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[Evening, Thistletop, 7th Day After Goblin Raid, Round 4 – part 2/Round 5 – part 1, Thistletop]
Selia reaches over and slides a hand over Ned’s arm while uttering a prayer (5 hp healing). The wounded eagle squawks angrily, its wings flapping at the bugbear, but to no visible effect.
Jubrayl slays the goblin at the hall’s entrance, then moves over to engage the whip-wielding warchanter.
Celestial dogs appear, with one of them gashing deep into the flank of one of the goblin dogs. Both Bruthazmus and the warchanter appear unaffected. (NOTE, Nich, since the smaller goblin is already dead, and since you’ve got the movement, I’m assuming you’d tackle the warchanter instead, via a Charge action). At the same time, Nich smashes into the warchanter.
Abandoning his arcane magic, Lleidr slides by Ned and dances across Stickfoot’s headless body, which is pushed up against the wall. One of the goblin dogs as well as Ripnugget attempt to lash out at the halfling, but Lleidr is too fast for either of them. Upon landing, he deals the goblin chief a grievous blow.
Hakak dishes out a furious assault upon Bruthazmus, but the bugbear’s prowess in battle isn’t so easily overcome.
Ned’s sword smashes into Ripnugget, leaving the goblin chief gravely wounded.
Selia’s eagle vanishes in a wispy haze.
A goblin moves up behind Ned and Hakak, and stabs at the half-orc again (4 hp dmg).
The warchanter throws down his whip, draws a crude looking dogslicer, and hits the dog for 2 hp dmg.
The goblin dogs turn on the celestial hounds, with the dog behind Bruthazmus taking 9 hp dmg.
Ripnugget tries to push past Lleidr, but is unable to break through (NOTE – he tried to overrun, but didn’t beat the target CMD. Lleidr & Ned each get an AoO, if you wish to take it).
Cutting loose with all his strength, Bruthazmus’ massive flail whooshes the air as it falls upon the half-orc (NOTE – I rolled & confirmed a crit, 30 hp dmg, I’m showing you down to 7 hp).
[Evening, Thistletop, 7th Day After Goblin Raid, Round 3 – part 2/Round 4 – part 1, Thistletop]
Selia slips up behind Hakak and administers divine healing (7 hp healed). The eagle does a full attack on the goblin below, and rips the fierce little fellow into pieces. He cries in anguish and surprise, and falls down dead.
Jubrayl’s axe bites deep and fells his opponent. The goblin’s comrade grimaces, and Jubrayl steps into the great hall.
Nicholae steps in closer to Lleidr and Selia, totally focused on his liturgical magic. Lleidr begins a chant as well.
Hakak fells another goblin, shouting a challenge at the fierce bugbear called Bruthazmus.
Ned wheels about and beheads the great lizard. Its body convulses with great spasms, throwing off its rider.
The warchanter sneaks across the hall, and her whip snakes out towards Jubrayl. It snaps and cracks, but the paladin isn’t touched by it.
One of the goblin dogs snaps at the eagle (3 hp dmg). The other surges forward, towards Ned but only succeeds in mashing its muzzle up against the ranger’s armor. The air is fouled by their rank stench.
With the grace of a warrior born, Ripnugget leaps from the dead mount’s saddle and plants his feet firmly on the ground. “My compliments, longshanks. But you should have been more worried about me, not my steed.” With the sudden crash of steel, his sword batters away Ned’s parry and gives the ranger a solid nick (9 hp dmg).
With an engraged roar, Bruthazmus tears towards Hakak. A goblin scurries across the courtyard with the same goal, but the bugbear swings a terrible looking flail. “Outta my way!” The weapon turns the goblin into a corpse, and the bugbear’s boots squish the body into the dust.
[Evening, Thistletop, 7th Day After Goblin Raid, Round 3 – part 1, Thistletop]
The goblin in the courtyard fires again, then throws down his bow in anger at missing his target, big as a mountain. Another goblin ducks under the eagle (west of Hakak and under the eagle token, since it’s 5’ in the air), and stabs at the half-orc, cursing in dismay at the barbarian’s prowess. Another goblin rushes Hakak with his dogslicer, but this attack is also in vain. The goblin in the great hall spits and stabs at Nicholae, but the cleric bats away the attack using his shield with practiced ease.
A goblin dog leaps at Ned, but Hakak’s axe slams into the beast, who is dead before he drops to the ground (NOTE – I’m using your axe attack for your action as an AoO, so please do re-roll this). Another dog snarls and snaps at Hakak, but gets little more than a kick in the teeth.
The warchanter keeps us his dreadful chant, inspiring his fellows to a fierce valor. He also steps a bit closer to the east wall, keeping close to one of the great pillars, decorated with dozens of human hands. You see him draw a whip.
