|#1factol_rhys_dupJan 28, 2004 10:31:13||Amalia Moonblade here made her own version of a 3.5 Planescape campaign setting. The races somewhat conflict with the PSCS ones, but it has some interesting features, including stats major Sigil characters, though not me... grumble. Wanna know Shemeska's stats? 'Cause I've got 'em. How ironic, the King of the Crosstrade having her own personal darks sold so cheaply...|
Shemeshka the Marauder
A fiendish cross-trader whose impeccable grooming masks a core of evil.
Shemeshka the Marauder, female arcanoloth: CR 17; Medium Outsider (Evil); HD 12d8+24; hp 98; Init +3; Spd 30ft., fly 50ft. (poor); AC 28 (+3 Dex, +15 natural), touch 13, flat footed 25; Base Atk +12; Grp +12; Atk +16 melee (1d6/19-20/*2, razorvine) or +12 melee (1d4 plus poison, claw) or +12 melee (1d6, bite); Full Atk +16/+11 melee (1d6, razorvine) and +7 melee (1d6, bite) or +12/+12 melee (1d4 plus poison, 2 claws) and +7 melee (1d6, bite); Space/Reach 5ft./5ft. (15ft. with razorvine); SA Poison, spell-like abilities, spells; SQ DR 15/good; AL NE; SV Fort +8, Ref +11, Will +14; Str 11, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 19, Wis 18, Cha 17.
Skills and Feats: Bluff +20, Concentration +17, Diplomacy +20, Forgery +19, Gather Information +18, Intimidate +20, Knowledge (Arcana) +19, Knowledge (the Planes) +19, Knowledge (Sigil) +19, Listen +19, Sense Motive +21, Spellcraft +19; Exotic Weapon Proficiency (razorvine), Leadership, Negotiator, Persuasive, Weapon Finesse (razorvine headdress).
Possessions: Razorvine headdress (can be used as Masterwork whip dagger), amulet of proof against protection and location, gem of seeing, mirror of mental prowess, necklace of fireballs (type IV), ring of mind shielding.
Spells per day: 6/7/7/7/6/5/3. Shemeshka casts spells as a 12th-level sorcerer.
Spells known: 0-level; arcane mark, dancing lights, detect magic, Horizikaul’s cough* (DC 13), mending, open/close, prestidigitation, read magic, resistance, 1st-level; burning hands (DC 14), mage armour, portal detection*, protection from good, shield; 2nd-level; alter self, blur, death armour*, see invisibility, Tasha’s hideous laughter (DC 15); 3rd-level; avoid planar effects*, dispel magic, lightning bolt (DC 16), nondetection; 4th-level; confusion (DC 17), shadow conjuration, stoneskin; 5th-level; dominate person (DC 18), teleport; 6th-level; circle of death (DC 19).
Outsider Traits: Shemeshka has darkvision (60ft. range). She cannot be raised or resurrected.
Summon Yugoloth (Sp): 1/day, Shemeshka may attempt to summon another arcanoloth (if you don’t have Monster Manual II, use the same stats as Shemeshka or A’kin) with a 40% chance of success. This is the equivalent of a 6th level spell.
Yugoloth Traits: Shemeshka is immune to poison and acid. She has cold, fire and electricity resistance 10. She can communicate telepathically with any creature in 100ft. that has a language. A yugoloth’s natural weapons, as well as any weapons it wields, are treated as having the evil alignment for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.
Partial Immunity to Spells: Mind-affecting spells have no effect on Shemeshka.
Poison (Ex): Shemeshka’s claws are coated with poison (Fortitude save DC 18, initial and secondary damage 1 point Strength).
Spell-Like Abilities: At will – darkness, fly, heat metal, invisibility (self only), magic missile, shapechange, telekinesis, warp wood; 1/day – fear (DC 17), major image (DC 17). Caster level 12th. The save DCs are Charisma based.
