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So things seem to have slowed down to a crawl on y'all's part. Something I should know?

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Let's hold off on a short rest for the time being. I'll let you know.

Thom: You have seen no case at any point. You're not sure which locker Rivereye was planning to open.

Fist: Looking from the balcony, you can see the battle continues to rage, although there doesn't seem to be much to see at ground level. Most of the combat seems to be in the frigid skies, as the Ragesians attempt to drop explosives on the city while the Gate Pass griffon riders fight to defend it.

As you turn to return the rest of the group, you are surprised by an odd sight. It appears that five or so people are unconscious and bound on the floor. Four of them seem to be wearing the livery of the Depository guards and the fifth is a hideously ugly gnome, stripped to his underclothes.


Torrent steps around the edge of lockers and calls upon the power of Melora to heal Gomi. Healing Word: spend a healing surge and gain 1d6 ⇒ 1 additional hit points.

As she glances around wondering what to do next, a group of guards, two dwarves and two half-orcs, pounds up the ramp with weapons drawn and demands that everyone surrender. One of the dwarfs opens a panel on the wall near the ramp and appears to disable the lightning trap. "Put your weapons down!" growls one of the half-orcs.

Fist, meanwhile, continues to chase after the fleeing Riverye. He races up the ramps to the fourth floor and out a door to one of the balconies just in time to see the gnome make an impossible jump of over 30 feet, clearing the 20 foot high fence and landing lightly on the sloped, snow-covered rooftop of a building. He then quaffs a potion, falls off the roof, and floats down to the crowd on the city street below.


Arrika wrote:
Given that I'n blinded, I don't think I can use Insipiring Word, well except on me, which I don't want to do, can I? Since I can't see any other targets? So, I need a GM ruling on if I can or not.

A quick glance through the rules didn't turn up a definitive answer, so let's go with the answer that you can't heal someone you can't see. (Torrent will take care of it, so there's no danger to Gomi.)


Audric Dolet wrote:

Audric nearly falls as the lightning courses through him, but for now he continues to stand there whistling a tune.

I'm down to 2HP, since I'm pretty sure my move and second wind never actually happened.

Sorry for not explicitly addressing it, but yes, your Second Wind did happen. I moved you next to the door.


Smerg wrote:

The following is a URL to a person's blog on the topic of monsters / encounters that are meant to be tough and the troubles this can cause for DM's and players. There is also plenty of great feedback to the article on various GM's experiences and advice.

Fighting an Opponent You Can't Beat

Of course, in situations like this, I like to go with those wise words uttered many years ago;

"Don't tell me the odds."

This is an interesting issue. I certainly don't think this encounter falls into the unwinnable category or TPK, since I have a definite fall-back plan, but it does a subtle job of making you think about just attacking everything.


Fist dashes up the ramp as fast as his half-orc legs can take him, but at its top he discovers that there is another floor, with another ramp headed up to the fourth floor across the room. It is likely that Rivereye's direct assent up the side of the building is much faster than anyone would be able to take the ramps. That said, it's not clear where he might go from the top floor of the building.

Gomi needs to make a death saving throw.

A hum and a crackle are followed by a blast of lightning that fires across the north end of the room (Row D) blasting into Audric 9 lightning damage.

Initiative

Audric
Rivereye (cursed)
Thom (bloodied)
Fist
Gomi (blind, dying)
Lightning Trap
Arrika (blind) <==
Torrent (bloodied)

Arrika is up.


Arrika wrote:
That's a nasty death effect at this level.

It is pretty harsh. You're just lucky that you bloodied and killed it in the same round, so it couldn't use the Immediate Reaction twice on you. This fight exists, to certain extent, to make it clear that you aren't necessarily expected to win every fight in this campaign.


Map. Ignore the markers for Rivereye and the Flame Wisp.

The only way up, other than climbing up the straight wall, as Rivereye did, is to take the ramp on the right in the map. It meets the floor on this level at H11. I assume Thom will return to the room.

