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[D&D 4e PbP Eberron: Crime/Noir] The Long Way Down

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  • The EnderThe Ender Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I'd advise against trying to chase someone down on your own. We're already split-up enough as it is. :P

    TOG Solid wrote:
    If that guy wasn't white he would have gotten popped by so many tasers simultaneously that Marvel could use that as the new origin for Electro.
  • hotranhotran Registered User
    edited August 2010
    He gets a +10 to defend. I'd say just gang up on the chainfighter and see what he's good for.

    The Long Way Down: Clank, Warforged Fighter
  • Crimson PhantomCrimson Phantom Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Yea, I think I'm gonna pass. Would have to get a 15 or higher to intimidate. We'll kill this guy and then go through the apartment. It sounds like they didn't find anything that they wanted, so if something is here...it should still be here

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  • interrobanginterrobang kawaii as  hellRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Actually, do you wanna knock him out instead? We could search while he's out cold and then interrogate him after he wakes up.

  • Crimson PhantomCrimson Phantom Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Yea, we should knock out at least one of them for questioning. I know boyce when over it, but how do we do it again? Just designate we are pulling our final blow and that's it?

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  • srboyceboatsrboyceboat Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I guess all this Meta is what I get for taking too long. :P I'm just kidding, I don't mind the Meta-gaming at all. I sort of encourage it, especially when parties are all split apart like this.

    Dark's been awhile from posting. If we go down two players after 2 weeks, I shall be a sad DM Panda.

    Just announce it. Fair warning, if the target you're knocking out goes to negative bloodied or fails 3 death saving throws (assuming it applies. For example, Warforged and other living constructs make death saving throws, but don't die because of them), you will have lost them. So you can basically bring them back up to 0 HP and allow them a short rest to spend whatever Healing Surge they have (believe it or not, almost all monsters get 2, they just don't have a way of using them). Make sure you tie them down or have some serious intimidate when they come out of it. When they come out of being unconscious, you only have to beat their Will defense with an intimidate to keep them intimidated. I'll come up with an interrogation mechanic since the books don't talk about them.

    Also, I'm up, huh?

    Dwight and Sterling:
    Spoiler:

    Next up: Dwight!



    Picture is Dave Dorman's (http://www.davedorman.com/)
  • Crimson PhantomCrimson Phantom Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Dwight scrambles to his feet and slips near the chainweilder, with a smile he slashes across the hobgoblin's back, leaving a long red line that starts to seep blood.

    Damn gremlins! He momentairly contemplates chasing after the gremlin but decides to stick around and finish off the hobgoblin, then he'll check on the gremlin.
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    Next up: Sterling!

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  • interrobanginterrobang kawaii as  hellRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Sterling quickly rolls onto her back and handsprings up onto her feet, scowling at the still-standing hobgoblin. The fact that the fight has gone on this long is irritating, and it shows in her face.

    Her annoyance clouds her judgment, and she lashes out with a poorly-placed strike at the side of the chainfighter's head, aiming to knock him cold with the flat of the blade; he raises his arm and her weapon deflects off his guard with a metallic 'ping'.

    "Dammit!" she spits, gritting her teeth.

    Status:
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    Next up: Gremling Ringleader?! (Unless he's well and truly left the building...)

  • srboyceboatsrboyceboat Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Dwight & Sterling:
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    Picture is Dave Dorman's (http://www.davedorman.com/)
  • Crimson PhantomCrimson Phantom Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Dwight lets the hobgoblin take a step before kicking out the back of its knee and slamming the butt of his rapier down onto the back of its skull knocking the goblin unconscious. As the hobgoblin crumbles to the ground Dwight runs over to the window to see if he can spot the gremlin.
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    Next up: Sterling

    Dwight still has 5 squares of movement if he doesn't run, I'll stop my post here until boyce lets me know what I see. But I might be jumping out the window and after the gremlin, which is why you have pretty much every roll that you'll need.

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  • Dark080matterDark080matter Registered User
    edited August 2010
    With a shocked expression on her face, Rievakari addressed the detectives pleadingly.

    "You don't understand, there's been a terrible murder! There always was going to be. I predicted this would happen and came to warn the dwarf who worked here, but it's already too late. Look at this!"

    She quickly twirled The Mutant and a 7 of Pentacles into the palm of her hand from... somewhere... and displayed them as if offering crime scene evidence.

    "It was those terrible people from House Tarkanan I bet, judging by the marks they left at the scene. Of course, precognitive murder reports aren't something you Watch deal in. Typical. Maybe the scene in there should change your mind.

