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The light from Savendir's hilt reveals more detail beyond the door. The door opens into a hallway 15 feet wide. The hallway goes down 15 feet in either direction and then makes a turn. A layer of dust covers most of the floor, except for a line clear of dust to the right.

map (tan blocks indicate the path clear of dust.)


It takes, quite a bit of work, but finally the lock yields to Zarine's skill with a satisfying click. Zarine opens the door. The room is completely dark. Those with dark vision can make out a stone block wall 15 feet from the entrance. From your vantage point you cannot see a wall on either side.


Hey Treppa, I think Zarine must have broken one of her lock picks.


Zarine examines the door. She does not see any traps. However, she does spy something odd. While the door is made of heavy oak, and the iron door latch and hinges are caked with a thick layer of rust, the door lock appears to be relatively new. Pushing on the door, reveals that it is locked. She tries to pick it but she is unable to bypass the mechanism on her first attempt.


Ilias and Nyxalia offer to stay at the top of the stairs to keep watch while the rest of your descend the side stairway. With Ulath leading the way you begin your descent into the darkness. You hear no sound except for your footsteps on the stone steps and your breathing. You descend for about 15 minutes before coming to another landing and a door.


Are you beginning to descend the stairs? Also, do you want to leave Ilias and Nyxalia at the landing to stand guard since neither is posting right now? I will adjust the encounters accordingly.


Sorry, I thought I had posted what was behind the door, but I see now it didn't take. I was wondering why the thread was so quiet.

The door opens to reveal a small landing illuminated only by the light spilling in from the hall outside. Stairs descend downward into darkness after about 5 steps. Along the sides of the landing, a thick coating of dust can be seen. However, a path through the middle of the landing is dust free. No sound can be heard.


just waiting for someone to open the door.


The door does not appear to be trapped, but it is locked. After a small amount of work, the lock yields to Zarine's lock picking skills with a click.

Ulath, the wererats crawled out of the small holes in the wall in there rat form.


something bad coming: 1d3 ⇒ 2


Sounds like you are moving on. If there is anything else you wish to do before heading down, feel free to post it.

The wererat's corpses turn back into their human form. Leaving them behind, you continue down the spiral stair case. Once again, all is silent except for your footsteps. You do not come across any other creatures as you descend further.

You travel another half hour when you come across an old door on the left hand wall. It is a solid, heavy wooden door on large iron hinges. The spiral stair case continues downward toward the right.


The wererat strikes at Ulath as he moves away. stab: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (5) + 4 = 9 Ulath proves to be too swift and avoids the feeble thrust. Zarine moves in and cuts down the first wererat. She then moves into position and allows Nyxalia to gain the flank. While Nyaxlia lands some of her blows, the wererat's thick hide proves too tough. Summoning up her mythic reserve gives Nyxalia the right weapon to cut through the rat's defenses. It yelps in pain. Zarine takes advantage to land another killing blow, The last wererat crumples into a heap.

out of combat


Zarine Panchal wrote:

Zarine's AoO from Ulath.

[dice=Kukri atk]1d20 + 7 + 1 +2
[dice=dmg]1d4 + 3
[dice=sneak damage if applicable]2d6

Zarine moved to E3 on her last turn. I'm struggling with this map. What are the green squares at F4 and I4 and F2? Sorry. :(

No problem Zarine. The green squares at F4, I4, and F2 are just holes created when I moved the 3d blocks to new locations. The great sketch up experiment is over. I've switched back to a google doc spreadsheet. New Map of stairs Basically, if you are attacking a square with a higher letter, than you get a +1 to hit, i.e. A attacking B gets a +1. On the other hand, if B attacks A, B does NOT get a +1 AND A gets a +4 to AC. Finally, I've made the map editable so you can move your characters around on your own. Also, I missed that Zarine moved to E3. This has been corrected. Zarine, the AoO missed. You still have your regular round 5 turn.

Initiative order
Nyxalia
End Round 5
Savendir (miss)
Ulath (still has full action waiting to see if anyone moves into flank)
Ilias
Zarine

Owen (miss)
wererats


The wererats sneer as the manage to avoid Savendir and Owen's attacks.

Initiative order
Nyxalia
End Round 5
Savendir (miss)
Ulath (still has full action waiting to see if anyone moves into flank)
Ilias
Zarine
(Still have an AoO in addition to your normal turn)
Owen (miss)
wererats

Nyxalia is having internet connection challenges so if someone wants to take her turn as well you can. Otherwise, I'll post an action after everyone else.


