Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick.   Posted by The Runelord.Group: 0
The Runelord
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Wed 16 Oct 2019
at 02:20
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella's shuriken bounces off the skin of the snake-woman, but she is too slow to react...

New round--and all the PCs go before the snake-woman. Her luck really has run out.

Snake-woman: SHAKEN, Parry 8 (normally 10), Toughness 12 (5), Bennies 0, 6 PP used, Wounds: 3

Tanlis Half-elven
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Thu 17 Oct 2019
at 15:14
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 900):

Tanlis once again attempts to blind the snake creature, but even half sighted she was too fast for the lumbering Tree golem.

(OOC-Even if trick works, her parry will be 8. Tree golem misses ether way.

11:12, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 7 using 1d8+4, rerolling max with rolls of 3.  Tree golem attack, wild attack plus gang up mod.

11:11, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 9,3 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 9,3.  Elemental manipulation used as a trick.)

Aradhel
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Thu 17 Oct 2019
at 19:03
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Aradhel was a whirlwind of blades and cuts and thrusts.  She had the pressure on her opponent, and realized she had to overwhelm.  Well they all did, but Aradhel had to contribute her part.  She screamed, a dervish of death.

"<Elven>The Wolf Rends The Throat!</Elven>"


Right Hand, making a called shot to the Head (again)!
+1 for the sword
+2 for Wild Attack
+2 from Gang Up (Jereth and the Golem)
-4 for Headshot
Sum: +1

13:57, Today: Aradhel rolled 26,3 using d12+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of (12+12+1)25,2.  Fighting - Right Hand.

I think that might have hit

d8+1 Sword
d8 Strength
d6 Raise
+2 Wild Attack
+4 Called Shot

2d8+7+d6 damage

lol all that for 15 damage - 13:58, Today: Aradhel rolled 11,4 using 2d8+7,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,2,4.  Damage.

To heck with it going for broke

Left Hand, making a called shot to the Head (again)!
+2 for Wild Attack
+2 from Gang Up (Jereth and the Golem)
-4 for Headshot
Sum: +0

13:59, Today: Aradhel rolled 11,2 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 11,2.  Fighting - Left Hand.

It's a hit!

d8 Sword
d8 Strength
+2 Wild Attack
+4 Called Shot

2d8+6 damage

23 damage lol go figure - 14:00, Today: Aradhel rolled 23 using 2d8+6, rerolling max with rolls of (8+6)14,3.  Damage.

Silvijabella
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Thu 17 Oct 2019
at 23:30
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella watched as the others pressed the advantage against the serpent-woman and renewed her efforts to free herself from the grasping reptilian tendrils that ensnared her.  Inspired by Aradhel's approach against the serpents that held Jereth, she struck out with her remaining star in an attempt to sever those hindering her.  Unfortunately, the bindings were more difficult to strike effectively with her hampered mobility.

(19:26, Today: Silvijabella rolled -1,0 using 1d4-2,1d6-2, rerolling max with rolls of 1,2.  Striking against the serpents in an attemt to cut/break free.  -2 for partially restrained.  Nope, not cutting myself free that way.  Yay! Die Roller!)

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Jereth
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Fri 18 Oct 2019
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Jereth struggled against the binding, hissing serpents desperate to keep the pressure on the sorceress.  But more appeared to tie him back further, despite his and Bella's efforts to tear them away.
The Runelord
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Fri 18 Oct 2019
at 21:41
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel, describe how you kill the snake-woman. She has the upper torso of a woman, the bottom half is all snake. Have fun with it.
Aradhel
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Fri 18 Oct 2019
at 22:55
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Decades ago...:
The young apprentice stood in the clearing.  The master at arms continued relentlessly.

"There are many creatures which may threaten you or your charges, eldritch horrors and grotesque monsters unknown.  In this final phase of your training, we are going to cover special purpose techniques.  We do not teach these to beginners, these are not orthodox, nor are they good forms that will normally serve you will in battle.  To master these skills is a paradox, you must learn them, and then unlearn them, and yet learn them so well they come back in a moment of need."


Much time, by human standards, had passed between that day and now.  Since then, Aradhel had been exiled and sent to wander the human lands, and had wandered far only to wind up here.

The Wolf Rends the Throat was an aggressive form, one on the very edge of orthodoxy.  It involved the Bladesinger taking both weapons in the reverse grip and slashing backwards.  The stroke was powerful, but normally not useful, because of the short range and high probability of the points of the swords extending towards allies as the maneuver concluded.  It was normally only used when the limb of a large creature like a giant needed to be severed and there wasn't room to execute a proper cut, or if you caught an opponent unaware and needed a decisive and quick victory, but it was in any event a desperation tactic.  And it was used here in such desperation because Aradhel realized how difficult it was to phase this creature with even clean thrusts to the vitals.

