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Party and XP Tracking [message #1949] Sat, 27 September 2014 18:54 Go to next message
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Session One
Party

  • Damon

    • Name: Chastity
    • Race: Tiefling
    • Class: Bard
    • Passive Perception: 11

  • Fritz

    • Name: Sir William Rounded
    • Race: Human
    • Class: Fighter
    • Passive Perception: 13

  • Matthew

    • Name: Ktas
    • Race: Tiefling
    • Class: Cleric of Nature
    • Passive Perception: 11

  • Warren

    • Name: S. T. Abby
    • Race: Wood Elf
    • Class: Rogue
    • Passive Perception: 17

  • William

    • Name: Brother Beran
    • Race: Moon Elf
    • Class: Cleric of Life
    • Passive Perception: 14



Experience
380

You guys made it through about half of the first episode of the adventure. HotDQ is meant to go from level 1 to level 7. There are 8 episodes in the adventure. This means that you will be getting a level each episode, save one.

If we keep going at this pace we should finish the adventure around May, possibly sooner. From there we will play the follow-on adventure The Rise of Tiamat.
Re: Party and XP Tracking [message #1987 is a reply to message #1949] Sat, 13 December 2014 21:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I show that Sir Will had 925 XP after session 3 (evidently we gained 545 during the course of sessions 2 and 3); and we gained 340 XP each from session 4 (December 13th). With 1,265 XP each, we need 1,435 XP to make level 4 -- we've got a long way to go!
Re: Party and XP Tracking [message #2028 is a reply to message #1987] Sun, 12 April 2015 08:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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As of session #10 (April 11th) our characters have 5,355XP each -- needing 1,145 more XP to make 5th level...

Maybe we'll make 5th level at the end of our next session, on April 25th!

The cast of characters as of session #10 consists of two original starting characters:
- K'tas (wanted for murder in Daggerford);
- Brother Berrin;

and 3 replacements:
- Rodney D. Field (human bard -- the only human in the party);
- Olaf (1/2-orc fighter);
- Rahule (spelling?) (1/2-orc barbarian).

So far, I don't believe anybody has lost 2 characters...

[Updated on: Sun, 12 April 2015 08:15]

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Re: Party and XP Tracking [message #2036 is a reply to message #2028] Sun, 26 April 2015 11:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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as of the end of session #12 (April 25th), each character has 5,555XP -- 945XP to go for 5th level!
Re: Party and XP Tracking [message #2046 is a reply to message #2036] Sun, 31 May 2015 16:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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For session #13 (May 30th), another 380XP gained, bringing us all to 5,935 -- 565 more XP needed to make 5th level...

we're almost to the cultist island in the marsh...
Re: Party and XP Tracking [message #2104 is a reply to message #2046] Sun, 16 August 2015 07:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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session #14 brought some big changes to the party, thanks to a Deck o' Many Things!:
- K'tas and Brother Berrin are no longer with us;
- Rawl's alignment is now lawful! Plus, he jumped ahead a level;
- Rodney jumped to 10th level! Plus, he 'gained the service of a knight'
--- Sir Rounded is back in the party!

session #15 advanced the storyline considerably: we added two new sorcerers to the party (Leven and Sheddin, replacing K'tas and Berrin); we parleyed with a very powerful black dragon; and we defeated a small army of Bullywugs (not to mention our own air elemental) outside Swamp Castle...

session #16 secured the party's new home: we captured Swamp Castle! It is now 'Field Castle'...

"party XP" is more difficult to track now, with half the characters at different levels and XP progression:

- Leven is 5th level;
- Olaf is 5th level;
- Sheddin is 5th level;
- Rawl is 6th level;
- Rodney is 10th level;
--- Sir Rounded is 4th level
(fighter3/bard1)

As of session #14, each party member started at the bottom XP for their new level, and gained:
700 XP from session #14;
1,000 XP for sessions #15 and #16...
.

[Updated on: Sat, 22 August 2015 18:06]

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Re: Party and XP Tracking [message #2119 is a reply to message #2104] Sat, 22 August 2015 18:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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for session #17 (August 22nd):
- entered the "basement", and found some gems in a grotto;
- killed 6 Bullywugs, and 8 centipede swarms;
- during centipede fight, Leven's wild magic surge summoned a mighty (lawful good) unicorn
---- which tried to kill Sheddin (because his alignement is evil)...
- wiped out a dozen giant frogs on the shore of an underground lake. Everybody at Field Castle had froglegs for dinner that night!

gained 750XP...

