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Caverns of Blood Log #1

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  1. 01[17:00] <@KrakowDM> ________________________________
  2. 01[17:00] <@KrakowDM> You are currently travelling in a region of the underdark known as the Caverns of Blood
  3. 01[17:00] <@KrakowDM> it is an unusually large system of particularly open caverns
  4. 01[17:01] <@KrakowDM> and as such it is something of a no-man's land
  5. 01[17:01] <@KrakowDM> almost every major power in the underdark has some colonies and frontier cities here
  6. 01[17:01] <@KrakowDM> and it is littered with ruins from bygone days
  7. 01[17:01] <@KrakowDM> which makes it particularly attractive to adventurers
  8. [17:02] <Venzael_Loquist> Does it have anything else of value - good fungus caverns, valuable ores, etc?
  9. 01[17:02] <@KrakowDM> the great ancient civilisations which once controlled the caves considered it the centre of the underworld
  10. 01[17:02] <@KrakowDM> and yes, it is rich in all manner of resources, which makes it well worth fighting over
  11. [17:03] <Venzael_Loquist> Azakeil - what languages can you speak?
  12. [17:04] <Azakeil> Um
  13. 01[17:04] <@KrakowDM> I think just Skirrin and Undercommon
  14. [17:04] <Azakeil> Skrrrin and undercommon yeah
  15. 01[17:04] <@KrakowDM> you don't have any ranks in speak language and your int is too low to have bonus languages
  16. [17:04] <Venzael_Loquist> Then we can chat in Undercommon, thought it best to get that sorted before there's a situation where it could be important.
  17. [17:05] <Azakeil> Makes sense
  18. 01[17:06] <@KrakowDM> You recently conducted a little business at an isolated frontier town, the dwarf wizard, Kyro is hanging back to sell his services to someone in need of a wizard, and has agreed to meet you at your next destination in a few days
  19. 01[17:06] <@KrakowDM> you are heading toward Podongorod
  20. 01[17:06] <@KrakowDM> a human frontier town
  21. 01[17:07] <@KrakowDM> controlled by the Zchernan Empire, who are one of the most powerful political entities in the underdark. A sprawling xenophobic feudal state
  22. 01[17:07] <@KrakowDM> however, their distrust of non-human races is relaxed here on the frontiers
  23. 01[17:07] <@KrakowDM> the frontier lords know better than to cause trouble with their neighbors
  24. [17:08] <Venzael_Loquist> So, Azakeil - we're in these ill-fated and tumltuous caves, what think you we may find some means of employment? These Zchernan may hate us, but they could appreciate our blades I'll bet.
  25. [17:09] <Venzael_Loquist> (forgot the speech marks, whoops)
  26. [17:09] <Azakeil> "The strong can find employment anywhere, the weak will us us like a weapon"
  27. [17:09] <Azakeil> "Maybe check the local..oh what do humans call it?"
  28. [17:10] <Azakeil> "Tavern"
  29. [17:11] <Venzael_Loquist> "Yes, those places - they have their uses. I don't imagine you drink much yourself?"
  30. [17:11] <Azakeil> "The hive finds the practice...less then necessary"
  31. [17:12] <Venzael_Loquist> "I thought as much, let me not lead you down into ruin with a bottle or two, haha"
  32. [17:13] <Azakeil> "Such structures serve more then just alcohol, information is plenty, have a drink or two, I may not understand the custom but I need not judge you"
  33. 01[17:13] <@KrakowDM> As you approach nearer the city, you begin to see bedraggled serfs tending to small herds of swine-like reptiles who root for worms and fungi in the silty soil at the roadside
  34. 01[17:13] <@KrakowDM> they avert their gaze as soon as you come near
  35. [17:13] <Venzael_Loquist> Do we know much about Podongorod other than it's part of the Zchernan Empire and majority-human? Interesting features, history, etc?
  36. 01[17:14] <@KrakowDM> do you have any lore skills which may be relevant
  37. 01[17:14] <@KrakowDM> ?
  38. 01[17:14] <@KrakowDM> history, nobility and royalty or geography?
  39. [17:14] <Venzael_Loquist> Only dungeoneering.
  40. 01[17:15] <@KrakowDM> ok, roll dungeoneering
  41. [17:15] <Venzael_Loquist> &dice 20 1
  42. 01[17:15] <@KrakowDM> Venzael_Loquist rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 8 - Total: 8
  43. 01[17:15] <@KrakowDM> +?
  44. [17:15] <Venzael_Loquist> +4
  45. 01[17:16] <@KrakowDM> ok, no, you don't know much apart from what you've heard from other people
  46. 01[17:16] <@KrakowDM> its a pretty large town, with all the conveniences you would expect
  47. 01[17:16] <@KrakowDM> it has a large goods market as well as a slave market and arena
  48. 01[17:16] <@KrakowDM> it is ringed with a sturdy defensive wall and is situated on a hill with its back to a huge natural pillar of stone extending to the cavern roof
  49. 01[17:17] <@KrakowDM> which you can see as you crest the next hill
  50. 01[17:17] <@KrakowDM> as a large collection of various lights
  51. [17:18] <Venzael_Loquist> "Azakeil, what say you that we question a serf as to the state of the town? I don't know much about this settlement."
  52. 01[17:18] <@KrakowDM> which are quite different to the way your own home cities are lit, Drow favouring magical light and Skirrin doing without it a large amount of the time
  53. [17:18] <Azakeil> "We are agreed, information is power, we had best not walk around..in the dark so to speak"
  54. 01[17:18] <@KrakowDM> the humans are experts in alchemy, and you occasionally see a gout of flame rising above the alchemist's quarter
  55. [17:19] <Azakeil> Hey Sam did I mess up my skills, like I see a bunch of perform but nothing there
  56. 01[17:19] <@KrakowDM> those just autofill for some reason
  57. 01[17:20] <@KrakowDM> unless you picked a specific perform skill they are blank
  58. [17:20] <Azakeil> Ah okay
  59. 01[17:20] <@KrakowDM> its just in case you wanted multiple perform or craft skills
  60. [17:20] <Venzael_Loquist> "Very good, I shall apprehend one - what do you think we should ask it?"
