Saturday, April 29, 2017

Player's Log: Punching God in All Five of her Faces

Happy Saturday! Once again doing the pre-writing for my live blogging of our weekly D&D game while everybody else is...well I was the one that forgot to level this time but I'm done with that.
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Pre-Game Reference Stuff:

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR RISE OF TIAMAT,  TYRANNY OF DRAGONS AND POSSIBLY LOST MINE OF PHANDELVER AHEAD.

Last week we cancelled because Stalkurn is a Bonobo but the week /before/ that we went to Thay and I'm pretty sure had an intense fight in the Battle of Waterdeep. This week is our last session and if we have time afterward we might just fight a terrasque so let's get to it ^__^

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Cast of Characters:

Nicophel Arthainas - Moon Elf Wizard - Me : D - Robed and wielding the Glass Staff of Defense. He's quiet and observant, and considers himself the definition of a subtle wizard. (He...is actually getting there.) Nicophel does not like to be spoken to as though he doesn't know what he's talking about. Currently somewhat more evil than he was before.

Varis the Illustrious - Elven Fighter - June - Big armored badass, his noble papers are faked, cannot say no to a challenge. He's arrogant and (kind of) short tempered, but unquestioningly strong and an amazing warrior. He's also a fucking maniac that does things like throw dead bodies out of windows.

Stalkurn XVI - Drow Rogue - Patrick - Stalkurn as Stalkurn always is (Yes this is actually the 16th Stalkurn Patrick has actually played; not the same Stalkurn but Stalkurn son of Stalkurn--the one in the Nim books was Stalkurn the 8th so he's a great great ect grandfather of this Stalkurn). His personality traits literally say "Is Great" and his "Ideals" are "To be Greater". His bonds say "I love myself". That should give you an idea of who this guy is.

Iroh - Human Ranger/Fighter - Cody - Really fucking hates dragons and will always kill them. Also a bounty hunter so his other favored enemy is "humans". Is very probably named after the one from "Avatar". Is the most rational party member.

Genevieve - Aasimar Paladin - Richie - Our new party member, she's a paladin in super awesome armor with super awesome grey dreadlocks. Have I mentioned I love seeing older ladies in games and stuff? It pretty much never happens and I respect it so hard.

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Let's Get Down to Business

We get together our armies and get ready to take on the cult. We have intelligence that there are old lava tunnels we can use to bypass most of the army and get to where we're trying to go. Concerns are raised about fucking lava but we are assured that there isn't any anymore.

We make battle plans, sending the groups we have command with after their groups, we have mostly one for one but we put the Harpers to disrupting enemy supply and communication lines and get ready to go punch a god in her multiple faces.

And now we're dungeon crawling again.

We finally make it to the temple after tunnel combat and searching some sub rooms. There's summoning going on as people are summoning and there's a really pretty magical effect in the center spire of the temple.

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We Fight God

So anyway after what feels like an hour of combat (it was literally an hour of combat spoiler alert) we fail to stop Tiamat from being summoned. Tbh we didn't want to stop her from being summoned we really wanted to fight a god.

So she's not even out of the portal yet and the party is almost dead and we've hit the part of the fight where we're at each other's throats.

Anyway. We lived. Tiamat is banished. The end of the campaign suggests we work on getting the treasure back to who it belongs to and the whole party laughs like we can't breathe because we're so not going to do that, this treasure is our 'we saved the world' tax.

Anyway <3 It feels pretty great to have gotten through all this.

Chaining for Shinies part 6: I Finally Found this Grubbin

Shiny Statistics so far:
Bruxish (Josh) - 71
Cutiefly (ZK)* - 60
Rockruff (ZK)* - 35
Salandit (ZK)* - 70
Cutiefly (Me) - 315
Spinarak (Me) - 42
Dewpider (Me) - 373
Grubbin (Me) - 78* (but actually I killed like 2500+ of these total to get it)
*With the Shiny Charm

I'm not sure how many people give a flying hoot about this, but last night I decided to chain some pokemon to help put me to sleep (because anyone that's ever chained pokemon in bed knows that is a sure recipe to make you tired) and at around chain 78, there it was. Shiny grubbin.

