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"But is it really that simple? I mean, suppose you follow Iomedae but you're not a particularly good good-doer; it's very well possible that Pharasma may judge you unworthy of heaven and place you elsewhere instead. Is it possible to worship demons but not be sufficiently evil and you don't go to the Abyss thereafter? Does a typical monkeyman have enough opportunity to be vile and despicable enough to end up down there?"
Mahjik leans back, a worried expression on his face. "Anybody know what is going on in there?" He points at the inky black sphere that seems so out of place. Wait a minute... Mahjik rummages in his pack and retrieves his everburning torch, Master Inzen advised to have one of these handy. Mahjik approaches the darkness cautiously.
The light is only shed like a torch, 10 ft radius I think. I think he'd make it to about -H31
Is #5 still up? I just realized I've been forgetting Mahjik's low-iterative attack. Silly me.
Mahjik follows up with a finishing series of attacks, designed to strike out and take down a wounded foe before they have time to react. "Fist without thought," he mutters as most of his attacks connect.
Flurry 1 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (19) + 7 = 26 damage 1d8 + 1 ⇒ (3) + 1 = 4
Without looking back Mahjik nods at Douena's message and half-whispers back: "Do you need help?" Without a flanking partner he decides to not attack too recklessly. He kicks with his right leg, deep into the gut - hopefully enough to knock the breathe out of the creature. With the foot still in the air he flicks it again, in an upward motion at the jaw of the creature. He deftly steps aside 5ft to -L26 preparing to take step into flanking at the next opportunity.
Flurry, Stunning Fist DC 19 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (8) + 7 = 15 damage 1d8 + 1 ⇒ (2) + 1 = 3
Taken aback by the sudden surge of speed of the creatures, Mahjik decides to strike quickly and cautiously. Not quite as fast as the charau-ka, the monk is nonetheless a close match in speed. Move to -J22, avoiding AOO "Take his blind side!" Mahjik yells at Pezock as he passes him then, as the charau-ka turns to face him, Mahjik steps in close and strikes his elbow into the ape-man's side.
Attack, Power Attack 1d20 + 7 - 2 ⇒ (11) + 7 - 2 = 16 damage 1d8 + 1 + 4 ⇒ (4) + 1 + 4 = 9
"Put a word of thanks in from me. Desna's been shining a lot of love on me. I appreciate it."
Mahjik looks at the remnants of some ancient civilization. Perhaps at least. "This is such a weird tunnel construct. Do you suppose it isn't really a water elemental trap; but a trapped water elemental? Perhaps this is some sort of water supply thing. Or was."
Mahjik moves a bit closer to L44 and tosses his campfire bead at the "feet" of the elemental and shouts the command word of the bead.
Throw to J38 1d20 + 7 + 1 ⇒ (3) + 7 + 1 = 11
That should be more than enough to land in the square. I have no idea how you want to rule this, I'm just throwing it out there (huh, pun :p). The bead itself uses produce flame in creation and creates a real (heat, etc) yet also magical fire.
Mahjik nods, then finishes his chant. "There. I think I found it. Along the walls where you're fighting. There's something unnatural. No - supernatural. A slight shimmer. Intuition suggests some magical senses that summon such aggressive water. Also I've never seen magic that actually keeps the creature here; it might vanish if we leave it be for a minute. But then reappear if we come by here again."
"Wise man knows when to stay his fist," Mahjik replies to Douena; "I have beaten it, alongside Urza, before - but I've only just survived and I think a single successful attack from it could be too much for me."
Instead Mahjik keeps focusing on his chant, until he completes it and opens his eyes wide. He keenly observes the tunnel.
Perception to discern source of elemental 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (15) + 13 = 28
"But... as I said, Urza and I have beaten it before. But here it is again. I don't think there were more than one before, as they'd have both faced us - either someone, or something, has brought this water creature here."
Assuming we get back without incident:
"I think we found another exit - at least that way eventually leads to what looks like outside light. We couldn't quite verify it, there was a really big water creature guarding the exit. I don't know what it was - but it seemed to be made just of water. Very aggressive water, mind you. We eventually got it to stop... mmm... moving, but we didn't have a chance to verify what is beyond where we fought the thing. What's been going on on your side?"