    Oh, Clank here is harmless. Why, it's ego crux was wiped just last month. I had to bring him, I thought that this might turn out to be dangerous! Well...?! Go look if you don't believe me, but I won't bear to stand the sight of that again!
    "


    She folded her arms and fixed the two Watchmen with a stern gaze, as if the conversation had helped her work up her outrage over the horror of the murder. It was clear that she was pinning partial blame on them for the murder due to their ill-conceived prejudice against paranormally-based watch reports.
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    XBLA Tag: umbralAeronaut
  • srboyceboatsrboyceboat Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Dwight:

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    Rievakari & Clank:
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    Picture is Dave Dorman's (http://www.davedorman.com/)
  • Crimson PhantomCrimson Phantom Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Dwight slams his fist down on the window as he turns around and storms over to the hobgoblin. "God damn gremlins" he mutters under his breath as he pulls out some rope and ties up the unconscious hostage. As soon as the hostage is tied up Dwight takes a quick look around the main room, to try and spot anything out of place, with a deep sigh he closes his eyes and lets his Dragonmark feel out the room for any trace of the arcane.

    Dwight slaps around the hobgoblin waking up him. As he starts to come around Dwight has the tip of his rapier at the hobgoblins throat, "Your boss left you to die, you're tied up, and if you try to move or lie to me I will kill you. Do you understand?"
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  • hotranhotran Registered User
    edited August 2010
    The gentle hum that accompanies Clank even as he stands still drops to a lower note. He shrinks, his hips and knees settling imperceptibly lower, and the blue glow in his visor dims. He might not like playing a possession, but it was working. He silently hoped that Rieva's story could get them on their way.

    The Long Way Down: Clank, Warforged Fighter
  • srboyceboatsrboyceboat Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Dwight:

    Dwight gets a sense of magic all around the room, which doesn't surprise him, given that an eladrin artificer or mage-wright of sorts was its occupant at one time. Specifically, there are runes carved into the desk on the southern wall which and a handful of half-completed artifcings eminating some latent arcana, but it's all quite old: four days or more, lining up with Sael'iana's story that Tellarin's been missing for that long. Of particular note is the only completed artifice in the entire apartment: it's a small circular device, no larger than a seashell, with runs etched along the bottom that lead to a simple button. When Dwight thumbs the button, a spectral, 3-dimensional moving statue of a young eladrin woman and boy frolicking childishly floats to life in a ghostly blue, where their feet and most of the lower bodies trail off, but the detail in their faces is exquisite. It operates on something like a 2-minute loop and seems to be accompanied by a music-box like effect, but Dwight isn't sure the sound isn't a psychic byproduct of holding the device, like it was magically imprinted and may be part of an illusion the user is subject to. It's a nice, if somewhat melancholy, melody, at any rate. You recognize the still of Tellarin you have in your possession as having been drawn from a moment within the 2-minute sequence displayed by the device. the Nothing else arcane specifically stands out, but upon closer physical inspection, the room's state looks like a fairly standard burglary, with the exception of the broken table and the fact that many possessions remain in their place. The crew who was here was likely instructed to burglarize the apartment as well in order to give it more an appearance of having been happenstance crime rather than specified searching, giving the gremlin the sort of criminal savvy not often found in goblinoids and those they employ.

    Carpets are torn up, the cushions on the couch have been mutilated, the window's broken, all the drawers have been removed from everything that has drawers and emptied onto the floor, even the ice box has been completely rifled through, its contents spilled onto the kitchenette floor and obviously picked at. A handful of things catch your eye however: the broken table, specifically. Why would thieves break a table, especially one with no capacity to hide anything denser than a finely-made pen? "Golk" might know, or it may be it was broken before they contaminated the scene. The carpet is in very bad disarray from the fight and the upturning the gremlin's crew gave the place before your arrival, but there are heavy drag marks leading to the couch, like furniture had been re-arranged. Again, not likely something the hobgoblin's accomplices might have had any reason to do. The dragging marks appear to have been when the couch was moved from the western wall to the eastern wall, through where the broken table lies in ruins. The last two interesting items are simple: one appears to be a dried blood trail, too old to have been from the recent altercation. It leads from the broken table to the now-broken window. The second item of note lies in some of the papers from the overturned desk drawers that the dead minotaur has been bleeding onto. A handful of them appear to be journal entries, which may be significant enough to collect when you're not otherwise hassling a suspect.

    The hobgoblin glances around the room sourly, forming a scowl as best as a creature at blade-point is able, and nods his head almost imperceptibly, once. "God damn gremlins," he mutters. "This was supposed to be a cake job."


