M6 will be necessary to get within 30' of the monk in Q6, Zak. Still need to know where Zarina is, and then we'll be ready to start this thing properly. Additionally, there are over a thousand people in the stands watching you fight. Why is this important? Well, we'll be using the performance combat rules, since they were made for scenarios like this one.
Well, we'll be using the performance combat rules, since they were made for scenarios like this one.
Speaking of which, assuming that Zak's 27 hit their flat-footed AC (which I pray is the case, because if not we're screwed), I believe he is entitled to a performance check as a free action for first blood...
They could well have, Poog. But...
Zak flies up into the air, floating above the scene of battle, and his arrow flies true towards one of the monks. It strikes her solidly, and the crowd cheers as first blood has been struck!
...they don't have that feat. As Asha correctly points out, Zak gets to make a performance combat check to influence the crowd in your favor. And since success or failure on that won't affect the monks...
The monks with meteor hammers and monk's spades leap to the attack, darting across the field at a frightening speed. Within a heartbeat, two of them are upon Zarina, one on Asha, and the fourth has slipped around to engage Simon. The monk with the seven-branched sword, however, remains a few steps behind.
Meteor monk 1 charges Zarina: 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (14) + 13 = 27, 1d8 + 5 ⇒ (6) + 5 = 11 damage.
Meteor monk 2 charges Asha: 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (9) + 13 = 22, 1d8 + 5 ⇒ (1) + 5 = 6 damage.
Spade monk 1 charges Zarina: 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (13) + 13 = 26, 1d6 + 4 ⇒ (4) + 4 = 8 damage.
Spade monk 2 moves and attacks Simon: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (2) + 11 = 13, 1d6 + 4 ⇒ (1) + 4 = 5
The two monks that engage Zarina both strike, and take a moment to pose dramatically for the crowd afterwards!
Performance combat checks for the two:
Meteor monk 1: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (3) + 1 = 4
Spade monk 1: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (13) + 1 = 14
It seems as though the crowd instantly takes a dislike to the monks of the Enduring Spirit, and they begin to throw taunts at the monks that have ganged up on Zarina. A few contestants close by throw eggs, which splatter uselessly against the scintillating orange wall.
Huh. Well, that sucked for them. The crowd is now hostile against the monks, giving them a -2 to all d20 rolls. Next up: Asha, Zarina and Simon!
Zarina grunts as the monks lay into her. She lets out a ferocious growl and swipes at the closest monk with her claws. To top it off, she takes a bite at the monks as well. With every strike her fury in reflected in the fiery silhouette that lingers for a slight second. "Yield now, friend monks, and I will stop my flames."
Rage, Power attack.
Claw One 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (8) + 15 = 23
Damage 1d6 + 14 ⇒ (2) + 14 = 16 plus 1d6 ⇒ 4 fire
Claw Two 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (5) + 15 = 20
Damage 1d6 + 14 ⇒ (6) + 14 = 20 plus 1d6 ⇒ 6 fire
Bite 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (18) + 15 = 33
Damage 1d6 + 16 ⇒ (2) + 16 = 18 plus 1d6 ⇒ 6 fire
AC is 22 while raging. 104/123 regular HP left. While raging 126/145 left. Geez, hopefully their charge will let at least one claw hit...
Actually, that's going to hit all three times, Zarina. Any preference on which one you're attacking? Spade or hammer? Also, you may make a performance combat roll as a free action since you entered into a rage, and you may make another one as a swift action for hitting multiple times in the round at a +2 bonus.
Zak does a rolling spin in the air, then twirls and nocks another arrow, posing as he takes aim.
Performance Combat Check: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (10) + 3 = 13
(another rule I'm unfamiliar with, is it 1d20 + Cha. Mod. + bonus for base attack + bonus for performance ranks? So for Zak: 1d20 + 0 + 3 + 0?)