[Updated on: Sat, 22 August 2015 18:05]

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Re: Party and XP Tracking [message #2136 is a reply to message #2119] Sat, 26 September 2015 17:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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session #18 (September 12th):
The party finished exploring the "basement", discovering a shrine to some god the Bullywugs revere; in an "office" just past the shrine, we triggered a trap that only effected Rodney and Will, compelling them to attack the party (the two were brutally subdued and brought back upstairs).

We also found a Teleportation Circle in the basement! This means Rodney can use his spell of Teleportation Circle to return to his castle. Thus, later that day, Rodney used Teleportation Circle to make a trip to Baldur's Gate for supplies -- and a 2nd casting (using the newly-learned address) to get home! He purchased Full Plate for Sir Will, nearly 20 Potions of Healing for various party members, some brand new pots and pans for the wonderful dwarf cook that came with Field Castle, and nice plates/dishes/forks/spoons for the castle's team of lizardfolk to eat from. He also got everybody some nice trinket gifts -- including something nice for the black dragon that lives next door (and Rawl gave Rod 1,000gp to buy a Spyglass for the barbarian). Finally, he procured a fresh, new component pouch, plus enough diamond dust to serve as material component for 4 additional castings of Greater Restoration (he now has enough for 5 castings), along with two 500gp diamonds for Raise Dead (he now has enough for 3 castings), and 600gp in "rare chalks and inks infused with precious gems" -- enough for a dozen castings of Teleportation Circle.

It seems the Teleportation Circle we found is special: aside from being a receiving platform, anyone can use it as a portal to instantly travel to a hunting lodge in the Greypeak Mountains.

EVERYTHING AFTER THIS POINT WAS RETCON'D BY "THE FATES" -- A CARD RODNEY DREW FROM THE DECK OF MANY THINGS!!!!

Although Rodney was extremely suspicious (choosing to go in invisible), the party went to the lodge and met with an evil she-elf named Tallis, a cultist who was being strangely courteous to us -- even though she knew the party is out to interfere with the Cult of the Dragon! It seems she wants to use the party to help advance her position in the cult by removing some of her rivals, including Rezmir: thus we currently have a common goal. She gave us a banner we can use to infiltrate Parnast, a village of cultists that lies several hours hike west of the lodge.

After disguising ourselves, we headed for the village of Parnast -- but we were waylaid by FOUR mutant TROLLS! Sheddin was killed in battle, and his body shredded by the angry trolls, before Rodney could summon a Fire elemental to dispatch the wretched monsters.

The session ended there: completing the basement and defeating the trolls gained the party
1,500XP each!
thus, aside from Sheddin's replacement (who will start fresh as a new 5th level character), we should all be 3,950XP into our most recent level (that levels Sir Rounded to 5th level, with 150XP to spare!)...


I RECKON WE ONLY GET A THIRD OF THE XP PREVIOUSLY AWARDED (JUST FOR FINISHING THE BASEMENT, SINCE THE OTHER TWO ENCOUNTERS WERE RETCON'D) -- SO 500XP INSTEAD OF 1,500XP...

[Updated on: Sat, 10 October 2015 20:02]

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Re: Party and XP Tracking [message #2137 is a reply to message #2136] Sat, 26 September 2015 19:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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session #19 (September 26th):

THIS ENTIRE SESSION WAS RETCON'D BY "THE FATES" -- A CARD RODNEY DREW FROM THE DECK OF MANY THINGS!!!!

The party entered Parnast, disguised as cultists, and went to the local pub: there we met a dragonborn named "Kriv", who apparently knew the recently-slain Sheddin -- and shared his disdain for this faction of the dragon cult. (William's new character, replacing the dead Sheddin with a rather similar sorcerer of the same race.)
Kriv was able to get us onto Skyreach, and after a brief exploration, we determined Rezmir was in her quarters, which were on the lower deck of the castle. During this time, we also tricked one of the ogres that guard Skyreach into joining us -- believing he was going to help us kill an imposter of Rezmir. That ogre even recruited a few buddies (3 more ogres) to aid us in "saving Rezmir"!

We entered Rezmir's quarters for a frontal assault, and found her chatting with another half-dragon (the blue half-dragon that beat the crap out of Sir Will in Greenest), along with a cultist and a couple of guard drakes. The cultist did not survive the surprise round, dying just as Rodney completed summoning an air elemental. Unfortunately, Rezmir set off an alarm that notified the whole of Skyreach that we were attacking her. Between the fighter, the barbarian, and the ogres (who still believed they were attacking an imposter), Rezmir was killed a couple of rounds later. The blue half-dragon and the drakes joined her in death a round or two after that.