    Waiting on Rieva or Clank to identify themselves to the Watch. Ender, I missed Vered's response to Bemiin because I'm a bad DM and had been waiting for a post from Wass, which obviously is not happening. hotran will jump in if it's cool with everyone just until we can get Mos resolved and get the crew back together. Otherwise, Ender, I'll get your response up soon.

    Picture is Dave Dorman's (http://www.davedorman.com/)
  • Crimson PhantomCrimson Phantom Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Dwight kneels down, his rapier still in his hand, the tip still at the hobgoblins throat.

    "Your name's Golk right? Well Golk we are gonna play a little game. You are gonna tell me everything that you know about this place, why you are tearing it up, who hired you, the gremlin who left you here to die, and anything else I might find interesting. In exchange, if I feel you are telling me the whole truth, I'll cut you free. If I feel you are lying, I'll cut your throat."
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  • hotranhotran Registered User
    edited August 2010
    I'm on my way to the Ikea at the moment, but I'll throw up a Mos post when I get back. At the Morgue, I'm thinking Clank lets his "owner" do the talking as much as possible.

    The Long Way Down: Clank, Warforged Fighter
  • interrobanginterrobang kawaii as  hellRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Sterling sheathes her weapon and wipes a bit of bloody spittle from the corner of her mouth, quietly clearing her throat as she composes herself. Her temporary loss of temper embarrasses her.

    As Dwight occupies himself with the interrogation, Sterling sets to gathering as much evidence as she can. Her first stop is the dried blood trail - kneeling down beside it, she runs her fingertips over a particularly large splotch, but she has way of knowing just how old the stuff is or who it belongs to.

    "Mr. Hartigan, would you like me to gather anything from the scene while you are otherwise preoccupied with our guest?"

  • Crimson PhantomCrimson Phantom Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    "Yes Sterling there are a few things that we need to grab. First thing we need is to bag and tag every artifice in this apartment. Make sure you don't forget the little circular one I think someone might be interested in it. I don't care if they work or not, we can figure out what they do later, but let's not miss the chance to get all of the devices." Dwight points out the journal entries on the table, "Grab all of those as well. If we can figure out what Tallerin was working on maybe we can figure out where he is. While I didn't get a chance to fully inspect the runes on the desk they must be important to any work that he was doing. Now Golk, I believe you were about to answer my questions."

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  • srboyceboatsrboyceboat Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Dwight:

    Golk swallows past the tip of your blade, seeing the intent to cause harm burning in your eyes. "Look, drow, er, sir, er mister whatever you want - I don't know nothin' important. The Gremlin was Plurg, small-timer, some guys made it sound like he might be connected, you know? Rumor was House Tarkanan or the Boromar Clan. Plurg said this university kid was supposed to deliver some ginned-up version of grinspore or something to some important people, but they didn't get the shipment. Plurg brought us in thinking we could find the kid or the product and deliver it ourselves, rough the kid up so that he'd know better than to miss his next shipment, maybe a little extorque-- extra--...you know, protection money. It was an honest smash-and-grab. No kid when we got here, so Plurg convinces us that he must have stashed the stuff somewhere in this place. We spend two hours looking for it and then you show up." He finishes his rant and stares pointedly at the rapier. When you don't remove it, worry seizes his features. "Listen, I'm just the hit guy. I don't know anything else. What else do you want? The kid wasn't here, we didn't kill him or do nothin' to him! I swear!"

    Picture is Dave Dorman's (http://www.davedorman.com/)
  • Dark080matterDark080matter Registered User
    edited August 2010
    OOC: Time to tell an officer of the law to step the hell off. This can't possibly go wrong!

    Rievakari stiffened and leaned back from the unnecessarily-close approach of the Watchman, then wrinkled her nose at his suggestion that she display her papers.

    "Hmmm, I don't think that I shall. I was assured upon my arrival here in Breland that I would be immune to this sort of petty intimidation. I suggest that you take your complaint to the Adaran Consul, which is sure to generate immense amounts of lovely paperwork for your agency."

    At this point Rievakari turned to Clank and officiously spoke to 'it' in the manner of one accustomed to bossing mindless automatons (of both the biological and mechanical varieties).

