Reign of Winter book 6

Game Master SwampTing

Initiative:

[dice=Rhon]1d20+1[/dice]
[dice=Amsheagar]1d20+8[/dice]
[dice=Exiel]1d20+12[/dice]
[dice=Purs]1d20+0[/dice]
[dice=Jaggar]1d20+8[/dice]

Battle map


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Silver Crusade

Active Spells:
Aura's:
Aura of Good (Overwhelming) l Aura of Courage (10 ft) l Aura of Resolve (10 ft) | Aura of Faith (10 ft)
LG Male Dwarf Paladin (Stonelord) 15 | HP 155/155 | AC 41 | T 12 | FF 41 | CMB +15 | CMD 30 | Fort: +18 (+2 poison/drugs, +4 alcohol), Ref: +9, Will: +18 (+1 all saves FF/surprise rd) | DR 7/adamantine | SR 20 | Fortification 75% | Immune to Blood Drain, Charm, Fear, & Petrification | Perception: +24 (+2 unusual stonework)(darkvision 60 ft) | Init: -1 | Move 20' | LoH 10/10 | DS 35/35 |

Rhon once again assails the crone (green).

Attack #1: +1 ghost touch holy impact dwarven waraxe, power attack, stonestrike, heroes' feast, haste: 1d20 + 23 ⇒ (11) + 23 = 34 (+1 vs humanoids orc or goblinoid subtype or +2 if Earth subtype or Construct)
Damage #1: Magic, ghost touch, good, slashing, power attack, stonestrike: 2d8 + 18 ⇒ (3, 3) + 18 = 24
Additional damage if Evil: 2d6 ⇒ (3, 4) = 7
Additional damage if Earth subtype or Construct: 2d6 ⇒ (5, 6) = 11

Attack #2: +1 ghost touch holy impact dwarven waraxe, power attack, stonestrike, heroes' feast, haste: 1d20 + 18 ⇒ (12) + 18 = 30 (+1 vs humanoids orc or goblinoid subtype or +2 if Earth subtype or Construct)
Damage #2: Magic, ghost touch, good, slashing, power attack, stonestrike: 2d8 + 18 ⇒ (4, 2) + 18 = 24
Additional damage if Evil: 2d6 ⇒ (5, 3) = 8
Additional damage if Earth subtype or Construct: 2d6 ⇒ (6, 5) = 11

Attack #3: +1 ghost touch holy impact dwarven waraxe, power attack, stonestrike, heroes' feast, haste: 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (4) + 12 = 16 (+1 vs humanoids orc or goblinoid subtype or +2 if Earth subtype or Construct)
Damage #3: Magic, ghost touch, good, slashing, power attack, stonestrike: 2d8 + 18 ⇒ (3, 5) + 18 = 26
Additional damage if Evil: 2d6 ⇒ (5, 5) = 10
Additional damage if Earth subtype or Construct: 2d6 ⇒ (1, 5) = 6

Attack #4: +1 ghost touch holy impact dwarven waraxe, power attack, stonestrike, heroes' feast, haste: 1d20 + 23 ⇒ (16) + 23 = 39 (+1 vs humanoids orc or goblinoid subtype or +2 if Earth subtype or Construct)
Damage #4: Magic, ghost touch, good, slashing, power attack, stonestrike: 2d8 + 18 ⇒ (5, 5) + 18 = 28
Additional damage if Evil: 2d6 ⇒ (4, 5) = 9
Additional damage if Earth subtype or Construct: 2d6 ⇒ (3, 3) = 6

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REMINDERS

Aura of Courage (Su): Each ally within 10 feet of Rhon gains a +4 morale bonus on saving throws against fear effects. This ability functions only while Rhon is conscious, not if he is unconscious or dead.

Aura of Resolve (Su): Each ally within 10 feet of Rhon gains a +4 morale bonus on saving throws against charm effects. This ability functions only while Rhon is conscious, not if he is unconscious or dead.

Aura of Faith (Su): Any attack made against an enemy within 10 feet of Rhon is treated as good-aligned for the purposes of overcoming damage reduction. This ability functions only while Rhon is conscious, not if he is unconscious or dead.

Grand Lodge

Border of War map Reign of Winter map

Amsheagar shakes off the crones' hexes, then converges on Rhon's opponent. Together, the two of them finally cut down the crone queen, who ceases her struggle against Exiel's binding spell.