Meanwhile, in the hall outside Rezmir's room, a couple of ogres came out of the room next door in answer to Rezmir's alarm. They did not last long, but two Red Wizards appeared the following round. Rodney counterspelled the first one, but the other one hit the hall with a fireball, severely injuring Sir Will and Leven (and the first wizard!). Thanks to a Wild Magic Surge, Leven accidentally responded with a fireball of his own (downing Sir Will and the first wizard), and the air elemental smacked the other wizard pretty good. The surviving wizard used a scroll of Dimension Door to get away, appearing behind two stone giants coming down the hall.

With the whole army of Skyreach's guards responding to Rezmir's alarm, the party holed up in her room, looting everything, while Rodney spent 10 rounds casting Teleportation Circle. We all beamed out just as the door gave way; we waved to the badguys as we escaped...

We ended the session with the party meeting with Tallis at her hunting lodge: she's rather pleased that we've accomplished her goal of removing Rezmir as an obstacle. We are trying to trade a magical insignia with her, in exchange for another magic item she may have that we can actually use...

[Updated on: Sat, 10 October 2015 20:02]

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Re: Party and XP Tracking [message #2149 is a reply to message #2137] Sat, 10 October 2015 19:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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SESSION #20

THIS ENTIRE SESSION WAS RETCON'D BY "THE FATES" -- A CARD RODNEY DREW FROM THE DECK OF MANY THINGS!!!! RODNEY USED "THE FATES" TO UNRAVEL REALITY'S FABRIC, SO NOW IT IS AS IF THE EVENT OF OUR ORIGINAL ENCOUNTER WITH TALLIS NEVER HAPPENED! WE MUST "SPIN REALITY'S FABRIC ANEW"...

THUS THE WHOLE PARTY SHOULD BE AT THE STARTING XP FOR THEIR CURRENT LEVEL, PLUS 2,950XP (JUST UP TO COMPLETION OF THE "BASEMENT" IN FIELD CASTLE)

[Updated on: Sat, 10 October 2015 20:09]

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Re: Party and XP Tracking [message #2159 is a reply to message #2149] Sun, 25 October 2015 07:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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SESSION #21

We start our "spinning anew" of reality's fabric, arriving at the lodge and parlaying with the evil Tallis once again -- but the only real change from our ret-conned encounter is that we departed the lodge having exchanged some magic items up front: swapping a wand and a dagger (that may be of more use to Tallis), for +1 armor and a +1 halberd (which the party can really use -- thanks, Sheddon!). The encounter with the trolls went much better this time (although Sheddon still met his end). We met Kriv and infiltrated the castle: so far, we haven't been discovered. In fact, the dragon faction and the giant faction are now at odds, thanks to some nasty subterfuge. Perhaps they will do some killing each other -- making our jobs a lot easier!

the DM awarded 8,000XP for slaughtering the trolls (divided by 6, for 1,334XP each (we rounded up)); no XP has been awarded yet for peacefully encountering (and doing other things with Wink ) Tallis, or infiltrating the castle...

Sir Rounded is 5th level now! (again)

everybody else should be at beginning-of-level plus 4,284XP

[Updated on: Sun, 25 October 2015 08:04]

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Re: Party and XP Tracking [message #2184 is a reply to message #2159] Sun, 13 December 2015 21:27 Go to previous message
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SESSION #22 (December 12th)

Rodney's subterfuge paid off! The Cloud Giant was tricked into attacking the Red Wizards, and Rezmir wound up killing the Stone Giants when they tried to come to the Cloud Giant's aid -- bringing the cloud giant's wrath on her! The half-dragon did not hold up well to double-crits from the big guy...

Meanwhile, in the main courtyard, the ogres turned on the cultists (with encouragement from Leven, Olaf, and Rawl). Leven got tossed across the yard by an ogre -- but Rawl made a fine interception of that pass! Through a few blundered swings with his new magic halberd, Olaf accidentally killed some horses whilst trying to stampede them (oops); the hobbit cleverly summoned a few flumps into the fight -- only to find himself blasted by their stinky defense mechanism!

Rodney scooped up treasure whilst Kriv stayed hidden and concentrated on the Invisibility he cast on Rodney -- with Sir Will guarding Kriv the whole time.

The White Dragon finally came up to see what was going on, and wound up dueling with the Cloud Giant -- taking enough damage during that fight so that the party was able to finish the beast.

We now have the castle, and all the treasure!

Kriv, Leven, Olaf, and Sir Will all advanced to the bottom of 8th level (34,000XP).

Rawl wound up at 39,000XP (5,000XP into level 8);
Rodney ended up at 74,000XP (10,000XP into level 10);
.

.

THIS CONCLUDES "HOARD OF THE DRAGON QUEEN"! 22 SESSIONS OVER THE COURSE OF 15 MONTHS...

SHORTLY AFTER THE START OF 2016, WE WILL START "RISE OF TIAMAT"!

[Updated on: Sun, 13 December 2015 21:58]

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