Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick.   Posted by The Runelord.Group: 0
The Runelord
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Tue 28 Nov 2017
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Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Fort Rannick is located at the northern end of a wide valley that runs along the southern edge of the mountains. This bleak landscape stretches on for miles along the border between the mountains and Kreegwood. This rugged, forlorn landscape fits well with the morose and grim attitude of its guardians, the Order of the Black Arrow.

You approach with plenty of cover through the hills and get a clean look at the fortress. The first thing you notice, to the obvious displeasure of the three Black Arrow members, is that there are ogres patrolling the wall of the fortress.

Vale curses up a storm while Jakardros states the obvious. "The fort has been taken. We have to figure out how to take it back," he growls.
Aradhel
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Tue 28 Nov 2017
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"I shall reconnoiter." It was half statement, half unspoken question of was she going to do it alone with Aradhel's stunted method of speaking.
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Tue 28 Nov 2017
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Jereth didn't bat an eye at the notion of retaking a fort from an unknown number of ogre fiends with a handful of adventurers.  It was the only logical course of action.  At Aradhel's statement, he offered, "Two is better.  Who else should go?"  He was clearly willing, but the guardsman was also clearly in noisy, shiny armor.  Scouting is not really his forte, so that decision is best left to the expert.
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Wed 29 Nov 2017
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"I could try to obverse the place in bird form." Tanlis suggested. "However, I would want to do so as a ritual so I don't have to use up my energies. It might take about 10 minutes or so,  and Cyrus could help..."
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"There is no reason not to do either so we shall do both."  Aradhel pointed out in her laconic style.  She sheathed her weapons and adjusted her boots.

"Very well, if you are to follow, follow as the moon follows the night."

Okay, wasn't asked for it but in the spirit of keeping this flowing here's a roll.

16:48, Today: Aradhel rolled 8,16 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 8,(6+6+4)16.  Sneaky Elf.

Aradhel is in no hurry and will use any cover, crawl, etc. for any possible bonuses.

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Wed 29 Nov 2017
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"Help with what? Performing your ritual? If you don't mind the possibility of being turned into a bird permanently, sure." Cyrus smirked. Transmutation had a particular reputation among witches, quite unlike the magics that Tanlis channeled.
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Thu 30 Nov 2017
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Jereth:
Jereth didn't bat an eye at the notion of retaking a fort from an unknown number of ogre fiends with a handful of adventurers.  It was the only logical course of action.  At Aradhel's statement, he offered, "Two is better.  Who else should go?"  He was clearly willing, but the guardsman was also clearly in noisy, shiny armor.  Scouting is not really his forte, so that decision is best left to the expert.


Shalelu stops Jereth. "Are you being thick on purpose? I'm here as your SCOUT. Stay here; Aradhel and I will report back. Besides..." She shoots her father a fell look. "...I need some fresh air." A peculiar statement, given that you're outside.

Giving Aradhel a chance to react.

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Aradhel just looked at her.  If she was coming or going, she needed to come or go.
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Thu 30 Nov 2017
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In reply to Cyrus Weaver (msg # 6):

Tanlis made the tsk-tsk noise. "Our two magics are closer than you think. We could learn a lot from each other. Such a shame you have no confidence in your skills..." He sighed in mock-disappointment, like Cyrus was some unruly apprentice. He did grin while he did so, however.
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Jereth eyed Shalelu in mild surprise at the outburst, "My apologies.  I am more used to deferring to Aradhel when it comes to scouting."  To whit, he gives Aradhel a questioning look about whether or not she seems to care about this rude, angry, impulsive stranger accompanying her.
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Aradhel was... unreadable, at the moment anyway.
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Aradhel and Shalelu melt into the foliage and reconnoiter. A thunderbolt shakes the stone and earth underfoot, its low growl echoing through the valley. Talons of lightning claw at the sky, casting pale light on the mountainside below. The lightning storm reveals a grim fortress of dark gray stone standing sentinel over the valley, huddled desperately at the base of two sheer cli sides. Crumbling,  fifteen-foot- high walls ring the citadel, the stone pitted and cratered from hurled boulders and ogre hooks. Like the face of a veteran with decades of winters under his belt, the fort’s craters, cracks, and scars are testament to its battle-weary history. A stone keep, a stubborn shadow against the mountainside, rises from behind the worn walls, a single tower jutting up from its ramparts like an ugly broken tooth. Nearby, a rushing curtain of white water cascades downs the mountainside into a large pool of water just outside the fort’s walls.

The pair spot an ogre watching the gate.  More importantly, the pair spot something of interest: a cave underneath the waterfall. The pair think it might lead under or into the fortress.

Meanwhile, Jakardros snaps back into a businesslike state of mind when Shalelu leaves. He draws out a map for the party. He suggests several ways into the place:

The Sluice Gate: On the south wall of the fort, a sluice gate opens to release refuse and sewage downhill into the creek. The group can attempt to circumvent the gates of Rannick by breaching this narrow access way instead, but its proximity to the South Gate might be a problem.

"Otherwise, we could talk our way in, if one of you is good with the palaver."

Map of the whole facility as provided by the Black Arrow guys.

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

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"It's the... refuse chute..."  Aradhel didn't quite know the right words for the sluice gate in the common tongue.  "... or we can attempt to see if that cave is an escape tunnel.  If we do the former, you best be sure your step is light."
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"I might be able to sneak in as a small animal, and then open the gate in my human form." He offered. "Once it was open I am sure the place would be on high alert." The druid pointed out.
Archimedes Fallows
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Tue 5 Dec 2017
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Archimedes turns to the group "may I suggest something?" He asked " I can scale down the rocks to the gate " he says pressing a button on his back pack and eight spider like metal legs unfold from it before folding back up

"Once down there I could attempt to pick the lock I take it the gate is locked? And them you can all climb down on ropes.t hat way we are not all gathered before the gate as sitting target"
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Jereth quietly looked over the maps and considered the information provided.   At each suggestion, he regarded the suggester with somewhat surprised admiration, "Well.  With such skills, getting in does not seem to be our main problem.  What do we do when we get in?  What do we know about the numbers and disposition of the enemy?  What do they want out of the fortress?  Why did they take it in the first place?  In other words, what makes them stay?"
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"I don't know if there's any way of knowing that without getting in there."  She looked to her lock picking companion.  "But can you do that undetected?"
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"If we capture one of them, I can interrogate them. Give them the old evil eye and their secrets will be laid bare." Cyrus made a gesture to his left eye. "I fear that any plan that involves opening either gate or scaling the walls is doomed to failure. It is best that we enter by the most inconspicuous means possible. Or we just let ourselves get captured and hope they don't kill us immediately." It was unclear how serious that last suggestion was.
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Thu 7 Dec 2017
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"The more we talk about it, the more exotic trying to access one of the gates seems.  It seems exploring the other entrance is simpler, more clear."  Aradhel pointed out.  Her words and manner of speech were as usual a little bit off.

"At worst, it doesn't connect but we know there's nothing at our backs, or we have a base for further reconnoiters."
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Fri 8 Dec 2017
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Jakardros breaks his silence at this point. He points to Tanlis. "You said you could pose as a small animal? Why not reconnoiter in that form--go in and determine how many of the enemy are inside."
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Jereth nodded idly as he listened to the suggestions, still eyeing the map, "I agree that the gate doesn't seem useful to us...yet."  At this, he gave Archimedes a supportive, if apologetic looks.  He then continued, "I also agree that we need to know more."  As Jakardros said his piece, Jereth looked to Tanlis too, "How long till you can be ready?  How long will your shape last?"  He then turned to Aradhel and, more slowly, to the other "scout", "Did you see any sign of patrols outside the gates?  Perhaps we could take one and Cyrus could use his "eye" or what have you on them?"
Tanlis Half-elven
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Tanlis nods at the idea. "If I attempt a ritual, I can manifest as a bird for a considerable length of time. Any help I get for the ritual would be welcomed." He glances over at Cyrus, but gestures to the rest of the group as well.
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Mon 11 Dec 2017
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"Quit looking at me. You are perfectly capable of doing the ritual on your own," Cyrus said to Tanlis, rolling his eyes and shaking his head. "A bird is a good idea. Just don't transform into a tasty bird."
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In reply to Cyrus Weaver (msg # 23):

"I will try my best to look...unappetizing." He smirked. He proceeded to find a quite spot to meditate in while being connected to the land. After about 10 minutes, an Eagle comes back and lands on a nearby tree. It nods at the others, and then takes off. The bird plans on using its powerful vision to stay far from the inhabitants of the castle, while being able to see down to a rabbit-sized level of detail from high above.


OOC:
15:47, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 2,2 using d10,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,2.  Ritual casting of Shape change spell.

16:27, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 1,11 using d10,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,(6+5)11.  Bennie re roll.

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Wed 13 Dec 2017
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"That is a useful trick."  Aradhel commented wryly.
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Fri 15 Dec 2017
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Tanlis flies above the castle and comes back a few very interesting tidbits of information.

First, he confirms that he can see over twenty ogres in the fortress after observing for a few hours.

Secondly, nobody at all seems to be paying attention to the entrance under the waterfall.

Third, the ogres are very clearly on low-alert--they're not expecting anyone to try anything.

As the party finishes receiving this information, a ghostly figure of a middle-aged, burly man appears among the heroes. The three Black Fist members gape as if they knew this figure.

"Ah, some of them survived," says the ghostly figure. "So, I don't suppose you would like to know how to destroy all the ogres in this building easily, eh?"
Aradhel
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Aradhel jumped, her swords appearing in hand.
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Archimedes looked crest fallen when his idea was not taken up he so wanted to try his spider legs

He sat quietly until the ghost appeared then he started studying him and taking notes
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Jereth dropped a hand to his sword, but didn't draw it.  He did take a subtle step to put himself between the spirit and Cyrus.
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Tanlis takes a few steps back, not sure what his magic of the natural world would do against the bodiless dead.
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The figure scoffs. "Nothing to say, anyone? Not even you, Kaven? Or you, Jakardros? We spoke much in life."

He turns to the party members. "I was once known as Zeld, a lieutenant at the fort. What my companions here didn't realize was that I was cursed earlier in life, so I will likely have to spend a good long time as a ghost thanks to those thrice-cursed ogres.

"But I can help you lot a bit. Who among you is not a mute, eh?" He looks hopefully at Cyrus.
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Archimedes couldn't contain his exitment "sir does it hurt being dead? Do you feel anything? May I take some samples of you essence ? Do you have any abilities? Can you interact with the real world?......" He suddenly realised the others were quiet and he looked at them and suddenly felt a little embarrassed. He gave the a shy smile and stepped back

"My apologies sir its just I've never met a ghost before....may I ask you about this curse you speak of sometime" he added in a whisper before falling quiet
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The ghost chortles a bit. "Good heavens, you are an eager beaver. Once we've settled with the ogres, maybe I'll let you study me some more. But I have revenge on the mind. If you lot aren't going to help, I'll find someone else."
Aradhel
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Aradhel finally spoke.  "We will assist but... this is beyond my experience at the moment."
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The ghost laughs. "I think you underestimate yourselves. What if I told you I knew where you could find poison to put on your weapons so you could knock most of the ogres out with one blow each?"
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Jereth slid a questioning glance to the recently freed men of Rannick to get their take on this apparition.  At the offer, he does look back to the friendly ghost, answering levelly, "That would be helpful.  And convenient."
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Archimedes face lit up when the ghost mentioned knock out poison

"Perhaps I could blend it with my tangle twine so that when I bind them the poison knocks them out" it was more a statement to himself as he reached for his parchment and quill and started scribbling equations on it
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The ghost looks puzzled. "Tangle twine? Can you mix poison in with your...tangle twine?"

He shrugs. "No matter, I will lead you there. Are you all coming?"

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"Where are we going?  It may be wise to send everyone or not."  Aradhel pointed out.
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The ghost nods. "There is an armory underneath the waterfall by the fort. It's been ignored by most, but I made use of it from time to time. The sleep poison is there along with other goodies."
Aradhel
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"That area wasn't highly patrolled correct?  It may be just as well we all go."  Aradhel asked and suggested.
The Runelord
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Aradhel:
"That area wasn't highly patrolled correct?  It may be just as well we all go."  Aradhel asked and suggested.


The ghost nods. "Correct. There are some large reptiles there, though, that will probably try to eat you. Once you get past them, things should be easier."
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In reply to The Runelord (msg # 42):

Tanlis was still a bit leery about speaking with the ghost, but it seemed a reasonable creature. "I assume the armory was built with smaller creatures than ogres in mind?"
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Tue 2 Jan 2018
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The ghost nods. "Exactly right. Even if an ogre saw you go in, they'd have a hard time maneuvering with you there."
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"So what are we waiting for?"  Aradhel asked.
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Jereth still seemed a bit wary of the whole affair.  He didn't generally feel good about following ghosts anywhere.  Such stories never went particularly well.  Then again, he had done stranger things.  And Aradhel seemed okay with it and the guardsman trusted that opinion.  So, in answer to her question, he simply made ready to follow, "Not a thing.  Let's go."
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Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel, please make a Stealth check with a +2 bonus.

After she rolls, everyone else in the party gets to roll a Stealth check. Roll d4-2,d6-2 if you're untrained.

If Aradhel gets a Raise, everyone else in the party gets +2 on their check.

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Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
19:30, Today: Aradhel rolled 12,5 using d12+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 10,3.  Sneaky Elf.

As she often does, Aradhel walks through the night like a shadow.
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20:37, Wed 03 Jan: Jereth rolled 5,3 using d4,d6, rerolling max with rolls of (4+1)5,3.  benny.

20:37, Wed 03 Jan: Jereth rolled 1,1 using d4,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,1.  Unskilled, but now with Elf Bonus.

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Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 47):

OOC: Stealth w/elf.
09:25, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 4,5 using 1d4+2,1d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 2,3.  Stealth.

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Ooc

20:31, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled -1,3 using d4-2,d6-2, rerolling max with rolls of 1,5.  Stealth

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At this point, Sovark finally speaks up. "Well, despite this...ghost's assertion that none of us ever went down that way, I know the way down to where we need to go, and can keep us out of sight of the ogre lookouts. Come on."

He moves up with Aradhel and, with a wistful look in his eye, with Saevel and explains the way to them. Aradhel, in turn, leads the party to the waterfall cave. The floor of this cave is dotted with puddles. Patches of pale moss and fungus grow in sheets on the wall, while to the north, a five-foot- wide passageway angles up into darkness.A walkway of soggy planks leads from this opening southeast to a second opening curtained by cascades of falling water.

Several of you hear an odd hissing noise from further down the tunnel in front of you.

Archimedes actually got a 5 thanks to Aradhel's +2, so you make it in.

Describe what you do when you hear the hissing noise. Whatever it is is not visible to any of you, so it's over 120' away.

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Sun 7 Jan 2018
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Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Hissing makes Aradhel suspect snakes or some other creature, which she prepares to dispatch.
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Jereth, likewise, prepared to dispatch something scaly.  Though he expects it to be quite a bit bigger than a mere snake.  He does his best to position himself up front, shield first.  Like a shiny, distracting target.
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Archimedes listened to the hissing, he tried to find a pattern in it in case it was steam escaping from a machine of some sort rather than from an animal
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Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis tries to ID the snake type from its hiss, him being a druid and all.
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Aradhel:
Hissing makes Aradhel suspect snakes or some other creature, which she prepares to dispatch.


Are you waiting out in the open or trying to hide?

Jereth:
Jereth, likewise, prepared to dispatch something scaly.  Though he expects it to be quite a bit bigger than a mere snake.  He does his best to position himself up front, shield first.  Like a shiny, distracting target.


Jereth sets himself right square in the middle of the room, shining in the light of a torch which Saevel stuck in a sconce on the wall before vanishing herself, hiding.

Archimedes Fallows:
Archimedes listened to the hissing, he tried to find a pattern in it in case it was steam escaping from a machine of some sort rather than from an animal


Common knowledge check, Archimedes. And please specify what you are doing apart from listening, as per Aradhel and Jereth above.

Tanlis Half-elven:
Tanlis tries to ID the snake type from its hiss, him being a druid and all.


Roll a Knowledge (Nature) check with a +2 bonus, Tanlis. And please specify what you are doing apart from listening, as per Aradhel and Jereth above.
Aradhel
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Tue 9 Jan 2018
at 01:41
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
If there was cover, Aradhel would certainly take it, but if there were none she'd stand firm but on the defensive.

So either Stealth check or take Defense action!
The Runelord
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Tue 9 Jan 2018
at 01:43
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Roll a Stealth check, then, Aradhel.
Aradhel
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Tue 9 Jan 2018
at 01:47
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aye Aye Cap'n

19:46, Today: Aradhel rolled 29,4 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of (12+12+5)29,4.  Sneaky Elf.


I AM VERY SNEAKY

Tanlis Half-elven
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Tue 9 Jan 2018
at 05:41
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 57):

OOC:
00:40, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 5,5 using 1d8+2,1d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 3,3.  Knowledge Nature with bonus.

Trying to be stealthy, but as Aradhel has become extra-dimensionally undetectable I don't know if I can keep up with her.

The Runelord
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Wed 10 Jan 2018
at 16:57
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis recognizes the hissing, to a degree.

If you want to be stealthy, make a Stealth roll, Tanlis.
Tanlis Half-elven
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Wed 10 Jan 2018
at 17:03
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 62):

OOC:

12:02, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 1,3 using 1d4,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,3.  correct stealth.

Do I get a +2 from Aradhel's amazing roll?

Archimedes Fallows
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Wed 10 Jan 2018
at 22:18
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes stepped back behind the others. The little man wasn't a fighter and if the hissing was a snake he didn't want to be its next meal.

Even so he pulled out his sword but also put his hand on a switch on his back pack ready to turn his defensive revolving disks if he was attacked

OOC

12, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 2,2 using D10,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,2.  General knowledge.

The Runelord
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Fri 12 Jan 2018
at 00:58
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel finds a lovely mini-cavern in which everyone but Jereth conceals themselves and watch. Jereth stands alone, a shining beacon of a man in the torch-light.

The hissing and growling grows louder and promptly reveals itself in the form of two pony-sized lizards that hiss and croak at Jereth. Several among you note that the lizards seem to have some kind of static electricity jumping off them.

All the PCs manage to beat the two lizards' initiative. What do you all do?

The hidden PCs are about 40' away from the lizards; Jereth is about 15' at the start of hostilities.

Jereth
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Sat 13 Jan 2018
at 09:26
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth skittered his sword carefully along the edge of his shield to create a rasping sound, interspersed with sudden sharp bangs made by beating the sword's pommel across the surface of the shield.  He would sway towards the lizards as well, saying, "Hut hut hut!  Hey!  Look at me!  Hut hut hut!  Big lizards there.  Hey!"  The guardsman does his best to be the most interesting and annoying thing in the room, hoping that this might provide his hidden companions an opportunity to be brilliant.  As the electricity crackled over the huge lizards, he hoped quietly that it would be soon...

  Taunt 4.  Here lee-zard, lee-zard...

04:19, Today: Jereth rolled 4,3 using d6+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 2,1. Taunt!

Aradhel
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Sat 13 Jan 2018
at 13:47
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel held for the moment.  If that worked, she could strike with a sudden and expected ferocity... otherwise she'd better join the general melee.
The Runelord
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Sat 13 Jan 2018
at 22:20
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth, make a Smarts check.
Jereth
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Sat 13 Jan 2018
at 22:37
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
, Today: Jereth rolled 1,2 using D4,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,2.  Smarts!
Tanlis Half-elven
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Sun 14 Jan 2018
at 22:54
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis wished he could commicate with the beasts. However, they may be too magically altered for the normal rapport some druids had with animals. He prepares his magic to interrupt their attack...

(OOC-Doing a ready action. Planning on disrupting lizard's electrical attack.)
Archimedes Fallows
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Mon 15 Jan 2018
at 12:45
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes dropped his hand from the button I'm his backpack and instead unslung his sticky gun. He pulled the leaver back and readied a load of gunk.

He waited to see what the others did and for an opening to shoot it at one of the lizards
The Runelord
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Tue 16 Jan 2018
at 00:50
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis, roll your readied attack and damage, please. Also describe the effect of what you're casting.

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Tanlis Half-elven
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Tue 16 Jan 2018
at 05:43
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 72):

Tanlis gestures with his staff, summon a small amount of water to suddenly drench one of the electrical lizards...


Ooc-using elemental manipulation to create water as its electrical attack starts up. It's basically a trick attack,  as the water may disrupt the electricity. Or if it manages to shake the lizard via normal trick attempt, it's won't be able to attack.

00:39, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 9,4 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 9,4.  elemental manipulation to do trick effect to interrupt attack.


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Tue 16 Jan 2018
at 14:06
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Please roll 1d4+1d6 damage, Tanlis.
Tanlis Half-elven
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Tue 16 Jan 2018
at 15:29
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 74):

OOC-Elemental manipulation does not do damage normally-its just a trick maneuver done via magic. If I get a raise, the lizard is shaken.

That being said, here is the damage roll:

10:28, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 2,3 using 1d4,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,3.  Possible damage.

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The Runelord
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Tue 16 Jan 2018
at 17:59
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The lizards croak; being too stupid to understand Jereth's intended taunts, they nevertheless perceive him as the biggest, shiniest edible thing in the room and spring at him. As they do, Tanlis splashes water on the electrical gland of one of the lizards; it loses its concentration as it bounces off of Jereth's arm.  Jereth, for his part, takes a shock, but shrugs it off.

The other lizard attacks Jereth, but the warrior is able to beat it back handily.

Lizard1 was Shaken by Tanlis' spell; it fails to un-shake. Jereth also could have taken damage, being that he's wearing metal armor, but the damage was only 5 with no net effect. Lizard 2 just misses Jereth.

Jereth, Aradhel and Archimedes, actions? The NPCs are staying hidden for the moment.

This message was last edited by the GM at 17:59, Tue 16 Jan 2018.

Aradhel
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Tue 16 Jan 2018
at 19:22
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
That's exactly what Aradhel was waiting for.  A little part of her felt guilty constantly using Jereth as the bulwark for her maneuvers, but only a little part, and only a little guilty.

She bolted out of the darkness, silent and violent.  <The spider claims its prey.>

I forgot the Wild Attack modifier.

13:18, Today: Aradhel rolled 13,12 using d12+4,d6+4, rerolling max with rolls of 9,(6+2)8.  Off Hand with Drop.

13:17, Today: Aradhel rolled 10,8 using d12+5,d6+5, rerolling max with rolls of 5,3.  Main Hand With Drop.

Main Hand - 12 after Wild Attack, off Hand 15 after WA

18 total - 13:20, Today: Aradhel rolled 9,5,4 using d8+6,d8+1,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,4,4.  Strength with WA/Drop, Sword, Raise.

Not sure if that ends a lizard, so apply second attack as makes sense:

12 total with the off hand -
13:21, Today: Aradhel rolled 9,2,1 using d8+6,d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,2,1.  Strength with WA/Drop, Sword, Raise.

Jereth
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Tue 16 Jan 2018
at 20:22
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

The sparking pop and crackle gave Jereth an awful feeling about how much this was going to hurt.  But, as Aradhel dived in, the guardsman followed with his own slower heavy blade.  Hammer and anvil.

  To Hit - 8, Damage - 15

Parry Reduced to 4

15:17, Today: Jereth rolled 15 using 2d8+2, rerolling max with rolls of 6,7. Wild Sword Damage! 15:14, Today: Jereth rolled 8,7 using d10+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 6,5. Wild Attack!

Archimedes Fallows
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Wed 17 Jan 2018
at 06:41
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes stepped out of the shadows at the same time and fired his sticky gunk at one of the lizards

Ooc

06:40, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 7,19 using D8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 7,(6+6+6+1)19.  Missile attack.

The Runelord
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Wed 17 Jan 2018
at 21:37
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel pops in and slays not one but both lizards in a single movement!

As she does, two more lizards proceed down the tunnel at the group! Jereth engages and slays one of them, splitting its skull; Tanlis then traps the other one, which croaks in protest. It rips itself free from the mound of sticky gunk with some effort...

The remaining lizard made its STR check to break free of the Entangle.

Next round: Archimedes goes before the lizard! What do you do, Archimedes?

Archimedes Fallows
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Fri 19 Jan 2018
at 22:11
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes crouched and brought forth his hip flask chucking it into the middle of the fight as it hit the ground it expanded into the huge metal golem "attack the lizards" instructed the little invented to his creation. Where upon the metal monster brought down a huge fist onto one of them.

OOC
03:56, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 6,3 using D8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 6,3.  Summon golem.

22:10, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 14 using 1d8, rerolling max with rolls of (8+6)14.  Fist attack

22:13, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 10,5 using D12+3,d8, rerolling max with rolls of 7,5.  Damage


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The Runelord
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Tue 23 Jan 2018
at 01:11
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
With a crackling SPLAT, the lizard is crushed by Archimedes' golem-friend.

With the golem guarding the entrance, the party is free to search the chamber uninhibited...

Notice checks while you search--if some want to assist others, say so.
Jereth
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Tue 23 Jan 2018
at 19:08
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth took a minute to make sure no more of the beasts were coming, then began a quick reconnoiter...

14:05, Today: Jereth rolled 5,3 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,3. Notice!
The Runelord
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Tue 23 Jan 2018
at 19:17
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
With a bit of searching, Jereth finds the camoflaged boxes you're looking for, which, when opened, contain vials of the sleep poison you are seeking.

Shalelu shows you all how to cover your blades in the poison safely, though you think it may take a bit of caution to avoid nicking yourselves in the process.

Let me know how many weapons you want to coat in the goo.

I would also like at least one more Notice roll from the party from someone besides Jereth.

Tanlis Half-elven
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Tue 23 Jan 2018
at 19:20
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 84):

Tanlis does not seem to notice much of anything as he pokes the lizard's corpses with his staff.

OOC:
14:19, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 1,1 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,1.  notice check with low light vision.

Jereth
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Tue 23 Jan 2018
at 21:32
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth paid very close attention to the application lesson.  He'd never had much call for such potions, but the description of its effectiveness seemed to be a very useful thing for a handful of adventurers attempting to take a fortress.  From ogres.  He looked about for the former Rannick men and or the ghost, "Where do these caves let out in the fortress?"

Jereth will be happy to apply the sleeping poison to his blade.  If we put it on now, will it wear off before we get to the ogres, or do we wait till we are closer?
Aradhel
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Wed 24 Jan 2018
at 01:38
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Wait... it's supposed to be coated on weapons?  I thought this was a sleeping draught."  Aradhel complained.

19:38, Today: Aradhel rolled 1,2 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,2.  Elf Notice!

lol no.

Archimedes Fallows
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Wed 24 Jan 2018
at 06:34
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes looked at the potions wondering if he could modify his sticky gun to shoot them at targets.
He too was concerned that they were putting a sleeping potion into blades and wondered what was gained by injuring someone just to put them to sleep
The Runelord
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Fri 26 Jan 2018
at 20:50
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes also spots a concealed doorway toward the back of the cave. He also hears a hissing and growling from beyond the entrance. It does not seem to be growing closer.

The Black Fist members nod at Aradhel's words and, rather than coating their weapons, start shoving vials into their belts. The exception is Shalelu's father, who also lets her show him how to coat his weapon.

Archimedes failed to roll, but I rolled for him.
15:46, Today: The Runelord, on behalf of Archimedes Fallows, rolled 1,5 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,5.  Notice.

Aradhel does remember correctly--this stuff can be thrown as "gas grenades" as well as be applied to your weapons. Glad someone caught that.

Archimedes, make a Weird Science check.

And everyone else, what do you do?

Aradhel
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Fri 26 Jan 2018
at 23:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel has mixed feelings about coating weapons, and whether it's honorable under the circumstances.  She veers on the side of caution and opts out, though she takes a single phial.

"Shall I reconnoiter the passage?  I won't go far."
Jereth
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Sun 28 Jan 2018
at 08:21
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth places three of the vials carefully into a belt pouch.  Ready to coat or throw when the time is right.  To Aradhel, he nods, "Yes.  Shalelu as well?"  He gave the scout a questioning look, not commanding just pointing out the opportunity this time.  Then back to Aradhel,  "We'll be ready to follow when you give us the signal."
Aradhel
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Sun 28 Jan 2018
at 13:33
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel nodded and proceeded as asked.  She didn't care what Shalelu did.

07:32, Today: Aradhel rolled 7,5 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 7,5.  Sneaky Elfses.

The Runelord
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Sun 28 Jan 2018
at 18:45
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel creeps forward and peeks down this little tunnel. She finds a small tunnel leading to a bigger chamber where there are no fewer than ten shocker lizards. A couple of them are sniffing around in your direction but are not attacking--yet.

Shalelu sneaks up behind Aradhel and nods at Aradhel's knowing look, moving back to the party.

As she does, the ghost appears for the first time in a few minutes. He puts his finger to his mouth, indicating quiet, points to the crate and then to the exit.

The Black Fists nod and grab the crate--they look at Jereth, clearly requesting his help silently.

What do you all do?
Tanlis Half-elven
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Mon 29 Jan 2018
at 15:50
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis stays ready, waiting for a signal to be called forward. Granted he could change into a rat, but that would not last long and Aradhel seemed to have the scouting well in hand.
Jereth
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Mon 29 Jan 2018
at 17:45
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth gave a nod of agreement to the men, drawing his sword again to demonstrate his ready-and-willingness.  But, he also pointed to the tunnel Aradhel was scouting and whispered, "We need to wait for our scout's signal before moving forward."
Aradhel
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Tue 30 Jan 2018
at 01:07
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel noted the position and returned.

"More of those lizards ahead.  I didn't see a particularly great approach, but we can at least establish a line of battle and try to lure them into it with a distraction."
Jereth
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Tue 30 Jan 2018
at 04:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth shrugs and half-grins at the mention of a distraction/lure, "Well.  That sounds like my job.  Lead on and establish your line.  I'll bring the guests."
Tanlis Half-elven
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Tue 30 Jan 2018
at 15:16
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Aradhel (msg # 96):

"I can call more water to cause their own lighting to be used against them. From what I know of these beasts, when more than one are next to each other-they can hurl their lighting as ranged weapons." Tanlis points out.
Aradhel
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Wed 31 Jan 2018
at 00:41
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Which means we need to close in... all right, the pathway isn't completely straight.  We go to the crook of the bend, set a battle line, and... one of you make a noise to lure them out."  Aradhel suggested.  It wouldn't give them The Drop but she didn't want to get in a shooting war with a lightning lizard regardless.
Jereth
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Thu 1 Feb 2018
at 06:36
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth gave his assent to Tanlis, "Yes.  Do that.  We'll likely need every edge."  With a glance to everyone to check readiness, the guardsman began moving into the tunnel to the appointed bend.  As he went, he whispered to Tanlis, "They can...throw the lightning as well?  Nature can be very unfair at times."
Tanlis Half-elven
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Thu 1 Feb 2018
at 15:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Jereth (msg # 100):

"First of all, I am not sure those lizards where not 'tinkered with' by mages. Secondly, whoever said nature was fair? Cats hunt mice-does that sound fair to the mice?" Tanlis smirked. "Besides, nature does not have a mind to have morality in the first place. Only gods do-and they are very, very, VERY unfair indeed. At least nature imparts its power to druids in order to interact with intelligent beings. It does not have to do that." He pointed out.

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Aradhel
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Fri 2 Feb 2018
at 01:32
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Wonderful discussion.  Now grab a handful of pebbles and let's do this."  Aradhel replied with some impatience.  The lizards wouldn't stay there forever.
Archimedes Fallows
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Sat 3 Feb 2018
at 17:56
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
OOC
17:52, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 2,23 using D8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,(6+6+6+5)23.  Weird science roll

Archimedes lost himself in his weird scrbbling on his parchment preoccupied he didn't pay much attention to the others until they started to move out of the cave and into the tunnel. Grabbing some of the small bottles he followed after them, he was sure he was onto something with his goo shooter and the sleeping potions

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The Runelord
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Sat 3 Feb 2018
at 22:41
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes has a VERY good idea for the potions. And he has an idea.


Everyone else, please describe how your characters line up and what you're planning on doing.
Aradhel
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Sat 3 Feb 2018
at 22:47
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel moved up to the point she had picked, gesturing Jereth to come with and for the others to lag behind just a bit.

She showed them the hand signal she planned to use beforehand.
Tanlis Half-elven
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Sun 4 Feb 2018
at 16:11
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis finds whatever cover he can, and prepares to summon the water against any group of two or more lizards that stay out of the coming melee. He might be able to short them out without worrying about frying any of his friends before the two or more lizards hurl the lightning.
Archimedes Fallows
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Sun 4 Feb 2018
at 17:09
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes clicked the last of the reconfigured parts into his gunk thrower and slipped one of the little bottles into it pulling back the release mechanism and priming the weapon.

With a whisper he tried to describe what he'd done in simple terms to the others

"I've recalibrated my weapon to fire the sleep potions it will break on impact covering an area close to the target anyone within that area will be effected" he had a big grin on his face like a child who'd just walked into a sweet shop
Jereth
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Sun 4 Feb 2018
at 17:41
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth took his position at the indicated spot and motioned for the Rannick men to take up helpful spots in the "line".  Shalelu, he felt, would do what she wanted and would take offense at him making any suggestions.  So he didn't.  Upon hearing Archimedes idea, Jereth just nods and hands the inventor his small store of vials.  To the rest, he whispered, "Let them come to us.  Tanlis has the first shot as the arrive."  He then signals his readiness to Aradhel.
Archimedes Fallows
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Sun 4 Feb 2018
at 17:53
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes took the offered bottles and stored them in his pouch "should I fire at them to before they get too close might help if some are asleep before they are upon us" he whispered to Jereth
Jereth
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Sun 4 Feb 2018
at 18:31
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth looked concerned at the idea, whispering, "Tight quarters in here.  If you can be sure it won't come back on us, then fire away.  Be sure."
The Runelord
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Mon 5 Feb 2018
at 21:26
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes, specify what you're shooting/throwing and roll the attack.
Archimedes Fallows
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Mon 5 Feb 2018
at 22:06
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes nodded at Jereth's comments and stepped out of the way allowing the fighters to do thier jobd
The Runelord
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Tue 6 Feb 2018
at 22:23
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Who is throwing the rock in or otherwise making the noise to lure the lizards out?
Aradhel
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Wed 7 Feb 2018
at 01:18
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
It doesn't matter, Aradhel could do it so long as she has her hand back on her sword before they arrive.  But I had imagined one of the "back line" could do it so the front line would be set.
Tanlis Half-elven
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Wed 7 Feb 2018
at 01:59
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 113):

Ooc: do we need the throwing skill to do so?

Jereth
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Wed 7 Feb 2018
at 09:38
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

When he gets a good sense that everyone is as ready as they may be, Jereth begins scraping and tapping his sword against his shield.  Loud enough to make a curious noise, but, hopefully, not an alarming noise.

Sorted!  Hope that's fine, because I can't take it back. 
The Runelord
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Sat 10 Feb 2018
at 01:25
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
That brings up initiative!

Archimedes gets the Black Joker--you get +2 to all rolls including spellcasting, attack and damage rolls.

Both Archimedes and Aradhel can prepare actions before the lizards come out. Roll your rolls when you declare your prepared actions.

Aradhel
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Sat 10 Feb 2018
at 19:36
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel will Hold and then Interrupt, here's the Agility check:

13:31, Today: Aradhel rolled 7,9 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 7,(6+3)9.  Interrupt Agility Check.


Aradhel stuck to the plan, waiting for the lizard to come within range for her to pounce on it in melee.

And when that happens... well not much.  Main sword hit only a 5 parry, which I think is a miss against these.

Offhand sword hits a Parry of 9 but only for 9 damage.  Well they can't all be winners.

13:34, Today: Aradhel rolled 5,4 using d8,d8, rerolling max with rolls of 5,4.  Damage.

13:34, Today: Aradhel rolled 9,3 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 9,3.  Left Hand.

13:33, Today: Aradhel rolled 3,5 using d12+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of 2,4.  Right Hand.

Archimedes Fallows
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Sat 17 Feb 2018
at 03:17
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes launches one of his new sleep-bombs past the lizards to the space beyond...

Trying to target any beyond the first couple that emerge.
22:16, Today: The Runelord, on behalf of Archimedes Fallows, rolled 6,4 using 1d8,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 6,4.  Weird Science.

The Runelord
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Sat 17 Feb 2018
at 03:24
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
As a lizard steps out into the light, Aradhel stabs it, causing it to reel back in pain and surprise. This gives Aradhel the room he needs, and he launches one of his new sleep gas grenades into the midst of the lizards beyond. Most of them keel over in sleep; another two stagger about, while one last one springs forward to attack.  It chomps at Aradhels' midsection, but her armor protects her.

Aradhel leaves lizard #1 Shaken; he fails to un-Shake. Lizards 5-9 fall asleep from the sleep gas. Lizard2 made his Vigor check and is Shaken by the gas and fails to un-Shake; Lizard 3 made his Vigor check and successfully un-Shakes. Lizard4 made his Vigor check with a raise and acts; he hits Aradhel with a raise but only does 7 damage.

Lizard1 Shaken
Lizard2 Shaken
Lizards 3 and 4 not shaken, #4 attacking Aradhel
Lizards 5-9 sleeping

Jereth and Tanlis are up!

Jereth
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Sat 17 Feb 2018
at 05:41
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth takes a step forward, but only as far as Aradhel moved.  His shield leading, he lashed out with his blade quickly at whichever lizard was unfortunate to be close enough.  The guardsman was most concerned with maintaining the line.  Thanks to the gas, they could take some time.  Work together.  Cut through.

Attack - To Hit 12; possibly Raise?  Damage 3...or 4 with a Raise...

00:35, Today: Jereth rolled 3 using 2d8+1, rerolling max with rolls of 1,1.  Damage!

00:25, Today: Jereth rolled 11,5 using d10,d6, rerolling max with rolls of (10+1)11,5.  Attack!

Tanlis Half-elven
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Sat 17 Feb 2018
at 21:42
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 120):

Once again Tanlis sends a projectile of water summoned by his magics. Aiming at the Lizard still up and active and ready to zap his friends...

OOC:

21:39, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 7,5 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 7,5.  Elemental manipulation spell at unshaken lizard.

As before, its a trick effect on lizard 4 if its unshaken like it seems to be. Its water, so I might get the bonus we discussed earlier to 'short' it out, making it more difficult for it to resist the trick.

The Runelord
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Sun 18 Feb 2018
at 20:06
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth, because life is good for the GM, re-roll that damage, please. Including the raise, as it was a raise.
Jereth
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Sun 18 Feb 2018
at 20:47
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Yessah!  15 Damage, sah!

