Star Chart

For clarity, “blocked” means the question is related to the staff fragment and Syama failed to even manage to ask the question. “Unclear” means the question was asked, but the star chart effectively said “maybe yes, maybe no”.

After befriending some giants (3/26/15)

  1. Is there a giant within 2 days travel who casts spells in the old way? – no
  2. Is there a location within 2 days travel which has books useful to us? – no
  3. Is there an ediface or ruin within 2 days travel which might be useful to our finding the information we’re looking for? – yes
  4. Does Kylon the cyclops have information that we are looking for? – yes
  5. If we found him, would we have a reasonable chance of convincing him to give or trade for this information? – yes
  6. Is it the case that one race of giants still casts in the old way? – no
  7. Are giants who cast in the old way in possession of books with the information we’re looking for? – yes
  8. Are there books with information we’re looking for on this continent which are not currently in anyone’s possession? – yes
  9. Is Kylon currently within a week’s travel from us? – yes
  10. Is he currently north of our location? – no
  11. Is the potentially useful ediface known to the giants of this village? – no
  12. Is it north of here? – no
  13. Is it east of here? – yes

Day after carnival (2/1/15)

  1. If we went back to the fire plane we got sent to for a task, would the task still be open to us? – no
  2. Are we now sufficiently awesome to take the Iron Tower with knowledge and reinforcements we’d be able to get? – no
  3. Do the Drow have a plan against the Hegemony which they are acting on or about to act on? – no
  4. Do the demons and/or orcs who were working together currently have a plan they’re acting on or about to act on against the Hegemony? – no
  5. Have the people of the Chaotic Lands succeeded thus far in keeping the drow army more or less bottled up? – yes
  6. Are we sufficiently awesome to carefully explore Argonnesson? – unclear
  7. Is there anything currently of interest to us on that plane where we had to fix the undead problem? – no
  8. Is the Necromancer looking for one of our shirts in order to aid in scrying? – yes
  9. Is Atur in any imminent danger? – no
  10. Is there another area of research I should be pursuing to help me in my role as a PN candidate? – no
  11. Are the University City’s tunnels secure against invaders from beneath, currently? – yes
  12. Are there still claimants to the Iron Tower outside of Victor’s family, such as would be allowed into the Circle of Doom by its guards? – yes
  13. Are there any members of Victor’s family currently interested in taking the Ring from him? – no

Carnival day! (2/19/15)

  1. If we join the expedition to the Xen’drik that we know about, are we likely to get killed?- no
  2. If we leave now for the University City to sign on to the expedition, are we likely to get signed on to an expedition leaving soon with people we’re willing to work with? – yes
  3. If we go of to Xen’drik soon, are we likely to miss something very important here? – no
  4. Does the voyage to Xen’drik on one of these expeditions take more than a month? – no
  5. Is the Necromancer worried about us ruining a specific plan (not just worried in general)? – no
  6. Does he actually plan not to kill us if we don’t get in his way? – yes
  7. Are there currently Giants on Xen’drik who cast spells in the ‘giant way’ that we are aware of? – yes
  8. Do these giant spells count as ‘spells’ for our magics and equipment that interact with ‘spells’ (such as Spell Resistance)? – yes
  9. Are the Xen’drik giants as a whole likely to be hostile to us on sight? – yes
  10. Is traveling to Xen’drik with one of the expeditions likely to decrease our chances of learning what we want to know there (as compared to making our own way there)? – unlikely
  11. Would we be significantly better off completing more of our crafting projects before going to Xen’drik? – no
  12. In Xen’drik, are we likely to find the information we’re looking for from a person? – unclear
  13. Are we likely to find the information we’re looking for in a book? – yes

Various charts during the week in Atur after leveling (2/5/15)

  1. Does the use of the overwhelming potion have a fixed effect? – no
  2. Does it have totally variable effect, ie god or minion looks at situation and decides how to help? – yes
  3. Does using one of these constitute a statement of alliance such as might change your outlook on life? – no
  4. Does using it put you in debt (more so than carrying it around)? – no
  5. Does Abadar want Maral to do a particular defined task? – no
  6. Does Abadar want Maral to define his task? – yes
  7. Are we powerful enough to have a chance at freeing Anders without getting ourselves killed? – unclear

The day after sacrificing a Drow (1/8/15)

  1. Will the portal explode before 1 day after the shoggoth is created? – no
  2. If we get to the location we need to bring the artifacts, will it then be obvious what we need to do with them? – no
  3. If we enter the portal in possession of both artifacts, is that enough to say that we will get to the location? – yes
  4. Is there more information we need to find before entering the portal with the artifacts? – yes
  5. Would the Drow completing their ritual make their cleric more powerful immediately? – yes
  6. Is the information we need before entering the portal with both artifacts available to us on this plane? – no
  7. Are we (and our mission) better served by having one person carry both artifacts (as opposed to two people each with one artifact)? – no
  8. Is the information we need to find before entering the portal available in the complex? – yes
  9. Will getting through the portal from the complex become more difficult in the next couple of days? – slightly
  10. Is the information available in the library? – yes
  11. Do we need more information before entering the portal with the artifacts than how to do the ritual we need to do? – no
  12. Once we have done the ritual, will the mission be complete? – yes

The day after scouting the dragon (1/1/2015)

  1. Will the portal and the dragon still function/be as they were yesterday tomorrow, if we continue using the portal the way we have been? – yes
  2. If we had both artifacts, would it be obvious what we needed to do with them to complete our mission? – no
  3. Have we ever seen the location we need to bring them to? – no
  4. If we keep the Shard on the same side of the portal as the Stone, will the portal stop deteriorating? – no
  5. Does our mission involve preventing the portal ripping a hole between the planes? – yes
  6. Is the ritual we need to do known to the Cluestone? – no
  7. Does the location we need to bring them to currently exist ? – yes
  8. Does the giant castle bear on our mission at all (other than not being noticed by it)? – no
  9. Is the dragon deliberately waiting for something,not just caught by the sloth? – no
  10. Have the Drow done (or will they do) divination which leads them to believe we’re going to betray them? – unclear
  11. Is the location we need to bring the artifacts to in the midst of the portal? – yes
  12. Do we need to do a ritual, other than the ritual to open the portal that we’ve been doing, in order to be able to get to this location with the artifacts? – no

The day after meeting the Moonbeasts (12/18/14)

  1. To complete our mission, do we need to do a ritual other than the ritual to open the portal? – yes
  2. Once we have gone through the portal, do we need to collect any items other than the Stone before coming back to this complex? – no
  3. Is the blue dragon significantly handicapped by the Stone, beyond being sickened if she’s fighting? – no
  4. If we, at our current power level and items, with our current Drow allies, encounter the blue dragon after having cast blue-dragon related buffing spells, are we likely to die? – unclear
  5. If the Mother of Oblivion were brought through the portal with us, would she be significantly useful in a fight with the blue dragon? – unlikely
  6. Does the blue dragon have an SR standard to the class of dragon we believe it to be (or higher)? – yes
  7. Do we need to combine the artifacts? – no
  8. Is there anything which needs to be done to complete our mission, which is not otherwise necessary to return the Shard and Stone to the location? – yes
  9. If the Moonbeasts finish their summoning/creation, it that likely to help us complete our mission? – unclear
  10. Is it a bad plan to have the Shard when we go to get the Stone? – no
  11. Would invisible flying scouting be likely to get us useful information without much risk? – yes
  12. If the Shoggoth kills the dragon, is it likely to take the Stone and stay at the temple? – yes

The day after that (12/11/14)

  1. When we activate the portal, if we immediately enter it, will we avoid the demi-lich? – yes
  2. If we wall in the demi-lich, will that improve our situation? – no
  3. When we go through the portal, will we run into the blue dragon fairly quickly? – no
  4. If I were to attempt to use this staff to planeshift the entire party plus the Mother of Oblivion to the Abyss and come immediately back without the Mother of Oblivion, assuming we first made an agreement with the Mother in which she agreed not to harm us at any point in this process if we didn’t attack her, and assuming we started (and tried to end) outside the noport zone, and assuming we didn’t try this until I was pretty certain I could get us back to this plane, and assuming we’d already finished our mission here, would that be likely to get us killed? – no
  5. Are there any other artifacts involved in our mission, besides the shard we have and the Stone of Sloth (and their combination, if they combine)? – no
  6. Is our mission to combine the two? – no
  7. Is it reasonably safe, mental health-wise, to sleep on the part of Dalquor we’ll get to by going through the portal? – yes
  8. Is it our mission to destroy the artifacts? – no
  9. Do we need to do something with the artifacts on Dalquor? – unclear
  10. Is there information we will need to collect on Dalquor? – no
  11. To complete our mission, do we need to bring the Stone of Sloth to the same location we need to bring the Shard to? – yes
  12. Is that location in this complex (on this plane)? – unclear

The day after finding the portal to Dalquor (12/11/14)

  1. Will attempting to activate the divination stone awaken the demi-lich? – no
  2. Does our mission require us to go through the door that we believe the demi-lich is behind? – no
  3. Does our mission require us to go through the portal to Dalquor? – yes
  4. Is there anything (besides activating the portal) our mission requires us to do before passing through the portal? – no
  5. Is the divination stone theoretically able to be activated by Gilly’s skills, with no gem? – yes
  6. If we do all the things we need to do here, and activate the portal, will the demi-lich at that point be active? – yes
  7. Is it the portal activation (the last step) that awakens the demi-lich? – yes
  8. Is the being which looks like a demon telling the truth to us (when it talks to us)? – (lightly blocked)
  9. Would it benefit us to carry some extra dust through the portal? – no
  10. Does our mission require us to come back into this plane after going through the portal? – yes
  11. When we activate the portal, do we have at least 3 rounds before the demi-lich arrives on the scene? – unclear
  12. If we come back to this place after one hour (after going through the portal), will the demi-lich still be active? – no

The day after talking to the Drow (12/4/14)

