The Ironfang Invasion: Fangs of War

Game Master vayelan

A tale of desperate survival set against the invasion of a ruthless hobgoblin army — the Ironfang Legion! As the Ironfang Legion begins carving out an empire of monsters, the heroes must flee their hometown of Phaendar as it burns, saving any lives they can.

Resources:
Upper Caves Map
Lower Caves Map
Southern Chernasardo Map

Fort Nunder Map

Party Treasury
Militia Worksheet


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M Half-Elf Wizard 3 (Diviner), AC 16, HP 19/20, FRW +2/+3/+4, INIT +9, Party Reward Tracker | NPC Activity Tracker | Personal Gear Tracker | Combat Status Tracker

Hi, All - Today's the day that we are packing in earnest for our move. I'm going to be fairly unavailable for the next week or so, but will try to check in. Sorry for the long delay - hope to be back in touch with all of you soon!


F Human Archaeologist-5 HP 35/35, AC 18 (T13 F15*), F+2 R+7* W+3, Init+3, Per +8, Luck:11/11 | current:

Hey guys, I'm being sent out of town from Aug8-Aug15. I hope to still have internet access, but I can't guarantee that. I will do my best to keep up on my games, though I expect my posting rate will drop. My apologies in advance. Please bot me if needed.


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Female Human Oracle of Shadow 4
Stats:
HP: 30/30 | AC/T/FF: 14/12/12 | Fort +2 (+4 disease) Ref +3 Will +6 | CMD: 14 | Cloak of Shadows: 4/4

And I’m back! Trying to get caught up reading through all my games now.


F Human Archaeologist-5 HP 35/35, AC 18 (T13 F15*), F+2 R+7* W+3, Init+3, Per +8, Luck:11/11 | current:

Hey folks, A dear friend of mine died and I will be traveling to attend a funeral over the next few days. I'll check in when I can.


Female Human Oracle of Shadow 4
Stats:
HP: 30/30 | AC/T/FF: 14/12/12 | Fort +2 (+4 disease) Ref +3 Will +6 | CMD: 14 | Cloak of Shadows: 4/4

Sorry to hear that, Bree.


LG Dwarf Warpriest5 l hp 41/47 l AC22 (T13, FF20) l F +7, R +4, W +6, Ini +2 l CMB +3 CMD15 l Minor Blessings 2/3 l Fervor 2/4 l Dorn-Dergar: Reach Dorn-Dergar

It's nothing that can't wait until this Ironfang ambassador and his doggie have been dealt with, but it looks like our militia training earned 10pts. That should move the militia to Lvl2 right?


Correct, but the militia "levels up" from accrued training during the Upkeep Phase at the start of each militia turn.


LG Dwarf Warpriest5 l hp 41/47 l AC22 (T13, FF20) l F +7, R +4, W +6, Ini +2 l CMB +3 CMD15 l Minor Blessings 2/3 l Fervor 2/4 l Dorn-Dergar: Reach Dorn-Dergar

Gotcha!


LG Dwarf Warpriest5 l hp 41/47 l AC22 (T13, FF20) l F +7, R +4, W +6, Ini +2 l CMB +3 CMD15 l Minor Blessings 2/3 l Fervor 2/4 l Dorn-Dergar: Reach Dorn-Dergar

Hey y'all my posting rate probably won't be stellar the next month or so. We're 32 days from the election so I'm going to be busy busy busy.

I'll still be able to post at my first job, but if I haven't posted by 2pm central I'm probably not going to that day. Thanks for understanding and things should be back to normal after Nov 6.


LG Dwarf Warpriest5 l hp 41/47 l AC22 (T13, FF20) l F +7, R +4, W +6, Ini +2 l CMB +3 CMD15 l Minor Blessings 2/3 l Fervor 2/4 l Dorn-Dergar: Reach Dorn-Dergar

Thorek is getting a bit ahead of himself, he'll be the first to conceded that we should Find the camp before we start planning fancy ambushes.


LG Dwarf Warpriest5 l hp 41/47 l AC22 (T13, FF20) l F +7, R +4, W +6, Ini +2 l CMB +3 CMD15 l Minor Blessings 2/3 l Fervor 2/4 l Dorn-Dergar: Reach Dorn-Dergar

So I guess we need to decide if we're going to have a go at attacking, or returning to Hidden Hope to formulate a plan. I vote for the latter.

Could one of our characters create a sketch-map of the camp? And when we head back we should head the wrong direction at first and then hide our trail. I'd hate to be followed back to base!


