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In Darkest Times (Inactive)

Game Master Magnu123

In short, this homebrew was intended for beginner GM's. The story contains a variety of elements in sequence that gradually go through different terrains, battle situations, and other challenges to allow a DM to become familiar with the rules.


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raging-->hp -/- non raging-->62/62
Magnu123 wrote:

Edelle reaches the bottom the cave without injury, but she is still unable to successfully hit the giant. Her accuracy is off today, perhaps due to the constant humming around her, causing distraction.

Alric rolls on impact and reduces his damage from the fall. He then tosses a wand to Teriwyth and returns his focus to the faux swarm of devils circling above, hoping that they will be tempting enough of a treat for the real devils.
Thervold also rolls with the fall, and then moves to a large tunnel that leads away from the fight further underground. Conveniently, it appears that the tunnel goes parallel to the road overhead at this junction.
The Abishai devils swoop down, ignoring the illusory swarm entirely. Some simply move in closer and get into position, but those closest are able to come right in and start attacking. They go after the giants first. tearing and biting, they are unable to drop the creature immediately, but the damage is still apparent. One devil ignores the combat altogether and begins digging into the flesh of the giant who has died upon impact from the fall.
Guthar pulls out his rope from his bag and attaches it to an outcropping of crystal that seems sturdy. He notes that the cavern wall seems particularly slippery. It's almost frictionless entirely.
The giants return attack against the abishai devils now, ignoring your group for the moment.

Round 5
27-Edelle
17-Alric
16-Thervold
13-Flyers
12-Teriwynth
5-Guthar
4-Hill Giants

Map

I will drink on potion of cure light wounds:

1d8 + 1 ⇒ (7) + 1 = 8
Not satisfied I will drink another one.

edit:I just realized I miscalculated my HP. I dropped out of rage before I drank the potion which puts me at -6/62.

Stabilization check DC 16: 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (15) + 12 = 27 should have been made last round. If I fail then I have to go against a DC 17 for this round.

Stable but useless. :)


Female Human Monk 7

Let's seek some refuge from that battle down here, maybe we should abandon the cart, and hope the giant's lose and the flying demons have no use for a zombie horse and cart?


Male Half-Elf Bard 1/Wizard 6

If Guthar is down I'd like to switch that cure mod to him.


k(engineering or dungeoneering DC 10):
The tunnel down which Thervold is currently hiding gets smaller as it goes. The cart may be used to block it off so that the giants and devils can't follow if the horse runs full tilt to jam the cart in.

Terri:
Guthar is unconscious, but he is 40 feet above you outside of the cavern.


Male Half-Elf Bard 1/Wizard 6

Dang

Knowledge Dungeoneering 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (11) + 9 = 20

"That tunnel looks to get smaller further down we may be able to create a barricade with the cart and horse but what about Guthar? he's still above us."


raging-->hp -/- non raging-->62/62

Sorry about that. I somehow did not notice it would be a 19 point dropoff. Next time I will be sure to drink a potion, and then drop rage.


Male Half-Elf Bard 1/Wizard 6
Guthar wrote:
Sorry about that. I somehow did not notice it would be a 19 point dropoff. Next time I will be sure to drink a potion, and then drop rage.

I actually wasn't able to heal you, remember that your first action was going to be to climb down, but you're down OUTSIDE the hole.


raging-->hp -/- non raging-->62/62
Teriwyth wrote:
Guthar wrote:
Sorry about that. I somehow did not notice it would be a 19 point dropoff. Next time I will be sure to drink a potion, and then drop rage.
I actually wasn't able to heal you, remember that your first action was going to be to climb down, but you're down OUTSIDE the hole.

I am stabilized so I can just hang out for now.


It's a new character and you wouldn't have dropped out of rage mid-fight knowing that you were going to pass out. I'll let you ret-con this once so that you can consume your potion and remain conscious.


raging-->hp -/- non raging-->62/62

In that case I am drinking a second potion before I try to climb down/

1d8 + 1 ⇒ (7) + 1 = 8

I am at 12/62, and I will attempt the climb down.

