"I can try; I am not the stealthiest of Halflings, but I dare say that I am better at it than the average human in armor... Just be prepared to coming running if things go south!"
Assuming that there is consensus, Hrafen will sneak forward for a better look...
Stealth: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (10) + 7 = 17.
Perception 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (17) + 2 = 19
Vorik squints against the bright daylight but can't see whatever it is the others are alarmed about. Shrugging his shoulders he turns to Hrafen saying, "I think both Vladimir and Jaestra are good at moving quietly, if you'd rather not go on your own. I'm also happy to provide a bit of a distraction if that would be useful."
I dismount and quietly try to follow Hrafen, keeping about 10-15 feet to the side of him. trying to blend into the surroundings.
Stealth : 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (19) + 8 = 27
In one hand I hold "GoldFire" and an arrow, the other hand rests on the handle of my blade, ready in case I am ambushed.
Vladimir, Hrafen, and Jaestra make it about 150 feet before the one walking turns their direction. You hear him yell in a bestial voice toward the tent. "Hey! Get up. Old man musta called for help somehow." he turns toward the hut and sprints, while another two emerge and stand from the lean-to.
It is not immediately clear who or how many of you he has spotted, but they are about 100-120 feet away from at the moment.
They appear to be bugbears
I remain in the shadows, trying not to be seen. My hand move from my sword pommel, to the arrow and I nock it to "GoldFire"'s string, which I pull back tightly. After a couple of seconds of aiming at the creature running back to the hut, I let the arrow loose.
"GoldFire" Attakc : 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (13) + 6 = 19 (17 if it is more than 110 feet away)
"GoldFire" Damage : 1d8 + 3 ⇒ (5) + 3 = 8
Knowledge (Nature) : 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (9) + 8 = 17
'He is right, they are BugBears, well these are no match for GoldFire and I. Besides that, why would "the old man" call for help?'
Hearing Dieter's shout, Vorik spurs his horse and charges toward the single visible creature with a loud "Whoop" as he brings his hammer up to deliver a blow.
Vorik Ride Check(DC10): 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (7) + 7 = 14
Vorik Attack(+2 if Charge is allowed): 1d20 + 7 + 2 ⇒ (7) + 7 + 2 = 16
Vorik Damage: 1d8 + 4 ⇒ (2) + 4 = 6
Another, slightly larger and more fierce looking bugbear steps out of the hut and yells toward Vorik. "Drop your weapons or we kill the old man!" The old man (presumably Bokken) is not yet visible.
sense motive check might be useful... particularly for Vorik due to being close enough to see the leader well.
"Kill the old man, and I'll see your hide turned into a fine coat for his children. Now why don't you step away from the cabin fiend." Vorik growls in response to the creatures threat while looking to see how serious it might be about harming Bokken.
Sense Motive" 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (19) + 6 = 25
Step Forward to E11
"No. You go! I'm warning you... We're gonna cut his throat if you don't back off!"
You don't think he wants to kill the old man. Also the way he is looking around, you get the impression he doesn't have any idea how many there are of you.
care to roll initiatives?
"If you kill the old man, you won't be able to get whatever it was you came to get from him." Vorik says as moves his horse another step forward.
"One of your companions is already dead. If you'd care to join him, continue to threaten Bokken. If you want a chance to walk away from here with your skin in tact, step away from the hut."
Intimidation(Untrained): 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (11) + 2 = 13
The bugbear alpha male replies coolly "You have my attention, bring him out."
He gestures to someone yet unseen inside the small simple peaked-roof hut... He starts to take a step away from the hut. His hand remains hovering near his still-sheathed sword. "Don't do anything that'll make my brother's hand slip. We're just gonna walk away like you said."
Vorik sits alertly in the saddle watching and waiting for those inside to emerge from the hut. Replying to the bugbear's warning he says in a calm matter-of-fact voice, "If your brother doesn't want to be stuffed and mounted as our next archery practice dummy, he'd better make sure his hand is as steady as steel."
anyone else doing anything during this?
The bugbear leader steps a few feet away from the door. Then another bugbear emerges, with a sword to the throat of an old man he is using as a shield.
The leader calls out to the two at the tents without taking his eyes from Vorik. "Bring the horses!" The two bandits east of the hut start to move to where the two horses are lashed.
The two lead the horses toward the hut, passing right by Vorik. The uninjured bugbear checks out Gorra, and then seems to size up Vorik. He slows and says something presumably in his native tongue to the leader.
"I do not fear him. We should take his horse."
The leader nods. "Get off your horse, human. Get off or we kill the old man."
The old man starts to stammer something, but the bugbear holding him silences him by tightening his grip.
Vorik shakes his head at the bugbear. "I'll hear no more demands from you. Let the man go now or your lives are forfeit should you take another step."
He tightens the grip on his hammer and turns his horse to maintain a straight, clear line to charge.
Vorik will attack if the one holding the old man doesn't free him.
Attack roll if needed: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (19) + 7 = 26
Damage: 1d8 + 4 ⇒ (3) + 4 = 7
Ride (DC10): 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (12) + 7 = 19
The bugbear holding the old man looks to his leader. The leader shakes his head then speaks a couple brief words to the bugbears near Vorik.
The uninjured thug(D,12) near Vorik reaches for a greatsword strapped to the saddle as Vorik charges the bugbears refusing to release the old man. The injured bugbear(D,9) pulls a satchel from the saddlebags of the horse he is leading, and begins rummaging through it.
attacking the leader or the one holding the old man?
edit:old man is at(E,6), bugbear holding him(E,5)
Remaining hidden, I study the creatures holding the man captive for a few seconds, trying to see if there is any sign of bluffing or more creatures hiding.
