Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King.   Posted by Mittens.Group: 0
Mittens
 GM, 1650 posts
Fri 8 Jan 2016
at 07:03
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Previously: 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


Clearly they have a teleportation circle or Kalad could not have died there.

Mits nods.  "We'll have to teleport."

Amyria holds up a hand.  "Let's talk to the Coalition first.  Calm things down.  Make those assurances you were talking about."

Mits ohs.  "Right right."

Now, the Elsir Vale and Sayre seats on the Coalition are open, and the council lacks a leader. The
head of Brindol’s council, Eoffram Troyas, seeks both
spots. Many people, both citizens of the Elsir Vale and
influential people in other regions now ruled by the
Coalition, have suggested Amyria as a replacement
for either seat, and for a position as leader. The PCs
take part in a skill challenge as they put forth a candidate they’d like to see on the council and run a brief
campaign to put that person in power.

After the deaths of two of its members, the Coalition’s
council lacks a strong leader and needs representatives for the Elsir Vale and Sayre. The PCs can
nominate a candidate. Most likely, this would be
Amyria. The members of the council make it clear
that the PCs will not be accepted onto the council,
since they are vital to combat efforts and are needed
elsewhere. The candidate is selected by all the members of the council who aren’t running for the seat,
but the council members also listen to those they
represent, so convincing the people of various regions
is as important as convincing the council members
themselves.

Rival Candidates
Two major players oppose the PCs’ candidate.

Eoffram Troyas
A member of the Brindol council, the male halfelf Eoffram Troyas is outspoken and rash, and has
become even more so as he hears more news of
war. When speaking, he is somber, methodical, and
humorless. Debate bores him, and he’d prefer to
make quick, unilateral decisions than let issues get
bogged down in endless chatter.
If you’re playing Scales of War, Eoffram was the
NPC who recruited the PCs in “Rescue at Rivenroar.”
Represents: Brindol.
Motive: Though he truly seeks to do good, Eoffram
believes his ideas are the only ones that matter. He’s
willing to sacrifice whatever he needs to if it helps end
the war. A quick, decisive victory is what he believes
he needs to establish his leadership and immortalize his name. Eoffram wasn’t chosen to advise the
Coalition, and still harbors resentment that he wasn’t
included.
Platform: Eoffram wants to be aggressive—to take
the fight to the enemies of the Coalition. A show of
force can, in his opinion, cause the enemy troops to
scatter and retreat. He favors a combat crash course
for citizens of all the Coalition’s communities, along
with recruiting mercenaries, followed by a rapid
assault against the evil forces.

Quelenna Entromiel
Since the council’s inception, Quelenna has occupied
a seat. Ruler of the settlement called Dornaithos, she
has influence over trade in several lands, and she can
easily access raw materials needed for the war effort.
Traders in every major settlement know her name.
She’s an expert at arranging deals, especially when
time is tight, and some say she’ll even use bribes if it
will help her.
Represents: Dornaithos, a major trade city.
Motive: Quelenna want Dornaithos’s fortunes to
continue, and she thinks running the war council is
a way to make herself more prominent and secure
better deals for Dornaithos to provide war materiel.
Platform: Two words encapsulate Quelenna’s
proposal: caution and commerce. Quelenna believes—
and makes this belief widely known—that the war
won’t last long, and that the free cities can weather
the storm once the githyanki assault runs out of
steam. She encourages a defensive posture and argues
that building up the defenses of the cities is best for
now and for the future. Of course, Dornaithos is
happy to provide the materials and expertise to build
these fortifications.

The Coalition’s Leader Level 15
Skill Challenge XP 6,000
Your actions determine whether your candidate becomes the
leader of the Coalition.
The PCs argue for their candidate, try to gather support,
rebut the arguments of the other candidates, and train
their candidate to be a better leader. Most checks in
this challenge take one or more days to resolve, so the
challenge takes up a bit of time.
Complexity
5 (requires 12 successes before 3 to 6 failures).

Primary Skills
Diplomacy 18, History 18, Religion 18, Streetwise 23.
Other Skills
Bluff 18, Streetwise 11.

Political Gambits
The PCs’ rivals aren’t passive in this challenge.
The following political events can happen during
the course of the challenge, and give Eoffram and
Quelenna opportunities to gain successes for themselves (bringing the PCs closer to defeat). Each gambit
can appear after the PCs have a certain number of
successes, and an entry mentions in what range it
should appear. For example, “The Blockade” can
occur when the PCs have 2, 3, or 4 successes, and
the PCs choose whether to forgo actions when you
announce that event occurs.
The Blockade
Occurs when the PCs have 2–4 successes.
Kyle
 player, 1070 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 8 Jan 2016
at 07:18
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "If he had any experience with the scale of these matters, I'd have a better opinion of Troyas.  The problem is this is a whole different situation than hiring us to rescue a handfull of people from a keep, and is as much concerned with making a name for himself as not sitting back and hoping the invasion blows over."

  He sighs,  "Though considering I grew up in Brindol unlike the rest of you, I'm sure everyone who prefers Quelenna over Amyira or Troyas will just think I'm only saying most of his ideas should be used is just regional bias.  Even though Amyira has a better grasp of what we are dealing with than him."

  Someone who wants to teach citizens to swing a sword straight instead of hoping the problem goes away? Wowie zowie!
Timothius
 GM, 672 posts
Fri 8 Jan 2016
at 07:33
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel looks over at Kyle and says, "We'll be letting Tim do most of the talking anyway. The rest of us can merely present facts. I think Troyas will be perfectly fine with anyone being in charge as long as we go on the offensive. So let's use that."

Once the group enters, Timothius says, "Hail. We bring good news." he walks to the table and tosses a white dragon scale onto the table. It's big enough to eat dinner off of. "This scale belonged to Chillreaver; Exarch of Tiamat. We fought him, defeated him, and now he is dead. With his death, we freed Nefelus and they agreed to join the Coalition. With me is Bejam, a member of Nefelus's own Thraxinium. We now have an army of devas and their vast libraries of knowledge and history on our side."

He presents Bejam so the man can greet the coalition however he wants.


Timplomacy: Auto-success. Would have to roll a -4 on the dice to fail.
Tim Religion: 34 success
Rai Streetwise: 26 success

Mittens
 GM, 1651 posts
Fri 8 Jan 2016
at 07:53
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
History DC 18 (1 success, maximum 2 successes)
The PCs use their knowledge of historical warfare to coach their
candidate on lessons to be learned from past battles, so the
candidate can look more knowledgeable about the art of war.


Religion DC 18 (1 success, maximum 1 success)
By encouraging their candidate to show religious devotion,
the PCs gain the backing of many religious leaders in various
regions.


Diplomacy
DC 18 (1 success, no maximum successes)
The PC speaks to common people, convincing them to urge
their leaders to support the PCs’ candidate.


Insight DC 18 (1 success, maximum 2 successes—one per rival)
The PC watches one of the rival candidates speak and figures
out some of that candidate’s true motives. This also gives a +2
bonus to all checks during the next event (see below) triggered
by that rival.


Mits reaches to put a hand on Kyle's shoulder.  "Perish the thought.  Not only was Troyas the first to show faith in us, but none of us would accuse you of something so petty as playing political favorites.  You're a professional.  I'm sure we can compensate for whatever shortcomings may come up regardless of who winds up taking the reigns."

She unrolls the painting of the victors standing over Chillreaver and shows it off to the Coalition.  They all look impressed.

Bejam bows.  "Thraxi Bejam of Nefelus at your service.  I can attest to what the hero says.  Nefelus mourns with Sayre and Overlook at the loss of their most noble Coalition representatives."

He takes his seat at the table.

"The Heroes of the Prime Material Plane wish to resurrect Kalad," Amyria explains, "They will now present their case for the candidate they support for the new leader of the Coalition, then will be on their way."

Mits does not object to the title upgrade.  They are more than just the Heroes of the Elsir vale now, after all.

"My suggestion is this:  Amyria will be interim general until Kalad is resurrected.  As for who the next leader should be, I think all our options have merit.  I'll let Timothius here present the case for the wisest choice."


Diplomacy
DC 23 (1 success, maximum 1 success)
Eoffram Troyas seeks both the Elsir Vale seat and the leadership.
If the PCs’ candidate seeks only the Sayre seat and leadership,

Eoffram fights less ardently since the Elsir Vale seat will likely
go to him. A PC attempting this check gains a bonus equal to
the number of successes the PCs have.

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:58, Fri 08 Jan 2016.

Narrator
 player, 667 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 8 Jan 2016
at 07:55
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The Blockade
Occurs when the PCs have 2–4 successes.
A group of hobgoblins seize a road used by the
Elsir Consortium and prevent the flow of goods.
Quelenna uses this as evidence that trade is vital to
the war, and she intends to make sure resources move
through it.
effect: Any number of PCs can skip their next
skill checks to travel out and try to break the blockade. One of the PCs makes a d20 roll, with a +5
bonus for each PC participating. The DC is 17.
Kyle
 player, 1071 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 8 Jan 2016
at 11:46
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
 "Well, that certainly had some odd timing."  If the party doesn't want to go for a free History success this round, Kyle will contribute towards the attempts at dealing with the blockade.

OOC: "Okay, THIS time my utility will-Oh."  Anyways, latest Utility lets me use my +21 (+25 if you count a Skill challenge as a "Hazzard" ;P) Arcana on a CHA skill check as an encounter power. And looks like this challenge takes course over some nonspecific stretch of days?
Narrator
 player, 668 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 9 Jan 2016
at 03:18
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Streetwise DC 23 (1 success, maximum 1 success)
The PC finds out that Quelenna Entromiel has been bribing
officials to secure their support. Exposing her also removes 1
success from her tally, if she has any.

Streetwise DC 11 (no successes)
By gathering or spreading rumors, the PC find ways to
undermine a rival’s support base. The next ally who makes a
skill check in this challenge gains a +5 bonus.

Timothius
 GM, 673 posts
Sat 9 Jan 2016
at 03:45
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Tim supports Amyria. He appreciates that Troyas wants to go on the offensive, but thinks putting a "my way or the highway" guy in charge would be a mistake. On the other hand, Quelenna is emphasizing defense, which is right up Tim's personality preferences.

Rai supports Amyria, but has a soft spot for Troyas because he was behind us way back when. She admires his decisive nature and believes his line of thinking to be the ONLY way. Best defense is attack.

May thinks similarly to Raichel, but with a little less sentiment towards Troyas than Raichel has.

Timothius is sure to point out that while Amyria is still his choice for head of coalition, he agrees with both Troyas and Quelenna; the war needs to be brought to the enemy's front door, but the people need to bolster their defenses. He suggests that, rather than do one or the other, Quel focuses on bolstering defenses while Troyas focuses on the assault. He suggests that the leadership of the coalition would distract both Troyas and Quelenna from their goals and that with Amyria in the seat, those two could focus on their tasks while garnering support where needed.

In short: Timothius pretty much spins it that having Amyria in the leader seat would actually get both Troyas and Quelenna what they want.

Rai and May find Tim's suggestion to have merit, so they support Amyra like they were planning to do anyway.

Raichel, however, finds out Quelenna has been bribing officials and immediately reports it, along with evidence. She is teary-eyed and angry when talking to her allies, but cools down before allowing herself to see the council again, reasoning that Quelenna is clearly just doing everything possible to get what she thinks is assured protection of the people of Sayre. So Raichel soon no longer feels betrayed by this act.

When news of the hobgoblin ordeal happens, May suggests the whole team go there. "We never split up. We sleep together, fight together, and when the time comes for me to die, I hope it is at your sides."

Timothius agrees and lets Amyria know he trusts she has the rest in hand. "We'll deal with this threat and then resurrect Kalad."
Kyle
 player, 1072 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 9 Jan 2016
at 04:01
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle is in overall favor of Amyria calling the shots, considering she's has the most insight and personal experience with the whole sorry situation they are dealing with.

  Despite his upbringing by merchants, it seems clear that Qulenna's only concern is her buisness and hopes the whole war will blow over.

  If not for their impatience and desiring recognition as much as anything, Kyle would have been tempted to put Troyas on the job so Amyira didn't have to deal with the political headaches.  But as much as he admires most of their 'hey let's arm our citizens and give them enough training to handle basic minions' thinking, it's seems a given they will just throw under leveled NPCs at purple cons.

  "It's a sorry state when leaving a friend temporarily dead is the closest you can do to giving them a vacation." But it's also a good way to try and not throw as many curveballs at the module writers as possible.
Mittens
 GM, 1652 posts
Sat 9 Jan 2016
at 04:24
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Amyria humbly accepts the nomination of the heroes.  "Should I be chosen, I shall do my utmost to live up to the responsibility of the position."

Mits is sure to point out, "It's not like Amyria isn't the friggin' founder of this entire Coalition!  If not for her arm-twisting, this whole group wouldn't even exist, and each rep would be back home wondering how their small group of people are going to survive an inter-planar invasion on their own."

Her words aren't exactly flattering, but none of the Coalition members deny the truth of them.

"On the topic of who will represent Sayre, I nominate Lady Catherine Torrance.  And for who will be interim general, I say the obvious choice is general Alvro Taramin.

"And outside there being any other candidates, Eoffram Troyas as interim rep for the Elsir Vale is a given."


Amyria addresses her friends before they go on the first of the side-tracks.  "I shall remain here and see to it that the debate goes smoothly.  Your resurrection ritual scroll can be used by anyone with basic understanding, correct, Kyle?  I suggest that while we are all occupied, a delegation from the church of Moradin be sent to resurrect Kalad.  As much as he deserves a longer rest in paradise, I do not want to risk some distraction or complication that may crop up in the next few days in your absence be enough for us to lose our window of time when we can bring him back."

Complications such as....

Raid on Brindol
Occurs when the PCs have 4–7 successes.
A stealth raid by hobgoblins against Brindol is
easily foiled by the city’s guards. Eoffram claims this
shows that the evil forces can be defeated easily, but
the details of his story don’t add up.

effect: One or two PCs can skip their next action
in the skill challenge to instead investigate the
evidence of this raid.

Victory: The PCs reveal that the severity of the
raid was greatly exaggerated, and there’s no evidence
that the hobgoblins were even associated with the
githyanki.

Accusation
Occurs when the PCs have 7–9 successes.
Quelenna uses her connections to find out about
the PCs’ wealth, acquired from their various adventures, and uses this evidence to claim that the PCs
have only their own profit in mind. Claiming the PCs
are biased, she contends that the PCs want only a
pawn who can send them to the lands with the most
riches.

effect: Each PC has to defend his or her motives.
Victory: The PCs break the blockade, but gain no
successes.  blockade???

Changing Sides
Occurs when the PCs have 8 or more successes.
Once the PCs are close to victory, one of the other
candidates might switch sides and come to the aid of
the PCs. (You might choose to have a rival switch just
after his or her second political gambit fails.)
effect: If either rival has fewer successes than the
other, he or she joins the PCs’ cause and says that the
PCs’ candidate speaks for his or her people. This gives
the PCs one success and removes a candidate from
contention. The rival gains or retains a seat on the war
council in any case.

False Commands
Occurs when the PCs have 9–11 successes.
Desperate to prove his plan’s viability, Eoffram
sends out false orders to three cities, commanding
them to raise civilian armies and strike back at the
invaders.
effect: Up to three PCs can forgo their next
skill checks to instead try to prevent the messages
from being acted on.

Victory: If all PCs succeeded, they prevent Eoffram’s plan from working and likely save some lives.

Defeat: Eoffram denies responsibility for the
orders, claiming that the people demand this course
of action. He must be given control or the war effort is
doomed to failure. He gains one success.

One way or another, the PCs curb-stomp the problems, Amyria is chosen leader, and Kalad is resurrected!  He sends a message since he still has an army to re-build where he is after the githyanki victory in the area.  He is thankful, regrets to say he has no memories of the afterlife, but is grateful for the fact.

"Don't want any dreamy idealistic images running around in my head to distract me from my mission here.  I'm just happy to know I was deemed worthy to send back.  And that you all would go to the trouble of havin' me brought back.  I wish you all well with your dragon-slaying adventures.  I'm fine with Troyas taking my seat as rep for the Elsir Vale.  I've got my hands full as general and can't afford to be tied to a desk debating what to name things."
Timothius
 GM, 674 posts
Sat 9 Jan 2016
at 05:28
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel is infuriated by Quel's accusation, but bites her tongue.

May bites her tongue for a different reason; there is some truth to Quel's claims when it comes to May. She wants a horde and to buy things she likes. So her reaction is to blush and jaw-drop, kinda rendered speechless.

Timothius immediately makes sure his team is OK before making his point diplomatically. "To anyone who didn't know us, I'm sure that's how it looks. Our wealth is undeniable. It has become a part of our lives. When you fight an animated pile of gold made to look like Tiamat, you're bound to walk away with riches. That said, I have counted the number of days we have been allowed to relax and the days we are fighting evil, watching people die at our sides, and just generally saving the day for everyone. We have been fighting evil about 8 months. We have relaxed about 1 month total. Riches are no good if you can not enjoy them. Most of our wealth is what you see before you: An arsenal designed to fight evil. Assuming that isn't enough to persuade you, Eiffram himself can attest to our beginnings and what our motives were. We went for the people first before we even began to think about saving the town's treasures. We almost went to do so without pay entirely because, and again, Eiffram can attest to this, the council of Brindol was against hiring us. So we would have done all of that for free. Now that said: Raise your hand if a single one of you remembers hearing any of us so much as ask for pay doing the ground work of slaying armies and exarchs?" He waits for anyone downright stupid enough to raise their hand before saying, "And there you have it. Mittens' motive was to be like the storybook heroes she grew up reading about. Raichel's motive was to expose corruption and crush it. My motives started with keeping my sisters alive, but have since gone to damage prevention. Kyle's motives started out with using his professionalism to making sure my sisters and I didn't get ourselves killed. And we needed him for that." He gives Kyle a look of gratitude before looking back to the council. "And May's motive has been to show the world heroes are real. Which is... similar to Mittens, but there are some differences. Brindol, Overlook, and now the local Githzeri will attest to our motives. Which isn't to say anything of the gods who have been sending me personal messages from an angel, talk to Mittens on the regular and have blessed our whole team." He tosses his holy symbol onto the table. "This was 2,600 gold worth of investment. I never sold it. Why? Because it's a holy symbol of my god Pelor. I would sooner give it away to the church than sell it. These rings? 21,000 gold a piece. After that fight with Chillreaver and his goons, I think I will hold on to this ring. So..."

He snatches the symbol back up and says, "I've told you our motives. I've told you the gods favor us, which has already been evident by the visions and dreams we have shared with you. And if you still question the motives of a team chosen by the gods to save our plane from astral pirates, you also have Eiffram, then soon-to-be-raised Kalad, and many many people who bore witness to our motives and deeds. I will add this one last thing: If our motives were, in fact, purely money, I would contend that pirates from the astral sea who have riches none of you can imagine, would have recruited us long ago. You would be dead and your souls would be ripped apart, fueling one of their horrible soul-eating airships. No. Money is meaningless if it can't be used to protect the innocent. And that is what we will do."
Kyle
 player, 1073 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 9 Jan 2016
at 05:47
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle is so proud of both the complete turn around from 'barely surviving with his help' to 'would be mildly inconvenienced without him', as well as Timothius's growing expertise in passive aggression.

  "Eoffram knows how much I hold to actually getting paid for services rendered.  Too many expect help for nothing but a few kind words at best, hoping to take advantage of those who want to live up to stories.  Of coures, even then, I know enough not to leave people to suffer over it.  Even if I were in it purely for profits, one can hardly spend coin in a city burnt down by trolls, or a plane taken over by invaders."

  He shrugs, "I'm almost ashamed to say that somewhere down the line, I began to forget even thinking about it.  Oh, we have to recover a long lost fey artifact and kill a dragon four times as large as those the Gith use? Better go get that sorted then."
Mittens
 GM, 1653 posts
Sat 9 Jan 2016
at 06:22
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits also is proud of Timothius.  She smiles and thumbs-ups at him.  To Rai she reaches to put a hand on her shoulder.

To the Coalition she says, "There's an old saying.  When you point a finger, there are three more fingers pointing right back at you.  Quel, I appreciate your being among the few with the guts to be here.  But you're not making any friends by slinging mud at heroes because you're projecting your own greedy motives on others.  So I'll make an accusation of my own..."

She points dramatically at Amyria.  "You!  You put your life on the line to stand up to evil!

"And since Kalad isn't here, I guess I can't accuse any other Coalition member present of that.  But I invite anyone with the guts to come join us on just one of our missions."


She shows off her painting again.  "Exarch.  Of Tiamat!"

Bejam interjects, "I would like to point out that when the Thraxinim offered the heroes 310,000 gold for their brave deeds, they turned it down.  They asked for a tiny amount of residium instead.  As mentioned, they used the powder to create more tools of their trade, anticipating having to use them for our defense in the future.  I have an article here about the modest vacation they enjoyed in Nefelus after their victory where they could have easily exploited their popularity for many extravagant rewards.  They are above reproach."

Amyria bows.  "Once again, I thank you all for putting your lives on the line for the people of the Material Plane.  Even if it is your home, that does not diminish that you are all noble for doing so.  May the Platinum Dragon grant you an eternal reward.  One worthy of housing the wealth of friendship and love worth more than all the treasures of the world that you already have.

"Now.  We have an important matter to discuss."

The
fomorian Cachlain, known as the Stone-Skinned
King, allied with the githyanki. They have been funneling troops through his domain in the Underdark
of the Feywild, taking advantage of the numerous
portals to other lands that lie within it. Githyanki
have moved more rapidly due to this, but no one is
sure how severe the problem is. Caliandra has been
tracking the situation in the Feywild and knows that
Cachlain wants the Seed of Winter. The fomorian once
believed it belonged to him, and Caliandra believes
he lent it to aid those who attacked Nefelus.

The coalition wants to decipher Cachlain’s motives
and prevent him from helping the githyanki if possible.
They believe the PCs are the only ones strong enough
to safely travel to the king’s domain and deal with him.
May
 player, 552 posts
Sat 9 Jan 2016
at 06:37
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May grins. "Let's go do what we do best. I'm excited to see what manner of muppets, plushies, and impossible imaginary weapons Mittens comes up with next!"

Raichel is grateful Quelenna isn't talking back. Not like the heroes left her any room to, but still. "Cachlain... we've heard the name a few times now. We were planning on going to the feywild when possible and now our time has come."

Timothius says, "So how are we getting to the feywild?"
Kyle
 player, 1074 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 9 Jan 2016
at 06:57
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "His motivations seem to make little sense even compared to what we normally deal with.  I could understand him wanting to take an ancient tome, that's simple enough.  But why give up an even greater artifact you already had, if you want it for yourself that badly?"
Mittens
 GM, 1654 posts
Sat 9 Jan 2016
at 07:05
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits shrugs.  "My guess?  'I'll loan you this Seed of Winter.  In exchange, you give me all the fancy books you loot from Nefelus.  And don't think I'm just going to trust you.  You give me collateral for the Seed.'  But who knows.  Could be the guy is insane."

Taking advantage of the chaos caused by the
githyanki attacks, Cachlain has been sending underlings to the world to collect slaves for his court. By
comparing the locations of a few raids in the Elsir
Vale, the Coalition has guessed that the slavers have
been traveling out of Rhest, a ruined city that was
once the capitol of the kingdom of Rhestilor. Some
explorers were trying to excavate the ruins, but no
one’s heard from them in a long time.
If the PCs go to the ruins, they find the cyclops
slavers didn’t take much care to cover their tracks.
Narrator
 player, 669 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 9 Jan 2016
at 07:05
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The PCs go down a narrow set of stairs that leads to a
large room where water drains from the ruins above.

When they look into the room, read:
Ahead is a room built with white stone brick. Deep channels
built into the floor carry water out, away from the room,
and you hear a steady flow of water to the south.

In the room sit four cyclopses, who all appear to be
relaxing. Two have giant wooden clubs, and the other two
have nets attached to their belts and spears slung across
their backs. Near the entrance, a stone golem stands
perfectly still.


Surprise
The PCs can try to gain surprise. The PC with the
lowest bonus
Each PC rolls a Stealth check opposed by the
slavers’ passive Perception checks (26 is the highest).
The PCs have surprise if no enemies detect them.

Dungeoneering Check
DC 18: This room looks newer than the surrounding ruins.
Judging from the way water falls into the room, it appears
the room was built to drain the swampy water away from
the ruins, perhaps so they could be made livable once again.
The construction uses dwarven methods, and the room was
clearly not constructed by cyclopses or other fey.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:43, Sat 09 Jan 2016.

Narrator
 player, 670 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 02:26
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
<Elven>"Intruders!"<Elven> one of the slavers warns the others.

He moves forward cautiously, squints his eye, and throws a large shuriken at May, but she dodges it by a fraction of an inch in dramatic slow motion!

<Elven>"Highly skilled intruders!  We may need to use our jutsu!"<Elven>
May
 player, 553 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 02:30
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May trots off to the center of them and gives them all a daring grin. "I am your opponent. You just TRY getting past me and you'll fall!" The speed that little lizard just used demonstrated she can reach any of them with ease.


Move: To center of enemies.
Standard: Shield Clamor. Close burst 5, marks all targets.
 Effect: If any marked enemy makes an attack that doesn't include May, she can charge them.

Raichel
 player, 534 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 02:36
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel steps forward. "What is she doing...? Oh well." ZAP! Large bolt of lightning, but the cyclops who missed May pulls a dodge much like May's where the bolt barely misses.


Move: To a good view
Furious Bolts v S1,S2,G,C1,C2. Miss(24)

Narrator
 player, 671 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 03:14
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
When the PCs see the people imprisoned behind
the portcullis, read:


An iron portcullis blocks off a dead-end tunnel. Inside are
several humans, dwarves, and other residents of the Elsir
Vale. When they see you, they shout at you, begging for help.


All the cyclopse return May's challenge with an evil eye!

<Elven>"Save the jutsu for after we've tested them,"<Elven> a slaver answers, <Elven>"Those components aren't cheap!"<Elven>

Ping!  Shuriken bounces harmlessly off May's armor.  A cyclopse bruiser hefts his spiked greatclub.

<Elven>"Pff.  You guys and your jutsu.  Watch this."<Elven>

SLAM!  He hits with enough force to send May sprawling in the water!

<Elven>"It survived!  Not bad."<Elven>

SMASH!  Another bruiser smashes May hard!

<Elven>"Tough as hell!  But if they don't have a healer, we're golden."<Elven>
Mittens
 GM, 1656 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 03:55
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits heads into the room and a mini, bald Mittens appears among the enemy.

"Solar Flair!"

A burst of bright light emits from her forehead, and the enemy staggers about.  Mini bald Mits helps May move to a better spot.
Timothius
 GM, 675 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 03:57
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Just so happens the healer speaks elven. <elven>"We're testing you too. For example, if Mr Jutsu-isn't-cheap attacks anyone, he'll be unable to do anything."</elven> Timothius calls out before saying in common, "Which one needs to go down first?"


Pacify v S2. Hit(31)
 If S2 hits or misses with attack, he is stunned

Monster Intern
 Intern, 46 posts
 Monster Party!
 Monster Prices!
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 04:30
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The Stone golem crushes the kobold- Oh May rolled out of the way...

The stone golem CRUSHES the Kobold-oh, May blocked it with her shield.

The Golem's rocky unibrow furrows in disappointment.

OOC: Golem's double melee basic LOL miss and close miss.
Kyle
 player, 1075 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 04:32
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Kyle meanwhile (and anyone else who desired) is using cheaper grade magic items to fill in the expected language gap.  He walks ahead so he can see the Battle, toughens up May, and casts his encounter attack that he really treats more like a Utility these days.

Imagine the general shape of Gumby, if they were made of tornados.

That's what does a leaping double kick to one of the Cyclopses and the Golem away from May. (What, missed 3rd attack? We don't know what you are talking about).  It stands guard beside May while it lasts.

"The one hanging back is trouble, I know trying to decide who to use alchemy on when I see it."

This message was last edited by the player at 04:33, Sun 10 Jan 2016.

Narrator
 player, 672 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 04:55
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
<Elven>"Im..pressive.  Looks like we've got one shot at survival, guys.  Sleep Jutsu!"<Elven>
The slaver makes hand signs then tosses a vial at the group the explodes in a cloud over Kyle and the twins!  He then goes limp.
May
 player, 554 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 05:16
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May hops to her feet and says, <Elven>"MAN I love these translating magic items!"</Elven> she hops to her feet and whacks all three enemies! Only finds purchase in one enemy's defenses while the others block her weapon. <Elven>"Speaking of one chance; you guys have one chance to surrender. We treat those who surrender fairly. Those who don't... well just ask Chillreaver how that fared for him when you see Tiamat tormenting him in the afterlife for his humiliation."</Elven>


Come and Get It v C1,C2,G. Hit(38)! Miss(25) Miss(22)
 dmg: 14


C1 HP: 137 - 14 = 123

Raichel
 player, 535 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 05:33
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel looks tired and says, "Rai..." before shooting a bolt that takes chunks out of the stone golem. <Elven>"Wake me... if you need me... mmm..."</Elven> and curls up on the ground, sleeping with a content smile.


Lightning Strike v Golem. Hit(38)!
 dmg: 33
Save throw: 1 Fail. Fall unconscious


G HP: 285 - 33 = 252
C2 HP: 119 - 16 = 103

Narrator
 player, 673 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 05:46
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
(Elven a given from now on.)

"Chillreaver!?  You bunch?!  Yeah right!"

A slaver steps out and tosses another sleep powder at Mits!  It hits!  But she and Kyle both look unaffected.

"Hmm..."

"Aw come on, don't buy their bluff!"

SMASH!  May unharmed.

"Um...  guys?"

SLAM!  May still unharmed.  The enemy is looking nervous.  Except for the rock golem.
Mittens
 GM, 1657 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 06:01
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Believe it!" Mits says, "But in the time it would take to show you the scale we took from him and the painting of us standing over Chillreaver's corpse, we could have defeated you."

She rushes by a cyclops, May whacking it when it tries to smash Mits.  Mits then performs a justsu of her own.

"Mittens clone jutsu!"

Several Mittens ninjas appear and carve up the enemies with their laser swords!
Timothius
 GM, 676 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 06:12
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius move towards the enemies and bursts with radiant energy, then tosses a white fire at the golem, causing portions of rock to melt! He holds up a Chillreaver scale. <Elven>"Huh. Guess this rather large white dragon scale I'm holding is just my imagination. Thanks for clearing that up for me."</Elven>

Tim thinks better of asking Kyle to show off the seed of winter. The enemy doesn't need to know about that.

<Elven>"Did I not warn you that you were being tested?"</Elven> He lifts his hand and chains burst from the ground, ensnaring all by the stunned guy! The chains cause the enemies to feel vulnerable and in need of their mommies.

Raichel lightly paws at her nose, kicks a leg slightly and continues sleeping happily.


Move: To be in range
Minor: Solar Enemy
Sacred Flame v Stone Golem. Hit(35)!
 dmg: 36
Rai save: 6 fail
ACTION POINT! +4 to attacks that do no dmg until end of next turn
Chains of Blazing Light v C1,C2,G,S1. Hit(31)! Hit(36)! Hit(34)! Hit(44)!
 Targets are dazed and take 10 extra radiant damage first time they are hit


G HP: 206 - 36 = 170

May
 player, 555 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 06:25
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The stone golem goes to slam May and she holds up a shield that seems to glow briefly with magic Kyle instilled in it. The golem, annoyed, goes to charge everyone, but May immediately hooks the golem's leg and knocks him on his butt. "NO you don't!"
Kyle
 player, 1076 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 06:47
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle sighs at Raichel's alchemy induced catnap, and decides even if it will not compare at all to her, fill in for frying their enemies with lightning.

  You can tell, because it creates her name in cursive along the way to zapping the crusher hard enough to cause sparks to fly from their teeth.
Narrator
 player, 674 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 06:52
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The slaver breaks free from being stunned and sees Raichel sleeping.

"Only one of them sleeps?!"

He starts taking in the situation.

"Uh... oh...  We're dead."
May
 player, 556 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 06:58
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May yells, <Elven>"Not too late! Since Timothius put you out of your wits for a bit, we didn't expect you to surrender in that state. So we'll accept your surrender now."<Elven>

CRACK! She hits the downed stone golem and gives a disappointed frown as she didn't break through this time.


Standard: Appalling Crunch v Golem. Miss(25)
Minor: Daring Shot marks all adjacent to May

Raichel
 player, 536 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 07:02
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel yawns and cat-stretches! http://i2.wp.com/karenjeffery-...1/stretching-cat.jpg "Raaaaaiiii...."

Then looks around. "Oh... is that my name scortched into the ground?"


Save throw: 12 success!
Narrator
 player, 675 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 07:12
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Zoop!  Zoop!  Two of the baddies are dropped by Mittens clones!  Zoop!  Another one is slashed.

"OW!  Ok ok!  We surrender!  Klaatu barada nikto!"

The slaver drops his spear and the rock golem stops moving, the glow it its eyes turning off.

"...good call."

The other slaver drops his spear!

Mits huhs.  "Wow.  One could get used to this.  But I'll be real impressed when we get a githyanki to surrender."

She proudly shows off the painting and the slavers gawk.

"Please help us!" the slaves beg.

"Oh.  Right.  The keys."

Slaver two reaches into his pocket to pull them out and offer them to the heroes.
Kyle
 player, 1077 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 07:25
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Yes Raichel, it's your name scorched into the ground.

  "Yes, normally we could reduce them to smoking skeletons and the last survivor would still refuse to surrender."  Well okay, a little exaggeration.  There's usually SOME survivors even at the party's most trigger happy.

  Key haz!  It will be in your Key Items list for all eternity and drive you crazy.  He gets to freeing prisoners should nothing inconvenience that task.
May
 player, 557 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 02:13
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May says, "Well you know the next part. We..." she looks at the cage, "...don't put you in the cage because it isn't big enough for all of you. So we need to tie you guys up. But I promise your surrender will matter."

Raichel says, "By law, slavers are prison-sentence at worst and it depends on who you enslaved and who catches you. So you'll be fine."

Slaves may are may not be a common practice in the elsir vale, but it sure is common in other areas of the world.

Timothius tends to the wounds (both physical and mental) of the freed slaves first, but then tends to the giants' wounds (just the physical for now) once they are bound.
Mittens
 GM, 1658 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 02:21
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The cyclopse gulp but relax a bit at May and Rai's assurances

"Oh wow!" the slaves gasp upon being released, "It's the Heroes of the Elsir Vale!"

Mits grins and stands proudly.  "Theee one and only!"

She shows off the painting to them as well.  The people are awed.

"Something familiar about you all," a cyclopse says, offering no resistance to being tied up, "No hard feelings.  We're slaves too.  No taste for this job, but hey.  Do what you're told or die in the arena.  So being your prisoner actually is an improvement."
Kyle
 player, 1078 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 02:27
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "I'd much prefer not having the problems in the first place, but I'll take enemies who are capable of being reasonable over the usual.  If you're lucky you'll end up with boring manual labor rather than 'off to the front lines, more of the same'"  Sure, Cyclopses fighting the Gith would be convenient, but that would require anyone to trust them to not run off from the people who take up 7 less tiles of space than they do.
Timothius
 GM, 677 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 02:33
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel blushes when the painting is pulled out, but that doesn't stop her from telling the people how Chillreaver didn't listen to their threats of humiliation, so they knocked him out instead of killing him and humiliated him before the entire city of Nefelus.

May encourages the slaves that they can be heroes to those around them, just by keeping a positive attitude and looking for ways to help.

That "familiar" comment catches Tim's attention. "Familiar? Well... Mittens, pull out your journal. Read off the chapter titles and see if any of our skirmishes ring a bell for him."
Mittens
 GM, 1659 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 02:39
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The people are wowed by Rai and encouraged by Timothius and promise to use stories of this rescue to encourage others.  Mits reads off the titles and the Cyclopse oh when the Inconabulum Primeval comes up.

"So you were the ones who thwarted the last away team!  Nobody believed their exaggerated claims...  Hah.  Now I see why they lied about what you look like.  And how many of you there were."
Kyle
 player, 1079 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 02:43
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Yes, three adorable cats, a kobold, and a human killing Trolls with strawberry scented crystals would have likely sounded much more outlandish." Pop rocks 1, trolls zero.

  "While I doubt you ever found out, by chance you wouldn't happen to know why he wanted that tome, outside of 'it's rare and I want it'"
Raichel
 player, 537 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 02:48
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Rai and Tim blush from the adorable cats comment and mew in unison.

Timothius says, "So our reputation proceeds us, but due to exaggerations and lies, nobody is honestly going to recognize us until it's too late for them."

May says, "Among the enemy anyway. Which they are just shooting themselves in the foot by lying since that gives us the element of surprise. Our enemies can keep underestimating us; it makes it sweeter when they fall too fast to flee."

Raichel nods, "May's right. All I care about, concerning our reputation, is that those we save know who we are and what we did." She glances at the cyclopses. "Which, weird as it sounds, now includes you guys."

But all three lean in to hear the answer to Kyle's question. It's an important one... if these guys know the answer.
Mittens
 GM, 1660 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 02:58
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits grins at the cuteness going on and arm-arounds her sibs.  She too is curious if the cyclopse know anything.

The cyclopse chuckle at the comment about being rescued.  "Thanks for that, by the way.  Still sinking in that an enemy would be so kind.  But it's consistent with what the others mentioned.

"'His highness' does not let slaves into his confidence, but it's not like he's hard to figure out.  He's always lusting after power.  About the only thing that can compare to his love for powerful allies, items, and whatnot is his obsession with the arena fights.  Especially now that he has a rival.  A book so powerful it's reputation spans the gap between our worlds would keep him up at night wishing he had it in his grubby hands.  Heh.  Nice job making him loose sleep, come to think of it."

Mits smirks proudly.  "Thanks!"
Kyle
 player, 1080 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 03:04
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Which just makes the whole 'give away the Seed' thing all that much more confusing, but still not mentioning it in front of the recent enemies.

  "To be honest, we likely would have forgotten all about him if he kept it to just that first attempt.  So many of the people we have to put down have a habit of provoking us in the first place."
Timothius
 GM, 678 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 03:21
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "And before you think "well duh", allow me to tell you the degrees of which people will beg us to go kill them." Tim recounts the recent Telicanthus story and how pretty much thanks to hiring people to go after the group, they got valuable information that helped prove Telicanthus a villain. "Of course, villains don't understand we actually try to keep our enemies alive. Not only is a live enemy valuable for information, but... well I prefer people have a chance to regret their actions in this life. Then there's a chance they could turn and become good. Which from a pure logic standpoint, can only add to our number."

Raichel says, "Thanks for the information. And an extra thanks for letting us know our efforts lost Cachlain some sleep."

May says, "So where do we go from here?"
Mittens
 GM, 1661 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 03:33
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Sad but true," Mits says in regards to the bit about enemies giving themselves away.

She grins and adds, "There's also the fact our enemies would rather die than be captured.  Why give them what they want?"

To May's question, "Well we wanted to confront Cachlain about his alliance with the Githyanki.  So we came here for info on where to find him."

The cyclopse sweatdrop.  "Your welcome.  Any chance we could trade that info for our release?  Like we mentioned, never wanted to bother any of you in the first place."

The other one glances nervously.  "Just tell 'em.  Don't wunna make 'em mad."

"Ok fine.  We've got a map and ritual scroll to a nearby portal circle that'll take you right to our base camp back where we come from.  We'll be happy to vouch for you if you want to save yourselves the trouble of stomping our allies over there."
Kyle
 player, 1081 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 03:39
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  So many emo Shadrakai, yes.

  Common sense would suggest it's either a trap, or the group would attack them anyways.  But the chance of it actually working out is worth the novelty alone (and besides, they'd have to head there anyways).

  "Well, that's certainly less investment than working out a circle to the Feywild ourselves." Plus even with how much of the Feywild they will have to head through, it's bound to be closer than picking at random.

OOC: Hey, how about we ask the Seed where in the Feywild they come from and go there directly-oh the Module is crying again.
Timothius
 GM, 679 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 08:02
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "Didn't you just say that releasing you just means going back to being a slave under Cachlain? I'd rather you be safely tucked away at either Sayre or Overlook than risk him throwing you in an arena using the excuse of your "failures" to do so."

Raichel nods and says, "If you come with us, that would be helpful. We won't ask you to fight and we will protect you."

May nods. "Only really need one of you to come."
Mittens
 GM, 1662 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 08:33
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Handy!  So where are those items?"

One of the cyclops looks at his hip.  "My pocket."

Mits mage-hands the items and checks them out.  "Hmm.  Not far."

(( GM Handwave.  Group had the foresight to bring along some lowbie soldiers who agreed to escort any freed slaves to safety.  In case we found what we were looking for and didn't want to waste time running people to safety and back.  Module assumes the NPCs just run off and vanish like in an MMO, I guess. ))

The cyclops answers Timo, "Put yourselves in our shoes.  This world of yours is as hostile and alien to our kind as ours is to you.  Maybe moreso.  Is there a community of our kind in Sayre or Overlook with pretty single cyclops girls we could start families with?  I'd sooner take my chances in the Feywild.  So long as we avoid Cachlain and Sangwyr's domains, we'll avoid re-capture."
Kyle
 player, 1082 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 08:38
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  The NPCs run in zig zags until deciding on the closest building door to enter through and never be seen again.

  "Not likely, no.  Though I'd at the very least give it a week before heading back.  That should give you a bit more time for this latest set of issues to at least be more sorted out than before.  Or for your old boss to be too distracted to even remember you."
Timothius
 GM, 680 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 08:49
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel would continue the argument with things like "then why haven't you already taken your chances and run off without us showing up?", but Kyle kinda makes a good, time-saving point. "Yeah. That. I think you can handle the Prime Material for a week or two."

Timothius kinda mutters, "I dunno... as much exposure as the bunch of us have been getting, if the cyclops were pretty enough and good-hearted enough..."

May continues Tim's thought with, "Then she'd join our team and kick butt!" completely missing the point.
Mittens
 GM, 1663 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 09:00
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits conjures a cyclops muppet and has it lean over to kiss Timo on the cheek.  http://vignette4.wikia.nocooki...st?cb=20121005001124

"That scroll is a one-time deal.  Once you use it, we'll have no way back to our home world.  We can wait things out near the portal circle.  Plenty of places to hide considering you'll be keeping Cachlain busy.  Area may be controlled by a fickle archfey, but I'm sure it won't mind us being there for a week considering it tolerated us so far."
Kyle
 player, 1083 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 09:07
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Hang onto the scroll then.  The circle itself is the more important part than the ritual... Well, at least to us." And Tim, too.  "Though if you really wanna go now, may as well I guess."
Timothius
 GM, 681 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 09:18
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "We'll just have them stay for now. Not like we can't handle what's on the other side."

May says, "So then. We ready to go?"

Raichel says, "I am."
Mittens
 GM, 1664 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 09:37
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Yuppers!"

The cyclops are surprised and grateful for the offer of being allowed to keep the scroll and thank the heroes.  The freed slaves are taken by the guards to safety.  And the group finds the circle and uses it to travel to the Feywild!

You are surrounded by a circle of tall, columnar stones. A
ring of glowing runes encircles them, and then it dims after
you arrive. You’re in a verdant grove in the Feywild, and
a vibrant moon hangs in the sky above the tops of the tall,
ancient trees. A bit to the west is a steep cliff. A cave mouth
is directly across from you, and two enormous doors made
of entwined wood and vines span the tunnel, which is just
inside the cave mouth.


The firbolg hunting party wants to surprise the PCs,
so roll a Stealth check against the highest passive
Perception of the party to determine surprise. Use the
lowest bonus among the enemies (the firbolgs’ +19).
The PCs can’t surprise the firbolgs, since the firbolgs
know they’re coming and the portal doesn’t allow for
a stealthy entry.

Rolled a 36 total.

When the PCs see their enemies, read:
You see two humanoids, each about 12 feet tall. They wear
headdresses crafted to look like crows and carry enormous
picks with the same motifs. Near them, you can barely make
out two snakes, each of which has two heads and is made of
solid shadow.

Narrator
 player, 676 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 04:31
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
A shadow snake slithers closer and bites Timothius!  Then another slides into view and bites Rai!  Two Ghostravens charge at Mits and May, slamming both with their their war picks!  When they see that their enemies don't die in one hit, they look very pleased!  Then Timothius' snake bites Kyle and slithers back into the nearby bushes!

An Insight check (DC 20) reveals that
they are testing the PCs and not fighting as aggressively as they could.

Raichel
 player, 538 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 04:42
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel flies to the top of one of the trees and hurls a lightning bolt at one of the firbolgs, who pulls a Neo-dodges-bullet and barely dodges the lightning. Raichel furrows her brows in annoyance. Too annoyed to notice the enemy is "testing" the team. She just assumes the smiles are because they are enjoying the challenge. "Enemies who can dodge lightning is quickly becoming annoyingly common."


Take 10 poison damage
Move: Fly to top of tree
Standard: Furious Bolts v G1,G2,S1,S2. Miss(27)
Save v ongoing: 19 success


Raichel HP: 81 - 10 = 71

Narrator
 player, 677 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 04:46
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
A portal hound notices the noise of combat and teleports to the door.

"Woof?  Woof!  Bark bark bark!"

It charges towards the heroes!

Sway the Sky Shaper Level 16
Skill Challenge
A rumbling voice thunders through the sky. “You fight in my domain, do you? Fine, then. Entertain me.” You quickly realize this
must be the Sky Shaper, the archfey Caliandra told you about.

The PCs can try to sway the Sky Shaper to their side,
causing him to make his domain sunny to disadvantage
the firbolgs. As the PCs gain successes, the sky gets lighter,
and it darkens again if they fail. Each PC can contribute
once per round. Most attempts require a minor action, but
a character who makes an Acrobatics check for a different
reason can count that check for the challenge, and Arcana,
History, and Insight checks are all free actions.
Complexity
1 (requires 4 successes before 3 failures).
Primary Skills
Acrobatics 13, Bluff 13, Nature 20.
Other Skills
Arcana 20, History 20, Insight 13

This message was last edited by the player at 04:51, Tue 12 Jan 2016.

May
 player, 558 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 04:59
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May says, "Remember, everyone! Keep our enemy alive!" then uses telepathy on her allies, <Telepathy>"And un-maimed is possible! These guys are just testing us. They MIGHT not be evil!"</Telepathy>

May darts over to the nearby firbolg, roars a draconic roar and gives a challenging eye to her enemies! When the snake begins attacking, May tumbles under her allies and rises for an uppercut on the snake, hitting it but not hurting it.


Minor: Shift 2 to ideal position
Standard: Shield Clamor. G1,G2,S1,S2,H1 all marked
Minor: Acrobatics to impress fey-face - 17

This message was last edited by the player at 05:07, Tue 12 Jan 2016.

Narrator
 player, 678 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 05:13
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The voice sounds impressed.  "Nice tumble, there!  Intruders: 1."

The second snake snaps at May and Kyle, missing both, then slinks behind the trees.
Kyle
 player, 1084 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 05:24
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle steps between his friends not to use them as cover (which is purely incidental) but so he can provide the closest friends (Physically, He still likes Raichel just as much) with his 'I shot someone so now you hit harder' buff.

  As per practical tradition by now, he toughens up May.  "Watch the hounds.  I was expecting the kind that fly, but those can teleport you just as well as they can teleport themselves."  That said, he shoots the magical doggy.
Mittens
 GM, 1665 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 05:32
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The portal hound yelps!  Mits sadfaces.

"Poor doggie.  So kyoot!  Eyebeams!"

She lasers at a ghostraven and it dodges!  "Dang.  Annoying is right, Rai."

<Elven>"Do you speak Elven, perhaps?  Why are you attacking us?"<Elven>

The ghostravens look disappointed and annoyed by the question, but give no answer.

Mits zaps the snakes, smiles, and gets all fan-girl over the Skyshaper.  "Wow!  Just seconds into the Feywild and we get to meet someone so amazing!  The Skyshaper!"

The voice answers, sounding very complimented.  "You've heard of me?  Well!  Keep amusing me, and I'll show you something truely amazing.  Material Plane Fighters: 2.  Firbolgs: 0."
Narrator
 player, 679 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 05:59
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May gets quite the workout as the two ghostravens and the portal dog all attack!  None of them hit.  The ghostravens look real impressed with May, grinning.  When one gets an opportunity to attack May for charging, it chooses not to.  But the portal hound snaps at her.
Timothius
 GM, 682 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 06:24
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"I recently read about you from a Nefelese book, Skyshaper. The sky isn't the only thing you reshaped... the very ground we fight on was reshaped by you! Oh to see such a sight..."

He is genuinely excited. This is the feywild equivalent of bumping into a god, so... 2nd direct deity encounter is go?

He points to the prone dog and a target appears on it.


Tim takes 5 (10-resist5) ongoing poison
Minor: Nature: 33
Move: Provoke from Doggy.
 Dog-o-O: 33. Nom! dmg: 13
 May-o-O: 36. Nom! dmg: KNOCK PRONE HAHAHAHA
Standard: Prophetic Guidance on Dog
Save v ongoing poison: 18 success


Tim HP: 85 - 5 - 13 = 67

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:31, Tue 12 Jan 2016.

