The test of Marksmanship!   Posted by Mr. Main.Group: 0
Mr. Main
 GM, 257 posts
Mon 22 Oct 2012
at 02:39
The test of Marksmanship!
this was the second trial to be completed in setup. A row with targets was set out 30 feet from a dark red line made in the sand. There were six targets in total; one for each competitor.

the judges started to call out your names.

"EDWIN DEAN!" A dark haired and eyed human in his early 20's with short cut hair stepped forward. He had a large grin which seemed to be more mocking than friendly, as if there was some joke you just didn't get but he couldn't help but smirk at.

"This'll be to easy. I guess I could always stand on my head to make this more interesting."

"DOG!" An odd looking golem like being made out of metal walked forward. this one was light and moved with far more grace than you ever thought something made out of what seemed like hard and rigid metal could. he did not talk, just took up his position, a wolf at his side.

"SETH OMEGA" A grave looking almost deathly thin man with hawk like features in his early thirties moved forward. he wore what looked like cleric's robes, but you were sure you could here the tell tale clink of a chain shirt as he walked by.

"Good luck, y'all need it." he commented

"JACK!" another young human walked forward. this one was well built and heavily scarred. with short blonde hair and bright blue eyes. he had a smile too, but unlike Edwin deans his was a little odd, unsettling even.

"RED!" The red skinned Tielfing from before walked forward and once again the crowd went wild and started chanting his name. He waved at the crowd.

"Steady hands and hearts fellas. The crowd will be disappointed if ya don't make me earn my win."

"ADEN BERO!"
Aden Bero
 player, 203 posts
 Crazy Hair Mr. Clever
Mon 22 Oct 2012
at 14:51
Re: The test of Marksmanship!
Aden Bero decided he'd let his shooting do the talking.  He walked forward with a casual, self-assured strut, giving first a head nod to his competition, and then a raised fist clenching a crossbow bolt for his audience.  And he, of course, put on one of his most winning smiles.  But inside, he was focused and coiled, ready to hit the mark on his first target.
Mr. Main
 GM, 261 posts
Mon 22 Oct 2012
at 22:28
Re: The test of Marksmanship!
Each of you is directed towards your target and to draw and load your weapons. Edwin dean pulls out what at first looks like an odd rod, but then you realize it is a form of pistol with five barrels. Seth omega draws two more familiar double barrel pistols. Dog draws a longbow and jack has not drawn a weapon at all. red on the other hand takes what at first glance looks like some sort of odd club from a strange quiver like thing on his back. It sorta looks like a musket, but has a finger guard which Red moves down and then back up again. Basically, it's a Henry rifle   you already have you trusty new crossbow out and loaded ready to go.

"Each of you gets three actions or shots on the target 30 feet in front of you. if you hit the target, but don't strike a ring you get 1 point. hitting the outer ring is 5 points, hitting the middle ring is 10. Hitting the center ring is 15 and getting a bull's eye is 20. Those with the five best scores move on. you may begin.

OOC: Ok so for the first round make three ranged attacks.
Aden Bero
 player, 207 posts
 Crazy Hair Mr. Clever
Tue 23 Oct 2012
at 06:42
Re: The test of Marksmanship!
Aden's crossbow suddenly seemed less cool with guns amongst the competition.  But who knew what would prove advantageous in the later rounds.

He stepped up to his position, smoothly aiming, firing, and reloading three times.  His first shot was pretty good, his second not great, and he adjusted his third right at the last second, avoiding a disastrous miss.


01:21, Today: Aden Bero rolled 25 using 1d20+8. Crossbow attack 1
01:23, Today: Aden Bero rolled 14 using 1d20+8. Crossbow attack 2
01:24, Today: Aden Bero rolled 9 using 1d20+8. Crossbow attack 3. nat 1.
01:36, Today: Aden Bero rolled 17 using 1d20+8. Attack 3 hero point reroll.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:47, Tue 23 Oct 2012.

Mr. Main
 GM, 267 posts
Tue 23 Oct 2012
at 13:47
Re: The test of Marksmanship!
red fires his first two shots rapidly, one hits the bulls eye the second just manages to clip the outer ring. So he takes a little longer with his third and scores another bulls eye.

instead of firing a weapon there a bright flashes of energy that appear in jacks hand that take the form of daggers. he tosses them in rapid succession at the target hitting the center ring twice and the middle ring once.

edwin dean fires three clean steady shots, all of which hit the middle ring.

