Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick.   Posted by The Runelord.Group: 0
The Runelord
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Wed 24 Apr 2019
at 02:00
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
What do you do next?
Jereth
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Wed 24 Apr 2019
at 02:27
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Check the next set of doubledoors.  On the left?
Aradhel
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Thu 25 Apr 2019
at 00:15
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel followed close-by, intending they should open the doors on the mark of three and perhaps surprise whoever might be inside.
Silvijabella
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Fri 26 Apr 2019
at 09:26
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'Bella advanced along with Aradhel and Jereth, remaining a few paces behind and off to the side.  Her stars were in hand as she hoped the forthcoming chamber would provide no reason to use them.
The Runelord
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Fri 26 Apr 2019
at 16:31
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Smashed chairs and a ruined table sit in this once-regal chamber. Along the curved east wall hang tattered remnants of several regional maps. Someone (presumably the ogres) have hung three Black Arrow ranger corpses from the rafters here, and are in the process of bleeding them into grimy buckets. There are no signs of any ogres here, though--you probably killed them already.

Where to next?

Map: https://docs.google.com/drawin...S6M/edit?usp=sharing

Aradhel
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Sat 27 Apr 2019
at 01:04
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Aradhel gestured with her swords to the doors they could see within this larger chamber.  "Shall we each check one of these before moving on?"

Her voice was somber.  This was disgusting.  Aradhel wasn't a fan of ogres to begin with but she was growing to hate them utterly now.
Silvijabella
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Sat 27 Apr 2019
at 02:52
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella nodded in response to Aradhel and followed into the room, warily eyeing the door in question.
Tanlis Half-elven
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Sun 28 Apr 2019
at 05:42
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Aradhel (msg # 692):

The druid nods and proceeds to follow along.
Jereth
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Tue 30 Apr 2019
at 02:28
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Jereth whirled his sword to limber up his hand, then stepped up to the northernmost door in the room to check it out.

Moved up to the northern door in that room to check it out.
The Runelord
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Tue 30 Apr 2019
at 11:29
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Jereth opens the door to an empty room. He checks the northern door here as well, which is clearly the inside of one of the keep towers--it is empty save for stairs going up.

Where to next?

Map: https://docs.google.com/drawin...S6M/edit?usp=sharing

Tanlis Half-elven
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Tue 30 Apr 2019
at 15:20
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In reply to The Runelord (msg # 696):

Tanlis moves to stand next to Bella. "How much more of this castle is left for us to check?" He said, posing the question to everyone.
Silvijabella
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Tue 30 Apr 2019
at 23:10
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'Bella considered what she had seen during her previous visit and tried to recall what parts of the structure might still need to be explored.

(That's a good question.)
Aradhel
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Wed 1 May 2019
at 01:14
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"Now the southern door, and the room in the hallway, then we continue up until it's done."  Aradhel responded, seeing no other way it could be as she ventured to check the opposite door since Jereth had seen to the northern one.
Silvijabella
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Wed 1 May 2019
at 09:58
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella nodded at Aradhel's plan.

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The Runelord
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Mon 6 May 2019
at 23:27
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Bella had additional thoughts.

Aradhel opens the southern door B32. Wood and glass cases lay in ruins, hundreds of sheaves of parchment within now spilled about, spattered in blood and torn to shreds. This room contained dozens of maps of the Hook Mountain region and other Varisian locales. Now, only a few remain intact, one detailing several of the smugglers’ tunnels beneath Riddleport (worth 50 gp to a smuggler), another detailing the first few poisonous levels of Viperwall (worth 400 gp to an interested party), and another of the hidden paths of Lurkwood’s interior (worth 700 gp to explorers set on investigating the mist-shrouded woods).

Notice check for Aradhel and/or Jereth.
Silvijabella
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Tue 7 May 2019
at 00:05
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Upon seeing the map room, 'Bella responded to Tanlis' query, "I don't recall exactly how many rooms are on this floor, but there is only one chamber at the top of the tower to the north."  Her gaze fell to the various maps as she recalled various stories she had heard regarding each location.
Aradhel
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Tue 7 May 2019
at 01:35
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Aradhel wasn't particularly happy about that.  Maps were as much art as they were craft, destroying them was vile.

More once I see what this does!

20:35, Today: Aradhel rolled 1,3 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,3.  Elfy Notice.

DERP!

Jereth
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Tue 7 May 2019
at 08:15
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04:14, Today: Jereth rolled 4,3 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,3. Human Notice!
The Runelord
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Tue 7 May 2019
at 17:18
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Jereth hears the rough tones of a couple of big beings talking back and forth behind the door. There be ogres in there. There's a pretty good chance they know you're out here, too.

What do you do?

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Jereth
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Wed 8 May 2019
at 08:34
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Jereth's eyes narrowed at the final door.  He glanced at Aradhel, holding up two fingers, and then indicating the door.  He then brought his shield back around to his arm again.  Shield and sword ready, he took a position at the door as though ready to rush through as soon as the door was pushed open....

Ready in case they try to charge out.  But more ready to charge /in/ when we are ready and someone opens the door for him
Aradhel
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Wed 8 May 2019
at 23:57
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Aradhel took the hint.  She raised one hand, holding that sword in two fingers, then counted down from three slowly but not too slowly, and when done, finessed the door open, since she intended to go in right behind him if possible.
Tanlis Half-elven
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Thu 9 May 2019
at 00:07
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis notices the two warriors silent communication. He prepares to summon his tree golem once more, but saves his energy until there is need.
Silvijabella
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Thu 9 May 2019
at 01:37
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella readied her stars and watched as Aradhel and Jereth moved to engage the foes within, watching for an opportunity to assist.
The Runelord
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Fri 10 May 2019
at 13:14
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The party prepares and Aradhel opens teh door. The walls of this room are decorated with fine longswords, stuffed animal heads, and a map of the Hook Mountain environs. A large oak table surrounded by several chairs has been smashed to splinters, and an immense bed has similarly been ruined. An open cabinet that once contained several bottles of wine has been crushed as well, and broken bottles and the faint scent of wine linger around its ruins.

Standing opposite the door, with just enough room for someone to come in, is an ogre with a jaw seemingly made of steel. He roars at the sight of Jereth. On the far side of the room is a female ogre that stares at you through glassy eyes...

Aradhel and Bella go before the iron-jawed ogre. Aradhel, you used some movement to open the door--you can still move  up to 4 squares and take actions. Bella, you have your full turn to use.

NPC Status:
Hookmaw  Parry: 7 Toughness: 11 (1) Wounds: none  Bennies: 3
Dorella  Parry: 6 Toughness: 13 (3) Wounds: none Bennies: 3

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Aradhel
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Fri 10 May 2019
at 16:34
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Well that was tight squeeze.   But Aradhel saw her opening.  With silent apologies to Jereth for forcing him into the wedge between the two ogres, she hoped to effect a hammer and anvil strategy (not to mention keep the Ogres from funneling them) by dashing through to the furthest flank of the creature she knew not as Hookmaw.

She had another idea for later, but Jereth would have to be in position first.  For right now she opened up in a neutral, more defensive form.  "<The panther stalks its prey by moonlight.>"

So moved 3 squares' worth into the corner there.

11:30, Today: Aradhel rolled 3,4 using d12+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of 2,3.  Fighting - Right Hand.

No good!

11:30, Today: Aradhel rolled 9,5 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 9,5.  Fighting - Left Hand.

That's a hit

11:32, Today: Aradhel rolled 8 using 2d8, rerolling max with rolls of 1,7.  Damage - Left Hand.

But not enough damage to matter.

That's okay though.