The goblin commando’s horsechopper bounces off Jubrayl’s armor, causing its wielder to curse and snarl again at this opponent. His red eyes gleam with an intense hatred.
Still chuckling, Bruthazmus withdraws a heavy longbow, fits an arrow and eyes the half-orc. “Of the lot, only this one would prove any sport at all.” The arrow slams into Hakak’s chainmail (10 hp dmg). “Hmm, that would have killed most men.”
“Fools. Fools and thieves.” To Ned’s surprise, the eastern passage is suddenly blocked by Ripnugget’s huge gecko. From atop his reptilian mount, the chieftan's sword crashes down upon the ranger (5 hp dmg).
Hakak Bloody Axe wrote:
Yeah, big DUH moment for me. This makes perfect sense. Let me go ahead and resolve the goblin actions for the first part of the round and then you guys can change your actions if you'd like for the rest of the round.
Sorry about that. I should have suggested this earlier.
[Evening, Thistletop, 7th Day After Goblin Raid, Round 3, Thistletop]
A goblin dog bounds from the north door leading into the courtyard, snapping and biting at Hakak’s legs. Three more stream from the western passage, coming from the tower, with two ganging up on Lleidr and yet another dog trying to engage Hakak.
The goblin warchanter leaps up close behind the goblin warrior fighting Jubrayl, his hand exuding the glow of a warm light. The warrior looks newly strengthened. This goblin warrior then lands a terrific blow against Jubrayl, his horsechopper biting deep into the paladin’s side (9 hp dmg).
You can also see Ripnugget heading into the southeast corner of the great hall, and then vanishing from sight. Back in the foyer, a massive figure comes into full view, laughing. “This is invasion from Sandpoint? Heh, this is joke, right?” You hear a few nearby goblins mutter this villain’s name in fear … “ Bruthazmus ” (NOTE – maybe this name rings a bell? Check out the list of NPCs that’s linked in the Campaign tab)
Selia’s eagle flies up and then straight west, then descends again, nearly next to Hakak. It’s great horned beak lashes out and rips flesh from one of the dogs attacking Hakak. Selia also strikes with her spear, but her weapon just bounces off the leather armor of her goblin opponent.
Jubrayl returns the favor against the warrior who just wounded him, delivering a powerful blow (10 hp dmg). “Running already, Ripnugget?” he shouts.
Nich steps forward to challenge the goblin foes left in the great hall, his weapon smacking against the goblin’s tough leather armor. The goblin gives you an angry scowl.
With a masterful nimbleness, Lleidr lashes out at a nearby goblin, and runs into the hallway. A flurry of attacks from horsechoppers and dog bites are made in vain against the halfling.
Ned moves towards Selia, trying to plug the gap, firing off a defensive shot, and nearly getting himself stabbed in the process of a nasty goblin lurking at his feet.
[Evening, Thistletop, 7th Day After Goblin Raid, Round 2, Thistletop]
The goblin warrior facing Jubrayl swing’s a nasty looking horsechopper right at the paladin’s face, but Jub neatly catches the blow with his axe.
A second goblin warrior runs out of the tower, and smashes his weapon into Selia before she can finish casting her spell (5 hp dmg).
The warchanter slides around a column to get a better view of Jubrayl, points, and casts some sort of spell. There’s no visible effect.
Goblins begin streaming out of the courtyard, running towards you. (NOTE – I went ahead and rolled AoO’s for all 3 of you, including 3 for Hakak. Unbelievably, my d20 rolls ranged from 3 to 5, for all 5 rolls!). You can also see that a great number of goblins, including several of the dogs and the big burly fellow, went running towards the courtyard’s western wall. The smaller goblin in the great hall stabs at Jubrayl with his dogslicer (3 hp dmg).
From within the hall, you hear the sneering laughter of Ripnugget. “Surrender, you fools. Drop your weapons now, and only half of you will burn for Lamashtu.”
With a terrific strain, Selia completes her spell. An eagle appears behind her assailant, who proceeds to rip huge chunks of flesh from the goblin warrior. The goblin is overcome and lies motionless on the ground.
Jubrayl’s axe swing misses the goblin warrior. “Face me, Ripnugget. Or would you rather slink in the shadows as a coward?”
Nicholae prays again to give his friend a holy blessing, completed with a light tap on the shoulder.
(NOTE – since the goblins are going first in this combat, they’ve left the courtyard before Hakak can get in it). With a roar, Hakak wields his axe and fells the closest foe.
Lleidr fires at a goblin running through the foyer, but misses.
(NOTE – for Ned’s bowshot, I’m assuming a 5’ step, so as to avoid an AoO). Ned’s bow sings, and the goblins quail at the sound. A goblin stumbles, rolls, and lies motionless on the ground.
