Combat Map - Turn 35

Friday, March 31, 2017

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 24

Scratches and dark stains cover nearly every surface in this spacious living room. To the east, paintings and other once fine objects give fuel to a fire roaring in the hearth. Bent, broken, and bloody cutlery juts at odd angles from the table in the center of the room. Books lie scattered in heaps next to broken shelves, and shards of shattered dishes spill forth from their cabinets. The door to the west stands ajar and looks into the filthy kitchen. Stairs to the southwest lead up to the next floor. Tiny bloody footprints cover the stairs, heading in both directions.

Starting positions are displayed upon the Combat Map.

What do you do now?

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template. If you are planning to use a specific skill, please list the skill and the associated roll(s) along with your 5 d20 rolls.

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Conditions:

Barnacleez - Mage Armor (1 hour)
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Map Key:

White rectangles are doors.
Gray rectangles are windows.
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Party Health:

Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (12/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda (9/10), Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed – Turn Results 23

In response to the trap, Lady Emyralda channeled energy to heal 4 damage from Wahesh and herself. Seeing that the fighter was still significantly wounded, the cleric used one of her memorized spells to cast Cure Light Wounds instead. This spell healed the fighter completely.

Seeing that the party was mostly patched up, Cando hip checked Stabem aside and opened the door allowing the party to peer inside the house.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 23

Starting positions are displayed upon the Combat Map.

What do you do now?

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template. If you are planning to use a specific skill, please list the skill and the associated roll(s) along with your 5 d20 rolls.

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Conditions:

Barnacleez - Mage Armor (1 hour)
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Map Key:

White rectangles are doors.
Gray rectangles are windows.
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Party Health:


Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (2/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda (5/10), Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed – Turn Results 22

Ro-Mahn frowned and said, "Well, THIS isn’t suspicious. Hold off a moment, friends, and I'll scout the house." As he was starting to leave, the rogue paused and added, "If I start screaming like a stuck pig, come save me."

Ro-Mahn walked the perimeter of the house and inspected the three windows. Each was locked and shuttered preventing a view of the interior. The rogue did notice a dark, greasy-looking stain oozing from between the slats of the shutters. He decided not to mess with them and returned to the party.

"Looks dodgy. I say we just open the door and sneak around until something attacks us." He pauses and looks at Cando and Wahesh. "Or just thump around in there looking for clues until something foolishly challenges our mighty warriors."

At the mention of entering the house and possible battle, Barnacleez cast Mage Armor on himself.

At Ro-Mahn’s suggestion, Stabem stepped up to examine the door. The halfling checked for traps and did not see anything to raise alarm. Next he checked to see if the door was locked. When he grabbed the door handle, he discovered it to be unlocked but, to his dismay, also that the door was indeed trapped! A line of scalding red liquid shot from the door. “Look out!”, Stabem shouted as he managed to dodge the attack. Wahesh and Lady Emyralda were not so lucky. Each suffered 5 damage from the scorching blood.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 22

Gellion’s house is location #3 on the Saringallow map.

The Vazarro home is a simple, well-kept, two-story structure of bricks, wood, and plain shingles. Smoke billows from a brick chimney, and minimal light escapes from the windows, from which partially closed, thick-slatted shutters hang. The front door bears a tarnished brass knocker.

Starting positions are displayed upon the Combat Map.

What do you do now?

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template. If you are planning to use a specific skill, please list the skill and the associated roll(s) along with your 5 d20 rolls.

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Conditions:

N/A
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Map Key:

White rectangles are doors.
Gray rectangles are windows.
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Party Health:

Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (7/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed – Turn Results 21

While trying to determine the next course of action, the Pathfinders asked around town to see if they could find out anything else useful about the apprentices. A few hours of interviewing various townsfolk yielded a few more nuggets of information.

Two old folks playing dice near Merchant’s Square ruminated about the town’s younger generation, including the apprentices. “Youngsters today are so amiable and carefree with everyone. They aren’t cautious, like we were back in our day. If any of them have done anything other than run off on their own accord, it’s probably because they were too trusting of the wrong person.”

A group of peddlers scurrying through the streets knew many of the apprentices, if only in passing. “They seem like they’re all friends. In fact, it’s almost like they run in a pack. One or two of them probably convinced the others to all skip work at once, the lazy kids.”

A crowd of trade workers, closely acquainted with Majara Pricknettle, the town’s apothecary, from whom they often purchase home remedies and other supplies had this to say, “Most of the shop owners see their apprentices like workers-in-training. Majara, though, she’s different. She tries to hide it, but that apprentice boy of hers is more like a son to the gnome. I don’t think I’ve ever heard her raise her voice to him.”

