The group gathers itself together and approaches the littered steps towards the main keep door. The still of the keep is disturbed by heavy footsteps, kicked debris of the approaching warriors. Stone skitters across the flagstones of the main door and strikes the door, a single knock announcing your arrival.
Hack and Siral pauses at the door awhile before pushing it open, confident nothing was amiss. The great doors swing lazily open, letting out a long creaking sigh.
Rats scurry towards cover, and within, what was once a great audience chamber is now in decay. Banners and tapestries adorn the walls. Whatever valuables have thoroughly ransacked. Cobwebs hang from the ceilings and leaves with dirt litter the floor. Rubble and partial beams poke through the ceilings, indicating the total collapse of the upper floors.
Standing at the South point of a diamond shaped hall, a door is seen at the the North, closed. Two corridors lead to the East and West with a blocked upwards stairwell at the East corridor. The hall measures 50x50ft.
Krill gives a look of bewilderment on the accusations leveled at him.
What? I don't know the place like the way I want to. I said I know where his hideout is, not that I've actually been exploring in it though.
Krill shuffles to the front of the group, acting as point.
Not that I prefer to act as point, but with the din you're making, it's like walking around with percussion in tow. I'd like everyone to keep ears clean and eyes peeled, there's never enough of those.
His eyes darting forward and sideways, he shoots back.
Where to? Door ahead or the corridors right and left of us?
Your instinct tells you there's general feeling of sincerity in Krill's words. Not much can be said regarding your surroundings, you spot some shed snake skin in a corner and skittering of rats in the background.
RrrrrrRRRrrRRRRrrrr!! - MoSt ObViOuSly! A rAnK sTeNcH oF HuMaNs bEyOnD! InClUdInG tHoSe fRoM tHe NoRtH. HuRhUr..
As Krill is shoved aside, Hack powers through the door, his heavy boot flinging the door open, revealing at first glance an overturned table and then, some skulking human heads peering from the lip. A shout and yells from within announced a good number of people within, at least a half-dozen by Betony's estimated count.
Cowered behind a barrel and table, the steel heads of quarrels pointing at the doors twitch with eagerness.
Initiative counts! As they are tensed ready, all except Hack and Siral will start in the first round. Apologies for the hang up, been busy with RL.
NP...RL controls all! I assume then that Siral and I get to act in the Surprise Round too? Just let me know the order after initiative posted. I cannot see the map at work. So, I will not be able to post until this afternoon EST.
As the door swings open, time seems to be moving more slowly as the bandits within jolt with mild shock before beginning to squeeze the triggers on the trained heavy crossbows. Only Krill and Betony seems to react faster.
As the door opens, Thistledown surges without any encouragement from Bettony...he has their scent. Betony catches her balance as he weaves through her friends and lowers Nettle as they burst into the room. Charge to G-16
Betony and Thistledown would have problems getting past the bodies in front to charge, unless it was a move and attack. I would treat it as such, though.
The door opens and the bounding form of wolf and rider dart in as the rider bears her lance at the bandit cowering behind the barrel. Her poke aims true as she punctures him as he squeals in pain. Thistledown sniffs the air in protest as he notices the rest of the band lying in wait.
Krill shuffles to the side, before he pulls out a flask and draining its contents. No apparent effect is noticeable at first, only a faint shimmering surrounds the halfling.
I would take all measures to survive, once you've kicked the hornet's nest!
Krill shrieks, glaring at Hack.
The sharp sounds of crossbows discharging slaps the air within the room as quarrels fly towards the intruders. Betony takes note of the aiming bandits to give him a good opportunistic poke, before bolts slam into her and Thistledown howls as another comes close.
Choose any of the 4 targets for AoO within lance range. Betony takes 2 and 8 damage.
A low rumble in Skald issues from Skane's lips as he rushes in after Betony, finishing his ode with a hefty swing at the nearest bandit, the axeblade biting lustily into the ribs with a splatter of blood.
move to H17, attacks I18
deyja skepna, deyja frændr,
Við sjálfir deyja einnig.
ÉG vita einn hlutur þessi er ódauðlegur:
Heiður af orrusta dauður!
