Shiyara the High Mediator

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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Liesel-Marie give a firm nod as she looks at the child, an amused glint in her eyes. As she turns to the manticores, the amusement disappears.

"The child has said it well. As you say, it would indeed be foolish to trouble us if we release you. If you are hungry, there is far easier prey among the residents of this castle."

She looks back at her friends, waiting.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

"Absolutely. Girl, you have fought and bled alongside us all. What do you say?"


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Liesel-Marie looks at her visible allies. ”What say you?”


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

The bloodrager shrugs her shoulders, ”It is a sign of respect to use one’s name or title. I would not leave anyone in a cage. I also would not release you to attack my friends. What assurance do I have that you will leave this place and not trouble us when released?”


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Liesel-Marie considers the question before addressing the manticore that had spoken, "Creature, do you have a name?"


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

The Erukai's skepticism is clear once she twigs onto the situation. "They are not stupid. And rarely kind. How do we know they would not immediately give us away or even attack directly? But they have seen us - either we free them or they are a problem for us." She looks at Kyt meaningfully.


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Human Zoomer (Battle Medic) 7 [ Stamina 58/63 | Hit Points 49/49 | Resolve 8/9 | KAC 18 | EAC 18 | F4 R11 W6 (+1 Fort vs disease or poison, evasion, immunity to flat-flooted, fire resist 7) | Init +9 | Perc +10 | Sneak +12 | Acro +18 ]

Henri's eyes bug a little at being in the position of being the speaker, but tries to recover. "Oui, merci, Marshall. Hélas, je ne viens pas de votre beau pays, Monsieur le Premier Ministre, mais mes ancêtres ont appris la culture et la langue et les gardent proches depuis des générations. Monsieur le Premier ministre, nous disposons d'informations très sensibles concernant un crime en cours de planification et nous ne pensons pas que les auteurs sachent que nous sommes sur leurs traces. Veuillez confirmer que vous êtes seul et que nous sommes sur un canal sécurisé." Henri pauses while the import of that statement sinks in, even if the PM doesn't act on it, "Nous venons de quitter un site où un pseudo-clone d'un cerveau connu tentait de saboter l'opération visant à littéralement faire revivre les mythes d'antan en utilisant des technologies transdimensionnelles. Certains membres de notre équipe continuent de résoudre le problème pendant que ceux que vous voyez avant de prendre l'avion pour empêcher un assassinat connexe."

"Nous vous appelons parce qu'au cours de nos recherches sur la manière dont le pseudo-clone s'est retrouvé dans une position aussi sensible, nous avons localisé des individus similaires dans des positions sensibles similaires à travers le continent. Ce n’est pas le genre de menace qu’une petite équipe d’intervention comme la nôtre peut contrer – c’est quelque chose qu’une force opérationnelle plus grande et coordonnée devra gérer. Si un ou deux de ces individus sont capturés, les autres s’échoueront sans doute et seront très difficiles à retrouver. Cette opération nécessitera une coordination à un niveau élevé au-delà des frontières internationales. Nous pensons que vous et vos pairs disposez des ressources nécessaires pour faciliter la coordination."

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Henri's eyes bug a little at being in the position of being the speaker, but tries to recover. "Yes, thank you, Marshall. Alas, I am not from your beautiful land, Prime Minister, but my ancestors learned the culture and the language and have held it close for generations. Prime Minister, we have very sensitive information regarding a crime in the planning stages and we do not believe the perpetrators know we are on their trail. Please confirm that you are alone and that we are on a secure channel." Henri pauses while the import of that statement sinks in, even if the PM doesn't act on it, "We have just left a site where a pseudo-clone of a known mastermind was attempting to sabotage the operation to literally bring forward the myths of old using transdimensional technologies. Some of our team continues to address the issue while those you see before you are flying to prevent a related assassination."

"We are calling you because in the course of researching how the pseudo-clone came to be in such a sensitive position, we have located similar individuals in similar sensitive positions across the continent. This is not the sort of threat that a small strike team such as ours can address - it is something a larger coordinated task force will need to handle. If one or two of these individuals are captured, the others will no doubt go to ground and be very hard to find. This operation will require coordination at a high level across international boundaries. Coordination we believe you and your peers would have the resources to facilitate."