[Evening, Thistletop, 7th Day After Goblin Raid, Round 1, Thistletop]
The warchanter’s dire chant rouses the goblins in the great hall into a battle fury. There’s also a somewhat more distant sound, a pitiable neighing from the courtyard.
Ripnugget, sitting atop his mount, recedes into the hall’s darkness, as his goblin warriors step forward.
A goblin commando steps forward in the doorway of the hall, and fires at Nich (4 hp dmg).
The goblins in the courtyard hesitate, their ugly hairless dogs yipping and barking madly among the throng. There’s a powerful deep voice booming from their midst, “So, we’ve got Sandpoint boys coming into the yard, do we? Good job on coming downstairs.”
The goblin voices from the south get much closer. The guide in front of you leaps forward towards Hakak, but his blow is all too easy for the massive half-orc to parry.
From the tower’s interior, there’s a sound of a creaking door on the north wall (4 squares east of Selia and 1 square north).
Selia begins chanting a spell.
Jubrayl charges towards the hall. “Ripnugget! We dealt with you in good faith and fairly. End this madness, or your reign ends tonight.” His axe smashes into a smirking goblin, who howls in pain and surprise.
Nicholae casts a holy prayer upon his allies.
Lleidr sprints outside towards the bridge. “Birdcrunchers, forward!” shouts a goblin in the lead. At least half a dozen goblins, in attire distinct from the Thistletop crowd, race across the bridge. “No, wait, hold on!” shouts a Thistletop goblin on the other side. The bridge sways, the ropes crack, and Lleidr is just in time to see the remnants of the Birdcruncher tribe tumble 80 feet down into the surf below.
Hakak neatly lops the head off their goblin guide.
Ned fires at a goblin standing in the courtyard, and catches a glimpse of a particularly burly, evil looking chap bounding towards the foyer where you all stand. The goblin falls down dead.
[Evening, Thistletop, 7th Day After Goblin Raid, Thistletop]
"Arrogance commands a price, longshanks. And today, you'll find that price too steep. Today, you dared intrude into my home and demand terms from me! Tomorrow, I'll be dragging your heads through the streets of a burning Sandpoint!"
Ripnugget shouts and his face is twisted in fury, as the double doors are swung open. From inside the hall, you hear a familiar baleful tune from the goblins' warchanter.
The courtyard door opens as well, revealing a surge of goblins, some of them unwounded, blinking wildly in the evening sunlight. Some are obviously female, dressed apparently for a harem, not for battle.
From the south, you hear more goblins, but they're much further away. Actions, please!
[Evening, Thistletop, 7th Day After Goblin Raid, Thistletop]
The door swings wide, and its opener, a wounded, little goblin, is quaking in his crude shoes. He skitters down the passage in the foyer, and smacks the courtyard door hard several times with his palm.
At that noise, you hear a dreadful wailing from several goblin dogs from within the courtyard, followed by several goblin shouts. More shouting comes at you from the north passage, from behind the great doors leading into the hall.
A similar ruckus starts up from the south, from a good distance away, most likely the other side of the rope bridge.
The wounded goblin standing at the door gapes at you, cringing. Despite his fear, he's drawing a blade. "Oh yes, show them the stairs, indeed."
[Evening, Thistletop, 7th Day After Goblin Raid, Thistletop]
After resting fully, darkness creeps across Thistletop. The fall air is crisp and wisps of fog roll in from the ocean.
Right as you all wrap up preperations, there's a quick knock at the western door, at the floor of the tower. A nervous goblin voice shouts from the other side. "Follow me, sires. Chief is too drunk to show the stairs. I take you."
OK, so you're guided to the tower by a pair of cringing, reverent goblin warriors, who disarm themselves and accompany you with a great deal of grovelling. On the map, the tower you're given is located past the eastern door in the courtyard, and is also reached via the SE in the throne room.
The floor of the top story is littered with scattered playing cards, but contains nothing else.
The first few hours crawl by, and Hakak feels edgy at the slightest bird cry or dog's howl. There's few signs of life from the goblin tribe: a lone goblin racing across the rope bridge towards the thistle maze, a trio of laughing goblins coming round the corner of the island fortress with a pair of their hideous goblin dogs, a goblin here and there inspecting various rooms in the fortress. Given the size of the encampment, the place feels more than a little empty.
At this point, you're halfway through your rest period. Anyone doing anything special?
Sandpoint's only a few miles away. You could be there by mid-afternoon.
Yes, Ripnugget has indicated that your quarry, the demon-worshipper, is somewhere below ground, inside this island.
