The Long-Standing Online Campaign, beginning in Germany, travelling through Italy and Greece to the Sea of Azov.
correct for me.
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.
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.
Yep, sorry.If you do 7 damage to somethat that only has 5 hp., you only get 5 hp counted.
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.
Should we go and release him?
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? ;)
I have lockpicks, but I wonder if I could borrow 2 daggers from anyone before we go over there.
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.
One of you cannot help noticing the heavy silver necklace worn by the last creature Kismet killed, under its tunic.
Enrico rolls a 10. I don't think that does it.
I'd like Carlito to retrieve his hand axe and then help Arkemis carry Enrico to the boat, if Enrico is still unconscious.
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.
I will also happily grab the necklace for the party.
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.
Carlito and Arkemis begin carrying Enrico.Can you just confirm you added X.P. to Carlito, Enrico?
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.
"Thank you, Thank you!" cries the man, heedless of any who might hear. "I'm rescued!" he cries to the heavens.
For the record, the necklace weighs about seven pounds.
X.P. noted, thanks Alexis!
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.
Thank you Sophia.
Well, the silver necklace is of poor quality - mostly just silver, hardly any workmanship at all.
You're welcome, Neklan. Note the dagger is silvered.Sofia approaches the old man, presumably along with Kismet and Neklan.
Indeed, after grabbing the hopefully easily accessible hand axe he approaches the old man.
Yes, I stay close, warily glancing around.
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!"
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?"
The chains are pretty heavy. They're not coming off without tools.
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.
I have a lock pick, but it looks like that will be of limited use. Crowbar?
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?
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."
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."
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.
"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!
I need a d6 from Kismet.
(OOC: Ooh... are we actually going to use the bend bars/break chains stat? I don't think I ever have!)
(OOC: Ain't it excitin'? Miley Cyrus should lick his pick for luck)
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.
1d6: 1Is that good or bad?Kismet pries at the chains.(OOC: Sorry, work work...)
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.
sweet, let's get the hell out of here before they summon their god!
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)
You find your weapons around and among the bodies.
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.
I assist the old man as best I can back to the boat. I'll carry anything people don't have a hand for.
By the way, Enrico just hit Level 2.
(if he survives)
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?
(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).
(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 hops into the boat so that we may leave the island once all are aboard.
Kismet hustles back to the boat. As fast as his dwarven legs can carry him.
(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.
(yep, not even the thief)I commend Arkemis. He has shown himself able and courageous.
(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.
(I mean I did recommend we loot... in regards to the 'recommend we do so', not feed Arkemis to the old man.)
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."
"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.
"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."
"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.
(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?"
"No. Do tell."
(OOC: Just don't put him in a red shirt and hopefully he will continue his long life.)
(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."
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?
"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!"
(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!")
"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'.
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...
I pass it to Neklan, then look amongst the companions. I then suggest it is passed to Sofia for keeping.
Tazio can appraise the value of metal objects.
(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)
(OOC: Goddamn, another person getting Monday off that's not me! I really SHOULD have called in sick! Stupid sense of duty.)
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.
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.
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