Last time on The Dining Campaign

The party met with Tanzain Habib, the de facto leader of the Merchant’s Guild / Habib Conglomerate. Having spoken about the rest of the members of the council, the party had decided to go speak with them when some bandits attacked Honest Habib’s Discount Defense in broad daylight. The party fought them off and gave chase, but their leader exploded with necromantic energies upon his death, creating two ghouls in his place…

Present in this adventure:

  • Kai, Aaracokra Ranger-like-Rogue
  • Elena, Elven Rogue-like-Bard
  • Nocturne, Tiefling Cleric-like-Sorceress
  • Galwyn, Gnome Paladin-like-Cleric
  • Karma, Orcish Drunk-like-Monk
  • Dharma, Human Saijin-like-Monk

These two ghouls seemed to be quite large – significantly larger than the grenadier that they spawned from, and had some various magics about them. Unfortunately for the party, none of them could figure out what was going on fast enough.

Karma and Kai each took one of the ghouls, dealing massive amounts of damage to them. Dharma finished one off, and that’s when they discovered the problem. The ghoul exploded in acid, nearly knocking Karma unconscious, killing five innocent bystanders, and covering a wide area around the town fountain with some goo that seemed to radiate some necromantic energy.

That’s when the party learned that the trick of the battle wasn’t defeating the ghouls, but figuring out a way to do it without massive casualties. After some lucky rolls with Dispel Magic from Nocturne and an inspiring song and nat20 persuasion from Elena, they got the vast majority of the townsfolk out of the way and cleaned off. Galwyn and Kai physically moved off the others, but they still had one nearly-dead ghoul to contend with that hits well above its weight class.

What the party didn’t know was that two more ghouls were going to spawn where the townsfolk died very shortly, but luck once more favored the party as they figured out that they could counteract the necromancy with some holy water. After taking out the last ghoul (blocking the explosion of acid) and dousing the acid puddles formerly known as innocent bystanders, the encounter drew to a close.

The party had a fairly long talk with the Bottle Patrol (1) and a nearby Hieron of Altecia who provided the holy water. No accusations were given, as this event was witnessed by literally-thousands of people, but Elena realized that someone had to have controlled these ghouls – they were acting with intelligence rather than out of general malice toward the living, so they likely had a necromancer controlling them. Whomever it was was long since gone, however, and the party went off to the baths to not be covered in a fine green goo take a short rest before resuming their actual quest.

At this point the party has split up into three groups.


Group one consisted of Elena and Dharma. They went off to speak with Commander Horus Kinto, leader of the Cormick City-State Legion and newly appointed member of the city council. Their journey was brief, for Horus was in his office and had an opening for them to walk in and talk. Their talks were direct and to the point (as the party had no reason to lie), with Elena turning the diplomacy up to 7. Things went well as they discussed how they planned on dealing with the security of their proposed colony location, but Dharma picked up on something.

Whatever Horus’ motives may be outwardly, he seems far more concerned with the food security of the new colony than the actual physical security. Elena pointed out that South Cormick didn’t just have the world’s largest army, but the army was larger than many city’s entire populations. They didn’t necessarily have the best training in the world because they simply didn’t need it. However, that didn’t mean it was going to be fighting itself, and Elena and Dharma came to the conclusion that Horus is likely more worried about a civil war than any outward threats.


Group two consisted of Nocturne and Karma. They first went to Cheryl, a local seamstress and the jurist member of the city council. They had afternoon tea. Apparently, this impressed Karma who asked Cheryl to be her grandmother. Cheryl accepted wholeheartedly. They talked for a few hours… but didn’t realize until after the fact that Cheryl was driving the conversation the entire time. Seems that she really does have a razor sharp intelligence beyond her confused outwardly appearances, but Nocturne and Karma have no idea where she actually stands on the debate.

Next, Nocturne and Karma are heading to the Museum of the Young Goddess – effectively like a shrine to the deity, only the Young Goddess’ impressions of religion are… well, unorthodox would be an understatement. This will happen on the next adventure, however, as we were running low on time.


