Chapter 1 - Ashes to Ashes.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
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Mon 9 Sep 2019
at 18:02
Re: Chapter 1 - Ashes to Ashes
Constantine shouted his challenge and the Lopper was gloriously happy to oblige, cackling madly as it swooped towards the paladin and lashed out with its gangly, stretched arms. That its attack flew far wide of the mark did little to curb it's crazed mirth and its grin never faltered, even as Constantine and Darcon's summoned minion struck out at it.



ABCDEFGHIJKLMN 
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  +  PITPIT  ++++ 8
  +  PITPIT     + 9
  +  AIR   +  + 10
  +  LOP   ++++ 11
  +++CONGAR+++    12
    + DAR+      13



Constantine smites and hits the Lopper for 10 damage.

Darcon summons a Air Elemental which attacks The Lopper for a miss, but which is still providing a flanking bonus to Constantine.

Garland channels, healing everyone for 8. This also cures his Bleeding condition.

The Lopper swings at Constantine but misses.




LOP - The Lopper - AC 16, Touch 16, Fort +5, Ref +5, Will +5, 10 damage

CON - Constantine, 1 damage
GAR - Garland
DAR - Darcon, protection from evil


AIR - Darcon's Air Elemental, Rounds 1/4
Darcon
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Tue 10 Sep 2019
at 11:38
Re: Chapter 1 - Ashes to Ashes
The winds howled as the swirling elemental surged towards the Lopper, trying to envelop the shade in its airy embrace. A mortal creature of flesh and bone would long since have been swept away, but the apparition was no mortal being, and the elemental found it hard to clutch or strike.

Darcon had little choice but to fall back onto a more reliable spell. "Magica Altum Scintillis!" The mage intoned, slamming his staff point down into the stony floor while staring at the Lopper. Blue light streaked from his palm and into the staff, streaking upward until exploding forth from the gem within the tip in the form of azure bolts of power.

The bolts streaked up, up into the room, lighting up the shadows before lazily descending and unerringly smashing into the Lopper one by one.

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Sir Constantine Godalming
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Tue 10 Sep 2019
at 12:34
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SCG shouts over the raging winds, to keep the dangerous opponent focused on himself “Come lopper and meet my challenge!”


Today: Sir Constantine Godalming rolled 5 using 1d8+4. 08:32, Today: Sir Constantine Godalming rolled 27 using 1d20+8.  Smite attack with flanking.

“Look at me whilst I am smiting you!”

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Garland Van Burke
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Tue 10 Sep 2019
at 16:26
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Garland takes a step closer and swings his arm, fingers extended one more time as the spiritual knife strikes out cutting nothing but air before fading away.


OOC: 09:24, Today: Garland Van Burke rolled 13 using 1d20.  attack roll.
GM
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Tue 10 Sep 2019
at 17:27
Re: Chapter 1 - Ashes to Ashes
Darcon and Constantine struck true, reaching out with fingers of arcane force and mighty swings of divine retribution, and their attacks punched through the Lopper's incorporeal form to full effect.

Each weighty hit brought a grunt of delight from the spirit, whose serrated grin only widened.

It shifted towards Garland and once again swept its axe through the cleric's neck. Again the impossible gout of blood, and again the ghostly spray seemed to flow into the Lopper's ghostly form.



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  +      +    7
  +  PITPIT  ++++ 8
  +  PITPIT     + 9
  +  AIR   +  + 10
  +   LOP  ++++ 11
  +++CONGAR+++    12
    + DAR+      13



Darcon's MM hits the lopper for 16 damage.
Darcon's summoned Air Elemental misses the lopper.

Constantine's smite hits the lopper for 5 damage.

Garland misses with his spiritual weapon.

The Lopper makes a touch attack against Garland. Garland takes 4 negative energy damage and 5 bleed damage. The lopper heals 5 points of damage.




LOP - The Lopper - AC 16, Touch 16, Fort +5, Ref +5, Will +5, 26 damage

CON - Constantine
GAR - Garland, 10 damage, bleeding
DAR - Darcon, protection from evil


AIR - Darcon's Air Elemental, Rounds 2/4
Sir Constantine Godalming
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Tue 10 Sep 2019
at 20:28
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“Ignore me at your peril foul devil.”


SCG swings mightily into the lopper

Today: Sir Constantine Godalming rolled 7 using 1d8+4.  Smite damage . 16:23, Today: Sir Constantine Godalming rolled 24 using 1d20+8.  Smite attack including flanking.