GM:

2d20 ⇒ (16, 9) = 25
1d20 ⇒ 14

Purs tries to harm the undead women with positive energy. One of them simply resists the spell whilst the other partially rebuffs the spell. Exiel flies in for a powerful smite, but the undead women are unimpressed and take multiple swings at him with their own weapons - their icy staves - with alarming speed and proficiency!

[spoiler=GM]
4d20 ⇒ (11, 15, 14, 1) = 41
4d20 ⇒ (9, 13, 16, 8) = 46[/dice]

Whilst the crone queens prove to be surprisingly capable melee warriors, Exiel's defensive powers are even more prodigious, and he manages to fend off the swings of their icy staves!

Pathfinders are up.
Only 2 enemies remain.

Scarab Sages

Temp Claw as Dragon:
[dice=claw]1d20+27[/dice][dice=Claw2]1d20+22[/dice][dice=Dmg]1d8+15[/dice][dice=Dmg]1d8+15[/dice][dice=Gore]2d6+15[/dice]
Elf Druid lvl 17| AC:30 T:23 FF:25|HP: 92/207|BaB: +12 /+7/+2|F/R/W19/16/22|Init:+8|CMB: +19|CMD: 36|SR (Fire) 20
Temp Bite as Dragon:
[dice=Bite]1d20+27[/dice][dice=damage]2d6+15[/dice]

Amsheagar surveys the battlefield. Mumbling to himself in his animal form, he looks at the crones fight Exiel. He calls down a spiral of holy flame as a flame strikes down on them.

fire/holy: 15d6 ⇒ (2, 4, 3, 5, 3, 2, 3, 3, 5, 3, 5, 5, 2, 6, 1) = 52 DC 22 reflex half

The Exchange

Class [Paladin2/Oracle1/Sorcerer12] | HP:102/102 | AC: 36/ FF26 (Defensive Strategist)/ T 23 |CMB: +13 CMD: 35| Fort: +29 Ref: +25 Will: +31 | Perception: +8(darkvision)| Init: +10 [|] Lauriel: HP 51/51

Exiel gives a quick flourish with his rapier, then continues stabbing.

"Come on then. I can do this all day."

attack roll, smite evil, fighting defensively, haste, crane style: 1d20 + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 ⇒ (18) + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 = 45
damage roll: 1d6 + 13 + 2d6 ⇒ (1) + 13 + (4, 3) = 21
confirmation roll, smite evil, fighting defensively, haste, crane style: 1d20 + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 ⇒ (14) + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 = 41
crit damage roll: 1d6 + 13 ⇒ (6) + 13 = 19

haste attack roll, smite evil, fighting defensively, haste, crane style: 1d20 + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 ⇒ (19) + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 = 46
damage roll: 1d6 + 13 + 2d6 ⇒ (6) + 13 + (3, 3) = 25
confirmation roll, smite evil, fighting defensively, haste, crane style: 1d20 + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 ⇒ (16) + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 = 43
crit damage roll: 1d6 + 13 ⇒ (6) + 13 = 19

iterative attack roll, smite evil, fighting defensively, haste, crane style: 1d20 + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 - 5 ⇒ (19) + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 - 5 = 41
damage roll: 1d6 + 13 + 2d6 ⇒ (6) + 13 + (6, 3) = 28
confirmation roll, smite evil, fighting defensively, haste, crane style: 1d20 + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 - 5 ⇒ (8) + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 - 5 = 30
crit damage roll: 1d6 + 13 ⇒ (6) + 13 = 19

Smiting Red, osyluth guile on orange. AC41 generally, 48 vs Red and 51 vs Orange.

Whoa. Potentially 3 crits in a row!?

Grand Lodge

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GM:

1d20 ⇒ 15
2d20 ⇒ (17, 2) = 19

Amsheagar calls down a pillar of holy fire! He encounters some spell resistance, but the powerful druid pushes through and brings the searing flames down upon the crone queens. The one already injured by Exiel partially dodges the flames, but the smiting sorcerer demonstrates that he can actually be a deadly fencer when he is guided by his god (and when luck severely favors him). The crone queen is overcome, leaving only 1 final crone standing.

ONE crone queen left, and she seems quite burnt.
Rhon and Purs are still up.