F Human Archaeologist-5 HP 35/35, AC 18 (T13 F15*), F+2 R+7* W+3, Init+3, Per +8, Luck:11/11 | current:

agree that we need to prep first
what's the point of a militia if they arent here to help :P


Female Human Oracle of Shadow 4
Stats:
HP: 30/30 | AC/T/FF: 14/12/12 | Fort +2 (+4 disease) Ref +3 Will +6 | CMD: 14 | Cloak of Shadows: 4/4

Apologies for my absence lately; have been recovering from an illness.


LG Dwarf Warpriest5 l hp 41/47 l AC22 (T13, FF20) l F +7, R +4, W +6, Ini +2 l CMB +3 CMD15 l Minor Blessings 2/3 l Fervor 2/4 l Dorn-Dergar: Reach Dorn-Dergar

GM, is it okay to assume that Novvi has a +1 dorn-dergar and suit of mswk full plate for Thorek? I'll edit the loot sheet with my trade gear if so.


Female Human Oracle of Shadow 4
Stats:
HP: 30/30 | AC/T/FF: 14/12/12 | Fort +2 (+4 disease) Ref +3 Will +6 | CMD: 14 | Cloak of Shadows: 4/4

A message to all my games:

I apologize for disappearing late last week! I am a freelancer and my work has suddenly and unexpectedly kicked into high gear. On top of that, I’m attempting to apply to graduate programs, and most of those applications are due in early January. I was hoping that I could keep up my posting rate, but between work and the holidays I’m clearly going to slump a little.

If I’m a player in this game, PLEASE feel free to bot me if I haven’t posted in a bit. I really appreciate it.

If I’m the GM, I can only ask for your kind patience. I’ll try to post ASAP to keep us moving.

Sorry, again, for the slightly delayed notice. Things should clear up after the next two weeks.


HP 25/25 | AC 17, T 11, F 16 | F +5, R +3, W +6 | CMB +4, CMD 15 | Init +1 | C.P.E. 4/4; Enlg (5/5); C.T. (5/5) | Male Human Cleric of Erastil 3 | Active: shield other (Thorek)

As a heads-up, I'm going to be traveling to visit family starting tonight and continuing through January 5th. I'll have internet and try to check in when I can, but family is unpredictable so I may disappear for a few days at a time. I don't intend to let it get to the point where I need to be botted, but if I'm holding things up, please do.


F Human Archaeologist-5 HP 35/35, AC 18 (T13 F15*), F+2 R+7* W+3, Init+3, Per +8, Luck:11/11 | current:

safe travels!


Female Human Oracle of Shadow 4
Stats:
HP: 30/30 | AC/T/FF: 14/12/12 | Fort +2 (+4 disease) Ref +3 Will +6 | CMD: 14 | Cloak of Shadows: 4/4

Hi all. Apologies for the delay, more extended than I intended. I am trying to catch up on things, but am trying to read through and evaluate where I can jump back in.

Thanks for your patience!


F Human Archaeologist-5 HP 35/35, AC 18 (T13 F15*), F+2 R+7* W+3, Init+3, Per +8, Luck:11/11 | current:

is that 1 potion each?


Bree Fairchild wrote:
is that 1 potion each?

No. Unfortunately, it's just a single potion for the whole party.


F Human Mesmerist 5 HP 43/43 Fort: +3 Ref: +6 Will: +4/+6 AC:18 Init: 5 Staring At: Spells 5/5 1st 3/3 2nd Tricks 4/4 Used Status:

Would Lesser Restoration be of use? I'm thinking something healing wise to save spell slots.


F Human Archaeologist-5 HP 35/35, AC 18 (T13 F15*), F+2 R+7* W+3, Init+3, Per +8, Luck:11/11 | current:

lesser restoration never hurts. It might be nice to find a spell that we don't otherwise have access to


F Human Mesmerist 5 HP 43/43 Fort: +3 Ref: +6 Will: +4/+6 AC:18 Init: 5 Staring At: Spells 5/5 1st 3/3 2nd Tricks 4/4 Used Status:

Your not wrong. I just can't think of any useful spells that would work fairly well in potion form.


LG Dwarf Warpriest5 l hp 41/47 l AC22 (T13, FF20) l F +7, R +4, W +6, Ini +2 l CMB +3 CMD15 l Minor Blessings 2/3 l Fervor 2/4 l Dorn-Dergar: Reach Dorn-Dergar

A healing or buff effect would be best, I think. Maybe something to boost a casting stat in case we need to Charm a prisoner at some point? Otherwise I think Lesser Restoration is a good bet, it never stops being handy even at higher levels.


