And so it begins.   Posted by Mr. Main.Group: 0
Mr. Main
 GM, 195 posts
Mon 17 Sep 2012
at 18:48
Re: And so it begins
"Yes I see what you mean. The short answer is no, casting a spell or activating an item before you make a shot is not only prohibited, but often a poor tactical decision. Many of these challenges have a time limitation; like the first three to hit a specific target, the top four with the best score after a set time period, ect. I am not certain what the shooting challenges for the competition will be, they change every year but they often follow a format similar to what I just described. I guess you could say speed and accuracy are king, taking extra time before each shot could very well cost you the competition."

OOC; basically passive bonuses are Ok. taking time to cast a spell before each shot is prohibited. While using an items power necessarily isn't, though the crowd isn't impressed by such things, often taking the standard action necessary to activate such things often costs valuable time and could lose you a match in a speed based challenge.
Aden Bero
 player, 154 posts
Mon 17 Sep 2012
at 19:02
Re: And so it begins
"Good to know." Aden goes back to looking over the various items on display.  Hm, this could be tricky.  He wasn't proficient in bows, and a crossbow could be difficult to load under time constraints.  His javelins had limited range, but a spear thrower could help with that.

He asks the store owners, "Would a masterwork crossbow that's faster to load be a possibility before the tournament?
Mr. Main
 GM, 196 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2012
at 03:34
Re: And so it begins
"Yes we actually have two options for you; a heavy crossbow with a speed crank and a light crossbow with a spring assist for the lever." Craig answers.

Craig isn't the owner, just a manager. As for the crossbows, they are masterwork with the speed load quality. Often masterwork+ items will have a slight draw back. For these crossbows their drawback is a 10 foot reduction in range increment. So the heavy has a range of 110 feet and the light has a range of 70. The heavy now takes a standard action to reload and the light now takes a swift action to reload.

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:35, Tue 18 Sept 2012.

William de Soulis
 player, 59 posts
Tue 18 Sep 2012
at 21:48
Re: And so it begins
William was still working out the logistics of the things he could get when he mentioned with a shrug, "Seems like wits is the best for me as I am no good with combat. Though I wonder why a test of will would involve a ring. It almost begs for a mage with sleep spells to jump on the task. At that point it boils down to who ever has pointed ears."

Even then the test of wits was one that would prove to be a issue. William thought sideways which was a boon to him but he was no more clever than the next man.
Mr. Main
 GM, 197 posts
Wed 19 Sep 2012
at 00:20
Re: And so it begins
"The ring for the test of wills is ten to fifteen feet in diameter. So it's not necessarily so easy, but that said there is no such thing as a truly fair contest. In every given situation each individual will always have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. That same Elven mage might be a little slow and not get to cast his spell before the half-orc warrior tosses him out of the ring or before the silver tongued halfling convinces him to walk out."

This message had punctuation tweaked by the GM at 23:50, Wed 19 Sept 2012.

Dustil Kraye
 player, 153 posts
 You must clear your thou-
 Hey, is that beer??
Wed 19 Sep 2012
at 02:13
Re: And so it begins
Dustil heard William talk and grinned widely. He push the small clay pot into the man's hands. "Don't worry, Will. Take this and pick up a tanglefoot bag or two and you'll be jus' fine!"

This message was last edited by the player at 04:29, Wed 19 Sept 2012.

Aden Bero
 player, 155 posts
Fri 21 Sep 2012
at 14:36
Re: And so it begins
Aden thought carefully, looking over the 2 different crossbows, trying them out, feeling their weight, mock-loading and firing.  They were both fine weapons.  He didn't really consider himself a crossbow man.  There was something about the dash and release of a javelin throw that just felt right.  Or even a dart or dagger toss.  But they wouldn't suffice for a marksmanship competition, and he had a feeling he'd get some use out of a crossbow in the future.

"I'll take this masterwork light crossbow with the spring assist lever.  Do we have to spend all of our credit right now, or can we come back over the next few days?"

I'm assuming handbook prices for items?
Mr. Main
 GM, 200 posts
Fri 21 Sep 2012
at 18:48
Re: And so it begins
"You must spend it all before the competition starts, Arcadia is not allowed to provide any sort of direct support once the games begin."