Grand Lodge

male Cleric 15 HP 112 | AC 32; Touch 14; FF 32 | F +14; R +8; W +19 | CMB +11; CMD 25 | Speed 20 ft | Init +0 | Perc +9 | Stealth: -2 cleric 15

Purs moves and tries to hit the last crone.

"Take that dead LADY"

attack holy adamantine battle axe: 1d20 + 14 ⇒ (20) + 14 = 34

damage: 1d6 + 2 + 2d6 ⇒ (5) + 2 + (2, 2) = 11

crit confirm: 1d20 + 14 ⇒ (18) + 14 = 32

damage: 2d6 + 4 ⇒ (4, 1) + 4 = 9

Silver Crusade

Active Spells:
Aura's:
Aura of Good (Overwhelming) l Aura of Courage (10 ft) l Aura of Resolve (10 ft) | Aura of Faith (10 ft)
LG Male Dwarf Paladin (Stonelord) 15 | HP 155/155 | AC 41 | T 12 | FF 41 | CMB +15 | CMD 30 | Fort: +18 (+2 poison/drugs, +4 alcohol), Ref: +9, Will: +18 (+1 all saves FF/surprise rd) | DR 7/adamantine | SR 20 | Fortification 75% | Immune to Blood Drain, Charm, Fear, & Petrification | Perception: +24 (+2 unusual stonework)(darkvision 60 ft) | Init: -1 | Move 20' | LoH 10/10 | DS 35/35 |

Rhon exits his defensive stance, heals himself with the forge fire of Torag, and moves to engage the remaining crone. Rhon then enters his defensive stance. His ax lashes out an a single arcing slash at the last remaining crone.

Lay on Hands, Positive Energy Feedback Loop: 7d6 + 1 ⇒ (3, 4, 1, 2, 1, 5, 5) + 1 = 22

Attack: +1 ghost touch holy impact dwarven waraxe, power attack, stonestrike, heroes' feast, haste: 1d20 + 23 ⇒ (5) + 23 = 28 (+1 vs humanoids orc or goblinoid subtype or +2 if Earth subtype or Construct)
Damage: Magic, ghost touch, good, slashing, power attack, stonestrike, vital strike: 4d8 + 18 ⇒ (1, 2, 6, 3) + 18 = 30
Additional damage if Evil: 2d6 ⇒ (1, 6) = 7
Additional damage if Earth subtype or Construct: 2d6 ⇒ (6, 2) = 8

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REMINDERS

Aura of Courage (Su): Each ally within 10 feet of Rhon gains a +4 morale bonus on saving throws against fear effects. This ability functions only while Rhon is conscious, not if he is unconscious or dead.

Aura of Resolve (Su): Each ally within 10 feet of Rhon gains a +4 morale bonus on saving throws against charm effects. This ability functions only while Rhon is conscious, not if he is unconscious or dead.

Aura of Faith (Su): Any attack made against an enemy within 10 feet of Rhon is treated as good-aligned for the purposes of overcoming damage reduction. This ability functions only while Rhon is conscious, not if he is unconscious or dead.

Grand Lodge

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Purs lands a strike on the crone queen, but Rhon, perhaps weary by the constant barrage and distracted by the ice storm still raging around him, narrowly misses.

Screeching with fury, the last crone queen lashes out at the 3 pathfinders before her.

GM:

4d20 ⇒ (18, 19, 15, 2) = 54
1d6 + 14 ⇒ (6) + 14 = 201d6 ⇒ 1
1d6 + 14 ⇒ (3) + 14 = 171d6 ⇒ 1

The cron queen proves to be a capable melee combatant with her icicle staff. Rhon and Purs each take a s+*+, and whilst their resistance protects them from the physical cold, they each feel the chill of undeath reaching into their souls with each strike.

Rhon takes 20 damage from the hit (your DR does not protect you from this) and must make a fort save against energy drain.
Purs takes 17 damage from the hit and must make a fort save against energy drain.
Pathfinders are up. See if you can finish this before she gets another round!

