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Heading to the funeral of an old friend in a few minutes. Harold was 91, saved, a true character and ready to go, but I will miss the stinker.I have put about 8 differently colored pens in my shirt pocket in honor of him.

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11 hours ago, Doug Sundseth said:


Not sure which rules you're using, but at least in D&D 3.x and Pathfinder, any spell with the descriptor "harmless" will be known to be so by the recipient. Whoever it hits can try to resist, but will have that knowledge before making the decision. And there might be a chance to identify the spell as it's being cast too (again depending on game rules).


Which is not to say that you can't run her any way you want to, just that you might want to have a story ready if your players ask.


Yes, they do have that descriptor. And they'll know that the spell is harmless, although I probably don't have to tell them what flavor of harmless at first. They can try to figure out what spell after it is completed.


11 hours ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

Any way you can have some "rumors" prepared to "circulate" about her?

The sort of information that your players would be likely to stumble across?



Yep! They already know one rumor: twenty five years ago or so, she was one of the best "kitties" working the streets. She somehow didn't have problems with bad guys. What they don't know is the rest of it... yet. They'll get rumors about her being rather kind, that she's a skilled weaver, and to not cause her any trouble. People like having her around.

She became a weaver years ago, and has been the partner of one of the crime lord's lackies for a while - an illusionist who would rather just cheat at cards and provide entertainment than hurt people. She's been a close follower to fate since their kid went missing (years ago).


10 hours ago, NebulousMissy said:


There's only so many times a caster can cast a spell before realizing they are in fact doing Something. Or are at the center of Something. Or are just lucky. Consider how easily people get superstitious about, say, linking a pair of lucky shorts to a streak of gambling wins. 


A caster who's managed to hit 10th level without figuring out they're doing Something comes off as Dull As A Brick at best and Overly Smug GM at worst.



Indeed. That did occur to me. I was thinking of just popping off a few spells instead of unloading, and having them be a bit more subtle. Despite being a healer, the only "cure" spell she has is Cure Light Wounds, which I think I can write off as her having just a good Heal skill. I don't think I need to hit the group with any Cure either; I need to un-debuff them. The other spells she has are things like regeneration, un-debuffing, or stuff that buffs an ally to let them heal themselves, and divinations - which she only has really used in private, and just thought they were prayers, and the responses were thoughts in her head worth listening to. The "why is she 10th level" might be okay as "because the gods <me> decided to bless her with those talents". Spontaneous casters don't need to study anyway.


8 hours ago, redambrosia said:

She’s the little old lady that all the gangs protect because she raised them all. And she’s the only one who can stop them in their tracks when carrying on with nonsense. 

seems believable to me!


She's a former whore who is the only person a half-decent criminal illusionist trusts, and he needs her verification on the group to send them on a mission to fool an archmage. If they succeed, the slums may be less slummy. Still an area with lots of crime, but happy crime like safe-'hos, gambling houses that might cheat a bit but won't break people, and fighting matches with more active healers and less accidental deaths. The illusionist likes her because she saw through his tricks, and thought it was funny that while he maintains an illusion of being fancy, he walks around in his pajamas everywhere. She likes him because he is humorous, and cares for her, and would rather improve the slums if he had the option to. He sometimes makes illusion-shows, movies if she decides to fail a will save.


But right now the group thinks the illusionist is a bad guy. They 1) don't know he's an illusionist yet. 2) think he's evil because he has a goatee. SERIOUSLY. That's their reasoning.
Only the dog has a hunch that he's not all bad (he has done some bad thing... but not all awful). A street mutt told the dog-cleric that the person feeds him scraps sometimes and doesn't kick, like some of the others do.


3 hours ago, Kangaroorex said:

I like it but I would have the gods gift her with some sort of delay to the healing spells:  maybe they have to leave her aura before they activate, maybe there is a short term illusion that triggers and keeps them from noticing until they leave or until a time expires.  that way you can keep them guessing about the source of the healing.  Consider the entertainment available if, by chance, they get attacked by something only to realize they have been healed and start chasing certain gang members to attack them so they can be healed... and of course it doesn't work because that's not the source.  then something else works.  you can have a lot of fun with this and all the time they are visiting with the old lady because she's helping them with information.  With luck it can be multiple sessions before they connect the two...



I was more thinking that she doesn't have the tell-tale glow of healing magic that is usually described, and she rarely "heals". She wouldn't be dealing with gaping wounds in general either; she'd be dealing with folks who have deep bruises under their shirt, or various sorrows and need someone to hug.


Hoping that first encounter with her won't actually take too long. Short discussion, let her talk to the party a bit, and send them away with her blessing. "She has a good feeling about their goals, but they really should be more honest". They can return if they pick up more hints of things, perhaps.

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11 minutes ago, Cyradis said:

2) think he's evil because he has a goatee. SERIOUSLY. That's their reasoning.


Are you implying that their reasoning is in some way flawed? I suggest you reexamine the evidence.



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1 hour ago, Corsair said:

Heading to the funeral of an old friend in a few minutes. Harold was 91, saved, a true character and ready to go, but I will miss the stinker.I have put about 8 differently colored pens in my shirt pocket in honor of him.


My sympathies.

Losing friends is always hard.


55 minutes ago, redambrosia said:

I feel like this paint was made for people on this forum... 






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38 minutes ago, Doug Sundseth said:


Are you implying that their reasoning is in some way flawed? I suggest you reexamine the evidence.




One of these days all my players will show up with chin scruff shaved into goatees just so they can make devious faces and rub their chins to taunt me. Twirling my ponytails just doesn't have the same effect! 


Also: see Ironman and Dr. Strange. Good goatees!! Okay, still broccoliholes, but good guys!

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1 hour ago, Doug Sundseth said:


Are you implying that their reasoning is in some way flawed? I suggest you reexamine the evidence.



Yeah, I say very flawed logic.  That's like judging someone wearing black as evil because omg, black ish evilzorz! 


....Says the guy who usually plays characters that don't mind a bit of dirty work if it has to happen, and has a goatee that's of decent length. 

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2 minutes ago, WhiteWulfe said:

That's like judging someone wearing black as evil because omg, black ish evilzorz!


Sorry, that's not really a counter-example.



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I mean, the guy's illusion is that he's in a black suit... but he's really in purple pajamas. Illusions are great for wizards who want both style and comfort :winkthumbs:

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10 minutes ago, Cyradis said:

I mean, the guy's illusion is that he's in a black suit... but he's really in purple pajamas. Illusions are great for wizards who want both style and comfort :winkthumbs:


Goatee and a black suit? The only thing worse would be if he were blond. :blink:

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When the electrician says there’s “idiosyncrasies” With wiring, is that code for “the house was wired by a drunk, near sighted squirrel”? 

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