  61. 01[17:20] <@KrakowDM> There is a filthy serf nearby tending his hog-reptiles
  62. 01[17:21] <@KrakowDM> he galnces up at you quickly and then stares at the ground, intentionally avoiding looking at you
  63. 01[17:21] <@KrakowDM> *glances
  64. [17:21] <Azakeil> "Who is the quee---erm who is in charge here, ask him that"
  65. 01[17:21] <@KrakowDM> you have difficulty determining its precise age
  66. 01[17:21] <@KrakowDM> neither of you can really tell with humans
  67. [17:21] <Venzael_Loquist> "Very good - You there! Serfling!"
  68. 01[17:21] <@KrakowDM> Azakeil can't tell its gender, but to Ven it appears to be male
  69. 01[17:22] <@KrakowDM> The serf jumps a little and looks straight down at the ground
  70. [17:22] <Venzael_Loquist> "Who is in charge in this place? Tell me quick or you'll feel the back of my hand!" (I use intimidate)
  71. 01[17:22] <@KrakowDM> ok, roll intimidate
  72. [17:22] <Venzael_Loquist> &dice 20 1
  73. 01[17:22] <@KrakowDM> Venzael_Loquist rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 4 - Total: 4
  74. [17:23] <Venzael_Loquist> +2
  75. [17:23] <Venzael_Loquist> (Bollox)
  76. 06[17:23] * Azakeil Steps up behind Venzael standing strong
  77. [17:23] <Azakeil> Can I assist?
  78. 01[17:23] <@KrakowDM> you don't put much effort into it, but he doesn't really need much encouragement to be afraid of you
  79. 01[17:24] <@KrakowDM> "p-please, this town belongs to the g-good Count Innokenti"
  80. [17:24] <Azakeil> "Where can we find this..Innokenti?"
  81. 01[17:24] <@KrakowDM> "He lives in Podongorod yonder... more I cannot say!"
  82. [17:25] <Venzael_Loquist> "Does he own you, and what is the land like around here - fertile?"
  83. 01[17:25] <@KrakowDM> "Y-yes, the lord owns us, but we own the land"
  84. [17:25] <Venzael_Loquist> "You, a serf... you own your own land?"
  85. 01[17:25] <@KrakowDM> "It is good, fertile from many battles fought here"
  86. 01[17:26] <@KrakowDM> "The land belongs to all serfs... p-please, I should not be seen talking to outsiders"
  87. [17:26] <Venzael_Loquist> "Or what? Will it turn ill for you?"
  88. 01[17:26] <@KrakowDM> "Yes!"
  89. [17:27] <Venzael_Loquist> "Ah... very well then, thank you - what was your name again?"
  90. 01[17:27] <@KrakowDM> "I have no name!"
  91. 01[17:27] <@KrakowDM> he runs away, his hoglizards running behind him
  92. [17:27] <Azakeil> "Humans with no names..hrm"
  93. 01[17:27] <@KrakowDM> hmm, both of your roll sense motive
  94. [17:28] <Venzael_Loquist> &dice 20 1
  95. 01[17:28] <@KrakowDM> Venzael_Loquist rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 3 - Total: 3
  96. [17:28] <Azakeil> &dice 20 1
  97. 01[17:28] <@KrakowDM> Azakeil rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 12 - Total: 12
  98. [17:28] <Venzael_Loquist> +1
  99. [17:28] <Azakeil> -1
  100. [17:29] <Azakeil> "The serf lies, even we Skrinn have names, but names have power, he understood that"
  101. 01[17:30] <@KrakowDM> the clanking of the hogs copper bells fades into the distance as you continue down the road, the town looms large now, and you can see guards posted on the walls, manning the great black tube-like weapons the humans build with their alchemy
  102. [17:30] <Venzael_Loquist> "Hmm, I will hold from slaying that worm should I see it again, I am low on funds and would not like to have to repay its cost"
  103. [17:31] <Venzael_Loquist> Are there many people going in/out of the town?
  104. 01[17:31] <@KrakowDM> there seems to be a fair amount, yes
  105. 01[17:31] <@KrakowDM> mostly they seem to be slightly better-off serfs
  106. 01[17:31] <@KrakowDM> they probably live outside the city but work within it
  107. 01[17:32] <@KrakowDM> inamongst them are trader's wagons, some of which are simply cages on wheels filled with groaning prisoners of various species
  108. [17:32] <Venzael_Loquist> "Well then, Azakeil - let us try our luck in this place."
  109. [17:32] <Venzael_Loquist> I suppose we meander through the gate?
  110. 01[17:33] <@KrakowDM> you also see a few sedan chairs being carried by servants
  111. 01[17:33] <@KrakowDM> their occupants hidden behind thick velvet curtains
  112. [17:33] <Azakeil> Can I perhaps pick up some kind of scent?
  113. 01[17:34] <@KrakowDM> the carts are pulled by large ox-like reptiles, or, occasionally, teams of slaves
  114. 01[17:34] <@KrakowDM> hmm, roll d20 and add your wisdom Azakeil
  115. [17:34] <Azakeil> &dice 20 1
  116. 01[17:34] <@KrakowDM> Azakeil rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 2 - Total: 2
  117. [17:34] <Azakeil> -1
  118. [17:34] <Azakeil> Balls
  119. [17:34] <Venzael_Loquist> We are a bit fail with the rolls so far.
  120. [17:35] <Venzael_Loquist> We're just saving 'em for combat... right?
  121. [17:35] <Azakeil> I apparently have a very stuffy nose
  122. 01[17:35] <@KrakowDM> The scent of the town is overwhelming to Azakeil, a mixture of totally unfamiliar scents
  123. [17:35] <Azakeil> "This place stinks"
  124. 01[17:36] <@KrakowDM> as you approach the gates, two guards leave their post at the gates, leaving two behind, and approach you
  125. [17:36] <Venzael_Loquist> "Hail guards!"
  126. 01[17:36] <@KrakowDM> "Halt! Identify yourselves and state your business here outsiders"
  127. 01[17:36] <@KrakowDM> their helmets conceal their entire faces save for small eye-slits
  128. 06[17:36] * Azakeil Lets Venzael take the lead.
