Vorik brings his hammer around for another strike on the goblin rider he just hit while directing his horse to crush the canine beneath the little beast before it can cause further harm.
Vorik: Ride in Combat(DC10): 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (4) + 7 = 11
Vorik: Attack Goblin V7: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (13) + 7 = 20
Vorik: Damage 1d8 + 4 ⇒ (1) + 4 = 5
Trained Heavy Horse: Hoof Attack 1 Canine V7: 1d20 ⇒ 5
Trained Heavy Horse: Hoof Attack 2 Canine V7: 1d20 ⇒ 15
Trained Heavy Horse: Damage1d6 ⇒ 5
Vladimir, having already dispatched one goblin, sees another at the southern treeline and charges.
Charge to (@,16), AC = 16 for the round
Attack:1d20 + 6 + 2 ⇒ (4) + 6 + 2 = 12 (charge)
Damage:1d8 + 3 ⇒ (8) + 3 = 11
Frowning in irritation, Hrafen urges his dog forward (To S20), and fires two force missles at the retreating goblin (In #15)...
Magic Missle: 2d4 + 4 ⇒ (3, 3) + 4 = 10 Force damage.
Round 3 :
I am shocked to see a large mass of plant-life come alive and make sure to stay out of its writhing area, while moving towards the shack (I get to N, 17) but upon seeing that one of the Goblins inside the writhing plant-life is managing to evade the plants I nock an arrow to "GoldFire" and shoot at the evasive Goblin. (N, 12)
"GoldFire" Attack : 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (10) + 7 = 17
"GoldFire" Damage : 1d8 + 6 ⇒ (3) + 6 = 9
Hrafen, how did you manage to fire 2 Magic Missiles? Don't you have to be level 3 to get 2?
Vokrik's hammer nearly unseats the goblin rider, the scraggly dog growls - completely focused on Vorik when Vorik's horse knocks it in the head with a hoof.
Vladimir charges the fleeing goblin but is outrun by Hrafen's bolts of force. The pulses of light "THAP" into the back of the fleeing goblin, and it drops just a split second faster than Vladimir's slash.
goblins-delaying to dog's init
Dieter spurs his mount forward, skirting the outer edge of the entanglement and coming closer to the cabin.
Double move action to U12.
The summoned dog continues to attack the goblin. It disappears at the end of this round.
1d20 + 2 ⇒ (19) + 2 = 211d4 + 1 ⇒ (1) + 1 = 2
Seeing the goblin and dog still up, Vorik let's loose with a vicious growl as he brings the hammer down in an attempt to put the little beast out of action for good. He nearly looses his balance with the ferocity of the swing, but manages to catch himself at the last minute. Unfortunately, the awkward move throws the attack of his horse off as both hooves crash down into the dirt, missing the canine completely.
Vorik - Ride in Combat(DC10): 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (3) + 7 = 10
Vorik - Attack Goblin V7: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (18) + 7 = 25
Vorik - Damage: 1d8 + 4 ⇒ (6) + 4 = 10
Trained Heavy Horse Hoof Attack 1 Canine V7: 1d20 ⇒ 9
Trained Heavy Horse Hoof Attack 2 Canine V7: 1d20 ⇒ 2
Jaestra's arrow flies into the writhing foliage, and hits the loose goblin square in the chest.
Dieter's summoned dog finishes tearing a mortal wound into the arm of its goblin before disappearing.
The first goblin rider's body crunches from Vorik's blow, and falls dead from its mount.
The dog it was riding bites at Vorik's horse.. as well as the other smaller one in the doorway - now with rider..
Fail=The larger one tears a gash into the horse's neck.. 9 damage
1d6 + 4 ⇒ (5) + 4 = 9: damage to Vorik's horse
canine X8 1d20 + 3 - 4 ⇒ (3) + 3 - 4 = 2
1d6 + 2 ⇒ (5) + 2 = 7
bottom of the 3rd
Hrafen urges his dog forward (to U11), and fires more force missles, this time targeting the 'goblin dog' (In V7).
Magic Missle: 2d4 + 4 ⇒ (4, 1) + 4 = 9 Force damage.
Vladimir hustles over to join Vorik outside of the shack.
Double move to (U,6)
Round 4 :
I continue to move around the writhing foliage and once I get into a good positions "GoldFire" and I will loose another arrow at the remaining Goblin in the mass of plants. Move to S, 14 and shoot at P, 10)
"GoldFire" Attack : 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (6) + 7 = 13
"GoldFire" Damage : 1d8 + 6 ⇒ (1) + 6 = 7
Hopefully the penalty to Dexterity will reduce his AC enough for that to hit.
Vorik yanks the reins quickly to help his mount avoid the biting canine. The move causes the rabid dog to just barely miss the horse. It return both horse and rider aim blows at the animal.
