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    Here, then, will be the party roster for the next adventure, "Addadun at the Boundaries," which might be some time in coming.

    Romance of a Fallen Country Player Roster

    • Disciple of Yawgmoth, playing Mikal
      • Human Fighter, starting at Level 2
      • 740 XP (650 XP + 90 XP Mission Bonus)
      • Mikal has been "returned" to the refugee camp, where he is avoiding his former comrades, wondering if Lord Rynoi will send for him again, and trying to find some new action.
      • 2 torches
      • 8 days of trail rations
      • one waterskin (full)

    • Palpatim, playing Sada
      • Deva Wizard, Level 3
      • 2468 XP (2100 XP + 368 XP Mission Bonus)
      • Sada is currently enjoying Lord Rynoi's hospitality, and may use his manor as a base of operations.
      • Sada has obtained Lord Mayor Hagan's permission to freely enter and leave Addadun, as well as move between the upper town and the undertown.
      • Lord Rynoi's "bauble"
      • an Orb of Sanguinary Repercussions +1 (Level 5)
      • Lefstan Enneck's Spellbook, containing the alchemical formulae for Blinding Bombs, Clearsense Powder, Dragonfire Tar, and Tanglefoot Bags; and an alchemical-ritual complex that can transform mudwugs into bullywugs. (Value: 350 sceatas)
      • Vonim's Chronicle, containing the Secret Page ritual (Value: 100 sceatas)
      • a set of fine robes, purchased in Addadun
      • 121 sceatas and 83 stycas
      • 50 sceatas' worth of alchemical reagents
      • healing herbs (equivalent to two potions of healing)
      • a potion of healing
      • 3 packages of Dragonfire Tar
      • a Tanglefoot Bag (Level 2)
      • a vial of Clearsense Powder (Level 1)
      • 2 torches
      • 10 days of trail rations
      • one waterskin (empty; easy access to beverages in the manor)

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    Expedition to Mollu

    This is a collection of various background information for the Romance of a Fallen Country Setting that was previously presented in this thread, gathered together in one post, and updated (to some extent) for the current adventure.

    Overview
    A long time ago, when the Dread Lord of Tyaasi invaded the Isle of Istao, he and the last king of Istao slew one another in an epic battle. In the generations since then, the country has fallen into anarchy and a perpetual civil war between the great landed lords and various pretenders to the unoccupied throne.
    1. A dark age - no urban culture: only one or two cities exist, and they are scarcely larger than towns. Complex economic and social entities such as guilds or large trading concerns don't exist. Luxury items or those that assume special training are rare.
    2. An isolated land - no foreigners. Everybody's from the same culture. No strangers from far lands washing ashore. No trade expeditions to or from exotic empires. No tribes of barbarians or other nomads. The exceptions to this requirement are devas, eladrin, gnomes, and kalashtar.


    Setting
    The adventure begins at the outskirts of the village of Elanglond, on the southern shores of the Firth of Tanbriyn. The climate is mild and temperate. The terrain is flat, mostly grasslands with some moors and heaths, and the occasional hill or woods.

    Elanglond is a colony settled by the decree of the Duke of Calanque, ruler of the largest island in the Firth. Although it was located in what was at the time unclaimed wilderness, the success of the colony attracted the attention of others. The village lies between Canbir to the west and Mollu to the east, both lands whose rulers covet Elanglond and wish to add it to theirs. The largely uninhabited forest of Tirsibon forms its southern border. Whether your character is pledged to the Duke or simply has ties to Elanglond, you are working to support the colony.

    Background
    In response to renewed raiding from Canbir and Mollu, the Duchy of Calanque sent a large contingent of its warriors to Elanglond including several groups of ritualists. As the foremost keepers of magical knowledge left in Istao, the Duchy was confident that its sorcery and might would dissuade further aggression.

    This confidence evaporated when it came to light that Mollu had discovered the alchemical process of turning a common type of soil into an anti-magical substance called Serpent Dust. Calanque resorted to an offensive they termed the Black Trident Plan: the invasion of Mollu by a haunted flotilla of ghosts. It was effective; overnight, the Barony of Mollu was turned into a cursed land of refugees and undead.

    A final mass offensive by Mollu was met by forces led by the Field Marshal of Calanque a few miles to the southeast of Elanglond. Large-scale rituals of weather control were no longer effective due to the widespread presence of Serpent Dust, but a seemingly-invincible cavalry squad under the command of a knight named Arless Navore broke the enemy. With this victory, the Barony of Mollu ceased to exist as an entity.

    Game Start
    The player characters are a heterogeneous group of irregulars attached to the Elanglond Thaumaturgical Company, commanded by Captain Prochin Blein. Your original job was to serve as guards and scouts for the ritualists who formed the core of the company. No ritualist survived the battle, however, so your original purpose has been lost.