M Half-Elf Wizard 3 (Diviner), AC 16, HP 19/20, FRW +2/+3/+4, INIT +9, Party Reward Tracker | NPC Activity Tracker | Personal Gear Tracker | Combat Status Tracker

My vote is Lesser Restoration as well. Thanks!


It seems like the consensus for the Gift is a Potion of Lesser Restoration. You can either add that to the Party Treasury spreadsheet or one of you can choose to hold onto it for now.

Moving forward, did you want to start the next militia week or get started on setting up the ambush/fallback position?


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LG Dwarf Warpriest5 l hp 41/47 l AC22 (T13, FF20) l F +7, R +4, W +6, Ini +2 l CMB +3 CMD15 l Minor Blessings 2/3 l Fervor 2/4 l Dorn-Dergar: Reach Dorn-Dergar

I'd prefer to work on the ambush/fallback spot, then do our raid on the camp since this will presumably be as soon after the Hidden Hope ambush as we can reasonable manage. EDIT: After reading Vayelan's answer in the Gameplay thread I'm okay with setting up the ambush site, but then holding off on the raid. Attacking a supply caravana sounds fun and profitable!

I saved my last Militia Week post in a different folder so I can copy/paste it in here quickly once we're ready. If no one objects I don't mind taking the lead on that aspect of the game.

I might do that for the Hell's Rebels game too, if Cyrioul hasn't already...


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F Human Archaeologist-5 HP 35/35, AC 18 (T13 F15*), F+2 R+7* W+3, Init+3, Per +8, Luck:11/11 | current:

By all means, Thorek. That sounds great.

And yeah, I can deal with a caravan raid. Gives us sort of that Robin Hood feel :)


LG Dwarf Warpriest5 l hp 41/47 l AC22 (T13, FF20) l F +7, R +4, W +6, Ini +2 l CMB +3 CMD15 l Minor Blessings 2/3 l Fervor 2/4 l Dorn-Dergar: Reach Dorn-Dergar

C'mon team, work with me here


F Human Mesmerist 5 HP 43/43 Fort: +3 Ref: +6 Will: +4/+6 AC:18 Init: 5 Staring At: Spells 5/5 1st 3/3 2nd Tricks 4/4 Used Status:

I'm sorry for not posting much. Ive been sick and only recently got over it. I'm going to try posting more regularly.


F Human Archaeologist-5 HP 35/35, AC 18 (T13 F15*), F+2 R+7* W+3, Init+3, Per +8, Luck:11/11 | current:

quick update: I have to travel for the next few days (3/11-3/15) and I'm unsure of internet access. I'll do my best to check in when I can. Please bot me as needed.


I sent a message to Boudra but got no reply. Her player is still active running other games, so this is curious.


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Female Human Oracle of Shadow 4
Stats:
HP: 30/30 | AC/T/FF: 14/12/12 | Fort +2 (+4 disease) Ref +3 Will +6 | CMD: 14 | Cloak of Shadows: 4/4

Hi all. Sorry for the delays, and thanks for the messages of concern. I have been completely swamped at work and unfortunately not able to post much. This game has likely suffered the worst.

While I’d like to say that the worst is behind me, I know that’s unlikely to be true (particularly long-term). If you’d rather I bow out than have an inconsistent poster, I’m fine with that decision. If you’d like me to remain in, I will try to get caught up and start posting again.

Apologies again.


Female Human Oracle of Shadow 4
Stats:
HP: 30/30 | AC/T/FF: 14/12/12 | Fort +2 (+4 disease) Ref +3 Will +6 | CMD: 14 | Cloak of Shadows: 4/4

...I'm happy to read up on things so far, but I was actually expecting people to give me a yes/no answer on that. :P


LG Dwarf Warpriest5 l hp 41/47 l AC22 (T13, FF20) l F +7, R +4, W +6, Ini +2 l CMB +3 CMD15 l Minor Blessings 2/3 l Fervor 2/4 l Dorn-Dergar: Reach Dorn-Dergar

I'm happy to have you stick around, speaking for myself.

If you wanted to add "Botting Instructions" to you profile, maybe that would help things run a little more smoothly when you're not able to post reliable during a combat?


F Human Archaeologist-5 HP 35/35, AC 18 (T13 F15*), F+2 R+7* W+3, Init+3, Per +8, Luck:11/11 | current:

I'd hate to lose you Boudra


Boudra Kellanet wrote:
...I'm happy to read up on things so far, but I was actually expecting people to give me a yes/no answer on that. :P

I thought it would be obvious that we'd want you to stay.


