Can I set the value of field for a custom list based on which custom form a user chooses?

New developer. Be gentle, please.

Constraints: I am using SharePoint Designer and SharePoint 2010 behind a firewall so I can’t upload pretty much anything without going to my helpdesk and getting a tech person to do it for me.

Situation: We track “Activities”. There are many points of origin for an Activity request. Different clients give us different information and are going to need custom forms (custom new item forms created through SPD). However, all these forms will create new items for the same custom list, “Activity Management”, and I have workflows already in place to create a new Activity Number each time one is created based on a batch of other stuff that is probably not super relevant. All these workflows were designed for only 1 custom form, though.

I need to create a second form and have it not trigger some of my workflows at this time. My idea is to have my new custom New form auto-fill/pre-populate on load/etc a field that identifies which form it is. Then I just have to make a condition at the top of my workflow to not activate for that form. Then we can do it later by changing that field to a value of my choice, now triggering the desired workflow.

I just can’t figure out how to simply set the value of a field within the html of the form – not hiding anything, not making the field a cascading anything, nothing fancy. I have a default inside the SharePoint List Settings that is “No Form” for when I do things manually. Once I figure this out for this form, I’ll imitate it for each custom Change or Activity request. And we can have as many entry points as my bosses need…

Potential Paths to a Solution: Can I do this within table row itself?

               <tr>                     <td width="190px" valign="top" class="ms-formlabel">                         <H3 class="ms-standardheader">                             <nobr>Form Used</nobr>                         </H3>                     </td>                     <td width="400px" valign="top" class="ms-formbody">                         <SharePoint:FormField runat="server" id="ff95{$  Pos}" ControlMode="New" FieldName="Form_x0020_Used"  __designer:bind="{ddwrt:DataBind('i',concat('ff95',$  Pos),'Value','ValueChanged','ID',ddwrt:EscapeDelims(string(@ID)),'@Form_x0020_Used')}"/>                         <SharePoint:FieldDescription runat="server" id="ff95description{$  Pos}" FieldName="Form_x0020_Used" ControlMode="New"/>                     </td>                 </tr> 

Or, maybe there is a really nifty javascript thing that could be used…

<script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">     function setff95() {         Something     } </script> 

Clarification: Paladin falls and chooses not to take the oath breaker class

tl;dr: How do you handle a fallen paladin who wants to take a new class rather than the oathbreaker devotion.

I have a level 6 player who wanted to play a lawful good aasimar paladin (oath of devotion). Then they decided they wanted to be an alchemist (fine, no problem). Then they decided they wanted to be a serial killer who murders anyone who annoys them for alchemy components (wait, what??)

I got them to agree to go from lawful good to lawful neutral IF they agreed only to kill evil people (murderers, etc) AND they could justify that their alchemy was to achieve the main goal of stopping the great evils of the world, and not just for personal gain. But that’s not really what they want the character to be…and they don’t want to create a new character.

They also agreed that they’re ok not being a paladin anymore. So most paladin’s can either choose a new class or become an oathbreaker, if they break their oath.

So my question is, if they pick a new class (say wizard), should it be treated like multiclassing where they’re a level 6 paladin that can’t do oath or paladin spells (but still have the proficiencies and stuff) and a level 1 wizard (when they level up to 7, of course). Or should they lose all proficiencies, abilities, etc. from being a Paladin and become a level 6 wizard (makes less sense). Or should they be dropped to a level 1 wizard and be stripped of all paladin stuff?

Clarification: Paladin falls and chooses not to take the oath breaker class

tl;dr: How do you handle a fallen paladin who wants to take a new class rather than the oathbreaker devotion.

I have a level 6 player who wanted to play a lawful good aasimar paladin (oath of devotion). Then they decided they wanted to be an alchemist (fine, no problem). Then they decided they wanted to be a serial killer who murders anyone who annoys them for alchemy components (wait, what??)

I got them to agree to go from lawful good to lawful neutral IF they agreed only to kill evil people (murderers, etc) AND they could justify that their alchemy was to achieve the main goal of stopping the great evils of the world, and not just for personal gain. But that’s not really what they want the character to be…and they don’t want to create a new character.

