Pre-Episode 0 … questions to be answered.

(DM Note: I decided to start the campaign with some foreshadowing questions to provide possible fodder down the line …)

Why was the Storm King directing his forces toward the Stronghold of the Gargoyle Countess? What’s the name of Storm King’s second-in-command?

To which Hrolth replied, “The Storm King rides to recover a weapon, his deputy Dragger by his side.”

Vilurian , at the last Commemoration of High Day, you committed a now-legendary faux pas. What was it?

“I had the misfortune of walking in on the High Lord as he was … pressing himself … against the High Septum,” he explained. “A quick leap through a window and I made away.”

Vaudin, centuries ago your family’s ancestral weapon, Luminous Vengeance, was lost. What type of weapon was it and how was it lost?

Remembering the tales told for centuries by generations of his family, Vaudin shared that, “Our two-headed war hammer,  beak on one side, claw on the other.  It was lost by the expedition sent into the Highlands to seek out my family as they were forced to make their way to lower ground.”

A few years ago Ruric offended the head of the Thieves Guild in the Floating City of Caleah. What is his or her name and what did you do?

Smiling mischievously, Ruric recalled ignoring the romantic overtures offered by the head of the guild, Avlye, choosing instead her ginger-haired second-in-command, Sasha. “I always was fond of the redheads,” he said, laughing.

The Whims of Fate

One of the things I really like about the Glass Cannon Podcast is the the GM’s use of “bottle caps” [**Link leads to spoilers**] – virtual tokens handed out to the players who do something exceptional during play. It could be for outstanding role playing, a clever solution to a problem or even making the group laugh. A player can exchange the token for a second roll of the die, letting him take the higher of the two rolls.

5e has a similar rule, proffered by the Advantage mechanism. From the 5e SRD:

“Sometimes a special ability or spell tells you that you have advantage or disadvantage on an ability check, a saving throw, or an attack roll. When that happens, you roll a second d20 when you make the roll. Use the higher of the two rolls if you have advantage, and use the lower roll if you have disadvantage. For example, if you have disadvantage and roll a 17 and a 5, you use the 5. If you instead have advantage and roll those numbers, you use the 17”

We’re going to do something similar for Knotted Oak campaign – exception game play (in whatever form it occurs) will earn the player a bottle cap they can hand in for some help with a single die roll.

The Angry Dwarf

The Angry Dwarf was born before Leifri was a gleam in the First Bard’s eye. It is said his double-bladed axe, “Luminous Cruelty” played a key role in the outcome of the Celestial Crusade. These days, when he’s not relaxing in the natural springs on the Bastion of the Pyre, or wagering massive sums of gold playing eight-card Ghastly Profanity at the luxurious Tower of Gavriel, he can be found curled up with a good book and his six-legged cat, Lefty.