[D&D 5e] Eberron - The Dragon Below ala Fabian (Inactive)

Game Master Fabian Benavente

Telling the interactive story of a group of unlikely heroes and their fight against the Dragon Below in Eberron.


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Turn 119 – Nyd Yelled at Artur

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Questions, comments, and/or suggestions?

Game on!


Fabian wrote:
Question: When your PC is at 0 hit points (making death saving throws) and gets healed for X hit points, is his new hit point total X or 1?

Total X. There's no such thing as negative hit points (only massive damage), so if you are at 0 and get healed for 5, you are at 5.


M Sorcerer lvl 6 [AC13 | Saves -1 0 +5 0 +3 +7 | Per +3]

I will heal up to full

Action 1

Veratash didn't understand much about dragons or dragonshards, and he made sure he told Nyd so.

Action 3

Veratash tried communicating with it. After a few attempts, he turned to the others and said "I think this is a very angry spirit. It feels wrong to say this, but I believe we can... direct its fury somewhere or... on someone"


HP: 45 | AC: 16 | Init: +2 | Saves: Str: +0; Dex: +2; Con: +5; Int: +7; Wis: +1; Cha: -1 | Inspiration: [ ] Passive Perception: 12 | Passive Insight: 9 | Passive Investigation: 15 | Spell Slots: 4 (4) / 1 (2) | Current Infusions: Bag of Holding, Replacement Limb

Artur will use his HD to get as close to full as possible.

Action 1:

"Gonna guess he was always a dragon Nyd. I've never heard of anyone spontaneously becoming one." Answered Artur to Nyd's questions.

Action 2:

"Don't think too hard on it Veratash; he either used magic or mundane cohersion to compel her to obey. Any way you cut it, that really wasn't your friend anymore."

Action 3:

"Who you talking to buddy?" asked Artur when Veratash called out 'Hello'.


Elf | HP 39/39 | HD 6/6 | Inspiration 1/3 | Invisibility 0/1 | 1st 0/4 | 2nd 2/3 | 3rd 1/3 | Insp 0 | Active: Prestidigitation
Stats:
AC 18 | Str +0, Dex +6, Con +1, Int -1, Wis +1, Cha +6 | Initiative +3 | Passive Perception 14 & Insight 14, Darkvision 60 ft

Total = X. Heal to full.


male

OOC: busy tonight so will update tomorrow...

Game on!


M Sorcerer lvl 6 [AC13 | Saves -1 0 +5 0 +3 +7 | Per +3]

Action 3

Veratash looked at Artur and said "I think there might be someone trapped in here".


Is there some benefit to not spending healing hp? Not sure how that works. I mean other than not using up class abilities, whats the deal there?

Action 1:

She paced a bit considering Nyd's words, an old song tapping itself out in her head "Legends of my people say true dragons are proud to a fault, caring little for demihumans beyond self-serving manipulation and gathering of treasure. This creature seems to be quite different...Nyd I think you are wise to suspect the shard has changed it somehow, or is obscuring the full truth in some way."

Action 2:

"Quori..? Yes...among my tribe we call them du'ulora, fits of rage that intrude on meditative trances. They would be a potent weapon in many forms. But remember, the loss of identity is a standard of the Kyber tactics...one's self is the very first thing lost in any allegiance or barter."

Action 3:

Zdravko helped Veratash dig a grave, the dirt under her fingernails reminding her of home.


HP: 45 | AC: 16 | Init: +2 | Saves: Str: +0; Dex: +2; Con: +5; Int: +7; Wis: +1; Cha: -1 | Inspiration: [ ] Passive Perception: 12 | Passive Insight: 9 | Passive Investigation: 15 | Spell Slots: 4 (4) / 1 (2) | Current Infusions: Bag of Holding, Replacement Limb

"Do you think it'll help us deal with our dragon problem?"


M Sorcerer lvl 6 [AC13 | Saves -1 0 +5 0 +3 +7 | Per +3]

"Well, it might, if I figure out how to convince it that it should direct its rage at whoever I choose."


HP: 45 | AC: 16 | Init: +2 | Saves: Str: +0; Dex: +2; Con: +5; Int: +7; Wis: +1; Cha: -1 | Inspiration: [ ] Passive Perception: 12 | Passive Insight: 9 | Passive Investigation: 15 | Spell Slots: 4 (4) / 1 (2) | Current Infusions: Bag of Holding, Replacement Limb

"You're a mind mage. Dominate it." suggested Artur as if that was the simplest thing in the world.


