Chapter Three: Brooken Below.   Posted by The Empire.Group: 0
Gilad Rott
 player, 350 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 54/54 Rec: 9/9
Thu 28 Sep 2017
at 08:23
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
"'Tis most complex, there could be any number of..." the bard trails off, furrowing his brow. He exchanges a futile look with Zanne, as their combined arcane knowledge seems to little avail. Out of the corner of his eye, Gilad notices Shakru, still bound and unconscious. Even if he were himself, the orc could offer little insight into this dilemma. Unless...

"Oh, what the hell." Gilad grumbles, pulling out his sabre and swinging the blade down into the cabinet, repeating his strike a few more times until the thing looks thoroughly wrecked, then adding a kick to the rubble for good measure.

Gilad Rott rolled 15,19,17,20 using d20,d20,d20,d20 with rolls of 15,19,17,20.  Emporium Crystal Destruction!

This message was last edited by the player at 21:14, Thu 28 Sept 2017.

The Empire
 GM, 796 posts
Wed 4 Oct 2017
at 12:21
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
Gilad's sword plunges into the crystal console with a flash of arcane energy. Immediately the shield outside the Emporium fizzles out, and the deep, bowel-loosening buildup of arcane energy you can all sense seems to stutter. As Gilad removes the sword, he can feel it brimming with arcane power.

Meanwhile in the cellar, the energy field blocking the door disappears in a burst of static. The crystal pillar goes haywire, lights washing back and forth too fast to follow. For the first time, the Owner looks scared. The he sees Vander.

"I yield!" he says quickly raising his hands.

Vander, you can still take an action this round.

Gilad, new power for the sword: arcane blast. The sword constantly leeches background magic and can release it in a bolt of energy. Ranged attack +15, 6d6 damage. Recharge: 15+.

Vander
 player, 314 posts
 AC-19, PD-20, MD-15
 HP-54/44, Recovery-8/7
Wed 4 Oct 2017
at 14:55
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
In reply to The Empire (msg # 532):

Vander nods. "Good to know." He says very coldly as he kicks the man in the groin as hard as he can. If and when the man does not transfer another innocent victum to take the place of his pain, Vander proceeds to smash him in the face. Hard. Vander manages to get a hold of himself before he does anything else. They actually need to subhuman loathsome creature alive...and Zanne might not like him if he tortures this thing to death. "Make another move and I will enjoy killing you slowly!" He snarls.

(OOC-Do you want me to roll this out? It seems unneeded. If you do I will use my stun attack i used earlier.

10:39, Tue 26 Sept: Vander rolled 27 using 1d20+12 with rolls of 15.  Slick feint vs Owner.)

This message was last edited by the player at 03:47, Fri 06 Oct 2017.

Sigmund
 player, 493 posts
 AC22 PD 17 MD 14
 HP: 70/70 Rec:7/9
Fri 6 Oct 2017
at 03:39
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
Hearing the commotion below, Sigmund charges into the cellar... but his stride slows as he sees Vander has the situation well in hand. The Owner might still be of use to them, but Sigmund gives the rogue a moment to take out some well-deserved aggression on their foe.

"Call off your army outside. Now." Sigmund growls, grabbing the Owner by the collar and holding his sword up to his throat, leaving no doubt that he's not in the mood to take no for an answer.

---

"I can't believe that worked." Gilad mutters as the smoldering console sputters at his feet. He takes an approving look over his sword, feeling the shift in the arcane energies around it. So approving, in fact, it takes the bard a moment to notice the shield outside flickering.

"Now's our chance!" he calls to Zanne, rushing for the entrance. "Hurry! Get inside while you can!" Gilad shouts through the doorway, looking for any more villagers who might yet be saved...
The Empire
 GM, 799 posts
Sat 14 Oct 2017
at 08:32
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
The Owner has been reduced to a sniveling wreck by the turn of events. "They are not mine to command! Protect the Emporium and I will transport us all to safety and give you back the soul of your friend" he babbles.

