Ironfang Invasion Obituaries Page (Obvious Spoilers)


Ironfang Invasion

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As far as I can tell, there's no obituary thread for this AP yet... so let's start with something close to a TPK.

Name: Riglovik, Fenilan, Alraxia
Race: Halfling, Elf, Elf
Classes/levels: Magus 2, Skald 2, Barbarian 2
Adventure: Trail of the Hunted
Location: Event 3: One Stormy Night
Catalyst: The storm was actually one of teeth and claws
The Gory Details:
Earlier that day, the party encountered the centaur Yorc, whose poisoned apples caused the group's oracle to pass out for a few hours. That turned out to be a really fortunate thing for him, because he missed what came later.

While the oracle was unconscious, the barbarian became aware of the approaching storm. The 3 conscious PCs decided to look for a shelter for themselves and the refugees. They encountered the dire wolverine and, despite their best efforts, were quickly felled by the abominable damage output of that creature.

Using hero points, it was decided that the wolverine encounter actually never happened, because Aubrin finally remembered a hunter's cabin nearby that could provide shelter (area J). And so the 3 heroes have a chance to survive another day...

DMs be warned: the dire wolverine is quite dangerous against a group of level 2's...

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2 more PC deaths, very similar to one another.

Name: Fenilan
Race: Elf
Classes/levels: Skald 2
Adventure: Trail of the Hunted
Location: Random encounter : Molthuni Patrol
Catalyst: Being an elf
The Gory Details: The Molthuni patrol turned out to be a considerable challenge for this level 2 party, but most of all, the patrol’s level 4 captain with his impressive archery skills, flaming arrows and favored enemy: elf. The first action of the first round of the fight was the captain shooting Fenilan with 2 flaming arrows for 27 points of damage, bringing him from lightly wounded to dead.

Sadly, Fenilan was already out of hero points, so that was a real death.

Name: Nestral Oreld
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Oracle 2
Adventure: Trail of the Hunted
Location: H3: The Striking Shadow
Catalyst: Having a constitution score of 6.
The Gory Details: Here too, the first action of the first round of combat was a deadly blow. Shalra shot a “sneak attack” arrow at Nestral. She scored 17 damage (with 3d6), which brought Nestral from full HP to 1 below negative constitution.

Nestral used hero points to miraculously survive this ordeal, but who’s to say how much longer this very fragile character will be able to avoid death…

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Name: Nestral Oreld
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Oracle 5
Adventure: Trail of the Hunted
Location: Camp Redjaw
The Gory Details:
Poor Nestral was hit by a bomb from Yissti and immediately after by 2 arrows from Scarvinious, without any time in between the two attacks for him or anyone else to provide any healing. He would have died on the spot.

Using hero points, though, he survived to continue the campaign.


Moonbeam wrote:

2 more PC deaths, very similar to one another.

Name: Fenilan
Race: Elf
Classes/levels: Skald 2
Adventure: Trail of the Hunted
Location: Random encounter : Molthuni Patrol
Catalyst: Being an elf
The Gory Details: The Molthuni patrol turned out to be a considerable challenge for this level 2 party, but most of all, the patrol’s level 4 captain with his impressive archery skills, flaming arrows and favored enemy: elf. The first action of the first round of the fight was the captain shooting Fenilan with 2 flaming arrows for 27 points of damage, bringing him from lightly wounded to dead.

Sadly, Fenilan was already out of hero points, so that was a real death.

Guess those guys just earned their citizenship.


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We have had several deaths thus far

Name : Pchela
Race : Entobian
Classes : Druid 1
Adventure : Trail of the Hunted
Catalyst : Wolf
The Gory Details : Crited by the wolf on the Bridge.

Name : Aerona
Race : Dhampir
Classes : Fighter 1
Adventure : Trail of the Hunted
Location : Temple
Catalyst : Attacked by a dual wielding hobgoblin. Having a constitution of a 10 didn't help.

Name : Aerona + Krieger
Race Dwarf + Dhampir
Class Fighter + Fighter 2
Location : The Hut
Catalyst : Death by kitty.
The GOry Details : the Cat of the Shack pounced on the dhampir during the surprise round. Then pounced on the dwarf and crited with a bite. Our party now fears cats.

