Chapter Two: Back to Brooken.   Posted by The Empire.Group: 0
The Empire
 GM, 494 posts
Fri 2 Oct 2015
at 10:39
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
In a joint effort the party lay into the remaining ballista until the mechanism is disabled for now...

Vethryn and Shakru, who were engaged last round, fight back but neither of them can land a blow.

Then the horde of clockwork insects catches up with the rest of party and swarms over the of defenders. Everyone is engaged with five opponents. No-one escapes the attention of their pincers, claws and drills.

12HP Gilad, 8HP Zanne, Durum and Vander, 16HP Vethryn, 4HP Shakru and Sigmund.

The workers hang back for now, evidently waiting for the clockwork insects to thin out the defence.

Round 15. Escalation dice +6(+1). Init order: Shakru(5), Zanne(5), Gilad(5), Vander(5), Sigmund(5), Vethryn(5), Durum(5), workers, clockwork insects.

Ballisa 1-3, AC 20, 50HP to disable, XX/50, XX/50, -3/50
Linkage 1-3, AC 18, 30HP to disable, 30/30, 26/30, 30/30
Main tower AC 22, 120HP to disable, 120/120

Far Away:
Central tower

Nearby:
Ballista #1
Linkage #1
Ballista #3
Linkage #3
20 workers
36 clockwork insects, 35 engaged.

Vander
 player, 195 posts
 AC-18, PD-19, MD-14
 HP-45/42 Recovery-8/6
Fri 2 Oct 2015
at 12:57
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
Vander once again vanishes, attempting to find an opening to take out the final Ballista.

(OOC-08:56, Today: Vander rolled 20 using 1d20+15.  Shadow walk. If that misses, I get my full normal actions this round. If that hits I am once again  not a target.)
Sigmund
 player, 263 posts
 Human Fighter
 HP: 50/59 Rec:4/9
Fri 2 Oct 2015
at 17:58
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
Sigmund, annoyed at the little machines, swats at them. He fights through the pain they inflicted, almost dismissively.

Hits AC 20 for 13 hp after Deadly Assault allowed me the re-roll of the 1 on damage. Also use my daily Tough as Iron to do a second recovery as a minor action and heal 19 hp.

13:56, Today: Sigmund rolled 19 using 4d10+3, dropping the lowest dice only with rolls of 4,2,10,2.  Tough as Iron Daily.
13:55, Today: Sigmund rolled 5 using 1d8 with rolls of 5.  Deadly Assault--re-rolling the 1's.
13:55, Today: Sigmund rolled 9 using 3d8+4 with rolls of 1,2,2.  Damage on insects.
13:54, Today: Sigmund rolled 20 using 1d20+12 with rolls of 8.  Against the Clockwork Insects!

This message was last edited by the player at 22:33, Fri 02 Oct 2015.

Vethryn
 player, 168 posts
 High Elf Cleric
 HP: 21/32 Rec: 6/8
Fri 2 Oct 2015
at 22:26
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
Vethryn whirls her spear about like a staff, giving up on plunging the steel head into mechanical vitals and focusing on extracting herself from a bad situation. With a roar of pain and fury that sounds tinny coming from elvish lips, she pulls away from the group.

"Gurshtak! Ushug thinks you should crush these metal things before they kill us all!"


Standard: Rally
Move: Disengage and flee

17:59, Today: Vethryn rolled 13 using 3d8+2.  Rally.
17:58, Today: Vethryn rolled 15 using 1d20.  Disengage (please).

Zanne
 player, 144 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 4/9 HP 31/40
Sun 4 Oct 2015
at 02:14
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
After the fireball leaves her hand, Zanne whirls to face the oncoming horde of clattering bugs. The first one to leap is struck in midair by a blast from her wand.

27 vs insect PD. 13 thunder damage, And the next one to hit me takes 7 damage.

18:14, Today: Zanne rolled 7 using 2d6.  Shield Damage.
18:08, Today: Zanne rolled 13 using 3d6+3.  Damage.
18:08, Today: Zanne rolled 27 using 1d20+13.  Echoing Thunder.
18:07, Today: Zanne rolled 15 using 1d20.  EG.

Gilad Rott
 player, 218 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 11/45 Rec: 1/9
Sun 4 Oct 2015
at 05:06
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
Although he feels his strength fading, Gilad holds his position beside the final ballista, swinging his sabre frantically as he tries to fight off the insect horde.

If a roll of 24 hits their AC, Gilad deals 25 damage to the insects. If it misses, 3 damage.

