Ærde: Lost and Found in the City of Wonders

Game Master Jibril Johan Sameh

On the north western edge of Al Aimtidad, the anvil desert, sits the jewel of the world, the city of Zhayalammar. It is the ancient city of invention, horror, passion, and sorcery.

The Narrative * City Map * Roll20 * Character Status * Lands Around Zhayalahmar * Known Power Groups * Gossamer House * Current Map * The Scoreboard


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Human Draconic Sorcerer/3 | HP 20/20 | Init +2 | AC14/F12/T13 | Mage armor AC18 | F+2 R+3 W+3 | Perc +4 SM +0 | Active Conditions: Mage Armor | Spells per day: 1st 2/6 | Claws: 6/7rounds | SMB 7; SMD 17

Zahra - Rnd2:

As Zahra pushed through the resistance of the mirror's surface, she couldn't help but think how differently the body experienced magical barriers and effects. Thankfully passing through the mirror was nothing as startling as traveling to the opera back home.

She didn't know what to expect but she knew enough from how the rope had reacted to Tymythy's weight that she better have a strong grip on her only life line, the rope. She felt the tug of gravity downwards and held tighter to the rope.

climb: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (9) + 1 = 10

She started off by clutching the rope and looking around with her first instinct looking down to see how far she could fall should her grasp fail. She caught sight of Tymythy down below and felt relief that she wasn't sent somewhere different than he was. She slowly started her descent to follow. Her hand slipped slightly on the rope giving a burning sensation and she hoped that her hands would survive this climb. "Tymythy! You shouldn't go alone. I'm coming to help but you need to tell me what I'm helping with."


Human Ranger 2 / Fighter 1 | HP: 29/29 | AC: 16 (13 Tch, 13 Fl) | CMD: 16 | F: +7 R: +5 W: +1 | Init: +3 | Perc: +7 SM: +1 | SMB: +3, SMD: 14

Tymythy and Zahra, turn 3:

’Zahra al Asmar’ wrote:
"Tymythy! You shouldn't go alone. I'm coming to help but you need to tell me what I'm helping with."

”I have absolutely no idea!” Tymyhty called back. ”There is no key here after all – what I saw was another silvery thing, like the one we found in the statue’s mouth at the end of the previous challenge! But since I’m already down here, I’m going for it! If you want to follow, note that the rope won’t reach all the way down! We’ll need to jump from the table to catch its end and haul ourselves up!”

What Zahra can do… Dunno. If there is a trap here, by the silvery thingey, Tymyhty could spot it, but only Dounia can do anything about it if there is one. And if it’s magic… we aren’t high enough level to even begin to attempt dispelling anything. I’d suggest you hang up there and come down only if needed, or perhaps stick your head through the portal if we need to call for help of the trap disarming kind.


Cairee Round 2:

Cairee was already halfway to the mirror when Dounia sprinted by and grabbed on to the rope. There wasn't really room for Cairee to as well. "But how will we pull them up?" And would they be able to, even if they both had a good grip?

She didn't have time to worry about that though. A hand burst through the mirror and moments later Tymythy was back! Cairee rushed closer to hug him.

Corey wrote:
"How long was I in that damnable place!" He looked Dounia in the eye and he was clearly confused but he seemed to be getting his bearings. "Quickly! We must undo the rope!" He grabbed at the piton.

Cairee's attempted hug shifted as she grabbed at his hand on the piton.

"No! Zahra will fall!" She cried. But wait a minute. Zahra just went through the mirror. How could he have climbed up with her at the top? She would have blocked his way. Or if (please Saiph no) she had fallen, there was no way Tymythy would have left her.

Was this Tymythy? Cairee kept her hand on his and studied his face. Perhaps he was a reflection of their friend. A trick of the room, sent to hurt them.

Perception: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (11) + 5 = 16 Looking for physical signs it isn't Tymythy. Is he left handed instead of right handed, a freckle on the wrong cheek, etc?
Sense Motive: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (9) + 7 = 16


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GMs rolls:

B?: 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (12) + 13 = 25
D?: 1d20 + 29 ⇒ (19) + 29 = 48


HP 24/24 | AC 16/14/12 | F+3/R+6/W+2 | CMB +1, CMD 15 | Acro 10, climb 5, DD 13, EA 10, Init 6, Perc 7, SoH 8, SM 1, Stealth 10, Surv 8

Dounia round 2:
perception: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (18) + 7 = 25

Instinctively Dounia went to help with the piton, then stopped as Tymythy's words registered. "What do you mean? You've only been gone for 10 seconds! And Zahra just went in after you! What's happening in there!"

She stared at Tymythy, trying to figure out if this was a trick of some sort.


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Cairee and Dounia - rnd2:

Cairee, please make a CMB roll to try to stop Tymythy from pulling at the piton. Dounia may aid. We will consider this a grapple roll though you're really trying to grab his hands away.


Cairee and Dounia - rnd2:

CMB: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (16) + 2 = 18

Cairee tried to study Tymythy's face. If this was a copy, it was remarkable. Only a few seconds had passed - not enough to see if he was acting like himself. Except his focus on the rope. Cairee grabbed his hands and tried to pull them away.