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Mine-
Khedrit
Ifrit Sword Devil (Ranger) 6

Death 1: Death to the Red Cap leader. Sliced in half by a crit from her scythe. :/
*Raised*
Death 2: Engulfed by Tick Swarm. Sucked dry.
>Opting to NOT revive and drag party down with a severely penalized character.<

Other characters (not mine):
Ajax Suli Sorcerer-attempting-Dragon-Disciple & Omar Ratfolk Ninja: Died to a coup de grace after being captured after a botched rescue mission after a botched guerilla hit on the Red Jaw camp.
[long story: party attempted a guerilla attack on the red jaw camp; dice were going our way- then they didn't. Khedrit and Omar were captured; Ajax tried to "sneak in" to rescue us and failed- and fell down into the alchemist's tent. After a brief interrogation, bbeg coup'd everyone- Khedrit survived.]
Gorignak Half-Orc Witch- also died to Tick Swarm; tried to fly away, passed out midflight- fall damage killed him.


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My first death EVER! Well, other than a PC that I play as GM (argh).

Name: Dread
Race: Oni-spawn tiefling
Class: Hexcrafter (magus) 8
Adventure: Assault on Longshadow
Location: Chernasardo forest, Maenad encounter
Details: It was an epic battle that they simply did not expect. The Maenad confused everybody except the magus. The alchemist eventually dropped himself and the inquisitor with help from the ranger (his AC, a large wolf, spent most of the fight licking a tree, baying at the sun, etc.), and the magus couldn't manage to roll above a 7, missing the Maenad's fairly high AC every time. She finally hit him for 23 dmg when he was at 1 HP. The ranger finally re-focused on her and managed to drop her, with only single digit HP himself. They were 1 bad roll from a TPK, actually.

Epic. One off the best sessions any of us ever had. They no longer trust me. :)

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My dice decided to abandon me...

Shenna, female hobgoblin Skald 7
Death- failing reflex save against a Flame Strike, then failing another reflex save against a black dragon's Acid Breath in the final Ranger fortress at the end of book 2.
She managed to pop off a Haste before being melted into a pile of goo.

She died along side her Bear animal companion [she just called it Bear], who was still a bit ragged after being thrashed about by some Dire Weasels.

i probably could have used a PFS reroll to try to save her, but honestly- i didn't feel her. i liked the concept of her character- an outcast from hobgoblin ranks; but a save/suck caster with a bear animal companion to complement and support the party's only frontliner- a bloodrager- left her as a third wheel. between a ranged fighter/slayer, a kineticist, and the healing specialized cleric, my character didn't feel effective, especially when only two people would often accept my rage song.

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Name: Taznata (Cohort)
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Druid 3 / Sorcerer 3
Adventure: Assault on Longshadow
Location: Area F: Griffon Kill
The Gory Details:
Taznata tried to use Wild Empathy to befriend the griffons, but committed the unforgivable mistake of confusing them with hippogriffs.
Two of the griffons entered a state of frenzy at the insult and pounced on poor Taznata for 80 points of damage, sending her too deep into the negatives for anyone to prevent her death.

I had not expected this easy-looking encounter to result in any kind of danger for the party.
Those griffons can actually do a lot of damage.

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Name: Nestral Oreld and Miriss Obdelego (his cohort)
Race: Both human
Classes/levels: Oracle 8 and Inquisitor 6
Adventure: Assault on Longshadow
Location: Area H: Remains of Redburrow
The Gory Details:
The trench mist engulfed half of the group in its atrocious acidic and deathly essence. Everyone failed their saving throw against it.
The Barbarian had enough hit points to survive the ordeal, but alas, Nestral and Miriss did not.
Nestral cheated death yet again by using his last hero points, but poor Miriss died for real.

The road to Longshadow is long and perilous indeed...

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Name: Ikrinda Tuzdin
Race: Gnome
Classes/levels: Inquisitor 9
Adventure: Assault on Longshadow
Location: Area K6: Mutation Lab
The Gory Details: In the surprise round, Ikrinda and the group's barbarian both got grappled, constricted and smothered by the lurkers above (or is it lurker aboves?).
The rest of the group focused their attacks on the barbarian's lurker first, as it was more accessible to them.
Ikrinda couldn't do much to damage her captor or to heal herself. Just as the group killed the other lurker and were ready to come to her aid, she got constricted to death.

Using hero points, though, she survived to continue the campaign.


"I got better!"

^_____^


Name: Kyra
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Cleric 7
Adventure: Assault on Longshadow
Location: Area K6: Mutation Lab
The Gory Details: Kyra ran into the room to help players that had been critically wounded by the lurkers above, only to be grappled herself by the same lurkers and then chewed until dead one round later.

The players had to travel all the way to Crowstump to find the nearest cleric to cast raise dead.