Initiative

Audric
Rivereye (cursed)
Thom (bloodied)
Fist <==
Gomi (blind, dying)
Lightning Trap
Arrika (blind)
Torrent (bloodied)

Fist is up.


Rivereye glances back over his shoulder, curses in Elven, and then says a phrase in a magical tongue (aranearym soleai). His boots glimmer with an eldritch light and he scampers up the wall as if he were a fly, sticking to the underside of the balcony above and clambering over the balcony to its top. Soon, Thom has lost all sight of him.

Initiative

Audric
Rivereye (cursed)
Thom (bloodied) <==
Fist
Gomi (blind, dying)
Lightning Trap
Arrika (blind)
Torrent (bloodied)

Thom is up.


I think the confusion stems from the fact that the Flame Wisp's explosion triggered when he hit 0 hp, which happened when Fist killed it as an Immediate Reaction to its opportunity attack against Gomi as it moved past it. So, it was technically Gomi's turn in the initiative order when all that went down, and he should have made a death saving throw at the end of that turn.


Torrent raises her holy symbol blindly and mutters a prayer to Melora. A wash of water rains down on her, washing the blood from her eyes.

Healing word on herself. Save 1d20 ⇒ 12.

Initiative

Audric (concealed, blind) <==
Rivereye (cursed)
Thom (bloodied)
Fist
Gomi (blind)
Lightning Trap
Arrika (blind)
Torrent (bloodied)

Arrika is up.


Oops, almost forgot ...

As Fist's maul smashes into the ground, the wisp's final scream begins to echo throughout the room and its remnants explode in a powerful flash of light searing the eyes of all in the room.

Audric, Arrika, Torrent, and Gomi each take 17 radiant damage and are blinded (save ends).

Initiative

Audric (concealed, blind)
Rivereye (cursed)
Thom (bloodied)
Fist
Gomi (blind)
Lightning Trap
Arrika (blind) <==
Torrent (blind, bloodied)

Arrika is up.


Taking advantage of the Wisp's momentary distraction, Fist lets out a wild roar as he strikes with his maul, smashing the column of flame into the ground. It gutters once and then goes out with a fading scream.

This triggers Audric's pact boon. Map is unchanged, except that the wisp is gone.

Initiative

Audric (concealed)
Rivereye (cursed)
Thom (bloodied)
Fist
Gomi
Lightning Trap
Arrika <==
Torrent

Arrika is up.


Sorry, just a lot going on in life right now.


Gomi dashes across the room, losing sight of the column of flame, which takes advantage of the opportunity and lashes him across the shoulders 10 damage to Gomi.

Fist gets an opportunity to use Nature's Fury on the wisp.

Gomi then stabs the flame wisp in the heart of its flickering fire. The wisp gives an inhuman scream but continues to burn and crackle, glaring at Gomi.

Another pop and hum and a bolt of lightning fires again across the bottom section of the room. Row H fills with lightning momentarily.

Map

Initiative

Flame Wisp (cursed, marked, preferred enemy, bloodied)
Audric (concealed)
Rivereye (cursed)
Thom (bloodied)
Fist (-2 to attacks and defenses)
Gomi (-2 to attacks and defenses)
Lightning Trap
Arrika (-2 to attacks and defenses) <==
Torrent (-2 to attacks and defenses)

Arrika is up.


Gomi wrote:

Move to C7 to flank with Fist.

Attack with Clever strike.
Attack vs ac, 1d20+8+2, damage = 1d6+5+1d8
"Die firefly, burn no more."

Edit: Crit damage is 13HP.
one more is better than nothing.

Also, I'm not seeing a path to C7 without an Opportunity Attack. Do you still want to go?


Gomi wrote:

Move to C7 to flank with Fist.

Attack with Clever strike.
Attack vs ac, 1d20+8+2, damage = 1d6+5+1d8
"Die firefly, burn no more."

Edit: Crit damage is 13HP.
one more is better than nothing.

Actually, your sneak attack damage should also be maxed on a crit. So, your damage is actually 19 HP.


