Tuesday, October 4, 2011

2nd Day, Neuwark Island

Tuesday August 5, 1650.

Daybreak.

Hans and Rupert stop feeding the fire after 4 a.m., and steadily the last of it burn away just before the sun rises.  The dawn comes in brilliant umber and red colors, with a clear sky over you and clouds in the east.  Rupert collapses into his bed long before dawn, while Hans tends to some last minute details and collapses as well.

Gerhard rises with the party, gives generally the information that I've described about the Hanse and the willingness of the lighthouse keepers.  Gerhard has talked to his brother Rupert about using the platform to throw rocks, and Rupert has agreed to that, as long as he can continue to tend the fire.  Gerhard also discussed about pulling the crab up with the crane, and while Rupert feels the pole can handle it, he's no more certain about the pulley itself than Andrej is.  But Rupert does say there are tools, metal pieces, spikes and timber in the lighthouse basement ... if someone wanted to shore up the crane's timber and improve the joining of the pulley to the crane, all the while hanging 100 feet above the ground.  Rupert declines doing that, but he'd be willing to allow someone else to do it.  He and Hans can load using just the one rope while the other crane - the one facing the direction the crab comes from - is strengthened.

If the pulley were strengthened, then Hans and Rupert would agree that a trap could be laid for the crab with the net they use for hauling wood up.  Gerhard (who is relating all this) explains that the net is strong enough for that, and that the other net used for hauling up wood could be loaded with enough wood to use as a counterbalance, left at the top of the lighthouse and then pushed off at the right moment ... if the crab could somehow be induced to stay in place while people pushed the counterweight off.

That's as much as Gerhard can say.

Regarding all the other practices, plans, intentions and so on, I'd like to play today as though nothing has actually been done or decided.  So if you could please give your character's precise actions from daybreak going forward, that would be best.

Also, sorry, if you could put your OCC comments in brackets, it would be easier for me to decipher through a lot of text when I fall behind.

Welcome back, Ahmet, I hope you enjoyed your vacation.

134 comments:

Nine-toes said...

Nine-toes rises, eats, and starts hunting for the net from the previous day.

Silvius Volundr said...

Silvius eats, arms himself and accompanies Ninetoes to go retrieve the net.

As they leave the area enclosed by the dike, he keeps his eyes sharp for a crab ambush in the marshy landscape.

Andrej said...

Regarding rations, when we emptied out the cart to make haste to the island, we left behind almost all of the provisions Andrej purchased. Poor planning on my part, but Gerhard also wasn't very forthcoming on the task. Anyway, if you fellows have enough to feed yourselves today, that would be great. If not, Friar Zanfrancisco has a barn full of produce he might be willing to sell or share.

Andrej will prepare a soup of potatoes and butter for himself using water from his skin and the Lombard helmet as a pot if one is not handy. He will share out salt to the party as needed.

After this meager breakfast, Andrej will join Ahmet in the gathering of horse and cart and the retrieving of stones. Given that the horse was set free, I imagine that the finding it may take some time.

Once we've filled the cart, should we get that far, the plan wil be to return to the tower and hoist the stones up onto the catwalk. we're intentionally selecting the stones described as doing 3-30 damage unless Ahmet has other plans.

Nine-toes said...

[aha, that's how it's done. I must learn to be more detailed.]

Looking in his sack, Ninetoes realizes he has brought nothing to eat. He asks Friar Zanfrancisco if he may purchase some of the provisions out of the barn so that he does not drop over today.

Nine-toes said...

[Sorry, I had assumed Andrej was cooking for all. Didn't realize the foodstuffs were off the island.]

Andrej said...

Ninetoes, lacking the friar's willingness I'll split the soup with you and go on half rations. Then we may need to consider heading back to Cuxhaven after all, as that will be all the food I have as well.

Andrej said...

In fact, Alexis, if the friar is willing Andrej will pay for enough produce for a few days and use the silver already collected for the food we don't now have, so put your coin purses away, fellas.

Alexis said...

(OOC: Sorry to be a stickler, but please continue to add OOC to the out of campaign comments)

Father Zanfrancesco is completely willing to put the vegetables of his barn at your disposal. He also has a barrel of fish oil and a barrel of not-very-good beer. He'd normally have fish, but the fishermen have left the island and he has done none of his own.