Narrator
 player, 680 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 06:49
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Shadow snake returns and attacks Mits, but gets hit by a charging May!  Once again, the ghostraven that could have attacked chooses not to.  The snake bites at May and misssesss.  An especially large firbolg appears, looking worried.

"Save some for meeee!"  He runs full tilt toward the combat, looking happy now that he sees what's going on.

"Hey Skyshaper!  Check this out!"

He pole-vaults into the air mid charge, does a somersault, then comes down on Timothius with his spear!  For a half second, he looks concerned, but cheers when he sees Timothius is still standing even after a direct hit!

"YEES!  Worthy adversaries!"

The Skyshaper laughs.  "So glad you noticed, visitor!  That's 1 for the home team, 3 for the visitors!  One more point wins it for them!"

"Roar!"  A bear-skin-clad giant emerges from the cave!  It takes a zig-zaggy path as it charges at Timothius!

"Grizzly PUNCH!"  Timothius dodges the punch!  The bloodbear looks very pleased.

The Skyshaper hmms.  "Sure.  Point.  Home team: 2."
Raichel
 player, 539 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 06:55
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "Oh come on! That was a point for Tim! Oh yeah? Well watch this...." she places her staff on the tip of the tree, climbs it, break-dances at the top in order to stand on it and calls down a 15' thick lightning bolt that SLAMS the two new guys onto their butts while setting the ground ablaze! KRACKBOOM!

She waves a hand and Kyle goes flying to the top of another tree!

Lightning then shoots from her at random, zapping three enemies!


Move: Fly Kyle to top of another tree
Standard: Vezzuvu's Eruption v Pyradan, Bloodbear. Hit(32)! Hit(27)!
 dmg: 21
 Both knocked prone
Minor: 37 acrobatics


Pyradan HP: 322 - 21 = 301
Bloodbear HP: 240 - 21 - 6 = 213
Hound 1 HP: 114 - 6 = 108
G2 HP: 236 - 6 = 230

This message was last edited by the player at 07:04, Tue 12 Jan 2016.

Narrator
 player, 681 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:05
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The Skyshaper's voice reverberates as it responds to Rai, "Excellent!  The visitors win!"

The sun suddenly rises!  The shadow snakes hiss and recoil.  Dark tendrils begin rising from beneath the firbolgs!

The portal hound stands and chomps at Mits, but misses!
May
 player, 559 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 21:41
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May deftly charges past the snake and hound, deflecting them nonchalantly before stopping at the newcomers and letting out another roar! Everyone in 15 feet of her is forced to move towards her and those next to her get a taste of weapon-to-face. Magic weapon at that. Thanks, Kyle! "So not only do we have the favor of Bahamut, Pelor and Moradin, but now in the Feywild, within seconds, we have the favor of the Skyshaper? Yeah. I think we are destined to clean up the filth and villainy that dare defile any of the realms!"


Move: To new guys!
May provoking from Snake 1 and Hound 1. Miss/Miss! (They both rolled 2's)
Standard: Come and Get It v Pyradan,Bloodbear,G1,G2,H1,H2. Hit(27)! Hit(30)! Hit(38)! Hit(32)! Hit(37)! Hit(29)!
 dmg to those adjacent to May: 6+5=11
 All of them marked.


Puradan HP: 301 - 11 = 290
Bloodbear HP: 213 - 11 = 202
G1 HP: 218 - 11 = 207
G2 HP: 230 - 11 = 219

Kyle
 player, 1085 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 22:15
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  ""Much of destiny seems to be picking the winners and saying 'Totally called it ahead of time, I swear.'" Of course, the Gods would hardly hardly get where they were without rigging the numbers in their favor from time to time.  Just look at those Avenger feats that literally rig the dice, for example.

  Kyle's next actions are not particularly impressive.

  Of course, as the powder sizzles and puffs with the scent of apple pie in the flames among the Firblogs, it's not like their enemies will be doing anything impressive either in the immediate future.

Paci dust: Hits all Fir blog types (so, everything but the animals).
Mittens
 GM, 1666 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 23:13
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Zoop!  The portal dog teleports Mittens to a spot where it can flank her!

"Ooh, sunlight!"

She shifts over into the thornbushes.

"Alakazam!"

She conjures up six huge crystal eyes in the air that focus the sun's rays into intense beams that burn the enemy, dazzling them!  http://images.bijouled.co.uk/i...3531839-61906100.jpg  The portal dog yelps and passes out.

"Didn't kill the puppy!  Poor doggie."

The other one charges at her and bites her on the leg!  Grr!  The ghostravens blink-blink in a daze, sneezing from the dust, and crouch to ready themselves for more attacks.

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:14, Tue 12 Jan 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 683 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 04:08
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius seizes the opportunity. He bursts with light, causing more vulnerability, encases the firbolgs in radiant chains, and then looks at Pyradan, saying, "You can't beat us. Our test is over already. But if you wish my team's assessment of you, you may have it now or after they pummel you."

WHAM! Pyradan takes a major blow to his morale / confidence and feels weak.


Minor: Solar Enemy
ACTION POINT! +4 non-damaging attacks
Standard: Chains of Blazing Light v Firbolgs. Hit(41)! Hit(30)! Hit(30)! Hit(40)!
 Dazed. First time they take damage, they take 10 extra radiant
Break the Spirit v Pyradan. Hit(39)!
 dmg: 53


Pyradan HP: 184 - 53 = 131

Narrator
 player, 682 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 04:19
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The big firbolg carrying two spears struggles to stand.  "You are worthy opponents indeed.  And now that we know what a challenge you are, it will bring us great glory to capture you for the Daughter of Frostwhite Forest.  I am Pyradan, and the fury of the Wild Hunt runs through my veins..."

The bloodbear tries to stand and immediately gets knocked right back down by May.

Pyradan looks discouraged.  "I've only gotten to attack once so far..."

This message was last edited by the player at 04:25, Wed 13 Jan 2016.

Raichel
 player, 540 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 04:26
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel leaps down from the tree, turns into lightning and ZAPS through the enemies, taking out two of them and severely wounding two others before appearing next to her sis. She catches the hound with her foot in order to gently lay its unconscious form on the grass.

The fire from earlier goes away. "None of us have bothered with healing powers yet, you know. We got about six to twelve times more endurance than this left in us before we might think about this being a challenge."


Spark Form v firbolgs, hound. Hit all but Pyradan
 dmg: 55 to firbolgs, 45 to hound


G1 HP: 54 - 55 = KO
G2 HP: 105 - 55 = 50
Bloodbear HP: 71 - 55 = 16
Hound 2 HP: 41 - 45 = KO

Narrator
 player, 683 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 04:32
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Pyradan drops his weapons and nods to the bloodbear who holds up his hands in surrender.

"Well fought!  You have won this day, powerful warriors!  Did you defeat the other half of the cyclops slaver camp?  Introduce yourselves so we might speak as warriors."
Kyle
 player, 1086 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 04:38
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle has only used two actions this whole encounter so far either. So he knows the feeling.

  But if you consider his second action was to use pacification dust, does that mean stealing the actions of others have made him effectively take six actions?

  "They took slightly longer, but yes."  He doesn't even consider claiming they don't deserve a warrior's treatment, because he's hiding up in a tree throwing things at people as a tactic.  "I am Kyle, my friends can speak for themselves." Because they have better CHA mods.
Timothius
 GM, 684 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 04:45
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius waves a hand to cause Mittens' wounds to vanish. Then begins walking towards the enemies. As he does, his wounds close themselves. "I am Timothius. The lightning bolt is my sister Raichel. The radiant beacon is my sister Mittens. And the weapons master shaking your hand is May. The skyshaper told us his reasons for testing us. What are yours? You mentioned capturing us for the Daughter of Frostwhite Forest?"

With that, he begins binding the enemy's wounds.

May telepaths to Kyle, <Telepathy>"Let that seed know it better not speak out right this moment. These guys could be working for an enemy of hers for all the seed knows and will just as soon take the seed FARTHER from the seed's goal."</Telepathy>

Raichel rests quietly, then Ohs! and waves a hand to guide Kyle down to the ground safely. She blushes a little. "Sorry, Kyle."
Mittens
 GM, 1668 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 04:48
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The Seed of Winter comments, "These firbolgs could make for useful minions.  Kyle, enslave them!"

"Implied in your question is that you defeated this side's half.  So...  Why did you?  And why attack us if you have a beef with them, and clearly we defeated your enemy?"

Pyradan explains...
A dusk harrier named Pyradan leads this small group
of firbolgs and their beast allies. He’s comfortable in
battle, but gruff and tactless when interacting with
others. He works for the eladrins only because they
have the foresight to find powerful opponents who
can give the firbolgs a good fight. He uses the missions they give as training, and he asks only that he
be allowed to take trophies of his victory.

These firbolg hunters, working to gain favors from
the eladrin of the Frostwhite Forest, have staked out
this grove. The eladrin have detected the path of the
Seed of Winter and helped set up the firbolg ambush.
The firbolgs want to capture the PCs. The first group
doesn’t speak. They fight for the sake of fighting,
wishing to test the PCs’ mettle. In the second battle, if
the firbolgs find out the PCs are willing to meet with
the eladrin peacefully, they volunteer to lead them,
but still ask if they can fight until one side submits.
Kyle
 player, 1087 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 05:23
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle quietly comments to the seed, "An interesting suggestion for our stay, if you provided means.  If such control you demonstrated before is something you either will not, or can not grant while in my possession, then I suppose I'll have to remain disappointed."

  That will probably be the closest thing him and the seed have in common, really. Feeling annoyed and/or let down by eachother.
Timothius
 GM, 685 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 05:31
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"We did, in fact, defeat the other encampment." Timothius says, "Were there any slaves with the encampment that was on this side?"

While Tim binds wounds, May binds limbs so the freshly surrendered enemy can not escape.

Raichel assists with that as well. Of course, if the firbolgs object, Raichel will remind them they did attack and until things get proven / sorted out, that makes these guys enemies and thus prisoners.
Mittens
 GM, 1669 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 05:42
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The Seed argues that one does not need mind control to enslave a person, but it certainly does not hurt.  But get me some magic mirrors, and mind control can be yours!  Etc.

The firbolgs do object!  "Can't we just go together as respected rivals?  It's not like you couldn't just defeat us again if you're worried about us fighting you again."

"You'd have taken us prisoner had you won," Mits points out.

"Be that as it may, but you are the visitors to this realm.  It will look better for you if you don't bind up locals willing to go with you peacefully."

Mits huhs.  "Skyshaper?  Is that true?"

"Meh.  Just tell whomever you have my favor.  That'll carry more weight than a hundred sore loser firbolgs, tied up or otherwise."

"No, not sore losers!  We accepted our defeat without making excuses like, 'Well an archfey intervened, so it doesn't count!'"

Skyshaper laughs.

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:42, Wed 13 Jan 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1088 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 05:48
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Well, that does set a high bar compared to the rare occasions out enemies surrender, yes." Even if it has been getting more common of late.

  "Though maybe if you can legitimately claim those you lead us to would believe you went down as fast as you did, then maybe we won't need the ropes as much as evidence it happened as to keep you behaved.  A personal hand written note from the gods would not convince most people we meet of our credentials even as we drag the remains of our enemies behind us"
Narrator
 player, 684 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 05:55
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"We will tell the truth of our encounter if you show your rivals respect.  Humiliate us and we will remain silent."
Timothius
 GM, 686 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 06:04
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius thinks. Just a year ago, that attack Pyradan did to him would have killed Tim to the point where there would be no hope of bringing him back. But on the other hand, the firbolgs very likely knew whoever came through was equal to or greater than the cyclops encampment. So he accepts that these guys, no matter how excitable, honestly didn't want to kill the heroes.

Raichel says, "We have defeated an exarch, you know, and managed to keep him alive. If you want to know humiliation, ask us what we did to him. Being tied up isn't humiliating. Being dragged before your enemies to be spat on; that is humiliation."

May says, "Not that you did anything to warrant us wanting to humiliated you. Raichel's just saying that being tied up isn't humiliation..."

Timothius shrugs. "Untie them. We will have not only their honor to speak well of us, but they will attest to the fact the Skyshaper favored us. If they lie, they will lose their honor... which I'm guessing is worth much more to them than their lives."

May shrugs. "Tim says untie, I untie. Unless it's obvious he's being mind controlled. Which would take a deific power and wouldn't last anyway."
Mittens
 GM, 1670 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 06:15
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits shrugs.  "At least they recognize that we're way out of their league.  What kinda surprises me is that they trust that we value honesty over making up our own story about what happened."

The firbolgs look perplexed, but are satisfied that they got what they asked for.

"An exarch!  Fantastic!  If you ever want a rematch, we'll be more than happy to oblige!  Which exarch?"

Mits shows the painting and they oh, looking impressed.

After the battle, the firbolgs lead (or carry, if the PCs
lost) the PCs to a battle camp of eladrin ruled by
Inzira, Daughter of Frostwhite Forest.  (What happens if the PCs killed the firbolgs???)

In the battle camp, the PCs meet one of Inzira’s
lesser generals, Druemmeth Goldtemple. He is a tall,
muscular eladrin with long, dark brown hair and,
true to his name, streaks of gold in the hair above his
ears. Adorned in mithral chainmail and wearing a
longsword, he’s clearly prepared for battle.

After boasting about how amazingly powerful the visitors from the Prime Material are, with detailed descriptions of the fight, the firbolgs depart soon after.

Druemmeth questions the PCs. He has heard tales
about the war against the githyanki, so he knows the
PCs by reputation and is friendly to them as long as
they aren’t aggressive. In fact, he apologizes for sending the firbolgs after them, claiming that he would
have approached them more diplomatically had he
known who they were.

"All I knew was that whomever took the Seed of Winter used that portal to enter your world."

However, Druemmeth hasn’t received word about
the events in Nefelus, and he wants to know how
the PCs attained the Seed of Winter. If they’re forthcoming and appear honest, he believes them easily.
Otherwise, his attitude is no longer friendly, and his
interrogation grows more threatening. Whether he
finds out what he wants to know with little effort or
is unable to pry any information from the PCs, he
asks the PCs to leave his tent while he converses with
Inzira, his ruler.
Kyle
 player, 1089 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 06:25
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "An Exarch was using it to create icebergs in a tropical climate, it was rather impossible to hide it's location even from a different landmass."  even without the request for assistance, that would have stood out.  "What circumstances prevented you from looking for it in all that time?"
Timothius
 GM, 687 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 06:31
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Tim has no reason to lie and has a personal code to reserve it for enemies only. Rai hates lying. May doesn't really understand the complexities of lying and is bad at it.

While Timothius has thoughts on why goldielocks didn't go to another plane to start looking, he keeps quiet and listens for the actual answer.

May is impressed the guy has gold hair. Even if hers was literally given her by a gold dragon.
Mittens
 GM, 1671 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 06:46
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
((Conversation has been in Common.))

"Just out of curiosity, is tying up defeated enemies taboo in the Feywild, or...?"

Druemmeth tries to be stoic, but looks annoyed with Kyle's news.  "Would that it were so obvious when it was in the Feywild.  Nothing prevented us looking.  Finding was another matter.  Only recently did we learn that it had been taken to your world."

To Mits he answers, "Not as a rule, no.  Firbolgs have their own culture regarding such things if that's what you're referring to.  Now if you'll excuse me.  Please."

He motions for the exit.  Mits steps out and takes in the crisp air.

"Wow.  The Feywild!  Stuff of legend and fairytale!"

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:47, Wed 13 Jan 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1090 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 06:53
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  As Goldenfancyman heads off, Kyle acknowledges the planar difference.

  "I apologize, so many visitors from other planes have both possessed and claimed quite the bit of knowledge of current events in our realm.  I assumed the same would have applied here."

  Kyle makes an emergency usage of his 'not suck at diplomacy' utility to not bring up that apparently some casual weapons dealings and light mercenary work warranted better Intel and preparation than an infamous artifact of historical importance.
Timothius
 GM, 688 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 07:03
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Luck is a factor also. Kyle's INT score can figure that much. Sometimes Murphy just hates you and then adds extra taunts like "haha neon sign and you missed it! Don't you feel like an idiot?"

May, Raichel and Timothius exit the tent and take in the beauty. "Your FACE is the stuff of legend and fairytale, Mittens!"

Timothius chuckles and says, "Seriously... for the people here, it is simply home and we're the ones who are legend. We are to them what the Shadowfell is to us. But that doesn't stop how we feel after growing up hearing stories about it..."

Raichel is smiling also and says, "Let's be sure to pick up some souvenirs from the feywild, then."
Mittens
 GM, 1672 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 07:08
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits laughs at May's taunts.  "Back atcha, May."

When he brings the PCs back in, he
has prepared a means for the PCs to converse with
Inzira.

The general says, “Inzira seeks a temporary alliance with
the Stone-Skinned King. It’s best if she speaks with you.” He
then removes a mithral medal from his chest and pins it to
the wall of the tent. Ice spreads from it, crystallizing across
a large surface, and forming the image of a female eladrin’s
face. With long white hair and piercing, icy blue eyes, her
presence is cold and unfeeling. Her eyes study you as she
speaks.
“The Seed of Winter belongs to me, not to you and
certainly not to the Stone-Skinned King. It was a gift
from Koliada to me when I was a mere child, and I have
no intention of parting with it. However, I see that the
fomorian and I must work together to foil the plots of
Sangwyr. Use the Seed of Winter for the time being, as a
tool to make a way into the King’s court. I’ll be expecting
you to return it when you’re finished.
“It’s convenient that our interests align, so you’ll be my
messengers. Tell the fomorian I do not like him, and I know
he does not like me. However, Sangwyr utterly hates both of
us, and we must stop his stupid uprising.”

Kyle
 player, 1091 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 07:15
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Oh thank the gods, Archfey, or whatever you prefer, a practical leadership figure." Well, it's MOSTLY an improvement to his usual attitudes?  "Could you inform us more about Sangwyr, as it is likely we will have to deal with him directly before this is all over with." He wonders if the seed has anything to say over this... Well, to Inzira's icy face at least, rather than complaints out of her icicle earshot.
Timothius
 GM, 689 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 07:22
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "We have no love for Cachlain either. It is very likely if he makes a wrong move against my team, we will beat him up."

Timothius will wait for Inzira to answer Kyle's question for asking one of his own. "If I may ask; how did the seed leave your possession in the first place?"

May stands confident. Well OK, only Timothius might be assuming anything resembling a humble posture at this point, but still. "The seed likes to annoy us, so you can be sure we probably will be more than glad to give it away."
Mittens
 GM, 1673 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 07:40
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The Seed isn’t pleased about being
used as a bargaining chip, and it makes its wishes
known. When it realizes it has the chance to return
to Inzira’s possession, it decides that’s what it truly
wants. The Seed is impatient and vocal about its
wishes, but Inzira can calm it for the immediate
future.

"Sangwyr, like many other fomorians, believes himself to be the world's gift to existence.  He employs slaves of many races, including shapeshifters such as Oni, rakshasaa, and hags.  He extends his tunnels with bulettes and controls them through drow and their ilk.  What makes him so much more dangerous than the others of his kind is that he has a knack for uniting the disparate factions underneath his rule, thus presenting a formitable unified front that threatens my realm where before they were content to war amongst themselves.

"The Seed of Winter was stolen from me.  It is good that you wish to return it.

"From what I've heard, I do not doubt that you would survive a direct encounter with Cachlain.  But as deserving as he is to die by your hands, I would rather that one seated than Sangwyr.  And while Cachlain can be found, Sangwyr cannot.  So long as Cachlain remains in power, he will serve as a good diversion for Sangwyr while my agents search for him.  Which may take a long time."

Mits hrms. "It seems odd to me that the githyanki should go to the trouble of making alliances for means of moving troops around rather than do so within their own realms.  Well it sounds like we've got an understanding.  Shall we get going, then?"

Inzira doesn't know why either, but she's not going to expound upon her ignorance unless pressed.

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:43, Wed 13 Jan 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1092 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 07:50
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle has some throwaway reasons one may do such in mind, but will mention them later.

  "The remaining large question remains, why would he give up the seed in the first place if he wants it so badly.  I suppose we will not find out until we can ask him directly." Seriously, they wouldn't even be here beating up all the Feywild nerds otherwise.

  Next encounter, Mittens shoves their enemies into a locker.
Timothius
 GM, 690 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 20:40
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "What if, after beating him up, we took his seat of power? Isn't that how it works for thugs like him? The strongest, not the smartest, leads?"

Timothius looks over at Raichel. "Then we would no longer be free to directly investigate Sangwyr. Our adventures would stop and he'd wait for us to live to the end of our relatively short mortal lives."

Raichel says, "Fine fine..."

May says, "Like Mittens said, let's get started. Nice t'meetchya Inzira!"

Timothius nods and says, "Yes. Thank you for your time, your highness." he gives a polite bow. Raichel copies Tim. May gives a big grin and does the same.
Mittens
 GM, 1674 posts
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 02:42
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits shrugs.  "Maybe some other day we can take over an evil Feydark organization and lead it in a war against other tunnel dwellers.  Mmm.  Or maybe once we defeat the githyanki, we can take over their civilization.  That sounds a bit more fun than tunnel wars."

Druemmeth offers to guide the PCs to a place near
the Stone-Skinned King’s palace, where they can
easily find some of the king’s guards. The general is
proper and respectful, though it’s clear he resents
that the PCs were sent as Inzira’s emissaries rather
than himself. He also mentions that emissaries were
sent before, but haven’t been heard from again. He
asks that the PCs attempt to find them and have them
released—if they’re alive.

While the PCs are finalizing their agreement with
Druemmeth Goldtemple, the sound of clashing
blades and shouts of alarm echo from a distant part
of the camp. All the monsters are attempting to hide,
so make Stealth checks for each group. The monsters,
NPCs, and PCs roll initiative.
When a PC looks outside, read:
Though the sounds of battle come from far across the camp,
you see a few eladrin bodies much closer. The bodies are
peppered with arrows or flayed with hundreds of tiny cuts.


If a PC’s passive Perception check beat a monster’s
Stealth check (15), point out the location where the PC
sees movement in the trees.
When a PC sees the troll vinespeaker, read:
You see a troll with thorny vines wrapped around its arms
and chest. It chants as it lashes out with magical rays
formed of razor-sharp brambles.


"Wild guess, these stooges were sent to recover the Seed of Winter.  I'm beginning to think returning it to Inzira will mean no end of trouble for her.  Oh well."
Narrator
 player, 685 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 04:03
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
A hag approaches the tent and wiggles her claws.

"Sssleep"

Druemmeth and one of the Eldadrin guards look drowsy.  A rakshasa shoots and misses then hides behind a tree.  The winter blades attack the hag, slashing it!  Another hag appears and kills an eladrin guard with her claws!

"For Sangwyr!"
Raichel
 player, 541 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 04:34
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"They work for Sangwyr! Catch them ALIVE!" Raichel demands! With that, lightning leaves her hand, hits the hag, bounces from that hag to the other hag, then to the rakshassa each in turn, frying all of them! Seems hiding didn't do anything for them.

With that, her scythe glows briefly before Raichel turns feral.


Furious Bolts v Hag1,2,Rak1,2,3. Hit(36)! Hit(35)! CRIT(39)! Hit(36)! Hit(36)!
 dmg 1: 30
 dmg 2,4,6: 24
 dmg 3: 42
 +5 to Raichel's next attack
Minor: Activate Blood Fury Scythe
Minor: Razorclaw Shifting


Hag1 HP: 109 - 30 = 79
Hag2 HP: 93 - 24 = 69
Rakshassa1 HP: 110 - 42 = 68
Rakshassa2 HP: 110 - 24 = 86
Rakshassa3 HP: 110 - 24 = 86

This message was last edited by the player at 04:45, Fri 15 Jan 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1675 posts
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 04:46
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits teleports out of the tent.

"At least they don't scream."

She wiggles her fingers back at the hags, and they shriek in pain!

"I stand corrected.  Still not as bad as that desert hag.  Or harpies."
Timothius
 GM, 691 posts
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 04:56
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "Surrender and make this less painful for yourselves." as he steps out and waves a hand towards the hidden rakshassa before giving the hags a stern look with glowing eyes and bursting with radiance, his hair rippling a little from the wind it causes.


Move: To Hags
Perception to notice Rak3: 31. success.
Pacify v Rak3. Hit(35)!
 If Rak3 attacks, he becomes stunned until the end of his next turn.
Minor: Solar Enemy

May
 player, 560 posts
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 05:07
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May deftly hops about until she is standing between the hags. WHACKWHACK! One hag goes down and the other looks really bad while also dizzy. "We really need a name besides "the heroes of Overlook/Elsir Vale" since our resume keeps adding to the title."


Move: To hags
Minor: Shift in the midst of the hags.
Standard: Funneling Flurry v H1,H2. Hit(27)! Hit(31)!
 dmg: 41


Hag1 HP: 51 - 41 = 10
Hag2 HP: 41 - 41 = KO

Narrator
 player, 686 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 05:11
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
A rakshasa fires an arrow wreathed in shadow at May, but misses.  It then hides behind a tree.
Kyle
 player, 1093 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 05:29
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle steps up and uses the ancient arcane art known as PUNCH TO THE FACE.  But at least the Hag's nose is straighter now? "Well, I hardly have any proper ideas despite it all.  Unless Merry Mercenaries is somehow a good idea."

  He toughens up May, not just as a formality but because he noticed the big guy hiding behind the initiative order window.
Narrator
 player, 687 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 05:40
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The rakshasa fire more shadow arrows.  One hits May, and another hits Mits.  The one who shot Mits is stunned by Timothius' power!  The vinespeaker troll appears from the southwest.

"No you surrender!"

It creates a patch of brambles that slash Druemmeth and Timothius!  A winter blade charges the troll and slashes it!
Mittens
 GM, 1676 posts
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 05:51
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits strolls to the north to get a better angle on the enemy.

"I'm guessing 'Rainbow Riders' wouldn't be on the table either."

She fires rainbow beams at the enemy, splashing them with color!

"But 'Heroes of the Prime Material Plane' as Amyria called us works for now."
Raichel
 player, 542 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 05:58
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "Oh. It's a stupid-head." she gets pricked by some brambles, but flies out of the bramble patch before turning into lightning, zapping THROUGH the troll and then following up with a staff combo that looks like a helecopter did a breakdance with its blades... and hit with each one. Whack-thud-thud-whack-snap-thud-whack-whack-thud-thud-thud-crack-wham-ZOOOOOP!! ....the troll is teleported away from the winter blade!

The troll looks to be VERY hurt by that. "You simply aren't impressive enough to surrender to."


d8 dmg for starting in brambles; 7
Move: Fly out of bramble patch
ACTION POINT! Do 6 lightning dmg to up to 3 creatures within 5 (Vine and Rak3)
Spark Form v Vinespeaker. Hit(34)!
 dmg: 20
Step Between Worlds v Vinespeaker. Hit(32)!
 dmg: 30


Raichel HP: 98 - 7 = 91
Rak3 HP: 62 - 6 = 56
Vinespeaker HP: 134 - 6 - 20 - 30 = 78

Timothius
 GM, 692 posts
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 06:17
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "I keep meaning to figure one out, but I always think of good names when I don't have a pen handy..." he then causes radiant chains to bind the troll.


Chains of Blazing Light v Vinespeaker
 Dazed. Will take 10 extra radiant dmg when first hit
Save v immob: 4 fail.


Tim HP: 98+26 - 3 = 98+23

May
 player, 561 posts
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 06:24
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May hops out of the brambles and charges the troll. WHACK! Didn't hit as hard as Raichel, but she did hit hard! "We'll figure it out!"


1d8 dmg from bramble: 2
Minor: Shift over 1
May charge v Vinespeaker. Hit(28)!
 dmg: 23
save v status: 20 CRIT success!


Maych-P: 131+33 - 2 = 131+31
Vinespeaker HP: 68 - 23 = 45

Narrator
 player, 688 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 06:29
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Druemmeth teleports out of the tent and breaks free from the vines around his feet.  One of the rakshasas collapses from rainbow damage.
Kyle
 player, 1094 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 06:46
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle trusts in indiscriminate explosions to deal with his problems as he tosses a vial of acidic fire behind him in the general direction of where the not yet doomed Rakasha was hiding... Well, that's Fire, Acid, and Radiant all at once then.  Not a good day to be that Rakasha, or the tree.
Narrator
 player, 689 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 06:48
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Two rakshasa collapse, defeated.  The winter blade attacks the troll and misses.  The troll claws at May but does no damage.

"No you're a stupid head!"
Raichel
 player, 543 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 06:54
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel fires lightning at the troll, taking it down. "This one needs to be tied up while we beat it up."


Lightning Strike v Vinespeaker. Hit(26)!
 dmg: 38


Troll HP: 30 - 38 = lunch money

Narrator
 player, 690 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 07:20
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The enemy is subdued and interrogated.  They had magic cast upon them that allowed them to navigate through the labyrinthine tunnels of the Feydark to this place and had no way of finding their way back.*  Their vast wealth of ignorance of anything useful about Sangwyr is impressive.

Moving right along!

As you descend into the tunnels of Cachlain’s domain, the
air becomes cold and stagnant. The purple crystal that
forms the walls around you glows faintly. Strange, vibrantly
colored mosses and fungi carpet the floors and walls,
though living quarters and common areas you pass through
are scoured clean. Slaves and their cyclops overseers walk
the halls, and you begin to see a wider variety of fey as you
move closer to the heart of Cachlain’s holdings.


1. Foyer
The only room connecting public passageways and
Cachlain’s throne room, this room also contains a
secret door that leads to a set of stairs connected to a
hidden prison (area 6).
Perception Check
When PCs are in this room, compare their passive
Perception checks to the DC below.
DC 25: You catch a faint light shining through the deep
purple crystal of the eastern wall of this room. It outlines
what is almost certainly a secret door.


"Wait here," the cyclops guide says.

He heads off to let Cachlain know that Inzira's representatives have arrived.

*GM note: not going to plug any holes for the module writers.  PCs can't find Sangwyr by any means.  Because plot.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:25, Fri 15 Jan 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1677 posts
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 07:25
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Purple walls.  Nice."

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:26, Fri 15 Jan 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1095 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 07:31
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle wonders if they will be attacked in the five minutes it takes for the cyclops to get back.  "We'll have to keep this spot in mind, though I wonder if we will have the time for it."  Haha thievery=detect doors.
May
 player, 562 posts
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 06:16
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Once the cyclops is out of sight, May emulates the Cyclops' walking by waddling like a gorilla. Then goes back to normal and says, "You know? By the time we have a mobile headquarters, it's going to have influences from so many places that nobody will be physically capable of calling it boring."

Timothius squats down to examine the moss and some of the glowing purple crystal. "It's so beautiful. Just like everywhere in the feywild so far. I wonder if we'll be able to take this stuff back home..."

"Your FACE is beautiful." May says out of nowhere.

Timothius blushes.

Raichel chuckled from May's gorilla walk and then says, "We'll ask at some point if we can take some souvenirs home."
Mittens
 GM, 1678 posts
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 06:29
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
audience
wiTh The King
encounter Level 13 (4,200 XP)
Setup
The PCs are taken before the king, in the company
of several cyclops bodyguards, when they first arrive.
Cachlain is accompanied by his advisor, Sovacles,
and they begin to question the PCs about why they’ve
come and how they attained the Seed of Winter.

A massive throne of purple crystal stands on the far side
of this room. Cachlain sits there, looking you over with his
grotesque eyes. Like other fomorians, his body is deformed,
and his skin purple and covered in warts. Plates of stone are
bonded to his flesh. They look almost like armor and are
carved with elaborate designs.
Next to the throne is a smaller seat, and when you enter,
a human rises from it. He’s a slight, bald man, and carries
a staff of office. His eyes dart among you as he prepares to
speak.
The unique feature of this room is the floor. Giant panes
of glass—or maybe smooth crystal—form a window that
looks down on an arena far below. Gladiators battle there,
and you catch the king sneaking glances at the fight

http://i.imgur.com/sKs0U6d.jpg?1

Arcana or nature Check
DC 13: You can tell that the plates in Cachlain’s skin are
fragments of a stone golem, and they still retain some of the
golem’s magical essence.


running The challenge
This skill challenge will end in failure as far as the PCs
know. Later in the adventure, influencing Cachlain
here matters. Keep the number of successes and
failures the PCs have accrued a secret—play this
challenge close to the vest.

Audience with the King Level 16
Skill Challenge XP 4,200
The Stone-Skinned king sits upon his tall throne, looking down
on you with disdain. His advisor, Sovacles, steps forward and
asks you, “Why do you come here, and what makes you think
the great king cares what you have to say?”

Though the PCs are supposed to be here negotiating with
the king, it’s a certainty that they won’t succeed.
(Spoilers)
Complexity
3 (requires 8 successes before 3 failures)
Distraction
The gladiatorial battle in the area below distracts the king.
At the start of each round of the skill challenge, roll a d6.
On a 5 or 6, the king isn’t paying attention that round, and
the DC for primary skills is increased by 5.
Mittens
 GM, 1679 posts
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 06:36
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Insight
DC Tim wins:
The PC tells by Cachlain’s behavior that he doesn’t have his
wits about him, or sees that when Sovacles makes a suggestion
Cachlain is quick to adopt the same line of thinking.


Primary Skills
Acrobatics 13, Athletics 13, Bluff 20, Diplomacy 25, History 20, Intimidate 20.
Other Skills
Arcana 13, Insight 13.
Mittens
 GM, 1680 posts
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 06:41
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Well for starters, I'm sure the great king would be interested to know that the ones with whom he speaks could easily shred any group of his gladiators in under a minute."

She shows off the painting.

Cachlain stares in wide-eyed shock, clearly shaken.

"Threats won't work against the great king," Sovacles claims, clearly annoyed.  Bluff 34.

Timothius is able to tell that Sovacles is enraged by the painting.

Intimidate success.  1/8.

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:47, Sat 16 Jan 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 693 posts
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 07:14
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius looks over to Sovacles and says, "It was not a threat, but a fact. We don't need to waste our time with threats; we simply defeat our enemies. I'm sure my lovely sister was pointing this out to impress Cachlain, because the king clearly admires combat prowess. Now then, you asked why we came here. The answer is we were asked nicely by Inzira, who wants a temporary alliance with Cachlain in order to stamp out Sangwyr. What makes us think the king cares what we have to say, my sister already answered; We have crushed a dragon exarch without much trouble. No matter what you may think of our truthfulness, you know for a fact Chillreaver had the seed. Now we do. And not one of us is afraid to stand here."

May says, "Besides. Look what I can do!" She stands on her hands, then lets go with one hand so she is single-hand standing. Then does one-arm handstand pushups.*

Raichel then flies to stand on May's foot and remains perfectly balanced while May keeps doing the one-arm handstand pushups. "Weee..."


Timsight: 40
Timplomacy: 30
May: Auto-succeed on Athletics
Rai: Auto-succeed on Acrobatics

*Go to 1:26 on this vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK5n-X-Jlbk


Kyle
 player, 1096 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 07:23
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Chillreaver of course, despite having possession of the Seed Of Winter at the time, failed to actually use it in that fight.  He foolishly left it behind in the next room, entirely unguarded."

  Well, that's the good check.  Now all he has to do is not say anything tactless-

  "If you are willing to explain, why did you give it to Chillreaver?  I can only imagine unpleasant political circumstances forced your hand, or similar" damnit Kyle.

OOC: Success on history.
Mittens
 GM, 1681 posts
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 07:45
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"I was holding his icy lair together," the Seed objects, "So of course he didn't unseat me from my housing."  (( Ignore if team wanted Seed stuffed in a bag of holding ))

Cachlain hrms.  "Inzira hates Sangwyr enough to make an alliance with me?"

Sovacles, anger rising, counters, "Sounds to me like she's already allied with Sangwyr and is trying to lure you into a trap."

"Of course!  I should have known!"

Cachlain smiles at May and Rai's antics.  "Incredible!  I've never seen such effortless feats of strength and agility!"

Sovacles face-palms.  "Nothing a pair of trained monkeys couldn't do."

"Oh.  Right."

Cachlain stares blankly at Kyle.  "Why...  Why..."

Sovacles reminds, "Chillreaver made a military pact with you in exchange for borrowing the Seed.  The exarch of a powerful deity of wealth is an advantageous ally indeed."

"Yeah.  But now he's dead!  I want my Seed back!"

Sovacles points out, "Paintings can be forged.  Magic items can be faked.  They claim to have the Seed, but I'm not so quick to trust them."

Cachlain grumbles.  "Still want it back."

Mits giggles at May and Rai's antics.  "Your FACE looks at what you can do!"

successes: 5/8 failures: 1/3
Timothius
 GM, 694 posts
Sun 17 Jan 2016
at 05:48
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "Do you see any fear in us? If what we said was untrue, then we would be shaking in our boots by now from Sovacles' claims." He gives Sovacles a look that Sovacles can FEEL. "Watch your tongue, Sovacles; do not belittle my sisters or my friends, or you will find out first hand what we did to cause a dragon exarch to drop his jaw in terror."

Raichel says, "Can a monkey be trained to do this?" she proceeds to do a staff form with beautiful precision. "Hint: The answer is no."

May says, "And by the way, what we did earlier? I'd like to know when and where You OR Sovacles ever saw monkeys do that. It is not something trained monkeys could do. Raichel here is twice my size, plus the number of weapons I'm wearing weighs quite a bit. Plus... I'm relatively sure a monkey wouldn't be doing pushups with one arm while standing on it. But speaking of things Monkeys can't do;" she goes to pick up Mittens with one arm and then pick up Raichel with the other arm. "Monkey's can't carry one person in each arm, much less make it look easy."


Timtimidate: CRIT(33)!
May: Auto-succeed on Athletics
Rai: Auto-succeed on Acrobatics

successes: 8/8 failures: 1/3

Kyle
 player, 1097 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 17 Jan 2016
at 05:53
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Sovacles, I wasn't aware the Seed Of Winter was some petty bauble so easily copied. Do you know where I might find a working copy of the Arrow Of Fate then?   Of course, speaking of petty baubles, I suppose an endless keg of Dwarven Ale would fall under such things.  Alas, I fear any sudden drops would make how to make one slip my mind."
Mittens
 GM, 1682 posts
Sun 17 Jan 2016
at 06:08
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"ACK!"  Cachlain jumps to hide behind his throne!

Sovacles looks positively livid and is giving Timothius a death glare.  Kyle didn't improve his mood any.

Cachlain looks relieved and is super impressed with the girls' antics.  "Awesome!"

He claps like an entertained todler.

"Enough!" Sovacles shouts, "Is this how representatives of Inzira behave?!  I think not!  Begone!

"Guards!  Take the Great King to safety!"

Cachlain is escorted out, Sovacles leaving with him.  A few sweatdroping cyclops guards remain to see the heroes out of the throne room.

"So uh... does that mean they go to the banquet?  Or..."

"He said begone.  So um...  we take them out of throne room.  Then we done our job."

"Yeah.  Sounds good."

Mits skews her lips.  "So has Sovacles and Cachlain always been like this?"

The cyclops shrug.  "Ever since we were assigned here, they've been like that."
Timothius
 GM, 695 posts
Sun 17 Jan 2016
at 06:19
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius nods to the guards. "Lead the way." and follows them out of the throne room before saying to his team, "Sovacles is influencing Cachlain. Probably with some minor mind-control or some kind of charm magics. Just enough to allow Cachlain to seem to act freely. I didn't say anything while we were in there, but this Sovacles is very likely an agent of Sangwyr."

Raichel ohs. "Well... I would say 'that explains his rude behavior', but honestly I expected that regardless."

Timothius leans on Mittens some. "....I didn't mean to scare Cachlain... I was just trying to set Sovacles straight. Seems he reacts to intimidation with anger. I was hoping he would either back down or open up combat with us then and there. The fact he did neither tells me he couldn't afford open combat with us just yet."

May says, "So now what?"

Raichel says, "Well now that we were ejected from the throne room, maybe we poke around and look for some answers."

May nods. "Sounds like a good idea."
Kyle
 player, 1098 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 17 Jan 2016
at 06:30
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Likely does not take much to do the job of controlling Cachlain, no wonder he's preferable to Inzira over the one actually capable of plotting, regardless of intentions."

  He considers some options for other obvious problems, and says "I am uncertain if I can think of something that would completely negate the issue, but I doubt any one of us would be surprised if that glass display floor opens up.  At the very least, the harm from falling can be prepared against readily enough."

  They probably wouldn't get away with standing in the safer looking corners of the room talking to the king.

  "Still, for the immediate future, A ring named after banquets is in order."
Mittens
 GM, 1683 posts
Sun 17 Jan 2016
at 06:44
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"You're probably right.  So let's wait for Kyle to make us some magic items before moving on.  Thanks, Kyle!"

She thinks back to the encounter.  "At least now we know why Cachlain would give away the Seed.  He was mind-controlled to.  I think Timo is right that the mind control is limited.  Even looked like Cachlain might have been on the verge of snapping out of it.  Could be another reason for Sovacles to eject us.  We need some evidence that he's a traitor."

She turns to the Cyclops guards.  "What banquet?"

One motions to the double doors to the east.  "There's some banquet going on for our other visitors.  The king's cousin, some slave trader, a dwarf from your world, and...  that other guy.  What was he here for?"

"How could you forget all the nagging?  Border dispute."
Timothius
 GM, 696 posts
Sun 17 Jan 2016
at 06:47
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius head-nudges. "Then let's go that way. We may not have been invited, but I'm curious enough to check it out."

Raichel nods. "After Kyle's done."

May shrugs. "Unless Kyle can make those on the way to the room and while we find out what's going on?"
Kyle
 player, 1099 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 17 Jan 2016
at 07:00
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
 "Banquet ring only needs one, so I can pull that off. I'd prefer some time before the obvious trap door issue."
Mittens
 GM, 1684 posts
Sun 17 Jan 2016
at 07:10
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Banquet Hall
An enormous table fills the center of this room. It’s
made from an enormous, ancient tree split in half,
and a few twigs still grow from it. The table is ringed
with chairs, some sized for Large creatures and others
for Medium creatures.

Seated at the table are a fomorian king, a tiefling woman, a satyr man, three githyanki, and Bram Ironfell!  http://a2irongods.net/wiki/ima.../31/BramIronfell.jpg

Bram ironfell: the PCs met him in “The Lost Mines of Karak”

Everyone looks at the heroes as they enter.  Mits blinks in surprise.  "Ironfell?!  What on earth are you doing here?!"

Bram looks a little ruffled.  "I could ask the same of you."
Kyle
 player, 1100 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 17 Jan 2016
at 07:19
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Business as usual, Ironfell.  I do wish those mines were not cleared out long before you asked us to check them for you, for what it is worth." As much because they were being used for some nonspecific enemy funding.

  Kyle grants everyone in the room immunity to ingested shenanigans.
Timothius
 GM, 697 posts
Sun 17 Jan 2016
at 07:21
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "That's the second time we bumped into a familiar face in the course of our duties..." He looks at the group. "We are the heroes of the Elsir Vale. I'm Timothius, these are my sisters Mittens and Raichel, this is Kyle and May." he introduces as he says their names. "For the time being, we are here because Inzira asked us nicely for a favor that aligns with what we want to do anyway."

May looks up at Kyle. "Might wanna extend our courtesy immunity to the guests here too, if possible..." May discovers her relation to failgator and remains quiet.

Raichel smiles at Ironfell and says, "Alrighty, Mister Ironfell. Timothius answered you first, so kindly answer us now?"
Mittens
 GM, 1685 posts
Sun 17 Jan 2016
at 07:34
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mittens wouldn't have been so generous to complete strangers (and guy she never trusted) in the Feydark, but whatevs.  She doesn't object.

Bram looks harried and fearful.  Avoiding eye contact, he clears his throat and answers, "I'm serving as an ambassador on behalf of the githyanki."

Mits gawks.  "WHAT?!  You're working for the army that invaded your hometown?!  The one you promised the proceeds from the mine would be used against?!  Never trusted you!"

His githyanki bodyguards are stoic and make no comment.

"No shouting, please," the tiefling requests, annoyed.

The bored fomorian snickers.  "Nah.  Do please carry on.  This is the most fun I've had in weeks.  Have some seats, Heroes of the Elsir Vale."
Kyle
 player, 1101 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 17 Jan 2016
at 08:21
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "See Mittens, this is what happens when I am not cynical all the time.  Clearly I have been letting myself slip"  All this hugs and friendship stuff must be getting to you.

  "Still, this is the first I've heard of any ambassadorial outreach. How has the job been treating you then, Ironfell?  Any retirement options, or merely more words before they do the usual to you as well?"
Timothius
 GM, 698 posts
Mon 18 Jan 2016
at 00:43
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius puts a hand on Mitts' shoulder to try to calm her down. "There has to be more to the story..."

Raichel seems surprisingly calm, considering how she tended to react to traitors before. It is because she believes what Timothius said, and last time Rai was upset it turned out there wasn't anything to be upset about.

She's trying not to waste her hate until it's needed.

May says to the fomorian, "Sorry, sir, she said please. We only ever get politeness of that magnitude from our dearest friends, so I am forced to acquiesce to her request. But you said please also... hmm... If you're bored, Timothius plays a mean game of Three Dragon Ante."

Timothius glances at May and rubs behind his head. "...thanks, May, but I can honestly say I'm not up for a game right now... why don't you show him your weapons?" ZOOP! May is suddenly next to the fomorian and begins showing off her arsenal to him.

Timothius then looks at Kyle. "While it has its place, Cynicism is over-rated. I'd rather be happy and unpleasantly surprised than to not be happy ever."

Timothius walks over to take a seat near Ironfell. Everyone he passes can feel peace washing over them and once he sits, all the githyanki can feel peace remaining.

Raichel walked alongside Tim and when he sits in the rather large seat, she sits next to him in the same oversized chair.

Timothius looks at Ironfell. "If this is about survival, at least know Kyle is right; when they are done with you, they will kill you. They might not even wait that long. Now that said, please... explain your position."
Mittens
 GM, 1686 posts
Tue 19 Jan 2016
at 05:57
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Droeth shrugs at May's statement and frowns, impressed with her collection.  All of the guests look uncomfortable with Timothius' aura.

Mits hrms and takes a seat.  "Sarshan was working for the githyanki and said stuff about 'your world will burn' etc.  That might be considered ambassadorial outreach maybe?  But githyanki brazenly playing both sides of the Cachlain / Sangwyr conflict comes as no surprise."

Bram is getting increasingly nervous.  He clears his throat again, still avoiding eye contact.

"Survival.  Yeah.  I'm surprised at your successfully fighting off the githyanki and their allies thus far.  Nothing short of a miracle that you're all still alive.  I've seen what they do to their enemies.  They're merciless.  Leaving nothing behind in the realms they conquer.  After sacking the entire land and destroying everything they find, they leave nothing but a barren wasteland."

He has the look of one who's horrified to recount what he's seen.  The githyanki remain stoic, not reacting to Bram.  Cyclops waitresses arrive and serve food and drink.

Perception Check
DC 25: You detect an odd, sweet scent in the food and
wine.

A PC who succeeds on the Perception check (or is told
about the strange scent) can make a Nature or Thiev
ery check.
DC 20: On closer inspection, you can tell the scent is
typical of alchemical elixirs that cause sleep.


"Sleep poison in the wine," Mits warns before it even hits the table.  She takes a sip then raises her glass in toast to Kyle.  "Good flavor, though.  Thank you, Kyle cynicism."

The waitresses are embarrassed, bow, and hurry away.  Droeth busts out laughing.  The other guests look much less amused.

"What's the meaning of this?!" the satyr demands, jumping out of his seat.

The tiefling is eyeing her glass, silent.  The githyanki glare at Droeth, but say nothing.
Kyle
 player, 1102 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 19 Jan 2016
at 06:06
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "A toast, to predictability, and fine choice in drugs.  They had the courtesy to select one that will not ruin the taste of the wine."  Drinking on the job isn't very professional, but then spite wins over as he downs half his glass.

  "Though I wouldn't try drinking it in ten minutes, but for now I felt the other guests deserved the same protection.  I wonder if the meal will still be served after the ambush?"
Timothius
 GM, 699 posts
Tue 19 Jan 2016
at 06:23
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius gives Ironfell a sad smile and says, "You underestimate us, Ironfell. We make our own miracles these days. When we defeated the exarch Chillreaver, we were able to take him alive and shame him throughout the streets of Nefelus. A fate worse than death comes to our enemies who refuse to surrender; and that is shame, dishonor, and then death at the hands of some lawkeeper rather than at the hands of a worthy warrior. Even now, Telicanthus' soul gets to live forever in a bauble that the githzerai he sought to defame get to keep. The githyanki destroy, but we make our enemies wish we had destroyed them."

He drinks his tea. "It's safe, everyone. Kyle gave everyone in the room immunity to poisons. You may drink freely if you wish, but I won't blame you if you don't."

May says, "Whoever comes into the room seeking to ambush us, they clearly meant to drug you also. When they come, feel free to either help us fight them, or take cover if you prefer not to fight. Timothius is a healer and can keep you alive... and even bring you back to life mid-combat if need be."

Raichel sips the tea. "Well I'm ready for a fight." she gets to her feet and grips her staff. Winds swirl from the corners of the room and coalesce at Raichel as lightning dances across her. "Feel free to watch, Ironfell. First hand witness."

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:24, Tue 19 Jan 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1687 posts
Tue 19 Jan 2016
at 06:51
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits grins proudly and shows off the picture of dead Chillreaver.  "Chillreaver Stomping Day is a now a national holiday in Nefelus."