"Tymythy, stop! Zahra is on the rope. Talk to us, tell us what you saw."


HP 24/24 | AC 16/14/12 | F+3/R+6/W+2 | CMB +1, CMD 15 | Acro 10, climb 5, DD 13, EA 10, Init 6, Perc 7, SoH 8, SM 1, Stealth 10, Surv 8

aid cmb: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (4) + 1 = 5 grrrr. I hope your role was good enough.


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Remember to post as spoilers please


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Tymythy and Zahra:

The silver tube

Top of round 3
Zahra could see Tymythy far beneath her. He was standing on the table, poised to hop off and grab the silver tube. It was just hanging there. Or ... was there something else? Some unseen or unknown trick?

Tymythy could see the door. It was a perfect copy of the other. But this door had no key hole.

Everyone please roll for initiative so I can get and idea of what happens first.


Initiative: 1d20 + 0 ⇒ (9) + 0 = 9


Human Draconic Sorcerer/3 | HP 20/20 | Init +2 | AC14/F12/T13 | Mage armor AC18 | F+2 R+3 W+3 | Perc +4 SM +0 | Active Conditions: Mage Armor | Spells per day: 1st 2/6 | Claws: 6/7rounds | SMB 7; SMD 17

Tymythy and Zahra:

initiative: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (17) + 2 = 19

Zahra watched Tymythy from above, not liking any of the options. If she went to join him then she'd probably never get back out because she wasn't athletic enough to jump the required distance. If she didn't join Tymythy and something happened to him, she'd never forgive herself.

It all seemed almost too easy, too easy like maybe it was a trap. She couldn't help but think about the dwarves losing one of their own because of a pit they didn't know about.

"Are you sure it's safe?", she yelled down. Zahra did the only thing she could from up above, she focused on their surroundings. She looked for anything unusual and searched for any signs of the presence of magic.

Casting Detect Magic

perception: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (19) + 4 = 23


HP 24/24 | AC 16/14/12 | F+3/R+6/W+2 | CMB +1, CMD 15 | Acro 10, climb 5, DD 13, EA 10, Init 6, Perc 7, SoH 8, SM 1, Stealth 10, Surv 8

init: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (8) + 6 = 14


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GMs rolls:

Tymythy's init: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (20) + 1 = 21
Zahra's init: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (18) + 1 = 19
Tymythy's str to remove piton DC23: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (19) + 4 = 23
?: 1d100 ⇒ 86

Cairee and Dounia - rnd2:

Cairee grabbed Tymythy's wrists and tried to pull him away but he was too strong. He was Too Strong! As strong as anyone she'd ever met. His grip was steely. His arms were like iron. Dounia jumped in and tried to help but the two together couldn't get the young warrior away from the spike.

The piton was beginning to wiggle.


Human Ranger 2 / Fighter 1 | HP: 29/29 | AC: 16 (13 Tch, 13 Fl) | CMD: 16 | F: +7 R: +5 W: +1 | Init: +3 | Perc: +7 SM: +1 | SMB: +3, SMD: 14

Init: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (14) + 3 = 17 More later...


Human Ranger 2 / Fighter 1 | HP: 29/29 | AC: 16 (13 Tch, 13 Fl) | CMD: 16 | F: +7 R: +5 W: +1 | Init: +3 | Perc: +7 SM: +1 | SMB: +3, SMD: 14

Tymyhty and Zahra:

Actually, let’s try to find a bit of time…

’Zahra al Asmar’ wrote:
"Are you sure it's safe?"

”I can’t see anything! Except that the door is a fake!” Tymyhty hollered back, feeling the sheer strangeness of the place rattling his nerves all the worse now that he wasn’t immersed in the physical activity of sliding down the rope. ”I don’t like this place, so I’ll just take it and hope! You hop on over and tell Cairee and Dounia we are coming back! And that I might appreciate a lift,” he said, weighting his options for only a moment before making up his mind. There might be a trap here… but if there was, he could not hope to defuse it. But in case there were more of those poison needles from before… Tymyhty quickly drew a knife and took out his money pouch – of thick leather – and hooked the silvery tube from its resting place with the knife, dropped it into the pouch without touching it with his naked skin, then put away both, looked around, calculating, and burst into action.

Assuming getting the tube counts as one action, I hope Tymyhty can get back on the rope on the second. If not, the rest goes for the next round.

Climb to get back on the rope: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (13) + 6 = 19

Tymyhty launched himself at the wall, using the height of the table as a starting point to his advantage to get high enough to get a temporary foothold for himself from the top of the fake door’s frame as from the image the frame seems to extend a little bit out of the wall, then kicked away instantly before he could lose all his momentum, reaching with his arms to grap the rope hanging above the table.


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Cairee and Dounia - top of rnd3:

Tymythy heaved and the piton came free of the wall then whipped into the mirror like it was being pulled! He stood up and as he did a hand emerged from the mirror behind him. It grabbed the frame and pulled itself into the room. It was Zahra!

