Scales of War: Beyond the Mottled Tower.   Posted by May.Group: 0
May
 player, 439 posts
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 03:13
Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May hop-skips around the enemies to get behind them, saying "You shouldn't make faces..." and she slaps them on their backs. With her weapons. "Or your faces may get stuck that way if someone slaps you on the back!"

May! That's superstitioh wait... you're dealing with ghosts.


Funneling Flurry v Specter, Banshee. Miss(22) Hit(28)!
 dmg: 13 / 2 = 6


Banshee HP: 86 - 6 = 6

Raichel
 player, 420 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 03:23
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel ZOTS her way through the ghosts only to get into flanking with May. "Oh geez... ghosts." then puts her staff up into a martial arts pose. "Time to get some practice in."


Spark Form v Specter, Banshee. Miss(threee) CRIT(35)! Hit(30)!
 dmg to Specter: 36 / 2 = 18
 dmg to Banchee: 19 / 2 = 9

She doesn't have a way past insubstantial with her sorc powers... but she DOES with her monk powers. ;)


Specter HP: 61 - 18 = 43
Banshee HP: 80 - 9 = 71

Timothius
 GM, 522 posts
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 03:32
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "Out of our way, please." and walks forward, bursting with light before shining his holy symbol at the ghosts, making them shriek with pain as they sizzle. "We're here to utterly destroy Sarshan. Our time to die is not until after we have defeated him."


Move: Into range
Minor: Solar Enemy
Standard: Shining Symbol v Specter, Banshee. Hit(31)! Hit(27)!
 dmg: 15 / 2 = 7. +5vulnerable = 12
 -2 penalty to attack rolls until the end of your next turn.


Specter HP: 43 - 17 = 26
Banshee HP: 71 - 12 = 59

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:42, Tue 10 Mar 2015.

Mittens
 GM, 1334 posts
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 03:49
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"One good bomb deserves another."

Mits waves dismissively at the ghosts as she passes them by.  Blamblamblamblamblam!!  The familiar cluster bomb attack takes out the specter!

"I always envisioned the crushing wall room to have no way out.  But the floors are hollow.  You can hide from the walls there.  I guess maybe the point is to force you into some kinda cage?  Maybe?"
Kyle
 player, 777 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 04:07
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle moves up and shoots the banshe right in it's big mouth, which would have been the end of it if not for that pesky insubstantial situation.  Sure he DOES have an item that MIGHT work against that (for one attack, with an extra hit roll), but that would take away time for buffing May and fleeing crushey places.

  "Huh, I missed the hollow floors thing.  Perhaps they wanted to ensure they had a way not to squish themselves?"

Move:duh
Minor: Resistive for May. +1 AC, can cash in for her surge+8 THP, and one ally within 5 of her also gets THP.
Standard: Learned boost M weapon. hits. 36 DMG. half due to ghost.
+1 to hit, +4 DMG rolls for Mittens and May.

Banshee: 33-18=15

Narrator
 player, 541 posts
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Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 04:09
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits answering "makes sense" is drowned out by the Banshee screaming with such force that it pushes back May, Kyle, and Raichel!

It then sinks into the floor, vanishing from sight!

Clink clink clink clink clink... Ruuumble!  The ceiling above May and Kyle begins to slowly lower.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:12, Tue 10 Mar 2015.

Timothius
 GM, 523 posts
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 04:14
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "The banshee got out of our way! Run!"

May grunts and wills her body to move, despite the fear, and pushes past the otherwise debilitating effects!

With that, May and Timothius run for the other room.

Raichel says, "Ican'tmoveIcan'tmoveIcan'tmove" and suddenly feels free. "I'mOKnow!"


May Minor to auto-save from immobilize, taking 10 dmg.
Double-moves all around to get to flesh golem room.
Raichel save throw: 16

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:19, Tue 10 Mar 2015.

Narrator
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Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 04:31
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The flesh golem in the third room rampages by May and Timothius, attacking them as it passes!  The walls in the third room begin to move!
Mittens
 GM, 1335 posts
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 04:45
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits looked like she was about to rush over to Raichel, but relaxes a bit when Rai says she's OK.  So she instead blasts the golem then pops open a floor panel nearby.

"Huh.  Yeah.  Looks like it must have been secret escape for those in the know."

the floors are riddled with niches under secret sliding
trapdoors (Perception DC 21). Opening a trapdoor is a
minor action, while slipping into it is a move action. The
floor contains one niche per square. Each niche can be
occupied by one creature.
A PC in a niche can ride out the crushing walls and ceiling.
However, upon leaving a niche and stepping onto the floor
again, the section of the trap the PC stands in is triggered
once more.

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:40, Tue 10 Mar 2015.

Kyle
 player, 778 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 04:50
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle manages to knock the golem off it's feet even with his shakey shot, but isn't quite able to shake off his status situation so soon.

  "I wonder if the Banshee will bother trying again, or knows better than risking it's intangible face getting blown off?"

Standard: Repulsion strike. hits golem. 26 Force DMG. knocks prone, -4 melee penalty until end of my next turn.
save throw, fail (8, even with a +2 bonus).

Golem HP: 281-26= 255

This message was last edited by the player at 04:52, Tue 10 Mar 2015.

Narrator
 player, 543 posts
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Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 04:58
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The banshee haunts the floor out of sight.  The walls all move in and the ceiling down.  One of the walls pushes Raichel.
May
 player, 440 posts
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 05:06
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius turns around and says, "Fiiiiine." and takes a prayer pose. The golem gets covered in targets.

May charges the golem, not bothering to shake off dazed because why bother when you can still take an action? Whack! She hits the golem for a decent amount!


Charge golem! Hit(36)!
 dmg: 16
Mayving throw: 19 save!


Golem HP: 255 - 16 = 239

This message was last edited by the player at 05:17, Tue 10 Mar 2015.

Raichel
 player, 421 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 05:15
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel heads up next to her sister and says, "Lucky us. Now if we can just find enough for all of us, that'd be great!"

Then lets out a loud "RAI!" and the boom of her voice dents the golem's side.


Thunder Slam v Golem. Hit(29)!
 dmg: 32


Golem HP: 239 - 32 = 207

This message was last edited by the player at 05:16, Tue 10 Mar 2015.

Narrator
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Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 05:20
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The golem stands and swings twice at May, missing twice!
Kyle
 player, 779 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 05:33
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle fires another shot at the Golem, though differences in results this time include it being acidic, and him actually making his save throw vs status.  "Probably.  I can possibly delay the walls if needed, but it's not a sure thing and I'd basically have to keep doing it instead of helping the fight."  So far as Roll a 2 or better isn't a sure thing.

Golem: 207-17= 190   -2 AC.
Mittens
 GM, 1336 posts
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 05:42
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits kersplodes several bits of flesh golem into oblivion.

"This is one tough zombie.  But at the rate we're going, we needn't worry about getting squished before we can get to those double doors to my right.  About the only reason to hide in the cubbies would be to take a quick rest to get powers back in case more monsters and traps forced to face immediately after doors with no retreat.  But then...  if we hide in cubbies no guarantee that we'll be able to get back out."
Timothius
 GM, 524 posts
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 05:49
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius widens his eyes at the golem and says, "Feel..." and the golem writhes.


Break the Spirit v Golem. Hit(33)!
 dmg: 14
 -4 attacks


Golem HP: 154 - 14 = 140

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:09, Tue 10 Mar 2015.

May
 player, 441 posts
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 06:00
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May thwacks the golem solid in the side! "Hooya!" only for the golem to rampage and hit Mittens! But Timothius waves a hand and the damage gets softened! And May uses the opportunity to whack the golem AGAIN! "Pay attention to ME, moron!"


Weapon Mayster's Strike v Golem. Hit(24)!
 dmg: 20
Golem immediately attacks Mittens for 20 dmg
Tim reduces dmg by 9
May-o-O hits(34)! dmg: 17


Golem HP: 140 - 20 - 17 = 103

Raichel
 player, 422 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 06:08
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel zaps the golem and moves to flank with May. Her lightning then goes into the floor and to the east. "Safety first. We can rest in the next room."


Lightning Strike v Golem. Hit(22)!
 dmg: 21


Golem HP: 103 - 21 = 82

Mittens
 GM, 1337 posts
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 06:21
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Thanks, bro!" Mits said when hurt less than would have otherwise.

"rrRRRRAAAAWWWRRRR!"

The golem goes berserk, attacking May twice then Raichel and Mittens once each!

"Ow!  BURN!"

Kerslash!  Lots of swords appear and slash at the monster, hacking of big chunks!
Kyle
 player, 780 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 06:29
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Well, technically it's not a zombie.  Though honestly that would have been preferable since a Golem does not tend to burn extra in the face of radiance."  Kyle is out of multidice attacks (which is true, all his dailies involve either one die or none), so he just fires off default magically assisted crossbow shot.  Not finishing the job, but at least making it closer to over with.

Golem: 19 HP
Timothius
 GM, 525 posts
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 06:53
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius is stuck, but says, "Be healed!" and Mittens' wounds all but close.


Minor: Healing Word on Mittens: 43
 Mitts -1 surge = 6/8 surges
 Everyone gains 5 thp
Doesn't have a standard that reaches past 5 squares, so he loses his standard action.
Thankfully, paragon means healing word reaches out to 10 squares.
Save: 17 success


Mittens HP: 20 + 43 = 63+5thp

May
 player, 442 posts
Sun 20 Sep 2015
at 01:29
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "That's enough of that, you big lug!" and charges at the golem, whacking it's rather thick hide before turning and whacking the banshee so silly, she sends it back to the afterlife!


Inexorable Advance v Flesh Golem, Banshee. Miss(25), CRIT(36)!
 dmg to banshee: 33/2=16
 May gains 3 thp


Banshee HP: 13 - 16 = redead!

Raichel
 player, 423 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 20 Sep 2015
at 01:36
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel punches the golem in the face, shattering its face into a crumpled mess. "...ewe..." but the golem is down and Raichel heads for the doors. "Let's get out of here if we can..."


Five Storms v Golem. Hit(22)!
 dmg: 20


Golem HP: 19 - 20 = done

Kyle
 player, 848 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 20 Sep 2015
at 01:43
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "If anything, you improved it's looks Raichel."  That said, he heads for the door.  Hopefully it's either unlocked or quickly opened.  But at least they all know the floor hatch gimmick to sigh and wait out crushers if needed.
Mittens
 GM, 1404 posts
Sun 20 Sep 2015
at 02:04
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The door is terrified of Kyle and opens for him.  Beyond the door is some swirley vortex teleportal familiar by now to the heroes as one that probably leads to yet another level of the tower.

"I'm thinking we squeeze in this area here and rest a few," Mits suggests, "I'd put it at a 111% chance that there'll be an immediate ambush on the other side, and I'd like to be ready with my good spells.  Boys smush over there, me and Rai over here, and May at our feet.  That ok?"
Timothius
 GM, 527 posts
Sun 20 Sep 2015
at 02:16
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May nods and flops on the ground at the doorway. "Works for me!"

Raichel goes to press her back side against Mittens' front side at one side of the door, careful to step over May. She grabs Mitts' arms to wrap them around herself.

Timothius is also careful to step around May and smushes up between Raichel's front side and Kyle's front side. "Better to rest this way than fight unprepared, yes." Tim comments.

Raichel smiles over Tim's shoulder towards Kyle and says, "Thanks for the pick-me-up comment, Kyle. I'm feeling pretty good right now."

She then rubs noses with Timothius, causing her twin to smile.
Kyle
 player, 849 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 20 Sep 2015
at 02:19
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
 Kyle shoehorns himself into the area along with the others.  Hey, it's still less silly than hiding inside the floor for your short rest.

  "If we are more lucky than usual, they are annoyed at expecting us to already be through."
Mittens
 GM, 1405 posts
Sun 20 Sep 2015
at 02:31
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits laughs at Kyle's comment.

"Mittens smiles at being used as Raichel's belt.  Does that mean she gets to be a symbol of Raichel's martial arts prowess?  She should be so lucky.

"Now I just need to figure out how to kill a few minutes unable to move without getting bored.  I'll start by defending my definition of zombie..."


Should she be allowed, she'll try and make a case for, "Fleshy undead = zombie, even if pieced together from various sources.  'Flesh golem' is just a more specific kind of zombie."

Before long the wall trap resets.

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:33, Sun 20 Sept 2015.

Timothius
 GM, 528 posts
Sun 20 Sep 2015
at 02:47
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "But zombies are undead. Golems are not. Flesh Golems are no more undead than a Stone Golem or if I attached strings to a corpse and made it do things like a marionette. Undead, sadly, use a piece of their old life force in order to move."

May says, "Wow... I didn't know all that. So how do you tell the difference?"

Timothius says, "Crazy as it sounds, Flesh Golems are pieced together from multiple creatures or people or both. They are also usually kept from rotting. Zombies, however, are never pieced together from various sources, are forced to live through death and rot even as the continue shambling on."

Raichel says, "...suddenly, I feel less grossed out about getting that monster's face on my knuckles."
Kyle
 player, 850 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 20 Sep 2015
at 02:55
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "It is like Tim says, though for our practical purposes the main sticking point is that there is no vulnerability to holy lasers.  Still a construct, just one much more messy than the term is usually associated with.  I admit the 'clockwork crab made out of real crab' is a much more tidy example." That and properly disinfected bone golems.

  He sighs "Of course, these things are a crazy subject all by themselves.  Like how you can get a ghost AND a zombie from the same dead person."
Mittens
 GM, 1406 posts
Sun 20 Sep 2015
at 03:04
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"I've read that the construction of a rock golem requires only arcana.  But the construction of a flesh or bone golem requires necromancy.  Necrotic energy is still used.  But that's only what I've read.  No substitute for actual experience.  Let's ask the badguys when we fight them.

"In any case, mission successful.  Rested and not bored.  Everyone ready to head through?"


She steps aside to make room for May to stand up.
May
 player, 443 posts
Sun 20 Sep 2015
at 03:08
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May stands up and proceeds to pull the entire group into her arms. "You know I'm ready! But had to take advantage and give you all some love and team cheer before heading onward!"

Timothius is still smiling. He looks at Mittens and says, "Guess we'll have to pick up the conversation another time..."

Raichel says, "I'm ready when you all are."

The trio will step through with the others.
Kyle
 player, 851 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 20 Sep 2015
at 03:21
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  May reminds Kyle that at least, there are pleasant surprises in this business.

  "Thanks, May.  Now, let's go commit wanton acts of violence in a manner that is productive to society."
Mittens
 GM, 1409 posts
Sun 20 Sep 2015
at 05:29
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The top of the tower is guarded by eight warrior githyanki,
all bearing silver greatswords. Their leader wields a sliver
longsword, eyes flashing with mystic power. On the far
side of a tower, a sphere of translucent force protects three
figures: Sarshan and two shadar-kai bodyguards. However,
the scars that the arms dealer bore when you saw him
in Umbraforge pale in comparison to his current state.
The shadar-kai’s skin seethes and bubbles as tendrils of
blood chaos erupt from open sores on his face and hands.
Within the protective force sphere, he works intently over a
teleportation circle, attempting to activate its power.


"Ohai!  So I have a question about the flesh golem in the last room.  Was necrotic energy used to create it?"

None of the badguys show any sign of answering Mits' question.
Narrator
 player, 569 posts
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Wed 23 Sep 2015
at 04:24
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
A githyanki warrior stretches his hand out toward Kyle, trying to telekineticly bind him to the floor, but the spell isn't strong enough.  He then closes in.

Sarshan looks up from his work then continues, looking frustrated.

"You all struggle in vain against the inevitable."
Timothius
 GM, 529 posts
Wed 23 Sep 2015
at 04:35
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Check that off your "classic fairy tail villain quotes" bucket list, Mittens." Timothius says. He steps back with practiced precision and walks to the back of the group.


Shift, Move
Mittens
 GM, 1410 posts
Wed 23 Sep 2015
at 05:04
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Heheh.  Will do..."

A gith thug charges Mits and slashes her, but her armor flashes and deflects the attack!

"Ha!"

She zaps down three thugs with bolts of energy then steps foward and explodes with energy, burning three more!  White flames continue to burn on the floor.
Mindslicer
Wed 23 Sep 2015
at 05:08
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The Mindslicer blasts the group with a barrage of psychic energy, sapping their minds' abilities to recall more powerful attacks!  She then hides behind a pillar.

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:09, Wed 23 Sept 2015.

Warrior
Wed 23 Sep 2015
at 05:13
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
A gith warrior hisses from the pain of the continued burning, binds Mittens with telekinesis, then circles around to close in on her.
Shadar-Kai
Wed 23 Sep 2015
at 05:17
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The two Shadar-Kai rush into the fray, charge Mittens, and stab her!
May
 player, 444 posts
Wed 23 Sep 2015
at 05:52
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May looks angry and yells, "You will NOT ignore me!"
Her pupils narrow to slits as she stomps, forcing herself to recall how to use her powers through sheer willpower.

Then TELEPORTS into the midst of the enemies and roars like a dragon!

Her roar forces the enemies to answer the primal call and they all face her blade! Only one of the warriors and one of the shadar-kai barely manage to dodge her monstrous swing, but then she back-swings and hits the shadar-kai who dodged!

The thug was not lucky at all and got disemboweled.

Her now quite scary growl is accompanied by her entire body quaking as though under the effects of a blur spell. But rather than blurring, she merely seems more energetic.


May took 8 psychic dmg from attack.
May takes 5 dmg from ongoing
Minor: Unfailing Resources. Take 10 damage to automatically save.
Move: Feystep Lacings Teleport. Used 3/5 charges to teleport 3 squares
Standard: Come and Get It v War2, Kai2, Kai1, War3, War1, Thug1. Hit(34)! Hit(28)! Miss(20), Hit(33)! Miss(26), Hit(30)!
 dmg: 16
ACTION POINT! May is now resisting 10 all damage
Dervish's Challenge v Shadar-Kai1. Miss(19) reroll 3's. Hit(34)!
 dmg: 25
 Effect: Haha can attack target of AoO twice every time; once with main hand and once with off hand.


Maych-P: 107 - 8 - 5 - 10 = 84
Warrior 2 HP: 67 - 16 = 51
Warrior 3 HP: 82 - 16 = 66
Shadar-Kai 1 HP: 86 - 25 = 61
Shadar-Kai 2 HP: 86 - 16 = 70
Thug: Dead

Kyle
 player, 852 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 23 Sep 2015
at 06:09
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Sarshan, incompetence such as yours is intolerable to let stand.  I would suggest ending your shame by hurling yourself into the blood chaos, but it appears you can't even get that right."

  Kyle backsteps and points his crossbow,  "Klickwhoosh!"  The Gith dodges to the side then goes "wait, what?" as Kyle actually pulls the trigger, and shoots the now unobstructed Shadar-Kai.

  He shrugs off the spell effects, on that note.
Raichel
 player, 424 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 23 Sep 2015
at 06:21
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel hops over to flank with May while also having as many enemies before her as she can. BAMBAMBAM! She swings her staff and hits all 3 in the backs of their heads for some blunt force trauma! Two of them get especially hurt.

Inspired by May, Raichel stomps in order to mentally shake off the effect that was harming her. "Epic as always, sis. Unusually epic, May. Nice shot, Kyle." she says as though giving battlefield assessments like some sports judge.


Move: Five Storms shift 2 movement technique.
Five Storms v War3, Kai1, Kai2. Hit(26)! Hit(35)! Hit(25)!
 dmg: Minimum! 13
Centered Flurry: 6 dmg to one or two creatures. Chose War3 and Kai1
Gauntlets of Blood: 2 more dmg to War3 and Kai1.
Pelor's Sun Blessing: 2 more dmg to War3
Save throw: 15 success!


Warrior 3 HP: 51 - 23 = 28
Shadar-Kai 1 HP: 42 - 21 = 21
Shadar-Kai 2 HP: 70 - 13 = 57

This message was last edited by the player at 06:22, Wed 23 Sept 2015.

Warrior
Wed 23 Sep 2015
at 06:40
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The gith flanking May burn and turn to attack her!  The one stabbing her in the back finds his sword simply glances off her.  The other stabs her in the eye!  And the sword bounces off!  Still hurts her some.

"The hells!"

"I know, right?"
Sarshan
Wed 23 Sep 2015
at 07:10
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"I'll make you and your friends suffer for that comment!"

Sarshan leaves the forcefield, teleports next to Mits, double-acid-blade slices her bloody, teleports next to Kyle and slices him, then blasts the sibs with a huge burst of blood chaos!

Mits manages to keep from saying "Ow" out of spite, but she's in tears for the pain.
Timothius
 GM, 530 posts
Wed 23 Sep 2015
at 07:33
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius winces from the pain also, but throws a seal onto one of the shadar-kais, hoping this isn't his last act. Then the gods, or fate, or both allows him a second chance as he shakes off the thing Sarshan put on him. "Life is suffering." Timothius retorts with a sad smile. "Look at you throwing a tantrum like a child... Your sad attempts to make me suffer do not compare to the suffering I have chosen to give myself on purpose."

He flicks off the acid.


Tim takes 10 acid damage
Astral Seal v Kai1. Hit(29)!
 -2 defenses. Next ally to hit regains 1d6+8 hp and gains resist 5 choice.
Save: CRIT! success against Sarshan thingy
Save: 4 fail against mindslice thingy


Timothius HP: 75 - 10 = 65

Mittens
 GM, 1411 posts
Wed 23 Sep 2015
at 08:23
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits is surprised she didn't get healed by her bro.  Must be thanks to that annoying psychic.  Ah well.  Enemies all clumped together.

"Thank you, May...

"Rising Suuuun!"


Angelic wings of light sprout from her back as she begins to hover off the ground, her wounds and her allies wounds healing.  Below her feet and those of the enemy, an enormous bulge of light that looks like the surface of the sun appears, defeating two enemies and scorching the rest!  To Mits' allies, it feels like a warm sunbeam.
Mindslicer
Thu 24 Sep 2015
at 05:27
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The mindslicer peeks from behind the pillar and attacks Kyle!  But the mind bolt fails.
Shadar-Kai
Thu 24 Sep 2015
at 05:45
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"I'll answer your light with darkness! ACK!" the Shadar-Kai screams at Mittens, getting SMASHED in the back with a spiked shield while gashing Mittens with her sword!  Tendrils of darkness then bind Mittens!

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:46, Thu 24 Sept 2015.

Kyle
 player, 853 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 24 Sep 2015
at 06:21
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle is no stranger to acid burns, though he vastly prefers inflicting them over receiving them.  This time around he shows his disdain for Sarshan by ignoring him entirely, in favor of setting his disapproving eye and weapon upon others.

  "Morningstaaaaar!" Morningstar the bastard sword says as they impale the warrior behind May "But it's a sword? BLARGH!"



standard: EYEBALL.  Enemies can't have concealment. Allies that hit with attacks (even no damage attacks) cause 5 Psychic DMG from eyeball.
Minor: dancing weapon.  Kills Warrior 2.
Action Point: Minor: resistive for Mittens.  +1 AC, she can cash that in for Her Surge value+8 THP.  When she does this, another ally within 5 of her gets that amount of THP.
Save throw: LOL 1.

Warrior 2: Morningstared.

May
 player, 445 posts
Thu 24 Sep 2015
at 06:41
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May growls and yells at Sarshan, "There is only ONE enemy you should think about; ME!" then charges Sarshan, swings a mace at his knee, hooks it and drags him over to a spot so she can return to being adjacent to every enemy!

The eye in the sky looks disappointed with Sarshan. This adds insult to the injury May caused.


Minor: Shift to Sarshan
Standard: Weapon Mayster's Strike v Sarshan. Hit(35)!
 dmg: 14
 Shift Sarshan over 1
Move: Shift to be adjacent to Sarshan PLUS other enemies


Sarshan HP: 628 - 14 - 5 = 609

This message was last edited by the player at 06:42, Thu 24 Sept 2015.

Raichel
 player, 425 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 24 Sep 2015
at 07:01
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel shakes and becomes a lightning bolt that surges through the enemies, frying and downing the shadar-kai before Raichel materializes and trots to the mindslicer. "You need to surrender while can." she says to the mindslicer.


Spark Form v Kai2, Sarshan, War1. Hit(28)! Hit(28)! Miss(21)
 dmg: 20. +5 psychic = 25


Shadar-Kai 2 HP: 14 - 25 = fried
Sarshan HP: 609 - 25 = 584

This message was last edited by the player at 07:02, Thu 24 Sept 2015.

Sarshan
Thu 24 Sep 2015
at 07:36
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"May as well try..." the Gith swings and misses.

"So you hate being left alone, do you?" Sarshan says, "I'll give you a parting gift of acid first then pay back your electric friend!"

Teleport!  Stab!  Teleport!  Stab STAB!  Sarshan wounds May and Raichel and becomes insubstantial again!
Timothius
 GM, 531 posts
Thu 24 Sep 2015
at 07:41
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "I wouldn't advice angering May..." and he throws a seal onto the nearby warrior in hopes of helping down the guy quicker.

He then joins in the May-inspired foot-stomp and shakes off the "dunno how to use my powers" effect.


Astral Seal v Warrior 1. Hit(27)!
 -2 defenses.
 Next ally to hit regains 1d6+8 hp.
Save: 10 success!

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:42, Thu 24 Sept 2015.

Mittens
 GM, 1414 posts
Thu 24 Sep 2015
at 07:43
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits fires her beams of energy at the gith and Sarshan but misses both targets.

"GRR!"

She goes all feral and rips free of the shadows that had her entangled!
Mindslicer
Thu 24 Sep 2015
at 07:47
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The mindslicer steps back and blasts Rai's mind with psychic pain!
Kyle
 player, 854 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 24 Sep 2015
at 08:03
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Morningstar somersaults to bash it's pointy morningstar themed hilt against the remaining warrior's skull.

  Meanwhile, Kyle loads and fires an alchemical bolt that explodes into a by now familiar pleasantly scented powder, dusting the grim and brooding Shadra-kai with pink, and the scent of raspberry.

  You may have technically done the least so far in this encounter, Kyle.  But man if 'Boss (and others) can't use standard actions' Isn't always as useful as it is satisfying.

Warrior: 9 HP left.

Effect: Pacification Dust. Sarshan and mindslicer can't take STANDARD actions, until end of my next turn. (Aftereffect: slowed until end of their next turn).

May
 player, 446 posts
Thu 24 Sep 2015
at 23:56
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May runs past the warrior, not caring that he takes a noticeable gash from her, switching weapons to some sparkling sword that looks insubstantial as she runs before swinging at Sarshan. He dodges. May looks full on barbarian-rage angry.


May takes 10 ongoing acid
Victorious Surge v Sarshan. Miss(21)
AoO does 19 dmg to May


Maych-P: 64 - 10 - 19 = 35

Raichel
 player, 426 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 00:02
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel takes the hit from Sarshan, takes a deep breath and SLAMS her palm into him. He feels really deep pain on the inside like someone is taking a blender to his guts. "Your lifestyle never satisfies, Sarshan. Nothing is ever enough. Even if you defeat us, you will continue to hurt yourself more than we could hurt you."

She then hops back to put a barrier between May and Warrior 1.


Strength to Weakness v Sarshan. Hit(27)!
 Sarshan takes ongoing 20 flat damage (save ends)
Shift back 1 to block warrior 1

This message was last edited by the player at 00:03, Fri 25 Sept 2015.

Sarshan
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 00:21
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The gith warrior moves to close in on Mits but is defeated by Kyle's dancing weapon!

Sarshan pukes up some blood and wastes his time trying to remove the pink dust from off himself.  No witty come-backs in the state he's in right now, just an angry glare for Kyle and Raichel.
Mittens
 GM, 1415 posts
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 05:20
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Thanks for the save, Morningstar," Mits says, hobbling forward to get a bead on the enemy.

She takes a pose like Professor X and here eyes shine like stars.  The Mindslicer shrieks, grabbing at her head!
Timothius
 GM, 532 posts
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 05:46
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "He's out of comebacks earlier than most..."

Timothius almost sounds disappointed. He then says, "Oh well. Now to show you the futility of your actions. Feel better, my beloved..."

He waves one hand in May's direction and another in Mittens' direction and both heal up almost completely, and everyone in the team gets a feint blue glow about them. Timothius' eyes glow white and Sarshan feels oppressed. "Oh. And I do not permit you to attack. Be warned, even if you break free and attack, you will only get weaker as you do."

It's true... while Sarshan's guts are being blended by... whatever Raichel did. But even taking that into account, Sarshan can feel his limbs have all gotten just a little bit weaker already. His will to fight is currently completely gone.

Timothius adds, "Nobody attack Sarshan until he attacks you, please. Thank you."


Minor: Healing Word on May: 54 total hp restored.
 +2 defenses for May, and you and each ally gain 5 temp HP
Minor: Bastion of Health on Mittens: 38
ACTION POINT!
Peacemaker's Action: When you spend an action point to make an attack, you gain a +4 bonus to attack rolls with attacks that don't deal damage. This bonus lasts until the end of your next turn.
Standard: Rebuke Violence v Sarshan. Hit(33)!
 The target cannot attack (save ends).
 -5 penalty to saving throws against this effect until attacked.
Standard: Iron to Glass v Sarshan. Miss(24)
 Effect: Until end of encounter, target takes -2 to melee damage rolls.
 Whenever target hits with a melee attack, the penalty worsens by 1 to a max of -5.


Maych-P: 35 + 54 = 89
Mittens HP: 23 + 38 = 61

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:46, Fri 25 Sept 2015.

Mindslicer
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 05:51
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The Mindslider mind-blasts Sarshan, runs, and hides.

"What?!" Sarshan objects in confusion.

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:53, Fri 25 Sept 2015.

Kyle
 player, 855 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 06:01
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle steps up in front of Mittens.  Not out of any protective instincts sadly, but because that gives him a clear line of sight to both remaining enemies.

  He makes up for it by applying a rune to Mittens's implement instead of his own crossbow, before shooting the mindslicer with an acid dripping bolt.
May
 player, 447 posts
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 06:07
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"You lost. That's what." May explains to Sarshan in an annoyed-with-Sarshan's-existence tone.

She then leaves him there, rushes north and swings at the mindslicer. "Your master can no longer attack. Surrender."


May takes 10 ongoing acid dmg.
Move: To Mindslicer
Standard: Victorious Surge v Mindslicer. Miss(18)
 Mindslicer is marked.
Mayving Throw: 19 success.


Maychy-P: 89+5 - 10 = 84

Raichel
 player, 427 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 06:19
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel flies over Sarshan to a spot where she can fire at the mindslicer while keeping Timothius in view. She throws a punch in the mindslicer's direction, and thunder accompanies the punch! Sadly, it goes wide and only hits the wall, causing cracks and a loud hitting sound!

Raichel then becomes feral, her fur standing on end!


Raichel takes ongoing 10 acid damage
Thunder Slam v Mindslicer. Miss(19)
Minor: Shifting
Save throw: 13 success


Raichel HP: 43 + 5 - 10 = 38

This message was last edited by the player at 06:20, Fri 25 Sept 2015.

Sarshan
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 07:17
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Sarshan spits in Timothius' direction then rushes over to Raichel.
Mittens
 GM, 1416 posts
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 07:25
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits heads north and zaps the mindslicer.

"The sad thing about all this is that we weren't able to hunt you down till you up and destroyed a town.  Leaving a bread crumb trail for us to follow to where you were hiding.  If you'd have simply left us alone, you'd likely have gotten away with your earlier crimes.  Totally brought this upon yourself."

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:27, Fri 25 Sept 2015.

Timothius
 GM, 533 posts
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 07:38
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius heads over towards his sister also and another burst of holy energy pulses from him as if this is going to be regular intervals. Raichel heals completely. "There is something you can do for yourself, though... you can surrender. It will make things easier on you."


Move: Northward
Standard: Healer's Mercy on Raichel: 39
 Raichel granted a save throw: 12 success!
 Raichel granted resist 5 acid
 Timothius is weakened until the end of his next turn.


Raichel HP: 38 + 39 = 77

Mindslicer
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 07:47
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The Mindslicer shakes her head at May and slices her!

"Only honorless dogs surrender!"

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:48, Fri 25 Sept 2015.

Kyle
 player, 856 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 08:00
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "The common failing of all our enemies does seem to be they do the same foolish thing.  Do not, ****, with where we live."

  That said, he backs off to a safe from aura distance, and fires another crossbow bolt into the mindslicer.

  Outside of the powder, Kyle has not bothered with Sarashan at all... Come to think of it, Sharshan was caught in the powder blast thrown at the mindslicer.
May
 player, 448 posts
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 08:07
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May rolls her eyes. "Like you know anything about honor! For starters, someone with honor wouldn't pick on those who can't defend themselves; a habit you and your people have made."

She smacks the mindslicer several times as she hops in a semicircle around the gith and then faces Sarshan as the mindslicer collapses behind her. She glares at Sarshan.


Inexorable Advance v Mindslicer. Hit(30)! Miss(19) Hit(28)!
 dmg: 42


Mindslicer HP: 20 - 42 = sent flying

Raichel
 player, 428 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 08:14
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel glances to Timothius, who nods. She punches at Sarshan, but misses. Then moves past Sarshan to complete the "spread out and surround" maneuver her allies were poised for.


Twin Thunders v Sarshan. Miss(21)

This message was last edited by the player at 08:20, Fri 25 Sept 2015.

Sarshan
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 03:11
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"I'll make you all suffer once I break free from this blasted spell!"

Sarshan runs to the corner of the roof and takes cover.
Mittens
 GM, 1417 posts
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 03:18
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"You're not getting away!"

Mits' boots glow with arcane energy and she hurries south at super speed, leaving smoking footprints in her wake.  She skids to a stop, spins, and fires a beam at Sarshan... but goes wide, hitting empty air.

"That would have been much cooler if it'd hit..."
Timothius
 GM, 534 posts
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 03:22
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius walks from around a corner and says, "Bla bla, suffering, bla bla. Starting to think that's all you know. Which isn't surprising.... wait, if it's all you know, then you obviously enjoy it. Does that mean your attempt to make us suffer means you love us?"

He waves a hand and a huge, glowing target appears on Sarshan. Timothius gives him an endearing smile. "Well I love you too..."


Prophetic Guidance on Sarshan. You all know the drill.
Kyle
 player, 857 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 03:41
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle steps to a more convenient position, and gives Sarshan a literal shot in the arm.

  "I think he's just too foolish to realize how bad at his job he is."
May
 player, 449 posts
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 03:46
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May RUNS! Yes, the actual run. She is throwing caution and accuracy to the wind in hopes of hitting Sarshan. FRICKIN SLIPPERY FISH! And all she needs is ONE HIT! ...and she misses.


May charge. May miss. May reroll. Still miss.
Raichel
 player, 429 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 03:58
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel rushes around and at blurring speeds, heads for Sarshan and swings her staff at him. He dodges the swing only to find the other end of the stick meet his arm with a THWAK. She gets in a stance and narrows her eyes at him.


Move: Towards Sarshan
Minor: Spark Form
Standard: Supreme Avalanche v Sarashan. Miss(18)
 dmg: 26/2=13. +5 = 18
 Effect: Until the end of the encounter, you gain a +2 power bonus to damage rolls against the target, and you slide it 1 square whenever you hit it with an attack. If that attack includes forced movement, you can increase the distance of that movement by 1 instead of sliding the target 1.


Sarshan HP: 466 - 18 = 448

Sarshan
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 04:12
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"SSSSSUFFER!"

Sarshan's head spins around rapidly as he spews acid out of his mouth on the nearby girls!
Mittens
 GM, 1418 posts
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 04:19
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Gross!"

Mits lunges forward, blasts Sarshan in the face, the backflips back away!
Timothius
 GM, 535 posts
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 04:27
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius puts his hand over his heart and then clenches it into a fist. Sarshan feels warmth and love and all his pain slips away only for all of it to come back all at once.


Break the Spirit v Sarshan. Hit(27)!
 dmg: 19
 -4 to attacks until end of Tim's next turn.


Sarshan HP: 393 - 19 = 374

Kyle
 player, 858 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 04:39
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Eyeball moves over a few tiles, and then Kyle misses for once this encounter.  Oh dear.
May
 player, 450 posts
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 05:08
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "SSSSSUFFER!" and spins her entire self several times while slashing Sarshan with her weapon of choice. That blade that was insubstantial. "By the way, flee from me. I dare you."


Villain's Menace v Sarshan. Hit(26)!
 dmg: 18
 May gains +2 attack and +4 damage against Sarshan until end of encounter.
 Sarshan can not teleport until end of May's next turn.


Sarshan HP: 374 - 18 = 356

Raichel
 player, 430 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 05:24
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel crackles with electricity before exploding into a burning ball of energy, her voice becoming a burning sound, "Falllll..." The lightning rushing from her gets Sarshan to the halfway point. Which means he pukes blood chaos onto Rai, Mitts and Timothius. Mitts dodges it, though. And Raichel's energy form just burns the blood chaos into vapor. A dark, burning chuckle comes from Raichel.


Minor: Lightning in the Blood (lightning attacks deal +1 die of dmg)
Standard: Shocking Magnetism v Sarshan. Hit(31)!
 dmg: 33
 Effect: Until the end of the encounter, each creature that starts its turn adjacent to you takes lightning damage equal to your Dexterity modifier (5). You can dismiss the effect as a free action.
Sarshan is bloodied and immediately attacks! Hits Rai, Mitts, Tim.
 Ongoing 10 acid (save ends)
 First save fail: Ongoing 10 + slowed
 Second save fail: Dead
Raich save v blood chaos: 18 success!


Sarshan HP: 356 - 33 = 323

This message was last edited by the player at 05:26, Sat 26 Sept 2015.

Sarshan
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 05:42
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Sarshan is zapped again by Raichel, screams in anger, swings wildly at May, and hits!  But from all appearances, his attack did nothing.
Mittens
 GM, 1419 posts
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 05:49
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits braces and cups her hands together at her waist.

"Special Beam Blast!"

A massive ray of energy hits Sarshan, lighting him on fire!
Timothius
 GM, 536 posts
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 05:55
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius walks over to Sarshan and bursts with holy energy, making him weak to radiance. Then says something in celestial that keeps Sarshan's spirit crushed just a little longer..


Move: To be within 2 of Sarshan
Minor: Solar Enemy; Sarshan is vulnerable 5 radiant
Minor: Peacemaker's Pronouncement; Effect that would otherwise end is extended to end of NEXT turn.

Kyle
 player, 859 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 06:05
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  The clockwork eye floats over to be within proper disapproval range, as Kyle fires another plain old shot into Sarsaface.

  Our remaining flavor text budget is being saved for things more noteworthy.  Like applying enough artificer radiation arcane energy to May that her injuries start to slowly close up.

May has Regen 4.  She can minor action to cash it in to spend a heal surge.
May
 player, 451 posts
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 06:16
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May slashed Sarshan for his insolence of attacking people that were not her. Then with his attention back on her, she whacks him good and seems to be regenerating back to normal health, her wounds closing.

The eye seems DOUBLY disappointed with Sarshan. First for attacking someone not May. Second for existing next to May without surrendering.


AoO from when Sarshan attacked NOT May when he got bloodied. Miss(25), Hit(34)!
 dmg: 23
Victorious Surge v Sarshan. Hit(35)!
 dmg: 32
 May regains surge HP without spending surge: 26 hp


Maych-P: 50+34 - 5(10-resist5) + 4(regen) + 26 = 80+29
Sarshan HP: 284 - 55 = 229

Raichel
 player, 431 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 06:21
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel shoots an arc of lightning at Sarshan. He manages to just barely dodge, but there are so many lightning bolts shooting at random, he can not dodge all of them...


Raichel takes 10 acid dmg from aura
Standard: Furious Bolts v Sarshan. Miss(23)


Raichel HP: 42+34 - 10 = 42+24

Sarshan
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 06:27
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Two massive boils on Sarshan's flesh swell and burst, spraying both May and Rai with acid!

"Do your worst!  You'll never be able to take back that I destroyed your home!"
Mi
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 06:30
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mittens mockingly repeats what Sarshan while pinching her nose.

"ERRRR!  Wrong!  Was some random town none of us are from!"
Timothius
 GM, 537 posts
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 06:42
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius leaves Sarshan's aura and waves a hand at him. Sarshan feels that feeling again like he's about to lose the will to fight. Sarshan musters all his hatred, spite, anger, and willpower to resist the power and succeeds!

Timothius doesn't seem phased by this fact and even shrugs off the effect Sarshan's aura gave him before going to stand behind Mittens and hugs her with a smile. "Fight's almost over, Mitts."


Tim takes 10 acid dmg
Pacify v Sarshan. Miss(16)
Save v ongoing: 11 success


Timothius HP: 58 - 10 = 48

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:45, Sat 26 Sept 2015.

Kyle
 player, 860 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 06:53
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "I know I should be more upset about the lives lost to your actions but really it us your sheer mind boggling incompetence that drives me to kill you.  How, just how has anyone been so desperate as to follow you?  The man you fired for failing his job brought down your tower in the Shadowfell all by himself, even your worst employees are more capable than you."

  He carefully removes a warning labeled alchemical bolt, and nails Sarshan with it.  His already twisted by the blood chaos body becomes even more freakshow, as their skin becomes transparent and gross, burning with the not quite poison.

  The eyeball spins it's gears at a pitch similar to a heavy sigh.

Ongoing 10, and WEAKENED. Save ends both. (and also changed to aberran origin, encounter long)

This message was last edited by the player at 06:54, Sat 26 Sept 2015.

May
 player, 452 posts
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 07:01
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May's wounds close some more as she slashes Sarshan and gives him a weird look. "Uh... yeah. That last town wasn't our home. Just home to an acquaintance of ours." She smiles brightly at what Kyle says. "Kyle has a point. Do you remember that time your factory got totally wrecked? Ah those were good times."

The eye shakes itself in a "head shake of disappointment" at Sarshan when May brings that up.


May takes 10 acid dmg and resists 5 of it.
May regenerates 4 hp
Weapon Mayster's Strike v Sarshan. Hit(32)!
 dmg: 30
 Yay Sarshan can't teleport


Maych-P: 80+15 - 5 + 4 = 84+10
Sarshan HP: 199 - 30 = 169

This message was last edited by the player at 07:03, Sat 26 Sept 2015.

Raichel
 player, 432 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 07:19
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel stands there looking menacing and laughing at Sarshan in a creepy burning voice. But as nice as providing flanking while doing 5 dmg to Sarshan is.... his aura is even more annoying and she doesn't want to give undue stress to Kyle and Timothius. So she turns her back to Sarshan and walks away.

Infuriated, Sarshan forgets about May and slashes wildly at Raichel who dodges without even looking at him. Because May hits Sarshan HARD and knocks his attack off course while hurting him silly with both blade and spiked shield! "Thought you could ignore me, eh?" May comments.


Raichel takes 10 acid dmg
Twin Thunders v Sarshan. Miss(18)
 seriously. Flavoring it as not even attacking at this point.
Move: Away from Sarshan, provoking AoO
Sarshan attacks, provoking May.
May-o-O v Sarshan. Hit(34)! Hit(28)!
 dmg: 49
Sarshan AoO: Miss(25)
Rai save throw v ongoing: 4 fail


Raichel HP: 42+5 - 10 = 37
Sarshan HP: 169 - 49 = 120

Sarshan
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 07:27
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Sarshan attacks May with a flurry of slashes, but once again it amounts to little.

"AAARRGH!"
Mittens
 GM, 1420 posts
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 07:34
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits smiles at her bro and hugs his arms before heading over to flank with May.

"My turn to make him open himself for eviscerMAYtion!"

She summons a tiny fairy at the tip of her finger that flutters over him and sprinkles pixie dust on him!  He screams and scrapes his melting flesh to try and get it off!

"Think happy thoughts and you can fly!"
Timothius
 GM, 538 posts
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 07:45
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius lets Mitts go and says, "That looked like it really hurt." He throws a seal at Sarshan who smacks it aside. But Raichel's wounds begin healing.


Astral Seal v Sarshan. Miss(24)
Assured Healing: An ally in 5 regains hp equal to your cha mod (4), Resist 5 choice
 Rai gains resist 5 acid


Raichel HP: 37 + 4 = 41

Kyle
 player, 861 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 07:48
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle continues the trend of throwing annoying substances in Sarshan's face, this time blinding the stupid dumbface.

  "Well, at least he won't have to watch his failure for a few moments."

OOC: Sarshan blind until end of my next turn.  Aftereffect: -2 hit, save ends
May
 player, 453 posts
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 07:58
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May fails to hit Sarshan this time. But he knows. How? Because he feels the ability to teleport is within his grasp now. "Poor Sarshan... he's tough, I'll give him that. But honestly, if powerful heroes like us didn't come here, he might have managed... despite his incompetence."


May takes 10 acid dmg and resists 5 of it.
May regenerates 4 hp
Weapon Mayster's Strike v Sarshan. Miss(24)


Maych-P: 84+5 - 5 + 4 = 88

Raichel
 player, 433 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 08:08
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel turns around and looks in Sarshan's direction. "GUILTY!" her burning voice says. She shoots lightning from her mouth, shocking him from the inside out.


Rai takes 10 acid dmg and resists 5 of it.
Lightning Strike v Sarshan. Hit(34)!
 dmg: 34
Save v ongoing: 2 fail


Raichel HP: 41 - 5 = 36
Sarshan HP: 65 - 34 = 31

Mittens
 GM, 1421 posts
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 08:19
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"AAARRRAAA!!!"

Sarshan's voice is getting really gurgly.  He takes a swing at May, but his arm falls off in the process, acid spurting from the socket.

"Scourge of Heaven!" Mittens announces, taking a prayer pose then stretching her hands to the sky.

A portal circle in the sky begins to form, but Sarshan begins melting and falling apart faster than the spell can form!

"Uh..."

"Made... you... suffer..." the Sarshan blob gasps before becoming some writhing tentacle puddle.

Mits finishes her spell and a sunbeam shines down on the puddle, but has no apparent effect beyond the tentacles plopping to the sides, limp.

"Gross!"
Timothius
 GM, 539 posts
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 08:25
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius watches the puddle and says, "...and sad. So very, very sad."

He waves a hand at Raichel, healing her so hard she is startled out of her energy state back into her normal self, has a shocked (haha) expression and blinks before looking at herself, looking as though she hadn't been in a fight (aside from acid-burned clothing).


Healing Word heals Rai past her max and gives her a save throw.
She rolls 19 and saves!

Kyle
 player, 862 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 08:30
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "I suppose annoyance is a form of suffering, in the end."  Kyle checks his crossbow (more for if any artificial aboleth slime got on it), and uses his leftover casting to heal Timothius a bit instead of making the poor guy do all of it himself (Surge Vaule+6).
May
 player, 454 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 02:14
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius thanks Kyle for the heal.

May says, "And the moral of the story is, don't be Sarshan."

Raichel asks, "Why infuse yourself with blood chaos in order to have a nasty aura? That's not only gross, but clearly did him in..."

May shrugs. "Nah. He probably had a way to contain it, but we showed up and foiled his plans. Now how do we get home?"
Mittens
 GM, 1422 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 02:29
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Stab wounds and acid still hurt," Mittens adds, "But considering how much stab wounds and whatnot it takes to actually knock one of us out, I guess you could call it more 'annoyance' at this point?"

She gets to tying up survivors.

"So yeah...  Not at all what I imagined a trip to the Elemental Chaos to be like."

Treasure:
 Sarshan has packed all the easily acces
-
sible loot from this lair into a large chest that sits
within the teleportation circle. The PCs can claim
4,000 gp, one level 13 magic item, one level 14 magic
item, and one level 16 magic item.
Conclusion
I
n the aftermath of the battle, the PCs can search
through Sarshan’s belongings to discover confirma
-
tion of the shadar-kai’s plots against the Freeriders
and Elsir Vale. Sarshan’s notes and journals indicate
that he f led to the Elemental Chaos after the fall of
his fortress at Umbraforge, discovering Djamela’s
island during his travels. After saving the island from
the raging lava sea, the shadar-kai found fragments of
the old efreet mage’s work, and had soon completed
her dangerous research.
When this encounter is over, the characters have
the opportunity to begin a journey back to Overlook—
a likely destination. You can feel free to allow that
journey to happen, or you can jump right into “The
Bitter Glass,” the next installment in the Scales of
War Adventure Path. The events at the beginning of
“The Bitter Glass” will take place near the outskirts of
Overlook, but they can also easily happen at any point
during the characters journey overland through Elsir
Vale or any other part of the world.