15:45, Today: Jereth rolled 10,5 using 2d8+1,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,6,5.  Damage Reroll

The Runelord
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Sun 18 Feb 2018
at 21:33
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth slays one of the lizards; Tanlis' little trick causes the other one to jerk wildly as energy courses through it.

You can hear the croaking of more lizards from beyond the pile of sleeping lizards.

Lizard 3 dies; Lizard 4 is Shaken by Tanlis' water trick.

Next round--Aradhel goes before the lizards! One Shaken lizard nearby.

Aradhel
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Sun 18 Feb 2018
at 22:46
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Seeing an opportunity, Aradhel waded in and started slashing.

16:44, Today: Aradhel rolled 8,3 using d12+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 6,1.  Off Hand Wild Attack.

16:43, Today: Aradhel rolled 8,8 using d12+3,d6+3, rerolling max with rolls of 5,5.  WIIIIILD Attack!

12 damage - 16:45, Today: Aradhel rolled 6,6 using d8+3,d8, rerolling max with rolls of 3,6.  MH Damage.

8 damage - 16:45, Today: Aradhel rolled 5,3 using d8+2,d8, rerolling max with rolls of 3,3.  Damage - Off Hand.

The Runelord
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Mon 19 Feb 2018
at 20:00
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel slays the lizard in the room with her main hand.

Meanwhile, the lizards in the chamber beyond croak but seem unwilling to come any closer, as something has clearly bothered their companions. Whether hungry or no, self-preservation is foremost in their small minds in this case.

Temros, one of the Black Fist men with you, nods. "Nice. I would guess those lizards will sleep for a while. Maybe we should grab everything and go."

What do you all do?
Aradhel
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Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 00:07
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"We're going to have to fight somewhere.  The question is here, or elsewhere?  That is a lot of those creatures."  Aradhel pointed out, not sure if their previous ideas for how to get in had become more feasible in the meantime even though they had some new options.
Jereth
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Fri 23 Feb 2018
at 08:38
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth, now having gotten the full idea of just how many of these things there are, seemed to siding on heading back out, "It is alot.  I'm not feeling the risk.  We're already at a disadvantage to take the fort.  Can't afford any losses."  He glanced at Tanlis, hopefully, "Not sure how this works but....  Any way you could convince these lizards to go through the tunnels and into the fort?  If not, I say we head out and plan our assault."
Tanlis Half-elven
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Fri 23 Feb 2018
at 15:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Jereth (msg # 129):

"I don't have the power to command animals. However, I might be able to encourage them to follow what they prey on..." He rubs his chin.

(OOC-Given what I know about the lizards, could I get them to chase me into the fort by shape changing into an animal they usually eat?)
The Runelord
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Thu 1 Mar 2018
at 02:02
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Smarts check, Tanlis! You get a +1 bonus to the roll.
Tanlis Half-elven
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Thu 1 Mar 2018
at 16:00
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 131):

OOC:

Duuuuuhhhhhhh

10:59, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 2,3 using d8+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of 1,2.  Smarts check.

The Runelord
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Sat 3 Mar 2018
at 21:42
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis has an idea that perhaps the lizards are most fond of slow-moving prey like turtles....
Archimedes Fallows
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Sun 4 Mar 2018
at 14:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes clicked his fingers " slow moving I could get my metal man to move ahead of us and hopefully lead the lizards away thus clearing the path ahead of us?" he suggested
Tanlis Half-elven
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Mon 5 Mar 2018
at 22:30
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Archimedes Fallows (msg # 134):

"Fairly sure Lizard, even electrical ones, prefer meat to metal...which means I am going to have to rabbit run to get them chasing me..." He sighed, not looking forward to it.
Aradhel
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Tue 6 Mar 2018
at 00:05
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Wait... what are you madmen suggesting?"  Aradhel demanded to know.
Tanlis Half-elven
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Tue 6 Mar 2018
at 16:42
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Aradhel (msg # 136):

"I am planning to get them to follow me into the main courtyard where the ogres can play with them. Basically acting as bait." He states.
Aradhel
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Wed 7 Mar 2018
at 01:28
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"But won't the walls keep you out?"  Aradhel was confused.  He couldn't seriously be... no.  No way.
Tanlis Half-elven
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Wed 7 Mar 2018
at 07:08
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Aradhel (msg # 138):

"I thought the whole point of these caves where a way into the fortress, and it would be clear expect for the lizards." Tanlis pointed out.
Jereth
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Wed 7 Mar 2018
at 09:21
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth gave a faint nod, eyeing the tunnel wherein the lizards remain.  His voice stayed low, "There was mention that the tunnels would provide access.  The number of lizards was in dispute."  To Tanlis more specifically, "Your idea sounds....very dangerous...  Is there no other way through these beasts?"
Tanlis Half-elven
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Wed 7 Mar 2018
at 15:39
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Jereth (msg # 140):

"Sure. We fight our way through...which is also dangerous. To all of us." He shrugged.
The Runelord
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Wed 7 Mar 2018
at 19:37
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
At this point, the former inhabitants of the keep speak up. "Look," the tall, dark-skinned bald Vale says, "if the druid there thinks he can lure the lizards out to attack the ogres, that's a major win for us."

Jakardros, Shalelu's dad, cocks his head. "If the druid can pull it off. If not, fella, you're stuck there with no way for us to extract you in time."
Tanlis Half-elven
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Wed 7 Mar 2018
at 19:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 142):

"If things go wrong, I should be able to escape once I get outside." Tanlis points out.
Jereth
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Wed 7 Mar 2018
at 20:11
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth says levelly, "If you believe you can do it.  Do so.  They have a point that it would be a major boon."

This message was last edited by the GM at 20:15, Wed 07 Mar 2018.

Tanlis Half-elven
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Wed 7 Mar 2018
at 20:20
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis nods, and plans out his route the best he can. He needs to draw the creatures attention, run past and avoid electrical blasts while making it into the Ogres fortress via the cave entrance while leading the hungry beasts. Once inside the fortress, he would have to hide or escape as fast as possible, letting the Ogres and the lightning lizards deal with each other.

He would need to be fast-very fast. If his route did not require him to climb, the form of a deer should allow for the speed and the lure of fresh prey for the lizards.

OOC:
15:15, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 14,1 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of (10+4)14,1.  Spellcasting, shapechange.

Aradhel
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Thu 8 Mar 2018
at 02:12
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Wait you intend to go through them through the cave..."  She trailed off.

Aradhel was quiet, and then laughed.  "He's a madman.  A glorious madman."

Usually dour and reserved, she was genuinely laughing like she hadn't in a very long time.
Archimedes Fallows
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Thu 8 Mar 2018
at 07:54
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"I could go with you once in the courtyard I could use my wall crawler to get us out of there" offered the little inventor
Tanlis Half-elven
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Thu 8 Mar 2018
at 16:32
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Archimedes Fallows (msg # 147):

Before his transformation, he shakes his head at the Gnome's offer. "No, we may need your mechanical friends in case things go wrong against the Ogres. Best to save your energy until we need it. Trust me, I can turn into much more than a deer." He points out.
The Runelord
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Mon 12 Mar 2018
at 19:52
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis gets good input from the former inhabitants of the castle and picks a route that he thinks will work.

Key question, Tanlis: what kind of animal are you turning into?
Tanlis Half-elven
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Mon 12 Mar 2018
at 19:54
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 149):

Ooc-Peregrine falcon. I need to be fast.

This message was last edited by the player at 13:26, Tue 13 Mar 2018.

The Runelord
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Wed 14 Mar 2018
at 11:54
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis transforms before the party's eyes into a falcon and he goes streaking over the lizards. The lizards look up at the bird rather glumly, and seem unmotivated to go after the bird.

It's clear that they won't chase a bird. You are on the other side of them and can change into a deer. If you do so, we will initiate a chase!

I need one of the players to play the lizards for me--first come, first serve, with the exception of Tanlis. To start, I would like Tanlis to roll an Agility check, and I need someone to roll 1d6+1d6 for the lizard mob.

Tanlis Half-elven
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Wed 14 Mar 2018
at 15:36
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis was annoyed at first. Great, I find the one set of giant lighting lizards who are fussy about their diet! Damn food snobs! He thought with irritation.

He changes into the deer, and proceeds to run with the animal's great speed. He only hopes he can get enough cover against the lightning blasts...

OOC:

11:37, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 6,5 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 6,5.  Bennie re-roll.

11:37, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 2,2 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,2.  Shape change into deer.

11:35, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 11,8 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of (10+1)11,(6+2)8.  Agility roll in deer form.

Deer has a pace of 12 and a running die of d12 if that matter at this point.

Needless to say, I am going for cover as I don't want to be zapped.

This message was last edited by the GM at 13:03, Thu 22 Mar 2018.

Aradhel
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Thu 15 Mar 2018
at 00:31
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
I'll try to kill Tanlis this round.

19:31, Today: Aradhel rolled 4,3 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,3.  Trying to Kill Tanlis.

The Runelord
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Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 13:09
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
09:03, Today: The Runelord drew the 3 cards: 10H, KH, 9S using a deck of 54 cards.  Cards for Tanlis, Tanlis, lizards.

Tanlis gets to draw 2 cards and both are higher than the lizards. Tanlis, you can decide whether you want to be at Short range (no penalty to ranged attacks, melee attacks possible) or Long Range (-4 to ranged attacks, no melee possible) from the lizards.

Tanlis has Advantage over the lizards if he wants to attack (which I doubt). Let me know what you want to do. The lizards can't attack you in round one.

Tanlis Half-elven
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Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 15:42
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 154):

The deer moves with the grace and agility of its kind. However, this creature was obviously smarter than a normal deer. Able to leap over outcroppings of rock that might otherwise slow the squat lizards down. Not to mention the animal taking pains to avoid giving the magical beasts a clear shot with their lighting.

OOC: LONG RANGE PLEASE! With cover if possible! Full defense if it makes a difference...

My actions are...keep ahead of lizards, zigzag as needed. Using local structures and outcroppings of rock to force them to go around.


This message was last edited by the player at 00:31, Fri 23 Mar 2018.

The Runelord
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Fri 23 Mar 2018
at 00:37
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The deer springs through a number of tunnels, finding the wider ones and keeping ahead of the lizards. The lizards, hungry and cranky, spring after the deer, trying to keep up, which gets harder as it moves along...

Next round: Tanlis, roll an Agility check with a +1 bonus. Jereth, roll 1d6,1d6 for the lizards.

This message was last updated by the GM at 19:22, Tue 27 Mar 2018.

Tanlis Half-elven
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Tue 27 Mar 2018
at 20:22
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 156):

Despite its lead, the deer shows a some signs of slowing. At least compared to its initial burst of speed.

(OOC:
16:21, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 5,6 using 1d12+1,1d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of 4,5.  Deer agility run with bonus from lead from last round.)

Jereth
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Wed 28 Mar 2018
at 14:56
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Oh, deer!  Leeezards!

10:54, Today: Jereth rolled 5,1 using D6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,1.  LEEEEEZARDS!

The Runelord
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Thu 29 Mar 2018
at 00:15
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The lizards redouble their speed and begin to overtake the deer, who gets caught in some mud. They launch a blast of lightning collectively at the deer, hitting it squarely in the hind-section...

20:10, Today: The Runelord drew the 2 cards: AH, AS using a deck of 54 cards.  Initiative cards.

Tanlis and the lizards each draw one card, and the lizards draw the best possible non-Joker. They have Advantage and attack!  Worse, they are short range, so they have no range penalty. They use their lightning blast and hit with a raise for 10 damage.

Tanlis, is that a Wound or are you just Shaken in your current form?

Tanlis Half-elven
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Thu 29 Mar 2018
at 18:08
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 159):

OOC-I think that is one wound.

This message was last edited by the GM at 20:40, Sat 31 Mar 2018.

The Runelord
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Sat 31 Mar 2018
at 20:41
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Do you want to spend a Benny to Soak?
Tanlis Half-elven
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Sat 31 Mar 2018
at 20:50
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 161):

Ooc:
16:49, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 5,1 using 1d8,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,1.  attempting to soak wound.

The Runelord
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Sat 31 Mar 2018
at 21:07
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The deer uses the cover around him to narrowly evade the blast of lightning and presses onwards, diving around a nearby corner!!

Next round--I already rolled for the lizards to keep things hopping. Tanlis, roll Agility, this time with a +2 bonus to your check for your superior foot speed.
Tanlis Half-elven
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Sat 31 Mar 2018
at 21:24
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 163):

Ooc:
17:22, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 9,7 using 1d12+2,1d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 7,5.  chase speed.

The Runelord
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Mon 2 Apr 2018
at 02:02
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Those rolls mean that Tanlis draws two cards, Jack of Spades and 8 of Diamonds, and lizards roll 9 of Spades. Tanlis, I assume you want to go with the higher card (Jack of Spades) and gain Advantage so they can't attack you, correct?

22:01, Today: The Runelord drew the 3 cards: JS, 8D, 9S using a deck of 54 cards.  Cards for Tanlis, Tanlis, lizards.

Tanlis Half-elven
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Mon 2 Apr 2018
at 03:18
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 165):

The deer barley avoided the deadly bolt, sprang over some projected rock from the cave floor. Moving as fast as the four legs could carry him.

Ooc-ah, yes please. Running my cute little deer butt off.

:)

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:57, Tue 03 Apr 2018.

The Runelord
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Tue 3 Apr 2018
at 02:03
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The deer yanks itself out of the mud and springs forward, ripping its way through the tunnels and putting distance between itself and the lizards, which follow it with low gutteral noises and hisses!

Fourth round--Tanlis, make your Agility check with a +2 bonus.

Aradhel, roll for the lizards (1d6, 1d6).

Tanlis Half-elven
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Tue 3 Apr 2018
at 15:23
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 167):

The deer seems to feel a final push of speed, hoping to finally make it out and have the ogres deal with his 'playmates'...

OOC:
11:22, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 11,13 using 1d12+2,1d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 9,(6+5)11.  Deer Running.

Aradhel
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Tue 3 Apr 2018
at 23:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
18:40, Today: Aradhel rolled 3,2 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,2.  Trying to Kill Tanlis.

FAIL

The Runelord
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Wed 4 Apr 2018
at 19:32
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis-as-deer pushes his way through tunnels and then leaps upon what appears to be the interior area of the Fort! Tanlis emerges next to an old guard tower. This old tower is falling apart. Most of the mortar has cracked or sloughed away, leaving stone to grind on stone. The structure itself is nearly thirty feet high. Three ogres lounge outside it and are very surprised, to say the least, to see a deer leap into view apparently out of nowhere. One of the ogres, noticeably stronger-looking than the others, wears a necklace of shriveled women’s hands about his neck, each adorned with shiny copper rings.

They spring to their feet as the deer dashes into view...

Tanlis does very nicely indeed--no need to draw cards, he won that round. Now, for this final round, he has TWO groups he's running from.

Roll an Agility check with a +2 bonus, Tanlis. Aradhel, roll for the ogres (1d6,1d6) and Jereth, roll for the lizards (1d6,1d6). Thanks!

Tanlis Half-elven
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Wed 4 Apr 2018
at 19:38
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 170):

OOC:

15:37, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 8,6 using 1d12+2,1d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 6,4.  Deer runny run run.

Aradhel
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Thu 5 Apr 2018
at 00:16
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
19:16, Today: Aradhel rolled 1,1 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,1.  Die Tanlis Die.

Damn, that's not going to kill Tanlis at all.  I suck.

Jereth
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Thu 5 Apr 2018
at 00:58
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Did I get him!?  What do I win?


20:56, Today: Jereth rolled 3,10 using D6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,(6+4)10.  Get That Deer!

The Runelord
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Thu 5 Apr 2018
at 20:46
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The lizards steamroll out the hole as well in hot pursuit, leaving the ogres in shock at the sight of so many lizards!!

So, a success and a raise for each means that both draw 2 cards. Tanlis crushes the card selection, though, and gains Advantage. The lizards lose their last chance to blast Tanlis.

Tanlis you win the chase--how do you get away from the lizards (and their new ogre "friends")?

16:44, Today: The Runelord drew the 4 cards: QC, KH, 10S, 10D using a deck of 54 cards.  Cards for Tanlis, Tanlis, lizards, lizards.

Tanlis Half-elven
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Thu 5 Apr 2018
at 21:01
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 174):

The deer charges and leaps over a few low hanging bits of meat on a line the ogres had been preparing. They did seem to like their jerky. Then running very un-deer like it proceeds to zig and zag between various open air ovens, storhouses, and sleeping quaters, it heads for the opposite gate and hops up on a wagon stationed neat the wall. Using it as a platform to leap out of a damaged section of wall and outside...
The Runelord
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Thu 5 Apr 2018
at 21:04
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
There is the sound of mayhem from inside the building.

Tanlis, make a Smarts check.
Tanlis Half-elven
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Thu 5 Apr 2018
at 21:08
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 176):

OOC:

17:08, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 2,3 using d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,3.  Smarts check.

The Runelord
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Thu 5 Apr 2018
at 21:14
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Got it. Where do you go once outside the walls?
Tanlis Half-elven
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Thu 5 Apr 2018
at 21:20
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 178):

Trying to find my way back to the group as fast as possible.
The Runelord
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Wed 11 Apr 2018
at 00:36
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis dances across the rocks down to the waterfall and proceeds to rush into the chamber where the party is waiting.

The party, for their part, see the deer bound in. The Black Arrow members look duly impressed that the deer-druid has returned in one piece but say nothing. Shalelu, however, is grinning ear to ear. "Well done, Tanlis," she says.

Tanlis, what do you do now?
Tanlis Half-elven
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Wed 11 Apr 2018
at 00:44
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 180):

Tanlis resumes his half elven shape, looking a bit flushed. He leans on his staff, and checks himself that the lighting bolts did not singe any bit of him. "So...now that our large and smelly friends are playing with their new electric pets,  what do we do?"

This message was last edited by the player at 18:43, Wed 11 Apr 2018.

Aradhel
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Wed 11 Apr 2018
at 01:14
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"We hurry like the hells have momentarily stopped burning and we get in there before they deal with it."  Aradhel explained.  She was already moving.
Jereth
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Wed 11 Apr 2018
at 20:08
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth was right on her heels, adding with a grim smile, "What she said.  Well done, by the way". Sword and shield ready, the guardsman raced through the tunnels to the fray...
The Runelord
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Wed 11 Apr 2018
at 20:53
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The party heads into the tunnels and starts following them. Tanlis leads the way, trying to help them with some of the rough spots here and there.

Who is bringing up the rear in the party--the last person or two?

This message was last updated by the GM at 19:37, Fri 13 Apr 2018.

Archimedes Fallows
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Wed 18 Apr 2018
at 10:44
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
As the party moved off Archimedes dropped back to the rear loading his weapon with more sleeping pellets.
He wasn't a fighter and not wanting to get in the way of those that could he took up a position at the rear of the group
The Runelord
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Thu 19 Apr 2018
at 00:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis and Archimedes, give me Notice checks.

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:21, Fri 20 Apr 2018.

Archimedes Fallows
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Thu 19 Apr 2018
at 05:39
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Ooc

06:38, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 2,3 using D6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,3.  Notice roll.

Tanlis Half-elven
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Fri 20 Apr 2018
at 14:18
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 186):

OOC:
10:18, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 5,4 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,4.  Notice roll w.low light vision if that makes a diff.

The Runelord
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Fri 20 Apr 2018
at 19:17
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis hears something...

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:17, Fri 20 Apr 2018.

Tanlis Half-elven
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Fri 20 Apr 2018
at 21:09
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Bad news...I think our Large friends may have followed me here..." Tanlis whispered to the others. Hopefully the lizards managed to keep the bulk of their foes busy...
Aradhel
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Fri 20 Apr 2018
at 21:17
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel said nothing, but she subtly let the others overtake her...
Archimedes Fallows
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Sun 22 Apr 2018
at 03:15
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes swallowed hard at the news but kept moving slowly running his hands over his gun to check it was ready to fire
Jereth
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Sun 22 Apr 2018
at 04:01
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth slowed as well, casting a look back to Tanlis, "The ogres?  The ones we are going to fight in the fortress?  Here?"
Tanlis Half-elven
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Mon 23 Apr 2018
at 17:48
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Jereth (msg # 193):

"Seems like. Don't know how many where dealing with said lizards...or if they are looking for a deer or a man." Tanlis shrugged, hoping the lighting lizards reduced their numbers.
The Runelord
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Tue 24 Apr 2018
at 00:44
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
What do you do? Do you keep moving forward, stop and discuss, turn to face the ogre, or what?
Aradhel
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Tue 24 Apr 2018
at 00:53
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel's plan was to take the rear position and then immediately turn on the ogre and give him what for.
Jereth
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Tue 24 Apr 2018
at 17:28
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth gave a quick nod as Aradhel drifted back to the rear.  Aradhel being one of the very few people Jereth did not feel any instinctive urge to defend or protect.  Leaving that fresh difficulty in her capable blades, the guardsman continued to lead the way forward, though at a slightly slower pace.
The Runelord
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Tue 24 Apr 2018
at 22:04
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The party members round a corner and notice something that the speeding Tanlis did not before: a metal door off to one side. There is the sound of something moving inside.

Koram, describe your character as they would find him inside the door.
Koram
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Wed 25 Apr 2018
at 04:56
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The door has a small grate which is covered in rust almost enough to make looking through it an impossibility. Add to that it's pitch black inside the room, and you have trouble seeing. Those with darkvision though are treated to a most peculiar sight.

Sitting inside the room, chained against the wall with wrist, ankle and neck shackles, is a large coppery brown scaled saurian. it's chest and belly are a pale bone color, and it's yellow slitted eyes stare, unblinking, right at you as you look in.

The walls are bare rock, and the floor is hard carved stone. This looks like what it is, a cell. The chains and shackles do not have the same level of rust, and in fact look black with paint. The restraints are also keeping him fully unable to move. As if whomever put it here feared it greatly. The only movement you see from the saurian is the pink and green tongue darting in and out of it's mouth.
Archimedes Fallows
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Wed 25 Apr 2018
at 05:32
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes moved slightly to one side to allow Aradhel to move next to him at the rear of the group.

The little man gulped as he knew there would be blood she'd soon he nodded to the warrior and lifted his weapon slightly to show it was loaded with sleeping potion he  looked at her and then at the weapon hoping she would understand him asking if she wanted to fire it ahead of her at the creature behind them first
Tanlis Half-elven
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Fri 27 Apr 2018
at 16:42
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis glanced over with curiosity. His druid circle had been in contact with other lizardfolk, who in turn had their own druids. He then looked at the others. "I think we should release that fellow. The lizard folk have as much wits about them as any man." He pointed out.
Koram
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Fri 27 Apr 2018
at 23:44
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In a rasping and croaking voice the Saurian said, "If you are going to kill me just do it, otherwise let be fight you with a blade in my hand!"
The Runelord
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Sat 28 Apr 2018
at 02:41
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
There is a roar from behind Aradhel and Jereth; suddenly an ogre appears, snarling and pointing at the pair.

The ogre springs forward with a roar and swings a blow that could take off Aradhel's head!!

First round of combat--and the ogre draws a Black Joker. Ruh-roh. He closes with Aradhel and hits a Parry of 9 for 22 damage!

Aradhel, I presume you will want to Soak?

Aradhel
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Sat 28 Apr 2018
at 02:46
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
It took all of Aradhel's training just not to die.

lol well I'll certainly want to try, but I don't think I should fare too well.  That is one of those hits that pretty much ends a fight before it begins.

21:45, Today: Aradhel rolled 3,5 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,5.  Soak Attempt.

Yeah that will only soak one wound, so that's still Shaken with 2 Wounds I believe.  That's called Getting Rekt.

The Runelord
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Sat 28 Apr 2018
at 02:47
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel and Jereth, you may act.

Meanwhile, near the prison door, there is an exchange of words. Archimedes, Tanlis, what do you do with the prisoner who wants to allegedly fight with you?
Tanlis Half-elven
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Sat 28 Apr 2018
at 02:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 205):

Tanlis, upon seeing the ogre strike Aradhel, moves to find keys to loose the lizardman.
Aradhel
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Sat 28 Apr 2018
at 02:54
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Grunting in pain, Aradhel reflexively goes into a defensive guard.

21:52, Today: Aradhel rolled 3,3 using d6-2,d6-2, rerolling max with rolls of 5,5.  Try to Unshake.

Spend a benny to Unshake.

Defend for +2 Parry.

Koram
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Sat 28 Apr 2018
at 05:15
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram, unable to see the people outside had thought them the ogres that had captured him, but upon hearing the sounds of battle realizes this might not be so. His eyes slitted as he tries to see what he can.
Jereth
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Sun 29 Apr 2018
at 04:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth quickly stepped up trying to get between Aradhel and the ogre.  Give it something else to look at.  He clanged his sword off his shield to get it to look his way, "Hey!  You big, dumb piece of filth!"  As he spoke, the sheer size of the ogre really came into focus.  He braced his shield to receive...

Taunt taunt taunt the stupid Ogre!  5

0:18, Today: Jereth rolled 5,4 using d6+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 3,2. Taunt the Ogre.

Archimedes Fallows
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Wed 2 May 2018
at 20:36
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Seeing it would now be foolhardy to shoot the sleeping potion with his companions so close to the ogre the little inventor quickly pulled out his flask and throw it on the floor near the monster

Ooc

21:30, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 2,3 using D8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,3.  Weird science roll.


The box shook and rattled them fell still Archimedes ran forward and kicked it

Ooc

Spend a beany for a real roll

21:32, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 3,3 using D8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,3.  Weird science roll.


Again it rattled and whined but nothing happened cursing he grabbed the flask thrust it back in his pouch and free his short sword and prepared to defend himself

This message was last edited by the player at 20:37, Wed 02 May 2018.

The Runelord
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Sun 6 May 2018
at 01:37
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth:
Jereth quickly stepped up trying to get between Aradhel and the ogre.  Give it something else to look at.  He clanged his sword off his shield to get it to look his way, "Hey!  You big, dumb piece of filth!"  As he spoke, the sheer size of the ogre really came into focus.  He braced his shield to receive...


The ogre whirls, his eyes wide. "HEY! WHO YOU CALLING DUMB!"

Success--Jereth gets +2 to his next action against the ogre.

Archimedes tries to aid the his allies but fails to accomplish anything, while Aradhel prepares herself.

Tanlis, make a Notice check.
Koram
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Sun 6 May 2018
at 04:03
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram listened to the confusing sounds going on outside his cell, and then heard the sounds of the Ogre bellowing. These are not my captors. Interesting. He thought.

He began to work at the chains that held him in place. hoping that he might be able to break them.

21:02, Today: Koram rolled 3,4 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,4.  strength check to break free of chains.

Tanlis Half-elven
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Mon 7 May 2018
at 13:47
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 211):

"Oh bloody hells..." Tanlis said, hearing the ogre bellow.

OOC:
09:46, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 4,2 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,2.  Notice check.

The Runelord
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Mon 7 May 2018
at 21:32
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis finds a key down the hall from the doorway; it takes him a moment to find the key ring. That's your action this round, Tanlis.

Koram bounces off the door in his first attempt to open it.

Koram, attempts to open the door are at -4 for it being reinforced. In other words, you basically need to roll an unmodified Raise with a Strength check to open it.

Ah, but in the new round, Koram draws the Red Joker! Koram can make all checks with a +2 bonus.

Koram and Jereth are up before the enemy!

Jereth
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Tue 8 May 2018
at 08:06
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth ducked low and stepped in suddenly as the ogre whirled on him.  He let his shield fall away to the side to to free his sword arm to drive straight up at the ogre's chin....

Wild Attacking Called Shot to the Head (+2 Wild Attack, +2 Taunt Bonus, - 4 Head Shot, +1 Sword)- 6 to Hit, 18 Damage.  If 6 doesn't hit, I will happily throw a benny at it!

03:51, Today: Jereth rolled 18 using 2d8+7, rerolling max with rolls of 7,4.  Damage!
03:49, Today: Jereth rolled 4,6 using d10+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of 3,5.  Wild Attack Headshot on the Dumb Ogre!

Koram
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Tue 8 May 2018
at 10:18
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram flexed his muscles and strained his arms trying to break his chains free from the wall. His biceps and triceps bulged as he strained against the chains. A slow roar began to form in his throat as he struggled.


03:13, Today: Koram rolled 4,5 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,5.  strength check to break free of chains. with the +2 that makes his highest a 7.
The Runelord
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Tue 8 May 2018
at 18:26
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The ogre is so surprised at the dropping shield that he leans right into Jereth's sword, which becomes the last thing the ogre ever sees.

Meanwhile, Koram finds some inner strength and tears the chains off the wall!

Applying the Red Joker as a success for Koram. I hate to see a Red Joker wasted.

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:25, Wed 09 May 2018.

Jereth
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Tue 8 May 2018
at 19:09
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth, just as quickly, backpedaled and withdrew his blade before the dead ogre could crush him.  With a shrug, he said, "Answered his own question".  Heating his shield again, he moved to watch the group in case of any more ogres coming, "Whatever you are doing with the door, see it done.  We need to move."
Aradhel
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Tue 8 May 2018
at 23:53
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel... staggered.  No matter how well trained you were for combat, freak occurrences happened.  She looked at her own bloodied limbs in stunned silence.
Archimedes Fallows
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Wed 9 May 2018
at 08:24
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes looked round the side of Jereth and gave a little shudder before his mind went elsewhere and he found a corner to sit in and took out his flask.

Muttering to himself he took out little tools from his pouch and started to tinker with it.

Finally with a little sound of happiness the little inventor held up the offending piece of stone he'd removed from the workings of his mechanical man satisfied he'd solved the issue he put it all away and looked up at the others to see if they had managed to release the prisoner.

He got up and walked over to the cell "would you like any assistance in attempting to open any locks" he asked
Tanlis Half-elven
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Wed 9 May 2018
at 14:30
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Aradhel (msg # 219):

Tanlis, now seeing Koram being seen to, heads over the elven warrior. He pulls out his healing kit and herbalist pack. "Sit, sit. I will have you fixed up in no time." He said to her as he got to work.

(OOC:
10:29, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 2,9 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,(6+3)9.  heal check.)

This message was last edited by the player at 18:00, Wed 09 May 2018.

Aradhel
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Wed 9 May 2018
at 17:58
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel, still a bit off, uncharacteristically complied.
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Wed 9 May 2018
at 22:28
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
PM
Koram
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Wed 9 May 2018
at 23:15
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
A third time Koram strained, and roared as he actually ripped the chains out of the stone wall and finally stood. "FINALLY!" He shouted.

Turning to the door he said, "Stand back."

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:18, Thu 10 May 2018.

Tanlis Half-elven
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Thu 10 May 2018
at 02:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Wait wait wait!'" Tanlis called out. He quickly unlocked the door with the key he found. Then he went back to his medical work.
Koram
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Thu 10 May 2018
at 04:21
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram had already started to make his kick, but the door swung open and he ended up falling forward into a stumble as his foot hit nothing but air. "Drowned eggs!" He said as he tumbled forward till he was able to catch himself on the wall ahead.
The Runelord
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Thu 10 May 2018
at 12:46
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
As Koram falls out among the party, there is shouting from down the tunnel where the ogre came from. His friends clearly are wondering about him.

Tanlis' application of salves and bandages, while quick, is very effective; Aradhel feels almost normal.

Tanlis' Raise on his Heal check means that Aradhel heals 2 Wounds, bringing her back to effectively normal.

What do you all do now? Don't forget--the rest of you suddenly have a lizard man among you.

Aradhel
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Thu 10 May 2018
at 17:36
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel looksed at Tanlis, surprised.  "<In Elven>Thank you."

But the face of a creatively cursing scale backed being in their midst is more surprising still.

"What manner of captive is this which these strange ogres have kept?"
Jereth
 player, 476 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
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Fri 11 May 2018
at 07:27
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth glanced concernedly back at the sudden arrival of the lizardman.  But, since he didn't begin throwing lightning at them, Jereth gave him the benefit of the doubt.  For now.  His full attention went back to the tunnel from which the sounds of more approaching ogres was coming from, "More coming.  Fighting withdrawal towards the keep?  Use the tunnels against them?"
Aradhel
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Fri 11 May 2018
at 10:43
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel shook her head.  She had to get back into the task at hand.

"As good as we are going to do, and we should move on our objective.  I suggest we proceed with haste."
Tanlis Half-elven
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Fri 11 May 2018
at 14:11
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Aradhel (msg # 228):

Tanlis replies to Aradhel's thanks. (Elven)Your thanks are remembered, but none where required. He says in very formal elvish, as clearly he does not use the language very much.

When Jereth suggests his idea, the druid nods. "We have to use the cavern against them! They are too big to get more than one or two inside at a time! That being said, we should go seek the reason we are here in the first place..."
Koram
 player, 12 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:3
Sat 12 May 2018
at 00:08
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"This way!" Koram says as he begins walking away from the sounds. "There are more prisoners, and my weapon."

His voice is a gravelly sound with the occasional croaking and guttural sound included.

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Aradhel
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Sun 13 May 2018
at 11:33
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"If..."  Aradhel struggled.  She wasn't familiar with non mammalian anatomy, but judging by the voice she picked the most likely one.  "...He's been captive here, he probably knows more than we do."  Aradhel suggested as she followed along.
Jereth
 player, 477 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
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Sun 13 May 2018
at 13:17
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth seemed momentarily put out as the newcomer began directing things in what was the middle of an already risky attempt to capture a fort full of ogres.  But, they were going in the right direction and he did mention more prisoners.  So that's that really.  The guardsman waved everyone on, "Right.  Let's go save some people then.  I've got the rear."  Jereth would go along with the rest of the group, but hang at the back to intercept any more ogres trying to catch them up...
The Runelord
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Mon 14 May 2018
at 00:58
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram, make a Tracking check and a Notice check.
Koram
 player, 13 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:3
Mon 14 May 2018
at 01:55
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
18:54, Today: Koram rolled 7,2 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max (((6+1)7,2)).
18:55, Today: Koram rolled 3,3 using 1d6,1d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 3,1.  notice.

The Runelord
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Mon 14 May 2018
at 13:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis, Archimedes, Aradhel and Jereth in that order follow the lizard-man into the tunnels.

Koram nearly walks by the tunnel he is looking for, but fortunately his memory of steps taken helps and he leads the party into a good-sized chamber. In one side of the chamber sits a cage, with a single figure in it...

Slivijabella, please describe your character for everyone.
Silvijabella
 player, 1 post
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Tue 15 May 2018
at 16:11
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The figure of a slim maiden sitting with her back towards the entrance can be seen in the dim light.  Long curly tresses the color of burnt scarlet like that of the Autumn Maple cascade from the loose ponytail atop her head and pools on the floor behind her.  She wears a dark green bodice that accentuates her figure over a billowy blouse of yellow with sleeves off her shoulder, the left one appears torn and ripped.

Multi-hued skirts pool out from her waist and she turns her head slightly at the sound of someone approaching, revealing the long, slender ear of an elf and, dark, captivating eyes.  She rises to her feet, turning to face you in a single fluid motion of grace and beauty, and looks to you with hope.    "The spirits be praised!  Pray tell you are against the Ogres and their kin?" she inquires anxiously in a haunting voice.
Aradhel
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Tue 15 May 2018
at 17:10
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"<Elven>We are."  Aradhel answered concisely, but not curtly.  She was a little surprised to see another elf here, more so than to see the bestial lizardman.  Why, she couldn't say.  "<Elven>Have they harmed you?"
Silvijabella
 player, 2 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Tue 15 May 2018
at 17:45
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The brightly garbed captive smiled with a bit more relief at the sight of Aradhel, responding to her in kind, "<Elven>Other than some minor bumps and bruises, no."  She shook her head to emphasize her answer to the inquiry, but added the caveat "<Elven>Although my 'hosts' have been lacking in seeing to food and water for their 'guests'".

Upon closer examination, the girl's outfit showed minor signs of struggle with some tears here and there, but she seemed otherwise unharmed.

She politely glanced towards the others in the group and sought signs that the tongue being conversed in was understood by all.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:50, Tue 15 May 2018.

Tanlis Half-elven
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Tue 15 May 2018
at 18:43
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis produces some food and water for the former captive. "(Elven)Milady, the others of our group do not speak the tongue of the fair." Tanlis says to the new elf in again, very formal elvish. "They speak common." He shrugs, and hands her a water skin and some folded bread. "Anyone find any keys for this thing?" He asks.

He tries the door, but was sure it was locked. "This is Aradhel, Archimedes, Jereth, Koram, and I am Tanlis-druid of the land." He had no idea why he added his title in, but it made him sound more important. Needless to say, Tanlis's common-speak was very very informal.
Silvijabella
 player, 3 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Tue 15 May 2018
at 19:41
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The elf smiled gratefully at Tanlis and nodded to each as he introduced them.  "Then I shall endeavor to express my thanks in a tongue all comprehend." she replied graciously in the common tongue.

"I am Silvijabella, or 'Bella if you please, of the Ryhissia tribe."

The young woman eagerly accepted the proffered provisions and sated her thirst after introductions were exchanged, being a bit more genteel in breaking off a bite-sized morsel of bread as she rose to the balls of her feet looking to see if any responded regarding the key to her cell.

It appeared she was, at present, barefoot.
Aradhel
 player, 727 posts
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Tue 15 May 2018
at 19:51
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel looked about, trying to find some way to open this cell.
The Runelord
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Tue 15 May 2018
at 19:59
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
A quick review of the key that was used to free Koram leads the party to think that it could be used to free Bella as well.

The sound of shouting from behind the party is growing louder, but Jereth, at the rear guard position, has not yet seen another foe.
Silvijabella
 player, 4 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Tue 15 May 2018
at 20:06
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Bella broke off another morsel and paused momentarily before placing it in her mouth to respond to Aradhel's searching, "I believe one of the Ogre gaolers had the key…", the tone of the offered wisdom helpful, but a bit remorseful given that said gaoler wasn't present to provide it.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:44, Tue 15 May 2018.

Koram
 player, 14 posts
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Tue 15 May 2018
at 20:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram ignored the little elf girl, and moved up to the next junction. He needed to get his ancestral weapon. That was all that mattered to him. The others would take care of any further prisoners.

This message was lightly edited by the GM at 20:49, Tue 15 May 2018.

The Runelord
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Tue 15 May 2018
at 20:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Notice check for Koram.
Jereth
 player, 478 posts
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Wed 16 May 2018
at 08:06
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth managed to steal a quick look over their newest rescue, but the others had the meet and greet well in hand.  So he kept his attention on the approaching noises.  At the mention of his name, he offered a quick salute with his sword, then returned it to its low close right stance.
Koram
 player, 15 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:3
Wed 16 May 2018
at 18:07
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Rolled a 7

17:14, Tue 15 May: Koram rolled 5,4 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,4.  +2 for notice.

