D&D 5E: On Wings of Midnight

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    ((I guess also i can fly over, fire the crossbow back, and there's a line to help people cross/catch themselves - Good for Luce, since she's totally balanced on al ine and can probably do it in her sleep, less so for baber.

    But anyway: assuming the party can give her a rope, gear will use the rope. otehrwise, gear will a charge to give herself a minute of flight time, and take the help action on as many people as possible during this time that endless thinks is reasonble. She'll save her other 3 charges for now, since we have no idea when we'll next get to long rest, and none of us are packing easy Make a Shelter spells))

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    [OOC: It’s not necessary to make rope right now, but your first long rest in the wilds there is enough vines and other materials to make rope.]

    The first one of you to narrate your plan, that’s how it goes... more or less. It’s all on you, but it’ll net you a mighty 10 experience.

    We’ll roll after the fact.

  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    "Of course we've got rope! I can jump across, I'm pretty good at athletic stuff, but having that rope as a safety thing is a good idea. What about you, Manini? Will you have any difficulty crossing?"

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Gear explains her plan of using monkey's mischief to create a backup line, grabs teh rope that baber's providing, and once things are explained that she'll fly over...

    She does exactly that. There's probably "WTFing" from Luce, since Gear didnt tell luce she could fly. (Surprises, you know?)

    Gear proceeds to Help! everyone across

    (Also if anyone falls, she'll fly after them and tag them with Midnight Blessing to stop any broken bones)

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  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    [OOC: or Baber could just use their echo to cross over. I completely forgot about that class feature lol I am teh dumb]

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Darmak wrote: »
    [OOC: or Baber could just use their echo to cross over. I completely forgot about that class feature lol I am teh dumb]

    (I sitll love the mental image of long distance echo abuse where it's just constantly swapping till you slam into the ground at speed from built up fall momentum)

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited September 26
    Gear earns 10 experience!

    With a rope walkway and the taut cable of Gear’s crossbow at waist height (or thigh height for Hado) it’s pretty safe to cross.

    You guys are used to climbing these days, and Luce is a trained acrobat.

    “I will be fine!”, Manini says to Baber.

    Geth roll 1d20+1 for Rope Walking

    Rope Walking:
    1d20+1 9 [1d20=8]

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    Manini smiles, you think, and then falls off the bottom rope as soon as they step foot on it. Beetle-folk evidently have quite small feet.

    “This is fine.”, they say as they fall through the air.

    Darmak
  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Gear immediately dives after Manini, and takes him mid air with her cloak.

    Moments later she rises up to the other side and deposits Manini safely right as both the feather fall and her ability to fly run out.

    "... Not fine. Not fine art all"

    ((Ooc: awww yeah, 490 experience till ice hands! Also I figure feather fall makes him light enough to manvuer on grounds of this is awesome))

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    “Thank you Miss Gear.”, they say with a bow.

    Continuing across the fallen tree you eventually reach its branches resting against the now cracked outcrop overlooking Khali’s Cave.

    Fragment skips ahead, taking off up one of the branches! You hear birds scatter above, tweets and caws of distress follow in their wake.

    The fallen tree has done more than shatter the layer of dirt on the outcrop, it appears that the fall took a large beast down with it.

    Half crushed, it’s definitely dead. It looks like nothing you’ve ever seen before, but something about it’s improbable design reminds you of the monster you encountered in Rogo-Rogo’s beachside home. The one Baber made contact with.

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    Also: It’s about this time I just want to remind you all Hado has two wriggly, curious dragonettes attached to his chest in cloth wrappings. Just visualise that.

    Darmak
  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    [OOC: Also it’s not especially important to the plot or anything but Manini is gender neutral. If you mix them up as he or she that’s fine, but they’re not either.]

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  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    [OOC: Also it’s not especially important to the plot or anything but Manini is gender neutral. If you mix them up as he or she that’s fine, but they’re not either.]

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    [OOC: Baber is too! Hi5!]

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  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    Baber looks up after Fragment but shrugs and figures they'll be fine. Then they kneel down and look over the fallen beast and lay a hand on it for a few moments before getting back up. While they don't know what this beast was like, they do understand a little about the Vilelord's creations and how it might have felt.

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Gear quickly manuvers down to the corpse. "What in the gouge..."

    "Any of you know anything about this? heard anything like it? We've... seen something once. Me, Baber and Hado that is. Something like this, but..."

