The Beginning of the End: A Pawn's Dilemma

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Combat:
longsword +6 (1d8+6) | warhammer +6 (1d8+6) | Rage 1/3 | Divine Fury +1d6+2 R |Second Wind 1/1 | Action surge 1/1
HP 45/45 | AC 19 | Saves STR +6 DEX +2 CON +5 INT -1 WIS +0 CHA +0 | spd 30; Init. +2 |Perc. +2; Pass. 12 | NG Half-orc Barbarian / Fighter 4 | HD 1/4 | Insp. 0/1 | Effects: None
Gram Luthar wrote:
Sorry for the lack of posting the last few days. I was moving into a new place and thr process took way longet than it should have.

Congratulations on your move.


HP 1/15 | AC 14 | Init. +3| Saves STR -1 DEX +5 CON +1 INT +4 WIS +0 CHA +5| spd 30 | Perc. +2; Pass. 12 LG Human Rogue / Bard 2 | HD 1/2 | Insp. 0/1 | Effects: None
Combat:
rapier +5 (1d8+3) | longsword +0 (1d8+0) | shortbow +5 (1d6+3) [20/20] | Bardic Inspiration 1/3 | Sneak Attack 1d6| Spell Slots(0)/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-
Halgrin wrote:

Congratulations on your move.

Thanks man! :)


Combat:
Superiority Dice: 4/4 | Second Wind: 1/1 | Action Surge: 1/1 | 1st: 4/4 | 2nd: 3/3 | 3rd: 1/2
HP 44/44 | AC 18 | Saves STR +7 DEX -1 CON +5 INT +6 WIS +3 CHA -1 | spd 30 | Perc. +3; Pass. 13 | LG Human Fighter / Wizard 5 | HD 5/5 1d10+2 | Insp. 0/1 | Init: +2 | Effects:

I'm also in the process of moving. Good stuff on finding a place.


Congrats on the move to both of you!


You guys get 13 xp each from the cultists you've defeated so far in this fight. I've changed my mind and will allow you to level up as soon as you hit the xp requirement and have time to update your stats. However, you don't get the extra hp. Just the rest of the abilities, etc.

Horat and Halgrin are at 299 xp. Just a little more!


Male

What do you want to do with spell slots and spells known? Do we expended slots back or just the new slot from leveling up?

And do we have immediate access to a new spell?


Combat:
longsword +6 (1d8+6) | warhammer +6 (1d8+6) | Rage 1/3 | Divine Fury +1d6+2 R |Second Wind 1/1 | Action surge 1/1
HP 45/45 | AC 19 | Saves STR +6 DEX +2 CON +5 INT -1 WIS +0 CHA +0 | spd 30; Init. +2 |Perc. +2; Pass. 12 | NG Half-orc Barbarian / Fighter 4 | HD 1/4 | Insp. 0/1 | Effects: None

Well, if I can get back up. I have an action surge to spend.


You have the additional slot only and you do immediately learn the new spell. I think great players might take this as an opportunity to RP learning/developing new powers.


HP 1/15 | AC 14 | Init. +3| Saves STR -1 DEX +5 CON +1 INT +4 WIS +0 CHA +5| spd 30 | Perc. +2; Pass. 12 LG Human Rogue / Bard 2 | HD 1/2 | Insp. 0/1 | Effects: None
Combat:
rapier +5 (1d8+3) | longsword +0 (1d8+0) | shortbow +5 (1d6+3) [20/20] | Bardic Inspiration 1/3 | Sneak Attack 1d6| Spell Slots(0)/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

Im right behind you <Bratr>.