Vorik Ride to Avoid Damage(DC14): 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (7) + 7 = 14
Vorik - Attack Canine V7: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (2) + 7 = 9
Trained Heavy Horse Hoof Attack 1 Canine V7: 1d20 ⇒ 2
Trained Heavy Horse Hoof Attack 2 Canine V7: 1d20 ⇒ 19
Horse Damage 2: 1d6 ⇒ 5
Jaestra's arrow disappears into the foliage .. it seems to have just missed its mark.
The riderless dog snarls and starts to strafe .. two of Hrafen's bolts sink into its flank. It yelps and looks for the source - completely distracted from the hoof which caves its skull.
There is the sound of rotting boards being smashed from the south side of the shack.. two tiny wild dogs come around the west side of the building and bark..
Past the young wild dogs, you see a goblin running from the back (south) of the shack to a pile of boards covering a hole in the ground (@,3)
goblin EA check 1d20 + 2 - 2 ⇒ (6) + 2 - 2 = 6
Jaestra - posted
enemies-(one dog and rider waiting)
Vladimir points and calls out to his companions, "Two dogs and another goblin have come out the side of the shack! Looks like the goblin is heading for a covered hole!"
Covered hole in (@,3)
Vladimir moves to engage the fleeing goblin, leaving himself open to an attack from one of the small dogs in the process.
Move to (Z,4), provoking an AoO from the dog in (V,5)
Attack:1d20 + 6 ⇒ (15) + 6 = 21 (expertise, penalty negated by trait)
Damage:1d8 + 3 ⇒ (5) + 3 = 8
AC for AoO = 18, AC after the attack = 19
Noting that a Goblin has retreated through the house, Hrafen urges his mount to thunder through the foliage to the back of the building (#10).
With the fleeing Goblin (#5) finally in his sights, he grins mercilessly, and fires another pair of force missles at it.
Magic Missle: 2d4 + 4 ⇒ (3, 3) + 4 = 10 Force damage.
Dieter spies one of the goblins attempting to escape the entangling vegetation. "I think not, you little dirt rat!" He wheels his horse to the north and stretches out his hand. His eyes glow silver for a moment and a sudden gust of wind tussles his hair and clothing. With a whoosh, a funnel of compressed air erupts from his outstretched hand.
Move to P17. Use Wind Blast on goblin O14.
Bullrush 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (18) + 7 = 25
Assuming he has the standard goblin CMD of 12, that should knock him back 15 feet to the northwest.
Seeing my target start to leave the mass of writhing plant-life I take another shot at him.
"GoldFire" Attack : 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (15) + 7 = 22
"GoldFire" Damage : 1d8 + 6 ⇒ (8) + 6 = 14
Feeling confident that my target is no longer a problem I start to move towards the rest of the action, finally standing beside Vorik ready to assist any way that I can. (Make it to U, 9)
Sorry about that Dieter, it is the only action I could do, especially as I had been shooting at them already. That is a really cool ability though!
With the goblins and first dog out of the fight, Vorik jumps down from his horse and steps through the door to deal with the second beast. Taking a quick swing at the beast, he misses badly. With a grumble of frustration at his own lack of focus, he resets and readies for another attack.
Vorik - Fast Dismount(DC20) to V7 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (18) + 7 = 25
Vorik - Step to X7
Vorik - Attack Wild Dog at Y7 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (2) + 7 = 9
The goblin trying to sneak out of the entanglement catches an arrow to the throat and is then blasted deeper into the foliage - which draws in his now lifeless corpse and reclaims the blown back path of the blast..
The canine snarls and snaps, Vorik brings his shield forward too late and feels the crush of the beast's powerful jaws to his left thigh.
Y7 canine bite 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (15) + 3 = 18
1d6 + 2 ⇒ (3) + 2 = 5 damage to Vorik
The puppies continue to bark as ferociously as they can, but do not seem to pose any real threat..
Bottom of the 5th
Vladimir, hearing the dog inside with Vorik enters the shack through the back entrance, and slashes at the last of the aggressive dogs.
Move to (Z,7), picking up the flank from Vorik.
Attack:1d20 + 6 + 2 ⇒ (6) + 6 + 2 = 14 (flank, expertise - penalty negated by trait)
Damage:1d8 + 3 ⇒ (7) + 3 = 10
The injured canine in the shack is a female thylacine - locally referred to as a brush dog. It is a different breed than the now dead larger male.
You approach the injured odd creature... it the size of a dog, but the slender build of a cat. (about 4 feet long, 2 feet high at the shoulder).. (the male outside was close to 6 feet long) It has heavy whiskers and dark stripes down its back and down its long rat-like tail.
