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Topic: Trilogy War Q/A
Subject: From the Monsterous Manual

I found the general info on Elemental in the Monsterous Manual.

Here's the general info from the Monsterous Manual:

Elementals are sentient beings that can possess bodies made of one of the four basic elements that make up the Prime Material plane -- air, earth, fire, or water. They normally reside on an elemental Inner Plane and will only be encountered on the Prime Material plane if they are summoned by magical means. (See Manual of the Planes for more information on the nature of the various elemental planes.)

Each elemental must adopt a shell in the Prime Material composed of the basic element it represents and once this shell is destroyed, the elemental will return to its native plane.

While there are many more powerful and more intelligent residents of the elemental planes, the common elemental is the easiest to contact, and therefore the most frequently summoned.

Their magical nature gives elementals great protection from attacks on the Prime Material plane. Elementals are not harmed by any nonmagical weapons or magical weapons of less than +2 bonus. Creatures with under four Hit Dice and without any magical abilities cannot harm an elemental either. (Magical abilities include such characteristics as breath weapons, poisons, paralysis, or even being immune to normal weapon attacks.) Orcs, for example, are powerless against a conjured elemental unless one happens to possess a weapon with +2 or better bonus to hit.

Though elementals do enjoy protection from many nonmagical attacks in the Prime Material plane, like all extraplanar and conjured creatures, elementals are affected by protection from evil spells. An elemental cannot strike a creature protected by this spell and must recoil from the spell's boundaries. However, the elemental can attack creatures protected by the spell as long as it doesn't touch them. For example, a fire elemental could set the ground on fire around the creature and wait for the blaze to spread.

Each of the four types of common elemental has its own particular strengths and weaknesses, attack modes and method of movement, depending on its plane of origin. These will be covered individually, by elemental type, in the next few pages. All common elementals share one major characteristic, however. They are basically stupid. This low intelligence makes it difficult for the elemental to resist a magical summons. But even the common elemental is bright enough to know it does not like being taken off of its home plane and held in the Prime Material plane.

BTW, not trying to be a rules lawyer, just trying to learn and understand how to play this encounter.

Posted on 2013-03-31 at 18:10:21.
Edited on 2013-03-31 at 18:20:59 by Odyson

Topic: Fade to black...
Subject: Free WIFI.....

Well try the lirbrary from time to time and if you have a laptop, watch for free sites. Could be enough to keep you up to date.

I'll keep watch for my "Word" game friend.

Happy Easter.


Posted on 2013-03-31 at 14:48:43.

Topic: The Trilogy War
Subject: Toasty.....

Ulthok was alarmed when his spell didn’t work as expected with the swarm forming in front of him instead of on the Black Robe across the room. The swarm should have been crawling over the Evil Mage but as it formed in front of him the elemental easily scatter the insects with a burst of wind.

As he attempted to vanish through the use of his ring he was sure that the Black Mage would be concentrating on controlling the elementals so he was caught unprepared as the Lightning Bolt slammed him into the fireplace. The blaze from the logs caught his night shirt a flame but the nimble Halfling didn’t linger among the logs. His quickly pushed off the grate and spring back into the room rolling across the floor to extinguish the fire in his clothe.

Ulthok now knew the Black Mage figured him as a spell caster and his main target. The Halfling hoped to keep the Black robe occupied to let the others deal with the creatures. Though magic to magic he felt he was probably over matched. Even through the pain Ulthok had to do what he could to give his companions a chance; maybe Sirene would sense their peril and get there before he died.

Moving away from the fire, still holding the invisibility to make him harder to target, he sprang up, reappearing as he attacked, the holes in the burned night shirt revealing the the black undergarment he now wore as if a second skin. Returning the favor he cast a lightning bolt at the Black Robe. When the bolt had left his hand he vanished again dropping to the floor and rolling away toward the doors into the manor.

Posted on 2013-03-29 at 03:10:54.
Edited on 2013-03-29 at 15:36:41 by Odyson

Topic: Trilogy War Q/A
Subject: Also..........

Are the elementals large or normal sized?

Because the Bhuts are clawed and fanged can we figure they are not using weapons, it's biting and pinching and hitting?

Posted on 2013-03-29 at 00:56:59.

Topic: Trilogy War Q/A
Subject: Air Elementals....

