Fancy Lad Adventures

Ajar-ing History
Harridan's Bane

Harridan Grout.

The very mention of his name makes woodcarvers drop their awls and moisten the shavings at their feet. His long-standing hatred of their profession is a tale told to woodworker’s children as they go to sleep, to frighten them into behaving.

Growing up amongst the northron tribes, Harridan always had a healthy respect for trees, and nature in general, often preferring to go for long walks in the woods rather than suffer the stares and whisperings in his village. It was on one such walk in the woods that a small tribe of Mud People attacked him, leaping from the brush and surprising Harridan.

Unfortunately for them, they pulled his eyepatch off during the fracas, allowing Harry to see between the veil and beseech that which stood near him for aid. The Mud People stood looming over him, cackling and squabbling over his meager possessions, but Harry looked beyond them to the forest surrounding him with his dead eye. The wayward pines wafting in the afternoon breeze, the stately birches seeming to salute him with their branches. He saw the spirits of the trees confer with one another, somewhat startled to see Harridan looking at them. Making a decision, the trees brutally murdered the surrounding Mud People. Blood. Gore. Smash. You get the picture.

After then, the trees taught Harridan of their wily ways and he began to think of himself as part tree.

When Harridan left his village, he did so as a Champion of all things arboreal. To this day, there is one symbol of wrong in this world that Harridan cannot see without flying into a rage. It’s as if he is seeing his brother or sister flayed alive and strung up for the world to see, and it’s displayed as casually as a smile for the rest of the world. When he sees one, it must be destroyed and an example set for those that come behind.

Behold. The bane of Harridan’s existence:

They must all be destroyed.

Prestige Points

*The following is taken from the Age of Legends campaign:

When deeds of true heroism are called for and nothing short of a cinematic performance will do, it is time to draw upon prestige points. What are prestige points? Well in short, they are acquired points that your PC’s can spend for a variety of purposes to gain abilities that affect game play. Some of these effects are temporary in duration, such as Round and Encounter Abilities, while other abilities are Permanent in effect. How do you gain prestige points? Simple. By contributing to the creation of our campaign site. Exactly what this contribution consists in will vary. However the typical way of earning points is to keep an updated character journals, the adventure log, or create new material for the blog.

Once points have been acquired, they may be used in one of three ways. First, they may be used once per combat round to gain a short term benefit lasting the duration of that round. Each Round Ability uses up 1 prestige point. You may use only one of these abilities per round, however you may choose to double the numeric effect of any given ability by using an additional 2 prestige points. Points “used” in this way are not permanently lost but refresh at the start of the next game session.

Second, prestige points may be used once per combat encounter to gain an immediate short term benefit. Each Encounter Ability uses up 2 prestige points. While you may only “use” prestige points to gain Encounter Abilities once per encounter, you may also choose to “burn” prestige points to gain additional Encounter Abilities. Each additional Encounter Ability gained in this way burns 1 prestige point. Points “burned” in this way are permanently lost.

Finally, prestige points may be burned either during a game session, or out of session, to gain some permanent benefit. The burn cost of these abilities varies, but regardless of cost, no single ability may be purchased more than twice by the same character.

Ability Benefit Point Cost 1
Offensive Prowess +1 to attacks and damage 1
Defensive Prowess +1 to AC and Saving Throws 1
Heightened Channel +1 to DC and damage of Channel Energy 1
Heightened Spell +1 to spell save DC’s and +1 to overcome SR 1
Skilled Acumen +2 to any skill check 1
Hardiness +2 to stabilize from dying 1
1Doubling the numeric effect of a round ability increases the “use” cost to 3 points.

Ability Benefit Point Cost 2
Offensive Fortune Reroll attack or damage die 2
Defensive Fortune Reroll any Saving Throw 2
Skilled Fortune Reroll any skill check 2
Nimble Recovery Avoid a critical failure 2
Quick Witted Win Initiative 2
Resilient Stabilize from dying 2
Swift Attack Gain one additional attack 2
Fleet Footed Increase base land speed by 5ft 2
Arcane Adaptability Retrieve one previously cast spell 3 2
2Additional Encounter abilities have a “burn”, rather than “use”, cost of 1 point each.
3This requires losing a spell slot, and the spell/invocation may not exceed caster level.