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Name: Riglovik Ferrens
Race: Halfling
Classes/levels: Magus 8/ Arcane Archer 2

Name: Ikrinda Tuzdin
Race: Gnome
Classes/levels: Inquisitor 10

Name: Alraxia
Race: Elf
Classes/levels: Unchained Barbarian 10

Adventure: Assault on Longshadow
Location: Area P (Ecru)
Catalyst: Too many enemies with attacks that auto-hit or aim against touch AC.
The Gory Details:
On a tight schedule (3 days before the invasion of Longshadow), the group decided to leave the Oracle in Longshadow to help getting the defenses ready while the rest of the group assaulted the munitions camp.
They infiltrated the camp by climbing above the wall behind P6. Once they reached the center of the ruins of Ecru, the phalanx troop spotted them and sounded the alarm.
A very difficult fight followed. The PCs took a lot of damage from the troops and took a long time to kill them - enough time for the barghests, bombardiers and golems to join the fight.
Already wounded from the fight against the troops (given their auto-hit troop damage), most of the party (the 3 mentioned above plus a barbarian cohort) fell to the bombs of the bombardiers and golems.
The only survivor was the group's rogue (under the cover of Greater Invisibility). She killed one golem and one barghest before having to flee. She was able to sneakily drag Riglovik's body behind cover and take off with him atop her bronze "dragon/griffon" figurine of power.

Thanks to the use of hero points, the PCs cheated death once again, but Ikrinda, Alraxia and the barbarian cohort are now prisoners of the Ironfang Legion...
Leaving only the Oracle, the Rogue and Riglovik to defend Longshadow...

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Name: Nestral Oreld
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Oracle 13
Adventure: Siege of Stone
Location: Area J17 (Weapon vault)
Catalyst: Double natural 20 for an Attack of Opportunity
The Gory Details: Having defeated the adventure's BBEG just a few minutes before, the party was in a good mood and was just in the process of exploring the last few remaining rooms of the dungeon to "clean up".
In the weapon vault, the Ice Devil Krymous appeared when they tampered with the weapons. Nestral was the first to act and tried to shoot her.
Sadly for him, Krymous had Combat Reflexes, and rolled a natural 20 for her attack of opportunity, confirmed by a natural 20.
The 89 points of damage were enough to kill Nestral despite him being full-HP and having Stoneskin active.

Using hero points, though, Nestral survived to continue the campaign (this being his SIXTH close call with Pharasma so far...).


Name: Lyndelle Sun
Race: Human
Classes/levels: Ranger 7
Adventure: Fangs of War
Location: L19, The Dragon's Garden
Catalyst: Eygara's AoO as they tried to escape the tower.
The Gory Details: The party had a brutal fight against Jang and company while Ibzairiak was away, but managed to win. Unfortunately, all the Flame Strikes and such alerted the rest of the fort, minus the inhabitants of the lower levels of the tower who had already been dealt with. The party initially chose to stand their ground and fight, but upon realizing how bad the numbers were, opted to flee out the hole in the wall and climb down the tower.

Meanwhile Eygara snuck up on Lyndelle and crit her. Lyndelle tried to use acrobatics to slip paster Eygara and out the tower, failed by a few points. Eygara hit for max damage, and Lyndelle's dead body fell 80 feet out the tower. :( She died having completed her life's ambition of joining the Chernasardo Rangers, though.

Names: Thorn and Kanti
Race: Elf and Human
Classes/levels: Witch 7 and Oracle 7
Adventure: Fangs of War
Location: L6, Courtyard
Catalyst: The same blast of acid from Ibzairiak.
The Gory Details: The party laid an ambush for Ibzairiak. I rolled randomly to determine when he would arrive and got before sunrise. This made his at will 50 foot darkness pretty much unbeatable to a party that only had dark vision on their melee characters and no higher level light spells. Using his Silent Image tactics he baited out their alpha strikes (including trying to collapse the tower on him) and then utilitized mobility, range, and reach to mess up the party.

The casters wound up in the air, with the Oracle of Life in melee range so his Elemental Body could shine through the Darkness. Ibzairiak offered the party a chance to surrender, pay him off in treasure he could give to his beloved, and go on their way with some new scars. The casters flipped him the bird. He then dissolved them both in the same acid blast.

After the party surrendered, Ibzairiak got cocky and bit the arm off the monk-- giving the archer an opening to use the Named Bullet arrow Thorn had prepared before the fight. Thorn's player rolled post mortem to beat his spell resistance. and the auto crit arrow killed the Scar Maker. It was a costly battle, but the ending was amazing.

