Zg Session 89

As Zane gets within 30 feet of the Sword of Black Needles, the Voice of Rot shouts, "Tricksters! You are like me, but I have no equal! You challenge, and I greet your deaths gladly." Dozens of undead ettercaps sprout from the swamp, many nearby. Zane spots a couple of skeletal archers hiding in the the trees near the sword stuck in the base of one of those trees.
Aleith|DM: Battle Order: | 35:Phyllis | 33:Garrett | 31:EttercapGang QT | 30:Ernst | 30:Rotted Archer B | 26:EttercapGang IL | 25:Zane | 25:EttercapGang AD | 23:EttercapGang EH | 22:Gerald | 21:Chandrasekhar | 21:Voice of Rot | 21:EttercapGang MP | 19:Rotted Archer A |
[OOC] Aleith|DM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jsrv65DL04
[OOC] Zane: I object, undead ettercaps are not QTs…
[OOC] Aleith|DM: haha
Gerald‘ rubs at his face.
Aleith|DM: Phyllis! Garrett!
Phyllis: "You’re the most persistent of the titans. The other four sleep, while you're never sated. But as you said earlier, you care not if the age of the titans ends. So then, succumb to that oblivion." [Slumber of the Winter Court]
Phyllis rolled d20+24 and got 15 ( Total: 39.0 ) for vs Will, still inflicts stuff on miss
Aleith|DM: Miss!
[OOC] Phyllis: Amulet of Elegy] [Orb of Imposition] [-10 to first save, -2 to subsequent] [Slowed (SE), upgrades to Unconscious (SE) on failed save
Phyllis: "If that's really what you believe, then why struggle?" [Diplomacy]
Phyllis rolled d20+20 and got 16 ( Total: 36.0 )
Aleith|DM: The Titan's distracted!
[OOC] Phyllis: also what speed can I move at while i'm in this water, how far north can i go
Aleith|DM: There's a wall of web just 2 squares north of you that goes up 20 feet above the water.
Aleith|DM: Half speed for the water itself
[OOC] Phyllis: so with five speed, expend two squares in water and climb three up?
Aleith|DM: Climbing is also half speed sadly
Aleith|DM: but once you get to the top of the wall you can walk along it normally
Aleith|DM: The Voice of Rot slithers forward. [Ever Moving]
Aleith|DM: Garrett!
Garrett‘ clutches at his head with one hand, fortunately before drawing his offhand dagger. "Augh… all this… get out of my way!" He focuses on the marsh below Ettercaps F, G, and H! [The City Comes Alive]
Ernst glances at Gerald. "You got a plan, or…?"
Garrett` rolled 3#1d20+28(1) and got 9 ( Total: 37 ) for vs Ref, F G H
Also rolled 3#1d20+28(2) and got 19 [Total: 47]
Also rolled 3#1d20+28(3) and got 5 [Total: 33]
[OOC] Sugarlips: Grand Total: 117
Gerald: "Light up the swamp with rocket fire if Chandra doesn’t burn them away with the wrath of his Goddess…?"
Old debris soar up from the swamp and strike them! [It's An Area Attack]
Gerald: "I don't know, this doesn't really seem like something you can plan around. Gunna shoot it in the mouth until something sticks."
Garrett‘ rolled 1d6+25 and got 1 ( Total: 26 ) for added the vuln 15
[OOC] Aleith|DM: KO * 3!
Ernst: "I’m probably gonna… send Stocke up to help Zane in case he gets in trouble and then I'll worry about us."
Ernst: "I can't heal him up there."
Phyllis: "We have - a few options, if you remember from the library."
Garrett‘ sneers at Ettercap E! "Go… go deal with them!" [Unfinished Business]
Gerald: "I like bullshitting as much as the next guy but making him talk forever to avoid getting eaten seems less than practical…?"
[OOC] Aleith|DM: it’s melee 1 so you should probably pick one of the ettercap gangs next to another
Phyllis: "Gerald. Ugh. Garrett, can you patch me through to him?"
Garrett‘ sneers at C and gestures toward D then!
Garrett` . o O (Do I look like a switchboar- oh wait there it goes)
Garrett` . o O (Gerald, line 1.)
Gerald: "What, are you going to … dominate a fey titan?"
Aleith|DM: Ettercap Gang C swarms at Gang D! [Swarming Bites]
Garrett` then starts wading west while mumbling something about "way too many death"
Aleith|DM rolled d20+26 and got 16 ( Total: 42 ) for vs AC
Aleith|DM: The attack bloodies Gang D!
Phyllis . o O ( We COULD surrender. And he’d have to banish us. Risur would lose territory, but given that possibility versus the destabilization of the entire nation due to his imminent assassination, that's an acceptable justification. )
Phyllis . o O ( I said we'd finish what Dukain started. I never specified how. )
Aleith|DM: The Voice of Rot slithers along while some of the ettercap exoskeletal gangs advance toward the sword and Zane.
Gerald‘ .oO( He just got down shouting about enjoying killing us all for being tricksters, that didn’t seem like it left much room for negotiation or surrender to me? You probably know more about dealing with fey titasns than I do though.)
Aleith|DM: Ernst!
Phyllis . o O ( Do we need a history lesson on the late King Dukain and the sword that Zane is greedily eyeing right now? )
Phyllis . o O ( When we get some downtime, of course. )
Phyllis . o O ( Trust me, we did our research. )
Gerald: "Don't look at me I just build things and shoot people!"
Ernst tosses down stocke before they fire off a Siphon Fate at both the Rotted Archer A and the nearby Gang I with their Carbine.
Ernst rolled 2#d20+25(1) and got 16 ( Total: 41.0 )
Also rolled 2#d20+25(2) and got 16 [Total: 41.0 (High), Avg: 16.00]
Total: 82.0, Avg: 16.00
[OOC] Ernst: Carbine so one roll each
Aleith|DM: Okay you might just barely have an angle on the archer, and even if there's cover that's 2 hits!
Ernst rolled d8+16 and got 1 ( Total: 17.0 ) for Gerald gets +6 to hit and +3 to all defenses UeoNT. Stocke and the Archer swap positions.
[OOC] Aleith|DM: 17!] Gang I is bloodied!