The party discussed the evidence that they had gathered and felt they had enough to have a second try discussing the situation with Majara Pricknettle. Cando declared, "I think it’s time to go back and visit potion lady", emphasizing the point with a clenched fist. "She wanted a good reason to tell us where he's at? We have one - everyone says he's the ringleader, and bird saw him carry people off. Time for discretion is over!"

Wahesh frowned, conflicted. "I didn't become an adventurer to harass shopkeepers and old ladies. And Ms. Pricknettle kinda had a point about not airing out her secrets to a motley gang of strangers. But...if there's any chance of finding those apprentices alive it'll have to be real soon if it's not too late already.”

Lady Emyralda pulled the note found in Morvinarr’s room from her pack. “Let’s not forget this mysterious missive, maybe she will recognize the hand writing.”

As the day turned to dusk, armed with evidence, the adventures headed back to Pricknettle’s Potions and Poultices.

Pricknettle was not happy to see the Pathfinders again but she listened as they made their case. Her expression changes from stubbornness to one of fear and worry as the evidence was presented. “Yes, he recently got a pair of yellow, leather boots. They were a gift from the cobbler’s boy. And this, it looks like Gellion’s hand writing. Oh, dear, what has the boy done?” Convinced that the matter needed to be investigated further, Pricknettle provided directions to Gellion’s home.

As the Pathfinders were leaving the shop out into the gathering darkness of the evening, the alchemist pleaded, “Whatever he’s done, please give Gellion a chance to explain his side of things once you find him.”

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 21

What do you do now? Please vote using the poll.

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template. If you are planning to use a specific skill, please list the skill and the associated roll(s) along with your 5 d20 rolls.

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Conditions:

N/A
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Map Key:

N/A
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Party Health:

Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (7/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Adventure Recap

In case folks have lost track of what you are doing and have already done, I am providing a recap below:

  • Met with Mayor Sandra Trinelli. Hired to investigate several missing apprentices and reports of large vermin. The two events may or may not be connected. Received a list of missing apprentices (handout #1) and an open letter to the townsfolk from the mayor asking for cooperation (handout #2) with the party as her agents.
  • Visited the Saringallow Orchard. Fought fire beetles. Discovered the signs of a struggle and evidence that a large person was half dragged, half carried away to the south. Found traces of a new Demon Bile infestation.
  • Visited the Witch’s End Tavern. The tavernkeeper found an unsigned note in her apprentice Morvinarr’s room (handout #3) requesting that he meet someone at midnight.
  • Visited Pricknettle’s Potions and Poultices. The apothecary apparently knows where her apprentice Gellion lives but will not give up the information without “several good reasons why you really need it”.
  • Visited the Temple of Erastil. Talked to the head priest, Ildris Ruvarra. Learned that his adopted daughter and apprentice Nolaria was last seen entering the graveyard with her raven.
  • Visited the Gallows’ Graveyard. Fought giant ants. Discovered abandoned equipment and more traces of a new Demon Bile infestation. Approached by Nolaria’s raven. It claimed that “Yellow-Foot” took her.
  • Visited Dependable Drummady’s. Learned that Drummady’s apprentice, Pavolus, is also her son. Further her daughter, Betrona, who is the apprentice to her ex-husband Petrello Pindlion. Drummady also relates that her children thought of Gellion as the leader of their little group. Also that Pavolus recently made a pair yellow leather boots for Gellion.
  • Visited Petrello’s Haberdashery but did not discover anything useful.

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed – Turn Results 20

Ro-Mahn responded immediately to Petrello, "Aha! I knew it! Maybe he needs a damn good thrashing? Where can we find this ruffian?"

The shopkeeper looked at the rogue with an expression that clearly read, “Who the heck are you?” He responded in an annoyed tone, “I have no idea and nor do I care to know.”

Barnacleeze followed up with, "And why do you say that, my good sir, if you don't mind me asking?"

The hat maker scowled and responded, “Because it’s true! That boy is no good and has no business with my children. They are better than him.”

Lady Emyralda tried to ask about the other apprentices and where he thought the children may have went but the haberdasher would have nothing of it. His response was final, “Now if you do not plan to buy anything, get out of my shop.”

With diplomacy and empathy failing, the Pathfinders did as Petrello insisted and exited the shop.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 20

What do you do now?

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template. If you are planning to use a specific skill, please list the skill and the associated roll(s) along with your 5 d20 rolls.

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Conditions:

Barnacleez - Mage Armor (1 hour)
Lou G’Boo - Mage Armor (1 hour)
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Map Key:

N/A
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Party Health:

Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (7/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed – Turn Results 19

It was a short walk from Dependable Drummady’s to Petrello’s Haberdashery. Unlike the former, the latter appeared to be shabby and ill-kept.