But she realized it wasn't going to be enough.  The lessons of the past came back.  Like the apprentice she had once been, Aradhel needed more.  The only problem was, the technique she intended to use to enhance her attack predicated upon the Elven homeland and its forests, and there were no trees in here.

Or were there?  The words of the master at arms came back to her from another occasion.

Decades ago:
"Exploit not only your enemies' weakness, but your allies' strengths."


Aradhel could never hope to compete with Jereth's resilience and endurance, nor Tanlis' magic construct and its impervious and stalwart nature.  But when it came to speed and grace, she could dance circles around either of them.  It was time to leverage that all.

After all, wasn't Jereth even sturdier when he was restrained by magic?

She had perhaps two running steps to gain momentum.  Aradhel had to snap her body viciously and move fast.  She barely leapt high enough to plant her heels upon the top edge of Jereth's shield, taking advantage of the fact he was anchored in place by the snakes to push off against what was effectively a column much like a tree.

But that was just the means to an end.  She soared and planted one of her swords squarely in the monster woman's shoulder.  Against a lesser opponent it would have ended the fight, though not fatally provided a skilled healer was about.  This she used instead as a pivot, having barely enough momentum to get her boot upside the golem's head.

This time she pushed off much harder, her other hand extending her sword.  With all her weight and momentum behind her, she thrust the point into the snake woman's neck.  It did not fully penetrate.  But it did not have to.

With a wild, wide swing, Aradhel spun about the monster.  It wasn't a full rotation, but it was a good two thirds, more than enough for the edge of her blade to cut through the monster's neck flesh, sending the snake woman's head, wearing a surprised expression, tumbling down the creature's breast then rolling along her serpentine body until it hit the ground.

Of course there was a price to be paid for such a stunt, besides kicking two of her allies in the face (though Jereth was protected by the snakes and the golem likely didn't care regardless).  She had been pushing against her opponent's force, which now vanished.

The elf Bladesinger fell to the ground with an undignified cry, white knuckled grips on her swords in that awkward reverse angle, and hit the floor with a wet thud as the large decapitated body of the snake-woman then fell on top of her, burying her.

A split second of acrobatic and combat mastery had bought her this undignified disposition.

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The Runelord
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Tue 22 Oct 2019
at 20:30
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel fell under her victorious kill, the thumping from behind reveals itself to be the last remaining members of the Order of the Black Arrows and Shalelu.

"Kaven was a zombie!" shouts Vale. "We had to put him down. Crying shame."

Jakardros points at the dead woman. "Did THAT kill him?" he asks in a growl.

Shalelu shouts to the rest of you, "Don't just stand there! Aradhel is being squashed by that thing!"

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Aradhel
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Wed 23 Oct 2019
at 00:26
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A muffled cry went up from underneath the headless corpse.  Having no leverage on her position Aradhel couldn't do much more than wiggle.
Silvijabella
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Wed 23 Oct 2019
at 10:29
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'Bella moved to see if she could roll the body off Aradhel or help pull the blade dancer out as others lifted the dead weight of the corpse.

She nodded distractedly at Vale.
The Runelord
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Sat 26 Oct 2019
at 17:35
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Jereth moves to help Shalelu, along with Tanlis' commands to his tree-golem to help; within a moment, Aradhel is freed.

Jakardros examines the fallen half-woman. "A lamia; a shape-changer. She could have wandered in the fort as a trader, for all we know."

Tanlis gets a chance to examine the lamia's lamp. It is now dark and, upon examination by Tanlis, appears to no longer be magical and is rather inert. Whatever teleportation magic sustained it apparently died with the lamia.

Shalelu walks up to the party. "I propose you head back to Magnimar and advise Mayor Shreed of what happened here. I can stay here with the few Black Fists and keep watch as best we can."
Aradhel
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Sat 26 Oct 2019
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Aradhel sucked in air and tried to wipe herself down.  "The lamia is rather... fragrant.  I feel as if I need to bathe for some days."
Tanlis Half-elven
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Sun 27 Oct 2019
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He chuckled at Aradhel's comment.

"It will be good to return to a place not constantly overrun with ogres." Tanlis nodded. While a druid, he looked forward to resting in an actual bed for a change.
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Mon 28 Oct 2019
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Jereth finally managed a grin again once Aradhel seemed none the worse for wear.  After the ogres and the lamia, he had nothing clean enough to offer in assistance...so he didn't bother.  To Shalelu, he bowed his head in the affirmative, "We will carry the message.  But..."  He paused to look around whatever of the overrun fort was visible, "There is much to do /here/....  So very much."
The Runelord
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Thu 31 Oct 2019
at 02:50
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The party travels back to Magnimar and, once they announce themselves to the wall guards, are ushered rapidly and with purpose to  Mayor Maelin Shreed. When the mayor learns of the fate of the Black Arrows and that your group have defeated the ogres who claimed the keep, he is quite impressed and is quick to offer stewardship of Fort Rannick to you!