  1. Is the Mother of Oblivion likely to stick with our bargain for the next 2 days, assuming we stick with it, if we mention our plan to use the Drow to help accomplish her goals? – yes
  2. If we make common cause with the Drow, and allow them to use the artifact they’re looking for in their ritual, is that likely to make our mission more difficult? – yes
  3. Is the necromantic artifact they’re looking for the previously mentioned ‘artifact-level magic item involved in our mission’? – yes
  4. Would their ritual make it unfit for use in our mission? – no
  5. Would the Drow, on completing their ritual, give us the artifact as they implied they would? – no
  6. After they didn’t give it to us, would be likely be able to take it from them without unreasonable danger to our lives? – unclear
  7. Would the Drow completing their ritual have a significant negative effect on the people of this plane, in general? – no
  8. Would working with the Drow likely have a significant negative effect for us, other than having to fight them after they do their ritual? – no
  9. Would this demi-lich be incapacitated by an Anti-magic Field? – no
  10. Is it possible to complete our mission avoiding the demi-lich? – yes
  11. Is there more than one creature down the island shaft which is likely to kill us if we’re not prepared for it, aside from the blue dragon and the demi-lich? – no
  12. Could we use divination other than star charts to notice and avoid the demi-lich, and still be able to accomplish our mission? – unclear

The day after going down the Big Room shaft (11/20/14)

  1. Would we likely benefit from treating with the Drow in a negotiating sort of way? – yes
  2. If the Drow give us safe-conduct to talk with their Mistress, will they likely stick to it? – yes
  3. Is there any significant benefit to us likely to further exploring down the Big Room Shaft? – no
  4. If we go down the island shaft today, are we likely to encounter the blue dragon? – no
  5. Is there more than one creature down the island shaft which is likely to kill us if we’re not prepared for it, aside from the blue dragon? – yes
  6. Does the island shaft physically connect to anywhere which is not part of the complex? – no
  7. Are we likely to need to fight a creature which is likely to kill us if we’re not prepared for it, which is not the blue dragon, in order to accomplish our mission? – unclear
  8. Is it the case that there is a lich or demilich down the island shaft? – yes
  9. Is there a lich down the island shaft? – no
  10. Is there another artifact-level magic item involved in our mission? – yes
  11. Is there some kind of ritual involved in what we need to do for our mission? – yes
  12. If we meet the demilich, will we necessarily need to fight it to survive? – yes

The day after talking to the Mother of Oblivion (11/13/14)

  1. Is it likely to be more advantageous (in terms of completing our mission) for us to go down the Big Room shaft than the Island shaft first? – no
  2. If we go down the island shaft today, are we likely to encounter the blue dragon today? – no
  3. Is the Mother of Oblivion likely to stick with our bargain for the next 2 days, assuming we stick with it? – yes
  4. Do the different shafts all lead to places that connect with one another below this level? – no
  5. Are we likely to significantly benefit from exploring directions that are not ‘down the island shaft’? – unclear
  6. If we go down the island shaft today, are we likely to encounter (today) a creature likely to kill us if we’re not prepared for it? – unclear
  7. If we were to encounter such a creature today, down the island shaft, would it likely be an outsider? – no
  8. Would it likely be an undead? – unclear
  9. Could it be a construct? – no
  10. Could it be a conjuration? – no
  11. Is it likely that we would be less likely to run into a creature which might kill us if were not prepared for it down the island shaft. tomorrow? – no
  12. Is our mission likely to get more difficult if we work on it slowly? – no

The day after going down the bottomless pit (10/30/14)

  1. If we try to get the whole party up onto Desna’s Tower and rest there, would we likely have a positive result involving resting and not getting dead or crazy? – yes
  2. Would it be acceptable to Desna, if I were to borrow the censer from the mini tower to use in this complex? – yes
  3. Is there a method open to us for freeing the silver dragon from the tube, which would be better for the dragon than just breaking the tube? – no
  4. Are we likely, in the next day of exploring the complex, to run into any creature which is likely to kill at least one of us if we’re not specifically prepared for it? – unclear
  5. Is there in the complex there such a creature which is not the blue dragon? – yes
  6. Is there such a creature which is a construct, or outsider? – yes
  7. Is there such a creature which is a undead or conjuration? – no
  8. Is there such a creature which is a construct? – no
  9. To fix the problem, do we need to return the shard to a specific location? – yes
  10. Are the blue dragon’s goals counter to our goals here? – yes
  11. Is there anything which needs to be done to solve the problem, which is not otherwise necessary to return the shard to the location? – yes
  12. Would it significantly benefit us to mess with the mansion? – yes

Before going down the bottomless pit (10/16/14)

  1. Is the Problem in the Pit likely to come to a head within the next day? – no
  2. If we go down the Pit, scouting as we intend to, are we very likely to all return to the surface alive and sane? – yes
  3. Does the Pit have side openings above the bottom? – no
  4. To fix the Problem, are we likely to need to fight the blue dragon? – yes
  5. Is killing a being or set of beings the entire fix to the Problem? – no
  6. Is the Awful Shard we have collected necessary to fixing the Problem? – yes
  7. Will having the Shard wrapped in lead and stuck in Maral’s transdimensional backpack protect us (including Maral) from any further effects of the Shard, until we take it out? – no
  8. If we put the Shard in a lead-lined box, and buried it 10 feet underground, with the help of an earth elemental, would it nearly certainly be there when we came back for it after figuring out what we needed it for? – unclear
  9. If Maral carries the Shard wrapped in lead, in his backpack, will other people in the party likely be affected by the Shard? – no
  10. If Maral carries the Shard in his backpack, wrapped in lead, will he likely become more disabled than he is now, in a way that we can’t fix with our magic? – no
  11. Are there permanent portals down the Pit? – yes
  12. Is there a connection to Khyber down the Pit? – no

Hypothetical next Star Chart (9/18/14)

  1. Are we on this plane to solve a problem? – yes
  2. Is the problem in this mine? – yes
  3. Does the Fire Giant leader know about this problem? – no
  4. If he did, would he consider it a problem? – yes
  5. Would we have a significantly easier time getting the desired result from our discussion with the fire giant chief if Gilly presents as an drow instead of a halfling? – no
  6. Would we have an easier time if we take a gentle diplomatic approach as opposed to a rough one (gentle would try to soothe over the recent fight, rough would vaguely threaten about finishing the job if we don’t like the answers)? – no
  7. Would the problem, if left unsolved, disrupt the mine’s production? – yes
  8. Would it be dangerous to the miners? – yes
  9. If we go into the right part of the mine, will we be able to see (visually) the problem? – no
  10. Are we equipped to figure out what the problem is, rather then needing someone else to help? – yes
  11. Is the problem detectable right now? – no
  12. Will it be more detectable tomorrow morning? – no

After second Tower trip (8/21/14)

  1. Would we be likely to gain more useful information by going back to the Tower today, according to the same plan as before? – yes
  2. Would going back today according to the same plan, be significantly riskier than yesterday’s journey? – yes
  3. If we go back today with the same plan, are we likely to get at least one of us killed or captured? – yes
  4. If we went back today, would we be likely to hurt our chances of coming back later and successfully fixing this area, apart from the getting killed part? – no
  5. If we came back after a fairly long time, but when we still weren’t ready to tackle the situation, for more information, would it be riskier then than it was yesterday to go in and look at the Tower? – no
  6. If we came back tomorrow, for more information, would it be riskier then than it was yesterday to go in and look at the Tower? – yes
  7. Would we be likely to learn more useful information by studying the tower-top and top portal? – yes
  8. By studying the pattern of portals? – yes
  9. By studying the actual physical Tower? – no
  10. Is there, in Maral’s family’s library, information about the ancient sect of Abadar and its practices, which would be useful to him in figuring out what the god wants of him? – blocked
  11. Is Maral meant to change the way Abadar is worshipped? – no
  12. Is Maral meant to serve as an example? – no

After reaching the Tower (8/14/14)

  1. Have we gotten the information we came here for? – unclear
  2. Would we be likely to gain more useful information by going back today, according to the same plan as before? – yes
  3. Would we be likely to gain more useful information by going back today, according to the same plan as before, except approaching the tower 30 feet higher? – yes
  4. Would going back today according to the same plan, or the same plan but 30 feet higher, be significantly riskier than yesterday’s journey? – no
  5. Would it endanger us or our plans, to discuss our new knowledge with the Circle Guards? – yes
  6. Do the Circle Guards have information about this which would be useful to us? – no
  7. Does the purpose of Maral’s Mark relate to any conflicts that we are currently involved in? – no
  8. Is the purpose of the Mark related to the Church of Abadar? – yes
  9. Is the purpose of the Mark related to Kirkata? – no
  10. Are the specific beliefs and/or practices of the sect which used the symbol as it appears on Maral, relevant to the Mark’s purpose? – yes
  11. Is there a way to do what we need to do to the Tower, without coming into conflict with the occupants of the Tower? – no
  12. Do we need to deactivate the semi-magic-device-ness of the Tower to achieve our Tower-related goals? – yes

After almost reaching the Tower (8/14/14)

  1. If we go towards the Iron Tower successfully employing the Compass, are we almost certain to run into the Conjuration aspected area we ran into yesterday? – yes
  2. If we follow the Compass to the Tower, are we at all likely to encounter any traps outside the Tower’s trapped zone? – no
  3. In order to keep the likelyhood of survival of yesterday’s stated plan, do we need to leave immediately if we encounter a creature within the trapped zone and it escapes us? – yes
  4. If we see a Tower, after following the Compass, will it certainly be The Iron Tower? – yes
  5. If we believe we have seen the Iron Tower, is there any chance that it is actually some sort of trick giving us false or misleading information? – no
  6. If we encounter any creature within the trapped zone, is it almost certain to be a demon? – yes
  7. Once we find out what we need to find out, is there any reason for us stay in the Mournlands any longer? – blocked
  8. Once we find out what we need to find out, is there any reason for us stay in the Circle any longer? – no
  9. Once we find out what we need to find out, if we believe that we haven’t been noticed by the occupants of the Tower, if we stay by the Tower for another minute, is that likely to get us killed? – unclear
  10. That thing that Maral has which is not a Dragonmark, does it have a purpose or meaning beyond its use? – yes
  11. Does the purpose of Maral’s Mark have anything to do with the PN bit? – no
  12. Does the purpose of the Mark have to do with the shifting planes? – no
    Bonus due to GM error!: When we get to the Conjuration zone, does that tell us we’re within 8 minutes of the Tower? – yes

After finishing the Compass (7/24/14)