This honestly took me way longer than any sane person spends on obsessively grinding anything in a video game but I seriously feel like it's worth it just to be able to say "Haha I did it" and talk to you fine folks about it. All two of you.

No really, though, there's a certain deep satisfaction that comes with finally achieving something that's been eluding you for months. Almost four months actually. The fun part is that Larvesta is next and that one is going to have to involve some hatchery because it can't be found in the wild in Alola.

Gotta have goals, friends.

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Today I Learned: Poison that attacks the bloodstream is called hemotoxin. Snakes use it to make their prey bleed more and die faster.

Fortune Favors,
Megan R. Miller

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Player's Log: The Wizards Who Say "Nyh"

Happy Saturday! Once again doing the pre-writing for my live blogging of our weekly D&D game while everybody else is leveling.

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Pre-Game Reference Stuff:

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR RISE OF TIAMAT,  TYRANNY OF DRAGONS AND POSSIBLY LOST MINE OF PHANDELVER AHEAD.

Last week we fought undead, Nicophel acquired four apprentices and we SERIOUSLY had two lich fights.

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Cast of Characters:

Nicophel Arthainas - Moon Elf Wizard - Me : D - Robed and wielding the Glass Staff of Defense. He's quiet and observant, and considers himself the definition of a subtle wizard. (He...is actually getting there.) Nicophel does not like to be spoken to as though he doesn't know what he's talking about. Currently somewhat more evil than he was before.

Varis the Illustrious - Elven Fighter - June - Big armored badass, his noble papers are faked, cannot say no to a challenge. He's arrogant and (kind of) short tempered, but unquestioningly strong and an amazing warrior. He's also a fucking maniac that does things like throw dead bodies out of windows.

Stalkurn XVI - Drow Rogue - Patrick - Stalkurn as Stalkurn always is (Yes this is actually the 16th Stalkurn Patrick has actually played; not the same Stalkurn but Stalkurn son of Stalkurn--the one in the Nim books was Stalkurn the 8th so he's a great great ect grandfather of this Stalkurn). His personality traits literally say "Is Great" and his "Ideals" are "To be Greater". His bonds say "I love myself". That should give you an idea of who this guy is.

Iroh - Human Ranger/Fighter - Cody - Really fucking hates dragons and will always kill them. Also a bounty hunter so his other favored enemy is "humans". Is very probably named after the one from "Avatar". Is the most rational party member.

Genevieve [ABSENT] - Aasimar Paladin - Richie - Our new party member, she's a paladin in super awesome armor with super awesome grey dreadlocks. Have I mentioned I love seeing older ladies in games and stuff? It pretty much never happens and I respect it so hard.

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Secret Clandestine Meetings

The tiefling from the ice cave takes us through some winding back alleys at night and she leads us through a secret door in a wall and down into this dark chamber lit entirely by candles. In the room waiting for us is someone we immediately recognize as a red wizard.

The wizard's first name is Nyh. Wtf.

We are specifically requested to go to Thay for diplomatic bullshit, and the trip will last a few days after which we will be returned to Waterdeep unharmed. The wizard has been carefully questioned and subjected to the zone of truth and they are sure he's being honest.

Nyh teleports us to a keep at Thay and we are each given a luxurious individual room. We are then brought to speak to the Lady of the Keep and she says that Thay will help us in exchange for the heads of the exiled red wizards we've been helping. Nicophel says that they will do it but only under the condition that he can observe the proceedings and promises he does not intend to intervene or depart from plans. His plans. And his plans state that there will be no need of intervention.

We have another meeting the next morning.

Nicophel arcane locks his door and Stalkurn plants an immovable rod by his own. That night, Iroh is pulled into a nightmarish sequence while Red Wizards interrogate him and torture him inside his own mind.

