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9,134 posts. Alias of Mark Sweetman.


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Primordial Ooze

Honesty and forthright confession time - at this point in my life/work/schedule I'm not cut out for PbP DM'ing.

You will have noticed that I've been getting sketchier and sketchier with my update regime over the last probably six months. More and more excuses, less updates and when they do come I think you'd agree that the standard isn't as good as I'm probably capable of.

Apart from the usual familial death lurgies and erratic little kids, one of the other contributors has been that I've started exercising in a fairly big way. Which has been great - as I've dropped about 15 odd kilos, but it also both wipes out a good 1.5 hours of my night as well as tiring me out body and brain. Thoughts of PbP updates get pushed to the back of the night... generally not starting till post midnight, then get rushed, or put off, etc.

So with a heavy heart and much apologizing, I think the only logical and sane thing to do will be to close up shop for a period of time. I'll still be around the boards as a player - but the DM side of me just isn't up to scratch to run games at present. Good luck, god bless... and I'll see y'all round the boards.

If I do get to a position later on to start up another game - I'll come to you guys (and those in the other PbP that I'm also shuttering) rather than open recruiting to give you first right of refusal on giving me another shot.


Primordial Ooze

Honesty and forthright confession time - at this point in my life/work/schedule I'm not cut out for PbP DM'ing.

You will have noticed that I've been getting sketchier and sketchier with my update regime over the last probably six months. More and more excuses, less updates and when they do come I think you'd agree that the standard isn't as good as I'm probably capable of.

Apart from the usual familial death lurgies and erratic little kids, one of the other contributors has been that I've started exercising in a fairly big way. Which has been great - as I've dropped about 15 odd kilos, but it also both wipes out a good 1.5 hours of my night as well as tiring me out body and brain. Thoughts of PbP updates get pushed to the back of the night... generally not starting till post midnight, then get rushed, or put off, etc.

So with a heavy heart and much apologizing, I think the only logical and sane thing to do will be to close up shop for a period of time. I'll still be around the boards as a player - but the DM side of me just isn't up to scratch to run games at present. Good luck, god bless... and I'll see y'all round the boards.

If I do get to a position later on to start up another game - I'll come to you guys (and those in the other PbP that I'm also shuttering) rather than open recruiting to give you first right of refusal on giving me another shot.

Also, on a side note - I've found that Throne of Night isn't that great an adventure from this side of the curtain. That plus the uncertain nature of when the next books are coming saps the enthusiasm a bit as well.


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Hilde is able to identify the creature as an Intellect Devourer. And you know the basics as per PRD


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Joneth is the first to advance, though before he is able to strike he draws the prepared swing of the cultist before as he closes...
Ranseur: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (17) + 6 = 23 for 2d4 + 3 ⇒ (2, 3) + 3 = 8
...marked with a painful blow that he returns in kind, cutting deep into the cultist.

Harrol hefts with all the strength his small form can muster and lobs his explosive salvo with gusto. It arcs before breaking across the cultist's brow - searing it with liquid flame even as conjured bolts from Theodric slam into the servant of abyssal powers. Silently burning flesh fills the air with a sickly sweet smell as the cultist falls.

Harrol - could you spell out in detail on your character sheet how you get to +10 for your ranged attacks? I only get to +8 (4 Dex +3 BAB +1 Small) for this attack as your target is 40ft away

Eudocia strings a second arrow and sends it accurately into the last cultist, drawing a grimace of pain.

Gregori presents a stirring and radiant figure of defiance, as the two remaining cultists regroup.

The one marked by Joneth's blade steps backwards before the pair of them work in harmony to bring their ranseurs to bear in coordinated strikes at the magus...
Ranseur: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (19) + 6 = 25 for 2d4 + 3 ⇒ (2, 4) + 3 = 9
Ranseur: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (10) + 6 = 16 for 2d4 + 3 ⇒ (3, 3) + 3 = 9
...earning the bold warrior another scar for his ever-growing collection.

Perception DC 20 - everyone but Joneth:
You hear the scrape of boots upon the floor coming from behind the Eastern door just behind your position.

Action Tracker (Round 3): Joneth, Harrol, Theodric, Eudocia, Gregori, Cultists

Map


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The combination of Stali and Padrym's brutal strikes cut down the human with swift and explicit precision. The body drops to the ground, but spills a surprisingly small amount of blood... as though the body had already begun to die. The head slams into the ground and splits like a ripe grape, spilling a disgusting and fleshy mucous covered creature into the dirt. It appears to be a brain equipped with legs, and is currently furtively twitching and attempting to regain motive control.