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Liesel-Marie nods back to her sword-sister. As the rest of the party moves out of the room, she gives the room a once-over before turning to follow.


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Human Zoomer (Battle Medic) 7 [ Stamina 58/63 | Hit Points 49/49 | Resolve 8/9 | KAC 18 | EAC 18 | F4 R11 W6 (+1 Fort vs disease or poison, evasion, immunity to flat-flooted, fire resist 7) | Init +9 | Perc +10 | Sneak +12 | Acro +18 ]

"Zellgato, let's attack the research together. Tell me what you know about the clones or anything else you have so far."

Using the RP to research while integrated to Gay Deceiver at speed as suggested. Disregard the second roll if that's not allowed or I misunderstand.

Henri listens carefully to the information shared by Zellgato, and closes his eyes, focusing on his connection to the ship.

Computers: 1d20 + 14 ⇒ (12) + 14 = 26 or Computers: 1d20 + 14 ⇒ (9) + 14 = 23

The goal is to get the history of the PHDuhminions and any links to who filed the paperwork on their behalf and chase those histories while also researching staff at the site of the prime minister's speech to look for crossover.


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Human Zoomer (Battle Medic) 7 [ Stamina 58/63 | Hit Points 49/49 | Resolve 8/9 | KAC 18 | EAC 18 | F4 R11 W6 (+1 Fort vs disease or poison, evasion, immunity to flat-flooted, fire resist 7) | Init +9 | Perc +10 | Sneak +12 | Acro +18 ]

"Missing footage is interesting. Gay Deceiver, do a search for what news sources would be expected at such an event. We want to know who is missing. As for the bees, I suspect they came through the ductwork from a nearby room and that there's something on the target that attracted them. They absolutely should have been attacking the audience members that we did see rather than the... prime minister, was it? They seem to not be attacking and it is odd that the bees went directly to them. Yes, Nissa, say it - I left it for you - they made a "


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Male Paladin 8/Trickster 2; Lay on Hands 6/7; Smite Evil 2/3; CHA damage 2

Prayers for speedy and complete recovery for both of them.


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Male Paladin 8/Trickster 2; Lay on Hands 6/7; Smite Evil 2/3; CHA damage 2

Enos' character sheet is basically done. The status bar will come later. I'm sure he's not optimized terribly well, but hopefully he will contribute to the party - and survive for a bit.


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Male Dwarf Warpriest (forgepriest) of Gorum 3 | AC 20 (waraxe and shield), T 11, F 19, CMD 16, 20 vs bull rush or trip | F 6 R 2 W 5, +2 vs poisons, spells, SLAs | hp 23/27 | Init +2 | Perc +7 (+9 for unusual stonework) | Darkvision 60' | AP 5/6 | Blessings 4/4 | Fervor 2/4 | Effects:

Edrukk whispers back, "Aye, but first, we 'ave a watcher. Lassie 't th' knife-board seems t' be keepin' 'er eye 'n ye."

He nods solemnly in that way that drunks do when they've imparted the most important thought they've had all day to the unfortunate listener before leaning back and taking another swallow from his mug.

Translation:
"I agree, but before we go anywhere, we have someone watching us. The elven woman throwing knives at the target appears to be watching one or both of us closely."


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

"If I was hunting elk, I would be studying their habits so I could wait along their trail and take them by surprise. Perhaps that approach will work here."


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Liesel-Marie grins and raises an eyebrow. ”Sounds like fun to me. Even better if we get the drop on them or catch them apart. Or both.”


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Human Zoomer (Battle Medic) 7 [ Stamina 58/63 | Hit Points 49/49 | Resolve 8/9 | KAC 18 | EAC 18 | F4 R11 W6 (+1 Fort vs disease or poison, evasion, immunity to flat-flooted, fire resist 7) | Init +9 | Perc +10 | Sneak +12 | Acro +18 ]
Nissa, the Subatomic Bombshell wrote:

Oh sure. As soon as I mention I’m part goddess, Henri walks on water.

HAHAHAHA!


