Chapter One: The Hidden Valley.   Posted by The Empire.Group: 0
Martin Black
 player, 107 posts
 Human, Paladin
 HP: 10/40; Rec: 0/8
Wed 20 Aug 2014
at 21:23
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
Martin is about to speak up when Vethryn does so. Rather than confuse the issue, he remains silent but moves closer to Sigmund ready to defend his friend.
Sigmund
 player, 148 posts
 Human Fighter
 HP: 16/48 Rec: 3/9
Thu 21 Aug 2014
at 00:04
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
Sigmund frowns. It is never a pleasure to meet a hobgoblin, much less one that uses a name that he would rather leave in his sack.

"If you know who I am, fellow, then first state your name. I do not parlay with strangers. Second, as my companion said, I parlay with my comrades at my side or not at all."

His powerful form stands straight, with the dignity borne from very high station, his dark eyes flashing as his hair flies in the wind.
The Empire
 GM, 243 posts
Thu 21 Aug 2014
at 16:06
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
The hobgoblin goggles at Vethryn, evidently taken aback by her presence, but then he rallies.

It was pretty good though. The enemy will be on -2 attack for the first round of combat (if it comes to that).

"Let's get to the heart of the matter. The Orc Lord wants you, Sigos ir . And what he wants, he gets... eventually. I was lucky enough to pick up your trail, and now I'm collecting another bounty. I've got my boys behind me, enough to deal with you all, I reckon. So human, if you value your friends' lives, hand yourself over sharpish"
Sigmund
 player, 149 posts
 Human Fighter
 HP: 16/48 Rec: 3/9
Thu 21 Aug 2014
at 16:40
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
Sigmund laughs out loud. "You want my answer. Here's my answer, scum."

And, with a lightning-like move, his sword is out...

Sigmund's going to cut this hobgoblin to shreds for even mentioning the Orc Lord. Initiative 18.

12:39, Today: Sigmund rolled 16 using 1d20+4. Initiative.

13:07, Today: Sigmund rolled 18 using 1d20+4. Quick to fight other roll.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:07, Fri 22 Aug 2014.

Vethryn
 player, 95 posts
 High Elf Cleric
 HP: 32/32 Rec: 7/8
Thu 21 Aug 2014
at 16:59
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
"Wait, Sigmund - "

Vethryn then sighs as Sigmund draws his sword, and pulls her spear out just as quickly.

"You're still wounded, if you haven't noticed."

She then speaks to the hobgoblin in an unfamiliar language, the one she uses for calling on her god in battle.

"I remain a loyal priestess of Ushug, raised in the heart of the Frost Ranges," she says to the hobgoblin.  "But Ushug  despises those cowards who turn their backs on those who have fought by their side.  I will arrange things with the Orc Lord.  You can still flee. "

12:54, Today: Vethryn rolled 18 using 1d20+4. Initiative.
The Empire
 GM, 244 posts
Thu 21 Aug 2014
at 17:09
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
OK, everyone else roll Init please :)
Vander
 player, 111 posts
 Thief, con artist, Rake..
 ...but has his own code
Thu 21 Aug 2014
at 17:58
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley

OOC-13:58, Today: Vander rolled 16 using 1d20+6. Initative.
Zanne
 player, 84 posts
 Human Sorcerer
Thu 21 Aug 2014
at 18:26
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
"Was hoping to get some rest before I had to set someone on fire. But, if you insist..." Zanne's wand is out and ready before she's finished speaking.

10:24, Today: Zanne rolled 25 using 1d20+5. Init.
Gilad Rott
 player, 119 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 16/36 Recoveries: 4/8
Thu 21 Aug 2014
at 19:52
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
"Aye, I was hoping for a respite." Gilad quips to Sigmund, preparing for battle. "Your friends have no sense of dramatic timing."

Gilad Rott rolled 18 using 1d20+6. Initiative.
Martin Black
 player, 108 posts
 Human, Paladin
 HP: 10/40; Rec: 0/8
Thu 21 Aug 2014
at 20:08
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
12:06, Today: Martin Black rolled 16 using 1d20+1. Quick to Fight Initiative.