Silvius Volundr said...

(OOC: I have 2#of Bacon and some bread to share. Andrej, if you could be so kind as to give me an idea of how much to deduct, in light of your and the friar's contribution, I would appreciate it)

Andrej said...

Andrej will press 10 silvers into Friar Zanfrancisco's hand and explain it as a small donation for the keeping of his chapel and thank him for his generosity.

Andrej will beg the use of a pot, and using 1 lb. of Silvius's bacon, my own 2 lbs. potatoes, butter (if I may recant my previous action) and several lbs. of veggies from the barn will make enough of a stew for 6 men.

Silvius Volundr said...

"Compliments to the chef!"

Alexis said...

Zanfrancesco will accept the money.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet eagerly awaits Andrej's stew -- until he sees bacon being added to the pot. He learned quickly after his arrival in the Christian lands that this is yet another part of pig that these infidels insist on eating.

Wrinkling his nose in disgust, Ahmet eats some of his beef jerky and whatever vegetables look palatable.

Then he joins Andrej in gathering rocks.

Nine-toes said...

Remembering the promise he made the evening before, Ninetoes would also like to contribute 10 silvers to the friar's church.

Nine-toes said...

After eating and offering the money, Ninetoes will then look for Gerhardt's net.

Andrej said...

also, Andrej heals himself: 4+4 for 8 hp.

Andrej said...

OOC: I'll try to avoid using pork in the future Ahmet :)

Andrej said...

Andrej offers stew to both the friar and Gerhard. After his prayers, meal preparation and consumption he will be ready to set off with Ahmet to find the horse.

Alexis said...

Nine-toes,

A fairly extensive search in the direction the crab departed the night before does not reveal the net anywhere on this side of the dike ... that is, in the main proper area of the farms, inside the dike, as shown on the map. Not being a ranger, you can't be precisely sure where the crab went over the dike last night (it all looks the same), and you can't see any place where the net was dragged over the wheat (it was clearly not damaged). A ranger might be able to tell, but your monk cannot.

Ahmet,

Andrej takes a little while to join you in looking for rocks (if he does). It will take some time for him to eat, then to sit for fifteen minutes and pray to get back his spell, then casting his spell on himself.

There are no rocks inside the dike, but Zanfrancesco can tell you the rocks you're looking for are all around the outside.

GCI: With the dawn, you can see something in the distance, about half a mile away to the northwest, which was not evident at night - it is Scharhorn, a 33 foot high rise above the waterline. The little island is about two thirds the size of Neuwark.

Alexis said...

Gerhard will have a few bites, and express appreciation for the pork. The horse is easy to find; it is standing amid the trees next to the chapel.

Andrej said...

Andrej will gather the horse and harness it to the cart, then set off to find Ahmet and assist in digging up stones and piling them into the cart.

Nine-toes said...

[ooc - nerts]

I will go back and see if I can aid Andrej and Ahmet in the gathering of rocks.

Andrej said...

If and when Ninetoes joins us, Andrej will recommend that he keep his crossbow loaded and a sharp eye out in the direction of the pool.

Nine-toes said...

Ninetoes will load his crossbow 3/4 and keep watch.

Silvius Volundr said...

Using great caution, Silvius makes his way east and over the dike until the pond-looking thing comes into view.

Andrej said...

OOC: We haul large rocks but Silvius, apparently, has the biggest stones.

Silvius Volundr said...

(OOC: Churchbells. Alexis, this is not a suicide mission! Do you want a definition as to what "great caution" means to me in this deadly situation?)

Andrej said...

(OOC: For the record, I say a little risk taking might be worth the return of the net and hope "great caution" is indeed enough to keep our friend Silvius well and whole.)

Ahmet said...

OOC: But if you do see him, please try to break off another leg or two!

Silvius Volundr said...

(OOC: by the way, welcome back, Ahmet. You should have heard the plans these guys were cooking up in your absence....I had to look out for you or they would have gone fishing with you! If I see the crab, it will be a spear throw, drop me shield and haul out of here at max speed...screaming. but the crab is probably asleep......right?)

Nine-toes said...

