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1  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: Today at 11:35:36 AM
"Good. That corporal was a bit to smart for my liking - and for his own good."
Creamor whispered towards Janus.
"Now Aiden, what can you tell me about the map? Where is this camp. If it's near the shore of a lake, I should be able to fly there. I could try to delay the group by harming their horses, or just try to assassinate the captain in the night.

Or we could lay an ambush on the likeliest route between the camp and Balentyne."
2  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: July 31, 2014, 04:13:50 PM
"Thank you, no I think that's all from my side. You were most helpful. Don't worry, this won't leave this small circle of people who are sworn to secrecy like me.
Tell you what, why don't you ask that nice lady over their if she wants a drink, I'll take care of the bill."

Creamor indicated towards the nearby sitting Janus.
"After you have answered my companions remaining questions of course."
Creamor smiled benignly.
3  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Let's Read: Fantasy Craft on: July 29, 2014, 03:32:00 PM
Granted, the lower complexity is appealing, but the lower threat range does not equalize the 1 point more of damage on average.

I haven't run the math, but my gut feeling is, that two dice of sneak attack damage trump the very situational to hit and damage bonus from flail basics (at least for low BAB characters)

Besides: There are so many other useful upgrades than orcish (goblin for instance, which lowers complexity and adds even more SA damage)

4  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Let's Read: Fantasy Craft on: July 29, 2014, 12:41:36 PM
Regarding weapons, there isn't much imho that can beat a tricked out razor. The prize is so low, the weapon so small and the excruciating quality so delicious that no character would have a reason not to invest in one as backup weapon.
Knife basics and the razor are practically made for each other (especially if you add hurl to the mix)
5  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: July 29, 2014, 12:35:02 PM
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"Ah, operational security. I absolutely understand and commend you for your diligence. I am no stranger to keeping secrets, indeed I myself signed an agreement binding me to silence. But don't forget that Father Donnagin has scrutinized me and explicitly asked you to answer my questions."
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"You are of course free to persist on your position, but that would force me to take the matter higher up the chain of command and I really would hate to waste the commanders time with such a trivial matter. Especially since I heard that he is not fond of being disturbed unnecessarily.
By the way, could you please tell me your full name for my written submission?"
6  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: July 29, 2014, 12:00:31 AM
"Hm, if it's all the same to you, I'd still like to know about that place. It would give me at least a starting point to catch up with your comrades.

My questions: Well, where are the next larger bugbear encampments, what kinds of roads are there beyond the wall, are there certain places that provide shelter to large groups, are there naturally occurring orchards or similar places where fruit or vegetables are available?"

Creamor paused as if to compose his thoughts.

"What hazards besides bugbears and the cold do you have to face up north, what was the largest monster you have seen there?"


He turned to Aiden:
"Leon, you are more knowledgeable about the wilderness. What questions do you have?"
7  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: July 28, 2014, 01:17:24 PM
When Creamor learned that the ranger had arrived, he hurried to take on his established form
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and went down the stairs and straight to the waiting private.
"Ah, hello, hello. Thank you for seeing me on such short notice. Would you like something to drink? I hear this inn has a very good ale. Or may be a little something against the cold?"
Creamor waited for the private's answer and relayed the order to the barmaid. When he had
ascertained that the young man had the beverage of his choice he continued:
"Oh, but where are my manners, let me introduce you: This gentleman over there is my travel companion, bodyguard, guide and all around jack of all trades Leon.
I am, as you probably already knew, Professor Mendax Scelestus. Your good Father Donnagin referred you as the expert that I should consult before I venture beyond the wall you and your brave brethren are so nobly defending."


Creamor made a pause before he continued:
"You see, I came a long way up here into the north with a mission regarding the bugbears. As you rangers probably know best, those beasts do tend to attack in more or less predictable patterns. But this is hard to predict, since we know so little about their socio economic life. We only meet them when they are already about to attack or when you brave men organize a punitive expedition.
Now, if everything goes according to plan, I'll be able to ascertain when the bugbears will strike next. In the process I'll hopefully learn a bit more about their motivations and idiosyncrasies. If I am successful a lot of brave warriors' lives will be saved."


Again he paused, picking his words with care:
"You are, of course, familiar with the weather up here. I am under quite some pressure to get on with my mission, before it becomes an utter impossibility to do what I have to do. Your good Captain Varning left before I could speak to him. For my mission it is essential, that I venture into the north and learn certain things and make certain observations.