Um. Has my Summon Monster III spell gone off or hasn't it? This is fairly important to determine my next action. ^^;
Your action was after the monks', Simon, so you haven't actually started casting yet. Zak, your performance check calculation looks right. Zarina, yours should be Cha mod (+4) plus bonus based on BAB (+2) plus bonus for Perform ranks (+0), for a total of +6.
GM, if the monk attacking me has his meteor hammer in non-reach mode, he provoked an AoO on his way in because I have reach and Combat Reflexes - if not, he's too close to me. I need to know which before I act. In case I get the AoO: glaive AoO 1d20 + 18 ⇒ (18) + 18 = 36, damage 1d10 + 9 ⇒ (3) + 9 = 12. (I should also note that he did hit me since my ff AC is only 20, and thus also gets a performance check if he wants it.)
In that case, Simon casts as previously stated. One Lantern Archon, coming up!
The Lantern Archon appears over Simon and casts its gaze on the attacking Spade Monk. The Monk now has to contend with the Archon's Aura of Menace: DC13. The Archon's sensory organs flare brightly, and light stabs out at the attacker.
Two Rays of Light: Ranged touch attack #1: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (17) + 3 = 20. Damage if successful: 1d6 ⇒ 6. Ranged touch attack #2: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (4) + 3 = 7. Damage if successful: 1d6 ⇒ 2.
Simon is not hamming it up for the crowd, so no Perform checks. ^^
The crowd is unimpressed by Zak's twirling, but finds far more distaste in Zarina's claws. She tears into the hammer-wielding monk, who swiftly lies bleeding on the ground, still and motionless.
Zarina failed on her first performance combat roll by more than 5, but not on the second. You're all at a -1 morale penalty to attack rolls, combat maneuver checks, ability checks, skill checks and saving throws. And I've adjusted the second meteor hammer monk so that he's not taking the AoO - he's smarter than that. Also, Simon, you can begin casting Summon Monster III this turn, but it will not go off until the beginning of your next turn.
Asha whirls into a series of her own attacks, moving faster than it seems possible for a warrior without magic. Spending a ki point for an extra attack on her flurry with her glaive, plus using Power Attack and including the morale penalty:
Glaive flurry #1: 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (3) + 13 = 16, damage 1d10 + 16 ⇒ (3) + 16 = 19 plus 1d6 ⇒ 5 nonlethal.
Glaive flurry #2: 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (3) + 13 = 16, damage 1d10 + 16 ⇒ (7) + 16 = 23 plus 1d6 ⇒ 3 nonlethal.
Glaive flurry #3: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (1) + 8 = 9, damage 1d10 + 16 ⇒ (2) + 16 = 18 plus 1d6 ⇒ 6 nonlethal.
Glaive flurry #ki point 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (19) + 13 = 32, damage 1d10 + 16 ⇒ (6) + 16 = 22 plus 1d6 ⇒ 1 nonlethal; crit confirm 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (6) + 13 = 19, crit damage 2d10 + 32 ⇒ (5, 9) + 32 = 46.
Performance check for rolling the nat 1: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (17) + 10 = 27.
Poog shakes his head as the boos rain down on his teammates. This am no good, he thinks.
He glares at the nearest monk SM2, stomping his small foot twice as he wishes ill fortune on the man. Evil Eye hex; -2 to all saves for 7 rounds; DC 19 Will save to reduce to one round.
Also, did we get any chance to cast spells ahead of time? Wasn't sure about whether I'd gotten to cast false life.
Not this time, Poog - your first match is immediately after the open ceremonies. There will be time to do so in future bouts, though.
Asha's foe dodges and leaps over many of her strikes, but the final one connects solidly, knocking the wind out of the man. He spins his meteor hammer in a defensive manner, hoping to ward off more blows like that.
If I understand the performance combat rules, Asha, I believe you may make another performance combat roll to influence the crowd since you critted the meteor monk.
