Monday, September 16, 2013

The Beetle on Skhouinousa

Here is the relationship of the party to the beetle:


(OOC: sorry; this is Pub 2013, it sucks, I am fighting with the
program perameters and turning all the crap off that
comes turned on with a new computer.  Otherwise, this would
be prettier)

The beetle moves to attack Neklan's figure. It is the unluckiest beetle in the world, rolling a 7 and missing completely. Treat the beetle as though it is in 1415.

56 comments:

Kismet Korkmaz said...

I assume it is now our turn again?

Kismet would take 3 moves to get in range of the bug, so instead he will move 2 moves and wait till the next turn (as It takes 2 AP to attack)

Sofia Koleva said...

Sofia draws and throws a dagger, 5 hexes is short range per my notes:

d20: 19
d4: 4

Sofia Koleva said...

Sofia draws a second dagger for 4 MP's total this round.

Neklan Krasna said...

Can you clarify the action of readying a sling? I assume it's the same as a bow, in that I cannot move and ready it, I have to spend the whole round. If that assumption is correct, I move to 913, and take out a sling stone.

Neklan Krasna said...

Also, happy birthday, mine's in a week.

Enrico Guerriero said...

Assuming Enrico can see the beetle, he gets his bow and begins loading.

If he can't see the beetle, he advances to 1913.

Carlito advances to 1817.

Sofia Koleva said...

Ach! I forgot that Sofia probably can't see the beetle anymore now that she's moved away.

Sofia Koleva said...

Okay, without drawing a second dagger there are MP's enough (6) for Sofia to move to hex 1316 and draw & throw a dagger as above.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

Actually if I could throw from 6 hexes, you can throw from 5 I think.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Sofia's dagger hits and causes 4 damage. (Sofia can still see the beetle - we'll say, now we have a map, you can see the beetle from within 8 hexes).

Remember to speak in "APs", not "MPs" with regards to toal movement.

Neklan, you get your sling in motion for an attack next round. Enrico can see and loads hiis bow.

Alexis Smolensk said...

The beetle is stunned. It is still in 1415. Remember Kismet is in 1616 (Kismet didn't specify which two hexes he moved forward, so I made it straight) and Carlito is in 1817.

(OOC: thank you, I had a very enjoyable birthday)

Kismet Korkmaz said...

Sorry, you are accurate in your hypothesis.

Kismet steps forwards to 1515 and attacks the beetle with his broadsword with a hearty "Ha!"

d20: nat 20
2-8: 12 ( 8+4 rolling a 1d8 and rerolling 1s... Not sure any better way to do 2-8 without coding)

d20: 11 (11)


(OOC: I am sad that this is happening when I know the bug has like 3 health...)

Neklan Krasna said...

(ooc: Kismet, 2d4 is 2-8...)

Kismet Korkmaz said...

(OOC: Doh! I tend to forget those little guys)

2d4: 8 (4+4)

Alexis Smolensk said...

2d4: 8 (4+4)

I'm hoping this means you rolled '4' on 2d4 and then added 4 for your strength.

It doesn't matter. The beetle had 11 hit points in all, and the party has now done that.

77 experience to Kismet.

40 experience to Sofia.

Alexis Smolensk said...

One dead bug.

What would the party like to do now?

Neklan Krasna said...

I'd like one of those colorful wing-cases, if it's not all hacked to bits. If it is, I'll just have to get one another time.

Shall we continue up the ridge?

Enrico Guerriero said...

Enrico suggests they keep tighter formation. He and Carlito lead the way up the ridge.

Neklan Krasna said...

I certainly follow that suggestion.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Keeping a tighter formation and exploring while climbing over these large rocks is difficult; you find yourself waiting again and again for someone to empty a rock out of their shoe or take a drink, so that your progress to the top is slow.

From the top you can see, again, Naxos and the other islands mentioned before. Much of Iraklia is below you, except for one high knob that rises on the very north end of the island, the place where Arkemis says lights have been known to arise.

He admits to never having been here before, but guesses that the large island you see to the west of Naxos is Paros; and that the two islands beyond, far to the west, are probably Sifnos and Melos. He cannot see Sikinos, but he isn't sure where that is ... perhaps behind Ios, he says.

On the very top of the Iraklian knob, you see something that may be - but you cannot be certain - a broken pillar rising from the rock. Arkemis thinks he sees this. Sofia and Neklan can sort of see it; Enrico, Carlito and Kismet cannot. Upon further examination, Arkemis declares he though perhaps it was the corner of a temple, but finally says his eyes must be tricking him.

Sofia Koleva said...

To the pillar, then?

Sofia Koleva said...

(OOC: Happy Birthday, Alexis, and may the best you've ever seen
be the worst you'll ever see.)

Neklan Krasna said...

Iraklia is the next island, we're on... shksomething.

Kismet mentioned he had a spyglass though, I'd love to get a better look.

Sofia Koleva said...

True Neklan, but I figured this was the extent of the looking we wanted to do here on Skhouinousa unless you guys wanted to hang around and grind out some XP on beetles and spiders... which now that I think about it isn't a bad idea at all.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

Kismet of coarse shares his spyglass. He also mentions he would have a better chance of identifying it's natural and unnatural nature if he were closer(if it really exists.)

