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Title: Army of PCs Against the Giants
Post by: perovskite on May 04, 2018, 07:38:17 AM
I'm almost two years into an Against the Giants campaign using the 2e Against the Giants: Liberation of Geoff module (with 3.5e crunch, and modified geography), and I thought it might be worth posting for all of your amusement/edification/disgust. The idea behind the format for the campaign is that wars involve a lot of people, so the notion of a band of five or six or eight heroes crisscrossing the land doing all the saving seems a tad implausible (also, I like variety). Thus, my one group of players and I are jumping between, let me count...approximately five different parties (they overlap a bit), all of whom are in various parts of Geoff and surrounding countries doing heroic and/or mercenary things.

We run sessions using Google Docs, and so I'll just be copying the transcriptions of what we did, until and unless that becomes cumbersome and offensive. To keep the whole thing organized, I have an all-consuming set of spreadsheets telling me where each party and the major NPCs are on any given day, so that I can avoid continuity errors, and allows for amusing things like one party casually walking past a villain on his way to fight another party two days later. (The fight was played first, so the players knew who this set of PCs was walking past, but their characters had no idea.)

As far as optimization level: for yea, though I am not worthy to sweep the hallways of this hallowed temple of optimization, I am nigh unto a grandmaster compared to everyone else in my group. So it's pretty toned down.

I'll not bore you with a description of every PC in the game just yet, cause there are nearly 30 of them, just the parties.

So, the parties:
The Most Ancient and Original Group- the MAOG was rolled up in the early 90's when we played 1e, and was later updated to 2e and 3.5e. So the characters have existed for 22-24 years or so. The average level is 11, with one being 14 due to a quirk of the 2e to 3e conversion rules. This will be the first time we've used these characters in 3.5e.
Zodhunters- some gangster named Zod (no relation to the Superman villain) stole some stuff from these guys' mom. Average level is 7.
Kat's Krew- Katreana (female elf/Wiz 9/LG) was part of the MAOG, but was at the other end of the continent when the campaign started, so she had to adventure her way to Sterich, and picked up some people while she did. Average level 9.
Dwarven Volunteer Corps- Some of the fluff for this says the various mountain dwarf clans are too busy bickering to bother with all the giants they could ever want to kill, so one character went to recruit some volunteers. Average level 4.
Sephira & Co- Sephira (female halfling/Sor 6/don't remember) worked for Duke Owen of Geoff until she found a book referring to an ancient lammasu, and requested a leave of absence to go see what she can find. (We refluffed the Rainbow Servant prestige class into a Lammasu Servant prestige class for this.) Average level 6. This is presently the active group.
Singletons- There are a couple of PCs not currently in any party at the moment; such characters, or people whose players are not present tend to get used as NPCs. For example, the 14th level guy is effectively an NPC until the rest of his party catches up.

That all I have the battery life for at the moment. We shall see how this goes.

Title: Re: Army of PCs Against the Giants
Post by: perovskite on May 06, 2018, 12:23:26 AM
Prologue- Wherein Information Known to the Natives of Gran March, Geoff, Sterich and a few Other Places is Displayed for the Edification of the Player Characters.

A large part of the first section of this post is pulled straight from the Against the Giants fluff information, so copyright WOTC 1999 for that.