Typically, Shemeshka will let her guards do the fighting for her (use the stats for Fighters given on pg. 117 of the DMG – a reasonable amount would be three 14th level guards [making her EL 19], but feel free to vary this amount), while whipping hapless opponents from behind with her razorvine headdress. She prefers not to claw or bite, seeing it as undignified, but if she’s forced to she will. Normally, she won’t bust out with spells unless she’s feeling threatened, but if she does, lightning bolt, Tasha’s hideous laughter and burning hands or magic missile may be on the cards. If she’s attacked by someone she’s overconfident about, she’ll circle of death them – she’d never get a chance to use it otherwise.
|#2Shemeska_the_MarauderJan 28, 2004 16:13:29||Ah but don't dare underestimate me now my little ex-cipher factol. I die and the swell of information that goes public upon my death would rattle the foundations of the Cage and its most powerful groups and persons. As such it's very much in their best interests to make sure I stay alive just in case I have anything on them. Who I do, and who I don't I leave to you as an open question.|
And NPC class levels, or lack thereof may not be the exact same from 2e to the 3e stats on Planewalker. 2e very rarely gave any non player races actual class levels, while 3e goes level happy with them it seems.
My own variant has Shemeska with some sorcerer levels, but she's not a powerhouse by any means. And still, she's very likely to sit back and watch her goons beat up on anyone who offends her before she'd lift her own hand.
|#3factol_rhys_dupJan 28, 2004 18:19:10||Is that razorvine headdress supposed to be a disguised weapon?|
|#4Shemeska_the_MarauderJan 28, 2004 20:32:32||No, but it's still living razorvine and quite flexible. That said she can easily whip a strand of it free, deftly cut it loose with a claw, and then proceed to flog any offending sod with glee.|
|#5anifer_unglum_02Jan 28, 2004 20:59:00||This would make an interesting plot line for a campaign. |
Someone pays a group of Assassians to off Shemeska, with full knowledge that her death will "rattle the foundations of the Cage and its most powerful groups and persons" because they want to cause great havoc and problems in Sigil.
|#6Shemeska_the_MarauderJan 28, 2004 21:32:23||"And oh if I were to ever fake my death and then just release a trickle of even false information, oh would that be fun... MUAHAHAHAHA..." *cough*|
"Essentially it's a case of if I die then it's only a question of who among many kills you first, because my death my trigger their own ruin and fall. And then they go on to destroy everyone around you and everything you care about. Imagine obliteration (or perhaps somehow its opposite if you're a Doomie) and that'd be your future staring you in the face."
"Besides, the rich and powerful of Sigil, and those who aspire to be either or both; they need my information, my darks, my secrets that I sell or hand out like poisoned candy to a small child in the Hive. I serve a purpose in Sigil, and to shun me is to hand my talents into the hands of your enemies and lose them for yourself. Not many, if any, can afford that position here in The Cage."
"So now, are you buying or selling? I'm a busy fiend you see, what can I do for you?"
|#7lord_of_the_ninth_02Jan 28, 2004 22:42:26||Uh, Shemy? Don't you have that thing where you reform one year later after your appearant demise back on your plane of origin? You know, as a 'loth an all? So provided you stick to the cage you are pretty much nigh-invulnerable. Pretty cool 'eh?|
Plus I use varient loths that are a wee bit stronger than the ones given to us by Wizards, my Arcanaloth is CR 18 and casts as a 15th level wizard. And I'd assume that Shemeska the Marauder would at least have a few more HD, even if she didn't have any class levels.
|#8zombiegleemaxJan 29, 2004 0:37:41||For those of you who are curious, Akin and several others were first detailed in a Dragon Magazine archive.|
Good to see you still hanging around the boards Shem (Reaches down and pets Shem's dog head with huge, scaly dragon claw, and mumbles, "Such a nice doggy")
|#9Shemeska_the_MarauderJan 29, 2004 1:02:43|
Originally posted by Lord of the Ninth
"Well yes, of course. But if that happened, with the time it would take me to reform back on Gehenna and all, I might have to start over from scratch and all. Ugghhh... all that time wasted on what I've built up over such a long time."
"Besides, in my absence it'd give that OTHER 'loth time to get a toe hold into the city aside from that dinky little magic shop and book business... you know who I mean."
Anyways, in my own games I bump up Arcanaloths a bit. (and to a larger degree, Ultraloths. And Baernaloths obscenely so. For the Baern I don't much use stats at times.)
