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Topic: Daeris Manar
mighty_manrock

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PostForum: Rhondaine (Tabletop)   Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:15 am   Subject: The Why of Daeris Manar's Actions, Consequences II
Audience with Thane Gorm
Daeris sought to warn Gorm about the danger to Margan's Hold. Originally he intended to reveal his identity to the thane in the hopes that it would make his words all the more convincing, but this turned out to be unnecessary and impractical for three reasons: one, Gorm did not express doubt at his words, ostensibly because he was not concerned with whether they were true or not; two, although the thane saw through Daeris' disguise, he did not question who he really was as long as he was helping the dwarves; and three, Kren's presence during the audience threw a wrench in his original plan, as he only sought to willingly endanger himself in the process.
How it Succeeded: Daeris discovered that the dwarves wanted to move from their present location anyway, thus opening up a path to destroy the orb beneath the mines without the loss of life. He also found out about a wave of killings that are attributed to him, suggesting that someone is impersonating him and doing the killings to worsen his reputation. This is both a handy piece of information and a positive development, as far as he is concerned.
Topic: Daeris Manar
mighty_manrock

Replies: 11
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PostForum: Rhondaine (Tabletop)   Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:00 am   Subject: Session Seven
After the two of them shared a disturbing dream centered on the sword they were given and specters of dead goblins summoning them from the wagon, Daeris and Kren decided it was about time to do something about their "gift." Discussing matters in private, Daeris revealed a bleeding (yet not hurting) wound in the shape of the Goblin amulet in the very place it used to sit on his chest. The next night they were to keep a closer eye on each other.

Daeris took the watch as Kren slept fitfully. Suddenly Kren leaped to his feet and darted for the wagon, but Daeris managed to tackle him to the ground, knocking him from his stupor. Then and there the two decided to take the sword away from the camp and bury it. Daeris struggled briefly with the sword's power when trying to drop it into the pit he had dug, but he overcame it and soon the cursed weapon was buried. Telling no one about the effect the sword had on them or what they had done with it, the group continued their journey to Aveton.

They stopped the wagon outside of New Deal and both sneaked in, leaving their hirelings there. Daeris was spotted when trying to shadow Horchief, whom he convinced of the true nature of the amulets they were given and with whom he talked at length about the goblins' plans as well as the situation in New Deal. Stopping him from attempting to destroy his own amulet, Daeris agreed to take it when Horchief wanted nothing more to do with it.

Daeris returned to the camp alone, learning from Tom that one of the hires, Aramel, had expressed disgust with their work so far and left without the rest of his payment. Moments later Kren returned saying that he had convinced Gilgred to let Horchief heal his daughter.

Although Kren offered to let the hired men accept their pay and go, those who remained all agreed to stay on in exchange for more money in the future.

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Topic: Old Builds (for the hell of it)
mighty_manrock

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PostForum: Character Builds   Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:49 pm   Subject: Nippy the Horror
Nippy the Horror
Race
Fiendish dire awakened weasel
Alignment Neutral Evil
Languages Common, Druidic, Elven, Goblin, Infernal, Weasel?
Age 4
Height, Weight 2'4" (long), 42 lbs.

Statblock
Level 8: Druid 8 (CL 13)
Hit Dice
3d8+8d6+8 (69 hp)
Initiative +4
Speed 15 ft.?
Armor Class 18 (+4 Dex, +2 Equipment, +2 Animal Companion), touch 18, flat-footed 14
Base Attack/Grapple +8/+3; -3
Attack teef

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Topic: Old Builds (for the hell of it)
mighty_manrock

Replies: 1
Views: 1533
PostForum: Character Builds   Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:39 pm   Subject: Old Builds (for the hell of it)
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Topic: Daeris Manar
mighty_manrock

Replies: 11
Views: 5653
PostForum: Rhondaine (Tabletop)   Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:51 pm   Subject: The Why of Daeris Manar's Actions, Consequences I
Cynthia
Daeris wanted Cynthia as an "in," to help him understand the clans themselves from the inside. When that prospect soured, his interest would have if he had not developed some feelings for her in the process. Ultimately, however, his feelings waned completely when she refused to run away with him, and he dismissed her as entirely useless.
How it Failed: Cynthia was mostly unconcerned with clan matters and would have made a poor informant in the first place. Had she ran away with Daeris, she would likely have been more of a burden than anything else and definitely would not have wanted a hand in his plans.