The githyanki look surprisingly nervous and glance to Droeth.  Ironfell's jaw drops and he stares in disbelief.  The other two guests look confused.

"Ambush?  What ambush?" the satyr asks.

Droeth rubs his chin.  "So the plan was to simply put the guests to sleep, kidnap them, and hold them ransom.  No fuss, no muss.  Sangwyr figured it would be a blow to Cachlain whether he paid up or not.  But I didn't count on dragon slayers showing up with magical poison resist stuff."

The nervous satyr starts edging toward the door and Droeth shakes a finger at him.  The githyanki jump up and block off the exits.  They shed their disguises.  They were rakshasa!  Bram is shocked!

Droeth stands up.  "Let's not be hasty.  I'm sure we can work out a deal here."

He looks to Timothius.  "You seem to be interested in this dwarf guy.  You take him, we take the other two, nobody has to get hurt.  Deal?"
Kyle
 player, 1103 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 19 Jan 2016
at 07:01
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Or you could just walk away entirely.  It would be poor form to let the other guests be kidnapped, and I'm sorry to say they probably matter more at this point.  Regardless of our past dealings with Ironfell."

  He checks his crossbow,  "Of course, seeing how this is the least impressive premeditated attack I have seen in quite some time?  His odds of immediate survival are looking quite reasonable."  Whether or not the Module really cares about him past this encounter is another matter, but hey, thought that counts right?

  The biggest shocker is that the fact the Gith were really Rakashas in fact, makes their fight easier.  Because these are the Rhakashas that slept in on 'hand out BS vs will powers' day.
Timothius
 GM, 700 posts
Tue 19 Jan 2016
at 07:10
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius looks around and sighs, then stands up and grips his staff. "I don't know who these people are, so I can not in good conscious allow such. But I do have a counter-offer: When you see how seriously we were not bluffing about how powerful we are, you surrender and we will both spare your life *and* not make you wish you were dead. But you will be our prisoners."

Raichel doesn't say anything, but gets in a ready stance with a stern expression.

May smiles and says, "Heh. You have me at a disadvantage... you have seen some of my arsenal. But you know what they say; it's not the weapon that makes the warrior..."
Raichel
 player, 544 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 05:13
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "Then it begins! Submit!" Lightning shoots all throuout the room, zapping all the enemies present. One of the rakshassa blocking the satyr gets hurt especially bad!


Furious Bolts v R1, Oni, R3, R2. Hit(32)! Hit(27)! CRIT(40)! Hit(33)!
 dmg to R1: 33
 dmg to Oni and R2: 26
 dmg to R3: 52
Minor: Blood Fury weapon
Free: Drop weapon
Minor: Razorclaw shifting


R1 HP: 142 - 33 = 109
R2 HP: 142 - 26 = 116
R3 HP: 142 - 52 = 90
Oni HP: 142 - 26 = 116

May
 player, 563 posts
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 05:18
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"You have 10 seconds to comply!" WHACK! "10.. 9..."


Weapon Mayster's Strike v Oni. Hit(26)!
 dmg: 17


Oni HP: 117 - 17 = 99

Narrator
 player, 691 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 05:36
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"We have no quarrel with you!" one of the rakshasa screams!

He knocks out the fleeing satyr and starts carrying him to the stairs to the north.
Kyle
 player, 1104 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 05:52
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle sidelines his initial plans against the Oni, and nails the kidnapping Rakshasa in the face with the by now familiar bright purple glowing tanglefoot bag.  We'd love to blame his skill as an alchemist, but really it's targeting keywords that keeps any of it from getting onto the Satyr.

  He summons the dancing weapon to miss terribly twice guard over the Satyr, as he blast the enemy across the room to stick upsidedown against the wall with a forceful crossbow shot. "I'll spare you the quarrel related jokes" because crossbow, haha "But you really were not paying attention if you thought we'd let you run after trying to kidnap people anyways"

Rakshasa 2 HP: 116-27=89
Effects: Rakshasa prone.   Also Immobilized (until end of my next turn),
Rakshasa 2 is glowing bright purple (duration LOL), have fun hiding with shapeshifting now asshole.
AFTEREFFECT; Slowed until end of it's next turn.

Dancing weapon: +23 Vs. AC; 1d10+10 (allowed my assorted bonuses). CAN MAKE AoO ATTACKS.

Mittens
 GM, 1688 posts
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 06:22
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The rakshasa just groans in reply.

RUMBLE!  Something like the sound of a land-shark breaking through crystal flooring booms from around the northern passage!

"Dear gods you all hit like titans!" the Oni complains, "You gotta understand!  We can't go back empty handed or we're dead men!"

Mits hops up on the table and points an accusing finger.  A magical target appears over the oni.

"Simple solution: Don't go back at all!  Eyebeams!"

She blasts the oni and the northern rakshasa with eyebeams!  Her tail-beam misses the one to the south, unfortunately.

"OW!"

"Still no surrender?  54321lasers!"

She fires a DBZ style rapid-fire attack against the enemies and the oni passes out!  The rakshasa shriek and flee to the north toward the source of the rumble sound!
Timothius
 GM, 701 posts
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 06:35
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius walks on the table to the center of the room and says, "Let them come to us. We stay in this room." He grips his staff with both hands and an updraft causes his hair to fwoof a bit as the entire room begins to glisten and resemble the astral sea. Everything is cleaner, clearer, brighter, and more vibrant.


Move: To center of table.
Standard: Holy Ground
 Effect: Makes a zone for encounter. +2 attacks, defenses and saves while in zone.

Raichel
 player, 545 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 06:55
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel shoots a corkscrew of white lightning bolts at the rakshassa and it turns the bend, downing the fleeing one. "FLEEING IS NOT SURRENDER! Geeez! How many times do we have to say that to our enemies?!"

She moves to be right next to Ironfell. "You aren't leaving, Ironfell. But at least now you see what the heroes can do."


Lightning Strike v R3. Hit(39)!
 dmg: 41-6(to be applied to other guy)=35
 dmg to other guy: 16+6=22


R3 HP: 31 - 35 = KO
R1 HP: 22 - 22 = KO

Narrator
 player, 692 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 07:04
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Powerful adventurers!" the rakshasa had warned, "Dragonslayers!  We gotta get outta here!"

"Craven worm," the dryder answered, disgusted, "Get back in th"ZOT!!

The drow underlings gulp.

"Eee!" one of the firebats squees.

It swoops into the room and charges Raichel!
May
 player, 564 posts
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 07:08
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May charges the bat and expertly hops around it to flank with Raichel before WHACKING it good in its batty back! She yells up the stairs, "Hurry on over to get your butts kicked! We're already done with the poison guys! Can't you at least show up on time for your humiliation?!"


Move: To bat
Minor: Shift into position
Standard: Weapon Mayster's Strike v Bat1. Hit(42)!
 dmg: 21


144 - 21 = 123

Narrator
 player, 693 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 07:29
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The last conscious rakshasa blinks in awe at Timothius' power.

"So um...  I'll take that 'be your prisoner' offer you mentioned earlier."
Kyle
 player, 1106 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 07:36
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle finally toughens up May (you know, now that we are on all of his second turn), as the dancing weapon floats over beside May, and he introduces the first Drow to show itself to the joys of getting his shin stapled to the stonework with a crossbow bolt.

  Somewhere, Sehanine can't decide if she momentarily doesn't hate crossbows.
Narrator
 player, 694 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 07:46
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Oh the sweet irony!  Crossbow being used against Lolth's little spiders!

"For the boss!"

Several more charge May, but they all fail to get past her impressive defenses!  The drider shows up and spits a web at May!  Nope!

"Curses!  Bulette!  Attack!"
Mittens
 GM, 1689 posts
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 08:06
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits tip-toes across the table without breaking anything, hops off, and passes the fire bat.  After a cascade of reactions that result in the bat being worse off than Mits, sunshine kitty wiggles her fingers at the enemy.

"Astral diamond attack!"

Diamond dust falls on the enemy and makes them sneeze themselves into unconsciousness!

"Ingredients: imitation astral diamond dust."
Narrator
 player, 695 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 08:07
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Eee!"  Another fire bat enters and charges May!

"Roar!"  A scarred bulette also charges!
Timothius
 GM, 703 posts
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 08:32
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius looks to the "surrendering" rakshassa and smiles. "Wise choice." then turns a concerned look to the drider. "Oh... a drider. You do know that process can be reversed, right?"

He turns to look at the bulette and waves a hand at the bulette. He walks over and bursts with holy energy before causing chains to come up and bind the bat and drider.


ACTION POINT! +4 to non-damaging attacks
Standard: Pacify v Bulette. Hit(43)!
Move: To May/Mitts/DancingWeapon area
Minor: Solar Enemy
Standard: Chains of Blazing Light v Bulette, Bat2, Drider. Critfail(27), Hit(41)! Hit(33)!

Narrator
 player, 696 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 08:39
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Bram slips out from hiding.  "You all are so inspiring!"

He charges a fire bat and slices it with his dagger!
Raichel
 player, 546 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 22:30
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel feels... REAL good. Somehow, a dwarf going from "scared witless to the point of joining his enemy" to "you are so inspiring!" and charging the enemy just made Raichel feel like this hard work is paying off in more ways than just keeping people from dying. They can inspire people to be something more.

Empowered by Ironfell's words, Raichel gets an idea and says, "Bunching 'em up."

She transforms into a lightning bolt and charges (pun intended) through the enemies! Raichel materializes next to the drider. "You can't hide." WHAM! shadow-kick to the belly and the drider gets pulled into a vortex that lands him amidst his allies and Raichel teleports to block his path back. "But you can surrender."


Spark Form v Bat1,2,Bulette,Drider. Hit(35)! Hit(33)! Hit(29)! Miss(23) <-three Hit(39)!
 base dmg: 29
ACTION POINT! 6 dmg to 3 enemies within 5 of me (all but bat1)
Step Between Worlds v Drider. Hit(29)!
 dmg: 40
Move: To block drider's escape


Bat1 HP: 98 - 34 = 64
Bat2 HP: 144 - 44 - 6 = 94
Bulette HP: 304 - 34 - 6 = 264
Drider HP: 142 - 49 - 6 - 40 = 47

Monster Intern
 Intern, 47 posts
 Monster Party!
 Monster Prices!
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 22:43
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"EEEEE!" the bat figures it best attack May in addition to the others. However, it doesn't know May attacks anything that moves. WHACK! "Eeeee..." the bat says dizzily and somewhat depressed.

All it wanted to do was share its fire with people. ;.;


Fiery Swoop v Ma-
May-o-O! Hit(46)!
 dmg: 28

Looking at the bats, I feel sorry for them. They don't have much of an attack since it is a status effect. And May is already suffering said effect, so...


Bat1 HP: 64 - 28 = 36

May
 player, 565 posts
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 23:08
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May says, "2... 1... We'll keep you safe, rakshassa who surrendered! And no humiliation in the future!"

With a thunderous whirl of her carrikal, May swings wide, hitting every enemy, and seems to even hit the drider during the first swing! In the process, she hooks onto the bat behind her and tosses it to be in front of her. "EEE!" The second swing, which uses May's shield - the tortoise blade - hits the ones in front of her. Lots of whacks and thuds can be heard.


May takes 4 fire damage (10 - resist 6 ongoing)
Minor: May takes 10 damage to auto-save from the ongoing.
Standard: Lunging Dervish v Bat1,2,Bulette,Drider. Hit(30)! Hit(37)! Hit(29)! Hit(29)!
 base dmg: 15
 Secondary attack v burst1: CRIT(44)! Hit(29)! Miss(26)
  base dmg: 12
  crit dmg: +20


Bat1 HP: 36 - 24 = 12
Bat2 HP: 94 - 20 - 17 = 57
Bulette HP: 264 - 20 - 37 = 207
Drider HP: 47 - 29 = 18

Kyle
 player, 1107 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 23:24
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Thanks, Raichel."  He pitches orange clove scented pacification dust into the conveniently crowded enemies, though the most injured bat flaps wildly enough to keep it off themselves.

  The Dancing weapon shift floats over one of the bats and in front of the Drider.  "Morningstar!" "What, that's clearly a sworaaaagh!"  The dancing weapon smashes the Drider chin first into the stairs by way of bashing it's Morningtar themed pommel onto his skull.

OOC:  OOC results:
Drider KO.
Bulette and Bat 2: Pacification dust.
NO STANDARDS (aftereffect, slowed).

This message was last edited by the player at 23:25, Wed 20 Jan 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1690 posts
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 03:26
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits slams her staff on the ground, striking up sparks that ignite all the astral dust!  One of the bats passes out!

"I've always wondered what it would be like to be an explosion.  Let's find out."

She pulls on one of her pigtails, turning it into a fuse.  She snaps her fingers to light the fuse.

"EEE!"

The other bat tries to flee, but gets knocked out by May.  The bulette also tries to flee the Mittens bomb but gets knocked down by May!

"Roar."

It stands back up, raspberries the drider - it's former master, and dives into the stairs, disappearing below ground, leaving only a heap of rubble in its wake, never to return.

Mits' fuse fizzles out.  "Aww.  Didn't get to use the second part of my new spell.  Amazing new moves there, May!"

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:26, Thu 21 Jan 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 704 posts
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 03:40
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius looks down at the rubble, gets a sad smile, and waves a hand. The astral appearance of the room fades back to its original state. Which is rather beautiful, still. "Well at least that poor, tortured animal gets to go free." Timothius looks over at Mittens. "I take it you like that Holy Ground power I was recently gifted."

May begins binding the drider. "Hmm... this one's a little confusing, but after binding half a dozen dragons and an exarch with two heads, you'd think I have this whole binding thing down."

Raichel says, "All of these guys work for Sangwyr. The drow among them thought themselves super competent, so hopefully they know at least a sliver of info on Sangwyr. But with them taken care of, we can let Cachlain know we have some servants of Sangwyr captured now."

May puts on a mock-tone of Sovacles and says, "See? They are in league with Sangwyr and trying to frame our guests!"

May then returns to her normal voice and says, "At this point, I'd say let's just beat the tar out of Sovacles and if Cachlain decides to join the fight, we beat the tar out of him. Then we crush Sovacles' balls until he caves and confesses. Then we proceed with what we were here for in the first place."

Raichel says, "We can still be civil, May. They'll attack us soon enough anyway."

Timothius nods. "May's point, though, is good in so far as us fighting on our own terms."

Rai asides to Ironfell. "Nice to have you back on our side, Ironfell. Don't lose heart. You are on the winning side now."

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:41, Thu 21 Jan 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1108 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 05:14
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  The Fact Ironfell took a swing at enemies at all, let alone hit, means he's done more on screen than 99% of the Coalition against the Githyaki.  Not bad for somebody the module probably only thought far enough ahead for as a cameo victim.

  "That would be ridiculous, May."  See, common sense- "He would need to have any balls to begin with" ...Well, still common sense, in a sad way.

  "Now that we have a little time, I can at least prepare those elixirs for the occasion."  Elixer's of flight, order now and we'll throw in a 6th one for 99.99!
Mittens
 GM, 1691 posts
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 05:31
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits smiles and nod-nods to Timo.  "Talk about epic looking!"

Regarding pre-emptive strikes, she shrugs.  "Thank you, Kyle.  Now that's what I call fighting on our terms."

For Ironfell she has a stern look, pointing to her eyes, then pointing at him.

Bram’S faTe
After the fight, the PCs need to decide what happens
to Bram (if they didn’t already kill him). The githyanki
are finished with his services, the Coalition won’t
welcome him back, and Cachlain doesn’t want him
around if he’s not a useful diplomat. If he’s set loose
on his own, the githyanki probably kill him, and if
he’s taken back to the world, the Coalition might
execute him for treason. The future’s not bright for
Bram Ironfell.

Bram smiles sadly to Raichel.  "Maybe so, but I seriously doubt that I'll be shown any leniency.  I'll likely be executed for helping the githyanki.  Still not entirely clear on why I wasn't just killed.  Not like they really needed me.  Well I'll tell you what I've learned at least.  There's a chance I may have found out something you haven't.

 Vlaakith, the Lich Queen, who once led the
githyanki, has been slain. They’re now lead by
Emperor Zetch’r’r, who seeks to bring war and
conquest across the planes."

Mits raises an eyebrow.  "That is news to me.  Presumably her phylactery was destroyed?  Liches just keep coming back if they aren't."

Bram looks confused.  "I wouldn't know anything about that.  No githyanki mentioned anything about the nitty gritty of how to destroy a lich."
Timothius
 GM, 705 posts
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 05:52
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "With information that useful, maybe we can pass you off as more of a double-agent than turncoat. Though obviously now you can't return to the githyanki."

Timothius says, "A recommendation from us will go a long way. But the only leniency I can guarantee is your life being spared. Sayre's laws forbid them to execute their criminals, for starters."

Tim looks over to Kyle and smiles, "Yes please! I've never flown on my own before..."

Raichel says, "It's fun."

May says, "I will gladly take one, Kyle, thanks."

Timothius says, "Oh... and yeah. When it comes to monsters and villains and such... Mittens knows it all. Could even be the lich queen is still alive and this Zetch'r'r guy doesn't yet know he's gonna get a knife to the back. But eh... I doubt it."

Raichel says, "In their kind of culture, I would be surprised if any of their leaders ever died of old age."

May looks up at Mittens with a cheerful smile. "Thanks to Ironfell, we've got all kinds of time to think up annoying pet-names for this Zetch'r'r guy!"
Kyle
 player, 1109 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 06:01
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Talk politely for the Githyaki or get killed, unless you were obvious in deliberately seeking them out you may be able to point out how little you did in exchange for your life."  Honestly it sounds like the Gith just grabbed the closest named NPC they could find for the job.

  Bram was never really all that tactful to begin with.  Then again, even Kyle would be a master diplomat by comparison to the average Githyanki.  Even... uh, what was his name?  Tea sip mc souljarred's name probably wasn't that important anyways.

  Beverages of fly 4 until end of encounter are handed out to the party.
Mittens
 GM, 1692 posts
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 06:43
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits grins and offers May a high-five!

"'Vlaakith Jr' would probably push his buttons.  But yeah.  Creative names.  Sooo looking forward to that."

Bram bows.  "You are all so very kind to be so understanding.  Right now that's all I have to offer.  I can tell you Sangwyr is a cunning snake.  Constantly changing his tunnels around and his own location to reduce the chance of ever getting found and assassinated.  One rarely gets to see him face to ugly face.  Usually sending stones.  A blessing that.  But what I'm getting at is that his minions here won't know anything useful.  Like how to find him."

"Only indirectly a minion of Sangwyr," the rakshasa says, "Me and my crew are independent contractors.  Our contact was that drider."

"How in the world did you replace my guards?"

"Not too hard.  That sleeping poison can work wonders if timed just right."

"So they're still alive?"

"Nah we killed the guards we replaced."

"Good to hear.  Thanks."

"...your welcome."

"Did you take out the leader?  Arzoa.  The woman githyanki."

"Nope.  Just the three."

"She must be lurking about here somewhere, then."
Timothius
 GM, 706 posts
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 06:56
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "In that case, we keep you close, Bram. At least if you are in my sights, I can heal you."

May takes the high-five and says, "Zetchbell. Zit-roar. R'r'zetch. Though if he's a guy, your "Vlaakith Jr" gives me the idea of calling him Lich Queen or Your Highness or such."

Raichel furrows her brow. "Arzoa roams free? Ug. Well I hope she doesn't think her life is worth killing you over, but we've known enemies to die for much less. Like telling us the time of day. Or 'just because'."

May shrugs. "I dunno... Bram looks like he could take a hit or two. Anyways, let's take these prisoners to Cachlain." she looks at the satyr and tiefling. "Willing to be witnesses that we were attacked by people working for Sangwyr and that we bested them?"

Timothius says, "While I'd like to think that people other than us being witnesses would help, it is obvious Sovacles is an agent of Sangwyr, so his reaction would be to suggest that our witnesses are also spies in on the whole thing. Best we just go on our own word and leave them out of this."

He looks at the two. "Of course, you are welcome to come and watch us inevitably get attacked only for us to win if you like." Why is Tim unafraid of taunting Murphy with comments like "we will win, murphy or no"? Because he knows Murphy is scared of the alternative. If the heroes lose, then Murphy will have much fewer innocent people to pick on.
Kyle
 player, 1110 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 07:02
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "I suppose they could always simply keep quiet and give the impression they don't mind kidnapping attempts. Stay off the glass in either case." That would be silly, but many people they have rescued, fought, or simply met in passing make a group of people punching two headed dragons seem reasonable by comparison.

  "Though yes, it appears at the moment Sovacles could tell Cachlain 'They are obvisly lying that the Kobold is Green, she's clearly red!' and they would agree."
Mittens
 GM, 1693 posts
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 07:14
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits laughed at May's names.

"Yeah pretty much," she agrees with Kyle, "So nevermind even bothering telling Cachlain that we kicked the butts of his enemies just yet and instead focus on hunting down Arzoa?"

"The sooner she's dealt with the better," Bram says, "But if you guys need a rest first, I'll understand.  I can show you to the guest room I was given, if you like.  Thanks for offering to protect me.  Hope to make it up to you all."

Mits shrugs.  "Serously doubt I'll need nap time for dealing with one githyanki.  But chances are she'll have backup somehow."

"I'm just going to go home till this all blows over," the satyr says, "Thanks for the rescue."

"What he said," the tiefling agrees.
May
 player, 566 posts
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 07:23
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius nods to the two diplomats and sends them off with a blessing.

May says, "Eh. We haven't even used our most powerful abilities yet. So let's just hunt her down, stomp her, then rest so we can be ambushed while sleeping."

Timothius says, "Yeah. Kyle and I can set up an eye of alarm when and if we decide to sleep. Which I prefer to do before fighting Sovacles if possible, but like May said, we've got most of our more powerful stuff at our disposal, so we should be good even if we aren't allowed sleep."

Raichel says, "Alright then!" She looks at the rakshassa. "Since you're being so nice... care to tell us any hidden doors you might know about before we go looking in all the wrong places?"

May grins at Bram. "I'm so glad Tim wants you sticking with us... when we fight Sovacles, you might get to see us at full power. Mostly because we expect high-profiles like him to be powerful enough to hold nothing back. But I say 'might' because sometimes... we finish such enemies too fast to get the chance to use everything." It's true. Some boss fights where May, Rai and Tim all wound up using only 2 or three dailies total between the three of them. Not that they are complaining.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:24, Thu 21 Jan 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1111 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 07:31
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Considering how large the explosions tend to be, Bram may not be able to tell the difference.  "Hopefully your trip home goes better than your visit." Hmm... They never DID get served any food.  Wawaiwai feels the urge to cast Flare in another setting.
Mittens
 GM, 1694 posts
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 07:40
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"60% power at most to stomp Sovacles and Cachlain," Mits estimates.

Bram headshakes.  "None that I know of."

"Kyle spotted one earlier," Mits reminds.

(( Referencing this guy: http://vignette2.wikia.nocooki...st?cb=20130624065241 ))
Narrator
 player, 697 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 07:44
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Ambassadors’ Quarters
Visitors to the court stay in these modest rooms. Two
are meant to house Medium creatures, and the northeast room is larger—fit for a Large or Huge visitor.
The doors to the chambers lock and require a DC 20
Thievery check to open.
The middle room is for the PCs, and Cachlain’s
servants bring cots if there are more than four PCs.
It’s not particularly comfortable, but the beds are high
quality, and the room is quiet.
The room to the west houses Bram Ironfell and
his two guards. See the sidebar about Bram Ironfell.
He also makes an appearance in the “Disrupted Banquet” encounter.
Sangwyr’s agents tunnel into these rooms and
begin marauding through the halls.
Tactical encounter: B2. Invasion Tunnel
(page 34).
May
 player, 567 posts
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 07:47
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May says, "Let's get to scoutin'."

After checking out the northern rooms, May comes back and shrugs. "Just a bunch of empty rooms."
Kyle
 player, 1112 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 07:50
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Surprising, usually there's more."  Look Kyle, the maps can only fit so many ambushes with this few rooms.
Mittens
 GM, 1695 posts
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 07:52
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Off to secret door, then."

Mits heads off.  Bram looks hesitant and takes up the rear.
May
 player, 568 posts
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 07:55
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
As usual, May takes point and heads down the stairs. She turns invisible and is careful to sneak and scout again.


Activate armor's encounter-long encounter power to turn invisible
Stealth: 40
Perc: 34

This message was last edited by the player at 07:57, Thu 21 Jan 2016.

Narrator
 player, 698 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 08:09
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Hidden Prison
Located below the other rooms on this level of the
court, this prison is down a flight of stairs concealed
behind a secret door. The prison contains three cells,
each of which is occupied.

A female cyclops in one.

In one cell sit two eladrin.  A man and a woman.

And in the third is a gnome.
May
 player, 569 posts
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 08:13
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May returns, reappears, and reports. "We should all go down there. Sure it's a prison and I saw nobody there. But at this point, enemies might just pop out of the ground at random just because. Or the prisoners get possessed by a githyanki and attack us as soon as we set them free."

Timothius says, "Sticking together is good, yes."

Assuming everyone agrees, May leads the team downstairs, this time not invisible.
Kyle
 player, 1113 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 08:17
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Hopefully none of them are sitting on another secret door for said enemies to pop out from."

  He checks his crossbow, "Well, that and that none of them are in a hidden prison for reasons such as 'ate other guests' they want to continue"
Mittens
 GM, 1696 posts
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 08:29
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
As the PCs explore the hidden prison, mysterious
assassins attack them. Make Stealth checks for each
monster and compare the results to the PCs’ passive
Perception checks. If the PCs don’t detect any of the
enemies, the assassins have a surprise round.

If a PC’s passive Perception is higher than a
monster’s Stealth check, read:
You suddenly hear soft footfalls coming from the hall. Whatever’s approaching is clearly trying to conceal its presence.

Mits points.  "Sneaky sneaky!"

"Hiss!   We've been ssspotted!"

Skulking through the shadows comes a creature with a
vaguely humanoid shape. Purple scales cover its body,
and its long tail, tipped with spikes, lashes in the air. It has
humanoid arms and carries a longsword.

Raichel
 player, 547 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 22:41
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
What's more, unless there is yet another hidden door or the monsters spawned, May would have warned the team ahead of time anyway, what with her searching the place just seconds ago and rolling a 34 perception.

May uses the confined space to her advantage and begins the combat with Come And Get It! The enemies are forced over to her and she whacks most of them good!

Timothius, of course, gets in close and bursts with holy energy to cause vulnerability before hitting the big bad with Pacify.

Raichel does what she has been doing at the start of every combat now; activate blood fury scythe, go feral via razorclaw shifting, furious bolts* and hits them all!


*Rolled out of curiousity. 38, 32, 34. Pretty sure that will hit any and all of the enemies
Kyle
 player, 1114 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 22 Jan 2016
at 02:10
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle knows what Purplespawns are, so makes them even more purple by shooting Violet Phosphor bolts at them.   One of them tries the whole 'shapeshift so they can't tell!' trick, but it's not really hard to tell the difference between May May, and 'Bright glowing purple' May.

  "I am getting a surprising amount of practical mileage out of novelties." Kyle comments, as he knocks Not May to the floor.
Mittens
 GM, 1697 posts
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 04:29
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The eladrin look over to the cyclops.  "See?  Agents of Sangwyr!  Adventurers!  Give 'em hell!"

A githyanki clad in heavy, red robes glares determinedly
and brandishes two silver longswords. You catch a glimpse
of chainmail during her rapid, graceful movements.


"Meddling in affairs that do not concern you will be your fatal failure, adventurers," Arzoa threatens.

She forward flips over the frontline and attacks the group from behind!  Woobwoobwoob!  The whole team is blasted with psychic energy!  She then slices Timothius and telekinesis slams Raichel!  Then another slash and slam for Kyle and Mittens!

"Watch out for the tails!" the gnome warns, rattling his bars, "They're poison!  And hit 'em with radiant magic!  It stops their regeneration!  Get me outta here and I can help!"

"Misstress sssshall ssshred you!"

The purplespawn nightmares begin healing their wounds.  The powdered one swings at May but fails to get through her defenses.  The other purple spawn changes itself to look like Raichel!  She then attacks with a flurry of blows that fill Raichel's mind with terrible nightmarish thoughts!

"Allow me to help," the cyclops says.

She closes her eye and meditates, then glares at Raichel, helping reduce the mental pain!

"I'll show you nightmares!" Mits summons a swarm of yellow mongooses that beat up on the enemy with snake-charmer flutes!

She tisks at Arzoa.  "Perhaps you didn't get the memo.  We just got done killing Tiamat's exarch, Chillreaver.  You're in way over your head."

Kazowie!  She flashes with explosive magic power, severely damaging all the enemies and threatening to damage them even more very soon!

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:31, Sat 23 Jan 2016.

Bram Ironfell
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 04:35
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Bram flanks purple May with May and ganks it in the back!

"Much as I'd love to get a piece of Arzoa, I'm happy just helping where I can."
Timothius
 GM, 707 posts
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 05:01
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel mews a moment, but pushes her fears away immediately with her superior will... that and, "Nice moves!" her love of martial arts. "Lemme show you mine!" with that, she does that teleport thing, whacking the fake Raichel to be next to May and then teleports herself to flank the thing with Timothius.

May nods to Bram and pulls out a glowing sword and SLICE! hits fake May with a mini nuke of radiance and slides it over to a spot where she can still keep it close! "I'm going to enjoy beating the tar out of you when your turn comes up." May slinks over to be in Arzoa's face and lets out a dragon's roar! It isn't come and get it, but it does mark everyone next to her.

Timothius corrects Arzoa with, "Don't pretend like your people making war against my home doesn't concern me. Zetch'r'r making war with everyone will be his downfall as he forces everyone's hand... including us." The snake that turned into Raichel begins to just stare blankly. "And looks like that one is out of the fight." he points at the snakes that look like May and Rai and chains pop up, hindering them. Doesn't matter much for fake Raichel, but it does mean 10 more radiant damage to both snakes. Oh... and thanks to the repositioning that just happened, Arzoa gets hit with it too.
Kyle
 player, 1115 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 05:13
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Well, it is still closer to sensible than trying to poison us and then yelling 'we have no quarrel with you' when we show them what a foolish idea that was."

  Considering May's commentary, he opts to shoot the fake Raichel to leave that chance.  So... uh... Welp, even the freeform attacks don't quite finish them off. But at least it hit and made their own melee attacks that much worse.
Mittens
 GM, 1698 posts
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 05:39
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Those snakes resist psychic attacks," the gnome informs.

"Bram you fool!" Arzoa shouts, "You will pay for telling them githyanki secrets!"

But she and her allies don't last another round.  Badguys are beaten and tied up.

The prisoners cheer!  The gnome rattles his bars some more.  "Fantastic!  Now please get me outta here."

The eladrin nod.  "That would be most appreciated, yes."

Mits nods.  "Appreciate the offered help earlier."

Cells: The prisoners’ cells are locked. Opening the
lock requires a DC 30 Thievery check. The bars can
be bent or destroyed (break DC 28; AC 4, Fortitude
12; hp 120).

Bram searches Arzoa, muttering, "Who's the fool now, idiot?" but he finds nothing of use and sighs.

"If she knows anything important, she likely memorized it and destroyed the letter."
Timothius
 GM, 708 posts
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 06:02
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May gets to unlocking doors with Kyle, careful to pay attention to Kyle's technique. When she tries, of course, she pretends her pick is a sword and "stabs" the lock. "Ahhh! You may stab me, but I won't let you unlock me so easily!" she narrates.

Timothius chuckles at May and then looks to Bram. "Most enemies are not used to people like us being any challenge whatsoever and would be impressed we so much as scratched them. But even enemies who know who we are seem to think our stories are exaggerated or that we were very lucky. You get used to it. To be fair, my team and I are very powerful and would think someone arrogant to hurt us, even if they started to manage making some headway. But I think we know our limits enough now that if someone was a serious enough threat, we'd try to escape.... come to think of us, do we even HAVE hasty escape options?" he looks at Kyle.

Since the experts at freeing people from cells are on freeing people, Raichel sits on Arzoa and slaps her several times to wake her. "So save me some time. Are you going to self-destruct and revert to childhood before you don't have a mind left? Or perhaps astrally project? I want to know if you are useful for anything or if I should show you what happens to people we take prisoner."

May, meanwhile, gets frustrated with the lock and RIPS the door off its hinges, tossing it aside for Arzoa to see. She asks the cyclops, "High... err... low five? Thanks for the help." she offers a high-five with tippy-toe.

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:05, Sat 23 Jan 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1116 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 06:08
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Unfortunately, I don't recall offhand anything that would let us escape in a hurry if things went that bad." Honestly, more results for preventing escapes (you know, when it's not a handwave free action NPC exit).

  Kyle approves of May's unlocking technique, because it works and hey, not like it's a door they should care about.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:25, Sat 23 Jan 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1699 posts
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 06:23
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The cyclops sweatdrops and accepts the high five.

"Thank you, powerful adventurers."

The gnome jumps for joy when released.  "You guys are the best.  And gals.  Lovely ladies!  I'll be gettin' outta your way, then.  Maybe someday repay this kindness!"

He hurries for the exit.

The eladrin bow and introduce themselves as followers of Inzira named Elletraius (male) and Serennel (female).  "Sovacles and the king jailed us shortly after we arrived two weeks ago, seeking an audience so we could propose an alliance.  This cyclops is Talyrin, the adviser whom Sovacles replaced and falsely imprisoned."

Arzoa wakes.

Arzoa’s Secrets Level 18
Skill Challenge XP 2,000
As you attempt to interrogate Arzoa, you catch a flash of
psychic power. She whispers, “You’ ll get nothing from me. My
mind slips away even as I speak. Failure is unacceptable.”

The PCs have only a short time to interrogate Arzoa before
her mind is gone.

Mind Degeneration
After every two skill checks the PCs attempt, Arzoa’s
mental faculties deteriorate, giving the PCs an automatic
failure.

Primary Skills
Diplomacy 20, Intimidate 20.
Other Skills
Heal 20, Insight 13.

Insight
DC Tim wins. (no successes)
Timothius realizes that Diplomacy works best early in the challenge,
and Intimidate gets better later on.

"Looks like that would be the former, sis."

She shows off her painting of Chillreaver.

"Yes.  We are that strong."

“You fight well. Chillreaver . . . perhaps not such a failure.”
Timothius
 GM, 709 posts
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 06:45
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius goes to Arzoa, looks genuinely sad and says, "It is a shame you are programmed to throw your life away so quickly when your words could very well save many of your kind or help what you believe in. It is clear your people have tried to convince you to take the coward's way out and you are only acting on instinct from your training. But before you slip away, perhaps you can show me your way of thinking and open up to me. Don't let the name Arzoa slip into nothing and then nobody knows your name ever again. I promise; you give us something useful and I will help maintain your name."

May reaches for the gnome. "Hold on a sec! Can't you at least tell us who you are and why you're here? At least stick with us so we can make the way safer for you!"

Raichel doesn't care if a gnome decides to run off. Especially after hearing about wrongful imprisonment. She fills in the eladrin and cyclops about the fact Sovacles is obviously manipulating the king and probably even using magic to do so.

She then looks over to Arzoa. "If you don't provide useful information... well let's just say one of our enemies is now a soul trapped in a globe to be taunted by githzerai forever. Your mind may forget, but your soul won't."


Timpomacy: CRIT! 41
Rai Intimidate: CRIT! 33

Kyle
 player, 1118 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 07:04
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "We do have that ritual on hand, yes.  However, throwing your mind away for the sake of those who would not appreciate such a sacrifice is already worse.  You just tried to kill us, but we still have more concern for your welfare than your masters."  Hardly befitting any proper employer...  And also the whole planar wars and enslavement thing is bad too, but you know how Kyle can get about these things.

  OOC: Arcane mutterings to Auto the Diplo
Mittens
 GM, 1700 posts
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 07:15
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
“Bram is not strong. Not strong like githyanki.”
“Cachlain will fall. Too much resistance . . .”
“I follow githyanki ways . . . now the dragons’ ways.”

"The dragon.  You mean the githyanki are on this warpath because Tiamat told them to?"

"Too late.  Mind slipping."

Arzoa dies.  The gnome is startled by May grabbing him and thrashes about, "Lemmegolemmego!...  Oh.  Sorry.  Old habits die hard, heh.  That's very generous of you to offer.  I'd hate to trouble you all.  I can sneak pretty good and turn invisible if need be, so I should be alright on my own.  Name's Kimdal.  I'm here 'cause I'd be a smear in the arena too fast to be of any fun for Cachlain."

Mits addresses the eladrin. "We came here to convince Cachlain of the same.  Sovacles has him under some kind of mind control and kicked us out of the throne room.  Any insights on how to undo the mind control?"

They shake their heads.  "None.  Sorry."
Timothius
 GM, 710 posts
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 07:41
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "I'll wait and see if any of that was useful before I pass judgement on her spite move." he pets her eyes closed and his expression goes from sad to "if looks could kill." "I get the feeling I am going to begin a personal collection of souls. Please ready that ritual, Kyle. Thanks."

Raichel says, "So as usual, it all is going to boil down to beating the enemy into submission and words are meaningless."

Timothius nods. "When it comes to our enemies, yes. I love the coalition if for the fact my words matter at all with them."

May shrugs. "Sorry Timothius. But you can't say Sovacles would be the most word-friendly person anyway." she then looks back to the gnome and smiles all friendly-like. "Well I understand that, sure, but why were you caught in the first place? Bad luck? Or did you find something useful?" If the gnome doesn't have anything useful to offer, May lets him go.
Kyle
 player, 1119 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 07:48
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "I'll do it for you, Timothius.  Though with their mind gone beforehand, there is likely no reason to."

  He looks over to Mittens, and asks "Still want to try for that night rest? Or improve the odds of it with the treehouse ritual?"
Mittens
 GM, 1701 posts
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 08:01
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits offers her sibs a group hug.

"My family is still alive, kicking, and very healthy I might add.  So I'm grateful for that fact.  If our enemies didn't at least annoy us, I'd have to wonder if they're really enemies at all."


Mits shrugs to Kyle's question.  "I dunno.  What do you all think?  I think we'll do just fine without whatever daily powers we've used up by now.  I've hardly broke a sweat all day."

Kimdal looks disappointed.  "Useful?  I wish.  Best I can offer is you'll likely find a few coin inside those snakes' bellies.  That's how they carry money without pockets.  You guys and your beating up dragons and kings are way outta my pay grade.  I'd like to offer you something...  Oh!  If you didn't know, the king's glass floor is actually a magical trap door.  If he doesn't like what you say, Poof!  The glass vanishes and you get dropped into the arena.  Stay away from the treant if you can."

Mits chuckles.  "That's more than most offer.  Thanks."

Kimdal smiles.  "You're welcome!"

The cyclops speaks up.  "I'll tell you all I know in case it is helpful."

✦ Sovacles arrived about three months ago and
quickly ingratiated himself with Cachlain. Soon
after that, Talyrin was imprisoned in the middle of
the night. She was imprisoned by Cachlain’s order,
and no evidence or even accusation is needed
for the king to imprison someone.
 Sovacles arrived about one month
before the PCs encountered the fey in “The Temple
Between” (Dungeon 161).
✦ Talyrin believes Sovacles has supernatural power
that lets him control Cachlain. This is the first of
the Stone-Skinned King’s advisors to wield magic
openly. Fearing its power, Cachlain was unwilling
to choose anyone but sages and powerful warriors
as advisors in the past.
✦ A rival of Cachlain named Sangwyr has long
coveted the Stone-Skinned King’s caverns. For
decades now, the upstart has fought both Cachlain
and the eladrin of Frostwhite Forest. Talyrin hears
that Sangwyr’s forces are growing, bolstered by
allies from another plane. (She doesn’t know they’re
githyanki.)
✦ Under Sovacles’s guidance, conditions have gotten
worse in Cachlain’s realm. The troops moving
through secret complexes deep below ground take
food and resources that would go to those who
live in the court. The cyclopses collect more and
more slaves, and Sovacles sends them to assist the
githyanki soldiers.
✦ After the eladrins in another cell told her that
Inzira seeks an alliance, Talyrin came to believe
it’s a good plan—if Sangwyr is truly becoming
dangerous. She fears the rumors of his power might
be lies spread by the eladrin to trick Cachlain, and
she hasn’t seen evidence that an attack is imminent.

This message was last edited by the GM at 08:01, Sat 23 Jan 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 711 posts
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 08:13
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "I dunno... I haven't really used any of my best today. I think? The days meld anymore and it gets hazy..."

May says, "I am relatively sure I didn't use anything major today also."

Timothius says, "I won't be able to bless the arena as holy ground like you saw at the dinner table until I've rested a while. Other than that, no major powers used up from me."
Kyle
 player, 1120 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 08:19
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "We were assuming as much about the glass floor, but it is good to know for certain.  Hopefully he forgot the extra precautions I've often heard about in such cases." 'PS Flying turns off' is often a disclaimer in things like that.

  "While I'm still doubtful about Cachlain's quality as a leader overall, it is true the alternatives are much worse.  Though I doubt any would take the copper bet he'll at least tempt us to beat him with his own throne before this is over."
Mittens
 GM, 1702 posts
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 08:38
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Let's just finish dinner then kick butt," Mits suggests.

When the group exits, one of the cyclops throne room guards motions to them.

"Um...  Cachlain wants to talk to you.  Should I let Him know you're available, or...?"
Timothius
 GM, 712 posts
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 08:43
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "So much for dinner." he nods to the guard. "Sure. We're available."

Raichel says, "Knowing our luck, he'll talk to us for exactly 5 minutes so the potion will wear off. So just be ready to drink it the moment the floor opens."

May nodnods. "Got it."

If the others in the team are ready, they head for the throne room. Rai readies her flight movement for when the floor opens. The others ready drinking the elixer for when the floor opens.
Kyle
 player, 1121 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 08:48
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Better living through magical chemicals.  Shame about the expenses, but then at this point it's less than pocket change territory for these ones.  (It's chucking +3 level items that Kyle is thankful for being able to handwave one into existence per encounter).

  "Wishful thinking for an anticlimax, where he merely wants to ask about that Dwarven Ale keg."  If only.
Mittens
 GM, 1703 posts
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 16:49
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Alrighty, then!"

Mits is ready with the flying as well.

Sovacles commands the doors to the throne room, and they
slam closed behind you. The advisor, clearly angered, yells,
“The gracious king invited you into his palace, and you
use trickery and deceit to compromise the security of his
domain. You aid his great enemy, Sangwyr, and you plot
against our brave, wise king! At every opportunity, you’ve
allowed them into the king’s domain and led them in their
assault! Now, submit to imprisonment and the king might
spare your lives.”


"It's something that I didn't hear much of in the storybooks about heroes, but apparently it's an ongoing theme that, 'no good deed goes unpunished,' - for enemies of truth to accuse the heroes who risk their lives for them of wrongdoing.  Well I say again, 'when you point a finger, three more point right back at you.'"
Timothius
 GM, 713 posts
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 20:03
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May says, "Called it! Instant accusations even with evidence completely opposite of what he's saying. Also, slamming doors is rude and I could easily kick those doors open."

Timothius says, "We defeated every last enemy that burrowed their way in. Every single guest you had is our witness. And if they are all "lying" as you like to point out, then you don't have any friends left, Sovacles, in which case you don't have a kingdom left, so what's the point?"

Raichel says, "Spare us your filthy lies, Sovacles, and just get on with the fight you want so badly. At least then the king will be happy watching us fight... and we will tear you apart for tricking the king and treating us as you have."

This message was last edited by the GM at 20:05, Sat 23 Jan 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1122 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 20:27
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Simple question, King Cachlain.  When was the last time you were giving the orders to your adviser, instead of obeying Sovacles's every command?  Or do you have nothing to add at all while he makes demands of your guards and us?"

  OOC: Elixir is Fly 4, slow controlled safe fall if flight wears off/gets canceled above ground.
Narrator
 player, 699 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 21:37
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
If the PCs try to reason with the king and his advisor, they quickly find that logic won’t work, and
that Cachlain follows the irrational hatred Sovacles
demonstrates for the PCs. Once the PCs become
aggressive or anger Sovacles with their persistence,
the advisor leads Cachlain in an attack against the
PCs


"You dare challenge the great king?!" Sovacles screams, "You had your chance to surrender peaceably!  Cachlain!  They want to kill you!"

"AAACK!"

Cachlain hops out of his throne, and hulk-slams most of the team into the corner!  He follows up by glaring at May, sliding her over to Kyle, and forcing her to take a swing at him!
Raichel
 player, 548 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 21:47
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May resists the urge to hit Kyle! And then raspberries Cachlain!

Raichel's scythe glows and she drops it before coursing with lightning and then fires a lightning bolt at Cachlain, but misses. "We didn't challenge the king, we challenged Sovacles!"


Minor: Activate Blood Fury Weapon
Minor: Lightning in the Blood (Rai can now do +1 die dmg)
Standard: Lightning Daggers v Cachlain. Miss(22)
Intimidate: 29 success!

This message was last edited by the player at 23:43, Sat 23 Jan 2016.

Narrator
 player, 700 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 22:06
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"I'm right behind you, great king," Sovacles says, "My alchemy shall hinder them for you."

He tosses a bag of coal dust at Timothius.  He's forced to clump up with the others.  Sovacles then tosses two small clay pots.  They explode with poisonous shards flying everywhere followed by a thick cloud of poisonous gas!
Narrator
 player, 701 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 22:32
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Release Cachlain’s Mind Level 18
Skill Challenge XP 6,000
The fomorian king is fighting against Sovacles’s control, even
while attacking you. He squints his eyes and shakes his head
as though he were trying to banish unwanted visions.

While they fight the Stone-Skinned King and Sovacles, the PCs
can attempt to free the monarch from his advisor’s control.
Each PC can attempt a skill check as a minor action once
per round to contribute to this challenge.

Complexity
2 (requires 6 successes before 3 failures).
Primary Skills
Arcana 25, Diplomacy 20, Insight 20, Intimidate 25.
Other Skills
Heal 13

Special (1 success, maximum 1 success)
If the PCs succeeded on the skill challenge in “Audience
with the King,” they gain an automatic success.
Timothius
 GM, 714 posts
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 22:47
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Is that all?" Timothius asks as he stands up. Sovacles can see Timothius wave a hand and cause ALL of Mittens' wounds to vanish and simultaneously, Tim's wounds all vanish! "Sorry, but you will have to try harder than that." and with that, he walks forward, eyes closed and opens his blood coin purse. "Pay in blood." and with that, their blood begins getting sucked out. "The pain will stop for you when you stop licking Sovacles' boots, Cachlain." His eyes open and he looks right at Cachlain with a stern look.


Tim takes 5 damage
Move: Get up.
Minor: Healing Word on Mittens: 64
 Save Throw: 1 fail.
Free: Cord of Divine Favor. Tim spends a surge.
 +2d6+5(Pacifist): 14
 Save Throw: 8 fail.
Move: Walk to position
ACTION POINT! +4 to all non-damaging attacks.
Standard: Penance of Blood v Sov, Cach. Hit(42)! Hit(39)!
Save Throw: 19 success
Timplomacy: Auto-success


Mittens HP: 47 + 64 = 84 + 5
Timothius HP: 54 - 5 + 25 + 14 = 88+5

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:59, Sat 23 Jan 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1123 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 22:57
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Sovacles, you are an affront to your profession.  Hiding behind your king, treating him like some grunt.  Even if any of your laughable accusations were true, it would not change how little you care for your king compared to your own safety."  Hey, they were hiding behind the king before the blind zone.  Kyle doubts that changed.

  He gropes for May to be sure where she is, toughens her up, then blindly walks in a straight line until he bumps into the fallen Raichel.  He helps her get stronger rather than help her up, sorry for the poor manners.

  Now that he is no longer blinded... Yup, baby Sovacles still hiding behind the kind.

OOC:
Arcana success.
Saves vs everything.
Minor: Resistive for May (+1 AC. free cash in for Surge+10 THP, and to an ally within 5).
Move: blind stumble to Raichel.
Minor: Sigil of luck for Raichel (+1 hit, +5 DMG rolls for Encounter).

May
 player, 570 posts
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 23:15
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May hops to her feet says, "Come ON! Tell you what. Help us take out Sovacles and we'll do a beautiful arena performance for you later! I'll show you what I can do and you won't have to get hurt for it!"

She jets past Cachlain and whacks Sovacles hard before whacking him again even harder! Cachlain can hear the bone crunching sounds of the hits. She gives a very wicked grin to Sovacles. "You brought this on yourself, you slithering, dishonorable worm!"


Move: Stand
Minor: Quicksilver Stance
 Effect: May can shift her speed and make a basic melee as a Standard every round.
Standard: Shift to Sovacled + Maysic Melee v Sovacles. Hit(35)!
 dmg: 28 (thanks vulnerable!)
May Diplomacy: 24 success (5 successes. 0 failures)
ACTION POINT! May resists 10 ALL
Appalling Crunch v Sovacles. Hit(32)!
 dmg: 40
 Both Sovacles and Cachlain are marked!
Save throw: 18 success
Free: Turning in resistive and giving spare to Timothius


Sovacles HP: 340 - 28 - 40 = 272

This message was last edited by the player at 23:44, Sat 23 Jan 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1704 posts
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 23:38
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits shuffles over into flanking with May then blasts both the king and Sovacles... but misses.  She sighs and chugs a potion.

