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Wednesday, 26th February, 2014

  • 09:47 AM - Azkorra mentioned carborundum in post The Gate Pass Irregulars: A War of the Burning Sky Campaign
    Wow, just wow! This seems to be one of the hardest adventures I've ever seen. Kudos to Mr. Anderson for devising such a sadistic challenge:devil:;). BTW, what level are the characters at now? I'm guessing 15th at the least. Great update as always, Cafu! @carborundum : Weren't you a member of Jolly Doc's troupe? Please tell him I always loved his journals and would really appreciate him returning to the boards at some point. Alternatively, you could also provide a summary of your group's antics yourself...;):cool:

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Tuesday, 21st May, 2019

  • 03:03 PM - Shemeska quoted carborundum in post Shemeska's Planescape Storyhour - (Updated 11April2019)
    I've heard the name a lot but I'm not sure what it means beyond it being a baern. Can anyone enlighten me? Harishek ap Thulkesh, the Blind Clockmaker. One of The Demented. Also one of only two named baernaloths in D&D printed canon (courtesy of me in Dragon magazine). link to the story, which is admittedly spoilers for the storyhour 106604

Thursday, 18th April, 2019

  • 12:59 AM - Lazybones quoted carborundum in post Forgotten Lore (Updated M-W-F)
    Cool! I'm not so familiar with 5e, but can't Quellan do some sort of commune-type divination to see who the killer is? Or at least get a "the killer walks among you" type hint? They're still just shy of 9th level, so no commune yet, though Quellan will have cause to try a divination a bit later in the story. * * * Chapter 282 The route down was not especially difficult, though Rodan’s chosen path frequently came close to sharp drop-offs that had them all treading carefully. But the descent stressed new muscles, and soon they were all feeling the strain in their legs. At one point, Bredan slipped and slammed against a jut of stone, hard enough to scrape the dwarf-forged breastplate of his armor. “You okay?” Glori asked as she offered him a hand up. “Only hurt my pride,” he said. “Pride can be weighty, but sixty pounds of steel plate is heavier,” she said. Rodan had paused at the disturbance and called back, “Do you need a rest?” “I’m okay,” Bredan said. “We should kee...

Friday, 22nd February, 2019

  • 07:35 PM - Shemeska quoted carborundum in post Shemmy's Planescape Storyhour #2 (Updated x3 10-17-07)
    I sometimes forget out was years ago, it's all fresh for me! If you remember level five then I guess there were a few template levels floating around. The part I was curious about had lots of undead, up to a lich :) I really liked the setup, but it's always hard to judge the difficulty of these things when using stories as inspiration. Yeah the lich was above the suggested CR for the party, but at the same time they had a Red Wizard (who himself aspired to be a lich) helping them. It was a challenging fight to be certain, and the PCs had a fun time with it all. Years later I'm still proud of the atmosphere I was able to build into the great barrow just based on the slender details in the 3e FR book that covered it in like a half page or so.

Saturday, 26th January, 2019

  • 01:29 AM - Shemeska quoted carborundum in post Shemeska's Planescape Storyhour - (Updated 11April2019)
    I've done it, by Jove! I've caught up! I started in October and travelled 15-odd years in about as many weeks. Wow. I'm absolutely blown away by the sheer scale, artistry and volume of work. The writing is excellent, your group's characters have amazing depth and personality, the villains are epically wicked and their plots are STILL a mystery. I just love everything about it! I've no idea why I never got into it before now. Still, better late than never, eh? Thank you ever so much for creating this amazing campaign. I've always loved the idea of Planescape and regret not being able to afford it when it came out. .Thank you even more for keeping the updates coming, I know how much work that is beside work and studying. So now I am honoured to join the ranks of subscribers, and wait with bated breath for the next one. In the meantime, I'm working as much planar goodness as possible into my current campaign, and saving for Planescape. It's a lot more expensive these days! I applaud your w...

