Surprise round resolution. No additional light sources readied, as only Wesh mentioned keeping a constant source on the lead scout. Skane was rummaging to find one before the start of the encounter.
The sound of running and twigs snapping from the rear gives just enough time for some of the party to ready themselves against the approaching sound.
Betony winks in a quadruplet of glowing lights, shining forth a small party of savage orcs. They look eager to add to the current collection of assorted ears which dangle about in crude necklaces around their thick necks, some very fresh indeed. A scarred orc looks on from the rear, appearing to dictate the assault.
Wesh pulls out his newly acquired morning-star, readying it for battle.
Bjornhildr skirts around the thick underbrush, the foliage parting way to allow the large man unheeded.
The orcs shrouded in half shadows to the humans hurl a barrage of javelins, beginning the assault.
yay orcs did not draw weapons after throwing javelins so but I think they just dropped Silar and Rianna.
Wesh after seeing the barrage of javelins chanels energy from Desna and then moves next to the at orc at -c13 moving around the difficult the underbrush in his armor with grace
1d6 ⇒ 2 one use of agile steps used.
Skane's moves in to engage the orcs just as the javelins arc over his head to embed themselves in the torsos of his comrades. His axe swinging arch catches his target in the midriff, wounding it, despite the dim conditions. 1d5 ⇒ 5
The scouts beyond the barricade move back to aid their engaged companions, only to find movement slow and restricive. Placing Dieredon in E4 and Rosslyn in I7 after counting movement costs.
Silar falls after being skewered by a couple of crude but effective javelins.
The Brambleknight wheels and prods her mount towards the rear, lance couched. The shaft pierces through as if a hot knife through butter, but miraculously the orc still stands, fury in its eyes.
Wesh expands positive energy in a healing burst around him before advancing to the front.
Rianna revived after Wesh's healing burst, stands and retreats to the rear before collapsing after the exertion, wand in hand. While I think it would be 3 moves actions, I would consider drawing the wand as a swift action for this instance.
Bjornhildr, heightened with animal senses comes at her foe from an unexpected direction, scythe hacking without mercy. Grievously wounded, the orc refuses to fall before exacting his retribution.
The wounded orcs bellow cries of fury before each lunges at their attacker, determined to bring them down to the floor.
Trip attack Orc -C14 vs Skane: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (13) + 4 = 17Provokes AoO
Trip attack Orc -B15 vs Bjornhildr: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (6) + 4 = 10Provokes AoO
Both of them collapse after the attempt, not seeing the fruit of their actions.
Wesh gets scrummed by a trio of orcs, each hefting a heavy waraxe, drawn during the closing. (-E12->-D11 || -E14->-D12 || -D13->stays)
Orc -D11 attack Wesh: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (7) + 4 = 11
Orc -D12 attack Wesh: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (8) + 4 = 12
Orc -D13 attack Wesh: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (9) + 4 = 13
As heavy as the blows come, Wesh evades and ducks, not even coming close.
An orc closes in with Skane, charging from the rear. (-D15->-B14)
Orc -B14 attack Skane: 1d20 + 4 + 2 ⇒ (4) + 4 + 2 = 10
Skane keeps the attacks at bay, deflecting them off with his shield.
The Pot Leader looks enraged after watching his warriors fall meekly, moving with his falchion aloft to lop an appendage off the She-Bear. (-E15->-C15)
Pot Leader -C15 power attack Bjornhildr: 1d20 + 9 - 1 ⇒ (12) + 9 - 1 = 20
Pot Leader Damage: 2d4 + 10 ⇒ (3, 3) + 10 = 16
Sprayed blood from the She-Bear's flank scatters on the forest floor as the Orc Leader maneuvers for another strike.
Skane resists the orcs crude trip and replies with a swipe;
MW Battle Axe AoO: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (14) + 6 = 20
Battle Axe Damage: 1d8 + 4 ⇒ (4) + 4 = 8
As he dispatches one foe, the next launches a furious assault against the Northman. Wearing a grim smile, Skane calmly turns aside the orcs blows with his trusty shield, then replies with a brutal backswipe with his axe:
Attack on -B14 orc:
MW Battle Axe Attack: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (9) + 6 = 15
Battle Axe Damage: 1d8 + 4 ⇒ (5) + 4 = 9
Skane is adjacent to Wesh and the BrambleKnight - so can help either out with his shield (+2 AC) as an immediate action.
It's round 2, and init count 20 to 07 is up, meaning Rianna, Rosslyn, Silar, Dieredon, Betony, Wesh, Bjornhildr. Betony got an AoO from the tripping orc, based on her reach weapon. Anyway everyone's involved already posted and action so I'll update soon.
My earlier AoO was against the orc Skane ended up killing. My post above was for this round, but I had overlooked your 5 foot step Wesh, sorry. The Round 2 attack would then not involve a charge (no eligible space for it), but instead a 5' step to -B12 and and attack against -D12 at -2 to the above roll for no charge, so a 12 to hit...Boo. Not that the 14 would have hit.
The crude trip attempt is obliterated by the combined blows of the Brambleknight and Northman before ot became a worry.
Rianna and Silar remains prone, out of the fight.
Rosslyn looses an arrow but it misses the mark as she avoids to hit her allies.
Fighting through the undergrowth, Dieredon makes progress and readies to close in. Adjusted to B8 accounting movement costs.
Betony wheels with Thistledown before springing to plunge her lance through and through orcish flesh. It stands gasping but intent to leave a mark before dying.
Wesh buries his new morning star through some orc cranium, jarring the beastial humanoid.
The She-Bear gives a good as she receives as she strikes a telling blow on the Pot Leader.
The gasping, dying orc collects the last vestiges of strength before unleashing it at Wesh. The unfocused attack fails to connect and it falls dying.
power attack Wesh: 1d20 + 4 - 1 ⇒ (11) + 4 - 1 = 14
The wounded orc, seeks to repay Wesh of his courtesy as it drives his greataxe with all of his might.
power attack Wesh: 1d20 + 4 - 1 ⇒ (18) + 4 - 1 = 21
power damage: 1d12 + 7 ⇒ (3) + 7 = 10
Hoping to impress its leader, the orc charges in to engage the She-Bear. The clumsy attack fall short and does little harm.
charge attack Bjorn: 1d20 + 4 + 2 ⇒ (2) + 4 + 2 = 8
The Pot Leader looks to set an example as he swings at the She-Bear. He savagely wounds her and the Pot Leader smirks to find another.
power attack Bjornhildr: 1d20 + 9 - 1 ⇒ (11) + 9 - 1 = 19
power damage: 2d4 + 10 ⇒ (2, 1) + 10 = 13
AC: 19 HP: 20/20 CONDITIONS: - Seeing his fellow North(wo)man fall under the orc leader's cleaver, Skane rushes in seeking red vengence; 5ft step to -C 14 (presume I can stand on the orc corpse?) and attack leader in -C 15.
Dang I got dropped again. I really wish I got that night of sleep now. Then I would have more hit point and up to 11 more I may drop a rank of improving heal skill to get one more hit point and still learn skald.