I introduced a gidim before book 1 without anyone knowing that it was a gidim. I made a false hydra one shot so the group could know each other before as their first mission together and it worked pretty well!
So I started the campaign with book 2. I'm giving the party 5 weeks of downtime before we start book 1. In that time, I'm preparing "something" for each of their characters to do for hopefully no longer then like 20-30 minutes real time. Goal is to have the downtime scenario be interesting, short and hint at things upcoming in the campaign.what exactly are you thinking the investigation would be? if it's just something like examining the body of one of sijhen's victims, i don't think that'd be too big of a deal. the players have an opportunity to do it with caius in book 3 itself, and they can't really get much from it (at least, not from the body itself - they can gather quite a bit from surrounding and prior evidence).
Woah! I'm just reading this now. Some of the players are "rightfully" a bit annoyed that they've been taken off the case. I wonder if I can get Captain Dale to request the expertise of Both pemberton, Harkover, and the Technologist PC. Especially since the technologist PC has a mechanical arm and i've been looking for a way to weave that into the plot.I am starting to reread ready for running again, and I was remined that what I brought forward as a diversion was the discovery of the broken golem where the steelshaper had prvented the Mindmaker and Kasavarina escaping. It left lots of interesting clues but nothing which could be followed up until the automata could be made to talk again which of course happenned when I wanted it
Right, I forgot the king and Harkover know Permberton is a dragon. Perhaps I'll get The Royal Technologist to be part of that scene with my Technologist player then, get Serena to secretly request for the two of them to investigate the scene with her. That will allow my investigator player another thread for discovering who is corrupt in the RHC.The PC's are running around like madmen doing all sorts of actual fun player type things, not sitting in an office making abusrdly difficult Engineering and Arcane Lore rolls(depending on your system). The mad technologist frpm my group helped out when he could but
A) he really was busy
B) At this time the Royal Technologist was a lot better than he was, by the end of the campaign something like 12 levels later Manuel could have made all the dice rolls with his eyes closed, while riding on his bat and cooking waffles on his mithril waffle iron. But at this point the Royal technologist had higher levels and skill focus in the appropriate skills
Pemberton would not be allowed anywhere anything considered secret or important , with a 1000 foot long fire proof pole. Harkover and the King know he is Gradiax the Steel Tyrant a Red Dragon with form for world conquest , he has to be a good candidate for being behind any cunning scheme encountered