Scales of War: EPIC!   Posted by Mittens.Group: 0
Mittens
 GM, 1880 posts
Thu 17 Mar 2016
at 05:14
Scales of War: EPIC!
"Raichel, nooo!" Mits screams.

She grits her teeth in rage, tears of magma flowing down her cheeks.

<Primordial>"^@#$% YOU!!"

Bits of ground float for half a second before a massive burst slams the entire area, leaving the enemy ablaze!  Even the god corpse is burning!

https://youtu.be/wukyrxavkJo?t=17s
Raichel
 player, 624 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 17 Mar 2016
at 05:31
Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel suddenly shoots out of the crevice, as if she lightning given feet! So fast, Raichel winds up several feet above the Wight and comes crashing down on him with an axe-kick, which explodes with lightning bolts that zap the nearby enemies! She is looking really bad off, but seems to have plenty of fighting spirit... for all the good it'll do her until she shakes off being weakened. "Darn it! I missed another cool Mittens attack, didn't I?"


Minor: Stand from prone
Move: Spider Technique (current speed is 9) / double-move into position
ACTION POINT! 6/2 = 3 lightning dmg
Step Between the Worlds v Wight 3. Hit(35)!
 dmg: 48/2 = 24
 Wight 3 save v teleport into pit: 13, of course.
Save Throw v weakened: 1, of course.


Wight 2 HP: 41 - 3 = 38
Wight 3 HP: 64 - 24 - 3 = 37
Wrath Spirit 2 HP: 51 - 3 = 48

This message was last edited by the player at 05:34, Thu 17 Mar 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 856 posts
Thu 17 Mar 2016
at 05:52
Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius is annoyed. He gets up, waves a hand at Raichel and all the twin's wounds vanish. Timothius points at the tormenting ghost and says sternly, "Wait your turn. We will destroy you soon enough."


Move: Stand from prone
Minor: Healing Word on Raichel for 62
 Use Kyle utility to bump it up by Rai's surge value (29)
 Rai gains +7 to all defenses
 Rai gets a save: 13 success!
  Causes Mitts save throw: 12 success!
  Causes May save throw: 9 fail.
 Everyone gains +5 thp.
Standard: Rebuke Violence v Tormenting Ghost. Miss(27)
 (Even if I spent an AP to up it by +4, it would JUST miss, so not bothering)
 Miss: Tormenting Ghost can not attack until the end of Tim's next turn.


Raichel HP: 20 + 62 + 29 = 111+5thp

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:04, Thu 17 Mar 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1296 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 17 Mar 2016
at 06:20
Scales of War: EPIC!
  In what Kyle hopes isn't becoming a trend, he takes his turn without bothering to stand up.

  At least this time he has the excuse of 'I was Dazed', but we all know he would have still used proxy powers while laying prone if he wasn't with the enemy placements at this moment in time.

OOC: Resistive for May, again.  With the intention of her THP sharing to Tim.
Napstablook
Thu 17 Mar 2016
at 06:39
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Kyle spending turns prone makes me think of this:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWf657ir3EM

Also, these took me by surprise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRzglIRcc8A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ifTrPws0Dc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C84vU--lymw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdA_axFJZSg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTe9T-CmK1M
Kyle
 player, 1297 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 17 Mar 2016
at 07:08
Scales of War: EPIC!
Spending your turn prone.

Just not feeling UP to it right now sorry.

Also yeah, the vast majority of "Oh my god it's like X song!" stuff in Undertale didn't surprise me.  Though the Waterfall one is a large enough difference for you to basically need it pointed out (Though nowhere near as much as a No Mercy specific one being 'this is literally impossible to know without playing with speeds')
May
 player, 647 posts
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 04:46
Scales of War: EPIC!
May hops up and charges the tormenting ghost as if she hadn't been dazed! WHACK! She honestly can't think of anything witty to say at the moment since these monsters have managed to be positioned in the most annoying way possible.


Minor: Save from dazed/ongoing
Move: Stand from prone
Standard: Charge v Tormenting Ghost. Hit(35)!
 dmg: 29/2 = 14


Tormenting Ghost HP: 123 - 14 = 109

Mittens
 GM, 1882 posts
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 05:02
Scales of War: EPIC!
The wrath spirit to the north re-grows its head, rips it off, and throws it at Mittens.  The screaming ghostly head explodes on impact!  One of the wights barfs itself inside-out!

The tormenting ghost next to May floats there, wiggling its fingers at her.

"Your soul is...?  It's not working.  Gimme a second...."

"I'll give you eyebeams!" Mits hollers.  ZAP!  She slices through the three ghosts!
Raichel
 player, 625 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 05:11
Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel moves south to the Wrath and says, "Do that again and I'll make your other head explode." She swings her staff at the thing and the staff just goes right through.


Head over to and miss. Rolled another 4.
Timothius
 GM, 857 posts
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 05:27
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Timothius says, "Spread out. They like catching all of us at once."

He bursts with a heal for himself and his sister and then points at the tormenting ghost, "Your power is useless because I command it." before moving south the wrath.


Standard: Healer's Mercy on Mittens and Timothius. 41, 45
 Timothius save: 7 fail
 Mittens Save: 18 success
  causes Tim save throw: 12 success
Minor: Peacemaker's Pronouncement on Tormenting
Move: To the south wight


Mittens HP: 43 + 41 = 84
Timothius HP: 31+20thp + 45 = 76+20thp

Narrator
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Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 05:38
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The wrath spirit next to Rai takes a swing at her with a ghostly sword, but Rai dodges!  The burning wight drops to its knees and burns to ash!
Kyle
 player, 1298 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 05:54
Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle finally gets up, more surprised at his friends inuries than his own comparative lack of them.  Which itself is surprising, normally he's slightly outside the blast radius spam.

  He shoots the Not A Ghost Ghost (otherwise it would be vulnerable to Radiant by default) in the face, the bolt passes through but the arcane force (HAH) sends it sprawling to the ground front of May's boots.

  "I am displeased with these things. They have that over Exarchs."
May
 player, 648 posts
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 06:24
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May whacks the tormenting ghost again and says, "Displeased? I'm not sure I understand... you were pleased with the exarchs?" she looks at the tormenting ghost. "Sorry. We don't got all day. If Tim's barred your power, can't help ya."


Appalling Crunch v Tormenting. Hit(37)!
 dmg: 44/2 = 22


Tormenting HP: 33 - 22 = 11

Mittens
 GM, 1883 posts
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 06:33
Scales of War: EPIC!
"Oh but I would show you the wonder of being possessed!" the tormenting ghost objects.

ZAP!  Mits downs the tormenting ghost and a vengeful spirit.

"Displeased as opposed to the likely disappointment with the exarchs.  Me, I'm angry."
Raichel
 player, 626 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
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Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 06:46
Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel says, "Imagine how I feel! I'm the one who got embarrassed in front of you and wound up missing one of your cool kabooms!"

With that, she charges north and smacks the last enemy a good one in the face so hard, he goes spiraling into being flanked by Rai and May!


Standard: Charge v Wrath 1. Hit(44)!
 dmg: 37 / 2 = 18
 Thanks to flurry, slide target 1 into flanking. :)


Wrath 1 HP: 46 - 18 = 28

This message was last edited by the player at 06:46, Mon 21 Mar 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 858 posts
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 06:49
Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius simply moves up to the wrath to enclose the thing while also giving it a penalty to attacks. "This fight's almost done anyway."


Double move
Been forgetting saves v weakened. 8, 4, 1, so we'll just say oh well there.

Kyle
 player, 1299 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 06:54
Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle shoots ghost.  It's moderately effective!  Which means close enough to finish the job in this case.

  "The Exarchs barely hurt you, but that is not something to be disappointed with."
May
 player, 649 posts
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 06:56
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May ohs at the explanations. Then grins and thumbs-up at Kyle. "Nice shot! Now let's make sure everyone's good to go before we move on."
Mittens
 GM, 1884 posts
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 06:59
Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits rushes over to glomp Rai.

Her voice shakes as she says, "No worries, Rai.  I'll show you a mini version.  ...In a bit."
Kyle
 player, 1300 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 07:01
Scales of War: EPIC!
  He nods to May, who of course knows a good weapon moment when she sees it.  Kyle checks on Timothius, then.  "I know you've dealt with worse, but are you all right?"  Nevermind that Kyle has 2 less HP than you right now, he's still lost less than you have this fight.
May
 player, 650 posts
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 07:10
Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "I'm OK... if shaken by what happened to Raichel. Thanks, Kyle." and with the wave of a hand, Kyle is healed to full before Tim does the same to himself. He gives Raichel a hug also.

Raichel hugs her siblings back and says, "...sorry to scare you all. On the bright side, I guess we've learned it best to just fly the whole way and avoid these cracks in the ground whenever possible?"

May says, "We should be good to go if we keep a wide berth around pitfalls, yeah."


handwave. Took down Tim and Kyle's surges by 1 and healed them to full because we know Tim can. not bothering to heal May or Rai to full because surges matter.
Mittens
 GM, 1885 posts
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 07:18
Scales of War: EPIC!
A bit of travel later, and the group finds the palace.

The brooding cathedral looms before you, an ugly thing
that is squat and unadorned aside from the rainbow glass
plates set around the ornately carved iron doors. Before
the structure stand the remains of a once-impressive statue
carved from solid obsidian. Only the legs, part of the waist,
and sword blade remain, but you can tell it depicted a
female warrior. Black dust and broken statuary litter the
ground all around the statue, and rubble from an older
structure covers the cathedral’s grounds.


 Shattered Gith
Gith’s statue, standing at the highest point in the
Queen’s District, has long stood as a reminder of the
legendary hero’s sacrifice and as an inspiration to continue to fight in her name. Vlaakith CLVII’s aborted
attempt to seize the divine spark within the One in
the Void caused shockwaves to wash across the district, toppling Gith’s intimidating statue and the Old
Palace of Whispers on which the Chromatic Bastion
now stands.

Mits stares at the structure.  "Something inside me is strongly tempted to knock and say, 'Food delivery!'"
Kyle
 player, 1301 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 07:22
Scales of War: EPIC!
  "I still have Sweetheart confections. But I doubt they would appreciate a candygram."  Kyle doubts they will have time to bust out a casual restoration ritual on the statue, just for the paranoia it would cause to later investigating evil people.
May
 player, 651 posts
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 07:31
Scales of War: EPIC!
May predicts the outcome of Mitts' proposal, "But nobody came."

She walks forward and kicks the doors open, weapons ready!

Timothius and Raichel stay back, as usual. Difference is now they are about 30 feet from May and each other.
Mittens
 GM, 1886 posts
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 07:47
Scales of War: EPIC!
A blackened spine hovers before an iron door across the
room. Pale blue light from the flickering torches glint off six
bright amethysts set into each bone ring. The spine casts
a queer shadow on the white tile floor, suggesting that of a
tall, thin female humanoid.

Perception Check
DC 31 Shadows in the room’s corners seem to move independent of the light source, coalescing into vague humanoid
figures.

The spine speaks!  <Supernal>"Ha-HA!  Intruders!  Good!  Though I am forced to fight you, Zech'r'r failed to compel me to refrain from telling you everything I know to aid you in finding and killing him!"

Antechamber
Adventurers destroyed Vlaakith CLVII and sundered
her phylactery, but Zetch’r’r’ preserved the LichQueen’s essence in her spine and bound her to his
service with terrible oaths. To show his scorn for his
predecessor, he reduced her to a common sentinel.

When Zetch’r’r came to power, the githyanki believed
the Lich-Queen was well and truly dead. However,
the new emperor discovered that a piece of her
remained: her spine. Through dread magic, Zetch’r’r
bound her spirit to the spine and extracted oaths of
service from it, transforming the dead Lich-Queen
into a form of demilich. As long as Zetch’r’r lives,
Vlaakith would serve.
Kyle
 player, 1302 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 07:50
Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Why can't more of our enemies realized how terrible their employers are?"
Narrator
 player, 829 posts
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Tue 22 Mar 2016
at 03:57
Scales of War: EPIC!
Two wraiths phase through the walls to flank May!  One of them hits with its chilling, necrotic sword!  The other recoils in horror from Timothius' aura of peace.

"Wh.. What is this pressure I'm feeling?!" it's ghostly voice whispers.
Raichel
 player, 627 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 23 Mar 2016
at 04:18
Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel twirls her staff before smacking the wraith in the shoulder. Her staff lands with full force and the wraith realizes Raichel is somehow ignoring the fact he is ghostly. "Good to hear, Vlaakith. And we are here to both avenge you and make Zethy wish he had never been born. So please! Feel free to tell us what you can!"


Minor: Bloodfury weapon
Move: Shift to flank
Standard: Five Storms v Wraith 2. Hit(40)!
 dmg: 28 (haha ignore insubstantial) RADIANT


Wraith 2 HP: 95 - 28 = 67

This message was last edited by the player at 05:11, Wed 23 Mar 2016.

Narrator
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Wed 23 Mar 2016
at 04:59
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"Excellent!" the spine answers, blasting May with a necrotic beam that would make her begin to disintegrate, but fortunately May resists the effect entirely.

"Impressive..."

The spine blasts her with another ray!  This one freezes May in place, and does a tiny amount of damage.

"Good!  Good!  This is very promising!"

The spine is so excited, its next attack misses!

"Unfortunately, I did not miss on purpose.  The enchantment on me requires me to do my utmost to defeat you.  But I see you have prepared yourself for necrotic attacks.  Wise choice!  Beyond you will find a lot of undead.  But you will also find an abundance of other kinds of enemies with a wide variety of attacks.  Fire being an obvious favorite of Vraxanault, but he also has a spectrum of others in keeping with the style of his chromatic mistress.  Be prepared for cold, poison, acid, thunder, lightning, and of course the expected psychic attacks from Zech'r'r's minions.  I'm pretty sure there's only two in here who use force attacks."
May
 player, 652 posts
Wed 23 Mar 2016
at 05:11
Scales of War: EPIC!
May BREAKS from the ice with seeming ease and says, "Thanks for the info! You'll be happy to hear we've long since dealt with psionic attacks, dealing with so many githyanki. Oh! And you'll like this!"

May does a summersault forward, sliding into place before letting out a roar that forces the spine and the wraiths to go to her! Vlaakith and the wraiths all feel May's weapon doing radiant damage to them, restricting them from regeneration.


Minor: Auto-save and take 10 dmg
Minor: Shift 2 into position
Standard: Come and Get It v Spine, Wraith1, 2. Hit(43)! Hit(42)! Hit(40)!
 dmg: 22 (/2 v wraiths) RADIANT


Maych-P: 117 - 10 = 107
Spine HP: 600 - 22 = 578
Wraith 1 HP: 95 - 11 = 84
Wraith 2 HP: 67 - 11 = 56

This message was last edited by the player at 05:32, Wed 23 Mar 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1303 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 24 Mar 2016
at 03:11
Scales of War: EPIC!
  Unfortunately, Kyle must have forgot to check his crossbow once too often because LOL 1.  At least no dice rolls needed to toughen up May.

OOC: I should finally take my turn, I wasn't expecting it to happen so soon after rolling a 1 for Initiative-*Rolls 1 for attack* welp.

Resistive for May, at least.

Mittens
 GM, 1888 posts
Sat 26 Mar 2016
at 06:53
Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits trots forward, glows, and frazaps the enemy with a three-pronged bolt of lightning!

"If you hit 'em, it'll daze 'em."



Till the end of Mit's next turn, if anyone hits an enemy, that enemy is dazed till the end of its turn.  Each one also grants +2 bonus to-hit for the first to try. 
Timothius
 GM, 860 posts
Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 03:07
Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius points to the eastern wraith and it feels something VERY annoying will happen if it attacks. "I think I'll take a better position..." Timothius says as he walks past the wraiths. The eastern wraith swings a sword towards him, but winds up shivering and cowering before Timothius, hugging itself and shriveling as if the fight was taken out of it. The other wraith is about to swing its sword at Tim also, but May whacks it hard and makes it cuckoo for cocoa-puffs. Timothius passes unharmed.

He bursts with holy energy, weakening the bunch further. He gives a polite bow to the spine. "Vlaakith; it is an honor to have met you in person, but I must tell you something wonderful: Tiamat's treachery has come back to bite her: Gith is alive and now leading your people. Zetch'r'r ends today."

What? They were not allowed to say anything to the githyanki who are on their side. Zetch'r'r already knows and this is the perfect thing to inform Vlaakith of.


Pacify v Wraith 2. Hit(41)!
 If Wraith 2 hits or misses with an attack, he is stunned until end of its next turn.
Move: Timothius moves past Wraith 1 and 2.
 Wraith 2 AoO. Miss(23) and stunned.
 Wraith 1 AoO. Miss(34)
 (Tim's Ref currently 32. -2 attack from mark. -2 attack from Tim aura)
  May-o-O. Hit(46)!
   dmg: 40 / 2 = 20
Minor: Solar Enemy
Wraiths are now all at vulnerable 30 radiant total.

Wraith 1 HP: 64 - 22 = 42

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:13, Wed 30 Mar 2016.

Narrator
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Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 03:20
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"Cold is the void."

The western wraith claws at May, but somehow breaks a nail on her armor.  "...?"
Raichel
 player, 628 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 03:46
Scales of War: EPIC!
"Hot is the lightning." Raichel retorts to the wraith before she changes into radiant lightning and charged through the enemies, giving them a powerful shock! When she re-materializes, she bounces a few times on one foot as if she were making a sudden stop from a sprint. Raichel turns on her heel and gets into a light-footed martial arts pose.


Minor: Razorclaw Shifting
Standard: Spark Form v Wraith 1, 2, Vlaakith. Hit(41)! Hit(37)! Hit(30)!
 dmg: 35
 Vlaakith: +15 = 50
 Wraiths: +34 = 69 /2 = 34


Wraith 1 HP: 42 - 34 = 8
Wraith 2 HP: 36 - 34 = 2
Vlaakith HP: 549 - 50 = 499

Narrator
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Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 04:13
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The spine zaps may with a continual blue-green ray!  May can feel her soul being sucked out of her!

"That sounds... too good to be true.  Are you sure?"


dazed and restrained (save
ends both). First Failed Saving Throw: The target is instead
stunned and restrained (save ends both). Second Failed
Saving Throw: The target dies, and its soul is trapped in one
of the spine’s soul gems

If Murphey dice make this O.P. power a game-breaker, I'm going to kick Murphey in the crotch and reroll.

May
 player, 653 posts
Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 04:35
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May twirls around and smacks the beam aside with her tail. "As sure as can be. Besides... you know full well that Tiamat broke her end of the deal, which means the now-centuries-old Gith is released from her end of the deal."

WHACKWHACKWHACK! May finishes off the two wraiths and gives Vlaakith a rather sound whack to the spine!


S'ok... May can kick Murphy in the crotch. Observe:
Free: Activate Kyle buff
Minor: Auto-save. Takes 10 dmg. This is now just flavor. Retroactively realized Tim's Aura of Peace means May didn't get hit by Vlaakith in the first place.
Standard: Lunging Dervish v All. Hit(43)! CRIT(44)! Hit(37)!
 base dmg: 20
 dmg to wraiths: 20 + 34 = 54 / 2 = 27
 dmg to Vlaakith: 20 + 15 + 15 = 50
 Secondary Attack v Vlaakith: CRIT(44)!
  dmg: 43


Wraith 1 HP: 8 - 27 = Ex-Wraith
Wraith 2 HP: 2 - 27 = Ex-Wraith
Vlaakith HP: 499 - 50 - 43 = 406

This message was last edited by the player at 04:40, Wed 30 Mar 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1304 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 05:00
Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle takes a much more boring shot, but hey at least it hits this time.

  "Of course, I am sure Tiamat considers it if unfair for people to actually call her on that."
Mittens
 GM, 1890 posts
Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 05:30
Scales of War: EPIC!
Vlaakith hisses from the overwhelming assault.  "Excellent.  I only wish I could be there to see  Zetch’r’r suffer by your hands.  And make him suffer by mine too, but that's not going to happen, unfortunately.  I'll just have to hear about it later when I regenerate."

Mits steps forward and sprays Vlaakith with sparkles!  They begin to blink faster and faster.

"Anything more you can tell us about what's beyond?"

"Yes.  Much more.  But at the rate your going, I won't be able to tell you it all before I'm destroyed."
Timothius
 GM, 861 posts
Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 05:38
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Timothius says, "See." and Vlaakith in an instant gets a vision of the encounter with the archdevil and the meeting with Gith afterwords. It is enough to quake her to the core.


Standard: Break the Spirit v Vlaakith. Hit(37)!
 dmg: 38 and -5 attacks


Vlaakith HP: 308 - 38 = 270

Raichel
 player, 629 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 05:50
Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel raises her hand and then thrusts it downward, sending a lightning bolt on top of Vlaakith. KRACK-BOOM! "Me and mine have gotten to where pain is something we're used to, and I can only imagine how much more so you are, but... I still feel bad having to harm you when you aren't really my enemy. Still; tell us what you can." her voice genuinely trembles as she speaks, showing how upset it makes her to have to fight someone in this way.

Nevermind how extremely creepy this all is. Raichel wonders how her allies are holding themselves together so darn well.


Standard: Thunderstroke v Vlaakith. Hit(34)!
 dmg: 66


Vlaakith HP: 270 - 66 = 204

Narrator
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Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 06:05
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One of the gems on Vlaakith begins to glow, and there is a sound like a shrieking soul being devoured!  But May snatches the gem!

Vlaakith then blasts three times!  Doing... nothing, apparently.  She then begins to rapidly spout details of each of the rooms beyond.
May
 player, 654 posts
Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 06:09
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Said snatch was with her TEETH!

May whacks Vlaakith, not daring to interrupt the spilling of vital information. Her wide eyes and nod say it all anyway.


Appalling Crunch v Vlaakith. Hit(35)!
 dmg: 45


Vlaakith HP: 204 - 45 = 159

Kyle
 player, 1305 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 06:15
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  Kyle sends the floating spine toppling to the floor, mostly to cause it some slight further inconvenience attacking without getting up on top of the other debuffs.

  Kyle is holding himself together easily, not like he's been hit all encounter.
Mittens
 GM, 1891 posts
Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 06:33
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Blam!Blam!Blam!  Mits' sparkles detonate, further weakening the lich!

Mits then summons a bunch of little cherub Mittens that do a care bear stare style attack!
Raichel
 player, 630 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 06:43
Scales of War: EPIC!
Tim and Rai are of the same opinion. No interrupting the useful spine. Still, Timothius lowers her ability to resist damage.

Raichel goes up to Vlaakith and axe-kicks the spine, only to see it crack and almost get smashed in half. She winces, eyes watering.


Timothius Standard: Sever the Source (yay auto-hit powers)
 Vlaakith is vulnerable 16 all and can not regain hit points
Timothius Minor: Peacemaker's Pronouncement.
 Timothius makes the -5 penalty to attacks last another round.
Raichel Standard: Step Between the Worlds v Vlaakith. Hit(30)!
 dmg: 42


Vlaakith HP: 62 - 42 = 20

Mittens
 GM, 1892 posts
Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 06:54
Scales of War: EPIC!
The second of Vlaakith's gems begins to glow.  But the mini Mittens give her another blast of happiness and she disintegrates into dust with a ghostly shriek, leaving only the gem behind!  The cherubs wave goodbye and vanish.

Mits sighs in relief.  "Didn't wunna say it while she was being so useful, but... good riddance."



Soul Gems
The spine of Vlaakith’s six soul gems can each hold the soul
of one if its victims. At the beginning of an encounter, the
soul gems contain two souls. Crushing a gem after the spine
is defeated releases the soul back to the Shadowfell.

fATe of drAined SoulS
When a victim of the drain soul attack fails its second
saving throw, the victim’s soul is trapped in one of
Vlaakith’s spine gems. The soul’s former body crumbles into dust at the end of the creature’s next turn.
If the spine is destroyed, each creature trapped in a
gem is targeted by an attack: +25 vs. Will; the soul
is destroyed. On a miss, the soul remains intact but
is trapped in a gem. If a target’s soul remains intact
within a gem, then the gem glows with faint inner
light and reveals an image of a tiny figure inside. This
gem can be used as part of the Raise Dead ritual,
reducing the component cost by half. The Raise
Dead ritual can still bring back a target whose soul
is destroyed.

Stained-glass Windows: The stained glass windows are not made of glass at all. They are instead
congealed hatred. Any creature that starts its turn in
a square adjacent to the window makes a melee basic
attack or a charge attack against the closest creature
and treats allies as enemies for the purpose of opportunity attacks until the start of the creature’s next
turn. Each window has AC 5 Fortitude 10, Reflex 5;
hp 5. A destroyed window loses this effect.
  Oops!  The GM forgot this.  <.<  >.>  Woulda been amusing to see Kyle and Mits whiffing melee basics against each other.  :P

Kyle
 player, 1306 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 22:42
Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Temporary riddance, but still good for the moment.  They are still a Lich, if only a weakened one.  So we must locate their phylactery for proper riddance, or at least hope it's not halfway across the astral sea."

  OOC: That result is worse than most of the Soul Spike enemies.  Because standard soul spike type monsters, the body at least reappears at the end of the encounter if it hasn't been used as a snack. (Which is basically impossible unless the GM allows you to called shot remove stolen souls)"
Raichel
 player, 631 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 00:15
Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel hurumfs and folds her arms. "We don't know what Vlaakith is guilty of anything but using undead magics on herself. What we do know is she wasn't attacking our world. But with Gith back, I guess that doesn't even matter anyway because Vlaakith will most assuredly work *for* Gith. Also, I thought Vlaakith's phylactery was destroyed?"

Timothius says, "Whether it was or not doesn't really change our current mission. We focus on going forward and crushing Zetch. Rest up, everyone."

May nods and plops on her butt to rest up.
Mittens
 GM, 1893 posts
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 00:26
Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits rests up and conjures up a map of the Chromatic Bastion from the details given by Vlaakith.

"I'm convinced that Vlaakith was/is evil to the max.  Kinda goes with the Lich-that-devours-souls package.  Be that as it may, Timo's point is a good one.  Focus on the ask at hand.

"This next room is so dang hot that it makes fighting in it difficult.  Perfect for the resident dragons.  But dragons don't have long range attacks.  So if we plink at them from a distance, they'll be forced to come out.  That way we don't have to swelter.  Alternatively, we could simply gulp down high-end fire resist potions.  Which come to think of it we should probably do anyway."

Kyle
 player, 1307 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 00:28
Scales of War: EPIC!
 "We should do both of those things, then." Where did he put Aim/Build up before he snipes-oh right not City.
May
 player, 655 posts
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 00:41
Scales of War: EPIC!
May pipes in, "Doing both sounds fine and all, but if we drink heat resist potions and then pull them out of the room, won't half the point of such a drink be gone?"

Raichel says, "What if we just put together some heat resistance items so it's more permanent?"

Timothius says, "Whatever we do, caution is more important than overthinking how wasteful we're being. The potions are a small price for stopping wars on our world."

May ohs and nods. "True enough. Guess I just wanted to be efficient." It's like picking a daily power and then only half the power is useful. Only worse, because at least the power recharges / can be retrained. Potions are gone forever once consumed and you never get that money back.
Mittens
 GM, 1894 posts
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 00:50
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"Potions are great for being prepared for the unexpected.  So since we know what to expect, sounds good to go with the long-term magic item rout.  And won't take long thanks to Kyle here.  Yay Kyle!"

The group is able to quickly prep for the fight.  Opening the door without knocking will grant them a surprise round.
May
 player, 656 posts
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 01:31
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Timothius opens the door. Raichel hurls lightning at the dragon, which then bounces towards the other dragon, but misses. May's shoulder bow comes up and shoots at the first dragon. "O-ho! Dragons! I wonder if they are anything special compared to, say, the dragon exarchs we've felled!"


Timothius Surprise Action: Open the door (there isn't anything else he can do)
Raichel Surprise Action: Furious Bolts v dragons. Hit(38)! Miss(26)
 dmg: 31
May: Maysic Ranged v Dragon 1. Hits(34)!
 dmg: 15


Dragon 1 HP: 750 - 31 - 15 = 704

Mittens
 GM, 1895 posts
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 01:40
Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits hits the left dragon with a magic missile.

"These ones have a sauna."

The dragons roar in rage!  "You'll pay with your lives, intruders!"

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Raichel
 player, 632 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 01:48
Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel goes feral as she has been most every fight. Then KABLAM! hits the dragon with her huge lightning bolt that smashes the dragon so hard, it bounces him off the ground and he lands on his back! It hurts a lot. "You'll pay with your teeth!" New goal! Punch each and every tooth out of that dragon's mouth.


Minor: Bloodfury Weapon
Minor: Razorclaw Shifting
Standard: Thunderstroke v Dragon 1. Hit(30)!
 dmg: 44 and prone


Dragon 1 HP: 697 - 44 = 653

This message was last edited by the player at 02:03, Thu 31 Mar 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1308 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 01:53
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  Kyle comments "I suppose it is more pleasant than the big empty ice rooms.", as he shoots one of the Dragons, empowering his friends somewhat with the leftover arcane energies.

  Just a few more levels until M weapon grands +2 hit bonus to allies.
Narrator
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Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 02:03
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One of the dragons flies forward and inhales deeply.

"ROAR!" it bellows, fire spewing with the frightful yell!

Mits shields herself with her police baton and is unharmed!  "Nice one, sis!"
Timothius
 GM, 862 posts
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 02:34
Scales of War: EPIC!
May, Rai and Tim all seem to take the fire attack as if it was just a blast of warm air.

Timothius glances and spots May looks stunned by the magnificence of that roar. So he leans down to kiss her on the cheek, causing her to be stunned again! The two stuns cancel each other out as the kiss brings her out of it.

Timothius then shakes a finger at the dragon (thanks for the idea when visiting Timothius in his dreams, Carla). "A nice roar, but try again to harm us and you will feel regret."


Minor: Virtue's Touch on May. May no longer stunned.*
Standard: Pacify v Dragon 2
 If D2 attacks, he is stunned

*I've been meaning to MC paladin with Timothius just for giggles, so I replaced his initiative thingy with Soldier of Virtue for now.

May
 player, 657 posts
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 02:46
Scales of War: EPIC!
May grins "...WOOOOHOOO! That was a nice roar! Bring your buddy over and I'll show you my own! Trust me, it's a doozy of a roar!"

Her shoulder bow lets out an unimpressive twang and the bolt hits the dragon, but hurts like a paper cut! Meanwhile, the kobold has the gall to just stand there, smiling brightly. And blushing. She definitely didn't expect a kiss today of all days.


Maysic Ranged v Dragon 2. Hit(40)!
 dmg: 16


Dragon 2 HP: 750 - 16 = 734

This message was last edited by the player at 03:02, Thu 31 Mar 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1896 posts
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 03:10
Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits winks and hits the nearest dragon with an eyebeam!

The other dragon snarls and stands back up.  It rushes to the west door and opens it.

"The exarch slayers are here!"

It then flaps and dramatically charges at May, savagely clawing her!  But May takes the hit easy.  Mits winks her other eye, zapping the charging dragon.

"They just warned someone we're here.  How convenient!  We may not even have to take a step inside to wipe this whole place out!"
Raichel
 player, 633 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 03:16
Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel says, "Gosh. I'm honored. You swallowed your pride to get some reinforcements when the fight has only begun? I would say "so much for the pride of dragons", but that was the smart move."

KABOOM! Another big lightning bolt slams BOTH dragons onto their backs!


Vezzuvu's Eruption v Dragon 1 and 2. Hit(30)! Hit(41)!
 dmg: 37 (Thanks Kyle and Mittens!) and prone
 hahaha 5 fire damage zone doesn't matter, but hey they are prone!


Dragon 1 HP: 602 - 37 = 565
Dragon 2 HP: 705 - 37 = 668

Kyle
 player, 1309 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 03:22
Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle is still stunned.  Which makes his managing to dodge dragonfire that much more hilarious. Oh wait, Clarity salts actually is in a position it's allowed to work for once.  Mittens tooootally grabbed some out of Kyle's pouch and (helpfully) threw it in the artificer's face.

  Speaking of magical powders to faces, Kyle pitches pacification dust at the pair of Dragons.

  It smells of raspberries.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:39, Thu 31 Mar 2016.

Narrator
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 For narrating
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Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 03:48
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The second dragon growls angrily, trying to rub the powder off.

"Don't think I'm fooled!  Only a fool would rather face overwhelming numbers!"

It rushes to the western door, opens it, and shouts another warning about intruders!  A gith warrior appears and takes a shot at May, who easily blocks the bolt.
Timothius
 GM, 863 posts
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 04:07
Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius steps out and shines his holy symbol at the dragons. "But if you heard anything about us, then you know we specialize in larger numbers of enemies. We're almost annoyed when we're only facing one enemy."

Both dragons feel the burn of holy energy!

His words ARE true. The only reason the airship dock was annoying was because it was so many enemies trying to slow them down so the airship could escape.


Minor: Peacemaker's Pronouncement (extending Pacify)
Move: To position where he can use Shining on both dwaggies
Standard: Shining Symbol v D1,D2. Miss(2) Miss(1)* Hit(39)! Hit(29)!
 dmg: 33 and -2 to attack rolls


Dragon 1 HP: 570 - 33 = 537
Dragon 2 HP: 668 - 33 = 635

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:08, Thu 31 Mar 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1897 posts
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 05:02
Scales of War: EPIC!
More githyanki appear and fire crossbows and a force bolt at Timothius!  He looks unharmed.

"Overwhelming numbers," Mittens scoffs, "This is nothing!  We've taken out armies before.  This is what I think of your reinforcements."

She snaps her fingers and two of the new arrivals are defeated in a tornado of fire!  Even the fire dragons feel the burn!  But more githyanki keep arriving.  One of the dragons struggles to its feet.  It flaps its wings and flies up and back a little.

"You won't be talking so big when Vraxanault tears you apart!"
May
 player, 658 posts
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 05:35
Scales of War: EPIC!
May trots over to the dragon and says, "Got your checklist handy, Mittens? I can't remember if that's the 2nd or 3rd time someone said "you won't be talking so big when insert-person-we-think-is-amazing tears you apart"."

CRUNCH! A bone in the dragon snaps as several scales go crunch. It's enough to draw the attention of everyone near him. "Do we even look hurt yet? No? How do you gauge an enemy you can't even hurt?"


Move: Deftly move up to D2.
Standard: Appalling Crunch v Dragon 2. Hit(36)!
 dmg: 44


Dragon 2 HP: 592 - 44 = 548

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Narrator
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Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 05:48
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Click swoosh ping!  Another crossbow bolt just bounces off May to make her point for her.  Mits just laughs and adds a check mark to her list.
Raichel
 player, 634 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 06:00
Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel changes into a lightning bolt and zaps through the enemies, materializing behind the Gish and his minion. "Boo." she quips, ready to punch the minion in the face.

One of the gith she charged through drops unconscious while the two dragons and the gish are all feeling electric pain.


Spark Form v D1,D2,M,M,Gish,M
 Hit(37)! Hit(34)! Hit(41)! Miss(23) Hit(32)! Miss(24)
 base dmg: 26 (vuln 10 for dragons + 2 from pelor's blessing = 38)


Dragon 1 HP: 494 - 38 = 456
Dragon 2 HP: 548 - 38 = 510
Gish HP: 342 - 26 = 316
One Minion downed.

Kyle
 player, 1310 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 06:08
Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle steps further into the room, and lines up carefully lines up his shot. Which thanks to flat single occurance penalty rules, skirts past two dragons and one Gith, to land in the back of minion skull.

  Though with that roll, he still would have hit even if he took -2 for all of them.
Narrator
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Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 06:10
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The dragon side-glances at Timothius, remembering his threat.  But there's May.  Right in front of him.  Taunting him.

<draconic>"@#$%! it"

He chomps at her, and very nearly does actual harm!  And then the regrets wash over him.  A gith warrior takes a pot shot at Kyle and misses.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:10, Thu 31 Mar 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 864 posts
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 06:17
Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius walks to the dragons, bursts with radiance and points a staff at them. Radiant chains come up and bind them so their choices are limited. They feel even more vulnerable than before. Timothius says, "You shouldn't cuss."


Move: To D1 and D2
Minor: Solar Enemy
Standard: Chains of Blazing Light v D1,D2. Hit(30)! Hit(30)!
 D1 and D2 are dazed and will take 10 extra radiant dmg first time they are hit.

Mittens
 GM, 1898 posts
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 06:37
Scales of War: EPIC!
A gish fires a force bolt at Kyle, shoving him back.  He then rushes to the door to the north.  He carefully uses his sword to open the door, but still burns himself on it.

"The Prime Material's champions are here!"

A gith warrior takes a shot at May and misses.

"Woohoo!  Thanks, bro!"

Mits flies into the room past the dragons then offers them a gift.  When she opens it for them, it explodes in their faces!  She laughs mischievously and reaches into a wizard hat to pull out another.

One of the dragons snarls and claws at May savagely, very nearly doing actual harm.
May
 player, 659 posts
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 06:40
Scales of War: EPIC!
May STOMPS and the dragons are forced to continue paying attention to May. Her shoulder bow fires at the gish down the hall and, while it misses, the gish is marked. She raspberries the dragons.


Minor: Daring Shot
Standard: Maysic Ranged v Gish 1. Miss(29)

Narrator
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Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 07:00
Scales of War: EPIC!
A gith warrior fires at Mittens and misses.  Then the Chosen that Rai is facing off against throws a flurry of flaming stars at her and Mits!  Three miss, but the fourth hits Rai in the face, burning through her fire protection!

( Crit for 22.  Resist 10 = 12 damage

With this Third set of enemies, I'll grant a super milestone.  +1 AP that can be used in same encounter as standard AP.  And all encounter powers recharge.  Plus anyone can spend as many heal surges as they want as a free action.  This to compensate for the fact that we're not getting any rest at all between these new waves of enemies. ))

This message was last edited by the player at 07:05, Thu 31 Mar 2016.

Raichel
 player, 635 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 23:26
Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel shakes off the fire kaboom to the face, steps torwards the gish and smacks him up against the wall with her staff! "You know... I really appreciate that I've been learning githyanki martial arts through all this." Still, she makes a mental note to get a gith martial arts master to teach her and find out what she missed.


Five Storms v Gish 1. Hit(33)!
 dmg: 20


Gish 1 HP: 316 - 20 = 296

Kyle
 player, 1311 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 23:33
Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle steps back over to the group, and fires off an M Weapon shot mostly for the sake of it's buffs and hit chances (good thing too, considering it barely hit).  Though the bit of damage dealt personally certainly doesn't hurt matters.  Just the dragon.

OOC: M weapon buff: +1 hit, +5 DMG rolls.
Mittens. May. Tim.

Narrator
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Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 00:20
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In the room beyond, the group sees:

An enormous idol of Tiamat dominates this otherwise bare
chamber. Two githyanki stand guard before it. One wears
antiquated plate armor and wields a silvery blade. The
other is dressed in scorched robes and is obviously undead.
Also in this room are two ghostly githyanki knights, echoes
of the living warrior opposite them. They turn as one, ready
for the attack.


"Get the Marmuts and devils," the knight orders the ghost knights.

It rushes into the fire room, sword at the ready.  One of the ghosts opens the door to the west and calls in, "Intruders.  Come."

A gith warrior shoots Mits!  The zombie fire mage enters the room.

"Feel the fiery wrath of Kryizoth!"

It lights Kyle on fire with pulsing flame!

This message was last edited by the player at 00:21, Fri 01 Apr 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 865 posts
Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 00:36
Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius points both his staves at the dragon who just came out of the regrets Timothius caused him. White fire comes out of one staff while a blue circle of magic spins from the other staff!

The dragon ducks away from the flame, but the circle of magic slaps onto him, sealing him. His scales become slightly translucent. "You know; since you guys think we like to bluff our enemies, I can be candid all I like. I appreciate you dragons providing a body shield for us. Maybe we should consider keeping you alive once you are close to death."


Sacred Flame v D2. Miss(26)
ACTION POINT!
Astral Seal v D2. Hit(45)!
 -2 defenses. Next ally to hit D2 regains d6+9 hp.

Mittens
 GM, 1899 posts
Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 01:27
Scales of War: EPIC!
A chosen runs to the center of the room and fires a force bolt at May.  Once again, the attack bounces off like bullets off Superman's chest.  Mits flies up to the center of the room.

"Tera Flare!"

Her staff floats midair as she raises her hands up.  The roof begins to rip open.

"BAHAMUT BEAM!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...youtu.be&t=1m59s

A massive blast descends from the sky and ker-splodes the room, lighting the enemy on fire!  The chorus of screams from the enemy is drowned out by the deafening blast and resulting near vacuum that is replaced by the colder outside air rushing like a torrent into the room!

Mits takes hold of her staff again.  "Rawr."

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:27, Fri 01 Apr 2016.

May
 player, 660 posts
Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 04:51
Scales of War: EPIC!
"Wow, Mitts. How am I supposed to top that?" May asks.

Rai can be heard in the other room yelling, "Seriously?! I missed another super cool Mittens attack?! NO FAAAAIR!"

May gets a nervous grin like she messed up by mentioning Mitts' attack. She leaps up, uppercutting the dragon and causing it to stumble back a couple feet. When she lands, she whirls in a spiral of weapons, slashing and bludgeoning the two dragons before arriving passed them.


Standard: Weapon Mayster's Strike v D2. Hit(39)!
 dmg: 36 and slide D2 up 1.
ACTION POINT! Resist 10 all
Standard: Inexerable Advance v D2, D1. Hit(39)! CRIT(44)!
 dmg: 41
 CRIT dmg: 54


Dragon 2 HP: 357 - 36 - 41 = 280
Dragon 1 HP: 260 - 54 = 206

Narrator
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Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 05:10
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One of the dragons roars in rage, stunning May!

"You dare evoke that name in here!  You'll pay for that!"

The dragon flies up to Mittens and slashes her with his claws!  Rai's gish does some fancy sword flourish attacking repeatedly and manages to connect!  One of the ghosts opens the door to the east and calls in, "Intruders.  Come."
Raichel
 player, 636 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 05:36
Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel slams her palm into the gish, teleporting them both so that Rai can be at the doorway. "Dare? DARE?! She is an invoker who speaks with the gods like I speak with you now! You wanna be like that?! Fine! I'm chanting his name for the rest of the FIGHT! BAHAMUT!"

"BAHAMUT!" ZAP! The gish and two dragons get zapped!

"BAHAMUT!" Much to her surprise, the deity Mittens summoned earlier is still there, answers Raichel's summon and shoots a beam, this time focused, JUST for the dragon who objected to his name.


Step Between the Worlds v Gish 1. CRIT(43)!
 dmg: 58
ACTION POINT! 3 enemies take 6 damage. Chose Gish1, D1, D2
Thunderstroke v Dragon 1. CRIT(42)!
 dmg: 104


Gish 1 HP: 296 - 58 - 6 = 232
Dragon 1 HP: 151 - 104 = 41
Dragon 2 HP: 280 - 6 = 274

This message was last edited by the player at 05:39, Fri 01 Apr 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1312 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 05:43
Scales of War: EPIC!
  See, the reason Raichel rolled double crits is obvious.

  She's talking like a Pokemon.

  "I'm still not giving you a pass for that secret passage. Even with the holy lasers" Kyle comments to Bahamut Cameo, regardless of it's the real deal or not.  That said, he snaps off a forceful (hah) shot against the most injured insubstantial opponent.  Landing middling, but full, damage.
Narrator
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Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 06:36
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"And for every time you utter that name, I claw your friends!"

The dragon rakes May's stunned face... doing no actual harm.  It roars in frustration!  One of the knights swings his fist and a fist made of force punches Mittens!  Doing no actual harm.

An appalling reek greets from the room beyond.A
 stench transcending ordinary decay. Two winged humanoids
wielding tridents approach, and a crackling orb of lightning comes to life,
slashing the air with energy.


One of the storm devils giggles.  <Supernal>"So these are infamous Champions of the Gods.  This should be fun!"

It blasts the heroes with a huge bolt of lightning!  Kryizoth fires a bolt of energy at Mits and misses.  "Curses!"

She retreats back into the room she came from.  One of the ghosts tries to telekinetically yoink Mits from her carpet but fails.  So it simply flies up to her and slashes her!
Timothius
 GM, 866 posts
Sat 2 Apr 2016
at 02:59
Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius walks north and says in a pitying tone, "You won't last long enough to follow through with that, dragon. But it really is a stupid threat since you would have clawed at us anyway. Not that your claws amount to much more than chicken scratches to us.... poor babies."

He makes a gripping motion and the divine seal transfers from one dragon to the one running his mouth.


Astral Seal v Dragon 1. Hit(36)!
 -2 defenses, next ally to hit D1 regains d6+9 hp

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:04, Sat 02 Apr 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1900 posts
Sat 2 Apr 2016
at 03:34
Scales of War: EPIC!
A gish unleashes a flurry of burning ninja stars at May and Mits, burning Mits!  A  squat humanoid with steel skin and wielding greatsword speeds into the room!  It charges May, and the force of its attack pushes her into the burning pool!

"Mittens can't think of any clever thing to add.  Sibs already said it well enough."

Mits flies to the left a bit and cluster-bombs the room, taking out the big-mouth dragon and the ghost Kyle had weakened!

"Carpet bomb!"

She gulps down a lightning resist potion.

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:13, Sat 02 Apr 2016.

May
 player, 661 posts
Sat 2 Apr 2016
at 03:51
Scales of War: EPIC!
May is pushed into the fire pool! ...and just stands there with her head bowed. She slowly lifts her head, a grin across her face as fire drips from her. "Still not hurt." she comments with a cackle and some fire spilling from her mouth.


Stunned. Turn ends, stun ends (since dragon is dead and we don't know when it went anyway, so Chris said "screw it, jut end the stunned)
Aftereffect: -2 attacks (save ends)

Narrator
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Sat 2 Apr 2016
at 04:17
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The remaining ghost flies up to Mits and stabs her in the throat!  She begins to choke on her blood!

"Pride comes before a fall."

The chosen gish steps up to Rai and opens up a quadruple attack, slashing her across the arm!  One of the lightning devils enters and zaps Mittens, laughing!

"Cat must have her tongue!"
Raichel
 player, 637 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
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Sat 2 Apr 2016
at 04:58
Scales of War: EPIC!
"Ugg. The real fight is out there." Raichel says in annoyance. She feints an attack and the Gish dodges only to see Raichel teleport to the door and burst with electricity before turning into lightning again and zapping through almost all the enemies present!

The storm feels the full force of Raichel's lightning, despite his massive resistance! " 'Pride comes before the fall' he says after the braggart dragon got felled exactly as Timothius said. The truth of the matter is that the stronger will rise victorious and the weaker will fall. Pride or no pride."


Standard: Step Between the Worlds v Gish 1. Miss(28)
Move: Teleport 4
ACTION POINT! 6 dmg to Gish 1, Dragon 2, Knight
Spark Form v D2, Knight, Marut 1, Storm Devil 1, Primal Storm, Chosen 2
 Hit(39)!, Hit(36)!, Hit(30)!, Hit(29)!, Hit(32)! Hit(29)!
 base dmg: 27
 D2: +16, Knight: +12, Primal Storm: +12, Chosen 2: +16


Gish 1 HP: 232 - 6 = 226
Dragon 2 HP: 195 - 6 - 43 = 146
Knight HP: 225 - 6 - 39 = 180 bloodied
Marut 1 HP: 132 - 27 = 105
Storm Devil 1 HP: 169 - 27 = 142
Primal Storm HP: 103 - 39 = 64 bloodied
Chosen 2: 116 - 43 = 73

This message was last edited by the player at 05:01, Sat 02 Apr 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1313 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 2 Apr 2016
at 05:15
Scales of War: EPIC!
  So, the good news is Kyle nails the majority of engaged enemies with paci dust (while missing Mittens, because of course an explosion of powder is neat and tidy like that).

  The bad news is his crossbow shot across multiple rooms goes wide and doesn't manage to finish off the fire mage for the party.
Narrator
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Sat 2 Apr 2016
at 05:39
Scales of War: EPIC!
A marut opens the eastern door.  The remaining dragon snarls and slashes at May in the pool of fire.  May still unharmed.  A storm devil zaps Mits, giggling some more.

"This one's almost dead!  Finish her off!"

The zombie fire mage pivots the giant Tiamat statue to reveal a secret door behind it!  She then flees into the spiral staircase beyond.

"Master!  Intruders!  The Champions of the Prime Material are here!"

The other lightning devil is annoyed with Kyle.  "Would that I could.  But this one has prevented my fun.  For now."

It flies over to a near flanking position against Kyle and gives him a wicked grin.  "Boo."
Timothius
 GM, 867 posts
Sat 2 Apr 2016
at 06:08
Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "Almost only counts in horse shoes." as he waves a hand and causes Mittens' wounds to all revert to full health; even her clothing repairs itself. "I can do that all day, by the way. And I can immediately bring someone back from the dead to full health. Give up your hopeless fight."


