Sorry for the delay. Let's continue.
The bat's rush through the combat area takes Jon off-guard, and his swing misses, but Stilgar's hammer gives it a solid thump in the ribs as it passes.
The monks continue to retreat, dragging Master Ironhead away as Gendo and others form a defensive line in front of their master.
Auric stays sprawled on the floor, trying to collect his senses and remember what's going on.
Magnus' horrific sounds momentarily grab the great bat's attention, but it simply ignores them.
Kalaya edges away from the combat further, murmuring words of power and raising a finger at the bat attacking through the wall. A gleaming ray lances out and strikes the beast, and it staggers, sagging under its own weight. Ray of enfeeblement, 8 point Str penalty.
Jon swings the scythe again, carving a large rent into the side of the bat . The ball of flame then rolls up onto the bat Stilgar and Liam are fighting, engulfing its back end and filling the air with the smell of burnt hair and charred flesh. The thing gives a final screech and collapses.
With his foe down, Stilgar turns and strikes at the other bat, but it shuffles aside and avoids the strike entirely.
Liam moves and jabs his spear at the remaining dire bat, connecting but only dealing a small tear in the bat's wing. 3hp damage to the bat.
The remaining normal bats recover from Magnus' spell and flee, flapping and fluttering back out the tunnel from whence they came.
The dire bat, blood still running from its nose and mouth, makes a strange, keening wail, rhythmic and very unlike an animal sound. Suddenly a bank of mist begins to rise from the floor, obscuring the area. The thing then wheels about and begins awkwardly beating a retreat.
1 more point of bleed damage for those bitten by the swarm. Stilgar, Jon, and Liam get AoO against the retreating dire bat, then Auric, Magnus and Kalaya take their actions.
Marc Radle wrote:
If one were actually buying a large drink and a bucket of popcorn from concessions on top of a ticket, that would about ballpark it...or two tickets and a shared box of Junior Mints.
I'd go with the third choice. While an argument for the second can clearly be made by the rules as written, it's a loophole that exploits wording that is not the intent of the ability. The whole point of the hex is to reincarnate a creature against its will. If the subject cannot be reincarnated, then it would not be killed.
My partner dressed up as a drow for work one Halloween. There are a lot of gamers in her department, so most of them got it. (The WoW people thought she was a night elf, but whatever.) Then when the photos circulated to other offices she got called in and talked to about sensitivity. Apparently someone in their Atlanta office got offended with her "blackface" costume. *rolls eyes*
Agreed, but bacon bits in a hot dog? Why not just wrap a hot dog in bacon and grill it? Or just put a bunch of bacon in a bun and leave the dog out entirely? There are better ways to do this.
Despite all the unintentional humor that will come from the American ignorance of the word, I feel compelled to point out for those that don't know: "jaeger" is German for "hunter."
Still, I look forward to all the eventual drinking games where jaegerbombs are slammed back at DVD showings of this movie, and the inevitable alcohol poisoning that will ensue.
(If it has even been flagged.)
And there's the crux of the matter. If you think the title of the thread is a spoiler and will ruin the enjoyment of the movie, then flag it for the moderators to deal with. Complaining about it in the thread won't do anything to change the title. Not flagging it means you're ticked off about having something spoiled for you, but really don't care enough to ensure it doesn't happen to other people. (Also makes it hard to be sympathetic to the complaint.)
Big Kyle wrote:
Thanks, Big Kyle. My flight gets in around 3:30, so you can add me to the list.
Spanky the Leprechaun wrote:
Jesus tapdancing Christ.
Medical point: Strangling is a general term for a mechanism of cutting off oxygen to the brain, whether by asphyxia (choking, or compression of the larynx or trachea), cerebral ischemia (applied pressure blocking bloodflow in the carotid and/or jugular), or either bradycardia or hypotension (carotid sinus reflex).
As much as I would love to see a successful D&D movie, I don't see it happening. Even if the movies in development are successful beyond what past movies have been, I don't see them being successful to the point of being able to support a toy line. I see them having the same problem that the core game has, and that is unrealistic expectations within Hasbro, who neither understands, nor cares about, the functional limitations that the D&D IP has. It may be well known, but it's functional selling power is fairly limited.
I'd say it's all a matter of marketing. Look at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That franchise started as an independent, black and white comic book with a fairly small following and an adult--or at least PG-13--story. Then it got turned into a Saturday morning kids cartoon and the popularity exploded. Hasbro could do the same thing with D&D if marketed correctly. Granted, it might turn into something that current D&D fans find abominable, but it could be done.
Let's see if I can organize all this...
End Round 2:
Auric staggers, blinded and stunned, amidst the bats in the same condition.