"Poison alchemy theme?  Ok.  Potion of resist poison.  Take that!  We know all about Sovacles' mind control.  Notice how unconcerned we are at being attacked?  Honestly.  A fomorian should be able to shake magical mind control on his own.  And then the baby won't be able to hide behind him anymore."

Mits intimidate: 33 success (6 successes. 0 failures.  Retroactive success for Rai intimidate.)

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:44, Sat 23 Jan 2016.

Narrator
 player, 702 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 23:49
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"M...magical?" Cachlain stammers, "Mind control?!"

Sovacles, wounded and angry, snarls, “You have no idea
who you’re dealing with! My queen has given me the power
to destroy you easily! Tiamat will have all that you possess
and more, and your blood is my gift to her! And I’m sure
Cachlain’s replacement will be more amenable to our
commands.


Cachlain responds quickly, shouting out that he’ll
never let the god of greed steal what belongs to him.
He gestures at the floor and his evil eye flashes green.
Then, the plates of glass flutter away, opening a hole
that drops the PCs and Sovacles to the gladiatorial
arena below. The fall is 40 feet (4d10 falling damage).
Remember that a character trained in Acrobatics can
make a check as a free action to reduce the damage
by half the result of the check.

"You'll pay for thiiis!"  THUD!  Sovacles hits the floor of the arena below.

Cachlain hovers in the air, blinking in surprise that he's not alone.

"You can fly?!"
Kyle
 player, 1124 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 00:23
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "You are hardly the first government official we have dealt with that was either replaced, mind controlled, or otherwise indisposed.  You are the first where it was so obvious the entire time to everyone around, however. Which I suppose is why Sovacles spent so much time killing, arresting, or kidnapping everyone in sight who ever so much as saw him or you.  A bit like trying to cover your tracks with signposts, really."

  He checks his crossbow.  It's a free action like talking.
Narrator
 player, 703 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 01:18
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
In the gladiatorial arena below you, a handful of eladrin
gladiators fight an undead treant bound in place with
massive cold iron chains. A crowd massed in dozens of cave
mouths along the towering walls takes in the bout.
You see Sovacles plummet down and hear his body snap
as he hits the purple crystal of the arena floor. The crowd
cheers! Just when it appears that the advisor’s threat is
ended, his body evaporates and forms into a wispy green
cloud with smoky wings.


“You have destroyed my human guise! Still, I have four
more forms that can defeat you easily! Now you know
you face Virizan, exarch of Her Dark Majesty Tiamat!
All in this room will take my secret to their graves!”


The cheering crowd falls silent.
Raichel
 player, 549 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 01:28
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel answers, "Yes. We can all fly." which she demonstrates by flying over Sovacles (but nowhere near him yet) and shoots lightning down at him before landing next to the throne. "Any gladiator down there who wants out, I can bring you up out of there! But only if you don't attack us while we take out Virzan!"


Minor: Activate Razorclaw Shifting
Minor: "Stand" from prone
Free: Lightning Daggers v Virizan. Miss(25)
Move: To near May

Narrator
 player, 704 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 01:40
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Virizan transforms into an enormous, coiled serpent with
a humanoid face. A row of green quills run down his spine,
and longer spines jut out from the tip of his muscular tail.
Peals of thunder sound at his command.
Timothius
 GM, 715 posts
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 01:58
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "Umm.... hate to tell you this, but I am a STORM sorcerer. Your thunder means nothing to me."

Timothius says endearingly, "Lookit the cyooot li'l exarch! Throwing a temper tantrum like a widdo babyyyy... Mitts, I want a Virizan plushy!" He waves a hand and Kyle gets healed back to full and feels uber-tough for a bit. "Attack again and I will fill your mind kindness and goodness and such cyootifulness so as you can't do anything."


Standard: Pacify v Virizan. Hit(36)!
 If Virizan hits or misses with an attack, he becomes stunned
Minor: healing word on Kyle: 56
 +7 Kyle's defenses


Kyle HP: 67 + 56 = MAX 112+5thp

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:01, Sun 24 Jan 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1125 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 02:11
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Well, the crowd could simply leave while you were stuck in that pit. But then, you really are terrible at all of your jobs."  Unlike say, Timothius.  Who is over 9,000 fantasy popes level.

  He tosses a crossbow down into the air, which is a silly sounding sentence.  It floats upon a glowing sigil as it nails Sovasnake with a trio of Timothius boosted bolts.

29+29+26= 84
HP: 170-84 = 86
May
 player, 571 posts
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 02:16
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May pulls out her bow and arrow. "Heh. Bet you thought I had to come down to you to fight, eh?" May knocks and arrow while making a flem sound in her throat. Arrow glances off Virizan's tail. But May's loogie hits Virizan in the forehead. "I spit in your face! Ha-ha!"


Maysic Ranged v Virizan. Miss(26)
Spit v Virizan. Hit(33)!

Mittens
 GM, 1705 posts
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 02:53
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The crowd goes wild, cheering for Kyle's attack!  May's humiliation gets an, "Ooooh!" from the crowd.

"Sure thing, bro!"

A plushie baby naga with a rattle in its tail appears in Timothius' arms.  Laughter erupts from the crowd.

 “Do not think I ever underestimated you. You defeated
Chillreaver, so you’re clearly skilled. None of Tiamat’s
exarchs falls easily!”

"Chillreaver lasted less than half a minute against us," Mits counters, wiping the venom from her eyes, "Only reason you're still yapping is 'cause we're going easy on you.  And speaking of your job of protecting Cachlain..."

She floats to be in between Cachlain and Virizan and asides to the fomorian, "You might want to get yourself to safety, highness."

 “Cachlain won’t last long! Sangwyr marches, and the
fomorian weakling’s forces can’t stop him alone. Tiamat
covets this domain and it will be hers, and Sangwyr will
be a perfect puppet upon the throne.”

"Zap!"

Mits blasts Virizan with a huge beam of energy, causing the naga to hiss in pain.

"That was my weakest attack.  You like talking about being favored by a diety?  We've been given the thumbs-up by all the gods of good.  Allow me to show you."

The arena goes dark and Pelor shows up, decked out like a paladin!  Radiant Sword Slash!  Then Moradin shows up!  Hammer!  Then Avandra gets a hit in!  Ending with Bahamut doing a Plasma Beam that blasts him into smoke!  The smoke forms into his venom wisp form, which is lit on fire by the heat of the blast.

"Gladiators.  Might wunna take cover.  Or, if you're feeling like impressing Cachlain, surround Snake Face so he can't escape."

The crowd gasps then cheers their lungs out!
Narrator
 player, 705 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 03:34
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
(Insert before Rai)

The gladiators huah!  "For glory!"

They charge Virizan, surrounding him and doing massive damage!

"Hiss!  You'll pay for that!"

Cachlain floats over to the relative safety of the ledge then moves over to sit in his throne.

"My replacement, huh?  Can't stand alone, can I?  I'll just team up with Inzira."
Raichel
 player, 551 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 03:35
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "I am DONE with you!" and turns into a lightning bolt. The scene goes into slow motion as Virizian manages to dodge lightning, but when Raichel materializes next to him, flanking with a gladiator, she fires lightning from her eyes at his eye, bursting his latest form like a balloon! Then slams her palm into the newest form!


Move: Fly down
Standard: Spark Form v Virizan. Miss(27)
Free: Lightning Daggers v Virizan. Hit(33)!
 dmg: 57 Haha vulnerable negated because CA
ACTION POINT! 6 dmg to enemies within 5
Standard: Strength to Weakness v Virizan. Miss(25)


Virizan HP: 23 - 57 = BONKED FORM
 28 dmg to new form and ongoing 10 dmg (save ends)

This message was last edited by the player at 03:39, Sun 24 Jan 2016.

Narrator
 player, 706 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 03:46
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The exarch’s body rips into pieces, which become writhing
snakes as they fall to the ground. A swarm of the creatures
crawls across the ground, baring fangs that drip with
venom.


The snakes speak in unison:
“I have no illusions that I am the strongest of Tiamat’s
exarchs. Even if you defeat me, you can’t stop us all!”


They glare at Raichel, but she mental blocks the attack.  They all go limp.
Timothius
 GM, 716 posts
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 03:54
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "Do want to know how it feels to be cut off from your god? Allow me to show you..." He falls a bit and suddenly stops to hover 25' away from Virizan and points a staff at him! ....while hugging the plushy in his other arm. "Thanks, sis!"

During the exarch's dream of cute fluffy bunnies all sharing lollipops with Virizan (who sees himself a plushy in the dream), he feels his connection to Tiamat get severed.


Move: Fly down to be in range
Standard: Sever the Source
 Effect: Until the end of your next turn, target gains vulnerable 22 to all dmg
 (10+wis mod(sever source)+wis mod(penance))

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:55, Sun 24 Jan 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1706 posts
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 04:03
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Heh.  Pile o snakes.  Meet pile o mongooses."

A swarm of yellow mongooses appears and kill the snakes!

Virizan assumes the guise of a human creature with scaled
skin. He produces his staff of office, now twisted and warped
into the image of a hooded serpent.


He still looks to be quite dizzy from Timothius' power.
Kyle
 player, 1126 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 04:21
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle misses two out of three shots with the flying crossbow, but thanks to Timothius, that one hit is more damage than is normally possible for the Artificer.

  He follows up with aboleth slime to the exarch's face, now at 80% more transparent! (well, just the skin).  Sure, poison damage.  But that doesn't stop the weakened status effect (And Tim buffs mean it still does damage, haha).

crossbow: 40 DMG.
Ongoing 10+22 Poison DMG.  Boss has resist 10 Poison, so that would be just 22.
EFFECT: Weakened, Save ends both (also, Encounter long "Origin is Aberrant"
May
 player, 572 posts
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 04:28
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May flies straight for Virizan and says, "Haha! I will- oh right he can't hear me right now." and lands near him and half-heartedly whacks at him, missing. "Pff."


Move, Move+Basic, miss(25)
Narrator
 player, 707 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 04:37
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The eladrin don't do quite as good the second go.  Only one of them hits.  But thanks to Timothius, it hits hard.  Cachlain and the crowd are cheering wildly!

"Stomp. The. Snake!" they begin to chant.
Raichel
 player, 552 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 04:44
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel kicks Virizan in the face, chest, belly and then backflip uppercuts him with her feet, causing him to teleport away. Raichel then teleports next to his unconscious form and says, "....no more forms?"

After all the earlier misses... about time.


Free: Lightning Daggers v Virizan. Miss(29)
Standard: Step Between the Worlds v Virizan. Hit(34)!


Virizan HP: 44 - 76 = KO! KO! KO!
Narrator
 player, 708 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 04:52
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The crowd goes wild!  Cachlain jumps out of his throne screaming!

"Yeah!  Yeah!"

He kicks his throne over!

"Yeeeaaaah!"

He points authoritatively and commands, "Execute the traitor!"

Mits nods.  "Can't say he doesn't deserve it, but wouldn't you rather him conscious for his execution?"

"He's too dangerous!  Just finish him off!"

"A practical stance."
Kyle
 player, 1127 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 05:06
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "I suppose we could let the crowd rip him to shreds, but that might take a while."  It IS a level 18 body, after all.

  "Any preferences for how we put him out of our misery, King Cachlain?"
Timothius
 GM, 717 posts
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 05:20
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May glances at the kitten twins.

Raichel says, "He is guilty of manipulating a kingdom for Tiamat. I'd say that's death penalty material."

Timothius says sternly, "We are not executioners for anyone. I will accept that he is your prisoner to do with as you please according to your laws, but we are not yours to command. We defended your life, Cachlain."

Seeing even one of her team vote "nay", May says, "Sorry. I don't kill except in self defense or if my whole team agrees to it."
Mittens
 GM, 1708 posts
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 05:35
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"I don't care who does it!  Gladiators!  You do it!  A boon to the one who finishes him off!"

The gladiators nod.  "Gladly."

They hack him to pieces.  Mits shields her bro from the sight by interposing herself between the body and Timothius.

"Not like he would have told us anything useful if we'd interrogated him.  'Tiamat rulez!  You all drool!'"
Kyle
 player, 1128 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 05:46
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Not to be outdone, turns out 'Bane Rulz' has been gratified gainst one of the arena walls.

  "Honestly, I wanted to kill him anyways." and then arrange the body parts to spell out 'unprofessional'  "And pleasing Cachlain would have been incidental."
Timothius
 GM, 718 posts
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 05:57
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Thanks, Mitts." Timothius comments to the interposing sister.

Timothius is highly tempted to say something very spiteful about pleasing Cachlain, but decides discretion is the better part of valor. "Virizan is finished. Now to get to what we were here for in the first place. I can only assume Cachlain hasn't forgotten he was going to join Inzira out of necessity... if not pure spite against the fact Sangwyr didn't want that to happen."

May and Raichel fly out of the pit. Raichel begins making good on her promise and starts flying the gladiators out of the pit.
Mittens
 GM, 1709 posts
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 06:14
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Once everyone's in the throne room, Cachlain commands the glass floor to re-appear.  He rights his throne and sits again.

"Release Talyrin from prison and bring her to me."

A cyclops guard glance-glances about.  "Um...  Our visitors already released her."

"Then do the second part!"

"Yessir!"

Talyrin is brought in.  Cachlain motions to the chair next to his throne, and she takes a seat.

After they revealed his advisor’s true motives and
protected his palace, the PCs have influence over
Cachlain. He comes as close to trusting them as
a fomorian can. With his autonomy restored, he
releases Talyrin from her prison and reinstates her as
his main advisor. She vouches for the PCs, too.
Cachlain agrees that Sangwyr is a true danger.
He’ll ally with Inzira and her eladrin for now, and
even—though it pains him to do so—allows her to take
the Seed of Winter as a token of this alliance. The Seed
wants to go back to Inzira (for now), and anyone else
who keeps it takes the –1 concordance hit for refusing
the Seed every day.
The king refuses to help the githyanki again, but
doesn’t intend to take up arms against them. Sangwyr
presents a big enough threat to him that Cachlain
will be preoccupied with the upstart’s destruction for
some time.
However, the king does have information about
the githyanki strongholds, since they’ve been using
his portals. He gives the PCs some information on
a githyanki outpost in the mountains north of Elsir
Vale, including a fairly detailed map on how to
reach it.

"You have my thanks for your heroic efforts that lead to his magesty's mind's release," Talyrin adds, "You should be richly rewarded."

Cachlain looks like he wants to give her a swat but realizes the wisdom of her words.  "My thanks as well.  Of course you'll be rewarded!  Richly even.  On top of the valuable map I just supplied."

Lots of residium and other sorts of rich rewards are given.  Such as platinum, precious gems, and so on mined from he tunnels of the Feydark.

"You're welcome!" Mits answers.
Kyle
 player, 1129 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 06:21
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "If it helps, now that you are no longer under literal mind control, you have been one of the most reasonable leadership figures we have dealt with."  Seriously, he's agreeing to give back thing he wants, nevermind work with others in the first place.  All without arranging for the places supposedly under your protection to be attacked by mercenaries to make you look right.

  Oh, right, tried to drop them into a gladitorial arena with an Exarch of Tiamat... Meh, still above the curve on 'good fantasy politics'.

  "If we ever run into Sangwyr personally, it is quite likely a good portion of that residum will be involved with what is used to stab, burn, and otherwise be used to ruin his day."

 60 seconds later, the Cahchlain has a Lv 3 'Cask Of Liquid Gold' for his throne room. Thus saving the kingdom countless gold in taxes used for beer money.
Raichel
 player, 553 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 06:33
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius thinks Kyle is catching on to this whole diplomacy thing if he is offering a king a gift after being given a gift for saving said king's life.

The kitties accept the treasure graciously and May wallows in it a bit before putting her hands on her cheeks, taking a damsel-in-distress posture and saying "Oh no! The coalition will think us villains because we got payed! What EVER shall we do?"

Timothius says, "We'll manage."

With a polite bow, if May/Rai/Tim are excused, they head out with the others.

Once they are out of earshot, Raichel says, "Cachlain seems less evil than I expected. But let me make sure I understand the plan correctly; we are going to hand an extremely powerful evil item to an evil queen who was unable to keep possession of it, and let an evil fomorian continue as king after defeating an exarch for him?"
Mittens
 GM, 1710 posts
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 06:43
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Cachlain roars out in laughter at the idea of the wealth he's paying will go toward maiming Sangwyr.  And endless beer for his gladiatorial match viewing pleasure.  The group is of course allowed to exit.

If allowed to speak, the Seed insists that 'evil' is defined as those who would oppose the will of the Winter Court, etc., etc.

Mits shrugs.  "We have no reason to believe Frost Queen is evil outside general 'Winter = evil' assumptions.  Or evidence that Cachlain is evil outside, 'all fomorians are evil' assumptions.  With the obvious exception of 'enslave the weak' Seed Face, add the word, 'maybe' before 'evil' to all you said, and it should be pretty accurate."

Bram offers, "Perhaps the better way to put it is that you are arranging for powerful forces to remain annoyances to one another and your enemies rather than annoyances to you.  Nothing says you've agreed to leave them alone once you've dealt with the githyanki."
Kyle
 player, 1130 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 06:57
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  One quick check of the PDG to be sure he's listed as Evil later.

  "Seems so.  Although for what little it will help to put your mind at ease, they are the best options right now.  If they were to spontaneously disintegrate, their replacements would be worse.  As for the Seed, I think that is as much it being stuck on autopilot considering Inzira has not been much for the wild expansionist campaigns.  It's not perfect, but with how much we have to deal with the far extremes, leaders merely being bad is sadly refreshing to put up with instead."

  Even when under Evil mind control, the worst the world at large had to put up with outside the gladiatorial pits from Cachlain was trying to steal a book.
Raichel
 player, 553 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 07:14
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel gives Mittens a teenage eyeroll. "Their evil is quite established, sis. Cachlain sent people to steal a holy book from a church of Moradin. And opened up his arena pit with the intent to dump his rescuers along with the exarch. There's selfish or "not heroic" and then there is stealing precious relics from good guy churches evil and stab-your-heroes-in-the-back evil. And the seed just gave a classic villain line you may as well have on your checklist, Mitts! so may as well check it off the list... Evil is defined as defying the queen? Who says that but evil things? ....I'll grant that we know little to nothing about the winter queen; you are right about her, but still."

Upon Bram making his point, Raichel folds her arms and says, "Yeah... yeah, that's actually a comfort, Bram. Thanks."

Raichel glances at Kyle. "....I've never been a believer in being idle against evil because 'the alternative would be worse'. There is acting against evil or not. But I am at least a believer in priorities. Telling myself we are merely shelving these evils for after we have dealt with the worse ones first helps put my mind at ease."

Timothius nods to Raichel. "When healing someone with a broken bone, you try to set the bone before you worry about the scratch elsewhere on their body. Remembering priorities will help all of us, I think. None of you have misplaced priorities that I can recall."

May says, "Good to hear you'll be alright, Raichel. And wow... even by the seed's definition of evil, we still rate as heroes! So far, we have been bringing it closer to the queen and did as the queen asked with the whole diplomacy thing."

Timothius says, "Then let's get going."

More hugs are doled out and Timothius begins drawing up plans for the Virizan plushies, using Mitts if she is willing to continue prestidigitating it for him to use as a base.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:15, Mon 25 Jan 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1711 posts
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 07:24
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits heads off with the cyclops escort.  "Cachlain has plenty of excuses going for him.  For example, he was mind-controlled to order stealing the book.  Sovacles had already taken over his mind by then according to what we've heard.  And dumping us into the arena is easily excusable as the confused, chaotic act of a person who's mind just rubber-banded back to being un-controlled.  My instincts tell me he's evil mcEvilpants with Evil Sauce on top.  Was only pointing out we've no solid proof.  Yet."

She of course humors Timothius' wishes.  Bram stares at the ground during the walk back.

Inzira and the
Frostwhite Eladrin
To settle the specifics of the alliance, Druemmeth
Goldtemple is invited to Cachlain’s court. He thanks
the PCs, and states that Inzira sympathizes with their
alliance. If the PCs speak with her, they can persuade
her to join the Coalition. She appoints Druemmeth
to the council, effective once he finishes dealing with
Cachlain.
Kyle
 player, 1131 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 07:30
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle wishes the Seed Of Winter well, of all things, when it is handed back over.  "We may not have liked eachother or shared opinions on... Basically anything.  However, you still put up with being used as a glorified bargaining chip with none of the usual baggage Intelligent artifacts are infamous for.  So hopefully things turn out for you, now that you are back home."  And that they won't have to pitch them into the Not Lava of the elemental chaos to shut it up in the future.

  But yes, holy **** actual cooperation from the 'Evil' NPCs with less headache or arm twisting compared to the 'Good' ones-oh no, the Coalition will be failing to do anything useful at all won't it.
Raichel
 player, 554 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 07:48
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel walks over to Bram. "Talk to me, Bram. What's on your mind?"

Timothius thanks Mittens for her help. Seeing Raichel deal with Bram, Timothius' already happy smile (from plushy duty) is becoming a little softer. He puts an arm around Mittens, giving her a squeeze.

May chats with Kyle about ideas for a mechanical mount. Something that has a weapon at every joint and can resemble a drake, a dragon, a behir, and other such creatures. And the ability to transform. "And! And! It can go under water like those apparatuses! And sprout wings to fly like an airship! Oh! And our airship? It will have a docking bay for us to store these beauties!"

But yes. When given the chance, Timothius WILL totally talk with Inzira about joining the coalition!

This message was last edited by the player at 07:49, Mon 25 Jan 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1712 posts
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 08:00
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Hate to say it, but my best bet at survival is here in the Winter Court," Bram answers, "Not too keen on exile from our world, but hey.  Better that than bog things down with a nasty fight over who gets to execute me.  I know you said you'd vouch for me, but why waste your diplomatic capitol on a turncoat who has no real use to you?  Nah.  I'd rather not burden you for something like that till after the githyanki are defeated."

Mits chuckles at all the ideas May spews. "Sounds fun!"

The Seed, satisfied about being returned to the Winter Court, returns Kyle's sentiment.

"It's a shame that once you all have defeated your foe you'll likely waste yourselves on 'noble' pursuits.  Consider forcing your will upon the masses with a tidy tyranny.  You'll have enough power that no one will be able to challenge your rule, and you can dole out severe punishments for 'evil' and 'unprofessionalism,' discouraging those things you find so distasteful."

If asked, Inzira will allow Bram to join her community.
Kyle
 player, 1132 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 08:04
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle nods, Bram heading off to winter wonderland is a lot better than what the module writers shrug had waiting for him.

  "Part of what keeps us working this hard is also part of why that's probably not going to happen for quite some time, if at all.  As you can clearly see, we have enough to deal with in the problems others start trying to take where we live by force, before even considering it ourselves."
Timothius
 GM, 720 posts
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 08:11
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "Thanks for considering our time so precious, Bram. I think you are right." With that, offer for Bram to serve the winter court is made.

Timothius says, "When this is all over and we have won, I will probably be overseeing a lot of changes to a lot of civilizations. Such as severe punishment to people who train their warriors to erase their own memories along with banning such a practice."

Raichel says, "Yeah... dreaming about law and order being established..."

May says, "My goal, of course, is to have tried every weapon there is. But I'll be happy to be wherever you all are."
Mittens
 GM, 1713 posts
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 08:14
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Mittens would rather continue adventuring than get tied up in politics.  So yes.  Thanks, Bram.  You're not as awful a person as I thought at first."

Back to the Coalition
Their task complete, the PCs can return to Sayre to
deliver the news to the Coalition. Cachlain allows
them to exit through one of his portals (and they
arrive near the portal they first took to reach the Feywild). If they succeeded on either the Audience with
the King skill challenge or the Release Cachlain’s
Mind skill challenge (in the “Throne Room Showdown” encounter), he gives them the sigil sequence so
they can use Linked Portal or similar rituals to travel
to his court.
Kyle
 player, 1133 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 01:16
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "So, I'm considering optimism for once.  But if I do, that just means returning to find the coalition accidentally burnt itself down will be all the more disappointing."

  Copper bet nobody will take is that every thing is fine, and the Coalition didn't get curb stomped by nonspecfic attacks off panel in the all of TWENTY FOUR HOURS THEY HAVE BEEN GONE.
May
 player, 573 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 01:21
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius was sure to thank Cachlain for use of teleportation.

On the way back to Sayre, May says, "I miss the airship already. Kyle, I forget if I asked, but is it possible to make a ship fly without eating souls?"

Raichel punches at the air and Timothius just seems ponderous. Timothius glances over at Mittens and says, "Betrayal may be upsetting, but we have been relatively lucky there. I'm realizing, so far, it has been people not so close to us... neutral parties who could go either way or were very clearly just looking out for themselves."

This message was last edited by the player at 01:24, Tue 26 Jan 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1714 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 01:30
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Plot twist!  Just before the final fight with Zechroarer, the githyanki convince Mittens to join their side.  'If you defeat us, there won't be any more grand adventures for you!'  Mmm...  Wouldn't fall for that.  Can't think of how I'd willingly betray my allies, my fellow citizens of the world, myself.  But I have no doubt that the Coalition is alive and well... and bickering among themselves about how wrong we are for saving the day once again."

The group finds that they are able to rest up for a while when they return!
Kyle
 player, 1134 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 01:41
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "I could make one, but it would be rather bare bones. No weapons, little in the way of sturdiness compared to what we've seen.  But it would be a flying ship." Yaaaay technicalities of Wondrous Items, when the GM isn't saying you need a boat that doesn't even have an item listing in existence in the first place to turn into a folding one.
May
 player, 574 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 02:00
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May squeals and then pretends to faint, collapsing on Kyle.

The twins smile. Timothius nods to Mittens. "Betrayal doesn't require joining the gith, though. And let's face it... none of us are very fond of them at this point. If I ever went villain, I'd be the kind who "did all of this for you"."

Resting. So wonderful! Timothius takes full advantage and makes sure everyone gets the full relaxation treatment before sleeping. XD

This message was last edited by the player at 02:01, Tue 26 Jan 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1715 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 02:03
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"If that wouldn't take long, let's all pitch in for the airship," Mits says, tail wagging eagerly.

She chuckles and relents to Timothius' doting and teases him, "You're doing all this for me?  How thoughtful!"
Kyle
 player, 1135 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 02:29
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Timothius, the only reason you are the most likely to be an evil overlord, is that you are the most likely to convince people your plan to steal the moon is a great idea."
Timothius
 GM, 721 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 02:32
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Fun times are had before bed time. In the morning, though, Timothius decides it best he check on the coalition. But he makes sure the group is good to go with him.

Raichel is anxious to get it over with anyway and May would like to get to shopping / airship design asap.
Mittens
 GM, 1716 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 02:38
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The group finds that the Coalition is doing well under Amyria's leadership so far.

"The people you rescued have been returned to their homes safely.  A concensus that we'll be building up defenses and taking a proactive approach both has been reached.  I worry for the bugetary meeting coming up.  It will likely take a long time to reach an agreement.  But please tell me everything that happened..."

Mits is more than happy to aid in the re-telling with her conjured muppets.

"Rawr!  I'm a land shark!"  http://www.pavlovspuppets.com/shark2_3.jpg
Kyle
 player, 1136 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 02:43
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Sounds about right, if more adorable than reality."  Which is saying something, considering how 4/5 of the party looks and acts.

  "Hopefully, at least a month goes by before they are kidnapped again.  Kyle, it's not literally the same nameless NPCs kidnapped every time... or is it?
Timothius
 GM, 722 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 02:57
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May, Rai and Tim all want to pitch in their sides of a given moment. All of them pitch in on every part of the tale from the winter queen to the prisoners set free to the meetings and ambushes.

May, as usual, likes to brag about how epic her allies are and how the enemies are starting to get the memo that this group frickin' rocks. "The guys who tried to poison us were shocked when we not only didn't get poisoned, but also that we bragged that we predicted it. They were nervous about the exarch-besting heroes and tried to get us to strike a bargain. We hit them so hard so fast, most of them didn't even get the chance to surrender before they were unconscious!"

Raichel likes to comment on the moves in combat and the frustrations of how rude Sovacles was. "The frustrating part was how, as Kyle pointed out, Sovacles could just say May is red and we are lying about her being green and Cachlain would probably believe it. And yet, he didn't bother having the king attack us right off! Ugh! He forced me to wait to punch him in his filthy, lying face!"

Timothius prefers to tell about how they freed the prisoners and that his team was mature through the whole thing. Hey now... bashing your opponent with muppets is totally mature! When combat starts, all precepts of civility go out the door. "So we actually parted ways with both Bram AND the Seed of Winter on good terms.... the fact we met Bram the way we did, though, is just between us, Amyria. He may have betrayed his own, but he repented and it looked like he genuinely regretted his actions. Self-exiling for the sake of expedience of the heroes sounded fair to me."
Mittens
 GM, 1717 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 06:04
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Once again you all amaze me," Amyria answers, "And not just for your combat prowess.  You forever shine as examples for both justice, leniency, and practicality.  The information you brought back with you will give us a good focus for our offensive push.  Knowing where the enemy is hiding will be very useful.  I'm sure Kalad will be most grateful."

"Sure thing!  Thanks for the affirmation.  Good luck with the boring meeting.  I think I've earned myself the right to skip that, at least."

Amyria bows.  "That you have.  And I somehow doubt puppets will help much during budgetary debates anyway."
Kyle
 player, 1137 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 06:11
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Perhaps if they were puppet accountants?" Mittens could probably pull that off.

  "Still, I'm waiting on when our reputation will matter enough for enemies to not attacking anyways despite knowing all about it.""  Grabbing a hostage and running doesn't count.
Timothius
 GM, 723 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 06:23
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "So... we're free to skip a meeting without any worry?" his tail involuntarily wags in excitement. "Th-thanks, Amyria. We'll be sure to recharge to the fullest and enjoy ourselves.." he gives her a hug. "But don't forget yourself... remember our time together at Nefelus and that such relaxation is important."

Raichel bows, "Thanks for everthing, Amyria."

May handshakes Amyria. "Another exarch down. If Tiamat keeps this up, she'll have to do her own paperwork and attend finance meetings of her own! It's the perfect revenge!"

Raichel giggles at the thought of putting Tiamat in that position.

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:24, Tue 26 Jan 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1718 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 06:29
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"May such a day come to you quickly, Kyle."

Amyria returns the hug and handshake stoically.  "You're welcome.  I appreciate your concern.  Don't worry.  I meditate to recharge regularly."

"When it comes to finances, I'd be surprised if Tiamat trusts anyone else to do her books for her," Mits comments, "But yes.  Frustrating an evil god is quite the enjoyable thought."

She heads off to vacation with the others.
Kyle
 player, 1138 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 06:34
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "It is a good question, where does the Goddess of Greed draw the line between hoarding and financial investments?"  Dragon's hate banks!  They don't let you sleep in the vault.

  "We are always there to help you if you need it, Amyria.  Now if only the fact you only ask when it matters, didn't have the obvious downside of 'when it matters'." Normally I wouldn't bother you, but a tropical island is turning into an icecube/a hole to the elemental chaos is opening in town/etc.

  Still, Vacation time at all is a pleasant change of pace.
Timothius
 GM, 724 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 06:43
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius puts his artistic skills to use for the group; Designing an airship.*

May understands it can't come WITH weapons, but she would like it to be treated as a mobile base they can enhance (both by adding offense to it later on and adding durability with other magical means)

Raichel doesn't have much input other than to have all the amenities they use on vacations (such as a bathtub, a fancy dining table, a servant or three, etc). She figures the ship will have plenty of room for martial arts practice.


*I had a nice design years ago, but apparently never scanned it. I'll look up stuff again next time.
Mittens
 GM, 1719 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 06:49
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits keeps her contributions simple.  "Airship!!"

Enthusiasm.  :)  Vacation in Sayre is pleasant enough.

Trouble in the Mountains
While resting up or taking care of personal business,
the PCs receive a message from Amyria or another
member of the Coalition they have close ties to. The
PCs are most likely in the city of Sayre at the time, but
any location in Coalition lands will do.


The message reads as follows:
“Word of githyanki activity comes in from across all
frontiers, but we have had one report that demands quick
investigation. The watchtower at Thiradith marks the
northernmost frontier of our settled lands and is within
striking distance of one of the outposts we learned of from
your work in the fomorian Cachlain’s court. Three days ago,
riders there reported seeing githyanki along the mountain
passes. Their numbers were small and they’ve shown no
sign of wanting to engage the outpost, but that has created
even more worry in the watch commander. As is the case
in every corner of the frontier, rumors of ancient ruins in
the mountains have him convinced that the githyanki seek
some weapon or relic to give them even more advantage in
this war.

“I do not share his fear, but githyanki scouts in the
northlands are reason enough for worry. There are precious
few resources for us to lose in those wild lands, but this
unknown outpost might too easily become a staging ground
for the githyanki’s next assault. The guards at Thiradith
are raw recruits and veterans whose injuries keep them
from the front lines. They can bolster the barricades well
enough, but they are ill-suited to hunting githyanki in
hostile terrain. As such, they have sent a plea for aid to all
the agents of the Coalition. It might well be that you meet
up with others when you get there, so share the assignment
as you see fit. We must find out what kind of presence the
githyanki have in the northlands.”


The PCs can finish up whatever business they have
at their present location before heading north. The
party is instructed to send word by way of Sending
when they have discovered (and hopefully thwarted)
the githyanki’s plots. (The message came with ritual
scrolls if none of the PCs has mastered Sending.

Kyle
 player, 1139 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 06:58
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Free scrolls almost always beats doing it yourself, even for the lesser rituals.

  "So, do you think there will be more or less than six portals or teleportation circles this time around?"  Maybe it will involve a return trip to the Shadowfell, to round things out?

  "I do wonder if this is meant to draw us out, considering how the Githyanki seem to have little middle ground between open assault and hiding as much as possible.  Just wandering out in the open is a new one."
Timothius
 GM, 725 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 07:05
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "Sounds like a good time to give our new airship its first flight."

Raichel says, "Wouldn't it be nice if it turned out they were githyanki with no connection with the whole invasion? I know, I know... silly thought."

May shrugs and says, "One way to find out. And thanks to Kyle's expertise, we not only have an airship to get there, but a whole pile of new equipment!"*


*Just because May keeps buying weapons doesn't mean I'll buy anything for Rai or Tim, but I'd like to think so....
Mittens
 GM, 1720 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 07:11
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Airship!"

Mits would be all over this mission for the flight alone.

Thiradith
The watchtower of Thiradith is a rebuilt ruin of
Nerath, and it has watched over the empty northern
frontier for a generation.

The three-dayswift airship journey to Thiradith is uneventful. These
remote badlands are uninhabited and far removed from the
front lines of the invasion. Wolves and crows are the only
company on the road, but these give you a wide berth as you
make your way north.

Just before sunset, you see the watchtower in the
distance. An upthrust embankment of sheer stone wall
atop a white bluff, the site commands a sweeping view
of the rocky scrubland that spreads to all sides. A gate
and drawbridge allow access across a steep-sided ravine
that protects the site on all sides. Sun-faded flags fly high
above the ramparts, and the bridge is already down as you
approach.


The watchtower is a small outpost with a permanent
population of forty human and half-elf members of
the border militia. Birkeni, a veteran half-elf fighter, is
captain here. He meets the PCs at the gate, making no
effort to hide his relief at seeing them. There are no
stores or services here, but Birkeni offers free use of
the outpost’s amenities (weaponsmith, armorer, and
so on) and semiprivate accommodation in the barracks hall.

"Sure, thanks."
Kyle
 player, 1140 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 07:17
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Have you been able to learn anything outside of there being Githyanki lurking in the area, or has it been more of the same since word was sent out?"  At least more of the same would be the outpost NOT being attacked.
May
 player, 575 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 07:29
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "Thanks for the offer. We came prepared. The sun is setting, though... perhaps we should sleep? Or shall we just go take care of this mess?"

May shrugs. "Every problem we have faced, except full on war, has taken us about an hour or so to complete."

Raichel says, "So... we get what info we can and go straight for the problem?"
Mittens
 GM, 1721 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 07:36
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Come with me to the hall," he answers, "It'll save time if we all discuss things there."

Upon their arrival in the hall, the characters discover that they are not the first to respond
to the watchtower’s summons. Megan Swiftblade and
the Freeriders are already here, having arrived from a
recent mission to the west that morning.

Though Megan has lost none of the pride she has
demonstrated in her previous meetings with the PCs
(in “Siege of Bordrin’s Watch,” “The Temple Between,”
and “Beyond the Mottled Tower”), her dedication to
the Coalition has tempered that pride with purpose.
However, the party’s reaction to the presence of the
Freeriders (and the NPCs’ reaction to the PCs) likely
depends on what transpired between both groups in
their previous meetings. Roleplay the interaction as
you see fit, but if things threaten to turn ugly, Birkeni
pulls rank to remind all the characters that there are
more pressing matters at hand.


"Ohai!" Mits greets, "Check it out!  Got a painting of the first exarch of Tiamat we slew!  Named Chillreaver."

She shows off the painting.  Megan and the others take this to mean, "We rule, you drool!" and aren't very enthusiastic or congratulatory.
Kyle
 player, 1141 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 07:46
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Perhaps someday, Kyle will unlock the secrets of NPC travel.  Now there's something for post epic campaign stakes.

  Kyle's barely developing diplomacy skills on a per encounter basis at least, let him know not to highlight how Mittens said 'first' Exarch they killed.  "Familiar faces on our side is a refreshing change of pace."   Hey, Ironfell DID start off as a (gasp) Diplomat for the enemy last module, even if things got sorted.
Timothius
 GM, 726 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 07:56
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "I know you're excited to trade stories, Mittens - I am too - but we can do that later."

Timothius gives a bow to Megan. "It is always an honor to be in the presence of fellow heroes. I'm very happy to see you here." And alive. But mentioning that might offend... and Tim's insight is too good for that at this point.

Raichel copied Tim's bow, but lets him do the talking.

May says, "We gotta stop meeting like this. Let's coordinate vacations some time and we could hang out proper, without having someone's lives at stake."
Mittens
 GM, 1722 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 08:08
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Between Kyle's positive comments, Timothius' compliments, the bows of the twins, and May's friendly attitude, the Freeriders calm down.

"Likewise.  Now let's get you caught up."

You and the Freeriders are honored guests at that night’s
mess, but the mood is more somber than celebratory. Over
a meal of military rations, heavy bread, and ale, Birkeni
speaks. “I told your compatriots this morning all that I
can report beyond what was sent in our missive. A week
ago, one of our patrols found three dead githyanki within a
hundred strides of each other on one of the foothill tracks.
The mudskins had been in some sort of fight by the look
of them, but as the scouts came back to report, they were
shadowed by a half-dozen more githyanki, very much alive.
Followed them to within sight of the watchtower, then fell
back into the hills again.”


This is the first githyanki sighting in this area. In the
intervening week, the watchtower has seen no further
sign of the githyanki, though no patrol has ventured
into the foothills again for fear of ambush. Birkeni has
no idea what killed the githyanki that the first patrol
found, and no bandits or monsters are in the region.

"Hmm.  Mudskins.  I'll have to remember that one."
Kyle
 player, 1142 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 08:13
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "I'd be more happy to hear about dead enemies, if not for the fact the way our luck runs it would just attack us too.  I'd understand if details are lacking considering the circumstances, but were there any specifics beyond 'dead'?  Burns or cuts? Necrotic Rotted flesh? No visible damage at all?"  We're guessing 'Module didn't say' territory, in which case sorry GM <.<
Timothius
 GM, 727 posts
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 08:23
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius glances at Mittens, but doesn't comment for now. He looks at Kyle when Kyle poses his question and nods, waiting for the answer.

The commander mentioned it looked like the dead gith were in some kind of fight, so Tim is guessing cuts or bruises. All the other stuff Kyle mentioned usually doesn't scream "fight", but "disease" or "accident".

May asks, "And did your patrol recover the bodies?"

Raichel has nothing to ask.
Mittens
 GM, 1724 posts
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 04:47
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Cuts.  Big ones.  Like those that come from weapons ranging in size from longsword to greatsword.  The bodies were not recovered."

"We'll set out at dawn," Megan says, "Better to find clues and spot ambushes in daylight."

"Fine with me," Mits answers.
Kyle
 player, 1143 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 04:58
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Thank you.  That's reassuring because it means it's probably not violent wildlife, which has a habit of being worse than trained soldiers." Even when it's not wildlife that was trained BY Soldiers.
Timothius
 GM, 728 posts
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 05:02
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius tries to remember what wildlife the group has fought besides drakes that were anything all that terrifying. Nothing is standing out, so he asks Kyle. (Deja vu... I think I vaguely recall Tim asking Kyle this question before, but can't remember the answer. u.u)

The twins head for bed immediately in hopes of not wasting time. May has no problem getting to sleep.

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:03, Wed 27 Jan 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1725 posts
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 05:41
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits is quick to sleep as well.  Timo gets more angel visitation in his dreams.  She of course congratulates him for vanquishing two evil exarchs.  She also warns that there are hints that suggest that there is much more to this place than meets the eye and to be careful.  Probably another planar portal, but hard to say.

The following morning, everyone is served breakfast.
Kyle
 player, 1144 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 05:43
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Wildlife was much more dangerous before radiant nuclear combos became a thing.  While recent magical bats were not really an issue, the first time the party dealt with evil bats took much more effort.

  Then there was the fact that mercenary who predictably turned on them was a joke, but their animal minions were much more dangerous. Etc, which falls under the 'more dangerous than trained soldiers' category.

  Sleepy times is sleepy.
Timothius
 GM, 729 posts
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 05:50
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The kittens and May all seem bright and wide awake as they eat.

Timothius says, "Another angelic visitation while I slept. Confirmation that there is more to this place than meets the eye and so we should be careful."

May says, "Best way to be careful is to stick together..." She looks at the Freeriders. "What say our two teams stay together when we get to the place?"

Raichel is quiet, mostly eating and listening.
Mittens
 GM, 1726 posts
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 05:54
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"That's fine," Megan answers, "Stay together unless the enemy flees in two directions."

Into the Hills
The patrol trail from the watchtower to the foothills is easily
followed, winding through thin stands of jack pine and
patches of scrub grass that slowly disappear as the rocky
ground begins to climb. The day is overcast as you reach
a marker Birkeni spoke of—a great arch of rust-colored
stone, beyond which the wall of the mountain begins to rise.
It doesn’t take long to locate the site where the githyanki
were found—three patches of blood-stained rock on the trail
winding roughly up. Of the bodies, there is no sign.


A DC 25
Perception check made to search the area shows
signs that the bodies were picked up and moved. The
githyanki’s week-old tracks are undetectable in the
rubble and scree of the foothills, but finding the track
leading to the temple takes only a DC 20 Perception
check or a few hours’ searching.
Kyle
 player, 1145 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 06:04
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle's player is lazy and assumes take 10 privileges.  "I'd wonder why leave the bodies in the first place, only to come back for them later.  But I'm sure if there is any reason at all, it will be one that makes sense only to whoever did it."
May
 player, 576 posts
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 06:35
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May looks around and easily spots things. She thinks about what Kyle said. "Unless they JUST killed those gith, saw the patrols coming and ran to hide. Then once they saw the patrols return to the tower, they went and took care of the bodies."

Timothius says, "Never saw myself as a homicide detective when I first set out to just try and keep my sisters alive."

Raichel says, "To the temples then?"
Mittens
 GM, 1727 posts
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 07:12
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
By Birkeni’s description, you are already well past any of
the watchtower’s patrol routes when you happen across a
faint trail cut into the rocky ground. A set of rough steps
have been carved into a wall of crumbling shale, leading to
a narrow track twisting off into the shadows of the adjacent
cliffs. Ahead, a bluff of black stone rises like a broad spike in
the cloudy gloom.


If the githyanki who dwell at this remote location are
vanguard scouts, they show very little aptitude for it. With
no patrols in sight, you have clear run of the trails that wrap
around the black stone bluff on both sides, easily spotting
two caverns that might be entrances into some sort of
complex within. These lie on opposite sides of the bluff, out
of sight and sound of each other. However, the echoes of the
surrounding cliffs give you warning of the guards stationed
at both locations even before you see them—githyanki voices,
arguing and laughing in Deep Speech. Whatever the origin
of this force, its members seem to have no interest in hiding
their presence here.

"Arrogant githyanki," Megan whispers, "We can take the loudmouths together.  But after that, the caves look too narrow for us all to go in all at once.  And I'll bet the one is an escape rout for the other.  So we should strike at both at the same time.  Your group on this one.  My group on the other."

Mits nods.  "Sounds fine to me."
Kyle
 player, 1146 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 07:19
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Oh the twisted feeling of being thankful for poor standards.  But then, it's common sense to hope your enemies don't hold up.

  "Sensible enough, Megan.  Preventing the last stragglers from escaping is sometimes harder than the fight itself."
Timothius
 GM, 730 posts
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 07:28
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "If I may make a request, Megan; take prisoners if possible. We're trying to find out about some of the key players and every prisoner thus far has been worthless, but there is always that chance..."

Raichel nods. "Well see you wherever these caves meet up, Freeriders."

May thrusts a weapon in the air, indicating a war chant to the Freeriders, but doesn't hoot or holler. Why give themselves away to the enemy?

May takes point on the cave assigned to her team.
Mittens
 GM, 1728 posts
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 07:44
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The twisting path leads to a cliff, atop which a broad shelf
of stone is lit by the pulsing white light of magic lamps. The
cavern beyond falls quickly into shadow, but it appears
to narrow down to a passageway leading farther into the
mountain.


Perception Check
DC 20: Even the shadows can’t hide the patches of the
cavern floor that have enormous X’s scrawled in charcoal
upon them.


If the githyanki are not alerted to the PCs’ presence, read:
Nearly a dozen githyanki stand or crouch along the stone
shelf and within the shelter of the cavern. Their armor and
livery mark them as guards watching over this entrance,
though they appear profoundly disinterested in the task


Zap!  Mits takes out three of the githyanki with one attack!  Megan and her allies charge in!

Super easy fight.  Especially with a whole other team with us.  Only two of the 10 enemies aren't minions.
Kyle
 player, 1147 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 23:14
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Even if things appear to be at a point of near curbstomp, Kyle still hits the two non minions with Pacification Dust before there is a risk of hitting allies with it as well.

  When a fight is down to roleplaying out flavor text, clearly the second most dangerous attack is removing their ability TO flavor text.
Timothius
 GM, 731 posts
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 02:51
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius, like Kyle, doesn't take any chances. Since Kyle so kindly eliminated the use of standard actions, Tim decides it best to weaken the enemy. He goes to the non-minions, uses solar enemy and then picks one to use Sever the Source on.

Raichel does what she has always done at the start of a fight: Activate blood fury scythe, activate razorclaw shifting. She decides against furious bolts this time in favor of transforming into lightning, shooting through all the enemies and winding up in melee with a non-minion.

May charges in and uses Come and Get It! Greedy kobold is greedy! And hungry for FAIL!
Narrator
 player, 709 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 02:58
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The Freeriders of course charge the enemy, proving themselves to be quite capable of tearing into these apparent weaklings.

The githyanki reavers fight close together, each
targeting a lightly armored foe as it flanks with a blademaster. A reaver switches targets freely in an attempt to
sow maximum disruption in melee, reserving its reaving strike for a defender or striker that deals it damage.
If either reaver immobilizes a foe, both focus their next
silver fullblade attacks on that creature.
Two blademasters flank with the reavers, while the
others swarm heavily armored PCs in groups of two
or three, flanking for combat advantage and making
twin longsword strikes.
The githyanki avoid the marked triggers of
the astral vents, but they can be affected by the
unmarked triggers.
These githyanki are confident in their ability to
take care of any threat, and they hurl insults at the
PCs throughout the fight. They raise no alarm and
fight to the death.


...are wiped out so fast, the only words they manage to get out is, "Intruders!"

Megan frowns in contempt.  "Worthless.  I'm not interested in interrogating them.  We'll rest up for a short while and be on our way to that other tunnel.  Good luck on yours."

Mits nods.  "We'll question them while we rest up."
Kyle
 player, 1148 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 03:07
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Well, Thank you for helping make that the easiest fight we've had in months either way."  Sure, there HAVE been encounters where Kyle literally got a single turn recently, but those ones the enemies had a chance of at least rolling damage dice.

  "Watch out for traps or overly dangerous 'training' chambers.  I'm getting a dejavu feeling"
Raichel
 player, 555 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 03:13
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel takes over for interrogation while Timothius and May get to tying up prisoners.

Raichel asks them what is going on here; why there were dead gith, and what the gith are doing here.
Mittens
 GM, 1729 posts
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 03:26
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
 when the PCs investigate, they find not
a military outpost but an ancient temple. At the fane of
Chaniir, they discover that a schism is growing within
the githyanki. The majority forces loyal to Emperor
Zetch’r’r are under attack by insurgents who oppose
the githyanki’s invasion of the world.

The three slain githyanki were Zech scouts.  The current prisoners are also loyal to the Emperor.