Dazed. Save throw at beginning of turn as per Superior Will: 4 fail.
Minor: Healing Word on Mittens; 66
 Mittens Save Throw: 6 fail
 +7 to Mittens' defenses
 +5 thp to all allies.
Save: 2 fail.


Mittens HP: 37 + 66 = MAX 101+5thp

Mittens
 GM, 1901 posts
Sat 2 Apr 2016
at 06:37
Scales of War: EPIC!
Annoyed they can't attack, several enemies try to surround Kyle.  Mits has no less than three rings of tweetie birds flying around her head for as much as she was dazed and stunned.  She manage to shake off the worst of it, at least.

"Oooh!  Rainbow butterflies!"

A swarm of rainbow colored butterflies flutter about and kersplode the enemy, destroying the ball of lightning!  Some of them offer to carry Kyle and May to more advantageous positions.

Mits mews happily, pawing at the air, trying to catch her imaginary tweetie birds.  "Thanks, bro!  Feeling much better!"
May
 player, 662 posts
Sat 2 Apr 2016
at 06:49
Scales of War: EPIC!
May takes the butterflies up on their offer and high-fives Kyle as they pass each other, May taking his place!

May lets out a powerful ROAR and causes the dragon to slide over to her, as well as causing the enemies who once surrounded Kyle to realize May is the threat now. She gives them all a broad grin, her pupils narrowing to near-slits. "And just think... we still haven't used our best abilities yet. We're saving that for your boss."


Come and Get It v D2,M1,Gish2,Devil1,Knight
 Hit(33)! Hit(35)! Hit(37)! Hit(42)! Miss(30)
 dmg: 27 (23 to Devil1)


Dragon 2 HP: 78 - 27 = 51
Marut 1 HP: 75 - 27 = 48
Gish 2 HP: 11 - 27 = KO
Devil 1 HP: 82 - 23 = 59
Knight HP: 118 - 5 = 113

Narrator
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Sat 2 Apr 2016
at 07:16
Scales of War: EPIC!
An ice-blue insectoid humanoid enters the room and turns to look
at you, its longspear raised in challenge,

"Soo.  These are the intruders.  Has the master been informed yet?"

A chosen gish blasts May with force, but she holds her ground.

"Yeah."

Finally a ghost flies next to Kyle and Raichel.  It slashes Mits across the brow then gashes Rai's neck in a spray of blood!  Mits mews sadly for Rai's boo-boo.
Raichel
 player, 638 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 2 Apr 2016
at 17:25
Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel opens her mouth and lightning shoots out into the storm devil's face before bouncing over and giving the ghost a bit of a jolt! "So... happy... the enemies fear us this much. They really are scared enough to ask for help and even cry to their boss! When he gets here, that's when we'll really show 'em what we got."


Save v dazed: 4 fail
Standard: Furious Bolts. CRIT(42)! Hit(36)! Miss(26)
 Crit dmg: 65
 normal dmg: 29/2 = 14
Save v dazed: 7 fail


Storm Devil 2 HP: 169 - 65 = 105
Tlaikith Forlorn 2 HP: 104 - 14 = 90

Kyle
 player, 1314 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 2 Apr 2016
at 19:50
Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle considers his options, but fortunately his players voiced frustrations about damage dice aside, has enough self awareness to know what's best for his friends at the moment.

  So he throws alchemical salts at Raichel, throws more alchemical salts at Mittens, and then loads his crossbow and shoots Timothius in the face!... but it's okay because it's a curative item! Thanks, magical chemistry!

  The Gith spirit right behind him takes a swing at Kyle for daring to ignore them, and... Misses? "But... how? You weren't even moving!"  "For a psychic manifestation, you have very little understanding how metaphysics work." Double down on playing chicken with Murphy.  Not caring if you get hit by the enemy, and having little impact on the encounter if you died now that all your buffs are in place.

  Speaking of which, he summons the Punishing Eye, because really this chain of enemies is only going to keep going, and they are in a reasonably small indoors map to not have it uselessly out of range forever even with it's small move speed.

  Buffs... Oh right, he didn't refresh resistive...Tim will PROBABLY be able to heal/Rez Raichel.

Minor: Clarity salts to Raichel. Clears Dazed/Stun.
Minor: Clarity salts to Mittens.  Clears Dazed/Stun.
Standard/Minor?: Shoot Tim in the face with Clarity salts. Clears Dazed/Stun/Sinuses.

Action Point: Eyeball: (purple box) Deals 6 Psychic DMG itself, when ally attacks hit (includes No damage attacks, like astral seal). Enemies can't have concealment in radius. (Oh right, none of these gith enemies resist Psychic, haha).

Narrator
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Sun 3 Apr 2016
at 04:49
Scales of War: EPIC!
The gith knight's first swing at May misses.  But the second one hits and makes her vanish into a pocket dimension!  A wicked sneer of pride crosses his face and he closes in on Kyle.  The eastern Marut flies above Timothius and slashes down on him twice!  Doing no apparent harm.  Two more ice devils enter the room and close in on Timothius and Kyle.  A storm devil stabs at Rai but misses.

"Unbelievable.  They really are as annoying as the rumors say."

The dragon claws twice at Kyle but misses.  Another storm devil zaps Rai, doing actual harm!

"We just have to be patient.  Just because they claim to be able to heal all day doesn't make it true.  Wear them down!"



Dimensional Exile (free, when the githyanki knight hits with
a melee attack; encounter) F Teleportation
The target is sent to a pocket dimension (save ends). The
target is removed from play and cannot take actions.
When the target ends the effect, it returns to the space it
last occupied or the closest unoccupied space.

Unsure if a monster can squeeze as part of a charge.  Erring on the side of "no."  Unsure about 3-dimentional and reach flanking rules...  rolls so low it doesn't really matter.
Kyle
 player, 1315 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 3 Apr 2016
at 04:57
Scales of War: EPIC!
OOC: Squeezing would so not work out, yeah.

1: It takes a move action to squeeze on the first place.
2: Half move speed.
3: Grants CA
4: -5 penalty to attack rolls.

Granted, it is a free action to stop squeezing (Glossary makes sure to note "No, this doesn't trigger AoO -.-")  But still.
Timothius
 GM, 869 posts
Tue 5 Apr 2016
at 03:25
Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius points at the Knight. "Take him down, but do not kill him."

The knight then feels empty and lonely as he feels any ties with his god or kind gone. And then the flying robot eyeball gives a disappointed look at the knight. Ouch.

Timothius answers, "You do not have the luxury of patience. You will all be defeated before we've begun to wear out. Which reminds me..."

He points at Raichel and she heals to full as severely as Mittens did earlier.


Standard: Sever the Source on Knight
 Knight is vulnerable 16 all.
 Eyeball dmg: 6
 Knight resists 5, but... heehee vulnerable 16, so guess what?
Minor: Healing Word on Raichel: 73 hp
 Save: n/a
 +7 to all defenses
 +5 thp to everyone (but May)


Knight HP: 98 - 17 = 81
Raichel HP: 31 + 73 = 104+5thp

Mittens
 GM, 1904 posts
Tue 5 Apr 2016
at 05:08
Scales of War: EPIC!
Now that there
is no ceiling, the heroes are afforded a good look at the raging battle
above. Astral skiffs maneuver, launching volleys at pact
dragons and their riders. The githyanki are tearing
themselves apart.

One of the maruts teleports next to Kyle swinging twice.  One of the attacks draws blood!

Mits nods to Timo and slips between the enemies.  "Woohoo!  Thanks for breaking me free, Kyle!"

She grins at Kyle's punishing eye and points her staff at it.  The eye lasers the room, dropping the Marut and the dragon!

"Pineapples!"

Mits tosses a bunch of pinapples around, and they begin to glow and blink.  A dracolich appears to the north and roars!

The voice of a massive dragon
thunders from up the spiral stair, “It seems you have other guests. Attend
to them. Your house does not seem to be in order, Zech'r'r,
and our queen will be displeased.”

Vraxanault, immense red dragon exarch of Tiamat,
wings his way out through the roof of the tower, right into
the raging battle overhead.

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:26, Tue 05 Apr 2016.

May
 player, 663 posts
Tue 5 Apr 2016
at 05:09
Scales of War: EPIC!
Within seconds, May begins blinking back into existence before BOOM! She appears! "Nice try, but all you did was get rid of me for a few seconds."


Save throw: 19 success!
Narrator
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Wed 6 Apr 2016
at 03:55
Scales of War: EPIC!
The gish rushes May and double attacks.  Dealing no harm.  The ghost gashes Kyle then backs away from Mits' pinapple before it pops.  An ice devil spears Mits and backs away from his pinapple.

A new enemy appears and approaches, slow clapping.

The githyanki before you can only be Zetch’r’r. He has the
bearing of a veteran warrior and is not slowed by the black
plate armor covering his body. A crude iron crown rests on
his brow, a ruby-encrusted scepter hangs from his weapon
belt, and a silver sword rests easy in his hand. He glowers
at you with his one good eye--the other is gone and in its
place is a fat onyx stone.
“You are a troublesome company. I credit you for your
persistence, but now . . . now, it is time for you to die.”


Attending Zetch’r’r are four handmaidens, fanatical
githyanki warriors with intricate tattoos covering
their bodies. They wield long, serpentine daggers.

One of them teleports in with him.


In a burst of awesomeness, your character becomes epic!  Complete with all the benefits of an extended rest!  Feel free to play up the surge!

This message was last edited by the player at 04:38, Wed 06 Apr 2016.

Raichel
 player, 639 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 6 Apr 2016
at 06:18
Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel's voice goes from her normal girl voice to her burning energy voice as she says, "If I die today, Zetch'r'r... I'm taking you with me!"

Time freezes for everyone for a moment. The sky filled with still images of the battle above. The room filled with frozen combatants engaged in a fight. Silence accompanies this moment of frozen time. Then, while everything else is frozen, a sphere of pure lightning expanding from Raichel before imploding back to her. When it collides with Raichel, there is a loud crack like lightning striking where she stands and in her place is a different version of the girl. She has a lightning bolt at the tip of her electric-cord tail. Her ears look like bolts of lightning. Her skin now covered in an orange tone and her tiger-striped cheeks now have yellow circles in their place.

Time returns to normal the moment the thunderclap happens, but it is clear now that just as Zetch'r'r had his little slow-clap monologue, it is the heroes' turns to do as much before the fight breaks out.
Timmy
 Player, 47 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Wed 6 Apr 2016
at 06:29
Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius looks shocked (unintended pun, but keeping it anyway) at the transformation, but manages to keep his head in the game. He has seen an exarch crushed under a plushy, after all. He closes his eyes. "No, Zetch'r'r. None of the heroes of light die today. And you will be sad to find that you too will not die."

He is glowing. He has been able to since the group started adventuring. But his glow gets brighter until nobody can look at him and all have to hide their eyes. Well... except his allies, who see pretty much just a humanoid silhouette made of light that then sprouts feathery wings. A choir sound can be heard as if angels are singing Timothius' inauguration into their fold.

The light dies down and in his place is a fluffy white kitty with angelic wings, a bushy tail, and a halo. In a musically soft voice, Timothius says, "You will face justice... forever."
May
 player, 664 posts
Wed 6 Apr 2016
at 06:41
Scales of War: EPIC!
May had to see these things, so she never hid her eyes the whole time. Besides... she trusts her allies to not blind her without warning "cover your eyes" or something.

Having seen the twins transform, she comments in an awed tone, "Awe-inspiring as always. I love you guys..." She then looks at Zetch'r'r. "Tell me that wasn't cool. You can't! OK ok... umm... my turn. Ummmm..."

She stomps on the ground. "Rawr!" she looks around at herself. "...just pretend I changed into something cool like the twins just did, OK?"
Kyle
 player, 1317 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 6 Apr 2016
at 06:50
Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle checks his crossbow.

  Oh, a cog has been out of alignment this whole time since level 1, how embarrassing.  He knocks it into proper position, much better.

  "I expect the worst part of dying for you, Zetch'r'r, will be that you are no longer in the presence of my friends."

  Kyle's 9 Charisma increases to 10, Flip Clock style.
Mittens
 GM, 1906 posts
Wed 6 Apr 2016
at 07:04
Scales of War: EPIC!
When baddie showed up, Mits checked a few things off her checklist.  Once he was done monologing, her hair started getting all miyazaki-style floaty as she pointed her finger dramatically, about to give a come-back.

https://phillylawblog.files.wo...9-phoenix_wright.jpg

But then time stops and her sibs get all epic!  Mits face-faults!

http://2dforever.com/wordpress...s/2013/06/img160.jpg

"!!!"

Yes!  Mittens' dramatic epic transformation has been halted by super awesome twin kitten coolness!  She's so stunned, she doesn't even narrate this!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM1Ay85de3U  XD!

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:07, Wed 06 Apr 2016.

Raichel
 player, 640 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 7 Apr 2016
at 03:28
Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel gives a confident, challenging smile to Zetch'r'r. Her voice sounding a bit more adult-like (with an after-effect echo that sounds like liquid energy), she says, "Put up or shut up, Clappy."

Lightning streaks through the air, the sound of ripping atmosphere traveling to Zetch's smug face and turns into a fist made of lightning that punches him in the nose, causing him a broken nose! WHAM!


Minor: Lightning in the Blood
Standard: Lightning Daggers v Zetch'r'r. CRIT(45)!
 dmg: 71


Zetch'r'r HP: 428 - 71 = 357

Kyle
 player, 1318 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 7 Apr 2016
at 04:02
Scales of War: EPIC!
  Idea: Buff Mittens so she can nuke things harder.
  Problem: There is a knight between him and safely shifting to Mittens.
  Solution: Backhand the already nearly dead Gith out of the way.  (He's not dead, that would mean May couldn't kick him when he's down)

  "Here you go, Mittens."  There is no consistent look for the Sigil of Luck.  Because Luck itself isn't consistent.  We file this under the 'More of an Art than a Science' portion of magic.

OOC: +1 hit, +6 DMG rolls all encounter for Mittens.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:03, Thu 07 Apr 2016.

Narrator
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Thu 7 Apr 2016
at 04:42
Scales of War: EPIC!
Two more handmaidens enter and join their master.  The marut double attacks Timothius and slashes him!  It then backs away from his pinapple, but gets punched back near to the wall by Timothius!

"We got 'em right where we want 'em!"

The two ice devils blast the area with cold!  They both then step away from their pinapples.

"Hahaha KABOOM!" one of the storm devils cheers as he kersplodes the same area, blasting Mits silly!  Kryizoth fires a dark beam at Mits but misses.  The second storm devil blasts the same area, shoving Timothius into the wall and Kyle over near Raichel!


Mits, Kyle, May, and Timo are all dazed until the end of their next turns.
Timmy
 Player, 48 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Thu 7 Apr 2016
at 06:02
Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius shakes off the daze and heads over to the center of the room, not needing to use his wings yet. He smiles and bursts with energy, causing the entire room to get a crystallized sheen. The walls and floor seem to twinkle with stars. In that musical voice, in a tone that suggests he is a parent and the enemies are toddlers, he says to the enemies, "Nice tries. But not enough just yet."



Superior Will save v dazed: 13 success
Ring of Sympathy Mittens Save: 18 success
Move: To center of room
Standard: Hallowed Ground
 Effect: +2 attacks, saves and defenses while in zone until end of encounter.


Side note: Timothius has crit. He now can use Healing Word an extra time. Thanks to the free recharge of everything, this means 4 uses of Healing Word remain.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:44, Thu 07 Apr 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1907 posts
Thu 7 Apr 2016
at 07:43
Scales of War: EPIC!
"So awesome you two!  ThanksforthebuffKyle!"

Mits teleports to the doorway, tears of joy streaking down her cheeks.

"Burn!"

An intense mushroom cloud of fire drops the handmaidens and lights all the enemies on fire.  https://youtu.be/xfNTsw63X9Y?t=2m47s

Mits head-tilts in curiosity when a flower made of fire descends into her hand.
http://www.getserialkey.com/images/FIre%20Flower.jpg
(Monster Intern Edit: Seriously My Antivirus goes loud every time this page even loaded over this.)


She blink-blinks as she stares at it, then gets an epiphany.

"Oh!  I feel it!  Ii FfEeLl TtHhEe CcOoSsMmOoSs."

https://youtu.be/oxAlLCjCkMA?t=2m27s

The walls vanish and a ghostly image of the mausoleums the group passed on the way to the Chromatic Bastion appear.  Ghostly images of the heroes fighting wrath spirits, slaughter wights, and a tormenting ghost appear, replaying the scene from earlier.

Mittens:
"Raichel, nooo!" Echo Mits screams.

She grits her teeth in rage, tears of magma flowing down her cheeks.

<Primordial>"^@#$% YOU!!"

Bits of ground float for half a second before a massive burst slams the entire area, leaving the enemy ablaze!  Even the god corpse is burning!

https://youtu.be/wukyrxavkJo?t=17s


The blast from the past is too much for the devils, and all but one collapse!  Mittens' flower transforms into a tiny seed that begins to orbit her head like an Ioun stone.  She smiles at her sis and winks.

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:37, Thu 07 Apr 2016.

Monster Intern
 Intern, 51 posts
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Thu 7 Apr 2016
at 08:03
Scales of War: EPIC!
OOC: Honestly, I'd expect Mittens to be more at home with Saint Seiya style feeling Cosmos-*manly laser punches exploding into a Pegasus constellation while 80s music plays* ooooow.

Also, that fireflower link makes my antivirus block it <.<

This message was last edited by the player at 08:03, Thu 07 Apr 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 871 posts
Thu 7 Apr 2016
at 17:44
Scales of War: EPIC!
I used my RPOL powers to fix it so you don't have to go to the link to see the flower. Lemme know if it still blocked the image.
Monster Intern
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Thu 7 Apr 2016
at 20:22
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius:
I used my RPOL powers to fix it so you don't have to go to the link to see the flower. Lemme know if it still blocked the image.

Made the warning pop up just for loading the page and blocked the direct image <.<
I edited it out for now just to keep my Antivirus from screaming at me ever time I refresh the page.

Random grab bag image links being what they are I guess.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:22, Thu 07 Apr 2016.

Narrator
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Fri 8 Apr 2016
at 06:54
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"I am winter.  I am death."

The dracolich steps closer and blasts the heroes with a blast of icy black necrotic energy, stripping away their resistances!
May
 player, 665 posts
Fri 8 Apr 2016
at 07:24
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May stomps her foot, loosing herself from dazed and then trots up to the chosen gith, grabs him by the leg, twirls him around like she was competing in discus throwing, and tosses him across the room in an incredible show of strength even for her! The gith goes flying 35 feet before slamming into one of the ice devils! "Hi Winterdeath! I am May! Oh and your seed doesn't miss you. It didn't mention anything about its parents."


Superior Will save throw: 7 fail.
Minor: Auto-save from dazed
Move: To Chosen 1
Standard: Grab and toss! Athletics: 37
 /5 = 7. May tosses Chosen 7 squares northeast!


Maych-P: 153 - 10 = 143

Narrator
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Fri 8 Apr 2016
at 07:50
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The sheer force of Angry Echo Mits' continual damage makes Zetch’r’r's fake obsidian eye fall out of it's socket!  He grits his teeth against the pain and begins to slowly struggle forward.  He reaches his hand forward and Mits is slammed with enough force to nearly drop her to her knee.

"I will rule this city!  And your pathetic Material world as well!"

With an impressively deft maneuver, the emperor stabs Mits through her belly and out her back!  He then slings her around to be behind himself and recovers his now crimson silver sword from her with a twist of the blade!

The chosen gish struggles to his feet, as the force of the Echo Mits makes a nearby ice devil crumble to dust.  He stumbles as he fires a bolt of force at Timothius, missing entirely.

"They're too strong, Emp...  Ah to hells with it.  You're an idiot and a prick!  I'll smile if I get to see them take you down before me!"
Raichel
 player, 641 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 8 Apr 2016
at 08:21
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel teleports up to Zetch'r'r, flanking him with Mittens, and palms him in the chest, causing him to vanish for a second while Raichel thwacks the dragon, only to turn around and face the now-teleported-behind-Raichel Zetch'r'r. "Who has who where they want them, Zetch'r'r?"

Lightning is zapping off Raichel at random. One bolt misses Zetch, but another hits him anyway and two more hit the dracolitch and the chosen.

She then puts a fist into a hand in a martial-arts style salute before the two of them are surrounded in an arena. "There is no escape, Zetch'r'r." WHAM! Actual fist to the already-broken nose! "Last chance: Surrender."


Move: Teleport 4 to flank Zetch'r'r with Mittens!
Standard: Step Between the Worlds v Zetch'r'r. Hit(39)!
 dmg: 54
 dmg to Winterdeath: 7
Free: Lightning Daggers v Zetch'r'r. Miss(28)
ACTION POINT! 8 damage to 3 creatures within 5 (Zetch, Winterdeath, Chosen 1)
Duel of Fates v Zetch'r'r. Hit(32)!
 dmg: 62 and granting CA (Save ends)


Zetch'r'r HP: 203 - 54 - 62 = 87
Winterdeath HP: 203 - 7 - 8 = 188
Chosen 1 HP: 216 - 8 = 208

Kyle
 player, 1319 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 8 Apr 2016
at 22:02
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle lines up a shot, and sends a crossbow bolt sailing past Zetch'r'r to nail the Dracolich in the knee.

  "Your mortal toys are of no-"  Winterdeath is interrupted as they crash face first into the floor, as the delayed force detonation pulverizes more knee than an undead can simply shrug off.

  "Raichel, could you hurry up with whoever it is in there with you so we can move onto more important things?"

OOC: Kyle makes his save throw.
Master's Surge boosted Forceful weapon vs Winterdeath. Hits. 55 Force DMG total.
 SAVE ENDS prone, to Winterdeath. (So even if they do save first thing, that's still at the end of their next turn).
Winterdeath HP: 188-55 = 133

EDIT: Note to self. Remember to fix sheet with Mage shard and the fact Master's Surge is a DAILY, not encounter

This message was last edited by the player at 22:38, Fri 08 Apr 2016.

Narrator
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Sat 9 Apr 2016
at 03:40
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Now that Winterdeath has stripped you of your resistance, Kryizoth will end you!"

The boasting lych fires a bolt at the immobilized Mittens... and misses.  "To the hells with you!  You cannot dodge this!"

He rushes over to be next to Mits to catch her in his dark aura!  The storm devil courses with lightning.

"Hmm... Eenie meanie miney... MOE!"

It blasts the area between Timothius and May!  May is zapped and blasted back fifteen feet!
Timmy
 Player, 49 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Sat 9 Apr 2016
at 04:08
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius waves a hand, reverting all the damage done to Mittens. He then flies over to be near Mittens. On his way, Zetch slashes at Timothius! But Timothius does a barrel roll and blocks the slash with his wings before landing and says, "Now feel the same."

With that, he holds up his coinpurse and blood begins ripping from the enemies. Even as this is happening, Timothius BURSTS with light, causing the enemies to feel so naked, they wonder if they are wearing skin, much less clothes.


Minor: Healing Word on Mittens: 76
 Mittens surges: 8 - 1 = 7
 Timothius surges: 9 - 1 = 8
 Mittens save: 5 fail
 +8 Mittens Defenses
Move: Past Zetch to be in a good spot.
 Zetch AoO v Timothius. Hit(38)!
  dmg: 9 normal and 9 psychic (Tim resists 10)
ACTION POINT! +4 to all non-damage attacks
Standard: Penance of Blood v Kryizoth, Winterdeath, Zetch'r'r, Chosen 1.
 Hit(40)! Hit(36)! Hit(44)! Hit(41)!
 Targets are vulnerable 12 ALL
Minor: Solar Enemy
 Targets are now vulnerable 24 radiant


Mittens HP: 26 + 76 = 102+7thp
Timothius HP: 86 + 31 = Full because reasons

Timothius HP: 124+7thp - 9 = 122

This message was last edited by the player at 04:23, Sat 09 Apr 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1908 posts
Sat 9 Apr 2016
at 04:44
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits smiles at her team.

"So... proud!  Thanks, everyone!"

She wipes a tear from her eye.  She then nods over to Rai.

"You wanted to see?  I'll show!"


Once again, a blast from the past shows up to slam the enemy!

Mittens:
Echo Mits flies up to the center of the room.

"Tera Flare!"

Her staff floats midair as she raises her hands up.  The roof begins to rip open.

"BAHAMUT BEAM!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...youtu.be&t=1m59s

A massive blast descends from the sky and ker-splodes the room, lighting the enemy on fire!  The chorus of screams from the enemy is drowned out by the deafening blast and resulting near vacuum that is replaced by the colder outside air rushing like a torrent into the room!

Echo Mits takes hold of her staff again.  "Rawr."


The braggy zombie fire mage is burned to ash!  Mits winks at the enemy, and another massive blast vaporizes the dracolich!  Zech'r'r's face is melting and he drops to his knee!

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:46, Sat 09 Apr 2016.

May
 player, 666 posts
Sat 9 Apr 2016
at 05:26
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May is enraged. This is the second time she got shoved. She didn't use her immune to forced movement stance because she wasn't close enough to the action to bother (if she moves, the power ends).

With as much strength as she demonstrated by throwing that gith 35 feet earlier, May kicks the storm devil in the crotch! WHAM! The devil goes flying. May yells, "You keep getting in my way! Now I will MAKE you my way!"

May darts towards Zetch'r'r, reaches up an empty hand to catch the now-falling storm devil, grabs it by the leg and slams the devil into Zetch'r'r, causing the two to kiss (if the kiss shatters teeth) and then slams the devil onto the ground before pointing down at it, "Give me ONE good reason I shouldn't keep you as my personal pet and shame you for the rest of my natural life?!"

The devil is too unconscious to answer. But May doesn't look like she's in any mood to care about such details.


Superior Will save: 2 fail.
Minor: May takes 10 dmg to save from dazed
Athletics to grab Storm Devil 1: 38
Move: Towards Zetch
Standard: Move and Basic Maylee attack v Storm Devil 1. Hit(35)
 dmg: 36
ACTION POINT!
Standard: Victorious Surge v Storm Devil 1. Hit(40)!
 dmg: 46


Storm Devil 1 HP: 59 - 36 - 46 = Hurting so bad he wishes he was dead
Maych-P: 134 + 40 = FULL

This message was last edited by the player at 05:30, Sat 09 Apr 2016.

Narrator
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Sat 9 Apr 2016
at 05:38
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
As promised, the last enemy smiles to see Zech'r'r defeated by the heroes.

"That was gratifying.  Thanks!  Now if I may impose upon your generosity, allow me a swift death."

He turns the handle of his sword out and points the tip at his heart and falls forward in order to have physics jam his sword through his chest!  But the heroes are lightning fast.  Any of them can stop him from his suicide if they choose to.
Raichel
 player, 642 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 10 Apr 2016
at 23:10
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel almost seems to teleport as she is suddenly in the guy's face with both arms on the gith's blade arm in a bit of a lock that keeps him from committing suicide. "Wait." she says in an almost soft tone. "Why die, known as the servant of Zetch'r'r? Why not live and restore your honor in service to Vlaakith?"

Timothius nods. "We have no reason to kill you now." Every reason to arrest and detain him, but that's beside the point. And this group has certainly had to learn to allow a lot to slide.

May is too busy demanding answers from the unconscious devil while stomping on it and taunting it. Such as taking the baby-talk tone and saying things like "Oh wook at the widdo devo. Can't answer a simple question..." And then going to normal tone and saying, "You will know hurt! You will know shame! Because you delighted in giving your life merely to annoy us, I will devote my life to making you wish I would allow you to go back to the hells!"
Kyle
 player, 1320 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 10 Apr 2016
at 23:15
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "May, that's pointless.  They can't hear you taunt them while unconscious."  He offers the best kobold ever a notepad "Now, he may have trouble responding intelligebly without teeth, so hopefully their penmanship isn't worse."

  The kitty cats seem to have the honor death whatever category covered.
Narrator
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Sun 10 Apr 2016
at 23:29
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The gish is shocked by Rai's unexpected concern for restoring his honor.

"You don't understand.  In my culture, I will never again be trusted.  I will be tried as a traitor and executed.  Why burden my fellows with such a formality and force them to kill yet another of their own?  This is why I asked to be allowed a swift death.  It is the last thing I can do for my people."

"Noble and all, but we're not going to allow it,"
Mits says, taking his sword, "We have a war to end, and we don't have time to argue with you.  Now grab Zechy's ruby scepter and come with us."

He blinks in shock.  Almost looks hopeful.  He takes the scepter as ordered and follows.

"Time to teleport back."
Raichel
 player, 643 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
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Sun 10 Apr 2016
at 23:34
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel looks up and says, "I really wanna fly up there and knock that dragon's teeth out."

Timothius says, "All in due time. We were asked to deal with Zetch'r'r. We did. Vlaakith may ask us to deal with the dragon, or she may kill it herself. Let's find out."

May chains the devil to herself and smiles at Kyle, taking the notepad. "It isn't pointless if yelling at him makes me feel better. But I appreciate the concern for my wasting time. Which I won't do now. Let's go."
Kyle
 player, 1321 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 10 Apr 2016
at 23:59
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle nods to May "True, spite has more healthy applications than the average parent would want to admit."

  He comments to Shocked mc Surprisedenheimers as he starts up the return process "Practicality is slowly becoming more popular."
Mittens
 GM, 1912 posts
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 00:12
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Shortly the characters defeat Zetch’r’r and his allies,
an astral skiff descends through the roof and settles
on the 10' above the floor. Vlaakith and several githyanki
knights exit through the hatch. Vlaakith shows a little
surprise at the change in appearance of the twins but
shakes it off and
congratulates the adventurers on their victory and then starts
looking for the scepter of Ephelomon.

The gish hands it over.

She then makes ready to leave, saying,
“It’s time to finish this.” She turns to board the astral
skiff again.

"You may join me if you wish."

"Don't see why not," Mits says, "Me and Rai both want to kick big red dragon face in the face." 

"I don't expect that to be necessary.  My objective is to show him that the pact is broken and to have him take the dragons from here.  When that happens, all of Zech'r'r's loyalists will know they've lost and the fighting will end."

"I thought all of you fought to the death no matter what," Mits mutters.  But why argue?  She heads to board the skiff.
Timmy
 Player, 50 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 00:20
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May nod and slings the devil over her left shoulder (her right shoulder is for shooting crossbow bolts). "We'll see. But totally coming." she says as she boards the vessel.

Raichel glances at Mittens and says, "I know, right?" before hovering aboard the skiff, the occasional bolt of electricity shooting the floor below her. She gently lands and takes a deep breath, causing her lightning to all travel to her hands rather than randomly everywhere. This has the side effect of very slowly building some ball of lightning between her hands, which she is holding onto.

Timothius flies aboard, "Thank you for the invite, Vlaakith."
Kyle
 player, 1322 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 01:08
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "It would be a pleasant surprise if they simply rolled over, but being ready to smack down their lead before the rest fall in line would be for the best."
Narrator
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Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 01:47
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Vlaakith and her retinue head for the dragon caves
at the opposite side of the city. Through the windows,
the characters can see Tu’narath in flames, and fighting still rages in pockets. Not long after, the skiff
descends and lands on a large floating rock amid the
debris held by the red dragons. There, Vlaakith steps
out and waits.

Moments later, an elder red dragon emerges from
a cave followed by four more dragons of similar
size. Before they have a chance to breathe, Vlaakith
raises her hands to show them the scepter. She says
the following:

“Children of Ephelomon, the pact is ended and your worthy
service is no longer required.”


she shatters the relic with a
telekinetic attack!

The elder red dragon’s eyes narrow for a moment
and then it says, “You have been suitable partners
these long years. It would be a waste to see you
destroyed. We shall leave, but know this: When we
next meet, it shall be as enemies.” The elder dragon
roars and lifts off, and the other dragons follow its
lead. All across the shattered expanse, more dragons leave their caves, some carrying blackened
eggs, others spitting fire, piercing the air with their
screams. As dragons abandon the city in scores, the
few remaining dragons fighting the Separatists take
note and drop their riders to the city streets below
before following their kin. Within minutes, the dragons vanish into the shimmering void, and the city is
once more under githyanki control.

"Alrighty, then!" Mits exclaims, "I guess they had an inkling already that this was a pointless war."
Timothius
 GM, 873 posts
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 02:00
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Seeing this, Timothius slow-blinks before changing back into his wingless form.

Raichel hurls the ball lightning into the sky, "Surprisingly smart." she says in annoyance. But she too changes back to her less-raichu form.

May says, "That was... anticlimactic. But hey! At least we just bore witness to scores of dragons filling the sky and fleeing from a city built on the corpse of a god."

Timothius looks over to "Vlaakith" and says, "I must once again thank you for the opportunity to bear witness to this. Your people have a lot to rebuild; from their homes to their minds, and in many unfortunate cases, their honor. But if I am reading things correctly, you have no further need of us for now and we can go home and claim the assault on the Prime Material is no more?"
Kyle
 player, 1323 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 02:04
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  The only reason Kyle is not surprised, is because it would make the famous lady look bad if it had not gone perfectly.

  He lets Timothius, wings or no wings, deal with the political talk.  Even if it is a simple yess/no question.
Narrator
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Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 02:19
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"You are free to stay in the city for as long as you wish," Vlaakith answers, "But if you are eager to leave, I will gladly have my servants open a portal to the natural world to facilitate your return."

Vlaakith honors whatever agreements she made
with the adventurers and stakes no claim to any
treasures they extracted from the Chromatic Bastion.

"When you choose to go, I will send with you two of my generals.  They will affirm what you say and lend their service when Tiamat inevitably retaliates against your world.  I shall remain here to take command of Tu’narath.  First I will have the Chromatic Bastion razed.  Perhaps use the rubble to build a monument in the dragon cave to signify our independence.  Once I have secured the city, my first order of business will be to extend a hand of peace to my githzerai cousins.  It has been too long, and old grudges have weakened our people.  It is time we laid down our differences and embrace a new culture of unity."

"Good luck with that," Mits says, "Trust won't be easy to regain from a people who were possessed by githyanki ghost spies and whatnot.  You'll at least have the fact that you worked with us instead of against us going for you."

This message was last edited by the player at 02:20, Mon 11 Apr 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 874 posts
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 02:28
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "It will take time, but Vlaakith here is no stranger to waiting and is far more patient, I imagine, than most mortals can ever hope to be. Thank you for your welcome and your offer to take us home. The only reason I would wish to stay would be to personally vouch for a certain someone who was always on your side: Kada'ne. And his help led us to you while also helping with rallying your people for you. If you decide his service would be best here, so be it. But be informed that personally, I found him to be quite diplomatic."

Raichel and May are taking Kyle's approach; Let the catboy do the talking.
Kyle
 player, 1324 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 02:49
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Even with the circumstances involved obtaining his aid in the first place, Kada'ne has already shown himself to be one of the most helpful people we have ever met."   Yes, this includes everyone in the coalition except Amyria.

  "So if anything unfortunate should suddenly happen to him, even without your apparent involvement, it would reflect poorly on you."
Mittens
 GM, 1913 posts
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 02:57
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"I'm sure he will be useful no matter where he ends up serving," Vlaakith answers, "So I shall let him decide what place that will be."

Mits is still surprised the topic of "The Well of Worlds is totally ours!" hasn't come up.  Maybe Vlaak-Gith wasn't entirely aware of that whole business?  Or has her hands full with other concerns?  Either way, she's not going to bring it up.

"Sounds good to me.  Yeah, I think we're all eager to get back home.  Though before we go, I'd like to see the dragon hoard.  I imagine a whole cave full of dragons wound up with quite the impressive pile."

"As you wish."
May
 player, 667 posts
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 03:07
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius nods to Vlaakith. "Thanks again..."

May yells, "Dragon hooooorde!" and charges into the cave.

The twins shrug and follow.
Kyle
 player, 1325 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 03:13
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle follows his friends, more looking forward to seeing them Scrooge Mc Duck with the loot than anything.  Of course, the actual novelty of being paid directly, even if only in the sense of being given permission to loot their enemies, is not lost upon him.
Mittens
 GM, 1914 posts
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 03:27
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The group finds the cave picked clean, save for a few broken and empty black eggs.  Closer inspection shows that they are hinged and have clasps.

"Shoulda guessed," Mits mutters, "They are dragons after all.  Even in a crisis they're too gold happy to leave behind their wealth.  Had a way to transport their treasure on short notice all set up long ahead of time.  Oh well!  Got way better treasure in the form of what we accomplished!"

When asked, Kada'ne elects to join the others in returning to the material world.
May
 player, 668 posts
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 03:36
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May slouches. Then side-hugs Mittens. "It's OK. We have our own gold pile too." shrugs and heads to the Prime Material with the others. Timothius gives the dead god one last look before heading out with the others. Raichel follows, but seems in a little bit of a daze with her own look of serious thought.
Kyle
 player, 1326 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 03:42
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Ah, bad to something closer to my usual assumptions then." Godhood specifically is not likely in Kyle's future, but if it were he'd probably end up the god of payment for services rendered.

  "I will take some small comfort in the fact the dragon control staff was broken this whole time, so it's not even worth a speck of residuum to Vlaakith." Plot grade handwaves aside.
Mittens
 GM, 1915 posts
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 03:59
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits smiles and returns the May hug.  She shrugs to Kyle and heads with the others to Prime Material Land where Amyria is eager to hear news.

Mits boasts, "Success!  Zech'r'r is defeated and replaced!  His replacement agreed to quit attacking the Prime Material!  But that was one heck of a long day.  We need to unwind."

Amyria's usual stoic air is overwhelmed with relief.  "Gods be praised!  I am so happy to hear of your safe return and success!  You certainly deserve the rest you mentioned.  Please, allow me to handle all the busywork of arranging a victory celebration."
Timothius
 GM, 875 posts
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 04:14
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius hugs Amyria and nods. "Thank you so much... we really could use the rest. We nearly lost Raichel."

Raichel says, "Don't be so dramatic. You could've raised me anyway."

Timothius says, "You were too far away, having fallen so far."

Raichel ohs. "...well... close isn't good enough. I'm here. And now you can fly too."

May says, "The twins unlocked some kind of super powers and transformed before our eyes. Timothius became an angel and Raichel became... I don't know. Some kind of avatar of lightning."

Timothius says, "We all unlocked. I was able to feel it. You may not see what is new about you yet, but in time, you will."

May ca-chings! "Yes! Kinda excited to see what Mittens, Kyle and I have become..." She holds up the devil. "How do you like my latest weapon? I'mma keep it alive and humiliate it for a while. Maybe the rest of my life. Maybe just a week."

Raichel ohs! and goes to kiss Mittens. "Thank you for showing me reruns of your neat powers. I was really feeling left out."
Kyle
 player, 1327 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 04:22
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle is still working out the details on that front, even if it still won't compare to the real deal.

  "Thank you Amyria.  Even with the invasion over in the official statement sense, there is still much to be done in having it actually over with.  As well as not having the Coalition simply fall apart as our next problem prepares for arrival."

  He looks over to May.  "I expect it will only last as long as it does May, devils are not as sturdy as weapons.  Even the ones made out of chains and the like."
Mittens
 GM, 1916 posts
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 04:49
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits blushes and chuckles.  "You've become an avatar of hilarious humiliation, May!  I'll never forget how you finished off Zech'r'r!   As for me?  I've become the receiver of hugs and kisses!  Best epic transformation ever!"

She arm-arounds her sis.  "Hehe.  Expect to see more of the same in the future.  I got a nifty flash of insight that allowed me to figure out how to do a tiny bit of time manipulation like that.  Oh the fun me and my avatar of awesome sibs and allies are going to have!"

Amyria blushes at all the thanks and bows.  "You are most welcome, my friends.  Thank you ever so much for all your hard work and steadfastness that won the day.  I pray that there will soon be no need for the Coalition and that the problems to come will be much more sane."

Mits shrugs.  "So long as there is evil, we will strive to overcome it.  So I doubt our challenges will get much easier."

She looks to Timo.  "So...  official pantheon promotion?  Specific deity's blessing?  Spontaneously sprouted wings and changed looks from the goodness within?  Gotta say...  you've surpassed all the storybook heroes I ever looked up to growing up.  None of them spontaneously turned into angels or lighning-tailed cool people mid-fight!  And that's with storybook exaggerations like using a tornado as a mount."

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:51, Mon 11 Apr 2016.

Raichel
 player, 644 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 05:15
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius shrugs a shoulder and smiles over at Mittens. "Kinda yes to all of the above? Pelor gave me the ability to suppress my inner darkness and let my light shine. He gave me the promotion of being his personal spokesman in regards to mercy and life, while you have clearly become his blazing sword."

Raichel says, "More than I know about my state of being. I have no idea why I changed. Just that I can now."

Raichel then looks back at Amyria. "Sorry, Amyria, but we got the strong impression that Tiamat is now going to set her sights on the Prime Material out of spite. She'll likely have all the chromatic dragons wage war on all non-dragons."

May says, "Wouldn't be the first, second, or even third time we've stopped an army. Bring it on! ....................after we rest."
Kyle
 player, 1328 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 05:34
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"I'm sure it is a considered a great responsibility to have, you two."

Totally Happened. Probably:
A man in regal robes with a sun for a head, puts on a pair of sunglasses.

  "Laser."

  "Cats."


Solar Systems drop down like discoballs as Pelor starts breakdancing.  Mittens Imp and Mittens Cherub fly by firing lasers from their eyes as a mountain sized Timothius plushie starts rising in the background

This message was last edited by the player at 05:37, Mon 11 Apr 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1918 posts
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 05:53
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Responsibility is a four letter word," Mits counters with an impish grin, "Well congrats, Timo!  I couldn't have named a better candidate for the job."

Amyria nods and smiles.  "If anyone could repel an army of dragons, it would be you all.  Thank you once again.  Enjoy your well-earned rest."

Extended rest is go!  The following day, Amyria meets the group for breakfast along with several other eager members of the Coalition such as dwarf-face paladin.  Mits smirks.

"Couldn't wait for the debut of Mittens' puppet show of 'How the Prime Material Plane Was Rescued,' I take it?"

Amyria smiles and nods.

"Very well!  You shall have your puppet show!"

Mits' version of what happened includes the various puppets occasionally nomming a fork to stuff some breakfast into the narrator's mouth.
Timmy
 Player, 51 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 06:44
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
.....and if Pelor is that cool, then even Kyle has to admit there is no reason not to worship Pelor.

The kitty twins giggle from the puppet show. May points at several times throughout the tale and says, "Totally happened that way too! No exaggeration!"

Timothius changes into his winged-white-kitty form to show Kalad that part of the story. In turn, Raichel also changes into her raichu look so he can see how she looks that way.
Kyle
 player, 1329 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 01:14
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle may sass the gods, but he has yet to tell his friends to stop worshiping them.

  "Of course, I do wish those dragons had been smart enough to realize the scepter supposedly controlling them had been broken for decades.  It would have saved so many places from invasion."

  OOC: I am now imagining a paladin with an entire Dwarf for a face.
Mittens
 GM, 1921 posts
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 01:38
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Tsh.  I know, right?  Where's the legendary insight and intelligence of dragons I was told about in storybooks?  I haven't really seen it in any of the chromatics we've encountered.  I guess it's only a metallic dragon thing and storybook writers were all, 'We need big, epic enemies for the heroes that don't look like complete morons to our audience, so uh...  Chromatics are toootally super smart!  Honest!'"

Amyria just smiles and shakes her head, choosing not to counter the heroes.  Kalad seems a bit agitated.

"I don't trust those githyanki.  We already have examples aplenty of 'em breaking iron-clad agreements.  I'm thinking those 'helpers' that Gith or Vlaakith or whatever that person really is sent us are in reality spies.  They may be minus their dragons, but they're still very much a threat."

Mits shrugs and says dismissively, "'Keep your enemies closer,' as the saying goes.  Play along and let them believe they've deceived you.  Pride's their biggest weakness.  So long as they think they have you where they want you, they don't expect you to force them to kiss each other and pass out in the next few seconds."

Kalad seems halfway satisfied with the idea.
Timothius
 GM, 876 posts
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 01:58
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius and Raichel change back.

Raichel says, "We can at least trust that they will, for the most part, follow the path that leads to their best interests. Just like with Kada'ne helping us and proving his worth as an ally multiple times. His help, in no small way, contributed to the downfall of Zetch'r'r."

Timothius thinks aloud, "We also have the truth about Vlaakith; that she is, in fact, Gith. I don't know how important that will be to keep secret in the near future. But it gives us a huge advantage. Gith knows we can tell her people who she really is. And once that information becomes obsolete, her people will know they were betrayed. They will know the sting of betrayal and it may stay their desire to betray, lest they be compared to Tiamat or Zetch'r'r. But even if what I just said is just optimism at best, I doubt we have much choice anyway."

May says, "I'm sure the Githzerai are even less excited. Ironic as it sounds, they were more of a target to the Githyanki than we ever were, and they are being asked to both set aside old grudges and try to trust enough to build relations."

Timothius says, "To Gith, the githzerai are just as much her people as the githyanki. She is from an ancient time when the two people were one. So in her case, I don't doubt her sincerity there... but it doesn't change the fact the githzerai are, in fact, being asked to make larger leaps of faith than us."

Raichel looks at Kalad. "Hey, Kalad. Remember. Subtlety? Subterfuge? Direct? In the end, none of it mattered. We punched the enemy until they either stopped moving or submitted."
Kyle
 player, 1330 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 02:09
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "At the very least, any questionable intentions from her are likely to be held back by her desire to wait until Tiamat's forces are dealt with.  Causing direct problems means we stop to punch her plans until they stop moving, rather than her enemy's.  At the very least if we can't expect her to be trustworthy, we can expect her to avoid personal inconvenience until she feels she can get away with it."

  Of course, this is all once more assuming their enemies are not entirely selective in their intelligence based on 'what would inconvenience the party more'.
Narrator
 player, 859 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 02:25
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Kalad laughs at Rai's point about punching!  "Aye!  And even I, who was killed, was brought back to continue with the enemy punching!  Thanks again for that."

Mits chuckles as well and nods to Kyle.  "Lying McUntrustworty Devil Lord claimed that Gith was so super powerful that she didn't need our help to rescue her, but made the important point, supported by events that followed, that we are quite useful to her.  So yeah.  So long as they don't get all, 'To the death!  Because... Reasons!' we should at least have a while to catch our breath from the invasion.

"For what it's worth, Pelor doesn't know when our next trial will be.  So may as well enjoy our time off while we have it."


Amyria nods.  "I hope it is at least two weeks.  Because that is when I set our victory celebration.  With so many nations involved, and so few who would want to attend with the money to afford teleportation, I figured that the soonest I could reasonably set it."

Kalad strokes his beard.  "I'm hoping those githyanki won't be attending."

Amyria headshakes.  "I doubt they would want to anyway."

Mits spreads hear hands out overhead.  "I'm envisioning airship flying overhead with a giant banner flying behind it!  Perhaps one depicting each of Tiamat's faces with a fist punching it!"
Raichel
 player, 645 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 02:40
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May says, "I agree with Kyle; Only a moron fights a war on two fronts when fighting a war on one front is an option. While our enemies have proven to be dumber than an inbred ogre, Gith actually struck a deal rather than fight us."

At Mittens' idea, Raichel hops to her feat. "Yes!" and then punches at the air. "That's about the best idea I've heard in, like... I don't even know! Just yes. That's the banner we'll have!"

Timothius smiles at Rai's enthusiasm and nods. "Mittens' idea has a diplomatic approach to it also. A lack of gith faces would be best if we are to expect the masses to even begin any diplomacy with them..."

May says, "Airship!"
Kyle
 player, 1331 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 02:46
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "We will need to be careful if we also rig them to explode with fireworks."  Clearly the only thing better than a picture of punching Tiamat in the faces, would be if those faces also exploded.
Mittens
 GM, 1922 posts
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 03:04
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Amyria and Kalad chuckle.

Mits grins and offers her sibs and friends fist-pounds.  "Yay!  Glad you like the idea!  But yes.  Fireworks a definite must.  Oh wow...  I'll bet Kyle's alchemy would make for the best fireworks ever!"

Amyria ponders.  "The celebration will be at Sayre.  I don't know if they have any limitations about fireworks."

Kalad scoffs.  "Still say it should be at Overlook.  No problems with fireworks there."

Mits shrugs. "I'll leave all those details to you all."

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:04, Tue 12 Apr 2016.

May
 player, 669 posts
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 03:16
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius headtilts. "...why Sayre? Why not Overlook? Not that I doubt your decisions, Amyria, I'm just curious what led to it being there."

May asks, "Speaking of Sayre, how is the coalition? Anyone ragequit in our absence because we were busy saving our world out of our obviously selfish motives to accumulate piles of gold?"

Raichel gets a mug of beer of whatever Kalad recommends, in order to partake in traditional dwarven socializing.
Kyle
 player, 1332 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 03:31
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Well, that's what rituals are for.  All the light show with none of the fire hazard."  Of course, actual fireworks would be more enjoyable because explosions but we don't need a sudden write up of a half orc punching Kyle in the face.
Mittens
 GM, 1924 posts
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 03:49
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Amyria gives Timothius a wearied smile and headshakes to May.  "Same reasons it is the seat of the Coalition.  Sayre's location along with their relatively neutral standing among the members make it the most acceptable to everyone involved.  None have quit."