Silver Crusade

Active Spells:
Aura's:
Aura of Good (Overwhelming) l Aura of Courage (10 ft) l Aura of Resolve (10 ft) | Aura of Faith (10 ft)
LG Male Dwarf Paladin (Stonelord) 15 | HP 155/155 | AC 41 | T 12 | FF 41 | CMB +15 | CMD 30 | Fort: +18 (+2 poison/drugs, +4 alcohol), Ref: +9, Will: +18 (+1 all saves FF/surprise rd) | DR 7/adamantine | SR 20 | Fortification 75% | Immune to Blood Drain, Charm, Fear, & Petrification | Perception: +24 (+2 unusual stonework)(darkvision 60 ft) | Init: -1 | Move 20' | LoH 10/10 | DS 35/35 |

Fortitude Save: 1d20 + 20 ⇒ (10) + 20 = 30
Deathless: 1d100 ⇒ 39

Deathless armor enhancement: This armor protects its wearer from harmful negative and positive energy, including channeled energy. The armor absorbs the first 10 points of positive or negative energy damage per attack that the wearer would normally take. The wearer has a 25% chance to ignore negative levels from any attack. Deathless armor does not block healing of any kind and does not protect against positive or negative energy effects that do not deal damage or bestow negative levels. The deathless ability can be applied to armor of any sort, but not shields.

Grand Lodge

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Rhon you're fine. Go ahead and take your actions.
Purs still needs to roll his fort save.
Pathfinders are up. See if you can finish this before she gets another round!

Silver Crusade

Active Spells:
Aura's:
Aura of Good (Overwhelming) l Aura of Courage (10 ft) l Aura of Resolve (10 ft) | Aura of Faith (10 ft)
LG Male Dwarf Paladin (Stonelord) 15 | HP 155/155 | AC 41 | T 12 | FF 41 | CMB +15 | CMD 30 | Fort: +18 (+2 poison/drugs, +4 alcohol), Ref: +9, Will: +18 (+1 all saves FF/surprise rd) | DR 7/adamantine | SR 20 | Fortification 75% | Immune to Blood Drain, Charm, Fear, & Petrification | Perception: +24 (+2 unusual stonework)(darkvision 60 ft) | Init: -1 | Move 20' | LoH 10/10 | DS 35/35 |

Rhon's axe whirls around and whistles through the air as he arcs it in towards the crone.

Attack #1: +1 ghost touch holy impact dwarven waraxe, power attack, stonestrike, heroes' feast, haste: 1d20 + 23 ⇒ (2) + 23 = 25 (+1 vs humanoids orc or goblinoid subtype or +2 if Earth subtype or Construct)
Damage #1: Magic, ghost touch, good, slashing, power attack, stonestrike: 2d8 + 18 ⇒ (3, 8) + 18 = 29
Additional damage if Evil: 2d6 ⇒ (6, 4) = 10
Additional damage if Earth subtype or Construct: 2d6 ⇒ (3, 5) = 8

Attack #2: +1 ghost touch holy impact dwarven waraxe, power attack, stonestrike, heroes' feast, haste: 1d20 + 18 ⇒ (1) + 18 = 19 (+1 vs humanoids orc or goblinoid subtype or +2 if Earth subtype or Construct)
Damage #2: Magic, ghost touch, good, slashing, power attack, stonestrike: 2d8 + 18 ⇒ (7, 1) + 18 = 26
Additional damage if Evil: 2d6 ⇒ (2, 1) = 3
Additional damage if Earth subtype or Construct: 2d6 ⇒ (4, 3) = 7

Attack #3: +1 ghost touch holy impact dwarven waraxe, power attack, stonestrike, heroes' feast, haste: 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (11) + 12 = 23 (+1 vs humanoids orc or goblinoid subtype or +2 if Earth subtype or Construct)
Damage #3: Magic, ghost touch, good, slashing, power attack, stonestrike: 2d8 + 18 ⇒ (7, 8) + 18 = 33
Additional damage if Evil: 2d6 ⇒ (6, 4) = 10
Additional damage if Earth subtype or Construct: 2d6 ⇒ (3, 3) = 6

Attack #4: +1 ghost touch holy impact dwarven waraxe, power attack, stonestrike, heroes' feast, haste: 1d20 + 23 ⇒ (16) + 23 = 39 (+1 vs humanoids orc or goblinoid subtype or +2 if Earth subtype or Construct)
Damage #4: Magic, ghost touch, good, slashing, power attack, stonestrike: 2d8 + 18 ⇒ (1, 6) + 18 = 25
Additional damage if Evil: 2d6 ⇒ (2, 3) = 5
Additional damage if Earth subtype or Construct: 2d6 ⇒ (3, 2) = 5

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REMINDERS

Aura of Courage (Su): Each ally within 10 feet of Rhon gains a +4 morale bonus on saving throws against fear effects. This ability functions only while Rhon is conscious, not if he is unconscious or dead.