"Andrej, what do you think of what Gerhardt told us - attempting to reinforce the second crane with supplies from the lighthouse and using a load of wood as a counterbalance to hoist the crab into the air. Could it be done by the likes of us? And if so, should we ask if we could purchase more of the store from the barn as bait for the trap?"

Alexis said...

Silvius,

I took "great caution" at its word.

You can get to the top of the dike and look down at the water of the pool. It looks clear and tranquil, in no way threatening. It is a good fifty yards away. The ground all around is grown with tufted grass between sand fields and sand bars, and the sea looks quiet. The tide is high, and should remain so until the afternoon.

The net can be seen stretched out over about 30 yards from the pool, as though it was dragged there. The sand shows clearly the track of the crab, while the wheat did not, and you can ascertain without going closer that the crab is almost certainly under the water of the pool ... or else, has traversed the watercourse leading from the pool to the sea. The grass tufts are not high enough to conceal the crab, and the sand looks hard and beaten, and not easily dug out. If the crab were buried under the sand, it would most likely be closer to the sea, which is 250 yards from where Silvius is now.

Andrej said...

Andrej pauses in his labors, wiping muddy hands upon his tunic, "I don't believe we'd need to buy any produce... after all, what should the friar care if the crab eats his stores in our net as opposed to his barn. I wonder at the strength of the pulley, though. One would have to climb out upon the arm of the crane some to make the repairs, at no small risk, and there's no assurance we'd be successful. Still... hoisting the crab and dropping it would be safer than poking it with one of Silvius's sharpened sticks. Speaking of Silvius, where did he run off too while we labor over these stones?"

Silvius Volundr said...

(OOC: Boo yah.)

Though Silvius was born at night, it was not this very night past. He sets his shield down on top of the dike and scuttles forward, to grab the net.

His eyes dart about, looking for the crippled crab as he takes hold of the net and begins dragging it back toward the dike and his shield...

Nine-toes said...

"Climbing I can do - Not without risk, but I would think less risk than directly facing the crab. I do not know if I could reinforce the crane, nor could I be certain if my labors were successful.

Silvius was with me when I looked for the net. If you and Ahmet have the rocks in hand, I'll see if I can find a sign of him. Perhaps he's found the net."

Alexis said...

Silvius,

The net doesn't come when you pick it up to carry it away. It's snagged.

Nine-toes said...

Ninetoes will retrace his steps back to his search for the net to see if he can find where Silvius went.

Andrej said...

(OOC: Of course it's snagged! Loving it.)

Andrej continues, "Then there is the matter of these Hanse that own and operate the lighthouse. I'd be loathe to make an enemy of them should we destroy the crane. we should regroup and talk more at the lighthouse, I think"

Alexis, how long would it take for Ahmet and I to locate and load stones into the cart? How many stones do you gents think will suffice?

Alexis said...

Andrej,

You can't tell about the length of time to gather stones - you haven't seen them yet. You'll have to tell me which side of the dike you want to climb over to look for them.

Silvius Volundr said...

(OOC: Seriously, Alexis?! If this F-ing crab throws the net over me and pelts me with rocks, I F-ing quit.)

With shaking hands and sweat beading on his forehead, Silvius locates the snag, hoping that it is not snagged on a giant pincers. He attempts to free the net and has NO TROUBLE with the thought of cutting it free if necessary.

Alexis said...

Silvius cannot see where the snag is. It is under the water.

Andrej said...

I see, got ahead of myself a bit.

At this point, where is Andrej? My last stated action was to harness the horse to the cart and locate Ahmet.

Silvius Volundr said...

(OOC: how much of the 120' net is visible on shore?

Alexis said...

Sorry, missed where you harnessed the horse. It is harnessed, and Ahmet is standing next to you.

Alexis said...

Silvius,

The net above the water line is 30 yards, or 90 feet.

Silvius Volundr said...

(OOC: let's harness the horse to the net and drag the crab out of the pool!)

Andrej said...

Ahmet, I recommend we take the cart beyond the western wall of the dike and seek rocks along the western shore of the island.

If Ahmet agrees, consider that our action Alexis.

Ahmet, how many stones do you desire for us? I'd say ten should be more than plenty.

Andrej said...

(OOC: and disturb its beauty sleep?)

