Ah, I see. I'd misinterpreted the rules regarding spells with casting time of 1 round; I thought it just took your entire turn and that the summoned creature acted immediately after your turn. Since I was still casting the spell when I was shot, I suppose I should make the required concentration checks.
Concentration, DC 18: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (20) + 8 = 28
Concentration, DC 18: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (10) + 8 = 18 So I guess I did cast it after all. What a way to waste a nat 20, eh?
In severe pain from her arrow wounds and seeing no way to win the battle without risking more arrows, Eleri dismisses her summoned hound, drops to her knees and puts her hands up.
At the house "Well, I could only find 2 evil beings, and it sounds like there's more than that number screaming. Look, this has been a trying day already, the last thing I want is the death of a few innocent people on my conscience. Are you coming with me, or am I gonna have to go by myself?"
Gareth draws his bow and notches an arrow, ready to fire when necessary. He isn't concerned with sneaking around, as there isn't much time to lose, and sticks tightly with the others. He is probably in the front or close to the front. Possible formations include:
Thanks for the reminder Jamros - I did miss your action.
There is a weak magical aura on the north side of the cabin's interior.
The longhouse appears to be the headquarters/storage building for a group of trappers and hunters. Over the door is a weathered bronze emblem of a bear trap snapping an arrow in twain. As soon as you begin to open the door the shrieking stops.
The longhouse consists of a single long room. It is crudely furnished with an ugly brown rug and a pair of wooden armchairs and a small table in the area by the door, while a number of weathered trunks are set against the walls around the room. At the far end of the room there are four crude cots set up, while between them and the rug stand a pair of tables, a number of stools, and a stone tub filled with water. Along the walls are the mounted heads and antlers of various creatures. Of these, the most notable is the massive reptilian head mounted on the far wall, facing you as you enter.
There are the several days old remains of a meal on the tables. The inhabitants will not get a chance to finish their meal, however. Three corpses lie in pools of blood on the floor - two men and a child. The bodies look several days old and have been partially eaten.
Because your exploration must take place in a time crunch, please roll initiative.
Stealth:1d20 + 9 ⇒ (12) + 9 = 21
Hidden around various places in the cabin are 4 snakes. They are long, black creatures with red stripes and goblin-like heads. They seem to be watching you with cold fascination, and they quickly fan the air with their tongues. One of them, hiding in the shadows beneath the south table, is significantly bigger than the other 3.
HOLD UP! So Gareth does the whole paladin thing of "Follow me guys into the burning building" and Martins in front? As much as combat wise that makes sense, there was no way Martin was going in that building unless encouraged by Gareth, and no way that he was going first. He might be next to Gareth, but not in front. If Gareth wants the roleplaying credit well he should put his money where his mouth is. In otherwords, Martin is following Gareth, and I would suggest them switching spots from their current positioning on the map. If thats not good with Gareth, then we can roleplay that at the front door.
Perception: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (1) + 3 = 4
Initiative: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (1) + 3 = 4
Well, do I see the big lizard head? ;) So we are DM, Gareth, Martin, Jamros. "These people're really dead; we should go. There's somethin' magical here, maybe in that chest." He points to the chest at B10. "We should go."
Ok, so if Gareth just fired at a snake under the table, can we see it now? And what kind of cover does it have? And why the he|| are we still in this house? jk, there has got to be something good in here... right? also, I won't be posting until 7 or so, just to let everyone know.
The snake has light cover. You don't automatically see it, but on your turn you may attempt another perception check as a free action, with a +10 circumstance modifier against the same DC.
Knowledge: Dungeoneering DC 11 - Once you have seen the snakes only!:
These creatures are known as "Goblin Snakes" due to their appearance, but are actually completely unrelated to goblins. They are ancient offshoots and lesser cousins of the Naga. These "snakes" have been known to cry out, imitating civilized races' voices, in the hopes of attracting would-be rescuers to kill and eat. These shrieks can cause humanoids to feel queasy, but otherwise are not inherently harmful. As the "snakes" lack venom and the strength to constrict their victims, they rely on ambush tactics, debilitating their foes with their shrieks before moving in for the kill.
These critters can be found in bestiary for the first part of the Rise of the Runelords adventure path - "Burnt Offerings."
Male Human Rogue [Investigator] 1/Dragonfire Adept 3
Caladrius sees the direction that things are turning and spouts what sounds to be a stream of creatively invective Draconic before dropping his dagger and putting his hands in the air as well before addressing PygradoWell that answers what kind of assassin you are...
Perception:1d20 + 10 + 3 ⇒ (12) + 10 + 3 = 25
I see you!! Can I see the one in the chest he mentioned? Wait, in the chest, right... :P "AH! There it is! AH!" Jamros fires at the big bad snake thing with his crossbow.
