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Samuel shouts a warning about the Zombie's disease and begins casting a spell.
Faunra draws her bow and fires two arrows both find the target thunking home into the Zombie's rotten chest.
Venedictos begins his chant. His voice filling the halls of the catacomb.
Brayken races down a hall and around a corner coming face to face with one of the festering men. He slices at it with his readied glaive, slicing straight through it's torso. Its guts spill out bursting as they come filling the area with an unbelievable stench.
Brayken =1, Faunra =2 1d2 ⇒ 1
The Zombie with two arrows in it's chest is drawn to the filth near Brayken it lurches awkwardly towards him arm raised for an attack but before it can reach him Brayken dispatches it with another swing of his glaive. More filth pours from its wounds splashing the walls and floor.
The last two Zombies stagger up the hall to Faunra the one in the lead flops forward attacking her with a floundering shoulder charge.
Attack: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (9) + 4 = 13
Faunra deftly side steps avoiding its blow.
The last zombie groans impatiently behind the the other. its arms outstretched toward Fauna and Quinn.
Initiative: Quinn is up to finish off round 1 and then its back to the top with Samuel, Faunra, Venedictos and Brayken.
Faunra spots what are obviously undead of some sort and their moans rise higher as they lurch forward to attack.
Brayken 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (15) + 2 = 17
Faunra 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (17) + 2 = 19
Quinn 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (4) + 2 = 6
Samuel 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (18) + 2 = 20
Venedictos 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (17) + 1 = 18
Zombies 1d20 ⇒ 9
Knowledge Religion DC10:
These are Plague Zombies. Their slam attacks carry the Zombie Rot disease.
Knowledge Religion DC15:
These are Plague Zombies. Their slam attacks carry the Zombie Rot disease. When they die they explode in a burst of rotting, infected flesh. All creature next to them could contract the Zombie Rot disease.
The group moves down the west corridor which opens up into a winding catacomb. The walls are skilfully carved with deep recesses where bodies might have once lain. All that remains now are cobwebs, dust, and the tattered remains of ancient clothing. The stench of rotting flesh is overpowering here, but the source is not evident.
perception: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (18) + 7 = 25
Quinn checks the catacomb entrance for traps and is confident that it is safe to pass through.
you all here a low moan as the party enters the catacombs, perhaps wind through the tunnels, you may think till Faunra rounds the first corner...
In amongst the Skeleton's remains Quinn finds a slightly tarnished silver necklace. There are also several unbroken femurs that might be solid enough to do for clubs...
Samuel is revived and as he points out the stairs to the south beckon. Roldare's sister, Dimera, must be further in...
Appraise DC15 (for the necklace):
This necklace is of a style that is about 200 years old. It is finely crafted and probably worth around 200gp
At the bottom of the stairs is a circular chamber with three passageways leading from it. In the centre is a small stone pedestal. The sound of dripping water can be heard coming from the eastern passageway, while the stench of rot emanates from the west.
The floor bears an inscription that spirals out from the pillar. It reads: "To the south you might take your ease, to rest and reflect on Kassen's deeds. To the east lies the wheel, to open the gate. To the west is the resting place of Kassen, hero of the Fangwood."
You know that the Hallway to the east leads to an area that is partially submerged and the room that the giant frogs have made their lair.
Quinn moves up to the last skeleton and strikes at it, his sword bouncing off its spine, chipping the bone slightly.
The skeleton slashes at Quinn and Faunra with its claws.
Atk vs Faunra: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (13) + 2 = 15 Miss
Atk vs Quinn: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (9) + 2 = 11 Miss
Then it steps back towards the wall.
Quinn: Ten hits the prone skeleton so I applied the damage you rolled to your AoO
As the Skeleton in the hallway moves to stand Faunra and Quinn smash it apart with thier swords.
Brayken moves out of the hall to Attack the last skeleton and slashes at it with his glaive but the skeleton dodges the savage cut.
Venedictos barrels through the hallway into the room and sends healing energy out that passes over Samuel closing his wounds. Brayken and Quinn feel refreshed as well.
