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    [Adventure]: Shards of Eldanarth (DM: MadAzolin, Judge: ??)

    Shards of Eldanarth, chapter I: Garden of Stars

    A Living 4th Edition adventure for high heroic level:

    • expected level for PCs is 7-10 (4+ PCs)

    GM: MadAzolin


    • PC: Neurotic, Character: Martelai Luinil, level 8 warlock
    • PC: Voda Vosa, Character: Vermitrax, level 7 necromancer
    • PC: jbear, Character: Kane, level 8 swordmage
    • PC: nell1889, Character: Lilli, illusionist
    • PC: dimsdale, Character: Lerric, level 6 cleric
    • PC: MetaVoid, Character: Cyr, invoker

    Welcome to the adventure.

    This post will be kept up to date as main reference

    Malenkirk's rules will be used along with several modifications of my own to make things easier for everyone:

    The Malenkirk Conventions

    Mal Malenkirk came up with some house rules for speeding up PbP combat that are now so ubiquitous in L4W that almost nobody actually bothers posting them anymore, which can lead to confusion. Here they are:

    1. The DM rolls initiative for everyone to save time. Only one initiative value is rolled for all of the bad guys.

    2. Any PCs whose initiative beats the bad guys get to act first. They can act in any order they like and their actions are resolved in the order they are posted.

    3. The DM then runs all of the bad guys’ turns together.

    4. All of the PCs (including any who won the initiative before) now get a turn. Play then proceeds with all the bad guys having another turn, then all the PCs, etc. Again, the PCs can act in any order, and their actions are resolved in the order of posting.

    5. Effects that last until the end of someone’s next turn need a special rule, because the changing order of actions could otherwise lead to abuse. Such an effect gives its benefit (or its penalty) to each recipient for one turn only, no matter when that turn occurs in relation to the other recipients or the originator of the effect.

    Example: Suppose that PCs Algie, Bertie, Cecily, Dickie, and Edna act in alphabetical order on round 1. Cecily uses a power that grants herself and all her allies a +1 to attack rolls until the end of her next turn. Dickie and Edna each benefit on round 1, as normal, because they act after Cecily.

    On round 2, the PCs happen to act in reverse alphabetical order. Even though Edna and Dickie act before Cecily, they no longer benefit from Cecily’s effect, because they have already had it for one turn. Cecily benefits from it on her turn, just as she normally would, and Bertie and Algie benefit on their turns, even though their turns take place after Cecily’s is over.

    This rule can be tricky to apply correctly at the beginning, so let me know if you have any questions about it.

    Also, following rules will be used:

    • Simplified acting order for 1st round: If PCs have better average initiative, they act first, otherwise NPCs act first. This goes for 1st round of combat.
    • One short rest per encounter: plain and simple; exception to this is long rest
    • Unconscious PCs go first: they act before anything else happens, in effect losing turn. If they get back into fight, they continue acting with rest of PCs
    • One trigger per power: define single trigger for your triggered power and sort them by priority (see below for example). Triggered powers will be resolved by DM to minimize turn-reverting and waiting.
    • Dominated PCs go with NPCs: if someone is dominated, DM will play his turn and he will act with monsters.
    • Leveling up during adventure is legal, but character must be in home base to level up - this typically means Daunton or Bacarte
    • To encourage skill use in combat, skills will be given flexible treatment - basically if you think something might work and want to use skill for it, feel free to try. Most misc skills (such as knowledge) requireminor action. Some examples:
      • get generic info: knowledge: minor: 'what do I know about this monster?'
      • get specific info: knowledge: minor: 'this shimmering barrier that appeared here, what does it do?'
      • interact with some specific powers/effects: for example some monster powers can be disabled by using appropriate skills (ex: dominate that is breakable by religion or monster aura that can be disabled using arcana). This applies only to some specific powers and usually requires standard action and recognizing effects of such power
      • minor improvisation: minor or standard action required: mostly minor effects that have no clear rule treatment; ex: aiming attack at specific monster weakness (if it has one), exacting especially gruesome effect on grabbed minion monster, closing that crack in reality that just started opening...
      • major improvisation: generally requires multiple standard action, possibly expenditure of other resources such as healing surges, encounter or daily powers: basically if your character can do something similar, but effect you want is not described by the rules - example: use linked portal ritual to crack open that partially closed magical portal, using portal ritual to banish demon that just appeared back to hell, climb atop that iron golem so you can crack open its unarmored brain...