  1. Our plan is, follow the Compass toward the Tower, watching carefully for traps and avoiding them as best we can. When we start finding traps, cast preparatory spells. Keep moving as long as visibility is greater than 30 feet, until we see the Tower. Stop, and observe the Tower without going closer, until we find out what we think we were looking for, or notice that we’ve been noticed. If we do set off a trap, leave immediately. Leave on foot, anti-follow the Compass back, unless we need to run, and then anti-follow the Compass after running. Is this plan likely to get any of us killed? – no
  2. Do the Tower traps extend 240 feet or more from the Tower? – no
  3. When we see the thing we’ve come to see, are we likely (at least some of us) to understand it? – yes
  4. Are the traps of multiple types? – yes
  5. Are at least some of the traps magical? – yes
  6. Will flying help avoid traps? – yes
  7. Can at least some of the traps be seen with normal vision, if one is very perceptive? – yes
  8. Does the Tower detect as magical from 60 feet away, using Detect Magic? – yes
  9. Do at least some of the traps detect as magical using Detect Magic? – yes
  10. Do the traps include Symbols? – yes
  11. If we follow the same plan as above, but instead of leaving when we set off a trap, keep going until we see a creature who seems to notice us, would any of us be likely to die? – no
  12. Are there Tower traps, outside the Tower, which do not detect as magical using Detect Magic? – yes

Next day (7/17/14)

  1. If we got within sight , but not within 30 feet, of the Tower, and were attacked by demons from the Tower, and ran away, would we have a reasonable chance of survival? – yes
  2. If we come within sight of the Tower, and not with 30 feet, are the demons likely to attack us within one minute (assuming we don’t hide well enough in the mist to avoid detection)? – yes
  3. Within 1 round? – no
  4. Is a 1 round glimpse of the Tower enough for us to learn what we need to learn? – unclear
  5. If visibility is less than 30 feet, are we most likely to learn what we need to learn, and survive, by leaving before we get close to the Tower and coming back later? – yes
  6. Do the Tower traps go out to 120 feet from the Tower? – yes
  7. Do we need to see the Tower to learn what we need to learn? – yes
  8. Do we need to see the Tower from a specific direction to learn what we need to learn? – no
  9. Do we need to be closer to the Tower than ‘however far we can see the Tower from’, to learn what we need to learn? – no
  10. Is seeing the Tower with normal vision, sufficient to learn what we need to learn? – yes
  11. Is what we need to see, difficult to see or notice? – no
  12. If we’re attacked, and run away, are the demons likely to keep chasing us if they can no longer perceive us? – unlikely

Next day (7/17/14)

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  8. If we get to the Tower and are attacked by its occupants within a minute, are we still likely to be able to learn whatever we are trying to learn by reaching the sight of the Tower? – yes
  9. If we set off a trap, would we be more likely to learn what we’re here to learn if we left immediately and came back some hours later? – yes
  10. Is the most powerful demon occupying the Tower more powerful than a Marilith? – yes
  11. Is it as least as powerful as a Baelor? – yes
  12. Is there only one demon occupying the Tower at the highest power level (is everyone else at least one CR lower)? – unclear

Next day (7/17/14)

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  7. If we set off a trap and they know we’re out there, do we still have a reasonable chance to go to where we can see the Tower and not closer, and also not within 30 feet of the Tower, and get out alive? – yes
  8. Are the occupants all demons? – yes
  9. Do the traps start farther than than 60 feet from the Tower? – yes
  10. Do the traps also do damage or status damage? – yes
  11. Are they mechanical traps? – unclear
  12. Are we likely to be aware if we set one off? – yes

Next day (7/17/14)

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  10. Are the traps around the Tower at a distance of 30 feet or more set to warn the Tower’s occupants of visitors? – yes
  11. If the occupants of the Tower sense us and therefore attack us, is it likely to be just because they like killing people (as opposed to perceiving us as a threat because we have gotten to the Tower)? – yes
  12. If we successfully employ the Compass, can we reach the Tower from the Circle in less than an hour of walking? – probably

After another day with Compass (7/17/14)

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  7. If we were to approach the Tower in low visibility, would we be able to sense the traps around it using Detect Magic, allowing us to stop outside 30 feet from the Tower? – no
  8. Are there traps set around the Tower at a distance greater than 30 feet? – yes
  9. Are the occupants of the Tower demons (at least some of them)? – yes
  10. Are they Qlippoths (at least some of them)? – no
  11. Is stopping at 30 feet from the Tower, if visibility is 30 feet or less, sufficient to get us the increased chance of living as in previous questions? – yes
  12. Do the occupants of the Tower usually have guards or lookouts set outside the Tower? – no

After getting the Compass and Sword (7/16/14)

  1. If we find the Iron Tower, and stop as soon as we see it and don’t go any closer, are we likely to die because of it (as on 6/19/14)? – no
  2. Does this hold true even if visibility happens to be less than 30 feet? – no (seeing from less than 30 feet could lead to death)
  3. Do the increased chances of survival (also as 6/19/14) also apply if we do approach the Tower, but don’t come within 10 feet of it? -no
  4. If the Mournlands’ planar problems were fixed, would the Mist cease to propagate because of that? – yes
  5. Are the current inhabitants of the Tower all chaotic outsiders (not including henchmen/summons/etc)? -yes
  6. Are they all evil? – yes
  7. If we stop as soon as we see the Tower, will the occupants likely be aware of our presence? – unclear
  8. Are they able to see or sense invisible people? – yes
  9. If they are aware of our presence but do nothing that we would think of as threatening, are they likely to attack us? – yes
  10. Are there traps in the vicinity of the Tower? – yes
  11. We plan to follow the Compass to the Iron Tower, stop when we can see the Iron Tower, gather as much information about it as we can without going closer, and then leave. Is this plan likely to get us killed? – unclear
    If the answer to #3 is ‘yes’, we instead plan to approach the Tower but not get within 10 feet of it, the rest of the plan is the same, and would like to know instead whether that is likely to get us killed.
  12. Will anti-following the Compass lead us back to the edge of the Circle? – yes

After the second exploration (7/3/14)

  1. Do we need the sword in the Shrine of Shelyn? – no
  2. Would the Sword help us find the Tower, if we had it? – no
  3. Do the Naunettes typically patrol outside the armory? – no
  4. If we find the Armoury, get only just within sight of it, prep, and rush in, are we likely to get surprise? – yes
  5. Is it useful to us to go through various aspected areas of the Circle? – no
  6. Is it possible to control which aspects we walk through, given our current resources and knowledge? – unclear
  7. Is controlling which aspects we walk through important for getting to the Tower? – no
  8. Are there multiple places in the Circle with tools and/or knowledge which would help us find the Iron Tower? – no
  9. Are the contents of the Armoury likely to help us get to the Tower in a navigational way? – yes
  10. Will the contents of the Armoury, if we get them, counter the force keeping us away from the Tower? – yes
  11. Will the contents of the Armoury which are important to us be easily recognizable as such to normal, magic, or invisble sight? – yes
  12. When we find the Armour contents, will we be easily able to use or secure them? – yes

After the first exploration of the Circle of Doom (6/19/14)

  1. If we spend a couple more days searching for the Iron Tower in the same way we did yesterday, are we likely to find it? – no
  2. If we further explore the Circle of Doom, are we likely to find anything which will significantly help us with our later trip here? – yes
  3. If we find the Iron Tower, are we likely to find anything which will significantly help us with our later trip here, beyond what we’d be likely to find elsewhere in the area? – yes
  4. If we find the Iron Tower on this trip, are we likely to die because of it? – unclear
  5. Would the contents of the old Armoury help us? – yes
  6. Is it important that we secure the Armoury? – mostly
  7. Is there a way that we can consciously walk toward or away from important regions of the Circle, with the tools and knowledge currently available to us? – unlikely
  8. Is there a tool (or tools), or knowledge, which would help us do this? – yes
  9. Is such tool or information within the Circle? – yes
  10. Is some force or power directing or keeping us away from the Tower (luck does not count)? – yes
  11. If we come within sight of the Iron Tower and then do not go any closer to it, would that increase our chances of survival? – yes
  12. If we do this, could we still learn or find the aforementioned stuff or knowledge that would help us? – yes

Just inside the Circle of Doom (6/5/14)

  1. Is there a way that we could fix the eroded planar barrier here, if we knew how, and gained enough power along the lines we’ve been gaining power? – yes
  2. Are the current inhabitants of the Iron Tower outsiders? – yes
  3. Do the current occupants of the Tower ‘own’ it sufficiently to use its power? – no
  4. Does the Iron Tower (itself, not merely as a living place) have a direct connection to the Day of Mourning? – yes
  5. If we are to take control of the Iron Tower, do we first need to fix the planar barriers? – no
  6. If we are to fix the planar barriers, do we first need to take control of the Tower? – yes
  7. If we were to lay a course to the center of this circle, in [this] direction, and were successful in following our course, would we pass near enough the Iron Tower to see it? – no
  8. Is the inside of the circle about 2 miles in diameter? – unclear
  9. If there is danger of us accidentally leaving this Prime because of the eroded planar barriers, would we, if we accidently left this Prime, be able to Planeshift back to our Prime, as reliably as usual? – yes
  10. If we try to locate the vicinity of the Iron Tower and then exit, is it at all likely that we will encounter a hostile creature likely to kill us? – no
  11. Is it likely that we can discover what we need to know to move forward in planning, purely by using divination from within the circle? – no
  12. Are cast spells here likely to create Living Spells? – no

Somewhere in the Mournlands Part II (5/29/14)

  1. direction
  2. direction
  3. direction
  4. If Victor casts Teleport within Metrol, are he and the people he casts on as likely as usual to end up where he is trying to go? – unclear
  5. Can a Living Spell form from a spell-cast within 6 rounds? – yes
  6. Has the Iron Tower moved in the past? – no
  7. Is the divination block I keep running into geographically based? – yes
  8. Do the current occupants of the Iron Tower own the Tower to a sufficient extent to use its power? – mini-block
  9. Are there other magical effects on the same geographical area as the divination block? – mini-block
  10. Did Victor’s family lie to him in any of the information they gave him about the Iron Tower and its history? – yes
  11. Does Victor’s family actually have a legitimate claim to ownership of the Tower? – yes
  12. If Victor’s family were in control of the Iron Tower, would the Mournlands change for the better? – probably

Somewhere in the Mournlands (5/29/14)

  1. We have a plan of entering the location where Metrol was, gathering information about the area and inhabitants, and leaving. Is this likely to get us (or some of us) killed? – no
  2. Are Living Spells attracted to magic from a distance (greater than combat-order distance)? – no
  3. Are Living Spells sometimes created by people casting spells in the Mournlands? – yes
  4. Can this happen all over the Mournlands, as opposed to in specific locations within it? – no
  5. Can this happen within the location where Metrol was? – yes
  6. When a Living Spell forms from a spell that is cast, does it happen within 1 minute of the casting? – unclear
  7. Does the Iron Tower have a direct connection to the Day of Mourning? – mini-block
  8. One year before the Day of Mourning, was the Iron Tower in this Prime in the vicinity of Metrol? – yes
  9. Is the Iron Tower, or its contents, worth fighting over, to Victor’s family? – yes
  10. Does ownership of the Tower (if one owns it properly according to any rules it might have) confer power? – yes
  11. I am confused, and fail to form this question.
  12. secret!