They also agreed that they’re ok not being a paladin anymore. So most paladin’s can either choose a new class or become an oathbreaker, if they break their oath.

So my question is, if they pick a new class (say wizard), should it be treated like multiclassing where they’re a level 6 paladin that can’t do oath or paladin spells (but still have the proficiencies and stuff) and a level 1 wizard (when they level up to 7, of course). Or should they lose all proficiencies, abilities, etc. from being a Paladin and become a level 6 wizard (makes less sense). Or should they be dropped to a level 1 wizard and be stripped of all paladin stuff?

Clarification: Paladin falls and chooses not to take the oath breaker class – D&D 5e

tl;dr: How do you handle a fallen paladin who wants to take a new class rather than the oathbreaker devotion.

I have a level 6 player who wanted to play a lawful good aasimar paladin (oath of devotion). Then they decided they wanted to be an alchemist (fine, no problem). Then they decided they wanted to be a serial killer who murders anyone who annoys them for alchemy components (wait, what??)

I got them to agree to go from lawful good to lawful neutral IF they agreed only to kill evil people (murderers, etc) AND they could justify that their alchemy was to achieve the main goal of stopping the great evils of the world, and not just for personal gain. But that’s not really what they want the character to be…and they don’t want to create a new character.

They also agreed that they’re ok not being a paladin anymore. So most paladin’s can either choose a new class or become an oathbreaker, if they break their oath.

So my question is, if they pick a new class (say wizard), should it be treated like multiclassing where they’re a level 6 paladin that can’t do oath or paladin spells (but still have the proficiencies and stuff) and a level 1 wizard (when they level up to 7, of course). Or should they lose all proficiencies, abilities, etc. from being a Paladin and become a level 6 wizard (makes less sense). Or should they be dropped to a level 1 wizard and be stripped of all paladin stuff?

Clarification: Paladin falls and chooses not to take the oath breaker class – D&D 5e

tl;dr: How do you handle a fallen paladin who wants to take a new class rather than the oathbreaker devotion.

I have a level 6 player who wanted to play a lawful good aasimar paladin (oath of devotion). Then they decided they wanted to be an alchemist (fine, no problem). Then they decided they wanted to be a serial killer who murders anyone who annoys them for alchemy components (wait, what??)

I got them to agree to go from lawful good to lawful neutral IF they agreed only to kill evil people (murderers, etc) AND they could justify that their alchemy was to achieve the main goal of stopping the great evils of the world, and not just for personal gain. But that’s not really what they want the character to be…and they don’t want to create a new character.

They also agreed that they’re ok not being a paladin anymore. So most paladin’s can either choose a new class or become an oathbreaker, if they break their oath.

So my question is, if they pick a new class (say wizard), should it be treated like multiclassing where they’re a level 6 paladin that can’t do oath or paladin spells (but still have the proficiencies and stuff) and a level 1 wizard (when they level up to 7, of course). Or should they lose all proficiencies, abilities, etc. from being a Paladin and become a level 6 wizard (makes less sense). Or should they be dropped to a level 1 wizard and be stripped of all paladin stuff?

A bard who chooses to prepare a spell?

This question is asked out of curiosity as I’m considering whether to place a high level magic item in my epic level game. On page 28 of the PHB under the bard ‘spells’ section it states

As noted above, a bard need not prepare his spells in advance.

Emphasis ‘need not’, could a bard choose to prepare spells in advance and thereby gain the benefit of Vest of the Archmagi page 145 Magic Item Compendium:

…and that it allows him to recall up to three arcane spells that he had previously prepared and cast (as a pearl of power, except that it can be used for any spell up to 9th level and activating it requires only a swift action).

Pearl of Power page 263 DMG states:

…Once per day on command, a pearl of power enables the possessor to recall any one spell that she had prepared and then cast. The spell is then prepared again, just as if it had not been cast.

Note I’m aware of ‘Memento Magica’ from the Magic Item Compendium, this is not an ‘asking for solutions’ type question, instead I am interested to determine if by RAW that a) A bard may choose to prepare spells? and b) Is that sufficient to enable the benefit of items such as a pearl of power and a vest of the archmagi?