Jon casts his spell and a great sphere of flame (I'm sensing some bleed-over from Kereek here...)suddenly ignites on top of the second dire bat. The things instincts are in form, however, as it scrambles away from the flames suffering nothing more than some singed fur.
Stilgar moves to support Liam and Kalaya, bringing his warhammer down in a solid strike, thudding hard against the side of the great bat, eliciting an angry shriek from the creature.
As the bad snaps its head towards Stilgar, Liam darts in again, stabbing into the meaty part of the thing's neck, drawing more blood.
The flood of smaller bats quickly diminishes as the fearful ones flee under Kalaya's influence. The stunned and blinded ones continue to swirl drunkenly about the room. The foremost dire bat snaps its teeth at Liam, tearing a vicious gash in the man's side. 12 hp damage.
The second dire bat, having avoided the spear, makes a rush into the room, bowling right over the unsuspecting Auric and past him, straight through the illusory wall, sending up a cry from the monks behind it. Magnus is able to watch as the thing charges forward, lunging to tear into Master Ironhead...when the dwarf suddenly lunges forward, pushing off from the two monks supporting him, and rams his forehead right between the bat's beady eyes with a crushing headbutt. Its bite snaps only air as it wobbles and shakes its head, blood running from its nose splattering those nearby.
Shortly thereafter, Kalaya's magic descends upon it, causing the creature to buckle slightly as it supports itself on its wing claws, but the bad remains awake through sheer effort of will.
Stilgar and Jon will get attacks of opportunity at the dire bat as it charges past. Magnus gets his action this round, and then up to the top of Round 4. Auric can see again, but remains stunned this round, and is currently prone after being run down by a charging dire bat.
I'm going to take a shot in the dark and say that if the great Erik Mona can't dredge up anything beyond a bad novel his brain refuses to regurgitate, then you're safe making up anything you want. Chances are that the "canon" is contained in that book alone and unlikely to be remembered by anyone with whom you game.
Louis Agresta wrote:
Mental note: How to stop an enemy galley from getting away...
Strangling really isn't an effective way of killing someone, especially not in combat. However, since this is a fantasy game, let's see what we can do.
You might want to make him an unarmed/grappler build, and give him the strangle special ability from the Bestiary.
The PRD wrote:
Strangle (Ex) An opponent grappled by the creature cannot speak or cast spells with verbal components.
It would give him a little something special to stand out, at any rate.
His full name is Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch, and his middle names are the first and middle name of his father. His parents are rich British people. According to the registry at the Ministry of Silly Names, his name is recorded as only "slightly silly." Does that help any? (If it completes your slide into insanity, I'll take that as a yes.)
Auric Ironwright wrote:
Stunned and blinded- I've got a -2 to AC, flat-footed and dropped both my hammer and shield. Current AC is 12. Nice spell Magnus.
The shield isn't dropped, technically, since it's strapped to your arm. It is unequipped though, and will take a move action to reequip when you're able.
Yes, because when people say that they expect the person to literally repeat the response word for word, rather than be diplomatic or reasonable with people they are on friendly enough terms with to play games together regularly, and tone it down to something like "You're being unreasonable."
See, this is why the U.S. needs to push manned space programs again. Canada beat us in being the first to record a music video in space. Canada! My nation needs to hang its head in shame.
Seriously though, the guy has some cajones to do that particular song. That's like watching Titanic while on a luxury cruise. I would have picked "Rocket Man."
Stepping in for Liam... Liam continues his exhortations, keeping up the party's spirits. He moves in next to Kalaya with his spear, realizing it won't be much good against the bats, but stands ready in case anything else happens.
The bats in the tunnel begin flapping back whence they came, but a great screech heralds the arrival of something new. A great shaggy form about the size of an ox hurtles down the hall, folding in its wings and hurtling forward on sheer momentum. It drops to the ground in front of Kalaya, baring yellow teeth like long, slender knives. It snaps viciously at the young woman, who leaps back just before the jaws close upon her flesh. Whisperwing gives an angry cry and flaps off the witch's shoulder away from the great bat. A second one of the monsters is clambering along the floor of the tunnel behind it, about twenty feet away.
Liam thrusts at the giant bat with his spear, jabbing it into the beast's shoulder and drawing blood. Readied attack, doing 8 hp damage. Kalaya steps back, putting her back to the illusory wall as she casts another spell at the Kalaya sends spell, this time at the bats swirling aimlessly around the room, making their flight even more erratic.
The player is rolling up a Duergar who was exiled and captain player says that it would be impossible for him to get the benefit if he were kicked out of his home.
Which isn't the player's call to make. There's no hard and fast rule on the subject of exiles in the books, and you're the GM making the call. If he's from a rich family, he has good stuff, and getting exiled and taking your stuff with you isn't an impossibility. This player shouldn't be getting bent out of shape over an extra 900 gp. Not that big a deal in the long run.