D&D 5E: The Festival of Masks

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    Your heavy breathing and occasional droplets are all that an be heard. You compose yourself and take in the surroundings.

    You’d be wise to consider what items you have on you if you want that case... A good use of items will lower the difficulty of the Acrobatics skill check, plus, as you say, a Help action.

  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Gear nods at Baber "More tools are always useful... but let's figure otu what we've got to help us get it first"

    (So, what do we have that could help? Gear's got a Dungoneer's pack, which has a lot of climbing gear in it. I belve Baber's got one too. We've got her quaterstaff, which could be used to extend how far Baber is holding onto her... Primodem fishing anyone? (I.e Baber holds onto the staff, and we rig a rope from the staff to Gear. Ironically, a situation where my shibari skills would come in handy. ...Dont google shibari at work if you dont know what it is).

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    [OOC: Oh I’m sure we all know.

    I’m down for any sort of plan like that. Say a plan in character and if someone else agrees, go for the Acrobatics roll (even if you’re fishing Mission Impossible style I’ll consider it Acrobatics).]

  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    [OOC: Baber actually has an explorer's pack which is mostly camping stuff, but it does have rope like the dungeoneer's pack!]

    "What if we tie a rope around me and the other end around you, and I keep a good grip on the rope as well, while you attempt to carefully snatch the case? Hado could then hold onto my belt too, just in case so I don't fall in as well."

    [OOC: I figure tie all the excess rope around Baber and leaving Gear about 15ft to work with so there's some slack, but not so much she might hit the bottom of the pit (since I don't think we know how deep it is yet)]

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  • TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    Hado blinks in confusion as the blights drop to the floor. "What... just happened with the seaweed? Why did it attack us and then just... stop? I don't like this either."

    He heads over to where the others are contemplating the chest. He says to Gear, "I have something that can help you get that!"

    He turns his sagebrush charm between thumb and forefinger, recites a few words, and then taps the focus on Gear's shoulders, casting Guidance on the Primodem. ((If a minute passes before the actual attempt, Hado will just repeat the spell just before the action starts))

    "I can try to anchor you on this side, friends! You're all much lighter than the Yukell I have to wrangle out on the farms."

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Gear nods at Baber. "Sounds solid". She looks across at Hado "Agreed. That was... not normal. I wonder if Rogo Rogo's been stirred up by whatever this is?"

    (So, to clarify: Gear is going to be tied, and make an Helped acrobatics roll using a guidance boost. Which would let me roll a 2d20+1d4+2, use higher of the d20s, yes? - Just wanna make sure before i do the rolls)

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    [OOC: Great plan! Yes you understood correctly. Please make the roll. Perfect teamwork, you’ve turned this from a dangerous action to a very controlled one.]

  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    edited June 18
    After a moment's work with everyone to set things up, gear squares her shoulders and then makes a leap to grab the gear.

    geth, roll 2d20+1d4+2 for acrobatics

    acrobatics:
    2d20+1d4+2 31 [2d20=14, 13] [1d4=2]

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    (Looks like a result of 18? 14+2+2, unless i've once more failed at math)

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited June 18
    The plan is a success!

    With the tall Hado and broad Baber acting as ballast Gear is able to leap and run along the wall, snatch the case, and shut it on the backswing. She doesn’t lose a single little tool!

    Add a set of tinker’s tools to your inventory Gear! The set isn’t magical or cursed, it’s just a regular case of tools that sit nicely in little holders. The case is made from a dark varnished wood. It’s very old and covered in shells. It’s unusual that it was left here... Who could have been using it so long ago, and why did they leave it behind?

    Gear, from your moment above the pit you see it is a rushing river. Likely deadly had you fallen in. The drop is at least 60 feet! Fascinating to think such a river runs beneath the entirety of New Zellatia from some distant source. Your mind fills with ideas for its application, but that’s for the future.