Female Shifter Barbarian 6 | AC: 17; Init: +2; Perc: +4 (Passive 14) Darkvision

Heal to full please!

Briar shook her head.

"I know nothing of such things Veratash, this battle is yours alone"

She moved off to stand with Zdravko

"Have your tribe ever faced dragons before? Are there weak spots to aim for?"


M Sorcerer lvl 6 [AC13 | Saves -1 0 +5 0 +3 +7 | Per +3]

In response to Artur, Veratash takes the gem and makes straining faces at it. Then, he nods at Briar.


[HP 38/38| AC15 | Saves +1 +1 +2 +7 +4 -1 | Per +4 ] Wizard 6

Arcana: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (8) + 7 = 15 A quick eloquence check.
Also healing to full.

Overhearing Briar's question, Nyd speaks up.

"I have never encountered a dragon in person, and it was not something I had been prepared for."

Nyd pauses a bit before considering, his tone less sure. "My...'trainers' told me, that in the unlikely event that I should encounter one, to simply ignore it. More specifically it was said, 'Dragons see themselves as separate from other and unless they want something specific from you, they are likely to ignore you.'"

"My own reading and scuttlebutt I have heard indicate that they are proud, possibly to a fault, and grow stronger and larger with age."


M Sorcerer lvl 6 [AC13 | Saves -1 0 +5 0 +3 +7 | Per +3]

Veratash looked down after hearing Nyd; That doesn't really help, Nyd, he thought. But he said nothing. He knew the warforged was only stating what he knew.


male

Turn 120 – The Mound

Read the OOC.

Questions, comments, and/or suggestions?

Game on!


Elf | HP 39/39 | HD 6/6 | Inspiration 1/3 | Invisibility 0/1 | 1st 0/4 | 2nd 2/3 | 3rd 1/3 | Insp 0 | Active: Prestidigitation
Stats:
AC 18 | Str +0, Dex +6, Con +1, Int -1, Wis +1, Cha +6 | Initiative +3 | Passive Perception 14 & Insight 14, Darkvision 60 ft

Short resting, why aren't we full HP? How many HD did it take? I rolled earlier if it mattered

After the minstrel recharges his Prestidigitation, he cleans his clothes magically and thoroughly of the stink of his dragonfear, battle, and swamp. He feels much better and confident. Then, Tharivol searches the area for anything invisible before his magic expires.
Investigation with See Invisible: 1d20 ⇒ 16

Action 3

Down in the lair, the dragonmarked elf unpacks and dons his magic helmet of Comprehend Languages. Then, he carefully translates the hieroglyphics, while the others deal with the victim. He will slowly say them aloud for others to hear and to commit them to memory for potential lyrics.


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Tharivol Galanodel d'Phiarlan wrote:
Short resting, why aren't we full HP? How many HD did it take? I rolled earlier if it mattered

OOC: you are at full HP. You used up some of your healing hit points for the day; you can use these after a short or long rest and they are replenished after a long rest.

If you take another short rest before taking a long rest then you don't have your full allotment of healing hitpoints because you used some already.

Makes sense?

Game on!


Aaaaah, I get it now. Essentially the houserule gives you less hp regen possible: instead of the normal (6d8+con for me) you only get what your actual hp total is (45 here). However, on the flip side it derandomizes the recovered amounts.


Briar wrote:


"Have your tribe ever faced dragons before?"

"Not in my lifetime, no...but there are songs. Songs of fierce wyrm combatants and songs of powerful draconic allies. Legendary weapons and legendary heroes, contained in the verses the mnemonic blueprints to recreate them. In my culture, the tales themselves are the slayer, they themselves are the weakness of dragons: sung in battle by the duur'kala to inspire warriors, if you can understand..."


M Sorcerer lvl 6 [AC13 | Saves -1 0 +5 0 +3 +7 | Per +3]

Action 3

Veratash, now a little more battle tested than when he first came here, didn't act rashly. He said "That's my other companion. His name is Thakashtai. He is very funny and a little more playful than his sister." Accompanied by the others, he carefully approached the strapped man and, before acting, he tried communicating telepathically with him. "Thakashtai, are you there? It's me, Veratash! I'm here to help"

Whether there was a reply or not, he tried removing the crown telepathically and very slowly. He was ready to stop if he felt his friend was in any sort of pain.