Map for Round 5


I think the wolf is gone now

Once again, Savendir's ball of flame singes a wererat. Ilias adds insult to injury by hitting with acid. It cries out in pain as the acid eats at its hide.

"Take out the spellcaster! yells the singed wererat. It takes a five foot step toward Savendir and pauses menacingly as it waits for its partner to get into position. The other wererat moves to gain a flank heedlessly ignoring its current opponents.

Wererat 1 five foot step to G2 and Wererat 2 moves to I2. Zarine Ulath and Savendir if possible can all take AoOs

Once in a flanking position, both wererats strike at Savendir.

WR1 short sword: 1d20 + 4 + 2 + 1 ⇒ (1) + 4 + 2 + 1 = 8, damage: 1d6 + 2 + 1d6 ⇒ (2) + 2 + (1) = 5
WR1 bite: 1d20 - 1 + 2 + 1 ⇒ (10) - 1 + 2 + 1 = 12, damage: 1d4 + 1 ⇒ (2) + 1 = 3

WR2 short sword: 1d20 + 4 + 2 - 4 ⇒ (10) + 4 + 2 - 4 = 12, damage: 1d6 + 2 + 1d6 ⇒ (4) + 2 + (2) = 8

Savendir is able to avoid the dual onslaught without a scratch.

Initiative order
Nyxalia
End Round 5
Savendir
Ulath
Ilias
Zarine
Owen

wererats


Ulath uses the opening the the wererat provides to successfully hit the lycanthrope. However, the creatures unique hide successfully resists his weapon. Fortunately, the blow is enough to give Zarine an opening. Her kukri does enough damage to draw blood this time.

Nyxalia takes a five foot step to flank the other wererat and strikes with his fist. attack: 1d20 + 6 + 2 ⇒ (5) + 6 + 2 = 13. The wererat deftly ducks away again.

Initiative order
Nyxalia
End Round 4
Savendir (standard action left)
Ulath
Ilias (full action available)
Zarine
Owen
wererats


Savendir Inaris wrote:
What kind of actions would be involved, GM?

First, either Owen will need to teleport to Savendir or Savendir move to Owen. Second, Savendir can give his quiver of arrows to Owen as a move action and it's an immediate action for Owen to receive them, thus allowing Owen to get the arrows on Savendir's turn. You should probably tell Owen how many silver arrows there are.

EDIT: Ulath and Zarine also have an AoO available on the wererat at F4 before you take your regular turn.


Updated map for the beginning of Round 4


Nyxalia takes another swing at the wererat.

Elemental Fist on wererat at E3: 1d20 + 6 + 1 + 2 ⇒ (9) + 6 + 1 + 2 = 18
damage: 1d6 + 3 ⇒ (1) + 3 = 4, acid damage: 1d6 ⇒ 6

Once again the wererat is able to duck out of the way of Nyxalia's swing.

attack: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (11) + 4 = 15, damage: 1d6 + 2 ⇒ (2) + 2 = 4, bite: 1d20 - 1 ⇒ (13) - 1 = 12, damage: 1d4 + 1 ⇒ (1) + 1 = 2
The wererat at E3 takes a 5 foot step next to Ulath and attacks the dwarf but misses.

The wererat tripped by the wolf scrambles back onto his feet and also attacks Ulath using the flank from his partner to inflict extra damage. attack: 1d20 + 4 + 2 ⇒ (15) + 4 + 2 = 21, damage: 1d6 + 2 ⇒ (1) + 2 = 3 and sneak attack: 1d6 ⇒ 6 the wolf, Ulath, and Zarine can take AoOs as the wererat stands up.

Ulath takes a total of 9 points of damage

wolf AoO: 1d20 + 2 + 2 + 1 ⇒ (10) + 2 + 2 + 1 = 15 Miss!

Initiative order
Nyxalia
End Round 4
Savendir
Ulath
Ilias
Zarine
Owen

wererats


updated map

the wolf is the white box.


Ilias misses with his acid splash. The wolf is able to land a bite on the wererat but unfortunately its hide is resistant to his fangs. However, the wolf does give a quick twist of his head and upends the wererat onto its back.