Kyle
 player, 863 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 02:52
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "It's about how I imagined it."  Kyle's expectations were rather simple though,  'elemental hazards' and 'annoyance'.  Tadaaaa.

  He shakes his head at the notes.  My tower was destroyed by sinking into the Elemental chaos, clearly this means the Elemental chaos is a great place to go!
Raichel
 player, 434 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 03:00
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel says, "You have a disturbing imagination then, Kyle."

Raichel, Timothius and May assist with tying up survivors.

May pokes her head next to Kyle in order to look over the notes. "....yay! Evidence! Now we have something more than a puddle to take home as proof we slew him."

Timothius says a quiet prayer over the Sarshan puddle. And any others who didn't survive their encounter with the heroes.
Mittens
 GM, 1423 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 03:18
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"For getting down...  we could spend a while trying to figure out these portals...  or we could ride Kyle's magic rope down the side of the tower."
Kyle
 player, 864 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 03:22
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "I suppose there is also the morbid curiosity of cracking open that sphere of force, and seeing where he intended to run off to with that mostly finished circle."  No Kyle leave the GM alone, the module didn't account for that.
Raichel
 player, 435 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 03:27
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius eyes the arcane circle.

Raichel says, "Right. Duh. Yes, let's do that. Well... OK, YOU do that and I'll interrogate the prisoners. Hopefully between the two of us, we'll get an answer."

She goes to wake a prisoner. "Sarshan and everyone he had up here with him are defeated. Sarshan didn't survive." she glances at the puddle. "He... melted. Anyway. What was he up to with the arcane circle over there?"

May says, "...how wrong would it be to splash in the Sarshan puddle?"

Timothius answers, "Probably best you didn't. For your own health."
Mittens
 GM, 1424 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 03:33
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mittens conjures a pair of rubber boots for May.

An examination of the sphere shows that it can be destroyed with standard attacks, but not worth the effort.  The teleportation circle is easily visible through it.  Looks like a standard portal circle.  The sigils are not familiar, though.  So best one can narrow it down with archana is "the same plane."

The prisoners don't answer any questions.

Mits shrugs.  "'Escape' is easy enough answer for that one."
Kyle
 player, 865 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 03:40
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Now that he is a smear on the ground, as much his own doing as ours, maybe you can tell us just why you were following such an incompetent excuse for a living being?  Is there some caste system you'd rather kill yourself than disobey? Something approaching a sane reason for it?"
Raichel
 player, 436 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 03:48
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May splashes in the puddle. "Yaaaay! Thank you Mittens!!!"

Timothius says, "They won't answer anything, Kyle. Maybe you could cook up some kind of potion that causes people to talk when we get home."

Raichel says, "At least it makes sense they aren't answering. Trained army and all that. Which is why they are following... err... followed... Sarshan. They were promised the world, learned how to not have wills of their own and to never answer the enemy when taken prisoner. Pretty standard brainwashing and mindless boot-licking, I'd imagine."
Mittens
 GM, 1425 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 03:52
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Surprise!  The prisoners still refuse to answer.

"You're welcome!" Mittens answers May with a smile.

She shrugs to Kyle.  "'We're villains!  It's what we do!' is the reason I'm imagining.  So I don't expect a sane reason for whom they follow."
Kyle
 player, 866 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 03:56
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "The nicest thing that can be said about Sarshan, is that with out luck we will meet someone that makes them look downright sensible by comparison."
Timothius
 GM, 540 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 04:04
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "Speculations aside, it's time to get our prisoners down the tower with us."

Raichel says, "Leave that to me. But someone please go down the rope ahead of me."

May begins filling vials with the contents of the Sarshan puddle.

Once the rope is set up and someone climbs down, Raichel carries the prisoners one at a time as she runs down the side of the tower. Secretly, she hopes this will cause them some fear. But mostly, she is doing this for expedience.

When everyone is at the bottom, May grins and says, "I collected five vials full of Sarshan puddle. One for each of us as a souvenir! Of course, Kyle can probably examine his and figure out a cure for blood chaos sickness and/or some kind of immunizing agent for it."

Timothius seems unphased by May's antics. Raichel looks a little grossed out.
Mittens
 GM, 1426 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 04:15
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"'That was two generations ago,'" Mittens begins to narrate, "'But though the heroes of the past took every precaution to ensure that the Sarshan Puddle Vials would never fall into the wrong hands, and were clearly labeled as dangerous, an otherwise trustworthy sorcerer's apprentice found himself tempted by the mysterious vials.  "Are the legends true?" he thought, "Is this substance really from the legendary Elemental Chaos?  I've got to take a closer look!"  And that, my young apprentice, is why your first task is to put on rubber boots and mop up what's left of your predecessor.'"

She takes her vial, tosses it into the air, catches it, and pockets it.  "Thanks!"

This message had punctuation tweaked by the GM at 04:17, Tue 29 Sept 2015.

Kyle
 player, 867 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 04:19
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Well, I can certainly try to figure something out.  Though I am not particularly hopeful, the technical term for Sarshan's condition before we even got to him is 'all kinds of ****ed up'"

  It seems the prisoners are too serious face to go wheeeeeeeeeeee at the free wall rides.
May
 player, 455 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 04:27
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"No problem, Mittens. One good splash deserves another!" May takes point as usual and leads the group back the way they came, figuring it's the only way home they know.

Tim and Rai follow. Timothius says, "I'll... figure out a technical term for him." If Timothius were a doctor, Kyle would be the pharmacist. ;D

Raichel is highly tempted to slap the prisoners at random, but she contains herself and resists the temptation. If she were the prisoner and the gith were slapping her at random, she would consider it an act of cowardice.
Mittens
 GM, 1427 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 04:33
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits sings songs of victory on the way back.  An annoying complication arises, though.  The ritual circle that the group used from the crumbling tower to go to the dragon occupied tree was just that.  A ritual circle.  Not a permanent teleportation circle.  And even if it were, it would be buried in a crumbled tower by now.  The blood chaos has cleared from around the tree for the most part, but it's still in the middle of a swamp.
Kyle
 player, 868 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 04:50
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Even when he's dead, Sarshan's places keep falling apart."  Well okay, the double dragon fight by a rickety wooden platform probably didn't help.
Timothius
 GM, 541 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 04:53
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius permits himself a sigh and says, "Well. We still have one more option. The circle Sarshan was drawing. I can finish it and it will take us wherever he wanted to flee. Which, if it was a place he wanted to run to, the place either has access to a planar portal or to a portal that will take us to a place that has a planar portal."

He draws up the portal ritual that Sarshan had started so the group can get to Sarshan's getaway location. May as well... nothing to lose and nowhere else to go, really.
Mittens
 GM, 1428 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 05:00
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Oh.  Guess we failed to relay...  We're back in the Prime Material right now.  Exited the Elemental Chaos not long after floating back across that lava lake.  The portal circle Sarshan was using would have taken him to another location within the Elemental Chaos.  Should it have a planar portal as you suggest, I'm guessing it would be to the Shadowfell or one of the nastier places of the Astral Sea judging from the company he kept.

"Way I see it, we could navigate this swamp on foot...  Or maybe portal to Overlook assuming someone had the foresight to pick up the sigils for the city.  I'm assuming a city that size has one."

Kyle
 player, 869 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 05:19
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "There have been too many portals to really keep that straight while also having to fight things every five minutes, yes.  Though this does simplyfy things"

  He will get to using a revers portal ritual if acceptable with the others.
Timothius
 GM, 542 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 05:28
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Or a straight-up normal portal to overlook since they are supposedly in the prime material. Whatever portal the party uses, Timothius works with Kyle towards getting the group back to Overlook.

May and Rai have no clue when it comes to that stuff, so they mostly watch the prisoners before going through the portal.
Mittens
 GM, 1429 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 05:41
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The group arrives in the High Hall district at the center of the city.

Mits yawns and stretches.  "Whew!  Nothing like an extended adventure to tucker one out.  What's say we drop off prisoners and get lodgings?"
Kyle
 player, 870 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 05:43
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Hopefully the place can stay standing long enough for us to get some proper rest first, yes."

  Oh no, the officials have been turned into werewolves! Who were already doppelganger impostors!  Who were impersonating vampires!
Raichel
 player, 437 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 05:48
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "Yes, let's. The sooner I get cleaned and into a bed, the better."

May grins with that big maw of hers. "Sure!" she says energetically. But the group knows by now, she tends to be energetic until bed time and then thuds quickly and hard. Unless forced to stay up past when she needs sleep.

Raichel is energetic too, but doesn't tend to show it the same way May does. She says, "Hopefully, the guards will take our word for it that these are extremely high profile prisoners and that we can explain what they are in for later."
Mittens
 GM, 1430 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 05:55
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The guards are no friend of Githyanki or Shadar-Kai at this point, so they need little convincing.  Fancy lodgings rest are had!

The following morning finds Mits enjoying a nice hot breakfast at the commons area.
Kyle
 player, 871 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 06:27
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Breakfast ingredients are much more pleasant than the kinds he's been seeing most often of late, yes.

  "I would like to pretend we can go a whole day with only normal things happening."
May
 player, 456 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 06:31
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "Me too. We have gone longer than a whole day before."

Blueberry pancakes for Timothius and Raichel.

May says, "Define... normal." May's plate has bacon and eggs. She has already made the bacon into the shape of a sword and the eggs into a scared blob.
Mittens
 GM, 1431 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 06:35
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"One without blood chaos, I'd imagine," Mittens says, "But I'll bet for every normal day we enjoy, the enemy grows stronger.  I'd like to go on the offensive...  If I had a lead."
Kyle
 player, 872 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 06:40
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "I'm sure soon enough, someone will be claiming they were the mastermind behind Sar... Whatever his full name was."

  Clearly May prefers more crispy bacon, the better to cleave her egg foes in two with.
Raichel
 player, 438 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 06:49
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel sounds frustrated as she asks, "What enemy, Mittens? We defeated Sarshan. We have cut off the head. If someone was, in fact, behind Sarshan, then like you said, we will need some kind of clue. Which we don't have."

Timothius takes a slightly hopeful tone and asks, "Why don't you ask Pelor, Mittens? What with having a direct line to him now and all."

May says, "Watch: Pelor will answer "I dunno". Though 1 gold says he won't answer at all."

Timothius rolls his eyes.
Mittens
 GM, 1432 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 06:59
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mittens glances about like she does when she's been caught with her hand in the cookie jar.

"Right!  That's a great idea.  I'll get right on it!"

She folds her hands, closes her eyes, and her lips move.  After a bit she opens her eyes again and offers May a gold.
Kyle
 player, 873 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 07:02
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Well, no answer is better than sitting next to the trap door enemies will ambush you from in the night and not mentioning it.

  No he's not letting that go.

  "Don't worry Mittens, I'll owe you a gold if they tell you 'the time was not right' or similar later."
Timothius
 GM, 543 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 07:13
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "Perhaps Pelor, by not answering, is telling us to get some rest from the constant insanity. Gods know I've come close to losing my sanity from the nonstop facing of these things."

Raichel says, "...yeah. Even I'm wanting to relax for a day or two. If I don't, I won't be a match for the bad guys when they inevitably show up again. And you know I'm not good at that thinking stuff."

May shrugs. "I'm fine for whatever. But my idea of relaxing is finding more weapons to use!" May takes the gold, flips the coin in the air, catches it, and then slaps it back into Mittens' hand with a grin.
Mittens
 GM, 1433 posts
Thu 1 Oct 2015
at 05:46
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits smiles at May's returning her gold.  "Yeah, I like getting sweet gears as well.  So I guess we all chill for the forseeable future.  Starting with shopping for those who'd like to shop."
Kyle
 player, 874 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 1 Oct 2015
at 05:56
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
   "Let me know if there is anything specific you want, that isn't available in the local shops.  I may be able to make it for you, if it is a case of 'not in stock' as opposed to 'doesn't exist'."
May
 player, 457 posts
Thu 1 Oct 2015
at 06:09
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "Something to turn off auras would be fantastic." She couldn't ask for teleporting. She already has that. She couldn't ask to be faster, could she? Maybe. "And enough speed to keep up with all the flippetty-floppetty fish flopping Sarshan did and still be able to hit him with my anti-teleport blade."

Timothius shrugs. "I'm doing well enough. I'll just save up until I can think of something especially nice."

Raichel says, "I like that extra speed idea. And punching harder is always nice."


May got the Aura Killer weapon.

Tim picked up nothing this time.

Raichel picked up Shadowdancer's Boots for a +1 to speed (+2 if in dim light or darkness), and upgraded her gauntlets of blood to the paragon version (+4 dmg to bloodied instead of heroic's +2 dmg).

Mittens
 GM, 1434 posts
Thu 1 Oct 2015
at 06:15
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Resist mind control!" Mittens blurts, "Seriously!  We should all get something to keep those excruciatingly annoying githyanki mind slicers from stopping us using our powers!"

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:16, Thu 01 Oct 2015.

Kyle
 player, 875 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 1 Oct 2015
at 06:24
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  I can certainly look into it.  Though while I can readily think of things close, they might not quite be what you are hoping for."  Better speed!... if you ditch your fancy teleport boots.  Resist Psychic!... Damage, out of luck against mind control.
May
 player, 458 posts
Thu 1 Oct 2015
at 06:29
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May asks, "I vote we stick together, though. For one, I don't want to ever leave you guys' sides. For another, if one of us got ganged up on, beat up, and replaced by a doppleganger, well... that'd just be the worst."

Raichel and Timothius say in unison, "I'm fine with staying together." then look at each other and giggle.
Mittens
 GM, 1435 posts
Thu 1 Oct 2015
at 06:36
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits thumbs-ups and joins the others.

OOC: Skip ahead to next plot point?  How long do we want to give the heroes?  Days?  Weeks?  Module says "whenever is fine." pretty much

Kyle
 player, 876 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 1 Oct 2015
at 06:39
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
 "Spending time with you outside of fights would be nice anyways... Even when it's because fights are inevitable."  Paranoia, bringing people together.

OOC: Skip when, and how much, that Tim feels like.
Raichel
 player, 439 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 1 Oct 2015
at 07:35
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May is her cheerful self and happily shares her excitement about shopping for weapons with her friends.

Timothius is clingy with Rai and Mitts.

Raichel checks on the group's standing with the locals of Overlook; who loves them and who hates them.

OOC: I'd like them to have about a week worth of a break. Just enough to catch their breath, then relax, then finally get action just before they go into PTSD paranoia mode.
Mittens
 GM, 1436 posts
Thu 1 Oct 2015
at 07:43
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits spends the week trying to help Timothius return to his fluffy old self, recruiting the aid of the others as needed.

Events begin when the PCs are interrupted by an
exhausted, panting soldier from Overlook’s city mili-
tia. The soldier, a human named Coggin, has been
sprinting through the city along with nearly twenty
other Overlook soldiers trying to find them. Between
gasps for breath, the overwhelmed (and slightly star-
struck) guard tells them why he’s been sent.

Read the following aloud:
“My name’s Coggin, sirs. I was sent to find you. The guard
captain asked that you report immediately to the West
Gate. One of our scouts to the south reported that there’s
some sort of a flying warship headed for the city. It’s armed,
and it isn’t built by any race they recognized. After how
you’ve helped the city so much, the captain would like you
on hand in case there’s trouble. Sirs.”

"Airship!!" Mittens cheers, jumping for joy! "Mine! Dibs! Letsgotakeit!"

She sprints in the direction of the West Gate!
Kyle
 player, 877 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 1 Oct 2015
at 07:50
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Mittens, owning an airship is a big responsibility.  You will need to feed it and take it for flights every day."  Kyle that was a terrible joke, but at least you are trying?

  The mechanically curious part of his player's mind wonders if immobilize or prone effects will drop an airship out of the sky.  Or if it will not cause a crater so long as it crashes within 'no fall damage taken if = flight speed' distance.
May
 player, 459 posts
Tue 6 Oct 2015
at 03:12
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Throughout the week, Timothius seemed to return to his old self. But something felt... off. Nobody is able to get him to admit to what might be different, so all the group can do is hope he's fine. (Obviously, the group quickly ruled out doppleganger replacements and magical mind-invasions)

Meanwhile, Rai, of course, would have been satisfied to find the city actually loves the heroes and that anyone who nay-says them at this point are in danger of being spat on or beaten.

May slaps her hand into the messenger's hand and gets a confident grin on her face. "Thanks, buddy! We'll be right on it!" She proceeds towards the gate. "Hey! Mittens! Not fair! I'm not as fast as y-!" and her little legs move her right up to Mittens! ".....oops? Woooo! Still getting used to these boots!"

Timothius hurries after Mitts and May. Raichel jogs next to them all with relative ease.
Mittens
 GM, 1439 posts
Tue 6 Oct 2015
at 03:23
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
A few minutes before the PCs reach the West Gate, they hear a
loud scraping and creaking noise, like the sound of
heavy wooden timbers being dragged roughly across
the ground. This is the sound of the airship landing—
crashing, really—outside the city.


When the heroes reach a point that overlooks the west
and southwest of the city, they see that a f lying gal-
leon named the Conqueror
 has ignominiously crashed
into the war-torn turf beyond the city. The mast has
an improvised white f lag hanging limply from it. The
galleon has skidded to a halt on the ground, and the
ship looks to have already been in a war. Patches of the
vessel have been charred by intense fire, with other
sections badly damaged as if struck by large weapons.

A DC 21 Arcana check identifies the vessel as some-
thing native to the Astral Sea,

"Yes!" Mittens cheers, "An airship from the Astral Sea!"

while a DC 23 Nature
check identifies the ship as githyanki construction. A
second successful DC 23 Arcana check reveals that
the damage on the ship is similar to that which would
have been inf licted by red dragon’s breath.
A lone humanoid figure is visible on board, waiting
by the rail. Citizens outside the city are f leeing from
the wreck as quickly as possible, and the adventurers
can hear their screams easily from here. Every guard
nearby has a crossbow trained on the humanoid.

With the PCs’ arrival, the local guard captain—a
female human named Captain Jerra Dauralis—asks
them to accompany her down to speak with the ship.
It takes only a few minutes to descend the steps and
exit the city’s gate. Captain Dauralis is clearly rattled
and will defer to the PCs in the ensuing encounter.

"No problemo!  Leave everything to us!"

Mits hurries to the ship!

As the PCs approach the ship, read the
following aloud:

The warship leans to one side, and it has clearly been in a
fight. Its sails are ragged, and the stern of the ship is charred
from intense fire. A humanoid with greenish skin and gray
robes stands by the rail, hands held open, waiting for you to
approach. He speaks loudly enough for you to hear him at
a distance.
“My apologies for the method of my arrival. My name
is Tokk’it, and I come asking for help. At this moment, my
people are under attack by githyanki. I have heard that
there are those in this city of Overlook who are familiar with
the githyanki. I seek to stop the githyanki before they breach
our fortress and exterminate my brethren. Please, can you
tell me where to find those of your people who know of this
danger, and if they can help me? Please."
Kyle
 player, 878 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 6 Oct 2015
at 03:54
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Considering last Githzerai temple we were in, I have to ask if our help would truly be welcome.   The Githzerai Echos defending the place ignored those defiling it to summon the Demon Yeenoghu quite literally two rooms over, in favor of attacking us for trespassing."

  He gestures to the sorry display of an airship.  "Your dramatic plea is probably true for you, but if your people and defenses spend as much or more time turning us away instead of those trying to kill you or worse... It will be a short trip"
Raichel
 player, 440 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 6 Oct 2015
at 04:10
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "We are the heroes of Overlook! We can speak for ourselves and offer our aid, but if you are looking for full army support, you'll have to persuade Overlook's council. And something tells me you don't have that kind of time."

Timothius says, "We know well the danger of the githyanki."

Raichel says, "We'll help. But like Kyle said, if your people turn us away, we will leave." seems like a no-duh, but people have been known expect heroes to stick around after the people they are supposed to protect reject them.
Mittens
 GM, 1440 posts
Tue 6 Oct 2015
at 04:20
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Tokk’it’s manner is stiff and formal, as he is uncom-
fortable asking for help from outsiders. His first
move is to ask for “those who defended this city, the
Overlook, from General Zithiruun.”

"That would be us," Mittens says, only barely paying attention.  She's focused on examining the ship.

 If the adven-
turers identify themselves, Tokk’it looks at them
suspiciously, refusing to believe that so few could have
made such an impact. A DC 16 Diplomacy check is
sufficient to convince him, however.

(Mittens result: 9)

"She looks technically airworthy, but will need more than spit and polish to weather a serious fight...  Hmm?  What's with the look?"
Kyle
 player, 879 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 6 Oct 2015
at 04:39
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Zithiruun's final plan, was to use a bunch of trolls while lighting things on fire.  If those attacking you now are comparable, then I would not be surprised to hear they are trying to use iron golems and rust monsters at the same time."

  The threat posed and the damage done was real enough... But oh man, Kyle has such a love/hate relationship with their enemies being so skull meltingly incompetent at their supposed jobs that their followers keep tripping over themselves to compliment.

  "But as also demonstrated by Zithiruun, you don't need to be competent to be dangerous.  I expect the dragon sent after your ship was in better condition than his."

This message was last edited by the player at 04:40, Tue 06 Oct 2015.

Timothius
 GM, 545 posts
Tue 6 Oct 2015
at 05:04
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius smiles at Tokk'it. "I know it must seem odd that three shifters, a kobold and a human would be the end of Zithiruun. But while we are credited with his defeat, do not forget he was foolish enough to attack an entire city that was ready for him. We defeated some of Zithiruun's army, Zithiruun himself and his dragon. But honestly, can you really afford to believe or disbelieve? You take what help you can or you don't. That is your position. We are willing to help. That is enough."

Raichel says, "Besides. We have this captain of Overlook's guard here to attest to the fact that, yes, we are those heroes."

May says, "Well DO you have time to check out credentials and/or ask for an army to back you? Or are we going now?"


Timplomacy: 27
Mittens
 GM, 1441 posts
Tue 6 Oct 2015
at 05:46
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Nevermind my allies downplaying our enemy," Mittens adds, "That fight was friggin' EPIC!  Then we traveled to the Elemental Chaos to take out some trans-planar arms dealer orignially from the Shadowfell.  So... were you planning on keeping this airship?  Seems a broken airship the very least one should offer a group of inter-planar heroes for saving your society...."

Once the PCs have assured Tokk’it of their
authenticity, in his halting manner he explains his
situation and asks for immediate help to return with
him. Still in some disbelief that the characters could
have accomplished so much, he initially insists on
more troops from Overlook. Captain Dauralis, silent
until this point, leans over to the nearest PC and says
that she knows the council will not approve such a
move in the wake of the attack on Overlook.

"It's settled then!  Let's get going!  Time's wasting!"
Kyle
 player, 880 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 6 Oct 2015
at 05:58
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "For as much as they have trouble us in the past, I can't fault them for considering their own city recovering from an attack first."  He looks to the ship "...Not that I would trust many extra troops to even be transported in a swift manner."  Hopefully May's small arsenal doesn't put the battered craft over it's weight limit.
May
 player, 460 posts
Tue 6 Oct 2015
at 06:04
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May, like Mittens, doesn't bother asking at this point and simply boards the ship. Timothius and Raichel do the same. May says, "By the way... thanks for coming and asking. Calling for backup is how you save a city."

Timothius nods to Kyle. "It would kind of be a smack to our faces if we fought for the city twice only for them to die while we're away because they didn't protect themselves. We aren't their nannies, after all."
Mittens
 GM, 1442 posts
Tue 6 Oct 2015
at 06:15
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
On Board the Conqueror
Once the PCs are on board the githyanki war gal-
leon, Tokk’it will waste no time getting the ship back
in the air and pointed toward Akma’ad. He does this
by moving to the bridge and standing in the ritual
circle, taking the wheel, and concentrating. The sails
rise and the ship begins to right itself, taking to the
air with a screeching groan. It tacks around in a circle
and gains altitude as it heads to the southwest.
The
 Conqueror
 is specially built to be a troop trans-
port carrying as many soldiers as possible, so tasks
handled by normal sailors are instead accomplished
by the psychic echoes of possessed githyanki sailors.
These echoes have no personality or ability to attack,
and manifest themselves as translucent shimmers
as they do sailing-related work ordered by anyone
standing inside a runic circle on the ship’s bridge. The
ghostly crew ceases functioning if this circle is ever
destroyed.

Mittens is grinning ear-to-ear, gripping the ship's railing so she can watch Overlook become more distant.

"Airship.  Airship airship AIRSHIP!   WOOOOOHOOOOO!!!!"

She starts dancing around the deck, enjoying the wind in her hair.  "Lifelong dream come true!  Wheeee!"


A normal airship costs 85,000 gp, and the
Conqueror
is  better  than  most  since  it  doesn’t  require  a  crew.
The
  Conqueror
  is  a  plot  device  to  quickly  move  the
PCs  to  Akma’ad;  the  adventure  assumes  that  the
ship  is  badly  in  need  of  repair  and  won’t  last  much
longer than the trip.

Kyle
 player, 881 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 6 Oct 2015
at 06:21
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle would find the technical aspects of a (mostly) functioning Airship more enjoyable if not for the fact it was a work related trip.

  Still, he is glad Mittens is so happy with the circumstances.
Timothius
 GM, 546 posts
Wed 7 Oct 2015
at 04:32
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The twins immediately rush to the edge and bend over to watch the world below them become smaller. Their tails wag high in unison.

May is watching also. "Wow..."

Timothius says, "This feels so... weird."

Raichel looks over her shoulder to Tokk'it and says, "You'll have to excuse our excitement, Mister Tokk'it, but we've never flown on an airship before. It's a new experience." then looks back towards the ground.

May says, "Some day, I wanna grow wings and fly!"

Raichel says, "I can fly, but for now, can't fly for this long. So on the bright side? Maybe you will fly some day. Just know that you don't *need* wings..."

Timothius says, "For now, we ARE flying!"

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:46, Wed 07 Oct 2015.

Mittens
 GM, 1444 posts
Sun 11 Oct 2015
at 07:50
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Aiiirshiiip!"  Mits fires off a few celebratory blasts that turn into sparkling smilies with wings.  She regains her composure enough have more than a 1 word vocapulary.  "Ahem.  Yes.  But I'm sure you would look just as awesome with wings, May.  Wouldn't mind a pair m'self."

She then proceeds to pester the githzerai pilot with questions.

(Insert module infodump)
Kyle
 player, 882 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 11 Oct 2015
at 20:42
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
OOC Brick.

So, I went to look up the infodump so I could post about Kyle's more in depth examination of the ship.

  And, well, past the standard exposition talk paragraph, there are a LOT of significant details listed in the ship room descriptions.  Including things apparently either never mentioned in your past playthroughs or, as Tim suggested "Maybe Chris deliberately skipped that?"

So, I'm going to outline all those things (Saving Chris from having to read which of the 22 rooms has them in them).  So Chris can decide what is or isn't in IC existence, or how to react to it.  In order of obviousness.

Corpse out in the open:  The dead Githaynki Captain's dead body is just laying there in the bridge.  No actual relevance, this is more "How did we miss that?".  There is a nice pretty tapestry of Githyanki Emperor Zetch'r'r on the bridge (So we know who's face to punch).

"The ship runs on Screaming WHAT?":  The Soul Helm, runs off souls. The Psychic Echos are just that, Psychic Echos.  But the Soul Helm that keeps the Psychic Echos existing, needs to be fueled up by souls at the Evil Gityanki Capitol city in the Astral Sea.
Bonus 'mentioned on another page in a single sentence in the middle of a paragraph'.  The soul helm literally screams when in use.  Faintly screams, but still.  The Evil Ship runs off of screaming souls.  Which Tim would be able to pick up on easily enough by now once he started taking a look, as well as Kyle.

At the moment, there is the IC out of "Tokk'it stole the evil ship, he didn't fill it, it's just running off what was already in the tank."  My bigger question there is if the Module writers ever deal with this later, or just kind of forget/gloss over you can only gas up your airship at the Gitynaki Astral Sea city.

If you want to Fix this detail later, or have it not be the case in the first place, that's just fine.

Tokk'it's Girlfriend painted those mugshots of your leaders:  In the First Officer's cabin, hand drawn mugshots of the three Githzerai leaders meeting at Akama's (Odos, Kath'ik, and Wellick).  Tokki't recognizes these were made by Gallia, the Monk he is in love with.  He says as much, and looks troubled at finding hand painted mugshots of Githanki's Most Wanted by her.

Orders and talks of Informant:  In a locked drawer in the Captain's Cabin, (Bypassed by Kyle readily enough these days).  Ship manigest (140 troops, 1 dragon+rider. Gish assassin named Brann'ot).

 The orders to that dead captain, and a hand written note I will transcribe momentarily.  Orders this ship to accompany the Sacrifice and Tyranny (lol evil ship names) to attack Akama'ad to totally kill those three guys in those drawings.

=Plot Note:
We expect the attack to go smoothly and quickly.
Our informer is inside Akma’ad already, and has agreed to assist Brann’ot in the assassination of the
foul githzerai leaders. Once you receive the signal from my flagship that the defenses are neutralized,
land the Conqueror at a safe distance from the fortress and disembark all of your troops along with
the Tyranny.

By the grace of High Emperor Zetch’r’r, Lord of the Astral Sea, Captain Iquel The Sacrifice.


Sum up of plot relevant details:  There is a Gish assassin named Brann'ot, At least two other ships are on their way to attack where the Githzerai leaders are (lots of soldiers, at least two more dragons).
There is a traitor inside the fortress.
The Githyaki know exactly what the Zerai leaders look like, thanks to hand drawn pictures made by Gallia (Githzerai Monk that Tokk'it is in love with).

Sum up of Flavor Text we'd ICly care about:  Evil ship made by evil people is fueled by (faintly) screaming souls.
Mittens
 GM, 1445 posts
Tue 13 Oct 2015
at 16:37
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
OOC:
o.O  I think I did know about the ship engine making scream sounds, but never made the connection that "fueled by psychic echoes" meant "fueled by ghosts of people."  I think I only caught that it had a skeleton crew (hah) of ghosts and that got forgotten in subsequent weeks.  I don't think I ever knew about most of the other details.  When it came to huge piles of text-dump, I'd skim very quickly so the game session wouldn't be a few minutes of RP, then half an hour of me reading, a few minutes of RP....  I just printed the ship's map and let the players explore the map.

"In this room you see...  (skims) Lots of bunks.  Looks like the ship was a troop transport."

"What about this room?"

"That's... (skims) the captain's room."

"DIBS!"

You get the idea.

Thanks for fielding that.  I would have missed that again because this is the infodump I had in mind to dump:

What Tokk’it Knows
Tokk’it can relate the following:

The githzerai fortress of Akma’ad is some 140
miles southwest of Overlook, and 20 miles north
of the city of Sayre.

Akma’ad currently houses close to 100 githzerai
trained to fight, as well as several dozen
noncombatants. (He does not yet share that
githzerai religious and political leaders were
effectively in the middle of a war council.)

He isn’t sure how many githyanki are attacking. He
saw three war galleons and at least three lancers, so
he guesses two to three hundred troops.

Tokk’it stole a githyanki ship by waiting until
all the githyanki troops had disembarked, then
sneaking aboard and slaying the captain. War
galleons are designed to be f lown with only a
one- or two-person skeleton crew, with psychic
echoes of possessed githyanki sailors that
actually man the sails and rudder.

Tokk’it’s stolen ship was chased and attacked
by githyanki lancers mounted on dragons, but
he was able to outpace them before they could
destroy the vessel; the ship f lies faster than the
dragons.
Some elements of the attack clearly bother Tokk’it,
and others just haven’t completely clicked in his mind
yet. Some insight and prodding by the PCs can reveal
more.
Insight (DC 16):
 The fortress already has a defense
against just this sort of siege attack, but it wasn’t triggered.
The fortress is built into a cliff and has a prepared landslide
arranged above it, set to crush any foes that stand before
the citadel when the landslide is set off. Tokk’it doesn’t
know why it wasn’t activated, but he believes that the
githyanki probably killed the githzerai troops responsible
for activating it.
Diplomacy (DC 16):
 Tokk’it is happy to help fight. He
admits to some combat ability, mostly as a scout. (He seems
uncomfortable as he says this; Tokk’it’s role in the githzerai
hierarchy is currently in question, as explained below.)
Insight (DC 16):
 Tokk’it has no doubt that his
attackers are still chasing him, and he takes several
opportunities to glance over his shoulder in the direction of
Akma’ad. This is the primary reason he wants to start back
immediately—before Overlook realizes he’s brought more
githyanki right to their doorstep.
Perception (DC 16):
 While the galleon is damaged
from the fight and the rough landing, Tokk’it believes that it
will reach Akma’ad once again.
Diplomacy (DC 21):
 If asked for payment, Tokk’it
can pledge the service of githzerai troops to help guard
Overlook during the coming war. He is not of high
enough rank to work out the details, but is certain that
they an accommodation can be reached with his Abbot
once the citadel is saved. A follow-up DC 16 Insight
check reveals that Tokk’it is genuinely hopeful such an
agreement can be reached, but that he’s not sure if such a
thing is really possible. He doesn’t have the authority to
make such a guarantee.

(Let's just say that with our group's modifiers we succeeded all the checks.)
Timothius
 GM, 547 posts
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 04:04
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The dead body in the middle of the deck is, at this point, such a common scene that May and Rai didn't even notice and the extent of Tim's notice was to look down at it, say a quick prayer over it and move on. This group has been in war and seen the floor littered with dwarf bodies so plenty and there wasn't time to give proper rites and burials when such things happened.

But as soon as Timothius finds out about the "torment souls to power the ship" bit, he gets a serious face and goes to Kyle first, making sure the girls don't overhear. "Kyle... the ship is being powered by souls. Those souls will be torn apart piece at a time until destroyed. Please tell me you can find an alternate way to power this ship so we can set the souls free."

Meanwhile, May and Rai just continue taking the tour with Mittens. Rai notices Tim hanging back, but allows it for the time being.
Kyle
 player, 883 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 04:20
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Timothius finds Kyle examining the orders and notes from the locked drawer.

  "That.... Is something I'd need actual time to examine it while not in flight to even answer.  It is likely possible, time and materials would be the hardest part.  Considering how often these tasks end up with us having to rush nonstop from place to place and plane to plane to prevent whole armies from killing cities...  I'm afraid we may not have the chance any time soon."

  He looks back to the notes, and says "Especially considering there is an informant at our destination waiting to just let that army in. I'm not going to give you empty words about needs, it's still terrible.  But there are at least two more ships like these, that will round out their killing of hundreds by going home and filling their ships back up, if we do not stop them."
Mittens
 GM, 1446 posts
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 04:33
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits raised an eyebrow at the soul-fuel, but that's about all the reaction she gave to most of the other revelations.  When the group is together again, she speaks what's on her mind.

"Ok so order of priorities: One.  Defeat the pursuers that no doubt will sooner die than give up the chase to recover this ship.  They'll probably make some extremely annoying attack on a key part of the ship to ensure it crashing rather than allow us keep it up in the sky, so we need to somehow draw them into a clump so we can area blast them fast.

"Two.  Assuming the place hasn't been overrun before we arrive, we'll want to hover as close as possible to the fortress defense and release the avalanche onto the hundreds of githyanki soldiers.  We're powerful, but not 'take on hundreds at once' powerful.  If the other two ships aren't airborne, that shouldn't be too hard to do.  If they are... I hope you're a good pilot.  The rest of us will jump and it'll be up to you to keep the other two ships busy.

"Three.  Locate and take out the assassin before he can kill the leadership.  Or at least find a safe place for the leadership.  Hopefully the insider isn't one of the leaders.

"Finally, we should try and capture the other two ships.  Hopefully by this time the enemy's numbers will be thinned enough that this will be do-able."


She spots something moving in the distance.

"And if I'm not mistaken, that'll be our pursuers headed right for us.  I'm guessing we have maybe as much as 15 minutes before they intercept us."
Raichel
 player, 441 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 04:53
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius hates to admit it, but Kyle has a point. Save a few souls now = several hundred more souls get to become fuel for two other ships. When Mitts says her piece, Timothius just remains quiet.

Raichel listens to Mittens and says, "I can't deny that it would be nice to have them clumped rather than having a sudden attack from another part of the ship and our team is forced to face groups of enemies separately."

May shrugs. "I say we attack them as soon as able, whether they are clumped or not. If they clump, great. If not, fine; we'll pile on each one. Total agreement on the avalanche, though. Kinda thought that went without saying, honestly."

Raichel says, "And on the assassin note; we could just collect the leaders and thus force the assassin to come to us if they are determined to kill the leaders."
Kyle
 player, 884 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 04:59
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle would offer Tim hugs, but he's checking crossbows.  Multiple crossbows, which include ballistas.

  "I have a better chance at hitting them with my crossbow, than we do with the giant ones. I should have the chance at least two shots befoe they get into range.  Normally that's not much of an advantage, but two chances a 'knock rider off to their death' is probably better than most people with dragon riders chasing them."
Narrator
 player, 572 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 05:29
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits smiles when Kyle knocks a rider off his mount.  "Sweet!"

But he just flies back onto the dragon.

"Awww NUTS!  Wait...  Since when could githyanki fly like that?!  I've seen a few... jump really well.  Hmm."

"Special ability of dragon riders," the pilot answers, "They can only do that once per battle, though."

"Good to know.  Thanks!  Anything else we should know?"

"They like to teleport up then divebomb down to push you off your ship."

"Stay away from ship edge.  Got it."
May
 player, 461 posts
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 05:37
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius loads a ballista for May and she yells, "FIRE!" and the bolt goes flying waaay past the enemies. "Oops?! Heh... got a bit too excited about firing this beauty..."

Raichel loads the other ballista for Mittens and the bolt flies true, striking its target.

May glances to Mittens. "Nice shot! It fills me with determination to do better with mine!"

Raichel says, "If I can just hit them with my newfound power, I can teleport them here. May, be ready with your weapon that forbids teleporting."

May winks. "You got it, Rai!"

This message was last edited by the player at 05:40, Wed 14 Oct 2015.

Mittens
 GM, 1447 posts
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 05:41
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits mans one of the ballistas and lines up a shot.

"I've got them right in my viewfinder...."

Kaswish!  A huge bolt is fired right into the path of the deafened dragon.  The dragon instinctively dives to avoid the bolt and yells, (deep speech)"DUCK!" to it's rider.

"WHAT?!" the deafened rider asks, yanking a crossbow bolt earring out of his ear.

THWACK!  A ballista bolt hits him right in his open mouth and sails right through the back if his neck, missing his spinal cord by a milimeter!

"Woohoo!  In your FACE, dragon rider!  Quite literally."
Dragon Rider
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 06:01
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"GRMFBL BWMOOF!!!" the dragon rider gurgles over the ballista bolt filling his mouth, trying to command his mount to charge Mittens.

(deep speech)"WHAT?!" the deaf dragon answers, "Whatever.  Torching the lot of 'em."

It lands on the deck and spews fire on the whole team!
Mittens
 GM, 1448 posts
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 06:16
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"You call that fire breath?!" Mittens taunts, "I'll show you fire breath!"

She takes a deep breath then breaths out a huge, fiery, golden dragon head that chomps the enemy!  As the heat sears even the red dragon's scales, he and his rider look shaken!

"Heh... And just you wait till my allies get their turns."

Deadly doubt!  Enemies if hit will be dazed!  Next PC to attack either gets +2 to-hit!

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:17, Wed 14 Oct 2015.

Timothius
 GM, 548 posts
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 06:24
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius winces from the burn. "..."

He kind of demonstrates Mitts' point by seemingly ignoring the current dragon and watching for the other one.

As soon as the dragon gets close enough, Timothius says, "Do it and you will know regret like never before."


Tim readies Pacify for when Pact Dragon gets within 5 squares.
Hit(31)!

Pact Dragon is free to attack, but if he does, hit or miss, he is stunned until the end of next turn.

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:28, Wed 14 Oct 2015.

Dragon Rider
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 06:33
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
(deep speech)"They're not immune to fire," the other dragon rider concludes, "And they're spreading out.  Hit 'em with your breath weapon!"

The dragon closed distance and inhaled.  Then was hit by Timothius' power!

"...."

It attacks!  And bursts into bitter tears!

(deep speech)"The HELLS?!"
May
 player, 462 posts
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 06:40
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May heads over to the dragons and twirls around, swinging her weaponry at the bunch. But only gives them a pleasant breeze.


CoMAYnd Get It! Whiff fest. Even rerolled 3 was a whiff.
Raichel
 player, 442 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 07:04
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel hobbles back a bit and yells, "RAI!" and a HUGE bolt of lightning slams down, nearly killing the first gith, knocking him and his dragon on their backs! It grazes the other gith and he manages to steal himself before falling off his mount.


Rai takes 5 damage
Vezuvu's Eruption v D1,G1,G2,D2. Hit(37)! CRIT(37)! Hit(35)! Miss(21)
 dmg: 17
 CRIT dmg: 23
 Maxed dmg: 25
Save v ongoing: 2 fail


Rai HP: 26 - 5 = 21
D1 HP: 95 - 17 = 78
G1 HP: 62 - 48 = 14
G2 HP: 132 - 17 = 117

Kyle
 player, 885 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 07:24
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle toughens Timothius up with Artificer Energy™ then tosses a packet of dust that smells of... Produce Rings?  It gets all over their enemies, giving them one of the few status effects nearly as annoying as Stun.  Banned from Standard Actions.

  He follows this up by summoning a tiny tornado around May, which slams three out of four assholes into the pointy corners of the railings but alas, not overboard.
Dragon Rider
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 07:29
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The first dragon and rider pull themselves up to their feet, staring in fear, anger, and confusion.

(deep speech)"These must be the ones that repelled general Z."

"MRMF!" the githyanki answers, electricity and fire dancing along the ballista bolt hanging out of his mouth.
Mittens
 GM, 1449 posts
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 07:44
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits steps forward dramatically.

"This is for setting my sibs on fire...  Dreadwyrm Trance!"

A huge, glowing, effigy of Bahamut's face emerges from her chest, lifting her off the deck, into the air!

"Deathflare!"

A huge beam of energy descends from the sky, blasting all the enemies, and lighting them ablaze!  The first dragon and his rider both collapse in a heap!

OOC: This is why my main job in FFXIV is SMN now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vkq5frZhcSA
Timothius
 GM, 549 posts
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 07:56
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Thanks, Mittens." Timothius says, getting satisfaction from his sister avenging him and his twin.

Timothius bursts with holy energy, causing his burns and Rai's burns to all vanish! He then walks closer to the remaining enemies. He pulses another wave of holy energy, causing the enemy to feel naked. A gentle smile crosses his face, "I just know you wanted to see we would be OK before you pass away. I assure you your attacks and those of your allies will amount to nothing."


Standard: Healer's Mercy
 heal for: 36
Move: To remaining enemies
Minor: Solar Enemy
Rai save: 12 success
Tim save: 13 success


Tim HP: 21 + 36 = 57
Rai HP: 21 + 36 = 57

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:57, Wed 14 Oct 2015.

Dragon Rider
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 08:03
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"The... the hells did you do to my dragon?!"

(deep speech)"Snap out of it, man!"

The dragon just keeps bawling.

"There is always surrender," Mittens points out.

The gith turns a death glare to her.
Kyle
 player, 886 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 08:18
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Same thing we've done to the last several dragons, really... Well allright, it was much faster than usual this time around."

  He shoots the gith while he's down (metaphorically and emotionally), right in the lance arm.

  "You are very bad at your job.  Or at least, I assume so. I do seem to keep overestimating the professional standards of others."
May
 player, 463 posts
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 23:53
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May heads over and swings at the Gith. She gets an annoyed look and just stands there.

Raichel shoots some lightning bolt at the gith and misses! The universe is right again.


Whiff session! Because helpless enemies are, of course, the hardest to hit.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:56, Wed 14 Oct 2015.

Mittens
 GM, 1450 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 00:08
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Sneak sneak sneak!"

Mittens goes behind the mast and stands on a fallen dragon.

"Sneak attack!"

She throws an exploding orb at the enemy.  The lancer barely dodges!  But the dragon looks blasted and shards of radiance cling to it's scales.

"In retrospect, I might have been sneakier if I hadn't said anything.  Oh well."
Timothius
 GM, 550 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 00:21
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius grips his left fist and radiant chains wrap around the gith. He thinks to say "if their job is to annoy us, they aren't all that bad", but has kind of made a mental note to himself to never contradict his allies' claims of the enemies' incapabilities. Unless it's funny and makes the enemy look even worse somehow. "Don't worry about it, Mittens. None of us are really taking these guys seriously anyway. Clearly, this was the entertainment Tokkit sent for to make us feel more comfortable on his ship."

That Solar Enemy bit that Tim's been aiding Mitts with lately? He continues emitting it as if he forgot to turn it off or something.


Standard: Chains of Blazing Light v G2,D2. Hit(26)! Miss(16)
 Lancer is dazed. Next time someone hits him, he takes 9 extra radiant damage.
Minor: Peacemaker's Pronouncement: Extend an effect on an enemy for another turn.

Dragon Rider
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 00:29
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"You fight well, adventurers," the githyanki compliments, "I'll not trouble you any longer."

He hops on his dragon who then teleports!
Kyle
 player, 887 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 00:46
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle shoots the fleeing lancer with that unpleasant chemicals recently used on Sasafrass, a flash of radiance searing their already melting flesh.

  "If that Dragon manages to escape back to it's owners, they are really going to want to hose it off before someone rides it again."

OOC: Tim 9 radiant damage, plus 10 ongoing damage, = Dead lancer.
Narrator
 player, 573 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 01:01
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
There MAY have also been a MAY guard-dog chomping a githyanki leg involved, too.

The dragon sighs, shakes his head, and holds up it's hands in surrender.

(draconic)"I surrender....  Don't suppose any of you speak draconic?"
May
 player, 464 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 01:02
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May is amazed at the compliment. "He... complimented us?" she is so stunned that she didn't notice herself suddenly bite him mid-mount. "...om?" Radiant beams of light shine from her mouth and the lancer shoots light from his mouth, nostrils, ears, and eye sockets before exploding!


MAY-o-O: Hit!
 dmg: 19+9 MAYdiant damage


Lancer HP: 10 - 28 = Exploded by confused May bite!

Raichel
 player, 443 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 01:05
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel quickly yells, "Hold on, guys! He surrendered!"

Raichel says, <Draconic>"I speak draconic. We accept your surrender. Timothius will tend to you soon."</Draconic>

May looks at the dragon. "....Kyle? Think you'd be best at binding a dragon."
Kyle
 player, 888 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 01:09
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Main issue is there isn't really a safe place to put them if they change their mind and want to start clawing and burning things again."  There are adamantine manacles and half remembered binding rituals but less in the way of muzzles.
Mittens
 GM, 1451 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 01:33
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"I somehow doubt that compliment was anything more than a ruse to try and put us off guard," Mits speculates, "Now as for a dragon surrendering to us...  That's new."

She gets to tying up the gith that survived.  And the other dragon as well.

The conscious dragon sweatdrops.

(Draconic)"Timothius..."

His eyes look saddened when he gazes at the shifter healer.

(Draconic)"...He has my thanks."
Timothius
 GM, 551 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 01:44
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel translates the dragon's words. An enemy thanked Timothius for showing them regret. Timothius is stunned until the end of his next turn.

He tends to the wounds of his team... by bursting with light! The dragon gets to see Kyle, Timothius, and Raichel heal to be good as new. "By the way, Mittens... that was a really cool looking attack. I hope I'll get to see it again."

Timothius then turns to the dragon and begins patching him up. "Then I thank you in return; for making your life matter. Soon, there will be more battles ahead. But I will not put you through those. I ask only that you relax, reflect, and stay alive. When the battle is over, perhaps we can talk more."

