Act II: Scene 4, Return to Darkness.   Posted by the Creator.Group: 0
Chen Zen
 PC, 110 posts
 Nazar Ethan
 ZenMaster,WitchHuntr
Fri 20 Oct 2017
at 02:01
Moving Things Along
Chen focuses his ki on the creature sending forth a blast of power at the goat.

OOC Ki Blast boss, 75 points of Ki... that sounds good... maybe?
Timaria
 PC, 57 posts
 ???
 Ranger, Rogue
Sat 21 Oct 2017
at 09:29
Re: Moving Things Along
Luca:
OOC: Wow, I've forgotten how this game works...


Yea, I'm with you on that. I was unfamiliar with the system to begin with.
the Creator
 GM, 237 posts
 gamemaster
 a.k.a. Chupa Bob
Sun 22 Oct 2017
at 09:49
Re: Moving Things Along
I am using a house rule that we go by Speed attributes themselves to determine initiative ranks instead of rolling. If anyone requests it, we can make rolls, but that hasn't come up yet. I really don't expect anyone to remember learn all of the mechanics involved -- doubly so after a long pause.
the Creator
 GM, 238 posts
 gamemaster
 a.k.a. Chupa Bob
Sun 5 Nov 2017
at 10:53
Hell Goat
Before it can inhale again after it's cursing bleat, the explorers unleash their own power on the hell goat. The beast is struck with dual blasts of exploding energy, both invisible ki force and highly visible plasma. The monster staggers.


[orange]42 hit points remaining[/orange]

The beast charges Chen Zen, bounding forward with its head lowering for a horn attack.

[orange]If Chen attempts to dodge, he should be able to easily enough beat a modified 21. If he does attempt, he loses his next attack. If he doesn't, he suffers 2d10 + 1d12 goring damage.[/orange]

Timaria and Luca are clear to attack again.
Chen Zen
 PC, 111 posts
 Nazar Ethan
 ZenMaster,WitchHuntr
Mon 6 Nov 2017
at 03:26
Hell Goat
Chen Zen tries to avoid the goats charge.

22:23, Today: Chen Zen rolled 30 using 1d20+11 ((19)).
the Creator
 GM, 239 posts
 gamemaster
 a.k.a. Chupa Bob
Thu 16 Nov 2017
at 10:47
Hell Goat
The beast lowers its horned head and charges the martial artist. Chen Zen artfully dodges the creature. The monster crashes into the stone wall instead and sends chips of stone flying.

Timaria bounds and flips onto the creature's back. The ranger's blades stab downward into the monster's neck. Two daggers cut through coarse goat hair and find muscular flesh underneath. 17 points of damage

The gargoyle recoils in fright and guards the party's light source.

Timaria is on the hellgoat's back. She may draw out her daggers and keep being stabby or she may switch to her grimsword or even make an unarmed strike. Chen and Luca are ready to strike again. Luca can focus another plasma beam fine enough to harm the hellgoat without burning Timaria, but a d20 roll would be required to make the precise shot. Chen's ki blast would works the same way.

The hellgoat has 25 hit points left.

Luca
 PC, 78 posts
 Sidhe
 Sorceror,???
Thu 16 Nov 2017
at 13:57
Hell Goat
Luca launches one more plasma bolt at the thing.

OOC: Throw a 30 pp L1 plasma spell at the thing.
the Creator
 GM, 240 posts
 gamemaster
 a.k.a. Chupa Bob
Sat 18 Nov 2017
at 08:22
Hell Goat
Luca lands a strike with her plasma bolt spell. It's almost but not quite a critical strike. Meanwhile, Timaria is twisting her daggers in the monster's hide. Our tin can eating friend will not take this sort of insult lying down...
Chen Zen
 PC, 112 posts
 Nazar Ethan
 ZenMaster,WitchHuntr
Sat 18 Nov 2017
at 16:14
Hell Goat
Chen whips his nunchuks around, bringing them to bear on the creature.