Ability Benefit Point Cost
Second Chances Survive a killing blow (reduced to 0 HP instead) 3
Vital Fortune Reroll HP gained at time of leveling 2
Skills Training Attain +1 competence bonus to any skill 2
Accomplished Gain a bonus Character Trait upon creation 4
Renaissance Man Gain a bonus Feat 8
Improvement Raise ability score 1 point
Up to 9 2
10 to 11 4
12 to 14 6
15 to 17 8
18 to 20 10

Loot 6/8/2011

Hey gang-

Here’s your loot for defeating the boneclaw dagger thing (with adjusted XP):

  • 200XP each
  • 100GP each


Cards and such

If everyone uploads and saves their character onto the online char builder I’ll try to have cards printed for all. Be sure to make your loot up to date. I Might grab something outta that last loot pile.

Loot 3/16/2011

Hi all-

Loot from our previous session:

  • 1260XP each
  • 1697GP each
  • [Level 13 Magic Item]: Rod of the Hidden Star +3 (Adventurer’s Vault, page 101 [Rods])
  • [Level 12 Magic Item]: Hunting Beast Armor +3 (Player’s Handbook 2, page 201 [Magic Armor])
  • [Level 11 Magic Item]: Belt of Resilience (Adventurer’s Vault, page 164 [Waist Slot Items])
  • [Level 10 Magic Item]: Panther Spirit Armor +2 (Player’s Handbook 2, page 201 [Magic Armor])

See you all this Wednesday!


Level 9

Very well, I have been convinced by your efforts to reward the last 350XP required for the jump to level 9. (Andrew, I will attempt to post the picture you sent out.) I am especially looking forward to Harridan’s tree form. Next time though, I will need stronger convincing.

Speaking of level 10…you should all start thinking about your paragon path (or whichever it is) now. I would like to start integrating that into our games once you guys hit 10.


Harridan Grout Saves the Day

Harridan conjures his feral might to become a fearsome foe that erupts in fury as he brings bloddy battle to his enemies on the battlefield. The meadows will run red with the distended entrails of any who stand in his path.


XP as of 3/2/2011


Loot 3/2/2011

Hi all-

Here’s your loot from our last session for encounters “The Beggars of Stone” and “Campfright.” Enjoy!

  • 925XP each
  • 1374GP each
  • [Level 12 Magic Item]: Ricochet Shield (Adventurer’s Vault, page 119 [Arms Slot Items])
  • [Level 11 Magic Item]: Assassin’s Slippers (Adventurer’s Vault, page 125 [Feet Slot Items])
  • [Level 10 Magic Item]: Exalted Armor +2 (Player’s Handbook, page 230 [Magic Armor])
  • [Level 9 Magic Item]: Map of Orienteering (Adventurer’s Vault, page 175 [Wondrous Items])
D&D is Funny

__An orc walks into the bar with a parrot on his shoulder and the bartender says “Wow, that’s really neat. Where’d you get it?”

“In a cave.” the parrot replies.

