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We're Gonna Take a Walk Outside Today...

Game Master Kobold Cleaver

Beyond maps, beyond horizon, beyond all but story, out into a world great and wondrous. There is no set arc; there is no overarching villain. There is only the journey. There is only west.

House Rules/Setting Info.


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The Waterfall

So, Rex and Lily plan to race, while Yeldrid gets through by virtue of b!$$%*%# bridgesagaciousness. How is Isamu planning to win his way across?


Male Kitsune Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) 1 | HP 3/11| AC: 17 T: 14 Fl: 13 | CMB: +1 CMD: 15 | F +1 R +5 W +0 | Init +3 Perception +0| Panache 1/5

Sorry, trip is busy.

Isamu thinks a moment, then grins a bit. "How about the two of us have a contest to see who can turn into the smallest animal?"


The Waterfall

"I...I mean, that doesn't seem fair." The turtle creature scratches his head. "I mean, I'm already a little turtle, and you're a giant human, which is only barely an animal at all. Seems like I'd win by default, by my reckoning. But sure, I'll let you give it a shot." He yawns. "Which contest should we do first?"


Paladin 1 | HP 7/12 | AC 17, Touch 11, FF 16 | CMB +3 | CMD 14 | Fort +4, Ref +2, Will +2 | Init +1 | Senses: Darkvision, Scent | Perception +2

Rex looks up after just placing his breastplate on the ground. "Oh, uh, you two have it."


Male Kitsune Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) 1 | HP 3/11| AC: 17 T: 14 Fl: 13 | CMB: +1 CMD: 15 | F +1 R +5 W +0 | Init +3 Perception +0| Panache 1/5

How big is he, anyway?

Isamu shrugs slightly. "I'd be fine with going first. What happens if I lose? I simply can't cross?"


The Waterfall

He's a bit bigger than Raguen, but still shorter than Isamu. How tall is Isamu, again?

"Eh." Daguen shrugs as well. "I'll just go back to the wrestling match. I never get to throw anyone in Neragu anymore." He bows. "It's your turn. Let's see your shape."


Male Kitsune Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) 1 | HP 3/11| AC: 17 T: 14 Fl: 13 | CMB: +1 CMD: 15 | F +1 R +5 W +0 | Init +3 Perception +0| Panache 1/5

Eh, not that big. Let's say 5'8"?

Isamu bows back. "Very well, then," he says, and then promptly turns into a small fox.

He looks up at Daguen with a vulpine grin.


The Waterfall

Sorry, thought I posted this this morning!

Daguen looks down at Isamu, chewing his lower...well, beak. "Hm. Well-played. But have you considered...THIS?!"

Daguen drops to his knees and wraps his arms around them, pulling himself into an impossibly tight fetal position. He squeezes tighter and tighter, until it almost seems like he is disappearing into himself, like a snake eating its own tail. He grunts and groans, clearly struggling, and finally, with a loud pop, disappears into his shell.

The shell falls over into the grass. There is a short pause as the onlookers register what has just happened.

"Nope," Cappy says, whistling. "Still a bigger than the fox, I'd say—a hair bigger."


Male Kitsune Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) 1 | HP 3/11| AC: 17 T: 14 Fl: 13 | CMB: +1 CMD: 15 | F +1 R +5 W +0 | Init +3 Perception +0| Panache 1/5

Isamu yips something that might be a laugh, though given that he's currently limited to fox sounds, it's hard to tell for sure.


The Waterfall

"Well." Daguen's voice comes out muffled initially as he 'unfolds' himself from his shell. "That could have gone better."

The turtle creature stands up again. Notably, he has carefully kept his head straight and upright the entire time, preventing the bowl from spilling. "I will race you, dog and spider. And..." His gaze falls reluctantly upon the goblin, who grins winningly. "Fine. And you, 'Cappy'. From here to the Smiling Stone." He gestures to a large boulder about three hundred feet off. "First to make it there wins. For every racer that makes it from here to the stone, you get one person across. But if I win...I take the dog's heart."

There is a short pause as it waddles back into the stream, then yawns. "Just kidding. Ready?"

