Making a decision, Alie throws a pair of force missiles at the closest cultist, which slam with a satisfying thud into the man's torso.
Valeros takes the momentary distraction this provides to deliver a vicious cut to the man's abdomen, which drops him; Valeros then retreats down the corridor, the final cultist taunting him as he goes.
"Come back and face your fate like a man!"
Round 4: Alie, Valeros, Talhaearn, Fog, Wadi, Kovar, Cultists
Talhaearn is up.
Is anyone hurt? If so Fog will channel o heal whil there are no cultists about. If not, Fog is waiting to see what happens, as I can't see any enemies, and going looking for them in cramped conditions doesn't seem too sensible...
|Valeros of Bellis|
Alright. To keep things moving, I am going to assume that Kovar stays on delay...
Talhaearn backs up, and attempts to taunt the remaining cultist, but his heart is just not in it.
Fog continues to delay, ready to heal if any of his companions become particularly injured.
Wadi continues to maintain his readied action.
Kovar continues to delay, waiting (perhaps futilely?) for the cultist to come into the other room.
The remaining cultist snorts at Talhaearn, and rummages through the pockets of the downed cultist in front of him, drawing a potion which he quickly downs.
Round 5: Alie, Valeros, Talhaearn, Fog, Wadi, Kovar, Cultists
|Valeros of Bellis|
Heh. I didn't have much of a plan. I kinda felt bad for making all the other guys wait at the back out of melee and with cover from range. I had imagined that Tal might follow my lead by making a strike and then pulling back and if he was dumb enough to follow everyone would get a chance to smash him, but I didn't make it clear. So it was a completely meta game reason because I thought people might be getting bored :P
Looks like he might not be that dumb after all.
Sorry to delay further, but I'll post in the morning. Too tired to get my eyes to focus tonight and I'd probably end up doing something stupid.
Smart cultists? That's just not on!
"Oh, I've had enough of this." Fog mutters as he pushes past his friends.
Can't move far enough to get to the bugger....but I can get closer.
MA: Move to AD 9.
SA: FIrebolt(Ranged Touch): 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (7) + 3 = 10 DMG: 1d6 ⇒ 3
|Valeros of Bellis|
Valeros laughs, glancing at the bleeding puncture on his leg where the point of a cultists sword caught him, "What the hell? You all don't want to dance?" When Fog rushes in he laughs, "That guy knows what I'm talking about! How bout you princess?" he teases Alie.
Readied action- if the cultist begins to move in, Valeros will charge in to meet him at AE9 and attack.
Longsword 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (18) + 9 = 27, Damage 1d6 + 3 ⇒ (2) + 3 = 5
Wadi grins at Valeros' banter. Guess I should be ready to strike up the band here...
Ready action: Elemental Ray should cultist move within 30'.
Ranged Touch 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (15) + 2 = 17; damage 1d6 + 2 ⇒ (6) + 2 = 8 fire.
Subtract -4 if he is in melee.
Ready action: When Valeros moves to AE9 Tal will tumble past the cultist and flank him with Val.
Acrobatics: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (19) + 8 = 27
Attack: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (20) + 9 = 29
Damage: 1d6 + 3 ⇒ (1) + 3 = 4
Sneak Attack Damage: 2d6 ⇒ (2, 2) = 4
Crit check: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (14) + 9 = 23
Damage: 1d6 + 3 ⇒ (2) + 3 = 5
Okay. It looks like pretty much everyone is delaying...
Fog steps forward, and calling down the divine fury of the Dawnflower, throws a bolt of fire at the remaining cultist, who (just) manages to duck out of the way, the flame singing the hair on the top of his head, filling the corridor with the acrid scent of burnt hair.
Valeros: You can't charge through allies' squares, so I am modifying your ready to make sense - moving in front of Fog, and then readying to attack.
With Father Fog moving forward, Valeros sighs, moves in front of the Cleric, and then readies to swing at the Cultist if he should approach.
With everyone else hanging back, the remaining Cultist takes the opportunity to drive his shortsword through the left eye of the unconscious cultist, who jerks spasmodically, and then goes still.
A fanatical gleam in his eyes, he then charges forward, an unintelligible battle cry springing from his lips!
Cultist Charge Attack: 1d20 + 3 + 2 ⇒ (2) + 3 + 2 = 7, for 1d6 + 1 ⇒ (2) + 1 = 3 damage.
The man misses horribly, and then receives a crushing blow in return from Valeros, which sends him reeling.
@Talhaearn: You can't ready a full round action (standard + move); you can only ready a standard, move, swift or free action. For the sake of simplicity, though, delaying and then acting after the cultist achieves the same result.
Talhaearn, sensing an opening, tumbles through Valeros' square, and then between the cultist's legs, springing-up on his other side, and taking a vicious stab at the man's kidneys...
Diminished Fate: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (1) + 9 = 10.
...However, the blade twists in Talhaearn's hand at the last second, the sweat from his exertion causing the hilt to be slippery, and a blow which *should* have been a critical wound simply becomes a vicious strike.
Sorry Talhaearn, but *something* is forcing melee critical confirmation rolls to be rolled twice :-/ You do get a normal hit with sneak attack, though :-)
Wadi then pops-off a bolt of flame, which jumps over Fog's head, past Valeros' shoulder, and slams full into the Cultist's face, burning him badly. He falls to the ground, breathing shallowly.
@Wadi: It was a little more than -4 to hit; the Cultist had cover from Fog *and* Valeros, as well :-/ Fortunately, because he charged, his touch AC dropped by 2, so it was still a hit ;-)
With the final cultist down, the corridor becomes deathly quiet, disturbed only by the faint sound of dripping water echoing down the passage.
