Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel.   Posted by EpicOne.Group: 0
EpicOne
 GM, 919 posts
 Mighty Power
 in your hands
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 18:07
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
The lich curses in several languages. He utters a word of power and teleports again. He launches a beam of madness with spite at Agon, who is troubling him, but just narrowly misses. His insidious zone of tentacles persists, troubling the party members.

Gromley cries; the lich is immune to being dazed here in his lair, though. Agon hits twice. Harald hits as well. Even with his regeneration, the lich is finally bloodied.

Lich teleports to current location and misses Agon with his stunning ray. He sustains the zone, though, which hits Harald and Agon for 26 force damage and each is restrained (save ends). Nemeroff eludes the tentacles, as does Vali!

ALL PCS are up!

NOTE THE BLUE ZONE ON THE MAP. If you move into it, stop your movement and something happens.
Knowledge checks are not possible on Irfelujhar.

Map: https://docs.google.com/drawin...Q50-wFOAK6P78Lk/edit


Terrain Details:
Illumination: Dim light, filtering in through the crystal ceiling.
Ceiling: The domed ceiling, which is crafted from magically hardened crystal, reaches a height of 40 feet in the center of the chamber. Light filters through the crystal from outside.
Pillars: Eight magically hardened crystal pillars hold the ceiling aloft. The pillars block line of effect but not line of sight. They are very smooth but can be scaled with a DC 29 Athletics check.
Tiamat Statue: This huge statue of Tiamat dominates the chamber. Characters can scale the statue with a DC 15 Athletics check. The statue provides cover.
 


Character   Damage to Character   Bloodied?Action PointsConditionsNotesHealing Surges Used
Agon -26 No1Blur--+2 to all Defenses and invisible to creatures more than 5 squares away, Wizard’s Fury, restrained (save ends), +2 to attack rolls until EONemeroff’sNT Used: Mass Resistance, Blur, Wizard’s Fury, Bigby’s Grasping Hands0
GromleyNo2 +2 to attack rolls until EONemeroff’sNT Used: Song of Transition, Living Missile 0
Harald -10 No1 restrained (save ends), +2 to attack rolls until EONemeroff’sNT Used: Victorious Surge, Minotaur Charge, MIghty Shield Slam6
Nemeroff -29  No1+1 to hit with WIS/INT/CHA attacks until EOE Used: Giant’s Might, Lightning Strider, General’s Belt, Cunning Flurry, Potion of Invulnerability, Fire Lasher’s Lunge, Ring of Greater Invisibiliity, Break the Tempo6
Vali -19  No0+2 to attack rolls until EONemeroff’sNT - Used: Blade Cascade, Storm of Blades 5
ZogNo1Stunned (save ends) - Used: Elemental Escalation, Master’s Surge7
Irfelujhar -503 YES0Marked by Harald, maintained Grasping Tentacles- Used: Spellmaster, Grasping Tentacles  -

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:19, Wed 27 Jan 2016.

Gromley Underhill
 player, 333 posts
 AC-34, F-35, R-40 W-42
 HP-112,HS-10,PP-28,PI-29
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 18:55
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
Gromley makes a dash to the alcove while his awareness moves into position. It once again takes control of the lich's legs-and forces it into the range of his friends weapons.

OOC-
Gromley is in the red alcove, so that should do extra fire damage with his betrayal.
13:52, Today: Gromley Underhill rolled 6 using 2d6 with rolls of 1,5.  fire damage.

With a bennie, I should hit the Lich's will again. Forcing him into the new postion, between two PCs-and once again a victum of his own zone.

13:50, Today: Gromley Underhill rolled 47 using 1d20+28 with rolls of 19.  Bennie re-roll.
13:50, Today: Gromley Underhill rolled 31 using 1d20+28 with rolls of 3.  Betrayal, 2 psi point.

Zog the Faceless
 player, 255 posts
 ac35 f32 r32 w39
 pi 24 pp 22
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 01:02
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
Zog shakes of the pain and then his face is rapt in anger. "You will pay for that, lich," he growls. He rolls into view of the lich and blasts the caster again, allowing the wind to blow him back a bit as he does.

Move up next to zone, hit Reflex 46 with Elemental Bolt and Elemental Escalation for 63 lightning and I is vulnerable 3 to my attacks until EOMNT. Fly back 1 square as part of attack.

20:00, Today: Zog the Faceless rolled 47,16 using 2d12+35,2d10 with rolls of 9,3,10,6.  Damage.
20:00, Today: Zog the Faceless rolled 47 using 1d20+29 with rolls of 18.  Elem Bolt + Elem Esc on I.