Thursday, 27th December, 2018

  • 02:04 AM - Lazybones quoted carborundum in post Forgotten Lore (Updated M-W-F)
    Happy Christmas, Lazybones! Thanks! * * * Chapter 237 The sewers under Li Syval were hardly a pleasant place to explore, especially when traveling through them in a hurry, Glori thought. Her nose furrowed as she stepped in something that squelched unpleasantly under her boot. At least they weren’t having to wade through raw sewage anymore. This part of the sewers seemed to see less common use. She wasn’t exactly sure where they were, as they’d also left behind the manholes and access grates that had allowed brief flickers of light and fresher air to filter down from the city above. She didn’t have any time to shake her boot clear of the clinging foulness. Bredan continued to lead them forward at a brisk pace. He was obviously being drawn by something, for he hardly paused at the intersections they came to. Glori was barely able to keep her dancing lights ahead of him to brighten the way, but she doubted he would stop even if they did fall behind. He hadn’t explained fully...

Friday, 21st December, 2018

  • 11:03 PM - Lazybones quoted carborundum in post Forgotten Lore (Updated M-W-F)
    Hmmm, I'll need to go back and re-read her story. That's Rodan was the tiefling ranger they allied with in the Silverpeak Valley, and yes, both were siblings raised by the cult in Li Syval. * * * Chapter 235 Spectral lights floated forward through the air, shedding light on the empty chambers of the long-abandoned complex. The somber sounds of Glori strumming on her lyre, maintaining the dancing lights, seemed a fitting accompaniment in this forbidding place. “This place is empty,” Kosk said, kicking a piece of loose debris. “No one’s been here in years.” Glori sent her magical globes further ahead, brightening the next pair of hallways ahead. “Kalasien paid another hefty bribe to get us access to this place,” she said. “We might as well give it a thorough look while we’re here.” “You really think that the cult left behind a clue that the local authorities would have missed?” Kosk asked. “It won’t take long to confirm,” Quellan said, with a sidelong loo...

Thursday, 20th December, 2018

  • 02:46 AM - Lazybones quoted carborundum in post Forgotten Lore (Updated M-W-F)
    Oooh, tricky! Naughty, naughty kidnappers! Oh, it gets worse... * * * Chapter 234 When Xeeta woke she was being carried down a dark corridor. She was facing the floor, her arms held behind her back and a gag drawn tight over her mouth. She instinctively started to struggle, but the hands gripping her might as well have been steel bands for all the good that did. A moment later a face dropped into her line of sight. She recognized instantly the mousy features of Vesca. “Aware, are we?” he chortled. “You might have preferred it had you remained unconscious.” She tried to respond, but the gag only allowed a muffled groan. The twins—for it had to be Toros carrying her—took her through an arch into a broad chamber. The place had obviously once been a sewer interchange. Gaping and empty pipes were still visible around the perimeter of the hexagonally-shaped room. A faint distant tapping sound was audible, but the place was otherwise quiet. Kalev was waiting for them upon a...

Friday, 7th December, 2018

  • 09:34 PM - Neurotic quoted carborundum in post JollyDoc's Way Of The Wicked
    You'll hear no complaints from me, I'm many episodes behind in my own SH (Not on enworld, it's in Dutch). This SH, and your others, have inspired many awesome moments in my own campaign, so i look forward to the rest of the Dannister's Tale. Out of interest, what are you running now? And will there be another story hour? :D

Tuesday, 25th September, 2018

  • 01:27 AM - Lazybones quoted carborundum in post Forgotten Lore (Updated M-W-F)
    Woah, they seem a bit outgunned here, to say the least! Ah well, it's all part of the circle of life. Oh, it's going to get worse before it gets better... * * * Chapter 209 This time they didn’t hesitate. Even as Jakan spoke, Darethan lifted his bow and launched an arrow at him. Once again, the shot looked to be true, but a sudden, intense breeze swept through the grove. It caught the arrow in mid-flight and lifted it into the air. It thudded into one of the thick upper branches of tree. The breeze faded as quickly as it had arrived, leaving the interior of the grove almost preternaturally still once more. But the lull lasted only an instant. The tainted Tenders, including Razelle, each pressed a palm against the trunk of their companion trees. The trees responded. With a groaning sound of straining wood and collapsing sod they extracted themselves from the ground, dirt spraying around them as their trunks split apart to become awkward but functional legs. They began to sh...

