Sunday, August 7, 2011
CM4 Earthshaker!, Cassandra's Mystical Scibe, Origins - Theodore Dobbins
Unlike what the cover would represent the adventure is not the players versus the Earthshaker. The adventure deals with the players versus groups that want to take control of the Earthshaker. The Earthshaker is an invention of the gnomes. It is controlled from the inside and this is where a portion of the adventure actually takes place.
The adventure also has to deal with the players acting as stewards for the Barony of Vyolstagrad. They are assigned the task of running the realm while the Baron is away at the king's court. As if that was not enough of a problem a carnival comes to town and with it the attraction that is Earthshaker. The attraction would not normally be any problems but there is a group that want to attain control of it for nefarious reasons.
I am guessing the module could be scaled down if the DM really wanted to have a giant robot be part of their adventure. The idea sounds cut and would probably make a great short story or an animated bit for some show. The idea to me always seemed a little too lighthearted in nature for someone who has characters who are that high a level. I guess I am a bit of a hypocrite though because somehow having 8-12 level characters exploring a spaceship on the Barrier Peaks is OK.
Cassandra's Mystical Scribe
Ares of Effect: One Tome
Casting Time: One Round
Saving Throw: None
When this spell is cast the magic user summons to them a magical entity whose sole purpose it to transcribe a single tome or similar writing. The Mystical Scribe will appear as a glowing vapor like human. They will not be able to communicate to the caster but will follow directions given them as long as they pertain to transcription.
The writing that they are assigned to copy may be a tome of any size. It can be a mundane book or a spell book. If the tome is non magical in nature then the transcription will be flawless.
If the writing is magical in nature then there is a base 5% chance of there failure with an additional 5% chance per maximum level of the spell in the tome. The percentage of the tome that is faulty will be determined by taking the number the chance failed by multiplied by two. The DM will then start with the highest level spell and continue on until the percentage is met. At no time should the player know if there was failure or what percentage.
The time it takes for the scribe to copy is a tome is not the same it would take a human. The time required will be reduced by a factor of four. The magic user can task the scribe with taking twice as long when doing magical writings which will halve the chance of failure.
The material components of the spell will begin with the actual materials it will take to copy the book in question as these are not provided by the scribe. The caster must also provide the scribe at the beginning of the work a gem whose value is equal to 2 gp per page for mundane works and 5 gp per page for magical writings.
Disclaimer: The spells that you will see, for how ever long the write ups last, were all written up or conceived of back in the 80's so the terminology may not appropriate for anything other than 1e and depending on how well I did back then it may be slightly off for that as well. If there is any duplication of spells that exist now it is most likely I wrote mine first :) Please feel free to comment on them but try not to be too hard on me. If anyone wishes to use these in anything they print please let me know in advance and all I ask is proper credit.
Origins - My Best Acquisition
Since GenCon is going on it seemed like a good time to write about my experience at Origins :)
Actually not my experience but one of the best items I brought back.
I know it is sort of taboo to talk about characters so I won't go into detail on them. In short the character I have played the longest is Theodore Dobbins. He started as a one shot NPC for a session I DM's and I ended up playing him out of need the next week and I just kept going. He did start at 1st level so I don't feel like it was cheating.
The item I brought back is a character sketch. The icon I use on the blog is from White Plume Mountain and I have always associated that with what Theo looked like. At origins I asked Lorraine Schleter who was one of the artist to do a sketch for me of him. You can find her work using her name as a link above. Below is what she provided me. I would make one or two minor changes but over all I think she captured what I gave here well. I welcome your feedback and I promise not to talk abut my characters again!
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