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Two more-

Mine:
Phyandra, 9 Human Arcanist (Occultist)
Where: Munitions camp in Book Three, before Siege of Longshadow.
Cause: Bleeding out after being slashed by an Alchemical Golem.

Other PC:
Amill, 9 Suli Bloodrager
Where: Same munitions camp
Cause: Camp Alchemist

To be frank- the party should have fled after realizing there were Golems in the camp.
We took out the guards at the strip mine outside the ruined town, nearly got taken out by the Troops inside- My Arcanist Fireball'd into town, drawing the troops out, and instead of ambushing the troops- we played defensively, and that hurt us more than helped.
Instead of resting up after that fight and going in fresh, we thought we could take out whatever was left.
What was left were two Hobgoblin Alchemists and two Alchemical Golems.

In the ensuing fight, the alchemists went first and managed to block the door way with their Stink Bombs, enabling them to buff themselves up while the Golems came out and slaughtered us. Didn't help that the Kineticist failed his fort save against the stink cloud and was nauseated for four turns.
We were doomed when the Bloodrager, with the cleric behind him- fled from a nearly defeated Alchemical Golem. One good smack would have taken the golem down, then he could have gotten healing from the cleric. He fled- to heal up himself and get some buffs up- leaving the cleric alone against the golem.

By the time the Kineticist had recovered from his nausea, the cleric was downed and my Arcanist, while feebily using a Wand of Summon Monster II, in hopes of distracting the remaining golem, was floundering with single-digits.
The Bloodrager flew in with Mirror Image up in an attempt to draw the attention of the golems. it was at this time, that the Alchemists' Stink Cloud had dissipated, and they came out to carpet bomb the rest of us.
My Arcanist got smacked by the golem down to -5 HP, the bloodrager dropped to the alchemist's bombs- kept alive by Raging Vitality.

As the rest of the party fled, with the Hobgoblins in hot pursuit, i couldn't roll a Death Save above 10... and eventually bled out. The Kineticist was downed and captured [as was the cleric who had stabilized], and bloodrager was stripped and left to bleed out.

This character was built with the intent to craft wands, but never got a chance to...

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Wow, nasty, my party also had a lot of trouble in that munitions camp.

Here's a new one from my campaign:

Name: Zutri Bilfrit
Race: Halfling
Classes/levels: Unchained Rogue 16
Adventure: Vault of the Onyx Citadel
Location: B7: War Room
Catalyst: Quivering Palm
The Gory Details:

The heroes rushed to the top level of the onyx tower to stop its imminent destruction. They engaged Scabvistin and his lone companion: a honor guard. Both enemies rolled a natural 20 on their initiative checks, allowing them to act before most of the party. The honor guard struck Zutri with a Quivering Palm, forcing the little halfling rogue to save or die. She needed to roll a 3 or higher to survive and rolled a … 2.

After the rest of the party slew Scabvistin and his honor guard, they were relieved to see that Zutri had actually survived her apparent demise (by using a Hero Point).

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Name: Nestral Oreld and Riglovik Ferrens
Race: Human and Halfling
Classes/levels: Oracle 17 and Magus 8/Arcane Archer 9
Adventure: Vault of the Onyx Citadel
Location: H29
Catalyst: Zanathura's prismatic sprays
The Gory Details: In a difficult battle against Zanathura, the party had to endure three Prismatic Sprays. In addition to HP damage, bad rolls on Saving Throws caused the group's Rogue to be Plane Shifted into the unknown (natural 1 rolled on the save), both cohorts to go insane, Nestral to be petrified and Riglovik to die of poison (natural 1 rolled on the save). Nestral received a Stone to Flesh spell during the fight, but rolled a natural 1 on his Fortitude save and died...

The party was able to kill Zanathura's honor guards, but the naga herself proved too much for them, and they had to evacuate the area with a Teleport spell, hoping for a rematch after they had the chance to recover.

Riglovik and Nestral both used Hero Points to survive these deaths, but those were their last ones available to cheat death in this way...

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Name: Alraxia
Race: Elf
Classes/levels: Unchained Barbarian 17
Adventure: Vault of the Onyx Citadel
Location: H35
Catalyst: Azaersi
The Gory Details: This one is pretty straightforward. Azaersi got a round of full attacks against Alraxia, scoring 3 hits and 2 critical hits for a total of 362 points of damage.

Using hero points, though, Alraxia survived to wrap up the campaign.

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