Changes from levelling:

+7 HP
+1 first level spell slot

Class Features:
Cleric: Channel Divinity (Turn Undead, Artisan's Blessing)

Artificer: Tool Expertise (), Wonderous Invention (Bag of Holding)


Combat:
longsword +6 (1d8+6) | warhammer +6 (1d8+6) | Rage 1/3 | Divine Fury +1d6+2 R |Second Wind 1/1 | Action surge 1/1
HP 45/45 | AC 19 | Saves STR +6 DEX +2 CON +5 INT -1 WIS +0 CHA +0 | spd 30; Init. +2 |Perc. +2; Pass. 12 | NG Half-orc Barbarian / Fighter 4 | HD 1/4 | Insp. 0/1 | Effects: None

Changes for Level 2
+10 HP = Total 25 HP

Class Features
Barbarian – Danger sense (ADV on DEX saves); Reckless attack (ADV on STR attacks, but attacks vs. you have ADV)
Fighter – Action surge (take 1 additional action for a turn)


Combat:
Superiority Dice: 4/4 | Second Wind: 1/1 | Action Surge: 1/1 | 1st: 4/4 | 2nd: 3/3 | 3rd: 1/2
HP 44/44 | AC 18 | Saves STR +7 DEX -1 CON +5 INT +6 WIS +3 CHA -1 | spd 30 | Perc. +3; Pass. 13 | LG Human Fighter / Wizard 5 | HD 5/5 1d10+2 | Insp. 0/1 | Init: +2 | Effects:

It's roll-dampening gas!


Seriously...


HP 1/15 | AC 14 | Init. +3| Saves STR -1 DEX +5 CON +1 INT +4 WIS +0 CHA +5| spd 30 | Perc. +2; Pass. 12 LG Human Rogue / Bard 2 | HD 1/2 | Insp. 0/1 | Effects: None
Combat:
rapier +5 (1d8+3) | longsword +0 (1d8+0) | shortbow +5 (1d6+3) [20/20] | Bardic Inspiration 1/3 | Sneak Attack 1d6| Spell Slots(0)/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

Yeah you're due for a turn around here soon.


HP 1/15 | AC 14 | Init. +3| Saves STR -1 DEX +5 CON +1 INT +4 WIS +0 CHA +5| spd 30 | Perc. +2; Pass. 12 LG Human Rogue / Bard 2 | HD 1/2 | Insp. 0/1 | Effects: None
Combat:
rapier +5 (1d8+3) | longsword +0 (1d8+0) | shortbow +5 (1d6+3) [20/20] | Bardic Inspiration 1/3 | Sneak Attack 1d6| Spell Slots(0)/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

Level 2 Changes
Hp 9+6 =15 total.

Class Features
Bard Jack of all trades(+1/2 proficiency bonus to non proficient skills, Song of Rest (+1d6 to hd healing on short rest)
+1 lvl 1 spell slot, +1 lve 1 spell known (tbd)

Rogue
Cunning Action (Hide, Dash, or Disengage)


Combat:
Superiority Dice: 4/4 | Second Wind: 1/1 | Action Surge: 1/1 | 1st: 4/4 | 2nd: 3/3 | 3rd: 1/2
HP 44/44 | AC 18 | Saves STR +7 DEX -1 CON +5 INT +6 WIS +3 CHA -1 | spd 30 | Perc. +3; Pass. 13 | LG Human Fighter / Wizard 5 | HD 5/5 1d10+2 | Insp. 0/1 | Init: +2 | Effects:

Fingers crossed that action surge will help keep both cultists locked in place - or dead.


Combat:
Superiority Dice: 4/4 | Second Wind: 1/1 | Action Surge: 1/1 | 1st: 4/4 | 2nd: 3/3 | 3rd: 1/2
HP 44/44 | AC 18 | Saves STR +7 DEX -1 CON +5 INT +6 WIS +3 CHA -1 | spd 30 | Perc. +3; Pass. 13 | LG Human Fighter / Wizard 5 | HD 5/5 1d10+2 | Insp. 0/1 | Init: +2 | Effects:

I marked Horat's zig-zag route to the cultists on the map.


At an out of state wedding. Hopefully will still be able to update today.


Combat:
longsword +6 (1d8+6) | warhammer +6 (1d8+6) | Rage 1/3 | Divine Fury +1d6+2 R |Second Wind 1/1 | Action surge 1/1
HP 45/45 | AC 19 | Saves STR +6 DEX +2 CON +5 INT -1 WIS +0 CHA +0 | spd 30; Init. +2 |Perc. +2; Pass. 12 | NG Half-orc Barbarian / Fighter 4 | HD 1/4 | Insp. 0/1 | Effects: None

I have vacation for the next two weeks. I should be able to update in the mornings and the evenings, but not so much in the afternoons.


