“Ugghh!” Agathon’s back rebounds off the wall as the Ogre smashes him in the face with the rock.
”Blast and damn it all! Had my helmet not taken most of that…”
”Aha! He is reaching for his shield!
Powering through the pain, tasting the blood, he can see out of the corner of his left eye his most definitely broken nose… And focusing past that, he sees his chance! Agathon will take a step to the right around the enemy and bring the sword down catching the Ogre on his exposed side as he reached for his shield…
This would be a 5 foot step staying in range to attack around the Ogre to Agathon’s right…
Jaques attempts to drive home the attack with a flurry of blows. 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (18) + 6 = 241d20 + 6 ⇒ (7) + 6 = 131d8 + 2 ⇒ (6) + 2 = 81d8 + 2 ⇒ (4) + 2 = 6 Not adding in any multiple attacker bonuses, or stunned bonus, leaving those unknowns to GM to modify. Hope Agathon can keep the attack going...this is a big one.
20/20hp, AC16, 3 mirror images left at AC13 (3 minutes left), bless: 23 rounds left
Thaddeus looks back, aghast at the monstrosity his friends are fighting.
Skullcrusher ogre! We have to put this thing down swiftly before it slays us all! I must boost the acid spell...it is worth the risk!
Not wanting to fatigue himself again as he did before, Thaddeus will carefully intone the spell, drawing additional power from the bones of the earth to cast orb of acid, lesser as a 7th level caster: DC20 spellcraft roll (1d20+14=29)
When Agathon circles the creature to the left and Belric takes his place, Thaddeus knows he will have no better shot. orb of acid shot at ogre (1d20+2=14, 4d8=22)+3 dex, +2 BaB, +1 bless, -4 firing into melee. touch attack so it should hit. no save
With his remaining action, Thaddeus will return his attention to our 'six' and will shout an alarm if any enemies appear.
As the sword slices deep into the Ogre’s left side, Agathon will use the resistance of his foe’s organs and bone to heave himself around the creature further (This is another 5 foot step to Agathon’s right).
”Oh Great Shining Light me to put this evil thing down!” Agathon will pray in his mind…
Jaques launches another flurry of blows. 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (19) + 6 = 251d20 + 6 ⇒ (20) + 6 = 261d8 + 2 ⇒ (7) + 2 = 91d8 + 2 ⇒ (8) + 2 = 10 His set of perfect attacks delivering terrible damage to the stunned creature, and the party hears him shout a rare Kiyiii!
If the ogre is already down
Jaques wipes his brow, looks around the room for another threat, seeing none begins to cautiously search the room.
Dave, please post your character's current AC, HP and conditional modifiers, if any, thanks
Agathon strikes the skullcrusher again...it goes down, never able to pick up its morning star.
It is dead.
Tossing the room finds lots of smithy tools. Probably has some value, but it requires lots of clean up and it weighs a lot.
The ogre has large sized half plate spiked armor. It has a pouch containing 55pp and 85gp.
Spending a minute thoroughly searching the room uncovers a hidden compartment in the base of the furnace.
Inside are four potions: waterbreathing (9th level), cure moderate wounds (5th level) and 2 potions of fly (7th level). There is a bag with 500sp and 250gp and a pair of +1 light crossbows (labelled as such) wrapped in oily cloths.
After a moment's discussion, we agree to open the north door and explore in that direction. We first check our tankard alarm to see if it has been tampered with.
We will carefully examine the area around the north door, looking for blackened spots or discolorations on the floor indicating a trap. If any evidence of traps is found we will attempt to either disarm them or look for a way to open the door from a safe distane. We should be able to find a pry bar among the smithy tools, and possibly some oil to loosen the hinges, if necessary. Otherwise, standard door SOP is in effect.
The room beyond is 30' wide and 40' long. Coal dust covers the walls and floor. The rotted remains of a few old coal sacks remain. In the center of the room is a winch, a large basket that looks like it was recently patched and can hold 2-3 Medium sized persons. Below the basket is a shaft that goes down. A winch pulley is bolted to the floor and ceiling to lower the basket into the shaft. The pulley wheels look rusty, but the ropes holding the basket are new.
On Thaddeus: 3 Mirror Images left @ AC13, 1 minute left
On all: Bless, 2 rounds left.