Now, my question to you is: Are there certain places where I could catch up to Captain Varning? Maybe one of the lakes or a cave that needs regular inspection. The sooner I can catch up with him, the better.

But I can already see your objection. Yes, I am aware that it is very dangerous and very uncomfortable to go north at this time of year. But there is just no feasible alternative. I have to go - with or without knowledge of a clear path to your good Captain. So please, don't let me and all those who depend on the results of my mission down."

8  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: July 27, 2014, 04:42:16 AM
"We will see. And I don't see her as a tool. I see a deeply troubled young woman, in conflict with her perceived self and her ideal.

But we are getting ahead of ourself. First we have to secure the information..."

Creamor replied.
9  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: July 26, 2014, 02:28:05 AM
"Excellent. The attack on the rangers will be a good opportunity to cure Leona from her melancholy. A good fight always brings the will to survive to the forefront."
10  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: July 25, 2014, 12:39:54 PM
Creamor stepped out of the hall and took a moment to orient himself and look around the courtyard. All around the windows were narrow and he doubted that anyone but a small child could have squeezed through one. Only one staircase led up in the keep making an assault difficult. Likewise, the tower showed only small access ports for the ravens and narrow arrowslits further down.

Well, the visit had not been a total waste and even better, it hadn't taken very long. Now he took care to move swiftly as to reach the inn before he had to waste precious arcane energy to keep up his disguise.

Back at the inn, he reported what he had spoken, heard and seen.
"...so depending on who the priest sends, I'd be delighted if someone could assist me in securing the ranger's information."
11  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: July 25, 2014, 09:29:45 AM
Was Creamor by any chance able to see, if the keep has any windows large enough for a man to get through? Same for the tower with the rookery.
12  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: July 25, 2014, 09:26:18 AM
"Splendid. I'll return to my room there and get on with my preparations. This part of the world not nearly explored enough despite the serene beauty of it's lands. Oh by the way, where might I find Captain Barhold? I hadn't a chance yet to pay my condolences. Of course only if he happens to be of duty at the moment."

Creamor got up and extended his hand to shake the priest's.
 
13  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: July 25, 2014, 08:56:47 AM
"I'd prefer a warmer climate and season myself, but sadly there is no alternative. I won't bore you with the details, but for my mission it is essential to learn certain key facts as soon as possible. Spring is much to late, as I am positive that I won't have another chance to come here while the Bugbears are concentrated in their quarters during the winter. But rest assured, I and my companion are well equipped to deal even with the harshest weather.

With your permission, I'd like to make the inquiries you so kindly referred me to and visit some of the rangers. I take it, they are to be found downstairs?"


Creamor smiled questioningly.
1d20+9=29
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14  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: July 25, 2014, 12:14:54 AM
Creamor nodded a bit defeated: "I see. That is unfortunate. Every day I wait will make my mission that much more difficult. Are you sure, there is no place where I could meet up with Captain Varning? Surely, he has to visit certain places of interest like caves and lakes, or maybe there is a fort where he stops by to make camp?
You see, it all depends on what I find on the other side if I can make Aldencross my base camp, or if I have to move farther east or west for my investigations. Besides, if I could meet the Captain in the wild, I might have an escort to bring me back here. I'm sure you see the appeal in this solution - after all, you are absolutely right: It is very dangerous out there. Alas, everything worth learning and having is never easy to obtain."


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15  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: July 25, 2014, 12:00:38 AM
Yeah, the ravens can be taken out by a small devil and some poisonous incense.
Let's be realistic: As soon as there are unusual deaths, we will draw suspicion. The siege weapons and other weapons can be sabotaged subtly, the captains can be taken out beforehand, but the ravens' death will be the starting salvo of the war.
Ideally we'd start on stew night, send a devil to poison the ravens, poison the stew, poison the dwarves, kill the commander in his room, lay fire in the wizards chambers. 

Therefore we should focus on the forbidden love plot. I'd still like to blame Barhold for the leak, so he'd have a realistic reason to be found hanged in his room with a good bye note, detailing his depression over the death of his brother and his guilt about having destroyed the lives of three other people.
Finding Varning and killing him in the wild will be the other secure act for now.

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