Raichel translates for the dragon.

May says, "High fives for my awesome team!" she goes to stand on one of the ballistas in order to count as "high" enough for high fives!

Tim smiles... and high-fives May, followed right behind by Raichel.
Kyle
 player, 889 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 01:52
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "It is a change of pace, to be certain."  Timothius being surprised in good ways after a fight is something they could definitely use more of, though.

  May gets high fives, then the artificer checks over giant crossbows.  These are not helping old habits.
Mittens
 GM, 1452 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 02:11
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mittens squees at the compliment.  And at the smiling Timothius!  It only took humbling a dragon.  She returns the high five!

"So glad you liked!  You're awesome too, May!"

Tokk’it is staring silently in disbelief.
Raichel
 player, 444 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 02:27
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May girly-wiggles at Mittens. "You think so? I was missing most of that fight until that bite at the end. Your Ballista bolt to the face was really cool! And Raichel's Giant Lightning Bolt that knocked the enemy down! Nevermind Kyle knocking one of the riders off his dragon."

Raichel smiles at May and then looks over to see Tokk'it. "You OK, Tokk'it?"

Timothius thumbs at May and says, "He's just a-MAY-zed..."

May snorts (Not like an elf. More in a laughing sense) "We are a good team, aren't we? :D"

Timothius takes a deep breath and adds, "Whatever that smell was, Kyle, I like it. You could probably make a bundle from selling the scent."
Kyle
 player, 890 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 02:32
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Alchemy based cooking is probably somewhat more expensive than most would pay for, though an interesting idea."

  He looks over to Tokk'it, and comments "Likely just surprised his desperate hopes might be justified.  Though we shall have to see, driving off whole armies is always time consuming."
Mittens
 GM, 1453 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 04:01
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Tokk'it nods somberly.  "Kyle has the right of it.  I had heard rumors of a band of adventurers turning the tide of the battle for Overlook.  Now I know it was no exaggeration.  I'm still shocked that so few are so powerful."

"So how long before we get there?" Mits asks.

"About 8 hours."

"As the crow flies.  What if we were to circle around to approach from the opposite direction?"

"I don't know.  9?  10?"

"Hmm.  Trade-off.  Greater risk of being intercepted if we take direct rout.  And possibly delayed due to interception.  Or delay on our own terms to make surprise attack on the baddies controlling the rockslide."
Timothius
 GM, 552 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 04:07
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "Decided delay of 1 or 2 hours, or delayed by an attack, which usually takes less than half a minute. That 1 or 2 hours could mean the difference of the rock slide being useful or utterly useless."

May strokes her chin. "Too often, we arrived just barely on time. If only we had the luxury of knowing we had the time to do that."

Raichel says, "Let's just do the direct approach. In the end, subtlety was never our style."
Kyle
 player, 891 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 04:12
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "The main reason I'd want to give them as little warning as possible is to prevent them from seeing a ship coming that can even reach the landslide setup, and try that much harder to ruin it out of spite.  Though you do have a point about how fast most fights take."

This message was last edited by the player at 04:12, Thu 15 Oct 2015.

Mittens
 GM, 1454 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 04:22
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"I'm more worried about being ambushed by two fully functional airships with full crews midair, than I am of spite sabotage they've probably done already anyway," Mits admits, "If we get forced to land hundreds of yards from the front lines by those other 2 ships...  It'll be us vs hundreds of troops and two airships.  Direct might not be the best option this time.  You know... for our own survival.  And we're no good to the githzerai dead.  Tokk'it what are your chances of out-maneuvering those other two ships?"

"Um...  none.  If they're airborne, they'll ram us sooner than let us get to the battle-turning rockslide."
Timothius
 GM, 553 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 04:45
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "If we can get to the towers stealthfully. Don't forget this airship was being pursued..." he looks at the dragon. "Unless the two dragons and their riders were the only pursuers you had, Tokk'it?"

May is hugging the nearby ballista with a constant supply of hearts bubbling from above her head.

Raichel is quiet, figuring her comments kind of depend on the answer to Tim's question.
Kyle
 player, 892 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 04:50
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "May or Raichel could always ask them, though I would be surprised if they thought more would be needed to reclaim this ship."  This said looking over to the surprisingly cooperative dragon (You know, so far as 'RAR TO THE DEATH' and 'Sorry that was kinda lame' goes).
Mittens
 GM, 1455 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 04:59
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Tokk'it shakes his head.  "The only I knew of."

The dragon nods.  "Our commander, Thaggriel, stayed behind to watch for any others who might try and escape or send for help.  There was one dragon rider pair per ship."

Mits hmms.  "Stealthy approach might be difficult, then, if he's watching.  On the plus side, he'll be focused on watching the fortress and not the outlying areas.  Any chance we could use terrain to mask our approach?"

Tokk'it frowns.  "Yes.  We were taken by surprise because the ships stayed low to the ground."
Raichel
 player, 445 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 05:03
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel says, "Using the enemy's tactic against them sounds like poetic justice to me."

"ZZzzzz...." May is smiling in her sleep, having fallen asleep hugging the ballista.

Timothius says, "I think May has the right idea. As soon as we are set on how we'll approach, let's get what rest we can while we wait to get there."
Kyle
 player, 893 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 05:06
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "If they are watching, then the direct approach would be noticed even more easily."  But he can't blame mittens for worrying about the stealth modifiers of the airship.  Party is only as sneaky as the what is closest to the enemies, after all.
Mittens
 GM, 1456 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 05:10
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"We try stealth.  If we get spotted, we change tactics and make a beeline for the rock pile."

"Very well."

Mits tries to heft May on her own then looks over to Raichel for help.

"Let's get her someplace more comfortable."
Raichel
 player, 446 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 05:14
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel aids Mittens in getting the way-heavier-than-she-looks kobold fighter to a more comfortable spot, then helps May out of the armor so she won't wake up with aches. Once that is done, she and Timothius find a place to cuddle and sleep.
Kyle
 player, 894 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 05:17
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  May has twice as many muscles as the average Kobold, so clearly that's the cause of her heaviness and not the armor and several dozen weapons.

   "Let us know if you need anything, Tokk'it"
Mittens
 GM, 1457 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 05:23
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"I'll rock the ship violently if something comes up," Tokk'it answers in all seriousness.

Mits shrugs and crashes with her sibs.

Extended rests are had.  The following morning the group has time to have a quick meal before arriving at the destination.

From your ship, it’s clear that two squat guard towers perch
on top of this steep cliff. Chains are stretched between them,
holding back what must be hundreds of tons of rock and
rubble. You can see a dead githzerai on the ground, and
several githyanki guarding the towers.

https://ixquick-proxy.com/do/s...931785e59fbbca670eb4
May
 player, 465 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 05:30
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "Alright. So how do we get there? We got a rope ladder?"

Timothius and Raichel are peering over the edge curiously, tails in sync again.
Kyle
 player, 895 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 05:38
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Protean silk ziplines would be faster, if probably a bit bruising on landing."  There is also the possibility of a crate full of Elixer of Levitation, but those only have a horizontal move speed of 1 and you just feather fall to the ground if nothing is below you.
Mittens
 GM, 1458 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 05:44
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Works for me!  Let's do this!"

The ship gets close and an alarm is raised!  Tokk'it swings the ship parallel to the rockslide.

"Good luck."
May
 player, 466 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 05:59
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "Your faithful tank first, please, thank you!" and repels down!

She is soon followed by Raichel and Timothius.
Raichel
 player, 447 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 04:22
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel says, "I'll take a scouting position at the top of one of the towers." and scurries off to the western tower and then drops to her hands and knees before laying on her belly.


Double Move over rocks and onto tower.
Going prone to hopefully not be seen by the enemies below.

May
 player, 467 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 04:42
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "And I'm going to round the cor-" she spots Raichel signaling the group with numbers. So far, the number 2 is signed. May continues with, "I'll prepare myself to charge in once they round the corner." She heads forward and stops before getting to the corner.


Move, Ready charge for first enemy to appear.
Mittens
 GM, 1459 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 04:54
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"And I'll zap from a distance."

Mits gets zapped!

"Oh goodie.  Ye olde mind blaster.  And a warrior.  ZAP!"

She shoots twice and hits once!
May
 player, 468 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 04:59
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The moment a warrior rounds the corner, Kyle shoots it, buffing May. May charges the warrior and whacks him! who BARELY blocks her attack But when he attacks her back, she ducks with ease!


CHARGE! Hit(27)! Thanks to both Tim and Kyle combined!
 dmg: 16


War 1 HP: 99 - 16 = 83

This message was last edited by the player at 05:05, Fri 16 Oct 2015.

Raichel
 player, 448 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 05:09
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel throws lightning down at the warrior, frying him a bit. The lightning dances towards the mindslicer, who dodges it.


Furious Bolts v War 1, then counterclock until it misses. Hit(31)! Miss(21)
 dmg: 26


War 1 HP: 83 - 26 = 57

Mittens
 GM, 1460 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 05:32
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits sighs.  "Man what I wouldn't give for a power that can push enemies, right now.  Oh well.  Zappedy zap!"


Saved from status effect!

(All the mindslicers have used up their aoe power)

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:33, Fri 16 Oct 2015.

Kyle
 player, 896 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 05:42
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Will you settle for annoying them?"  Kyle asks, as he pitches a packet of pink powder, bursting and assaulting the mindslicers with the scent of rasberries.

  It may not last as potentially long as Save Ends, but 'No Standard Actions' on four targets is likely suitable payback.

  "A whole shiny copper will be awarded to you, if you can accomplish anything useful against is in the next ten seconds."
Timothius
 GM, 554 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 05:48
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius half-heartedly tosses a seal at the warrior, misses, shrugs and moves over to the top of the rocks. "Well that was annoying. Thanks for paying them back, Kyle."


Miss! But at least I saved.
May
 player, 469 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 06:12
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "NO YOU DON'T!" and rushes in before roaring like a dragon and quaking the enemy towards her! Then with a wild swing, she hits all the mindslicers with her carrikal!


Move: Pass Forward
Minor: Shift 1
Standard: Come and Get It v War, Mindslicers 1-4. Miss(23), Hit(31), 33, 31, 35!!!
 dmg: 12


Mindslicer 1 HP: 98 - 12 = 86
Mindslicer 2 HP: 98 - 12 = 86
Mindslicer 3 HP: 82 - 12 = 70
Mindslicer 4 HP: 82 - 12 = 70

Warrior
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 06:18
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The warrior swings well, but just barely is parried by May's defensive weapon!
Raichel
 player, 449 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 06:28
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel says, "Thanks for the push thought, sis! RAI!" with a loud thunder, one of the mindslicers goes flying over the edge!


Thunder Slam v Mindslicer 2. Hit(33)!
 dmg: 33
 Save v fall: 5 fail
 Fall dmg: 47


Mindslicer 2 HP: 86 - 33 - 47 = 6

This message was last edited by the player at 06:29, Fri 16 Oct 2015.

Mittens
 GM, 1461 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 06:44
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The warrior steps in and swings wide!

Mits steps forward giving Raichel a thumbs-up.  She then brings her thumb to her lips and blows on it, making her hand swell into an enormous burning fist!  WHAM!  She smashes the enemy with it and lights the area on fire!
Timothius
 GM, 555 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 06:57
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius walks to the edge of the tower roof, grips his hand and causes radiant chains to wrap about most of the enemies! Seeing Mitts' fist, his eyes widen and he giggles.


Free: Divine Fortune (+1 attacks)
Standard: Chains of Blazing Light v W1, W2, M1, M3, M4. hit, hit, crit, miss, miss
 Dazed and takes 9 extra rad dmg first time they are hit before end of next turn.
 CRIT: Tim gains an extra use of Healing Word.

Kyle
 player, 897 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 07:20
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle summons the tornado, with arms made of smaller tornadoes (and fingers made of tiny tornadoes) above Timothius.  It grabs the near dead warrior, and bludgeons every nearby enemy with them.

  The warrior groans afterwards "...Oh my gods, I'm still ali-" TORNADO PILEDRIVER.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:37, Fri 16 Oct 2015.

May
 player, 470 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 07:27
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May SLAMS the latest arrival hard. So hard, the nearby enemies just can't fathom anyone being more dangerous and so they focus on her.


Appalling Crunch v Warrior 2. Hit(32)!
 dmg: 33
 Marks target and enemies in 2 of him.


Warrior 2 HP: 80 - 33 = 47

Raichel
 player, 450 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 07:40
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel does one of those martial arts "break dance to stand up" moves and trots around before turning into a lightning bolt and charging (get it?) through the enemies! One of the mindslicers quakes and crumples in a heap. The warrior and another mindslicer get severely shocked, smoke rising from under their shirts.


Spark Form v M3, M4, W2, M1. Miss(20), Hit(35)!, Hit(34)!, Hit(24)!
 dmg: 18


Slicer 4 HP: 9 - 18 = KO!
Warrior 2 HP: 47 - 18 = 29
Slicer 1 HP: 48 - 18 = 30

Mittens
 GM, 1462 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 08:03
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits smiles to see Timothius giggle at her antics.

"Lalala!" she sings, blowing pixie dust at the enemies!  Two sneeze so hard they pass out!

"Totally oblivious and vulnerable!" she sings, dancing next to the last enemy.

The mindslicer falls for it and attacks!
May
 player, 471 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 08:05
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May attacks the slicer for daring attack someone not her. She swings the carrikal so hard, she accidentally slices the slicer in half, ripping out a piece of spine that dangles off her weapon. "....oops?"


MAY-o-O: CRIT(41)!
 dmg: 34


Slicer 3 HP: 19 - 34 = DONE

Narrator
 player, 577 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 04:13
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
All visible enemies have been defeated.
Kyle
 player, 898 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 04:22
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "I know it sounds redundant to warn, but don't walk in front of the boulder collection on the way to the second switch."  On that note he will deal with that if nobody else heads off for it.
Raichel
 player, 451 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 04:28
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "Safety first!" in response to Kyle's warning.

Raichel says, "I can get the one on the far side." and runs off to the other tower.

May shrugs and smiles. "I'm going to watch..." she heads to the edge and watches the army below.
Mittens
 GM, 1476 posts
Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 04:41
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits is sure to cantrip some hearing protection for her allies. "Avalanches can be quite loud."

Development
If the characters successfully defeat the githyanki
here, one character in each tower can pull the massive wooden levers to trigger the landslide. If this
happens, read the following:

With a tremendous, deafening roar, a cascade of rock—from
pebbles the size of a pea to boulders the size of a mule—
tumbles down onto the githyanki army massed outside the
walls of Akma’ad. At first, all you see is a blinding cloud of
dust, but as the wind clears it from the field, you see that
hundreds of githyanki troops have been pulverized by the
rock, and the rest are scattered or fleeing outright.


The turmoil, of course, catches the attention of both Thaggriel, the dragonrider champion, and Captain Iquel of the Sacrifice.  They waste no time in turning to approach the heroes.  Fortunately, it looks like there'll at least be enough time to reach the Conqueror just before the enemy does.
Kyle
 player, 899 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 04:45
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Okay, these dragons will matter more than the last ones."  They had names, after all.  That usually meant they were tougher.

  He'd miss when their named enemies attacked with smaller wildlife, but let's face it, those enemies were so unprofessional it hurt. Kyle nearly suffered hitpoint loss over the sad display.  At least dragons are bordering on professional compared to small birds.
May
 player, 472 posts
Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 04:53
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Even as May is peering over the edge, soon so does Raichel. With the roaring of rocks done, May takes out her hearing protection and says, "Thanks for protecting our ears, KittenMittens! Let's get to the ship fast!"

Timothius and Raichel are already heading to the ship and May soon follows. The moment they are aboard, Raichel lets the captain know. "We're aboard! Take off!"

May looks at her allies with a big grin. "Well that was exciting! Not over yet, but hey I can't wait to talk about it over dinner tonight!"

Timothius says, "I guess our enemy just got a little boulder..."
Mittens
 GM, 1477 posts
Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 05:10
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits is grinning big from the cute nickname and Timothius' pun.

"Considering the shape our ship is in, I'm wanting to not damage that other ship...  Stay low altitude to force them close to the ground!"

The pilot follows the instructions, skirting as close as he can safely fly to the ground.  The enemy closes in and expertly matches his course!
Narrator
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Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 05:31
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The dragonrider flies over and his mount sets the mast, the sails, and most of the heroes on fire!  The Conquerer is rapidly losing speed!

"You were the ones to trigger that avalanche, weren't you?  You'll make good sport!"

Several gith sky pirates swing over on ropes and use their psychic powers to immobilize Mittens, Raichel, and Timothius!

"Freeze!"

This message was last edited by the player at 05:34, Sat 28 Nov 2015.

Mittens
 GM, 1478 posts
Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 05:40
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits conjures flintlock pistols and fires off 3 shots somehow.  One hits, downing a sky pirate!  She then gulps down a fire resist potion and shakes off the flames.

"Surrender!"
May
 player, 473 posts
Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 05:51
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "Yup! We are good sports! And to prove it, we let you attack first!" She hops to the side and ROARS, causing three enemies to go over to her and get swung at! She hits them all, but they barely manage to redirect the blows just enough to keep alive. All three would be dead otherwise.

"Come down here and face me, dragon! Or will you stay away because you know it's the only way you'll be safe?!"


Yay come and get it! Missed all of them. Even with 2 rerolls due to 3's. XD
Raichel
 player, 452 posts
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Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 06:00
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel tries to shoot some lightning, but quickly has to interpose her staff between herself and one of the gith. She stomps and is no longer frozen. "I've been hit harder." not by much, but she won't say as much. Raichel thumbs her nose.


Whiff fest. Lightning strike misses. CRIT on save throw.
Monster Intern
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Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 06:20
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
One of the gith May called, steps back a bit and yells, "Freeze!" at May, causing her to be stuck where she stands.
Kyle
 player, 900 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 06:27
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle's boring turn is made up for the fact he didn't get lit on fire or stabbed yet, as he toughens up Mittens and summons the Punishing Eye to look upon the enemy with disapproval.

  OOC: +1 AC for mittens, can cash in for Her Surge+8 THP, and give an ally within 5 that much THP also.

Punishing Eye.  When an enemy in it's radius is hit by an ally attack (even no damage ones), Eye deals 5 Psychic DMG.
Enemies can't have concealment in radius




One of the Minions Myrmidons takes Raichel's comment as a challenge, and does a double front flip off of the rope to slash her with his blade!

This display somewhat dampened by the 7 followed by 'RESISTED' floating above the Monk/Sorcerer/Cool Cat's head.

Okay, so maybe floating damage text didn't actually happen.  But it could have.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:35, Sat 28 Nov 2015.

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Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 06:47
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Press the advantage!" Iquel commands to the others.

She steers the Sacrifice into the Conquerer forcing it to the ground!  CRASH!  The Conqueror grinds to a halt, and Iquel expertly lands the Sacrifice right next to it.
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Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 07:00
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The rest of the sky pirate crew swings across, attacking with psychic powers and swords!  Kyle gets immobilized and sliced!
Timothius
 GM, 557 posts
Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 07:25
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius closes his eyes and waves of holy energy shoot out from him! His wounds and the wounds of his sisters close entirely and a blue protective aura covers all his allies. As his eyes open, it is clear he can move if he wishes, but he chooses not to. "Don't you think it odd someone would recruit a bunch of non-gith?"

With that he makes a fist and Thaggriel suddenly has a radiant shackle around his neck, attached to a radiant chain! "We are not play things. Treat us that way and you will find yourselves treated as such also."


Standard: Healer's Mercy on Mitts and Rai. Rolled 19.
Minor: Healing Word on self. Rolled 27.
 Save throw: 4
 Everyone gains 5 thp.
ACTION POINT
Standard: Chains of Blazing Light v Thaggriel and Xirakis. Hit(37)! Miss(23)
 The target is dazed until the end of your next turn.
 Channel Divinity used: Next time the target is hit by an attack,
  that attack deals 9 extra radiant damage.
Save throw: 10


Mitts HP: 23 + 36 = 59 and Resist 5 Psychic
Raichel HP: 39 + 39 = 78 and Resist 5 Fire
Tim HP: 45 + 47 = 83

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Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 08:06
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"The hells?!" the champion exclaims, struggling against the chain, "Kill their healer first!!"

The dragon turns a very angry glare at May.  "Saving you for last, whelp!  I'll show you your friend's innards one by one then rip that bragging tongue of yours out!"

He flies to the far side of the ship then divebombs Timothius!  A bite fails to land, Mits and Timothius wind up hit by claw attacks!  Thaggriel stabs Timothius, empowering this mount to hop off the side of the airship, once again out of reach!
Mittens
 GM, 1479 posts
Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 08:13
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mittens frowns.

"Oooo!  You broke it..."

Her eyes begin leaking radiation and her face turns red, steam shooting out her ears and nose.

"You broke my airship!"

She stomps her foot and a bright flash is followed by a massive mushroom-cloud kaboom, downing most of the enemies!

( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-vHaZOuLd8 )
May
 player, 474 posts
Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 08:20
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May growls and says, "I'll hit you NOW, coward!" she throws her weapon at the dragon so hard it feels like another dragon punched it in the face! The weapon returns to May's hand. She places a hand on her cheek, thrusts her hip out, bats her eyes and says in the girliest voice she can muster, "Oh no! The little kobold challenged me! My feelings are hurt! But I'm still too scared of her, so... I'll take it out on the healer to make things easier!"


Basic ranged v Xirakis. CRIT(37)!
 dmg: 26
Save throw: 7 fail


Xirakis HP: 268 - 26 = 242

Raichel
 player, 453 posts
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Sat 28 Nov 2015
at 08:34
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel says, "Nice explosion there, Mittens." then shoots an oversized bolt of lightning surrounded in spiraling fire! FWAZAAAAP! She blows Thaggriel clear off the dragon. "Booya! I hit the dragon's boss! Do I get a prize, Mitts?"


Vezzuvu's Eruption v Thaggriel and Xirakis. Hit(34)! Miss(21)
 dmg: 21 and fall prone
 Thagg save: 6. Fail and fall.
 Falling dmg: 15


Thaggriel HP: 222 - 21 - 15 = 186

Kyle
 player, 901 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 01:40
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle continues to be reminded how he finds a kobold beautiful, but then again it IS May so that is like being surprised an Elven warrior queen of laser kingdom was cute.

  "Honestly, the worst we can expect of you is getting bored hitting you before you stop moving."  That said, he stands up, snaps a forceful (hah) shot off at the dismounted Gith, and shrugs off the status effect.

  Yes, a melee hit debuff to the dismounted guy.  Spite is strong (as are hedging your to-hit bets with Weapon Vs Reflex).
Iquel
Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 02:32
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The githyanki captain uses telekinesis to yoink her last remaining crew member back from off the Conqueror to the Sacrifice, barks an order at him in Deep Speech, then swings over to the heroes and blasts almost all of them with psychic energy!

"I haven't met people so full of themselves as you.  I'll give you that you excel at being hatable."

Just before her underling takes off with the Sacrifice,  Tokk’it leaps aboard!  "I'll deal with this one!"  The two disappear into the sky.
Timothius
 GM, 558 posts
Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 02:39
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "So much hate. If you channeled that energy into something constructive, you could actually make a difference. Instead, you're nothing more than a child throwing a tantrum." He waves a hand at the dragon and Xirakis feels weaker. "You will become weaker the more you hate. This power will epitomize that."

He looks over at Iquel. "It takes one to know one, gith. Eat your hypocritical words and feel how disgusting it is to look in the mirror."


Iron to Glass v Xirakis. Crit fail. This power doesn't care.
 -2 to melee damage. Whenever Xirakis hits someone, the penalty worsens by 1.

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Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 03:03
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Tell me we can shut up the welp first," the dragon says, swooping down for his rider.

"Ugh.  They're all annoying.  Fine, the little lizard first."

Thaggriel mounts up and Xirakis leaps into the sky with an enraged roar.

"I'll make those your last words, fool!"

Down it flies and claws at May's face as it swoops by her!



What happened:
-Dragon swoops down
-Thagg mounts
-Dragon swoops up
-Dargon AP's to charge May.
 Hits and does 7(9-2) damage and now takes -3 to dmg.
 Attempt to shift 2
-May-o-O. Misses.
-Dragon shifts 2 away.

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:41, Sun 29 Nov 2015.

May
 player, 475 posts
Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 03:15
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May swings right back and says, "Oh my. Ouch. Like I think I got hit by a pillow... nah. Raichel hits harder with a pillow." She then rushes over to the dragon and thwacks it much harder than the dragon hit her. As she does, her wounds seem to just close themselves. She gets a draconic grin and says, "At least you're facing me now."


Immediate Reaction: Blood Iron. When bloodied, May gains resist 5 all until end of encounter.
Minor: Auto-save as per paragon feature.
 May takes 10 damage.
Move: To dragon and Thagg.
Standard: Victorious Surge v Xirakis. Hit(34)!
 dmg: 28
 Regain HP as though I spent a surge.


Xirakis HP: 232 - 28 = 204
Maych-P: 52 + 28 = 80

This message was last edited by the player at 03:44, Sun 29 Nov 2015.

Raichel
 player, 454 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
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Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 03:20
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel looks over to the dragon, then back to Iquel. She trots over to Iquel. "You'd think these baddies have never ever heard smacktalk." WHAM! She palms Iquel and causes an organ to rupture, causing internal bleeding. "Fact is, we have already stopped two wars. one of which headed by one of your dragon-riding generals. It's not boast. It's fact."


Minor: Lightning in the Blood
Move: To Iquel.
Standard: Strength to Weakness v Iquel. Hit(28)!
 Ongoing 20 (save ends)

This message was last edited by the player at 03:47, Sun 29 Nov 2015.

Kyle
 player, 902 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 03:35
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle shrugs off the immobilization, but not like he moves anywyas.  That's what the Eyeball does, bringing all remaining enemies under it's disapproving spring unibrow looks.

  That dealt with, the artificer toughens up May, and throws a packet of powder that to those who smell it, has a 50/50 chance of smelling like cinnamon or butterscotch.

  The Dragon and rider take 5 psychic damage arguing over what it smells like.
Mittens
 GM, 1480 posts
Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 03:53
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mittens makes a victory bell ring for Raichel's achievement, giving her an impish grin.

"You win a cute cuddle Timothius!"

She shrugs to the pirate captain's comment.

"What my sibs said.  We've yet to meet an enemy that's anything less than over-the-top hateful and arrogant.  So check yourself before you start casting stones and all that."

With that, she twirls her flintlock pistols then fires at all the enemies with lasers!
Iquel
Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 04:08
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Iquel teleports next to Timothius.

"This one!"

The dragon barely evades a May attack and charges Timothius, chomping him in half! breaking several teeth on him.  "The hells!"

"They're the ones who took down Zithirun.  Don't act so surprised."

She sighs and slashes at Timothius twice, causing the slightest of anime cuts.

"This just hasn't been my day."
Timothius
 GM, 559 posts
Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 04:53
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius coos at Iquel, "If it hasn't been your day, then take a break." suddenly, Iquel finds all desire to fight is gone.

Timothius then looks at Xirakis. "One by one, I will make your friends passive. You wanted to show us our entrails, but I will show you your souls." There is something eerily true in his statement as his eyes lock with the dragon's with pity.


Move: Shift away.
Rebuke Violence v Iquel. Miss(15)
 Iquel can not attack until the end of Tim's next turn.

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Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 05:04
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The dragon and his rider are frustrated beyond words.

"What sorcery is this?!"

"Whatever it is it came from that one."

They fly over to him and glare menacingly, waiting for the moment when they can attack him.
May
 player, 476 posts
Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 05:12
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May leaps down and charges the dragon. While her weapon doesn't quite hit with enough force to hurt, it reminds the dragon that May is there and ready. "You know... you might have actually started to hurt someone if you just stuck with one target." she comments.


Charge. Miss.
Raichel
 player, 455 posts
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Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 05:14
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel hurls a lightning bolt at the dragon, but the bolt gets grounded. "A cuddly Timmy Twin? Heh... sounds good to me. Can we all keep the enemies alive long enough to see us cuddle and love? I'm sure it would torment them even in the afterlife."


Furious Bolts. Miss(21)
Kyle
 player, 903 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 05:24
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Sorry, Raichel has the sorcery covered.  I'm simply dabbling with potions."  That said, Kyle toughens up May's weapon of choice (such a hard choice), and continues to violate nonexistant weapons treaties by splashing Thaggriel across the face with Artificial Aboleth Slime Substitute to cover his retreat.

  "This batch won't make them melt... I think."
Mittens
 GM, 1481 posts
Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 05:50
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits eyes the dragon and mutters, "I've fought enough dragons to know what comes next."

She hurries over to the left and starts charging up a massive spell that starts with a portal holes that teleport her allies into more advantageous positions to avoid a dragon's breath, followed her slamming her hand down, causing a huge glowing hand to slam the dragon and his rider into the deck, forcing it's breath weapon to spray her, triggering retaliation from May, followed by the hand exploding, leaving behind several bits of glowing shrapnel in both enemies!

Mits opens her eyes after being blasted by the dragon's fire and inhales through her nose, sucking in the dragon's own fire to extinguish the flames!
Iquel
Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 05:59
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"I can't give up!" the Captain answers.

She teleports next to Mits.  "Finish her off!"

The dragon lunges and gets hit once again by May, but the dragon's bite hurts Mits a lot more than it hurt Timothius.  Her screams are stifled from the fact that her face is engulfed in dragon.
Timothius
 GM, 560 posts
Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 06:09
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"'Finish her off'? You don't get it, do you?" Timothius asks as he waves a hand. Mittens bursts with radiance, blowing the dragon's head back where it was only to reveal a good-as-new Mittens. "Even when you finally manage to hurt us, we can bounce back. All day long. Even if you killed her, I could bring her back. Surrender and I will consider letting you live in prison or die here. Don't surrender, and well... use your imagination."


Minor: Peacemaker's Pronouncement on Iquel
Move: To get in range of Mittens.
Minor: Healing Word on Mittens. 52


Mittens HP: 20 + 52 = FULL + 5thp

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Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 06:31
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The dragon and rider roar in rage together!  They try and shift away from May only to be slammed by her weapon yet again.  But they retaliate, knocking her down and attacking but missing Mits and Timothius as well.  Finally the dragon bites Raichel, and claws Kyle and Timothius!  But every time they attack, another of Mits radiant bits of shrapnel explodes in their flesh!  Between that, May, and Kyle's poison, they near send themselves to the grave from their outburst!
Raichel
 player, 456 posts
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Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 06:35
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May hops to her feet and charges, but lightly trips over a loose floor board and misses when she stumbles to the dragon. "Bluh. Messed up ship."

Raichel holds her hand forward and shoots lightning from her fingertips at Thaggriel, knocking him out and transferring lightning to Xirakis, knocking him out also. "Ready to surrender yet? Remember; we haven't even started to get exhausted and you are all alone now... and you don't wanna know what not surrendering means."


May charge. Miss
Raichel Lightning Strike v Thaggriel. Hit(31)!
 dmg: 18
 dmg to Xirakis: 5


Thaggriel HP: 2 - 18 = KO
Xirakis HP: 1 - 5 = KO

Kyle
 player, 904 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 06:44
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  The only reason Kyle is not complimenting Mittens's latest actions are because he doesn't want to encourage her to be any more reckless with her personal safety than usual.

  It was pretty cool and practical though, in this case.

  He summons the Tornado with arms and fists made of smaller tornadoes again, which drags Iquel over with a gust of wind before punching them (gently, alas) in the face.

  Move: eye moves.
  Gale hits Iquel. 12 DMG (+5 psychic), slide 2.
  May has +5 AC, until end of Kyle's next turn.

Iquel HPL: 199

Mittens
 GM, 1482 posts
Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 06:50
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Allow me to show you a few examples..."

Mits conjures a strange iron-maiden style helmet on Iquel's head and light bursts out from the joints!  Familiar sounds from fights in the past can be heard echoing around inside the helmet as Iquel struggles to rip it off!  She throws down her sword, drops to her knees, and puts her hands behind her head!  The helmet vanishes.

"You win.  I surrender."
May
 player, 477 posts
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 04:40
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "Wooohoo!" and immediately gets to tying up Iquel!

Timothius is staring at Iquel with a look of shock. "She... surrendered?"

Raichel says, "Yeah. By the way, guys and gals, I knocked out the dragon and his rider too."

Timothius says, "I'll help tie up the dragon."

May winks at Iquel. "And we have enough experience with dragons by now that tying one up is something we take in stride. Good choice, lady."
Kyle
 player, 905 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 04:52
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle has been so glad to find that ridden dragons seem to be less of a problem than ones working on their own (or with other dragons).  Despite all the talk about such things being worse.

  "The ones crushed by the rocks seem to have gotten off easy."
Mittens
 GM, 1483 posts
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 05:04
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits shrugs to Timothius' shock and ties up the Captain.  "Miracles do happen, I suppose."

The githyanki says nothing.  Tokkit returns with the Sacrifice.

"There are still survivors of the landslide and they're trying to break into the fortress!  Will you lend aid to my besieged people once more?"
Timothius
 GM, 561 posts
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 05:07
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May is already boarding the ship with Iquel in tow. "Heh. You didn't have to ask, but thanks for asking. Let's go kick some butt, Tokkit!"

Timothius finishes tying the dragon to the mast of the Conquerer. "Thank you for fetching another ship, Tokkit." and he follows May aboard. Raichel is right behind him.
Kyle
 player, 906 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 05:26
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle is, thankfully, too professional to sass Tokkit with sarcastic 'no, we were thinking about stopping halfway through' comments.

  He snaps off an acidic fire alchemical bolt at some poor unfortunate flavor text casualties as his answer while boarding, instead.
Mittens
 GM, 1484 posts
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 05:34
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mittens is too profesional to... who are we kidding?

"AIRSHIP!  WOOOO!"

"You're welcome.  And thank you for all you've done."

Tokkit flies down to the pile of rubble below.

Over the shouts and sounds of fighting, you hear the sound
of chanting. Protected from githzerai attack by the side of
the crashed ship and the angle of the walls, a small group of
githyanki appears to be performing some sort of ritual next
to the walls. Shock troopers guard the group.


Mits gets the drop on them and with one big tornado of fire defeats all the weak ones!  The mindslicer stubbornly tries to finish the ritual while the remaining four warriors leap aboard the Sacrifice and retaliate!  Mits is cut up pretty good, but not worse that Timothius can fix with a word.
Timothius
 GM, 562 posts
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 05:41
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Which he does. Timothius handwaves and heals Mittens before making the toughest warrior weaker and thus buffing his allies who attack that one. He remains out of harm's way.

May charges the bunch and says, "Warrior for warrior!" and lets out that familiar roar of challenge that forces the warriors to focus on her. She swings her weapon and hits several of them in the process. Typically, May is too armored for most attacks, but those attacks that get through, May takes like a champ.

Raichel charges her lightning bolt and shoots the last chanter. It bounces from the chanter to the warriors, but after a few bounces, it finally stops. A warrior gets over to her and she smacks it with her staff before getting slashed!
Kyle
 player, 907 posts
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 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 05:42
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle toughens up May as usual.  He puts some half effort to determining just what specific brand of 'get inside' ritual is being put to use, as he coats the chanting Gith with Spite scented powder.

No, that's not a typo.
Mittens
 GM, 1485 posts
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 05:51
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"You!  I'll make you pay for that!" the mindslicer screams...  then stands there impotently, trying to dust the powder off.

The warriors are nothing special.  They quickly frustrate themselves trying to get past May's defenses and refuse to surrender even when it becomes obvious that they'll never defeat her.

Mits fires her magical pistols and makes lots of "I'm a sky pirate!  ARR!" type comments.  Tokkit steers the ship's nose into the side of the downed airship, tipping it over on top of the mindslicer just as she was about to break free of Kyle's spite powder's effects, squishing her.  Before long, the remaining githyanki are defeated and the fortress is secured!

"We should go inside."

Tokkit parks the ship.
Raichel
 player, 457 posts
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Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 06:01
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel nods and follows. May goes to take point, though, cutting in front of Tokkit. Though she oft makes sure to double-check she is going the right way.

Timothius keeps with Kyle for now.

Raichel asks Mittens, "When did you start deciding to go with illusory bangbang thingamajigs? And what are those anyway?"

"Guns" the weapons-loving May answers. "Those are guns. I'll let Mittens give her definition first before I go full-tilt weapons infodump on you."
Kyle
 player, 908 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 06:13
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle is still biased towards crossbows, but he can admit that is because of class feats.

  He finds the most surprising thing out of events so far being Tokkit saying thank you.  Hopefully that remains the kind of surprise they get, but e doubts it.
Mittens
 GM, 1487 posts
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 06:22
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits grins.  "Remember that story about that forever young flying boy?  His nemesis was a pirate with one hand.  He had a sword and a gun.  It's a weapon that uses explosions to launch burning-hot lead at faster-than-you-can-see speeds!  Supposedly a favorite of pirates, but these githyanki apparently didn't get the memo."

Tokkit knocks the secret knock and the door opens for him.  Inside are several githzerai monks.  "Tokkit!  You're alive?!  Who are these people?  And...  Is the battle really over?"

Tokkit nods.  "These are the heroes of Brindol.  I commandeered an enemy vessel to bring them here.  They triggered the landslide and bested all that remained."

The monks gawk in awe.  "Please... Come in."
Raichel
 player, 458 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 06:36
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Figuring this place is secure, May actually waits at the door, letting her allies in first before following behind them. May is playing Guard Drake! :D

Raichel goes in the room first, her twin bro right behind her. Back among friendly faces changes Timothius from being a jaded, hardened war vet to getting a little bashful from the accolades.

Raichel is... always just confident, but walks in with a small smile when she hears the commendations. "Thanks for the introduction, Tokkit..." The smile is small, though, as while she sees hope in the eyes of these people, she still remembers there had to be casualties.
Kyle
 player, 909 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 06:52
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Weredrakes are the most deadly creature of all time, yes.  Isn't that right May?

  "Good to see you at least resembling your old self, Timothius."  Just because he's glad he stops trying to practically commit suicide (more than usual for this job), doesn't mean he wants Tim to go full cynic either.

  That's his Job.
Mittens
 GM, 1489 posts
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 07:03
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
WHo WinS?
In a fight of this magnitude, with hundreds of troops
fighting each other in addition to the PCs, it is handy
to have a shortcut measure for determining success
or failure in the overall battle. You can do so using a
victory point system. For each of the following goals
that the PCs achieve, total the victory points and
consult the table.

Goal Victory Points Awarded
Landslide released on githyanki army 5
Githyanki commander on Sacrifice killed 3
Sacrifice destroyed or captured 2
Githyanki champion on red dragon defeated 2
Troops assaulting fortress scattered 2
Passwall ritual disrupted 1
Githyanki troops entering the east door slain 1

0–5: Almost all the githzerai are captured or killed by
githyanki.
6–10: The githyanki are rebuffed before seizing the
fortress. Roughly twenty githzerai survive,
11+: The githyanki are defeated and scattered.
Almost fifty githzerai survive


Tokkit nods to Raichel politely then asks a comrade, "Is Gallia well?  I'd like to  introduce her to the heroes."

"She was trapped on the upper roof and surrounded.  She must have died."

Tokkit shakes his head and continues his search for her.

The surviving githzerai, many of them wounded, gather
around an old blind githzerai who seems as aware of his
surroundings as if he could still see. The monk speaks in a
rough tone. “We’re alive. I don’t know how they knew we
were here, but the cost was high. Too high. Both Kath’ik
and Wellik are dead, along with dozens of our brothers and
sisters. We lost the abbot and most of the monastery. Our
conference is finished. Now I must decide our path.”

With an almost undetectable grimace, the stoic
githzerai turns his empty eye sockets toward the lines
of dead and wounded. “Gather your belongings. In the
morning we travel to Sayre. There is a conference there
I am obligated to attend before we depart for home.”

One of the monks approaches him and whispers in his ear.  He
pauses and turns his sightless gaze in your direction. “You
aren’t githzerai, but you fought for us. Who are you?”

Tokkit looks delighted when he spots Gallia among the survivors and hurries to talk to her.

"The heroes of Brindol," Mits answers, "And if whisper-face hasn't given you the full story, we're the ones that stopped the githyanki assault by defeating their men up top and triggering the landslide."
May
 player, 478 posts
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 07:14
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "My name's May. This is Mittens and her younger brother Timothius, her younger sister Raichel, and our buddy Kyle. My allies can handle themselves well and so can Tokkit. But after what happened, I'm not comfortable letting anyone go alone, so I'm following Tokkit."

Unless stopped, May follows Tokkit.

Timothius looks to Mittens and Kyle, as if expecting directions from them.

Raichel asks the elder monk, "Is there... anything we can do to help you?"
Kyle
 player, 910 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 07:38
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle's player is a bit scatter brained right now.  But fortunately they still remember important info dump details.

  "The Githyanki have an informant inside Akama'ad, one intending to signal We discovered documents confirming as much, alongside a list and drawings of those meant to meet at Akama'ad.  An asassin named Brann'ot is meant to be assisted by whoever the informant is, I assume meant as backup of for alongside the recent assault"
Mittens
 GM, 1490 posts
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 05:17
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
neGotiatinG
WitH odoS

Odos cares a great deal about his people, and
only his tremendous inner strength is keeping him
from total despair.

Insight (DC 21)
Diplomacy (DC 23) Kyle's revelation gets this tidbit without needing a skill check.
Insight (DC 18)
Perception (DC 23) [then  DC23 Insight]
Diplomacy (DC 21)

May doesn't have far to go to stick with Tokkit.  Same room and all.  It's pretty obvious in the way he expresses his happiness to see her well and asking how she escaped that he likes her, but she gives him the cold shoulder for the most part, placing a finger over her lips to indicate he should be quiet.

"Those documents were found on the Conquerer - the ship Tokkit took from the enemy," Mits clarifies.

Odos nods grimly to the revelation and explains a bit about what happened before the heroes arrived.

The githyanki attacked without
warning, and they sent strike teams to the personal
chambers of all the githzerai leaders, as if they knew exactly
who to attack and where they were staying. He’s convinced
someone fed them information on the layout of Akma’ad,
as well as the names of the leaders present. He was spared
only because he stepped outside for a walk and heard the
team of assassins in his room on his way back. He surprised
the squad of three and defeated them single-handedly.
Timothius
 GM, 563 posts
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 05:38
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May does not know the first thing about romance. Well OK, MAYBE the first thing, but definitely not enough to be giving Tokkit advice on turndown girl. She just keeps an eye out and tries to figure out what is up with these two.

Raichel, meanwhile, looks annoyed. "If only we could have come sooner... we need to find this informant." Her eyes dart about the room, as if looking for anyone in the room who might be it.

Timothius slowly scans the room also, but he doesn't exclude Odos from his scans. "Raichel's right. Finding the informant is more urgent than your needing to leave. After all, such an informant could easily have you all killed during your trip. We found out the hard way that the Githyanki have the ability to communicate telepathically even across planes." Or at the very least, they are really really good at making it appear they can.


May: Insight +10, Perception +15, Diplomacy +6
 Rolls: 19, 2, 13
 TOTALS: Insight 29, Perception 17, Diplomacy 19

Rai: Insight +8, Perception +8, Diplomacy +10
 Rolls: 15, 18, 1
 TOTALS: Insight 23, Perception 26, Diplomacy 11

Tim: Insight +18, Perception +11, Diplomacy +18
 Rolls: 14, 9, 11
 TOTALS: Insight 32, Perception 20, Diplomacy 29

Kyle
 player, 911 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 05:46
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "The drawings of your leaders appear to have been done by Gallia, but that isn't much to go on.  Famous people and leadership tend to get drawings made of them, so the informant may well have simply stolen copies of the best visuals at hand."  Even if he knows that writing wise, they are basically 90% module admission of guilt except when a module is trying to trick you.

OOC: Skipping rolls because I don't have any relevant skill bonuses. But whee helpfulness anyway.
Mittens
 GM, 1491 posts
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 05:49
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Diplomacy (DC 21): (only available after one other
success). Odos and the other githzerai had planned this
meeting at Akma’ad to discuss whether or not to accept an
invitation in Sayre to meet with a newly formed coalition
of leaders from other regions of the world concerned with
the extent of the githyanki invasion. Each comes from a
homeland ravaged by the githyanki, and they’re all looking
for aid and support from their regions. Odos is bitter that
the “humans” (he has a tendency to call all non-githzerai
and non-githyanki “humans”) sound divided over political
issues when there’s so much at stake. He was against going
to the meeting, but now feels that going to Sayre is the only
choice for his people.

Insight (DC 21): Odos is concerned greatly about
his people and their future. He worries that Sayre is only a
temporary solution, and doesn’t know if there’s anyone he
or the githzerai can trust other than themselves. Odos is a
good and just leader, and his taciturn nature is a reflection
of the hardships his race has endured, exacerbated by the
recent attacks

Insight (DC 18): Attacks of this sort have been
happening to githzerai enclaves and monasteries all over
the mortal realm. Most have fled to a refuge in Sayre, a
nearby city. Odos wants to take his people there now.

Perception (DC 23): One of the githyanki assassins
in his room had a small device that could be held in her
hand. She was speaking into this object when he surprised
the assassins in his room. It was green and looked reflective.
If the characters have already revealed Gallia as a spy,
Odos can identify the device she carries as identical to the
one used by the githyanki who tried to assassinate him. If
Gallia has not yet been identified as a spy, a character who
makes a successful DC23 Insight check when Odos reveals
this information notices Gallia pay special attention and
attempt to feign indifference. The githyanki possessing
her wants to make sure none of these devices falls into the
hands of their enemies
Raichel
 player, 459 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 06:12
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May eyes Gallia. "Hey Gallia. Why the cold shoulder? I know it has been a rough day, but aren't you at least happy to see another familiar face alive?"

Between Kyle's half-accusation and Timothius' insight beyond insight, Timothius heads over to Odos and says quietly, "I just saw Gallia try to hide her discomfort at the discovery of the communication device. But I do not know how to approach such a fact without downright sounding like I'm accusing her of being a spy. You, I can be open with."

Raichel barely notices the discomfort in Gallia and turns her eyes to her. She tries to tell herself "innocent until proven guilty", but for now, decides to let the more diplomatic ones handle things. Without knowing for sure, Raichel can't just up and punch Gallia just for looking uncomfortable. For all Raichel knows, Gallia has a phobia of green communication devices.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:12, Wed 02 Dec 2015.

Kyle
 player, 912 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 06:35
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "I may... have something.  It's heavily speculation and theory at this point but, it you could ensure certain people were in the same general 100 foot area for the next hour we should find out one way or the other.  They would not be harmed regardless of the end result."  Of course, his assumptions are also working on the fact Gallia isn't a voluntary just hates them traitor.
Mittens
 GM, 1492 posts
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 06:36
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
After the battle, Tokk’it seeks out the female monk
Gallia to introduce her to the PCs. In the process of
seeking her out, Tokk’it speaks with other githzerai,
many of whom remark how they thought she was
dead when she was trapped on the upper roof and surrounded. When Tokk’it finds her, she coldly shrugs off
any explanation (or questions) about how she was able
to survive long enough to re-enter the fortress.
Gallia is polite but formal to both the PCs and
Tokk’it. She denies any wrongdoing if accused of
spying, although as with other possessed individuals
the characters have encountered, a DC 21 Insight
check reveals that she’s under the influence of an
outside source. Based on their experiences in “The
Temple Between,” they’re likely to assume, rightly, that
a githyanki spirit is controlling the githzerai woman.
Convincing any githzerai that Gallia is a
githyanki spy is not as difficult as the PCs might
expect, even to Tokk’it. Her behavior has been
odd in the past months since her possession, and
the githzerai are familiar with the githyanki’s
penchant for possessing individuals to use them
as spies. Even so, as outsiders, it requires a DC 23
Diplomacy check to convince Odos and the other
githzerai that Gallia should be questioned about
her activities leading up to and during the attack. If
they discovered the portraits on the Conqueror, they
even have hard evidence that Gallia was sending
the githyanki information, and receive a +5 bonus
on the Diplomacy check. Should she be seized
and searched, she has a small piece of pale green
stained glass on her person that she cannot or will
not explain. The glass is magical, and a DC 23
Arcana check reveals that it is a one-way communication device; when activated with a ritual only the
githyanki in command of Gallia’s body knows, it
allows her to send a message to an unknown recipient (Spoiler, although Gallia refuses
to divulge who her contact is). The glass does not
allow her to receive messages.
Gallia cannot be intimidated. As with possessed
individuals that the PCs have encountered in past
Scales of War adventures (see “The Temple Between”
in issue #161), the spirit in Gallia’s body can’t really
be threatened, since it can leave at any time. If
Gallia is killed, the possessing githyanki spirit
simply wakes up in its rightful body, leaving
behind only a lifeless githzerai shell. The spirit in
Gallia refuses to answer questions. In terms of
the adventure, she’s here to confirm that the
githyanki spies are everywhere, and that
they plotted this attack for some time right
under the noses of their hated githzerai
enemies.
If the glass is discovered and she has
the opportunity after being accused, Gallia
attempts to flee and rejoin the gish assassin Brann’ot. If the PCs are able to prove her
complicity as a spy, Odos orders her executed
on the spot. She will laugh and not resist. She
refuses to answer questions. The heroes can
attempt to intercede on her behalf with a
DC 25 Diplomacy or Bluff check (bluffing Odos entails convincing him that they
have a way to drive the spirit out) . Success
means Odos orders Gallia bound in chains
and put under a 24-hour guard.