Aura of Resolve (Su): Each ally within 10 feet of Rhon gains a +4 morale bonus on saving throws against charm effects. This ability functions only while Rhon is conscious, not if he is unconscious or dead.

Aura of Faith (Su): Any attack made against an enemy within 10 feet of Rhon is treated as good-aligned for the purposes of overcoming damage reduction. This ability functions only while Rhon is conscious, not if he is unconscious or dead.

Grand Lodge

male Cleric 15 HP 112 | AC 32; Touch 14; FF 32 | F +14; R +8; W +19 | CMB +11; CMD 25 | Speed 20 ft | Init +0 | Perc +9 | Stealth: -2 cleric 15

Fort: 1d20 + 14 ⇒ (4) + 14 = 18

Purs tries to ward off the danger.

The Exchange

Class [Paladin2/Oracle1/Sorcerer12] | HP:102/102 | AC: 36/ FF26 (Defensive Strategist)/ T 23 |CMB: +13 CMD: 35| Fort: +29 Ref: +25 Will: +31 | Perception: +8(darkvision)| Init: +10 [|] Lauriel: HP 51/51

Uh-oh. Damn I miss the pre-errata battle cry feat...

Exiel maintains his defensive stance and continues to fence with the crone while keeping a watchful eye our for new combatants joining the fray. Seeing that the crone is still able to inflict potentially debilitating effects on his allies, Exiel decides to end it as quickly as he can.

"Your highness, you've been a pain in the bum for far too long. Time for you to fall for good."

Smite evil.

attack roll, smite evil, fighting defensively, haste, crane style: 1d20 + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 ⇒ (8) + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 = 35
damage roll: 1d6 + 13 + 6 + 2d6 ⇒ (6) + 13 + 6 + (5, 3) = 33

haste attack roll, smite evil, fighting defensively, haste, crane style: 1d20 + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 ⇒ (19) + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 = 46
damage roll: 1d6 + 13 + 2d6 ⇒ (1) + 13 + (1, 1) = 16
confirmation roll, smite evil, fighting defensively, haste, crane style: 1d20 + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 ⇒ (19) + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 = 46
damage roll: 1d6 + 13 ⇒ (4) + 13 = 17

iterative attack roll, smite evil, fighting defensively, haste, crane style: 1d20 + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 - 5 ⇒ (20) + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 - 5 = 42
damage roll: 1d6 + 13 + 2d6 ⇒ (5) + 13 + (3, 2) = 23
iterative attack roll, smite evil, fighting defensively, haste, crane style: 1d20 + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 - 5 ⇒ (12) + 8 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 + 10 - 2 - 5 = 34
damage roll: 1d6 + 13 ⇒ (3) + 13 = 16

Grand Lodge

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Rhon resists the dark energies in the crone queen's staff, but Purs feels himself greatly weakened from the blow.

Rhon and Exiel hack and stab at the last of the crone queens, dealing substantial damage, but the crone queen still stands!

Purs takes 2 negative levels!
Purs and Amsheagar are still up for actions this turn.

Scarab Sages

Temp Claw as Dragon:
[dice=claw]1d20+27[/dice][dice=Claw2]1d20+22[/dice][dice=Dmg]1d8+15[/dice][dice=Dmg]1d8+15[/dice][dice=Gore]2d6+15[/dice]
Elf Druid lvl 17| AC:30 T:23 FF:25|HP: 92/207|BaB: +12 /+7/+2|F/R/W19/16/22|Init:+8|CMB: +19|CMD: 36|SR (Fire) 20
Temp Bite as Dragon:
[dice=Bite]1d20+27[/dice][dice=damage]2d6+15[/dice]

Size isn't helping Amsheagar in this current space... He moves his pit under the ice wall and then moves up behind his allies. Ready to aid then when he can.

Grand Lodge

male Cleric 15 HP 112 | AC 32; Touch 14; FF 32 | F +14; R +8; W +19 | CMB +11; CMD 25 | Speed 20 ft | Init +0 | Perc +9 | Stealth: -2 cleric 15

Purs tries to hit the queen with his axe.

attack: 1d20 + 14 ⇒ (7) + 14 = 21

damage: 1d6 + 2 + 2d6 ⇒ (4) + 2 + (5, 2) = 13

Grand Lodge

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Amsheagar shuffles a little closer, straining with his immense bulk. Purs takes a swing but misses.

