Lighting the torches which send shadows of the stalagmites and stalagtites dancing weirdly against the walls and roof of the cave. Jack heads down the passageway stooping to avoid the overhanging rocks, leading from the area of semi-darkness at the edge of the torchlight.
The floor of the passageway slopes downwards, steeply in places and slick with mud which causes a few slips. As you move down the passageway high-pitched, panicked sounds of seeming torment echo upwards from in front of you, faint at first, but growing louder as you approach.
There is no sign of light from ahead and, if you approach further, it seems likely that anyone in the cavern ahead will spot the glow of the torches.
Bein stayed close to the Teacher and casted a wary eye behind them everyone once and awhile, lighting the passage behind himself and sweeping with his blade. He didn't particularly prefer underground delving but he was enjoying the challenge that the underground offered. In the shuffling he barely heard what Lord Finnabar said and deigned not to respond, allowing his actions to speak for him. He prepared to protect the Teacher if possible and rush whatever lie in the chamber before them.
Since the light gives youy away there will be no surprise round,... Roll initiative!
The walls of the egg-shaped cavern you enter are obscured by thick
tangles of long, pallid roots. To the east, the chamber opens
into a wide, root-filled chasm. A screaming Kald is tied against the wall pierced with innumerable bloody scratches, also tied against the wall are the corpses of another 3 Kalds which appear to already have been killed. The victim is surrounded by eight of the snall ugly bird creatures all of which bear sharpened sticks which they have, apparently been stabbing at the Kald, all now face the tunnel from which you now pour.
Bein noisily brushed past the Teacher and nod in thanks to her as he leveled his blade at the strange creatures before him. Seeing the tortured Kald on the wall, and the three others that were dead nearby, Bein couldn't help but tare at theses creature balefully. "Honorless Dogs!" He snarled before moving forward and preparing to fight.
Sorry for the delay guys,... insanely busy at work. Will try to post the creature's actions tomorrow.
1d20 + 1 ⇒ (11) + 1 = 12
Xerafine 16 - Inspire courage
Jack 15 - Shoots creature A (2 damage)
As Xerafine's clear voice pierces the blackness of the cave, Jack lets loose an arrow which flies true, striking the creature in its leg. The creature stumbles but moves forward amongst the hoard of its comrades towards you.
(You can call the creatures by whatever term you wish. I'd prefer not to dictate a term to you - you're explorers after all.
As Xerafine's clear voice pierces the blackness of the cave, Jack lets loose an arrow which flies true, striking the creature in its leg. The creature stumbles but moves forward amongst the hoard of its comrades towards you....
The "birdlings" charge forward in an uncoordinated rush, pushing and shoving each other as they surround Jack.
Five of the birdlings stab at Jack with simple flint knives. However, either due to the pushing of their comrades, or simple incompetance, all five miss.
OK, so the map clearly didn't work. Jack is 5' into the room and surrounded by five Birdlings, behind which stand the other three, ready to push forwards. Only one person will be able to atnd n a position to attack the birdlings surrounding Jack. Any questions? Let me know!
for more clarity, let me recap where we are.
Xerafine 16 - Inspire courage
Jack 15 - Shoots creature A (3 damage)
Creatures 12 Attack Jack
Bein 9 Moves 20 foot forwards + attack
Bein, from where you are, you can't reach the birdlings. I propose you just move 30 foot forwards to 2 squares behind Jack. Or you wait for my turn as I try to kill one to make some space and move to the space freed.
For myself, I propose to move behind Jack and attack one of the birdlings. Then next round, Jack can withdraw to avoid AoO.
Lets see if I can help. x is the floor and the birdlings are numbered. o is wall since the dashes and hyphens don't render well in the posting font (which is frustrating because in the plaintext everything's evenly spaced. Wish we had a way to post "code" or something...
Xarafine continues to sing (maintaining inspire courage) and remains behind the rest of the group. She holds the torch in her left hand and sets the Speaking Staff to rest against the tunnel wall, realizing that she cannot fight with it one-handed. She focuses on her martial drill, preparing to palm-strike the first bird-thing that attacks her.
Jack finds himself hemmed in by the birdlings before him, and Finnabar behind, with no good options for how to move--let them hurt Finnabar if he moves, or stay and take the brunt of the attacks, which given how surrounded he is, he will likely be hurt severely if not killed if he stays too long. And if he moves slowly and carefully enough to avoid getting hit, he will not be able to even put in a retaliating strike as he moves away.
But he knows he is not a tough man, nor a well armored one, and he will not serve the party well if he gets himself killed. Thus holding up his bow and arm defensively, he carefully withdraws, squeezing past Finnabar and Bein and doing his best to dodge any blows from the nearest birdlings, to stand in front of Xarafine. Withdraw action. Jack will still provoke AOOS from birdlings 1 and 6, since he is moving through 2 squares they threaten, not just one.
As he passes Finnabar, he mutters, "Step back a little, so we can create a bottleneck."Free action to speak
Sorry! I'm having trouble keeping track. here's an update. This also makes Jack feel less bad about opening up the stage for the birdlings to get to Finnabar, at least at the moment, so that's good. :)
I'd rather wait to see if Bein can post before making assumptions. I am uncomfortable with other players directing how each other should act. I understand we're trying to get this through as fast as possible, and work with each others' posting limitations. I'm cool with assuming that's Finnabar's action on his turn, got no problem with that and with folks posting their actions when they're able in general, but I don't want Hymenopterix to assume Bein delayed till he posts it himself.
Just for clarification, I only readied the move action in case Finnabar was too badly injured and that way Bein could cover his retreat and guard the rear of the group. :) Didn't mean to force you out of combat early Finn. ^^;
Finn's wicked blade slices the birdling almost in half, sending a spray of blood as far as the Kald tied to the wall, who is watching what's going on wide-eyed and making excited noises. The big fighter takes a step backwards whilst Xerafine continues to sing.
Clarification: Bein, are you moving up, or staying put?
Oh! Didn't realize I still got one~ Here it comes, sorry about that!
As Finnabar pulled back, Bein worked his way around his Lord and came at the birdlings with his Longsword. He kept his shield raised, fighting defensively as he thrusted point first with his longsword in the hopes of skewering one of the birds.
Bein pushes forwards and swings against the small ugly creatures, however a low-hanging root catches his sword which deflects upwards, striking Jack's arrow which embeds itself in the roof of the cavern. The birdlings push forward to attack Bein.
Bein steps back after realizing he is outnumbered and despite his heavy armor three on one was poor odds even for a night. He thrusts with his longsword again hoping to make them back off long enough for him to withdraw a few steps....