Still to act this round: Faunra and Quinn.
Brayken and Quinn: Your Non lethal damage should heal from Ven's channel energy.
Brayken slices past Quinn with his glaive but the skeleton in the hall nimbly steps aside.
Faunra rushes down the hall past Brayken, past Quinn and past the skeleton shoulder charging it as she goes, knocking the skeleton on it's back.
Samuel steps behind a pillar and casts his mage armour spell from a scroll.
The Skeleton in the hall stands up Provoking AoO's from Quinn and Faunra. If it survives those...
It attacks 1 is Faunra, 2 is Quinn: 1d2 ⇒ 1
The Skeleton by the pillar steps around the pillar and attacks Samuel with both claws.
Claw 1: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (18) + 2 = 20 A Hit
Secret Gm Stuff:
Torso boy 2 Dmg
Channel Save: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (19) + 6 = 25
The skeleton in the hallway trembles as Venedictos's energy sweeps over it but it manages to stand firm.
@Faunra unfortunately you can't reach the skeleton with your greatsword. You could use that roll for something else though. An overrun? A bow attack? The hallway skeleton has used it's AoO this round.
@Samuel I'll resolve your action after Faunra's but the skeleton in the hallway is still on it's feet at the moment.
Secret Gm stuff:
Torso boy: 3 damage
Samuel Soulkeeper wrote:
No problem, your backstory is yours to create.
I'll let everyone know as soon as the skeleton goes down.
Venedictos calls on his goddess and a wave of holy energy spreads out blessing him and his companions.
Faunra fires at the skeleton in the hall the arrow skitters down the halls walls.
Brynn steps back and loads and fires his sling but the bullet goes high and soars over the skeletons head.
Footsteps sound from the other side of the room. A man appears, arcane words fly from his mouth and a dart of acid hits one of the skeletons. It's bones sizzle and it crumples to the floor. The man dashes to the cover of one of the pillars.
Quinn darts into the hall and ducking and weaving he thrusts his short sword wildly at the skeleton there.
The skeleton swings its claws at Quinn
The other skeletons head spins on it's spine as it searches for the new threat.
Init: Everyone is up!
Welcome, read the spoiler for details on your introduction to the gameplay.
You've been caught nearby by some giant frogs. They dragged you down into their lair in the crypt but you managed to escape. Slamming the door to the frogs lair behind you find your way to some stairs leading up and as you begin to climb them you hear the sound of battle coming from the room ahead.
Jump into the gameplay thread when your ready.
Brayken 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (11) + 2 = 13
Faunra 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (16) + 2 = 18
Quinn 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (8) + 2 = 10
Skeletons 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (16) + 6 = 22
Venedictos 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (13) + 1 = 14
As Brayken steps into the hallway and flings his sling bullet into the room the skeletons snap to attention moving as one. They march towards the hallway leaving a trail blood behind them that drips off their bones. Two hang back a little while the third moves straight up to Brayken slashing at him with its claws.
Claw 1: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (14) + 2 = 16
Feel free to jump in in any order.
I've decided to accept Balacertar with Samuel Soulkeeper. It was tough to choose between Samuel and Able. Thanks for your submission therealthom.
Unfortunately I will not be needing the fighter type as the player I had thought wasn't continuing is still interested.
Here is the link to the Gameplay thread: Crypt of the Everflame
Once more into the breach!
I'm looking for one or two players to join. Preferably an arcane caster and possibly another melee type.
Here are the Character creation Guide lines laid down by the original Gm:
Sources: Core Rulebook
The party has a Cleric, Rogue and a Fighter.
We are about halfway through but there is still fun to be had!
Ok until further notice I'll use my good old fall back of google docs with coordinates...
Just state where you want to move (eg. D3) and I'll place your image there at the top of the round. First in best dressed. Try to look out for where people ahead of you move to. If two people state the same coordinates I'll move the second person as close as I can.