Kalad clanks mugs with Rai and grunts, "Diplomacy never takes the practical solution."

Mits counters, "While that may seem to be the case on the surface, it was far more practical in the long run to have tea with Telecanthus than to just punch his face in before we had proof enough to put him away.  And it would be far more practical for Quelenna to be more diplomatic toward us."

Kalad takes a gulp of his ale and slams it on the table.  "If not for Amyria here holding me back, I think we'd be one less elf in this world."

Amyria sighs.  "Wearisome though she may be, she is more useful to us alive."

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:52, Tue 12 Apr 2016.

Timothius
 GM, 877 posts
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 05:20
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "Nor does she deserve death. That poor woman needs love. Clearly she has had so little of it in her life she doesn't even know what it is." He agrees with Kalad and Mittens both, though, concerning diplomacy. Since the soul of diplomacy is finding "common ground" or a "middle ground", it only has the practicality of something getting done at all, while ignoring the practicality of whoever clearly has the best idea (since that is never clear to everyone).

Raichel shrugs. "Enough about her, though. If we're gonna relax, it's going to have to be while not thinking about things that add stress. And is it just me, or has Kalad's beard gotten more amazing since we last saw him?"

May says, "Not just you. So what's next, Amyria? You said two weeks? Is that two weeks we just do whatever, or was there something that demanded our attention before we fully go into vacation mentality?"
Kyle
 player, 1334 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 05:28
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  As disruptive as she has been, we can't simply wish people who annoy them die.There would never be any free time if this was acted upon.  He doesn't say this out loud because of the polite request.

  "Two weeks to drive culinary artists crazy with last second decision changes regarding cakes."
Mittens
 GM, 1926 posts
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 05:41
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Amyria smiles.  "Vacation mentality is fine.  Leave the legwork to me."

Mits thumbs-ups.  "Thanks!  Will do!"

Kalad smiles at the beard compliments.  "Thanks!  And you ladies have gotten more lovely."
May
 player, 670 posts
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 05:50
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May smiles brightly to Kalad's compliment. Rai blushes.

Timothius chuckles from Kyle's comment.

"Meat cake!" May says before nomming her breakfast steak.

Raichel says, "I guess for me... I'd like to learn the nature of my new power."

Timothius nods. "And May... you should too. You seemed to have doubt you changed, but I'm sure you have."

May nodnods. "Sure! We can test each other out and learn the nature of our changes and stuff. I don't mind a day of that to get ourselves winding down to where we can relax properly."

Timothius looks at Kalad. "Amyria, bless her heart, will be busy with preparations. What about you?"
Kyle
 player, 1335 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 05:55
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Two weeks is probably going to not be enough of a timescale to notice Kyle's aging process has stopped at 90's action guy scowl, but this will probably do wonders for his fabulous hair in the centuries to come that even changeling stylists have yet to replicate.

  "Clearly we should find the largest weapons possible and see which ones May can swing the hardest."  That's scientific, right?  Kyle can have off days, but then this is probably a good idea despite the caveman sound of it.
Mittens
 GM, 1927 posts
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 06:25
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Meat pie," Mits insists.

She points at the little seed spinning around her head.

"This is an astral seed.  I have my own little world in the making bound to me.  The seed was created when I stumbled upon an interesting insight while in that final fight with Zechy:  The first of the tools used to form a world.  I have full control of how time flows on my seed. I even have a limited amount of control of how it flows around me.  This allows me to call upon my biggest kaboom more than once in a fight.  Hence my being able to show those re-runs earlier.  With study, I expect to eventually have full control over every aspect of my dominion and it will blossom into a full-fledged world.  But I'm guessing that'll take quite a while to figure out how to do that.

"Not sure what to name it, though.  Secundus Material Plane?  Mittens' Land?"


Kalad sweatdrops.  "So um... I guess that would make you like the Primordials to your world.  Careful not to become too much like them.  As for me?  I'm headed for Overlook to pass out invitations and deal with church business."

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:27, Tue 12 Apr 2016.

Raichel
 player, 645 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 06:41
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May says to Kyle, "A wonderful idea! I can hardly wait!"

Raichel gives Mittens a very skeptical look. "World in the making? You sure it's not just a personal pocket dimension? Then again, I guess that's what today is going to be about..."

Timothius nods to Kalad. "Alright then. We'll catch up with you and Amyria a day or two before the celebrations." He looks at Amyria. "If there more than just us waving at people while standing on an airship, we'll wanna know."

May says, "Airship!" and finishes her plate before saying goodbyes and heading out with the team to find a good spot for testing abilities.

This message was last updated by the player at 06:41, Tue 12 Apr 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1336 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 06:45
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "If what mittens says is accurate, then a pocket dimension would be the starting point.  Just be careful the end process of a 'new world' does not consume you.  It seems half the poorly documented means of giving birth to a new world involve the maker being used up as a catalyst." Some would nitpick they do not 'explode' when ascending, but that's how all the drawings look.
Mittens
 GM, 1928 posts
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 03:14
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Amyria bows.  "It is not expected of you.  But if you wish to give an address, I will be sure to work that into the itinerary."

Mits wide-eyes at Kyle's input.  "That uh...  Thanks for the warning!  I'll be sure to take every precaution."

She's eager to see May's new power on display.
May
 player, 671 posts
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 04:02
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Let the tests begin!

MAY

When May goes to try herself out, she is weilding larger weapons easier (if still feeling them as being a bit off-balance for her size). But her true capabilities come out when she tests her raw strength... One weight after another doesn't seem to really challenge her much.

Drum full of oil? Piano? Those take some umpf for May to lift, but the average person would be putting as much umpf into one pack of roof tiles.

She is able to pick up two drums of oil with a lot of effort and even winds up fine with someone climbing on top of her in addition.

May is able to drag two horses.

Normal Load: 480 lbs
Heavy Load: 960 lbs
Push/Drag: 2,400 lbs

RAICHEL

When Rai is tested, multiple tests bring the same result: She is just downright better all around. Stronger, tougher, faster, smarter, more perceptive, and her force of personality and general presence is stronger. Really, though, it is her speed and presence that are the most noticeably increased.

TIMOTHIUS

Timothius claims he doesn't need testing and already knows what happened to him. But May and Rai are excited to see him put through his paces anyway, so he gives in. They test everything he spoke of. Timothius proves he can no longer be frightened in any way. He has become highly resistant to fire and radiance. Timothius also informs the group that his ability to speak Supernal was more of an early gift that was supposed to happen when he became an angel, but Pelor likes him, so he got the gift early.

He proves he is able to fly faster than he can run, but he also is fully aware that he can not stay airborn; only able to fly for bursts of 35 or 40 feet if doing other things, 70 to 80 feet if he concentrates on it a bit, and 90 to 100 feet if he goes full tilt with no regard for anything. (The varied speed depends on whether he is taking armor penalties or not)

This message was last edited by the player at 04:05, Wed 13 Apr 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1337 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 04:11
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle now possesses average charisma, though still needs work having as much tact as even the average person.

  Though considering this is one of his player's Alts, that all on it's own is relatively staggering.

  "I do at least, get the feeling I am getting closer to working out a few things."
Mittens
 GM, 1929 posts
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 04:30
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits is overwhelmed with May's massive strength and she gawks in amazement!  She winds up getting a sore throat from all the hooting, hollering, and cheering!  Rai's super speed has her all kinds of squee for the fun new games she can play!  Such as, "Snatch this pebble I throw and come back to catch this glass I dropped at the same time!"  Timo's flying is oh so fun to watch and play with!  Aerobatics with carpet and angel kitty are new a new favorite passtime!  Mits is happy to provide fiery hoops for flying through!

Mits chuckles.  "There goes Kyle down-playing his awesomeness again.  Either way...  YAY!  Fun times!"
Timothius
 GM, 879 posts
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 04:43
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius puts a hand on Mittens' neck, healing her soar throat. "Aerobatics... that's going to be fun to learn." he says with a smile. He then looks at Kyle. "No matter how much you downplay yourself, you can not deny the fact you are still with us and have fought dragons and exarchs at our side. Humility is good, but see to it you never get to where you feel you are no longer one of us."

Raichel nods and says, "We'll work out all our things. Together."

May says, "So now that we did our tests, what is next? It's only noon."

Yes. The tests really only took all morning.

Timothius says, "What else? Lunch. And then plan out our vacation."

Vacation planning includes how much more they are going to make their airship a clubhouse.
Kyle
 player, 1338 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 04:51
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle nods,  "My self awareness also means knowing I'm making your job keeping everyone alive that much easier.  Even if it lacks the raw spectacle or painful effectiveness of the rest of you." At the very least his At-Wills will get even more modifiers help in four more levels.  But that's Paragon stuff (yes his paragon path has stuff that waits until level 25 to kick in).

  He wonders how frivolous an expense magic carpet hammocks would be on an airship.
Mittens
 GM, 1930 posts
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 05:12
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Lots of fun times are had!  Victory celebration goes well!  Lots of praise and accolades and medals of honor and ceremonious kudos are lavished upon the heroes!

Mits is all kinds of smiles and proud of her allies, quick to add to the praise of them.
Timmy
 Player, 52 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 05:34
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius got better at aerial acrobatics during the two weeks, simply because it's fun. Raichel just enjoyed going over what she had learned from watching gith martial arts. May, of course, enjoyed her weapons collection and personal horde. All three of them enjoyed lavishing Mittens, Kyle and each other with compliments and praises.

Probably the most noticeable thing during the two weeks is that Timothius no longer shows any signs of emo at all. He is happy and relaxed the whole time, only showing signs of sadness when any normal person would (such as when people talk of the massive losses during the wars).

Rai and May seem pretty well unchanged.

All three LOVE the airship clubhouse and have come to call it their mobile headquarters.
Kyle
 player, 1339 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 05:55
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle is more relived than he realized he would be at Timothius's improved overall mood.  The wonders of having +0 instead of -1 Charisma mean he takes the time to tell him this.  "We have all been through a lot, but watching you end up like that was some of the worst of it.  Despite how logically all the death and destruction is worse."
Mittens
 GM, 1931 posts
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 06:06
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits also is happy to see Timo acting less upset and draws Rai's attention to it.  Timo with his huge insight can tell that in spite of being outwardly care-free, Mits has been thinking very deeply on the long-term implications of her newfound power.  She may shun responsibility, but she's taking this one very seriously, though she tries to hide it.

The group also discovers that the "Champions of the Gods," title has spread quite a bit, and with it comes a new kind of noteriety.  "Won't you say a blessing for my newborn?"  "Will you come to our wedding and say a prayer for us?"  "I've been cripple for 26 years.  Can you heal me?"  "We have a dispute in our church.  Can you clarify what is meant by 'all people' in this passage of scripture?"  "How much would you like me to donate to the church in exchange for your endorsement of my candidacy for office?"  On and on and on.  Kalad and Amyria volunteer to field filtering the requests according to the group's criteria.
Timmy
 Player, 53 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 06:35
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius smiles to Kyle. "Thanks. Another gift from Pelor. I am a lot more self-aware and able to dominate the darkness inside me with the light." He gives Kyle a hug and then does the same for his sisters and May when they, in turn, celebrate his being a happy kitty.

Timothius does not draw attention to Mittens' feelings since she is going to the effort of covering it up.

Raichel, of course, smothers Timothius in hugs and kisses when Mitts points out the nice change.

Timothius works out the criteria with the group first before giving it to Amyria and Kalad. But ultimately, he figures the best way to minimize people saying "why didn't you resurrect my dead child" and "where were you when goblins ambushed my wagon of stuff in a remote location you could never have known about" type junk is to explain that just as one deacon handles money and another handles maintenance, so too is the chosen of the gods chosen for fighting bad guys while healing and such is for other members of the church. Basically help people understand where the group's responsibilities lie.

Timothius gives Amyria a sad smile and says, "Seems a shame... I want to heal all those who need healing and fix disputes. But the simple fact is there is only one of me and our troubles are not truly over yet."

Raichel says, "Could still field a lot of the disputes with a "frequently asked questions" list we could look through, so we can answer lots of people's questions just by answering a few that most wanna know. Though honestly... a politician asking how much to buy loyalty makes me mad."

Timothius pets Raichel. "I'm sure he or she simply doesn't understand and needs to be shown the way."

May says, "How come so many people assume that a famous person will visit them personally?"

This message was last edited by the player at 06:35, Wed 13 Apr 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1340 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 06:44
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle is afraid the example politician would take '19 trillion gold' literally and attempt to collect it by less than pleasant means.

  "Honesty is nice, but I doubt it would be much comfort to the average person that we're basically drifting from one problem to the next as the turn up.  Even when those problems include entire islands being frozen over"
Mittens
 GM, 1932 posts
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 06:51
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mittens has a pretty difficult hurdle for supplicants.  "Come back to us after you can prove you've rescued one or more person's life."

A Coalition man-atarms approaching the PCs and inviting them to
a conference chamber “at their earliest convenience.” If pressed, every other word out of the
man-at-arms’s mouth is that he’s only the messenger, etc., but that there’s a Rachaela—”some sort
of diplomat, I think, and an angel”—that wants to
speak to them.
May
 player, 672 posts
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 23:31
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius simply nods and follows.

Raichel says, "An angel and a diplomat. Someone like Timothius here."

Timothius blushes. But doesn't say anything. He can't deny it. He's an angel now and he has been the team's diplomancer for some time now.

May asks, "Oh! And an angel. Love how that's the sidenote. You know; Zetchy was a githyanki... oh, and a lich who ruled their empire for 15 years. But now that I say it out loud, it really does sound like Zetchy will be a mere sidenote in history books: Oh... yeah. The stooge of Tiamat, who was the actual culprit threatening to take the Prime Material, but the Heroes of Light squashed the stooge."

She and Rai are following also, by the way.
Kyle
 player, 1341 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 23:34
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Considering the last angels they saw that did not double as fluffy kitty cats wanted them all dead, Kyle is less than optimistic about this.

  Best case scenario is a good angel telling them about a bad problem.
Narrator
 player, 862 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Thu 14 Apr 2016
at 00:07
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
You enter the room to find an angel with a stern
countenance floating at the far end of a long table. She
wears a white tabard with a red gauntlet design along the
edge. The angel bows and motions for you to sit. Wine
goblets appear out of nowhere at each seat.
“I am Rachaela, and I bear news of your wider efforts,”
she says. “Despite your recent successes and the Coalition’s
victories, Tiamat’s plotting continues unabated. Even
as we speak, one of her exarchs is guarding a ritualist
of unparalleled potency. We do not know exactly what
ritual they are working on, but if Tiamat is placing such
importance on the ritual, we cannot afford to let it come to
fruition. We want you to stop the exarch, Mornujhar, and
capture or kill the ritualist.
“But it won’t be easy. You’ll need to pass through part
of the Shadowfell known as Monadhan, the Domain of
Betrayal, just to reach a portal that connects to Mornujhar’s
fortress. Will you help?”


On the Side of Angels Level 21
Skill Challenge XP 3,200
Complexity: 1 (requires 4 successes before 3 failures).
Primary Skills: Diplomacy, Insight, Religion.

Diplomacy (DC 22, standard action)
The character impresses Rachaela with his forthright
demeanor and ability. This earns the heroes one success.

Insight (DC 27, standard action)

Religion (DC 14, standard action)
You can garner only one success with this skill. In addition
to earning a success, the PC learns that the red gauntlet
motif on Rachaela’s tabard resembles iconography used by
priests of Kord several centuries ago.

Secondary Skills: Intimidate, Religion.
Intimidate (DC 27, standard action)
Having a tough demeanor, if skillfully done, can impress
Rachaela. This doesn’t earn any successes directly but
provides a +2 bonus on the next check made by a primary
skill.

"What color is Mornujhar?" Mits asks.
Kyle
 player, 1342 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 14 Apr 2016
at 00:27
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle "If what you say is true, why are you so uncertain of our aid?"

OOC: Pretty please help us-why are you giving me that look?  Asking people for help means making them pass a skill challenge right?
I'm more surprised at it being Complexity 1, than anything.

Encounter utility to auto pass one of the Diplo checks to save Timmy time.

Timothius
 GM, 881 posts
Thu 14 Apr 2016
at 04:27
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
http://i.imgur.com/CWtsms3.png

Timothius says, "...those are some old symbols of Kord."

Raichel says, "Oh yeah! I recognize 'em too. From that book you were reading about the history of the church of Kord."

Timothius not only seems completely unafraid of Rachaela, but he exudes an amazingly intimidating presence, despite his meek look. A presence that most normal folk would not even notice, but veteran warriors, angels and such-like would definitely spot. Greater than the thousand-yard stair. And what's more, she feels like he looks right into her soul.

May says, "We were beginning to get a little restless after two weeks of vacation. And we all knew Tiamat had to be up to no good in the meantime."

Raichel nods. "Mornujhar... another day, another exarch." She slams her fist into her hand with a confident smile. "Bring it."

Timothius says, "Kyle has the right of it. We are ready to help as always. Knowing that we are ready to help, please tell us what you are holding back."

Rachaela says reluctantly, "I'm hiding who my superiors are. There is some risk you’ ll be captured, and I am sending you to the Domain of Betrayal, after all. I trust you, but I worry about the supernatural power of betrayal in such a place. Best to be circumspect."

Timothius eyes her. "There is something else. Forgive my prying, and I certainly mean no disrespect to an angel..." he gives a low bow to emphasize this, "...but please be candid with us. The more we know, the quicker and more thoroughly we can stop this ritual."


Kyle 1 success.
May 1 success.
Raichel 2 successes.
Timothius 2 successes (Intimidate doesn't count).

Tim Insight: 43 success
Tim Intimidate: 38 success (+2 rolls)
Tim Religion: 18 mod, Auto-success

May Diplomacy: 20+2 success

Rai Diplomacy: 28 success
Rai Religion: 14 success

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:46, Thu 14 Apr 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1933 posts
Thu 14 Apr 2016
at 05:12
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Rachaela has quite the presence as well!

Angelic Presence Attacks against the angel of secrets take a
-2 penalty


She's kind used to angelicness, if surprised to find it in a man of flesh.  She lets out a sigh and bows.

To Mits: "Black."

To Kyle: "Because a group as steeped in religion as yours is may not be so quick to trust a messenger of a deity they do not worship."

She motions to Timothius.  "Case in point."

“Once you get to Monadhan, you won’t be able to simply use a
teleportation ritual to get back here. You must find a portal—
probably guarded by Arantor, the dark lord of the domain—and
use it to move onward toward the black exarch.”

Mits hrms and nods.  "Acid and Poison resistance it is, then!  Out of curiosity, just how strong of a ritualist does one have to be to make an exit of one's own out of Monadhan?  Could a god such as Corellion break free without finding Arantor's portal?"

"Maybe?  I don't know.  Such a thing has never happened."

"Then it's pretty safe to assume that Mornujhar, Tiamat, or the ritualist have some kind of understanding with Arantor.  Interesting."
Kyle
 player, 1343 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 14 Apr 2016
at 05:19
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "So far as we have been seeing, ancient artifice only holds up just long enough to cause problems or fail to be useful, these days."

  Case in point, obtaining the ancient teleportation system of LOL go anywhere!  Just in time to go someplace it actually can't work at all for.  Gee what are the odds.
Timothius
 GM, 882 posts
Thu 14 Apr 2016
at 05:40
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius has his own -2 attacks aura (which will stack with his angelic aura when he gets that at level 30)

Timothius gives a smile and says, "Keep in mind we even allowed an arch-devil to speak his piece, so trust barely factors here. While it is true I would trust a messenger of Pelor quicker than a messenger of Kord, that is not why I ask what you hold back. And you are still holding back something else. Rachaela, if your secret would not make this mission go smoother, then fine. You already gave a good reason to keep secrets and I respect that. But at least assure me truthfully that what you are avoiding telling me will not in any way contribute to the danger or safety of our team. Do that and we will be on our way."

Raichel huhs and headtilts at Rachaela.

May is looking over her gear, trying to figure if she missed anything for this upcoming fight when shopping in the past two weeks.
Mittens
 GM, 1934 posts
Thu 14 Apr 2016
at 05:49
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Rachaela thinks about it.

"Um...  Poison and acid will likely only be a small part of the dangers you'll face?  Likely lots of undead?  Shadowfell and all.  I can't think of anything else I could tell you that could help you.  If I could I would.  I can at least offer you some astral diamonds to help you equip for the journey."

"Woot!  Loot!"
Kyle
 player, 1344 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 14 Apr 2016
at 06:01
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Actually being paid for services ahead of time is surprisingly rare, even accounting for circumstances where there would not be time for it.  Still, you can hardly spend it while dead. I will likely some day need to make a trip to slap your patron in the face, if this turns out to be the quality of warning Bahamut is fond of."  Blasphemy for fun and nonprofit?
Timothius
 GM, 883 posts
Thu 14 Apr 2016
at 06:12
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "Thank you, Rachaela. That is very useful. We will depart for this place shortly."

He looks at his team. "She is not lying. As such, this really is an opportunity to cause Tiamat some trouble."

May nods. "Well let's equip then. Other than that, I'm ready when the rest of you are."

Raichel says, "And this is why Kyle keeps downplaying his usefulness. Because equipping us to kick butt doesn't really make him look amazing in combat. It makes the rest of us amazing."
Mittens
 GM, 1935 posts
Thu 14 Apr 2016
at 06:40
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The angel bows and steps back before fading away.

Amyria is troubled.  "I find it disconcerting that between Bahamut, Pelor, and Moradin, no word of this reached any of us from them first."

Mits shrugs.  "The gods aren't omniscient.  Sometimes even they are at the mercy of blind luck.  Kord got lucky with this tidbit is all.  But apparently even the god of war finds Tiamat's conquest in poor taste."

Amyria bows to Kyle.  "I apologize I have been unable to find any resolution to your grievance with Bahamut, my friend.  The best I have to offer is my own cheek in place of my master's since you still feel he deserves a slap in the face."

Mits chuckles.  "I brought that up with Pelor.  He said he had more important things to deal with than to ask Bahamut about it.  'But feel free to ask him yourself when you all inevitably bump into him again.'"
Kyle
 player, 1346 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 14 Apr 2016
at 06:55
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Kord's view of battle is reputed to be more along the lines of, well, May.  As opposed to more common variety of viewing it as a means to an end like Bane or Moradin.  They are not reviled because they find crushing the weak boring"

  He looks to Amyria, and says "I appreciate the sentiment.  But given how useful he has been to my friends, and you, I had something less drastic in mind these days.  Those attempting to actually kill us have used less harmful deception than he did back then.  Even if I am practical minded enough to see the big picture, that is not something to take lightly whatever his reasons as we dispose of his enemies."
Timothius
 GM, 884 posts
Thu 14 Apr 2016
at 07:20
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius looks at Amyria and says, "Bahamut's so-called deception was composed of "deal with that monster down the hall please. Thanks." and then not telling us the details of the fortress we were in. Kyle just assumed that Bahamut, having allowed himself to be captured by the bandits, would be fully aware of the details of the place. But we do not know for sure if that was actually Bahamut, a priest imitating the Platinum Dragon's favorite disguise, or even a con-artist who was imitating Bahamut. Kyle's entire grievance is based on two assumptions: 1) That it was Bahamut. And 2) That Bahamut knew the dangers we were going to face well enough to warn us."

Raichel says, "We'll ask whenever we finally meet the guy."

May shrugs. "If it was the Platinum Dragon and he already knew, then I'd assume he also knew we could handle it. But like Timothius said, might not have even been him."
Mittens
 GM, 1936 posts
Fri 15 Apr 2016
at 00:13
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mittens asks her Bahamut puppet.  "So why didn't you warn us about the monsters that jumped us that night?"

The puppet answers, "I tried to!  Had my hands full, so I sent an exarch to warn you as soon as I knew.  Didn't he reach you?"

Now we can wonder who's blasphemy is more awkward for poor Amyria.  Kyle's grudge, or Mittens' puppet defense.  Amyria simply bows to the heroes.

"Thank you for understanding.  I do my best to reflect well the principals of my maker.  I only wish there was more I could do.  But I'm afraid at this point, I would be out of my depth if I were to join you on this mission."
Kyle
 player, 1347 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 15 Apr 2016
at 00:19
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Bahamut the bright glowing purple dragon would probably be slightly more blasphemous than puppets.

  "You have always been someone to respect, Amyria.  Any concerns for your comparative prowess in battle are more for how much more painful the politics you deal with for us can be, as opposed to simply having a lich try to tear your soul out."
Raichel
 player, 646 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 15 Apr 2016
at 00:30
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel says, "Yeah, Amyria. Thanks again for everything you do. I'd sooner face liches and dragon exarchs than deal with pseudo-allies and pretend-friends. You do a great job with that, despite being one of our real friends."

Timothius ponders. "You know... I never quite shook when Quelenna said "I won't be intimidated by your attack dogs" and I don't know why it took me this long to realize that by saying that, the statement implied she actually was intimidated by us, hence needing to make such a statement."

May shrugs. "Not our problem right now. We have a ritual to stop. Kyle, you got recommendations on how to gear up?"
Mittens
 GM, 1937 posts
Fri 15 Apr 2016
at 01:06
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Now Mits looks like a souvenir vendor, http://l7.alamy.com/zooms/0b2a...er-dragon-arbbwy.jpg loaded with Bahamut merch.  She's got necklaces made of platinum coins with bahamut symbols on them https://cdn0.rubylane.com/shop...tandson/28094.1L.jpg , a platinum dragon bracelet http://g01.a.alicdn.com/kf/HTB...ont-China-font-b.jpg , a hat that looks like a dragon nomming her head https://s-media-cache-ak0.pini...689a124e84db86d5.jpg , and so on.

She gives Amyria a thumbs-up then grins and nods to her sibs' points.  "You said it!"
Kyle
 player, 1348 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 15 Apr 2016
at 01:53
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Well, we all know some of the most expected needs when it comes to the shadowfell and black dragons.  Nectrocic, poison, acid, and intangible enemies.  Fire would be the most expected element beyond that, the rest is 'oh this Devil happens to be a storm devil and that one is made out of chains and that one is made out of whatever is most inconvenient.'"  Mephit of whatever resistance you forgot.
May
 player, 673 posts
Fri 15 Apr 2016
at 03:39
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The twin kittens and May oogle over Mittens' "wares" and want all of it. May says, "Five heads of Tiamat. Five of us. Suppose we could each wear an overly cute renditions of Tiamat's heads as hats when we fight this latest exarch?"

Raichel giggles and flops against Mittens' side in a side-hug. "I like that idea."

Timothius says, "...that's one way to go straight into infuriating territory before trading banter."

May says, "I wanna do some research on this Arantor guy too, so I can find the perfect mockery of him."
Mittens
 GM, 1938 posts
Fri 15 Apr 2016
at 04:00
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits chuckles at Kyle's oh-so-true cynicism, hands out merch, and busts out laughing at May's idea!

"Absolutely!  Love it!  I got dibs on red!  Rai will likely want blue.  White suits Timo now with his new snow-angel look."

She returns the Rai hug.

Only history check in module:
History (DC 27) The PC recites a litany of the places and peoples ravaged by
Arantor in his time.

Since we doing research ahead of time, Kyle can auto-succeed this and infodump the backstory as well.

Arantor, the dark lord of Monadhan, inadvertently
created the domain centuries ago when, during a
war, he slaughtered an entire town of civilians, then
murdered his own daughter in an effort to keep
his crime a secret.

The PCs’ trip to Monadhan is complicated by the
difficulty of willingly leaving Monadhan, a supernatural prison for traitors and betrayers. To use the
portal, the PCs must find Monadhan’s key: whatever
object in the realm is the most potent symbol of
betrayal. They must also defeat Arantor, the dark lord
of Monadhan—an undead dragon which guards the
portal itself

Monadhan, once a simple jungle valley whose
location in the world is lost to history, is now the
name of the Domain of Betrayal within the Shadowfell. The sigil sequence to travel there with
Planar Portal is esoteric (Arcana DC 30) to discover through research, but it’s not secret per se.
It’s that no one goes there via Planar Portal and
similar rituals because they can’t bring you back
out again. More information on Monadhan can
be found in the “Domains of Dread: Monadhan”
article from Dragon #378.
The vast majority of Monadhan’s residents
didn’t use any ritual to get there. They betrayed
someone—perhaps a spouse, parent, superior
officer, priest, or liege. Some got away with their
betrayals, and some didn’t. But afterward (sometimes days or weeks afterward), the betrayer
wound up ensnared in fog that seemed to arise
from nowhere. The fog grew thicker and thicker,
then a warm breeze blew it away…leaving the
betrayer on the edge of Monadhan with impenetrable fog behind and a teeming jungle in front.

With no day or night to speak of, time takes on an
indeterminate quality in Monadhan, and no one
seems to age. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the
domain somehow suspends the aging process. Few
Monadhan residents would grow to a ripe old age in
a community where everyone has already betrayed
someone and is suffering supernatural punishment
for it. Occasionally a Monadhan resident will die suddenly during exertion or even sleep—”it was as if his
own heart betrayed him,” the old ladies cluck as they
rifle through the corpse’s pockets.
Monadhan’s other properties are better understood by residents of the domain. Because hardly
anyone ever escapes Monadhan, academic records on
the following phenomena are scant (Arcana DC 35
to know either, and even then the documentation is
fragmentary)

The Sting of Betrayal: Because the domain of
Monadhan is suffused with betrayal, the domain itself
rewards those willing to hurt their friends. If a creature makes an attack that damages an ally—a friendly
fire incident, in other words—two things immediately
happen.
First, the ally takes ongoing 10 damage (save ends)
in addition to whatever damage the attack itself dealt.
Second, the creature who made the attack gets
its choice of either regeneration 5 or a +1 bonus on
attacks. Either effect lasts until the ally makes its
saving throw.
A creature can benefit from the sting of betrayal
only once per round, so an area attack that damages
multiple allies earns the attacker only one regeneration 5 or one +1 bonus on attacks.
For the sting of betrayal to function, the creature
making the attack and the ally must begin the battle
as allies by any reasonable definition, not merely neutral parties who find common cause against a foe or
other allies of convenience.
The Blurted Confession: Monadhan’s longerterm residents are traitors who have spent years
scrabbling for their very existence in an environment
full of other desperate traitors. Accordingly, many
have internalized their betrayals and buried them
deep within their psyches. At the moment of death or
great trauma, many blurt out a final confession—often
admitting the betrayal that consigned them to their
fate in Monadhan.
Kyle
 player, 1349 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 15 Apr 2016
at 04:15
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "I expect I would not be the best visual fit for the green one."  Such serious subjects!  Then he takes ten and exposition dumps the 'Even if you pass the higher than skill chart goes check, you get barly anything' factoids.

OOC: The DC to go to where we told you have to go is-ow you shot me. And made the check anyways. (I could take ten on the 35, Which is higher than both the original and errata DC charts entirely <.<)

Also, this is Off Brand Ravenloft, basically.  Ravenloft loves it's Dark Fogs yoinking things and also Ironic Hells that might not actually fit their ruler.  "Excuse me, what I didn't wasn't actually betrayal... Oh, right, customer support service is horrible here."

May
 player, 674 posts
Fri 15 Apr 2016
at 04:31
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May says, "Clearly, you are the black dragon with your acid attacks. And I am green already so why not I be green?" May's player feels a drawing inspiration coming here...

With Kyle succeeding the exposition, May nods. "Huh. Hard to say how to mock him... but I think I'll be sticking with saying his daughter is asking "why?"."

Timothius puts a white dragon hat on his head and rests his chin on Mittens' shoulder with a big smile.

May says, "Reminder; the shadowfell is dark and depressing. We should keep morale up with songs, jokes, and any other positive thing that comes to mind."
Mittens
 GM, 1939 posts
Fri 15 Apr 2016
at 04:44
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Aww?"

Mits is all kinds of squee over cute kitten on shoulder!  Her Mittens Cherub hand puppet noms his nose!

"Heh.  I'm not worried.  You all make me so happy, I don't think even backstab alley in Grimdark Land will get me down."
Kyle
 player, 1350 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 15 Apr 2016
at 05:03
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Depressed, possibly not.  Annoyed, likely yes."  Kyle you would get annoyed in care a lot.  You and Grumpy bear would get icecream and complain about cloud formations that don't match.
May
 player, 675 posts
Sun 17 Apr 2016
at 01:39
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Onwaaaard!" May proclaims.

May leads the way. The kitties follow.
Narrator
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Sun 17 Apr 2016
at 01:50
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
http://mojoichiban.com/dnd/res...%20at%20Monadhan.pdf

No maps for first 2 encounters.
Mittens
 GM, 1940 posts
Sun 17 Apr 2016
at 02:34
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The unearthly fog, impenetrable to the eye, suddenly
parts, and you find yourself standing atop a fog-capped
hill. Similar hills surround a jungle valley that stretches
before you. To the north, a massive waterfall feeds a
river winding a serpentine path across the valley floor.

In the middle of the valley is a low rise, more a
barren hump than an actual hill. You can just make
out the straight edges of defensive walls near the top.
Tendrils of smoke rise from what must be chimneys or
campfires nearby.

Closer to you, what looks like a thin, tenuous footpath
winds its way along the low ridge, just inside the fog line.
A wider path heads downhill, into the jungle and in the
approximate direction of that hump near the center of the
valley.


Mits huhs.  "Not as gloomy as I was expecting, really.  Never been to a jungle, but...  I'm guessing this is how one would look in the real world judging from what I've read?  Wild guess, this bigger path is how to get to town."
Kyle
 player, 1351 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 17 Apr 2016
at 02:40
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Jungles are full of more NATURE than the average forest, which is what makes them so infamous.

  "So it would seem.  Though at this point even something so simple as expecting the path leading in the direction of the obvious settlement, to actually go there, feels too optimistic."
Raichel
 player, 647 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 17 Apr 2016
at 04:31
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel says, "I'll get a view to confirm." and jets up into the sky.

Timothius looks up and smiles contently. "...I so love flying."

Raichel returns, lands, and nods. "Confirmed. It leads there. If it does any stupid magical misdirections, I vote you guys drink potions and we bypass the path entirely. But until it proves to do such, no sense in wasting perfectly good potions."

May nods and begins walking.
Mittens
 GM, 1941 posts
Sun 17 Apr 2016
at 04:53
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
You’re making faster progress now, because you’ve found
a relatively straight path through the jungle. It looks as if
someone—or someones, more likely—cut their way through
the vegetation with a machete.

Perception Check
DC 10: Whatever made this path was dragging
something massive—maybe its own tail.
DC 20: A large creature wearing boots accompanied
the dragging creature.
nature Check
DC 30: The cut-back vegetation bears the mark of
something with pincers or mandibles—perhaps a chuul or
umber hulk.

You’ve been working your way away from the mists and into
the forest, and now you’ve reached a clearing with a pool of
murky water in the center of it. Before you even have a chance
to approach, a five-headed reptile erupts from underwater. It
bellows as, one by one, each head turns to regard you.
Then it lurches forward, five jaws opening wide.


Mits claps.  "Ooh!  A hydra!  This should be fun!"
Raichel
 player, 648 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 17 Apr 2016
at 05:11
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel squeaks, startled before hurling her largest lightning bolt at the dragon! The bolt splits into lightning fists that uppercut each head's chin! The hyrda flips backward onto its back! BAMF! "Rai..."

She then decides to trot over to the thing.


Thunderstroke v Hydra. Hit(35)!
 dmg: 54


Hydra HP: 776 - 54 = 722
Narrator
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Sun 17 Apr 2016
at 05:16
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
<giant>"What was that noise?" a voice from within the rain forest asks.

Out steps a sharp-tooth giant with glowing red eyes!

<giant>"Oh goodie!  Souls to collect!  Just what I needed to break up this boring patrol!"

http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg....26111c84f1884ffa.jpg

This message was last edited by the player at 05:17, Sun 17 Apr 2016.

May
 player, 676 posts
Sun 17 Apr 2016
at 05:27
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May says, "Well how about that. Another giant who doesn't speak common. Tim! Translate my taunts please! If he said something evil or whatever, tell him I like his teeth, so I'll be making a necklace out of them!"

Her shoulder-bow shoots the giant and sticks a bolt into his shoulder like a super-annoying splinter!


Maysic Ranged v Giant. Hit(40)!
 dmg: 14


Giant HP: 209 - 14 = 195

Narrator
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Sun 17 Apr 2016
at 05:32
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
A monster that looks like a bipedal lobster arrives, muttering complaints.

<Deep Speech>"So... hungry."

It stares at the scene.

<Deep Speech>"They look happy to be attacking a hydra?!  Better run.  Run for your life."

Thunk!  The giant roars in rage when hit by May's crossbow bolt.

<Deep Speech>"Well so much for that.  Maybe I can steal a bite and get away."
Timmy
 Player, 54 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Sun 17 Apr 2016
at 05:49
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
With a burst of light, Timothius transforms into his angelic form, flies towards his group and says to the Chuul, <Supernal>"You sound reasonable. If we win and spare your life, swear your alligeance to us. I will feed you."</Supernal>

He lands just behind Raichel and waves a staff at the hydra, causing its spirit to rise from its body and form cracks all over it before returning. <Supernal>"Hmm... I guess in the Shadowfell, that power lets me see what happens to an enemy's soul when I use it."</Supernal>


Break the Spirit v Hydra. Hit(35)!
 dmg: 23 and -6 to attacks


Hydra HP: 722 - 23 = 699

Kyle
 player, 1352 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 17 Apr 2016
at 06:02
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "While the Hydra certainly is more notable, it's the giant we likely want to flatten first.  They have a habit of stunning things while draining their vitality from a distance."

  That said, he toughens up May, applies the Sigil Of Luck to a crossbow, and tosses it into the air as it lands an opening shot into the giant.

OOC: Resistive for May. +1 AC till Cash in for Surve value+16 THP, can share with one ally.
Minor: Luck sigil on a crossbow.
Minor: flying Crossbow daily. hits Giant. 24+6 DMG.

Giant HP: 195-24-6= 165

Narrator
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Sun 17 Apr 2016
at 06:04
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The hydra hisses angrily and stands back up.  It then circles around to put the heroes between itself and the death giant, roaring and snapping it's many mouths threateningly!
Mittens
 GM, 1942 posts
Sun 17 Apr 2016
at 06:14
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits flies up higher than she usually does in combat to try and stay out of reach of potential hydra bites.

"Can we herd the enemy relatively close together?  If they're all within 55' of each other, that would be great.  Meantime, weak eyebeams."

She zaps two out of three targets she was aiming for, but somehow manages to miss the Chuul by a wide margin.
Raichel
 player, 649 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 17 Apr 2016
at 06:35
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel gets struck by lightning, transforming into her raichu form and says, "My method will be slow-going for that sort of thing. I thought you and Kyle were the ones with powers that move people, Mitts?"

Raichel rushes over to the giant at nearly quickling speeds before whacking him with her palm, teleporting him behind herself and simultaneously hurting him a lot! "...then again, maybe my ability to move people has gotten better."


Minor: Shifting (+1 AC/Ref, +2 speed)
Move: To giant
Standard: Step Between the Worlds v Giant. Hit(33)!
 dmg: 46


Fun fact! With epic came a higher Wis mod. Which means I teleport people farther now.

Hydra HP: 140 - 46 = 94

Narrator
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Sun 17 Apr 2016
at 06:46
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The death giant screams in shock and horror at the extremely painful attack.

<giant>"The hells?!"

It edges carefully away from Raichel, makes a yoinking motion with its hand, and part of Rai's soul gets ripped from her, leaving her stunned!

The giant then points commandingly.  <giant>"Chuul!  Move there!"
May
 player, 677 posts
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 03:10
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May says, "We'll get back to you, hydra. Sorry... we have a soul-stealer on our hands. Tim, did you translate for me? Add that he's way out of his league here."

Timothius says, "Oh right. Sorry."

May rushes up and whacks the giant for a sizeable portion of its hit points.

Timothius says in Supernal, "The kobold warrior said you have nice teeth; she'll enjoy making a necklace out of them. Also you are way out of your league here. I'm adding; you may surrender or perish."


Weapon Mayster's Strike v Giant. Hit(44)!
 dmg: 44


Giant HP: 94 - 44 = 50

Narrator
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Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 03:22
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The Chuul obediently moves to where it was told, then attacks May!  Clamp!  Clamp!  Wiggle wiggle tentacles!  May manages to resist the immobilizing effect of the tentacles, and looks entirely unharmed.

<Deep Speech>"Ohmygosh!  It speaks my language!  Please let us live, master!  We're just doing our job!"

The death giant looks angry, but quite a bit scared of the situation.

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Timmy
 Player, 55 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 03:40
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius waves a staff at the giant and a seal slaps onto the giant! <Supernal>"I will spare you, if just to ask what you mean by "just doing your job". No killing the giant and the Chuul, please. But I will expect an apology from the Giant for harming my sister's soul."</Supernal>

As if to prove how out of the enemy's league this group of heroes is, Timothius flies towards the giant, unharmed by the hydra snapping at him. When he lands, the giant and the chuul both can feel the peaceful presence.


Minor: Peacemaker's Pronouncement! Hydra keeps that -6 to attacks another round!
Standard: Astral Seal v Giant. CRIT(46)!
 -2 defenses. Next ally to hit Giant regains 1d6+10 hp
Move: To inflict his peaceful aura on giant and chuul while "luring" the hydra.
 AoO from Hydra! Hit(34)!
  dmg: 12


Timothius HP: 124+56thp - 12 = 124+44thp

Narrator
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Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 03:52
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The hydra rages and charges at May and Timothius!  But stumbles and bites its tongues!
Kyle
 player, 1353 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 04:02
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle listens to Timothius's request to not inflict giant death to the death giant.

  So he just shoots it in the knee instead <giant>"Argh! My knee-Argh! My Knees!"</Giant> Whoops, plural.

  Being taller means it hurts their face that much more when it slams into the ground.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:10, Mon 18 Apr 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1943 posts
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 04:04
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits flies over to be above the two enemies.

"You got it, bro!  Big zap!"
Raichel
 player, 650 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 04:14
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel turns into a lightning bolt and zaps through the enemies! Bazap! Then materializes behind the hydra.


Superior Will gives stunned the middle finger: 14 success
Spark Form v Chuul, Hydra. Miss(27), Hit(40)!
 dmg: 37


Chuul HP: 384 - 18 - 15(vulnerable) = 351
Hydra HP: 642 - 37 - 15(vulnerable) = 590

May
 player, 678 posts
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 04:24
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May becomes a whirling dervish of weaponry! The chuul is hit a couple times, but while the weapons only seem to bounce off its armor, the chuul feels harmed as though some of it just outright ignored his carapace.

May lops off one of the Hydra's heads and two more grow in its place! "Oh my! So the stories are true! Umm... so how do we kill this thing?"


Lunging Dervish v Chuul, Hydra. Miss(38) Hit(39)!
 dmg: 36
 Miss dmg: 6
 secondary attacks: Miss(35) Hit(40)!
 dmg: 7
 Miss dmg: 6


Chuul HP: 356 - 12 = 344
Hydra HP: 590 - 43 = 547

Narrator
 player, 870 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 04:29
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
<deep speech>"Hey!  He said no killing us!"

Clamp!  Clamp!  The chuul rips through May's force field!  But she resists the tentacle attack again.
Timothius
 GM, 885 posts
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 04:41
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "The hydra hasn't shown signs of being an intelligent being. You meant for us to keep it alive also? Very well. For now."

He bursts with radiance, causing the hydra and chuul both to be even more vulnerable. He then says, "Pretty sure we're agreed to knock out the chuul first so we can concentrate on the hydra?" He points at the chuul and the chuul feels cut off somehow.

Then chains of radiance burst from the ground and bind the enemies, restricting their movement while making the enemy able to get even more hurt still.


Minor: Solar Enemy
 Effect: Increase vulnerability to radiant by 5. Total: +10 to any radiant
  vulnerability.
Standard: Sever the Source.
 Effect: Vulnerable all 10+Wis(7) for total of vulnerable 17 all.
 Side benny: Stacks with solar enemy for vulnerable 27 radiant.
ACTION POINT! +4 non-dmg attacks
Standard: Chains of Blazing Light v Chuul, Hydra. Hit(47)! Hit(46)!
 Effect: dazed. +11 radiant dmg first time they are hit.

Kyle
 player, 1354 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 05:13
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle says "I already miss the enemies who understand that surrendering so we will not attack them, means we will attack them until they surrender. Not before."

  One crossbow bolt for the Chuul, one paci dust for the Hydra.

Minor: Resistive buff.
minor x2: Miss, Hit Chuul. 57 total dmg (after rolling a 1. thanks mods).
Action Point: Paci dust vs Hydra. hits. Thanks to Tim it's also 27 DMG.

Chuul: 319-57= 262
Hyrda: 537-27= 520

Mittens
 GM, 1944 posts
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 05:17
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The hydra thrashes about so violently, it manages to rub off the pacification dust!

Mits conjures an enormous laser trident.

"Lobster for dinner!"

STAB!  STAB!  STAB!  STAB!  She slices the enemy bloody!

"With a side of hydra."
Raichel
 player, 651 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 05:30
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel fires her furious bolts and.... misses on the first shot. She shrugs and moves on because furious misses half the time anyway. KABOOM! Giant lightning bolt from the sky hits the two monsters, sets the ground on fire, and knocks both monsters onto their backs! "For dinner? Didn't that lobster just talk to us?"


Furious Bolts v Chuul, Hydra. Miss(30) Miss(26)
ACTION POINT! 8 dmg to Chuul and Hydra
Vezzuvu's Eruption v Chuul, Hydra. Hit(43)! Hit(42)!
 dmg to Chuul: 63
 dmg to Hydra: 56


Chuul HP: 117 - 8 - 63 = 46
Hydra HP: 369 - 8 - 56- 11 = 294

May
 player, 679 posts
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 05:41
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May says, "Lights out!" and whacks the chuul and the hydra at the same time. The chuul seems to still be standing, so May pushes herself a little harder to squeeze in one more attack on both and BAM! Out goes the chuul!

The hits she landed on the hydra have hurt the hydra a lot, causing another head to grow! "I... didn't slice off a head this time. Oh well!"


Come and Get It v Chuul, Hydra. Hit(46)! Hit(46)!
 dmg: 33
ACTION POINT! Resist 10 all
Inexorable Advance v Chuul, Hydra. Hit(40)! Hit(36)!
 dmg: 50


Chuul HP: 46 - 33 - 57 = SOooo KO
Hydra HP: 294 - 33 - 50 = 211

Timmy
 Player, 56 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 05:49
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "She's just using metaphors, Raichel. Mittens wouldn't eat someone if she already agreed to spare them."

Things Tim knows Mittens won't do, no matter HOW loony she seems:
1) Give up on adventure
2) Abandon her siblings or friends
3) Eat someone while they are still alive

Timothius holds up his holy symbol and shines light on the hydra, making it writhe in pain! Timothius gets a sad look on his face like he is sorry he made the hydra hurt, but doesn't comment.


Shining Symbol v Hydra. Hit(40)!
 dmg: 54
 Effect: -2 to attacks
 Timothius is stunned


Hydra HP: 211 - 54 = 157

This message was last edited by the player at 05:49, Mon 18 Apr 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1355 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 05:58
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Yes Raichel, it did."  Though the Hydra Cleary was not one of the legendarily poisonous variety, so maybe that could cover the wild animal dining urges rather than 'really bad at begging for it's life' Lobster?

OOC: Hit, Hit, CRIT.
Hydra: 157-123= 34

Mittens
 GM, 1945 posts
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 06:15
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The trident Mits left buried in the hyrdra's side detonates!  It collapses!  Rai's spirit is restored!

"Woohoo!  Victory fanfare!"

She toots a tin horn.  Once the enemy is tied up and questioned, the hydra is confirmed to be a mindless beast.  The Chuul is discovered to be very close to mindless.  It thought it had succeeded in convincing the group to stop attacking it.  So it fought back when that "agreement" was broken when May and Rai attacked it after being told not to kill it.  It mentions pretty often that it is hungry, it doesn't want to die, it was only following orders, etc.  The death giant is scared and quickly spills what little it knows.

Most of the death giants in Arantor’s employ use
steel predators as guardians and pets. This giant is
experimenting with an alternative. After much trial
and error, he’s trained one of the chuuls that inhabit
Monadhan’s jungles. The chuul fears the caves, however, so the death giant is stuck patrolling far from
base with its pet.


Arantor's lair can be found in the caverns on the other side of the valley.

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:19, Mon 18 Apr 2016.

Timmy
 Player, 57 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 06:38
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Because Timothius is apparently back to being all kindness and no darkness, he feeds the chuul (pieces of disembodied hydra head from when May DID behead it once), giving it reassuring pets and takes the time to explain why he and his allies continued attacking. And that the chuul will get to live. Timothius genuinely believes the chuul not guilty of anything more than wanting to survive.

