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In Which Korvosans Rally & The Dead Envy The Living
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I'll need you to roll for Diplomacy.

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If +18 on Diplomacy checks doesn't salt your stew, I can also roll Intimidate.

Or heads.

The only social skill in which I have no ranks is Bluff.

 

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...We'll keep our peace.

For now.

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Lovely. I'm glad that's been settled.

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Miserable hours stretch by. Pathfinders stop passing in and out of the Vault: death ward lasts a minute per caster level.

Cressida Kroft is resting her legs - and despite herself, her eyes - when there's a commotion in the far corner of the room.

Maybe they started it and maybe they didn't (though in either case the ultimate blame rests on those savage and bloodthirsty Shoanti, polluting the air with their native stinks and rituals) but there's a fistfight going on and it's drawing in the sufficiently stir-crazy.

As bacteria in a dish are limited to their agar, so too are brawls bounded. But, uh, now the Dusters have entered the fray and Kynndors Thok is bowling over commoners like they're ninepins. So maybe don't let this one play all the way out.

Look, if you want me to apologize I'll apologize, just pull him off of me.

 

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Yeah.

Alright.

She's getting up.

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Before she crosses the cavern, heroes swoop in!

With a little colorful spraying and a lot of nonlethal damage, innocents are extracted and aggressors subdued!

Atop a small pile of bludgeoned belligerents, Cressida Kroft will meet:

1 - One Tian woman wearing a katana and naginata. Flowers grow in her green leafy hair.

2 - One four-armed kasatha open carrying some of the more menacing hardware as is found in Alkenstar or Numeria.

3 - One blue-skinned samsaran swimming in the robes of an Academae student, and around her neck a symbol holy to the Empyreal Lord Ragathiel.

4 - One scruffy aasimar, complete with glowing halo and looking to all the world like he woke up in a drain pipe. He wears a rapier, carries a tankard, and has the holy symbol of Cayden Cailean tattooed on his hand. Maybe other places too, he'd need a mirror to know for sure.

 

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...Are you lot with the Pathfinders?

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I've lived in the Vault all my life.

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You've lived in Korvosa all your life, the Vault situation is new. I think it's only been a few days?

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Oh, for real? I thought it was a Fallout-type deal where we grew up underground.

In that case I've lived in Korvosa my whole life.

 

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Right.

Thanks for breaking up the fight.

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Another fight like that and we'll make level three.

You're with the Korvosan Guard, right? We need to talk to Cressida Kroft.

 

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Can you make a DC 10 Knowledge (local) check?

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We cannot.

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*sigh*

This is Cressida Kroft. You're talking to her.

 

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We found a secret door out of the Vault, and behind it was a dusty little dungeon. Maybe sealed off for thousands of years, the deeper parts are caved in. There were traps and skeletons and this animated statue

- absolutely brutal encounter - 

this animated statue dressed in stone robes like they wore in Thassilon. Uh, Thassilonian robes weren't made of stone, the stone robes were - whatever, forget it.

 

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oh my god what is your point just say it

 

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While we were down there we found this oil of magic weapon and this scroll of detect undead.

We thought we were safe from shadows in the Vault, but then why would we need oil of magic weapon? Why a scroll of detect undead?

There could be a shadow in the Vault with us, hiding.

 

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You found - in a tunnel that's been sealed for thousands of years - a magic scroll penned millennia before Aroden's death. And from that you deduced the presence of a shadow lurking in this cave system today, on the 14th of Neth, 4707 AR.

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I guess we didn't think of it from that angle.

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Sense Motive (Wis)

You are skilled at detecting falsehoods and true intentions.

Check: A successful check lets you avoid being bluffed (see the Bluff skill). You can also use this skill to determine when "something is up" (that is, something odd is going on) or to assess someone's trustworthiness.

Task Sense Motive DC
Hunch 20
Sense enchantment 25 or 15
Discern secret message Varies

Hunch: This use of the skill involves making a gut assessment of the social situation. You can get the feeling from another's behavior that something is wrong, such as when you're talking to an imposter. Alternatively, you can get the feeling that someone is trustworthy.

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