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Mr. Booze

I can't be drinking during game. It fucks me up. I quit for a week, and coming back I'm finding that one drink makes me giddy, lose focus and treat the game like it's a conversation, meandering this way and that.

I don't think I can be drinking alcohol during game. It doesn't work. My brain's getting older and I'm not hitting that Brain Age like I oughta.

Fuckin' age.

So what's next? What the fuck is going on in the Cloud Spires?

I wrote a decent Patreon post regarding the assassination attempt on the council.

While the assassination was not a knee jerk response, I had been rolling the idea of a mass assassination and after Malchor was removed from the room, I figured, why not.

There are a few points to consider with the assassination.

First, whodunnit?

There's a good list of possible suspects, including Malchor, the Summerhills, and of course some of the players.

Wait, what?

Well, shyeah; Eddard and Esther specifically were witness to Ivors actions (Tursq had run off to deal with the assailants who wounded Esther), and a number of magic users in the arena have True Sight active, with two sighting Thunder as she leapt into and hid amidst the rafters.

Folks can argue about stealth and chaos all they want, but at the end of the day, there are a LOT of people in that room and I rolled a d20 and it came up 3. This on its own doesn't mean anything, but I did roll that die and it came up a 3.

So as a result, the players are guilty.

Heavy Politicks

I am loving it. Frankly, I haven't quite decided who is responsible for the attempt. I was figuring it was just the FrostFire attempting to eliminate the ruling party in the Cloud Spires. At this point, we have a serious yarnball of ethics and politics to untangle. In truth, I could say that several of my ideas are true and happening, thus causing even more political god knows what.

Meanwhile, folks will be saying Ivor and Thunder are attempting a coup. Malchor knows about Thunders politicking, and will bring that to light. The Keterog family will want and try to support Ivor, but it will be an uphill battle. Lucretia can only pull so many strings before they start getting frayed.

If the players in question petition the NPCs for support, they can turn the tides. If they try to solve the problems with flat out violence, they're gonna have a bad time.

This is where high level tabletop meets high level politicking and not all players are made of equal stuff in this arena. Some are really into it, while others just want to roll dice and kill shit. Hence why every council meeting ends up a Dothraki wedding.

What now?

Fridays session is going to be a drawn out combat driven affair starting with my turn, then Helbrims. After that, we'll roll initiative again because I totally forgot to take a photo before wiping it off the board. Whoopsie daisy.

I've got some plans figured for each character; I know I'm going to be dealing with some groans for clones; I know I'm going to be hearing complaints about how powerful Thurrass'X is. I'm looking forward to it.

What's with Thurrass'X?

He's back, he's angry and he's ridiculously powerful.
I'm not going to lie, he's not going to go down easy and folks are going to be asking if he's a puzzle boss.

Frankly, I am pulling out the stops with Thurrass'X. There is no balance or 'design' here. Daed created a monster and he's leading the FrostFire right up the councils ass.

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Thats NOT what True sight does... and Esther didnt see shit, being face down in a pool of her own blood. Makes about as much sense as Fort carrying Giants, out running Woolipede cavalry... up hill... both ways... in the snow... with dropships over head >.>

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I didn't mean to insinuate that True Sight allowed anyone to see hidden characters; I did mean to insinuate that two people in that room watched Thunder leap into the rafters. Insofar as how hidden she is while firing upon council members, well, she isn't using a stealthy weapon is she now?

Esther was shot, yes; but wounded is a far cry from face down in a pool of ones own blood.

Giants carrying 12-15' palisades on their backs, with ledges in them. They weren't outrunning woolipeds, but they were retreating and providing enough response to keep Geddy and the troops at bay.

What dropships (plural)? Geddy took a ship out to the Caves and secured them with a legion of soldiers. Instead of chasing after the FrostFire and getting himself and his men killed, he secured the caves as he was sent to do.

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" Insofar as how hidden she is while firing upon council members, well, she isn't using a stealthy weapon is she now? "

You'll have to ask her that ;-p but i seem to remember so many bullets were being shot into that room, that the damage was dex saves, not attack rolls. Coupled with return fire from both inside and outside the room and a 32ish stealth roll (low for Thunder i know) no one "saw" anything... they can suspect and draw conclusions most certainly, but they saw nothing.

" Esther was shot, yes; but wounded is a far cry from face down in a pool of ones own blood. "

Laying down on the ground behind cover, with a giant platform between, blocking her line of sight to Ivor and Thunder

" What dropships"

Those things i had Hurion make almost a year ago.

"Geddy took a ship out to the Caves and secured them with a legion of soldiers. Instead of chasing after the FrostFire and getting himself and his men killed, he secured the caves as he was sent to do"

Thats just you being terrible at strategy and tactics. Caves were already taken/looted/raided (Frostfire days away on foot still managed to beat airships to the punch so close to the captial... again) No reason to "secure/defend" anything, chase after the Frostfire with troops, slow down/hamper/and cut off their retreat with Woolipede cavalry and provide on call deployment and minimal firesupport from the dropships. Drop a mortar or 2, flush them out with an avalanche... should have been wrapped up in an afternoon -_- how many fort wielding giants are there? 90? Last time they attacked in full force there was 12. Im not Faramore... and Echelon isnt the Militia. What a joke... im gonna have to execute Gedi for dereliction of duty and incompitence in command now, thanks Dooley.

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Stealth goes out the window the moment an attack is made. RAW says so. RAI is a bit more generous. Whether bullets are flying or not, Thunder's gunshots make her a beacon. You're right though, there is some plausible deniability. It could be anyone firing down from the roof. Acererak, maybe.

"blocking her line of sight to Ivor and Thunder"?

Ivor was standing in front of her. I have photos of where Vogon, Ivor and Esther, as well as several others were. Ivor was in direct line of sight of many individuals who watched him blow away one of the immortals. Maybe folks think Echelon is staging a coup, or the Keterogs are murdering the council.

"What Dropships, plural," meant what dropships as opposed to the one dropship of troops that Geddy took in the absence of your incredible strategic prowess.
In the absence of content, I'm going to hand wave it. If you don't like the outcome, define a plan or framework of action for the people you're sending. It's not as though I don't listen or honour your input.

FrostFire were already in the area when word reached back, so yes, they did 'beat' the airships that hadn't been sent. Remember that Geddy's statement said they were already withdrawing. I think I mentioned forested and hilly terrain.
Your idea of a dropship cutting them off is flawed by that alone. Besides, if you were so concerned about this, you could have made a thing of it during session and we could have worked through it pretty quickly.

Lastly, the "last time" you encountered the FrostFire, there were 12 pissed off rebels breaking off the main clan to attack civilization as they were deigned not to (remember, they were leashed by alliances up until recently).