“It seems over focused on you perhaps a summons of a horse or something to use as a shield.”
Darcon
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Tue 10 Sep 2019
at 21:27
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Gritting his teeth as the foul shade again attacked Garland, drawing his very vitality it seemed in order to revitalize itself, Darcon commanded his summoned ally in Auran to move and strike at the shade. The elemental obeyed but unfortunately once more its ethereal winds could not manage to grasp the apparition.

Again Darcon chanted the mystic words and three bright blue bolts of power shot forth from his staff, lazily arcing over Garland and swirling in the air before unerringly dropping and striking the Lopper in a cascade of miniature azure explosions.

"Keep it hedged in, do not let it escape!" the mage called out to his companions.
Air Elemental Moves: to G-10; Air Elemental Attack: 12 (miss)
Note: Garland has a +2 flanking bonus on his next attack.



Sir Constantine Godalming
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Wed 11 Sep 2019
at 14:51
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“Hit it with holy water!”
Garland Van Burke
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Wed 11 Sep 2019
at 16:35
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With his spiritual weapon gone and having dealt no damage to the spirit Garland grunts in frustration as he looks back at Darcon, knowing he has nowhere to go and very little life left in him. "Let's hope my studies hold true." he thought as he began casting a spell, half focusing on the foe in front of him and half concentrating on the spell. For the first time this fight his luck held as the spell surrounds his hands in glowing white light which is quickly absorbed into his own body closing nearly all of his wounds.

OOC: Casting defensively and using cure moderate wounds on himself

09:29, Today: Garland Van Burke rolled 9 using 2d8+4.

09:27, Today: Garland Van Burke rolled 25 using 1d20+8.  concentration check.
GM
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Wed 11 Sep 2019
at 18:58
Re: Chapter 1 - Ashes to Ashes
Missiles and holy power impacted the Lopper, Constantine and Darcon sending waves of damage through the spirit while Garland focused on countering its strikes.

Gleeful peals of horrible laughter echoed around the chamber. The Lopper cackled with delight each time it was struck, its sinuous limbs moving in impossible patterns as it wove its bloodstained axe through the air.

It feinted left, darted right, and with a neat backflip tumbled away from Constantine. It button hooked around, floated through the solid wall of the cell, and an emerged grinning directly adjacent to Darcon.

It laughed and struck out wildly, too wildly to hit anything, simply possessed with the joy of killing.



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  +      +    6
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  +  PITPIT  ++++ 8
  +  PITPIT     + 9
  +  AIR   +  + 10
  +      ++++ 11
  +++CONGAR+++    12
    +LOPDAR+      13
    +  +      6
    +  +      6
       +      6
    +  +      6
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Darcon's MM hits the lopper for 11 damage.
Darcon's summoned Air Elemental misses the lopper.

Constantine's smite hits the lopper for 7 damage.

Garland heals himself for 9.

The Lopper makes an Acrobatics check to move without provoking AoOs. He beats Garlands CMD but not Constantine or the Air Elementals. Constantine and the Elemental both get an AoO against the Lopper.

The Lopper attacks Darcon but misses (on a nat 1).




LOP - The Lopper - AC 16, Touch 16, Fort +5, Ref +5, Will +5, 44 damage

CON - Constantine
GAR - Garland, 1 damage
DAR - Darcon, protection from evil


AIR - Darcon's Air Elemental, Rounds 3/4
Darcon
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Wed 11 Sep 2019
at 20:31
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As the Lopper moved the air elemental was quick to react, striking with the speed of a southern wind, then began to follow after it to finish the job. Before Darcon could of reacting himself the shade appeared to vanish into the stone walls of the cell.

Eyes widening the mage gazed about him, his hood falling off his head as he swiveled his head this way and that, when suddenly the foul creature emerged right next to him!

"Gah!" Darcon yelled, moving backwards, his heart missing a couple of beats inside his chest. Sliding backwards against the wall at his back, Darcon called out for his elemental to come to his aid. Then gritting his teeth he raised his staff and slammed it point down onto the ground; there was a sudden flash of crackling light and soundless thunder rolled outwards from the staff's impact.
Air Elemental AoO: 21; Damage: 04.
Move Action (Darcon): Move to G-6. Standard Action (Darcon): Lightning Flash. Damage: 05 & Lopper is Dazzled (Lopper makes REF Save vs DC:15 to avoid Dazzled & take half damage)
Air Elemental: Move to F-13 (Should grant flanking to Constantine if move is successful); Standard Action (Attack Lopper): 28 (nat 20); Damage: 04 (includes x2 for crit bonus)


Sir Constantine Godalming
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Wed 11 Sep 2019
at 21:59
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“Devils pawn!”

