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There were many deaths in our last 3 sessions, here's the rundown
Session 1:
Name of NPC: Shelelu(Cohort to party Bard)
Class/Level: ranger 10/Fighter 1
Adventure: Sins of the Saviors
Catalyst: Violet Prismatic Spray
Story: Highlady Athroxis got the party with a prismatic spray, Shelelu got sent to the Astral Plane with no way back.
Session 2:
Name of PC: Gudrik Skullsmasher
Class/Level: Barbarian 14
Adventure: Sins of the Saviors
Catalyst: fighting 2 of himself
Story: Reflected Enemy trap in the Shimmering Veils, he went in first, and looked in the mirror. Whole party rolled low initiative. Thanks to his greater Beast totem, and not rolling low on initiative, I got 2 full attacks in before anyone could do anything.

Name of PC: Bingles Burnabunch
Class/Level: Cleric 13/Holy Vindicator 1
Adventure: Sins of the Saviors
Catalyst: The cleric went in the room first
Story: He Ran into the Peacock Shrine alone after the mirrors, 6vs1. It took 3 phantasmal killers, but they got him. Would later be resurrected using Scroll by Paladins cleric Cohort

Name of PC: Yorik Vanzant
Class/Level: Bard(Thundercaller) 13
Adventure: Sins of the Saviors
Catalyst: Many Fireballs
Story: After the Bingles ran in alone and died, the rest of the party moved up to avenge him. Yorik fell after a barrage of fireballs.
Session 3:
Name of NPC: Elsa(Cohort to Inquisitor)
Class/Level: Wizard 10
Adventure: Sins of the Saviors
Catalyst: Omox Demon
Story: Suffocated on Omox demon

Name of NPC: Sam(Cohort to Paladin)
Class/Level: Cleric 10
Adventure: Sins of the Saviors
Catalyst: Omox Demon
Story: Suffocated on Omox demon

Name of PC: Michael
Class/Level: Fighter 10/Paladin 5
Adventure: Sins of the Saviors
Catalyst: dispel turning flying into swimming in pool of ooze, and Wisdom damage from summoned Shoggti
Story: Used airwalk to move in and attack Jordimandus. A quickened dispel caused him to drop into the pool below, followed by 2 touch attacks for wisdom damage from the Shoggti, rolled max on both, put him at 0 WIS so unconscious in the pool, where he died of acid and suffocation.

Name of NPC: Ricknin
Class/Level: Inquisitor 14
Adventure: Sins of the Saviors
Catalyst: Disintegrate and acid arrow
Story: Same fight with Jordimandus, fought well using boots of fly and teleportation abilities. Disintegrate took out most of his health, acid arrow finished the job.

If you are keeping track, the Cleric thanks to a true resurrection scroll is the only one alive, and had to use plane shift to flee, and find new allies.


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Mark_Twain007 wrote:

Name of NPC: Shelelu(Cohort to party Bard)

Class/Level: ranger 10/Fighter 1
Adventure: Sins of the Saviors
Catalyst: Violet Prismatic Spray
Story: Highlady Athroxis got the party with a prismatic spray, Shelelu got sent to the Astral Plane with no way back.

...the Cleric thanks to a true resurrection scroll is the only one alive, and had to use plane shift to flee...

Seriously?!?!?!

One of the party members takes Shalelu on as a cohort, she gets shifted to another plane, and they're just, "Oh, well! Plenty more where that came from!"?!?!?!?!
While the cleric had Plane Shift prepared!

So cohorts are disposable at the PC's convenience. Hmmm... THAT ought to increase his/her leadership score immensely.

(Sorry. My party would have turned that into an epic 2-3 session quest to find her. Hearing a group just say, "Oh, well!" is just amazing to me...)


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Name of NPC: Shalelu Andosana
Class/Level: Fighter 2 / Ranger 4
Adventure: The Hook Mountain Massacre (additional side quest on the road - Terror at Whistledown).
Catalyst: Breaking the rule "Don't get aboard on boat".
Story: Party convinced Shalelu to go with them, to help with vampire problem. Their base was across the lake, so PC's took the boat. And where attacked by 2 advanced huge constrictor snakes. They managed to ward off one (hold monster+failed coup de grace) and kill the second (summoner casted a whale, and witch's cohort-fighter mounted it to fight the snake underwater). Still, before not so epic underwater fight, as you might expect, second snake managed to grapple Shalelu with grab (dealing a lot of damage), and drag her off the boat. She managed to crit the snake, piercing it lungs (critical hit card), but odds where not in her favor. So she died, but her body was reclaimed. And witch-party leader is going to reincarnate her at next session with his spell.

