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« on: May 14, 2016, 09:47:09 PM »

I'm currently running a 5th edition D&D game for my gaming group and blogging recaps of the sessions, as well as maps and pictures. This thread is for discussing the game. I'll probably use this one instead of the map thread to talk about the game.

Here's a campaign overview and some maps.

For those interested, here are the first two sessions recapped:

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2016, 07:03:49 PM »

Next session log is up! Quite a long write-up.
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2016, 07:43:53 PM »

Awesome!

But seriously, you need to do write-ups on those races. I must know more about the Waspkin!!
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2016, 08:03:18 PM »

Here's a brief write-up on them LoA:

Wapskin

The waspkin or vespidae are indigenes of the Elder Trees that grow from the eldritch earth of Hex, and once made their nests exclusively high in those vast trees’ branches. Thought to be a species of insects warped by the magical influence of the Trees or perhaps some force of the Old City, waspkin resemble giant wasps from the waist down and humanoids about the size of human children from the waist up. Originally quasi-eusocial hunter-gatherers, they now find employment as messengers, couriers, thieves, spies, and even assassins, using their small size and flight to great advantage in Hex’s twisted streets. Looked down on as “vermin” by some of Hex’s more prejudiced people, waspkin rarely occupy positions of power and are pushed constantly to the margins in districts such as Suckletown and the buzzing ghetto known as Stingsworth.

Traits: Waspkin have unusual physical characteristics and particular cultural beliefs that tend to shape their outlook.

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2, and your Wisdom score increases by 1.

Age. Waspkin enjoy a larval childhood year before pupating into their adolescent forms. They live for up to forty years, though fertile queens can live for several centuries.

Alignment. Waspkin tend towards lawful alignments, being quasi-eusocial. They have a strong respect for specialization and hierarchy and work well in groups.

Size. Waspkin average about 2 and1/2 to 3 feet tall and weigh about 35 pounds. Your size is Small.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet.

Wings. You have a flying speed of 15 feet. You must be in a space wide enough to accommodate your wingspan to fly. Your wingspan is equal to twice your height. You cannot fly if you are wearing armour you are not proficient in, armour not tailored to accommodate your wings, or a backpack not specially tailored to your wings.

Stinger. You have a stinger, a natural weapon dealing 1d4 piercing damage and the target must make  Constitution saving throwing with a DC of 10 + your character level, taking 1d6 poison damage on a failed save.

Languages. You can read, speak, and write Common and Vespine, a buzzing language difficult for other creatures to articulate.

There's a lot more to them than presented here, like the weird inter-Hive struggles or the sacrificial ceremonies undertaken to honour Queens.
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2016, 08:11:52 PM »

Steerpike

Here's a brief write-up on them LoA:


I wish I had your brain....

Were these inspired by Dromites?
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2016, 08:22:11 PM »

No, I wasn't familiar with Dromites actually. I can see the similitarities though.
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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2016, 06:06:05 PM »

Updates:

Session 4
Session 5
Session 6

Session 4 was a crazy heist/kidnapping mission in an underground casino, Session 5 a horror story and burglary mission in a really creepy haunted house full of monstrous worm-creatures, and Session 6 was a dungeon crawl through an ancient city featuring giant clockwork robots possessed by insane Lovecraftian ghosts in the Ethereal Plane.
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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2016, 09:29:27 PM »

Steerpike

Updates:

Session 4
Session 5
Session 6

Session 4 was a crazy heist/kidnapping mission in an underground casino, Session 5 a horror story and burglary mission in a really creepy haunted house full of monstrous worm-creatures, and Session 6 was a dungeon crawl through an ancient city featuring giant clockwork robots possessed by insane Lovecraftian ghosts in the Ethereal Plane.

So can I ask what a homunculus is? One of your players is one, and it sounds interesting.
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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2016, 11:47:07 AM »

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So can I ask what a homunculus is? One of your players is one, and it sounds interesting.


Homunculus: Created by the alchemists of Hex in the spawning cauldrons of Caulchurch, homunculi come in many shapes and sizes, but have in common their constituent matter: mandrake roots nourished with human blood mixed with other alchemical compounds. Most homunculi are quite small, of a size with gnomes and human children, but the majority would rarely be mistaken for such creatures due to their crude features and their close resemblance to mandrake roots – resemblances which often include sprouting leaves and bark-like skin. Though slavery is illegal in Hex, this prohibition does not extend to homunculi, who are considered extensions of their creators and can be bought or sold. Most are as servile as automata, eager to do the bidding of their masters and mistresses, though rebellions homunculi are not unheard-of. If a homunculus’ owner dies, however, the homunculus is freed of all bonds of servitude. Sadly, many such creatures become filled with ennui at this prospect, or seek out new masters to replace the old. Despite their small size, homunculi are quite tough, both mentally and physically.

Traits:
Homunculi come in a plethora of shapes and sizes but most possess the following traits.

Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2, and your Intelligence score increases by 1.