She looked confused for a second and then saw Tymythy's spear at the far end of the room and ran for it. She only made it ten feet before the world shifted!

The flames coming from the sconces flikered and started burning towards the mirror. The wall with the table became the floor.

Zahra ref save DC15: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (13) + 5 = 18
Tymythy climb DC10: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (20) + 4 = 24
Cairee and Dounia - please make a climb check DC10 to grab onto the frame of the mirror or fall 50'

Tymythy grabbed the mirror frame while Zahra leapt at the last minute to grab the top sconce on the side wall.

Tymythy and Zahra - top of rnd3:

Sorry, Tymythy. I need to interupt your round.
Tymythy's reflex save vs DC15: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (17) + 5 = 22 Tymythy reaches the tube before Zahra falls the full 50'.

Zahra could feel a jolt from the rope and then a rush of panic as the rope end and piton fell through the mirror. She began to fall! Tymythy hopped off the table and grabbed the key.

That's when the world shifted.

The key triggered a gravity switch. The wall Zahra was close to became the floor (The copy surface to the floor on the other side) but she still had momentum as she hit and tumbled another ten feet. A miracle!

Tymythy found himself falling sideways and hit the new ground.

Zahra - please make an acrobatics roll. Beat a DC20 for no damage. Beat a DC15 for half. Fail and take full for a 20' drop.
fall damage(non-lethal): 1d6 ⇒ 1 + fall damage(lethal): 1d6 ⇒ 5 You are prone and 40' from the mirror. 20' from Tymythy. You did not have time to cast detect magic so you have a full round of actions.[/ooc]

Tymythy - roll acrobatics DC15 means you take no damage and are not prone. Failure means you take 1d6non-lethal and are prone. You grabbed the key so you have one standard or move action left.

Holy moly this is a juggling act


Cairee & Dounia Round 3:

Corey wrote:
Cairee grabbed Tymythy's wrists and tried to pull him away but he was too strong. He was Too Strong! As strong as anyone she'd ever met. His grip was steely. His arms were like iron. Tymythy heaved and the piton came free of the wall then whipped into the mirror like it was being pulled! He stood up and as he did a hand emerged from the mirror behind him. It grabbed the frame and pulled itself into the room. It was Zahra!

"Tymythy stop, talk to us!" Cairee cried as she tried uselessly to pull him away from the piton. He was so strong! He pulled the piton out of the wall and the rope snapped back. "No! Zahra!!" she cried. She tried to grab the rope, but it was already gone.

Another hand emerged from the mirror and Zahra pulled herself into the room. It didn't make any sense. If she was on the rope, she would have fallen. She wouldn't ignore the others and run for Tymythy's spear. Neither were acting like themselves. Before Cairee could do anything the room started to shift. Unbelievably, they were suddenly on the ceiling, and the table was the floor. Cairee screamed as she scrambled to hang on to the mirror's frame.

climb: 1d20 + 0 ⇒ (4) + 0 = 4 ouch!

Too late. She was falling!

If allowed while falling. If not, nvrmind, if she survives I'm sure she'll have some healing to do next round:
Without thinking, Cairee started praying. "par Twod Ahs," she muttered as she snapped her fingers towards Zahra, clinging to the sconce.

Assuming she'd need a Concentration check?: 1d20 + 3 + 3 ⇒ (14) + 3 + 3 = 20


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Cairee and Dounia - rnd3:

Normally, you can only roll acrobatics to reduce damage when you do a controlled fall but the switch in gravity isn't immediate, there is a second of warning so I'm allowing a roll
Cairee's acrobatics vs DC15: 1d20 + 0 ⇒ (20) + 0 = 20
Well ... no damage for the first 10' and 1/2 damage for the second
Cairee (fall damage): 6d6 ⇒ (3, 4, 5, 1, 5, 6) = 24 -3 and -2 for a result of 19hpd

Cairee plummeted.

She miraculously managed to wheel her body around and got to watch the floor come up to meet her. Putting her arms and legs out, she smashed into the table. It absorbed her fall and collapsed as she coughed up a mouth-full of blood. Her lungs burnt and she couldn't feel her arms and legs as the adrenaline hit her and an involuntary laugh came out of her throat.

You can only spell cast during a fall if you are falling 500' or more, or, if the casting time is immediate (as with Feather Fall)


Human Ranger 2 / Fighter 1 | HP: 29/29 | AC: 16 (13 Tch, 13 Fl) | CMD: 16 | F: +7 R: +5 W: +1 | Init: +3 | Perc: +7 SM: +1 | SMB: +3, SMD: 14

Tymythy and Zahra - top of rnd3:

Did I do an oopsie? I fear I mighta have done one…

Also, RIP my little parkour sequence, and I was kinda happy with it. Oh well, retcon takes what it wills ;^)

Acrobatics: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (5) + 5 = 10
Damage, nonlethal: 1d6 ⇒ 6

The moment the key came off its hook the whole world around them took a breath and rolled on its side, catching Tymyhty completely by surprise. He tried to catch his balance but the effort was futile, as his mind had not had time to comprehend the way the gravity was suddenly pulling at him before he made contact with the new “floor”, the impact knocking the breath out of his lungs.

