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Navior's Serpent's Skull

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Douena Trestleben wrote:
Is the northern end or the southern end of the staircase higher? Can we access the stairway from the courtyard, or does it just pass through?

The northern end is the higher end. It just passes over the courtyard, though by the time it exits to the south, it's only about 9 feet above the ground. A rope with a grappling hook, flight, or various other methods to get you off the ground can let you access the stairs from here, but the staircase doesn't actually connect to courtyard.


Sorcerer (Draconic) 6; AC 14 (18), FF 12 (16) T 12; HP 45/47;Perception +6; Spells Lvl 3: 2/4; Lvl 2: 5/6; Lvl 1: 2/7; Cantrip: at will

"Thank you, Douena." A soggy Urza stands there trying to regain his composure. "I really should have seen that one coming." He uses Prestidigitation to dry himself. He is still quite damp though. "We should make sure that this area is safe, then continue on."


Female Gnome Cleric 4/ Rogue (burglar) 2

"Should we take the doors or climb up to the staircase?" Douena asks, her tone leaving no doubt which option she prefers. "I'm good at climbing."


M Elf Ranger 6

Tar'kanas raises an eyebrow at Douena's obviousness. "It appears as if our leader wishes to take the stairs. I would gather that is what we shall do," he says plainly. He then calls Untari to follow and heads toward the stairs.


Female Gnome Cleric 4/ Rogue (burglar) 2

"Oh, I forgot about Untari," Douena says with regret. "Can she jump? Aakif had a horse on the Shiv, and we had to build a dumbwaiter kind of thing to get her up and down the cliffs."


"Maybe it would just be better to find another way," Lorenz says. "We don't really have the means here to build a lift for Untari."


M Elf Ranger 6

Looking at Untari and then looking at the height of the stairs, "Probably best if we found another way. It is possible she could make it but I am not sure. She has not had to make such a jump before."

To be honest, she can make that jump. But she needs to roll a 17. Because a 9' high jump is a 36 DC.


Sorcerer (Draconic) 6; AC 14 (18), FF 12 (16) T 12; HP 45/47;Perception +6; Spells Lvl 3: 2/4; Lvl 2: 5/6; Lvl 1: 2/7; Cantrip: at will

Urza considers Untari for a moment. "Let's try the stairs first. If that doesn't work out, we can still build something to help Untari get up there."


Tar'kanas wrote:
To be honest, she can make that jump. But she needs to roll a 17. Because a 9' high jump is a 36 DC.

There's no penalty for failure in this particular case, so she could just keep trying until she succeeds (i.e. take 20).


M Elf Ranger 6

Tar'kanas studies Untari a moment and then points to the stairs. "Untari. Jump."

Untari looks to Tar'kanas and then to the stairs. Backing up as far as she can, she sets herself into a crouch a moment before suddenly exploding out of her stance in an attempt to make the stairs. Repeating the process until she can finally make it.

Will take 20.


Sorcerer (Draconic) 6; AC 14 (18), FF 12 (16) T 12; HP 45/47;Perception +6; Spells Lvl 3: 2/4; Lvl 2: 5/6; Lvl 1: 2/7; Cantrip: at will

Urza will Take 20 to climb up as well.


Female Gnome Cleric 4/ Rogue (burglar) 2

Don't we need something like a rope and a grappling hook to Climb up? Do we even have a rope and a grappling hook?


M Elf Ranger 6

I have a rope. But no hook.


Lorenz watches in awe as Untari backs up, runs and jumps, misses the stairs and then repeats several times. As she continues to try, he slowly removes his backpack. His jaw drops as she finally lands on the stairs.

"Wow, wish I could jump like that. Still, since the Shiv, I've learned to be prepared." He pulls out a grappling hook from his pack and then a rope. "Guess we're going by stairs. I hope these don't lead to a dead end like the last ones."


Female Gnome Cleric 4/ Rogue (burglar) 2

Assume we can take 20 to set the grapple and at least take 10 to climb up?

While Lorenz is arranging the climbing rope, Douena dashes back through the door to camp to set up communications.

She casts recharge innate magic, then uses her message SLA. As long as there's six or fewer staying behind, she can keep a line open to each of them for an hour.

"I'll let you know what we find," she promises. "And you tell us if the monkey-men come after us or any other trouble shows up."