    NPC stats and combat map:

    • Monster mini-stats will be posted and kept up to date during the encounter. This will include defenses, HP and basic status effects
    • Monster triggered powers will not be posted or announced beforehand, keep eyes open in case those come into play
    • More exotic status effects or equivalent might or might not get posted beforehand, depending on monster and encounter
    • Auras will play at monsters' turn: to minimize turn-reverting, auras such as 'foe that enters aura takes 10 necrotic damage' will instead play as 'at start of creature's turn, foes in aura take 10 necrotic damage'
    • Google docs excel will be used for combat map(s)

    Out of combat skills, skill use and dice rolls:

    • Some skill effects will be put into blocks, along with DC (for example: perception DC 20); please do not look at these if you don't succeed appropriate skill roll or have equivalent passive skill level
    • Keep in mind this does not include all possible skill uses, some will be hidden for reason, so feel free to experiment
    • Use invisible castle or this forum's dice roller for rolls

    PC stats / other stuff:

    • Please post link to full character sheet and keep your mini-stats block up to date.
    • If you have more then few immediate/triggered powers, put those into block of their own. Please keep number of triggers per power to 1, at max 2 if you really have to (in which case they should be sorted by priority, see example below). Triggered powers will be resolved by DM.
    • Decide beforehand on color used for character speech, try to keep it visible (don't use light yellow, please) and different from rest of PCs.

    example mini-stats
    Status: Bloodied Init:+5 Speed: 5 Perception:22 Insight: 20
    AC:21 F/R/W:17/18/22 HP:30/61 Surges: 4/8 Surge Value: 15 AP: 1
    Languages:Allarian, Imperia, Draconic
    Str:8 Dex:14 Wis:14 Con:14 Int:10 Cha:22
    Powers:AtWill - JinxShot, Cutting Words
    Encounter- SecondWind, Fox'sCunning, Twin Strike, Grappling Spirits, Hunter's Quarry,Majestic Word (0/2), Words of Friendship, Chordof Dissonance, Rhyme of the Blood-Seeking Blade,Virtue of Prescience
    Daily- Arrowof Ill Omen, Arrow of Warning, Bracers of Archery, Inevitable Shot,Songbow of Vanishment, Warding Arrow
    Full Character Sheet <-- link should be included here if possible

    example triggered actions

    • Sorted in order of importance:
      - Opportunity Action (1/combatant): MBA if not marked and shift or attack not targeting me while in aura: +18 vs AC (+20 if slowed/immobilized), 1d10+8 and stance effect; 2 damage on miss
      - Opportunity Attack (1/combatant): MBA +18 vs AC (+20 if slowed/immobilized), 1d10+8 and stance effect
      - Guardian's Counter: (Immediate Interrupt) If ally w/ 2 sqs. hit by attack that drop them/bloodies and I am not also attacked: I and ally swap positions, I become target, and can make MBA after resolved; +17 vs AC (+18 if slowed/immobilized), 1d10+8 and stance effect;
      surge afterwards

    Posting frequency / limits:

    • to be determined, current plan is to have it at roughly 48 hours per out of combat 'scene' or combat turn. If single PC lags behind in combat, DM will take care of his turn, if more then one PC does not post on time, we wait for a while

    Treasure collected so far:
    • loot will be listed here

    XP / time so far:

    • aventure start date: recruiting underway, adventure has not started yet
    • XP acquired will be listed here

    OOC / Discussion / Suggestions ...

    • use [Adventure OOC] Shards of Eldanarth thread
    Last edited by MadAzolin; Thursday, 20th June, 2013 at 09:01 AM.