F Human Mesmerist 5 HP 43/43 Fort: +3 Ref: +6 Will: +4/+6 AC:18 Init: 5 Staring At: Spells 5/5 1st 3/3 2nd Tricks 4/4 Used Status:

Same. That's why I didn't reply myself. :p


Female Human Oracle of Shadow 4
Stats:
HP: 30/30 | AC/T/FF: 14/12/12 | Fort +2 (+4 disease) Ref +3 Will +6 | CMD: 14 | Cloak of Shadows: 4/4

Ok, thanks guys! I just didn't want to insert myself when I know I've been gone for so long. ^.^

I'll read up and get a post in now. And yes, I'll try to add botting instructions.


LG Dwarf Warpriest5 l hp 41/47 l AC22 (T13, FF20) l F +7, R +4, W +6, Ini +2 l CMB +3 CMD15 l Minor Blessings 2/3 l Fervor 2/4 l Dorn-Dergar: Reach Dorn-Dergar

So what are we thinking for our ambush/fallback position? Some cover for ourselves and a difficult-terrain "kill zone" would probably be the least work-intensive. Small holes dug over a clearing, sharpened stakes, a tree trunk lying across a berm...

If we could combine it with Entangle or similar magic we'd be in a good place. Prioritize casters & anything with scent to limit their ability to find Hidden Hope for a counterattack. Location...maybe a mile from their camp? Far enough away that we won't be detected easily but close enough to get to before a wolf-rider could run us down?

Whatever we do, I think we should build the ambush spot and then attack that same night so the site doesn't get discovered too soon.


Female Human Oracle of Shadow 4
Stats:
HP: 30/30 | AC/T/FF: 14/12/12 | Fort +2 (+4 disease) Ref +3 Will +6 | CMD: 14 | Cloak of Shadows: 4/4

Agreed on the timing, and yes: somewhere that's easily defended by nature seems like the best bet. Maybe Boudra and someone(s) stealthy can go out scouting for one?


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LG Dwarf Warpriest5 l hp 41/47 l AC22 (T13, FF20) l F +7, R +4, W +6, Ini +2 l CMB +3 CMD15 l Minor Blessings 2/3 l Fervor 2/4 l Dorn-Dergar: Reach Dorn-Dergar

Ooh, dried out creek gully maybe?


Female Human Oracle of Shadow 4
Stats:
HP: 30/30 | AC/T/FF: 14/12/12 | Fort +2 (+4 disease) Ref +3 Will +6 | CMD: 14 | Cloak of Shadows: 4/4

That'd be a good option!


F Human Mesmerist 5 HP 43/43 Fort: +3 Ref: +6 Will: +4/+6 AC:18 Init: 5 Staring At: Spells 5/5 1st 3/3 2nd Tricks 4/4 Used Status:

In fine with that plan.


F Human Archaeologist-5 HP 35/35, AC 18 (T13 F15*), F+2 R+7* W+3, Init+3, Per +8, Luck:11/11 | current:

cool


F Human Archaeologist-5 HP 35/35, AC 18 (T13 F15*), F+2 R+7* W+3, Init+3, Per +8, Luck:11/11 | current:

hey folks, having some computer issues, hope I can clear it up in the next few days. Hope it won't be too long.


LG Dwarf Warpriest5 l hp 41/47 l AC22 (T13, FF20) l F +7, R +4, W +6, Ini +2 l CMB +3 CMD15 l Minor Blessings 2/3 l Fervor 2/4 l Dorn-Dergar: Reach Dorn-Dergar

What if we tried a little Dragonheart and used fire? Pile some brushwood and soak it in oil to corral (or at least reveal) hobgoblins while we shoot them? Use deadfall or dirt piles to block the entrance/exit to the ravine.

I dunno, y'all, seems like it's gonna be a scrap any which way.


Just need to confirm some details.

Will the party launch the raid by day or night?
Will you approach the camp from the east or west? (I have updated the Encounter Map with the camp map)
Will you approach stealthily? In disguise? Direct attack?


LG Dwarf Warpriest5 l hp 41/47 l AC22 (T13, FF20) l F +7, R +4, W +6, Ini +2 l CMB +3 CMD15 l Minor Blessings 2/3 l Fervor 2/4 l Dorn-Dergar: Reach Dorn-Dergar

My understanding was:

Night raid
Approaching along the watchtower side, to rain attacks down on the camp below
Approach stealthily on the approach and then moving fast to the fallback point.

Probably only a few rounds of fighting on the actual raid, enough to kill half a dozen Ironfangs and light some fires, then withdraw to the ambush site.

Any objections to that (group or GM)?


F Human Archaeologist-5 HP 35/35, AC 18 (T13 F15*), F+2 R+7* W+3, Init+3, Per +8, Luck:11/11 | current:

sounds right.

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