Agon
 player, 290 posts
 AC:38 F:36 R:38 W:36
 P.P. : 22 P.I. :26
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 02:15
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
"I've been saving something special for this moment." Agon growled. The purity of this wizard's duel was broken by all the warriors running around, but they gave him the time he needed to invoke something truly special. The air wavered as an invisible beam of force smashed through the dome and pinned Irfelujhar to the ground.

[NA] Spend surge, heal 30
[Standard] Oppressive Force (misspelled in DR)
  Attack +46 vs Ref, CRIT! 68 Force Damage and target takes 10 ongoing, is knocked Prone, and can't stand up (Save Ends)
[Move] Redirect Hand to Attack
  +36 vs Ref, 36 damage and grabbed.
[Minor] Maintain Hand

[NA] Save vs Restained +14, success

Nemeroff
 player, 314 posts
 A:36 F:37 R:38 W:32
 PI: 21 PP: 21
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 04:15
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
"Brothers, chaos as awoken and it is time to smash our foe into the stones of this foul temple!" he said as a wave of electricity erupted from his glaive.



OOC:
Minor: Maintain Break the tempo
Move: Not going anywhere
Standard: Band of Follows
23:03, Today: Nemeroff rolled 42 using 1d20+29 with rolls of 13.  Band of Fellows (does not factor him being prone). Each ally can make a MBA
take 24 points of damage with 4 being electric
 20,4 using 4d4+13,2d6 with rolls of 1,2,1,3,3,1
.
Harald Gaptooth
 player, 350 posts
 AC39: F39; Ref32: W34
 Ins 27; Perc 32
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 18:55
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
When Irfelujhar crashed to the floor, Harald smiled grimll and smacked the lich with his axe.  "Why, thankee, nemmy."

He followed it up with another buffet, trying to do as much damage as possible whilst the liche was prone.


Free MBA
Minor: Martial Supremace
Standard: MBA

18:46, Today: Harald Gaptooth rolled 49 using 1d20+31 with rolls of 18.  free MBA.
18:47, Today: Harald Gaptooth rolled 23 using 2d10+14 with rolls of 5,4.  damage.
18:48, Today: Harald Gaptooth rolled 33 using 1d20+31 with rolls of 2.  MBA.
18:48, Today: Harald Gaptooth rolled 49 using 1d20+31 with rolls of 18.  (From Martial Supremacy)
18:48, Today: Harald Gaptooth rolled 25 using 2d10+14 with rolls of 5,6.

18:51, Today: Harald Gaptooth rolled 10 using 1d20 with rolls of 10.  save vs restrained.

Vali, the Returned
 NPC, 35 posts
 AC34; F34; Ref31; W31
 Ins 26; Perc 31
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 02:25
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
Vali fails to strike the lich with Nemeroff's free attack, but causes the lich to become vulnerable through some precision attacks.

Lashing Leaves. Spend some Bennies. Damage 24, 17 and 27 damage on three hits, and the lich takes 6 EXTRA DAMAGE EVERY TIME IT IS HIT until end of Vali's next turn.

12:02, Mon 18 Jan: EpicOne, on behalf of Vali, the Returned, rolled 17,23,4 using 1d8+16,1d8+16,3d6 with rolls of 1,7,1,1,2.  Damages .
12:00, Mon 18 Jan: EpicOne, on behalf of Vali, the Returned, rolled 45 using 1d20+28 with rolls of 17.  Benny on crit freebie.
12:00, Mon 18 Jan: EpicOne, on behalf of Vali, the Returned, rolled 36 using 1d20+28 with rolls of 8.  Free attack from crit.
11:59, Mon 18 Jan: EpicOne, on behalf of Vali, the Returned, rolled 48,46 using 1d20+28,1d20+28 with rolls of 20,18.  re-rolling until 10 or better.
11:59, Mon 18 Jan: EpicOne, on behalf of Vali, the Returned, rolled 37,31 using 1d20+28,1d20+28 with rolls of 9,3.  Benny on both.
11:59, Mon 18 Jan: EpicOne, on behalf of Vali, the Returned, rolled 30,39 using 1d20+28,1d20+28 with rolls of 2,11.  Lashing Leaves on I.

EpicOne
 GM, 920 posts
 Mighty Power
 in your hands
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 02:33
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
The lich seems, well, worried. He roars and everyone nearby but Nemeroff is thrown back from the blast. As the rich tries to break free from Agon’s magic, he teleports away and then manages to drag himself out from under the magical force pinning him. He has no snappy line this time.