  129. [17:37] <Venzael_Loquist> "My name is Venzael Loquist of House Loquist, envoy and blade-for-hire! This here is my brave associate, Azakeil"
  130. 01[17:37] <@KrakowDM> Their uniforms have a recurring symbol of a black key on a purple shield
  131. [17:37] <Venzael_Loquist> Does that symbol mean anything to us?
  132. 01[17:37] <@KrakowDM> no
  133. [17:37] <Venzael_Loquist> (I don't have knowledge-nobility)
  134. 01[17:37] <@KrakowDM> but you can hazard a guess that it is the heraldry of the town, or possibly its ruler
  135. [17:38] <Azakeil> Makes sense
  136. [17:38] <Venzael_Loquist> Yarp.
  137. 01[17:38] <@KrakowDM> "Do you have any papers certifying you as mercenaries in the employ of the Glorious Empire?"
  138. [17:39] <Venzael_Loquist> "Not as of yet - we have arrived to acquire them and so cement a non-aggression pact between our respective powerbases"
  139. 01[17:39] <@KrakowDM> roll bluff
  140. [17:39] <Venzael_Loquist> &dice 20 1
  141. 01[17:39] <@KrakowDM> Venzael_Loquist rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 8 - Total: 8
  142. 01[17:40] <@KrakowDM> or diplomacy I guess
  143. [17:40] <Venzael_Loquist> +8
  144. 01[17:41] <@KrakowDM> "Hmmph, very well. You will be allowed to enter, but you will be restricted to the common quarters of the city until such a time as you are deemed worthy"
  145. 01[17:41] <@KrakowDM> "You will submit your names to us, and we will pass them on to the correct department"
  146. [17:42] <Venzael_Loquist> "Many thanks, you are an exemplar of your kind - my name is Venzael Loquist and this is my associate, Azakeil..."
  147. 01[17:42] <@KrakowDM> you notice the guards still posted at the gate looking in your direction and nudging each other, and laughing
  148. [17:42] <Venzael_Loquist> Hmm... not so keen on that :P
  149. [17:42] <Venzael_Loquist> Damnit, gate guards taking the piss!
  150. 01[17:42] <@KrakowDM> "Very well, you have leave to enter, but if you cause any trouble the city will come down on you... hard"
  151. 06[17:43] * Venzael_Loquist whistles as he strolls into Podongorod.
  152. 01[17:43] <@KrakowDM> the guard turns and leaves you, entering a small building beside the gate
  153. 01[17:43] <@KrakowDM> a few moments later a small child runs out, presumeably bearing the news of your arrival
  154. 06[17:43] * Azakeil follows Venzael
  155. [17:43] <Venzael_Loquist> Is the child going especially fast?
  156. 01[17:44] <@KrakowDM> one of the guards raises his helmet visor and spits near your feet as you pass
  157. 01[17:44] <@KrakowDM> the child is running pretty quickly given how scrawny it looks and the fact it doesn't have shoes
  158. 01[17:44] <@KrakowDM> it weaves between the crowds and dissapears into a narrow alleyway
  159. 06[17:44] * Azakeil growls lightly under his breath
  160. [17:44] <Venzael_Loquist> Hmm... not worth tracking and removing it from play.
  161. [17:45] <Venzael_Loquist> "So - tavern time?"
  162. [17:45] <Azakeil> "I do not like it here, Venzael, the humans arrogance begs to be squashed under my claws"
  163. [17:46] <Venzael_Loquist> "I quite agree, but all in due time - they will expire and we will remain."
  164. [17:46] <Azakeil> " Let us tend to our business with haste"
  165. [17:46] <Venzael_Loquist> "Let us find employment, hopefully slay some humans and be on our merry way"
  166. 01[17:46] <@KrakowDM> in the town proper you can see an odd few nonhumans among the crowds
  167. 01[17:47] <@KrakowDM> some are obviously slaves, but you see a few who are equipped similarly to yourselves
  168. 01[17:47] <@KrakowDM> probably mercenaries or envoys of some sort
  169. [17:47] <Venzael_Loquist> Any particular races?
  170. 01[17:47] <@KrakowDM> a few drow, a couple of skirrin drones which look to be hired muscle, judging by their scarred carapaces
  171. 01[17:48] <@KrakowDM> here and there some dwarves speaking furtively
  172. 01[17:48] <@KrakowDM> a newtlike creature in a cage on a cart gazes at you with huge, black eyes and grins with a mouth full of serrated teeth
  173. [17:49] <Venzael_Loquist> I will approach a dwarf and enquire as to where the best tavern is - after all "you dwarves are the best at judging these things!"
  174. 01[17:49] <@KrakowDM> Two dark-haired dwarves stop conversing in their guttural language and look up at you
  175. 01[17:50] <@KrakowDM> "There's only one tavern in this human town which accepts those other than their kind for room and board. The Gorgon's head."
  176. 01[17:50] <@KrakowDM> "It is two streets yonder"
  177. 01[17:50] <@KrakowDM> he points with a stubby finger
  178. [17:50] <Venzael_Loquist> "Many thanks"
  179. [17:51] <Azakeil> Hey Sam, if I am to understand correctly I walk on four legs and then have two arms, sort of like an insectoid cenataur right?
  180. 01[17:51] <@KrakowDM> yes
  181. 01[17:51] <@KrakowDM> though not as long as a centaur
  182. 01[17:51] <@KrakowDM> your feet are close together, so you are much more humanoid than a centaur
  183. [17:51] <Azakeil> Figured as much, wanted to make sure before it comes up
  184. [17:51] <Venzael_Loquist> "Shall we, Azakeil?"
  185. [17:52] <Azakeil> "Yes"
  186. 06[17:53] * Venzael_Loquist and Azakeil walk through the crowded streets following the directions given.
  187. 01[17:53] <@KrakowDM> You come to the sign of the Gorgon's head
  188. 01[17:53] <@KrakowDM> it seems fairly welcoming as far as human's can be
  189. 01[17:53] <@KrakowDM> *humans
  190. 01[17:53] <@KrakowDM> above the sign is an oil-burning lamp with a flickering orange flame
  191. 01[17:54] <@KrakowDM> the smell of something roasting wafts from its open door
  192. [17:54] <Venzael_Loquist> ... delicious roasting?