Group three consisted of Galwyn and Kai, an unusual combination. They approached the Grand Shrine of Altecia, the largest building in the Cormick City-State… by a few inches, apparently. The Shrine opens up to some absolutely divine wide open spaces with lots of natural light providing a beautiful ambiance to the center of faith. Kai, however, has his thoughts turn to the treasures, which appear to be completely on display with absolutely no visible traps of any kind whatsoever – everything screams “honey trap” to him. Galwyn is a member of the Church of Thrin, the main rival to Altecia, and seems to hold a bit of a competitive nature toward the hierons of Altecia. The initiates who greeted her certainly seemed to be equally as competitive, but they arranged a meeting with Defender Tyverius all the same. Yani Tyverius was definitely not what they were expecting though – a rough looking old warrior, she’s an orc with a rather nasty falchion and battered shield with spiked leather armor… that she’s wearing in the middle of the grand shrine.

We stopped there for the night, as it was 21:30 my time and 22:30 for some of the players; we still need to work tomorrow, after all. We will be picking back up with Group Three in two weeks.

Note: I had some DM notes I made for the previous adventure that I didn’t know if people would actually want to read. It goes more into the meta of my game, my thoughts, the creatures that may be fought, and so on. Nothing spoilery though, so still fine if a PC reads.

thranduilland:

whateverhumans:

siesiegirl:

professorsparklepants:

tuesdayisfordancing:

ozymandias271:

“our teeth and ambitions are bared” is a zeugma

and it’s a zeugma where one of the words is literal and one is metaphorical which is the BEST KIND

I didn’t know about zeugmas until just now! That is so awesome, everybody: 

zeug·ma

?zo?o?m?/

noun

  1. a figure of speech in which a word applies to two others in different senses (e.g.,John and his license expired last week ) or to two others of which it semantically suits only one (e.g., with weeping eyes and hearts ).

ISN’T THAT AWESOME??

#in english class in high school my teacher had us write our own zeugmas in class#and one guy came up with ‘he fell from her favor… and the window’#i am forever looking for opportunities to use that one

She dropped her dress and inhibitions at the door.

What’s this? My favorite rhetorical device showing up on my dashboard?

IT HAS A NAMEEEE!! OH MY GOD!!!

Ooooo, learned something today.

stillonthe1stseasonofsherlock:

Humans Are Space Orcs – Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder

Human: *listening to music and pacing around*

Alien: why are they doing that?

Human 2: oh, they have Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder. It’s kinda complicated, but basically they make up scenarios and things in their head and daydream them, usually to music?

Alien: odd. What else can you tell me about this “Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder?”

Human 2: well, they people with it usually pace around, make faces and say things based on what the characters in their head are doing, and they refer to it as both a blessing and a curse?

Alien: … This is… Highly unusual. How do humans get this?

Human 2: oh it starts out as a coping mechanism for trauma and then gets worse –

Alien: WHY AM I NOT SURPRISED?!

Wait, normal people don’t do this? I’m serious.

Last time on The Dining Campaign:

The party has returned to the Cormick City-State after traveling for about a month in the plane of Dis. Having found their initial colony site location, they’ve returned to report back to Myra, the succubus mayor of South Cormick and the one who sent them on this journey to begin with. Not all is what it seems, however, and the party is starting to realize they’re a pawn in a potentially global game of the apocalypse.

Present in this adventure:

  • Kai, Aaracokra Ranger-like-Rogue
  • Elena, Elven Rogue-like-Bard
  • Nocturne, Tiefling Cleric-like-Sorceress
  • Galwyn, Gnome Paladin-like-Cleric
  • Karma, Orcish Drunk-like-Monk
  • Dharma, Human Saijin-like-Monk


Today was the day of their meeting with Tanzain Habib, the de facto leader of the Merchant’s Guild / Habib Congolmerate. Tanzain is a Dragonborn NPC they’ve met before, effectively with the personality of the memed Teddy Roosevelt combined with Sir Hammerlock. Known to be Myra’s current “favorite” and is more than just rumored to be frequently sleeping together, Tanzain is an upcoming merchant in the city of South Cormick, specializing in equipment for mages and defensive magical goods for all. His shop is in the Enchantment district of South Cormick, just south of Portal Park.