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Liesel-Marie nods, ”I make no claim for those things”.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Healing:
Liesel-Marie had already applied all of the fast healing provided from Aiko's lay on hands to reach 43 hit points, which is one point below threshold for Wounded. At 53, she would be grazed. She will utilize the first two positions to bring her to 80 and Healthy.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

"My sister, they got away because we value your life more than we value their deaths. I could as easily say they got away because I froze when he struck me and couldn't move. I could easily have changed the outcome if I had still been fighting."

Listening to Aiko's desription of what's befallen their tall friend, she replies, "Will it worsen? We have disrupted the ritual, I think," she points to the dead and dying ogres. "Maybe we can return to the chapel and leave him with the ghost."

Applied final round of fast healing 3.

"Speaking of these three, do any of them carry anything useful?"

Having faith that her compatriots are more capable of assessing Rohan's condition and feeling like they need to keep moving, she will search the bodies and put anything interesting to the side to be evaluated or carried off until there is time to look it over.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Applied fast healing 3, remains at Wounded (-1)

Fortitude DC 18: 1d20 + 12 + 2 - 1 ⇒ (12) + 12 + 2 - 1 = 25

The bloodrager’s muscle relax as her body throws off the effect seizing them. She glares at the duo, lowering her axe from her frozen battle-ready stance. ”My quarrel was with them,” she nods at the ogres, ”but if she dies…” Her expression makes the rest of the message quite clear.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Applied second fast healing, now Wounded (-1) and paralyzed (round 1 of 6).


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Partially correct. Her base fortitude bonus is 12. She has a +2 from Raging Vitality. I believe I was mistakenly including a +1 from her (non-existent in this form of rage) CON bonus. I did forget the penalty.

But she is indeed paralyzed. (4) + 12 + 2 - 2 for a 16 and a failed save.

GM:
Does the fast healing take effect on my turn or Aiko's? Or do future rounds take place on my turn and the first one takes place on hers? And does she have a +5 to her lay on hands? I mean, I would love to have all the healing she can give me, but the roll showing was a 12, which would bring me to 29 with the first bit of fast healing.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Fortitude DC 18: 1d20 + 12 + 3 ⇒ (4) + 12 + 3 = 19

Woof!

AC 23 -2 (bloodrage) -2 (bewildered), wyrmsbreath 2 pts


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Liesel-Marie roars in her own fury, stepping between the remaining ogre sister-wife and the prone Aiko. She strikes twice at the ogress, trying to bring her down swiftly, flames trailing the bearded axe [1]Icingflame[/i] as it makes great arcs around its wielder.

Primary attack: 1d20 + 14 ⇒ (14) + 14 = 28
Slashing Damage: 1d12 + 21 ⇒ (5) + 21 = 26 plus Fire Damage: 3d6 ⇒ (4, 3, 6) = 13 (bloodrage, power attack, searing flesh)

Iterative attack: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (8) + 9 = 17
Slashing Damage: 1d12 + 21 ⇒ (5) + 21 = 26 plus Fire Damage: 3d6 ⇒ (4, 5, 3) = 12 (bloodrage, power attack, searing flesh)

AC 23 - 2 (bloodrage), wyrmsbreath 2 pts


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

I should have been posting here, sorry.

I had already subtracted the result of the unholy blight from my temporary hit points before I got tag-teamed. I started with 27 temporary hit points. Subtracting 12 for unholy blight left me with 15. My base temporary hit points are 18, but I have another 9 from raging vitality. I could be a lot clearer on my character sheet - I will try to address that.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Checking my math - Lurp did 32 points of damage, reduced to 31. Sister Slobber did 26, reduced 25. Reducing 56 by 15 due to temporary hit points, Liesel-Marie takes 41 actual points of damage and leaves her at 44 hit points and Grazed, which has no penalty for her due to her Endurance feat.

Do the sisters take fire damage from attacking Liesel-Marie in melee? Or does their reach save them that damage?

