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D&D 5E Sample adventure to test 5E in high level (15th) play. Any takers?

Mort

Legend
Supporter

Odds are it's either a healing potion (regular, of course) or a cursed item.

Also the contract is about as typical an adhesion contract as it gets, so pretty much unenforceable under most circumstances, but :

1. We need to get by this guy so one person risks signing and we go ;

2. I rolled a 6 so works for me!
 

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Mort

Legend
Supporter
Odds are it's either a healing potion (regular, of course) or a cursed item.

Also the contract is about as typical an adhesion contract as it gets, so pretty much unenforceable under most circumstances, but :

1. We need to get by this guy so one person risks signing and we go ;

2. I rolled a 6 so works for me!

Edit : also 3. This is about as "not most circumstances" as things get!
 




Kobold Stew

Last Guy in the Airlock
Supporter
Alvin looks at the contract, and scratches his head. He is sure he was told to make a deal, and he is prepared to tie this devil's freedom to his own. But already things have changed, and he doesn;'t know who is committing what. And again there is a soul clause, which he knows -- he knows -- Lanthander would not want him to sign.

He looks up. "Where's the other one?" he asks. He cannot read the Duke of Cania's expression, try as he might. "The other contract, the one you would have presented if I had accepted the other deal as well. If you already had my soul, this contract would have made no sense." He points roughly where his more legally minded companions had been pointing in the contract.

"You have my word already, and you have yet to tell us what we are in fact dealing for. But the deals were supposed to be separate from each other. So show us the other contract, please."
 

jayoungr

Legend
Supporter
Alvin looks to Asa and Elina, and asks, "But does any of this actually say what the thing we get is?"
"He just said it was a magic item. Could be anything. But he kind of implied it came from those zombies, and they made it this far, so they can't have been too weak? Of course, they could still have been carrying some pretty basic gear. Bottom line is, we either take it, whatever it is, or fight him."
 

Mort

Legend
Supporter
"He just said it was a magic item. Could be anything. But he kind of implied it came from those zombies, and they made it this far, so they can't have been too weak? Of course, they could still have been carrying some pretty basic gear. Bottom line is, we either take it, whatever it is, or fight him."
Yep, and as for the soul forfeit clause - that's IF the signer reneges on helping him escape not automatic like the service contract. Pays to be cautious, but we have to move past this guy!
 

Asisreo

Fiendish Attorney
"What if those that sign it fail the mission to apprehend the item we're looking for? What happens to their soul under unintended failure?"
 

Mort

Legend
Supporter
"What if those that sign it fail the mission to apprehend the item we're looking for? What happens to their soul under unintended failure?"
It's not mission failure it's reneging on helping the fiend escape, not really the same goal!
 

Asisreo

Fiendish Attorney
Was that in character? If it was Galvich responds the following, otherwise I'm just going to ask OoC:

So, if they unwillingly are unable to aid the freedom of the devil through something like death, they aren't going to be damned to hell, right? For example, a premature death won't damn them?
 

Mort

Legend
Supporter
Was that in character? If it was Galvich responds the following, otherwise I'm just going to ask OoC:

So, if they unwillingly are unable to aid the freedom of the devil through something like death, they aren't going to be damned to hell, right? For example, a premature death won't damn them?
It wasn't "in character" for Bartholomew unless he's been pointed out that part of the contract! Bartholomew totally missed it on his own read through.
 

Alvin looks at the contract, and scratches his head. He is sure he was told to make a deal, and he is prepared to tie this devil's freedom to his own. But already things have changed, and he doesn;'t know who is committing what. And again there is a soul clause, which he knows -- he knows -- Lanthander would not want him to sign.

He looks up. "Where's the other one?" he asks. He cannot read the Duke of Cania's expression, try as he might. "The other contract, the one you would have presented if I had accepted the other deal as well. If you already had my soul, this contract would have made no sense." He points roughly where his more legally minded companions had been pointing in the contract.

"You have my word already, and you have yet to tell us what we are in fact dealing for. But the deals were supposed to be separate from each other. So show us the other contract, please."

The Archdevil repeats the same process, presenting to you a second contract. This one purports to allow you his services in any one task, for a maximum duration of 1 minute, plus his ongoing guidance and counseling, and a magic item, in exchange for your immortal soul and a ticket out of the plane.

'If you change your mind again Paladin, you should strongly consider signing that second contract. You would save the lives of so very many, in exchange for something as trivial as your soul.''

''It would be a heroic sacrifice really. A truly noble deed, fitting for a hero such as yourself. I'm sure your God Lathander
(he spits the name out) would understand, and show you mercy for such an act.'
 

Kobold Stew

Last Guy in the Airlock
Supporter
Alvin tears the second contract, and lets the pieces fall, disappointed that the devil is playing so true to his nature. Alvin knows he doesn't understand the first contract fully, and the nuances are lost on him.

"You know that is not what I meant, Duke of Cania. I do not bargain with souls. This contract with us is not like those you have always made. You want to leave this place, and I have given you my word that I would do what I can to accomplish that, if you let us pass. That should be enough for you, given that we are the best hope you have had to leave in some time." (Here Alvin gestures at the zombies around the devil.) "You surely have sufficient magics even in this place to know that, by Lathander, I am speaking truly."

"You say you have an item that can help us, but you will not say what it is. More games. If you present it to us now, show us what it is that may help us secure your freedom, now that I have given you my oath, we can consider this..." He waves the initial contract he had been presented. "The truth is you want your freedom again, and your not agreeing to let us pass is nothing but stubborn pride."
 

Alvin tears the second contract, and lets the pieces fall, disappointed that the devil is playing so true to his nature. Alvin knows he doesn't understand the first contract fully, and the nuances are lost on him.

"You know that is not what I meant, Duke of Cania. I do not bargain with souls. This contract with us is not like those you have always made. You want to leave this place, and I have given you my word that I would do what I can to accomplish that, if you let us pass. That should be enough for you, given that we are the best hope you have had to leave in some time." (Here Alvin gestures at the zombies around the devil.) "You surely have sufficient magics even in this place to know that, by Lathander, I am speaking truly."

"You say you have an item that can help us, but you will not say what it is. More games. If you present it to us now, show us what it is that may help us secure your freedom, now that I have given you my oath, we can consider this..." He waves the initial contract he had been presented. "The truth is you want your freedom again, and your not agreeing to let us pass is nothing but stubborn pride."
Make me a charisma persuasion check.
 



OOC: CHA (Persuasion): 1d20+10=27 (second roll = 25 if help applies; 27 in either case.
He pauses for a second, before (again) clicking his fingers, producing a stoppered potion vial containing what appears to be mercury or some kind of liquified iron.

This shall be my gift to you. Its magic renders the imbiber all but immune to harm for a minute. A boon to your quest, in exchange for the price of my freedom.

He rolls it around in his hands, patiently waiting for you to sign the contract, his other hand straying near his spiked black mace.
 


"You see? Already we have an understanding. Let us pass, and and you shall have your contract."

You sign contract number 1 (the non sell your soul one)?

The Zombie also provided you with a very sharp quill, but no ink. The implication is pretty clearly that it needs to be signed in your blood.
 

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