Are these creature substantial enough to take physical blows? The manual says they have a "shell" of their element that needs broken to defeat them.

Next point: If fire consumes air, can these be consumed by fire? Would a Flame Blade for example cut and hurt them by consuming part of them to feed the fire of the blade?

Posted on 2013-03-28 at 16:07:25.

Topic: Trilogy War Q/A
Subject: Ouchy.......

Well that worked really well. I just love it when I reseach stuff and then it all backfires, lol.

Toasted marshmage.

Posted on 2013-03-26 at 23:19:10.

Topic: Vote for the Inn
Subject: Second Place......... Yipee!!!

We are in second, I don't remember being that high before.

Vote, vote, vote let's keep it or MAYBE bounce to first!

Posted on 2013-03-24 at 19:47:38.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Channel?

I'll channel the Cute and Adorable, lol.

Posted on 2013-03-19 at 23:46:38.

Topic: Trilogy War Q/A
Subject: Second Interview.......

Keep rolling those Natural 20's, I've been called back for a second interview tomorrow morning.

Time for Peri to cast suggestion, "This is the man you want for this position, the others are too young."

Posted on 2013-03-19 at 22:57:49.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Second Interview.......

Keep rolling those Natural Twenties, I've been called for second interview tomorrow morning. This is a good sign!

Time for Ash to turn his boyish charm on the pretty HR lady while Ody gets the Engineering manager drunk!

Posted on 2013-03-19 at 22:53:21.

Topic: The Trilogy War
Subject: Party Crashers..............

Ulthok and Jessica pitched their mugs of glass into the fire but this playful sound was over rode by the sound of breaking wood and glass as front door and windows were smashed open. They quickly had turned to see the windows smashing in as four scaly covered creatures with wild hair and claws for hands clambered through. The creature’s mouths filled with long sharp fangs, the color of their scaly skin appearing as if that of undead. Bursting through the front door a trio of Air Elementals, behind them standing a Black Robed mage, his face scared by many healed insect bites.

The scaly creatures undead appearance had Lady Jessica quickly call upon her Goddess to turn the undead. Cor who was nearest the Black Robe wasted no time directing flame strike on the mage and that quickly followed by another from Valene. If the evil raiding party lost their leader it would be easier for the party to defend themselves.

Ulthok saw the elementals and knew the Black Robe was commanding them and that it needed to maintain its concentration least the three turn on him. Hoping Cor’s and Valene’s attacks had weaken to black Robe's defenses. So to help keep the Black Mage distracted Ulthok cast Summon Swarm on the evil intruder. Then the Halfling willed spirit into his ring and vanished as he moved to cover the advance of scaly creatures(1,2,3 & 4) toward the manor interior door and to try to flank the Black Mage.

Posted on 2013-03-19 at 22:45:24.

Topic: Trilogy War Q/A
Subject: Attack.................

Ok, so the attackes on the Black Robe are good. Breaking his concentration should cause the air elemenals to attack the Black Robe.

Two flame strikes should be distracting.

The conjured elemental must be controlled by the wizard--the spellcaster must concentrate on the elemental doing his commands--or it turns on the wizard and attacks. The elemental will not break off a combat to do so, but it will avoid creatures while seeking its conjurer. If the wizard is wounded or grappled, his concentration is broken.

Posted on 2013-03-19 at 02:08:50.
Edited on 2013-03-19 at 02:11:59 by Odyson

Topic: Trilogy War Q/A
Subject: Bhuts????????

Gee more custom baddies, Bhuts?

Well seeing Ulthok is the the only real spell slinger here on our side it looks like time for razzle dazzle on the Black Robe and company. Air elementals??? A little tough to slice and dice them!

If Ulthok can contain the Black Robe the rest of the party can slice and dice the Bhuts.

I've got bit of reading to do yet too on how to handle the elementals.

My first thought is to block block the Black Robe and elementals with a wall of force to hold them out of the battle for a bit. Then the rest of our sword carriers can attack the Bhuts. Jessica and Cor won't have much trouble with just a few Bhuts. Like I said need to read a bit and check my spells.

Posted on 2013-03-18 at 21:34:18.

Topic: The Trilogy War
Subject: Ah, Our Good Fighter......

As they prepared to walked to the corner table to meet Valene, Lothor stepped forward. He could barely pull his eyes from pretty Paladin. As charmingly as he could he spoke,“Good eve Ulthok how fares you?”

