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 Post subject: Re: Chapter 3 - Fresh Air
PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:00 pm 
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Thank you Sue but no. I'll stick with the head knocker I have. Jim will give the dark mace at his belt a pat. As for ranged, I have a plan. I'm trying to find a place that can make me a harness for daggers. They have a bit more heft than darts and frankly I've always preferred them.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:51 pm 
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Sue will swap the Longsword of Giant Slaying with his +1 and Grab the HandAxe. Whatever Darren doesn't take Sue will add to his walking weapon rack.
(Ill update that in my character sheet later)


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:28 pm 
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Darren says, "Thank you kindly, all, for the offer of more things magical but this chainmail will be ample, thank you. A donation, you understand, most gratefully received." He pauses, "Of course, I'd be more than happy to hold on to the Raise Dead scroll for you. I think it's not possible, certainly not easy, for any of you to use it yourselves. Good luck to you all. May our paths cross again."

After the eccentric aasimar leaves Sue equips himself with the longsword 'Giantsmiter', a sentinal shield, flaming greataxe, speedy scimitar and vicious handaxe, but seems unsure what do do with his old longsword. As Woody tries on his new chain shirt he reminds Sue to also take the scroll of Cure Wounds [3d8+7] and the potion of heroism. The wizard also acquired the bag of holding, an orb of time and the common healing potion [2d4+2].
Across the room Jim tries on his new leather bracers of defence [+2AC]. The fit as if they's been made for him but they do rather put the rest of his clothes to shame. He has also acquired a rarer, more powerful healing potion [6d4+6] and a wand of secrets [17 charges, can't be re-charged].

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Early next morning Jim heads out for the Spires of the Morning [major temple to Lathander] to request the support of a field healer. After a short wait Darren appears. He is dressed in simple robes of russet and crimson. He explains that he should be addressed, whilst in the Spires, simply as "Dawnbinger". The temple's standard fee is one sun per day for the services of a 'field cleric', double that for exceptionally dangerous duties. "What constitutes 'exceptionally' is generally down to my assessment," he expands with the briefest of smiles. "The fees go to the temple. The field healer, such as myself, would grow and learn from his (or her) experiences. Of course, any proportionate gifts would be transparent to Lathander, may His Name Be Venerated Forever. A one hundred sun depost is required, forfeited in the event of the death and unrecovered body of the field healer. It is remarkably common for adventuring companies to have cashflow issues and often place a valuabe but nonessential magical item with the Spires in lieu of the deposit." If asked, he confirms that a magical weapon [+1] would be acceptable.

While Jim is visiting the Lathandrian temple, Sue heads out and buys food and drink sufficient for a feast for the trio. [Sue: Minimum of 15eps would do it. More than three times that could be considered excessive.]

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During the feast a bit of bonding goes on and each discusses things of the moment, such as the how things work with 'Those Who Harp', what happened at the Spires of the Morning, Sue thinking that some Reseach is needed (but should be done by Woody or Jim), and so on.

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Over the next week the brave adventurers can automatically buy [PHB prices] or sell [half PHB prices] items listed in the PHB. An example would be Jim buying daggers [PHB price] and would be immediatly available. A harness for the dozen daggers would take maybe a day's labour and cost 15sps if Jim's happy to wait a few days for it.

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1) Please update your character sheets with newly acquired items and adjust affected values (such as AC) accordingly. Include the money (8pps, 13gps, 14eps each) but deduct one week's cost of living.

2) For now at least Sue is the formal Harper contact for Woody and Jim.

3) A Downtime Activity is a one week duration activity that happens "off stage". [It's based on Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p123 onwards, but can be flexible. For example, I've run organised "Wizard of the Year" spell competition based on RAW Pit Fighting.] Common downtime activities to buy a magical item, partying, crafting, crime, gambling, organised fighting, chilling out, religious service, research*, sell a magical item, scribing spell scrolls, training** or getting a real job.

    3.1) Sue thinks some *Research should be done. Fine. Research This "...allows a character to delve into lore concerning a monster, a location, a magic item or another particular topic...", "...costs at least 50gps...", and is resolved with a single Intelligence check spent on materials, bribes, gifts and other expenses."
    What focus will the group research? - a specific person, place or thing.
    Who, if anyone, will do the research?

    3.2)** Training is a low risk, low cost way to "...learn a language or pick up proficiency with a tool..."
    In passing, I treat proficiency with a single weapon, e.g. longsword, similar to a tool proficiency, so if you can find a (qualified, NPC) teacher then you can train in that single weapon type during downtime but that wouldn't cut across other class features or restrictions. e.g. either Woody or Jim could with time, effort & expenditure gain proficiency with longwords, but that would not allow it to be used as a monkish martial arts weapon.
    Apart from anyone doing research, please select a Downtime Activity (from the list in paragraph #3 above).


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 Post subject: Re: Chapter 3 - Fresh Air
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 4:37 pm 
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Sue will suggest they research what the gangs would have in common, or what they would move to make the best profit. He can help with his street knowledge, but will leave the real research to Woody.

He will dedicate himself to the research, and furthering it. By using my idea of the homeless/street people. He will try to get info if there are any new substances or items being hawked in the streets. Or try to spend enough time with them to find out what is the rumour. He will always carefully get back to his Safe House, making sure to not be followed. Doubling and tripling back when necessary.

He will make sure to be dressed in clothing that would fit the street not his armour and walking armoury.


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 Post subject: Re: Chapter 3 - Fresh Air
PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:17 pm 
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Jim lets his companions know the conditions for the hiring of Darren and asks Sue to accompany him to purchase some "appropriate" clothing. He will also use some money to buy some bags of food which he then hands out to the children that live on the street that he knows from his time at the temple. As he does so he gently probes for information following the line of questioning Sue had suggested.


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 Post subject: Re: Chapter 3 - Fresh Air
PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:26 am 
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Sue will accompany Jim, getting him some clothing for the city, and a set of adventuring clothes. Maybe something a bit more durable that won't be shredded every time he gets stabbed.(Which he does a lot.) He will also add his money into the pot for the food, as he is also going around to speak with the down trodden.(Money spent in private thread)

He will then make his way to the temple to see if the Longsword +1 he has is an acceptable deposit.


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 Post subject: Re: Chapter 3 - Fresh Air
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:59 am 
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The day after the celebratory feast Sue takes Jim shopping and returns to the safe house. Emerging virtually unarmed and dressed in street clothing Sue reaches out to many of the city's urchins.

Woody visits the libraries of Spires Of The Morning and SELUM (Society for the Elimination of Lycanthropes and Undead Monstrosities). He starts digging.

With the help of bags of the cheapest of foodstuffs Jim starts getting in touch with the youngsters that hang around the area outside Spires Of The Morning temple.

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The party in the 'Bird Sanctuary' party at The Purple Palace Palace is today. The numbered, but unsigned, invitation from the "Yellow Canary" welcomes the "Red parrot" to attend at nine bells. After the brave adventuers' individual exertions for the day are done, there will still be a handful of hours before the party. Time enough to decide who, if anyone, will attend the party dressed in Taffis's red silk outfit, (troos, shirt, cloak & mask).

What next?


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