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Part 1: Rebuilding Drezen

Postby Squall255 » Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:07 am

That evening, Daveed is taken to one of the medical tents where a group of the clerics spend the evening under Sosiel's guidance helping Daveed combat the negative energy coursing through him. In the morning, he grabs radiance, and notices that it seems stronger. When he heads outside the tent, he glances up at the Sword of Valor and Radiance seems to confirm that the activation of the relic is what did it. (Radiance is now +3)

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In the morning (10AM) Irabeth calls a meeting in the command tent.

Attendees include:
Anevia
Aravashnial
Aron Kir
Horgus Gwerm
Sosiel Vaenic
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Re: Part 1: Rebuilding Drezen

Postby Mr_Praetorian » Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:05 am

Daveed goes to the meeting. He also brings the Horn of Assured Victory, suggesting it should be given to whoever will be leading the defense of the city.
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Re: Part 1: Rebuilding Drezen

Postby Zanaikin » Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:26 am

Epicette has quite a few ideas prepared for the meeting.

EDIT: also, now that Epi can teleport, she plans to take a trip back to Kenabres after the meeting to report the news + sell loot + resupply. She can take three other people with her -- although Daveed is pretty much a necessity -- so two others, who else wants to go? Alternatively if it's something simple, just ask us to buy it for you.

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Night Actions:

Epicette retrieves that evil polearm we took from Staunton Vhane and kicked into the pit (carrying it with some rope if need be), and lock it up somewhere safe for keeping until we figure out what to do with it.

Recharge Glowstick of Dimension Door (party goods)(7+3=10 charges)

Unseen Crafters' progress at camp today (making Stillguts [Pf:ARG])
Craft progress 2x(25x3[8hr])*25[DC]/7 + 391 = 926/500sp (1 completed)

Session #1 [4hrs]: finishes work on the Stardust Cascade robe.
( Spellcraft is high enough I can't fail on this... )
( Progress 13,380+3,000= Finished!/14,130gps )
( Cost: [14,130-380mundane] * 28.33% = 3895.38 )

Session #2 [4hrs]: crafts a Detect Scrying scroll -- accessed through Arcane Enlightment spirit hex -- and feeds it to her familiar
( cost: 700 * 28.33% = 198.31 )

Sleep for 2hrs
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Re: Part 1: Rebuilding Drezen

Postby littleangryman » Thu Aug 18, 2016 4:26 am

Malorix announces his intention to start purifying Drezen's magic forge as his first order of business, and spends part of the night researching how that might be accomplished. He also takes a moment to check on the prisoners he was speaking to prior to the assault on the citadel.
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Re: Part 1: Rebuilding Drezen

Postby Squall255 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:07 pm

Assuming Malorix tells someone like Anevia or Irabeth of his intention shortly after leaving the dungeon, they tell him to hold off his research until tomorrow afternoon when they have finished gathering and organizing the intel and books found in the castle. They are sure there will be at least a small pile of books labeled "Corruption Forge".

The prisoners are right where Malorix left them.

The soldiers around Epicette's tent are a little startled around 2AM when a slightly over excited Epicette exlaims "FINALLY!" upon the completion of her robe.

Epicette needs to make a DC 19 Spellcraft for her familiar to learn the scroll. Nat 1 (which I'm sure still passes) means your familiar learns it, but will have a very upset tummy this evening.
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Re: Part 1: Rebuilding Drezen

Postby Zanaikin » Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:29 pm

(rolled a nat8 for 30 Spellcraft)

Minor change of plans: we'll still be teleporting back to Kenabres to report/resupply, but instead of selling off all the loots, we'll sell off a part of it at most (20%?) and launch a PR campaign to draw more merchants and artisans to Dreznen. This plus existing raw gold should buy us enough crafting materials to use for the moment. Having more loot to sell in Dreznen will help build up the city's economy faster.

If not enough PCs want to come, Epi will talk to Sosiel about helping out. He is a priest to the deity of artisans.

