Post by scottenkainen on Aug 7, 2015 5:08:55 GMT -6
Day 11/turn 11 for Ramon, (Koldo, Fortunato):
In the summer twilight, the three adventurers converged on a city in dim silhouette. Verbobonc, at last!
At last, almost within sight of the south gate, they met (or were met by, depending on how you looked at it) a patrol of the Viscount's Standing Army.
"Dragon? Yes, it was some dragon-like creature that attacked the Inner Bailey two days ago. It was a terrible attack, I understand, barely repelled. When it was over, the dragon disappeared in a puff of smoke, leaving a scene of utter carnage behind it. The whole city is up in arms now, in case the thing comes back.
"Dragon-like?" Fortunato asked.
"Well," said another soldier, "it's said the beast had powers no dragon has ever been known to possess.
"Is the Viscount safe?" Koldo asked.
"Perfectly safe...though there are rumblings of discontent, that the Viscount's response has been too tepid," another soldier said quietly.
"Is the curfew more strictly enforced? Will we be able to enter the city? I am Fortunato, of the Harvesters' Heroes."
"Indeed? Well, if the Viscount has been said to be too tepid, louder have been the complaints that the Harversters' Heroes were nowhere to be found."
"Regrettably down south on an important mission," Fortunato said. "Can you escort us into the city?"
"I think the Temple of Heavenly Virtues, or at least the Bailey," Ramon answered. This word of a dragon with un-dragon-like powers muddied the waters a bit. But he knew he had to report to the Temple leadership. And, if circumstances allowed it, he had to begin training as he knew he was ready to be inducted into a higher circle within the faith.
The Standing Army soldiers were willing to take the small party to the Inner Bailey and there Ramon turned to his companions, "Koldo, I assume you will join me to report back to the Church. Fortunato, I'm sure you have people with whom you would like to consult. Perhaps we can meet again to compare notes on what we learn of the attack? Tomorrow morning?"
With agreements made to meet again and discuss what they had reported and what they had learned, the two devotees of the Temple parted from the Harvester's Hero. Ramon and Koldo approached a paladin guarding the Temple. Both men planned to report to whatever superior was available at this hour.
Axen noticed the shape of a dragon among the clouds. He considered mentioning it, but he already felt bad enough that he was lounging in the wagon and staring at the clouds while the others looked at the sky, so he held his tongue.
Post by scottenkainen on Aug 11, 2015 9:07:44 GMT -6
Day 12/turn 3 for Axen, Clybe, (Gratien, Kepa, Daphne, Jean-Marie):
Clybe was often ahead of the others as they walked, but his pushing himself was taking its toll after just two hours.
"Clybe, slow your pace," Kepa said, jogging up to him. "In this summer heat, you'll exhaust yourself at this pace, what with all the weight you carry. And then what good will you be to us if we have a dragon to fight?"
Meanwhile, Axen was watching bushes and shrubs they passed along the road for signs of berries. For the past few minutes, he'd noticed the foliage around them move here or there, and not with the breeze. At first he had assumed it was animals, but now he had to wonder if they were being watched...or followed.
Axen counted to ten silently in his head, then leaped down from the wagon and gazed to the south, looking for the biggest bush. He spotted it and ran straight for it, weapon at the ready, shouting to his comrades as he approached to let them know what was going on.
Clybe looked around for a bit, but decided eventually that Axen was mistaken. Clybe started pacing back and forth and was anxious to go on when the halfling suddenly leaped down from the wagon and charged at a large bush to the south, so Clybe drew his weapon and slowly followed. Axen's instincts had been good in the past, after all...
Post by scottenkainen on Aug 14, 2015 20:03:25 GMT -6
Day 12/turn 4, rd. 1 for Axen, Clybe, (Gratien, Kepa, Daphne, Jean-Marie):
Everyone knew where Axen was going when he shouted out. By the time he reached the far bush, 30' away, Clybe, Gratien, and Kepa were following. There was no one behind the bush that Axen could see, but he heard another whispered voice hiss, "You betrayed your own kind! How could you, when we tried to rescue you?"
And that was when small arrows began to fly from out of nowhere. Everyone's armor was proof against the small arrows.
"Our attackers are not evil!" Gratien shouted, "but they are misguided to think they can attack us with impunity!" He and Daphne went for their bows.
Jean-Marie began a long chant to the gods Fharlanghn, Istus, and Pelor.
Kepa tried to chase and tackle one of their invisible assailants -- and succeeded! "I've got one, by the arm I think! They're small!"
((rd. 1: to hit Clybe: 3, Gratien: 19- save: 18+2, Kepa: 12, Daphne: 15, Jean-Marie: 1; Kepa's to hit: 16-4+1))
Axen charged into the bushes, shouting at them. "Cowards! If you wanted to save me, come and talk to me face to face instead of sneaking in the bushes and firing arrows at me and my friends!" He attacked where he perceived arrows to have come from.