11:13, Today: Chen Zen rolled 13 using 1d20+11 ((2)).
Timaria
 PC, 58 posts
 ???
 Ranger, Rogue
Sun 19 Nov 2017
at 05:44
Hell Goat
Timaria begins twisting the daggers inside the goat's neck, grunting with effort as the Hell-goat's musculature was tougher than a normal beasts, but she brought great bouts of blood welling up from the wounds, covering her hands and arms in the creature's foul ichor.

"Just die you stupid thing" She says exasperatedly
the Creator
 GM, 241 posts
 gamemaster
 a.k.a. Chupa Bob
Thu 23 Nov 2017
at 08:32
Hell Goat
The beast bucks about trying unsuccessfully to unseat the ranger on its back. Chen's swing misses the jumping monster due more to luck than to the creature's ability to dodge. Similarly, the goat swings it horns at Chen Zen but misses the man.

Timaria's daggers open gaping wounds in the monster's back, but the beast endures this latest bloodloss.

The hellgoat has 22 hit points left.
Chen Zen
 PC, 113 posts
 Nazar Ethan
 ZenMaster,WitchHuntr
Thu 23 Nov 2017
at 14:54
Hell Goat
Chen swings again at the massive goat.

09:54, Today: Chen Zen rolled 28 using 1d20+11.  hit.
Timaria
 PC, 59 posts
 ???
 Ranger, Rogue
Thu 23 Nov 2017
at 22:00
Hell Goat
Twisting the daggers had loosened them, so Timaria drew them out and brought them back in in an attempt to strike them in another section of the neck. Both daggers struck deep into it's neck near their original positions, causing a geyser of blood and ichor to spew forth.

"Just die you stupid beast!"
the Creator
 GM, 242 posts
 gamemaster
 a.k.a. Chupa Bob
Thu 30 Nov 2017
at 08:59
Hell Goat
Stab, Smack, Stab!

The Hellgoat spun to bring it's hooves rear legs to bare, but it didn't live long enough to use them. The focused onslaught of two angry adventurers in close quarters depleted the last of the monster's endurance. The goat collapses to the stone floor, unable to even pull air from its lungs for a last cursed bleat. The goat is finally dead underneath Timaria, and none of the explorers are worse off from it. Never again will this particular monster stalk these tunnels.

The Gargoyle companion asks for help. "Excuse me, I think I am stuck." The Bleat of Terror issued from the monster triggered a flight response from the rocky highlander, and he retreated back directly into the gravity trap at the beginning of the room. Now, he stuck in place but still holding the lantern light cobbled together from glowing crystals.

This is the end of the encounter. If anyone has more actions to declare before leaving this part of the dungeon crawl, let me know.
Timaria
 PC, 60 posts
 ???
 Ranger, Rogue
Thu 30 Nov 2017
at 12:18
Hell Goat
Timaria couldn't help but laugh at the gargoyle's predicament. "Got yourself stuck? Let me see if there is a way to turn it off from this side."

With that she wipes down her blades and sheaths them while examining the walls of this chamber.

04:18, Today: Timaria rolled 7 using 1d20.  traps.  need 6 or better.
Luca
 PC, 79 posts
 Sidhe
 Sorceror,???
Thu 30 Nov 2017
at 18:55
Hell Goat
"If it comes down to it, I've made a bit of a study of antigravity and may be able to defuse the thing... but it will take a while."
Chen Zen
 PC, 114 posts
 Nazar Ethan
 ZenMaster,WitchHuntr
Fri 1 Dec 2017
at 03:11
Hell Goat
Chen shrugs, the gravity trap had gotten him too, who was he to judge the gargoyle. Chen searched for anything else useful in the room while the trap springer and mage got to work freeing the gargoyle.
the Creator
 GM, 243 posts
 gamemaster
 a.k.a. Chupa Bob
Fri 8 Dec 2017
at 13:37
Hell Goat
Luca and Timaria work together to puzzle out the mechanism of the gravity traps. Firstly, Timaria determines that the trap is sealed away somewhere underneath the solid stone floor. There is no outside switch or other physical control device to deactivate the trap. The device could be something inside a different tunnel, or it could be not physical at all but something structure of magic energy. By process of elimination, the ladies determine that the trigger is almost certainly the weight of any victim who passes through the area of effect. At Timaria's urging, Luca attempts use of her anti-gravity spell despite protests. The anti-grav works better than either expected. More than simply countering some of the focused gravity, Luca's spell completely nullifies the trap's effect even before she finishes speaking the incantation. These traps were created by Sorcerers who also knew the same anti-grav spell and had it handy to use, so that spell is the off switch.