But the heroes put the githyanki possessor's soul in a jar!  Gallia is unaware of what happened until it is explained to her.
Raichel
 player, 460 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 07:06
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "Terrifying as this ritual is, we have personally seen it used in the form of using souls to fuel the githyanki airships."

Raichel says in a stern tone, "Trapping the soul of this spy will act as a warning to the rest of those body thieves that they are no longer untouchable!" then yells to the jar, "Laugh now, jerk! Not so funny when someone steals YOU, is it?!"

May says, "How many can fit on an airship? The faster we get you to that meeting, the better, now that we've captured the spy and have overwhelming evidence of your petition's merit."
Kyle
 player, 913 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 07:12
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  It would be unprofessional for Kyle to comment how he can't believe that worked, so he doesn't.  "Well, the official use of the ritual I just used is to preserve souls past the normal limitations of the raise dead ritual.  Of course, it often ends up used for alternate purposes.  Why learn an entirely foreign and hard to obtain ritual when you have common alternatives."  He nods to Raichel "I suppose we could always introduce them personally to why a soul based fuel source is highly inefficient.  But we'd hardly learn anything over the screaming."

  OOC: The proper normal usage of the ritual I just mangled does "once a day, free question ala that ask dead questions ritual."  along with the whole "no expiration date for raise dead" thing.
Mittens
 GM, 1493 posts
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 07:24
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"The Conqueror's manifest listed a full contingent of 140 troops, one dragon and lancer, and a gish assassin named Brann’ot," Mittens answers, "Considering the Sacrifice looks to be about the same size, I'm guessing we can easily fit everyone here on board."

Odos is overwhelmed.  "I know not how to thank you all for what you have done for us.  Your offer is accepted."

Sayre is over twenty miles away across rough terrain, and the githzerai have wounded who must be
pulled along in small carts. Due to the slow pace, it
takes two days
for the githzerai to reach Sayre with
their patients. Under the ministrations of the PCs and
any githzerai healers, the injured troops begin to heal.

Tokk'it is shaken by the ordeal but is very happy to see Gallia back to her senses.
Underneath it all, though, Tokk’it enjoys the heroes' company. He feels more like a hero when he is with the adventurers, and he would enjoy spending more time
hearing their stories.
May
 player, 479 posts
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 07:38
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius gives a bow to Odos' thanks. "We're honored to help."

When May has the chance, she asks Odos and/or Tokkit, "So.. if the Githyanki can possess people, why don't they just possess all of you and walk you into their slave pits or something? Is possession a gift only few of them have?"

Timothius is sure to help with healing the wounded. He proves to be quite the expert. (+16 heal skill)

Raichel looks to be allowing herself to relax a bit. Though she is mumbling a bit, "Stupid villains... stupid murderous, uncaring, stupid-heads... I'll punch them all in their stupid faces..."
Kyle
 player, 914 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 03:29
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "It is probably not as convenient as it sounds.  Even if they could simply possess the leadership of their enemies, they would have to maintain that rather than go about their own life.  While powerful, the effort involved itself may be what keeps them from doing it on a large scale, even if they had the resources and skill for it."  There are of course, all the metagame writing logistics.  But he's not going to outline those ICly.

  He sighs.  "Or, it could just be they would find it too boring.  You just have to look at their choice of drive unit to see how little they value practicality over living up to their reputation."
Mittens
 GM, 1494 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 03:42
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May's question doesn't make anyone's outlook improve.  The answer is a grim, "I don't know."

Kyle's points don't seem to help morale either.  But considering many have lost friends, there's likely nothing that could improve moods right now.  Some time during the trip the assassin Brann’ot, is discovered trying to wreck the ship's magical workings, gets torn a new one, and captured.  After being questioned, it is determined that he knows nothing of value and Odos offers to perform the execution personally.

Mits shrugs.  "Makes no nevermind to me who sends him to the afterlife."
Timothius
 GM, 564 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 03:50
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May would have pointed out to Kyle that is why she asked why not just possess everyone and simply walk them to their doom, but Kyle's second point sounds too likely to refute. After all, it oft feels like their enemies literally have nothing better to do.

Timothius looks at Brann'ot. He looks like he wants to say something, but just exits the room and heads topside.

Raichel says, "What Mittens said." and heads after Timothius.

May watches the twins go and then looks at Odos. "By all means." It's too bad cameras don't exist, or May would request to pose with Brann'ot with her mouth on his neck and giving a thumbs-up to the camera. Or other silliness.
Kyle
 player, 915 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 03:53
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  We would say it was Kyle roleplaying his Charisma penalty, but let's be honest he'd probably have said those things anyways.

  Which is why he is having trouble deciding going after sad kitty, or letting his sister handle it.
Mittens
 GM, 1495 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 04:03
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits sticks around to watch the execution then heads off to meet up with Timo.
Timothius
 GM, 565 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 04:20
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May stays below deck with Kyle and Mittens during execution. Once it's done, she watches Mittens leave and heads after her, glancing over her shoulder at Kyle. "Coming?"

Above deck, Raichel is hugging Timothius' side while Timothius just leans on the airship's ledge, gazing out. Rai notices Mittens, but doesn't say anything.

When Mittens makes it to Timothius, he notices her. "Oh hey, Mittens. I'm just trying to sort out some thoughts in my head. How much the gods matter. How much one life matters. Does it mean more lives matter more, or is a large sum equal to a single life. If souls can be destroyed, like we saw in the gith airship engines, then why put faith in a deity who won't protect your soul? Or were they simply godless? Or can anyone steal souls like we just did. Does that make us gods and/or more powerful than gods? Does this mean life is meaningless because we can control a soul's destiny, so why not kill someone, take their soul, resurrect, kill and resurrect all over again if you can afford it? Everything I grew up believing has one by one been taken apart."
Kyle
 player, 916 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 04:31
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle has always had a more practical view on deities, and is well aware of his own social failings.  So he tries to keep things simple, rather than spiraling off into deep philosophical waters without a paddle.

  "It matters to those still living their lives, that you are not an asshole. We have traveled to the Shadowfell, and looked upon the Astral sea.  Even now, what you have seen and done does not change that in the end.  You think less of yourself for doing what is necessary, but you should remember you are still one of the kindest people I have, and likely ever will meet, Timothius."
Mittens
 GM, 1496 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 04:53
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits shifty-eyes.

"I'm guessing Raichel's thinking, 'Punch the badguys!'"

"And May something like, 'I like swords.'"

Mits leans on the edge.  Then sits on it.  Then back-flips off the edge into the starry void only to fly back leaving a sparkly trail!

"Whee!

"Mittens is thinking, 'Hide your feelings of guilt with silliness!'  As for the durability of immortal souls and the implications on philosophy, I don't have all the answers.  But I've always been of the opinion that an evil soul is worth less than nothing, and that one good life is worth more than all the riches in the world.  That opinion hasn't changed.  So stacked against the value of one Raichel tear, I'd say all the evil souls of all history doesn't even compare.

"So if I were a god, I'd be all, 'Do good, not evil.  For if you do good, I'll take you to this safe place in the great beyond after you die so you can continue to do more good in the afterlife.  Some restrictions may apply.  Offer void where prohibited.  Residium for resurrections not included.  Warrenty void if pacted with evil beyonder.  Etc. etc.'"


She reaches over to pet Timothius.
Timothius
 GM, 566 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 05:26
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel says, "Huh? Oh. Yeah. I was definitely thinking 'punch the badguys'. But I was also thinking worshipping a good god is a lot like being loyal to a good king. Sure, they make mistakes and can't be everywhere or secure everything, but you aren't loyal to them for what they can do for you, but because of who they are and what they stand for."

May says, "I wasn't thinking 'I like swords'... even if it is true that I like swords. I was thinking life is what we're doing: Being constructive. What our enemies do; destruction, is proof they simply don't know how to live. It is worse than being dead. It is the act of experiencing emptiness. Most of our enemies are not people anymore and have died long ago. Making them no longer breathe or have a heartbeat is merely an act of stopping a storm."

Raichel watches Mittens. "I can do that too! ...minus the sparkles..."

Timothius gives Kyle a watery-eyed look. "When you say that, Kyle, it means a lot." He looks at Mittens. "I put a bit more value on life than that..." he looks at May. "But redefining what life means could help me to see things more from Mittens' perspective..." he then looks at Raichel. "And... you're quoting me, aren't you?"

Raichel nods. "When I was asking similar questions about following the gods."

Timothius sighs a bit. "Thanks guys. I just get so tired of all the killing and it just kind of hit me that while I might never kill anyone from here out, condoning a killing is the same. If I stand by and allow someone to kill, I may as well be the one killing that person. And yet, if I stopped that execution, I would be spitting on the graves of the githzeri who died today. And leaving our adventures would be the same thing; cold indifference. It's like it is fate for me to kill one way or another. Fate for me to stamp lives out. Is there a way out of this trap where we are damned if we do and damned if we don't?"

May says, "Sure! We kick the bad guys' butts so hard that there won't be a damnation left."

Timothius doesn't look convinced by May's statement. But he does let out that "single-breath-exhale" style chuckle.

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:29, Thu 03 Dec 2015.

Kyle
 player, 917 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 05:40
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "As unfortunate as it may feel, in the end it is a good thing you still have consideration for the lives taken.  We may be putting down people who both need, and deserve to be killed.  But too many let that be their only reason, and this job ends up only an excuse to kill those people for their personal satisfaction." Even those who care more about dispatching justice than earning coin should keep it professional.
Mittens
 GM, 1497 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 05:49
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits side-hugs her bro to kiss his cheek.  "You're all that and more, bro.

"Don't get me wrong.  I value life a whole lot!  But I guess May's got a good way of describing my outlook.  I value good life.  Not the walking-death that is an evil being who happens to be breathing.  They got about as much right to be breathing as an obsidian destructo-obelisk has of emitting necrotic energy."

She grins, wiggles her fingers, and sparkles appear around Raichel.

She shrugs to Kyle.  "I seriously doubt anyone here is in any danger of falling into that category.  Yourself included."
Timothius
 GM, 567 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 05:55
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius side-hugs back, smiles some and says, "It's still going to take time for me to adjust. But suffice it to say you all have very valid points that have calmed at least my thoughts."

May joins in hugging Timothius, looks up at him and gives one of those biiig toothy grins of hers. "We're all here for each other. And we all deal with the same problems, just in different ways."

Raichel sets in the railing, kicks her legs to watch the sparkles a little before falling backwards and flying back aboard, now with a sparkle trail! "Thanks, sis!"

May says, "Oh! Oh! Can you make my weapons sparkle next time I'm fighting an enemy? I always thought it was soooo cool how Kyle could make the enemies sparkle or smell like strawberries or whatever!"
Kyle
 player, 918 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 05:59
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "I may not have been worried either, but Timothius certainly seemed to be."

  Okay fiiiine, Kyle adds to the hugs.  Totally begrudgingly, not like he has feelings too or anything.  We're not fooling anybody with this.

  You are worse than Grumpy bear and he's got a rain cloud on his tummmy, yeesh.

  "I could make them glow garish purple, if that helps."
Mittens
 GM, 1498 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 06:32
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
http://cdn.obsidianportal.com/assets/45509/Sayre.jpg

Fast forwarding a bit:

Approaching Sayre
You hear the distant sound of church bells long before you
actually see Sayre. It lies in the valley below you, nestled
between three rivers. Sunlight reflects from the city’s canals.
Although it has roughly the same number of inhabitants as
Overlook, Sayre is a very different city. It is said to be a city
of artists, artisans, and scholars, and you can see why. The
sunlight filtering through the hills gives a golden glow to the
entire valley. From where you stand, you can see mansions and
palaces rising up from islands between the rivers, university
halls jutting upward, numerous monuments and large statues,
and the smoke from smithies rising into the air. Mist from a
huge waterfall swirls along the southern edge of the city.
A guardhouse stands in front of the great bridge that
leads over the river into the city. A throng of people bustle
about—buskers, salesfolk, travelers, beggars, and guards.
Even a few rich nobles can be seen, riding in open-top
carriages in their finery.
A servant comes up, haltingly. “Excuse me,” he says, “but
by any chance are you the Heroes of Elsir Vale?”


Mittens stands proudly.  "That we are!  And now the Heroes of Akma’ad as well!  Wait... How'd you know we were coming?"

The servant smiles widely.
“My master will be so pleased! You’re quite famous; he was
just talking about you today at tea. Would you do me the
honor of allowing me to introduce you?”

May
 player, 480 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 06:39
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "Woohoo! An escort!"

Timothius says, "We may have been expected with anticipation, but Odos is here to visit your city's leadership. I don't suppose your master happens to be part of that leadership?"

Raichel says, "Because if not, we will have to ask you to follow us first before we can follow you."

May is in the process of swapping out several weapons at a time because she can. This includes her tail unsheathing and sheathing some weaponry.
Kyle
 player, 919 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 06:44
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "It is flattering to get the recognition, but we are on the job at the moment. So hopefully they are who we came for in the first place. Your master would not want to meet us in the first place if we had a habit if leaving things half finished."
Mittens
 GM, 1499 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 06:51
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"You have not far to go to meet my master.  You'll be passing where his carriage is waiting on the way into the city."

Mits shrugs and looks over to Odos.  "Any objection?"

"Do as you wish.  If your meeting drags on, we will continue on to meet with our brethren on our own and you can catch up when you wish.  You are honored heroes.  Not our employees.  You are under no obligations."
Raichel
 player, 461 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 06:57
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel says, "Let's see who this guy is then. Could be the guy is willing to go with us."

Timothius shrugs. "Thank you for your patience, Odos."

May offers up a sword to Mittens that looks like its blade is black like obsidian, but ice-blue glowing runes inscribed in it. Mitts would be familiar with it as the sword that keeps enemies from teleporting. "Fine with me."

The trio follow along.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:01, Thu 03 Dec 2015.

Kyle
 player, 920 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 07:02
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle might actually get used to people treating them like professionals if this keeps up.  "Thank you Odos.  I hope things go better for you soon."

  He approves of May's choice of weaponry for these days, but then all of May's choice of weaponry is worthy of approval.  A Marilith would be jealous of her collection by now.
Mittens
 GM, 1500 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 07:05
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits smiles and plays with the sword a bit before returning it to May.

The servant leads them through the throng to a darkdoored wooden carriage with remarkable stained
glass windows. The carriage is pulled by two horses.
The servant knocks once and opens the door.
“My Lord Telicanthus, may I please introduce the famous
Heroes of Elsir Vale.”

A tall, spindly man steps out into the sunlight. Lord
Telicanthus is a githyanki.
He’s quite unlike any githyanki that the PCs have
seen before, however. Lord Telicanthus has a warm,
quick smile and eyes that make it clear he’s very
interested in whomever is speaking. He wears very
fashionable, expensive clothing and has no githyanki
jewelry or weaponry whatsoever. His handshake is
firm, his voice is clear, and he has only the faintest
trace of an accent when he addresses the PCs.

“It’s such a pleasure to meet you. We’ve received some news
of our friends to the north, but I never expected to meet the
heroes in person! Some travelers have brought word of your
many battles. It’s very rare to meet living heroes, so this is
quite a moment for me. Are you just arriving here in Sayre?”

Odos and his fellow
githzerai, on the other hand, are openly angry that a
githyanki lives in the city. Odos manages to refrain
from attacking Telicanthus on sight, only because he
doesn’t want to risk his people being thrown out of
Sayre for attacking one of the city’s residents—and
a wealthy one, at that. Odos gathers his people and
leaves the area immediately without another word,
his wrath evident in every curt gesture.

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:06, Thu 03 Dec 2015.

Timothius
 GM, 568 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 07:21
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius watches Odos leave, then looks back to Telicanthus. "It looks like you won't be going where Odos is going. Forgive his anger, but he and his people have been through a lot... and it is more than a surprise that a githyanki would be here."

May nods, sheathing her black blade and looking at Telicanthus. "Yeah. And we found a spy among them, so frankly they are going to be very slow to trust for the rest of their lives."

Raichel says, "Not that we're quick to trust either. Akma’ad wasn't the first time we encountered spies and betrayal from trusted friends. Shapeshifters, body snatchers, the whole bit."

Timothius says, "Ironically, and thankfully, this also means we treat everyone the same because absolutely anyone could be a traitor or spy. So you will not get anger from us like you just did from Odos... good grief those windows are beautiful."

May says, "Yup. So now, not only am I going to get me a trusty steed, but my mount will have fancy stained glass windows! Don't ask how my steed will have windows, I haven't figured that part out yet."
Kyle
 player, 921 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 07:29
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle does figure the kitty cats and drakeold have a more understanding outlook of 'I started as a monster manual entry first' lifestyles in average society.

  <brown>"It is a pleasure to meet you, regardless of the awkward circumstances.  You seem to be doing well for yourself, fortunate in business or otherwise?"<brown>

  Kyle gets the feeling there will be sudden requirements for the Gith to interact with Gith in this town.  The 'it's more practical to keep the hate to the ones actively trying to kill you' speech has less effect when they just had to escape with their lives less than a day ago.
Mittens
 GM, 1501 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 07:41
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Telicanthus nods.   A DC 23 Insight check reveals that he
doesn’t like githzerai much, but that he’s working to be
polite.

“Yes, I am githyanki. I’m not associated at all with those
murderous fellows in the Astral Sea, though. No, I left
that life years ago and I’ve never regretted it once. I’m a
glassmaker now, and a loyal citizen of this fine city. We
can’t help how we’re born, but we can choose how we live
our lives. Something that everyone really ought to learn.”


He smiles at the admiration of his glass.

“Well, allow me to provide you with some most humble
shelter! The finest inn in the city is the River Jewel, right by
the bridge in our Glassworks District. Pennel?” He turns
to his secretary, just exiting the carriage. “Run ahead to the
Jewel and book . . .” He looks at you and counts. “Rooms for
each of them. Put it on my account there, meals included.
Let them know that their guests are people of honor, and
are to be treated as such.” The secretary nods and hurries
off.


But Mittens calls after him, "Make that one big room with beds for each of us!"

To rich face she explains, "A habit we've formed is to keep each other close at hand when we sleep."

Telicanthus nods.

“It’s so rare to get people of the world here, artists aside.”
He considers. “Would you do me the honor of coming to tea
tomorrow? All the elite in the city, from the mayor on down,
would doubtlessly be honored to meet you. You’ll be the toast
of the town. Tomorrow, at my estate—I’ll have Pennel leave
details for you in the morning, and I’ll send a carriage.”


His invitation to tea is a high honor, as anyone in
town can tell the PCs. Telicanthus’s invitations are
hotly contested, and the local social scene can revolve
around who is invited and who is not. People in
town know that Telicanthus is a kind and important
merchant, and he is immensely popular.
Timothius
 GM, 569 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 07:56
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius looks relieved when Mittens corrects the rooming. He smiles at Telicanthus. "Thank you. We gladly accept. And since you are asking that we join you tomorrow, then we'll leave you to whatever you were doing today while we take care of Odos and his people?"

May is petting an ironwood club if hers that has ancient dwarven magic script on it. But her eyes are fixed on Telicanthus. Her weapon petting is not meant to be a threatening gesture. Her very happy, pleasant smile is evidence of that fact.

Raichel is watching Telicanthus, but also glances around, to make sure nobody tries to sneak up and attack anyone. This is the kind of situation she has come to expect an attack in. Oh hi, mister important person. Oh dear, you just got an arrow in the chest. Guess it is once again time to fight inside a city that was going about business as usual just seconds ago.
Kyle
 player, 922 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 08:03
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "That is wonderful to hear.  I'm not exactly following in the family footsteps, but I still have an appreciation for such things.  Even if it is not the kind of product I can afford to bring on the road."

  Kyle has his own forms of paranoia.  As well as realizing how crazy your mindset gets in this business when you are outright hoping for assassins in the night at your sudden guest room, because of how often that sort of thing has let them learn of problems then never would have if their enemies had simply not sent assassins in the first place.

  He will be sure to bring this up if 'blarg no can trust them' is voiced by Odos not wanting them to take up the invitation.
Mittens
 GM, 1502 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 08:12
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Telicanthus smiles.  "Looking forward to our tea."

Entering the City
Once the PCs and Telicanthus part ways, the adventurers quickly discover a new problem. Their githzerai
allies are being turned away at the gates, helped not
at all by their curt and now angry leader Odos. The
city guards refuse to allow the githzerai to cross the
bridge into the city. They are extremely rude, explaining that “their kind isn’t welcome here” since all they
do is “steal and cause trouble.” If the PCs intervene, a
DC 18 Diplomacy check can get the githzerai inside;
a githzerai attempting Diplomacy does so with a –5
penalty to the check. A DC 18 Perception check while
this negotiation takes place shows Telicanthus watching from his carriage window as it passes by into Sayre.
His expression is one of amusement, and a DC 23
Insight check reveals a certain cruel satisfaction in
the githzerai’s predicament. Feel free to give the PCs
a bonus on their check for roleplaying the scene well
(for example, if they bring up the unprovoked attack at
Akma’ad). Once successful, the guards grudgingly let
the githzerai pass.

Mits knows better than to say anything out loud during a diplomatic encounter, so she instead cantrips a sparkly marquee over her allies that reads, "Heroes of the Elsir Vale"

To her allies she asides, "Looks like our would-be host is not above petty Schadenfreude."
Kyle
 player, 923 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 08:23
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle nods understandingly at Mittens's 'What Are Skill Challenge?' restraint.

  "Seems so.  Of course, I'd much rather deal with that than our usual variety of problems."

  You say that NOW Kyle, but just you wait until the boss fight where they roll 6d6 passive aggressive damage.
Timothius
 GM, 570 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 08:28
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "He doesn't really know what they have been through... and neither do these guards."

Timothius walks to the guards, right after Mittens' conjuration. He decides to use a bit of horrible irony. Deep inside, Timothius is getting his own Schadenfreude from what he is about to use. "My name is Timothius. This is Mittens, Raichel, May and Kyle. We are the heroes of the Elsir Vale and now have aided much in keeping Akma’ad from being completely crushed by an invading githyanki army. What's more; we are now honored guests of Telicanthus, who invited us not two minutes ago to have tea with him tomorrow." While his next several words would have suggested anger, his tone is more saddened as he says, "But now I find my friends who have just endured war and watching their home ravaged are being turned away. I suppose I will have to inform Telicanthus that his time with us will have to not happen because of some misunderstanding..."

Ah the irony of using Telicanthus's very name to stop the suffering of those Telicanthus was JUST enjoying the suffering of. And oh the irony of using the very name of the one Odos hates in order to help Odos and his people. Timothius is getting so much enjoyment out of this deep inside if it works. (His diplomacy score alone is 18. He has this)

Raichel and May simply stand by.

This message was last edited by the GM at 08:30, Thu 03 Dec 2015.

Mittens
 GM, 1503 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 08:40
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The guards frown and step aside.  Odos is none too happy about the "honored guests of hated githyanki rich face" bit, but makes no comment.  Once inside, he addresses the group.

"Thank you for once again standing with us, friends.  Honored heroes, I feel obligated to warn you against the machinations of this Telicanthus' hospitality.  While these naive people may hold him in high regard, and my kind in low, I find it very doubtful that he can be trusted."

"Psh.  Didn't trust him for half a second," Mits says without going into detail as to why, "Just acting like it."

Once again, not offering any reasons.

The PCs have the choice of heading directly to the
River Jewel, accompanying the githzerai to their lodging in Riverdown, or finding lodging of their own. The
party is most likely entering the city from the east if
they have come from Akma’ad. Entering the city here
will take them through the broad, paved streets of the
University. They will walk next to academic buildings
and past marble statues of long-dead deans, topping
the hill and heading down toward the central fork of
the river.
Kyle
 player, 924 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 08:49
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Even if any problems that may arise prove to be more than petty, we do have some experience in these matters.  Still, we appreciate your concern."

  Kyle assumes 'stick with the people they just rescued until they reach their destination' is what is on his friend's mind.
Timothius
 GM, 571 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 23:21
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "Just as your wisdom drove you to not attack him on sight, we are accepting his invitation to tea tomorrow in hopes of showing this place we are agreeable people. But I thank you for the warning; Just a few months ago, we might have been naive enough to not see past his friendly facade." Heck, a few months ago, Timothius trusted a guy who wasn't anything more than an acquaintance only to find him betraying the bunch.

Raichel says, "If he is planning something, we plan to find out sooner than later. The later we find out, the more likely lives will be lost. So believe me, we don't take this lightly."

May says, "But we don't have to worry about him until tomorrow. And don't have to worry about the reserved room until tonight. Right now? We stick with you, Odos."

Timothius says, "If the guards at the gate are any indication, I'm betting the leaders of Sayre will resist you every step of the way. Thankfully, the people of this city don't hate us and we just got a foothold in their graces."
Mittens
 GM, 1504 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 23:28
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Odos nods grimly and continues on.

Following the east fork of the Singing River southward brings them into Riverdown. The quality of
the buildings begins to degrade quickly once they
are away from the university, and an oily mildew
covers the stone walls. Constant mist from the nearby
waterfall fills the air here. If it is daytime, the streets
boast less wealthy individuals running errands, packs
of unsupervised children, stray dogs, and people of
questionable repute. There are a large number of beggars living in Riverdown, and anyone with the sort of
wealth and stature that the PCs have will be watched
carefully. While the characters are watched, a DC
23 Streetwise check reveals that, strangely enough,
no beggars approach them once they’re in this district, whereas they’re approached freely elsewhere in
Sayre

The Githzerai Sanctuary
PCs accompanying the githzerai arrive at the Plaza
of Vision, an open area in Riverdown only accessible
by winding through back alleys that branch off of
tertiary streets. It’s an isolated and dark plaza surrounded by abandoned and rotting warehouses. A
corroding statue of a skyward-staring wizard stands
in an empty fountain in the middle of the square. It
isn’t uncommon to find a beggar or two loitering here.
Finding the Plaza of Vision will require some hunting
by the PCs, but isn’t a particularly difficult challenge.
Odos knows that the githzerai living in Sayre live in
a red building alongside the plaza, and he leads the
group there directly.
Odos is appalled that the githzerai aren’t living
somewhere better. Riverdown is extremely poor, particularly when compared to the university district they
walked through earlier, and Odos feels that this area
is beneath the dignity of the githzerai. He is fuming
by the time they arrive, particularly when he sees that
the building used by the githzerai is an old warehouse
painted with flaking, peeling red paint. A githzerai at
the door readily admits them, and a DC 15 Perception check reveals raised voices coming from deeper
inside the building. The words are unintelligible, but it
sounds like githzerai voices raised in anger.

Mits takes a moment to look in the direction that the statue is looking...  Just in case.  But finds only normal sky.
Kyle
 player, 925 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 23:35
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle really hopes it is an argument over what color to repaint the building in.  But such simple problems are not the kind of thing this (or most) adventurer parties deal with.

  "Survival comes first, but I will admit that does make it any less pleasant.  Still, a roof over your head is better than what most of the refugees got when Overlook was attacked by the Githyanki."
Timothius
 GM, 572 posts
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 00:08
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius earperks at the distant arguments, but smiles at the person letting them in. "Thank you."

Raichel just keeps her eyes open, ear-flicking at the distant shouting.

May says, "Sounds like emotions are flaring. Ripe for a bunch of people to come crash their party."

Timothius says, "Unless they are facing a plague that is wiping their people out, they hardly have anything worse than what the people of Akma’ad just went through. I'll be sure to make that point."

The group heads in that direction.
Mittens
 GM, 1505 posts
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 00:16
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Perhaps what they faced was pretty much the same... Minus the super-powered heroes to come save the day."

Kark’din, the Low Sanctuary
There are thirty-five githzerai currently inside the
makeshift “Low Sanctuary,” an open warehouse that
has been divided into sleeping, meeting, and eating
sections. The structure is rough and dilapidated,
but clean and organized. Its well-lit interior is a nice
counterpoint to the slums outside.
The current state of the githzerai community
in Sayre could best be described as fractious. The
githzerai have splintered into two groups who believe
they should proceed in very different ways. One of
the leaders, Aziff, urges patience and caution. She
is convinced that the locals’ feelings are temporary.
She has lived in Sayre for many years, and the recent
change in public opinion about the city’s githzerai
citizens has distressed her a great deal (although she
doesn’t reveal anything but a stoic demeanor openly).
Aziff has the backing of the other local githzerai, and
also of a friend the PCs will recognize (see “An Old
Friend” below).
The other leader, an atypically fiery githzerai
named Gal’ott, is urging action. Young and angry,
he wants to take the fight to the streets, organizing
what amounts to a githzerai gang. Gal’ott and several
other githzerai are refugees from cities and monasteries from elsewhere in the world. Many have traveled
several hundred miles to get to Sayre after seeing
githyanki destroy their homes, and they’re appalled
that nothing is being done here to combat the threat.
These githzerai wear red armbands and never travel
alone, only adding to the local residents’ fears of
exactly what Gal’ott is asking his fellows to do.
At the time the PCs arrive, the two local leaders are debating the best path with great passion
and volume. The arrival of the PCs and the refugee
githzerai from Akma’ad disrupt any disagreements
or discussions happening inside the building, as
the githzerai gather around the newcomers seeking
news of the summit that was supposed to happen at
Akma’ad.

Mits does the sparkly marquee thing again.
Kyle
 player, 926 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 00:28
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle has his own common sense opinions on the matter, but somehow doubts it will be welcome.  Maybe in a bit if,  somehow, the more well spoken kitty cat doesn't get such things across.
Timothius
 GM, 573 posts
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 00:36
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "Greetings from Akma'ad. I am Timothius. This is Mittens, Raichel, Kyle and May. We arrived in Akma'ad at the request of Tokkit. The enemy army had already begun the invasion. But after reactivating the rockslide defense and fighting off their main muscle, we were able to help the people of Akma'ad drive off the attackers. I wish we had good news, but Odos was the only official from that meeting to survive. The invading githyanki had a spy and knew exactly who was important and where they were staying."

Raichel is frowning and clenching her fists.

May asks, "Can we get an update on the proposals that are on the table?"
Mittens
 GM, 1506 posts
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 00:49
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Local Problems
In addition to discussing what happened at Akma’ad,
the local githzerai relate the problems that they have
been having here in Sayre. They are not sure why,
as they have done nothing to provoke the response,
but the people of the city have turned against them.
As a result, even arriving as they have with Odos,
the two arguing leaders cease all discussion as soon
as the adventurers enter the room. Only after Odos
has spoken up on their behalf—something he does
immediately—are the PCs informed of what’s been
happening to githzerai in the city since their arrival.

Guards harass them and limit their movements,
beggars attack them and spy on them, and any robbery or attack that occurs in the city is being blamed
on the githzerai. Even more worrisome, four githzerai
out on their own at night have been brutally slain by
someone using knives. The other githzerai have been
unable to locate the killer, and the city guard seems
disinterested in helping, claiming that other githzerai are committing the crimes as they “turn on one
another like a pack of rabid dogs.” The racism and
hatred is growing. They blame the githyanki Telicanthus for this, although they have no solid proof and he
publicly urges moderation against the githzerai.

Odos gets a disgusted look when Telicanthus is mentioned.

Mits nods.  "Yeah.  He hides it decently, but he's got no love for Odos and the people of Akma'ad.  Even invited us Heroes of the Elsir Vale to tea tomorrow.  We plan to chat him up to see if he lets slip any involvement in this frame job.  At least... assuming we don't wake up in the middle of the night fighting off assassins that conveniently knew exactly where to find us - the hotel room he arranged for us."

Odos looks skeptical but impressed.  "You were planning to use yourselves as bait all this time?"
Kyle
 player, 927 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 01:02
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Honestly, people sending assassins after us has lead us to those responsible for problems we would have never have known otherwise.  Multiple times.  It's like they can't help themselves."

  He turns to the Teenage Natural Gang Githzerai, and says "By all means you should be prepared to defend yourselves.  But all going after things in the first place will accomplish here is for them to use it as an excuse to turn the city guard on you, and kick out whoever they don't cut down claiming you started it. Then brag about it to other cities as why they shouldn't give you further refuge.  It's unpleasant, but that's usually exactly what those who use these methods want."

  He sighs.  "If things do not go their way, they will likely resort to more open measures.  But so long as they can't look good in the process, they will keep to ****ing with you from the shadows as long as possible before taking that risk"  So... probably two days from now tops, now that the party is here.
Timothius
 GM, 574 posts
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 05:34
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "....so to summarize; don't overtly fight them just yet because they want that. Keep preparing while you wait. Let my friends and I bait them into showing their true colors. Once they have, we can expose them."

May looks at Odos. "We can only hope they will attack us. That said, as popular as we are, we are also still just foreigners. If it is at all possible, see about getting someone you trust and someone Sayre trusts who is good at spying to watch over us. That way when we say things like "Tellicanthus had men attack us in the night", we can have a witness who is from the city and isn't the unpopular githzeri to say "they are telling the truth, I saw it myself"."

Raichel says, "...if such a person exists. DO you know anyone who you trust that is generally trusted by the city?"
Mittens
 GM, 1507 posts
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 06:27
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Azitt looks like she is bracing for another bout of shouting and begins, "The heroes make good poin..."

"No, delay is exactly what the enemy wants!" Gal’ott interrupts, "These newcommers..."

"Are very welcome indeed..."

"...Are not familiar with the extensive history..."

The shouting resumes.

"Yes they do..." a softer voice answers Raichel's question.

Amyria emerges from a back chamber,
concealed in a heavy, floor-length cloak.

"You."

Odos motions for silence, and the two shouters quiet down.  He apparently commands that much respect at least.

"And who is this?"

An Old Friend
Amyria heard that the PCs arrived in town in the
company of Odos and the githzerai refugees of
Akma’ad, so she headed to Riverdown to wait their
arrival. Amyria will not seek out the PCs at the River
Jewel. If the adventurers have parted ways with Odos
and do not come with him to Riverdown, a street
urchin soon arrives at their inn with a message from
the githzerai leader requesting their presence.

The PCs might be surprised and pleased to see
Amyria, whom they haven’t seen since they parted
from her in Overlook. Amyria is overjoyed to see the
characters. She is clearly eager to see them again
and share her knowledge. That said, the deva is tired
and worried, and seems to be carrying a great burden
on her shoulders.

"Oh wow!  Long time no see, sword-face!" Mittens chimes.


Had us roll junk ahead of time since the heroes were kinda jumping the gun to the skill challenge.  After we re-acquaint with Amyra, I'll have us incorporate our checks into the debate that happens afterward.  So far, we can count a diplomacy success (Timo) and a history success (Kyle/May).  Feel free to add more when the debate comes even if the check was already covered mechanically.

Bluff
DC 22 A successful check counts as a success on the skill
challenge.
The PC paints a vivid picture of the hatred toward githzerai
that might occur if Telicanthus is assassinated, or how
important the githzerai are to the war cause, using just the
right amount of exaggeration.
Diplomacy
DC 22 A successful check counts as a success on the skill
challenge.
The PC stresses how much stronger every realm will be if they
stand united against the githyanki threat.
History
DC 26 A successful check counts as a success on the skill
challenge.
Recalling the details of past warfare between the githyanki and
githzerai, the PC inflames Odos’s anger and reminds him how
important it is to stop his ancient foe. History can also be used
to remind Odos how laws tend to punish the guilty, and that
Telicanthus will likely be publicly humiliated if exposed.
Insight
DC 22 A success on this check does not count as a success on
the skill challenge, but does grant a +2 bonus on any other
skill checks made in the same round. Failure imposes a –2
penalty on any other skill rolls in the same round. Only one
insight check can be attempted per round.
Noticing the listeners’ subtle reactions, the group tailors their
responses to be more convincing.
Intimidation
DC 26 A successful check counts as a success on the skill
challenge.
It is difficult to intimidate Odos, but he might be impressed by
the PC’s strength and commitment as he tries to convert others
to the cause of the war.
Religion
DC 22 A successful check counts as a success on the skill
challenge.
The PC describes how a githyanki victory could spell doom for
the githzerai’s introspective path of enlightenment, and quotes
passages that mention bringing order out of chaos.
Streetwise
DC 22 A successful check counts as a success on the skill
challenge.
The PC reminds Odos that murdering a beloved figure often
causes great hatred and racism against the murderers, and
would paint a false image of the githzerai.

Kyle
 player, 928 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 06:33
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Mittens, competing with Darkthorne brand characters for 'what is Tact?. (She's totally gonna lose though!...wait)

  "Hello, Amyria. I wish it were under better circumstances for you, but a friendly face is always welcome."
Timothius
 GM, 575 posts
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 06:47
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Wa-chow!" May exclaims as she thrusts a fist forward to fist-bump Amyria. "How's my fave Dev?"

The twins hug her from either side of her and purr happily. Amyria may be one of a number of actual non-acquaintance, non-traitor friends the group can count on one hand.

Timothius asks, "What brings you here, Amyria?"
Mittens
 GM, 1508 posts
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 06:54
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Amyra returns the fistbump with a smile.

"A number of things..."

What Amyria Knows
✦ She has spent a great deal of time in the weeks
since she parted with the adventurers traveling
outside Elsir Vale, seeking out the extent of
the githyanki invasion. In the process, she has
established connections in most of the cities
nearby. She has also learned that githyanki attacks
have come at the worst times for the defenses of
every region. Only Elsir Vale has been spared—at
least thus far—thanks to the PCs’ actions in
defeating General Zithiruun. She knows it is only
a matter of time until the githyanki try again.
✦ Amyria has an agent in the household of Lord
Torrance and is suspicious of his connection (as
well as that of other prominent citizens) to Lord
Telicanthus. The githyanki, whom she went out of
her way to meet at a social event the week before,
seems genuine, but a githyanki operating so openly
just seems wrong to Amyria. A DC 18 Insight check
also reveals that Amyria is ashamed of her feelings
about Telicanthus. She wants to believe that not all
githyanki are evil ravagers intent on conquest, but
she is suspicious nonetheless. She is too quick to
deflect questions about Telicanthus, his motives, and
his possible operations. Her own self doubt gets in
the way of her instincts about the githyanki, which is
why she cautions the githzerai of acting too hastily.
✦ Amyria learned that two leaders in other nearby
cities are seeking out allies. She feels that forming
a more concrete alliance—she calls this group the
Coalition—between all the besieged communities,
city-states, and regions will help them all, so she
has been spending a great deal of time fostering
this idea. She has been marginally successful in
putting together the war council, which holds its first
meeting in Sayre in the morning. But Amyria herself
has little more than a voice in the proceedings. She
has no home community and represents only herself
and her god, Bahamut. She is being allowed in the
proceedings because she organized the event and
chose Sayre as the site of the meeting. She can tell
the adventurers the names of the members of the
Coalition (see page 63 for their descriptions).
✦ Amyria chose for the council to meet in Sayre
because, like Odos, who grunts and nods when
she mentions this, she suspects that the githyanki
have some means of communication that surpasses
any sort of magic that she is aware of. They seem
able to react almost instantaneously to threats
that marshal to meet them, and they strike when
their enemies are at their most vulnerable. Only
regions such as Elsir Vale (on a state of perpetual
heightened alert), are having luck defending against
the attacks. She also tells the PCs that she tried to
get to the island nation of Nefelus, off the distant
coast, but there’s some sort of blockade preventing
any ships from sailing there. The knowledge of
magic possessed by the sages of Nefelus is said to be
nearly unsurpassed, but the University of Sayre is a
worthy rival. She hopes to convince the war council
that they should ask the scholars of the university to
turn all their efforts toward uncovering the nature
of the githyanki’s communication network.
✦ Finally, Amyria has one other reason for coming
to Sayre. She had a dream recently that had the
weight of significance behind it. She won’t use
words like “prophetic,” but when she recounts
the dream, her eyes grow distant and her voice
soft as she relates what she saw
Kyle
 player, 929 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 07:09
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Not having to wait around for scrying spells, or having something that can work between more than just a few objects would make a large war effort simpler to organize.  Figures that when our enemies cause the most trouble, it's when they decide to slip in some common sense."  Instead of building your tower on top of a crack to the elemental chaos, have it fall in, only to decide 'let's try it again! Only CLOSER to the elemental Chaos!'
Raichel
 player, 462 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 07:13
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel says, "Oh right..." and shows the green communication device. "We found this on the spy at Akma'ad, and there was one just like it on one of the assassins Odos killed. It seems to be used to communicate long distances. Unfortunately, only the spy knew how to work it. But because they can possess people, they aren't afraid of anything we can do. That is, until Kyle and Timothius here put together what they call the "Ghost Buster" ritual."

Timothius says, "Because we are able to trap a soul into an item. I'm hoping the githyanki will quickly get the message that using this possession means losing their souls. Not that it will stop them, but it would be nice to know they live with a little more fear and recognition of the concept of consequences."

May says, "Don't suppose anyone you know could crack the code and figure out how to work this green thing?"
Mittens
 GM, 1509 posts
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 07:29
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The local githzerai looked shocked by the revelations about a soul-catching ritual.

Amyra smiles.  "I hope the same."

To May's question she headshakes.  "No.  Not here.  Although this is a city of scholars, I don't know which of them to trust."

"Mittens sometimes gets dreams," Mittens says, recognizing that look, "And lately they've had a lot of relevance.  What was your dream?"

“In my dream I was standing in the midst of raw elements.
Waves crashed around me and fires flared, and I was
looking down through clouds onto a dark blue night’s sky.
Stretching across the sky was a giant spider’s web that was
woven between planes. It was silver and sparkled with stars,
and at the end of each web line was a githyanki. As each
githyanki spoke, the web sparkled, and a fat spider in the
middle listened to everything that anyone said. The spider
was beautiful, but you could tell it was evil, just like the
people talking through it. It scuttled around, fixing frayed
lines and tossing out new lines to new people. Most were
githyanki, but some were not. One of the lines went to a
githzerai.” She looks troubled.
“I looked harder at the spider, and I knew it was here in
Sayre. I could see the city around it. So I came here. I think
someone in Sayre is helping the githyanki, but we don’t know
for sure who it is, although we have our suspicions. And we
don’t have an easy answer about what to do about it.”

 Gal’ott
speaks up:
“Of course we do. We find your spider. We find him and kill
him. We kill him and return to our homes.”

To which Amyria replies:
“You think that’s going to solve the problem, Gal’ott? We
know of whom you speak. And he’s politically connected
to everyone who could help the githzerai! Kill him and get
executed as murderers and traitors. I say we need to prove
what he’s up to, and then discredit him. It’s the only way to
help the githzerai.”

At this point, the PCs can step in and help Amyria
persuade the brash githzerai to show some restraint
with a successful DC 21 Diplomacy or Intimidate
check.

Mittens addresses the dream.  "Seems pretty clear your dream was of the githyani communications web and that it's hub and manager are here in this city.  Very likely there's a lot of security around it and the location is a closely guarded secret.  We uncovered the githyanki spy network hideout before the invasion of Brindol readily enough by following suspects.  Seems to me keeping a close eye on our prime suspect remains the obvious course."
Kyle
 player, 930 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 07:42
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle may be an artificer, but even he has to deal with the limitations of 'plot items'.  The kind of thing where your head hurts when you realize RAW no wizard is able to recognize the magic missile spell is being cast by someone else.  But when he has a chance, he will at least make some token examinations of the kryptonite cellphone.

  "Just killing whoever is responsible would not be enough, otherwise they will simply send a new spider... possibly a literal giant spider instead of metaphorical, knowing our luck."
Timothius
 GM, 576 posts
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 08:00
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "Beautiful spider immediately brings Lolth to mind, actually. Considering the massive cross-planar breadth of this githyanki conspiracy, and the fact we had the chance to meet the Platinum Dragon personally, I would not be too surprised if this was all the conspiracy of an evil deity. But deity or not, and heck... prophecy or not, Telicanthus is so obviously a pawn. We've faced and killed half a dozen people more important than him and the githyanki war efforts haven't been stopped. Even if we waved a magic wand that caused Telicanthus' connections to no longer care if he died, killing him would do little to nothing to help your people. He may be a useful pawn in a useful position for the githyanki, but he is only one and only a pawn. He will likely be replaced easily enough even if the backlash isn't enough to give everyone a reason to wholesale slaughter the githzeri. What makes it worse is Telicanthus would become a martyr and thus praised as a hero. Amyria is right that we need to defame him. His time will come, but as dad used to say; move in haste - regret at your leisure." (Diplomacy 21 met)

Raichel says, "Our team has been personally invited by Telicanthus. At least let us take advantage of our unique position to check him out personally."

May nods. "We could potentially find that evidence you all need. If Telicanthus is responsible for your people being hated on as of late, then your people need your names cleared with or without him dead. And that can likely only be gotten from Telli's place."
Mittens
 GM, 1510 posts
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 08:17
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Gal’ott bows his head and says:
“I will comply with the majority. For one week. After that
time, my people will take matters into their own hands.”


"Psh.  I'll be shocked if exposing Telicanthus takes us a whole week," Mits boasts.

Gal’ott nods to Odos and Azitt, and leaves.

Odos takes a breather.  "Me and my friends need a break.  After a few moments of collecting my thoughts, I will hear more and make a decision on what course to support."

The rest of the githzerai excuse themselves shortly
after Gal’ott leaves to speak with their people. When
gone, Amyria also stands to leave and rest. She thanks
the characters, but makes it clear to the PCs that
there is a divide in the githzerai community, and that
she has been unable to heal the rift. She asks for their
continued help in convincing Odos that the githzerai
should stay in Sayre long enough to solve the riddle of
her dream, and that they should expose Telicanthus
publicly instead of murdering him without proof.
She also plans to introduce Odos as a member of her
Coalition, and she asks the PCs to attend the meeting
as her guests. She makes it clear to them that she will
be able to speak and hopefully influence the events of
the meeting, but that she will not have a vote.

Mittens shrugs.  "While we are not unfamiliar with political mumbo-jumbo, our expertise is in sniffing out and utterly annihilating extremely dangerous monsters.  Well... bro here apparently has the gift of gab, so he'll most likely be speaking for the rest of us."

"Even if you all said not a word, your presence will mean much.  Thank you."
Kyle
 player, 931 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 08:22
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "While what Mittens says is true, we still have more than enough reason to come."  Nice to be on hand if ninjas were hiding under the table waiting for the most angry moment in the debate to attack.  Or whatever it is that will inevitably derail the talks.

  Those meeting simply being unable to agree would be too... normal, for them to get their hopes up about.
Timothius
 GM, 577 posts
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 08:30
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius looks at the others. "Well if everyone is gone and Gal'ott has made up his mind, then I think it is time we go to the hotel Telicanthus reserved for us."

May says, "Then let's go."

Tim, Rai and May give proper farewells to Amyria before heading towards the hotel.