  193. 01[17:54] <@KrakowDM> as delicious as human food could be to the refined elven tongue
  194. [17:54] <Venzael_Loquist> Very well then, in we go!
  195. 01[17:55] <@KrakowDM> you enter, and feel a few eyes on you as you do
  196. [17:55] <Venzael_Loquist> "Azakeil, I doubt this place will caterto us too well, but are there any dietary preferences you hold?"
  197. [17:55] <Venzael_Loquist> *cater to
  198. [17:56] <Azakeil> "We are not picky, meat cooked or bloody works fine for me"
  199. 01[17:56] <@KrakowDM> the tavern is fairly busy, with pale human wenches serving mostly human customers, one corner of the room seems to be the de-facto place for non-humans to gather, as there are a few dwarves at tables and what looks to be a mandrake clad in a black cloak reclining in  the shadows in the corner
  200. 01[17:56] <@KrakowDM> almost certainly a mysterious ranger
  201. [17:56] <Venzael_Loquist> Mandrake - plant people?
  202. 01[17:56] <@KrakowDM> yes
  203. 01[17:57] <@KrakowDM> they look similar to humans or elves, with very pale greenish or purplish skin
  204. 01[17:57] <@KrakowDM> their heads are elongated toward the back, where they have plantlike fronds in place of hair
  205. 01[17:57] <@KrakowDM> depending on gender
  206. [17:58] <Azakeil> "You are the one with the fancy words, learn what you can, I shall eat"
  207. [17:58] <Venzael_Loquist> "Very good..."
  208. 01[17:58] <@KrakowDM> a serving woman scurries up to you as you find a seat
  209. [17:59] <Azakeil> "Meat, does not matter what kind"
  210. [17:59] <Venzael_Loquist> I will cast my eyes and ears about as I look about for a seat. "Yes?"
  211. 01[17:59] <@KrakowDM> "and for the elf?"
  212. [18:00] <Venzael_Loquist> "Nothing for me at the moment apart from a few words - do you know of anyone here seeking blades for hire?"
  213. [18:00] <Venzael_Loquist> "Or how we might obtain a mercenary permit?"
  214. 01[18:01] <@KrakowDM> "We ain't generally too free with giving information to 'people' who don't buy something first"
  215. [18:02] <Venzael_Loquist> "Very good... I'll have a wine in that case"
  216. 01[18:03] <@KrakowDM> "Those in the wealthy quarter are generally looking for hired blades, mercenary permits are granted by the Count's staff"
  217. 01[18:03] <@KrakowDM> she walks off to fill your order
  218. 01[18:05] <@KrakowDM> later she returns with meat and wine
  219. [18:05] <Venzael_Loquist> "So, Azakeil, after this what say we take a little trip to the count's staff?"
  220. 01[18:05] <@KrakowDM> she charges you a gold piece for everything
  221. 01[18:05] <@KrakowDM> it is up to you who pays :P
  222. [18:06] <Azakeil> "Sounds good, but what of that one? in the corner? it looks..diffirent from the others, most importantly it is not human"
  223. [18:06] <Venzael_Loquist> "Azakeil, I'm afraid I'm a little low on funds at the moment..."
  224. [18:06] <Venzael_Loquist> "Ah yes, that is also a possibility!"
  225. [18:06] <Azakeil> "If its possible I would rather not deal with humans..unless it at the end of my pick"
  226. [18:06] <Azakeil> "Yes ill pay"
  227. 06[18:07] * Azakeil fumbles around awkwradly with the bag filled with gold
  228. 01[18:07] <@KrakowDM> many eyes fall on the large jingling bag
  229. [18:07] <Venzael_Loquist> "Then maybe we should try the mandrake now? Also I would advise you put away the bag..."
  230. 01[18:08] <@KrakowDM> however, the fact it is held by a 6'4 bug-monster in plate armor perhaps dissuades them from taking any immediate rash action
  231. 06[18:08] * Venzael_Loquist drops Gwybed, loaded, onto the table with a band.
  232. 01[18:08] <@KrakowDM> bang?
  233. [18:08] <Venzael_Loquist> *bang
  234. [18:08] <Venzael_Loquist> DAMNIT.
  235. [18:08] <Azakeil> Haha!
  236. 01[18:09] <@KrakowDM> everyone slowly returns to their own convesations, averting their eyes from the heavily armed wealthy outsiders
  237. [18:09] <Venzael_Loquist> I wonder how many musicians play the crossbow?
  238. [18:09] <Venzael_Loquist> Most good.
  239. [18:10] <Venzael_Loquist> "So, the mandrake..?"
  240. 06[18:10] * Azakeil walks over to the corner where the mandrake is sitting
  241. [18:10] <Azakeil> "You look like a person that knows"
  242. 01[18:11] <@KrakowDM> she looks up at you with violet eyes which glow faintly at the iris
  243. 01[18:11] <@KrakowDM> "I know how to end a life"
  244. [18:11] <Azakeil> "In a place like this, that is the most important thing to know"
  245. 06[18:11] * Venzael_Loquist follows Azakeil, casually casting his gaze over the tavern.
  246. 01[18:12] <@KrakowDM> "What business do you have with me?"
  247. 01[18:12] <@KrakowDM> "Do not mistake me for a friend simply because we are both awash in this sea of apes"
  248. [18:13] <Azakeil> "Perhaps not friends, but perhaps partners for mutual survival and gain"
  249. [18:14] <Venzael_Loquist> "Ma'am, these apes are nasty things whose best use is paying us to keep their own numbers down. Maybe you could help us find employ doing just that?"
  250. [18:14] <Azakeil> "I don't for a minute believe you are just sitting here to enjoy the athosmphere"
  251. 01[18:14] <@KrakowDM> "I need no partners, and I am not some common pimp, leave now before-"
  252. 01[18:14] <@KrakowDM> before she can finish there is a very loud bang from somewhere outside
  253. 01[18:15] <@KrakowDM> and the building shakes noticeably
  254. [18:15] <Venzael_Loquist> I ready my crossbow.