The Ten days after the Liberation of Atur

(Detailed questions not given in general, as there are a lot of questions. This is a summary of what is learned)
Maral’s mark indicates a deliberate choice on the part of the God or his minions.

Mimo’s failed sorcerer-making: We can fix it so she’s a sorcerer, no one from the Cult knows how to do that, or even how to just fix the mutations. A dragon is the best bet for getting the info we need (a really advanced Transmutation specialist might also know, but none in Atur or the University) but a dragon is very likely to be pissed off by both the original process, and the process needed to fix it. A sorcerer-focused magic university would also be a good place to check, but there are none on this continent. Gilly’s theory about how the ritual is going wrong is along the right lines.

The Iron Tower: It’s in the Big Pit, which is where the capital of Cyre used to be. This is an area about the size of Atur. Research was done on Mournlands, aberrations, and Living Spells. Also natural healing doesn’t work and healing magic is half-strength except in the area of a Consecrate. The direct path from the Magic University to Cyre is the best path for us. The Towers occupants will notice us if we can see the Tower, the locals are not spying for them, there is anti-divination magic around the area and/or the occupants.

Is the best way to get the Drow to leave the surface alone to change the circumstance that’s driving them up here? – Unclear Is the best way to get the Drow to leave the surface alone to fight them on the surface? – No Does the Mournlands, or part of the Mournlands, have a mental, non-stat effect on people? – No Would it be reasonable for the party to teleport out of the Mournlands (involving Victor teleporting back in briefly? – Unclear

(It’s not safe for us to teleport into the area of the Iron Tower)
Is it reasonable to escape the Mournlands using the Staff of Planeshift? – Unclear
Is there a dragon who might be willing to talk to us about Mimo’s problem on this continent? – No
Is the guide we are hiring both competent and not planning to betray us? – Yes

Before attacking the orc army (4/10/14)

  1. Is there a Chief of the orc army such that if we kill him it will significantly improve Atur’s situation tonight? – no
  2. Is there a group of high level people we could engage in the orc army, without engaging too many mooks, such that defeating them would improve Atur’s situation tonight, significantly? – no
  3. Would we best help Atur’s situation by conserving our resources until tonight? – yes
  4. If we convince the army’s leaders that the demons are gone, are they likely to leave? – unclear
  5. Would we best help Atur’s situation by being ready to react to whatever the attack is tonight? – unclear
  6. Is this army here because of communication they got from the Patron or someone who communicated both with the Patron and with them? – yes
  7. Was the sudden strength of the orc/ogre attack at Garlek related to this orc/ogre attack? – yes
  8. Tonight, is it a bad idea for us to defend the East Gate actively, from the beginning of the attack? – no
  9. Will the party as a whole need to be able to fly to effectively defend Atur tonight? – no
  10. In this defense, are we likely to come up against any creature powerful enough to worry us, which is neither an orc, nor an ogre, and was not summoned by an orc or ogre? – yes
  11. Is any creature that fits the above description likely to have level or energy draining or damage abilities? – no

Before attacking the Patron (3/13/14)

  1. If we offer, within the next hour, to meet the Patron, with the plan we talked about, are we likely, at the meeting, to be able to identify her and engage her in combat? – no
  2. If we assault headquarters with rogues disabling traps and opening doors, would the Patron likely stay and attack us? – yes
  3. If we attack the Patron without having defeated the Aeshma, is it likely to join the battle quickly? – yes
  4. If we go to Warehouse A, use locate object to determine whether the spear is present, and storm the warehouse if it is, are we likely to be able to engage the Aeshma? – yes
  5. If we kill the Aeshma in the warehouse, would killing other forces in the warehouse significantly decrease the difficulty of the headquarters battle? – no
  6. Is Mimo’s description of the layout of the headquarters tactically accurate? – yes
  7. Are reinforcements likely to arrive at Warehouse A within one minute of when we attack it? – no
  8. Are the Patron’s extra enhancement abilities able to be used on demons? – no
  9. Is Mimo actually on our side? – yes
  10. Is the Patron extremely difficult to suggest? – no
  11. If we attack the Aeshma in Warehouse A, and then attack the Patron in her headquarters, are we very likely to die today? – No

NON STAR CHART DIVINATIONS in Atur
At what point will Atur be in present danger from external armed forces?
There is safety during the day.
How might we go about locating the Patron, that we might engage her in combat?
Pay heed to the singing drunk.

After Garlek (2/27/14)

  1. If we go to the meeting Gilly set up with Mimo, are we likely to be attacked at the meeting? – no
  2. Is the Patron likely to know about this meeting, within a day of it, other than by actions agreed upon by Mimo and us? – no
  3. (secret)
  4. If we offered Mimo the chance to travel with us and the promise that we would do our best to help her, with the understanding that we have various irons in the fire and might not be able to help her right away, would this make her less likely to help us defeat her Patron? – no
  5. If we are very convincing, in a Gilly-type frame of mind, is there a chance that Mimo would aid us against the Patron rather than just staying out of it? – yes
  6. Rest of questions devoted to info about Patron. – The Patron is a succubus! There may be more details as well!

After running from the Rage Demon (2/6/14)

  1. If we return to the same warehouse today, is it likely that we will be successful this time in obtaining supplies without being attacked by anything difficult? – no
  2. Are there any types of demons in the city which we haven’t seen yet, aside from the Patron? – no
  3. Is there a person we think is on our side giving them information? – no
  4. Is the Patron a type of demon that we’ve heard of? – yes
  5. Is he much more powerful than the Rage Demon (CR 13+)? – yes
  6. If we leave Mimo a message asking her to meet and talk with us without telling her Patron and promising not to harm her, is Gilly’s ‘good’ approach more likely to get results than her ‘evil’ approach? – no
  7. Is the evil way likely to get us the results we want? – yes
  8. Does the Patron currently allow Mimo to have reasonably independent control of a party? – yes
  9. Does the Patron have a fixed (or nearly so) amount of force available to him in the city? – yes
  10. Is this Rage Demon a fairly standard example of the type, and thus similar to what we’ve studied? – yes
  11. If we find a different warehouse which was used for food storage, are we reasonably likely to find it un-guarded by scary forces? – unclear

In Atur (1/23/14)

  1. Are there hostile forces outside Atur who would take advantage of the unheld walls if the guards were brought in? – yes
  2. Is Mimo’s patron a dragon? – no
  3. Is Mimo’s patron an outsider? – yes
  4. Is Mimo’s patron a demon? – yes
  5. Is Mimo currently in Atur working for her patron? – yes
  6. If we use the mechanisms we already have to contact Mimo, will it work? – unclear
  7. If we use these mechanisms, and they work, will her patron be aware of it? – no
  8. If we make contact with the Second Story, is it likely to be useful to our goal of evicting the demons? – no
  9. If we attempt to contact the Order of the Second Story, is it likely that our foe would know that we had? – yes
  10. Is Mimo’s patron more powerful than a Rage Demon? – yes
  11. If we defeat Mimo’s patron, will we still have to win the rest of the fight/encounter before they leave? – no

Before Atur (1/23/14, but theoretical charting done before events of last couple sessions)

  1. Is there a person who knows about the removal of dragonmarks who is known to the scholars of Atur (ie, if we ask the scholars of Atur for a dragonmark scholar, could they potentially point us at one? – YES
  2. Is there a person who knows about dragonmark removal who is not associated with the Cult of the Dragon Below? – YES
  3. If we ask around among the scholars of Atur about dragonmarks, is the Cult of the Dragon Below likely to find out about our questions (ie, does the Cult have an informant in the library or among the scholars)? – YES
  4. Is there a person who knows about the removal of dragonmarks in Karrnath? – NO
  5. Does the use of an existing dragonmark have any spiritual or religious (excluding alignment) ramifications? – NO
  6. Is information about Maral’s dragonmark, or dragonmarks in general, in any way protected from star charts or other divination? – UNCLEAR
  7. Is Maral’s dragonmark unusual within the class of aberrant dragonmarks? – UNCLEAR
  8. Does use of an existing dragonmark (excluding what one does with it) in any case shift a person’s alignment? – NO (excluding alignment descriptor on spell effect)
  9. Do all the Hegemony cities at least as large as Atur have notable libraries? – YES
  10. Does Maral in fact have a dragonmark? – NO
  11. Is the physical mark Maral believes is a dragonmark of any significance at all? – YES

In Atur (1/9/14)

  1. Is there a leader, such that, if we kill this leader, the demons will leave – yes
  2. Is Mimo’s patron actively on the side of the demonic force – yes
  3. Is Mimo’s patron the aforementioned leader – yes
  4. Is there an active portal which, if closed, the situation here would improve for us – no
  5. Has Atur become abnormally close to a part of the abyss – no
  6. Do the demons have a goal here other than destruction or taking over and/or gaining power for Mimo’s patron – no
  7. Where the demons here invited by Mimo’s patron – yes
  8. Is there any anti-demon resistance organized around or by any of Atur’s temples – yes
  9. Does Mimo’s patron have a HQ within Atur at which he is likely to be found much of the time – yes
  10. If we recruit help from temples, rogues and city guard and find said HQ, do we have a reasonable chance of defeating Mimo’s patron within his HQ – unclear
  11. Would it be possible if we could convince her for Mimo to fight effectively against her patron – likely

Just after killing Garlikson (12/19/13)

  1. If we go to a city gate and attempt to leave, are we likely to get out without issues? – unclear
  2. If we escape through a wall in an out-of-the-way location very soon, will that lead to more suspicion of or proof against us? – yes
  3. If we wait until tonight to leave, are we likely to be caught before we leave? – unlikely
  4. If we wait until tonight to leave, is leaving through the wall at least as good for not being caught, pursued, or figured out as leaving through a gate? – yes
  5. Are we powerful enough to have a good chance of getting to the Iron Tower? – no
  6. Would claiming the Iron Tower from its current holders likely lead to attack by anyone who isn’t a current holder? – yes
  7. Is there someone in Atur who has studied Dragon marks and would be willing to talk to someone in our group? – no
  8. If Maral’s Dragon mark has the potential to grow stronger or give him new abilities, would he need study and/or practice to achieve this potential, as one would study new skills (such as when he learns new tricks with his shield? – unclear
  9. If Maral decided to improve his Dragon mark instead of removing it, would he need to get information about how to do so, in order to do it? – unclear
  10. Is there a person in the Hegemony who knows about improving Dragon marks? – yes
  11. Is there a person in a Hegemony city at least as big as Atur who knows how to remove Dragon marks? – yes