Thanks for the notice, Halgrin. Should be fine if we can get one post a day.

44 xp each from the remainder of that fight.


Are we a bit stuck? Some example options right now, though you're welcome to try other things:

1. Investigate the other rooms.
2. Go after Malgus in his room.
3. Retreat to the safety of the surface.


Combat:
Superiority Dice: 4/4 | Second Wind: 1/1 | Action Surge: 1/1 | 1st: 4/4 | 2nd: 3/3 | 3rd: 1/2
HP 44/44 | AC 18 | Saves STR +7 DEX -1 CON +5 INT +6 WIS +3 CHA -1 | spd 30 | Perc. +3; Pass. 13 | LG Human Fighter / Wizard 5 | HD 5/5 1d10+2 | Insp. 0/1 | Init: +2 | Effects:

It's been a busy number of days. Hopefully drawing to normality again from tomorrow.

Oh and:

2. Go after Malgus in his room. With extreme prejudice.


HP 1/15 | AC 14 | Init. +3| Saves STR -1 DEX +5 CON +1 INT +4 WIS +0 CHA +5| spd 30 | Perc. +2; Pass. 12 LG Human Rogue / Bard 2 | HD 1/2 | Insp. 0/1 | Effects: None
Combat:
rapier +5 (1d8+3) | longsword +0 (1d8+0) | shortbow +5 (1d6+3) [20/20] | Bardic Inspiration 1/3 | Sneak Attack 1d6| Spell Slots(0)/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

I try to give others a chance to respond to my actions or initiate actions of their own before I jump to other things. Otherwise the thread would be flooded with Gram's face. Lol


I appreciate that on your end, Gram. But I am of the opinion that, unless someone is posting something like 10 times a day, they're not crowding out the others. Anyone who wants to be more involved is welcome to go and get it! There are XP possibilities for extra involvement too.


Combat:
longsword +6 (1d8+6) | warhammer +6 (1d8+6) | Rage 1/3 | Divine Fury +1d6+2 R |Second Wind 1/1 | Action surge 1/1
HP 45/45 | AC 19 | Saves STR +6 DEX +2 CON +5 INT -1 WIS +0 CHA +0 | spd 30; Init. +2 |Perc. +2; Pass. 12 | NG Half-orc Barbarian / Fighter 4 | HD 1/4 | Insp. 0/1 | Effects: None

Sorry, yesterday was busy for me as well. But I should be back to regular posting.


Combat:
Superiority Dice: 4/4 | Second Wind: 1/1 | Action Surge: 1/1 | 1st: 4/4 | 2nd: 3/3 | 3rd: 1/2
HP 44/44 | AC 18 | Saves STR +7 DEX -1 CON +5 INT +6 WIS +3 CHA -1 | spd 30 | Perc. +3; Pass. 13 | LG Human Fighter / Wizard 5 | HD 5/5 1d10+2 | Insp. 0/1 | Init: +2 | Effects:

Life has been busy lately. My goal now is to catch up and resume posting daily.


Combat:
Superiority Dice: 4/4 | Second Wind: 1/1 | Action Surge: 1/1 | 1st: 4/4 | 2nd: 3/3 | 3rd: 1/2
HP 44/44 | AC 18 | Saves STR +7 DEX -1 CON +5 INT +6 WIS +3 CHA -1 | spd 30 | Perc. +3; Pass. 13 | LG Human Fighter / Wizard 5 | HD 5/5 1d10+2 | Insp. 0/1 | Init: +2 | Effects:

Henry is comedy gold!


Hey! How do you know my name is Henry!? I'm "James"!


Combat:
longsword +6 (1d8+6) | warhammer +6 (1d8+6) | Rage 1/3 | Divine Fury +1d6+2 R |Second Wind 1/1 | Action surge 1/1
HP 45/45 | AC 19 | Saves STR +6 DEX +2 CON +5 INT -1 WIS +0 CHA +0 | spd 30; Init. +2 |Perc. +2; Pass. 12 | NG Half-orc Barbarian / Fighter 4 | HD 1/4 | Insp. 0/1 | Effects: None

Wow, so a lot has happened since I last posted. I won't bore with details, but it includes a car crash and renovating my bathroom taking longer than I hoped.