This part of the world, the plains east of Geoff, Sterich, and Gran March, has had some trouble with giants for as long as there is recorded history. What had never happened, up until eight years ago, was an organized, coordinated invasion from multiple routes by multiple species of giants, sometimes supported by bombardments of rocks from groups of clouds. (Although that particular detail tends to be included in stories about the invasion with more than a little bit of doubt.) Although the lowlanders fought valiantly, there was simply no way for them to resist the behemoths, who would often kill 20 or 30 humans before being taken down themselves. The giants completely conquered the countries of Geoff and Sterich, and captured a portion of Gran March, but were repelled at the southern end of their advance by the well-organized forces of the Colony of Moffatt.
   Flushed from the amazing success of their attacks, the giants enslaved and survivors they could find and established themselves as the new rulers of Geoff, Sterich, and Gran March. They spend months gorging themselves on crops and livestock, wearing the spoils of defeated lands, and falling into petty disputes. After a few months, what the giants began shipping materiel and the spoils of war back into the mountains, especially silver. The giants’ occupation lasted effectively unchallenged for two years.
   Then, six years ago, the giant-held cities and towns of Sterich began to suffer attacks by forces made up of displaced citizens of Sterich and Geoff, buttressed by mercenaries from Gran March, Moffett, and the Kingdom of Hias. Launched from the Sterichian city of Flen, the vengeful army slowly drove the giants out of the cities of Fitela and Istivin, removing the last holdout in central Sterich four years ago. Using these two cities as a staging ground on the war’s border, the armies were aided by a secondary invasion from Gran March, which pushed the giants and humanoids into the Stark Mounds, and then turned south to join with the forces holding Fitela and Istivin. These combined forces were able to march westward and oust the giants one village at a time, finally freeing the last human settlement in the spring, three years ago.
   Meanwhile, back in Gran March and Geoff, the giants control over that land was bruised five years ago when the soldiers of Gran March and the Knights of the Watch (from Keoland) succeeded in reclaiming the town of Hochoch on Geoff’s extreme eastern border, which had been occupied by orcs, ogres, trolls, and a dozen hill giants. As things stand right now, Hochoch has been “temporarily” annexed by Gran March (along with parts of the Oytwood), and is being used as a base for attacks on giants in Geoff a well as the smuggling of goods into and people out of the Lost Lands. Unfortunately, the allies of Geoff are weary from the fighting in Sterich and in no shape to mount a full offensive. Limited to harassing patrols of humanoids and lightning strikes by small teams of independents, the humans and giants are holding each other in check.
   In the past six months, there have been more sightings of giants in and around the Oytwood and near Hochoch, which has inhibited reconnaissance and raids by the humans somewhat.
   About two months ago, a team of independents new to the area, in coordination with the gnomes of the Stark Mounds, conducted a devastating attack on the fomorians and ogres that lived there, killing or driving them out of the city completely. Unfortunately, no one has the forces to re-occupy Gorna for the time being, so right now the gnomes have set up a number of observation posts in and around the town, and have been rebuilding the outer wall by night.
   There are also rumors that a group of independents conducted a separate raid on one of the hill giant steadings, again killing or driving off a large number of those giants as well, which has severely loosened the giants’ control over the mountains to the west of the Stark Mounds.


Prologue Part Deux
Wherein Information known only to Elves from the Forests of Dimwood is Revealed.

Eight short years ago, like the humans, the western forests of the elves were invaded by the giants, and like the humans, the elves couldn’t withstand the sheer power of the giants. Unlike the humans, the elves each had centuries of training and skill in fieldcraft, and so were able to retreat into the deeper woods with comparatively light losses. The elves lost control of the towns of both Hocholve and Delerion, and have not yet sent scouting parties back to see what happened; no survivor of Hocholve knows enough of what happened to believe anything other than that the giants still control it, and after what happened in Delerion, the elves have tacitly agreed that it should be off limits.
   The only information known by the elves in general about Delerion is that during the giant’s attack, some creature of necromancy and shadow appeared and killed most of the giants and elves in the area; this creature still lives in the town.
   Hocholve was simply overwhelmed; those who evacuated did not see the fate of those who served as rear guard, although the lack of survivors is telling enough.
   Soon after the elves began scouting to the south to see how the humans were faring, and continued to conduct harassing attacks on the giant’s northern flank. Once the giants’ advance was stopped, the elves established embassies with the government-in-exile of Geoff, with Gran March, Sterich, and the gnomes of the Stark Mounds. They’re pretty well informed, but don’t have the numbers to do anything but support the humans’ operations with reconnaissance and ambushes outside the Dim Forests.


Prologue Part Theux (? Whatever)
Where in Stuff known to the Gnomes, but not known to non-Gnomes, becomes known, except to non-Gnomes, because the Gnomes know enough to not let non-Gnomes know what they know.