Age. Homunculi are “born” fully formed and cognizant from their spawning cauldrons and do not age, though they do eventually deteriorate back into their constituent elements after roughly 100 years unless the spells holding them together are re-cast.

Alignment. Most homunculi are strongly lawful due to their general subservience and respect for their creators.

Size. Homunculi average about 3 feet tall and weigh about 50 pounds. Your size is Small.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet.

Cantrip. Homunculi typically pick up or mentally absorb some of their master’s knowledge. You know one cantrip of your choice from the wizard spell list. Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for it.

Mental Resilience. You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed or frightened, and magic can’t read your mind in any way.

Physical Resilience.
Your artificial nature protects you against toxins, providing you with advantage on saving throws against poison; you also have resistance against poison damage. You cannot be magically aged.

Shared Mind. A homunculus knows everything its wizardly creator knows and can telepathically communicate with them. After a homunculus’ wizard dies, the homunculus absorbs some of their memories. You have proficiency in the Arcana skill.

Languages. You speak whatever languages your creator does or did – for masterless homunculi, you speak Common and one other extra language of your choice.

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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2016, 11:36:00 AM »

District for an upcoming session:

Cobweb Cliffs

Thick wefts of webbing swathe the dark, purple-black crags of Cobweb Cliffs, courtesy of the innumerable spiders who teem throughout the district, charges of the Lengians who make up the vast majority of its populace. The Cliffs have eight levels in total; navigating them is something of a nightmare, with non-Lengian visitors becoming snared in the webs that seem to coat everything. The Lengians claim the cliffs remind them of the Plateau of Leng, their homeland in the world of dreams, and so settled here in great numbers, carving their tunnels and building their strange structures in the webs of their spiders. Spider-farming is one of the chief industries here, with spiders raised for food and silk: huge weaving shops fill much of the district, where spider-silk is spun into garments and even armour of surpassing style and toughness.

Spiders of many shapes and sizes roam the district, some big enough to pull rickshaws, others employed as guard-beasts or pets. None should be harmed by the casual visitor – although the Lengians do kill spiders, they have strict rules about such things. A monastery dedicated to the Mother of Spiders squats at the highest point of the district, forbidden to all but the Lengians, who can be seen entrusting the web-swathed priestesses with their dead. The Lengians have their own police force, also associated with the temple: the Ebon Web.

The Cliffs also reputedly include a poison market, hidden somewhere in its sticky depths. The Lengian merchants of the Venom Mart deal in substances carefully milked from the deadliest of arachnids. As a result the place is also the haunt of assassins and thugs, especially after nightfall.

Lengian



Originally hailing from the cold Plateau of Leng, which lies in the world of dreams, Lengians are a mysterious species who mostly make their home in Hex in the Dreamers’ Quarter where they long ago passed through the Gate of Horn – now (mostly) closed – and entered the waking world, as well as Cobweb Cliffs, which the eldest among them say reminds them of their nightmarish homeland. These strange, spindly creatures mingle spider and satyr, with no two quite alike; their skin ranges from purple to red, and some have several sets of eyes, additions which seem to be demarcations of status.  Lengians can seem cruel and callous and traditionally held slaves, a practice outlawed in Hex. Their society is violent and individualistic, though not without brutally enforced hierarchies. They are skilled enchanters and conjurors, however, and bring with them the knowledge of distant spheres. They are also learned in the husbandry of spiders, breeding them to produce beautiful objects of silk, including suits of armour.

Traits: Lengians have anarchic bodies like things born of nightmare, but do share a number of traits in common.

Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 2 and your Charisma score increases by 1.

Age.
Lengians reach full adulthood in thirty years and can live for roughly one thousand years.

Alignment. Most Lengian have a moral compass at odds with that of humanity and other people of this universe, and are often thought of as “evil” or untrustworthy.

Size. Lengians are a short people, mostly about 5 feet in height, with thin builds. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.

Cold Resistance. You have resistance to cold damage.

Unfearful. You have advantage on saving throws against being frightened.

Web Walker.
You ignore movement restrictions caused by webbing and cannot be snared by magical webs.

Lengian Weapon Training.
You have proficiency with flails, nets, and whips.

Languages.
You speak common and , the twisted language of Leng, full of sibilant hissing and chittering sounds.
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« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2016, 12:03:13 AM »

Another sweet map.

Were the denizens of Leng described as short? I can't recall.
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« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2016, 10:29:38 AM »

I'm not sure they're short in every version, but the Men of Leng seem to vary quite a bit in different sources. Mine are kind of a pastiche of various things.
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« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2016, 10:56:42 AM »

Fair enough; there's definitely a lilix/Dolmen vibe (tiers, spiders, slaves, poisons, assassins, clergy on top, etc.; all of which is good imo). 
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« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2016, 06:25:35 PM »

Yeah they're definitely the drow/lilix equivalent, but I actually am enjoying them more in some ways due to the dream-like elements and the vaguely Tibetan vibe.
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« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2016, 06:29:24 PM »

How are you liking 5e compared to PF?
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