Climb check 13(taking 10)


Male Half-Elf Bard 1/Wizard 6

Okay....? So now can I switch that cure mod to him?


It's a far distance to climb, Guthar will take more than one round to descend safely.


Male Human Arcane Sorcerer 7

Thervold casts a detect magic spell down the tunnel ahead of him.


Male Half Elf Fighter 1/Sorceror 4/Dragon Disciple 2

Alric gets up and moves to the entrance of the tunnel area. Ceasing to focus on maintaining the illusion. [/ooc]3 rounds till fade away[/ooc]


Edelle suggests that the group take refuge down into the tunnel, and Alric moves to the entrance next to Thervold. Thervold begins to scan down into the tunnel. The entire area is alight with magic auras of various schools. This all occurs over the noise that pervades the area. Edelle is uncertain if everyone has heard her, but the group looks to be all of the same mind.
The abishai and the giants continue combat. each side loses one of their own, and the devils are beginning to pay closer attention to your group again. One devil swoops in to attack the distracted Thervold, stinging him with a tail barb 5 damage and 1 Strength Damage
Teriwyth stands by with a healing spell prepared as Guthar begins his descent. He attempts to stay out of the way of the combat, and they ignore him for now. Guthar drinks his potion and manages to tie off the rope this round.

Round 6
27-Edelle (actions still available for round 5)
17-Alric
16-Thervold
13-Flyers
12-Teriwynth (actions still available for round 5)
5-Guthar
4-Hill Giants

Map


Female Human Monk 7

Round 5: I move into the tunnel ahead of the others.

Round 6: Attack the devil
Attack: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (15) + 10 = 25 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (4) + 2 = 6
Attack: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (10) + 10 = 20 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (6) + 2 = 8
Attack: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (4) + 10 = 14 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (3) + 2 = 5
Attack: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (10) + 5 = 15 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (5) + 2 = 7

Then a 5' step further down the tunnel

Any attacks of opportunity:
Attack: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (13) + 10 = 23 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (8) + 2 = 10
Attack: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (19) + 10 = 29 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (5) + 2 = 7
Attack: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (16) + 10 = 26 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (2) + 2 = 4

And crit confirmation & damage for that second AoO:
Crit: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (3) + 10 = 13 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (6) + 2 = 8


Male Half-Elf Bard 1/Wizard 6
Magnu123 wrote:
12-Teriwynth (actions still available for round 5)

For simplicity's sake I used that cure on Edelle

With his greatly increased speed Teriwyth attempts to follow, tumbling past the Flying Demon at the cave mouth.1d20 + 4 ⇒ (9) + 4 = 13

Once inside Teriwyth readies an action to cure Guthar if he comes within range.

Readied Cure:
2d8 + 3 ⇒ (6, 7) + 3 = 16


Male Human Arcane Sorcerer 7

Assume that the fall made my multiple mirror images disappear and that's why I got stung without a check?

Thervold casts an invisibility spell on himself and walks a little further down the tunnel.


nope, I rolled a hit against the effect. You can roll for yourself next time if you like.


Guthar and Alric?


raging-->hp -/- non raging-->62/62

I am still climbing down. I was just waiting for you to tell me that I made it down or I fell on the way down.


