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JRedGiant
Memunite
(11/9/03 9:47 pm)
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Dwarf Temple Rewards
I'll put up a log entry later, but I have a general question I wanted to put in a seperate thread.

My party beat the Dwarf temple this past session. They sprang and survived all the traps, let the Hammerspheres be, figured out the font and got nominal control of the stone golem. However, they took all of the treasure except the Hammerspheres, moved it in with the golem for safekeeping and turned the lot of it to Rerrid, who's moving in with his dwarves.

My question is, what kind of financial reward would you recommend Rerrid give the party. That's a LOT of cash they passed up.

grimbold
Memunite
(11/10/03 1:37 am)
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Re: Dwarf Temple Rewards
Well, considering that Rerrid is just the mayor of a VERY poor town, IMC he has made clear to the PCs that they cannot expect anything but his gratitude and support in the form of spells, food & lodging.

smetzger
Memunite
(11/10/03 7:56 am)
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IMC I had Rerrid reporting to more powerful, influential, and better financed Dwarf in Verb. This Dwarf payed the going rate for all the Dwarven artifacts.

Infiniti2000
Cherub
(11/10/03 8:18 am)
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Re: Dwarf Temple Rewards
The party deserves an equal amount of reward if not just in terms of the story, in terms of maintaining the treasure level with their power level. IMC, I had Rerrid call to Verbobonc for assistance. They sent a number of (low-level) fighters, a few paladins, some wizards and clerics, and a big group of artisans (including one master smith, 10th level expert). Give the wizards and clerics item creation abilities and have them start making stuff for the party. If you want complete stat blocks for the dwarves, PM me your e-mail address, and I'll send a Word doc.

Cordo Crowfoot
Cherub
(11/10/03 9:02 am)
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I agree that I would probably reward the party with an equivalent amount of treasure (slightly weighted up or down depending on where they are against the average).

IMC the players did the same thing, and Rerrid told them to keep the gold for themselves. Also, he arranged for a (gold again) reward to be paid by the temple of Moradin by reporting the recovery of the artifacts to temple elders.

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ZansForCans 
Cherub
(11/10/03 9:02 pm)
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Re: Dwarf Temple Rewards
Keep in mind that the mine has not been tapped much at all. It's only been around for what, a century or so? The place is teeming with untapped veins, so to a dwarf (who IMC was around before it was lost as well), this place has huge future potential. As a LG (as long as the G is not for your stereotypical dwarven Greedy) cleric, I would also see Rerrid thanking the party by giving a lot of the liquid assets back to the party in gratitude. Reward their offer in the first place with extras like what I2k mentions, if you are going to populate it that far.

I won't railroad the characters IMC, but I have thought this was a neat idea as well and fleshes out Rerrid's role quite nicely. Not to change the topic too much, but do any of you have plans for how the dwarves will fare in the short run? I love the "Thrommel's vampiric dwarven army" scenario that someone posted long ago. It really stuck in my mind as a clever turn around on a party. The timing is key though. I think right before they start stomping on the OF is a good time to turn the tables.


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grimbold
Memunite
(11/11/03 12:01 am)
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Re: Dwarf Temple Rewards
If my players ever make it there (unfortunately, they started clockwise from the main gates and have just cleared th earth temple), I love the double-strike scenario:

Just after they have told Rerrid about the dwarven temple and he has moved in with a few trusted dwarves, Hedrack will send out the red dragon to level Rastor ... fortunately, most of the dwarves will already be in the temple!

Some time later, Thrommel will pay this struggling dwarven community a visit...

:evil :evil :evil

JRedGiant
Memunite
(11/11/03 5:14 am)
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What I think I'll do...
Here's my plan.

1) Inventory the gp value of the treasure they recovered.

2) Give the party up to 50% of the coinage. Rerrid will need the rest to get the temple up and running.

3) The remainder will be used as a "line of credit" for magic items the dwarves will craft for the party as I stock the area with dwarves. I'll use this bit of deux ex machina to rectify some of the treasure imbalances that the players have been sniping each other about OOC...the poorest character gets goodies first.

4) The two party dwarves will also be given some story rewards as well. I'll probably cover this in future campaign logs.

5) As to where this leads down the road with Chymon/Thrommel striking Rastor/the dwarves, that will remain to be seen.

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