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PostSubject: After yuan-ti hunting in the ruins of Io'vakas   Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:59 am

Once the Angels head up to the Height, the fourth level of the city (where the colleges are), they find that the Wayfinder Foundation member have been given a small shop with an apartment above there.

When they speak to Tiem (male human and Fanil (female half-elf), the two say that they have already disposed of all the items that they brought and are very desirous of going back to Khorvaire to get more. They have also been given a sealed envelope for the Angels, with instructions to read it forthwith before leaving the city again. The letter inside says that the Angels and the two Foundation members are to present themselves at the Bastion, the highest level of the city, as soon as possible. It is signed "The Masters", which is what the leaders of the city are called.

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OOC: After Prine takes his share, this is what you have in magic items recovered from the yuan-ti. I put how much you can sell them for in Khorvaire in brackets

20 x Mithral chain shirt +1 (21k)
20 x Short Sword +1 (20k)
4 x Falchion +1 (5k)
Cloak of resistance +3 (4k)
4 x Cloak of resistance +2 (8k)
12 x Cloak of resistance +1 (6k)
8 x Ring of protection +1 (8k)
8 x Amulet of natural armor +1 (8k)
15 x Gloves of Dex +2 (30k)
4 x Headband of Wis +2 (8k)
4 x Belt of Str +2 (8k)
Headband of Int +2 (2k)
Amulet of Health +2 (2k)

That's a total of 130k, or 26k each. You also have about 100 lbs of mithral, which can be sold for about 10k more or used for crafting items.
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PostSubject: Re: After yuan-ti hunting in the ruins of Io'vakas   Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:33 am

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The letter inside says that the Angels and the two Foundation members are to present themselves at the Bastion, the highest level of the city, as soon as possible. It is signed "The Masters", which is what the leaders of the city are called.

Okay, ask the people we know about this and then head up there.

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That's a total of 130k, or 26k each. You also have about 100 lbs of mithral, which can be sold for about 10k more or used for crafting items.

That's 10k for the hundred pounds or 10k/char?

I'd say sell. Since crafting things takes far too long to be useful. I mean the 6 month truce with Daask has been running for like 2 years real time and still has a month or two left to go.
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PostSubject: Re: After yuan-ti hunting in the ruins of Io'vakas   Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:50 am

This could be the start of the house guards armory. Or Gareth could buy the once a day Heal item and Six a wand of haste, possibly getting the wand made at a higher caster level. This brings the question of looking at group bought items. Is there any high priced that would be group useful?
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PostSubject: Re: After yuan-ti hunting in the ruins of Io'vakas   Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:47 pm

Items for the group would help us out a lot more then giving mithral chain shirts +1 to our house guards - which to be honest - it won't help them when they fight what we fight.

Those guards are like guards at the bank - their job is to stand there, and call out for help and run.
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PostSubject: Re: After yuan-ti hunting in the ruins of Io'vakas   Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:13 pm

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Okay, ask the people we know about this and then head up there.

A little checking reveals that the Bastion is the highest level of the city, which contains the chambers and residences of the city's most powerful residents. It also contains the council chambers of the Masters, the Io'lokari who dedicate themselves to the administration of the city. This is an unelected body which changes from month to month depending on when an Io'lokari wants to join (anyone powerful enough is allowed to). Citizens are free to speak to the council or attend their meetings whenever they want to, but non-citizens are very rarely allowed or invited to.

When the Angels and the Foundation members head up to the Bastion, they find that the wall gate is the only one in the city between the different wards which is guarded. Four of the Arnaaracaex, the stone giant guardians of the city, are waiting there. When the Angels arrive, their leader says, "Greetings. You are expected. Please follow me." He steps through the arch behind him and waits expectantly. Nameless' arcane sight reveals a number of powerful warding auras extending from the arch, especially abjurations and divinations.

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That's 10k for the hundred pounds or 10k/char?

10k for the hundred lbs.
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PostSubject: Re: After yuan-ti hunting in the ruins of Io'vakas   Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:26 pm

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Items for the group would help us out a lot more then giving mithral chain shirts +1 to our house guards - which to be honest - it won't help them when they fight what we fight.


Ah but when the attacker take the items they will be easier to track down. Their stuff is probably a lot more than a few +1 items. Wink Razz

BTW a discern location spell would tell exactly where any item is, say a paladin's gear. To bad we don't have a way to be undetectable to dragons so we could pop in and out without detection.

Shilsen is evil. I think this should be my sig for a while.
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PostSubject: Re: After yuan-ti hunting in the ruins of Io'vakas   Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:04 am

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BTW a discern location spell would tell exactly where any item is, say a paladin's gear. To bad we don't have a way to be undetectable to dragons so we could pop in and out without detection.

Shilsen is evil. I think this should be my sig for a while.