  255. 01[18:15] <@KrakowDM> a little plaster dust falls on you
  256. [18:15] <Venzael_Loquist> "Shall we go see who's knocking?"
  257. 01[18:15] <@KrakowDM> also from outside you can hear the distant sound of horns sounding, and a commotion out in the streets
  258. 06[18:15] * Azakeil Draws his pick and shield
  259. [18:15] <Azakeil> "Yes lets"
  260. [18:15] <Venzael_Loquist> I think we head outside then!
  261. [18:15] <Azakeil> Yep
  262. 01[18:16] <@KrakowDM> you go outside and see what the commotion is
  263. 01[18:16] <@KrakowDM> people are running back and forth madly
  264. 01[18:16] <@KrakowDM> a column of soldiers runs past in rank, barging civlians out of the way as they head for the city walls
  265. 01[18:16] <@KrakowDM> *civilians
  266. [18:17] <Venzael_Loquist> I grab a civilian and intimidate them into telling me what's happening; "Tell me what you're running from or I'll send you right back into it!"
  267. [18:17] <Venzael_Loquist> &dice 20 1
  268. 01[18:17] <@KrakowDM> Venzael_Loquist rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 4 - Total: 4
  269. 01[18:17] <@KrakowDM> "Arrgh! I don't know, i don't know! They say the dwarves are attacking!"
  270. 01[18:17] <@KrakowDM> he wriggles out of your grasp and runs off
  271. 01[18:18] <@KrakowDM> as he does so some city guards run into the tavern and drag the few dwarves that were inside out in shackles
  272. [18:19] <Venzael_Loquist> "Azakeil - to the walls? Although first a plan may be forming... down this alley?"
  273. [18:19] <Azakeil> "Lead, ill follow"
  274. [18:19] <Venzael_Loquist> Ok, we head down the alley.
  275. [18:19] <Venzael_Loquist> I check to see if anyone's close by/listening.
  276. 01[18:20] <@KrakowDM> roll spot
  277. [18:20] <Venzael_Loquist> &dice 20 1
  278. 01[18:20] <@KrakowDM> Venzael_Loquist rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 12 - Total: 12
  279. [18:20] <Venzael_Loquist> +3
  280. 01[18:20] <@KrakowDM> there's a filthy beggar somehow sleeping through all the ruckus in a heap of rubbish
  281. 01[18:20] <@KrakowDM> he looks completely out of it, you can smell the alcohol on his breath from here
  282. [18:21] <Venzael_Loquist> If he's asleep and there's nobody around, can I coup de grace him with my kukri?
  283. 01[18:21] <@KrakowDM> sure
  284. 01[18:21] <@KrakowDM> you butcher the sleeping hobo
  285. 06[18:21] * Venzael_Loquist end the beggar's life with a swift swing.
  286. [18:22] <Azakeil> "Unnecessary, but..enjoyable"
  287. [18:22] <Venzael_Loquist> "Now there are no listeners... how do your people and the dwarves get along?"
  288. [18:22] <Azakeil> "We don't"
  289. [18:23] <Azakeil> "They compete for the hives resources"
  290. [18:23] <Venzael_Loquist> "So there would be no benefit in aiding them then?"
  291. [18:24] <Azakeil> "Lesser of two evils, dwarves compete with us for survival, I can respect that"
  292. 01[18:25] <@KrakowDM> as you scheme, you suddenly here something whistling through the air nearby, and impact on the pavement just outside the alley, kicking up fragments of stone
  293. 01[18:25] <@KrakowDM> a few bits of sharpnel ping off Azakeil's back
  294. 06[18:25] * Azakeil snarls
  295. [18:25] <Venzael_Loquist> "Time to head to the walls, let us say we are there to aid the humans and work our way to the gatehouse?"
  296. [18:25] <Azakeil> I turn around and look
  297. 01[18:26] <@KrakowDM> what landed seems to have been a large, roughly-spherical iron cage
  298. [18:26] <Venzael_Loquist> "I suggest we run"
  299. [18:26] <Azakeil> "Agreed"
  300. 01[18:26] <@KrakowDM> numerous small creatures are pouring out of the cage and hopping around
  301. [18:26] <Venzael_Loquist> Do we recognise them?
  302. 01[18:26] <@KrakowDM> do you have know: arcana?
  303. [18:26] <Venzael_Loquist> Njet.
  304. [18:27] <Azakeil> Not I
  305. 01[18:27] <@KrakowDM> then no, they are roughly humanoid, but bulbous and crudely shaped
  306. 01[18:27] <@KrakowDM> like a child's clay men
  307. 01[18:27] <@KrakowDM> they seem to be made of something waxy or greasy
  308. [18:27] <Venzael_Loquist> I think we run away and try to work our way to the gatehouse we entered in that case.
  309. [18:27] <Azakeil> yeah lets do that
  310. 01[18:28] <@KrakowDM> one of them notices you and hops towards you with desceptive speed
  311. 06[18:28] * Azakeil steps in front of Venzael shield raised
  312. 01[18:28] <@KrakowDM> roll initiative
  313. [18:29] <Venzael_Loquist> &dice 20 1
  314. 01[18:29] <@KrakowDM> Venzael_Loquist rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 4 - Total: 4
  315. 01[18:29] <@KrakowDM> d20 + dex
  316. [18:29] <Venzael_Loquist> +6
  317. 01[18:29] <@KrakowDM> +4 if you have improbed initiative
  318. [18:29] <Azakeil> One sec
  319. 01[18:29] <@KrakowDM> &dice 20
  320. 01[18:29] <@KrakowDM> rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 20 - Total: 20
  321. 01[18:29] <@KrakowDM> :I
  322. [18:29] <Venzael_Loquist> Damnit dice, Y U NO ROLL HIGH?
