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Newbiespud 25th Apr 2019, 6:00 AM edit delete
Oooh, 1212 get! And now replies in the comments section can properly nest more than 1 layer deep!

Huh? Oh, right, uh... Story Time about infiltrating the villain's ranks.


Guest 25th Apr 2019, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
Well, it wasn't exactly infiltrating, but I do remember the time when my LE deva betrayed the adventuring party to help the troglodytes, then betrayed the troglydytes to help the other players, and back and forth until the Paladin decided to conk me on the head, run away to town, and bring me to trial. The DM had it roleplay it out with skill checks, but since I'm a lawyer IRL(to be fair, none of them knew that), despite the sworn testimony of a paladin of Moradin, the magistrate decided that he was going to lay a bounty on the troglydytes heads, and if we didn't complete it in 3 days, then the bounty would be on our heads instead. The adventure was only supposed to be a one-shot, so after yet more betrayals, the DM decided to send in the Deus Ex Machina and call it a day.
CrowMagnon 25th Apr 2019, 6:31 AM edit delete reply
My Hell's Rebels character was designed as an undercover cop, so while I haven't done much infiltration per se, I have used her knack for deception to manipulate antagonists. For example:

Pretended to be corrupt cops along with another party member to distract a group of brownshirts while the sneaky one of our party rescued a tiefling girl they were going to torture to death.

Made a captured serial killer think that we were a group of similar killers in order to cajole information out of him before turning him over to the law.

After the sneaky one scouted an enemy fort and ended up assassinating the fort's commander in his sleep, I got the others inside the walls by claiming to be leading a posse on the trail of the "rebel assassin". Thanks to some truly heroic Bluff rolls, it worked.
Digo Dragon 25th Apr 2019, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
The only time I can recall of a rank infiltration was done by me when I sold myself into slavery in order to get inside a slave ring and expose the ringleaders. Basically I (the catfolk cleric) worked with the half-elf bard to pose as someone selling me off to pay some rent debts. The slavers bought me for about 250 gold (to which the party sorcerer later complained it was too little). So in chains I went on a very boring two day trip by boat down the river with some other slaves. All the while I was praying to my god, Fharlanghn, to lead the rest of my party following from the shore line. They weren't the brightest bulbs and halfway on this trip they actually got lost trying to follow a river. Seriously.

Once inside the slaver's fortress, I used some spells to message the party that I'd let them sneak at night once I got a good study of the slave pen layout so we could do some rescuing. For most of the first day I pretended to be just a typical commoner, keeping my head down and being an obedient little slave so that the slavers wouldn't pay much attention to me.

Clerics are rarely good sneaks, but I had two things going my way when I tried to open a back door for the party to get inside: 1) I'm a catfolk and had good dexterity, and 2) I didn't have my usual heavy armor and weapons so no noisy gear weighing me down.

I unlocked the door to the fort's stables for the party to sneak in. Instead the party took the horses and charged in on horseback. They attacked everyone and everything not in chains; slavers, buyers, guards, guard dogs, cats, chests suspected of being mimics (12 chests destroyed and looted, 0 mimics found). The party then proceeded to set everything on fire. Seriously, Everything.

The ensuing destruction claimed the lives of the entire slave ring and about 20% of the slaves who were not fast enough to flee the blaze. Sigh...

For most of that action I was helping slaves escape, using wits and improvised weapons since I had none of my gear (the party left that back at camp, including my holy symbol, so I couldn't even access some of my spells). By morning we were done looting the place and began leading the slaves that didn't run from us towards the nearest town.

That leads into the story on how the bard accidentally stabbed the mayor and got me locked in a bath house with a vampire...
Gamemaster80 25th Apr 2019, 7:33 AM edit delete reply
"That leads into the story on how the bard accidentally stabbed the mayor and got me locked in a bath house with a vampire..."

*slides closer* Go ooon..."
Balrighty 25th Apr 2019, 8:59 AM edit delete reply
I'm just going to test this whole "more than 1 layer nesting" thing.
Balrighty 25th Apr 2019, 9:00 AM edit delete reply
Hurray! It works!