Silvius Volundr said...

Silvius nods to himself, knowing finally what he must do.

After collecting his shield he hustles back to the party, scouting for large stomes as he does so. He calls out as he arrives.

"Friend Gerhard! I found your net!"

Alexis said...

As Silvius climbs the dike again, he will see Nine-toes heading towards him. Before Silvius can finish his intended action, Nine-toes has a chance to say or do something while both are out at the dike.

Nine-toes said...

"Silvius! Did you find the net?

Silvius Volundr said...

"Ja, but I fear it is still wrapped about the crab's great shell. He fled into the pool and took some o' the net with him."

"I say we get the others and get your crossbow. We can cut off a great length of it, but it is a risky venture."

Alexis said...

At this point Gerhard (and the DM) will suddenly remember (OOC: discover) that there is a long sea-wall that skirts the entire western shore of the island, about seven feet high, composed entirely of large stones, every shape and size.

Nine-toes said...

"Let's tell the others and see if we can help."

Ninetoes heads back towards Ahmet and Andrej.

Andrej said...

I don't think Ahmet would mind if I decided for us that we'd make use of the rocks of the sea wall, loading the cart with the 20 likeliest of them (those doing 3-30 points of damage) and returning to the lighthouse once complete. If he does have an objection we could always go back, no?

Silvius Volundr said...

Silvius follows, casting the occasional wary glance behind him, lest the crab attempt a backstab or some other cowardly practice.

Alexis said...

I tend to agree with you about Ahmet.

It takes you very little time to get over there, to pick a place where you can park the cart. You begin picking rocks easy to pull from the stack without causing others to fall. The rock wall is about 9 feet high; the ground around it is sandblown and again, tufted with grass.

Alexis said...

(5th level giant Thief-crab, 57% chance of move silently, backstab for triple damage)

Nothing happens as Silvius and Nine-toes travel back.

Andrej said...

(OOC: At least its not an assasin-crab. I hate those.)

Once we have gathered twenty stones we will make our way back over the dike and toward the lighthouse. We will select stones for their size and damage potential and relative ease of handling (i.e. a heavy, arrow-head shaped stone would be ideal; one with razor sharp protrusions all around would not be ideal).

Ahmet said...

Commence rock grabbing, aye.

Silvius Volundr said...

(OOC: 57%! I would have walked backwards if I had known!)

I await the return of the others. "Ninetoes, I suspect that you could sneak on down to the waterline and free the net with my knife. Surely the crab sleeps and to be safe, we shall stand watch over you... From the dike."

Alexis said...

As Ahmet grabs the seventh stone, he'll hear a brief rustle, and then a 40-inch long brightly colored snake (about two inches thick) will burst from the rocks inches from his hands as they hold the stone, then shoot across the rocks to disappear into a crack.

Andrej said...

(OOC: warning shot?)

"Hmmm. Perhaps we should poke them with a stick first?"

Andrej makes it a practice to poke the holes near the stone he's selecting with his staff.

Nine-toes said...

"Surely you haven't grown so tired of me already, Silvius, that you would wish me fed to a bottom-feeder and excreted out onto the sea floor.

What say we see about the possibility of reinforcing the crane while the others are out rock collecting?"

Ahmet said...

Ahmet forces a dismissive chuckle at the snake's appearance and then hoots at Andrej's stick-banging. "Surely your god will protect you more than a stick, no?"

Just the same, he seems to be making much more noise now as well, banging rocks against other rocks and singing a Turkish mining song.

Alexis said...

Poking at the stones reveals nothing ... until the eleventh stone, when Andrej pokes before picking up and hears a hiss.

Silvius Volundr said...

"You do yourself injustice, Ninetoes! You are far too quick as well as being too deadly quiet for the slumbering beast.

But as you say. I shall hand you the timbers from the platform above while you dangle perilously from the side of the sheer tower. That sounds safer than robbing a mindless beast, does it not?"

Andrej said...

"Who is to say that God does not guide the stick, Ahmet?"

Andrej raises his brow upon hearing the hiss and then moves on to another stone.

Alexis said...

Andrej's next three stones come easily enough, but after two more Ahmet drives another snake out; it is longer than the first, a good 8 feet in length, and 'swims' throught the rocks for about forty feet before disappearing into them.

