DM Brainiac's Blood Lords

Game Master Brainiac

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Both Ceceka and Aily miss with their attacks. The skeletal child bites Aily, trying to steal her breath.

Jaws, Bony Hand: 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (11) + 15 = 261d20 + 11 ⇒ (6) + 11 = 171d20 + 7 ⇒ (15) + 7 = 22
Damage: 2d8 ⇒ (8, 3) = 112d8 ⇒ (6, 5) = 11

The shadow floats closer to Ceceka and reaches for him, tugging at his own shadow!

Shadow Hand: 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (14) + 15 = 29
Damage: 2d6 + 3 ⇒ (5, 4) + 3 = 12

22 piercing damage to Aily and she must attempt a DC 21 Fortitude save against Steal Breath. 12 negative damage to Ceceka and he is enfeebled 1. Cecka gets an attack of opportunity against the shadow before he gets hit.

Aura of Sobs (auditory, aura, emotion, enchantment, mental, occult) 10 feet. An attic whisperer enshrouds itself in a tapestry of stolen voices. Each living creature that enters or starts their turn in the aura must succeed at a DC 19 Will save or the unnerving, bitter sobs render them distraught and they become stupefied 1 for as long as they remain within the aura. A creature that succeeds is temporarily immune for 1 hour.

Steal Breath (curse, incapacitation, necromancy, occult):
The attic whisperer siphons the breath from living creatures, sapping their strength. A living creature hit by a jaws Strike must attempt a DC 21 Fortitude save.

Critical Success The target is unaffected.
Success The target is enfeebled 1 for 1 round.
Failure The target is enfeebled 1 for 24 hours and fatigued.
Critical Failure The target is enfeebled 1 for 24 hours, is fatigued, and falls unconscious.


|HP: 84/164| AC: 24 | F: +18, R: +15, W: +21+ | Dec +22, Dip/Itm+20, Med +21, Perc +19, Rel +17, Lor/Occ/Soc +15 | Lvl 1: 3/3, 2: 2/3, 3: 2/3, 4: 2/3, 5: 0/3, 6: 1/2, Focus: 1/3 | HeP 2/3 | Active conditions:

"Get out of the way!" Caraid commands. Light suddenly erupts from his eyes, mouth and from every uncovered patch of skin on his body. The glowing figure steps sideways before the light erupts in a powerful line that sears through both undead.

Force Damage: 4d4 ⇒ (3, 2, 1, 4) = 10
Basic ref, blinded one round on crit fail. Counteracts any magical darkness and has the 'light' descriptor if it matters.


LE elf dhampir rogue/alter ego/shadowdancer 12 HP:73/126 | AC: 30 (nimble dodge) | F: +18; R: +23(success is crt); W: +19 | Perception +21 greater darkvision, low-light vision| dagger +23 2d4+7 +3d6 sneak | hero points: 0 | wounded 1

fort: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (12) + 6 = 18

The child's teeth rip into her leg, making the maid make a strangled sound of pure pain. That sound is grabbed out of her mouth, stolen really, dragged out of her.

enfeebled for the rest of the day

stride to get to flanking
attack: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (10) + 11 = 21
damage: 2d4 + 4 + 1d6 ⇒ (3, 2) + 4 + (4) = 13
attack: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (17) + 7 = 24
damage: 2d4 + 4 + 1d6 ⇒ (2, 4) + 4 + (6) = 16

Despite being ready to crumble into the floor, unable to breath, she stabs and slices.


hp 97; AC 26 or 27; Fort +13, Ref +11, Will +12 LE sprite vampire tyrant 7

Status:

HP 54/54
AC 20 (22 with shield raised)
Fort +8, Ref +6, Will +8
Hero points: 2
Effects:

"No!" Mithralline retorts. "She is MINE!"

Ignoring the creature's sobs -- such emotions were drained from her along with her blood -- She leaps onto the thing, slashing with her scythe.

Raise Shield, Stride, Strike!

Lion scythe (agile, finesse, trip, divine ally: fearsome): 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (19) + 9 = 28
Damage (slashing): 1d6 + 3 ⇒ (2) + 3 = 5
Crit? The target becomes frightened 1 and takes 1d6 persistent bleed damage.


NE male dhampir elf psychic 12 HP 23/90 | AC 28 | F +16 R +20 W +22 (R)| Perc +20 | 1: 2/2, 2: 2/2, 3: 2/2, 4: 2/2, 5: 1/2, 6: 1/2 DC 31 Speed 30 ft | focus 2/3| Hero 3 | Active Conditions: Smoke 112/112 (AC 29), Dying 1

"Quite, child!"

Telvir conjures darts of force to slam into the spirit.

magic missile: 3d4 + 3 ⇒ (3, 3, 2) + 3 = 11


NE | Male Human Fighter 12 | HP: 206/206| AC: 34 | F: +22; R: +16 (+19); W: +20 | Perception +22 | Initiative +24 | Hero Points: 1/1 | Exploration:

AoO: 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (16) + 12 = 28
Damage: 1d8 + 4 ⇒ (1) + 4 = 5
If Crit: 1d8 ⇒ 1

The warrior groans when the shadow starts draining his life essence. He retaliates by tapping into his anger and giving voice to it by striking at the shadow.