Anyway we agree to screw Thay over get back to Waterdeep and find it under assault.

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Waterdeep Under Siege

Okay so basically big combat crap is happening.

Nicophel takes out the southernmost cult encampment with a meteor swarm and takes out a quarter of the cultists in one fell swope. The others go to fight dragons.

Combat update, the rest of the party is not doing so well against the three huge dragons they are fighting. Meanwhile Nicophel is trying to keep tabs on the whole city at once but he is not that badass.

And I lost internet connection but we did eventually win and Nicophel is now everybody's favorite person in Waterdeep.

This was the penultimate session. Next time, we face Tiamat. (And hopefully after that I can press the DM into letting us try to conquor Thay, we'll see).

Fortune Favors,
Megan R. Miller

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Vent: I am starting to think I will never find this grubbin.

Okay, pass this one over if you're not in the mood to hear me complain.

Up until this point I've been pretty lucky with my shinies. I got spinarak in a chain 42 and that was intense. It was also on New Years, and that worked out really nicely because if it had gone on super long I wouldn't have been able to finish.

But HOT DAMN is this grubbin elusive.

Like seriously I've been in two separate 400+ chains for this grubbin, and right now I'm sitting on 445 and still no shiny. I really want a /grubbin/ but I'm thinking I might just have to go for Charjabug instead. My fiance has even gotten in on the grubbin chaining at this point, bless him.

I'm going to keep this chill and quiet, I just need to throw my complaint into the internet and see if that helps my luck any.

Today I Learned: If you buy fresh eggs from a farmer they are good for at least three months refrigerated. Eggs from the supermarket have a crate date but the date goes by when they're put in the carton not when they're laid; they could leave them for a month sitting at the factory without putting a date on the carton. You're welcome for that paranoia.

Fortune Favors,
Megan R. Miller

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Player's Log: Night of the Living Douche

Happy Saturday! Once again doing the pre-writing for my live blogging of our weekly D&D game while everybody else is leveling.

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Pre-Game Reference Stuff:

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR RISE OF TIAMAT,  TYRANNY OF DRAGONS AND POSSIBLY LOST MINE OF PHANDELVER AHEAD.

Last week my brother was here, we went through a magical hedgemaze and we had another dragon fight in a town.

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Cast of Characters:

Nicophel Arthainas - Moon Elf Wizard - Me : D - Robed and wielding the Glass Staff of Defense. He's quiet and observant, and considers himself the definition of a subtle wizard. (He...is actually getting there.) Nicophel does not like to be spoken to as though he doesn't know what he's talking about. Currently somewhat more evil than he was before.

Varis the Illustrious - Elven Fighter - June - Big armored badass, his noble papers are faked, cannot say no to a challenge. He's arrogant and (kind of) short tempered, but unquestioningly strong and an amazing warrior. He's also a fucking maniac that does things like throw dead bodies out of windows.

Stalkurn XVI - Drow Rogue - Patrick - Stalkurn as Stalkurn always is (Yes this is actually the 16th Stalkurn Patrick has actually played; not the same Stalkurn but Stalkurn son of Stalkurn--the one in the Nim books was Stalkurn the 8th so he's a great great ect grandfather of this Stalkurn). His personality traits literally say "Is Great" and his "Ideals" are "To be Greater". His bonds say "I love myself". That should give you an idea of who this guy is.

Iroh - Human Ranger/Fighter - Cody - Really fucking hates dragons and will always kill them. Also a bounty hunter so his other favored enemy is "humans". Is very probably named after the one from "Avatar". Is the most rational party member.

Genevieve - Aasimar Paladin - Richie - Our new party member, she's a paladin in super awesome armor with super awesome grey dreadlocks. Have I mentioned I love seeing older ladies in games and stuff? It pretty much never happens and I respect it so hard.