Timothius says, "What I said only gave pause and bought time, nothing more. That weak we were given will mean nothing if Odos sides with Gal'ott. These people are simply too angry to be reasoned with. They would sooner risk their kind suffer wholesale slaughter than allow even one Githyanki to have even another day to live. I honestly feel it a waste of time to be here when we could be looking into Telicanthus. I worry that if we stay, Odos will side with Gal'ott and they will go kill Telicanthus before we have a chance to look into anything."

Raichel says, "We wouldn't be saving too much time going there first. Our best bet is to hopefully persuade Odos to hold out at least for now."

May says, "Don't forget... Odos isn't rash. He's wise. He won't make a decision lightly. I think he'll give our words a lot of clout, honestly, given how much we've proven to be his allies."

Timothius shrugs. "Or Odos will get possessed by a githyanki and insist on killing Telicanthus. Killing their own to further their goals is easy for our enemy. Heck, Gal'ott could be possessed for all we know. We seriously need something to detect when someone is possessed."

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:36, Sat 05 Dec 2015.

Mittens
 GM, 1511 posts
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 05:01
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits shrugs.  "I think it's high time people besides us take a proactive approach to this inter-planar invasion.  Thanks for getting the ball rolling there, Amyra.  It's nice to see not everyone has a myopic view on such things.  I'll grant that one does not think too clearly when mourning lost ones, so it's still good that Timothius is here to do that for Odos and the rest."

Amyra bows.  "It is my duty and my pleasure to do what I can to unify the nations against their common enemy.  What Timothius said earlier about an evil god being behind this has me thinking that ere long we may see the unifying of gods of good under a common battle standard.  Perhaps such is already happening in the celestial realms and what we are doing here is a mortal echo of such.  Either way, when the dust settles, I will count myself fortunate to have stood my ground with such stalwart heroes such as yourselves.

"There is another player in these proceedings you should know about: Chend.
Chend is an elderly githzerai who favors
leaving the humans and the githyanki to their war.
He thinks they should leave the plane until the war
is decided, then deal with the survivors. Odos knows
Chend from long ago and values the elder’s views."

Sure enough, Odos returns with his old buddy.

"I have given our options consideration and made a decision.
I see no reason why the githzerai should not just leave the
mortals to their own devices, and perhaps attack the githyanki
once they are weakened from your conquest. I fail to see how
you can convince me otherwise, but I am willing to listen to
arguments.”

"Allow me to illustrate," Mittens says.

She conjures a githyanki sock puppet on one hand.  "RAWR!  Conquer the Prime Material Plane!"

A sock puppet of a githzeri appears on her other hand.  A tiny little puppet of herself appears at the tip of her tail.  "Me and the githzerai are going to stop you!"

The githzerai puppet says, "Nope.  I'm going home."

Just as the tail-puppet Mittens begins casting a spell it gets eaten by the githyanki puppet.  "HA!  Thanks for the snack!"  *BELCH!*

Chend looks offended.  Odos looks un-amused.  Amyra seems to be giving the puppet show serious thought.

OOC: this is where we chime in with all those rolls.  Playing up Mits' failed bluff.  Will play up her failed intimidate next.

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:01, Sat 05 Dec 2015.

Narrator
 player, 585 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 05:04
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Gal’ott, Azitt had also returned.

Gal’ott pipes in.  "Strike now!  By killing the spider, the web falls!"

Azitt sighs.  "This again?  Let's see what the others have to say."
Kyle
 player, 932 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 05:18
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
   "If your enemies would simply leave you be until then, I could see why you would consider retreating from this plane.  However, even now they spend their resources against you personally.  Where could you possibly run that they can not follow, when they already pursue you in favor of those resisting them?"  Sure he could point out they might make a convenient bait to lessen the burden of the 'humans' on this plane until they were all dead or worse, but then Chend might want to run off to do so out of spite.

  "Even if they decided to save you to last, that simply means that much more time to prepare their attack.  If you run now, do you honestly believe you will convince your people to turn around and fight after your enemies win?  No matter what condition they are left after the war?"

  He doesn't bother looking over at Gal'ott's outburst.  "As for Telicanthus.  If he is responsible for larger crimes as opposed to merely petty ones, then discrediting him more formally would have more impact.  The people of these lands would have a better opinion of you, and if things turn out as they often do, the locals will be much more enthusiastic about it if he dies trying to escape."
Timothius
 GM, 578 posts
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 05:40
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius nods to what Kyle said, "A tactical retreat would be nice if it was an option, but as Kyle pointed out, the enemy will favor chasing you down. Even if they didn't hate you more than any other race, any enemy would sooner chase down a smaller number of enemies over fighting an alliance."

Timothius then pulls out a book from his backpack. It is a book of the "Path of Enlightenment"; the githzerai's religion. "A githyanki victory could spell doom for
your introspective path of enlightenment,"
Timothius says as he flips the book open and turns to a page and quotes a passage that mentions bringing order out of chaos.

Raichel pipes in, "When we said give us time concerning Telicanthus, it was for the purpose of attack. Investigation, collecting intel... that is still attacking." her eyes tear up as she then emphatically says, "Remember Akma'ad! Did those people die for nothing? Are you really satisfied letting someone else fight your battles for you? Are you fine with people like my team and I fighting at your side and then standing by while they die for your cause? You, more than anyone else, belong in this alliance! Without you, we all may as well walk over to telicanthus with an offer of your surrender."

May has a serious expression, unlike her usual demeanor. "There are only two peoples now: Us and Them. This is war. We are all warriors now. Like it or not."


Timothius Diplomacy: 35
Timothius Insight: 32
Timothius Religion: 28

Raichel intimidate: 29

Mittens
 GM, 1512 posts
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 06:02
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Gal’ott nods.  "You see?  Every moment we give the enemy only serves to spit upon the graves of our families!"

Odos gives him a stern look and he shuts up.

Azitt sighs.  "You shame us with your readings, hero."

Chend seems to be contemplating the words.

"It's understandable to be afraid,"
Mittens says, "But don't forget, they have reason to fear us."

She rolls up her sleeve and slaps her bicep...  It's not very effective.

"We've met Bahamut's avatar face-to-face."

They all look stunned!
Kyle
 player, 933 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 06:10
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle refrains from repeating his opinions about said avatar.

  "I admit, I do not personally recall the significance of their fascination with canaries."  Yes, Kyle.  That's a much better thing to focus on than 'oh by the way the avatar of Bahamut will endanger you by omitting ambush routes they were literally sitting on top of.

  Sure sure, module made them do it. Riiiiight.
Timothius
 GM, 579 posts
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 06:23
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius looks a Azitt and has no words. He blushes, but nods to her.

Raichel says, "I... didn't mean to speak out of turn. I just... I didn't even know letting your enemies kill people you could have called 'friend' to ever be an option."

Timothius glances at Mittens... then to Kyle. "The canaries are symbolic and represent his exarchs... but we can talk of the lord of metallic dragons another time." then back to the others. He offers the book he was quoting to Odos. "From the bottom of my heart... I truly understand the strong wish to not be in this. I'm not a fighter in any sense of the word. I'm a pacifist. If I could have it my way, I would be back home, courting a girl my parents pick out for me, and settling down. But instead I chose to go face to face with horrors that I will never heal from. Some might say it's because I'm a hero. Whether that is true or not, the alternative is regret that would haunt me worse than the nightmarish things I've seen; Knowing for a fact I could have done something... and chose not to."

May is silent, standing perfectly still, aside from her eyes very slowly scanning the room.
Mittens
 GM, 1513 posts
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 06:30
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits smiles that she was able to contribute!  Yaaay!

Development
If the PCs succeed in convincing Odos, he quiets the
fractious githzerai and unites them behind his will.
He agrees to accompany the PCs to meet Amyria’s
Coalition, and the PCs gain a +2 bonus to all checks
that target Odos during The Coalition skill challenge
(see page 100). Odos decides that Telicanthus should
be investigated before taking more extreme measures.
In the interim, Odos wants to know how Telicanthus is connected to this web that Amyria foresaw.
He asks if any of the PCs know how to cast the ritual
Consult Mystic Sages.

Mits headshakes.  "Not I.  Why?"

"I'm hoping it will provide us with a better lead than a tea party."
Kyle
 player, 934 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 06:44
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "I believe we picked that up in our travels, yes.  It tends to lack answers as often as it provides them for the sort of question we would need help asking, but no reason not to try."  He turns to Timothius, "You would be better suited for the actual usage of the ritual than I, at least."
Timothius
 GM, 580 posts
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 06:48
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius smiles at Kyle. "Thanks for being prepared." He helps set up the ritual and kneels in the ritual circle in a prayer pose before the mystic sages appear. Timothius then asks the big question, "What is Telicanthus' connection to Amyria's dream."
Mittens
 GM, 1514 posts
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 06:56
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The ritual results in a
brief verse instead of a simple answer.
Read the writing on the wall
You are not far from a place where knowledge turns to greed
Beneath the spice house lurks the profane
And knowledge lies trapped behind the guardian


Odos asks the PCs to investigate. A DC 21 Streetwise
check reveals that while a number of spice merchants
have shops in Sayre, only one location is nearby: a
ruined warehouse that held rare spices, years ago.

"An evil cult.  And they have a big monster guardian.  Better not be Slaads or I'm liable to burn this whole city to the ground."
Kyle
 player, 935 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 07:00
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Common sense would suggest Slaads would not serve the Githyanki, but sadly we know how often common sense applies in these situations."  Of course, considering there is little in the way of misshapen slad egg carriers roaming around, it's probably something else.
May
 player, 481 posts
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 07:05
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "Whatever is down there, we'll prevail."

Timothius says, "Knowledge turns to greed... hmm..."

May says, "So we gonna go down there before turning in at the hotel?"

Raichel says, "May as well. Most places we tear through in half an hour or so."

May giggles. "May as well..."

Raichel smirks.
Mittens
 GM, 1515 posts
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 07:14
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"I wish to join you," Amyra offers, "I would ask you more of your time with The Platinum Dragon.  And if there is profane to be cleansed, I would be a part of it."

"That...  Hmm...  No offense, but we're a great deal more powerful than we were when we parted ways.  Think you're up to dealing with our level of danger?"

"Yes.  I believe I am."

"OK then!  Let's go!"

Mits looks ready to head out.
Kyle
 player, 936 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 07:21
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "This is as much part of our lifestyle as our job now.  Casually swinging by to clear out an ancient guardian before an evening of political intrigue."

He looks over to Amyra, and nods.  "Thank you, Amyra.  It will be nice to have someone watching our backs for a change."
May
 player, 482 posts
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 07:26
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "Best. Deva. Ever!" and pats Amyria on the back! "I'm so excited for you to see us in action! And to see how much you've grown in power too!"

Timothius says, "Yeah. Besides... I'll easily be able to keep all of us alive long enough to figure out how challenging this place is or not."

Raichel excitedly punches at the air! "SO glad to have you along, Amyria... our friends are few, and you are special among them."

As usual, May takes point and the twins follow the group.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:27, Sat 05 Dec 2015.

Mittens
 GM, 1517 posts
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 06:15
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
As you leave the building and move into the plaza, you
notice that there’s movement at the mouths of the alleys
around you. Ragged beggars emerge from the shadows
brandishing bright, new weapons—and wearing chainmail!
The attackers appear well fed, despite the rags and dirt that
cover them, and more than proficient with the weapons
they’re wielding.


"So uh... What's with the mendicant disguises?" Mits asks.

The attackers don't indicate they'll answer her question with anything besides steel.
Raichel
 player, 463 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 06:51
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel says, "Keep them alive if possible. They could be that ambush full of clues you mentioned we were waiting for, Kyle. No boasting, Mittens. I know it's hard, but they might run if they know who they are dealing with." OK, so Raichel kinda boasted there by accident, but she honestly didn't mean to!

Raichel hurls lightning at the fighter to the north, zapping him for a sixth of his health! But the bolt leaps towards one of the scrabbers! The wide-eyed, paranoid man manages to leap aside before the bolt connects.


Furious bolts v Fighter 1. Hit(32)!
 dmg: 27
Bounce attack v Scrabber. Miss(20)


Fighter 1 HP: 128 - 27 = 101

Narrator
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Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 06:58
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The enemy closes in to attack!  Only one hits.
Timothius
 GM, 581 posts
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 07:13
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius glances over to Kyle and half-heartedly hurls a sacred flame at the scrabbler that hit Kyle. The scrabbler dodges. "Would it even matter if I said I'm with Raichel on this?"


Sacred Flame. Crit fail.
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Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 07:23
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"We know who you are!" one of the tougher guys says, running in to attack, "And we're not afraid of you!"

Several more close in from all sides, some hitting!

"That stings!" Mittens complains when hit.
Kyle
 player, 937 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 07:34
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Tornado McTwisters forms looming behind Timothius, and goes on a punching spree that knocks every scrabbler within windy arms reach down for the count, and one tooth from a Street fighter.

  That power always looks more impressive when there's a bunch of minions, after all. LOL 1d10 encounter powers.
May
 player, 483 posts
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 07:45
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May hops back. "Points for courage!" That was in her usual, happy-go-lucky tone. Then suddenly the roar of a dragon forcing the enemies to her against their will! With one twirl of her stick, May knocks out two enemies, grazes one and hits the other hard! "I'm curious what you heard about us, since you obviously really really wanted us to knock out eight of your fourteen count in 6 seconds flat?"


Shift 1
Come and Get it v minions, Fighter 2 and 3. Hit, Hit, Miss, Hit
 dmg: 15


Two minions KO
Fighter 3 HP: 97 - 15 = 82

Mittens
 GM, 1518 posts
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 07:59
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The last of the enemy close in and attack.  These ones don't seem inclined to chit-chat.

"So much for not being allowed to boast," Mittens says, dodging a swing as she heads to the middle of the mess, "You guys stink!  Flowers!"

She sprays a massive shower of glowing flowers into the air that detonate when they touch down!  Those that didn't explode begin blinking faster and faster...

This message was last edited by the GM at 08:01, Mon 07 Dec 2015.

Raichel
 player, 464 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 08:09
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "...oops?"

Raichel says, "No worries, May. Our actions kinda boasted for us anyway. Sorry, Mittens. Go ahead and taunt them all you like... if they last that long."

She looks at the fighter that his her bro. "RAI!" and a thick, yellow laserbeam spews from Raichel's mouth, slamming the guy against the wall he was next to and nearly knocking him out!

Raichel turns her attention back to the one in front of her and thumbs her nose, Bruce Lee style.


Thunder Slam v Fighter 1. Hit(35)!
 dmg: 41


Fighter 1 HP: 57 - 41 = 16

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Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 08:12
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
One of the guys attacking May takes a pathetic swing at her.

"Never...  Surrender!"
Timothius
 GM, 582 posts
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 08:40
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius walks south, casually moving out of the way of fighter 1's feeble attack and umpfing from fighter 3's connected attack, but not really reacting much beyond that. He closes his eyes and radiance bursts from him! Chains bind up Fighter 2 and 4.


Move: 2 squares south, provoking AoO from fighter 1 and 3. 1 misses, 3 hits.
 dmg to Tim: 12
Minor: Solar Enemy
Standard: Chains of Blazing Light v Fighter 2, 3, 4, Scrabbler. Hit(33)! Miss, Miss, CRIT(36)!
 Dazed. Next time they are hit with an attack, they take 10 more radiant damage.


Tim HP: 72 - 12 = 60

Narrator
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Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 08:49
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Pop pop pop!  Several flowers detonate, downing a thug.

"Impossible!" one of the the ones left standing shouts.

He spins in a flurry of blades, cutting May and Timothius!
May
 player, 484 posts
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 08:58
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "You never did say what you heard about us. Ah well! I'll have plenty of time to ask you when I wake you up with a bath!"

With speed not unlike Link, May sheathes her stick and unsheathes her sunblade scimitar! The weapon's blade is bright white and has yellow runes on it. She slashes at the two fighters near her and they burn with radiance!


Funneling Flurry v Fighter 2 and 3. Hit(35)! Hit(30)!
 dmg to fighter 3: 27
 dmg to fighter 2: 37


Fighter 2 HP: 113 - 37 = 76
Fighter 3 HP: 67 - 27 = 40

Kyle
 player, 938 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 09:06
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle fires an extra careful shot between his allies (hey, sometimes you remember not to take No Friendly Fire on non area attacks for granted).  The bolt slowly putters through the air past them before coming to a stop in front of one of the Streetfighters, and shoots them in the face with a force blast before dropping down.

  It lands point first through their boot.

Repulsion strike. 34 DMG.
Street 3 HP: 6
Street 3 has -5 Melee to hit, until end of my next turn.
Mittens
 GM, 1519 posts
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 09:18
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Pop pop pop pop!  Another enemy drops unconscious from exploding flowers!

Mits busts out laughing at Kyle's latest attack.

"Never seen that one before!  Looove iiiit!"

To the baddies she points mockingly and pronounces, "It's official.  You suck!"

One drops unconscious, the other two shake in their boots with horrified looks!
Raichel
 player, 465 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 09:26
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel double-takes at Kyle's attack. "Huh... cool! Watch this..." twirls her palms around and a blur follows them before her arms glow black with a purple rim. She slams her palm into the fighter before her and he falls backward, vanishing before reappearing 10 feet away, unconscious. Raichel then steps forward and appears behind Fighter 2. "Hi there."


Step Between Worlds v Fighter 4. Hit(26)!
 dmg: 12 minimum
 Raichel teleports herself 4 squares and teleports Fighter4 2 squares


Fighter 4 HP: 12 - 12 min = KO

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Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 09:28
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"You... you're all monsters!"

The last enemy swings rather well.  But what would have beheaded a lesser person gets deflected by May.
May
 player, 485 posts
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 09:32
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Hello, Pot! My name's Kettle! Have we met?" May SLAMS the guy down, knocking him out. "Phew! ....those last four guys took longer to go down than the others, that's for sure. Let's get them tied up. Hopefully, they have some good info for us."


Appalling Crunch v Fighter 2. Hit(30)!
 dmg: 32


Fighter 2 HP: 31 - 32 = KO

Kyle
 player, 939 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 21:47
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Honestly, the original reason I looked into protean silk was because of how fast we go through normal rope."
Mittens
 GM, 1520 posts
Tue 8 Dec 2015
at 06:12
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The baddies are members of The Laughing Shadows.

All the
“beggars” who attack the heroes smell strongly of old
spices.

That is all the group gets out of the enemy outside boasts about being rewarded in the afterlife.

"So... on to the spice house," Mits surmises, "I'm getting the feeling that these guys were hired by Telecanthus to hassle and defame the githzerai.  Plausible deniability even if one of them gets caught in the act.  Evidence of such likely to only be found on their boss or inside some evil altar or whatever."
Timothius
 GM, 583 posts
Tue 8 Dec 2015
at 06:35
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel looks down at the enemies with a scowl. "Rewarded? I'll show you the "reward" you get for attacking innocent people!" Kick to the crotch!

May says, "So what'll we do? Slaughter these pigs so they don't escape while we are away?"

Timothius says, "Better them than the githzerai they will target when they inevitably escape. We can't babysit this many and none of them are cooperating. As normal. We don't have time for mercy. As usual. Even if Kyle had something that could keep them under for 48 hours, I'm sure more of them will show up to drag them back to whatever hideout."

May gets to killing the prisoners.
Kyle
 player, 940 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 8 Dec 2015
at 06:43
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  May dispatching them was likely about as fast, and much more merciful, than just tossing one last explosion at them.

  "I am constantly amazed at how forgiving these afterlives must be for these dark sorts.  After all, one hardly expects the losers put down like animals to be given much regard from the likes of Bane, or whatever dark patron is popular at the moment."
Mittens
 GM, 1521 posts
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 04:50
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Amyra raises her hand to stay May's execution.

"Please allow me to take these prisoners to the Enclave.  I shall catch up with you once they have been secured.  If nothing else, arguing over what to do with them will keep the likes of Gal’ott busy for quite some time and distract them from finding some other way of making themselves disruptive."

Mits shrugs.  "Fine by me.  Appreciate if the gesture is partially intended for my brother's sensibilities."

Amyra bows.
Timothius
 GM, 584 posts
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 04:54
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius seriously wants to give Amyria a hug right now. So he does. :D

May seems cheerful either way and isn't bothered one bit by Amyria's interference.

Raichel says, "Thanks, Amyria. Already proving to be a huge help."

Speaking of... completely forgot to throw Amyria in the combat. O.o Ah well.

Tim and Rai follow May as she leads the way to the spice warehouse.
Kyle
 player, 941 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 05:08
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle approves of Amyra's passive aggressive political tactics.

  "Honestly, I think we will have the easier time of it with more people trying to kill us."
Mittens
 GM, 1522 posts
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 05:14
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Amyra smiles at Timothius a Mona-Lisa smile and returns the hug.

"As ever, it is my pleasure, heroes."

Mits tries to suppress a laugh at Kyle's comment and winds up snorting.*  She hands a magic item to Amyra.

"Sending stone.  Keep in touch."

Amyra bows again and takes one of the prisoners back inside.

"Not two steps out and our heroes have already begun defeating our enemies..." she can be heard saying.

*OOC: Exactly what happend IRL.
Raichel
 player, 466 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
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Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 05:20
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius looks at Kyle. "Sad but true."

May giggles. "Hear what Amyria said? Heh. I honestly think the gods just tell the enemy where we are so they stupidly throw themselves at us. Decent chunk of our problems have been solved by the enemy."

Raichel says, "Don't give the enemy undue credit. It's not like they mean to help us. And don't diminish our accomplishments. We put our health on the line and put honest-to-goodness heavy effort into our pursuits. This group is a group of heroes."

May shrugs smiling. "Not so much giving enemies credit as enjoying the irony. But thanks, Rai!"
Kyle
 player, 942 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 05:24
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Stab wounds still hurt, even when inflicted by incompetents."
Mittens
 GM, 1523 posts
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 05:32
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Seriously."

A bit of asking around and the group finds the place they're looking for.  Mits relays the location to Amyra to save her the trouble of having to ask around.

The spice house referred to in the
divination (see “The Debate” on page 89) is a warehouse in Lowbridge that was abandoned a decade ago
but still smells faintlystrongly of exotic spices. The faded and
chipped paint over the boarded main doors specifies
“Ridolfi and Sons, Spice Merchants.” This building
is the secret entrance to the hideout
 kept up by the city’s beggars. The PCs can find
it with a DC 18 Streetwise check. (GM handwaved)


If the adventurers
didn’t perform the ritual, they can still find the spice
house after the “Ambush” tactical encounter. All the
“beggars” who attack the heroes smell strongly of old
spices. A successful Streetwise check is sufficient to
point the characters in the direction of Covet House.
A young homeless child sits across the street from
Covet House. If she sees the PCs investigating the
doorway, she shuffles over and asks them for money.
If she’s convinced that they plan to break in, she
departs and goes around the side of the house to a
cleverly concealed rope pull coming out of the building’s foundations. She gives the rope three short pulls,
the signal for trouble. No beggars in Covet House or
the Temple will be surprised if she has this chance
to warn them. The PCs can determine her intentions
with a DC 18 Insight check (Which Mits can't fail.)

Mits relays what's going on to the others and the child looks frightened at being discovered.
Timothius
 GM, 585 posts
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 05:45
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "Likely being duped by the villains."

May blocks the child from going anywhere.

Timothius approaches her and squats. "Hi. My name is Timothius. Over there is my twin sister Raichel. My older sister Mittens. My friends May and Kyle." he points as he mentions the names. "You don't have to be afraid. We're heroes. I mean what kind of bad guy would go around with a name like Mittens?"

Raichel is quiet, but gives a crooked smile and finger-wave when she is pointed out.

May merely nods. But she is smiling as normal.
Kyle
 player, 943 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 05:52
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Knowing our luck, the owners will burn the building down either on accident even without our intervention.  When we leave, you should get as far away from here or anything related to it as you can for a while."

  He offers up a stack of silvers and coppers (because really, making change for gold in the beggar slums probably isn't going to happen).  "Unless they have five dragons at once in there, they are not going to be in any position to pay you much longer."
Mittens
 GM, 1524 posts
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 05:58
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The girl is happy to accept the money and flees.

The spice house’s interior is 20 feet by 30 feet, and is
mostly unlit. Dim light is provided by light that seeps
in through cracks in the wooden exterior. The building lacks any staircase to the upper floors, as it rotted
out years ago. The actual floor is covered with rubble,
and the sound of squeaking rats can be heard. The
smell of spices is very strong inside the building. A
DC 21 Perception check reveals a clear trail through
the rubble. This trail ends at a hidden trapdoor in the
floor. The trapdoor is trapped.

Mits points out the trail and uses glowing mittens to light the way.  "To silly a name for a villain, huh?  What if I reverse it?  Snettim the terrible will bake you into cookies and pull you out of the oven with proper safety equipment!  Bwahahah!"

She fails to notice the trap.

Daggerspring Floor Level 13 Lurker
Trap 800 XP
The ceiling above the trapdoor is rigged to collapse if the trap
on the trapdoor isn’t first disarmed. If triggered, a pile of old
garbage, debris, and disease-ridden rats is dropped on the trapdoor square and all adjacent squares. Any character in one of
the affected squares is subject to the trap.
Perception
✦ DC 23: The character discovers the trap on the trapdoor.
Trigger
Any creature that attempts to open the trapdoor without first
disabling the trap sets it off.
Attack
Standard Action Close burst 1
Targets: All creatures in burst
Attack: +16 vs. Reflex
Hit: 2d10 + 8 damage. On a critical hit, the target is knocked
prone and subject to the secondary attack. All affected
squares become difficult terrain.
Secondary Attack: +16 vs. Fortitude; 5 damage, and the target
is infected with cackle fever (see Dungeon Master’s Guide
page 49).
Miss: Half damage.
Countermeasures
✦ A character adjacent to the trapdoor can disable the trap
with a DC 23 Thievery check
Timothius
 GM, 586 posts
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 06:13
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius points at the trap door. "It's a trap." he says before anyone gets closer. "Anyone want a shot at disarming it?"

May says, "I coooould... it's what my race does. But Kyle's proven pretty good with things like this." She displays the trap to Kyle.

.....unable to resist, though, she supervises if just to learn.

Kyle proceeds to disarm the trap. One could swear all he did was give it the same disapproving look of his flying construct eyeball, but May barely caught how Kyle expertly disarmed the trap with a simple, yet brilliant solution: The off switch.

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:41, Wed 09 Dec 2015.

Mittens
 GM, 1525 posts
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 06:45
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
This trapdoor opens into a short pit 5 feet deep. This
pit is the entrance to a narrow tunnel only 4 feet
tall that must be navigated on hands and knees by
Medium characters. The tunnel runs for 30 feet east
under the street, and ends in a second trapdoor in the
floor of the tunnel. It is completely dark.

T2. The Entrance
This counterweighted trapdoor in the tunnel from
area T1 opens downward, and is effectively punched
into the ancient roof of a buried building. Carved into
the wood of the trapdoor are the words “Give, and you
will be given to” in Common. The door can only be
opened on this side by sliding a coin into a slot next to
the door, or with a DC 23 Thievery check.

"Crawling through a tunnel.  This is surprisingly new..."
May
 player, 486 posts
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 07:05
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "Insert coin, eh? This is new too." She pulls out a copper piece, puts it in the slot and listens intently, a biiiig smile on her face.
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Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 07:09
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Tinkle clink!  The lock unlocks.

A rope ladder hangs beneath the trapdoor, leading
20 feet down onto the filthy floor of one of Auger’s
original buildings. This stone-walled building used to
have interior floors as well, but they have rotted away.
If the warning bell has been rung by the girl outside,
or the PCs failed to correctly pick the door lock the
first time and set off the alarm, there will be several
Laughing Shadows scrabblers here.
Kyle
 player, 944 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 07:29
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  kyle takes this opportunity to prepare the normally too slow to be useful clockwork bomb, and drop it down the shaft.

  Hey, it worked out for that portal the other time.
Narrator
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Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 07:32
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The bomb drops and instead of making a thwack sound, it's more like a bloop.  It sinks into a gelatinous cube!  The cube sweats...

BLAMMO!  The bomb crits the nucleus!  The cube dies.

This encounter does not occur if the beggars have
no warning that the PCs are coming. If the PCs have
avoided setting off any alarms, boards criss-cross the
room 10 feet above the ground, allowing characters to
descend the rope ladder and reach the door safely.
May
 player, 487 posts
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 07:43
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May peeks down. "...huh. How about that. You killed a gelatinous cube we didn't see."

May being both the tank AND really good at stealth is a rarity and quite useful as she can both take point AND scout ahead....

Tim and Rai follow behind as usual, with Rai taking the rear. With Kyle being the second-toughest person in the team, you'd think it would be him. But the fact is Raichel refuses to believe that anyway. And will punch game mechanics in the face if they disagree.


(OOC: Love you, Seth, but I remember you refusing to let Emerald scout ahead even though that was her job)

This message was last edited by the player at 07:44, Wed 09 Dec 2015.

Kyle
 player, 945 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 07:59
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "...I wish I could claim that particular result was deliberate.  But, I'll just admit I am happy a bomb found it rather than someone's feet."

  Kyle, for all his healing surges, is still a Leader class.  So by traditional standards yes Raichel is tougher than him.
Mittens
 GM, 1526 posts
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 08:19
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Nice one Kyle!" Mits laughs, "Next party we'll have to put a surprise in the middle of the cube-shaped Jello sculpture.  Mmmm...  Maybe a candy cherry 'bomb?'"

exit Door:  It requires a
DC 23 Thievery check to open.

T3. Ancient Street
This area was once an open street in the old city of
Auger, but it was completely filled with mud and silt
when the city was destroyed. This section of the street
was excavated several generations ago, and has since
served as a sleeping place and shelter to generations
of beggars. Stopped up by silt and soil on either end,
this 50-foot-long section of roadway is lined with
ancient cobblestones and filled with sleeping pallets and the meager possessions of dozens of people.
Another forgotten building, this one choked with
rubble, stands next to the one from which the PCs
have just emerged. Across the street is the excavated
entrance to what was once a grand temple of Ioun.
The icon of Ioun above the doorway has been ripped
off, however, leaving no sign as to whom the temple is
now dedicated.

T4. Temple Doors
The outer doors to the temple are unlocked. The vestibule is 10 feet long, and the walls of either side have
an amateurish painting of a beautiful woman standing on a mountain of wealth, holding out her arms
invitingly. A DC 18 Religion check reveals this to be
a painting of a human aspect of Tiamat, goddess of
greed and envy.
The inner door is closed, trapped but not locked.
Several worshipers are engaged in worship when
the PCs crash Covet House, and if no one from area
T2 has escaped to raise the alarm, no one inside the
temple will notice the adventurers’ approach. The
inner door has the painted image of a five-headed
dragon on it, crouched over a mound of treasure. The
mound is worn down by the passage of many greedy
hands

T5. Covet House Temple
This temple of Ioun was built hundreds of years ago
and was badly damaged when Auger was destroyed
by githyanki 400 years ago. It has since been excavated and restored by Sayre’s population of beggars.
The Filth King, a corrupt human who rules the
beggars of the city, found it when digging into the
undercity almost fifteen years ago. A devotee of
Tiamat already, he repurposed the chapel into a
church to the goddess of greed. The purpose of the
temple is to remind these worshipers that everyone
else has a better life than they do. The temple inspires
envy, even as it provides a place to worship it. As such,
every single pew appears more comfortable to sit in
than the place you are actually sitting. A subtle magical effect makes everyone else in the room seem more
wealthy and attractive, and causes the viewer to view
himself as shabbier that he really is.

The room is octagonal, with nine pews facing an
altar. Rough paintings on the walls show beggars staring through windows, watching rich people eat a feast
on golden plates. Behind the altar is a pit that runs the
length of the room. It is 10 feet wide and 20 feet deep.
The bottom of the pit is empty except for more than a
dozen failed thieves’ skeletons, along with a handful
of coins that fell when being tossed over onto the pile
of treasure (area T6). There is no ladder up from the
bottom of the pit; anyone who falls in must climb up
the sheer walls (Athletics DC 23). For anyone standing in the room, the glittering pile of wealth lying
across a black gulf of the pit has an almost unmistakable attraction, even with a rough statue of Tiamat
looking down on it.
Unless he has been alerted of their approach, the
Filth King is leading a devotional prayer to Tiamat as
the PCs enter.

Mits listens at the door and whispers to her allies, "They're praying.  'Oh great and powerful Tiamat.  Grant your greedy servants above strength to overcome the disgustingly generous 'heroes' of the Elsir Vale.  And that all of their valuables be unbroken when their bodies are looted...  etc. etc."
Raichel
 player, 467 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 06:29
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel says, "....that sounds pretty open and shut. Can we just go in there and bash their skulls in?"

May nodnods.

Tim shrugs. "May as well. I'm so glad our policy is 'no killing if it can be helped'."
Kyle
 player, 946 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 06:32
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "I guess someone forgot to tell them about my habit of wanting to get paid for serviced rendered, which makes me the most selfish hero of all time."  Silly Kyle, Mercenary is a synonym for amoral jerkface bug devil in DnD.
Mittens
 GM, 1528 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 06:39
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"We'll just have to confuse them by thanking them for amassing a bunch of loot for us," Mits says.

The doors are opened and combat begins!
Raichel
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Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 07:06
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May BUSTS in and rushes to an ideal spot to drag the enemies to herself!

Raichel yells, "RAI!" and fires a huge bolt of lightning that bounces off tongue-face in the back, to grovel-face to the west, to the streetfighters. As usual, there's always the one dodgy minion who breaks the chain, but it looks like Raichel did a WORLD of hurt before that happened anyhow.

Timothius waves a hand towards the Filth King, but his power doesn't take effect.


May moves into position
Rai uses Furious bolts v Filth, Groveler, Streetfighters, Minions. Hit(28)! Hit(30)! CRIT(38)! CRIT(38)! Miss(26)
 dmg to Filth King: 26
 dmg to Groveler: 25
 dmg to Streetfighters: 27 + 16(crit dice) = 43
Tim uses Break the Spirit v Filth King. Miss(26)


Filth King HP: 278 - 26 = 252
Groveler HP: 103 - 25 = 78
Streetfighter 1 HP: 128 - 43 = 85
Streetfighter 2 HP: 128 - 43 = 85

Kyle
 player, 947 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 07:08
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle summons the tiny tornado of punching by May again, and it Three Stoogges clonks two of the skulls of the scrabblers into a 3rd scrabbler.

  And that's totally the entire attack, it didn't miss 4 out of 7 attacks, nope.
3 Scrabblers down.
May has +5 AC, Until the End of Kyle's next turn.
Mittens
 GM, 1529 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 07:11
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Lasers!" Mits announces, firing three shots, downing two enemies.

Apparently minions can dodge lasers, so don't feel bad, Raichel.
Narrator
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Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 07:22
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The Filth King turns and points.  "It's those blasted heroes!  Kill them!"

A streetfighter charges Raichel!

"You'll pay for that!"

He slashes both Mits and Rai with one swing!  The other one throws a shiruken at Raichel but misses.  The groveler cringes and hides behind a pew!
Kyle
 player, 948 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 07:27
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle points his crossbow at a scrabbler, and a lightning bolt fizzles out of it, inchworms across the ground, and then jumps up to hit the scrabbler in the face.

  Mittens is a bad(?) influence on his magic, clearly.
Narrator
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Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 07:38
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"This is a profane temple of Tiamat!" the Filth King says, "I, The Filth King, shall expel you!"

He rushes forward and uses an acid breath weapon on the heroes.  One of his allies is caught in the blast and is blinded!
May
 player, 488 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 07:51
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May roars like a dragon and yoinks the baddies all to her before SMACKING them all in their ribs with her carrikal and switching to her singing stick all in one beautiful motion. "I, May, shall embarrass you before your god!"


Come and Get It v Filth, Groveler, Street1, Street2. Hit(28), Hit(34), Hit(24), Hit(34)
 dmg: 5


Filth King HP: 252 - 5 = 247
Groveler HP: 78 - 5 = 73
Streetfighter 1 HP: 72 - 5 = 67
Streetfighter 2 HP: 85 - 5 = 80

Timothius
 GM, 588 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 08:04
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
A now-blinded Timothius points his kitty ears in May's direction and he hurries over there. He then bursts with light and the enemies feel a little naked. Then he thrusts his hand up and radiant chains come from the ground, binding all but the groveler! He says nothing.


AoO from Streetfighter 1 provoked AoO from May.
May-o-O hit(32)!
Blind Streetfighter 1 AoO. Crit fail(16)!

Durp. Blind ppl can't AoO.
Move: To May.
Minor: Solar Enemy
Standard: Chains of Blazing Light v Filth, Groveler, Street1, Street2. CRIT(36)! Miss(21), Hit(30)! Hit(33)!
 Crit gives Tim extra use of Healing Word
 HAHA! LOL area means no penalty to attacks from blinded. Tim knew which square May was in and that she didn't move, so he can target her square without issue.
 Targets are dazed.
 Targets will take +10 radiant damage when first hit

Raichel
 player, 469 posts
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Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 08:13
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel steps into thin air and appears next to the streetfighter before hitting him with her palm and sending him through the fabric of spacetime into a less advantageous position. "Like the inchworm lightning, Kyle. Kinda cute!"


Move: Step Between the Worlds teleport 4 to flank streetfighter
Standard: Step Between the Worlds v Streetfighter 1. Hit(37)!
 dmg: 38 (3d6+9+10rad+2sunblessing+5vulnerable)


Streetfighter 1 HP: 67 - 38 = 29 and bloodied

Mittens
 GM, 1530 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 08:46
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"May I show them a glimpse of their humiliating afterlife?" Mits asks.

She conjures a bunch of jester caps on the enemy's heads!  http://ep.yimg.com/ay/hatstore...-multi-colored-9.jpg  The tips of the tassels turn into goofy-looking dragon heads!  http://www.sonoma.edu/theatrea.../SheKillsDragons.png  And they start randomly nomming each other and the badguys!  http://pre04.deviantart.net/d2...reations-d8v17po.png

"Nooo!  My goddess!"

It's too much for one of the streetfighters and he passes out.  The other streetfighter attacks Timothius, missing, but slashes May in the gut!  The groveler swings and misses.

"Spare us!"
Kyle
 player, 949 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 08:56
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Kyle is somewhat annoyed at the Blindness, and already used his large safe targeting area attack.  So uses simpler dust collecting At-wills to summon the transparent helmet of thunder blasts on Timothius, shooting the Streetfighter in the face and sending him staggering back.

The holy toasting probably didn't help their health much, either.
Thundering Armor (whee oddball targeting) vs Street 2. Hits. 12 DMG, and 10 Radiant (Thanks, Tim).
Tim has +1 AC, until end of Kyle's Next Turn.
Street 2 DAZED (thanks, Tim), and pushed 1.
34-22-2-2= 16
Monster Intern
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Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 09:00
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The Dirty Dude flails like a bad angry cat video, but against an actual cat is rather ineffectual and only manages to break a nail.
Driving Sickness is a double miss vs Raichel.

May and Catpeople up next.

This message was last edited by the player at 09:00, Sun 13 Dec 2015.

Mittens
 GM, 1531 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 15:31
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"So how does one wind up with a name like, Filth King?"

"Because Tiamat will make me filthy rich!"

Mits sweatdrops and snaps her fingers.  The green dragon head of each of the silly hats now all have blonde hair!  They all nom the noses of their wearers and radiance begins to glow from the their mouths!  Blammo!  All three hats explode!  Two of the baddies drop.

The Filth King glances nervously at the pile of gold on the far side of the room.

The coins begin to slide and clink, moving by themselves as
they surge upward. In seconds, a five-headed dragon made
entirely out of treasure stands before you. Its hiss is the sound
of coins rubbing together, and its heads snap forward to attack.


The Filth King gulps.  "Look uh...  I'm just a lowly beggar who's clearly out of his depth here...  So uh...  Would you all consider maybe a truce?  Easier to survive that thing that way..."


Odd module glitch.
quote:
The golem’s weakness to be pacified by tribute is not
obvious. A DC 23 Religion check indicated that ancient
historical texts often pictured worshipers throwing vast
quantities of coins to an enraged coin golem.


pacified by tribute is in italics.  which tells me that there was supposed to be some mechanic somewhere that if you throw at least X gold coins at the monster, it will revert to a pile of gold.  Or maybe takes a -X penalty to defenses (save ends)?  buuut nothing.  not in monster block, not in features of area, not in flavor parts of module, nothing.  couldn't find a treasure golem entry in any monster manual either.

considering that the boss fight was so easy so far, and that we're supposed to get a huge chunk of reward if we defeat the treasure golem if we were using the treasure parsel system, and it would be a headache to figure out just how much less treasure we'd end up with when we level because not only did we not get the big pile of gold but we threw more gold at it, i'm just going to ignore the pacified by tribute "mechanic" that doesn't even exist in the first place anyway.

This message was last edited by the GM at 17:21, Sun 13 Dec 2015.

May
 player, 489 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 22:11
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May blushes and squeaks at seeing Mittens reference a May Moment from earlier. Then just giggles. "No such thing as too much fun..." she comments with a blushy grin.

Then truce-face calls for truce. "Stupid slowed down You got a deal! But if you run, I will leave that thing to come after you!" she twirls her hand like strumming a guitar and out comes a shortbow with May letting loose an arrow almost as quickly. "Weeee!" she narrates for the arrow's flight.

With a jingle to indicate the hit, an arrow pierces the dragon, marking it as May's. "Come get some, you beautiful pile of gold! So I can loot you and take you away from your master!" May begins fantasizing about turning the gold into a weapon or three.


Maysic Ranged v Boss. Hit(30)!
 dmg: 12


Boss HP: 700 - 12 = 688

Timothius
 GM, 589 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 22:15
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius walks forward and holds a hand up. A target appears on the dragon. "Well, Kyle, it is literally impossible to get flashier and more expensive in concept than 'made entirely of treasure'. Looks like Tiamat heard your taunts that her servants need to be flashier and more expensive than the Platinum Dragon."


Move: to get in range
Standard: Prophetic Guidance
 +6 to all damage v target. Next missed attack can reroll

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:26, Sun 13 Dec 2015.

Raichel
 player, 470 posts
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Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 22:23
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel rushes south and presses against the wall before yelling, "What is UP with this thing! RAI!" that last bit causes a thunderous roar accompanied by a yellow beam of energy shooting from Raichel's mouth! The beam misses the boss, but it is clear the booming sound causes many a coin to scatter away from the beam!


Thunder Slam v Boss. Miss(24)
Boss Face
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 02:01
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The gold coin dragon spreads its wings, crouches, and flap-jumps across the chasm, landing next to Timothius.  It then lets out a clinking-coin ROAR that fills May with hallucinations, confusing her about who she needs to kill for more weapons!   It then swells like it's about to use a breath weapon but instead explodes, covering the whole church with writhing treasure!

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:29, Mon 14 Dec 2015.

Kyle
 player, 950 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 02:11
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "I'm not seeing much in the way of platinum or rubies, but it is quite the step up.  In fact, I bet that's mostly copper under the top layer."

  He toughens up May again, and summons The Eye floating above the fight, looking slightly more disapproving than it did the previous level.
Resistive buff for May. (Surge+10 TPH on cash in. Also gives THP to another ally)
Eyeball: 6 Psychic DMG when ally attack hits (no damage needed). Enemies can't have concealment.




Filth king barely misses his Vs will attack with a roll of 3, and shifts away from May, who wants to hit him with or without mind control.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:25, Mon 14 Dec 2015.

Mittens
 GM, 1532 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 02:46
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"May was hit with mind control," Mits informs Kyle, "It'll wear off after one attack, though.  Tornado!"

A Kyle shaped tornado appears with tornado arms and moves May and the others around.  Then Mits heads over to May and takes a defensive stance.
May
 player, 490 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 03:02
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May looks around and sees a conversation of weapons.

A Mourningstar says, "I'm not seeing any platinum or ruby weapons. But I'll bet there are some underneath the gold weapons!"

A Greatsword says "May was hit with weapon control. She'll get more weapons after one attack. Including a tornado!"

May yells, "Weapons! WeaponsweaponsweaponsweaponsweaponsWEAPOOOOONS! GOOOOLD weapons! And did I hear platinum and rubies under the gold?! I WANT PLATINUM WEAPONS WITH RUBIES!!!"

The good news? She didn't have her Supremely Vicious Carrikal out at the time. The bad news? She had her Staggering Singing Stick* out at the time. KAPOW! May lept up and SLAMMED her singing stick onto Mittens, causing her to stagger to the ground! So that's what it's like to be hit by May.

*May has names and titles for each of her weapons, of course. This one, she titled "The Triple S Threat" and named "Olive"


Maylee Maysic Attack v Mittens. Crit(40)! Of course!
 dmg: 19 (minimum crit dmg!)


Mittens HP: 54 - 19 = 35

Timothius
 GM, 590 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 03:18
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius looks annoyed. "Greed, eh? I have a gift for you, then. Feel the weight of regret." He points at the writhing gold and moaning can be heard coming from the gold.

Timothius then waves a hand at Mittens, making all her wounds vanish. "Very reckless, but selfless. Very Mittens. You'll likely get draconic kisses by the day's end, sis."


Rebuke Violence v Boss. Hit(25)
 Can not attack (Save Ends)
Minor: Healing Word on Mittens: 58 hp restored
 Mittens surges: 8 - 1 = 7


Boss HP: 670 - 3 = 667
Mittens HP: 35 + 58 = 93 Full HP 76

Raichel
 player, 471 posts
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Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 03:23
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel knows what Tim just did. So instead of attack now and increase the enemy's chance to save from the effect, Raichel holds out on her attack.


Delay till after Boss turn.
Narrator
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Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 03:33
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The scattered treasure coalesce back into the multi-headed draconic shape from earlier.  They glower at each of the heroes.
Raichel
 player, 472 posts
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Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 03:42
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel steps up to the dragon and slams her staff deep into the gold before pulling it back out, twirling it and taking a deep stance. Lightning crackles across her body like Raiden.


Move: North to boss
Standard: Supreme Avalanche Combination v Boss. Hit(31)!
 dmg: 28 and slide 1
Eyeball damage: 6


Boss HP: 667 - 28 - 6 = 633

Kyle
 player, 951 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 03:54
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Mittens is super smart, she's able to find ways to deliberately jump into harms way where Kyle can't really complain about it being tactically and sanely unsound.

  He applies the acid sigil on his spare Bastard Sword, and hurls it at the gold pile from across the room.  The coin based jerk dodges a head to the side, before the sword's hilt sprouts acid dripping spikes and U turns to knock some teeth loose in a shower of coppers.

633-17-6=610 (and 5 ongoing acid)
Dancing weapon is allowed to make AoO attacks.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:55, Mon 14 Dec 2015.

Narrator
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Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 04:05
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The Filth King fires a dark bolt at the monster, but one of the heads just chomps the bolt like a tossed doggie treat!
Mittens
 GM, 1533 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 04:26
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits flips to her feet with about half as much style as Raichel could pull.  She grins and thumbs-ups to Timo with a wink.

"That's perfectly fine with me!"

With a stomp, she creates a magic circle underneath the enemy with glowie, floaty runes.

"Oooh!  I hit a ley line!  This'll be fun...  Here ya go, May!"

She raises her staff up and the ceiling implodes into some kinda portal-vortex to what looks like the astral sear!  The business end of a massive, gem-encrusted, platinum cannon barrel ornately carved to look like Bahamut big enough to fit a person inside descends through the portal.
http://ih1.redbubble.net/image...,1000x1000,075,f.jpg
http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata...img/732520630_tp.jpg

One of the treasure dragon's heads looks up.  KABOOM!  A huge beam of white-hot energy blows the dragon's head clean off, sending the coins scattering to the far corners of the room!  The rest of the dragon's body is now burning with celestial fire!

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:38, Mon 14 Dec 2015.

May
 player, 491 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 05:12
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"OHMIGOSH,MittensI'msosorryWOWthat'scoolIwantone!" May says as she is utterly wrecked by the mix of emotions: Hopeful for gold/plat/ruby weapons followed by oh dear I hurt my friend followed by gold/plat/ruby weapon.

May screams with tears in her eyes (those are simultaneously tears of joy, rage AND sorrow), "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!" and charges at the dragon, switching out to her Sunblade Scimitar before slashing the dragon with a white-hot radiant blade! "I am your opponent!"