"Faaantastic!  The fabled non-invader githyanki faction that I never thought possible is a reality!"
Kyle
 player, 1149 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 03:38
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "It is a change of pace, but I'd save any true excitement for if they want us around or to help.  With our luck, they will tell us we have no place fighting the invasion they disagree with, that's in the middle of invading us personally, because reasons."
Timothius
 GM, 732 posts
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 04:00
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius looks at Kyle and says, "While it would be a relief if they receive us happily, frankly I don't care if they tell us that. If they do, I will arrest them for impeding progress and thus, endangering the lives of our realm. I'm sick and tired of non-allies and will crush the balls of the next person who isn't an enemy but wants to make themselves our enemy."

Raichel says, "I would say that would be a waste of our time, but we don't need more enemies than we already have. If you can't persuade them, Timothius, I'll be happy to assist you in their defeat. But you are our main sweet-talker... don't lose your patience when we're on the cusp of a potential ally."

Timothius nods to Raichel, "OK. But one wrong comment from them and I will put them in their place. We are heroes chosen by the gods, for crying out loud. After the stuff we've been through, we deserve respect. I will no longer tolerate anything less."

May says, "Guess you're still getting over Sovacles. Well I'm just here to make sure the enemy pays attention to me more than you guys."

Timothius looks down at the apparently cooperative Githyanki. "Thank you for your cooperation. Your sentence will be lenient." and knocks them out.

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:23, Thu 28 Jan 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1730 posts
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 04:32
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Megan is looking annoyed with the, "Chosen of the gods" braggings again.

"I'm going to try and figure out which is which if I come upon them fighting each other.  Just wait and see if any attack my team and retaliate in kind."

Mits nods.  "All sounds good to me.  Just bear in mind that it is very unlikely these anti-Zechers will know we're the good guys.  Just mentioning, 'Death to Zech'r'r!' will likely go a very long way in convincing them."

The Freeriders salute as you take your leave of each other,
heading along the low track that will bring you separately
within sight of both entrances.

Kyle
 player, 1150 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 04:39
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "'Chosen of the gods' holds less weight when you spend so much time having to fight those who hold the same distinction."  The average long term Adventuring party inevitably smashes such, even when they don't have such credentials themselves after all.

  "I suppose I'll have to settle for having faith in my friends instead. How blasphemous."
Timothius
 GM, 733 posts
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 05:00
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius is currently of a frame of mind where he doesn't care Megan is annoyed. The mere idea of "yay we have allies! But not, actually!" just really pushed a button. However, Mittens' point gets past Timothius' foul mood. "...you're right, Mittens. Let's be sure to announce we are enemies of Zetch'r'r."

Timothius also returns the salute. He's quite pleased that regardless of Megan being annoyed with the facts about Team Awesome, she at least still respects them.

While the team walks, Timothius looks to Kyle and says, "It holds all the more weight because we are fighting villains who are chosen by their deities. I'm not talking about how much respect we get from our enemies, I'm talking about how much respect we get from people who should be our allies. But hey... at least I have the respect of my allies."

Raichel says, "And thankfully, we have been getting more respect of late... Bram turning was very heartening."

May nods. "Yeah. And the way those rakshassa and oni reacted to us was priceless."
Mittens
 GM, 1731 posts
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 05:40
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits shrugs and arm-arounds her bro.  "I'm sure even the gods of good themselves have similar frustrations, 'Being a god doesn't seem so great when you're constantly balanced by equally powerful evil gods,' and encouragement, 'At least I can count on Timothius and the others.'

"I often wonder if Tiamat's heads ever plot against one another."


The tunnel ahead is dark.

"So... darkvision potions and sneak?  Or..."
Kyle
 player, 1151 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 05:48
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "We could let May scout ahead to see if there is anything worth using such for.  Or if we didn't care about alerting people, I just fire a violet phosphorus bolt down the hall and see if it hits anything at the end"
May
 player, 577 posts
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 05:51
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May says, "Be right back, buddies." and turns invisible before heading deeper in and scouting.


Stealth roll: 40
Perception: 28

This message was last edited by the player at 05:53, Thu 28 Jan 2016.

Narrator
 player, 710 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 05:57
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Perception Check (within 30 feet of the doorway)
DC 13: No sound comes from the darkness ahead, but
the foul stench of death rises on the air.


When the PCs can see into this area, read:
Huge statues of githyanki warriors once lined the walls of
this chamber, but these now lie shattered and strewn across
the floor. The rotting corpses of a half-dozen githyanki lie
alongside them, all well-armored warriors. At the center of
the room, the floor opens up to create a balcony set with a
stone railing. Light and raised voices come up from below.


Perception Check
DC 13: The voices converse in Deep Speech and in
the dialect of the githyanki. However, the words cannot be
made out from this distance.


DC 20: The shattered statues and their rubble flare
and pulse with a faint glow.


Bodies: The bodies of dead githyanki strewn
throughout the statue chamber are difficult terrain.
May
 player, 578 posts
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 06:02
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May returns and reports. "So clearly a room of undeath or restless spirits. And going in there will alert the gith below."

Timothius says, "We have what we need to deal with undead. Ideas for bypassing them so we can deal with the gith first? Spirits tend to stay in one room..."

Raichel says, "We could fly down to the gith?"

This message was last edited by the player at 06:05, Thu 28 Jan 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1732 posts
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 06:08
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"'Death to Zech'r'r.'  Wouldn't it be funny if undead githyanki turn out more reasonable than undead githzerai?  But yeah.  Flying down to attack the live ones and maybe avoid the undead ones is fine.  We'll prolly wind up fighting both, but worth a shot if only to get the zombies to attack the live ones as well, heh."
Kyle
 player, 1152 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 06:12
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "If we did bypass them, should they turn out to be waiting undead or later revived, then they will be behind us.  Still, Flying down beats fighting them on the stairs in such a case."  STAAAAIRS.
Timothius
 GM, 734 posts
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 06:19
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius nods. "I like this plan. We charge in, say "death to Zetch'r'r", and then fly down to the other gith. I guess if we're doing that, then we can glow to light the area?"

Raichel says, "Sounds good to me: Glow Team."

May nods, "Follow me, then." and lights up before she leads the way to the dark room.

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:21, Thu 28 Jan 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1733 posts
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 06:37
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The chamber below appears to be a temporary camp with
three dozen bedrolls set around a pair of smoldering fire
pits. Three githyanki are here—warriors by their look, and
all of them angry. One mutters that the human outpost
waits to be taken, cursing the orders that keep the githyanki
in the temple while “the astraan mages chant their useless
rituals over the shielded circle.” A second growls agreement
as he curses someone he calls “the coward Kada’ne, safe on
Cev’ren while we hide like dogs for the sake of his fear.”


As the heroes pass the dead bodies...

From the rubble, three shapes rise across the chamber—their
forms that of armored githyanki warriors, but strangely
translucent in the gloom. Without word or warning, they
attack.


However, when the heroes fly down to the level below, the ghosts stop attacking.

"What?!  Intruders?!"

"How did they get past the outer guard?!"

"No matter.  I've been spoiling for a fight!"

"Death to Zech'r'r!" Mittens hollers, blasting the enemies!
Kyle
 player, 1153 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 06:58
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  These enemies don't even deserve freebie alchemy, so Kyle fires off Magic Weapon attack with his magic weapon so his friends get more magic on their weapons.

  "I suppose when this is all over, technically it could have been considered a fight."
Raichel
 player, 556 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 07:22
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "What a coincidence! I've been spoiling for a fight too! Let's fight!" Fight-face winds up with a Raichel in his face and she gets into a kungfu theatre fight with him!

May charges in and yoinks as many enemies to herself as possible.

Timothius spends an action point because he may as well since he's about to get it back. He Breaks the Spirit of one gith, causes vulnerability, and then lays down the radiant chains to daze some of them.
Mittens
 GM, 1734 posts
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 07:30
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
BAMF!  The heroes ker-bonk the baddies!

When the heroes question the prisoners, they learn the following:

Admiral Kada’ne was a mid-rank captain of the githyanki
astral fleet who threw his lot in with Zetch’r’r when
the new emperor claimed power in the aftermath
of Vlaakith’s fall. The githyanki fleet is strong under
Kada’ne’s captains, but the admiral is a weak leader.
Though a brilliant tactician, he prefers to direct his troops
from the deck of a fast ship as far as possible from the
real fighting.


They also learn that in the next room are several "rebel" prisoners are being held by some fomorian torturers.

"I guess their being helpless and our coming to the rescue makes the awkward introduction to the rebels a tad less likely to go awry.

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:31, Thu 28 Jan 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1154 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 07:36
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Hopefully they are thankful past the moment we free them, instead of only up until.  But not like poor manners are enough of a reason to leave someone to torture."  Bad charisma modifiers being a reason to commit violence would be bad news for Kyle and many characters, anyways.
Raichel
 player, 557 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 07:46
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "We've been getting a lot of info from our prisoners thus far. Are we doing something different? Or is it just that these guys are really that tired of following orders from this Kada’ne guy?"

Timothius says, "Pff... weak my foot. This Kada’ne guy is smart. If I were evil, I'd do the same thing. Why risk my life for some other person's passion when it is obvious that person, who is powerful enough for nobody to argue with him, put his faith in my skills as a tactician?"

May says, "Githyanki culture. That's why. If he fails to gain the respect of his troops too long, Zetchy will be sure to kick Kada’ne out of his current office. Either way, let's press on and free the slaves."
Mittens
 GM, 1735 posts
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 07:54
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Indeed."

What was once a training ground for the hundred
githyanki who made Chanhiir their home is now
a holding area for the survivors of the assault. The
githyanki’s fomorian servants stand guard.

As the PCs approach this area, read:
The stench of filth becomes stronger as you move along the
corridor. The dull and intermittent pounding of steel on
stone rises ahead, along with a harsh voice shouting. “You
like that, small ones? You keep your silence, you all meet the
same fate!”


When the PCs can see into this area, read:
A ruined martial training hall is lined with shattered
weapon racks and filled with what appear to be pillars of
yellow-white light extending floor to ceiling. These shift
slowly, drifting across the chamber as they flare and fade.
In the haze of light, ten githyanki in tattered robes are
roped together hand and foot and huddled along one wall.
Two hulking fomorians pace before them, one clubbing the
sodden remains of a githyanki corpse with its flail.


Perception Check
DC 20: Both fomorians wear glowing sigils on their
wrists—a sword wrapped in an outline of white flame.

Insight Check
DC 20: The fomorians keep an uneasy eye on the
shifting yellow pillars as they threaten the githyanki, but the
prisoners show no fear.


http://vignette2.wikia.nocooki...st?cb=20120306200404
Mittens
 GM, 1736 posts
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 02:37
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
As soon as the doors open, Mits fires eyebeams at the fomorian torturers!

"Death to Zech'r'r!"
Raichel
 player, 558 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 02:48
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
(surprise round)

Raichel activates her scythe and drops it.

Timothius rushes up to the north, avoiding the light pillars.

Kyle gives May a resistive buff!

May rushes up after him, getting past him and ready to charge the enemy when possible.

(normal round)

Raichel goes feral and charges in, seeming to move like a blur! She fires lightning at the nearest fomorian and says, "Leave them alone!" The lightning is off by a few feet.


Surprise round:
 -Rai minor activate bloodfury scythe
 -Tim move north
 -May move north
Raichel's turn:
Minor: Razorclaw shifting (+2 speed, +1 AC) speed is now 9 and AC is 33
Move: Lightning shift/ignore difficult terrain; move north
Standared: Lightning Strike v Painbringer 1. Critfail(22)

This message was last edited by the player at 02:52, Fri 29 Jan 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 735 posts
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 03:00
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius calls out, "We're here to help the innocent and crush the wicked! Surrender!" He points his staffs at the nearby fomorian, wracking its mind with self-doubt and regret!


Move closer to Rai
Break the Spirit v Painbringer 1. Hit(33)!
 dmg: 33
 -5 attacks


Painbringer 1 HP: 317 - 33 = 284

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:02, Fri 29 Jan 2016.

Narrator
 player, 711 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 03:17
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Intruders!" the torturers bellow!

One glares at Timothius with his evil eye, then blasts May!  Both attacks fail.  Meanwhile, several footsteps approach from the other room.
Kyle
 player, 1155 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 03:38
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle snaps off a force infused crossbow bolt that murphy decides to make as counter productive as possible, as the pillar of light bounces the Painbringer in the second least useful direction possible (the first of course, would be on top of the prisoners).

Ah well, at least they will have to waste a move action standing up.

Meanwhile, more Minions sigh at STAIRS.

Painbringer 1 HP: 284-29-17=238
Narrator
 player, 712 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 03:51
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The second torturer roars in rage.

"I will show you a world of hurt!"

Glare at Raichel... nothing.  Crit May!  ...still nothing.

"What?!  Impossible!"
May
 player, 579 posts
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 04:00
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"What were you saying? Something about a world of hurt?" May charges the nearby fomorian and whacks at him, but is met with armor. She recovers quickly with, "There you go. Love tap! Now stop giving me love taps and I'll actually hit you hard."


Charge. Epic fail.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:03, Fri 29 Jan 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1737 posts
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 04:16
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits busts out laughing and does the eyebeams again, this time hitting both targets.

"As you may have guessed, we are the famous 'Heroes of the Prime Material Plane,' promoted from 'The Heroes of the Elsir Vale.'  Our accomplishments include defeating multiple githyanki offensives, two exarchs of Tiamat, and rescuing many many people from slavers and such.  We already know that you are no friends to our hated enemy, Zech'r'r.  The militants outside we defeated said as much.  So just sit tight and enjoy the defeat of your enemies.  But don't blink.  This won't take very long."
Raichel
 player, 559 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 04:21
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel hurls a 1' wide lightning bolt at the fomorians ZAAAAP! and gives THEM a world of pain. Then in a blur, Raichel is almost suddenly next to a gith and the prone fomorian. Raichel yells at the fallen fomorian, "Who's hurting? How does it feel to be thrown to the ground and hit with enough pain to send you halfway to the grave?!"


Furious Bolts v... everyone. Hits fomorians (29,40) and misses southface (23), thus ending.
 dmg to Pain1: 40
 dmg to Pain2: 35


Pain 1 HP: 200 - 40 = 160
Pain 2 HP: 341 - 35 = 306

Monster Intern
 Intern, 48 posts
 Monster Party!
 Monster Prices!
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 04:28
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
A voice yells from the south, "Death to the intruders!"

A few of them stop short before exiting, annoyed at a pillar of light in the way. But several run past without harm! "For Zetch'r'r!"
Timothius
 GM, 736 posts
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 04:34
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius holds a hand forward commandingly and opens his mouth as if about to pronounce judgement, but suddenly covers his mouth and lets out the cutests little sneeze with a squeak and a mew.


Pacify v Pain2. Another crit fail.
Move to May so Painface is in my aura of peace.
Minor to solar enemy.

Narrator
 player, 713 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 04:46
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
A warmonger winces from a pillar's burn then flies into the room.

"Fools!  You will die here!"

It reaches out to Raichel and she can feel massive, crushing force binding her feet to the floor!

"I just can't get enthusiastic about Zech'r'r right now," the painbringer says, standing up.

He lazily flops his flail at Raichel, who easily dodges even immobilized.  "Or anything else for that matter."

A second warmonger hurries into the room.
Kyle
 player, 1156 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 04:53
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  It's no 1, but a miss is a miss.

  Meanwhile, a half dozen gith blademasters sigh as they wait for the RNG to move the pillar out of the way (or at least, hope it doesn't kill them).
Narrator
 player, 714 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 04:58
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The more active painbringer glares at May.  Whiff.  May retaliates.  Whiff.  He then swings his mace at her.  Whiff.

Mits sweatdrops.  "Wow.  This has got to be one of the most whiff-tastic fights we've been in for long a while."

She conjures a tissue for her bro's sneezy nose.
May
 player, 580 posts
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 05:32
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May roars and then begins swinging wildly before becoming a virtual tornado of weapons, breakdancing and shining and slicing, bludgeoning and whatnot. Her tail seems to be dishing out punishment during this and the enemies are yoinked to her and get blended in the May blender!

After feeling SERIOUS hurt, the enemy sees the grinning kobold standing firm, a weapon in each hand, each foot, and in her tail! "Come and get it!"


Move: Pass Forward! (Been a while)
Standard: Lunging Dervish v P1,P2,W1,W2,Minion. Hit(42)! Hit(40)! Hit(39)! Miss(28) Hit(40)!
 dmg: 14
 Secondary attack:  Hit(36)! Hit(42)! Hit(38)!
  dmg: 9
ACTION POINT! May now resists 10 all
Come and Get It v P1,P2,W1,W2. Hit(41)! CRIT(43)! Hit(35)! Hit(38)!
 dmg: 3


Painbringer 1 HP: 160 - 31 - 26 - 20 = 73
Painbringer 2 HP: 306 - 32 - 27 - 18 = 229
Warmonger 1 HP: 155 - 14 - 9 - 3 = 129
Warmonger 2 HP: 162 - 3 = 159
1 Minion down!

Mittens
 GM, 1738 posts
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 06:01
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
A reaver flies into the room then charges May!

"For Zech'r'r!"

Mits zips into the room, spots the other approaching gith all clumped up, and grins.

"May... That was so inspiring!  Encore!"

She points at May!  Zoop!  May teleports over to the clumped enemies!

"Hi!"

Slink!  Bamf!  Whoosh!  Slash!  All but one of them drops!

Poof!  She teleports to another group of minions!  Slicedey-Slam!  Down they all go!

Zip!  May teleports back to her original position.

"Heheheee..."

May blender part two!  A painbringer drops, the rest of the enemies feeling the hurt!

"Thank you, May!"
Narrator
 player, 715 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 06:09
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The pillars of light move around at random then the Freeriders appear to the south and take out a minion!  They stare in wide-eyed wonder, speechless at the scene.  Over a dozen enemies down and barely a scratch on any of the heroes!
Raichel
 player, 560 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 06:30
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Lightning strikes at random from Raichel's body, hitting three enemies! Raichel's voice becomes archon-like as she says, "Welcome to the party, Freeriders!" and turns into lightning, zapping through the enemies before materializing near the south doors and raising her hand. The entire room begins shaking a bit before a zip sound can be heard. Stillness and silence for half a second before Raichel throws her hand downward and KA-BAAM! a huge bolt of lightning comes down from the ceiling, CRUSHING the painbringer!


ACTION POINT! 6 lightning dmg to 3 targets
Standard: Spark Form v P2,W1,R1,W2,R2. Hit(36)! Hit(31)! Miss(22) Hit(33)! Hit(40)!
 dmg: 36
Thunderstroke v P2,W1. Hit(38)! Miss(28)
 dmg: 71


P2 HP: 142 - 6 - 45 - 71 = 20
W1 HP: 80 - 6 - 40 = 34
R1 HP: 148 - 36 = 112
W2 HP: 159 - 24 = 135
R2 HP: 132 - 6 - 36 = 90

Timothius
 GM, 737 posts
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 06:41
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius walks past the prone fomorian, not looking in any hurry, pulls out two staves and points each staff at the two sides of the enemy grouping before causing chains made of radiant energy to pop up and bind the enemy. Only Warmonger 1 manages to dodge out of the way! "Wow, Mitts... helping May look cool was... well I think she is the happiest kobold ever now." he says with a smile.


Move: Into position
Chains of Blazing Light v P2,W1,R1,W2,R2. Hit(35)! Miss(26) Hit(32)! Hit(32)! Hit(40)!
 Targets daze and will take 10 extra radiant dmg first time they are hit

Narrator
 player, 716 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 06:46
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"You'll... pay..."

The warmongers swing at May, and both of them miss.
Kyle
 player, 1157 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 07:05
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Now that the fight is fairly officially on 'clean up' status (even with some enemies still above 100 HP), Kyle fires a bolt delivered packet of pacification dust at the enemies not a wussy slap away from defeat, ensuring they can't even wussy slap back at the party for their next turn.

  While it's no radiant youtube link, at the very least psychic fire with a side of acid adds a but more injury to insult in the process.

  Now that he's fired from basically off panel, he uses his move action so he can be more accurate in saying "Nice to see the Freeeriders got here just as fast.", because otherwise he wouldn't have had LoS to them duuur.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:10, Fri 29 Jan 2016.

May
 player, 581 posts
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 07:10
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May says, "My name is May, not Pay. Silly-willies!"

CRUNCH!

Sounds of bone crunching can be heard when May hacks the Reaver in front of her and it is so resounding and sickening, the other warriors are forced to pay attention to May.

May waves at the Freeriders cheerfully. "Hi, Freeriders! Still a few left if you want some!"


Appalling Crunch v Reaver 1. Hit(39)!
 dmg: 38 and all enemies within 2 of Reaver 1 are marked.


R1 HP: 71 - 38 = 33

Mittens
 GM, 1739 posts
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 07:30
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The enemies get zapped by the pillar of light.  One of them drops from acid, etc.

Mits raspberries and two more drop.  She heads over to the prisoners.

"So how do we turn off the pillars of light?"

The prisoners all look to their leader.

"They cannot be stopped.  The enchantment is permanent."

The Freeriders rush in and finish off the last enemy.

"I think we found what the githyanki were after.  It's in the room behind us."

With combat over, it is easy to evade the pillars so long as one pays attention.
Kyle
 player, 1158 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 07:35
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Good to hear, to you have any thoughts on what it was?" actual progress AND convenient news at the same time?  Things are going way to pleasant for his expectations.

  You know, so long as you were not on the receiving end of the recent carnage.

  He decides to let Timothius handle the prisoner talking, but we're sure he'll have undiplomatic comments to make soon enough.
Timothius
 GM, 738 posts
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 07:44
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius aids with the freeing of the good guys and the binding of bad guys, though he is sure to get everyone to move to the other room so they aren't dealing with constant pillar antics.

May uses her newfound thievery skills to unlock the misc githyanki! (Thievery: 37!)

Timothius asks the guy the others were considering some kind of leader, "So what happened here and what is the enemy after?"
Narrator
 player, 717 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 08:03
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Missed some flavor text earlier:

Over the clash
of swords and the shrieks of dying githyanki, the familiar
voice of Megan Swiftblade rings out. “You laid claim to
Elsir Vale, but our lands still stand free! Our people will not
kneel to you, mudskin, nor will the wider world you covet!
We will not fall!”


Megan
Swiftblade stands with the severed head of a githyanki
captain clutched by the hair. The Freeriders are bloodied
but defiant behind her.


(They agreed to not slay enemies)

The chamber beyond the doors has the look of an
auditorium or shrine, with wide terraces that might be
some sort of amphitheater seating stepping down from
the walls. Scattered across the terraces, a number of wide
altars blaze with a searing white flame. At the center of the
floor, a raised dais holds a permanent teleportation circle.
However, this is sealed in behind a sphere of shimmering
magical force that sends tendrils of white light pulsing into
the room.


Megan answers,
"The sphere of light was the focus of the githyanki
that filled this area, they were milling around the dais and
arguing among themselves."

"The githyanki were spaced out warily around the
pulsing sphere, as if they feared getting too close.

The Freerider's linguist elaborates:
"The githyanki were arguing over their inability
to overcome the ward protecting the teleportation circle.
One talked of giving the fomorians time to work a harsher
interrogation, but other githyanki fear Kada’ne’s wrath if
the high priests aren’t returned to the anvil in good time."

Mits chuckles.  "Portal circle!  You totally called it, Kyle!  That and the dangerous training room.  And the ghosts!  Wow.  Pattern forming...  In my lovely new flying carpet!  Thank you so much!"

The githyanki prisoners show signs of having been
repeatedly beaten. An elderly female steps forward with
a pronounced limp. “I am Talanee,” she says. “You have
our thanks for your aid, but you must leave this place. The
injury done to our temple must be addressed.”


The insular Chanhiiri do not give up more information easily. Each item below requires a DC 25 Diplomacy check.

What is the Fane of Chanhiir?
“This temple is an ancient site—old as the githyanki empire.
Chanhiir, a legendary githyanki mage, was its first high
priest and founder. His faithful numbered nearly a hundred
before Zetch’r’r’s force despoiled this place.”

What happened here? Why are you fighting the
other githyanki?

“The usurper Zetch’r’r reshapes the will and destiny of the
githyanki in the name of his own ambition. We reject that
ambition, for which our people name us traitors.”


(Freebie since they're only confirming what Mits blurted out earlier)

This message was last edited by the player at 08:07, Fri 29 Jan 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1159 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 20:37
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Despite casual displays like flying carpets in under a minute, such ancient artifice is usually beyond my immediate working knowledge.  Except when it isn't, it's really off and on when it comes to 'ancient artifacts of note'." Something like this will probably, eventually, fall under 'yeah you can use it'.  Though he would not be surprised if it came with annoying hurdles or catches in the process.

  He turns to Talanee, and says "This has been our business for quite some time, even before they tried burning down cities.  To simply turn around and leave would be foolish.  If it is not 'our place' to deal with it, by all means we can resurrect your captors, let you get back being tortured to death, and leave you to your rightful place in these matters."

  There we go, Now Timothius will be too busy dealing with 'Kyle still has a negative Charisma modifier' to make his own angry comments.  Hopefully.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:38, Fri 29 Jan 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 739 posts
Sat 30 Jan 2016
at 01:39
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
That's fine, Raichel simply decimates Kyle's threat (bluff?) and says, "I'm neither going to aid nor allow the aiding of anyone who actively serves Zetch'r'r." Raichel doesn't believe Kyle would actually do what he said, but Talanee on the other hand... Raichel just did NOT want any potential allies seeing the heroes as people who would ever willingly aid a villain. Emphasis on willingly since Rai still sees aiding Cachlain as an unwilling act on her part that she is forced to comply with.

Timothius turns to look at Talanee and says, "But Kyle is right in that this is very much our business. I assumed you were familiar with what Zetch'r'r is doing, but in case you are not, he is invading the planes, including the prime material, which means he is killing and will kill people in my home. Kyle's home. Megan's home. We are not here to invade your temple, but to protect it. If this temple has importance to Zetch'r'r, it has importance to all who oppose him. You didn't ask us to come help you, but we did. You are not asking further help, but we will. As a very religious person, gifted even with the title of Cleric, and having cleared out filth from temples of Moradin, I understand the importance of this temple to you. Try to see we are your allies and share the importance of this place with you."

May says, "On the other hand, now that we have popped the Zit'r'r, what purpose does our being here have for the time being? Maybe heal our new friends, go home, report, and see what is to be done about it?"

Timothius nods. "Whatever is decided, I just want Talanee to know we are her friends. Nothing less."
Mittens
 GM, 1740 posts
Sat 30 Jan 2016
at 02:19
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mitten grins and facepalms so hard at Kyle's comment she falls backward... right onto her new flying carpet!  Fwomp!

"Tsh.  It'll be a shock that a mudskin would give the time of day, much less be helpful to the people who just saved their lives," Megan grumbles, arms folded.

Her mage is busy studying the various flames in the room.

Mits shrugs and points out, "They did say, 'Thank you.'  Flying carpet!"

She's now seated on her new carpet jinni style.

"I find it interesting that these Chanhiiri are assuming that we'll just hand the temple we just conquered back to them just because we asked.  Tells me they trust us to be good-guys a great deal.

"Oh.  And I've been meaning to ask.  Exactly how offensive is the term, 'mudskin,' anyway?"


Talanee is grateful to both the PCs and the Freeriders for their aid in defending the fane.  She does seem rather upset, though.

"I apologize.  It seems I did not make myself clear.  Common is not my first language.  We have been held prisoners for a long time.  Our friends are rotting.  We wish to give them proper burials and did not wish to burden you with such a...  unpleasant task.  You are of course welcome to stay or go as you wish."

Megan raises an eyebrow, skeptical, but says nothing..

“The Chanhiiri’s task is to keep watch over the World Gate
for the githyanki, but in making our opposition known
to the plots of the false emperor Zetch’r’r, we were first
shunned, then assaulted. However, our craft allowed us
to seal the gate in ways that Zetch’r’r’s thralls could not
overcome.”

She nods to May.  "The World Gate is quite sealed, I assure you.  The only threat of it being used by Zecth'r'r is if another invasion force from outside conquers this temple again.  A force with more competent archanists.  Some options you may want to consider is requesting troops be posted here to defend it.  Or destroy it, if you can find the means."

To Mits she answers, "I don't know.  Perhaps as offensive as it would be to you.  Perhaps less."
Kyle
 player, 1160 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 30 Jan 2016
at 02:39
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Oh, yeah that's a reasonable thing to want to do yourself  "I am sorry for the outburst.  We've had to deal with the kind of people who honestly believe preventing them from being eaten alive is making things worse for them."  You saved us from dying! You're just making things worse, now they are just going to kill us the next time they show up... Wait.

  "Was this the primary means the Githyanki invaders were using to arrive, or has it been sealed this whole time and we are getting a smaller invasion than intended?"
Timothius
 GM, 740 posts
Sat 30 Jan 2016
at 04:35
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius nods, "And where does this portal lead, anyway?"

Raichel goes to put a hand on Kyle's shoulder, simply to let him know she is there for him.

May says, "And all the sudden I realized... My name begins your name, May-gan."
Mittens
 GM, 1741 posts
Sat 30 Jan 2016
at 06:29
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Sometimes even without being infested by Slaad," Mits agrees with Kyle.

Megan sweatdrops at May's statement.  "Yes."

Talanee bows.

“The World Gates are the prime portals through which the
githyanki first mastered the connections between planes.
This World Gate is set within the mortal realm, with others
in the Feywild and the Shadowfell. More distant gates in
nameless planes are whispered of, but they are beyond my
knowledge.”

"This one was sealed well before these invaders arrived from outside.  They used another means of entering your world."

“The World Gate functions as a portal in the same manner
as any teleportation circle. However, the ancient magic of
the World Gates sees them also act as anchors that connect
their realms to the Astral Sea. They are siphons for planar
energy, feeding it back to the Well of Worlds.”

“The Well of Worlds is a site of powerful planar magic,
built by Chanhiir in the lost age of our race and open only
to those of githyanki blood. It is a planar mote existing in
no world—fueled by the energy of the Astral Sea but not
set within it. The Well of Worlds is the center of the portal
network that is the lifeblood of the githyanki empire. It is
the site through which elite githyanki strike teams travel
the planes, including the force charged with seizing the
fane. It is a place that touches all other places—all planes of
existence, and, more recently, all sites in those planes. From the Well of Worlds,
the githyanki have access to anywhere in all of creation.”

"The Well of Worlds and the Sovereign Gate are
located in a planar nonspace, and they are protected
by magical wards that prevent any but full-blooded
githyanki and their most trusted servants from
accessing them. These wards make the Well of
Worlds unassailable."

She points at the tatoo on the arm of one of the fomorian torturers.

"The whitefire mark is a mystical sigil implanted only
in the most trusted servants of the githyanki—those
granted access to the Well of Worlds. The sigils are
a permanent magical brand that burns with a white
flame powered by the bearer’s own life force. A mark
goes black when its possessor dies, but its magic
remains potent for up to 24 hours.

"A unique ritual dispels the force field around the
World Gate. With its wards deactivated, the World
Gate functions as a permanent teleportation circle
with a sigil sequence you can read easily. In addition, the World Gate features a permanent link to the
Sovereign Gate in the Well of Worlds.

"But without those brands, you will not be able to access the Well."
Kyle
 player, 1161 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 30 Jan 2016
at 06:47
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "That does help explain why their portal system seemed so wide spread." It's got a lazy shortcut instead of an independent portal network.

  "With a pocket dimension stopover being the sole link to all of their major circles, it is likely the most well defended part of Githyanki society outside of wherever Zech'r resides" we know it's a double 'r, but Kyle doesn't feel them worth the pronunciation effort.

  "So of course it's inevitable we assault it with intentions of either stealing, sealing, or destroying it.  It wouldn't stop the invasion at all, but it would certainly make it much less convenient." You know, so far as NPCs are ever limited by logistics unless it's a plot point they are.  But spite principle of the matter.

  He looks over to the still living tattooed Fomorians.  "My current concern are what possible unspoken side effects come with those brands.  Even if transferred or replicated, grafting the magic meant to signify trusted obedience to the ones we desire to shoot in the face no questions asked is foolish."

  Perhaps trained dogs can open and close the portals for them?  Magical dogs are all the rage in the Feywild, it could work if 'Side effects of being branded include: LOL you are handwave captured because you can't attack or disobey Zech'r'r''
Timothius
 GM, 741 posts
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 05:48
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius asks, "Supposing we completely destroyed the githyanki travel nexus... how much time and effort would it take for them to replace it? And until it is replaced, would that actually halt their advances?"

May is working on waking one of the fomorians.

Raichel is standing by.
Mittens
 GM, 1742 posts
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 05:56
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"I do not know of any way to replace it if it were destroyed.  Or any means to destroy it.  I am not familiar with the details of any side-effects of the whitefire mark.  I will leave it to you to determine what to do with what I've told you.  Now if you don't mind, we've some burials to get to."

"Mittens does not mind."

She's playing with her new flying carpet like it's a snake charming her.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59IQHcEAaoM

Megan huhs.  "Actually helpful.  They must really hate Zetch."

Megan's mage is studying the mark now.  The prisoner wakes and scowls.
Kyle
 player, 1162 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 06:16
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "While there are always options to invade regardless, the loss of the portal network they have used so long may possibly make it just inconvenient enough for them to try." Because when morality or death fail to be considerations, there is always annoyance and laziness to try.

  He nods to Megan, "Yes, even with it happening more often of late, I am still always surprised when people are willing to be helpful even in the face of betrayal, death, or both."

  He opts to let Ghena get first shot at considering the plot coupon, because NPCs can often have insights no arcana check can manage.
Timothius
 GM, 742 posts
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 06:42
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The twins solemnly nod to Talanee.

Timothius nods to Kyle. "I'm counting on it. Without the ability to go full-scale, they would likely sooner build their forces and strike another time. But that will buy us time to strike at their home without worry of home defense."

May claps for Mittens' playful antics. The twins look in her direction and smile. May then informs the group "Fomorian's awake."

Raichel nods to Megan and says, "It's a real comfort having you here. Sometimes we feel like we're the only five people in the world who run into these sorts of things... it's nice to have someone who understands us."

Timothius places a foot on the fomorian's chest, leans forward and rests an elbow on his knee. Timothius has a creepily joyful smile. "We know that if we chop your arm off, that whitefire mark of yours will help us cross over. But I would rather not hurt you so... care to help us across willingly?"

Raichel lays on the carpet so that Mittens can give Raichel the same snaky ride. May takes a turn as well.


Timplomacy 34 accompanied by an underlying 22 inTimidation.
Mittens
 GM, 1743 posts
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 06:51
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Whee!"  Mits is loving sharing her new toy!

The fomorian is scared and all, but can't really help.

"Doesn't work that way.  You gotta be branded or you can't go.  My arm won't help you even if it wanted to."

Ghena shrugs.  "This magic's outta my league."

Megan simply nods to Rai then asks the group, "So are we done here, then?"
Kyle
 player, 1163 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 07:02
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Magic carpets are serious business, not fun playtime mats!  Until Kyle installs the tankard holders, then they will be.

  "It seems quite likely, yes. Though we should bring this one with us.  Maybe more academic conditions can get more information out of the mark."  Kyle does his own cursory examination.  He rolls higher than most DC charts go, but doesn't expect much for it.  Pesky artifact type magic.

OOC: Arcana 40.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:03, Mon 01 Feb 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 743 posts
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 07:07
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius sighs in disappointment at the fomorian's answer, pats him on the head and steps off of him. "Yeah. We're done. We'll take the prisoners. The people of this temple have enough on their plate to deal with as it is."

Rai and May follow along. Scratch that. May takes point. Timothius begins socializing with the Freeriders, trying to get them to loosen up a little since there really isn't more to even be speculated until they report back to the outpost.
Mittens
 GM, 1744 posts
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 07:15
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Kyle is able to learn:
From the lingering power in the fomorians’ sigils, the
whitefire mark can be recreated.

First glance looks like there are no side-effects outside the fact that the ritual itself will probably cost at least one surge to perform.  The ritual itself seems like it would be a simple one.  With a couple week's worth of time, Kyle could possibly figure it out on his own.  With the aid of an expert or two in ritual magic, the time could be greatly shortened.

Mits points out, "Y'know.  I'd really rather not destroy the Well of Worlds.  I want to conquer it.  To have the ability to teleport anywhere in any plane is just too amazing!  Plant spies behind enemy lines, visit home, take a trip to Moradin's workshop...  The possibilities are endless!"

Megan and the dwarf are standoffish, but the rest are friendly enough.
Kyle
 player, 1164 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 07:19
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  HAH, heal surge costs make a /CON Artificer laugh.  Though that time frame is another matter, and Kyle surprisingly has enough sense to put practicality before pride in this case.

  "It is currently sealed as it is, and I think we shall need to put it to use soon.  The marks can be recreated, but it would be best to let the experts on rituals look it over.  How convenient we've put some in our debt and roster recently, thanks to that painting Mittens loves."
Timothius
 GM, 744 posts
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 07:27
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "Now that we have an airship, Nefelus isn't that far away anymore."

May says, "Never thought I'd see the day a magic tattoo that acts as a key to enter a portal would be more complicated than building an airship that fits in your backpack."

Raichel says, "Then again, we're constantly seeing things we never thought we'd see. Like airships and other planes."

Timothius has learned how to deal with standoffish; simply give them their space and continue endearing himself to the ones they call friends. He can get to their heartstrings through their friends... for good or for ill.

Raichel gives Mittens an "I dunno..." look and says, "Conquer it... and then what? Raise up a bunch of heroes to protect it when we finally die? And then three or four generations later, one of those so-called heroes becomes a villain and the cycle repeats?"

May shrugs. "Travel and the freedom to do so you will have with you always. Even if we destroy it, someone will rebuild it. And you can't imprison the planes just for the fact some villains wanna go around conquering people during our time."

Timothius says, "Eh. Conquering it is ideal. Which is why it will be destroyed. The villains will likely be of the mentality that if they can't have it, no one will, and then they will destroy it out of spite."

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:56, Mon 01 Feb 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1745 posts
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 07:43
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Not to mention flying carpet!"

Mits has already made it a habit have it form a large circle and rotate as it flies so she can walk along the outside of the circle.  That way she won't be losing out on the walking exercise that the others get when traveling.

She ohs.  "Weren't we supposed to use a sending ritual to let Amyria know what we found out as soon as it was safe to do so?"

When the group does so, Amyria replies.

"Secure the fane as best you can. Please ask Tanalee to remove the seal on the portal circle then send me the sigils.  That way I can come with Bejam and reinforcements immediately."
Kyle
 player, 1165 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 07:56
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "We should probably mention it's so we can ruin their day on the other side, that might make them more willing to do so."
Timothius
 GM, 745 posts
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 08:00
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "Let's help them bury their dead first. I will not interrupt that when we are here to protect the portal anyway and it is currently safe with that seal."

He goes to talk with Talanee, offering to help with burial and rites. As a cleric, he takes a keen interest in the githyanki burial rituals. After the burials, and only after the burials, Timothius approaches Talanee about opening the portal for reinforcements.
Mittens
 GM, 1746 posts
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 08:03
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits will help as well.

With the bodies
badly decomposed and too numerous to easily move,
the githyanki consecrate the empty chambers into
which the invaders piled the corpses, then seal those
areas up behind walls of loose rock. (The PCs’ assistance in this effort is welcomed but not asked for.)

This extended burial will take a day.

"You sure we want to wait that long?" Mits asides.
Kyle
 player, 1166 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 08:08
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "As you say, we have an airship." and know the portal combo to where the ritual nerds live.  "Time normally lost for this courtesy, still leaves us faster than needed."  3 day trip expected to the temple in the first place, after all.

  ... Kyle decides not to mention how many more corpses would need to be buried if they had taken that long to get here.
Timothius
 GM, 746 posts
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 08:17
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius flattens his ears at Mittens' request and sighs. He listens to Kyle's comment. While he has a point, he thinks back to near the beginnings of their adventures and how "we were too late by a day, so everyone died" was A THING. As it is, he feels it is his fault that gith died who they came in just in time to see the corpse of get battered into paste. Had he just pushed a little harder for the group to move out at night instead of sleeping on it. "I'll... ask."

He goes to Talanee and says, "Please... forgive the request. I know you have lost much. But I have learned that every minute counts in the fight against evil. If you would... a trustworthy friend of mine has asked me to ask you to unseal the portal. Her and some reinforcements will arrive and my allies can get to the task."

Raichel and May stay out of this. Tim's the smooth-talker. Not them, not their allies. (or anyone else in this entire region, for that matter >.>)
Mittens
 GM, 1747 posts
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 08:23
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
As Kyle suggested earlier, Mits adds, "Plus we intend replicate the whitefire brands then use the portal to take the Well of Worlds from Zetch."

Talanee nods.  "Very well, but on one condition.  I want your assurances that these 'reinforcements' will not take us prisoner.  When we are done burying our dead, we intend to leave this place for good.  This holy place has lost its sanctity, debased as it is by the blood of Zetch’r’r’s traitors. Our fate lies elsewhere now."
Kyle
 player, 1167 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 08:28
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "I will personally punch them in the face if they tried it, but considering who it is I would be very surprised.  And then punch them in the face, because if it's not an impostor then it would be either possession or mind control."

  Amyria.  Holding that rare and wondrous title of 'NPC who is both trusted and helpful.'
Timothius
 GM, 747 posts
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 08:32
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "Considering our methods, probably best you let Raichel do the punching, Kyle."

Raichel nods and says, "Amyria is dear to us and highly trusted. If she went to capture you, we would suspect someone has taken our friend hostage."

May says, "I stand guard."

Timothius says, "Thank you for your cooperation, Talanee. You have our word we will not allow your capture. You are innocent in all of this."
Mittens
 GM, 1748 posts
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 08:42
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The Chanhiiri plan to leave this place by way of
the World Gate in area C4. Doing so means shutting
down the force field, allowing the PCs to make use of
the portal but leaving the fane vulnerable to another
githyanki incursion.

“Zetch’r’r is a dog leading dogs, but those who lash
themselves to his leash see not the chains he wears. The false
emperor talks of rebuilding the glory of the githyanki, but
he is a pawn of forces he has not the mind to understand or
the will to stand against.
“In the long eons since the gods and primordials fought
for control of all creation, Bahamut and Tiamat have
undergone a never-ending sibling war. Driven apart yet
drawn constantly together by their dichotomous natures,
the two gods fight endless battles, both face to face and
through their proxies in all the many worlds. Among all
races, long ages of peace follow epochs of tyranny as each
deity ekes out a temporary victory over the other, but in the
end, always, the battle continues. Until now.
“In this age, a new war looms between these two ancient
adversaries. On both sides, armies amass across worlds in
preparation for brutal conflict, but Tiamat means to see
that this battle with Bahamut is the last. The dragon queen
seeks to slay the platinum lord, and Zetch’r’r has sworn
himself and the githyanki to the service of this dark goal.”

Tanalee is not yet certain what role the githyanki play
in Tiamat’s plan, but the intelligence she shares has
been gathered by other githyanki insurgents, often at
the cost of their lives.  Many githyanki are
united in their hatred of Zetch’r’r.

A unique ritual dispels the force field around the
World Gate. With its wards deactivated, the World
Gate functions as a permanent teleportation circle
with a sigil sequence the PCs can read easily. In addition, the World Gate features a permanent link to the
Sovereign Gate in the Well of Worlds and can act as
the focus for any scrying ritual.
Any Arcana check reveals that the portal has additional epic-level powers. However, that same check
tells the PCs that unlocking or controlling those
powers is beyond their skill.
An hour after the PCs make the Sending with the
World Gate’s sigil sequence, Amyria and a dozen
heroes loyal to the Coalition step through the World
Gate. With them is Bejam, the deva mage the PCs
befriended on Nefelus in Dungeon 165. Depending
on whether Bejam accepted a position on the Coalition in that adventure, this might be the first time the
PCs have seen him since then. In any case, Amyria
has asked him to accompany her, believing that his
advanced arcane knowledge will be of great benefit.
The PCs are left in charge of establishing defenses
and organizing a watch over the fane. The Freeriders and the newly arrived heroes look to the PCs for
direction in establishing patrols, scouting the best
lookout locations, and keeping a force on alert in the
portal hall in case any githyanki come through the
World Gate.
World Gate and poring over the lore in the fane’s
libraries. The PCs have time to take an extended rest
and look after any remaining business in the fane or
at the watchtower.

Mits thumbs-ups to Amyria.  "Thanks for the reinforcements and stuff.  We ask only that you make it abundantly clear that the Chanhiiri are not to be disturbed as they perform their burial rites."

Amyria nods a bow.  "Of course."
Kyle
 player, 1168 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 2 Feb 2016
at 04:34
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "The similarities between Tiamat and Bahamut seem to begin and end with 'Dragons' and 'love precious metals and gems'.  Still, as much as I sass one of the proffered deities of my friends, you know things have gotten to a special kind of out of hand when 'To Do: Kill God' is on your enemy's mind."

  He nods to Amyria and Bejam.  "Thank you for coming, both of you."
Timothius
 GM, 748 posts
Tue 2 Feb 2016
at 04:49
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The twins give Amyria their usual twin-hug greeting as May gives her usual forearm handshake greeting.

Timothius says, "Amyria here is a sentinel with a lot of patience. If anyone should guard the portal and choose who else guards with her, it should be Amyria. The Freeriders can come with my team to find the best scouting locations and then we'll meet back here."

May says, "We bypassed some restless spirits earlier, but if they are githyanki spirits, maybe Talanee can set them at ease."

Raichel follows along with what the team decides to do.
Mittens
 GM, 1749 posts
Tue 2 Feb 2016
at 05:05
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits nods to Kyle.  "Fer realz!"

Amyria is as receptive as ever to the kind greetings of her friends.  Tanalee treats with the restless spirits, but nothing seems to quell their rage.  The only way to make the chamber safe for moving through is defeating the spirits and clearing the broken statues.  The adventurers who came to help obviously hold the Heroes of the Prime Material in very high regard and are quick to do anything asked of them.  When the group is ready to rest for the night, Tanalee bids them farewell and the Chanhiiri leave through the teleportation circle.

The following morning,  Bejam summons the heroes and Amyria for a troubled council in one of the empty library chambers in the fane, explaining that he does not want the things he has learned to become common knowledge yet.

He has developed some understanding of the
operation of the World Gate and the existence of the
Well of Worlds, but what he has learned has put him
on edge.

“The githyanki priest spoke truth regarding the World
Gates. The circle here siphons the planar energy of the
mortal realm, drawing it to a site beyond. This Well of
Worlds is spoken of in the lore here, but the fact that
the githyanki have kept the site secret even from Nefelus
demonstrates its importance. Indeed, the existence of the
Well and its power goes some way toward explaining the
advantage the githyanki have gained in this war.”


“If the Well of Worlds was merely as this Talanee described
it—a portal for moving the githyanki’s elite forces—I would
wish to know more of it. However, the brief period of my
study here has shown that the World Gate is drawing off
planar energy greatly in excess of its normal operation,
according to the githyanki’s lore. From what the Chanhiiri
said, Zetch’r’r had specific purpose in seizing the fane, and I
am fearful as to what that purpose might be.”

Kyle
 player, 1169 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 2 Feb 2016
at 05:14
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "It seems equally as likely to be preparing a 'Multi planar magic missile to shoot Bahamut', as it is 'power up the gate to let Tiamat through.  It is fortunate we have your expertise, because it seems even cutting corners as we already have been on time requirements it seems we will be as rushed as ever to deal with it."
Raichel
 player, 561 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 2 Feb 2016
at 05:22
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "Without the expertise to figure out this portal's other functions, we're forced to continue finding clues the way we usually do: Beating up and killing people."

May says, "On the bright side, we now have access to them for a change. So when to we cross over and start beating up bad guys?"

A record-screech can be heard as Raichel asks, "Sucking planar energy? What do you mean by that? Is the Prime Material being slowly devoured by the Astral Sea?"
Mittens
 GM, 1750 posts
Tue 2 Feb 2016
at 05:37
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits trampolines into the air!  "Cool!  I wanted to invade the Well of Worlds anyway!  Just have more reason to now.  Looking forward to blasting Tiamat in the faces!"

Amyria remains quiet.  Bejam nods to Kyle then headshakes to Rai.

"I have no reason to believe that the drain will harm our plane any more than the drain of a single mosquito could threaten to exsanguinate a herd of elephants.  But since we're on the scale of gnats compared to those elephants, the mosquito seems very impressive indeed."

Thankfully, Kyle & Bejam have discovered another of the githyanki’s secrets.

“The whitefire marks borne by the fomorians are crafted
by potent ritual magic the like of which I have never seen
before. By this magic, those who bear the marks carry the
essence of the githyanki within them. If the fomorians you
fought traveled here by way of the Well of Worlds, the
whitefire marks were their passage. The githyanki no doubt
feel secure that the secret of the sigils is protected from
those who might seek to subvert it. However, they have not
reckoned with the craft of Kyle or Nefelus.”

However, time is of the essence.
“I do not know how long the githyanki will await the return
of their forces from the fane, but if they discover us here,
their retribution will be swift. We must send word to the
Coalition for reinforcements to hold the fane in the event
of another githyanki assault. For my part, I will convince
Nefelus to send more aid of its own. If the worst comes to
pass, we can hopefully hold the fane long enough for you
to discover what the Well of Worlds truly is—and what kind of
threat it represents.”

Amyria adds, "Megan Swiftblade and the Freeriders take charge of the watch in your absence."

