Friday, September 7, 2012

Unusual Yellow

October 16, 1650, Thursday morning
Weather: brisk temperatures and overcast conditions, with a strong breeze

The party strikes towards the Nuremberg, winding its way south at first along the Main river.  The following occurs within just an hour of Ascapha:

Just one of those things, the knot on the mage's saddle that holds his second horse - in this case Magnus, as Lukas is riding Tovenar - comes loose.  It's not noticed for awhile ... Magnus just follows along like always, as the party makes their way.

But as Janos stops, because he's realized his horse Erzsebet has picked up a stone, Lukas catches up to him and stops also.  Andrej and Ahmet are somewhere ahead of them; they've gotten into some kind of heated discussion about the Greek islands or some such, and the mage and ranger have been drifting along behind for some peace and quiet.  Particularly, Lukas is probably thinking about scroll creation.

As Janos fixes his horses' foot, the ranger and mage chat - the usual thing, probably: the woodland all around, Lukas being concerned that something might be hidden there, and Janos reassuring him.   Magnus, meanwhile, catches sight of some sweet grass along the side of the road.

A moment later the ranger and mage hear Magnus screaming - and the sound of a horse screaming is a terrifying sound indeed.  They both look - Lukas still on Tovenar, Janos of course on foot - and see that something enormous and yellow - with a shiny body and as big as a pig - has got ahold of Magnus' right shoulder - the body of the horse is obscuring exactly what it is.

41 comments:

Lukas said...

"Of coarse nothing out there! Look!" Lukas quickly tries to circle around to see what has a hold on his horse, possibly with more information on exactly how it has a hold on the horse's shoulder.

Unless of coarse if we need to do some initiative rolling.

Finally, once again Lukas feels assured his paranoia is legitimate. Let's hope that doesn't manifest terribly as he gets on in life.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet wheels his warhorse around, draws Dilmek, and charges toward the creature, hollering "Allahu Akbar!"

Lukas said...

(OOC: sadness. I just got informed that I will be in training for the rest of the day. Possibly. I'll post if I can but it won't be frequent.)

Alexis said...

(OOC: very much sadness)

Ahmet, "somewhere ahead" would mean out of sight, out of contact.

Unfortunately, the die has picked the person who couldn't be here with us tonight. Perhaps Janos? Are you out there, sir?

A giant tick has gotten ahold of Magnus - it has latched on, and is now gleefully sucking blood from the horse's body (so no need for initiative, the tick is busy).

Presuming that Janos has done likewise to Lukas, either he or the mage can do whatever they wish this round ... or Janos can try to finish it off on his own).

Ahmet said...

Ah... in which case Ahmet continues lecturing Andrej on the beauty of the women from the Turkish island of Bozcaada compared to all other women living on Greek-controlled islands in the Aegean.

"Save the women of Lesbos," Ahmet says upon reflection. "I will admit they are quite alluring, though I've never been able to put my finger on why."

Lukas said...

Lukas pulls at his hat in frustration as he considers what he could possibly do with the tick without harming the horse. I'm not thinking Lukas would necessarily understand the concept of the head being stuck inside the horse or advanced aid for such things so...

Lukas will cast Magic Missile at the giant tick. Unless in the time that Lukas is pulling at his hat Janos interjects some kind of meaningful advice.

I'm going to put a damage roll here assuming the spell goes off without a hitch.

1d4+1: 5

(OOC: I am beginning to regret not taking exterminate. It was on my list of maybes but I decided it might be too situational.)

Alexis said...

At which point Andrej probably corrects Ahmet by pointing out they are still calling it Tenedos, no matter what the Sultan has ordered.

Alexis said...

(GCI: don't worry about exterminate ... it only kills things with one hit point)

The tick gets two drains off before being hit by the magic missile. The missile, however, stuns the tick and it loosens it grip on the horse. Magnus stumbles away in pain, bleeding from its shoulder.

Lukas and/or Janos's move.

Ahmet said...

(OOC: Ha!

I should also subsequently learned that Lesbos was controlled by the Ottoman Empire from the late 15th century until the Greeks took it over after World War I. But I couldn't resist Ahmet not being able to put his finger on the women of Lesbos. ;)

Lukas said...

Next round another missile comes out I believe. I don't think it says I need to concentrate or cast.

Now I am going to draw my handy dart, and chuck it at the bug.

I'm going to assume no range penalties at this distance.

d20+2: 17
d3: 1

Magic Missile

1d4+1: 3

Alexis said...

HECK.

Old magic missile rule.

I used to have them so that you got a magic missile every 2 levels above first, and that they took 1 round each to throw.

Sorry you do not have the updated rule.

The new rule is a new magic missile every 3 levels - but you fire them all at once, and at as many different targets as you have missiles.

So I'm afraid until 4th level, you're out of missiles. Again, my apologies.

János said...

Janos moves around to get a good angle on the tick, drawing his handaxe as he does so. He throws it as soon as he has a good shot.