When seth fires his first shot his pistol malfunctions and fires two instead of one and almost blows up in his hand. one of those strikes the middle ring the second just barely wings the target. he tries to recover, but the near disaster has him shaken and his last shot just barely manages to his the target.

Dog fires three shots from his longbow, the noise of the gunshots throws off his aim at first and his first arrow hits the taret, but misses the rings. his next to are solid shots that land in the middle ring though.

"Final tally! Red 45 points, jack 40 points, edwin dean 30 points, Aden Bero 25 points, Dog 21 points, Seth omega 12 points. Seth omega is eliminated! get ready for round two!"

the targets are dragged away by aides giving everyone a minute to reload or otherwise occupy themselves.

after the minute is over an official comes by "Congratulations on making it past the first round! the second round will begin shortly. four pigeons will be released. Those that manage to hit one will move on." a large cage is moved about 90 feet away from the red line and an aid prepares to remove the lid and let the birds out.

OOC: make an initiative roll. it's important because it determines when you make your shot in relation to everyone else. the sooner you go the more likely you are to be the one that hits the pigeon.

also roll your attack, the dc to hit one is 20. if you want to speed things up roll attacks until you hit 20.

 

Aden Bero
 player, 209 posts
 Crazy Hair Mr. Clever
Tue 23 Oct 2012
at 18:17
Re: The test of Marksmanship!


Aden tries to shrug off the first round, glad to have gotten through it.  He looks around to see if any of the other contestants might be using potions, spells, anything to get ahead.  He has his vial of Hater-ade up his sleeve, in a wrist sheath, and after his sub-par performance last round, it's powers seem tempting.  And it seems unlikely that he'll need to be all that friendly for the duration of this competition.

He also casts Detect Magic, focusing it on the contestants from a position where he can get all of them, trying to detect if they have any magical auras or such.

13:04, Today: Aden Bero rolled 10 using 1d20+3. perception amongst competition.
13:05, Today: Aden Bero rolled 6 using 1d20+4. init.
Please make spellcraft checks to identify any magical auras on competition.

Aden Bero
 player, 211 posts
 Crazy Hair Mr. Clever
Tue 23 Oct 2012
at 21:01
Re: The test of Marksmanship!
Aden decides to take any edge he can get.  With a conjured spark, he relights one of his juggling batons, throwing it high into the air above him.  Hoping everyone's eyes would be drawn to it, he quickly slips the potion from up his sleeve, pops off the cork, and downs his Hater-ade.  He then catches the baton, and goes back to normal.... If normal means suddenly wanting to throw his lit baton at one of his competitors as the potion frays his nerves and amps up his aggressive side.  He very reluctantly shakes the baton to extinguish it, puts it back on his belt, and clenches his crossbow tightly, waiting rather impatiently for the birds to be released.  One of these f%^&ing birds was about to get what was COMING TO IT!!!!!!!!!! <angry face>

15:52, Today: Aden Bero rolled 20 using 1d20+10. Juggle distraction.
15:52, Today: Aden Bero rolled 6 using 1d20+4. Bluff potion.
Drinks Hater-ade

Mr. Main
 GM, 270 posts
Tue 23 Oct 2012
at 21:23
Re: The test of Marksmanship!
first attempts.
Jack
red
dog
eddie
aden


the birds are released and jack is the first one to react tossing a dagger made of glowing energy at the bird. Attack vs bird ac 20 is a miss and the attack looks like it'll be a hit, but the bird manages to adjust his course and dodge the dagger.

red acts next, drawing his rifle and firing off a quick shot attack vs ac 20 is a miss but misses the bird by a wide margin. Considering his earlier prowess it was unbelievable for him to miss that badly.

dog lets an arrow fly shortly after red pulls his trigger attack vs ac 20 is a hit and his arrow flies true easily knocking a bird out of the sky.

Eddie takes aim with his heavy pistol and fires attack vs ac 20 is a miss missing as well.

OOc ok you are up, three birds left. ac to hit is 20. next round they will be be at 130 feet away. looks like your crossbow's longer range is giving you a slight edge over the gun users.
Aden Bero
 player, 212 posts
 Crazy Hair Mr. Clever
Wed 24 Oct 2012
at 09:22
Re: The test of Marksmanship!
Aden had been aiming at his bird of choice while the others mostly missed.  On instinct he pulled the trigger, and the bolt flew on, looking like it would take the bird.  But it barely missed.