Actions 1+2+3) Strike, Exacting Strike, Brutish Shove
Strike 1: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (8) + 11 = 19
Damage: 1d8 + 3 ⇒ (5) + 3 = 8
Exacting Strike: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (7) + 6 = 13
Damage: 1d8 + 3 ⇒ (2) + 3 = 5
Brutish Shove: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (18) + 1 = 19
Damage: 1d8 + 3 ⇒ (4) + 3 = 7
If Exacting misses, Brutish Shove hits AC 24. If Brutish Shove hits, the shadow is knocked back 5 feet - Ceceka does not follow up


Reflex (Shadow, Whisperer): 1d20 + 14 ⇒ (17) + 14 = 311d20 + 13 ⇒ (3) + 13 = 16

The shadow dodges out of the way of Caraid's beam of light, but the attic whisperer takes the full blast. Telvir blasts the shadow with magic missiles, while Ceceka hits it twice, shoving it away from him. Mithralline flies in to slash at the attic whisperer, allowing Aily to slash it twice.

The whisperer continues to bite at Aily while the shadow floats back up to Ceceka to attack him again, pulling the fighter's shadow further away from his body.

Jaws vs Aily: 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (19) + 15 = 341d20 + 11 ⇒ (19) + 11 = 301d20 + 7 ⇒ (7) + 7 = 14
Damage: 2d8 ⇒ (2, 4) = 62d8 ⇒ (1, 5) = 6
Shadow Hand vs Ceceka: 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (8) + 15 = 23
Damage: 2d6 + 3 ⇒ (6, 1) + 3 = 10

18 damage to Aily. 10 damage to Ceceka and he is now enfeebled 2.

Enemy Status:
AW -44, SH -16


LE elf dhampir rogue/alter ego/shadowdancer 12 HP:73/126 | AC: 30 (nimble dodge) | F: +18; R: +23(success is crt); W: +19 | Perception +21 greater darkvision, low-light vision| dagger +23 2d4+7 +3d6 sneak | hero points: 0 | wounded 1

As the creature rips through her leg, her blood gushes to the floor. All over the wooden planks, so so so much of it. As Aily stabs uselessly, she realizes she is getting light headed. "This is b-" she starts to say, but crumbles to the floor instead.

I believe she should be at -2 hp now


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hp 97; AC 26 or 27; Fort +13, Ref +11, Will +12 LE sprite vampire tyrant 7

Quick stats:

HP 54/54
AC 20 (22 with shield raised)
Fort +8, Ref +6, Will +8
Hero points: 2
Effects:

Mithralline growls as she sees l'Azee just lying on the floor. I have told you not to just trail off in the middle of saying something! It's rude and annoying! People will spend too much time wondering what it was going to be, instead of thinking what they can do to serve me!

Since her maid is too far away to chastise, the vampire tyrant vents her fury on the undead creature, chopping viciously into it.

Strike x2, Raise Shield
Lion scythe (agile, finesse, trip, divine ally: fearsome): 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (13) + 9 = 22
Damage (slashing): 1d6 + 3 ⇒ (6) + 3 = 9

Lion scythe (agile, finesse, trip, divine ally: fearsome): 1d20 + 9 - 4 ⇒ (20) + 9 - 4 = 25
Damage (slashing): 1d6 + 3 ⇒ (5) + 3 = 8
Crit! The target becomes frightened 1 and takes 1d6 persistent bleed damage.

Geez, it has a +15 to its attack roll! That's vicious! I'm just raising my shield to try to minimize crits here.


NE male dhampir elf psychic 12 HP 23/90 | AC 28 | F +16 R +20 W +22 (R)| Perc +20 | 1: 2/2, 2: 2/2, 3: 2/2, 4: 2/2, 5: 1/2, 6: 1/2 DC 31 Speed 30 ft | focus 2/3| Hero 3 | Active Conditions: Smoke 112/112 (AC 29), Dying 1

Seeing Aily fall triggers something in Telvir's subconscious, and dark manifestations emanate from him. The missiles of force he flings at the shadow have extra oomph.

Unleash Psyche, magic missiles
force: 3d4 + 3 + 2 ⇒ (1, 3, 2) + 3 + 2 = 11


|HP: 84/164| AC: 24 | F: +18, R: +15, W: +21+ | Dec +22, Dip/Itm+20, Med +21, Perc +19, Rel +17, Lor/Occ/Soc +15 | Lvl 1: 3/3, 2: 2/3, 3: 2/3, 4: 2/3, 5: 0/3, 6: 1/2, Focus: 1/3 | HeP 2/3 | Active conditions:

"Up you get dear." Caraid says, funneling magic into Aily's prone form.

Heal: 1d8 + 8 ⇒ (5) + 8 = 13


LE elf dhampir rogue/alter ego/shadowdancer 12 HP:73/126 | AC: 30 (nimble dodge) | F: +18; R: +23(success is crt); W: +19 | Perception +21 greater darkvision, low-light vision| dagger +23 2d4+7 +3d6 sneak | hero points: 0 | wounded 1

"... ad" her voice finishes, as Aily's eyes open, confusion clouding them. Why was she sleeping on the floor of an attic, why was she in a pool of fresh blood, why... oh bother just get up! her mind snapped, and then she did.

stand, stride, attack

She limps over to the shadow, trying to figure out how to stab a shadow.
attack: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (4) + 11 = 15
damage: 2d4 + 4 + 1d6 ⇒ (3, 4) + 4 + (6) = 17


NE | Male Human Fighter 12 | HP: 206/206| AC: 34 | F: +22; R: +16 (+19); W: +20 | Perception +22 | Initiative +24 | Hero Points: 1/1 | Exploration:

"Wraghaghh!"

