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This is a character originally made for a short-lived Midgard game. He's definitely a good front-liner and already built for the setting.

He's a Paladin raised on the Shadow Road by a woman who may or may not have been an avatar of the Shadow Goddess. He's good and very idealistic, but he's also pragmatic and not always nice. (his whole concept is vaguely batman-inspired). Eventually I plan on having him become a Shadowdancer.

The end of his backstory is an adventure hook for the game he was originally built for. That can easily be changed to suit your game.

Let me know what you think.

Hang in there. The end of a relationship isn't the end of the world, no matter how much it feels like it.

When you have a chance, can you move this game to Inactive?

"This fight is going nowhere." Hadrian growls, still slashing futilely at the swarm around his ankles. [b]"The originals are running off and we're getting spread out. Unless someone comes up with a plan in the next five seconds I'm calling a retreat."

I don't really mind it. We're just really unprepared for this kind of fight.

Is there any reason we couldn't leave, buy a whole buttload of oil and come back later?

Six people all throwing splash weapons would make pretty short work of them.

Hadrian keeps slamming his weapon down through the horde of rats, like he was using a very sharp broom. He concentrated his efforts on the larger rats.

Attack: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (15) + 5 = 20
Damage: 2d4 + 4 ⇒ (1, 4) + 4 = 9

Hope it's not dead. Maybe the GM just had some life stuff happen.

A map update might clear up some of Khita's confusion. I know it helps me a lot.

Without AoE spells we're looking at a long slog of a fight. I did hand off my pack, which has oil in it. Khita, if you're out of spells, that might be a good option for you. A flask of oil can light up 4 of them at a time.

Realizing he's not going to be able to keep the rats from swarming past him and into his companions, Hadrian curls his lips in a frustrated snarl. "I'm going after the big ones. Hope they're the originals."

Move forward 10' to attack the big rat closest to me.

Attack: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (17) + 5 = 22
Damage: 2d4 + 4 ⇒ (3, 1) + 4 = 8

I'm going to wait for the results on Khita's spell before I decide what to do.

That tactical map is terrifying. Does anyone have any AoE spells? Color spray? Burning Hands?

"If we kill the originals, what happens to the copies!?" Hadrian shouts, hoping for a quick answer.

Hadrian grits his teeth. That's a lot of rats.

Taking off his satchel, he hands it backwards to be passed to Ariso and Kelvanthus.

"I have oil in here."

6 flasks left. I used my only alch-fire earlier though.

Standard Action: Ready Action to whack the first rat that closes distance. Then I'll take AoOs for Reach.

Hadrian sighs when he sees the rats. "Wonderful."

Hefting his polearm he starts moving slowly down the hall.

"Careful. They swarm and are pretty aggressive. I'll try to hold the line, but this hallway's a little wide."

As Ariso's healing energies close the bites on his legs, Hadrian nods his thanks and cracks his neck, stepping back into the house at the head of the group.

Stealth: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (16) + 3 = 19

Much obliged. I'm down 4 non-lethal

"Just engaging in some amateur pest control. It was a lot harder than it should have been." Hadrian says with a scowl. "When the bards tell the tales of our exploits, this part is getting left out."

Taking a few moments to clean his weapon and check himself over, he took care to wash his wounds. "Filthy things. Hope I don't catch sick."

"I think we should look over the whole house. We barely got inside before we were interrupted."

Hadrian was certainly disturbed by Elisimus' 'companion' but he pushed it aside. The Shadow Lady had many strange visitors when he was growing up and he had learned early not to judge someone by their appearances.

"How would we tell?" he asked.

"Well. That was unpleasant. Thanks for the-" the words die in his mouth as he sees D'endrrah.

He stares quietly, carefully looking between the two, noting the glowing runic marking they both shared. Then says "You have a little something on your face there."

"Good idea."

Attack: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (5) + 5 = 10
Damage: 2d4 + 4 ⇒ (4, 2) + 4 = 10

move to the doorway

Hadrian grunts and does as he's told.

Attack: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (6) + 5 = 11

Let's use that Bit of Luck

Attack: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (12) + 5 = 17
Damage: 2d4 + 4 ⇒ (3, 3) + 4 = 10

Then moves back to clear the swarm and wait for them to come again.

Works for me.

What I really want is to find a place in the room where they can't swarm us so easy. >.<

1+ dex mod, but yeah, you're right. I mixed up my strength and dex. 'Cause I'm dumb.

Probably out drinking with my money...

Crit Confirm: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (16) + 5 = 21
Bonus Damage: 4d4 + 8 ⇒ (4, 2, 4, 3) + 8 = 21

What does the statue look like? How sturdy is it?