Utheriel Assassination
To assassinate an elf in dwarven territory garners a huge reaction. In doing so Daeris expected a) that Margan's Hold would be forced to accept Aveton's trade development proposal, b) that the reputation of Margan's Hold would be tarnished and c) that Aveton's further diplomacy would be bolstered by sympathy. He expects that the trade reform will bring about social changes that will eventually render the clan structure obsolete.
How it Failed: Margan's Hold remained cautious about Aveton's economic reform plans. As Daeris later found out, Margan's Hold had a special deal with Constain concerning a special object in the mines below that tied them up politically and economically.
How it Succeeded: This is the act that set almost everything else in motion.

Odd Behavior
Daeris' actions are purposely asocial at times. He wants other people either to dismiss him as impotent and ignore him or to hate him.
How it has Failed: His attempts to not get involved with the locals in Margan's Hold led Tulwan to become suspicious of him, resulting in his being accused in the Utheriel assassination and lessening its impact.
How it has Succeeded: Daeris' public image as a mysterious individual working behind the scenes for goals no one can guess at is exactly what he wants.

Goblin Appeal
Though at the time appealing to the goblins was really necessary for his survival, Daeris also had another plan in mind. One possibility is that this battle will have thrown Rhondaine into conflict, which could eventually grind the social structure into change. The other is that, once the goblins find out he had tricked them, they too will turn against him; with a common goal, relations between the goblins and the humanoids will improve slightly.
Current Status: The first expectation could very well come true, as the humans are wary of the goblins and the goblins are outright preparing for war. The one obvious way of preventing the war (either destroying the orb in Margan's Hold or returning it to the goblins, both of which would lead to the destruction of the dwarven stronghold and the latter to goblin domination) is not something Daeris wants to pursue. Having discovered that the dwarves seek to relocate anyway, destroying the orb afterwards has become an acceptable option.

Sparing Tulwan
Daeris did not kill Tulwan for two reasons. The first was mundane compassion: he sees Tulwan as an innocent who just happened to get wrapped up in these events. On the other hand, however, he wants Tulwan to become a vanguard of the hatred directed toward him. With a kind of anthropomorphic symbol of Daeris-Manar-is-the-enemy, he expects that people will more readily unite in their hate. Daeris wants to make many enemies in Rhondaine, and he thinks that eventually those enemies will come to see each other as friends; thus, he intends to use Tulwan as a tool to achieve that.
How it Failed: Mox simply abandoned the identity of Tulwan, so now there is no public figure of Tulwan who can lead the charge against Daeris himself.
How it Succeeded: Daeris does not know it is Mox's doing, but apparently the changeling has been taking his own identity and going on killing sprees to increase Daeris' infamy. This is precisely what Daeris would want.

Utheriel-S'gaithyl Connection
Daeris disguised himself and presented the economic plans to the S'gaithyl as a further effort to use the reforms to shake up Rhondainian society.
Current Status: There are some who suspect Daeris was behind the deal in the first place. It's not a total loss, as this isn't a widely accepted belief; if it were, it would ruin the effort entirely.

Joining up with Kren
The goblin emissaries' detainment was a wrong wrought by Daeris' own hand that he sought to right. Furthermore, letting people think about Kren for a while instead of him may leave them surprised whenever he makes his next move.
How it Failed: Daeris' undertaking with Kren led to the loss of his goblin amulet, his involvement in a goblin scheme to resurrect their ancient empire and the subjugation of his will to a cursed weapon. He later found out that his involvement in the caper was a widespread rumor.
How it Succeeded: Daeris learned the nature of the mines below Margan's Hold, a piece of information that will surely come to benefit soon.
Topic: Daeris Manar
mighty_manrock

Replies: 11
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PostForum: Rhondaine (Tabletop)   Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:50 pm   Subject: Session Six
Upon being sighted by the goblins below, the party was summoned by the Seer, the leader of the Keeper faction of goblinkind. Seeing that the goblins they had rescued were trembling in fear as they were waiting to enter into the Keepers' chamber, Daeris dismissed them. When the gates did open, Daeris, Kren and his hired men went in and ascended a stone staircase, whose walls were draped in knotted ropes used to record goblin history.