"Ready I'll ever be!" Cappy grins, adjusting his hat. "Yeldrid, why don't you fire us off?"

Trin looks on, wide-eyed. They look between Yeldrid and Isamu. "I'm not sure about this!"

The Race Begins! Everybody who's racing (Lily Shadow and Rex), roll initiative. If you beat the NPCs, go ahead and give me your action! We're, uh, gonna play pretty fast-and-loose here. Actual Pathfinder race mechanics are boring. Rex is pretty much a guarantee, but Lily definitely isn't, so feel free to suggest flavorful tricks and roll a Climb/Acrobatics/Dex check or the like to seek an edge. There are no rules for this race save what Daguen has decreed.

Daguen Initiative: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (4) + 2 = 6

Cappy Initiative: 1d20 ⇒ 19


Perception +7 Init +4 Active Buffs: Body None! Yeldrid is just a mundane catgirl....or, so he says. Change out She good. Stats: HP 11 (1)/12 AC 16 F-F 12 Touch 14 CMD 15 Fort +5 Ref +7 Will +1 Resources: Grit 1/1, Bullets 10, Pellets 6 Powder Horn 1:0 doses;2:8 doses

"It'll be fine, Trin. Worse comes to worse, a few people get chucked into the river." Yeldrid chuckles and pats them on the shoulder.

Yeldrid is a little surprised Cappy knew what her gun is, but she reckons she'll talk to him about that later.

Yeldrid loads a blank shot, waits for everyone to line up, and calls out
"Alright. ON YOUR MARKS. GET SET."

BANG!


Male Kitsune Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) 1 | HP 3/11| AC: 17 T: 14 Fl: 13 | CMB: +1 CMD: 15 | F +1 R +5 W +0 | Init +3 Perception +0| Panache 1/5

Isamu shifts back to this true form just in time to flinch as Yeldrid fires her gun.


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Female Arachna Vigilante (stalker) Init +2; HP 11/11; AC 19, Touch 13, FF 17; CMD 13; FCMD 11; Fort +3, Ref +4, Will +1; Perception +3

initiative: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (10) + 2 = 12

Lily throws a dagger at the turtle as a distraction Dirty Trick Combat Manevuer 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (2) + 1 = 3

"You'd better....oh snapdragon, sugarflies..." Lily begins taunting Daguen as part of her attack, unfortunately the ground near the river is a bit muddy, and she falls in an embarassing heap as she tries to distract the turtle.

Non-plussed, she deftly begins ahead---vaulting, tumbling, and climbing parkour-style to make the shortest path to the Smiling Stone and hopefully make up for that initial gambit. acrobatics: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (9) + 2 = 11


The Waterfall

I probably should have just rolled init for the PCs, like I usually do—I was thinking I'd leave Init to you, since it's a big part of the race, but I recognize now that it's probably better to stay consistant. Sorry for changing the rules on you guys at random!

Rex: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (14) + 1 = 15

The First Six Seconds

Cappy is the first to take off, springing from the path and racing along the river's edge. Only about forty feet in, though, the goblin seems to trip on a root and fall facefirst, vanishing from sight with a, "Oop!"

"Ugh," Daguen mutters from the stream. " That's unsporting..."

Isamu: 1d20 + 0 ⇒ (5) + 0 = 5 Yeldrid: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (10) + 7 = 17 Rex: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (1) + 4 = 5 Lily: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (11) + 3 = 14 Daguen: 1d20 ⇒ 20

Rex and Lily Shadow! Remember that all of this is basically simultaneous, though anyone who wins Init does obviously have a slight lead.


Paladin 1 | HP 7/12 | AC 17, Touch 11, FF 16 | CMB +3 | CMD 14 | Fort +4, Ref +2, Will +2 | Init +1 | Senses: Darkvision, Scent | Perception +2

Init: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (4) + 1 = 5

Rex had just removed the last piece of armor when Daguen casually mentions possibly murder, specifically his. "What now." His claim of joking does not alleviate Rex's mind but it is too late to think of that for long. He misses the beginning of Yeldrid's count down and barely has any time to hope out of his greaves before the gun is fired. The sound is loud and terrifying as always but Rex leaps into action a breath after Daguen. In the water the turtle is fast. But on land, Rex is faster and he quickly gains ground. Like a squirrel, he dodges around obstacles and over fallen logs, tongue flapping in the breeze. This was going to be fun.