    It's the night after the fighting, and a huge victory feast is being held. Prochin's lieutenant, Quennis Calanque (technically also a Captain) is there in his stead, as are the PCs. Rumor already has it that you will be temporarily assigned to Captain Syme Drogney's North Scorpion Company, which was also wiped out in the fighting, and then sent on a mission into the ruined land of Mollu.

    Character and Rules Guidelines
    Use the guidelines posted at http://www.penandpapergames.com/foru...ead.php?t=9511, with the following exceptions and expansions:

    Guideline 2 - The exception applies to all monsters. Also, information in the rules that is specific to a campaign setting or to the suggested cosmology (especially regarding the nature of the deities or the planes of existence) should not be unquestioningly accepted. It may differ significantly in this campaign.

    Guideline 3 - The following modifications to this guideline are noted below. This supercedes any information about rulebooks that are "partially implemented" in terms of classes, races, and equipment.
    Eberron Player's Guide - The Kalashtar may be used, with changes made to their background and origins. (See the section on Races, below.) No other aspects of the book may be used.
    Heroes of the Feywild - Berserkers, Protectors, Skalds, and Witches may be chosen. Bards and Skalds may use the Signs of Influence class feature, assuming player access to the rules. Berserkers may only take the temperate Heartland feature. Expanded familiars may be used, subject to my approval. None of the races in the book may be taken, nor any of the items listed used for equipment.
    Player's Handbook 3 - The Runepriest and Seeker classes may be chosen. No other races or classes from this book are allowed. Skills powers may be used to replace utility powers, subject to my approval. Superior implements do not exist on Istao, so the Superior Implement Training feat may not be taken. Hybrid classes are not allowed.

    Guideline 13 - The NPC races presented in the Monster Manual or other similar books are specifically not allowed, such as Bugbears and Kobolds.

    Guideline 15 - In order to use the equipment from Adventurer's Vault, the player must have access to the rulebook. The following equipment is unavailable: hand crossbow, repeating crossbow (and magazine), and superior crossbow. The following equipment is indicative of an unusual cultural influence - craghammer, double axe, double flail, double sword, katar, khopesh, kukri, mordenkrad, shuriken, tratnyr, trident, and urgrosh. These may be possessed, but must be addressed in the character's background.

    Guidelines 16 - Certain backgrounds are disallowed, as discussed below.

    Guidelines 18 - Istaoan faiths are discussed below.

    Guidelines 19
    - This guideline is not valid for the Istaoan Campaign. I will discuss equipment and currency later.

    Guideline 23
    - This guideline is as applicable for Istao as it is for the Empire.

    Races in Istao
    Devas - All occurrences of devas are singular. However, a number of devas fought with the Kingdom of Istao against Tyaasi in their previous lives.

    Dragonborn - Dragonborn live in small groups or travel about singly, pursuing their individualistic goals. It is rare, however, to encounter any sized settlement, even a small hamlet, without at least a single dragonborn resident.

    Dwarfs - Most Dwarfs owe descent from the fines (clans) of Aniriep, Aniriom, Dirdan, or Odom, but there are a few others. None of these clans, however, retain any holdings or independent political power, and none have a chieftain or overlord any longer. The main purpose of the fines is to determine marriage, as it is taboo to marry someone from the same fine. Lineage is divided by gender: sons are part of the fine of the father, daughters are part of the fine of the mother. Dwarfs go through years-long phases in their lives of wandering, settling down, and wandering again, so they are encountered in communities as well as on the road.

    Eladrin - To the eladrin, the world is like a dream they pass through before returning to the Feywild. Few eladrin share the troublesome dream of Istao, but those who do are often drawn to it, seeking to find and set right the source of their anxiety.

    Elfs - Elfs mostly dwell in the forests, in tiny settlements. Any area of trees is likely to have a few elfs calling it their home. Elfs are keepers of boundaries. They protect the forests from the predations of the plains-dwellers, and protect those outside the forests from the creatures that lurk deep within. The position they find themselves in is advantageous at times, precarious at others.

    Gnomes - Istao's turbulence does not make it the first choice for a gnomish hideaway. Nevertheless, some gnomes do make their solitary homes in the dark woodlands and shadowy hills. More common, at least for those who encounter them, is the curious gnome who pops in from the Feywild for a sojourn in these lands.

    Goliaths - The towering, sharp, and occasionally volcanic peaks of Istao are unusually inhospitable for most folk. The Goliaths make their home here, and do not concern themselves with the affairs or troubles of those who dwell below. Every generation, a few goliaths do wander down to see the varied sights and to prove themselves against those they find there. Also on occasion, the appearance of a giant, dragon, or other fearsome creature will drive a band of goliaths out of the mountains, sometimes as refugees and sometimes to seek out allies in an attempt to reclaim their home.

    Half-Elfs - Thanks to the historically close relationship between elfs and humans, rare in other lands, half-elfs are not nearly as uncommon as they are elsewhere. Many noble houses count numerous half-elfs as their members.