Seeing the rope and bucket, the group will take a round or two (ending the Bless spell) discussing what must be done quickly.
Jacques favors descending in the bucket or by rope to the lower levels. However, Thaddeus and Belric advise that this might allow enemies at this level cut us off while down below.
Agathon silently nods his head.
Working quickly, Agathon will haul up whatever rope might be dangling down to the lower level and stow it in the bucket, or tie it off so that it can not be used by someone down below. (it might allow enemies to bring down the bucket and thus come up here...).
This leaves the bucket/pulley device still serviceable in case we might wish to use it later.
While this is happening, Belric will use his dwarven sight (darkvision) to look down the shaft to see if there are multiple levels, any light below, or enemies that happen to be looking up! Thaddeus will "watch our six" while Jacques will assist either Agathon or Belric as needed.
The party then turns its attention to the cavern.
As they set out, Belric takes the lead with Agathon, Thaddeus, and Jacques trailing him a bit in that order.
Note to DM: Please feel free to roll Belric's Spot Check and Listen or Spot checks for the rest of us during this time. Also, please advise on the time needed to: Discuss action, haul up and stow the rope, get into our line up and move to the cavern and begin it. The Bless will be gone; but, Thaddeus' Mirror Image spell might still have a few round left on it. Thank you...
Jaques trails Thaddeus, frequently looking back and listening for any sounds of pursuit, or a stealthy approach from the rear. Perhaps I should have used one of the darkvision potions? We now have the slowest, and arguably loudest party members up front. I don't doubt his bravery, but we certainly will not be sneaking up on anything this way. Darkvision goggles wouldn't require me to make hard choices about when to use. I should discuss this with Thaddeus. Jaques whispers loud enough for Thaddeus to hear, but not so as his voice should carry above the clanking of boots and armor, "Should I use a darkvision potion and move ahead of Belric, or are we just going to recon by force?"
You pull the rope up and tie it off without a problem. Belric looking down the shaft shows that it ends about 40 feet down, in a cold passage. Everyone quiets down to listen carefully. Distant echoes. Distant water splash still and a distinctive 'tink' of something firm and heavy striking a rock wall. All noises except the water splashing come from the well shaft. The water splashing is from the south and it's getting louder.
Hearing the splashing noises, Belric will think to himself hmm, water creature? They be just as bad as Air fiends! All squishy an slimy, ughhh (visible shiver of his whole body at the thought) Cannae wait til ma Lord grants ma the power ta summon creatures o earth!
Belric will move to the left of the entrance indicating with his waraxe for Agathon to take the right. He will plant himself peering over his battered shield’s rim while slowly rotating his wrist making his waraxe carve slow figure eights silently through the air. Ma lord’s power can make this ground here soft so dem gobbers hae tae slog at us! I will do it once da battle be joined. Now the first gobber through that entrance shall taste ma waraxe . Whatever happened tae Ebbers?
Following Belric into the large room where we struggled with the ogres, Agathon will follow Belric’s lead and head to the right side of the entrance, pulling his sword on the way.
Stopping against the wall across from the priest, Agathon will catch his eye, give him a nod of assurance, and his best lopsided grin as he brings the sword high above his head readying his first strike.
Only then, as the seconds stretch and the anticipation and fear begin to mount does he once again feel the lingering wound in his thigh that was not fully healed… In his thoughts, he will pray, “Pelor, allow me to assuage this minor hurt and cause its pain to visited upon our enemies ten fold!”
He will wait quietly with Belric and be poised to strike in the hopes that this new enemy will come through the opening…
As the enemy approaches the connecting hallway between the cavern and the large room, Agathon will listen to the sounds of the approaching force:
ROE change: Thaddeus will only take a crossbow shot if something breaks through Agathon and Belric, or comes from an unexpected direction. I'm not going to waste ammunition firing into melee at this point.
Belric will give it a hard listen to see if he can pick up any speach, or numbers of the enemy. Then in his best imitation, in goblin he will say as if talking to someone in the room "quick loot the bodies before any others show up!"