Searching the bodies, you find:
Chain Shirt x 3
Heavy Wooden Shield x3
MW Shortsword x3
Trusted ally, go to Oppara, find that miserable stink hole our brethren call a temple to our lord Zyphus, and instill some fear and carnage in their ranks for Bustrani’s miserable failure. Tell them all that you have been sent by Zyphus. They’re fools, they’ll believe it. And tell them that Zyphus wants them to trap the temple and lure their fellow cultists into accidental death. Tell them the final cultist will replace Bustrani and rebuild the temple. (The last part is true, so don’t dispatch all of them.) Then spend your time watching them destroy one another, feasting on their corpses, and keeping them afraid. Use the Zyphus granted power I instilled in you to curse every last one of them. That should make things more entertaining. Feel free to pass this note on to the one you feel most likely to survive; it will give him a little added incentive to perform his part adequately.
Spellcraft 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (9) + 7 = 16
Wadi scans the note quickly before handing it to the others for perusal. He then turns to Hustavan. "So Hustavan, does the name Harvestman Quint mean anything to you?"
Wadi nods, apparently satisfied with his response. He then glances at the dying cultist. "Fog, can you stabilize him?"
Heal: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (2) + 8 = 10
Fog looks at the cultists injuries, and decides that in the time they have, the light of Sarenrae is the best way to get him talkative.
"Val, Tal, pin him down, he'll probably wake up."
Channel Energy: 1d6 ⇒ 6 HP to anyone within 30 ft.
|Valeros of Bellis|
Valeros pauses looking chagrined with his sword midair above the cultist when Fog indicates he intends to revive him. The warrior sheathes his sword and puts the cultist in a firm headlock while Fog gets ready.
Cooincidental use of the word charge. Didn't consider it one mechanically and no bonuses applied. Sorry for the confusion.
@Valeros: No worries! For clarification, though, you can't ready a move action + a standard action (as I mentioned to Talhaearn), so it didn't matter other way - moving then readying was your best bet ;-)
With Fog's application of healing magic, the Cultist's breathing stabilises, he groans, and then his eyes flicker open and focus on the party. Recognising his predicament, he begins spitting and cursing, gamely writhing to try and free himself from Valeros' grip...
Flailing Fanatic's Fight For Freedom: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (13) + 3 = 16.
...but to no avail.
"What do we want to find out from this evil cultist?" Alie was preparing to take over trying to get information from the captive, once the group was sure what it wanted to find out.
|Valeros of Bellis|
To begin the interrogation, Alie asks her questions very sweetly to the prisoner.
"We don't want to hurt you anymore. There's no reason we can't find out what we need then work out something with you. Who is this Harvestman, and where is he located? We'd also need to know about the rest of the traps in this place...we and my painting have already almost been burned to a crisp. What sort of curse was referenced in the note?"
Diplomacy 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (8) + 10 = 18
Alie wipes her face and becomes a mask of fury. "oh, you'll tell us everything you know, or so help me, I'll have this wolf devour your entrails while you watch him!".
She turns to the wolf, "Here boy, come get your snack," as she points to the cultists midsection.
Intimidate 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (12) + 8 = 20
@Alie: Just so you are aware, when you Intimidate something that is a larger size category than yourself, you take a -4 penalty on the Intimidate check. Fortunately, a 16 is still a success.
The cultist's gurgling laugh is cut-off mid-gulp.
"Don't feed me to the damn wolf!
I have no idea where the Harvestman is - he certainly isn't here - he just sent his servant, Balliaset, to chastise us for our failings, and to rejuvenate this Cell. As for the traps, I don't rightly know - me and the boys here have been hidden in the tunnels in-between the levels for nearly a week, to avoid them."
(He certainly appears to be quite malnourished.)
"I don't know precisely what the Curse is, you understand, but I *think* that we have all been cursed with unluck... all the better to send us into Zyphus' embrace, and keep us away from that filthy harlot Pharasma."
Sorry, lost my dot for some reason.
"I'm fine with going down the rope first, but Tal might want to take the role just to make sure there are no more explosions waiting on us."
Valeros knocks the recalcitrant cultist out, and the party continues on down the corridor.
Eventually, the tunnel ends in a small room, where rivulets of water cascade down the walls, flowing to the center of the chamber, where it plunges through a shadowy sinkhole. Glowing green algae coats the chamber’s walls and ceilings, painting the entire room in an
A piton is hammered into the wall, and from it hangs a knotted rope, which goes over the edge of the sinkhole, and into the shaft below.
Anyone who goes down the rope can give me a climb check ;-)
My, my - we are suspicious ;-)
Kovar is able to determine that the phosphorescent algae is not dangerous, being a common subterranean denizen of moist, well-irrigated cave walls. Moreover, in a pinch, it is potentially even edible.
Alie is able to determine that, beyond the magic that the party has brought with them, there is no magic in this room, nor in the sinkhole.
Peering over the edge reveals that the bottom is indeed visible in the light cast by the various light sources the party has with them - 30' below the mouth of the sinkhole.
Still waiting for someone to actually climb down - Kovar has indicated that he is waiting for someone else to go first ;-)
|Valeros of Bellis|
"Oh. Yeah. Ya'll waitin on me then, eh? Alright." Valeros unslings his backpack and begins rummaging around. "I'll be damned if I'm climbing down some slime slick rope in Trap Manor. I got my own trusty rope and hook." Valeros secures his grappling hook, throws down the rope and begins climbing.
Huh. Had lost my dot for updates on this one.
Climb: Take 10 for 18
"OK, Hustavan. You know the drill." Wadi notions for their 'guide' to climb down Valeros' rope before he heads down there himself.
Take 10 on Climb check, total 10. He will wait until everyone else climbs down first.