    Everyone earns 10 experience for being smart! ...Do try to keep track of your experience!

    [OOC: You have succeeded at math, also.]

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    edited June 18
    (OOC: So me and Baber are at 40 EXP each then, and that bastard Hado is at 60 becuase they terrified some poor iguanas)

    Gear looks delighted as she successfully claims the tools, and takes a moment to pour over it. "Oh, this is just... gorgeous. What a shame it got left here." She hugs it tight to her chest "Fear not little one,s i'll not abadon you!"

    You can all practically see the lightbulb go off over her head after a moment. Working quickly, she does Sciencey things with the tinkers tools, touching the ring on her necklace - turning it into a small light source. "Do either of you have trinkets i could modify? It wont be permanent, but it'll let them act as light sources for us. I figure the more we have, the better."

    (OOC: She's using Magical Tinkering to give things the following property: The object sheds bright light in a 5-foot radius and dim light for an additional 5 feet. She can do this with up to three items, as that's her int mod).

    "And thank you both for your help"

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  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    Baber claps Gear on the shoulder, "Good job! That was some fancy maneuvering there! You did good too, Hado! We both did, anchoring her like that. In fact, I'd go so far as to say us three are the best at this!" and Baber coils up their rope while chuckling to themselves

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited June 18
    You can now see further into the cave. It splits into three distinctive tunnels.

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    To reach the north-west area you must carefully descend a steep slope (it’s nearly vertical) 30 feet. Using climbing gear will take a few minutes, but braving a slide down will only be a second. You’re chancing damage that way, but significantly less than a regular fall. This area is a clear pool lit by a tiny fracture in the ceiling, a ceiling that is significantly higher than elsewhere in the cave, approaching 25 feet. Tiny fish swim about without a care. There are a few flat topped rocks you can jump between if you don’t wish to swim through it.

    The northern area’s floor is coated in wet kelp, sticky in places, slippery in others. It’s difficult terrain (~), and so costs costs 1 extra foot to cross each space. In addition, at the start of every turn on this difficult terrain, you must pass a 12 DC Dexterity check to stay standing. There is a large clam here, smashed open, deceased. What would anyone want from a clam?

    The north-east area ramps upwards steadily—unfortunately the ceiling doesn’t get any higher. Hado would have to crouch through here, and take disadvantage to Athletics, Acrobatics and Attack rolls until they reach an area with a higher ceiling. It has the same difficult terrain, and to add to that the giant seaweed grows here at an aggressive rate.

    Feel free to explore your immediate surroundings, or otherwise decide how you’ll progress forward.

    What do you do?

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Her joy over NEW TOOLS done, and no one seemingly keen to take up her offer to make things extra glow,y Gear immediately turns to look at the broken clam. "If one of you can keep an eye on my back, i could check that out."

    (Assuming baber or Hado can watch her in case of threats, Gear will approach the clam and use investigate).

    geth, roll 1d20+5 for investigate
    Geth roll 1d20+2 for dex check (to see if she stays standing)

    investigate:
    1d20+5 23 [1d20=18]
    dex check (to see if she stays standing):
    1d20+2 3 [1d20=1]

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    (Well, i'm goign to investigate the clam by faceplanting in front of it, apperntly)

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited June 18
    Gear marches up and instantly slides towards it, she does a split, straightens her legs, runs on the spot, then dives headfirst into the broken clam, which shuts on her.

    From inside the clam you see the flesh has been torn at roughly. It had pearls, and they’ve been taken. The thief was very unpleasant about it, and wasn’t using a blade to cut away at it. You’re positive a seaweed blight took them. Your deduction is correct.

    From this you extrapolate that the blights have a scheme in play, that there is a mind behind their actions and that they have need of pearls. Pearls are used for several things, but the most obvious to you is as a spell component. Ergo, a spell-caster is within the cave.

    You feel your heart tingle with static. Sometimes you’re just so smart Gear.