Liesel-Marie roars in her anger. She steps out of the flank (one square down, please) and focuses her attacks on the ogress she just struck

Primary attack: 1d20 + 14 ⇒ (9) + 14 = 23
Slashing Damage: 1d12 + 21 ⇒ (4) + 21 = 25 plus Fire Damage: 3d6 ⇒ (3, 3, 4) = 10 (bloodrage, power attack, searing flesh)

Iterative attack: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (8) + 9 = 17
Slashing Damage: 1d12 + 21 ⇒ (1) + 21 = 22 plus Fire Damage: 3d6 ⇒ (3, 4, 3) = 10 (bloodrage, power attack, searing flesh)

AC 23 - 2 (bloodrage)


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Bloodrage Will save: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (15) + 10 = 25 I am finding conflicting information regarding my bonus while in a bloodrage. It might be +11, but I don't think so. That said, let's see how I roll...


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Liesel-Marie is caught off-guard by the impetuous move by the marshall and again by the appearance of the snake-woman. She mutters, "I thought I was the reckless one. I'm afraid you may have just killed us all." She starts toward the very crowded doorway, growling, "Someone start hurting that spellcaster, don't let him start casting spells "

With that thought, she calls on her fiery blood and disappears in a rush of flame, reappearing adjacent to Tsadok and between the ogress mothers-to-be. The bearded axe IcingFlame slices through the air and she says, "Always running off to have all the fun, my friend.".

Move action to square above Nyym.
Free action to bloodrage.
Standard action to blade rush 30' and attack. If an ogress has been attacked, Liesel-Marie will attack her. If neither has been attacked, she will attack the one on the left.

Using her Gloves of Arcane Striking, enemies adjacent to her target take 2 points of the same damage type as the attack (magic, slashing). I presume that would not apply to my fire damage.

Bringing the flaming kitchen sink: 1d20 + 14 + 2 ⇒ (4) + 14 + 2 = 20

Slashing damage, magical: 1d12 + 35 ⇒ (4) + 35 = 39 and Fire: 3d6 ⇒ (2, 2, 6) = 10

(enraged, searing flesh, power attack, vital strike, blade rush)
AC 23 - 2 - 2 due to bloodrage + blade rush

Wyrmsbreath Shield gains a charge.

I have apparently offended the dice gods. I will be off sacrificing a d20 to the dark powers if you need me.


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Human Zoomer (Battle Medic) 7 [ Stamina 58/63 | Hit Points 49/49 | Resolve 8/9 | KAC 18 | EAC 18 | F4 R11 W6 (+1 Fort vs disease or poison, evasion, immunity to flat-flooted, fire resist 7) | Init +9 | Perc +10 | Sneak +12 | Acro +18 ]

That’s my fairy princess, right there.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

”I will distract the spellcaster. The Marshal’s foe thinks like you do, you should use your tricks on him. Aiko, can you and Meir deal with Rohan and the corpse? That way you can heal Rohan if necessary. Rocnork, what can you do with a roomful of sand? Possibly tie up two pregnant ogres?”

Not being argumentative, do what you want, Nyym. Just wanting to make sure we don’t sit waiting to make a plan until December.


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Kobold LN SOR 5, Small humanoid (reptilian) | 27/27 hp | AC 13 (T 13, FF 11) | CMB +0 | CMD 12 | F2/R3/W5, +4 vs sleep or paralysis | Init +2 | Perc +4 | Defenses Trap Sense +1, Resist Acid 5 | Breath 0/1 | Trap Rune 7/7 | Spells 1st 5/7, 2nd 4/5 | Conditions:

Jig’s up! Glitterdust and flee!

Edit: Tarphrex rewards the observant fellow with a burst of sparkly mica and ducks out of sight to where Loth was waiting to proceed. He hisses, ”Stay with Tarphrex! Tarphrex will help hide!” and moves down the stairs.

Hoping to target both that saw me and sow confusion.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

”Wherever Nyym has gotten himself to, we want those blades of his in the fight. I suggest he aid the Marshall. Maybe Oloch and I could form the core against the ogres. A healer should deal with Rohan…” She looks to see if that partial plan meets with approval…


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

"As was pointed out so recently, there are a lot of us. Perhaps you should lead a strike team against your adversary - you know him best - while another team focuses on the spellcaster." She looks at the others, "I'm inclined to take the fight to the giant-kin, personally. Pick a team, my friends. Let's bring some justice to this lot. For those that could not fight and for those that can no longer fight."

What do you folks think? Two pitched battles in the same small room?