Seeing Exiel as the biggest threat, the crone queen swings furiously at him in a frenzy.

GM:

4d20 ⇒ (6, 11, 13, 1) = 31

She misses. Unsurprisingly.

Pathfinders are up. This is probably the last round.

Edit: I'll call it here. You'll probably finish her off without trouble.

As the last of the active crone queens falls, you hear a cackling laughter issue from the matryoshka doll.

"Good, good! We are almost done. In the southern corner of the room is a small table and two chairs. A brass samovar — a traditional tea urn — sits upon that table, beside the silver platter. Get it."

"Then you need to cut out the hearts of the queens here, and put them into the pot. Once that is done, we will be taken back to the sacred pool where Vigliv and your friend the wizard await!"

You do indeed find the tea urn in the Southern corner of the room. The crone queens themselves are bedecked in gold and jewels, but no magical equipment - their icy staves melt with their demise.

If you remove the hearts from the crone queens:

The eight remaining crone queens are unable to stop you from doing as you wish, so ancient are they that they barely remain animate. They weakly raise their arms or move their heads to glare at you with icy hatred as their frozen hearts (or what remains of them) are cut out of their chests.

Once you place the 12 hearts of the crone queens into the teapot, you are immediately transported back to the sacred pool, where Ralph awaits, still trapped within the tree where the Norn, Vigliv, awaits, her hands slowly running through several golden threads as she raises her eyes to you.

"Welcome back," she says slowly.

We're almost ready for the final part now. Have some RP, then I'll put up a big post to set up the final part. Remember that you can avoid the obstacles and minions along the way, like you did with the linnorms and giants, so don't feel like you need to fight every encounter in the next part.

The Exchange

Class [Paladin2/Oracle1/Sorcerer12] | HP:102/102 | AC: 36/ FF26 (Defensive Strategist)/ T 23 |CMB: +13 CMD: 35| Fort: +29 Ref: +25 Will: +31 | Perception: +8(darkvision)| Init: +10 [|] Lauriel: HP 51/51

Exiel looks to his companions, and seeing that no one else appears to be moving, gives a long sigh and draws the dagger that they had found earlier.

"'Tis unsavoury work, and would that we could be done with all of this as soon as possible. But if this is what is needed to stop Elvanna from covering all of Golarion in deep winter, then I guess I'll do it. It's not like the remains of these poor sods can be defiled any further, or that they pleasant people to begin with."

With a grim scowl, Exiel performs the deed. Once it is done, he gathers the fallen bodies and casts burning hands to cremate what's left.

"A final mercy, that though your lives and undeath were devoid of warmth, it may finally end in warmth, as in a forge."

Grand Lodge

male Cleric 15 HP 112 | AC 32; Touch 14; FF 32 | F +14; R +8; W +19 | CMB +11; CMD 25 | Speed 20 ft | Init +0 | Perc +9 | Stealth: -2 cleric 15

"Good reddens!"

can we sleep? I'm out of channels

Silver Crusade

Active Spells:
Aura's:
Aura of Good (Overwhelming) l Aura of Courage (10 ft) l Aura of Resolve (10 ft) | Aura of Faith (10 ft)
LG Male Dwarf Paladin (Stonelord) 15 | HP 155/155 | AC 41 | T 12 | FF 41 | CMB +15 | CMD 30 | Fort: +18 (+2 poison/drugs, +4 alcohol), Ref: +9, Will: +18 (+1 all saves FF/surprise rd) | DR 7/adamantine | SR 20 | Fortification 75% | Immune to Blood Drain, Charm, Fear, & Petrification | Perception: +24 (+2 unusual stonework)(darkvision 60 ft) | Init: -1 | Move 20' | LoH 10/10 | DS 35/35 |

Rhon picks up the amulet that Earl had been wearing when this fight started.

Rhon gathers the tea urn from the table and walks quietly just behind Exiel as he grimly completes his task. With each new heart added to the tea urn you can see Rhon's face harden just a little bit more.

As the final heart lands in the tea urn Rhon's mouth opens to say something before he is suddenly whisked away.