Gromley hits, Zog hits, Agon hits with Oppressive Force but misses with Hand. Nemeroff gives away free attacks. Harald hits a couple of times. Vali hits a lot.

I’s zone fails to hit him this time, so he is not restrained. He attacks with a close burst 3; he misses Nemeroff but hits Nemeroff, Vali and Agon. Vali and Agon are pushed to current locations and are knocked prone; Harald is pushed as well and has to make a save vs falling prone. He then teleports to his current location, still prone. He makes his save vs. the perms-prone.

ALL PCS are up! Harald, be sure to make your save vs. prone.

NOTE THE PURPLE ZONE ON THE MAP. If you move into it, stop your movement and something happens.
Knowledge checks are not possible on Irfelujhar.

Map: https://docs.google.com/drawin...Q50-wFOAK6P78Lk/edit


Terrain Details:
Illumination: Dim light, filtering in through the crystal ceiling.
Ceiling: The domed ceiling, which is crafted from magically hardened crystal, reaches a height of 40 feet in the center of the chamber. Light filters through the crystal from outside.
Pillars: Eight magically hardened crystal pillars hold the ceiling aloft. The pillars block line of effect but not line of sight. They are very smooth but can be scaled with a DC 29 Athletics check.
Tiamat Statue: This huge statue of Tiamat dominates the chamber. Characters can scale the statue with a DC 15 Athletics check. The statue provides cover.
 


Character   Damage to Character   Bloodied?Action PointsConditionsNotesHealing Surges Used
Agon -33 No1Blur--+2 to all Defenses and invisible to creatures more than 5 squares away, prone, Wizard’s Fury Used: Mass Resistance, Blur, Wizard’s Fury, Bigby’s Grasping Hands1
GromleyNo2 +2 to attack rolls until EONemeroff’sNT Used: Song of Transition, Living Missile 0
Harald -43 No1 possibly prone Used: Victorious Surge, Minotaur Charge, MIghty Shield Slam6
Nemeroff -29  No1+1 to hit with WIS/INT/CHA attacks until EOE Used: Giant’s Might, Lightning Strider, General’s Belt, Cunning Flurry, Potion of Invulnerability, Fire Lasher’s Lunge, Ring of Greater Invisibiliity, Break the Tempo6
Vali -52  No0prone  - Used: Blade Cascade, Storm of Blades 5
ZogNo1Stunned (save ends) - Used: Elemental Escalation, Master’s Surge7
Irfelujhar -716 YES0Ongoing 10 damage, Marked by Harald, vulnerable 3 to Zog’s attacks, 6 extra damage per hit until EOVali’sNT- Used: Spellmaster, Grasping Tentacles  -

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:07, Wed 27 Jan 2016.

Gromley Underhill
 player, 334 posts
 AC-34, F-35, R-40 W-42
 HP-112,HS-10,PP-28,PI-29
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 15:10
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
Gromley tries to duplicate his last feat, attempting to lock down on the lich's mind. Hopefully dragging him once again to his own zone of grasping death, while the fire alcove boosts the Gnome's powers.

OOC:
10:48, Today: Gromley Underhill rolled 10 using 2d6 with rolls of 4,6.  fire damage.
10:46, Today: Gromley Underhill rolled 43 using 1d20+28 with rolls of 15.  Bennie re-roll due to die roller hatred.
10:46, Today: Gromley Underhill rolled 32 using 1d20+28 with rolls of 4.  Bennie re-roll due to die roller hatred.
10:46, Today: Gromley Underhill rolled 32 using 1d20+28 with rolls of 4.  Bennie re-roll due to die roller hatred.
10:46, Today: Gromley Underhill rolled 34 using 1d20+28 with rolls of 6.  Bennie re-roll due to die roller hatred.
10:09, Today: Gromley Underhill rolled 37 using 1d20+28 with rolls of 9.  Bennie re-roll due to die roller hatred.
10:08, Today: Gromley Underhill rolled 30 using 1d20+28 with rolls of 2.  1 bennie for a re-roll.
10:08, Today: Gromley Underhill rolled 35 using 1d20+28 with rolls of 7.  Betrayal, 2 psi point.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:49, Wed 27 Jan 2016.

Zog the Faceless
 player, 256 posts
 ac35 f32 r32 w39
 pi 24 pp 22
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 16:47
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
Zog walks up and uses his dagger to deliver a blast of electrical energy to the prone lich and keeping his blade handy lest the lich try to blast him again like he did before.