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

"It appears we have an abundance of targets. What do we need to know about your skull-faced foe? For that matter, what do we know about any of these? Ogres are dangerous just because of their size, but didn't someone say the one called Pappy is a spellcaster?"

She glances at Kyt with a half-smile, "At risk of sounding like I'm making a plan, we could focus our attention on one or two targets. I guess I'm asking where you feel my skills would best be applied first."


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

As long as you are still here, Marshall, happy to wait.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Liesel-Marie moves toward Meir, sheathing her sword. ”Meir! What did you see?”

Given time, she will attempt to grapple him to protect him from himself.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

The Erutaki frowns, "It is as though you say what I say with better words." She turns toward where the impetuous one disappeared, drawing forth IcingFlame.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Liesel-Marie waves off the lecture. "As you wish. I am always in the moment. It is the only way I know to be. I'll stop trying to plan, it's not my strong suit - just point me in the direction I need to go."

As a player, I had completely lost track of the fact that we numbered nearly a dozen people now. I thought we were splitting up much less evenly.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

The Erutaki frowns. "Are you sure dividing our forces is wise? I trust your judgement, I'm not a tactician, but I don't want us to lose anyone because we tried to be clever."


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Human Zoomer (Battle Medic) 7 [ Stamina 58/63 | Hit Points 49/49 | Resolve 8/9 | KAC 18 | EAC 18 | F4 R11 W6 (+1 Fort vs disease or poison, evasion, immunity to flat-flooted, fire resist 7) | Init +9 | Perc +10 | Sneak +12 | Acro +18 ]

Henri is uncertain of the appropriate way to inject a foreign substance like this without an IV bag, but he has lost friends to addiction and supposes that their method will serve here. He creates an impromptu tourniquet on his left arm before taking a deep breath. His focus is all-consuming as he injects the substance into his left arm. Feeling nothing yet, he pulls the tourniquet loose and immediately feels like he's been struck by lightning. Wave after wave of pain roll from the injection point through his body.

He attempts to relate what he's feeling, ever the scientist, to his friends, but whenever he opens his mouth, only a gasp issues forth as another wave rolls over him.

This is what happens when you are too focused. Do you remember?

The Scientist and The Pain:
A young boy, heavyset with naturally bronze skin and jet-black hair, is playing in a yard devoid of plant life. A prefab building stands beyond him, a suspect set of steps made of scrap lumber leading up to the door. The home is so bleached from years in the sun that it is almost blinding to look at. Sun-faded but once-colorful stickers adorn the windows. Heavy curtains are pulled against the heat. No wires lead to the house and an aging privy can be seen behind it, looking like a strong wind could blow it down. Beyond that is only sand, scrub, and in the far distance, red rock cliffs. The sky is a pastel arrangement of light purples at the horizon quickly fading to oranges and yellows as one raises their eyes toward the sun. The heat is intense.

The boy pays no attention to the sand and the sun, intently watching as he uses a stick to lift a rock in the sand and watching the creatures underneath scatter and dive into their burrows. He reaches to touch the ground, marveling at how it can feel cool and even damp from a rainstorm days past. He doesn't hear it, a rasping like rocks thrown across the floor of an arroyo, a rattling...

His eyes widen as he realizes the danger, the sound of the snake's warning finally breaking through his focus, too late. The rattling stops. Pain explodes in his thigh as the fangs sink in. He's going to die - the snake is large, he's seen smaller snakes deliver lethal quantities of venom. They are a fact of life here. He's going to die here in his front yard.

He thinks how Father found a job this week and took Mother to her job cleaning houses - they could afford to drive today, so they didn't have to walk to town, leaving before the boy even woke up. He got to eat breakfast with both of them and tell them excitedly about all the things he's learned from the books they brought from the town library. They smiled and shook their heads at the crazy ideas their boy had about being a pilot one day, a doctor the next, an engineer the third. He thinks how that will all end because he didn't hear a rattle.

The pain of the venom is so intense. Wave after wave of fire from the fangs all through his little body.
__________

I remember. I survived. I will survive again.

Seconds pass, feeling like hours. Just when he feels like the transition has completed and he can relax, a final explosion of sharp pain strikes him, becoming an unremitting agony that makes it impossible for him to think. His eyes roll back in his head and while he makes a visible effort to maintain his balance, his struggle is obvious and Theo leaps to his aid.