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Silvijabella
 player, 5 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Thu 17 May 2018
at 14:31
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Bella rose a bit higher on the balls of her feet and strained to see past the group towards the sound of the shouting, then glanced to whomever was sorting the keys, "If one of those fits, perhaps I can work at the lock while you face whatever approaches?" she offered helpfully, tucking the ration of bread and waterskin into the crook of her left elbow as she extended her right hand through the bars.

"I might be able to disorient any within four yards who are close together, preferably facing me if it may help your cause, provided you take me with you?" the auburn-tressed elf added as additional incentive.

(Presuming I can reach the lock by reaching through or climbing up the bars a bit if it's higher up...)
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 171 posts
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Thu 17 May 2018
at 14:33
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Silvijabella (msg # 251):

"Got it." Tanlis said, and moved to the keys as she indicated. Sorting through them or helping anyone else trying to do the same.

"Don't worry, we won't leave you behind." He smiled at her and went to look.
Silvijabella
 player, 6 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Thu 17 May 2018
at 14:51
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Bella gave a warm smile in return and moved to best assist if the keys were nearby, otherwise stepped back to finish the bit of food another drink before returning the waterskin to Tanlis when next he approached.
The Runelord
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Sat 19 May 2018
at 14:59
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram:
Koram ignored the little elf girl, and moved up to the next junction. He needed to get his ancestral weapon. That was all that mattered to him. The others would take care of any further prisoners.


Koram moves to the next chamber, which looks to be a supply chamber. He spots, perched on a tall stack of boxes, a sack that contains, an odd six-sided bladed weapon along with some armor and personal effects, along with his possessions.

Koram, describe your ancestral weapon.

Silvijabella:
Bella gave a warm smile in return and moved to best assist if the keys were nearby, otherwise stepped back to finish the bit of food another drink before returning the waterskin to Tanlis when next he approached.


Tanlis easily un-does the lock and Bella is able to emerge quickly. Bella, Tanlis and Archimedes all note that Koram is looking for something in the storage chamber next door.

Jereth:
Jereth managed to steal a quick look over their newest rescue, but the others had the meet and greet well in hand.  So he kept his attention on the approaching noises.


At this point, the roaring is getting quite close--Aradhel and Jereth think another ogre (or maybe more) are moments away.

You all have one round. What do you do? If you have questions about what you can accomplish in the round, PM me--try not to make assumptions :-)

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:00, Sat 19 May 2018.

Silvijabella
 player, 8 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Sat 19 May 2018
at 16:59
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Bella looked up at Tanlis with grateful smile and a nod of her head to indicate the direction of the sound, "Do you usually stand and fight, or slip through the shadows to avoid them?" she inquired and noted the stance any with bared blade took as indication of the preferred tactics.  Her magic might be able to assist, but options would be limited based on the methods engaged by her rescuers.

(Presuming talking is a free action?  Bella's action will be driven by reply to PM & what others answer IC regarding preferences. )
Koram
 player, 16 posts
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Sat 19 May 2018
at 17:09
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram's face broke into a toothy grin as he saw his glaive. It stood eight feet tall, had a 22 inch long straight single edge blade with a hook about 6 inches down the non-edged side. It's handle was a smooth dark wood, with a leather wrap in the middle. It looked both elegant and deadly at the same time.

Striding forward, he took it firmly into his hands, and turned towards the door. grabbing his satchel he threw it cross chest over his shoulder, and moved out to find the enemy.

"Now I am armed again you monsters! Prepare to DIE!" He shouted as he moved towards the coming threat.

https://elistraie.deviantart.c...ash-Glaive-651539654

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Aradhel
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Sat 19 May 2018
at 17:12
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Both."  Aradhel answered without hesitation.  "Though these narrow confines do not avail us of our customary hammer and anvil tactics."

Her swords were out.  There wasn't any terrain to use to fade out and cut back in behind their opponents.  This was the secret, if there were any, to Aradhel's strength.

Perhaps there was some other means of using their surroundings however.  They seemed to have effected cells here, perhaps there was pitch, or two opposing doors could be lashed together to effect a temporary barrier.
Silvijabella
 player, 9 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Sat 19 May 2018
at 17:28
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Bella looked towards Koram, "Was there another exit from the storeroom, or only this one?"

The elf nodded at Aradhel's observation, "This room is large enough, I might be able to disorient them with a magic to your advantage if they are within eight yards of one another and no others in the area with them."

The daughter of the Ryhissia clan shifted her gaze from Aradhel to Tanlis, then Jereth, Koram and Archimedes in succession to see if the option seemed favorable to all.
Koram
 player, 17 posts
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Sat 19 May 2018
at 17:37
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram glanced at Bella and shrugged. He hadn't been concerned about escape, simply wanting his weapon. Now all he wanted was to slaughter his enemies.
Jereth
 player, 479 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
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Sun 20 May 2018
at 03:07
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth had, of course, never left his assigned post waiting to receive the onrushing enemy with sword and shield.  He did, however, try to keep up with the discussion behind him.  Trying to be helpful, he offered, "An exit would be fine.  Though these tunnels provide a fine chokepoint."  As Koram joined him, he offered a quick nod, "May need to be mostly anvil this time."  Then an idea, "Archimedes!  Bring that gun.  Ready a shot down the tunnel as they appear.   Such magic as you mention would be good too...um....miss.  Volley on them as they appear before we come to blades."
Koram
 player, 18 posts
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Sun 20 May 2018
at 07:06
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram grinned at Jereth. "Come! Let us bathe in the blood of our enemies!" With that he charged forward to kill the approaching ogres.
Silvijabella
 player, 11 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Sun 20 May 2018
at 11:50
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"'Bella..." the Elf assisted Jereth as he paused in in how to address her, "... and an 'exit' could also be an 'entrance' from flanking Ogres..." she pointed out as she looked to see if all were following down the hall.
Aradhel
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Sun 20 May 2018
at 11:58
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel just blinked as the scaled one ran past them all.

"... so, let us set up a defensive line..."
The Runelord
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Tue 22 May 2018
at 02:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
As the rest of the party watched him in surprise, Koram storm out and almost runs into a surprised ogre, whom Koram does not recognize but who looks very displeased to see the lizard-man free...

By happy happenstance, the cards favor you; all of you beat the ogre's initiative. Up to three of you can move adjacent to the ogre; Jereth, Aradhel and, of course, Koram are close enough to move and attack without Running this round.
Koram
 player, 22 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:3
Tue 22 May 2018
at 18:30
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Roaring in a battle fury, Koram rushes forward glove held high. Then with a downward sweep brings it in for a strike.

11:24, Today: Koram rolled 4,8 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,(6+2)8.  Attack.
11:27, Today: Koram rolled 7,5 using 1d10,1d8, rerolling max with rolls of 7,5.  Damage.

My weapon damage says Strength(1d10) plus 1d8, so 12?

The Runelord
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Tue 22 May 2018
at 22:23
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram's blow rakes across the ogre's tough skin. It cries aloud and staggers against the wall, in pain!

Koram hits and Staggers the ogre. Aradhel, Jereth, Archimedes, Tanlis and Bella are up! Jereth and Aradhel are close enough to move and attack in melee without Running this round; the others could move and attack at range with a cover penalty (-2).
Aradhel
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Tue 22 May 2018
at 23:57
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Jereth!  Together!  End it quickly!"

Aradhel waded in alongside Jereth and assumed an aggressive form.  "<Elven>Wolf tears the throat."

3 of us vs. one of him = +2 Gang Up Bonus.

Wild Attacking for +2.

Right hand sword:

18:53, Today: Aradhel rolled 7,6 using d12+5,d6+5, rerolling max with rolls of 2,1.  Fighting - Right Hand.

That should hit.

18:53, Today: Aradhel rolled 14,6 using d12+4,d6+4, rerolling max with rolls of 10,2.  Fighting - Left Hand.

That should hit with a Raise.

21 damage
- 18:54, Today: Aradhel rolled 15,6 using d8+3,d8, rerolling max with rolls of (8+4)12,6.  Damage - Right Hand.

18 damage - 18:55, Today: Aradhel rolled 7,7,4 using d8+2,d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,7,4.  Damage - Left Hand.

18:56, Today: Aradhel drew the single card: 3H using a deck of 54 cards.

Jereth
 player, 483 posts
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Wed 23 May 2018
at 07:45
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

"Right with you!"  answered Jereth, who had taken off only a half step behind the elf and a few steps behind the lizardman.  He quickly appraised said lizardman's attack and swept in from the right even as Aradhel charged in low from the left.  The guardsman took no time for subtlety, driving his sword in a deep lunge with the full weight of his armored charge behind it...

Wild Longsword to Hit - 11 (assuming Raise), Damage - 23

Parry reduced to 6

03:40, Today: Jereth drew the single card: 9H using a deck of 54 cards. Init.
03:39, Today: Jereth rolled 13,10 using 2d8+3,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 7,3,(6+4)10. Wild Longsword Slash Damage!
03:39, Today: Jereth rolled 11,10 using d10+5,d6+5, rerolling max with rolls of 6,5. Wild Longsword Slash! .

The Runelord
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Wed 23 May 2018
at 13:51
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth and Aradhel combine to definitively slay the ogre. The sound of more ogres comes from behind him, though not immediately behind him.

Archimedes, Bella, Tanlis, what do you do?
Silvijabella
 player, 19 posts
 Elf Gypsy
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Wed 23 May 2018
at 14:33
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Bella looked towards the multitude of blades and bodies converging on the ogre's massive form in the confines of the tunnel and decided it was busy enough without her adding to the chaos; besides, the ogre didn't seem like he would last long enough to spend the arcane energies in an attempt to stun him.

The elf looked towards Tanlis and Archimedes, "Hopefully my belongings are in the storage room as well….  As it's a bit too crowded to effectively target a single ogre, I'm going to check the other room to be sure there's no other tunnels." the girl called in Common and moved towards the storage room.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:18, Wed 23 May 2018.

Tanlis Half-elven
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Wed 23 May 2018
at 14:48
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Silvijabella (msg # 271):

"I will help you search!" Tanlis says, and moves to follow her. He knew his reserves of magics where depleted, and he would not be much good in a fight.
Aradhel
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Wed 23 May 2018
at 23:41
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Hurry, we can hold this for a time, but only for a time."  Aradhel relayed.  "You-"

That was Koram.  "Hold the line.  We three hold together or we die separately."
The Runelord
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Thu 24 May 2018
at 17:33
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Silvijabella:
The elf looked towards Tanlis and Archimedes, "Hopefully my belongings are in the storage room as well….  As it's a bit too crowded to effectively target a single ogre, I'm going to check the other room to be sure there's no other tunnels." the girl called in Common and moved towards the storage room.


Tanlis and Bella move into the room and find that all of Bella's equipment are contained in a bag in the room.

Tanlis, do you open a crate?
Tanlis Half-elven
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Thu 24 May 2018
at 17:42
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 274):

Once all of Bella's gear is found, Tanlis will Tapp on a box with his staff. Trying to tell if the ogres are moving live people.
Silvijabella
 player, 20 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Thu 24 May 2018
at 18:25
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Bella grabbed up her pack and looked within to verify all was within.  Satisfied all was present, she retrieved a couple of small blades and their concealed sheaves, securing them on her person while Tanlis occupied himself with the crate.  Finally she retrieved the odd six-bladed weapon and spun it in the palm of her hand, the blades floating above her forearm expertly but not making contact with cloth of sleeve nor the flesh therein.

The Elf-maid, flipped the weapon over and inspected the intricate engravings on the hub and arms to verify no damage was present.

She looked to Tanlis, <Elven>"Is there aught else here of interest that could be taken readily?"

Her eyes searched the room for other passages, open or concealed behind boxes or tapestry, <Elven>"Or other passage that might provide egress for us or ingress for more ogres?" she appended with a slight tone of urgency.
Tanlis Half-elven
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Thu 24 May 2018
at 18:34
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Its worth a look." Tanlis nodded. "I want to be on hand if anyone gets hurt fighting the ogres. So maybe we just open one of them. We should also be careful, in case of nasty surprises." He moved over to the box he tapped, and tried to find some way of opening it.
Jereth
 player, 484 posts
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Thu 24 May 2018
at 18:43
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth has a quick nod to Aradhel's words, and addresses Koram as well, "I understand that you might wish vengeance after being chained.  I promise, work with us and you'll have all you like.  We intend to take the keep from the ogres.". Her then called back to the others, "Tanlis!  When you are ready, lead us on to the keep.  We are losing whatever advantage was gained by your lizardstorm."

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Koram
 player, 23 posts
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Fri 25 May 2018
at 06:50
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Korma grinned fiercely at the command to hold the line, but it was a lizard grin. Consisting of his mouth open with teeth out as if he was about to bite. The narrowing of the eyes made it look sinister to non lizards, and usually frightened mammals. "Yes let us slaughter these foul beasts!"
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 176 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-0, W-0, PP-20/5
Fri 25 May 2018
at 15:14
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Jereth (msg # 278):

"One moment, checking something here!" He calls back. "However, considering the small nature of the cave tunnels and the large nature of our foes-would it not be better for us to fight them here?" He proceeded to check the box faster, now needing to hurry a bit.
The Runelord
 GM, 1690 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Fri 25 May 2018
at 22:38
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis Half-elven:
Once all of Bella's gear is found, Tanlis will Tapp on a box with his staff. Trying to tell if the ogres are moving live people.


Happily, there appears to be nothing or nobody living in the crates.

Tanlis Half-elven:
"One moment, checking something here!" He calls back. "However, considering the small nature of the cave tunnels and the large nature of our foes-would it not be better for us to fight them here?" He proceeded to check the box faster, now needing to hurry a bit.


Tanlis pops open the crate and finds that it is stuffed with dried fruits, probably originally from the fort. Tapping on a couple of the other crates makes him conclude that they probably have something similar, but it would take time to search.

Meanwhile, the other members of your little group--the Black Arrows and Shalelu--suddenly appear from the direction toward the fort. "Good news," says Shalelu. "The ogres are so preoccupied with your escape here that they have left the way out of here unguarded. If we flee out, we can find fortified positions in the fortress and defend ourselves there."

Kaven, one of the Black Arrows, screws up his face when he hears that. "I think we're better off down here fighting them in tunnels. We have a strategic advantage here."

Vale, his comrade, points at Archimedes. "You forgot the sleep gas and poison, Kaven. We can't use that down here."

Aradhel, Jereth and Koram hear at least one more ogre heading toward their position, though these three are well-positioned to stop the ogre.
Aradhel
 player, 733 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Fri 25 May 2018
at 23:32
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"If we plant ourselves here, we gamble everything on our endurance.  I say we move swiftly."  She then added one of her instructor's many adages.  "Never be where your opponent's sword will fall."

It lost something of the poetry in the translation to the human tongue but it was still understandable.
Jereth
 player, 485 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:9(2) W: B:2
Sun 27 May 2018
at 23:42
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

"Agreed.  I say continue on to the goal of the fortress," offered Jereth, still watching the tunnel behind, "Lead on and let's take this place back!"
Silvijabella
 player, 24 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Mon 28 May 2018
at 20:04
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Bella quickly closed her bag back up, if they wanted to be underway immediately then shoes would have to wait….  The elf slipped finely balanced throwing knives into their sheathes and attached them about her person on concealed thongs designed for the purpose.

Once she had secured her belongings, she looked towards Tanlis and hurried over to gather up some of the fruits and other provisions from the open crate, "I see no other passages and think your friends are in a hurry… is there anything else we should retrieve from here?", she queried her rescuer with doe-like eyes.
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 177 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-0, W-0, PP-20/5
Tue 29 May 2018
at 15:00
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Silvijabella (msg # 284):

Tanlis looks at Bella for a second and gets distracted. "Ummm...no. Turns out our allies want to use some form of gas weapon, and we are better off doing that outside." He gestures for her to follow. Then calls out to the three preparing for melee. "We are leaving! Follow us, and don't get left behind!" He looks over to Vale and the others. "Show us the way out."
Koram
 player, 25 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:3
Wed 30 May 2018
at 06:51
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Though not really wanting to leave the coming battle, these people had freed him, and Koram was not one to shirk his duty. He nodded at the suggestion to leave.
The Runelord
 GM, 1695 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Wed 30 May 2018
at 22:43
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The party rushes through the tunnels, following Vale and Tanlis' lead, moving as quickly as they can...

Everyone make an Agility check!

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:37, Sun 03 June 2018.

Aradhel
 player, 734 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Wed 30 May 2018
at 22:44
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel bounds confidently, like she's lighter than air.  So graceful.

17:44, Today: Aradhel rolled 9,11 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 9,(6+5)11.  Elfy Agility (I hope).

Jereth
 player, 486 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:9(2) W: B:2
Wed 30 May 2018
at 22:57
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth, on the other hand, moved as quickly as he could decided out in full armored panoply.  Noisily definately, but also effectively.

18:54, Today: Jereth rolled 1,4 using D6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,4.  Agility!
Silvijabella
 player, 25 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Wed 30 May 2018
at 23:12
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Where Bella wasn't quite as agile as Aradhel, her limber form and dancer's grace lent assistance to navigating the passages.

(19:07, Today: Silvijabella rolled 6,5 using 1d8,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 6,5.  Agility check! (+2 for Acrobatics?). If so 8 as she prances along, otherwise 6 with less theatrical prancing.)
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 178 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-0, W-0, PP-20/5
Thu 31 May 2018
at 00:52
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis' inherited elven agility seems to be holding up against even Aradhel's grace.

Ooc:
20:51, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 5,11 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,(6+5)11.  Agility check.

Koram
 player, 26 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:3
Thu 31 May 2018
at 17:39
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Surprising for his bulk, the Saurian was very agile.
10:37, Today: Koram rolled 7,3 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 7,3.  agility check.
Archimedes Fallows
 player, 90 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 6
 power points 15/01
Sat 2 Jun 2018
at 05:43
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
06:39, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 9,4 using D6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of (6+3)9,4.  Agility.

Perhaps it was because the little inventor was the closest to the ground than the others but he moved with the agility of a monkey, jumping over obstacles and using the sides of the tunnels to shoot himself round corners.....or perhaps it was just a matter of being scared whichever it was he kept up with the others without difficulty
The Runelord
 GM, 1697 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 00:38
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The party dives through the remaining tunnels and, mere minutes later, the group emerges unscathed  in a place familiar to Tanlis: next to an old guard tower. This old tower is falling apart. Most of the mortar has cracked or sloughed away, leaving stone to grind on stone. The structure itself is nearly thirty feet high. Where there were ogres standing nearby before there are two ogre corpses and easily six shocker-lizard corpses lying about the courtyard.

Sovark points across the courtyard. "There's the cook-house; beyond that is the south gate. Maybe we should secure the gate and keep anyone else out of the fort."

The shouts of the pursuing ogres can be heard from behind the party!

What do you do?

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

Koram
 player, 28 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:3
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 04:07
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"We should first worry about those things." Koram says as he grips his glaive tightly and points towards the sound of the coming ogres. At first it looks like he might be scared, but a you look closer you realize it's really an eagerness to get back into the fight.
Archimedes Fallows
 player, 91 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 6
 power points 15/01
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 05:23
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes pulls out his flask and places it on the ground

Ooc
06:18, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 2,1 using D8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,1.  Weird science roll


But once again nothing happened he crouched quickly and fiddled with it the stood back

Ooc spend a beenie
06:20, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 3,4 using D8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,4.  Weird science roll.


This time after a lot of shaking the metal man forms

"I suggest we allow my metal friend here to bring that tower down on this tunnel thus blocking it"
Silvijabella
 player, 27 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 11:37
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Bella looked towards Archimedes with a bit of alarm, "I thought the goal was to recapture the keep lest the Ogres spoil it beyond use and yet you suggest aiding them in such?"  Though the suggestion might prove to be the most permanent solution.

The Elf moved away from the entrance to a spot where she could target any coming through with spell or missile without blocking the way for melee combatants.

As she did so, she looked to see if there was anything that could serve as a barrier to the passage they had just emerged from.

"Is there a gate or portcullis which could seal this path as well?  If not, then could two or three hold this passage while the rest secure the main gate?"
Aradhel
 player, 735 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 11:44
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"If that construction is capable of quickly blocking this route I am all for it.  But she is right, we are going to have to seal off both sides or this is all in vain."  Aradhel looked around.  That was a lot more people than she usually had to help so it might not be the worst idea to divide their force for the maneuver if the creature couldn't collapse this end of the tunnel quickly.
Archimedes Fallows
 player, 92 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 6
 power points 15/01
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 11:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"please do not get me wrong I do not wish to destroy the place but look at the tower it is falling down already the mortar is shot and it's only the weight of the stones holding it up. If you got, say two or three ogres to push it on one side it would bring down most of the fort with it and on top of us to boot."

The little inventor was articulating excitedly with both hands"  we either block the ogres path in some other way or bring the tower down on them the alternative I believe is to hand them a means to destroy everything here including us in one foul swoop"

"But then this is not my forte so I will follow another's plan if I have to"

This message was lightly edited by the player at 11:50, Sun 03 June 2018.

Jereth
 player, 487 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:9(2) W: B:2
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 13:05
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth thought quickly, then made a decision, "We can hold them at the cave.  They can't bring numbers to bear.  Archimedes, should they press us back, have your metal man bring the tower down.  Till then, fill the cave with your concoction as they try to break through."  The guardsman turned to Aradhel, "Koram, the tinker and I will hold here.  Can you lead a party to take the gatehouse and seal it off?  Who do you need to do it?"  He then looked to the others, "The rest should be ready to support either fight or stand in reserve in case more of these ogres are lurking elsewhere in the keep."
Aradhel
 player, 736 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 13:09
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"I can.  It's less a question of what I need and more who and what is available.  If the trio of you can do this... well."  Aradhel let it trail off.
Jereth
 player, 488 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:9(2) W: B:2
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 13:16
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth simply shrugged and offered his charming smile, "We will hold.  Bar the gates.  Then you can come back and tell me how I could have done it better."
Koram
 player, 29 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:3
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 17:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram's mouth opened in his lizard grin at the thought of being able to kill more of these ogres. "Yes let us slaughter these beasts!" He moved to the center of the tunnel's opening, and braced himself for the coming fight.
Archimedes Fallows
 player, 93 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 6
 power points 15/01
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 18:32
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes set a grim determination on his face as he loaded his shooter with sleeping potion.
"Right let me lay down a barrage of this before you engage the enemy and please please stay out of the cloud or you will fall asleep to"
Silvijabella
 player, 28 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 18:37
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Bella looked towards Aradhel, Tanlis and the other companions, "The we secure the main gate?"  The elf scanned the grounds for signs of ogres or shocker lizards still lurking about.
Aradhel
 player, 737 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 20:19
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel wasted no words but nodded and moved feet toward the task.
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 179 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-0, W-0, PP-20/5
Mon 4 Jun 2018
at 14:44
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Silvijabella (msg # 305):

"Yes, I can help secure the gate. However, we have not had much rest, and my ability to call on the land is nearly exhausted. I am wary of using the last of my power. Should I call on nature to bar the gate, or save it in case things go most unwell?" He offered.

Weather or not he actually does call upon his power, he can still secure the gate. Just by moving things in front of it with the others, if need be.
Silvijabella
 player, 29 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Mon 4 Jun 2018
at 14:53
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Bella looked towards Tanlis as they followed after Aradhel, "I would hope the gate mechanisms are still sturdy enough to serve their purpose without having to resort to your magics; if not, then we may have bigger problems!"

The girl winked at Tanlis and turned her attention to the surroundings and the gates themselves to see what condition they or the portcullis were in.
Archimedes Fallows
 player, 94 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 6
 power points 15/01
Mon 4 Jun 2018
at 16:04
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Not wanting to but steeling himself the little inventor moved to just inside the tunnel and listened to the approaching ogres when he was satisfied that they were far enough away to allow him to fire two potions down the tunnel before they got to the exit he nodded quickly to the others he was ready
Archimedes Fallows
 player, 95 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 6
 power points 15/01
Thu 7 Jun 2018
at 05:06
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Ooc

06:06, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 1,5 using D6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,5.  Shooting roll 2.

06:05, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 5,1 using D6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,1.  Shooting roll 1.

The Runelord
 GM, 1702 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Sat 9 Jun 2018
at 19:01
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes Fallows:
Not wanting to but steeling himself the little inventor moved to just inside the tunnel and listened to the approaching ogres when he was satisfied that they were far enough away to allow him to fire two potions down the tunnel before they got to the exit he nodded quickly to the others he was ready...


Archimedes waits patiently until he sees a couple of hulking figures headed his way. He fires his potions and races out. There is one thud, then a figure staggers forward and falls at Jereth's feet. It seems that Archimedes has felled at least two ogres at the beginning.

However, a moment later, a roar is heard and an ogre staggers forth out of the sleep-fog, his face filled with rage! He stops, his path blocked by Koram and Jereth

One ogre of three made it through without falling asleep. Jereth, you can act before the ogre! Koram, you go after the ogre.




Meanwhile, the remaining members of the party head toward the gate. You pass an open-air structure contains several large racks for storing smoked meat. The ogres don’t seem to have taken good care of the place, for everything is in a jumbled, broken ruin now. Several dead bodies lie haphazardly on the damaged smokers, slowly (and inefficiently) curing as the fires smolder. The smell is disturbingly flavorful. Kneading dough in this structure is another ogre. With tiny little hands and feet and a grotesquely oversized head and rear end, the ogre almost looks like a bulbous gourd.

Vale's eyes widen as he sees the bodies. "Those were my friends!" he roars. He leaps at the ogre; cursing, Kaven and Jakardros leap to give him aid. Jakardros shouts, "We'll take this one! Secure the gate!"

The gate, at this point, is another sixty paces to the southwest.

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:37, Sun 10 June 2018.

Jereth
 player, 491 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:9(2) W: B:2
Sat 9 Jun 2018
at 21:54
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth had been prepared for exactly this, "Archimedes get clear!"  Shield before him, he stepped forward to meet the ogre's charge (and keep the ogre's attention on him).  His longsword was held behind him in the tail guard; hiding its movement till the last moment.  He whipped the blade around, low and up in a wide slash going for the legs and underbelly of the raging semi-giant...

To Hit - 8, Damage - 21

Today: Jereth rolled 21 using 2d8+1, rerolling max with rolls of (8+5)13,7. Longsword Slash Damage! 17:44, Today: Jereth rolled 7,8 using d10,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 7,(6+2)8. Longsword Slash!

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:36, Sun 10 June 2018.

Aradhel
 player, 740 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Sun 10 Jun 2018
at 00:29
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel evaluated the possibilities, but the fact is they were going to do that regardless.  "Do not die."  She proceeded to the gate.  She intended to come back to them and then Jereth's squad once the gate was set.
Archimedes Fallows
 player, 96 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 6
 power points 15/01
Sun 10 Jun 2018
at 08:08
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes didn't have to be told twice and was retreating rapidly even before the last potion had found its mark.

 out of the way of the fighter he started to propane his iron man for back up should it be needed
Silvijabella
 player, 31 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Sun 10 Jun 2018
at 11:32
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Bella looked briefly towards the Ogre and the men who raced to confront it, but continued towards the gate.  Sealing the way in order to keep more of the creatures from reentering still seemed the best way to avoid the same fate while simultaneously isolating the offenders for the meteing out of vengeance.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:01, Wed 13 June 2018.

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 180 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-0, W-0, PP-20/5
Mon 11 Jun 2018
at 19:36
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis seems quite ill at the grizzly scene, but he could not waste time with horror. The gate needed closing, and he rushed with Bella to make sure that happened.
The Runelord
 GM, 1704 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Mon 11 Jun 2018
at 23:24
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth:
Jereth had been prepared for exactly this, "Archimedes get clear!"  Shield before him, he stepped forward to meet the ogre's charge (and keep the ogre's attention on him).  His longsword was held behind him in the tail guard; hiding its movement till the last moment.  He whipped the blade around, low and up in a wide slash going for the legs and underbelly of the raging semi-giant...


...and eviscerates it. It dies rather quickly.

You hear nothing else coming down this tunnel; you have two ogres sleeping, one at your feet and one snoring from within the gas-filled chamber.

Out of initiative order for the moment--Koram, Jereth, what do you do?




The rest of the party races toward a gate. This twenty-foot-tall gatehouse is protected by an iron portcullis. Two ogres can be seen flanking it, and there is shouting from within the gatehouse.

The two ogres roar, draw their clubs and start running at you, closing ground rapidly. From within the gatehouse appears another ogre. This one, bizarrely enough, seems to have dead minks stuck on his face in some kind of decorative way. He bellows and points at the party.

The ogres win initiative this round and Run toward you. They are now no more than 15' from Aradhel, who is in front.

All the PCs are up!

Aradhel
 player, 741 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Tue 12 Jun 2018
at 00:53
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel had no special tricks for this one.  This was going to be a straight up fight.  They were massive, she was going to have to target knees, the gaps in their armor, eyes if she got an opening.  She assumed a neutral form and waved in head on to meet them.

"<Elven>The wolverine strikes viciously."

19:49, Today: Aradhel rolled 3,3 using d12+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of 2,2.  Fighting - Right Hand.

Well that's a bust.

19:50, Today: Aradhel rolled 22,4 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of (12+10)22,4.  Fighting - Left Hand.

But her southpaw connects on the follow-thru!

29 damage - 19:50, Today: Aradhel rolled 18,7,4 using d8,d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of (8+8+2)18,7,4.  Damage - Left Hand.

Silvijabella
 player, 33 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Tue 12 Jun 2018
at 01:18
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Silvijabella's light step took on more of a prancing motion as she began to dance, introducing quick spins that set her multi-colored garb to flashing garish color as small bangles about her upper arms and wrists glinted reflectively in the sunlight.

She focused on distracting glimmers and flashes directed at the ogre with the minks on his face, presuming him to be a shaman and sought to catch him in her spell in addition to the two who closed with them.

As she moved gracefully through her spell, the strange six-bladed weapon slipped into her grasp.

(Spending 3 Power Points in an attempt to catch all three opponents in a Confusion spell.  Range 16" 7 PP remain
21:15, Today: Silvijabella rolled 11,1 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of (6+5)11,1.  Perform - Confusion Spell.  Success with a Raise on the casting - Each must make Smarts Check -4 or be Shaken)

Presuming drawing weapon as free action or movement as part of performance if allowed.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:35, Tue 12 June 2018.

Jereth
 player, 492 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:9(2) W: B:2
Tue 12 Jun 2018
at 09:05
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth turned to sidestep the falling, dead ogre.  He then stepped over to the sleeping one and, with point of sword, dispatched it as quickly and cleanly as possible.  He eyed the other, but didn't step into the gas cloud to rid them of it yet.  Mostly he tried to listen, to hear if there were more in the tunnels...
Archimedes Fallows
 player, 97 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 6
 power points 15/01
Tue 12 Jun 2018
at 11:14
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes chucked his flask on the floor hoping his repairs would allow it to work


Ooc
12:11, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 1,2 using D8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,2.  Weird science roll


Frustrated he kicked it hard

Ooc

Beenie point

12:12, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 3,2 using D8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,2.  Weird science roll


The little man is close to tears as he picked up his creation and dropped it back in his pouch
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 181 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-0, W-0, PP-20/5
Tue 12 Jun 2018
at 14:19
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
While the others do an excellent job of distracting or killing their foes, Tanlis heads for gate, or if need be the gatehouse itself to make sure the gate is closed. He doubted there was a mechanical device which caused the gate to close, but if there was he would risk whatever was needed shut the portal.
The Runelord
 GM, 1707 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Tue 12 Jun 2018
at 18:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Silvijabella:
Silvijabella's light step took on more of a prancing motion as she began to dance, introducing quick spins that set her multi-colored garb to flashing garish color as small bangles about her upper arms and wrists glinted reflectively in the sunlight.

She focused on distracting glimmers and flashes directed at the ogre with the minks on his face, presuming him to be a shaman and sought to catch him in her spell in addition to the two who closed with them.


The glimmering entranced the two "normal" ogres, who gaped at the shiny in front of them. The mink-faced ogre, though, roared, "Magic! Magicker! I'm gonna kill you, magicker elf!"

The two regular ogres are Shaken; mink-face made his roll with a 6.

Aradhel:
Aradhel had no special tricks for this one.  This was going to be a straight up fight.  They were massive, she was going to have to target knees, the gaps in their armor, eyes if she got an opening.  She assumed a neutral form and waved in head on to meet them.

"<Elven>The wolverine strikes viciously."


It's a funny thing: taking care of one's armor is often overlooked, but can save one's life. The first ogre to meet Aradhel learned this lesson a touch too late as Aradhel's small off-hand blade punctured his armor, cutting a major vein. The ogre roared, grabbed its midsection and fell, dying.

Now only one Shaken regular ogre plus mink-face.

Tanlis, the mink-face is very much still in your way, blocking the way into the gatehouse. What do you do?





Meanwhile, Jereth hears nothing coming from the tunnels as he moves to kill the sleeping ogre.

Koram, what do you do?
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 185 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-0, W-0, PP-20/17
Tue 12 Jun 2018
at 18:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 323):

"Well, so much for getting by that way." Tanlis sighed. He gestured and struck the base of his staff upon the ground, which caused a orge sized moving tree creature to rise up from the dirt. Making sure to get between the druid and his foe...

OOC: Tree Golem misses his attack, but Tanlis got a raise on summoning him, so Tree Golem gets Hardy and costs one less PP.

14:45, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 5 using 1d8+3, rerolling max with rolls of 2.  Tree golem wild attack with gang up mod.

14:43, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 1,8 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,(6+2)8.  Summon Ally.

Koram
 player, 31 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:3
Wed 13 Jun 2018
at 19:55
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram frowned, a closing of the mouth and narrowing of the eyes, at Jereth's killing of the unconscious ogre. Instead of commenting or reacting to the murder, he simply said "I will go help the others. Call if you need me."

He started over towards the gate to see what was going on there.
The Runelord
 GM, 1709 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Wed 13 Jun 2018
at 21:36
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The mink-faced ogre is clearly startled by the appearance of a tree-ogre, but not enough so that he can't duck the first ponderous swing from the tree golem.

That brings up next round!

Two Jokers drawn--Tanlis, you get the Red Joker, and Bella gains the Black Joker! Each of you gets +2 to all rolls this round, including damage, and can act whenever you like.

Aradhel also can act before the Shaken ogre.

Tanlis, Bella and Aradhel, what do you do?

17:35, Today: The Runelord drew the single card: 2C using a deck of 54 cards.  Mink-face.
17:33, Today: The Runelord drew the 7 cards: AS, 8S, RJ!, 2S, 5D, BJ!, 10D using a deck of 54 cards.  Aradhel, Jereth, Tanlis, Archimedes, Koram, Bella, ogres.

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 186 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-1, W-0, PP-20/13
Wed 13 Jun 2018
at 21:42
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis casts a burst of flame into the ogre's eyes, trying to disorient it. Then the tree golem smashes the creature across its head with a massive club-like arm...

OOC:

Roll to trick via elemental spell=5

Roll for Tree golem to hit=11

Roll for Tree golem damage=2123 with a raise.

17:39, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 1113,7,3 using 1d12+57,1d8,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 6,7,3.  Damage with raise.

17:38, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 11 using 1d8+5, rerolling max with rolls of 6.  Tree golem wild attack with gang up mod.

17:38, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 5,5 using d10+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 3,3.  Elemental manipulation to trick target.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:44, Wed 13 June 2018.

The Runelord
 GM, 1710 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Wed 13 Jun 2018
at 23:53
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Unfortunately, mink-face's head may be one of the least useful parts of its anatomy. He just glares at the tree...

Shaken by the trick, would take 3 Wounds from that. Soak, burning an extra Benny to get enough of a Raise to ignore all wounds. He's down to 2 Bennies.

19:51, Today: The Runelord rolled 16,1 using 1d12,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of (12+4)16,1.  Benny.
19:51, Today: The Runelord rolled 5,4 using 1d12,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,4.  Mink-face's Soak.

Bella and Aradhel, what do you do?

Silvijabella
 player, 37 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Thu 14 Jun 2018
at 00:27
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella moved up to close the distance with mink-face, hurling the multi-bladed star at the ogre in an attempt to sever its outstretched hand at the wrist.  But the creature's frantic gesturing nearly spoiled her aim and the six-bladed star whisked past the creature and continued in an arc back towards her and catching the ogre's arm on the return trip.

(20:25, Today: Silvijabella rolled 21 using 1d6+1d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 5,(6+6+2)14.  Damage for Star  (need to include extra +2 for called shot if applicable). (23 if Called Shot matters)
20:22, Today: Silvijabella rolled 2,5 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,5.  Called shot for arm with Bennie..
20:19, Today: Silvijabella rolled 1,2 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,2.  Called Shot for (unarmored?) arm +2 Joker, +2 called shot.)

Aradhel
 player, 742 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Thu 14 Jun 2018
at 00:27
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The fearsome ogre's ability to absorb punishment was impressive, but no one and nothing could endure such a thing indefinitely.  Aradhel shifted subtly into an aggressive stance, they had a chance to hammer the monster and she was taking it.

Going to WIIIIILD Attack!

+1 Gang up bonus from Ogre Tree Friend.

19:24, Today: Aradhel rolled 9,8 using d12+4,d6+4, rerolling max with rolls of 5,4.  Fighting - Right Hand, WA, Gang Up.

Wager that's a hit.

19:25, Today: Aradhel rolled 23,26 using d12+3,d6+3, rerolling max with rolls of (12+8)20,(6+6+6+5)23.  Fighting - Left Hand, WA, Gang Up.

o_0

12 damage - 19:25, Today: Aradhel rolled 9,3 using d8+3,d8, rerolling max with rolls of 6,3.  Damage - Right Hand.

35 damage - 19:26, Today: Aradhel rolled 32,2,1 using d8+2,d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of (8+8+8+6)30,2,1.  Damage - Left Hand.

o_0

Jereth
 player, 494 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:9(2) W: B:2
Thu 14 Jun 2018
at 15:28
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth gave a quick nod to Koram, not catching the "look" about his actions, "I will hold.  Go."  The guardsman himself kept his eye on the other sleeping ogre in the gas and ready in case any others tried to breach.  Though he desperately wanted to join the others at the gate...
The Runelord
 GM, 1711 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Fri 15 Jun 2018
at 00:05
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The mink-faced ogre narrowly dodges the oddly-shaped blade swung at him by the elf. He is so distracted by this that he backs right into Aradhel's main hand. He is so surprised by this that he bends down to look at this blade sticking out of his midsection--and Aradhel cleanly cuts his throat. He flails backward and falls into the wall, smearing gore everywhere as he dies.