    Oh. So there’s more blights in the cave, too...

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    edited June 18
    (...I think i'm laughing too hard to come up with a coherent reply, so i'll just wait for Baber and Hado to make a move/react to gears folly)

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  • TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    edited June 18
    Hado had turned his back to look at the dead blights, and did not see Gear head toward the middle passage. He hears the commotion of Gear slipping on the floor and turns just in time to witness the clam's shell close on her. Hado almost certainly isn't privy to what you told Gear about the tingle of magic and the other blights, so he will rush forwards to help free Gear from the shut clam. As he moves forward he'll twirl his sagebrush focus in his fingers and tap it on his legs, recognizing that the floor is quite slippery and casting Guidance on himself. He's going to try and open the clam lid.

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    Gear earns 20 experience for up close detective work.

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  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    Laughing at the sight of Gear slipping and falling face-first into a fucking clam, which then snapped shut on her, Baber goes to pry open the clam and help her out.

    Geth roll 1d20+1 for DEX
    Geth roll 1d20+2 for STR

    [OOC: Dex save to make it over, str for opening the clam. If they fail either or both, Baber'll call to Hado for assistance lol]

    DEX:
    1d20+1 16 [1d20=15]
    STR:
    1d20+2 16 [1d20=14]

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  • TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    ((Since Baber rolled before I had Geth do anything, let's say Hado is using the Help action. Probably streamlines the action.))

  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited June 18
    Baber takes a wide stance and clambers over, keeping a hand on the cave wall to steady himself. He lifts up the clam and lets Gear out.

    Hado gives a thumbs up or something. Nice.

    Now you’ll both need to roll to successfully get back across. Hado can’t help with this, unfortunately.

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Gear is looking slightly more clammified, but makes a slow effort to cross back onto steady ground. "Those seaweed monsters ripped the pearls from that clam. Pearls are most commonly used as a spell competent. Just like what i'd use for my identification device. So... there's a spellcaster in this cave, probably, controlling the blights. Which might mean that Fatta's loss of her joy was no accident."

    geth roll 1d20+2 dex to cross back to the steady ground.

    dex to cross back to the steady ground.:
    1d20+2 19 [1d20=17]

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    Gear’s back across, she’s a quick learner, that’s for sure.

    Hado, what are you about to do? What are you thinking?

  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    Baber strokes their face [OOC: like someone with a mustache/goatee] and says, "A spellcaster, huh? That... complicates things."

    They slowly crabwalk out of the cave chamber over to Hado and Gear

    Geth roll 1d20+1 for DEX

    DEX:
    1d20+1 12 [1d20=11]

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  • TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    Hado sees that Gear is free from the clam and moves back to the first chamber. He eyes the northeast passage with trepidation. It's so small!

    "Since we have ropes and Baber is at home in the water, should we try the northwest passage? That slope is steep, but we should be able to manage. I can barely fit into the passage going the other way."

  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Gear glances at the northwestern passage. "Agreed. I think the only way we'd make good time is to try and burn our way through the north east." Her mouth twists into a frown. "I'm not exactly keen on killing seaweed just for it being inconvenient to us. Especially not when these blights are being driven by an outside force. I make things better, not leave destruction behind me. Plus, i've climbing gear in my pack. Though, i dont have any healing gear on me, if we wish to be fast about it".

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    Baber has a near fall on their butt just as they get back, but manages to save themselves from embarrassment.

    Have a little vote:
    - Use climbing gear and ropes for safety, but waste time.
    - Slide down and take the landing.

  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    (OOC: We could take the landing, and hado could provide Goodberries to heal up any damage? That does burn a precious spell slot though. Speed feels like it's more useful than caution, and we might need the ptitons etc later.

    Also, hey, Endless - what's the deal on Inspiration in this? will you just let us know if we're inspired or not, or not planning to use that system? either's cool, just curious!)