Day before Garlikson (12/19/13)

  1. Is the 4-armed guard a merged summoner and eidolon? – yes
  2. If we hide behind the hedgerow (and Maral looks like a city guard), are we likely to be able to cast pre-battle spells without drawing any additional people to the battle, or losing any eventual surprise? – yes
  3. If Maral looks like a city guard for this combat, is that likely to cause any additional trouble for us before we leave the city? – no
  4. If we attack Garlikson as he goes through this park tomorrow, is anyone other than Garlikson, the 4 armed guard, and the magus guard likely to join the fight against us before it’s finished? – unclear
  5. Is Garlikson, or is anyone else likely to be leaving City Hall with him, likely to be able to see invisible when they leave City Hall? – yes
  6. Is any of these people likely to have Detect Magic up? – yes
  7. Is Garlikson likely to be capable of movement faster than human normal (discounting dimensional travel)? – yes
  8. Is Garlikson likely to be capable of flight during the course of this battle? – yes
  9. Is he likely become ungrabbable (ie blinking or such) during the course of this battle? – unclear
  10. This is our plan for engagement, is this likely to result in surprise? – yes
  11. This is our battle plan, is it dumb? – no

Before attacking Harthrgak (12/12/13)

  1. Are there likely to be 4 people (other than Harthrgak) of around our power level on his property when we attack tonight? – yes
  2. Do any of his guards other than Harthrgak cast divine spells? – no
  3. Do any of them have sneak attack? – yes
  4. Does our plan suck? – no
  5. Is being in Kirkata for another day significantly more dangerous to us than it has been? – no
  6. When we go to the house, are there likely to be any active spells not on people than Gilly hasn’t noticed already? – no
  7. Do more than one of his guards cast arcane spells? – no
  8. Do more than one of them have sneak attack? – yes
  9. Are any of them not ‘persons’ as defined by Hold Person? – no
  10. Can any of them damage or drain stats or levels not using spells? – no
  11. Will Harthrgak have spell resistance? – no

After kidnapping Heller (12/12/13)

  1. Does Harthrgak have extra-normal means of escape if we catch him in bed? – yes
  2. Does he have extra-dimensional means of escape if we catch him in bed? – yes
  3. Does Harthrgak have guards inside his house at night? – yes
  4. Is there anyone (aside from Harthrgak) likely to be in his house at night who is more powerful than we are? – no
  5. Are there likely to be more than 3 people (other than Harthrgak) on the grounds of his house of around our level of power? – yes
  6. More than 5? – no
  7. By the time we get to him, if it is two nights from now, will he be taking extra precautions against attacks? – yes
  8. If we attack him tonight instead, will he? – yes
  9. Is there an alarm on his property which will call reinforcements from off the property within the amount of time we’re likely to be there? – no
  10. If someone escapes from the battle, is that likely to lead to us being attacked before we leave Kirkata? – no
  11. Would approaching his house (invisibly) today make our job more difficult later, or be dangerous for the person who approached, if she doesn’t stay more than 5 minutes? – no

And the next… (12/5/2013)

  1. Does anyone who overnights in the Heller bedroom have extradimensional travel which can transport Anders Heller? – yes
  2. Are Heller’s nighttime bodyguards roughly the same power level that we are, or better? – yes
  3. Are they more powerful than we are? – no
  4. Is Heller’s wife a chaotic type? – yes
  5. Is she either a succubus or a shadow demon? – yes
  6. Is she a succubus? – yes
  7. Does Heller himself have access to extradimensional travel? – no
  8. Is the wife a garden-variety succubus? – no
  9. Does Heller move at normal human speed? – yes
  10. We are assuming that if we succeed in this mission, whether or not people who aren’t Anders escape, it will not result in our being either attacked by forces enough to put our lives at risk, or in trouble with the law, within a week. Is this assumption reasonable? – yes
  11. Does our plan not suck? – yes

And the next… (12/5/2013)

  1. After we give Anders Heller to the necromancer, will the necromancer continue to not attack us until we leave Kirkata, assuming we don’t do anything else against the necromancer, and leave within the week? – yes
  2. Is Heller’s wife a spellcaster? – no
  3. Is Heller’s wife a ‘person’ (for Hold Person, etc.)? – no
  4. Is she significantly more powerful than Heller’s cleric and witch? – no
  5. Does she have supernatural or spell-like abilities? – yes
  6. Does anyone who spends the nights in the Heller bedroom have dimensional travel? – yes
  7. Is Heller’s wife an outsider? – yes
  8. Does she have damage resistance overcome by lawful weapons? – no
  9. Is Heller’s wife evil? – yes
  10. Does she have supernatural or spell-like mind-influencing power? – yes
  11. Does she have spell resistance? – yes

The day after that (11/21/2013)

  1. Is necromantic beatdown coming today or tomorrow? – yes
  2. Is necromantic beatdown coming today or tonight? – no
  3. Is one of the following factions opposed to Heller: miners1, miners2, politicians(2, 3, 4), paladins, necromancer? – yes
  4. Is one of politicians(2,3,4) opposed to Heller? – no
  5. Is one of the miner factions opposed to Heller? – no
  6. Are the paladins opposed to Heller? – no
  7. If Gilly were to approach the necromancer about beating down Heller, would it be more likely to work after he tries to kill us, than before? – no
  8. If Gilly were to approach the necromancer about killing Heller, would she be likely to be able to state her case without being killed? – unclear
  9. If the necromancer sends his forces against us, are we likely to be able to overcome them if we do our best to be prepared? – no
  10. If we approach the necromancer about killing Heller, is there a reasonable chance that he would not attack us or send his forces to attack us? – yes
  11. Is killing the people we are planning to try to kill likely to leave the people of Kirkata substantially worse off because of our actions? – no

After ‘hollyflower’ discovery (still Kirkata) (11/14/2013)

  1. If we’re generally staying at Thosun’s place, are we likely, in the next 24 hours, to be attacked by forces of the necromancer? – no
  2. Is the necromancer likely to send forces to attack us within the week, if we stay in Kirkata? – yes
  3. Is/Are the person/people we’re working for spying on the merchants, the other big merchant guild? – no
  4. Is there a merchant faction opposed to either Heller or Harthrgak? – no
  5. Would the party we’re spying for, with the inducement of the information we’ve gathered about the merchants that we’re spying on, be favorably inclined to advance our cause against either Heller or Harthrgak? – no
  6. Is there a banker faction opposed to either Heller or Harthrgak? – yes
  7. Is there a lawyer faction opposed to either Heller or Harthrgak? – no
  8. Is bankerfaction1 opposed to either Heller or Harthrgak? – no
  9. Is bankerfaction2 opposed to Heller? – no
  10. When the necromancer sends forces against us, are any of them likely to not be undead? – yes
  11. When the necromancer sends forces against us, are a bunch of them likely to be capable of draining stats or levels? – yes

After Mission Impossible Merchant house Edition (11/7/13)

  1. Are the shadow spies reporting to the Powerful Necromancer we know about, who is also the one responsible for the disease we stopped, and he is looking for us? – yes
  2. Does he already know that we’re in town now and who we are? – yes
  3. Would it likely be to our benefit to investigate the pits of evil? – no
  4. Is the other major merchant house a potential ally against Gilly’s untouchable hit list? – unclear
  5. Is the smugglers faction opposed to one of Gilly’s untouchables? – no
  6. Is the thieves faction opposed to one of Gilly’s untouchables? – no
  7. Is political faction 1 opposed to one of Gilly’s untouchables? – no
  8. Is political faction 3 opposed to one of Gilly’s untouchables? – yes
  9. Is political faction 3 opposed to the Nigel Garlikson? – yes
  10. Is the prostitution faction opposed to the Head of Vice? – no
  11. Is the prostitution faction opposed to Anders Heller? – no

After the drug lab (10/17/13)

  1. Will attempting to do Job1 likely get us information or connections useful to Gilly’s
    mission? – yes
  2. In Job2, is either the hiring party or the group they are acting against on Gilly’s list or
    opposed to someone on Gilly’s list? – no
  3. In Job3, is either the hiring party or the group they are acting against on Gilly’s list or
    opposed to someone on Gilly’s list? – yes
  4. In Job3, is the hiring party either on Gilly’s list of opposed to someone on Gilly’s
    list? – no
  5. In Job3, is the party acted against on Gilly’s list? – no
  6. Would taking Job3 be likely to get us leverage against the person involved on Gilly’s
    list? – yes
  7. Is the person (or group) involved opposed to someone on Gilly’s list that we could likely
    survive tangling with? – unclear
  8. Is there a faction among the Rogues which is opposed to someone on Gilly’s list? – yes
  9. Is there a faction among the politicians which is opposed to someone on Gilly’s list? – yes
  10. Is there a faction among the police which is opposed to someone on Gilly’s list? – no
  11. Is there a person on Gilly’s list whom we could legally take out and expect it to
    stick? – unclear
    *Job1 = investigating long-term trade stuff
    Job2 = planting an item in a place
    Job3 = stopping a particular illegal activity

Inside Kirkata (10/3/13)

  1. Would investigating the drug lab with writ and proper city entry make it significantly more
    difficult for us to either survive and escape Kirkata, or bring down the people Gilly
    wants brought down? – no
  2. Would investigating the pit of evil help us to bring down the people Gilly wants brought
    down, in the short run? – no
  3. In the long run? – no
  4. Is there a way for us (at our current ability) to significantly change this city? – no
  5. Is it reasonably likely that we can, at our current ability, take down at least some of the
    people Gilly wants to take down, and escape with our lives? – unclear
  6. Is there a person in Kirkata who knows how to remove dragon marks? – no
  7. Does the Cult of the Dragon Below, or someone in it, know how to remove dragon marks? – yes
  8. Does the dragon mark that Maral bears have the ability or potential abilty to do things other
    than the stabilization effect he knows about? – unclear
  9. Is there a faction or set of factions in Kirkata that oppose one or more of the nominally
    untouchable people that Gilly wants to bring down sufficiently, and with enough power,
    that they would support us bringing down the untouchable? – yes
  10. Is there a faction like that which is publicly visible, even if their opposition is not
    visible? – yes
  11. Was Maral chosen deliberately to bear this dragon mark? – unclear