Male Half Elf Fighter 1/Sorceror 4/Dragon Disciple 2

Delay


Edelle comes into the tunnel while inflicting some damage on the abishai as she passes. Her first two attacks hit, but the others do not. She notes that the creature's wounds crackle like the flames of a fire, and begin to reseal.
Alric waits a moment, choosing to hold back on attacking until it is absolutely necessary.
Thervold casts his spell next to the devil, provoking an attack of opportunity, but the creature instead hits one of Thervold's mirror images. Once invisible, Thervold retreats further into the tunnel.
Three of the abishai attack the cornered giant together, making quick work of him. The giant is almost down, but the brute still has one more mighty swing left in him. The green and red devils have focuses in on your party and they begin to attack Alric. The red devil's stinger and two claws hit him. 19 damage, 4 of which is fire The green devil is less successful, only managing to bite Alric. 2 DMG
Teriwynth decides to wait for Guthar on the other side of the cavern. He glides along the crystaline floor like ice. He is less graceful than he would like to be, but the green abishai is too focused on trying to hit Thervold as he disappears.
Guthar continues his descent, making decent progress. He is half way down, and the consideration of dropping the remaining distance comes into his mind. It would only be about twenty feet by his estimation.
The last giant standing unleashes a powerful shout that reverberates through the chamber and down into the tunnel. As he swings his club at the Blue Abishai, you can see his mouth foaming. Finally, the creature collapses, unable to do anymore, but the blue abishai goes down too, disappearing in a burst of electric energy.

Round 7
27-Edelle
17-Alric (delayed action available)
16-Thervold
13-Flyers
12-Teriwynth
5-Guthar
4-Hill Giants
Map


Male Half Elf Fighter 1/Sorceror 4/Dragon Disciple 2

Delayed Round
Attacking the Red Flyer, with Arcane Strike Strikes are Magic

Sword 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (16) + 10 = 26 Damage 1d8 + 6 ⇒ (1) + 6 = 7
Sword 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (4) + 10 = 14 Damage 1d8 + 6 ⇒ (8) + 6 = 14
Claw 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (18) + 4 = 22 Damage 1d4 + 6 ⇒ (1) + 6 = 7
Bite 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (5) + 4 = 9 Damage 1d6 + 8 ⇒ (1) + 8 = 9

New Round
Alric continues to attack the red devil.
Sword 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (7) + 10 = 17 Damage 1d8 + 6 ⇒ (8) + 6 = 14
Sword 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (10) + 10 = 20 Damage 1d8 + 6 ⇒ (8) + 6 = 14
Claw 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (19) + 4 = 23 Damage 1d4 + 6 ⇒ (4) + 6 = 10
Bite 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (6) + 4 = 10 Damage 1d6 + 8 ⇒ (2) + 8 = 10

5ft step back- possible with nimble steps


raging-->hp -/- non raging-->62/62

If I was in better condition I would just take the drop, but I might need those hp later.:)


Female Human Monk 7
Alric wrote:
5ft step back- possible with nimble steps

Did I miss that this tunnel is difficult terrain?

Delaying till after Teri moves/acts, hopefully allowing me to 5' and flurry.


it's not. I believe Alric was referring to a 5ft step around a hard corner.


Male Human Arcane Sorcerer 7

When Thervold realizes he's gotten ahead of the group, he doubles back and readies a lightning spell for the flyers.


Alric slashes furiously at the red abishai, landing some pretty powerful blows, but the abishai is not ready to return to its own realm just yet.
Thervold prepares an attack in his invisible state in case Guthar has any further trouble getting to the group.

The devils at the giants are content to remain there for now. The red devil returns the full attack against Alric after landing. It sinks in with a claw and a bite. 8 dmg It looks like a scorpion in the way that it holds its tail poised. The green devil similarly attacks, but it targets Teriwyth. This one stings Terri with his barbed tail and follows up with a claw attack 8dmg +2 STR dmg
Teriwyth steps back to allow his martially proficient companion in, but not before launching his rapier at the devil using hand of the apprentice. He hits, but does not seem to harm the outsider.
Guthar finally slides down to the cavern floor, and he is fortunate enough that the carriage blocks the view of his descent. He has a path now straight to the carriage, or into the tunnel. As he approaches, he notes the damage that Bruno the horse has taken both from the giant and from the fall.

