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With the last enemy slain, Dak reaches for the disks strapped to his chest. Adjusting a slider on his crossbow, he fits each in separately, blessing them with his glove, and fires at his wounded allies.
Expertly fired at the elf and human, each expects the metallic-looking disks to painfully shatter across their chest. But at the last moment, the casings break away, showering the recipient with arcane blessing, filling their wounds with energy and healing.
Evalie and Lucius each spend a surge + 10, plus...
Lucius: (1d6), thanks to my Gloves of the Healer.
Dak will second wind to get to full, and looks like Infernion will need to as well. Mai and Ewin lucked out
He'll start a short rest if applicable I vote short rest, it would be nice to take that guy out but we don't know what's waiting for us. Let's go down fully ready.
Standing and coming out into the clearing, Dak punches a button on his belt. The same grappling arm device snatches the crossbow from his hand and straps it to his back as before, and retreats to its pouch. Drawing his cloak over his shoulders once again, he piles the dead together and sifts through their belongings. What do they have? What do they have? he chants.
Searcing the bodies for loot...
He then walks a lap around the clearing on all fours, looking for anything interesting, before carefully eyeing the opening. Lead somewhere...MUST follow!
Last edited by Great Dane : 08-02-2012 at 09:37 AM.
The dragon paces in front of the cave opening. angrily he growls "Were letting them get away and fortify." His blood is up and his caution gone. He heads down the steps, smoke billowing from his scales. He at least tries to walk quietly.
Everyone takes a minute, and rests after that fight. You aren't incredibly tired after it, but you do notice a you are winded a little more than you should be. You look around at the bodies of the crazy, the best word you come up with is "cultists", and they are painted completely red, with only a loincloth on. Their hair is matted, as well as their facial hair, and they all seems to have cuts and scars all over themselves. There are also some banners that you see, with symbols that some of you may recognize, but some of you don't. Dak runs around and searches the bodies. The cultists literally have nothing on them, but the merc that was killed has some gold on him, along with his weapons and armor.....and a trinket.
After your rest, and survey of the area, Infernion and Lucius march down the opening, which has some make-shift stairs made of dirt. The tunnel goes down for about 40 feet, till you are far underground. You get to the bottom of the Stair and Infernion stops you all, getting to t he bottom first.
Loot: 2400g, and the trinket
I am going to message Infernion and let him know what he sees, Also, Caleb, make a perception check in the OOC. Everyone else can make a perception check, or whatever other check for what you saw on the surface, after the battle, in the OOC.
Before the others reach the dugout hallway, Infernion gets a good look at what awaits them. He scrambles back up the stairs, meeting the party as they are descending. "Bah! The devils are protecting a door inscribed with some type of magic. It looks like ther ready for us, too" His scaled lips curl back into the crocodile smile. "It looks like we are going to have to fight our way through"
Infernion wheels around, slinking back down the stairs and into position for an attack.
As you are discussing what move you would like to make, you all hear a sound. The doors in the other room flash a deep, red light and opens. A woman, by the way she acts and how the others listen to her she is obviously some sort of leader, talks to the others in the room and they all nod, turning their attention to the doorway. As she gives the last of her orders, the doors behind her close, and flash the same deep, red light. All of them ready their weapons and the two cultists that you have fought before start to move towards the opening......towards you.
Ok, so, start of combat. Thematically, I see this as they orders are given, the bad guys are ready, and a couple of them start walking towards the good guys they don't know are there and BOOM, the fighting starts. It is you guys turn in initiative. Since you guys are all next to each other, you don't have to go in the certain order you are currently in, as we have done before(which will be the norm fro now on). So, have fun storming the castle.....
Dak arms his crossbow and fires toward the crowd, aiming to hit one of the cultists with an empowered bolt. Upon firing, his nearby allies are coated with magical energies which will temporarily strengthen them.
ACTION POINT:Scouring Weapon against M1: (1d20+21) vs. AC for (2d10+11)+(1d6)damage. (extra point of attack + d6 is from action point, lasts until end of my next turn) If I hit, M1 is at a -2 to his AC until end of next turn.
Standard: Greater Magic Weapon against M1: (1d20+23) vs. AC for (2d10+11) + (1d6) damage. (extra d6 is from action point, lasts until end of my next turn)
Evalie, Mai, Lucius, and Ewin gain a +4 to attack rolls and damage rolls until end of my next turn. Use an action point and make some pain happen! Arcana monster check on the "L" mob: (1d20+17)
The crossbow-wielding enemy is pelted by a volley of bolts and is left soaked in scalding acid. He's left temporarily vulnerable to further attacks.
Dak says to the group, She-Crazy wears magic pendant! CAUTION
...but that's all I find out with my arcana check. Nature check anyone?
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With a draconic roar Infernion surges forward. He comes abreast Lucius, smiling wickedly at the fighter. Smoke pours from the dragon's scales. The crossbowman takes aim but is wrenched off of his feet by a red, spectral claw. He is deposited under the withering gaze of the awesome weapons master Lucius.
