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[DnD 4e PbP] The Serpent Swallows its Tail (IC)

SnowdownSnowdown Registered User regular
edited April 2011 in Critical Failures
1st of Uktar, 1479 Dalereckoning -The year of the Ageless One-

It is a bright, brisk day of Uktar. The winds whipping down off the Greypeak mountains buffet the plains. Only the walls and buildings of the small town of Loudwater provide you with protection from their chill. A thin crust of snow blankets the ground, freshly fallen the night before. Here and there the white of the snow is broken by a bit of trash, rubble, or grass.

Wanderlust, tasks, and traumas have brought you to the wayward town that is Loudwater, far from other civilized lands, on the precipice of what is monstrous Najara. Danger surrounds this isolated bastion of civilization, but against odds the town is secure and prospering. Gates stand open during the day, the garrison is full, and travel is steady although always risky. On this morn, for one reason or another, you all find yourself in Loudwater's South Square. Perhaps you were perusing the wares offered by the shops proprietors, merely passing through, or felt drawn here by some mysterious force.

Despite the cold, the South Square is alive with activity and doing a fair business. The snow on the main thoroughfare of the streets is worn through to cobblestone already. Many others mill about, traveling to their destinations, visiting the few shops that line the street, visiting the tavern for a morning tankard of ale, or just trying to stay warm. There are a series of carts parked along the wall and merchants are set up at two of them. One a farmer, the other a traveling merchant, both hocking their wares to the public.

"Get your fresh Vegetables here, last of the season!", cries out the Farmer.

Most folk in the square blend in to the normal hubbub that is daily business in a town of this size, yet a few other souls stick out from the norm.

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  • SquintsSquints Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Zan is at I10, buying a few things from the farmer for lunch. While he certainly stands out, the people of Loudwater have probably seen adventurers of all shapes and sizes stopping in. After getting some fresh vegetables, Zan begins walking towards the street in-between the curiosities and knives stores: good hubs for fellow adventurers. Perhaps he could enjoy a tale or two. Still, the Genasi keeps his eye open for anything on the way.

    History: 1d20+9 12

    Despite having a knack for knowledge, Zan may not be all that familiar with history pertaining to Loudwater and the surrounding area.

  • Crimson PhantomCrimson Phantom Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
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    Rolan stood in the Curiosity shop staring at all the curious collectibles. He absently rolled his orb around in his hands, while he looked on at the goods. With a wave of his hand he would turn his orb from the petrified white that is it's base color to vibrant hues of blue, green, and even deep crimson red.

    As Rolan pondered what he knew about this place, he became distracted as a quite busty woman walked past the entrance to store and headed towards tavern.
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    That looks like a good place to go

    He thought as he left the shop for the warm atmosphere of the tavern.

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  • SnowdownSnowdown Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Garwan's Curiosities:

    A sign bearing the image of a unicorn horn, an hourglass, and the words “Garwan’s Curiosities” hangs at the front of this store. Windows provide a view of bizarre items, including a shrunken head, candy wrapped in colorful leaves, playing cards, smoking accessories, fancifully decorated tankards, and more.

    The shop is dusty and slightly cluttered, with all manner of curios laying about haphazardly. A wizened old Dwarf sits behind the counter, puffing furiously at a prodigious old pipe.

    Oddly, the shop's window displays a single item. A curious black horn, straight, with the base wrapped in worn leather forming a crude looking dagger.

  • AlphaboomerangAlphaboomerang Registered User
    edited July 2010
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    Thogg is wandering the streets, looking for prospective employers.
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    He remains absolutely silent, however, not even seeming to notice that other pedestrians exist. He starts to head toward the tavern.

  • KorsahnKorsahn Registered User
    edited July 2010
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    After buying a few supplies from the farmer, and giving him Pelor's blessings, Kallas starts toward the tavern, looking for a good meal and some ale.
    As he moves, he glances around, pondering what little he's heard of Loudwater.
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    Carnarvon wrote: »
    Now I'm at the point where when I lose, I feel like I was fairly outplayed; except for [FACTIONS I LOSE TO], those guys are assholes.
  • SquintsSquints Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Zan looks at the dagger. While not one to wield such a weapon, it certainly looks... interesting! He turns his head as he hears pedestrians huff and swear at Thogg while he barrels through them sauntering over to the tavern. Most of them probably know not to get between a man and his drink, anyway.