Douena Trestleben wrote:
Assume we can take 20 to set the grapple and at least take 10 to climb up?

Yes. In fact, I'm pretty sure there are people in the party who could manage the grapple by just taking 10.

Douena Trestleben wrote:

While Lorenz is arranging the climbing rope, Douena dashes back through the door to camp to set up communications.

She casts recharge innate magic, then uses her message SLA. As long as there's six or fewer staying behind, she can keep a line open to each of them for an hour.

"I'll let you know what we find," she promises. "And you tell us if the monkey-men come after us or any other trouble shows up."

"Don't worry," Sasha says. "We'll be sure to let you know."

Back in the courtyard, Lorenz secures the rope to the grappling hook. Then, taking a moment to judge the aim carefully, he tosses it so that it flies right over the lower portion of the stair and hangs down the other side. He then grabs the hanging hook and hooks it round the rope on the other side, so that the rope has made a complete loop around the stairs and is very secure. "Up we go!" he says. He climbs up the rope first.

Once everyone is on the stairs, Lorenz reaches down, unhooks the grapple and pulls the rope up.

Now on the stairs, you get a clear view of where the stairs lead. Unfortunately, downwards leads to a pile of rubble where the stairs, walls, and ceiling have completely collapsed. Luckily, the other way is not similarly blocked.

The stairs arc up onto the open ledge of the next level of the ziggurat. From here, you can see a door in the side of the building on this level, as well as more stairs leading up to the next level. Further down, you can see that a portion of the northwest corner of the building has collapsed (not visible on the map, but your characters can see it).

Map of Lower Level Updated

Map of Second Level
Ignore the bizarre field of grey around the stairs you just came up. It seems to indicate a roof over the courtyard (and a hole where the pillar is supposed to be), which isn't the case. The diagonal ledge also doesn't fit with the map of the lower level. Alas, there are a number of discrepancies between the levels on these maps.
Some of what can be seen on the north and south ends of the map are in fact the portions of the lower level that you can see when you look over the ledge (the pillars to the north and the main entrance stairs to the south). They are not actually on this level.


Female Gnome Cleric 4/ Rogue (burglar) 2

So we have stairs up, starting to the west of Urza, a corridor leading west where Makoa is, and the kind of triangle corridor with the door on the west south of Urza: those are our choices of ways to go, correct? And the south wall is solid despite the fact it looks like there's stairs coming out of it?


You're currently on the top of the bottom tier of the ziggurat at the northeast corner, so there's no roof overhead. There are indeed stairs going up just west of Urza. The "corridor" leading west from Makoa is a ledge, so no wall on the north side (thus you can look over the edge at what's below). The triangle corridor is also a ledge (although its triangular shape makes no sense; it really should be just a straight "corridor" shape). Finally the south is another ledge with no south wall. The stairs are what you would see if you look over the ledge (it looks down at the main entranceway that you arrived by).

Hope that clears things up a bit. I know the map is confusing.


Female Gnome Cleric 4/ Rogue (burglar) 2

Okay, so we're in the open air now and can ascend the stairs (also on the outside of the structure), walk around the ledge, or go inside the second level by the door? Douena will vote for walking around the ledge first and seeing what we can see of the surrounding area from the higher ground.


Sorcerer (Draconic) 6; AC 14 (18), FF 12 (16) T 12; HP 45/47;Perception +6; Spells Lvl 3: 2/4; Lvl 2: 5/6; Lvl 1: 2/7; Cantrip: at will

"Urza goes up the stairs."


Urza Sha'rahad wrote:
"Urza goes up the stairs."

I think the stress has finally gotten to Urza. He is now talking about himself in the third person. :)

I take it you meant that, not as speech, but rather as a statement of Urza's actions?

Of course, if you did mean it as speech, I could have so much fun with Pezock's reaction. ;)


Sorcerer (Draconic) 6; AC 14 (18), FF 12 (16) T 12; HP 45/47;Perception +6; Spells Lvl 3: 2/4; Lvl 2: 5/6; Lvl 1: 2/7; Cantrip: at will

You know what? That is now Urza's thing. Urza speaks of himself in the third person now. Urza approves.


Female Gnome Cleric 4/ Rogue (burglar) 2

Urza feels conflicted!


Male Half-Orc Barbarian(Totem Warrior/Invulnerable Rager) : 2 Druid(Wolf Shaman) : 4

Oh my god that ending! XD

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