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Brix
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Posted - 30 Dec 2010 :  15:52:46  Show Profile Send Brix a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Hi I'm running a moonsea campaign and created/collected some stuff. Feel free to use it for your gaming pleasure, add things or comment.

NEW EQUIPMENT QUALITIES

For this campaign I used a low magic level. To compensate I emphasise the use of special materials, and cultural differences with regards to equipment.

Orcmade Weapons
crude, brutal weapons with additonal blades and spikes
+1d4 slashing damage for melee weapons even if weapon don't causes slashing damage, +1 lb., exotic weapon for non-orcs.
Additional costs: Add 150 GP (only valuable for orcs)

Chondatan
- 20 % Weight.
Additional costs: must be masterwork. Add 100 GP.

Sembian
made of rare materials such as zalanter wood or special metal alloys
+5 material bonus to spellcraft check when enchanting item
Additional costs: must be masterwork. Costs thrice the cost of a typical item

Damaran
reinforced, more solid and durable weapons, ammunitions only have a 25% chance of breaking
+2 Hardness, double hit Points, +10 % weight
Additional costs: must be masterwork. Costs twice the cost of a typical item

Tyrran
+1 holy circumstance bonus on diplomacy (not cumulative with other items of that type)
Additional costs: must be masterwork. Add 50 GP & must blessed by cleric of minimum level 5

Banite
+1 holy circumstance bonus on intimidate (not cumulative with other items of that type)
Additional costs: must be masterwork. Add 50 GP. Add 50 GP & must blessed by cleric of minimum level 5

Elvencraft, Ammunition (Quivering Forest)
perfectly weighted, and carefully balanced projectiles or throwing weapons
increased range increment: +10 feet for thrown weapons, +20 feet for projectiles.
Additional costs: must be masterwork. Add 100 GP for thrown weapons, and add 1 GP per projectile.

Dwarvencraft (Dragonspine Mountains)
A dwarvencraft item's hardness increases by 2, and it gains an additional 10 hit points. In addition, it gains a +2 bonus on all saving throws (see smashing an object). All of these effects stack with the similar bonuses for magic items if the dwarvencraft item is made magical.
Additional costs: must be masterwork. Add 600 for weapons, and 300 for armors and shields.



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Brix
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PRESTIGE CLASS

For special order of Tyr based in Phlan

Knight of the Waiting
The Knights of the Waiting are an elite force of the church of Tyr, the "Waiting One." The Tyrrans are fanatics of justice and seek to enforce law and order everywhere they are. With his shining plate amour, proudly displaying the sign of his god, this man certainly looks impressive.

Knights of the Waiting stand at the forefront of the fight for their faith. The organization is based in Phlan, where the church of Tyr works hard to establish law and justice.

The symbol of the knights is the fabled Hammer of Tyr, which will be brought to the city soon. It is this symbol that the Knights of the Waiting carry proudly to the monster infested parts of the city and to every place around the Moonsea.

Knight of the Waiting

Hit Die: d10

Requirements
To qualify to become a Knight of the Waiting, a character must fulfill the following criteria.
Alignment: lawful good, neutral good or lawful neutral
Skills: Knowledge (Religion): 4 ranks, Sense Motive: 4 ranks.
Weapon Proficiency: Must be proficient with any hammer or sword (or appropriate weapon group)
Base Attack Bonus: +5
Patron: Tyr
Special: The character must serve the Waiting as a squire for no less than three months and be sponsored into the order by another knight. Once accepted, the character must spend a night in vigil and prayer to Tyr.