Actions 1+2+3) Strike, Exacting Strike, Brutish Shove
Attack 1: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (18) + 10 = 28
Damage: 1d8 + 2 ⇒ (8) + 2 = 10
If crit: 1d8 ⇒ 7
Attack 2: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (4) + 5 = 9
Damage: 1d8 + 2 ⇒ (8) + 2 = 10
Attack 3: 1d20 ⇒ 18
Damage: 1d8 + 2 ⇒ (6) + 2 = 8
If crit: 1d8 ⇒ 2
Third attack hits vs AC 23 if the second attack misses


Mithralline's vicious strikes slash the attic whisperer to pieces! Meanwhile, Telvir batters the shadow with more magic missiles, then Ceceka destroys it with two powerful blows!

Investigating the attic, you find many mementos of Nebumi and Kepgeda’s childhood: homemade toys, children’s books, and unusual rocks. Stick-figure art depicts “Geda” (Kepgeda), “Numi” (Nebumi), and “Tavia” (their mother). Many other drawings depict “Daddy,” but all of them are different except that he’s carrying an axe in each hand. The children never knew their father and had no idea what he looked like, only that he was a woodsman.

The children’s toys and other odds and ends that fill the attic are old and well used, with no monetary value. However, the toy fox with blood-red buttons for eyes is a stuffed fox wondrous figurine.

Stuffed Fox Wondrous Figurine:
Price 125 gp
Usage held in 1 hand; Bulk L

This small toy fox has tufted, fluffy ears and buttons for eyes. When activated, it transforms into a big fox with the statistics of a riding dog. The stuffed fox always allows you to ride it. While you do, you don't take the –2 penalty to Reflex saves while being mounted, and its jaws Strike gains Knockdown. The stuffed fox can be activated once a day and remains in its form for up to 1 hour.


NE | Male Human Fighter 12 | HP: 206/206| AC: 34 | F: +22; R: +16 (+19); W: +20 | Perception +22 | Initiative +24 | Hero Points: 1/1 | Exploration:

"Is she ok, Caraid?" Ceceka could ask Aily if she's okay, but Caraid seems to be a trained healer so Ceceka defers to his opinion.


LE elf dhampir rogue/alter ego/shadowdancer 12 HP:73/126 | AC: 30 (nimble dodge) | F: +18; R: +23(success is crt); W: +19 | Perception +21 greater darkvision, low-light vision| dagger +23 2d4+7 +3d6 sneak | hero points: 0 | wounded 1

Aily is limping heavily, her back of her black dress and her black hair are soaked in her own blood, and she has a look of pure venomous annoyance. After a moment of her hand squeezing her hilt as hard as possible, and her dark eyes looking around for another enemy PLEASE, she sheathed her dagger behind her skirts, brushed the dust of the front of her pleats and said calmly (mostly calmly) "'She' is fine, thank you sir."

"We have killed the children, now for the mother, yes?"


hp 97; AC 26 or 27; Fort +13, Ref +11, Will +12 LE sprite vampire tyrant 7

Oh, that fox could be nice for Mithralline, considering she could probably use a mount. Also, based on Discord, it's adorable. Also, this is seriously tragic up here.

"Get up, Anvalid. We have more to kill!" Mithralline urges, waiting for Caraid to patch her up so they could go kill the awful hag.

If she saw what Caraid did, she says nothing.


|HP: 84/164| AC: 24 | F: +18, R: +15, W: +21+ | Dec +22, Dip/Itm+20, Med +21, Perc +19, Rel +17, Lor/Occ/Soc +15 | Lvl 1: 3/3, 2: 2/3, 3: 2/3, 4: 2/3, 5: 0/3, 6: 1/2, Focus: 1/3 | HeP 2/3 | Active conditions:

Medicine: 1d20 + 8 + 1 ⇒ (6) + 8 + 1 = 152d8 ⇒ (3, 8) = 11

Caraid casts a minor cantrip to guide himself and then sets to work on Aily's wounds, patching what he can in a mundane fashion before handing her a small ball of a thick, black substance.

"Eat this if you need to." He says, oddly serious. "The after-effects are nasty though, so its for emergencies only." Black energy crackles across his hands and Aily's wounds close into little more than raw scars.

Harm: 1d8 + 8 ⇒ (2) + 8 = 10

"That's the best I can do for now." He says. "Onward then, to the basement."

On the way there he touches Ceceka on the shoulder briefly, establishing a conduit between them.

Life Link


The stairs down to the basement reach far longer than an ordinary staircase should, and they are rickety and treacherous. At last, you come to a large open space that is shrouded in darkness, pierced only by Caraid's magical light. The ground looks soft, like moist earth. Towering piles of books, clothing, knickknacks, cooking and ritual ingredients, and decades of refuse lie piled on the floor and furniture in enormous mounds. A winding path meanders through the hoarded belongings. A faint light flickers in the northwest, illuminating a large and bubbling black cauldron.

You follow the light into a kitchen. Besides the cauldron, the kitchen includes a stone countertop for preparing food and spell ingredients, and cupboards stuffed full of kitchen tools and commonly used items. A row of ritual books with blood-red bindings are neatly lined up on the countertop. The countertop is covered in blood ad raw body parts.

A hulking hag that can only be Iron Taviah works over her cauldron, attended by a female fetchling. A tiny shadow drake is curled up nearby. Taviah glances over her shoulder as you draw near. “Come in, come in,” the old hag beckons, almost laughing as she stands at her cauldron. “Who are you, and why have you come all this way, into my kitchen? Perhaps you’re guests, here to see if Iron Taviah’s hospitality is all it’s rumored to be? Pity my sisters aren’t here to welcome you. They so love guests.”