The only sliver lining for the remaining ogre is that the death of mink-face shocks him out of the hypnotic stupor that Bella's song put him in...

Mink-face spent a Benny and Soaked all three wounds delivered by Bella. That left him with only one Benny to Soak Aradhel's impossible hit, and he predictably fails, only Soaking one of a possible six wounds. Mink-face is down.

The other "normal" ogre un-Shakes. Archimedes and Tanlis are up.

Koram and Jereth will arrive in two rounds, should any ogres survive that long.

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 187 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-1, W-0, PP-20/13
Fri 15 Jun 2018
at 15:08
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Seeing the one obstacle in his way removed, Tanlis rushes into the gatehouse, planning on sealing the gate. He gestures to his large tree ally, who wheels about and proceeds to smash the remaining ogre with its huge tree limbs.

(OOC:

Attack 'normal' ogre=9

Damage=15

11:06, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 9,6 using 1d12+5,1d8, rerolling max with rolls of 4,6.  Tree golem damage against remaining orge.

11:05, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 9 using 1d8+2, rerolling max with rolls of 7.  Tree golem wild attack.)

This message was last edited by the player at 15:08, Fri 15 June 2018.

Archimedes Fallows
 player, 99 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 6
 power points 15/01
Sat 23 Jun 2018
at 06:17
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes followed the others to the gate tower but when the ogre appeared he did his best to stay out of the way until the it died.

He then called forth his metal man to provide added defense against any other ogres that showed up

Ooc
07:14, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 5,3 using D8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,3.  Weird science roll.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:06, Sat 23 June 2018.

The Runelord
 GM, 1717 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Sat 23 Jun 2018
at 14:31
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The last of the ogres crumples as the tree-man hits him. No ogres now stand between the party and the gate.

Aradhel, Archimedes, Bella and Tanlis have a round before any ogres engage you again. What do you do?




Meanwhile, Koram and Jereth race across the open space in the middle of the fort...

Koram and Jereth, each of you please make two Notice checks each.
Aradhel
 player, 743 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Sat 23 Jun 2018
at 16:19
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"We have to close the gate now."  Aradhel's statement was't very animated or enthusiastic despite the urgency of the task.  She looked about for a lever or winch or gatehouse concealing same, intending to activate such a mechanism if it existed.
Archimedes Fallows
 player, 100 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 6
 power points 15/01
Sat 23 Jun 2018
at 16:51
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"My metal friend help with closing the gate" instructed his creation and lead him over to the gates "Aradhel what help do you require from myself and my tall friend her"
Silvijabella
 player, 42 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B2
Sat 23 Jun 2018
at 17:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella skillfully plucked the returning weapon from the sky and began once more to advance with the others.  She looked distractedly towards the Gnome and his construct, with Koram also almost to the gate, "Is Jereth alone at the back entrance?"

She looked back towards the cave entrance.
Koram
 player, 34 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:3
Sat 23 Jun 2018
at 19:10
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
As Koram moved towards the gate he almost missed it, but then something caught his eye.

12:07, Today: Koram rolled 1,10 using 1d6,1d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 1,(6+2)8.  notice check. (2nd)

12:07, Today: Koram rolled 3,3 using 1d6,1d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 3,1.  notice check. (1st)

Jereth
 player, 495 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:9(2) W: B:2
Sat 23 Jun 2018
at 22:18
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
18:17, Today: Jereth rolled 5,2 using D6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,2.  Notice 2!

18:16, Today: Jereth rolled 1,4 using D6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,4.  Notice 1!


Aradhel
 player, 744 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Sun 24 Jun 2018
at 00:26
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Exactly what you said.  Once it's shut, we'll reconvene with the others.  Can your... friend operate without you being next to him?"

BTW I'm improvising here, don't know if it's a literal gate with cross bars or like I had imagined one of those with a portcullis that raises and lowers or what.

Archimedes Fallows
 player, 101 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 6
 power points 15/01
Sun 24 Jun 2018
at 08:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"he will follow my instructions so let us see what we need to do to close the gate"Archimedes stated
The Runelord
 GM, 1718 posts
 Mysteries
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Sun 24 Jun 2018
at 21:35
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Notice check for Bella, Aradhel, Archimedes and Tanlis. If anyone gets a success with a Raise, nobody else needs roll.

This message was last edited by the GM at 16:57, Tue 26 June 2018.

Aradhel
 player, 745 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Mon 25 Jun 2018
at 00:42
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
19:42, Today: Aradhel rolled 5,4 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,4.  Elf Notice Powers.
Archimedes Fallows
 player, 102 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 6
 power points 15/01
Mon 25 Jun 2018
at 05:27
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Ooc
06:26, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 1,5 using D6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,5.  Notice roll

Silvijabella
 player, 44 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B2
Mon 25 Jun 2018
at 08:36
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
04:33, Today: Silvijabella rolled 3,3 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,3.  Notice roll

This message was last edited by the GM at 16:58, Tue 26 June 2018.

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 188 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-1, W-0, PP-20/13
Mon 25 Jun 2018
at 14:43
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis is too worried about a ogre sized fist smashing in his head to notice much of anything else...

OOC:
10:42, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 1,1 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,1.  Notice check.

The Runelord
 GM, 1722 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Thu 28 Jun 2018
at 01:07
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
As Jereth and Koram run across the open area toward the gatehouse, boulders fly from seemingly out of nowhere and crash into them, one into each warrior!

Bella, looking back toward the warriors, sees the two warriors running her way--and sees the boulders crash into them!

Jereth espies an ogre ducking down below a battlement in the inner keep; Koram does one better.




Meanwhile, Archimedes and Aradhel spot what appears to be a set of gate controls just inside the gatehouse. The gatehouse door is too small for either Tanlis' tree-golem or Archimedes' metal man to fit inside, but several of the humanoid party members could fit inside easily.

I have updated the map to give everyone a sense where all your PCs are. Bella, you needed to move to where you are to see Koram and Jereth.

Before anyone else does anything, I need Koram and Jereth to let me know if they want to Soak. Jereth would take 2 Wounds from the hit, while Koram would take 3 Wounds from his.

Nobody else post their turn yet until the Soaking is handled.

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

Koram
 player, 35 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:3
Thu 28 Jun 2018
at 06:53
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram gets a free soak roll automatically, so can I attempt to dodge as well?
Jereth
 player, 496 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:9(2) W: B:1
Thu 28 Jun 2018
at 15:01
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth only caught sight of the boulder at the last moment.  Lifting his shield, he tried to fend it away and only partially succeeded.  In that he did not die crushed under a boulder....

08:55, Today: Jereth rolled 5,4 using D8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,4.  Soak!
The Runelord
 GM, 1723 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Thu 28 Jun 2018
at 18:06
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram:
Koram gets a free soak roll automatically, so can I attempt to dodge as well?


You get to Soak one Wound--you need to roll to Soak the other two.

Jereth walks away with only one Wound for Bella to heal right now.

This message was last edited by the GM at 18:07, Thu 28 June 2018.

Koram
 player, 36 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:3
Thu 28 Jun 2018
at 22:46
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
So that's Vigor right?

15:47, Today: Koram rolled 14,8 using 1d8,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of (8+6)14,(6+2)8.  soak.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:48, Thu 28 June 2018.

The Runelord
 GM, 1725 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Fri 29 Jun 2018
at 00:47
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram the mighty shrugs off the blow, while Jereth feels the pain of the rock.

Your moves! Jereth, Archimedes and Koram go before the ogres.

Archimedes, Aradhel and Tanlis are not threatened by the throwing ogres at the moment.

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

Archimedes Fallows
 player, 103 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 6
 power points 15/01
Sat 30 Jun 2018
at 08:37
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes shouted to his metal man to go help his companions in the fight then he darted through the door into the gate house to help close the gate
The Runelord
 GM, 1728 posts
 Mysteries
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Sun 1 Jul 2018
at 21:30
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes, is your metal man taking the Run action, climbing up the wall to get to the ogre, or what? Give me more detail, please.

Jereth and Koram, need your actions as well. You can't reach the ogres throwing at you in one round, though if you are by the wall, they won't be able to target you as easily.

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

This message was last edited by the GM at 18:25, Wed 04 July 2018.

Archimedes Fallows
 player, 104 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 6
 power points 15/01
Mon 2 Jul 2018
at 05:50
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Upon being given his orders the metal man ran towards Jereth and Koram where he picked up the just thrown bolder and attempted to throw it back at the ogre who'd thrown it
The Runelord
 GM, 1730 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Tue 3 Jul 2018
at 00:34
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Make a Throwing check for the giant, Archimedes.
Archimedes Fallows
 player, 105 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 6
 power points 15/01
Tue 3 Jul 2018
at 05:26
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Ooc

06:26, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 1 using 1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1.  Throwing

Jereth
 player, 499 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:9(2) W:-1 B:1
Tue 3 Jul 2018
at 07:17
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth grunted and shook his head, trying to clear it and focus.  Boulders really didn't do much for your focus.  But, the threat of more boulders did get you moving.  The guardsman turned to hug closer to the wall of the keep as he tried to figure out how to get in there...

Unshake - 5.  Actions - Move to the wall and down it towards the potential doorway.

03:12, Today: Jereth rolled 5,4 using d8-1,d6-1, rerolling max with rolls of 6,5.  UnShake!

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:13, Wed 04 July 2018.

Silvijabella
 player, 49 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B2
Tue 3 Jul 2018
at 09:47
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Seeing Koram and Jereth moving towards the shelter of wall, 'Bella looked to see if she could determine where Jereth was headed in order to meet up to check his injuries while not drawing attention to herself as a potential target.

(The most recent map image wasn't loading for me, but I think the wall directly under
B11 label would suit well?)

This message was last edited by the player at 10:15, Sat 07 July 2018.

Koram
 player, 38 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:3
Tue 3 Jul 2018
at 23:13
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram shrugged off the boulder, and continued running to the gate. There was nothing he could do about the ogre above, so he'd leave that to his "allies", and instead get to a place he could do some damage to these creatures that had dared to take him captive!
The Runelord
 GM, 1734 posts
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Thu 5 Jul 2018
at 00:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth and Koram tear toward the south-eastern part of the inner keep wall, knowing that the entrance to the inner keep is in that direction. Meanwhile, Archimedes' metal man clumsily lobs a boulder at the ogres. The ogres roar and duck, but this new factor of having an enemy lobbing stones at them changes their tactics. They duck out of sight of the metal man.

Updated the map to show relative new positions. Nobody in the party can see the ogres on the walls right now.

Aradhel, Bella and Tanlis are up!

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

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 193 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-1, W-0, PP-20/13
Thu 5 Jul 2018
at 00:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis starts to work the controls to close the gate. Keeping his tree golem outside the room because one-it can't fit inside,  and two-make sure no one rushes him.
The Runelord
 GM, 1735 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Thu 5 Jul 2018
at 00:50
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis, make a Smarts check.
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 194 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-1, W-0, PP-20/13
Thu 5 Jul 2018
at 01:37
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 366):

Ooc: 21:36, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 4,3 using d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,3.  smarts check.

The Runelord
 GM, 1736 posts
 Mysteries
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Fri 6 Jul 2018
at 14:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis springs forward, moves to the controls and with a mere flip of the switch, the gate drops closed with a BANG!

There is a roaring from various points from within the keep and from outside it!

Aradhel and Bella, what do you do? Feel free to PM with questions if you have any.

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

Aradhel
 player, 748 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Sat 7 Jul 2018
at 00:39
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Well done.  Objective accomplished, time to reconvene with the others."  Aradhel concluded.  After ensuring there was no immediate threat there at the gatehouse, she moved as swiftly as she could once the others were ready to move.

Aradhel is holding her action to move with the others near her back towards the rest of the party.  Not going until it's their turn so we don't all get strung out too bad.

Silvijabella
 player, 51 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B2
Sat 7 Jul 2018
at 01:01
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella moved to intercept the pair amd arrived at the wall just ahead of Jereth and Koram's position, "What if more ogres try to enter through the caves, was something done to obstruct that path?"

The concern that the rear guard had left them potentially vulnerable was evident in her voice.

Looking at Jereth's wound, she frowned slightly, "Best to address your injuries before they worsen beyond my abilities to relieve them, else you may be laid up for a week or more recuperating." the Elf observed as she reached in a pouch for a poultice.

*  'Bella looked Jereth in the eye, "Now bow you head a bit so I can reach, this won't take a moment." she rose to her tiptoes and gestured with her hand as she withdrew some of the poultice on her fore and middle fingers and began chanting an ancient canticle in Elven as she applied the semi-sweet, earthy smelling viscous substance to his wound.  The wound began to close and trace of the injury faded as the poultice seeped in.

The Elf gave a nod of satisfaction and sank back off the tips of her toes to her normal height.  "There, that should keep you more on task - provided you avoid any further boulders." she said with a smile and a playful wink, pressing against the wall to allow him to pass as he would.

09:17, Today: Silvijabella rolled 3,4 using 1d6+1,1d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of 2,3.  Perform check for Healing spell.. +2 for Healer, -1 for Wound Level, net +1.

4 would be a success, 1 Wound removed along with any Shaken condition I believe?

3  more PP spent, 4 remain.)

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:54, Wed 11 July 2018.

Koram
 player, 40 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:3
Sat 7 Jul 2018
at 04:10
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Seeing the gate cut off the attacking enemies, Koram growled in frustration, as yet again the revenge he'd been seeking was denied to him.
The Runelord
 GM, 1739 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Wed 11 Jul 2018
at 00:57
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth's Wound is gone and he is, in fact, un-Shaken.

Next round--Koram gets to go before the ogres, and has a Red Joker! +2 to all rolls.

20:55, Today: The Runelord drew the 6 cards: 4C, 9D, KS, RJ!, 7D, AH using a deck of 54 cards.  Jereth, Tanlis, Archimedes, Koram, Bella, ogres.

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:57, Wed 11 July 2018.

Koram
 player, 42 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:3
Thu 12 Jul 2018
at 00:48
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram scanned the area and saw a sight he was excited about. Suddenly he threw the glaive he was carrying, launching it up to stick in the top of the wall inside a crack. He then leapt onto the wall, and began scrambling up it towards where he had thrown the glaive. Reaching the top he pulled the glaive free, and was now facing the ogres on their level. "NOW YOU WILL FACE MY FURY!"

17:34, Today: Koram rolled 3,4 using 1d6+2,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,4.  notice check.
Using the Run action to climb up quickly.

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:36, Thu 12 July 2018.

The Runelord
 GM, 1742 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Thu 12 Jul 2018
at 19:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
It takes all of Koram's energy to spring to the top of the wall, where he stands there ready to charge at the ogres. The two ogres on the tower gape when they see the lizard-man suddenly on the top of the wall and turn all their attention to the lizard-man. Koram ducks as one of the rocks fly at him; the other glances off of his scaled form as he starts moving toward them.

Koram uses his entire round's actions to get to the top. The ogres both throw at Koram; #2 hits Koram for 12 damage, or 1 Wound. Koram automatically soaks one wound, so there is no effect and he is not Shaken.

Aradhel, Archimedes, Jereth, Bella and Tanlis are up. Jereth, with a Climbing check you could use the path that Koram found to ascend this round to the top. If you fail the Climbing check, you'd still be on the wall at the end of the round.

If anyone has questions, PM me. Don't assume if you are in doubt--ask!

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

This message was last edited by the GM at 13:54, Mon 16 July 2018.

Archimedes Fallows
 player, 108 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 4
 power points 15/15
Thu 12 Jul 2018
at 19:43
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes quickly crouched and pulled out a length of rope which he threaded through his sticky goo gun.

Per PM, prepare to pull off a nifty trick next round.

This message was last updated by the GM at 19:43, Thu 12 July 2018.

Aradhel
 player, 750 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Fri 13 Jul 2018
at 00:51
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"We need to rejoin the others, move together!"  Aradhel proceeded swiftly.

Running die!

19:50, Today: Aradhel rolled 5 using 1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5.  Running!

Jereth
 player, 502 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:9(2) W:0 B:1
Fri 13 Jul 2018
at 18:13
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth started to gently argue that perhaps now is not the time...   But then the soothing magic flowed and he blinked in surprise at the speed at which it worked, "My thanks..."  He might have said more, but Koram's climbing rush caught his attention.  With a grim smile, he slid his sword away and began heading for the wall as well, calling back to Bella, "Do my best to avoid the boulders, but I can make no promises!"  He then set to climbing as quickly as he could manage...

14:08, Today: Jereth rolled 7,2 using d4,d6, rerolling max with rolls of (4+3)7,2. Climb!
The Runelord
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Mon 16 Jul 2018
at 13:56
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel, please also make a Climbing check. You'll be partway up the wall by the time your movement is done unless you fail the Climb check.

Bella and Tanlis, also waiting for your actions.

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 195 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-1, W-0, PP-20/13
Mon 16 Jul 2018
at 18:41
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis and his massive Tree Golem run around the corner of the keep. Tanlis points, and the creature of wood and fury smashes down his enormous club like limbs on the foe!

(OOC:
Tree Golem runs, 3 on running die. It reaches the foes per the GM and attacks, gets 14 to hit and 18 for damage. -2 multi action, +2 for wild attack.

14:39, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 8,6,7 using 1d12+5,1d8,2d61d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,6,3,4.  Damage with raise.

14:38, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 14 using 1d8, rerolling max with rolls of (8+6)14.  Tree Golem Wild attack modified by extra action for running.

16:42, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 3 using 1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3.
)

This message was last edited by the GM at 16:49, Thu 19 July 2018.

Aradhel
 player, 751 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Tue 17 Jul 2018
at 01:02
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
20:01, Today: Aradhel rolled 1,5 using d4-2,d6-2, rerolling max with rolls of 3,(6+1)7.  Elves Don't Climb!

Wow, apparently Elves Do Climb!

Silvijabella
 player, 56 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B2
Tue 17 Jul 2018
at 01:17
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Bella watched as the others took some external path up the wall and elected to use the stairs within the tower as indicated by the Black Arrows in their briefings.

(04:40, Today: Silvijabella rolled 2 using 1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2.  Run, run, run.)

This message was last edited by the player at 08:43, Thu 19 July 2018.

The Runelord
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Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 17:04
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
As the normal-sized members of the team scramble to get onto the wall of the keep, Tanlis' tree-man steals the show a bit, rushing up and knocking one of the ogres to its death on the far side of the wall!

Next round--the ogres win initiative!

12:57, Today: The Runelord drew the 7 cards: 2H, 7D, 6H, JS, 8C, 4D, AH using a deck of 54 cards.  Aradhel, Jereth, Tanlis, Archimedes, Koram, Bella, ogres.


Its wild blow leaves it vulnerable to attack, though, and the other ogre shatters the wooden head of the golem. What's left of the golem creaks and falls over, a wooden pillar, before melting into the ground from the elements that created it. It then springs back a bit and shakes its club at Koram, daring the lizard-warrior to come to him! Ogre hits the construct and does 25 damage, more than enough to destroy the Extra.

Meanwhile, two more ogres rush up to the gate over the bridge outside. More can be heard in the distance. They shake their clubs and look about, trying to figure out with their small brains how to get back inside.

Aradhel, you need to take your movement to get to the top, and you can get 2 squares closer to the ogre on the keep wall if you like.
Bella, you also need to take your movement to get to the top, though you only will get to the top of the wall this round.
Jereth, you are on top of the wall just a bit behind Koram.
Koram, you are in position to charge the ogre.
Tanlis, you are at the base of the wall of the inner keep.
Archimedes, there is a closed gate between you and your construct and the newcomer ogres.

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

ALL THE PCS are up!

This message was last edited by the GM at 17:40, Fri 20 July 2018.

Aradhel
 player, 752 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 21:51
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel pressed the attack.  Or rather, the advance toward attack.  Or rather the sprint toward the advance to press the attack.

16:07, Today: Aradhel rolled 2 using 1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2.  Running.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:07, Fri 20 July 2018.

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 196 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-1, W-0, PP-20/10
Fri 20 Jul 2018
at 20:08
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis moves towards the wall, still able to see where the ogre was upon it due to its size. He refocuses once again, feels the land under his feet and gestures. Once again, the Tree golem forms in front of their foe. It swings its massive tree limbs, but fails to connect.

OOC: Moving into range of the Ogre on wall. Still down on the ground, however, my range is 8" gamewise.

Tree Golem misses with its wild attack. Due to spell success, spell costs 1 spell point less, and has the power Hardy.

16:04, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 4 using 1d8+2, rerolling max with rolls of 2.  Wild attack on next ogre.

16:03, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 8,2 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 8,2.  Summon ally again.

Silvijabella
 player, 57 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B2
Fri 20 Jul 2018
at 21:13
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella swiftly ran up the steps within the tower and paused upon reaching the top of the wall to see what dangers were still about and where her liberators were headed.
Jereth
 player, 503 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:9(2) W:0 B:1
Sat 21 Jul 2018
at 04:26
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth, taking just a moment to catch his breath, drew his longsword again and swung his shield back around to grip.  He took a spot to follow behind Koram, whom he had a feeling as about to charge down the wall.  The noise at the gate grabbed his attention for a moment and he called out, "Archimedes!  Force them back from the gate!  The gas!"

Drawing weapons and getting ready.  Hate to get in the way of Koram's charge anyhow.  Go get 'em!
Koram
 player, 43 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:2
Sat 21 Jul 2018
at 08:46
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram charged forward, lowering his glaive to skewer the ogre. As he did his bloodshot eyes gleamed with a fierce ferocity, and his mouth was open baring his razor sharp teeth. If anyone had been able to see him they might have wondered if he was about to eat the creature alive.

01:45, Today: Koram rolled 16,1 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of (10+6)16,1.  attack.
01:45, Today: Koram rolled 4,1 using 1d10,1d8, rerolling max with rolls of 4,1.  damage.

The Runelord
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Sun 22 Jul 2018
at 17:41
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram, you hit with a Raise; please roll the Raise damage.

Archimedes, waiting for your turn.

Archimedes Fallows
 player, 109 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 4
 power points 15/15
Sun 22 Jul 2018
at 19:07
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Still in a crouched position the little inventor levels his device at one of the ogres as he does do he instructs the metal man to hold the end of the rope.

Then he fires

20:05, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 3,5 using D6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,5.  Shooting roll.

As the goo and rope hits the ogre he shouts to his companion to pull with all his strength

20:07, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 12 using 1d12+3, rerolling max with rolls of 9.  Metal man str roll.
Koram
 player, 44 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:2
Mon 23 Jul 2018
at 02:37
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
19:36, Today: Koram rolled 7 using 1d6, rerolling max with rolls of (6+1)7.  raise damage.
The Runelord
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Wed 25 Jul 2018
at 21:09
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The ogre is too preoccupied with the vicious lizard-man attacking him to notice the sticky-rope shot at him until the metal man yanks at him. The ogre puts up a good fight but is promptly yanked off the wall and falls at the worst angle possible, his neck snapping iwth a loud, wet crack as he hits bottom.

The ogre on the wall dies.

Next round:
17:04, Today: The Runelord drew the 7 cards: 4H, 6H, 7C, 2S, AC, 6S, 6C using a deck of 54 cards.  Aradhel, Jereth, Tanlis, Archimedes, Koram, Bella, ogres

Koram, Jereth, Tanlis and Bella go next! The only ogres you can see are the ones beyond the gates.

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

Jereth
 player, 505 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:9(2) W:0 B:1
Fri 27 Jul 2018
at 03:31
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth relaxed visibly as the ogre took its swan dive from the wall, then turned to regard the gate again, "Right...  Well...  We took the castle.  Now we have to hold it.  We need to defend the gates, the tunnel, and sweep to make sure there are no surprises.  Who goes where?"
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 198 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-1, W-0, PP-20/10
Fri 27 Jul 2018
at 19:02
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis' tree golem moves to the pile of heavy stones on top of the gate battlements. It will proceed to toss down those stones at the ogres below, assuming it can do so easily.

Ooc:
Tossing Rocks down on ogres. May have advantage to do so due to firing down on people is easier. Bonus for attacking ogre due to size is not included. If actions needed would result in multiattack minus, aiming this round instead.

14:56, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 4 using 1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4.  Throwing heavy stones down at ogres.

Damage=13

12:36, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 5,7 using 1d12+3,1d8, rerolling max with rolls of 2,7.  Damage 

This message was last edited by the player at 16:37, Sat 28 July 2018.

Koram
 player, 47 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:2
Sat 28 Jul 2018
at 00:11
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Roaring in rage, Koram stamps his feet and stalks up and down the battlement in frustration.

That's all he does, as there are no enemies to fight.
The Runelord
 GM, 1755 posts
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Sat 28 Jul 2018
at 16:46
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth and Koram take stock of the situation; they do note that the several ogres on the other side of the wall are quite active and trying to get in. Meanwhile, the tree-man manages to conk one of the ogres on the head, dazing it for a moment.

The ogre targeted by the summoned ally is Shaken.

Koram, you can see the enemies outside the gate.

Bella is up!

Silvijabella
 player, 62 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B2
Sun 29 Jul 2018
at 21:21
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella looked down at the Ogres on the other side of the gate and then at the frustrated Lizardman.  She turned to Jareth and Aradhel "Where the reach of Koram's blade might dissuade those who get too close to the gates, perhaps we can find others skulking within the confines of the walls much like the butcher the Black Arrows took to task.   I'll see if Koram would like to hunt among the buildings below the walls, or perhaps cover the cave lest any Ogres attempt entry by that route."

With a twirl, the Elf move swiftly to the reptilian's side, "Perhaps more foes lurk within the structures, shall we hunt them down and flush them out on the way to cover the cave entrance?  It might prove more lucrative hunting than trying to strike any who come close enough to the gate the reach."  The girl's eyes flashed emerald in the sunlight as a mischievous smile lit up her face.

This message was last edited by the player at 08:12, Mon 30 July 2018.

Koram
 player, 48 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:2
Mon 30 Jul 2018
at 02:02
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Still angry at the vengeance denied he initially snarled at Silvijabella, but as her words sunk in past his anger, he grinned and nodded "Yes! Must find these violators and expunge the slight to my honor!"

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 08:55, Tue 31 July 2018.

The Runelord
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Tue 31 Jul 2018
at 00:59
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth, Notice check.
Jereth
 player, 506 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:9(2) W:0 B:1
Tue 31 Jul 2018
at 09:11
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth gave a nod to the idea, "Right.  Scour the place.  We'll do our best to hold the gates."  He started for the stair as well, looking to Aradhel, "Gate or tunnel?  Also, I've never actually been under siege before. New experience."

I did not Notice all the Things...

05:06, Today: Jereth rolled 3,3 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,3. Notice all the Things!

The Runelord
 GM, 1760 posts
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Wed 1 Aug 2018
at 17:36
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
While Jereth, Koram and Bella discuss, the ogres outside the gate are somewhat active. One of them pulls out a horn and blows on it, spending a few seconds to let the horn ring several times. The other ogre reels from the blow to its head...

Shouts come from within the compound somewhere...

The Shaken ogre outside the wall fails to un-shake. The other one pulls out a horn and sounds it.

Aradhel and Archimedes are up! Either of you can make a Notice check to get a sense of where the ogre shouts are coming from inside the keep.

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

Archimedes Fallows
 player, 112 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 4
 power points 15/15
Wed 1 Aug 2018
at 20:26
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Ooc
21:25, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 5,5 using D6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,5.  Notice roll.

Aradhel
 player, 753 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Thu 2 Aug 2018
at 00:16
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel looked about for the next, best position.

19:16, Today: Aradhel rolled 1,10 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,(6+4)10.  Notice.
The Runelord
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Fri 3 Aug 2018
at 23:28
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes hears the shouting coming from within the keep. Aradhel, Bella, Jereth and Koram are all standing on the outside walls of the keep, but the inside is accessible through the same staircase through which Bella ascended.

Aradhel specifically hears shouting coming towards the tower that she is on and toward the tower to the southwest. Some ogres are headed toward the roof of the keep.

Aradhel and Archimedes, it's your moves. Nobody else take their turn yet.  If you have questions about things, PM me.

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

Aradhel
 player, 755 posts
 Warrior in Exile
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Sat 4 Aug 2018
at 02:00
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"They're coming up the towers!  We have to hold them in the stairwells!  I'll try to reach the far tower!"

And Aradhel did just that, taking off in a dead sprint.  She and Jereth were the closest, but she could probably get there first.

So it looks like I might make it if the running die is any good...

20:58, Today: Aradhel rolled 4 using 1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4.  Running.

*squints at map*  I think that baaaarely makes it, but GM call obviously.

The Runelord
 GM, 1765 posts
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Sun 5 Aug 2018
at 00:13
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel makes it to the far tower.

The distance on the map is not precise; we'll say a 4 is enough to make it.

Archimedes is up!

Archimedes Fallows
 player, 113 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 4
 power points 15/15
Sun 5 Aug 2018
at 07:06
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes called his metal man to defend the tower as he ran across the courtyard.

Pressing buttons on the straps to his back pack a distinct clicking noise could be heard.

Ooc

08:02, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 5,3 using D8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,3.  Weird science roll - wall walking spell.


And out of his back pack eight brass, copper and iron legs unfolded, all double joined and extremely flexible.

As he reached the tower the too most legs seemed to grasp the stone work and started to lift him off the ground

Meanwhile the metal man lumbered after him looking for something to attacj
The Runelord
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Sun 5 Aug 2018
at 19:09
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes makes it to the wall but is unable to climb it yet.

Archimedes, it would take you the Run action just to get to the inner keep wall. You can make your Weird Science roll next round.

New round: Aradhel and Jereth are up before the ogres. Aradhel and Jereth's turn!

15:07, Today: The Runelord drew the 8 cards: AH, 8D, 6H, 3S, 5D, 3C, 6S, 4C using a deck of 54 cards.  Aradhel, Jereth, Tanlis, Archimedes, Koram, Bella, ogres, someone else.

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

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:11, Sun 05 Aug 2018.

Aradhel
 player, 756 posts
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 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Sun 5 Aug 2018
at 19:19
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel went into the tower and took a stand on the landing.  She would prefer to somehow block the tower or do something, anything, smarter than this, but all she had were swords.  She hoped that if she could fell one, its body would serve as an obstacle for the others.

As discussed she delays.  Aradhel is using The Gandalf Stratagem

This message was last edited by the player at 19:26, Sun 05 Aug 2018.

Jereth
 player, 507 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:9(2) W:0 B:1
Mon 6 Aug 2018
at 05:28
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth needed no further prompting and had learned long ago not to question Aradhel.  He moved quickly to the tower stair nearest him and moved a handful of steps down.  His shield to the fore and angled down to receive the oncoming rush.  His sword in a high hanging guard, the point slid over his shield ready to strike down the well as targets presented.

Move to the stairwell, down a few so they can't surge up past him easily, and ready to receive charge.
The Runelord
 GM, 1768 posts
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Fri 10 Aug 2018
at 00:33
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Sure enough, a pair of ogres rush up the stairs to engage the party, only to find some smaller but no-less-formidable warriors waiting for them!

Aradhel, please take your turn. One ogre next to you.
Aradhel
 player, 757 posts
 Warrior in Exile
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Fri 10 Aug 2018
at 00:43
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"<Elven>The wasp stings!</Elven>"

Taking a neutral blade form, for she had no idea of their numbers and couldn't be left open if she failed, or worse succeeded and another immediately came up, she let out a pair of coordinated cutting arcs.

19:40, Today: Aradhel rolled 4,4 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,4.  Attack - Left Hand.

19:40, Today: Aradhel rolled 8,11 using d12+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of 7,(6+4)10.  Attack - Right Hand.

So looks like lefty misses, righty hits with a Raise.

21 damage - 19:42, Today: Aradhel rolled 15,3,3 using d8,d8+1,d6, rerolling max with rolls of (8+7)15,2,3.  Damage - Strength, Sword, Raise.

The Runelord
 GM, 1770 posts
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Fri 10 Aug 2018
at 01:45
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel stabs an ogre through the eye! She sees two others down the stairs below her, ready to come up and challenge her moments later.

Meanwhile, Koram and Bella can hear the ogres coming up.

Bella kills her ogre.

Tanlis and Koram are up! Archimedes and Bella, DO NOT act yet.

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

Koram
 player, 52 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:2
Fri 10 Aug 2018
at 06:02
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Hearing Aradhel's statement that the ogres are coming up the towers, Koram's eyes light up with glee as he charges into the tower to get to the stairwell, looking around for the ogres.

If I see them I immediately attack.
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 199 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-1, W-0, PP-20/10
Fri 10 Aug 2018
at 13:06
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis runs to head up the walls of the keep, going for the closest ladder. His tree golem, already on the battlements grabs another loose large rock takes aim at another orge's large frame.

(Ooc-Tanlis does a run. Tree golem spends the round aiming for next round.)

This message was last edited by the GM at 14:32, Sat 11 Aug 2018.

The Runelord
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Sat 11 Aug 2018
at 14:32
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram, roll 1d6. How high you roll determines how far you get this round.
Koram
 player, 53 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:2
Sat 11 Aug 2018
at 14:34
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Rolled a 5
The Runelord
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Sat 11 Aug 2018
at 18:29
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram easily reaches the ogre-foe!

Koram, you can also attack with a -2 muti-attack penalty. (You do get the +1 Gang Up bonus from Jereth to help offset that. Assuming you want to make that roll, roll it.
Koram
 player, 57 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:2
Wed 15 Aug 2018
at 21:41
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
14:41, Today: Koram rolled 8,7 using 1d10,1d8, rerolling max with rolls of 8,7.  damage.

14:40, Today: Koram rolled 1,5 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,5.  attack. 5-1 is 4 so I think I still hit?

The Runelord
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Fri 17 Aug 2018
at 21:02
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
A 4 misses the ogre's Parry of 6. Do you want to spend a Benny, Koram?
Koram
 player, 58 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:2
Fri 17 Aug 2018
at 21:42
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Sure. He really needs to kill something. does that give a hit automatically, or a reroll?
The Runelord
 GM, 1777 posts
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Sat 18 Aug 2018
at 18:23
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
It grants you a re-roll.
Koram
 player, 59 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:2
Sat 18 Aug 2018
at 19:10
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
12:09, Today: Koram rolled 9,5 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 9,5.  Rerolled attack.

I figured I'd keep the damage rolls from earlier, since they weren't used. Or do I need to reroll them?

The Runelord
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Wed 22 Aug 2018
at 22:31
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram, please describe killing an ogre. You used the existing damage rolls. Any questions, send me a PM.
Koram
 player, 60 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:2
Wed 22 Aug 2018
at 22:39
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Leaping from the top of the stairs like a flying toad,  Koram flies down with his glaive stretched out point forward. He skewers the ogre through the chest pinning it to the wall, and as he lands Koram twists the glaive and slashes down and to the left pulling the blade free. This disembowels the ogre while savaging his lungs and heart. A most lethal blow.

With a roar of triumph he searches for the nearest enemy hell bent on slaughtering the rest of these ogres.

Finally he gets to kill an ogre!

This message was last edited by the player at 22:40, Wed 22 Aug 2018.

The Runelord
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Wed 22 Aug 2018
at 22:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
As Koram sends the disemboweled ogre he has slain falling from the parapet of the tower, another rushes up and attacks the lizard-man ferociously! The lizard-man ducks the ogre's blow by mere inches.

Meanwhile the ogres coming up the stairs by Tanlis reach a point where one can reach her. However, the ogre nearest her stupidly smashes his club on the wall next to her, making a fool of himself.

During this, the ogre outside the wall tries to climb the walls to get to Tanlis' tree-companion, but fails miserably to ascend the wall.

Ogres miss Koram and Aradhel respectively. Added minis on the map representing the ogres you can attack.

Archimedes and Bella, it's your actions! Nobody else take a turn, please.

Archimedes Fallows
 player, 114 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 4
 power points 15/6
Thu 23 Aug 2018
at 07:09
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Ooc

08:02, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 5,3 using D8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,3.  Weird science roll - wall walking spell.


And out of his back pack eight brass, copper and iron legs unfolded, all double joined and extremely flexible.

As he reached the tower the too most legs seemed to grasp the stone work and started to lift him off the ground and he scuttled up the tower like a huge metallic spider
The Runelord
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Fri 24 Aug 2018
at 01:28
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Bella, your move!
Silvijabella
 player, 66 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B2
Sat 25 Aug 2018
at 16:56
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Seeing Koram and Jereth focused on the southern tower, 'Bella moved swiftly northward to join Aradhel in the defense of the opposite egress.  She let her Ryhissian Star slip into her hand as she advanced and prepared to hurl it past Aradhel into any advancing ogres as needed.

[Elven]"Perhaps with more blades in the air, the swarm will distract from those that strike?" the gypsy hinted at her intent as she approached Aradhel's flank.

Once the Elf could see the Ogre dead at Aradhel's feet and the swordswoman defending the stairwell, 'Bella expertly slipped the lock on her weapon and loosed two three bladed projectiles instead of one, bouncing them off the walls of the tower further down the stair past Aradhel and at angles to ricochet into the approaching Ogres before returning to her.  The blades flashed in the dimming light and sent sparks as they glanced off the stone walls of the tower.

(Attempting a Trick (Smarts ?) to distract the Ogres closing on Aradhel and hopefully leave them open to her next attack.
12:49, Today: Silvijabella rolled 4,3 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,3.  Smarts Trick vs Ogres closing on stairs with Aradhel.)

The Runelord
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Sat 25 Aug 2018
at 17:18
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
There is shouting from below Jereth; Aradhel hears ogres being shoved out of the way. A truly bizarre-looking ogre springs out of the tower. Half of his face is oddly handsome for an ogre--no warts, gristle, or odd shapes, just a relatively pleasant humanoid face. The other half of his face is exposed skull and muscle, eyeball staring hostilely at Aradhel.

He is distracted for a half-minute by Bella's trick but then roars, whirling and attacking Aradhel. His blow flies wide, though, as the nimble elf eludes his reach.

Skull-ogre uses the Run move to reach the top of the tower and attacks Aradhel with multi-action penalty, missing badly.

Next round's initiative! Aradhel, Archimedes and Koram are up first. Nobody else take a turn.

13:09, Today: The Runelord drew the 8 cards: 9H, 7S, 5S, KD, QS, 2H, 7H, 9D using a deck of 54 cards.  Aradhel, Jereth, Tanlis, Archimedes, Koram, Bella, ogres, someone else.

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

Koram
 player, 61 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:0
Sat 25 Aug 2018
at 18:00
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram is happy at the moment. Battle is raging, blood is flying and he is able to bring the pain upon those that wronged him. He slashes at the nearest ogre, slicing deep into the nearest ogre and almost laying bare the bones of it's ribs, though this hardly seemed to faze the beast.