Outside Kirkata (9/26/13)

  1. In Kirkata, can we (relatively) safely approach the Rogues’ Guild looking for the information
    we’re looking for? – yes
  2. The Fighters’ Guild? – yes
  3. The Fighters’ School? – yes
  4. The Order of Paladins? – yes
  5. Is the corruption in Kirkata only within the Northern Quarter? – no
  6. Is it primarily within the Northern Quarter? – no
  7. Do the powerful people in the Northern Quarter who bend the laws for their own sakes have
    such power outside the Northern Quarter? – yes
  8. Are the police forces in the four quarters separate from each other, aside from reporting
    to the same person at the top? – yes
  9. Are the authorities in Kirkata watching for us? – no
  10. Is there currently a warrant for our arrest in Kirkata? – no
  11. Will the people who are watching for us be likely to be able to quickly convince the
    authorities to arrest us? – yes

Wynarn, after aboleths (9/19/13)

  1. Are the people in Kirkata whose plans we interrupted last time we were in the area likely
    to work against us because of that? – unclear
  2. Are they keeping any sort of watch for us? – yes
  3. If we enter Kirkata openly, will we be likely to be recognized as ‘wanted persons’ within
    the day? – no
  4. If we enter Kirkata openly, will we be likely to be recognized as ‘wanted persons’ within
    the week? – yes
  5. If we enter Kirkata openly, but under assumed names, will this significantly increase the
    amount of time until we are recognized? – no
  6. Would visual disguise significantly increase it, in conjunction with assumed names? – yes
  7. Would entering in multiple groups and getting together after we’re inside, increase the
    time significantly? – no
  8. When the powers that be in Kirkata figure out that we’re trying to figure out what’s going
    on in Kirkata, will they react quickly with violence? – no
  9. Are they likely to attempt to work within their own system to defeat our inquiry? – yes
  10. Is anything significant going on in Kirkata which the rest of the Hegemony would
    object to? – yes
  11. If we go around trying to find information about the stuff Gilly objects to in Kirkata, is
    it likely that we will be attacked physically aside from being arrested? – unclear

Wynarn University, before aboleth (8/15/13)

  1. If we start with an approximate idea of where to find an aboleth’s lair, is [Gilly’s plan]
    likely to draw out one to three aboleths to the rest of the party? – yes
  2. Are there any more Veiled Masters in the area? – no
  3. Do any of the aboleths in the area have training beyond that of a ‘normal’ aboleth? – no
  4. If we follow Gilly’s plan, are we likely to also end up with any powerful servants? – unclear
  5. Is there an aboleth lair in the central part of the lake? – yes
  6. Commence binary search for location of aboleth lair! (Leaves one question remaining)

Seriento before going home 2 (8/8/13)

  1. Is the enchantment on Gilly a modification of a spell we’ve heard of? – yes
  2. Is it a modification of Geas/Quest? – yes
  3. Is it 9th level or higher? – no
  4. Is it 8th level? – yes
  5. [It’s a modified Geas/Quest, permanent, she has free will, -2 per day penalty for not
    helping the sword.]
  6. [There were some days, and some star charts, we didn’t try for making them line up.]

Serinto before going home 1 (8/8/13)

  1. Is there any spell of level 6 or below which would be able to remove the enchantment from
    Gilly? – no
  2. If we could remove the enchantment from Gilly within a week of returning to our home plane,
    would this be likely to significantly change the timing of the Sword’s retrieval? – yes
  3. Is there anyone at the magic university we visited, who would be willing and able to remove
    the enchantment from Gilly, for a fee, without killing her? – yes
  4. Is Limited Wish the least expensive reasonable way to remove this enchantment? – yes
  5. Is there someone we could find in Atur who would be willing and able to remove the enchantment
    by means of Limited Wish within a week of returning to our plane? – no
  6. If we go to the magic university as soon as we can reasonably do so, as soon as our business
    is finished on this plane, will we be able to find there, within a week, someone able and
    willing to remove the enchant from Gilly by means of Limited Wish? – yes
  7. If we encounter a dragon or dragon-friendly person before removing this enchantment, will
    the enchantment likely cause this entity to have information about the Sword? – unclear
  8. Would a Silence spell on Gilly when we meet people while she’s still enchanted prevent
    negative-to-us consequences of the enchantment? – most likely
  9. ditto ‘bound and gagged’ – yes
  10. ditto ‘unconscious’ – yes

Seriento after Vampire (Thursday) (7/11/13)

  1. Are the two Bhuta, the vampire, and the person from room 8 working together? – no
  2. If we hunt down a Bhuta today, are we likely to also encounter one or more of its allies
    at the same time? – no
  3. Were the vampire and the person from room 8 working together? – yes
  4. Is the person from room 8 remaining in this city in the short-term? – no
  5. Is there anyone else in the city who was actively working with the vampire and the
    person from room 8? – no
  6. Would Gilly get a Will save if V’s honorbound ability was used on the enchantment? – no
  7. Would Protection From _____ [something about suppressing the effect]? – no
  8. Is the enchantment a charm? – no
  9. Is the enchantment a compulsion? – yes
  10. Were the vampire and the person from room 8 working for a political entity that the military
    would recognize? – yes

Seriento Bhuta and Sword part II (Wednesday) (6/27/13)

  1. Is it a bad idea to ask the military for permission to use magic in the battle with the Bhuta,
    and to do so if we get it? – NO
  2. Is it dangerous (to the group or to Gilly) for us to go to another plane while Gilly is still
    enchanted? – NO
  3. Is it dangerous (to humanity, in the long-term) for us to go to another plane while Gilly is
    still enchanted? – NO
  4. Is it possible to dispel the enchantment on Gilly using Dispel Magic? – NO
  5. Would collapsing the mine significantly slow acquisition of the Sword by a dragon? – UNLIKELY
  6. If we could get the military and the miners not to talk about the sword, would that
    significantly slow acquisition of the Sword by a dragon? – UNCLEAR
  7. Would bringing Gilly to another plane, still enchanted, give dragons a hint as to the location
    of the Sword (either immediately or in the long run, assuming the party intends not to
    talk about where we’ve been)? – YES
  8. Are there weapons of similar power which would like to be wielded by other PN candidates? – YES
  9. Is it possible to remove the enchantment on Gilly by using Break Enchantment? – NO
  10. … Greater Dispel Magic? – NO

Seriento Bhuta and Sword (Tuesday) (6/6/13)

  1. Is there a dragon PN candidate? – blocked
  2. Does the Sword want to go to a dragon PN candidate? – yes
  3. Could Gilly wield the Sword? – no
  4. Is the Enchantment on Gilly a Dominate spell? – no
  5. Does the enchantment on Gilly allow the Sword to control her? – no
  6. Does the dragons being ‘restored to equality’ mean equality among dragons? – no
  7. Would this equality be dangerous to the people of our continent? – yes
  8. Is it feasible to destroy the Sword? – no
  9. If we don’t do anything further about the Sword, is it likely to be claimed in my
    lifetime? – blocked
  10. Is the enchantment on Gilly dangerous to our party while we are still on this plane? – no

Seriento murder mystery part three (Monday) (5/30/13)

  1. Are the Bhuta drawn by a moveable object? – no
  2. Are they drawn by an immovable object? – yes
  3. Is this object a building? – in part
  4. Is this object multiple buildings? – yes
  5. Are they drawn to these buildings because of anything which now exists or happens in
    them? – yes
  6. Are they drawn here because the military kills people? – yes
  7. If we injure them without destroying them, to the point where they flee, will they
    return? – yes
  8. If we significantly injure them, are they likely to flee? – yes
  9. Are they likely to wait, before fleeing, until they are close to destruction? – no
  10. Are they drawn to the entire military complex, or most of it? – yes

Seriento murder mystery part two (Sunday) (5/23/13)

  1. Were the attacks we were asked to investigate Bhuta attacks? – yes
  2. Is there a person or persons calling or sending the Bhuta? – no
  3. Is there a place or other physical focus responsible for the high incidence of Bhuta? – yes
  4. Barring our interference, will there soon be another Bhuta attack against the military
    in Seriento? – yes
  5. Will this attack occur on or before Tuesday night? – yes
  6. Will the target of this attack be a high officer? – unclear
  7. Do the Bhuta originate in a graveyard? – no
  8. Will the attack occur on or before Monday night? – unclear
  9. Are either or both of the Bhuta which already attacked the military here still in existence
    in this area and able to attack again? – more or less
  10. Without our interference, will more Bhuta come to exist in this area in the near future? – no

Seriento murder mystery (Saturday) (5/16/13)

  1. two deaths each caused by individual creature? YES
  2. same creatures? NO
  3. same type of creature? YES
  4. a type of creature we’ve ever heard of? YES
  5. class levels? NO
  6. outsider type? NO
  7. humanoid or monstrous humanoid? NO
  8. undead or construct? YES
  9. undead? YES
  10. enter/leave by being incorporeal? YES

Goleta post-council (Saturday) (4/25/13)

  1. If we do nothing further about it, is the mayor nearly certain to sign the magic-tolerance
    resolution? – No
  2. If we do nothing further about it, is the mayor reasonably likely to sign the magic-tolerance
    resolution? – No
  3. Would telling him that we’re available for discussion of magic, make him more likely to sign
    it? – No
  4. Would seeking him out to talk to him about it make him more likely to sign it? – No
  5. Would attempting to sway the banker councilman in favor of tolerance be likely to also sway
    the mayor in favor of tolerance, and make him sign it? – Yes
  6. If we came up with a good plan for impersonating someone on the opposing side and having the
    impersonated person act in an extreme manner, would this be likely to sway the mayor
    toward signing the resolution? – Unclear
  7. Would us doing something toward fixing the problem in another city be likely to sway the mayor
    of Goleta toward signing this resolution within the month? – No
  8. Would having the mayor sign this resolution before we leave Goleta significantly improve our
    position when we get to the capitol? – Yes
  9. Are any of the five councilors who voted for this resolution going to talk to the mayor in a
    way making him less likely to sign it? – No
  10. Are personal appeals from witches (directly to the mayor) likely to sway the mayor towards
    signing the resolution? – Yes

Goleta still?? (Thursday) (4/18/13)