I typically use them with at least a few levels of sorcerer, and I typically allow them to learn new spells as a wizard, but cast as sorcerers. Usually this results in them casting as sorcerers with a doubled spell list.
|#10zombiegleemaxJan 29, 2004 1:09:32||Well, I did hear that in 3rd edition, Yugoloths were turned into "Fiendish Step-Children" so to speak. Its good to know that at least someones doing something to rectify that.|
Question Shemiska, is my Demiplane list nearing completion? I don't know of any other Demiplanes I could add(aside from made up ones) In that regard, do you have any Demiplanes that you have created that I could add to the list?
|#11Shemeska_the_MarauderJan 29, 2004 1:33:41|
Originally posted by Sword_Of_Geddon
"Do that and you'll come back with a charred stump..."
"I've only barked once here on the boards, and at the time there was a box of 'Shemmy Snacks' involved. I don't like to talk about that little incident..."
(And I have some demiplanes of my own that I've created, quite a few in fact. However I'm bogged down with work offline at the moment, and I'm running behind on those threads which I'd promised folks I'd read and comment on. My apologies)
|#12zombiegleemaxJan 29, 2004 1:42:12||No problem Shemi, I can wait(Good things come to those who wait, yadda yadda). You know, its funny how your real-life personality conflicts so much with your board one(Shemiska the Marauder) your more like an Ursinal than an Arcanaloth, if I do say so myself.|
|#13Shemeska_the_MarauderJan 29, 2004 2:42:40||(*eyebrow* Hmm... you'd have to ask my players about that characterization, they might disagree with it a tad. A number of them are floating around on the boards here. Perhaps I'll order them to comment on threat of bad things at our weekly game if they don't. *laugh*)|
|#14sildatorakJan 29, 2004 4:36:57||I don't think that good ol' Shem-Shem would be using a trio of 14th level fighters as body guards. There's an adage from someplace about never having anyone protect your life that you can't kill. She would more likely than not be able to chop them into little pieces, but if they were to get the drop on her they might be able to do bad things to her. Plus I've always considered her entourage to just be for show and disposing of riff-raff, with one exception. Anybody who could handle those fighters would probably merit Shemeska's personal attention.|
I don't think that Shemeska would ever use her summon arcanoloth power, either. Given the relative rarity of Arcanoloths in Sigil the chance of A'kin appearing would be too high for her in anything but a life or death situation (and it would be questionable even then).
|#15zombiegleemaxJan 29, 2004 14:04:27||I could just imagine that! LoL|
Shemiska: "You fools, if you thought one Arcanaloth was bad, how about TWO!"
(Shemiska waves her hands, invoking her Gate Power)
A portal appears, the Player Characters cringe, and out steps...AKIN!
Shemiska: "Oh no, not YOU"
Akin: "Well Shemiska, this is the price you pay for being evil, you should be more like me."
Akin turns toward the confused Player Characters.
"Ah, you, yes you good fellows, can I interest you in some merchandise?"
Shemiska: "Is this the Hell some of those Primes keep talking about?"
|#16choleric_psionJan 29, 2004 19:27:45||Kicking the crap out of an uppity "evil" extra-planar sounds quite fun actually! In fact beating a preachy paladin in a near inch of his life in the middle of Mercuria also seems like a good time to be had as well. There's so you could much to do when you ponder Chaotic-Neutralness.|
|#17zombiegleemaxJan 29, 2004 23:30:54||Umm, you do know how sick that sounds don't you?|
|#18anifer_unglum_02Jan 30, 2004 20:48:31||On the other hand, what if a group had Akin assassinated and then planted the "Bloody Glove " on Shemeska. Could you imagine who the lawyers Shemeska would hire to defend her in court would be? A 'loth with an army of Celestial Lawyers trying her best to look innocent in court and holding press conferences saying she won't rest until Akin's true killers are found.|
|#19zombiegleemaxJan 31, 2004 13:57:31|
Originally posted by Shemeska the Marauder
[pleasantly mischevious shopkeeper voice]
Oh, come come now, Shemeska, what could I possibly do? I keep telling you, I'm just a simple shopkeeper. Harmless as an Ethyk, that's me!
[/pleasantly mischevious shopkeeper voice]
I really want some total 3.5 revamps of 'loths, and soon! It's not really a problem for the more cerebral 'loths like the arcanos and ultros, but the shock troops are simply pathetic. And where are the dergholoths and hydroloths!? There's a 6 CR gap (I refuse to count marraenoloths) right in the middle of the 'loths heirarchy, it's infuriating!