10:59, Today: Koram rolled 7,2 using 1d10,1d8, rerolling max with rolls of 7,2.  damage.
10:57, Today: Koram rolled 1,11 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,(6+5)11.  Rerolled attack. Using my last bennie.
10:56, Today: Koram rolled 3,2 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,2.  attack.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:56, Thu 30 Aug 2018.

The Runelord
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Sat 25 Aug 2018
at 18:24
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram dives into the nearest tower and attacks an ogre, driving it against the wall with the ferocity of his attacks but without quite hurting it.

Next ogre up is Shaken. Aradhel and Archimedes are up!
Archimedes Fallows
 player, 115 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 4
 power points 15/6
Sat 25 Aug 2018
at 19:25
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes crested the parapet the mechanical arms fold away and he crouched with his sticky gun at the ready with a sleep potion loaded.

He moved to the top of the stairs and assessed the situation as he didn't want to gas his companions if they were below him
Aradhel
 player, 759 posts
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Sat 25 Aug 2018
at 22:28
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel wasn't too happy with the ogre's appearance, nor was she too happy about this becoming an apparent marathon.  That wasn't her forte, Aradhel hit fast and hard, she wasn't an endurance warrior.  Something to remember if they survived this...

She didn't respond to her cohort, instead keeping her form, preserving her guard while probing for a weakness...

17:25, Today: Aradhel rolled 12,6 using d12+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of 11,5.  Fighting - Left Hand.

17:25, Today: Aradhel rolled 30,21 using d12+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of (12+12+5)29,(6+6+6+2)20.  Fighting - Right Hand.

o_0

Good grief.  Now watch me tank the damage rolls though.


Okay 20 damage is pretty good - 17:26, Today: Aradhel rolled 7,8,5 using d8,d8+1,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 7,7,5.  Damage - Strength, Sword, Raise Left.

10 damage would normally be pretty good except we gots ogres -17:26, Today: Aradhel rolled 3,2,5 using d8,d8+1,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,1,5.  Damage - Strength, Sword, Raise Right.

The Runelord
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Thu 30 Aug 2018
at 02:19
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The first blow of Aradhel's distracts the ogre enough that her second blow stabs deep into the ogre's gut. This wounds it; it howls, its skeletal face leaving the howl with a peculiar whispering. He brings to bear a club and bashes the floor near Aradhel, but the pain of his wound makes him miss Aradhel...

The ogre, who's a Wild Card, spends his three Bennies to Soak, then Bennying the Soak twice. His last roll is good enough to Soak three wounds, leaving him with one Wound. He un-Shakes, getting a Raise leaving him able to act; he then whiffs attacking Aradhel.

Jereth is up! Nobody else take a turn yet, please.

Jereth
 player, 508 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
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Thu 30 Aug 2018
at 17:21
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth moved in as Koram recovered from his strike, keeping up the pressure on the oncoming ogres.  His longsword dove down in a powerful thrust, plunging into the next ogre in line.  A twist.  The blade slid back out as the guardsman withdrew and moved back to his chosen defensive position.  Hold the line.

To Hit - 8, Damage 36

13:14, Today: Jereth rolled 36 using 2d8+1, rerolling max with rolls of (8+8+4)20,(8+7)15. Longsword Damage!
13:14, Today: Jereth rolled 8,6 using d10+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 6,4. Longsword Slash!

The Runelord
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Sun 2 Sep 2018
at 01:28
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth slays an ogre with terrifying efficiency; he tumbles down the stairs. The entire party feels privileged to have been in this moment of Jereth's.

That moment fades with terrifying swiftness. Another ogre leaps to take the other's place and hits Jereth HARD. His blow also connects with Koram, but the tough lizard-man ignores it.

For Jereth's rolling awesomeness, EVERYONE IN THE PARTY GETS A BENNY. Please acknowledge via PM that you saw that you got another Benny so I can tell if people are reading this the first time. :-)

Another ogre ascends and attacks Jereth and Koram with Sweep. He hits both. Koram takes 13 damage, which would warrant a soak. Jereth, meanwhile takes 25 damage. That would be 4 Wounds. Jereth, I'm going to take a wild guess and say you want to Soak.

Nobody else take their action until Jereth and Koram get a chance to Soak.

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:37, Mon 03 Sept 2018.

Jereth
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Sun 2 Sep 2018
at 03:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth despite the speed and efficiency of his glorious strike, is summarily smashed to the side of the stairwell by the next ogre.  He pushed himself slowly back up from the wall, somehow still standing and brought his battered shield up again.  Hold the line.

So...  Shaken and 3 Wounds.  No bennies left.  So Heroic!  Such Martyr!

23:36, Today: Jereth rolled 3,5 using d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,5. Second (And Last) Benny! 23:35, Today: Jereth rolled 1,4 using d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,4. Soak - Vigor vs. 4 Wounds!

Koram
 player, 63 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:1
Mon 3 Sep 2018
at 02:46
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram seemed to shrug off the Ogre's blow batting it away with his powerful arms and tough scaly skin.

19:40, Today: Koram rolled 23,3 using 1d8,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of (8+8+7)23,3.  soak.
The Runelord
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Mon 3 Sep 2018
at 20:08
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth hurts all over from the blow from the ogre!

Meanwhile, the ogre outside the wall continues trying to climb the wall, and continues to fail.

Tanlis/his summoned creature and Bella are up! Nobody else take their turn besides these two.

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

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 201 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-2, W-0, PP-20/9
Mon 3 Sep 2018
at 22:11
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis causes a suddenly burst of fire in the eyes of the ogre 3 members of his group are fighting. His tree golem chucks a large rock down at the ogre who just fell, doing no damage but just adding insult to injury.

OOC:
18:08, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 4,4 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,4.  Casting Elemental manipulation trick on nearby Ogre.

18:06, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 5,1 using 1d12+3,1d8, rerolling max with rolls of 2,1.  Damage.

18:06, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 5 using 1d6+3, rerolling max with rolls of 2.  Tree Golem throwing rock. Spent last turn aiming and gets size mod vs Ogre.

This message was last edited by the GM at 16:50, Thu 06 Sept 2018.

Silvijabella
 player, 70 posts
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 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Tue 4 Sep 2018
at 00:12
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Silvijabella moved back across the parapet towards Jereth, her steps changing to a light prancing dance, the twin stars rolled deftly around her fingers and over her palms as she caught the light in reflections on the blades in her attempt to catch the attention of the lead ogres in each tower just long enough to bedazzle them with the magic she wove.

(Confusion - range 12  spending 2 PP to hit 2 targets.   Both Ogres need to make Smarts -2 or be Shaken.  Did I need the Bennied roll?   Down to 2 PP
20:09, Today: Silvijabella rolled 3,5 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,5.  Benny for re-roll  (if CHA bonus applied, then this isn't needed).
20:09, Today: Silvijabella rolled 3,3 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,3.  Perform for casting Confusion (additional +2 for CHA?).)

The Runelord
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Thu 6 Sep 2018
at 16:56
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Not one, not two but three ogres near Jereth are fuddled by the elemental trick and the confusion spell...

Three ogres in a row near Jereth and Koram are Shaken.

Next round: Tanlis AND Archimedes each draw a Joker! Both of you get +2 to all rolls (including your summoned creatures) including damage rolls.

Tanlis, Archimedes and Aradhel are up! Nobody else please post an action yet.

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

12:54, Today: The Runelord drew the 8 cards: KH, 10H, RJ!, BJ!, 8H, 8C, QC, 7D using a deck of 54 cards.  Aradhel, Jereth, Tanlis, Archimedes, Koram, Bella, ogres, wild card ogre.

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 202 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-2, W-0, PP-20/9
Thu 6 Sep 2018
at 18:04
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 442):

The tree golem seems annyoned by the last accurate throw, which had bounced off the orge's shouler with little effect. This next tossed bit of rubble causes some serious damage however.


(OOC: Throwing rock at Ogre tree golem annoyed last round. 7 to hit, 17 damage!

13:59, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 13,4 using d12+5,d8, rerolling max with rolls of 8,4.  Damage.

13:58, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 7 using 1d6+3, rerolling max with rolls of 4.  Tossing another rock!)


Tanlis on the other hand was still facing inward into the keep, and gestured once more. The wind picked up and shot an large amount of dirt into the eyes of the Ogre facing off with his friends.

(OOC: 14:00, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 10,12 using d10+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 8,(6+4)10.  Elemental trick on other ogre. Total roll=12 to resist via smarts, and it PP cost reduced due to my edge.)

The Runelord
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Thu 6 Sep 2018
at 18:28
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Mini-update: Tree golem kilsl the ogre outside.

Archimedes and Aradhel are up!

Aradhel
 player, 760 posts
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Thu 6 Sep 2018
at 23:37
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
There was nothing for it.  Aradhel maintained form and kept cutting.  This was a desperate battle and there would be casualties.  One of them might be her.

So be it.

18:33, Today: Aradhel rolled 6,1 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 6,1.  Fighting - Left Hand.

18:33, Today: Aradhel rolled 6,2 using d12+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of 5,1.  Fighting - Right Hand.

I think between their Parry appearing to be 6 and any possible size bonuses to hit such a large creature as an Ogre, those are both hits, but only barely.

Right Hand is a dud 6 damage won't even tickle them - 18:35, Today: Aradhel rolled 4,2 using d8,d8+1, rerolling max with rolls of 4,1.  Damage - Strength, Sword - Right.

But Lefty's got some pepper on it 15 damage - 18:36, Today: Aradhel rolled 13,2 using d8,d8, rerolling max with rolls of (8+5)13,2.  Damage - Strength, Sword - Left.

The Runelord
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Fri 7 Sep 2018
at 17:11
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The ogre engaged with Aradhel is wounded further by her attack.

The ogre Wild Card takes another Wound and is Shaken by Aradhel's second hit.

Archimedes is up!

Archimedes Fallows
 player, 116 posts
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Fri 7 Sep 2018
at 17:23
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes quickly moved near the stairs cocking his contraption and priming the sleep potion.

As he founded the corner to where he could hear the ogres he angled his gun so that the potion sailed in an arc round and down the stairs into the creatures


Ooc:
07:53, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 4,3 using D6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,3.  Shooting roll.

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:24, Tue 11 Sept 2018.

The Runelord
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Tue 11 Sep 2018
at 15:34
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis' tree-ally crushes the skull of the last ogre outside.

Archimedes' sleep-bomb clinks off a corner and bounces down stairs before exploding. The results are rather spectacular. There is much roaring and thumping from the stairway as the ogres hustle to get out of the cloud!

Meanwhile, the spell-fuddled ogres clear their heads, but not fast enough to do anything meaningful. As they do, they are suddenly terrified of the driving wind that Tanlis sends their way!

Sequence of events: Bella and Tanlis Shake everyone in the tower. All the ogres below affected by Archimedes un-shake with a raise and use their round to get out of the tower. All the ogres above shaken by Bella un-shake, but are immediately shaken again by Tanlis.

Jereth, Koram and Bella are up! Nobody else take a turn yet besides those three, please.

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

Koram
 player, 65 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:1
Tue 11 Sep 2018
at 16:12
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Seemingly in a mindless fury yet not attacking anyone friendly Koram thrust and slashed again and again at the ogre.

09:10, Today: Koram rolled 12,3 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of (10+2)12,3.  attack.
09:10, Today: Koram rolled 2,5 using 1d10,1d8, rerolling max with rolls of 2,5.  damage. I get a critical right? So it's automatic max damage right?

00:05,Today: Koram rolled 4 using 1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4.  Raise die.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:06, Fri 14 Sept 2018.

Jereth
 player, 511 posts
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Tue 11 Sep 2018
at 17:24
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth struggled to keep his feet, keep his shield up.  TO bring his sword back into line to fight.  He would not leave, but Koram could not be certain how much assistance the guardsman would be defending this tower....

UnShake.  Fail!

13:22, Today: Jereth rolled 1,2 using d8-3,d6-3, rerolling max with rolls of 4,5.  UnShake.

The Runelord
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Thu 13 Sep 2018
at 21:18
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram, you forgot to roll your Raise die. Please roll 1d6 and add to your last post.
Silvijabella
 player, 75 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Sat 15 Sep 2018
at 20:19
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella moved the remainder of the distance to where Jereth staggered beneath his injuries and slipped a hand into her pouch of salves and unguents.  "Hold as still as you can while I see about these injuries…" she instructed the man in a voice she hoped was reassuring and belying of her concern as to the extent of the wounds.

She reached into inner reserves to power the healing magics that charged the unguent she began to ease into his wound.  The magic helped close the wounds, but wasn't strong enough to seal them completely.

(Spending benny to regain 3 PP being used in Healing spell.  -3 for Jereth's Wound Level, +2 for Healer Edge, net -1 to rolls.

16:10, Today: Silvijabella rolled 6,0 using 1d6-1,1d6-1, rerolling max with rolls of (6+1)7,1.  Perform (Magic) for Healing Spell, +2 for Healer Edge, -3 Wounds of target.

That's enough to remove 1 Wound & I believe either UnShake him or allow him another check?)

The Runelord
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Sun 16 Sep 2018
at 01:26
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Bella restores a bit of Jereth's health!

Meanwhile, the ogre near Aradhel staggers back for a moment but then roars at her...

Wild Card ogre un-shakes.

Next round initiative:

21:24, Today: The Runelord drew the 8 cards: AS, KH, AH, 3H, 2H, 5D, 3D, 4D using a deck of 54 cards.  Aradhel, Jereth, Tanlis, Archimedes, Koram, Bella, ogres, wild card ogre.

Every PC except Koram may act! Koram, you will have to wait until the ogres go.

Status:
Ogres near Jereth (3): Shaken
Ogres in towe below ogres near Jereth: Fleeing sleeping gas.
Wild Card Ogre: 2 wounds, near Aradhel.

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

Aradhel
 player, 762 posts
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 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Sun 16 Sep 2018
at 01:33
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
She had to hold.  She must hold.  Aradhel battled on.  "Arrrgh!"

20:29, Today: Aradhel rolled 10,3 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 10,3.  Attack - Left Hand.

20:29, Today: Aradhel rolled 7,4 using d12+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of 6,3.  Attack - Right Hand.

So... a hit, and a hit with a Raise in the left hand.  Not bad!

15 damage, nice! - 20:31, Today: Aradhel rolled 12,3 using d8,d8+1, rerolling max with rolls of (8+4)12,2.  Damage - Strength, Sword - Right.

7 damage - Play (Wah-wah!) sound effect - 20:32, Today: Aradhel rolled 2,2,3 using d8,d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,2,3.  Damage - Strength, Sword, Raise Left.

The Runelord
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Sun 16 Sep 2018
at 14:01
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel further wounds the ogre, who is on his proverbial last legs!

The WC ogre now has 3 wounds.

Archimedes, Jereth, Bella and Tanlis are up!

Archimedes Fallows
 player, 117 posts
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 power points 15/6
Sun 16 Sep 2018
at 15:55
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes reloaded with a sticky potion then got ready to fire at the first ogre who showed it's ugly face

This message was last edited by the GM at 20:53, Tue 18 Sept 2018.

Silvijabella
 player, 77 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B2
Sun 16 Sep 2018
at 15:58
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella looked back to see how Aradhel fared and satisfied with the Elf's position,  stood her ground just behind Jereth and readied her stars in the event the ogre should succeed in pushing past Koram.
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 203 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-2, W-0, PP-20/8
Mon 17 Sep 2018
at 14:48
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The tree golem tries to climb down the wall from the way inside defenders of the keep where intended to. Instead it falls to the ground. In the meantime, Tanlis keeps up his mystic explosions of fire in front of the eyes of said ogre, trying to keep it from attacking.

OOC:
10:43, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 6,3 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 6,3.  Elemental trick on ogre. Tanlis delays to when the orges unshake.

Tree Golem falls off wall in a failed climb check.

This message was last edited by the player at 12:55, Wed 19 Sept 2018.

Jereth
 player, 512 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:9(2) W:-2 B:0
Mon 17 Sep 2018
at 16:30
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The healing magic surged through him, dulling the pain and clearing his mind.  Though it was obvious Jereth was still damaged, he stood straighter and his focus returned, "My thanks again..."  He stepped back into the line with Koram, mentally calling up the deeper magic of his sword.  The hilt flared and a faint shimmering light seemed to cascade across the guardsman's armor...

Unshaken.  Activating sword's Armor!  Toughness now 13 for the rest of the battle.  Bio line updated to reflect this.

12:22, Today: Jereth rolled 11,1 using d8-2,d6-2, rerolling max with rolls of (8+5)13,3.  UnShake.

The Runelord
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Thu 20 Sep 2018
at 18:57
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The party to the south waits for the ogres to free themselves from their stupor, but they languish for a moment. The party can hear the ogres downstairs rushing to another tower.

Meanwhile, the other ogre shakes off the pain of his wounds and prepares to attack Aradhel...

The ogres near Jereth fail to un-shake. Wild card ogre un-Shakes.

Koram is up! Nobody else but Koram can act yet.

Status:
Ogres near Jereth (3): Shaken
Ogres in towe below ogres near Jereth: Headed toward other tower, Notice check at -2 to figure out which one
Wild Card Ogre: 3 wounds, near Aradhel.

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

Koram
 player, 67 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:1
Thu 20 Sep 2018
at 21:54
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram continued his assault on the ogre, slashing to and fro each cut adding to the damage dealt previously. His eyes were bloodshot and he was frothing at the mouth from his heavy breathing through his clenched teeth. In his berserk fury he seemed to not even notice blows the ogre had landed. He was a whirlwind of death that was focused on the ogres that had imprisoned him.

14:37, Today: Koram rolled 7,3 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 7,3.  attack.
14:53, Today: Koram rolled 5,11 using 1d10,1d8, rerolling max with rolls of 5,(8+3)11.  damage.

The Runelord
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Wed 26 Sep 2018
at 18:14
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram's vengeance continues as he slays the foremost of the ogres.

Now only 2 Shaken ogres left near Jereth, Archimedes & Koram.

Next round's initiative:
13:11, Today: The Runelord drew the 8 cards: AC, KD, 4H, QD, 8D, KC, QC, 7H using a deck of 54 cards.  Aradhel, Jereth, Tanlis, Archimedes, Koram, Bella, ogres, wild card ogre.

Ardhel, Jereth, Archimedes and Bella are up! Nobody else act yet.

Status:
Ogres near Jereth (2): Shaken
Ogres in towe below ogres near Jereth: Headed toward other tower, Notice check at -2 to figure out which one
Wild Card Ogre: 3 wounds, near Aradhel.

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

Aradhel
 player, 763 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Thu 27 Sep 2018
at 00:58
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The fight was a pitched one.  She had no idea how the others were faring, she only knew it was over if she kept this going.  A short fight favored her, a long one favored the ogre.

Seeing her opponent visibly bleeding, she committed to an unorthodox reverse grip lunge.

"<The Falcon Dives!>"

Let's try to take him down.  Wiiiild Attack!

19:53, Today: Aradhel rolled 4,5 using d12+3,d6+3, rerolling max with rolls of 1,2.  Fighting, Wild Attack, Right Hand.

Nope, let's redo that.

19:53, Today: Aradhel rolled 8,4 using d12+3,d6+3, rerolling max with rolls of 5,1.  Reroll.

Acceptable.

19:54, Today: Aradhel rolled 19,3 using d12+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of (12+5)17,1.  Fighting - Left Hand, Wild Attack.

Right Hand Hit:

15 damage - 19:55, Today: Aradhel rolled 9,6 using d8+2,d8+1, rerolling max with rolls of 7,5.  Damage - Strength, Sword.

10 damage - 19:56, Today: Aradhel rolled 3,4,3 using d8+2,d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,4,3.  Damage - Strength, Sword, Raise.

Archimedes Fallows
 player, 118 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 4
 power points 15/6
Thu 27 Sep 2018
at 05:31
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes moved slowly down the stairs until he could view the fighting below in the tower.

Pulling up his weapon into the firing position he aimed for one of the large ogres heads with his sticky potion

Ooc

06:30, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 3,3 using D6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,3.  Shooting rol

Jereth
 player, 513 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:-2 B:0
Thu 27 Sep 2018
at 08:14
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth stepped down alongside the wild Koram, shield leading and sword point leveled over it.  He's still slowed, trying to time his strike...use the distractiong caused by Koram.  Spotting an opening, he took another step down quickly, ignoring the sudden pain of the move, and thrust his longsword forward at the next ogre.  Hoping there might be an end to the number of ogres eventually...

Failed Notice!

To Hit - 14 to Hit (-2 Wounds, +1 Sword, +1 Gang up), 17 Damage

04:07, Today: Jereth rolled 12,5 using 2d8+1,d6, rerolling max with rolls of (8+1)9,2,5. Longsword Damage.
04:03, Today: Jereth rolled 14,4 using d10,d6, rerolling max with rolls of (10+4)14,4. Longsword Slash!
04:03, Today: Jereth rolled 0,1 using d6-4,d6-4, rerolling max with rolls of 4,5. Notice!

The Runelord
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Mon 1 Oct 2018
at 19:58
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel:
The fight was a pitched one.  She had no idea how the others were faring, she only knew it was over if she kept this going.  A short fight favored her, a long one favored the ogre.

Seeing her opponent visibly bleeding, she committed to an unorthodox reverse grip lunge.

"<The Falcon Dives!>"


Aradhel's main sword dances over the ogre's head, who ducks the blow--but he steps right into Aradhel's off-hand blow, which drives the blade right into his open wound. He bellows and pitches, his skull-face wracked with pain, and he pitches over the edge of the battlement and tumbles to the ground outside.

Archimedes Fallows:
Archimedes moved slowly down the stairs until he could view the fighting below in the tower.

Pulling up his weapon into the firing position he aimed for one of the large ogres heads with his sticky potion


Archimedes' sticky potion hits the wall by one of the ogres, missing narrowly.

Jereth:
Jereth stepped down alongside the wild Koram, shield leading and sword point leveled over it.  He's still slowed, trying to time his strike...use the distractiong caused by Koram.  Spotting an opening, he took another step down quickly, ignoring the sudden pain of the move, and thrust his longsword forward at the next ogre.  Hoping there might be an end to the number of ogres eventually...


Jereth's blade lines up nicely with the next ogre's neck and severs it. The headless ogre's body falls forward while the head flies backward...

Bella is up!

Status:
Ogres near Jereth (1): Shaken
Ogres in tower below ogres near Jereth: Headed toward other tower, Notice check at -2 to figure out which one
Wild Card Ogre: dead

Silvijabella
 player, 80 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B2
Tue 2 Oct 2018
at 00:12
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella watched the shadows of the hulking creatures just barely in her view disappear down the stair and tried to determine where they were headed.  Jereth had dispatched one of the brutes and it seemed likely that Koram would soon end the tortured existence of the other one which remained in sight.  The sound of the death gurgles and a loud thud behind her assured her that Aradhel was holding the other tower.  She readied her blade to hurl should the ogre appear to evade Koram's strike.

(Going on hold with thrown weapon ready in the event the ogre survives Koram's strike or recovers it's facilities prior to Koram's action.  Guessing I don't need to roll to interrupt just yet…

I was a bit confused as to who was included in the call for a Notice check, so posting one.  Just disregard if I wasn't supposed to roll.
20:04, Today: Silvijabella rolled 8,3 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of (6+2)8,3.  Request for Notice roll?  Not sure if I was supposed to roll to figure out what Ogres are doing..)

This message was last edited by the player at 12:08, Wed 03 Oct 2018.

The Runelord
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Thu 4 Oct 2018
at 17:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Only Bella knows where the ogres below are...

With the ogre Wild Card dead,
Koram is up! Tanlis, do not act yet.

Status:
Ogres near Jereth (1): Shaken
Ogres in tower below ogres near Jereth: Headed toward other tower, Notice check at -2 to figure out which one
Wild Card Ogre: dead

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

Koram
 player, 68 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:1
Mon 8 Oct 2018
at 08:52
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Sorry for the late post! Weekend is hell.

Koram charged down the stairs and launched himself at the ogre, slashing out with his glaive. However the rage had obviously started to cloud his judgement, as he flailed about harmlessly, swinging in attacks the ogre saw coming a mile away.

01:50, Today: Koram rolled 2,1 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max ((2,1)).
Silvijabella
 player, 81 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B2
Mon 8 Oct 2018
at 13:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella stepped lowly and lightly a couple of steps back towards Aradhel, studying the floor near her feet carefully, head cocked slightly to one side.
The Runelord
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Mon 8 Oct 2018
at 16:37
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The final ogre in sight continues reeling...

The last ogre near Jereth and Koram fails to un-shake.

Tanlis is up! Tanlis can NOT see the remaining ogre and he does not know where the rest of the ogres are, save that they are not in sight. Same goes for his golem.

Status:
Ogres near Koram and Jereth (1): Shaken
Ogres in tower below ogres near Jereth: Headed toward other tower, Notice check at -2 to figure out which one
Wild Card Ogre: dead

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

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 204 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-2, W-0, PP-20/8
Mon 8 Oct 2018
at 16:45
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 471):

Tanlis runs across the battlements trying to get line of sight. His tree golem, being closer, moves up and takes aim at one of the other creatures.

OOC: Tanlis runs to his current location.

12:43, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 1 using 1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1.  Run die.

Tree Golem moves to current location.

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:26, Wed 10 Oct 2018.

The Runelord
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Mon 8 Oct 2018
at 19:46
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis and his golem race along.

Tanlis makes it a bit farther thanks to his Run, moved his mini accordingly.

New round--all the PCs beat the ogres. In addition, Bella gets a Black Joker--Bella, you get +2 to ALL rolls this round.

All PCs are up! What do you do? PM me with questions, don't make assumptions.

Status:
Ogres near Koram and Jereth (1): Shaken
Ogres in tower below ogres near Jereth: Headed toward other tower, Notice check at -2 to figure out which one
Wild Card Ogre: dead

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

Jereth
 player, 514 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:-2 B:0
Tue 9 Oct 2018
at 15:36
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth stepped another step down towards the last Ogre.  His longsword lashing foward with, though the pain forced him to drop his guard to really get some force behind it.  Misjudged though, a twinge of something being pulled in a way it no longer like threw off his aim...

I'm betting a 4 misses him.

11:30, Today: Jereth rolled 4,3 using d10+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 2,1. Finishing Longsword Slash! (-2 Wounds, +1 Sword, +1 Gangup, +2 Wild).

Silvijabella
 player, 82 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B2
Tue 9 Oct 2018
at 16:13
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Who knows the layout beneath?  It sounds like our foes are withdrawing in order to face us as a group when we exit the stairwell.  The learn from our tactic at the top of the stair." 'Bella pondered in a thoughtful tone, clear but quiet so as not to carry to the enemy below.

"Is there an access to murder-holes or oil sluices above them to be used by defenders normally withdrawing from an advancing foe?"

The Gypsy considered the fortresses' terrain and possible ways to turn the tables on their opponents at the base of the tower.

This message was last edited by the player at 16:15, Tue 09 Oct 2018.

The Runelord
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Tue 9 Oct 2018
at 17:55
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Notice check, Bella.

Aradhel, Archimedes, Koram and Tanlis are also up. One ogre left in sight!

Silvijabella
 player, 83 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B2
Tue 9 Oct 2018
at 18:06
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella considered the situation..

(14:04, Today: Silvijabella rolled 3,7 using 1d6+2,1d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 1,5.  Notice with +2 for Joker.)
Koram
 player, 69 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:1
Tue 9 Oct 2018
at 20:43
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Realizing he was sinking too deep into the fury he mentally pulled back and focused more on hitting the target, this time his strikes were more effective. "Your kind shall be killed on sight you monster!" he hissed at the ogre as his slashed.

13:39, Today: Koram rolled 7,2 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max ((7,2)).
13:41, Today: Koram rolled 8,4 using 1d10,1d8, rerolling max with rolls of 8,4.  damage.

Aradhel
 player, 764 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Wed 10 Oct 2018
at 00:25
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel wanted to... do several things, but first question was, did she have to keep holding this tower to keep everyone from getting flanked?  She cocked a pointed ear, hoping the echo off the stonework would help her pierce the cacophony of battle.

19:24, Today: Aradhel rolled 5,15 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,(6+6+3)15.  Elfy Notice.
The Runelord
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Wed 10 Oct 2018
at 19:30
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram hits the ogre, but his blade does not quite finish the ogre.

Koram didn't do enough damage.

Bella notes something.

Aradhel gains insight as well.
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 205 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-2, W-0, PP-20/8
Wed 10 Oct 2018
at 19:34
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis and his Tree Golem keep trying to find a way to get any foe in line of sight. However, none was to be seen.

 The tree golem reaches up to its full enormous height and it's long branches. Helping the druid otherwise stuck atop the wall and helps him down.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:32, Wed 10 Oct 2018.

The Runelord
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Wed 10 Oct 2018
at 20:34
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel and Bella, you still get actions this round. Archimedes, need your round as well.
Aradhel
 player, 765 posts
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Thu 11 Oct 2018
at 01:33
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Well, Aradhel certainly didn't want to enter the tower by the sound of that.  Probably their best bet was to not be scattered.  She didn't like it, but she abandoned the tower and moved to rejoin the others.

"They're staging an attack down there.  I don't think they'll come up that tower again right away but this won't last.  We need to concentrate force and hit them."

I'm not really sure how far Aradhel can/should move so I didn't do it, but she's going to try to form up with the party again since we got split.

Archimedes Fallows
 player, 119 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 4
 power points 15/6
Thu 11 Oct 2018
at 05:12
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Seeing the situation his friends were in the little inventor raced back up to the parapets and pressed the button on his back pack.

The spidery legs extended and he made to climb back down

Ooc

06:10, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 7,3 using D8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 7,3.  Weird science roll


Jumping into space he dropped a few yards before his legs caught the wall and he started to descend
Silvijabella
 player, 85 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B2
Thu 11 Oct 2018
at 12:18
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"It sounds like they're moving away from the towers and regrouping in the main structure.  I don't like the thought of potentially getting hemmed into a stairwell.

It would help if we knew how the towers connected below."


'Bella looked towards Aradhel as she approached and to the others for ideas.  She followed Archimedes' path to see if the Ogres were exposed from the group's position on the wall.
The Runelord
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Sat 13 Oct 2018
at 00:08
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis' golem steps over and lifts Tanlis off the wall as if he were a child's doll. Archimedes, meanwhile, climbs down the wall of the keep and is on the ground, across the courtyard from Tanlis, while his own golem stands inert.

Meanwhile, Aradhel and Bella discourse while the ogre inside continues to reel, unable to free itself from the woman Bella's spell...

Ogre fails to un-shake.

New round--all PCs except Bella go before the ogre. Archimedes gets a Red Joker, kinda uselessly. Since there isn't much for Archimedes to do at the moment, ALL MEMBERS OF THE PARTY GET ONE BENNY EACH.

Aradhel, Archimedes, Jereth, Koram and Tanlis, your actions. Bella, don't act yet.

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

Archimedes Fallows
 player, 120 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 4
 power points 15/6
Sun 14 Oct 2018
at 14:30
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes pressed another button and his spider legs retracted then he raced over to his metal man and pressed a few buttons on it and turned a dial hoping that it would awake so he could instruct it to aid his friends

Ooc

15:29, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 1,2 using D8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,2.  Weird science roll.

Aradhel
 player, 766 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Mon 15 Oct 2018
at 00:26
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"There's nothing for it.  You-"  Aradhel directed to Koram.  "Thrust and fall back, one, two stroke and we'll defeat him!  We need to punch through and reform on the ground!"
Jereth
 player, 516 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:-2 B:1
Mon 15 Oct 2018
at 04:03
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth, perhaps still too rattled from the hits he has taken, remained focused on the ogre in front of him.  He drew back again for another desperate strike.  The longsword flashed forward again to end this ogre and clear the stair...

Just fall, Ogre!  10 to hit, 11 Damage(15 if it was a Raise)

23:55, Today: Jereth rolled 11,4 using 2d8+3,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 6,2,4. Wild Longsword Lunge (w/ possible Raise damage).
23:54, Today: Jereth rolled 10,7 using d10+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 8,5. (Re)Finishing Strike! (+1 Sword, +1 Gangup, +2 Wild, -2 Wounds).

Koram
 player, 72 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:1
Mon 15 Oct 2018
at 04:16
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram didn't know they were speaking to him. his mind was solely focused on attacking and killing ogres. He slashed and stabbed with fury behind his strokes, each successful hit expunging some of the stain of being captured.

21:15, Today: Koram rolled 14,1 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of (10+4)14,1.  attack.

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:48, Tue 16 Oct 2018.

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 206 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-3, W-0, PP-20/8
Mon 15 Oct 2018
at 13:30
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis and the tree golem, now safely on the ground, head for the entrance to the keep in order to get inside. He was fairly sure his friends could handle themselves, but the ogres may get a lucky shot in...

(OOC-moving to entrance to get inside main keep area and fight ogres with the others.)

This message was last edited by the player at 13:31, Mon 15 Oct 2018.

The Runelord
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Tue 16 Oct 2018
at 15:48
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram, roll damage with a Raise, please.

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:48, Tue 16 Oct 2018.

Koram
 player, 73 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:1
Tue 16 Oct 2018
at 19:23
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
12:22, Today: Koram rolled 7,4,4 using 1d10,1d8,1d6, rerolling max ((7,4,4)).
The Runelord
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Tue 16 Oct 2018
at 19:55
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth kills an ogre, and Koram then rushes down and slays the last ogre by the stairs! There are no more ogres in sight down in the bowels of the tower.

Combat over for now, unless Koram rushes down the stairs.
Koram
 player, 74 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:1
Tue 16 Oct 2018
at 20:07
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Standing there breathing heavily from the exertion, and covered in blood and gore, Koram listens for any sounds of other ogres, still wanting to kill them for the stain upon his honor.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:08, Tue 16 Oct 2018.

Aradhel
 player, 768 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Wed 17 Oct 2018
at 00:09
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"All right, can we please formulate a strategy now?"  Aradhel asked with a deep breath.  "Anyone hurt?"
Koram
 player, 75 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:1
Wed 17 Oct 2018
at 01:16
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram shakes his head negatively while searching for any signs of the ogre's. his tongue flicking rapidly in and out of his mouth.

"Does anyone see other ogres?"
Aradhel
 player, 769 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Wed 17 Oct 2018
at 01:21
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"I know they're down there.  We need to gather, rehabilitate any wounds quickly, and then reconnoiter."  Aradhel replied.  "If we move quickly and carefully we might even be able to defeat them before they know we're active."
Koram
 player, 76 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:1
Wed 17 Oct 2018
at 01:32
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Nodding distractedly Koram says, "Yes we must slaughter these dishonorable creatures." His fist clenched tightly around his glaive, as if wishing it was an ogre's neck.
Jereth
 player, 517 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:-2 B:1
Wed 17 Oct 2018
at 08:45
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

With the immediate threats taken care of, Jereth stumbled back and leaned against the wall of the stairwell.  He let his sword lower and relaxed his shield arm.  "I...have....been better," he offered in answer to the question of hurt, "Though... Thanks to our new friend, I...  I can carry on.  Where do we go?"
Aradhel
 player, 770 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Thu 18 Oct 2018
at 00:31
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"No we tend to the wounded first."  Aradhel corrected gently.  "But I am no healer."  She looked to the others.
Koram
 player, 77 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:1
Thu 18 Oct 2018
at 01:17
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram looked angrily at Aradhel, but then seemed to realize what she said. "Yes. Heal the wounded then slaughter the beasts."

For that moment though Koram had murder in his eyes. Was it evil intent, or just the thought that she was keeping him from his vengeance?

This message was last edited by the player at 01:18, Thu 18 Oct 2018.

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 207 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-3, W-0, PP-20/8
Fri 19 Oct 2018
at 19:32
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis gets out his healer's kit and his herbalist pouch. "I am no expert healer, but I can assist Silvijabella's efforts." He gestured over to her to suggest they get started,
Silvijabella
 player, 87 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Sat 20 Oct 2018
at 16:09
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Silvijabella nodded at Tanlis' offer as she approached Jereth one more to perform a longer treatment of the non-arcane sort.  "The majicks focused earlier still pulse through the wound. " she observed as she stored her weapons and retrieved other poultices, needle and thread.

"We can verify the wound is cleaned, but even then it might still be a bit stiff once treated."

The young Elf skillfully used the assorted dressings to further clean and seal Jereth's wounds, all the while offering quiet reassurances in varying Elven and the Common tongue depending on the sensitivity of the area being treated.

Her light touch left the warrior with a couple of small-stitched incisions that would heal with remarkably small trace scars, given the severity of the initial injuries.

She smiled warmly at her patient upon completion, "That should hold everything in place." and repacked everything into her satchel for the continued journey.


11:56, Today: Silvijabella rolled 1,13 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,(6+6+1)13.  Healing Skill +2 for Healer, -2 for Jereth's Wound penalty.  Even with penalty & without assistance, that's 2 raises on the Wild Die, so max of 2 Wounds healed?
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 208 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-3, W-0, PP-20/8
Sat 20 Oct 2018
at 16:15
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Silvijabella (msg # 504):

Ooc: 12:14, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 4,5 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,5.  Assiting Silvijabel. Maybe another +1 to her roll?
Aradhel
 player, 771 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Sat 20 Oct 2018
at 18:28
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel stood guard.  "We should form up and sweep the area, we need to reconnoiter."
The Runelord
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Sat 20 Oct 2018
at 19:34
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth feels as good as new!

Your Wounds are gone thanks to Bella, Jereth.

As you discuss, you see Shalelu and the Black Arrows running toward your location. Shalelu throws a grappling hook on the outside of the wall and they scale it to join you.

"We slew eight ogres," says Shalelu breathlessly. "I see you've pinned the rest inside the keep. What's the plan?"
Koram
 player, 78 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:1
Sun 21 Oct 2018
at 01:11
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Hissing in pleasure, Koram barked out, "Yes. I'll find these monsters!" He then starts to lope off looking for more ogres to kill.His tongue flicking in and out rapidly in eager anticipation.
The Runelord
 GM, 1834 posts
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Sun 21 Oct 2018
at 01:24
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jakardros looks at Koram and then back at Jereth and Aradhel. "Are you going to control the rage machine over there? If he keeps that up, he's going to get himself killed. Or us. And I care about the us."
Aradhel
 player, 772 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Sun 21 Oct 2018
at 02:46
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel wasn't paying attention at that point.  That goober running off by himself had her attention.  "Hey stop!"
Koram
 player, 79 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:1
Sun 21 Oct 2018
at 03:17
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram stopped. "WHAT!" he barked out irritably? "You said we need see where the ogres are!"
Jereth
 player, 518 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:-2 B:1
Sun 21 Oct 2018
at 04:19
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth didn't argue the point with Aradhel, because, honestly, he was not at his best and might be a liability.  He also did not argue with the healers about "There's no time" or "What about the ogres?"  Instead, he did what he could to make it easier to do what was needed.  Which, likely, mostly involved being still and not making a fuss.  Which was hard.  Because there was alot of hurt to fuss about.  Luckily, Bella was very good at her job.