  323. [18:30] <Azakeil> &dice 20 1
  324. 01[18:30] <@KrakowDM> Azakeil rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 16 - Total: 16
  325. [18:30] <Azakeil> +3
  326. 01[18:31] <@KrakowDM> creatures, Az, Ven
  327. 01[18:31] <@KrakowDM> the first creature make a curious noise, alerting the others which are still swarming out of the iron ball
  328. 01[18:31] <@KrakowDM> it jumps at Az, baring tiny, needle-like teeth
  329. 01[18:31] <@KrakowDM> rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 12 - Total: 12
  330. 01[18:31] <@KrakowDM> it bounces off Azakeil's shield
  331. 01[18:32] <@KrakowDM> Azakeil's turn
  332. [18:32] <Azakeil> Okay
  333. [18:32] <Azakeil> Can I charge the one that just bounced off my shield?
  334. 01[18:32] <@KrakowDM> it is too close to charge
  335. 01[18:33] <@KrakowDM> but you can attack it
  336. [18:33] <Azakeil> Okay
  337. [18:33] <Azakeil> I swing my heavy pick at it
  338. [18:33] <Azakeil> &dice 20 1
  339. 01[18:33] <@KrakowDM> Azakeil rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 10 - Total: 10
  340. [18:33] <Azakeil> +8 I think
  341. 01[18:33] <@KrakowDM> ok, that hits
  342. 01[18:33] <@KrakowDM> roll damage
  343. [18:34] <Azakeil> &dice 6 1
  344. 01[18:34] <@KrakowDM> Azakeil rolls 1 6-sided dice. Results: 1 - Total: 1
  345. [18:34] <Azakeil> +4
  346. 01[18:35] <@KrakowDM> Azakeil gently crushes the creature under the point of his pick
  347. 01[18:35] <@KrakowDM> it bursts into a noxious pool of rank ichor
  348. [18:35] <Azakeil> "Agressive...stinky..but not very tough"
  349. 01[18:35] <@KrakowDM> however, dozens more are already entering the alleyway
  350. 01[18:35] <@KrakowDM> some climbing along the walls
  351. [18:36] <Azakeil> "Strength in numbers, don't let them surround you!"
  352. 01[18:36] <@KrakowDM> and others just charging over their fellows
  353. [18:36] <Venzael_Loquist> "I suggest we disengage or they'll swarm us - we only have to run faster than the nearest humans!" Ven also readies his crossbow and backs away.
  354. [18:37] <Azakeil> "True enough"
  355. [18:37] <Azakeil> Oh I end my turn..if you diden't knwo
  356. [18:37] <Azakeil> >_>
  357. 01[18:37] <@KrakowDM> the swarm does indeed advance, attempting to overwhelm Azakeil's position
  358. 01[18:37] <@KrakowDM> he gets an attack of opportunity against it
  359. 02[18:38] * Wizard (surnamelov@cloak-80738179.hsd1.ca.comcast.net) Quit (Excess Flood)
  360. [18:38] <Azakeil> &dice 20 1
  361. 01[18:38] <@KrakowDM> Azakeil rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 12 - Total: 12
  362. [18:38] <Azakeil> +8
  363. 01[18:38] <@KrakowDM> thats a hit
  364. [18:38] <Azakeil> &dice 6 1
  365. 01[18:38] <@KrakowDM> Azakeil rolls 1 6-sided dice. Results: 4 - Total: 4
  366. [18:39] <Azakeil> +4
  367. 01[18:39] <@KrakowDM> Az swings through the swarm, crushing a few with his pick, their fellows crawl right on through the dead bodies of their fallen fellows
  368. 01[18:40] <@KrakowDM> they start leaping at Az, attempting to bite him with their needle-like teeth
  369. [18:40] <Azakeil> "Too many!"
  370. [18:40] <Venzael_Loquist> "Fall back!"
  371. 01[18:40] <@KrakowDM> !dice 6
  372. 01[18:40] <@KrakowDM> rolls 1 6-sided dice. Results: 3 - Total: 3
  373. 01[18:40] <@KrakowDM> Az takes 3 damage as a few manage to find gaps in his armor
  374. 01[18:40] <@KrakowDM> roll a fortitude save Az
  375. [18:41] <Azakeil> &dice 20 1
  376. 01[18:41] <@KrakowDM> Azakeil rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 20 - Total: 20
  377. [18:41] <Azakeil> +7
  378. 01[18:41] <@KrakowDM> the wounds sting a little, but whatever poison these things have, Azakeil isn't fazed at all
  379. 01[18:42] <@KrakowDM> Az, your turn
  380. [18:42] <Azakeil> I start back peddling follwing Ven
  381. 01[18:43] <@KrakowDM> alright, you retreat deeper into the alley and around a corner, the gibbering swarm hot on your tail
  382. 01[18:43] <@KrakowDM> there are still a few clinging to Az's armor but they are barely even a nuisance in such smal numbers
  383. 01[18:44] <@KrakowDM> as you run, you see a lean-to partially obstructing your way out of the narrow alley
  384. 06[18:44] * Venzael_Loquist continues to run, but makes sure Azakeil is still following with a few backwards glances.
  385. 01[18:44] <@KrakowDM> roll acrobatics to dodge past it or strength to attempt to plow through
  386. [18:44] <Venzael_Loquist> Acrobatics here.
  387. [18:44] <Venzael_Loquist> Prepare for cries of anguish.
  388. [18:44] <Azakeil> Strength here
  389. [18:44] <Venzael_Loquist> &dice 20 1
  390. 01[18:44] <@KrakowDM> Venzael_Loquist rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 3 - Total: 3
  391. 01[18:44] <@KrakowDM> +?
  392. [18:45] <Venzael_Loquist> ... +2
  393. [18:45] <Azakeil> Oh dear
  394. 01[18:45] <@KrakowDM> Az, roll yours
  395. 06[18:45] * Venzael_Loquist cries in anguish.
  396. [18:45] <Azakeil> &dice 20 1
  397. 01[18:45] <@KrakowDM> Azakeil rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 7 - Total: 7
  398. [18:45] <Azakeil> +4
  399. 01[18:46] <@KrakowDM> Venzael tries to jump past the lean-to but gets his foot caught in a rope and staggers
  400. 01[18:46] <@KrakowDM> Az just runs straight into the structure, but not with enough force to smash straight through
  401. [18:46] <Azakeil> My face!
  402. 01[18:47] <@KrakowDM> the beam he ran into comes loose from it and it partially collapses, impeding your progress
  403. 01[18:47] <@KrakowDM> luckily Azakeil is well-adapted to headbutting things
  404. [18:47] <Azakeil> Indeed!