LE elf dhampir rogue/alter ego/shadowdancer 12 HP:73/126 | AC: 30 (nimble dodge) | F: +18; R: +23(success is crt); W: +19 | Perception +21 greater darkvision, low-light vision| dagger +23 2d4+7 +3d6 sneak | hero points: 0 | wounded 1

Aily smiles at Caraid. She might still be way out of sorts due to the mess all over her, and the poor performance, but the smile is genuine.

Serving as she does she introduces her mistress and friends "Greeting and salutations, my Lady Mithralline Cort, diplomat of rusty iron, warrior of wasted blood, and champion of her own desires, graces your presence, along with her advisors, Ceceka for his strength, Mr. Stanton for his mind, and Caraid for his... charm." the maid dips and bows, then steps back so her betters can do their thing.


|HP: 84/164| AC: 24 | F: +18, R: +15, W: +21+ | Dec +22, Dip/Itm+20, Med +21, Perc +19, Rel +17, Lor/Occ/Soc +15 | Lvl 1: 3/3, 2: 2/3, 3: 2/3, 4: 2/3, 5: 0/3, 6: 1/2, Focus: 1/3 | HeP 2/3 | Active conditions:

Caraid leaves the talking to Mithralline. This is going to end in blood regardless, he's rather not waste his 'charms' for no purpose.


hp 97; AC 26 or 27; Fort +13, Ref +11, Will +12 LE sprite vampire tyrant 7

"We come for answers, Iron Taviah," Mithralline responds, "not for your food -- which if the experience of Graydirge's quick holds true, is likely full of poison. I have little care for those victims -- other than as food I might drink from, but they are mine. If you and yours have some reason for their deaths, I would know it!"

Diplomacy (trained): 1d20 + 8 + 1 ⇒ (15) + 8 + 1 = 24 Includes +1 circumstance bonus to Diplomacy checks to Make an Impression I get vs. humanoids.

A reminder of why we're here. Find out about the reason for the poison. Then kill her. Though I might accept her servitude as a reasonable alternative, if she's smart.


Taviah grins. "It's true. I'm cooking up a fresh batch of braingrit here as a component for our deadly little poison. But it's not quite potent enough, so I've had to spice it up with powder from the ground up bones of the fey. Now it'll do!" With this, she lets out a long, drawn-out cackle straight from a storybook.

"My sisters work to create the other ingredients, but they are inferior to me, jealous of my powers and wisdom. Sahni hides in Sallowshore, while Decrosia cowers in Pagked, to afraid to live with me at the source of my power! Of course, we have our reasons for producing the poison, but I'm not telling!" she adds in a singsong voice.


|HP: 84/164| AC: 24 | F: +18, R: +15, W: +21+ | Dec +22, Dip/Itm+20, Med +21, Perc +19, Rel +17, Lor/Occ/Soc +15 | Lvl 1: 3/3, 2: 2/3, 3: 2/3, 4: 2/3, 5: 0/3, 6: 1/2, Focus: 1/3 | HeP 2/3 | Active conditions:

There's a soft sigh in the background from Caraid. Maybe if he just locks to door then at least one of the annoying women will be dead when he opens it again...


NE male dhampir elf psychic 12 HP 23/90 | AC 28 | F +16 R +20 W +22 (R)| Perc +20 | 1: 2/2, 2: 2/2, 3: 2/2, 4: 2/2, 5: 1/2, 6: 1/2 DC 31 Speed 30 ft | focus 2/3| Hero 3 | Active Conditions: Smoke 112/112 (AC 29), Dying 1

"Why kill the quick in the city? They'll be raised as workers anyway. It seems like a useless plan. What a waste of time!"

Telvir tries to take a neutral tone, but his patience with the hag is thin.


hp 97; AC 26 or 27; Fort +13, Ref +11, Will +12 LE sprite vampire tyrant 7

Mithralline waits for her to answer as much as she will. Then she will die.

"If your sisters are so inferior to you, why work with them at all?"


"Blah, blah, blah! So many questions!" Taviah sneers. "I tire of this game. You're here to stop me, obviously, and I will not allow that to happen. Honoria! Midnight! Destroy these interlopers!"

The fetchling raises her dagger, and the shadow drake hisses with glee!

Initiative:
Aily: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (16) + 9 = 25
Caraid: 1d20 + 8 + 1 ⇒ (7) + 8 + 1 = 16
Ceceka: 1d20 + 10 + 1 ⇒ (1) + 10 + 1 = 12
Mithralline: 1d20 + 7 + 1 ⇒ (16) + 7 + 1 = 24
Telvir: 1d20 + 8 + 1 ⇒ (15) + 8 + 1 = 24
Enemies: 1d20 + 14 ⇒ (6) + 14 = 20

Aily, Mithralline, and Telvir may act!


LE elf dhampir rogue/alter ego/shadowdancer 12 HP:73/126 | AC: 30 (nimble dodge) | F: +18; R: +23(success is crt); W: +19 | Perception +21 greater darkvision, low-light vision| dagger +23 2d4+7 +3d6 sneak | hero points: 0 | wounded 1

attack: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (18) + 11 = 29
damage: 2d4 + 4 + 1d6 ⇒ (4, 2) + 4 + (6) = 16
attack: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (12) + 7 = 19
damage: 2d4 + 4 + 1d6 ⇒ (3, 1) + 4 + (5) = 13

stride, attack attack, but the question is who. The closest. Not sure who is closest, but I'd imagine a minion over the hag would be.