He was just shrugging back into his armor, with the help of someone hopefully, when he heard the commotion regarding the premature charge of Koram.  Tugging the hauberk into place so that it can be belted, he said, "We know where they are, we need a plan of attack.  So that we may kill them all.  We have been lucky thus far."  Says the man who was nearly killed.  Twice.
Silvijabella
 player, 88 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Sun 21 Oct 2018
at 12:44
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella moved to assist Jereth with donning his armor once her kit was ready for travel.

She nodded in agreement with Aradhel and Jereth, "The sounds from below would suggest the Ogres are fortifying and taking positions that would allow them to defend the base of the stairs as a choke point like we did the top of the tower at the wall."

Turning her attention to Jakardros and the Black Arrows she probed further, "Is there a room above them where oil or arrows may be used against invaders as a defense?  If so, do we have a method of accessing it without having to fully descend the tower stairs?"
Aradhel
 player, 773 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Sun 21 Oct 2018
at 13:34
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Having the high ground would be of use."  Aradhel admitted, curious to hear their response.
Koram
 player, 80 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:1
Sun 21 Oct 2018
at 18:25
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram wasn't happy of the talk of using holes from above to kill the ogres. That seemed dishonorable. Have the courage to face your opponent in battle and watch him die as you cut him open. That was his way of thinking. But these ogres had ambushed him while asleep and taken him prisoner of all things. So he would not be too upset at slaughtering them in holes.

Still  more was the fact that those who had found him were obviously weaker than his kind so they probably needed to fight this way to survive. And they had saved his life. So he owed them a life debt. He would protect them until he had paid his debt.

Visibly frustrated Koram paced back and forth as he waited for the group to get finished with their preparations.
The Runelord
 GM, 1836 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Tue 23 Oct 2018
at 20:14
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Silvijabella:
Turning her attention to Jakardros and the Black Arrows she probed further, "Is there a room above them where oil or arrows may be used against invaders as a defense?  If so, do we have a method of accessing it without having to fully descend the tower stairs?"


The Black Arrows talked among themselves while Shalelu stood off to one side, looking a bit annoyed. Jakardros finally steps up and says, "We can't think of any. Any arrow slits are from the walls of the keep outside. I don't think we ever anticipated anyone being IN the Keep that we needed to get OUT. It was always the other way 'round."

Shalelu steps forward. "No, there wouldn't be any way unless we create it. Don't you have two mages here? What if one of them had their big golem-thing punch a hole in the ceiling and enter that way? They wouldn't be expecting that, for sure. Plus, doesn't this mage here have sleep gas?" she adds, pointing to Archimedes.

It's then that you realize that Archimedes is below in the courtyard, not listening to your conversation.

This message was last edited by the GM at 20:14, Tue 23 Oct 2018.

Aradhel
 player, 774 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Wed 24 Oct 2018
at 02:54
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel sighed.  "Do I need to retrieve him?  Can you keep this one-"  She meant Koram.  "From killing us all while I do it?"
Koram
 player, 81 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:1
Wed 24 Oct 2018
at 03:04
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram frowned. "I won't attack you unless you attack me first. Why would I kill all of you? That would be dishonorable."
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 209 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-3, W-0, PP-20/8
Wed 24 Oct 2018
at 15:30
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 516):

"The tree Golem is not all powerful, but it might be able to punch a hole in the wall." Tanlis said in agreement with the plan.
Jereth
 player, 519 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:1
Wed 24 Oct 2018
at 18:18
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth gave a quick nod to Aradhel's question and turned to Koram, "She is worried that in your rush to get revenge, your charge may leave the rest of us more vulnerable and unprepared.  I don't usually like waiting either, but if we plan it right we can get them all in one go.  All."  He repeated the last, hoping the thought of complete vengeance would help.  He then looked to Tanlis, "Perhaps your...tree golem...and Archimedes creation working together could make shorter work of the hole?  Through which the sleep gas can be put to them."  The guardsman looked over to the Arrows and the Ranger, "What exits would they have.  As they would likely attempt to leave once the gas is released amongst them.  If we can ward those exits, it would be safer then leaping in the middle of them."
The Runelord
 GM, 1838 posts
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Thu 25 Oct 2018
at 18:51
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jakardros talks to his men and nods. "The only exits are the stairs up to these towers, which you've already seen, and the front gate. There are warrens deeper within the complex that they can retreat into, but there are no exits from those. That was why we perished--they trapped most of us in the keep. We could watch each way, but we'd have to spread our numbers thin."

To translate: that's four potential exits--three towers and front door.

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

Aradhel
 player, 775 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Thu 25 Oct 2018
at 23:42
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"We need to know where they are, and get Archimedes back.  I think I can do both but I'll have to go down there."
Archimedes Fallows
 player, 122 posts
 P: 2 T: 3 B: 4
 power points 15/6
Fri 26 Oct 2018
at 05:32
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes felt very vulnerable where he was so he pressed a button on the metal man and it collapsed back into a flask.

Placing it in a pocket he clicked his back pack to activate his climbing legs

Ooc
06:32, Today: Archimedes Fallows rolled 4,1 using D8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,1.  Weird science roll


And started to climb back up to the others
The Runelord
 GM, 1839 posts
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Fri 26 Oct 2018
at 20:01
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel hears the sound of Archimedes climbing and moves over to see him headed up. Moments later he joins the party.

Continue your discussion!
Aradhel
 player, 776 posts
 Warrior in Exile
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Sat 27 Oct 2018
at 17:44
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Good, he recovered himself!  But we still need to find out where they are so we can strike them before they strike us!"  Aradhel continued.
Silvijabella
 player, 90 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Sun 28 Oct 2018
at 11:28
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella considered the information shared by Jakardros.  It seemed odd that the defenders didn't have defenses to use against a force that had breeched the walls, but no matter it was what it was and they needed to clear our the Ogres.

Jereth's plan had merit, but it sounded as if there were lots of inner rooms for the fiends to fall back to or potentially stage an ambush from.

"What is the layout of the chambers below?  Are the other rooms interconnected?  Could we gain access through one of them for surprise?"  Koram's impatience was infectious, she too was wanting to do something.  Maybe she could creep down the stairs and take a peek....

"Do large tapestries adorn the walls in the hall at the base if the stairs?" the Gypsy wondered aloud, thinking of possible cover for hiding.

This message was last edited by the player at 11:29, Sun 28 Oct 2018.

Aradhel
 player, 777 posts
 Warrior in Exile
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Sun 28 Oct 2018
at 12:03
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel shook her head.  "Not necessary.  I'm going to go find them.  Ten minutes."
Koram
 player, 82 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:1
Sun 28 Oct 2018
at 16:34
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Ten minutes? That's too long. They will regroup and counterattack before then. I would and you would be dead." Koram said his forked tongue still flipping in and out of his mouth rapidly.
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 210 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-3, W-0, PP-20/8
Sun 28 Oct 2018
at 17:15
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"If they are hellbent to attack in under 10 minutes we best man the walls and prepare for a siege..." Tanlis pointed out.
Jereth
 player, 520 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:1
Mon 29 Oct 2018
at 04:20
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth shook his head, looking to Aradhel, "They have a point.  Quicker.  Descend a stair and see what can be seen or heard from there?  The longer we give them, the worse it will be."  The guardsman then turned back to Bella, "If we can gas them out, we might have no need to go in amongst them at all."  He then moved his attention on to Archimedes, "How much of the gas do you have left?"  He indicated the building in question, "Enough to make that unsuitable for them?  Down the stairs and perhaps through a hole in the roof?"
Silvijabella
 player, 92 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Mon 29 Oct 2018
at 09:03
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"If the supplies of gas are limited, would smoking them out be an option?" 'Bella queried the group as she focused her attention towards the Black Arrows who best knew the structure.
Aradhel
 player, 778 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Tue 30 Oct 2018
at 00:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Finding them is out of the question, but filling this whole place with smoke is viable?"  Aradhel asks pointedly.
Silvijabella
 player, 93 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Tue 30 Oct 2018
at 01:18
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella looked towards Aradhel with a slight shrug of sympathy, she was just as puzzled as sneaking down to see where the Ogres were exactly seemed like a good idea to her.

"Although having the group of Ogres storming the tower stairs in an attempt to get away from any noxious substance puts us back in the predicament of having to hold them at bay without being overrun.  Unless there was a way to safeguard against several of them bursting forth at once?" the young woman added as they volleyed ideas.  She still thought going down to have a look would be the most productive approach, not to mention doing something was much better than just waiting...

This message was last edited by the player at 08:22, Tue 30 Oct 2018.

Jereth
 player, 521 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:1
Tue 30 Oct 2018
at 07:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth held up a hand, a bit defensively, looking back to Aradhel in earnest, "Not out of the question at all.  I agree that we need to know something, I just felt that we should do so with more speed.  A suggestion.  I will always trust your instincts.  I wouldn't be alive without them.  Go...just...come back."  He held the look for long enough to be sure that Aradhel understood that he was not standing in her way at all.  He then continued on to Bella, noting, "Hopefully, the gas will do the work of reducing their numbers and ability to burst forth.  As I see it, we either hold the exits in defense or we storm the hall.  I would rather hold and let the gas do much of the work.  If you see another path, please say so."
Aradhel
 player, 779 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Tue 30 Oct 2018
at 11:39
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Very well."  She commenced her plan.  It was a reconnoiter only, she had no intent to engage.
Koram
 player, 83 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:1
Tue 30 Oct 2018
at 23:24
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram's hands seem to be gripping and loosening on his glaive as he scans the area, his tongue darting in and out rapidly. He seems agitated and ready for action.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:21, Thu 01 Nov 2018.

The Runelord
 GM, 1842 posts
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Fri 2 Nov 2018
at 17:32
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Everyone in the party gets 1 Benny for good planning and good roleplay.

That sounds like time for two Stealth checks and one Notice check from Aradhel.

Aradhel
 player, 780 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 5
Fri 2 Nov 2018
at 23:38
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel wasted as little time as possible.

18:35, Today: Aradhel rolled 10,2 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 10,2.  Stealth 1.

18:36, Today: Aradhel rolled 10,4 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 10,4.  Stealth 2.

18:36, Today: Aradhel rolled 3,4 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,4.  Elfy Notice.

So raise, raise and success.  I will take that!

The Runelord
 GM, 1846 posts
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 must be solved...
Mon 12 Nov 2018
at 22:13
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel sneaks down quite easily. What might once have been a well-maintained entrance hall is now swathed in horror. Dried blood cakes the stone walls; bits and pieces of armor, weaponry, and flesh litter the floor; and flies cloud the air. Tapestries that once bore the insignia of the Black Arrows have been torn from the walls and now lie on the floor in shreds, coated with filth.

A number of ogres stand guard in this hallway; they look nervous. Despite their "vigilance," they seem to have a hard time spotting Aradhel.

Aradhel, what do you do?

Nobody else take an action until Aradhel comes back to you all to tell you what's going on.

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

Aradhel
 player, 782 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 5
Tue 13 Nov 2018
at 02:32
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel cursed internally.  If they weren't both around the corner, she could take one down without being seen or heard, but in this configuration they'd realize someone was here.

Well, that wasn't the point here anyway.  The point was to figure out where they were.  And she knew where they were now.  The bloodthirsty one would be pleased, they'd have to fight a battle on two fronts.

Carefully, she withdrew and hurried back.

"Well I found the ogres, they are in the halls.  Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, they're in two different branches.  I'm going to suggest we split the offensive and hold the intersection until they break on one end."

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:05, Thu 15 Nov 2018.

Jereth
 player, 523 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:2
Thu 15 Nov 2018
at 09:02
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth listened to Aradhel's description, offering a quick nod, "Right.  Would the gas offer any help at all in fight you plan?  Do the hallways seem like more effective chokepoints than the doors and the stairs?"
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 211 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-4, W-0, PP-20/8
Thu 15 Nov 2018
at 15:55
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Jereth (msg # 541):

"Are the corridors built for people thier size or our size? It would make a difference in them trying to fight us. If only one could fit into a corridor at a time, we would have the advantage." Tanlis points out.
Koram
 player, 84 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:2
Thu 15 Nov 2018
at 18:45
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram seemed eager to get down there, his tongue darting in and out in a quick pace. "We should attack now while they are divided!" He hissed.
The Runelord
 GM, 1849 posts
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 must be solved...
Sat 17 Nov 2018
at 15:33
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis Half-elven:
In reply to Jereth (msg # 541):

"Are the corridors built for people thier size or our size? It would make a difference in them trying to fight us. If only one could fit into a corridor at a time, we would have the advantage." Tanlis points out.


The Black Arrows confirm that the halls are 10' wide, wide enough to fit one ogre or two humanoids at a time.
Aradhel
 player, 783 posts
 Warrior in Exile
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Sun 18 Nov 2018
at 23:34
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel tried to answer all the questions, and had an epiphany while doing so, seeing what the others were suggesting to her.

"It didn't seem like they could go more than one wide, in fact they'd have a very hard time... fitting through the passage I went into."  She snapped her fingers.

Aradhel stopped, found something rigid and scratched in the dirt.

"Look, see this passage?  They had to come in through this large door here.  If we throw the gas in there, and they want to get away from it, they can't realistically escape through this passage, right?  We could set up a kill zone right here, that would stop them at the door and the gas might take down the ones who can't get out."
Jereth
 player, 524 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
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Mon 19 Nov 2018
at 22:16
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth looked over Aradhel's sketch and explanation, quickly nodding affirmative, "Right.  Two squads?  One to gas and hold the main door.  One to descend into your "killing ground."
Koram
 player, 85 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:2
Tue 20 Nov 2018
at 09:34
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"I will hold the line!" Koram said with obvious relish.
Aradhel
 player, 784 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 5
Tue 20 Nov 2018
at 15:41
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Well the killing would be at the main door, I mean the only alternative is they run deeper into the hall here, in which case we have them pinned in because I doubt they're going to do well trying to go through that door, or they could try to go into this room here or this room here with the double doors, but why would they do that?  Either they run out the front door or they bottle themselves up in a tight spot."

She shrugged.  "We have seen them ascend the towers so they obviously can work through the passages, I just cannot imagine it's fast going for them."

This message was last edited by the player at 15:43, Tue 20 Nov 2018.

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 212 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-4, W-0, PP-20/8
Tue 20 Nov 2018
at 16:30
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Aradhel (msg # 548):

"They did seem like terrible climbers-I saw one try to scale the gates and could not manage it. Their own weight must drag them down." Tanlis pointed out.
Silvijabella
 player, 95 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Sat 24 Nov 2018
at 23:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Silvijabella looked curiously at the sketch and followed along as plans were discussed.  "Perhaps I am missing something, but we had ogres attacking from the stairwell of the north tower as well, and this hall doesn't appear to provide access.  If we use the southern stairs to confront the ogres in the halls indicated, we won't know what threat may gain access to our flanks by ascending the stairs in the northern tower and coming along the battlements behind us."

She looked towards Jakardros and the Black Arrows for confirmation that the towers were accessed via separate halls that may possibly be adjoined.
Koram
 player, 87 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:2
Sun 25 Nov 2018
at 07:34
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"This is taking too long!" Koram said with a hissing growl.

He began pacing back and forth in an obviously agitated manner. His tong still darting in and out of his mouth rapidly. His hands tightening and loosening on his glaive as he paced.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:36, Sun 25 Nov 2018.

The Runelord
 GM, 1854 posts
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 must be solved...
Tue 27 Nov 2018
at 01:15
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Silvijabella:
She looked towards Jakardros and the Black Arrows for confirmation that the towers were accessed via separate halls that may possibly be adjoined.


The Black Arrows laugh. "The other tower goes into a library. Or what used to be a library," says Vale. "I don't think they're lining up in there. But if they have any brains they'll have a lookout in there."
Aradhel
 player, 786 posts
 Warrior in Exile
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Tue 27 Nov 2018
at 04:34
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Well I've put my idea out there.  I am not attached to it.  If there's a better one let it be heard."  Aradhel shrugged.  She was getting on the same page as Koram.
Silvijabella
 player, 96 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Tue 27 Nov 2018
at 09:43
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella shook her head, "I was just pointing out tgat there may be flaws in presuming they could only fall back or receive reinforcements through larger doors as they had little difficulting getting forces to the tower stairs earlier.

I'm all for trying to storm this end, but I think having someone or something holding the Northern tower would be advisable.  Even if it's just large debris to prevent the stairwell door from opening."


The Elf's gaze drifted towards Archimedes and his pocket-golem and Tanlis' Tree-Friend, thinking one such as those might be able to bar the way.
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 214 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-4, W-0, PP-20/8
Tue 27 Nov 2018
at 15:51
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Silvijabella (msg # 554):

"Consider it done!" Tanlis says with a bow and a grin. "Besides, with these tunnels my Tree Golem would be of limited use." He glanced over at the gnome. "Shall we? We can discuss natural science while our larger friends do all the work!" He chuckled and elbowed Archie.
The Runelord
 GM, 1858 posts
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 must be solved...
Fri 7 Dec 2018
at 19:45
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The Black Arrows don't argue with what generally sounds like a good plan, and everyone gets into place.

The fight begins when the two golems begin tearing off chunks of the parapets and throwing it down into the stairway up to the tower, blocking the hall. This, predictably, results in much shouting from below.

Then, as the rest of the party prepares, the Black Arrows assist Archimedes in lobbing some sleep bombs down the stairs. There is roaring and shouting and thumping. The shouting draws close to the southern doors and moments later they fly open as an ogre, coughing, pops out...

Koram, you're in front on the map presuming you want to hit the first ogre to come out--take your action first.

When you post, please validate your position on the map linked below.

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

Koram
 player, 89 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:2
Fri 7 Dec 2018
at 21:37
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Stepping into the line Koram hissed a challenge to the ogres and readied his glaive. "Come you putrid scaleless sacks of meat! Come feel the fury of Koram The Larshathian! Come taste of my steel! Come and spill your blood upon these stones at my feet!"


13:38, Today: Koram rolled 4,2 using 1d10,1d8, rerolling max with rolls of 4,2.  damage.

13:38, Today: Koram rolled 7,3 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 7,3.  attack.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:38, Fri 07 Dec 2018.

The Runelord
 GM, 1860 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Fri 7 Dec 2018
at 22:08
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Korath's blow bounces off the thick hide of the nearest ogre.

Jereth, Bella, Aradhel, what do you do?
Jereth
 player, 528 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:2
Mon 10 Dec 2018
at 07:17
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth moved off to Koram's left as the wild lizardman warrior moved in. The guardsman positioned himself to ward this side of the doorway, hoping to prevent more than one or two of the ogres from getting out to face them.  As Koram's glaive came down from on high, Jereth took a long step and came in with his blade in a lunging upward thrust...

10 to hit (+1 Sword, +1 Gangup), 21 Damage (20 Damage if the hit wasn't a Raise)

02:07, Today: Jereth rolled 20,1 using 2d8+1,d6, rerolling max with rolls of (8+5)13,6,1. Longsword Damage, Plus Raise Potential. 02:05, Today: Jereth rolled 10,7 using d10+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 8,5. Longsword Slash!

Aradhel
 player, 789 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 5
Wed 12 Dec 2018
at 02:09
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Taking advantage of the large facing of the ogre, Aradhel wasn't shy about pressing the attack.  Jereth had likely already slain it but she was ready to spring just in case, throwing caution to the wind and going for the kill.

Forgot Gang Up bonus this should actually be a 15 - 20:07, Today: Aradhel rolled 6,13 using d12+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 4,(6+5)11.  Fighting - Left Hand, Wild Attack.

Likewise this is actually a 23 - 20:07, Today: Aradhel rolled 21,10 using d12+3,d6+3, rerolling max with rolls of (12+6)18,(6+1)7.  Fighting, Wild Attack, Right Hand.

21 damage - 20:08, Today: Aradhel rolled 13,4,4 using d8+2,d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of (8+3)11,4,4.  Damage - Left Hand.

13 damage - 20:07, Today: Aradhel rolled 4,2,7 using d8+3,d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,2,(6+1)7.  Damage - Right Hand.

Silvijabella
 player, 103 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Sat 15 Dec 2018
at 17:42
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
As the companions made quick work of the Ogre in their path, 'Bella held back out of immediate melee but within sight of their foes and attempted to use the reflection of the torchlight off her blades to distract and possibly blind the foes in melee.

(Essentially trying to reflect light into their eyes with a Trick - presuming opposed Agility? (Without bonus for Acrobat Edge)  Targeting either Ogre in melee or one past him looking to close.
12:39, Today: Silvijabella rolled 5,4 using d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,4.  Agility Trick vs either Ogre in melee or one past him looking to close.)

The Runelord
 GM, 1863 posts
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Tue 18 Dec 2018
at 12:06
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram engages the ogre and ties him up long enough for Jereth to pierce the ogre's heart; the ogre falls.

Aradhel, Bella and Shalelu hang back, prepared for the ogres....

Since Jereth killed the ogre, we'll keep Bella and Aradhel's actions in reserve, on Hold.

Tanlis and Archimedes, what do you do the first round?

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

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 215 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-4, W-0, PP-20/8
Tue 18 Dec 2018
at 12:10
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 562):

Tanlis looked over the edge of the wall. Gesturing for his tree golem to gather more massive bits of rubble. He looked to Archie, suggesting his mechanical ally do the same. "We should spread out along the wall."
The Runelord
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Fri 21 Dec 2018
at 19:28
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Archimedes agrees.

Tanlis, move the miniatures where you think they should go. Move Archimedes' minis for him please, and post in the OOC thread when you've done this.
The Runelord
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Fri 21 Dec 2018
at 20:57
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Another ogre staggers out of the smoke next to the party. Aradhel springs from behind the others and presses the attack, killing the ogre savagely.

Shalelu and Bella hang back waiting. Yet another ogre appears, but Shalelu shoots him through the eye, killing him.

The hallway in front of the party now is quiet, with loud snoring to be heard; the hall is still filled with sleeping gas.

Aradhel and Shalelu came off hold and killed the last two threatening ogres.

Jereth, Koram, Bella and Tanlis, your moves. If anyone moves into the hallway more than 10', you owe me a Vigor check against the sleep gas.

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

Jereth
 player, 531 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:2
Sun 23 Dec 2018
at 07:22
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth made no move to enter the gas filled hallway, but he did shout into the mists, "You have lost this place, ogre-filth!  Your strength has failed!  A handful of us took it back from you!  Weak!  Hiding like sheep!"  He wasn't sure if there were any ogres still awake in there, but he was apparently attempting to goad them into trying again at the door...

Taunt (For the First Time.  I will taunt them a second time next round if they do not go away).

This message was last edited by the GM at 18:39, Tue 25 Dec 2018.

Koram
 player, 91 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:2
Sun 23 Dec 2018
at 19:03
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Here piggy piggy piggy!" Koram said attempting the same thing though he mostly waited for any ogre to approach.

This message was last edited by the GM at 18:36, Tue 25 Dec 2018.

The Runelord
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Tue 25 Dec 2018
at 18:41
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
No ogres move to greet the party members and none shout to answer the taunts from Jereth and Koram. The sleep gas begins to dissipate, but there is nothing but the sound of snoring coming from the hall.

Do you wait until the smoke clears to go in, or do you head in while the smoke is still up?

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

Aradhel
 player, 791 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 5
Wed 26 Dec 2018
at 21:17
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"It would be counterproductive to fall into our own trap."  Aradhel pointed out.  She was sure some details of this had gone wrong but that was to be expected.  "I have a light step, I can... extinguish slumbering belligerents."
Jereth
 player, 532 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
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Fri 28 Dec 2018
at 03:39
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth nodded his agreement, keeping his eye on the vaporous doorway, "Aye.  We'll let it clear then....get to work...  I have very little pity left for these monsters..."
The Runelord
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Fri 28 Dec 2018
at 15:43
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The party waits a few minutes before Aradhel and a couple of the Black Arrows sneak in and kill several sleeping ogres. The hallway is now clear, with any number of closed doors remaining to deal with.

The hallway is clear. What do you do next?

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

Aradhel
 player, 793 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 5
Fri 28 Dec 2018
at 17:55
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Sweep right?"  Aradhel asked, really just having no better suggestion.
Jereth
 player, 533 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:2
Mon 31 Dec 2018
at 02:57
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth had not let others do the grisly work while he shied away, but had entered as well to rid the world of these monsters.  The hallway cleared and course suggested by Aradhel, the guardsman gave a quick nod of agreement, "Aye."  He made to follow the swordswoman to the right; positioning himself to have a chance of defending both of them with his shield.
The Runelord
 GM, 1871 posts
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Tue 1 Jan 2019
at 15:15
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The party moves into the hallway and encounters no opposition initially.

Please place your miniatures where you want to go on the map, and if you want to listen at a door, make a Notice check. You can also indicate that you want to open a door; if so, put your mini by that door.
Aradhel
 player, 794 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 5
Fri 4 Jan 2019
at 02:04
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel stepped lightly, and then listened at the door.

20:03, Today: Aradhel rolled 4,5 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,5.  Notice.
The Runelord
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Fri 4 Jan 2019
at 14:24
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel hears something.
Silvijabella
 player, 105 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Fri 4 Jan 2019
at 15:30
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella crept past the ogres on the ground to peek up the northwestern hall from the prior to listening at the door opposite Aradhel's position.

(10:30, Today: Silvijabella rolled 4,5 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,5.  Listening at western door - Notice.)
Jereth
 player, 534 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
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Sat 5 Jan 2019
at 06:59
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth stayed with Aradhel, shield up and blade ready.  That shield was set towards the door that the swordswoman was listening at currently.  His long blade held in a high guard with the point just over the top of the shield rim.
The Runelord
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Sat 5 Jan 2019
at 21:29
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Silvijabella:
'Bella crept past the ogres on the ground to peek up the northwestern hall from the prior to listening at the door opposite Aradhel's position.


Bella also hears something at her door.
Aradhel
 player, 795 posts
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Sun 6 Jan 2019
at 21:59
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel gestured, pointing at the door, nodding, and exaggerating the gesture of readying her weapons.  She mouthed in common as best she could but it wasn't really readable.  Even after all this time her command of the common tongue was... lacking sometimes.

Outsider Hindrance?  =D

Silvijabella
 player, 108 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Mon 7 Jan 2019
at 00:46
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella motioned towards Aradhel and pointed to the other door and held up two fingers, but then looked to see if there was a way to brace the door before her should the inhabitants hear an alarm.

(Would this door open towards 'Bella into the hall, or away and into the chamber where the ogres are?)
Koram
 player, 93 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:2
Mon 7 Jan 2019
at 23:55
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram didn't want to let anyone go alone so went with Silvijabella and waited for her to make the first move.

(Been sick so I'm a little lost on the plan.)
Jereth
 player, 535 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
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Tue 8 Jan 2019
at 16:53
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth, still standing prepared to engage whatever comes through the door, nods once to Aradhel's somewhat confusing attempt at communication.  There were only so many options that she might be trying to explain and, as far as he could tell, all of them involved fighting in or through this door.  The which he was as prepared as he could be to do.
Aradhel
 player, 796 posts
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Wed 9 Jan 2019
at 01:59
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel nodded and poked Jereth on the shoulder and pointed to the other door.  Then to Jereth, then to Koram, and then to the other door again.
Jereth
 player, 536 posts
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Thu 10 Jan 2019
at 08:55
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth eyed Aradhel, obviously a little confused.  But he shifted as though to move over to join Koram at the other door.  He did so a little slowly, with a questioning look to Aradhel again.  But, if she seemed to feel that he had chosen correctly, the guardsman will continue on to the other door alongside Koram and Bella.
Aradhel
 player, 798 posts
 Warrior in Exile
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Thu 10 Jan 2019
at 11:20
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel looked to the others, held up three fingers, then mimicked like she was kicking the door.
Jereth
 player, 537 posts
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Fri 11 Jan 2019
at 18:41
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth looked to Koram, Bella, and then down to Aradhel for a last quick readiness check.  If no objections are "mimed" back at him, the guardsman rushed the door shield first; attempting his best impression of a battering ram.
Aradhel
 player, 800 posts
 Warrior in Exile
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Sun 13 Jan 2019
at 01:22
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Glad she'd been understood, Aradhel likewise kicked the door in.
The Runelord
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Thu 17 Jan 2019
at 23:39
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Good deal. Aradhel and Jereth, each of you make a STR check, please.
Aradhel
 player, 802 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 5
Fri 18 Jan 2019
at 02:07
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
20:07, Today: Aradhel rolled 7,1 using d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 7,1.  Mighty Elf?

Pretty good really

Jereth
 player, 538 posts
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Sat 19 Jan 2019
at 19:45
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Strong as an Elf!

14:44, Today: Jereth rolled 7,3 using d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 7,3.  Strength!

The Runelord
 GM, 1879 posts
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Tue 22 Jan 2019
at 17:15
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Both Jereth and Aradhel slam into the door--and they bounce back off again. Something is holding the door back on the other side--if you had to guess, you'd guess it was an ogre!

What do you do?
Aradhel
 player, 803 posts
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 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 5
Wed 23 Jan 2019
at 02:55
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Seriously?"  Aradhel asked, bewildered by apparently cowardly ogres.  "Do we have to send for an axe?"
Jereth
 player, 539 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:2
Thu 24 Jan 2019
at 17:00
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth rolled his shoulder a little as he eyed the door, "Someone find an axe then."  Louder, at the door itself, he added, "You are trapped and we will break this door down!  Face us or we will dig you out!"
The Runelord
 GM, 1880 posts
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Fri 25 Jan 2019
at 16:26
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
At this, though, suddenly the door in front of Bella flies open, an ogre standing there!!

Bella and Koram, you can act before the ogre since you're on Hold.

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

This message was last edited by the GM at 14:09, Tue 29 Jan 2019.

Silvijabella
 player, 112 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Fri 25 Jan 2019
at 23:02
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella quietly and quickly moved back and to the side to allow Jereth and Koram access to the door.  When it opened suddenly after the failed attempt to break it down and taunting, she began an energetic swirling dance, focusing the energies of her distractive performance on the Ogre in the doorway.

17:55, Today: Silvijabella rolled 5,1 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,1.  Performance -Confusion on Ogre.  Success!  Smarts -2 or Ogre is Shaken  1 PP remaining...
The Runelord
 GM, 1881 posts
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Tue 29 Jan 2019
at 14:08
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The poor ogre is fuddled....

The ogre is Shaken!

Koram is up!

Koram
 player, 94 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:0 B:2
Sat 2 Feb 2019
at 04:01
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram attacks quickly and viciously, stabbing at the ogre....

Hit Parry of 8 for 11 damage.

23:01, Today: The Runelord, on behalf of Koram, rolled 5,6 using 1d10,1d8, rerolling max with rolls of 5,6.  Damage.
23:00, Today: The Runelord, on behalf of Koram, rolled 8,3 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 8,3.  Attack on ogre.

The Runelord
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Sat 2 Feb 2019
at 04:08
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram gets his blow in at just the right angle on the confused ogre and kills it. Its compatriot steps up, though, and hits Koram hard.

Ogre #1 dies; ogre #2 comes off of hold and hits Koram for 2 Wounds.

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

Koram
 player, 95 posts
 P:7 T:7 W:1 B:2
Sat 2 Feb 2019
at 04:08
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram gets a free Soak and soaks one Wound, leaving him with one wound for Bella to heal :-)

23:07, Today: The Runelord, on behalf of Koram, rolled 5,7 using 1d8,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,(6+1)7.  Free Soak.

The Runelord
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Sat 2 Feb 2019
at 04:09
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Koram is Shaken with 1 Wound.

Aradhel, Jereth and Tanlis are up!

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

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:10, Sat 02 Feb 2019.

Jereth
 player, 541 posts
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Tue 5 Feb 2019
at 18:36
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth stepped in on the second ogre, his shield high against the taller foe.  His longsword darted in along the mid-line, straight for the ogre's lower, easier to reach half.  Only to have the blade glance off this ogre's tough hide...

9 to Hit (forgot +1 Sword), 9 Damage....which does nothing!

13:35, Today: Jereth rolled 9 using 2d8+1, rerolling max with rolls of 7,1. Damage! 13:34, Today: Jereth rolled 8,4 using d10+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of 7,3. Stabby-stabs, with Gang-up?

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 218 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-4, W-0, PP-20/8
Tue 5 Feb 2019
at 19:46
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 601):

Tanlis hears the screams and cries of pain carried via the echoing corridors. He looks one last time outside the walls, and decides the gnome and his mechanical servant can defend the walls with out him. He heads down to the others, his own tree golem shrinking away to nothing as it could not fit in the corrdiors.

OOC:
14:57, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 5 using 1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5.  Run die.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:58, Tue 05 Feb 2019.

Aradhel
 player, 806 posts
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Wed 6 Feb 2019
at 02:18
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The temptation was to run off and go help, but there was something inside the door Aradhel was guarding.  She hated it, but she held her position, ready to strike.  The alternative was the ogre opening the door and either flanking them or escaping or doing who knows what else.

Going on Hold I suppose!

The Runelord
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Fri 8 Feb 2019
at 21:51
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The ogre that Jereth hit looks confused, almost as if Jereth had done something unexpected by attacking him!

Next round is up! Jereth, you go before the enemy.

Aradhel, the next card you drew is a Black Joker! When you come off hold, you get +2 to all rolls and can automatically interrupt any enemies.

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

Jereth
 player, 542 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
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Sat 9 Feb 2019
at 02:48
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth stepped back into position from his lunge and let his shield drop away to the side.  This cleared the path for him to whip the longsword up from low to high in a heavy under-cut towards the ogre's midsection....

Wild Attack - 18 to Hit, 13 Damage (after remembering the +2 from Wild)

Parry falls to 6

1:39, Today: Jereth rolled 6,5 using 2d8+1,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,4,5. Longsword Slash Damage, with Raise!

21:38, Today: Jereth rolled 18,6 using d10+4,d6+4, rerolling max with rolls of (10+4)14,2. Wild Longsword Slash!

The Runelord
 GM, 1886 posts
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Tue 12 Feb 2019
at 17:20
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth's blow winds the ogre for a moment, but he recovers quickly.

Meanwhile, the door in front of Aradhel flies open. The lathes, sawhorses, and other tools in this workroom lie in scattered, shattered ruin on the floor. The walls are smeared with gore, in some places forming messy graffiti. An ogre, his hands stained with blood, roars and prepares to smash Aradhel. Unfortunately for him, Aradhel is ready first...

Aradhel, you can re-insert and deal with this ogre if you like. Remember: you have +2 to ALL ROLLS (including damage) this round.

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

Aradhel
 player, 808 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 5
Wed 13 Feb 2019
at 02:21
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"And here I did not think you would come out to play."  Aradhel uncharacteristically quipped.  Effortlessly she swayed as if dancing and her swords obeyed.

All right, I am going to press the Joker to its maximum here, obviously she is interrupting the ogre.  Aradhel will Wild Attack (+2) with the Joker (+2) but will also go for a Head Shot (-4).  More likely it would be a Vitals shot for the same penalty but that's gross so let's call it a Head Shot.

20:17, Today: Aradhel rolled 7,9 using d12+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of 6,(6+2)8.  Right Hand.

Hit with the Right Hand.

20:18, Today: Aradhel rolled 3,11 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,(6+5)11.  Left Hand.

Hit with the Left Hand.  With a Raise even, I do believe.

So +2 damage from Wild Attack, +2 from a Joker, +4 from a Headshot for +8 damage.

13 damage - 20:19, Today: Aradhel rolled 10,3 using d8+9,d8, rerolling max with rolls of 1,3.  Damage - Right Hand.  Not a very good roll but the bonus is so big it probably still hurt.

29 damage - 20:20, Today: Aradhel rolled 15,5,9 using d8+8,d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 7,5,(6+3)9.  Damage - Left Hand.  That's gonna leave a mark.

The Runelord
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Fri 15 Feb 2019
at 21:23
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel slices into the ogre, leaving him with wounds that would have killed a smaller humanoid. He staggers back a bit and then grips his weapon--a disembodied human arm--defiantly!

Meanwhile, a door slams open from around the corner and an ogre appears. With one powerful blow of his club, he knocks Koram's head to the other side of the hallway, landing at Aradhel's feet. He roars in victory at his kill!

Aradhel's wild card ogre uses both his Bennies to Soak and re-roll the Soak; he soaks down from 5 wounds to 3. He manages to un-shake despite his wound penalty.

Two more ogres enter the hallway; one rounds the corner and auto-kills Koram. Bye, Koram. The other can't move further.

Bella and Tanlis are up!

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

This message was last updated by the GM at 13:25, Sun 17 Feb 2019.

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 219 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-4, W-0, PP-20/8
Mon 18 Feb 2019
at 15:36
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis zipps around the corner, and sees all the ogres about-and Koram fall. He grits his teeth, and bangs his staff on the floor. Rising from the stone of the corridor floor just in front of Bella, and stone man with a rocky weapon rises from the ground. Not as powerful as the tree Golem, its size stays in the human range, and thus is able to engage the ogre threatening Bella and Jereth.

OOC:
Moves to current position.

Casts summon ally, stone solider appears in space west of Bella and in front of Ogre.

10:28, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 5,1 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,1.  Spell casting.

Stone solider does a wild attack on ogre.

10:34, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 5 using 1d8+3, rerolling max with rolls of 2.  Stone solider does wild attack on ogre with gang up bonus.

Size of target pushes it to a 6, allowing just barley a hit.

10:36, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 10 using 2d8, rerolling max with rolls of 4,6.  Stone sword damage.

Damage not enough.

Silvijabella
 player, 117 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Tue 19 Feb 2019
at 13:20
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Bella gasps and points at the stone soldier. "Oh no! It's the OGRE-KILLING DEMI-GOD OF STONE!"

Smarts Trick on the nearest ogre--opposed Smarts check.

08:19, Today: The Runelord, on behalf of Silvijabella, rolled 13,12 using 1d6+2,1d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of (6+5)11,(6+4)10.  Smarts Trick w/Charisma.

The Runelord
 GM, 1890 posts
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 must be solved...
Tue 19 Feb 2019
at 13:27
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The ogre affected by Bella recoils in fear at this "stone god."

The ogre near Bella rolls a 1 in opposition to Bella, so he's Shaken by her Trick.

New round--Aradhel and Bella go before the foes.

