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Actually the pool is only about 5 feet deep
Zal can tell that the space beyond the door is another large space not a corridor but again the darkness prevents him seeing more than 10 feet ahead..he opens the door to find that the space is in fact the castle dungeon.
There is a large nest like pile of detritus in the middle of the room in which sits a Large and extremely ugly Humanoid..
"Ere you can't come in 'ere" it rumbles in bad common
Surprise round with a difference..you get two actions apiece
I notice that the double sized order for August is to be sent Priority Mail even though I have not asked for stuff to be sent that way.
As Priority Mail does not reach me any faster on this side of the Atlantic and as the order itself is a hefty proposition now that I am retired and living on a pension could you please just send it under the cheaper option.
If this is not possible then I may have to cancel subscriptions
I've been retiredfora week now..but very busy getting things organised on the wargames front.
I'm still waiting for Muchorak and Dabbler to respond to the current round.Map up today
The Lamia's ability to use reach weapons in close combat is a racial one.There used to be a feat in 3.5 called shorten spear(or something like that) which let you use a move action to change your grip in close combat
Was waiting for Caithen to respond actually.
You feel your conciousness leave your body and float higher and higher..though you cannot see you comrades you can sense them near you..eventually you are looking down on the entire Mwangi Expanse.
The sky turns red and you reform as animal spirits in muted translucent. pastel colours.
Helga is now....A Hyena
Atzi is now...A Buffalo
Corvus is now..A Gorilla
Caithen is now...An Elephant
N'cheki is now...A Giant Crab
You are now all functioning as if under the effect of Beast Shape II
During the strange trance, Nkechi foreshadows the unveiling of the ruins of a forgotten city from ancient folklore. But he warns that many rivals seek the city, and it is unclear who shall be first to claim the location. He also sees a darkness within the city, and ominous storm clouds gathering on the horizon.
His Divinations are interupted by the arrival of a Massive Serpent.
Ali and lunas wait until Marak throws a glowing stone down the cavern to reveal a tall cadaverous figure armed with a bow. Then the two wolves bound ahead as always managing to flank the foe
Ali Bite 1d20 + 17 ⇒ (6) + 17 = 23 Damage: 1d4 + 8 ⇒ (4) + 8 = 12
Lunas bite 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (15) + 15 = 30 Damage: 2d6 + 7 ⇒ (1, 2) + 7 = 10
Trip: 1d20 + 14 ⇒ (7) + 14 = 21
22 Damage. Trip fails
The creature seems to be caked in ice.. its left hand looks like a claw made of icicles and its brow bears a crown of the same.
Esteriande could close on a charge.
Indeed you must be for as Inikai utters those words three arrows fly out of the darkness ahead.
Random Target amongst first 4 into line.
1 Esteriande 2 Muchorak 3 Inikai 4 Ursus
1d4 ⇒ 3 Fate dictates the target is Inikai
1d20 + 16 ⇒ (8) + 16 = 24 Damage 1d8 + 4 + 1d6 ⇒ (5) + 4 + (2) = 11
1d20 + 11 ⇒ (10) + 11 = 21 Damage 1d8 + 4 + 1d6 ⇒ (8) + 4 + (2) = 14
1d20 + 6 ⇒ (17) + 6 = 23 Damage 1d8 + 4 + 1d6 ⇒ (4) + 4 + (1) = 9
Total 34..of which 5 is cold Damage
Ok Work is now officially over and I'm on my final weeks leave before I retire officially on Sunday...Yayyyyyyy!!!
The Cavern is deathly cold..you can feel it even through your furs and bad weather gear.
It stretches ahead into the darkness seeming more like a wide tunnel.
You lights reveal a shrine to one side seemingly tossedaside negigently given the crazy angle it sits at.
I features a monstrous hybrid of woman and beast shown to be heavily pregnant.
Marak snorts "Lamashtu" is his only word
You can see that the chests are sealed with Wax.
A Detect Magic reveals that none of the weapons are Magical though a closer inspection shows that both Spear and Khopesh are very finely constructed(Masterwork) The Bow needs a new string(and has a +2 Str adjustment)
In 3.5 Str adjustment was optional and that made the weapon Masterwork...I see no reason not to continue that here..so the Bow counts as MW also
There is no way out but the way you entered by so you make your way back to the entrance hall and check the other door.
Finding it unlocked and untrapped you enter the next chamber which appears to have been the castle kitchens.
Numerous tracks of Troglodytes and dire corbies make trails through this room which is exited by many doors.
Single Doors to the North, South, East and West also a Double Door to the South
You trudge back through the rain to the cave and deliver your feather to the Tempest who is somewhat surprised..
"Well well you succeeded..you didn't cheat did you?..No No off course you didn't..