Several months ago, a small band of powerful adventurers appeared in the giant-afflicted regions of Geoff. It was they, so they said, who raided and torched a very large hill giant steading, and they who allied with Kemp Consum’s gnomes to raid and ultimately drive out, the fomorians and ogres from Gorna. After that battle the adventurers headed back into the mountains to the southwest of Geoff and have not been heard from since.
In the aftermath, the gnomes have set up several small observation posts in and around Gorna, as well as started building gnomes sized storehouses and living quarters, as well as reinforcing the outer walls. They have been careful to make it look like the place is still abandoned, but are approaching the point where they need to start making permanent repairs to the outer walls and gates. As that would reveal their presence, Consum wants to get the backing of at least Duke Owen, so there is a token garrison of humans in place as well.
Title: Re: Army of PCs Against the Giants
Post by: perovskite on May 07, 2018, 01:05:24 AM
And here we get to the first session, which we played in August of 2016. This group was hijacked by me when the DM could no longer play, which is why it sounds like this starts in the middle. If the blow-by-blow from each session is burdensome or awkward to read, please complain in a reply, and I will switch to summaries of each session. Cyr is a DMPC/NPC; I find it preferable to give suggestions to the party in character.

The Characters (which I, the DM, call the Zodhunters, although they have not named their group in-game)
Yudhisthir- male half-elf ranger 6; Yudhisthir and Arjun are half-brothers
Arjun- male human favored soul 6
Cyr- female human feat rogue 6/chameleon 1; she normally disguises herself as a young man
Phaedra- female aasimar warlock 6
Saluki- male human fighter 2/swashbuckler 3/dervish 2
Thessa- female catfolk bard 6, who doesn't show up for several sessions.

Day 133: The Zod Hunters

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Post by: perovskite on May 07, 2018, 10:21:34 PM
Day 137: The Zod Hunters

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Post by: perovskite on May 08, 2018, 09:56:16 PM
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Day 145: the Zod Hunters

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Post by: perovskite on May 10, 2018, 11:27:02 PM
Day 146: The Zod Hunters

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Post by: perovskite on May 11, 2018, 10:32:10 PM
Maybe doing this will make the log a little less fearsome.

Day 147: The Zod Hunters

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Post by: perovskite on May 12, 2018, 11:29:45 PM
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Post by: perovskite on May 13, 2018, 11:27:13 PM
Day 150: The Zod Hunters

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Post by: perovskite on May 14, 2018, 10:43:15 PM
Day 150 Part Two: The Zod Hunters

Combat tends to take a long time; normally 6-8 rounds will eat up three hours pretty easily, meaning that's all we do in one session.

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Title: Re: Army of PCs Against the Giants
Post by: perovskite on May 15, 2018, 10:23:08 PM
Day 150, Still: The Zod Hunters

This session took place a month after the previous one, due to Yuletide 2016, which is what the first line means.

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Title: Re: Army of PCs Against the Giants
Post by: perovskite on May 16, 2018, 10:38:04 PM
Day 151: The Zod Hunters

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Post by: perovskite on May 17, 2018, 10:14:06 PM
Day 152: The Zod Hunters

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Post by: perovskite on May 19, 2018, 12:16:33 AM
Day 154: The Zod Hunters

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Post by: perovskite on May 20, 2018, 01:04:52 AM
Day 154 Still: The Zod Hunters

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Post by: perovskite on May 21, 2018, 10:08:31 PM
Day 156: the Zod Hunters

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Post by: perovskite on May 22, 2018, 11:11:48 PM
Still Day 156: The Zod Hunters

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Post by: perovskite on May 23, 2018, 10:23:24 PM
Day 159: The Zod Hunters

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Post by: perovskite on May 24, 2018, 10:15:31 PM
Day 160: The Zod Hunters

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Post by: perovskite on May 25, 2018, 11:34:39 PM
Day 163: The Zod Hunters

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Tragically, after this session one of the players had to drop out to have a baby, so this party has been on hiatus for exactly one year, as it turns out. However, that just was cause to start with a different party.
Title: Re: Army of PCs Against the Giants
Post by: perovskite on May 27, 2018, 01:21:42 AM
Day 79: Katreana's Journey

And so begins the tale of Katreana and her band o' adventurers, who look like this when this campaign concluded and merged with the main one.