  405. 01[18:47] <@KrakowDM> your mishap allows the swarm to make ground and it starts snapping at you again
  406. 01[18:47] <@KrakowDM> rolls 2 6-sided dice. Results: 4 - 3 - Total: 7
  407. [18:47] <Venzael_Loquist> "Argh!"
  408. 01[18:48] <@KrakowDM> Az takes four damage, Ven takes 3
  409. 01[18:48] <@KrakowDM> Ven, make a fortitude save
  410. [18:48] <Venzael_Loquist> &dice 20 1
  411. 01[18:48] <@KrakowDM> Venzael_Loquist rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 3 - Total: 3
  412. [18:48] <Venzael_Loquist> The dice gods hat me. No bonus.
  413. 01[18:48] <@KrakowDM> Venzael feels very sleepy
  414. [18:48] <Venzael_Loquist> *hate, ARGH.
  415. 01[18:49] <@KrakowDM> the cobblestones are feeling very comfortable
  416. 01[18:49] <@KrakowDM> Azakeil, your turn
  417. [18:49] <Venzael_Loquist> "Damn... not like this..."
  418. [18:49] <Azakeil> I see Ven starting to slow down
  419. [18:49] <Azakeil> I wonder
  420. 01[18:49] <@KrakowDM> yeah, he is in front of you
  421. [18:50] <Azakeil> Can I pick him up and keep running?
  422. 01[18:50] <@KrakowDM> he will slow you down a little, but you're strong enough
  423. [18:50] <Azakeil> Okay, I try that
  424. 01[18:51] <@KrakowDM> you sweep down to pick up Ven and sling him over your shoulder, you leave the alley and enter a wider boulevard
  425. [18:51] <Venzael_Loquist> "... thank..thank yyyyooouuu..."
  426. 01[18:51] <@KrakowDM> there are people milling back and forth running from small swarms of the same creatures
  427. [18:51] <Azakeil> "No time for a nap, not now!"
  428. 01[18:52] <@KrakowDM> at one end of the street you can see what looks like a lumpen clay dwarf bludgeoning a screaming town guard with its bare fists
  429. 01[18:52] <@KrakowDM> nearby is a sizeable crater in the cobblestones
  430. 01[18:52] <@KrakowDM> Venzael, your turn, make a will save
  431. 01[18:52] <@KrakowDM> DC 13
  432. 01[18:53] <@KrakowDM> to fight sleep
  433. [18:53] <Venzael_Loquist> &dice 20 1
  434. 01[18:53] <@KrakowDM> Venzael_Loquist rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 14 - Total: 14
  435. [18:53] <Azakeil> Yay
  436. [18:53] <Venzael_Loquist> +2
  437. 01[18:53] <@KrakowDM> ok, you are drowsy, but you are still holding your crossbow
  438. [18:54] <Venzael_Loquist> Ok, I put it away.
  439. 01[18:54] <@KrakowDM> you'll be at -2 to hit with it, and should you try to walk on your own you can only take half actions
  440. [18:54] <Venzael_Loquist> Ok.
  441. 01[18:55] <@KrakowDM> the swarm spills out of the alley and disperses into the street
  442. 01[18:55] <@KrakowDM> I'll just roll to see if enough congregate around Az to do any damage >_>
  443. 01[18:55] <@KrakowDM> !dice 20
  444. 01[18:55] <@KrakowDM> derp
  445. 01[18:55] <@KrakowDM> rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 9 - Total: 9
  446. 01[18:55] <@KrakowDM> nope
  447. 01[18:55] <@KrakowDM> a fair few jump on you but they just gnaw ineffectively at your armor
  448. [18:56] <Venzael_Loquist> Are there many other people around?
  449. [18:56] <Azakeil> "which way should we go..HEY you still awake?"
  450. 01[18:56] <@KrakowDM> there were, but they are clearing the streets pretty fast
  451. [18:56] <Venzael_Loquist> "Just... about. Run past humans!"
  452. 01[18:57] <@KrakowDM> you can see the swarming creatures trying to climb into houses
  453. 01[18:57] <@KrakowDM> a few guards are trying to regroup on the opposite side of the street to where the clay dwarf is
  454. [18:58] <Azakeil> "Got to get of the streets"
  455. 01[18:58] <@KrakowDM> they are taking stabs at any creatures that come near them and thinning their numbers somewhat
  456. [18:58] <Venzael_Loquist> "Towards the guards?"
  457. [18:58] <Azakeil> Okay
  458. [18:58] <Azakeil> I run with Ven towards the guards
  459. [18:59] <Azakeil> I try to knock them down as I run through them
  460. [18:59] <Azakeil> To dsitract the creatures
  461. 01[18:59] <@KrakowDM> you can also see some movement dimly on the top of a city wall beyond them
  462. 01[18:59] <@KrakowDM> but it is quite smokey
  463. 01[18:59] <@KrakowDM> ok, that would be a bullrush I guess
  464. [18:59] <Azakeil> What do I do?
  465. 01[19:00] <@KrakowDM> http://www.d20srd.org/srd/combat/specialAttacks.htm#bullRush
  466. 01[19:00] <@KrakowDM> oh wait, actually, overrun
  467. 01[19:00] <@KrakowDM> scroll down a bit
  468. 01[19:00] <@KrakowDM> we'll ignore the attack of opportunity
  469. 01[19:01] <@KrakowDM> because the guard isn't expecting it
  470. [19:01] <Azakeil> Okay
  471. 01[19:01] <@KrakowDM> ok, make a strength check
  472. [19:01] <Azakeil> &dice 20 1
  473. 01[19:01] <@KrakowDM> Azakeil rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 20 - Total: 20
  474. 01[19:01] <@KrakowDM> &dice 20
  475. [19:01] <Azakeil> +4
  476. [19:01] <Azakeil> >_>
  477. 01[19:01] <@KrakowDM> rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 3 - Total: 3
  478. 01[19:01] <@KrakowDM> ha, ok
  479. [19:01] <Venzael_Loquist> Woo!