***

Rhon sets the urn down and brushes his hands off. "Okay, we have done what needed done but why did we need to remove their hearts?"

Grand Lodge

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Vigliv falls silent at Rhon's question, and an uneasy quiet fills the grotto for a moment. It is Ralph who breaks the silence with a low chuckle.

"Come now, is it such a mystery? When you were sent to retrieve Baba Yaga's death, you returned with her ritual dagger. You were then sent to retrieve her "life", and you retrieved the hearts of her daughters - the previous queens of Irrisen. So then, Baba Yaga died once, in a ritual, but she yet lives, seemingly in perpetuity . And the source of her ongoing life is... that she has a renewable supply of life-force to draw upon."

Vigliv interrupts Ralph with a loud clearing of her throat.

"You are clever to have worked it out, wizard, but you show a lack of wisdom, for you should be careful whose secrets you openly reveal. Suffice to say that you need Baba Yaga now, and therein lies the key to opening the penultimate layer of her prison. We need only use the urn to boil a tea, and then pour it over the doll that holds her. It will need to boil for about 8 hours, so you can take your rest in the mean time."

Vigliv invites you to rest in the grotto while she sets takes the urn and sets it over a fire she had built near the waterfall. The hours pass, and as you wake from your rest, you see her take the urn from the fire and pour a dark brew from the urn onto the matryoshka doll. Doing so causes the doll to crack open once again, revealing the last doll inside. A loud cackle suddenly reverberates throughout the canyon, and when it finally subsides, Baba Yaga addresses you from within the doll once more, her voice louder and more powerful than before.

"Hmm... took you long enough, and my daughters gave you quite a little trouble, didn't they? If you make such mistakes against Elvanna, you may not survive when that time comes! She is rather more cunning than her predecessors... Hmmph. Perhaps I should lend you a little more of my power, seeing as you are so weak!"

With another cackle, a wave of dark energy burst forth from the doll, washing over each of you, and you feel power welling up within you.

As you adjust to this new power, Vigliv also addresses you.

“The fate, the power, the death, and the life of Baba Yaga, all have you claimed. Only one thing remains for you to break her free from her prison and save your world: her blood, which flows through the veins of the ruling queen of Irrisen, her daughter Elvanna. Elvanna’s blood is her birthright, handed down from her mother, and represents both Baba Yaga’s and Elvanna’s burning desire to rule their fates and those of others. It is only with Elvanna’s blood, returned to her mother, that you can save your world from the eternal winter that threatens it."

“Even now, Elvanna has sequestered herself in Baba Yaga’s inner sanctum, here in the Dancing Hut, where Baba Yaga formulated her most potent spells and executed her most glorious triumphs, and where Elvanna now works her greatest ritual to cement her power, conquer your world, and supplant her own mother as Queen of Witches."

“Now you must go to this sanctum and face Queen Elvanna before she can finish her ritual. But beware, for time is running short, and Elvanna is truly her mother’s daughter. Her will to power is as strong as the blood in her veins, and she will not give up her desires easily. Heed the guidance of Baba Yaga, however, and you may yet win the day, freeing her and saving your world.”

"There is a gift I can give to aid you. I have harvested
some excess threads from your own threads of fate, which have grown long and densely plied as you have grown in power, and all the more so as you have pursued your quest to free Baba Yaga and save your
world. These strands hold some power over your fates, though that link will fade in a few days. In that time, if you cut the thread at a critical juncture, you may find your fortunes shift a little more in your favor."

Pathfinders I'll give you guys some time to set up for the final chapter. You each gain the following benefits for the remainder of this adventure:
1. +2 inherent bonus to 1 ability score of your choice.
2. Thread of fate:
When a PC cuts his thread of fate, he can choose one the following benefits, which takes place immediately.
• The PC can reroll one saving throw, attack roll, skill check, or ability check and take the higher of the two rolls.
• The PC gains an extra standard action on his turn for 1 round, even to cast a second spell if so chosen.
• The PC can change his place in the initiative order one time to the position of his choice.
• The PC gains a +10 luck bonus on one roll of his choice or to his AC for 1 round.
• All of the PCs’ current wounds are completely healed.
• All conditions currently affecting the PC are removed.
• The PC can recall up to 12 levels of spells that have already been cast or spell slots that have been used, restoring them to the character’s mind, just as if they had not been cast. For example, a character could recall one 9th-level spell and one 3rd-level spell, or three 4thlevel spells, or any combination of spells, provided the total number of spell levels does not exceed 12.

