Reset Era Players Present: Reign of Fear -- A D&D 5e Play-By-Post Campaign

Oct 26, 2017
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Keranos scratches his head thoughtfully. "You want to do this right now? I suppose we are short on time. I'd like to at least spend an hour or two observing the door of the room, to try and get a sense of guard rotations and patrols. That is, assuming we can find a place that's safe for me to appear to be sleeping in within a hundred feet of the room. The quarters where one of us are assigned to sleep for the night would be ideal."

Keranos tries to find a room that wouldn't arouse suspicion for those purposes. If he can find one, he spends two hours watching the outside of the target room.
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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Fhiess nods at Keranos' suggestion, "Perhaps now is a good time to find some dinner while on watch." Something sparks in his mind, "Do you think there is someone that regularly brings food and drink to the room? That might be something to consider."
 
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((I'm too lazy to come up with something in Dungeon Painter, so I totally stole this map and called it good. Ludwig is outside and can stick his head in through the window right by the guard. Everyone else, I'll let you pick your starting positions.

If you want to cause a distraction by causing a commotion without the aid of something like smoke bombs, that's a Performance roll. If you're going to use smoke bombs, I guess you don't need a roll, but the added attention will raise the DC of any other rolls. If you want to try to talk your way past the guard by pretending to be food service or something, that's Deception or Persuasion, I'll allow whichever is higher for you. Any attempt to open the door is going to require a Stealth roll.

Keranos would be able hide in any of the closet-looking spaces with relative ease. In the interest of getting things moving along, we can assume that the room was staked out long enough to determine the following:
  • There is sporadic traffic through the floor, but none of them would be considered any sort of patrol. Crullus may not feel the need to police the interior of the fort, perhaps?
  • No one comes to relieve the Shining Guard stationed in front of the door, and no one brings him food or drink, either.
  • Maybe it's the fact that no one brings him food or drink that he never seems to need the privy, because he is rooted to that spot.
  • The Shining Guard seem incredibly disciplined. He strikes an imposing figure in his full battle armor regalia, never so much as clearing his throat as he stands vigil over the door.
  • Wait, is it possible that Crullus has just set up an empty suit of armor in front of the chambers to discourage unwanted visitors?
  • No, that's dumb.
Think that about covers it.))
 
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((Hm, not even sure what a critical failure looks like for smelling. Doesn't matter anyway, because my d100 grants you mercy and nothing bad happens))

Sagishi's fox form grants him any number of advantages, not the least of which being that he is small and easy to hide and has an impeccable sense of smell. With that in mind he lifts his muzzle to the air and attempts to get a good whiff of the Shining Guard standing sentry outside their target.

The results are stunning. Impossible.

The Shining Guard bears the unmistakable scent of the J'Raffa! Perhaps he is some sort of bipedal relative? Could this person be related to the mysterious assailant in the red armor that Ludwig seeks to deliver his vengeance upon? Ludwig is right there outside the open window through which a steady breeze flows, Sagishi could just ask him if... Oh.

Well, that explains that.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Sagishi's inconclusive report gives Keranos an idea. He attempts to scan the surface thoughts of the person inside the armor, if there is anyone at all.

Whatever he finds, he will telepathically relay to Sagishi and Galen.

((Cast Detect Thoughts on the person in the armor. Not going to try to pry deeper just yet))
 
Oct 31, 2017
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((Given the range on Primeval Awareness exceeds the size of the map, would it appear there might be any humanoids in the general area of that room?
Not necessarily specifically in the room, as Primeval Awareness wouldn't be so precise.))
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Telepathically, Keranos transmits:

There is something off about whatever is in that armor. Possibly even inhuman. Perhaps it would be prudent to confront the Governor about the company he keeps in his employ, rather than continue on with this subterfuge. For something tells me that we shan't enter the room without causing a messy conflict with whatever is standing guard here.
 
Oct 31, 2017
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((I really want to know what has drawn this reaction from Keranos, and the curiosity is, well, driven by intrigue. I can't even take clever responses about Vecna as inspiration for Creative Writing Challenge entries!

l also, very much in trepidation, bring Greater Favored Enemy to bear and ask if Primeval Awareness finds something that does not belong, something that should not be on our plane; does Galen find the presence of aberrations within this slice of the world.

And if this thing turns out to be a construct, we will all laugh at Galen's favored enemy choices, I am sure.

As for Keranos' message, Mike , was it ruled that the recipients could respond?

ThLunarian , I've got a couple different possible readings of "Whatever he finds, he will telepathically relay to Sagishi and Galen." Could you clarify that for me, please? Is he relaying something before your latest post, or, as I think is the likely case, is this fulfilled with the latest post?

PS:
MoonlitBow , thanks for the Vecna inspiration for the last CWC.))
 
Oct 25, 2017
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While Sagishi sniffs around seeking a trail, a paw suddenly pushes on the back of his head while Fawks tries to gnaw at his head.

When receiving the message, Fhiess nods, "I agree with the idea. We might have learned much with so little info just now." He turns to Ludwig, "Something tells me we don't have much of an audience for a fun distraction."
 
Keranos' s revelation of the suit not being occupied by a human, is good enough of an explanation for Sagishi as to why he can't smell the thing properly and why Ludwig seems to be the only thing... he flinches and his fur bristles when suddenly something gnaws his ear. Only his dedication to the task at hand stops him from letting out a suprised yip.
He turns his head to find Fhiess's pet awfully close to him. For a moment he considers shushing her away, but it would probably just hurt his friend's feeling. So instead he just carefully lifts a paw and tries to gently yet firmly push her aside. A venture that only seems to encourage the creature in her playfulness, leaving Sagishi only with the option of ignoring her antics as he shares his thoughts on the situation with the rest.

"What? Surely we can deal with this thing. If anything whatever is in that room might be even more relevant now What good would it be to sit down Crullus without having all possible information?"
 
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Oct 26, 2017
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((Sorry, I didn't mean to keep the spoilered bit a secret. Keranos found that the thing in the armor literally wasn't thinking any thoughts at all, which is why he thinks it may not be a real humanoid creature. I would have said it in character, but I think the moment has passed))
 
Nov 2, 2017
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Ludwig looks taken aback for a moment at Sagishi's remark, almost reflexively sniffs himself. "Oh. Uh... huh. Hm."

When the psychic communication is opened, Ludwig replies Are you sure we aren't freaking out over an empty suit of armor? Because it sounds like we're freaking out over an empty suit of armor.

With that, he begins gearing up to distract... a scarecrow?
 
Oct 31, 2017
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((
Per Sage Advice, the Awakened Mind Warlock feature is strictly one-way. But if I have ruled otherwise previously, it'd be only fair to keep it consistent.
I don’t recall for sure, and will try to check when I have a good time (unless someone else does), but I think the ruling was in Forgerun?

Do we have aberrations?
l also, very much in trepidation, bring Greater Favored Enemy to bear and ask if Primeval Awareness finds something that does not belong, something that should not be on our plane; does Galen find the presence of aberrations within this slice of the world.

And if this thing turns out to be a construct, we will all laugh at Galen's favored enemy choices, I am sure.

And if we get to everything going into action, Galen’s casting Pass Without Trace before invisibility hits.))