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"A few hours, yes," Mahjik nods to Jask, "but look, it's not morning anymore. We've already seen that this place is somewhat inhabited, or perhaps I should say infested. There's a reasonable chance that we'll come out of exploration a bit worse-for-wear; I figured it would make sense to prepare to spend the night to nurse ourselves and recover some of our expended energies."
"Wise man sees light in the way shadows move," Mahjik grins. "The staircase may be inaccessible - but down there", Mahjik indicates beyond the stairs path, "exists. That means there may be even more to the building than what can be readily assessed from the outside. That in itself is substantial already."
Posting Mahjik's actions early, since I don't think he'll find space to fight. Fit his words into his initiative turn.
Knowledge (arcana): 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (18) + 4 = 22
Straining and craning his neck to see Mahjik takes a few seconds to eventually make out the clanky smoothness of the metal snakes' motions. "Oh. Oh! I've seen those before, well kind of, a dojo I visited used them to train acolytes. They were a bit slower, but otherwise much the same. Their bite may be poisonous, but only for the first few bites, then they run out and the poison needs to be refilled."
Just so everybody is on board: Mahjik's profile has been updated with his equivalent implementation using the Monk Unfettered's monk rules. I assume it is okay to play with that, though Navior hasn't let me know if he finished reading the PDF yet.
Mahjik ponders the elf's words as he approaches. "What other molds are there? Is weakness to fire a common trait for them?"
Knowledge (nature): 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (10) + 4 = 14
"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