Bejam turns to Kyle.  "If you would, please begin recreating the whitefire mark ritual.  Once I have secured Nefelus' support, I shall join in aiding you."
Kyle
 player, 1170 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 2 Feb 2016
at 05:50
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Thank you, everyone.  It is good to know how many we can rely on in these circumstances."  A shame it took a Dark goddess getting ready to take a swing at a popular one to actually get that reliability, but oh well.

  Unlike a magic carpet, these things do not come in the average Arcanist's Wizard's Mail Order Catalog.  So Kyle's work is going to take the full length of time, if only to ensure it is done properly.
Timothius
 GM, 749 posts
Tue 2 Feb 2016
at 05:59
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius would like to help, but arcana is a weakness of his, despite his ability to help with rituals normally. Instead, he socializes with the Coalition troops that came and gives them a brief description of the Zetch contingent that was here. "You should expect at least three times as many, should this place be assaulted. There are two entrances; make full use of those when defending and do not hesitate to contact us the moment there is an assault. If we are busy fighting, give us half a minute and we'll be done whatever fight... of course, if you can hold the place for a solid 20 or 30 minutes, we'll probably be done ALL the fights and be able to come without worry."

Raichel is sure to show them a few basic take-downs and disarm techniques. May, of course, goes over a few positioning tactics she did in this very temple.

May and the twins thank the people present once again. As soon as the portal is ready to be traveled through, May is sure to take point as usual.
Mittens
 GM, 1753 posts
Wed 3 Feb 2016
at 06:19
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"It's an honor to meet you, let alone be of some help," is the kind of reactions the group gets.
Pointers are of course eagerly accepted.  Speaking of eager, the top scholars of Nefelus can hardly contain their enthusiasm for a chance to reverse engineer a unique githyanki ritual.  With as many volunteers Kyle gets to help speed things along, he's able to figure out the ritual within the day.  Bejam volunteers to donate the needed surges.

The ritual by which the whitefire mark is bonded to a living
creature seems simple enough, but the exertion that shows
in Nefelus when he is done shows the potency of the magic
that has been imbued in you. As the ritual is completed,
the sigil flares to life on your wrist, its outline of white
flame writhing around the stark lines of a githyanki blade.
Though the mark can be covered by sleeve or armor easily
enough, you feel its flame still flaring—pulsing in time with
the beating of your heart.


While the ritual is completed, a pair of Nefelus mages
recently arrived at the fane have been studying the
shadowy destination beyond the World Gate. As the
PCs prepare to embark, the mages brief them.

“Beyond the World Gate lies a portal the likes of which we
have not seen before. It has no sigil sequence. Rather, its
location is fixed by psychic energy and the flow of planar
power through it. A force of githyanki a half-dozen strong
arrived there only an hour ago, but we have seen no other
traffic before or since."

Mits blinks.  "Wow.  Weak defense.  Unless those 6 githyanki are each as strong as an exarch.  Or they're just that convinced that the whitefire mark cannot be replicated...  Which come to think of it is very likely."
Kyle
 player, 1172 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 3 Feb 2016
at 06:29
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "As important a structure it may be, untold years passing with it being unknown to all but yourselves would make most slack off on security.  Well, when using living people instead of traps, undead, spirits, constructs, and all the other assorted things left sitting in the same room until we come along.  Still, the information is appreciated.  It means we know we will not be stepping in during a time of transporting half an army."
Raichel
 player, 562 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 4 Feb 2016
at 23:41
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel holds up her fist to show off her whitefire mark. "Then in we go..."

Timothius simply nods. "I wonder if this mark is enough for us to bluff our way into getting a few answers before combat inevitably breaks out."

May says, "And if it isn't, then that will answer my question of whether we are now universally recognized by the gith forces as the heroes of the Prime Material."

Unless there is some reason to not go in, May and the twins go in.
Mittens
 GM, 1754 posts
Thu 4 Feb 2016
at 23:59
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
http://i.imgur.com/JIoiM13.png

"I'll let you do the talking when it comes to trying to trick badguys into thinking we're slaves.  Really doubt I could pull that one off.  Either way, I'm sure they'll be surprised."

Later, Mits crits her bluff check while saying, "Githyanki rule!  All others drool."  Badguys: "Got that right!"

The domed chamber into which you are transported is a
haze of white light beyond which the walls are a faint blur.
The brightness here drives into your eyes like knives, a
current of arcane power twisting through you. The portal
platform extends to a closed doorway directly ahead, an
astral haze shimmering to either side like a wide pool of
gently rippling water.


Perception Check
DC 25: The haze of white light ripples on the platform
ahead as a shapeless creature slowly materializing there.


Mits sees it and warns the group.  "Automated defense monster.  This should be interesting."
Kyle
 player, 1173 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 00:07
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "One of the few sensible things I've seen our enemies do of late, beyond 'have an ancient portal network' and 'have airships'.  Such a shame common sense is a problem most of the time we get to see it in this buisiness."
Timothius
 GM, 751 posts
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 00:10
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius wonders what the automated defense detects in order to attack the correct people. Tim says, "Well let's get going." and begins walking south.

May takes point as usual anyhow.

Raichel decides it best to take the rear this time.
Mittens
 GM, 1755 posts
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 00:42
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"This light is going to be problemaOUCH!"

Zap!  Mits and Raichel get a supercharged laserbeam attack!  Mits is knocked off her flying carpet!  Rai does some martial arts thing to keep from being shoved into the void.

"So um...  How did you get those whitefire brands?" the Astral Shade asks.

It moves in closer and blasts the whole group twice with force and radiance!

"Good gods you all are tough.  Guess I shouldn't expect any less from adventurers who got their hands on the whitefire brand ritual.  Oh well."

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:42, Fri 05 Feb 2016.

Raichel
 player, 563 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 00:56
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel does some juts-style hand signs and waves May over. May proceeds to get flown up to the shade and stood in front of it. "I'll be happy to answer your question after I remind your face what it feels like to be mortal again."

Raichel goes feral, opens and closes her hands, and her hands begin to glow with "I don't care if you're insubstantial" chi.


Move: Fly May back to shade
Minor: Activate scyth
Minor: Activate race power

May
 player, 582 posts
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 01:07
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May grins as a magical shield floats off her arm and levitates near her. She twirls a longsword (which looks pretty big to her and when did she unsheathe that anyway?) around and says, "This won't hurt much... but will surely annoy you."

SLASH! The ghost feels cut, but when he tries to teleport, he finds himself unable! May just gives him the most evil grin and giggles. The shade's attempt to retaliate is met with draconic fortitude.


Standard: Appalling Crunch v Shade. Hit(31)!
 dmg: 26/2 = 13
Shade Slam Attack: 32 miss
Save throw: 16 success


Shade HP: 448 - 13 = 435

This message was last edited by the player at 01:41, Fri 05 Feb 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1174 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 01:28
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle tosses May a potion of flight for some insurance against her getting shoved off the platform again, toughens her off, and then shrug shoots the Boss for 7 damage.

  "Honestly, you will probably hurt it more than it could be while mortal."
Timothius
 GM, 752 posts
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 01:40
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "You got a free hit in. Try it again and you will relive one of your greatest regrets."

He walks forward to include the shade in his peaceful aura and then bursts with holy energy, causing the shade to feel naked... "We came in peace. I know you'll attack anyway, but if you surrender after you relive your worst moment, you will be spared a moment worse than even that." He gives the shade a stern look.


Pacify v Shade. CRIT(41)!
 If shade attacks, he becomes stunned.
Crit = additional use of healing word
Minor: Solar Enemy

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:41, Fri 05 Feb 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1756 posts
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 02:01
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits stands back up.

"Of course we're tough!  Kaboom!"

She explodes with innumerable tiny Mittenzes that detonate on impact.  Those that don't blow up zombie walk toward the enemy chanting, "Must explode!"

"We took out two exarchs of Tiamat!  But yes.  We're very nice to those who surrender, rare as that is."
Narrator
 player, 719 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 03:56
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"In a way, I should be thanking you for validating my otherwise meaningless existence," the shade answers, "But surrender is not in my programming."

It suddenly slips through the floor.

"If I defeat you, the centuries of waiting won't have been worth it, but at least I will have fulfilled my purpose."

It vanishes through the wall.
Raichel
 player, 564 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 04:08
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Thanks to a new magic item, Raichel saves from the immobilization and hurries over to the doorway and opens it. "C'mon, let's exit this room."


Move: Run to door
Minor: Open door
Move: To where she can't be "pushed" back into the room

May
 player, 583 posts
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 04:10
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May nods and heads to the exit. "Yes. Less annoying outside this room, one hopes."

Once she exits the door, she looks both ways, spots Rai and hurries over to her.


Double-move to exit room and be safe like Rai
Timothius
 GM, 753 posts
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 04:15
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says to the shade, "You are not escaping your fate." And the shade feels the weight of Tim's pronouncement.

Timothius follows and says, "Rai's got a good idea! Make sure you clear the room entirely so you can't be pushed back in! Last one out, close the door!"


Minor: Peacemaker's Pronouncement. Extending the effect of pacify for another round.
Move: Double-move

Mittens
 GM, 1757 posts
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 04:30
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits grabs her flying carpet and runs through the door.

"Blinding light no longer a thing.  But looks like there's something else that is going to be problematic."

The whitefire brands are also becoming painfully hot.

TesTed By fire
The whitefire marks that allow servants of the
githyanki to access the Well of Worlds exact a cost
that the PCs are heretofore unaware of. Starting in
the third round after the party arrives here, the planar
energy coursing through the Well of Worlds causes
each PC’s sigil to flare up in a blaze of astral fire.
At the beginning of each of his or her turns, a PC
has a chance to overcome this effect with a DC 25
Arcana or Endurance check. On a failed check, the PC
takes 2d8 damage and is dazed until the end of his or
her turn.
Once the PC makes a successful check, he or she
is no longer affected, although the sigils continue to
burn brighter while the party remains in the Well of
Worlds. This effect occurs throughout the Well of
Worlds, so that a PC must continue to make checks
even after this encounter is over until he or she overcomes the affect.

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:33, Fri 05 Feb 2016.

Narrator
 player, 720 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 04:49
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
When the PCs first see into this area, read:
The curved wall of this huge chamber slowly reveals what
appears to be some sort of camp. Well-used leather couches
are spread across the stone floor between glowing crystal
pillars. From ahead comes the sound of gently falling water.

Perception Check
DC 20: Over the sound of water, a faint voice rises.

(deep speech)"Sounds like the ones who took out the com web.  Gear up.  We'll make these invaders regret coming here."
May
 player, 584 posts
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 04:58
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May points east and whispers. "Let's head that way. Quietly."
And with that, she does so herself, activating her invisibility.


Standard: Gloaming Armor. Become invisible until attack or end of encounter.
Move: Northeast.
Minor: Shift 2 northeast.
Stealth: 30

Narrator
 player, 721 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 05:01
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
One of the mindlashers points in May's direction.

(Deep speech)"Footsteps.  Sounds like only one."
Raichel
 player, 565 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 05:15
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Rai nods and follows. As soon as she sees enemies, she lets loose with one of her thick lightning bolts! ZOT! Two of the warriors get hit with a shock!


Move: To May's position and hide behind pillar
Standard: Furious Bolts v W3, W1, etc... Hit(34)! Hit(36)! Miss(25)
 dmg to W3: 35
 dmg to W1: 25


W3 HP: 162 - 35 = 127
W1 HP: 162 - 25 = 137

Kyle
 player, 1175 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 05:23
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle double moves again, though stays out of immediate enemy LoS. Likely to change if they approach, but approaching means closer to May.
Timothius
 GM, 754 posts
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 05:32
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius moves up to the pillar to be in a very annoying "if you DO get into melee with us..." position.


Double-move
Mittens
 GM, 1758 posts
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 06:52
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The enemy rushes over to recover the swords they carelessly left leaning against the wall.  Except for the one who's been doing the talking.

"Gotcha!"

He flings an enormous ball of ice-cold flame at the heroes, simultaneously freezing and burning, and lighting the ground on fire!

Mits hops on her magic carpet and flies over the fire.  She shoots the two enemies she can see.

"Zap!  Yes, it is us!  And not only is Telecanthus now languishing in a githzerai mind prison, but we've taken out two exarchs of your goddess since then.  You should surrender."

The shade returns and fires two lasers at Timothius and Raichel!

"Welp, this'll have to do.  If every available defense in this place isn't enough to stop you, I give up."
May
 player, 585 posts
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 07:06
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May suddenly appears next to Astraan. "Surprise!" SLASH! twirl, SLASH! twirl, tumble, ROAR! Just as the enemies find themselves forced against their will to go to May's call, her longsword is suddenly replaced with her radiant weapon and WOOOSLASH-FLUBBAGUBBA! she slashes all three enemies in one twirling slash!

"If you don't surrender in the next six seconds, I will force you to lick my boots clean! SIX..."


Move: To Astraan
Standard: Inexerable Advance v Astraan. Hit(33)! Hit(30)!
 dmg: 14 + 16 = 30
 Shift 1 before each attack. Shifts 2.
Minor: Shift 1 into position
ACTION POINT! May now resist 10 all
Standard: Come and Get It v Astraan, W3, M2. Hit(36)! Hit(29)! Hit(32)!
 dmg: 8. +10 radiant for Astraan and W3


Astraan HP: 131 - 30 - 18 = 93
W3 HP: 103 - 18 = 85
M2 HP: 132 - 8 = 124

Narrator
 player, 722 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 07:12
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
One of the warmongers heads over to a couch and blasts May with telekinesis... doing nothing.  He looks annoyed.
Kyle
 player, 1176 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 07:24
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle steps out of the evil magical sparkle land, and fires off a forceful weapon attack (which despite the name, doesn't deal force damage) that sends Astraan front flipping face first to the ground.

  Astraan, May said you'd need to clean her boots.  Smashing face first onto them and breaking your nose just makes them more blood stained, not less.
Timothius
 GM, 755 posts
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 08:00
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Tim ignores the ghost, steps forward and bursts with holy energy, causing both his sisters to heal as though nothing had happened to them. He raises his staffs and radiant chains bind the enemies! "Speaking of besting exarchs, stop toying with them, Mittens, and end it already."


Move: Step forward
Minor: Healing Word on Raichel: 68 healed
 Rai gains +7 to all defenses
 Everyone gains 5 thp
Minor: Bastion of Health on Mittens: 51
ACTION POINT! +4 to all non-dmg atks until end of next turn
Standard: Chains of Blazing Light v Astraan, W1, W3, M2. Hit(36)! Miss(31) Hit(35)! Hit(34)!
 Astraan, W3, and M2 are all dazed and will take 10 extra rad dmg when first hit.


Raichel HP: 52 + 68 = Full HP+5thp
Mittens HP: 59 + 51 = Full HP+5thp

This message was last edited by the GM at 08:02, Fri 05 Feb 2016.

Raichel
 player, 566 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 08:25
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel rushes up to Astraan and says, "Time's almost up" before turning into a lightning bolt, zapping through the enemies and materializing in front of Warmonger 2, who feels Raichel's exit. She gives him a smile, raises her hand, causes that zip/silent moment, and thrusts it down, causing a HUGE lightning bolt to nearly crush the mindslicer.

Astraan isn't moving anymore.


Move: To Astraan
ACTION POINT! Deal 6 lightning dmg to 3 enemies. Chose Astraan,W1,W3
Standard: Spark Form v Astraan, M2, W3, M1, W2. Hit(35)! Miss(29) Miss(27) Miss(28) Hit(35)!
 dmg: 28
Thunderstroke v W2,M1. Miss(25) CRIT(41)!


Astraan HP: 51 - 6 - 50 = KO
W1 HP: 137 - 6 = 131
W3 HP: 85 - 6 = 79
W2 HP: 162 - 28 = 134
M1 HP: 132 - 87 = 45

This message was last edited by the player at 08:26, Fri 05 Feb 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1759 posts
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 08:51
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
A warmonger sidesteps and telekinetically binds Rai's feet to the floor.  A mindlasher tries to step away from May but gets knocked prone.  It attacks her mind anyway, giving her a nasty headache.  The mindlasher Rai overwhelmed stands and retaliates, giving Rai that same headache.  An eldrich giant appears around corner to the north.

"The elite commander is already dead?!  Jeez..."

Mits flies to May.

"You make it sound like I can just snap my fingers and make the enemy go poof," she retorts.

She snaps her fingers and a massive explosion nearly downs three enemies, dazing them!

"...not quite.  But close!"

A second giant appears.

"So um...  Just to be clear, we're slaves of the githyanki..."

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:15, Sat 06 Feb 2016.

Narrator
 player, 723 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 6 Feb 2016
at 03:08
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The shade closes in on Kyle and Timothius.  It blasts them with radiance the follows up with lasers!  They dodge the lasers at least.

"You two are the support and all I can do is slightly inconvenience you with one of my strongest powers.  Granted, its a great deal more useful in the portal room, but would anyone listen to me when I suggested installing an alarm trigger in there?  NoOOoo.  Repeatedly.  For centuries.

"Welp.  I can see where this is going.  Why am I not surprised my existence is entirely meaningless?

"Guys.  The only good thing you can do right now is portal out of here and warn the general that the Well has been compromised.

"...not that anyone will listen to me."
May
 player, 586 posts
Sat 6 Feb 2016
at 03:21
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Come out an play, couch-potato!" May yells as she hops over with ease and does that new double-whirl power of hers where she magically seems to reach enemies and pull them in! WHACKWHACKWHACK! Two go down and their unconsicous forms get slid to May while the used-to-have-cover Warmonger gets slid to her also and WHACK! He goes down. "Just to be clear, we have this fight so very won, you "slaves" best surrender now, or we will count you as nothing better than your slave-masters!"

Just as suddenly as she downed the three enemies, she zips over to the mindslicer that hurt Rai.


May resists 5 ongoing psychic dmg
Minor: Shift 2 to move into position
Lunging Strike v W1,W3,M2. Hit(28)! Hit(34)! Hit(30)!
 dmg: 31
 Secondary attack v same. Hit(39)! Hit(28)! Hit(35)!
  dmg: 22
Move: To Mindslicer 1
Save throw: 1



W1 HP: 53 - 31 - 22 = 0 !!! KO
W3 HP: 26 - 31 = KO
M2 HP: 25 - 31 = KO

This message was last edited by the player at 03:22, Sat 06 Feb 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1177 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 6 Feb 2016
at 03:45
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
placeholder
Narrator
 player, 725 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 6 Feb 2016
at 03:46
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
When Kyle's attack hits the shade teleports past him then claws him!
Timothius
 GM, 757 posts
Sat 6 Feb 2016
at 03:50
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius slowly turns to look at the shade. "Surrender isn't in your programming, eh? That's a shame. Going back on my word isn't in my programming. Can't say I didn't warn you... Who knows? Maybe reliving your worst moments will be better for you than not."

He points at the shade and the shade begins reliving his worst moments. His regrets, his fears, his guilt and shame... it all begins to come back.

Timothius yells to Mittens, "Kyle and I are a little stuck at the moment! Can someone either bring the enemies here or bring us to them?"

Timothius then looks to Kyle. "He won't bother us for a bit. We can go back to ignoring him.... want a heal, or are you good?"


Standard: Rebuke Violence v Shade. Hit(31)
 Shade cannot attack (save ends)
 -5 to saves vs this effect.
Tim save throw: 7 fail

Raichel
 player, 567 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 6 Feb 2016
at 04:06
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel narrows her eyes at the gith. "Think you can hold me at bay, huh? Well..." teleports up to the gith and says, "Think again." Palmstrike to the gut! The guy nearly goes down and Rai's staff twirls, hitting both of the enemies and forcing them to reposition, the mindslicer now being flanked by Rai and May. "I remind you that your commander said if the entire defenses of this place aren't enough then he gives up. Which means you should be giving up any second now."


Move Technique: Teleport to melee with W2 and M1
Standard: Step Between the Worlds v M1. Hit(32)!
 dmg: 27
Save throw v Immob: 12 success!
 May gets a save throw v Lock: 16 success!
  Rai gets a save throw v Lock: 9 fail
Save throw v Lock: 18 success!


M1 HP: 45 - 27 = 18
W2 HP: 134 - 6 = 128

This message was last edited by the player at 04:18, Sat 06 Feb 2016.

Narrator
 player, 726 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 6 Feb 2016
at 04:34
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The warmonger and mindlasher flank Raichel and slash her with their swords!

"Don't you DARE surrender!" the warmonger snaps at the giants.

The giant gulps.  "So unfair."

It heads over to the east then fires a magic missile at a couch, intentionally missing.
Mittens
 GM, 1760 posts
Sat 6 Feb 2016
at 04:40
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Eyebeams!"

Mits zaps one if the githyanki, missing the other.  She pats her arm to put out the fire of the whitefire brand.

"Tailbeam!"

She shoots a couch, intentionally missing the giant.

"Yup.  Looks like they're not taking your advise and choosing to fight to the death like good little githyanki."

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:45, Sat 06 Feb 2016.

Narrator
 player, 727 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 6 Feb 2016
at 04:42
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The second giant heads over and does the same thing.  Hitting a couch with magic missile, intentionally avoiding attacking a hero.

"You both missed on purpose!" the shade accuses.

He teleports next to the east wall.

"UGH!  Fine!  I'm DONE!"

It vanishes through the wall.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:43, Sat 06 Feb 2016.

May
 player, 587 posts
Sat 6 Feb 2016
at 05:00
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The whitefire mark flares up and May says, "Hey that's... wow that's annoying." she turns and WHACKS the mindslicer, who goes down. May growls at the gith, "Don't they dare surrender? Or what?! You'll BLEED on them?! They wouldn't be brave by fighting us. They'd be stupid; Like you!"


Weapon Mayster's Strike v Mindslicer. Hit(42)!
 dmg: 17 luckbender gloves reroll max! 21!
Save v Lock: 18 success
 Rai gets a save v Lock: 14 success


M1 HP: 18 - 21

Kyle
 player, 1178 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 6 Feb 2016
at 05:15
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  The only good thing about this shade is the quality work put into making a guardian that has some common sense.  A complete headache to deal with as an enemy, sure, but principle of the matter.  "I think this is the first time an enemy running away has not meant we need to chase them"

  Kyle's Whitefire brand does not even have the chance to flicker, before it behaves itself again.

  He nails the still standing Warmonger with Artificial aboleth slime.  Giving him a temorary case of noodle arms and poison, and a longer lasting case of transparent face skin, (the better to see their eyes bug out in anger).

  Well... Longer lasting in THEORY.  Until end of Encounter means it's probably just one turns worth until the encounter is over.  Good job, sharp toothed persons.
Raichel
 player, 568 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 6 Feb 2016
at 06:38
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "Hang on, bro!" Lightning corses over her and a stray bolt hits the Warmonger before Raichel becomes lightning and zaps over to be in range of Tim. She then waves her hand and causes Timothius to fly over her and into a position where he might be able to do something.


ACTION POINT! 6 dmg to 3 enemies of choice.
Standard: Vezuvuu's Eruption v W2. Crit Fail(23) who's surprised?
Whole turn would be pointless if Tim wasn't put where he can actually do anything.
Move: Lightning Shift to see Tim
Move: Dominant Winds to cause Tim to fly to where he can see the enemy.
Move: Dominant Winds to cause Tim to fly to where he can hit the enemy.
Nevermind. >.> Whitefire Mark. Failed. rolled 20.


W2 HP: 104 - 6 = 98

This message was last edited by the player at 06:54, Sat 06 Feb 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 758 posts
Sat 6 Feb 2016
at 06:42
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius takes comfort in the fact that yes, in fact, he and his team did surrender once when given the chance to and obviously overwhelmed. "Thanks, Rai."

He then points to the Warmonger and says, "Your ability to withstand harm, given you by the gods, is no more."

The gith feels cut off from something he took for granted... the cosmos? The gods? He feels a hole where once there was something there.


Unable to use any powers that reach the bad guy (except a daily that would be a total waste against this guy), Timothius just looks annoyed. "Nya."


Standard: Sever the Source. Vulnerable All 21.
Doesn't make DC for whitefire Mark

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:58, Sat 06 Feb 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1761 posts
Sat 6 Feb 2016
at 07:06
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
A giant shoots and misses, then hides.

The warmonger is furious.  "Or else they will die by the hands of the reinforcements that come after us!"

He charges May but fails to harm.

Mits flies over to her bro, grabs him, and flies him over to the couch.

"Couldn't help earlier because... reasons."

Zap!  She severely mind-blenders the warmonger with a glare, and he shrieks!

"I have a teleport power, but it's a once-a-day thing."

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:10, Sat 06 Feb 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 759 posts
Sat 6 Feb 2016
at 07:13
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius points to the Warmonger and says, "Your ability to withstand harm, given you by the gods, is no more."

The gith feels cut off from something he took for granted... the cosmos? The gods? He feels a hole where once there was something there.

Timothius then rolls his eyes. "They won't be killed by anyone. They'll go back to the safety of our home where soon, none of you will be able to reach."


Standard: Sever the Source. Vulnerable All 21.

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:22, Sat 06 Feb 2016.

May
 player, 588 posts
Sat 6 Feb 2016
at 07:16
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May says, "And who's going to tell them? You? How's this?" WHAAAACK! That hurt. A lot.

"Instead, because you didn't surrender, I'll tell the reinforcements about how annoying and powerful 'those giants' were and how this one gith warrior wept and begged us for mercy. How about that?"


Standard: Weapon Mayster's Strike v W2. Hit(38)!
 dmg: 40


W2 HP: 46 - 40 = 6

Raichel
 player, 569 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 6 Feb 2016
at 07:21
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel pats down the mark and then zaps the Warmonger into unconscious land and looks at the giants. "She's not kidding, guys. You're free now... and if you come with us, we can make sure you will be able to live free, helping our side instead of living as slaves helping the gith."


Endurance Check: 30 success!
Standard: Lightning Strike v W2. Hit(34)!
 dmg: Enough.


Combat over unless giants all the sudden decide to lose what sanity they had.

Narrator
 player, 728 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 6 Feb 2016
at 07:24
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
GM ruling:
Kyle can use his arcana check for Timothius' whitefire mark issues now that combat is over.

Tim: "So what gives with these things burning, anyway?"
Me: "Module gives the impression it's like putting metal in a microwave."
"So why don't the enemies have any issues with it?"
"Presumably they did the first time they came here.  They either eventually made the check or died."

This message was last edited by the player at 07:30, Sat 06 Feb 2016.

Narrator
 player, 729 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 6 Feb 2016
at 07:57
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The giants can be heard from behind the wall.

"Thanks!  So you noticed we were missing on purpose, right?  Didn't want to risk a spite move from those gith, so had to put on the appearance of not surrendering."

"Yeah.  Thanks for defeating our tormentors.  Thought I'd be stuck performing that blasted ritual for the rest of my life!"

Either their shy or they forgot to step out into the open.
Kyle
 player, 1179 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 7 Feb 2016
at 01:16
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle can really get used to this whole 'Enemies ACTUALLY surrendering mid fight' thing.   He moves over to Timorhius, and uses his highly technical arcane expertise to- "Cut it out"... WHY DID THAT WORK!?

OOC: Re, Mittens Teleport. If it's a daily Item/Boon based, Kyle can recharge it once a day via his empowerments  Now that we're this high level, and you're shopping around for daily items more, something to keep in mind.
Mittens
 GM, 1762 posts
Mon 8 Feb 2016
at 02:10
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Come on out," Mits tells the giants, "Tell us what you know about this place."

The giants step out and go over things that were already known, but add about the pool in the room.

Pool: This crystal-clear pool is imbued with powerful healing magic made use of by githyanki passing
through the Well of Worlds. Creatures who drink
from the pool while taking a short rest gain the benefit of an extended rest instead.
The pool is attuned to the githyanki, who can
make repeated use of it. Other creatures (even those
possessing a whitefire mark) disrupt the pool’s magic.
Up to five such creatures can make use of the pool,
after which it takes 24 hours to recharge. (Adjust this
number based on the number of characters in the
party if necessary.)

With a DC 30 Arcana check, a character can bottle
one up to five doses of the pool’s water in a way that retains
its magical essence for 24 hours.  (GM allowing take-10)
Timothius
 GM, 760 posts
Mon 8 Feb 2016
at 02:23
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius would have only taken 41 damage before making the DC. Thankfully, Kyle's arcana check is worth 41 damage. "Nice pool." Timothius comments. "We should have one in our airship."

He then smiles to the giants. "Thanks for the info on the pool. What about the other rooms here?"

Raichel and May tie up the enemy as usual. May wants to wake "no surrender" gith, but decides to wake no one yet. Not until the giants are done telling everything they can.
Kyle
 player, 1180 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 8 Feb 2016
at 02:27
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Well, that's a not quite six pack bottled then.

"It would be nice, but I expect it is not something I could manage any time soon."  Maybe if the ship was just parked at this location and not taken away, but, that wouldn't defeat the point.
Mittens
 GM, 1763 posts
Mon 8 Feb 2016
at 02:36
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits tail-wags and ear-wiggles at the mention of airship customization.  "Heee."

The giants answer, "The only other room we're allowed in is the Hall of Shards.  Go either left or right and you'll get there.  Space doesn't work quite the same in this place.   The Hall is the nexus point through which planar energy is funneled to fuel the astral vortex at the heart of the Well of Worlds.  Our job here was to repeat a ritual to channel the power of the Well of Words into the wider githyanki portal network over and over.  Halting the ritual makes that room dangerous to use arcane magic in.

"The room beyond leads to the heart of the Well, but we've never been in there."
Timothius
 GM, 761 posts
Mon 8 Feb 2016
at 02:43
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "Then we're about to be."

May says, "We could question this boss guy, for all the good it'll do..."

Raichel says, "Well he said he gives up... won't know until let's try."

Astraan waking ensues and Timothius looks down at him. "Did you actually mean what you said about giving up if the entire defense of this place wasn't enough? If so... we have questions for you. Starting with what is in the rest of this place."

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:46, Mon 08 Feb 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1181 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 8 Feb 2016
at 02:47
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Ah yes, the sort of thing the writers would gleefully wave around not only the 'psychic' keyword on all the Gith enemies, but the fact most enemies don't bother getting the 'arcane' keyword added onto their spells anyways.

  "Well, how fortunate we did not kill you out of spite or stereotypical expectations of the average adventuring party, then."  Kyle may not share quite the 'don't kill if you can do otherwise' mindset of his friends, but he can admit the practicality of not going full kill crazy just because.
Mittens
 GM, 1764 posts
Mon 8 Feb 2016
at 02:51
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Useless githyanki are useless.

"Even if I knew, I wouldn't tell you."

They're just commandos.  They don't need nor care to know about the nitty gritty of the Well of Worlds.

Mits shrugs.  "Should we send these prisoners back to our world first before we move on?"
Timothius
 GM, 762 posts
Mon 8 Feb 2016
at 03:04
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "Yes. Someone more capable will get the information from them. And the others can be given jobs."

After prisoners are sent off, May goes invisible and scouts the place, one room at a time. Whenever a room is "clear", she lets the team know and rests another 5 minutes to recharge the invisibility.


Stealth and Perc; take-ten.
Narrator
 player, 730 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Mon 8 Feb 2016
at 03:07
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The twisting flight of stairs leading down to the heart
of the Well of Worlds is blocked by a magically barred
floor.

When the PCs can see into this area, read:

The doorway from the hall of shards opens upon a round
chamber of pale gray stone. The air here flares with
swirling currents of white light—four circular mirrors are
set along the walls, their surfaces rippling like quicksilver.
In the center of the chamber, the stone floor disappears to
be replaced by an uneven grid of black steel bars. A stone
plinth stands at the center of the barred floor, its sides set
with glowing keyholes. Beneath the bars, steep ivory stairs
twist down into a haze of white light.

Arcana Check
DC 25:
The ambient astral energy here is harmless,
but a stronger pulse of arcane power surges in the four
mirrors. Something lurks within their silvered surfaces,
waiting to be called forth.

Kyle
 player, 1182 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 8 Feb 2016
at 03:14
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  99% Certain that's a dangerous thing lurking, so hazzard bonus aaaand no need to roll Arcana.  Not that Mittens would have much difficulty either.

  "If your experience in this job makes you paranoid of the rippling mirrors, then you would be correct to be so.  I have no specifics yet, just that something is in there."
Timothius
 GM, 763 posts
Tue 9 Feb 2016
at 04:54
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "I would have been suspicious of rippling mirrors before I ever adventured."

May says, "But do we even know what this room is used for? And do we even need to fight whatever is in here?"

Raichel remains on guard.
Mittens
 GM, 1766 posts
Tue 9 Feb 2016
at 05:06
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Don't know what this room is for," Mits says, "But it goes to follow that if even the people who's job it is to siphon energy into the portal network for the githyanki aren't allowed in here, and it has extra defenses all its own, it's pretty safe to say that it's rather important.  Don't necessarily have to fight through the defenses right now, but I'm sure it'll be needed soon enough.  And I'd rather get it out of the way than risk whatever's in those mirrors getting out and harming Bejam or whomever else happens to be here later making this place unusable for the githyanki."
Kyle
 player, 1183 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 9 Feb 2016
at 05:18
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "True, it is a sad fact that it is sometimes more practical to deal with these things directly instead of avoid them."
May
 player, 589 posts
Tue 9 Feb 2016
at 05:37
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May steps in. "Then let me be the first to greet our mirror guests."

(Waiting to see how initiative pans out)
Narrator
 player, 731 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Tue 9 Feb 2016
at 05:47
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Three bloated mantis monsters appear out of the mirrors!  They roar then turn insubstantial!
Timothius
 GM, 764 posts
Tue 9 Feb 2016
at 06:04
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May manages to let out a roar that fills the room JUST as the enemies appear!

Timothius heads over to May and points a staff at one of the planeshifters. "You will lose this battle. Give up now." and the planeshifter is able to see his inevitable defeat.


Break the Spirit v Planestalker 1. Hit(28)!
 dmg: 16/2=8
 Planestalker takes -5 to attacks


Planestalker1 HP: 129 - 8 = 121

Mittens
 GM, 1767 posts
Tue 9 Feb 2016
at 06:35
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits flies into the room and hovers over May.

"Ew!  Talk about ugly."

She zaps two of the three monsters.

"So um...  Yeah I've never heard of these things before."
Narrator
 player, 732 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Tue 9 Feb 2016
at 06:40
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The Astral Shade phases through the floor in front of the heroes.

"So...  Yeah.  Futile fight is go."

It blasts the heroes twice.  May is shoved back, Mits is immobilized and knocked prone.

"Interesting oversight of note, I speak Common.  They speak Deep Speech.  Why the !@#%! my makers didn't think to give me the ability to speak their native language is beyond me."
Raichel
 player, 571 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 9 Feb 2016
at 06:44
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel does her preparation thing. Scythe, shifting, drop scythe. But this time instead of opening with Furious Bolts, since her enemy is insubstantial at the moment, her already feral-looking self begins powering up, DBZ-style, with lightning coursing over her. "They did it to annoy you."


Minor: Blood Fury Scyth
Minor: Razorclaw Shifting
Minor: Lightning in the Blood

May
 player, 590 posts
Tue 9 Feb 2016
at 06:44
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May looks annoyed by being pushed away from Timothius and says, "NOT gonna happen!" before heading over to the shade and hacking it with her feyslaughter weapon, keeping it from teleporting! The shade tries to retaliate, but fails.

She then lets out a roar that covers the room and lets the enemy know she will not allow the enemy past her.


Move: To Shade
Standard: Villain's Menace v Shade. Hit(30)!
 dmg: 19/2=9
Shade immediate reaction: Can't teleport, but tries Astral Slam. Miss(30)
ACTION POINT! Resist 10 All
Standard: Shield Clamor


Shade HP: 396 - 9 = 387

Narrator
 player, 733 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Tue 9 Feb 2016
at 06:49
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The last of the planestalkers appears and turns insubstantial!

(Deep Speech)"Roar!"
Kyle
 player, 1184 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 9 Feb 2016
at 21:18
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  It just figures that the first thing that psychic damage via crossbow bolt would be of practical use against, of course wallhax.

  Kyle toughens up May (so by proxy, she can toughen up Tim), and snaps off a basic Magic Weapon attack against the Shade.  Considering last fight showed the 'vulnerable, Force' is basically just bait to make you recharge their encounter attack.

Minor: Resistive for May (Surge+10 THP, can share)
Standard: M weapon vs shade. hits. 24 / 2 = 12 DMG.
M weapon buff for Raichel. +1 hit, +5 DMG rolls.

Shade HP: 387-12= 375

This message was last edited by the player at 00:17, Wed 10 Feb 2016.

Narrator
 player, 734 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 02:30
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
(Deep Speech)"So these are the invaders the shade was making such a fuss about!?"

(Deep Speech)"I know, right?  A couple kittys, a gecko, and a crossbow guy."

(Deep Speech)"I'm going to have fun tearing them apart, then teasing Shade Face for all eternity with charades."

Three of the stalkers attack May!  None of them do any harm.  The stalkers look shocked.  The Shade deadpans.

"Told you so."
Timothius
 GM, 765 posts
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 03:11
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius heals back to full and says in supernal and... everyone understands him as if hearing a purer version of their own language and yet remembering some long lost, forgotten civilization of the cosmos, "You look like you have some understanding of the heavens..." He begins casually walking around a planestalker, who swipes at Timothius.

May flips the planestalker. Like a drill sergeant, she yells, "I LOVE my job!" even while flipping him.

The planestalker not only misses horribly, but his elbow accidentally bounces off Timothius, showing him he didn't really have a chance to hit anyway as some forcefield made of stars begins to surround him.

Timothius gets into position and continues in supernal, "Now witness the cosmos... and pay in blood." The room becomes astral and filled with heavenly bodies. Timothius opens the coin purse and the creatures find their blood begin to flow to the the purse.


Minor: Healing Word on self for 62 hp.
 Save throw: Unneeded
 +7 defenses
 You and each ally gain 5 temp HP
Move: Around planestalker to get into position
Standard: Hallowed Ground
ACTION POINT! +4 non-damage attacks until end of next turn.
Standard: Penance of Blood v P1,3,4,Shade. Hit(44)! Hit(28)! Hit(44)! Hit(41)!
 They are all now vulnerable 11 ALL.


Timothius HP: 65 + 62 = FULL+5thp

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:13, Wed 10 Feb 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1768 posts
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 03:18
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits rolls over on her carpet, now with ball of yarn in her mouth.  She drops the ball.

"Mew!"

Toy mice, catnip glitter, and exploding balls of yarn fall from the ceiling, blasting the enemy!  Mits purrs and tail-wags, looking down at the fight from over the edge of her carpet, licks the back of her wrist, then rubs it against her ear.
Narrator
 player, 735 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 03:36
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The Shade continues to grumble.

"'A button that bars the door from the outside and fills the teleportation room with deadly gas would be nothing to install compared to a sentient Astral Shade guardian.'  Nope!  Not so much as a simple lock on the door."

It claws May then blasts her back a few feet.  It looks at the floor, considering phasing through to avoid getting hit while under the effects of Timothius' penance.

"You know what?  @#%! it.  I'm staying right here.  The sooner I meet with oblivion the better."

It then phases down through the floor anyway.  It's shouts of frustration can be heard from below.

"FRIGGIN PROGRAMMING!"
Raichel
 player, 572 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 03:55
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel zips past everyone to be in the center. She tries to fire a lightning bolt, but it fizzles as though she got grounded. She snaps her fingers a few times and sparks fly, but nothing. "Why is my lightning not worki-" Zap! A bunch of bolts fly from her, hitting the enemies for tiny pinprick damage. "-working..." She sighs and takes up a martial arts stance.


Move: Lightning Shift into center of combat
Furious Bolts v P1,2,3,4,Shade. Miss(25)
ACTION POINT! 6 lightning dmg to 3 enemies in 5 squares
Lightning Daggers v P1. Miss(25)

May
 player, 591 posts
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 04:19
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May calls down to the ghost, "That power Tim used on you lasts until the fight is over. Your survival depends on you fighting us. Of course, even if you stay hidden, we can just drink from the pool and use these powers all over again. Besides..."

May roars again and causes the enemies to go to her again. Shade is left out of the party because he moved too far down. "...its not like you can't attack. Are you a guardian first? Or a forced-to-survive fleeing ghost first?"

She scrapes the enemies. On the bright side, her feeb damage can not be halved down to 0. May looks at the ground annoyed. That was the ONLY power she has that could have yoinked the shade back into the fight.


Come and Get It v P1,3,4, Shade. Hit(29)! Hit(39)! Hit(40)! Hit(37)!
 saving the 37 (roll of 12) for another attack
 dmg: 1


P1 HP: 93 - 1 = 92
P3 HP: 105 - 1 = 104
P4 HP: 93 - 1 = 92

Narrator
 player, 736 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 04:31
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
(Deep Speech)"I'll get the healer!"

The planesalker charges Timothius!  Poink.  His mantis claw just bounces harmlessly off Kyle's magical barrier.
Kyle
 player, 1185 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 05:11
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Eyeball, crossbow, redundant because enemies should have been out of insubstantial mode anyways, whatever at least you rolled better than 1 damage (but we would sure hope so, with multiple daily powers involved).

Stalker 1: 86-34= 51
Stalker 3: 98-34= 63
Stalker 4: 86-34= 51

Stalker 1, 3, and 4 have Planephase turned off.

Eyeball deals 6 Psychic DMG, when allies hit with an attack (nondamage counts. no it doesn't trigger pacifist).

Narrator
 player, 737 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 05:18
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
(Deep Speech) "What just happened?"

(Deep Speech) "Crossbow guy unphased us!"

(Deep Speech) "Get the gecko first!  Or she'll flip you on your butt!"

The three stalkers all attack May, and only manage to scratch her.

(Deep Speech) "Um... Shade?!  Lil help here?!"
Timothius
 GM, 766 posts
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 05:32
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius bursts with holy energy and Mittens heals a bit. He causes his by-now familiar radiant chains to pop up. "My yarn-wielding sister will destroy you before you even have much of a chance. And the shade has learned how little his help will matter."


Minor: Solar Enemy.
 P2 is vulnerable 11 radiant.
 P3 and P4 are vulnerable 22 radiant.
 Mittens heals for 6 hp.
Standard: Chains of Blazing Light v P1,2,3,4. Miss(28) Hit(44)! Hit(39)! Hit(42)!
 P2,P3 and P4 are dazed and will take 10 extra radiant dmg first time they are hit.


Mittens HP: 62+5thp + 6 = 68+5thp

Mittens
 GM, 1769 posts
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 05:57
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Blam blam blam blam blam!  All those little bits of yarn and mouse toys blast the enemy!

Mits hmms.  "I wunna do something dramatic against these overgrown bugs...  Oh!

"MONSTER BUG WARS!

"Mantis...  Versus Spider!"


Four giant spiders leap out of the mirrors and pounce the planestalkers!  They then drag three of them away, but the last one manages to remain standing.  Barely.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z27lc3UpN-w

(The actual face-off starts at around 7:00)
Raichel
 player, 574 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 06:01
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel casually zaps the last remaining planestalker. The lightning travels down to the shade, zapping him decently. Raichel looks dissatisfied. "Make up your mind! You gonna be in the way or not?!" She glances at Mittens. "...that was creepy...."


Lightning Strike v P2. Hit(39)!
 dmg: 31
 dmg to Shade: 12/2=6


P2 HP: 10 - 31 = KO!
Shade HP: 328 - 6 = 322

Narrator
 player, 738 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 06:02
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"PROGRAMMIIIING!" is the Shade's reply as it gets further away, down the shaft that the area is built upon.
Kyle
 player, 1186 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 06:09
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "No, it would be creepy if they snacked on them in front of us and offered us a piece.  This is downright restrained."  Yes, this is clearly the sticking point of this battle you should focus on, Kyle.

This message was lightly edited by the player at 06:09, Wed 10 Feb 2016.

May
 player, 592 posts
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 06:27
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "No, that would be what we're used to! It's creepier that they dragged them off to do who-knows-what and leave it to the imagination!" it's OK, Kyle. Raichel will join you in the frivolous pursuit of what is truly creepy in a fight against plane-phasing monsters with mantis arms.

Timothius says, "You're both wrong. Bugs are cute. Now let's get moving since nothing is stopping us now. Someone please figure this room out. What does it do and does it really matter all that much?"

May stares down at the grate and then screams in frustration. "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! I know I should be happy because we kicked butt again and I kept the enemy off you guys for the most part, but AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!"

May blew a daily to do 2 extra damage. Once. May drops to her butt and folds her arms with an angry, pouting face. "I'm not going any farther until we find a way to keep that ghost from pushing me around or phasing. Kyle, how in the world did you un-phase those mantis-armed guys?!"
Mittens
 GM, 1770 posts
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 06:36
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits goes to May to offer hugs.

"Kitten cuddles."

Stair Gate Level 19
Skill Challenge XP 2,400
A flight of worn stone steps descends into the astral vortex at
the heart of the Well of Worlds. However, unlocking the stair
gate requires a powerful effort of will and perseverance.

To pass through to the astral vortex, the PCs must break
through the powerful magic wards of the gate that blocks
the stairs leading down.
Complexity
5 (requires 12 successes before 3 failures).
Primary Skills
Arcana 22 (1 success or failure, maximum 3 successes), Athletics  27 (1 success or failure), Thievery 22 (1 success or failure, maximum 3 successes).
Other Skills
Acrobatics  14 (no successes or failures) With a successful check
(a minor action), a character gains a +2 bonus to his or her
next primary skill check in the challenge.  Affecting the wards of the gate is easiest from directly atop
it, but the uneven grid requires careful balance., Perception  22 (0 successes or failures) With a successful check (a
minor action), a character gains a +2 bonus to his or her
next primary skill check in the challenge.
The ever-shifting astral energy within the chamber ebbs
and flows in a pattern that can be discerned.

In addition to weakening the gate stairs with brute force
by using an Athletics check, a PC can target the gate with
a weapon attack or a nonweapon power that deals force
damage. The gate has AC 33, Fortitude/Reflex 31, 120
hit points, and resist 5 to all damage. Every 10 points of
damage dealt to the gate earns the party 1 success in the
skill challenge. Any attack that deals no damage after the
gate’s resistance is taken into account earns the party 1
failure in the skill challenge.
If the gate is destroyed, the party earns an automatic
victory in the skill challenge.

"Glad you liked the bugs, bro."
Kyle
 player, 1187 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 06:52
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "That was something specific to the planestalkers, unfortunately.  Psychic damage does not agree with them"

  Kyle autos the Arcana check.  He decides not to pass along the smaashey option in case murphy goes after the damage dice rolls.
May
 player, 593 posts
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 07:15
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
When Mittens hugs May, May kicks her legs and waves her fists around, mouth wide open and eyes squinted close, letting the tears flow while letting out the exact sound of a human infant crying. Three seconds later, May is suddenly standing on her feet and says, "OK, I'm over it. We're alive and that's what matters. The ghost is annoying, but we will prevail."

May looks like she is about to do things quickly, but decides that since the ghost wants to make THEM wait, why not make the GHOST wait?! "Just... taking my tiiiiime... juuuust... taking my tiiiiime... since the ghost wants to make us wait, I'll do the same."

Timothius says, "Not really his fault. Next time we see him, we'll have to ask him who made him this way."


May Athletics: 26. Fail
May Thievery: 22. Success

Rai Acrobatics: 37
Rai Athletics: 18 Failure

(2 successes. 2 Failures.)


May takes ten on athletics, which gives a consistent 30 (success). Same with Thievery, which gives a consistent 28 (success), so nevermind the rolls.

Raichel can not succeed on a take-ten of any kind. Tim can't succeed even on a crit of any of these checks. So the kitten twins opt out.

Mittens
 GM, 1771 posts
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 07:23
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Mittens has mixed feelings about the Astral Shade," Mits narrates, "An eternity of boring waiting.  Then finally a fight!  Only you're so way out of your league, the best you can do is annoy the enemy to death.  Which in this case is my friend...  Sooo I'm going to side with May and choose to feel no sympathy for the annoying monster."

Shifty eyes.

Mits can contribute with Arcana, but Kyle's way better at it, so she just relaxes on her flying carpet, throwing balls of yarn to her sibs.
Kyle
 player, 1188 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 07:27
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle is used to being the one to sit out skill challenges, so it comes to no surprise that Murphy has started throwing ones he can do anyways after finally settling on a utility that lets him help with social checks.

  "I am more curious about why he was programmed to feel frustration in the first place.  Even given our current enemies, it is wildly impractical to make a guardian that resents being your guardian."
Timothius
 GM, 767 posts
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 07:33
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The kitten twins nya happily and play yarn with Mittens!

May continues pushing on the door, grunting and giving her all. "Isn't it... ironic? ...how it takes us.... an average of twelve... to eighteen seconds... to beat up powerful badguys.... but takes... twice as long... to open a DOOR!"

By the time Kyle and May are done opening the door, the kitties are in full-on playful cat mode and "pawing" at yarn while on their backs and tangled in it.
Mittens
 GM, 1772 posts
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 07:40
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits is having a ball (of yarn) with her sibs!

"Clearly us kitties need to work out more," she answers.

Mits shrugs to Kyle.  "Impractical...  but evil!"

She peeks down the stairs.

"Wow.  That's a long ways down.  I wonder why next area had to be so far down."
Kyle
 player, 1189 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 07:46
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Well, the door is there for when said defenders fail. So at least it makes sense for once."