"Lothor, I was just speaking of your bravery, may I introduce Lady Jessica Voltaire,.. Paladin of the Great Goddess Athena, …, Knight Defender of the Realm of Callahorn. She will be adding her sword to our meager group. I will be proud to stand behind both of your iron defences." Ulthok wasn't sure the fighter would get his joke so he just continued. "I was about to introduce her to Valene, but if you two would care to get acquainted perhaps then you would introduce her to Valene. I'll fetch myself another ale."

Posted on 2013-03-18 at 02:23:28.

Topic: Trilogy War Q/A
Subject: Sorry Teller...

Sorry I didn't get that little intro post done yesterday.
We table topped from 4pm to midnight yesterday and I didn't get to it.

We played Dresden Files using the FATE rules. A lot different for me from D&D so I'd spent most the day refreshing.

Ok, I'll do a quick add to intro Lothor. I'll slip it in to be right when they were about to go over to Valene.

Posted on 2013-03-17 at 23:00:02.
Edited on 2013-03-18 at 01:49:56 by Odyson

Topic: The Trilogy War
Subject: All Of Us.....

“You must also be the group comedian Lord Rydenham,” Lady Jessica said with a chuckle, “I hope you take your other duties as seriously as the joking.”

“May I inquire of you a favor?” …….“Would you do me the honor of introducing me to the other members of the party?” …………….“I don’t want any other ‘mishaps’ to occur.”

“Yes, of course. But I would guess the rest will be less challenging than myself, except for my familiar Periwinkle, she is a fairy dragon and even a bit more mischievous than me. I would say you have met most of our group already but there is still SIRENE TELE MELETE, a lovely Elven Mage and Druid. I marvel at her skills and I am thankful she is with us. You will meet her cat familiar, it is magical beast too."

"There is the human, a ruggedly good looking fighter, Lothor Greenbeard. Although he is bit weary of magic he is bold and skilled in a melee. I would think you may not meet these tonight unless they decide to come down for a late drink."

"Then last there is the Halfling Valene Beestinger. Valene and Lothor joined us after we rescued them. They had been held by Hill Giants and Valene had been forced to serve them as their cook. As a cleric she has been dealing with her memories. Her deity would wish her to bring joy to others and it had been a while since she had had any joy of her own. She is also a master of disguise, quite proficient at foiling traps and shall we say… procurement."

Ulthok turned as he heard Cor’s voice, "What a waste of a fine drinking vessel, though a flagon is preferable to a glass anyday."

“Right you are.”Ulthok laughed. "Ah see own misress of disguise has been here all along, come Lady Jessica I at least introduce you to her.”


Posted on 2013-03-17 at 22:52:37.
Edited on 2013-03-18 at 02:22:30 by Odyson

Topic: Trilogy War Q/A
Subject: Spells for Now.....

Give Ulthok "Confusion" again and give Peri "Suggestion" again.

When we get ready to move out we'll recheck.

Posted on 2013-03-15 at 23:15:48.

Topic: Trilogy War Q/A
Subject: BTW...........

Can Ulthok teach Peri spells from his spell book?

Posted on 2013-03-15 at 21:15:50.

Topic: Trilogy War Q/A
Subject: Ok.........

Spells coming up!

Posted on 2013-03-15 at 21:05:40.

Topic: Trilogy War Q/A
Subject: And The mission is?????????????

Usually we know the mission so we can prepare accordingly.

Can you ( or Cor) give us a briefing as to where, when and how we are going. That will help us determine what we might encounter so we can better guess at what we may need to prepare.

So far in story, only Cor has a guess as to what is coming.

Posted on 2013-03-15 at 20:42:47.

Topic: The Trilogy War
Subject: Salute...................

Ulthok watch as the Lady saluted him and then cast her goblet into the fire.

"Well met My Lady"

Then the mage let out a light laugh, "Let us hope you are as rough on the enemy as you've been on the glass ware......and I will be happy to stand with you." Ulthok stood, drained his tankard and cast it into fire.

Posted on 2013-03-15 at 20:26:29.

Topic: The Trilogy War
Subject: A Mending?

“I accept your apologies Lord Rydenham,” ………I will join you, for it seems alone you are prone to finding trouble.….. You know, you shouldn’t introduce yourself to a new member of your group in such a manner. Someone else, less understanding, might have taken your head off rather than simply drawn a dagger and called to the guards.”