Tuesday, 11th September, 2018

  • 12:59 AM - Lazybones quoted carborundum in post Forgotten Lore (Updated M-W-F)
    Awesome! Thanks! * * * Chapter 202 The next day found more slow going for Glori and her companions, as the landscape in the Reserve grew more rugged. The trees thinned out somewhat, but that only allowed the undergrowth to thicken until the party had to hack a route through clinging bushes and tangles of weeds that rose to chest-height in places. The fact that they were all still exhausted from a mostly-sleepless night didn’t help matters. Ultimately, they’d decided to remain at the Tender outpost, for even after the damage wrought in the attack it was still the most fortified place they could hope to find. The fire did not spread to the other cabins but it continued to burn until almost morning, until the gray smoke that rose from the ruin met the gathering morning fog to form a dense pall around them. They found no sign whatsoever of Razelle, despite repeated and extensive searches by Shreskra and her rangers. Nor were they able to get any answers out of Brightbriar. There ...

Thursday, 30th August, 2018

  • 12:56 AM - Lazybones quoted carborundum in post Forgotten Lore (Updated M-W-F)
    Woah! Very well written! (any chance of posting the party stats again soon?) Sure. I've been keeping them updated, I just haven't posted them recently. First the update: * * * Chapter 198 “I should still be down there,” Quellan said as he and Akhenon made their way back through the carved doors into the Temple of Hosrenu. “There could be injuries needing immediate treatment…” “They will be a while,” the dwarf priest said. “I wanted to get your opinion of something I found in our archives this morning. A reference to the Libram.” Quellan followed him into the nave of the temple. The place was empty. “I would have thought to see more people here,” he said. “I have found that in times of crisis, people seek out the solace of faith.” “They will come when the crisis is over,” Akhenon said. “Until then, everyone has something to do to assist in the defense.” The old cleric moved swiftly past the orderly rows of pews and turned to the side door that led to his sanct...

Thursday, 23rd August, 2018

  • 01:25 AM - Lazybones quoted carborundum in post Forgotten Lore (Updated M-W-F)
    Hmmmmmmm, I have an idea and it involves rock... and mud. IYKWIMAITYD... As it happens, I happened to recently come into possession of a certain D&D supplement... * * * Chapter 196 They had no difficulty following the trail left by the trolls. The pats of mud were frequent and in places formed a solid slick on the uneven floor of the tunnel. The sounds of the mining operation receded somewhat behind them, but it was gradually replaced by sounds of activity from up ahead. They slowed their pace and cautiously followed a bend in the tunnel until it opened into a larger space. They found themselves in still another cavern, this one a long ellipse that ascended toward its far end, a slope that began modestly but which became almost vertical. Directly in front of them was a sinkhole maybe forty feet across. The depression was full of a glistening mass of mud. They could see a slick of it that ran down from the other side of the room, where they could just make out an opening of so...

Saturday, 23rd June, 2018

  • 12:54 AM - Lazybones quoted carborundum in post Forgotten Lore (Updated M-W-F)
    As long as you don't leave it on a cliffhanger ;) I make no promises! * * * Chapter 176 The infirmary was located not far from the Darkfall Gate, in a side chamber just off the main cavern. A small waiting area with several benches gave way to a larger examination room flanked by partitioned spaces that each held one or two beds for patients needing a longer period of recovery. They were greeted by a scene of apparent chaos as they came in. A muscled dwarf possessed of a truly explosive beard was struggling with several robed orderlies atop one of the examination tables in the center of the room. It wasn’t sure what the warrior wanted to accomplish, but it was easy to note the source of his trouble: the shaft of a ballista bolt jutted from his chest. Blood had soaked into his coat and his beard, and was starting to form puddles on the floor under the table. “You need to hold still!” one of the orderlies was saying. “You’re going to bleed out!” “Bah, it’s just a scratch!”...

Friday, 4th May, 2018

  • 02:18 PM - fludogg quoted carborundum in post JollyDoc's Way Of The Wicked
    Cool beans! I was using My Little Ponies as the Kirin, and the party fled! You should always flee if faced with My Little Ponies! Run far , far , far , away!