    Half-Orcs - Whether these odd beings are human-like orcs or orc-like humans is the subject of debate, as long as no half-orcs are around to hear it. They are among the few who have thrived in these dark times, as the demand for fierce warriors outweighs society's normal inclination to shun these beings. Some half-orcs welcome the opportunity to prove they are every bit as civilized as members of the other races, while others use the necessity that drives their grudging acceptance as a license to indulge in wanton bloodthirstiness.

    Halflings - Small communities of halflings have always dwelled among the shady pools and rivers of Istao. Many of these sheltered locations were ideal locations to found larger settlements, and it may well be that every town in Istao had its origins as a halfling village. The halflings themselves welcomed the opportunity for trade, and became central to the livelihood of these places. Although they are as fierce when it comes to war as any of the other races, prejudice often keeps them out of a warrior's role. This has led to the halflings growing in numbers, or at least holding steady, while humans and other races continue to diminish. Slightly less burdened by the yoke of war, the halflings form a much-needed, perpetual middle class that drives the economy of the land.

    Humans - As is true almost everywhere else, humans are the most numerous of the races, and serve as the dominant people. This is still the case in Istao, though it is a lessening truth, as half-elfs, half-orcs, halflings, and tieflings all grow in number, while humanity shrinks. Humans still produce the most nobles and form the majorities in all the towns and most of the villages, but there is a sense, even among themselves, that perhaps their time is passing.

    Kalashtar - Kalashtar are dispossessed spirits from the Feywild, randomly reborn into human hosts. Sometimes referred to as "changelings," (not to be confused with the Changeling race, which is not known on Istao) they are mentally mature at an early age, but always retain their fey passions. As mortal reincarnations, kalashtar are not treated as though they have the "fey" keyword. Some unknown disaster drove them to Istao, and they live their lives with the perception of danger always at the edge of their awareness.

    Longtooth Shifters - Like the half-orcs, the longtooths' bestial strength claims them a place in present-day Istao, one which would not have been offered in the past. They rarely roam in the terrifying packs of old, but singly or in small groups, find themselves employed as warriors and hunters.

    Razorclaw Shifters
    - Razorclaws are at home in the broad grasslands of Istao, roaming the byways as messengers or merchants. They dream of better days, when they could travel freely without fear of the armies and monsters that now march across the land.

    Tieflings - Rare enough to be regarded as a curiosity rather than a threat, tieflings, or witching folk, keep to the fringes of society. Hermits, herbalists, bounty hunters: tieflings gravitate toward occupations that can be supplemented by their nature.

    Classes in Istao
    Avengers - Many tales are told of secret cloisters that send their minions into the world to promote their agendas. Avengers prove the truth of these legends. Originally, hermitages were founded in out-of-the-way locations to contemplate the divine without worldly distraction. When the world turned dark, all but the strongest or the most sequestered were overrun. Some of those that survived owe their continuing existence to the avengers they send out to proactively deal with threats. In other cases, people who would have been happy to enough to lead quiet lives as priests take up the mantle of the avenger to fight against enemies that plague the people in general, from over-ambitious warlords to undead evil.

    Barbarians / Berserkers - Though there are many representatives of the barbarian class in Istao, there is no one who is properly called a "barbarian." Barbarians are no more or less civilized than their fellows, and belong to no different tribes. They are warriors who at some point in their careers became possessed by one or more primal spirits. Certain spirits are attracted to those who excel at strength, courage, or warfare. This possession may have been sought by the warrior, it may take the form of a contract in the manner of a warlock, or it may be wholly unintentional.

    Bards/ Skalds - The written word was defenseless against the time of chaos. Books were ignored and allowed to moulder away, or else they were used as fuel in the cold winters, unwanted and unread by a people with more immediate needs. Others went up in flame when the monasteries and other centers of learning that housed them were put to the torch by raiders. The most durable vessel for knowledge now is within a living mind. Lest all that was once known become lost, bards seek out, preserve, and transmit information through word and song. Some come on these way through training, inheriting a tradition passed from teacher to student. Others simply become bards through inclination, and eventually acquire the power that comes from their exposure to the continual flow of secrets.

    Clerics - Numerous nobles and gentry who are not in the direct line of inheritance get sent off to study the ways of the gods. Some live out their new lives as monks and priests. Others return from the cloister and quickly forget their time there. A few manage to walk both paths, and become clerics: martial priests who inspire their followers with the promise of divine favor.

    Druids / Protectors - The gods are distant and only present their gifts to those privileged few who can afford to learn them. The powers of the arcane are mostly lost. However, the spirits are ever-present and sometimes give their benefits unasked. Some druids consciously seek power, and turn to the spirits because other paths are denied to them. Others simply come by it in the wilderness.

    Fighters - The need for skill with weapons is something universally understood. However, fighters understand and pursue this skill deeper than most. Almost everyone uses a weapon, and many make a profession out of it, but a true fighter stands out as a rare master of this craft.

    Invokers
    - It seems that the gods' time has passed. They are further and further removed from the common lives of the people. While it is the role of the priest and the cleric to bring the practice of divine worship back to everyday folk, it is the role of the invoker to bring the power of the gods back into the land.