I added labels to the ogre minis. Here's their status:
Ogre 1: Unshaken
Ogre 2: Shaken
Ogre 3: Unshaken
Wild Card: 3 Wounds,  unshaken

Silvijabella
 player, 118 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Tue 19 Feb 2019
at 23:01
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Silvijabella pressed her advantage; empathy and concern in her voice, she pleaded with the wary Ogre, "Flee quickly!  Flee before the Great One expresses his anger with you for slaying his pet Lizardman!!!"  She frantically gestured back down the corridor from whence the Ogre had emerged.  "RUN YOU FOOL!" she exclaimed.

(Persuasion attempt against anothe Ogre.
17:58, Today: Silvijabella rolled 5,3 using d6+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 3,1.  Smarts with Charisma bonus attempt against Ogre.
As expected, the die roller doesn't work for me…. Oh well, it's a success at least.)

This message was last edited by the GM at 14:49, Fri 22 Feb 2019.

Aradhel
 player, 809 posts
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Wed 20 Feb 2019
at 01:58
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel was facing a mighty foe she could not let up on and windmilled around with her spinning blades.  It left you open, but there was a lot of power in the technique.  She just hoped her speed would carry her here.  Aradhel believed very much in the old adage speed kills.


19:54, Today: Aradhel rolled 5,7 using d12+3,d6+3, rerolling max with rolls of 2,4.  Attack - Right Hand.

19:54, Today: Aradhel rolled 4,4 using d12+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 2,2.  Attack - Left Hand.

Bah, benny that

19:55, Today: Aradhel rolled 8,5 using d12+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 6,3.  Benny That Roll!

Okay two hits

9 damage - I don't know if that even tickles these guys - 19:57, Today: Aradhel rolled 7,2 using d8+3,d8, rerolling max with rolls of 4,2.  Damage - Right Hand.

9 damage - 19:57, Today: Aradhel rolled 5,4 using d8+2,d8, rerolling max with rolls of 3,4.  Damage - Left Hand

The Runelord
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Fri 22 Feb 2019
at 14:54
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The ogre fighting Jereth recoils in fear at the sound of Bella's voice--something worse than the human warrior in front of him? What could it be?

Meanwhile, the ogre fighting Aradhel snarls and swings at Aradhel, but his club smashes through the doorway instead, dislodging stone. The pain of his wounds clearly is making him far less effective.

Aradhel also Shakes ogre #1 with her Trick. WC Ogre misses Aradhel.

Tanlis, you and your stone man are up before the non-wild-card ogres!

Ogre 1: Shaken
Ogre 2: Shaken
Ogre 3: Unshaken
Wild Card: 3 Wounds,  unshaken

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

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 220 posts
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Fri 22 Feb 2019
at 15:42
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 615):

The Stone man shoves his stone sword into the dazed Ogre in front of him. In the meanwhile, Tanlis waits for an ogre to terrify...

OOC: Tanlis moves to current location.

Tanlis' stone warrior attacks Ogre 2, hitting and doing 13 damage.

10:38, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 13 using 2d8+2, rerolling max with rolls of 4,7.  Damage with wild attack.

10:37, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 7 using 1d8+4, rerolling max with rolls of 3.  Stone solider does wild attack on ogre with gang up/size bonus.

This message was last edited by the GM at 16:16, Wed 27 Feb 2019.

The Runelord
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Wed 27 Feb 2019
at 16:29
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The stone soldier strikes and kills the ogre by him. Another ogre steps up and looks to destroy the stone soldier.

Tanlis, make an Agility check to see if you can unleash your spell trick before Ogre 3 hits the stone soldier!

Ogre 1: Unshaken
Ogre 3: Unshaken, maybe
Wild Card: 3 Wounds,  unshaken

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

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 221 posts
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Wed 27 Feb 2019
at 16:31
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 617):

OOC: Nope.

11:31, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 9 using 2d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,5.  Agility test.

This message was last edited by the player at 16:32, Wed 27 Feb 2019.

The Runelord
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Wed 27 Feb 2019
at 16:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The ogre levels the stone soldier with one mighty blow, smashing it to bits. However, moments later, Tanlis appears to burst into fire, astonishing the ogre!

The stone soldier is killed by ogre 3, but Tanlis then Shakes the ogre.

Jereth is up!

Ogre 1: Unshaken
Ogre 3: Shaken
Wild Card: 3 Wounds,  unshaken

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

Jereth
 player, 543 posts
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Fri 1 Mar 2019
at 09:50
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
As the ogre reels back from the burst of fire, Jereth came in low, dropping his shield to the side as he drove the longsword up towards the big ogre's gut.  He hoped for a kidney.  A liver would do.  Even distracted, the ogre managed to knock the blade out of line....

Wild Called Shot to Ogre 3 - 2 Misses, Benny!, 5 Still misses....

Parry reduced to 6.

04:46, Yesterday: Jereth rolled 5,1 using d10-1,d6-1, rerolling max with rolls of 6,2.  Benny!
04:46, Yesterday: Jereth rolled 2,2 using d10-1,d6-1, rerolling max with rolls of 3,3.  Called Shot to the Vitals - Ogre 3.

This message was last edited by the GM at 21:21, Sat 02 Mar 2019.

The Runelord
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Sat 2 Mar 2019
at 21:22
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
And that brings up a new round--Aradhel, Talnlis and Bella are up before the regular ogres!!

Ogre 1: Unshaken
Ogre 3: Shaken
Wild Card: 3 Wounds,  unshaken

11:39, Wed 27 Feb: The Runelord drew the 6 cards: JD, 3H, 9C, 9H, 7H, 2S using a deck of 54 cards.  Aradhel, Jereth, Tanlis, Bella, normal ogres, Wild Card ogre.

Aradhel
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Sun 3 Mar 2019
at 15:36
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel continued her relentless assault.  She had to keep the initiative in this fight.  The ogres might be comparatively slow but they could strike powerful blows at any moment, and she felt like she'd lose if it became an endurance bout.

09:33, Today: Aradhel rolled 7,3 using d12+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 5,1.  Attack - Left Hand.

09:33, Today: Aradhel rolled 13,4 using d12+3,d6+3, rerolling max with rolls of 10,1.  Attack - Right Hand.

So, hit, hit with raise (on the right hand), but will the damage dice tank?

11 damage - 09:34, Today: Aradhel rolled 5,4,2 using d8+3,d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,4,2.  Damage - Right Hand.

12 damage - 09:35, Today: Aradhel rolled 5,7 using d8+2,d8, rerolling max with rolls of 3,7.  Damage - Left Hand.

Statistically averageish at least!

Silvijabella
 player, 120 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Sun 3 Mar 2019
at 18:24
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Seeing the opponent in  corridor was distracted, the Gypsy moves towards the doorway to put the Ogre facing Jereth off-balance in the face of multiple hazards.   Moving quickly alongside Jereth, 'Bella let fly her twin stars, each ricocheting off the side walls and the opposing far wall of the chamber in an apparent chaotic pattern that could potentially hit the Ogre from behind if he were unwary.  The blades would fly close to the creature, but ultimately miss him as they returned to her hands, unless he were very clumsy.  Her blades returning to her hands, she moved back to her original spot in the hall to allow Aradhel access to the door.

Adding to her ploy, the Elf yells instructions to the imaginary hidden assailants on the Ogre's flank,  "Shalelu! Jakardros!  Strike from his flanks while we face him!"


(Trying an Agility Trick to put the Ogre 1 off balance and more vulnerable to those in melee with him.  (-2 Parry if fails, -2 Parry & Shaken if she beats him with a Raise.  The verbal was just for fun… )
13:09, Today: Silvijabella rolled 7,2 using d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 7,2.  Agility Trick vs Ogre 3 hoping to distract.  If the Acrobatics bonus to Agility Tricks applies, that's a 9.  If not, if the stars' bonus to Throwing would apply it's an 8.

edited so not to layer Tricks on hallway Ogre)

This message was last edited by the player at 13:08, Mon 04 Mar 2019.

The Runelord
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Sun 3 Mar 2019
at 20:16
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel slays her ogre at long last.

Quick update--Wild Card Ogre is dead. You can move as well this round, Aradhel.

Ogre 1: Unshaken
Ogre 3: Shaken

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 222 posts
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Sun 3 Mar 2019
at 20:51
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 624):

Tanlis once again summons a spark of fire, trying to disorient the Orge that is still a threat by casting the burst of light into its eyes.

Ooc:
15:49, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 4,2 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,2.  Elemental trick on ogre 1.

The Runelord
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Tue 5 Mar 2019
at 16:32
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Bella's ploy fools the ogre, who whirls around to look at these new threats!!

Bella gets a Raise on her Trick, so Ogre 1 is shaken.

Tanlis, you can't trick Ogre 1. What do you do instead?

Ogre 1: Shaken, -2 to Parry
Ogre 3: Shaken, -2 to Parry

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 223 posts
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Tue 5 Mar 2019
at 16:36
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 626):

Tanlis bides his time, trusting the elven swordswoman to finish off the creature to the south.

OOC: Full defense.
The Runelord
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Tue 5 Mar 2019
at 22:02
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The ogre distracted by Tanlis' last trick clears his head; the other fellow is still looking for the foe that "attacked him from behind."

Ogre 3 un-shakes; Ogre 1 is still Shaken.

Jereth, your move!

Ogre 1: Shaken, -2 to Parry until Bella's turn
Ogre 3: Unshaken

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

Jereth
 player, 544 posts
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Fri 8 Mar 2019
at 17:02
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth's eye kept shifting slightly between the two ogres he now found himself nearly caught between.  Trying to anticipate their attacks...and look for openings....  There!  As the one turned momentarily, as though he had been attacked from behind, the guardsman struck.  He dropped his shield again to allow him the extra power and reach.  The longsword glittered as he drove it in an upward lunge right into the huge menace's lower abdomen...

Wild Vitals Shot to Ogre #1 - 14 to Hit, 20 Damage!

Parry Reduced to 6!

11:56, Today: Jereth rolled 15,5 using 2d8+7,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 6,2,5.  Vitals Shot Damage!
11:53, Today: Jereth rolled 14,1 using 1d10-1,d6-1, rerolling max with rolls of (10+5)15,2.  Vitals shot on Ogre #1!

The Runelord
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Fri 8 Mar 2019
at 20:24
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
With an expert move, Jereth disembowels the ogre, which slumps to the ground!!

That brings up next round! The cards are with you--all the PCs go before the ogre, who is unshaken.

15:23, Today: The Runelord drew the 5 cards: 10S, 6H, JC, 5H, 2H using a deck of 54 cards.  Aradhel, Jereth, Tanlis, Bella, normal ogre.

Ogre 3: Unshaken

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

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 224 posts
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Fri 8 Mar 2019
at 20:27
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 630):

Seeing the ogre freeing itself from its confusion, Tanlis once again creates a burst of flame in front of its eyes to dazzle it longer...

OOC:

15:25, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 7,2 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 7,2.  Elemental trick on ogre 3.

The Runelord
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Fri 8 Mar 2019
at 21:20
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis' blast of flame makes the ogre stagger backward, clutching his face...

Tanlis beats it with a Raise, so Ogre 3 is Shaken and takes -2 Parry.
Everyone else is up!

Ogre 3: Shaken, -2 Parry

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

Aradhel
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Sat 9 Mar 2019
at 03:53
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel took that as a cue, seeing an opening she weaved in and attacked aggressively, using Jereth's threat to her advantage.  If it was some other creature she might feel bad about pressing it when it was obviously in peril, but it wasn't some other creature.

Moved a few squares to the empty spot.

Wild Attack because why not?

21:51, Today: Aradhel rolled 9,3 using d12+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 7,1.  Attack - Left Hand.

21:51, Today: Aradhel rolled 12,5 using d12+3,d6+3, rerolling max with rolls of 9,2.  Attack - Right Hand.

With its parry lowered that's 2 hits with raises.

11 damage - 21:52, Today: Aradhel rolled 4,4,3 using d8+2,d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,4,3.  Damage - Strength with WA, Sword, Raise.

16 damage - 21:52, Today: Aradhel rolled 8,4,4 using d8+3,d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,4,4.  Damage - Strength with WA, Sword, Raise.

Also I forgot +1 Gang Up, but Jereth can remember it and take advantage.

Jereth
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Sat 9 Mar 2019
at 05:07
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth was slowed trying to get his sword free of the fallen ogre, but he felt the familiar rush of wind that was elven swordswoman charging into battle.  His sword came free in another instant and he turned on the last ogre as Aradhel launched in.  He side stepped, driving in from the side with another lunging strike...but in the frantic new melee he failed to land the blow...

Miss!  Parry still reduced though.

00:01, Today: Jereth rolled 2,2 using 1d10,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,2. Wild Vital Strike!

Silvijabella
 player, 121 posts
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Sun 10 Mar 2019
at 01:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella stands clear of the flashing blades of the warrior pair, alert for signs of additional adversaries or indications that the swordswoman and guardsman might not fell the beast.  Her stars were ready to be thrown at the creature should the need arise.

('Bella is on Hold, but ready to throw her blades should the Ogre withstand the onslaught of the others.  Otherwise, looking for a new target.)
The Runelord
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Tue 12 Mar 2019
at 11:10
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel's blades do their work and the ogre falls. The hallway is silent, piled with bodies of dead ogres and one brave lizard-man.

Combat over--for the moment. What do you do now?

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

Jereth
 player, 547 posts
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Tue 12 Mar 2019
at 17:51
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth, breathing hard, nodded a quick thanks to Aradhel.  His shield leading the way, he stepped carefully into the nearby room that the ogres so recently violently vacated.  It was unlikely that there was any more waiting in there....but you had to check these things.
Tanlis Half-elven
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Tue 12 Mar 2019
at 18:57
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Jereth (msg # 637):

"Is everyone ok?" Tanlis asked, getting out his medical herbalist kit. "Are there more on the way?" He looked at the body of his lizard man ally, and frowned. "We should make sure he rejoins the land..." He said morosely.
Aradhel
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Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 01:28
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"We tend the fallen once we're sure there are no more ogres in this structure, else he died in vain."  Aradhel replied.  "Let us check this way, then the other, then check the other levels, then spiral out from up top."
The Runelord
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Fri 15 Mar 2019
at 18:16
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Where do you go next?
Silvijabella
 player, 122 posts
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Fri 15 Mar 2019
at 22:38
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella looks the companions over to see if any respond negatively to Tanlis, nodding as she did so.  She would be hard-pressed to offer anything beyond her skill at herbalism.  The encounters thus far had taken their toll on her spiritually, if not physically and the energies she normally drew from were waning.

"I know not the customs of Koram's people, but agree we should ensure it is safe to give him a proper sending rather than a hasty one…." pausing a moment before adding another consideration, "… hopefully there are no practitioners of Necromancy about…" her voice trailing off.

She perks up a bit at the prospect of exploring further, curious as to what else lay within the halls.  "As much as I do not envy more bloodshed, I would like to know if there were any other survivors of the Ogres' occupation and indeed if any of the brutes yet lurk within the walls."
Aradhel
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Sat 16 Mar 2019
at 02:24
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Lacking a better idea, I propose we go to the most northwest part of this level and sweep through the hall checking all the rooms for ogres, then repeat on the floor above us?
Silvijabella
 player, 123 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Sat 16 Mar 2019
at 15:16
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Aradhel (msg # 642):

Sounds good to me.. finish sweeping this corner then back towards the library?
The Runelord
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Mon 18 Mar 2019
at 12:51
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth:
Jereth, breathing hard, nodded a quick thanks to Aradhel.  His shield leading the way, he stepped carefully into the nearby room that the ogres so recently violently vacated.  It was unlikely that there was any more waiting in there....but you had to check these things.


Jereth finds that nothing else stirs in what appears to be an armory.

Then the party begins sweeping the hall, beginning with the northwest. They find an empty guest's quarters western B20 as well as a former barracks. These once-well-appointed barracks are now filled with nothing but splintered bunks and tables. The ogres that probably occupied this room are not here--likely they are dead in the hallway.

Heading east, the party uncovers another guest's quarters Southeastern B20, and then find a mess hall. This ramshackle area is a mess of smashed tables, broken crockery, and rubble. no living thing stirs here. B25

Quick decision: do you open the western door in B25 or check the unopened door across the way first?
Aradhel
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Tue 19 Mar 2019
at 00:18
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel pointed at the closed door and nodded.  If there was trouble it would most likely be behind a closed door yes?
Jereth
 player, 549 posts
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Tue 19 Mar 2019
at 17:43
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth gave a nod, hefted his shield and returned his sword to the high guard.  Thusly he approached the door and stood ready for whatever might be hiding in there.  Hands full and lesson learned from the failed ramming before, the guardsman waited for someone to open said door...

Door across the way first I believe.
The Runelord
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Sat 23 Mar 2019
at 23:44
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth opens the door on the other side of the hall, which turns out to be an empty set of staff quarters.

Again, door inside B25 or another door? Move minis next to the door that you want to open.

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

Aradhel
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Sun 24 Mar 2019
at 00:12
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Since that room was clear, apparently, Aradhel nodded and pointed to the one across the way with the door and gestured at Jereth, using similar silent gestures as she had before when asking if he wanted point, wanted to give her point, or roshambo for it..

So yeah B25

This message was last edited by the player at 00:55, Wed 27 Mar 2019.

Jereth
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Sun 24 Mar 2019
at 04:34
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth gave a quick nod to the silent suggestion and moved to the door across the mess hall.  This time though, he decided to sling his shield back around to his back.  It freed a hand, but would force him to rely solely on the sword for his defense.  Well, the sword and everyone else here ready to fight.  When Aradhel and the others were ready, he pulled the door.

Move to open the door /inside/ B25. 

This message was last edited by the player at 08:26, Thu 28 Mar 2019.

Tanlis Half-elven
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Mon 25 Mar 2019
at 14:54
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis stands behind the front line fighters, being far more skilled than he in such matters. However, he stands ready to summon aid if more opposition arises to meet them.
Silvijabella
 player, 126 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Thu 28 Mar 2019
at 23:15
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella tarries a moment in the corridor, stealing a look up the northern stairs out of curiosity before quickly prancing through the doors to join the others.  The Gypsy clung close to the eastern wall and edged towards the northern wall to be out of the way of the combatants while hopefully maintaining line of sight to the western door and into the room beyond.
The Runelord
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Sat 30 Mar 2019
at 21:58
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth:
Jereth gave a quick nod to the silent suggestion and moved to the door across the mess hall.  This time though, he decided to sling his shield back around to his back.  It freed a hand, but would force him to rely solely on the sword for his defense.  Well, the sword and everyone else here ready to fight.  When Aradhel and the others were ready, he pulled the door.


This kitchen is in shambles, as if a cyclone had moved through the room, smashed every bit of furniture, bent every bit of silverware, and partially collapsed the stone fireplace. B26

Jereth then opens the next door inside the kitchen as well.  All that remains in this room is a half-smashed crate and an untouched barrel.B27

As Jereth moves into this pantry, Aradhel and Tanlis hear something moving to the north of them!

You have one round to react, aradhel and Tanlis. Bella and Jereth can't act unless you notify them what's going on, which will take an action.

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

Aradhel
 player, 819 posts
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Sun 31 Mar 2019
at 03:36
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel took a stand, ready to strike at whatever came from the north side of the hall.
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 227 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-4, W-0, PP-20/4
Sun 31 Mar 2019
at 19:35
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 652):

Tanlis moves into the room, so whatever was coming from the north would not see him. Of course, it would still see Aradhel...

ooc: I messed up the map. sorry.
The Runelord
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Tue 2 Apr 2019
at 20:22
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel, please roll attacks and damage.

Tanlis, that's your movement. What's your action? Full Defense?

Tanlis Half-elven
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Tue 2 Apr 2019
at 20:35
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 655):

OOC: Yes, because I don't know what's coming.
Aradhel
 player, 820 posts
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Tue 2 Apr 2019
at 21:02
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Okay, not completely sure how to narrate this so I'll just make the rolls.

16:00, Today: Aradhel rolled 8,4 using d12+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of 7,3.  Fighting - Right Hand.

13 damage if that hits- 16:01, Today: Aradhel rolled 7,6 using d8+1,d8, rerolling max with rolls of 6,6.  Damage - Right Hand.

16:00, Today: Aradhel rolled 5,3 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,3.  Fighting - Left Hand.

Probably not a hit but I'll roll anyway - 14 -
16:01, Today: Aradhel rolled 2,12 using d8,d8, rerolling max with rolls of 2,(8+4)12.  Possible left hand damage.

The Runelord
 GM, 1920 posts
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Wed 3 Apr 2019
at 22:00
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Out from the stairs squeezes easily the biggest ogre that the party has seen. Easily 14 feet tall, his arms are massive and his face hideous. He roars, "ELF! PAPPY JAAAGRATH KILL YOU NOW!" He steps forward and takes a blow in the gut from Aradhel that seems to annoy him more than hurt him. He is beside himself with rage that the elf dared to stand her ground against him!

Jereth and Bella are now aware of the presence of this new threat...

The latest ogre is a Wild Card, Jaagrath as he just told you. Aradhel hits him once and he is Shaken. (The "beside himself" is the special effect for the Shaken. :-))

17:58, Today: The Runelord drew the 5 cards: 8H, 4S, 4D, QC, 7C using a deck of 54 cards.  Aradhel, Jereth, Tanlis, Bella, Jaagrath.

Aradhel and Bella go before Jaagrath goes

Jaagrath P7 T12, no wounds, Shaken, 6 Bennies

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

Aradhel
 player, 821 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Thu 4 Apr 2019
at 00:45
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel let out a loud battle cry and then committed to the battle, keeping a neutral form for now.  This opponent would not be easy, and Aradhel was trying her best to find an opening in his defenses.

19:44, Today: Aradhel rolled 5,5 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,5.  Fighting - Left Hand.

19:43, Today: Aradhel rolled 6,2 using d12+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of 5,1.  Fighting - Right Hand.

Whiff whiff!

Silvijabella
 player, 133 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Tue 9 Apr 2019
at 21:59
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Seeking to assist Aradhel against Jaagrath, 'Bella whipped her stars towards the Ogre's eyes, hoping to catch him off-guard and if not blind him outright.

(My Intent here is a Trick (Agility?) to catch the Ogre off-guard and hopefully leave him vulnerable until his next turn, although that also banks on the hope that he can be attacked before then…

17:55, Today: Silvijabella rolled 9,3 using d6+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of (6+2)8,2.  Throwing for Trick Attempt.

Here's hoping it's Throwing based….   Either a 9 or 2 to resist…)

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:29, Tue 09 Apr 2019.

The Runelord
 GM, 1923 posts
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Tue 9 Apr 2019
at 23:31
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The ogre flinches as Bella's star ricochets near him as he gathers his wits.

The Trick works; the ogre has -2 to hit until end of his next turn.

He un-shakes.

Jereth and Tanlis are up!

Jaagrath P7 T12, no wounds, not Shaken, 6 Bennies

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

This message was last edited by the GM at 21:20, Fri 12 Apr 2019.

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 231 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-3, W-0, PP-20/2
Wed 10 Apr 2019
at 03:51
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 661):

Tanlis moves put into the hallway and summons the tree golem once more. His ally proceeds to smash the ogre in the back, causing him much grief...

Ooc:

Summons tree golem with a raise. Tree golem gets hardy, and takes one less PP.

Tree golem hits with an 18 and does 24 damage. On this target it works out to 3 wounds.

23:47, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 13,2,9 using 1d12+5,1d6,1d8, rerolling max with rolls of 8,2,(8+1)9.  Hit with raise and wild attack.

23:46, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 18 using 1d8+4, rerolling max with rolls of (8+6)14.  Wild attack with gang up mod and size of target. Tree golem.

23:43, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 8,2 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 8,2.  bennie re-roll.

23:43, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 3,1 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,1.  Summon ally behind ogre.

This message was last edited by the GM at 21:20, Fri 12 Apr 2019.

Jereth
 player, 552 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:1
Wed 10 Apr 2019
at 08:03
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth looked over the empty storeroom carefully...though it was pretty obvious there weren't any good places to hide an ogre.  Then the roaring and crashing sounded from the other room.  Turning, he bolted back through the kitchens to the hall.  The sight of the ogre barely gave him pause this time, even though it was a distinctly bigger one than most they had fought.  His arm slid back into his shield as he went, swinging the scarred and bashed face around again on this new foe.  His blade joined the others in the wild melee, though not to much effect.  He reset his footing and turned his blade to the high guard for the next strike...

Hack (+1 sword, +1 gangup, -2 Multi-action) - WHIFF

04:00, Today: Jereth rolled 2,3 using d10,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,3. Have at Thee!

The Runelord
 GM, 1925 posts
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Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 21:52
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The ogre takes the blow from the newly-summoned tree golem gamely; he rolls with it but still comes out looking like he's at least a bit hurt.

The ogre was un-shaken when hit by the golem; he successfully soaked 2 wounds of a possible 3, leaving him with 1 wound and shaken.

Next round: Jereth, Tanlis and Bella get to go before Jaagrath does!!

Jaagrath P7 T12, 1 wound, Shaken, 3 Bennies

17:24, Today: The Runelord drew the 5 cards: 9H, KH, JH, QC, 10H using a deck of 54 cards.  Aradhel, Jereth, Tanlis, Bella, Jaagrath.

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

Jereth
 player, 554 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:1
Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 22:20
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

When fighting horrible ogre fiends, it was best not to let up.  As the big villain turned to his attention to the attacking golem, Jereth dove in with his sword raised high.  He brought it down across Jaagrath's side in a vicious downward strike.  The Wrath Cut.  Powerful, but potentially overbalancing....

Wild Strike - To Hit 16, Damage (with Raise) 25.

Parry reduced by 2!

18:14, Today: Jereth rolled 25 using 2d8+3+1d6, rerolling max with rolls of (8+6)14,3,5.  Wild Slash Damage!

18:13, Today: Jereth rolled 16,10 using d10+5,d6+5, rerolling max with rolls of (10+1)11,5.  Wild Slash!

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 232 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-3, W-0, PP-20/2
Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 22:43
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Jereth (msg # 665):

The tree golem strikes another devastating blow on its large foe...

ooc: thought I got a raise, but did not.

Total damage=30

4 wounds, 5 if he was already shaken.

18:39, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 23,1,7 using 1d12+5,1d6,1d8, rerolling max with rolls of (12+6)18,1,7.  Damage .

18:38, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 10 using 1d8+5, rerolling max with rolls of 5.  Tree golem strike on Ogre, wild attack, gang up mod, size mod.

The Runelord
 GM, 1926 posts
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Sat 13 Apr 2019
at 00:16
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The pair of Jereth and the tree-golem quickly and effectively slay the "pappy-ogre," who falls with an incredulous scream.

This leaves the party free to investigate further. To the north, they find a store-room. B2s Crates, barrels, and a stack of firewood have been smashed apart and heaped in a tangled pile in the corner of this room. A flight of stairs leads down to the west.

To the east, they find a library. B21 A long table with benches to either side sits in this room opposite a bookshelf filled with dozens of books, most of which have been torn from the shelves, mangled, and then messily stuffed back in place.

The room to the west is horrifying. B23 Once used to house the wounded and sick, this chamber is now a slice of some blood-drenched nightmare. Hacked pieces of bodies litter the sick beds. The floor is slick with gore, strewn with mangled organs and heaps of entrails. A dead fat man sits at one of the operating tables, arranged as if he were merrily spooning chunks of his own disembodied organs out of a brown bowl. His guts spill out of a large gaping slash in his midsection.

This leaves the main floor cleared. All that remains are stairs.

Stairs up or stairs down?

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

Aradhel
 player, 823 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Sun 14 Apr 2019
at 22:08
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Do you think they tunneled in?"  Aradhel asked the others.
Jereth
 player, 555 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:1
Mon 15 Apr 2019
at 06:35
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth slung his blade to the side, wiping it off on....something relatively clean in this hall...  Once clean, he joined the search with the others and all the ghastly sights that went along with that.  Back in the hallway, he attempted, yet again today, to not throw up.  In answer to the question, he shrugged faintly, "I've no idea...   I would suggest searching the upper floor while leaving some to ward the lower stair.  Should we go below, we could become trapped more easily if there are any above."
Silvijabella
 player, 135 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Tue 16 Apr 2019
at 00:00
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella looked in shock for a moment, then her hand covered her mouth as she turned away as her gut wrenched and she made her way quickly back into the hallway and against the opposite wall.    The Elf was for once grateful that she hadn't eaten much earlier as the discomfort of hunger gave way to dry heaves at the sight of the infirmary's contents.

She was only vaguely aware of the conversation, but gave a brief nod at the suggestion of exiting up the stair, if only for the peace of mind that doing so would put the nightmarish scene behind them.  At the moment she could not form words for any other response.
Aradhel
 player, 824 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Tue 16 Apr 2019
at 01:07
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel made one quick check.  If the basement opened up to something larger below, it would stand to reason the occupants would install a bar, portcullis, or lockable door to the passage leading down.  Was such a fortification present?  If so, she would at least insist they activate it before leaving.

If not, she was content to nod and head up.
The Runelord
 GM, 1928 posts
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Tue 16 Apr 2019
at 12:41
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Two things work in favor of the party's thinking. First, Aradhel does, in fact, find a bar nearby that fits nicely over the basement door. Secondly, Archimedes comes in with the the members of the Black fist and Shalelu. They offer to watch this door while the four others--Aradhel, Bella, Jereth and Tanlis--head upstairs.

Any disagreement?
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 233 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-3, W-0, PP-20/2
Tue 16 Apr 2019
at 19:29
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 672):

Tanlis agrees with the plan, however, he is still concerned. The ogres just keep coming-and sooner or later his energies would be used up maintaining the Tree Golems. "We may need to rest soon...I know I will." He points out.
Aradhel
 player, 825 posts
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 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Wed 17 Apr 2019
at 00:06
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel agreed and offered her thoughts.  "This does not favor us.  But I see no choice.  If the others will hold down here, I see no reason we should not go above.  Perhaps if we can go above and secure this place, we can then try below at our leisure since that door can be fortified to at least an extent."
Jereth
 player, 556 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:1
Wed 17 Apr 2019
at 08:39
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth, looking more than a little haggard at this point as well, agrees, "Clear the upper floor and then we might be able to rest."  Taking a long breath, he steadies himself and heads for the stairway up.  No sense waiting around.
Aradhel
 player, 826 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Thu 18 Apr 2019
at 00:56
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
And so they were off.
Silvijabella
 player, 136 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Thu 18 Apr 2019
at 21:48
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Silvijabella followed the others up the stair, hopeful the horror of the visage would pass or fade before they settled in, otherwise a rest would not come easily.
The Runelord
 GM, 1929 posts
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Sat 20 Apr 2019
at 19:02
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The party moves cautiously upstairs, where they find an empty hallway with a bunch of closed doors. There is no sound on  this floor that the party can hear--yet....

Which door first?

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

Silvijabella
 player, 138 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Sat 20 Apr 2019
at 20:02
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Bella points to the double doors to the west and nods to Aradhel and Jereth.
Aradhel
 player, 827 posts
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Sat 20 Apr 2019
at 23:58
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
That seemed as good as anything.  Aradhel had the light step, so she quietly approached the door and listened.

This message was last edited by the GM at 14:14, Tue 23 Apr 2019.

Jereth
 player, 557 posts
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Sun 21 Apr 2019
at 04:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth nodded in quiet agreement, heading for the first set of doors with his sword ready.  As much as he hoped swordwork was done, he knew deep down that it wasn't.  These monsters no doubt had more horrors to reveal before they were cleansed from this place. He took up a position ready to open the doors once Aradhel signaled her readiness for him to do so...
The Runelord
 GM, 1931 posts
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 must be solved...
Tue 23 Apr 2019
at 14:17
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The door is silent and the door opens easily. The walls within this enormous chamber are mounted with dozens of trophy antlers, some taken from stags that must have stood as tall as dire bears. Most of the antlers are draped with bits of rotten flesh, strips of skin, or coils of viscera. To the west, a marble altar has been heaped with the mangled remains of at least a half-dozen dead men and women. A crude image of what might be a three-eyed jackal has been painted in blood on the wall above the altar’s alcove. This was once a chapel to Erastil, but has clearly been defiled.

What do you do?

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

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 234 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-3, W-0, PP-20/2
Tue 23 Apr 2019
at 15:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis moves behind Aradhel, shaking his head at the horrifying sight. "The ogres have much to answer for..." He said, gripping his staff tightly.
Silvijabella
 player, 139 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Tue 23 Apr 2019
at 22:53
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella steeled herself long enough to take in the room's contents, her gaze lingering only long enough to take in the scene before nodding in agreement with Tanlis.

"Were it not for the slimmest hope of finding survivors hiding within these walls, I would be tempted to cleanse the keep with fire and suggest starting anew.  Someone will have to remove the remains and perform last rites to keep these souls at rest."  Her voice had lost its usual melody, a solemnness to it that seemed alien coming from the gaily garbed and normally enthusiastic gypsy.
Aradhel
 player, 828 posts
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 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Wed 24 Apr 2019
at 00:30
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel couldn't hide her disgust.

"Yes, that can wait a bit longer.  There is nothing we can do here for now.  We should get the next set of doors down the hall."
Jereth
 player, 558 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:1
Wed 24 Apr 2019
at 01:00
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth was becoming numb to it all at this point.  A guardsman trick.  Set it aside for now.  Except the anger.  Keep that.  Use that.  Which might make him seem increasingly colder.  About this disgraced temple, he offered little.  He performed a quick visual check...though it was obvious no ogres were hiding there.  But, after ensuring due diligence, Jereth moved on to the the next set of double doors on the left side.
The Runelord
 GM, 1932 posts
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Wed 24 Apr 2019
at 02:00
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
What do you do next?
Jereth
 player, 559 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:1
Wed 24 Apr 2019
at 02:27
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Check the next set of doubledoors.  On the left?
Aradhel
 player, 829 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
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
 player, 140 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Fri 26 Apr 2019
at 09:26
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'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
 GM, 1934 posts
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Fri 26 Apr 2019
at 16:31
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
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
 player, 830 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Sat 27 Apr 2019
at 01:04
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
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
 player, 142 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
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
 player, 235 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-3, W-0, PP-20/2
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
 player, 561 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:1
Tue 30 Apr 2019
at 02:28
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

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
 GM, 1935 posts
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Tue 30 Apr 2019
at 11:29
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
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
 player, 236 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-3, W-0, PP-20/2
Tue 30 Apr 2019
at 15:20
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
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
 player, 144 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Tue 30 Apr 2019
at 23:10
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'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
 player, 831 posts
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 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Wed 1 May 2019
at 01:14
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"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
 player, 145 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Wed 1 May 2019
at 09:58
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella nodded at Aradhel's plan.

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:24, Mon 06 May 2019.

The Runelord
 GM, 1938 posts
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Mon 6 May 2019
at 23:27
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
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
 player, 146 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
Tue 7 May 2019
at 00:05
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
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
 player, 832 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Tue 7 May 2019
at 01:35
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
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
 player, 562 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:1
Tue 7 May 2019
at 08:15
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

04:14, Today: Jereth rolled 4,3 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,3. Human Notice!
The Runelord
 GM, 1939 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Tue 7 May 2019
at 17:18
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
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?

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

Jereth
 player, 563 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:1
Wed 8 May 2019
at 08:34
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

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
 player, 833 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Wed 8 May 2019
at 23:57
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
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
 player, 237 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-3, W-0, PP-20/2
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
 player, 147 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B4
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
 GM, 1940 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Fri 10 May 2019
at 13:14
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
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

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

Aradhel
 player, 834 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Fri 10 May 2019
at 16:34
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
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.

Silvijabella
 player, 148 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B3
Sat 11 May 2019
at 03:39
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Without stopping to think, 'Bella tapped her  inner reserves and moved into the room with a light, prancing step and  leapt up onto one of the remaining pieces of furniture that could hold her.  She moved in a  pirouette that sent the layers of her multi-hued skirts flashing as she cast Confusion upon both Ogres, hoping to bide the warriors some time.

(Spend Benny for 3 power points, used 2 on spell.   23:32, Today: Silvijabella rolled 1,1 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,1.  Perfornance - castng Confusion on 2 targets.
Because of course snake-eyes.  I couldn't recall if we were using Critical Failures or not… so presuming not & spending a Benny to re-roll.  If we're using Critical Failure, then I think that's Shaken and no spell instead?  I see her misjudging the sturdiness of the piece of furniture she leapt upon and taking a tumble as it collapses, ruining the spell.

Otherwise see below.

23:37, Today: Silvijabella rolled 4,4 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,4.  Bennied - Performance roll for Confusion spell.   So both Ogres make Smarts Roll -2 or be Shaken.)

This message was last edited by the player at 03:56, Sat 11 May 2019.

The Runelord
 GM, 1942 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Wed 15 May 2019
at 12:25
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The steel-jawed ogre blinks as Aradhel's blade dances across his skin without harming him. He then laughs. He is so distracted by this that he seems to either not notice or disregard 'Bella's performance.

The female, Dorella, gapes at 'Bella's peformance. "Pretty!" she booms.

Dorella is Shaken by 'Bella's Confusion. Hookmaw is not.

Hookmaw attacks Aradhel and misses.

Jereth and Tanlis are up! Remember, don't post your turn unless I call your name specifically.

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

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

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 238 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-2, W-0, PP-20/2
Wed 15 May 2019
at 20:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 713):

Tanlis summons the Tree Golem once more, but the metal-jawed ogre steps to the side even as the large wooden limbs attempt to strike the Ogre from behind.

16:47, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 5 using 1d8+4, rerolling max with rolls of 1. Tree golem strike on Hookmaw, wild attack, gang up mod, size mod.

16:45, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 2,5 using d10,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,5. Summon ally tree golem.

Jereth
 player, 564 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:1
Fri 17 May 2019
at 07:52
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth followed in on the heels of Aradhel and Sil.  His bright shield lead the way for a moment, then slid to the side as he whipped his longsword up from low to high.  He threw his whole body into it; having learned the hard way that fighting ogres involved a lot of offense....and luck...

To Hit - 9, 15 Damage

Parry reduced to 6

03:45, Today: Jereth rolled 15 using 2d8+3, rerolling max with rolls of 5,7.  Damage.
03:44, Today: Jereth rolled 7,8 using 1d10+4,d6+4, rerolling max with rolls of 3,4.  Wild Charging Slash vs. Hookmaw.

The Runelord
 GM, 1943 posts
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Fri 17 May 2019
at 19:24
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth's blow skids off of the metal-jawed ogre's thick hide in a turn of luck for the fat giant-kind. Hookmaw roars in anger.

This roar seems to restore the female's attention. "RAAAAAAARRRRR," she bellows as she spews green magic from her hands, washing over the party!!