Attack: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (15) + 7 = 22
Damage: 1d6 + 1 ⇒ (1) + 1 = 2
On miss, 51-100 bolt doesn't break: 1d100 ⇒ 93 "Why 'mI still 'ere?! A fight while runnin' from a fire? Let's get out!" If Martin doesn't run off, Jamros, for some reason, reloads his crossbow rather than running for it. If Martin does, he shifts to E1 rather than reloading and says "Gareth, we gotta get OUT!" On second thought, we've got 7 hours, that is 7d6 lethal damage to our horses, and I can't make saves forever. I've got 3d8+3 healing, pony only has 13HP. That is an average of 24.5 damage, and a max of 27 healing if I don't need any healing, and that is just for me. Something tells me we are going to die in here unless we find something really amazing in this shack. Also, I have I don't really want to re-roll a character, so maybe we should stay and fight?
"Get back! Both of you!" The archer shouts, stepping to -B21. He drops his bow and draws a falchion from its sheathe on his back. Brandishing it at you, he says "Step back to your friend. I will give you further instructions once you do."
Didn't you see? He's some kind of fire-breathing monster! He's no friend of mine! You have to protect me! Bluff 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (20) + 4 = 24
Step to -C22. Sense Motive 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (6) + 4 = 10: If I take another step (to -B22, putting the archer between us, do I think he'll take the AoO. If I don't think so, I'll do it. Otherwise stop and take the total defense action.
Does the feat Quick Draw apply to "readying" a concealed weapon (Complete Scoundrel), which normally takes a move action?
As the specific concealed weapons in complete scoundrel are designed for quick deployment and function independently of the sleight of hand skill, I'll say yes. Weapons hidden using sleight of hand use the standard rules.
Martin Strikes out at g3 with his sword:
atk:1d20 + 7 ⇒ (10) + 7 = 17
dmg:1d8 + 5 ⇒ (8) + 5 = 13 If the Snake is still standing shift to G2 before attacking again, otherwise take a 5ft step to F3 and attack the 2nd snake. In either case:
shield atk: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (18) + 6 = 24
dmg:1d6 + 2 ⇒ (3) + 2 = 5
Accompanied Shield Bash:1d20 + 7 ⇒ (5) + 7 = 12
Hey, I just realized that the acrobatics tumble I took was illegal since I counted 2 diagonals as 10 ft instead of 15. I am instead taking a 5ft shift to G2, provoking an AoO from the snake in G3 and taking the same shot at the big snake. Sorry for the confusion.
Gareth steps backward to get away from the screeching snake, and fires at it. His shot connects, striking it deeply in the midsection. However, the snake in G3 sees Gareth focusing elsewhere, and strikes at the paladin with its fangs. It impacts Gareth's armor harmlessly, however.
Seeing the snake in G3 rebound from its failed strike, Martin slashes at it with his sword, bisecting the beast. Stepping up, he then bashes the larger snake in the face with his shield.
Jamros's bolt also strikes the big snake, but it does not penetrate very far.
The snake that could not reach you earlier does so now, slithering to G4, where it strikes unsuccessfully at Martin.
Infuriated by the number of wounds it has sustained, the big snake lashes out at Martin with its fangs. It scores a deep wound on the warrior's sword arm (7 damage). The snake then backs off from its assault, shifting to E5.
Meanwhile, the snake that attacked Jamros last turn will do so again, slithering to E2 in the process. As with its last attempt, it fails to connect with its target.
Pygrado cowers and tries to move behind the captain, who will have none of that, and attempts to smack Pygrado with the flat of the blade but misses.
Caladrius's "surrender" act almost works, but the Captain seems to believe Pygrado's warning!
Eleri continues to surrender.
Having failed to capitalize on the opening given by Pygrado, he moves toward Caladrius and swings as hard as he can, missing once again. "Get back to Lord Stronginthearm's camp and report in! I'll handle these fools!" He shouts to the other voice.
At this point, a pair of blue bolts fly out from beyond the boulder, striking Pygrado (6 damage).
Captain opportunity attack vs Pygrado:1d20 + 3 ⇒ (7) + 3 = 10 Captain power attack vs Caladrius:1d20 + 6 ⇒ (6) + 6 = 12 Magic Missile damage vs Pygrado:2d4 + 2 ⇒ (2, 2) + 2 = 6
From your new vantage point you can see the main camp, including a young woman wearing the colors of Goldrest on her tunic. She is mounted upon a horse and is pointing a wand at you. She appears to be making ready to ride.
Jamros eyes the snake who advanced on him, and his hand bursts into flame. He reaches out to try to grab the snake with his flaming hand.
To hit v touch: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (6) + 2 = 8
Damage: 1d6 + 1 ⇒ (5) + 1 = 6
Gareth fires two shots at the remaining snakes. He will fire at the large snake until it drops. If the first shot drops the snake, he will target the snake in E2 by Jamros.
