Thursday, October 10, 2013

Adding Up & Aftermath

Hopefully, then, these are the right numbers:


Enrico caused 10 taken 21
Carlito caused 14 taken 7


X.P.:



The man upon the rock cheers, shouts, beckons for the party to approach him. He seems genuinely pleased.

77 comments:

Neklan Krasna said...

correct for me.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

For wounds that appears correct.

I don't know what's going on behind the scenes, but my count ends up at 47. It's a strange number to be off by since it doesn't seem to account for any hits equally, are you reducing damage to only actual damage done with no overflow counted? Or do I need to recount again... I really did go through quickly, but did NOT count the roll when I was stunned.

Sofia Koleva said...

Mine is correct, though I double checked thinking there's no way Sofia did that little with all the chucking and hopping about. But there it is.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Yep, sorry.

If you do 7 damage to somethat that only has 5 hp., you only get 5 hp counted.

Sofia Koleva said...

Sofia grabs a healing salve from her pack and tosses it to Arkemis. "For Enrico, if you please. Apply it and make ready the boat, good sir."

Next she goes about the business of gathering he various daggers and knives, eyeing the treeline from whence the psammodrons came and the exuberant old man.

Neklan Krasna said...

Should we go and release him?

Sofia Koleva said...

Yes, of course... but I want to be armed first. There's also the matter of treasure possibly.

Would "acquiring" the old man give us XP in accordance with his value on the slave market table? ;)

Neklan Krasna said...

I have lockpicks, but I wonder if I could borrow 2 daggers from anyone before we go over there.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Enrico adds 3 hit points.

He has to make another d20 check against his wisdom, now at 80% of normal.

Technically yes, regarding the old man's value.

Sofia finds her daggers.

Alexis Smolensk said...

One of you cannot help noticing the heavy silver necklace worn by the last creature Kismet killed, under its tunic.

Enrico Guerriero said...

Enrico rolls a 10. I don't think that does it.

Enrico Guerriero said...

I'd like Carlito to retrieve his hand axe and then help Arkemis carry Enrico to the boat, if Enrico is still unconscious.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

Kismet proceeds to go about collecting and stowing his weapons. He retrieves his pike and 2 axes as able. He will proceed to the man armed in pike and broadsword after unless he continues to collect weapons for his allies.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

I will also happily grab the necklace for the party.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Not it doesn't Enrico. You're wisdom right now is 8.8 ... so you needed an 8 or less.

You'll be unconscious until you heal at least 1 point, which will allow you to roll again.

Otherwise, you'll be conscious again at zero.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Carlito and Arkemis begin carrying Enrico.

Can you just confirm you added X.P. to Carlito, Enrico?

Sofia Koleva said...

Sure take the necklace for now Kismet, but wait up for us. We can search the other bodies before we go as well. Sofia hands a dagger to Neklan, "Keep it."

Let's we three (Neklan, Sofia & Kismet) see about the old man while the others get situated with Enrico and the boat.

Alexis Smolensk said...

"Thank you, Thank you!" cries the man, heedless of any who might hear. "I'm rescued!" he cries to the heavens.

Alexis Smolensk said...

For the record, the necklace weighs about seven pounds.

Enrico Guerriero said...

X.P. noted, thanks Alexis!

Kismet Korkmaz said...

Jeebus.

Kismet hefts the thing for the party. At least if we have to make a quick escape we have 7 lbs of silver.

I retrieve one axe from the dead opponent (I trust that hasn't gone far) before prioritizing rescuing the man over getting the other as Sofia suggests.

Neklan Krasna said...

Thank you Sophia.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Well, the silver necklace is of poor quality - mostly just silver, hardly any workmanship at all.

Sofia Koleva said...

You're welcome, Neklan. Note the dagger is silvered.

Sofia approaches the old man, presumably along with Kismet and Neklan.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

Indeed, after grabbing the hopefully easily accessible hand axe he approaches the old man.

Neklan Krasna said...

Yes, I stay close, warily glancing around.

Alexis Smolensk said...

As you near the old man, he notices the wariness and tries to reassure you. "Be not afraid," he says, as you near to within about 40 feet. "There are no others about! These that saw you were waiting to jump you by surprise ... but they were alone." He taps his nose. "I would smell them otherwise!"

Sofia Koleva said...

Tell us about the chains and manacles that secure the old man.

"Old man, tell us of the snake-creatures. Where do they live? Was it they who captured and bound you?"

Alexis Smolensk said...

The chains are pretty heavy. They're not coming off without tools.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Let me amend that; there are no locks, they're hammered together. The old man will say that they planned to keep him until he died.

As you look at the man, you can see he is not that far from gone. There are a dozen cuts on his forearm, from where he has been "bled" by the 'Psammodrons,' as he calls them, to feed to their god.

Sofia Koleva said...

I have a lock pick, but it looks like that will be of limited use. Crowbar?

Neklan Krasna said...

You had mentioned that there was possibly a cleft in the slope behind the trees, which may or may not allow access into the rock. What can we see now that we're closer?