The same can be said of the hydra, and Timothius is quick to point out that most of the people who reside here (that is, everyone besides the heroes) deserve to be here and thus, deserve to have this mindless beast on guard and ready to consume them. "Whether for justice or for them to die sooner as a small mercy, the people here do not need fewer dangers. I know it sounds odd coming from me, but that is how I feel about it."

Raichel nods and says, "What about the giant? He kept fighting when you offered surrender."

Timothius looks down at the giant. "....he gave us the information we wanted. If he apologizes to Raichel, as I mentioned, then I say we spare him."

May loots the teeth from the disembodied hydra head. What? That head is dead and the hydra itself won't care or use those teeth.
Kyle
 player, 1356 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 06:43
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Whatever it's supposed reasons for being here, the Hydra has been placed between a one way entrance to this realm, and further into it.  Even if most of those here deserve it, I'd rather not leave such a poorly handled beast loose."  Standards! Even in the realm of having poor standards.
Mittens
 GM, 1946 posts
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 07:00
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits shrugs.  Then impish grin.  "But if we kill the hydra, two more will spawn in it's place!

"I'm in favor of getting to the part where we stop the ritualist ASAP.  It'll be a long while before these baddies will be healed back up to be much of a threat.  So sparing or killing any of these monsters won't really make much of a difference to our mission either way.  So whatever you all decide is fine with me."

Timothius
 GM, 886 posts
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 07:16
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius reverts from his angelic mode and says in a relenting, if annoyed tone, "Killing or not killing the beast makes no difference since we're the first in probably ever to come here on purpose. But in the interest in not having to fight it again later on the off chance we come back this way, I can see your point. Do what you're going to do and let's go."

If the giant apologizes, however, even Raichel will agree to spare him. But she does remove all of his soul-stealing equipment and such like (The Soul Shroud, the Soul Shards in it, and the Soul Dagger).

May doesn't care either way and just takes point when the group is ready to move on.
Kyle
 player, 1357 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 07:22
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle shrugs, and opts not to spend the effort skeletonizing a hydra. "Then let's get on with this trip. Seems we have a lot of stunning to deal with in out future, if more of these giants are playing at guardsmen."
Mittens
 GM, 1947 posts
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 07:34
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits smiles and reaches to hair-ruffle her bro.  "There, see?  Nobody and nothing died."

The PCs reach the shantytown at the center of
Monadhan without too much trouble. Once there,
they must interact with the Shantytown residents in
an effort to learn where the portal onward is.

The simplest way to proceed is for PCs to make DC
22 Streetwise checks. The first success reveals the
Sarissa clue below, and the second success reveals the
Rolain clue below.
If you want to expand the investigation, here are
some factors to consider:
✦ The PCs are epic tier, and the vast majority of
the shantytown residents aren’t. Other than
Kas’s crew (described in encounters T1-T3)
and the death giant patrols that occasionally
come through the shantytown (use the giants in
encounter C7 if you like), no one is capable of
even scratching the characters’ armor, much less
offering an actual challenge in battle.
✦ No one gets to Monadhan without first
committing a betrayal so cruel that it garnered
supernatural imprisonment as a response. Most
of the shantytown’s residents are damaged
goods: insane, depressed, paranoid, or habitually
blaming everyone but themselves for their fate.
Some are wracked with guilt while others deny
that they did anything to deserve their fate.
Either way, few are pleasant to be around.
Whether you play out a detailed investigation or not,
all this effort should get the PCs two valuable pieces
of information:
✦ Sarissa the seer knows about the portal. She lives
in a hut on the edge of the shantytown.
✦ A mysterious figure named Rolain can
supposedly go into Arantor’s lair and emerge
alive.  Rolain can be found at midnight at
the shantytown’s graveyard.

"This place makes Mits uncomfortable."  She doesn't really know what to make of all this and idly paws at her sibs' tails.  And May's too if she leaves it within Mits' reach.
May
 player, 680 posts
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 07:43
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May notices Mitts' idle pawing and lifts her tail high enough to be in easy reach just to play with the cat.

Raichel says, "It gives me relief, knowing that there are certain things people don't get away with for long and wind up in a hell so special it doesn't even exist in the nine hells."

Timothius says, "Maybe so, but we don't deserve to be here. We are only here because we have to be."

May says, "What can your friendly neighborhood kobold dreadnaught do to make you more comfortable, m'lady Mittens? I'll let you borrow any weapons you like if it helps!"
Kyle
 player, 1358 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 18 Apr 2016
at 08:14
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  The plot twist at the graveyard will be the Gravekeeper betrayed his mad scientist master to the angry mob before they finished making their horrible monster.

  This has been your filler post while Kyle's player tries to fix his sleep schedule.
Mittens
 GM, 1948 posts
Tue 19 Apr 2016
at 06:17
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Off to Sarissa's, then!"

Mits isn't sure what to tell May...  "I'll borrow...  you!"

She tries to drag the friendly kobold onto her flying carpet so she can cuddle and play with her hair.

Seer’s Hut
Compared to most of the shantytown’s residents,
Sarissa is relatively pleasant. She says that she’ll
answer questions for a hundred gold coins each, an
amount that should be a pittance for the heroes at this
point but is a fortune for her.

Timothius
 GM, 888 posts
Wed 20 Apr 2016
at 04:49
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius sees her lust for money and pulls out a platinum coin to examine it. He puts it back into his bag and says, "How about a 10 gold downpayment and if I find your first answer useful, I will pay you the remaining 90? I have to be sure your answers are worth so much."

Timothius is far from interested in throwing money around willy-nilly. At best, doing so would be an insult to all the poor and hungry. At worst, they could earn a reputation as people who throw money around and wind up swamped with fakes who want fortunes for their meager lies.

Raichel and May are just quiet and currently indifferent.
Kyle
 player, 1359 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 20 Apr 2016
at 04:55
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "If it turns out, we should probably give most of it in gold.  I doubt most around here can make change for a platinum if she ever decided to spend it."  Now, a more petty rich player would toss 500 gold in Residum and watch them spent hours trying to scrape it up.

  Good thing Unaligned also covers not being a complete asshole.
Mittens
 GM, 1950 posts
Wed 20 Apr 2016
at 05:26
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"I'm not entirely sure we even need her help," Mits comments, "We already know where to go to fight big bad.  The fact she knows about the portal was just kindofa curiosity, really."

Sarissa eyes the group skeptically.  "I'll grant you that trust isn't easily given in this place, but that goes two ways."

She sighs.  "Very well, I'll accept your terms."

She stares into her fire.  "The one you seek, Arantor, hasn't been seen in years.  You're on a quest of great import, but you don't yet know how to go through the portal guarded by Arantor.  It's not as simple as defeating him, decrypting sigils, or even praying to your gods."

She looks at the group and holds out her hand.  "Satisfied I'm worth my pay?  I can save you floundering about trying to figure it out yourselves."
Timothius
 GM, 889 posts
Wed 20 Apr 2016
at 05:33
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius nods. "Had to be sure you were the real deal, ma'am." he hands her the promised. In gold, as per Kyle's suggestion. "But now that you have seen we are here on purpose, you know we are not the standard folk who wind up here. We are heroes, bent on rescuing the Prime Material. Dunno how much you like this place, but if your answers are good enough to help with that... you may very well have yourself a ticket out of this place."

Raichel glances at Timothius... but figures "help save the prime material" is more than a fair trade for "get out of traitor hell" card.

May grins. "Neat stuff, Sarissa!"
Kyle
 player, 1360 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 20 Apr 2016
at 05:41
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "I'll be sure to have strong words regarding services rendered if we get anyone trying to consider payment negating that."  While the pricetag is probably high for what it is, even if well within their price range, it's still more useful information than the kind they often have to work for.
Mittens
 GM, 1951 posts
Wed 20 Apr 2016
at 05:56
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Sarissa thinks about it.

"Nah.  You all go on ahead without me.  Not only do I doubt that you're here to save the world, but I doubt even more that you'll survive achieving your real goal...  Much less me.

"You’ll need the key of Monadhan: whatever object
within the domain is most representative of betrayal.
Those who depart take the key with them, so the
exact nature of the key changes."

She stares for a moment in her fire and sighs.  "Seriously?  Ugh.  You won't like the answer.  The current key to Monadhan is the Sword of Kas!  Good luck getting your hands on that relic.  Whomever holds it must be god-slayer level powerful!  Yeah.  No way I'd survive a fight like that."

Mits sweatdrops.  "Ok then!  I guess we just graduated to the next level of epic.  Sheesh.  Now there's a weapon of legend for your collection, May."

(Kas was once a trusted
lieutenant of Vecna’s, but Kas betrayed Vecna and cut
off Vecna’s hand, then escaped. Both Vecna’s dismembered hand and the Sword of Kas are now artifacts,
and Vecna is still chasing after Kas, eager for revenge.)

A woman in tattered robes calls out from the street,
“Sarissa! Oh, seer! I trust I’m not interrupting anything.
Ah, I see you have guests. . . .”

Perception Check
DC 25: The woman on the street is standing at the edge of
a puddle in the road, but you don’t see her reflection in the
puddle


Mits glances.  "Vampire.  And she has backup."
Timothius
 GM, 890 posts
Wed 20 Apr 2016
at 06:08
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius looks back at Sarissa. "You happen to know this lady, or that she's a vampire?"

Raichel figures it would be hard for anyone to believe world-savers just walked up to them for answers. But she also figures Sarissa clearly would rather live here than die trying to obtain freedom. Her call.

May just watches the newcomer.
Kyle
 player, 1361 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 20 Apr 2016
at 06:20
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Vecna is hardly dead, despite his skeletal state.  Serious injury of the gods territory is much more broad."

  Ah, of course.  It wouldn't be Not Ravenloft without Vampires.

  "I get the feeling that despite the reputation of this place, none of those she brought with her will betray her in the next minute."
Narrator
 player, 872 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Wed 20 Apr 2016
at 06:47
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
A cambion suddenly lands at the entrance of the hut and attacks!  Sarissa gasps and dives for cover!  "No!"
Raichel
 player, 652 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 21 Apr 2016
at 03:37
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"RAAAIII!" Raichel yells, her voice echoing everywhere as she changes to her raichu mode and thunder accompanies her voice, everyone within 100 yards can hear her deific yell! Lightning then strikes each of the bad guys, even the ones the heroes can't see yet! Gwenth gets lucky and leaps aside, dodging the lightning strike that would have engulfed her! But the rest of the enemy? Not so lucky.

"I am RAICHEL! At least introduce yourselves before you fall!" Remember how Galadriel's voice sounded when she was being tested by the One Ring? That's how Raichel sounds at the moment.

Why? Because we're EPIC.


Minor: Bloodfury
Minor: Razorclaw Shifting (+1 AC/Ref, +2 speed)
Standard: Furious Bolts v Callophage, Disfigured 3, 2, 1, Cambion, Disfigured 4, Callophage 2, Gwenth. Hit(35)!, Hit(46)!, Hit(41)!, Hit(44)!, CRIT(47)!, Hit(43)!, CRIT(47)!, Miss(33)
 dmg to Callophage: 48
 Non-Crit dmg to others: 37
 Crit dmg: 73


Total dmg done: 342 + 80 vulnerability dmg = 422

Callophage 1 HP: 203 - 48 - 10 = 145
Disfigured 3 HP: 245 - 37 - 15 = 193
Disfigured 2 HP: 245 - 37 - 15 = 193
Disfigured 1 HP: 245 - 37 - 15 = 193
Cambion Soul HP: 156 - 73 = 83
Disfigured 4 HP: 245 - 37 - 15 = 193
Callophage 2 HP: 203 - 73 - 10 = 120

This message was last edited by the player at 04:33, Thu 21 Apr 2016.

Narrator
 player, 873 posts
 For narrating
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Thu 21 Apr 2016
at 04:33
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Name's Callie," the vampire answers sweetly, stepping forward, her wounds beginning to heal.  She blows a kiss to the group and winks.

"So what brings you bunch of good-looking folks to this place?"

Mits deadpans, unaffected.
May
 player, 681 posts
Thu 21 Apr 2016
at 05:04
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Stay inside and stay behind me, Sarissa." May hops past the two enemies, swinging at them. Her swings appear to miss, but both of them feel injured somehow anyway.

May answers, "Long story short, we are here to fight Arantor in order to stop Mornujhar from completing a ritual. We have two exarchs under our belt, so what's a third exarch, right? Why are you here?"


Inexorable Advance v Callophage 1, Cambion Soulthief. Miss(29) Miss(35)
 dmg on a miss: 6, shift 1 before each attack.


Callophage 1 HP: 145 - 6 = 139
Cambion HP: 83 - 6 = 77

This message was last edited by the player at 05:05, Thu 21 Apr 2016.

Monster Intern
 Intern, 53 posts
 Monster Party!
 Monster Prices!
Thu 21 Apr 2016
at 05:12
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
One of the vampires charges at May. "Bleh! Bleh!" and scrapes her with his claws! "I vant to suck your brains!"

Callie wants to facepalm, but wants to keep her cool facade more.


Charge v May. Hit(41)! OMG!
 dmg: 13 and ongoing 10 necro


Maych-P: 145 - 13 = 132

Kyle
 player, 1362 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 21 Apr 2016
at 05:27
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle quickdraws his bastard sword, making up for in accuracy what he lacks in Epic Power.  Slicing open the closest Vampire in a spray of crimson.

  "Undead susceptible to blood loss, I appreciate the novelty."  That said, he toughens up May.

OOC: Learned Boost M Weapon, Hits.
M weapon bonus: +2 Hit, +6 DMG rolls. All cats, until end of my next turn.
Failed save.

Callophage Vampire: 139-56= 83 (Bloodied)

Narrator
 player, 874 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Thu 21 Apr 2016
at 06:11
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Two more disfigured vampires arrive.  One tries to bite May, but gets a mouth full of armor.  Then a powerful looking vampire appears and reaches her hand dramatically at the heroes!  May, Rai, and Mits all attack their friends!

"Sorry!" Mits mews.  She's pleasantly surprised to see that her attack didn't hurt Timothius or May, but disappointed it hurt Kyle pretty badly.

The vampire's allies also attack, and Callie manages to grab hold of May!

"I'm Gwenth.  We're here to find powerful adventurers and subdue them.  Arantor I know.  Who's Mornujhar?"

The Sting of Betrayal: Because the domain of
Monadhan is suffused with betrayal, the domain itself
rewards those willing to hurt their friends. If a creature makes an attack that damages an ally—a friendly
fire incident, in other words—two things immediately
happen.
First, the ally takes ongoing 10 damage (save ends)
in addition to whatever damage the attack itself dealt.
Second, the creature who made the attack gets
its choice of either regeneration 5 or a +1 bonus on
attacks. Either effect lasts until the ally makes its
saving throw.
A creature can benefit from the sting of betrayal
only once per round, so an area attack that damages
multiple allies earns the attacker only one regeneration 5 or one +1 bonus on attacks.
Timmy
 Player, 58 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Thu 21 Apr 2016
at 06:41
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius is displeased and transforms into an angel, shaking his head. He walks past the enemies, not seeming to care that the cambion hits him and not even paying the cambion any mind while May hooks the cambion behind its knee with a yoink, slamming the cambion on its back!

Timothius bursts with radiance, causing the enemies to feel as though Timothius were the sun itself. Then he causes chains made of radiance to rise from the ground. He then seems to also shake off the effects of the sting of betrayal. "Mornujhar is the black dragon exarch of Tiamat." he answers.


Tim takes ongoing 10 dmg
Move: Past Callophage and Cambion
 Cambion AoO v Tim: Hit(34)!
  dmg: 15
 Callophage AoO v Tim: Miss(30)
 May-o-O v Cambion: Hit(48)!
  Knock Cambion prone
Minor: Solar Enemy
Standard: Chains of Blazing Light v Dis1,3,Callo1,Camb,Gwen.
 Hit(37)! Miss(28)! Hit(35)! CRIT(46)! Hit(45)!
  Dazed and will take 11 extra radiant dmg when first hit.
Save v ongoing: 18 success
 May save v ongoing: 8 fail


Tim HP: 124 - 10 - 15 = 99

This message was last edited by the player at 06:45, Thu 21 Apr 2016.

Narrator
 player, 875 posts
 For narrating
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Fri 22 Apr 2016
at 03:54
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
A second callophage vampire appears from around the corner and looks shocked at the situation.

"Gwenth, two of ours are half dead while none of theirs are.  Maybe we should consider diplomacy?"

Another disfigured vampire arrives and claws at Timothius, but finds the angel's peaceful presence too much to get past.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:58, Fri 22 Apr 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1953 posts
Fri 22 Apr 2016
at 04:32
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
ZWOOP!  Mits teleports among the enemy.  She's got her head bowed, and is frowning all pissed off.

"You made me zap my friends.  I'm mad enough to snap my fingers."

Snap!  FWOOSH!  Bright yellow sun flames engulf the enemy!  A chorus of screams from the burning vampires is interrupted by.  Snap!  FWOOSH!  More screams!

https://youtu.be/xqV_4CG8uZY?t=10m50s

Mits just keeps snapping her fingers, disintegrating the demon and several vampires into ash!  Within moments, even the boss among them looks near half dead!
Raichel
 player, 653 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 22 Apr 2016
at 04:47
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel suddenly appears in front of Gwenth like a Z-fighter and slams her palm into Gwenth's stomach, porting her to a spot advantageous for May to flank. "Clock's ticking, Gwenth. Last chance: Surrender."


Move: Teleport 5 to Gwenth
Standard: Step Between the Worlds v Gwenth. Hit(37)!
 dmg: 56 and teleport enemy 3 squares to be in position for flanking with May


Gwenth HP: 241 - 62 = 179

Narrator
 player, 876 posts
 For narrating
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Fri 22 Apr 2016
at 04:53
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Unbelievable..."

Callie collapses and burns to ash.
May
 player, 682 posts
Fri 22 Apr 2016
at 05:05
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May hops into flanking as per the chance Rai opened up for her and whacks Gwenth hard. "Yeah... my allies are pretty unbelievable. But most unbelieveable is the fact they are, in fact, merciful and willing to spare their enemies.... IF they surrender." and even if they don't surrender, but you know... saying that won't help convince an enemy to surrender.


May takes 10 ongoing
Move: Shift to flank
Standard: Appalling Crunch v Gwenth. Hit(41)!
 dmg: 62
Save v Ongoing: 15 success


Gwenth HP: 179 - 62 = 117

This message was last edited by the player at 05:25, Fri 22 Apr 2016.

Narrator
 player, 877 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Fri 22 Apr 2016
at 05:09
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Snap!  FWOOSH!  Down goes another vampire!
Kyle
 player, 1363 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 22 Apr 2016
at 05:19
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle just snaps off a quick shot, knocking Gwenth off their feet.  "Just so you know, we can still hurt you perfectly well if you turn into mist.  Well, not quite.  It would hurt you more if you turned into mist." True in Kyle's case.

  OOC: Forceful weapon, hits. Knocks prone. 40 DMG by itself.
Kyle saved vs immoblized. Not vs ongoing.

Qwenth: 117-40= 77

Mittens
 GM, 1954 posts
Fri 22 Apr 2016
at 05:32
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Snap!  FWOOSH!  The last bit that was holding the jaw May nearly knocked off is gone, and it drops to the ground.  The bit of belly Rai slammed drops to the ground as well.  Snap!  FWOOSH!  Gwenth is nothing more than fanged crispy skeleton and sinew.  She screams and vanishes!

Perc: 33:  She's fleeing to the southwest at full speed!

"She's running thata way," Mits says, pointing.
Timmy
 Player, 59 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Fri 22 Apr 2016
at 06:06
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Being an angel and all, Timothius flies and is faster than Gwenth can run. He lands next to her. "Surrender does not mean flee."


Double move fly to Gwenth.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:06, Fri 22 Apr 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1955 posts
Fri 22 Apr 2016
at 06:10
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits tries to escape from the immobilization and fails.

"I wonder at what temperature ash melts."


Snap!  FWOOSH!
Raichel
 player, 654 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 22 Apr 2016
at 06:33
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel zips across the field. Again, Z-fighter speeds. BAMF! She hits Gwenth in the sternum, knocking her unconscious. "She's out!"

May looks over to Sarissa. "...we were barely even trying. Believe us as exarch hunters now? Or do you still want to stay in this gods-forsaken place?"


Charge Gwenth. Hit(45)!
 dmg: 25


Gwenth HP: 17 - 25 - whatever = KO'd so hard, it ends the encounter

Kyle
 player, 1364 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 23 Apr 2016
at 04:07
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Thank you for saving us all the trouble, you two."  Timothius flew over also! Moral support is important.
Narrator
 player, 879 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 23 Apr 2016
at 04:11
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Sarissa is in tears with terror.  When she finally recovers her senses she is confused by the question.

"You're offering to help me even without that being part of the bargain?"

Mits finishes her snapping and breaks free from being immobilized.  "Feels good to take the kid gloves off on undead.  But wow.  They sure fried!"
Timothius
 GM, 892 posts
Sat 23 Apr 2016
at 04:27
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel calms down, changes back into a kitty, drags Gwenth back by the leg and then tosses the... whatever she is... in front of May.

May is staring at the now-dying fires with fire reflecting in her eyes. Then snaps out of it. "....did any of them have weapons?" she begins panicking and checks the carnage to find a red-hot sword that is warped. "Noooooooo! Not the wea-heh-pon!" she starts crying and dramatically falls to her knees, shaking her fists to the sky.

Cambion has: Longsword, Iron Gauntlet
Gwenth has: 2 Short swords and Leather Armor
The others have nothing.

Timothius flicks his kitty ears and reverts to his un-angelic form. "To answer your question, Sarissa... yes. You have shown to be one of the more helpful people around this place and our paths crossed with yours."

Raichel ties up Gwenth and says, "Are you OK, everyone?" Timothius begins waking Gwenth and answers, "I'm healthy."

May pauses from her drama to look over to Raichel and answers in her normal tone, "I'm fine. Don't mind me; just mourning the death of this weapon." then goes back to her dramatic mourning.
Kyle
 player, 1365 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 23 Apr 2016
at 04:41
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "It's okay May, I'm sure their weapons were poorly maintained and low quality anyways."  He looks to Sarrisa, and comments "It's something we do from time to time.  Reasonable people are a rare find, even outside of this accursed plane."
Mittens
 GM, 1956 posts
Sat 23 Apr 2016
at 04:55
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits puts a comforting hand on May's shoulder.  "Don't forget, May.  We have the power of resurrection!"

With a dramatic magical flair, https://youtu.be/NaJUtGSYCDw?t=2m41s she fixes up the weapons, good as new!

"Doin' good!"

Sarissa is speechless.  She's trying to figure out what possible back-stab a group this powerful could possibly have in store for her that would make any sense, and simply can't.  As impossible as it seems, the only thing that makes sense is that they're genuine.

Charred skeletal Gwenth is awakened!  "What do you want from me?"

How is she talking without a jaw, vocal cords, or lungs?  Magic!
Timothius
 GM, 893 posts
Sat 23 Apr 2016
at 05:04
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius points at Gwenth and her lungs, vocal cords, and jaw re-form. It's actually kind of creepy to see. "Answers. For starters, who sent you? How did you know we were here? And why are you hunting powerful adventurers?"

May snatches the weapon happily and rubs her cheek on it. "Thanks, Mitts!" She then grins up at Kyle. "Thanks for the reassurance, Kyle. But you know... weapons." she draws a valentine in the dirt with her new longsword and then sheathes it in her handy haversack along with the 2 short swords and iron gauntlet.

Raichel gives Gwenth a glare.


Rai intimidate: 30
Tim intimidate: 35

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

Kyle
 player, 1366 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 23 Apr 2016
at 05:09
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle nods to May,  "Sometimes the principle of the matter is as important as anything."  Much like how sometimes Spite is the most practical path to follow for the good of the world.  Always amazing when that is true, and saving lives for 'no reason' really sends those anarchy lovers in a tizzy.

  While he has finally dropped that negative charisma modifier, he still leaves the Passive Aggressive Cop/Aggressive Cop task to the kitty cats.
Narrator
 player, 880 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sat 23 Apr 2016
at 05:17
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Gwenth is shocked by the healing.  But eventually regains her senses.

"I work for Kas, the enemy of Vecna.  I am but a servant.  Kas does not share what his motives are."

Mits makes a heart shape with her hands to May.  "You're welcome!"
May
 player, 682 posts
Sat 23 Apr 2016
at 05:30
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius asks, "So Kas asked you to hunt down powerful adventurers? Why do you work for Kas?"

May nods in agreement to Kyle. "Too true, Kyle. Too true." then hops up to Mitts' chest, wraps her arms around Mitts' neck and dangles from her. "Heart to you too, pretty kitty! I love you! And I'm gonna love you forever!" May is quite hefty for her size. Mostly thanks to all the weapons she has outside of her haversack.

Raichel turns to Sarissa. "We are heroes; we don't do evil. We are opposed to evil. We fight in self-defense. Our motives are not selfish, but driven by a desire to see the right thing done. Heroes are real, Sarissa... and I hope that, if you leave this place with us, you will be given enough hope and inspiration to become a hero yourself." She looks on at May loving on Mittens. "Case in point. You probably have not seen anyone here treat each other this way without expecting something in return. May is showing love simply because she wants Mittens to know she loves her."

This message was last edited by the player at 05:31, Sat 23 Apr 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1367 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 23 Apr 2016
at 05:36
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "As you also saw, we can do the whole judgmental thing quite well when required." Particularly Mittens, area of effect smiting and all that.  "But we do find it preferable when that is not required."  He turns to Raichel and Timothius with Gwenth, and says "Where were you to bring us had you been successful."
Mittens
 GM, 1957 posts
Sat 23 Apr 2016
at 05:48
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"I work for Kas because I was created by him for that purpose.  Simple as that.  I was to take you to the graveyard to meet up with Rolain."

Mits smiles big at the adorable gator's love and hugs her back with a fuzzy cheek-rub!  "Daaaw!  Cute May is adorable!"

She lets the flying carpet handle the majority of May's weight.

Sarissa nods.  "Then thank you.  I will try to not be a burden."
Raichel
 player, 655 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 23 Apr 2016
at 05:57
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel looks over to Mittens. "Looks like Sarissa has passed the "disgusted by cuteness and love" test. She's not so much villain as someone who was looking out for herself, methinks. After all... it sounds like betraying a villain lands you here also."

Timothius says, "Feel free to lead us there, Gwenth. If you do, I will grant you a quick death, or let you continue your existence; your choice."

May's eyes water at the way Mittens is treating her and she kisses Mitts' cheek. Then flops onto the carpet. "You should name your carpet. It's been so handy, it truly deserves a name."
Kyle
 player, 1368 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 23 Apr 2016
at 06:06
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Being forced to attack your allies also seems to rate, given those effects earlier.  But then when has consistency ever mattered for the problems we face?"

  He nods, and says "Just who is Rolain, I assume you know that much.  Though I would be surprised if you knew what they intended on our arrival."
Mittens
 GM, 1958 posts
Sat 23 Apr 2016
at 06:20
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Sarissa sweatdrops and stays quiet.

Gwenth sighs and answers with a twinge of jealousy, "Rolain is Kas' favorite.  When we capture or kill powerful arrivals, we hold them for Kas' return.  I live only to serve Kas.  He shall be the one to decide my fate if you're giving options."

Mits blushes and giggles from the May affection.  She jeers at the vampire business, saying, "May's so sweet, I'm sure her blood tastes like candy!"

Then noms and raspberrys May's neck!

"Yum!

"A name for the carpet?  Like...  Carpet Diem the Rugged?  You have any ideas?"   

Timothius
 GM, 895 posts
Sat 23 Apr 2016
at 06:28
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "Those puns really floor me, Mittens. I'm sure you've got the name covered. You really have risen from rugs to riches, eh, sis?"

Raichel says, "Kinda like Carpet Diem, actually..."

May says, "How about something cool like The Fire Cat's Throne? Or Alter of the Inferno? Or... Sunrise! Yeah! Sunrise! It lifts you up and supports the radiant Mittens! So it makes her radiance rise! Sunrise!"

Timothius looks back to Gwenth. "Tell us how to get to Rolain, and we'll make sure he won't be Kas' favorite anymore."
Kyle
 player, 1369 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 23 Apr 2016
at 06:35
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Oh no, his friends are having fun.  How terrible-wait no that's actually a good thing.

  "Well, Gwenth will certainly be the only one left to be the favorite, if things continue as they have."

OOC: https://youtu.be/aouTCIMGr9U?t=11m25s
Oh also swearing as the player's reaction to the NPC line, but that's after the initially linked bit.
11:25 in if the time tagged link fails.

Mittens
 GM, 1959 posts
Sun 24 Apr 2016
at 05:59
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits rolled on the carpet laughing at Timo's puns.

She grins and thumbs-ups.  "Love it!  Sunrise is the name of Mittens' legendary steed!  And her battle cry shall be 'carpet diem!'  Thanks, everyone!"

Inside, she's laughing at the idea of elevating one vampire over another.  And the likeliness that Kas will say, "You have failed me for the last time, Gwenth!" and waste an attack destroying her.  Another check-mark on her "things storybook villains say that I've seen," list.

This message was last edited by the GM at 17:00, Sun 24 Apr 2016.

May
 player, 683 posts
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 02:58
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
When everyone is ready, May takes point to the next destination.

May shows off her Bahamut gun to Sarissa (and even Gwenth if she cares) "See: This weapon is special because it was a combination gift; Mittens designed it and Kyle built it. Kyle is oft shaping my weapons and enchanting them, but I feel like this was a nice combination."

Timothius says, "And I've been knitting these for when we fight Mornujar." he holds up one of the Tiamat-head hats.

Raichel is beaming.

(GM says Gwenth will show the way, after all)
Kyle
 player, 1370 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 03:08
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle was more than happy to help May's hobby.  Though it doesn't hurt (Them) her hobby is painful to their enemies.  "I know people often do not believe our accomplishments, but silly hats as we defeat an exarch does bring it into new drunken bar story territory."

  Which of course, doesn't change the fact Kyle is going to do it.
Mittens
 GM, 1960 posts
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 03:32
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits grins at May's showing off.  She aaaws at Timothius' hat.  And Kyle's point makes her bust out laughing.

"I know, right!"

Gwenth leads the way.

You’ve been walking along a path that winds through the
graveyard, seeing stone mausoleums interspersed among
headstones and graveyard statuary. A cloaked figure
wearing a longsword and shield steps from behind one of
the tombs ahead of you, arms folded across his chest. “I am
Rolain,” he says.


Perception Check
DC 22: Besides Rolain, you glimpse a bulky outline on
the far side of the mausoleum to the east.
DC 26: A third, slim figure hides behind a statue in the
second row of graves to the west.

"I am Gwenth," the fanged, charred skeleton answers, "I found master some powerful adventurers."

Rolain is stunned.  "Where are the others that were with you?"

"These adventurers destroyed them."

She points at Mits.  Rolain is dumbfounded.
Raichel
 player, 656 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 04:41
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "Well we started to fight them, then Gwenth made Mittens mad, so she destroyed them all herself. I am Timothius. This is Mittens, Raichel, May and Kyle. We are the Warriors of Light; the heroes of the Prime Material."

May says, "She brought us here because we asked her to."

Timothius says, "I offered that if she did, we would make sure she would be Kas' new favorite. I would rather not have to destroy you, so your options are to surrender and turn from following Kas..." Wings jet out of his back and he suddenly becomes his angelic form with the "wind blowing and light from beneath him" special effects all in the course of one second before he says sternly. "...or be destroyed."

Raichel is shivering like she can barely contain her energy. She gets struck by lightning and turns into her raichu form. In her new, fancy deific voice, she says, "Wouldn't it be easier for everyone if you just insisted on fighting so we can vaporize you like the others?"


Raichel Intimidate: CRIT! 37
Timothius Intimidate: 37

Kyle
 player, 1371 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 04:49
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "You asked for powerful adventurers, Why do you seem so surprised?  If you found ones easily defeated, then they would be no use to any task you are not strong enough to accomplish yourselves."

  Hey, his friends have the practicality out of the way. So he takes the chance to nitpick a captive audience.

This message was lightly edited by the player at 04:50, Mon 25 Apr 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1961 posts
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 05:03
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Carpet Diem!" Mittens announces, summoning a small sun over her palm.

"That's all very impressive," Rolain says, looking annoyed, intimidated, and confused by what he's hearing and seeing, "But before I decide, I have a few questions.  For one, what are you after?  What difference does it make to you who Kas likes if you can so easily wipe out Gwenth's squad?"

Gwenth headshakes.  "That's not what they're after.  That was just a promise they made me for showing them here.  You should answer their question before asking your own."

Rolain looks all the more flabbergasted.  "Huh?  Oh.  Right.  My master is the one who asked for powerful adventurers, dead or alive.  He did not tell me his reasons, so you'd have to ask him what use he had in mind for them.  I've never seen or heard of adventurers even half your power.  That is why I'm surprised."
Timmy
 Player, 60 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 05:12
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius holds a hand out, as if to stay his sisters. "...OK. You answered us. So I'll answer you: We are here because it is the only route to a secret location where Mornujar, black dragon exarch of Tiamat, is performing a ritual that we must stop. To get to Mornujar, we will have to get past Arantor."

Balls of lightning keep swelling up in Raichel's hands and she occasionally has to let them go, causing the ground to either side of her to shatter each time.

May says, "Thanks, by the way, Gwenth. Well, Kyle, looks like the answer to your question is... 'i dunno'. Which is normal for our enemies, really."
Kyle
 player, 1372 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 05:20
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "I really should not be surprised, but I keep expecting everyone causing us problems to have at least something resembling a known plan.  We've long since moved past spur of the moment bandits, but no even the underlings of Kas himself are ignorant of such things."
Mittens
 GM, 1962 posts
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 05:25
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Rolain looks at Gwenth.  Gwenth answers, "That is what they told me."

Mits sweatdrops.  "What?  Like we have to lie to the likes of you."

Rolain looks back to the group.  "It sounds like you are enemies of Tiamat.  But you didn't really say as much.  Are you?  And are you enemies of Vecna?"

After all, for all he knows, Tiamat hired this group to stop her exarch for performing a ritual she forbade him from.
Timmy
 Player, 61 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 05:41
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "Tiamat made a power play to invade the Prime Material by using the Githyanki empire. So we dethroned her puppet ruler and put a better githyanki back on the throne. However, she isn't done trying. The Prime Material is our home and we are not about to allow anyone, god or no, to come stepping all over it. Whatever Kas's goals are, as long as he stays out of our way, we have no quarrel with him. This is the same for anyone."

Raichel says, "We're no friends of Vecna. We are on the side of good, not evil."

May just sagely nods. She then looks up at Kyle. "It's because bad guys don't trust each other. So they keep all their plans and thoughts as secret as possible; To the point of their own detriment."
Kyle
 player, 1373 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 05:46
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle nods to May "There is that, yes.  Giving only enough information to work with is one thing, but it does seem complete ignorance is far more common."

  To Rolain he says "We still need to learn the exact nature of the ritual we are stopping, but if things go as they tend to it will be something we shall have to deal with regardless of Vecna's opinion on the matter."
Mittens
 GM, 1963 posts
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 05:55
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Rolain looks impressed.  "OK then!  From the sounds of things, you know who my master is.  And that he'd be willing to let you all pass.  As for Arantor, Kas wants him defeated as well.  So you may even be able to strike a temporary alliance with master.  Arantor is no pushover even for those who would hunt exarchs, so you may consider it worth your while.  Master was to meet us in that plot of the graveyard.  He's likely to be arriving soon."

Rolain points.

Mits snirks.  "Temporary alliance with Kas the betrayer.  I can guess why he's here, and that he can be trusted about as far as I can toss a world..."

She glances at her seed.  "Bad analogy.  Why should we trust Kas?"

Rolain shrugs.  "Your choice.  Kas would make for a powerful ally.  And knows quite a few useful secrets.  Maybe you can bargain for information."
Timmy
 Player, 62 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 06:03
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel says, "...I wonder if I kissed your seed, Mittens, if it would make a difference in how that world turns out."

Timothius says, "Kas wants Arantor defeated? Then he will likely give us the information we want so we have higher chance of success. For one, we can not continue our quest without the Sword of Kas. Therefor, we won't be fighting Arantor without it."

May glances at Mittens with a huge grin. "Don't think I didn't hear you when you said I'd be excited about getting my hands on it... I would be! I just didn't think it would happen quickly."
Kyle
 player, 1374 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 06:15
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "That sword is going to be the most difficult part of all this, yes."  Not GETTING the sword.  No, Kyle is expecting it to be even more annoying than the Seed Of Winter to put up with.
Mittens
 GM, 1964 posts
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 06:38
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits smiles.  "Even if it didn't I'd want you to, Rai."

She nods and winks to May.  "Can't wait to get it in your hands!"

Rolain bows to the group and heads for the graveyard plot he indicated earlier.  His followers follow from a distance.
Timmy
 Player, 63 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 06:41
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel smiles and nods to Mittens.

Timothius looks at the others. "Stay sharp. It's a trap. Even if Rolain doesn't think so."

Rai's smile fades and she says, "Another time, seed."

May nods and leads the group to follow Rolain's lead.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:44, Mon 25 Apr 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1375 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 06:51
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "The main question is if it will be an annoying trap or not."  At least for traps and hazzards, Kyle has a detection bonus of +32, +35 for magical.

  The snag is if it's 'technically an ambush' in which case he's much less reliable.
Mittens
 GM, 1965 posts
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 06:57
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Kyle is able to sense the dark magics in this area and is able to warn the group of what they expected to happen in the first place...

The ground starts to rumble. And in the gloom in front of
you, the grave-earth and headstones start to take on an
immense—and moving—shape.


Rolain blinks in surprise.

A desecration—the animate force behind a graveyard
full of traitors, turncoats, and other betrayers,
stands before you and lets out a bone-rattling moan!

"A monster ambush," Mits says, "In a graveyard.  I'm shocked.  Shocked!"

PCs get a surprise round.
Kyle
 player, 1376 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 11:07
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle's boring but effective Surprise Round.   Resistive Buff For May.

  Cash  in buff is Surge+16 THP right now.

OOC: Unless there are some module sidebar specialities, I'm trying to work out why this thing is considered a Solo Controller.

This message was last edited by the player at 11:10, Mon 25 Apr 2016.

May
 player, 684 posts
Tue 26 Apr 2016
at 03:44
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May charges the construct and whacks a chip off one of the stones. "This one's going to take a bit of either time or effort to take down." she warns.

Raichel glows red as per her bloodfury weapon.

Timothius points a staff at the construct... and says, "Strong will too."


May Surprise: Charge v Desecration. Miss(34)
 dmg: 6
Rai Surprise: Bloodfury Weapon (Rai is counted as bloodied)
Tim Surprise: Pacify v Desecration. Miss(30)


Desecration HP: 1075 - 6  = 1069

Mittens
 GM, 1967 posts
Tue 26 Apr 2016
at 03:59
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"That's never happened before..." Rolain mutters.

Mits zaps the golem.  "Zap!  Maybe it was offended by our collective goodie-goodie-gumdrop-ness."
May
 player, 685 posts
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 01:09
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May grins and says, "I've been waiting for one as tough as you... Beloved! Don't you worry!" her eyes narrow to slits. With a light growl to her voice, May says, "If it harms any of you, it'll regret it."

She whacks, only chipping the stone again. But she doesn't seem discouraged. Rather, she seems to be getting invigorated.


Strike of the Watchful Guardian v Desecration. Miss(31)
 Effect: Until end of encounter, if Desecration shifts or attacks an ally,
   May can use a free action to make a melee basic attack.

Raichel
 player, 657 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 01:21
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel turns into a lightning bolt that shoots right through the construct, shattering a hole in it! KABOOM! Raichel appears on the other side, doing the Bruce Lee bounce on her feet with her staff in hand. "Alright, you. If you can talk, talk. If you can't, raise your arms and don't attack, and we'll take that as a surrender."


Minor: Razorclaw Shifting (+1 AC/Ref. +2 speed)
Move: To Desecration so as to Spark Form THROUGH it!
Standard: Spark Form v Desecration. CRIT(47)!
 dmg: 88


Desecration HP: 1043 - 88 = 955

Mittens
 GM, 1969 posts
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 01:34
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits flies to be closer and points at the ground below the desecration.  A magic circle appears below the enemy.

"I get the feeling this is the 'grr rargh' type monster made of mud and stone."
Kyle
 player, 1377 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 01:50
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle summons the eyeball of 'oh boy four digit HP I guess that's what counts as a Controller these days'.

  "Usually these things reform later without some vague and arbitrary methods.  I would hope that part was as shoddy as most of out enemy's craftsmanship, but they seem to put the effort in when it would be an annoyance."

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Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 02:14
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The monster lets out a grinding, bone-rattling roar!  With a double-fist slam, it smashes into May's force field!  It tries to bite her, but is unable to get past her defenses.  It kicks at Mit's magic circle, discovers that doing so doesn't erase it, so it tries to move... only for May to flip it prone!  The ground quakes when it lands!
Timothius
 GM, 896 posts
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 02:22
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius walks to the south and bursts with holy energy. "That was super cool, May! No injuries to us yet. That's a plus. But as tough as this thing is, I'm still expecting some slow-clapping villain to show up."

May says, "Let 'em! Last villain to slow-clap at us was Zetch'r'r, the now ex-emperor of the Githyanki, and he lasted about twelve seconds!"

Timothius then raises his hands and radiant chains bind the monster! "That'll slow him down a little."


Move: South. Monster is now in his aura.
Minor: Solar Enemy
Standard: Chains of Blazing Light v Desecration. Hit(39)!
 Desecration is dazed. Will take +11 radiant damage first time it is hit.
Eyeball dmg: 8


Desecration HP: 940 - 8 = 932

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Narrator
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Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 02:24
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Que the slow-clapping villain!  Only without the clapping.

Kas shows up.  Notably missing an appropriately epic-looking sword.

http://www.canonfire.com/wiki/images/9/90/Kas02.jpg
http://www.canonfire.com/wiki/images/4/44/Kas01.jpg
http://ic.pics.livejournal.com...9661/801/801_640.jpg

The weapon he does have looks rather mundane.  "So uh...  What's going on here?"

His minions begin to explain.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:28, Thu 28 Apr 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1970 posts
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 02:33
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Ohai, Kas!" Mits greets, "Glad you could make it.  Seems the ground got jealous of our awesomeness while we were waiting for to show up."

She conjures an enormous spear made of white-hot fire.

"Lance of Dawn!"

She throws the spear into the monster's chest and it roars!
May
 player, 686 posts
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 02:37
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May noticed the guy, but keeps her eyes on Desecration. She whacks it, finally penetrating its defenses! CLANG! Her weapon bursting with radiance, she waves to Kas with her shield arm and says, "Hi there, cool-lookin' guy! I'm May! This is Kyle, Mittens, Raichel and Timothius! We are the Warriors of Light!"


Standard: Weapon Mayster's Strike v Desecration. Hit(44)!
 dmg: 58
Eyeball dmg: 8
Minor: Defiant Shield (+2 defenses and immune forced movement)


Desecration HP: 856 - 47 - 8 = 790

This message was last edited by the player at 03:01, Thu 28 Apr 2016.

Raichel
 player, 658 posts
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Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 02:49
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel's staff glows with radiance as she whirls it around and thwacks the prone monster, shattering one of the tombstones! "Wow! Kas? I uh... yeah! Nice t'meetchya! Sorry we're a little busy. Shouldn't be long!"

The eyeball sighs. We don't know how. It shakes... itself. Its utter disappointment in this monster is so extreme, that even though Desecration is a construct, he feels the eyeball's diappointment. A full round is come and gone. No harm done to the team.


Five Storms v Desecration. Hit(33)!
 dmg: 47
 Eyeball dmg: 8


Desecration HP: 790 - 47 - 8 = 735

This message was last edited by the player at 03:02, Thu 28 Apr 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1378 posts
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Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 03:06
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
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Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 03:08
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The monster thrashes about, roaring in rage!  One slam hits Mittens, the other goes wide.  Mits blink-blinks and brushes some dirt off her shoulder.

"Well that looked like it shoulda hurt a lot more than it did."

The monster rips Mittens' spear out and tosses it aside.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:08, Thu 28 Apr 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1379 posts
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Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 03:08
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "I do not suppose this thing is under your control?  This is the graveyard you selected, and I doubt most of your followers would survive it taking offense to them."  Kyle used Static Shock against the Tombstone monster! It's not very-actually it is moderately effective.  Pokemon has lied to me, or would if not for constant protagonist loopholes.

OOC: Learned Boost Static shock. Hits exactly (Thanks, technically being a melee attack!).  56 total DMG with eyeball. -6 DMG penalty to the next melee attack made.

HP: 746-56= 690

May
 player, 687 posts
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 05:39
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May whacks the construct again. She doesn't interrupt the question Kyle asked. One out of three wacks ain't bad! Right? :D


Appalling Crunch v Desecration. Hit(39)!
 dmg: 53
ACTION POINT! Resist 10 all
Inexorable Advance v Desecration. Miss(33) Miss(36)


Descration HP: 589 - 53 = 534

Narrator
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Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 05:41
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Kas headshakes.  "Nope.  Must be a spontaneously spawning undead.  If you like, I can pitch in toward destroying it."
Raichel
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Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 05:46
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel whacks it with her stick again and says, "Oh! Thanks!" She doesn't like owing a villain anything, but the guy offered without mentioning conditions. So she agrees without agreeing. Didn't say "yes", just "thanks"


Five Storms v Desecration. Hit(43)!
 dmg: 49


Desecration HP: 536 - 49 = 487

Mittens
 GM, 1971 posts
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 05:59
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits snaps her fingers and lights the monster on fire!  But it doesn't seem all that bothered by the attack.  Mits harumphs.

Kas strolls forward and gestures authoritatively at the monster.  It stops thrashing!

http://pre-code.com/wp-content...4/10/DraculaGif2.gif

Mits claps.  "Neat trick!  So um...  What were you planning on doing with Gwenth?"

She grins and wags her tail.

"Repair the damage you all did to her.  Why?"

Mits looks disappointed.  "Nothing.  Nevermind."
Kyle
 player, 1380 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 06:14
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
 Kas The Reasonable probably doesn't have the same advertising appeal.

 "It is a sad state of this business when 'must be a spontaneously spawning undead' is one of the more sensible things we have been told of late."

  He shoots the golem as it swiftly shakes off the domination, which is a lot more meaningful against a pile of stone when the bolt explodes.

-6 To Melee hit rolls, until end of it's next turn (So, the one after Kyle's next turn).
487-42=445
Narrator
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Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 06:17
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Kas wiggles his fingers at the monster.  It stands up and does a dance.  It then rolls over and plays dead.

"It's breaking my control..."

The monster shakes its head and roars in rage!
Timmy
 Player, 67 posts
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Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 06:18
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "We're used to coming across people who kill their servants for failing impossible tasks." He successfully tosses a seal on the construct. Which of course means May and Rai are unable to hurt it.

May gushes tears. "You made it dance! OK, Kas, I like you."


Astral Seal v Desecration. Hit(31)!
 -2 defenses. Ally who hits regains 1d6+8 hp.

Mittens
 GM, 1972 posts
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 06:24
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits busts out laughing!  "Now there's something you don't see every day!"

She summons a huge book over the monster that drops on it with crushing force!

"Tome stone."
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Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 06:34
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The monster flails at Kyle and Rai, but misses.
Kyle
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Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 06:35
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle steps forward to be between his friends, so they can take advantage of the beneficial effects of 'Kyle shot a dude while standing near you'.

Standard: M weapon. hits. 44 DMG.
M weapon buff to, Mittens, May, Tim. +2 To hit, +6 DMG rolls.
Boss still has -6 to melee hit rolls, until end of it's next turn/
367-44= 323

May
 player, 688 posts
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 06:43
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius pulls out a radiant scythe. With a genuine tone of cathartic concern for the beast, Timothius says, "Rest in peace." and severs its connection to undead energies, preparing it and the souls it represents, for eternal rest.

May becomes a living tornado of weaponry, whacking it several times, shattering stone! "Nice pun, Mittens!"

Raichel slams her 15' diameter lightning bolt onto the construct, shattering most of what was left. "Finish it, sis."


Tim: Sever the Source v Desecration.
 Vulnerable 17 all
May: Lunging Dervish v Desecration. Hit(43)! Hit(35)!
 dmg: 74
Rai: Thunderstroke v Desecration. Hit(30)!
 dmg: 83


Desecration HP: 206 - 74 - 8 - 83 - 8 = 33

Mittens
 GM, 1973 posts
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 06:52
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits grins at May then summons a huge staff and finishes off the monster with a massive THWACK!

"Epi-staff."