Initiative order
Nyxalia
End Round 3
Savendir (miss)
Ulath (aid)
Ilias (wolf trips wererat at F4)
Zarine (hit no effect)
Owen (one miss and one hit with little effect)
wererats (one is prone after Nyxalia's turn)


Owen the Younger wrote:

Current hp 33

Would Owen know about Savendir's silver arrows?

I think not. Someone will need to mention wererat vulnerability to silver for him to make the offer.


Zarine find their mark but does not seem to have any effect on the wererats. Owen's second attack on the wererat at F4 just barely scratches the creature. The wererat's laugh at your futile attacks and say "As you wish, if this is where you want to die so be it. But not the dwarf or the pretty lady, soon you will be one of us. Ha ha ha ha ha!"

Owen (knowledge (local):
You identify the transformed creatures as the hybrid form of a wererat. You know that silver is the most effective attack against them and that a successful bite can afflict the victim with lythancropy.

The two were rats each takes a swing at Owen has he tries to pull away. withdraw is full round action so you can't avoid the attack of opportunity

E3 attack: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (20) + 4 = 24, F4 attack: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (7) + 4 = 11, damage e4: 1d6 + 2 ⇒ (6) + 2 = 8

The wererat standing next to Owen successfully jabs him in the side. 8 points of damage

Initiative order
Nyxalia
End Round 3
Savendir (miss)
Ulath (aid)
Ilias
Zarine (hit no effect)
Owen (one miss and one hit with little effect)
wererats


The wererat ducks as the flame harmlessly hurdles overhead. "Put down your weapons and submit now and we will leave you with your lives, we just want your valuables. You are no match for us," jeers the wererat.


The wolf is already at E4 so I will ignore the attempt to move through the rat's square so no AoO. I'll also give you the flank bonus but take out the charge bonus on the wolf attack.

The wolf takes another bite at the wererat in front of it but misses. Zarine tries to take advantage of the the wererat's momentary distraction and takes a swipe with her Kukri. The nimble wererat easily evades her attack.

Ilias tries to splash the wererat with acid but misses as well.

(E3) stab: 1d20 + 4 + 1 ⇒ (14) + 4 + 1 = 19, damage: 1d6 + 2 ⇒ (5) + 2 = 7, bite: 1d20 - 1 + 1 ⇒ (9) - 1 + 1 = 9, bite damage: 1d4 + 1 ⇒ (3) + 1 = 4

(F4) stab: 1d20 + 4 + 1 ⇒ (4) + 4 + 1 = 9, damage: 1d6 + 2 ⇒ (5) + 2 = 7, bite: 1d20 - 1 + 1 ⇒ (19) - 1 + 1 = 19, bite damage: 1d4 + 1 ⇒ (4) + 1 = 5

The wererat attacking Ulath takes another stab and bite at the dwarf. The shortsword finds its mark but Ulath is able to avoid another bite. 7 points of damage

The wererat attacking Zarine attempts to do the same, Zarine is able to avoid the wererat's short sword but in doing so, leaves herself open to its razor sharp teeth. 5 points of damage + need to make 2 fortitude saves

Can't update the map right now but the wolf is at E4, Owen is at D3, and Ilias is at D1

Initiative order
Nyxalia
End Round 3
Savendir
Ulath
Ilias
Zarine (needs two fortitude saves)
Owen (invisible)

wererats


Nyxalia Blackstone wrote:
I've had my turn already?

oops missed that. Just need Zarine to go and Ilias.


I'll allow movement through friendly squares, Owen

Savendir's flame hits its mark. The wererat cries out in pain.

Initiative order
Nyxalia
End Round 2
Savendir (cooking a rat)
Ulath (hit with no effect)
Ilias
Zarine

Owen (vanished into thin air)
wererats


Ulath's axe just narrowly misses a major artery as the wererat uses the height advantage provided by the step to avoid more severe damage. Ulath's blow seems to have no effect on the hybrid creature.


Owen the Younger wrote:
Map update?

Using sketchup - map updates are little slower to complete. No time last night.

Updated map with the two remaining wererats.


Savendir's flame strikes the taunting wererat between Zarine and Owen squarely, it cries out in anguish as the flames sear the gaping wounds from Zarine's kukri. It falls down unconcious and dying.

bite: 1d20 + 2 + 1 ⇒ (2) + 2 + 1 = 5Ilias wolf bites at the wererat in front of it again but the wererat once again is able to sidestep the snarling beast.