Ripnugget volunteers in a low growl, the words slithering from yellowed broken teeth, The horse was knocked out, and dragged by many warriors into the courtyard ... So, holy man, you wish a place to spend the night, yes? Yes, we can manage that. Here, you could spend the night atop the tower yonder. No one will bother you, and if you lack faith, post a guard. Atop the tower, you would be out of harm's way.
But, at first light come morning, you leave, right? And, never fight us again?
Ripnugget: Describe, eh? She's tall, a regular longshanks, right enough, like you. She's blessed by holy power, and has the scarring to prove it. And, one of her hands has been changed, looks like a great claw now. Very pleasing to the eye, for a longshanks.
The goblin chief is giving you a toothy grin, presumably at the memory of this person.
Ripnugget: There! You have all you need from me. Leave my presence, leave my hall, and leave us in peace. I have given all that you've asked, and if you be of a right nature, you will act with honor, humans and ... looking at Hakak otherwise .
Ripnugget: The only prisoner IS the horse. I never wanted that thing here in the first place. Please, take it.
You want the demon worshiper? She's yours. (gives directions to staircase you've already located). That's all I know.
Leave your people be, is it? That's easy enough. You've murdered my tribe. How would I ever pose a threat again? We bein' lucky to survive against the other tribes.
[Noon-time, Thistletop, 7th Day After Goblin Raid, Round 5, Thistletop]
Moving back towards the great hall, Ned shows disgust at the notion of trying to reason with these creatures.
Nich and his summoned pack rush to engage the chieftan (NOTE - the goblin in the skull mask is dead. the skull symbol just shows that his HP was brought down below his negative hp threshold).
Jubrayl orders the goblin commando facing him and Hakak to drop his weapon and to kneel.
As if to further the point, Hakak roars a challenge at the same goblin, but his swing misses his target.
Selia runs over to the east door. "It must be barred. I cannot open it."
Lleidr moves back towards the great room as well, readying a spell should the goblins continue to resist.
A total of three goblins pour out of the south-east door into the great hall, one of which is heavily wounded. All of them freeze at the sight of their feared chieftan on the verge of surrender.
Ripnugget motions for his tribesmen to stop, and they freeze in their tracks. "You wish to find a demon lover, yes? Very good. You wish to take the path they did? We can show you."
[Noon-time, Thistletop, 7th Day After Goblin Raid, Round 4, Thistletop]
Ignoring his fatigue from a long day, Ned delivers a furious assault , but again fails to wound his adversary.
However, the goblin is so distracted by the ranger, he's taken down by a newly summoned supernatural canine, who's able to rip into the villain's back, and rend his flesh. The goblins in the foyer moan in dismay at the sight of the dog.
The goblin face-planted onto the floor in front of Nicholae is similarly dispatched by another holy beast. At the sound of barking in the hall, the goblins exhibit a shudder of fear and disgust.
The third dog snaps and tears at the massive gecko bearing Ripnugget. The lizard works its snout, delivering a series of loud snorts.
Calling up on divine guidance, Jubrayl lashes out at Ripnugget, and his weapon nearly knocks the chieftan off his mount.
Hakak delivers a massive blow to the commando pinned up against the wall, and yet, still he stands.
Selia slides over a few feet and fires at one of the goblins running down the eastern hallway. From the darkened hall, you hear a yelp of surprise.
Lleidr rolls right though the midst of the two goblins in the hallway, winding up south of the pair. However, the goblin nearest Ned catches the magical dagger on his own sword and wards off the halfling's thrust.
"Back to the tower, boys! Move it!" The lead goblin in the foyer snarls and curses, and both remaining goblins beat a retreat back to the east door at the base of the watchtower. (NOTE - they're using withdraw actions). The remaining goblin inside slams the door, and you can hear something sliding across the back of it.
For those of you inside the hallway, you see a goblin appearing out of the south-east door, howing in dismay at this sight of his chief so besieged, not to be mention the sight of mangy dogs in the middle of a place they assumed was forever secure.
The heavily wounded goblin commando slides by Hakak (again, full withdraw action). With a fearless precision, his partner takes his place, and slashes again at the raging half-orc. But, Hakak's parries are on point and the blade never comes close.
The warchanter steps up to the wounded goblin and, with a prayer in their hateful tongue, heals the fighter of his worse wounds.
Dismayed at seeing himself surrounded, Ripnugget guides the gecko forward, and it leaps onto the column, riding it straight up towards the ceiling , and then across the room. It scuttles back down another column, winding the pair back down to the floor (Withdraw action once again).
Over the baying of the dogs, the Ripnugget speaks. "You've come here for revenge, Men of Sandpoint. I get that. And you've had it. Let us lay down our weapons, and stop acting like animals. Parlay with me, if you would prove yourselves better than murderers and thieves."