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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey_Wolf_c View Post
    Some of them might have, like Belkar. You are also assuming that the worm possesses perfect information, which I don't see a reason why it would have.

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    Also, from a non dnd standpoint, the elementals were behind them.

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    I was about to grumble about another round of "The Order Of Failed Saving Throws" but that was a DC 23 saving throw for that Mass Hold Monster spell. Brutal on all the fighter types and the low WIS bard, and not easy even for Durkon to make. Certainly not like most of the Order blowing their saves against vampiric domination in the last fight. Nightcrawlers definitely earn their CR 18 rating.
    Sudden thought after watching an old "Lois and Clark" episode: Lane Davies aka Tempus is probably the best possible choice to portray an animated or live action Xykon if either of those ever becomes reality--he was born in 1950 and Tempus' personality is a close match for pre-lich Xykon IMO. Just my two cents.

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    Some of them might have, like Belkar. You are also assuming that the worm possesses perfect information, which I don't see a reason why it would have.

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    No, I am assuming that the worm has a better understanding of the day-to-day rules of the universe he inhabits than I have of those of a game I never played.
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    First, Iím proud to have accidentally gotten the right D&D size classification.
    Second, that sounds awesome, if very dangerous for the caster. The Elemental would also have some kind of permanent poisonous area of effect too, no?
    I'd have to crunch the numbers, but my intuition says that the half-life of uranium is long enough that you wouldn't face any short-term effects, and that long-term effects can probably be fixed by some obscure cleric spell. (Or maybe just restoration.)


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    Invisibility purge "negates" the invisibility, which is different than dispelling it. Also, it would promptly negate your new invisibility, and depending on the edition, it might make you double-invisible once you left the area of the purge. I'm not sure if invisibility is additive or multiplicative, so you might end up visible again.
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    The adventures of copy/paste Roy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hroĢila View Post
    We're all in the Monster Manual somewhere, are we not?
    I'm thinking that there are already elementals around, so now we just need an ethereal filcher.

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    Where IS Hilgya? We saw her from the back in the previous comic, but she's no where to be seen here. I guess she's going to hit the elementals from behind? maybe she's not very fast.

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    Where IS Hilgya? We saw her from the back in the previous comic, but she's no where to be seen here. I guess she's going to hit the elementals from behind? maybe she's not very fast.

    Smart to leave her in reserve for situations just like "Nightcrawler hits most of the party with a DC 23 save or suck spell." Assuming that she won't decide to turn on Durkon while he's alone out there on the bridge against the nightcrawler and a vampiric cleric of at least 13th level.
    Sudden thought after watching an old "Lois and Clark" episode: Lane Davies aka Tempus is probably the best possible choice to portray an animated or live action Xykon if either of those ever becomes reality--he was born in 1950 and Tempus' personality is a close match for pre-lich Xykon IMO. Just my two cents.

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    Come to think of it, looks like they're going for a strictly ranged attack on the worm, so I wonder why Belkar ran out. Maybe to lull Gontor into false sense of security, since he didn't know about Hilgya and maybe Minrah?
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    I was about to grumble about another round of "The Order Of Failed Saving Throws" but that was a DC 23 saving throw for that Mass Hold Monster spell.
    eilandesq: the order missing at least one of multiple DC~20 will saves? Impossible!
    Also eilandesq: 3/4 of the order missing one DC~20 will save? Fine!

    You are being inconsistent, or misunderstanding the vampire domination difficulty. I don't know which one it is.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peelee View Post
    Come to think of it, looks like they're going for a strictly ranged attack on the worm, so I wonder why Belkar ran out. Maybe to lull Gontor into false sense of security, since he didn't know about Hilgya and maybe Minrah?
    Belkar probably wanted to stab it, and was running towards it, but never made it there?

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    I would say that's the dumbest theory Grey Wolf's heard, but, let's be honest: It's Grey Wolf. They've probably heard dumber theories today. Point is, neat idea, but it's a real stretch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir_Norbert View Post
    Gold is not a non-periodic element.
    Maybe I am missing something obvious, but how is it not? Au is in the periodic table.

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    The non-periodic elements are earth, air, fire, water, shadow, and so on.

    The periodic elements are silicon, gold, osmium, and so on.

    Gold is not a non-periodic element - it's not earth, air, etc.

    It's a periodic element.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey_Wolf_c View Post
    Belkar probably wanted to stab it, and was running towards it, but never made it there?

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    He just kinda stopped though.
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    Maybe I am missing something obvious, but how is it not? Au is in the periodic table.
    Double negative. Not non-periodoc = periodic.
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    I wonder if this is setting up Belkars death- but then again someone always says that whenever Belkar is in trouble
    Also whenever Belkar isn't in trouble. Also whenever it isn't Belkar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riftwolf View Post
    Also whenever Belkar isn't in trouble. Also whenever it isn't Belkar.
    I wonder if this post is setting up Belkar's death.
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    Any Player Except V: Roy is falling, can I cast Busby's Hand matching his falling rate, then slow down after catching him, so that he takes no damage?
    DM: No, your character doesn't know enough about physics and calculus to do that.