Dieter squints at the animal, then reaches to his belt and withdraws a small chapbook from his belt pouch. He thumbs through a few pages, looking at various illustrations and notations. Knowledge (nature) 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (5) + 11 = 16
"That is a Thylacinus cynocephalus. A 'thylacine,' a marsupial carnivore that typically hunts in packs at night. Those goblins have likely been torturing the poor beasts. If possible, I would like to take the carcass back to the trading post for examination. We could likely learn a great deal about our surroundings just from its teeth and stomach contents."
"Whatever you want to do is fine by me. What do you want to do with the pups and the injured adult? We could always take them back to Oleg's to be trained as pet / guard animals"
He then gestures towards the hole.
"It smells like a cess-pit, but the Goblins may have been living down there... Is there anything useful in the shack?"
"Hmm... my specialty is taxonomy, not necessarily field practice." He turns to Jaestra. "Perhaps you could calm this frightened animal?"
I have zero ranks in Handle Animal and a lowly +1 modifier on my Animal Empathy. I would like to try to avoid killing this poor thing.
I glance about one last time to check if there is anything else around that could attack us, apart from the pups.
Perception : 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (4) + 12 = 16
I nod to Dieter, "Would you all like to step back please, I don't want to frighten it more than it already is." Then I bend down to one knee and hold my hand out, palm open and hold it there waiting for the poor creature to move closer. Then realising what Dieter said, I reach into my bag slowly and pull out a piece of Horse meat and place that about a foot in front of my outstretched hand. I also lower my head in a sign of respect, as if I was part of their hierarchy and was a lower rank that the creature.
Wild Empathy : 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (14) + 2 = 16 Would I get a bonus for offering the meat? If so, how much?
Vladimir backs away and resheaths his sword after wiping off the blade.
"Vorik, looks like she took a pretty good chunk out of your leg, let me me help you with that." the swordsman says casting a healing spell on the injured paladin.
CLW:1d8 + 2 ⇒ (4) + 2 = 6 (caster level 2 due to Magical Knack trait)
As the others arrive and Jaestra attempts to calm the wild beast, Vorik lowers his hammer and steps back taking the weight off of his injured leg. With a nod of appreciation and thanks to Vladimir, the big man leans back in relief as the healing magic flows through the injured leg bringing relief from the pain and strength back into the wounded limb.
"Ahhh. Many thanks Vladimir. In the heat of the fight, I didn't realize how bad that hurt."
Still rubbing his leg a bit, Vorik watches Jaestra's efforts to calm and befriend the brush dog. Turning to Dieter he asks "I'm a fair hand at working with animals. Are those creatures really trainable? This might just be the battle energy still running its course, but that beast doesn't seem to have the right temperament for being around people much."
"Your temperment might be a bit foul too, if you had to live with goblins." Vladimir says with a smirk.
The female quiets her growling but does not approach .. the two puppies come in the back door start barking at the meat. The female the cautiously approaches, grabs the meat, then backs away ... the two puppies follow, and she drops the meat. The puppies tear at it while she keeps an eye on the group.
"Ha!" Vorik laughs at Vladimir's comment. "True enough, true enough."
Wrinkling his nose at the stench of the cabin he says, "The smell alone is enough to drive any sane creature to the brink of the abyss. I think I'll give Jaestra and the creature a bit of space, might be all of us add to the things anxiety. Plus, I could use a little fresh air for myself."
Stepping out into the open air, he takes a couple of deep breaths to try and get the goblin stench out of his system.
With the fighting over, and the foliage returning to normal .. you get a chance to look around.
A couple barrels of rainwater and rotting vegetable sit by the shack. A few broken farming implements lie about .. the heads of rakes and hoes have been battered into crude weapons. The clearing looks like a small simple farm plot that has not been worked at least this past growing season.. The predominant plant looks like a fat round red radish, but about a quarter of them are white.
The hole in the ground behind the shack appears to be what is left of an outhouse.
Once everyone else is out of the cabin I slowly make my way back and sit on the floor, with my back to the wall and hands on my knees. I stay there until we leave or until the hungry creature comes to me in a non-aggressive manner.
If the creature comes to me, I shall slowly extend my hand so that it can smell it and if it continues to come to me I shall try to stroke it back gently.
Vorik takes a few minutes to look around the little field. Not seeing anything else of interest he says with a snort, "Hmph, nothing but radishes. Gods, no wonder most of the creatures were sick if that's all they were eating."
Flicking a glance at the cabin he asks the others, "So, do we pull up the vegetables and burn the cabin or risk leaving everything and having the little vermin return? After all, that certainly couldn't have been the whole tribe. There has to be more somewhere nearby."
"A scorched earth policy sounds perfectly reasonable to me... We should knock the infestation on its head before it becomes a *real* problem..."