Ernst: The archer gets -2 to attack rolls and defenses (And the gang)
[OOC] Ernst: EoT
[OOC] Ernst: Actually I'm moving archers don't provoke opportunity attacks do they?)
[OOC] Aleith|DM: they have a melee attack
[OOC] Aleith|DM: but you almost certainly want to move
[OOC] Ernst: How far up the web can I get I forget
Aleith|DM: Halfway up, +20
Aleith|DM: +15 rather, you're a square farther away
Aleith|DM: The rotted archer reaches for you with its cold hands…
Aleith|DM rolled d20+25 and got 16 ( Total: 41 )
Ernst just runs to the left.
Aleith|DM: Its cold hand saps your strength and paralyzes you! 4 damage and stunned until the end of the archer's next turn!
Gerald‘ [Disruptive Shot]
[OOC] Gerald: oh wait that was it’s OA wasn't it
[OOC] Ernst: Yes
[OOC] Aleith|DM: 4 cold damage, rather
Ernst: "Well. That's… informative."
Aleith|DM: Rotted Archer B shoots its longbow at Zane!
Aleith|DM rolled d20+25 and got 17 ( Total: 42 )
Aleith|DM: Hitting for 14 damage!
Zane flicks his blade and cuts the arrow in half. [Bullet Slice]
[OOC] Aleith|DM: lol
Aleith|DM: Ettercap Gangs I and J advance on the party while K and L move to flank Zane before attacking with Swarming Bites!
Aleith|DM rolled d20+26 and got 15 ( Total: 41.0 ) for Phyllis, Ernst (+2 for CA), Zane twice
Also rolled 3#d20+28(1) and got 15 [Total: 43.0 (High), Avg: 15.00]
Also rolled 3#d20+28(2) and got 18 [Total: 46.0 (High), Avg: 18.00]
Also rolled 3#d20+28(3) and got 16 [Total: 44.0 (High), Avg: 16.00]
Total: 174.0, Avg: 16.00
Aleith|DM: Wow. Okay. 8 necrotic damage and ongoing 5 poison damage for all four hits!
Aleith|DM: And then I remembered that Zane is literally immune to that.
Aleith|DM: Zane!
Zane just shakes his head. "Alright then." And explodes into a blur of motion, blade sweeping left and then right in wide, tearing cuts. [Two combat dice to make this attack Close Burst 1]
Zane rolled 2#1d20+25(1) and got 10 ( Total: 35.0 ) for [Arsenal is currently a Bastard Sword]
Also rolled 2#1d20+25(2) and got 4 [Total: 29.0 (Low), Avg: 4.00]
Total: 64.0, Avg: 7.00
Aleith|DM: Misses!
Zane spends an AP to try that again!
Zane rolled 2#1d20+25(1) and got 8 ( Total: 33.0 )
Also rolled 2#1d20+25(2) and got 13 [Total: 38.0 (High), Avg: 13.00]
Total: 71.0, Avg: 10.50
Aleith|DM: 1 hit!
Zane rolled 1d10+27 and got 4 ( Total: 31.0 )
Also rolled 2d8 and got 1, 7 [Total: 8 (Low), Avg: 4.00]
Total: 39.0, Avg: 4.00
Aleith|DM: L is [KO!]
Zane then risks an OA and books it north to grab the sword.
Aleith|DM rolled d20+26 and got 15 ( Total: 41 ) for OA
Aleith|DM: It hits but you ignore them.
Aleith|DM: Minor action to try grabbing it?
Zane snatches the Sword of Black Needles, absolutely.
Aleith|DM: Black sap oozes from the wound around the sword, but it remains stuck fast. The tree starts moving?!
Zane: "You have got to be shitting me!"
Aleith|DM: You feel like any power channeled through the sword would automatically hit and deal maximum damage, however… [Any implement power]
Aleith|DM: The sword comes loose from your hand
[OOC] Aleith|DM: But you'd have to be Grabbing the Treant to use that trait
Aleith|DM: The Voice of Rot slithers forward, and he twitches his body as he gets near Ettercap Gang I. [Ever Moving]
Aleith|DM rolled d20+31 and got 13 ( Total: 44 ) for vs Ref
[OOC] Zane: [Close Stance] I can do that.
Aleith|DM: The gang collapses from taking 20 damage.
[OOC] Aleith|DM: 35 rather, it's close burst 1…
Aleith|DM: Gang B swings their hands, and the dams of webbing reach out to grab at Phyllis. [Control Webs]
Aleith|DM rolled d20+24 and got 20 ( Total: 44 ) for vs Ref
[OOC] Phyllis: oh come on
Aleith|DM: Phyllis is restrained! [Escape DC 26]
[OOC] Phyllis: - oh is that all
Aleith|DM: Gangs A and D attack Gerald while C and E attack Garrett!
Aleith|DM rolled 4#d20+26(1) and got 9 ( Total: 35.0 )
Also rolled 4#d20+26(2) and got 5 [Total: 31.0 (Low), Avg: 5.00]
Also rolled 4#d20+26(3) and got 2 [Total: 28.0 (Low), Avg: 2.00]
Also rolled 4#d20+26(4) and got 13 [Total: 39.0 (High), Avg: 13.00]
Total: 133.0, Avg: 7.25
Garrett‘ flips away in the water! [Acrobatic Escape]
Aleith|DM: Gerald takes 8 necrotic damage and ongoing 5 poison (SE!)
Gerald` [Defensive Volley] to block the damage.
Aleith|DM: Gerald!
Gerald: "After you, Chandra!" [Delay breifly to see if he kills everything]
Aleith|DM: Chandrasekhar!
Chandrasekhar: "You have no equal? We are equal partners in the ongoing act of existence, my lord of Rot. Let me show you." He is in one place - and then with a flash of sunlight in the swamp, he is elsewhere, and then he’s shining, brighter than the sun ever shines. [Virtue] [Vision of the Fall]
[OOC] Chandrasekhar: I assume there's where I want to teleport to?
[OOC] Aleith|DM: maybe a bit farther west but yes
Chandrasekhar rolled d20+22 and got 12 ( Total: 34 ) for vs. Will
[OOC] Aleith|DM: which target? The archer?