    Paladins - Clerics find a way to forge together their two disparate paths. Paladins merged the two ways from the start. They may be knights who take up holy orders, or members of a cadre formed to protect one of the last temples and gifted with divine power.

    Rangers - Some rangers are no different from fighters, save that their chosen weapon is the bow, or a dual-wielding technique. Others are driven by a purpose, whether it is a desire to protect or to fight, and pick up their skill along the path to realizing that purpose.

    Rogues - The typical rogue is someone who, in contrast to the fighter that focuses their skill on the use of their weapon, holds that the weapon is secondary to the true goal: defeating the opponent. The philosophy of these rogues is to strike quickly, stealthily, and with deadly force. Honor and fairness are less important, or perhaps scorned altogether. There are, of course, other types of rogues, ranging from sneak thieves to practitioners of nearly-lost skills to typical explorer/adventurers. However, it should be mentioned here that thievery is particularly despised in Istao. In some places, it is considered more honorable to loot the corpse of one you have slain than it is to pick someone's pockets. However, this only holds true between members of the same group, such as people who are in the same village or beholden to the same noble. There is no problem with picking an enemy's pockets, though it is usually thought better if one dispatches the enemy as well.

    Runepriests - Runepriests follow archaic teachings of the Courts of the Gods sect. They do not follow the faith of the Rulers of the Heavens.

    Seekers - Seekers exist in a manner similar to Barbarians and Berserkers. They are not associated with any tribe, though some rare Seekers are the last practitioners of an almost-extinct elven tradition.

    Shamans - Shamans do not belong to any separate tribe. The path toward becoming a shaman is not different from the path toward becoming a druid. However, where the druids take the spirits into their body, the shamans treat with them as companions. It is an even more unusual path.

    Sorcerers - Perhaps most common among the remaining practitioners of the arcane, sorcerers spontaneously come into their power, or seem to. Often there is some catalyst that triggers their abilities. Many follow the stereotype of the prideful mage, but the arrogance attributed to them is not universal.

    Wardens - Barbarians are possessed by primal spirits; druids evoke their power; shamans fight alongside them. Wardens are a vessel filled with the primal force of the land. They are consumed with a desire to protect it, drive away its enemies, and something more, an indescribable longing that often drives them on wandering quests seeking to find the reason behind their passions. Istao produces relatively more wardens than are seen elsewhere. RULES MODIFICATION: Istaoan wardens do not start the game with proficiency in simple ranged weapons. They do start the game with proficiency in chainmail, scale, and plate armor. Wardens may use feats to learn the use of ranged weapons normally.

    Warlocks - The information to make a contract with a supernatural entity is largely forgotten, but these entities still exist in Istao and where there is a will to power, the bond might still be formed. Star pact warlocks are the fewest in number, while Vestige Pact warlocks are the most common, many coming into their power starting with a visitation by the Last King or Zutwa. However, for warlocks who very recently made their pact, there is an upsurge in the number of Infernal and Fey powers who are seeking to make contracts. BACKGROUND MODIFICATION: For warlocks using the Vestige Pact from Arcane Power, King Elidyr is not available as a vestige. Instead, the vestige of the Last King gives the same pact boon and augments.

    Warlords - Once, the maneuvers, tactics, and strategy of warfare was passed down in tomes, through orders of knights, and by the teaching of learned generals. Those days are gone, and knowledge of strategy and most tactics have vanished. This state of affairs has allowed for brilliant and unorthodox personal leaders to find their own way to victory through idiosyncratic strategems. A warlord is one of those individuals in the current age.

    Witches - The path to becoming a witch bears more resemblance to that of a warlock than a wizard. Witches are at least as common as wizards, though that's not saying much. No spellcaster is particularly common on Istao, but the most numerous of such is the non-combatant ritualist.

    Wizards - Keepers of the last remaining shreds of written knowledge, all modern wizards were trained in their magic by another, elder wizard. There are no schools or orders of wizards, and even the most generous wizard jealously guards his or her secrets.

    Religions of Istao
    Above all shine the stars, closely guarding their secrets. In the Land of the Stars dwell the gods. Whether they created the world we know or were simply the firstborn of the world, no one doubts their power and authority. There are other lands as well: the Land Below, a place of fire, chaos, and demons; the Land of Dread, birthplace of the rulers of Tyaasi; and the Land of Faerie, said to be a mortal paradise. However, few visit these places, and fewer return. What concerns most folk is the Mortal Land, Istao. Istao is not a large, or an endless, land. It is an island in a sea, and there are other large islands, though none of have traveled to or from them in many generations.

    While the powers of the gods are supreme, it is quite possible that they no longer concern themselves with the goings-on of Istao. It may well be that the prayers and rituals simply automatically bestow the favors they deliver. The death struggle between the Last King and the Dread Lord was supposed be the climactic battle to decide the world's fate. Perhaps its ambiguous outcome caused the gods to turn away in disgust.