The interior of the shop was not an improvement. The wares on display were of poor quality and garish. The man behind the counter looked up sullenly as the party entered. When asked about his missing children all Petrello had to say was, “It’s that apothecary boy’s fault. He’s a bad influence, that one!”

Friday, March 24, 2017

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 19

What do you do now? Please vote using the poll.

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template. If you are planning to use a specific skill, please list the skill and the associated roll(s) along with your 5 d20 rolls.

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Conditions:

Barnacleez - Mage Armor (1 hour)
Lou G’Boo - Mage Armor (1 hour)
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Map Key:

N/A
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Party Health:

Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (7/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda  (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed – Turn Results 18

After a few moments of silence, Ro-Mahn started to question the cobbler, “Hello mum. We're investigating the rash of apprentice disappearances. Have you seen yours about recently?"

In response, Drummady looked at the party with a mix of distrust, fear and dread.

Wahesh followed up with, "The mayor has asked us to poke around, Ms. Laterna, Ma'am. Judging from what we've found so far it sure looks like Pavolus and his friends could be in a lot of danger. We'd sure appreciate anything you can tell us that might set us on the right path to finding them."

The cobbler’s fa├žade cracked under questioning. Her posture showed the worry evident in her voice as she responded, “I have not seen my son in two days. To make the matter worse, my daughter is missing too! Betrona is my ex-husband, Petrello’s apprentice. She lives and works in his haberdashery. She went missing around the same time as Pavolus.”

She continued with frustration entering her voice, “Petrello blames Gellion for all of this. He maintains that Gellion is a bad influence on Pavolus. Petrello sees the boy as a distraction at best and believes that Pavolus can do better for friends.” The cobbler finished in a quiet voice, just above a whisper, “I do not know what we are to do. Where are my children?”

After giving the woman a moment to gather herself, Barnacleez asked a follow-up question, “Seeing as you're a foot expert, a little bird gave us the clue 'Yellow-Foot', does that mean anything to you?”

The woman’s expression turned to puzzlement with a wistful smile. She responded, “Funny you should say that. Pavolus recently made Gellion a pair of bright yellow boots as a gift. They were the finest quality. Something I would be proud to sell in my shop. My son’s friendship for Gellion is strong. I would say that boy inspires rather than distracts my son. I think it is that way with Betrona and the other apprentices. They are loyal to Gellion and follow his lead, even if only by instinct.”

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 18

What do you do now?

Still looking for who is carrying the remaining found items; wand of Bless Weapon (10), Elixir of Hiding, Elixir of Vision.

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template. If you are planning to use a specific skill, please list the skill and the associated roll(s) along with your 5 d20 rolls.

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Conditions:

Barnacleez - Mage Armor (1 hour)
Lou G’Boo - Mage Armor (1 hour)
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Map Key:

N/A
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Party Health:

Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (7/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda  (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed – Turn Results 17

Lacking another clue to follow, the Pathfinders headed to the cobbler’s shop to see if a connection could be made to the raven’s mysterious “Yellow-Foot”.

When the group entered Dependable Drummady’s, they found the proprietor, Drummady Laterna, alone, laboring in the workshop behind the counter. The human woman called out “I sell the sturdiest footwear in town. You will not find this kind of quality elsewhere for a comparable price. I guarantee my work and should your purchase ever need repair, I will fix it at a steep discount. Feel free to look around. If you see something you like, let me know and I will be right out to help you.” She resumed her task with grim determination, muttering to herself as she worked.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 17

What do you do now? Please vote using the poll.

Please determine who is carrying the remaining items found.

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template. If you are planning to use a specific skill, please list the skill and the associated roll(s) along with your 5 d20 rolls.

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Conditions:

Barnacleez - Mage Armor (1 hour)
Lou G’Boo - Mage Armor (1 hour)
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Map Key:

N/A
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Party Health:

Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (7/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda  (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed – Turn Results 16

The bird continued in a strong, excited voice. Its words sounded like “Yellow-Foot! Get Yellow-Foot!” to the party. Barnacleez activated Speak with Animals and tried to calm the bird and get more details. "Calm down, I believe we are looking for your master Nolaria and her friends. What news do you have?"

At the gnome’s words, the bird cocked its head to the side and began to jump up and down on the headstone. “Yellow-Foot attacked her! The man-child, Yellow-Foot, took her away! I do not know where she is. I must stay here. The master will return. Here is where I saw her last. It is where she saw me last. Yellow-Foot! Get Yellow-Foot!” Further interrogation of the raven yielded only the same frantic message and clues.

While the party lingered at the site, the bird continued to dance a squawk its message urgently.