    V: Roy is falling. I use my knowledge of physics and calculus to --
    DM: Yeah yeah, you catch Roy and he takes no damage. Mr. Scruffy, you're next in initiative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamishspence View Post
    The non-periodic elements are earth, air, fire, water, shadow, and so on.

    The periodic elements are silicon, gold, osmium, and so on.

    Gold is not a non-periodic element - it's not earth, air, etc.

    It's a periodic element.
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    Double negative. Not non-periodoc = periodic.
    Woops, missed that double negative. Thanks :)

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    eilandesq: the order missing at least one of multiple DC~20 will saves? Impossible!
    Also eilandesq: 3/4 of the order missing one DC~20 will save? Fine!

    You are being inconsistent, or misunderstanding the vampire domination difficulty. I don't know which one it is.



    Belkar probably wanted to stab it, and was running towards it, but never made it there?

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    No, I'm looking at all of those who failed the Domination having failed in one round, the attack requiring locking of eyes (so 1 target per vampire per round), and a CHA based save DC for a bunch of dwarf based clerics. Even Durkula probably didn't make it quite to 20, and the lower level ones would have been worse.
    Sudden thought after watching an old "Lois and Clark" episode: Lane Davies aka Tempus is probably the best possible choice to portray an animated or live action Xykon if either of those ever becomes reality--he was born in 1950 and Tempus' personality is a close match for pre-lich Xykon IMO. Just my two cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    Any Player Except V: Roy is falling, can I cast Busby's Hand matching his falling rate, then slow down after catching him, so that he takes no damage?
    DM: No, your character doesn't know enough about physics and calculus to do that.

    V: Roy is falling. I use my knowledge of physics and calculus to --
    DM: Yeah yeah, you catch Roy and he takes no damage. Mr. Scruffy, you're next in initiative.
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    How did durkon not make his will save!?

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    He did, that's why he's not paralyzed.
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    "We have a cleric again, we can fix stuff like this!!"

    Ah, the poor fate of clerics everywhere...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peelee View Post
    He just kinda stopped though.
    Reached the end of his movement range for his turn? Remember when he stopped in mid-air for that same reason?

    Quote Originally Posted by eilandesq View Post
    No, I'm looking at all of those who failed the Domination having failed in one round, the attack requiring locking of eyes (so 1 target per vampire per round), and a CHA based save DC for a bunch of dwarf based clerics. Even Durkula probably didn't make it quite to 20, and the lower level ones would have been worse.
    They had at least a couple of turns. And with DC of 10 + 1/2 level + CHA, Greg would be sitting at around 18-20. Enough that it'd be a ~25% chance for even Hilgya, likely the best Will save of them all, which means that across two turns, chances where realistically possible to be failed (>40%). If the lower ones concentrated on the easy targets like Belkar and Elan, the whole thing is perfectly plausible.

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    I would say that's the dumbest theory Grey Wolf's heard, but, let's be honest: It's Grey Wolf. They've probably heard dumber theories today. Point is, neat idea, but it's a real stretch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    Any Player Except V: Roy is falling, can I cast Busby's Hand matching his falling rate, then slow down after catching him, so that he takes no damage?
    DM: No, your character doesn't know enough about physics and calculus to do that.

    V: Roy is falling. I use my knowledge of physics and calculus to --
    DM: Yeah yeah, you catch Roy and he takes no damage. Mr. Scruffy, you're next in initiative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkku View Post
    I kind of liked the worm (heh) until it targeted Mr. Scruffy with mass hold monster.
    Worm's just doing his job... and doing it well! Pity he's on Team Evil.

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    Now I actually wonder what would happen if Redcloak summoned an uranium elemental.
    What if he summoned two, and they got too close together?

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    Worm's just doing his job... and doing it well! Pity he's on Team Evil.
    No it isn't, it's on Team Hel.

    Team Evil's up at the Pole, and has no dog in this fight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2D8HP View Post
    So very V that she has to be reminded not to use an immobile comrade as a weapon!
    I think it is great character development that V caught Roy instead of attacking the monster.

    The using an immobile comrade as weapon idea was from Blackwing, it will take a bit more character development for V to oppose such suggestions on principle (rather because of ineffectiveness), and V might never get there.

    It is interesting, the thinking about people as if they are characters in a game comes across as high-functioning autism when I try to read the comic as fantasy novel, but when I consider that this is actually a game of D&D and their world really works that way, V comes across as either intelligent enough to know how the universe works (something V claims on a regular basis) or as being played by a metagaming player / bad roleplayer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zimmerwald1915 View Post
    No it isn't, it's on Team Hel.

    Team Evil's up at the Pole, and has no dog in this fight.
    I didn't mean THAT Team Evil. I meant the OTHER Team Evil. Or one of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JumboWheat01 View Post
    "We have a cleric again, we can fix stuff like this!!"

    Ah, the poor fate of clerics everywhere...
    I think that what you meant to say was
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    I didn't mean THAT Team Evil. I meant the OTHER Team Evil. Or one of them.
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