Gilad Rott rolled 24 using 1d20+14 with rolls of 10.  Melee Attack vs Insects.
Gilad Rott rolled 25 using 3d8+5 with rolls of 6,7,7.  Damage.

Durum Stoneguard
 player, 183 posts
 Dwarf, Druid; AC 18
 HP: 38/45; Rec: 1/9
Mon 5 Oct 2015
at 00:03
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
Durum turns his attention, and warhammer, to the clockwork insects. Nature's power flows back into him focusing his mind on the battle.

OOC 34 vs AC should easily hit. That's a total of 19 damage to the clockwork insects. He invokes Ancestral Guidance to recharge his flexible melee attacks and increase his damage by 2.
  15:59, Today: Durum Stoneguard rolled 34 using 1d20+15.  Warhammer (attack).
  16:00, Today: Durum Stoneguard rolled 17 using 3d8+6.  Warhammer (damage).

Shakru
 player, 195 posts
 Half-orc barbarian
 Hits 45 / 38 rec: 5/4
Mon 12 Oct 2015
at 09:20
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
The Half Orc starts to revel in the mayhem of the battle and his axe becomes an extension of his arm and a deadly extension at that as he sets about the mechanical creatures swarming him.


OOC:
10:22, Today: Shakru rolled 18 using 1d20+10.  Axe attack.
10:22, Today: Shakru rolled 20 using 3d10+7.  damage.

This message was last edited by the player at 09:23, Mon 12 Oct 2015.

The Empire
 GM, 499 posts
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 06:27
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
The party fights back, smashing and 13 of the insects to scrap with might and magic and damaging four more. Another one explodes after attacking Zanne.

Insects are AC18, PD11, MD15 with 6HP.

The remaining insects regroup and attack, with 2 catching up with Vethryn. As before, they are becoming more accurate, learning your weak spots.

9HP Shakru and Zanne, 6HP Gilad, Sigmund and Durum, 3HP Vethryn.

Meanwhile five workers rush the unguarded ballisat and make lightning repairs. With a groan of steel, the mechanism starts winding again.

Round 16. Escalation dice +6(+2). Init order: Shakru(4, one 4/6HP), Zanne(4), Gilad(4, one 5/6HP), Vander, Sigmund(4, one 5/6HP), Vethryn(2), Durum(4, one 3/6HP), workers, clockwork insects.

Ballisa 1-3, AC 20, 50HP to disable, XX/50, XX/50, 22/50
Linkage 1-3, AC 18, 30HP to disable, 30/30, 26/30, 30/30
Main tower AC 22, 120HP to disable, 120/120

Far Away:
Central tower

Nearby:
Ballista #1
Linkage #1
Ballista #3
Linkage #3
20 workers
22 clockwork insects, 22 engaged.

Zanne
 player, 145 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 4/9 HP 22/40
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 07:05
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
Zanne winces as the insects bite into her exposed flesh. "Damn! Ow! Damn!" she shouts as the pain causes her blast to fly past the one she was aiming at, adding a final "Ha!" as the blast of sound smashes into the clockwork behind it.

Editted, because it was a hit. 15 damage and next one to hit takes 8.

13:56, Today: Zanne rolled 8 using 2d6.  Shield.
13:56, Today: Zanne rolled 15 using 3d6+3.  Damage.
23:01, Today: Zanne rolled 15 using 1d20+13.  Attack.
23:00, Today: Zanne rolled 10 using 1d20.  EG.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:59, Wed 14 Oct 2015.

Shakru
 player, 196 posts
 Half-orc barbarian
 Hits 45 / 38 rec: 5/4
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 07:18
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
Shakru takes the bites in his stride and turns to face the next wave of mechanical monsters. Legs firmly planted apart his powerful arms swung his axe once more.

OOC:
08:18, Today: Shakru rolled 19 using 1d20+11.  axe attack.
08:19, Today: Shakru rolled 26 using 3d10+7.  damage.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:19, Wed 14 Oct 2015.

Sigmund
 player, 265 posts
 Human Fighter
 HP: 53/59 Rec:4/9
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 13:06
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
Likewise, Sigmund takes the pricks in stride and hacks mightily at the clockwork insects, cutting a goodly number of them to pieces. He tries a swing at the workers as well, but only gets a piece of one.

Attacking clockwork insects--CRITICAL HIT, does 42 hp damage. Natural even roll, so Hack N Slash on workers (or ballista if we can't reach the workers). Miss for 3 hp.

