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You have barely escaped with your life. The orcs attacked in daylight, unusual for any circumstance. Stranger still, there were no lookouts on duty and the gates were unlocked. Now the fort is a smoldering heap, your comrades in arms are most likely dead, and you are being followed by at least one scouting party bent on your total destruction.
How far are the orcs behind me? if it is less than 30 seconds I will run as quietly as I can without sacrificing speed and hope that there are some bushes between the tress where the J is. If not then I will try to climb the trees and hide there. If I have a more than 30 seconds and no line of sight towards them I will try climbing with the tree between me and them. I won't have any weapons out, yet. If there is time I will be leaving as little trail as possible. Let me know how many orcs are in the search party. Also let me know if Snakebite sees any signal devices, eg a horn.
Last edited by INWranger : 11-13-2011 at 11:44 PM.
What are the shadows and brush like? I know it says mild vegetation. That is what, knee high grass with some incidental bushes, or more like the undergrowth in an old growth forest with lots of shadows? Right now I am looking for a good dark shadow and hopefully a depression somewhere as well where my cloak of elvenkind will really help me. Should find some good shadows around those two trees.
Well then I am going to hide as well as I can in the brush and see how many there are. I will put the hood on my cloak up, try to find a tree very close to two bushes and either sit or lie down with my back or my head towards the tree and not move. I will also keep my hands on my short sword and dagger, at least until I have an idea of how many there are.
I am also going to wish I had rubbed my arrowhead in stinging nettles or dipped them in some crushed castor bean paste, which is toxic, or even for some poison ivy or oak, which has got to hurt even worse if put on an arrow and shot through something. But lets see how many orcs there are and if they have any way or reason to signal the main group. About how far away from it am I?
Last edited by INWranger : 11-14-2011 at 08:03 PM.
Okay, you are hiding. Roll a hide check. You think you're about a mile away from the fort, crouching in the underbrush. You can hear at least three orcs crashing through the brush in your direction. They do have hunting horns, but you know there is a cave half a mile to the south. Two are armed with falchions that look like huge meat cleavers and stained with the blood of your comrades. The other has a quiver of javelins and a dagger.
I used the die roller on the hyper text, how do you use the one here again?
Stay hidden. I am not going to move until they are gone. The only way I am going to move is if one of them is about to trip over me. If that happens then I am going to try to cut his throat using a dagger and catch them flat footed on a sneak attack. I am going to wait and see what type of searching they are using. If/when they are past me a about 100 yards I will slowly and quietly crawl out in the direction they came from.
Last edited by INWranger : 11-15-2011 at 12:15 AM.
A nineteen is not necessarily a critical hit, but a twenty is. If these guys had a higher AC for example, you would only get regular damage. And, you also add your strength bonus to damage, x2 for the critical hit, so you do 5 + sneak attack - (1d6). You get the sneak attack because you effectively readied an action by saying you would cut their throat if they tripped over you, and the orc was surprised so you are able to use your sneak attack.
Despite his unusually large size, the orc goes down like a sack of potatoes. Your scramble in the brush alerts the other orcs to your presence.
I will let him go. He probably has enough of a head start on me that catching him would put Jaster in greater danger. It may not be in his best interests to tell the others that I am still alive. First I am going to loot the bodies, but be looking for potions, money, equipment, and magic items. Let me know what they have. I won't spend more than 10 rounds on looting. I will also pick up my bow.
Last edited by INWranger : 11-15-2011 at 08:27 PM.
There isn't much to loot. These orcs didn't set much stock in equipment maintenance, so their armor is in poor condition and their blades are pitted with rust. It's rather surprising they didn't just fall apart. They have some rations (4) and a few gold coins (9) between the two of them, as well as a necklace of shriveled ears of various origins.
I'll take the gold, the rations, the horn, and the necklace of ears and it out of sight for now. It probably doesn't mean much, but a string of ears can be helpful in establishing that you are a bad-A, or any other slightly disgusting use. About that cave, how familiar am I with it? Is it a place I just know of, or a place I have been inside several times? I will head there and be using my spot checks on the way to see if I can find anything or things that might be use able as torches, such as pitch loaded limbs, or even accessible sap sources that I could put on a piece of thick bark or a rock and use as a lamp.
Last edited by INWranger : 11-16-2011 at 12:49 PM.
Survival (torch) (1d20+5)
When I get to the cave I am going to check out the inside of it and how far it goes back, for as far the sunlight goes. If it goes back further I will investigate it for tracks and anything else. If it is empty I will hole up for a day or two.
Survival, tracks, (generally search for signs of habitation). (1d20+5)
You did find some stuff to burn, but it is smoky and not very bright. In the cave you just see the stuff described earlier, but you do notice a fairly obvious attempt to cover a hole in the wall. Rocks are carefully stacked, but they are a different texture than most of the stones in the cave, like they were brought from outside.
Grateful for my low light vision I search for a trap in the rocks. (1d20+3)
If I find one I try to disable it. (1d20+5)
I take off enough rocks from the top to shimmy through and try to place them in such a way that from the outside it still looks like the hole is covered, if possible.
Also, Jaster decides that as part of his duty (hasn't gone chaotic nasty yet) he will go to the nearest place he can send a magical message to the elves letting them know of the groups destruction. If it isn't too much of a journey, or there is an elven embassy, or some other official elven agent to report to then he will go in person.
Last edited by INWranger : 11-17-2011 at 12:36 AM.
removing the rocks isn't difficult, and there appear to be no visible traps. As you shimmy through to the other side, you are in a low ceilinged natural cave. At times you have to stoop low to avoid hitting your head, but it is apparently free from beast droppings and vermin nests. It appears to branch off in two directions. (see map)