Last action to stand up, I guess.


HP 24/24 | AC 16/14/12 | F+3/R+6/W+2 | CMB +1, CMD 15 | Acro 10, climb 5, DD 13, EA 10, Init 6, Perc 7, SoH 8, SM 1, Stealth 10, Surv 8

Dounia Rd 3:
Dounia stopped trying to hinder Tymythy, and the rope quickly fell away. Then Zahra was there! "Zahra! Dounia grabbed her hand to help her out, but the sorceress shook her off and was running for the spear? Why hadn't Tymythy taken it with him? What was happening? "Hey! Talk to us! What's going on?!!!" Dounia stamped her foot with frustration.

Then gravity shifted. Dounia grabbed desperately for the frame of the mirror. Her reflexes served her well, and soon she was haning 50 feet in the air. But Cairee was falling! "No!" she screamed, reaching one arm to grab the cleric, but she was too late.

climb: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (14) + 5 = 19

Yay! I remembered to use spoilers!! Where's my medal?


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Cairee and Dounia - rnd3:

Thank you for spoiling spoiler'ing
Correction - it's 60' to the floor
You have an action left as you and Tymythy hang from the mirror's frame


Cairee and Dounia - rnd3:

19dmg! Cairee only has 21 hit points. Yikes! Sadly feather fall isn't a cleric spell :(

It only took a few seconds for Cairee to smash into the table. Everything went numb as blood flowed from her mouth and her vision blurred. She was vaguely aware that she was about to pass out, and almost welcomed the comfort of unconsciousness. But Dounia hadn't splatted beside her, which meant she was probably still hanging from the ceiling. Everything was awful. Her friends needed her. Cairee managed to slide her left hand up to her pendant, and barely muttered a few sounds. "Please...Saiph...."

Channel Energy: 2d6 ⇒ (2, 2) = 4

The pressure on her chest subsided a little and she could breath a little easier. She tried to turn her head, ignoring the bone-on-bone crunch that accompanied the motion, to see where everyone else was.


Human Draconic Sorcerer/3 | HP 20/20 | Init +2 | AC14/F12/T13 | Mage armor AC18 | F+2 R+3 W+3 | Perc +4 SM +0 | Active Conditions: Mage Armor | Spells per day: 1st 2/6 | Claws: 6/7rounds | SMB 7; SMD 17

Tymythy and Zahra - Rnd3:

Fear and confusion gripped Zahra as her literal lifeline fell through the mirror. A scream erupted from her throat as she began to plummet to the ground.

Her confusion built as the room shifted around her as she fell. How she wished she could channel her ancestor Silimiel and grow wings.

acrobatics: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (6) + 2 = 8
full damage it is :(

However, Zahra was no cat and she couldn't twist her body in time to soften her landing. Her scream ended abruptly as she hit the wall/floor very hard. The part of her mind not overwhelmed with pain was very aware that the shift in gravity saved her life as the fall was no longer deadly. Maybe Silimiel was watching over her after all because it was nothing short of miraculous that her fall became survivable...barely.

Zahra wanted to lay there in a heap and cry but she had enough presence of mind to recognize that she didn't have that luxury. Tymythy and her were now trapped unless the magic of the mirror was still functioning.

With a lot of effort, a groan, and a gasp of pain, Zahra pushed herself into a sitting position and then unsteadily got to her feet. It hurt to breathe but she had to focus. She spoke the needed arcane words to channel her internal power and looked for magical auras. Specifically, she needed to know if the mirror was still reading as magical. But she also needed to know if there were any other options or threats.

will cast Detect Magic now if possible

She took some wobbly steps towards Tymythy, "We need to get back to the others."


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Zahra - rnd3:

The Mirror still has magic emanating from it.


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Tymythy and Zahra - top of rnd4:

Both Tymythy and Zahra clambered to their feet, Tymythy beneath the (now sideways) door, and Zahra twenty feet from him. They were ok. A little worse for wear but alive and unhampered. The room was now sideways. The flames issued from the sconces and burned sideways and parallel to the mirror. The rope was still attached to the piton and it lay on the floor like a like crazy snake.

Tymythy is 55' from the mirror and five feet from the back wall. Zahra is 35' from the mirror and twenty feet from Tymythy.


Human Ranger 2 / Fighter 1 | HP: 29/29 | AC: 16 (13 Tch, 13 Fl) | CMD: 16 | F: +7 R: +5 W: +1 | Init: +3 | Perc: +7 SM: +1 | SMB: +3, SMD: 14

Tymythy and Zahra, round 4:

’Zahra al Asmar’ wrote:
She took some wobbly steps towards Tymythy, "We need to get back to the others."

The piton the rope was attached to is now on this side of the mirror gate?