Secret GM rolls:
1d20 + 2 ⇒ (16) + 2 = 18
Nadab becomes bored with waiting for the door to be opened and decides to check out the arrow pillar to see how it worked. He touches one of the cogs that Quinn had stopped and the last arrow that had jammed frees up and stabs him through the eye...
Ohh poor Nadab... Ok that's out of the way...
Meanwhile Brayken decides that the door has been checked thoroughly and pushes Quinn aside. He shoulders the door open with the help of Faunra. The door opens however Faunra strains her shoulder and decide to wait here for a while.
A continuous carving of mourners runs along the walls of a short hallway that opens up into a wider room. opposite the door your entering though a stairway leads down.
You spot three motionless skeletons carefully hidden behind three of the pillars in the room.
" The stone is local yes taken from a quarry a few miles from here. It's some three centuries old though and the quarry no longer operates. "
Kara leads you to a large oaken door which groans as she pushes it open. Beyond is a dim hallway lined with ornate tapestries depicting strange creatures and ancient battles. Kara removes a torch from its sconce and beckons you to follow her into the depths of the keep. She seems happy to chat and you find out that she has lived in the castle all her life having been born here. She answers as many questions about the tapestries and art as she can but it's clear she doesn't know much.
By the time the hallway turns eastward and continues past several doors before coming to a spiraling stone stairway she seems quite friendly. “ Now I'd better tell you what you need to know about the competition. You are expected to compete twice a day, once at noon and again at eight in the grand hall, which lies east of the courtyard.” She says, looking back as she leads you up the stairs. “The clocktower in the courtyard chimes on each hour, and can be heard throughout the entire keep, so you should have no trouble keeping track of time. If you are not at the tournament at the scheduled time, I shall fetch you. But it would be better if your there on time...” The stairwell opens to another tapestry-lined hallway, and Kara leads you past several more doors before stopping at one. She opens the door and hands you the key. “This shall be your chamber during your stay at the castle. You are free to wander the grounds, although there are some areas that are off limits. Such areas are locked, and if you have any questions as to where you are allowed, feel free to ask the guards. Don't go anywhere your not supposed to. Lord Kent is not generally a patient man, and it is rare and quite generous of him to open his home to strangers.” Kara curtsies and turns to take her leave. " Bye Katrina "
there are two guards that patrol the courtyard (as well as the two on the other side of the door. The best climbing spot would be in one of the corners. That's probably the best escape route too. You also note that several bricks in the south east corner seem to be missing there mortar (they look loose)
You step through the door. A large four-poster bed draped with red silk curtains dominates this chamber. Besides the bed, the room boasts a fireplace, an armoire, and a small oaken table, atop which is a tray of food and carafe of wine. Beside the fireplace in the south wall is a window that looks out upon the courtyard, decorated with red curtains. A cool draft from the window adds to the chill of the stone room.
You make the search of the room and find a long forgotten panel in the stone above the fireplace. It conceals an ancient silver and moonstone pendant, a potion of cure light wounds, and a stack of passionate love letters from days of old addressed to “Aloria of the Emerald Eyes.” Additionally, there is a silver poker near the fireplace.
There don't seem to be any peep holes or traps.
You don't see any of the towns missing items on your walk though the keep.
These are definitely full orcs.
The orcs nod and grunt " You can pass. " says one opening the doors. You step through into the keeps courtyard, a large clock tower stands beside you. It towers high above the castle’s walls and is capped by a pointed tiled roof. Also towering above the castle’s walls are the north and southwest wings. Elaborate stained glass windows decorate the upper level of the southwest wing, while those in the north wing are more subdued in design. The ground of the courtyard is laid with colored bricks, set to portray spiraling, knotted designs. The courtyard also contains a stone well near the gate, and many doors.
A woman of slight stature and long black hair moves to greet you. She walks with her shoulders hunched and moves warily, as if she expected you to attack her. “Welcome to Castle Blackstone, Lord Kent’s home! I am Kara, Lord Kent’s servant, and contest moderator. The tournament begins shortly. Follow me and I will show you to your room.” She turns and walks through the courtyard, beckoning you to follow.