  480. 01[19:02] <@KrakowDM> you barge through the group of guards, scattering them like bowling pins
  481. 06[19:02] * Azakeil snickers
  482. 01[19:02] <@KrakowDM> they scream as the swarming creatures start biting them
  483. 01[19:02] <@KrakowDM> up above you, you can now see whats going on on the walls more clearly
  484. 01[19:03] <@KrakowDM> some guards are struggling to turn around one of their black alchemical tube weapons to face into the street
  485. 01[19:03] <@KrakowDM> they are having some difficulty lifting it
  486. 01[19:03] <@KrakowDM> one of the guards sees you and calls out
  487. 01[19:04] <@KrakowDM> "Ah! That a gift from Vatkir would come in such a form! You! Skirrin, do you understand my language?!"
  488. [19:04] <Azakeil> "Yes Human, I understand you"
  489. 01[19:04] <@KrakowDM> "Then for the sake of us all, help us turn this cannon around!"
  490. [19:05] <Azakeil> I sit down ven up agains't a building
  491. [19:05] <Azakeil> "I share no love for humans, but these things will kill us all"
  492. 01[19:05] <@KrakowDM> "That dwarf war construct down there is too much for any of us to handle. We need firepower!"
  493. 01[19:05] <@KrakowDM> Ven is set down
  494. [19:06] <Azakeil> "Alright, alright, Ill help you"
  495. 01[19:06] <@KrakowDM> one of the guards hurries down the stairs nearby
  496. [19:06] <Venzael_Loquist>  /me readies crossbow from his sat position.
  497. 01[19:06] <@KrakowDM> "I'll look ater your friend, just turn that cannon around"
  498. 01[19:06] <@KrakowDM> *after
  499. [19:06] <Venzael_Loquist> Damn, you know what I mean.
  500. 01[19:06] <@KrakowDM> yes
  501. [19:06] <Azakeil> "If something happens to him. ill hold you personally accountable"
  502. 01[19:07] <@KrakowDM> he nods and stabs at a nearby creature with his spear
  503. [19:07] <Azakeil> I run up the stairs to try and help move the machine
  504. 01[19:07] <@KrakowDM> The guards at the top of the stairs make room for Az
  505. 01[19:07] <@KrakowDM> roll strength
  506. [19:07] <Azakeil> &dice 20 1
  507. 01[19:07] <@KrakowDM> Azakeil rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 15 - Total: 15
  508. [19:07] <Azakeil> +4
  509. 01[19:07] <@KrakowDM> rolls 3 20-sided dice. Results: 2 - 20 - 8 - Total: 30
  510. 01[19:08] <@KrakowDM> you and one of the guards do most of the work, swinging the device around while the other two help lift it
  511. 01[19:09] <@KrakowDM> the guards spend a little time adjusting its facing so it is pointing at the golem advancing up the street
  512. 01[19:09] <@KrakowDM> "Cover your ears, if you have them!"
  513. 06[19:09] * Azakeil does as instructed
  514. 01[19:09] <@KrakowDM> one of the guards grabs a torch from a bracket on the wall and touches it to the fuse
  515. 01[19:09] <@KrakowDM> there is a huge bang, and the cannon jerks back
  516. 01[19:10] <@KrakowDM> a gout of flame erupts from the end and an iron ball smashes into the golem
  517. 01[19:10] <@KrakowDM> pulverising its torso
  518. 01[19:10] <@KrakowDM> the legs continue to walk up the street on their own for a few moments and then topple over
  519. 01[19:10] <@KrakowDM> the guards give a cheer and slap you on the back
  520. 06[19:10] * Azakeil shrugs
  521. 06[19:11] * Azakeil looks down to see if Ven is doing okay
  522. 01[19:11] <@KrakowDM> "Alright, lets clear the streets. I think we've broken their back"
  523. 01[19:11] <@KrakowDM> they hurry down onto the street to deal with the swarming things
  524. [19:12] <Azakeil> I go back down to ven
  525. 01[19:12] <@KrakowDM> Ven is still barely clining onto conciousness
  526. 01[19:12] <@KrakowDM> *clinging
  527. [19:13] <Venzael_Loquist> "I'm just about here!"
  528. [19:13] <Azakeil> I pick Ven up and look for a building we might be able to hole up in
  529. [19:13] <Azakeil> Gotta get him to safety
  530. 01[19:13] <@KrakowDM> there is a house nearby with its doors half off its hinges
  531. [19:14] <Azakeil> beggers cant be choosers
  532. [19:14] <Azakeil> I carry him inside
  533. 01[19:14] <@KrakowDM> it seems to be a freeman's house, not luxurious, but miles better than a peasant's dwelling
  534. 01[19:15] <@KrakowDM> there is a human passed out on the floor, and a few swarming creatures doing a little damage to whatever they happen to be near
  535. [19:15] <Venzael_Loquist> How long do I think the poison will affect me?
  536. 01[19:15] <@KrakowDM> roll another fortitude save
  537. 01[19:15] <@KrakowDM> dc 13
  538. [19:15] <Venzael_Loquist> &dice 20 1
  539. 01[19:15] <@KrakowDM> Venzael_Loquist rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 6 - Total: 6
  540. [19:15] <Venzael_Loquist> ... No bonus.
  541. 01[19:15] <@KrakowDM> rolls 5 6-sided dice. Results: 5 - 3 - 3 - 6 - 4 - Total: 21
  542. 01[19:16] <@KrakowDM> hmm, make an intelligence test
  543. [19:16] <Venzael_Loquist> &dice 20 1
  544. 01[19:16] <@KrakowDM> Venzael_Loquist rolls 1 20-sided dice. Results: 4 - Total: 4
  545. [19:16] <Azakeil> "Grrr, if only that dwarf finger waggler were here!"
  546. 01[19:16] <@KrakowDM> well, as a dark elf, you've been poisoned before
  547. 01[19:16] <@KrakowDM> but this is a new and exciting poison
  548. 01[19:17] <@KrakowDM> so you have no idea
  549. [19:17] <Venzael_Loquist> I am excited by this. Here is my excitement -_-
  550. [19:17] <Azakeil> haha
  551. 01[19:17] <@KrakowDM> hmm, I think we'll end the session there
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