Famous People Who Have Played D&D

1. Stephen Colbert (also went to Gen Con (a dnd/comic/roleplaying convention))
2. Vin Diesel (Wrote the introduction to a book about DnD)
3. Mike Myers
4. Dwayne Johnson AKA The Rock
5. Matt Groening
6. Dame Judy Dench (Introduced to the game by Vin Diesal)
7. Jenny McCarthy
8. Glenn Danzig
9. Edwin McCain (Not sure if he still does but did when he was a kid)
10. Wil Wheaton (played on the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Still plays to this day)
11. Daryl Hannah
12. Robin Williams (Plays both the Online DnD Game and the Tabletop one)
13. Lexa Doig AKA Rommie and the computer AI from Andromeda
14. Ben Aflac (Forced to play by Kevin Smith on a set once and fell in love. Prefers to play Wizards over fighters.)
15. Matt Damon (Forced to play by Kevin Smith on a set once and fell in love. Prefers to play Fighters over Wizards.)
16. Matthew Lillard (Said so on G4’s attack of the show then stole all of thier D&D Minatures Models)
17. Jon Stewart (He also sneaks sutile D&D jokes into his show that only us D&D nerds get to laugh at.)
18. Jim Breuer
19. Brian Warner AKA Marilyn Manson
20. John Carmack and a good portion of the original id Software crew (Some of the characters and story elements in Quake were based off of D&D session iirc)
21. Sebastian Bengtsson
22. Joakim Bengtsson
23. Robert P. Olsson
24. Björn-Erik Karlsson
25. Daniel Antonsson
26. Tommy Karlsson
27. Kevin Smith
28. Eddie Izzard
29. Johnny Vaughn
30. Michael Greco
31. Dave Gorman
32. Charles Manson (He actually ran a game in prision! That is to say until California banned the running of Tabletop RPGs in prison.(This might actually be just a rumor but I don’t mind))
33. Scott Edgar (Found the actual quotes! “I also play Dungeons and Dragons with my mates, which everyone reckons is tragic, but I reckon is heaps of fun.”)
34. Jon Favreau (Another one with a quote! “I’m a very lazy person by nature. I have to be really engaged, and then I go straight from lazy to obsessive. I couldn’t study chemistry, but I could memorize all the books for Dungeons and Dragons. It was ridiculous.”)
35. Curt Schilling from, I think, the Red Sox or at least use to be.
36. Todd Pratt from, I think, the Braves or at least use to be.
37. Jimmy Wales (One of the starters of Wikipedia)
38. Jacques Villeneuve (Use to drive race cars. Ironicly he prefers to play Monks in D&D which move faster then all other characters)
39. Rivers Cuomo from Weezer and, it is rumored at least, the rest of the band.
40. Everyone in Marcy’s Playground (They even wrote a song called “A Cloak of Elvenkind” Which is a Major Magical Item in Dungeons and Dragons)
41. Everyone in Flashlight Brown (They even wrote a song called “Ready to Roll” which references 20-Sided Dice and A LOT of other D&D related things)
42. Gary Gygax (He was famous enough to play a character on Futurama(himself) so I put him on the list)
43. Seth Greene (Even made a Robot Chicken episode that refenerced THAC0 which was part of the Advance DND (or 2nd Edition) rule set)
44. Trey Parker
45. Matt Stone
46. Patton Oswalt (even talked the Reno 911 guys into doing a DnD part on the show. It was very funny)
47. Stephen King (And certain things from dnd are referenced in The Dark Tower series)
48. Steve Rune Lundin AKA Steven Erikson
49. Joss Whedon (Director of Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
50. Jack Black (He also references DND in the song “Wonderboy”)
The following people stole DnD stuff from the teen choice awards. I included pictures when I could find them:
51. Ryan Cabrera
52. Nick Cannon
53. Jon Heder
54. Jesse McCartney (
55. David Boreanaz
56. Lauren Graham (
57. Hulk Hogan (

58. Metallica (At least they played Call of Cthulhu and Dungeon and Dragons before Hetfield went into rehab)
59. Conan O’Brian (Use to play at least. He has mentioned it on his show)
60. Darby Conley (though he is C-List at best)
61. Andrew W.K.
62. The band Amon Amarth (Can I get a Wha wha from all my metalheads?)
63. My Chemical Romance (They played with Thrice during the Vans Warp Tour. My Chemical Romance’s lead singer Gerard Way plays a Half-Elf Ranger)
64. Thrice (Played with My Chemical Romance during the Vans Warp Tour.)
65. Alice Cooper Played D&D (And even replayed the events of a game on an episode of That 70’s Show)
66. Some/All of Barenaked Ladies
67. Raymond E Feist (He Actually uses a self created world in his books that was originally created for his Dungeons and Dragons game back home)
68. Kari Byron (Played DnD and has thought about getting Adam and Jaime to play with her.)
69. Brian Posehn
70. Jason Mewes (Though when asked about it he says “DND IS FOR *******” then turns to Kevin Smith and starts laughing)
71. Robert Jordan (And his sons which he taught how to play)
72. Weird Al Yankovic
73. Mastodon’s Drum Brann Dailor
74. Neil Fallon and MAYBE the other members of Clutch (They even wrote an unreleased song called 24 Earth Years which mentioned playing AD&D back in the day)
75. David X. Cohen (In David’s piece in the 30 year D&D hardback book, he says he never had time to play during Futurama, but most the writers did, and they kept D&D books in the office as “referrence” material.(He did get to play while working on The Simpsons though))
76. Alexis Cruz (He also LARPs. HAHAHA Nerd)
77. David Cross (He also mentions a group of comedians he plays with but wouldnt name them.)
78. Billy Crystal (He also plays 40K With Robin Williams)
79. R.A. Salvatore (Though I guess he would have too)
80. Some of the members of Dragonforce (And DND themes have worked their way into Dragonforce songs over and over)
81. David Duchovney (actually mentioned it on Conan O’Brien not too long ago)
82. The band Dayglo Abortions (Even wrote a song about it called Dragons)
83. Donald Faison (He plays Monks)
84. Insane Clown Posse
85. Emilio Estévez


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