Liberty's Edge

Let us know what she reincarnates as!


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NobodysHome wrote:
Mark_Twain007 wrote:

Name of NPC: Shelelu(Cohort to party Bard)

Class/Level: ranger 10/Fighter 1
Adventure: Sins of the Saviors
Catalyst: Violet Prismatic Spray
Story: Highlady Athroxis got the party with a prismatic spray, Shelelu got sent to the Astral Plane with no way back.

...the Cleric thanks to a true resurrection scroll is the only one alive, and had to use plane shift to flee...

Seriously?!?!?!

One of the party members takes Shalelu on as a cohort, she gets shifted to another plane, and they're just, "Oh, well! Plenty more where that came from!"?!?!?!?!
While the cleric had Plane Shift prepared!

So cohorts are disposable at the PC's convenience. Hmmm... THAT ought to increase his/her leadership score immensely.

(Sorry. My party would have turned that into an epic 2-3 session quest to find her. Hearing a group just say, "Oh, well!" is just amazing to me...)

There were some problems when it happened. Due to wisdom loss from the goop in the halls of Wrath, and his headband getting destroyed, the cleric only had 14 wisdom at the time, so he couldn't cast it until they sat around long enough to craft him a new headband. Plus for Plane shift, you need a rod attuned to the proper plane, which is not immediately available in the Runeforge. My guess is that once the party is back on their feet, they will track her, or her dead body(The astral plane is pretty scary) down.

Also the cleric totally forgot he could cast Plane shift, which was funny.

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This happened a few months ago, just catching up.

Name of PC: Arbreth
Class/Level: 3rd Level Wizard (Diviner) Tiefling
Adventure: Thistle Top
Catalyst: Erylium (an angry little quasit)
Story: So after fighting the party to a stand still twice in the Catacombs of Wrath, Erylium decides to retreat. She had decided they would just keep coming back until she was dead. She spent days tracking them as a centipede and raven. She had her familiar following them as well. Her hopes was to catch them one at a time, alone, and eventually kill them all. A solid plan she thought. The party kept seeing the same song bird but it never clicked that it was her familiar.

One night between forays into the complex below Thistle Top, they were sleeping in one of the towers. Arbreth thought it would be a good idea to sleep on the landing between the two levels. He failed to realize that he was out of sight of the rest of the party, despite me asking a couple times if that was what he was really doing. Erylium found him there when she was sneaking after them as a centipede. She decided it was now or never, she changed self, and coup de graced him in his sleep. By time the party was aware she was there, Arbreth was very dead, and they saw a centipede slipping through the cracks in the wood of the palisade.

The first and only death in the adventure thus far. That is likely to change when they face Xanesha when next we play.


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Dice Karma is a b*+©h
Name of PC: Robulan Naurbura
Class/Level: Half-Orc Monk 11
Adventure: Fortress of the Stone Giants
Catalyst: Lack of sleep for the player and pc, overconfidence, and X4 crit dmg

We had just saved Sandpoint from the Giants and Dragon. It was about 1:30am irl and I was exhausted. My character Rob was as too; well fatigued anyway, since he had spent the previous night awake on guard duty. We all were ready to call it a night, but we wanted to finish the engagment first.

About an hour ago the Paladin had one shot Longtooth with a crit and I had taken out 3 giants and some dire bears. The giants started to retreat, and since we were so full of ourselves, we gave chase. With my monk speed, higher AC, and stunning fist, I figured I could go and slow them down till the rest of the party caught up.

Alone and not at full hp, I engaged the boss giant. BIG MISTAKE. He goes and crits on his first attack of a full attack, and eventually puts me to -20.