Attack 1:1d20 + 6 ⇒ (20) + 6 = 26
Damage 1:1d8 + 3 ⇒ (2) + 3 = 5
Attack 2:1d20 + 6 ⇒ (4) + 6 = 10
Damage 2:1d8 + 3 ⇒ (5) + 3 = 8
Critical Confirmation:1d20 + 6 ⇒ (2) + 6 = 8
If confirmed, card number: 1d52 ⇒ 30 Given the confirmation result, I won't bother rolling for extra damage :(
Gareth's first shot scores a strong impact on the largest of the snakes, but does not drop it. His second misses entirely.
Martin attacks the large snake as well, but it is surprisingly nimble and is able to avoid both sword and shield.
Jamros, meanwhile, charges up his hand with fiery energy and tries to b##&*slap the closest snake. He fails (note that the touch attack is not expended on a miss - you have 9 more rounds to hit with it before the energy fades, and technically you get to make one attack roll with it each turn as a free action until you hit something).
Irritated by the halfling's flaming hand waving around in its face, the snake in E2 makes another attempt at biting Jamros. Unsurprisingly, it misses once more.
The snake in G4 slithers to F3 to harass Gareth, only to fail utterly to connect.
The large snake continues to attack Martin, but Martin is able to turn its strike aside with his shield.
Really? An attack as a free action for 10 rounds? The ability in the book reads:
Touch of Flame (Su): As a standard action, you can perform a melee touch attack that deals 1d6 points of fire damage +1 point for every two oracle levels you possess. You can use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + your Charisma modifier. At 11th level, any weapon that you wield is treated as a flaming weapon.
If I get a free attack, then:
Jamros swings his hand again at the snake, taking no time at all!
to hit: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (7) + 2 = 9
damage: 1d6 + 1 ⇒ (4) + 1 = 5
He then swerves and dodges to C2 Acrobatics 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (19) + 10 = 29 and reloads his crossbow.
[ooc]That's how touch spells work. Casting one is a standard action, but the actual attack is a separate, free action. As they are not lost until they hit (usually), this seems to be the way they work. I'll check when next I'm at my books.[ooc]
Gareth chooses to ignore the snake in front of him to his peril. It strikes at him as he fires at its larger fellow, fouling his aim for his first shot but otherwise inflicting no harm. Gareth's second shot, however, catches the large snake right through it's mouth, killing it.
Seeing Gareth's victory, Martin turns and swings at the snake harassing Gareth, neatly bisecting it. He then steps to F3 and brutally smashes the snake in E2 with his shield, sending it flying into the wall in D1, where it falls prone.
Jamros, seeing the now-vulnerable snake lying stunned on the ground, hits it hard with his fiery palm, burning it to a crisp as he tumbles overhead. The -4 to melee AC for being knocked prone just allowed you to hit it.
All snakes are down! Great rolling guys, and I hope you don't mind me revising your actions slightly, Martin - your target was dead, and your rolls were too good to let go to waste.
You are still on initiative as you explore the cabin!
Goblin Group Knowledge: Nature or Dungeoneering DC 15:
While one of the large snake's fangs is broken, you think that the other could be cheaply crafted to function as a magic dagger.
Goblin Group Perception DC 15:
It is getting warmer in here, and you can faintly hear the south side of the house beginning to catch flame.
Goblin Group Perception DC 20:
You can hear your horses whinnying worriedly outside, as well as the scratching steps of claws on the roof.
F3 AoO vs Gareth:1d20 + 2 ⇒ (16) + 2 = 18 Martin critical confirmation:1d20 + 9 ⇒ (18) + 9 = 27 Martin Critical Deck Roll:1d52 ⇒ 49"Fingertipped" result - not applicable to a snake! Double damage it is, then!
Perception: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (3) + 3 = 6 Where did the room go?! I can't see anything! Jamros attempts to open the chest in B3. "Check all the chests!! Gareth, the one by you most!!" After grabbing what he wants out of it (if it opens) he leaves the cabin, ending one square out of the door. What do I see DM?
Male Human Rogue [Investigator] 1/Dragonfire Adept 3
<Insert Pun Involving Vista>:
Caladrius does not like the look of a large blade being waved in his face, so he decides to do something about it. He dodges out of the way of the Captain's sword as he pulls a small object from a pouch on his bandoleer and throws it at the captain's sword. The object hits with a puff of brown dust and wisps of smoke begin coming from the Captain's falchion as the substance eats away at the steel.
5' step to -E20 and throw a rust cube at the falchion. I'm not sure what the Ac is but it is probably the wielder's touch AC. The rust cube deals 1d6 damage, bypassing hardness on three consecutive rounds. I have no idea how many HP it has but once it takes more than half its HP in damage it gains the broken condition. Ranged Touch Attk:1d20 + 4 ⇒ (17) + 4 = 21
Rust Damage (Ignores Hardness)1d6 ⇒ 4