09:04, Today: Sigmund rolled 17 using 1d20+12 with rolls of 5.  Hack n Slash on workers or ballista.
08:51, Today: Sigmund rolled 21 using 3d8+4.  Damage (doubled for crit!!).
08:51, Today: Sigmund rolled 32 using 1d20+12.  Sigmund on insects.

Vethryn
 player, 169 posts
 High Elf Cleric
 HP: 18/32 Rec: 6/8
Wed 14 Oct 2015
at 15:46
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
Vethryn dashes away from the two spiders so eager to sink claws into her bleeding flesh. "By Ushug, I strike you!" roars out as a beam of pure white flame shoots out and smolders into the Ballista currently being repaired. Even if she only delays the spiders a while, it should give the others time to kill the beings currently giving them issues.

Move: Disengage and approach the Ballista
Standard: Javelin of Faith: 18 vs PD for 18 or 3 damage

11:42, Today: Vethryn rolled 14 using 1d20-1.  Disengage.
11:43, Today: Vethryn rolled 18 using 1d20+13.  Javelin of Faith: Ballista.
11:43, Today: Vethryn rolled 18 using 3d8+4.  JoF Damage: Holy. 

Gilad Rott
 player, 219 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 5/45 Rec: 1/9
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 06:05
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
The bard's on his last legs, but with still more of the clockwork insects swarming him, Gilad has no choice but to keep on fighting. With an exhausted cry, he swings his sabre in a wide arc, slashing apart three more of his foes.

19 damage to the insects. Zanne, you get 4 temp hp from my Hang Tough battle cry.

Gilad Rott rolled 29 using 1d20+14 with rolls of 15.  Melee Attack vs Insects.
Gilad Rott rolled 19 using 3d8+5.  Damage.

Vander
 player, 197 posts
 AC-18, PD-19, MD-14
 HP-45/42 Recovery-8/6
Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 18:45
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
Vander appears near Zanne, ready to distract some of her foes. He does throw a dagger at the Ballista-which seems to be on its last legs...

(OOC-Throwing Dagger at Ballista, joining in Zanne's melee to be another target for her foes.

14:43, Today: Vander rolled 4 using 1d6.  Sneak attack.
14:42, Today: Vander rolled 24 using 3d8+4.  Flying blade damage at Ballista, doubled for shadow walk.
14:41, Today: Vander rolled 23 using 1d20+13.  Flying blade at Ballista.

Damage to Ballista=48. Doubled after sneak attack. If its a miss, damage is only 14.)

Durum Stoneguard
 player, 184 posts
 Dwarf, Druid; AC 18
 HP: 41/45; Rec: 1/9
Sat 17 Oct 2015
at 22:33
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
OOC I believe that Vander took down the ballista again. As Durum is in melee with the ballista, I'm going to assume he can attack the workers that are repairing it.

Durum ignores the clockwork insects focusing instead on the workers trying to repair the ballista. His warhammer strikes at the clockwork repair drones to little effect. While his attack inflicts little damage, the power of earth and stone heals some of Durum's injuries.

OOC 17 vs. AC is a miss for 3 damage. I trigger Warrior's Blessing for a self-heal.
  14:28, Today: Durum Stoneguard rolled 17 using 1d20+15.  Warhammer (attack).
  14:30, Today: Durum Stoneguard rolled 9 using 1d6+3.  Warrior's Blessing (heal).

The Empire
 GM, 503 posts
Tue 20 Oct 2015
at 05:39
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
The party take down over a dozen insects this round in a rain of dented iron and steam. The remaining insects retaliate, their attacks still becoming more accurate.

9HP Zanne, 3HP Gilad, 12HP Durum.

Vander's blow halts the mechanism once again but five workers scuttle over to effect repairs, heedless of the wood elf's defence.

Opportunity attack for you Vander.

Round 17. Escalation dice +6(+3). Init order: Shakru, Zanne(2 one on 3/6HP), Gilad(1 on 5/6HP), Vander, Sigmund, Vethryn, Durum(4, one 3/6HP), workers, clockwork insects.

Ballisa 1-3, AC 20, 50HP to disable, XX/50, XX/50, -29/50
Linkage 1-3, AC 18, 30HP to disable, 30/30, 26/30, 30/30
Main tower AC 22, 120HP to disable, 120/120

Far Away:
Central tower

Nearby:
Ballista #1
Linkage #1
Ballista #3
Linkage #3
20 workers
7 clockwork insects, 7 engaged

Vethryn
 player, 171 posts
 High Elf Cleric
 HP: 18/32 Rec: 3/8
Wed 21 Oct 2015
at 03:39
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
Vethryn looks around, surprised to find all the insects have fled to other targets. Looking around the battlefield, she identifies a particularly thick patch of the creatures around Durum and launches a storm of holy arrows at the creatures.