Move: K4 to L10, Gain Shadow Walk (concealment) Minor: Curse CC2, Merc 1 Standard: Diabolic Grasp vs Merc 1 (FORT)
Attack: (1d20+19)(30) (16+1(dragon bonus)+2 CA (ShadowWalk)
Damage: (2d8+11)(15) + (2d8)(8)+(1d8)(2)psychic
slide Merc 1 to K11
brutal 1 re-roll = 6
The whole party erupted into action as soon as the door opened, rendering any discussions about tactics moot.
With a resigned sigh, Ewin follows his companions and charges into the room, plate armor clanking with every stride.
Minor Action: Activate Bradaman's Sword: Until the end of the encounter, Divine Challenge can target 2 creatures.
Move Action: Move to L8
Standard Action: Charge CW 1 with Virtuous Strike Attack vs. AC - (1d20+25) Damage - (1d8+12), radiant
Mai smiled knowingly at the leader, going so far as to salute her with her staff, when suddenly lightning begins cascading around the genasi from head to foot. She gathers that innate energy together with the usual electricity from striking her orb and staff together, then tosses that ball into the mercenaries' midst, exploding on impact.
Feeling not quite satisfied, Mai raised her staff high and, seemingly out of nowhere, calls down a lightning storm onto the same spot as her lightning orb had erupted, obscuring the area and threatening harm to anyone who dared enter it.
"Nothing personal!" she yelled, the mercenary leader her intended audience, and with the energies she invoked her voice must have carried like thunder. "Since we're both women of action I know you'll understand."
Sorry for taking so long on this, it's been a long workday and it's a big turn.
Free action: Use Vulnerability, gaining +Int to damage and +4 power bonus to all defenses vs. the Leader until the end of my next turn. (I had thought this was a minor action, so wasn't I happy to learn it's a free action.)
Minor action: Promise of Storm racial ability, gaining +2d8 damage with thunder or lightning powers as well as +1 to hit and +6 to damage per Elemental Echo.
Standard action: Shock Sphere, unfriendly burst 2 centered at L-13, vs. Reflex (+1 from Elemental Echo, +4 from GMW; I didn't include CA since I don't know if Mai is hidden from the enemies).
Hit: (2d8+25)(35) + (2d8) lightning damage (and again +2 more vs. the leader).
Effect: the burst creates zone that lasts UEMNT or if dismissed as a minor action. Zone is lightly obscured and any creature ending its turn in it takes 6 lightning damage.
Since both attacks are evocations they ignore all resistance (but not immunity) and I can reroll one 1 on a damage die.
The two Tieflings jump into action, teleporting all over the cave, and they seem to teleport you guys as well, leaving you in their place. While the Merc jumps in to action, attacking.....
Actions TC1 Standard - Soul Fire on L9 VS Ref
Luc - (1d20+16)(19)
Infer - (1d20+16)(31)
Evalie - (1d20+16)(25) Damage - (4d6+6)(19), ongoing 10 fire damage(save ends), and the first time the target willingly moves closer to TC1, it takes 10 psychic damage. Move - Teleport to F10, Attack on Ewin, (1d20+16)(19) VS Will Damage - (4d6+6)(22), Ewin is Teleported to N15
TC2 Standard - Soul Fire on L9 VS Ref
Luc - (1d20+16)(18)
Infer - (1d20+16)(34)
Evalie - (1d20+16)(34) Damage - (4d6+6)(14), ongoing 10 fire damage(save ends), and the first time the target willingly moves closer to TC1, it takes 10 psychic damage. Move - Teleport to Q10, Attack on Lucius, (1d20+16)(35) VS Will Damage - (4d6+6)(25), Lucius is Teleported to I15
Dak could not see the source of the flames, but realized they were about to wash over his new elven friend. Pushing a button on his belt, arcane energy in the form of a wave washed over Evalie just in time to help coat her against the oncoming flames.
Immediate Interrupt: using Energy Conversion to give Evalie Resist 9 against one Soul Fire attack; I will re-add her HP to her total. After the attack is resolved, she gains 9THP.
The other enemies jump into action as well, the two soldiers going after Ewin, as well as getting out of their ranged enemies line of sight. The two casters snarl at the sight of Ewin, and unleash their devil-blessed powers against him.
Actions Merc2 Move - to I14 Standard - Press the advantage vs AC on Lucius (1d20+19)(22) Damage - (1d10+15)(21), Lucius is pushed 1 square(I16) and dazed (save ends)
Leader Move - to H13 Standard - Glaive vs AC on Lucius (1d20+18)(24) Damage - (2d4+15)(20), Leader can slide target 1 square
CW1 Move - Shift to R12 Standard - Desiccating Curse VS Ewin (1d20+18)(30) VS Fort Damage - (3d6+10)(21), Ewin gets -2 to all defenses(save ends)
CW2 Move - to F14 If CW1's attack hits, then he will use on Ewin: Standard - Scour the Cursed vs Will (1d20+18)(33) Damage - (3d6+10)(14), if target has effects of Desiccating Curse on him, takes another (2d6)(7) damage If CW1's attack misses, he will use Desiccating Curse on Ewin: Standard - Desiccating Curse VS Ewin (1d20+18)(22) VS Fort Damage - (3d6+10)(20), Ewin gets -2 to all defenses(save ends)
Everyone in the room sees 4 portals appear around Ewin. And out steps 4 devils all around him with longswords, and the portals diappear. They smile large, menacing smiles and say something to each other and to him in a language you do not understand. Then they attack.