Chandrasekhar rolled 2d8+9 and got 6, 6 ( Total: 21 ) for fire+radiant, every ally that i can see takes 5 fire+radiant, and yeah targeting the archer whoops
[OOC] Aleith|DM: every enemy rather
[OOC] Chandrasekhar: every ally of the target, so yes *hip thrust*
[OOC] Aleith|DM: fair
[OOC] Aleith|DM: 21!] to the archer! Bloodied!
Gerald‘ frowns.
Aleith|DM: All of the Ettercap gangs are bloodied, Gang D is [KO!], and [6!] damage to Archer B, the Voice of Rot, and the Treant! [The treant also bursts into flames and takes ongoing 5 fire damage (SE)]
Aleith|DM: The voice of rot advances.
Aleith|DM rolled 2#d20+31(1) and got 6 ( Total: 37.0 ) for vs Ref, Archer A and Gang A
Also rolled 2#d20+31(2) and got 3 [Total: 34.0 (Low), Avg: 3.00]
Total: 71.0, Avg: 4.50
[OOC] Gerald: i go first though :(
Aleith|DM: Both take 20 damage and are shoved out of the way. Gang A is [KO!]
Aleith|DM: Gerald!
[OOC] Gerald: also fine
Gerald` takes a half step back, before vanishing into the mist and reappears higher up on the wall {Step of Morning Mist, +5 more to defense with the teleport], marks the Rot as his [Quarry], then fires off a [Pouonding Barrage] into the Voice of Rot’s mouth.
Gerald‘ rolled 2#d20+35(1) and got 11 ( Total: 46 )
Also rolled 2#d20+35(2) and got 6 [Total: 41]
[OOC] Sugarlips: Grand Total: 87
Aleith|DM: 1 hit!
[OOC] Gerald: wait no, [AP -> Confounding Arrows] [Pounding Barrage, actually, forgot to write that part lawl
Aleith|DM: Aha.
Gerald` rolled 2#d20+35(1) and got 19 ( Total: 54 )
Also rolled 2#d20+35(2) and got 13 [Total: 48]
[OOC] Sugarlips: Grand Total: 102
Gerald` rolled 2#d20+35(1) and got 2 ( Total: 37 )
Also rolled 2#d20+35(2) and got 20 [Total: 55]
[OOC] Sugarlips: Grand Total: 92
Gerald` rolled 2#d20+32(1) and got 17 ( Total: 49 )
Also rolled 2#d20+32(2) and got 18 [Total: 50]
[OOC] Sugarlips: Grand Total: 99
Aleith|DM: 2 hits! 1 crit! 2 hits!
Gerald` rolled 2#d20+32(1) and got 11 ( Total: 43 )
Also rolled 2#d20+32(2) and got 16 [Total: 48]
[OOC] Sugarlips: Grand Total: 91
Gerald` rolled 2#d20+32(1) and got 6 ( Total: 38 )
Also rolled 2#d20+32(2) and got 8 [Total: 40]
[OOC] Sugarlips: Grand Total: 78
Aleith|DM: 2 hits! Misses!
Gerald` rolled 10d8+93 and got 7, 6, 6, 2, 8, 4, 4, 1, 7, 5 ( Total: 143 ) for Stun (SE)
Also rolled 2d8+30 and got 2, 6 [Total: 38]
[OOC] Sugarlips: Grand Total: 181
Gerald: "GET FUCKED YOU STUPID WHINEY LITTLE PEICE OF SHIT FEY BABY!!!" Gerald screams at the top of his lungs as his blaster begins glowing red from exerting so much energy all at once.
Zane just starts laughing.
[OOC] Aleith|DM: 181!
Chandrasekhar: "…"
Aleith|DM: The Voice of Rot does not slither forward.
Aleith|DM: And is instead reeling from those shotgun blasts.
Aleith|DM rolled d20+5 and got 14 ( Total: 19 ) for vs stun
Aleith|DM rolled d20-5 and got 4 ( Total: -1 ) for vs Slumber
Chandrasekhar laughs!
Aleith|DM: The Voice of Rot continues not moving. [Unconcious (SE)!]
Gerald: "That’s what I thought!!!"
Aleith|DM: Ettercap Gangs M and O swing their hands, webbing reaching for Gerald and Chandrasekhar! [Control Webs]
Aleith|DM rolled 2#d20+24(1) and got 20 ( Total: 44.0 ) for vs Ref
Also rolled 2#d20+24(2) and got 7 [Total: 31.0 (Low), Avg: 7.00]
Total: 75.0, Avg: 13.50
Aleith|DM: Both are Restrained! [Escape DC 26]
Gerald: "?! Oh right the small fry."
Aleith|DM: Rotted Archer A stands up and shoots an arrow at Garrett!
Aleith|DM rolled d20+25 and got 2 ( Total: 27 )
Aleith|DM: Missing!
Aleith|DM: Ernst is no longer stunned.
Aleith|DM: Battle Order: | 35:Phyllis | 33:Garrett | 31:EttercapGangQ-T | 30:Ernst | 30:Rotted Archer B | 26:EttercapGang JK | 25:Zane | 25:EttercapGang BC | 23:EttercapGang E | 21:Chandrasekhar | 21:Gerald | 21:Voice of Rot | 21:EttercapGangM-P | 19:Rotted Archer A |
Aleith|DM: Phyllis! Garrett!
Aleith|DM: Battle Order: | 35:Phyllis | 33:Garrett | 31:EttercapGangQ-T | 30:Ernst | 30:Rotted Archer B | 26:EttercapGang JK | 25:Zane | 25:Blackened Treant | 25:EttercapGang BC | 23:EttercapGang E | 21:Chandrasekhar | 21:Gerald | 21:Voice of Rot | 21:EttercapGangM-P | 19:Rotted Archer A |
Phyllis tries to escape! [Bracers of Mental Might, Athletics]
Phyllis rolled d20+16 and got 8 ( Total: 24.0 )
Aleith|DM: Not quite enough to escape.
Phyllis squirms and struggles, but she doesn't have any good options right now. Not by her own hand, at least. However - "Zane! The opportunity is now!" [Make It So]
Phyllis also conjures up her [Mage Hand]. That's something, at least.