Class Skills
The Knight of the Waiting's class skills (and key ability for each skill) are Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Heal (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (religion) (Int), Knowledge (nobility and royality) (Int), Profession (Wis), Sense Motive (Wis).
Skill Points at Each Level: 2+ Int modifier

Class Features
All of the following are Class Features of the Knight of the Waiting prestige class:
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Knights of the Waiting are proficient with all simple and martial weapons, all types of armor, and shields (including tower shields).
Law of Tyr (Ex): A Knight of the Waiting has lawful authority in Phlan. A Knight of the Waiting gains a +1 circumstance bonus per class level to Diplomacy and Intimidate checks when acting on official Tyrran business.
Take Him Down (Ex): A Knight of the Waiting is practiced in subduing his opponents in order to bring them to proper justice later. At 1st level, the knight can deal nonlethal damage instead of lethal damage with no penalty to his attack roll. He must announce his intend to do so before rolling his attack.
Empower Hammer (Su): You can invoke the name of Tyr and grant your hammer +1 holy weapon bonus while you hold it.
Spiritual Hammer (Su): At 2nd level you can cast Spiritual Weapon once per day for a number of rounds equal to the knight's level plus his Charisma bonus (if any)
Smite Infidel (Su): Beginning at 2nd level a Knight of the Waiting may choose a type of infidel from the following list: outsiders, spellcasters, goblinoids, giants or undead. Once a day at 2nd level, the knight may attempt to smite a chosen infidel with one normal melee attack (like paladin class ability)
Zone of Truth (Su): At 3rd level you can invoke a zone of truth in Tyr's name. All creature within a 30 foot radius suffer a -10 penalty on bluff checks
Hammer of Justice (Su): At 3rd level you can cause your hammer to become ‘shocking’, doing +1d6 electrical damage (see shock weapon quality). You can use that ability once per day for a number of rounds equal to the knight's level plus his Charisma bonus (if any)
Valor of Tyr (Su): At 4th level, a Knight of the Waiting benefits from the Knowledge, that he is part of one of the most courageous order of Tyr's faith. The strenght of this conviction grants him a +4 morale bonus to all fear effects, and once per day as a free action the knight may steel his resolve and gain immunity to fear for a number of rounds equal to his Charisma bonus (if any)
Resist Illusions (Ex): At 4th level you gain a +2 bonus to resist illusions.
Spiritual Sword (Su): At 5th level you can summon two spiritual weapons at once, a sword and a hammer (see 2nd level ability)
Align Weapon (Su): A weapon you wield automatically becomes lawful, with regards to overcome damage reduction, etc.
True Form (Su): Once per day you can force a shapechanged or magically altered creature to reveal its true form. The creature must be within 30 feet of the Knight, and is granted a saving throw to resist the effect. The DC to resist is 10+ Cha bonus + knight's level.
Holy Hammer (Su): At 7th level a hammer or sword you wield automatically gains the holy weapon quality. A holy weapon is imbued with holy power. This power makes the weapon good-aligned and thus bypasses the corresponding damage reduction. It deals an extra 2d6 points of damage against all of evil alignment. It bestows one negative level on any evil creature attempting to wield it
Unyielding Will of Tyr (Ex): At 7th level you gain a +2 bonus to resist mind-affecting spells or abilities, charms or compulsions

Table: Knight of the Waiting

Level BAB Fort Ref Will Special
1st +1 +2 +0 +2 Law of Tyr, Take Him Down, Empower Hammer
2nd +2 +3 +0 +3 Smite Infidel, Spiritual Hammer
3rd +3 +3 +1 +3 Zone of Truth, Hammer of Justice
4th +4 +4 +1 +4 Valor of Tyr, Resist Illusions
5th +5 +4 +1 +4 Spiritual Sword
6th +6 +5 +2 +4 Align Weapon, True Form
7th +7 +5 +2 +4 Holy Hammer, Unyielding Will of Tyr

Equipment
As a Knight of the Waiting you get the following equipment for free
Masterwork Hammer
Masterwork Longsword
3 x Potion of Cure Light Wounds
Heavy Crossbow (or Longbow), #60 ammunition
Tyrran Half Plate: This is a custom suit of Half-Plate, forged for the elite forces of the church of Tyr. All pieces are of masterwork quality giving the wearer a maximum of comfort and flexibility combined with outstanding protection.

Code of Conduct
As a Knight of the Waiting you have to follow a simple code of honor which is based on the dogma of the church of Tyr. In addition you must pay homage to Tyr each day, seek out and vanquish evil wherever it may dwell, obey the orders of superior knight, show honor when fighting honorable foes, and be prepared to sacrifice ones life for the greater good.