I'll be catching up in a moment.


Sorry to hear that! Are you and yours safe?


Combat:
longsword +6 (1d8+6) | warhammer +6 (1d8+6) | Rage 1/3 | Divine Fury +1d6+2 R |Second Wind 1/1 | Action surge 1/1
HP 45/45 | AC 19 | Saves STR +6 DEX +2 CON +5 INT -1 WIS +0 CHA +0 | spd 30; Init. +2 |Perc. +2; Pass. 12 | NG Half-orc Barbarian / Fighter 4 | HD 1/4 | Insp. 0/1 | Effects: None

No one was hurt, thank God.

But it did mean that I had to deal with some annoying insurance stuff while there is a considerable hole where my shower should be.


Combat:
Superiority Dice: 4/4 | Second Wind: 1/1 | Action Surge: 1/1 | 1st: 4/4 | 2nd: 3/3 | 3rd: 1/2
HP 44/44 | AC 18 | Saves STR +7 DEX -1 CON +5 INT +6 WIS +3 CHA -1 | spd 30 | Perc. +3; Pass. 13 | LG Human Fighter / Wizard 5 | HD 5/5 1d10+2 | Insp. 0/1 | Init: +2 | Effects:

That is a lot Halgrin! Though glad no one hurt.


Wow, it almost sounds like the setup for a Guy Ritchie movie.


Can you guys get a decent sense for where squares fall on this map? I could add gridlines but they do tend to make it look a lot less immersive. But if you can't tell what square someone is in, I know that can be frustrating.


Combat:
Superiority Dice: 4/4 | Second Wind: 1/1 | Action Surge: 1/1 | 1st: 4/4 | 2nd: 3/3 | 3rd: 1/2
HP 44/44 | AC 18 | Saves STR +7 DEX -1 CON +5 INT +6 WIS +3 CHA -1 | spd 30 | Perc. +3; Pass. 13 | LG Human Fighter / Wizard 5 | HD 5/5 1d10+2 | Insp. 0/1 | Init: +2 | Effects:

I'm fine with the map as is.


Combat:
longsword +6 (1d8+6) | warhammer +6 (1d8+6) | Rage 1/3 | Divine Fury +1d6+2 R |Second Wind 1/1 | Action surge 1/1
HP 45/45 | AC 19 | Saves STR +6 DEX +2 CON +5 INT -1 WIS +0 CHA +0 | spd 30; Init. +2 |Perc. +2; Pass. 12 | NG Half-orc Barbarian / Fighter 4 | HD 1/4 | Insp. 0/1 | Effects: None

The smaller room makes it a lot easier to figure out our positions. It was harder to follow when we were all in the bigger room.


I'm sure you guys have figured out by now that Malgus is you first gestalt opponent of many. He's a sorcerer/paladin so with defense fighting style, a shield, and the shield spell, his AC is very hard to beat. Katra's got the right idea.


Combat:
Superiority Dice: 4/4 | Second Wind: 1/1 | Action Surge: 1/1 | 1st: 4/4 | 2nd: 3/3 | 3rd: 1/2
HP 44/44 | AC 18 | Saves STR +7 DEX -1 CON +5 INT +6 WIS +3 CHA -1 | spd 30 | Perc. +3; Pass. 13 | LG Human Fighter / Wizard 5 | HD 5/5 1d10+2 | Insp. 0/1 | Init: +2 | Effects:

Horat is intelligent but stubborn. But evidence will sink in.


Combat:
longsword +6 (1d8+6) | warhammer +6 (1d8+6) | Rage 1/3 | Divine Fury +1d6+2 R |Second Wind 1/1 | Action surge 1/1
HP 45/45 | AC 19 | Saves STR +6 DEX +2 CON +5 INT -1 WIS +0 CHA +0 | spd 30; Init. +2 |Perc. +2; Pass. 12 | NG Half-orc Barbarian / Fighter 4 | HD 1/4 | Insp. 0/1 | Effects: None

Gestalt abilities not-withstanding, I can't help but think that Paizo's RNG is our true enemy. We have had some truly not great rolls.