Meanwhile in the showroom the villagers are pushing their way into the shop but among them are half a dozen reavers, deadly knights wearing black armour and wielding dual axes. They will tear through the civilians like a fox in a hen-house!

Round 6: Escalation dice +5. Init Order: Party, Villagers, Owner, Invaders.

There are six reavers inside and now around a score of villagers. Any ranged attacks are at -4 due to the crowd, and if you miss by up to four a villager is hit.

Each round another ten villagers and six reavers will enter

Vander and Sigmund are in the cellar, Zanne and Gilad are in the back room and Shakru is lying on the floor of the showroom with the floating sword nearby.


Vander
 player, 315 posts
 AC-19, PD-20, MD-15
 HP-54/44, Recovery-8/7
Mon 16 Oct 2017
at 04:14
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
In reply to The Empire (msg # 535):

"Get the villagers in the shop! This scum says he can get us to safety!" He calls up to the others. However, he steps on the owner's wrist, and keeps his dagger by the man's neck in case he gets any funny ideas.
Gilad Rott
 player, 353 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 54/54 Rec: 9/9
Mon 16 Oct 2017
at 22:30
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
"For your sake, you'd best keep your word!" Sigmund snarls back at the Owner, leaving him to Vander's mercies as he charges back towards the showroom...

---

"Slay the dark knights!" Gilad bursts back into the showroom, shouting a command to the animated sword. But in his haste, the bard neglected to imitate the Owner's voice, and his face falls as he watches the sword remain stationary in the air.

Taking his kantele, the bard begins to play another melody, the call he'd put forth to spirits of the past when they'd fought at the hellhole outside Brooken. A quartet of shadowy figures emerge around the bard, shambling towards the reavers. Before, Gilad had summoned huntsmen, but these undead-- drawn from the heart of the city-- move with a heavier step, and the bard can almost hear the clank of metal in their steps... guardsmen, perhaps, felled in the line of duty.

Whomever they are, Gilad muses, at least they're on our side!


Sigmund moves as far as he can from the cellar towards the showroom. Gilad enters the showroom and casts Summon Undead (from his Jack of Spells talent). 4 zombies, each moves to engage a different reaver. Attacks are 15,19,31,30 vs their ACs (using my quick action to let them add the escalation die to their rolls).

Then he tries to command the sword... and, uh, fails. I think I got the DC low enough with my last two successful commands that it doesn't trigger the antitheft cantrip, at least.

Gilad Rott rolled 4 using 1d3+1 with rolls of 3.  Summon Undead.
Gilad Rott rolled 15,19,31,30 using d20+12,d20+12,d20+12,d20+12 with rolls of 3,7,19,18.  Zombie attacks.
Gilad Rott rolled 19 using 1d20+17 with rolls of 2.  Command sword.

Zanne
 player, 255 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 1/9 HP 26/48
Mon 16 Oct 2017
at 22:39
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
Zanne is right behind Gilad, throwing a small ball of fire towards the nearest reaver. "If you're not fighting, out of the way!"

28 vs PD. 9 damage if that hits.
14:37, Today: Zanne rolled 9 using 3d6+3 with rolls of 2,2,2.  Fire damage.
14:36, Today: Zanne rolled 28 using 1d20+11 with rolls of 17.  SR vs PD.

The Empire
 GM, 803 posts
Wed 25 Oct 2017
at 16:45
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
Gilad's summoned zombies seem to bristle with extra energy in this dismal place. They lurch towards the nearest reavers and engage. The sword ignores his command.

Double HPs, double damage. Still get same + for control roll

Two of the zombies manage to batter through the reavers' black armour and blugeon them to death, damaging themselves in the process.

6HP extra damage from each zombie, so each did 16HPs, enough to kill a reaver. They are mooks, but dangerous. The two zombies took 4 and 5 HPs.

Zanne's burst singes one reaver. The four remaining reavers tackle the zombies one by one, and it takes all four of them to bring one down.