You head to Xander's place, a man you've met at the dice table on more than one occasion. Nobles come from far and wide to purchase his wares when they want to advance... He always keeps some vials of antitoxin around in case he slips as he works.
Approaching the the dukes keep.
Lord Kent’s keep stands poised atop a jutting island of sheer stone, towering high above the forested road that seems to be the only route to this place. The road winds up to an adjacent cliff, and there a stone bridge crosses the chasm to the keep’s front entrance: a set of large double- doors. The doors are closed, and two guards, each wearing chainmail and helmets with lowered visors, cross their halberds before the doors as you approach. “Who goes there?” One of the guards asks in a gruff voice.
Seeing through the guards helmet slits you notice that the unmistakeable features of orcs.
Sense motive results:
No he doesn't want you to leave town, it amuses him that the captain wants you to leave but he knows that people like you can be handy to have around.
(What I am thinking is that the captain has been attempting to put you away for awhile but has never been able to gather enough evidence against you. If your character isn't that 'shady' kind of rogue then the captain just has it in for you for beating him at skulls.)
" Excellent. " The mayor pulls a sheet of parchment out of his desk draw and standing he hands it to you with his left while offering his right hand to shake. " Here is a list of the items that were stolen. You may wish to memorise it as it may be hard to explain it to the Duke's guards if your caught. "
Gem-studded longsword (masterwork)
Mayor Fellstone’s books, journals, and maps
Rune carved amulet
Silver statuette of an elven maiden
Anything you want to do before heading to the keep?
Sense Motive results:
What does the mayor gain? Besides the info, you guess that some of the items Stolen belong to the mayor.
Is he setting me up? You can't tell, but from what you know of him you'd strongly doubt it.
You don't know, though gambling is not illegal and it would only take him asking the watch to look out for a good gambler for him to learn of your skills.
Fellstone lets the stream of questions wash over him.
"The entry fee is 100gp paid down for chips at the beginning. The game is Skulls and overall winner of the competition takes the whole pot. As to who the other players will be I am unfortunately ill informed in this matter... Lord Kent will obviously be taking part the only other certain player I can think of would be Sir Bredwir. The competition is set to run for four days."
" As for when I have my information, you will be 200 gold pieces richer and free to do as you please. Though I believe that Captain Mabon hopes you will invest the gold in property or a business in some far away town. " At this last comment the mayor cracks a weary smile.
Dirt on Lord Kent:
You have heard rumours that the duke thirsts for dark magics... But they're only rumours with no good source.
Dirt on Fellstone:
Fellstone seems fairly clean. He is known for his fairness.
Skulls is a popular game in the region and is frequently played by those of all walks of life. Playing Skulls involves rolling 3d6 and tallying the results. Even numbers are desired, particularly when more than one of the same number is rolled. When the same even number is rolled on two or all three of the dice at once, tally the total rolled and then add half of that number to the total. For example, if you rolled a four on all three dice, you would total the amount rolled (twelve in this case), and add half of that total again to your final score (half of twelve is six, twelve plus six is eighteen: your final score for rolling four on all three dice is eighteen). Even numbers are the only ones that count in this manner. The odd numbers three and five add only their face value, while ones (called skulls in the game due to the skull design on the dice) subtract from your final total. Let’s say you rolled two sixes, and a three. You would add the two sixes (twelve points), and then add half of that total again to that amount (half of twelve is six, twelve plus six is eighteen). Finally, you would add the three to your total (for a final score of twenty-one). You can easily simulate a character’s gambling experience by adding in his Bluff or Profession (Gambling) skill points and appropriate ability modifier to the roll’s total. Thus, if a character’s roll was worth eighteen points, he has four ranks in Profession (Gambler), and a 14 Wis (a +2 modifier), his final total would be twenty-four.