Ex-Knight of the Waiting
A knight who grossly violates this Code (by refusing orders or letting evil go unpunished, for example) loses all Knight of the Waiting abilities. He can no longer progress as a Knight of the Waiting until he atones for his violations by seeking a cleric of Tyr (see the atonement spell description).

Multiclass Notes
Paladin characters are allowed to multiclass with the Knight of the Waiting class. In other words, a character with paladin levels can take a Knight of the Waiting level, then return to the paladin class for his next level, without penalty.

History of the Knights
The Knights of the Waiting were founded in 1339 by the Tyrran bishop Braccio and some of his followers after receiving a vision from his god. Their first project is to liberate Phlan from it's inhuman infestation and to spread the word of Tyr around the Moonsea. Phlan was once a stronghold of Tyrrans. The order was created in the spirit of these old soldiers of Tyr. Currently the order consists only of a handful of knights (none higher than level 3)


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Brix
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Posted - 30 Dec 2010 :  16:03:48  Show Profile Send Brix a Private Message  Reply with Quote
REGIONAL TRAITS

a la Pathfinder RPG

Mooneye
The Moonsea region is a harsh and dangerous place. You expect trouble at every turn. You get a +1 trait bonus for initiative checks and perception skill checks.

Vaasan Hound
The untamed wasteland of Vaasa is a cold and weary place. You are one of the tough, quite and stern humans of Vaasa. You get a +1 trait bonus for Fortitude saving throws.



Edited by - Brix on 30 Dec 2010 16:11:11
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Brix
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Posted - 30 Dec 2010 :  16:07:00  Show Profile Send Brix a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A Fine Animal Companion

Vaasan Wolfhound
The Vaasan wolfhound is a massive guard and war dog that is today bred primarily by nobles , merchants, and Vaasan Houndmasters (Rangers). These dogs are prized for their intelligence and loyalty. The average specimen stands nearly three feet tall at the shoulder and weighs around 200 pounds, though some large males have been known to reach 250 pounds.
These impressive and loyal dogs generally are of great size and commanding appearance, the Vaasan wolfhound is remarkable in combining power and swiftness with keen sight. They are very muscular, strong though gracefully built; movements easy and active; head and neck carried high, the tail carried with an upward sweep with a slight curve towards the extremity.
This breed is an excellent guard dog, guarding both home and flock loyally. Vaasan wolfhounds will fight to the death to defend their master.
Vaasan wolfhounds are used in military strategy in the Cold Lands. Vaasan wolfhounds can unmount knights or break the lines of enemies. The sight and sound of a wave of a pack of charging Vaasan wolfhounds has been known to cause terror among even the most experienced soldiers.

XP 200
N Medium Animal
Init +2; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +8

DEFENSE
AC 13, touch 12, flat-footed 11 (+2 Dex, +1 natural)
hp 13 (2d8+4)
Fort +5, Ref +5, Will +1;

OFFENSE
Speed 40 ft.,
Melee bite +3 (1d6+3 plus trip)

STATISTICS
Str 15, Dex 15, Con 15, Int 3, Wis 12, Cha 11
Base Atk +1; CMB +3; CMD 15 (19 vs. trip)
Feats Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Acrobatics +6 (+14 jumping), Perception +8, Survival +1 (+5 scent tracking); Racial Modifiers +4 Acrobatics when jumping, +4 Survival when tracking by scent

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Loyal Beyond Death (Ex)
If a Vaasan Wolfshound is fighting in direct defense of its master or its master’s family or property, the Vaasan Wolfshound will continue fighting even if its hit points fall below 0. The Vaasan Wolfshound is staggered and loses 1 hp each round, and finally dies once its hit points reach a negative total equal to its Constitution score.

Frightful Howl (Ex): As a standard action, a Vaasan Wolfhound can emit a howl in a 60-foot-radius spread that affects opponents with fewer Hit Dice or levels than the Vaasan Wolfhound has. The affected creature must make a successful Will save DC 12 (DC 10 + ˝ HD + Cha) or become shaken for 2d4 rounds. Success indicates that the target is immune to that Vaasan Wolfhound's frightful howl for one day. Frightful howl is a mind-affecting fear effect.