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  • TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    Hado is growing increasingly uncomfortable in the cave. It’s cramped and claustrophobic compared to the fields and forests he’s used to. Even just getting to the place with the tall ceiling would greatly unburden him.

    “Let’s not waste time! I can quickly give each of us Guidance in turn to be less clumsy on the slide, and if anyone is badly hurt at the bottom I can help patch them up!”

    He pauses for a moment, “though I do wonder how we would get back up the slope if we needed to.”

  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Gear gestures to her kit "I've pittons in here. We could use those to climb back out easily enough, i should think. Or if we're slow, the flooding form the tide coming in might hekp us." the last is said wrly, she's aware of how dangerous such would be.

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    [OOC: I’m not exactly using the inspiration system, but in every game I run, regardless of if it’s D&D, I’ll give you a bonus for playing your character well and coming up with fun ideas. It might be advantage to a roll, or bypassing rolling altogether and just succeeding, or some other suitable enhancement to what you’re doing.


    I’ll say now there’s no roll for the slope, you just go for it using your choice. I’ll tell you the resulting consequence.]

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  • TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    Hado has another idea. “Ah! Instead of tying the rope off, I can wrap it around my waist and you can use it to get down. I will follow you by sliding down.”

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  • TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    edited June 18
    Geth roll 1d20+2 for strength

    Hado will slide down the slope once the others are safely down.

    strength:
    1d20+2 20 [1d20=18]

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  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    Gear quickly agrees to this plan, and makes the trip down. She takes a moment to open her sens up and get a feel for this cave.

    geth roll 1d20+3 for perception

    perception:
    1d20+3 21 [1d20=18]

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  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    Baber agrees with the plan and uses the rope tied to Hado to quickly get down the slope into the larger cavern. They call up that they both made it down, and that they'll standby to assist Hado's slide down if he needs it (to catch him, etc.)

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    edited June 18
    Hado slides and you... I mean you could call it catching. An Ishtari cannonball races down the slope and knocks into you! Hado whacks his knee, but it mostly fine. You’re in a pile, but are otherwise all okay.

    Hado you take 1 damage.

    Geth roll 1d4 for Speedy Ouch

    Speedy Ouch:
    1d4 1 [1d4=1]

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  • TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    "Owww! Oof. Could have been worse, I suppose!" Hado winces as he regains his footing.

    Hado looks around at his new environs. What does he see from his new, closer viewpoint?

    Geth roll 1d20+5 for Perception

    Perception:
    1d20+5 10 [1d20=5]

  • The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    (That's like a speedy stubbed toe! I'll wait for the results of the two perception rolls before i post anything more)

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  • Endless_SerpentsEndless_Serpents Registered User regular
    Hidden Sanctum



    I’m the distance you see the dimly lit edge of something that is surely man-made. You need to be closer to take in the details.

    You’re immediate concern is if you plan to swim to the outcrop of rocks ahead of you, or jump from stone to stone. The water is only about 30 or so feet until the outcrop, what could go wrong from a little swim?

    If you plan to jump from rock to rock it’ll be an medium Athletics check.

    If you plan to swim you’re fit enough to make it in one move... so long as nothing interrupts you.


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    Gear, at the bottom of the murky water you can see pieces of shredded giant seaweed. Looks as if it came from ones bigger than you’ve yet seen!

    The water is only 10 foot deep. The bottom is covered in jagged rocks. Many fish swim about.

    Stuck between two rocks 15 feet straight ahead at the bottom of the water is a glittering gemstone... Blue. Nothing else you can tell about it.

    The rocks are unstable. You’re sure they’d fall apart if anyone stayed on them longer than a quick skip across (don’t end a turn on one).

    You look up and take note that the ceiling has dozens of long legged bugs wandering around. They’re harmless.



    Hado, you’ve an eye for nature. You follow Gear’s gaze, and see that above you is a swarm of stilt whistler. They let out a shrill noise if disturbed.

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