Move up into melee range and deliver Elemental Bolt + Elemental Escalation as a melee attack using my feat. Hit for 54 lightning damage and vulnerable 3 to my attacks until EOMNT.

11:45, Today: Zog the Faceless rolled 50,4 using 2d12+38,2d10 with rolls of 10,2,3,1.  Damage on I.
11:45, Today: Zog the Faceless rolled 45 using 1d20+29 with rolls of 16.  Elem Bolt + Elem Esc on I as melee.

Agon
 player, 291 posts
 AC:38 F:36 R:38 W:36
 P.P. : 22 P.I. :26
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 17:35
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
Agon joined Gromley in the fire alcove, appearing out of thing air. "We'll turn this lich's own magic against him!" He said, rolling onto his stomach and hitting their enemy with everything he had left.

[AP] Planeshifter free Teleport.
[AP] Crushing Titan's Fist
   (Benny) Attack +47 vs Ref, 54 Total damage
[Move] Direct Grasping Hand 1
   Attack +37 vs Ref, 48 damage and grabbed
[Move] Direct Grasping Hand 2
   Attack +41, 49 damage abd grabbed
[Minor] Maintain Hands

EpicOne
 GM, 923 posts
 Mighty Power
 in your hands
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 18:08
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
Agon, the 37 vs reflex is a miss--do you want to spend a Benny on it?
Nemeroff
 player, 315 posts
 A:36 F:37 R:38 W:32
 PI: 21 PP: 21
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 19:00
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
Using his glaive to help give him some leverage, Nemeroff leaped over the area of the spell and onto the statue. "Agon, I am going to send him over to have a face to face chat with Harald." Nemeroff said as he quickly smashed the weapon into the lich, sending it spinning towards the dwarf.


OOC: Move, jump over the spell area and on to the statue.
Minor maintain Break the tempo
Standard Force retreat. Hit for 10 damage.
13:37, Today: Nemeroff rolled 32 using 1d20+24 with rolls of 8.  Athletics to vault over the area and on to the statue. (if needed use a benny)
13:48, Today: Nemeroff rolled 36 using 1d20+29 with rolls of 7.  force retreat on the lich.
13:50, Today: Nemeroff rolled 45 using 1d20+29 with rolls of 16.  use benny for force retreat.
13:56, Today: Nemeroff rolled 10 using 2d4+5 with rolls of 3,2.  damage.

Agon
 player, 292 posts
 AC:38 F:36 R:38 W:36
 P.P. : 22 P.I. :26
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 19:33
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
In reply to EpicOne (msg # 935):

Nah, I think we're doing fine.
Harald Gaptooth
 player, 352 posts
 AC39: F39; Ref32: W34
 Ins 27; Perc 32
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 22:33
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
"Damn and Blast!"  Harald cursed as the lich brought him crashing to the ground.  "Ya damn beastie!"

Despite being on the ground, the dwarf still tried to hit the lich with his thrown axe.

“Yippee!  Thanks Nemmie” as the lich was sent sprawling at his feet

The axe went up, the axe came thudding down with awesome force.  Harald leapt to his feet and punched the air with delight.

“Cop yer wack fur that, ma wee mannie.”


18:45, Today: Harald Gaptooth rolled 1 using 1d20 with rolls of 1.  save vs prone. FAIL
18:48, Today: Harald Gaptooth rolled 55 using 1d20+35 with rolls of 20.  MBA.  CRIT
Damage 34 + 20 ongoing damage

Move: Stand up

GM: is this what you meant?

This message was last edited by the player at 12:14, Thu 28 Jan 2016.

Vali, the Returned
 NPC, 36 posts
 AC34; F34; Ref31; W31
 Ins 26; Perc 31
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 00:59
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
Before Nemeroff forces the lich into retreat, Vali tries to send the lich to its grave, but fails to do so, only hitting once.

Cruel Cage of Steel, which turns into a cruel miss-fest; only one of three attacks hits. It at least is a crit for 56 hp damage with damage bonus from last round.

19:57, Today: Vali, the Returned rolled 31 using 1d20+28 with rolls of 3.  Free MBA from crit.
19:57, Today: Vali, the Returned rolled 38 using 1d20+28 with rolls of 10.  re-rolling until 10 or better.
19:57, Today: Vali, the Returned rolled 35 using 1d20+28 with rolls of 7.  re-rolling until 10 or better.
19:56, Today: Vali, the Returned rolled 38,37 using 1d20+28,1d20+28 with rolls of 10,9.  Benny, Benny.
19:56, Today: Vali, the Returned rolled 30,33,48 using 1d20+28,1d20+28,1d20+28 with rolls of 2,5,20.  Cruel Cage of Steel.