”Agreed,” Tymyhty groaned as he picked up the end of the rope and began coiling it as he hurried towards Zahra and the mirror. "That hurt, by the way... are you well?" It took him a moment to realize something was wrong with it – as he pulled on the rope there was a clatter of metal on stone ahead, and as he raised his eyes he saw the piton the rope had been attached bouncing gaily at him with every pull of the rope.

”It wouldn’t have come loose on its own,” he voices his thoughts before realizing he had spoken aloud. He looked Zahra in the eyes, feeling a new anxiety kindle into flame in his chest. ”Someone would have had to really pry it out of where Dounia hammered it in.” He had no idea what this new development signified, but he didn’t like it one bit.

”I fear I have done a grave mistake, but we can lament it later. If the gravity shifted here with the removal of the tube… I wonder if something happened on the other side?” Not that he believed a mere gravity shift – Ha! Natural order of the world turned on his head and he could now make light of it? – would have tugged the piton loose, not without any real weight on the rope, as Zahra had fallen from it sideways, and barely tugged at the anchoring point.

”Can you push through the mirror to see what happens on the other side? Just don’t go too far – on the way here the mirror didn’t try to such us in, so I hope it won’t now either… but just in case, here’s the harness. Put it on and I’ll anchor you.”

So… rush to Zahra, offer her the harness on the end of the rope Dounia fashioned, and if she is willing, keep the rope tight so that she won’t fall through, in case we weren’t the only part of the group to have the world take a tumble.


HP 24/24 | AC 16/14/12 | F+3/R+6/W+2 | CMB +1, CMD 15 | Acro 10, climb 5, DD 13, EA 10, Init 6, Perc 7, SoH 8, SM 1, Stealth 10, Surv 8

Dounia:
It's driving me crazy that we're all apparently in the same room, but we're still separated by spoilers. What the hell is happening!!!!

Dounia thought frantically while swinging from the mirror frame, 60 feet up. Cairee was whimpering on the ground, so she was still alive. But they might not be so lucky if they fell. Think! The rope is gone on the other side. Zahra has another in her bag. If I can get to her, I could tie it off, then maybe throw it to Tymythy...

Dounia called out, "Hold on, Cairee, I'm coming!" She walked her hands along the rim of the mirror until she was closer to the wall with the sconces. She stared at the distance, and began to swing her body. When she judged she had the arc just right, she let go, twisted, and reached out to grab the sconce on her way down.

acrobatics best of 2: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (7) + 10 = 17
acrobatics best of 2: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (4) + 10 = 14

Aiming for the one above Zahra if possible, below her if she's on the closest one.


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Dounia and Cairee - rnd3:

Here is a map of the room. I hope it makes sense. The mirror is at the top. The sconces are red dots on the right hand wall and are 15' apart (one at 15' one at 30', one at 45', the ceiling is 15' above that).

Dounia - your acrobatics roll is good enough to get you to the wall but you'll have to catch yourself. If you wan't to jump to the middle sconce it will be a climb DC25 (the wall DC+10). If you want to grab part of Zahra it will be climb DC15. This is a remarkable maneuver you're attempting. Expect extra arena points!

Room map


HP 24/24 | AC 16/14/12 | F+3/R+6/W+2 | CMB +1, CMD 15 | Acro 10, climb 5, DD 13, EA 10, Init 6, Perc 7, SoH 8, SM 1, Stealth 10, Surv 8

Dounia question:
Ah, cool map! Do you mean DC 15 to grab onto Zahra herself, or her sconce? Since I assume this isn't Shari's Zahra, can I communicate with her? Can she try to catch my arm? Or do I assume she's not responsive. (Since Tymythy isn't answering us). Ideally I'd like to be on the same sconce as her, but don't want to risk knocking her off.


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Dounia:

She isn't paying attention to you and is concentrating on her descent. You can call out to her and hope she responds but we're talking about half a round to make a decision, call out, and jump. She does seem to have a remarkable grip on the sconce. I'm going to say that the sconce is too small for two people to grab.


Human Draconic Sorcerer/3 | HP 20/20 | Init +2 | AC14/F12/T13 | Mage armor AC18 | F+2 R+3 W+3 | Perc +4 SM +0 | Active Conditions: Mage Armor | Spells per day: 1st 2/6 | Claws: 6/7rounds | SMB 7; SMD 17

Tymythy and Zahra, Rnd4:

Zahra gave an unconvincing smile, "I've never been better. I just need a moment to walk it off."

The young woman frowned, "The rope came loose before you grabbed the tube. I can't imagine either Cairee or Dounia releasing it unless they're in trouble or they thought we were and that in some weird way, they were saving us. I fear the former, that they're in trouble. The mirror is still magical so the shift in the room didn't alter that."

She quickly scanned the rest of the room, "I can't see anything else of note here so our best bet is to go back through the mirror. Did we want to secure the piton on this side to anchor us and take our chances? I'm not sure if we can just push our heads through the mirror to look. It may be all or nothing."

spellcraft: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (1) + 3 = 4
k.arcana: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (17) + 3 = 20
Can Zahra discern whether the mirror will allow just partial bodies through it?