Remove crown very slowly using mage hand. Stop if it seems to hurt the victim.


[HP 38/38| AC15 | Saves +1 +1 +2 +7 +4 -1 | Per +4 ] Wizard 6

"Veratash, wait a moment." Nyd says aloud as he notice the spell being cast. "Let us try to determine if the crown is safe to remove before attempting it."

Arcane: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (3) + 7 = 10

Nyd attempts to identify the nature of the stones. Nyd will use a charge from his wand of detect magic to support the effort.

"Tharivol, make sure to break up the chant a little every once in a while. It would not do to activate some sort of ritual."


M Sorcerer lvl 6 [AC13 | Saves -1 0 +5 0 +3 +7 | Per +3]

Upon prompted, Veratash waited as instructed.


HP: 45 | AC: 16 | Init: +2 | Saves: Str: +0; Dex: +2; Con: +5; Int: +7; Wis: +1; Cha: -1 | Inspiration: [ ] Passive Perception: 12 | Passive Insight: 9 | Passive Investigation: 15 | Spell Slots: 4 (4) / 1 (2) | Current Infusions: Bag of Holding, Replacement Limb

Action 3:

Artur activated his gauntlet shield and drew his pistol before moving down into the mound. He swept his pistol from left to right and checking every corner until it was clear that the area was empty.

Sheathing his pistol, he collapsed his shield and took a look around. Opting for the lab, Artur decided to Veratash and Nyd deal with the prisoner situation while he looked for any kind of lab journal or writing.

Investigation: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (16) + 7 = 23


Female Shifter Barbarian 6 | AC: 17; Init: +2; Perc: +4 (Passive 14) Darkvision

Briar shook her head and gave Zdravko a brief smile

"Whilst I am intrigued, I'm not sure that I do understand, but thank you for the lesson"

She kept a wary eye on both Veratash's friend and Artur as he moved around investigating.


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Turn 121 - Thakashtai

Read the OOC.

Questions, comments, and/or suggestions?

Game on!


Int save: 1d20 ⇒ 10

The goblin raised an eyebrow for a moment as the strange words were recited, then nodded "Ah, of course...the color of taste, I see what you're saying."


M Sorcerer lvl 6 [AC13 | Saves -1 0 +5 0 +3 +7 | Per +3]

Int save: 1d20 ⇒ 18


Elf | HP 39/39 | HD 6/6 | Inspiration 1/3 | Invisibility 0/1 | 1st 0/4 | 2nd 2/3 | 3rd 1/3 | Insp 0 | Active: Prestidigitation
Stats:
AC 18 | Str +0, Dex +6, Con +1, Int -1, Wis +1, Cha +6 | Initiative +3 | Passive Perception 14 & Insight 14, Darkvision 60 ft

Int: 1d20 - 1 ⇒ (16) - 1 = 15

"Well, this author is certainly crazy. But, they will certainly make for interesting lyrics. Did anyone else find anything interesting?" The elven minstrel remains ignorant of the confusion.


M Sorcerer lvl 6 [AC13 | Saves -1 0 +5 0 +3 +7 | Per +3]

Action 2

Seeing his friend gave Veratash enough resolve to brush off the weirdness of the wall text. He said "Certainly there are more interesting to think about than this."

Action 3

Holding his breath, Veratash said "Nyd, can you dispel this enchantment? He is suffering!" He awaited anxiously for an answer.


HP: 45 | AC: 16 | Init: +2 | Saves: Str: +0; Dex: +2; Con: +5; Int: +7; Wis: +1; Cha: -1 | Inspiration: [ ] Passive Perception: 12 | Passive Insight: 9 | Passive Investigation: 15 | Spell Slots: 4 (4) / 1 (2) | Current Infusions: Bag of Holding, Replacement Limb

Action 1:

Not finding any notes, Artur joined Tharivol at the writing and asked "What specifically does it say?"

Action 3:
As the tortured man wearing the crown began writhing and grunting, Artur stomped over to him and put him in a sleeper hold, choking him until he passed out.

"Briar, keep him unconscious until we can figure out how to free him." Artur said.


