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The First Journey

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In the game, Farid and Emma are standing on a rock outcrop, looking out at stormy horizon. Tash speaks in voice over.

Tash: You depart Lockhaven on your first mission, but stormclouds churn on the horizon.

Emma: We push on.

Farid: Yeah, some bad weather won’t stop us.

At the table, Tash calls for rolls.

Tash: Then it is time for a Journey Conflict. Roll your Pathfinder skill…

Emma and Farid roll a handful of d6s, getting mostly failures.  

Emma: Darn.

Farid: Wait, we lost to the weather? What does that mean?

In the game. Farid and Emma are swept away in a torrent of water.

 

Comments

  1. Bronze Dog

    Do not underestimate the power of flowing water. Don’t drive through it if you can’t see the bottom.

    Like just about everything else, it’s a much bigger issue at mouse scale.

    • GeniusLemur

      “Turn around, don’t drown” as NOAA puts it.
      And yeah, players who claim weather won’t deter them should make sure their characters are more than three inches tall.

    • Bronze Dog

      On that front, I’m starting to think about worldbuilding issues relating to a race’s scale and how it affects their culture. We’ll probably be seeing a lot of how dangerous the world is for intelligent mice as this series goes on, but I’m getting curious what advantages and disadvantages come with shrinking a race on a civilization scale.

      • Hunter-Wolf

        In terms of world building i think there are few advantages and disadvantages i can think of.

        Pros:-
        1-Small size allows for better use of resources like food and minerals, an apple could feed multiple mice and a human sword could be used to forge swords, shields and armor for an entire mice squad.
        2-Small size makes it much easier to hide as mice can use plenty of hiding locations bigger creatures can’t use.

        Cons:-
        1-Small size makes mice potential food for plenty of bigger animals/creatures like owls or cats.
        2-Traveling distance is a much bigger issue for smaller creatures unless they can hitch a ride on the back of much bigger creatures (same way humans ride horses).
        3-Natural phenomena can be problematic like heavy rain, flooding, strong wind, also natural barriers like rivers and seas are a bigger problem.

  2. Roleplaying Nerd

    For a moment there I thought that Tash was going to have them all drown and that there would be yet another surprise ending, this time in the first session.

  3. greg

    I think the biggest advantage of worldbuilding for mouse-sized PCs is that you could run an entire campaign on a couple of square miles of land.

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