The other humans rock backwards with shock and begin to scream... Agna does not think they will pose any threat.

Back to you guys - full round actions all.


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Medren, thanks for the graciousness of the bow out... I've been near my pathetic worst for this PbP, and with that in mind I'm going to shut things down.

Primarily this is from my inability to create and update the game with any degree of alacrity or regimen, and I apologize to those strung along for the time that it was open.

I wish you all the best moving forwards.


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Aaand just as I sat down to update my net at home crashed. 2AM before it came back up - will aim to update without map at work tomorrow.


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Right - first task is to get back up to speed with where everything is and any lagging questions I hadn't gotten to.
Jaren - for clarity, you were unable to refresh Iron Shell Reference post Can you confirm that your actions are still the same?
Once I get that I'll do the long-awaited update for the gnollish personages.


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Joneth advances into the room as the far side of it descends into a silenced calm at Harrol's intonation and exhortation. Theodric is third to advance and calls a slick of grease with his art...
Reflex: 1d20 ⇒ 14 Just a reminder, if you can put up DCs for spells it helps.
...and despite the man being of sound balance, he just succumbs to the sudden lack of friction and tumbles noiselessly to the floor. Eudocia moves in and takes an opportunity to release a fletched missile... but her aim is off and the missive skips harmless off a wall. Gregori is the last to move and takes a defensive position at the fore of the group.

The furthest cultist opens his mouth as though to speak, though soon realises the folly. Reckoning quickly made, he instead moves to the edge of the greased area and readies his ranseur. The other cultist outside of the grease follows suit and steps backwards with readied blade, as the final cultist rises and holds position with her own polearm.

Action Tracker (Round 2): Joneth, Harrol, Theodric, Eudocia, Gregori, Cultists

Map


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After the exchange of hushed words the singled out human relaxes into a slouch, and follows Hilde's words and lead. Turning away at the soporific tones of the dwarf's voice, the other humans react with slight surprise, but have not yet made any action. Hilde's slow retreat leaves the back of the creature open to exploitation...

Right, everyone who is not Hilde gets a surprise round action (so standard only) then I'll cut to full blown initiative if required.


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Had friends in town the last two days that I was playing tourguide for, so aiming for first post in thread tonight.


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And your DM has returned hale, hearty and surprisingly healthy from his sojourn downunder. I'll be getting back up to speed with PbP over the course of today and tonight... so hopefully can get a post in thread soon enough to get us back up and on point.


Primordial Ooze

And your DM has returned hale, hearty and surprisingly healthy from his sojourn downunder. I'll be getting back up to speed with PbP over the course of today and tonight... so hopefully can get a post in thread soon enough to get us back up and on point.


Primordial Ooze

And your DM has returned hale, hearty and surprisingly healthy from his sojourn downunder. I'll be getting back up to speed with PbP over the course of today and tonight... so hopefully can get a post in thread soon enough to get us back up and on point.


Primordial Ooze

After a quite reasonable suggestion from one of my players I'm making an executive decision to call an early start to my hiatus for christmas. That will meant that the studio lights on this campaign will dim from now through until I'm back in country at the end of December.

I'll repeat that I'm still interested and committed to coming back on board and keeping this chugging along, it's just been a tyranny of circumstance over the last few weeks that's crippled my ability and effort. Come the new year I should hopefully be re-freshed, re-newed and re-ady to go.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Peaceful Positive Emotion Holiday Related Occasion with No Baggage... depending on how the case may be ;) Eat lots, have fun... and I shall see y'all come January.


Primordial Ooze

After a quite reasonable suggestion from one of my players I'm making an executive decision to call an early start to my hiatus for christmas. That will meant that the studio lights on this campaign will dim from now through until I'm back in country at the end of December.

I'll repeat that I'm still interested and committed to coming back on board and keeping this chugging along, it's just been a tyranny of circumstance over the last few weeks that's crippled my ability and effort. Come the new year I should hopefully be re-freshed, re-newed and re-ady to go.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Peaceful Positive Emotion Holiday Related Occasion with No Baggage... depending on how the case may be ;) Eat lots, have fun... and I shall see y'all come January.


Primordial Ooze

After a quite reasonable suggestion from one of my players I'm making an executive decision to call an early start to my hiatus for christmas. That will meant that the studio lights on this campaign will dim from now through until I'm back in country at the end of December.