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City of the Dead

The DM decides to run a homebrew session tonight so we're called in to check in on the current undead activity in the City of the Dead in Waterdeep. We gear up and head over to take care of business. There are fears that the surge in undead are linked to something great and powerful beneath the cemetery. Iroh is dead convinced it's a dracolich and Nicophel does not disagree.

We are familiar with the family crest of the people that sent us here and Varis immediately starts looting the place. There's a hole in the ground with a ladder. Varis, Stalkurn and Iroh all make a big spectacle of climbing down, Genevieve does it normally and Nicophel casts featherfall.

There's a door straight ahead of us and a door to the left but then the DM sighs because he realizes we always go left and now everyone is laughing.

We find a circular room with four pedestals and statues on them. A skull, a cow, a priestess and a baby. Stalkurn picks up the priestess and fails his wisdom save and now feels really sore and such. Nicophel says "one of these things is not like the udders" and picks up the cow statue. Varis goes for the skull.

Josh: You feel, like, a chill run down your spine--

Varis: WITCHES!

There's another room with a pedestal and it says "the password is part of who you are". The door in the room still opens without is figuring out the puzzle first. We may come back to it later.

Josh: There's a bright green liquid dripping from the cieling.

Varis: I try it.

He takes four acid damage. The green stuff is dripping forming in pools on the ground and occasionally bubbling and popping. There are two doors from here to the left and right and obviously we go left.

We end up in a room that has no gravity and then after that end up in a room with a guy sitting on a massive skeletal snake. Stalkurn asks it to get off the skeleton and it produces a sword and shield. Combat starts. At one point the snake tries to bite Varis and he literally holds its mouth shut with his hands like Hercules.

We can't get the armor off of the dead guy and the party just throws the whole body in the portable hole.

We take some stairs and end up back in the curated part of the catacombs. Nicophel continues to question why there is so much stuff here that doesn't make a lot of logical sense like the non euclidean room but the rest of the party doesn't seem bothered.

And then there are more undead things to fight. Oh oh oh nope nope nope they're puking up smaller undead things nope so much nope.

We then fight some severed heads? And get into a circular room with words on the wall.

Working together Stalkurn and Nicophel get "Embrace the Darkness that follows you. Only in the tomb can your path continue."

Nicophel crosses his arms and tries to fall back into his shadow all dramatically and just hits the ground and Stalkurn laughs at him. Anyway there was also this sculpture in the room that apparently casts the shadow of a key and you can get the door key by taking that key with your shadow.

Then Iroh and Varis get possessed and we scramble to try and figure Magic Jar out. It turns out the people in the magic jars were apprentices to the lich that's down here and now they want to kick her ass so Nicophel offers to take over their training and help them kick the lich's ass but now they're iffy about it. Genevieve says they can help or die and that goes over much better.

We then proceed to kick the lich's ass. I'm not even exaggerating Stalkurn one-shotted her. He came out from behind Varis and cut her like a pro and it was super anticlimactic but it was still pretty damn cool. Duel wielding drow, what are you gonna do.

We end up in a room where the ceiling is slowly descending and we all dart back into the previous room but Varis charges forward to the next room brazenly instead of darting back with us.We end up in a chamber with a prismatic wall and Stalkurn drops his portable hole underneath it "like a Mexican tunnel" so we don't have to go through the wall.

We do finally find the main boss lich, and he is a mindflayer. It's unfortunate for him that I like his clothes. The lich talks about how he wants to take over Waterdeep and Nicophel convinces the party that we want to fight him so /we/ can takeover Waterdeep instead.

More combat happens. Iroh ends up caught up with the illithid lich thing. It's a really tough battle, we actually almost wipe, and then we finally make it through and kill the lich! And then after using Legend Lore all we learn about his phylactery is that it's something unassuming so that no one would think to destroy it.

Oh, this is going to be fun.

Today I Learned: We are going to make our own city, with blackjack and hookers.

Fortune Favors,
Megan R. Miller