Twas a sad day for the sandpoint police department when robulan died. Perhaps he shouldn't have played the keep cutting off the fleeing Teraktinus game. The party transported the body to magnimar for resurrection and left the body in the hands of the church of Pharasma.Robulan could not be revived immediately as the priesthood needed to perform a divination as to whether or not a soul should be brought back and head priestess was out helping with a birth. The party returned to sandpoint to help aiding the citizens. While they were away a VERY CHARMING lady convinced the clergy to relinquish Rob into her hands as she had found someone to revive him. She indeed has some friends with animosity towards the SPPD

Upon discovering the theft, the paladin released frustration by offering an award of money to any that could kill him in the underbridge. This caused him to kill the desperate and lose his powers


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Name of PC: Tiny
Class/Level: Fighter (unbreakable) 6
Adventure: The Skinsaw Murders
Catalyst: Suicide Compulsion Haunt and a Natural 1
Story: After uncovering the culprit behind the murders and finding Foxglove Manor the party began to skulk the halls uncovering haunts and other frights. Before too long they came across Traver and Cyralie's marital bedroom. Upon spying the "dagger" lying on the desk Tiny became certain he had killed his one true love. One failed will save later and he had drawn it swiftly across his neck. Due to his high strength and high rolls he dealt a solid 20 damage. He then managed to roll a natural 1 on his fortitude save to not die instantly. He died instantly. Thankfully, Tiny has Tenacious Survivor. He was up a few rounds later with a negative level.


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Posting as a player, not a GM.

We've had three deaths in our Party so far. All different players.

Class/Level: Wizard 5
Adventure: The Skinsaw Murders
Catalyst: Suicide Compulsion Haunt
Story: Having made their way into the Manor, the party begins going room to room, obstensibly looking for the culprit of the murders, but really loot whoring. The wizard is going room to room casting Detect Magic, and finds a dagger that glows. Without a second though he goes to pick it up. A failed Will and Fortitude save a few seconds later, he's gone before the Paladin can get to him.

Class/Level: Samurai 8
Adventure: Massacre on Hook Mountain
Catalyst: Ogres on Skulls Crossing
Story: We had cleared Fort Rannick of the ogres, but both surviving Black Arrows died in that battle. Flood waters had already destroyed a portion of Turtleback Ferry, so the dam was our next stop, to see what had happened. We fought our way past the Ettin, and find a group of Ogres on top of the dam tearing it up. The Samurai charges the healthy looking ogre, and takes a full on crit to the face. He had taken a couple hits in the Ettin fight so wasn't at full hit points, and he gets crumpled. The Ogre also had the feat that let him push characters back when he hits, thus launching the Samurai off of the dam. He (and the two Black Arrows) were eventually raised, but the Samurai has since retired from adventuring.

Clasas/Level: Fighter/Ranger 10 (myself)
Adventure: Fortress of the Stone Giants
Catalyst: Longtooth (Red Dragon)
Story: Sandpoint is under attack, and my character specializes in Archery. He sees the Dragon flying around town, and had just set the town hall on fire, which was full of citizens fleeing the onslaught. Being the only one who could reasonably expect to hurt the dragon while it was flying (has a +1 Icy Burst Comp Bow), he engages and draws the dragons full attention. The rest of the party is engaged with the giants. A pretty nasty fight goes down, but in the end the dragon was able to deliver more hurt then I was, and I went down just as the party Sorcerer was joining the fight, and the dragon flees. Was brought back to life after the battle, used some downtime to regain levels, and now lvl 11 and plan on hunting the dragon down for round 2 after we finish up in Jorgenfist.


Gameplay has been erratic for my group ever since school started back up, but we're making headway into The Spires of Xin-Shalast at last. Due to the big gap between playing it seems that my players were rusty... a lot of clumsy mistakes. My players are completely new to Pathfinder so picking up level 15 characters after a big break seems to have resulted in them forgetting important tricks that their characters are capable of. Paladin player forgetting about auras, cleric player forgetting what their highest level spells are, pretty much everyone forgetting how awesome Fly is, etc. This resulted in a couple of deaths, but thankfully with a high level cleric (and pockets brimming with gold from the previous chapter) deaths are not as permanent as they once were.