Fist dashes down the ramp and leaps toward the wisp of flame, swinging his maul over his head. The wisp shudders slightly in the air and the blinding light it gives off is just enough to throw off Fist's aim, sending the maul arcing to its side, barely missing.

Map

Initiative

Flame Wisp (cursed, marked, preferred enemy)
Audric (concealed)
Rivereye (cursed)
Thom (bloodied)
Fist (-2 to attacks and defenses)
Gomi (-2 to attacks and defenses) <==
Lightning Trap
Arrika (-2 to attacks and defenses)
Torrent (-2 to attacks and defenses)

Gomi is up.


Thom dashes past the flame wisp, and it lashes out with a whip of flame, catching Thom across the shoulders as he shields his eyes from the glare 9 damage to Thom. Thom, hurt but still standing, continues across the room and out the door. Once there, Thom looks around the balcony and is met with an awesome and stunning view of the battle at the city’s western gate, about a mile and a half away. Fire lights up the western sky, the result of wyvern-bombing and of trebuchets hurling flaming balls of pitch into the city. A squadron of Gate Pass griffon riders swoops over the nearby city rooftops, heading to join the struggle, battle horns blaring. As Thom tilts his head back to watch the griffons pass, he spots Rivereye clambering his way up the wall of the depository, headed for the balcony of the third floor above. Thom raises a finger and fires an illusionary bolt, which causes the gnome to halt his progress and slide a bit down the surface of the wall.

Map

Initiative

Flame Wisp (cursed)
Audric (concealed)
Rivereye (cursed, marked)
Thom (bloodied)
Fist (-2 to attacks and defenses) <==
Gomi (-2 to attacks and defenses)
Lightning Trap
Arrika (-2 to attacks and defenses)
Torrent (-2 to attacks and defenses)

Fist is up.


Arrika wrote:
Shouldn't I get on OA if he flees? He's leaving a square I threaten with more than a shift. Just in case the answer is yes, I'll resolve it here. 1d20+5. On hit: 1d10+3.

No. You may only make OAs against targets that are adjacent to you.

PHB p. 217 wrote:
Reach: With a reach weapon, you can attack enemies that are 2 squares away from you as well as adjacent enemies, with no attack penalty. You can still make opportunity attacks only against adjacent enemies. Likewise, you can flank only an adjacent enemy.


Thom Verikal wrote:

Status:

HP: 23 currently 18; Bloodied: 12
Surges: 5/7
Surge Value: 5
AP:1

Thom dashes up the ramp after the 'gnome' as quickly as his feet will carry him, and through the north door.

Take double move to the door and through it, if he sees the gnome, use AP to cast Phantom Bolt, at him. Attack 1d20+4 vs. Will, damage 1d8+4 psychic, and slide him 1 square closer to me.

The ramp heads up to the third floor, not to the door that Rivereye dashed through. Running to follow the gnome will result in an OA from the flame wisp. Do you still want to go that route?


Audric dashes forward, dodging past the flame wisp. The creature raises a lash of fire to strike him as he moves past but then hesitates and doesn't take advantage of the opportunity to attack. Audric's blast in return flies wide of the column of flame.

Rivereye takes advantage of the distraction created by the flame wisp and leaps to his feet. He scampers to the door to the north, which appears to have been propped open a bit to allow for an easy escape. Once out the door, he disappears from view.

Map

Initiative

Flame Wisp (cursed)
Audric (concealed)
Rivereye (cursed, marked)
Thom <==
Fist (-2 to attacks and defenses)
Gomi (-2 to attacks and defenses)
Lightning Trap
Arrika (-2 to attacks and defenses)
Torrent (-2 to attacks and defenses)

Thom is up.


Arrika's halberd swings over Rivereye's prone body, just missing him. Arrika should make a saving throw to recover from being dazed.

Torrent strides around the end of the row of lockers, brandishing her battleaxe. She swings with fury but misses the flame wisp, tearing a notch in the lockers beside her.

The wisp of flame floats away from Gomi and Torrent and fires a blast of radiant energy at Fist on the ramp, but the ray smacks against the side of the ramp harmlessly.