"If it's a fight you want, a fight you will get." Martin calls out. For this foe the Sword of the Storm quickly slides from the sheath. Lighting flickers along the blade.
The Empire
 GM, 245 posts
Sat 23 Aug 2014
at 09:07
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
The hobgoblin's troops rush out of the shadows, led be three hulking axe-wilding orcs near-naked and daubed with lurid body paint. There are eight goblin bowmen in a half circle around you, carefully taking aim, while the hobgoblin struggles to draw his longsword.

Round 1. Init Order: Zanne, Orc Barbarians, Vethryn, Gilad, Vander, Sigmund, Goblin scum, Martin, Hobgoblin.

Everyone is nearby and no-one is engaged.

Zanne, you're up! Good luck folks

Zanne
 player, 85 posts
 Human Sorcerer
Sat 23 Aug 2014
at 18:52
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
Zanne sends a burst of flame towards on of the orc barbarians, but it lands harmlessly on one of the chunks of former temple now littering the field.

10:50, Today: Zanne rolled 7 using 1d20+6. Scorching Ray.
10:48, Today: Zanne rolled 3 using 1d6. Fey Heritage .

The Empire
 GM, 246 posts
Sun 24 Aug 2014
at 08:33
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
The three orc beserkers charge into your midst, axes swinging wildly, and engage Sigmund, Martin and Vethryn.

With uncanny luck, two of the orcs manage to hit. Vethryn suffers some cracked ribs, but Martin's skull is split in two by an overarm hack. As the paladin slumps forwards to the ground, a great howl comes from the Sword of the Storm and a bolt of blinding white lightning incinerates Martin's nemesis. Further bolts of lightning shoot from the smoking corpse of the orc, striking the rest of the enemy troops. All of the goblins archers are incinerated, while the two remaining beserkers and the hobgoblin are badly scorched.

You all feel the sword's spirit dragon passing over, and sense it is carrying the paladin's soul, to whatever end you cannot guess. Farewell mortals...

14HP damage Vethryn. Vethryn, Gilad, Vander & Sigmund to act.

Sigmund and Vethryn are each engaged with a orc beserker, the hogoblin Gilad & Vander are not engaged.

This message was last edited by the GM at 08:34, Sun 24 Aug 2014.

Gilad Rott
 player, 120 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 16/36 Recoveries: 4/8
Sun 24 Aug 2014
at 11:19
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
For once, the bard is rendered speechless, mouth agape as Martin's departing soul and the Sword of the Storm wreak havoc on the orc band. Gilad thinks back to another frightful tempest, the storm which raged during the battle where most of their expedition were slain, and which unveiled the route into the mysterious valley.

And now their exploration of that valley is concluded, an ancient evil vanquished, and a similar foe to those of that battle has again ambushed them, only for another fearsome storm to scatter their ranks. Perhaps more of their journey than they'd realized was guided by the storm dragon bound to Martin, and with his mission fufilled, now the paladin was called away from the material world, this lightning a final boon...

But these musings will have to wait. Seeing Sigmund still weakened from their earlier struggles, Gilad leaps to his defense, slashing a glancing blow against the orc berserker attacking him. The bard has no intention of seeing any more of his companions die today...

Gilad Rott rolled 10 using 1d20+7 with rolls of 3. Melee Attack.
No battle cries that can trigger off that roll.

Attacking the orc that's engaged with Sigmund. 2 miss damage.

Also ctivating Halo, for +2 defenses until I'm hit.

Vethryn
 player, 96 posts
 High Elf Cleric
 HP: 32/32 Rec: 7/8
Sun 24 Aug 2014
at 20:43
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
It's not the first time Vethryn has seen a companion fall in battle, but few had been as great a warrior as Martin was, and combined with the shock of Rhythis' death, and the exhaustion of the events of that day, she becomes filled with a fury you haven't seen before.

"Too late to flee, now," Vethryn snarls at the orcs, still in the unfamiliar language.  "I hope whatever you wanted was worth dying for. Three berserkers seem hardly enough to accompany one such as Martin to the Eternal Battle. "

Vethryn tries to back away to better blast the berserker, but he is too quick, and she has to settle for a glancing blow.  She sees him falter as Ushug's curse takes hold, however, and is satisfied to see her god accept this battle as an offering, despite the circumstances.