Human Ranger 2 / Fighter 1 | HP: 29/29 | AC: 16 (13 Tch, 13 Fl) | CMD: 16 | F: +7 R: +5 W: +1 | Init: +3 | Perc: +7 SM: +1 | SMB: +3, SMD: 14

Tymyhty question:

The mirror was rectangular, right? And the actual climbing kit is still with Dounia? Thus, hammering the piton in would be tough going... is the piton long enough that Tymythy could tie the rope to the middle of it, then place it at the corner of the mirror so as much of its length as possible is supported by the mirror frame/wall it's set on? I think that might be our best bet of hanging the rope from something. Will be a bit tricky considering the gravity on this end, but if Zahra were to go in first, while Tymyhty held the rope and lowered it, the added weight on the other end (assuming it's now flipped to the mirror being "up" over that time) should allow it to be anchored.

Of course, too much wriggling on the part of the people going down the rope and the piton might just nudge itself loose...


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Dounia - did you keep the climbing kit on you or did you replace it in the bag?

Tymythy and Zahra - rnd 4:

The mirror is rectangular/square. You could use the piton as a kind of anchor. A survival or climb roll might determine how firm it is.

If you moved to Zahra's other side then Tymythy is 30' from the mirror

Zahra - Focusing to read the magic auras will take 2 rounds. Last round you saw there was magic. This round you could tell how many auras. Next round you could try to identify them. Do you still want to do it? When you passed through the mirror to enter the room you had to push through. It would make sense that you could put part of your body through - like a window.


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For brevity's sake I'm going to assume the climbing kit was left on the floor of the first room


Human Ranger 2 / Fighter 1 | HP: 29/29 | AC: 16 (13 Tch, 13 Fl) | CMD: 16 | F: +7 R: +5 W: +1 | Init: +3 | Perc: +7 SM: +1 | SMB: +3, SMD: 14

Tymythy and Zahra - rnd 4:

’Zahra al Asmar’ wrote:
She quickly scanned the rest of the room, "I can't see anything else of note here so our best bet is to go back through the mirror. Did we want to secure the piton on this side to anchor us and take our chances? I'm not sure if we can just push our heads through the mirror to look. It may be all or nothing."

Survival, jam the piton as well as possible: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (20) + 7 = 27 Well now… that be well and truly put in its place

”The kit and the hammer it come with is on the other side,” Tymythy said, frowning at the piton how held in his hands. There was no way he could hammer it into a stone wall with the butt of a dagger, but perhaps… he adjusted the rope’s position, tied it to the middle of the piton and moved to the mirror. ”I think I can wedge it in the corner here. It will be secure enough when the rope’s on the other side and there’s some weight dragging it “down”… I hope. Not perfect, but the best I can come up with.”

”Go on, take a look through. And put the rope around you. I will lower you down – with the piton where I intend to put it, I wouldn’t want to risk the weight of both of us on it unless I must.”

So, hand Zahra rope (free action?), move to mirror, mcgyver the piton.


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Tymythy and Zahra:

That will have to wait until next round. You already moved to Zahra and put the harness on her this round


Human Ranger 2 / Fighter 1 | HP: 29/29 | AC: 16 (13 Tch, 13 Fl) | CMD: 16 | F: +7 R: +5 W: +1 | Init: +3 | Perc: +7 SM: +1 | SMB: +3, SMD: 14

Tymythy and Zahra:

I thought were moving into the next round already... can you take that as my next round's action, provided something from the other side doesn't intervene? I fear I might have little time to post tomorrow.


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Tymythy - of course


HP 24/24 | AC 16/14/12 | F+3/R+6/W+2 | CMB +1, CMD 15 | Acro 10, climb 5, DD 13, EA 10, Init 6, Perc 7, SoH 8, SM 1, Stealth 10, Surv 8

Dounia end of round 3 I think:

Dounia called out, "Zahra! Catch my arm!" and trusted that her friend would do so. She was a dragon descendent after all, and had proved herself stronger than she looked on many occasions. Dounia let go of the frame and twisted in the air, reaching out for Zahra, hoping she wasn't about to be splattered on the ground below.

climb: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (7) + 10 = 17


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Dounia and Cairee - end of rnd3:

Dounia flung herself through the air in a great act of trust. Zahra's head turned to see Dounia flying towards her.

But it wasn't Zahra's face. This face had no nose, only two holes for ears, and its' mouth was like stuck together clay that tore apart as it opened. It yelled out a buzz of monotone syllables and, like it was caught off-guard, slowly remembered Zahra's voice. The scream started out foreign and melded into Zahra's scream. The lead-grey face became Zahra's but with eyes disdainful and cold.

Dounia had no choice but to grab hold of this Zahra as they collided! Her grip slipped until she was holding Zahra's legs, still high over the floor.