    Zan heads into the shop. "Tell me about the dagger," he says smoothly before motioning to the window.

  • KorsahnKorsahn Registered User
    edited July 2010
    Noticing the bustle caused by the burly man, barging his way towards the tavern, Kallas smiles s little at the seeming straightforwardness of his actions.
    Taking a slightly closer look around, begins to spot the more exotic amongst the crowd, particularly the stark blue skinned person investigating the knife shop.

    Albreck pokes his head out, tasting the air of the marketplace before scampering onto Kallas' leather shoulder guard as Kallas enters the tavern.
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    Carnarvon wrote: »
    Now I'm at the point where when I lose, I feel like I was fairly outplayed; except for [FACTIONS I LOSE TO], those guys are assholes.
  • Smoove OperatorSmoove Operator Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    I'm not here, just a ghost whispering through town to get a blue dot on the thread to keep up with whats going on. See y'all down the road.

    Honesty, Integrity, Handshakefulness
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  • WoogityWoogity Registered User
    edited July 2010
    Amid the hustle and bustle of the daily grind few notice the short, starry eyed youth wandering through the South Square, taking in the sights with a reserved bemusement. . Breathing heavily into his hands to warm them in the brisk Uktar air, the vapor from his breath obscures the faint silvery rune at his forehead.

    "Facinating" he muses to himself as he listens in on the conversations around him.


    Feeling the anxiety of being around so many unknown people at the same time beginning to rise, Radulus starts off towards the curiosities shop, hoping for a calmer environment, as well as perhaps the chance to view some of the wares of this towns people.


    Streetwise
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    start me at H12

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    the game assassino_O
  • Crimson PhantomCrimson Phantom Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Rolan stops following the woman just as he's about to leave Garwan's shop.

    "What kind of playing cards are these?" he inquires of the old man. Looking up from the cards he notice the Genasi in front of him, nervously he waves his hand over his orb and changes it's color to a purple similar to Zan.

    "H-H-hello" Rolan says with a slight bow.
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  • SnowdownSnowdown Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Radulus:
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  • SnowdownSnowdown Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    "Ahh, that?", said the grizzled old dwarf behind the counter.

    "Interesting piece, innit'? That there horn was brought in by the crazy Wizard Curuvar just a few weeks ago. Said he got it from some goblin barrow nearbouts."

    Just as the old man finishes his sentence, those of you inside a building hear a loud explosion from outside.

    Those of you in the square see the southern wall of the square explode outwards sending rubble and dust flying everywhere. Townspeople begin to scream and flee the square as a large band of goblins race forward through the hole in the wall.
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  • Crimson PhantomCrimson Phantom Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    With amazing grace Rolan is aware of the explosion and ready for combat. His orb in his hand, and his mind ready for combat.
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  • SquintsSquints Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Zan wheels about after hearing the explosion. "Take cover," he tells the dwarf. "If you have a back door, I suggest you use it."

    The Gensari looks over at the wizard with his orb. "I hope it does more than change colors."
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    And with that he... cautiously prepares to move after the wizard!

  • KorsahnKorsahn Registered User
    edited July 2010
    Kallas notices Albreck's head snap round, alerting him to the danger. Jumping off his stool he readies himself for combat, a light yellow glow in his eyes...
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    Carnarvon wrote: »
    Now I'm at the point where when I lose, I feel like I was fairly outplayed; except for [FACTIONS I LOSE TO], those guys are assholes.
  • WoogityWoogity Registered User
    edited July 2010
    Rad feels the explosion, sees the town's people fleeing, some on fire, all terrified..."Hurry!" he thinks to himself...this could be...problematic...


    the silvery rune at his forehead begins to flicker as he attempts to remain composed...
    Spoiler:

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    the game assassino_O
  • SnowdownSnowdown Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    (in the nature of getting SOMETHING out there rolling for you guys to post on during the weekend, I'm going to roll Alpha's initiative for him. Alpha, if you don't like this, you can re-roll next round yourself, I don't have a problem with that)

    Thogg is mildly distracted by his trek through the villagers of the square. The explosion catches him completely unawares, but only some of the goblins act before his quick reflexes kick in.