ECOLOGY
Environment Any
Organization Solitary, pair, or pack (3-10)
Treasure None
Carrying Capacity: A light load for a Vaasan Wolfshound is up to 99 pounds; a medium load, 100-200 pounds; a heavy load, 201-300 pounds. A Vaasan Wolfshound can drag 1,500 pounds.
Vaasan wolfhounds are very intelligent and can learn up to nine tricks (see handle animal skill)
Average Price: 150gp (untrained)



Edited by - Brix on 30 Dec 2010 16:08:53
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Wenin
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Posted - 30 Dec 2010 :  17:39:24  Show Profile Send Wenin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Nice. Thank you for sharing these.

Session Reports posted at RPG Geek.
Stem the Tide Takes place in Mistledale.
Dark Curtains - Takes place in the Savage North, starting in Nesmé. I wrapped my campaign into the Hoard of the Dragon Queen, but it takes place in 1372 DR.
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Diffan
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Very interesting. I'm going to be running a v3.5 campaign very soon called "Heroes of the Moonsea" which involves the PCs completing some minor quests then on to the Sons of Gruumsh adventure. From there, then on to the Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor and possibly finishing up with the City of the Spider Queen modules. I've owned these for some time but just never ran them. The Moonsea seemed like a great start for the PCs and I've yet to run a campaign in this region.

Plus I'm being very cut-throat with magical items, spell selection, and DM'ing style. No easy Resurrections. Little in the way of help from outside sources. These ideas are great for more in-depth info on the area and equipment.
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Brix
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quote:
Originally posted by Diffan

Very interesting. I'm going to be running a v3.5 campaign very soon called "Heroes of the Moonsea"

Nice! If you use some of the stuff, please tell me if they liked it ;)

quote:
The Moonsea seemed like a great start for the PCs and I've yet to run a campaign in this region.

For me the Moonsea, Dalelands, and Cormyr are very much the Heart of the Realms. Especially the Moonsea area is great, and not much explored. Check out Monument of the Ancient. It's set in 4E Realms but has some nice lore.

quote:

Plus I'm being very cut-throat with magical items, spell selection, and DM'ing style...


I also try to keep magic level low. Exceptions are places like Lantan, Silverymoon, Aglarond, Thay, etc to inspire awe in the players when they encounter high magic.

As for mundane weapons I use the following rules, that might be helpful for your campaign, too.

First we have masterwork weapons: The item was made by a master smith. Gives a flat +1 enhancement bonus for weapons and -1 to armor check penalty for armors

Then we have mastercraft weapons: High-quality materials were used when the item was crafted. They can also provide a +1 material bonus for weapons and decrease the armor check penalty by 1. In addition materials can have additional effects as per list below

Adamantine
Bone (A&EG)
Bronze (A&EG)
Chitin (A&EG)
Cold Iron
Dragonhide
Copper, Alchemical (MoF)
Darksteel (MoF)
Duskwood (MoF)
Gold, Alchemical (MoF)
Mithral
Platinum, Alchemical (MoF)
Silver, Alchemical
Silversheen
Steel (DMG)
Stone (A&EG)
Wood (DMG)
Zalantar (Darkwood)

So you can have magical weapons and armor up to +2, with cool qualities, without the use of magic.

My experience is that players, become more interested in their stuff, and actively seek out these materials.

When a magic item comes in to play, I always to make it a named item, with a little backstory.

Enjoy


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Diffan
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So I'm starting my campaign "Heroes of the Moonsea" soon, got the first adventure from the Original Adventures section over at Wiz-bro site and I'm running The Burning Plage adventure (1st level characters).

The adventure starts in some village named Dvarik's Pass (non-Realms) but I'm thinking of placing it in the town of Glister instead. Problem is, there is very little info on the town of Glister so I've had to do alot of homebrew. I know there's some 2e/AD&D info but I don't have access to those sources and I don't feel like paying the $3.00 for the Polyhedron(sp?)#88 issue with the info about the town. So I'll probably just use the Dvarik's Pass town info for Glister and add in my own NPCs including the ones presented in the adventure. If anyone has info on Glister, that'd be really helpful.