Sigmund rushes back out of the cellar and into the showroom to find a crowd in violent motion. The villagers are pushing towards the corners, toppling displays left and right, while four reavers battle the leaving dead. Six more reavers pile in with another ten villagers.

In the cellar, the owner pleads with Vander. "I need to work the controls" he says in a strangled tone, gingerly pointing to the crystal pillar.

Round 7: Escalation dice +6. Init Order: Party, Villagers, Owner, Invaders.

Other Forces: 10 reavers, one wounded. 3 zombies, two wounded. 1 Sword. 40 villagers

Vander
 player, 316 posts
 AC-19, PD-20, MD-15
 HP-54/44, Recovery-8/7
Wed 25 Oct 2017
at 23:33
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
In reply to The Empire (msg # 539):

Vander realized he had no choice but to trust the man. They had to get out of here. "Ok..." he said, dragging the man to his feet and keeping the dagger at his neck. "Fair warning. I see anything I don't like, you get a silt throat." He snarled. Then he yelled up stairs. "ZANNE! HE SAYS HE NEEDS TO WORK THEORY CONTROLS! COME DOWN AND SEE IF HE'S LYING!"
Sigmund
 player, 494 posts
 AC22 PD 17 MD 14
 HP: 70/70 Rec:7/9
Fri 27 Oct 2017
at 05:41
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
Sigmund wastes no time barreling through the debris and past the fleeing crowd, swinging his blade at the reavers bursting into the showroom.


Sigmund moves to attack an unengaged reaver in melee, rolls a natural 1, uses his reroll for the battle. 23 vs AC, 16 damage on a hit, 4 on a miss. Hit or miss, he uses the Carve an Opening maneuver to expand his crit range to 18-20 (since it's the second time he's used it this battle). No intercept available this round.

Sigmund rolled 15 using 1d20+14 with rolls of 1.  Melee attack.
Sigmund rolled 23 using 1d20+14 with rolls of 9.  Melee attack (reroll).
Sigmund rolled 16 using 4d8+4 with rolls of 2,3,3,4.  Damage.
Sigmund rolled 5 using 1d20 with rolls of 5.  Intercept.

Gilad Rott
 player, 354 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 54/54 Rec: 9/9
Fri 27 Oct 2017
at 06:00
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
As the battle rages around him, Gilad grimaces disapprovingly back at the immobile sword. "The warriors in black, cull them! Defend the emporium!" he sneers imperiously, doing his best to get back in character.

The sword wavers, but the bard hasn't a moment to spare to wait and see if it's feeling receptive to his orders. With more reavers still spilling in, Gilad leaps into the fray, stabbing at one with his sword.


Three more zombie attacks, using a quick action to let them use the escalation die, 27/28/14 vs AC. A roll of 27 to command the animated sword to attack our enemies, hopefully more successfully than last round! Finally, Gilad goes after an unengaged reaver in melee. 20 vs AC, 23 damage on a hit, 4 on a miss. Hang Tough battle cry grants 4 temp hp to Sigmund.

Gilad Rott rolled 27,28,14 using d20+13,d20+13,d20+13 with rolls of 14,15,1.  Zombie attacks.
Gilad Rott rolled 27 using 1d20+17 with rolls of 10.  Command sword.
Gilad Rott rolled 20 using 1d20+15 with rolls of 5.  Melee attack.
Gilad Rott rolled 23 using 4d8+5 with rolls of 5,2,7,4.  Damage.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:00, Fri 27 Oct 2017.

Zanne
 player, 256 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 1/9 HP 26/48
Mon 30 Oct 2017
at 23:36
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
"Kinda busy!" Zanne shouts back to Vander as she blasts at another one of the reavers. "Try Gilad- he's the expert!"

34 vs PD, 10 fire damage. If my damage rolls could stop being pathetic, that'd be great.