INTERVAL BETTING A game of Skulls sometimes entails three rolls. Gaming tables often have three lined pockets on each side, and covers that keep the player’s roll secretive. Each player rolls his dice, sees his own total, and then makes a bet. One player bets first, the second matches and may raise, and the first player either matches or yields (here is where the Bluff skill comes into play). They then roll a second set of dice (in the table’s second pocket), and mentally tally that result to the first. After betting a second time, the player’s roll their third set of dice in the last pocket. They bet one last time and then show their results. The player with the highest total wins the game, and takes the pot.
Upon entering the town hall you are quickly ushered into the mayors office, it's noisy with a almost constant ratatattat of hammers and saws. Fellstone rubs his temples as he offers you a seat and then rubs his hands down his face before plonking them on the desk. He looks stressed.
" Well your probably wondering why I asked for this meeting? " He asks, but continues without waiting for an answer. " My trackers have returned from seeking the lair of the raiders. It may shock you to know that the orcs and gnolls seem to be in the employ of the Duke himself... It certainly took me by surprise. "
" I understand you have some skill at gambling Ms Ardon? Lord Kent is offering a competition at his keep. Which is the perfect cover... I'd like very much to learn why he has employed these Orc and Gnoll raiders to ransack my town. I will front the entry fee for the competition and I have some items that may serve you well. If you discover the Duke's motives behind the attack I will reward you with the sum of 200gp. Also there were some items of significant value that were taken from the town. If you manage to recover these I will reward you for each individually. "
He leans back in his chair awaiting your response.
Some info about the town Rhiannon
A small town in the Duchy of Erat which is ruled by Lord Kent.
Some notable people are:
Pushing past the webs the group enters a larger room, the walls were once patterned with Vermilion paint and gold gilding but the pattern is now crumbled and decaying. However in the middle of the room sits a pristine well, its tiles shining as if they'd just been polished. A mournful cry fills the room seeming to originate from the well.
Azeban wades into the web leveling his crossbow a bolt flashes through the air and embeds itself in the spiders side. It's legs waiver underneath it feebly.
Keolin swings at the spider but only hits webs!
Galia steps forward, finishing the arachnid off by cleaving it in half with an overhand swing.
Among the webs the group finds a small purse of gold and a shining white pearl that seems to glow.
There's a draft blowing from the south-east corner of the room and with a quick inspection you find a passage through to the next room.
The spider flinches as another bullet grazes it's large abdomen. scuttling down it's web it strikes at Kristof with it's dripping fangs.
Attack: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (11) + 2 = 13
But the spider's fangs can't penetrate Kristof's chain shirt.
Round 1 Initiative:
Kristof's pistol goes off with a bang and a puff of smoke and the clicking from above becomes urgent almost like a shrieking. The spider turns its now bleeding abdomen towards Kristof and shoots out sticky webbing entangling the gunslinger.
Web Attack: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (11) + 5 = 16 Vs Touch.
An entangled creature takes a –2 penalty on attack rolls and a –4 penalty on Dexterity , can move at only half speed, and cannot charge or run. If the entangled creature attempts to cast a spell, it must make a concentration check with a DC of 15 + the spell's level or be unable to cast the spell.
Kristof can escape the Web with a DC12 escape artist check or a DC16 str check. (The str check DC for another party member to break him out is DC12.)
Round 1 Initiative:
1d20 + 11 ⇒ (5) + 11 = 16
As Kristof points at the dessicated corpses he spots the glint of gold from a half open purse in amongst the webs. Then he hears as horrible clicking noise from above spotting a Giant Spider.
Azeban: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (13) + 2 = 15
Galia: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (6) + 1 = 7
Giant Spider: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (14) + 3 = 17
Hekra: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (8) + 6 = 14
Keolin: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (9) + 2 = 11
Kristof: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (15) + 5 = 20
Toshizo: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (4) + 2 = 6
Keolin splits the last beetles back and it collapses amongst the trash. With a little digging Galia finds a sack full of silver coins, Keolin finds a scroll case with what looks like four more trade agreements and Toshizo finds a pair of beautifully fashioned bronze bracers.
1d20 ⇒ 13
1d20 ⇒ 20
1d20 ⇒ 9
1d20 ⇒ 17
1d20 ⇒ 9
1d20 ⇒ 20