Rise of Tiamat – Final Battle [Major Spoilers]

Similar to the Rise of Tiamat – Dragon assets [Major spoilers] question, there appears to be a big lack of guidance regarding the final battle

In Episode 1 p23, it says:

However, without repeating what is said in Episode 9 pp86-87 very little information is given to deliver on the promise given above.

Speaking generically (those who know the module will be able to fill in the specifics), the PCs have the opportunity to acquire “assets” during the adventure that can neutralize the “assets” of their enemies. If they acquire all of the assets then they should have a relatively easy run through to the climactic battle we have all been waiting for. A few encounters with skirmishes between the “assets” of both sides where the PCs can weigh in to tip the balance without draining too many resources and the party gets the idea that they are a small (but vital) part of greater things and away we go.

However, it is more than likely that they will not have been able to acquire all of the “assets” leaving unopposed enemy “assets”. For example:

Obviously, if they totally blow the acquisition of “assets” their chance of reaching the big final scene would be practically zero.

I am conscious that the question I am about to pose steers dangerously close to seeking opinions so I will be very specific.

What strategies can be employed to:

  1. Make the acquisition of “assets” meaningful, and
  2. Make the allocation of those assets significant, while
  3. Allowing the party a reasonable chance of reaching the big boss battle?

To get you started, I am thinking (embryonicly):

Can Major Image and forced perspective make illusions appear larger?

In the game I’m running, the PCs are about to embark on a wilderness trek during which they will be harried by an opponent who has access to the major image spell. This opponent seeks to distract, mislead, and delay them, forcing them to spend more time and resources reaching their objective than they would otherwise.

I am trying to determine what is possible within the constraints of the major image spell description. One thing that occurred to me is that, while the spell’s effects are confined to a 20′ cube, they might seem to be spread over a much greater area by tricks of forced perspective. For example, an illusory, 20′ tall castle suspended in mid-air between the party and a distant hill might appear to be a full-size castle settled on the hill. Or a 20′ wide illusion of a wall of flames might seem to be consuming a vast span of the horizon.

Or alternatively, an illusory pit might seem to be much deeper than 20′ by "drawing" its walls and bottom in such a way as to make it seem deeper.

Can forced perspective be used with major image in this way?

Are there potential drawbacks to allowing this? Would any modifiers be appropriate for investigation checks to "disbelieve" them?

what are the major breaches in the last 12 months? [closed]

As a context for my small project:

  1. I need to summarize the major breaches in last 12 months with a rationale. i.e. https://www.hackmageddon.com/2020/08/13/june-2020-cyber-attacks-statistics/ I can use these stats to start with.

  2. Quantify the damage

  3. Highlight the weaknesses

  4. Predict the possible threats in next 12 months

  5. How can we overall improve the security posture to tackle these threats?

Any assistance will be highly appreciated in finding the right resources to extract the information.

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Running the adventure in "Eberron: Rising from the Last War", there’s a ghost of a gnome that died during the War of The Mark, which takes place at roughly -500 YK. The ghost still thinks he’s in that time period, and provides the players with information about the city based on that.

Clearly someone living 500 years before Galifar was founded wouldn’t describe the year using the YK scale. Is there an easy way to get across to the players that the ghost believes himself to be living in the past?

Major security and usability flaw in Linux (root privileges and sudoers, folder access restriction, Ubuntu Linux)

Alright, let me give you the context. I am a business owner with strong technical background, say a programmer, though not an advanced system administrator. I’ve bought a VPS server where I want to host several applications and webpages. One of the apps consists of backend, admin frontend and user frontend, another one is just backend and frontend. So 5 different programmers develop those apps. From time to time, as the development takes its place, those programmers need to install and upgrade some packages, modify system configs and so on, i.e. they need ssh access and some root privileges.

And here is the tricky part. It is obvious that I don’t want them to see and gain access to the folders they are not supposed to see, i.e. the devs of the first app shouldn’t have access to the folders of the second app and vice versa. Moreover the backend dev of the first app shouldn’t have access to the frontend folders of the same app and the same goes for the second app. Also I would like to restrict access for them to certain commands like visudo or reboot, so they wouldn’t be able to lock me out of my own server or reboot it without my consent.

Now, if I give them sudo privileges for them to be able to run administrative tasks needed for their development – then they have access to everything and it becomes practically impossible to restrict access for them to certain folders and commands. On the other hand if I DON’T give them sudo privileges, then it becomes a huge pain for me to every time install packages and give them access to certain files and commands they need to continue development. There are over 1500 commands and the corresponding number of system files in Linux they could potentially need access to, so it’s very VERY unconvenient for me to spend so much time to administer the VPS, especially getting the fact that I’m not a very advanced system administrator and I don’t have much time because I need to run my business.

There are already numerous posts and threads on the Internet where people try to find solutions to somewhat close problems like these: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, and they still have no reasonable solutions to them, only those that involve some supercomplex activities and anyway not giving a needed result.