Round 8
17-Alric
16-Thervold
13-Flyers
12-Teriwynth
X-Edelle(delayed-flurry available)
5-Guthar

MAP


Female Human Monk 7

Lets roll some dice :)
Delayed round, using Ki for an extra attack:
Attack: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (14) + 10 = 24 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (6) + 2 = 8
Attack: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (20) + 10 = 30 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (1) + 2 = 3 Crit 1
Attack: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (6) + 10 = 16 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (2) + 2 = 4
Attack: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (4) + 10 = 14 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (6) + 2 = 8
Attack: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (10) + 5 = 15 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (4) + 2 = 6

This round the same again:
Attack: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (20) + 10 = 30 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (9) + 2 = 11 Crit 2
Attack: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (10) + 10 = 20 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (5) + 2 = 7
Attack: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (18) + 10 = 28 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (1) + 2 = 3
Attack: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (12) + 10 = 22 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (4) + 2 = 6
Attack: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (14) + 5 = 19 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (1) + 2 = 3

Confirming the crits:
Crit 1: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (2) + 10 = 12 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (8) + 2 = 10
Crit 2: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (20) + 10 = 30 & Damage: 1d10 + 2 ⇒ (3) + 2 = 5

All attacks at the Red one unless it dies.

Then I take a 5' step back.


Male Half-Elf Bard 1/Wizard 6

Are the Fliers down?


Both are still going, but it is clear that the red abishai is hanging on by a thread.


Male Human Oracle of the Heavens 20/Horizon Walker 10

5 ft step back so I don't hit Alric and Diamond Spray.

If spell resistance 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (10) + 6 = 16

Slashing Damage, counts as cold iron/adamantine for bypassing dr. 6d6 ⇒ (5, 6, 4, 1, 5, 4) = 25 DC 18 Reflex Half

--Effects Active--

Haste - Expired

Heroism (+2 to hit, saves, and skill checks) - Long Time (Edelle)


*bump*


raging-->hp -/- non raging-->62/62

[ooc]I just noticed there was only one left.[/dice]
I will drop my weapon, and draw my bow so I can shoot it.

attack:1d20 + 8 ⇒ (9) + 8 = 17
damage:1d8 + 3 ⇒ (4) + 3 = 7


botting for absentees

Alric performs another full attack against the red devil, missing each strike. He continues to step back into the tunnel.
Thervold, not wanting to fry his allies with lightning, continues to wait for an opening where he can safely fire his lightning bolt.
The devils continue their assault. The frying smell of wounds tells you that the red abishai is slowly mending itself. Perhaps this draws focus enough away from his assault that the devil only hits Alric twice. 5 damage . The green devil is much more successful as Terry's defenses against such attacks are limited. The stinger of the green devil's tail saps Teri's strength as it tears at his flesh, and the creature's claws are no more forgiving. 4 more strength damage, and 10 more HP damage
Terry returns fire, using inspiration from the crystal caves. He steps back and scrapes his hand along the cavern wall, peeling off chunks of crystal which form into sharp shards and spray the abishai at his direction. The devil is unprepared for this attack and takes full damage.
On Edelle's turn, she steps up to attack the weakened abishai, with the dice finally on her side, she brings down the red devils with her first swing and then focuses on the green devil to clear the way for Guthar. She hits on almost every strike, her graceful movement almost dance-like. The green and the red abishai vanish into the ether with bursting smoke of their respective colours.
Seeing the opening, Guthar runs up to the rest of the group, preparing to have his mount charge into the tunnel and plug it with the carriage.
Thervolds sees an opportunity to aid and runs up to the group with another spell in mind. He taps Alric and gestures for him to stay put, signalling to Guthar to come closer. The rest of the Abishai move in to the tunnel, apparently having seen Guthar crossing the cavern. When they come, they move adjacent to the group and sniff around confused, as though they can't see the potential meals before them. Thervold gestures for the group to quietly move back. as the abishai begin to inspect the carriage. Finally, with everyone in position, Guthar calls for Bruno to come running into the tunnel. The horse obeys instantly and comes toward the group from a distance, with the devils in hot pursuit. With a loud crash, Bruno's carriage impacts the walls of the tunnel and the carriage forms an effective barrier. Unfortunately, the damage from the impact was enough to finish off the horse. The group is now safe from the abishai, but it appears that the only way out is further in...