Hookmaw spends a Benny to Soak and successfully soaks the one Wound that Jereth would have given him; he is also not Shaken because he soaked the wound.

Dorella spends a Benny to un-Shake and then spends a Benny to successfully cast Confusion.

Aradhel, Jereth, 'Bella, Tanlis and Tanlis' golem all need to make Smarts checks at -2 or be Shaken!!

DO NOT, repeat, DO NOT take your turn yet.

NPC Status:
Hookmaw  Parry: 7 Toughness: 11 (1) Wounds: none  Bennies: 2
Dorella  SHAKEN, Parry: 6 Toughness: 13 (3) Wounds: none Power Points: 5 used, Bennies: 1

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

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:25, Fri 17 May 2019.

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 239 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-2, W-0, PP-20/2
Fri 17 May 2019
at 19:55
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 716):

OOC:
15:55, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 5,1 using d8-2,d6-2, rerolling max with rolls of 7,3.  Tanlis rolling smarts not to be shaken.

15:54, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 1 using 1d4-2, rerolling max with rolls of 3.  Tree Golem rolling smarts to not be shaken.

Aradhel
 player, 835 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Fri 17 May 2019
at 21:17
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
16:16, Today: Aradhel rolled 0,1 using d6-2,d6-2, rerolling max with rolls of 2,3.  Smarts.

Nope.  Aradhel will spend a benny to immediately unshake if successfully attacked however.

Silvijabella
 player, 149 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B2
Sat 18 May 2019
at 13:34
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
(09:30, Today: Silvijabella rolled 21,0 using d6-2,d6-2, rerolling max with rolls of (6+6+6+5)23,2.  Smarts roll vs Confusion.  Success +4 Raises!!  (It's times like this I kinda wished SW had that 'Immune to this Effect for rest of encounter' rule... but baddies roll high too...))
Jereth
 player, 565 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:1
Sun 19 May 2019
at 02:07
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
22:06, Today: Jereth rolled 0,7 using d4-2,d6-2, rerolling max with rolls of 2,(6+3)9. Smarts!
The Runelord
 GM, 1944 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Sun 19 May 2019
at 15:05
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella, describe how you use your dancing to give Aradhel a chance to shake off the magic.

Aradhel, you get a free re-roll of your Smarts check due to 'Bella's uber-Ace.

Silvijabella
 player, 150 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B2
Mon 20 May 2019
at 13:06
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella recognized the wave of green energies sent by the Ogress, not from direct experience, but she had seen it's effects and knew the demoralizing impact it could have on foes.  This insight proved instrumental in her resisting the effects, and she thought of a performance  that might steel her comrades as well.

Her movements changed suddenly, from quick and fluid to powerful, energetic steps and sharp movement of limbs and blades.  The shuffle-stomp of her bare feet on the table accompanied by the solid staccato of her bangles began to resemble the sound of light mail.

She brought her blades together in a spinning motion and as they passed, the grazing steel on steel emulated the rhythm of the Elven blade dancers.  She focused on her movements, the sounds created more than the graceful flash of the silks.

To one with eyes closed, the lone Gypsy would almost sound as a small squad of the warriors as they battled across a field, awakening the inspiration of such a vision within those hearing.
Aradhel
 player, 836 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Mon 20 May 2019
at 18:10
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
13:03, Today: Aradhel rolled 8,1 using d6-2,d6-2, rerolling max with rolls of (6+4)10,3.  Try Smarts Again.

That took Aradhel back, to see another elf going through the motions.  It was like being in the training yard again.  Before you even touch a sword, you learn the steps, stances and angles.  The warrior is the weapon, the blade is the tool.

Each pose, each position, had a name, though they sounded better in elvish.  The panther leaps.  Firefly alights upon the blossom.  The viper strikes. So too did this one.

"<Elven>Turtle carries crane on its back!</Elven>"  Fortunately, it was a neutral, defensive position meant to be used in formations.
The Runelord
 GM, 1945 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Tue 21 May 2019
at 18:19
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The party proves resistant to Dorella's green magic, to her visible frustration!

That brings up a new round. Tanlis and his Shaken golem go before the ogres--Tanlis, your moves!

NPC Status:
Tree Golem Shaken
Hookmaw  Parry: 7 Toughness: 11 (1) Wounds: none  Bennies: 2
Dorella  Parry: 6 Toughness: 13 (3) Wounds: none Power Points: 5 used, Bennies: 1

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

This message was last edited by the GM at 21:23, Tue 21 May 2019.

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 240 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-2, W-0, PP-20/2
Tue 21 May 2019
at 18:46
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 724):

The tree golem is still bound by the other ogres spell, but Tanlis causes a flare of light to HookJaw's eyes to spring up....

(ooc-14:44, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 3,4 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,4.  Elemental manipulation to trick HookJaw. Can be resisted as a normal trick attempt.

14:43, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 1 using 1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1.  Tree golem tries to unshake.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:46, Tue 21 May 2019.

The Runelord
 GM, 1946 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Tue 21 May 2019
at 21:25
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Hookmaw blinks in time to ignore the flash of light and roars his protest.

Dorella, clearly a stubborn gal, tries again to spray the party with green light!!

Hookmaw makes his Smarts check to see through the Trick.

Dorella casts her spell again--all the PCs need to make a Smarts check at -2 or be Shaken!!

NPC Status:
Tree Golem Shaken
Hookmaw  Parry: 7 Toughness: 11 (1) Wounds: none  Bennies: 2
Dorella  Parry: 6 Toughness: 13 (3) Wounds: none Power Points: 10 used, Bennies: 1

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

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 241 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-2, W-0, PP-20/1
Tue 21 May 2019
at 21:33
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 726):

ooc-17:32, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 21,10 using D8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of (8+8+5)21,(6+4)10.  Tanlis smart's check.

Pretty sure Tree Golem can't be re-shaken as it is still shaken.

Aradhel
 player, 837 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Tue 21 May 2019
at 21:45
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
16:44, Today: Aradhel rolled 2,0 using d6-2,d6-2, rerolling max with rolls of 4,2.  Smarts.  =P
Silvijabella
 player, 151 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B2
Tue 21 May 2019
at 21:55
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
(17:54, Today: Silvijabella rolled 5,2 using d6-2,d6-2, rerolling max with rolls of (6+1)7,4.)
Jereth
 player, 566 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:1
Thu 23 May 2019
at 08:28
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
04:27, Today: Jereth rolled -1,1 using d4-2,d6-2, rerolling max with rolls of 1,3. Smarties.
The Runelord
 GM, 1947 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Fri 24 May 2019
at 19:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis, you can grant a free re-roll to either Jereth or Aradhel with your uber-Ace. Decide who and describe how Tanlis helps that person get a second chance.
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 242 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-2, W-0, PP-20/1
Fri 24 May 2019
at 20:12
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 731):

Tanlis speaks in elvish, in a low chant. Any who know it can feel the magic of the woodlands flow through them. As a result, Aradhel breaks free of the Ogre mages spell...

(OOC-Aradhel is unshaken!)
Aradhel
 player, 838 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Fri 24 May 2019
at 20:18
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
15:17, Today: Aradhel rolled 0,9 using d6-2,d6-2, rerolling max with rolls of 2,(6+5)11.  Reroll Smarts.

Aradhel was beginning to tire of these foul magics!
The Runelord
 GM, 1948 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Fri 24 May 2019
at 20:28
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Next in initiative order is our Shaken friend, Jereth. What do you do, Jereth?
Jereth
 player, 567 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:1
Sat 25 May 2019
at 03:47
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth blinked at the new wash of magical energies clouding through his mind.  He focused...tried to clear it away...  Push it back.  Focus.

Unshake - 6

23:46, Today: Jereth rolled 6,4 using d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 6,4.  UnShake!

The Runelord
 GM, 1949 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Tue 28 May 2019
at 17:01
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The hook-jawed ogre roars and swings a massive hook in his hand at the pair of foes in front of him. In his zeal to hit them both, he hits neither!!

Hookmaw does a Sweep, but misses both Jereth and Aradhel. Saves his Bennies for later for now.

Bella and Aradhel are up!

NPC Status:
Tree Golem Shaken
Hookmaw  Parry: 7 Toughness: 11 (1) Wounds: none  Bennies: 2
Dorella  Parry: 6 Toughness: 13 (3) Wounds: none Power Points: 10 used, Bennies: 1

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

Silvijabella
 player, 153 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B2
Wed 29 May 2019
at 21:50
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella winked at the magic-wielding Ogress and began an energetic performance, pulling energies from deep within to power another rhythmic cacophony to distract and enthrall the oversized pair of ruffians.

(Spend a Benny  [1 left!] to gain 3 PP and use 2 on Confusion spell, leaving her with 2 PP.
17:46, Today: Silvijabella rolled 5,4 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,4.  Attempting 'Confusion' - 2
 targets.
Not a Raise, but maybe we'll get lucky.  Smarts -2 for both Ogres)

The Runelord
 GM, 1952 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Wed 5 Jun 2019
at 02:42
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Dorella starts smiling stupidly and swaying again as 'Bella begins her happy dance. Hookjaw just roars, annoyed.

Dorella fails her Smarts check; Hookjaw makes his with a Raise. Dorella is Shaken.

Aradhel is up!

NPC Status:
Tree Golem Shaken
Hookmaw  Parry: 7 Toughness: 11 (1) Wounds: none  Bennies: 2
Dorella  SHAKEN, Parry: 6 Toughness: 13 (3) Wounds: none Power Points: 10 used, Bennies: 1

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

Aradhel
 player, 841 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 4
Wed 5 Jun 2019
at 23:24
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel cursed the giant's ability to recover.  This wasn't working.  She needed an opening.

Then she saw one.  The ogre had overextended his swing, trying to cut through Jereth's potent defenses with raw power.  It wasn't much of an opening, but he left the joints of his arm open for an opportunistic slash.

Or two, if one was so inclined to battle with both hands as she was.

18:18, Today: Aradhel rolled 5,6 using d12+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of 4,5.  Fighting - Right Hand.

Nope - Oh but wait, I forgot, Jereth is another +1 because of Gang Up Bonus, so that's a 7, that's a hit!

18:19, Today: Aradhel rolled 20,3 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of (12+8)20,3.  Fighting - Left Hand.  Hit with a Raise!

11 damage - Yeah Baby Woo!  18:21, Today: Aradhel rolled 4,7 using d8+1,d8, rerolling max with rolls of 3,7.  Damage - Right Hand.

14 damage - Woohoo yeah I'll take it - 18:22, Today: Aradhel rolled 2,5,7 using d8,d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,5,(6+1)7.  Damage - Left Hand.

Won't kill him but he'll have to deal with it!

The Runelord
 GM, 1953 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Thu 6 Jun 2019
at 17:27
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Hookmaw takes the blows from Aradhel's blade but rolls with them, leaving only beads of bloody mark on his thick hide.

Hookmaw spends a Benny and Soaks, which leaves him un-Shaken as well.

New round! Aradhel gets the BLACK JOKER, giving her +2 to all rolls (including Damage rolls) and she can go first if she wants.

Aradhel is up!

10:26, Today: The Runelord drew the 6 cards: BJ!, 2C, 3C, 5H, 8C, AD using a deck of 54 cards.  Aradhel, Bella, Jereth, Tanlis, Dorella, Hookmaw.

NPC Status:
Tree Golem Shaken
Hookmaw  Parry: 7 Toughness: 11 (1) Wounds: none  Bennies: 1
Dorella Parry: 6 Toughness: 13 (3) Wounds: none Power Points: 10 used, Bennies: 1

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

Aradhel
 player, 842 posts
 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Thu 6 Jun 2019
at 22:22
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Sometimes in the midst of a fight, an opponent would make a mistake unwittingly, and a wary and alert warrior could capitalize on it.  The ogre had shifted to roll with her thrusts, but unwittingly he turned himself while doing so.

She turned her swords into the less defensible but more powerful reverse grip.  With a loud guttural cry Aradhel leapt up onto her opponent, burying each blade into his body like a pair of climbing axes until she reached his neck, which she cut into savagely.

Right Hand
+1 to hit from the sword
+1 to hit from Gang Up with Jereth
+2 to hit from Wild Attack
+2 to hit from the Joker
-4 to hit from the called shot to head/vitals

Total modifiers +2

17:12, Today: Aradhel rolled 11,7 using d12+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of 9,5.  Fighting - Right Hand, WA, Gang Up, Joker, Called Shot.

Hit with a Raise

d8 Strength
d8+1 Sword
d6 Raise
+2 Wild Attack Damage
+2 Joker Damage
+4 Called shot to head/vitals damage
2d8+9+d6 damage

22 damage - 17:14, Today: Aradhel rolled 19,3 using 2d8+9,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,6,3.  Damage - Strength with WA, Sword, Raise, Called Shot.

Left Hand
Right Hand
+1 to hit from Gang Up with Jereth
+2 to hit from Wild Attack
+2 to hit from the Joker
-4 to hit from the called shot to head/vitals

Total modifiers +1

17:16, Today: Aradhel rolled 2,4 using d12+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of 1,3.  Fighting - Left Hand, WA, Gang Up, Joker, Called Shot.

Benny!

17:16, Today: Aradhel rolled 11,8 using d12+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of 10,(6+1)7.  benny.

Hit with a Raise

d8 Strength
d8 Sword
d6 Raise
+2 Wild Attack Damage
+2 Joker Damage
+4 Called shot to head/vitals damage
2d8+8+d6 damage

20 damage - 17:18, Today: Aradhel rolled 18,2 using 2d8+8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,5,2.  Damage - Strength with WA, Sword, Raise, Called Shot.

The Runelord
 GM, 1954 posts
 Mysteries
 must be solved...
Fri 7 Jun 2019
at 00:10
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel's vicious blows actually draw blood from the resilient ogre; he staggers back in pain!!

Meanwhile, Dorella manages to shake off her fascination with the dancing 'Bella, but not in time to do anything.

Hookmaw Soaks the first hit from Aradhel, soaking both wounds with a Raise. That burns his last Benny, though; he takes the full brunt of the second hit, taking 2 Wounds. On his turn, which is next, he fails to un-Shake.

Dorella, who is next, successfully un-Shakes.

Jereth, 'Bella and Tanlis are up!

NPC Status:
Tree Golem Shaken
Hookmaw  Shaken, Parry: 7 Toughness: 11 (1) Wounds: 2  Bennies: 1
Dorella Parry: 6 Toughness: 13 (3) Wounds: none Power Points: 10 used, Bennies: 1

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

Jereth
 player, 568 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:1
Fri 7 Jun 2019
at 02:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth kept his shield up, trying to keep moving and deflecting the powerful swings of the big ogre.  Even a glancing hit had sent him reeling back, but the guardsman stayed his ground.  He felt like a hound trying to bring down a bear.  Keep darting in...keep stinging....  And have a pack.  The ogre reeled up from Aradhel's mountaineering assault and Jereth charged in low.  Knees bent, he set his body behind the swordpoint and drove the point up into the ogre's gut with his whole body...

Wild Attack on Hookmaw - 8 to Hit (+1 Gangup, +1 Sword, +2 Wild), 22 Damage

-2 Parry

22:42, Today: Jereth rolled 22 using 2d8+3, rerolling max with rolls of (8+7)15,4.  Wild Longsword Damage on Hookmaw!
22:41, Today: Jereth rolled 8,8 using d10+4,d6+4, rerolling max with rolls of 4,4.  Wild Longsword on Hookmaw!

Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 243 posts
 P-4(5), T-6(7)
 B-1, W-0, PP-20/3
Fri 7 Jun 2019
at 14:55
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis sends flashing sparks into Dorella's eyes, while the tree golem rouses from its stupor.

OOC: Tanlis tries to cast a spell on Dorella, trying to trick her.

10:52, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 7,3 using 1d10,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 7,3.  Tanlis casting elemental manipulation(trick) on Dorella.

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:01, Fri 07 June 2019.

Silvijabella
 player, 154 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B1
Fri 7 Jun 2019
at 17:40
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Silvijabella elected to see what became of Tanlis' attempt to bedazzle the Ogress before committing to an action, give how drained she was at the moment and the likelihood that someone would need wounds tended after the battle.  The Elf maid continued a lively dance with blades drawn and watched for an opportunity to distract or interrupt the creature should the need arise.

(Going on Hold, as about out of Bennies and Power and not sure I can penetrate Dorella's physical defenses.  I'll go ahead and make the Agility check to Interrupt just in case.
13:38, Today: Silvijabella rolled 1,4 using d8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 1,4.  Potential interrupting action if needed (Dorella) Agility roll.  So TN is a 4 to keep from being interrupted if needed.)

The Runelord
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Fri 7 Jun 2019
at 19:07
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The sheer force of Jereth's blow lifts the massive oger ever-so-slightly from the ground. The metal jaw on the ogre goes listless and, as Jereth pulls out his blade, he kicks at the ogre's body, sending it flying backward into a wall where the metal-jawed monstrosity falls.

Dorella screams once at the death of her companion, but then screams again when fire burns her eyes for a moment! She shakes her head, clearing it quickly an lets out a blood-curdling scream!!

Hookmaw is dead. Dorella fails the Smarts check and is Shaken. She wins initiative this next round and un-Shakes.

'Bella is on Hold and can act at any time. Aradhel, Jereth and Tanlis are also all up.

NPC Status:
Dorella Parry: 6 Toughness: 13 (3) Wounds: none Power Points: 10 used, Bennies: 1

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

Silvijabella
 player, 156 posts
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Fri 7 Jun 2019
at 20:01
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Hoping to give the more capable fighters an opening in melee, 'Bella let loose with one of her stars, bouncing it off the curved wall behind the Ogress in an attempt to strike her flank, or at least get her watching the spinning blade in flight rather than those standing by her slain companion.

(Throwing for Smarts Trick to distract?
15:46, Today: Silvijabella rolled 5,6 using d6+1,d6+1, rerolling max with rolls of 4,5.  Throwing vs Smarts Trick.  6 total, presuming the blade is ricocheting back past Dorella?)

Jereth
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Mon 10 Jun 2019
at 16:35
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth recovered his footing after kicking himself away from the falling ogre.  His sword dragged free as he went.  Whipping it once around to reset it to the high guard, he turned to charge at the spellcasting ogress.  The longsword swept down and back up in a wide slashing arc...

Wild Attack - 23 to Hit, 17 Damage

Parry remains reduced to 6

12:30, Today: Jereth rolled 17 using 2d8+3+d6, rerolling max with rolls of 4,3,(6+1)7.  Damage!
12:30, Today: Jereth rolled 23,4 using d10+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of (10+10+1)21,2.  Charge Dorella!

Aradhel
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Tue 11 Jun 2019
at 00:32
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"<Well done!>"  Aradhel cried out in Elven, not realizing she was in the wrong language.  Jereth's stroke was masterful, the ogre could either try to concentrate on defense and possibly survive (not guaranteed from a blow like that), or it could leave its flanks completely unprotected.

She reversed to the front grip and ran.  She did not try her mountaineering here, she simply lunged, almost jumping.  Cutting the neck arteries seemed to work well, though it left you in an awkward stance.  But they had the monster on the ropes, now was the time to press.

Moved mini - accidentally scooted Jereth a wee bit, but I put him back =D

+1 Gang Up
+2 Wild Attack
+1 from the Sword
-4 Called Shot (Vitals)

Nets to zero

19:23, Today: Aradhel rolled 7,1 using d12,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 7,1.  Fighting - Right Hand, WA, Gang Up, Called Shot.

That's a hit!

d8+1 sword
d8 Strength
+2 Wild Attack
+4 Called Shot
d8+7,d8 damage total

18 damage - 19:25, Today: Aradhel rolled 14,4 using d8+7,d8, rerolling max with rolls of 7,4.  Damage - Right Hand.

Left Hand

+1 Gang Up
+2 Wild Attack
-4 Called Shot (Vitals)

Nets to -1 penalty - slight edit - roll was correct my post was not this is at a -1

19:26, Today: Aradhel rolled 9,2 using d12-1,d6-1, rerolling max with rolls of 10,3.  Fighting - Left Hand.

That's a hit!

d8 sword
d8 Strength
+2 Wild Attack
+4 Called Shot
d8+6,d8 damage total

14 damage - 19:26, Today: Aradhel rolled 10,4 using d8+6,d8, rerolling max with rolls of 4,4.  Damage - Left Hand.

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Tanlis Half-elven
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Tue 11 Jun 2019
at 14:18
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 746):

Tanlis moves in, not really very threatening with his staff. However, his tree golem lumbers over and tries to bash the remaining ogre who is now badly outnumbered...

(OOC: Tanlis moves in and goes on full defense. Tree golem moves in and attacks, getting more of a gang up mod on its wild attack. Damage 33.

10:16, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 12,14,7 using 1d12+5,1d6,1d8, rerolling max with rolls of 7,(6+6+2)14,7.  Wild attack damage plus raise.

10:15, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 13 using 1d8+6, rerolling max with rolls of 7.  Tree golem attack, wild attack plus size mod and gang up mod.)

The Runelord
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Tue 11 Jun 2019
at 20:31
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Dorella is about to shout something at the party when she is startled by 'Bella's trick throw. This distracts her for the critical moment that the party requires. She manages to dodge Jereth's potent blow but then seems to fall right into Aradhel's deadly blows and the massive hit from the tree golem. Bloody and smashed, Dorella dies!

The party is able to gain another moment of respite.

What do you do?

Also, give me Notice checks.

Tanlis Half-elven
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Tue 11 Jun 2019
at 20:44
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 751):

(OOC-
16:43, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 2,1 using 1d6,1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,1.  Notice with low light vision.)

Silvijabella
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Tue 11 Jun 2019
at 20:57
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Silvijabella deftly retrieved her thrown star on it's return and the determined look on her face faded to one of relief as the Ogress fell before another spell could be canted.  She took stock of those around her to see who might need attention, careful not to drop her awareness of her surroundings in the process.

(16:52, Today: Silvijabella rolled 5,2 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,2.  Notice  (Low Light).
Aradhel
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Tue 11 Jun 2019
at 22:04
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel took a breath, but she was sticking to the plan.  The plan had been simple, all the way up, killing all the way, then all the way down and out, the hope being nothing would ever be at their backs.

Still, she checked quickly for any reason these particular ogres were in here, of all places.  She clapped Jereth on the back, that last attack had set the ogres up for defeat handedly.

17:03, Today: Aradhel rolled 3,2 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,2.  Notice.

DERP

Jereth
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Thu 13 Jun 2019
at 18:05
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth was, momentarily, surprised by the clap on the back.  He gave a quick nod and a lop-sided grin, "You as well..."  Still breathing heavily, he scanned over the bloody room and the fallen ogres.  His grin faded, "How many more can there be...."


I noticed the Derp as well.

14:01, Today: Jereth rolled 3,2 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,2. Notice!

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The Runelord
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Fri 14 Jun 2019
at 18:55
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Nothing disturbs the party while they rest for a moment.Although the ogres have done a number on the contents of this room, they aren’t quite observant enough to have noticed that the bottom of the wine cabinet contained a hidden compartment. Partially smashed open from the top, Bella notices the hidden compartment— the latch to open it is broken, so the thin slats of wood above must be pried away to expose what’s hidden within.

What do you do?
Aradhel
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Fri 14 Jun 2019
at 19:05
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Are we sure this is the top level?  I don't see access to the outside."  Aradhel inquired.

Edited

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Silvijabella
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Sat 15 Jun 2019
at 01:26
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella moved curiously towards the wine cabinet for a closer look at the compartment.   "Before we see what lies without, there appears to be something hidden within that might contain something of interest…" the gypsy murmured, drawing attention to herself and the object of her curiosity.

"It seems the Ogres' destructive tendencies have revealed a concealed compartment." she explained as she searched the area around the latch and then where side runners or hinges should be for a trap, or possible triggering mechanism that would release the drawer.   She preferred a using a more elegant approach, but if no other option was apparent, prying up a board would work.  She motioned for Aradhel or Jereth to assist, as a longer blade would provide better leverage than her dagger or star.
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Sat 15 Jun 2019
at 21:17
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Several in the party remember that there is one more level above here, accessible through stairs available somewhere on this level.
Jereth
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Sat 15 Jun 2019
at 21:18
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Jereth is unwilling to use his wondrous sword as a prybar; it had saved his life so much today after all.  But, he will search the room for another prying tool to assist with or, if nothing else, use his much less wondrous dagger.  Settling in to see what he could prise open, he noted, "Destructive tendencies is putting it very kindly...."
The Runelord
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Wed 19 Jun 2019
at 23:38
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The party goes through several options and finally settles on using the fallen metal-jawed ogre's weapon as a pry-bar. Inside they find a flat wooden coffer, a pair of soft green leather boots, and a tiny jewelry box.'

The coffer contains dozens and dozens of parchment sheets, all containing beautifully-written love sonnets to someone named “Myriana,” who (if the sonnets are to be believed) is so beautiful that the moon itself was “blinded when it spied her dancing on the tarn,” and that she is “the truest grace to know Whitewillow’s soft embrace.”  Smarts check for 'Bella on this.

The jewelry box contains a silver locket on a chain; inside the locket is a lock of silky golden hair. Another Smarts check for 'Bella on the hair.

The boots are very well-made and might be magical! 

Apart from this, there is nothing else of interest in this room.

Where do you go next?

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

Silvijabella
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Thu 20 Jun 2019
at 09:01
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella paused and a soft smile rose as she found the locket and skimmed the sonnet.

(Will update/add new post after work once there's information on these results.

04:51, Today: Silvijabella rolled 5,1 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5,1.  Smarts roll for locket/hair.

04:50, Today: Silvijabella rolled 7,8 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of (6+1)7,(6+2)8.  Smarts roll for sonnets/poems .)

The Runelord
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Sat 22 Jun 2019
at 01:32
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella has realizations.
Aradhel
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Sat 22 Jun 2019
at 02:03
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"It looked like there might be another passageway further up over there."  Aradhel suggested.  "I suggest we crest this tower, see if we can see anything then work our way back down and clear as we go, as planned."
Jereth
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Sat 22 Jun 2019
at 05:33
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth gave a resigned nod, "Agreed...  To the top...."  He's normally quite a bit more talkative. But it really has been A DAY.  Once back out in the hallway, the guardsman took a moment to breath a bit.  Slow it down.  Resetting his purpose, he headed for the stairs up into the tower.  As he stepped foot on the first step, he slowly drew the longsword again.  He hoped it was the last time today.  Once everyone was stacked up behind, his shield would lead the way...
Silvijabella
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Sat 22 Jun 2019
at 13:49
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Silvijabella nodded distractedly in agreement with Aradhel and Jereth.  She very carefully re-rolled the scrolls and placed them back in their container.  She moved the contents of the compartment to her satchel, intent on taking these with them.  "Perhaps we can afford a break once the tower is clear." she added wistfully.

"The boots may well be enchanted, but the letters are of devoted admiration towards one of the Fey I believe.  Whitewillow lies in the Shimmerglens near a portal to the Fey Realms and the hair would appear to have come from a Nymph named Myriana.  Perhaps the shoes were a gift from that same beloved?".  'Bella mixed the later musings with the former statements of exposition as the ballad of their own experiences gained a more pleasurable prelude.  Once again to be a Muse… she thought in reference to Myriana as she made her way in line with the others.
Aradhel
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Sat 22 Jun 2019
at 19:44
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"What a curious find.  The legitimate owner..."  Aradhel did not state the obvious.  "Regardless I'm sure that was important to someone, we should secure it and sort it out later."
Tanlis Half-elven
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Mon 24 Jun 2019
at 00:01
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Silvijabella (msg # 767):

"Agreed. The sooner the better. My ability to sustain my wooden friend will soon be for naught." He pointed out. However, Tanlis followed along. If much more time passed, the Tree Golem would dissolve into a swarm of leaves and vanish.
The Runelord
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Tue 25 Jun 2019
at 17:29
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The party heads into the watchtower and starts heading up.

Two key things:

1. Is the marching order of Jereth-Aradhel-Tanlis-Bella-Tree Golem acceptable?

2. The tree golem will need to make an Agility check to keep from falling at some point in his ascent, as he essentially has one and a half feet on the stairs at any time.

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

Tanlis Half-elven
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Tue 25 Jun 2019
at 18:23
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 770):

OOC-Tanlis will dismiss the Tree Golem.
Aradhel
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Wed 26 Jun 2019
at 00:28
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Aradhel nodded at Jereth.  The only reason for her to take the vanguard was for stealth, which didn't matter quite so much in these tight quarters.
Silvijabella
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Fri 28 Jun 2019
at 09:22
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
With no immediate threat present to distract her, 'Bella watched the dismissal and dissolution of the Tree Ally with great interest.  Curiosity got the better of her as she tried to pluck a leaf from the swirling mass with child-like fascination.  Magic enthralled her and it pulled her mind to things more pleasant than the horrors they had seen.

"Do you call forth the same Spirit each time?" Her eyes went from the snared remnant to meet Tanlis' gaze with a smile.  She wondered if he directed the nearby spirits willing to help, or if he had gained the loyalty of a particular Nature Spirit.

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Tanlis Half-elven
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Fri 28 Jun 2019
at 09:44
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Silvijabella (msg # 773):

Tanlis shrugged, grinning back a little shyly. "The spirit of the forest gives its aid to those sworn to the service of the land. Same with the beasts, and the elements. Although I must admit the elementals are more alien to me, and only partly hear my call. Other druids can conjure much more impressive effects."

He gestured to her. "Still, your skills in your own magics are impressive in thier own right." He pointed out.
The Runelord
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Fri 28 Jun 2019
at 17:44
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
A cracked bell hanging from a huge oak frame takes up most of this chamber’s upper half. The ringer has been removed and replaced with an upside down dead ranger, a steel helm strapped tightly to his skull. A broken worktable and three chairs sit below, stained with the dead man’s blood.

There is only one oddity here: a curious lantern of a type unfamiliar to most of the party, sitting right underneath the bell.

Smarts checks for 'Bella and Tanlis.

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

Tanlis Half-elven
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Fri 28 Jun 2019
at 17:51
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 775):

(OOC:
13:51, Today: Tanlis Half-elven rolled 2,8 using D8,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 2,(6+2)8.  Smarts check.)

Aradhel
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Fri 28 Jun 2019
at 19:06
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"That's sadistic."  Aradhel said somberly as she checked the room, hoping it contained no more macabre horrors.  She also looked to see if there were any windows.
The Runelord
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Fri 28 Jun 2019
at 21:08
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Tanlis notices something.
Tanlis Half-elven
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Sat 29 Jun 2019
at 00:36
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 778):

Tanlis gestures people away from the lantern with his staff. "Keep clear of that! It's some sort of mystic transportation device! I think it can transport whole groups of people..."
Aradhel
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Sat 29 Jun 2019
at 00:42
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Wait... is it bringing people here... or taking them elsewhere?"  Aradhel asked, rather alarmed.
Silvijabella
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Sat 29 Jun 2019
at 01:14
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The elf maid took great interest in the Druid's response.  Magic manifested in a myriad of ways, and it was interesting hearing how others experienced it.   She bowed her head at the compliment, "Much like you, I am still honing my expertise."

The sight of the bell, or rather the corpse therein, drained the glow from her expression.  "Such is the way of Ogres I suppose…" she half-murmured in response to Aradhel's observation.

'Bella's attention quickly focused on the lantern and she approached the table for a closer look.  Not touching it just yet, she wanted to be sure nothing was attached to it.  Having seen what passed for Ogrish humor, she looked to see how the bell was suspended before moving beneath it in any way.

She looked at Tanlis and then at Aradhel, "Did the Ogres bring it?  Or someone else?"  She leaned over Tanlis's staff without directly moving in closer.

(20:57, Today: Silvijabella rolled 3,4 using d6,d6, rerolling max with rolls of 3,4.  Smarts check. Curious and Impulsive… but not suicidal.  She fully expects the bell, lantern or table to trapped in some way.  I typed most of this up prior to Tanlis & Aradhel's responses posting...

Is the lantern lit, or dark?  Where is whatever light is in the room coming from?)It would make sense that a bell tower would be open to allow sound to carry for a distance.

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Jereth
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Sat 29 Jun 2019
at 06:10
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth was, at this point, rather content that the tower did not somehow contain a brigade of very crammed together ogres readying for a last stand.  The "dead ringer" got a sigh and a heavy shake of the head, "Sadism seems to be the stock in trade of these ogres..."  He joined in the general checking of the space (just to be sure an ogre had not managed to squirrel itself away under a broken table or something).  Tanlis' warning brought him up short and he eyed the one innocent lantern with new suspicion.  Aradhel and Bella's questions were, of course, the most important inquiries, but he did add, "And....  How....would it work?  Just by touching it?"
Silvijabella
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Sat 29 Jun 2019
at 11:23
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella shot a sideways glance at Jereth "Possibly...", the sparkle in her eye belied her amusement at his quip.  "...should I try it and see?"  Her melodic voice was tinged with curiosity as she looked eagerly over at him and then at Tanlis before focusing back on the object in question.

"Although I would think, like most lanterns, it would need to be lit to work.  But what fuel and what source to light it?..."

She looked to see if there was blood on the lamp like the surrounding area.  Normally, she would take a deeper sniff to see if any clues to incense, scented oils, or rare herbs were present; however the hanging body and stench of death in the room made that a very unappealing prospect.
The Runelord
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Tue 2 Jul 2019
at 17:46
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella bends down and observes the lantern. She and Tanlis determine fairly quickly that the lantern's teleportation magic works with a touch, not based on proximity, so approaching is safe.

As 'Bella gets within a few feet, the lantern blazes with light. It's clearly magical light--heatless magic designed to resemble flames. She is pretty confident that it is a two-way teleport, meaning that there is likely another trigger somewhere at the destination that would allow the teleported to return.

To the best of Tanlis and 'Bella's ability, they rule out traps or tricks. It is simply a teleport--an invitation, in a sense, to visit the destination on the other side. Though, given these ogres' sadistic tendencies, there is a good chance that whatever is on the other side is no more pleasant.

What do you do?
Tanlis Half-elven
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Tue 2 Jul 2019
at 18:42
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to The Runelord (msg # 784):

"If this is how the Ogres got past the defenses-which I doubt, as they also attacked the gates-it could be a trap. They also might have set this device up just recently. I am not sure, but it's worth checking out. That being said-we could all use some rest before we go headlong into a ogre lair. At the very least I wish to have my full energies at the ready before combat." Tanlis says.
Silvijabella
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Tue 2 Jul 2019
at 21:13
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella looks over towards Tanlis and the others when the lantern lights itself, seemingly in response to her query.

"Serendipity?"  She shakes her head a moment, "Probably not...  Although this might've been here before the Ogres and they may not have used it..."

She paused to hear Tanlis's suggestion and shuddered as she nodded, "A rest would be good, but this is hardly a place for peaceful slumber.  We still have chambers below we haven't checked."  The stench of death and the Ogres still lingered in the room and the Gypsy just knew it would lead to nightmares or other unpleasantness.




(OOC - I'll edit if I'm remembering wrong, but wasn't there another sett of stairs leading down that we skipped earlier?)

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The Runelord
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Tue 2 Jul 2019
at 22:51
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
The party consults with the members of the Black Arrows who have secured the rest of the building. They confirm that there are no more areas in the castle to be explored--and that they have never seen this lantern before. "Definitely came from the invaders," they growl.
Silvijabella
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Tue 2 Jul 2019
at 23:53
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella gave a relieved look when the Black Arrows verified they was no place else that needed exploring.  She glanced back at the lantern when the guardsmen confirmed it had arrived with the Ogres, "Then a good night's rest before we proceed with any further investigation seems the soundest option." nodding to Tanlis in support of his suggestion.

"Was there any building on the grounds that wasn't befouled by these spawn of Vaprak?" she asked of the Black Arrows, hoping there might be a place more conducive to restfulness.  Her previous cage had been more pleasant than the current surroundings.

(Don't know if Vaprak is appropriate as the god of Ogres & Trolls in this setting, so might need to substitute the proper name or moniker...)

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Aradhel
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 Warrior in Exile
 P:8 T:8(3) W: 0 B: 3
Tue 2 Jul 2019
at 23:56
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Wait.  Why not just pick the thing up with a pole and drop it in a bonfire?"  Aradhel suggested.
Silvijabella
 player, 169 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B1
Wed 3 Jul 2019
at 00:05
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
'Bella looked a bit hurt at the suggestion, but Aradhel's solution had merit as well as her trademark straightforward approach.

She shrugged and nodded in consent, although the disappointment of not being able to verify where it went or how it worked showed on her face.  It was a magical artifact after all...

"That could work as well... possibly."
Tanlis Half-elven
 player, 252 posts
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Wed 3 Jul 2019
at 03:37
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
In reply to Aradhel (msg # 789):

"Because they did not use the thing to enter or escape. Most likely they are planning to bring more troops in. We need to stop the ogre threat, and we can go on offense and take the fight to them when the least expect it." Tanlis pointed out to the elf warrior.
Jereth
 player, 575 posts
 Valiant Guardsman
 P:8(1) T:13(6) W:0 B:1
Wed 3 Jul 2019
at 07:13
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick

Jereth's sword had been slid away into the scabbard as the wiser heads discussed.  The guardsman eyed the lantern warily, as though waiting for an ogre to leap out of it.  Which, from what he understood was an /actual/ possibility.  He absently nodded at Aradhel's suggestion of burning it, though he did wonder, "How do we know they didn't use it to enter?  Or some of them escape?  Or...  if this thing has anything to do with the ogres....  Based on what I've seen of their work, this lantern seems....  Not disgusting?"
Silvijabella
 player, 170 posts
 Elf Gypsy
 P5/6 T5 C2/6 W0 F0 B1
Wed 3 Jul 2019
at 10:20
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
Silvijabella's face brightened once more at Jereth's description of the lantern, "Maybe someone used the Ogres as shock troops to get the lantern here so they would then have a point of entry in the middle of a secure fortification.  How better to invade a country or manipulate an internal insurrection than from a location capable of withstanding a seige; all the while maintaining a portal to home for restocking supplies?"

She looked over to Aradhel and then back at the lantern.  "If we destroy it, surely it would only be a temporary setback if the Ogres aren't the  only ones involved.  We don't know how often the lantern can be used, or even how many there may be.  If there is a set of them, perhaps capturing them all would be a better approach?  At least then if they were destroyed we would better understand the source of the threat and could improve vigilance to guard against it."

'Bella looked at the lantern, curious as to any signs of its creators.  As Jereth had expressed, it didn't give the impression of being of Ogre workmanship.

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Aradhel
 player, 855 posts
 Warrior in Exile
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Wed 3 Jul 2019
at 10:58
Re: Chapter 8: Retaking Rannick
"Perhaps."&