Investigation of the items near the headstone revealed them to be a cold iron morningstar, a wand and a pouch with two vials of liquid. Ro-Mahn handed the morningstar to Wahesh and said, "Take this, brother. May it serve you well." Barnacleez turned his attention to the wand and the vials and attempted to identify them.

Lady Emyralda checked the area for further signs of the Demon Bile. No traces remained after her display of holy power. Wahesh thanked the cleric for the healing during combat. The fighter wrapped his remaining wounds as he said, “Much obliged, Lady Emyralda. I fear I'm not quite as agile as I'd thought.” Cando and Stabem stood on the ready in case danger revealed its head once more.

After some intense study, touching the objects to his forehead and tongue, shaking of the objects and various body parts, and what appeared to be some personal grooming, Barnacleez announced his findings. Holding up the wand the gnome proclaimed, “This is a wand with the Paladin spell Bless Weapon. It has 10 charges remaining. Its name is Sir Stephen.” He tucked the wand in his belt and then held up the two vials. “These may look like potions but they deceive.” He continued, looking to his right hand, “This one is named Wilma and she is an Elixir of Hiding.” Looking to his left hand, “This one is named Betty and she is an Elixir of Vision.” 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 16

What do you do now?

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template. If you are planning to use a specific skill, please list the skill and the associated roll(s) along with your 5 d20 rolls.

Reminder: To identify magic items, it requires the ability to detect magic and a successful Spellcraft roll against each item.

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Conditions:

Barnacleez - Mage Armor (1 hour)
Lou G’Boo - Mage Armor (1 hour)
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Map Key:

N/A
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Party Health:

Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (7/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda  (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed – Turn Results 15

Ro-Mahn maneuvered to Wahesh’s right and stabbed the ant in the face. The rapier pierced the head dealing 7 damage and vanquished the monster.

The rest of the party looked around for additional danger but nothing materialized. A quick search of the area revealed a wand and a pouch containing two vials of liquid lying on the ground. The Morningstar leaning against the gravestone was forged of cold iron. The weapon looked new and untested in battle.

As the party members caught their breath and examined their findings, a raven swooped down and landed on a nearby gravestone and began cawing wildly at the group. It was hard to make out but it sounded like the bird was trying to say something.

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 15

Current positions are displayed upon the Combat Map.

The initiative order is:

Initiative 30: Ro-Mahn
Initiative 20: Barnacleez
Initiative 15: Wahesh
Initiative 13: Stabem
Initiative 8: Giant Ant
Initiative 8: Lady Emyralda
Initiative 6: Cando

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template.

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Conditions:

Barnacleez - Mage Armor (1 hour)
Lou G’Boo - Mage Armor (1 hour)
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Map Key:

N/A
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Party Health:

Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (7/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda  (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed – Turn Results 14

Ro-Mahn sprang forward and engaged the ants in combat. Catching it by surprise, the rogue pierced the shell of the first insect with his rapier dealing 13 damage. Rather than the expected killing blow, the attack only managed to wound it. Barnacleez moved toward the mausoleum to the north and fired his crossbow at the far ant. The bolt struck home dealing 2 damage. Wahesh moved forward, and attacked the same monster with his longsword. The attack was on the mark, slicing into the giant bug for 10 damage. Stabem stepped forward and poked the distracted ant engaged with Ro-Mahn. The blow from his rapier landed and dealt 6 damage, which was enough to kill it.

Lady Emyralda moved closer to the combatants and prepared to heal the fighters if needed. The remaining insect stepped to the side and made a return attack against Wahesh. It clamped down with its mandibles dealing 9 damage to the fighter. Seeing her comrade wounded, and out of her reach, the cleric took the opportunity to channel positive energy to heal 4 damage. The Demon Bile growing on the nearby headstones also withered into dust under the wave of divine power. Cando moved through his friends to engage the remaining ant with Wahesh.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 14

Roll Initiative. Current positions are displayed upon the Combat Map.

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template.

Wahesh may ask one question regarding the ants.

Emyralda may ask one question regarding the fiendish template.
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Conditions:

Barnacleez - Mage Armor (1 hour)
Lou G’Boo - Mage Armor (1 hour)
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Map Key:

N/A
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Party Health:

Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (12/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda  (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed – Turn Results 13

Stabem lead the way into the graveyard. Ro-Mahn and Cando followed close behind. The rogue started to search to the left but soon changed his mind because he spotted a trail leading to the northwest past the statue of Erastil. Wahesh ranged ahead to the party’s right. Baracleeze paused to cast a mage armor spell on both himself and Lou G’Boo.

Lady Emyralda cast a detect magic spell and started to scan the area. She did not sense anything at first but as the Pathfinders followed the trail, three magic auras became visible near a distant headstone. Stabem lead the party forward toward the magic auras. The halfling noticed a pouch and a slender stick lying in the grass (H5). Stabem also noticed a morningstar leaning against the gravestone. Filaments of Demon Bile grew over the surface of the marker but grew around the weapon, leaving an odd outline of the weapon.