PC: Seelah
Class/Level: Human Paladin of Iomedae 15
Adventure: The Spires of Xin-Shalast
Catalyst: Flung by old blue dragon Cadrilkasta to her death.
Story:

Spoiler:

So my PCs learned about the brothers Vekker from their favorite informant, Brodert Quink, pretty quickly. They were pretty dissatisfied with the information for some reason so they went hunting for more gossip, even heading to Janderhoff to question the dwarves there. I obliged them with some of the gossip about Varisia in the older editions, namely that at Guiltspur an enormous blue dragon was leading an excavation into Thassilonian Ruins. The party made their biggest mistake here: despite knowing ahead of time that a big blue dragon was going to be at the site, they didn't bother to research blue dragons ahead of time, and so were utterly unprepared for the fight to come.

I didn't want to waste too much time on this tangent, but I also didn't want to punish them for taking the incentive to search for information (something my PCs don't typically do that I wish they would). The group spent an inordinate amount of time clearing through the Runeforge (several months) so I figured Karzoug had expanded his recruitment drive by now to recruit the old blue dragon, Cadrilkasta. He had already recruited her giants and ogres, but she was moseying around the excavation site one last time in search for ancient treasure. I figured I could reward the group with info if they went the diplomatic route, or with dragon hoard loots if they killed the dragon. At CR 17 she would be a rough fight but not impossible with some fore-thought...unfortunately they skipped the whole fore-thought part hehe.

The group arrived and started poking around the ruins only to awaken an angry nest of Skull Rippers. This was a formidable boss back in Hook Mountain Massacre, but at level 15 even fighting five at once was a pretty simple task. Cadrilkasta was impressed, and decided to swoop down and attempt to recruit them for Runelord Karzoug (under the guise of recruiting them for her dig). At the same time, as a Very Old Blue Dragon, she was pretty cocky, and did not attempt to ambush them or use mirages to treat with them. Seelah the paladin was immediately suspicious of the LE dragon and wasn't about to treat with her. They drew their weapons. The dragon won initiative, showered two characters in electricity. Then the entire group failed will saves against her Fearsome Presence, except Seelah, who was immune to fear.

Seelah, undaunted, stood her ground while the rest of the group fled in a panic. Seelah was snatched up in the dragon's jaws, flown up high, then unceremoniously dropped. Thanks to the party's last hero points they gained from creating their dominant weapons, Seelah was saved by the grace of Iomedae and was able to drag her battered body back into the wilderness, where she was rescued by the party cleric, Kyra. Meanwhile, Cadrilkasta left for Xin Shalast to report to Karzoug, but the group was not willing to risk another encounter with the dragon, and did not investigate the dig site further. I'm sure they'll run into her again!

PC: Malanovka
Class/Level: Elf Skald 15
Adventure: The Spires of Xin-Shalast
Catalyst: Splitting the party results in death via Frost Worm
Story:

Spoiler:

So my group went through the Vekker Cabin and this time were able to piece together the story (they were completely confused by the Foxglove Manor) via the haunts. At the climax of the haunting Silas Vekker sent them to get the body of Karivek Vekker in return for knowledge about Xin Shalast. They used scrying magic to find his body, and Kyra's vision showed the body alone on a 2,000 ft high cliff next to a graveyard.

The Wendigo's snowstorm was completely negated by Kyra (who could control weather) so the trip there was unremarkable. So when they came to the mine, Crosis, the dragon disciple, picked up Malanovka and flew 2,000 feet up, leaving Seelah and Kyra behind. It was interesting that they did this when, just earlier, they almost lost Kyra to the Horror Tree when the group split up at the cabin. When they went to pick up the corpse, they were ambushed by Karivek and his frost worm. Karivek let out a frightful moan, terrifying Crosis, who flew away at top speed. Malanovka was then left alone with Karivek's devastating touch attacks and a Frost Worm with ice breath. She tried to flee but was ultimately crushed in the frost worm's jaws.

Crosis flew back to retrieve Malanovka's body so that Kyra could resurrect her.

PC: Malanovka
Class/Level: Elf Skald 15
Adventure: The Spires of Xin-Shalast
Catalyst: Wendigo picked her up and threw her to the ground

Spoiler:

The group returned to take on Karivek Vekker and the worm the next day. They had an unnecessarily rough time of it due to taking no measures to protect themselves against the attacks they knew the enemy had (mind-affecting fear, frost breath) so Crosis and Kyra ended up fleeing in fear to the frightful moan, leaving Seelah and Malanovka to basically fight the enemy 2v2. The paladin and skald proved a great team and were able to scrape out a win.