Dounia and Cairee - If you have any kn nature training you may roll to identify what just happened.

kn nature DC15, Cairee and Dounia only (trained only):
This is a doppelganger

Cairee and Dounia - top of rnd4:

Tymythy climb, DC10: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (19) + 4 = 23
?: 1d1 ⇒ 1
Zahra, CMB to shake Dounia free: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (7) + 8 = 15
Cairee lay on her back and watched everything above her. Tymythy moved hand-over-hand along the frame and swing his body over to the paintings. He started down but only got to the next painting.

As Tymythy climbed down the wall a new hand broke through the surface of the mirror. It pulled its' way through and hung from the frame. Madness! It was Tymythy! He was on the wall and hanging from the frame simultaneously!!!

Dounia was hanging from Zahra who was hanging from a sconce. Zahra started to writhe and kick and Dounia couldn't hold on! She fell, still 40' from the floor.

Dounia - make a climb roll DC10 (your feet are just 8' above it) to grab the second sconce. If you fail then make a roll to grab the third sconce DC20. Fail that nd hit the floor for 4d6 damage.

Zahra and Tymythy, rnd4:

Zahra - do you continue to use detect magic to try to learn more about the mirror? or you you use your move action to get to the mirror and a second move action to push your head through?


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Cairee and Dounia:


Human Draconic Sorcerer/3 | HP 20/20 | Init +2 | AC14/F12/T13 | Mage armor AC18 | F+2 R+3 W+3 | Perc +4 SM +0 | Active Conditions: Mage Armor | Spells per day: 1st 2/6 | Claws: 6/7rounds | SMB 7; SMD 17

Tymythy and Zahra:

It seems like it is more important at the moment for Zahra to find out what is going on on the other side of the mirror so she will stop her detecting magic and go poke her head thru. She’ll just have to trust the mirror magic is the same


HP 24/24 | AC 16/14/12 | F+3/R+6/W+2 | CMB +1, CMD 15 | Acro 10, climb 5, DD 13, EA 10, Init 6, Perc 7, SoH 8, SM 1, Stealth 10, Surv 8

Dounia round 4:

climb: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (7) + 10 = 17

Dounia screamed as Zahra turned to look at her, only to become a nightmare! Still, her reflexes kicked in, and she managed to grab the imposter's legs as she fell. "What are you! Where's Zahr-aaaaaaah!"

The Zahra-thing kicked her off, and Dounia was falling again. Still screaming, Dounia twisted in midair and caught the neck sconce down. Her shoulders creaked with the sudden stop as she gripped the sturdy ironwork tightly. Her scream cut off suddenly as her body swung into the wall, knocking the wind out of her.

climb: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (11) + 10 = 21

Dounia pulled herself up so that she was standing on the sconce, bracing herself against the wall. "That's not Zahra!" She looked up, and saw the second Tymythy emerge from the mirror! "Gah! Tymythy! Is that really you?!"


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Cairee and Dounia - rnd4:

The Tymythy climbing down the paintings called out, "Young one, of course it's me! Stay there. I'll come get you.

A second later the other Tymythy called out, "Young one, of course it's me! Stay there. I'll come get you.

Cairee, Dounia, and Zahra - rnd4:

Zahra pushed her head through the mirror and Cairee and Dounia could see her face looking down at them.

The gravity of the room had clearly shifted. Cairee was laying on the floor in the rubble of the table, gravely injured but conscious. She must have fallen the full height of the room!

Tymythy was hanging from the mirror frame just beneath where Zahra's head poked out. There was a second Tymythy climbing down the wall of paintings! Even more bizaar, she could see Zahra hanging onto a sconce forty-five feet from the floor!

Fifteen feet below that, Dounia stood precariously on a sconce half-way up the wall.

Current Map


Cairee & Dounia Round 4:

Know. Nature: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (7) + 6 = 13

From the table bloodied by her fall, Cairee could see Dounia launch herself at Zahra, who's face looked like wet clay. She saw Dounia fall and somehow manage to catch a lower sconce, and a second Tymythy crawl through the window. It was all too crazy. Clearly the cleric had smashed her head on her drop from the window, and these where her final blurred and confused thoughts before she blacked out.

But her vision didn't darken. And her whole body screamed with pain. Perhaps these visions weren't dreams. And there was a something scratching at her brain. Tymythy's question before he went through the mirror. Should I try to open the door?

This room had shifted. And now there was another Tymythy coming through. Perhaps he'd succeeded. If he'd unlocked the door, and both rooms had shifted, then maybe she'd be able to open this one.

Her guesses lately had been wildly wrong. But it was the only thing she could think to do, so she did it.

Grunting in pain, Cairee heaved herself off the table, and stumbled to the door. She lifted her hand to the handle, and tried the open it.

If it opens, she'll leave it and turn back towards Dounia.

Then she closed her eyes and muttered her prayer to Saiph.

Channel Energy: 2d6 ⇒ (5, 4) = 9

A warm light filled her, almost lifting her toes off the floor. The ache in her head receded. She felt almost her self. She's now down 6 hp

When she looked up, Second Tymythy was talking to Dounia, and there was a second Zahra looking out the mirror. Oh please, Saiph, let those be our real friends.