As she's in a happy mood (humming something about a holy water fountain), Epicette makes a soup base for the army's breakfast first thing in the morning before the meeting (she'll prep spells afterwards).
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Re: Part 1: Rebuilding Drezen

Postby Mr_Praetorian » Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:54 am

Daveed intends to go. He plans to start recruiting a company of Sarenites (that's what I'm going to call followers of Sarenrae, deal with it) to station in Drezen and begin aiding in the redemption process for captured enemies.
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Re: Part 1: Rebuilding Drezen

Postby Squall255 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:34 pm

Irabeth calls the meeting to order, a smile wide across her face. "Congratulations all on a grand first push against the demon horde. I have gathred us here to begin discussing the rebuilding effort. Sosiel, i believe you have something to report?"

Sosiel takes the floor, after giving Daveed an appraising look. "Yes. This morning i cast a sending to the queen to inform her of our success. She was deeply greatful and said she would be sending us more troops shortly. It is her majesty's wish that Irabeth be placed in control of the city, while the Heroes continue to plan our military efforts. Unless there are any objections, I return the floor to you Irabeth."

Irabeth then makes the following apointments:
Spymaster: Anevia
Captain of the Guard: Aron Kir
Chief Engineer: Aron Kir
Treasurer: Horgus Gwerm
The rest of you (including Aravashnial and Sosiel) are considered Chief Advisors.

"I understand Sir Malorix would like to head the purification of the Corruption Forge. Unless there is an objection, the task is yours. Now it is time to discuss the last two topics. Plans for the restoration and defences of Drezen, and what to do with the 3 prizoners you retrieved last night. Joran still hasn't woken up to my knowledge, and Staunton hasn't said a word. I haven't had an opportunity to check on the tiefling caster yet."

She jestures that the floor is open for discussion.
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Re: Part 1: Rebuilding Drezen

Postby Zanaikin » Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:14 pm

Epicette begins while Daveed is still thinking:

"While I can't speak much for Staunton and the tiefling caster, I had the feeling, from when we met Joran, that he legitimately had some moral qualms with his complicity here. He gave me the impression of being... mentally confused? I feel like more than anything else, he had been hoodwinked to the demonic side by his brother Staunton, and possibly even forced to stay here by magic and threats. There is still good in him, and we should give him a sincere chance to redeem himself. The demons mentioned that he has something to do with the corruption forge, so it might help if Malorix talks to him first and gives him an opportunity to choose his side again."



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On the topic of reconstruction, Epicette has far, far more to say.

First of all, she turns to Irabeth: "Did her Majesty send artisans, smiths, and supplies alongside the soldiers? Conquering a fortress is straightforward enough; rebuilding it... that's going to require a great variety of expertise."

"I do have a list of suggestions I'd like to make on beginning our rebuilding efforts:"

(1). The most important resource for establishing any new settlement, civilian or military, is water. Thanks to the Worldwound, the Ahari River flowing under the bridge is bone dry, which is a bad sign of how low the water table is and how deep wells would have to reach to get water. And while our divine casters can create some water, relying on spells would greatly limit the population we can support here, not to mention that construction efforts also consume water in great quantity. So my first suggestion is that we need to thoroughly scout the area again: not just for danger and enemies this time, but also for resources -- water, rock, gravel, all necessary to rebuild and expand fortifications.

(2). We should also start taking account and dismantling all the ruined buildings to see what construction supplies we can scavenge from them.

(3). A few of us here are high-expertise magic users, and based on what Epicette know of arcane and divine magic, she compiled a few ideas on how to make use of our spells to accelerate our ability to start rebuilding. Please add if anyone has more:
  • Have the people mix soil and water together for mud; if able, shape thick mud into blocks and pile them together with dividers (paper, wooden boards, etc) to segregate them. Henric (via Wild Arcana), Epicette (via Arcane Enlightenment), and any other caster capable of it can shape the mud blocks into well-cut stone blocks using Transmute Mud to Rock.
  • Malorix can provide materials directly to where the engineers want it using Wall of Stone (Clr5). There's also Stone Shape (Clr3) which can shape the available stone, transmuted slabs, and ruined buildings in the area into usable blocks and repaired walls.
  • Once per week, Epicette can use the Lyre of Building to rapidly assemble a few buildings from existing materials.