SCG reacts quickly but misses on the opening and then again on his normal attack roll...
Garland Van Burke
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Thu 12 Sep 2019
at 03:40
Re: Chapter 1 - Ashes to Ashes
Garland steps forward with morningstar in hand and swings it down onto the creature, hitting nothing but air once again.


20:38, Today: Garland Van Burke rolled 14 using 1d20.  attack roll.
GM
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Thu 12 Sep 2019
at 17:49
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Darcon tried to extricate himself, sending a flash of magic radiating from his staff to cover his escape while his summoned elemental gusted through the front line to cover his retreat. The creature buffeted the Lopper, hardened air slamming through its incorporeal form to little effect besides distraction.

Heedless of being beset on all sides the Lopper struck out wildly an randomly, slashing at Darcon's elemental ally as it sailed overhead and directing a vicious strike at Constantine as well. The ghostly axe passed through his shield, through his armor, and even the divine protection of his holy wrath was not enough to save him from the gout of blood that fountained from him, flowing into the ghost.



ABCDEFGHIJKLMN 
  +      +    6
  +      +    7
  +  PITPIT  ++++ 8
  +  PITPIT     + 9
  +      +  + 10
  +      ++++ 11
  +++CONGAR+++    12
    +LOP +      13
    +AIRDAR+      14
    +  +      15
    +  +      16
    +  +      17
    +  +      18



Darcon Lightning Flashes the Lopper, who fails his save, takes 2 damage (on account of being incorporeal) and is dazzled.
Darcon's Air elemental hits the Lopper but passes through his incorporeal form.

Constantine misses.

Garland misses.

The Lopper AoOs Darcon's air elemental and hits, dealing 1 negative energy damage but zero bleed damage, as it is immune.
The Lopper makes a touch attack against Constantine and hits for 5 negative energy damage and 2 bleed damgage. The Lopper heals 2 hp.




LOP - The Lopper - AC 16, Touch 16, Fort +5, Ref +5, Will +5, 44 damage

CON - Constantine, 7 damage, bleeding
GAR - Garland, 1 damage
DAR - Darcon, protection from evil


AIR - Darcon's Air Elemental, Rounds 4/4
Darcon
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Thu 12 Sep 2019
at 21:30
Re: Chapter 1 - Ashes to Ashes
Growing enraged by the deadly shades continuing existence Darcon backed away another few paces. "Very well fiend, let me grant you a taste of true power!" the mage called out to the Lopper. He flung both arms wide and then moved them in a spherical gesture, drawing them close to his body. His robes flapped suddenly as an unseen wind formed and appeared to tug at his clothing from every direction; though his lips moved and formed chants in an unknown tongue the wind stole the words as it swirled around him.

The mage's eyes glowed a bright blue and he almost appeared to float slightly above the ground as he drew himself to his full height and gestured in the direction of the ghastly apparition. The wind around him stopped with the same suddenness with which it had appeared and his feet touched the ground once more.

Suddenly the air began howling around the Lopper, forming into a crackling sphere of dark smoke and lightning, looking all the world like an angry thundercloud on a stormy day that engulfed the Lopper, tongues of lightning reaching out to caress the dark Shade. With a mental nudge Darcon then moved the dark storm cloud to the side of the Shade, so it would not impede his companions' attacks upon the Lopper.

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Sir Constantine Godalming
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Fri 13 Sep 2019
at 12:36
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SCG turns fully to square off against the lopper, as he does so he swiftly heals himself to staunch the bleeding swiftly

Sir Constantine Godalming rolled 3 using 1d6.  Swift action lay on hands self.

“You will fail and you will fall into dust.”


SCG continues to smite the abomination

Sir Constantine Godalming rolled 6 using 1d8+4.  Smite evil damage. 08:33, Today: Sir Constantine Godalming rolled 16 using 1d20+8.  Smite evil with flanking.

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Garland Van Burke
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Fri 13 Sep 2019
at 17:25
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Wanting to save his spiritual power for the more powerful opponent Garland relies on his mace and luck. It's not been with him the entire battle and as he swings it continues to deny him any meaningful impact on their foe.

