Esteriande peers through and nods thoughtfully.
"Zey are distracted...more out zere means less inside," she nods. "Let us join ze ozzers. When we get into ze keep, we must seal ze gate as our first priority."
Esteriande leads the way back to the rest of the party.
Romon checks out the courtyard scene and smiles. "Affirmatory, Pigpen."
He trots contentedly behind Esteriande back to the party.
Sure. How long could they possibly be gone? Romon's only got a 12 Con... :P
"You know, if we drove zese out into ze courtyard through ze secret door, zat would cause real chaos, zough I zink Alli would not be 'appy," Esteriande chuckles quietly to Romon.
"Zer is supposed to be a secret door in 'ere zat leads to ze dungeons of ze castle," Esteriande says in a soft tone to the party, seeking not to alarm the shocker lizards. "It should be around 'ere somewhere."
Knowledge (engineering): 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (6) + 4 = 10 Can she tell where it should be?
"Wait...zey said zat ze lizards sometimes get into ze dungeons," Esteriande muses. "Un moment." She fishes in her pack and takes out a candle. "If zere is a way in, zen zere is a draft...'old very still, and try not to breathe," she asks, and lights the candle, then holds it to see if the flame streams in a particular direction."
So just so I'm clear, the issue now is that we are trying to find a secret door?
Wishing to help as best she can, Ali flows to her regular wolf form and, along with Lunas to help her, sniffs and looks carefully all along the walls, trying to find a hidden entrance.
Aliwolf Perception: 1d20 + 11 + 2 ⇒ (18) + 11 + 2 = 31 + Scent
Lunas aid: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (13) + 9 = 22
For the Wild Druid build, I've just decided that I like it best that they only have Scent when in the their first Shapeshifting form. Not when in the others or their original form (humaniod?) form
The lizards lied? The deceitful bastards...
Esteriande searches the wall carefully for signs of a concealed door.
Perception: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (1) + 11 = 12
"Nothing obvious to me," Esteriande shakes her head, speakin gin a whisper. "Monsieur Romon, would you do ze honours? It must be close by."
Romon trots through the door and glides silently ahead of the party.
get a 30' lead on the party and quick stealth along. Ioun torch in left hand for light, best dagger in right hand.
Perception 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (14) + 13 = 27 +4 v traps
Stealth 1d20 + 19 ⇒ (16) + 19 = 35
Marching order OK.
Inikai takes a look back down the tunnel before following Naria. The last thing he wants is for something to sneak up on him from behind when he is in the cramped quarters of the secret pathway.
1d20 + 7 ⇒ (13) + 7 = 20
What Romaon did not expect to find on theother side off the door was a finely decorated and almost palatial room tapestries hang from the walls fine carpets and furniture fill the room almost to overflowing.Two women are here the first tall aristocratic and redheaded her face a picture of such sensuality as to arouse immediate feelings of lust in amny man.the Second equally as beautiful but darker with more pronounced curves.
"Do come in" the redhead almost purrs at the sight of Romon in the doorway.."We have a ..proposition for you"
Romon's jaw twitches sideways as he mentally counts to three. Desna be sweet! My luck is turning.
He turns to flash Estriande a big come-see-what-I-found grin. The grins blossoms into a full blown smile as he turns to face the two ladies again.
"What gentleman could fail to hear out such beautiful women? I am all attention." He says as he steps into the room.
He leaves his mace across the threshold.
Concupsient, yes. Stupid, no.
Bluff +7 or sleight of hand +13 to be discrete with the mace 1d20 ⇒ 5
But maybe over eager. Where's the suave?
Padding into the room as well and blinking in confusion for a moment, Aliwolf, hearing Naria's comment, growls slightly and opens her senses to try and detect the Scent of evil on the pair of women.
Naria gets ready to start blasting things.
"No way do two ladies remain unharmed in an Ogre held fort." She mumbles to whoever is nearby
"Indeed. Brains of the operation..."Inikai mutters back. He steps into the room and tries to take in as much as he can without being completely obvious.
1d20 + 7 ⇒ (8) + 7 = 15
Esteriande pauses and looks at the two women curiously. Her mind races, two aristocratic women in this place implies they are almost certainly in league with the ogres, especially as the Black Arrows never mentioned them. What manner of creature's could they be?
Her senses are open (detect evil on them both) and she is watching both of them keenly as she follows Romon (keeping him within her Aura of Courage/Resolve), her blade is lowered but not sheathed.
"Indeed," she adds. "It would be interesting to know how two such beautiful and refined ladies come to be sharing zis castle with so many savage brutes."