Ilias takes aim with his crossbow at wererat standing closest to him.
range attack: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (3) + 3 = 6 but the bolt harmlessly clatters against the stone wall.

The two remaining wererats close in. One of the rats steps up next to Ulath while the other wererat climbs down the stairs and attacks Zarine.

Wererat 1(E3) stab w/short sword: 1d20 + 4 + 1 ⇒ (7) + 4 + 1 = 12, bite: 1d20 - 1 + 1 ⇒ (19) - 1 + 1 = 19, short sword damage: 1d6 + 2 ⇒ (2) + 2 = 4, bite damage: 1d4 + 1 ⇒ (2) + 1 = 3

Wererat 2(F4) stab w/short sword: 1d20 + 4 + 1 ⇒ (18) + 4 + 1 = 23, short sword damage: 1d6 + 2 ⇒ (3) + 2 = 5

Ulath is able to able to knock the short sword away with his shield but the wererat sees an opportunity to bite at the exposed upper arm and sinks its teeth into Ulath's flesh. 3 points of damage and two fortitude saves needed from Ulath.

Zarine does not fare so well. The 2nd wererat stabs her in the back with its short sword. 5 points of damage for Zarine.

Initiative order
Nyxalia
End Round 2
Savendir
Ulath (needs 2 fortitude saves)
Ilias
Zarine
Owen

wererats


Owen calls upon his mythic power to aid in his blow but the wererat is still able to avoid the damage. It cackles and says in a mocking tone, "You are no match for us. Lay down your weapons and give us all of your belongings and we will spare your lives."

Initiative order
Savendir
Ulath (swung and missed)
Ilias
Zarine (attacked successfully)
Owen (stabbed and missed)
wererats
Nyxalia
End Round 2

If no one posts an action for Ilias by the time Savendir does, then I'll post one.


The wererat swings out of the way of Nyxalia's fist, but unfortunately swerves right into Zarine's Kukri. The weapon creates another gash in the wererat's torso but does not seem to be as effective as her first attack while in its dire rat form. Her first wound continues to bleed.

Initiative order
Savendir
Ulath (swung and missed)
Ilias
Zarine (attacked successfully)
Owen
dire rats
Nyxalia
End Round 2

Ilias has his summoned wolf available to attack. Also he can take another action but he cannot have his eidilon and a summoned creature at the same time. Here is a post showing his typical action.


no there is not a -1 for attacking from a lower step. Rather, the higher creature gets a +4 to AC. There is a +1 to attack for striking from a higher step,

The rat is able to dodge Ulath's swing.


...and we are rolling again. I have updated the map with everyone's movements. I started Ilias off with summoning a wolf at A3 (not shown on the map.) Can someone take his actions for the remainder of the combat?

Updated Map of stairs.

Ilias chants and a wolf appears behind one of the dire rats. The wolf takes a bite at the rat but the rat easily evades the gaping jaws. bite: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (6) + 2 = 8

Zarine's attack hits but Owen is unable to land his blow. The rat while severely wounded remains standing.

The rats cry out and begin to grow taller. Each is replaced by a snarling, humanoid hairy rat brandishing a short sword.

The rat between Zarine and Owen swings its short sword at Owen. attack: 1d20 + 4 + 1 ⇒ (4) + 4 + 1 = 9. Owen easily ducks under the swing.

attack: 1d20 + 4 + 1 ⇒ (20) + 4 + 1 = 25, confirm crit: 1d20 + 4 + 1 ⇒ (12) + 4 + 1 = 17, damage: 1d6 + 2 ⇒ (2) + 2 = 4, crit damage: 1d6 + 2 ⇒ (2) + 2 = 4
The rat next to the wolf takes a swing and connects solidly driving its sword into a vital organ. The wolf manages to remain standing hp:5/13

Initiative order
Nyxalia
End Round 1
Savendir
Ulath
Ilias
Zarine
Owen

dire rats

knowledge (local) DC12:
You identify the transformed creatures as the hybrid form of a wererat. You know that silver is the most effective attack against them and that a successful bite can afflict the victim with lythancropy.


Savendir casts his spell at the dire rat that tried to bite him. The spell contacts the beast but it seems oblivious to the spells effect.

Initiative order
Ulath
Ilias
Zarine
Owen

dire rats
Nyxalia
End Round 1
Savendir


Sorry for the silence, my new assignment is keeping me very busy. I'll roll for Ilias to get things moving.