(4). Epicette looks a little abashed as she brings up this idea: in the event we don't have enough water sources, and she is somewhat skeptical based on the barrenness of the local terrain, Epi came up with the idea of a fountain that creates not just water but... holy water, at a rate of 300 gallons/minute. It might sound unusual, but with some public works, an aqueduct system can be created and sustained through the fountain. Even diluted with local water sources, this'll ensure the water supply of Dreznen is:
  • Resistant against demonic power. The city's water supply its greatest logistical weakness and therefore most prone to sabotage. Making the water itself resistant against demonic power may help it stop any attempts to spread contagion, poison, and pestilence, all of which are not far from Deskari's ways.
  • Harmful towards vile forces. While a moat may be of limited use, the natural tendency of the local water supply to burn powerful demonic infiltrators like succubi will make their task of blending in far harder, as refusing to consume water supplied at public meals will naturally draw attention.
  • Due to its Abyssal taint, the Worldwound itself grows harmful fauna and parasitic organisms (more details in Pathfinder Campaign Setting books, which Epicette has more than enough Knowledge[Nature] to be aware of). Having holy power within the water supply itself will help keep it clean and counteract some of the long-term downsides of staying, patrolling, and campaigning within the Worldwound.
  • The availability of holy water for divine magic studies may help attract good spellcasters and, combined with the aura from the Sword of Valor, help Dreznen become a Magically Attuned city (settlement trait).
Epicette is pretty sure of what kind of enchantments this will require. What she's unsure of -- and would like feedback on -- is whether this sounds like a worthwhile effort; she's been trying to work down the costs, but it still seems like it'll be a hefty expenditure that beyond the group's affordability right now. A normal water creating item is much cheaper.
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Re: Part 1: Rebuilding Drezen

Postby Mr_Praetorian » Sat Aug 20, 2016 1:44 am

In response to the "Holy Water Fountain":

"I'm neither an engineer nor a spellcaster, so I'm in no position to speak on the practicality of Lady Epicette's project. However, I wholly believe in her ingenuity as well as her knowledge of, well... everything. For what's it's worth, I support the project."

Comments on the prisoners:

"I've not made it down to speak to Joran, his brother, or their arcane companion, but I plan to do so as soon as possible. I'll be spending some time this evening reading through Staunton's journal. Hopefully, it will yield some insights."
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Re: Part 1: Rebuilding Drezen

Postby Squall255 » Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:51 am

Talk with Joran:

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[begin interogation]
You approach the cell, and find the ragged dwarf starting to come to.
He sits up as you reach the bars and strokes his beard, almost as if making sure it is still there
Charles Geckle
"You were expecting we'd cut it off?" Daveed asked calmly.
Eric Holland
"It's been a common threat the past month or so." he grumbles wiping his eyes
Charles Geckle
"I'm getting the sense that things haven't been going so well for you. For quite some time."
Eric Holland
he actually chuckles at that
"No.  You could say that."
Day Y.
"Has things ever been going fine while you were there?"
Eric Holland
He takes a moment, and then turns to look at you both.  "What happened to Staunton?" he asks in a serious and curt tone.
Charles Geckle
"He is also in our custody."
"I can promise that neither you nor he shall be mistreated in our care."
Eric Holland
He seems to be pondering his possible responses for a few moments.
"So he's alive then" he settles on, with a partial sigh of relief
as though that's one less thing he has to worry about at the moment
Charles Geckle
"He is. What must be decided now is how we shall proceed."
Eric Holland
"Not sure that I have much choice in that matter at the moment."
he says looking at the two of you from behind the bars of his cell
Charles Geckle
"Perhaps not immediately. We're still sorting through the information that was recovered, but I suspect that you are not innocent of much of the evil that was done in this place. The, question then, is what should be done about it."
Eric Holland
"I suspect that you have some ideas about that."
"Some scheme from Grundinnar most likely"
Charles Geckle
"Grundinnar?" Daveed asked, quizzically.
Eric Holland
[Know religion check]
Charles Geckle
(Know: Religion: 1d20+7= 16)
Eric Holland
[Sounds like one of the dwarven gods, but you're not sure what of]
"Yeah, Love and Peace, and Goodwill to dwarfkind.  Impractical drivel like that."
Charles Geckle
"Why is it impractical? Plenty of dwarves and others have got along without perpetual suffering and misery for eons. That's not to say without hardship. But surely there is a better life than the one you live right now."
Day Y.
"That goodwill is also exactly what you show towards your brother, it is not?"
Eric Holland
"Impractical because there will always be dissenting sides.  The past 2 years has taught me that well enough.  It's not goodwill, but duty that I show to my brother."
"I made a pledge to Kols, and I mean to keep it."
Charles Geckle
"You swore to stand by your brother, no matter the cost?"
Day Y.
"Dissent and frustration does not mean we lack goodwill or share similar visions, just different ideas on how to achieve them. Even families dissent often with one another; it does not stop them from loving to each other. They might not feel it at times, they might feel exasperated and angry, but the bonds connecting them in the end is far more powerful than just duty."
Eric Holland
"I vowed to return him to the gods favor.  And from my experience miss, no it doesn't.  If I hadn't been for my skill with the forge, I wouldn't be here to talk to you today."
Charles Geckle
"It may surprise you, but I would rather Staunton be saved then dispensed with. And I think you really can help him, and yourself."
Eric Holland
He sits up at a start with that comment.  Staring at you with a stern gaze, "What are you getting at?  I've been trying for the past year to bring him back.  What do you think I haven't tried?"
Charles Geckle
"You've been surrounded by demons, Joran. You've been serving the will of the Demon Lord Deskari. What good could have dome from such insanity?"
Day Y.
"Doing so from outside an atmosphere of corruption and evil might offer some fresh air."
Eric Holland
He pauses to consider your words, staring at the two of you.  "Hmm... perhaps... but I doubt we'll be able to get him to agree in the first place.  He's been down the path of the Demon Lords for over a year."
"each month, each week taking another step"
Charles Geckle
"Joran. Before we spoke, I knew that there was little chance you escaped corruption in your time here. But speaking to you here, I know that you are not completely turned. Standing by your brother has been a grim task, but seeking to save him from demonic influence shows there's greater character in you than you give yourself credit for." Daveed said, as his eyes began to glow with holy power.

