle of stone giant strength)
    I – 09
    W – 12
    D – 18
    C – 10
    CH – 14

    AC: 4 (leather armor and Dex bonus)
    HP: 22
    XP: 20,000

    WP (2+1 4th-level):
    Dagger
    Sling
    Short sword

    NWP (3+1 4th-level):
    Alertness
    Blind-fighting
    Rope Use
    Swimming

    Languages: Common, NG, dwarven, elven, gnome, goblin, halfling, orcish, thieves' cant.

    Saving Throws:
    PPDM – 12
    RSW – 11
    PP – 12
    BW – 15
    SP – 13

    Thief Skills:
    Base Dex Race Total
    PP 50% +10 +05 65%
    OL 42% +15 +05 62%
    FRT 40% +05 +05 50%
    MS 40% +10 +10 60%
    HS 31% +10 +15 56%
    DN 20% +00 +05 25%
    CW 90% +00 –15 75%
    RL 25% +00 –05 20%

    Special Abilities:
    All halfling characters have a high resistance to magical spells and spell: +2 for a 10 Con.

    A halfling can gain a bonus to surprise opponents, but only if the halfling is not in metal armor. Even then, the halfling must either be alone, or with a party comprised only of halflings or elves, or 90 feet or more away from his party to gain this bonus. If he fulfills any of these conditions, he can surprise enemies 1-4/d6 or 1-2/d6 if opening a door.

    Stoutish lineage: 60-foot infravision; can note if a passage is an up or down grade with 75% accuracy (roll a 1, 2, or 3 on 1d4). They can determine direction half the time (roll a 1, 2, or 3 on 1d6). These abilities function only when the character is concentrating on the desired information to the exclusion of all else.

    Magic Items:
    Girdle of Stone Giant Strength
    Potions (x2 invisibility, x1 Extra-healing, x1 Fire Resistance)


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    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    EvilClericGuy

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    Default From the Journals of Elis Took 1

    From the Journals of Elis Took.

    However, Fate apparently had Other Plans. A storm blew in, and it was a doozy! However, that's not the interesting part. In said storm was a flying ship! You read that right: flying, not sailing. And the storm was pursuing it. Thunder and lightning boomed around and on the flying ship, which was headed straight at the Varion. In spite of the Varion's best efforts, the Varion was sideswiped. It sang like a shot. I was "lucky" enough to get a piece of wreckage for buoyancy. The last thing I saw in the storm, before succumbing to the waves, was the flying ship continuing on its way. I blacked out as I slipped beneath the waves.

    I came to on a sandy shore. I still had my armor, my weapons, my prized belt, and my magic cache. What I did not have was coin or rations. I also had some companions. Some of the other adventurers from the Varion were ashore as well.

    A fine crew we were, waterlogged and missing most of our equipment! The others seem a haphazard, but generally trustable lot, but without any more real sense of where we were than I had. My companions of fortune were:
    Fergus, a male half-elf. He seemed a bit paranoid about something, but he also acted like druidish princess. Not shy about sharing his theories of divine retribution.
    Gil, a female gnome. She was of even slighter stature than myself, but touch about the subject. Bit of a Napoleon complex there, I thought; she was certainly kitted out as a warrior, but missing a goodly portion of said kit.
    Sean Dubh, another male half-elf. He was plain and soft-spoken; frankly he was so boring, something else must have been going on. He had no armor and minimal weaponry, but a variety of miscellaneous bits and pieces that whispered, "spellcaster..."
    Angus, a male highlander. With all that entailed. A nice enough fellow, but very touchy about his honor. Also kitted out as a warrior, but missing parts of his kit after our little swim.

    Having no real shelter or resources, we made our way inland. We found a widow-woman tending a small farmstead. After some small negotiation, we secured shelter and a bit of food for the night. It was a minor repast, but certainly better than eternal seawater!

    We tried to repay our hostess by doing any minor chores, but she would have nothing of it. She recognized we had been placed under the protection of the Lord Wade, god of the sea. Apparently, we were expected to provide a service for him in return for our survival in the sinking. The widow was quite nervous about this, and ecstatic to see us leave. We were on an island, across which we could find a port, a ferry to the mainland, and access to the port of Iron Castle.

    We made our way across the scrubby island, only pausing to an interruption from some ROUS. Intending to show my new comrades my mettle, I picked a rock and threw it at one, promptly dismembering it in a spray of entrails and viscera. I do so love my prized belt. My comrades proved equally skilled, and we proceeded to the ferry without further incident.

    As we landed in Iron Castle, we were met by a servant of the Lord Wade and bid accomplish our task: return his chest, which had been stolen by the Wizards of the Golden Coast. We had been recovered to pursue where Lord Wade could not. And to establish his bonafides, the servant proceeded to remove his Lord's blessing momentarily. Our lungs began filling with water, as if we were back in the Channel. If we turn from, or fail in, our task, we will be returned to the sea. The Wizards are headed to the city of Lightning, in the Land of Men & Wanders and have a two day lead on us.