On the way back, they heard the howl of the Wendigo for the second time, except this time Malanovka was able to make the Knowledge: Planes check and learn that it was a Wendigo. The group did not press the matter or make further knowledge checks about the Wendigo, so again, a lack for fore-knowledge resulted in needless death.

They finally took the corpse back to the cabin, and the Wendigo immediately began besieging the cabin. He burst through the wall next to Malanovka, focusing on her since she was the only member in the party not in heavy armor. He grabbed her in his jaws, and flew away to 200 feet in the air. Kyra responded with Flame Strike, killing the Wendigo, but Malanovka helplessly fell to her death (I guess she was too panicked to realize she could have used an immediate action feather fall)...thankfully Kyra was right there to resurrect her.

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Name of PC: Soril
Class/Level: Male Human Wizard 13 (Evoker)
Adventure: Sins of the Saviors (modified for 7 PCs and content)
Catalyst: Mirror(s) Of Opposition
Story: Upon entering the Shimmering Veils portion of Runeforge, the heroes encountered the Mirrors ofOpposition. As soon as they turned their backs on one of the mirrors, their opposites spawned and attacked. The opposition party used the heroes tactics against the to great effect. Soril was laid low by a combination of the Faux Alchemist's bombs and Faux Soril's spells (specifically, wall of fire).

-Skeld


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Ogre Hooks. Man, I think the chapter title is in reference to how nasty these things are, and it's only coincidental it's the name of the mountain. Like many others, my PCs learned a harsh lesson during the retaking of the fort. During the excursion, I noticed some serious issues with the logistics of the ogres taking the fort in the first place, but I'll save those for another thread. I'll just recount my PCs' (not so) glorious deaths here.

Name of PC: Malepidus
Race/Class/Level: CN Rogue 3/Wiz 3/Arcane Trickster 2
Adventure: Chapter 3, Hook Mountain Massacre - Part 2: Retaking Rannick
Catalyst: Gragavan Kreeg
Story:

Spoiler:
My party of PCs met Jakardros, Vale and Kaven after defeating the Grauls at the farm and burning the farmhouse to the ground. After learning of the fate of Fort Rannick and hearing their options, my PCs decided it was best to smoke out the tunnels beneath the fort in order to drive the shocker lizards into the fort. After driving the lizards out of the tunnels and up into the fort (or so they thought), they entered the basement area of the fort to dsicover the lizards were stuck because the door had been closed. Lucrecia, having been alerted to the presence of intruders by the smoke, fled to the upstairs area where Jaagrath is located. After fireballing all 12 shocker lizards trapped in the basement area, the party proceeded up the stairs, where they first encountered Silas. At this point, they had Shalelu (cohort of party Paladin with Leadership), Vale, and Jakardros (Kaven had slipped away unnoticed the day before), along with my four party members. Needless to say, they made short work of Silas. Proceeding down the hallway, they encountered the four ogres in the barracks room and engaged them. While they were fighting, Malepidus positioned himself adjacent to the closed door to the workroom. This turned out to be a bad idea. Gragavan threw open the door, shouted "SURPRISE!" in as ogrish a way possible, then proceeded to demolish Malepidus' skull with his Ogre Hook. Malepidus was quite squishy a character and thus could not withstand the blows and perished instantly.

Name of PC: Varek
Race/Class/Level: CN Barbarian 8
Adventure: Chapter 3, Hook Mountain Massacre - Part 2: Retaking Rannick
Catalyst: Gragavan Kreeg
Story:

Spoiler:
Varek, having just witnessed the death of Malepidus, attempted to take revenge upon Gragavan. Drawing upon his raging might, he struck Gragavan, dealing nearly mortal damage, but Gragavan withstood the attack. The Paladin and the Cleric were busy dealing with the ogres in the barracks, and Shalelu's been mostly useless due to my tendency to roll horribly when it comes to NPCs. Varek was on his own. Gragavan again raised his Ogre Hook and unleashed a full attack on Varek. Critical Hit. Crit confirmed. 54 damage. Second iterative attack. 32 damage. Varek was dropped down to -5 hit points. He then lost his 16 temp HP from losing his rage, and died instantly. Alas, poor Varek, we knew him well.