Map

Initiative:

Flame Wisp (cursed)
Audric (concealed) <==
Rivereye (cursed, prone, marked)
Thom
Fist
Gomi
Lightning Trap
Arrika (dazed)
Torrent

Audric is up.


Smerg wrote:

Just wanting a bit of info on the ramp in case I need to hop off of it on my next turn.

My read on the rules is that it is an acrobatics check to hop down off of an object and it is a trained only action.

Myself, I know that in RL that I frequently cut the corner on ramps or stairs if the drop isn't too far (usually around 3' or less).

I was wondering where Fist might 'cut the corner' to hop off the ramp. Is it strictly the last square of the ramp or could he hop off on the square before the last square?

This is a pretty gentle ramp, only ascending 20' total, so you could hop down without an acrobatics roll from Row G or H. Anywhere higher than that would involve a bit of damage and falling prone.


Gomi slides forward I put you in F6 to avoid having to squeeze into a square with a row of lockers. Using his ability to manipulate his shape, he briefly disorients the flame creature and then, despite the bright glare cast by the creature, slides his short sword into it. The flame screams inhumanly, but continues to fight.

Again, there is a crackle of ozone, a brief hum, and then another blast of electricity fires across the far side of the room (row C).

Initiative:

Flame Wisp (cursed)
Audric (concealed)
Rivereye (cursed, grants combat advantage, prone, marked)
Thom
Fist
Gomi
Lightning Trap
Arrika (dazed) <==
Torrent

Arrika is up.

Map


Fist can't shift up the ramp, since it's difficult terrain. That said, he doesn't need to do so to push Rivereye off the ramp.

Fist:

Spoiler:
You're not in the aura.

Fist shoves the gnome and the little creature (which weighs more than a small gnome really should) goes flying off the ramp and lands on the ground below with a thud. 2d10 ⇒ (1, 1) = 2 damage to Rivereye.

Initiative:

Flame Wisp (cursed)
Audric (concealed)
Rivereye (cursed, grants combat advantage, prone, marked)
Thom
Fist
Gomi <==
Arrika (dazed)
Torrent

Gomi is up.

Map


Thom's silvery bolt of magic slams into the gnome, but he doesn't look hurt too badly.

A musical voice, ringing with soft chimes, floats from the column of flame, speaking common: "I cannot allow you to stand in Larion's way. His mission is paramount."

Initiative:

Flame Wisp (cursed)
Audric (concealed)
Rivereye (cursed, grants combat advantage)
Thom
Fist <==
Gomi
Arrika (dazed)
Torrent

Fist is up.


Thom Verikal wrote:
Monster knowledge check, Arcana 1d20+9

Thom:

Spoiler:
This is a Wisp Solon, an elemental beast (fire). It is immune to disease, poison, and fire and resistant to necrotic damage. Solons are elemental beings that seek to right wrongs and bring peace. They are often allied with good wizards and sorcerers. A solon invokes a righteous fear that few can stand against. Solons flare up in a righteous light when seriously hurt and release all their life energy in a bright radiant blast when they die.

Audric moves between the lockers toward the wisp of flame. As he moves closer, the bright light cast from the column of flame makes him squint as he fires his eldritch blast, causing him to fire wide with the magical bolt the wisp's aura gives a -2 penalty to attack rolls and defenses.

Rivereye knocks Arrika's halberd from his chest and leaps to his feet, simultaneously drawing a rapier from beneath his robes. He slashes at Fist, but the floor's slant makes him miss.

Initiative:

Flame Wisp (cursed)
Audric (concealed)
Rivereye (cursed, grants combat advantage)
Thom <==
Fist
Gomi
Arrika (dazed)
Torrent

Thom is up.


The "gnome" glares at the halberd's tip pointing at his chest, cowed but still glancing about for some sort of get-away route.

Torrent shouts to Fist, "Don't let him escape. We need the case!"

