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Tomb of Horrors (4e) - Group 2, Part 2

Game Master Rev Rosey


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As refreshed as you are ever likely to be in the unpleasant atmosphere of the Shadowfell, the group waken and prepare to enter the newly operational teleportation circle.

Around you, scattered shards of the Acererak construct remind you of the Archlich's power. It is starting to look as if the rumours of his demise have been exaggerated. Whatever plots are afoot, more remains to be discovered, and, if half the tales you've heard are true, stopped.

Any preparations you'd care to make?


Female Tiefling Warlord/Infernal Strategist 18

Is there anything salvageable in the remnants of the construct? (Apart from the earrings). It might be worth investigating. By someone more observant than Arishat.

Perception check 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (9) + 6 = 15


Female Wood Elf Cleric / 2

Perception passive 22 to carefully search the remnants of the construct


Nothing remains worth salvaging from the construct itself, but it does seem clear that the gems were intended to do more that act as decoration.

Arcana and Religion to identify what.


Dot.

Take 10 on Arcana and Religion
Total 32 for Arcana
Total 28 for Religion.


Thom recognises the fragments for what they are. One of Acererak's less pleasant tendencies was his penchant for trapping the souls of those who ventured into his dungeons to feed his own life force. It seems that he endowed his construct self with the same ability - albeit without enough intelligence to use them to their full effect.

What Arishat is wearing in her ears once contained the souls of brave, but luckless, adventurers. Felling the construct released the souls back into the care of The Raven Queen.


Male Dwarf Warden/16

Barel mutters loudly, "I am just glad none of us ended up in one of those. AND lets hope we can avoid it if and when we meet up with him!"


Thom nods at Barel, "I am with you on that sentiment."

He then turns his attention to the teleportation circle, "Now let's see what we can do to get you working again..."

Arcane take 10, total 32.


Female Tiefling Warlord/Infernal Strategist 18
Rev DM wrote:
What Arishat is wearing in her ears once contained the souls of brave, but luckless, adventurers. Felling the construct released the souls back into the care of The Raven Queen.

"I think I'm just going to pretend I never heard that."


Male Deva Cleric lvl 14

Cash Deathly Shroud before we head out.

Deathly Shroud:
Key Skill: Arcana or Religion
Level: 6
Category: Deception
Time: 10 minutes
Duration: Special
When you complete this ritual, all creatures except for intelligent undead perceive you as undead. You are seen as having the undead type by any undead of Intelligence 9 or lower. Powers and wards that affect the undead type affect you as well.
Check Result Duration
14 or lower 1 hour
15-19 2 hours
20-24 4 hours
25-29 8 hours
30 or higher 24 hours

Religion = 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (11) + 13 = 24


Religion, AA 1d20 + 18 ⇒ (16) + 18 = 34
That should give us 8 hours of protection.


Under Thom's ministrations, the teleportation circle reactivates and thrums promisingly. Tavar, meanwhile, performs the ritual that makes the whole party look like undead. As the zombie-like pallor settles over the group, all seems ready ?


Male Dwarf Warden/16

With his goth magic make-up re-applied, Barel is ready to go.


You step through the circle and feel fresh air on your faces for the first time in many days. After the oppressive dungeon, your new surroundings seem almost springlike. Some instinct tells you that you are back in the mortal world, but every other sense you possess shouts "danger".

You have arrived in a ruined courtyard at the bottom of a hill. Dominating the top - and the whole surrounding city - is an enormous skull. Each tooth is twenty feet high and they surround a grinning jaw leading into darkness.

Some appalling cataclysm seems to have struck, for the place is in ruin. Mist shrouds much of the courtyard, but you can make out a central pool liberally surrounded with bones, and you can see two robed human figures moving quietly among the ruins.

Place yourselves somewhere in or adjacent to the blue circle to the south.

MAP


Male Deva Cleric lvl 14

Y12

"This looks like the Raven Queens realm but much less mantained. whoever built this place let their devotion laspe."


Tavar looks disparagingly at his surroundings.


Female Tiefling Warlord/Infernal Strategist 18

W17

"It doesn't look like a tiefling city." Arishat looks around. "Too many skulls, not enough devil faces."


Female Wood Elf Cleric / 2

X17

"Another place that has to go into our pamphlet of places to see thought. Seems like we cannot go anywhere without finding a great place to take a holiday."


Male Dwarf Warden/16

V14 please.

Barel moves into place attempting to be relativley quiet, but mostly just wanting to be close to a reassuring wall!


MAP


Male Halfling Monk 18 / Ghostwalker

W13

Lanthair waits stoically for whatever comes.


Y17 please.

"Great, another vacation spot."


