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    Dorn moves forward in his seat to listen to what Jean has to say.
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    Jean's eyes widen and he shakes his head wildly. "I... I was afraid. A man in rags... speaking backwards. A razor. Wingless vultures and crocodiles built of twisted bodies." A shiver crawls its way up his spine like a spider. "I died. Please do not ask me to remember that."

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    Akbar, Brother Jaume, do you say anything? Does this sound famiiiar to you?
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    "I remember a dream... We were lost in a fog, hunted by hidden enemies, being picked off one by one. I'm not sure of the details anymore." Akbar pauses. "I'm not entirely sure that what we're living now isn't a dream. Especially when we have to do so much of it over again..."
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    Aye, I had a similar...experience. I am not sure what is going on, but I believe we are getting closer to the answers.”

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    Dorn shakes his head. "I have had no such dream. Still, it is interesting that three of you had a shared vision."
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    What do you do now? Rest or continue exploring?
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    “Let us press on my friends. Time is against us and Chaos looms near.”

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    "Agreed. The day is still young."

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    Okay, where to next? Winter continues to ask that you close out the Administration Offices on the north side.
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    Brother Jaume sniffles as he gathers his things. “Let us return to the administration area. I am curious how the removal of the Oneirgon affected the yellow mist in that area.

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    Fast forward ...

    ... once the party returns to Losandro's office, there the outline of her once-broken body lies below the area where the party vacated her corpse.... easily seen as the kaleidoscopic mist that had spewed from her oneirogenic mouth is no more.
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    “What in the name of Erastil’s bloody balls is going on! I know we buried that woman!” pants the red faced brother.


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    Sorry, about that. She is buried. I forgot.

    You're back in the administrator's office. Now what?
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    "Well, now we have something resembling a solution to all of this." Jean says, looking around and stepping over to the closet door before drawing his weapon.

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    After the normal door checks and Jena opens the door, he peers in and has to look to his left since a hallway ends right at this door. This hall is dark and empty except for the smashed remains of lanterns on the ground. Six doors (including this one) branch from here.

    What now? Your door is the far western one on the north side.
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    BJ casts a spell and his staff glows like a torch.(unless already active)
    Let us proceed with caution.”

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    "Indeed. First door on the left, then, I suppose." Jean says, and takes the lead as they walk. Before they reach the next door he takes a moment, both to listen and to focus inward on the burgeoning realm of strange mathematics and stellar voids that fuels his magic. To the sensitive, it's as if a soap-bubble of raw inertia materialized around him.

    And then he'll open the door.

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    Casting Shield before opening the door.

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    Hearing nothing, Jean opens the door. Racks cluttered with boxes and sprawling collections of haphazard junk fill this dusty storage room.

    Jean, what do you do?
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    "Hm. Later, when this area is clear, we should ask Winter to send some men to clear this place - there may be supplies we can use. But for now, we should keep moving."

    Jean then moves to the next closest door.

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    Jean turns around to the facing door. He checks it clear, then opens it.

    S1: Stepping into place as the door opens in is a woman (AiO #3, not on map) in a dirty, rumpled yellow robe. She has yellow markings and very dirty skin, and she holds a table leg threatening. She swings it with both hands at Jean with a cry, but it bounces off of an invisible force protecting him!

    Begin Round 1 ...

    R1T22:
    She recovers quickly and swings again, but still can't overcome Jean's magical protection.

    R1T20: Nadya turns into a misty form and moves forward, sharing the space with Lord Hanley.

    R1T18: A man (AiO #2), similarly garbed as the woman but wielding a crowbar, races from his hiding place down the line of shelves to now flank Jean. He only just clips Jean in the neck, yet it hits him at just the right spot for 6.

    R1T15: Another door down the hall opens, likely a second door into the personal effects room!

    R1T11: Jean, you are being flanked right now (AiO3 is to the south, off-map). The man was surprisingly strong, and even though he barely hit you, he knew how to make his surprise hit count. Another enemy is about to come into the hall, no doubt, from the other door. What do you do? What do you have Javert do?
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    Trying, and failing, to duck the crowbar, Jean slides quickly to the side while flaring his scimitar. "Wait! Monsters or patients, attack me again and I will kill you all."

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    R1T11: Trying, and failing, to duck the crowbar, Jean slides quickly to the side while flaring his scimitar. "Wait! Monsters or patients, attack me again and I will kill you all."