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Aradhel
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Fri 1 Nov 2019
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Aradhel was... surprised, and not sure what to do.  Since her exile, she hadn't really belonged anywhere and had gone everywhere but home, where she would never go again.

Though she'd been stationary in Sandpoint for a while, that was more of an accident and making good on a favor which occurred during a misunderstanding.

"What would the expectations of such a post be?"
Tanlis Half-elven
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Fri 1 Nov 2019
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Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 914):

"It is a honor for such a reward. However, I am a druid of the land. I must go where land requires me to be. That being said it would be nice to have a warm bed to go back to when I need one. And of course, I would be there to defend the place when called on." He said with a bow.
Silvijabella
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Sat 2 Nov 2019
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Silvijabella had much the same reaction as Aradhel, surprise and a bit shocked if she were honest about it.

Where she had enjoyed visiting the fort in the past, that was because of the inhabitants and friendships with those therein.   Those same merry folk whom she held a toast in common with were now phantoms, vivid memories of lively events brought tragically to a gruesome end if they hadn't managed to escape.  The building was a place of nightmares now, and having been a 'guest' in a gilded cage in the caverns off the fortress proper, she wasn't sure about taking up residency there again without a full contingent to safeguard it from future incursions.  Not to mention the task of cleaning the death and destruction away.

<Elven>"Stewardship?"</Elven> she echoed Aradhel's sentiment, but was too dumbstruck with the initial absurdity of the idea to offer anything more.

She tilted her head, curiously waiting to hear the Mayor's response to Aradhel's question.  Hoping a bit more elaboration might clarify his intent.  Much like Tanlis, 'Bella was a free spirit who didn't stay long in a specific inn or town, although she wasn't exactly sure where her troupe would've moved on to in her unexpected extended absence.
Jereth
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Sat 2 Nov 2019
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Jereth's instinct was to stand a bit straighter.  More formal.  Quite the promotion from town guard to being in charge of a fortress.  Of course, the others of the company didn't seem to feel quite the same way.  He followed up Aradhel's question quickly, "Apologies, Lord Mayor.  We don't mean to be rude or seem ungrateful.  You honor us greatly with the offer, but we have had a trying time and...you have caught us by surprise...  We beg your indulgence."
The Runelord
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Sun 3 Nov 2019
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Aradhel:
"What would the expectations of such a post be?"


The Mayor smiles a broad, benificent smile. "What it means, of course, is that at least one of you would become the Commander of Fort Rannick. You could arrange troops and make appointments as you see fit. We would provide you between one and two hundred able-bodied soldiers to staff the fort. Presumably the rest of you could have positions official or unofficial there."

Tanlis Half-elven:
"It is a honor for such a reward. However, I am a druid of the land. I must go where land requires me to be. That being said it would be nice to have a warm bed to go back to when I need one. And of course, I would be there to defend the place when called on." He said with a bow.


The mayor returns the bow. "As I said, positions official or unofficial could be set up by the commander."

Jereth:
Jereth's instinct was to stand a bit straighter.  More formal.  Quite the promotion from town guard to being in charge of a fortress.  Of course, the others of the company didn't seem to feel quite the same way.  He followed up Aradhel's question quickly, "Apologies, Lord Mayor.  We don't mean to be rude or seem ungrateful.  You honor us greatly with the offer, but we have had a trying time and...you have caught us by surprise...  We beg your indulgence."


The mayor laughs and claps Jereth on the shoulder. "Oh, quite understandable. You've been due for a promotion for a while, Jereth, from where you came from to here. Would you be willing to be commander and then organize the place with the aid of your companions?"
Silvijabella
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Sun 3 Nov 2019
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'Bella looked towards Jereth and smiled at the interchange between the Mayor and the Guardsman, but the whole affair was still bewildering.  She watched the others to try and gauge the nature of their response so she could show more appropriate levels of enthusiasm if warranted.

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Aradhel
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Mon 4 Nov 2019
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Aradhel's attention was very much on Jereth at this point, curious what he was going to say.
Jereth
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Mon 4 Nov 2019
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Jereth's eyes went a little wider at being named commander, but he did his best to hold himself steady.  He spared a quick glance to the others, as though to make sure they were willing to provide that mentioned aid.  Back to the Mayor, the guardsman bowed his head lightly, "I will do my best, sir."
Tanlis Half-elven
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Mon 4 Nov 2019
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In reply to Jereth (msg # 922):

Tanlis clapped and then patted Jereth on the back. "The place could not have a better commander! That being said, we should have a celebration recognizing this event! Anyone opposed to such a thing? I could provide the food..."
The Runelord
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Tue 5 Nov 2019
at 11:52
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A celebration takes place...

Continued in Chapter 9!