Male Dwarf Warden/16

@RevDM:

Spoiler:
I think you are off in your placement somehow...most of us (except Tavar) are shifted a column to the right from where we requested and Barel is off by more than that. If it is intentional, sorry to be a nag. If it is not, sorry to be a nag--I am sure your DM'ness will find some fun/evil way to re-pay my impertinence ;)


Hmm. I seem to have made a majestic mess of not-reading my own map. Go me. Amended version below :)

Oh - roll init please. Don't forget Arishat's bonus for being inspiring.

MAP

Init so far:
Thom - 32
? - 25
Black Mage 1 - 20
Black Mage 2 - 20


Initiative 1d20 + 11 + 3 ⇒ (20) + 11 + 3 = 34


Male Deva Cleric lvl 14

Initiative = 1d20 + 16 ⇒ (18) + 16 = 34


Male Dwarf Warden/16

Init=(11)+8+4=23


Male Halfling Monk 18 / Ghostwalker

Initiative 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (13) + 13 = 26 plus the bonus from Arishat (I forgot how much that is).


Male Deva Cleric lvl 14
Tavar oracle of the Raven Queen wrote:
Initiative = 1d20+16

39 with Arishat's bonus.


Tavar and Thom now petrify me.

MAP

Init so far:
Tavar - 39
Thom - 36
Lanthair - 30
? - 25
Barel - 23
Black Mage 1 - 20
Black Mage 2 - 20


Female Tiefling Warlord/Infernal Strategist 18

Initiative 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (1) + 12 = 13. Initiative bonus from Arishat is now +5, her Intelligence having gone up.

Edit: "Enemies! What do you mean, enemies? Where? Oh, over there." Arishat peers around, slow to notice the enemies let alone react to them.


Like many a warlord before her, Arishat prefers to assess the situation thoroughly before wading into battle.

MAP

Init so far:
Tavar - 40
Thom - 37
Lanthair - 31
? - 25
Barel - 24
Black Mage 1 - 20
Black Mage 2 - 20
Arishat


Female Wood Elf Cleric / 2

Init 1d20 + 20 + 5 ⇒ (14) + 20 + 5 = 39
Danger Sense Init 1d20 + 20 + 5 ⇒ (14) + 20 + 5 = 39
Whichever is higher


Outraged, Tavar prepares for battle, his allies alert behind him.

MAP

Tavar
Lynore
Thom
Lanthair
?
Barel
Black Mage 1
Black Mage 2
Arishat


Male Deva Cleric 22

Tavar calls upon the Raven Queen to grant the group good luck in the up coming battle.

cast good omens, everyone gains a +5 power bonus to all d20 rolls till the end of Tavars next turn but you cannot score a critical hit. Now is the time to spend those AP's and get multiple attacks.

move to V12, spend an ap and cast Cascade of Light at B1.
attack vs will, 1d20 + 17 + 5 ⇒ (14) + 17 + 5 = 36, damage = 3d8 + 10 ⇒ (6, 4, 7) + 10 = 27 if hit B1 gain vulnerability 5 to all my attacks (SE). If I miss B1 takes half damage.


Tavar's patronesss drops an eloquent blessing on the group.

Inspired by her, the deva strides forward and outlines BM1 with a corruscating display of light. Glowing like a seasonal ornament, the man flinches and spins to look at the intruders.

He had cover from the rubble, but that's an easy hit.

MAP

To end Tavar's next turn, you all get a +5 bonus to all d20 rolls but you cannot score a critical hit.

Lynore
Thom
Lanthair
?
Barel
Black Mage 1 - vulnerable 5 all Tavar's attacks (se); cover
Black Mage 2 - cover
Arishat
Tavar - used AP


Male Deva Cleric lvl 14

I edited my post to include an attack.


Tavar oracle of the Raven Queen wrote:
I edited my post to include an attack.

Ack. Sorry about that. I'm about to head off to classes and jumped the gun.

Edited above.


Female Tiefling Warlord/Infernal Strategist 18

+14 to the damage from that attack. Arishat's Resourceful presence adds a bonus to damage, or gives 12 temp hit points if you miss, when you spend an AP. So I'll repeat Tavar's suggestion: APs away!