    Geth roll 1d20+1d4+6 for Investigate
    Geth roll 1d20+1d4+6 for Nature

    (Gear is attempting to determine two things: One - How did the beast die? Did the tree fall on it, did it make the tree fall? And two... what is it? What can she glean from it's biology? Working on the assumption Hado will happily Guidance me on both)

    Investigate:
    1d20+1d4+6 16 [1d20=8] [1d4=2]
    Nature:
    1d20+1d4+6 11 [1d20=1] [1d4=4]

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    Gear

    This monster died a sudden death. It’s crushed beneath the tree. It’s skull is caved in too, likely the fall did it. The body is cold.

    It’s about as large as a giraffe. Even so, nothing about it suggests it can tear down a tree.

    A little poke around reveals scorch marks beneath it. It’s blood is acidic. It could obviously take flight. It has sharp little teeth and tusks, but it’s mouth is not designed to rake big bites out of it’s prey.

    Put your hand near it makes it tingle. Tiny electrical charges arc between your fingers and it’s flesh.

    Intrigued, your allies come close. It does not do the same for them.

  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Gear stares watching the play of electricity. "My elemental is responding to it? Or is it responding to my elemental? My skin isn't conductive, so...."

    ((I'm assuming that her skin isn't at least))

    "Luce, can I borrow one of those fans for a moment?"

    Once she's got it hand, Gear holds it close to see if the electricity does anything to the metal

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Geth roll 1d20+1d4+6 for investigate

    This time Gears looking for two things: anything worth harvesting from the creature as a material, and signs of decay.

    She's only going to harvest if the party thinks it's right and proper. She's also curious if anyone feels they should do burial rites for the creature, or leave nature to take it's course.

    investigate:
    1d20+1d4+6 24 [1d20=17] [1d4=1]

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    [OOC: Yeah, it’s the same as anyone else’s skin in that regard, I suppose.]

    A tiny spark of electricity arcs through the weapon. This monster is somehow drawing in your elemental power. But such a small fraction it’s unharmful to you.

    You don’t know enough about it to harvest anything from it, and it’s blood is highly acidic.

    Its not that fresh. It’s hard to say. Could have died a week ago.

  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    Fragment drops down, startling you all as you look over the corpse.

    It starts pacing restlessly at the edge of the outcrop overlooking the cave.

    Baber, Hado, does this monster deserve any kind of ceremony? You don’t even know if it was more than an animal in mind.

  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    Baber kneels by the creature, whatever it was, and keeps their hand on it for a few solemn moments, their eyes turned down. Afterwards they stand up and brush off their knees, situate their backpack, and tell Hado, "I'm ready to move on."

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    ((Gear is happy to move on if everyone else is!))

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited September 28
    The outcrop you’re standing on overlooks Khali’s Cave. Though naturally occurring, it has be worked roughly by a long dead culture. A shallow pond of clear water spills from the mouth.

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    You’re going to have to climb down the outcrop to reach it. You have at your disposal the means to do so safety, so this will not require a roll.

    Gear: If you wish to you can grapple over to the top of a tree near the cave rather than climb down. Keep in mind as we go forward that you have used up the ability of your cloak to featherfall.

    Once you scramble down, you find yourselves on rocky ground. Thin shoots break through where they can, but most of the ground is coated in free pebbles and igneous rocks. It’d be difficult to sprint across it.

    The pristine pond leading into the cave is surprisingly quiet. Nothing is rippling it’s surface.

    The dragonettes yip and chatter at the sight of the cave. Hado, you can sense their mood instantly; excitement!

    Hado’s eyes only!!! Very secret and important.
    Once per combat encounter you can use the breath weapons of the dragonettes on your turn.

    The black one has this breath weapon:
    Oil Breath. The dragonette exhales oil in a 20 foot line that is 5 feet wide. Each creature in that line must make a DC 13 Dexterity saving throw, or become covered in oil. The oil covers the ground in a 20 foot line. The oil is flammable.

    The white one has this breath weapon:
    The dragonette exhales poisonous gas in a 15 foot cone. Each creature in that area must make a DC 13 Constitution saving throw, taking 1d8 poison damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. The poisonous gas remains until the start of your next turn. Any creature that enters the space the gas occupies while it remains must make the same saving throw.

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    The GM is suggesting i do something possibly inadvisable? I am so on it!

    Gear grapples to the top of the tree like a boss.

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  • TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    That's a very still pond... on a whim, Hado picks up a pebble and tosses it into the water.