The Waterfall

Lily Shadow vaults from stone to stump to tree to riverbank, sprinting with all the agility of a hungry jumping spider. But her throw has sent her off-balance, and she finds herself lagging behind the others.

With a startled hiss at the dagger, Daguen takes off down the river, jetting against the current with the speed of a startled crayfish, or perhaps even a spooked octopus.

Trin runs over to the side of the creek and reaches in, retrieving Lily's dagger. They hold it with a mix of reverence and unsure-whether-they-should-be-holding-thisness.

At six seconds into the race, Rex is in the lead at 250 feet, bounding on all fours towards the stone as if chasing the world's most ill-mannered squirrel. Daguen is a fair ways behind at 160 feet, more than halfway to the stone. Lily Shadow trails at 120 feet, though she does have a slight edge in momentum*. And Cappy is...nowhere to be seen.

*Meaning, she leads Daguen in the Initiative.

The Next Six Seconds:

Feel free to post your actions in any order, Rex and Lily Shadow!


Male Kitsune Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) 1 | HP 3/11| AC: 17 T: 14 Fl: 13 | CMB: +1 CMD: 15 | F +1 R +5 W +0 | Init +3 Perception +0| Panache 1/5

Seeing Trin pick up the dagger, Isamu jogs over to them.

"Trin, why don't you let me hold that?" he asks. "I could show you a few things about it."


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Paladin 1 | HP 7/12 | AC 17, Touch 11, FF 16 | CMB +3 | CMD 14 | Fort +4, Ref +2, Will +2 | Init +1 | Senses: Darkvision, Scent | Perception +2

Acro: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (7) + 1 = 8

The pug is Rex

Rex charges down the dirt trail. He looks over his shoulder at the others and smiles at being ahead. When he turns back, a log appears in his path. He panics and leaps as hard as he can.

He realizes his mistake mid flight.

He hits the chest first and flops over like a fish out of water. He recovers as only a canine can and keeps going with a wheezing yell, "I'm okay."


The Waterfall

"Yeah?" Trin holds up the dagger for Isamu, excited. "Cool!" They glance at Yeldrid. "Yeldrid, Isamu's gonna show me how to use a knife!"

I'll resolve what's up with Rex in a bit, but Lily Shadow?


Female Arachna Vigilante (stalker) Init +2; HP 11/11; AC 19, Touch 13, FF 17; CMD 13; FCMD 11; Fort +3, Ref +4, Will +1; Perception +3

Lily sees herself lagging far behind the others, and shakes her head, dashing into an all-out sprint, while still avoiding obstacles acrobatics: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (5) + 2 = 7

As she sees rex charge chest-first into the log ahead, she grimaces, and shouts some encouragement "Don't worry Rex, just keep your eyes in front of you, you have this!"


Perception +7 Init +4 Active Buffs: Body None! Yeldrid is just a mundane catgirl....or, so he says. Change out She good. Stats: HP 11 (1)/12 AC 16 F-F 12 Touch 14 CMD 15 Fort +5 Ref +7 Will +1 Resources: Grit 1/1, Bullets 10, Pellets 6 Powder Horn 1:0 doses;2:8 doses

"Ha, that's not a knife," Yeldrid grins, reaches into her boot and pulls out her dagger. "This is a knife."

She hands it to Isamu with a wink.


The Waterfall

As Rex rams into the log, flips over it, and slams into the Smiling Stone facefirst, Lily Shadow feels a tap on her elbow. She looks down and realizes that Cappy has somehow closed with her. He grins, easily keeping pace. "I know a shortcut, Miss Shadow, if 're open!"

It's the last few seconds of the race. Daguen is surging towards the finish line, practically skipping across the water like a stone, but he'll need to get out of the water to complete the race. The red-hatted goblin grins, offering his hand.

Does Lily Shadow accept?