The Fight and The Stranger:
The heavyset boy is not scared to die. Death happens. He is angry that death will happen here, while his parents are away on a very good day. He will not be a pilot, a doctor, an engineer. He will merely be a little poor boy that died in his front yard.

He looks down at the snake, fangs still embedded in his leg. The thoughts, the fury, have come so fast that his hand flashes down to grab the reptile behind the head. Two will die here, then. It is a useless gesture, but the snake will die, too. He grabs the snake with all of the strength he can muster, thinking of the way the people in town dismiss him as a poor child from the desert, focusing that anger, too, into killing the snake.

He hears footsteps, crunching in the gravel of the road, slowly approaching. He should run, should hide, should not speak to the stranger. He cannot move.

The stranger steps up, blocking the sun, shading the boy. A young man, dressed strangely. Loosely draped cloth, sandals tied to his feet with long laces that wrap around the man's calves and reach nearly to his knees. Metal on his arm, metal around his head.

The man reaches down to the viper in the boy's hands. "Not today. You have many races to run." He takes the snake and it becomes a rod. The boy blinks, certain this hallucination is because of the venom. The man is not real after all. The young man touches the rod to where the fangs had torn the flesh of the boy's leg. The sudden relief overwhelms the boy where the pain had steeled him. He faints.
__________

You did. You changed. How will you change this time?

Feeling the godling's strength, the speedster leans into the support. He recalls the breathing techniques of his racing days, begins pushing the agony out of his mind by focusing on the breaths, bringing in extra oxygen to make up for the hemoglobin that he knows the nanites are using for their work. Theo feels the full weight of the smaller man as he gives the breathing all his concentration.

The Racer and The Change:
The agony - he remembers the ultramarathons, how it hurt to push his body to such extremes, how the prize money paid for a house in town for his parents, a house with electricity and water. He remembers racing in exhibitions against other athletes, greyhounds, and even horses. The money he earned from those exhibitions paid for school and he became all those things that his parents thought would never come to pass. He remembers waking up in the little house when his parents returned from work and telling them about the rattlesnake and how the strange man said he needed to run. He remembers how the scar from the snakebite was so small, they smiled and thought it was all in his imagination and they were glad he survived his ordeal.

They did not believe him. They shook their heads again when he started running. Every day, running. Longer and longer distances, faster and faster.
__________

As he falls into the rhythm of the breathing, his mind detaches from the pain, rises above the agony as his entire body is rewired from inside, and the scientist returns. He notes the sensations for future study. He endures.

Yes, that's always the question, isn't it? How will I change this time?


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

"Did your ghost tell you what he saw? Or did you actually see it through his eyes? I am curious if you know if there is any value to enter a room that might merely be the playroom of two large pets."

She considers, "Perhaps it would be better to lock the door in some fashion and save it for later. I would hate to have two tigers come down the hallway behind us."


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Liesel-Marie is tense, keyed up for a threat she expects but does not see. Yet.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12
DM Blayde MacRonan wrote:

At this, Meir speaks, As you may or may not know, sometimes souls manifest as spirits when they cannot rest due to some great injustice, either real or perceived. Chaplain Blix is in such a predicament. Marshal Winchester... He nods towards the lawman from Alkenstar before continuing: ...and I have taken it upon ourselves to aid him in attaining the rest he so desires.

And I will do so as well, says Aiko. Calrianne would have done the same were she here, so I can do no less.

Without hesitation and with a solemn mien, the Erutaki warrior nods, "Good, I love throwing myself at challenges I don't understand," after a beat, she grins, "and I'm certainly not going to let this lot have all the fun without me. So, what do we need to do?"

DM Blayde MacRonan wrote:
The elf warrior-monk glances over at Liesel-Marie, her cheeks slightly flushed. We shall. But not here.

A gentle reply from her friend, acknowledged with a slight nod and a wistful smile. She taps her chest above her heart and offers the little nod again.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

”Last evening’s healing prayers and your hospitality have set me to right, thank you. My mind was in another place when we arrived, so I fear you may have answered this, but how does a ghost come to be minding a chapel in an overthrown castle?”