I'll repeat that I'm still interested and committed to coming back on board and keeping this chugging along, it's just been a tyranny of circumstance over the last few weeks that's crippled my ability and effort. Come the new year I should hopefully be re-freshed, re-newed and re-ady to go.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Peaceful Positive Emotion Holiday Related Occasion with No Baggage... depending on how the case may be ;) Eat lots, have fun... and I shall see y'all come January.


Primordial Ooze

It's been a fortnightus horribilus for me as far as updating goes. Gastrointestinal distress, sick kids, sick wife, not-sleeping childers and last night an unscheduled upchuck from the youngest.

I am still here and will get to it... eventually. I thank you for your patience.

Also a small foreboding of the span of days 14-30 December - I will be on a short hiatus as I'll be travelling down to Australia to do the whole family christmas thing.


Primordial Ooze

It's been a fortnightus horribilus for me as far as updating goes. Gastrointestinal distress, sick kids, sick wife, not-sleeping childers and last night an unscheduled upchuck from the youngest.

I am still here and will get to it... eventually. I thank you for your patience.

Also a small foreboding of the span of days 14-30 December - I will be on a short hiatus as I'll be travelling down to Australia to do the whole family christmas thing.


Primordial Ooze

It's been a fortnightus horribilus for me as far as updating goes. Gastrointestinal distress, sick kids, sick wife, not-sleeping childers and last night an unscheduled upchuck from the youngest.

I am still here and will get to it... eventually. I thank you for your patience.

Also a small foreboding of the span of days 14-30 December - I will be on a short hiatus as I'll be travelling down to Australia to do the whole family christmas thing.


Primordial Ooze

To be clear:
1) Fascinate and distract
2) Backstab for the win?


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Littlest was neck deep in a cold last night, so it was another evening of chest-sleeping him on the couch.

As to endearing I must say the bargaining to not go to sleep can be amusing at times. After proclaiming that he was thirsty and hungry and getting shot down he paused for a minute and came out with:
"I need a haircut."


Primordial Ooze

Another day another disappointment from your DM...

After getting elder child to bed at 8pm, younger one didn't succumb until 10pm - then exercise and food prep took me through to midnight... when I sat down to update with a cup of coffee in one hand... and the younger awoke with a chesty cough and needed chest-sleeping for a couple of hours. 2AM brain does not make for nice updating status, so suffused with solnolence I instead slept... fingers crossed for tonight though.


Primordial Ooze

Another day another disappointment from your DM...

After getting elder child to bed at 8pm, younger one didn't succumb until 10pm - then exercise and food prep took me through to midnight... when I sat down to update with a cup of coffee in one hand... and the younger awoke with a chesty cough and needed chest-sleeping for a couple of hours. 2AM brain does not make for nice updating status, so suffused with solnolence I instead slept... fingers crossed for tonight though.


Primordial Ooze

I have no excuse bar getting to the end of the day drained and too tired to wade through the update.

Apologies.


Primordial Ooze

I have no excuse bar getting to the end of the day drained and too tired to wade through the update.

Apologies.


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Date night plus exercise = 1 AM = no update = bad DM


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Just need actions from Theodric and Eudocia to round out the round.


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Gurthock keeps banging his drum and advances to call a similar slick of unctuous grease...
Reflex: 1d20 ⇒ 12
...though the gnoll archer manages to keep it's footing. The hyena is already wallowing upon the ground and can fall no further.

The archers on the western edge of the encampment split their fire now between Noonan and Jason...
Arrow at Jason: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (13) + 4 = 17
Arrow at Noonan: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (13) + 4 = 17
...though their still cautious approach pays dividends, and they are able to weave away from the well aimed missiles.

Action Tracker Round 2: Medren, Jaren, Gnolls, Gurthock, West Archers, Noonan, Juro, Jason
Action Tracker Round 3: Medren, Jaren, Gnolls


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Harrol - for clarity, if you're casting the silence on one of their helmets = attended item = will save applies. And if so... which one?


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They look humanish (as in not overtly tiefling) - I know the avatar I've used for them is a bit misleading, but they all three look humanish.


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Noonan - please don't post out of order. I realise I'm maddeningly slow to update, but every time someone posts out of order it just makes things confusing.
Medren - see the overlap of the grease, you get 2 x hyenas with that positioning.

Medren moves forward and lays down a mat of slick grease upon the sand, catching a pair of hyenas within the midst of it...
Reflex: 2d20 ⇒ (16, 1) = 17 - 1 pass, 1 fail
...one maintaining it's footing, though the second falls to the sand.