As the enemy over in the cavern comes to a halt and is silent, Agathon will look down at the sun rod in his hand and grimace with the realization that the light is the reason they have stopped where they are…
”Blast!” He will think to himself… Dropping the sun rod and thinking quickly, he will dig out a thunder stone from his belt pouch… (MA)
As he is fishing out the round marble colored device, Agathon starts as Belric says something in Dwarvish (or Orc or something)…
Not knowing what was said, he will give his friend his best ‘What!?’ look as he shows Belric the thunder stone (to warn him of its impending use) before he tosses it down the passage and into the cavern. (SA)
Agathon is not trying to hit a specific target, just the floor somewhere in the cavern past the hallway leading to it. As the floor has a pretty easy AC, this toss might be okay (his intention here is to hopefully disrupt a spell or other action on the other side of the hallway):
20/20hp, AC16, 3 mirror images left at AC13 (4 rounds left)
Thaddeus sees Agathon pull out the thunderstone and an idea flashes through his head. They may scream in surprise or terror. Their shouts may give me enough information to know where they are so I can cast a spell...
He will cover his ears and open his mouth slightly as Agathon throws the thunderstone. The sound wave passes over him harmlessly. Immediately he will uncover his ears and listen for shouts from the cavern beyond, attempting to determine approximate range and direction. listen check (1d20=18)
if he thinks he has a good location on the enemy:
Thaddeus will cast stinking cloud at what he thinks is the enemy location in the cavern, if it is in range (150'). 20' radius, fort save DC17.
I wonder if there were every actually anything down that way, if not there will be soon. That was so loud it probably reverberated through the whole cave complex. Agathon really doesn't do "stealth" very well.
Jaques grimaces, but remains poised to attack should anything emerge from the tunnel.
"Hssst, Agathon," Belric will get the big man's attention. "Should we charge? Ma feet are getting tired standing here" Belric's quiet words can barely be heard after that thunderous explosion, "On three?"
If Agathon agrees, Belric will charge into the cavern and then move to the left out of the path of the entrance ready to attack, defend or run. If Agathon does not agree, Belric will hold his action for anything coming through the entrance
Agreeing with Belric and hearing Thaddeus break cover to do the same Agathon will utter a very fast “one, two…” Knowing that the passage does not have room for both he, Thaddeus, and the priest to charge forth as one, Agathon will move on “two” and thus be certain to be in the lead as he and his friends move into the cavern… (MA)
Agathon will move quickly and immediately ‘break right’ as he emerges into the cavern striking any enemy who happens to be within reach…
DM Note: IF there is no one to hit after his first MA, Agathon will forgo the above SA and do one of two things:
1. Continue on to just outside of reach of the nearest enemy (providing that doing so would not be suicidal… common sense time…). (MA) 2. Screech to a halt and immediately flee back to the room we were just in (if moving forward would be a stupid move… Again, common sense time…). (MA)
20/20hp, AC16, 3 mirror images left at AC13 (3 rounds left)
Thaddeus looks at his mirror images, knowing the spell will expire soon. shame that most of it was wasted on exploration and packing up loot. It did save me a couple of hits though. I wonder...
Belric's gravelly whisper floats to him. should we charge?
Now there's an idea! I can go in front and hopefully draw the enemy out - they will have to expose themselves to shoot at me, but the images should protect me. It's time for me to pull my weight in this company.
Thaddeus leaps to his feet, trying to squeeze past Agathon who is also on the move. 'Let me go first! My illusion will protect me!', he hisses. DM to resolve who gets through first?
In either case, Thaddeus will take his full move straight ahead into the cavern. He does not have a light source, but between Agathon's sun rod and his crossbow bolt with light on it somewhere in the cavern, he should be able to see okay.
20/20hp, AC16, 3 mirror images left at AC13 (2 rounds left)
Thaddeus will take a move action to step over Agathon and advance into row 16. "Stay behind me, all of you! And whatever you do, stay out of the cloud!"
He will then cast stinking cloud centered behind #3 and #4, on row 21 somewhere or even a row off map. The intent is to get all the orcs in the cloud without gassing myself. AOE is 20' radius so that location should do the trick. Fort save DC 17 or be nauseated.