His rage creeped up a bit as he reloaded his crossbow, preparing for a second volley.  At least this shot wouldn't be any more difficult, with the range of his bow.


04:14, Today: Aden Bero rolled 19 using 1d20+7. crossbow. includes -2 range increment, +2 hater-ade attack
Mr. Main
 GM, 278 posts
Wed 24 Oct 2012
at 18:25
Re: The test of Marksmanship!
second attempt
jack
red
eddie
Aden


Jack tosses two daggers this time, obviously hoping that another shot will give him the edge he needs to nail one two attacks vs bird ac is a miss but the distance is just to much and both daggers fall short.

red adopts a different stance takes his time and draws a bead before firing this time before gently squeezing the trigger on his gun. red attack vs bird ac is a hit and blows the pigeon's head clean off.

Eddie also takes his time and aims very carefully before firing attacks vs bird ac is a miss But his shot is even worse than the two daggers jack threw.

so far two birds down, red and dog advance. Aden you're up. the bird is not at 130 feet away, instead of the 90 from last round. so it is still in your second range increment.
Aden Bero
 player, 213 posts
 Crazy Hair Mr. Clever
Wed 24 Oct 2012
at 18:49
Re: The test of Marksmanship!
Aden misses his second shot, and quickly reloads his crossbow, the spring action lever working perfectly. Unfortunately, everything else about the crossbow, mainly how he shoots it, sucks. He manages to get off a second shot, impressive to those who know much about crossbows.  His shot, improbable to begin with, is even further off the mark.

And when his 3rd round comes up, the birds probably further away, his shots continue to miss.

13:40, Today: Aden Bero rolled 12 using 1d20+5. 3rd round attack.
13:35, Today: Aden Bero rolled 10 using 1d20+7 crossbow hero point xtra attack.
13:34, Today: Aden Bero rolled 12 using 1d20+7 crossbow.
Mr. Main
 GM, 280 posts
Wed 24 Oct 2012
at 20:32
Re: The test of Marksmanship!
"Since two of the birds got away it looks like we are going to have a three way shoot off to determine which two of the remaining three contestants advance."

the same official walks over to jack, aden and eddie "We can try it again with two more pigeon's or we can set two targets out for each of you to shoot at. one near and one far. the first two to hit a target will move on. which would you three prefer."

"birds. it's more fun to try and hit live targets." jack replies

"I say the stationary targets, we're more likely to hit those quicker and move the contest forward."

<green>"you have the deciding vote Aden Bero, which challenge do you want?"</darkblue>
Aden Bero
 player, 215 posts
 Crazy Hair Mr. Clever
Wed 24 Oct 2012
at 22:45
Re: The test of Marksmanship!
"Birds! Aden growls the word, annoyed with his incompetence.  He's having difficulty controlling the rage within, and he's about ready to burn this crossbow to cinders.  He was going to win or lose by the death of those flaming birds, because that's what had been said.
Mr. Main
 GM, 289 posts
Thu 25 Oct 2012
at 01:17
Re: The test of Marksmanship!
"More birds!"

OOC: ok you know the drill roll initiative and make 3 attack rolls. we'll try this again.


jack initiative: 23
eddie initiative: 17

jack starts off using twf this time for more attacks.
jack attack one: 20 is a hit, but only needs the first one.
eddie attack 1: 8 horrible miss.

ok so one bird left good luck.


Aden Bero
 player, 216 posts
 Crazy Hair Mr. Clever
Thu 25 Oct 2012
at 18:48
Re: The test of Marksmanship!
Once more, Aden is the last to fire.  He pictures Adrian Mvashti fleeing in terror, running from a sound ass whipping Aden's just delivered.  He pulls the trigger, and Adrian takes the bolt to the back of the head.  He shakes away the murderous vision, fueled by hater-ade, and realizes he's downed a bird, thus moving on to the next round.  He raises his crossbow and shouts in triumph!

13:41, Today: Aden Bero rolled 11 using 1d20+4. init.
13:43, Today: Aden Bero rolled 26 using 1d20+7. crossbow.