Many in the Crusade will likely call for Staunton's death for his crimes, perhaps even for yours. But I believe there is greater justice in redemption than killing. It is a longer path to walk, and not as sift or convenient as many prefer, but it is still a path worth taking.

Forsake the demons. Forsake insanity. Forsake this dire existence. Choose to walk the path of light, and help reverse the evils that have been here. Do this, and I will do all in my power to help you honor your oath, and save your brother!" Daveed finished, his eyes pulsating with power, and his voice having gained an almost otherworldly echo.

(DoC Diplomacy: 1d20+28+20= 52)
Eric Holland
"...Alright.  I'll do what I can.  My primary job was with the forge.  I probably know more than anything you may have recovered.  I'll help you with it after I've seen my brother and we see what he says."
Charles Geckle
"It will be a good start. I'll arrange for you to seem him as soon as I can."
Eric Holland
He nods.  "And maybe some breakfast before then."
Day Y.
Epicette almost chuckles. "I'll go get some for you."
Eric Holland
He grunts in appreciation.
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Re: Part 1: Rebuilding Drezen

Postby Squall255 » Wed Aug 24, 2016 1:51 am

After Epicette's proposals, there are the following reactions:

General water concerns: you have plenty of low level clerics who can cast Create Water many times per day.

Aron Kir will be in charge of consolidating resources from the town.

Anevia will be in charge of leading local scouting parties (About a 1 day march out), but the PC strike team will be responsible for exploring further afield.

Construction Materials: Good ideas, Aravashnial is happy to help, but recommends you guys deal with Millorn if you want him to help.

Fountain reactions:
Anevia: "This magic is beyond my understanding. I'll leave it to you casters to figure out. Seems like an interesting idea though."

Aravashnial: "I see how it could be useful. I'm neither a craftsman nor a divine caster, so I'm not really sure how you'd make it work. I wonder what effect trying to grow crops with Holy Water will have." After that he seems a little lost in thought trying to think of all the everyday uses of water, and how Holy Water would affect them.

Aron Kir: Intrigued, wants to discuss the basic process to make some mounted water turrets for handling fires.

Irabeth: "While I like the idea on a base level, I'm concerned what we will have to do to facilitate keeping prisoners, or those that we are trying to redeem within the region. I don't think Millorn or Jestak would react well to drinking this potent Holy Water of yours, and forcing them into segregated 'unpurified' water sources won't help endear them to us."