I count it as apprx. 11 spaces from Jaques to either #1 or #6, whichever is easier to get to. He'll make a move on one of those, skirting the wall, using cover and swatting aside any incoming arrow. Attacking on one end of their line. Jaques stares in amazement as the others charge into the hallway ahead, towards where we heard enemy movement. What? I thought the idea was for them to come through the fatal funnel into our ambush, not go charging into theirs! Wang help me. He sees Thaddeus's gas cloud launched and decides to try an take on the nearest "end" archer, leaving the middle ones to the cloud. Fast, light, with no armor for monks speed, he ducks and weaves along a wall to get in melee range of his target. When upon the archer, he tries to put him down with a stunning fist, if he can reach him. 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (18) + 8 = 261d8 + 2 ⇒ (4) + 2 = 6
Ach laddie, ye keep getting yerself stuck like a porcupine, well ma lord hae a sure fer that Belric will move up to Agathon, and lay his hand on his back intoning the healing power of Moradin into him. 3d8+5=18
"This should keep ye on yer feet a wee bit longer" Belric will tell Agathon looking into the stinking mist covering the enemy, "Master Thaddeus, dae that cloud stink as bad as I think it dae?"
Agathon steps as indicated.
Thaddeus moves as stated, casting his spell. 1, 3 and 6 are nauseated and can only take a move action each round.
Jacques moves to L17, but can't move in to attack because he would be inside the stinking cloud then. He takes cover behind a mineral formation.
The three nauseated orcs move back into the cloud.
Orcs 2, 4 and 5 drop their bows and move to attack Thaddeus with their falchions. #2 hits a mirror image and it disappears. #4 misses. #5 hits Thaddeus for 11 points of damage.
Feeling the divine power coursing through his body with both the healing potion and the more direct power of Moradin applied simultaneously, Agathon has never felt so energized!
”Need to get around this guy’s flank!” Agathon will think quickly…
He will take a step to his left pulling out another magical potion as he does so. (This is a 5’ MA into Square I-15 and pulling a Potion of Barkskin as a FA during the movement…)
As he pulls the small vial, he will end the bottle between his teeth and snap down his left hand to join the right on the hilt of his weapon so as to bring the sword around in defense of the son of its maker… (A hit on #5 in Square I-16)
“Mmmm Taddeus! Baaaa up!” Agathon will shout to the wizard (hoping that the words were not too mangled by having to travel around the vial) (Blurb) in the hopes that the wizard will tactically fade back to where Agathon just was so as to reduce the number of opponents on him…
DM Note: I actually got a small bottle (a bottle of Epicac) and put it in my mouth to see if I could say that... The weird spelling reflects what I could actually say in that state...
AC 22 HP 38/38
When the stinking cloud goes down, Jaques moves on the one closest to the wall. Probably #6, he doesn't want to get flanked by attacking one that exposes him to easy flanking attacks. There goes the cloud, I wonder if it had stayed up, if it would have kept these three occupied. Can't get over there to help Thaddeus, let's take down this one. 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (2) + 6 = 81d20 + 6 ⇒ (1) + 6 = 71d8 + 2 ⇒ (8) + 2 = 101d8 + 2 ⇒ (3) + 2 = 5Of course I don't get to use my good stunning fist roll, I spent that hiding behind a stalagmite.
Thaddeus should be at 9 points of damage out of 20
Agathon moves and swings at #5, hits, but is still up.
Thaddeus takes his move action, triggering an attack of opportunity as he moves out of square H16 from #2, #4 and #5 I would have thought you might have wanted to withdraw, but that's a full round action and since you specified that you are going to dismiss your spell.... the first hit hits the mirror image and hits #2 and #3 strike Thaddeus for 18 points of damaging, putting him down to -9 hit points.
Jaques sees the spellcaster go down and runs over to J-15, attacking #5 and missing.
Orcs #2 and #5 attack Agathon for 10 points of damage (one hits, one misses)
Orc #4 strikes at Jaques but misses.
Belric can't get to the enemy now, but I'm sure he'll want to cast a healing spell on Thaddeus (Please advise in your post).
Thaddeus can't end his movement in the square with Belric, so he moves down the hall. If Thaddeus had held his action to wait on Belric to move, they could have switched places, but since Belric's initiative is after the orcs, I figured he didn't want to do that
Orcs #2 and #5 hit Agathon for 11 points of damage.
Orc #4 hits Jacques for 7 points of damage.