    It is this pervasive sense of abandonment that colors much of the religious life of Istao. Temples and churches are more commonly remote outposts than the center of civic activity. However, just as nobody truly knows whether the deities abandoned them, there is always a sense of desperate hope, and religion still goes on.

    There are two main religious traditions: the Courts of the Gods and the Rulers of the Six Heavens.

    The Courts of the Gods
    In this tradition, the twenty deities are divided into four Courts, representing authority, wisdom, bounty, and potential. The deities of a particular Court work closely together. The different Courts are not so much hostile to each other as uninterested: the deities of a one Court do not concern themselves with the happenings of the others. When a mortal dies, they find themselves serving in the Court that was closest to how they viewed the world. These courts and their membership are as follows:

    The Court of the Scepter upholds rulership, power, and might.
    Bahamut
    Pelor
    Kord
    Bane
    Gruumsh
    Domains: justice, life, strength, war, destruction

    The Court of the Crown represents intellect, knowledge, and wisdom.
    Moradin
    Avandra
    Ioun
    Vecna
    The Demon God
    Domains: creation, freedom, knowledge, arcana, madness

    The Court of the Chalice bestows gifts and inspiration.
    Corellon
    Sehanine
    Melora
    Zehir
    Lolth
    Domains: skill, luck, love, poison, trickery

    The Court of the Pentagram
    provides hope, despair, potential, and oblivion.
    Erathis
    The Raven Queen
    Asmodeus
    Tiamat
    Torog
    Domains: civilization, death, vengeance, torment, hope

    The Rulers of the Six Heavens

    This tradition considers six gods to be important above all the others. There are six afterlives that beings find themselves in when their souls depart from Istao, and these deities administer them. The other deities serve as functionaries between these six and the rest of creation. For instance, the Raven Queen stands at the gate between life and death, determining which of the six realms a soul will enter. No decision concerning the disposition of the gods is undertaken without the unified agreement of the Six Rulers.

    Asmodeus, Queen of the Fiery Heaven (This tradition holds that Asmodeus is a female, elf-like being, cheerful and callous in equal measure.)
    Bahamut, King of the Mirrored Heaven
    Erathis, Queen of the Woven Heaven
    Ioun, Queen of the Illuminated Heaven (alternatively, Queen of the Emerald Heaven)
    Moradin, King of the Ringing Heaven
    Torog, King of the Black Heaven
    Domains: sun, protection, darkness, strength, fate, tyranny

    Tyaasian Religions

    The details of the religious practices of the Tyaasi are mostly shunned. Gods they were known to have favored include Asmodeus, Bane, Lolth, Moradin, Kord, and Zehir.

    Languages
    Istaoan - The common speech of the island. Uses Istaoan Script.
    The Dead Tongue - Ancient writings are recorded in this language, dating well before the Time of Kings. Mostly encountered as Davek Runes.
    Draconic - The dragonborn and dragons speak this tongue, and few others. Uses Iokharic Script.
    Dwarven - The language of dwarfs is well-regarded for its ability to express mechanical principles. Many guilds conduct their business in Dwarven. Uses Davek Runes.
    Elven - Those who wish to treat with the denizens of the Feywild would do well to learn their language, popularly known as Elven. Uses Rellanic Script.
    High Tyaasian - This language is as old as the Dead Tongue, but was still spoken by the nobility of Tyaasi up to the present. Taught in Rellanic Script.
    Low Tyaasian - This language is modern Tyaasian as spoken by the common folk. Uses Istaoan Script.
    Wizard's Cant - This is a secret trade tongue of magic-users, but it is also a common language among various monstrous races. Uses Barazhad Script.

    Unused Languages
    Common - Replaced by Istaoan.
    Deep Speech - Replaced by the Dead Tongue.
    Giant - Replaced by High Tyaasian or Low Tyaasian (player's choice).
    Goblin - Replaced by High Tyaasian or Low Tyaasian (player's choice).
    Primordial - Replaced by Wizard's Cant.

    Scripts

    Common - Replaced by Istaoan Script.
    Rellanic
    Iokharic
    Davek
    Barazhad


    Currency
    The currency of Istao is based on the silver standard. All players start with 100 gp. Buy equipment normally. Then, with the money left over, perform the following conversion:
    1. Every gp converts to one silver sceat.
    2. Every sp converts to ten copper stycas.
    3. Every cp converts to one copper styca.
    The full conversion is as follows:
    1 golden mancus equals 100 silver sceatas.
    1 silver sceat equals 100 copper stycas.
    Platinum does not exist on Istao.