I've also got a question for you fellow scribes: How often have you used special materials in your campaigns? Like the ones listed in the Magic of Faerun supplement? I've got a Zhent commander using a Dlarun shortsword (masterwork, +1 frost damage) but I don't want to flood the market/bad-guy gear with this stuff so how rare are these types of metals?

Also, any advice on just general DMing a more strict game? I mean strict in spell selection, magical item selection? Also, a PC wants to be a Zhent spy in the party, so is this a good plot idea or does it spell ruin for my campaign?

BTW, I'm going to use alot of your ideas here Brix, so thanks for posting them
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Brix
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quote:
Originally posted by Diffan
How often have you used special materials in your campaigns?


I used them instead of magical items.
The ratio is approximatly:
mundane item / special material item / magical item
85 % / 10 % / 5%


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Brix
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And you can make these materials more rare if you further differentiate between common an rare materials.
e.g.
d100
steel 1 - 30
mithral 31 - 35
darksteel 36 - 40
...


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Brix
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Another thing you can do is, give weapons quasi magical properties through the use of alchemical substances: Thus you can use alchemists instead of mages.

Alchemical enhancements
Certain potions and oils can be used to create short time effects for weapons.
Flaming
Acid
Poison
Keen

You can also consider to use alchemical substances against monsters. See also Supernatural tv series how to fight demons, and other monsters

Belladonna
Belladonna is a rare plant that seems to have an adverse effect on were-creatures. The plant is used like a potion and will temporarily protect the user from shapechanger attacks.
Price: 20 gp/use

Garlic
Garlic is well known as an herb for flavoring foods. It also is used to repulse vampires.
5 sp / use


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Diffan
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All of this is great stuff. Since I'm running published adventures, I'm fairly certain that Magical items will be more available but when they go up against important BBEG's or even some strong NPCs they'll definitly have some of this on their persons.
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Brix
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I also use the godess Murdane in that region, as well as well as cults of
Maram of the Great Spear
Haask, Voice of Hargut
Tyranthraxus the Flamed One
Borem of the Lake of Boiling Mud
Camnod the Unseen

The following entry is reposted from another source. I can't remember where I found it.

Murdane
Aliases:The Lady of Logic
Symbol: Three concentric circles
Alignment: N
Portfolio: Reasoning, sensibleness, deduction
Weapon: Light hammer
Domains: Balance, Fate, Knowledge, Planning
The dead god Murdane, Helm's lost love, was a lesser deity of reason and pragmatism worshipped primarily by the people of Jhaamdath. Also known as the Firstborn and the Daughter of Reason, her worship rose to prominence with the fall of Savras, and was ended only a short time later as gods reckon such matters, when the deity Lathander indirectly caused her destruction during the Dawn Cataclysm.
Today, evidence of her worship is noted only in ancient scholarly tomes or by reference to ancient temple ruins that can be found in the lands of the Vilhon Reach and other regions that were colonized in the Jhaamdathan diaspora. Maybe sired by Auppenser


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arry
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Thank you for putting up such excellent ideas for us to use
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Wenin
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I just checked my magazine collection, and I'm not finding mention of Glister in polyhedron issue #88. There is an article from Greenwood on a the Vast within the magazine.

Session Reports posted at RPG Geek.
Stem the Tide Takes place in Mistledale.
Dark Curtains - Takes place in the Savage North, starting in Nesmé. I wrapped my campaign into the Hoard of the Dragon Queen, but it takes place in 1372 DR.
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quote:
Originally posted by Wenin

I just checked my magazine collection, and I'm not finding mention of Glister in polyhedron issue #88. There is an article from Greenwood on a the Vast within the magazine.



Hmmm, though I read somewhere that there was an adventure called Cold to the Bones or something similiar that took place or mentioned Glister. Thanks for checking anyways Wenin .
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Wenin
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I have a large library of the magazines. I'm trying to find the article, as I have a campaign occurring in Thar and would like to see some info on Glister. What kind of article is it? Is it one devoted to Glister? Is it an adventure?