Male Half-Elf Bard 1/Wizard 6

Cast light and head into the darkness before taking advantage of the availability to size several vials worth of Infernal blood.


Male Human Arcane Sorcerer 7

Well what a cheeky mess this all is. I have gotten dirt all over my robes! Someone will pay for this!

Thervold brings out a handkerchief and wipes dirt off his face as he starts moving back deeper down the passage.


Male Half Elf Fighter 1/Sorceror 4/Dragon Disciple 2

Im curious how you intend to collect. Alric quips as he kicks a blood stained crystal with his boot.


The group collects their equipment and moves further underground, leaving behind the cart and the devils that wait there, feeding on the giant's flesh. The crystals seem to be reflecting light from a distant source and everything is covered in a soft glow. Teriwynth conversed with his companion

Feliss:
"This is the place. I am sure of it now. Something powerful is here. Chaotic, powerful, and something sinister. "

With the battle and the wind left behind, and with the humming of the hills surrounding you, your conversations bounce off the wall and seem to meld with the ambient noise. After a time you hear something distant like a call and answer.

The Sound


Male Half-Elf Bard 1/Wizard 6
Magnu123 wrote:

The group collects their equipment and moves further underground, leaving behind the cart and the devils that wait there, feeding on the giant's flesh. The crystals seem to be reflecting light from a distant source and everything is covered in a soft glow. Teriwynth conversed with his companion ** spoiler omitted **

With the battle and the wind left behind, and with the humming of the hills surrounding you, your conversations bounce off the wall and seem to meld with the ambient noise. After a time you hear something distant like a call and answer.

The Sound

"So I am uncertian how many of you speak feline but my little compaion here has informed me that there's something powerful here, powerful and chaotic. I suggest we take care, perhaps we should take a second to mend wounds?"


Male Human Arcane Sorcerer 7

The sound is almost hypnotic. I agree. Lets rest here until all is healed. Can your "friend" sense anymore of what is ahead?


The group settles in to rest. The ambient light of the crystals dim as well, down to a gentle glow. The cavern is surprisingly warm and the crystal though hard, are comfortable and inviting. Feliss is unable to deliver any more information other than his certainty that something powerful lies within.
will saves for everyone again. Feliss should also be making these saves separate from Teriwyth btw.


raging-->hp -/- non raging-->62/62

Is this from the noise that we got the earplugs for?


Sorry, yes it is. apply the appropriate bonus


Female Human Monk 7

save: 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (20) + 13 = 33


Male Half-Elf Bard 1/Wizard 6
Magnu123 wrote:

The group settles in to rest. The ambient light of the crystals dim as well, down to a gentle glow. The cavern is surprisingly warm and the crystal though hard, are comfortable and inviting. Feliss is unable to deliver any more information other than his certainty that something powerful lies within.

will saves for everyone again. Feliss should also be making these saves separate from Teriwyth btw.

Teriwyth Will Save 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (12) + 10 = 22 (-1 from wis dmg, +2 from earplugs)

Feliss Will Save 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (18) + 8 = 26

Finally stated up feliss, he's at the very bottom of Teriwyth's statblock in a spoiler

What's everybody at hit point wise? Before we rest it would be a really good idea to heal up. Not sure what the charges are at but I burned two off of Alric's Cure Moderate wand last fight.


Male Half Elf Fighter 1/Sorceror 4/Dragon Disciple 2

will 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (10) + 4 = 14

The wand should have 45 on it now


raging-->hp -/- non raging-->62/62

Will save:1d20 + 8 ⇒ (12) + 8 = 20

I did not apply the ear plug bonus because I forgot what it was. I think it was a +2.
If it is so then my result is a 22.


Female Human Monk 7

Rubbing my hands together I apply the heat to my injuries and heal all but the last of my bruises. no ki left till I wake

woops applied to much ear plug bonus, my save should only be 31, but I think that'll still save :)

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