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Zahra:

as long as you’re looking through the mirror go ahead and read Cairee and Dounia spoilers. You can’t communicate verbally with Tymythy. It’s a move action to move through the mirror even partially


HP 24/24 | AC 16/14/12 | F+3/R+6/W+2 | CMB +1, CMD 15 | Acro 10, climb 5, DD 13, EA 10, Init 6, Perc 7, SoH 8, SM 1, Stealth 10, Surv 8

Dounia round 4:

"Young one?" Dounia muttered. Tymythy had never called her that before. "I don't think either of them are Tymythy!" she cried down to Cairee.

And then, a second Zahra came through the mirror! "Oh no!" she said, her eyes wide. If copies of her friends kept coming through, this could get really bad, really quickly. She pulled one of the many daggers she'd strapped to her body; no matter what was happening with the new Zahra, the one above her was definitely not her friend.

On the off chance this was actually Zahra, she said, "Zahra! What's my sister's name!"

Then she threw her dagger, straight up, at the not-Zahra hanging above her.

dagger: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (11) + 6 = 17
damage: 1d4 + 4 + 2d6 ⇒ (2) + 4 + (5, 3) = 14

Adding Sneak attack just in case - it's not like she can avoid attack very well. But I am below her.


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Cairee, Dounia, and Zahra - rnd4:

The Zahra hanging from the sconce above Dounia thought hard. "You're sister's name is ... you're sister's name ..." The Zahra with her head sticking out of the mirror watched as the other Zahra spoke with her voice.

The two sconces were fifteen feet apart. Zahra hung from one and had her feet braced against the wall and Dounia had to do a little hop (there is about 1' of space between your reach and Zahra) to reach her but quickly stabbed through the side of Zahra's ankle. Anyone else would have thrown their own balance off but Dounia, with her back braced against the wall, landed like she was part of the sconce. Zahra yelled out in pain!

(If this is confusing then you aren't crazy)

Cairee crawled over to the door, stood up and tried the handle. She could feel a slight movement in the door but the latch was locked. There was a keyhole directly under the handle.

Dounia's will save: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (20) + 2 = 22
Dounia - I've PM'd you. You get you're sneak attack damage because people climbing don't receive their dex bonus to AC.
Dounia's Acrobatics (balance): 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (20) + 10 = 30 competency bonus to your next climb/acrobatics roll +2
Dounia's Acrobatics (balance): 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (14) + 10 = 24

Tymythy - rnd5:

Following through with your last post. You move to the mirror, plant the spike/piton and can pass off the rope to Zahra, who's head is still somewhere on the other side of the mirror. That will make up your full rnd5.

GMs rolls:

?: 1d100 ⇒ 84
Tmythy1 - climb: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (2) + 4 = 6
fall damage: 4d6 ⇒ (2, 3, 4, 4) = 13
Tmythy2 - climb: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (6) + 4 = 10
Zahra1 - climb: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (8) + 4 = 12
fall damage: 4d6 ⇒ (5, 4, 3, 2) = 14
Zahra2 - climb: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (9) + 4 = 13

Cairee, Dounia, and Zahra - rnd5:

The lower of the two Tymythys slipped with his foot on the face of a painting of a young woman in chainmail. He fell and smacked on the floor just beside Cairee who had to step back a foot to avoid the fall.

The wounded Zahra tried to use the rough stone wall to climb down as she glared at Dounia. Zahra's claws came out both to aid her climbing and to be ready to strike the desert thief. As soon as she let go of the sconce her wounded ankle proved too poor to hold her. She fell to the stone ground, her robes billowed about her as she fell.

When she hit the floor her entire body reverted to a vaugely humanoid lead-grey form. Thin red blood flowed from her mouth and the back of her head but she still moved a little.

The Zahra in the mirror watched as yet another Zahra climbed out of the mirror and hung from the mirror frame. She was startled as a rope was handed to her from behind. Only your head and shoulders are in this room your body and hands are still in the other and you've been handed the rope

Dounia, Zahra, and Cairee - you all have a full round to act
Current map


Cairee, Dounia, and Zahra - rnd5:

The Tymythy who had untied the rope plonked in front of Cairee like a thick slab of meat. Seconds later One of the Zahra's thwapped down across the room and turned a mucky grey. The sounds of dropping bodies was horrible, made only slightly less so because Cairee was certain they were tricks of the game. These two, anyway. Her real friends still had to make it down.

Cairee wasn't sure if the two things on the floor were still 'alive'. She reached into the small leather pouch hanging from her belt, and pulled out a piece of flint and a pinch of silver dust. She placed the dust on the flint. Focusing on the table, she brushed the dust off the flint with her palm. "Ecnai Darfot Srub!"

She casts burst of radiance just above the table. Hoping it was enough to distract the Tymythy at her feet, she dashed over to real Tymythy's spear.

The table was no longer between Cairee and the fallen Zahra and she had a better view of this copy. Does she have everything Zahra had? Cairee wondered. A copy of that little magic bag and the items inside, perhaps? The cleric didn't know all that was in it, but it must have something that would help her help those dangling above.

Perception: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (10) + 5 = 15

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