    Initiative: 1d20+4 = 10

  • SnowdownSnowdown Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Half of the goblins make quick use of the surprise, darting amongst everyone in the square and attacking fiercely.

    The goblin in the back yells out in a high-pitched screech, "Get me the Totem!"

    (since there are a LOT of tokens on board, I will edit the map after this round is over, as many should be gone/cleared)

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    !Rolan is on deck, Radulus gets an OA vs Goblin Cutter (before he was blinded)

  • WoogityWoogity Registered User
    edited July 2010
    As one of the charging goblins raises its hand to strike it sees a dark blur...then nothing...Rad glances downwards at the stickey mess now splattered all over the nearby farmers goods..."My apologies" he mutters.

    Spoiler:

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    the game assassino_O
  • Crimson PhantomCrimson Phantom Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    With a grin Rolan steps out of the shop, "Oh, I can do a few tricks with this orb"

    The orb glows a faint yellow as tiny daggers can be seen swirling on the outside of the orb, with an open hand Rolan appears to pull the daggers from the surface of the orb and with a thrust of his arm he launches them into the goblin party.

    As razor thin daggers slice into their bodies a few of the goblins fall (too many tokens to see which are which). As Rolan returns his hand to his side the daggers stay floating in the air tempting to slash at anybody foolish enough to enter their area.
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  • WoogityWoogity Registered User
    edited July 2010
    cutter 8 just bit the dust so i guess I'm up.

    As Radulus glances up from the goblin that was just turned to soup, he catches just the faintest glimpse of the Hexer's rod flash, then an instant pain in his face and darkness..."NO!" he thinks to himself. "Not another blackout!....these poor people..." Rad then braces himself as the rune at his forehead vanishes completely...not good...
    Spoiler:

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    the game assassino_O
  • KorsahnKorsahn Registered User
    edited July 2010
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    Kallas rushes to the door of the tavern, Albreck safely tucked into his pocket, and quickly assesses the goblin attack.
    Turning to the villagers just outside, he says, "Get inside, hurry, and bar the door in case!"
    He then proceeds forward, to assist the blinded man, struggling against the horde pouring in.
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    Shrouded for a moment, Kallas bursts into a nova of light, Pelor's rays obliterating the closest goblins and flinging one of the warriors back towards the breach.
    Directing one of the rays onto the stricken beside him, he utters a word of protection, granting the man respite from his ailments.

    The light fading, he observes the effects.
    Next up: cutter 9 Cutter 9 is dead so...
    NEXT: Warrior 1...
    NEXT: Thogg

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    Carnarvon wrote: »
    Now I'm at the point where when I lose, I feel like I was fairly outplayed; except for [FACTIONS I LOSE TO], those guys are assholes.
  • AlphaboomerangAlphaboomerang Registered User
    edited July 2010
    (I'm fine with you rolling init for me when I'm not present... i don't want to hold up the action for a single roll =P)

  • SnowdownSnowdown Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Okay, here is an update map, noting what has actually been killed...there are still 6 cutters to deal with.
    I've also re-posted initiative.
    The villagers remaining alive have fled the map.
    Creatures actions are posted.

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  • SquintsSquints Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Oh, good. No where I can go outside the store without drawing a OA.

  • SnowdownSnowdown Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Thogg is UP!

    On Deck after Thogg
    Cutter2
    Warrior
    Skull Cleaver


    Zan-Kyri is pulling up the rear

  • AlphaboomerangAlphaboomerang Registered User
    edited July 2010
    Thogg unloops his spiked chain, building up a shrieking momentum. Without warning, the bladed tip streaks toward the goblin in front of him.
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    THe blade whips under the goblins guard and punches right through his sternum. Thogg yanks it out of the goblins chest, bits of viscera flying off as the goblin slumps to the ground. Looking at the others defending themselves and the villagers from goblins, Thogg moves to help the elf wizard and genasi.
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    Various goblins UP

    On Deck: Zan-man!

  • SnowdownSnowdown Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    One of the goblin Cutters moves up to replace a fallen comrade, swinging wildly at Kallas, his blade making a pretty sound through the air as it connects with nothing.
    The slower Goblin Warrior throws a Javelin at Thogg, piercing him solidly before pulling out a blade and stepping up to challenge him
    The Goblin in the back wearing chainmail yells ferociously before running up to the Curio shop window, and smashing it in with his Axe.