Mr. Main
 GM, 296 posts
Thu 25 Oct 2012
at 20:25
Re: The test of Marksmanship!
"With the second round complete Dog, red, jack and aden move on to the semi-finals!"

the official from earlier comes out once again to explain the next round while everything is being set up. "the next round is a shooting range designed to test your aim, reflexes and judgement. as you walk the course targets will present themselves, some will be hostile, some will be bonus and some will be friendlies. hitting a hostile will usually give you one point. hitting a friendly will take away 2 points. hitting a bonus, which pops up at different times in different places is worth 10 points. also each of you will be handed a bead. you are allowed to throw it at the person currently running the course. if you hit them it will deduct 2 points from their score. the course will be timed. the person with the best time gets 10 points and the second best gets five. the 3 with the best scores at the end move on to the finals. dog the winner from the last round gets to choose if he goes first or last. the rest of your turn orders will be determined by lot. Any questions?"
Aden Bero
 player, 217 posts
 Crazy Hair Mr. Clever
Thu 25 Oct 2012
at 21:53
Re: The test of Marksmanship!
Aden shook his head, ready for his luck to turn around.  He'd barely gotten here, scraping by in the first two rounds.  Now it was time to show the crowd what he could do.  Standing still and shooting at stationary and retreating targets was one thing.  This would require speed, quick reflexes, and sharp up close aim.  He had all these.  It was time to take this round.
Mr. Main
 GM, 300 posts
Fri 26 Oct 2012
at 19:56
Re: The test of Marksmanship!
"I'll go last." dog answers as the course is being finalized. lots with your names written on them are made and then drawn. after a minute the order is finally announced "first up is jack, followed by aden, then red and finally dog will go. Good luck!" the announcer calls out.

the course is is set up like a long hallway about 15 foot wide that snakes it's way around. there is a raised section that the other competitor's can watch from and hurl their bead at the one running the course if they choose. OOC remember each of you get's one and a hit reduces the person struck by it points by 2. The three with the highest scores at the end move on. you must hit each hostile target before moving further down the range.

Jack runs the course first. before he starts he manifests two more of those energy daggers.

After walking down the first stretch of hallway, about 10 feet in, two targets representing hostiles pop up. jack stops and hurls the daggers at the two targets simultaneously. attack 1 vs target ac is a hit. attack 2 vs target ac is a hit. suddenly a smaller round target pops up. jack is quick enough to form another dagger and toss it before the target vanishes attack vs bonus target ac is a hit and scores a hit. he moves down the hallway some more. just as he is about to reach the end before the first turn three targets pop up at the same time.

jack forms his daggers once more, but waits until the targets are fully up and he can see what they are before launching his attack. this time it's two civilians with a hostile behind them. jack tosses a dagger attack vs target ac is a hit and strikes the hostile target dead center before moving on. jack starts hurrying down the hall hoping to get a good time when two targets pop up. on reflex jack hurls a dagger at one of them and hits what turns out to be a civilian. a third target then pops up, this one a hostile. Jack nails it and continues down the hall way.

two more hostile target pop up at the end of the hall way. jack stops forms two mind and tosses them both nails both the hostile targets, but as he does so red nails jack in the back with his bead. leaving a large blue spot there. jack glares and continues around the corner. a target pops up, a civilian, jack ignore it. a hostile pops and jack nails it, another civilian pops and jack ignores it. jack comes to the end of the hall moves around the last corner and four targets pop up. Two civilians in front of two hostiles, a fifth target pops up a small bonus one behind all four of those targets in a hard to hit position. jack hurls his first dagger at the bonus before it drops and nails it. he forms another dagger and hurls one from he hand at the two hostiles and nails both civilians. shortly after doing that dog nails jack with his bead as well. Jack, though angered keeps his calm and forms two more daggers and tosses these at the hostiles and finally hits both of these. he then crosses the finish line.

the official comes out and reads jacks final tally "Jack managed to complete the course in one minute and twelve seconds." about 12 rounds "Jack hit all nine hostile targets, 3 civilian targets and was nailed by red and dog.... if you want to hit jack make a ranged touch attack and I'll edit and subtract 2 points ... he hit both bonus targets for a final score of 19 points. If he has the fastest time his score will be 29."