So from my point of view as a business owner it should be something like this: there is a root user who can do everything. He can create admins and define access rights for them, for example in that very sudoers file. Then it’s his decision whether to give access to an admin to the sudoers file itself and any of the folders and commands of his choice. For example an admin could be able to run any command in the system except “reboot” and “visudo” and he can access all files and folders except /etc/sudoers and say /var/www/private_folder even WITH sudo privileges invoked (meaning he can’t even copy those files, overwrite them, chmod and chown them and so on, i.e. access them with any command).

That would immediately make the whole system administration A LOT more easier and logical, eliminating the need for complex solutions like chroot jails, separate bash environments, splitting servers into virtual machines, using containers and so on. And it’s so simple, a matter of a couple of conditions in the code, if I understand it correctly from a developer’s perspective. Also, I want to be in control of my VPS, not having to trust any other third person believing he/she won’t steal my information and/or destroy my whole system either by making a mistake or intentionally and basically it can be considered as a serious security vulnerability from a certain point of view.

This seems so obvious and logical for me, that I was really discouraged and embarrassed that it’s really isn’t like that in Linux. Maybe 20 years ago when Linux was created it was enough to have only a root and sudoers and the rest of users to accomplish tasks they had at that time, but today everything goes a bit different way already and that archaic approach is not usable anymore.

Of course I realize I can understand something wrong and there is a strong reason why it has to be as it is, then please let me know why is it so and what is a correct and easy way of solving my problem described above without a need to build a behemoth on my VPS or manually administering it all the time by myself. After all it should be user-friendly, right? Now it’s not.

On the other hand if there is no such a solution, then I would really be willing to even pay someone who could implement some kind of a patch or a package that will allow to solve this problem.

Beholderkin Overseer’s Major Creation: Can it be used offensively?

According to Lords of Madness, the Beholderkin Overseer’s Major Creation eye ray requires a full round action to use (instead of the standard 10 minute casting time). It has a range of 180 ft. (instead of the standard Close range). But, it says that, “It has no offensive function”.

Does this mean the overseer should not use the eye ray offensively? Or does it mean it cannot use it offensively? For example, the overseer could create 14 cubic feet of platinum 180 feet in the air above an enemy. Since it is a supernatural ability to create, it cannot be prevented except by killing the overseer. At the end of the round, 18,000 lbs of platinum appears in midair and begins falling. Was this possible? Is this an “offensive function” that the overseer cannot make use of?

Can the overseer create mundane weapons? Or would that be considered an “offensive function”? For instance, in combat, could the overseer create an Adamantine weapon and use its telekinesis to sunder every weapon the party has?

I am not looking for RAI, as this creature is too open to make that determination. By an RAW reading, should I assume that any offensive purpose is somehow impossible for the overseer? What about creating traps out of combat? Or is that simply fluff text, and the creators never really gave it enough thought to realize it has a ton of offensive potential?

This question is related to, but a separate question from this one: here.

Can a Major Image illusion move outside of the range in which it was originally cast?

Major Image (relevant sections):

You create the image of an object, a creature, or some other visible phenomenon that is no larger than a 20.foot cube. The image appears at a spot that you can see within range and lasts for the duration.

As long as you are within range of the illusion, you can use your action to cause the image to move to any other spot within range. As the image changes location, you can alter its appearance so that its movements appear natural for the image. For example, if you create an image of a creature and move it, you can alter the image so that it appears to be walking.

At Higher Levels: When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 6th level or higher, the spell lasts until dispelled, without requiring your concentration.

I initially presumed this to mean you can create an illusion limited by the 20ft cube maximum size, and then the illusion can move within the original 120ft casting radius, with no option to leave it. But upon reading it again, it seems that if the caster is within range of the illusion, the character can command the illusion to move outside any initial range, and indeed can have the illusion follow the character around the map for miles. Is this correct?

What major changes will 5e bring in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting?

As I understand it 4e takes the Forgotten Realms storyline up to around 1469 DR. How far will 5e take it, if at all?

Will there be many changes to the story?

I am using many realms characters, such as Jarlaxle, in my campaign.. my campaign takes place in 1499 DR and I try to follow the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting as closely as possible; will I expect drastic changes in things like deities come 5e? Or will 5e be more about mechanical changes, etc.?

Does switching the bard incantation stat from charisma to wisdom create major balance issues? [duplicate]

I have a player who want to play a shaman. He really wants to keep the bard classes but he is much more interested in the druid lore. He doesn’t want to be charismatic and handle social interaction, he wants to focus it’s music around nature and worship nature-related deities. Therefore he was asking if he can have a bard with wisdom as the incantation characteristic.

I’m about to say yes, but I’m new and I don’t know if there is major balance issues that will come up and that I didn’t foresee.