OOC: 2 miss damage, I assume. Allies gain +1 to attacks vs this orc.

16:18, Today: Vethryn rolled 12 using 1d20+5. melee attack.
16:16, Today: Vethryn rolled 3 using 1d20. disengage check.

Vander
 player, 112 posts
 Thief, con artist, Rake..
 ...but has his own code
Mon 25 Aug 2014
at 15:18
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
Vander rolls and flanks the orc who had just wounded his cleric...and nobody hurts the person he riles on for healing. He stabs deep between the creatures shoulder blades, only to spring away before it can counterattack. He does not notice Martin's death at first...

(OOC-Move action and attempt to do shadowstep-miss. However, I get to keep the move action.

Tumbling strike lets me engage with orc on Verthryn, hit, and disengage.

Total of 16 damage.

11:09, Today: Vander rolled 1 using 1d6. sneak attack.
11:09, Today: Vander rolled 15 using 2d8+4. Damage.
11:09, Today: Vander rolled 27 using 1d20+10. Disengage.
11:09, Today: Vander rolled 25 using 1d20+6. Tumbling Strike.
11:08, Today: Vander rolled 6 using 1d6. elven grace.
11:07, Today: Vander rolled 13 using 1d20+6. Shadow walk.-Most likely a miss, as it attacks the highest MD present.)

This message was last edited by the player at 18:57, Mon 25 Aug 2014.

Sigmund
 player, 151 posts
 Human Fighter
 HP: 17/48 Rec: 3/9
Mon 25 Aug 2014
at 18:05
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
"MARTIN! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!" screams Sigmund. He is so distracted by the paladin's death and the subsequent marvelous display of divine aid that he only manages to scratch his foe. He recovers in time to adopt a good defensive stance, though, and seems to gain strength...

Attack my orc, miss, 2 hp miss damage. Use Tough as Nails to use a recovery as a quick action, heal 17 hp.

Rolled a natural even while holding a shield, so I have +2 to AC from Defensive Fighting until EOMNT (end of my next turn). My current AC is 21.

14:05, Today: Sigmund rolled 17 using 2d10+3 with rolls of 7,7. Corrected Tough as Nails.
14:02, Today: Sigmund rolled 10 using 1d20+6. Sigmund avenges Martin!

This message was last edited by the player at 18:06, Mon 25 Aug 2014.

The Empire
 GM, 248 posts
Tue 26 Aug 2014
at 17:40
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
The orc fighting Vethryn is bloodied by Vander's intervention. The hobgoblin captain moves in to attack Sigmund, deftly getting his longsword through the fighter's guard.

14HP Damage Sigmund.

Round 2. Escalation dice +1. Init Order: Shakru, Orc Shaman, Zanne, Orc Barbarians, Vethryn, Gilad, Vander, Sigmund, Goblin scum, Martin, Hobgoblin.

Vethryn and Vander are engaged with a staggered orc barbarian.
Sigmund and Gilad are engaged with an orc barbarian. Sigmund is also engaged with the hobgoblin captain.


You hear a commotion from a ruined guardhouse two few dozen feet further away from the plaza.

Shakru is about to make an entrance... you're up.
Shakru
 player, 105 posts
 Half-orc barbarian
Tue 26 Aug 2014
at 19:17
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
The half Orc kept his head low and waited for the perfect moment. That moment came when the sudden noise battle could be heard.

With a cunning smile on his face he gave one last pull of his bindings which gave way suddenly.

As quick as a flash the warrior was on his feel and reaching for the nearest orc to him. He had no weapon to hand apart from his emmence strength and this he used now.

Crossing his arms he came up behind the orc and attempted to grab it's head and twist it off its shoulders
Vander
 player, 113 posts
 Thief, con artist, Rake..
 ...but has his own code
Tue 26 Aug 2014
at 19:34
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
(OOC-Actually I am disengaged now. I can do that via my tumbling strike.)
The Empire
 GM, 249 posts
Wed 27 Aug 2014
at 16:32
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
Suddenly a burly half-orc staggers out of the ruined guardhouse, throttling an old orcish shaman. Though old, she is still lithe, and manages to stabs the unarmed half-orc with a short spear. Two more orcish beserkers pile out after them.

8HP damage Shkru.