Aily's hand was already on her dagger, so it came out with quiet ease, slipping into the nearest of the enemies, just as easily.


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hp 97; AC 26 or 27; Fort +13, Ref +11, Will +12 LE sprite vampire tyrant 7

Remember Drusilla's gift (I think we're going to need it): Anybody who accepts the bit of luck can roll twice on one d20 roll within the next day and use the higher result; this is a fortune effect.

Status:

HP 54/54
AC 20 (22 with shield raised)
Fort +8, Ref +6, Will +8
Hero points: 2
Effects:

Mithralline snarls and, raising her shield, leaps to attack. Boring conversation anyway!"

Raise Shield; Stride, onto the same minion as Aily is attacking; Strike!
Lion scythe (agile, finesse, trip, divine ally: fearsome): 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (18) + 9 = 27
Damage (slashing): 1d6 + 3 ⇒ (3) + 3 = 6
Crit? The target becomes frightened 1 and takes 1d6 persistent bleed damage. (You gain an item bonus to this bleed damage equal to the weapon's item bonus to attack rolls.)


NE male dhampir elf psychic 12 HP 23/90 | AC 28 | F +16 R +20 W +22 (R)| Perc +20 | 1: 2/2, 2: 2/2, 3: 2/2, 4: 2/2, 5: 1/2, 6: 1/2 DC 31 Speed 30 ft | focus 2/3| Hero 3 | Active Conditions: Smoke 112/112 (AC 29), Dying 1

"Get 'em, Smoke."

Telvir gestures at the hag and her minion and the very air hardens and batters away at them, then Smoke advances to attack.

Amped Telekinetic Rend (on hag and the minion that Mithralline isn't attacking. DC 20 basic Fort.
slashing: 1d6 ⇒ 5 and bludgeoning: 1d6 ⇒ 1

jaws: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (7) + 9 = 16 for piercing: 2d8 + 3 ⇒ (2, 6) + 3 = 11

Smoke will circle and attack the minion that Ally is attacking


Telekinetic Rend (Taviah, Midnight): 1d20 + 17 ⇒ (4) + 17 = 211d20 + 7 ⇒ (1) + 7 = 8

Aily is on Honoria in a flash. With a swift strike, she drives her dagger into the fetchling's throat, killing her with one blow! As the fetchling falls, she quickly grabs a spare dagger and hurls it at the shadow drake Midnight. The blade sinks into the tiny dragon's side!

Telvir reaches out with his telekinesis. Taviah seems barely fazed by the spell, but poor Midnight succumbs as the magic almost rips the drake apart! Smoke misses Midnight, but the hound provides a flanking partner for Mithralline, who moves in and lops off the drake's head with a critical hit!

"Bah! Uselesss!" Taviah grumbles. She invokes a spell of summoning, causing an animated suit of armor to appear before Mithralline! The empty armor swings its glaive at the sprite.

Glaive: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (11) + 11 = 221d20 + 6 ⇒ (10) + 6 = 16
Damage: 1d8 + 4 ⇒ (8) + 4 = 12

12 slashing damage to Mithralline. Everybody may act.


LE elf dhampir rogue/alter ego/shadowdancer 12 HP:73/126 | AC: 30 (nimble dodge) | F: +18; R: +23(success is crt); W: +19 | Perception +21 greater darkvision, low-light vision| dagger +23 2d4+7 +3d6 sneak | hero points: 0 | wounded 1

attack: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (7) + 11 = 18
damage: 2d4 + 4 + 1d6 ⇒ (4, 4) + 4 + (4) = 16
attack: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (19) + 7 = 26
damage: 2d4 + 4 + 1d6 ⇒ (3, 2) + 4 + (4) = 13

stride, attack attack, leaving sneak attack damage in there in hopes she manages to flank with someone

Aily feels a twinge of pride at her dagger throw (which was awesome! thank you!), but the battle is far from over.

"My lady, the armor is about to..." she stops, since the armor in indeed do what she was about to mention. Then with a sigh, she darts around the armor to the mistress of the armor. "Yes, useless" she agrees with the woman as she stabs her, about who she is agreeing is useless is less obvious.


|HP: 84/164| AC: 24 | F: +18, R: +15, W: +21+ | Dec +22, Dip/Itm+20, Med +21, Perc +19, Rel +17, Lor/Occ/Soc +15 | Lvl 1: 3/3, 2: 2/3, 3: 2/3, 4: 2/3, 5: 0/3, 6: 1/2, Focus: 1/3 | HeP 2/3 | Active conditions:

Mithralline isn't hurt enough for it to matter (and nowhere near enough for Caraid to care) so he summons a spiritual weapon to assail the hag and stays outside the room. It worked with her daughter...

Spiritual Weapon: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (1) + 10 = 111d8 + 4 ⇒ (6) + 4 = 10


NE male dhampir elf psychic 12 HP 23/90 | AC 28 | F +16 R +20 W +22 (R)| Perc +20 | 1: 2/2, 2: 2/2, 3: 2/2, 4: 2/2, 5: 1/2, 6: 1/2 DC 31 Speed 30 ft | focus 2/3| Hero 3 | Active Conditions: Smoke 112/112 (AC 29), Dying 1

Telvir draws on the power of his staff to wrack the hag's mind and commands Smoke to circle behind the poisoner and flank with Aily.