    "You are recording this, right? When I take this provincial agent's harassment to court I would dearly love to watch him squirm at the playback."
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    XBLA Tag: umbralAeronaut
  • Crimson PhantomCrimson Phantom Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Assuming Insight says he isn't lying:

    "Well then, I guess that means that you won't mind if I look around and make sure that you didn't miss anything. After we're done you're gonna split, and if I even catch the slightest glimpse of your ugly mug in my city again, you're gonna wish I killed you."
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    Assuming Insight says he's lying:

    "Well then, I'm just gonna leave you here for the Watch to find, then when I find Plurg and the people who hired him I'll be sure to tell them that Golk tuned pigeon and ratted out all of them. Now you sit nice and quiet, I'm gonna look around and if you change your mind then you let me know."
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    Either way the following still applies:
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    What check would you like to figure out the blood pattern, the broken table, and the drag marks?

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  • hotranhotran Registered User
    edited August 2010
    Mos Nassam

    Mos scans the boxes lining the walls of the warehouse, its drifting gaze alert for arcane residue that might hint at their origins. As it does so, it projects into Bemlin's mind:

    "It reminds Bemlin that Its owners wish this matter resolved quickly. Unduly delaying it could prove...unfortunate."
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    The Long Way Down: Clank, Warforged Fighter
  • srboyceboatsrboyceboat Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Dwight:
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    Rievakari & Clank (Sorry!):
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    Omni Skill Challenge Progress:
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    Did I mention shit be a little dark in Sharn?

    Picture is Dave Dorman's (http://www.davedorman.com/)
  • Crimson PhantomCrimson Phantom Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Oh thank you sweet baby Jesus! First roll for strength check!

    Dwight runs his fingers across the table, trying to spot something out of place, a reason that it's broken like someone took a maul to it. After throughly searching the table Dwight walks over to the couch and with an impressive feat of strength yanks it away from the wall. Kneeling down Dwight pulls out his magnifying glass and looks over the hidden door, running his fingers along the edges he holds a lockpick inbetween his teeth in case he finds a lock...or a trap. "Let's see what we have here..." he mutters to himself.
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    Also Dwight has spent 2 more healing surges to bring himself up to full health, that with the 2 that were spent during the fight leaves me with 2 left.

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  • Dark080matterDark080matter Registered User
    edited August 2010
    Rievakari grimaced as her ruse utterly failed.

    "It sounds to me that you're looking for the other joke and trick shop. You may soon find that the Fates are rarely kind to Fools who can't keep their morals straight."

    Unfortunately her reflexes weren't as sharp as her tongue. Perhaps Rievakari simply wasn't completely prepared for the rapid rate that this tense situation was turning into a violent one.

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    XBLA Tag: umbralAeronaut
  • hotranhotran Registered User
    edited August 2010
    Clank roars to life, his right arm moving with blinding speed as he draws his axe, the catches holding it to his back releasing automatically. His visor flashes a deep crimson as he plays its glow over the Watchmen. As he sets his talons, a voice distinctly different from that he's been using, more obviously mechanical, echoes from his speakers. "Quickly, ambassador."
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    The Long Way Down: Clank, Warforged Fighter
  • srboyceboatsrboyceboat Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    My apologies guys, but we're going to have a short hiatus from posts from me. This sucks because we're right in the thick of the good stuff, but RL stuff has lead to a lack of downtime till about Tuesday or Wednesday evening. I know 1 day isn't much of a hiatus, but I already feel like I don't get back to you guys quick enough, so I wanted to throw it down in advance. I hope that's not the Worst Thing Ever [tiny]TM[/tiny]

    Picture is Dave Dorman's (http://www.davedorman.com/)
  • interrobanginterrobang kawaii as  hellRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    A one day hiatus with a perfectly acceptable reason that you're warning us about in advance?

    This is simply unacceptable.

  • Crimson PhantomCrimson Phantom Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I agree. Simply fucking horrible. Who approved this kind of thing?

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  • Crimson PhantomCrimson Phantom Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Bumpsies until boyce gets back :P

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  • srboyceboatsrboyceboat Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I am returned. I've got 10-hour work days this week due to some complications. RL game that I run is tomorrow night, so you'll get some posts from me tonight and possibly during the day tomorrow, but then not likely again until Saturday. More regular schedule should then resume.

    Rievakari & Clank:
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    I'll resolve Vered/Mos and Dwight/Sterling tomorrow during work and when I get back. Rieva and Clank's combat will have to be on hold until I get back, unless someone's willing to accept the appointment of Lieutenant-ship and run the two watch officers so that can move merrily along.

    Ender:
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    That way we can depose Mos Nasam from the story, get you linked back up with one of the other two crews (or the whole gang) and move forward.

    Again, guys, I'm super sorry about all the delay. The last thing I wanted was for us to get hip-deep into the first case and have me go all absentee, but we all know how life can get.

    Picture is Dave Dorman's (http://www.davedorman.com/)
  • hotranhotran Registered User
    edited August 2010

    EDIT

    Clank's body shudders, the blue sparks from Rik's attack dancing across his iron body.