15:33, Today: Zanne rolled 10 using 3d6+3 with rolls of 1,2,4.  Fire damage.
15:32, Today: Zanne rolled 34 using 1d20+15 with rolls of 19.


The Empire
 GM, 807 posts
Mon 6 Nov 2017
at 14:30
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
Two zombies score bruising blows and Sigmund and Gilad both neatly skewer a reaver each, then Zanne's blast hits one of the reavers already weakened by a zombie, blasting it noisily back into a display case that shatters into a millions pieces of crystal.

The sword is back under Gilad's control, and seems eager to join the fray, launching itself point first at the nearest reaver. Sadly, it's blow is badly timed and the reaver manages to parry it.

Back in the cellar the Owner, assuming Vander's approval, starts manipulating the control pillar, and you all feel a lurch in your guts as the primal energies start to build again.

The reavers mob the zombies, and two of them are chopped to pieces, leaving one left standing (or lurching).

Suddenly the last villagers come through the door in a spray of blood and body parts as a huge reaver, almost 8ft tall and wielding a double-headed axe powers into the room. Behind him the force shield snaps back into place, leaving a crowd of enraged reavers outside.

The surviving villagers flee to the corners of the showroom, leaving the field to the warriors.

Round 8: Escalation dice +6. Init Order: Party, Villagers, Owner, Invaders.

Other Forces: 7 reavers, 2 wounded (one -5, one -9). 1 wounded zombie. 1 Sword. 40 villagers. One mega-reaver.

Gilad, no need to issue any more unders until the reavers are dead

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:20, Mon 06 Nov 2017.

Vander
 player, 317 posts
 AC-19, PD-20, MD-15
 HP-54/44, Recovery-8/7
Mon 6 Nov 2017
at 14:37
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
In reply to The Empire (msg # 544):

"Speed it up!" Vander snapped at the owner. His knife still ready, but he could only hope to get his friends and the villagers out of here.
Gilad Rott
 player, 355 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 54/54 Rec: 9/9
Sun 12 Nov 2017
at 00:35
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
"Down, beast! You'll harm these folk no more!" Gilad proclaims as the mighty reaver enters the fray. As Sigmund charges at the reaver with a swing of his sword, the bard intones words of confusion and discord, filling his foe's mind with mocking laughter...


Sigmund engages the big reaver. 22 vs AC, dealing 22 damage on a hit (Deadly Assault maneuver lets me reroll 1s and 2s from initial damage roll). 4 damage on a miss. No intercept available this round.

Sigmund rolled 22 using 1d20+14 with rolls of 8.  Melee attack.
Sigmund rolled 17 using 4d8+4 with rolls of 1,2,4,6.  Damage.
Sigmund rolled 8 using 2d8 with rolls of 1,7.  Deadly Assault damage rerolls.
Sigmund rolled 9 using 1d20 with rolls of 9.  Intercept.

Gilad casts Vicious Mockery on the big reaver, 25 vs MD, for 21 psychic damage on a hit, 4 on a miss. Until it saves, the big reaver takes half damage from its own missed attacks. The remaining zombie attacks a normal reaver, 16 vs AC.

Gilad Rott rolled 25 using 1d20+14 with rolls of 11.  Vicious Mockery.
Gilad Rott rolled 21 using 6d6+4 with rolls of 1,3,6,2,4,1.  Damage.
Gilad Rott rolled 16 using 1d20+13 with rolls of 3.  Zombie attack.

Zanne
 player, 257 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 1/9 HP 26/48
Tue 14 Nov 2017
at 20:13
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
As the giant reaver enters the fray, Zanne  curses. She makes a couple of quick gestures, pointing to the ceiling with her wand and drawing a line towards the giant. A bolt of lightning follows her gesture, striking the axe and leaping from there to the nearest two reavers.

Time for Lightning Fork! Targeting the mega reaver (31 PD) with the first bolt, two other reavers (29 and 30 PD) with the chains. 21 damage.