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Nah. Choices just have consequences. Six/you had it right. If you guys had just teleported back to Io'lokar, you would have had the mask and likely been able to keep it.

Remember, Prine had mentioned that the dragons did keep an eye on the ruins of Io'vakas. That's why the yuan-ti used the mask. The gold dragon was the same dragon you guys saw flying a couple of miles from the ruins when you first approached. Your arrival and the first fight with the yuan-ti on the surface caught its attention and it approached, but by the time it got there you were underground and so it waited. Simple. Maybe slightly evil, admittedly, but only slightly Smile
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PostSubject: Re: After yuan-ti hunting in the ruins of Io'vakas   Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:15 am

We follow the guards.

OOC: Can we cast silence on Luna?

Then we give the guards special tokens - that are not really special, but have our crest. Enemies like to loot things, and may loot a crest. Especially if it radiates magic.

Avi

P.S. Tired of these crap ass dragons pushing us around.
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PostSubject: Re: After yuan-ti hunting in the ruins of Io'vakas   Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:41 am

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We follow the guards.

As the group steps under the archway, there is a momentary shimmer and everyone's magical equipment and enhancements fail, but for just an instant, as if they had stepped through an infinitely thin antimagic field. The items and enhancements spring back to life again, but the stone giants are staring at Nameless, who has been revealed in his tentacled glory for a second. Tiem and Fanil, after a momentary start, quickly back away from him too.

The leader of the guards says, calmly but firmly, "What are you? Please reveal your true nature and form." The other three stand by silently, but their hands are on the hilts of their swords.

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P.S. Tired of these crap ass dragons pushing us around.

Now you know how other countries feel about asking the US for aid Smile
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PostSubject: Re: After yuan-ti hunting in the ruins of Io'vakas   Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:03 am

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The leader of the guards says, calmly but firmly, "What are you? Please reveal your true nature and form." The other three stand by silently, but their hands are on the hilts of their swords.

Pull up a rock and light a fire, this just might take some time.

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P.S. Tired of these crap ass dragons pushing us around.

Now you know how other countries feel about asking the US for aid Smile
Am there, doing that.

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PostSubject: Re: After yuan-ti hunting in the ruins of Io'vakas   Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:01 pm

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The leader of the guards says, calmly but firmly, "What are you? Please reveal your true nature and form." The other three stand by silently, but their hands are on the hilts of their swords.

Nameless will calmly remove the Hat of Disguise.

"I am what I am. I have Transcended and am no longer something that is bounded by the nature of this world. It is difficult to explain exactly what I am, as language is insufficient to convey what that is. It is like trying to explain color to those who have never seen or sound to those who have never been able to hear. To be completely honest, I do not fully understand it myself."

"I have no desire to conceal or deceive you about what I am. You merely need to ask those we have had dealings with to confirm that. But I do find many are 'disturbed' by what I have become, exactly as you were just now. So I do not advertise the fact that I have Transcended and adopt a more 'normal' aspect, for dealing with those who are unfamiliar with what it is I have become."

"I am far from the strangest thing we have encountered."
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PostSubject: Re: After yuan-ti hunting in the ruins of Io'vakas   Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:31 pm

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The leader of the guards says, calmly but firmly, "What are you? Please reveal your true nature and form." The other three stand by silently, but their hands are on the hilts of their swords.


I am what I am. I have Transcended and am no longer something that is bounded by the nature of this world. It is difficult to explain exactly what I am, as language is insufficient to convey what that is. It is like trying to explain color to those who have never seen or sound to those who have never been able to hear. To be completely honest, I do not fully understand it myself."

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PostSubject: Re: After yuan-ti hunting in the ruins of Io'vakas   Wed Dec 17, 2008 2:50 pm

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Nameless will calmly remove the Hat of Disguise.

"I am what I am. I have Transcended and am no longer something that is bounded by the nature of this world. It is difficult to explain exactly what I am, as language is insufficient to convey what that is. It is like trying to explain color to those who have never seen or sound to those who have never been able to hear. To be completely honest, I do not fully understand it myself."

"I have no desire to conceal or deceive you about what I am. You merely need to ask those we have had dealings with to confirm that. But I do find many are 'disturbed' by what I have become, exactly as you were just now. So I do not advertise the fact that I have Transcended and adopt a more 'normal' aspect, for dealing with those who are unfamiliar with what it is I have become."

"I am far from the strangest thing we have encountered."

The stone giant studies Nameless silently for a few seconds and then says, "Very well. You may enter, since the Masters wish to see you. But don your disguise again. I do not wish to alarm anyone." He gestures for the group to follow him and heads into the compound, and one of the other giants falls in behind the Angels. Tiem and Fanil look uncertainly back and forth and then follow, keeping a safe distance from Nameless.
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PostSubject: Re: After yuan-ti hunting in the ruins of Io'vakas   Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:55 am

I think we're waiting on you Shil.
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PostSubject: Re: After yuan-ti hunting in the ruins of Io'vakas   Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:19 pm

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I think we're waiting on you Shil.