As it stands, he currently is all for exploring this area further and seems unconcerned about the group becoming less organized again.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Ah, I forgot about the spyglass. The edge of something is definitely there, and definitely man made. The 'pillar' is a rock, not a pillar at all ... but at the base of the rock, there seems to be the edge of something that might either be a well or a cistern.

Enrico Guerriero said...

Enrico votes for the pillar.

Neklan Krasna said...

I am very concerned about venturing onto that island, if we go, I say make sure we have enough daylight. I am truly very curious though, and if you all are brave enough, I will go with you.

Alexis, does the different perspective show us anything new about this island?

Also, was I able to get an intact wing-case from the beetle?

Kismet Korkmaz said...

I doubt a stone pillar is going anywhere.

We should stomp around this island and do that later. I mean, we're already here. Once we get bored of just looking we can start sticking polarms in holes and see what comes out.

Sofia Koleva said...

I'm OK with hanging out here a bit and picking on nuisance creatures to pad our XP totals. As you say, the pillar isn't going anywhere.

Enrico Guerriero said...

Good point.

Sofia Koleva said...

Sofia is ready. Once the others are likewise ready, let's make a more thorough search of the island we're on, looking out for things to kill. I like the idea of moving more slowly but in tighter formation.

Alexis Smolensk said...

You can obtain the wingcase; it is hardened, like faience pottery, and even allows light through it, for the case is translucent. It is very beautiful.

As it dries, however, it will obtain the consistency of plastercasting - retaining its shape, but not strong enough to endure a blow or support weight.

Day is dwindling; it is mid-afternoon.

The island, from every angle you can see from up here, appears to be empty; but of course you can't guess at every possible crevice or hidden cave.

Do you continue to explore Skhouinousa, then?

Neklan Krasna said...

Sorry to be a bore, it's just that I have no wish to die just yet (and only 9 hp)

Neklan Krasna said...

yes, I think we've all weighed in that we continue to explore here.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Okay.

I have a 'team building' event, a happy let's all be a team experience I will be participating in, so I'm lost I'm afraid.

Sofia Koleva said...

Hang in there Alexis.

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: If that isn't bad enough, I have a meeting this morning about the fact that we have too many meetings. I'm not kidding)

Enrico Guerriero said...

(OOC: I've had meetings like that too.

Try "standing meetings" -- they really do work. People don't feel compelled to speak if you're standing around in a football huddle.)

Alexis Smolensk said...

Shkoinousa proves to be empty and the party has no other encounters. The west side of the hill you've climbed is less rocky, with thin patches of grass growing out from hard clay soil, all the way down to the sea. The shore is a crumbling bank 20 feet high, broken by a few small harbours of very shallow, but beautiful turquoise water. The north end of the island is filled with sandy patches.

It is a lack of ground water, you would guess, that keeps the land from being fertile.

Arkemis suggests that perhaps the party could rest on Shkoinousa. He has a blanket in his pack, a little bread and sausage ... then it would be daylight when you landed upon Iraklia.

Neklan Krasna said...

I'm fine to stay the night, but I did not bring provisions for the morrow. I'll share what bread I brought as well, but it'll be a light supper.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

Kisemt, ever the hungry dwarf for his size has brought 4 lbs of various meats (listed sausage and bacon, but most likely switched out for local meats by now. He also has beets (10 lbs listed) And a little bit of taffy remaining.

He gladly shares it all with the crew.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Arkemis brought 4 pounds as well. The party will need 2 pounds each to be fully battle ready tomorrow.

Sofia Koleva said...

I agree, we shall stay. Sofia has a blanket in her pack and 6.2 lbs of raisins and beef jerky which she'll also share out. It sounds like given what we have between us we have enough for two days.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

Then I'm very glad we're a prepared party. Just think, if we got stranded here we might have had to eat bugs!

Neklan Krasna said...

I proceed to tell a revolting, and most likely completely uninformed story that I've heard, about primitive tribes of gnolls, who subsist -- contrary to popular belief -- almost entirely on bugs, grubs, and the occasional rodent.

Are we OK with lighting a fire in view of Iraklia? I'd quite like to catch a glimpse of the magic Arkemis told us about.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

Kismet agrees they should camp for the night, but has some concerns about bugs at night. Don't they tend to come out in more numbers at night?

Neklan Krasna said...

yes, I expect we'll need full watches.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

"Good another chance to squish some more bugs. I was really hoping to see more before the end of the day. Did you see how big that one was!"

Sofia Koleva said...

(OOC: Guys, I'll be tied up for the next hour or so... please set the watches however you see fit. Thanks.)

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: I'm covering for someone this week and I'm watching the mound on my virtual desk get higher and higher. I'm going to have to call it for the day, I'm afraid. Seems I'm getting less chance to play)

There's no fireworks display; you're not attacked in the night. You may have already killed the biggest thing on the whole island.

I'll get up a new post the next day, presuming you get into a boat and row your way across to Iraklia.

Enrico Guerriero said...

(OOC: You may have already killed the biggest thing on the whole island.

Now I feel bad. Sorry, Greenpeace.)

Neklan Krasna said...

That's what I think we do.

I cast clean on us when we're in the boat. Does anyone have anything to drink?

Kismet Korkmaz said...

I guess that just means we need to lower our standards on size.

Or you know... Find another island.

Sofia Koleva said...

Sofia will not be lowering her standards on size. ;)

I'm ready to pick it up from the boat or the next island tomorrow. Be well everybody.

Alexis Smolensk said...

The next post is up.