Also, did I notice any particular smell about the creatures?

Sofia Koleva said...

I also have a climbing hammer, I assume there's a claw on the back of that we could use to pry. At the least Kismet should try to break the chains so we can at least get this poor guy into the boat.

Sofia begins removing her tools from her pack. "Tell me more of this god of theirs... do they have an idol? An altar? Priestly accoutrements? Let us cut to the chase, we will free you from imprisonment and take you to safety... but we wish to loot this island before doing so."

Alexis Smolensk said...

Apparently you have to be around the creatures long enough. The old man will confirm that there is an entrance way to a tunnel that leads deep into the mountain.

"But there are at least a hundred of the creatures there," he says. "I saw them when I first came. And heard them talking about their god, and that I would be slowly sacrificed to it."

Alexis Smolensk said...

He has never been inside the mountain ... but (he says in a hushed voice) he knows who the god is. And that the god does live here on the island.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

"It seems we should free this man and go once we have retrieved our things." Kismet says as he accepts any offered tools to aid his attempt to free the man.

He then will do what he can to break the chain and free the man.

Is the chain wrapped around something? Fastened to a rock or a tree?

I knew I should have gotten the crowbar... I just couldn't handle the weight!

Alexis Smolensk said...

I need a d6 from Kismet.

Enrico Guerriero said...

(OOC: Ooh... are we actually going to use the bend bars/break chains stat? I don't think I ever have!)

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: Ain't it excitin'? Miley Cyrus should lick his pick for luck)

Sofia Koleva said...

Sofia didn't like that bit about there being a hundred or more of them. "We had better be quick, friends."

Allowing Kismet to go to his work Sofia draws a dagger and keeps an eye on the nearby cleft/ cave/ fissure.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

1d6: 1

Is that good or bad?

Kismet pries at the chains.

(OOC: Sorry, work work...)

Alexis Smolensk said...

Well, I was going to rule that either the chain broke or the pick did ... and a '1' definitely works for bend bars/lift gates, ja?

So he's free.

Neklan Krasna said...

sweet, let's get the hell out of here before they summon their god!

Kismet Korkmaz said...

Agreed. Let's find our thrown weapons and make for the boat.

If we're lucky they wont be able to mount a force. (Or even know were here)

Alexis Smolensk said...

You find your weapons around and among the bodies.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

I gather up my weapons, and anyone else's I find on the way then get in the boat and examine my precious... I mean the necklace more closely.

Unless we're all going to loot the bodies more thoroughly. Which might give some hints as to what's up with these folks who ambushed us.

Neklan Krasna said...

I assist the old man as best I can back to the boat. I'll carry anything people don't have a hand for.

Enrico Guerriero said...

By the way, Enrico just hit Level 2.

Enrico Guerriero said...

(if he survives)

Sofia Koleva said...

If all has been gathered up, let's be off, back to Kofunisia.

Perhaps once we find out more about the old man and collect some XP for him and the silver chain we should put the B team on hiatus while they rest and recuperate, and move the action back to the A team starting Monday. With Alexis taking November off and December generally being a bad month for playing I'd like to advance that group a bit before the new year.

Thoughts?

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: I had noticed that, Enrico!)

Can I get a confirmation from people that they're leaving now without taking any other action? Neklan has said he's leading the old man to the boat; Arkemis is making it ready; Carlito is with him.

I'd just like to hear a definite action from Sofia and Kismet (you're still talking in proposed actions).

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: I am sorry about November. And yes, I had meant this to be the last adventure with this party for the time being. My prices table is ready for Constantinople - should be a noticeable difference on availability)

Sofia Koleva said...

Sofia hops into the boat so that we may leave the island once all are aboard.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

Kismet hustles back to the boat. As fast as his dwarven legs can carry him.

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: ... and no one searched the bodies)

The sailboat pulls away from the shore, and the old man - Kapelos, he says his name is - asks for food and water.

Neklan Krasna said...

(yep, not even the thief)

I commend Arkemis. He has shown himself able and courageous.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

(OOC: I thought Neklan 'recommended' Arkemis not commended him.... after the man asked for food and water.

Also I did recommend we do so, however I think we were all concerned by the triple digit threat.)

Kismet begins to look through his things to see if he has any left over food or water. He shares any leftover he finds.

He listens to Neklan's 'commending' with a bit of grumpy attitude, a scowl, a few dirty looks and whatnot, but holds his tongue for now.

Kismet Korkmaz said...

(I mean I did recommend we loot... in regards to the 'recommend we do so', not feed Arkemis to the old man.)

Alexis Smolensk said...

Arkemis appreciates the commendation. He's never actually fought in a life-and-death struggle before. He's trained to do so, had hoped he would someday have the chance ... but this was his very first time. His cheeks are flushed and he's very excited as he skips about the boat, heading it back to Koufonisia - with the party's approval.

Kapelos will say to Sofia, Kismet and Neklan, who heard him say it the first time - "You think I am mad, don't you ... for thinking there is a god on that island."

Kismet Korkmaz said...