Mahjik nods, "Ya. I would've preferred a better look at what's outside... but right now I don't want to risk it." He looks to Urza, "That was a great job by you. I don't think I could've held it down by myself - the water seems to absorb most of my punches. I must study more."
I retract Mahjik's ki dodge, as the elemental was already out then.
Mahjik will go at it experimentally then.
Mahjik senses that the disruption of the watery creature is starting to take its toll; it is getting slow to reform. He figures it can't hurt to try to make things even harder for the elemental. He strikes in another flurry of strikes - a bit slower and more methodical this time round - but his first strike punches through the outside water tension with an open hand. The jarring impact causes wobbles of liquid to ripple precariously all over the elemental. Irori grant that this strains this creature, he thinks to himself even as he spends another fraction of his dwindling reserves to shore up his defenses against the next onslaught.
Flurry, Stunning Fist (fatigue) DC 19, Power Attack 1d20 + 7 - 2 ⇒ (14) + 7 - 2 = 19 damage 1d8 + 1 + 4 ⇒ (8) + 1 + 4 = 13
+4 dodge AC from ki
Noting the greatly reduced mobility and capacity of the water elemental to hit him and dodge his attacks, Mahjik tries to go all out with a blistering series of kicks, spins and strikes. For a moment his body shimmers as he uses inner reserves of ki to unleash an additional attack.
Flurry, Power Attack 1d20 + 7 - 2 ⇒ (9) + 7 - 2 = 14 damage 1d8 + 1 + 4 ⇒ (5) + 1 + 4 = 10
Mahjik grins, "Well who knew? When wise man said Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. ...he didn't account for angry water."
Total defense (+6 AC)
"Wise man would heed the advice of a pyromaniac..." Mahjik's body follows suit and his torso begins to move in waves as he switches to a defensive posture and he carefully retreats closer to Urza with a series of somersaults and tumbles. His final posture has a hand held up towards the elemental as if to ward it off, "Best you stay back Aquarius!"
Standard action: full defense (+5 AC)
Good Sarenrae! Will you stop rolling so damn high Navior!!!
Swift: ki dodge
Mahjik unleashes a series of brutal kicks and punches - but finds that the elemental form practically shows no effects. He frowns and wonders if he should switch to a purely defensive stance and let Urza deal damage.
Flurry, Power Attack 1d20 + 7 - 2 ⇒ (17) + 7 - 2 = 22 damage 1d8 + 1 + 4 ⇒ (2) + 1 + 4 = 7
Swift: ki dodge
Mahjik trusts in his speed and defense to keep him safe, and perhaps draw aggression away from Urza. He quickly closes the distance between himself and the creature; his hands fold together to form a hammer and he uses them to smash into the liquid as hard as he can.
Attack, Power Attack 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (20) + 7 = 27 damage 1d8 + 1 + 4 ⇒ (6) + 1 + 4 = 11
"I need to prepare first before I can face this... overly aggressive puddle." Mahjik steps 5ft to J44 then concentrates to activate his defenses standard action barkskin ki power. He spends a moment to increase his responses swift ki dodge; then takes out his campfire bead from his pocket as a move action. "I suggest you get behind me, I'll provide some cover for you."
Total AC: 27 (+3 if Urza casts mage armor on him)
If Urza goes to J45, he will have a +4 AC soft cover bonus vs the reach attacks.
"Well. Long dark tunnel. But on the bright side, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. I suspect it just goes 'outside' though. For anything exciting I'd expect some form of glyphs, statues, or things that generally indicate that you're in the presence of bygone glory. Let's go look at the light and just beyond."
Right you are
Mahjik eyes the vial in his hand with uncertainty. "Wise man seeks salvation in a bottle only when he has no pressing matters the next morning." He nods to himself and gulps the entirety of the content in one go, then is pleasantly surprised at the soothing ease at which it runs down his throat and a potent amount of life force fills him again.
Potion of cure serious wounds 3d8 + 5 ⇒ (4, 2, 2) + 5 = 13 Total of 33/63, I think
"Wise man would not seek shelter in the shadow of a god," Mahjik grins, in spite of his body still oozing a little crimson now and again, "I mean, having monkey men make you a treehouse is all good and well; but what are the odds that they'll leave you alone in a treehouse? They'll be all up in your privacy all the time. ...hmmmm... now the tentacle thing was pretty horrible - but... do you really think the monkey people would revere it as a god? What is the chance that there's still big trouble down here?"