Before the echoes of her cry die down, there is a flash of light, and a small column of wispy flame appears in the room (E7). There is a vaguely humanoid shape to the column and a pair of brightly glowing eyes can be seen glaring at Fist. Indeed, a blast of radiant light flies from the wisp's eyes, striking Arrika in the head 5 points of radiant damage and Arrika is dazed (save ends).

Anyone trained in Arcana can make a monster knowledge check.

Map

Initiative:

Flame Wisp
Audric <==
Rivereye (cursed, prone)
Thom
Fist
Gomi
Arrika (dazed)
Torrent

Audric is up.


Map

Fist dashes up the ramp and shoves Rivereye but only manages to knock him to his knees. Rivereye makes his save to fall prone rather than fall off the ramp.

Initiative:

Gomi
Audric
Rivereye (cursed, prone)
Thom
Fist
Arrika <==
Torrent

Arrika is up.


I guess I did a bad job describing the lightning blast. The bolt is a momentary discharge that flies across the room ... it does not persist. Thus, there is no need to jump over it. On another note, when charging, you are required to stop in the first square from which you can attack (E11 in this case).

On a totally different topic ... I messed up the map and have to redraw it. It will take me a bit, so bear with me.


Thom:

Spoiler:
Arcana doesn't tell you much about the fleeing figure. You get the sense that he is just an accomplished actor, rather than any sort of shapechanger or illusionist.

Thom dashes to the foot of the ramp and fires a bolt of black energy that strikes the gnome and forces him to stumble back down the ramp.

Almost immediately a low hum begins to fill the air, followed by a massive electrical discharge as a bolt of lightning fires across the room filling row E from one side of the room to the other.

Map

Initiative:

Gomi
Audric
Rivereye (cursed)
Thom
Fist <==
Arrika
Torrent

Fist is up.


Rivereye ignores Audric and continues to dash up the ramp (double move; difficult terrain on the ramp). As he runs, it seems that he is taller than he appeared before, as if he was hunching when you were talking to him but is now standing up straight.

Map

Initiative:

Gomi
Audric
Rivereye
Thom <==
Fist
Arrika
Torrent

Thom is up.


Fist Worgbane wrote:
Just a clarification on the map. Rivereye is at the bottom of a ramp headed upwards? The other ramp on the map to the left side is a ramp going downwards?

Correct.


Initiative:

Gomi
Audric
Rivereye
Thom
Fist
Arrika
Torrent

Map

Gomi is up. If Xabulba is out of town and can't post within a day, Audric can go ahead and we'll say that Gomi is delaying.


Rivereye Badgerface takes your group to the second floor and pauses in front of one of the many lockers arranged in rows.

"Alright, Peppin," Rivereye growls as he reaches for the locker. "What's the password for the case?"

Torrent glances around at your party and explains to the gnome that Peppin is not with you. "He was captured by inquisitors," she explains.

Rivereye's hand stops reaching for the locker, and he peeks over his shoulder at you, grins a bit sheepishly, and bolts for the ramp headed up.

Roll for initiative.


Torrent leads you inside the Depository, essentially a bank in which wealthy citizens store their valuables. The first floor of the tower is one huge room, and though the far side is hidden in shadows, it looks to be about sixty feet in diameter. A broad stone ramp circles clockwise upward to the left of the door, while the interior of the room is filled with aisles of metal lockers, each slightly larger than a coffin propped upright. Squat round columns twenty feet high support the ceiling.

Standing at the top of the ramp leading up to the second floor is a small figure that shuffles forward into the light. Upon seeing the group, the gnome heads down the ramp and nods to you. A pug-faced, ugly gnome with blue robes and a runny nose. He looks at you when he reaches the floor and sneezes.

“I hear the war outside,” says the gnome between coughs. “Good to be in here. Very safe.” He clumsily turns around and begins to ascend the ramp, “Follow me, Peppin, it is time to conduct our business.”


As Fist waves the shiny object in front of the grate, Kiki begins to scrabble out of the pipe, trying to catch the coin. The weasel pulls its way over Thom, climbing up his body to the alley street, where Fist grabs him.