Will save: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (20) + 8 = 28
The spade monk shakes his head in confusion; his usual iron will is battered by the little goblin's strange magics.
Zak takes aim on the sword monk that threatens Simon and unleashes a barrage of arrows with unnatural speed.
ok, let's try this again, full attack action with boots of speed, +1 from being hasted and -1 from performance, no point blank, deadly aim for -3/+6, so 17/17/12/7 and +12 to damage
Arrow 1: 1d20 + 17 ⇒ (2) + 17 = 191d8 + 12 ⇒ (5) + 12 = 17
Arrow 2: 1d20 + 17 ⇒ (16) + 17 = 331d8 + 12 ⇒ (7) + 12 = 19
Arrow 3: 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (3) + 12 = 151d8 + 12 ⇒ (2) + 12 = 14
Arrow 4: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (17) + 7 = 241d8 + 12 ⇒ (8) + 12 = 20
The crowd cheers again as Asha recovers from an uncharacteristically clumsy attack. And we're back to normal. No morale penalties.
The monk with the seven-branched sword recognizes the true threat on the battlefield, and closes to engage Zarina. His sword gleams in the orange light, and slashes at her. She knocks aside a brutal blow aimed for her midsection, but the man still draws blood.
Sword monk does not charge, move to I6, swift action to use a ki point to increase AC by 4, and strike!
Attack: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (20) + 9 = 29
Damage: 1d10 + 5 ⇒ (4) + 5 = 9
Crit Confirm: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (1) + 9 = 10
Crit Damage: 2d10 + 10 ⇒ (2, 3) + 10 = 15
Zak notices the man with a monk's spade harrying Simon, and sends a volley of arrows at him. The martial artist spins his staff in a vain effort to knock them aside - most of them still find their mark, however. He collapses to a knee, and throws his spade to the ground.
Spade monk 2 takes a severe beating, and surrenders!
The two remaining monks see things have gotten desperate, and close to attack their targets. Zarina's foe launches into a flurry of attacks, none of which connect solidly; Asha's dance partner, however, opts for a more cautious approach, and one swing of his hammer threatens to strike her in the skull.
Spade monk 1 adjusts to H5, and flurries Zarina. He also spends a ki point to get an additional attack.
Attack 1: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (11) + 9 = 20, Damage: 1d6 + 4 ⇒ (2) + 4 = 6
Attack 2: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (5) + 9 = 14, Damage: 1d6 + 4 ⇒ (2) + 4 = 6
Attack 3 (from ki point): 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (16) + 9 = 25, Damage: 1d6 + 4 ⇒ (1) + 4 = 5
Attack 4: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (16) + 4 = 20, Damage: 1d6 + 4 ⇒ (5) + 4 = 9
Attack 5: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (6) + 4 = 10, Damage: 1d6 + 4 ⇒ (1) + 4 = 5
Meteor monk spends a ki point to gain +4 to AC, and full attacks Asha.
Attack 1: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (19) + 9 = 28, Damage: 1d8 + 5 ⇒ (3) + 5 = 8
Crit Confirm: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (17) + 9 = 26, Damage: 1d8 + 5 ⇒ (4) + 5 = 9
Attack 2: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (5) + 4 = 9, Damage: 1d8 + 5 ⇒ (8) + 5 = 13
Next up: Asha, Zarina and Simon!
DM, did the meteor hammer monk that I hit pretty badly last round surrender, or is he still threatening me? If he is still up, let me try to knock him down first. Also, not sure if the minus one is still in effec this round...if it is, please subtract it rom my rolls.
Status: 90/123 normal HP left, 112/145 rage HP left, AC 22, second round of raging.
Zarina turns toward the monk with the spade and swings her claws at him.