  1. Does the merchant councilman know about the magical ability of the person close to him who
    has it and knows about it? – No
  2. Is the person who has it a close friend who is not a family member? – No
  3. Is the person who has it a family member? – Yes
  4. Is it someone in his generation? – No
  5. Is it one of his children? – Yes
  6. Is it one of his sons? – No
  7. Is it his older daughter? – No
  8. Is it Amanda? – Yes
  9. Would knowing this, and believing it, be likely to help convince him to vote for magic
    tolerance? – Unclear
  10. Would Sam knowing about her magical ability be likely to harm Amanda? – No

Goleta once more (Wednesday) (4/11/13)

  1. If Goleta passes a resolution to tolerate magic, is it reasonably optimal for us to go to
    [capitol city]? – Yes
  2. Traveling to [capitol], would it help us to bring Hans Alderstein along? – Yes
  3. Would it be a good idea to bring along any other specific person from Goleta or Piedre
    Lumbre? – No
  4. Would we best be served in this travel by continuing to hide our natures? – Unclear
  5. Would it help our mission to attempt to sell Wilfred’s newspaper stories in lots of other
    cities? – Yes
  6. Would it help our mission to track down where the diseases are coming from? – No
  7. Does the religious councilman have any relations who have magical ability and know about
    it? – No
  8. Does the railroad councilman have any relations who have magical ability and know about
    it? – No
  9. Does the merchant councilman have any relations who have magical ability and know about
    it? – Yes
  10. Is it useful for us to hide our natures for traveling to capitol (as opposed to being in
    capitol)? – Yes

Still Goleta (Tuesday) (4/11/13)

  1. Would the Mayor be likely to be swayed by (how magic will affect) the position of this nation
    relative to other nations? – Yes
  2. Would the Mayor be likely to be swayed by (how magic will affect) the position of this city
    being on the forefront of the new wave? – No
  3. Would the Mayor be likely to be swayed by use of magic to help crops? – No
  4. Would the Mayor be likely to be swayed by use of magic to protect things? – Yes
  5. Would the Mayor be likely to be swayed by offensive and/or defensive use against bandits? – Yes
  6. Would the Mayor be likely to be swayed by the ‘if magic is outlawed only outlaws will have
    magic’ argument? – Yes
  7. Would the Mayor be likely to be swayed by the potential for scholarly research about
    magic? – No
  8. Would the Mayor be likely to be swayed by viewing witches as (blameless) individuals? – No
  9. Would the Mayor be likely to be swayed by sober discussion of magical theory? – No
  10. If we do get Goleta to pass a resolution to tolerate magic, is it in our interests to stay
    here? – No

Goleta again (3/28/13)

  1. Would talking to [councilor railroad] before the council meeting be likely to improve our
    chances of getting his vote, if we brought up divination, mending, and bandits? – No
  2. Would talking to [councilor banker] before the council meeting be likely to improve our
    chances of getting his vote, if we brought up ward spells? – Yes
  3. Would talking to [councilor merchants] before the council meeting be likely to improve our
    chances of getting his vote, if we brought up truth spells and wards? – No
  4. Would talking to [councilor clergy] before the council meeting be likely to improve our
    chances of getting his vote, if we brought up the recent miracle? – No
  5. Would discussing with the mayor fighting bandits, and our general argument against
    forcing magic underground, be likely to improve the chance that he’d not veto a council-
    passed stance tolerating magic? – Yes
  6. Would us talking to [mayor] before the council meeting improve these chances? – No
  7. Does anyone close to the mayor (in an emotional sense) have magical ability? – No
  8. Does successfully casting a spell make it more difficult for that caster to cast another spell
    soon after, on this plane, currently? – No
  9. Does location matter when spellcasting on this plane currently, including possible temporary
    effects of recent spellcasting in that location? – No
  10. Does attempting to cast a large number of low level spells to analyze the behaviour of magic
    have any negative (as in detrimental to us) effects, assuming we don’t get caught? – Unclear

Still in Goleta (3/14/13)

  1. Would getting a newspaper to print stories humanizing witches be likely to help shift popular
    opinion towards tolerance? – Yes
  2. Would getting these stories published in [respectable newspaper] be more helpful towards
    fixing the problem we’re here to fix than getting them published in [sensational
    newspaper]? – No
  3. In talking to the counselor from the University, would it hurt our chances of convincing him
    to favor tolerance, to tell him that magic can be learned (without demonic influence)
    by people who are willing to put in a lot of study? – No
  4. In telling the university counselor this, do we need, in order to not hurt our chances, to
    figure out a plausible way we could know this from within this world? – No
  5. As things stand, if the council votes in favor of tolerating witches, will the mayor veto
    that? – Yes
  6. Can the mayor be swayed by reasonable arguments, with a not extremely large amount of effort,
    by us? – Yes
  7. Would getting [respectable newspaper] to publish a story about different theories of
    where magic comes from (which aren’t demons), be likely to hurt our cause? – No
  8. Can the technology from this world be used in our home world? – Yes
  9. Will objects brought from this world into our world continue to function as they do here? – Yes
  10. Can objects using this world’s technology be crafted in our world by master craftsmen? – Yes

Also in Goleta (3/7/13)

  1. If we reveal that organized crime is already moving to take advantage of the new reality in our discussions with the counselors, is this likely to have a material positive influence on our attempts to convince them to adopt a policy of tolerance to magic? – Yes
  2. Would such a move be likely to put the party at risk of harm? – Yes
  3. Are any of the city counselors, or is the mayor, working with organized crime? – No
  4. Does the threat of harm come from the organized crime? – Yes
  5. Does attempting to use magic on this plane make it more difficult to use magic here? – No
  6. Would it substantially help our attempts to convince the city counselors and mayor to tolerate magic, if we emphasized the defensive and protective uses of magic? – Yes
  7. Would the agriculture counselor be likely to be open to the concept of plant magic? – Yes
  8. Would it hurt our position to tell the counselors and mayor that we have a nonmagical method for determining the truth, which we can demonstrate? – No
  9. Is there any member of the council who is likely to have an initial reaction more negative than the clergyman councilor? – No
  10. Would we put ourselves at risk by suggesting that criminals are likely to adopt magical methods? – No

On impeded magic plane (in Goleta) (2/28/13)

  1. If we go talk to the mayor and council about tolerating the incoming magic, will we
    be more likely to be successful in convincing them to follow our advice if we continue
    to hide our origins and natures from them? – Yes
  2. If we talk to the mayor and council to try to convince them to change the official attitude
    toward magic and magic users (in the direction of tolerance), do we have a reasonable
    chance of success? – Yes
  3. If we succeed in convincing them, will this help fix the problem we’re here to fix? – Yes
  4. If we succeed in convincing them, will this be sufficient for our part in fixing the
    problem? – No
  5. If we succeed in convincing the officials in some number of other cities in the area, would
    that be sufficient for our part in fixing the problem? – Yes
  6. Would we have an easier time convincing Piedre Lumbre first than Goleta first? – Unclear
  7. Would we be more likely to succeed in Goleta by talking to [lawyer councilman] first than by
    attempting to reach the entire group at once? – Yes
  8. Would we be more likely to succeed in Goleta by talking to [farmer councilman] first than by
    attempting to reach the entire group at once? – Yes
  9. The question I didn’t ask before, relating to a thing on our home plane (secret at bottom
    of page)? – Yes
  10. Is a comparison with other countries’ early adoption of technology likely to work in our
    favor with the councilmen in general? – Yes

On impeded magic plane (on the train) (2/21/2013)

  1. Is the problem we’re here to fix causing or caused by an increase in the incidence of
    accidental magic, or is this increase the problem? – Yes
  2. Is this problem caused by the shifting of the planes? – No
  3. Was magic much more difficult (or impossible) before 50 years ago? – Yes
  4. Is magic on this plane likely to become easier, or more common, within the next several
    years? – Yes
  5. If the situation is left alone, will the ease of doing magic return to its previous
    state? – No
  6. In fixing the problem, are we meant to alter how well magic will work on this plane? – No
  7. In fixing this problem, are we meant to alter how the natives deal with the magic? – Yes
  8. Will spreading information help to fix the problem? – Yes
  9. Can we fix the problem as well in Goleta as in Piedre Lumbre? – Yes
  10. To fix the problem, do we need to change the attitude of some part of the populace toward
    ‘witches’? – Yes

On impeded magic plane (2/7/13)

  1. Are we here to solve a problem – yes
  2. To solve this problem, would it be useful to go into the nearby city – yes
  3. Is it necessary to go into the city – no
  4. If we go into the city, are we better off all going together – unclear
  5. Does the problem have a specific location – no
  6. Do the people of the city know what the problem is – no
  7. Does someone in the city know what the problem is – no
  8. Has the problem happened yet – yes
  9. Is it safe to camp in the forest – mostly
  10. In order to get the usefulness in the city, is it necessary to conceal from the natives our differences from them – yes

Third and last day of travel back to Atur. So this is done in Atur,
in the evening. (2/6/13)

  1. Do the histories of the Xen’drik giants include information on
    superior methods of observation of the planes to what the experts use
    now? – Yes
  2. Can the shifting be influenced by ordinary mortal forces (including
    mortal magic)? (Modified to exclude minor things like Create Demiplane (or whatever
    that spell is called)) – No
  3. Can the shifting be influenced by diety-level forces? – Yes.
  4. Can the eventual PN influence the shifting? – Yes
  5. Does the process of selecting a PN influence the shifting? – No.
  6. Was the shifting recently (within the past few years) influenced to
    speed up (either in the short- or long-term)? – No
  7. Could the shifting be predicted in the long-term, from only the
    information obtained by observations of the shifting itself, if the
    observations were good enough? – No.
  8. Is it possible to make accurate observations of the shifting from this plane? – Yes
  9. Does the historical information on Xen’drik which would be useful
    to us relating to the shifting of the planes? – Yes
  10. Is the current planar shifting likely to result in an invasion of
    this plane? – Unclear

Second day of travel back to Atur (in the evening, after Gilly sees
Master Wrentham) (2/6/13)

  1. Does the Iron Tower have a fixed location on this plane? – Yes
  2. Is the Iron Tower in the Mournlands? – Yes
  3. Is the landmark at the location of the Iron Tower a natural formation? – No
  4. Are all of the parts of the Xen’drik giants’ histories which would
    be useful to us known or recorded somewhere on this continent? – No
  5. Does the library in Atur contain any of this information? – Yes
  6. Are these histories collected in one place on Xen’drik? – No
  7. Is the shifting of the planes a natural phenomenon? – Yes
  8. Can the shifting of the planes be stopped? – No
  9. Is it possible to observe the shifting of the planes with more
    accuracy than the experts on this plane have managed? – Yes
  10. Is it possible to predict the shifting of the planes? – Yes

First day of travel back to Atur (2/5/13)

  1. Is there a building or set of buildings at or within 1 mile of the
    location of the Iron Tower? – No.
  2. Are there any people living at or within 1 mile of the Iron Tower? – No.
  3. Is the location of the Iron Tower known by another name to the
    people of the settlements closest to it? – No.
  4. Is there a landmark at the location of the Iron Tower which is
    noticeable non-magically on this plane? – Yes.
  5. Is the nearest settlement (of people) to the Iron Tower within 50
    miles of it? – No.
  6. Do the Xen’drik giants in general allow other people to read or
    hear their histories? – Yes
  7. Are the (or some of the the) histories of the Xen’drik giants known
    or recorded somewhere on this continent? – Yes
  8. Is there anyone living in, or otherwise based in, Atur who knows
    how to remove dragonmarks? – No.
  9. Is removing Maral’s dragonmark (including acquiring any necessary
    information and/or objects) within our current capabilities as a
    party? – No.
  10. Is there any way to defeat another PN candidate, in such a way
    that they will no longer be a candidate, without killing them? – No.