    Equipment
    The following changes have been made to available equipment:

    • The Standard Adventurer's Kit does not have sunrods. It contains two torches. The weight is the same, and the cost is 11 gp.
    • The following items of equipment cannot be obtained as part of a player's starting equipment: hand crossbows, repeating crossbows, superior crossbows, alchemical items, consumable magic items, everburning torches, and sunrods. This applies to level 1 characters (see Level and Funds below).
    • Totems are referred to as talismans.
    • Holy symbols are usually dedicated to one of the four divine Courts. Holy symbols for individual deities are rare, unless they are for one of the Rulers of the Six Heavens.
    • For the following items, if the character lacks the relevant class features or feats, they must address how they came to be in possession of such objects: any arcane implement, rare holy symbols, ritual books, ritual components, spell books, and thieves' tools.
    • Finally, although available to starting characters, many types of equipment are not commonly found in most communities. This would include the following: heavy armor, heavy shields, maces, morningstars, longswords, scimitars, falchions, glaives, greatswords, halberds, bastard swords, katars, rapiers, spiked chains, crossbows, shuriken, craghammers, double axes, double flails, double swords, khopeshes, kukris, mordenkrads, tratnyrs, tridents, urgroshes, crossbow bolts, arcane implements, climber's kits, fine clothing, holy symbols, journey bread, lanterns (suitable for adventuring), ritual books, ritual components, silk rope, spellbooks, thieves' tools, harps, horns (suitable for bardic music), lutes, and talismans. Elanglond has a resident blacksmith, weaponsmith and forge, and so is capable of providing heavy armor, heavy shields, and the simple and military weapons from the preceding list.
    • Generally speaking, items from rulebooks besides the Player's Handbook 1 or 2, or Adventurer's Vaults that are not mentioned above should be approved by me if allowed at all.


    Level and Funds

    • Currently, PCs will start at the 2nd level of experience.
    • At 2nd level, PCs will gain the following funds and equipment:
      • 360 gp (silver steacas, see currency above) to purchase equipment
      • one non-consumable level 1 magic item

    • Some restrictions on the purchasing of certain equipment are lifted. The following equipment may now be purchased:
      • alchemical items of level 3 or less
      • potions of healing

    • Intricate jewelry and magical items that are intricate or mechanical in nature are not available. I will deal with these on a case-by-case basis.


    Background Notes
    Geography
    Istao lacks deserts and large cities.
    Society
    Nobility is limited to the following races: devas (who are always adopted or appointed to the position), dwarfs (who must be from the fines of Aniriep, Aniriom, Dirdan, or Odom), elfs, half-elfs, halflings, and humans. Goliaths and eladrin may be of noble descent from within their own cultures. For the other races, a noble background is extremely unusual.
    Birth
    Characters may be from another plane, but this is of course extremely rare, especially if the plane of existence is one other than the Feywild or the Shadowfell. This is the only exception to the rule that characters may not be from foreign lands outside of Istao.
    Occupation

    • Merchants who trade goods for profit are not as common or well-organized as in other lands. Similarly, artisans generally do not produce advanced crafts such as glass-making or bookbinding.
    • There are no organized thieves' guilds, and thievery is often punishable by death. Most organized crime comes from banditry. However, some entire communities and fiefdoms are devoted to the practice.
    • Entertainers are highly valued, but as they are usually travelers, they are accorded the same degree of mistrust placed in all strangers.
    • Sailors never leave sight of the coast, and most honest sailors have had to give up their professions recently do to the appearance of the Pirate Fleet.
    • Military organizations are almost always the war bands of a noble, consisting of knights and warriors. Some independent mercenary companies exist, but because of the general distrust of strangers, they are not as common as they could be in a war-torn land.
    • A scholar is a rare profession, indeed. There are no schools or universities in Istao, so any center of learning would have to be the stronghold of an erudite noble or a monastery.

    Racial Backgrounds

    • Eladrin are usually from the Feywild. The local Eladrin culture of the region of the Feywild near to Istao is as gentle as Istao's is grim. Even among other Eladrin lands, it is a rare pocket of gentle tranquility.
    • Half-orcs are a race unto themselves, so Firstborn is not a background option.
    • Shifters don't have traditional lands anymore, and they are recognized as being separate from Lycanthropes, so the Persecuted background and aspects of the City Shifter background are unavailable.
    • Tieflings exist on the fringes of society, and the Merchant Dynasty background is not suitable for them.

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    Awesome, thanks for aggregating all the information and adjustments (and making the game official!). Good luck and have fun on Saturday.

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    "Expedition to Mollu," First Session

    The first session of Expedition to Mollu will begin at 4:00 pm PDT on July 14th with game-play to start no later than 4:30 pm. We will meet in P&PG Chat and conduct the game in Roll20.

    The game will begin during the victory feast, the day after the battle in the hills near Versheiden.

    The roster is a little abbreviated this time. Expect more details for future sessions. Now this is the kind of party composition I love to see.