11:09, Today: Zanne rolled 23 using 7d6+3 with rolls of 2,1,4,6,1,1,5.  Lightning Damage.
11:05, Today: Zanne rolled 30 using 1d20+15 with rolls of 15.  Lightning Fork (reaver).
11:04, Today: Zanne rolled 29 using 1d20+15 with rolls of 14.  Lightning fork (reaver).
11:03, Today: Zanne rolled 31 using 1d20+15 with rolls of 16.  Free Reroll.

The Empire
 GM, 809 posts
Mon 20 Nov 2017
at 12:07
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
The huge reaver's armour and weapon burst into dark flames as the combat commences. Sigmund lands a nasty stab, Gilad cutting words cause sever psychic trauma and Zanne's spellcraft not only badly shocks the reaver, two lesser reavers are killed outright by the forked lightning.

None the less, although shaken, it is still dangerous. Sigmund is burned by his proximity to the dark flames, and when the reaver commander lands a blow with his sword, the flames start spreading onto his armour.

20HP damage from the sword, 5HP from fighting it at close quarters, and 7HP ongoing fire damage. I took account of the 4 temporary HPs.

The sword skewers the two wounded reavers and guts a further uninjured one, glowing with satisfaction. The remaining reavers bring down the last zombie.

Downstairs, the Owner works on the pillar of light, his movements gaining speed and confidence as the pulsing power you can all feel grows in intensity...

Round 9: Escalation dice +6. Init Order: Party, Villagers, Owner, Invaders.

Other Forces: 2 reavers. 1 Sword. 40 villagers. One shaken mega-reaver.

Sigmund
 player, 495 posts
 AC22 PD 17 MD 14
 HP: 68/70 Rec:6/9
Wed 22 Nov 2017
at 05:10
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
Gritting his teeth, Sigmund ignores the burns and carves another slice out of the massive reaver, before drawing back into a defensive stance. The warrior takes a quick glance at the remaining pair of reavers, ready to spring when they make their move...


Sigmund uses Tough as Iron to rally as a quick action, heals 26hp (Strong Recovery lets him reroll the lowest die from the recovery, though he only gets a single hit point out of it this time, bah.)

Melee attack against the big reaver, 31 vs AC for 28 damage; Defensive Fighting maneuver gives Sigmund +2 AC until the end of his next turn.

Rolled Skilled Intercept in advance: If either of the remaining reavers moves to engage another ally, Sigmund will intercept them and take the attack instead, taking half-damage if it hits.

Gilad's turn coming tomorrow!


Sigmund rolled 25 using 4d10+3 with rolls of 4,7,1,10.  Recovery.
Sigmund rolled 2 using 1d10 with rolls of 2.  Strong Recovery reroll.
Sigmund rolled 31 using 1d20+14 with rolls of 17.  Melee attack.
Sigmund rolled 28 using 4d8+4 with rolls of 7,6,7,4.  Damage.
Sigmund rolled 19 using 1d20 with rolls of 19.  Intercept.

Gilad Rott
 player, 356 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 54/54 Rec: 9/9
Mon 4 Dec 2017
at 09:21
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
"Stand strong, my friend, we'll yet carry the day!" Gilad calls to Sigmund, charging towards the mighty reaver. The bard can feel himself being singed by their foe's fiery aura, but presses forward with a stab into the monster's heart!


The die roller is going through a mood swing; Gilad attacks the big reaver in melee, rolls a natural 1, uses his reroll for the battle and rolls a 20! 58 damage.

If possible (not sure about the duration or if it gets a save), I'll use my Take Heart battle cry to give Sigmund a saving throw against the ongoing damage he's taking.

Gilad Rott rolled 16 using 1d20+15 with rolls of 1.  Melee attack.
Gilad Rott rolled 35 using 1d20+15 with rolls of 20.  Melee attack (reroll).
Gilad Rott rolled 29 using 4d8+5 with rolls of 6,8,8,2.  Damage (crit, doubled).
Sigmund rolled 16 using 1d20 with rolls of 16.  Saving Throw (from Gilad).