The party entered his shop, noting how different everything looked. Unlike other members of the Habib Congolmerate, Humble Habib’s Discount Defense looks more like a modern mall shop than a shady mercantile business – everything is well it and out in the open, with only an office upstairs and no real inventory staging area; if they have it, it is on display with a price tag and without haggling. Posters are up along the walls detailing deals they have going on – mostly of the “buy one for you and a second gets donated to a poor student mage” variety. Kai (PC Aarakocra Ranger-like-Rogue) and Elena (PC Elf Rogue-like-Bard) notice an unusual density of traps in the room – each individual item is trapped, which would be highly unusual given that most merchants simply pay protection money to the Tax Collectors.

Having gone upstairs to the office, the party sits on the floor engaged in a conversation with Tanzain. Well, other than Karma, who is too busy eating and obsessing over sticky buns. They find out the identities of the rest of the Cormick City-State Council, as there was a large amount of turnover while they were gone. There are the two council members they know – the succubus mayor Myra and Tanzain, but there are five they do not.

  1. Myra Cormick, mayor of South Cormick (Succubus Shapechanger). Myra has been the mayor of South Cormick ever since it was a sleepy city that was recovering from some bizarre thefts. An unusual choice, she quickly became popular with the locals, both for obvious reasons and because the previous group of heroes who saved the town (read: prior campaign) threw their support behind her. She’s known for having her selection of romantic partners throughout the town and isn’t exactly closed about what goes on in those relationships, but has quickly become the steadfast protector of the City-State that she is routinely re-elected for. Strongly in favor of protecting all immigrants and refugees and will absolutely call people out for responding otherwise. She’s responsible for bringing South Cormick’s population up to an eye-watering six million people.
  2. Tanzain Habib, chosen representative (and de facto leader) from the Habib Corporation (Dragonborn Male). Description was above.
  3. Horin, the representative of the South Cormick Tax Association (Enby Halfling). The SCTA, for those of you unfamiliar with the campaign setting of mine, is a euphemism for “officially sanctioned thieves’ guild”. South Cormick is ultimately a heavily-Chaotic Good city at heart, and it shows. Horin is a nasty little hobbit of a halfling, having been in this city for at least thirty years as a “tax collector”. Tanzain has a low opinion of them (”they’re an asshole”). The PC Kai (Avian Ranger-like-Rogue) is a member of this organization.
  4. Defender Tyverius, the representative of the Unity Council of Religion (Female Orc – note that Half-Orcs don’t exist in this world and full Orcs effectively replace Half-Orcs). The previous member was a priest of Thrin (the deity that Galwyn, the party cleric, belongs to), and Tyverius is a Paladin of Altecia (Thrin’s rival, although at this point more of the “sports rivalry” type of rival than anything else). Tanzain says that Tyverius is a staunch protector of the innocent and comes from the neighboring Morken Sands.
  5. Archmagi Grothern Faan (Male Gnome), head of the Mage’s Guild of South Cormick. Tanzain seemingly couldn’t resist mentioning that he seems to have “cranial-rectal inversion syndrome” and is effectively the archtypical professor everyone has had and utterly hates, yet seems to never be fired and always thinks he’s right. Subtle clues to the party were left that Tanzain’s opinion of the Archmagi are actually lower than he lets on. Perhaps he was a friend of the previous head of the guild? Nocturne (PC Sorcerer)’s roommate is a member of the guild.
  6. Commander Horus Kinto (Male Elf), leader of the Cormick City-State Legion, which is chosen by the city-state council. This was actually the vote the council had the day prior, and Tanzain knows little about Horus.
  7. Cheryl (Human Woman), a local seamstress. The City-State has a Jury-style position open to provide random citizens direct representation on the council for a one month duty shift, and this month is Cheryl. Multiple members of the party actually know Cheryl, and she’s OoC described as a lot like Rose from The Golden Girls, although perhaps she has a razor sharp wit hiding things, but probably just very very … unfocused.

All of this is good and all, but a shout from downstairs interrupts their conversation. Some bandits have brazenly attacked Honest Habib’s Discount Defense in broad daylight, smashing the window in the front of the shop and threatening everyone inside. A surprisingly-challenging fight ensues and some innocent shoppers end up in the way and knocked out for a while. As the fight was drawing to a close, the boss bandit / grenadier runs and takes a hostage – a random passerby. This being in the Enchantment district of South Cormick, that meant the random passerby was an apprentice mage, who used subtle casting to cast grease on themselves and the grenadier while a party member (Karma) distracted him with digging a hole (don’t ask), allowing them to slip away. Pummeling the grenadier, they kill the boss but something is off. The unnamed sorceress yells everyone to stand back and the boss explodes in some type of necromancy, giving rise to every city planner’s worst nightmare:

A set of ghoul-spawn in the middle of an extremely dense and crowded city street in broad daylight. And that’s where the adventure ends for the night.