  You could chalk up Shadeface to Chaotic Evil, but Lawful Evil would make the Shade fill out forms in triplicate every single day of it's existence.

  "It could just as likely be 'they felt like it' as 'tap deeper lines of planar energy'."
Timothius
 GM, 768 posts
Thu 11 Feb 2016
at 04:40
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel looks at the stairs. "....you know what? I'm gonna go with "evil" as the answer to this one also, Mitts."

Timothius says, "I just hope that ghost isn't programmed against telling us who his maker is." he then looks down the stairs. "...on the bright side, we are descending. Climbing those would be a pain." He then looks at Mittens and chuckles before saying, "If helping down an exarch or two on the side while saving the world multiple times doesn't count as working out, I will personally punch myself in the face until I can no longer move. This is hard work." As jovial as he sounds, somehow his statement sounded completely serious instead of joking.

Raichel says, "I work out even when I'm not adventuring. May's just plain stronger." <- trained in athletics. Still can't meet "required in order to proceed with story" athletics DC by taking ten.

May says, "Physically stronger, maybe. But you all have strengths! And most importantly, you have inner strength, which all the power in the world would be worthless without."
Mittens
 GM, 1773 posts
Thu 11 Feb 2016
at 05:00
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Plinth: The black onyx plinth at the center of
the stair gate features four keyholes attuned to the
crystal keys that control the Well of Worlds (see “The
Githyanki’s Secret” on page 50). Picking the magical
locks is not enough to open the stair gate; its wards
can be overcome only by the skill challenge. When
the stair gate vanishes, the plinth remains behind,
floating in midair.

Mits takes a break from her flying carpet in order to dance atop the floaty onyx.  "Maybe hard work.  And in the arbitrarily designed lair of evil.  But who else gets to say they danced atop a floaty block of onyx in an extra-planar pocket dimension portal hub?

"Thanks for the cheers, May!"


White light seethes in a corrosive whirlpool filling a vast
chamber below. The air is hazy above a stone platform
extending from the bottom of the stairs across the seething
vortex. Pillars of glowing stone rise above the maelstrom,
their surfaces crawling with an ever-shifting flow of
arcane runes.
The far side of the chamber is taken up with what
appears to be an oversized arcanist’s study. Tall shelves and
wide tables are covered with well-worn tomes and tattered
scrolls. A violet-skinned eldritch giant glances up in surprise
at your approach, the whitefire mark burning at his wrist as
he holds up a hand in warning.
“I am Haryssus. It has been long years since any but the
masters of this place breached the stair gate, but those who
did so lived no longer than will you. I have no quarrel with
you. Flee while you can.”

Perception Check
DC 22: At the giant’s hands and feet, a faint blur of
eldritch energy takes the form of all-but-invisible restraints
binding this creature to its workplace.

Insight Check
DC 22: Despite the giant’s dismissive demeanor, his
voice carries an undertone of weariness, not of anger. His
words are no threat, but a warning of imminent danger.

Raichel
 player, 575 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 11 Feb 2016
at 05:26
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "Thanks for the warning. Too bad we don't have a choice.", does her scythe thing and her feral thing. Then flies across the pit and says, "Those who did? How many made it this far?"


Minor: Bloodfury scythe
Minor: Razorclaw Shifting
Move: Fly across pit to seemingly safe platform.

Narrator
 player, 739 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Thu 11 Feb 2016
at 06:18
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
A sudden flare of yellow-white light heralds the appearance
of a ghostly githyanki. Larger than the shades you fought in
the fane, this creature wields twin bastard swords, a white
light burning in its eyes as it attacks!


https://img.yumpu.com/49980560...raithas-anvilpdf.jpg

With a flurry of ghostly blades, the guardian shade slices May, Timothius, and Kyle then teleports over to one of the pillars.  It then blasts Kyle with a psychic ray attack!

"That one at least understands Common," the astral shade says, floating out from hiding in the back of the room, blasting Raichel, "But never says anything.  I think the giant is confused.  No one has ever breached this room."

It charges her and claws her!
May
 player, 594 posts
Thu 11 Feb 2016
at 06:26
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May takes a cupid pose and plinks at the guardian with an arrow. And misses horribly! She opens her mouth in a wide grin as if not bothered at all by the miss. Then ROARS at the guardian, who feels pulled to May! Slice! The guardian is barely even hurt, but the kobold is giggling like a little girl!

She then asks, "Oh right! Ghosty with annoying programming! Who made you?! If you tell us, I promise we'll track them down and make them suffer for making you the way they did!"


Maysic Ranged v Guardian. Miss(25)
ACTION POINT! Resist 10 all
Come and Get It v Guardian. Hit(41)!
 dmg: 5 and can not teleport
Save: 10 success!
 Tim save: 16 success


Guardian HP: 756 - 5 = 751

This message was last edited by the player at 06:27, Thu 11 Feb 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1190 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 11 Feb 2016
at 06:40
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  It's been quite a while since Kyle hit bloodied status, but he's not surprised it took the first attack from the enemy to do it.

  He takes it well enough, stepping to be closer to most of his friends instead of just Timothius.  He toughens up May (even more than she already is), and shoots a casual crossbow bolt into the Guardian.  "Well, now even if you kill me it won't change the outcome much.  But I doubt it will come to that." The worst part is that Timothius will have to take the time to Heal him in the first place.

Minor: Resistive for may.
Standard: Learned Boost, Magic Weapon. JUST hits. 27 DMG.

Resistive for May (surge +10 THP, can share with one ally).
Magic weapon bonus: +1 hit, +5 DMG rolls.  Tim, May, Mittens.
Fail on save throw.
EDIT: Tim save throw. CRIT.

Guardian HP: 756-27=729

This message was last edited by the player at 06:41, Thu 11 Feb 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 769 posts
Thu 11 Feb 2016
at 07:39
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius actually appreciates the justification of his healing prowess. Speaking of... BAM! Healpocalypse! Timothius heals Kyle nearly to full and gives his allies a buffer against harm. And Kyle has a magnificent shield against being hit in the first place. Kyle saves from the slow and some of the penalty to defense, but then the healing also laughs at the remaining penalty. -2? How about we turn that into +5?

Timothius says, "Good. Then he will understand that not only can I keep up these heals all day, but if he attacks, he will be caught in his own personal hell for a bit."

Even as he waves his hand to cause said effect on the guardian, he looks over to Kyle and says, "To be fair, if any one of us fell, it wouldn't change the outcome much. Just how fast it would happen."


Minor: Healing Word Healpocalypse: 67 hp regained
 Kyle gains +7 defenses
 Kyle save: CRIT
 All allies gain 5 thp.
Pacify v Guardian. Hit(30)!
 If he attacks, he will be stunned.


Kyle HP: 45 + 67 = 112+5thp

Mittens
 GM, 1774 posts
Thu 11 Feb 2016
at 08:01
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits twirls her hand, gathering together the astral energies into a ball of light.

"Kya!"

She blasts the kamehameha ball at the stairs!  Kaboom!  The enemy is painfully ripped through space-time to a new location.  Mits' allies get a much smoother ride.  Mits rides her carpet to be closer to Raichel.

"Um...  Ghost githyanki.  That isn't insubstantial.  I'm confused."

"Yeah, I don't know either," the Astra Shade admits, "The guy who made me made this place.  Looong dead.  Appreciate the sentiment, though.  Coincidentally, that apparition you're fighting looks exactly like his apprentice slash son."

The guardian shade looks very annoyed at the mention of the Well of World's maker, but says nothing.
Raichel
 player, 576 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 11 Feb 2016
at 23:38
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel lets loose her furious bolts, Bazap! Bazap! The guardian is hit hard and then the shade is hit... proportionally as hard? She then asks, "Is this the last fight in this place? I don't see any other doors..."


Furious Bolts v Guardian, Shade. Hit(35)! Hit(36)!
 dmg to Guardian: 40
 dmg to Shade: 27


Guard HP: 684 - 40 = 644
Shade HP: 322 - 27 = 295

Narrator
 player, 740 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 00:48
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"It's the shade who is out of the loop," the giant retorts, "This wasn't very long ago.  It was during the turmoil following the destruction of the lich queen.  But because the combatants were githyanki, and the shade is programmed to let them pass by the teleportation room unhindered, he never knew about it."

The astral shade face-palms.  "Friggin' programming."  It teleports south of Raichel then blasts at Mits, but misses.  It heavy sighs.

"Yes, this is the last place slash fight.  Don't worry.  I won't be running now.  I can't operate the teleportation circle to warn anyone, so there's really no point.  Chalk it up to another feather in my cap of meaninglessness."

The guardian yoinks Timothius next to himself and attacks him and May!  Missing both.  It gets a blank stare.

The shade then rapid-fires six more blasts, but hits only twice.  One of the blasts knocks Mits off her flying carpet.  She falls and lands hard!  "Ooof!"  But the rope she'd used to tie her ankle to her flying carpet drags it along with her.  So at least she's not stuck with a carpet flying out of reach.
May
 player, 596 posts
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 01:08
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Now! While he's out of it!" May slips past the guardian, turns around and heads for the shade, slashing it! The shade can feel he can't teleport. "You know? I really love this weapon. Oh! Bonus points! You annoyed the guardian! How else can we annoy him?"


Move: Pass Forward
Standard: Weapon Mayster's Strike v Shade. Hit(32)!
 dmg: 15
Save throw: 7 fail.


Shade HP: 295 - 15 = 280

Kyle
 player, 1191 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 02:30
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle steps past the stunned guardian (Thanks, Tim), as he re-buffs (Not rebuffs) May. Instead of pulling Mittens away from damage tiles he trusts that she will be turbo healed (See also: Thanks, Tim), and instead applies the Luck Sigil to make her more Mittenstastic Murdertastic™ for the rest of the fight.

Minor action, Resistive, for May, (because free action for her to cash in her first dose, haha).

EFFECTS: 45 THP for May, 45 THP for Tim, Resistive for May again (+1 AC till she cashes in).
Luck Sigil for Mittens ; +1 Hit, +5 DMG rolls, All Encounter.
Timothius
 GM, 770 posts
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 05:06
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "Thanks." to the ghost and points to Mittens. "Be healed!" and Mittens heals pretty much to full. "Congratulations, guardian. You're the first thing I've run into in a long time that forced me to use my healing more than once. But now it's time to go all out."

He drinks that "recharge dailies" water and walks over to Raichel.


4 radiant dmg for being at the edge
Minor: Healing Word on Mittens: 58 healed
 +7 defenses to Mitts
 Save throw unnecessary
 +5 thp to everyone.
Minor: Drink "regain dailies" water.
Move: To a safer square.


Timothius HP: 84+45 - 4 = 84+41
Mittens HP: 22 + 58 = 80+5thp

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:15, Fri 12 Feb 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1775 posts
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 06:25
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Just keep doing what you've been doing," the shade answers May.

"Thanks, bro!  Oh whee!ouch.  Thanks, Kyle!"

Taking a little bit of vortex ouch, but happy to have a machine gun buff, Mits stands back up.

"One supercharged eyebeam attack coming up!"

Her eyes turn white and two swirling mini black-holes appear over her head, drawing energy from the vortex below.  Then the black holes open up like a set of eyes and unleash a massive pair of eyebeams on the enemy, somehow lighting both ghosts on fire!

Mits then flies closer to the library.

The shade does not show any signs of feeling pain, only deadpan annoyance.

"That reminds me.  The dangerous radiant energy in this room?  Yeah.  Neither of us resist it in the least."
Raichel
 player, 577 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 06:48
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel turns into a lightning bolt and zaps through the enemies, hurting them! Then hits the out-of-it guardian with her staff, dragging him 5 feet before creating a portal he is sucked into and spat out in front of May! Raichel then teleports herself near Tim and Kyle. "For what it's worth, we're TRYING to make this go fast, but you guys are tougher than most. Lasting longer against us than the two exarchs of Tiamat we took down."


Minor: Hop to her feet!
Standard: Spark Form v Shade, Guardian. Hit(36)! Hit(35)!
 dmg: 35/2=17
ACTION POINT! Do 6 lightning dmg to 3 enemies within 5 (/2 against shade)
Standard: Step Between Worlds v Guardian. Hit(31)!
 dmg: 27, slide 1 (Centered Flurry) and teleport target 2
Move: Teleport 4 to be with Tim and Kyle


Shade HP: 240 - 17 - 3 = 220
Guard HP: 536 - 35 - 6 - 27 = 468

Narrator
 player, 742 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 07:24
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The guardian burns some.  Then shakes off the stun.  But continues to burn.

The shade claws at May and misses.  "Appreciated.  You all have been surprisingly gentle with my fragile sense of self worth.  If not for the programming..."  It sighs and rapid-fires four blasts.  One misses Kyle, one hits May but she looks un-phased, one hits Raichel, knocking her down, and one hits Timothius, pushing him into the radiant vortex!  The shade looks surprised.

"Oh wow.  I just pushed an exarch slayer into the vortex?  Maybe there's hope for me yet."
May
 player, 597 posts
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 07:27
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May says, "There's always hope!" and though she misses with a wild swing to the guardian, she stomps the ground causing a loud thud and sending a breeze several feet out from her, letting the enemy know she refuses to let them escape her notice!


Standard: Appalling Crunch v Guardian. Miss(25)
 Fiiiiine, I'll mark them another way!
Minor Action: Daring Shot (Mark all in close burst 1)

Kyle
 player, 1192 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 07:54
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle helps Raichel up, misses the guardian by a narrow but not narrow enough to fudge in bonuses for a hit margin, and steps across the room to a less likely to be pitched overboard position.
Timothius
 GM, 771 posts
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 08:02
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "It's... quite beautiful in here..." before pointing to Raichel and causing her wounds to vanish! He decides not to comment on what the ghost said. Yet.


Bastion of Health on Raichel; 51
 Rai gains resist 5 radiant


Raichel HP: 43 + 51 = 95 and resist 5 radiant

Mittens
 GM, 1776 posts
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 08:24
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Burning hands!"

FWOOOSH!  Massive blast empowered by environmental energy!

"AAAAH!"

The guardian bursts with a massive wave of force that shoves the shade into the vortex and knock down Rai and May!

"Ooh.  I think I made it mad."

Mits flies over to be above Kyle.
Raichel
 player, 578 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 08:37
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel hops to her feet, breakdance martial-arts style and waves a hand, causing Timothius to FLY out of the zone. She gets into a deep horse stance and does a DBZ-style power-up, filling the room with the sound of thunder as the room seems to quake just a bit. "Raaaaiiii!" Backwards zip sound, silence for half a second and KABOOOM! a lightning bolt 15' thick strikes the guardian, SLAMMING him into the ground and ripping a leg free to go flying off into the astral mess.

She doesn't look surprised the guardian is still there, but she does look very, very angry.


Minor: Stand
Move: Fly Tim back in
Standard: Thunderstroke v Guardian. CRIT(41)!
 dmg: 114


Guardian HP: 376 - 114 = 262

Narrator
 player, 743 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 09:07
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The guardian draws in Rai and May, swiping at them and hitting the kitty!  It continues to burn.
Narrator
 player, 744 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 19:35
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"UUuuuUUUuuuuUUUgh!" the shade complains as it is whipped around the room by the vortex.

It flies up over the platform, high enough to avoid being attacked by Kyle.

"So...  The guardian blasting me not quite as stupid as you might think, despite appearances.  That charged up one of my stronger attacks.  Not that it'll matter.  Pretty clear where this fight is going.  Healers and all..."

This message was last edited by the player at 19:36, Fri 12 Feb 2016.

May
 player, 598 posts
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 20:11
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May clangs her shield, hopping to her feet! "Well... I appreciate you at least filling me in on our enemy not being a moron. Also, I've got news for you: I can heal myself, Tim's got plenty more heals in him, and even if you hurt me enough, I can regenerate, so... yeah." She glances at the guardian. "Speaking of, I'm sure you're programmed to not surrender, just like our other ghost buddy (and frankly, every githyanki ever), but if you surrender, you won't have to endure embarrassing nicknames before you inevitably lose. PS: I'll love if you don't surrender."


Move: Stand Up
Minor: Gulp down potion of flight.
Standard: Shield Clamour. Marks both enemies.
 If enemies make attacks that don't include May, May can charge as immediate interrupt.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:17, Fri 12 Feb 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1193 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 22:47
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle COULD worry about the passive agressive Shade right next to him trying to kill him.

  OR, he could just Summon the (admittedly, less and less relevant due to encounter mobility) Dancing Weapon, to slash and bash the Guardian for two out of three swings.

OOC: Joke ruling. For every time the Shade has said PROGRAMMING, Kyle gets a cumulative +2 bonus to Arcana check to turn off it's programming.
Requirement: Kyle doesn't turn off it's programming anyways, out of spite (How unprofessional!)

Dancing weapon summoned: Hits, hits, Miss 3 (lol 1 on reroll).
Guardian: 188 HP

ALSO! Vulnerable force (the next attack against the astral shade
ignores its insubstantial)
  If the shade got shot by it's ally to recharge it's encounter power, that triggers this as well.  So make sure to shoot the ghost extra hard on your turn, Mittens.

Timothius
 GM, 772 posts
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 00:22
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius blinks. "I think he made Raichel mad..." he comments of Raichel's lightning bolt. "That looked like it hurt a lot." he then throws a seal onto the shade. "I will add to your meaningfulness. Even as we hurt you, your wounds will heal us."


Standard: Astral Seal v Shade. Hit(40)!
 -2 defenses
 First person to hit Shade gains 1d6+9 hp and resist 5 of choice.

Mittens
 GM, 1777 posts
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 03:24
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The shade retaliates against Timothius with a radiant ray.

"Woohoo!" Mits cheers for the massive thunderbolt, "Nice one, Rai!  Stay mad!"

Mits swirls her hand and a mini swirling galaxy appears between the enemy, spinning rapidly, battering them with tiny stars!  Rai is able to catch a nova and fly to a new position.  And Mits heals some!

"Sweet!  Thanks for the heals!"


(OOC: Thanks for the reminder, Kyle!  Totally forgot that detail.)

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:16, Sat 13 Feb 2016.

Raichel
 player, 579 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 03:43
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "I... how do you expect me to stay mad when you're being so cheerful?!" she flies up to the shade and slams the shade with a double-fist to its back DBZ-style, sending the ghost down and closer to the guardian.

She looks in the guardian's direction. "I know why he can't talk. Cat got his tongue. Get it?"


Move: Fly up to Shade
Standard: Five Storms v Shade. Hit(32)!
 dmg: 38
Free action: cause vulnerable 10 pun to Guardian


Shade HP: 97 - 38 = 59

Narrator
 player, 745 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 04:39
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The guardian is pretty much useless.  It takes a swing and whiffs against May.  Then blasts Raichel's mind, but doesn't even cause a headache.  It's annoyance is almost audible.

The shade on the other hand...  Blasts Timothius silly, flies a bit to the south, and bursts with force, shoving May, Rai, Timothius, and Kyle back several feet!

The shade looks over to the guardian.  "...  Of course!  The one target I wanted to hit, I miss."

The giant blasts the guardian, who looks shocked then furious!

The giant nods to the shade.  "You're welcome."

This message was last edited by the player at 04:40, Sat 13 Feb 2016.

May
 player, 599 posts
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 05:10
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May says, "Thanks for grouping up for me!" hops to her feet and rushes to the enemy!

As she runs, she LEAPS incredibly high! Seven feet into the air, she does a pirouette, slashing the guardian, causing it to not be able to teleport. Again. Then lands in front of him with a nice thud and a grin.

May asks, "Why can't ya talk, huh? Did we scare you speechless? Or are you just too awed at our greatness to say anything? Appreciate the compliment. I'mma name you now... your name is Mud."

Double-meaning now that she heard about them being called mudskins.


Move: Stand from Prone!
Standard: Charge: Threatening Rush v Shade and Guardian. Hit(35)!
 As part of charge, May jumps with a roll of 38! Running start means /5, so 7 feet!
 This allows her to be adjacent to Guardian AND Shade in order to mark both.
 dmg: 30 and both the guardian and the shade are marked
Save: 17 success!


Guardian HP: 107 - 30 = 77

This message was last edited by the player at 05:10, Sat 13 Feb 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1194 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 05:20
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle chugs an elixir of flight, and floats out of the vortex.  That's about it, even with an action point involved.
Timothius
 GM, 773 posts
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 05:34
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius heals to full as he stands up and dusts himself off. He makes a gripping motion and the shade is shackled, causing him to be unable to retaliate against Timothius! He doesn't say anything, simply having a stern look on his face.


Minor: Healing Word on Tim: 92
 +7 defenses
 save throw (not needed)
 +5 thp to everyone on team
Move: Stand from Prone
Standard: Chains of Blazing Light v Guard, Shade. Miss(27) Hit(38)!
 Shade is dazed until the end of Tim's next turn.


Timothius HP: 24 + 92 = FULL 108+5thp

Mittens
 GM, 1778 posts
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 05:41
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The guardian so hates May right now.

"Eheh?" Mits answers Rai.

"Hot potato!"

She tosses a pair of little suns about to nova at the enemy.  One hits the shade, but the guardian dodges the other.


Shade: vulnerable 15 radiant.  If the shade does not move away from Mits on its next turn, it takes 5 fire/radiant and -2 defenses till end of mits turn.
Guardian: vulnerable 5 radiant.

Raichel
 player, 580 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 05:45
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel flies herself out of the vortex, apparently not being hurt by it. She gently lands near Tim and Kyle and folds her arms to complete her DBZ spectacle by merely watching the fight with folded arms instead of fighting.


9 dmg from 45 thp = 36 thp
Move: Fly to safety.

Narrator
 player, 746 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 05:57
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The guardian is still on fire!  It blasts May and gets flipped upside-down for its efforts.  It then yoinks Mits off her carpet and slashes her, but misses May.  It looks like it's screaming, but no sound comes from it.

The shade sighs and blasts at May and Raichel, missing both.  Mits' hot-potato goes nova, damaging the shade a bit.

"Welp.  It's been real.  Oblivion, here I come!"
May
 player, 600 posts
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 06:06
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May twirls her weapon wildly and the sheer force of her swing causes the shade to be yanked to May! Both the shade and the guardian are hit hard by the attack. May is still twirling and slashes the shade. While her attack misses the guardian, he feels sliced as if hurt by her very will as a warrior. "I knew it! He's so amazed by us, his jaw is dropping! I'll pose with you later for a painting if you like, Mud!"


Lunging Dervish v Guardian, Shade. Hi(35)! Hit(41)!
 dmg: 23
 dmg to shade: 33/2 = 16
  secondary attack! Miss(29) Hit(35)!
  dmg: 5 (/2 against shade = 2) (and May does 5 on a miss too)
Save Throw: CRIT! Success


Guard HP: 67 - 23 - 5 = 39
Shade HP: 22 - 16 - 2 = 4

This message was last edited by the player at 06:07, Sat 13 Feb 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1195 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 06:11
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Four attack rolls later, one hit is made.   No more Shade, who doesn't even get the luxury of parting words.
Timothius
 GM, 774 posts
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 06:16
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius tosses a seal at the guardian, but what looks to overshoot him only heals May. "Thanks, Kyle. Any parting words, Mud? Before not only your name gets lost in history, but anything left of you as well?"


Move: To have a better view.
Standard: Astral Seal v Guardian. Miss(28)
 May heals for 5 hp.


Maych-P: 119+45 + 5 = 124+45

Mittens
 GM, 1779 posts
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 06:35
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The guardian just glares angrily at the heroes.

"I loved that attack from earlier so much," Mits says, "It should be written in the stars!"

Mits flings her hands into the air and a constellation appears overhead.  When the relevant stars are connected with lines, an animated radiant outline of Raichel appears around the constellation!

"Celestial Thunder!" it shouts, pointing it's palms at the enemy!

A 15' beam of energy blasts the guardian, finishing it off!  As the spirit fades in flames, a small ritual scroll can be seen slowly crumbling to dust in its' place.  One similar is where the Shade was, slowly floating down.
May
 player, 601 posts
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 06:43
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel is blushing and looking aside, rubbing her nose.

May reaches over to snatch the ritual scroll that was shade-face. Then turns to look at the giant. "Thanks again for the warning. And for joining in to get a shot in. But now that you see we are quite qualified... anything we need to know about your bondage before we free you?"

Timothius walks around so his aura of peace is on the giant. Just in case. Then sits down to rest. Rai goes to sit next to him and rests against him, back-to-back.
Kyle
 player, 1196 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 06:47
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  It's been quite some time since multiple people were bloodied in a fight (you know, on their side), so even with Timothius doing his thing, Kyle is still concerned for the health of his friends.

  Which is why he checks on them before he checks his crossbow.

  "Radiant energy being hurled everywhere is less enjoyable when it is hitting you.  I'm expecting it, as well as attempts to throw us off ledges will only get more frequent from here."
Mittens
 GM, 1780 posts
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 06:58
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits nods and floats over to her sibs to lean against 'em.  "Yeah.  Thinking the same thing.  Considering swapping out my armor enchantment.  Don't suppose there's any magical pants I could wear that resists radiant.  Or a potion I could gulp.  'Cause all the other magical items I'm wearing have been crazy useful."

The giant bows.  "You're welcome.  And thank you for your offer.  But I'm relatively sure that the only way to break these bonds is with an advanced necromantic ritual.  My name is Haryssus.  How would you like me to address you?"
May
 player, 602 posts
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 03:14
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May, Raichel and Timothius all smile to Kyle when he checks on them, but they are all OK. Timothius nods to Mittens' suggestion and says, "Considering options would be good..."

May says, "I am May! This is Mittens, Raichel, Timothius and Kyle!" she motions to each as she introduces them. "We are the Heroes of the Prime Material, but still haven't settled on a name yet. Thinking maybe Warriors of Light, considering how much we use light as a weapon."

Timothius nods to Haryssus. "Why such a serious bondage? And why are you here?"
Kyle
 player, 1197 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 03:21
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Is the ritual even accessible at this time?  Or does it take questionable methods to enact?"  Even if he's expecting it to be a Level Plot ritual, he feels he should still ask.
Narrator
 player, 748 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 03:49
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Haryssus shrugs and answers Kyle, "I am an expert in portal magic.  I know next to nothing about how these bonds were made beyond that I was able to determine what kind of magic was used to make them, and that it is very powerful magic.  Why so strong?  I guess because the githyanki fear what might happen should I ever be freed from their servitude."

DC Kyle wins check:
The eldritch giant’s bonds can be undone
with a simple Break Enchantment ritual, but the
arcane wards that hold him here prevent Haryssus
from performing the ritual himself
(Somehow missed this.  >.>)

Mits snirks.  "Afraid enough of you turning on them that they bind you with uber ghost chains, yet their own astral shade guard pointed out soo many holes in their defenses.  Irony!"

"Things have been changing relatively rapidly among the githyanki since the revolution.  Though certain other things being overlooked for centuries before that is mind-boggling."
Raichel
 player, 581 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 03:59
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May facepalms. "I still feel horrible for that ghost. Annoying as he was."

Timothius wants the honor of helping Kyle with that break enchantment ritual. He loves being part of setting prisoners free.

Raichel ask, "Arrogance is a common thread among evil, we've noticed. Not that they don't have cause to be so arrogant, but there is *always* someone more powerful. So if you want your explanation on why they let a lot of that shade's suggestions go by the wayside, there it is; arrogance. So how long have you been here?"
Kyle
 player, 1198 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 04:10
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle would be happy to let Timothius do it all by himself if it made the emo kitty feel better, but practicality wins out and he goes for letting Timothius help with an even more sure thing.

  "Our enemies have always been highly selective in where they decide 'this is what we want to make sure nobody can do anything about'"  Like habits of always jumping through portals the second the party sees them, up until they do not.
Mittens
 GM, 1782 posts
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 04:34
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mit boasts, "As we get more and more powerful, there is less and less that our enemy can make sure is beyond our reach.  Here we are!  In heart of the most advanced portal nexus in creation!  And the githyanki were helpless to stop us!"

Haryssus is moved to tears upon being released and thanks the heroes profusely.  Even so, he cares enough to warn, "Don't be too hasty to claim victory over the empire.  They still have the ability to teleport to this location.  And as soon as they realize this place has been taken, they will send an endless wave of elite combatants that would wear out even the likes of yourselves.  Unless you have an endless supply of exarch-slayers, we'll need to move fast in securing this place from incursion.  May I speak to the genius who cracked the whitefire mark ritual?"

Mits thumbs at Kyle.  "This is the prime genius.  The rest that helped him are but a portal away."
Timothius
 GM, 775 posts
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 04:55
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius just smiles at Haryssus. He and the others point at Kyle when "genius" is mentioned. Timothius is glad Haryssus brought up the point he did.*


*though it makes me wonder how many the gith army have that are level 21 and above. Because I think there IS an epic destiny that gives "you are immune to attacks from creatures of level 20 or lower". At the very least, I know the gods all have that.
Kyle
 player, 1199 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 04:59
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "It would be for the best if we were able to consult with Bejam and the others, yes.  Part of being 'smart' is knowing when things will go much better with help.  If time before they attack is a concern, it would still be faster with help than without it."

OOC: As many as they feel like, really.  If we keep running into Gith in Epic modules, none will be that much lower than our level after all.  Which makes that Epic class feature super useless because once you unlock it, you're... not really going to be seeing anything below that level
Mittens
 GM, 1783 posts
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 05:20
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Harissus answered Rai's question that he doesn't know beyond that it has been many years.  No way to accurately measure time in the nexus.  (Sorry for missing that.  Module doesn't say.)

"Very good.  Due to my having to conceal my studies of this place's secrets, progress has been slow.  Now that I can do so openly and with help, I hope to be able to figure out how to block the githyanki's access."

"Off we go, then!" Mits cheers!

With the Well of Worlds temporarily secured, the
PCs can return to the Fane of Chanhiir by way of the
Sovereign Gate in area W1. Whether they determine
the operation of the Sovereign Gate first or simply
use it as the starting point of a Linked Portal ritual
(see the “Sovereign Gate” sidebar), they discover that
Bejam has been hard at work in their absence. He, the
Nefelus mages, and the Freeriders and other heroes of
the coalition have all been bonded with the whitefire
mark, allowing them to transit to the Well of Worlds.
At the same time, the other Nefelus mages have been
working nonstop to keep the Chanhiir gate open as a
destination portal for transits from across the world.

Additional members of the Coalition have been joined by
more than forty heroes of a dozen lands at the fane, with
still more coming by the sound of it. The defenses you set up
around the temple have been redoubled. The approaches
through the mountains are secure, watchers atop the highest
bluffs scan the skies for airships, and the World Portal is
quickly cleared of new arrivals and carefully watched for
any sign of githyanki activity. So far, however, your presence
in the fane appears to have gone unnoticed.


The sovereiGn GATe
It takes 1 hour and three DC 30 Arcana checks to
understand the workings of the Sovereign Gate in
area W1 of the Well of Worlds. Whether the PCs
undertake this effort themselves or leave it to Bejam
and the other Coalition mages determines when this
information is revealed.
As impossible as it might have seemed, Talanee’s description of the Sovereign Gate’s function holds true. Its power
is built on that of the epic True Portal ritual—magic
that creates a teleportation circle capable of carrying
creatures to any destination. However, the power of the
Sovereign Gate is permanent and even more far-reaching.
The pulsing haze of white light that fills this chamber is a
weave of planar energy and arcane power that taps into
the mind of any creature standing within it. Any place
you can name or describe, any location you have ever
visited or seen, any site you can remember and summon
to mind—the Sovereign Gate will take you there.
The Sovereign Gate has no sigil sequence to mark its
planar location. Rather, the flow of planar energy coursing through the Well of Worlds is indelibly marked upon
the mind and spirit of each creature that passes through
it. Only those who have first been taken through the
Sovereign Gate by another creature or who have reached
the site through one of the World Gates can transit there.
Moreover, the portal holds a permanent record of every
location it has ever been used to access—the coordinates
of uncountable locations across the planes locked within
the pulsing white of its walls.


The Sovereign Gate is a more powerful version of the
portal created by the True Portal ritual. It functions
only for full-blooded githyanki or creatures bearing
the whitefire mark. Using the Sovereign Gate as the
source or destination for any portal ritual negates the
need for reagents and grants the user a +10 bonus to
the Arcana check for the ritual.
Using the Sovereign Gate to transit to a location
not marked by a teleportation circle requires a DC
25 Arcana check. A character can make this check
only once per hour. The check result determines the
portal’s duration.
Arcana Check Result Portal Duration
20–29 1 round
30–39 3 rounds
40 or higher 5 rounds

The Sovereign Gate sets its destination according to
the will of a single character who steps within it and
makes the Arcana check. If two or more characters
attempt to control the portal at the same time, all
make opposed Arcana checks. The character with
the highest check controls the portal (assuming the
check result was 20 or higher), and all creatures
within the teleportation circle go to that character’s
chosen destination.
A nonportal destination can be seen within the
Sovereign Gate as a hazy image, just as with a normal
portal ritual. However, creatures at the destination
cannot see the Sovereign Gate. Creatures stepping
through the Sovereign Gate simply appear as if from
nowhere at their destination.
May
 player, 603 posts
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 05:36
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius is sure to get a refill of "recharge daily" water in case for some reason he'll be away from the Well of Worlds for longer than today and tomorrow.

Raichel and Timothius are happy to see friendly faces and give a bow in greeting.

May says, "Wow. So... we could literally search this thing for where Zetchy last went and/or his most frequent teleport destination? Sweet! Oh hey... Freeriders! How did you come to name yourselves the Freeriders? Ever since we first met you, my team and I have been struggling to name ourselves some cool team name like you did."
Kyle
 player, 1200 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 05:42
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  They earned permanent wagon ride discounts during the Heroic Tier, obviously.

  "That would depend on if we can specify by WHO, rather than where... And also if their leader ever bothered leaving their capital.  Somehow I expect him, and the lich before him, would want to leave their power base very often.  Though at the very least, the Gith Capitol itself should be an obvious find."
Mittens
 GM, 1784 posts
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 05:53
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits grins.  "The githyanki capitol is the colossal floating corpse of a forgotten god.  The stink must be positively heavenly!  So before we set foot there, I'd like to use this Sovereign Gate thingy to portal back home for a night's rest and playing catch-up with the folks.  I get the feeling this'll be the last opportunity in a while.  And it might even be prudent to maybe relocate them someplace?  I dunno.  As obscure as our hometown is, it might be the best place for them."

(Module does not specify details on the Sovereign Gate database beyond what was just posted.  Implied is that it's just too much data to sort through in a timely manner.)

Megan answers, "We wanted a name that expressed our willingness to travel to remote job sites."

The dwarf answers, "I never agreed to the 'rider' part, but was out-voted."

One of the nameless adventurers says, "You all have tonns of names!  My favorite is, 'The Brindol Badasses.'"
Timothius
 GM, 776 posts
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 06:01
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May ka-chings at the mention of Brindol Badasses. "Rockin'! Other people are naming us? That's so cool!"

Timothius says, "Before we visit the folks, is there an educated guess on how long before the gith realize the Well has been compromised?" He looks at Haryssus, as if expecting the giant to be an expert on that estimate.

Raichel just flops against Mittens, letting out a light kitty yawn.
Kyle
 player, 1201 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 06:04
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  No mention of 'Merry Mercenaries' is made.  Probably for the best.

  "Well, if your family was willing to put up with the scenery, you could make use of that time compression tree ritual."
Mittens
 GM, 1785 posts
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 06:10
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits chuckles and cuddles her sleepy sib.  "Thanks for the suggestion, Kyle.  Can keep that in mind."

Harissus shrugs.  "More than a few hours, less than a few weeks?  I can't imagine their strike teams not returning will go unnoticed for terribly long."

Mits points out, "Years passed before ghost-face ever knew the nexus had been breached."

"True.  Hmm.  I wonder if I can find the ritual that created it in the library.  If it could be re-programmed to attack the githyanki that come through the portal..."

Bejam nods.  "Let's get started, then.  I'll have each each book assigned to a separate expert."

Harissus nods and shows him the way to the nexus.  Mits looks to her sibs.  "Shall we?"
Timothius
 GM, 777 posts
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 07:16
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The twins nod to their older sister. Timothius says, "Kyle's suggestion is perfect. Since time passes differently in that tree, and we liked it so much, we should take our parents there."

May grins and gives a thumbs-up. "Sounds good to me!"
Kyle
 player, 1202 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 07:18
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Using a ritual for recreational purposes instead of extended rests, clearly you can't roleplay in 4th edition.

  "As tempting as it may be, assigning a temperamental shade to defend us sounds questionable at best."
Mittens
 GM, 1786 posts
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 07:42
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits shrugs.  "At least we can implement the simpler ideas it was suggesting.  Like a lock on the door."

The group is able to return home using the Sovereign Gate!  The town is so aghast at the infamous adventurer siblings home and alive stepping out of thin air, they forget to run and hide.

"Mom!  Dad!  We're hooome!"

Parents show up and tearfully embrace their children!  Mits blinks in surprise at the warm welcome.
Timothius
 GM, 778 posts
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 07:48
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius immediately hugs back and lets the waterworks go... which gets him crying all the more. As if he has been holding most of his tears back for when he finally got back home. "You're alive..." he musters between his sobs.

Raichel smiles endearingly at the reunion and hugs back also. "Mom, Dad... we made a couple friends. This is Kyle and May."

May smiles and waves. "Yo."
Kyle
 player, 1203 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 07:52
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle feels poorly equipped for touching moments (It's a few more levels until he gets rid of that negative charisma modifier).  "Hello, it is nice to finally meet you."
Mittens
 GM, 1787 posts
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 08:03
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits brags some, "May is literally a dreadnought gladiator, and Kyle is a master alchemist artificer ritualist etc.  You wouldn't believe the amazing adventures we've had!"

"We've heard of a few," her dad answers, looking about as un-equipped to deal with man tears as Kyle.

"Of course we're alive," Mommy comforts Timothius, "Did you really fight a dragon-rider in charge of an army?"

"Oh yeah!  That was a while back.  We've beaten two of Tiamat's campions!  Behold!"

She shows off her favorite painting.

"And I have this flying carpet that Kyle made for me."

"Oooh," Mommy answers, seeming more impressed that Mittens has a gift from a man friend than with a flying wondrous item.
May
 player, 604 posts
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 08:18
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "And I can fly on my own! Check it out!" she gently breaks away from her parents and hovers, lightning coursing over her.

May continues Mitts' braggings, "Mittens likes to embarrass our enemies by using illusory plushies and puppets of said enemies to defeat them, but sometimes likes to show off with big kabooms. Kyle generally keeps us from being hurt to begin with, but when the enemy manages to hurt us anyway, Timothius tends to heal us good as new with the wave of a hand. He also seems to have the power to force our enemies to feel guilt and shame, if for a brief moment..."

Timothius mumbles against his mom, "So much violence in our name... so many lives... so many innocent..."
Kyle
 player, 1204 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 08:22
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Yes, Kyle as someone who can craft the DnD equivalent of kitchen appliances would probably get the attention of Traditional Mother Figure, wouldn't he?

  "All the violence in our name so far has been against crazy people, Timothius.  The only innocents you ever upset are the ones who literally complained that saving them from being killed right then, means they might get killed later instead.
Narrator
 player, 749 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 08:43
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Wow..." Daddy whispers before smiling and clapping his hands on Timothius' shoulders, "I'm so proud of you, son!  Manning-up like you have!"

Mommy giggles and claps for Rai.  "Wow!  That'll sure come in handy when you become a mom.  Mittens making plushies?  So cute!  So you're all done your adventures now, right?"

Mits face-palms in embarrassment. "And this would be why I was so eager to leave home.  Granted, now that I have the insight to practically read minds I realize they mean well, and they're overwhelmed that their children could survive out in the real world, let alone accomplish so much in spite of being so 'socially awkward,' aka, not following traditional gender roles, but I was still holding out hope that they would at least show some modicum of respect for our true selves.

"Thanks, Kyle.  I would add a metaphor.  The githyanki threw a punch at us.  We are blocking and cuffing their wrist to the bars of a jail cell.  And thwarting the plans of an evil goddess who wants to destroy justice in the process.  The badguys are the ones in who's name all this violence is happening.

"But no.  Not done.  We still have an evil empire to stop.  And as the most powerful and iconic heroes in the world, we're not going to just stand idly by while our world remains in danger of invasion."


"Oh."

Mittens made Mommy Cat sad.
Timothius
 GM, 779 posts
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 06:25
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel falls prone from her mom's statement. "Wha? Huh? How will flight help me with motherhood? I'm confused..."

May says, "It's important to dragons, Rai. She's saying you'll mother dragons! Sweet!"

Timothius looks at his mom. "I'm sorry, mom. But we have grown up. We are now able to visit at a moment's notice, but we can not abandon our responsibility. We are dealing with a force of evil that, if unchecked, will destroy everyone and everything on this world. But at this rate, I expect I'll have a wife and kid in, say... three years."

Timothius, however, smiles. His dad's affirmation seems to have helped him quite a bit. Here he was expecting his dad to be a little embarrassed by the tears. He glances at Kyle. "Forgive my poor choice of disjointed words, Kyle. I did not mean to indicate the blood we have bathed in was innocent. Merely that we have seen how in need the world is. Rather, I have been collecting the blood of our foes." He opens the coin purse to pull out a blood-red coin. "I will be spending this currency to the gods when the time comes. For blood is life, and no currency of higher value than life itself." He flips the coin and puts it back in before looking back at his mom.
Kyle
 player, 1205 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 06:32
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Timothius is inventing new ways to loot the enemy, so of course he will be praised as a legendary hero.

  "I was more concerned for you than your results, but thank you for clearing that up." He looks over to Kitty Cat Parents, and says "When I first met them, I was worried for how they would get by without killing themselves.  Now, they could probably handle this on their own.  Though I'm hardly going to just leave them at this point any more than May would."
Mittens
 GM, 1788 posts
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 06:43
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The parents are overwhelmed.  They look at each other for some kind of hint of what to do or say.

Mommy asks, "So will you be staying for dinner?  We could have fresh chicken and cheesy potatoes."

The dad chuckles half nervously.  "Good to hear you can visit easily.  So you'll be stopping by often, then?"

Mits shrugs.  "The Sovereign Gate is contested territory.  So long as we can hold onto it, sure.  Don't see why not.  And staying for dinner sounds plenty yummy to me."

To May and Rai she asides, "I'm guessing she's referring to those times I refused to climb down out of a tree I'd gone up."
Raichel
 player, 582 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 06:56
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel smiles brightly. "Dinner with mom and dad. Yes please! Thanks, mom. Thanks, dad."

Timothius nods to the parents. "Yes, thank you. And perhaps over dinner, you can get to know our friends some."

May says, "What manner of amazing, predatory cats spawned these paragons of heroism, who bested demigods and whole armies?" She then looks up at Kyle. "Speaking of... I wonder how your folks and mine are doing."
Kyle
 player, 1206 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 07:05
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Thank you, I'm expecting to enjoy it more than the last royal banquet we passed through."  Hah, it's true because the last one didn't even have food... Oh also the assassins and kidnappers, but mostly the lack of service.

  He looks to May, and says "Well, I get the feeling mine are doing fine.  Hopefully yours are too... Well, unless you had cause to dislike them."

  Elsewhere, the latest in a long line of Gith assassins suffers a box related accident.   "Today's special, half off your head"
Mittens
 GM, 1789 posts
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 07:29
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Dinner is had, and it is yummy.  The parents continue to prove that they were out of their depth raising such singular children, much less handling what they have become of late.  But they at least are pleasant and relatively polite in an un-polished, remote-villager way.  Certainly an improvement over poisoned food and combat, at least.  Mits is surprisingly reserved with her recounting of tales adventures thus far, focusing mostly on major plot points than the death-defying amazing things the group has done.  To hear her tell the tale, githyanki are made of wet paper bags and dragons can be beaten with a single bop on the head with a nurf bat.  Her tales are apparently G-rated enough to keep her parents from passing out with worry.

Hand-puppets are harmed in the making of her story-telling, though.

After an extended rest and a tasty breakfast, the group is bid farewell and encouraged to return often.
May
 player, 605 posts
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 07:39
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The kitten twins wave happily as they leave and are quite recharged. Timothius is smiling brightly. Raichel has a wistful smile with a soft "rai..." in her sigh and even blows a kiss to her parents as she leaves.

May looks at Mittens and says, "Considering things you have said before, that went a lot better than I expected."

Timothius says, "Dad said he's proud of me..."

Raichel says, "Mom said 'when' I become a mom... not if."
Kyle
 player, 1207 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 07:44
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Well, at least in the fancy two headed dragon's case, it was practically that safe.  (Thanks, typed damage with convenient immunities!).  Though yes, they are racking up quite the kill count on dragons in general.

  "I do not think it would have gone so well if you had returned when we had merely rescued towns or single cities.  But I am glad it went well for you, expectations they still have or not."
Mittens
 GM, 1790 posts
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 07:55
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits was also sure to leave behind some pocket change, about 300gp worth, as a parting gift.

Mits nods.  "Kyle has the right of it, methinks.  I've had my knock-down, drag-out arguments with them in the past.  Glimpsing eternity has changed my perspective on my parent's narrow views on the world and simple-minded hopes for me and my sibs.  Back when I was a kid, they were infuriating.  Now they seem... quaint.  Like shackles made of colored construction paper parchment.

"I'm proud of you too, bro.  And you'll make for a great mom, sis."


Once back in the Well of Worlds, the group is directed to the nexus.

Beyond the astral vortex, the exhausted Bejam stands
with Haryssus, the works of the eldritch giant’s
library spread across the tables.

“We have gained a valuable ally in our fight against the
githyanki,” Bejam says, nodding to the giant. “I have
learned much of the operation of this place, but I fear that it
spells our doom all the same.”

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:57, Tue 16 Feb 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 780 posts
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 08:14
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The twins nod to Kyle. Raichel says, "I dunno... even then, we had riches mom and dad would never have dreamed of."

Timothius answers Mittens' conclusion with, "Yeah. Dad didn't entrap my soul in a single room for all eternity to do battle with invaders."

Raichel adds, "I'm rather simple-minded myself. And thanks... I think I'll see about finding a hubby when we're done saving the planes."

When on the other side, the twins look at Bejam and Timothius asks, "OK.... explain."
Kyle
 player, 1208 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 08:17
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
 This is amazing! We're all doomed, but amazing!

  Academics, everybody.

  "Doom is a rather strong word for scale of problems.  So elaborating would be appreciated, yes."
Mittens
 GM, 1791 posts
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 08:26
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
“Four crystal keys once granted control of the Well of
Worlds to the highest-ranking of the githyanki. Queen
Vlaakith held one, but her key was said to be lost when
she was destroyed. Zetch’r’r holds one, taken from one of
Vlaakith’s captains slain when the new emperor came to
power. Kada’ne, admiral of the githyanki fleet, holds one.
Do’kan, general and master of the githyanki ground forces,
holds the third.”

“The githyanki have made great advances in portal magic
in recent years—some of it stolen; some gifted by allies we
can only guess at. Great numbers of eldritch giants have
become beholden to the githyanki, and many of those
unwilling to serve have been forced to servitude. For the
last two years, githyanki and giant mages have worked to
carefully reshape the power that flows through the Well of
Worlds, hoping to see that power flow through the whole
of the githyanki portal network. Should they succeed,
the power of the Sovereign Gate will be extended, one
node at a time, across all the githyanki portals of the
Astral Sea and the planes beyond.”

“The power of the Well of Worlds is crafted
and shaped by unique rituals—some older than
time, and many now lost. To establish even
minimal mastery of the Well would require
one of the crystal keys and the rituals of control
uniquely bound to those who bear them.”

Haryssus ends the explanation on a note of finality.
“My knowledge and your mages’ power combined can
ward the Well of Worlds against assault for a time, but
we cannot hope to control it. Already in the scant hours
since you have come here, a score of githyanki have passed
through the Sovereign Gate, and more will come when those
your friends have slain are missed. When the githyanki
realize with certainty that you have taken this place, they
will attack with numbers beyond reckoning. You few, brave
as you are, cannot stand against them.”

Mits huhs.  "So in short, we're going to have to capture at least one of the big-wigs of the githyanki empire to stop their plans for the Well, and likely will have to abandon the Well once we've used the key to lock it up or ruin it.  Doom if we fail to do so before the Well is re-taken.  Sigh.  Not like we really expected to have something so insanely convenient to remain within our grasp for long.  Would have been nice.  Good work, you two at any rate."

Bejam says, "We should take what we've learned to the Council."
Timothius
 GM, 781 posts
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 08:41
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "Numbers beyond reckoning?"

Timothius says, "But isn't the well's entry basically a narrow passageway?"

May says, "It is an amusing thought to imagine thousands of gith trying to spill through that single door."
Kyle
 player, 1209 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 08:43
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "I suppose building another gate on top of the gate would slow them for less than the time it takes to make it.  So searching out somebody to effectively mug it is then."

  Kyle is also not very surprised that the end result of finding another timeless artifact will be to render it useless.
Mittens
 GM, 1792 posts
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 08:51
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Seal the chamber.  Pump it full of acid...." Mits considers aloud on the way to the Council, "How to get that much acid, though?"