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    He swings his battle-axe down at Rik's exposed shoulder, cleaving a chunk of flesh from the watchmen. He immediately brings his shield forward, knocking the stunned man back towards the wall. A garbled shriek of electronic frustration echoes off the stone walls of the hallway as sparks continue to course through Clank's form.
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    The Long Way Down: Clank, Warforged Fighter
  • srboyceboatsrboyceboat Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    As a fair DM, Hotran, don't forget + HalfLevel...you totally hit that dude. Your strength bonus is +4, half level is +2, Terror Axe is + 1, Proficiency is + 2, Weapon Talent is + 1. That's 10, and 10+10= 20 vs. AC hits. You're swinging 1d20+10 for every attack, basically. He is still marked hit or miss, but roll that beautiful damage die and knock that fucker back.

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  • Dark080matterDark080matter Registered User
    edited August 2010
    Dropping a warning to you all that I'm leaving on a boating trip this evening and much of tomorrow. I'll check for my turn of combat tomorrow night.

    EDIT: Aaaaand I'm back. Ready!

    XBLA Tag: umbralAeronaut
  • srboyceboatsrboyceboat Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I have untold self-loathing, gentlemen (and ladies? I don't believe so, but I wish not to be sexist), and I hope you accept my humblest apologies for the delays.

    However, things shall return apace beginning anon! (I think that's not accurate? I actually mean tomorrow but don't know how to form that in a way that sounds half as clever as anon.) I've written the world's longest post to break shit down fo' real for everyone and I'm going to pre-roll everything for the combat so I can just link to the shit in the future.

    Also, to save some trouble, if we all have MapTools, whenever we have a fight, I'll just post a link to the the *.cmpgn file and people can download it so that I don't have to keep saving out screenshots and slapping my FTP client into behaving so that I can upload new images. This will enable me to post from work and from my mobile devices, giving me the ability to do this thing the right away and keep everything moving along.

    So, again, my bad continually,and reparations due tomorrow. Have a good evening.

    Picture is Dave Dorman's (http://www.davedorman.com/)
  • hotranhotran Registered User
    edited August 2010
    No worries about the delays, and yay! for tomorrow's resumption. I don't have MapTools, but I'm all for it if its in any way accessible.

    The Long Way Down: Clank, Warforged Fighter
  • srboyceboatsrboyceboat Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Dwight:
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    Rievakari and Clank:
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    Vered and Mos Nasam:
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    (Some blocks are empty and will be edited over the course of the day.)

    Picture is Dave Dorman's (http://www.davedorman.com/)
  • Dark080matterDark080matter Registered User
    edited August 2010
    The hapless diplomatic impersonator's facade slipped a bit as one of the watchmen dashed carelessly past her; with a nearly invisible movement of one of her hands a shockingly nasty gash opened up wide in Biel's back. Rievakari flipped the bloody-edged card in her hand to reveal The Unspeakable Gaze, the face of which had an illegibly-warped pattern circling around a single wide-open bloodshot eye.

    She displayed the card to Rik with a viciously toothy full-face smile and before he knew it the security guard felt an incredible sense of vertigo, as though gravity in the room had twisted so that he was being sucked in towards the card. For reasons completely unfathomable to everyone else in the hallway, Rik's knees buckled and he backpedaled in an awkward skittering motion towards the wall Clank had smashed him into, grabbing at it as if searching for a stable hand-hold. Rievakari circled the inexplicably-confounded patrolman towards the doorway, all the while holding the card such that he could not break eye contact with it.

    "Your interference is not appreciated, Watchman."

    With a twist of her hand Rievakari produced a spread of cards and plucked free The Bountiful Famine, which depicted a "benevolent" red Sun grinning maniacally above a field of struggling, blackened grain. The confused watchman desperately hugging the wall erupted in a sheet of heat distortion as the air temperature in his corner of the hallway spiked to unbearable levels, and Rievakari glanced towards Clank with a disinterested shrug.

    "Their fortunes are tragically, boringly easy to read. I tire of the game already. Shall we?"
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    XBLA Tag: umbralAeronaut
  • Crimson PhantomCrimson Phantom Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Is there anyway to shield the power of the device, other than ripping out the nook? Can I slide out the nook and hold it like a box?

    Dwight looks around the panel and making sure there are no other traps, he gently takes out the device and looks it over. Stuffing all of the contents that were in the nook gently into a bag he shoulders everything and looks at Sterling. "Search the bodies then let's get out of here before there is any more trouble"
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