Thom pulls himself out of the filthy pipe, holding a small, muck-covered box.

Thom:

Spoiler:
it reveals: A finely crafted +1 duelist’s dagger, a gold ring with a 100 gp amethyst, a potion of healing, and 30 gp.

When you carry the frightened weasel back to Corian, he is thrilled at his pet’s return and heads back to shelter. He doesn't bring up any mention of reward or payment.

75 XP each

You hurry to catch up to Torrent and Arrika, whom you find waiting for you a few streets toward the Depository. As you continue on, you see the dark needle of the Depository Tower long before the guarded gate appears along the roadway. Now as you come to the massive iron gates, four well-armed guards, three orcs and a dwarf, snap to greater attention and prepare for a challenge. In a respectful voice, the dwarf asks for the required owner’s key, which Torrent produces. He and the other guards visibly relax.

“The riots have us all on edge, please forgive our harsh diligence,” the dwarven guard says as he tests the key on a special lock plate. He hands it back mechanically when the latch opens. Placing his lips against the opening, he whispers something and the large cogs and gears on the sides of the gates rumble and turn. In a moment, the way is open and one of the orc guards clumsily gestures a welcome for all to enter.
As you pass in, the chaos of the city disappears. Untouched by Ragesian bombs, a beautifully tended garden wends its way past splendid fountains. The left basin recalls elemental spirits of local legend — a dragon, a worm, a kraken, and an eagle — while a statue of Emperor Coaltongue, posing with torch held high, dominates the basin on the right. The torch glows as if lit by a neverending flame.

You count four other guards patrolling the grounds, dwarves and orcs again, and continue towards the large double iron doors that are the only entrance to the central structure. Once again, Torrent’s key is used and the orc guard speaks a secret phrase to gain entrance.
“There’re guards inside,” the orc politely says, with a gruff and graveled voice; his smile looks like a grimace. “So be careful and don’t accidentally open the wrong locker. There are lanterns here for light.” With a chuckle, he adds, “You’ll regret them if you meets up with the ugly gnome in there now.”


While Fist tries to soothe the weasel with calming words, Audric and Thom get to work going after the little creature. It hisses at Fist, baring sharp, bright-white teeth, and backs up a bit further into the pipe. Audric, meanwhile, manages to pry the grate up from its muck-covered fastenings and slide it out of the way. Grimacing, Thom rolls up his sleeves, lies down on his belly and begins to slide into the sewer grate, head-first, while his companions hold his feet.

Thom:

Spoiler:
As you wiggle your way forward on elbows and kness, you notice a small box half-buried in the muck in the drain.

Meanwhile, Arrika and Torrent continue their travel to the depository for a few minutes when Torrent stops and curses. "I guess we have to wait for everyone else. I can't believe they're wasting time with a foolish merchant's pet. Mark my words: he probably won't even give them a reward, even if they find the damned thing."

Skill Challenege: successes 7, failures 2


Thom peers around the gloom just in time to see the weasel scamper through wrought-iron fence and dash into a dead-end alley. Before anyone can stop it, it squeezes between the bars of a sewer grate, headed for the pipes. You'll have to move quickly to keep it from squeezing into the pipes under the grate and disappearing forever.

Skill Challenge: 5 successes, 1 failure.

Skills: Nature or Perception to calm the weasel. Thievery to pry up the grate. Acrobatics to try and squeeze through the grate after Kiki. Stealth to try to sneak up on the weasel.


Gomi wrote:

"Great lets' all follow the old man and his dire weasel into the abandoned temple. If it will get folks back to the important matter of saving the city let's follow."

Gomi enters the courtyard eyes looking for hidden people and potential traps.

Look for hidden = 1d20+4
look for traps = 1d20+10

Gomi peers about the temple grounds but doesn't seem much beyond shadows and overgrown weeds. Somewhere, an echoing boom rolls over the city, reminding you that the attack is still ongoing, in fits and spurts.

Skill Challenge: 4 successes, 1 failure

I assume that Gomi has a +10 to search for traps because you are using Thievery to search for traps ... As far as I know, Perception is still used for this.