Ah, okay. Just giving you guys space if anyone wanted to add anything.

* * *

The guards escort the Angels and the Wayfinder Foundation members through the area beyond the gate. The Bastion differs from other areas of Io'lokar in that there seems to be a much smaller population here and most of them are more advanced in age, with no children and few people below middle age visible. Some of those walking around look curiously at the newcomers, but nobody stops them.

Eventually, the group comes to a large hall, and one of the stone giants asks them to wait outside while he goes in. He returns a few minutes later and leads the group in, through a corridor to a large chamber, though the stone giants do not enter. Already present in the room, seated around the large semi-circular table in the center, are four figures - a goblin, two humans, and a half-elf. All are elderly and well-dressed, with Nameless picking up multiple powerful magical auras on them and their clothing and possessions.

The goblin gestures at the row of seats on the flat side of the semi-circular table. "Please, have a seat." When everyone is seated, he raps on the table and small bowls of refreshments and glasses of wine appear by everyone's side. "We are the Masters of Io'lokar," the goblin continues. "You are, of course, newcomers to our city, and we would like to know your intentions here." He stops and waits expectantly.
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PostSubject: Re: After yuan-ti hunting in the ruins of Io'vakas   Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:03 pm

RD 1

We came to Argonnessen to gain help in defending Khorvaire from a Xoriat invasion. Io'lokar was a suggestion given to us by Bruntutalephion where we could do that. It's been slow going. We have made our case to the Chamber and Council and are awaiting their responses.
While waiting some contact between our peoples should be beneficial, so we brought some Wayfarers Guild members. We could arrange a few more trips but, travel by us is sporadic as invasion demands makes life erratic.
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PostSubject: Re: After yuan-ti hunting in the ruins of Io'vakas   Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:54 am

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We came to Argonnessen to gain help in defending Khorvaire from a Xoriat invasion. Io'lokar was a suggestion given to us by Bruntutalephion where we could do that. It's been slow going. We have made our case to the Chamber and Council and are awaiting their responses.
While waiting some contact between our peoples should be beneficial, so we brought some Wayfarers Guild members. We could arrange a few more trips but, travel by us is sporadic as invasion demands makes life erratic.

The Masters listen silently and then exchange glances. Nameless' arcane sight reveals that they are likely communicating over a telepathic link. The younger of the two humans, a woman with coal-black hair which belies her middle-aged face, now speaks. "Yes, we have heard that you are in contact with the Chamber. What you wish with them and their views on it are your business and immaterial to us. But this ... invasion is an issue, since we naturally do not want it to impact our city adversely in any way."

She spreads her arms, palm-first, before her and continues, "We are a peaceful city, though we are well prepared to defend ourselves when necessary. And we cannot afford to get involved in the affairs of other lands." She pauses and throws a sharp look at the half-elf, presumably in response to a mental comment, before continuing. "Though individuals may, within reason, choose to do so."

"Hence, what we wish to ascertain is that contact between Khorvaire and Io'lokar is not going to be disruptive to our society. So, what can you predict about your people and their attitude to our city? Should we expect a number of visitors? And if so, will they be traders, or people like you, who have business with the dragons? Or even refugees from your wars?"
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PostSubject: Re: After yuan-ti hunting in the ruins of Io'vakas   Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:28 am

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"Hence, what we wish to ascertain is that contact between Khorvaire and Io'lokar is not going to be disruptive to our society. So, what can you predict about your people and their attitude to our city? Should we expect a number of visitors? And if so, will they be traders, or people like you, who have business with the dragons? Or even refugees from your wars?"

IIRC, Shil you said that you'd need a greater teleport to get here or something equivalent and that the Wayfarer's Guild couldn't do that. So I'm basing my reply on that.

"There is unlikely to be much traffic between Io'lokar and here. Very few people are capable of the magics necessary to travel here and most of them are in this room. The other methods of travel they might use, such as the airships, probably can't survive the hazards of Argonessen. They may yet find ways though, should things prove sufficiently profitable.

So any travel here is likely to be at our sufferance and we can restrict or permit it as you wish. We are unlikely to be bringing many people here for the immediate future, as we are Khorvaire's main line of defense against the forces of Xoriat and that is what consumes most of our time. Assuming we don't fall in one of the battles.

But make no mistake, if we do not stop Xoriat, they will come here eventually. It might not be until Khorvaire falls or it might be mere minutes from now. You have peace now, but if you do not fight, it will come to you. For the Daelkyr are spoiled children who delight in breaking toys. They are currently occupied playing with other toys for now, but they do rapidly grow bored with one toy and soon seek others.

The fate of those who fall into their hands is never a pleasant one."
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