Jaren abandons the defence of Medren to advance to stand alone before the entrance to the sandbagged area.

With Medren's protector gone, the two gnollish bowmen set sights on the mage...
Bow: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (15) + 4 = 19 for 1d8 + 2 ⇒ (7) + 2 = 9
Bow: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (11) + 4 = 15 for 1d8 + 2 ⇒ (8) + 2 = 10
...the thin iron tipped missiles aimed true, scything into thigh and hip.

Jaren's boldness is rewarded with the pair of axe-wielding gnolls stepping forward with ill-intent and heavily handled weaponry...
Greataxe: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (2) + 6 = 8
Greataxe: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (14) + 6 = 20 for 1d12 + 4 ⇒ (7) + 4 = 11
...one strike easily defeated, but the second thumps in heavily to his chest... and Jaren feels a rib crack under the stress of it.

The hyenas reposition in the fortification, the fallen one scrabbling upon the ground to be clear of the grease.

Action Tracker Round 2: Medren, Jaren, Gnolls, Gurthock, West Archers, Noonan, Juro, Jason
Action Tracker Round 3: Medren, Jaren, Gnolls

Updated Map


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Fickle Hand:
2d20 ⇒ (18, 1) = 19 vs 2d20 ⇒ (10, 20) = 30

Initiative Block:
Cultist: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (6) + 2 = 8
Harrol: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (14) + 4 = 18
Eudocia: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (15) + 2 = 17
Joneth: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (15) + 4 = 19
Gregori: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (12) + 1 = 13
Theodric: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (10) + 7 = 17

Moving through the door you open up into what appeared to have once been a temple. Blood and filth smear the floor and six white stone statues of famous heroes line the hall each clawed, bloodstained, partially smashed, or otherwise defaced. At the far end of the hall, a raised dais holds an upturned alabaster altar. Sitting atop the upside-down altar is a hideous mass of severed limbs that have been stitched together into a vile monstrous insectoid shape. Before the dais, seven ratty bedrolls have been laid out on the floor.

However more pressing than that blasphemy is the three cultists within the room. Their sharp ears having picked up your approach through the door, and they react slightly quicker to stand and put hands to arms. They are not flatfooted and are armed with ranseurs.

Action Tracker (Round 1): Joneth, Harrol, Theodric, Eudocia, Gregori, Cultists

Map


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Tassius Reply to Hilde:
The puckish creature's reply is dripping acid and hoarse "Mind is gone, madnesss walking,
Burn it, burn it, 'fore it stalking"


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Small child awakened at inopportune time... apologies for delay till tomorrow.


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Small child awakened at inopportune time... apologies for delay till tomorrow.


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As a note - Hilde is the one that is actively fascinating through the performance. Which means that you need to maintain the performance to maintain the fascination.
While some actions can be made concurrent - you'll need to be careful (especially Hilde) as the subject can still hear you and see you.
I'd view specifically referring to the creature as 'what's affecting him' would be similar to a potential threat.
Just a point to keep in common view so that you can refer to it.
Another option could have been to retcon the review with Tassius in before going to the fascination, and potentially have whispered / dwarvish conversation about what you're going to do before engaging the human.


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Will put the update in tonight c/w maps.
I reckon roughly 1-2 minutes since the start of the wrecker demons fight, so the shields of faith are still in place.


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Fickle Hand:
1d20 ⇒ 1

The singled out human relaxes into a slouch, and follows Hilde's words and lead.


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As a reminder - there's two doors left:
A locked one heading west (M6) - and an unlocked one heading north (O5).
You were previously heading to the Northern one - maintain that?


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Hey that's slightly unfair... there was that ranseur as well :P

D&D = adamantine... though I use them interchangeably.


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AP as written in this case... I'm guessing maybe because morningstars are reasonably common as favored weapons for deities? *shrugs*

Just be thankful Gregori didn't end up with the Holy Bludgeoner :P


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Eudocia moves within range to deliver a well aimed strike that forces it's way through the wrecker demon's thick skin to harm it. As the demon recoils to spin, Joneth adds a further wound... which proves to overpower it's fortitude and send it blubbering and burbling to the ground.

After the immediate area is made safe, you crane your ears to listen... and are astonished to find that you ken no sound that suggests your discovery yet. It would seem that the noise that was probably made by the wrecker demons in summarily destroying near everything that was once of value within the room serves as a reasonable cover for the sounds of battle.