As the party closed in on the headstone and cleared the side of the mausoleum more Demon Bile growth could be seen growing on two more headstones (F3 and G5). Before Stabem could more closely examine the items, two pony sized, six-legged bugs emerged from the grass with their mandibles chittering. The monsters surged forward to attack.

“Giant Worker Ants!”, exclaimed Wahesh. “No, Fiendish Giant Worker Ants!”, corrected Lady Emyralda.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Bookkeeping

Based on the current character versions, the Character Summary document should now be up-to-date.

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 13

Hundreds of small grave markers stand between a few large mausoleums in this graveyard. Crows leer from the gravestones, scattering when other creatures draw near, only to resettle some distance away.

Current positions are displayed upon the Combat Map.

What do you do next?

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template. If you are attempting a skill, please note it and provide your roll in addition to your five extra d20 rolls.

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Conditions:

None
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Map Key:

N/A
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Party Health:

Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (12/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda  (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed – Turn Results 12

After their visit at the Temple of Erastil, the party walked across the road to the Gallows’ Graveyard to continue the investigation.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 12

What do you do next? Please use the poll to vote.

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template. If you are attempting a skill, please note it and provide your roll in addition to your five extra d20 rolls.

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Conditions:

None
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Map Key:

N/A
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Party Health:


Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (12/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda  (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed – Turn Results 11

Ro-Mahn answered the priest, “Well met, your holiness. Can we speak with you in a more private place? I promise it won’t take much of your time..."

The priest responded, “These are my private quarters. No one will bother us here my child but if it will easy your mind, I will close the door.”

Once the door was closed, Ro-Mahn continued, “We're investigating the disappearance of several apprentices about town. Have you any insight into the current whereabouts of young Nolaria?"
Ruvarra responded, “I do not know where she is. I am afraid that my duties at the temple have prevented me from looking for Nolaria. Besides the daily prayers and blessings, we currently have some injured in the infirmary.”

The priest continued, “My adoptive daughter is becoming skilled in the ways of Erastil but she has so much more to learn, including patience. She has the desire of the young and a thirst for adventure. It may also be in her blood. Both of her parents were officers in Isger’s army during the Goblinblood Wars. They were both killed during a raid on the village where they were stationed. Nolaria was there, one of the few survivors. I found her hiding under the bell of the ruined temple of Erastil. I knew this to be a sign that she was destined to serve the church. I took her in as my daughter and began training her in the ways of the faith.”

He paused before finishing his thought, “Nolaria likes to bend the rules but she is good at heart. She would not knowingly endanger her friends, but she does often overestimates her abilities. I expect in time, Erastil willing, she will accept her role in the church and leave the foolish hopes of adventure behind for good.”

Stabem leaned against a wall and dozed while Barnacleez and Cando listened to the conversation intently. Neither discerned anything that rang false or evasive. 

Wahesh asked a follow-up question, “Sir, has anyone made you aware, or have you noticed anything strange going on; any unusual injuries show up in your infirmary?”

The priest pondered for a moment and then answered, “Nothing of note. The two souls in the infirmary were injured in a farming accident. They appear to be mending well under care.”

As Ildris Ruvarra walked the Pathfinders out of his quarters, the party passed by the infirmary. Lady Emyralda took a moment to examine the two patients. Both appeared to have commonplace injuries, cuts and broken bones, and were healing well. The priest smiled and thanked her for her efforts and concern. "I am not sure if this will be helpful but I believe the last place anyone reported seeing Nolaria was in the Gallows' Graveyard. She was talking in some air with her pet raven."

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 11

What do you do next?

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template. If you are attempting a skill, please note it and provide your roll in addition to your five extra d20 rolls.

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Conditions:

None
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Map Key:

N/A
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Party Health:


Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (12/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda  (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed – Turn Results 10

As the party was leaving the shop, Wahesh made one final plea to Pricknettle, “Ma’am, I can’t blame you for being tight-lipped when a bunch of armed strangers show up out of nowhere asking questions, maybe bringing up stuff you don’t want to talk about.

But see, the Mayor did trust us enough to see what happened to these apprentices. We have a note from her so you don’t have to take us at our word. Though we only just started, the more we find out, the worse it looks for them and for everyone else in Saringallow.

I think we’ll get to the bottom of this sooner or later. We’re pretty determined, and some of us need the reward money. You asked for good reasons to tell us anything more, the best one I got is that Gellion, Nolaria and the rest might still be alive and might stay that way but ONLY if we find them quickly.”