Phyllis rolled d20+5 and got 7 ( Total: 12.0 ) for save vs poison, +5 is from Being A Dwarf
Aleith|DM: Garrett!
Aleith|DM: Phyllis, Endurance check?
Phyllis rolled d20+14 and got 4 ( Total: 18.0 )
Aleith|DM: 20 necrotic and weakened UEoNT.
Phyllis: 10! [Resist 10 All, Book of Kelland]
Aleith|DM: Ah, true.
Garrett‘ scrambles up the side of the web and starts hustling up the stairs- he lashes out mentally, willing Ettercap Q to stab the Treant! [Unfinished Business, Minor]
Aleith|DM rolled d20+28 and got 13 ( Total: 41 )
Aleith|DM: It resists the 10 necrotic damage, but takes ongoing 5 poison (SE)!
Aleith|DM: Ettercap Gangs Q, R, S, and T try to stick Zane in place. [Control Webs]
Aleith|DM rolled 4#d20+24(1) and got 14 ( Total: 38 ) for vs Ref
Also rolled 4#d20+24(2) and got 4 [Total: 28]
Also rolled 4#d20+24(3) and got 19 [Total: 43]
Also rolled 4#d20+24(4) and got 18 [Total: 42]
[OOC] Sugarlips: Grand Total: 151
Aleith|DM: Restrained [Escape DC 26]!
Aleith|DM: Ernst!
Ernst starts to chuckle to himself. "Finally a use for these stupid things. You all can thank me later for this tactical play." He taps his heels together and activates his [Winged Boots - Minor] before flying up the wall and landing in front of Chandra.
Ernst then activates his [Ring of Calling - Minor] teleporting Zane beside him if he’s willing.
Zane is SO willing.
Ernst: "You looked a bit restrained there." He smiles at Zane before using an AP and activating [Slick Concoctation] sliding both Phyllis/Chandra out of their restraints and up the wall, Ernst/Gerald/Garrett further up the wall and Zane DOWN the wall right in front of the boss. "Figured that'd give you a chance to move away after you stab him."
[OOC] Ernst: Everyone slide 5 in a direction you want
Zane cackles. "Phyllis I owe you a drink! You got us the BEST rookies ever!"
Ernst rolled 1d100 and got 95 ( Total: 95 ) for poison save
[OOC] Aleith|DM: saved
Aleith|DM: Rotten Archer B shoots an arrow at Ernst!
Stocke moves around on the Treants head as his free move action.
Aleith|DM rolled d20+25 and got 15 ( Total: 40 )
Aleith|DM: Hitting for 14 damage!
Ernst watches as it does nothing chipping at 14 of the 17 THP he got from using the winged boots.
Aleith|DM: Gang J hops down beside Phyllis and Swarming Bites her. Gang K double-moves next to Garrett.
Aleith|DM rolled d20+26 and got 10 ( Total: 36 )
Aleith|DM: Hitting for 8 necrotic and ongoing 5 poison (SE)!
[OOC] Phyllis: Shield]! +4 AC/Ref UEoPNT!
[OOC] Aleith|DM: gdi
Aleith|DM: Zane!
Zane leans in, reversing the glowing sword in his hand before gripping the hilt and driving it deep into the fey titans massive skull. [Auto-hit coup de grace]
Zane rolled 4d12+176 and got 9, 5, 5, 1 ( Total: 196.0 ) for radiant damage, and Blinded (SE)
[OOC] Aleith|DM: 196!
Zane then flings himself at the web wall and nimbly evacuates. [Ghost of the Rooftops]
Gerald: "I think the blaster still TECHNICALLY winds but my hat goes off to you for masking a cut that deep with a single fuckign swing!"
[OOC] Gerald: wins^
Zane: "Well you know the old proverb. Measure twice…" A savage smile. "Cut once."
Gerald: "…Hehehehehe."
Ernst: "I'm out of magic tricks to reposition us, so keep that in mind."
Chandrasekhar: "Ahahahahahaha. Well done, Mr. Bieito!"
Aleith|DM: Stocke gets taken for a ride as the treant charges forward before slamming one of its bare branches at Garrett! [Move + Charge] [Also 10! from 2 ongoing damages]
Aleith|DM rolled d20+26 and got 19 ( Total: 45 ) for +1 from charge
Aleith|DM rolled 2d12+20 and got 8, 3 ( Total: 31.0 )
Aleith|DM: Hitting for 31 and flinging him down two entire steps!
Garrett‘ leans into the hit! [Immediate Interrupt - Amulet of Attenuation] [-15 damage]
Gerald` [Disruptive Shot].
Gerald` rolled 2#d20+32(1) and got 13 ( Total: 45 )
[OOC] Garrett: ok I’m bein' saved <3
Also rolled 2#d20+32(2) and got 15 [Total: 47]
[OOC] Sugarlips: Grand Total: 92
Gerald‘ rolled 5d8+17 and got 5, 7, 7, 3, 5 ( Total: 44 ) for it misses Garrett
[OOC] Aleith|DM: 44!
Aleith|DM: Ettercap Gangs B, C, and E climb up the wall nearby. They try to trap Zane again. [Control Web]
Aleith|DM rolled 3#d20+24(1) and got 16 ( Total: 40 ) for vs Ref
Also rolled 3#d20+24(2) and got 3 [Total: 27]
Also rolled 3#d20+24(3) and got 1 [Total: 25]
[OOC] Sugarlips: Grand Total: 92
Aleith|DM: 1 hits restraining him!
Aleith|DM: Chandrasekhar!
Aleith|DM: And Gerald!