"My sister and I commend you on your ingenuity in avoiding the Kreegs in the fort and would like to make you an offer.Our... employer would dearly like to meet with you with the view to offering you a position of power within his organisation."
"And 'oo is this employer?" Esteriande asks. "We are 'ere to recapture zis fort, and I doubt zat 'is agenda is concurrent with such a task."
Bluff: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (18) + 6 = 24 Readying to strike but acting relaxed; effectively a readied action to strike the nearest when all hell breaks loose.
Romon scans the room looking for refreshment, valuable loot, and anything odd or out of place.
Perception 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (6) + 13 = 19
Appraise to spot most valuable thing 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (15) + 7 = 22
The redheads eyes narrow as Esteriande speaks.."Retake this..pile..Oh I'm sure it could be arranged for you to take possession off it once you have accepted our proposition.All you have to do is meet with our employer and discuss terms for your employment"
Romon glances around but stops when his eyes meet those of the darker womsn who is regarding him intently.
Romon smiles and winks at the brunette. He tips his head to one side, inviting a separate conversation.
If she is inclined to acquiesce, Romon takes a few steps to the left so they have a bit of privacy while remaining in plain sight of everyone.
He speaks softly to avoid interrupting Esteriande's negotiations and gives her his best smile.
"So, you and -- your sister(?), have been waiting here for us? How'd you you hear about us, or are you just impressed that anyone could sneak past a bunch of bungling ogrekin?"
Diplomacy 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (7) + 12 = 19
Sense Motive 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (20) + 8 = 28
Romon chuckles too. "We can't all be in such an urgent hurry. How can we decide if we don't know you or the terms of your offer. Are their any special perks that go with the job? ~Eyes drift devouringly up and down.~ Where'd you see us in action?"
2. Bluff to alert the others to their readiness. Although I doubt they really need any warning. 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (2) + 7 = 9
"Ze only place zey can 'ave, Romon: Magnimar. Is zat not so?" Esteriande smiles, connecting the dots. "You must 'ave been acquaintances with Justice Ironbriar. Allow me to make you a counter-offer," Eseriande stops smiling. "Your lives for your surrender. 'ave a care, for zere will be no second offer, your decision will be very final, and I too require a swift reply."
Esteriande is expecting an attack, spell or spell-like ability to be used, and is ready to interrupt whatever may occur.
While the women are talking to Esteriende and Romon Inikai sees this as an opportunity to step a few feet away from the others. Five foot step As he takes his steps he splays his fingers wide and shakes his hand in a circular gesture that suggests he is spreading something on the ground.
Muchorak listens to the conversation ready to draw his blades if needed...
"Could it be possible to feign interest in the offer to meet the head of this snake?"
The redhead shrugs.."Yes I thought that might be your position..ah well" and both women transform into creatures similar to that you faced in the clocktower..as they sprout serpent like tails whilst retaining their human torso's
No Surprise round as everyone was prepared for this.
Miss Brunette 27
Miss Redhead 23
No problem with that..also no-one is flat footed for this
Dabbler a combat map please the Lamiae take up the top 10' with the redhead on the right.
The brunette lashes out at Romon with a longspear.
1d20 + 17 ⇒ (17) + 17 = 34 Damage 1d8 + 8 ⇒ (2) + 8 = 10
1d20 + 12 ⇒ (4) + 12 = 16
1d20 + 7 ⇒ (4) + 7 = 11
As she hits him a wave of despair washes over you
DC 16 will saves from everyone please or be at -2 to all rolls(Including Damage) for 60 rounds
Romon requires an additional DC 16 will save to prevent him being nauseated with despair for 1d6 ⇒ 1 rounds
Best order I can come up with, based on previous party order. I am assuming the two lamia are large-sized.
Will Save: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (12) + 9 = 21 If this is an enchantment/charm effect, Esteriande is immune in any event, and all within ten feet of her gain a +4 bonus to their save.
As the spear lashes out so does the paladin's blade as she strikes out at the evil monster before her. Smite Evil (+3 to hit, +8 damage, AC to 27) & Power Attack (-3 AC, +9 damage) on the Brunette.
Attack #1: 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (5) + 15 = 20 Damage: 1d10 + 23 ⇒ (7) + 23 = 30
Attack #2: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (8) + 10 = 18 Damage: 1d10 + 23 ⇒ (2) + 23 = 25
It is an enchantment the base being a Crushing despair spell so the +4 applies to Romon, Ali and Muchorak
Esteriandes blows fail to connect with the serpentine woman who dodges them with almost contemptuous ease
The redhead makes no real moves that might draw an attack but both sisters suddenly seem to be moving faster.
Lamiae are now Hasted. for the next 8 rounds