Zanne
 player, 258 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 1/9 HP 26/48
Wed 6 Dec 2017
at 23:20
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
"Should have stayed out!" Another ball of fire from Zanne crashes into the enemy's ranks.

31 vs mega reaver's PD, if he's still standing after Gilad and Sigmund. Otherwise one of the remaining reavers. 16 fire damage, and 6 ongoing.

14:15, Today: Zanne rolled 6 using 2d4 with rolls of 3,3.  Ongoing Fire.
14:15, Today: Zanne rolled 16 using 3d6+3 with rolls of 5,2,6.  Fire Damage.
14:14, Today: Zanne rolled 31 using 1d20+15 with rolls of 16.  Scorch Ray.

The Empire
 GM, 813 posts
Fri 22 Dec 2017
at 07:28
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
The remaining reavers are ruthlessly dispatched, with Gilad skewering the leader's heart and Zanne and Sigmund quickly bringing down the remaining foot soldiers. Meanwhile in the cellar the Owner completes his manipulation of the pillar and with a lurch the Emporium drops into the infinite.

But something is wrong! You all experience an indescribable sensation as you see all the various futures in the mulitverse spiraling away from you in an almost unbearable rush. Most of the villagers immediately fall unconscious, but for those with the mental strength to process the onslaught, even for a few moments, is the chance to gain real insight into the myriad realities and your place within them.

In the cellar the Owner, clearly more experienced in this medium, tries to make it towards one of the crystals coffins...

OK to stay conscious for a few moments make a Int, Wis or Cha roll DC25, add level and magic skills.

If you succeed roll once on the Boon table below. Vander, instead of rolling on the table, you may stab and kill the Owner if you like.

Roll d6 to see how your glimpse into the infinite possible futures has changed you.

1. +2 Wisdom
2. New relationship: Lucky(3)
3. New power: Cheat death: Killing Blow -> miss. Recharge 15+
4. New power: See the (near-term) future. Recharge 15+
5. New skill: I have seen the infinite +3
6. +1 on all rolls

Gilad Rott
 player, 359 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 54/54 Rec: 9/9
Fri 22 Dec 2017
at 20:01
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
His mind reeling as reality seemingly unweaves itself around him, Gilad falls to his knees. Ttrying to focus, the bard turns and feebly makes for the cellar entrance, but feels his consciousness slipping...


Gilad Rott rolled 17 using 1d20+13 with rolls of 4.  CHA + Wandering Minstrel.

Ah well, no luck on this one. No point rolling with Sigmund, he hasn't the stats to hit DC25.

Zanne
 player, 260 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 1/9 HP 26/48
Sat 23 Dec 2017
at 01:51
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
Zanne has just turned towards the cellar when the world unravels. She opens her mouth but succumbs before whatever she was going to say makes it out.

Also no.
16:43, Today: Zanne rolled 16 using 1d20+11 with rolls of 5.  Cha+Level+SS.

Vander
 player, 320 posts
 AC-19, PD-20, MD-15
 HP-54/44, Recovery-8/7
Sat 23 Dec 2017
at 03:52
Re: Chapter 3: Brooken Below
In reply to The Empire (msg # 552):

Vander did not hesitate. Maybe his hatred of the man figured in, but logically giving the owner access to anything magical would be a deadly mistake-and he had told the guy not to move. Vander proceeded to cut his throat and knocked him to the ground. Making sure he was no where near the crystal coffin he was headed to, and put himself in the way of the body and those devices just to be sure.

He stands over the man, wondering if he had acted in haste. Given how the man had used innocent people as magical human shields-with fatal results-Vander pushed back any feelings of doubt. He was no assassin, but he had killed before when he had no other choice. He only hoped Zanne would not think ill of him.. Then he felt his vision start to fade. Maybe he had not killed them man soon enough...

This message was last edited by the player at 03:53, Sat 23 Dec 2017.