Male Kitsune Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) 1 | HP 3/11| AC: 17 T: 14 Fl: 13 | CMB: +1 CMD: 15 | F +1 R +5 W +0 | Init +3 Perception +0| Panache 1/5

Isamu takes both daggers, puts Lily's away for the moment, and starts telling Trin about the different parts of the knife and how to use one safely.


Female Arachna Vigilante (stalker) Init +2; HP 11/11; AC 19, Touch 13, FF 17; CMD 13; FCMD 11; Fort +3, Ref +4, Will +1; Perception +3

"That would be most welcome Cappy, please lead the way."


Paladin 1 | HP 7/12 | AC 17, Touch 11, FF 16 | CMB +3 | CMD 14 | Fort +4, Ref +2, Will +2 | Init +1 | Senses: Darkvision, Scent | Perception +2

Temporarily stunned, Rex lays there completely still. Once he is sure all his faculties are barking in the right direction, he springs up to watch the rest of the race.


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The Waterfall

Cappy grabs Lily's hand, and Lily feels a strange sensation rush through her. She suddenly becomes aware of a small wooden trapdoor in the grass up ahead of them. Was that there before?

With a whistle, Cappy slides into the trapdoor, kicking its brass handle open, and yanks Lily inside.

Less than a second later, a trapdoor opens from the ground right next to Rex, and Lily and Rex emerge. Daguen's eyes widen as Cappy (and, presumably, Lily) slap their hands on the Smiling Stone with moments to spare.

Neither trapdoor can be found upon later inspection. Cappy seems quite pleased with himself.


Female Arachna Vigilante (stalker) Init +2; HP 11/11; AC 19, Touch 13, FF 17; CMD 13; FCMD 11; Fort +3, Ref +4, Will +1; Perception +3

Lily looks around astounded after leaving the trapdoor, belatedly realizing she should slap the smiling stone, which she does with gusto. "That is a very handy shortcut Cappy!"


Perception +7 Init +4 Active Buffs: Body None! Yeldrid is just a mundane catgirl....or, so he says. Change out She good. Stats: HP 11 (1)/12 AC 16 F-F 12 Touch 14 CMD 15 Fort +5 Ref +7 Will +1 Resources: Grit 1/1, Bullets 10, Pellets 6 Powder Horn 1:0 doses;2:8 doses

Yeldrid whistles and yells out "You beauty! That's how ya do it!"


The Waterfall

Cappy gives a low bow. "Was my pleasure!"

"Well," Daguen says, with a low sigh, "I suppose that's that. You'll all be on your way, then." The turtle stretches and yawns, turning and waddling back into the stream. He doesn't seem disappointed so much as he seems tired—physically, that is.


Male Kitsune Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) 1 | HP 3/11| AC: 17 T: 14 Fl: 13 | CMB: +1 CMD: 15 | F +1 R +5 W +0 | Init +3 Perception +0| Panache 1/5

Isamu looks up from his demonstration. "Time for us to go, then, Trin," he says, handing the daggers back to their owners.


Perception +7 Init +4 Active Buffs: Body None! Yeldrid is just a mundane catgirl....or, so he says. Change out She good. Stats: HP 11 (1)/12 AC 16 F-F 12 Touch 14 CMD 15 Fort +5 Ref +7 Will +1 Resources: Grit 1/1, Bullets 10, Pellets 6 Powder Horn 1:0 doses;2:8 doses

Yeldrid calls out to Daguen, "Take care, Daguen. Do the Guild proud."

She strides across the newly created bridge, happy as can be.


The Waterfall

Cappy follows Yeldrid across the bridge, Cappy as can be.

Sorry, I'ma flake for one more day—there'll be a post tomorrow!


Paladin 1 | HP 7/12 | AC 17, Touch 11, FF 16 | CMB +3 | CMD 14 | Fort +4, Ref +2, Will +2 | Init +1 | Senses: Darkvision, Scent | Perception +2

Rex shakes himself from the dazing hit on the rock and pants as he looks around. He cocks his head at Lily and Cappy then over at Daguen. "Did we win?" Daguen confirms and Rex nods in satisfaction. That was indeed a fun run. He takes a more sedate pace back to his gear and starts donning the armor. "Thank you for letting us cross," he says to Daguen. "And it was a pleasure to meet you Cappy," he says to the odd goblin. "Unfortunately we have a mission to get to so far thee well." He crosses the bridge gingerly, testing each step, before hoping on the ground on the other side. "Well made."