    The Lord Wade is kind of a ****.

    So informed, we agreed to said terms of the quest. We appear to have formed an adventuring party.

    We were instructed to proceed to the Baleine Blanche tavern, to meet another agent of the Lord Wade. While the Baleine Blanche was a rough establishment, we were marked as off-limits by the Lord Wade. However, we should be wary of the followers of the so-called "Lord of the Mediterranean Sea".

    We had several hours for personal business before our appointed meeting.

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    The DM is basing our campaign in a fantasy Europe based on a map of place-names translated into English. I've got a few of them; they're illuminating. We knew the ship was just a method of getting us together. I don't know where we're going, but I'm having fun getting there. And I *love* that girdle of giant strength.

    Fergus is some type of priest of Frey; I dunno if he's actually a druid or a cleric. Sean is an illusionist, hiding from the Fey. Angus is played by our Highland dancer, who is very, very proud of her Scottish ancenstry. Gil; Gil is that revenge I spoke about in the previous post.
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    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    EvilClericGuy

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    Default From the Journals of Elis Took 2.

    From the Journals of Elis Took.

    With time before our appointment at the Baleine Blanche tavern, Sean, Gil, and I made a collective decision to reprovision. Fergus wanted to consult his temple, and Angus accompanied him. Sean bartered some gems he retained for coinage and offered to fund a shopping spree for Gil and myself. Lacking time to use my skills to build a nest egg, I agreed. After some haggling, I found myself in possession of 50’ rope, pair of pouches, iron rations, and a waterskin.

    Meanwhile, Fergus fared poorly with his temple meeting. He was accused of being a traitor, because he was marked by a god other than his own. Angus escorted him away before something untoward happened. They informed us of this when we met again at the Baleine Blanche tavern. Some of us quickly realized Baleine Blanche tavern is a wretched hive of scum and villainy.

    And we didn’t have a lawyer.

    The tavern was quite busy, but we quickly secured a table. Angus went to procure a round, but was accosted and insulted by a group of clerics of Neptune, who threatened to take it outside. I intervened, offering to arm-wrestle the insulter. (After all, arm-wrestling a halfling should be an easy victory, no?) Instead, he turned to a companion and asked, “Have you ever seen an uglier goblin?” Alas my Tookish nature rose up, and I countered with, “Then you haven’t met your mom!” And I got sucker punched.

    So I belted the insulting cleric in return, intending to knock the miscreant out. Instead, I slew him! Oops. His three companions descended on me with tridents. I stood my ground for a minute, then retreated. My companions engaged the trident wielders. Fergus's hammer came apart hitting an "innocent" bystander who joined the fight. We slew one more opponent when the bartender stepped in to end the fight. So, we emerged victorious. And ordered beer.

    Shortly, a slender young lady with green hair, green clothes, and greenish skin walked in. The locals deferred, mightily, to her. She was obviously trouble, and just as obviously, the Lord Wade’s servant. She gave Sean a map and a pearl. Place the pearl on the map, and it indicated the location of the chest we sought. A boat and some water spirits had been tasked to pursue our prey. They would send us up the river from Iron Castle.

    Our opponents were followers of Neptune. They would be less numerous inland, but more active as we closed on the city of Lighting.

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    I feel better about getting some more of my kit back. And I can't believe I started that brawl with a "your mom" joke. That's not at all the character I was going for. But it just kinda leapt out there, so I ran with it and got whupped for it. Combat didn't go much better for the rest of the group. But we did win.

    I don't think we're going to be very popular in town, so leaving sounds like a good plan.
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    Default Re: Campaign Journal: From the Journals of Elis Took.

    How in the world did you secure a girdle of stone giant strength at level 5? Did you roll for it or something?

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    Bugbear in the Playground
     
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    Default Re: Campaign Journal: From the Journals of Elis Took.

    Quote Originally Posted by JadedDM View Post
    How in the world did you secure a girdle of stone giant strength at level 5? Did you roll for it or something?
    We started at level 5 with 5000gp to purchase magic items from our previous career. The Girdle is cheap, and funny on on hobbit. So I ran with it.
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    Wow, so that was half your gold. But I agree, it's a helluva investment. That's, what, +8 to damage? His sling is nearly a siege engine at this point. That's pretty funny, though.

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    Default Re: Campaign Journal: From the Journals of Elis Took.

    Quote Originally Posted by JadedDM View Post
    Wow, so that was half your gold. But I agree, it's a helluva investment. That's, what, +8 to damage? His sling is nearly a siege engine at this point. That's pretty funny, though.
    Comedy gold, mate, comedy gold.

    It was a lot of gold. The rest of it went to potions. There are a lot of 1E potions that allow you to use a portion of the potion for a lesser effect. Nice way to stretch the budget.
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    I look forward to hearing more of his (mis)adventures.

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