Smerg wrote:

Which god is Sehanine?

What is the religion/focus or the corresponding religon from the Player's Guide?

Any general details on the religion?

Sehanine is god of the moon and Autumn, as detailed in the PHB. You can use that information for most purposes.


Fist starts in the direction indicated by the distraught merchant and soon catches sight of the animal's tracks, leading through the mud and ash of the city streets. Before long, he realizes that they lead to an abandoned temple.

"Ah, the old temple to Sehanine," says Thom, following behind. "I'd forgotten this was still here. I think I remember the old password to open the gate ... portamlunae aperi." At the sound of his voice, the rusted gate swings open, allowing you access to the temple grounds.

After trudging through the un-maintained hedges, you find the temple door. "Kiki definitely came this way," says Fist. Audric steps to the door and with a twist of his wrist and a popping sound unlatches the old lock mechanism, allowing you all to enter the dusty building.

Skill Challenge: 4 successes, 0 failures


Gomi wrote:

"Do we really have time for weasle hunting in the middle of an attack?"

"Look old man if your weasle is going the same direction we are We'll get it for ya otherwise don't hold your breath."

You are headed east to the Depository and Corian is motioning that the weasel headed north.


Thom Verikal wrote:
Turning his attention to the man, he replies, "And where did you see him last?"

Sniffling and wiping his nose with the back of his lace-covered hand, the man smudges dirt from his clothes across his face (or, perhaps, dirt from his face onto his clothes; it's hard to say which is dirtier).

"My name is Corian, and Kiki is my pet dire weasel. My house was just struck by a bomb, and though, luckily, the building didn't burn, the sound spooked Kiki, and she escaped through a smashed window. I'm worried, because, although she’s usually friendly, she might injure someone if she stays out. And gods know what could happen to her in this mess!"

Corian waves to the north and says, "I think Kiki ran off that way. Please help me!"

This is a skill challenge. You certainly don't all need to participate, if you feel that your character wouldn't, but I wanted to try one out just to get a feel of how to run one in a PbP. I am a fan of transparency when it comes to skill challenges (generally, players know how to succeed in a combat encounter, and I feel skill encounters shouldn't be more difficult), so I'll lay out the whole thing.

Catching Kiki - Level 2 Skill Challenge
Complexity 3 (8 successes before 3 failures)
Primary Skills Nature or Perception
Secondary Skills Acrobatics, Insight, Religion, Stealth, Thievery
SpecialThe heroes can achieve no successes until they find Kiki’s initial hiding place (Nature or Perception).

Instead of having you guys roll initiative, I think I'll just let you go at things as you see fit. If you happen to be on a lot, try to give at least one other person a chance to take a shot before posting again. We'll try things this way and see how they go.


Thom Verikal wrote:
Thom knows time is running short, but he just cannot ignore the calls of the man. He turns to the gentleman, and asks,"Are you ok, sir?"

His voice sounding forlorn and devastated, the man turns, his eyes brimming, and runs towards you crying, “Please, will you help me find my baby?”


As you turn back to the gate between the two districts of Gate Pass, a shadow-cloaked figure steps out of an alley and approaches your group. It nods to Torrent and says, "I'm here."

"Ah, Gomi," she exhales. "I was hoping you'd find us. We missed you at the Pub. Bounty hunters ... Black Horse, I think. Introductions are for later; We're headed to the meet with Rivereye."

Finally passing through the gate, the depository is in sight. Eighty feet tall, it flickers with oranges and reds from the fires beneath. Long, garishly colored banners hang from the roof to the topmost balcony. They drift lazily in the thermal currents, displaying the latest merchant advertisements. To your left, you hear a well-dressed man calling out in a plaintive voice, “Kiki, please come out, it’s fine now! Please, Kiki!”


Xabulba. We'll get you in momentarily. Torrent will introduce you to the rest of the group as a fellow member of the Resistance and someone she was hoping would meet at the Poison Apple Pub. Then you're on board.

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