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shades of eternity
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Posted - 14 Jun 2017 :  17:22:24  Show Profile  Visit shades of eternity's Homepage Send shades of eternity a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
My party was doing storm giant's thunder (with ultramodern firearms)

I rolled the random Zhent caravan as my party travelled to waterdeep.

My @#$#@$ players, pulled up in a green Studebaker with wood paneling, blew out a carriage wheel, rolled a successful diplomacy check so they didn't attack immediately, repaired the wheel almost as quickly and headed off in their vehicle.

The Zhents, whom probably never even seen an automobile before, were mostly stunned and definitely lower powered then the party.

This is such an out of context problem, I want to start playing the zhents on them, but honestly don't have an idea where to begin so asking here.

I guess I'm asking whom are the big zhent movers and shakers of the north, any ideas of how to exploit this potential new technology for their own schemes and how to generally make my party's lives miserable. :p

edit: here's a link to the last game if you want to review the carnage
http://breadthofpopsanity.blogspot.ca/2017/06/storm-giants-shotgun-part-3-better.html

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Edited by - shades of eternity on 14 Jun 2017 17:24:02

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quote:
Originally posted by shades of eternity

My @#$#@$ players, pulled up in a green Studebaker with wood paneling, blew out a carriage wheel, rolled a successful diplomacy check so they didn't attack immediately, repaired the wheel almost as quickly and headed off in their vehicle.

The Zhents, whom probably never even seen an automobile before, were mostly stunned and definitely lower powered then the party.



Of course they'd never seen an automobile before. The only Studebaker dealership in the Realms is in Lantan, across the road from Crazy Gimblegon's Used Cars.

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There's "Scarface" Manpoon, Mugsy Chembryl, Teldorn "Black Fist" Darkhope, Ashemmi "Sweet Hips" Sarynryllar, Manxam "Manxi Ten Eyes", and Sememmon "Semmy Two Hands"

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shades of eternity
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Posted - 14 Jun 2017 :  21:44:05  Show Profile  Visit shades of eternity's Homepage Send shades of eternity a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Best renames ever. :D

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Posted - 17 Jun 2017 :  18:16:11  Show Profile  Visit Delwa's Homepage Send Delwa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would probably go one of two ways.
One, I'd leave it alone. Let the PCs gain say, a level or two, while the Zhents quietly research the technologies they encountered, then have them retaliate with new, improved versions of what the PCs use.

Or play up the trade aspect of the Zhents. After all, I've always viewed them as more a Realms version of the East India Trade Company from Pirates of the Caribbean anyway.
Have them come to the PCs with an offer they can't refuse. The Zhents offer to buy their tech, for a ridiculously generous price. If the PCs agree, after awhile the enemies start to use the same, improved tech against them, because they bought it from Zhents who improved the tech. If the PCs won't deal, send thieves, send hitmen. Anyway, that's my 2cp

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sleyvas
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quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

There's "Scarface" Manpoon, Mugsy Chembryl, Teldorn "Black Fist" Darkhope, Ashemmi "Sweet Hips" Sarynryllar, Manxam "Manxi Ten Eyes", and Sememmon "Semmy Two Hands"



Oh, and beware.... "Scarface" Manpoon has a magic resistant case of syphyllis he caught off a "silver haired beauty" that was actually a transformed Bheur Hag in "The House of Hoary Whores". Its said the hag was getting revenge for when Manpoon screwed over a coven of Durthans in a business deal (its said he provided a cursed resurrection scroll tainted with blood magic), so the Bheur hag prayed to the Doombringer for righteous vengeance, and Hoar gave her a way to screw him over in return. [):]

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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Delwa

I would probably go one of two ways.
One, I'd leave it alone. Let the PCs gain say, a level or two, while the Zhents quietly research the technologies they encountered, then have them retaliate with new, improved versions of what the PCs use.

Or play up the trade aspect of the Zhents. After all, I've always viewed them as more a Realms version of the East India Trade Company from Pirates of the Caribbean anyway.
Have them come to the PCs with an offer they can't refuse. The Zhents offer to buy their tech, for a ridiculously generous price. If the PCs agree, after awhile the enemies start to use the same, improved tech against them, because they bought it from Zhents who improved the tech. If the PCs won't deal, send thieves, send hitmen. Anyway, that's my 2cp



I'd go for the latter, myself. The Zhents have always been bad guys, but their goal has always been about money and trade. That's easy to forget, considering how readily they've becoming Cobra to the Harpers' GI Joe. (On a similar note, the Harpers are often cast as the GI Joes to Zhentil Keep's Cobra, with a similar loss of their original focus)

Figuring out automobiles would greatly assist trade for whoever had them -- a car can cover in an hour what would take a horse days to travel. Any organization -- not just the Zhents -- that can figure out cars is going to have a huge advantage in trade, simply by being able to get products to market that much faster.

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quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

There's "Scarface" Manpoon, Mugsy Chembryl, Teldorn "Black Fist" Darkhope, Ashemmi "Sweet Hips" Sarynryllar, Manxam "Manxi Ten Eyes", and Sememmon "Semmy Two Hands"





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Why do I have a Vision of Mad Max now. The Zhents roll up in some big motley collection of vehicles ready to fight! Or Death Race!!

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shades of eternity
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Posted - 22 Jun 2017 :  18:08:05  Show Profile  Visit shades of eternity's Homepage Send shades of eternity a Private Message  Reply with Quote
ha

my ethical party made contact with the zhents and decided to go into the arms dealing business.

What could possibly go wrong. :p

(feel free to post what could go wrong, preferably in a hillarious manner) :p


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Figuring out automobiles would greatly assist trade for whoever had them -- a car can cover in an hour what would take a horse days to travel. Any organization -- not just the Zhents -- that can figure out cars is going to have a huge advantage in trade, simply by being able to get products to market that much faster.



Yeah

Been having a blast with the storm giant's thunder overhead map and showing the car token move what would normally be days in hours. :D

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quote:
Originally posted by shades of eternity

ha

my ethical party made contact with the zhents and decided to go into the arms dealing business.

What could possibly go wrong. :p

(feel free to post what could go wrong, preferably in a hillarious manner) :p


quote:



Figuring out automobiles would greatly assist trade for whoever had them -- a car can cover in an hour what would take a horse days to travel. Any organization -- not just the Zhents -- that can figure out cars is going to have a huge advantage in trade, simply by being able to get products to market that much faster.



Yeah

Been having a blast with the storm giant's thunder overhead map and showing the car token move what would normally be days in hours. :D




Well, if they have Studebakers, they probably have Tommy guns that they brought over. Perhaps the gunpowder so far has been working, but over time the alchemical compounds in the gunpowder become volatile much more quickly in the realms compared to earth.... this in essence means that initially maybe the gunpowder was working, but suddenly, it starts exploding with disastrous results when used... or even just while sitting in a warehouse.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

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