Ilias Initiative: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (16) + 3 = 19
.
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Initiative order
Savendir
Ulath
Ilias
Zarine
Owen

rats
Nyxalia
End Round 1


Init, dire rats: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (11) + 3 = 14


Everyone stops as Owen asks and stands quietly. Ulath observes that the mortar in the walls while not smooth, does seem to adequately contain the cracks.

Seconds seem like hours as you listen and wait.

Suddenly, three dire rats emerge from small holes in the base of the walls. One emerges from the hole a few steps behind Nyxali while the other two come out near Savendir.

The rat next to Savendir takes a bite at him. bite: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (11) + 1 = 12, bite: 1d4 ⇒ 3 Savendir is able to narrowly avoid the vermin's razor sharp inscisors.

Roll initiative

Map with Dire Rats

Rules for fighting on spiral stairs:

  • No Running
  • Acrobatics DC is +4
  • Higher ground +1 melee attack against opponents below
  • No Charging
  • +4 to AC, +2 Reflex from attacks originating from below.


You continue your way carefully down the stairs. By your rough estimate you think you have descending for 15 minutes. You see no doors or landings to mark your descent. Not a sound can be heard except for the drip drip drip of water and the scuffing of your shoes on the stone steps.

Owen:
Owen can hear the scratching of a small creature. The sound appears to be coming from inside the inner wall. All you can see are the same cracked and patched grey walls and holes in the wall near steps I4 and N4.


stealth rolls:

stealth: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (13) + 11 = 24
stealth: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (20) + 11 = 31
stealth: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (11) + 11 = 22


Time to move along. I went ahead and placed Ilias at G2 and Zarine at K1. If anyone wants to change your positioning just let me know and I can make the adjustment.

Final placement on the stairs as you make your descent.

You begin to make your way down the spiraling stair case. The door you entered is quickly out of sight as you round the bend. The stairs seem to wind endlessly. You see nothing that tells you how far down you have gone. You do not hear any sounds except for an occasional drip of water as it condenses and falls from the ceiling onto the floor.

How are you proceeding the down the stairs? Are there any spells or other preparations you want to do before proceeding further?


Stairs with everyone placed but Ilias and Zarine


Updated map with Ulath and Nyxalia placed on it.

Once everyone is placed on the map, you all can take a look and decide if that is how you want to space yourself apart as you go down the stairs. Then we will proceed.


Yes, there are walls on both sides of the stairs. The center is not open.


The sprawling staircase gradually winds its way down into the undercity. Iron lamps hang from the ceiling on slender chains casting a dim light. The centuries old walls are a patchwork of fissures and repaired holes. It is apparent that the attempts by the duskwardens to keep the undercity sealed is a never-ending challenge. You spy an occasional rat scurrying into a small holes along the wall.

spiral stairs

You are currently at the top of the stairs near row A. Each row is 20 feet across, divided into 5 foot squares, marked 1 - 4. Give me your coordinates on the map, I.e. F3, H2 etc and I will place you on the map. I'll assume this is your marching order as you go down the stairs. Clicking on the magnifying glass will enlarge the picture making it easier to see.


Savendir Inaris wrote:
Bear in mind Savendir has low-light vision. Is this total darkness?

Dim light, but as I read it, the low-light vision will let you see twice as far as regular vision in low light. So I thought that distance was 40 feet and the group ahead of you is 50 feet. I could be wrong however.


Savendir and the others move through the broken door of the monastery. Ulath can see Nyxalia peering through an open door at the other end of the great hall as Zarine and Owen stand by and watch.

The room at the other end of the hall is too dark for Savendir and Illias to see much beyond the center of the room.


David M Mallon wrote:
Not sure if I'll have internet access for the next few days. Will likely be back to regular posting Wednesday.

Thanks for the heads up. Quick question if you see this post soon. Where would Owen want to be order wise if you were going down a winding set of stairs? This will help me keep things going while you are away.


The door swings easily and silently as Nyxalia opens it. Pausing for a moment to listen for movement on the other side, Nyxalia hears nothing. She opens the door wider.

On the other side of the door are very wide stone steps winding down to the right. On the walls, sconces dimly illuminate the stairway. From her vantage point, Nyxalia cannot see how far the stairs go as they bend away out of her sight.

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