"By Nike, that's alot of spiders!", Renardo says to no-one in particular. He is forced to step forward as his comrades press in from behind. Clutching his belladonna in his shield-hand, Renardo begins to swing his morning star at any approaching spiders. If no spiders are immediately threatening, he will approach the sleeping men and begin braining them before they wake up! "Vile verminous villains!"
Jaako will come in cautiously, behind the front line of warriors, looking for stragglers to pick off with his blades. He will keep open space behind him at all times if possible, and will definitely look up and check the ceiling, shouting out warnings if anything's up there.
(OOC: The magic effects in this game are nothing short of wonderful. Good work on the descriptions, all!)
Ozmar, Carlo, Valandil and Sebastian all rush into the room, and each kills a sleeping were, leaving four of the original 8 left. Brumbar watches from the entrance, looking for an opportunity, while Moziah guards his back as he watches the corridor back down from where you came. As the spiders swarm down the walls and toward the party, Renardo and Jaako each engage a nearby spider, scoring glancing blows on them. A spider has positioned itself above each of the four lycanthrope slayers, and they drop on their heads, but miraculously - they all miss!! In fact, the one trying to drop on Ozmar has stunned itself, and the one attacking Jaako seems to have lost heart! Still, the party is in a precarious situation!
What do you do?
MECHANICS Initiative: Party 4 Spiders 4 (because of surprise I give it to the party) Attacks: Renardo 18 (hit) Jaako 17 (hit) Damage: Renardo 2 (scratches spider) Jaako 2 (lightly wounds spider) Spider Attacks: Spiders on Ozmar 1 (miss) Valandil 11 (miss) Carlo 2 (miss) Sebastian 9 (miss) Renardo 10 (miss) Jaako 1 (miss) [/color]
"Finish the were-spiders and then withdraw the way we came!" urges Brother Ozmar. He will smash in another were-spider head with his magic flail and then withdraw back to the tunnel the party came from.
The party grimly sticks to their plan of action. Ozmar, Carlo, Valandil and Sebastian jump the small water channel and slay the other four werespiders - now all eight are dead. Jaako skewers his spider again, and it turns to flee but Jaako slays it from behind! Renardo clubs his spider, to little effect, and then Brumbar throws some oil in the room, and Moziah tosses a torch to turn it into a spider flambe. Burned spiders shriek and rush for the safety of the walls, still on fire from the clinging oil!
Just as the party thinks they may have things under control, it takes a turn for the worse. Two spiders converge on Lord Jaako, and the brave halfling gets bitten by both of them, froths in the mouth, and collapses dead on the floor. Carlo also goes down to a spider's poisonous bite, and Renardo gets bitten but shakes off the poison running through his veins.
As the shocked party tries to deal with the death of two companions, they hear the door in the corridor groan, and Moziah looks back to see a foot-long spider squeezing its way out of the door, and another one following behind. Pretty soon the entire party will be cut off!
What to do next?
DM's note: Carlo and Calithena, don't give up hope yet. There's all dead, and mostly dead.
MECHANICS Initiative: Party 6 Monsters 5 Attacks: Ozmar, Carlo, Valandil, Sebastian - auto-hit and kill; Renardo 17 (hit) Jaako 16 (hit) Damage:Renardo 2, Jaako 4 - spider runs, Jaako 11+2=13 (hit) Dmg 4 (kills spider) Oil damage: 1 SPIDER ATTACKS: @renardo 18 (hit) Save vs Poison 15 (makes) Dmg: 1 @jaako 16 (hit) Save vs Poison 3 (fails) Dmg: Jaako dies @ozmar 13 (miss) 4 (miss) @carlo 15 (hit) Save vs Poison: 11 (fail) Dmg: Carlo dies Valandil 1 (miss) @sebastian 12 (miss)
Valandil, still caught in the waves of emotion of his first full scale melee, will draw out his flask of oil and pitch it at the two Medium spiders just behind and to his right, hoping to get just spiders and not his recently fallen comrade.
"Lord Jaako!", Renardo calls out as the diminutive Knight falls to the ground. Ignoring his own minor injury, Renardo leaps across the stream to the halfling's defence, standing over the brave hobbit and attacking the spiders which bit him.
OOC: would pouring the healing potion into Carlo's mouth have any positive effect? I'm not sure if it works on mostly dead people?
If brother Ozmar thinks that sounds like a good idea he'll do that. If giving the potion to Carlo sounds ridiculous to Brother Ozmar, then we'll make a fighting withdrawal towards the entrance, pulling Carlo with him.
The oil fire lights the horrid cavern in lurid red, which glows even more furiously as the party fuels the flames. Brumbar smashes an oil flask against the wall, where some spiders were already on fire, and causes an even bigger inferno. Two spiders fall crisped to the ground. Valandil drops his torch between the two spiders to his north, then pitches an oil flask on top of it! Whoosh! Flambeed spiders flee to the safety of the wall, injured and still burning.
On the non-pyrotechnical front, Renardo jumps across the stream to rescue Jaako, but misses the spider he swings at. The four small spiders on that side of the room converge on him, and one of them bites him on the leg! Nike must be favoring him today, as he once more shrugs off the spider venom. Sebastian wheels to his right and cuts down the spider nearest him. Ozmar drops his gear, slings Carlo over his shoulder, and jumps across the stream, avoiding the lunge of the large spider trying to stop him. None of the spiders seem interested in his food, but they all shun the flames burning near the door.
At the door, there is one small spider blocking the retreat of all in the room, and it tries to bite Brumbar, who nimbly sidesteps. Worried about the flanking threat, in desperation Moziah shatters his lantern on the west door, and it and the spider coming out burst into flames. Spider screams are heard within the still-chambered room as the oil spreads on the water in the floor, burning the spiders hidden there who have no escape.
The way is almost clear, can the party survive?
MECHANICS Initiative: Party 6 Spiders 5 Oil already burning: 4 dmg (one small spider dies) Brumbar's oil: 4 mg (one small spider dies) Moziah's oil: 2 dmg (to an unknown number of spiders) Valandil's oil: 3 dmg (to two medium spiders) Sebastian: 14 (hit) Renardo 5 (miss) Dmg: Sebastian 5 (kills medium spider)
@ Renardo: 4 small spiders 10 (miss) 4 (miss) 18 (hit) 10 (miss) Renardo Save vs Poison: 13 (makes) Dmg: 1 3 Spiders check for food distraction (on a 1-3): 5, 5, 6 (none distracted) @ Brumbar: 1 small spider 7 (miss) @ Ozmar withdrawing: 1 large spider 3 (miss)
Last Edit: May 12, 2008 13:26:53 GMT -6 by makofan
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