After arrows flew from the bushes, Clybe heard Axen shout strangely into the bushes and then attack. He chose to go toward the other side of the bushes in case whatever was in there tried to escape and prepared to take a swing at anything that moved.
Post by scottenkainen on Aug 19, 2015 7:06:01 GMT -6
Day 12/turn 4, rds. 2-3 for Axen, Clybe, (Gratien, Kepa, Daphne, Jean-Marie):
From the direction of the arrows, it became clear that their magical assailants were fanning out and shooting from up to 130' away, except for the ones shooting at Axen and Kepa, who shot from 50' away. No one was hit, again, by the hail of arrows, though they came closest to hitting Gratien.
Axen had his seldom-used shortbow ready and returned fire, as did Gratien and Daphne, but they seemed to fair at least as poorly as the invisible archers did at hitting them.
Jean-Marie kept chanting.
Clybe had charged with Kepa after the fleeing opponents, but they stayed just out of reach of his swinging mace (chases 90').
Kepa was trying to beat the invisible foe he grappled over the head with his sword. "Like a greased pig!" he blurted out as he struggled.
Most of the invisible archers were still moving away quickly, and were now so far from the road (approx. 220' SW, W, & NW) that Gratien and Daphne had to step 10' further off the road to keep them in short range.
Their fleeing foes missed Axen by a mile, but an arrow caught in Gratien's armor, and another one struck Kepa squarely, making him release his held foe.
The good guys fared better. Gratien definitely hit one of them, judging by the scream. Clybe, realizing that he couldn't keep up with the fast archers to swing, switched to his little-used sling and let one of them have it. The one Clybe struck fell to the ground and slowly faded into visibility. It was a winged man a little smaller than Axen!
((Rd. 2: Kepa's save: 20+1, to hit Axen: 13, Clybe: 14, Gratien: 17, Kepa: 14, Daphne: 3, Jean-Marie: 8, Daphne's to hit: 8-5, Axen's to hit: 8-3, Gratien's to hit: 8-3, Kepa's to hit: 12-1; rd. 3: to hit Axen: 1+1, Clybe: 9+1, Gratien: 19-1, Kepa: 19+1, Kepa's save: 19+1, to hit Daphne: 6-1, Jean-Marie: 9-1, Daphne's to hit: 7-3, Axen's to hit: 8-3, Kepa's to hit: 11-1, Gratien's to hit: 20-3 - 2 dmg, 15-3, Clybe: 20-4 - 2 dmg))
Post by scottenkainen on Aug 19, 2015 15:59:20 GMT -6
Day 12/turn 4, rd. 4 for Axen, Clybe, (Gratien, Kepa, Daphne, Jean-Marie):
The combat continued, but all of a sudden -- a giant brown bear erupted out of the bushes Axen had been lured towards and roared. It reared up 7' tall, and menaced nearby Axen! Kepa came rushing to his aid, as did Gratien, who fired arrows at the bear while slowly moving towards it.
Axen was startled by the sudden emergence of the bear, which nearly doubled him in height, but not for long. Axen's lack of fear sometimes overrode his common sense and this was one of those times. He charged the bear, melee weapon in hand, shouting all the while, and he went straight for the bear's underbelly.
"You've got to be kidding me," Clybe mumbled to himself as suddenly, of all things, a giant bear leaped out of the bushes. Unsurprisingly to Clybe, Axen began racing toward it. "Fool!" Clybe thought to himself. He was tempted to let the halfling fail, but then Clybe remembered how useful Axen was - and could be - as a pawn of sorts, so he grabbed his melee weapon and headed toward the bear, mostly hoping to keep the bear from mauling Axen too hard.
Post by scottenkainen on Aug 21, 2015 9:09:58 GMT -6
Day 12/turn 4, rd. 5 for Axen, Clybe, (Gratien, Kepa, Daphne, Jean-Marie):
Axen threw down his bow and went for his sword as the huge bear howled and swiped -- and missed! -- but moved in closer to him. Clybe also dropped his sling and drew his mace from its hanger while running into the new melee.
Kepa reached the bear next, tossed off his gauntlet, and reached out to touch the bear. "It's not there!" he shouted. "It's an illusion! Disbelieve in it!"
Axen stopped and then began to retreat from the bear. His deep mistrust of magic left him less than perfectly certain that the bear wasn't real - it certainly looked real - but Kepa did just appear to be standing there beside the illusion. He slowly switched back to his crossbow and then began scanning for flying enemies.
Clybe was impressed with the sorcery at work here. He had seen Kepa seemingly sink his hand straight into the illusion, but then it took a swipe at Axen and knocked him over. Clybe wandered up next to Kepa and stuck his hand out, wanting to test the artifice for himself.