Kas chuckles.  "I like you too.  Not the most pleasant of places or circumstances to have a meet-up, but unless you're wanting to go for a lengthy stroll to the jungle, there isn't much pleasanter to be had nearby."
Kyle
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Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 06:58
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Well, that does make a graveyard suddenly more appealing than usual."  Plus the newbie vampires probably feel more like cool goth rebels hanging out in it.

  "I don't suppose your interest in 'powerful adventures' has anything to do with your current taste in weaponry."
May
 player, 689 posts
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 07:02
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May says, "We're hoping you could hand over your sword, or tell us where to get it. I think I overheard your servants filling you in on our story?"

Timothius lipsinks the word "epi-staff" a few times as if trying to grasp what Mitts meant beyond epic staff. Then it dawns on him. "Oh wow... epitaph. Epi-staff. Wow. Just... wow."

Raichel didn't even think about it until Timothius said it aloud. She giggles and goes to hug her sister's side. "....cute."
Mittens
 GM, 1974 posts
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 07:09
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits grins and returns the hug.  "Look who's talking!"

The vampires are keeping their distance, arms folded.  Much like cool goth rebels hanging out in a graveyard.  Kas looks at his sword and back to Kyle.

"Yeah, you guessed it."

To May he asks curiously, "What interest have you in my sword?"

What Kas doesn’t know (but the PCs should) is that
the sword itself is the key, making it the only way
anyone can get out of Monadhan.
Kyle
 player, 1383 posts
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Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 07:17
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Kyle is so going to leave this subject to the people with actual positive charisma modifiers
Timothius
 GM, 897 posts
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 07:23
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius reverts to his normal form and says, "The portal requires a key. That key must be an object of betrayal... currently, your sword is the most powerful object of betrayal, being as it was used to cut off Vecna's hand."

Raichel leans her cheek on Mitts' shoulder and blushes lightly. "rai..." then reverts back to her normal form also.

May briefly considers looting a couple tombstones as weaponry, but decides against it. Not... weapony enough. OK, so she loots one of the shards so as to have a memento.
Mittens
 GM, 1975 posts
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 07:31
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits pets the cute kitten and pulls her onto the carpet for more kitty cuddles.

"Soo cute!  Daaaw!"

Kas blinks in surprise.  "Wow.  You all are forthright.  Well as you've probably guessed, Arantor has my sword.  And getting it from him isn't easy."
Kyle
 player, 1384 posts
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Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 07:39
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Well, it was basically a given we would have to dispatch Arantor before we even came here.  So at the very least it will be on our way."

  Serious face man still finds his friends adorable.

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Timothius
 GM, 898 posts
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 07:54
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "We were told you dislike Arantor. Don't suppose you could tell us how to defeat him? Weaknesses of his and so on?"

Raichel closes her eyes and purrs from the pets.

May finishes her "looting" and stands, watching the conversation.
Mittens
 GM, 1976 posts
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 08:08
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits puts a pillow under Rai's head and puts a blanket on top.  Then hums a gentle tune as she continues to pet.

Kas shrugs.  "I only dislike Arantor insofar as he has my sword and I want it back.  Don't hold a personal grudge.  So since we both need the sword to get out of this place, how 'bout we team up?  If you agree to me keeping my sword after we use it to open the portal, I'll tell you Arantor's weakness."
Kyle
 player, 1385 posts
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Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 08:18
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
 Considering how much of a headache the Seed Of Winter was, that sounds more like a good idea than it probably should. "At the very least, it would make dispatching them go faster.  I somehow doubt this is the 'only one thing can harm Arantor' variety, so based on past lairs I would say... Needlessly elaborate arcane defenses?"

  He looks to his friends, "Thoughts on the matter?"
Timothius
 GM, 899 posts
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 08:30
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "One moment please." He turns to the others. "Knowing Arantor's weaknesses will secure our safety. We are kind of fighting for the lives of all the Prime Material. If this action creates problems for us later, we deal with those problems then. For now, we have as big a problem as can be, with Tiamat trying to invade our home plane"

May shrugs. "I go with the team. I'm fine with it if you all are."

Rai opens her eyes and says, "Do you really think we need to know Arantor's weaknesses?"

Timothius says, "We do need to know where he is at the least. The sooner we beat Arantor, the sooner we can defeat Mornujar."
Mittens
 GM, 1977 posts
Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 08:36
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"So that's two votes for, one abstention, one undecided.  The Mittens' swing vote is in favor of getting things done sooner rather than later.  Kas hates Vecna, Vecna hates Kas.  We save the day before ritual to turn everyone in Prime Material into Kobalds is completed.  Kas harasses Vecna some more with his sword.  I don't see a downside here."

Kas sweatdrops.  "So is that a yes?"
Kyle
 player, 1386 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
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Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 08:39
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Yes we will do the thing we came here to do, with your offered assistance, because sadly despite your reputation you are still in the short list of most reasonable people we have dealt with."  A list which has an Archdevil on it now, yeesh.
Raichel
 player, 660 posts
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Thu 28 Apr 2016
at 08:41
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
These things happen when you are constantly facing bad guys. Timothius nods to Kas. May shrugs and nods. Raichel sighs. "Whatever. Sure."
Mittens
 GM, 1978 posts
Fri 29 Apr 2016
at 05:02
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Very well then.  His weakness takes a little explaining.

"Arantor was a silver dragon who fought bravely in the war
between the dragonborn and the tieflings, many centuries
ago. He attacked the town of Monadhan, not realizing it
was full of civilians. Mad with grief and shame, he tried to
cover up his crime, but his own daughter confronted him.
Arantor murdered his daughter to protect his guilt, and
thus the Domain of Betrayal was born.

"Now Arantor spends all his time in the lowest depths
of the caves beneath the shantytown. His betrayal was so
heinous that parts of his past come to life periodically in the
lair…just to torment Arantor, I think. If you find a way to
insinuate yourself into those illusions of the past, Arantor’s
grief and shame will weaken him. Use the word “Imrissa”—
that was the name of Arantor’s daughter.

"But beware! Death giants and undead guardians stand
watch in the upper chambers. Simply becoming lost down
there is a constant danger. The walls themselves can betray
you…"

Mits hrms.  "Sad story.  But intentional murder to cover for unintentional slaughter is inexcusable.  Unlikely it'll do any good, but we could let him know what's at stake and offer him a chance at some penance by letting us pass without fighting us."

Kas shrugs.  "Worth a shot, I guess."
Kyle
 player, 1387 posts
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Fri 29 Apr 2016
at 05:09
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "I'm starting to think this plane has a very broad definition of 'betrayal'.  Still, no access to a dictionary does not change the fact those walls sound like the biggest difficulty we shall face.  Unless of course, the spirits of the past intended to torment Arantor decide to target us instead.  It wouldn't be the first time spiritual guardians decide to attack us rather than their enemies."
Raichel
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Fri 29 Apr 2016
at 05:14
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May says, "Conversely, the spirits may be willing to lead us to him."

Raichel grips her staff angrily, her good mood shattered by the tail. "If he was willing to slay his own daughter just to cover up his accident, such a coward will not likely be willing to let us pass if he has reason to believe that doing so would put him in a bad light. Speaking of... why DOES he bother guarding such a place?"

Timothius says, "He can only assume everyone here deserves this prison as much as he does. Far be it from him to show mercy to people who don't deserve it, when he didn't show mercy on the innocent."

Raichel looks at Kas, "Is that the case? Or does anyone know?"
Mittens
 GM, 1979 posts
Fri 29 Apr 2016
at 05:19
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Kas shrugs.  "That's something we'll have to ask him, I suppose.  Let's get going, shall we?"

Mits nods.  "Onward to..!  Where?"

"Oh right.  Follow me."

Kas orders his vampires to follow at a distance, keeping Sarissa safe.  He leads the way.
Kyle
 player, 1388 posts
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Fri 29 Apr 2016
at 05:24
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Because if his life sucks, then he is going to make sure everyone else who ends up here suffers just as well.  Perhaps while lying to himself about his intentions while at it."

  Onwards, to plot progression!
Raichel
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Fri 29 Apr 2016
at 05:31
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May and the twins follow.

En route, Raichel looks at Kas and says, "I've got to ask... what led to you turning on Vecna? And what did you need powerful adventurers for?"
Mittens
 GM, 1980 posts
Fri 29 Apr 2016
at 05:47
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Kas smirks and quips, "Vecna was keeping secrets from me.

"What I needed adventurers for was for getting out of here.  For one, I didn't know how to get out.  For another, I'd rather improve my odds of surviving a fight with Arantor after dealing with his minions.  Strength in numbers and all."

Mits gives a sceptical look.  "You're idea of recruiting adventurers is to have your vampires attack them?"

Kas looks a little embarrassed.  "Sorry 'bout that.  Recruit?  I kinda assumed that those who enter this domain do so against their will because they betrayed someone.  Not exactly the kind one recruits.  So I told my creations to subdue those they find.  If possible, alive.  But I am a necromancer.  Dead works just fine too.  Either way, I figured I'd have to get them to work for me against their will.  Never thought I'd be so lucky as to bump into you all."

"So why keep them in the dark about what you needed adventures for?"

"I figured they didn't really need to know.  It's an old habit to keep valuable information to myself."

The six chambers that comprise the upper part of the chamber are
near the heart of Arantor’s domain, and thus they express betrayal
in an unusual way: The winding passages that connect the six
chambers change every few hours. In other words, the map itself
will betray the characters after a few encounters.


Whenever the PCs take an extended rest or reach a dead end,
the layout of the caves shifts to one of the three alternatives. Either
roll randomly or choose the layout that delivers the best drama.
The PCs don’t notice the shift when it happens, but a DC 25 Dungeoneering check should tell them that any tunnel they’ve recently
walked down is subtly different now. PCs can identify the direction of the Chamber of Rivers (C1) from any adjacent chamber
with a DC 30 Perception check to hear the running water.


The denizens of the caves have to deal with their
shifting nature as well (everyone but Arantor does),
but they’re used to it by now—”Of course the walls
betray us … doesn’t everything?” they say. As a practical matter, few of them leave their chambers. The
death giants trying to visit Arantor just accept that
they’ll have to wander around for a while before
finding the tunnel that leads to the lower cavern, and
after they’ve visited a few rooms, they know which
layout they’re dealing with.

Kyle
 player, 1389 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 29 Apr 2016
at 05:59
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle's amazing +0 Charisma modifier means he knows better than to point out the Irony of stabbing your boss for keeping secrets, then making a habit of witholding information from your own minions.
Timothius
 GM, 900 posts
Fri 29 Apr 2016
at 06:12
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May asks, "And why are you so cool?"

Upon hearing about the walls, Timothius asks, "Has anyone tried smashing through the walls themselves?"
Narrator
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Fri 29 Apr 2016
at 06:54
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Because you all were honest with me," Kas answers with a smile, "Thanks for the compliment.  Right back at you."

To Timo he shrugs.  "Maybe?  Something tells me they'd just fix themselves the next time they shift."

Mits nods.  "I remember hearing of a dwarf miner who bragged that he'd never get lost in a Minotaur maze.  'I'd just cut myself a straight tunnel!'  Only problem is, it takes years to cut even a short tunnel with a small crew, let alone one lone miner."

The group arrives at the mouth of the caves.
Kyle
 player, 1390 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 29 Apr 2016
at 07:04
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  The vast majority of rituals and alchemical components for such things also tend to have the fine print 'non magical' as well.

  "Hmm, that reminds me.  We should resist the urge to chase after fleeing stragglers with walls that have a habit of moving into an inconvenient form"  Sure 'The party can't tell the walls moved' would mean no walls suddenly slamming shut between you and party members.  But that would be trusting their threats to remain consistent, which is pffffthahahahaha.
May
 player, 690 posts
Fri 29 Apr 2016
at 07:14
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May grins. "Thanks, Kas. Look sharp, heroes!" and begins scouting out the cave, but she doesn't go far from the team. LAST thing this team needs is to be split up by this transforming cave.

Timothius glances at Mittens. "That dwarf's braggings sound like nothing next to our actual experience. So maybe he was telling the truth, Mitts... our experiences are simply unbelievable even to the most naive, trusting person."

This message was last edited by the player at 07:16, Fri 29 Apr 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1981 posts
Fri 29 Apr 2016
at 07:23
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Huh... I wonder...  I'm gunna attack a wall just to see..."

Zap!  She blasts a wall.  A tiny chip of rock is blasted free.

"Welp.  Guess my power isn't very conducive to mining."

To your left, almost around a corner, is a waterfall
cascading into a dark pool that runs through the center of
the room. The foam from the waterfall is moving rapidly
southward—there’s a fast current running through the
water. Smaller rivulets of water run down the sides of the
cavern, splashing across the cavern floor to join the water
in the center. Both the waterfall and the smaller streams of
water pulse at irregular intervals; occasionally the roar of
water falling on stone almost disappears for a second. Tiny
droplets of water cover the smooth rock at your feet, making
it quite slippery

The water flows toward the southern wall, which is
carved flat and covered with a black-on-white mosaic.
Perhaps it’s supposed to be veins or tree branches—many
stones are missing, so it’s hard to tell.
Some water flows into passages in the southeast and
southwest corners of the room. The southwest corner has
some exposed rock as far as you can see, but the southeast
passage is covered in water. It could be only a foot of water,
or it could be quite deep indeed. The water is so murky that
it’s impossible to judge depth by sight.

A massive snake with a human woman’s head stirs from
its coils on a rock outcropping to the southeast. Peering
around a corner to the southwest is a humanoid head and
an arm holding an iron spear.


"Intrudersss!"

Perception Check
DC 24: The bubbles coming from the waterfall seem to
be swerving around something in the middle of the water,
just south of the waterfall. Either the water is shallower
there, or there’s some sort of mass just underwater.


Slippery Rock: The squares marked as slippery
are challenging terrain, requiring a DC 14 Acrobatics
check to negotiate. Characters who fail the Acrobatics check fall prone and end their move action in the
first slippery square they enter. The dark naga and
the cambion impalers are acrobatic enough that they
automatically succeed on the Acrobatics check, but
the fell troll might slip if it’s unlucky.
Shallow Water: The squares marked as shallow
water are difficult terrain.
Deep Water: This water is between 5 and 6 feet
deep. It’s considered difficult terrain, and creatures
trying to fight in a deep water square suffer the penalties and restrictions of aquatic combat (described on
p. 45 of the Dungeon Master’s Guide). Characters who
can keep their heads above water (all but dwarves,
halflings, and similar creatures) can walk on the
bottom of the pool rather than swimming with the
Athletics skill, if they wish.
Current: The map squares marked with arrows
have a strong current, as described on p. 45 of the
Dungeon Master’s Guide. At the start of each player’s
turn, the current slides the character 2 squares in the
direction of the arrow. A creature can choose to fight
the current by spending two squares of movement
(to slide only 1 square) or four squares of movement
(to negate the slide). A creature need not take a move
action right away, but when it takes a move action
later in its turn, it moves either 2 or 4 squares less. A
creature that wants to travel in the current’s direction
need do nothing, of course—the slide 2 at the beginning of the turn is essentially free movement

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Sun 1 May 2016
at 03:43
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
A cambion approaches, takes a deep breath, then spews an exploding bomb of burning napalm among the heroes.  Kaboom!

The heroes look unharmed.  The cambion fumes.
Raichel
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Sun 1 May 2016
at 03:56
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel says, "Such a warm welcome. Allow me to return the favor." she tosses ball lightning into the center of the room and it fires lightning bolts all over the room, turning the room into a plasma globe! All the enemies get electrocuted!


Minor: Bloodfury Weapon
Minor: Razorclaw Shifting
Furious Bolts v Cam2, Troll, Cam1, Naga. Hit(40)! Hit(39)! Hit(32)! Hit(31)!
 dmg to Cam2: 44
 dmg to everyone else: 37


Cam2 HP: 179 - 44 = 135
Troll HP: 360 - 37 = 323
Cam1 HP: 179 - 37 = 142
Naga HP: 404 - 37 = 367

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May
 player, 691 posts
Sun 1 May 2016
at 04:09
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May zooms over to the cambion and whacks him a good one! "Hey now, don't worry. If at any point, you are willing to talk, we'll hear you out! If that turns out to be a trick, we'll survive, stomp you, humiliated you, and then get the information we need anyway."


Move: To cambion (move speed 8)
Standard: Weapon Mayster's Strike v Cam2. Hit(48)!
 dmg: 28


Cam2 HP: 135 - 28 = 107
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Sun 1 May 2016
at 04:37
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The second cambion flies over the river then charges May!  Clang!  Her armor stops his spear.  He curses May in Supernal.
Kyle
 player, 1391 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
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Sun 1 May 2016
at 04:47
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle opts to attack the Naga, because reminding enemies who hang back that being hit isn't a one time encounter power fluke is an important responsibility of ranged weapon characters.


OOC: Standard: Learned Boost M weapon vs Naga. Hits. 54 DMG.
Minor: Resistive for May. +1 AC, cash in for Surge+16 THP and sharing with one ally.
M weapon: +2 hit, +6 DMG rolls for Mittens, Raichel, Tim. Until end of My next turn.

Naga: 367-54=313

Mittens
 GM, 1982 posts
Sun 1 May 2016
at 04:58
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits busts out laughing at Rai's pun then is spellbound by her lightshow!

"Whew!  That was beautiful, Rai!  And thanks for the boost, Kyle!  Eyebeams!"

She zaps the naga and southern cambion!

"Sounds like the only talking they're willing to do in combat is the potty-mouth child type.  Tailbeam!"

The tailbeam shoots the ceiling.  Mits nyas in annoyance.  "Nya."
Timmy
 Player, 68 posts
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Sun 1 May 2016
at 05:12
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius flies into the room, looks around, and spots the cambions. In supernal, he says, "You shouldn't say such naughty things. All you do is prove your lack of self control." He then looks at the naga. "We are not here to fight you; only to get past Arantor." His very words weigh down on the naga like an anvil.


Minor: Transform into angel
Move: South 7 squares
Standard: Break the Spirit v Naga. Hit(36)!
 dmg: 45


Naga HP: 282 - 45 = 237

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Sun 1 May 2016
at 05:26
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Hiss!  You ssshall not ssee masster!"

The naga slithers closer and stings at May with its tail, but gets only armor.

"BerBLAH!"

An enormous fell troll emerges from under the waterfall and attacks!  http://digital-art-gallery.com/picture/big/9268

It takes a swing at Timothius, but the angel evades the attack with ease.
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Sun 1 May 2016
at 05:56
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"!@#% you, angel kitten!"

The first cambion takes a stab at May.  Nope.
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Sun 1 May 2016
at 06:22
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel pulls out soap and says, "Nobody talks to Timothius that way." she turns into lightning, zaps through the troll and both the cambions! They all feel yoinked from her wake as if magnetized!

When Raichel appears and whirls her staff around, whacking the Naga while the cambions barely dodge. But she slams a bar of soap into the mouth of the cambion who cursed as if she anticipated where he would dodge to! She apparently does this so hard, half his teeth work loose and he goes flying and slamming against a wall, sliding down and slumping unconscious. "Next person to badmouth my bro will get more than just soap in their mouth..."


Spark Form v Troll, Cam1, Cam2. Hit(44)! Hit(32)! Hit(47)!
 dmg: 56 (60 v Cam2)
 haha can slide them all 1.
ACTION POINT! 8 lightning dmg to three enemies! Cam1,2,Naga
Five Storms v Cam2, Cam1, Naga. Hit(42)! Miss(29) Hit(44)!
 dmg: 48


Troll HP: 323 - 56 = 267
Cam1 HP: 142 - 56 - 8 = 78
Cam2 HP: 76 - 60 - 8 - 52 = -44
Naga HP: 237 - 8 - 48 = 181

May
 player, 692 posts
Sun 1 May 2016
at 06:31
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Oh nice! Thanks for the positioning, Raichel!" May hops in the midst of the enemies and roars like a dragon, eyes becoming bright light flashlights as she draws in the enemies! They all land near her and she bops each one on their bellies. "A new drum set for me to play!"


Minor: Shift 2 into position
Standard: Come and Get It v Troll, Naga, Cam1. Hit(32)! Hit(37)! Hit(33)!
 dmg: 7


Troll HP: 267 - 7 = 260
Cam1 HP: 78 - 7 = 71
Naga HP: 181 - 7 = 174

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Sun 1 May 2016
at 06:36
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The bloodied cambion is furious, but grins devilishly.  "Oh so that bothers you, does it?  Well then..."

He begins a string of dirty insults at Timothius, taking a stab at May.  Denied.
Kyle
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Sun 1 May 2016
at 06:57
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle makes a note to self, pick up supernal himself soon.  Maybe unlock the secrets of divine radiance as a hobby while he's wishlisting.

  In more mundane matters, he summons a small tornado above May that finger shakes at their enemies.  Shooting smaller tornadoes at them in the process, knocking them around to less convenient positions for the moment.

+6 AC for May, until End Of My Next Turn.
Troll: 260-21=239
Cambion: 71-25= 46
naga: 174-31= 143

Mittens
 GM, 1983 posts
Sun 1 May 2016
at 07:07
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"You're a stupid head, is what you are," Mits says flying for a flanking position, "First, you're going to stupidly swing at me."

He swings...

"Stupidly miss,"

He misses...

"Stupidly leave yourself open for May,"

WHACK!  May hits him where it hurts!

"And stupidly pass out from your own stupidity..."

From the edges of the room, a swarm of miniature cambions in diapers with googly eyes, huge ears, and buck teeth charge the enemy, yelling, "Hurhurhurhur!"

They detonate on impact, knocking the cambion out and severely wounding the other two!
Timmy
 Player, 69 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
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Sun 1 May 2016
at 07:18
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel has that "trying to frown when I wanna smile" expression on her face. "It'd be cute if it wasn't so funny." she comments.

Timothius bursts with radiance and then causes the radiant chains to bind the enemies. "Calm down, those of you who remain." They can feel their muscles relaxing. What's more, the troll has an ominous feeling that should he attack, that will be the last attack he makes.


Minor: Solar Enemy (Enemy is +5 more vulnerable to radiant)
Standard: Chains of Blazing Light v Troll, Naga. CRIT(44)! Hit(41)!
 Dazed and will take +11 radiant dmg when next hit
ACTION POINT! +4 to non-dmg attacks
Standard: Pacify v Troll. Hit(45)!
 If Troll attacks, it will be stunned until the end of its next turn.

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at 07:34
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The naga hisses from the additional durpy cambions kamakaze-ing it.

"I'll crussh your mindss!"

It bursts with psychic power!

The troll considers Timothius' dire power.

"Squish now... can't squish later.  Um...  SQUISH!"

It attacks Mits!  And its eyes glaze over.
Kyle
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Sun 1 May 2016
at 08:00
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle walks up beside Timothius and May, which is hardly a threat right now thanks to the stunned Troll.

  "You forgot about me-BLARGH!" Well, it's not a FATAL headshot... But stapling the naga's tongue to the roof of their mouth still wasn't very nice, Kyle.

  "So much acid is in this troll's future."

CRIT: So yeah, Naga is down.
M weapon bonus for Tim, May.  +2 hit, +6 DMG rolls.
Raichel
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Sun 1 May 2016
at 21:34
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel says, "Good shot, Kyle! Way to join the cat group by holding her tongue!" zip sound and KABOOM! Giant lightning bolt strikes the troll, making him bounce off the ground and hover in the air for half a second before falling onto his back! "You're grounded!"


Standard: Thunderstroke v Troll. Hit(31)!
 dmg: 91


Troll HP: 188 - 91 = 97

This message was last edited by the player at 21:35, Sun 01 May 2016.

May
 player, 693 posts
Sun 1 May 2016
at 21:47
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May whacks the troll while he's down. She sings, "Hitting him while he's down! Hitting him while he's down! Hitting him while he's down because its fun!" CRACK! She was going to sing "where there's a whip, there's a May", but since there is only one guy left and he's on his back, she just sang the circumstances. That and it would be more appropriate to sing the whip song around orcs.


Save v Dazed: 16 success
Standard: Appalling Crunch v Troll. Hit(42)!
 dmg: 55


Troll HP: 97 - 55 = 42

Mittens
 GM, 1984 posts
Sun 1 May 2016
at 22:21
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits grins that Rai liked her antics.  She busts out laughing at Kyle's tongue staple.

"Nice!  Kyle crussshed her voissse!  Tailbeam!"

This time the tail works!  The troll passes out with a smiley burned onto it's belly.  She offers her fire staff to Timothius.

"Give it a good whack with this so it doesn't wake right back up."
Kyle
 player, 1394 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 2 May 2016
at 04:17
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Okay, not very much acid in the troll's future after all."  Still got burned though.
Timothius
 GM, 901 posts
Mon 2 May 2016
at 13:44
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius reverts to normal, whacks the troll, and takes a deep breath before checking on the health of his team mates and then the health of the enemies. This includes removing the staple from the naga and returning the bar of soap to Raichel, but Timothius doesn't restore the cambion's missing teeth just yet.

Raichel helps May bind up the enemies before reverting to normal and having a seat. "Always liked places like this, with waterfalls and such..."

May nods to Raichel, "Yeah. And a waterfall inside a cave, at that." then begins waking the naga, figuring she is probably the mossst reasonable of the bunch. "Wakey wakey!"


Tim save throw from stunned (for whacking bloodied target): 12 success
Mittens
 GM, 1985 posts
Thu 5 May 2016
at 03:49
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Wheee!"

Mits uses her flying carpet as a springboard and dives into the waterfall!  She surfaces a little later, spurting water out of her puckered lips.

"Fun!"

The naga is reluctant to cooperate, but eventually is convinced to talk.  Unfortunately, she knows nothing of use that the group didn't already know.
Kyle
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Thu 5 May 2016
at 04:05
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle is hardly surprised, but is not (Currently) spiteful enough to suggest putting the crossbow bolt back.

  "I suppose in a place like this, going forward is the quickest option.  Even if it arranges itself to make us fight everything here, it will run out of bodies eventually."  Then the dungeon will have to choose between '"<airquotes>betrayal<airquotes>"', or boredom at the party not fighting anything.
Raichel
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Thu 5 May 2016
at 04:18
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius thanks the naga for her cooperation and knocks her out. May joins Mittens in water sports!

Raichel isn't really in the mood for playing at the moment and wakes up the cambion who provoked her earlier and says, "We already have the information we want. Give me one good reason not to remove your tongue." she has a readied interruption-slap for every time something out of his mouth offends her.

Timothius glances over, but decides to wait and see what is said and what Rai will actually do.

May comments, "You know? The tongue is one weapon that, while I wield it just fine, I can't loot from others and then make use of theirs."
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Thu 5 May 2016
at 04:38
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Rai gets plenty of slap opportunity.  The devil has nothing nice to say.

Kas sweatdrops.  "I was under the impression your mission was urgent?"

Mits nods.  "We relax for 5 minutes after each fight to regain some of our spent power."
Kyle
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Thu 5 May 2016
at 04:44
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "I am so very glad you all picked up on pacing yourselves so quickly."  That was a rough first module, not just because of the module's contents itself.
May
 player, 694 posts
Thu 5 May 2016
at 05:00
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel eventually slaps the guy so silly he goes unconscious again and she looks over to Kas. "Yeah... resting. Some of what you saw us use is like... only if we catch a breath can we use 'em again. And some that you haven't seen are only once a day."

Timothius looks over to Kyle and says, "I think what really got us was that when we rushed as fast and hard as our bodies could be pushed, we were too late by only a matter of hours or possibly minutes." His eyes water. "I'll never forget seeing those orcs eating dwarf limbs..."

May pats Timothius on the back with a serious face. "Me neither." she lightens up a little. "But hey. We do what we can. And it's good our team knows we have limits. It's good to mourn the dead, but it is counter-productive to think their deaths our fault. Self-blame can slow you down and slowing down means less heroics."
Mittens
 GM, 1986 posts
Thu 5 May 2016
at 05:06
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Happy thoughts!" Mits agrees, "Such as the fact that we weren't too late to stop the general and saved an entire city!  More than once.  And then stopped a inter-planar invasion.  And now we can fly!"

Backflip float onto her flying carpet and magic to dry herself and May off.

Kas hrms.  "Orcs lack a good influence such as yourselves.  You ever consider going to those orcs and civilizing them?"

Mits shrugs, "Not really?  Been a tad busy with more pressing matters."

She's ready to get going when the others are.
Kyle
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Thu 5 May 2016
at 05:08
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Cultural exchange programs while a promising idea, do have a way of being postponed when a tropical island being turned into an iceberg is now what rates as normal problems for us."
May
 player, 695 posts
Thu 5 May 2016
at 05:17
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May grins and puts her fists on her hips, chest out. She glows a little, teeth sparkling. Then says, "Thanks for the idea, Kas! We'll implement it once we ensure our plane doesn't get taken over by aliens and evil gods."

May then leads the way.

Timothius nods and follows. Raichel also follows. "What's your story, Kas? How did you wind up serving an evil god like Vecna?"
Mittens
 GM, 1987 posts
Thu 5 May 2016
at 05:44
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Kas sighs.  "Long story short, because necromancers are hated in the mortal world.  If you want all the details, you can read about it in my book, 'Legendry of Great Arms and Fabulous Heroes.'"

Mits near falls over.  "Wait, WHAT?!  YOU wrote that book?!"

"Well yes.  Who'd you think wrote it?"

"Um...  Cavitius Pholtus, I think it was."

Kas facepalms.  "Payback from Vecna, no doubt.  Replacing my by line with a taunt.  Cavitius is a citadel of his.  And it was the priests of Pholtus that forged my sword.  I guess now I know where they were taken."

Among other heroes, the book described a misunderstood but noble necromancer who had a hard time keeping an adventuring group.

This room has a high, vaulted ceiling, and luminous lichen
in the upper reaches illuminate crystalline stalactites, some
more than five feet in diameter, hanging from the ceiling.
The stalactites seem to catch and hold the light, glowing
from within.
Before you and to the left is a cliff that rises about 30
feet along the left wall and 60 feet straight ahead of you, To
the right is the lip of a clifftop. From your vantage point at
the entrance, you can’t see how far down it goes.
Perception Check
DC 25: You see the head of a barbed devil peeking over
the edge of the center cliff, some 60 feet above you. It darts
back beyond the edge after a moment.
Dungeoneering Check
DC 24: The stalactites are incredibly rare locracite
crystal formations, renowned both for their beauty and
their fragility. Their grip on the ceiling is far more tenuous
than a standard stalactite

Kyle
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Thu 5 May 2016
at 05:50
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle decides that mid dungeon crawl isn't the best time for him to add commentary to the pro/cons of practical necromancy.  Skeletal plow oxen good, zombifying victims of a mining accident to keep mining as undead bad. Is this so hard people?

  Kyle makes a successful paranoia check regarding a malevolent cave's ceiling being covered in sharp objects.
Raichel
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Tue 10 May 2016
at 03:11
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel says, "We don't want a fight with you if possible." she flies, causing a whirlwind to scoop up May to levitate up with her. "But before you initiate combat, know that we are the heroes of the Prime Material, fellers of the Githyanki emperor and two of Tiamat's exarchs. You won't stand a chance if you pick a fight."

May lands in front of the War Devil. Raichel stays at the edge of the cliff in order to fly Kyle up if needed. She drops her scythe, a red aura glowing about her.


Move: Fly to top of 30' platform, staying at edge to keep line-of-sight on allies.
Move: Fly May up to top of 30' platform
Minor: Bloodfury Scythe
Intimidate Roll: 31 total

This message was last edited by the player at 04:20, Thu 12 May 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1401 posts
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Tue 10 May 2016
at 04:18
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Terdisas is once again reminded why every time he slots an AoE power, he never ever ever ever uses it.  Friendly fire is a serious hazard.

  So defaulting to lightning arc it is!  Worse default solutions to have though, especially when they hit. zappy zappy.

OOC: Lightning arc. Hits. 18 DMG, and 4 arc to Raider 2.
Priest HP: 39-18=21 (bloodied)
Raider 2 HP: 54-4= 50


oops.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:35, Tue 10 May 2016.

May
 player, 696 posts
Thu 12 May 2016
at 04:16
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Not really knowing what to do since she doesn't want to start a fight when Rai JUST said they don't want to fight, May waits to see how the enemy will respond to Raichel's claims.


May delaying turn
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Thu 12 May 2016
at 04:43
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The war devil that Rai and May discover snarls at them, and threatens them with his trident.  (intimidate 27)  The spiked devil Rai hollered at answers, "That's right you don't want to fight us!  You'd be fools to dare trying it!" (intimidate 35)

From around a corner at the far end of the tunnel ahead a squad of giants turns.

"Intruders!"

Four dark-skinned giants are running toward you, their
armor jingling and rattling as they unsheathe their
weapons. Two of them have plate armor, mace, and shield,
while two others are in leathers and wielding massive
quarterstaffs. Behind them lopes a metallic creature shaped
like a leopard but bigger than a horse.
Perception Check
DC 26: Four flickering, crystalline shards orbit each of
the giants at a distance of a few feet.


One of the dreadguard giants out-paces the others and arrives before them.
May
 player, 697 posts
Thu 12 May 2016
at 05:16
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel seems entirely unphased by the attempts to intimidate and makes her hand talk like a mouth while she mouths the words "blablabla" and rolls her eyes. Hearing the giants, she grips her fist and explodes with lightning, filling the room with the sound of thunder, changing into her raichu form again.

May says, "Well yeah. We'd be fools for picking a fight without knowing if you are friend or foe. But we'd be retarded if we didn't fight enemies who want us dead:"

She imitates a retard. "Durrr I know! I'll just lay down and die! Hurhurhurhur!"

She goes serious. "But we are heroes. We don't want anyone dead if it can be helped. Just don't say we didn't warn you."

May moves just to see if the devil before her will attack. He does. "Ha! Testing you! KNEW you wanted to die!" KA-POW!

May hits the devil with enough force to flip him sideways and slam him onto the ground! He almost goes off the edge of the cliff, but digs his claws into the ground to keep himself from falling!

May's eyes glow as she grins.


Move: Back and forth to test the war devil.
 WarDevil AoO. Miss(34)
Weapon Mayster's Strike v War Devil. Hit(45)!
 dmg: 24
 War Devil save throw v falling: 15 success


War Devil HP: 255 - 24 = 231

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Thu 12 May 2016
at 05:26
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
A storm devil appears at the edge of the highest cliff.

"Ugh.  Heroes.  I guess the stories of heroic adventurers' insufferable goodness are all true."

ZAP!  It blasts May!
Kyle
 player, 1402 posts
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Thu 12 May 2016
at 05:35
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  That DC check would be more believable if they hadn't already dealt with this enemy type as soon as they got here.

  "Deal with the giants with the daggers first, if practical."  That said, boring turn is go as he puts alchemical rope to use and positions himself for later turns.
Timmy
 Player, 71 posts
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Thu 12 May 2016
at 06:38
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius changes into an angel again, flies up and says in his musical voice, "If you do not fear death, then know this: If you do not surrender in the next 10 seconds, you will feel what it is like to have the heart of a hero before this fight ends."

He hurls a ball of white fire at the fallen devil, scorching him and giving May a blue force field.


Move: Fly up to platform
Standard: Sacred Flame v War Devil. Hit(35)!
 dmg: 15
 May gains 16 thp


War Devil HP: 231 - 15 = 216

Narrator
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Thu 12 May 2016
at 07:08
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Three spiked devils fly into the fray and claw at the group, drawing blood!  They cheer gleefully.  "Take that, braggarts!"

The war devil stands and with a point and snarl, demands, "Kill that one!"

A spiked devil and the storm devil both attack May, ripping through her defenses!  The war devil then stabs her in the jugular and drags her toward the cliff!  But May manages to pull her neck free from the trident just before being thrown off the cliff!  Somehow, May's artery seals itself and she doesn't spurt blood!


Trident and Fiendish Tactics recharge powers used.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:10, Thu 12 May 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1988 posts
Thu 12 May 2016
at 07:28
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"EPIC, May!" Mits cheers!

She waves to the giants.  "Oh hey!  We met your guy with the Chuul pet outside.  He was sensible enough to surrender after we swatted that hydra.  By the way we've bested Dispater's aspect as well.  He was sensible enough to stop attacking as well.  But most sensible of all is Kas here who decided to join forces with us to get out of this place.

"I'll make these devils scream for a small demo of our power, but honestly we'll be holding back.  Saving the big guns for Arantor."


Mits flies up the side of the cliff and points her finger at the devils, filling their minds with images of the all the accomplishments boasted about so far!  "Zap."

The devils all grab at their heads, screaming!  "No!"

Kas strolls forward and does his mind control thing on the steel predator!  It attacks it's nearest ally!  Oh the betrayal!

"Well...  To get out of here and get my sword back.  But the two are one in the same, so accurate enough."
Raichel
 player, 668 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Thu 12 May 2016
at 08:02
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"It's downright idiotic how you get so much hope out of drawing a few drops of blood."

She turns into lightning and zaps through the enemies! Their twitching causes them to move together when Raichel appears again, lightning zapping randomly from her form, hitting all the barbed devils! Raichel hurls a 15' diameter ball of lightning at the group, zapping them all and knocking them over like bowling pins! The war devil gets flung over the cliff and slams into the pit below, looking near dead!

"You are flies to be swatted! You mean nothing more to us than just another door to be kicked down! You missed your chance and now you will die!"


Standard: Spark Form v Barbs 1, 2, 3, War Devil. Miss(27) Hit(42)! Hit(41)! Hit(36)!
 dmg: 38 (half dmg on a miss)
 Rai can shift each one 2 squares
ACTION POINT! 8 lightning dmg to 3 enemies (chose the barbs)
Thunderstroke v Barbs 1, 2, 3, War Devil. Hit(30)! Miss(29) Hit(36)! Hit(42)!
 dmg: 39
 War Devil save v falling: 8 fail
 dmg to War Devil: 52 + 15 falling dmg = 67


Barbed Devil 1 HP: 132 - 19 - 8 - 39 = 66
Barbed Devil 2 HP: 132 - 38 - 8 = 86
Barbed Devil 3 HP: 132 - 38 - 8 - 39 = 47
War Devil HP: 178 - 38 - 67 = 73

May
 player, 698 posts
Fri 13 May 2016
at 02:56
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May yells up to the storm devil, "Big words for someone up on the high pirch! But you go right ahead and keep thinking that! We'll get to you. And when we do, it'll be too late for you."

May hops to her feet, a grin on her face! In a low growl, she mutters, "No... you take this..." She rushes around the barbed devils and gives them a wicked grin of her own before hopping into the air, her carrikal glowing, and SLAMMING it down, splitting one of the devils down the middle and scattering his remains, scaring even the other devils nearby!

With a few barbs sticking out of her, seemingly unphased, May says, "Now that is something to get excited about!"


Move: Around everyone and into position
Standard: Appalling Crunch v Barbed 3. Hit(43)!
 dmg: 50 and marks all enemies within 2 of the target
 May takes 5 dmg for attacking as per barbed aura


Barbed Devil 3 HP: 47 - 50 = CRUNCHED
Maych-P: 101 - 5 = 96

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Fri 13 May 2016
at 03:19
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"M-maybe w-we should..." one of the spiked devils stammers.

KERZAP!  The storm devil sets of an electric explosion among the heroes, sending three of them sprawling!

"One thing I'll give the green one.  That's the biggest mouth I've ever seen!"
Kyle
 player, 1403 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 13 May 2016
at 03:47
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle moves up next to his only slightly fallen friends, and snaps off a shot at the Storm Devil sending it reeling over in a KEYWORDS direction.  "Hah! I can fly you idiots-" Exploding crossbow bolts are fun, aren't they?

  Of course, gravity hurts much more in this case.  Or at least as much as a Storm devil to the face, in the War Devil's.

Move: Upwards to an angle allowing "Technically, each tile was farther away from me"
Standard: Foreceful weapon vs Storm Devil. Hits. 20 DMG. Knocks prone.  Pushes up to edge Over the edge.
Gravity: 62 DMG to Storm Devil, War Devil.
Minor: resistive for May.

Resistive buff for May. +1 ac, and can cash in for Surge+16 THP and share with one ally within 5.

Storm devil HP: 169-20-62=78
War Devil HP: 73-62= 11 

Timmy
 Player, 72 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Fri 13 May 2016
at 04:02
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Nice shot, Kyle." Timothius bursts with superior willpower, empowering Raichel and May to shake off being dazed just like him! He stands up, begins walking and waves his hand. May goes back to being good as new. Timothius goes back to good as new. All the heroes emit a blue glow. He ends his walk just in range to bring his peaceful aura to the barbed devils. "Maybe you should, what?" he asks. "Hitting us with anything is not success. That is like saying you hurt the world when you hit the mud with your foot and leave a footprint."


Superior Will save v dazed: 17 success!
 Rai save v dazed: 7+4=11 success!
 May save v dazed: 15+4=19 success!
Move: Stand from prone.
Minor: Healing Word on May: 95 healed
 Tim can spend a surge and regain surge+7+1d6: 43 healed
 +8 to May's defenses
 +7 thp to Tim and all allies
Move: To an annoying position (haha peace aura)


Maych-P: 70 + 95 = MAX 160+7thp
Timothius HP: 77 + 43 = 120+7thp

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Fri 13 May 2016
at 04:17
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Get off me, weakling!"  The war devil groans, plants his hand on the storm devil to shove his face in the dirt, and uses him to help stand back up.

The storm just groans in pain.  Meanwhile, one of the spiked devil answers Timothius with, "Urk!  Gak!  Eeeh."

He collapses, playing dead!  The other is annoyed.  "Coward."

He blasts Timothius in the face with fire!
Mittens
 GM, 1989 posts
Fri 13 May 2016
at 04:25
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits bursts out laughing at the storm devil getting exploded off the cliff.

"I'll block the giants," Kas says, standing ready to intercept them.

Mits flies over the enemy to get a bead on 'em.  Eyebeams!  She zaps over the ledge.  Tailbeam!  She zaps the spiked devil.

"War devil's down.  And yes.  May has a beautiful smile."
Raichel
 player, 669 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 13 May 2016
at 05:25
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel says, "By your definition, I would be a coward for playing dead in the presence of Arantor. You're just calling him a coward to cover for your stupidity of throwing your life away by picking a fight with us." She lazily tosses a lightning bolt at the devil's foot.


Furious Bolts miss bluh.
May
 player, 699 posts
Fri 13 May 2016
at 05:41
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May says, "Love ya, Kyle. And for being the guy who knocked that moron off the perch, I'll bet you are the envy of the team right now."

May deftly hops over to the barbed devil who didn't play dead and Sparta-stomps the devil to the ground before using her shoulder crossbow to pin his limbs to the ground so he can be awake for the rest of combat, but helpless to do anything. "Go ahead and curse us and mock us; it will be as entertaining to us as the screams of the innocent are to you, filthy speck!"

This is my flavor for taking him to negative 24 hp, so there.


Move: Shift 2 to barbed 1.
Standard: Weapon Mayster's Strike v Barbed 1. Hit(33)!
 dmg: 46


Barbed 1 HP: 18 - 46 = DONE!

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Fri 13 May 2016
at 06:03
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The giants are working well together.  The front guys move up to the cliff face and brace to boost the back guys who take the boost and begin climbing the cliff!  Kas is a tad impressed.

Meanwhile the storm devil stands back up, screams curses, and zaps Mits!  She flashes for a moment, but looks unharmed.
Kyle
 player, 1404 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 13 May 2016
at 06:28
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Thank you, though I am sure you will make up for it shortly." Now, if Kyle were able to enable ragdoll physics, THEN he would be the envy of all.

  Alas, for now he will have to settle for shooting devils. How mundane.

M weapon buff: +2 hit, +6 DMG rolls to.  Tim. May. Raichel. until end of my next turn.
barbed HP: 86-55= 31
Timmy
 Player, 73 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
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Fri 13 May 2016
at 06:47
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius walks over to the edge of the cliff and looks down at the storm devil. He holds up a glowing rune like a card and tosses it at the storm devil, making it slap onto the devil's forehead. "Please give Raichel a chance to finish this guy so she can heal. Thank you."


Superior Will save v dazed: 14
Move: To cliff edge to see Storm Devil
Standard: Astral Seal v Storm Devil. Hit(40)!
 -2 defenses and next ally to hit will heal 1d6+9 hp

Raichel
 player, 670 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
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Fri 13 May 2016
at 06:55
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel hovers over to the edge of the cliff and ZAPS the storm devil. Even as he fades, he can see Raichel's small wounds healing up from blasting him. She then looks over to the others. "Still got giants incoming."


Move: To edge of cliff to see Storm Devil
Standard: Lightning Strike v Storm Devil. Hit(41)!
 dmg: 63
 Rai heals for 13 hp!


Raichel HP: 104 + 13 = 117+7thp
Storm Devil HP: 47 - 63 = KO!

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Fri 13 May 2016
at 07:03
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
(( And with that, we are lvl 22!  ^.^  ))
Mittens
 GM, 1990 posts
Sun 15 May 2016
at 05:39
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits smiles at May and sings.

♪ "Why don't you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride!" ♫


When May hops on, she flies down toward the giants trying to climb the cliff and continues singing.

♪ "Why don't you tell your dreams to me
Fantasy will set you free!" ♫


The area fills with flashing lights and sparkles, searing the enemy!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4WiyxXpyZc

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:44, Sun 15 May 2016.

May
 player, 700 posts
Sun 15 May 2016
at 05:50
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May squees at the "little girl" comment and hugs Mittens when she hops on.

May answers Mittens, "Neat little ditty. My dream is to master every weapon." then leaps down to the cliffside. As she slides down the side of the cliff, she roars like a dragon! All the enemies feel strangely drawn to her. WHACKWHACKWHACK! Two giants and the steel predator feel the edge of May's carrikal before she switches back to having her singing stick out. "I guess "we felled exarchs" doesn't impress people anymore. Sounds like we're gonna have to become exarchs before our enemies will so much as raise an eyebrow at this point. To be fair, the denizens here kind of torment a draconic demigod..."


Move: Leeroy Jenkins
Come and Get It v Dread1, Dread 2, Soulcatcher1, Soulcatcher2, Steel Predator
 Hit(42)! Hit(42)!  Hit(47)! Miss(31) Hit(45)!
 (Only able to have 3 of them adjacent to me, so doing dmg to them)
 dmg: 24


Dreadguard 2 HP: 170 - 24 = 146
Soulcatcher 1 HP: 170 - 24 = 146
Steel Predator HP: 349 - 24 = 325

This message was last edited by the player at 05:51, Sun 15 May 2016.

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Sun 15 May 2016
at 06:06
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The giants roar in pain!

<giant>"What's it saying?" one of the giants asks.

<supernal>"They've been bragging all along that they are exarch slayers.  They claim the one that took over my mind is none other than Kas."

The giants burst out laughing.  <giant>"Yeah right!  That hurt like hell and all, but...  Like we'll believe THAT!"

One of the giants stabs May in the eye!  She is unharmed.  The giants stare for a moment in shock.  Two of them drop their weapons and the steel predator ducks its tail.

<Supernal>"We surrender!  Please spare us!"

Kas laughs.  "Giants and a construct with more sense than devils!  Why am I not surprised?"
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Sun 15 May 2016
at 06:08
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
One of the giants readies an attack.  He's of the mindset that if these strangers reject the surrender, he may as well die fighting.
Kyle
 player, 1405 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 15 May 2016
at 06:13
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle prepares a paci dust shot for if violence being inevitable is more inevitable than usual.
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Sun 15 May 2016
at 06:15
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The last remaining barbed devil says, <Supernal>"Judge us not all the same, Mr. Kas.  I had to play dead since the others would likely have killed me for open surrender."
Timmy
 Player, 74 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
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Sun 15 May 2016
at 06:27
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius gives a smile to the devil before he flies over to the ledge and lands, displaying his angelic self to the enemies. <Supernal>"Speaking of not judging people, those who surrendered are spared. I don't suppose we will be fortunate enough that you would be willing to lead us to Arantor?"</Supernal>


Move: Fly to be within 5 of all allies
Standard: Readied Sever the Source on first enemy to attack.
Diplomacy: 32

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Sun 15 May 2016
at 06:35
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Sweet!" the devil cheers.

The steel predator translates the giants' reply.  They can draw out a map of the various layouts of the cave, and they're pretty sure they know which layout is the present one from their recent patrol.
Timothius
 GM, 903 posts
Sun 15 May 2016
at 06:46
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel levitates down to the giants, closes her eyes and becomes her normal kitty form again before opening her eyes.

Timothius changes back to normal and says, <Supernal>"To show there are no hard feelings, I can heal any one of you who wishes it."</Supernal>

May begins oogling over the enemy's weapons, but doesn't ask them to give any up.
Kyle
 player, 1406 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 15 May 2016
at 06:51
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Yes, the sooner we smash the dragon, the sooner you will only have to worry we might show up again, instead of being stuck with us looking over your shoulder."
Mittens
 GM, 1991 posts
Sun 15 May 2016
at 06:57
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits pretends to drive imaginary horses up the side of the cliff.