23:29, Today: Vethryn rolled 24 using 1d20+13.  JoF Attack: PD.
23:30, Today: Vethryn rolled 20 using 3d6+4.  JoF Damage: Holy.

Gilad Rott
 player, 220 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 2/45 Rec: 1/9
Wed 21 Oct 2015
at 06:41
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
Doubled over and barely conscious, Gilad still musters up the wherewithall to roll under a swing from the final insect facing him, and counters with a slash that splits the clockwork beast in two.

Gilad Rott rolled 24 using 1d20+14 with rolls of 10.  Melee Attack vs Insects.
Gilad Rott rolled 28 using 3d8+5.  Damage.

Shakru
 player, 197 posts
 Half-orc barbarian
 Hits 45 / 38 rec: 5/4
Wed 21 Oct 2015
at 07:58
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
Seeing Gilad on his last legs the Half Orc barbarian steps between him and the remaining insects and starts swinging his great axe.

OOC:
08:59, Today: Shakru rolled 26 using 1d20+12.  axe attack
08:59, Today: Shakru rolled 19 using 3d10+7.  damage.

This message was last edited by the player at 08:00, Wed 21 Oct 2015.

Zanne
 player, 146 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 4/9 HP 17/40
Wed 21 Oct 2015
at 18:24
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
Once again, Zanne throws forth a blast of thunder at the insects around her while shielding herself.

15 damage, and the next one to hit takes 11.

10:21, Today: Zanne rolled 11 using 2d6.  Shield.
10:21, Today: Zanne rolled 15 using 3d6+3.  Damage.
10:21, Today: Zanne rolled 21 using 1d20+13.  Echoing Thunder.

Vander
 player, 198 posts
 AC-18, PD-19, MD-14
 HP-45/42 Recovery-8/6
Wed 21 Oct 2015
at 18:34
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
In reply to Zanne (msg # 427):

Vander kicks out with a boot to knock some of the bugs senseless. "Somebody finish off that last Ballista!"

OOC-As the bugs seem to be a mob creature, one of my attacks should affect a group of them, right? If so, I will attack with my daze skill. Hit with the daze-which should effect the group on Zanne, but miss with the secondary and opperunity attack.

14:30, Today: Vander rolled 16 using 1d20+15.  Slick feint secondary attack.
14:29, Today: Vander rolled 28 using 1d20+13.  Slick Feint.
14:25, Today: Vander rolled 17 using 1d20+13.  Oppertunity attack.

The Empire
 GM, 504 posts
Sun 25 Oct 2015
at 10:24
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
You destroy the last few clockwork insects and swiftly disable the ballista beyond any hope of repair. The High Ark is saved and immediately you see the Hellhole react; the earth shakes and plumes of flame and steam blast from the main structure, repeated in miniature on the central tower. The linkages run wild and then come apart, and the clockwork invaders in the last metal dart are broiled alive as their boilers overheat explosively.

As you stand on the bare, blasted rock of the tortured hillside surrounded by a sea of clockwork body parts a curious feeling of well-being comes up from the earth itself with a whisper of thanks. Durum is surrounded by a patch of swift-growing, waving grass.

One extra recovery for everyone, and 2 for anyone with a ambiguous or positive relationship with the High Druid.

As the Hellhole starts collapsing into itself a huge thunderhead of steam, smoke and lightning starts forming above its death throes, growing bigger and more purposeful every moment...
Shakru
 player, 198 posts
 Half-orc barbarian
 Hits 45 / 38 rec: 5/4
Mon 26 Oct 2015
at 08:20
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
The Half Orc looked up "I suggest we run !!!" shouted the barbarian as he made to run back the way they had come


OOC:16:08, Today: Shakru rolled 30 using 3d12+2.  recovery. back to full hp

This message was last edited by the player at 16:09, Mon 26 Oct 2015.

Vander
 player, 199 posts
 AC-18, PD-19, MD-14
 HP-45/42 Recovery-8/6
Mon 26 Oct 2015
at 12:36
Re: Chapter Two: Back to Brooken
"Good idea!" Vander said, and made sure Zanne was coming along as well. He was not going anywhere unless she did.

(Ooc-spend one recovery and heal 21 hp. I have a connection to high druid.)

This message was last edited by the player at 20:24, Mon 26 Oct 2015.