For my own game, I've found that increasing the MotP 'loths primary stats by 10 and secondaries by 5 puts them (roughly) on par with 3.5 demons and devils. Still, I would like to see something official.
|#20Shemeska_the_MarauderJan 31, 2004 23:21:12||*glances over at the 'other' Arcanaloth while painting claws red and admiring own fangs in the mirror*|
"How about I buy you back your dignity? Really, when exactly is it you intend to actually act proper for what we are? Seriously now, its high time you grew out of this little adolescent stage you've got where you have to act all rebellious and "good"."
"They always said you'd hung out with those 'celestial' kids from the other side of the Great Wheel too much when you were in your last years of training back on Gehenna. Everyone said they were a bad influence you know. Thats why I stayed away from those losers and rejects. I hung out with all the popular 'loths you know. I even got to be homecoming queen after I had the real winner assassinated the morning of the prom."
"But you never showed up at the prom, you stood me up! You hung out with those loser Archons and 'helped the needy' or some junk like that!"
*rolls eyes and glances over again*
"Ugg... when will you finally admit that you're just as evil as the rest of us. When you come around finally, let me know. You were cute back then when you still seemed evil and well, I'm single at the moment."
*ignores for 5 minutes*
"Oh? You're still here? Don't you have some shelves to dust or something to restock? Shoo!"
|#21zombiegleemaxFeb 01, 2004 12:19:31|
Originally posted by Shemeska the Marauder
*ponders that for a while, glancing between Shemeska and Balaka, his Erinyes assistant*
Hmm... tempting, tempting. Yes, very tempting indeed...
*shakes his head and thinks better of it*
You know, I'm reminded of a quote from a nice (and incredibly blue) fellow I met during my travels that just about sums up what that would be like:
When you get in bed with evil incarnate, it always takes the covers.
*gives best toothy grin*
Though you know, I'm going to be visiting pandemonium for about a month or so, so If I come back completely insane, who knows? There might just be a chance for you yet!
*glances once again between Shemeska and Balaka and breifly considers "faking it" just to have his cake and eat it too*
[muttering to self]
No, that wouldn't be right... fun, yes, but not right...
[/muttering to self]
|#22factol_rhys_dupFeb 01, 2004 13:44:31||Hmm... it would appear that A'kin has gone completely insane. Not that one could argue that a friendly arcanoloth isn't insane to begin with, but this guy's definitely in need of a one-way trip to the Gatehouse.|
|#23zombiegleemaxFeb 01, 2004 13:51:14||Really, this puts an entirely new spin on the relationship between these two yuogloths :D|
|#24choleric_psionFeb 01, 2004 17:44:48||For the right amount of jink I can be the cosmic justice that puts an end to any extreme! I hate lawfuls as much as I hate evils. Put them together and you've got a combination that seriously pisses me off. MWHAHAHAHA FIRE RESISTANCE 10 WILL NOT SAVE YOU FROM MY FLAMES!|
|#25zombiegleemaxFeb 02, 2004 2:57:03|
Originally posted by Choleric Psion
*puppy dog eyes*
But friend, I am neither lawful nor evil, what quarrel could you possibly have with little old me? I'm afraid that your valuable abilities are wasted here, "not worth a Yugoloth" as we Cagers say. Now here, let me show you some of my new wares...
|#26zombiegleemaxFeb 02, 2004 17:49:19||Got any Maidens?|
Oh wait, I'm not evil anymore, so scratch that.
|#27choleric_psionFeb 02, 2004 19:32:05||Not to sound like a hardhead but I don't your tone of voice, keep it up and your bonebox'll be burned shut!|
|#28zombiegleemaxFeb 02, 2004 21:24:29||I'm immune to fire, so your threats have no impact on me.|
|#29zombiegleemaxFeb 02, 2004 22:38:00||Of all the problems listed so far the biggest and most overlooked one is the fact that Shemeska's native and primary language isn't listed.|
The secret language of craziebiach.
|#30factol_rhys_dupFeb 03, 2004 12:37:05||That fire immunity comment brings up a good point. Where's the good ol' days when you could fireball anything you liked into oblivion? Most things aren't too phased by a fireball like they used to be.|
All those fiends and celestials, if they're worth half a plot on Ooze, have fire resistance or immunity, and those that don't have the saving throws to avoid anything. Me? I've got a Reflex save higher than the Spire.
|#31choleric_psionFeb 03, 2004 17:50:26||I wasn't talking to you scaly! But ice can be just as nice.|