For normal masterwork yes, masterwork with special qualities costs more. the masterwork spring assist loading lever light crossbow costs about 470 gold.
Aden Bero
 player, 156 posts
Sat 22 Sep 2012
at 19:03
Re: And so it begins
"I've heard of arrows designed to fly further....  Would you happen to have an equivalent in crossbow bolts?"

To Tio he asks, "Okay, so activating items before taking a shot isn't allowed.  But what about drinking a potion of bless each round of the Test of Marksmanship, or a scroll of Cat's Grace before the competition begins?
Tamalie
 player, 88 posts
 HP 19/27 AC 15
 F16 R14 W18
Sat 22 Sep 2012
at 19:18
Re: And so it begins
Having hemmed and hawed, and looked and touched many items in the shop, Tamalie came back to one item in particular. The Pearl of Power. Something she has always heard of growing up around the Academy, and it is something she has seen in use before.

"You know, I think I would like to have that Pearl of Power if it's alright. I've never been one for battle, but when it comes to spells, anything that helps I'm sure would be useful. Would it be alright if I could have one?" She asks of the clerk helping them all.
Mr. Main
 GM, 202 posts
Sun 23 Sep 2012
at 02:15
Re: And so it begins
Craig fetches the requested item and hands it to the young half-elf. "Here you go, I hope it serves you well."

"You or a member of your team can cast spells on yourself, use items or drink potions before the test begins. Yes you could drink a potion every round, but like activating an item it takes time, time best spent making shots generally."

OOc: you can be buffed before the match, provided a member of your team casts that buff or if it is from an item your team owns.

as for drinking the potions, again it comes down to actions. in the marksman competition your actions are often limited in number to help reinforce the time element and to make the competition not only more fair, but a representation of actual skill instead of magical preparedness. So drinking a potion each round would cost you at least one move and standard action in that round. Which puts you a round behind everyone else in a speed competition and costs you shots in other competitions.

also remember that while the crowd doesn't have any effect on the marksman competition it does have an effect on the test of wits and in other events later in the week. If you sour the crowd against you it could cost you later. Also if you can win the crowd over it'll help you. displaying real skill is one of the best ways to win the crowd. while they do appreciate cunning, remember they are here to ultimately watch "heroes".

Tamalie
 player, 89 posts
 HP 19/27 AC 15
 F16 R14 W18
Sun 23 Sep 2012
at 02:41
Re: And so it begins
"Thank you so much."

Taking the magical pearl in both hands, she feels it, and rolls it around, looking at it with some astonishment, after letting it roll around in her palms, she looks up at the others around with a large grin of excitement.

"My sister is going to be so jealous of me having this!"

Opening up a belt pouch, she puts it away, but runs her fingers around it for a few seconds before tying the pouch back up, and feeling for it through the pouch before satisfied that all is secure.

"What about everyone else? I think after this, there's nothing else planned for us? Do we stay close, make sure everyone is kept safe and prepared for the contest? We have a few days between now and then."
Dustil Kraye
 player, 155 posts
 You must clear your thou-
 Hey, is that beer??
Sun 23 Sep 2012
at 03:49
Re: And so it begins
Dustil let out a chuckle at Tamalie's glee about her new item and how she kept touching it. Part of him wished he had gotten one big thing too, but he felt that his purchases would do more good in the short-term and possibly long-term. Especially the wand.

"I am up for whatever. Training, drinking, partying, training together to learn each other's moves, working out codewords for tactics, drinking, taking out a pretty girl to dinner, whatever comes up."

He finished putting his items away carefully and then looked at the team. "Did I mention drinking? I'm especially partial to drinking at least part of that time." He grinned widely.
Morien
 player, 114 posts
 The Frost Lord
 Cometh
Sun 23 Sep 2012
at 06:00
Re: And so it begins
 Morien grips the handle of his weapon for a moment, thumbing the hilt as though in thought, and then lets go. "I would like to have a new sword commissioned... blue laquer, a silver skull motif where the blade meets the handle, and a guard fashioned in the shape of throwns which wrap around the fist of the wielder... it needs to be of at least masterwork quality.

 Do you think that would be possible?"

Mr. Main
 GM, 203 posts
Sun 23 Sep 2012
at 16:14
Re: And so it begins
"Yes we can arrange for such a sword to be made, it will cost you 400 gold. It will take some time though. If you wish to have it done in a hurry it might be best to speak with a smith directly. for a fee we can give crafting this item a priority, but it will still take time to process, find an available affiliated smith and other such things. For us to process this request will take nearly two weeks, if you pay the fee to expedite the process it will take about a week, maybe a day or two longer depending. If you wanted just a masterwork sword we could hand you one right now, but having one made with the decoration and styling you request will take some time."
Aden Bero
 player, 157 posts
Sun 23 Sep 2012
at 18:07
Re: And so it begins
Aden Bero:
"I've heard of arrows designed to fly further....  Would you happen to have an equivalent in crossbow bolts?"