Gerald` puts a hand into his coat and pulls out a rocket, which is then attacked to the end of his blaster. [Minor] He then takes a moment to steady the blaster with the new weight… [Move], then fiures it near the Rot, an Archer and an Ettercap. [Biting Volley]
Gerald` rolled 2#d20+27(1) and got 6 ( Total: 33 ) for Rot
Also rolled 2#d20+27(2) and got 2 [Total: 29]
[OOC] Sugarlips: Grand Total: 62
Gerald` rolled 2#d20+27(1) and got 18 ( Total: 45 ) for Rot
Also rolled 2#d20+27(2) and got 11 [Total: 38]
[OOC] Sugarlips: Grand Total: 83
Gerald` rolled 2#d20+27(1) and got 11 ( Total: 38 ) for Archer
Also rolled 2#d20+27(2) and got 2 [Total: 29]
[OOC] Sugarlips: Grand Total: 67
Gerald` rolled 2#d20+27(1) and got 5 ( Total: 32 ) for Etter
Also rolled 2#d20+27(2) and got 10 [Total: 37]
[OOC] Sugarlips: Grand Total: 69
Gerald` rolled 5d6+33 and got 4, 5, 1, 4, 1 ( Total: 48.0 ) for Rot crit, Archer
d10r2+17: 9 [Total: 26.0 (High), Avg: 9.00]
Total: 74.0, Avg: 4.00
[OOC] Gerald: 16 more to rot from quarry
[OOC] Aleith|DM: 64!] [KO!
Chandrasekhar slams his sword into his shield, and [Astral Thunder] booms out over ettercap gangs E, C, B, and J!
Chandrasekhar rolled 4#d20+22(1) and got 11 ( Total: 33 ) for vs. fort 32
Also rolled 4#d20+22(2) and got 4 [Total: 26]
Also rolled 4#d20+22(3) and got 16 [Total: 38]
Also rolled 4#d20+22(4) and got 6 [Total: 28]
[OOC] Sugarlips: Grand Total: 125
Aleith|DM: 2 KOs!
[OOC] Aleith|DM: E is actually out of range of close burst 3
Gerald` rolled 2d10r2: 5, (2, 8) [Total: 13 (High), Avg and got 6.50
[OOC] Chandrasekhar: oh I can’t read
[OOC] Aleith|DM: No worries. Move action?
Phyllis nods at Chandra thankfully.
Aleith|DM: The swamp rumbles around the Voice of Rot.
Aleith|DM rolled d20+3 and got 17 ( Total: 20 ) for vs Slumber
Aleith|DM rolled d20+5 and got 3 ( Total: 8 ) for vs Blind
[OOC] Zane: HAH!
Aleith|DM: The Voice of Rot wakes up and grumbles wordlessly.
Gerald: "Bet the last time you got your ass kicked this hard was when our founding King beat you into submissino, huh?"
Phyllis: Her voice full of smoke and honey, she intones, "Mooorning, sweetie."
Gerald: "And this is WITHOUT the magic sword of kicking the shit out of fey titans."
Zane: "For now."
Phyllis: " - two minutes ago you hardly knew who Dukain WAS, you miserable tinkerer - "
Aleith|DM: Several ettercaps stagger forwards, Gang M attacking Gerald.
Aleith|DM rolled d20+26 and got 8 ( Total: 34 )
Zane: "He went to college!"
Aleith|DM: Hitting for 8 necrotic and ongoing 5 poison!
Aleith|DM: And, behind Gerald, suddenly-
Aleith|DM rolled d20+27 and got 18 ( Total: 45 ) for Fanged Dagger
Gerald: "In my defense I don't remember the name exactly but I -"
Aleith|DM rolled 4d4+46 and got 4, 4, 1, 4 ( Total: 59.0 )
Gerald‘ fires his gun over his shoulder while partially ducking out of the way. [Defensive Volley]
Aleith|DM: -a slender white dagger, shaped like a serpent with fangs bared, gets shoved into his back, and stays there. 59 damage, dazed + ongoing 10 necrotic damage (save ends both), and weakened + ongoing 10 poison damage (save ends both)!
Copperhat: "Well, hello there, Constables. You seem to be having fun with my master."
Aleith|DM: Battle Order: | 35:Phyllis | 33:Garrett | 31:EttercapGangQ-T | 30:Ernst | 30:Rotted Archer B | 26:EttercapGang JK | 25:Zane | 25:Blackened Treant | 25:EttercapGang BC | 23:EttercapGang E | 21:Chandrasekhar | 21:Gerald | 21:Voice of Rot | 21:EttercapGangM-P | 1:Copperhat |
Aleith|DM: Phyllis!
Ernst sighs before activating Transpose on two willing targets. [Immediate Interrupt]
Stocke appears where Gerald was and Gerald is now on the Treant.
Ernst: "Okay. This time I really am out of magic tricks."
[OOC] Gerald: Stocke took -13 then instead of me lol
[OOC] Gerald: so he soaked the attack and iddn't break, god bless that robot
[OOC] Ernst: How much damage does the robot take
[OOC] Gerald: 59-13 =46
[OOC] Ernst: ty
[OOC] Aleith|DM: possibly half of that
Stockes siren starts blaring an SoS signal.
Chandrasekhar shouts! [Ray of Reprisal]
[OOC] Aleith|DM: yes half of that, 23
Chandrasekhar rolled d20+22 and got 3 ( Total: 25 ) for vFort
[OOC] Chandrasekhar: miss, ally takes 1/2 damage
[OOC] Aleith|DM: you do half damage
Chandrasekhar rolled 3d6+8 and got 1, 4, 5 ( Total: 18 ) for oh rad
[OOC] Chandrasekhar: half of that lol
[OOC] Aleith|DM: 9!
Gerald: "HOPE YOU LIKE GEARS FUCKER!!!" Gerald nods approvingly to Stocke's blazing siren going off right in front of Copperhat's face.
Aleith|DM: Phyllis!
Phyllis steps between Chandra and Garrett to unleash a [Color Spray] at the gangs in front of her (K, O, P).
Phyllis rolled 3#d20+24(1) and got 7 ( Total: 31.0 ) for misses on 1s
Also rolled 3#d20+24(2) and got 1 [Total: 25.0 (Min), Avg: 1.00]
Also rolled 3#d20+24(3) and got 4 [Total: 28.0 (Low), Avg: 4.00]
Total: 84.0, Avg: 4.00
[OOC] Phyllis: I HAD TO SAY IT
[OOC] Zane: lmao
Copperhat flinches from the Ray of Reprisal. "Well, far be it for me to let you think the Court was behind it all when it was me. I couldn't help but feel hurt to not get the credit I deserve."
Zane: "We told them it was you, you assole!"
Phyllis rolled d6+14 and got 3 ( Total: 17.0 ) for radiant
Gerald: "HAMBURGER!"