The only demand the Seer made of the party was that Daeris give up his goblin amulet (which he had discovered had enabled him to speak and understand the goblin language as well as instinctively know much of goblin history and culture), thereby revoking his status as a member of the goblin tribes. Not wanting to cause trouble and doubting the further utility of the amulet, Daeris honored what he saw as a symbolic, innocuous gesture. What the Seer went on to request of them was a different matter altogether.

Behind the Seer lay a large orb, like a magic pearl that could emit blinding light. The Seer told them that the goblins once had an empire that controlled all of Rhondaine and beyond, made possible by two of these large orbs. The second, he said, was in the mines under Margan's Hold, and it was the only thing holding up the shelf-like structure of the mines. The Seer said that he wanted the orb either destroyed (so that no one else could possibly unlock its power in the future) or returned to them.

The Seer taught each member of the party individually how to connect with the orb and direct it. Should any of them reach the second orb and succeed in pulling it under their will, they could either transport it back to the goblins with a thought (displacing themselves the same distance in the opposite direction) or destroy it. Either way, Margan's Hold would crumble into the earth.

The Seer then informed the party that the goblins were absolutely preparing for war with Aveton and any who allied with them.

Before setting off from the goblins caves, an emissary from the Seer approached Daeris with a "gift": a highly decorated sword. Daeris accepted it and immediately felt the weapon pull at him. Feeling a pang of fear, he put it in the back of the wagon and said little about it to his companions.
Topic: Daeris Manar
mighty_manrock

Replies: 11
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PostForum: Rhondaine (Tabletop)   Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:50 pm   Subject: Session Five
After six months of laying low and gathering information, Daeris decided to head back out into the towns in the face of worsening conditions. Sneaking into Loms' hut in New Deal (who had been his contact since his flight), he learned that Kren had been up to something recently - what exactly, Loms couldn't say. It was enough to lead Daeris to track down Kren's right-hand man Tom.

Though he was guarded at first, Daeris did manage to ease Tom's suspicions and learn that Kren was hatching a plan to rescue three goblin emissaries being kept in the town. The emissaries had been sent to Aveton after the battle Daeris himself had caused, and instead of talking peace, the Aveton clans had simply jailed the goblins. Disheartened by this turn of events, Daeris told Tom that he was interested in taking part in Kren's plan and arranged a meeting.

In the meantime Daeris checked up on a few things among the refugees. He shadowed Horchief for a bit but decided not to investigate his activities, casting him aside as useless. He also learned of the cloistered dwarven cleric Gilgred, whom many of the refugees suspected could help them in their plight but simply hid himself away with his daughter. Daeris resentfully decided not to confront him.

The next night Daeris met with Kren in Loms' hut - Kren and his hired men (an elf, a human monk, an old ranger named Bjorn and a warrior named Aramel). Unfazed by the attempt to intimidate him, Daeris responded calmly to Kren's drilling him about his past actions. He merely kept saying that he has always done what he thought was necessary at the time and that one day everything he's done will benefit Rhondaine. Seeing that Kren was not backing off, he cut to the heart of the matter: he wanted to help free the goblins, he had skills that Kren could use, and he demanded no pay.

Kren gave in, and the following evening Daeris fled Aveton in a wagon with Kren, Tom, the hired men and three goblins.

Surprisingly, the goblins did not express rage at Daeris for his actions, telling him that they recognize that he has some grand scheme in mind that they merely do not understand. Gesturing to the amulet he still carried, they said he was still one of them. The goblins marked all of those present with a red swipe on the forehead as they had done before.

The goblins had said that the holy grounds they had once gone to would be abandoned, as the festival was over. When they did arrive, the goblins were shocked to find the cavern wall had been sealed and lamented that this meant all of goblin society had fled underground. At this moment Daeris felt his amulet become heavy. Having dropped it to the ground, it rolled itself to a certain stone on the ground and lay there.