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018

  • 12:52 AM - Lazybones quoted carborundum in post Forgotten Lore (Updated M-W-F)
    Kosk too? :-D I'm going to leave that ambiguous for the present. :) I wonder how Kurok's going to get in through all those sealed passages (and maybe the skull) No need, since their exit made quite a bit of noise... * * * * * Chapter 136 “That… that was close,” Glori said. “I don’t think it was an accident,” Quellan said. He looked at Bredan, who clutched the hilt of his sword but didn’t say anything. “I think there’s a way out this way,” Kosk said. The cave went on for a quite a distance, but as they followed the dwarf they could smell the change in the air. Finally, they saw a faint glow ahead, which then resolved into a low opening beyond which daylight could be seen. “Would have been a lot easier if we’d found this way first,” Glori said. “No guards.” “I’m not entirely certain we could have gone this way, even if we had found the cave,” Xeeta said. “Let’s just get out of here,” Bredan said. They had to climb over an uneven slope of rocks to reach the ...

Tuesday, 13th March, 2018

  • 02:28 AM - Lazybones quoted carborundum in post Forgotten Lore (Updated M-W-F)
    I don't think i could handle THREE cliffhangers in a week :) Great stuff as usual, and a tough fight! Could Kosk use ki to make his fists magical yet? That's not until 6th level. The party is right on the cusp of 5th. I'd do cliffhangers every post if I could, but our poor heroes need a chance to catch their breaths. :) * * * * * Chapter 133 The companions just stood there for a moment, letting their minds catch up with what they’d just experienced. Finally, Glori unhooked her cloak. She let it trail through the lingering swirls of water that were slowly draining back toward the pool before rushing over to Quellan. She pressed it around him, the fabric sizzling as it absorbed the heat that the elemental had infused into his armor. A few feet away Kosk was scooping up a few handfuls of water to douse the smoldering embers that were still clinging to his robe. The new garment was already almost as ruined as his first, and it hung pathetically askew as he straightened and turned t...

Friday, 2nd March, 2018

  • 08:24 PM - Lazybones quoted carborundum in post Forgotten Lore (Updated M-W-F)
    You're not kidding! The shield spell seems to be more powerful in 5e! Do you still play the combats out before writing? ( I looked up the flame skull. It's AC doesn't seem anywhere near as high as I'd expected from the description, but we still play 3.5 ) I don't roll dice, but this fight in particular I sketched out round-by-round in my notes because of all of the spells and the complications added by the layout of the room (which allowed the skull to remain out of melee range). I agree that shield is quite potent in the new rules since it's essentially a free cast as a reaction, and combined with blur makes a potent defensive combination. * * * Chapter 129 In the immediate aftermath of the battle, Glori and Quellan used their magic to treat the worst of their injuries. “We’re all pretty beat up,” Kosk said. Without his robe, the others could see the taut lines of his body and the many scars he bore. “Might be a good idea to take a brief rest, use that ritual you have to r...

Monday, 19th February, 2018

  • 07:33 PM - Quartz quoted carborundum in post JollyDoc's Way Of The Wicked
    As for entering the maze, I can't see it being practical to herd 75 hostages through a shifting maze, so they could lose some when it "shifts" maybe. How are 4-6 PCs managing to control 75 hostages? I would rather expect the hostages to scatter during the first conflict or any time the PCs' collective attentions are focused elsewhere. Or indeed the first time one is sacrificed.

Saturday, 20th January, 2018

  • 02:16 AM - Lazybones quoted carborundum in post Forgotten Lore (Updated M-W-F)
    No way! Way! :) * * * Chapter 114 As Kurok turned away from Vederos he drank the contents of the vial he had palmed earlier, using his body to conceal the motion. The sorcerer’s chromatic orb slammed into him from behind an instant later. An electrical pulse shot through his body, causing him to drop the empty vial as his muscles spasmed. Kurok staggered forward a step, but he kept himself from tumbling down the rocky slope that descended to the edge of the woods. Recovering quickly, he turned his head and fixed his attacker with eyes that glowed with power. Flames erupted around the drow, who quickly evoked a misty step and transported himself away. Kurok spun around and quickly located his foe, who’d materialized about twenty feet further up the slope. Vederos looked only a bit singed from his hellish rebuke, but it was clear that he’d been taken a bit aback by the fury of Kurok’s response to his ambush. For a moment doubt flashed in his mind; he’d poured all of the ...

Sunday, 3rd December, 2017

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