Note: I’ve decided to start chronicling my D&D campaign here. I can go back and give summaries of previous adventures if anyone actually ends up reading this, but it’ll help me as a DM actually remember the weird stuff that ends up happening.

npr:

If you take Prilosec or Zantac for acid reflux, a beta blocker for high blood pressure, or Xanax for anxiety, you may be increasing your risk of depression.

More than 200 common medications sold in the U.S. include depression as a potential side effect. Sometimes, the risk stems from taking several drugs at the same time. Now, a new study finds people who take these medicines are, in fact, more likely to be depressed.

The list includes a wide range of commonly taken medications. Among them are certain types of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) (used to treat acid reflux), beta blockers, anxiety drugs, painkillers including ibuprofen, ACE inhibitors (used to treat high blood pressure), and anti-convulsant drugs.

“The more of these medications you’re taking, the more likely you are to report depression,” says study author Mark Olfson, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University.

1 In 3 Adults In The U.S. Takes Medications Linked To Depression

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Oh hey look, it me.

eclipsemidnight:

expatgirl:

the-mad-duchess:

Tumblr’s at it again, thanks to the new European Privacy Laws. There’s probably nobody who will read this, but it pissed me off so much that I decided to make a post about it. (Ignore the weird language mish-mash, depending on your country the language might differ.)

OK, so many of us get this screen when we try to access our dash:

Realise how the ‘OK’ button is a nice, attention-grabbing blue? If you’re like me, you’re not exactly into reading a 100 pages document and tend to just click it.

My tip? DONT. Instead click on ‘Manage Options’ right next to it:

Now you’ll see this page:

Still pretty harmless, right? That ‘Accept’ button is looking really attractive right now. Instead, click on Verwalten (Probably something like ‘Manage Options’ or something in english) and you’ll get to this page:

Now that’s not too bad, right? I just switched all the buttons to ‘off’, because I’m jealously guarding my personal information and don’t want Tumblr to go off and do who knows what with it. Looks like we’re done! But wait: There’s a SHOW option.

When we click on that one, what we will get is this:

A HUGE list with OVER 300 ENTRIES of companies that can use your data by default if you’d just clicked ‘OK’ on that very first page. Coincidence that this list is hidden that much? Me thinks not. They’re all switched on by default, but I am still a petty bitch that doesn’t want to give out her data, so I switched them all off. All 300+ of them. There is no option to switch them all off at once, and even if you disable all the options above, the companies are still switched on.

(If you wonder how i got that number, I copied the list into excel and looked at the cell number. No way am I actually counting all those entries)

I too, am a petty bitch who unticked every single one.

okay. okay. here’s how to get to the screen if you didn’t see it or clicked through. Go into the account dropdown, go into settings, choose privacy. The bottom thing is ‘cookie consent’. If you uncheck it, you get that page, at which point you can do all the handy things above.

but BEWARE: i did those, checked it twice, navigated back to the main page of it, navigated back to the lists, was satisfied that all were unchecked. Navigated back to the main page. opened to that again, and all of them were fucking on thank you tumblr x.x

So, for us Americans, it looks like Tumblr is taking the approach Facebook tried to and are just not giving you the same rights/features as Europeans.

Good to know. Good jorb.

I think it actually started this morning shortly after I arrived at work, but it mostly hit its prime during my company’s staff meeting.

Meaning I had an anxiety attack in a room of 9200 of my coworkers.

I’m… not doing well, mentally. I feel like the past two years have been the least mentally-stable years of my life, and it scares me. That’s not too surprising, given that the leader of my country is basically my worst nightmare come to life and I’m dealing with some crushing depression thanks to my brain not braining right.

My cats are recognizing my issues. They’ve been behaving better than they ever have in their lives, basically latching on to me at all times trying to help me. I’m glad they are helping me, as I’m having problems with maintaining my calm. I don’t really know how much longer I can deal with this; something has to change.