The fighter concluded his argument, “Anything you care to tell us will stay with us."

The gnome alchemist held her ground with her response, speaking quietly but firmly, “Unless you can provide substantial proof of your concerns and a risk to Gellion’s well-being, I cannot in good conscience provide any further information. We all must respect his freedom and privacy.”

With a nod of resignation and a short bow, Wahesh exited the shop and meet with the rest of the party. The Pathfinders reached a consensus that the Temple of Erastil was the place to investigate next and made their way to the church.

The Temple of Erastil was located on the west side of town across from the Gallows’ Graveyard. From appearances, it looked to be one of the largest and oldest structures in town. Upon entering it was obvious to the group that much of the space was dedicated to the needs of the people. As an acolyte lead them to the modest chambers of the head priest, the party walked past the large the infirmary and housing areas. The temple was busy with citizens, seeking blessings and prayers.

Shortly, the acolyte brought the party before the head priest, Ildris Ruvarra, a kindly looking human man. He greeted them with a soothing voice, “Welcome to our sanctuary. How may we be of service?”

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Standing Orders

I am ok with implementing standing orders for your characters but I want to have a common way to display and track them that works for us all. I would also like to limit them to a hand full per character. If you start having more, I may not remember them. Again, the purpose of standing orders is to document actions/situations that help keep the game moving not for me to play your character.

Marching Order is an example of a standing order and we already have a method to display that. Do you want to list by character displayed in the PBB References section or maybe in the Character Summary document? (I still have some work to do on the character specific tabs as they currently reflect other characters.)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 10

The conversation with Majara Pricknettle seems to be at an end. 

What do you do next? Please use the poll to vote.

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template. If you are attempting a skill, please note it and provide your roll in addition to your five extra d20 rolls.

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Conditions:

None
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Map Key:

N/A
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Party Health:

Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (12/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda  (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed – Turn Results 9

As the party entered, Lady Emyralda and Barnacleez approached the counter as Ro-Mahn browsed the shelves. Wahesh and Cando stood awkwardly and tried not to touch or break anything. As the shop was small, Stabem waited outside.

Lady Emyralda continued the conversation, “Majara, we have been tasked to find all of the missing apprentices by the Mayor. We stopped by the Orchard and have been by the Tavern already. We think the apprentices are seeking adventure and may have found more trouble than they could handle. Could we look around Gellion's room or do you have any idea where they went?”

The gnome’s demeanor changed immediately as she responded to the halfling. “What care I of missing apprentices? No, you may not snoop around my shop.”

Barnacleez listened closely to her words and watched her expressions but could not puzzle out the cause of the other gnome’s distress. He did feel that the proprietor was acting defensively and was not being completely forthcoming.

Ro-Mahn selected two alchemist’s fire from the shelf and set them on the counter. The rogue tried to smooth things over, "I'll have these, if you will mum. We trust your discretion as well, good lady," he continued, rolling his eyes at Emyralda. "Wouldn't want to cause a panic with our investigation, warranted though it be."

Looking at the flasks, Pricknettle calmed and returned to her business voice, “A fine choice. I expect you will be very happy with these. That will be 40 gold.” After Ro-Mahn had paid for this purchase and the gnome had added the coins to her cash box, Majara continued in a more subdued voice, “I have not seen Gellion is several days.”

At this point Barnacleez entered the discourse, "Hello Majara, my name is Barnacleez, and as my colleague has said we are looking for your missing apprentice, might you have any clues as to what Gellion has been up to, or who with."

“I do not know but I am certain that Nolaria Wintren has something to with it. She is a meddler and is always putting foolish and dangerous ideas in Gellion’s head. Before you ask again, Gellion does not stay here and I am not at liberty to say where he does.” With a stubborn resolve, the gnome finishes, “If you want to get any information like that from me, you’re going to have to give me several good reasons why you really need it.” 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 9

What do you do next?

Pricknettle’s Potions and Poultices is a well-stocked shop. Since we are playing Core, you may purchase any alchemical remedies and gear found in the Core Rulebook.

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template. If you are attempting a skill, please note it and provide your roll in addition to your five extra d20 rolls.

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Conditions:

None
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Map Key:

N/A
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Party Health:
 

Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (12/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda  (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed – Turn Results 8

After a brief debate a consensus was reached and the party moved on to Pricknettle’s Potions and Poultices. The apothecary was a short distance from the Witch’s End Tavern, just off the Merchant’s Square. Notably, in the center of the square, old but well maintained gallows were seen. A city guardsman stood post nearby. Though it was a curious and ominous oddity to the Pathfinders, none of the locals much paid attention to the grim structure.


