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Helderik
Faen
(9/9/03 4:17 am)
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Main gate questions
Last session, my group got to Rastor. They cleared the moathouse and explored the flour mill. Dunrat and his gang did get away however. He is going to the outer fane to inform Naquent. They will probably kill him for failing. If not, he will probably go after the relics once more. Jaroo and Maridosen are also still alive. Chatrilon is dead...>:

All five PC's are 4th level. I'm wondering if the main gate will be too powerful for them. I guess all the main gate forces will be alerted when a battle occurs. I'm worried the PC's will be outnumbered and defeated very soon. Also, Mereclar will probably arrive with his mount to make matters even worse. I'm not sure if Terrenygit will also join the battle...

I will definitely NOT use the improved howler.

Most players need only about 200 xp to reach 5th level. Should I plan a "random" encounter before they enter the CRM? Should Dunrat ambush the group on their way to the crater?

Is this battle too difficult for five 4th level PC's? What tactics should I use for Terrenygit? Should he flee if things go wrong for him? Is Tymerian able to warn the PC's about the entrance? Or perhaps Rerrid? What do they know about the CRM? Any other uses for Dunrat and his gang besides punishing or sacrificing them?

I hope you guys can give me some advice...

Edited by: Helderik at: 9/9/03 4:18 am
smetzger
Faen
(9/9/03 5:50 am)
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Re: Main gate questions
First, I don't think Dunrat will go back to the CRM empty handed when he still has a chance to get the items.

Have him try and ambush the characters at some point. You could do a traditional road ambush or a dark riders stabbing sleeping people at night in the hotel scenario. I would recommend _not_ giving him any more resources than he currently has.

Then just make sure you give them enough XP to make 5th level.

Infiniti2000
Verrik
(9/9/03 5:56 am)
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"They will probably kill him for failing."
I definitely agree. Does the party know him by sight? I think it'd be neat to have him floating face up in the Stalagos, bloated but recognizable, the first time the party sees the crater lake.

"Should I plan a "random" encounter before they enter the CRM?"
Planning a random encounter would be a really good choice. If you want, have Dunrat & Co. not actually get to the CRM/OF yet, but here about the party following them. Plan a nice ambush (using a few drugged commoners ordered by Tal as fodder), and make sure you give them enough XP to level. That way, you don't have to feel bad about opening up a can of whoop ass when they get to either gate.

"Is this battle too difficult for five 4th level PC's?"
If the gnolls ring the bell, the PCs will very likely lose or have to flee, probably still losing a PC or two. 5th level makes a HUGE difference, particular because the wizard can use fireball. An alternative is to have Tymerian hear about the party's exploits/plans and offer up a fireball scroll to help them out. She's weak and doesn't want to do anything personally, but will take this small measure at revenge against the CRM.

"What tactics should I use for Terrenygit?"
First and foremost, bolster the zombies! If you roll bad, bolster again! Do you use the BoVD? If so, I suggest using no light and that zombie-exploding spell. Also, use the hold person and Tharizdun's touch on fighter types (low Will save). Have him stay in the north corridor such that he can flee to the earth temple when things get too tough. He has a great AC, but eventually the party will get to him.

"Is Tymerian able to warn the PC's about the entrance? Or perhaps Rerrid?"
Sure, why not? If it helps the party stay alive, throw them a bone. However, if you use the ambush, perhaps one of the commoners heard something.

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