"I think you saw something powerful. I think it is something we likely should fear encountering. But no, I do not think you saw a god."

Kismet replies.

Sofia Koleva said...

"Tell us more Kapelos, so that we may better judge your sanity." Sofia smiles, having said this half in jest. She also shares out some of her water as well as what food she had set aside to eat for herself today.

"And don't be so grumpy, dwarf. You were of course magnificent today."

Kismet Korkmaz said...

"I did my part, but we're lucky Arkemis isn't dead! He rushed out right into the middle of the lot of them without so much as to the thought nobody was ready to back him up!

Furthermore, had our line been stronger perhaps we would have one more conscious person in this boat! I see much room for improvement when we're not squishing bugs.

We all did well enough. And I'll admit I expected less from a fisherman, but if we're against odds like that we need more than luck next time. And maybe a backup captain if this one insists on rushing headlong into overwhelming odds!"

Having said his piece Kismet returns to scowling.

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: I have to add this. Arkemis had no level, no armor, and 9 hit points total. Lucky fellow!)

"I did not 'see' anything," says Old Kapelos. "I had much time to reflect upon the rock, upon things I heard said." He looks at each of you. "Do you know the tale of the Lernaean Hydra?"

Sofia Koleva said...

"No. Do tell."

Kismet Korkmaz said...

(OOC: Just don't put him in a red shirt and hopefully he will continue his long life.)

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: meetings)

"As one of his 12 labours, Hercules defeated the Hydra of Lerna, that had 9 heads. But as Hercules cut off each head during his fight with it, that head grew back so that there were two heads instead of one. Hercules could never win such a struggle ... but it was a boy who helped him, Iolaus. Iolaus decided that when Hercules cut off a head, he would try to dart in and press his torch to the stump before it could grow back ... and so he did.

That was how the battle was won. Hercules would cut off a head, then Iolaus would burn the stump, until there was one head left.

"But there was one head that was immortal, and could not be killed - it was called Demise. So it is said that after Hercules cut off the head, it was buried under a great road en route to Elaius ... but here is the end of the tale: the knowledge of the true location of Elaius is lost!

"Perhaps Hercules truly took the head, Demise, and buried it here ... or perhaps it was unearthed centuries ago and brought here. When I heard the Psammodrons speak of a 'the head that never dies,' and 'the sacred rock,' I realized this must be what they spoke of."

Neklan Krasna said...

It is true that lerna is not far from here, but could that really be more than myth? Why, these two (Sophia and the unconscious Enrico) said that they killed a hydra themselves, only recently. They made no mention of gods.

Please, tell us more though. Arkemis here mentioned that he had seen magic shoot up into the night sky. How long were you imprisoned? Did you ever see this?

Alexis Smolensk said...

"I have heard tell of that too," says Old Kapelos. "But I did not see it. However, the chief of the Psammodrons is a Wizard ... and it may be a particular day, or a particular festival, that pyrotechnics are released.

As for it only being legend, I know that many who do not come from Greece have been told by the Christian Churches that none of the Greek stories have happened ... even as they preach similar tales of wheels in the sky and cities that are blown down by trumpets. Believe this, m'lad ... all that was said to have ever happened in these lands in Ancient times, happened!"

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: I've been thinking of Kismet's last comment ... if I ran a character, I want it to be a Scot called "Red Shirt McKenna!")

Kismet Korkmaz said...

"Well, I don't know if it's a god or not. But immortal is not helpful. Unless we bury it again."

Kismet is plenty ready to just ride back to the town and get a proper meal/sleep.

After that he wants to take some time to go over some strategy, tactics and form with Arkemis. Although his method of approaching him on this will likely be 'to keep him from getting himself killed', and/or 'because I can't swim back to my home'.

Neklan Krasna said...

I would attend those lessons with kismet, having seen none-to-many fights myself.


I'd also like to get a closer look at that amulet. It seems no trinket, even if the workmanship is poor, so I'd be looking at it both in appraisal, but also out of curiosity. I don't think lapidary skill nor knowledge of artifacts applies to this, but I am a thief...

Kismet Korkmaz said...

I pass it to Neklan, then look amongst the companions. I then suggest it is passed to Sofia for keeping.

Enrico Guerriero said...

Tazio can appraise the value of metal objects.

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: Hello all. It occurs to me that you may not be aware that it is Thanksgiving here in Canada this weekend. I seem to remember someone saying that we would pick up the A-Party Monday ... but I'm afraid that will have to be Tuesday rather than today. Take care)

Kismet Korkmaz said...

(OOC: Goddamn, another person getting Monday off that's not me! I really SHOULD have called in sick! Stupid sense of duty.)

James C. said...

Guys, my work situation is such that playing this week will not be possible. Sorry for the short notice. If you choose to proceed some without me, no worries. I'll check in on the evenings of each day.

Sofia accepts stewardship of the chain and medallion.

Alexis Smolensk said...

James will be excused for the week. The next post is up; the first order of business will likely be buying/selling, and since we're not in combat, I think we can continue along fine without him.

The next post is up, for the Main Party.