Andrej said...

"I think they like you, Turk. Perhaps you should reconsider the baptism." Andrej's tone is such to suggest only a jest.

"Shall I tap the last stone for you? I believe that would make twenty."

Nine-toes said...

Ninetoes will look for Gerhardt to ensure all involved are still amenable to the plan of reinforcing one of the cranes. If yes, he will see if there is anyplace he might tie a rope to himself in case he falls while attempting to rig the crane.

Alexis said...

GCI: I count 16 stones.

Alexis said...

Nine-toes,

Only the crane itself. Assuming you falling doesn't break the crane or the rope bearing you, you should be fine.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet stares after the large snake as it disappears -- eventually -- into the rocks.

He shrugs at Andrej's offer... but doesn't bend to pick up the final stone just yet either. "If it makes you feel better, tap away. Perhaps the snakes enjoy your music."

Silvius Volundr said...

Silvius begins hauling up the metal pieces, spikes, tools and timber to the top of the tower.

Andrej said...

(OOC: my mistake on the stone count)

Andrej thoughtfully selects the next stone, thoroughly tapping it with flair. He then bows his head and extends his arm toward it with flourish, "Ever your humble servant noble Ahmet."

Andrej will repeat this performance in a less dramatic fashion for three more stones, bringing the final count to twenty.

Nine-toes said...

Ninetoes does likewise. He'll tie the rope from himself to the crane once the equipment is in place, say a brief prayer to the god of the Friar and Andrej, and then attempt to reinforce the crane.

Silvius Volundr said...

Once the materials needed are at the top of the tower, Silvius lights up a cigar, effectively making him a one-handed worker. He awaits Ninetoes instructions as to what he will need to accomplish the task.

Ahmet said...

For the final four stones, Andrej will do the knocking and Ahmet will do the lifting.

Alexis said...

To work on the crane, Ninetoes and Silvius together will have to first shore up the crane as it reaches over the ground (to make it stronger for when Nine-toes climbs out to the pulley). Silvius can give recommendations for how to do the shoring, having more experience with construction and metal having worked in a shop. Nine-toes is a bit of a natural with his hands, though he's had no experience...but he needs advice on what to do next.

By the time the crane is shored up, Hans and Rupert will be awake, and will be working loading the wood to the top of the tower. One fills the net with wood and the other hauls it up, then pulls the net in towards the tower with a hook on a stick, foot in a leather loop hammered onto the edge of the tower. The crane doesn't conveniently swing inward. It takes time this way, and usually Rupert would go fill the other crane while the first one is hauled up ... it will take them longer through the day this way, with just one crane, but Hans explains at one point while he's waiting for Rupert at the bottom that it's worth it to see the crab gone.

Alexis said...

The twenty stones are loaded. I presume you take them back to the tower.

Ahmet said...

OOC: Alexis, does my experience with mining allow me to help with the crane stabilization project?

Alexis said...

Zanfrancesco's house shows smoke rising from the chimney, as the good father is clearly cooking up lunch.

Nine-toes said...

I thank Hans and Rupert for entrusting us with this task.

"Midday, Silvius. Do you think we can finish before dark?"

Alexis said...

It probably would, Ahmet. You could check the strength of the job, for both the shoring and the pulley, and certainly do the pulley work yourself if you were willing to climb out there. The monk, however, can do the work faster in that it involves a lot of moving back and forth on the crane to fetch materials ... which reminds me ...

Nine-toes, can you roll a % die, please? A hundred sided?

Andrej said...

Yes, we return to the tower to hoist stones to the catwalk and help with the crane as needed.

Also, Andrej will confirm with Friar Zanfrancisco that he may use the chapel/ shrine for Ninetoes baptismal ceremony and likewise asks the friar if he would be willing to assist.

Finally, given the opportunity to do so, Andrej will ask Zanfrancisco (love the name), Gerhard, Rupert and Hans about the isle we spotted to the west.

Nine-toes said...

d100: 65

Whew!

Ahmet said...

Ahmet will allow Nine-toes to do the acrobatic work, but he'll do what he can to try to check the strength of the shoring and the pulley.

Alexis said...