@Hack - They were lying in wait actually, crossbows aimed at the door. If Hack had made his perception check, he'd have just enough prep to have done something, as with Siral.
@Betony - fighting allies count as impedance to a charge. unconscious ones don't.
A loud battle-cry challenges Skane as the presumed leader shoves his way to engage Skane. His bald shiny head grows steadily scarlet as a rage takes over him. With a smarmy arm he clutches Skane tight, holding the Northerner in a grip. Skane is grappled.
Betony skewers her target, riddling him with a second hole that leaves him slumped , resting critically against the wall. Target dying.
Slipping closer to Skane, Thistledown's jaws gnashes at the bald leader, savagely wounding him in the shin. He winces in pain but still maintains his hold over Skane. moves 5ft to N of Skane and attacks leader
Krill skips in the room, standing adjacent to Betony before he fires off an arrow at the fellow halfling lurking in the corner. The arrow however nips him with a minor wound on the left upper arm. moves to left of Betony, G16. attacks H18.
Siral utters words of encouragement in Shoanti, calling for luck and fortune in battle. Fortune Hex on Hack.
1d20 + 10 ⇒ (13) + 10 = 231d6 + 1 ⇒ (1) + 1 = 2
Betony finds herself surrounded as the bandits close rank, dropping their crossbows before attacking two-handed with their longswords. However the blows glance off her armor or misses as she maneuvers atop Thistledown. Bandits at F17, F18 and G18 attack Betony.
The bandit halfling discards his crossbow and pulls out a shortsword, positioning himself to flank Krill before lunges a jab. But the point glances off with a 'clang' as it strikes an invisible wall of force.
steps from I14 to H15, attacks Krill.
1d20 + 5 + 2 ⇒ (9) + 5 + 2 = 16
The bald bandit leader attempts to secure Skane down, and Skane is helpless as the burly leader pins him down. Skane is pinned.
1d20 + 6 ⇒ (12) + 6 = 18
Skane watches as the leader's minions reposition and swings, throwing their weight behind the blow. Skane's armor holds out as the blows rebound off with a metallic sound. moves to I17 and I18, attacks pinned Skane.
1d20 + 3 ⇒ (9) + 3 = 121d20 + 3 ⇒ (7) + 3 = 10
Hack, Skane and Wesh to act. Hack is fortuned, Skane is pinned.
Let's continue from where we left off. We're still resolving round 1 for Hack, Skane and Wesh.
Hack steps in the room with fury, swinging his greataxe at the closest enemy within reach. The blow cuts deep, sending a spray of crimson across the room. Heavily wounded, the bandits sways as he keeps standing.
Hack vs Bandit 6, hit
Skane struggles against the leader's vice grip, but the hug grows even tighter. Pinned condition continues.
Wesh squeezes past Hack, before swinging his trusty spiked morningstar at the petite halfling, who sneers as he dodges it with little effort.
MAP Skane is pinned. Hack is fortuned. Bless is in effect.
Siral takes a short step, cackling as if encouraging Hack before he draws a symbol of ill fortune, pointing at the leader. L16 move, cackle and casts ill omens.
Being in the thick of the action, Betony whips out her small sized Razorleaf, before swinging it, the blow taking a bite of her target's abdomen. Clutching his gaping torso, the man coughs blood as he struggles to remain standing.
Krill steps back away from the fray, before he draws and looses off an arrow at one of the bandits surrounding Betony. He gives a loud hiss as the arrow tumbles out from his bow before it skitters along the floor.
1d20 + 7 + 1 - 4 ⇒ (1) + 7 + 1 - 4 = 5
Bandit 1 takes a step back, cautiously holding his guts in. 5ft step G19
Bandit 3 and 6 continue to focus attacks on conveniently held Skane. Though the one closest to Hack over exerts himself and crumples to the floor. Skane weathers the beatdown without injury, his armor dissipating the blows.
The bandit halfling shoes himself closer to the pinned Skane, looking for a chink in the armor. He finds it and worms his shortsword into the cavity within. 5ft to G16, damages the pinned Skane for 3 damage.