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Name of PCs: Malanovka, Kyra (Malanovka perished permanently, Kyra brought back with Hero Points)
Race/Class/Level: CG Elvish Skald 16, NG Human Cleric of Sarenrae 16
Adventure: The Spires of Xin-Shalast
Catalyst: Decided to dimension door into the middle of four cloud giants
Spoiler:

Spoiler:
My players this week pressed on to Xin Shalast after discovering the way there from the Vekkers. After following the ghostly river Avah they arrived at the road to Xin Shalast and were promptly attacked by a frost giant and four cloud giants.

The frost giant used feather fall to close the distance quickly while the cloud giants hurled boulders. The boulders were largely ineffective against the heroes, even unbuffed, so the players assumed they were a bunch of chumps and let their guard down. The paladin, cleric, and skald dealt with the frost giant while the dragon disciple, Crosis, transformed into a dragon and flew up to engage the cloud giants all by himself.

The cloud giants switched to morningstars and almost killed Crosis in a round of full attacks. The rest of the players realized that Crosis needed saving, quickly, or he would fall to the cloud giants. The paladin drank a potion of fly and flew up to Crosis for lay on hands. Malanovka decided to dimension door with Kyra into the cave in the middle of all four cloud giants, with the intention of getting heals to Crosis. In range. Suddenly forgetting that casting spells draws attacks of opportunity.

Malanovka and Kyra were considerably squishier than the paladin and the dragon, so they perished quickly with no way to escape the cave. Seelah managed to recover Crosis on her own, and they managed to fell the cloud giants. The group had enough hero points to only recover one hero, and had no money to resurrect the other. They chose Kyra, erected a funeral pyre to send off Malanovka, and then sent word to their old Arcane Archer friend, Himmelsdorf for aid.


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Such... awesome... deaths!

'scuze me, gotta kill more of the kids' PCs in Serpent's Skull now...


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My players have died a few times over the last while...

Name of PC: Cecil
Class/Level: Elf Ranger 11
Adventure: Fortress of the Stone Giants
Catalyst: Galenmir
Story:

Spoiler:
After leaving an enemy for dead, she alerted Jorgenfist to the heroes' presence, and they walked straight into an ambush... One 4x crit later, Cecil bit the dust.

Name of PC: Nu
Class/Level: Human Monk 11
Adventure: Fortress of the Stone Giants
Catalyst: Galenmir
Story:

Spoiler:
After taking a quick detour to Magnimar to resurrect Cecil, the heroes attempted to infiltrate Jorgenfist again. Needless to say, the enemy was ready and waiting...

Name of PC: Cecil
Class/Level: Elf Ranger 12
Adventure: Fortress of the Stone Giants
Catalyst: Hill giants
Story:

Spoiler:
Cecil snuck into a hill giant camp and found himself overwhelmed and separated from his allies. Fortunately there was a druid on hand to reincarnate him... as an orc...

Name of PC: Ciaran
Class/Level: Human Sorcerer 13
Adventure: Fortress of the Stone Giants
Catalyst: Black Monk
Story:

Spoiler:
The party went into the black tower last, where they encountered the Black Monk and two of his harpies. All the heroes failed their Will saves against the harpies' song, leaving them helpless for a couple of rounds while the Black Monk summoned a bunch of swarms. Ciaran was forced to use a fireball in the confined space of the tomb, but as he and the swarms were the only ones lacking evasion, he took a lot of damage (fortunately he also killed the swarms). While the melee characters focused their attacks on the harpies, the Black Monk moved in and took down Ciaran in one round...

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Name of PC: Alris
Class/Level: Hexblade / Black Blade Magus 6
Adventure: Burnt Offerings
Catalyst: Malfeshnekor

Story:
As seems to so frequently be the case with old Malfie the group had just finished killing the giant crab when they were faced with the question of investigating the final rooms of the complex or resting.

They obviously chose to investigate. Opening the tomb the invisible barghest immediately blinked past the front liners to try and get to the tasty bard at the back. Alris rushed in to help her and was thoroughly mauled by the barghest. He was nearly killed by the attack but using my harrow card system he turned in three cards to avoid death.