Claw One 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (1) + 15 = 16
Damage 1d6 + 14 ⇒ (2) + 14 = 16 plus 1d6 ⇒ 5 fire
Claw Two 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (5) + 15 = 20
Damage 1d6 + 14 ⇒ (1) + 14 = 15 plus 1d6 ⇒ 2 fire
Bite 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (10) + 15 = 25
Damage 1d6 + 16 ⇒ (5) + 16 = 21 plus 1d6 ⇒ 1 fire
Asha is rocked back by the blow to her head, but it only catches her off-guard for a moment; she immediately replies with another series of blows from her glaive.
Another flurry, no Power Attack this time, same target. If any one of these drops her target, she takes a 5 foot step to I8 and directs the rest of her attacks on the monk with the 7-branched sword.
Flurry #1: attack 1d20 + 17 ⇒ (13) + 17 = 30, damage 1d10 + 7 ⇒ (10) + 7 = 17 plus 1d6 ⇒ 3 nonlethal. Also, if I hit, they are dazzled: -1 to attacks for a round.
Flurry #2: attack 1d20 + 17 ⇒ (20) + 17 = 37, damage 1d10 + 7 ⇒ (8) + 7 = 15 plus 1d6 ⇒ 5 nonlethal plus dazzled.
Crit confirm: 1d20 + 17 ⇒ (7) + 17 = 24, damage 2d10 + 14 ⇒ (3, 1) + 14 = 18
Flurry #3: attack 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (14) + 12 = 26, damage 1d10 + 7 ⇒ (2) + 7 = 9 plus 1d6 ⇒ 4 nonlethal and dazzled.
Zarina's claws are wide of the mark, but her vicious bite finds purchase in the spade monk's shoulder. Asha's retort sends her foe flying, and is even able to begin harrying the monk with the seven-branched sword. Simon finishes his chanting, and a small sphere of pure white energy appears floating high above Zarina and the two monks. Two blasts of brilliant white emit from inside the creature, but the monks dive out of the way, and the blasts strike the arena's sandy ground.
The monk with the seven-branched sword parries one of Asha's last blows, and steps into an advantageous position against Zarina. With a warcry, he launches into a final desperate assault against his draconic foe.
The sword monk will take a 5' step into flank with the spade monk, make a flurry of blows on Zarina, and spend a ki point to get an additional attack.
Attack 1: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (7) + 10 = 17, Damage; 1d10 + 5 ⇒ (7) + 5 = 12
Attack 2: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (3) + 10 = 13, Damage; 1d10 + 5 ⇒ (4) + 5 = 9
Attack 3: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (15) + 10 = 25, Damage; 1d10 + 5 ⇒ (6) + 5 = 11
Attack 4: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (1) + 5 = 6, Damage; 1d10 + 5 ⇒ (8) + 5 = 13
Attack 5: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (7) + 5 = 12, Damage; 1d10 + 5 ⇒ (5) + 5 = 10
Poog is up!
Looks like there's just one left?
Poog turns his gaze on the final remaining monk, pulling a small twig from his clothing. He points it at the man, twirls it around once in the air, and then breaks it with a loud snap, which seems to send a shimmer of force in the monk's direction.
Utilizing the boots of speed again, Zak unleashes a full volley at the spade monk.
full attack action with boots of speed, +1 from being hasted, no point blank, deadly aim for -3/+6, so 18/18/13/8 and +12 to damage
Arrow 1: 1d20 + 18 ⇒ (11) + 18 = 291d8 + 12 ⇒ (3) + 12 = 15
Arrow 2: 1d20 + 18 ⇒ (5) + 18 = 231d8 + 12 ⇒ (5) + 12 = 17
Arrow 3: 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (8) + 13 = 211d8 + 12 ⇒ (7) + 12 = 19
Arrow 4: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (13) + 8 = 211d8 + 12 ⇒ (5) + 12 = 17
Because I dropped an opponent and I maxxed out on damage, I think I get a couple of performance checks. Taking them in the order they occurred:
Check for max damage (with +2 bonus for using a two-handed weapon): 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (9) + 12 = 21
Check for dropping a foe: 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (18) + 12 = 30
If I succeeded on either check (and I would think I did), I think we might be getting a morale bonus of some size...