Somewhat but you need a 19 or higher to beat his AC if he doesn't cast shield. 24 if he does. It's just a unique enemy that requires adaptation. Forcing him to roll saves or attempting non-attack rolls (like grappling/shoving) are the way to go.


Horat, remember that if you grapple someone, they can't stand up from prone without spending an action try to break the grapple. Otherwise, they stand for free.


Combat:
Superiority Dice: 4/4 | Second Wind: 1/1 | Action Surge: 1/1 | 1st: 4/4 | 2nd: 3/3 | 3rd: 1/2
HP 44/44 | AC 18 | Saves STR +7 DEX -1 CON +5 INT +6 WIS +3 CHA -1 | spd 30 | Perc. +3; Pass. 13 | LG Human Fighter / Wizard 5 | HD 5/5 1d10+2 | Insp. 0/1 | Init: +2 | Effects:

Cheers for the reminder.


So we just had a fairly strenuous dungeon crawl. How do you guys feel about reverse dungeon crawls? ;)


Combat:
Superiority Dice: 4/4 | Second Wind: 1/1 | Action Surge: 1/1 | 1st: 4/4 | 2nd: 3/3 | 3rd: 1/2
HP 44/44 | AC 18 | Saves STR +7 DEX -1 CON +5 INT +6 WIS +3 CHA -1 | spd 30 | Perc. +3; Pass. 13 | LG Human Fighter / Wizard 5 | HD 5/5 1d10+2 | Insp. 0/1 | Init: +2 | Effects:

Oh? Out of sheer curiosity, I say aye!


I kill things, so it's all gravy to me.


HP 1/15 | AC 14 | Init. +3| Saves STR -1 DEX +5 CON +1 INT +4 WIS +0 CHA +5| spd 30 | Perc. +2; Pass. 12 LG Human Rogue / Bard 2 | HD 1/2 | Insp. 0/1 | Effects: None
Combat:
rapier +5 (1d8+3) | longsword +0 (1d8+0) | shortbow +5 (1d6+3) [20/20] | Bardic Inspiration 1/3 | Sneak Attack 1d6| Spell Slots(0)/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

Im with Horat. No idea what it is, but excited to be a part of it.


A reverse dungeon crawl is where you set up a series of traps, rooms, etc, perhaps harass the monsters as they try to make their way through, then act as the final boss fight. It's grounded on the monster team being too strong for you to take in an immediate, straight fight. So you are given the advantage of being the defending party and can wear down the monster team with traps, other monsters, etc. It probably sounds weird but you'll see how it's implemented.


Combat:
longsword +6 (1d8+6) | warhammer +6 (1d8+6) | Rage 1/3 | Divine Fury +1d6+2 R |Second Wind 1/1 | Action surge 1/1
HP 45/45 | AC 19 | Saves STR +6 DEX +2 CON +5 INT -1 WIS +0 CHA +0 | spd 30; Init. +2 |Perc. +2; Pass. 12 | NG Half-orc Barbarian / Fighter 4 | HD 1/4 | Insp. 0/1 | Effects: None

Sounds similar to a castle siege. Only its in a dungeon. Sounds cool.


Combat:
Superiority Dice: 4/4 | Second Wind: 1/1 | Action Surge: 1/1 | 1st: 4/4 | 2nd: 3/3 | 3rd: 1/2
HP 44/44 | AC 18 | Saves STR +7 DEX -1 CON +5 INT +6 WIS +3 CHA -1 | spd 30 | Perc. +3; Pass. 13 | LG Human Fighter / Wizard 5 | HD 5/5 1d10+2 | Insp. 0/1 | Init: +2 | Effects:

Looks at moniker of character

Oh. Yes.

:D


I tend to think of them as different in mechanics rather than setting.

It's also a bit different from a siege in the a reverse dungeon crawl tends to be drawn out over multiple chambers. Since you guys are "the boss" you wouldn't likely fight that much in the first room so much as set up hazards for the bad guys to deal with.

A siege would be more like there's a single line of defense you man and multiple waves of bad guys come at you. Is that something more of interest? I can tweak the next chapter without changing the storyline.

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