He retreats into his hermitage for about half an hour, leaving you at his doorstep. Eventually, Nkechi returns with a smile. Inviting you inside his abode, he asks you to sit in a circular pattern on his f loor about a large clay brazier filled with herbs. Nkechi picks up a wooden mortar filled with reddish paste, and proceeds to draw mystic symbols on your faces with the paste as he walks around the circle chanting esoteric words. He firmly snaps, “Do not interrupt!” at anyone who dares to speak during the ceremony. When finished, he pulls out a pouch filled with some small roots, eats a piece, and requests that you do the same. If queried about the root or his actions, he responds with earnest gravity, “We are going to speak to Gozreh.”
Marching order as I interpret it.
Guys..I'm working nights this week..same as last week and my brain isn't up to working this encounter out at the moment so I'm calling a break till next weekend when I will hopefully be able to concentrate better
Pteranadons are able to ride the wind currents much better than crows and Atzi soars high up around the pillar to find a nest that dwarfs any she has seen before.
She lands and searches for a couple of minutes before she finds the required feather. Just as she is about to leave the nest there is an angry shriek aubible even over the rain and wind and the Stormbird returns..Atzi manages to slip away just in time and the massive bird settles back on it's nest.
Atzi returns to the group with the feather.
Thank the Gods for Druids...also Atzi HAD to take 20 to find that feather..the DC with the rain was 29
Shortly after the you set out, the sky darkens and it begin to rain heavily. As per Nkechi’s description, Gozreh’s Crest sits at the very edge of the peninsula, an ominously scarred chunk of dark granite worn into a steep, wave-like shape by centuries of wind and rain. Its face catches the ocean, creating a natural wind tunnel that amplifies the wind andcreates howling updrafts. These updrafts have become the favored spot of larger seabirds, which ride them high into the sky, where they hover above the sea watching for fish.
Severe winds with speeds averaging 40 mph or more build around the promontory, imposing a –4 penalty on Fly skill checks and ranged attacks. Similarly, cascading sheets of rain reduce visibility by half, imposing a –4 penalty on Perception checks. These conditions have a 50% chance of extinguishing unprotected flames
Even without the wind, the promontory is a difficult climb. The smooth, wind-beaten eastern face is impossible to ascend. Only the western face is jagged enough to allow for solid footing (Climb DC 20). The storm bird’s nest sits almost at the top of the crest, about 500 feet above sea level, overlooking the water.
Well thats two off the originals gone..both will be missed and I will really miss Ali Miss cute but vicious gave the party an added boost in combat along with Lunas.
On the other hand an Evil DM grin just spread over my face..
There will be no recruitment to this thread..for the following reasons
1)5 players means I no longer have to ammend every encounter in the book
2)Treasure now becomes much more useful to you
3)It becomes more of a challenge for you..up till now you have been steamrollering opposition with the Ali/Lunas/Muchorak/Ursas combo..now it gets that bit more difficult.
They are both about 50 points over dead..Lucrecia is about 30 points over dead..
Searching the bodies you find..
From the Giant Mage....
A wand of Enervation (12)
A MW Large Earthbreaker
A Headband of Vastintelligence +2 (Knowledge Arcana)
1000 gp worth of black Onyx gems
Another Sihedron Medallion.
A Wand of Scorching Ray (22)
+1 keen Dagger
Yet another Sihedron Medallion.
A ring and necklce worth 800 gp total.
A scroll in a tube..headed "Those who have agreed to lend their greed to the Master's need"
It includes the name of Kaven Windstrike circled and underlined.
The Impaler of thorns is an ancient weapon dating back to
Once per day as it strikes a foe, the wielder can cause it (as a free action) to unleash a 30-footradius burst of despair that affects all creatures not wielding animpaler of thorns.
A Medusa mask is made of gold-plated iron. Writhing snake tails radiate from a gemstone upon the brow, almost as if they
A snakeskin tunic is a tight, form-fitting shirt crafted from the
And you guessed it another Sihedron Medallion.
Ok let me see..
First of all Ali flies by the giant..
BTW you can't do a full attack on a fly-by as it counts as a charge
One claw catches the foe for 11 damage 
Then Inikai strikes at Xanesha hitting her but once for 5 damage
His Azata smites the Giant with a lightning bolt...
Save 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (2) + 12 = 14
Who fails to avoid it 16 damage 
Then Esteriande puts three arrows into the Giant for 73 Damage 
The creature plummets towards the ground blood fountaining from its corpse as below Muchorak and Ursas and Lunas tear into Xanesha for a total of 122 damage 
The Lamia falls and the hunt that began in Magnimar seems to be over.
Naria never gets her spell off.
The giants body hits with bone breaking force from 60 feet up. Marak has to leap away to avoid it..