Once I have a post from everyone, I'll proceed to the briefing for the final chapter. Good news is that the map is much smaller than the last 2 dungeons.

Silver Crusade

Active Spells:
Aura's:
Aura of Good (Overwhelming) l Aura of Courage (10 ft) l Aura of Resolve (10 ft) | Aura of Faith (10 ft)
LG Male Dwarf Paladin (Stonelord) 15 | HP 155/155 | AC 41 | T 12 | FF 41 | CMB +15 | CMD 30 | Fort: +18 (+2 poison/drugs, +4 alcohol), Ref: +9, Will: +18 (+1 all saves FF/surprise rd) | DR 7/adamantine | SR 20 | Fortification 75% | Immune to Blood Drain, Charm, Fear, & Petrification | Perception: +24 (+2 unusual stonework)(darkvision 60 ft) | Init: -1 | Move 20' | LoH 10/10 | DS 35/35 |

Rhon doffs his armor and quickly inspects it for damage that might need repaired. Finding none he turns his attention to healing his wounds and restoring himself prior to resting. Rhon uses his remaining Lay on Hands to remove his fatigue and to bind his wounds.

Lay on Hands, Positive Energy Feedback Loop: 7d6 + 1 ⇒ (2, 4, 1, 3, 6, 6, 3) + 1 = 26
Lay on Hands, Positive Energy Feedback Loop: 7d6 + 1 ⇒ (4, 1, 6, 2, 5, 5, 2) + 1 = 26

Rhon also checks on the others to see if anyone requires healing prior to resting. (If anyone needs healed feel free to use one of Rhon's four remaining uses of Lay on Hands prior to resting. Lay on Hands is 7d6 of positive energy/healing.)

"Pur's are you able to able to restore my reflexes again? It would appear that something the witches did robbed me of some of it." (If Pur's doesn't have restoration prepared Rhon has a scroll of Restoration that can be used.)

Note: I am applying my +2 inherent ability store bonus to Strength.

The Exchange

Class [Paladin2/Oracle1/Sorcerer12] | HP:102/102 | AC: 36/ FF26 (Defensive Strategist)/ T 23 |CMB: +13 CMD: 35| Fort: +29 Ref: +25 Will: +31 | Perception: +8(darkvision)| Init: +10 [|] Lauriel: HP 51/51

Oof. That's alot to take in. I'll put the bonus stats into CHA of course. =D

I think Purs also has 2 negative levels to worry about, unfortunately.

Hey GM, I noticed that one of the uses of those fancy golden threads is "All conditions currently affecting the PC are removed." Would that include the negative levels and dex drain that Purs and Rhon are suffering from?

Exiel takes the opportunity to rest, grateful for the chance to recover his magical and divine powers.

"They sure did a number on us. But if we took on 4 past queens of Irrisen and came out on top, 1 more queen shouldn't be a problem... right?"

As they rest, Exiel whispers to the party, though he is focused in particular on his fellow-paladin of Torag.

"Rhon, I've been thinking about what we're learned about Baba Yaga's longevity. Personally, I don't much care about evil feeding off evil - they deserve each other, and evil destroying evil is just a case of one deserving the other. On the other hand, removing a system of goverment, even one as defective as Irrisen's monarchy, brings evils of its own if we do not replace it with something better. Anarchy and power vacuums breed evils of their own."

"But I wonder about the girl we found in that strange place, the one we rescued from Rasputin's stronghold. Anastasia. Unless I miss my guess, she may be favoured to replace Elvanna as the next queen. But she is still innocent. With guidance, she could be the best thing to happen to Irrisen in years, ushering in an unprecedented age of peace and kindness in a land that known none of it. But if she becomes that, then I would not want her to share the fate of the previous queens either."

"This troubles me. What are your thoughts on the matter?"

Grand Lodge

male Cleric 15 HP 112 | AC 32; Touch 14; FF 32 | F +14; R +8; W +19 | CMB +11; CMD 25 | Speed 20 ft | Init +0 | Perc +9 | Stealth: -2 cleric 15

I have a restoration I can use my +1 is to Wisdom

"I don't want an evil government to replace an evil government either. Maybe we can talk to Anastasia?"

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