Villain's Menace v boss. Hit(28)!
 dmg: 37 radiant (26 + 6 eyeball + 5 vulnerable)
 May gains +2 attacks and +4 dmg until end of encounter


Boss HP: 516 - 37 = 479

Timothius
 GM, 591 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 05:18
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius walks up to the dragon and starts to hold up his holy symbol, but his fingers are a little sweaty from the emotional stress of combat and the symbol slips from his grip. A glorious sound can be heard going off and then dropping in pitch as the symbol falls back to Tim's chest (he wears it as a second necklace). He flattens his ears in annoyance. "...nya."


Shining Symbol v Boss. Miss(20)
Narrator
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Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 05:33
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The monster stops, drops, and rolls!  The acid, most of the fire, and Timothius' power all wear off!
Raichel
 player, 473 posts
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Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 05:39
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel says, "As a Tiamat worshiping dragon made of treasure, it just COULDN'T resist wallowing in gold." She throws a kick and lightning travels down her leg before becoming a bright light of radiance! Another solid hit!


Five Storms v Boss. Hit(39)!
 dmg: 25+6 eyeball


Boss HP: 439 - 31 = 408

Kyle
 player, 952 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 05:47
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle gives the Filth King a disdainful look at their (first) attempt to shoulder past, as Morningstar the bastard sword repeatedly hacks and smashes the coin monster.

  "If you don't want acid down your pants, I suggest you forget about leaving."

  But no, they are going to try again. Some people.

OOC: 51 total DMG vs boss. 5 ongoing acid applied again
Narrator
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Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 05:50
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The Filth King tries to stealthfully slip past Kyle and simply bounces off the chest.  Now we know where that magical eye gets its disapproving glare...

The Filth King thinks up a plausible lie.  "Oh pardon...  I slipped on some of these coins."

OOC: Bluff 35
Mittens
 GM, 1534 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 05:59
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits giggles a Rai's comment (And Kyle's too) then side-steps.  "Visions of blood!"

She wiggles her fingers to cast a much less visually impressive spell than the last one, but the dragon begins to cry copper.

"Huh.  Looks like Kyle was right about it being copper on the inside."

OOC: No longer vulnerable radiant, but mits'll re-apply that next round.
May
 player, 492 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 06:13
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May WHACKS the dragon hard again! "Is he lyyyying, Mitts?"


Appalling Crunch v boss. Hit()!
 dmg: 32 (rerolled 2 to be 5) 35 instead! Yay brutal 2!


Boss HP: 320 - 35 = 285

Timothius
 GM, 592 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 06:16
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "A guy who calls himself Filth King and worships Tiamat? Nooo... couldn't possibly be lying about trying to run away when we told him twice not to."

He walks by the dragon, either unafraid of it at this point, or purposefully getting May to hit it. Which works. The dragon tries attacking Tim and fails while May hits it hard yet again. Tim then glows a little and says, "Shhh... you don't need to fight anymore. If you attack again, I will end your ability to attack for good."


Move: Provoke AoO from boss
Boss AoO: Miss(22)
May-o-O: Hit(32 with roll on a 3)!
 dmg: 20
Pacify v Boss. Hit(24)!
 If boss Hits or misses with attack: stunned until end of its next turn.


Boss HP: 285 - 20 = 265

Mittens
 GM, 1535 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 06:30
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Well technically he did slip," Mits says...

The treasure dragon explodes, hitting her with coin shrapnel!

"Nya.  This again.

"As I was saying, I can tell he was trying to get away.  Pants acid totally justified now."


"Ow!" the Filth King confesses.  Oh wait...  That was from being pelted by shrapnel.

"Sorry.  I was scared!  Thanks for the heal..."
Raichel
 player, 474 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
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Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 06:39
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel says, "Ugg, you annoying... Oh yeah? You think you're fancy? Well I can still hurt you just fine! I can punch ghosts, sure as gold can punch you!"

Fist directly into pile of gold! "Please no acid down pants yet! Give him one more chance! He hasn't attacked us since the truce..."


Five Storms v Boss. Hit(38)!
 dmg: 35


Boss HP: 238 - 35 = 203

Kyle
 player, 953 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 06:47
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Yes, this is why I haven't already done so.  Even if they still have to climb their way out of here."  Well, unless they took the handwave dodge higher AC than your fighter express without telling anyone.

  The dancing weapon continues to gleefully abuse 'turn move into minor' and 'minor action to attack' functionality. Which we can't feel bat about because those 3rd attacks per round have both been rolls of 1 so far anyway.

OOC: total DMG reduced to 25 after insubstantial.
178 HP left.  5 ongoing Acid.

Mittens
 GM, 1536 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 06:58
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The Fith King moves to be further away from both Kyle and the monster.  He shoots at it with the black orb.  This time, something happens!  The exploded treasure begins to slide away from him!

Mits sighs and wiggles her fingers again.  More copper bleeds out of the pile.  She points a finger and her magic circle moves.

"Holding off on second Solar Enemy till after it re-forms."
May
 player, 493 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 07:07
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May twirls her stick around and whacks the pile of gold. "So much copper... I'm still dreaming of all the stuff we could do with this treasure."


Weapon Mayster's Strike v Boss. Hit(28)!
 dmg: 22+6 eyeball /2 = 14
 slide 2 (thanks versatile power!)


Boss HP: 154 - 14 = 140

Timothius
 GM, 593 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 07:11
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "I honestly don't think it has sunk in my mind just yet that we are fighting a pile of treasure." He puts a seal on the gold. Then looks to Filth-face and gives a slight smile. "...you're welcome."


Astral Seal v Boss. Hit(34)!
 -2 all defenses
 Next ally to hit Boss regains 1d6+9 hp.

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:20, Mon 14 Dec 2015.

Raichel
 player, 475 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 07:19
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
As soon as the dragon rematerializes, Raichel becomes lightning fast and darts behind the dragon to flank it with Tim before laying on a few more punches! Bambambam!

For her efforts, some of her wounds close!


Five Storms v Boss. Hit(39)!
 dmg: 32
Raichel heals for 1d6+9 hp: rolled 14 total


Raichel HP: 56 + 14 = 70
Boss HP: 138 - 32 = 106

This message was last edited by the player at 07:20, Mon 14 Dec 2015.

Joe
 player, 343 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 07:25
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "I wonder how many of the legitimate beggars would give us problems if they discovered the people they have been running errands for literally are keeping a pile of money under the streets." one that tries to punch you to death, sure. but still.

  The dancing weapon floats after the pile and continues to smashey slashey under the gaze of the disappointed you are really mostly made of pennies eye.
Mittens
 GM, 1537 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 07:33
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The Filth King flees to the corner of the room.

"Yeah, I'd expect to be fighting a monster disguised as a treasure chest sooner than this thing," Mits admits.

She lights up and snaps her fingers.  "I just got a brilliant idea!  Pun intended.

"Feed the piiiig!"


She conjures a small army of glowing piggie banks that begin devouring the treasure golem!
May
 player, 494 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 07:42
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May quickly switches back to her radiant weapon, twirls it in her hand and rushes over to flank the boss before slashing it! A draconic roar comes from the treasure as the coins dissipate, making it look like a melting dragon. The roar echoes off the walls as it fades into a sigh of death. "Woo! Go team! Good GRIEF you guys are amazing!"


Weapon Mayster's Strike. Hit(29)!
 dmg: 28


Boss HP: 19 - 28 = DONE

Timothius
 GM, 594 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 07:47
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius looks over to the Filth King, walks over to him while his own wounds just close up. "The truce is no longer needed. Will you surrender?"

The Filth King can feel Tim's protection wash over him just from being in Tim's presence.


Minor: Healing Word
 Tim heals to full
 Everyone gains 5 thp
Move: Walk to Filthface.
Standard: Full Defense


Tim HP: Heals to full

Raichel
 player, 476 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 07:50
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel walks over to where Tim went, looking still ready for a fight. "We are heroes... we are fair and merciful. This is your only chance at life." she says in a firm tone.


Move to filth king
Standard: Readied Five Storms v Filth King if he does not comply

Kyle
 player, 954 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 07:53
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Most that tried to run from us could fly or teleport, on that note." Really, it's a poor track record on enemy escapes unless it's designated or a stray intended to warn the next encounter.
Mittens
 GM, 1538 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 08:01
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Key word being tried," Mits clarifies.

The Filth King nods to Timothius and surrenders.  "Thanks again for the healing."

He glances at May then back to the group.  "You all are amazing.  Sorry about fighting you.  It was nothing personal.  Me and the others have nothing against you all.  We're just lowly mercenaries, hired to defeat you."

"Hired by whom?"

A few
weeks back, the Filth King was approached by a
stranger in a cloak. While he didn’t see the man’s
face, the stranger offered to pay substantially if the
beggars would harass the githzerai at every opportunity.
He even offered the services of mercenaries in
his employ—the Laughing Shadows—and a bounty for
the heroes.
Timothius
 GM, 595 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 08:16
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "Of course his face was hidden. But you did hear his voice. If my sister were to run a few voice samples for you, would you be able to identify which one was the voice of the person that hired you? And if so, tell me a specific thing he said."

May says, "That's right! Mittens here can magically produce sounds. And we have met a few interesting characters we think could be responsible."

Timothius writes a few names down and offers the paper to Mittens. It reads: "When he says the line, have it said in the voices of these names in this order: Gall'ot, Telicanthus, Odos"

Raichel just stands by, ready to strike. Her guard is slightly down as the Filth King makes his case.
Kyle
 player, 955 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 09:49
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "I wasn't aware coins monster that would happily kill you are considered a valid form of payment for Mercenaries. I'll have to keep that in mind."  Behold, the residuum golem!... yes we know it's the size of an GI Joe, Residuum is expensive!
Mittens
 GM, 1539 posts
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 04:25
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"The person was disguising his voice," he answers.

He headshakes to Kyle.  "No the golem isn't our payment.  That's offerings to Tiamat.  If her faithful are found to have contributed enough when a draconic angel appears to test our worthiness, we will be granted great fortune.  But until then, the gold is cursed to repel anyone who would dare steal from Tiamat."

Mits snorts, "We would totally dare.  We'd dare that and more.  But I've been meaning to thank you for not worshiping slaads.  Your faith makes way more sense than, 'your reward is you get to be infested by carnivorous demon tadpoles!'  But I'll tell you right now that Tiamat is evil and will think nothing of taking your offerings and leaving you nothing in return."

The Filth King frowns, without anything to say in return.

Mits ghost-sounds Gall'ot's voice, lip-synching with a sock puppet, "Harass the githzerai, but don't kill them.  Be sure to leave clues at all your robberies that the githzerai were at fault..."

The Filth King headshakes.  "I don't think the voice will match anyone's..."

Mits ghost-sounds Telecanthus' voice, "You will be rewarded handsomely for every githzerai you kill.  Doubly so for the self-styled, 'Heroes of the Elsir Vale' fakers..."

"He was disguising his voice..."

"Kaching!  He recognized the voice!  I could see it in the change of his expression!"

The Filth King frowns, without anything to say in return.

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:26, Tue 15 Dec 2015.

Timothius
 GM, 596 posts
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 04:37
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius half-smiles at the Filth King. "Don't worry. We were merely confirming what we already suspected." he glances at Mittens. "Though I would hope our enemies are not so brain-dead as to call us fakers at this point."

May eyes the Filth King. "Disguised his voice? ....maybe we should disguise our voices and wear dark robes and start hiring desperate people who aren't afraid of army-slayers with things like "You will be rewarded handsomely for every slaad you kill. Doubly so for the so-called generals"."

Raichel says, "Tempting... but considering how well we've done and how much our enemies fail, they should be the ones emulating us."

Timothius says, "You'd probably need to sweeten the pot with offers of 'all the babies you can eat' and 'fresh puppies to kick' anyway."
Kyle
 player, 956 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 04:41
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "They likely would not be suspicious of job we offer unless we were rude to them, knowing how things work"  Hey, it worked for his player sending people on a dozen questionable jobs in another game.
Mittens
 GM, 1540 posts
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 04:56
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits snickers at the jeers at evil.

"So now that we've established that Telecanthus hates us enough to spend money to have us attacked, one can only conclude that it is because he is, in fact, 'associated with those murderous fellows in the Astral Sea.'  So shall we hand Filth-Face over to Amyra and the coalition?  Or tie him up and investigate further?  Because the ritual said we're supposed to find 'knowledge trapped behind the guardian.'"

The Filth King looks confused by the statement, but makes no comment.
Raichel
 player, 477 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 05:02
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel flies over to the other side of the pit before heading to the back of the room. "I'll check it out. We just fought something that was guarding the treasure. Maybe 'behind the guardian' meant the back of this room."

May shrugs and ties up the Filth King.

Timothius sits and rests. "...we just fought a pile of treasure that resembled a dragon. I really gotta say: that was amazing."

May grins. "Just when you think you've seen it all, right? Heehee... still want those weapons..."

Raichel perception: 27

This message was last edited by the player at 05:04, Tue 15 Dec 2015.

Kyle
 player, 957 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 05:04
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "When we ever somehow manage to get some free time, I'll see what I can do May." He just might alter his already frivolous fast choice level 14 feat to 'can enchant things in 10 minutes' just for that.
Mittens
 GM, 1541 posts
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 05:11
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits conjures a miniature hand-held version of the Bahamut Cannon from earlier and hands it over to May.  "Hope this'll hold ya over till then."

Sculpture: A rough, handmade statue of Tiamat
sits behind the pile of coins. The statue has clearly
been assembled by an inexpert artist, made from
cast-off junk and scavenged portions of other statues.
The statue sits in front of a secret door that is easily
found (Perception DC 18) once the statue is moved or
inspected closely.

Behind the secret door is a hallway that leads ends to another door that has been blocked by rubble.  The dusty hall looks to have not been touched in many years.
Raichel
 player, 478 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 05:14
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel says, "Hey guys! Found something! Hidden door!"

May lowers the tied-up filth king into the pit and then makes her way over. "Wow! Thanks, Mittens! This rocks..." she rubs her cheek on it.

Timothius follows as well.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:21, Tue 15 Dec 2015.

Kyle
 player, 958 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 05:23
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Well, while technically there is a ritual for this sort of thing, only this much rubble would be faster cleared away by hand."  And you don't end up a /CON caster without being afraid of some manual labor.
Mittens
 GM, 1542 posts
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 05:30
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The Vault of Knowledge was once a library of Ioun
hidden beneath the ancient temple in Auger. When
the city was destroyed, the sages were trapped inside
and never rescued. They have read the same books
and the same scrolls for centuries, and now crave only
fresh information. They’re happy to devour it from the
PCs’ brains if necessary.
The Vault used to be full of tomes. Now the series
of small rooms are completely empty, and every inch
of wall space is covered with crisscrossing lines of text
from a multitude of books, all carved into the walls.



When you pry open the door, you see a large stone room.
It looks like it was once a library, but any books have long
since rotted away. Instead, the walls are covered with
thousands of lines of carved text, filling the space.
Rising from the ground around the room is a group of
pale, emaciated creatures. They immediately begin to lurch
your way. Their fingers are missing any flesh that might
have once been there, and each fingerbone is sharpened into
a point


Illumination: The room is completely dark, but
the undead give off a soft glow. This is the equivalent of
dim light.

"Ooh!  Skeletons!  It's been a while."
Mittens
 GM, 1543 posts
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 05:52
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
An archivist appears from the back of the room.

"Knowledge!  You have knowledge in your brains!  Must devour brains!  Here... have some of mine as payment..."

Woob woob woob!  It blasts the heroes with a huge amount of data!  Mits barely manages to guard her mind from the overload.  She rushes into the room and draws back on her bow, firing three flaming arrows at the enemies, downing two skeletons!
Narrator
 player, 600 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 06:00
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Another archivist appears and attacks Mit's mind.

"Oooh!  You have some neat powers!"

"Great.  Now I can't remember any but two."

A skeleton attacks Mits and places it's hand on her head!

"Hehehehe!"

It then leaps back several feet.
May
 player, 495 posts
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 06:16
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May barges into the room and says, "Hey! What's the big idea?!" She whips out her carrikal and hooks it on the archivist, dragging him away from Mittens. "You all face ME before anyone else, you monsters!"


Funneling Flurry v Archivist 1 and Scribe. Hit(32)! Miss(26)
 dmg: 19


Archivist 1 HP: 78 - 19 = 59

Narrator
 player, 601 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 06:21
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Another archivist appears

"Ahah!  Big idea!  I see what you did there.  You must be full of good ones.  Just a little peek..."

Zap!  May's mind is siphoned!
Timothius
 GM, 597 posts
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 06:35
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius widens his eyes when hit with the barrage of info. But he manages to sort it out and push it to the back of his mind quickly. "Thanks for the info, but that there is aggressive begging."

He holds his holy symbol of Pelor up and shines bright light at the enemies! The scribe gets fried and collapses while one of the archivists gets a severe burn! "I pray you make it to Ioun's embrace."

Tim's eyes were quick to notice the Ioun religious symbols on the enemies and the whole "more input!" theme going on.


Superior Will Save throw: 16 success. Tim no longer dazed.
Move: Into the room
Shining Symbol v Archivist 1, 2, Scribe. Miss(20), Hit(26)! Hit(32)!
 dmg: 32


Archivist 2 HP: 109 - 32 = 77

Kyle
 player, 959 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 06:41
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle gestures in the general direction of May, summoning a transparent Drake themed helmet on top of her usual helmet.

  Gun barrels pop out of it's eyes and shoot the closest archivist in the face, blasting it's jaw from it's bonehead.

  Kyle shakes off the status effects, on that note.
Raichel
 player, 479 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 06:46
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel trots up to be in the front lines with May and looks like she is about to throw some lightning, but lets out some cute-sounding hiccup and covers her mouth, blushing.


Furious Bolts v A1,2,3,scribe,scribe. Miss
Mittens
 GM, 1544 posts
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 06:59
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The skeletons claw at Rai and May, hopping around to make room for one another!

Mits sighs.  "I just know I had a much better attack for this...  Oh well."

She tosses magical alchemist's fire among the enemy, exploding two of them and not quite downing the third.

"Oh!  Did someone say Ioun?"

Blammo!  The team is blasted with immense amounts of Ioun trivia!

"Brain... hurt."
May
 player, 496 posts
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 07:02
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May meeps and WHACKS an archivist, downing it. "What the heck?! Where are we?! Is this still the same dungeon?!" May demands in a mildly panicked tone.


Weapon Mayster's Strike v Archivist 1. Hit(30)!
 dmg: irrelivent
Save v dazed: 16 success


Archivist 1 HP: 2 - enough = done

This message was last edited by the player at 07:03, Tue 15 Dec 2015.

Narrator
 player, 602 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 07:27
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Another knowledge blast!  So much trivia!
Timothius
 GM, 598 posts
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 07:27
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius moves up a bit and says, "With some knowledge comes sorrow. I will share mine with you." he sends snippets of his experiences to the archivist. While filling for the hunger, it is also full of sorrow, regret, and the desire to give up.


Move: Northish
Break the Spirit v Archivist 2. Hit(32)!
 dmg: 31
 -5 to attacks.


Archivist 2 HP: 77 - 31 = 46

Kyle
 player, 960 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 07:33
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  This turn is much more boring, as he moves up and makes his save throw.
Raichel
 player, 480 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 07:43
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel peers around the corner and says in a voice that echoes off the walls, "Leave us alone!" and with that comes a photon beam from her mouth, bashing the archivist's bones!


Thunder Slam v A2. Hit(32)!
 dmg: 38
Save vs dazed: CRIT


A2 HP: 46 - 38 = 8

Mittens
 GM, 1545 posts
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 07:51
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Oh now I remember.  Rebuke undead!"

She shakes her finger at the undead and it shrieks, grabbing at its skull!

"You'll get your memories back soon, May.  Just kill skeletons."

The archivist looks sheepishly at Timothius, reaches out like he's about to attack, then just flops his arms to his sides, looking depressed.

"You've had it rough.  But I'm a soulless undead that's been stuck in this room for...  I don't know how long.  Just destroy me."
May
 player, 497 posts
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 07:55
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "May your mind reunite with your soul in the afterlife!" she says as she charges the archivist, finishing him off!


May charge v A2. Hit(25)!
 dmg: enough


A2 HP: 8 - enough = reunited with his soul in the afterlife

Narrator
 player, 603 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 07:58
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"And then there was one," the last skeleton says.

It blasts a mind blast at Mittens.

"Aww man!  No last spite move before oblivion.  Oh well."
Timothius
 GM, 599 posts
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 08:00
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "Don't think of it as oblivion. Think of it as your hunger being satisfied soon as we send you home."

He paints his famous target on the remaining(pardon the pun) skeleton.


Prophetic Guidance.
Kyle
 player, 961 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 08:04
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
   Kyle rounds the corner, and blows the top of the skeleton's skull off.  It's still standing, but metaphorically that's probably sprung a leak in it's not physically existing brain.

43-28= 15
Raichel
 player, 481 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 08:06
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel says, "Goodbye." and electrocutes/radiates the last enemy, causing it to collapse.


Lightning Strike v A3. Hit(38)!
 dmg: enough


T-bone HP: 15 - enough = to the afterlife!

Mittens
 GM, 1546 posts
Wed 16 Dec 2015
at 05:34
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"'May your mind reunite,'" Mits echoes with a grin, "Maybe it will!  And we May even get to see it happen!  And then we'll be able to brag, 'We were the ones to Mayke it happen!

"So where's this hidden knowle...ge.  Aw MAN!  Did we just blow up our clues?!"


She surveys the room.

All the original scrolls and books have turned to dust,
but the contents of the original books are transcribed
on the wall of the library . . . somewhat. Many of the
sentences are in no discernable order. As the librarians grew more insane and the walls began to fill up,
they wrote sentences anywhere they could find room.
The result can be confusing and time-consuming to
comprehend.

"Nya.  Hold on... I think I found something intelligible..."

“You’re watching me. I can see you, but you don’t know
that. You’re listening to my words even though I’m long
dead. No, not you! Idiot. You’re just writing down my
words because you were told to by the old man with a
beard and a magic glass. I’m talking to the other people,
the ones reading this on the wall. They know I’m dead.
Oh yes, dead, mud in my mouth, river arisen! I sing of a
ship that sails the air, that brings swords and fire. You’ve
fought it, too, but it’s worse for you. We’re just going to
die. They’ll kill us all because of what the bearded man
does, talking through the mirror. They’ll just flood the
room, and that will solve their problem until he finds it
again. He’s been looking for it a long time. You think he
likes you but it’s a lie. There was digging, you see, and
cleaning, and many false leads. He’ll use it to conquer you
all, but no one will believe you. You’ll have to prove him a
liar. They can talk through it, you see. They’ve managed
to do it, and the armies whisper through the blue darkness in a way that no one else can hear. You’re dead if you
don’t stop it. Even now they are discussing you. “Distract
them,” he is told, “this is too important to ruin.” But you
can. Boy! Boy, I demand a goose! Pluck it and ruin it and
save yourself if you find the right spot. Look for the old
tower when no one expects you. It isn’t where they think
it is. Ask the dwarves if you like, the brothers who dream
of maps. Because in the days to come SHE will spread
herself, and none will be safe from HER reach, so you may
wish to trust the speech of the Bladed Girl. Trust, trust her
if no one else. If her people do not come together, they
will certainly be ripped apart. Like my goose? I am so very
hungry. I could use some tea. Boy!”
—verbatim account from the recorded visions of
Graiden Brackenhaus, oracular guest of Seer Auglos of
Auger, as scribed by Brother Pinnot from the Church
of Ioun.
Raichel
 player, 482 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 16 Dec 2015
at 05:47
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel says, "...creepy. I mean... he's talking to us from across time. I'm betting Tellicanthus is the one he's mentioning is the liar. And the bladed girl is Amyria, right?"

May says, "But the mirror was our clue. If we can find that glass, we may have what we need... or at the very least, we might stop Tellicanthus' plans for a time."

Timothius scribes what Mitts just read. "Let's take these words to Amyria. She said she would meet back with us."
Kyle
 player, 962 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 16 Dec 2015
at 05:51
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "It is at least more confirmation than we had before, even if still of the 'not good enough as proof' variety.  I admit the warning of death should we fail would have more impact if that wasn't always the case."
Mittens
 GM, 1547 posts
Wed 16 Dec 2015
at 05:57
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Just a wild guess, but the stuff about the goose is probably not relevant to us," Mits says, "If I ever become a prophet, I'll make it a point to be less cryptic... aw who am I kidding?  That's probably half the fun."

The group bumps into Amyra who looks like she was getting ready to leap across the chasm to come to their aid.

"Good to see you well.  I apologize I was so slow in getting back with you.  Did you find the hidden knowledge?"
Timothius
 GM, 600 posts
Wed 16 Dec 2015
at 06:01
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "Yes." and glances at the Filth King in the pit then back to Amyria. "If by 'slow' you mean 10 minutes. But here's what we found." he reads the passage to Amyria.

May jumps up and down. "Isn't that COOL?! Some old guy from long ago wrote a message to US!" She continues oogling over her cantripped gun.

Raichel says, "Still say it's creepy..." she looks at Mittens. "Pff... you try being specific when you're trapped in a room and watching your sanity slip away from boredom. It's amazing goose was the only silly craziness he threw in."

Timothius says, "In this case, sure, but I think Mitts is referring to how it's always the case with prophecy."

Raichel shrugs and hugs Mittens. Just because.

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:20, Wed 16 Dec 2015.

Kyle
 player, 963 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 16 Dec 2015
at 06:05
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  That's barely enough time to cover their short rests, but it IS a pleasant change of pace to have anyone at all trying to help them sooner rather than later.

  "I've heard of more unfortunate uses of premptive writings, so I'll take what we can get."  Team ascension's explosive lava will reading says hi.
Mittens
 GM, 1548 posts
Wed 16 Dec 2015
at 06:32
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits gets a big grin and returns the hug.  "I'll go with both creepy and cool.  And yes, Timo figured me out."

Amyra looks carefully at the message.

"Some very unsettling passages, but I think there is an immediately helpful clue.  'Look for the old tower when no one expects you. It isn’t where they think it is. Ask the dwarves if you like, the brothers who dream of maps.'  Deep Cartography is a shop west of the market run by two dwarven brothers.  They specialize in maps of the Underdark - sometimes known as the realm of nightmares.  'dream of maps' may refer to them."
Timothius
 GM, 601 posts
Wed 16 Dec 2015
at 06:35
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius asks, "Are they open right now? If so, we should head there now."

Raichel says, "One way to find out. Let's go there."

May smiles up at Amyria. "Lead the way, pretty blade!"
Kyle
 player, 964 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 16 Dec 2015
at 06:43
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Dreams of dwarves refers to the only named dwarves in town? This is definitely better than the usual brand of prophetic lore that only makes any slight sense in hindsight.

  "Well, considering we've already been to the Shadowfell and Elemental Chaos, a trip to the Underdark probably won't be as terrible by comparison."  The Shadra'kai have the Drow out emo goth'd by a large margin.
Mittens
 GM, 1549 posts
Wed 16 Dec 2015
at 06:52
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
As a Deva, Amyra isn't very expressive, but May's compliment manages to make her blush.

"I shall endeavor to live up to the prophesy.  All the legitimate shops of town are closed at this hour.  And you all have earned a rest."

"Sounds good to me," Mits says, "I blew all my good powers in that treasure golem fight."

Amyra raises an eyebrow.

"I can update you on the way."
May
 player, 498 posts
Wed 16 Dec 2015
at 06:57
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "Oh right! Treasure! Well I guess it is safe enough here until we come back for it. But yeah. I wanna make treasure weapons! I wanna have that Platinum Pistol!"

Timothius and Raichel simply follow along.

May can't help but interject about how awesome the dragon was. Timothius occasionally comments about it himself. "With every move, it sparkled like a crystal ball... but with the beauty of shiny gold."

Raichel says, "I'm just glad this guy surrendered." she indicates the Filth King.
Kyle
 player, 965 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 16 Dec 2015
at 06:59
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "It is a rare novelty our enemies decide being reduce to a sizzling puddle is not the preferable outcome." Well, between the the party knocking out as many people as possible anyways.
Mittens
 GM, 1550 posts
Wed 16 Dec 2015
at 07:11
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Amyra thanks the group for their heroics procuring the prophesy and defeating the Laughing Shadow.  The Filth King is handed over to the githzerai to await trial.  Amyra gives good directions to the hotel Telecanthus offered free rooms to the heroes at.

"If something does not come up to prevent you, please await me at your inn after breakfast.  I shall take you to the Coalition's meeting, a mere 15 minute walk from the inn.  I expect our meeting will be done before your scheduled meeting with Telecanthus."

"Don't see why not," Mits says, "But what of the dwarven brothers?  Was thinking it might be best to hit their shop before the Telecanthus Tea."

"I can go to their shop early to save you the effort."
Timothius
 GM, 602 posts
Wed 16 Dec 2015
at 07:17
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "Thanks. We all really appreciate your help, Amyria."

May nodnods. "Bed! Here I come!"

Raichel yawns, "...raaaai...."

The three give Amyria a proper farewell before going to the room that was reserved for them.

Once in the room, May says, "So. Usual alarm ritual?"
Kyle
 player, 966 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 16 Dec 2015
at 07:38
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  He nods, "It is a refreshing change of pace, as well as appreciated overall."

  He looks to May, "Yes, setting explosives is less of an option in civilized buildings rather than the middle of ruins."
Mittens
 GM, 1552 posts
Thu 17 Dec 2015
at 05:14
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The heroes get a good night's rest!  No ambushes!  While they enjoy breakfast, Amyra is busy following up on the dwarf map shop clue.

Although they know nothing about the Bitter Glass,
they can talk about Auger and its destruction at
unknown hands. They have old maps showing what
buildings used to be where. A DC 21 Dungeoneering
check reveals to the PCs that Auglos’s tower was originally below the spot where Telicanthus’s mansion
now stands. Both dwarves actually know this if asked,
as the incorrect location of the memorial plaque on
Prospect Hill annoys them

Amyra makes the dungeoneering check and hurries to meet the heroes.  She arrives soon after breakfast and reveals what she's learned.

"Under his mansion," Mits says, "That's... convenient?  And annoying.  Hmm...  May's sneaky.  Maybe she can excuse herself to the little lady's room and snoop about for the entrance to the underground tower thingy while we distract Telecanthus with conversation."

"I'm sure you'll find a way one way or another.  The council meeting is likely already underway.  Please come with me."
May
 player, 499 posts
Thu 17 Dec 2015
at 05:25
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May grins. "I knew those sandals were WAY too cool to sell! I held onto those sandals that let me teleport when we were fighting the late, puddled General Zethiruun. I'll just slip those on for our meeting with Tellicanthus and if I get ambushed while sneaking, I'll teleport out of the ambush and flee back to you guys."

She cheerfully follows.

Raichel says, "I hope this meeting goes better than last time..."

Timothius puts a hand on Raichel's shoulder and smiles at her. "Head high, sis."
Kyle
 player, 967 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 17 Dec 2015
at 05:29
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Last time we got the refugees into the city, free rooms, and an invitation.  Regardless of the intentions, our last meeting went quite well."

  So proud of Tim's +7 passive aggressive.

  He nods to May.  "I would expect such a thing to be guarded, so as tough as you are, an exit plan is encouraging."
Mittens
 GM, 1553 posts
Thu 17 Dec 2015
at 05:38
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Yeah.  Don't get caught," Mits agrees.

"Sorry about the arguing," Amyra says, "I'm afraid the Coalition has not been any better at agreeing with one another..."

Members of the Coalition that Amyria has managed
to put together are in Sayre, but she’s disappointed
that they’ve spent days bickering and disagreeing
about the best way to shatter the githyanki military
alliance. (In fact, they haven’t even been able to agree
on a name for the group, which is why Amyria refers
to the group as the Coalition. She hopes something
more inspiring will come out of their talks that will
help bind the leaders together.) She hopes that the
PCs’ reputations (all the members have heard about
the successful defense of Elsir Vale at this point), their
investigation of Telicanthus and the Bitter Glass, and
the membership of their new githzerai ally, Odos, will
help the alliance find focus.

"I can tell you about each member on our way..."

(( Amyra does not know any of the meta items. ))

Kalad: Last seen in “Siege of Bordrin’s Watch”
when he was rescued by the PCs, this heavily muscled
dwarven paladin no longer looks quite as haunted as
he did in the tunnels of Bordrin’s Watch. He is gruff
but friendly, and a staunch ally of the PCs. Kalad also
has spoken to Amyria several times, and he backs
her unflinchingly. Unfortunately, his seemingly blind
willingness to support the deva makes him look
intractable and foolish to the more politically savvy
members of the Coalition, and his staunch support
has almost proved a liability from time to time. If
Kalad didn’t survive “Siege of Bordrin’s Watch” in
your campaign, that’s okay. The priest of Moradin in
Overlook called in several favors and had Kalad’s body
sent across the land to have a ritual of Raise Dead
performed on it. He has been tasked with representing
Overlook’s interests in Amyria’s Coalition.

Fariex the Scalehammer: This adult copper
dragon has an unhealthy interest in the activities
of humans. He has spent his life in human or elven
form, living in human cities and studying their ways.
He is light-hearted by nature, and knows more jokes
than most jesters. He is far from a buffoon, however,
and expects respect. His one weakness is a tendency
to weigh the facts of a problem instead of quickly
making up his mind
Fariex has the ability to assume the shape of a
human, and he does this at all Coalition meetings—or
anywhere else he’s encountered in the city, for that
matter. He does not openly reveal his true nature, but
passes himself off as a powerful merchant with interests in various cities. Fariex does not represent a city
or other political body, but was invited because of his
connections to many far-reaching settlements, townships, and ports, and the wealth and military might
they represent. In meetings, Fariex is mostly quiet,
but will occasionally interject a pointed question,
especially if the topic of conversation touches on his
area of expertise (namely, money and its movement
through business affairs). He also has an interesting
sense of humor, and will sometimes try to openly
catch others in duplicity or engage in some word play
over a statement he perceives as absurd. The richest
member of the Coalition, Fariex is a key player to ally
with, since he can fund many of the operations the
Coalition is ambitiously interested in pursuing.

Caliandra of the Stagrunners: This ancient elf
can trace her descendants back to elves who migrated
from the Feywild almost eleven of her generations
ago. She leads not only her own tribe, the Stagrunners, but has also been named the voice of all the
tribes that live in the wild reaches to the north and
west of Elsir Vale. All told, she speaks for a group of
twenty-five tribes.
Fierce, wild, and haughty, she is stubborn and
opinionated, and isn’t afraid to engage in a protracted argument about aspects of history that most
people have long forgotten. She holds influence
with many gnome, elf, and eladrin leaders, much
as a respected grandmother and advisor might. In
a crisis, she leans toward solutions that provide the
most safety for the most people. She seems to expect
subservience, making Caliandra nearly intolerable
to deal with. But she also has tremendous in-roads
among the barbarian tribes she represents, making
her a valuable asset.
One of the naysayers of the Coalition, Caliandra
automatically assumes her age and experience make
her the voice everyone else should listen to. She talks
loudly, fiercely, and often, but she doesn’t mince
words. She gets to her point quickly. She favors action
of some sort, but is like a ship in need of a pilot. If
given a course that she can approve of—something
that will let her lead her people to glorious battle
against the invaders who have killed so many of her
people—she will fight honorably and without hesitation. But she demands respect, and is fond of rejecting
someone else’s idea out of hand, only to bring it back
up minutes later as a concept all her own.

Lord Divian Torrance: The ruler of Sayre,
elected by a fellowship of scholars and merchants,
is a potent and skilled politician. His goal, first and
foremost, is to see that his city comes out ahead in
the war. He’s not willing to side with the githyanki
invaders, but his goal is to lead this Coalition so that
his small city is given due representation. He knows
that Sayre’s leadership wouldn’t have been consulted
if not for the good fortune of hosting the first meeting and the absence of a representative from Nefelus,
Amyria’s first choice to host the meeting. But he plans
to make the most of the opportunity and makes it
clear at every opportunity how relevant and important Sayre is to the coming conflicts. Lord Torrance
can be wooed if he firmly believes Sayre will continue
to be an important player. He is opposed to any plan
that deals with bringing Nefelus into the Coalition,
although he won’t openly say so. He’s worried that if
Nefelus brings their magical expertise and knowledge
to the Coalition, Sayre’s position as a center of knowledge will be dramatically weakened. Thankfully, this
isn’t an issue that is likely to rear its head . . . yet.

Quelenna entromiel: The female eladrin
Quelenna Entromiel rules over the mercantile settlement of Dornaithos, which trades both fine craftwork
(including goods from the Feywild) and everyday
items. She has dealings with the Elsir Consortium,
a group of merchants from the Elsir Vale, and with
traders in every major settlement across this corner of
the mortal world. Gregarious and shrewd, Quelenna
is well known for her business acumen and efficiency.
It’s rumored she’s not afraid to resort to bribery if
doing so will get a project or deal finished quickly.
Quelenna wants Dornaithos’s fortunes to continue
and thinks running the Coalition is a way to make
herself more prominent and secure better deals for
Dornaithos to provide war material. While the Coalition’s first order of business is not to determine a
leader, she already has her sights set on the position.

Inogo Dravitch: A priest of Erathis, Inogo hails
from the distant city of Sherrbyr. This city lies far
to the northeast, beyond Elsir Vale by at least three
weeks’ travel. Inogo is the current leader of this city of
temples. A theocratic city state, Sherrbyr also boasts
a massive college of divinity, where worshipers of
nearly any deity can openly practice their faith.
As a result of its varied populace, the city’s leadership is formed of a council of priests of the most
worshiped deities in the city. The council changes as
the population changes. Some deities fall out of favor
while others rise. But Erathis’s worshipers have been
a power in the city for years, and Inogo is the most
recent in a long series of Erathis-worshiping council
leaders known as Deacons.
Sherrbyr is a city accustomed to nearly endless
debate, thanks to efforts to accommodate every faith
represented on the ruling council. As someone long
schooled in this approach to government, Deacon
Dravitch is well out of his league in a group that needs
to make decisions quickly and decisively. He represents a powerful city, however, in terms of both its
military and divine might. Sherrbyr could field a veritable army of healers, as well as a mounted corps of
paladins. Inogo is mostly quiet in Coalition meetings,
speaking up only when a plan of action is proposed.
He is, at first, unwilling to commit any resources
without first “exploring other options” or his personal
favorite, “negotiating with these githyanki to help
them see reason.” Odos despises Inogo immediately,
and Inogo reciprocates. As Sherrbyr has yet to experience anything like the githzerai have at the hands
of the invaders (in fact, Sherrbyr has been entirely
spared, to this point), it’s an understandable attitude.

odos: The githzerai leader firmly believes that Telicanthus is up to no good, and while he is mostly quiet
in all proceedings, when the issue of the githyanki
noble inevitably surfaces, he doesn’t hesitate to make
his opinion known. This is true whether or not the
characters succeeded in “The Debate” skill challenge
(see page 89). If the PCs failed at the skill challenge,
Odos can still be persuaded here, but he calls for
Telicanthus’s head at these opportunities rather than
backing Amyria’s call to investigate the powerful merchant. This drives Lord Torrance to distraction, and
Odos quickly finds himself on the outs with many
other members of the Coalition. But Odos represents
githzerai all over the mortal world and beyond, and
he knows the githyanki tactics and agendas. He’s perhaps the singlemost important ally in the defense of
the world, and most of the other Coalition members
know this—even if they won’t admit it openly.

And this is what the module says of Amyra:

Amyria: Not a member of the Coalition, the
extremely passionate and charismatic deva paladin
has rallied these leaders to meet in Sayre to discuss
the invasion. While she doesn’t have a vote on a
course of action, she has the right to speak freely—
something she hesitates to take advantage of in this
first meeting. When she does speak, Amyria almost
glows with her inspiration and belief in what is right.

The group arrives outside the destination by the time she finishes infodumping.
Timothius
 GM, 603 posts
Thu 17 Dec 2015
at 06:32
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius had been taking notes on the way there. He hands the notes to Kyle and says, "Do me a favor, Kyle? If you would, please, copy this for our team."

It reads:

Fariex the Scalehammer: Merchant and possible money. Has sense of humor.
Caliandra of Stagrunners: Elf matriarch, demands respect. Influences 24 tribes. Loved by many fey.
Lord Divian Torrance: Mayor of Sayre. Most helpful at this juncture. Wants assurance he will stay in coalition even after this juncture.
<u>Quelenna entromiel:</u> Rules Dornaithos, but represents much of Elsir Vale.
Inogo Dravitch: Priest of Erathis, represents Sherrbyr. Religious connection. His support means many healers and paladins.

Obviously, Kalad, Odos, and Amyria are not on his notes because the group is already familiar with those three.

May scratches her head. "Thanks for jotting down those notes, Tim. That's a lot to take in all at once and right before a meeting."

Raichel says to Amyria, "Respect is earned. Not taken. We've dealt with people cursing us as villains before. We don't demand much; just grattitude when we save someone's life. People who demand that and more when all they haven't proven themselves burns me up."

Timothius says, "Raichel, there has to be a reason so many people revere her. Give her a chance, OK? At the very least, her age alone demands some respect."

Raichel gives a relenting nod.

Timothius walks in and May and Raichel follow.
Module randomness
Thu 17 Dec 2015
at 06:38
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The deva meets the PCs fairly early at their inn,
waking them if necessary. Odos is with her. The
weather is beautiful outside, and Amyria suggests that
they walk over to the meeting place for the Coalition
in the center of the city. It takes about 15 minutes
for the group to reach a beautiful old building in the
March. Amyria mentions that the building was once
used for town meetings, but not currently. She has
rented it for use as a central meeting place for her
allies.
The PCs walk up a large marble staircase to the
second floor, where Amyria opens a set of double
doors into a circular room dominated by a large
semicircular table. The room is filled with strangers
of various races, all swept up in the heat of argument.
They all look up when Amyria enters, and she introduces everyone to the PCs and Odos.

Later, in the same module...

After meeting Amyria just after dawn at your inn, you’ve
accompanied her to a building on the University of Sayre’s
campus. The small lecture hall you’ve entered looks like it
has previously been used as a place to learn about the more
esoteric elements of arcane magical theory. A long table
has been placed in the middle of the room, and most of
the benches that normally occupy the space pushed to the
walls. Already seated at the table are six members of the
Coalition.

Just as Amyria begins to look nervous at Odos’s absence,
the githzerai walks smoothly into the room—navigating the
furnishings despite his blindness—and takes a seat nearest
the door. “Am I late?” he asks with an arched eyebrow.
Kyle
 player, 968 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 17 Dec 2015
at 06:42
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "She's had a long time to prove it to those she lives with, but then I expect her to not be as reasonable as that sounds solely because it would be too convenient for it to happen to us."

  Then more module text ambushes the party.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:42, Thu 17 Dec 2015.

Mittens
 GM, 1554 posts
Thu 17 Dec 2015
at 06:56
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Take Mittens for example.  She is very eccentric, thinks she knows more than most scholars, is quick to scrutinize anyone who claims to be a hero, and can summon a Platinum Dragon Cannon from the sky.  Anyone who does not know her accomplishments might be quick to assume she's not worthy of any respect outside the power she wields."

Amyra bows.  "I thank you all for being willing to come.  I expect you will all set a good example for the others to follow, each in your own way."

Amyria’s goals in the meeting are as follows:
✦ Transfer control of military units under
command of Coalition members to the Coalition
council.
✦ Vote on a Coaltion leader.
✦ Vote on the relevance and importance of
Amyria’s dream, and whether it warrants
investigation.
✦ Name the Coalition.
✦ Investigate Telicanthus and find the githyanki
communication hub.

The last goal is Amyria’s most pressing, since it’s
something immediate she can (hopefully) get the
Coalition members behind. She knows that without
a solid goal to pursue, the Coalition runs the risk of
fracturing before it ever even fully forms.

Convincing the Coalition Level 14
Skill Challenge 5,000 XP
As you find seats on the benches along the walls, the members
of the Coalition take a moment to consult notes, size each other up, and otherwise prepare themselves for the proceedings.

The party attempts to convince the Coalition of the wisdom of
Amyria’s goals.
Complexity
5 (12 successes before 3 failures; see above)
Primary Skills
Arcana 18, Bluff 23, Diplomacy 21, History 21, Insight 23
Secondary Skills
Intimidate 23, Nature 21, Perception 23, Religion 18
Timothius
 GM, 604 posts
Thu 17 Dec 2015
at 07:10
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "When it comes to allies, my team has me pretty much speak for them." When it comes to enemies, it's usually Mittens or May or do the talking. "I would like to propose some ideas to get us started. Each of us writes down our names. Then under our names, we write down our ideas for the name of the coalition. Then under that, write down who you would vote for as leader, excluding yourself. For instance, Kalad can not vote for Kalad. I would be very interested to see the results."

Diplomacy. Can't fail, but rolled for kicks. Roll of 2 for total of 22.
Kyle
 player, 969 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 17 Dec 2015
at 07:24
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Certain artifacts have been recovered from Githyanki spies, and so much trouble to safeguard knowledge of their existence suggests they are more than simply an fancy sending stone."  It's going to be a fancy sending stone isn't it...  "These are enemies who casually crash their flying ships fueled by the souls of their victims, and employ multiple dragon riders per ship.  So for them to have such care for it certainly stands out by comparison."


Too lazy to roll, Mod higher than check whooo 'Academy Master' book learnin.
Mittens
 GM, 1555 posts
Thu 17 Dec 2015
at 08:11
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
3/12 successes, 0 fails.

✦ Coalition Leader: In a compelling gesture, the PC
congratulates all the members of the Coalition for their
foresight in forming this group, while simultaneously
indicating that while all in the room are clearly capable
leaders, someone must have the ability to make a final say
on matters of import. If the PC mentions Amyria for this
position, the check is made with a –2 penalty.
✦ Name the Coalition: The PC mentions that the Coalition
will gain more respect and be likely to gain more members
and support with a name other than “the Coalition.” If the
PC makes a suggestion for a name, the check is made with
a +2 bonus.
✦ Investigate Telicanthus: The PC brings up the green glass
device spotted by Odos in the attack at Akma’ad (and
possibly the same device used by the possessed spy
Gallia), positing that the master glass merchant might have
information about these devices, if he’s not responsible for
their creation.

Fariex is impressed, Odos a tad smug, and Torrance is visibly shaken by Kyle's words.  Kalad half laughs.  "I would not turn down the appointment if I were chosen, but you would get my vote, Timothius."

"Timothius is not an option," Mittens says flatly, "His powers of leadership and diplomacy are indeed remarkable, but the destiny of the Heroes of the Elsir Vale is on the vanguard of this conflict.  He was chosen by the gods of good to wield their considerable power to cripple our enemy's champions' resolve to fight..."

Kalad smiles and raises a hand to stop her.  "I know that.  I was just paying him the respect he's due."

Mits takes out a piece of paper and writes down he requested answers.
Leader: Amyra.  Name: Phalanx of the Prime Material Plane.

She writes up another note for her allies.  "Each and every one of these people, even Kalad, is very nervous about the military alliance.  Tread extremely lightly on that topic.

"Remember our first goal is to get everyone to agree to investigating Telecanthus.  We have 2 votes for us already in Kalad and Odos.  Torrance will be the hardest to convince.  So focus on the others.  We only need 2 of them to win this topic.  Be careful to make them think that they're actually deciding something when we've already made up our minds to investigate regardless."

3/12 successes, 0 fails.  Mittens' rolls good for salvaging up to 2 bad rolls.

"You've suggested a task worthy of some thought," Fariex says, "I say we take a snack break while we work on that."

The suggestion seems good to the others and after a bit of discussion the meeting is recessed.

LUNCH BREAK
After the PCs have been at the skill challenge for a while, have
someone on the Coalition council call for a break, for lunch
and to give everyone a chance for air. During this period,
everyone at the meeting mills about, servants bring in
refreshments, and most importantly, the PCs have a chance
to do some casual lobbying on behalf of their agendas.

Bluff (DC 23)
Fariex breaks out a Three-Dragon Ante deck and asks if anyone
is up for a quick game....