You did, in fact, Asha. The crowd is now on your side; you all get a +2 morale bonus to attack rolls, combat maneuver checks, ability checks, skill checks, and saving throws.
Zak fires a cascade of arrows down at the monks fighting Zarina. The monk with the spade falls to the ground after the third, and Zak redirects the final shot to the sword-wielding monk. It also strikes him in the arm, leaving him the only opposing combatant on the field.
Asha, Zarina and Simon get to finish this off!
Hooray, I can actually post for a bit today, thanks to family. ^^
Simon nods at the Lantern Archon, which moves to flank the remaining Monk, moving to an angle opposite Zarina. The old man moves to an equidistant point, leaving the last man standing the center of a rather uncomfortable triangle.
"You may stand and be felled, or yield with honour, sir," Simopn calls out with a stern voice.
Diplomacy to make the last Monk yield: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (11) + 9 = 20. If he insists on fighting anyway, the Lantern Archon attacks: Ranged touch attack #1: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (5) + 3 = 8. Damage if it hits: 1d6 ⇒ 5. Ranged touch attack #2: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (17) + 3 = 20. Damage if it hits: 1d6 ⇒ 2.
The monk with the sword sees his brethren fallen before him, and slowly lowers his sword. He bows deeply to each of you, then quits the field of battle. The crowd erupts in cheers as the Emissary stands from his wooden throne. "The winners of our initial bout: the Warriors of the Five Elements!" The crowd roars its approval all around you.
After a time, one of the usher monks gestures for you to leave the field of battle, and stand before the base of the ziggurat. The crowd quiets as he rises again to speak. "Well done, Warriors. For your success here, you will advance to the second day. You are now one step closer to victory! In recognition of this, you will be honored with a token to commemorate your deed. May it bring you great fortune in the trials to come." Marythsan descends the steps, and holds out a small silk bag in one hand, presenting it to you all. Kiang Zhen regards the five of you from her place next to the Emissary with an almost clinical interest.
Congratulations! I won't be handing out XP in this, but I will be tracking it - you will likely level up once before the end of this whole thing, but you're in no danger of that any time soon.
Poog merely glances at Zarina as he steps forward and holds out his hand. Claiming the small silk bag, he holds it up slowly spinning to show the entire assembled audience the prize ... and the sharply pointed teeth in his wide grin.
Asha smiles broadly at the crowd as well, but she spares a sorrowful glance at the dead monk's still form. If she has the chance, she'll take a moment to speak to the sword monk about whether his order can or will arrange for the dead man's resurrection.
He's definitely dead. Zarina's bite and fire did enough to drop him to about -16, well below negative Con.
The Pavilion echoes with the cheers of the crowd as Poog accepts the bag and raises it in victory. As the cheers die down, the usher monks motion again for you to depart the Grand Pavilion so that they may prepare for the next bout. As you are lead out, the Emissary announces, "As we prepare the fight stage for the next bout, we present a challenge to all competitors! Show all those in attendance the power behind your blows! Put your might to the test in this competition of breaking!" With the day's victory behind you, you are approached by several spectators, praising your fighting skills.
Asha: You catch sight of the monk you fought who wielded the seven-branched sword. As you approach, he bows in respect to you. "Our brother knew the risks of entering the Tournament. Some of his worldly possessions will be sold to finance his spirit's return into his body. The Abadarites will ensure his body's safekeeping until after the Tournament is over."
Feel free to heal up - you've got the time, just mark off the resources used. You're at loose ends for now. You can participate in the breaking competition if you desire, explore the island, watch the bouts, or whatever else you'd like to do. Just let me know!
Zak looks over Poog's shoulder, curious as to what may be the reward. "It's likely that whatever reward we receive will be received by our competition in the next round of the tournament."