Katreana- LG female elf wizard 9
Beldren- LG male dwarf fighter 5/stonelord 3
Kochevnik- LG male tiefling rogue 1/paladin 8
Grenda- NG female hobgoblin favored soul 4/rogue 1/shadowbane stalker 3


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Post by: perovskite on May 27, 2018, 11:37:55 PM
Day 96: Katreana's Journey

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Post by: perovskite on May 29, 2018, 01:05:29 AM
Day 105: Katreana's Journey


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Day 106: Katreana's Journey

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Post by: perovskite on May 30, 2018, 10:20:12 PM
Day 107: Katreana's Journey

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Post by: perovskite on May 31, 2018, 10:30:44 PM
Day 107, Volume II: Katreana's Journey

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Post by: perovskite on June 01, 2018, 11:37:13 PM
Day 109: Katreana's Journey

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Day 115: Katreana's Journey

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Still Day 115: Katreana's Journey

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Post by: perovskite on June 05, 2018, 10:55:34 PM
Day 115 Yet Still: Katreana's Journey

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Post by: perovskite on June 06, 2018, 09:59:24 PM
Day 116: Katreana's Journey

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Day 122: Katreana's Journey

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Still Day 122: Katreana's Journey

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Day 123: Katreana's Journey

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Still Day 123: Katreana's Journey

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Post by: perovskite on June 11, 2018, 04:54:26 PM
Also More Day 123: Katreana's Journey

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Day 126: Katreana's Journey

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Post by: perovskite on June 13, 2018, 04:44:18 PM
Day 131: Katreana's Journey

I owe a thank you to all of the people who contributed to the "1001 Book Titles" thread on Giant in the Playground.

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Post by: perovskite on June 15, 2018, 07:18:00 PM
Day 134: Katreana's Journey

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Post by: perovskite on June 17, 2018, 09:42:51 AM
Day 135: Katreana's Journey

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Post by: perovskite on June 18, 2018, 10:04:14 PM
Still Day 135: Katreana's Journey

In this session a lot of characters appeared in passing who will show up later. So:

Salach- NG male half-elf rogue 4/wizard 1/unseen seer 8/arcane trickster 1
Dragon- LN male human fighter 10 (not only that, a sword and board fighter!)
Zelda- NG female human rogue 7/dread commando 4
Karla- NG female human fighter 2/cleric 5/paragnostic disciple 4
Kaicl- LG male dwarf fighter 10 (who has the sense to use a great axe)
Momenrech- NG male human cleric 8
Kalladar- male elf fighter 2/wizard 5/eldritch knight 4- never been played; he was an NPC this group rescued while fighting through the Hill Giant's Steading

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Title: Re: Army of PCs Against the Giants
Post by: perovskite on June 19, 2018, 05:17:13 PM
Day 140: Dwarven Volunteers

This brief set of two gaming sessions introduces another group of player characters, and gave Kaicl's player (who hadn't played D&D for several years) a chance to get warmed up. This party consists of:

Kaicl, the same dwarf as above
Erihild, female dwarf bard 4
Brother Beast, male dwarf druid 4
Honey, Brother Beast's dire badger animal companion
Tikkaer, male gnome fighter 2/ranger 2


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Post by: perovskite on June 20, 2018, 05:18:40 PM
Day 141: Dwarven Volunteers

I lied. Three sessions.

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Post by: perovskite on June 21, 2018, 10:50:00 PM
Day 141: Dwarven Volunteers

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Post by: perovskite on June 22, 2018, 07:29:23 PM
Day 152: Sephira's Quest

One of the side campaigns. This party is:
Sephira (female halfling sorcerer 6)
Kedri the Destroyer (Sephira's cat familiar)
Herzog (male human cleric of Fharlanghn 3/human paragon 3)
Karakaze, aka Empty Wind (female elf monk 6)
Sylaernae (male elf fighter 5)
Phillin de Blanc (male elf fighter 3/rogue 3)

Sylaernae and Phillin don't show up for awhile.