Name of PC: Eisen
Class/Level: Cleric of Groetus 7
Adventure: Skinsaw Murders
Catalyst: Faceless Stalkers

Story:
The group was climbing the shadowclock to face off with Xanesha when they encountered a trio of faceless stalkers who had taken on the visages of Justice Ironbriar, Aldern, and Tsuto. The stalkers leaped down from the floor above to sandwich the party.

The ever chaotic groetus cleric got double teamed by faux ironbriar and aldern and was down into negatives in no time. Thanks to his cards he was able to negate fatal damage. Eisen lived to go on and be central to the death of Xanesha.

Name of PC: Kibb (Honorable Mention)
Class/Level: Firepelt Cougar Companion
Adventure: Hook Mountain Massacre
Catalyst: Ogre Hook Crit

Story:
The group had taken a special like to Kibb, Jakardros' animal companion. While staging their assault on Fort Rannick two of the group got distracted when they saw Lucrecia ducking into a side room as they drove a horde of shocker lizards up into the keep.

Splitting the party during the onset of the assault the cleric and fighter/cavalier faced off with Lucrecia while the NPC's, Magus, and Alchemist started a huge brawl in the courtyard. During the fighting Orik, Jakardros and Shalelu proved helpful but Kibb was clearly the star of the show.

Unfortunately he was critted by an ogre hook and would have been torn apart if Eisen's player had not used three of his OWN cards to save him. Long live Kibb.

Name of PC: Alris
Class/Level: Hexblade / Black Blade Magus 9
Adventure: Hook Mountain Massacre
Catalyst: Grazuul

Story:
The usually nigh invincible flying magus was surprise attacked by a hiding grazuul in the scum covered pool. Although injured the party was relatively sure that they could handle him. Unfortunately the water troll critted Alris two rounds later in hit that would have completely killed the magus.

Alris also was forced to use his cards to survive.

Name of PC: Arianne Oreseeker
Class/Level: Cavalier / Fighter 4/6 <I think>
Adventure: Hook Mountain Massacre
Catalyst: Lunderbud and his Kreeg Ogre Friends

Story:
Arianne fell victim to rushing in to the chokepoint at Hook Mountain Clanhold to aid Alris, who had been surrounded by a Kreeg Ogre / Lunderbud sandwich. Add to the fact that I replaced the standard fifth level kreeg ogre with the ones from the Monster Codex (Manhunter) and before she knew it the young woman was tripped and stomped repeatedly.

She was knocked well into negatives and beyond her constitution forcing her to have to use her cards as well. This unfortunate turn of events would force Eisen to use Breath of Life when she was critted to -36 by Barl in the next combat.

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Re: Eisen's death. I really wish I had thought of having the faceless stalkers take on the appearances of previous "boss" encounters. That would have been awesome!

Grand Lodge

That particular decision came out of what has become a running theme in my game.

I always try and have at least one of the villains get away to come back as a recurring pain for them. The first time it was Tsuto and Lyrie and they thought it was Aldern at the Townhouse. Recently I did it again with Lucrecia.

They go out of their way to make special considerations/keep anyone from getting away now. The sorcerer dim anchored Barl 'just to make sure' last game. I think my recurring villain days are over.

Although...

wicked plan:
I did have the idea of having the scribbler being more a disembodied spirit and having chose a form to mimic at the onset of book 5. (To be fair I haven't read it yet)

Whose form? Tsuto's of course. Having seen him sometime during the events of book 1. They would love that.


Name of PC: Savanni
Class/Level: Inquisitor 11
Adventure: Fortress of the Stone Giants
Catalyst: Iron Peak Patrol

While scouting out the Vale of the Black Tower and formulating a plan of action, the PCs encountered a wandering patrol consisting of two stone giants and two dire bears. Fanning out, the patrol lined up in what basically amounted to a wall to face the PCs.

Seizing the opportunity, the party Magus circled around to one side to unleash the lightning bolt he had stored in his scimitar on the nicely lined up patrol, criting on the spell. Unfortunately for him, he wasn't paying attention to the fact that the Inquisitor was grappled by one of the dire bears and toasted her along with the patrol thanks to an unsavory roll of the die.

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