OOC Discussion about Chapter Two goes here.
Additionally, please feel free to discuss your thoughts on the game generally. The more feedback I have about what people enjoy and don't enjoy, the better.
The party doesn't know it yet, but they will by the time it matters. The satchel is a Bag of Holding. Inside are seven scrolls. The scrolls are for the following spells:
Animal FriendshipComprehend LanguagesInvisibilityMordenkainen's Magnificent MansionRevivifyTenser's Floating DiskUnseen Servant
Interestingly, thanks to the power of a fickle dice roller, Able and Charn both recognize that the Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion spell is much, much, much more potent an arcane spell than the remainder. Caleb and Eryndir should consider offering better sacrifices the next time the dice demand tribute.
If the potency of the loot is discussed, only Charn doesn't figure out that the reward is sensible except for the MMM scroll. The reward is a very handsome one, but the MMM scroll is an obscenely generous reward for the four day round trip trek. Charn, perhaps influenced by his own cheese related misfortune, should really stop rolling ones.
Also, please send me an updated character sheet or post an update in the thread if you're comfortable with your stats being public.
You know what time it is.
Bonded mercenaries are in a weird spot. They basically operate in the grey area at the edge of the law. They don't work for the government in an official capacity and so are basically lower on the totem pole than just about any government official. That said, they are operating on a contractual agreement to do adventurer work for someone with official sanction. It's clear that the Monarchy minded dragonborn is looking to determine who is in charge here.
Without a roll, Caleb knows that he's very likely to assert dominance here if the party confesses no relationship to The Outpost. If the party does assert dominance here, the dragonborn is likely to want to negotiate to participate in the dungeon crawl. There may be some haggling back and forth, but the PCs could likely get some additional adventuring muscle in the hole if they're willing to part with a portion of the loot.
Able would note that the tiefling is an arcane caster of some kind, but he doesn't necessarily know what kind.
Charn would note that the dragonborn is not part of a clan but the armor suggests the dragonborn is part of the Church of the Monarch. If he's a paladin, that means he's in a very weird spot in dragonborn society - he's adopted the ways and customs of The Empire and he's not really associated with the ways and customs of the (now defunct) Scaled Alliance.
Eryndir doesn't recognize the wood elf, but the way the wood elf handles that bow tells Eryndir he knows how to use it.
Updated my character block (spoilered in the PCs). Please feel free to review and let me know if you see any glaring mistakes.
Agonizing Blast is one of the reasons that warlock sustained damage is super scary. I think the calculator is slightly off though - you've got an extra +2 to hit on Eldritch Blast and an extra +2 to hit on the damage, unless I'm forgetting something. If all you're adding is +PROF and +CHA to hit, then it should be +2 proficiency and +3 CHA mod for a +5. If all you're adding is +CHA to damage for Eldritch Blast from Agonizing Blast, I think it should be +3 instead of +5.
That said, Able's ranged damage is going to be pretty scary.
You're right - right below my Charisma is a 'save' that says 'Charisma +5' and that's what I was looking at when looking for my Charisma bonus - instead of the line above that said CHR 16 (+3). Updates in progress.
When Eryndir drops the rope into the mouth of the cave, does it hit the bottom?
If you intend to descend the rope into the hole, please make a STR(Athletics) check. Before you roll, please let me know if you have any abilities or other potential modifiers to the check.
My STR modifier is a -1. I don't believe I have anything else that would help, though I have a +3 Acrobatics and a +2 Survival that might help me land gently if I botch this...
Can we loop the bottom of the rope and then lower people individually?
I don't think anyone will get seriously hurt by falling, but it seems prudent to take reasonable care.
Unless someone else really wants to go next, Cor'val will follow Eryndir into the hole.
The hole is very deep - the rope doesn't quite make it all the way to the ground. However, there are a number of people helping to lower folks or hold the rope at either end that are making the roll pretty easy. As you can imagine, both wood elves make it look easy.
Able will provide the entertainment.
Able dangles at the end of the rope for a second before dismounting. He's safe.
After a character makes the Athletics roll, the character can also make a WIS(Perception) roll.
Down here, the golden misty tendrils aren't just vaguely visible - Eryndir can smell them. The air is suffused with that unusual metallic yellow particulate matter with an unusual scent - the wood elf is reminded of morning dew atop burnt toast.
Able smells it too - the awkward exchange of moisture and carbon. The golden mist in the air that the kobold described is definitely aurichalcum. Able knows that aurichalcum has a number of applications in creating magical items ranging from simple wands to insane eldritch engines. Even if the kobold keeps 2/3s of the stuff, there is more than enough aurichalcum here for every participant in the expedition to retire several times over.
Perception rolls, please.
Eryndir notices that he does, in fact, have a belly button.
Oops. Just now seeing these new threads. I'm alive, I promise! Rolling now. Hope I didn't break my neck coming down the rope.
Caleb's neck is unscathed.
Caleb notices the mist, and he also notices that Eryndir is walking into a trap. He won't be surprised. Let's see if anybody else is.
Cor'val also has a belly button!
Belly buttons are common among Wood Elves, yes. Cor'val has empirical evidence this is so.
I think we've decided that Perception is usually Wisdom, so it's a straight roll for me.
Edit (16) I posted the comment BEFORE knowing that there is a trap - I'm not trying to direct the new elf to get himself killed. Just in case that wasn't clear due to posting times...
Also I have a question regarding 5E and vision. Characters with darkvision can see within 60ft as if it were bright light and beyond that as if it were dim light? So does that mean anything up to natural barriers or distance I can see? Within 60ft ranged combat wouldn't be impaired at all?
The darkvision trait has the following text in the SRD:
You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can’t discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.
My read on that is that beyond 60 feet you get no benefit from your darkvision. Within 60 feet, you do get a benefit. Happy to be persuaded differently.
The map provides light based on any character's vision. If your character cannot see in the dark, you should find light or risk disadvantage.
Bad guy inits.
Aaaah, that makes much more sense. I don't know why I was reading it the way I was. So, dim light within 60ft is bright, darkness within 60ft is dim light.
Also, initiative. The UA Revised Ranger document says rangers have advantage on initiative, under the Natural Explorer feature, so...two d20s and the highest counts? First time rolling init in 5e.
That's exactly right re: init. UA Ranger has probably the best lvl 1 feature in the game.
Darusthanav moves E1, D1, C1, B1, A2.
Briana moves E2, F2, G2, H2, I1.
Briana takes the Dodge action.
It is now Able's turn.
Just wanted to mention that I'm colorblind, so I'm almost certainly going to get the color code of the bad guys wrong.
MinusInnocence has had a great time over the years tormenting me with this fact at the table.
I'm using Roll20 to track the battlemaps, and that software also makes it trivially easy for me to add additional markers. In all maps going forward I will add a number to the colors so that you can identify NPCs that way. Feel free to also use their coordinates when designating targets.