To hit: 14
Damage: 3

János said...

OOC: Sorry for the tardiness, fellas. Pretty much back-to-back meetings from 8:00 to 3:00 these past two days have been killer.

Alexis, might you be able to provide me with a link to that blog post with your combat action table? I could have sworn I had it bookmarked, but now I can't seem to find it...

Alexis said...

Janos feels his blade strike, but it skitters off the hard body of the beast. Apparently, Janos underestimated how hard he has to swing in order to penetrate its shell.

Lukas, again sorry about the magic missile; do you have an alternate action?

Andrej said...

Sofia harrumphs at the turk and the priest. Even a fool knows that the world's most beautiful women reside in Bulgaria.

Alexis said...

(OOC: Gentlemen.

For the next two weeks, I am covering my job and that of my boss, who is on vacation. I also want to try to get more of the civilization economics written, as these affect the online and offline parties - remember, your new island will have an economy also. I will give as much time as is reasonable to the campaign, but please understand that I'm going to be swamped at least until I get oriented.

Saw four good movies on the weekend, the American movie being the worst:

Romantics Anonymous - very funny
In Bruges - smart, dark film
Middle Men - American morality play
The Skin I Live In - Almodovar, brilliant and warped

Thanks guys)

Andrej said...

(OOC: Saw most of In Bruges by chance quite awhile back, maybe 3 or 4 years, and also enjoyed it. No worries on the campaign and work. I'll be around ad checking in as normal.)

Lukas said...

Alexis, my alternate option was still throwing the dart. I was under the impression that the remaining missiles would consume no action. As such, my action remains unchanged except for the removal of Magic Missile damage.

Alexis said...

Ah, it has gotten under the layers of density and now I understand.

Lukas, a 17 misses for a mage.

Very tough skin indeed.

Magnus having already leapt away from the tick, the nasty thing attacks Janos. It manages to hit AC 8, meaning that Janos feels it against one of his greaves ... but takes no damage.

Both Lukas and Janos can take some sort of action.

János said...

Janos draws his bastard sword and hacks into the accursed thing.

To hit: 14 (again!)
Damage: 4

Lukas said...

Screw it, let's hope we don't encounter anything bigger in the next day or so...

Lukas begins casting Melf's Acid Arrow.

I'm just going to note a few things here for later...

Make an attack roll as if a fighter of equivalent level with a bow. +1 to hit. It keeps attacking till it hits with no concentration. Finally, 3d4+1 damage should it hit.

Alexis said...

Yes, that is correct, Lukas. Sorry to make you doubtful.

Alexis said...

Yes, that is correct, Lukas. Sorry to make you doubtful.

Alexis said...

The tick attacks Janos again, and again it misses - this time completely. It rushes around, so that now it is between Janos and Lukas (this will not affect the spell, Lukas, unless you roll a '2' on the d20 to hit ... but this was true anyway, when Janos was between you and the tick).

Janos may swing again, but technically Lukas completes his spell and his melf's acid arrow will hit first.

Lukas said...

I target the tick with the acid arrow and release the spell.

Then if no negative effects occur from backing away from the critter, that is what I do.

d20+1: 17
3d4+1: 9

Alexis said...

Oh, that kills it.

That gives Lukas all the x.p.: 130.

Andrej, Ahmet ... consider now that you've been reunited with Lukas and Janos.

Magnus has taken 8 points of damage, 3 from the initial bite and 5 from blood drain.

Andrej said...

Andrej, "Will you two stop malingering and get going!"

Ahmet said...

(OOC: Nice!)

János said...

OOC: Nice one, Lukas!

Janos looks at his bastard sword and then at the acid-eaten corpse of the creature and simply shakes his head.

He will mount up without further ado.

Alexis said...

Does anyone wish to address the damage to Lukas' horse?

Lukas said...

Lukas tries to control the horse then examine the wound. He waves Andrej over to converse with him on the topic of the damage.

"What do you make of this? Do you think it would be best to use your skills? Might be better than using a salve."

Alexis said...

I'm ready to post the next experience once we settle things here.

Andrej said...

Andrej is trained in husbandry, what does he make (if anything) of the wound and the horse's condition, Alexis?

Lukas, assuming nothing out of the ordinary and recognizing we'll give the horse little time to rest and heal, I should probably just spend a cure light wounds on it now and save the salves.

Alexis said...

Andrej can wrap the horse's shoulder so the horse will keep on fine despite any damage. If you cure light wounds and it doesn't heal it all, the horse will be fully serviceable.

Alexis said...

Lukas, roll 2d6 when you get the chance.

Andrej said...

Andrej casts CLW: 6 hit points restored.

Lukas said...

2d6: 5

Alexis said...

Thank you both. Are we ready to go forward?

Lukas said...

I am ready to proceed.

Ahmet said...

Ready!

Alexis said...

The next post is up.