Garrett: "It just turns out that nobody gives a shit about you!"
Copperhat sighs. "No one appreciates my art."
Aleith|DM: 2 [KO!]
Zane: "Thats not true, *I* give a shit about you. But hauling you in is way less important than my actual job."
Aleith|DM: Garrett!
Aleith|DM: The titan starts slithering again. The web wall parts as he slides between it.
Garrett: "I'm just ready to be fffffffffffffucking out of this death zone!!" He glares at the slithering Rot. [Unfinished Business, standard action] [Slither back and oroboros yoself]
Aleith|DM rolled d20+35 and got 13 ( Total: 48 ) for vs AC, Bite, Close Blast 4
Aleith|DM: 100 damage to himself.
[OOC] Aleith|DM: 102!] rather
Voice of Rot: "Such unexpected power." The Voice of Rot pulls away, and then draws itself into a defensive coil. "One of you shall be king. I yield, and shall grant you passage back to your realm." [Bloodied! Yield]
Zane: "Lemme get that sword first."
Aleith|DM: The ettercap swarms step back as Copperhat sighs melodramatically.
Gerald‘ gives the voice of the rot a wild, manic look for a few second before he shakes it off.
Phyllis bows gracefully.
Gerald` then pulls the sword out of the treant and tosses it to Zane, before hopping off himself.
Ernst: "And here I was hoping Gerald could ride the treant longer."
Chandrasekhar bows graciously, sheathes his sword. He’d been eyeing a web-wall and wondering if a crazy plan would work, but it seems like the situation's under control now…
Zane slips out of the webs like they dont even exist and catches the sword deftly.
Gerald: "Don't worry Copperhat, next time I see you, I'll let you get a taste of *my* Art."
Garrett: "Good- thank you- fuck!- yes!" He's sort of pacing about in a 5-foot square, roughly.
Ernst: "Just be glad he didn't stab you for real. That looked like it'd actually hurt something that was more… fleshy."
Phyllis: "Kelland's daughter evaded your lie-seeking eyes by hiding in half-truths. You'll find that when I speak, the truth bends and reforms itself to fit my words."
Gerald: "Whatever, lets just go. We have an assassination and an apocolypse to stop."
Ernst: "Hopefully in that order?"
Zane: "Indeed."
Voice of Rot: "Hmmm. Fair. Begone from my site, mortals. Do what you can to prevent the worst from happening to Risur."
Aleith|DM: Smoke and fog rolls across them, and when it passes you are at the northern edge of the High Bayou in the Waking.
Phyllis: "Thank you."
Chandrasekhar: "We'll be seeing you, my lord of Rot." He bows elegantly and a bit insouciantly- the bow of an equal.
Zane offers Voice of Rot a respectful nod.
Aleith|DM: The Wild Hunt, too, along with Andrei von Recklinghausen, have been sent back with you.
Zane looks at the Wild Hunt. "So… tell me you saw that."
Gerald: "Motherfucker."
Phyllis: "What, Gerald?"
Gerald: "I'm really mad, Phyllis!"
Gerald: "I'll live though."
Phyllis: "Use that anger against the Ob. Temper and redirect it."
Gerald: "That's the plan yeah."
Zane claps Gerald on the shoulder. "Good shooting."
Chandrasekhar pats Gerald on the other shoulder. "Well done."
Gerald‘ fiddles with a few levers on his blaster, swaps out some power cells. "So. Plan of attack. Head straight for the palace?"
Garrett: "Haaa… thank fuck that’s over." He sheathes his daggers.
Gerald: "Our carrage is pretty fast."
Ernst: "We don't have many other options given the state of teleportation at the moment."
Zane jerks his head at the WIld Hunt. "I think we have a ride if we need it."
Gerald: "Also fine."
Riffian: "Our mounts need to rest first, but we could get you there in several hours afterwards.
Aleith|DM: You figure you're 180 miles away from Slate, here.
[OOC] Aleith|DM: They need 6 hours AKA an extended rest to recover from the 12 hour trip here.
[OOC] Aleith|DM: well it'd be a 12 hour trip back
Zane rolls the sword around in his hand for a minute and then flips it, holding the blade and offering the hilt to Phyllis.
Phyllis eyes him curiously. "Is this a symbolic gesture of some sort? You know I'm not versed in swordplay - "
Gerald: "It's a MAGIC sword, for magicing."
Aleith|DM: There's a farm nearby you can probably rest at, though you remember there's a fort a couple of miles from here…
Zane: "Take it, Ursinho. I have all the weapons I could ever need."
[OOC] Zane: would the fort have… wait shit tleportation is all fucked up anyway isnt it
Phyllis takes it in hand, and at once feels the arcane power it brims with, her eyes widening at the realization. "Ah. So it is."
[OOC] Aleith|DM: it is, but
Ernst: "It's almost like half my skillset is based around enchantments on weapons or something. Although I suppose Geralds explanation is technically correct…"
[OOC] Phyllis: how so in mechanical terms?
[OOC] Aleith|DM: it would have a spark-gap transmitter…
Gerald: "… OH SHIT."
Zane nods at Gerald. "Message time."
Aleith|DM: Long-distance teleportation doesn't really work past of line of sight.
Zane: "I'll go. Probably not the best idea to bring the whole Hunt to a fort."
Zane: "Meet up at that farm over there."
Gerald: "Alright."
Zane spends a few minutes stretching and then is off like a shot. [Long Distance Runner]
Aleith|DM: It's not a long trip for you over to the fort, thanks to your training.
Ernst: "Aaaaaand he's gone."
Garrett: "Sounds like a plan, try not to fight any more gods on the way…" He just makes himself comfortable in a saddle.
Aleith|DM: Once you get there, they explain that the message is going to have to criss-cross past 4 stations, and could take an hour or more to get there, if you plan on waiting for any kind of response. Best to keep the message short, the better chance it doesn't get messed up along the way.
Phyllis: "Oh, we're not taking a detour to see Granny Allswell?"
Aleith|DM: (As per telegraphs, 10 words or less is probably best, but you could do up to 25 ala Sending)
Zane keeps it short alright. "King Aodhan, imminent danger. Assassination attempt. Maximum alert - Agent Bieito"
Aleith|DM: Good to go. Heading back to get some rest?