"Need a lift?" she offers those at the top of the cliff with a grin.

The giants tell the heroes about the chambers they'll face along the way as well as the dangerous occupants.  They gladly accept the heals.  They tell some "I was only following orders" about how their leader, Bahlik Gur ordered them to help him overthrow their king, and that he won't likely surrender under any circumstances.  Neither will the undead, but who's surprised.

Kas chuckles.  "Yes.  Undead can be rather stubborn.  I'm quite surprised my creation surrendered to you all.  I wonder..."

He heads back a bit to study his vampire.
May
 player, 701 posts
Mon 16 May 2016
at 04:37
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May, Rai and Tim all climb onto Mitts now-enhanced magic carpet. "Thanks for the rides, Mittens! This little girl loves magic carpet rides!" she flops into Mittens' lap and curls up in it. Her expert, practiced movements avoid hitting Mittens with any of the armor's or weapons' sharp parts.

Raichel hugs one of Mitts' side and relaxes. Timothius hugs the other side. They begin purring in stereo.

May says, "Hey, Kas the Cool; What are you wondering about?"

This message was last edited by the player at 04:38, Mon 16 May 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1407 posts
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Mon 16 May 2016
at 04:45
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle wonders what the relation between Epic tier and adorable is, because there certainly seems to be more of it mid adventure since it happened.

  Hardly a bad thing, when his friends act Professional where it counts.
Mittens
 GM, 1993 posts
Mon 16 May 2016
at 05:15
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits smiles and blushes from all the cuteness, and returns the affection. "So glad you do!"

Kas returns and shrugs.  "Just a hunch.  That maybe the magics of this place had somehow altered my vampire creation ritual and given my vampires free will just so they can later betray me.  Don't have the time to check thoroughly, though."
May
 player, 702 posts
Mon 16 May 2016
at 05:22
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May plays with one of her weapons while the team forges onward!

In Timothius' case, it was definitely a case of Epic Tier = cute antics because Pelor gave Timothius the ability to switch his dark side on or off.

Raichel has been enjoying the fact that the githyanki army was not only defeated, but turned into allies, all while the guilty were punished. So for her, it's just timing that her allies get to see her in a much cheerier mood.

In May's case, well, it just took her a while to test and find out her allies' boundaries. That and Mittens' words of affirmation and constant compliments mean a lot to the li'l lizard.

....and yes, being Epic is FUN for the characters, so there is that aspect also.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:23, Mon 16 May 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1408 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
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Mon 16 May 2016
at 05:26
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "It would have taken longer to hook up with you without enough free will for him to not mindlessly fight to the death."  Free will is preferable for Not Evil (and not twisted mindsets on Good/lawful), but some people need baby steps.  Like phrasing it like it's more convenient.
Mittens
 GM, 1994 posts
Mon 16 May 2016
at 05:38
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Freedom isn't free," Mits says, "Takes a lot of effort and adventure! to secure it from Tiamat's machinations."

Kas shrugs.  "My more powerful creations have minds and all.  Much more useful than the mindless sorts.  The distinction between that and freewill is that with a mind they can interpret my orders and still obey them in creative ways where freewill means they can refuse to obey, attack me, and so forth.  Gwenth told me that she was obeying my orders to, 'bring you adventurers dead or alive.  The more powerful, the better.'  Since I didn't specify 'don't bring them of their own choice,' I can't really tell if that was freewill at work there."

Mits scriggly-faces.  "Necromancy...  Not my thing."

Kas laughs.  "I never would have guessed!"
Raichel
 player, 671 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
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Mon 16 May 2016
at 05:45
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May says, "I'd tinker with it if the gods I admire didn't downright frown on such things. Of course, there is the small matter of priorities; I'm too busy with weapons to learn magic."

Raichel says, "Don't look at me. I was born with my power. The gods know; if sorcerers were born with necromantic powers, they would be killed before they formed their first words."

Timothius says, "And in all irony, come back as undead from being restless spirits, murdered before they were truly guilty of anything."
Kyle
 player, 1409 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
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Mon 16 May 2016
at 05:50
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Soooooo avoiding the great necromancy debate right now.

  "It is just as likely they would be taken advantage of, rather than killed." Wow okay maybe you should have gone for the necromancy debate instead.
Mittens
 GM, 1995 posts
Mon 16 May 2016
at 05:59
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Kas smiles.  "You all have been some of the most reasonable and understanding people I have ever met!  I can't even begin to tell you!"

Mits looks a little surprised.  "It never ceases to surprise me when someone appreciates that."

Kas bows.  "Glad to be among those who do."

The air is beginning to stink of sulfur, indicating that the chamber with a reaper and two wights in it that the group was told of by the giants is not very far ahead.
Timothius
 GM, 904 posts
Tue 17 May 2016
at 03:57
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel says to Kyle, "Only if the rare smart villain found them first before the stupid masses killed the sorcerer because of instinct and fear. You apparently still have faith in the intelligence of the general populace even after all the stupid we've faced."

Timothius nods to Kas. "We've come to the point where if someone isn't suicidally obsessed with killing us, that's already amazing news. Methods no longer matter so much as results."

Upon seeing the stinky room, May says, "That's one big reaper..."

Raichel pinches her nose. "And one stinky room."
Kyle
 player, 1410 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 17 May 2016
at 04:05
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Oh, right. Faith in the townsfolk. Totally not cynicism at the local rulers or churches taking them in 'for their own good' and then pointing them at their problems.  That would be crazy.

  "I suppose desired results can mean the method remains important, though."  Though that is more 'I need to use force damage for bonus against insubstantial' than philosophical sorts of means.
Mittens
 GM, 1996 posts
Tue 17 May 2016
at 04:41
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
You’ve been smelling something foul and rotten as you
approached this chamber, and now you have some idea
why. There’s a cone-shaped formation—like a volcano,
only about 5 feet tall—in the center of a pool in this cavern.
Scattered around the periphery are smaller volcano-like
cones, each only 2 or 3 feet high and surrounded by chunks
of rock.
Along the right wall are two clawed undead, their eyes
glowing with hate as they shamble toward you. To the
left near the back of the cavern is a black-cloaked figure
wielding a scythe and floating several feet off the cavern
floor.

Perception Check
DC 29: The room smells strongly of sulfur
   ...LMFAO!!!
DC 33: You can make out a light haze near one of the
nearer cones.
Dungeoneering Check
DC 29: Concentrations of sulfur are frequently
poisonous, but the poison dissipates rather quickly in a
large cavern like this


"I'm beginning to believe that nothing the giants told us will be anything we couldn't have figured out on our own," Mits says in a nasal voice, a clothespin pinching her nose closed.
Timothius
 GM, 905 posts
Tue 17 May 2016
at 05:25
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius shrugs. "So what else is new? The number of people who have told us things we would not have learned on our own can be counted on one hand. Look on the bright side; They surrendered and saved us at least that much effort."

He then nods to Kyle. "Obviously, the old proverb 'two wrongs do not make a right' apply here, but then, some would argue that using anything necrotic is wrong in and of itself. I guess finding a proper way to word things can be saved for another time."

May says, "Yeah. Let's kick these haters' butts."
May
 player, 703 posts
Tue 17 May 2016
at 05:45
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May hops over to the nearest Wight and smacks it with a resoundingly loud whack that sends the thing stumbling 15 feet to where May wants it before May deftly hops back on over to her original position. "Looky! I caught me a fishy!"


Move: To Wight 2
Weapon Mayster's Strike v Wight 2. Hit(35)
 dmg: 22 and shift Wight 3 into position
Minor: Shift 3 back to where May was!


Wight 2 HP: 244 - 22 = 222

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Tue 17 May 2016
at 05:54
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The reaper charges forward with a ghostly shriek!  It slashes May hard enough to send her sprawling!  The betrayer wight claws at May's back, but Timothius' aura is just enough to deny him an opening to harm May!
Kyle
 player, 1411 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 17 May 2016
at 06:04
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle disapproval faces, as he shoots the reaper in the face.  It may be 'Leader Damage', but FULL damage Vs insubstantial is always satisfying, even without the little bit extra on top.

  He toughens up May while he is at it, and sympathizes with the kobold because she is going to be more annoyed at how she is inconvenienced in attacking enemies, rather than personal risk.

Minor: Resistive for May.
Standard: M weapon vs reaper. Hits. FULL DMG, and +1d10 force DMG because insubstantial.  47 total.
M weapon buff for Tim, Raichel, Mittens.  +2 hit, +6 DMG rolls. until end of my next turn.

Reaper HP: 424-47=377

Raichel
 player, 672 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
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Tue 17 May 2016
at 06:12
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel charges up via her bloodfury weapon as usual, becomes feral and drops her scythe before shooting lightning at the reaper! She doesn't seem to care that he is insubstantial as she does so much damage that even half is really nice. The lightning bounces from the reaper to the two wights, harming them for a LOT of their health. "Restless spirits who hate the living. Anymore I feel downright terrible for them. That could be me if I were kept from the afterlife..."


Minor: Bloodfury Weapon
Minor: Razorclaw Shifting (+1 AC/Ref, +2 speed)
Furious Bolts v Reaper, Wight1, Wight2. Hit(39)! Hit(35)! Hit(50)!
 dmg to Reaper: 65 (Thanks Kyle!)
  Reaper Interrupt become insubstantial: 32 dmg instead
 dmg to Wights: 53


Reaper HP: 337 - 32 = 305
Wight 1 HP: 244 - 53 = 191
Wight 2 HP: 222 - 53 = 169

This message was last edited by the player at 06:13, Tue 17 May 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 1997 posts
Tue 17 May 2016
at 06:23
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Wasn't there supposed to be two..."

Mits sees Rai's lightning bolt zap around the corner.

"Ah.  So there is."

She flies up over the reaper and does her eyebeams / tailbeam combo.

"The vengeful dead were generally not very nice folks in life, Rai."
Timmy
 Player, 76 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
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Tue 17 May 2016
at 06:27
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius switches to angelic mode, just in case. He bursts with radiance, making the enemies more vulnerable than they already are. Then binds them up with radiant chains. "In this place, yes. Mittens speaks the truth."


Minor: Sprout Wings
Minor: Solar Enemy!
Chains of Blazing Light v Reaper, Wight 2. Hit(37)! Hit(43)!
 Dazed and will take 11 extra radiant dmg when hit.

May
 player, 704 posts
Tue 17 May 2016
at 06:43
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May hops to her feet and twirls around, whacking every enemy with her radiant carrikal. She sheathes the weapon and draws her staggering singing stick. "This fight feels like it's going to go even quicker than the devils earlier did..."


Come and Get It v Reaper, Wight1,2. Hit(44)! CRIT(49)! Hit(35)!
 dmg: 50 (/2 for Reaper = 19)
 CRIT dmg: 75


Reaper HP: 283 - 25 = 258
Wight 1 HP: 146 - 75 = 71
Wight 2 HP: 124 - 50 = 74

This message was last edited by the player at 06:43, Tue 17 May 2016.

Narrator
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Tue 17 May 2016
at 06:54
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The reaper and wight attack May, screaming their creepy shrieks!  But do no apparent harm.
Kyle
 player, 1412 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 18 May 2016
at 03:42
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle snaps off a shot that staples one of the Wight's arms, wrist to shoulder.  Sure it's undead so that's more of an inconvenience, but every bit helps.

  "Well, the Devils probably would not have lasted as long if there were only three of them."

Standard: Repulsion strike vs wight. Barely hits thanks to Dazed.  42 total DMG.
-6 Melee hit rolls to Wight, until End Of My Next Turn.
Wight HP: 68-42= 26

Raichel
 player, 673 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Wed 18 May 2016
at 03:44
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel asks, "Move back here, please, Mitts!"

Raichel then responds to Kyle, "There is that, yeah."


Raichel delays for Mittens
Mittens
 GM, 1998 posts
Wed 18 May 2016
at 03:51
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Will do.  Check this out!"

She forms an enormous blazing sickle out of a miniature eclipse!  http://www.space.com/images/i/...e&fit=inside|660:*

SLICE!  One of the wights is sliced to smithereens, the other has the top half of his head removed, the reaper's lower half is sliced off, and all are lit on fire!

Mits flies over to her sis, wagging her tail in anticipation of Rai's next kaboom!
Raichel
 player, 674 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
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Wed 18 May 2016
at 04:05
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel points her staff at the reaper and fires a 15' wide lightning bolt at him, shattering the remaining wight into fried dust while blowing the reaper's left side away! "Not much left of it, now...."


Thunderstroke v Reaper, Wight1. Hit(41)! Hit(44)!
 dmg: 71
 dmg to Reaper: 92


Wight 1 HP: 3 - 71 = negative 68
Reaper HP: 197 - 92 = 105

Timmy
 Player, 77 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Wed 18 May 2016
at 04:10
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius tosses a seal at the reaper, who manages to dodge it. But as the seal passed May, it closed the scratch she had from earlier, healing her good as new.


Astral Seal v Reaper. Miss(32)
 Miss: May heals for 6 HP
Minor: Sustain the vulnerability because may as well.


Maych-P: 165 + 6 = MAX 168

May
 player, 705 posts
Wed 18 May 2016
at 04:14
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Despite May not having the hatred of the reaper, her will to see her enemy fall seems stronger even than the hateful undead. For even though she misses with her swing, the Reaper still feels itself get damaged just from May's grinning glare.


Appalling Crunch v Reaper. Miss(33)
 Miss: 6


Reaper HP: 105 - 6 = 99

Narrator
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Wed 18 May 2016
at 04:29
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The reaper slashes May!  She still looks unharmed!
Kyle
 player, 1413 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 18 May 2016
at 04:43
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Revenge of the 4!  Yeah that's not hitting an AC of 40.
Mittens
 GM, 1999 posts
Wed 18 May 2016
at 05:11
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits swings her huge scythe again!  This time the tip of the blade goes through the mouth of the reaper, through the middle of its body, and into the ground.

"Bad reaper!  You're grounded!" she announces with an impish grin, nudging Rai with her elbow.
Raichel
 player, 675 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
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Wed 18 May 2016
at 05:14
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel points her finger at the reaper and fires a lightning bolt that shatters what is remaining of the reaper. KABOOM! :) "....nice. Thanks for setting it up for me. I have a feeling that would've missed without what you just did."


Lightning Strike v Reaper. Hit(35)!
 dmg: 69


Reaper HP: 13 - 69 = screwed

Kyle
 player, 1414 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 18 May 2016
at 05:28
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "So now the hardest part of this room.  Deciding if we want to go north and south for the moment."
Mittens
 GM, 2000 posts
Wed 18 May 2016
at 05:39
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits consults the rough map of the expected current layout of the cavern.

"Murphey says...  North.  Offering magic carpet rides above the explosive sulfur vents, but it doesn't look too hard to weave through 'em on foot if you're feeling frisky."
Timothius
 GM, 906 posts
Wed 18 May 2016
at 05:46
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May and Tim board the magic carpet express Sunrise.

Raichel says, "I wanna run past the geysers."

Raichel proceeds to make it look easy as she deftly hurries past the geysers and runs circles around them. Then runs up walls and ceilings before back-flipping onto the magic carpet. "...because I can."
Kyle
 player, 1415 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 18 May 2016
at 06:01
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  So much spite in the face of map hazzards. Kyle is SO PROUD.

  But not so proud as to not hitch a magic carpet ride in the first place.  "Thanks, Mittens."
Mittens
 GM, 2001 posts
Wed 18 May 2016
at 06:04
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Woo!" Mits cheers her sis, clapping, "That was amazing!"

She's not going to admit that flying carpet is making her lazy.  Maybe some day she'll work up the nerve to take martial arts seriously enough to take lessons from Rai.  But not today.

"Good enough reason!"
Timothius
 GM, 907 posts
Wed 18 May 2016
at 06:08
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
With Kyle riding on the carpet, the twins take the opportunity to hug Kyle's arms and purr. May flops her head in his lap and her feet in Mitts' lap. "Kas, if you want a ride on the carpet some time, lemme know and I'll make room for ya."

Northward!
Kyle
 player, 1416 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Wed 18 May 2016
at 06:17
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle isn't incapable of having fun.  He's just very serious faced in general.

  That and it makes it funnier when he's cuddled by kitty cats and Maydrakedragongators.
Mittens
 GM, 2002 posts
Wed 18 May 2016
at 06:29
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mittens' hand puppet of herself also hugs Kyle's arm.  Kas just laughs and flies in a reclined position next to the carpet.

"Thanks."

Safe passage through this cavern ends almost as soon as
you set foot inside, for the passageway opens into a cavern
from high on one of the cavern walls. You can see another
platform about 50 feet southeast of you on the far wall
with two passages exiting the cavern. Between you and that
other platform is empty, dark space. Floating like islands in
that dark space are rock platforms, each several feet thick.
As you watch, the islands creep from side to side,
slowly enough that you can jump from one to another but
rapidly enough that in a few minutes, the platforms will be
thoroughly shuffled.
A ghost in tattered finery hovers directly above one of
the larger islands, beckoning you closer.
Characters can see at least 100 feet from their
own light source:
Automatic: The rocky stone floor is about 100 feet
below you.

Perception Check
DC 23: There are two dark clouds hovering near the
ceiling, one over each of the largest islands.


Kas ohs.  "Ah yes.  The lich room the giants mentioned.  With the ghosts.  I wonder if the lich can be reasoned with.

"Hello, fellow advanced necromancer.  I am Kevin the Great.  Perhaps you've heard of me?  If not, mayhap you've heard of Tiamat, two of who's exarchs fell to my new friends, The Heroes of The Prime Material Plane.  In more recent history, brushed aside the defenders of this cavern up to this point.  We desire passage without having to destroy any more undead.  Willing to call a very short truce?"

He gets silence in reply.  Kas shrugs to Timothius.  "Not a no.  Care to take a crack at it?"
Timothius
 GM, 908 posts
Wed 18 May 2016
at 06:47
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius shrugs. "The reason we have fought with Tiamat is because she has been invading the Prime Material, using the Githyanki. We have since dethroned her puppet-ruler of the githyanki empire, but this isn't stopping her. We are here to defeat Arantor so we can get to Mornujhar, who is performing a ritual of some kind that will aid Tiamat in her plans. Short version: If you want out of here, follow us instead of standing in our way. However..."

His tone becomes stern and somehow darker than all the beings in this cavern so far as he says, "Continue to stand in our way and I will make sure you are not obliterated, so that you may remain a prisoner here... forever."

Diplomacy: 30
Intimidate: 37

Kyle
 player, 1417 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 19 May 2016
at 00:30
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle provides better lighting for the room, in the meantime.  Well, so far as bright purple can be considered 'better', it still sheds some literal light on the dark clouds situation.

  That done, oh look at that.  It's six pack of potions of flight time.

OOC: If I recall right. Fly 4 is the speed.  Certainly beats fly Zero for those still without it at the moment.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:31, Thu 19 May 2016.

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Thu 19 May 2016
at 04:02
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
A hideous laughter can be heard from beyond the chasm.  "Heroes would offer a lich passage out of Monadhan?  Your errand must be urgent indeed.  But how do you expect to leave this place simply by destroying Arantor?  If that's all that were needed, this prison would have had quite the jailbreak long ago."

Kas hrms.  "Not sure it's wise to tell him how we intend to open the portal."
Raichel
 player, 676 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
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Thu 19 May 2016
at 04:13
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "Would you gamble eternity on the chance that the warriors of light would lie to you? We are not going to share the secret of how we will leave. But look at it this way; if we fail, you will get to see us crushed by Arantor and it would at least provide you amusement, I'm sure. The mission is as described. I'm not happy about the goddess of greed taking over the Prime Material. It won't be enough and eventually, there will be nothing left of your home to return to. Even a lich like yourself doesn't like that prospect."

Raichel says, "Timothius, did you have to offer that ultimatum? Can't we just plow past them?" Raichel looks towards the lich and says, "Look; all of us have means of flying; so the pit isn't scary. And even if our only means across was jumping, we have ways to attack you even from this distance. Our specialty is undead, but we knocked out Chillreaver so fast, he only managed a scratch on Kyle's cheek. Seriously, this isn't a negotiation; it is an offer, and only an offer because my brother is ludicrously merciful. Also; you need to take better care of your throat, that laughter is just hideous."

Timothius says, "My offer to bring you with us stands for the next ten seconds; we are in a hurry."

May just examines the room, as if looking for ways through. "Ooo... pretty glows, Kyle."

This message was last edited by the player at 04:14, Thu 19 May 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1418 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 19 May 2016
at 04:18
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Perhaps they are simply bored enough after all this time to prefer fighting us rather than the dragon everyone already knows about. It would not be the most foolish reason we have heard, at least."
Mittens
 GM, 2003 posts
Thu 19 May 2016
at 04:36
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits is right there with May in admiring the pretty lights.  But she can't resist the opportunity to play with puppets.  A Tiamat puppet appears on her hand.

"I want everything!  What haven't I tried taking yet?  Ah!  The whole world!  I'll get those slaves of mine to do the deed.  Oops!  Forgot all about that ancient pact with Gith!  And now she's escaped, darnit!  What do you mean, two of my exarchs are dead?!  This is getting costly.  But I've invested too much to give up now!"

The lich laughs some more.  "Oh this is rich.  You make a very good point, kitten.  I will enjoy watching you all.  Oh yes yes.  Come across.  Minions, come with me and enjoy the show."
Timothius
 GM, 909 posts
Thu 19 May 2016
at 05:09
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May giggles at Mittens' puppet show and says, "Sad, but true. But it's funny because of how stupid her evil makes her."

Timothius raises an eyebrow and says, "...OK then." and with that, he gets aboard Sunrise Express, Mittens' magic carpet. Because why not?

May and Rai do the same. But Raichel readies an attack. Just in case.

Raichel says, "I dunno... being a god probably made her realize she can get away with a lot and that even if Gith was restored to power, the githyanki empire pose no threat to Tiamat. At least in her mind."

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:21, Thu 19 May 2016.

Kyle
 player, 1419 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 19 May 2016
at 05:18
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Hmm, it is not often we get an audience that will not die to a stiff breeze or single stray explosions.  I will have to appreciate the novelty while it lasts."
Mittens
 GM, 2004 posts
Thu 19 May 2016
at 05:29
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits shrugs.  "Maybe.  But even gods have setbacks.  In this case, those setbacks have names.  Us!"

She looks over at lich-face.  "You gotta name?"

"You may call me Void," the lich answers, "Sounds like you have quite the story to tell.  I'm all ears."

"Alrighty then!"

With the help of magic for visuals, she begins to recount the story.  The lich seems quite amused, laughing his hideous laugh whenever the baddies of Mittens' story do something stupid.  Meanwhile, the amalgam of ghosts follows along, moaning and shrieking at random.  Kas seems fascinated with the ghosts and lich both, studying them along the way.
Timothius
 GM, 910 posts
Thu 19 May 2016
at 05:34
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius isn't terribly happy with the company he is keeping, but he still believes he saved them half a minute by talking them out of a fight.

May giggles, "Yay! Another Mittens puppet show!" and claps for Mittens, occasionally showing off a weapon that was featured in a given fight.

Raichel asks, "Hey, Void ...why do they shriek or moan at random?"
Kyle
 player, 1420 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 19 May 2016
at 05:40
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Don't worry Tim, Kyle feels the same way.

  "I would assume because being a smashed together blob of multiple spirits is rather disconcerting."  That, or that 10 INT is a cumulative total.
Mittens
 GM, 2005 posts
Thu 19 May 2016
at 06:14
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"It is rather annoying," Mits comments.

"Why not ask them yourself?" Void answers Rai with a chuckle.

Kas nerds it up on undead lore.  http://forgottenrealms.wikia.c...i/Caller_in_darkness

"...so, very likely because they're forever re-living the moment they died."

"So how does that work in this place?" Mits wonders aloud, "Did they all self-destruct in a moment of collective betrayal?"

Void just laughs.  "Oh no.  These souls were living when they came here.  When Arantor re-lives his past, many die all at once."

At the mention of Arantor's name, the caller in darkness shrieks in a chorus of horrified screams!

Kas ahs.  "And their ghosts are stuck here.  And to each other.  Was wondering if death was an out."
Timothius
 GM, 911 posts
Thu 19 May 2016
at 06:19
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "....well, it's an answer. How come they obey you?"

Raichel says, "Magic."

May says, "I wonder if they can move on to the afterlife if we take them with us."
Kyle
 player, 1421 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 19 May 2016
at 06:28
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Theological metaphysics is always as fascinating as it is at times contradictory."  Could be worse. could be infernal warlock feat optional rules.
Mittens
 GM, 2006 posts
Thu 19 May 2016
at 06:35
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"She catches on quick!" Void chuckles.

Mits hrms.  "I was wondering that too.  But if so, the afterlife they head on to is quite possibly worse than the eternal torment they have here considering they got here by being exceptionally traitorous."

Kas shrugs.  "Undead such as this rarely have a happy ending, tis true."
Raichel
 player, 677 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
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Thu 19 May 2016
at 06:56
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel says, "I was born with magic, so... kinda got used to telling people such things. Partly because I didn't really understand it myself."

Timothius says, "Some day, I hope to give a happier ending..."
Kyle
 player, 1422 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 19 May 2016
at 07:00
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "As much as it is dressed up, quite often it really is the answer when you get down to it, Raichel."

  Tim's afterlife will clearly have community service and icecream.
Mittens
 GM, 2007 posts
Thu 19 May 2016
at 07:17
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits addresses the amalgams, "You'd much rather not spend eternity in hell or here, am I right?"

The callers in darkness moan.

Mits continues, "Well then.  Follow this angel here."

No reply.

Kas thinks about it.  "They're likely bound to Void's service.  So until Void releases them, they can't agree to anything."

Mits shrugs.  "Something occurred to me.  What if Void's phylactery is in this place?  Suppose he leaves and is then destroyed, will he re-appear here?"

Void shrugs and giggles.  "Who knows?  I suppose there's only one way to find out!"
Timothius
 GM, 912 posts
Sat 21 May 2016
at 03:29
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel smiles at Kyle for affirming her statement.

Timothius says, "His phylactery could actually be in the prime material, considering there is no way out except the way we are taking. I mean, just look at the amalgam."

Raichel says, "Are we there yet? The sooner we leave this place, the better."

May says, "Just think! We'll have leaving an unleavable place as yet another notch on our belts."
Kyle
 player, 1423 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 21 May 2016
at 03:33
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "To be fair, the entire reason we are here in the first place is because our enemies are already freely traveling through it."
Mittens
 GM, 2009 posts
Sat 21 May 2016
at 03:52
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Yeah it's generally a given that the baddies will do things before us," Mits agrees.

She was of course headed in the direction of the next bit of dungeon during the conversation.  The lych seems fascinated with Kas's vampires and studies them.

Kas shrugs.  "Maybe?  Maybe this ritualist guy had to go through the same hassle we're going through.  Say, Void.  Did an especially powerful ritualist of Tiamat pass through here recently?"

Void just laughs his hideous laughter and doesn't answer.

Kas sweatdrops.  "That's probably a, 'Yes.  And we let him through unhindered.'  Tiamat goon, so I'm guessing he's extremely good at greasing palms.  Even skeletal ones."

The purpose of this cavern is clear: imprisonment, torture,
and execution. Along the side walls are prison cages
fashioned from unnaturally smooth stalagmites. Three
are empty, and the fourth one, in the southeastern corner,
has a grayish giant within it. A guillotine stands in the
center of the room with its blade raised, iron maidens are
immediately to your left and right, and wooden stretching
racks are arrayed on the far end of the chamber. Two
passages exit the far end of the room.
A groove has been cut in the floor, connecting the iron
maidens, the guillotine, and the center of the southern wall,
which bears a fresco of eladrin lords and ladies gazing out
upon a pastoral lake.
Two bipedal tiger-creatures are fiddling with the
guillotine mechanism. A third such creature stands near the
rack in the southwest part of the room.
Perception Check
DC 25: The floor of the room is slightly sloped. The
iron maidens are at the higher end and the fresco on the
south wall is lower.
DC 30: It looks as if there’s someone on the southwest
rack. It could be human but it’s hard to tell at this distance.

May
 player, 706 posts
Sat 21 May 2016
at 04:09
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel asks, "Is there something about being a lich that makes everything funny? Because you sure laugh a lot."

May says, "Can you blame him? There is a Mittens present. And where there is a Mittens, there is joy and laughter."

Timothius smiles. Raichel smiles also. "Good point."

And then torture room.

May says, "So should I go in first, or do we all just go in, flying on the carpet?"
Kyle
 player, 1424 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 21 May 2016
at 04:29
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "As tempting as it may be, please refrain from dispatching the enemy with their own traps unless necessary.  The last thing we need is providing the ingredients to the sort of thing we are hired to stop."
May
 player, 707 posts
Sat 2 Jul 2016
at 05:51
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May says, "Try not to feed those grooves with any blood; even our enemy's."

She rushes to the south, roars like a dragon, and whacks two of the enemies before shifting down to the one who wasn't quite drawn to her.


Move: South to be in position. Move 8 thanks to Greaves of Maldeen
Standard: Come and Get It v D1, D2, D3. Hit(37)! Miss(33) Hit(48)!
 dmg: 11
Minor: Shift down 1 to be in melee with D2, who I missed.


D1 HP: 196 - 11 = 185
D3 HP: 196 - 11 = 185

Raichel
 player, 678 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 2 Jul 2016
at 06:01
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel glows and drops the scythe as usual, before firing lightning that, to her surprise, hits every enemy. She smirks. "Sure thing, May. In that case, I'll cauterize 'em."


Minor: Blood Fury Scythe
Minor: Razorclaw Shifting (+1 AC/Ref, +2 speed)
Furious Bolts v D1, D2, D3, Render, Noble. Hit(37)! Hit(42)! Hit(48)! Hit(43)! Hit(38)!
 dmg: 43, 39


D1 HP: 185 - 43 = 142
D2 HP: 196 - 39 = 157
D3 HP: 185 - 39 = 146
Render HP: 452 - 39 = 413
Noble HP: 356 - 39 = 317

This message was last edited by the player at 06:03, Sat 02 July 2016.

Narrator
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Sat 2 Jul 2016
at 06:14
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Who dares interrupt our tortOW!"

The rakshasas snarl and slash at May first, but only one hits.  Two try to move away from her and get knocked prone for their trouble.
Kyle
 player, 1426 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 2 Jul 2016
at 06:32
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle steps up, toughens up May, and summons the tiny tornado of punches (also tornadoes) to knock about a few of the Destroyers.  It's not much, but hey, they'll have to waste movement to flank May again.

Move: duh (of course I didn't move 1 tile more into where Mittens would want to go!)
Minor: Resistive for May.
Standard: Gale. 2 out of 3 hit. (Destroyer 1 and 3). 29 DMG. Slide Destroyer 1.

Resistive for may: +1 Power AC. Cash in is Surge+18 THP, shared with one ally.
Misc; +6 Power AC for May, until End Of My Next Turn (from gale).

Destroyer 1 HP: 142-29=113
Destroyer 3 HP: 146-29= 117

Mittens
 GM, 2012 posts
Sat 2 Jul 2016
at 06:52
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mittens flies forward and supplies the tornado of punches with lightsaber wrist claws!  Several of the enemy get sliced up!

"I dare!  Know that I am Mittens!  Joy and Laughter Maker!  So what's your name, tiger?"

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:53, Sat 02 July 2016.

Narrator
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Sat 2 Jul 2016
at 06:49
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The noble rushes over to the cage and unleashes the gray render!

"Let's see how you handle this!"

It reaches a hand toward May, and she sees harmless nightmarish images.
Timothius
 GM, 913 posts
Sat 2 Jul 2016
at 07:18
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius walks forward and says, "We are the Heroes of the Prime Material Plane, the Warriors of Light."

He looks around at Kyle, May, Mittens and Raichel before saying, "You know; you all are quite awe-inspiring."

A waft of celestial energy surges out from Timothius and his team feels just that much more powerful.


Move: Into position
Standard: Adjure the Chosen.
 Effect: All allies gain +2 speed, attack rolls, damage rolls, and can crit on rolls of 18, 19, or 20.

grey render
Sat 2 Jul 2016
at 07:23
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The gray render roars at Raichel then charges at Timothius!  Slash Grab!  Razor sharp claws from both the monster's hands dig deep into Timothius!

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:37, Sat 02 July 2016.

May
 player, 708 posts
Sat 2 Jul 2016
at 07:43
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May whirls, becoming a mini tornado of weaponry, green, gold and radiance! She slices up the enemies quite thoroughly, but skillfully manages to keep their bleeding down to a minimum, considering. "I'd come over there, Timothius, but I'm busy with these guys!"


Standard: Lunging Dervish v D1, D2, D3. Hit(44)! Hit(40)! Hit(47)!
 dmg: 18
  +13 (v vulnerable radiant)
   +4 (v bloodied)
 Secondary Attack: CRIT(50)! Hit(45)! Hit(39)!
  dmg: 12
  CRIT dmg: +18
   +4 (v bloodied)


D1 HP: 87 - 35 - 34 = 18
D2 HP: 131 - 31 - 12 = 88
D3 HP: 117 - 18 - 12 = 87

Raichel
 player, 679 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 2 Jul 2016
at 07:56
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel rushes up to the Grey Render and turns into a bolt of lightning, shooting through all the enemies and landing in a flanking position while next to the blood flow. One of the rakshassa destroyers collapses! "That oversized thing looks a little tougher than the rest. Let's hurry up so Timothius doesn't have to heal himself too much."


Move: To Render
Standard: Spark Form v Render, Noble, D3, D2, D1.
 Hit(37)! Hit(39)! Miss(31) Miss(31) Miss(32)
 dmg on hit: 41
 dmg on miss: 20
  +13 (v vulnerable radiant)
   +4 (v bloodied)


Render HP: 413 - 41 = 372
Noble HP: 317 - 54 = 263
D3 HP: 87 - 22 = 65
D2 HP: 88 - 29 = 59
D1 HP: 18 - 29 = KO!

Narrator
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 For narrating
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Tue 5 Jul 2016
at 05:02
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
One of the rakshasas takes 3 swings at May and misses all three swings.

"...Must have some magical shielding or something."

The other one braces himself for a hit he knows is going to hurt like crazy and takes three swings at Rai, landing one of them!
Kyle
 player, 1427 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 5 Jul 2016
at 05:14
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle tosses a vial of AAS (Unfortunate acronym, but not as unfortunate as it could be) at the Render, turning a good patch of it's face and body into creepy transparent skin territory in the process.

  "Want me to try and get you down, Timothius?"

  "Nah, it's fine." Totally actual thing Tim said, we checked.
Mittens
 GM, 2013 posts
Tue 5 Jul 2016
at 06:01
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits looks torn, giving Timo a glance as she flies past.

"If dad could see you now..."

He'd probably scream like a little girl, but that's besides the point.  Timothius Beef Abs would make daddy proud.

"Zap."

A nasty eyebeam attack severely hurts the baddies.  Mits points at the one flanked by Rai.  "That one's as good as toast in a few seconds.  No need to bother with him.

"Kas.  Brownie points if you mind-control the big nasty clawing my bro."


Kas shrugs.  "I get the feeling he won't need my help, but sure."

The rakshasa noble mind-zaps Rai in the head, dazing her, then retreats to the back of the room.
Timothius
 GM, 914 posts
Tue 5 Jul 2016
at 06:24
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius winces from the physical pain and bleeds some. But he glows yellow, bursts with radiance, and says calmly, "Let me go, please." and the Render lets go of Timothius, who gently lands on the ground. Radiant chains burst from the ground, binding the render and the rakshassa near Mittens. He then walks right past the confused render and looks over to Mittens with a smile, rubbing his nose. "Thanks. And thanks for trusting my judgement. Goes for you too, Kyle." He closes his eyes, takes a breath and his bleeding stops. Raichel shakes off the dazed effect almost as quickly as she got it. "I would surrender if I were you." Timothius looks directly at the noble with a terrifyingly cold look.


Timothius takes 10 ongoing dmg
Minor: Solar Enemy
 Effect: Render is +5 vulnerable radiant
Chains of Blazing Light v Render, D3, D2. Hit(34)! Hit(43)! Miss(27)
 Hit: Target is dazed
 Render-specific: Will take +11 radiant dmg when first hit.
Move: South of Render so his save throw will be contagious for Rai.
Save throw: 18 success!
 Rai save throw: 14 success!
Timothius Intimidate: 38


Timothius HP: 83 - 10 = 73

Narrator
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Tue 5 Jul 2016
at 06:35
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The render turns on Mittens, ripping at her dramatically and grabbing her with its claws!

Mits glances around, shifty-eyed.  "Uh...  Ow!  Ouch!  That uh... really hurt!  Yeah!  Totally not magically shielded from injury."

The rakshasas look at her in disgust.
May
 player, 709 posts
Tue 5 Jul 2016
at 06:54
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"I know, I know! Mittens' ability to act is so amazing you are green with jealousy. I can empathize! Just look what color I am!" She then deftly hops over to be under where Mitts is levitating. Twirl! She rips a chunk out of the render's arm that is gripping Mittens. Her weapon continues towards the rakshassa, who dodges. He was SURE he dodged... that weapon missed him by several inches, yet he feels as though he got hit anyway!


Move: Shift 2 into position
Inexorable Advance v D3, Render. Miss(34) Hit(33)!
 dmg on miss: 6
 dmg on hit: 63


D3 HP: 24 - 6 = 18
Render HP: 291 - 63 = 228

This message was last edited by the player at 06:55, Tue 05 July 2016.

Raichel
 player, 680 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 5 Jul 2016
at 07:06
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel causes her huge lightning bolt to strike down on the render, which hurts it a LOT. "Kyle, do you have something to muck up these blood channels?" She then rushes over to the noble and gives him a smirk. "Not surrendering? Good."


Thunderstroke v Render. Hit(42)!
 dmg: 75
Move: To the noble


Render HP: 228 - 75 = 153

Narrator
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Tue 5 Jul 2016
at 07:08
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The two rakshasa destroyers burst with radiance and drop unconscious!
Kyle
 player, 1428 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 5 Jul 2016
at 07:16
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle steps past the Render related antics, tosses some alchemical powder into the groove that freezes the blood solid, and snaps off a violet phosphor tanglefoot bag at the still standing Noble.

  Zero damage. All spite.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:16, Tue 05 July 2016.

Narrator
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Sat 16 Jul 2016
at 04:02
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The rakshasa noble gulps and holds his hands up in surrender.

"I know when I'm out-matched."
Timothius
 GM, 916 posts
Sat 16 Jul 2016
at 04:46
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "Call off your pet and it will live."


Delaying turn for after render
Narrator
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Sat 16 Jul 2016
at 04:54
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The rakshasa whistles sharply at the gray render.  "Down!"

"ROAR!"  The beast just furiously claws at May till it grabs her!  It shakes off the poison that was weakening it.
Timothius
 GM, 917 posts
Sat 16 Jul 2016
at 05:04
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius sings a high, angelic note and all his wounds vanish. He gets a pitying expression. "Can't say as I blame the thing, but..." He forms a spiritual scythe and reaps the render with it, causing it to feel naked and doomed. "It will be happier dead than alive."


Minor: Healing Word on self. 88 hp healed
 +8 Tim's defenses
 +7 thp to everyone
 Save throw: N/A
Standard: Sever the Source
 Grey Render is now vulnerable 17 to all damage.


Timothius HP: 73 + 88 = 161 full HP+7 thp

May
 player, 710 posts
Sat 16 Jul 2016
at 05:13
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May doesn't seem to care she is grabbed and her tail swings under her, between her legs and stabs some form of weapon into the creature's sternum, which hurts it. A lot. "Scorpioooooon STING!" she announces. Then grins over to Mittens for approval.


Appalling Crunch. Hit(31)!
 dmg: 29+17vuln+7=53


Grey Render HP: 79 - 46 = 23

Raichel
 player, 681 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 16 Jul 2016
at 05:20
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel keeps her eyes locked on the noble. "Good work on stopping the blood, Kyle." she says without looking at Kyle. Her back still facing the render and the heroes, she raises her left hand and a ball of lightning forms in it. "Wise choice to surrender." the ball flies over her shoulder and ZAPS the render so bad, it becomes charred all over, smoking. It's lifeless body thuds to the ground, May hopping out of its hand while it falls.


Lightning Strike. Hit(33)!
 dmg: 65


Render HP: 26 - 65 = FRIED

Kyle
 player, 1429 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 16 Jul 2016
at 05:24
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle is surprised they didn't not try to run away while calling it surrender, but then oh right immobilized.

  "Even if the blood does turn out to do nothing of note, still hardly a problem stopping it out of spite."
Mittens
 GM, 2015 posts
Sat 16 Jul 2016
at 05:31
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Haha awesome!" Mits cheers, "Grey render is now shishkabob'd charcoal render.  Hmm.  Novel uses for tail..."

A mitten appears at the tip of her tail and she flies around offering high-fives with it.  ^.~

This cavern also has an NPC, Macaebus, whom
the PCs can rescue. Macaebus is just a frightened
resident of the shantytown.

Mits releases him and the fortune teller chick from earlier starts getting him caught up on plot.
Timothius
 GM, 918 posts
Sat 16 Jul 2016
at 05:36
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May, Rai and Tim all take the high-five. May does a little dance after.

Raichel gets to tying up the noble. Timothius gives the noble a nod. "So, what is your purpose here? And what do the blood channels do?"

May uses a pick to get the frozen blood out of the channel before it unfreezes.
Kyle
 player, 1430 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 16 Jul 2016
at 06:01
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Macaebus is here because he stole the last slice of cake when he promised he wouldn't. Or something.

"I hope it does not simply lead to grooves that spell out the word 'betrayal'"
Mittens
 GM, 2016 posts
Sat 16 Jul 2016
at 06:08
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Creatures
adjacent to a token at the start of their turn take 5
damage but score critical hits on 19-20 (unless their
critical chance is already better than that) until the
start of their next turn.

South Wall Mosaic: If blood in the channel
reaches the south wall, the eladrins in the picture
transform into tieflings and the landscape in the
mosaic transforms into a charred wasteland with a
magma lake. Note that if blood has flowed into the
channel then it will reach the wall before long unless
characters specifically take action to stop it

This cavern exists to punish those who’ve angered
Arantor, coerce betrayal from pawns in Arantor’s
schemes, and to provide a measure of cruel amusement during Arantor’s long periods of melancholy.

The rakshasa answers that he simply follows Arantor's orders in order to survive.  And answers the question about the blood channels.

"Sucks that I can't loot the mosaic.  Woulda made for an interesting souvenir."
Timothius
 GM, 919 posts
Sat 16 Jul 2016
at 06:14
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius looks at Mittens and says, "At this point, we can make our own version of that mosaic and have it change by something less sinister; like sunlight or moonlight."

May says, "And it will be in our AIRSHIP HEADQUARTERS!!!"

Raichel says, "Never will get over that... our very own airship."
Kyle
 player, 1431 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 16 Jul 2016
at 06:18
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  What, they couldn't afford the temperature color changing mug style mosaic instead?

  "That does not run off a woefully inefficient souls per mile"
Mittens
 GM, 2017 posts
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 04:25
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
KO badguys are tied up, etc.

POOF!  Mits' carpet now has airship themed trim!  "All aboard!  Wheee!"

Kas looks surprised by Kyle's comment but doesn't ask.
Timothius
 GM, 920 posts
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 04:38
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May, Rai and Tim hop aboard. May explains to Kas. "The Githyanki are a bunch of jerk-face puppy-kickers who use souls to fuel their airships."

Timothius says, "Not for long. Once we're done unraveling Tiamat's plan, I plan a return visit to Tu'narath with a request or two."
Kyle
 player, 1432 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 04:42
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Which also worked so poorly that they may as well had ghosts get out carry it instead.  So, amoral necromancy just for the hell of it really."
Mittens
 GM, 2018 posts
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 05:01
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Kas ohs.

"Soul fuel!" the lych echoes with glee, "Brilliant!"

Mits rolls her eyes.  "Of course the lych loves the idea."

She flies her passengers to the next area.

When the PCs reach the cavern entrance, read:
This room is home to seven large statues, all larger than
life. Between them hang tattered tapestries that show maps
in sable, snow-cotton, and golden wool. A brazier near the
center statue—that of a dragon in a rampant pose—casts
everything in a reddish light.
Standing near the dragon statue are three cambions,
one with an iron-shod quarterstaff and two with short
swords and shields.
Two passages exit the room at the northeast corner.


Perception Check
DC 29: You hear flapping footsteps—not boots, but skin
on stone—coming from one of the northern passageways.


The silver dragon statue depicts Arantor as he
existed in life, and the other statues are figures
important to him
May
 player, 711 posts
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 05:10
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May telepaths to the group, "I do so enjoy my chance to get a surprise attack in. Shall we?"

Timothius 'paths, "If we initiate attack, no killing."
Kyle
 player, 1433 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 05:17
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Maybe Tim, maybe.  But at least Kyle won't kill hostages or useful informants just to spite you (and eat them).  Man we've got such a low bar to work with, it's great.
Mittens
 GM, 2019 posts
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 05:30
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Surrender!"

KerLASER!  Two out of three targets hit!
May
 player, 712 posts
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 06:17
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius gives the Conflagrant memories of what this team has accomplished.

Raichel waves a hand, tossing May towards the enemy with her power over the winds!

May then roars, causing all the enemies to surround her and whacks them ALL! Her radiant weapon hurts extra on the legionaires, thanks to Mittens.


Tim surprise: Break the Spirit v Conflagrant. Hit(34)! (Thanks, CA!)
 dmg: 22
Rai surprise: Fly May into melee
May surprise: Come and Get It v Conflagrant, Legionaire1, 2. Hit(41)! Hit(46)! Hit(47)!
 dmg: 22 (only 9 dmg to Conflagrant)


Conflagrant HP: 166 - 22 - 9 = 135
Legionaire 1 HP: 171 - 22 = 149
Legionaire 2 HP: 171 - 22 = 149

This message was last edited by the player at 06:20, Sun 17 July 2016.

Raichel
 player, 682 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 06:32
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel does her usual with the scythe, going feral, and zapping the cambions. "I will zap the HELL out of them... get it?"


Minor: Blood Fury Scyth
Minor: Razorclaw Shifting (+1 AC / Ref, +2 speed)
Standard: Furious Bolts v Con, Leg1, Leg2. Hit(38)! Hit(31)! Hit(41)!
 dmg to Con: 43
 dmg to Legs: 52


Con HP: 135 - 43 = 92
Leg 1 HP: 149 - 39
Leg 2 HP: 149 - 39

Narrator
 player, 957 posts
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Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 06:44
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Whoosh!  Swing!  The cambion tries to shield bash and swipe at May but cannot get past her defenses.
Timothius
 GM, 921 posts
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 06:53
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius moves over to the cambions and bursts with radiance before causing chains to come up and snare the cambions. "No response. Either they don't understand our language, or they don't care about consequences. Neither would be surprising."


Move: To cambions
Minor: Solar Enemy (+5 vuln radiant)
Chains of Blazing Light v Con, Leg1,2. Hit(37)! Hit(42)! Hit(35)!
 Dazed. +11 extra radiant dmg when next hit

Narrator
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Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 07:18
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The confligrant tries to move away from May.  Whack!  Gets knocked down.

"Fine.  I'll light your friends on fire."

Fwoosh!  Timothius' aura throws off his aim just enough that the fireball misses!

This message was last edited by the player at 07:21, Sun 17 July 2016.

May
 player, 713 posts
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 07:31
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May says, "You were saying?" and becomes a tornado of weapons! WHACKWHACKWHACKWHACKWHACKWHACK! And just for giggles, she plays their skulls like bongo drums to a beat! "Gives a whole new meaning to BEAT!"


Lunging Dervish v Con,Leg1,2. Hit(39)! Hit(39)! Miss(32)
 dmg: 28 (bloodies Con)
 Secondary attack. Hit(45)! Miss(36) Hit(43)!
  dmg: 15
 +4 v Legs for bloodied


Con HP: 92 - 28 - 19 = 45
Leg1 HP: 97 - 32 = 65
Leg2 HP: 97 - 19 = 78

Narrator
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Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 07:49
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
One of the legionaires bursts with fire, lighting Timothius on fire!  Not that he's hurt any.  In fact, it hurt the other legionaire more.  SUCH BETRAYAL!
Kyle
 player, 1434 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 07:59
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle fires a weak shot from his crossbow-oh hey that was actually pretty good. It's no MAYhem or Catperson Carnage, but 42 DMG from an At-will is pretty up there for the Artificer, so we'll take a not quite takedown where we can.

  That done, he steps up to make AoE targeting somewhat less convenient for the enemy.

M weapon buff: +2 Hit, +6 DMG rolls. Mittens, Raichel.
Conflagrant HP: 54-38-4= 3

Mittens
 GM, 2020 posts
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 15:15
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"You guys are so weak, you don't even rank above a cantrip.  Oh!  Heheh..."