    Istao Mission Roster

    • DiscipleofYawgmoth, playing Liam
      • Human Warlord, Level 2
      • 1225 XP

    • Palpatim, playing Ohr
      • Half-orc Fighter, Level 2
      • 1920 XP

    • Seadogstyle, playing the Big Zug
      • Half-orc Fighter, Level 2
      • 1000 XP

    • Sobek, playing Brollyn
      • Gnome Fighter, Level 2
      • 1000 XP

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    "Expedition to Mollu," Second Session

    The second session of Expedition to Mollu will begin at 4:00 pm PDT on July 28th with game-play to start no later than 4:30 pm. We will meet in P&PG Chat and conduct the game in Roll20.

    The game will begin as Captain Drogney's company gets underway. Ohr has been assigned to Sergeant Geryon's group.

    Istao Mission Roster


    • DiscipleofYawgmoth, playing Liam
      • Human Warlord, Level 2
      • 1225 XP
      • 95 crossbow bolts
      • 50' of rope
      • 2 torches
      • 8 days' worth of trail rations
      • 1 full waterskin

    • Seadogstyle, playing the Big Zug
      • Half-orc Fighter, Level 2
      • 1000 XP
      • potion of healing
      • 50' of rope
      • 2 torches
      • 20 days' worth of trail rations
      • 2 full waterskins

    • Sobek, playing Brollyn
      • Gnome Fighter, Level 2
      • 1000 XP
      • 297 sceatas
      • throwing hammer
      • 50' of rope
      • 2 torches
      • 10 days' worth of trail rations
      • 3 full waterskins


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    A note about sceatas and stycas

    As you are getting your funds in order, I would like to write a word or two about the state of money on Istao. Istao's economy is not particularly healthy in that most of its inhabitants do not have an unrelenting faith in the value of money. Barter is common and countries are coin-poor.

    One of the most important results of this situation, from the point of view of the typical adventurer, is the potential difficulty of making change. Sceatas are considered to be prestigious, valuable coins. Stycas are a commonplace, everyday sort of coin. Despite the official exchange rate of one hundred stycas to a sceat, individuals tend to have varying ideas about how many stycas a sceat is worth, or whether you are allowed to convert one into the other.

    Paying for an item that costs a few stycas with a sceat and then expecting proper change usually leads to disappointment. As a practical consideration, few people carry around enough stycas to make change for a sceat, even if they can agree on what that amount should be. This is especially true for people selling goods that only have worth in stycas. As a general rule, this is anything worth less than one gp in the D&D rulebooks.

    Going in the other direction, paying for items that have a value measured in sceatas (those with prices listed as one or more gp) with stycas is usually taken as an offensive act. This is usually much less of an issue for adventurers. Items that cost between 50 stycas and 2 sceatas are borderline, and could go one way or the other.

    While working out your funds, you can convert sceatas to stycas and back again freely. In play, your character will need to seek out a coin merchant. A thirty percent cut on any conversion is considered typical. It probably goes without saying, but many places mint their own coins, and certain transactions are only accepted in the proper currency of the land. This is usually only true for official goods and services; most folk don't care whether their stycas and sceats come from Calanque, Canbir, or even old Istao (almost certainly copies made after the kingdom's fall).

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    "Expedition to Mollu," Third Session

    The third session of Expedition to Mollu will begin at 4:00 pm PDT on August 11th with game-play to start no later than 4:30 pm. We will meet in P&PG Chat and conduct the game in Roll20.

    The game will begin as Liam, Brollyn, and the Big Zug experience their first encounter in Mollu.

    Istao Mission Roster


    • DiscipleofYawgmoth, playing Liam
      • Human Warlord, Level 2
      • 1225 XP
      • Barley, a riding horse (dismounted)
      • 95 crossbow bolts
      • 50' of rope
      • 1 torch
      • 5 days' worth of trail rations
      • 1 full waterskin

    • Palpatim, playing Ohr
      • Half-orc Fighter, Level 2
      • 1920 XP
      • 2 greatspears
      • potion of healing
      • 60 sceatas
      • 50' of rope
      • 1 lit torch
      • 7 days' worth of trail rations
      • 1 full waterskin

    • Seadogstyle, playing the Big Zug
      • Half-orc Fighter, Level 2
      • 1000 XP
      • potion of healing
      • 50' of rope
      • 1 lit torch
      • 1 torch
      • 17 days' worth of trail rations
      • 2 full waterskins

    • Sobek, playing Brollyn
      • Gnome Fighter, Level 2
      • 1000 XP
      • 297 sceatas
      • throwing hammer
      • 50' of rope
      • 2 torches
      • 7 days' worth of trail rations
      • 3 full waterskins

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    "Expedition to Mollu," Fourth Session

    The fourth session of Expedition to Mollu will begin at 4:00 pm PDT on August 25th with game-play to start no later than 4:30 pm. We will meet in P&PG Chat and conduct the game in Maptool. We will try the new version 1.3.b89, but will go back to 1.3.b86 if there are too many issues.

    The game will begin as party makes travels to the site of the village of Mermack.