Zane will wait for a response just in case, but does eventually head back to the farm with the others.
Aleith|DM: The message you get back is "Warning noted. Get here if you can."
Aleith|DM: After several hours of resting, the journey back is done at a fast pace again. Some of the knights comment on the similarities and differences between the Dreaming and here, trying to take this in stride.
Phyllis: "Are you stuck here, or do you have a way back to the Dreaming?"
Riffian: "We're currently stuck here, milady. It's beyond me, but the fey can't travel back and forth like we used to at the moment."
Phyllis: "I think we know the culprits."
Chandrasekhar: "Providence will open the strange paths soon."
Chandrasekhar: "…and by 'providence' I may mean us."
Gerald: "…Huh."
Gerald: "Phyllis, you're the philsopher."
Zane: "Providence, my ass. We're going to track them to these fucking seals and bleed them like holiday pigs."
Gerald: "Which name do you think I need to etch into the bullet for it to stick when I make one for Nico?"
Chandrasekhar: "This, too, is providence."
Phyllis: "Nicodemus. I think it is who Miller has turned into, not who he was, that we oppose."
Chandrasekhar: "Just a more satisfying variety."
Zane grunts.
Chandrasekhar grins at Zane. Somehow, you can tell.
Gerald: "Aha."
Zane: "Oh man, I need to swing by the office. I should have some information waiting…"
Phyllis: "Or, think of it this way. Miller died, and was born anew as Nicodemus, just as Kasvarina has undergone several … incarnations."
Phyllis: "Zane. What are the chances that Stanfield caught wind of that message?"
Aleith|DM: It's another long ride, and the sun has just set as you reach the palace. Aside from several guards (and a few devices) at the entrance, the current Green Knight stands guard. "Who goes there?" She challenges.
Gerald: "Hmm."
Zane: "Zane Bieito, Royal Homeland Constabulary."
Zane: "And… friends."
Gerald: "Low, but not zero. He thinks we're stuck in the Dreaming, and I can't imagine he has much of any reason to be monitoring spar-gap communications."
Gerald: "He's a mayor, not a general."
Phyllis: "Why would he think that? Our incursion was happenstance."
Gerald: "Low odds since he might have bought one of them out to keep an ear to the ground, just in case."
Aleith|DM: She concentrates a moment on you all, then asks, "What are a couple of the things hanging in your office?"
Garrett: "Happenstance, but we can also assume it wasn't unnoticed."
Garrett: "Especially because someone was definitely intercepting and returning the messages, right?"
Zane: "A sword belonging to Lya Jierre, and probably some helpless rookie that didnt notice the snare."
Gerald: "Well I mean, if Nico was intercepting our sendings, I'd imagine he gave Stanfield to go ahead with the assassination since we're probably the biggest threat next to… Uh… dammit, I always forget his name."
Garrett: "Also no mimics," he calls to the guard.
Aleith|DM: The Green Knight looks at Chandrasekhar. "Who is hanging out in the rafters?"
[OOC] Zane: "Ceiling cat, that pervert."
Chandrasekhar: "The pixie spy, Mugwort."
Phyllis: "Diplomas from Pardwight and the Arcane Institute in Crisillyir, and a painting of a chrysanthemum." She means to answer the office question with this, at least.
Zane: "Wait we have a pixie spy? Singh, c'mon man. Not at work!"
Jillian: "Alright. You are welcome, constables. I am Dame Jillian. The king is in the throne room discussing a war conference."
Aleith|DM: Security has been ramped up considerably since you were last here, Zane.
Gerald‘ heads on through quickly, with a hand on both gun holsters and on High Alert
Zane is in fact looking around as he heads in. "Dame Jillian. Did my message get through?"
Garrett: "Jeez, security has been ramped up considerably since we were last here."
Phyllis follows in, orb and blade at her sides.
Aleith|DM: As she leads you to the throne room, she responds, "yes. We’re on high alert. There was originally going to be a wedding tonight between two of the staff, but it was delayed. The guests have mostly been sent into the city."
Chandrasekhar: "Wise choice."
Garrett: "Oh yeah? Who and who?"
Zane: "Please extend my apologies to the couple."
Garrett‘ is curious, not interrogating them.
Jillian: "Also, the royal skyseer killed himself this morning, claiming he saw no future after tonight. Your message was…foreboding."
Jillian: "The staff members are Arla and Orlando."
Zane: "Wow."
Garrett: "That’s the last time you send the message, Zane."
Ernst shakes his head. Sounds like they have a lot on their hands to deal with soon.
Phyllis frowns. "Foreboding, but not entirely bleak. We're here after … quite some difficulties."
Zane shrugs. "It worked, the place is on high alert. Everything else is details."
Gerald‘ looks at Jillian for a moment, opens his mouth, then thinks better of it and closes it.
Aleith|DM: As she leads you into the throne room, King Aodhan and Principal Minister Lee look up from the papers on a large table placed near the throne. "Well met, constables. We haven’t had word since you were going to Methia."
Phyllis: "We were sidetracked."
Zane: "It has been an exciting trip."
Garrett: "On the bright side, Rock Rackus isn't dead!"
Lee: "Considering your message came from the High Bayou, I have no doubt."
Aodhan: "What have you learned?"
Gerald: "Oh,:
Zane: "Man there is a list."
Gerald: "Okay, whew. Now we know for SURE the sendings weren't getting through."
Phyllis: "Kasvarina and Borne have reunited, though it seems that Nicodemus no longer has any sway over her."
Zane: "Stansfield is an Obscurati agent and traitor."
Garrett: "You probably noticed the difficulty with contacting into the Dreaming- it goes both ways and we're not sure why, other than 'it's bad news for everyone.'"
Zane: "And maybe a rakshasa, I'll probably find out soon."
Aleith|DM: The King and the Minister look shocked. "What?!" "Damn!"
Gerald: "Rot made us kick his ass to get a ride back here, too."
Garrett: "Also there is absolutely someone or someones or somethings monitoring the obstruction."
Gerald: "Stanfield needing to be obliterate is the major point though, we're reasonably confident they're preparing to take out the King within the day."