  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited September 28
    Baber

    What do you think the carving on the cave means, if anything?



    Hado

    Shattering the still surface, a perfect ripple rings the pebble’s fall. A cloud of mud lazily rises and disperses across the shallow pond.

    Edging closer, you see a number of dead water beetles have been knocked from their resting place. In the entrance of the cave mouth an upturned toad lies floating.

    “The water is poison.”, Manini states flatly, instinctively puts a hand on their sheathed short sword.



    Gear

    From your vantage directly over the cave, you see that the pond is a new feature to the cave front.

    There is a similar shallow pond up on the hill over the cave many yards away too. You note a pair of shattered boulders above the cave’s mouth, and realise the broken rocks all around may at least in part be from those boulders.

    The shallow ponds are footprints.

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  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    "Huh, I figure those carvings meant something like 'rest' or 'sanctuary' but if that water is poison then I doubt they're accurate any longer. Let's go check it out."

    With that, they start walking towards the cave entrance cautiously

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Gear makes her way down to the party.

    "So! Exciting news. This is not a pond, it's footprints."

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    ((also @endless Gear would like to draw a card from her magical card deck!

    Aka, let's get some extra excitement in here)

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    Hado

    Do you release the dragonettes here, or must the cave be checked out?



    Gear

    You pick the seal on the pack and flick out a card into your waiting hand. The card is pure white, hot to the touch, but as you stare ink begins to flow across it, forming an image as it cools.

    Roll 1d52.

  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Geth roll 1d52

    1d52 16 [1d52=16]

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    The card shows a beautifully inked image of two beings reaching for each other.

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    The word ‘Reversal’ is handwritten across it, ending with a blotchy full stop. Then the word ignites and from it the card burns away to ash!

    Gears eyes only.

    Switch your highest ability score modifier for your lowest ability score modifier until you next take a short or long rest.

    In addition your eyes, skin and hair invert; detail the extent of that now.

  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    edited September 29
    ((...nooooooooo. okay give me some time to think on this I'm cracking up and also fucked if we get in a fight))

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Baber and Hado

    Now that you pay attention to gear, you see something is... different about her. Her normally white porcelain has turned jet black. The god highlights and accents on her shell have turned into a simialry reflective blue, and the usual electric blue glow of her eyes (and these days, from the scarred crack running through right eye) is now a fiery orange.

    When she catches you all staring she shrugs cheerily. "I drew a card from 'ere. It had some side effects. It's probably fine right?"

    She seems WERIDLY more confident and charismatic now.

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    As if to prove everything is fine, Gear proceeds to draw two more cards from the deck.

    Geth roll 2d52

    2d52 66 [2d52=48, 18]

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited September 29
    Manini pokes the water with a twig. They look up to Gear, stood handsomely on the treetop.

    “Oh dear.”, they say, “I sense this is unwise, if you do not mind me saying.”

    Gear

    The next card...

    Gear’s eyes only:
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    Vision
    You see a spiralling cavern lit by a hole leading out to the surface, it’s jagged, slick walls crawling with leathery winged beasts. In a dark pool below them carcasses of animals float in the gloom.

    You have a Vision die, which is a d10 you can add to an attack roll, skill check or saving throw roll if this vision comes to pass.

    After that card burns away the next inks itself into being before burning to cinders shortly after.

    Royalty
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    A bejeweled crown forms over your head; it fits perfectly. It’s made of fool’s gold and painted stones enchanted to appear refined.

    Increase your highest ability score by 2 until you next take a short or long rest.

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    The deck shuts once more with a wax seal. No more cards can be drawn for 1 minute

  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Gear makes her way down to Maini. "I'm sure it's fine. Lookit this fantastic crown i got? Innit great!?"

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited September 29
    Gear

    “Well... well I mean, you’re great. I mean. It is great on you, is what I wish to say. In the sense that it looks good. On you. Anyway.”, they say, scratching their head.

    Luce fans herself with the war fans you made. She raises an eyebrow at you, then shakes her head.

    She regards you all, “I’m not the pro adventurers you are, but I say we boldly go into this cave and solve this little poison problem. The huge footprints are a matter for after we find a nice place to drop off the terrifying scaled babies.”

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  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    "Terrifying? I think they're adorable" Baber says as they make googoo noises and wiggle their tongue at the dragonettes.

    They're sure Gear messing with random chaos magick is fine. Everything is fine.

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