(OOC: ZanfrancEsco, not Zanfrancisco...heh heh)

Andrej finds the father cooking in the kitchen, making fish stew (he apparently was out already and caught four cod). He's good with the use of the chapel, he'd be happy to serve however Andrej needs him. He can tell you the island out there, Scharhorn, is uninhabited. There are some that say the island moves north at the rate of a yard a year ... and there are some that say that in former days the druids used to consider it a place for ceremonies, but that those days are past.

Ahmet said...

(OOC: A yard a year, eh? No doubt our crab is a baby, and that "island" is his mother!)

Nine-toes said...

(Do you realize what the value of that crab island is???? We have to kill that too!!!!!)

Andrej said...

(OOC: ZanfrancEsco. Got it.)

I'll be offline for a while but will return in the evening to check on our progrss. Andrej will spend the afternoon helping with preparations on the crane/ net and hauling stones as necessary. A few hours before sunset he will begin preparing for the baptism, including instructions for Ninetoes on how to behave and the basic precepts of Andrej's Roman Catholic faith. If anybody else desires the baptism, he will also so instruct them.

As for the positioning of the stones and the net trap, we should probably all discuss that once all is ready.

Alexis said...

Nine-toes roll establishes his comfort with the height. A thief might have to roll twice, but the monk starts to feel comfortable enough he can walk back and forth to get what he needs from Ahmet, who knows more about pulleys and shored wood than Silvius.

If Silvius is willing, he can help Hans pull the wood up. Andrej is asked to help Zanfrancesco bring the lunch the long way to the base of the lighthouse, and while Andrej and Rupert eat below, the father will bring food up to the top of the lighthouse.

Please, disagree with any part of this that doesn't seem right; I'm just pushing events along.

Silvius Volundr said...

(OOC: we can parley our crab winnings into a boat and then go after King Crab Island)

Silvius Volundr said...

(OOC: we still don't have net)

Nine-toes said...

(ooc - I thought Alexis mentioned another suitable net in with the materials for reinforcing the crane?)

Ahmet said...

While working on the crane, Ahmet asks Silvius:

"So what happened to the net?"

Hearing the story of the journey to the pool and the spotting of the snagged net and so on (assuming Silvius tells it), Ahmet wrinkles his brow, looking more confused than usual.

"What would happen if we parked yonder stone-laden wagon atop the net?"

Ahmet said...

(or if Silvius isn't standing close enough to converse, he'll ask Nine-toes.)

Silvius Volundr said...

"T'would pin the bastard to the spot, Ahmet...but that spot lay nwet to the filthy pool o'er the dike. For my part, I've no notion o' fighting him in the water."

(OOC: forgot about the spare net, Ninetoes. Good call.)

Nine-toes said...

"I'm with Silvius. It may tether the beast, but she could still shred any of us with a single blow. And some still show marks from last night's wounds."

Alexis said...

Technically there are four nets on the island.

One that was taken away by the crab.

One very small piece still attached (and ignored) to the barn, where it was ripped by the crab breaking away.

And two nets the lighthouse keepers use to haul the wood up.

Alexis said...

Ahmet,

The wagon weighs less than a ton, even with the stone you've added to it.

The crab weighs about a ton.

Eric said...

"any circumstance where the character may lose balance, a -2 modifier is applied to the roll." Is that for all rolls, or just d20 rolls? If the latter, is -10% applied to all balance rolls on d%?

Silvius Volundr said...

Silvius will help Hans haul up the wood.

Nine-toes said...

Ninetoes will continue with the crane under Ahmet's direction, until it is complete or the sun is getting low in the sky.

He will ask the friar if he sees him if they might purchase more food from the barn to lure the crab into the net.

Alexis said...

(OOC: Eric, please ask questions using the same OOC format as the players.

I define "lose balance" and "attempt to climb" as two different things. If something were to happen to make make Nine-toes fall, such as if something shook the crane, I would have him make a dex check; but if he attempts to walk or climb along the crane, its a % of his thief's ability.

If, as well, he tries to climb and fails the percentage, THEN, again, I would let him make a dex check to see if he grabbed the crane...but in this case, only because he is ABOVE the crane. If he were climbing up the side of the tower, and blew the %, I would NOT let him have a dex check, because there would be nothing below him but air, and therefore nothing to grab)

Alexis said...