During the PCs’ assault on the Well of Worlds,
Bejam sent word to the Coalition leadership, requesting that they come to the fane for a war council that
can decide the Coalition’s course of action. However,
not all members of the Coalition leadership have
made the journey. In particular, Eoffram Troyas has
remained behind in Brindol to help deal with a hobgoblin uprising (a real threat this time, in contrast to
the exaggerated attack that played a part in the leadership debate in “Throne of the Stone-Skinned King”).
Amyria is here, as are other Coalition members
known to the PCs.  However, the cautious Quelenna
Entromiel is here as well, potentially undercutting
any hope the PCs have of inspiring the coalition into a
quick response to the githyanki threat.
If Quelenna was not successful in her bid for
leadership of the Coalition in “Throne of the StoneSkinned King,” she is taking advantage of this crisis
to clandestinely push her agenda of cautious defense.

The war council takes place in an abandoned
library in the fane. Megan Swiftblade and a dozen
other heroes of the Coalition are on guard, but the
bulk of those who have come to defend the fane are
outside, in area C4, or in the Well of Worlds, keeping
watch against a githyanki attack.
The PCs are present to once again recount their
story for those who have not heard it. Bejam likewise
summarizes the danger presented by the Well of
Worlds and the githyanki’s plots.

“The power of the Well of Worlds transcends any magic
known to the mortal races. If it can be extended to their
wider network of permanent teleportation circles, the
githyanki can open portals at will into any location, from
any location, and not with vanguard strike teams and
scouts but with whole armies. Their assaults will instantly
reach behind the strongest walls and beyond the most
well-defended roads and passes. The destruction will be
absolute. If the githyanki succeed at their plans, no force in
the mortal realm will stand against them.”


The PCs can add to Bejam’s assessment if they wish.

This message was last edited by the GM at 08:52, Tue 16 Feb 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 782 posts
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 09:13
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "There are multiple ways to try to get a solution to this problem, but all of them boil down to one goal: Do not allow the githyanki access to the Well of Worlds from now on. But we still have yet to number their armies. From all appearances, they could have as few as 10 thousand or as many as 10 billion. We really have no way of knowing. What we do know is that they have enough to believe a total, uncontested victory against our whole world as a sure thing. We also are pretty sure these are people who train every last man, woman and child for war from the moment they can hold a sword and that most or all of them are trained to give their lives for their masters' cause. I personally wish to see the Well taken from them without having to destroy it. But the only way I can reasonably suggest such a thing is to fill the entrance with so many deathtraps and means of instantaneous death for any gith, that no amount of numbers will avail them so much as an inch towards the doorway."

As is usual for these meetings, May and Rai are quiet.
Kyle
 player, 1210 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 09:23
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Unfortunately for us, time for such things is not a luxury we have.  Even if we could also safeguard against the flying, teleporting, and intangible.  Just sitting back and calling it cautious will simply end with failure, as much I prefer the time to plan things out more.  That we know enough about who to chase in search of a key at all is more information ahead of time than we often get, sadly."
Mittens
 GM, 1794 posts
Wed 17 Feb 2016
at 04:59
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits nods.  "Considering the limited amount of time we have, and the high likelihood that where we have to go will be well defended, we'll likely need to rely on those forces that have gathered here as backup.  One to hold the ground that we've gained so far, and two as support to keep the lesser troops from getting in our way while we take out the big bad."

Quelenna Entromiel takes the lead, building on the uncertainty and fear felt by a number of the other Coalition members present.

“We are far from our homes and families—the places and
people we are bound to defend. This place, these planar
sites you speak of are meaningless targets. A majority of our
many lands’ heroes are here now to defend these places, and
for what? This is a fight we cannot win, and as such, it is a
fight we cannot consider. Waiting here for eventual attack
or, worse, seeking out the githyanki stretches our already
over-extended resources past the breaking point. Instead, we
must ask what we might do to hinder the githyanki. Slow
down their plots to give us time to plan a proper defense of
our homelands.”

"Waiting here only so long as is needed to discover the location we need to send them to," Bejam clarifies, "Which may be only a matter of hours."

Amyria nods.  "First of all, thank you, heroes, for valiantly pressing into enemy territory to learn this vital information.  Secondly, it is very courageous of you to volunteer to a bold plan such as what you are suggesting.  Your selflessness is admirable.  I agree that the Coalition should support you fully."

Quelenna counters,
“Neither you nor these adventurers have the authority to
direct the Coalition as a whole according to your whim. I
move that this war council be dissolved at once, and that we
return to Sayre for a full debate.”

Mits face-palms.

To the PCs, it should be clear that this war council is
destined to fail.

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:59, Wed 17 Feb 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 783 posts
Wed 17 Feb 2016
at 05:22
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius asides to Amyria. "Thanks, Amyria." He turns to the others of the councel. "Might I remind everyone that this is the same woman who threw false accusations just to get her way and she continues to try deafening your ears or silencing anyone who opposes her view? I value her opinion and have even shown support to her side of the table before, but clearly she wishes nobody else have a say."

He turns back to Quelenna and says, "At no point did Amyria make a command or indicate that you are all doing anything she wishes on a whim. You, however, are asking to dissolve this meeting simply because you disagree."

"...these planar sites you speak of are meaningless targets?" Timothius quotes Quelenna. "What part of "can use this to invade your homes and make your defenses entirely meaningless" did you miss? No amount of defensive measures are going to stop them once they have the ability to appear wherever they wish in as many numbers as they wish. If you call that meaningless, then I have no idea what in this world could have meaning to you."

It is obvious to anyone that Timothius is currently holding back some anger, yet his words have come out softer than their content would suggest.
Kyle
 player, 1211 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 17 Feb 2016
at 05:30
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "If left unchecked, You could lock yourself in a bank vault, and a Gith assassin would teleport into it alongside you.   So much as taking the time to entertain your demands we drop everything, simply talk about it again elsewhere, is putting your life at risk.  You are still one of the more notable people in this coalition, Quelenna.  So they would go after you as soon as they had the chance."
Mittens
 GM, 1795 posts
Wed 17 Feb 2016
at 06:51
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits looks like she has something to say, but is interrupted by Kalad jumping to his feet.

"So in short, a Coalition member is moving for a suicidal delay.  I think she's been possessed by a githyanki spy!  I move she be take into custody for a full examination!"

Quelenna was looking angry with Timothius' points, nervous with Kyle's, and rolls her eyes at Kalad's accusation.  She addresses the others.

"So do you see it now?  This Coalition is becoming a farce when members are bullied whenever they don't do exactly as the 'in crowd' wants - immediately and without any consideration.  Githyanki spy?  I remember a certain someone saying that accusations prove one's guilt.  So clearly it is the dwarf, whom no one present saw 'resurrected,' I might add, who is the spy."

"Moradin's beard!" Kalad curses.

Amyria slams her gavel and shouts authoritatively, "ENOUGH!  This meeting is adjourned till tempers cool.  Heroes, please excuse yourselves.  Kalad, I would remind you that you are still a paladin of Moradin and your words reflect upon your faith.  Arrests without evidence is not justice.  Quelenna, you and I are going to have a talk.  I would know what you believe your authority is."

She heads over to Quelenna.  Mits hrms.  "Right.  So back to focusing on pinpointing admiral Kada’ne's location within Garaitha’s Anvil, then?"

She turns to head over to Bejam.
May
 player, 606 posts
Wed 17 Feb 2016
at 07:10
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius is surprised by Kalad's accusation, but lets out a sigh when Quel uses it. He simply follows Mittens. As does Raichel. May says, "I'll catch up, you guys. I wanna check something out." she turns invisible and promptly sneaks over to eavesdrop on the conversation with Quelenna (No need for details, but a summary of how that goes would be cool so May can report to the others).

Timothius, meanwhile, seems calm already as he is pondering something, but if asked about it, he just comments he is going over the coalition's future in his head and how he can prevent a total disintegration. "I appologise if I was in some way a catalyst to that explosion, but I begin to feel enemies within are even more dangerous than the enemies without."
Kyle
 player, 1212 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 17 Feb 2016
at 09:03
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "No Kalad, Quelenna is not a Spy, despite her misslead intentions." a Spy would try to be less obvious about it, for starters.

  "If you were responsible Timothius, I'd shoot myself with my crossbow in shock."  Someplace not so important, and he'd use a ranged basic, but still.

  He nods to May's general direction (well, it WAS her general direction), as he follows after Mittens

This message was last edited by the player at 11:50, Wed 17 Feb 2016.

Narrator
 player, 751 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Thu 18 Feb 2016
at 04:31
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Amyria's conversation with Quelenna is relatively predictable.

"Recall when you first accepted the invitation to represent your region within the Coalition.  At that time it was understood that each region would have a fair say.  Our purpose, to ensure the safety of your people and the peoples of the other regions, has not changed.  Can you explain to me why you feel threatened by the Heroes, who do not even have a vote within the Coalition?"

"Don't pretend like I don't understand what you and your elite mercenaries have planned.  You are using this crisis as a power grab.  I will not be intimidated by you, your attack dogs, or the other Coalition members you have wrapped around your finger..."

Back and forth they converse, Amyria doing her best to diplomatically calm Quelenna's fears.  But Quelenna can't understand altruism, so she's paranoid of anyone who aren't obviously motivated by self-gain...  And those who are.  Go figure.  At least the private conversation doesn't spiral down into a fight or the un-masking of a spy.

Meanwhile, Mits agrees once again with Kyle's assessment.  "I'd say it's this whole mess that has her worked up into a frenzy.  She's scared out of her wits, so she's making witless comments."

Bejam clears his throat and asks one of the head mages, "Any news?"

"Yes!  And good news at that!  Not only have we figured out how to use the Well of Worlds to overcome the Forbiddance ritual that was blocking us from scrying upon Garaitha’s Anvil, we've pinpointed the location of Admiral Kada’ne's flagship, the Cev’ren!"

"Sweet!" Mits cheers.
Timothius
 GM, 784 posts
Thu 18 Feb 2016
at 04:42
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May materializes next to Mittens. "I second that motion of sweetness. Amyria is done talking with Quel, by the way. Went as expected. Quel trusts nobody, so while she has calmed down, she still believes everyone is in it for themselves."

Timothius says, "In that case, let me check something before we go." he heads over to Amyria. Raichel looks at the others and shrugs. "May as well set up the teleportation in the time Timothius checks whatever. I'll go with Timothius."

When Tim spots Amyria, he says, "Amyria, I have a serious favor to ask."
Kyle
 player, 1213 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 18 Feb 2016
at 05:55
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  It's not altruism when you have the motivation of 'I would like us to not all die, so I'm doing the dangerous thing that makes us not all die'.  But then, people seem to have trouble grasping that too.

  "Right, elixirs of flight ahead of time then."

  He asks May is she wants help checking over her collection of weaponry before they go.
Mittens
 GM, 1796 posts
Thu 18 Feb 2016
at 06:08
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"There's a hitch, though," the mage continues, "There's likely about 1,000 enemy troops within a stone's throw of the Cev'ren.  We've located a choke point where a small force could possibly stave them off long enough for you to capture the Admiral, but without the Coalition's backing, I don't know where you'll find enough soldiers."

Mits rubs her chin.  "Would a hundred suffice?"

Bejam glances nervously.  "Those hundred adventurers are indeed powerful.  Perhaps strong enough to buy you enough time.  But right now they answer to the Coalition and are assigned to the World Gate.  The way things are going now, the Admiral will be gone by the time you convince the Coalition to authorize such a daring offensive."

Over at Amyria, she answers Timothius with a polite bow.  "If it is my power to grant.  Ask, my friend."
Timothius
 GM, 785 posts
Thu 18 Feb 2016
at 06:19
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May nods to Kyle. "I... have a LOT of weapons. Let's go over the ones I use most." May then looks at Mittens. "But I remember... those guys have a lot of respect for us. We could just ask them to come with, on an unofficial mission."

Timothius says, "By the way, thank you for handling things, Amyria. I apologize if my anger left me with less than good words. That said, my team now has the coordinates to Kada’ne, who holds a key to our success. The coalition is in no condition to cooperate with us, much less each other. But after seeing Quelenna's opinions of people are worse than I initially thought, I expect the coalition to go above and beyond not-helping us and going more into getting in our way. The favor I ask is to keep them from doing such a thing. If we had time, the coalition would be a lot more useful. But the sad fact is, debating takes time we simply don't have."
Kyle
 player, 1215 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 18 Feb 2016
at 06:23
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "Respect enough to guard someplace is a whole other matter compared to respect enough to hold off an enemy unit.  It would be nice if it went that far, but I will still be surprised at it"
Mittens
 GM, 1797 posts
Thu 18 Feb 2016
at 06:31
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits hrms.  "A stirring speech may be required to ratchet things up for them to the point where they're willing to lay down their lives to buy us a few minutes.  Timothius is not going to be happy with this plan.  But... war.  Not exactly a gentle business."

Bejam raises a hand.  "I believe my allies can supply any squads whom you wish to take with planar portal scrolls that can return them to our world safely at the World Gate as soon as they need to exit.  That may help convincing them."

"Well yeah.  Not like I'd be all, 'My group gets to come back, but we're leaving you all to rot in a githyanki drydock, win or no.'  The very least we can do is make sure there's a way back for everyone who goes."

Amyria reaches to give Timothius a reassuring pet on the shoulder.  "It would be an honor to do the chosen of the gods a favor such as this.  I only wish I could do more."

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:32, Thu 18 Feb 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 786 posts
Thu 18 Feb 2016
at 06:39
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius sighs in such relief as would convince Amyria the boy just got rid of an elephant and he gives Amyria a hug. "...thank you. I must get back to my team. I'll see you again as soon as possible."

Soon, Timothius and Raichel rejoin the group and Timothius fills the group in, "Amyria has the coalition handled. We can do whatever we need to, and we obviously won't have coalition backing... but we won't have them in our way either."

May says, "That's good to know. And on that note... well we have a plan."

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:41, Thu 18 Feb 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1216 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 18 Feb 2016
at 06:53
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle looks up from May's anti teleportation stabby.  "Amyria, you merely reminding us that there are sane people in the world aside from us is already an incredibly important thing."
Mittens
 GM, 1798 posts
Thu 18 Feb 2016
at 07:04
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Amyria and Bejam return to the Coalition.

Mits elaborates, "Plan is we convince the hundred or so heroes present to ignore the Coalition deadlock and join us in the assault of the drydock.  While they buy us time holding off the hoards of enemies that will be swamping our location shortly after we arrive, we fight our way to the Admiral and capture him.  As soon as we've got him, we all teleport back here.  Lets start with the Freeriders.  Megan owes us big time, so we can cash in on that."

The PCs must win the favor of the other heroes of
the Coalition if the attack on Garaitha’s Anvil has
any hope of succeeding. However, this initial task
is perhaps the easiest part of their plan. At the first
sign that the PCs intend to act against the orders of
the Coalition, Megan Swiftblade and the other Freeriders immediately back them up.
Megan owes the PCs a life-debt that
has earned her allegiance even if the relationship
between the two groups has remained strained.)
“The Coalition’s so-called leaders don’t know what they’re
saying. Bankers and merchant lords, the lot of them. If you
say we need to strike this Garaitha’s Anvil, the Freeriders
are with you. But there’s nearly a hundred of us here all
told, come together to show our strength. With you leading,
I promise the rest will follow.”

Timothius
 GM, 787 posts
Thu 18 Feb 2016
at 07:15
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
When assembled, Timothius addresses the group of adventurers. "The danger we ask you to face is great. There is a strong chance some of you will die. However, the danger everyone faces without this mission is even greater. We don't do this, we can kiss our whole world goodbye. Everyone and everything you have ever known or loved; gone. That said, do whatever you can to stay alive. All we need is for the gith forces to be held off while my team goes for the admiral. So there is no need to recklessly endanger your lives. Also, if we call for the retreat and you see a fallen ally who is dead, make sure to take that ally with you. We do not want even our dead to fall into enemy hands."

May and Rai quietly stand by.
Kyle
 player, 1217 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 18 Feb 2016
at 07:20
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle blows his 'not suck at Diplo' utility to... Not say anything at all, because that's his best diplo option.
Mittens
 GM, 1799 posts
Thu 18 Feb 2016
at 08:04
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mittens floats up higher on her flying carpet.

"Allow me to tell you the tale of Kalad the Defiant."

She reaches into the air and begins putting on quite the display to recount the story of how one man single-handedly stalled the advance of the orc invasion of the Elsir Vale.

"His courage to stand alone as a rock wall against a foe that out-numbered him thousands to one will live on for generations to come.  He has already been honored by Moradin in paradise and sent back to continue his work to defend the world from a threat never before seen.

"Today, you have the rare opportunity to forge your own legend.  When you return to the loved ones you stood as a rock wall to defend, you can tell them what it was like to fight tooth and nail against hoards of sky pirates native to the Astral Sea within the very heart of their fleet, Garaitha’s Anvil, a pocket dimension between the borders of our world and the beyond!  How you were there defending the very chosen champions of the gods as they took the key to the Sovereign Gate of the Well of Worlds from Admiral Kada’ne!  Bards will sing for generations of your singular act of courage that stopped a nightmarish race that dwells as maggots upon the enormous corpse of a god slain in the dawn wars from gaining the power to teleport into our world wherever they choose!  For our homes!  For our families!  We cannot back down!"

The Hundred cheer!  http://i.imgur.com/f4pOCcy.jpg

The Nefelus mages set up teleportation circles
to take the PCs and the Hundred from the fane to
Garaitha’s Anvil. Once the attackers have transited to
the shipyard, the mages will then attempt to block access
to the shipyard’s portals using the power of the Well
of Worlds. This should hamper a githyanki counterattack, at least for a short time.

Across the bluffs and trails surrounding the fane, the mages
of the Coalition are scribing dozens of planar portals,
causing the fading twilight to blaze with eldritch light.
Spread out before them, the greatest heroes of the mortal
realm stand in expectation of the battle to come. Most are
on foot, a score or more mounted on steeds still skittish
from having made the transit through portals from their
own lands. One force of rangers from the desert lands south
of Elsir Vale make a last check of the tack on a flight of
griffons. No one speaks.

At your signal, Bejam and his mages activate the planar
portals, and a flare of white light cuts through the darkness.
Within that light, hazy images of the shipyard flare to
life—windowless stone buildings, the open spaces between
them thronging with githyanki and giants.
Around you, the Hundred are ready, waiting to move at
your word.


When the PCs step into the portal prepared for
them, the Hundred follow.

The portals through which you emerge in Garaitha’s Anvil
go dark almost as soon as you step through them. Bejam
and Haryssus made good on their pledge to seal planar
access into the shipyard. However, high above, a blazing
circle of white light hangs—the massive astral gate around
which the shipyard has been built. Even as you watch, a
half-dozen astral strike ships rise toward the gate, caught up
in its flow of energy then swallowed with an immense flash
as they are shunted away.


To the right and high above you along the curve of the
shipyard floor, the banner of the Freeriders waves at the
front of an assault against an emplacement of githyanki
guards scrambling to get into defensive positions. To your
left, a force of dwarf warriors chant a death dirge for the
fallen Kalad as they cut their way through a squad of
giants—howling fomorian guards and laborers towering
above their githyanki masters.
Behind you, cavalry forces that have come through their
portals on horseback crash over githyanki ground troops
like a living wave. Overhead, ranger archers on griffons
wing their way above the battlefield, a force of githyanki
flying forth to meet them on reptilian fliers, shrieking as
they strike.
Screaming oaths of vengeance, the hundred greatest
heroes of the mortal world throw themselves against waves
of defenders that must total ten times that number. The
battle for Garaitha’s Anvil has begun.


http://i.imgur.com/kcBVB2Q.jpg

GArAiThA’s Anvil
The shipyard of Garaitha’s Anvil is a planar mote
suspended at the boundary between the world, the
Feywild, the Shadowfell, and the Astral Sea. From its
surface, the shipyard appears to be the interior of a
vast sphere, its ground curving up to all sides. At its
center, directly above any viewer standing on its surface, a great astral gate acts as a transit point for the
ships that are built and repaired here. Forty permanent teleportation circles across the shipyard connect
Garaitha’s Anvil to the Astral Sea, as well as to the
world, the Feywild, and the Shadowfell, all of which
provide the raw materials and labor that fuel the construction of the githyanki war fleet.

The attack against the shipyard catches the githyanki
entirely by surprise. However, though the heroes of
the Hundred have followed the party’s lead to take
the war to the githyanki, a victory here will be for
naught if the PCs cannot capture Admiral Kada’ne
and the key to the Well of Worlds.

The Garaitha’s Anvil encounters represent only a
small part of this repair dock complex, which itself is
one of dozens of similar dock facilities spread across
the surface of the planar mote. Any exits from the
repair dock lead to similar chambers in adjoining
docks—the warehouses, forges, mills, and arcane laboratories dedicated to supporting the githyanki war
machine. The docks where airships and astral ships
(including Cev’ren) are moored are sealed off under
moveable domes.

A vast astral gate sits at the center of the inverse
sphere of the shipyard. Ships can rise to and descend
from the gate under their own power (the githyanki’s
astral craft normally function only in the Astral Sea),
but the unstable flow of energy within the gate makes
it difficult to properly navigate astral craft above the
surface of Garaitha’s Anvil. This is an advantage to
the heroes assaulting the shipyard (since it prevents
the numerous ships present from taking part in the
githyanki’s defense of the site),

Garaitha’s Anvil is populated with workers from
the githyanki’s servant-races, particularly fomorians
and other giants. As low-rank laborers, these creatures do not bear the whitefire mark.
Raichel
 player, 583 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 20 Feb 2016
at 05:18
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel powers up, her fur frazzling as lightning courses over her before it zaps the three reavers before her! She then fires a bolt of lightning at the Astraan which hurts him, fries the two next to him, hurts the reavers, and then fries the one crusader to the south. Three enemies drop, four tougher ones are hurt and Raichel looks like she is just warming up. She then darts up to one of the reavers so fast, she leaves a lightning trail that caches the ground on fire for half a second before dying down.


Minor: Blood Fury (treated as bloodied)
Minor: Razorclaw Shifting (+2 speed, +1 AC/Ref)
ACTION POINT! 6 dmg to 3 enemies (chose the three reavers)
Standard: Lightning Fury v Astraan, Reavers, Crusaders
 Hit(35)! Hit(36)! Hit(38)! Hit(31)! Hit(39)! Hit(32)! Hit(29)!
 dmg: 30
 dmg2: 29
Move: move into position


Astraan HP: 155 - 30 = 125
Reaver 1 HP: 197 - 29 - 6 = 162
Reaver 2 HP: 197 - 29 - 6 = 162
Reaver 3 HP: 197 - 29 - 6 = 162
and 3 minions down!

This message was last edited by the player at 05:19, Sat 20 Feb 2016.

Narrator
 player, 752 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 20 Feb 2016
at 05:21
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
G1: dock sieGe

As the battle for Garaitha’s anvil gets underway, the
PCs use the shock of the assault to move for the repair
dock where Cev’ren is moored.
When the PCs break for the construction zone,
read:
The battle rages ahead of you, an offensive wedge pushing
the frenzied githyanki back. Lost in the chaos of the clash
of forces, your movement away from the brunt of the fight
and toward the gantries of the construction zone goes all
but unnoticed. A single force of a dozen githyanki catches
sight of you, spreading out into an attack formation at
your approach.

May
 player, 607 posts
Sat 20 Feb 2016
at 05:30
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May hops and tumbles past the enemies before roaring and causing enemies to be yoinked to her! WHACK! Sounded to be about 5 thwacks! "How does it feel to be invaded?!" she yells with anger. "You tried taking our home?! Well soon we will take YOURS!"


Minor: Shift 2 into position!
Move: Shift 1 into position!
Come and Get It v Crusaders, Reavers.
 Miss(24) Hit(39)! Miss(24) Hit(32)! Hit(34)! Hit(36)! Hit(37)!
 dmg: 6


Reaver 1 HP: 162 - 6 = 156
Reaver 2 HP: 162 - 6 = 156
Reaver 3 HP: 162 - 6 = 156
and two more minions down

Narrator
 player, 753 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 20 Feb 2016
at 05:43
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
<Deep Speech>"It's them!" a crusader shouts, "The ones who took out the communications network!"

He blasts May and moves into flanking.

<Deep Speech>"Imagine the reward if we take one of them out!" another says, teleporting into position...

And missing Rai by a mile.  The rest of the crusaders gulp nervously.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:45, Sat 20 Feb 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 788 posts
Sat 20 Feb 2016
at 05:58
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius smiles brightly and says in supernal, "Imagine the reward if we take you out."

He bursts forth with radiance, making the enemy feel naked!

A bunch of chains made of light burst forth and shackle the enemies! "You could be part of my collection of stuffed toys! Doesn't that sound great?"


Move: To reavers
Minor: Solar Enemy. Reavers are vulnerable 5 radiant.
Chains of Blazing Light v Crusaders, Reavers.
 Miss(22) CRIT(41)! Hit(39)! Hit(31)! Hit(34)! CRIT(41)!
  dazed and will take 10 extra radiant dmg.
Intimidation: 30

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:00, Sat 20 Feb 2016.

Narrator
 player, 754 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 20 Feb 2016
at 06:11
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
"Aww, are your feelings hurt, blondie?" a reaver retorts to May, "Taste silver!"

Slice!  It gashes her leg, telekinetically anchoring her to the ground!

"That sounds disturbing..." a crusader comments before teleporting next to Timothius and whiffing against him, "You skin and stuff your enemies?!  Well dang."

One teleports next to Rai and slashes her.  Then looks at his sword.  Then looks at her.  <Deep Speech>"Um... guys?  This one's invulnerable to our psychic attacks."
Kyle
 player, 1218 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 20 Feb 2016
at 06:22
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle summons tornado punch fist above Timothius, because with half the enemies in range being minions, it's low damage scaling is not much of an issue... Well, if it MISSES maybe.

  At least it crit against one of the Reavers though.

  He toughens up May as per usual, while the Tornadoface lingers to give the most manly girly man in all the land an AC buff.
Minor: resistive for may.  Surge+10 THP cash in, can share with ally.
Standard: Gale via tim. Misses one minion, crits one reaver. 27 normal DMG (Thanks, tim buffs), 41 on the crit.

Effects: +6 AC for Tim, until end of kyle's next turn.

156-27= 129
156-27= 129 (again)
156-41= 115

Two Minions taken out.

Mittens
 GM, 1800 posts
Sat 20 Feb 2016
at 06:51
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Reavers continue attacking May.  An astran shoots a familiar blaze of ice and fire at Mits, Kyle, and Timothius.  It decides against adding to the banter.

Mits flies over a minion who hits her and sighs.  <Deep Speech>"This one immune psychic as well."

Mits then points at tornado man, granting it eyebeams that drop several enemies!
Narrator
 player, 755 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 20 Feb 2016
at 06:52
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Start of Round 2.
Raichel
 player, 584 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 20 Feb 2016
at 06:59
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "Feelings hurt? Well DUH, you idiot! But now it's payback!" becomes a lightning bolt that charges through the enemies, landing her next to the astraan. That charge hurt all of them a LOT.


Standard: Spark Form v Reavers, Astraan.
 Hit(33)! Hit(29)! Hit(35)! Hit(36)!
 dmg: 40


Reaver 1 HP: 69 - 45 = 24
Reaver 2 HP: 69 - 45 = 24
Reaver 3 HP: 55 - 45 = 10
Astraan HP: 62 - 40 = 22

May
 player, 608 posts
Sat 20 Feb 2016
at 07:08
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "Before we knock you out, yes, we are immune because you guys have fought us so much we know how you fight."

May says, "Oh, and by the way." she lifts her leg. "No anchor can hold me if I so will it." WHACK!WHACK!CRUNCH! "Aww... feelings hurt?" The reavers collapse and May rushes over to the astraan with a wicked grin.


Minor: May takes 10 dmg to save from immob
Standard: Lunging Dervish v Reavers. Hit(37)! Hit(40)! Hit(31)!
 dmg: 32
Move: To Astraan


Reavers 1,2,3 all KO

Timothius
 GM, 789 posts
Sat 20 Feb 2016
at 07:13
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius points a staff at the astraan. "Honestly, at this point, you would be more useful to your people by surrendering, because it would eat more of my time than just stomping you into the dirt."


Break the Spirit v Astraan. Miss(23)
Kyle
 player, 1219 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 20 Feb 2016
at 07:21
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle slowly steps through the difficult terrain, and reaches out with a rarely used length of electricity that taps Astraan on the shoulder, and slap zaps them in the face when they look.

  "Wouldn't it be nice if all our fights went like this." He checks his crossbow.  Convenient for his player's price planning that Feyslaughter costs exactly the same as a Mindiron.
Mittens
 GM, 1801 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 02:42
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Once the defenders here have been overcome, the
distraction of the surrounding battle allows the PCs
to enter the repair dock unseen.

This encounter remains part of the larger battle
raging around the PCs. In the fourth round and every
second round thereafter, another 1d6 minions enter
the fray—either githyanki gish crusaders, githyanki
psychic archers, or githyanki corsair cutters.

"We need to hurry.  We're exposed here."

She readies an attack for if any baddies approach.
Narrator
 player, 756 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 02:42
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Start of Round 3.
Raichel
 player, 585 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 02:53
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel flies herself to one of the platforms before flying May to a platform. Meanwhile, Timothius begins jogging. Raichel says, "My ability to make you guys fly will make this go faster, but I can only do so if you are within 25 feet of me."

May nods and gets to rushing northwest and climbs the 15' ladder with relative ease.


Move: Fly
Move: Make May fly

Tim double-move

May double-move

This message was last edited by the player at 02:56, Sun 21 Feb 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1802 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 03:04
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits flies over to be with the rest of the group.  Two crusaders approach.  Mits fires at them, taking one out.  The other gets close enough to blast at Rai, but misses.
Narrator
 player, 757 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 03:04
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Start of round 4
May
 player, 609 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 03:19
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel flies over to May. "May; help Mitts cover us so I can give the others a ride." and with that, she thrusts Kyle up.

May nods and turns to look at the pursuer. A crossbow pops up on her right shoulder while a scope drops over May's right eye and fires a bolt at the crusader. "Hah! New weapon surprise!" THUNK! Another downed crusader. She then moves over to the edge, looking up at where Kyle is and waves at him with a wink (since it goes without saying he made it for her).

Timothius patiently waits below.


Rai fly then flies Kyle

May shoulder cannon attack: Hit(34)! Crusader down!
 Move to be closer to 50' pier

Tim waits

Kyle
 player, 1220 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 03:25
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  He smiles down at May (oh my gods what are these people doing to Kyle), as he steps back a bit for more room for the rest to land.

  He prepares to shoot anyone that comes into view more on principle than anything, but hey it might be another minion if so.
Mittens
 GM, 1803 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 03:28
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits flies over to the edge of the landing where Kyle is, then drops her carpet down to her bro down below.

"Skip buckling up and just get up here."

Timo steps on the carpet and flies up.
Narrator
 player, 758 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 03:28
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Start of round 5
Raichel
 player, 586 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 03:32
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel flies over and gives May a flight over. "We're all up here and no more tall places to climb. Should we point and laugh or get going?"

May says, "I'd vote point and laugh, but as usual, we don't have the time for such pleasantries."

Timothius gives Mitts a quick hug. "Thanks for the carpet ride." and then rushes on with the others down the ramp.
Kyle
 player, 1221 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 03:36
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "We are in a bit of a rush compared to usual, which is saying something."  He toughens up May as he steps up beside her and Timothius.
Mittens
 GM, 1804 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 03:46
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits references the map put together by the scrying mages of Nefelus and shows it to the others.

"When this was made, the ship was here.  So if we sneak or invis potion straight across, we can bypass the slaves in these side chambers.  We'll have to figure out a way through these magical doors, though.  Wasn't much in the way of enemies in this warehouse before the doors, but...  likely the guards on the inside of the dock gate can see into the warehouse.  So stay out of sight for as long as possible."
Narrator
 player, 759 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 03:47
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Start of round 6.

No baddies see the heroes at the moment, so none break off from the main fight to the southeast to give chase.
Raichel
 player, 587 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 03:59
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "That's a good idea and will save at least a minute or two. More importantly, it will save us Kada'ne getting away before we get to them. Speaking of rest... I'm assuming we'll be dumping our best stuff on anyone in our way and then drinking those World Gate specials we kept in order to get all our power back to fight and detain Kada'ne?"

Timothius says, "Considering we haven't rested, it's either that or we rest up for 5 minutes."

May says, "I wonder if we can talk Kada'ne into ordering a surrender, or if all githyanki are SO programmed that nobody would listen to her?"
Kyle
 player, 1222 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 04:08
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  "The one we are after is already reputed to be a send orders from the back sort rather than the usual 'I'll kill you myself!' one... Though that just means they are more likely to run away while yelling 'I'm not fighting you!' like at the Banquet than they are to surrender."

  He checks his crossbow, and knows May can handle hers.  "Though after this fight, we should at least stop briefly if not immediately pursuing someone." Oh no, he's thinking about the first module... But even if Tiamat herself showed up with her twin sister, there is no way things would be as brutal (or augmentative) as that.
Mittens
 GM, 1805 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 04:20
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits nods to Timothius.

"I've got powers aplenty to spare before I need to slow down, but if busting through those magical doors takes more than a few minutes, may as well rest up.  If not, I'm guessing every passing minute means another member of the hundred dead considering how out-numbered they are.  And they don't have the luxury of taking any breaks."

Mits slams her potion of invis and moves to open the door once the others are ready.
Narrator
 player, 760 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 04:21
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Start of round 7

A dark corridor opens up on both sides of the door. To the
leftright stands a vast open space whose floor cannot be seen,
and booming voices within shout out the words of a ritual.
To the rightleft, firelight flares, ringing out with the heavy echo
of steel on steel. A third leg of the corridor leads off into
shadow ahead.


A shout from the chamber to the left precedes pounding
footsteps as two fire giants suddenly appear in the
passageway. In their arms, each carries a pile of what look
like smoldering steel spheres.


Two fire giant serfs are carrying slag missiles (thin
spheres of iron holding a core of molten slag).

This message was last edited by the player at 04:24, Sun 21 Feb 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 790 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 04:31
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius downs a potion. May uses her armor's encounter power, figuring why waste a potion? Raichel downs a potion. The trio sneak with Mittens to the route they were going anyway. And then the giants. They watch to see if the giants go north. This might wind up easier than initially thought.
Narrator
 player, 761 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 04:42
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Start of round 8

folloWinG The GiAnTs
When the PCs see the fire giants move for this
area (see Encounter G1), they might elect to follow,
attempting to make their entrance when the gate is
opened. Alternatively, as long as the giants in area
G2 or G3 remain unaware of the PCs’ presence in
the dock, four more giants (either fire giant serfs or
fomorian guards) exit the complex every 2d6 rounds.
The distracted giants are not likely to notice the PCs
if they hide within the warehouse. When the warded
door is opened, the PCs have 2 rounds to pass through
before it is closed again. The giants going through the
door join the combat in this area, in addition to the
troops noted in the “Reinforcements” sidebar.
Mittens
 GM, 1806 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 04:43
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The giants are headed directly for the warded doors.

Mits floats after them, letting their hair light her way.
May
 player, 610 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 04:54
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
The convenience of this could not have gone better. The twin kittens and their pet weredrake (or is it the weredrake and her pet kittens?) simply follow the giants. Why not? The invis lasts 5 minutes. That's 5 minutes they don't need to engage in combat and can use purely for tracking down Kada'ne!
Kyle
 player, 1223 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 05:02
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle follows along after the sharp toothed horde.  Somewhere there is a children's book about a Bunch of shifters and a kobold with their talking Human flying around on a magic carpet solving mysteries.
Narrator
 player, 763 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 05:10
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Start of round 9

Ahead, a massive doorway opens up, and a faint
shimmering marks the field of a magical force ward. From
beyond, a harsh voice shouts out.


Perception Check, for a PC who understands
Deep Speech
DC 22: A githyanki screams in anger: “Keep
formation! Space yourselves out, you misshapen lumps, or
you can join your worthless kin in the fight outside!”


When the PCs look into this area, read:
Close to you, a glowing panel set into the stone wall pulses
in time with the force field set within the doorway ahead.
This magical gate is one of three sets of warded doorways
adjacent at one end of a huge hangar. Four fomorians
stand watch near the four corners of the hangar, and a pack
of githyanki circles around them as they watch the doors.
In a circular open dock at the opposite end, five astral
craft hang suspended in a nest of steel cables. However,
these are all smaller strike ships, not the flagship you seek.


The giants wait for the guards inside.  The a fomorian works the controls and the doors open!  The giants step through.

As long as the PCs do not step fully into the open or
approach with a light source, they need not make
Stealth checks to avoid being seen by the guards
while outside this area. Moving adjacent to the magic
control panel for either of the area G4 doors puts a
PC in view of the guards unless he or she is invisible.
However, by timing his or her attempts to disable the
gate with the guards’ movement, the PC has a chance
to avoid detection. It takes three DC 22 Thievery or
Arcana checks (each a standard action) to disable the
wards, simultaneously opening all three gates. However, the character making the check must also make
a DC 22 Stealth check as a minor action each time or
be seen by those within the hanger.

The guards here immediately spot any PCs openly
approaching the gate.
Mittens
 GM, 1807 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 05:13
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits lightbulbs.  She can't see her allies to be sure they all stay together, but they can feel one another.

(thought) "Oh right!  Telepathic May has telepathy!!  Share my idea with the others, please."

She takes out a rope and has each person in the team take hold of it so they can keep track of one another without seeing them.
May
 player, 611 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 05:34
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May responds telepathically, "I can keep my mind open so you all know we are in each others' view. I know you feel naked without knowing where everyone is, but a rope will just mean more chance of the enemy tripping over us. We're all going to the flagship, right? So let's meet up there and find Kada'ne."

Timothius paths and is relayed to everyone else's mind by May, "I can see you all. Let's get going as fast as we can without making noise."
Kyle
 player, 1223 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 05:54
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle gives May's probably direction an invisible thumbs up on principle.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:54, Sun 21 Feb 2016.

Narrator
 player, 765 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 05:49
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Start of round 10

The enemy looks around suspiciously.

A warmaster's fist begins coursing with lightning.  "We've got invisible invaders!  Find them!"
Narrator
 player, 766 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 06:03
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
reinforceMenTs
The skill challenge to seal the doors is essential to the
PCs’ success in this part of the adventure. However,
the longer they take to do so, the greater the threat
from the shipyard’s defenders.
In round 3, the githyanki realize the seriousness of
the threat posed by the PCs. In response to screaming
orders from a gish warmaster, a gish crusader forgoes
its attack for 1 round to move for one of the gate control panels, using it to sound a shrill alarm.
Starting in round 5 and every other round thereafter, new defenders appear at the doorway at the
top of the map—four githyanki corsair cutters (see
Encounter G6), one githyanki reaver (Encounter G1),
or four fomorian guards. Choose the reinforcements
or roll randomly. These new defenders focus their
attacks on the closest foes—most likely those PCs
working at the doors as part of the skill challenge.
If the PCs bypassed either Encounter G2 or G3, this
encounter gets significantly more deadly. In addition
to the reinforcements noted above, the nonminion
fire giants from G3 enter the fray here in round 7
in response to the alarm. The eldritch giants from
Encounter G2 enter this encounter in round 9.
Award the PCs additional experience for any reinforcements they kill.
Once the skill challenge is completed, no further
reinforcements arrive (aside from those noted under
“Defeat”). The PCs see more githyanki and giants
racing up to the gates, but with the wards reactivated
and under the party’s control, these additional reinforcements can find no way in.

Dock Gate Level 16
Skill Challenge XP 1,400
Entering the repair dock required you to open all three gates
into the area. Now you must seal them again, and quickly.

The three dock gates feature control panels on the inside
of the hanger similar to those seen on the outside. As long
as the gates remain open, the PCs find themselves under
renewed assault. Each skill check in this challenge requires
a standard action.
Complexity
1 (requires 4 successes before 3 failures).
Primary Skills
Arcana, Athletics, Thievery
Victory
The PCs successfully override the magical gate controls,
sealing all three gates and preventing them from being
opened again.
Defeat
The PCs damage the gates’ arcane mechanism enough
to permanently shut them, but a blast of arcane power
causes all creatures within 5 squares of any doorway to
lose a healing surge. In addition, a last wave of eight gish
crusaders comes through before the gates are sealed (see
the “Reinforcements” sidebar).
Special
If the PCs choose to ignore this skill challenge and simply
move for the next encounter, this adventure quickly takes a
turn for the worse. Githyanki reinforcements responding to
the alarm inside the complex arrive in the hundreds within
5 rounds, pursuing the PCs into area G6 and following in
strike ships if they take to the air. This is a fight the party
cannot possibly win, but the githyanki are savvy enough to
want to keep at least some of these powerful PCs alive for
questioning.
This turn of events grants the Coalition forces outside an
easier victory as troops are drawn off to pursue the party.
The PCs’ allies in the Coalition will eventually come to their
rescue, but the ultimate resolution of the adventure will be
up to you.
Arcana
DC 25 (1 success or failure, maximum 2 successes)
The PC taps into the magic within one of the gates, gaining
control of its flow.
Athletics
DC 20 (1 success or failure, maximum 1 success)
With brute force, the PC unlocks the inhibitors that control
the flow of arcane power to the gates.
Thievery
DC 25 (1 success or failure, maximum 2 successes)
Working at the control panel, the PC is able to override
part of the mechanism controlling the gates.
Raichel
 player, 588 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 06:21
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel says, "Rai." and thrusts a lightning bolt at one of the warmasters. The lightning bolt travels ALL around the entire room and downs all but the warmasters. It's a classic scene where everyone wiggled violently from the shock, stood there for a second, then fell to the ground. Raichel's eyes widen in surprise.


Furious Bolts v Warmasters, Crusaders, Guards, Giants. Hit. Everyone. Oh my.
The rolls: 40, 32, 39, 28, 38, 41, 39, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 36, 35, 28, 30
 dmg1: 30
 dmg2: 29
 Bonus to Rai's next attack equal to the number of enemies hit.

Downs all but Warmasters, who have actual HP.


Warmaster 1 HP: 330 - 30 = 300
Warmaster 2 HP: 330 - 29 = 301

This message was last edited by the player at 06:24, Sun 21 Feb 2016.

May
 player, 612 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 06:32
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May materializes in front of one of the warmasters just as her weapon connects with him. WHACK! "Shame you were so perceptive, or we'd have left you alone."


Weapon Mayster's Strike v War1. Hit(37)!
 dmg: 11


Warmaster 1 HP: 300 - 11 = 289

Timothius
 GM, 791 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 06:34
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius attempts to pacify one of the warmasters and discovers the guy has quite the mental fortitude.


Pacify v Warmaster 2. Miss(28)
Mittens
 GM, 1808 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 06:39
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits zaps the warmaster, leaving him vulnerable to more zapping.

"That. Was.  AWESOME!"
Kyle
 player, 1224 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 06:42
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle... Shuts the door.  Hey, it's practical.

  "The only surprising thing about that from Raichel, is that I haven't seen it sooner."

  Sure, they were all minions.  But 12 enemies at once is still the campaign record.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:43, Sun 21 Feb 2016.

Raichel
 player, 589 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 06:49
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel brings down that HUGE 15' diameter lightning bolt onto one of the warmasters! KATHOOOM! By the time the guy's vision returns to him, the girl is up in his face.


Standard: Thunderstroke v Warmaster 2. Hit(48)!
 dmg: 52
Move: To W2.


Warmaster 2 HP: 301 - 52 = 249

Timothius
 GM, 792 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 06:55
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "Not going down fast enough. Should we turn it up a notch, or just hold out for the other fight?"

He throws a white fireball at the warmaster as he walks up behind Raichel. The warmaster is scorched by the fire and Raichel gives off a feint blue glow.


Sacred Flame v Warmaster 2. Hit(34)!
 dmg: 14
 Raichel gains 14 thp


Warmaster 2 HP: 249 - 14 = 235

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:55, Sun 21 Feb 2016.

May
 player, 613 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 06:58
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May says, "Eh. They'll go down." and swings at the Warmaster, but he barely gets in a dodge! "Nice moves, buddy!"


Weapon Master's Strike v Warmaster 1. Miss(31)
Mittens
 GM, 1809 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 07:03
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Zap!  Mits shoots and hits 1 enemy.

"Two enemies?  I don't feel threatened enough to use anything more powerful than my weakest attacks...  Not that it would be tactically advantageous anyway."
Narrator
 player, 767 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 07:16
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
One of the warmasters tries to step away from May but gets knocked down.  It takes some swings at her and misses.  The other teleports to a panel and hits an alarm!  It then zaps Rai and Mits!

"Arrogant adventurers!  You'll never make it out of this place alive!"
Kyle
 player, 1224 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 07:34
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Kyle pushes buttons!  Still, so much better to have a guaranteed success on a boring turn, than worry you will screw over your friends.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:34, Sun 21 Feb 2016.

Narrator
 player, 769 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 07:25
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Start of round 11.  (2nd of newest fight)
Raichel
 player, 589 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 07:38
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel rushes to the south and uses brute force to help with sealing the gates.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:38, Sun 21 Feb 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 794 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 07:38
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius walks towards the warmaster and says, "What's your problem anyway? You mom didn't love you enough? Oh I know. She told you you were worthless just like you tell all your underlings." He tosses another fire at him and this one burns worse than the last one.


Sacred Flame v Warmaster 2. Hit(40)!
 dmg: 30


Warmaster 2 HP: 212 - 30 = 182

May
 player, 614 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 07:43
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May hops back and rushes over to the gate Kyle is at and rather quickly removes the panel and "rewires" the thing, sealing the gates. "I love it when they call us arrogant even while they are completely and utterly helpless to do anything. Hurt us? Nope. Get reinforcements? Nope."


Minor: Shift 2
Move: RUN to Control Panel.
Standard: Thievery check 33 to disable the gates.

Mittens
 GM, 1809 posts
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 07:59
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits zaps again.  Again hitting 1 for 2.

"Totally... not... hurt."

The first warmaster teleports to be between Timothius and Mits, turning insubstantial.

"Die!"

Four psychic blasts of radiance hit Timothius and Mits!  He then follows up with a huge bolt of lightning against the others!

The insubstantial on the other one wears off.  He skirts around Timothius and also hits the others with a huge bolt of lightning.

"Curse you!"

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:59, Sun 21 Feb 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1224 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 08:15
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Now that the doors controls are dealt with, Kyle steps past one of the Warmongers and raises his crossbow.

  "Should have shot me from a safer distance, idio-BLARGH" The Warmaster's questioning of Kyle's tactics is interrupted as he is sent rolling to a stop between the two most attractive face punchers in a mile radius.

  Oh right, Kyle toughens up May.

This message was last edited by the player at 08:15, Sun 21 Feb 2016.

Narrator
 player, 772 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 08:13
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Start of round 11.  (2nd of newest fight)

Reinforcements arrive!  And press the now inoperable door control.  And pound against the force door in a pathetic display of fail!

Mits gets on a sending stone and shouts, "WE'RE IN!  WITHDRAW!  REPEAT, WITHDRAW!"

This message was last edited by the player at 08:15, Sun 21 Feb 2016.

Raichel
 player, 590 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Mon 22 Feb 2016
at 04:22
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Raichel whacks the warmaster with her staff and raspberries the giants. Then turns and protrudes buck teeth at the warmaster before saying in a dorky voice, "Die! Hurhurhur!"


Lightning Strike v Warmaster 2. Hit(36)!
 dmg: 36


Warmaster 2 HP: 136 - 36 = 100

....this message was brought to you by the number 36

Timothius
 GM, 795 posts
Mon 22 Feb 2016
at 04:29
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Timothius says, "Here you go, Kyle. A teeny bit of healing from the teeny kitty for the teeny bit of harm they did to you."

Kyle's wounds close. "You want arrogant? I'll show you arrogant: I'll pull out real heals when we face real enemies."


Standard: Astral Seal v Warmaster 2. Miss(30)
 Haha heal on miss.


Kyle HP: 93 + 5 = 98

May
 player, 615 posts
Mon 22 Feb 2016
at 04:35
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
May says, "Let's experiment and see if they are so programmed, they say the same thing when provoked by the same statement:" WHACK! "How does it feel to be invaded?! Not so fun, is it? Prepare your checklist, Mittens!"


Weapon Mayster's Strike v W2. Hit(36)!
 dmg: 32


W2 HP: 100 - 32 = 68

This message was last edited by the player at 04:42, Mon 22 Feb 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1810 posts
Mon 22 Feb 2016
at 04:42
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
Mits idly zaps at the enemy, missing both of them.  She has the sending stone at her ear.

"Whew.  They're heading back to our world.  So we can take a quick break so long as these doors hold."
Narrator
 player, 773 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Mon 22 Feb 2016
at 04:48
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
One of the warmasters hops to his feet and slices at May and Rai, hitting the kitty.  The other heads for Kyle and double-slices, but misses.

"Don't think we don't know why you're here!  We've delayed you long enough already!  You're too late!"

Mits checks her checklist.  "'You're too late.'  Classic!"
Kyle
 player, 1225 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 22 Feb 2016
at 04:55
Scales of War: Throne of the Stone-Skinned King
  Kyle ignores the closer Gith taking swings at him, as he backsteps towards Timothius and snaps off another feyslaughter bolt into the Gith stuck between May and Raichel.

  "You know a battle is going well, when you can talk about relaxing while there is still one enemy left standing." Yes he misscounted on purpose.
May
 player, 616 posts
Mon 22 Feb 2016
at 05:06