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Post by: perovskite on June 23, 2018, 10:34:17 PM
Day 153: Sephira's Quest

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Post by: perovskite on June 24, 2018, 07:25:18 PM
Day 153 Part II: Sephira's Quest

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Post by: perovskite on June 25, 2018, 10:36:11 PM
Day 155: Sephira's Quest

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Post by: perovskite on June 26, 2018, 10:43:04 PM
Day 156: Sephira's Quest

Once again, the 1001 Book Titles thread of GitP is pretty useful.

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Post by: perovskite on June 27, 2018, 10:08:24 PM
Day 162: Sephira's Quest

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Post by: perovskite on June 29, 2018, 12:23:28 AM
Day 164: Sephira's Quest

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Post by: perovskite on June 29, 2018, 11:28:30 PM
Day 164 Part II: Sephira's Quest

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Post by: perovskite on July 01, 2018, 03:16:18 AM
Day 159: Dwarven Volunteers

At this point we'll start skipping between groups pretty often, because almost I'm out of archival sessions, except for backstory for the Zodhunter group and a few other odds and ends. Once I am out of stuff, updates will drop to weekly or less, since we play a game about five weeks in every eight.

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Post by: perovskite on July 02, 2018, 03:50:34 PM
Day 164: The Zod Hunters

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Post by: perovskite on July 03, 2018, 11:04:08 PM
Day 157: Elven Raiders

Here we introduce what should be the final group for this campaign, whom I've dubbed the Elven Raiders. The party is:

Collar Rogue- male elf ranger 6/psion 2
Timber, male wolf animal companion
Grenda, still a female hobgoblin favored soul 4/rogue 1/shadowbane stalker 3
Navussar, male half-elf ranger 8
Kusab- male mountain lion animal companion
Mav- female dwarf barbarian 8
Mav's burro, who I don't think has a name

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Post by: perovskite on July 05, 2018, 10:33:23 PM
I have about five sessions worth of backstory for the Zod Hunters, so here it is.

The only characters in this section that haven't already been mentioned are
Arvo- male halfling druid 3
Essel- Arvo's riding dog and animal companion
Isengrim- male halfling rogue 8 (NPC)


Day 118- Cyrenag Evrimann:

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Day 117- Arvolur Indythea:

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Day 93- Yudhishthir and Arjun

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Post by: perovskite on July 08, 2018, 01:31:28 PM
Day 93: Yudhisthir and Arjun

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Post by: perovskite on July 09, 2018, 10:33:23 PM
Day 119: Arvo, Essel and Cyr

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Day 119: Arjun and Yudhisthir

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Post by: perovskite on July 10, 2018, 08:49:15 PM
Day 124: Arvo, Essel, Cyr

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Day 129: Arjun and Yudhisthir

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Day 125: Phaedra and Saluki

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Post by: perovskite on July 11, 2018, 10:47:35 PM
Day 130: The Zodhunters, just not quite assembled yet

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Post by: perovskite on July 13, 2018, 12:30:33 AM
Day 164 part 2: Zodhunters

This session introduces:
Logan- male elf monk 4/fighter 3

Also, this party was way, way below wealth by level (and still is, just not as bad), except for a bunch of +2 javelins Arjun had, which was throwing off all kinds of treasure giving calculations. Since I don't really hold with magic shops (except for weak potions, scrolls, and wands), and they're in a war zone, they really have no way to upgrade their equipment.

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The next update will probably be Saturday. After that, as warned, weekly or less, at least for this campaign.
Title: Re: Army of PCs Against the Giants
Post by: perovskite on July 15, 2018, 02:13:05 AM
Day 166: Zodhunters

Sometimes I make sarcastic comments in the log when the players aren't paying attention; now recorded for posterity.

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