10:23, Today: Garland Van Burke rolled 10 using 1d20.  attack roll.
GM
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Fri 13 Sep 2019
at 18:25
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The Lopper cackled wordlessly as it sinuously sidestepped Darcon's conjured cloud...directly into Constantine's strike. There was a great reverberation of holy power as the paladin's weapon battered through the spirit's ethereal form.

The translucent form of the Lopper lingered for a long moment and peals of cruel laughter echoed through the dungeon. It raised its axe one final time, grin wide, eyes wild, and then dissipated into an ectoplasmic mist that quickly faded away into the pitch blackness of the dungeon.

In the eerie silence that followed our heroes moved cautiously forward to examine the now undefended cells.

The cells flanking the chamber held what they had come to expect. Bones and rags, and little of value or interest. The deep oubliette in the center told a grim tale. The body at the bottom of the pit, almost certainly the Lopper, was twisted and crumpled over broken legs. This madman had been the main strongarm of the riot and had fled back to his cell when the fire broke out. In his haste and in the dark he tumbled back into the prison that had once confined him and shattered both of his legs. Unable to climb out, he died like the rest in smoke and flame.

His ill gotten gains were also scattered about, wrested from the overpowered prison guards during the riot. Of particular interest was a heavy ring of keys, worn but still serviceable. The number of iron keys on the heavy ring would surely be enough to match every door in the prison, assuming that many of the identical cell doors would open for the same key.



The Lopper saves against Darcon's thunder cloud and takes no damage.

Constantine hits and does exactly enough damage to reduce the Lopper to 0 hitpoints.

Congratulations on defeating the Lopper!

At the bottom of the pit you find several sets of rusted and useless guard's armor, several skulls from heads that the Lopper must have claimed during the riot, plus:
234 gp
broken Masterwork Heavy Crossbow (35 gp to repair)
Masterwork Longsword
+1 Heavy Mace
Stone of Alarm
Heavy ring of keys








3 - The Nevermore - unexplored
B1 - Hell's Basement
B2 - Central Chamber
B3 - Guard Post
B4 - Guard Office
B5 - Reaper's Hold
B6 - Torture Chamber - Opened but unexplored
B7 - The Oubliette

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Sir Constantine Godalming
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Sat 14 Sep 2019
at 02:15
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"Twas a hard won battle, my friends.....We may want to take a breather here, and maybe utilize some healing.  How much magical spells do you lot have left?"

SCG checks over himself and is leaning against the wall, the wounds he took were more than the lay on hands could close up but his orc constitution would help him heal faster.
Darcon
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Sat 14 Sep 2019
at 14:14
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Dismissing his howling cloud with a wave of a hand, Darcon leaned wearily on his staff. His summoned elemental too returned back to its native realm of existence, disappearing like mist in the rising sun.

The mage was breathing hard, the fight had taken a lot out of him. Almost more than he had to give, which was an alarming thought. What would have happened had the remaining Shade somehow entered the battle while they still fought the Lopper?

"I am indeed weary, and nearly spent. I believe we should rest and regain our strength before facing the last of the wretched abominations that haunt this place," Darcon replied to Constantine.
Garland Van Burke
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Sat 14 Sep 2019
at 17:43
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Garland nodded in agreement as he looked through the gathered items, picking up the heavy mace as he set his morningstar down. "I still have one spirit fighting spell left, a healing spell, and several chances to channel energy as they'll be almost useless against such powerful undead. I suggest we check out the torture chamber again and then rest. I can use all my reserves to quiet the haunt"
Sir Constantine Godalming
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Sat 14 Sep 2019
at 17:58
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SCG hefts the finely crafted longsword and tests the balance and heft....
“If this is free of spirits and neither of you mind I would wield this for the remainder of this excursion.”
Garland Van Burke
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Sat 14 Sep 2019
at 18:53
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Garland nods as takes a closer look at the mace. "Swordsmanship was not something the clergy taught me so I consent, though this mace would make a fine upgrade from my old weapon. If there are no objections."
Darcon
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Sat 14 Sep 2019
at 19:02
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Darcon merely nodded and waved a hand, indicating he was fine with whatever his companions chose for themselves. "Be sure to take the keys and the gold too," he said, gesturing at the items in the pit.
Sir Constantine Godalming
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Sun 15 Sep 2019
at 11:53
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“Aye we will bring all the items from the pit.”

SCG accepts healing from the wand and nods he is ready to continue