Meanwhile, Chen poked around the room with his own glowing crystal. The room is mostly bare or had bits of bone (other victims of the hellgoat maybe?) scattered about. While the ladies are busy freeing the Gargoyle torchbearer, he discovers some metal coils underneath the heavy statue which dominates the center of the room. Further analysis reveals that this statue is a syphon for magic energy. Touching it pulses the offender (which means he or she loses the current reserve of power/ki points). That stolen energy is pulled down into the floor, possibly recharging the gravity traps or some other device further down.

Your Gargoyle is free, and no one is worse off for the encounter with the monster. In fact, the rest recharges your power point (or ki point) reserves back up by a number equal to your Power Attributes. If there is no other looting or testing anyone wants to do, there remains at least one level deeper into the mountain to explore.
Timaria
 PC, 61 posts
 ???
 Ranger, Rogue
Fri 8 Dec 2017
at 18:46
Hell Goat
After freeing the gargoyle Timaria will check the goat for any useful ingredients. and or it's pelt if it's worth anything. Being a ranger she feels that you should try and use everything you can from a slain animal.


Since I have no idea if the hellgoat is an animal or monster I don't know if it's edible.
Chen Zen
 PC, 115 posts
 Nazar Ethan
 ZenMaster,WitchHuntr
Fri 8 Dec 2017
at 20:39
Hell Goat
Chen nods, "It's horns too, yes? Weapons or perhaps spell components?""
the Creator
 GM, 244 posts
 gamemaster
 a.k.a. Chupa Bob
Sun 10 Dec 2017
at 02:49
Hell Goat
The pelt is wooly and warm, so it should he worth something. The horns are unique and thus might be worth more depending on where it is sold. No one here uses a form of magic which has use of spell components, and you definitely feel it would be unwise to ingest any part of the thing. With a practiced hand, Timaria is able to carefully but quickly slaughter the corpse within minutes. CHheehen and Luca would mostly just get in her way. The Gargoyle gets stuck with the task of carrying this loot.
Luca
 PC, 80 posts
 Sidhe
 Sorceror,???
Wed 13 Dec 2017
at 14:09
Hell Goat
"Well, that was an adventure... let's see if there is anything farther in of interest," Luca said as she closed the small journal she was writing in to record her findings with a snap.
Chen Zen
 PC, 116 posts
 Nazar Ethan
 ZenMaster,WitchHuntr
Thu 14 Dec 2017
at 04:02
Hell Goat
Chen nodded, letting those more skilled in trap finding lead the way, his nunchuks ready. He focused on trying to sense danger ahead.

DM using sixth sense, unless it's an automatic power, if so, disregard. :)
Timaria
 PC, 62 posts
 ???
 Ranger, Rogue
Thu 14 Dec 2017
at 08:45
Hell Goat
Heading out front after having cleaned up from harvesting the hell goat, Timaria crept forward at a fairly quick pace for as stealthy as she moved. It was designed to be efficient yet still quiet. It made her look like she was duck-walking, but it was effective.
the Creator
 GM, 245 posts
 gamemaster
 a.k.a. Chupa Bob
Sat 16 Dec 2017
at 02:52
Hell Goat

Next scene should go up tomorrow. I could write it tonight, but I'm too tired. The team has been a little shorted on loot in this dungeon, so remind me to make it up for you with some swanky techno-sorcery junk later.