[HP 38/38| AC15 | Saves +1 +1 +2 +7 +4 -1 | Per +4 ] Wizard 6

"I might, might, be able to temporarily be ablt to disable the device's active effect with Counterspell. If so, we may have a limited amount of time to remove it."

Nyd looks pensive as he examines the crown. "I fear for the condition of your friend's mind however, and I am not sure who, or what, will be freed by removing the crown."

Arcana: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (6) + 7 = 13


HP: 45 | AC: 16 | Init: +2 | Saves: Str: +0; Dex: +2; Con: +5; Int: +7; Wis: +1; Cha: -1 | Inspiration: [ ] Passive Perception: 12 | Passive Insight: 9 | Passive Investigation: 15 | Spell Slots: 4 (4) / 1 (2) | Current Infusions: Bag of Holding, Replacement Limb

While Nyd considers the enchantment on Veratash's friend, Artur examines the enchantment on the device itself.

Arcana: 1d20 + 1d4 + 7 ⇒ (14) + (3) + 7 = 24


M Sorcerer lvl 6 [AC13 | Saves -1 0 +5 0 +3 +7 | Per +3]

Veratash waited impatiently for his companion's examination of the device, like a mother waiting for the medical procedure on her child.


Female Shifter Barbarian 6 | AC: 17; Init: +2; Perc: +4 (Passive 14) Darkvision

Briar watched the situation progress, hand tight around her glaive. She met Liti's gaze and they took opposite positions, Briar by Thakashtai and Liti across the room.

"I fear I lack your finesse with the whole unconscious thing, if he wakes I will punch him, not too hard. Hopefully that will do the trick..."

She stared at the dazed man as Nyd and the others continued working.


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Turn 122 – No Finesse

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Questions, comments, and/or suggestions?

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Zdravko shook her head disappointingly "We were too late...the Khyber have taken him...at least that part that made who he was. Even if we could find a mind cure outright, who knows what strange tricks and traps have already been embedded within...we either kill him, or find an asylum with powerful wardens..." she paces a moment "Briar, would the Gatekeepers be willing to nurse one such as he in a sacred place?"


Female Shifter Barbarian 6 | AC: 17; Init: +2; Perc: +4 (Passive 14) Darkvision

Briar nodded slowly at Zdravko

"If he can travel to an enclave he can be cared for. And this would be for the best as if his mind is gone, corrupted, he may prove dangerous in more than the obvious ways"

She glanced around

"If this means I must carry him then it might be kinder to all if we move now before he wakes again..."


M Sorcerer lvl 6 [AC13 | Saves -1 0 +5 0 +3 +7 | Per +3]

Veratash thought about Zdravko and Briar's words and said "Thank you for your words. I never knew his family apart from Sorashana, but I imagine they wouldn't want to see him like this."

With his head held up high, he said in a serious tone "Dah'mir wanted to experiment on kalashtar, as if we were rabid dogs. The experiment had three subjects and three different results. Thakashtai was the one who suffered the most. A kalashtar's life is defined by their connection to their Quori spirit, and I'm completely sure Dah'mir exploited that." He paused feeling the weight of his own words. It took him courage to continue his line of thought.

He said "To live without their own mind is to not live as a kalashtar, and I cannot imagine greater pain. And I feel the most honorable thing to do for Thakashtai is to spare him that pain. I now know what I must do. I do not ask understanding from you, but I expect you all to respect that this is my decision. And my resolve. Please leave me alone with him."

He waited for the others' reaction.

If everyone leaves them alone:

Veratash whispered to Thakashtai's right ear "You deserved so much more than this, my friend. I will avenge you and Sorashana. I promise you that much."

He, then, pulled out his dagger and slashed Thakashtai's throat open. He looked away as his friend's body died by his hand. Afterwards, he searches for some means to cremate him.

Returning to the others, he said "It is done. I will hunt down Dah'mir until the end of the world. It would be unwise to try to stop me.", with his fist clenched.


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OOC: I'm not sure I asked this before but has everyone updated their PC sheets with the level up info? Please do so and let me know so I can updated my spreadsheets.

Questions?

Game on!


M Sorcerer lvl 6 [AC13 | Saves -1 0 +5 0 +3 +7 | Per +3]

Can't speak for everyone, but I have.


[HP 38/38| AC15 | Saves +1 +1 +2 +7 +4 -1 | Per +4 ] Wizard 6

I should be up to date too.