Female Wood Elf Cleric / 2

Move to T17
Shroud with killer's insight and using a soul Shard to add 3 shrouds to b2, and will invoke them 3d6 + 9 ⇒ (5, 2, 3) + 9 = 19 does 2d6+6 on miss
minor action: Slayer's endurance, 15 Temporary HPs if my next attack his, 10 Temporary HPs if it misses
Shadow darts: 1d20 + 19 + 2 + 5 ⇒ (3) + 19 + 2 + 5 = 29 vs ref, 1d20 + 19 + 2 + 5 ⇒ (9) + 19 + 2 + 5 = 35 vs ref, 1d20 + 19 + 2 + 5 ⇒ (18) + 19 + 2 + 5 = 44 vs ref, not sure how many hit i am guessing 2 of them maybe 2d8 + 4 + 5 ⇒ (7, 4) + 4 + 5 = 20 cold damage, total of 39 damage if both attacks hit, 35 if one misses, add another 1d8 ⇒ 1 if all three hit for a total of 40 damage
AP used
Eyebite 1d20 + 18 + 2 + 5 ⇒ (20) + 18 + 2 + 5 = 45 vs will, crit 4d10 + 6 + 9 + 14 + 2 + 5 ⇒ (7, 6, 5, 1) + 6 + 9 + 14 + 2 + 5 = 55 and I am invisible to the target until the start of my next turn
so looks like at least 94 damage to B2 that round, with a possibility of 95

Lynore slinks forward marking the mage for death, and throws a barriage of shadowy attacks at her foe.


Sigh. Two hit. Have you included Arishat's extra 14 damage to that lot?

BM2 is bloodied before he can breathe as Lynore emerges from the rubble, pounds him with dark energy and vanishes from his sight.

MAP

To end Tavar's next turn, you all get a +5 bonus to all d20 rolls but you cannot score a critical hit.

Thom
Lanthair
?
Barel
Black Mage 1 - vulnerable 5 all Tavar's attacks (se); cover
Black Mage 2 - BLOODIED; cover; can't see Lynore to start her next turn
Arishat
Tavar - used AP
Lynore - used AP


Female Wood Elf Cleric / 2

Yep the 14 is in there :)


Lovely. Just lovely. Sigh. My poor stupid mages.


Male Deva Cleric lvl 14

Did you add the +14 to Tavar's attack? I didn't.


Tavar oracle of the Raven Queen wrote:
Did you add the +14 to Tavar's attack? I didn't.

I did. BM1 is also rather bashed about.


Male Deva Cleric lvl 14
Rev DM wrote:
Tavar oracle of the Raven Queen wrote:
Did you add the +14 to Tavar's attack? I didn't.
I did. BM1 is also rather bashed about.

HeeHee, you said BM.


Thom decides to make the first Black Mage's life more difficult.

Entangling Force:
Encounter KEYWORDS Arcane, Force, Implement
Standard Action
RANGE Area burst 1 within 10 squares
TARGET Each creature in burst B1
A burst of force erupts around your enemies, knocking them off balance and impeding their movement.
Attack: Intelligence 1d20 + 18 + 5 ⇒ (4) + 18 + 5 = 27 vs. Reflex
Hit: 3d6 + 6 ⇒ (1, 3, 1) + 6 = 11 force damage.
Until the end of your next turn, the target is slowed and can't teleport, and it provokes opportunity attacks when it shifts.
Wand of Accuracy: On a miss, you deal force damage to the target equal to your Intelligence modifier (+6).


Made wary, the Black Mage spots the incoming attack and dodges. The power of Thom's mini-force field hurtles past him and the mage can't avoid taking some damage, however.

MAP

To end Tavar's next turn, you all get a +5 bonus to all d20 rolls but you cannot score a critical hit.

Lanthair
?
Barel
Black Mage 1 - vulnerable 5 all Tavar's attacks (se); cover
Black Mage 2 - BLOODIED; cover; can't see Lynore to start her next turn
Arishat
Tavar - used AP
Lynore - used AP
Thom


Male Halfling Monk 18 / Ghostwalker

With surprising speed, given his short legs, Lanthair bolts to the mage and launches a flurry of fists and feet.

Storm's Wake Movement technique to move to R21. Storm's Wake 1d20 + 22 ⇒ (17) + 22 = 39 vs Reflex. 2d10 + 17 ⇒ (7, 1) + 17 = 25 damage. I won't push him because I don't want to.


Lanthair scurries towards the embattled mage and distracts him long enough to land another mighty blow. Drawn by the sounds of battle, four insubstantial, wailing wraiths emerge from behind the rubble piles.

MAP

Spirit wraiths are flying and have phasing.

To end Tavar's next turn, you all get a +5 bonus to all d20 rolls but you cannot score a critical hit.

Barel
Black Mage 1 - vulnerable 5 all Tavar's attacks (se); cover
Black Mage 2 - BLOODIED; cover; can't see Lynore to start her next turn
Arishat
Tavar - used AP
Lynore - used AP
Thom
Lanthair
Spirit Wraith 1
Spirit Wraith 2
Spirit Wraith 3
Spirit Wraith 4

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