I found mention of Glister in #80 Polyhedron, but the article doesn't go into much detail about the town. During these issues Ed was publishing a series of articles all named "Everwinking Eye" They are all writeups of the lore around the Moonsea.

Session Reports posted at RPG Geek.
Stem the Tide Takes place in Mistledale.
Dark Curtains - Takes place in the Savage North, starting in Nesmé. I wrapped my campaign into the Hoard of the Dragon Queen, but it takes place in 1372 DR.
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quote:
Originally posted by Diffan

Hmmm, though I read somewhere that there was an adventure called Cold to the Bones or something similiar that took place or mentioned Glister. Thanks for checking anyways Wenin .


The article is titled "As Cold as Bare Fingers" and it's found in issue #81 of Polyhedron. It was the Elminster's Everwinking Eye article for that issue.

Edited by - Halidan on 30 Jan 2011 01:49:52
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Wenin
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Thanks Halidan. Found it =)

Session Reports posted at RPG Geek.
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Dark Curtains - Takes place in the Savage North, starting in Nesmé. I wrapped my campaign into the Hoard of the Dragon Queen, but it takes place in 1372 DR.
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quote:
Originally posted by Brix

I also use the godess Murdane in that region, as well as well as cults of
Maram of the Great Spear
Haask, Voice of Hargut
Tyranthraxus the Flamed One
Borem of the Lake of Boiling Mud
Camnod the Unseen



With Bane fueling the spells?
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Posted - 02 Feb 2011 :  17:37:59  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Another Moonsea campaigner — well met, Brix!

So that's myself, Rhewtani, indians, Brix, and Diffan. Ruins of Adventure seems to be the most popular module around, though maybe only around Candlekeep.

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Brix
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quote:
Originally posted by Rhewtani

quote:
Originally posted by Brix

I also use the godess Murdane in that region, as well as well as cults of
Maram of the Great Spear
Haask, Voice of Hargut
Tyranthraxus the Flamed One
Borem of the Lake of Boiling Mud
Camnod the Unseen



With Bane fueling the spells?



When you delve into the available Lore, you'll find that some of these (still) have a life of their own. I don't have a masterplan however. Maybe Matt James has one


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Brix
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quote:
Originally posted by Arik

Another Moonsea campaigner — well met, Brix!

So that's myself, Rhewtani, indians, Brix, and Diffan. Ruins of Adventure seems to be the most popular module around, though maybe only around Candlekeep.



If you take the module as written, it's pretty lame
BUT! If you read the novel, collect the existing lore, and rebuilt it from scratch, PoR is THE mother of all adventure. With little effort you can make an epic adventure. I DM'ed PoR the third time, and always find something new.


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Ayrik
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Each one of us has done exactly that, Brix. Plain vanilla FRC1 is rather dull, but it's superbly well-suited for blending in other flavours.

FRC1 has always been among my personal favourites, though I'll admit the CRPG didn't really impress me and I never liked the novel at all. Out of curiosity — where did you choose to locate the pool?

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Ours is in the cavern beneath Castle Valjevo, since I did use the book and computer game to fix up th emodule. Taking a comment from Hooded One and looking for a way to fix up Pools of Darkness, I determined that the Well of Knowledge in Old Verdigris, a pool beneath Hulburg, and a pool in the temple of Loviatar are also at least compatible with the Pool of Radiance in Phlan.

Yeah, if you pick through all of Brian's and Matt's expansions to the list from Ruins of Adventure, you'll pick up that Bane, Bhaal, and Myrkul, at the very least, pimp slapped each of those at some time.
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I still haven't read the James's Monument of the Ancients adventure; I don't subscribe to DDi so I'm hoping this adventure will eventually appear in print somehow. But what I've read about it suggests that a lot of "blanks" related to PoR get filled in with official canon. I don't think a specific location for the Pool of Radiance is given, though Matt seemed slightly evasive about answering when I asked him.

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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 03 Feb 2011 :  00:44:17  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I started a D&D game with the Ruins of Adventure as centerpoint for the game...but it is in a holding pattern right now.