    Istao Mission Roster


    • DiscipleofYawgmoth, playing Liam
      • Human Warlord, Level 2
      • 1225 XP
      • 95 crossbow bolts
      • 50' of rope
      • 1 torch
      • 4 days' worth of trail rations
      • 1 full waterskin

    • Palpatim, playing Ohr
      • Half-orc Fighter, Level 2
      • 1920 XP
      • 2 greatspears
      • potion of healing
      • 60 sceatas
      • 50' of rope
      • 6 days' worth of trail rations
      • 1 full waterskin

    • Seadogstyle, playing the Big Zug
      • Half-orc Fighter, Level 2
      • 1000 XP
      • potion of healing
      • 50' of rope
      • 1 torch
      • 16 days' worth of trail rations
      • 2 full waterskins

    • Sobek, playing Brollyn
      • Gnome Fighter, Level 2
      • 1000 XP
      • 297 sceatas
      • throwing hammer
      • 50' of rope
      • 2 torches
      • 6 days' worth of trail rations
      • 3 full waterskins

    Last edited by Umiushi; 08-13-2013 at 04:44 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Umiushi View Post
    The third session of Expedition to Mollu will begin at 4:00 pm PDT on August 11th
    Hi Umiushi,

    Did you intend for this to read "August 25th"?

    --T

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    Thank you, I have corrected that paragraph, now.

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    Hi everyone. I just wanted to let the more code-savvy among us know that I tried editing Orthrum's macros to apply to Big Zug, and it looks like my whole macro set is bonkers (it outputs the same thing about 6 times in a row). Of course, I don't know what's causing this but since it's happening from a macro set that worked before, it may be a problem with the updated maptool? Or maybe it's a problem on my end! But I figured I'd mentioned it now, in case anyone else encounters that problem. See you later!

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    "Expedition to Mollu," Fifth Session

    The fifth session of Expedition to Mollu will begin at 4:00 pm PDT on September 8th with game-play to start no later than 4:30 pm. We will meet in P&PG Chat and conduct the game in Maptool.

    We will be reverting back to version 1.3.b86.


    The game will begin as party returns to confront the refugees sheltering in Mermack.

    Istao Mission Roster


    • DiscipleofYawgmoth, playing Liam
      • Human Warlord, Level 2
      • 1350 XP
      • great axe, formerly Ohr's
      • 41 sceatas
      • 100 stycas
      • 93 crossbow bolts
      • 50' of rope
      • 1 torch
      • 2 days' worth of trail rations
      • 1 full waterskin
      • headaches and fatigue - armor check penalty increased by 1, healing surge value decreased by 1

    • Palpatim, playing Ohr
      • Half-orc Fighter, Level 2
      • 2045 XP
      • Frost-sheathed Greataxe +1
      • 2 greatspears
      • potion of healing
      • 103 sceatas
      • 2480 stycas
      • 50' of rope
      • 4 days' worth of trail rations
      • 1 full waterskin
      • spent 3 healing surges
      • headaches and fatigue - armor check penalty increased by 1, healing surge value decreased by 1

    • Seadogstyle, playing the Big Zug
      • Half-orc Fighter, Level 2
      • 1125 XP
      • potion of healing
      • 43 sceatas
      • 450 stycas
      • 50' of rope
      • 1 torch
      • 14 days' worth of trail rations
      • 2 full waterskins
      • spent 2 healing surges
      • 3 points of damage

    • Sobek, playing Brollyn
      • Gnome Fighter, Level 2
      • 1125 XP
      • 340 sceatas
      • 80 stycas
      • throwing hammer
      • 50' of rope
      • 2 torches
      • 4 days' worth of trail rations
      • 3 full waterskins
      • headaches and fatigue - armor check penalty increased by 1, healing surge value decreased by 1



    Frost-sheathed Greataxe
    The long-toothed blade of this axe is made from a glistening, gray iron unknown to the forges of Istao. It is set in a sturdy black wood pole, and draws the warmth from anything close to it, including its wielder's blood, which is uses to sharpen its own fangs.
    Level: 3
    Weight: 12 lbs.
    Price: 136 sceatas

    1. This weapon grants Ohr a +1 enhancement bonus to attacks and damage.
    2. On a critical hit, the greataxe does +1d6 additional points of cold damage if Ohr is not bloodied.
    3. While Ohr is bloodied, the greataxe does +3 cold damage to attacks, and does +1d10 additional points of cold damage on a critical hit.
    Last edited by Umiushi; 08-31-2013 at 01:38 AM. Reason: maptool version

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    I haven't seen a lot of benefit from the new MapTool version, and the double rolling is a bit of a pain. I'd vote for dropping back to the old version, unless the team releases a patch between now and then. --T

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    I second Palpatim's feelings. Of course, as a player, all I do is run a different version of Maptool. If it requires some setting-up on the DM's (or server) side of things, I wouldn't want to inconvenience anyone. But we do have a week to see what happens in terms of software before we decide.

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    I'm not too enthralled with b89, either. Unless DiscipleofYawgmoth or Sobek raise strenuous objections, let's go back to version b86. I have edited the session announcement to reflect the change.

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