Endurance (DC 21)
Odos pulls forth a flask of a potent githzerai liquor called
fekk.  He takes a sip, grimaces quickly, and shows a flash
of a rare smile....

Heal (DC 18)
The PC overhears Caliandra speaking about one of
her grandsons, who has been suffering from a peculiar
illness of the lungs...

Stealth (DC 23)
The PC notices Lord Torrance and Quelenna in the corner
in a heated discussion...

Religion (DC 18)
Inogo stands mostly alone during the break, sipping a
drink and observing the rest of the room with a neutral
expression...
Timothius
 GM, 605 posts
Fri 18 Dec 2015
at 06:29
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius gives Kalad a bow. "Thank you, Kalad... your words mean more to me than any seat of honor this mortal world offers." an honest statement in his case.

May
Leader: Amyria.
Name: Prime Material Sword

Raichel
Leader: Amyria.
Name: Scales of Justice

Timothius
Leader: Amyria.
Name: Harbingers of Peace

When Timothius finds out about Caliandra's grandson, he approaches and says, "I believe I've heard about that illness..." and proceeds to provide an herbal remedy that makes sense why elves hadn't figured out the cure yet; because the herbs are something found deep in caves. Something he picked up on from the dwarven healers of Overlook after the first war he endured with Kalad.

Whether Caliandra takes his suggestion to heart, thanks him, or dismisses him, Timothius would leave quietly with a small bow and eventually find his way to Fariex and smiles. "I would just love to play a game with you, Fariex... it has been a while since the last time I played, so go easy on me." and yet he plays expertly. It is clear Timothius has learned a thing or two about not having obvious tells in his time adventuring.

May is about to sneak off when Kyle offers her stealth slippers. She grins, puts them on, and heads off to sneak up on Torrance and Quelenna. After succeeding there, she returns the slippers and informs Kyle what she heard while she is at it (info to come from GM, presumably)

Raichel, meanwhile, smiles at Odos and says, "Good stuff? I haven't had a drink in... well months. Back when the dwarves of Overlook showed me how dwarves celebrate a won war. Mind if a gal shares drink with you?" she proceeds to drink like a champ.

May then spots this and goes to partake. But it doesn't agree with her stomach at all and she rushes off to the bathroom.


May Stealth check: 21 fail +2 from stealth slippers loaned by Kyle. 23 success!
May Endurance check: 16 fail
Raichel Endurance check: 22 success!
Timothius Heal check: 28 success!
Timothius Bluff check: 26 success!

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:31, Fri 18 Dec 2015.

Kyle
 player, 970 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 18 Dec 2015
at 06:41
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle blames May's small size for a poor booze modifier (after all, Dwarves still count as Medium).

  Odos is the one that has been through the most, and this is probably going to be one of the few chances to unwind during the meeting or near future.  So the Artifier offers his own drinks to the table.  "It doesn't have a name because I can't really decide on one.  Well, that and the fact I can't get the flavor to stay consistent."  Kyle is allowed to craft booze three levels higher than usual, that has to count for something.
Narrator
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Fri 18 Dec 2015
at 06:44
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Bluff (DC 23)
Fariex breaks out a Three-Dragon Ante deck and asks if anyone
is up for a quick game. The (apparently) human Fariex is a
dazzling cardshark, with a range of complex shuffles and
card tricks up his sleeve. But he’s also an honest gambler. A
successful check means the PC manages to win the game
(one way or the other), walk away with 50 gp, and a +5
bonus on the next check made to influence Fariex.
Endurance (DC 21)
Odos pulls forth a flask of a potent githzerai liquor called
fekk. He takes a sip, grimaces quickly, and shows a flash
of a rare smile. If a characters shows any curiosity about
the beverage, Odos offers a sip. A successful check means
the character takes the offered sip of the potent, bizarrely
flavored alcohol without undue effect, gaining a +5 bonus
on the next check to influence Odos.
Heal (DC 18)
The PC overhears Caliandra speaking about one of
her grandsons, who has been suffering from a peculiar
illness of the lungs. Based solely on the descriptions of
the symptoms, the PC successfully diagnoses the illness,
and, most importantly, convinces Caliandra she’s correct,
earning a success toward winning Caliandra over and a
success against any goal on Caliandra’s list (see above) of
the PC’s choice.
Stealth (DC 23)
The PC notices Lord Torrance and Quelenna in the corner
in a heated discussion, and manages to sidle close enough
to eavesdrop without being noticed. The character’s
knowledge from a successful check results in a +5 bonus
on the next check made against either Lord Torrance or
Quelenna in the skill challenge.
Religion (DC 18)
Inogo stands mostly alone during the break, sipping a
drink and observing the rest of the room with a neutral
expression. With a successful check, the PC engages Inogo
in conversation about the one topic that always draws him
out: Erathis. Success also earns a modicum of respect from
the quiet priest, and +5 bonus on the next check made to
influence him.

Mits seems to be doing well with Inogo.  The group reconvenes and the debate continues.

(Feel free to continue rolling and coming up with arguments / ideas)
Timothius
 GM, 606 posts
Fri 18 Dec 2015
at 07:08
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius first brings up the votes. He mentions the merits of having Amyria as head of this coalition. Not only is she a completely neutral party, but simultaneously her interests are only the stopping of the githyanki. Her complete lack of ulterior motives makes her a trustworthy neutral member who can make unbiased decisions.

After this, Timothius mentions that "Deciding a name, or anything this coalition wants for that matter, will go a lot quicker and smoother once we have a head to the coalition. The dream has already been investigated, verified to be relevant, and has already resulted in clues and facts we had no way of finding otherwise. My team is going to investigate Tellicanthus in a short time. So really, the only thing I see that needs discussed this moment is leadership."

Raichel is mostly silent, but gives Odos a smile or two during the meeting. But throughout the meeting, anyone showing any sign of disagreeing with Timothius, or anyone caught interrupting, gets their gaze met with Raichel's. With eyes that have time and again told dragons "bring it", it looks like this girl is not only completely unafraid of anyone in the room, but fully willing to grab anyone here by the ear and toss them out if needed.

May is too embarrassed from her actions earlier to really meet Odos' gaze, so she keeps her eyes on everyone else, cheeks red with blush.


Timplomacy: 24
Timsight: 22+5=27 success
Rai intimidate: 23 success
May perc: 33

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:25, Fri 18 Dec 2015.

Kyle
 player, 971 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 18 Dec 2015
at 07:19
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle has been hanging out with cat people and drake people so long, that seeing so many people talking without revealing sharp teeth seems strange now.

  While he's busy being of no additional use to skill checks, he heads over to May. "It's fine, May. With Odos, I'm sure the worst you'll have to worry about is him joking about it later." Though if he goes with saying she turned a 'more sickly shade of green than usual' he's going to have to restrain himself from causing a diplomatic incident.
Mittens
 GM, 1556 posts
Fri 18 Dec 2015
at 07:35
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits nods.  "And with a leader decided, a military alliance needs be agreed upon for mutual defense.  The githyanki did not attack all the githzerai all at once, nor did they attack the entire Elsir Vale all at once.  They focus on one target as any sane military would.  So we in turn must forge a unified front or divided we shall suffer greater losses before this is through."

Victory
The party earns the respect of the Coalition and gains their
approval to act as their agents in the fight against the
githyanki. Letters to this effect are hastily drawn up for
each character. Any of Amyria’s goals that are successfully
completed are likewise acted on.

Development
This is a complex and difficult skill challenge, and it’s
very likely the PCs do not accomplish all of Amyria’s
goals here. But success overall does get them Coalition sanctioning for their future activities in Sayre
and elsewhere, provided they’re on Coalition business
at the time. Success and failure for each individual
goal results in varied action by the Coalition.

Coalition Leader: If successful, Lord Torrance
immediately moves that only a sitting member of the
Coalition can be considered, seconded by Quelenna.
This motion is passed with a 6–1 vote, Kalad being
the only dissenter as he grumbles loudly that the clear
choice for leadership is Amyria. For her part, the deva
shows no emotion other than pleasure that another of
her goals has been met. The characters and Amyria are
asked to leave the room, and after a heated, hour-long
debate, the new leader of the Coalition is announced as
Lord Divian Torrance.

Transfer Control of Military: If successful, the
Coalition votes 5–2 in favor of this motion, led by Kalad
and seconded by Fariex. Inogo and Lord Torrance are
the only two who hold out against this prospect. On
Amyria’s suggestion, however, Kalad is named the Coalition’s general, which soothes Inogo a great deal.

Amyria’s Dream: Success on this goal means the
Coalition votes unanimously to take Amyria’s dream,
and the threat it represents, seriously. Inogo and Odos
find common ground here, and unearth a grudging
respect for one another. The characters can make DC
23 Religion and Insight checks to try and decipher the
dream, or aid members of the Coalition in their efforts
(assume their checks are made with a +10 bonus). Success indicates that the Coalition agrees to let Amyria
lead the way on this issue, giving her the ability to coordinate efforts to root out the “spider” of Sayre.

name the Coalition: Success means the Coalition votes unanimously to give the group an actual
name. Feel free to throw out as many ideas—serious
and ridiculous—as you like. The PCs can participate
and make DC 18 Diplomacy checks to champion
their choices. If this happens, the first PC to achieve
three successes convinces the Coalition to vote on
his or her name choice. Amyria favors something
dramatic and themed along the lines of her deity,
such as the Platinum Shield Coalition or the Order
of Heaven’s Fang.

Investigate Telicanthus: If the PCs successfully convince the Coalition to investigate the githyanki merchant,
Amyria is tasked with overseeing the investigation. This
means, as described under Amyria’s Dream, that even
if the characters fail the overall skill challenge and do
not receive the Coalition’s sanction for future missions,
they will be asked by Amyria to look into the githyanki’s
activities.

What it Means to Succeed
The PCs have the Coalition’s blessing, and they are
each provided with papers, which they can choose to
carry or not, that give the bearer the authority to act
on behalf of the new organization. This, of course, carries more weight if the characters succeed in more of
Amyria’s goals. At the very least, Lord Torrance’s name
on the papers might give the PCs inroads in Sayre.

Mits nods to Torrance and says sternly, "We've a tea party to attend.  Kalad will know how to prepare your men.  If you are not ready for the githyanki forces that will no doubt be sent to defend their communications network when we find it, this day may end with this city in flames."

She turns to head out.
Timothius
 GM, 607 posts
Fri 18 Dec 2015
at 07:52
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Caliandra was never mentioned as actually stealing anyone's ideas. Therefor, Raichel behaved. Otherwise, things would have gone differently.

May thanks Kyle for his assurance. "Doesn't stop that I'm embarrassed a tough gal like me threw up so easily. Sure it is a different kind of toughness, but... well it would be like if one of your simplest alchemical creations you did a million times fizzled on you in front of some guy who isn't as good at alchemy as you. Thankfully, Timothius has taken the lead for our team ever since we arrived in Sayre or I'd have the embarrassment of making our whole team look bad on top."

Speaking of Timothius, once the group exits and begins heading for their tea party, Timothius says, "Good going, everyone. You did great and as always, we worked together well... even outside of combat."

Raichel scrunches her face. "Pff... all I did was drink fekk and then give people the death glare when they started stepping out of line. I've seen looks come from your face that could scare the undead back to the afterlife, so I doubt it's anything you couldn't have done."

Timothius says, "On the contrary, I couldn't afford to give anyone angry glares unless they were talking about downright villainous things. So your quiet looks helped a lot."

Raichel blushes. "Thanks, bro..." then glances at Amyria. "I'm glad Caliandra never got too annoying to handle or I would've lost my temper."
Kyle
 player, 972 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 18 Dec 2015
at 08:13
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle certainly hopes that at the very least, Torrence and Quelenna will be able to grasp that you can't earn or spend coin when normal civilization has been kicked over.

  "Remind me to give you all preventative potions before we get there." soooo gonna have poisoned tea.  Might as well take precautions against the obvious.

OOC: I know there are things against 'LOL poisoned your food' but I'm too tired to look it up right now.
Mittens
 GM, 1558 posts
Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 05:32
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Amyra simply nodded to Raichel before heading back to the Council.  Mits laces her fingers behind her head as she follows along toward the tea party.

"And all Kyle or I did was state the obvious.  It's easy to feel like one is not making progress in political encounters when words don't make that satisfying thud one gets from punching problems, or when Timothius is sweet-talking mortal enemies into hugging one another, but I think we totally kicked that meeting's butt!  Amyra made it sound like they couldn't agree on what day of the week it is before we showed up."

Raichel
 player, 483 posts
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 50,000 volts worth
Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 05:37
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius nods to Kyle, "Preventatives would be good, yes."

May says, "We used different kinds of weapons this time. Which reminds me... still gotta make that gun."

Raichel says, "Maybe Amyria made it sound worse than it was on purpose; so we would be prepared for worst case scenario."
Kyle
 player, 973 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 05:51
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Kyle hands out sweet waters to his friends,  "I do have a ring that should keep us covered, but if we have to sit through several courses, it won't last.  So these while less subtle, are a good backup." Even as an artificer able to get two uses out of a daily item, fancy feasts are known for more stages than a sonic game.
Mittens
 GM, 1559 posts
Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 06:03
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
For his invitation to tea, Telicanthus will send a carriage to pick up the PCs at their inn in the early
afternoon, after their meeting with the Coalition.
The carriage will arrive at Telicanthus’s mansion on
Prospect Hill at exactly the proper time.

You’ve just walked into one of the most magnificent homes
you’ve ever seen. Ornate stained glass fills almost every
window, and expensive furnishings decorate the space.
The lord of the house—the githyanki Telicanthus—is there
to greet you, hands outstretched. “Welcome to my humble
home! Please, feel free to enjoy the house and meet my
other guests.”


Telicanthus
himself comes out to warmly greet his guests. If the
PCs are inappropriately dressed or bear weapons,
he looks a bit surprised, but is too polite to mention
it.  Telicanthus invites the heroes into his home and
ushers them into the tea room, where he introduces
them to the other guests.
Telicanthus’s home is beautiful. It is tastefully
decorated with the finest art that comes out of Sayre’s
robust artistic community. Paintings of local nature
and city scenes hang on the walls next to beautiful
tapestries; his porcelain and dishware are exquisitely
crafted, and his food the finest available. Superb
stained glass fills many of his windows, most of which
he modestly claims that he crafted himself. Exceptionally talented musicians behind screens play light
background music that invariably delights guests.
Even the air smells nice, scented by exotic perfumes
that Telicanthus buys in the Glassworks. Everything
about his residence denotes taste and class.
The Guests
Several other guests have been invited to partake
in Telicanthus’s party, in addition to the Heroes of
Elsir Vale.

Lord Divian Torrance (Governor of Sayre) A
brilliant half-elven politician, Torrance keeps the
city safe by circumventing or misdirecting any true
threat before it can even manifest. Lord Torrance
is an elected official

Lady Catherine Torrance (Lord Torrance’s wife)
Lady Catherine is human, and just as sharp as her
husband.

general Alvro Taramin (Commander of the
city guard) Taramin is an elderly tiefling soldier

Archdean Isabelle grimaldi (Archdean of the
Sayre University) The archdean of the university is
a middle-aged, attractive human woman

Baranor the Black: This retired human adventurer has kept his riches even as the years have
weakened his combat prowess. Now in his eighties,
he’s happy to regale his listeners with astonishing
tales of his youth, even if they don’t always sound
factual. He has a little more trouble remembering the
names of his new friends. Almost completely deaf,
Baranor carries a horn to aid his hearing and a cane
to help with his aching knees. He also lives next door
to Telicanthus, in a smaller and less elaborate home.



Telicanthus’s Tea Party Level 12
Skill Challenge 1,400 XP
You’ ve been invited to the home of Sayre’s most prominent—
and notorious—citizen. Now that you’re in his home, you
have the chance to rub shoulders with some of the city’s most
sophisticated guests, and dig up some dirt on Telicanthus in
the process.


Complexity
2 (6 successes before 3 failures)

Primary Skills
Bluff DC 10?!, Diplomacy DC 21, Dungeoneering!!! DC 16!, Stealth DC 21

Secondary Skills
Heal DC 10, Insight DC 16, Thievery DC 21

Mits does her insight thing.

The PC spots Archdean Grimaldi in a conversation
with Telicanthus. The Archdean is agitated and asking
something about food storage in the city. A successful check
reveals that Telicanthus is surreptitiously looking around
to see if anyone is paying attention to the conversation,
and reassuring the Archdean at the same time. The
Archdean concludes the exchange by looking pointedly
at Telicanthus’s kitchen and stores before walking off,
seemingly pacified.


Mits will discreetly share with the others what she noticed when an opportunity presents itself.
Narrator
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Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 06:25
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Bluff
DC 10 A successful check indicates the character spots
General Taramin standing alone in the portrait gallery,
casually examining Telicanthus’s family tree. Engaging in
meaningless small talk, the character learns that General
Taramin was asked, as a personal favor, to leave his watch
patrols away from the mansion, since their presence was “a
distraction to my work.”
Diplomacy
DC 21 The character happens on Lord and Lady Torrance in
the Tea Room. With a successful check, the PC manages
through veiled language to convince Lord Torrance that
the adventurers will use discretion in their investigation.
Assured of their capabilities, Lord Torrance gives a hint of
a nod in the direction of Pennel, who is openly staring the
character down from across the room. When Lord Torrance
sees the PC notice Pennel, he gives a slight nod and moves
away. A successful DC 15 Insight check indicates the PC
knows that he should investigate Pennel further, perhaps in
his chambers in the mansion.
Dungeoneering
DC 16 The character notices that, near the back of the house
on the ground floor, the floor feels extra creaky, indicating
something is happening near the foundation at that back
portion of the property.
Stealth
DC 21 With a successful Stealth check, the character is able
to slip away and investigate one room not part of the
normal tea party (areas M10 to M20). See pages 68–69 for
descriptions of these areas and what a character can find
in them.
Heal
DC 10 The PC comes across the nearly deaf Baranor the
Black sitting alone in a chair in the Great Hall. His face is
contorted in a grimace of discomfort as he rubs his left
knee. A successful check allows a PC to diagnose the
problem with Baranor’s knee and prescribe an effective
herbal remedy.
In his gratitude, he rambles on about his days as an
adventurer, comparing his benefactor to his old cleric friend
“Goldie.” The real information Baranor provides is when he
mentions the “earthquake” he felt a few nights back, and
the few nights before that. He tells the PC he’s complained
to Lord Torrance, but neither he nor anyone else has felt
them. The tremors were side effects of the excavations
under Telicanthus’s mansion. The deaf ex-adventurer felt
them because he was able to ignore the distraction of his
hearing. Based on his description, the PC can learn that the
origin of the tremor was behind the mansion.
Insight
DC 16 The PC spots Archdean Grimaldi in a conversation
with Telicanthus. The Archdean is agitated and asking
something about food storage in the city. A successful check
reveals that Telicanthus is surreptitiously looking around
to see if anyone is paying attention to the conversation,
and reassuring the Archdean at the same time. The
Archdean concludes the exchange by looking pointedly
at Telicanthus’s kitchen and stores before walking off,
seemingly pacified.
Thievery
DC 21 The PC spots Pennel pocket the key to his office. A
successful check allows the character to snag the key out of
Pennel’s pocket as he passes by on an errand.

Heal, Insight, Thievery
Victory
The party learns about the excavation under Telicanthus’s
home, and learns how Telicanthus accesses this portion of
the Sayre undercity

Development
Success at the skill challenge means the PCs should
be clearly pointed to investigate Telicanthus’s office.
Slipping away isn’t a problem. Once there, they
should discover area M13 and the secret stairway to
the excavation.
Timothius
 GM, 608 posts
Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 06:41
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May smiles and nods to Mittens. Tim and Rai nod and Tim adds, "I'm gonna see if I can help Baranor at all..." he heads to the old man and once he finds out about the pain, he kneels and tends to the knee. He is quick and moves expertly. Within a minute, Baranor no longer feels pain in his knee. Timothius sits on his feet in front of Baranor to keep himself lower than the elderly man and listens to Baranor go on about old days and recent quakes. The wag of Tim's tail accompanying his smile shows he admires Baranor and he oft drops a "wow" or "gosh... that must have been scary". And thing of it is... he's been there, so Tim knows how Baranor had to have felt during his adventuring days.

He would, of course, be sure to give Torrence one more reassurance, along with pleasantries about how nice it is to finally meet the wife.

After Kyle spots Pennel's key-pocketing, May gets the key off of Kyle, finds a good time to excuse herself and sneaks off to find what she can find.

Raichel chats with Taramin and learns about the favor.

At some point, Timothius notices the creaking floorboards and reports back to the others about it and the tremors Baranor mentioned.


May Stealth: 29
Tim Dungeoneering: 19
The rest are success on rolls of 1.

Kyle
 player, 974 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 06:46
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle, aside from noticing said key... Actually takes the time to enjoy the decor.  It's likely all this is going to be destroyed soon, if their past track record with the lairs of villains is any indication.  So may as well appreciate this display of mercantile success while it lasts.

  "My family would have much preferred if I ended up with this, rather than my chosen profession."  Well, maybe not with the means it was likely obtained.  But such an end result without being an Evil Jerkface, definitely.
Mittens
 GM, 1560 posts
Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 06:53
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Yeah.  My parents weren't too happy about me becoming an adventurer either.  But wildly wealthy I'm sure won't bother them at all."

May finds the secret door to the underground dig.  When she reports back, the group is soon able to excuse themselves and investigate down the stairs.

U4. Sleeping Githyanki
This open, excavated cavern with an 8-foot-tall ceiling is where the githyanki excavators sleep between
shifts. An additional githyanki sleeps nearby in one
of the tunnels. The area has a table with four chairs,
piles of food stuffs, casks of liquid, and small piles of
belongings. Wooden braces hold up the ceiling.

This particular group of
githyanki, unless they have a reason to expect danger
(such as if the PCs failed the Telicanthus’s Tea Party
skill challenge), have not bothered to post a guard and
can be easily surprised by a stealthy party.
They’re not wearing armor (resulting in an AC of 20)
and their weapons are lying near their bedrolls.
The mindslicer and another warrior are awake but
fatigued, lost in their own thoughts.

You hear the faint sounds of breathing. The narrow tunnels
open up into a larger intersection ahead, and you can see
several shapes in the near darkness.

Mits cantrips a note and passes it around.

"Let's coup-de-grace the mindslicer all non-lethal style, then do the same to the others."
Raichel
 player, 484 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 07:00
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius nods. Raichel points at herself and goes to hit the guy unconscious, starting with his throat so he can't scream. Unless our resident alchemist has plenty of chloroform on him, in which case, the team just knocks them all out with standard hold cloth to mouth as they inhale sharply from surprise.

Either way, the team is more than happy to go with KO-style and "don't play fair" style. After all... these jerks are not playing fair either.
Kyle
 player, 975 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 07:04
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
 Chloroform is too low hit-value to work at this level range, alas.  So BLUNT TRAUMA IT IS.

  Also, buy our new book, 'Too high level for chicken box. Healthy living through level ups'.
Mittens
 GM, 1561 posts
Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 07:13
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits refrains from dazzling explosions in favor of BAMF!  The next group of enemies has no idea the heroes are coming...

Firelight plays across the rough dirt and stone excavation.
You hear the sound of voices ahead. Next to the remains
of a shattered stone tower, you see five githyanki sitting
around a fire and passing a bottle back and forth.
“How many more months?” asks an older one.
“Until this world is claimed,” another one answers. “It
won’t be long.”

SURPRISE!  The heroes attack with speed and ferocity!  The enemy is completely overwhelmed and swiftly defeated!  But during the fight, one of the mindslicers shouted at a communications glass, "Telecanthus!  We're under attack by the Elsir Vale Adventurers!  Send reinforcements!"

Mits huhs.  "Well I guess this couldn't be too easy.  Let's hurry down and smash their com hub."

Level up!
May
 player, 500 posts
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 01:40
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The problem with yelling "Captain Mayveman!" as a battlecry is that May isn't a man. Oh right, and she comments, "Let's sneak down if possible. Just because Tellicanthus knows now, doesn't mean the people below us do."

She makes her way down, stealthfully if possible. Rai and Tim follow her down.
Narrator
 player, 607 posts
 For narrating
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Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 01:48
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The Bitter Glass is a floating glass sphere exactly 30
feet in diameter. It’s clear that someone has recently
patched and repaired an older, more beautiful, version of the device. It is made up of stained glass the
color of the evening sky, and glowing lights flicker
within it. The glass can be entered by two doors along
its equator. A 10-foot wide, 30-long glass balcony
stretches across the inside middle of the glass. A ritual
circle sits in the exact center of the sphere.
Raichel
 player, 485 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 01:53
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel darts ahead of the group, fully expecting the group to be right behind her (if not right in front).


Double move, stealth 24
Mittens
 GM, 1563 posts
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 02:01
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits heads over with far less class and grace than her sister.  The gith take notice, but continue their ritual, looking unimpressed.  Mits fires a blast at the glass, discovering that it is invulnerable to attack.  The gith chuckle in amusement.

"That figures.  Oh well."
Kyle
 player, 976 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 02:08
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle barely manages to avoid notice himself, which he find surprising in these circumstances.
May
 player, 501 posts
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 02:09
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May trots towards the other side of the globe with some grace, but she picks up her pace impatiently and causes her armor and weapons to shuffle lightly. "Wow. Not even concerned at our being here at all. New level of arrogance. Nice! That will work nicely in our favor..." she says quietly to her allies.


Double-move + shift2 minor.
Mittens
 GM, 1564 posts
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 02:11
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Gimme a sec to catch up," Mits requests.
Timothius
 GM, 609 posts
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 02:13
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius walks briskly but makes zero sound. Some red fog bleeding from his now-glowing eyes as he makes no comment.


Double-move. Stealth crit 30
Raichel
 player, 486 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 02:16
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel notices Mitts' request and simply nods.
Narrator
 player, 608 posts
 For narrating
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Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 02:19
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The door fades away when you touch it, and you’re looking
into a sphere full of blue light. Four githyanki stand on a
narrow glass bridge, chanting as they obviously perform a
ritual; their voices echoing strangely in the space. Psychic
energy courses up and down the walls as they see you and
their chanting halts for a second.

Raichel
 player, 487 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 02:32
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Once the team is ready, Raichel does an anime nod to the others, heads inside and shoots lightning at the glass while trotting to the enemies. She almost immediately opens hiccups and it sends an odd echo off the sphere's interior, but lightning spurts out from Raichel, harming several of the gith!


Minor: Lightning in the Blood
Lightning Daggers v Glass. Hit(25)!
 dmg: 25
ACTION POINT! Electric Action; deal dex mod dmg to 3 creatures within 5
Thunder Slam v Glass. Miss(20)


Glass HP: 200 - 25 = 175
Mindslicer HP: 98 - 6 = 92
Warrior 1 HP: 118 - 6 = 112
Warrior 2 HP: 118 - 6 = 112

Narrator
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Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 02:48
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Anyone
near the globe is subjected to a babble of loud voices
coming from all around them, echoing off the walls
and disrupting concentration

Arcana DC 23: The psychic effect bombarding
the room is emanating from the sphere itself. It can be
suppressed temporarily with another Arcana check.

Narrator
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Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 02:52
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"There was more than one of them!" one of the warriors exclaims.

"We can see that, genius," the mindslicer snaps, "Kill it!"

He gashes Raichel.

"Not so easy!  How 'bout you pitch in!"
Mittens
 GM, 1565 posts
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 03:34
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits rushes into the bitter glass and stomps a ritual circle of her own.

"Friggin' HATE mindslicers," she says, "Kill it first!"

Zip!  Raichel is teleported to safety an instant before: KERBLAMMO!  A massive explosion flings the enemy up into the air!  A rip in the fabric of the plane opens up and a bizzare monster reaches through, grabs two of the enemies, and pulls them through!

Thwump.  Two enemies hit the floor where once there were four.

"Or uh...  Yeah!  Take that!  Friggin mindslicers..."


OOC: referencing the following spell starting at 2:30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqFaohJrnTM 
Kyle
 player, 977 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 03:42
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  The dazed Artificer has a much more simplistic follow up to the Catgirl Kickass Express.

  He chucks a bottle around the corner of the entryway, and it smashes in an explosion of fire and acid between the remaining warriors.

  "Did I hit them?"  You'll have to ask the pair of smoking skeletons that seem to have replaced the Gith, Kyle. Patches of the bitterglass sphere sizzle.
May
 player, 502 posts
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 03:47
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May walks in. "....I... um... what the hell was that?"

Without bothering to look behind her, mostly staring at Mittens, she whacks the glass with her carrikal. May spots the skeletons and says, "Yeah you hit their remains, Kyle."


Weapon Mayster's Strike v Glass. Hit(28)!
 dmg: 15


Glass HP: 40 - 15 = 25

Narrator
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Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 03:50
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Those outside the bitter glass can hear the thumps from the feet of several new arrivals dropping down into the area across the way!  Telecanthus, his butler, and several githyanki look ready to kill!
Timothius
 GM, 610 posts
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 04:06
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius comments, "Took the words out of my mouth, May... Tellicanthus, 7 o'clock."

Timothius can be seen by his allies to have disgust mixed with pure pity before he takes a deep breath, changes his expression and turns his attention to Tellicanthus with a pleading look in his eyes. Not one who pleads for their life... but one who pleads on behalf of your life. "I really wanted to believe you were good, Tellicanthus. Pretty please... come with us peacefully. It's over."

He goes inside the sphere and holds up a ball of white fire, the whole sphere cracking under the damage it has sustained... and tosses the ball at the glass.


Timplomacy: 30
Sacred Flame v Glass. Miss(17)

Raichel
 player, 488 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 04:10
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel re-enters the sphere herself. She taps the glass with her staff, as if teasing Tellicanthus with the fact this glass is about done.


Five Storms v Glass. Miss(21)
Mittens
 GM, 1566 posts
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 04:25
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Unbelievable... incompetent..." Telecanthus grumbles.

He takes note of Timothius.  "Holding my creation hostage only has value if you STOP DAMAGING IT!!!"

Mits steps out and eyebeams two of the minions into unconsciousness!

"Oh... you mean like this?"


Zap!  She shoots the inside with a tail-laser!  Beeerrrwww...  The Bitter Glass loses it's power and all the obnoxious psychic conversations that were buzzing around it finally fade.

Telecanthus is livid.  "TAKE THEM ALIVE!  I want their suffering to be endless!"

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:27, Tue 22 Dec 2015.

Kyle
 player, 978 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 04:31
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "I'm honestly disappointed in this device, Telecanthus.  It really was just a fancy sending stone after all."   He steps inside the sphere as it gets shut down.  Such a plot twist to use annoying defensive structures against the enemy.
May
 player, 503 posts
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 04:31
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May hops out even as Mittens pops minions and snatches her to pull her back in before a baddy could even react with an attack. Mitts is hugged from behind and snatched into the glass sphere! "Oh nice! You made a baddy demands us alive!"
Narrator
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Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 04:41
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Telecanthus gestures dramatically and the baddies take up positions.  He seems to have quickly calmed himself.

"Such lowly creatures, you earthly beings are.  You cannot begin to fathom the exquisite masterpiece you've smashed like a troop of monkeys.  No matter.  It can be rebuilt."
Timothius
 GM, 611 posts
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 04:45
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius peeks out, tosses a ball of white fire at the approaching gith at the base of the steps, knocking him out and invigorating Raichel. "If it was quite that exquisite, it couldn't be rebuilt. With all your good taste in art, I would think you'd know that... guess you're too angry to think straight." he pops back in and looks at his older sister. "Seriously, Mittens, what WAS that earlier?"


Sacred Flame v Myrmidon. Hit(24)!

Minion KO

Raichel
 player, 489 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 04:57
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel peeks out and scratches under her arm, then makes loud monkey noises at Tellicanthus before shooting lightning at him which bounces to the mindslicer next to him!

Tellicanthus was ready and fires a psychic bolt at her which merely knocks her to her butt. "Oh wow! That almost hurt!" she says before willing the door shut.


Furious Bolts v Telli, mindslicer1, 2, pennel, minion. Hit(35)! Hit(37)! Miss(19)
 dmg to Telli: 31
 dmg to slicer 1: 27
Tellicanthus shoots and hits Rai's will for 23 psychic dmg.
Rai resists 10 of that. Tim uses Reverent Mettle to reduce dmg by 10
Push Rai 2. Rai save v fall: 10 saves. Rai goes prone.


Telli HP: 308 - 31 = 277
Slicer HP: 98 - 27 = 71


Kyle
 player, 979 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 05:02
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Form over function, it seems.  Certainly had better aesthetics than previous artifacts we have dealt with at least.  For all your failings, you have that much done right."

  He toughens up May, and prepares the thundering armor on the off chance someone makes it up the stairs any time soon.
May
 player, 504 posts
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 05:13
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "Your FACE looks like it was smashed by a troop of monkeys, Tellicanthus! Honestly... we've met with a god before. You have no idea who you are calling low."

THUNK! There goes another myrmidon!


Maysic Ranged Attack v Myrmidon. Hit(39)!
 dmg: enough


'nother downed minion!

Mittens
 GM, 1567 posts
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 05:16
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"That was... cute, May," Mits says with a blush, "And noble.  Thanks for the hug!"

She rushes over to stand over Rai, gives a finger-wiggle and impish grin, and pops open the door to summon a giant spider that spits burning webbing at the enemy!

"It was a new power I was trying out," she answers, "Combined with another."
Narrator
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Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 05:29
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Pennel continues to close distance.  One mindslicer rushes wide to read an attack for the next time the door opens.  The other struggles against the burning spider goo and also readies an attack.

Telecanthus looks unmoved by the taunts.  "Oh so you think you're special because who you've met?  Tisk tisk.  You'll have to do better with your insults, little lizard.

"While it is refreshing that you simpletons have some small appreciation for art, I'm afraid that you lack the refinement to comprehend the majority of it."
Timothius
 GM, 612 posts
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 05:35
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "I have a new power to try too, but I'd have to be among the enemy..." he shrugs and says, "But I'm not about to complain about having a nice, protective shield."

Raichel wiggles her fingers back at Mittens with a bright smile. Timothius hugs Mittens away from the door before saying, "Fun as it is to pick at them, shall we just wait for them to come? They seem the type to enjoy lots of space... and it's cramped in here."


Readied Pacify on next enemy to be in LoS
Narrator
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Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 05:47
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Telecanthus tries to look graceful while his shoes sker-shloop with every step as he slowly approaches.

"I can understand your reluctance to face us.  It must be so terrifying for you to be so far out of your league.  But think of it an honor to add to your boasts of whom you've met."

Mits bursts out laughing so hard her eyes tear up.
Raichel
 player, 490 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 05:53
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel hops to her feet with a breakdance-looking move and says, "Frankly, the fact we laid low a githyanki army and its dragons wouldn't matter to this guy. And he doesn't understand the definition of lowly. Allowing himself to be friends with his enemy and letting them dine with him while he hides behind their graces. Allowing himself to act like the very beings he claims lower than him. Hypocrite. If he understood what low is, he would hate himself."

Lightning courses all over her as she holds up her staff, ready. She keeps the door closed until someone comes to it.


Readied Lightning Strike v anyone opening door.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:08, Tue 22 Dec 2015.

May
 player, 505 posts
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 06:07
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "It was funny, but not THAT funny... well OK, maybe it was. But he only said that because he thinks us simple-minded enough to fall for a taunt. No, Tellicanthus, my pride wasn't hurt by your failed attempts to taunt us. I was merely pointing out you know nothing and act like you know everything. You call us low, but really, you have no idea."


Readied Maysic Ranged Attack v first person to pop open the door. Will miss, but will mark.
Mittens
 GM, 1568 posts
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 06:53
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits laughs herself to the other door, drying her eyes.

"It's just...  He said...  I never thought I'd hear..."

The door opens and Mits clicks her heels together to activate her shoes of WHOOSH!  Down the stairs she goes!  Woobwoobwoob!  Crack!  Stepstepstep-STAB!  All the enemies unleash their combined fury upon her!...  and they all miss!  Mits gets that helpless look one gets when one hilarious joke is followed up with another and she doubles over laughing uncontrollably some more!

A little impish version of Mits covered in fire steps out of the nearby glass furnace.

"Mittens is not available right now, so I'll be taunting on her behalf.  You guys make for the best villains!  Thank you!  Here... have a hunk of burning love!"

She swallows a bunch of molten glass, takes a deep breath, then shoots out several molten glass loogies at the enemy rapid fire, lighting them all on fire, before returning to the furnace.

Mits took all the readied attacks.  Initiative should be normal now.  YAY!
Kyle
 player, 980 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 06:55
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle's player realizes he can't ready an entire turns worth of minor actions.  This, along with the targeting friendly door being closed, means he just low effort readies magic weapon.

  Thank goodness everyone else Kyle hangs out with is so much more badass than when he first met them.

  Back then 'So much blood!' meant their own.

  Now? 'So much blood!' means the enemy, and also extra blood that nobody is sure about the source of.
Timothius
 GM, 613 posts
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 17:16
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius steps out. "Well my sister stepped out, so time to find out what you're made of." He hops down, trots over to the enemies and holds out his hand. Timothius bursts with red energy followed by gold energy. His eyes glow red as he glares around at the enemies and they all suddenly feel extremely naked. "But there is a fee..."

Gold shackles come up and bind the healthier mindslicer.


Move: To Telli and slicers
Standard: Penance of Blood v Telli and slicers. Miss(19) Hit(34)! Hit(27)! Hit(28)!
 Haha reroll 3's
 Target gains vulnerable 5 all until end of encounter
 Effect: Until end of encounter, any vulnerability you cause is increased by Wis mod (6)
Minor: Solar Enemy. Telli and slicers are now vuln radiant
ACTION POINT! (Peacemaker's Action: +4 to all non-dmg attacks until end of next turn)
Standard: Chains of Blazing Light v Telli and Slicers. Miss(24), Hit(33)! Miss(21)
 Of course the horribly numbers come out so that even a +4 doesn't matter!
 But slicers are SO annoying, I'm kinda happy the one that hit was v a slicer.
 Slicer 2 is dazed. Next attack to hit him does 10 extra damage

Raichel
 player, 491 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 17:16
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel says, "Right... you should be honored. See... Mittens keeps a checklist of all the classic villain sayings from fairytales and folk lore. You, Telicanthus, just said the "you should be honored to fight me" one."

She leaps off the ledge, turns into a lightning bolt and ZAPS through the enemies, burning one slicer a lot, causing his muscles to spasm painfully! The other slicer isn't as lucky and goes down unconscious. But Telicanthus gets to feel the burn also before he turns to see Raichel materialize behind him just in time to get a fist to the nose! WHAM! Bloody nose! Or is that bloodied nose?

....she does NOT hit like a girl. But even as she was punching Telicanthus, lightning shoots from her body, frying Telicanthus, the still-standing mindslicer, AND Pennel. "You wanted us out here? Gratz. We're out here. Impress us."


Free Action: Lightning Daggers v Slicer2. Miss(20)
Spark Form v Slicer 2, 1, Telli. Hit(36)! Hit(35)! Hit(30)!
 dmg to Slicer 2: 55
 dmg to Slicer 1: 45
 dmg to Telicanthus: 45
ACTION POINT! Electric Action: deal dex mod (6) lightning dmg to 3 creatures of choice in 5 squares.
Supreme Avalanche Combination v Telicanthus. Miss(24)
 dmg: 30/2 because of miss = 15. Vulnerable 22 radiant + 2 wis mod = 37 dmg


Slicer 2 HP: 73 - 55 - 6 = 12
Slicer 1 HP: 3 - 45 = KO! Needs serious treatment.
Telicanthus HP: 224 - 45 - 6 - 39 = 134 and bloodied
Pennel HP: 251 - 6 = 245

This message was last edited by the player at 23:20, Tue 22 Dec 2015.

May
 player, 506 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 00:59
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May hops out, "OK OK fine! We'll humor you and acquiesce to your request! Mostly because Mittens pretty much said to with her actions."

May leaps down to Pennel and then somersaults past him to flank him before whacking his backside with her carrikal and by the time he looks at her, she is already holding her singing stick. "Looks like Raichel has your boss just fine, so I'm not even concerned about him for now."


Move: To Pennel
Minor: Shifty! Shift 2 to flank Pennel with Mittens!
Standard: Villain's Menace v Pennel. Hit(35)!
 dmg: 19


Pennel HP: 245 - 19 = 226 and marked by May

Narrator
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 For narrating
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Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 02:03
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
One of Telecanthus' wounds vanishes and appears on Pennel!  Pennel nods, impressed with May.

"Very adept with those weapons of yours, Madam.  I have mastered but one."

With a flurry of his crystal daggers, he hamstrings Mittens and May!

"For... the empire"

One of the mindslicers blasts May, Mits, and Pennel!...  But harms no one before passing out from the fire.

Telecanthus gets a snobby look and gazes in disgust at his fallen minions.  "So hard to find decent allies these days.  Well you've all been a most amusing bunch, but I have pressing matters to attend to now that you've made a mess of the place.  Pennel.  I change my mind.  Feel free to kill them any way you see fit."

He starts to fly off and gets bamfed by Rai to the floor!

Canaries circling his head, he retorts, "You'ww pay foh vat!"

He takes off again, bounces off the ledge, the wall, the ceiling, then out of sight.
Kyle
 player, 981 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 02:16
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "I'd blame the head trauma for him somehow expecting us to pay for that when he runs off. But, he'd probably have thought that way anyways."

  He steps outside now that the fighting is, well, practically over.  He tosses Morningstar McBastardsword to float over the head of Pennel, who evades the initial sword slash only to get bashed upside the head by the morningstar themed hilt.
Timothius
 GM, 614 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 02:21
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "Thanks for the respect, Pennel. Something Telicanthus has not given you by leaving you to us and coming up with excuses for his cowardice. You no longer need to fight. We don't want to hurt you. Think on that." and with that, Pennel feels all his desire to fight vanish.

Timothius then trots in the direction Telicanthus went. "Kyle can heal, so I'll help Rai chase down Telicanthus. Don't hurt Pennel unless he shows signs of resistance."


Standard: Rebuke Violence v Pennel. Hit(28)!
 Pennel can not attack (save ends)
 Pennel takes -5 to saves vs this effect until attacked.
Minor: Peacemaker's Pronouncement (extending Telli's rad vuln)
Move: RUN in the direction Teli went.

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:22, Wed 23 Dec 2015.

Raichel
 player, 492 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 02:30
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel turns into lightning again and JETS after Telicanthus! The team never gets to see Rai run and boy, can she ever. She runs up walls, ignores difficult terrain, and can fly. "You're not going anywhere, Telicanthus!" Once she is in hearing range of the guests, she yells, "An enemy gith is fleeing! Someone get help!"

Stray lightning shoots and hits Telicanthus!


Move: Double-move RUN
Rai's speed of 7 becomes 9. She moves 18 squares to get to Telicanthus. While she won't catch up right away, she will obviously catch up shortly.
Free Action: Lightning Daggers v Telicanthus. Hit(38)!
 dmg: 51

This message was last edited by the player at 03:02, Wed 23 Dec 2015.

May
 player, 507 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 02:36
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May smiles at Pennel. "Why... thank you! You are, in fact, quite good with that blade. When this is all over, we should trade tips and-" she watches Telicanthus flee. "Really?! One punch to the nose and he runs for it?!" she shrugs and turns back to Pennel. "Well Tim says he and Raichel can handle this so... I guess we make sure you don't escape. You won't try to, will you? I just met you and kinda like you... Telicanthus has NO IDEA what he has in you. You're the most professional help I've seen in our enemies so far..."


Readies Weapon Mayster's Strike for if Pennel tries to flee.
Mittens
 GM, 1569 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 03:06
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits points at Pennel and Timothius style targets appear on him.

"Surrender and I stop the burning."

She readies an attack for if he doesn't.  But she presses her fingers together in a "about to snap my fingers to stop the burning" gesture to indicate she means what she said.

"If you'll excuse me, ladies and gent, but without the ability to kill you, I must go be a body shield for my master."

BAMF!  May stops him in his tracks!  But with renewed determination, he... BLAMMO!  He's hit by Mits' sky laser!  He shakes his head and... WHACK!  Hit by the floating weapon.  THEN he finally gives chase!  Still on fire, and helpless to attack anyone.

"Master.  I must regretfully inform you that I am no longer able to kill."

"Block pursuers, then."

Telecanthus turns a glance to Raichel and mind woogies her!  She feels the world spin!
Kyle
 player, 982 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 03:24
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Your employer will be treated with the dignity he deserves, I assure you Pennel."

  That said Kyle crosses the bridge, and knocks Telicanthus out of the air with bright glowing violet adhesive.  See, he totally was true to his word.

OOC: Move, Move, AP for Alchemy. Tanglefoot bag. Duh hits boss.
Immobilized, until end of Kyle's next turn.
AFTEREFFECT: Slowed, until end of boss's next turn.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:25, Wed 23 Dec 2015.

Timothius
 GM, 615 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 03:31
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius hurries after the others, but doesn't run. Pennel, after all, can be his fuel. "Sorry to do this, Pennel..." Tim says before shooting a white fire at Pennel, hurting him a decent amount. Raichel, unfortunately, doesn't look any better for it. Timothius looks upset by the results and holds his staff close to his chest, eyebrows furrowing in a mix of fury and sadness.


Sacred Flame v Pennel. Hit(34)!
 dmg: 25
 Raichel can make a save throw: 4
Timothius is stunned.


Pennel HP: 134 - 25 = 109

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:33, Wed 23 Dec 2015.

Raichel
 player, 493 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 03:45
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Stray lightning shoots from Raichel, hitting Telicanthus, but Pennel takes the hit for him. Then Raichel fires lightning at Telicanthus on purpose. "You can't even run away anymore, Telicanthus! Give it up already!"


Free: Lightning Daggers v Telicanthus. Hit(35)!
 dmg: 36
 Pennel supersedes and takes that damage instead.
Standard: Lightning Strike v Telicanthus. Hit(33)!
 dmg: 35
 dmg to Pennel: 6
Save v Dazed: 16 success


Pennel HP: 109 - 36 = 73
Telicanthus HP: 74 - 35 = 39

May
 player, 508 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 03:51
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May charges after Pennel at rediculous speeds that match even Raichel! "Since you were polite, and are just being a VERY loyal servant, and are being professional... I forgive you! But you're STILL MY MARK!" She manages to get all the way up to Pennel and hits only air as Pennel manages a deft sidestep. "Nice move!"


Double-move
ACTION POINT! May gains resist 10 all
Charge v Pennel! Miss(24)

Mittens
 GM, 1570 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 04:23
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Well that went very quickly from hilarious to annoying," Mits comments giving chase, "More tea, sir?"

She wiggles her fingers at pennel and tea leaves fall on him, detonating in rapid explosions!  He tries to block the way between Rai and May but gets clobbered.  Then Telecanthus curses his ruined clothes!  He points a finger at Raichel.

"I've established a link with your friend!  Any suffering I endure will go to her!"

"Good thing she's way tougher than your pansy seeelf!" Mits shouts.
Kyle
 player, 983 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 04:30
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "While I figure you should be tough enough to deal with the backlash Raichel, I'm not going to take it for granted."  Kyle gets the affirmative, and so Kyle sends another alchemy bottle and a (incredibly botched) swing of the dancing weapon at the Gith.

  Uh... Maybe Raichel didn't realize she'd also be glowing bright purple?  Oh well.  She still looks cute.

OOC: The dancing weapon attack missed.  But fresh tanglfoot hits. so Status refreshed on boss, and effect transfer means Raichel is also immobilized (and glowing bright purple) too

This message was last edited by the player at 04:32, Wed 23 Dec 2015.

Timothius
 GM, 616 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 04:39
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius walks towards Telicanthus with a stern look. "Typical arrogant villain. When faced with defeat, you turn into a scared child and can not face your fate like a man. Such a lowly being you are. Nobody can shame you worse than you yourself can."

He waves a hand and Raichel heals some. Tim pauses a moment. "...oh yeah. Glowing purple. Looks decent on you, Rai."