All right everyone,

I'm out of here. I will pick this up in the morning, as I have business tonight; I'll answer any private emails in about an hour and a half. I'll write a new post picking things up in the evening, giving people time to work out their last details...suffice to say for now the wood gets to the top of the tower, the crane gets fixed, and everyone eats (Zanfrancesco will make supper also, and we'll pick things up at the end of that meal).

If people want to leave any last notes about how the 'plan' will work exactly, written on this post tonight, I'd appreciate it.

Be well.

Ahmet said...

(OOC: Regarding parking the wagon on the net that is attached to the crab -- that's why you don't allow the guy with the 8 Intelligence to do the planning!)

Silvius Volundr said...

(OOC: at least you didn't suggest "ramming"it, Ahmet.)

Nine-toes said...

Ninetoes would like to place food in the net, rig wood as a counterbalance to the net, and then wait for the crab to eat the food in the net. If Gerhardt and the friar are willing to help pull up the crab, so much the better. I'm hoping five persons are enough to hold the crab aloft, while Ahmet or Silvius stab the crab from below (or use my crossbow if either are proficient, or both).

Nine-toes said...

Oh, and if at any point in the night anyone is in position to drop boulder(s) on the crab, Ninetoes is in favor of it.

If there is time, Ninetoes would like to be baptized before the battle. What's 20 silvers a pound compared to eternal salvation?

Silvius Volundr said...

Im on board with Ninetoes, but am in favor of dropping an avalanche on King Crab as we spring the trap.

(OOC: Im thinking pinata, baby.)

Silvius will be up in the tower raining all hell on the crab whether or not we manage to net him.... and yeah, it is a "him".

Ahmet said...

OOC: Not to get all OSHA on you guys, but I think we should either have a couple guys attacking from below OR drop boulders from above... trying to do both seems a wee dangerous.

Maybe Nine-toes's crossbow would be OK as there would have sufficient range to allow for a 45 degree angle and not be directly under the boulder blizzard.

Silvius Volundr said...

(OOC: thats funny, Ahmet. Dont recall an OSHA reference in D&D before EVER.)

Silvius Volundr said...

Crab gets netted(or not)
Rocks fall.
Rocks fall
Rocks fall.
Ninetoes kills crab with crossbow.

Rinse and repeat next night.

Ahmet said...

OOC: Does it make sense for Ahmet (and/or another hand-to-hand guy) to hide either somewhere near the base of the tower or the barn, to engage and hopefully finish off the crab after it runs out of rock range? Or should we all be up there bombarding with rocks and, as Silvius said, if it survives, do it again the following night?

James C. said...

OOC: I recommend that two melee types hang out in the lower tower as a standby. That can be Ahmet and Andrej or Ahmet and Silvius. The other two spring the trap from above and throw rocks (in that order).

As for the trap, the net will be the second one of the lighhouse keepers, which we think should hold. Also, rather than pull on the the rope as I read somewhere above the lumber Gerhard brought will be the counter weight to lift the net and hopefully the crab up off the ground when the time comes. That is, the net is on the ground and baited, concelaed as best we can under sand etc... Once the crab steps within its grasp to eat more of Zanfrancesco's produce, we spring the trap by pushing the lumber (ties to the other end of the rope that secures the net) off the catwalk. Once trapped, those above rain boulders down upon the crab.

Failing that, or running out of boulders, the two melee fighters below can emerge from the tower and attack.

So the plan would go:

trap (baited with food from the friar's barn);
boulders;
then melee.

If the trap doesn't work, we try the boulders but avoid the melee. Be flexible for when all hell breaks loose.

I'll volunteer to stay below with Ahmet. I think the larger XP reward will be for those dropping rocks. Perhaps if we get the thing close to dying and the net works Ahmet and I can spring out for a few shots. Anyway, that would put Ahmet and I below; all others above.

All agree?

If so, prior to sunset Alexis Andrej will be conducting at least one baptism in the chapel. As we adjourn to the tower Andrej will wait topside with the others until we spot the crab approaching, at which point he will cast a bless upon all Catholics present that desire it. Andrej will then make his way below to Ahmet (unless Silvius overrules me and wants the honor of going below).