Phyllis holds up the Sword of Black Needles, keeping it sheathed. "We had to finish what Dukain started to return from the Dreaming to the Waking. You're welcome."
Aodhan: "You'd probably best get to Flint soon. The Impossible's moored in the river, so you could take that there."
Zane: "All due respect, Your Majesty, I am not leaving here without you."
Aleith|DM: Just then, a soldier runs into the throne room. "Your Majesty! We have terrible news! A Danoran fleet's been sighted outside Flint's waters!"
Chandrasekhar: "The safest place in the world right now is probably 'wherever we are'. And I say that knowing our tendency to stroll into danger."
Garrett‘ glances at the party, and then at the king. "That is some amazing timing."
Gerald: "Oh my Gods someone please tell me Lya is at the helm of the fleet, I need a win today."
Garrett: "Shooting Rot full bore in the face wasn’t a win?"
Aleith|DM: The King swears. "I'll go with you, then. Lee, get ready-" The magical lights in the palace all die.
Phyllis: "Oh. yes. Additionally, Flint seems to have been the Obscurati's base of operations strictly for how machines are perceived in the Dreaming by the Fey. There was … *purpose* to their industry, and Danor's been in it for generations."
Garrett: "Shooting Rot full bore in the face wasn't a win?"
Aleith|DM: Purple light begins to shine through the windows, and everything takes a familiar gloom.
[OOC] Garrett: whopps
Zane immediately tackles the king.
Gerald: "I mean, I guess, but it was a stupid, pointless fight that wasn't really satisfying in the moment. … Probably will be a fun story later though -"
Aleith|DM: Lee starts moving all of you away from the windows.
Garrett‘ immediately draws and retreats to a defensive position around the king.
Phyllis casts a [Spatial Lock] around herself and the group, keeping them anchored if she can -
Lee: "Everyone not combat trained, head to the Noble’s Gallery in the Marble Hall!"
Chandrasekhar: "And, here we go."
Aleith|DM: Chandrasekhar, your invisibility winks out.
Aleith|DM: And any glowing magic weapons also stop glowing.
Gerald: "…Sometimes I love the fact that I don't employ much magic in my fighting style."
Zane: "Mmhmm."
Aleith|DM: You can see an entire horde of undead through the windows, a couple hundred feet past the palace.
Aleith|DM: Screams come from various people, including some of the guards.
Gerald‘ sighs.
Aleith|DM: A tinny Drakran opera begins to play from the north.
Aleith|DM: A contingent of the Obscurati ghost council enters the throne room—over a dozen ghosts, each holding a prisoner from the Commons to the east. The prisoners are mostly palace staff and a few guards. They make no immediate aggressive moves, but look ready to kill their hostages.
Zane: "OK Gerald. As much as I really want to duel her to the death… You are free and clear to go weapons hot on Lya if she shows up."
Gerald` moves back up to a wall and window, now that they’re done blowing out, and attempts to get a better look.
Phyllis: "Shouldn't you be able to banish invaders like this with the powers from the rites?"
Gerald: "…"
Aleith|DM: In walks Catherine Romana from the Commons, behind the ghost councilors. "King Aodhan, dear, let's negotiate for your people's lives.
Aleith|DM: There's a giant lantern with a dozen guards, a large golem, and a gigantic horde of undead just on the northern lawn. Beyond that, there's hundreds of undead near 6 huge cannons, Gerald.
Aodhan: "Romana. Really?"
Catherine: "First, there’s no reason to attack me. After all, loyal followers of Nicodemus shall endure as ghosts for as long as he’s safe, and as far as even the ghost council knows, there’s no way to truly destroy him. So let’s discuss this like civilized people."
Gerald‘ glances back over his shoulder, then back out the window.
Garrett: "So… I take it you’re no longer on the governor board."
Gerald‘ rolls his eyes, and starts lining up a shot on the lantern.
Aleith|DM: They’re not moving yet.
Catherine: "Civilization. Now, Risur's rites of rulership trace back to the first defeat of the fey titans. The titans each command one terrain—mountain, swamp, et cetera. And the monarch of Risur is like a titan too, but his—or her—terrain is civilization. The more faith the people have in society and the state, the stronger the king is. And the stronger the king is, the stronger his people are."
Phyllis: "Easy, Gerald."
Catherine: "Normally, that's wonderful. But you know our plans, or at least suspect them. Everywhere else, perhaps the rulers will resist, but the people—the weak-willed, stupid children who we have to take care of—they’ll follow us."
Catherine: "Oh, but not in Risur. It won't do to have a king resisting our new age of reason. We will be the lords of civilization, and you'll be the rebels, the…the savages in the wilderness clinging to your old ways."
Zane grins.
Chandrasekhar: "You do make it sound tempting."
Catherine: "King Aodhan, I contest your throne. On this plane, I am a quorum of the nobility, so until you convene a council of the House of Nobles, your powers are hereby revoked, as decreed in the rites of rulership. Surrender, and pass on your crown to me, and not only will Risur’s people avoid becoming enemies to the entire world, but they will prosper."
Gerald‘ .oO( Lemme know when to break the lantern that’s almost definitely causing the magic seal. )
Zane: "Hey Singh. Did she just call me a savage?"
Aodhan sags a bit, but he shakes his head. "Romana," he says, "you're right about being the only noble on this plane. So with unanimous approval of your fellow nobles, I hereby revoke your title. Constables, I hereby make you all Dukes. We'll work out the details after you kill this traitor for me. Oh, and Harkover: you have my permission."
Garrett` begins to cackle.
Zane: "I better get an estate!"
Aleith|DM: At that, Romana glowers and claps her hands. Outside, cannons fire.
Gerald` takes that as his cue to shatter the lanter!!
Aleithilithos: Roll an attack roll and damage.
Gerald` rolled d20+28 and got 13 ( Total: 41 )
Gerald` rolled d20+28 and got 18 ( Total: 46 )
Gerald` rolled 6d10r2+22: 6, 5, (2, 3), 3, 6, (1, 10) [Total: 55.0 (Avg), Avg and got 5.50
[OOC] Aleithilithos: 55!
Shortly after that, all 6 cannons fire and breach holes in various walls in the palace.

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