Once the crown is off, and seeing the results, Nyd will wander off to where he feels he can do something, most likely studying the runes in the first room.

Arcana: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (9) + 7 = 16


HP: 45 | AC: 16 | Init: +2 | Saves: Str: +0; Dex: +2; Con: +5; Int: +7; Wis: +1; Cha: -1 | Inspiration: [ ] Passive Perception: 12 | Passive Insight: 9 | Passive Investigation: 15 | Spell Slots: 4 (4) / 1 (2) | Current Infusions: Bag of Holding, Replacement Limb

I have as well.


Mines all set

Zdravko nods in understanding, leaving at once to let Veratash eliminate the husk of his companion.


Elf | HP 39/39 | HD 6/6 | Inspiration 1/3 | Invisibility 0/1 | 1st 0/4 | 2nd 2/3 | 3rd 1/3 | Insp 0 | Active: Prestidigitation
Stats:
AC 18 | Str +0, Dex +6, Con +1, Int -1, Wis +1, Cha +6 | Initiative +3 | Passive Perception 14 & Insight 14, Darkvision 60 ft

Profile done

"Poor guy," Tharivol says while silently celebrating that he doesn't share the same fate. He continues to sweep the lair for useful things.

Investigation: 1d20 ⇒ 8


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Turn 123 – Empty Kalashtar

Read the OOC.

Questions, comments, and/or suggestions?

Game on!

rolls:

Artur insight: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (20) + 1 = 21
Briar insight: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (11) + 1 = 12
Nyd insight: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (6) + 1 = 7
Tharivol insight: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (1) + 4 = 5
Veratash insight: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (4) + 6 = 10
Zdravko insight: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (5) + 3 = 8


HP: 45 | AC: 16 | Init: +2 | Saves: Str: +0; Dex: +2; Con: +5; Int: +7; Wis: +1; Cha: -1 | Inspiration: [ ] Passive Perception: 12 | Passive Insight: 9 | Passive Investigation: 15 | Spell Slots: 4 (4) / 1 (2) | Current Infusions: Bag of Holding, Replacement Limb

Action 1:

Artur left without comment, glad he was spared the need to lead Veratash to this exact decision.

Action 2:

Artur then returned to the written information Tharivol was translating. Artur was sure that somewhere in this entire rambling there was an explanation of the intended experiement and hypothesis...Wait, was that an alusion to...

"Repeat that part please" Artur said, then added "Wait, how would that even work? What the hell would a..."

Tossing off his pack, Artur rummaged for a slate and began to take notes.

"Okay, I think I know what's going on here..." He then went on to explain what he had discovered.

Arcana for knowledge about dragons re: Hall of the Revered: 1d20 + 1d4 + 7 ⇒ (1) + (3) + 7 = 11


Female Shifter Barbarian 6 | AC: 17; Init: +2; Perc: +4 (Passive 14) Darkvision

Have now updated Briar's stats. Liti has gone from CR 2 to 3, does that affect her stats out of interest?

Action 1

Briar paused at Veratash's words and stared fr just a moment, then nodded silently and gently lay Thakashtai down on the bed.

She placed one hand on Veratash's shoulder

"You are a brave man, we will be close by."

She moved off to wait.

Action 2

Briar's brow furrowed.

"If there are Bonetree hunter prisoners, or those who knew them, we can ask them where their hunters went?"

She shrugged

"I can ask Batul if he has heard of the location, perhaps I will do that whilst the rest of you squint at the scratches on the wall, such is ill suited to my temperament. Come Liti!"

The weasel sniffed the wall then hissed at it, before loping off in Briar's wake.


M Sorcerer lvl 6 [AC13 | Saves -1 0 +5 0 +3 +7 | Per +3]

Action 1

"I know you will", Veratash replied to Briar.

Action 2

Impressed at how Artur managed to put together some sense into those writings, Veratash noticed that he had been too preoccupied with Thakashtai to try. "What is there to the east?" Without waiting for an answer, Veratash looked around for what might pass for said 'treasure' brought back.

Investigation: 1d20 ⇒ 1

D'oh


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Briar  wrote:
Have now updated Briar's stats. Liti has gone from CR 2 to 3, does that affect her stats out of interest?

OOC: Yeah, let's give her +1 AC, +8 hp, +1 on skills, +1 to hit, and +2 on damage

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