Last thing, Andrej will ask the friar to come below with us. Not to fight the crab, but rather to stay put and safe in the tower and be nearby to lend a hand in the event Ahmet and/ or Andrej get into some trouble.

Ahmet said...

I'm thinking at some point the crab is going to burst free of the net (hopefully after taking some punishment from the rocks), fall some distance to the ground (hopefully taking some more damage), and then will attempt to scurry away to fight another day. I don't want to miss that chance for someone to deliver a coup d' grace.

Alternately, he won't get into the net at all, we'll miss with all the rocks, and he'll storm off to the barn... in which case the two guys on the ground should probably hide. ;)

Silvius Volundr said...

Agreed!

Nine-toes said...

(OOC I agree with Andrej's plan. That just leaves deciding who is on the ground. I don't think we should split between the barn and the tower. If we're going to engage it in melee after the boulder shower, we can always go back to the area it rests during the day and tug on its net. It was pretty much one shot and down for us with the first fight, and that was with five people who hadn't been injured yet.)

Nine-toes said...

(also OOC: Of course, I acknowledge that, if the net or crane breaks, if anyone rolls a '2' while dropping boulders on the crab with allies below (love the OSHA reference), we are utterly screwed. If we fail in melee, the crab may not eat all of us. If we break the crane, the Cuxhaven powers that be hate us and we've probably ruined life for all involved.)

Ahmet said...

OOC: I'll volunteer to stay below; I'm more a melee guy anyway. Whoever wants to join me, come on down.

Ditto to what Nine-toes said... If the crane starts to break, we can always cut the rope (may require an ax, as I'm sure the rope is quite thick) holding up the counter-balance. Hopefully we can be quick enough that the crane will survive... I'd rather have to replace a rope than an entire crane.

Andrej said...

OOC: Such is the adventuring life. Death and destruction all about; dubious rewards on the horizon.

To be clear, though, Ahmet and I will be waiting in the safety of the tower, where the crab is too large to fit though the door, until the rain of boulders ends either through lack of effectiveness or lack of ammunition, so we should be good on the OSHA inspection. ;)

Andrej said...

I'll give Silvius a chance to take my spot if he wishes, but I'm also more of a melee type. I do think the heavy xp earners will be the top-siders so am happy either way.

Nine-toes said...

(OOC - if we are decided then we should make an in campaign post to confirm our plan. Andrej and Ahmet on the ground, boulder and crossbow brigrade up top, agreed?)

Andrej said...

Good thought, Ninetoes.

Alexis, our stated actions are as those found in my above post of October 4, 2011 9:07 PM. Any questions or inconsistencies, please let us know.

Silvius Volundr said...

(OOC:sorry boys...didn't get an alert! As much as I would like to put the sword to this crab personally, I am pretty sure that one hit takes Silvius out. Also, Alexis has to rule on this one, but Silvius may get a bonus to hit with the rocks for Dexterity... and utter hatred of crustaceans. Therefore....)

"Lads, if it is all the same to you, I reckon I shall support you from above. Andrej, do you think you can find it within yourself when the time comes to give us a proper blessing?"

Silvius Volundr said...

(OOC: did I mention that this tower is coming down? You all realize that, right? Then its the Merchant Mafia on our tails until we reach North America.)

Alexis said...

I need a clear and definite statement yet as to who is getting baptised. Nine-toes? Silvius? Are you both, or only one of you?

Nine-toes said...

I am getting baptised.

Ahmet said...

OOC: I do get a +1 bonus to damage with any thrown weapon. I have two daggers I can throw at his underbelly; if anyone has more, or anything else throwable, I'll take it. I could also give the crossbow a whirl, though I'm not proficient with it.

I'm hoping the AC on his nether regions is so bad that we'll be able to do some nice damage.

Silvius Volundr said...

Silvius gives his 2 daggers, throwing axe and spear to Ahmet oglu Ahmet.

"See if any o' this suits you."

Nine-toes said...

Ninetoes will offer his crossbow to Ahmet to use for the battle.

Silvius Volundr said...

"See if any o' this suits you," Silvius says to Ahmet. He hands him a pair of daggers, a throwing axe and his spear.

(OOC: I think we are on the next post now, Ahmet.)