Ulthok chuckled as he led the Paladin to the receiving room that the party now used as their common area. The mage poured a goblet from the carafe of the Generals fine red wine set on the side board. Handing the wine to Lady Jessica they took seats near the crackling fireplace.

Settling into the high backed leather chair Ulthok continued, “My lady had you over reacted and killed me, which would not be in the character of a Paladin of Athena, it would not have been the first time I have died with this party. We misjudged some beings based on their appearance on last mission and it cost me my life. Even was Cor possessed once and had to be brought back.

Joining our group does not led to glory… it most likely will led to death.“

As Lady Jessica sipped her wine the Halfling continued.

“What now seems so long ago the warrior King Maridynn of Shanntara saw that things were changing in the peace Trilogy. He gather a few willing souls from across Trilogy to form a fast highly mobile reaction force to react to what he saw as a threat. Nine skilled fighters, healers and spell casters came together and over course of nine months trained and worked together to form this force. Of that group only Cor and I remain though we have added and lost what seems a score of good companions and we but now are just preparing to the more deadly of what is being unleashed.”

Lady Jessica could the sadness flash across the eyes and the mood darken of what she thought was a mischievous character.

“We have lost friends, family, nobles and commoners… all in the duty to serve each other and the missions….There were others that joined briefly and moved on to serve other purposes.”

Ulthok stared into the fire.. lifted his tankard and took a long pull of the rich ale.

“Oh forgive me for venturing into memory.. You had asked who am I and what is my part in all of this…? I am but a humble spellcaster and… well shall we say I have been the locksmith and ….procurer. My magic has been of an aid and the traps I have been able to disable have prolonged the lives of my companions and with good fortune that will continue. Now I hope you fare well as this party takes on our next mission.” Ulthok lifted his tankard to the Knight Paladin in salute.

Posted on 2013-03-14 at 21:55:24.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Thanky..........

Posted on 2013-03-14 at 18:30:02.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Uh....

Posted on 2013-03-14 at 01:34:52.

Topic: The Trilogy War
Subject: Start Anew.........

“What sorcery is this?” She said as her long bladed dagger appeared in her hand and was positioned right before his throat, “you‘re a spy”


The Paladin finally started to sense that something wasn’t right and she reacted much as Ulthok had expected. Just as Ulthok was about to disarm her, in his own charming way, the sound of foot fall were coming down the hall. The mage didn’t wish to embarrass the newest member of the party so he held his spell. As the guards approached the familiar brogue Of Knight Cleric rolled down the hall.
"Put that dagger away lass; tis nae a spy." ………….. "Ulthok lad, what have ye gotten yerself into this time?" …………………. "Lass, this wee one is part of my group." ……………………………….."Lad, ye best introduce yerself and appologize."

Turning back to the Halfling Mage the Lady Knight stammered, “What? This… is one of your group? …………….of course it is.”

Then as a guardsmen came running up behind him she waved them off.

“It is alright, ………… is just a mischievous Halfling.”
The knight held out the mug of ale to the Halfling with a faint smirk on her lips, ““Lady Jessica Voltaire, and you are?”

The guard stopped by Ulthok and looked questioning at the Knight, “Lord Rydenham, by your leave?”

Ulthok turned his cherub smile to the guard and shrugged, “It is all good, thank you good sir.”

The guards took in the group and recognizing all of them, they turned and returned to their duties mumbling.

The Halfling turn back to the knight, “Yes.. Lady Jessica Voltaire,.. Paladin of the Great Goddess Athena, …, Knight Defender of the Realm of Callahorn. Sir Trollhammer told me you would be joining us and I had hope to run into you” with wink to Cor,” and by Jove it happened……oh, yes thank you,” as he took the mug of ale.

Bowing deep without spilling the ale, “My lady… forgive me for having my fun, Ulthok Rydenham at your service. Allow me to remedy this frightful mess.” As he rose back he cast dry, warm and polish so that by the time he was standing the only evidence of the collision was a tray and three empty mugs on the floor.

“I prefer not to drink alone, I may I get you a glass of wine and perhaps we could start anew…oh Cor you can come too.”

Posted on 2013-03-14 at 00:50:30.
Edited on 2013-03-14 at 01:07:10 by Odyson

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