Awesome setting for adventure though...

The Old Grey Box and AD&D for me!
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Brix
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Posted - 03 Feb 2011 :  12:59:00  Show Profile Send Brix a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Arik

FRC1 has always been among my personal favourites, though I'll admit the CRPG didn't really impress me


I was a big Gold Box fan, and played every single game. PoR more than once. Since I played it at the time these games were released, I loved. By todays standards its hard to play them again.
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and I never liked the novel at all.


I very much liked the novel, but I'm not a native speaker, so maybe the novel sounds childish or something for englisch natives. For me it was fun to read, and I used many themes from the book (see below)
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Out of curiosity — where did you choose to locate the pool?


I adhered to the book, and placed it in the castle. However as Pools of Darkness and available Pool lore suggests, there are more Pools - somewhere


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Brix
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Posted - 03 Feb 2011 :  13:22:50  Show Profile Send Brix a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Themes I used from the novel and other sources

Yarash is from the creator races. The pyrmaid is heavily flavored as something alien
Gensor the Mage playes a major role behind the scene
Cadorna is played as a foppish drama queen, but cunning, and powerhungry. He has his moment in the very last scene when the players killed the dragon and Gensor's invisibilty spells fades and he jumps into the pool (rem
The Black Watch, a Zhentarim powered mercenary group, who acts as Cadornas privat army in the last chapter
Nomads are Barbarians from Leewai, the are in the are because of an ancient prophesy, that is related to T. or some of the other lost gods
Kobold Kingdom is connected to a Dragon
Lizards are neutral, but can be won as allies for one side or the other
and so on...

What alterations did you made to the original adventure?



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Diffan
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Posted - 04 Feb 2011 :  15:19:29  Show Profile Send Diffan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Brix

quote:
Originally posted by Arik

FRC1 has always been among my personal favourites, though I'll admit the CRPG didn't really impress me


I was a big Gold Box fan, and played every single game. PoR more than once. Since I played it at the time these games were released, I loved. By todays standards its hard to play them again.




So I'm guessing this adventue is pre-3E? If so, then how hard is it to convert to 3e/v3.5? And what levels does it take you through?
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Rhewtani
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Posted - 04 Feb 2011 :  16:18:17  Show Profile Send Rhewtani a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's definitely pre 3E. It's more or less meant to take you through, I'd say ... 1st through 6th or 7th. It details the events that took place in Phlan in 1340.

It's not hard to convert, but you basically need to take the "flavor" of each encounter and rebuild it. You're supposed to face a dragon at the end, with two fully armored fighter body guards. So, the PCs need to be of a level that a dragon-fight makes sense.

The adventure abounds with continuity glitches and a lack of a truly logical outline. You have to go through the first few paragraphs of each city section to get an idea of the order things will happen in.

To fill in the gaps I used the novel, which actually creates a little more extra work that it sounds like. It's almost as if the adventure guys took the novel and ripped it up into small pieces and then worked from the scraps.

In the novel, Tyranthraxus is after 6 ioun stones that are very important. In the adventure, every monster and their cousin has a ioun stone ~ in fact, there's a ghost that gives ioun stone away for free.

In the novel, Shal has come to Phlan to look for her master Ranthor, who had come to aide his old firend Denlor. She is joined by Ren, a rogue from Waterdeep, and Tarl a cleric from Vaasa. In the adventure, there's a human wizard who will join the party if they will help her find her missing mentor, Ren the Wizard.

In the novel, there's a nefarious wizard named Gensor. At the end of the novel, he manages to steal the dragon's hoard and the heroes never realize it's there. They don't mind, as they've already reclaimed the Hammer of Tyr artifact, and Shal got here using a ring of 3 wishes, anyway. In the adventure, there's no hoard, there's no Pool of Radiance, and there's no Hammer of Tyr.

So, I worked through all of those issues in my adventure. I actually allowed Shal, Ren, and Tarl to exist, though each had been killed. The ioun stones T was after are "ioun spheres" which are more powerful ioun stones. One of the PCs ran a paladin of ilmater who knew Tarl. One pc ran a wizard who had trained under Ranthor.
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