She puts her hands to her mouth to make a fart sound.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqcCVHB6dyY

Lasers shoot out from the statue's butt, burning the legionaries and downing the confligrant!  "Can Trip.  Teehee."

“Death to the interlopers!” shouts the lead giant as three of
the dark-skinned brutes lumber toward you. Next to them
is another of the metallic panther creatures you faced when
you last fought these giants.

Perception Check
DC 26: Four flickering, crystalline shards orbit each of
the giants at a distance of a few feet.


<Deep Speech>"Buh Blah!  Hehe."

A creepy cycloptic aberration all spikes, teeth, and claws hops into the room!  Then another one hops in, trying to look even more menacing.

<Deep Speech>"Aaaaaughibbrgubugbugrguburgle!  He he heh."
Raichel
 player, 683 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Mon 18 Jul 2016
at 04:43
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
In response to the fart joke, Raichel says, "Ew?" all teenage-girl like, but fires lightning at one of the legionaires which bounces to the other one, downing both of them as their skeletons flash before everyone's eyes a few times before they collapse unconscious.

Raichel rounds the corner suddenly, now in raichu form. Her eyes and mouth are filled with dancing electricity and projecting light as she growls with a burning multi-voice. Lightning flies out from her, striking the nothics before Raichel whacks the nothics in their faces.

....she just wanted to show them how intimidation is done.


Lightning Strike v Leg1. Hit(35)!
 dmg: 62
 dmg to Leg 2: 38
Move: To Nothics!
ACTION POINT! 8 lightning dmg to 3 enemies in 5 squares
Intimidate: 32
Five Storms v Nothic1 and 2. Hit(32)! Hit(48)!
 dmg: 34


Leg 1 HP: 24 - 62 = DONE!
Leg 2 HP: 34 - 38 = DONE!
Nothic 1 HP: 180 - 8 - 34 = 138
Nothic 2 HP: 180 - 8 - 34 = 138

Timothius
 GM, 922 posts
Mon 18 Jul 2016
at 04:52
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
What Mitts said about cantrips is so true, not only did Raichel only use at-wills this past turn, but Timothius hasn't gone angelic yet. He giggles from Mitts' fart joke. And then the new guys arrive.

"Aaww?" Timothius mews. "Don't kill those two, Rai! They're cute! I wanna keep 'em!"

May grins over at the tag-along lich and shrugs with a grin. "Adventuring does things to your head."

He steps over to hug Raichel from behind, smiling brightly at the northics. "Make 'em vulnerable for me, Mitts? May can hold off the giants."

May thumbs-up. "You bet I can!"


Move: To Rai
Standard: Readied Shining Symbol for when Mittens makes the northics vulnerable to radiant.

May
 player, 714 posts
Mon 18 Jul 2016
at 05:03
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May rushes over to the giants, leaps into the air and SLAMS her carrikal into dreadguard 2! A crunch like cracking bone can be heard and a wave of energy shoots a breeze from the impact to brush across the other giants and their pet! May gets a wicked grin. In a low growl, May says, "Death to the interlopers... you must be referring to yourselves. Happy to oblige!"


Move: Double move to Dreadguard 2
ACTION POINT! Resist 10 all
Appalling Crunch v Dreadguard 2. Hit(47)!
 dmg: 34 and all enemies within 2 squares of Dreadguard 2 are marked.


Dreadguard 2 HP: 209 - 34 = 175

Kyle
 player, 1435 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 18 Jul 2016
at 05:13
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle hurriedly fires a pacification dust shot past the kitty siblings onto the Northics, it's not even scented this time around.

  "Northics can spam domination spells.  Please be particularly brutal."

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:35, Mon 18 July 2016.

Mittens
 GM, 2021 posts
Mon 18 Jul 2016
at 05:15
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits flies up to the top of the statue's head.  She honks its nose and more lasers come out of the butt to fry the nothics!  Lasers also shoot from the nostrils to burn the giants!

"Teehee!"

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:36, Mon 18 July 2016.

Narrator
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Mon 18 Jul 2016
at 05:40
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
<Deep Speech>"Ouch!  Hehe.  These cute kittens mean business.  Heh."

<Deep Speech>"Right?  Hah.  Let's..."

BAMF!  Pacification dust!

<Deep Speech>"..."

The nothics get positively livid and charge at Kyle!  But Timothius and Rai hurt 'em bad, knocking one out!

The steel predator circles around May till its in range of her and Mits then lets out a bone-rattling roar that deafens and dazes Mits!

"Ow.  Deaf now."
Narrator
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Mon 18 Jul 2016
at 06:10
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
<Giant>"You two.  Get the magi-cat on the statue.  You, with me on the... alligator?"

The giants attack!  Mits gets hit hard, blood flying from her mouth!  May also gets hit just as hard, but she's resisting half the hurt right now.

<Giant>"HaHA!  Worthy foes!  No wonder the cambions didn't last long!"
Raichel
 player, 684 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Mon 18 Jul 2016
at 06:29
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Voice still burning, Raichel says, "You know not with whom you contend." and she blinks into being in front of dreadguard 1 before becoming nothing but electricity and charging through the lot of them! The dreadguard she hits first feels hit so hard that another hit like that WILL down him. While the steel predator and the bahlik gur feel a stout zap, the other dreadguard feels a substantial shock, now feeling halfway to the grave as well.

"We are saving our best for Arantor! You are obstacles! Nothing more!"


Spark Form v D1,SP,BG,D2. CRIT(47)! Hit(45)! Hit(41)! Hit(38)!
 CRIT DMG on D1: 70
 Normal dmg on others: 35
 +13 on vuln radiant (D1 and D2)


D1 HP: 181 - 83 = 98
SP HP: 388 - 35 = 353
BG HP: 434 - 35 = 399
D2 HP: 147 - 48 = 99

Timmy
 Player, 83 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Mon 18 Jul 2016
at 06:49
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius mews sadly at having been forced to down one of the nothics. But he immediately shakes it off and turns to see his sis beginning to hurt. He changes into an angel, flies past her with a bright smile and a wave, causing Mittens to no longer be deafened, then lands on the dreadguard's shoulder, bending forward slightly. "He called us worthy foes..."

In a heavenly voice, Timothius speaks supernal while looking the boss giant dead in the eyes with a genuine smile, "Our reputation is to spare those who surrender." his expression changes to a stern, if still cute, finger-shake ( http://cdn.xl.thumbs.canstockp...canstock10378687.jpg ) "Now if you attack anyone, I'll give you a time-out."


Save v stunned: 19 success!
 Mittens grantes save throw: 15 success!
Minor: Change into angelic form
Move: Fly to and land on dreadguard 1's shoulder
Standard: Pacify v Bahlik Gur. Hit(34)!
 If Bahlik Gur hits or misses with attack, he is stunned.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:07, Mon 18 July 2016.

May
 player, 715 posts
Mon 18 Jul 2016
at 07:04
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May whacks the nearby giant, then hop-skips her way to the boss, the steel pet, and the other giant. WHAAAACK! That is one supremely vicious weapon. Literally. ;) "For calling us worthy, I will honor your challenge, fellow warrior!"


Standard: Inexorable Advance v D2,BG. Hit(42)! CRIT(49)!
 dmg: 44 shift 1 before each attack
 CRIT dmg: 59
Move: Defiant Shield (Immune to forced movement)


D2 HP: 99 - 44 = 55
BG HP: 399 - 59 = 340

Kyle
 player, 1437 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 18 Jul 2016
at 07:12
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle tosses a grapefruit into the air (Thanks, free action perks), and draws his bastard sword in an underhanded swing, cleaving the front of the Northic's massive eyeball away

"AAAAAA!"

  And slicing the Grapecruit in half, which plops down onto the stump.

"AAAAAAAAA!"

  "Not dead, Timothius."  This would probably come off better if you weren't drawing a pupil onto the grapefruit half, Kyle.
Mittens
 GM, 2022 posts
Mon 18 Jul 2016
at 07:40
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Thanks, bro!"

Mits winces at the grapefruit fatality KO.  Something especially ouchie about that.  She grabs the stone version of Arantor by the horns and kicks her heels, pointing commandingly at the enemy.

"Arantor!  Fire breath attack!"

The statue spews a massive blast of fire!  One of the giants collapses.  Mits claps.

"Encore!  Encore!"

Accompanied by dramatic music, a blazing Arantor rises from the flames http://elmundodelosdragones.bl....jpg?v=1355413152489  and draws two guitars made of fire, one in each hand!  It then starts beating the baddies over the head with them repeatedly!  Another giant passes out!

Bahlik Gur and the steel predator stagger.

<Supernal>"Surrender already, you idiot!" the predator shouts.

<Giant>"OK! OK!  You clearly win!"

He drops his weapon and backs up.

<Giant>"...But can I at least wrestle the aligator?"

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:42, Mon 18 July 2016.

Timmy
 Player, 84 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Tue 19 Jul 2016
at 03:07
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius translates. May gives a thumbs-up. "Sure! You can wrestle me! After we finish what we're here for."

Timothius translates and then says, "We're fighting Arantor in order to step through a portal in order to stop an evil exarch from performing a ritual."

Timothius binds up the nothics for later use as pets. Raichel motions for the giants to follow along.

May, Rai, and Tim all rest up on the magic carpet.
Kyle
 player, 1438 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 19 Jul 2016
at 03:11
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "I suppose by this point, it's less surprising to them that their master is just a stepping stone to our real problems."  Even if Kyle remains at times surprised by such.  Oh hey Kas, fancy meeting you here and hanging out. Yeesh.
Mittens
 GM, 2023 posts
Tue 19 Jul 2016
at 03:20
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits rests up and helps with tying up baddies and whatnot.  "Flame dragon dual wielding fire guitars.  This is fun."

Kas chuckles.  "It's still surprising to me that you all let your enemies live."

Mits shrugs.  "It sometimes works out.  Got a general to join us against his master.  Got you to join us."
Raichel
 player, 685 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Tue 19 Jul 2016
at 03:26
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May says, "SO glad for that! Kas is cool! I'm gonna fashion a sword just like his for my collection. And if Kas could have a hand in it, all the better for authentication purposes of my replica!"

Timothius nods. "That general joining us was a huge relief. That then became very valuable."

Raichel nods. "Yeah. Ironic, isn't it? Normal people never forget their enemies because their friends usually outnumber their enemies. For us? I've forgotten the names of half the important badguys we have fought, but our true friends and allies are so few, their names stick out."
Kyle
 player, 1439 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 19 Jul 2016
at 03:30
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "While it may seem naive to leave so many alive in combat, it has also had a surprising amount of practical value at other times.  Even if I am not particularly the best at always holding to Timothius's wishes."
Mittens
 GM, 2024 posts
Tue 19 Jul 2016
at 03:42
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Overall, we're at war with Tiamat.  Already took down two of her exarchs.  This one rated a painting..."

She shows off the painting.

Kas looks impressed.  "Well good luck with that.  I'm already on the naughty list of one evil god.  Don't need more enemies."
May
 player, 716 posts
Tue 19 Jul 2016
at 03:48
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "That's fine, Kas. It isn't a matter of making enemies with Tiamat on purpose. It's a matter of self-defense, honestly. She's trying to conquer the Prime Material and in the process has been killing quite a few people, including people we cared about. Frankly, she leaves us no choice."

May says, "Tiamat so greedy, her staunchest followers are bums because they have to give everything they own to Tiamat."

Raichel says, "I'll feed her greedy, fat faces with my fist."
Kyle
 player, 1440 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 19 Jul 2016
at 03:50
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "it is true that people have a tendency of ruining their lives by messing with where we live."  Up to and including making them aware there was someone to smack in the face at all, by attacking them first in case they wanted to smack them in the face.
Mittens
 GM, 2025 posts
Tue 19 Jul 2016
at 04:17
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Fun times are had but soon it's serious business again.  The group finds Arantor's lair!

When the PCs reach the precipice that affords a
view of the lower cavern, read:
Below you paces a huge skeletal dragon, shaking its head
from side to side and muttering “Oh, no…oh, no…” The
dragon is within a chamber more than a hundred feet long,
with alcoves and crevices along the periphery. Stalagmites
and stone pillars dot the landscape, and gray mist coheres
in low spots on the cavern floor.
Along the western wall is a circular portal limned with
lightning. You can see shimmering movement within the
dark circle, but from this vantage point, you can’t make out
what lies beyond.

Arcana or Religion Check
DC 26: The areas of strange mist scattered around
the cavern are laden with memories tied to the dark lord,
Arantor. Perhaps what is contained within them could
prove useful in vanquishing him.

Dungeoneering Check
DC 23: The hero notices that the subterranean stream
has weakened the rock in the marked squares to the point
where a sudden blow might shatter it.


http://www.fantasycartography....--Domain-Caverns.jpg

Features of the Area
Illumination: The cavern is dimly illuminated by
phosphorescent fungus, glimmering insects, and the
flickering balefire emanating from Arantor.
Stalagmites and Pillars: The large stalagmites
and pillars are blocking terrain, while the areas of
smaller stalagmites are difficult terrain and provide
cover to those behind them.
Shadowed Crevices: The crevices marked (C)
seem to extend farther than they should and rapidly
fill with strange mist and shadows. A character that
enters one of these crevices must spend one entire
turn navigating the oddly shadowed passage before
emerging, at the start of their second turn after entering, from a different, randomly determined crevice. A
DC 26 Arcana or Dungeoneering check made during
the turn spent in transit allows the player to randomly
select two crevices as possible emergence points and
then choose the one they prefer.
Subterranean River: An underground stream
runs just beneath the surface of the cavern in the
indicated squares. It flows to the southeast at a rate
of 4 squares per turn; move anything in the water 4
squares in the direction of the flow at the start of its
turn. A series of stalactites plunge into the river as it
exits the cavern; any character not actively attempting to dive below them is automatically stopped from
continuing downstream. Crawling out of the stream
and onto an adjacent square of rock counts as moving
through difficult terrain but is otherwise unimpeded.
Thin Stone: The stone over the subterranean
stream is quite thin, barely capable of sustaining the
weight of creatures standing upon it. Any melee or
ranged attack can target a square of the thin stone
instead of a creature. Bursts and blasts automatically
target all the squares in their area, treating them as a
single target. The stone has AC and Fortitude defense
of 20, with other defenses at 15. An attack that deals
more than 15 damage destroys the stone square(s)
it targeted. Anyone standing entirely on destroyed
squares of flooring drops into the stream automatically. Anyone standing partially on destroyed squares
of flooring is allowed a saving throw to avoid falling
into the stream.
Mists: Anyone standing in the mist-filled squares
can access the skill challenge. See SC1 below.
Ceiling: The ceiling of the cavern is 50 feet above
the floor.
Western Wall: Along the western wall is a vertical circle with short forks of lightning emerging
from the circumference. This is the portal to the
lich’s stronghold and “Grasp of the Mantled Citadel.”
Creatures within 5 squares of the portal can see a
shimmering image of the Forest of Twisted Souls in
Vaerothim (PCs who saw the tapestry in the Cavern
of Statues can make a DC 25 Perception check to
make the connection ), but the portal doesn’t work
without the key of betrayal, which is the Sword of Kas.
Southern Alcove: This disused alcove appears
to hold no more than rocky debris, but when Imrissa
dies, an illusion fades away and Arantor’s hoard is
revealed. Treasure parcels L, M, N, and O are here,
along with the Sword of Kas (described below). When
the illusion drops, Kas appears near the cavern
May
 player, 717 posts
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 02:39
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May telepaths to the team, "Well there's our tormented foe."

Timothius telepaths, "Those mysts are connected to Arantor's memories. If we could explore those before even picking a fight, we could probably save ourselves a lot of pain."

May telepaths, "If you guys are willing to wait, I can use my invisibility armor, sneak around, and collect all that info, then come back and share what I learn."

Raichel telepaths, "As long as Arantor doesn't notice us, you MAY as well."
Kyle
 player, 1442 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 02:47
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle nods, "At least you're tough enough to make it out of anything but essentially instant death. But considering the melodramatic nature of these caves, keep an eye out for such."
Mittens
 GM, 2166 posts
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 02:53
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"LOL!" Mits telepaths.

She's had lots of practice keeping her loud outbursts under control.

May soon discovers that entering the mists allows one to access the skill challenge...

This encounter works best when some players are
working on the skill challenge while others are fighting Arantor directly.
...the players will be constantly assessing whether their
characters are more useful in the actual battle or in
the skill challenge.


The Weight of Remorse Level 23
Skill Challenge XP 0*
Arantor’s past is a bloody one, full of carnage and slaughtered
innocents. Taking the faces of his victims and calling on his
remorse, you seek to distract, disable, or even turn his rage
against himself


The PCs hope to call upon Arantor’s conscience and sense of
remorse to help them defeat the dark lord and the Imrissa.
Complexity
3 (requires 8 successes before 3 failures).
Primary Skills
Bluff, Diplomacy, History, Insight.
Bluff (DC 22 standard action)
The PC spins stories about the lives of Arantor’s victims, playing up
their innocence and the tragedy of their undeserved slaughter.
Diplomacy (DC 22 standard action)
The PC begs and pleads with Arantor for mercy while playing the
role of the victim he or she resembles or attempts to call upon
Arantor’s decency and honor.
History (DC 27 standard action)
The PC recites a litany of the places and peoples ravaged by
Arantor in his time, allowing his or her allies to better tailor
their stories.
A successful History check also grants a +2 bonus to the next
Bluff or Diplomacy check.
Insight (DC 22 standard action)
The PC appeals to Arantor’s conscience and feelings of remorse,
slowly homing in on the correct path to take.
A successful check also reveals that a failed Intimidate check
enrages Arantor. A check result of 27 or higher grants a +2
bonus to the next check in the skill challenge.
Secondary Skills
Arcana or Religion, Intimidate.
Arcana or Religion (DC 14 0 successes, minor action)
The PC uses their extensive knowledge of the flow of magic or the
undead to discern the effects each check has had and steer their
allies accordingly.
Using these skills doesn’t count as a success or failure for
the challenge. Instead, the result grants a +2 bonus or –2
penalty to the next character’s check.
Intimidate (DC 22 1 success, standard action)
The PC uses their assumed faces to threaten Arantor with divine
judgment or to demand to know why they were attacked.
A failed check enrages Arantor, providing him with a +2 bonus
to attack rolls and a +6 bonus to damage rolls until the end
of the PC’s next turn.
Special
A character who has discovered Imrissa’s name and uses it
during this skill challenge gains a +2 bonus to all checks. If
Imrissa’s spirit is present, all PCs gain a +5 bonus to their
checks. These bonuses do not stack.
Success
Arantor guards himself against the influence of the Imrissa and
does not act on Imrissa’s turn until he uses shattered prison.
Each success has additional consequences as follows:
1st Success: The character deals 4d10 psychic damage to
Arantor.
2nd: Arantor takes a –1 penalty to attack rolls and all
defenses until the end of the encounter.
3rd: The character deals 4d10 psychic damage to Arantor.
4th: Arantor takes a –1 penalty to attack rolls and all
defenses until the end of the encounter, and betraying
breath recharges only on a 6 until Arantor uses shattered
prison.
5th: The character deals 4d10 psychic damage to Arantor.
6th: Arantor takes a –1 penalty to attack rolls and all
defenses until the end of the encounter.
7th: The character deals 4d10 psychic damage to Arantor.
8th: Arantor takes a –1 penalty to attack rolls and all
defenses until the end of the encounter, and Arantor does
not act on Imrissa’s turn until he uses shattered prison.
Failure
Imrissa retains some of its hold on Arantor despite the appeals
to his conscience. The effects already accrued remain, but
the skill challenge can no longer be accessed during this
encounter.

In general, Arantor will fight those PCs who fight
him. If a specific PC succeeds twice in a row on the
skill challenge, consider sending Arantor after that
PC specifically. On an instinctive level, Arantor
knows how crippling multiple successes can be, especially if they’re easy for the character to accomplish.
May
 player, 718 posts
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 03:07
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May returns to the others and quickly begins switching her armor back to her Dawn Warrior Armor and telepaths everything she felt, saw, heard... "I think if we all surprise the guy, we could really knock him down several pegs and put him on a more even playing field."

Raichel says, "So we all drink invis potions and carefully make our way to the mysts, then tell him how it is."

Timothius nods. "By the time he realizes what is going on, he will already be filled with remorse. And since these verbal assaults only hurt him because of his conscience... maybe I could call upon Pelor to make him unable to attack so he will simply sit there and take it from us until we attack?"

May paths, "We'll see. So far, the only downside is that to sneak up on him with this, we'll need to be clumped up for his breathe weapon. But I think we can handle that just fine."

After all; the group has resist 10 or higher of most everything and May has "haha I decided to save now" which triggers the cascade of save throws for most of the team.
Kyle
 player, 1443 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 03:14
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Mittens, it does need clarification that muppet based reenactments while amusing, will not fill them with emotional horror."  Or maybe it would due to contractual skill challenge DC results?  Probably for the best not to check.
Mittens
 GM, 2167 posts
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 03:25
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Challenge accepted," Mits paths back at Kyle, summoning a cute draconic sock-puppet.

She nods to May and paths, "Adding to a badguy's eternal torment in order to save the world!  Doesn't get much better than this!  Onward to adventure!"

Sip!  Disappear!  Sneak over to mist.  Wait for others to be ready.
Timothius
 GM, 925 posts
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 03:48
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius uses his insane levels of insight and gives a sorrowful look. He telepaths his insights to the team to help them out.

Having scouted ahead and soaked up the mysts earlier, May has an insight or two of her own. "As the child of a dragon, I look up to dragons like yourself! If I have the chance, I could become mighty and wise like a dragon!"

Raichel calls out in a voice that reminds Arantor of many of his victims, "What did any of us do to earn your ire?! Why would you hurt the innocent?"

Timothius calls out, "There is good in you, Arantor! If there wasn't, you would not be remorseful of your past deeds! Haven't you suffered enough? Break the curse and become good again!"


May insight: 22 success!
Rai diplomacy: 27 success!
Tim insight: 39 success and +2 to Kyle so he can auto-succeed.

4 successes if we count Kyle's auto-success. But will be up to him how he flavors it.

rolled 8d10 psychic damage for the three successes accrued from my characters:


Arantor HP: 819 - 40 = 779

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:50, Fri 24 Mar 2017.

Kyle
 player, 1444 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 03:55
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "In the battle of Rolanport, you ate fourty people. That's as many as four tens, and that's terrible." Thank you, tired memes.  They add extra psychic damage.
Mittens
 GM, 2168 posts
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 04:32
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
With each of the statements of the heroes, the dragon shrieks in torment!

Mittens is brandishing the sock puppet, but remains invisible.  "You killed Imrissa!  Your own daughter!  For the crime of showing you the error of your ways!  Now the champions of the pantheon are here for your reckoning!"

At the mention of his daughter's name, Arantor screams and grabs at his chest, as another skeletal dragon begins to claw out!

"Faaatherrr."



Mits intimidate out of spite: 31 success!

laser rolled 4d10 psychic damage for the 5th accrued success:


Arantor HP: 779-26 = 753 taking -2 to attacks and defenses.

Raichel
 player, 686 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 04:44
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel begins getting feral. While she speaks, her voice sounds more and more like her burning voice, "How many, Arantor?! How many suffered?! Do you even know their names?! Will anyone ever know their names?! Your nightmare is their requiem! And your daughter didn't amount to anything more than them in your eyes or you would have treated her different! Even now, your daughter cries out in hopes her name will not fade like the others!"

She is invisible, so it's not like anyone sees what she is becoming. But her team knows what she likely looks like at this point.


Standard: Rai Bluff: 22 success!
Minor: Blood Fury weapon make me count as bloodied
Minor: Razorclaw Shifting. +2 to speed, +1 AC and Reflex

Arantor now taking -3 to attacks and defenses

Arantor
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 04:59
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Imrissa?!  I..."

Arantor lets out a bone-rattling roar and flies over to the heroes!

"YOU!"

As he shouts, a black fire spews out of his mouth over the heroes!

Listen Perception DC
Normal conversation 10

Arantor Perception +19.  Is able to guess the squares where the invis PCs are.

May
 player, 719 posts
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 05:11
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May steps forward and draws her Sunblade Scimitar. The dragon feels a particularly painful strike of radiance as the half-dragon kobold appears before him. "Just remember: The more you hurt my friends, the more painful I will make this for you."

Arantor can recognize the draconic fury and determination in May's eyes as she looks completely unharmed by the dragon's attack.


Move: To Arantor
Standard: Strike of the Watchful Guard v Arantor. Hit(35)!
 dmg: 50 (figured in the radiant vulnerability)
 Effect: Whenever Arantor shifts or attacks an ally, May gets
  a free basic MAYlee on him.
Minor: Defiant Shield. +2 May's defenses and Immune forced movement.


Arantor HP: 753 - 50 = 703
Kyle
 player, 1445 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 05:23
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  This particular group of people has really changed Kyle's personal views on how cute rows of sharp teeth are (Very).

  "So, I don't even really need to say anything to know a mere look of disapproval will remind you of past events."  The Clockwork eye furrows it's spring unibrow in distaste at the mean old dragon.  As Kyle high fives Raichel into a state of heightened probability  of ass kicking.

OOC: Skill challenge: success number 7. 14 psychic DMG.
Luck Sigil for Rai. +1 hit, +8 DMG rolls all encounter.
ACTION Point: Punishing Eye. Which now is up to 8 Psychic DMG when triggered.

703-14=689

This message was last edited by the player at 05:25, Fri 24 Mar 2017.

Mittens
 GM, 2169 posts
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 05:32
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The dragon staggers and roars angrily from May and Kyle's attacks!

The cute dragon sock puppet appears to talk to Arantor.  "Father?  Why?  Why must you imprison my memory here?  Unable to move on to Bahamut's realm?  Isn't it enough that you killed me?"

"RRRAAARGH!"

Arantor grabs hold of the skull of the dragon emerging from his ribcage.

"Dooon't listen to theeem, faaa..."
SNAP!  Arantor rips the skull free, throws it to the ground, and crushes it beneath his foot!  The smaller skeleton falls limp!

Mits flies up out of the mist, still invisible.



Maximum penalty reached!
8th: Arantor takes a –1 penalty to attack rolls and all
defenses until the end of the encounter, and Arantor does
not act on Imrissa’s turn until he uses shattered prison.

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:35, Fri 24 Mar 2017.

Timothius
 GM, 926 posts
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 06:13
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius shivers a bit, but heads forward. He bursts with radiance, making Arantor weaker! Then summons brilliant chains of light that bind him! Then he begins drawing ichor from the dragon into his blood-pouch.

Meanwhile, as predicted, all it takes is the eye glaring in disappointment a few times.


Tim resists 10 of the 15 cold ongoing and thus takes 5 cold dmg
Move: Closer to Arantor
ACTION POINT! Tim gains +4 to non-dmg attacks until the end of his turn.
Standard: Chains of Blazing Light v Arantor. Hit(38)!
 Arantor is dazed and will take 11 extra radiant dmg from next dmging attack.
 EYE OF DISAPPOINTMENT! Arantor takes 8 psychic dmg.
Standard: Penance of Blood v Arantor. Hit(35)!
 Hit: Arantor gains vulnerable 5 to all attacks.
 Effect: Until the end of the encounter, all vuln Tim causes is increased by 7.
 EYE OF DISAPPOINTMENT! Arantor takes 8 psychic dmg.
Minor: Solar Enemy.
 Effect: Arantor's vulnerability to radiant increases by 12 (5+7)
Save throw: 3. Fail.


Tim HP: 121 - 5 = 116
Arantor HP: 689 - 16 = 673

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:14, Fri 24 Mar 2017.

Raichel
 player, 687 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 06:13
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel appears, but is now a raichu version of herself and a burning effigy of lightning that appears translucent. "Feel the pain." She spews huge bolts of lightning at Arantor that tear bones off of him!

When she is through, Arantor is sparking with lightning and twitching at random.


Minor: Empty Body. Raichel is now insubstantial and phasing.
Minor: Lightning in the Blood. Rai now deals +1 die on lightning attacks.
Standard: Lightning Daggers v Arantor. Hit(46)!
 dmg: 79
 Effect: Can repeat this attack as a free action once per round on Rai's turn.
 EYE OF DISAPPOINTMENT! Arantor takes 8 psychic dmg.
ACTION POINT! Rai does 8 lightning dmg to Arantor
Standard: Bolt of Power v Arantor. Hit(40)!
 dmg: 98
 EYE OF DISAPPOINTMENT! Arantor takes 8 psychic dmg.


Arantor HP: 673 - 79 - 98 - 16 = 480

This message was last edited by the player at 06:19, Fri 24 Mar 2017.

Arantor
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 06:31
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Arantor slashes and chomps at Timothius and May!

"You cannot destroy me, my torment is eternal!"

He follows up with another flurry of attacks!

"You'll never understand why I had to do what I did!"
May
 player, 720 posts
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 06:42
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May growls, "I don't have to understand why to know that what you did was WRONG!" WHACK! This warrior sure hits hard. "We have seen souls used as fuel for vessels! We have felled exarch after exarch! You are no different and you will fall! Whether you resurrect to suffer more makes no difference to us!"


Standard: Appalling Crunch v Arantor. Hit(40)!
 dmg: 65
 EYE OF DISAPPOINTMENT! Arantor takes 8 psychic dmg.


Arantor HP: 360 - 65 - 8 = 287

Kyle
 player, 1446 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 06:54
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Regardless of your actions or torment, you are most of all in the way of more important business." He toughens up May, and then toughens her up some more with radiant resistance that doesn't even do anything this fight.

  Kyle wonders if the time to set that up will be a moot point, given how his friends have put their blender settings to liquefy.
Mittens
 GM, 2170 posts
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 07:04
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits flies into flanking with May.

"Rebuke Undead!" she announces, dramatically shooting a blast of light out of the mouth of her Imrissa puppet against Arantor!

The attack disintegrates several bits of the monster!  Arantor roars in agony from the onslaught of the heroes!

"Just a thought, everyone.  I'm thinking we should probably hold onto some of our big guns for the inevitable betrayal of Kas, and the exarch fight afterward."




feat: channel divinity means crit on 18+

5*10+20 +7 pelor blessing +4 crimson determination +5 radiant staff +1 class feature +8 kyle daily +12+15 timo and monster radiant vuln +5d6 crit dice +2d6 executioner bracer

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:23, Fri 24 Mar 2017.

Timothius
 GM, 927 posts
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 07:16
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "Whatever your reasons, you are right to regret. It is currently the only good in you. But let that good grow, and maybe your torment can end..."

He waves a hand to Arantor and the dragon begins experiencing his own daughter's death all over again!

Timothius closes his eyes and regenerates to be good as new. "Right. Exarch fight. I would like to believe Khas won't betray us, but..."


Tim resists 10 of the 15 ongoing cold. So he takes 5 cold dmg.
 THP: 60 - 5 = 55
Minor: Bastion of Health: Heal for 69 hp
Standard: Break the Spirit v Arantor. Hit()!
 dmg: 54
 EYE OF DISAPPOINTMENT! Arantor takes 8 psychic dmg.


Tim HP: 65 + 69 = FULL HP 129+55
Arantor HP: 140 - 54 - 8 = 78

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:17, Fri 24 Mar 2017.

Raichel
 player, 688 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 07:26
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel fires another bolt of lightning at Arantor, downing him before he can get another word in. Her voice and self still on fire, "Khas has no reason to betray us."

Notably, she doesn't turn back to normal yet.


Free: Lightning Daggers. Miss(31)
Standard: Lightning Strike v Arantor. Hit(40)!
 dmg: 80


Arantor HP: 78 - 80 = -2

reminder for chris
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 07:27
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Shattered Prison (when Arantor drops to 0 or fewer hit points)
Arantor’s corpse cracks open and releases Imrissa, who
continues to fight. She is large instead of huge, has 234
hit points, does not benefit from two souls, can move
normally, and only uses powers that can be used on
Imrissa’s turn.
Imrissa
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 02:34
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Faaatherrr," the voice from earlier groans.

The shattered skull of the smaller dragon re-assembles on the neck bones of the skeleton crawling out of the larger dragon's rib cage.

"The judges must be made to understand the accused."

Imrissa attacks the heroes with a psychic breath weapon!  It then glares at Mits, eye sockets flashing!
May
 player, 721 posts
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 02:46
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May grits her teeth and roars like a dragon, pushing the daze out of herself from sheer determination and says, "Alright... so he found it hard to act normally unless he betrayed someone? COME HERE!"

Imrissa is suddenly forced to go to May and gets slapped across the face with the radiant blade! "Or are you saying he was under a compulsion and couldn't help himself? Explain with words!"


Superior Will: 11 success! No longer dazed.
Standard: Come and Get It! Hit(35)!
 dmg: 19+15 vuln
 EYE OF DISAPPOINTMENT! Arantor takes 8 psychic dmg.


Imrissa HP: 234 - 34 - 8 = 192

Kyle
 player, 1447 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 02:54
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May instinctively knows to dramatically open her mouth at this time Kyle triggers the secondary powers granted by her seemingly useless radiant resistance.

A glowing sword pops out of her mouth like the most violent raspberry.  The sword of course, shoots a laser right through one of Imrissa's eye sockets and burns a hole out the back of her skull.

Shame about the undead lich thing or that might have actually been fatal.
Mittens
 GM, 2171 posts
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 03:00
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Good questions, May."

Mits flies into flanking.  Upon seeing the laserbeam charging, she pulls out a mirror and holds it out behind the dragon's skull.  The beam blasts back through another part of the skull and out the front!

"EPIC!"
Timothius
 GM, 928 posts
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 03:12
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "She is not Imrissa. The real Imrissa is likely with the Platinum Dragon now. This is just the echo of a tortured father's memories. Her words will be meaningless excuses."

A giant reaper of divine energy appears in Timothius' hands and he swings at a barely visible cord. "In the name of all that is good, I free you."


Standard: Sever the Source.
 Causes vulnerable 17. Which is increased by 7 due to penance of blood.

Raichel
 player, 689 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 03:19
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel's finger twitches and another huge beam of lightning spews from her like an electrical geyser and rips bones apart while disintegrating others. Her burning voice demands, "Answerrrr..." as she clearly stays her hand just long enough for the dragon to at least have one last word before it is vanquished.


Free: Lightning Daggers. Hit(35)!
 dmg: 80
Standard: Didn't really bother.


Imrissa: 85 - 80 = 5

Mittens
 GM, 2172 posts
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 03:26
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The skeletal dragon's eyes glow, preparing for another attack as it monologues:

"Until you have deeply hurt someone you love, you'll never understand..."

Meanwhile the laser from earlier taps Mittens on the shoulder.  "I uh... got lost in those tunnels.  It's like the very walls themselves betray you.  How do I get outta here?"

Mits looks over to the talking laser, blinking in a little surprise.  "Oh.  Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right."

The laser nods and shoots through Imrissa multiple times, at one point popping out of the disapproving eye, then finally disappears into the mists.

The dracolich screams and explodes into flowers and sparkles!
Raichel
 player, 690 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 03:35
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Keeping up her burning, Raichel says, "Your answer is correct. I will never understand."

She calls out, "KHAS! The dragon is vanquished... come, let us use your key and together be done with this place!"

May is keeping a sharp eye out.

Timothius says a small prayer over the fallen foe. "Let us keep ever watchful that we do, in fact, never come to understand Arantor."
Kyle
 player, 1448 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 03:50
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Now that was one laser with a real sense of professionalism.  Kyle so proud.

  "So yes, good call on saving our attacks that actually matter.  As it is, even the ones I basically never use for how situational they are feel wasted."
Mittens
 GM, 2173 posts
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 03:57
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Southern Alcove: This disused alcove appears
to hold no more than rocky debris, but when Imrissa
dies, an illusion fades away and Arantor’s hoard is
revealed. Treasure parcels L, M, N, and O are here,
along with the Sword of Kas (described below).

Mits flies over to check it out.

Sword of Kas* Epic Level
The Sword of Kas was created by Vecna for his lieutenant. Kas
rewarded his former master by using it to cut off Vecna’s
hand and gouge out his eye. The Sword offers great power
to any who grasp it, but wielders end up betraying what
they love most.
The Sword of Kas is a +5 vicious short sword with the following
properties and powers

Visual:  http://www.wizards.com/global/...rtoc_402_pic3_en.jpg

Mits magically levitates the sword closer to herself to take a closer look.

"So this thing is powerful enough to sever off the hand of a god...  Nifty!"


Weapon: short sword
Enhancement: +5 attack rolls and damage rolls
Critical: +5d12 damage.
Property: The Sword of Kas deals 2d10 extra damage against
allies and former allies.
Property: Whenever an attack with the Sword of Kas reduces
a target to 0 hit points or fewer, you gain concealment until
the end of your next turn.
Property: If you attack Vecna, a servant of Vecna, a cultist
of Vecna, or any other creature working directly to serve
Vecna’s ends, you deal 5 extra damage on a hit.
Property: When you take the total defense action or use your
second wind, you gain a +5 item bonus to all defenses until
the start of your next turn.
Property: The Sword of Kas is initially invisible to everyone
but the creature possessing it. You gain combat advantage
against melee targets when using it until you successfully
hit, at which point the weapon becomes visible to
everyone. The Sword of Kas turns invisible again after being
sheathed for a short rest (or for 5 minutes).
Power (Encounter): Free Action. When you would pull or push
a target, you slide the target the same distance instead.
Power (Daily • Poison, Radiant): Free Action. When you hit
with the Sword of Kas, the target takes ongoing 15 poison
damage (save ends). If the attack is made against an undead creature, it instead takes ongoing 15 radiant damage
(save ends). Saving throws made to end this effect take a -2
penalty.
*The Sword of Kas is fully described in Open Grave, page 44.

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:01, Sat 25 Mar 2017.

May
 player, 722 posts
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 04:06
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May looks over to Kyle. "Thanks, by the way. For using me to shoot lasers out my mouth. That was cool." If this were Seth, May would have shot lasers from her butt.

And then an outline where she was standing as she materializes in front of Mittens to stare at the sword. "Oooo..." she wiggles her fingers at it, pauses, then looks at Mittens with a "waaaait" expression and says, "...why are you using mage hand to handle it instead of touching it?"

Timothius says, "Divine artifacts are not the kind of thing to take lightly, for starters."

Raichel finally turns back to normal and rests. "I'm surprised Arantor was granted the comfort of owning a hoard. Still, we should loot it; this stuff will help us in the future."
Kyle
 player, 1449 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 04:13
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle's class name kicks in.  "It's one of those artifact loophole technicalities.  While it's certainly beyond what the average enchanted blade is capable of, it's actual usage as strictly a weapon is... Well, not nearly as impressive in most cases.  Without a habit of attacking former co-workers, at least."  Most certainly not worth the trouble of vague promises of betraying what you love, with no mechanical backing.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:15, Sat 25 Mar 2017.

Mittens
 GM, 2174 posts
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 04:28
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits nods.  "Yeah.  As fun as it would be to swing this thing around, it's been tainted with the dark energies of Vecna.  Last thing I need is images of that bone-head haunting my dreams.  Among other potential annoyances associated with touching this sword."

Confrontation with Kas
As mentioned in encounter C9, Kas appears at the
entrance to the lower cavern shortly after one of the
PCs takes the Sword of Kas from Arantor’s hoard.
Time Kas’s appearance so that the PCs are closer to
the portal than Kas is. It’s not entirely fair to put a
level 26 solo between the PCs and safety—especially
after they just fought a level 25 solo.

(Meh.  This group could totally handle it.)

Kas isn’t exactly a creature of subtlety. He wants
his sword, he wants it now, and no wet-behind-the-ears mortal interlopers are going to keep it from him.
“We have our bargain, mortals!” Kas says. “Surrender my
sword to me now, and I may … may … let you ascend to the
surface.”


Mits can't help but ask.  "Just so we're clear.  You want us to HAND it over?  Get it?!"

In the likely event the PCs don’t immediately hand
over the sword, Kas gets angrier. His desire to be
reunited with his sword is clouding his judgment, so
he’s being neither diplomatic nor particularly clever
in his handling of the situation.

“Fools! You are mere worms; I could take that sword from
you, then bathe it in your blood. You cannot betray me!
That’s .. unthinkable folly!”


Mits checks a checkmark in her journal.  "Thanks."
Timothius
 GM, 929 posts
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 04:41
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "We're leaving. If you want to come, we won't break our word. If you want to wine like a child, that's your prerogative, but I'd prefer you act your age."

May says, "I thought you were such a cool guy..."

Raichel places her hands on her cheeks in a girly pose and has a mock-surprise look as she says, "Khas the Betrayer? Turning on the heroes? It's this place and the sword. He has been here too long and the sword seems to control him like a puppet. Let's go like Timothius said."

Timothius leads the way to the portal.
Kyle
 player, 1450 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 04:45
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle is to little surprise, more disappointed in Kas's breakdown of professionalism than the actual intent to attack them over a difference of five seconds.

  "Honestly, the only reason we care about your sword in the slightest is it's function as a key.  Even if you were not here, we would discard it some manner rather than keep it."
Mittens
 GM, 2175 posts
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 05:44
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
If Kas weren't bound by script, he'd be accepting the extremely generous offer right now.

Then Kas jumps down from the ledge and starts
walking toward the PCs, but he does so slowly. All the
while, he talks about the dark things he and his sword
will accomplish if reunited. Improvise here, but watch
that Kas doesn’t slip into Gollumesque “my precious”
parody.

“Give me my sword, for I have dark designs that extend
beyond this dreary prison. All that you’ve seen so far is
prologue. Give it to me, and I’ll let you live long enough
to see my triumph!”

The lich from earlier giggles and makes his appearance.  "Oh I'm looking forward to that."

Mits opens the gateway with the sword.  "All aboard the portal wagon!  And no need to talk reason into the crazy evil guy or the lich trapped in this prison."
May
 player, 723 posts
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 05:47
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Tim and Rai pretty much leave without another word. Crazy person is crazy and reasoning with him is no longer an option.

May keeps herself between Khas and the heroes. Once everyone is through, May waves happily at him and hops through the portal.
Kyle
 player, 1451 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 05:52
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Maybe you'll figure out just why all of a sudden you were successful after such a long wait, sooner rather than later..."  Though Kyle expects he would not have a chance to MAYBE see Kas realize not being a huge asshole gets things done, if not for Kyle's recent ageless status.

  Kyle can't decide if it is a good thing or bad thing he is opting to refrain from glowing neon purple liquid parting shots.
Mittens
 GM, 2176 posts
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 06:02
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Make sure that the PCs have ample time to gather
Arantor’s treasure and any fallen comrades. If they
move toward the portal, that’s good—Kas certainly
makes no move to stop them. He’s focused totally on
obtaining the sword and doesn’t realize that he’s practically goading the characters to abscond with it. Only
when the first PC disappears through the portal will
Kas realize what’s happened.
“No! You cannot leave with my sword! The betrayer cannot
be betrayed! Come back, you fools!”


Mits does have a parting shot for Kas.  "Neener neener neener!"



Plot warp!

If you are using “Grasp of the Mantled Citadel” as
a direct sequel to “Betrayal at Monadhan, ” read:
The dragon lord Arantor lies dead, and his treasure hidden
now lies at your feet. Chief among the many treasures you
have recovered is the Sword of Kas; with this fell blade you
can activate the lightning-framed portal on the west wall.
Beyond lies Vaerothim and the culmination of your quest.


Before the PCs activate the portal, they can make any
preparations they deem necessary (which depending on recent events may include dealing with an
extremely angry Kas) before activating the portal.
When the characters look into the portal, read:
The portal holds a wavering, indistinct image of a rocky
knoll surrounded by the boughs of a great forest. Three
leafless trees stand upon the knoll.


To activate the portal, a character must complete
the Planar Portal ritual while holding the Sword of
Kas. Doing so opens the portal safely. If no one in the
group can perform the Planar Portal ritual, all is not
lost. A DC 14 Arcana check reveals that the Sword of
Kas itself has the power to open the portal. To do so,
the wielder must plunge the sword into the portal.
Doing so drains two healing surges from the wielder
until the character takes an extended rest.

When the heroes activate the portal, read:
Crackling energy surges about the portal as the barriers
between the planes is ripped asunder. The smell of burning
fills the air as lightning arcing from the portal wreathes
the Sword of Kas in a blinding halo of light that fades and
dissipates after a few moments.


When the PCs step through the portal, they are transported to a hilltop in the Forest of Twisted Souls.

You stand within a teleportation circle atop a rocky knoll
surrounded by the skeletal boughs of a vast forest. Three
forlorn, sickly, leafless tress stand upon the knoll. Dark
clouds hang motionless overhead.


https://s-media-cache-ak0.pini...523d1c3a5d950afe.jpg
Raichel
 player, 691 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 06:15
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "Well at least the scenery isn't worse than what we just came from." as if to demonstrate, he takes in a big, deep breath and smiles.

May is slouching and annoyed. "Grumble grumble, forced to be mindless because of a WEAPON grumble grumble... forced to go back on our word because he's a nutjob grumble grumble..."

Raichel pets May's hair and says, "Consider Khas to be in storage. We'll retrieve him later when he behaves and we aren't stripped for time."
Kyle
 player, 1452 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 06:23
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "A weapon made by a huge jerk, for a huge jerk May.  Still, I somehow expected better of them.  I clearly need more practice with optimism."  That said, he's glad Timothius is getting over his most emo depths and back to functional kitty who knows how to smile.
Mittens
 GM, 2177 posts
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 06:36
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"For the record, I was not cool with teaming up with a lich, much less a demigod of undeath.  Was only pretending to be enjoy that amazing adventure into backstab land.  ...Mostly."

One round after the heroes appear on the knoll, the
blackroot treant lumbers forth to do battle.

<Elven>"Death to the living!"</Elven>

https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/...326_4237d8e8be_b.jpg

Mits blink-blinks.  "Zombie tree.  Novel."
May
 player, 724 posts
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 06:47
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius replies, <Elven>"Life to the dead! And by the way, most of this group speaks common."</Elven>

May holds up her Staggering Singing Stick and says, "Blahblah I don't know what you said, but unless you understand common, this probably sounds just as dramatic to you!"

Raichel says, "Can an undead treant even experience fear? I doubt it, but we can give it a try."
Kyle
 player, 1453 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 06:51
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle has a couple more levels to go until flight and universal translate, yes.  "I'm sure it's halfway intelligent enough to think it can appreciate fear in others.  Though I doubt their status of living vs undead matters to most who do not see it as a sign of 'use more lasers'".
Mittens
 GM, 2178 posts
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 07:00
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"ZAP!" Mittens answers.

Her lasers create what appear to be super-heavy weights on the treant's legs.

"If we back up a bit, we'll get some free ranged attacks in before it can retaliate."
Raichel
 player, 692 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 05:44
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel powers up via her blood fury weapon as usual and then the clouds above swirl around an opening in the sky. The next thing the group sees is the treant beginning to levitate into the air several feet before a laser shoots down on the treant in a brilliant flash of light! The treant is now on the ground.

Rather than ask a question like "did I do that?" out loud, Raichel simply goes with it. This sort of thing happens with Mitts all the time, so in Rai's mind, maybe her epic destiny is to become as cool as her older sister was during paragon.

But the timing is PERFECT, considering she JUST stated they should find out of undead treants can experience fear.


Minor, Minor: Ye olde Blood Fury, Razor Shifting combo
Standard: Thunderstroke v Treant. CRIT(47)!
 dmg: 125


Treant HP: 336 - 125 = 211

May
 player, 725 posts
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 05:50
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May's shoulder crossbow pops up, but May has her jaw dropped for two seconds. Then the crossbow twangs, sending an arrow off in the treant's direction while May stays frozen. "Good shot, Raichel!" she says with a grin and thumbs up. "I'm not getting close to that thing if I can help it, but I'll keep it from you guys."


Maysic Ranged v Treant. Miss(29)
Kyle
 player, 1454 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 05:54
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle is not for the first time, jealous of the capacity for raw firepower his friends have.

  Good think he can settle for a capacity of spite, as he fires off a packet of by now familiar dust at the fallen tree... It smells closer to a fresh pine forest than a zombie tree does, at least.

  "So, important scientific adventuring note.  Undead Treeants. Not immune to poisons."

  This said, he checks May's crossbow (and toughens her up).
Timothius
 GM, 930 posts
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 06:08
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May smiles over her shoulder up at Kyle in response to his checking her crossbow. "Thanks!"

Even as Timothius sprouts wings and turns into his white-furred form, he says, "Sorry for lack of translation. He said death to the living. I said life to the dead. Then informed him we speak common. Doubt that will matter to him."

He then does a prayer pose and a gust comes from him in all directions, alongside the sound of a choir singing a chord. When he opens his eyes, he and his allies now feel lighter and more energetic.


Minor: Manifest wings.
Standard: Adjure the Chosen
 Effect: The heroes all gain +2 to speed, attacks, and dmg and can crit on 18-20.

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:09, Sun 26 Mar 2017.