Pricknettle’s Potions and Poultices was found on the east side of the square. Upon entering the shop, the party was greeted by a blue-haired gnome. “Welcome to my shop. I am Majara Pricknettle. Are you in search of a remedy?” She looked over the group with an appraising eye and with a raised eyebrow continued, “Or perhaps something more volatile? I have the finest wares in town.”  


Friday, March 10, 2017

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 8

The party completes it meal. Nothing else informative or unusually occurs at the Witch’s End Tavern.

What do you do next? Please use the poll to vote.

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template.

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Conditions:

None
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Map Key:

N/A
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Party Health:
  
Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (12/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda  (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed – Turn Results 7

Barnacleez continued the conversation with the tavern owner, "Well my good lady, my friends Spike, Frodo, the Bobs, Banky, Jeff, Bucky, Earl, and Lady Windermere are out wandering the county looking for adventure and excitement. I am Barnacleeze and this is Lou B’Goo.” The gnome continued, gesturing at the party, “I happened upon these fellows recently, and we came upon your lovely little village, and your Ale House looked like the place to whet our whistles and grab a bite to eat. How fare you and what are today's specials, for we are a hungry lot."

Wahesh started to speak but then thought better of it and smiled at the tavern keeper and gave a polite wave instead.

The expression on Alcie Kruptin’s face turned from a scowl to one of puzzlement. “I usually have no use for adventurers but I do like well-behaved, paying customers. Gallons of ale and pitchers of wine are 2 silver each. Today we have a lamb stew with carrots, potatoes and apples. It comes with a fresh loaf of bread and turned butter. Each meal will cost you 5 silver.”

After taking the party’s order, Alcie showed the group to a table. Wahesh and Cando could tell by the way she moved and carried herself that she had combat training.

Kruptin returned shortly with the food and drink. As the proprietor was distributing the refreshments, Wahesh asked, “Are the apples from the local orchard? We passed through it on our way here. I tried one and found it tasty. The story about how it became a community concern is very interesting.”

Ro-Mahn continued, “It is very interesting to hear that the citizens of Saringallow participated in the Goblinblood Wars.”

Lady Emyralda changed the subject, “Please excuse my friends, Alcie Kruptin. We are looking for Morvinarr Albusin and we were told he might be here.

Kruptin’s expression turned sour once more. “I wish that he was. Fool apprentice! I am sure he is up to something with his friends. I need him here but I suspect he is off on some adventure. Morvinarr, being the biggest and strongest of his friends, sees himself as their protector. Whatever they get up to, he is always there to keep them out of harm’s way. More often than not, Nolaria leads the band on some adventure out of town. Many times, I heard them boasting of their exploits after returning to town. They have not been around lately and Morvinarr has been taking time off more frequently.”

“I just know that those kids are up to something. More than likely something dangerous and to do with magic.” The tavern keeper pulled a folded piece of paper from her apron. “After Morvinarr missed work, I searched his room and found this,” she said as she handed over the paper for inspection by the party.

After the party had a chance to read the note, she took it back and returned it to her apron. “If you should see the boy in your travels, tell him it is best that he returns home.”




Thursday, March 9, 2017

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 7

What do you do?

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template. If you plan to use a skill, please list the skill and the roll for the skill. Remember to include your five additional d20 rolls.

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Conditions:

Barnacleeze - Mage Armor (1 hour)
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Map Key:

N/A
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Party Health:


Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (12/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda  (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed – Turn Results 6

“We should burn that away with fire,” exclaimed Barnacleeze as he started to rummage through his pack to fish out some flint and steel. “I do not think that will work,” said Ro-man as he drew his cold iron rapier and touched the Demon Bile with its tip. The blight immediately withered and crumbled into dust which blew away in the breeze. Wahesh nodded and said, “Even though the affliction has been destroyed, it is doubtful that the tree will ever recover.”

Finding no further clues in the Saringallow Orchard, the Pathfinders headed to the Witch’s End Tavern seeking refreshment and additional information.

A sign depicting a dark-haired figure burning at the stake hung over the door of the building. As the party entered the tavern, they were greeted a stout, tall human woman from behind the bar. She looked them over with a wary eye as she spoke in a gruff, possibly unfriendly voice, “Welcome to the Witch’s End Tavern. I am Alcie Kruptin, the proprietor. Who might you strangers be? What brings you to Saringallow?” Her gaze scanned the party and finally came to rest upon Barnacleez and Lou B’Goo. She frowned and continued, “And what do you do?”

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 6

What do you do next? Please respond to the poll.

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template.