Cast phantom pain Will DC 20, Command
mental: 2d4 ⇒ (4, 2) = 6 and 1d4 persistent mental & sickened 1 on failure.

jaws: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (8) + 9 = 17 for piercing: 2d8 + 3 ⇒ (7, 4) + 3 = 14


hp 97; AC 26 or 27; Fort +13, Ref +11, Will +12 LE sprite vampire tyrant 7

Wow; wasn't expecting that to go down so quickly!

Also, will use Iron Command if possible (not sure if it's the armor that hit me or a spell of hers, so not sure if it'll work) (reaction); Trigger: An enemy within 15 feet damages you.You put an impertinent foe who dared harm you in their proper place. You command your enemy to kneel before you in obedience. If they dare to refuse, they must pay the price in pain and anguish. The foe must choose one of the following options.
The enemy kneels, dropping prone as a free action.
The enemy refuses, and you deal 1d6 persistent mental damage to it.
In addition, your Strikes against the triggering creature deal 1 extra damage until the end of your next turn. You choose whether the damage type is evil or negative each time you use this reaction. This extra damage increases to 2 at 9th level and 3 at 16th level.

Quick stats:

HP 42/54
AC 20 (22 with shield raised)
Fort +8, Ref +6, Will +8
Hero points: 2
Effects:

"I'm tired of your minions! Mine are far superior!" Mithralline snarls, raising her shield. She also darts around the armor and leaps onto Iron Taviah, scythe flashing.

Raise Shield, Stride, Strike (this assumes IT is within 20 feet)

Lion scythe (agile, finesse, trip, divine ally: fearsome): 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (2) + 9 = 11


Botting Ceceka

Ceceka Strike: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (12) + 10 = 22
Damage: 1d8 + 2 ⇒ (4) + 2 = 6
Will vs Phantom Pain: 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (17) + 15 = 32

The animated armor ignores Mithralline's command, as it has no mind to damage. Caraid's spiritual weapon misses Taviah. Ignoring the summoned armor, you all make a beeline for Taviah. Caraid batters her with his warhammer. Mithralline and Smoke fail to land a good hit, but Aily finds a gap in her defenses to drive her dagger into the hag's back. The iron-skinned annis resists the piercing damage, though. Taviah ignores Telvir's spell.

"I'll grind your bones to make my bread!" Taviah threatens. She commands the animated armor to move in and attack Ceceka. Meanwhile, she casts haste on herself as she prepares to engage in melee.

Armor Strike vs Ceceka: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (6) + 11 = 17
Ceceka AoO vs Taviah: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (11) + 10 = 21

Everybody may act.

Enemy Status:
-14


hp 97; AC 26 or 27; Fort +13, Ref +11, Will +12 LE sprite vampire tyrant 7

Quick stats:

HP 42/54
AC 20 (22 with shield raised)
Fort +8, Ref +6, Will +8
Hero points: 2
Effects: Temp HP equal to Taviah's level?

"And I'll drink your blood!" Mithralline screams, sinking her fangs into the hag.

Grapple, Drink Blood, Strike!
Athletics (expert) vs. Fort DC to Grapple: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (15) + 11 = 26
Athletics (expert) vs. Fort DC to Drink Blood: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (16) + 11 = 27
Fangs (grapple, unarmed): 1d20 + 9 - 5 ⇒ (19) + 9 - 5 = 23
Damage (piercing): 1d6 + 3 ⇒ (1) + 3 = 4

Drink Blood (divine, necromancy):
Requirements A grabbed, paralyzed, restrained, unconscious, or willing creature is within your reach; Effect You sink your fangs into that creature and drink its blood. This requires an Athletics check against the victim's Fortitude DC if the victim is grabbed, and automatically succeeds for any of the other conditions. If you succeed, the creature becomes drained 1, and you gain temporary HP equal to the target's level that last for 10 minutes. Further uses against the target don't increase the drained condition or grant you more temporary HP.


NE male dhampir elf psychic 12 HP 23/90 | AC 28 | F +16 R +20 W +22 (R)| Perc +20 | 1: 2/2, 2: 2/2, 3: 2/2, 4: 2/2, 5: 1/2, 6: 1/2 DC 31 Speed 30 ft | focus 2/3| Hero 3 | Active Conditions: Smoke 112/112 (AC 29), Dying 1

Frustrated by the hag's resiliance, Telvir attempts to remember anything that could overcome it.
Recall Knowledge (Occultism?): 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (11) + 12 = 23

He unleashes a gout of flame at the creature, hoping to push it back. (If I happen to learn that she is resistant to fire, I'd swap to ray of frost or telekinetic projectile.)

produce flame: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (14) + 11 = 25 for fire: 2d6 + 4 ⇒ (5, 6) + 4 = 15

Fixated on the hag, Smoke continues to attack.
jaws: 1d20 + 9 - 5 ⇒ (15) + 9 - 5 = 19 for piercing: 2d8 + 3 ⇒ (5, 8) + 3 = 16


|HP: 84/164| AC: 24 | F: +18, R: +15, W: +21+ | Dec +22, Dip/Itm+20, Med +21, Perc +19, Rel +17, Lor/Occ/Soc +15 | Lvl 1: 3/3, 2: 2/3, 3: 2/3, 4: 2/3, 5: 0/3, 6: 1/2, Focus: 1/3 | HeP 2/3 | Active conditions:

Strike: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (16) + 10 = 261d8 + 4 ⇒ (1) + 4 = 5

This time the spiritual weapon hits, but not to any great effect and Caraid divides his attention long enough to withdraw and fire his crossbow at the armor.