Third day at the University (2/4/13)

  1. Is the Iron Tower within any settlement of people, or is it itself
    a settlement of people? – No.
  2. Is the Iron Tower in the northern half of the southeastern quarter
    of this continent? – No
  3. Is the Iron Tower in the western half of the southeastern quarter
    of this continent? – Yes
  4. Is the Iron Tower a building or set of buildings? – No.
  5. Is the Iron Tower known by that name to the people who live in the
    nearest settlements to it? – No.
  6. Could Maral’s dragonmark grow larger or stronger in any
    circumstance not involving the direct intervention of a god or dragon? – Unclear
  7. Could it do so (without god or dragon) without Maral willing it? – Unclear
  8. Would one or more of the histories of the Xen’drik giants be useful to us? – Yes
  9. Would one or more of their prophecies be useful to us? – No
  10. Are the useful-to-us bits, or some of these bits, known or
    recorded in this University? – No

Second day at the University (2/3/13)

  1. Is the Iron Tower on the western half of this continent? – No
  2. Is the Iron Tower on the northern half of this continent? – No
  3. Is the Iron Tower within a city as large or larger than [city]?
    You pick Atur, which puts it in the range of about 15-20 cities of that size.
    The answer is no.
  4. Is the Iron Tower within 100 miles of such a city? – No
  5. If Maral uses his Dragonmark, will it grow larger or stronger? – Unclear.
  6. Will use or non-use change it or change the removal process in any way? – No
  7. Will removal of a Dragonmark kill the marked person outright (not
    including doing physical damage which could kill someone if they
    weren’t tough enough)? – No
  8. Is the cause of the enormous magical blast an ongoing problem or effect? – No
  9. Do the giants on Xen’drik have a prophecy or history of their own
    which would be useful to us? – Yes
  10. If we gained access to the dragon prophecies, would we gain from
    them information useful to us? – Unclear

Leaving Eldeen Reaches 1/24/13

  1. Does any person in the Hegemony know how to remove a dragon mark – yes
  2. Does one need cooperation of a dragon to remove a dragonmark – yes
  3. Will removing a dragonmark harm the person beyond removing the power – yes
  4. Would I have more chance of becoming the PZ if I actively started seeking out other candidates or staff pieces – blocked
  5. Does the place Victor knows as the iron tower exist on this plane – yes
  6. On this continent – yes
  7. In the hegemony – no
  8. Is it a physical tower – no
  9. Would it be beneficial to us to attempt to visit the Mage School on the island in the middle of the big lake in the middle of the continent – yes
  10. Would it be very dangerous for us to do so now – no

Leaving cave with staff fragment (1/17/13)

  1. If we are flying and silenced and we approach the elementals chamber and zip through as fast as we can, is this likely to get us through without forcing us to stop and fight them – yes
  2. Having gone past the elementals, can we make our way along our most direct, mapped (our map) route, are we likely to encounter any other hostile creatures other than drow – blocked
  3. Is the map we made on the way down still correct – yes
  4. Repeat 2, replacing drow with drow or drow allies – blocked
  5. If we travel in our normal way, not delaying and spending little time in other encounters along the way, is it likely possible for us to get to the exit where we came in without running into the drow army – yes
  6. After we get out of this cave and tunnel complex, once we talk to the local people about the drow army and gilly talks to the cult of the dragon below, is there anything else we ought to do before return to the hegemony – no
  7. When we talk to the locals about the drow army, are we likely to encounter violent hostility – no
  8. Is it theoretically possible to remove a dragonmark from a person without the direct action of a god – yes
  9. Does the contact the Gilly has been trying to contact in the CotDB have any info that is useful to Gilly that Gilly is likely to get from this person – yes
  10. Is anyone in/from/actively associated with Kirkata actively hunting us – no

Heading to the staff fragment (1/3/13)

  1. Have the elementals gone back to where they ambushed Gilly – yes
  2. If Maral imbues boots of just speed and Syama moonlight bridge and all run, will we get past the earth elementals without engagement – no
  3. If we also have a silence, would we be able to get past them without engagement – no
  4. If we get past the earth elementals w/ or w/o engagement, and we continue following Aeledron’s directions, will we encounter other hostile creatures before we make camp – yes
  5. Do the earth elementals have the power to send people flying more than once a day (those that can)? – yes
  6. Would the plan likely get us through with minimal engagement – yes
  7. If we add haste into the plan, will that get us through with no engagement – no
  8. If we get past the room, will we encounter hostile creatures before we outrun the elementals – no
  9. If we get past and make camp at the first place where we can secure shelter, will we encounter hostile creatures between the elementals and the camping spot – no

Travelling to Eldeen Reaches

Several star charts narrowed down the region to search. Exact questions not given.

Temple of Lilith (10/4/12)

  1. Is there anyone in this complex who can help us find Aeledron? Possibly
  2. Does anyone in this complex have info useful to locating Aeledron – no
  3. Would opening the door with the wands help us if we survive – Possibly
  4. If we were to open the door with the wands, would we have a good chance of surviving whatever is behind it? – yes
  5. To open that door, do we need all six wands? Yes
  6. Do we have a good chance of being able to get all six wands without dying? Yes
  7. Does the merilith statue, when the wand is removed, turn into a being with all of the merilith powers? Sometimes.
  8. Can we affect whether the merilith statue will turn into a being with merilith power? Yes
  9. Is the information about how to affect this available to us by searching around this temple and talking to the non-hostile people? Yes

Visiting Gilly’s old master (9/20/13)

  1. Will we find the guy spreading disease if we check the last leg of the route before Kirkata today – unclear
  2. If we find him today, are we capable of subduing him – yes
  3. If we engage this person, is it likely to give us useful information or improve the villages situation – yes
  4. If we engage with him, will it bring us to the attention of the people in Kirkata that Gilly wants to go back and kill – yes
  5. Will the actions we have already taken here bring us to said peoples attention – yes
  6. The cave where Aeledron’s party was defeated, is this cave in the Icecrag mountains – blocked
  7. Is Aeledron living in or frequently returning to (town in the west) – no
  8. Is Aeledron living in or frequently returning to (town in the south central) – no
  9. Is Aeledron living in or frequently returning to (town in the east) – no

Visiting Gilly’s Master (9/6/13)

  1. If asked, will nearby villages send healers to help – mostly
  2. From the 16 nearby villages, are we likely to be able to recruit enough help to turn the epidemic around – yes
  3. If we help people recover without finding the source, will the epidemic recur soon – no
  4. If we spend two weeks on this task, will it signficantly decrease the chance of finding the staff fragment – yes
  5. One week? – unclear
  6. Three days – no
  7. Is the fragment still in the cave – blocked
  8. Is Aeledron living in a city – no
  9. Is Aeledron living in a community of arcane spellcasters – no

At the altar of Summon Monster (7/5/12)

  1. Does the altar need this giant to function in the way it has been functioning in the long term – no
  2. Would it be desirable for us to chain him back to the altar – no
  3. Is our task here finished – yes
  4. Would it help us to know who or what had forced this situation – yes
  5. Was it a god who forced this – no mere god could force this
  6. Was it a natural force which forced this – yes
  7. Is it the shifting planes which forced this – yes
  8. Is the shifting of the planes driven by an outside force – no
  9. Is it in our interest to kill this giant instead of just leaving – yes

On planes of Summon Monster (6/7/12)

My notes here are sort of confusing. I think the first couple of questions are about what/how to accomplish your tasks on the summon monster planes.

  1. Willing chaotic creature on good plane: no
  2. On Kythri, willing choatic creature to accompany: yes
  3. Is looking to find the altar what works on Kythri: yes
  4. ditto on Infernal: yes
  5. The piece of the staff I saw dropped in a cave, is it still abandoned: yes
  6. Is it in Eldeen Reaches: yes
  7. Would it be beneficial to retrieve it when we can do so without overwhelming danger to us: yes
  8. If it takes us considerable time to get there, is someone else likely to find it first: yes
  1. Would Aelidron be able to lead the party to where her party was destroyed: yes
  2. Is Aelidron findable by asking around in towns near the mountains: yes
  3. Are we capable (or close to) of surviving in the area: yes
  4. Is the cave with the lost piece of the staff frequented by drow frequently: yes
  5. Are we capable or near capable of surviving a typical party of drow: unclear
  6. Was the Altar created by outsiders: no
  7. Was the Altar made by from the Prime Material plane: yes
  8. Was the alteration made by people from the prime: yes

(5/17/12)

  1. Is the misaligned summons the problem we are here to fix: yes
  2. Anyone on this plane we can help: no
  3. Must we leave this plane: yes
  4. Can we, by changing the altar, fix the problem: yes
  5. Can we of our own power, not with the staff, fix the problem: no
  6. Do we need to travel away from the altar on this plane: no
  7. Do we need to travel to all three of the aligned planes: yes
  8. Does the order of travel matter: not really

On Summon Monster Planes (5/3/12)

These questions are clearly paraphrased. Fortunately, they do not have long term implications.

  1. Are we here to solve a problem (yes)
  2. Go north (no)
  3. Go east (no)
  4. Go south (no)
  5. Go west (no)
  6. Stay here best (no)
  7. Are the animals a key (yes)
  8. Do we need to communicate with the animals (probably)

Star Chart

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