Narrator
 player, 1036 posts
 For narrating
 and convenience
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 06:25
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The treant stands back up then zombie walks toward the heroes.  <Elven>"I don't speak Common.  Your rotting flesh shall be fertilizer to my roots!"</Elven>

Did I forget to include this flavor bit?
A huge, leafless tree strides from the forest. Patches of bright
green moss cover much of its vast trunk, and it swings two
huge branches from side to side. It moves with malign
purpose toward you.


In any case, two new monsters arrive:
Two beings carved from hunks of basaltic rock suddenly
appear among you. The two platemail-clad knights heft
their greatswords and attack!


These monsters speak Common. "There is no escaping Irfelujhar!"
Mittens
 GM, 2179 posts
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 06:35
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"IrFELujhar!" Mittens sneezes, lasers shooting out her nose at the enemy!

"Awesome hit there, Rai!  ...something something tree or lightning pun."

She blushes and floats 20' up.
May
 player, 726 posts
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 06:50
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May says, "Yay! You speak common! ....who is Irfelujhar?"

She hops forward, finding she is getting more use from her sunblade lately, and whacks the two new guys silly, bloodying both!


Inexorable Advance v B1, B2. CRIT(51)! Hit(41)!
 dmg to B1: 61
 dmg to B2: 46


B1 HP: 132 - 61 = 71
B2 HP: 132 - 46 = 86

Raichel
 player, 693 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 07:03
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Raichel says, "And who said we're here to escape? We came here on purpose!" then becomes a lightning bolt and shoots through all the present enemies before materializing next to her bro.


Spark Form v B1, Treant, B2. Hit(35)! Hit(35)! CRIT(47)!
 dmg to B1 and Treant: 42
 dmg to B2: 101


Treant HP: 183 - 44 = 139
B1 HP: 71 - 44 = 27
B2 HP: 86 - 101 = toast

Kyle
 player, 1455 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 07:11
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Well, thanks for softening them up for my hits to matter."  Don't sell your At-Wills (Specifically At-Wills) having +20 Damage before situational modifiers short.

  Because that means Kyle punches pretty hard these days, compared to the average person.  Which is more than enough to cave the undead knight's helmet through it's face and out the back of their skull.
Timothius
 GM, 931 posts
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 07:17
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says in elven, "Doesn't look that way at all from where we're standing. You will soon be fertilizer yourself... and thus help new life to sprout."

The treant then has visions of its remains being the cradle of a new life!


Break the Spirit v Treant. Hits(36)!
 dmg: 45


Treant HP: 139 - 45 = 94

Mittens
 GM, 2180 posts
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 07:27
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The treant lumbers closer then attacks May!

<E>"Undead make for terrible fertilizer!"</E>

It's unable to do anything to May.  Mits woots!  "Epic punch!"

She swings at the tree and a laser fist punches the tree!
May
 player, 727 posts
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 07:34
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May says, "Woo! Atta boy, Kyle!"

Raichel says, "You say you aren't much, Kyle, but try telling that to people next time when I tell them you shattered an undead rockman's head with your fist."

May then whacks the treant, slaying it. "Looks like you BARKED up the wrong TREE!"


Appalling Crunch v Treant. Hits(41)!
 dmg: 40


Treant HP: 37 - 40 = done

Kyle
 player, 1456 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 07:41
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "The 'by comparison' gives, and the 'by comparison' takes.  Still, most are not lucky enough to be compared to any of you in the first place in any positive light."  Wow, I heard Kyle punches as hard as a Kobold girl!... Wait, am I praising him or mocking him?
Mittens
 GM, 2181 posts
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 07:53
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"We're all becoming more amazing.  At everything.  But I'll occasionally blank on a good jab.  Thanks for the save, sis!"

Oops!  The GM missed that there was supposed to be a trap in this encounter.

Venomous Tree Level 24 Blaster
Trap XP 6,050
The branches of the twisted trees writhe menacingly in the still
air. A cloud of green and white energy forms above the trees
before hurtling downward.

Trap: One or more living creatures beyond the bounds of
the teleportation circle on the knoll awaken the twisted
spirit of the trees. Fell energies coil about the trees. When
the trees awake, each contributes a strand of energy to a
writhing mass of green and white energy forming above
the trees which then lances downward to strike the visible
character farthest away from the teleportation circle.
Perception
DC 28: The character notices the tree branches stir slightly
although the air is still.
DC 32: The character spots motes of green and white energy
coiling around the trees’ branches.
Initiative +8
Trigger
When a living creature exits the teleportation circle or
otherwise reaches the top of the knoll.
Attack
Standard Action Ranged 8
Targets: One creature
Attack: +27 vs. Will
Hit: 4d6 + 8 poison damage and target weakened (save ends).
Countermeasures
The trap is disabled when all the trees are destroyed or their
connection to the energy cloud is severed. An adjacent
character can sever a tree’s connection to the cloud with a
DC 35 Thievery check or a DC 32 Arcana check. A character
can attack a tree (AC 32, other defenses 28; hp 90)

"Boy.  This is one Angry Orchard.  Alakazam."

Mits wiggles her fingers at the magical cloud.

Mits arcana: 28.  Just need two aid-others.
Raichel
 player, 694 posts
 Lightning Reflexes
 50,000 volts worth
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 18:00
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"It's a trap!" says Admiral Ackbar. Whether that was one of Mitts' crazy illusions or a helpful angel trying to warn the heroes, we may never know.

Raichel gives Kyle an "I suppose" smile, shrugs, and hugs him. "It doesn't matter to me how powerful any one of us are... well... except that it matters we have the capacity to stop evil and survive. I just don't want anyone in our group feeling left out or like a 5th wheel."

May says, "Ooo... magic! Wasn't there some wooji-wooji thingy you did that one time that would help now? Was it back in the shadofell or..." May gets lost in thought.

Timothius looks at the trees like what May is talking about is at the very tip of his tongue.

Raichel says, "I remember! There was a sigil that looked like a fist!" and points out where Mittens should put the fist-sigil.


May arcana: 13 (Rolled a 1)
Tim arcana: 14 (Rolled a 2)
Rai arcana: 19 (Rolled a 9! Wooo!)

Kyle
 player, 1457 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 30 Mar 2017
at 04:24
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  It was the actual Ackbar, duh.

  As for the ancient mysteries of arcane secrets?  Kyle hands Mittens a cheat sheet.

  Though, the notes on how to perform arcane gestures with puppets over your hands seem more recent.

  "While I'm aware I'm keeping things moving more smoothly than they would without me, I'd gladly take feeling like a 5th wheel over those first few days." nonstop barely healing people enough so they don't die while people think you are a grumpy pants for not wanting them to die.  Yeah, Module one was rough.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:45, Thu 30 Mar 2017.

Mittens
 GM, 2182 posts
Thu 30 Mar 2017
at 04:31
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Thanks!"

A strange looking puppet slurps up the thundercloud then vanishes, the threat averted.  (( http://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/151718478063-0-1/s-l1000.jpg ))

"Now maybe we can take a breather."

Mits sits and has a snack, offering some noms to the others..
Timothius
 GM, 932 posts
Thu 30 Mar 2017
at 04:57
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Rai isn't satisfied with that answer, but figures it will have to do for now.

Timothius responds to Kyle's statement with, "Experience can be a harsh teacher, yes. Mittens, I want that puppet." Timothius than noms a snack while it is in Mitts' hand. "Fankf"

Raichel bumps shoulders with Mittens and takes a biiiiig, deep breath before smiling, accepting a snack from Mitts, and nomming.

May examines her shoulder crossbow to see what Kyle did to it, if anything, but then gets distracted with admiring all of her weapons. <3

May stabs a snack with her rapier in order to use said weapon as her utensil. "Thanks!"

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:15, Thu 30 Mar 2017.

Kyle
 player, 1458 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 30 Mar 2017
at 05:12
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  May checks her crossbow and knows Kyle checked her crossbow, through the common bond of checking crossbows.

  "Not harsh enough to stop any of us just yet though, fortunately."

  He nods to Mittens's offer, "Thank you."  Manners come and go for Kyle.
Mittens
 GM, 2183 posts
Thu 30 Mar 2017
at 05:36
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"You're welcome!"  =^.^=

Mittens side-glomps Rai, tosses Timo the asked-for plushie, ponders her astral seed, and grins.

"In Mittens' Land, there will be a carnival where you can go and re-live the experiences of the Heroes of the World.  We'll be able to re-live those first few days with the luxuries of candied apples and overwhelming power to make those reincarnated baddies regret ever giving us the experience we needed to become what we are today."


But the kidnapping victim who died before the heroes arrived will still be dead.  Maybe.  Or there'll be a system where you get to build your own custom missions...  And thus began the train of thoughts that led to Mittens Prime to create the City of Heroes world.

"But that'll have to wait for another day.  Let's see what we can learn about this place..."

Clearly
visible in the distance is another rocky knoll. Atop
that knoll, a huge outcropping of black rock rises
up almost to the low, dark clouds. Between the two
knolls stands the warped, skeletal boughs of the
Forest of Twisted Souls.

If the heroes wish, they can take an extended rest
atop this knoll without fear of wandering monsters.

rituaL fraGMentS
Several ritual fragments borne on the wind swirl
through the area where this encounter takes place.

Wisps of smoke coil about the tree and the stench of
burning hangs thickly in the air.


A swirling cloud of small
sticks, bits of moss, and so on tumbles across the ground.


("use the rules presented in Ritual Fragments
on page 57."  *Looks at page 57.*  Not there.  *Uses ctrl-F*
"...on page 67."  Not there.
"...page 57"  "58"  "12" ...)

Ritual Fragments (Page 53)
The Forest of Twisted Souls is literally brimming
with magical energy created as a byproduct of Irfelujhar’s work on creating Tiamat’s ritual. Fragments of
rituals—appearing as wisps of smoke and sparkling
motes of iridescent light—swirl through the forest
containing miniscule amounts of power, which those
encountering them can utilize.
Most inhabitants of the forest are aware of the
ritual fragments and make use of them in battle if
appropriate. Wild animals, unthinking brutes, and
constructs do not attempt to activate ritual fragments.

Identifying a Fragment: A character with line
of sight to a ritual fragment can spend a free action
to make a DC 24 skill check of the appropriate type.
A character identifying a fragment knows the likely
result of its activation and can attempt to activate it. A
character who knows the ritual from which the fragment derives automatically identifies the fragment.

Ritual fragments are not shown on the tactical
maps for the forest. Anyone who can see at least six
squares in any direction has line of sight to any given
fragment.

Activating a Fragment: A character with line
of sight to an identified ritual fragment can spend a
minor action to attempt a DC 29 skill check of the
appropriate type.

A character who knows the ritual from which the
fragment derives gains a +2 bonus to activate it.

The Forest of
Twisted Souls Lore
A character knows the following information about
the Forest of Twisted Souls with a successful Nature
check. Additionally, any character that draws upon
the primal power source feels a great sense of loneliness and sorrow while in the forest.
DC 24: The Twisted Forest is the warped remnant of a forest that stood about the Mantled Citadel
before Irfelujhar moved his lair to Vaerothim. The
many spirits of nature that should dwell in the forest
have disappeared. It is unclear whether they were
destroyed or are imprisoned elsewhere. In their place,
haunted spirits of sentient creatures inhabit the trees.
The strongest of these spirits bestow strange powers
to the trees they possess.
DC 29: Fragments of rituals—power discarded by
Irfelujhar in his work—swirl through the forest. Characters encountering them can gain access to various
minor effects if a fragment is successfully activated.

SettinG
This adventure takes place in Vaerothim, a demiplane linked to the Shadowfell through a portal deep
within Monadhan, the Domain of Betrayal. When
the PCs first enter Vaerothim, they must traverse the
benighted Forest of Twisted Souls before reaching
the Mantled Citadel.

adventurinG  
in the ShadowfeLL  
and vaerothiM
The Shadowfell is a reflection of the natural world,
darkly cast and twisted. It is also the initial destination
of souls just loosed from their bodies. The following
are the planar traits for the Shadowfell and Vaerothim,
a demiplane linked to the Shadowfell through Monadhan. More information on the plane can be found in
the Manual of the Planes supplement.
Shadowfell Traits
Type: Parallel plane.
Size and Shape: The shadowfell is a parallel plane
with dimensions and topography similar to the mortal
world.
Gravity: Normal.
Mutability: Normal.
Gloom: The Shadowfell mutes light sources,
reducing the radius of illumination by 50 percent. For
example, a torch illuminates 2 squares instead of 5; a
lantern illuminates 5 squares instead of 10. Magical
light sources are unaffected.
Vaerothim’s Traits
Type: Demiplane.
Size and Shape: Vaerothim is a demiplane linked
to the Shadowfell. It is roughly 20 miles in diameter.
Gravity: Normal.
Mutability: Normal.
Gloom: Heavy, gray cloud and the vast canopy of
skeletal trees in the Forest of Twisted Souls reduce
the light reaching ground level. Additionally, because
it is linked to the Shadowfell, Vaerothim mutes light
sources, reducing the radius illuminated by 50 percent.


The Mantled Citadel Lore
A character knows the following information about
the Mantled Citadel with a successful Arcana check.
DC 24: the Mantled Citadel is Irfelujhar’s lair.
It is hidden within the hollowed-out interior of a
huge spire of black rock. Such was the magnitude of
Irfelujhar’s betrayal of Vecna that its consequences
reverberate through the complex.
DC 29: The consequences of Irfelujhar’s betrayal
of Vecna manifest themselves in several ways. Powers
with the Fear or Psychic keywords are harder to resist
in the citadel while powers with the charm keyword
are easier to resist.
Vaerothim Lore
A character knows the following information about
Vaerothim with a successful Arcana check.
DC 24: Vaerothim is a small demiplane that can
be accessed from Monadhan in the Shadowfell. It
shares many of the Shadowfell’s characteristics but is
much smaller, being barely 20 miles in diameter.
DC 29: Vaerothim is the product of a unique and
extremely powerful ritual created by Irfelujhar.


perSonaGeS of note
The two main opponents in this adventure—Mornujhar
(Tiamat’s Black Exarch) and Irfelujhar (Tiamat’s peerless ritual worker)—are so infamous that the heroes
may know something about them.
Irfelujhar Lore
A character knows the following information about
Irfelujhar with a successful Arcana check.
DC 24: Irfelujhar is an extremely powerful and
ancient lich famed for his ability to craft rituals of
incredible power. He is served by Mornujhar, one of
Tiamat’s most trusted and powerful servants.
DC 29: Irfelujhar originally worshipped Vecna,
but Tiamat seduced him away from the Lord of the
Spider Throne. Shortly afterward, Irfelujhar’s lair
disappeared along with much of the surrounding
woodland.
Mornujhar Lore
A character knows the following information about
Mornujhar with a successful Religion check.
DC 24: Tiamat has five exarchs; one for each of
her heads. Mornujhar is her Black Exarch and emulates many of the abilities of that species.
DC 29: Mornujhar is a bloodthirsty sadist who
delights in capturing enemies so that he can torture
them. He doesn’t especially care whether the unfortunate in question knows anything important.

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:40, Thu 30 Mar 2017.

May
 player, 728 posts
Thu 30 Mar 2017
at 05:59
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius adds, "Irfelujhar is likely going to be a recurring enemy seeing as he's a lich. Unless we are the luckiest heroes in all history and Irfelujhar conveniently has his phylactery in an easy-to-find location."

After discussing the place and the personages in said place, May says, "So in summary: Little magical things can be useful, we have TWO baddies to fight, and we can prep for that fight by resting up high above the clouds?"
Kyle
 player, 1459 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 30 Mar 2017
at 06:07
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "While normally I'd expect it to be in some outlandish outside location, we are also dealing with more 'made their dark god mad so got banished' circumstances.  So raw spite could mean their phylactery is at least within this realm."
Mittens
 GM, 2184 posts
Thu 30 Mar 2017
at 06:34
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Plenty of mention of phylactery placement for other lich beings in module...  none found for main lich.  u.u

"Mmm... Maybe.  As the god of undeath, Vecna might be able to deny this traitor that benefit of being a lich.  Wishful thinking, but still.  So shall we spend the night, then?  Make a temporary cabin and such?  Or we could access that demi-plane of time-slowing if we're feeling especially pushed for time.  ...or go there just 'cause it's neat."

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:35, Thu 30 Mar 2017.

May
 player, 729 posts
Thu 30 Mar 2017
at 06:37
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May says decisively, "Demiplane. We don't know how close Irfelujhar is to completing the ritual.""

The kitty twins nod in agreement.
Kyle
 player, 1460 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Thu 30 Mar 2017
at 06:42
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Breaking their plans can be done without breaking them, and knowing our busy schedule we may end up having to leave them behind crying while we move on to more important matters."  Though the bad guys probably would not be so lucky.
Mittens
 GM, 2185 posts
Thu 30 Mar 2017
at 06:45
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits snickers at the mental image of a cry-baby lich.

"Alrighty then!"

Extended rest is had!
Timothius
 GM, 933 posts
Sat 8 Apr 2017
at 05:42
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May and the kitty twins enjoy a meal with Mitts and Kyle. May jokes around and makes fun of some of the enemies they have met. Raichel tries to loosen up a little, but is definitely one to help the team keep things in perspective. Timothius, of course, just smiles and enjoys the company.

May, of course, enjoys the pile of treasure she stowed in this demiplane as her bed.

The twins doze off near the fireplace, cuddled to each other.
Kyle
 player, 1461 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 8 Apr 2017
at 05:49
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  A Residuum stuffed pillow is still on Kyle's to-do list for May, but given the financial value of such a thing that is definitely not happening any time soon while adventuring still has expenses.

  Still, Kyle is glad to see all the kitty cats settling into the business.  Instead of just Mitten's constant enthusiasm for disaster that comes with the job.
Mittens
 GM, 2186 posts
Sat 8 Apr 2017
at 05:54
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mittens is happy for the respite from the Shadowfell and devours anything colorful and cheery.  She's quick to laugh hysterically at May's jeers and savors even the simplest of travel food.  When sleep time comes, Mits rolls herself in her flying carpet to enjoy an "air mattress" style sleep.

http://4hdwallpapers.com/wp-co...e-Carpet-728x455.jpg

The time passes uneventfully.  The group returns to the gloom of the forest and little time has passed there at all.
May
 player, 730 posts
Sat 8 Apr 2017
at 05:57
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May pulls out a sword to point it towards the direction the group needs to go and says, "Onward! To victory!" before marching off in that direction. Sword still out and pointed.

Timothius chuckles and follows. Raichel smiles and also follows. "Hope you all slept well... I slept like a baby."

Timothius says, "Mittens slept like a burrito."

This message was last edited by the player at 05:58, Sat 08 Apr 2017.

Kyle
 player, 1462 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 8 Apr 2017
at 06:05
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle is pretty sure Raichel is wrong, because she didn't constantly wake up crying the entire night-oh wait, metaphorical.  You're usually better at telling the difference Kyle.  Other characters must be rubbing off on you.

  "Well rested enough to be fully awake to appreciate the inevitable explosions caused by us all."
Mittens
 GM, 2187 posts
Sat 8 Apr 2017
at 06:10
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits chuckles.  "Was going to say I slept like a log...  Burrito works."

Leaving the knoll, you descend into the gloom of the forest
where skeletal trees cluster thickly together.


When the PCs descend the knoll in encounter F1,
they enter the gloomy world of the Forest of Twisted
Souls.

Nothing natural dwells within the pervasive
gloom. If the characters bring light here, the trees
seem to recoil from it as if in fear. Wind from some
unknowable source rattles the trees, which shudder
at its fell caress. Perceptive characters hear words
upon the breeze—snatches of arcane power which are
fragments of rituals cast away by Irefelujhar

Entering the Forest of Twisted Souls Level 20
Skill Challenge 5,600 XP
This bleak, depressing woodland is strangely monochromatic,
as if the color was drained from it. Its skeletal, leafless
trees are misshapen and twisted, and gnarled roots rear
from the ground like great, petrified serpents. Shrouded
in damp, noisome moss the trees’ gaunt, rotten boughs
twist skyward to form a dense canopy of decaying branches
through which only dim light seeps.

Complexity
2 (6 successes before 3 failures)
Primary Skills
Arcana, Athletics, Nature, Religion.
Secondary Skills
Perception, Stealth.
Victory
If the heroes achieve 6 successes before 3 failures, they
become attuned to the forest and gain a +2 bonus to
identify or activate any ritual fragments they encounter in
the forest.
Defeat
If the characters achieve 3 failures before 6 successes, the
strange aspect of the forest unnerves them. They suffer a
-2 penalty to identify or activate any ritual fragments they
encounter in the forest.
Arcana DC 22 (1 success, maximum 2 successes)
The character attunes himself to the flow of energy within
the forest. Necrotic energy flows out of the Mantled Citadel;
a success enables the character to track the flow toward its
source.
Athletics DC 22 (1 success, maximum 2 successes)
The character climbs a tree or other feature to view the
surrounding area.
Nature DC 22 (1 success, maximum 2 successes)
The trees are horribly twisted and warped by the necrotic
energy flowing through the forest. The trees abhorred
these foul energies and as a result tried to twist away from
the citadel in a vain attempt to escape their influences. A
successful check enables the PC to identify the direction of
the citadel by examining the twisted trees.
Religion DC 14 (1 success, maximum 2 successes)
The character uses this skill to sense the greatest concentration of evil in the forest. As the most powerful creature
in the domain, Irfelujhar’s aura acts as a beacon of sorts.
Perception DC 22 (no successes, maximum 2 attempts)
A character making a Perception check notices an
important feature. This could be a thinning in the trees
where the characters can get their bearings, a tree much
taller than its fellows that could be climbed for an allaround view, and so on. The next primary skill check made
to exploit this discovery gains a +2 bonus.
Stealth DC 14 (no successes, maximum 2 attempts)
Characters moving stealthily through the forest may
surprise the next group of monsters they come across. If a
PC scouting ahead of his companions makes a successful
Stealth check, all characters gain +2 bonuses on their next
initiative checks in the forest.
Timothius
 GM, 934 posts
Sat 8 Apr 2017
at 06:46
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius closes his eyes. Then opens them, looks a direction and points. "That way."

May frequently scouts ahead and sneaks about. At one point, she does climb a tree to get a better view, then notices a pattern. So she heads to the group and says, "The trees mostly seem to be leaning in a direction."

Timothius examines the trees and nods. "From what I can tell... the forest itself is recoiling from the horrible energies coming from the citadel. The trees themselves are pointing out which way to go."

Raichel occasionally sneaks ahead with May, the two of them trying to get two points of view on their destination.


May: Auto-succeeds Athletics and Stealth. Rolled 30 for Perception.
Rai: Auto-succeeds Stealth.
Tim: Auto-succeeds Religion. Rolls 24 for Nature.

4 successes.
3 Benefits:
 -May's Perception gave Tim a +2 on Nature.
 -May's stealth gave the team +2 to initiative for next encounter.
 -Rai's stealth gave the team +2 to initiative for next encounter.

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:54, Sat 08 Apr 2017.

Kyle
 player, 1463 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sat 8 Apr 2017
at 06:51
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle is able to sense the safety violations necrotic energy of the dark mcspookypants citadel.  Though he's able to admit that is not quite as useful as a practical way THROUGH the forest, like the girls are dealing with.
Mittens
 GM, 2188 posts
Sat 8 Apr 2017
at 07:01
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits seems able to hone in on the direction like Timo and Kyle.

http://files2.coloribus.com/fi...-cat-small-28292.jpg

(( Auto-win for Religion.  Skill challenge owned. ))

The trees thin as the land slopes gently downward to a
small, sluggish stream. The stream’s water is black and oily
and coats the stream’s banks.
Beyond the stream stand two figures. The first is large
and massively muscled. Clad in a voluminous hooded cloak,
shadows cluster thickly about the figure, which carries a
massive sickle of black metal.
The other figure is man-sized. Skin hangs from its
skeletal frame and a shredded cloak hangs limply from its
shoulders. At sight of you, it holds up one hand in greeting.


Mits waves back!  "Was expecting more of an, 'attack on sight' reaction."
May
 player, 731 posts
Sat 8 Apr 2017
at 07:06
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May waves back happily!

May says quietly, "Don't let your guard down. This guy might be smart or know who we are..."

She calls out, "Hail! Are you the number one ritualist we've been hearing about?"

May begins to approach. Tim and Raichel follow as usual.
Kyle
 player, 1464 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 9 Apr 2017
at 04:44
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle stays close enough to provide his usual buffs, which also tends to be far enough to be outside of the average burst spam.  He really hopes the cloaked guy doesn't know slashing kama style-wait, Raichel is the Monk to think about that.
Mittens
 GM, 2189 posts
Sun 9 Apr 2017
at 05:30
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Skeleton dude looks like this:  http://img07.deviantart.net/ae...linde_ar_feiniel.jpg

"Nope," the lich answers casually, "That would be Irfelujhar.  I know liches probably all look alike to folks such as yourselves, but nevertheless, I'll give you a hint on recognizing him.  He favors a wearing a purple robe with a spider web collar, and a baby dragon skull helmet.  Looks too big for his head.  Here, I'll show you."

He uses prestidigitation to show a picture:  https://s3.amazonaws.com/files...ed.jpg?1437237347160

"So what brings such nice folk such as yourselves to a gloomy place like this?"

"We're the Heroes of the Mortal World," Mittens explains, "We're here to stop Ear-Fell-Into-A-Jar from completing his ritual.  Why, you a friend of his?"

She telepaths to the group through May, "He sure looks an awful lot like Vecna's supposed to."
May
 player, 732 posts
Sun 9 Apr 2017
at 05:37
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius paths, "Well he DOES have the single-eye thing going that Vecna and Gruumsh have in common."

Raichel says, "Actually, you have a fuller head of hair than the undead we're used to..."

May says, "I'm gonna make an educated guess and say that you were expecting us, despite your asking us who we are and why we're here. You look like someone who would be in the know."
Kyle
 player, 1465 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 9 Apr 2017
at 05:43
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Most of our outings would never happen in the first place if more people were in the know."  Hey, let's NOT attack that city for the fifth time. Just maybe?  No? Okay have fun with people chasing you across several dimensions to kick your ass.
Mittens
 GM, 2190 posts
Sun 9 Apr 2017
at 05:57
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
He answers Mits, "Ear fell...  heh.  I'll have to remember that one.  No, not a friend.  On the same mission as you, actually."

And Rai, "Why thank you.  I'm glad you noticed."

May's question makes him look embarrassed.  (  http://68.media.tumblr.com/604...yk1rj7505o5_1280.png  )

"No, actually.  I uh...  I've kinda been stuck here in this forest, unable to enter the Mantled Citadel due to a powerful ward."

Mits huhs.  "So... why are you out to stop Nurf Well Ajar?"
Timothius
 GM, 935 posts
Sun 9 Apr 2017
at 06:00
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "Poweful ward? That isn't gonna keep us out, is it?"

Raichel gives a weirded-out look at the skeleton acting more like a Mittens puppet show than a normal lich. She isn't sure what to think.

May says, "...and can I examine your friend's weapon cloooser?"
Kyle
 player, 1466 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 9 Apr 2017
at 06:05
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Imagine a Marilith that was born a Kobold.  Then you have a basic introduction to May."

  He finds nothing odd about a magical undead skeleton man having facial expressions.  But then he also finds nothing off about gears and springs with unibrows.
Mittens
 GM, 2191 posts
Sun 9 Apr 2017
at 07:00
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The lich chuckles from Kyle's description, shrugs to May, and looks over to the Abhorrent Reaper.  The Reaper grins at May, and creepily welcomes her closer with a gesture.  (http://kingofwallpapers.com/di...ed/disturbed-012.jpg

couldn't find a proper welcome gesture.  oh well.  this will have to do.  https://s-media-cache-ak0.pini...594435a883bd51ae.jpg )


To Timothius the lich reluctantly admits, "I'm not sure.  But I'm guessing it will."

To Mits he expositions, "1,000 years ago, Irfelujhar was among Vecna's most talented ritualists.  Irfelujhar benefited greatly from working for Vecna, and was allowed access to vast troves of knowledge.  But his greed and lust for power drove him to betray Vecna, steal off with invaluable tomes of necromancy, and work for Tiamat instead.  I was sent by Veca to capture him and recover what I can of the stolen tomes.  But he has grown so powerful, that I believe that this latest ritual of his could tip the scales of power so greatly in Tiamat's favor...  Your world will likely become nothing more than a feeding ground for dragons.  If you help me achieve Vecna's goal to prevent this from happening, I'm sure he will reward you most richly."

Mits huhs.  "Yeah, Vecna's angel said as much about, 'This ritual must be stopped.'"
May
 player, 733 posts
Sun 9 Apr 2017
at 07:07
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May approaches the reaper happily.

Timothius and Raichel follow. Timothius says, "Then let's not waste any more time. Our group will be more than happy to get straight to Irfelujhar."

May says, "Yeah... excited as I am to examine your buddy's weapon more, I'm rarin' to go stop this guy before he gets further. That said, we noticed this whole place has discarded ritual vestiges. You could save us time and empower us to deal with him if you are able to quickly point out the best ones for a group of heroes to take hold of."

Raichel says, "And if you stick with us, maybe you'll be able to enter once we figure a way past the barrier."
Kyle
 player, 1467 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 9 Apr 2017
at 07:13
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
 Such a polite skeleton.  Kyle will slightly miss them when they inevitably have to fight them because the dark god upset at all the betrayal doesn't grasp irony.

  "If it helps, you would bee divulging the secrets of Vecna's enemy, not Vecna's secrets."
Mittens
 GM, 2192 posts
Sun 9 Apr 2017
at 07:44
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The lich looks shocked by Mits mentioning an angel of Vecna.

He nods to Kyle and answers May, "It depends on which ones the wind blow your way.  But the closer you get to the Mantled Citadel, the more potent they tend to be."

The creepy reaper dude points the way.  Mits shrugs and starts headed that direction.


Module: "When it is obvious to Rithkerrar that the PCs have
shared all pertinent information, he orders the abhorrent reaper to attack."

Me: ...becaaaause?

From everything else I've read, it makes NO sense for this NPC to just randomly attack the best chance he's had in centuries to get at his goal.  But I figured out a way to keep to the script that could work.  Irfelujhar pauses from his ritual and hits this lich with a potent magic that forces him to attack.  "Bwahahah I'm your module boss and am annoying!"

But I'll leave it up to you.  I'm fine with this NPC joining the group.  I'll just forget to include them in initiative like I did with Kas.  They helped by dealing with off-panel adds.  Or would you guys rather kick the tar out of this guy because Irfelujhar forces him to attack?
Timothius
 GM, 936 posts
Sun 9 Apr 2017
at 08:01
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May actually lets the others head off first and brings up the rear. Just because this lich was nice doesn't mean she trusts him. After they are far enough, May then trots over to be in front. :)

Timothius says, "A reasonable lich. I'd say now we've seen everything, but I get the feeling this won't be the last surprise."
Kyle
 player, 1468 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Sun 9 Apr 2017
at 08:04
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Given our track record, it's staying reasonable that seems to be the sticking point.  Even if seeing it in the first place is in itself rather infrequent."

  If there is still a betrayal, it will be due to sickle guy wanting to not pass up a cliche 'I'll give you a close look' about that weapon... You know, if they ever talk.
Mittens
 GM, 2193 posts
Sun 9 Apr 2017
at 08:24
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The lich shrugs and calls back to the group, "Liches are simply powerful wizards who chose magical immortality over gambling on a favorable outcome in the afterlife.  What is arguably more surprising, is a priest of Pelor to be willing to team up with a lich rather than the other way around.  Oh...  and watch yourselves.  The water is not to be touched.  And some trees are just downright nasty.

"Many of the trees in the forest have
been infused with the tortured souls of Irfelujhar’s
servants. The trunks of soul trees are speckled with
off-white patches of bark.
Locked in the skeletal trees and consumed with a
burning hatred for all things, the trapped souls try to
crush any living creature coming within ten feet."

Mits idly zaps said trees from a safe distance while floating along on her flying carpet.  "Just don't talk about teaming up with Slaads and I think we'll get along juuust fine."

She blasts with much more force.
Timothius
 GM, 937 posts
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 04:37
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius says, "I like your idea, Mittens."

Timothius glows, shapeshifts into a white cat and sprouts wings. Then begins to fly over the trees. But he does scoop up May and place her on Mitts' carpet.

May hugs Mittens and grins at her, whipping out the gun Mitts designed and says, "I have a bullet in this one JUST for the next slaad to attack us."

Raichel flies as well! She offers to drop Kyle off on Mitts' carpet also.

Timothius answers the lich with, "You're right, of course. But my willingness to team with you is just as much a desire to see the Prime Material survive as it is my willingness to hear out anyone, no matter their background. At this level, it almost seems silly to bring up, but do not forget that my sisters and I, as well as May here, are all considered monster races by most; for most mortals, it is more surprising that three shifters and a kobold would fight for good."

May says, "Part of the reason Tim's surprised is how often we've personally witnessed people who would have otherwise been safe and survived, wind up attacking us for no reason other than fear. Even after we have developed a reputation across the planes as a group who shows mercy to those who surrender, our enemies would sooner die than not fight us / fall on our swords... much less team up with us."
Kyle
 player, 1469 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 04:43
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Kyle does feel he is fortunate to have hit a more natural state of agelessness, just because through an affinity to the arcane arts.  But doesn't mention it because it doesn't come with growing your skull back later when it is removed like a lich does.

  "In the constant conflict of good and evil, consistent in the failings of both has been a lack of professionalism, yes." Tooootally not biased in that observation.
Mittens
 GM, 2194 posts
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 05:04
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits smiles brightly and returns the cuddle.  "Thanks!"

The lich seems contemplative and answers Timothius.  "Perhaps when this whole business is completed, we can have a nice chat, you and I.  I'd like to hear you out as well."

He chuckles from Kyle's statement.  "Very true.  Good to see you bunch are the exception to that rule."

Mits seems a little surprised at being accused of being professional by a lich, but doesn't comment on it.

Deeper into the Gloom Level 26
Skill Challenge 18,000 XP
As the PCs draw closer to the Mantled Citadel the ground
begins to slope steeply downward into a deep valley. As
they descend, the forest becomes more depressing and
warped; the gloom deepens until it is almost pitch black on
the valley floor.

Complexity
2 (6 successes before 3 failures)
Primary Skills
Arcana, Athletics, Endurance, Nature, Religion.
Secondary Skills
Perception, Stealth.
Success
If the characters achieve 6 successes, their sudden approach
surprises the creatures in Encounter F5. For the first five
rounds of battle, the PCs get a +2 bonus to all attack rolls.
Failure
If the heroes achieve 3 failures, the alert guardians in
Encounter F5 note their approach. The creatures gain a +2
bonus on their initiative check.
Success or Failure
Each character loses two healing surges automatically
at the end of the skill check. This can be reduced; see
“Religion.” Characters who are immune to necrotic damage
lose no healing surges.
Arcana DC 26 (1 success, maximum 2 successes)
The character attunes himself to the flow of energy within
this area. His heightened senses enable him to identify
locales with particularly high levels of necrotic energy.
Dodging these areas shortens the heroes’ journey.
Athletics DC 17 (1 success, maximum 1 success)
The forest is divided by a steep-sided chasm. Every character
must attempt this check at once as they cross. If all succeed,
this counts as a success; if any fail, it counts as 1 failure for
the group (no matter how many fail individually), and each
character who fails loses one healing surge. Characters with
Athletics training can aid others in this attempt.
Endurance DC 17 (1 success, maximum 1 success)
The monotony of the forest, its fell aspect, and the necrotic
energy swirling through it sap the characters’ vitality. Every
character must attempt this check at once. If all succeed,
the characters resist this malign effect and gain a success
for the group. If any fail, it counts as 1 failure for the group
(no matter how many fail individually), and each character
who fails loses one healing surge. Characters cannot aid
one another in this attempt.
Nature DC 26 (1 success, maximum 3 successes)
The trees in the forest are horribly twisted and warped
by the necrotic energy flowing from the Mantled Tower.
In this area of the forest, the effect is particularly
pronounced. A success enables the characters to avoid
many of the hazards of the forest including soul trees,
grasping boughs, and writhing roots.
Perception DC 17 (1 success, maximum 2 successes)
In the darkness of the valley floor, the PC finds a number
of ancient game tracks. Successfully following one of these
tracks helps the heroes find a way out of the valley.
Religion DC 26 (1 success, maximum 1 success)
The character uses his skill to sense the greatest
concentration of evil in the forest. Because Irfelujhar is
the most powerful creature in this domain, his aura acts
as a beacon of sorts. As the characters draw closer to the
citadel, Irfelujhar becomes aware of the intruders and
manipulates the necrotic energy in the valley to attack
them. If a PC succeeds on this check, the group gains 1
success and each hero loses only one healing surge at the
end of the skill challenge instead of two.
Perception DC 22 (no successes, maximum 2 attempts)
A character making a Perception check notices an
important feature. This could be a thinning in the trees
where the characters can get their bearings, a tree much
taller than its fellows that could be climbed for an allaround view, and so on. The next primary skill check made
to exploit this discovery gains a +2 bonus.
Stealth DC 14 (no successes, maximum 2 attempts)
Characters moving stealthily through the forest may
surprise the next group of monsters they come across. If a
PC scouting ahead of his companions makes a successful
Stealth check, all characters gain +2 bonuses on their next
initiative checks in the forest.

(( No need to bother with dice rolls, we got this one easy. ))
Timmy
 Player, 105 posts
 Fluffy angel kitty
 friendly
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 05:42
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
If Miku were the religious member of the team and noticed that Irfelujhar noticed the team, she would happily smile and give Irfelujhar the bird.

Instead, it's Tim and Mitts. Timothius smiles brightly and waves in the direction of Irfelujhar, as if to say "I see you too". Raichel, seemingly out of reflex, waves in the same direction in unison with her twin.

Upon Irfelujhar attacking the group, Timothius smiles in exactly the direction that would have him lock eyes with Irfelujhar's scrying. Irfelujhar feels weaker just for trying, as if his muscles are failing him. (Flavor for Tim's own aura of peace combined with his insight) When he stops trying to attack the group, Irfelujhar feels his strenth return.

Timothius looks back to the lich. "Your description of a lich is well worded; Many seek immortality while not realizing everyone lives forever, so long as they don't run into those who destroy souls. But the afterlife isn't a gamble, really..." His tone turns slightly sad as he says, "I'd argue becoming a lich is more of a gamble: After all, how many liches do you know that remember the beginning of mortals? Compare that to the number of souls in the Celestial Plane who do remember. Fact is, most liches are gone."

Thanks to flight, the entire team doesn't need to do any athletics.

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Kyle
 player, 1470 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 06:01
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Excuse me, Miku wouldn't do that!... without graceful musical chimes to go along with the rude gestures that is.

  Kyle provides redundant second opinion on 'yup, that sure is necrotic allright' subjects.  Though he didn't even realize an endurance check had happened.

  "A bit of a skewed number when most souls that doesn't get eaten ends up in the astral sea eventually, or respective destination.  Though most who decry 'delaying the inevitable' tend to be enjoying the luxury of breaking those very rules themselves, if not actively thwarting them."  The main problem with the lich scenario even when comfortable with the form.  Hmmm, do I wait until character level 21 and be an eco friendly lich... Ooooor, sacrifice a baby and attain sweet skeleton powers right now?
Mittens
 GM, 2195 posts
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 06:15
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Mits shows off the painting of the group standing in front of a dead exarch.

The lich does flip the bird at the scrying sensor.

He chuckles at Kyle's statement and asks, "You wouldn't happen to be referring to the Raven Queen, now would you?"

Then he addresses Timothius.  "Allow me to re-phrase.  'What they believe to be a gamble.'  You see, many necromancers are told all their lives that what they do is immoral.  So they figure there's slim to no chance of having a pleasant afterlife.  But yes, the number of liches has diminished over time.  Nobody ever said it was a perfect option."

Mits grins.  "So the lich ritual is a dying art?!"

The forest thins out slightly. Ahead, a huge, blackened, and
warped oak tree dominates the area. A few sickly, yellow
leaves cling to life atop its highest branches.


nature Check
DC 24: This mighty oak has in some minor way resisted
the corrupting effects of the forest.


erception Check (to notice naiethar Traihel)
DC 24: A beautiful, pale-skinned, slender, eladrin female
peers at you from behind the huge tree. Her long, white hair
falls almost to her waist and her large, vibrant blue eyes
regard you with a mix of interest and terror.


If the heroes pierce naiethar’s disguise, read:
This humanoid creature is seemingly composed of decayed
wood. Dead vines coil about it and a few desiccated leaves
hang from spindly branches sprouting from its head.

http://imgur.com/a/2TAvz

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:18, Mon 10 Apr 2017.

Timothius
 GM, 938 posts
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 06:27
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
The twins and May giggle from Mitts' pun!

Timothius looks over to Kyle and says, "For good reason. Most mortals who gain immortality use it for evil purposes. Rare is the person who becomes immortal and uses that to good ends."

Timothius then nods at the lich. "I meant no offense; only to present the truth and to learn. How old are you, if I may ask?"

Then tree happens.

May doesn't see through the disguise. "Hey there, cute face! Wanna join us? We're on our way to stop Irfelujhar!"

Timothius says, "I see through your disguise, but you need not fear us if you are on the side of good. In fact, as long as you aren't interested in hindering us, we will take you along. Just ask Rithkerrar here."

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:44, Mon 10 Apr 2017.

Kyle
 player, 1471 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 06:42
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  Given the scenery and Timothius's reaction, Kyle makes an educated guess about the circumstances.  "That would depend on if they could survive the distance, more than willingness."

  Perhaps if they had not chosen the form of an Eleadrin that sterotypically disdain the tree hugging hippy aspects of elfhood, Timothius would not have passed his check.

 Oh right, most important detail.  "That would be UNdying arts, Mittens." There. Glad that's sorted.
Mittens
 GM, 2196 posts
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 06:55
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Not sure," the lich answers, "No offense taken."

Mits smiles.  "Trees like light, right?"

She lifts her hand and a mini smiling sun begins to rise.  https://s-media-cache-ak0.pini...0c452b92ea50237e.jpg

Naiethar emerges and speaks
with the newcomers. She is driven mad by the suffering she senses all around and comes across as
incredibly disturbed.

"Oh thank goodness, salvation!  I will murder you!  After so long, can it be?  Your flesh shall feed my roots!  Please help me!  Your beating hearts will be rent from your chests!"

Mits stares and sweatdrops.  "Um...  How do you expect us to care enough to help with heart-free chests?"

The lich adds, "Split personality, I'm betting.  She's dangerous.  Destroyed part of my team."

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:55, Mon 10 Apr 2017.

Timothius
 GM, 939 posts
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 07:00
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Timothius asks the lich, "Dangerous like we should deal with her now? Or deal with her when we're done with Irfelujhar?"

May says, "Dangerous like we should deal with her now. If she's notable enough to be mentioned as dangerous, we probably don't want her following us and adding to the chaos of the fight with Irfelujhar."

Raichel says, "We could always just knock her out and then hopefully help heal her later."
Kyle
 player, 1472 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 07:02
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Given the circumstances, simply disabling them would result in what little willpower they have left fending off the necrotic forces of this place taking hold.  At which point, more zombie trees."
Mittens
 GM, 2197 posts
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 07:38
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Like, 'able to destroy the minions of a lich who is out to stop an exarch' dangerous," the lich answers.

"I was once a peaceful spirit of nature.  Kill!  But the terrible change that swept over the forest warped me and my bonded tree.  Crush!  My only desire is to escape from this unnatural place.   Destroy!"

Mits ohs.  "Well she hasn't gotten hostile in any more than random verbal outbursts yet.  That's pretty tame compared to what we're used to."
Timothius
 GM, 940 posts
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 07:43
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May glances at the lich, then to Mittens. "You know... she diiid destroy this guy's teammates. And we are flying... sooo... might still be dangerous to us. Be careful."

Timothius nods to Kyle. A good point.

Timothius asks simply, "Then how can we help you?"
Kyle
 player, 1473 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 07:48
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "True, the lack of immediate violence is just as likely because we are out of arms reach."

  He calls down to the Dryad, "Yes, what assistance can be provided that does not involve harm to us or arbitrarily betraying those we are traveling with?"
Mittens
 GM, 2198 posts
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 07:55
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"Take a single bough from my tree, phalactary! and plant it in untainted soil.  Impale yourselves with it!  Do this and I will be laid to rest.  Or refuse and be destroyed!"

Mits rubs her chin.  "Two options.  Hmm.  Hard choice."

The lich looks fascinated.  "Did Irfelujhar...?"
May
 player, 734 posts
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 07:58
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May goes for it! She figures if the tree-girl attacks, at least this kobold can handle it. May goes to take the bough! Then offers it for arcane examination.

Raichel asks, "Is there anywhere in this entire place that has untainted soil?"
Kyle
 player, 1474 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 21:07
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Nowhere in this realm, I would expect.  The obvious intention is to take at least some part of her out of this literally cursed place.  Though speaking in more cliche lich terms half the time is a bit suspect"

  He asks their temporary skeleton companion as he starts examining to the best of his often at the mercy of module quirks ability.  "So, what do you suspect Irfelujhar accomplished?  I have my own thoughts, but you've had more personal experience in the matter."
Mittens
 GM, 2199 posts
Tue 11 Apr 2017
at 04:10
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
naiethar’s Tree: This vast oak tree is the largest
tree in the forest. The tree has resisted the necrotic
onslaught marginally better than its fellows. No soul
is trapped within.

Speak with Nature Fragment (Nature): A cloud of
green and brown smoke accompanied by the faint smell
of honeysuckle and lavender wafts through the trees.

A barbarian, druid, shaman, or warden gains a +2
bonus to checks made to activate this ritual fragment.
This bonus stacks with that detailed in the “Primal
Characters” sidebar (page 67).
A character activating this fragment can ask one
question of a nearby tree. Refer to page 58 for notes
on how to handle this fragment in regard to “normal”
trees within the forest.

There is no mention in the module of any untainted soil in this demi-plane.

Naiethar does not attack May.  "You will do as I asked?!  You are true heroes!  The only reward I can offer is the rituals I have carved into my tree."

Treasure: To relieve her pain at the forest’s transformation, Naiethar has carved the formulas for the
Reverse Portal (PHB 2) and Forbiddance rituals into
the trunk of her oak tree. If the characters take up her
quest, she lets them make copies.

The lich examines the bough May brings back to the group.  "It is a fragment of a phalactary.  Meaning that that huge tree is her phalactary.  Destroying it is the only means of destroying her completely.  I assume you know that detail about liches?"

He looks to Kyle.  "I suspect Irfelujhar forced this creature to become a lich.  Whether deliberately or inadvertently, I cannot say."

Mits clarifies, "So all we do is plant this tainted branch in untainted soil.  No special ritual or anything?"

Naiethar nods.
Timothius
 GM, 941 posts
Tue 11 Apr 2017
at 04:18
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
Seeing May not get attacked, Timothius flies down to give Naiethar a hug. "It will be done."

Raichel says, "I will give Irfelujhar an extra punch for you."

May nods. She waits for Kyle and/or Tim to copy down the rituals. Then says, "Let's get going then. Earfull of jars knows we're here, so he is probably picking up the pace on getting his ritual done."
Kyle
 player, 1475 posts
 Crossbow of SCIENCE...
 Or MAGIC? I always forget
Tue 11 Apr 2017
at 04:22
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
  "Hmm, that sounds more like trying to take credit and advantage of the already existing nature of Dryads.  Their trees already function in a similar manner while living." Trying to turn a Dryad undead and screaming 'I made a lich!' is a necromancer running out of ideas and hoping nobody notices.

  So now it's terrible for moral, AND academic reasons.
Mittens
 GM, 2200 posts
Tue 11 Apr 2017
at 04:49
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
"This awesome rescue has been brought to you by: The Heroes of the Mortal World!"

Mits leaves a calling card and waves bye as she continues the carpet ride.

The lich likes Kyle's point and nods.  "Good point."

Ahead, a pathway begins to spiral up the rocky crag upon
which stands the Mantled Citadel. The trees cluster closely
together about the crag; many cling precariously to the
steep cliffs. Thick branches arch over the pathway shrouding
it into darkness. The surrounding forest is totally silent—not
even the wind manages to penetrate the mass of twisted
wood above your heads.


The lich points at the path.  "Ah.  Almost there.  I'm surprised there aren't any of his soldiers in this area.  I suppose he figures you foolish enough to let down your guard and has prepared an ambush of some kind."

Mits chuckles.  "Nope.  Despite our relaxed appearance, our guard is not down.  This is soooo not our first rodeo."
Timothius
 GM, 942 posts
Tue 11 Apr 2017
at 04:55
Re: Scales of War: EPIC!
May says, "....yeeeeah. You don't just wake up one morning and decide to slay three of Tiamat's exarchs. First you have to avert three wars."

Raichel says, "Which isn't to say anythin