Xbow: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (12) + 6 = 181d8 ⇒ 8


LE elf dhampir rogue/alter ego/shadowdancer 12 HP:73/126 | AC: 30 (nimble dodge) | F: +18; R: +23(success is crt); W: +19 | Perception +21 greater darkvision, low-light vision| dagger +23 2d4+7 +3d6 sneak | hero points: 0 | wounded 1

attack: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (10) + 11 = 21
damage: 2d4 + 4 + 1d6 ⇒ (4, 1) + 4 + (2) = 11
attack: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (11) + 7 = 18
damage: 2d4 + 4 + 1d6 ⇒ (2, 3) + 4 + (3) = 12

As always, Aily doesn't banter as she stabs and slices. She does wear a frown when her blade does not penetrate nearly as well as it should. After two quick attempts, her dark eyes look around quickly for another weapon.

Just a quick look to see if there is anything else within reach that looks like a passable weapon, assuming Trevor tells us about blunt weapons


Forgot Taviah's hasted attack last round.

Iron Claws vs Aily: 1d20 + 16 ⇒ (9) + 16 = 25
Damage: 2d8 + 6 ⇒ (8, 8) + 6 = 22

After casting haste, Taviah rips into Aily with her claws.

22 slashing damage to Aily.

Now:

Ceceka Strike, Exacting Strike, Shove: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (18) + 10 = 281d20 + 5 ⇒ (13) + 5 = 181d20 + 5 ⇒ (3) + 5 = 8
Damage: 1d8 + 2 ⇒ (2) + 2 = 4

Caraid's spiritual weapon strikes Taviah, but he misses with his crossbow. Ceceka lands a hit on the hulking hag, though he fails to follow up with successive strikes. Taviah avoids Aily's daggers and Smoke's jaws. Telvir burns the hag with fire, while Mithralline grabs a hold of Taviah's neck and drinks her blood, though her fangs don't do much to physically harm her.

Shrieking with rage, Taviah claws at Mithralline. Her iron nails dig deep into the sprite as she tries to rend her apart!

Iron Claws vs Mithralline: 1d20 + 16 ⇒ (19) + 16 = 351d20 + 12 ⇒ (9) + 12 = 21
Damage: 2d8 + 6 ⇒ (1, 2) + 6 = 92d8 + 6 ⇒ (4, 3) + 6 = 13
Rend: 2d8 + 6 ⇒ (3, 1) + 6 = 10

The animated armor attacks ineffectually.

Glaive: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (2) + 11 = 131d20 + 6 ⇒ (4) + 6 = 10

Mithralline gains 6 temporary HP. 41 total slashing damage to Mithralline. Everybody may act.

Enemy Status:
-38, drained 1


NE male dhampir elf psychic 12 HP 23/90 | AC 28 | F +16 R +20 W +22 (R)| Perc +20 | 1: 2/2, 2: 2/2, 3: 2/2, 4: 2/2, 5: 1/2, 6: 1/2 DC 31 Speed 30 ft | focus 2/3| Hero 3 | Active Conditions: Smoke 112/112 (AC 29), Dying 1

Gathering whatever spare parts happen to be around the hag's terrible kitchen, Telvir pulls them into an an affront to the natural order.

Animate Dead for a plague zombie

The zombie rises and attacks the hag with its putrid limbs.

fist: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (13) + 9 = 22 for bludgeoning: 1d8 + 3 ⇒ (2) + 3 = 5

Smoke continues to worry at the hag as well.

jaws: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (2) + 9 = 11 for piercing: 2d8 + 3 ⇒ (3, 3) + 3 = 9


LE elf dhampir rogue/alter ego/shadowdancer 12 HP:73/126 | AC: 30 (nimble dodge) | F: +18; R: +23(success is crt); W: +19 | Perception +21 greater darkvision, low-light vision| dagger +23 2d4+7 +3d6 sneak | hero points: 0 | wounded 1

attack: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (13) + 11 = 24
damage: 2d4 + 4 + 1d6 ⇒ (2, 3) + 4 + (3) = 12
attack: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (10) + 7 = 17
damage: 2d4 + 4 + 1d6 ⇒ (1, 2) + 4 + (1) = 8
attack: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (2) + 3 = 5
damage: 2d4 + 4 + 1d6 ⇒ (3, 4) + 4 + (2) = 13

The maid makes a strangled scream as her body is ripped open. She tries to cut and gut the horrible creature in return but is having a hard time doing so.


|HP: 84/164| AC: 24 | F: +18, R: +15, W: +21+ | Dec +22, Dip/Itm+20, Med +21, Perc +19, Rel +17, Lor/Occ/Soc +15 | Lvl 1: 3/3, 2: 2/3, 3: 2/3, 4: 2/3, 5: 0/3, 6: 1/2, Focus: 1/3 | HeP 2/3 | Active conditions:

Seeing Aily in a bad way Caraid curses softly and channels as much magic as he can into her.

Harm 2nd: 2d8 + 16 ⇒ (5, 3) + 16 = 24
Spirit Weapon: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (20) + 10 = 301d8 + 4 ⇒ (5) + 4 = 9


hp 97; AC 26 or 27; Fort +13, Ref +11, Will +12 LE sprite vampire tyrant 7

Those HP were they very definition of temporary!

Quick stats:

HP 7/54
AC 20 (22 with shield raised)
Fort +8, Ref +6, Will +8
Hero points: 2
Effects:

Nearly dead from the hag's attack, Mithralline raises her shield to protect her and then decides her scythe might be the better option for now.