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Liesel-Marie awakens abruptly and lays in the dark, listening. Listening to the sounds of her sleeping allies, to the soft murmurs of the still-faithful priest, to Kytynna as she tosses fitfully in her sleep. She saw it. Nyym probably saw it, too. Grandfather, what is this strange power that attends us in our sleep?

After a few minutes, she is able to return to sleep, that question unanswered.

At the spectral holy-man’s question and Kyt’s reply, she says, ”Was it, sister? If you wish to talk, let me know.”


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Human Zoomer (Battle Medic) 7 [ Stamina 58/63 | Hit Points 49/49 | Resolve 8/9 | KAC 18 | EAC 18 | F4 R11 W6 (+1 Fort vs disease or poison, evasion, immunity to flat-flooted, fire resist 7) | Init +9 | Perc +10 | Sneak +12 | Acro +18 ]

Assuming the Communicator is still translating, Henri is full of questions about where they are going, how to control the speed, how maneuverable the craft is, how it is landed, the works.

Loving the idea of the cool points, but he will take it easy until he feels like he has the hang of it. His friends and the others did not sign up to be test pilots, after all.

Attempting 1 cool point with penalty for unfamiliar craft, DC 20: 1d20 + 19 - 8 ⇒ (15) + 19 - 8 = 26

The budding Utopian pilot does some simple, straightforward direction changes and speed changes.

Feeling more comfortable, going for 2 cool points, DC 25: 1d20 + 19 ⇒ (10) + 19 = 29

He does some more radical modifications to the flight, elevation changes, stopping in mid-air (if that's possible) to hover, tighter circles. All trying not to make it obvious to his passengers - think professional airborne limo driver - no bumps or potholes on this ride!

He thinks he has the hang of it, but keeps it safe. 3 cool points, DC 30: 1d20 + 19 ⇒ (14) + 19 = 33

Bringing the craft to a stop in mid-air, he grins as he turns it slowly in a full circle before pointing it back in their original direction of travel.

He will fly it all the way to the destination if Pilot Henri allows. ;-)


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

I'm in. If Liesel-Marie dies, I will roll up another character. There's still story to tell.


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12
DM Blayde MacRonan wrote:

Kyt

Kyt looks around at the rest of the group. They are pretty banged up, she thinks to herself. And not just physically. With all of the fights that we've had, I don't think I've ever heard Liesel-Marie mention almost meeting her ancestors before.

Kyt moves over to where the Erutaki is sitting. I want to talk with you, if that's alright. I'm worried about everyone, but especially you. You're usually so unflappable and I've come to rely on that. I'm always wearing my heart on my sleeve, so having you being unruffled by things balanced that out in our little family.

But this last fight seems different. You seem different. The elf's features contort as she struggles to find the words to continue. You. Nyym. Myself. We're all that we have of Team Ruby. I miss Aodhán and Mesa and Nogusta. Hells, I even miss Rohan. She laughs at that last admission. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm here if you want to talk about things. About what happened with you this time. And if you don't, that's fine. Just know that I'm always available if you need to.

"It's easier to charge forward into certain doom when I now is all I have. To sacrifice myself for my friends when they are all I know. But I have started to have memories - the name of my axe, where I gained it. That monster struck me so hard, so viciously, I had a brief vision of memories of family I don't know. I will be fine."


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Liesel-Marie, seated on the ground, bows from her position and reaches to accept the weapon. She inspects it, testing its weight and inspecting the edge. She murmurs, "You have tasted my blood. Your owner wished to do the same, to make me his bride. Should I trust you? What is your story?"


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Awakened Bloodrager (Fire) 9; AC 23/14/21; 80/85 hp; F12 R8 W9; Health: Healthy (0); Rage left: 38-4+1/38; Spells left: 3/3, 1/1; Effects: Endure Elements (heat only), Wyrmsbreath 0 pts, Remaining healing: 20, 19, 12

Upon further review, I realized that no only should I not get a bloodline feat now, I should not have gotten one previously. In an attempt to make amends, I am foregoing my regular feat this level and considering my Vital Strike feat to occupy that slot. Sorry for the error.

Liesel-Marie's character sheet will be completed this weekend.

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