Monday, March 13, 2017

Climbing into the Subterranean Hill

I neglected to mention that the wererat gives you its torch.  This torch should be good for another 14 minutes or so.

Leaving the wererat behind (and I think we can all agree we know that's what it was), the party climbs a flight of stairs, which leads to a short hall, a half flight of stairs, a landing and another flight of stairs.  You would be higher than the village now, so you would guess that you're under the hill.  The wererat is covering your rear, so you have no reason to worry about guards chasing you.  As well, given the sound of your own footsteps, you feel sure you'd hear them.

The torch has about 11 minutes remaining, or about 55 rounds.

At the top of the last stair, you find yourself at the end of a sloping hallway, one that climbs about thirty degrees upwards, like a mine drift.  You see in the torchlight, about twenty feet ahead, a wolf spider ~ apparently minding its own business.  The spread of its legs are as wide as the hall, about six feet.  It is looking down at you.

I'm going to charge you 1 round on the torch every twenty words.  You didn't leave your lantern on the horse, did you?

37 comments:

Kismet said...

Kismet drops his pack, readies one hand axe in his belt and one in hand and then moves defensively forwards in front of his companions looking for a cue from either.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Sofia retrieves a torch from her pack, holding both it and the lit torch in each of her hands and prepares to follow Kismet.

Sofia made 2nd level from the last fight. When can I roll for new hit points?

Enrico Guerriero said...

Enrico readies his horseman's flail but silently prays the enormous spider continues to mind its own business.

OOC - Out of curiosity, let's say Sofia was a few XP shy of the next level. Could she have allowed herself to bleed a couple more HP for the XP?

Kismet said...

Kismet advances till he has some idea if either A: The spider is going to attack, or B: that he can get around said spider.

In the interest of expedience if it looks like the spider wont attack he will retrieve his pack and go around.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Sophia, at 2 hit points as of now, will hang back. If I get to roll more I'll reconsider that approach.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Sofia holds the lit torch in her left hand and sticks the unlit torch into her belt. She draws a dagger and holds this ready in her right hand. She threw three of her four daggers in the alley.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Sofia,

Regarding the armor class thing: up to a week ago, the monk's starting AC was 8, and you had rolled on your background hardened skin, which gave you +1: thus the 7 AC.

The new adjustments lowered the starting AC to 9, with some sage abilities improving that. Your hardened skin makes your AC at 1st level now an 8. With the level gained, it is a 7 again.

BUT . . . I rolled your sage abilities, you can find them on the Senex drive. You've improved to having an amateur status in "Moat" - so that pumps your AC up to a 6. I hope that clears up the issue.

You need to roll a d6 for hit points.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Enrico, regarding your hit point/x.p. question. If you find yourself in a similar situation, feel free to take advantage of the rule in the manner in which you suggest.

It is a risk. I won't specifically target a player for doing something like that, but those kind of games will get a person killed, as very often it is a question of 1 or 2 hit points between being nailed to -8 (life) or -10 (death) by an inconveniently-timed blow.

Alexis Smolensk said...

The spider is very large, big enough to make food of Kismet. There is no "around" to go; as I said, the spider's legs embrace the width of the passage.

As Kismet advances, the spider becomes very wary. You get a strong feeling you should back off.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Oh, Sofia, you should roll those hit points now; they will add to your total before fighting the spider (or anything else).

Kismet said...

Kismet backs off to the end of 6 hexes to the spider if that's further away or 9 if it's not.

"Fighting?" He says for a moment putting his throwing arm into a readied position.

Alexis Smolensk said...

If you throw, you may have initiative.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

hit point roll (d6): 4

Sofia readies her dagger to throw but awaits Kismet.

Kismet said...

Kismet throws the hand axe at the spider using Sofia's weapon draw as a cue.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Don't forget to add the +2 bonus from your constitution, Sofia.

Give me a die roll, Kismet.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Noted, Alexis. Thanks for the reminder.

Kismet said...

d20: 12
d6: 6

Alexis Smolensk said...

That will miss. Sofia, you may roll a d6 for initiative.

Kismet said...

Alexis if I get a full turn I would like to follow up by drawing the broadsword.

Alexis Smolensk said...

That will depend on Sofia's roll. If she wins initiative, then the party will have a full move before the spider attacks. It is either very jumpy/frenzied (party's initiative) or it is ripping into the party immediately (spider's initiative).

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

I roll a 4 for initiative.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Everything OK Alexis?

Alexis Smolensk said...

I'm sorry. Yesterday did not go according to plan.

I roll a 3. That gives the party initiative. I don't think we need a map; it is a narrow hallway, so only one of you can act hand to hand at a time.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

I'm attacking.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Sofia flings her final, precious dagger:

to hit: 9

:-(

Alexis Smolensk said...

I will need to have a d6 rolled for the dagger and for the axe. They're hitting stone, so they may break. Kismet and Sofia, if you please.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

d6: 1

man, I'm really knocking it out of the park this adventure.

Kismet said...

What's the distance to spider from party?
6 or 9?
I assume Sofia is right behind me and then Enrico is where?

d6: 5

Alexis Smolensk said...

Treat the distance to the spider as you're able to advance this round and attack.

Kismet said...

Kismet draws the ESP Broadsword, moves and attacks the spider.

d20+2: 19
2d4+4: 10

Alexis Smolensk said...

Well, you're minus 1 for the slope, but that is a dead spider.

Kismet feels a very strong, resplendent buzz from the sword following the attack, followed by the medieval equivalent of "in your face!"

No one took damage, so Kismet can take 99 experience for the hit.

Take stock, regain your weapons and we'll move on.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Sofia retrieves and returns her dagger to its scabbard, patting Kismet on the shoulder in understated appreciation. She still holds the lit torch and uses it to search the area. Can she spot any obvious or likely spider lairs?

Alexis Smolensk said...

This one seems to be a hunter-type. A roaming spider; you don't see a cubbyhole around here.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Unless one of you big, strong fighters wants to fish around in its guts for coins I think we're done.

Sofia follows Kismet when he continues.

Enrico Guerriero said...

Enrico brings up the rear.

Kismet said...

Kismet retrieves his pack, and then proceeds further down much the same as before the spider. If his axe is unbroken, he retrieves it as well.

Was searching for break chance. I'm guessing it's stock rules and therefore I don't have an easy reference.

"I don't know how it would behave if it had a chance to attack, but hopefully we don't have a chance to find out later. Also hopefully it wasn't a friend of the 'old man'"

Alexis Smolensk said...

See the next post.