Raise Shield, Strike x2
Lion scythe (agile, finesse, trip, divine ally: fearsome): 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (11) + 9 = 20
Damage (slashing): 1d6 + 3 ⇒ (5) + 3 = 8

Lion scythe (agile, finesse, trip, divine ally: fearsome): 1d20 + 9 - 4 ⇒ (6) + 9 - 4 = 11
Damage (slashing): 1d6 + 3 ⇒ (1) + 3 = 4

Bah, back to my lousy rolls.


Ceceka Strike, Exacting Strike, Shove: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (13) + 10 = 231d20 + 5 ⇒ (16) + 5 = 211d20 + 5 ⇒ (1) + 5 = 6
Damage: 1d8 + 2 ⇒ (6) + 2 = 8

Caraid's spiritual weapon scores a critical hit, blood spraying from the hag's leg! The impact opens up the old injury Iron Taviah suffered from servants of the Magaambya long ago, leaving her momentarily stunned! Ceceka hammers Taviah again. Aily finds a gap in the hag's defenses to drive a dagger into her iron-hard flesh. Telvir conjures a zombie that delivers a powerful punch! It's enough to finally overwhelm Taviah, and the hag groans as she crumples to the floor. The summoned construct vanishes.

The floor beneath Iron Taviah makes a curious squishing sound, then it begins to absorb the hag's body! As she disappears beneath the floor, you hear a loud gurgling noise, like a hungry stomach growling...

Initiative:
Aily: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (7) + 9 = 16
Caraid: 1d20 + 8 + 1 ⇒ (1) + 8 + 1 = 10
Ceceka: 1d20 + 10 + 1 ⇒ (14) + 10 + 1 = 25
Mithralline: 1d20 + 7 + 1 ⇒ (17) + 7 + 1 = 25
Telvir: 1d20 + 8 + 1 ⇒ (18) + 8 + 1 = 27
Hungry Cottage: 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (13) + 15 = 28

The walls and floor of the basement suddenly begin to stream with digestive juices!

Acidic Assault: 2d8 + 4 ⇒ (7, 7) + 4 = 18

Everybody in contact with the walls or floor of the basement take 18 acid damage (DC 24 basic Fortitude save). Everybody may act! It takes two Stride actions to make it across the basement to the stairs. The danger of the acid can be temporarily mitigated with a DC 17 Athletics check to Climb atop the hoarded belongings and avoid contact with the acid for 1 round, or a DC 25 Crafting check (expert) as a 2-action activity to concoct an alchemical antacid that neutralizes acid damage dealt by the stomach for 1d4 rounds.

Once you get to the stairs, you run the risk of being pushed back down into the basement as the staircase tries to swallow you. A character can attempt a DC 23 Athletics check to hold the throat open for one round, allowing all characters in the stairs to use a Reflex save result one degree of success greater than their roll to avoid being pushed into the stomach, or DC 23 Nature or Survival as a 2-action activity to ease the throat’s contractions and provide the same effect for 1d4 rounds.


LE elf dhampir rogue/alter ego/shadowdancer 12 HP:73/126 | AC: 30 (nimble dodge) | F: +18; R: +23(success is crt); W: +19 | Perception +21 greater darkvision, low-light vision| dagger +23 2d4+7 +3d6 sneak | hero points: 0 | wounded 1

fort: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (6) + 6 = 12
hitpoints 36-18=18

hero point!
fort: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (17) + 6 = 23
Not dead!

Aily tries to leave, as quickly as one can.

three stride actions, two to get to the stair, the third to attempt to go up them.


NE | Male Human Fighter 12 | HP: 206/206| AC: 34 | F: +22; R: +16 (+19); W: +20 | Perception +22 | Initiative +24 | Hero Points: 1/1 | Exploration:

"Of course," Ceceka grumbles as things go from bad to worse. He tries to avoid the worst of the acid but fails miserably. The supposedly sturdy chest he steps on immediately cracks and breaks, and Ceceka's leg sinks into the mush.

Actions 1+2) Move towards the staircase | Action 3) DC 17 Athletics to climb atop the hoarded belongings
Fort vs 24: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (1) + 10 = 11
Athletics vs 17: 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (4) + 12 = 16
36 damage *facepalms*


NE male dhampir elf psychic 12 HP 23/90 | AC 28 | F +16 R +20 W +22 (R)| Perc +20 | 1: 2/2, 2: 2/2, 3: 2/2, 4: 2/2, 5: 1/2, 6: 1/2 DC 31 Speed 30 ft | focus 2/3| Hero 3 | Active Conditions: Smoke 112/112 (AC 29), Dying 1

Fortitude (Telvir): 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (13) + 6 = 19
Fortitude (Smoke): 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (20) + 10 = 30

Spattered with Acid, Telvir moves to the stairs and whistles for Smoke to follow. The dog resists all of the damage.


|HP: 84/164| AC: 24 | F: +18, R: +15, W: +21+ | Dec +22, Dip/Itm+20, Med +21, Perc +19, Rel +17, Lor/Occ/Soc +15 | Lvl 1: 3/3, 2: 2/3, 3: 2/3, 4: 2/3, 5: 0/3, 6: 1/2, Focus: 1/3 | HeP 2/3 | Active conditions:

Caraid, for whom survival always comes first, bolts up the stairs. There's no point waiting to help someone else if you end up dead!

Reflex: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (5) + 6 = 11
Hero Reroll: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (20) + 6 = 26

Unfortunately physical activity is not his strong suit and he makes little progress until, with a sudden surge of effort he leaps four stairs in a single bound and emerges in the main room of the hut.

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