Horgus Gwerm: "I'll do what I can with the books and finances, but don't expect a miracle. There's only so much money to go around at the moment. Your resource saving spells will be a great help, but you may have to wait until the area and trade routes are built up enough to get some income going."

Sosiel: "I... have never heard of a spell that could do something like that, though to be honest most of my crafting is more in the artistic rather than magical or functional realms. It's been a while since I've done any kind of stone work, and would love to help design the fountain. Even if we can't get the magic to work, it'll be a good place for our clerics to cast Create Water for the next few months."


Irabeth gives the group leave to interrogate the prisoners and bring suggestions to her for how to handle them.

Aravashnial asks Sosiel to help him look into the evil weapon the group recovered.
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Re: Part 1: Rebuilding Drezen

Postby Zanaikin » Wed Aug 24, 2016 2:25 pm

Epicette responds to Irabeth: "We can give them normal water; but we would also know if someone is receiving normal water all the time, just as it would be noticeable if someone is bringing their own water to all public functions."

She also nods to Horgus: "Well since enough people think this is a potentially good idea, I'll talk to you about finances once I can narrow down the costs to something more firm."

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After Irabeth gives everyone leave, Epicette accosts Sosiel around the same time as Aravashnial. After listening to Aravashnial, she asks them to agree on a location to do their investigation so she can join them after she and Daveed interrogates Joran. She also notes that since Malorix is planning to do some investigative work on the Corruption Forge, and if the forge could be harnessed for good, then that may provide an answer on how to deal with the weapon right there. Furthermore, she would like to talk to Sosiel about the fountain herself.

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(Epicette is not planning on joining the conversation with Staunton or the tiefling caster)

After the talk with Joran and bringing him plenty of food to eat, Epicette visits whenever Aravashnial and Sosiel is working and see what progress they're making.
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Re: Part 1: Rebuilding Drezen

Postby Squall255 » Wed Aug 24, 2016 2:43 pm

Aravashnial and Sosiel are making good progress but taking it slow. They will likely have a full report around dinner and are hopeful to compare notes with Malorix about the Corruption Forge.

Sosiel suggests you go talk with Aron about some plan he is hatching up on the tower. Aron seemed really interested in your proposal of 300 gallons of water a minute.
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Re: Part 1: Rebuilding Drezen

Postby Zanaikin » Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:36 pm

Epicette takes Sosiel's suggestion. But before she leaves, she warns the two that if she remember right, during the fight against Staunton yesterday -- the weapon actively summoned a demon; so it's very possible that the weapon itself could take independent action and cast spells.

Unless they need help, she'll see them at dinner then.

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As Epicette hasn't had a chance yet, she prepares spells first before going off to meet Aron, with a heavy construction dedication (and just a few combat spells) this time.

Arcane Enlightenment: Stone Shape, Wall of Stone
Lvl1[4+2]: Mage Armor, Unseen Servant, Identify, [Open x3]
Lvl2[4+2]: Investigative Mind, Unseen Crafter x 5
Lvl3[3+2]: Greater Mage Armor, Haste, Unseen Crafter x 3
Lvl4[3+1]: Detect Scrying, Stone Shape x 2, Threefold Aspect
Lvl5[2+1]: Wall of Stone x 3

She sets the Unseen Crafters on alchemical crafting at camp before departing.

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Epicette goes off to meet Aron at the tower, to discuss not only the fountain but the reconstruction as a whole. She notes that the holy water fountain will essentially be a much-upgraded version of the Decanter of Endless Water. She dug up an old spell that could be used to achieve the holy water effect, but it has some unnecessary elements within the spell's algorithm which could be taken out to reduce costs. She intends to talk to Sosiel about help on this, as well as on the design of the fountain itself.

The fountain could also be installed at a chokepoint, such as an inner gate or at the entrance to the citadel, so the decanter could be swiveled and aimed to spray an endless column of holy water straight into attacking foes. But other than a flexible swivel, it should be fixed in position so infiltrators can't steal it easily.

Upon hearing about Aron's idea (per GM) of using a Decanter of Endless Water to fight fires, she comments that it would be effective, and not too expensive either. But funds are the real limitation here.
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