    Javert flits into the hallway, and hops from foot to foot anxiously.

    R1T10: Lord Hanley brushes past everyone, and rolls past Jean. While not the best display of acrobatics in getting past, Lord Hanley seems particularly skilled at avoiding blows while moving as both flanking, yellow-garbed people miss him as he rolls past.

    R1T9: Akbar, you don't really have a bead on either of the people attacking Jean. What do you do?
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    Akbar keeps his back to a wall and waits for an enemy to come into view...
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    Ready an action to Ear Piercing Scream an enemy if moves into range/view.
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    R1T9: Akbar keeps his back to a wall and waits for an enemy to come into view.

    R1T7: Dorn rushes forth past Brother Jaume and is far better acrobatically then Lord Hanely was. It seems his sudden juking movement past Jean faked out both of the yellow-clad patients.
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    Basically, the folks in yellow have Combat Reflexes, so they would've gotten a flanking/ sneak-attacking strike .... but the 50-year-old man trained and raised by dwarves is surprisingly good at battle mobility.
    Drawing his hammer on the move, he passes Lord Hanley and gets to the second door to the north and looks in and strikes that person for a whopping 11 (max)!

    Seeing the effect his strike had on the person in the room he calls out, "NO, Jean! Give honest battle to them to protect ourselves, but they are not evil - only insane patients that have been led astray, no doubt by Ulver Zandalus!"

    R1T6: Finally, Brother Dorn, it is your turn. What do you do?

    AiO #3 on deck (not shown, one square south of Jean in that room), Nadya in the hole ..
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    BJ grasps the worn brass clasp on his cloak and carefully reaches out to touch Jean while loudly praying.

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    R1T6: BJ grasps the worn brass clasp on his cloak and carefully reaches out to touch Jean while loudly praying.
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    You would've lost your spell, but Brother Jaume is wise enough to know that he doesn't need to worry about an AOO when he has cover from those that threaten him, so he does NOT cast defensively and his spell is successful.

    Stipulation: Though allies hamper missile combat, acting as "cover" ... they do not act as cover when moving through their squares, as was seen this past round.
    Jean feels his muscles swell and tighten!

    End Round One, Begin Round 2 ...

    R2T22:
    The cultist to the south attacks Jean, but Jean sets up an easy deflection with his own scimitar against what seems to be a table leg.

    R2T20: Nadya-mist passes by Jean and Brother Jaume and goes into the room to the south, basically in the same square as the woman with the table-leg.

    R2T18: The man to the north tries to attack Jean while he defends against his ally, but Jean's defensive style moves his blade about him with encircling parries.

    R2T15: The man down the hall hits Dorn in the head with a crowbar, only doing 3 mod.

    R2T11: Jean, you are currently in leaping spirit stance and using total defense. You feel incredibly strong right now. What do you do? What do you have Javert do?

    Heck on deck, Akbar w/ readied action, Dorn in the hole ...
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    Whatever Dorn's moral objections, Jean's neck is still bleeding. His looping movements turn the edge of his scimitar on his attackers, and he delivers a mighty chop at the man holding the crowbar before stepping to the side to try and draw them out into the corridor.

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    Using Disturbing Blow. [dice=Attack]1d20+9[/dice] [dice=Damage]1d6+7[/dice]

    Also 5ft stepping east.

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    R2T11: Whatever Dorn's moral objections, Jean's neck is still bleeding. His looping movements turn the edge of his scimitar on his attackers, and he delivers a mighty chop at the man holding the crowbar before stepping to the side to try and draw them out into the corridor. The man moved back enough with the bulk of his body, but didn't include his foot and takes 7 to his left foot, while also seeming just ever-so-slightly out of sorts. Given no other guidance, Javert stays out of the way to the west.

    R2T10: "Do you hear that?" comes Lord Hanley's slightly sibilant speech as he looks at the man now fighting Dorn. "He doesn't think you're evil. So, give up. Throw down your weapon, withdraw to the corner of the room, and sit down facing that corner until we decide what to do with you.

    "Dorn, do be so kind as to allow him to react to that instead of smashing his face in, please."


    R2T9: Akbar's readied action is still hanging ...

    R2T7: Dorn delays, waiting for a reaction from AiO #1 ...

    R2T6: Brother Jaume, what do you do?

    AiO #3 on deck, Nadya in the hole ...
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    BJ readies an action to attack with his quarter staff should the assailants press the attack and move into range.

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