Apart from the fallen demons, the contents of the room that still have some degree of cohesiveness is limited. Two severed heads, two headless corpses... and a morningstar propped in one corner made of a strangely dense metal that is unblemished.

Detect Magic:
The morningstar bears the weakest of fortifying magiks. +1

Knowledge Arcana DC 15:
The material that the morningstar is fabricated from is adamantium - an impossibly strong and tough metal that would have exceeded the abrikandilu's attempts to mar it.


Primordial Ooze

Weekend was weekend - back now.
Happy for you to post out of order - but I resolve in order. Generally I'll redirect if actions still make general sense, or pause if a rethink is needed.

Gurthock joins his ertwhile companions as he calls upon a deeper and primal rhythm to stir within the cockles of their bellies.

Noonan's wary emergence draws a pair of streaking arrows...
Arrow: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (9) + 4 = 13
Arrow: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (7) + 4 = 11
...though neither is aimed well enough to draw his blood.

Juro steps and fires... but only one of his arrows is aimed well enough to strike. Jason then joins them in a defense focused advance.

Action Tracker Round 2: Medren, Jaren, Gnolls, Gurthock, West Archers, Noonan, Juro, Jason

Updated Map


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DM hadn't updated the map - but you can move into melee without provoking.
Last implied demon move was: The demon moves to put it's back to the wall - putting it in S9. So there's room for Joneth, Gregori and Eudocia to all be in melee with it.


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Theodric sends another forceful missive towards the demon... rocking it, but not yet causing it to fall. Harrol then moves to salve Joneth's ever growing litany of wounds.

Action Tracker (Round 3): Joneth, Abrikandilu, Gregori, Theodric, Harrol, Eudocia
Action Tracker (Round 4): Joneth, Abrikandilu


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Forcing your battered and broken bodies a ways from the site of the dead triceratops... well at least after the bloody work of claiming the horns is done... proves to be wise. As you lay down to rest, a distant spine-chattering roar can be heard... likely of a beast similar to the one that you have just laid low... except more of the pointy teeth and carnivorous persuasion.

Sleep comes readily despite the concern, and passes without much incident - leaving another morning to work at forging further north. The humans seem to be keeping up a little better today -

Sense Motive DC 20:
One of the men seems to be acting strangely... everything seems normal, but as though a stiff caricature of human behaviour.

Hilde:
A whisper swirls through your ear "Careful now, the man is tainted
Kill it, kill it... fore too late 'tis"

Your invisible companion is pointing out the subject of the spoiler above - feel free to read it.


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You could attempt to Intimidate / Bluff / trash talk / etc


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Jaren - after combat's fine.

Re: Inspired Rage - I'm open to allowing maneuvers in the short term, and seeing how we go.


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Medren moves forth into the arena...
Medren - 25ft move in leaves you 40ft from the sandbags, so out of range of grease. Also, grease is a 10ft square (ie. 10 x 10) - so with the spacing of the gnolls you wouldn't have been able to catch more than just one of them in it.
...but seeing the gnolls still too distant, turns his mind to defence first...I've instead said you total defense... and you'll be behind shiny anyways.

Jaren keeps pace with his fresh companion...

Jaren:
Armament shield is weird... thematically I mean, it obviously explicitly works.
Also - to my eye it looks like Sworn Protector and Zweihander don't stack? Sworn Protector's Ward replaces the Aegis power... and Zweihander replaces part of the Aegis power.
My read is that means that the archetypes don't stack as they replace or modify the same power? - what's your take?
I know I should have brought stuff like this up earlier... but I was leaving it to learn as I go :P

...and stands afore him wardingly.

The gnolls react with a surprisingly measured response. The greataxe wielding beasts at the entrance to the sandbags hold their position, and the hyena pad up to stand at their backs. The other gnoll in the center of the fort also holds - leaving only the bow wielding gnolls to act.

Those two before Jaren nock and let fly...
Bow at Jaren: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (17) + 4 = 21
Bow at Jaren: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (19) + 4 = 23 for 1d8 + 2 ⇒ (7) + 2 = 9
...both flying straight and true... though the preternatural reactions of the warder give him the foresight to deflect the first of them away from himself; but he cannot prevent the second from lancing into his shoulder.

While those on the opposite side of the arena nock... and hold their bows - clearly waiting for the first tasty target to present itself...

Action Tracker Round 1: Medren, Jaren, Gnolls, Gurthock, Noonan, Juro, Jason
Action Tracker Round 2: Medren, Jaren, Gnolls

Mapski

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