"Resilient little bastards." Hadrian curses as they continue to swarm. Quick-stepping nearer to the statue in the center of the room, he sweeps his polearm through the mass.

Move to 4X, attacking the ones who were just swarming me.

Attack: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (20) + 5 = 25
Damage: 2d4 + 4 ⇒ (2, 3) + 4 = 9

4 AoOs ready to go...

Well, at least your group is dedicated, right?

That sounds fine to me. There's going to be a 4 hour period in the middle of the day that I'll be busy, but other than that I'll be free to post and will check frequently.

No problem.

I'm treating the situation from the perspective of someone who is a competent and prepared combatant who's just found himself paired with someone who's obviously smart, but who's capabilities are as yet unknown.

Hence all the directions Hadrian is barking.

Ariso can choose to ignore them if he wants. So far the majority of the tactics discussed have been "do you have fire? I have some fire." and "Think they can eat us if we move away from them?" I don't think that's getting too meta.


Why would they? Reach of 0 is pretty clear. They don't threaten. They can attack creatures they share a square with on their turn, but I don't think they get AoOs.

Think about standing in a pile of rats? How hard is it to raise a foot higher than they can reach, and hop a few feet away? It's not like they dogpile you any more when you move. That's why swarms auto hit, but don't get to take AoOs.

If I'm wrong then I'll just take the attacks. It's better than standing there out in the open and getting chewed on.

Hmm. I don't like that roll. Let's try again.

Loki Reroll: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (20) + 3 = 23


Can you crit with a splash weapon?

"Move toward the steps! Throw this!"

They should have a reach of 0, which means no movement-provoked AoOs for them. I'm moving to X6 while changing weapons with one hand and drawing a flask from my belt with the other.

"See those other two flasks on my hip? Throw them!"

Alchemist Fire, aiming for square Y3 (after Ariso leaves it): 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (9) + 3 = 12

I have two flasks of oil on my belt also, for Ariso to add to the fun with.

I am now armed with the Ransuer instead of the Greatsword and ready to play Whack-A-Mole.

You're a priest of Loki, right? Got any fire up your sleeve? Swarms tend to hate that. If we can keep between things and stop them from surrounding us, we might be able to bottleneck them.

Hadrian bursts into motion in a low crouch, coming to position next to the line of rats that had attacked his partner.

"Get behind me. Keep firing."

Move to Y2

Greatsword: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (9) + 5 = 14
Damage: 2d6 + 4 ⇒ (2, 5) + 4 = 11

Hadrian waits...

Hadrian waits, watching the small thing, trying to determine what it is and hoping it hasn't noticed him.

What is it? What would be appropriate to roll here?

Stealth: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (10) + 3 = 13

Hadrian moves to a wall as quietly as possible.

We are still apart.

perception, to keep a look out: 1d20 ⇒ 16

Should we be rolling stealth as well?

Doesn't even blink.

"I'll keep watch. The side approach there looks best for keeping out of line of any of the windows."

"How quaint." Hadrian says sarcastically to his partner as he eyes the enormous manorhouse.

30 silver

Hadrian nods his appreciation to the sergeant and lets Ariso continue.

"You boys do look a little overworked Less pay means longer hours just to make ends meet." Hadrian says with a nod. "How about you go get a few drinks on us after your shift?"

Tossing a small coin pouch to the sergeant, Hadrian thumbs over his shoulder toward the pub they just came from. "That place has a pretty potent stout you might want to try."

"Don't worry about us. We haven't officially decided who's going to be our champion, but we aren't going anywhere anyway."

Diplomacy: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (16) + 7 = 23

He keeps walking as he talks, not being hostile and not seeming particularly concerned about their presence.

Hadrian was comfortable letting Ariso draw attention and ask questions. The quiet knight spent most of his time listening and observing.

Eh. He'll still go for a walk for a while before finding a place to get a room.

Hadrian nods. "I was headed that way anyway. I'll meet you there."

Making his way out the door shortly after, he walked the city, familiarizing himself with its many roads, beginning to get a feel for how they fit together and paying careful attention to where the buildings cast their shadows.

"I'll join you."

+7 Diplomacy.

Works for me.

Want to make it one of us, or look around for an NPC?

The whole system seems very bureaucratic. It may be that even after a champion is named, it might be quite a while before the fight even happens. The longer we extend that the more time for adventuring (and leveling up) we have.

GM, can you give us any details about how these fights tend to work and how we might go about stacking the deck in our favor?

"I'll do it." The quiet man in the armor said after listening for a while. "I was Knighted by Sir Cassius Grey. I'm not a noble, but I do have a recognized title. I think I even have a small piece of Sir Grey's family estate somewhere, though I've never seen the place. As long as a signet ring and a sword is all that it takes to be named as a Champion, I should be allowed."

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