Sense Motive : 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (1) + 2 = 3
Perception : 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (3) + 12 = 15
Feeling confident that there are no more enemies waiting in hiding, I carefully aim "GoldFire" at the Bugbear holding the old man (E,5) and loose her arrow before the creature hurts the man.
"GoldFire" Attack : 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (20) + 6 = 26
"GoldFire" Critical Confirmation : 1d20 - 2 ⇒ (7) - 2 = 5
"GoldFire" Damage : 1d8 + 3 ⇒ (4) + 3 = 7
No biggie. I've had little time myself studying for midterms.
The bugbear Vorik charges toward tosses the old man aside and tries to avoid Vorik's hammer, but reacts too slowly. He switches to a two-handed grip after receiving a sizable blow to his right shoulder, he dashes a few feet putting himself between his leader and Vorik then hacks at Vorik.
longsword vs Vorik: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (19) + 5 = 24
1d8 + 4 ⇒ (1) + 4 = 5 damage to Vorik
crit confirm: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (4) + 5 = 9 fail
The alpha male draws his sword as he barks "Don't you move!" at the old man (now trying to slip back into his hut) He steps to his brothers left and stabs at Vorik with his short sword... the tip of his blade finds it's way between the scales of his armor
1d20 + 6 ⇒ (14) + 6 = 20
1d6 + 4 ⇒ (6) + 4 = 10 damage to Vorik
~ ~ ~
The previously injured bugbear takes a vial from the satchel, chugs it, then mounts the horse he was leading.
The one next to him decides to mount as well... he returns the greatsword and mounts up.
1d8 + 1 ⇒ (5) + 1 = 6
map (before Hrafen, Jaestra etc actions)
Ooops here again. Recap...
Vorik - charged
Dieter - double moved
Bugbears - mauled Vorik/others mount up
Hrafen - magic missile
Jaestra - shot Goldfire
Vorik - up
Vladimir - posted
map (includes Vladimir's actions)
Vorik sways in the saddle after taking a couple of savage blows. Gritting his teeth he slides nudges his mount to the left of the wounded leader. With a shout his muscles ripple as he brings his hammer around and attempts to put down at least one of his foes quickly in order to improve the odds.
Vorik Round One
Step to G7
Attack wounded bugbear at F6: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (10) + 7 = 17
Damage: 1d8 + 4 ⇒ (8) + 4 = 12
Ride Check: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (17) + 7 = 24
I aim "GoldFire" at one of the enemies and let her arrow loose. (Aiming at C11)
"GoldFire" Attack : 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (15) + 6 = 21
"GoldFire" Damage : 1d8 + 3 ⇒ (6) + 3 = 9
Sorry I haven't posted in a while, my Campaign section said there were no new posts for some reason.
With a satisfied nod, Vorik watches the first bugbear fall to the ground dead. Despite his wounds, the paladin raises his hammer and brings it around ready to strike at the bugbear still trying to escape with its hostage.
"Let the man go." Growls Vorik. "Or join your comrade in the pits of the abyss."
Guiding his horse along the creatures flank, he swings again with Astridsonoir just to reinforce his threat.
Move to F5
Attack Bugbear E6 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (9) + 7 = 16
Damage 1d8 + 4 ⇒ (1) + 4 = 5
Seeing the injuries Vorik has sustained, Dieter moves toward him ready to assist or heal. The alpha male bugbear remaining in melee with Vorik grips his sword with both hands and savagely swings... allowing the old man to slink back into his shack. The bugbears blade just misses... the tip inches from his face as he arches back for a forceful swing of his hammer. Astridsonoir lands between the bugbear's shoulder blades, knocking him off balance a moment.
The two mounted bugbears glance at each other and nod before urging their horses in different directions. The one to the right (C-14) heads straight toward Hrafen. He draws his sword and prepares to swing, but his mount veers north away from the halfling. to (A,B-21,22)
The injured mounted bugbear to the left (C-11) heads southeast, trying to pick up speed quickly... he sees Jaestra's arrow fly the moment they both have a clear view of each other. His arm rises reflexively to shield himself... the arrow pins it to his face, and he falls from the horse.
guide with knees: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (2) + 1 = 3
E6 sword: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (11) + 6 = 17
Dieter - std action remaining
Bugbears - acted
Hrafen - up
Jaestra - acted (move action available)
Vorik - acted
Vladimir - up
Seeing the bugbear off balance and the old man disappearing safely into the shack. Vorik laughs at the bugbear. "Ho! Ho! You're hide is going to make a fine bit of rug for Master Bokken"
He then takes another swing at the bugbear, hoping to end the combat quickly as he can feel Astridsonoir getting heavier as the blood drips from his wounds.
Attack Bugbear 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (10) + 7 = 17
Damage 1d8 + 4 ⇒ (5) + 4 = 9
Ride Check 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (19) + 7 = 26
After being peppered with Hrafen's arcane bolts, the mounted bugbear is disemboweled by Vladimir's blade.
Dieter moves in behind Vorik. He waits for his chance to heal, but is reluctant to risk getting any closer to the melee...
The alpha-male bugbear bares his teeth... His toothy glare turns to an evil smirk as he hacks wildly and futilely at Vorik's horse. He howls madly as his rage increases.
1d20 + 6 ⇒ (2) + 6 = 8
Dieter - std action remaining
Bugbear - acted
Hrafen - up
Vorik - posted
I remain where I am and draw another another, nocking it to "GoldFire's" atring. I aim it carefully and once I feel comfortable I release her string, which looses the arrow straight towards my prey.
"GoldFire" Attack : 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (13) + 6 = 19
"GoldFire" Damage : 1d8 + 3 ⇒ (5) + 3 = 8