The Tale of 23
The Tale of 23
Orphael the Destroyer was the most feared Baatezu General in all of history at the height of his power, especially in the Material Plane. When kingdoms heard tell of his plans to invade them, they fled with blind fear because those who resisted died. His thirst for power was not outright and bloodthirsty, but scheming, methodical, sadistic. He let the civilians flee for a while, then sent his devil army forth from the Infernal Plane to apprehend them. After slaughtering the civilians, the armies moved in on those who had decided to stay and fight to capture them. This twisted backwards style of invasion made him the most hated of Pit Fiends.
Two such lands that he extended his power-hungry reach to at almost the same time were Laevin, a town rich with Human culture influenced greatly by the nearby Mountain Dwarf settlement, and Aust, an urban center dominated by Elves with a tight-knit Human minority. From each of these lands, a small number of slaves were extracted from
Strangulation rule for D and D
Fortitude Save: success = 1d4 nonlethal damage (2d4 if garrote is used)
Strangling is different from suffocation because it not only suffocates the target but cuts off blood flow to the brain. Therefore, it is faster in dispatching an opponent than suffocation or typical grappling, but can only be performed against characters one size larger, the same size, or one size smaller than the attacker that have definable necks and heads in which reside a brain that requires breathing to live. The front half of the neck must also be clear of armor designed specifically to protect the neck from strangulation, such as a bevor. Chain mail does not provide this protection, though a gorget gives the victim +4 against the touch attack to initiate strangulation (see Step 2). One cannot strangle with a locked gauntlet.
1. To strangle an opponent, PCs must successfully grapple (inciting an attack of opportunity), then pin the target. If the attacker has Improved Grapple, they need not pi
Advice for New D and D Players
Advice for New Players:
The DM is the Dungeon Master. The DM is God. He has the final word in all arguments, and can make anything happen in the game world. Everything is subject to his whim, including XP (experience points) penalties for being disruptive. Have a doubt? Ask the DM.
A Player Character is called a PC. A non-player character is an NPC. Dissociate what you know with what your PC knows; no OC knowledge (out-of-character knowledge). You might have accidentally glanced at the DMs dice roll, but your PC sure hasnt. You use what the PC knows, not vice versa. Similarly, no OC speak should happen. PCs never say, I have a higher Climb mod than you; let me try! or Forsooth! My Constitution is damaged! Ever.
Combat is played out in rounds, with each participants turn determined by their initiative. Remember, though, that each round consists of 6 seconds, and that everyones turn happens simultaneously. While discrepancies may arise as t
This tree, this glorious specimen,
Is beautifully unaware.
Its blossoms of white and gold
Sigh heavily into the wind,
Float delicately to the ground
To give forth the sweet
This tree, this wondrous apple tree,
Rises from the blossoms that envelop the earth
And spreads its ivory appendages,
Displaying her naked skin to the world,
Happy to give us her flawless rubies.
This tree, this ingenuous soul,
Knows not, though, of our ways,
Our selfish proclivities.
She lays open her heart and gives us the fruit from her bosom,
But we take more.
This tree, this tree,
Her heart is not enough.
We slice into her with our blades
And take moreher soul,
We skin her alive and cut off her head
So she will never give fruit again
And shape her desecrated corpse into a chair.
A Horror Play
Vance Jiggy Lord : 47
Bernard Stevens: 22
Edward Mat Matar: 24
Penelope Collins: 23
Within the paled yellow walls of Jiggys 24-Hour Pizza. The clock says 9:30, and the windows are dark. Bernard waits upon three separate tables. He carries the bill to one of the tables and returns behind the counter. Only he and the tremendous Jiggy are there to run the place. Jiggy pulls Bernard aside.
JIGGY: Hey, Bernard, I got an order for a large Hawaiian to be delivered to this address.
BERNARD: But, Jiggy, Ive got three tables! If I leave now, I wont get the tips!
JIGGY: I dont wanna hear it. This place is Jiggy 24-Hour Pizza. That means my customers can depend on me to deliver at all unholy hours of the night. You volunteered for the night shift; this is what you signed up for. Ill take your tables.
BERNARD: (waves hands frenetically) Im only taking the night shift because my girlfriend walked out o