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    !Zan is up
    Gobbos are on Deck

  • SquintsSquints Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Zan squeezes into the doorway and heads towards the Skull Cleaver.
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  • SnowdownSnowdown Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    The goblins rally as one of their own close on the goal.
    Zan is struck as he tries to slip by the Cutters flanking the door.
    Kallas is blinded as the Goblin in robes shoots a shadowy black ray into his eyes.
    Radulus, still blinded is struck again by an unseen (to him) assailant.

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    !Rolan is up
    Cutter8 is on Deck

  • Crimson PhantomCrimson Phantom Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Hmm...this, is not good

    As Rolan slides back into the doorway to the shop he notices that the Goblin who appears to be in charge is going straight for the item in the window.

    Well that simply won't do!

    Rolan slides his hands over his orb again plucking the pale yellow daggers off the surface of his orb, however instead of flinging them at an enemy he makes a small gesture and leaves them where he was standing mere seconds ago.

    "Well, at least the genasi won't be hit from behind." he mutters to himself, "Now, about that odd looking dagger..."

    With a twist of his wrist a pale blue hand appears and picks up the dagger. He prepares to move it away from the goblins.
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    !Cutter 8 is up
    Radulus is on deck

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  • SnowdownSnowdown Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    The Mage Hand will be in F,22 (where the dagger was in the window). The mage hand can be moved by using up your move action on your next turn, Rolan.

  • Crimson PhantomCrimson Phantom Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Thanks, that's exactly what I was planning to do

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  • SnowdownSnowdown Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Cutter8 swings wildly at Rolan, missing by a hair!

    Cutter8-
    Minor: Snarl
    Move: Snarl
    Standard: 1d20+8=13 MISS!

  • SnowdownSnowdown Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Radulus snarls like a caged animal, his fear that he has succumbed to another blackout rage tricking him into nearly falling into a real rage.

    Just as he is about to succumb, his vision returns to him, the battlefield revealed!

    Standard: Defensive
    Saving Throw: 1d20 = 20! hallelujah!
    Minor: Thogg may spend a Healing Surge regaining 6 Hit points

    Thogg, Kallas, and Radulus gain +1 to all defenses until the end of Radulus' next turn.

    !Cutter7 and Warrior1 are on deck

  • SnowdownSnowdown Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Cutter7 mimicks his ally nearby, swinging wildly at Rolan and missing by a hair!
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    Warrior1
    Move: (H,17) Javelin vs Rolan
    1d20+6 = 8 MISS!

    Kallas is up
    Cutter9 is on deck

    FINALLY a series of rolls seems to go your groups way!

  • KorsahnKorsahn Registered User
    edited July 2010
    Stepping back swiftly from the cutter, Kallas' vision goes red as he succumbs to the hex.
    Drawing upon his faith, he sends the blood clouding his vision to hamper his foes, flooding their minds with his own pain.
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    Carnarvon wrote: »
    Now I'm at the point where when I lose, I feel like I was fairly outplayed; except for [FACTIONS I LOSE TO], those guys are assholes.
  • SnowdownSnowdown Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Goblin Cutter9 would be taking his turn, but he is now deceased

    Thogg is up!
    Goblins are on deck!

    New map with next gobbos turn.

  • AlphaboomerangAlphaboomerang Registered User
    edited July 2010
    Although Thogg is refreshed by the divine power that courses through him, Thogg is still lookin' pretty bad.
    After releasing a serious of blows designed to slip past the goblins armor, Thogg uses a surge of adrenaline to get himself back in the game.
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    Oh noes its the GOBLINS
    But then comes Zan Francisco to save the day!

  • SnowdownSnowdown Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Kallas' vision clears up just in time to see a goblin sword bite into his thigh.
    The Goblin warrior facing Thogg swings, the wind of his blade ruffling Thogg's hair as it flies by.
    The Skull Cleaver snatches the Horn Totem from the mage hand, wrenching it out of its grip.
    With a triumphant roar, he cries out "I've got it!" and moves back behind one of the wagons, drawing a free attack from Zan-Kyri.

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    !Zan-Kyri is up
    Hexer is on Deck

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