All againt Ewin, if you can't tell, they don't like Ewin very much LDH 1.1 Standard - (1d20+18)(33) VS AC Damage - 10 dmg, and Ewin will take 4 fire dmg if he willingly moves during his next turn LDH 1.2 Standard - (1d20+18)(27) VS AC Damage - 10 dmg, and Ewin will take 4 fire dmg if he willingly moves during his next turn LDH 2.1 Standard - (1d20+18)(22) VS AC Damage - 10 dmg, and Ewin will take 4 fire dmg if he willingly moves during his next turn LDH 2.2 Standard - (1d20+18)(29) VS AC Damage - 10 dmg, and Ewin will take 4 fire dmg if he willingly moves during his next turn
Unable to see all the commotion in the room, Mai steps forward intending to bring their leader to her knees--only to gasp at seeing a bleeding Ewin surrounded by devils. Wasting no time, she conjures another fountain of lightning out of the ground in front of them, empowering it with her own inner storm. Though the fountain continues sparking after the initial burst, none of it goes in Ewin's direction.
She quickly pivots and points at the leader. "Let her live, she's better than these freaks," she says, making sure everyone hears her.
Move action to move to M9.
Standard action to use Fountain of Flame (changed to lightning per her Paragon Path), friendly burst 1 centered at Q12. The attack is vs. Reflex (GWM, Promise of Storm and Elemental Echo still in effect).
Hit: (3d8+25) + (2d8) lightning damage. Miss: half damage.
Effect: The burst 1 creates a zone centered at Q12, lasting UEMNT. Any enemy entering zone or ending its turn there takes 5 lightning damage.
Sensing some dark arcane magic was afoot, Dak charged down the hall, only to see a huge burst of lightning dissipate, leaving four dead devils surrounding a very bloodied Ewin. Grabbing the disk over his left pectoral and locking it into his crossbow, Dak fired at the tiefling, coating him in healing arcane energy. Spinning around and aiming at the leader, Dak hoped to pin her in the shoulder with a bolt infused with lightning. Genasi has good idea! he mutters as he fired.
Moveto K8 Minor: Curative Admixture (first of 2) on Ewin = surgeless healing. Spend a surge + 10 + (d6). Standard: Arc Infusion against Leader: (1d20+20) vs. AC for (1d10+11) nonlethal lightning damage.
Those who had a +4 to attacks/damage no longer enjoy that benefit.
THHP! The bolt stuck in the leader's shoulder as blood spilled from the wound. The magic infused with the bolt mixed with the female warrior's blood, flew through the air, and splashed against the flames currently coating Infernion.
Make a save, at a +4 bonus. If you save, she takes 5 more damage and is dazed until the end of my next turn.
Dak shouts out, Avoid warlock power! They weaken! They harm!
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When the devils come out of their infernal portals, Ewin's heart stops for the fraction of a second. Although he couldn't understand the whole phrases they say, their wicked smiles showed all the intent he needed to know.
"Come on, try to take me then!"
His shock and rage blend together and the tiefling raises his sword in defiance, but before he can land a strike, lightning erupts around him, charring the minions of hell as quickly as they appeared.
He gives Mai a short, thankful nod before slowly approaching the enemy in front of him, murder in his eyes.
Minor Action: Divine Mettle: Evalie makes a saving throw with a +5 bonus.
Move Action: Shift to Q13 -> +1 to AC and Ref.
Standard Action: Valorous Strike vs. CW1 Attack vs. AC - (1d20+21)
Hit: Damage - (2d8+8)
Each target within 3 squares is subject to divine sanction.
The Tiefling's smile a crooked smile, and the one near Ewin doesn't need any compelling to attack him, and he does. The other one, however, turns to Mai, Dak, and Evalie and smiles a large, evil smile. He raises his rod and shoots out a small fireball, which then explodes, engulfing them all in fire.
Actions TC1 Move - to G11 Standard - Soul Fire vs Ref on L9
Evalie - (1d20+16)(20)
Dak - (1d20+16)(36)
Mai - (1d20+16)(17) Damage - (4d6+6)(13), ongoing 10 fire damage. the first time the target willingly moves closer to TC1 before the end of its next turn, the target takes 10 psychic damage. Miss - Ongoing 5 fire damage DAK CRIT - You take 30 total, and you can't save for the ongoing until after your next turn.
TC2 Standard - Soul Fire vs Ref on Q14
Ewin - (1d20+16)(31) Damage - (4d6+6)(27), ongoing 10 fire damage. the first time the target willingly moves closer to the TC2 before the end of its next turn, the target takes 10 psychic damage. Miss - Ongoing 5 fire damage