Shakru, you did exceptionally 3d6+4 damage with that surprise strangle ( I rolled 16 for you), but now you are back to standard unarmed combat. You attack at -2, and do d6+d3+4 damage.

Mid-Round 2. Escalation dice +1. Init Order: Shakru, Orc Shaman, Zanne, Orc Barbarians, Vethryn, Gilad, Vander, Sigmund, Goblin scum, Martin, Hobgoblin.

Shakru is engaged with a staggered orcish shaman.
Vethryn is engaged with a staggered orc beserker.
Sigmund and Gilad are engaged with an orc beserker. Sigmund is also engaged with the hobgoblin captain.

Zanne, you're up!

Zanne
 player, 86 posts
 Human Sorcerer
Wed 27 Aug 2014
at 22:36
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
Startled, Zanne nearly launches a spell at the unexpected newcomer. But he's fighting them, and that makes him on our side, at least for right now! Instead she sends a ball of ice flying towards the barbarian threatening the elven priestess.

18 vs PD, 7 cold damage

14:30, Today: Zanne rolled 7 using 1d8+2. CB damage (cold).
14:29, Today: Zanne rolled 1 using 1d4. Energy Type.
14:28, Today: Zanne rolled 18 using 1d20+7. Chaos Bolt.

The Empire
 GM, 251 posts
Sat 30 Aug 2014
at 08:58
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
Zanne blast of frigid air is too much for the berserker. His heart stops. But then the tatoos on his torso flare for a moment and the berserker gains a few more precious seconds of life.

Two berserkers engage the half-orc, one of them managing to land a telling cut.

16HP damage Shakru.

Sigmund holds off his berserker, while Vethryn takes another jarring blow from her newly risen opponent.

8HP Damage Vethryn.

NB orc berserkers are "raised" with 2d6 HPs when the reach 0HP.

Mid-Round 2. Escalation dice +1. Init Order: Shakru, Orc Shaman, Zanne, Orc Barbarians, Vethryn, Gilad, Vander, Sigmund, Hobgoblin.

Shakru is engaged with a staggered orcish shaman and two orc berserkers.
Vethryn is engaged with a staggered orc berserker.
Sigmund and Gilad are engaged with an orc berserker. Sigmund is also engaged with the hobgoblin captain.

Just found out I've been spelling berserker wrongly all my life :)

This message was last edited by the GM at 09:00, Sat 30 Aug 2014.

Sigmund
 player, 153 posts
 Human Fighter
 HP: 20/48 Rec:2/9
Sat 30 Aug 2014
at 12:49
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
Sigmund grits his teeth and tries to work out how to remedy this situation. He eyes the hobgoblin and decides him the weaker of his foes. He feints and then drives his blade deep into the hobgoblin's side. His preoccupation with the hobgoblin prevents him from being much help to the others, though...

Critical hit on hobgoblin! 30 hp damage to the hobgoblin. I also apply the even attack roll to Defensive Fighting, making my AC 21 until end of my next turn.

Failed to use Skilled Intercept.

08:48, Today: Sigmund rolled 4 using 1d20. Skilled Intercept.
08:46, Today: Sigmund rolled 15 using 2d8+4. Damage before 2x from Crit.
08:45, Today: Sigmund rolled 27 using 1d20+7. Attack on Hobgoblin.

Gilad Rott
 player, 122 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 16/36 Recoveries: 4/8
Sun 31 Aug 2014
at 00:14
Re: Chapter One: The Hidden Valley
Gilad's mind is reeling from the events around him, first the appearance of the strange orcish figure fighting on their side, and then the revival of the brute striking at Vethryn. Amidst all the distractions, the bard is only able to land a few minor cuts on the berserker tangling with him and Sigmund.

"I'll keep this one busy, you take it to their leader!" Gilad calls to Sigmund, seeing him slicing into the hobgoblin.

Gilad Rott rolled 12 using 1d20+8 with rolls of 4. Melee Attack.

Blah, likely another miss. 2 miss damage.

Since it's an even roll, I can give out a free move action/disengage check to anyone. The only one of us I can see really benefiting from that right now is Sigmund disengaging from the berserker (since it won't be able to move to engage him again without disengaging and/or provoking an opportunity attack from Gilad).