The Waterfall

Daguen nods curtly as he drifts back into the water.

"Oh, thee well as well!" Cappy nods happily, keeping pace with the party. He strums his lute casually as he walks along the path, right next to Yeldrid. Trin eyes him uncertainly. The goblin seems entirely oblivious to their—and anyone else's—odd glances.


Male Kitsune Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) 1 | HP 3/11| AC: 17 T: 14 Fl: 13 | CMB: +1 CMD: 15 | F +1 R +5 W +0 | Init +3 Perception +0| Panache 1/5

"Where are you headed, Cappy?" Isamu asks as he subconsciously places himself between the goblin and Trin. "It might be that our paths mingle for a while."


Paladin 1 | HP 7/12 | AC 17, Touch 11, FF 16 | CMB +3 | CMD 14 | Fort +4, Ref +2, Will +2 | Init +1 | Senses: Darkvision, Scent | Perception +2

Wasn't Cappy trying to cross in the opposite direction we were.


The Waterfall

No, he took part in the race. He was always on your side of the river.

"Oh, yes!" Cappy smiles brightly. "There is only one path, after all, and only two directions down it!"


Perception +7 Init +4 Active Buffs: Body None! Yeldrid is just a mundane catgirl....or, so he says. Change out She good. Stats: HP 11 (1)/12 AC 16 F-F 12 Touch 14 CMD 15 Fort +5 Ref +7 Will +1 Resources: Grit 1/1, Bullets 10, Pellets 6 Powder Horn 1:0 doses;2:8 doses

"I suppose you know where you're going, then? I suppose that makes one of us!" Yeldrid chuckles to herself.

Sense Motive@Cappy: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (2) + 1 = 3


The Waterfall

Yeldrid:
Cappy sure does seem fond of his hat!

"Oh, yes." Cappy plinks a few notes on his lute. "I'm west, naturally!"


Male Kitsune Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) 1 | HP 3/11| AC: 17 T: 14 Fl: 13 | CMB: +1 CMD: 15 | F +1 R +5 W +0 | Init +3 Perception +0| Panache 1/5

"Have you ever been this way before?" Isamu asks.


Female Arachna Vigilante (stalker) Init +2; HP 11/11; AC 19, Touch 13, FF 17; CMD 13; FCMD 11; Fort +3, Ref +4, Will +1; Perception +3

"Well it'll be nice to have some company on the journey then; someday you'll have to teach me how you find those shortcuts."


The Waterfall

"Oh, a long time ago." Cappy shrugs. "But it's a long time. Roads change! It is good to the journey with friends, eh?" He winks at Lily. "Finding a cut is easy—it's knowing how to follow that tricky!"

The band continues onwards through the forest, now with one additional tagalong. Trin is cautiously curious towards the goblin, who seems to handle every question—even the more insensitive ones, like, "Did someone squash your face?"—with great humor. Soon, Cappy is merrily strumming his lute and whistling loudly to entertain Trin along the trail.

Perhaps, the group notices, as the sun approaches a branch-obscured horizon and the forest grows darker, a bit too loud.


Male Kitsune Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) 1 | HP 3/11| AC: 17 T: 14 Fl: 13 | CMB: +1 CMD: 15 | F +1 R +5 W +0 | Init +3 Perception +0| Panache 1/5

Isamu's hand hasn't strayed far from his rapier all day. The forest had proven itself dangerous enough. As night approaches, he hopes fervently they'll be able to see the moon tonight. He'll feel better if Ysidar's light shines on them.

"We'd best quiet down a bit," he says to the group but especially Cappy. "We've had enough trouble in the woods without attracting more attention."


Paladin 1 | HP 7/12 | AC 17, Touch 11, FF 16 | CMB +3 | CMD 14 | Fort +4, Ref +2, Will +2 | Init +1 | Senses: Darkvision, Scent | Perception +2

"Yes, this wood is very strange. Gangles, water-turtles, voices in the night, ghost children and a very hungry politician. Very strange indeed."

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