Aden Bero
 player, 158 posts
Sun 23 Sep 2012
at 19:33
Re: And so it begins
Tamalie:
"What about everyone else? I think after this, there's nothing else planned for us? Do we stay close, make sure everyone is kept safe and prepared for the contest? We have a few days between now and then."

"I say we try to stick together and stay busy.  It'll keep us loose, fresh, and give us opportunities to work on our teamwork.  I was back at The Radiant Dawn this morning looking for Tarrin, and the order was having a memorial service for one of their warriors.  Apparently he died last night, and it's customary to wait until sunset to discuss the dead.  So, maybe if we go back after dark, we could find out what happened.  There could be something there for us, and I feel like we owe the Radiant Dawn after they helped us last night."
Morien
 player, 115 posts
 The Frost Lord
 Cometh
Mon 24 Sep 2012
at 07:05
Re: And so it begins
 Morien took out the 400 gold pieces from his winnings and placed it upon the table. "Two weeks will be fine. Any good thing is worth waiting on. I prefer dwarven craft, if it is at all possible. I enjoy the feel of an item forged by dwarves."


 He then returns his attention to the task at hand. "That sounds fine by me. I don't have anything in particular planned."
Aden Bero
 player, 159 posts
Mon 24 Sep 2012
at 19:56
Re: And so it begins
"don't think I ever asked, Morien.  What did that one guy at the radiant dawn want when he pulled you aside? More bandit lord bullcrap?"
Morien
 player, 116 posts
 The Frost Lord
 Cometh
Mon 24 Sep 2012
at 20:49
Re: And so it begins
 Morien chuckled lightly. "Philosophical differences. You know how paladins are."
William de Soulis
 player, 60 posts
Mon 24 Sep 2012
at 21:49
Re: And so it begins
William turned his head to look at Morien as he answered. Palidins are a odd lot that like to impose their point of view on many. Hell, William was detained by palidins when the ordeal had come about a long time ago. But they didn't just openly talk to people about Philosophical differences, they beat you over the head until you thought their way. Or so that was how Williams experience went.

"Cheers to being different."

He tilted his head side to side a few times. "We have a few days so I can prepare a few toys, I will participate where you guys want me to. Being a jack of all trades allows me to do that so long as I have enough time to prepare."
Mr. Main
 GM, 205 posts
Tue 25 Sep 2012
at 23:51
Re: And so it begins
Craig approaches Aden "Unfortunately we do not have bolts that fly farther than normal in stock. Is there something else you would like? We have a large selection of potions, useful nicknacks and various other items."
Aden Bero
 player, 160 posts
Wed 26 Sep 2012
at 21:58
Re: And so it begins
Unless Craig has a better recommendation for an archery contest or the competition in general, Aden purchases the following:

spring-action light crossbow 470
1 scroll of Shield of Faith 25
2 scrolls of Unbreakable Heart 25x2
1 scroll of Sanctuary 25
2 scroll of Bless 25
1 scroll of Remove Paralysis 150
2 scrolls of Remove Sickness 25x2
1 scrolls of Remove Fear 25
4 scrolls of Cure Light Wounds 25x4
1 scroll of Magic Weapon 25
2 vials of holy water 25x2
1 Weapon Blanch, silver 5

= 1000 gp

This message was last edited by the player at 22:00, Wed 26 Sept 2012.

Tamalie
 player, 91 posts
 HP 19/27 AC 15
 F16 R14 W18
Tue 2 Oct 2012
at 03:42
Re: And so it begins
Raising her hand to gain some attention to her, Tamalie speaks up, "I'll tag along to the Radiant Dawn. We really do owe them for what they did for us. I think we would have kept trying if they didn't help us, but clearly they gave us a really large boost in getting past the wall. "
Morien
 player, 117 posts
 The Frost Lord
 Cometh
Tue 2 Oct 2012
at 06:39
Re: And so it begins
 Morien nodded. "I would not be adverse to going either, though I do not know how they will react at my presence at a funeral."