EpicOne
 GM, 925 posts
 Mighty Power
 in your hands
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 19:00
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
The lich takes a barrage of blasts and then is yanked back to Harald. As he is struck by Harald, a flash of energy surges from him. Parts of his body start falling off.

"Fools. You have already failed. The ritual is complete. Tiamat's final triumph is imminent. We shall meet again. Prepare..."

At this, he crumbles into a pile of dust.

A subsequent search of the area turns up little more of interest that the party has not found already. Irfelujhar’s personal chambers lack for nothing. A large canopied bed, desks, chairs, couches, and other rich appointments line the walls. They find quite a haul of money--one hundred astral diamonds and a massive chest protected with several warding magics that Agon could probably crack given a day or two.

They also find more copies of the ritual that Irfelujhar has been working on, along with a date entry one thousand years ago when Irfelujhar handed the ritual off to Tiamat.

As the party wraps up their search, a portal of white light appears in thin air, and through it steps the Great and Terrible Bone Witch. However, there is a marked change in her demeanor. Her face is streaked with tears.

"We have failed," she says simply. "Bahamut has been slain by Tiamat. He was reduced to mortal form and then crushed. She has won. For now."

She straightens up. "But there is hope against hope. Return with me to Sigil and meet with the one who sent me, if you would change this fell event somehow."
Zog the Faceless
 player, 257 posts
 ac35 f32 r32 w39
 pi 24 pp 22
Sat 30 Jan 2016
at 02:00
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
Zog betrays a rare moment of genuine emotion. He sits on the ground abruptly and stares, slack-jawed for a moment.

"Bahamut slain? How?" he asks in a shallow voice.
Harald Gaptooth
 player, 353 posts
 AC39: F39; Ref32: W34
 Ins 27; Perc 32
Sat 30 Jan 2016
at 02:31
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
Harald stared in shock and amazement.

"Whit?  How?  Whit happened witchie?  Tell us, quick noo, an' let us be aff."

He cleaned his bloody axe on the sumptuous bedding and hefted the chest onto his massive shoulders
Nemeroff
 player, 316 posts
 A:36 F:37 R:38 W:32
 PI: 21 PP: 21
Sat 30 Jan 2016
at 03:32
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
"Quick!" Nemeroff said, "Lets grab his stuff and get to Sigil!  We might be able to find something in the notes and reverse it"
EpicOne
 GM, 927 posts
 Mighty Power
 in your hands
Sat 30 Jan 2016
at 03:41
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
The goblin sits. "It was the ritual. Tiamat cast the ritual. Took her a thousand years, it seems. But then at the end, Bahamut was turned into a mortal man. She didn't even kill him herself--she sent a dragon who crushed him."

She sobbed. "He was my friend. Not just a divine being. He was my friend. And now...."

She stands again. "The only good news is that we have good help. Can't say the name here, not in a plane of betrayal. Come on. I swear by my beloved Bahamut that this is not another betrayal."

She then moves back into the portal, waving for you to follow just as she disappears.
Agon
 player, 294 posts
 AC:38 F:36 R:38 W:36
 P.P. : 22 P.I. :26
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 17:34
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
Agon sat in shock. Bahamut had been a pillar of his existence for decades, and now the god was dead. He gathered up Irfelujhar's notes and paraphanalia. They might have to kill a god next.

"A cowardly act, and one it seems like we could not have stopped. Let's leave this place and salvage what we can."
Zog the Faceless
 player, 259 posts
 ac35 f32 r32 w39
 pi 24 pp 22
Tue 2 Feb 2016
at 01:27
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
Zog pulled himself together. "Concur. Let's go."

He helps Agon collect anything that might even be remotely useful and steps through the portal.
Gromley Underhill
 player, 338 posts
 AC-34, F-35, R-40 W-42
 HP-120,HS-10,PP-28,PI-29
Tue 2 Feb 2016
at 19:07
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
"Blast it." Gromley muttered, the harshest language he ever speaks-and even then its not that harsh. He knew very little other options-but this was a situation diplomacy would not fix. He had to see it through to the end, and he floated through the portal on his energy disk.
EpicOne
 GM, 933 posts
 Mighty Power
 in your hands
Wed 3 Feb 2016
at 13:51
Re: Chapter 2: Grasp of the Mantled Citadel
And, as Harald and Nemeroff dive in afterwards, the group depart. They do not see the pieces of the lich behind them slowly pulling together....

Continued in Chapter 3!