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    • recruiting done, adventure is underway
    Last edited by MadAzolin; Thursday, 20th June, 2013 at 09:02 AM.

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    Almost done with recruiting, we will be starting as soon as everyone selects his speech color (please don't make it light yellow) and posts character info.

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    Lama (Lvl 13)

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    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Zagreb, Croatia
    "Before we start, would someone like a star reading? I'm just finishing my own."

    OOC: Cast fortune power, you roll d20 three times and can use it for attack, save or non-trivial (DM decision) skill check

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    Myrmidon (Lvl 10)

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    Apr 2007
    Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    "I wouldn't mind one." Vermitrax says, walking slowly, his tone now closing and his writing gear folding inside the leather container and getting itself into the backpack carried by his shady servant. The tome flies and stores itself on a blue leather strap, that hangs on Vermitrax's side. The wizard walks up and, leaving his staff to stand by itself at his side, sits in front of Martelai.

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    Lama (Lvl 13)

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    Sep 2004
    Zagreb, Croatia
    "So, now let's see...tell me when and where are you born as precisely as you can. I will need to know if anything special happened when you were born, again, if you know." after some questioning, drawing of diagrams Martelai gives his prognosis..
    OOC: @Voda Vosa, roll d20 three times, so I don't get blamed for bad rolls

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    Minor Trickster (Lvl 4)

    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    A short female humanoid with a clinging ghostly green spider enters, looks for a suitably sized stool and occupies it.

    "Looks like we're off with another mob of arcanists, Lotte. Probably a feature of IAC expeditions," says Lilli. Lotte declines to answer; her many eyes are locked on a nearby mousehole.

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    Defender (Lvl 8)

    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Lerrick moves into the room quickly the stops abruptly Oh!...sorry. See then quietly moves to one side of the room and stands, watching Martelei scan his charts in front of the one who looks like someone who has practiced the art of magic.

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    Thaumaturgist (Lvl 9)

    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Saint Martin
    The invoker enters right behind Lerrick and almost bumps into her when she stops suddenly. Shaking his head at kids skitishness, he observes the ritual quietly.

    Cyr Stats

    Deva Invoker Scholar 8
    STATUS: none
    * Interrupt: Miraculous Fortune (damage reduced by 5, one ally get +1 power bonus to attack) - trigger: surprise attack by non-necrotic attack or critical hit by a non-minion
    * Reaction: Preserver's rebuke

    Initiative +12; Senses Passive Insight 25, Passive Perception 26
    HP 50/50, Bloodied 25, Surge Value 12+1, Surges 7/7
    AC 23; Fortitude 18, Reflex 22, Will 24

    Resist 9 radiant; Resist 9 necrotic

    * Battle Intuition - +2 to initiative, use Wisdom modifier instead of Dexterity
    * Superior Implement (Accurate Staff)
    * Coordinated Explosion - +1 to hit with blast and burst attacks if ally is in the area
    * Staff Expertise
    * Superior Will
    * ImprovedDefenses

    1 AP
    Saving Throws:

    Speed 5

    Vanguard's Lightning
    Hand of Radiance
    Rebuke Undead
    Preserver's Rebuke

    Blades of Astral Fires
    Second Wind
    Memory of Thousand Lifetimes
    Miraculous Fortune
    Falling Leaves
    Demand Justice
    Use Vulnerability
    Preservers Rebuke
    Rebuke Undead
    Tide of the First Storm

    Silent Malediction
    Searing Orb

    Staff of the warmage (daily free enlarge spell)
    Clearsense powder (consumable minor)
    Iron Skin Belt (daily minor): gain DR 5 TENT
    Curse Eye Tattoo (action point free): one enemy takes -2 to saves (save ends)
    Gauntlets of Remote Action (daily move): switch places with floating gauntlet
    Steadfast Boots (encounter minor): +2 all defenses TENT or until moved
    Storm shards (free): Trigger: use 5- level thunder or lightning power: push the target 2 squares. If it cannot be pushed it falls prone

    Last edited by MetaVoid; Wednesday, 3rd July, 2013 at 01:04 PM.

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