OOC: ok it is not your turn aden. to make things flow easier I'll post the basic layout of what you need to do incident by incident more or less below.

first incident happens after you move 15 feet down the hallway. two hostile targets and a bonus target pop up. all within point blank range. you need to hit at least both hostile targets before moving on. dc to hit hostiles is 10, to hit bonus target is 15.

second incident happens when you reach the first corner. three targets pop up. the suddenness of it makes you take a shot at one of them, which turns out to be a civilian. so make an attack roll against him and then an attack roll against the hostile. normally you would need to take a minus, but since you have precise shot you can shoot at hostiles hiding behind civilians without one. you can move one once you hit the hostile. dc to hit civilian is 10 and to hit the hostile is 12.

third incident: three targets pop up, the first two are civilians, but you managed to id them before you reflexes make you fire. the third one is a hostile. once you hit him you can move on. dc to hit hostile is 10.

incident four: at the end of this hallway at second corner. two hostiles pop up. you can move one once you hit both. dc to hit is 10

fifth incident: three more targets pop up, your reflexes make you fire at one which is a civilan. the second is a hostile you must hit before you move on. the third is a civilian you ignore. dc to hit is 10.

sixth incident. bonus target pops up. two hostiles using two civilians as cover. you can only proceed to the end once you have hit both hostiles. bonus target dc is 20, hostile dc is 12.

once you have cleared all incidents I will tell you how long you took ad what your score was.

Aden Bero
 player, 220 posts
 Crazy Hair Mr. Clever
Sun 28 Oct 2012
at 06:34
Re: The test of Marksmanship!


Aden steps up to the gate, crossbow loaded, half-smirk/snarl on his face.  At the signal he dashes, and after only 15 feet a trio of targets, one a bonus, pop up.  The oracle of flame methodically aims, fires, and reloads while moving with the spring action lever, making it look easy as he hits all three targets, continuously moving forward between each shot..


Moving on without hesitation, at the first corner, 2 civilians and a hostile pop out.  Before he can stop himself, a crossbow bolt protrudes from one of the civilian targets.  He snarls in anger as he moves forward, saying a curse word in Ignan without even realizing it.  He doesn't miss a beat though, reloading the weapon and taking out the hostile, moving on with an unscathed civilian crying for his companion.


When a similar trio pops up the next time, however, he barely stops to aim, picking off the hostile and continuing forward.


He gets on a roll, a pair of hostiles popping up.  His first shot is a perfect bull's eye that he doesn't even aim on, and the second is almost as good.  The oracle is smiling with great satisfaction, his quick speed carrying him forward, his quick reflexes and sharp aim owning the course.


And then his bolt finds another civilian.  GODS SMITE THESE DAMN CIVILIANS! WHAT KINDA IDIOT WOULD JUMP OUT LIKE THAT ANYWAY!!??  These thoughts rush through his head, and his face flushes red with a snarl.  He reloads his crossbow with a slam, picking off the hostile and charging towards the finish line.


5 targets spring up, standing in his way.  2 civilians covering 2 hostiles.  And a really small bonus target a good bit back.  Aden doesn't hesitate for an instant.  With the best smile he can summon under the circumstances (he looks cocky as hell), in rapid succession he fires 2 bolts.  Both fly with precision past both civilians to take the hostiles behind them. And he saves the best for last, striking a pose of triumph as, barely looking, he shoots a bolt right into the most difficult target of the course, taking the bonus points as he runs full speed past the finish line.

With a roar of triumph and adrenaline, he does a hand spring somersault in celebration.  Nailing the landing, he pumps his fist to the crowd and then waves before walking on to his spot.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:10, Sun 28 Oct 2012.

Acolyte Anderson
 NPC, 1 post
Sun 28 Oct 2012
at 14:43
Re: The test of Marksmanship!
"Aden bero managed to complete the course in one minute and eleven seconds about 12 rounds, gave you a second edge because you are 10 feet faster He hit all 9 hostiles, two civilians and both bonus targets. No one tagged him with a bead. His final score is 25. if he has the fastest time his final score will be 35.

then red and dog go...gonna just skip to their final scores to save me an hour of posting.

"Red completed the course in one minute eighteen seconds. he hit all hostiles, no civilians and all bonus targets. jack attempted to tag him but missed for a final perfect score of 29."

"Dog completed the course in one minute eighteen seconds. he hit all hostiles and one civilian and one bonus target. For a final score of 17

"the final tallies are Aden in the lead with 35 points, followed by red with a perfect score of 29 and then finally jack with 24."

"The final round is a contest that not only texts your aim, but also your showmanship. It is a trick shot competition. You must call your shot. If you make it the others must attempt it as well. each success will gain you a point. at the end of the contest the person with the most points wins. you all will call and make shots until a winner is decided. Aden Bero since you are the the victor of the last round. You get to decide if you go first or last."