When the party went over to investigate, they found that the ground on which the amulet lay was illusory. With the help of Bjorn, one of Kren's hired men, Daeris dropped a rope down into the fake ground and everyone climbed inside.
Topic: Daeris Manar
mighty_manrock

Replies: 11
Views: 5653
PostForum: Rhondaine (Tabletop)   Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:49 pm   Subject: Session Four
Daeris fled for Constain with the intent to resume his plans in the town of S'gaith. He approached Gilden once again in order to have a letter drawn up: this one would be from the clan council of Aveton, urging the S'gaithyl clan to consider cooperating in their plans to build up infrastructure and open up trade outside of Rhondaine. This required the seal of the Aveton council, which Daeris managed to get an imprint of by bluffing his way into the Ferren representation house in Constain.

Once Gilden had written the letter and once Daeris had called in several favors to scrap up the necessary rations and other items (in particular a disguise kit), he departed for S'gaith. Once there, he donned the noble clothes he had once bought and attempted to make himself look more like a fullblood elf.

He met with Master S'gaith under the guise of an Utheriel clansman. Despite the bad blood between the two houses and the immediate antagonism directed at him, Daeris (as "Azeilus Utheriel") did appeal to Master S'gaith with his presentation of Aveton's plan. Diplomatic paperwork was drawn up within a few days and given to Daeris.

Daeris returned to Constain and, after a brief meeting with Gilden, dropped the paperwork off anonymously at the Utheriel representation house. Attached was a note reading, "This is in your hands now. Tread lightly."
Topic: Daeris Manar
mighty_manrock

Replies: 11
Views: 5653
PostForum: Rhondaine (Tabletop)   Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:49 pm   Subject: Session Three
The next night Daeris decided to try with Cynthia one last time. He sneaked into her room and left the letter in a book on her nightstand - with instructions to meet him the following evening.

At this point Daeris had decided he was done with Aveton. There was little left he saw to do here, and he really needed to scope out what things were like elsewhere in Rhondaine. He intended to bring Cynthia and Kren along as accomplices to his future plans; but the former no longer wanted to run away since her father was gone, and the latter was tied up with refugee affairs alongside Horchief and the new refugee mayor Loms.

William, Cynthia said, had gone to Margan's Hold; this intrigued Daeris, so he decided to make this his next destination.

After settling in and gathering basic information about the city, Daeris spotted William and other representatives from Aveton discussing their trade plans with the dwarven thane Gorm. Seeing little else to accomplish in the city (and very little of interest after a cursory exploration of the mine beneath the city), Daeris decided it was high time he made something happen.

At night he sneaked into where the diplomat of Clan Utheriel from Aveton was staying and assassinated her. He had planned to lie low in Margan's Hold a few days before leaving, but he was fingered by a blacksmith's gofer named Tulwan Silnar, who was suspicious of him after a meeting at the tavern. While held captive, however, Daeris incited his fellow suspects to riot and escaped in the chaos.

Retreating to the refugee camp near Margan's Hold, he blended in there as best as he could for a couple of days before returning to Aveton. Once there, he asked Loms about the current situation with the refugees. He left for Constain without seeing anyone else, touching base with his old companions there.

All this time he was being pursued by a party led by Tulwan, who had been made the official investigator of Margan's Hold by Gorm, and that included William. When Tulwan arrived in Aveton, he enlisted the help of the leader of the Utheriel clan, who traveled to Constain to hire a wizard to scry Daeris' location.

Around this time Daeris had an idea: to go to the goblins and ask for their protection. After leaving Constain and wandering the plains a couple of days, he ran into a band of goblins who, upon seeing his amulet, brought him back to the goblin council. There he claimed that the humans did not intend to stop their expansion efforts and were in fact sending a military force to destroy them. The goblins quickly mobilized for defense.

Tulwan's band, which now numbered close to 150, arrived in pursuit of Daeris. The goblin force eventually won the resulting conflict, and Daeris dueled and defeated (but purposely did not kill) Tulwan himself. He then slipped from the battle unseen, leaving the goblins to deal with the aftermath.
Topic: Good game.
mighty_manrock

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PostForum: Rhondaine (Tabletop)   Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:59 am   Subject: Good game.
Yep.

I still find myself thinking about how wild this game was.
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