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Conditions:

Barnacleeze - Mage Armor (1 hour)
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Map Key:

N/A
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Party Health:


Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (12/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda  (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - Turn Results 5

After the battle, Wahesh explained further about the Fire Beetles as he harvested a glowing gland, “Fire Beetles are not known for their burrowing abilities. They crawl and fly. That said, they might make a nest underground but typically reside in hollow logs and trees. They are typically encountered singly, in clusters of up to six or colonies of as many as a dozen. Fire Beetles are typically nocturnal and hunters of opportunity. People are outside their usual prey but are not off the menu. The glands, while useful, are not particularly valuable. A caged, living beetle would have value in certain circles. I have never seen ones that glow in this fashion. I would not begin to know whether these creatures have a demonic taint or not. How would one know such a thing?”

Lou G’Boo lead Barnacleeze to the beetles’ nest but nothing of value was found.

Further investigation of the drag trail yielded interesting results. The trail ended at the edge of the orchard and was lost. Lady Emyralda noticed thin strands of a purplish-black substance clinging to a tree along the path. The tree looked sickly. A patch of bark beneath the strands was decayed, and all the tree’s fruit had fallen to the ground.

The substance did not detect as magic but Wahesh claimed to recognize it. “This appears to be Demon Bile. It is a foul infestation that if allowed to grow could claim this entire orchard in a matter of a few months. It attracts vermin and sometimes causes extreme growth of creatures that wallow in it. Cold iron and some priestly magic kills the blight.”

Monday, March 6, 2017

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 5

What do you do next?

Current positions are displayed upon the Combat Map.

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template.

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Conditions:

Barnacleeze - Mage Armor (1 hour)
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Map Key:

Brown circles are apple trees
Lt. Brown cylinder is the toppled apple barrel
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Party Health:


Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (12/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda  (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - Turn Results 4

Ro-Mahn moved to the aid of Barnacleez, stabbing at the large bug with his rapier. The attack found its mark and skewered the beetle. Wahesh stepped forward engaging the beetles behind. The stash from his longsword found its mark; killing another beetle. Barnacleez staggered backward allowing the martial party members to do their work. The gnome cast a Mage Armor spell upon himself. Lady Emyralda stepped back and targeted the remaining bug with a Fire Bolt. The bolt struck true but the fire seemed to wash harmlessly off like water. Stabem moved forward, flanking the remaining beetle with Wahesh. The rogue stabbed with his rapier and struck a killing blow. Cando, weapons ready, looked around expectantly but not further threat presented itself. “Looks like that was all of them,” announced the half-orc.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Hey Steve ... Wake up

You missed your change to do something last turn. FFSS! Don't have it happen again this turn. Your teammate lives might depend upon it.

Also, did you intent not to take Disable Device as a skill? You took a trait that gives you a bonus but you did not take the actual skill.

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 4

Roll initiative. Current positions are displayed upon the Combat Map.

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template.

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Conditions:

None
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Map Key:

Brown circles are apple trees
Lt. Brown cylinder is the toppled apple barrel
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Party Health:

Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (12/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda  (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - Turn Results 3

The party searched the orchard for clues. Barnacleez sent into the trees while the rest of the party searched the ground. Obvious signs of a struggle were apparent, starting near the toppled barrel. Barnacleez and Lady Emyralda cast Detect Magic spells and began to scan the area while Cando and Stabem stood at the ready with weapons drawn. Wahesh cheerfully leaned against a tree eating an apple he just plucked from the same tree while Ro-Mahn approached the barrel and shared his observations.

“It appears that two humanoid creatures fought here several days ago. The victor half-carried, half-dragged the loser away to the south. From the looks of it, the loser was a large person. At least one was armed”, he said with a roguish grin as he stooped to pick up a sap from the grass near the fallen barrel. Appraising the weapon, Ro-Mahn concluded, “Very nice quality.”

The party started to follow the trail to the south when with a shriek of fright, Lou G'Boo came running down a nearby apple tree. The monkey ended his flight on Barnacleez’s shoulder but continued to shriek. The cause of his alarm emerged from the tree tops, three beetles as big as house cats. The bugs were dull brown in color brightened by two glowing orange spots on their carapaces.

Drawing his swords, Wahesh identified the vermin, “Fire beetles!”
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Wahesh may ask two questions regarding the fire beetles to recall information about the creatures. These questions typically seek to identify things like, special attacks, special defenses, special qualities, hit dice, alignment, etc.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Gallows of Madness: A Foul Breed - GM Turn Post 3

Current positions are displayed upon the Combat Map.

What do you do next?

Please submit your turn instructions using the Player Action Response - Turn Post Template. Please remember to include your 5 extra d20 rolls.

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Conditions:

None
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Map Key:

Brown circles are apple trees
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Party Health:

Cando Numida (13/13), Wahesh Captain (12/12), Stabem (10/10), Lady Emyralda  (10/10),
Ro-Mahn (9/9), Barnacleez (12/12), Lou G'Boo (6/6)