Tim save v Stunned: 15 success!
Astral Seal v Telli. Miss(28)
Assured Healing: An ally in 5 regains hp equal to your cha mod (5), Resist 5 choice

Raichel
 player, 494 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 04:50
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel gives a weirded-out look at the goop and says, "...Thanks for asking first, Kyle." a stray lightning bolt hits Telicanthus! While he hurts, he notices Raichel seems immune.

May charges Telicanthus and smacks him unconscious. Rai still seems uneffected. "I hear you yell for help, Raichel. We're probably too far from the party for anyone to have heard you initially. Let's get these people tied up pronto and bring the authorities into this."


Raichel Lightning Strike v Telicanthus. Miss(25)
Raichel Lightning Daggers v Telicanthus. Hit(28)
 dmg: 38 (19 to Telli, 19 to Rai)
May charge v Telicanthus. Hit(32)!
 dmg: 31 (15 to Telli, 15 to Rai)


Telli: 23 - 19 - 15 = 8
Raichel HP: 83+40 - 19 - 15 = 83+6

Mittens
 GM, 1571 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 05:36
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits joins the group.

"Man I hate runners.  Sorry if I jumped the gun earlier when I was laughing so hard.  Hmm.  You look yummy, Rai..."

A portal to the beyond opens and the two enemies from earlier are belched out, unconscious.  Mits gets to tying up baddies.

"Looking forward to mocking Telecanthus, but very likely an entire army on it's way, so yeah.  Hurry hurry hurry."
Kyle
 player, 984 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 05:47
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle nods, and upends a bag of turquoise smelling powder over Raichel that leaves her glow and sticky free.  Yes we know we said it smells like a color, alchemy is crazy.

  He then checks his crossbow.  Which he probably fired... uh... Not at all this encounter?

  "That does seem the way of things. It's a small miracle his mansion was not mid collapse well before we reached the artifact."
Timothius
 GM, 617 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 05:52
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel giggles. "Mittens..." then smiles at Kyle. "Thanks, Kyle." and gets to tying up Telicanthus.

May ties up Pennel. "How did you like this guy, Kyle? Would you say he's the first truly professional bad guy we've met?"

Timothius says a prayer over the bad guys before saying, "Two of us should go topside to inform people what is going on while the others stay here and guard the prisoners."
Mittens
 GM, 1572 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 06:26
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Meh.  Extremely poor choice in employers leaves me unimpressed with the outwardly polite murderface," Mits interjects, "I strongly doubt that his 'loyalty' was real.  Either he was a mind slave or he stuck around because of some weird twisted sense of commitment.

"May and Rai are our two lickedy-split zoom-zoomers, so they seem a logical choice for running relay."


With Telicanthus dead or on the run, and
Lord Torrance shown the ruins of the Bitter
Glass, the PCs have finished the adventure.

No reports of any attacking gith armies are forthcoming.
Kyle
 player, 985 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 06:31
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "'Weird, twisted sense of commitment' sadly is how I feel about all the crazy things we do some days.  There was that centaur, at least he was enthusiastic as he was wanting a straight fight"  Wait, didn't the party forget about them in the Elemental chaos?

 Scene cut.  Centaur McCenturian dropkicks a fire elemental into a volcano
Timothius
 GM, 618 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 06:39
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Nah. All prisoners that didn't die in a fire were toted back with the heroes. It's just that standard procedure tends to be off-panel.

May says, "Uh... I'm only fast when chasing badguys. Best send Kyle with Raichel so she can be healed if she bumps into unexpected trouble."

Regardless of who goes with her, Raichel does run off to the tea party and informs the people there of what is going on, letting them know it is now safe for all of them to come see for themselves.

Once Torrence sees the spectacle, Timothius says, "I have a request to make. This man has personally overseen the ruin of the githzeri reputation. He needs to be exposed publicly, especially for that specific crime. As an apology for the way the githzeri have been treated, they deserve the right to punish this man as they see fit."

Raichel says, "Assuming there is time to rest after that, I too will have a request to make..."
Mittens
 GM, 1573 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 06:56
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits looks a little surprised.  "Would enlightened self-preservation make for a reasonable substitute, Kyle?  Because clearly, if we don't punt these incompetent gith, no one will.  And then our nice world becomes a big, unlivable mess."

Baranor the Black is underwhelmed with the craftsmanship of the tunnels.  "Well this explains the tremors.  Must have been a dozen cave-ins.  And at least as many dead miners.  Tsk.  In my day, villains made proper dungeons...."

Lady Catherine decided to stay above.  High heels.  General Alvro is silent and grim, worried about the reprisal.  Archdean Isabelle Grimaldi wasn't wearing heels and is fascinated with the buried mage tower the Bitter Glass was discovered in.

Torrence nods.  "Within reason, of course.  Our city does not allow executions.  But we do allow for victims to be heard at trials and such.  I'm going to claim this estate in the name of the city to help pay for the harm that Telecanthus has done.  If you all would like to stay here from now on, consider yourselves guests of the city.  We all owe you much thanks.  And ask your githzerai friends if they would like to relocate here as well.  I've heard their accommodations have been quite wanting.

"Alvro.  Needless to say it's time to increase the guard."

Alvro nods and heads off.

"What was your other request?"
Kyle
 player, 986 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 07:06
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "If Timothius gets to be sad about killing people who would literally eat the soul of a puppy, I get to occasionally wonder about the more immediate threat to our lives despite the long term implications.  Sorry Timothius."

  At Baranor's comments he shrugs.  "The last ones we were tracking long term had a habit of his chosen facilities falling into the elemental chaos.  As sorry as I am to hear about the results, this is a clean end compared to what we are used to seeing."
Raichel
 player, 495 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 07:24
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Meanwhile, Timothius simply nods to Kyle. "I honestly don't care, Kyle. All that matters anymore is that, regardless of how we might feel, we do what needs to be done and we are there for each other."

Lightning sparks across Raichel as she says in a barely contained rage, "Many injustices were done by this city's guard due purely to undeserved racism. I wish to have a nice, long chat with the city guard to give them a reminder about the meaning of justice and that many of them are to pay the githzeri for the justice denied them. From what I was hearing, some of the guard looked the other way when people were beaten to death. That is downright evil. I don't care the level of fear; they were supposed to be trusted to protect." She stores away the conversation about capital punishment for now.

Timothius glances at Raichel and doesn't say anything on her request. Yet.

May decides to support Raichel by saying, "The githyanki threat may be gone, but corruption is still there and the last thing this city needs is to survive an outside threat only to be eaten inside out by its own citizenry."
Mittens
 GM, 1574 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 07:36
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits offers a supportive arm-around to her sibs.  "Cheer up!  We just stuffed a sock in the mouth of an other-worldly army!  Winners!  Us!"

She smiles to Kyle.  "A survival instinct is a good thing to have, yes.  Lucky us most of our enemies seem to lack it."

Torrance nods, impressed with Raichel.  "Well said.  You have my word that a full investigation will be conducted.  Those responsible will be held accountable.  But considering what I've seen of our fine city guard, I'm sure the really rotten ones will be few and far between, while the rest will be quick to apologize even if they didn't do a single wrong thing.  I sure wish this had been brought to my attention before you all arrived.  I do not tolerate the abuse of my people by anyone, least of all those meant to protect them.  Come.  Let's discuss things further in more amenable surroundings."
Kyle
 player, 987 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 07:42
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle nods to Raichel, considering he was a caravan guard before his more crazy variety of employment he doesn't take kindly to that sort of law enforcement 'quality' himself.  "For all my grumblings, I doubt I will ever be that far gone."  Then again, every variety of Kyle seems to find himself working with other species quite readily, so no duh Kyle.
Raichel
 player, 496 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 07:51
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel calms down so much, she gets this cute "huh?" expression and she somehow "shrinks" back to her normal 5'4" height. She looks over at huggy-Mittens and says, "Well... you know me. Only seeing things set right cheers me up. So Torrence's words just now meant a lot to me." She smiles at him. "....thanks."

Timothius nods. "Yes, Torrence. Thanks. And I agree... more amenable surroundings are in order. Even if Telicanthus had wonderful taste in art...... too bad he missed the beauty that was right in front of him; People."

May says, "Well said! He didn't appreciate his own men, let alone anyone besides himself. But I find you guys quite beautiful! My beloved friends."

May begins leading the way back topside, now that there are people handling the prisoners.

On the way, Raichel says, "I'm concerned... the githzeri want Telicanthus' head so badly that the lack of execution may cause a riot at best. And with how the people have been deceived to treat them, the githzeri have less reason to restrain themselves than normal."
Mittens
 GM, 1575 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 08:01
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits grins and thumbs-ups to Kyle.  "Counting on it!"

She nods to her sibs then smiles to May.  "You're a work of art all your own, May.  And thanks for the compliment"

Torrance bows.  "You're welcome.  I share your concern.  The punishment of a high-profile criminal like Telicanthus is tricky.  Though I'm sure once he's been exposed, there'll be ways to satisfy any vengeful anger.  Exile is one of our most extreme punishments.  And Sayre cannot guarantee the safety of a lone, disgraced merchant out in the wild if you catch my drift."

Mits chuckles.  "Telecanthus the dis-glazed glass maker."
Kyle
 player, 988 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 08:09
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle is surprised he rates with the 8 Charisma and lack of pointy teeth, but he supposes if he can start to find sharp smiles cute even his grim face is something they can get used to.

  "Exile just has him picked up by the Githyanki army, and with our luck he'd be able to talk his way past their usual tendency to favor brutality over practicality."  Still, the thought of a horde of Elk chasing him is a pleasant one.

  He sighs at Mitten's wordplays.  "Honestly Mittens.  He deals in stained glass."  pause.  "Which he now resembles." yup, still glowing bright purple.
Timothius
 GM, 619 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 17:30
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius glances at Kyle. "I considered exile too. And the possibility he could be rescued by his spider. But I also figure if there were people to escort him out, then he could be watched over until he meets the end of his road."

May smiles brightly at Mittens. "Thanks! Ooo... can I have a stained glass weapon? Or a stained glass shield? Oh! Oh! Or stained glass armor! I'll bet the dwarves know some magics to make glass hard as steel! Still want that Platinum, gemstone gun..." Aaaand now the player knows what to spend May's freshly earned 48,000 gp on.

Raichel giggles and says, "Dis-glazed glass maker... Stained Glass Telicanthus. Stained Glass Raichel..."

When the group have gotten to a secure location to Torrence's satisfaction, May looks around to make sure there are no spies.

Timothius looks at Torrence and says, "We are here to help in every way. Assuming there isn't another imminent threat looming somewhere, I would like to offer our aid to help settle things. We probably would have wound up doing so anyway via the Coalition."

Raichel shrugs. "When it comes to diplomacy, Tim's your best shot. I'm OK... but I have little patience for wrong-doing and I have a big mouth. If you want a "bad cop" involved, I'd be it, whether I wanted to be or not."

Timothius smiles and says, "Your love for justice and fair treatment can not be denied, sis."

May looks back at the bunch. "I'm good at protecting people... social skill? Well I wouldn't say I'm skilled. I get along fine."


Take-ten on May perception. 26.

The player is reminded of the idea I had to make Stained Glass wings for Carla at the Ascension Tier of godmaker...

Mittens
 GM, 1576 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 18:33
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits is surprised Kyle would think the githzerai would allow Telecanthus to just wonder off in the wild to be recovered.

"He was implying that those who hate him are free to kill him once he's exiled.  Likely right outside city limits."

Mits offers May the weapons recovered from Pennel.  They look to be made of glass.

Torrance smiles.  "Your boundless generosity is most appreciated, heroes.  Thank you!"

A hearing is held about how to proceed.  The Coalition agrees that the trial should be a matter handled by the local authorities even though Telecanthus is an enemy.  True to his word, while the trial takes place, Torrance kicks off an investigation into the mistreatment of the githzerai.

During the trial, Telecanthus remains arrogant.

ooc: gm text for fight with telecanthus:

This encounter occurs wherever the PCs decide to
confront Telicanthus and his secretary Pennel. Telicanthus is an active adversary who is careful not to
get in a fight anywhere where doing so would tarnish
his public image. For that reason, he is more likely to
retreat from a fight in public, particularly if he can
later pin any property damage on the heroes to get
them arrested or exiled from the city.
This changes if the Bitter Glass has been
destroyed. Once that happens, Telicanthus has no
more reason to keep up his front, and will doubtlessly
attempt to take his revenge on the characters. When
Telicanthus finally decides to remove the heroes from
action, he and his secretary Pennel attack.
At heart, however, Telicanthus is overconfident.
While he tries not to let it show, he believes that he
is a superior creature, and that he does his enemies a
favor by gracing them with his presence. Even while
being attacked, he quietly congratulates himself for
allowing the PCs to fight a foe of his caliber. This
would make him insufferable if his true attitude were
known, so he carefully conceals it when dealing with
the people of Sayre. His ego comes through when he
is angry, however, which is the case if the Bitter Glass
is destroyed.

Kyle
 player, 989 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 22:18
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "I suppose that is one way to maintain the 'we don't execute people' image while Telecanthus's blood spatters through the front gate and halfway across the city."  He's paragon level, so he's got a lot of blood for random nameless NPCs to work through before he dies.

  During the trial, Kyle quietly comments to Raichel "Even if it would make you feel better to yell at him more, he likely would not believe anything is his fault even well after being dead, in the afterlife of his choice, and every psychic imagery power your brother and sister own shoved into his ghostly head."
Timothius
 GM, 620 posts
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 03:48
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel quietly comments back, "You kidding? He's so arrogant, he'll admit to everything now that his gig is up. And go on about how we'll all regret this. And he would have managed if it weren't for those meddlesome kids."

When called to the stand, May recounts the entire event from the tea party to his cuckoo for cocoa puffs fleeing to purple dye and May knocking him out. She impersonates the badguys as she recounts the tail, emulating their voices in a mocking tone "And so he's all Such lowly creatures, you earthly beings are.  You cannot begin to fathom the exquisite masterpiece you've smashed like a troop of monkeys.  No matter.  It can be rebuilt. to which Timothius is all If it was quite that exquisite, it couldn't be rebuilt. With all your good taste in art, I would think you'd know that... guess you're too angry to think straight. and so I informed Telicanthus he was calling us low without knowing a thing about us, such as how we had met a god before..."

Whenever Timothius takes the stand, he is sure to look at Telicanthus and says, "Many people believed in Telicanthus. The people of Sare believed in him. His fellow githyanki believed in him. I... wanted to believe in him, but sadly, I knew better from experience. But now, the only person left who believes he is all that he says his is, is him. And even that is questionable. A man who has betrayed everyone, including his most loyal servant, is nothing to anyone. True worth is measured by having something to show for your efforts. And I believe Telicanthus has one thing to show for all his efforts; a taste for art... Telicanthus, you don't have anything else to show for your efforts. Your attempts to infiltrate and destroy Sayre; failed. Your attempts to fell my friends and I; failed. Your bitter glass; gone. Your soldiers and workers; you left them for dead. Your attempts to keep a dignified front; failed. When your art gets sold, there will be no legacy left. Nothing that has the stamp of Telicanthus. Whoever you blame, it doesn't matter. The fact is you were not able to be better than the obstacles put in your way. You have no legacy. You have nothing to show and therefor, no measure of worth. I.. pity you, Telicanthus. I really wish things could have been different."

Timothius is effectively taking ten on his Break the Spirit power. Oh sure nothing will make Teli believe he is anything less than perfection, but Tim can at least annoy him and what better way to annoy him than with his own shtick of "denying reality and substituting something else"? Pity is something most egotists loathe.
Mittens
 GM, 1577 posts
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 04:12
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits nods to Kyle.  "Yup."

During the trial Mits knows to keep quiet... sort of.  She has so many fits of laughing from May's testimony that you'd think she was sitting in the audience of a stand-up comic.  Unfortunately, no one else is in a mood to appreciate May's jeers.  Fortunately, she doesn't really take the stand.

She just gives a thumbs-up and says, "What they said.  I would just like to add that the power I used to defeat those two people is much more boring in appearance normally.  So I simply spruced up the appearance to try and intimidate the enemy."

Telecanthus is putting on an act of somber regret, waiting patiently for his turn to speak.

"People of Sayre, I regret to inform you that I am unable to deny the testimony of the honorable Heroes of the Elsir Vale.  I have no recollection of these events.  So I cannot speak to the accuracy of the events.  I'm not entirely sure, but I think my mind may have been controlled by an enemy spy.  It's the only logical explanation for such an extreme and sudden change in my behavior where before I have been nothing but supportive of the community.  I feel so awful to have been used in such a way, I don't know what to say.  If it helps, I am willing to offer up my estate to the community to help pay for the damage done..."

Mittens jumps to her feet, enraged!  "LIAR!  When the githyanki exit a possessed mind, the body they inhabited immediately dies!  It took a carefully crafted..."

*GAVEL BANGS*  "Please calm yourself, Ma'am.  You will be called upon for your testimony in turn."

Mits manages to contain herself and sits in a huff.  Odos raises a hand and is called upon.  "I bore witness to what she is referring to.  Kyle is the man who is the most knowledgeable on the topic."

Kyle is then allowed to testify.

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:19, Thu 24 Dec 2015.

Kyle
 player, 990 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 04:29
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "The nature of the artifact in question, as well as Githyanki possession is it's own evidence.  For all his faults and crimes, Telecanthus is a master of his artisan craft.  While the functional result appears only to be an improved sending stone, the reality is much more complex.  The exact details of it's construction would take far too long to elaborate upon, and have no bearing on this trial but for one part.

  This line break is as much for readability as anything, as there is no dramatic pause. "Had Telecanthus been acting under possession, the skill required to construct the Bitterglass control sphere, even when given instruction, would be lost.  Without his willing support, the artifact would have required months, possibly years more, to get into working order.  Even if given precise instruction, even with enough residium to make Tiamat herself have a heart attack at the sight of, there are too many factors to adjust for in the making. His personal, willing skill was integral to it's construction in this timeframe."
Raichel
 player, 497 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 04:48
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May didn't look like she was trying to make the audience laugh, so much as just tell her experience from her perspective. Despite her impersonations being... unflattering, her testimony was sharply accurate.

During Kyle's testimony, Raichel and Timothius nod in approval. Rai because it is a valid point towards the case. Tim because, well, it's true. Telicanthus is an artisan. Heck, Tim made the point earlier it was the one good thing about Telicanthus.

When Raichel gets up to the stand, she says, "As Mittens said and as Odos testified, we have dealt with githyanki possessions before, numerous times. Odos saw it at Akma'ad. Kalad, as a representative from Overlook, is also able to testify to the events of the invasion of Overlook and how it involved people being possessed by githyanki there as well. Kyle's testimony has merit also. If I were to possess someone and use their body to do the things I'm used to, most people would not be in shape enough, or honed quite right, and I would very likely find myself unable to duck or bob right while in a fight. There is also the fact Pennel was Telicanthus' servant both in public and when fighting us. If what Telicanthus says is true, Pennel would also be a possession victim and would not be sticking around for trial. Yet he still remains as one of the living prisoners. Take it from my experienced companions; we have seen this a dozen times and we know when someone is lying."

Tim and May had given their testimonies, so they sit by in case anyone calls on them for anything.
Mittens
 GM, 1578 posts
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 05:02
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Telecanthus looks like a frightened victim of circumstance.  Mits gets all the angrier with him.  When called upon, she points out that his offering a huge bribe to the city was empty because he knows all his property has already been seized.  And she insists that it takes a special ritual Kyle developed to prevent a person from dying after a possessor has been extracted and trapped.  Odos and Kalad back up the heroes' testimonies.  Pieces of he Bitter Glass are examined and found to bear signature attributes that show it was Telecanthus' remarkable glass-working skill that made it possible.

Eventually a verdict of guilty is passed.  Telecanthus is sentenced to exile and delivered into the custody of Odos.  He continues his ruse, but it seems no one is falling for it.

Gal’ott, who wanted Telecanthus assassinated, thanks the heroes, angry tears in his eyes.  He seems especially appreciative of Mittens' angry outburst.

Mits looks to Odos.  "I trust you will make sure this spider never finds his way back to the githyani?"

Odos nods somberly.  "We shall have a sentencing hearing of our own.  If I have my way, his body will be destroyed and his mind trapped inside a glass globe.  He'll have a very long time to think on his crimes."

Gal’ott looks surprised and pleased with this idea.  "Glass globe.  Perfect!"
Kyle
 player, 991 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 05:39
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Traditionally, the ritual I used in Akam'ad calls for a brass jar.  But an alternate container could be put to use well enough.  All I did then was put an old ritual to an unforeseen use."  It also lets you once a day ask questions like that questioning the dead ritual, and preserve for raise dead expiration dates indefinitely.
Timothius
 GM, 621 posts
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 05:49
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius looks relieved. He puts a hand on Raichel's shoulder and says, "Now just trust Torrence to take care of the rest. We all need a break... if we can catch one. I'm calling for the rest of today and all of tomorrow to be off for us. After tomorrow, helping any way we can is fine. But we need to take a break."

Raichel says, "I'll try. But if I get too anxious, I won't be able to relax. So if that happens, lemme do my thing so I'll be able to relax."

May says, "Platinum gun. Stained Glass Sword." she leans back in her seat, gazing dreamily at the glass sword Mitts handed her recently.
Mittens
 GM, 1579 posts
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 06:11
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Amyra offers that she'll be helping with the aftermath so the heroes need not worry about the details.

R&R is had.  Mits spends time auditing classes she finds curious...  for a few minutes before getting bored and perusing the library.  At some point the group finds out that the githzerai took it upon themselves to free the souls that fuel the airship, rendering it immobile.  Kalad accompanies the heroes whenever he can, but Amyra tends to be too busy to spend much time with them - as promised.
Kyle
 player, 992 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 06:19
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle, as if there was any doubt, helps May get as many fancy weapons as resources allow.  Because as many fancy weapons as she wants would be impossible even if you stole the weapons collection from every Marilith across the planes.

  While catgirls are the more sterotypical thing to want to seek the company of, it is Timothius that Kyle tries to ensure is unwinding properly... So far as Kyle's limited social skills can manage.  Raichel and Mittens might have done the most yelling, but he tends to be the one with the most 'I'm crying on the inside... and outside' issues to work through.  But at least the artificier is aware of his shortcomings by now.
Timothius
 GM, 622 posts
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 06:41
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Besides... guy time. Timothius appreciates it and seems to be doing relatively fine. His primary concern seems to be that the others are doing OK and resting well. Timothius concerns himself with prayers, meditation, and smothering his sisters, May and Kyle with hugs and other affection.

May... was there any question? Well OK. So May gets weapons (surprise twist!), but she also is looking into the idea of getting a drake mount. At one point, she suggests the team totally needs to inspire the githzeri and the town guard with their martial prowess. Raichel, of course, agrees. Timothius is bashful about the idea.

Raichel pretty much manages to allow herself some rest and goes all-out on day 2. Hot bath*, luxury meals, massages, and walks around the neighborhood. But by day 3, is ready to at least take May up on her suggestion of martial demonstration.

Day 3 also brings Timothius to a desire to socialize a bit more with the Githzeri first, and then Amyria if she has the time.

Tight nit, group, though. So not one member of the team is ever alone. Tim makes sure to go with Mittens to the library as he has a book or two to check out. May accompanies Rai for hot bath. Kyle accompanies May for weapons stuffs. Timothius accompanies Raichel for the neighborhood walks. But MOST times, May, Raichel and Timothius can all be seen with Kyle and Mittens.


*OOC: Sudden image popped to mind of Mittens, Raichel and May in a bathhouse and May slowly 'gator-swimming towards them with just her eyes above the water and the tail-wag ripple behind her.
Mittens
 GM, 1580 posts
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 07:05
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits is laughing for days over the gator thing and brags about it to Timo.  Who at one point gets a dream of a cherub who comforts him and promises to visit him often in his dreams to help him deal with his feelings.

"The gods of good have taken note of your accomplishments.  Because of your deep devotion and purity of heart, you have been unanimously chosen to champion their cause in the mortal realm.  But you need not shoulder this responsibility alone.  Your allies will all be there to help you.  And should any need resurrected, it has already been approved in advance.  The ritual will always work for one of you.  Your quest is simply too important to allow any of you your eternal reward just yet.  Very soon, you must confront one of Tiamat's own Exarchs.  Take courage.  You are strong enough."

If asked, she will answer frankly that none of the gods take his pacifist stance, but that they all respect and support his convictions.

Amyra approaches the group with a more serious face than normal.  "I have an important quest for you."
Kyle
 player, 993 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 07:10
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Kyle is reaching adequacy at hugs with all the practice from his friends.  Truly the greatest miracle of the ages.

  "You have yet to mention an unimportant quest, Amyra.  Though I expect you mean at least as important as the last few.  Which threat to this whole plane of existence or more is starting trouble now?"
Timothius
 GM, 623 posts
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 07:18
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius nods and says, "Spoiler alert, folks, this next quest may have us fighting an exarch of Tiamat. Was warned by an angel about that... and that we not only have the capability, but have all of us been approved for resurrection if any of us wind up dead in the course of our quest."

May says, "A dragon exarch? Wow... does this mean we're becoming exarchs? I mean, I was born of a metal dragon, so I don't doubt such a possibility... just didn't think it'd be this soon. Things sure escalate fast."

Raichel says, "Well before we go talking about it, let's hear what Amyria has to say."
Mittens
 GM, 1581 posts
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 07:23
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius saying he was given prophetic guidance by an angel sure catches Mits' and Amyra's attention.  Amyra infodumps:

WhAt the Pcs kNoW
The PCs were provided with the following information from Amyria at the outset of the mission. Amyria
mentions that more information should be forthcoming once they arrive in Nefelus.
The tropical island nation of Nefelus is under
assault by a sort of unnaturally cold weather. It is obvious to the Nefelese that this environmental change is
being directed by a malign intelligence.
Nefelus is an isolationist nation run by a council of
deva mages called the Thraxinium. They are known
to be among the most knowledgeable arcanists in the
world, and their storehouses of information contain
secrets lost to the other civilized races. In addition,
their navy is incredibly strong and bolstered by their
ancient magic. With these two assets, Nefelus has
remained fiercely independent until their recent call
for aid to Amyria.
The chilling weather has become so intense that
a ring of ice has formed around the island, trapping
their ships and cutting off any travel to or from the
island. Although the Thraxinium is maintaining a
ritual to keep the worst of the cold from assaulting
the island proper, they cannot maintain it for much
longer.
Amyria and the Coalition have decided to come
to Nefelus’s aid with the hopes that Nefelus will join
the Coalition if they are successful. The captain of
the caravel Brindol’s Pride volunteered to have his
ship fitted with the appropriate equipment to break
through ice, and Amyria assembled a team (the PCs)
to accompany her to the island.
DC 22 Insight: Amyria is keeping something from
the characters, which is uncharacteristic of her.

Mits writes this down on paper and shows it to the others.
Kyle
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Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 07:30
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Well, that's more advanced warning than we usually get for the sort of thing we will be dealing with, at the very least."

  At Mittens's note, Kyle's barely functioning tact opts to question the withheld information when only the party will overhear.  Because he already has a dim view of Bahamut himself withholding information from the party, so Amyra following in her god's footsteps isn't exactly surprising.
Timothius
 GM, 624 posts
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 07:35
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius looks at the note and simply nods, looking unsurprised. Not for the same reason as Kyle, obviously, but still. May looks at the note and shrugs. She kind of figured Amyria simply couldn't talk about whatever it is until alone with the group. Raichel nods and waits.

Waiting for when only the party will hear. Sounds like a plan.

Timothius guides Amyria and the team to be alone together sooner than later. Seeing Kyle take initiative, Timothius says nothing as he doesn't need to.
Mittens
 GM, 1582 posts
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 07:50
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Amyria sighs and bows.  "Please forgive me, friends.  I did not want to burden you with my personal fears.  I have never met another deva in this lifetime.  Nor do I recall ever meeting one of my kind in another.  I am...  nervous about meeting so many of my own kind all at once.  I do not know much of Nefelus' culture or what they might expect of me.  And if I say or do some great taboo...  the Coalition forces will lack a key ally — one that can provide substantial military and magical support.  The question I fear most is why I have not been at your vanguard leading the charge in battle?  Some paladin."

A somewhat saddened look is the most emotion she's ever shown since the day she was reborn.

Mits ohs.  "No worries.  I'll spot any disapproval they may be hiding.  Then Timo will smooth out whatever needs smoothed out.  And Rai can point out, 'Would you rather us NOT have come and killed your Tiamat Exarch infestation?'  Then Kyle can shoot a purple May at them."

Amyra remains unconvinced but answers, "Thank you."
Kyle
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Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 07:55
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  Oh, she's worried about the kind of thing that would have Kyle be tempted to make a specially crafted Talid to imprint 'jerk' into the forehead of anyone punched with it.

  "If it will help you feel better, Mittens and I can help you study up on the matter during the journey.  Between inevitable attacks by wildlife and ambushes." So close, and yet so far from being considerate.

  "Though expect many phrasings of 'we're ageless and they are not, therefore, they are short sighted and foolish and we are not'" damnit Kyle.
May
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Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 08:14
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius says, "Maybe you should have joined us in our break, Amyria. You're beginning to let things weigh you down like I do."

Raichel says, "Ugg... we already have enough corruption to deal with. If these guys turn out to be ungrateful jerks after we fight an exarch, I will remove them from their office and let their people know they need new leaders."

May says, "You know... I haven't bumped into a kobold in a LONG time... but I can say I've met them before. Can't imagine what that's like, Amyria. Anyway! You've been leading a different front. Just because you have not fought much at our side specifically doesn't mean you have not been a vanguard. As this team's front lines, I know from experience that sometimes, as much as it pains me, I have to let a few enemies get past me so that I can hold off the bulk of them. Also, leading this team into battle is MY job... I get upset with Mittens every time she takes that from me, even if it is tactically sound, and I have fought countless battles at her side. However..." she goes to grip Amyria's forearm in a kind of warrior handshake. "...if you want to join us in the fight, and lead this team in a fight, I will step aside any time you ask because you have proven to be the one thing that is in an infuriatingly short supply: Trustworthy. Amyria, if you did nothing else in your life, that alone is a greater accomplishment than countless people we have come across."

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Mittens
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Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 08:24
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Amyra bows again.  "Thank you.  Perhaps some day I can prove your words to myself.  Your suggestion is likely the best I can do for now, Kyle.  I dearly hope my people do not embarrass me to you in that way, but I fear you may be right."

Mits shrugs.  "If we came upon a city of razorclaw shifters, I have no doubt that the majority of them would embarrass the living daylights out of me and my sibs.  But at least we've met one good deva.  And we're not going to let the foolishness of thousands of devas diminish our view of you any more than a pile of idiotic cat people would diminish your view of us."

Your journey to Nefelus is now almost complete. A massive
bank of fog looms directly ahead, and the air becomes chilly.
A cry comes out of the crow’s nest from the lookout. “Iceberg
to starboard!” Looking to the right, you can see a gigantic,
shadowed mass far off in the fog, and it stands at least 100
feet tall.
You continue on, the waves licking at the hull of the ship,
and then finally, after a few more cold hours, the fog begins to
lift and you see a thick ring of ice floating up ahead. Smaller
chunks of ice, some the size of large wagons, bob up and down
in the water near the ship. Just as you see a clear picture of the
ice ring and the captain is preparing to ram, you notice that
several large forms become visible through the mist.


Several frost giants take form out of the freezing fog.
Some wield enormous frozen greataxes and others draw
back frosty bows with ice arrows. They are positioned on
the ice ring, where they are preparing to attack, while the
ship continues to move toward the ice at ramming speed!

Kyle
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Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 08:33
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "Unless there are factors that have no civilized work around like farspawn, it's much more practical to view people by how they act rather than their species, yes." Why is the farspawn bunny large? Is it a big bunny... Oh, it's a horrible twisted fusion of several dozen bunnies that's why.

  And then frost giants happened.  "I get the feeling a simple 'keep going' will not be an option."
Timothius
 GM, 625 posts
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 08:38
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May says, "Such perfect timing for me to use my PLATINUM PISTOL!"

Raichel nods and begins charging up with electricity.

Timothius says, "Well... not like the bad guys don't get warnings like "today, you're going to face the heroes of the Elsir Vale". After all, it wouldn't be fair and balanced if I got warnings about exarchs and they didn't get warnings about us."

Raichel says, "Likely just there to kill off anyone and were not ready for us specifically."
Amyria
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 16:48
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Amyra steps to the front of the ship, raises her sword in a prayerful salute, then points it at the nearest giant.

She shouts commandingly in a raw language that gives the feeling of déjà vu, "ਪਲੈਟੀਨਮ ਨੂੰ ਪਰਮੇਸ਼ੁਰ ਦੇ ਦੋਸ਼ ਅੱਖ!"

A draconic eye appears in front of her and it shoots a beam of energy that glows the color of molten platinum at the giant!

"These monsters are evil to the core.  I can see it in their hearts.  No quarter will be granted.  They are near invulnerable to cold and able to walk with ease on the slickest of ice."
Kyle
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Fri 25 Dec 2015
at 01:26
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "While it won't help with the cold, I made sure this shop was properly stocked with floatation bladders should the worst happen"  4th ed life preservers. They don't help you swim better, but immunity to sinking/drowning is always great.

  Because really, the biggest worry is taking out eight 100-200 HP enemies before they can take one ONE boat that can only be missed on a roll of 1 automatically missing. Not if they can defeat them in the first place.

  One quick knowledge check later, "We may all have resistance rings, but they can make you vulnerable to the cold regardless.  Even without that, axes bigger than you are hit hard"
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at 02:55
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Den ene foran er deres leder!" one of the giants shouts.

It forms an ice javelin that it hurls at Amyria!  It explodes into many icy shards, hindering her, Timothius, and Kyle!  Another hops onto a mini-iceberg and does the same to the three in the back of the boat!  Finally an especially burly one appears and throws a giant sized hand-axe at Amyria, but she deflects it with her offhand sword.

"Thank you Kyle.  Try and draw their fire away from the ship, everyone.  We needn't kill them all.  Only stave them off till the boat breaks through."
Raichel
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Fri 25 Dec 2015
at 03:15
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel and Timothius seem resistant to the cold as the hunker down with the new rings Kyle forged for them. He's a busy guy when it comes to his team's needs out of combat.

Raichel then hurls a bolt of lightning at one of the giants, frying him for a fifth of his health! The bolt then jumps from him to the giant behind him, frying that guy for an eighth of his health. The bolt jumps again, but the third giant dodges with surprising speed!

Rai and Tim are surrounded by icicles and Raichel says, "But I don't have anywhere to go to draw their fire away." She carfully makes her way over to be between Mitts, Tim and Kyle.


Furious Bolts vs scouts, giants. Hit(35)! Hit(35)! Miss(23)
 dmg: 24, 25
Move: Slowed. Move to Mitts, Tim, Kyle


Scout 2 HP: 115 - 24 = 91
Giant 1 HP: 201 - 25 = 176

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Fri 25 Dec 2015
at 03:22
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Another giantish scout appears.  It knocks an arrow tipped with a wickedly sharp looking arrowhead made of ice.  Swoosh!  It flies true and buries into Amyria's left arm!  She just snaps it off and discards it.
Timothius
 GM, 626 posts
Fri 25 Dec 2015
at 03:28
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius locks eyes with the frost giant and says, "You will lose. We will get through." and the frost giant grabs at his head before growling in pain.


Break the Spirit v Giant 1. Hit(29)!
 dmg: 15


Giant 1 HP: 176 - 15 = 161

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Fri 25 Dec 2015
at 03:30
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Another scout and another Chillshards attack!
Mittens
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Fri 25 Dec 2015
at 03:35
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Mits plucks one of the ice shards from her armor and noms on it as she staggers forward.

"Mmm!  Wintery fresh!  Zap!"

She eye-beams two of the enemies, melting the ice off their beards!

"I dunno.  As annoying as these repeated area attacks are, I don't feel more vulnerable to cold."
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Fri 25 Dec 2015
at 03:38
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Another scout and another Chillshards attack!
Kyle
 player, 998 posts
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Fri 25 Dec 2015
at 03:46
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Kyle's own actions are relativly simplistic compared to his allies.

So far as throwing a spare crossbow into the air, and having it land two out of three shots into the closest giant goes as simple.  It's amazing what 'compared to' covers.

Scout 2 HP: 71-37=34 (bloodied)
May
 player, 510 posts
Fri 25 Dec 2015
at 03:58
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May pulls out a pistol... made of platinum and gem-encrusted. And shaped just like the one Mittens made an illusion of earlier. It makes a nice, loud bang and the nearby giant scout gets hit in the belly. May then takes the time to rub her cheek against the gun. "Mittens designed, Kyle crafted. Thanks, guys! And don't worry, Raichel. We'll get close enough soon enough."


Maysic Ranged v Scout 2. Hit(37)!
 dmg: 13


Scout 2 HP: 34 - 13 = 21

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Fri 25 Dec 2015
at 04:21
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The boat rams the ice ring, cracking it into pieces!  The force of the collision knocks several down, including Amyria.  A frost giant takes advantage and charges her, but she blocks his greataxe swing to her face with her crossed blades!  Another big one tosses a handaxe at Mittens but she just leans to the side to evade it.

Amyria hops to her feet and retaliates, but swings short.

"ਮੁਹਿੰਮ ਦੇ ਹਮਲਾ!"

May feels holy power enable her to take another shot!

Mits chimes in.  "If anyone disembarks, please stay relatively close to one another.  I have a power that can teleport you back into the ship, but range is limited."
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Fri 25 Dec 2015
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Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The giant Timothius attacked closes in and says in a disappointed tone, <giant>"We're losing.  They're getting through."</giant>

Two more throw exploding ice javelins.  <giant>"Who are these people?  Good grief their tough!"</giant>
Raichel
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Fri 25 Dec 2015
at 04:39
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel charges at the near-dead giant and whacks him good in the knee before hooking his leg and TOSSING him off the ice! Even slowed, she made it to him and did so just fine. "One down. Seven to go. Sorry, sis, but I'mma stay here for now and blast 'em from a distance! If I start hurting, I'll fly back to you!"


Charge v Scout 2. Hit(30)!
 dmg: 20
 Slide 2


Scout 2 HP: 21 - 20 = 1

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Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Skald!" one of the scouts shouts.  He drops his bow and dives into the water.  He then swims over to the downed scout and starts dragging him away from the berg Raichel is standing on.
Timothius
 GM, 627 posts
Fri 25 Dec 2015
at 04:49
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius stands up and says, "Thought you said these guys were evil to the core. Didn't know evil cared for its own like that." He then looks to the giant he broke earlier. "With every swing, you bring your companions and yourself closer to death's door."


Pacify v Giant 1. CRIT(36)!
 Giant 1 will be stunned if he attacks.

Mittens
 GM, 1585 posts
Fri 25 Dec 2015
at 05:07
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
A scout on the berg pulls back an ice arrow and it begins to gather in cold energy.  Swoosh Chlink!  It hits Mittens dead on and she turns blue!

Mits shivers, "O-k-k-kay.  N-now I f-feel v-vulnerable to c-cold."

She struggles to the front of the ship.  Her eyes glow white and she floats a few feet into the air.  Just high enough to not hit her allies with her massive EYEBEAMS!  They slice through ice giants, lighting them on fire, and leaving a steamy trail in the snow!

Another does the super arrow thing and hits Amyria.  She tries her best to hide her shivering.
Kyle
 player, 999 posts
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Fri 25 Dec 2015
at 05:13
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Murphy dice running rampant in this fight for both sides that they are, Kyle only lands one hit this time.

Frost Giant 1 HP: 136-16= 120

Resistive Buff for May (+1 AC. cash in for Surge+10 THP, shared with an ally within 5)
May
 player, 511 posts
Fri 25 Dec 2015
at 05:19
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May charges the nearby giant and slams into the guy's defenses. "Too bad none of us speak giant. Seems they don't speak common."


May charge v Giant 2! Miss(26)
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Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Two frost giants gang up on May, gashing her with greataxes!  The boat slowly grinds forward, pushing the broken bits of ice out of the way as it goes.

Amyria nods to May.  "I'll guard the other side of the boat, then."

She hops off and attacks the broken spirit giant with her dual swords!  The scout to the north shoots at her but misses.

Amyria's frost giant looks terrified of Timothius.  <giant>"Fall back!  They're too much for us!"<giant>

He turns and flees!  Amyria gives him a parting slash.

May takes 10 cold damage and is now vulnerable 10 cold, SE
Raichel
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Sat 26 Dec 2015
at 04:33
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel lifts her hand to the sky and some clouds swirl and shoot a lightning bolt down that knocks the giants down and catches the ice on fire! KA-THOOM! She looks over to the giant who is helping his friend and then to the one who ran. Then looks at the ones to the south. She has a slightly surprised look on her face. "Looks like you scared one of them, Timothius.... ever figured you would see the day where you scared off a frost giant?"

She sighs and hops back onto the ship. "I can't stay off the ship. These annoying giants keep making me too slow to catch up later, so either I stick with the ship or get left behind."


Vezzuvu's Eruption v Giant 2 and 3. Hit(34)! Hit(29)!
 dmg: 22 and prone


Giant 2 HP: 171 - 22 = 149
Giant 3 HP: 171 - 22 = 149

This message was last edited by the player at 04:56, Sat 26 Dec 2015.

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Sat 26 Dec 2015
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Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Scout 3 continues to drag Scout 2 to shore.
Timothius
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Sat 26 Dec 2015
at 04:44
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Timothius walks over to the giants and emits radiance before holding up his symbol. One of the giants cowers from the symbol while the other seems to have enough grit to keep from being effected. "I... would say most of the things we have been through by now are more surprising than that, Raichel. Sadly."


Shining Symbol v Giant 2 and 3. Hit(28)! Miss(25)
 dmg: 24


Giant 2 HP: 149 - 24 = 125

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:47, Sat 26 Dec 2015.

Kyle
 player, 1000 posts
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Sat 26 Dec 2015
at 05:23
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
 We're beginning to notice a pattern.

 Two out of three attacks hit.
 One out of three attacks hit.
 Zero out of three attacks hit.

 If this were using certain optional rules, we'd be worry about Kyle starting to hit allies when his next turn comes up.
Mittens
 GM, 1586 posts
Sat 26 Dec 2015
at 05:24
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
One of the scouts shoots Mits, but her winter ring flashes, protecting her from the cold.

"Nice one, Rai!"

Mits steps to the front of her ship and wiggles her fingers at Rai's fire.  It grows and turns into a fire giant that looks like Raichel with eyes of lightning!  It jumps up and does a double pile-driver on the two giants, knocking them silly!

A second scout fires at Mits, but in spite of her being covered in ice by the attack, she looks unharmed and just brushes off the icicles.  "And thanks for the shielding, guys."
May
 player, 512 posts
Sat 26 Dec 2015
at 05:38
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
May slams the giants with her sword and shield a the same time. Wait, when did she pull out that sunblade scimitar? She's quick with weapon swap. One of the giants goes down. "Oh... sorry, Amyria! Didn't kill him! Old habits and all that! Keeping enemies alive has served several purposes beyond mercy!"


Minor: Shift 2 away from ship
Standard: Funneling Flurry v Giant 2 and 3. Hit(38)! Hit(29)!
 dmg: 25 and slide 1
Move: Move Tim away from ship


Giant 2 HP: 14 - 25 = KO
Giant 3 HP: 65 - 25 = 40

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Sat 26 Dec 2015
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Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The giant May downed makes one final spite swing before passing out, but misses.  The one laying in the fire attacks as well, rather than try and escape.  The boat continues to grind through the ice wall, making another five feet of progress.  Amyria uses her dragon eye laserbeam on the scout to the north, lighting it on fire with blue flames.

"Please do not misunderstand, friends.  I meant only that I expected no mercy from the enemy.  I do no presume to ask of you to change your approach to combat."

The scout pats out her fires and tosses an exploding ice javelin at Amyria, who dodges.  Mits and Kyle are hit by exploding ice shards from the attack, but shrug them off.  The scout steps back into the fog.

From the north, a distant giant's voice can be heard shouting, <giant>"Seriously, guys!  Fall back!  We can say there were a hundred of them!"<giant>

The swimming giant answers, <giant>"Not leaving Skald behind!"<giant>
Raichel
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Sat 26 Dec 2015
at 06:12
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel yells to Mittens, "I do NOT look that awesome, Mittens! ...do I? Hot effects either way!"

Raichel begins trotting along the boat and yells over to the remaining giant near the boat, "Get away from the BOAT!" and her yell blows him away, throwing him off the berg and into the water, unconscious!

Raichel winds up next to Amyria and she is hopping on her feet, dukes up with staff in hands before glancing over to Amyria with a little corner-smile. "You sure are lookin' good in a fight, Amyria..." she comments.


Thunder Slam v Giant 3. Hit(29)!
 dmg: 45
Move: To Amyria


Giant 3 HP: 20 - 45 = KO

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Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The giant scout manages to pull his friend to shore and administers first aid!

<giant>"Skald!  You can make it!  We gotta run for it.  They're still close."<giant>

<giant>"You saved me..."<giant>

<giant>"You'd have done no less for me, friend."<giant>

This message was last edited by the player at 06:17, Sat 26 Dec 2015.

Timothius
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Sat 26 Dec 2015
at 06:27
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Tim smiles at May in response to her moving him. "Thanks..."

Timothius slams his staff into the ice and glowing, radiant shackles sprout up underneath the scouts to the south! One scout dodges only for the other scout to be chained up! "Dunno what these giants are saying... anybody here understand them?"

He then boards the boat. "Either way, looks like we're getting through."


Chains of Blazing Light v Scout 4 and 5. Miss(24) Hit(32)!
 Scout 5 is dazed and will take 10 extra radiant damage first time he is hit.

Mittens
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Sat 26 Dec 2015
at 06:42
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
A scout takes aim and shoots Mits directly in the face!  But alchemy and magic ring means it didn't even hurt and the arrow just bounces off!  The scout throws his bow to the ground in frustration.

<giant>"You gotta be friggin kidding me!"<giant>

"Eyebeams!"

Mits burns one of the scouts, missing the one who shot her.

"Tailbeam!"

The scout to the north is hit too.

She smiles to Rai. "Naw, you look way cooler than that, Rai."

To Timo she shrugs.  "I can kinda sorta infer.  Giantish was born from Primordial, and I know that one.  Not to mention body language.  Basically, they're struggling to come to terms with our awesomeness."
Kyle
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Sat 26 Dec 2015
at 06:47
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
  "That is true Raichel, you usually look better." Not that fire Raichel didn't look cool... hot? either way.

  He resorts to spite, and nails the southern scouts with pacification powder as the flying crossbow catches up with the boat.
May
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Sat 26 Dec 2015
at 06:48
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
"Sounds about right." May concludes of Mitts' guess.

May hops onto the boat and fires a grazing shot at the scout to the south, using her platinum pistol. "I love this thing. Thanks again, guys!"

She smiles brightly. "With the pacification powder, I think we're in the clear, Amyria. You and Raichel can come on back aboard."

Raichel, meanwhile, is blushing from Mitts and Kyle double-teaming her on her looks.


Maysic Ranged v Scout 5. Hit(35)!
 dmg: 11


Scout 5 HP: 51 - 11 = 40

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Sat 26 Dec 2015
at 07:01
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
The ship grinds forward some more.  Amyria attacks and misses a scout then hops aboard.  The scout fires a charged arrow at Rai, causing her to become vulnerable to cold.  He then backs up some into the fog.  The rescued scout gets back on his feet and starts running north.

"Thank you," she answers Rai.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:03, Sat 26 Dec 2015.

Raichel
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Sat 26 Dec 2015
at 07:07
Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2
Raichel shoots lightning at the scout to the south. The lightning near-downs him and bounces to the guy next to him. "Looks like spite potshots from the enemy at this point. First time in a long time our enemy wasn't downright suicidal."


Lightning Strike v Scout 5. Hit(35)!
 dmg: 26


Scout 5 HP: 40 - 26 = 14
Scout 4 HP: 85 - 6 = 79

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Sat 26 Dec 2015
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Re: Scales of War: The Temple Between pt.2