Urol turns to face Kit. "If you haven't noticed, we don't have much food. I think a more direct route would be the most logical choice in this situation."
Meanwhile, James goes over and wakes Gandt. "I figure you and Lia are going to need time to prepare your spells, right? While the two of you are doing that, the rest of us will scout out the beach and see what supplies we can scavenge."
(Will Gandt or Lia make any changes to their prepared spells?)
The remainder of the group split up, moving up and down the beach scavenging supplies. Before long a pile of goods begins to take form near the fire. (you may assume that all your private belongings, and those things in the community chest survived as well in addition to this list)
Heavy Wooden Shield Suit of Studded leather armor Masterwork Heavy Crossbow Quarterstaff Masterwork Trident Cold Iron Dagger Quiver with 20 arrows Case with 10 crossbow bolts 100 feet of hemp rope 4 pints of lamp oil battered lantern fishing net tent two waterskins signal whistle saddle pair of saddlebags explorer's outfit noble's outfit 50 pounds of food 80 pounds of feed small cask of ale case containing 4 bottles of wine small case containing 2 CMW potions scroll of remove disease in watertight scroll tube scroll of shrink item in watertight scroll tube.
By the time Lia and Gandt finish preparing their spells, the scavenging is finished, and Avner returns leading his horse which he found down the beach. He seems somewhat happier now that he has his horse back.
(Pick and choose what you want from the list, if anything)
Post by Soulweaver on Sept 27, 2007 9:51:22 GMT -5
Gandt cups his hands, scoops some water from the sea, and strolls over to Illyria, where he promptly dumps it on her face to awaken her.
" 'Don't have much food'? We're on the ocean, we have all the food we need!" Gandt says to Urol, pointing to the fishing net. He votes to follow the shoreline (he really doesn't like Urol). In fact, he suggests trying to catch some fish before they even set out, regardless of which way they end up going.
He takes: -the rope, -the ale, -and some of the food. -If they end up following the shore, he'll take the net. -If the tent is big enough to accommodate him, he'll carry that too. (Let me know if he goes above a light load.)
He also takes the two waterskins and checks to see if there's any water left in there. If not, he fills them (and his own waterskin, and those belonging to as many others as possible) with create water and passes them around.
He packs his steel tower shield away and equips the animated one. For future reference, when he instructs the new shield to "defend," he'll use his spiked shield with both hands (so a +9 strength modifier for damage instead of +6).
(Are there different rules for sundering a magical object? I don't want it to get broken! )
Spells: Lv0: Create Waterx3 Lv1: If the island seems hot enough to cause damage or fatigue, then Endure Elements. Otherwise, Eyes of the Avoral (BED p.99).
Last Edit: Sept 27, 2007 9:57:54 GMT -5 by Soulweaver
Gandt looks over the tent, discovering that it probably is just big enough to cover him.
James, after a brief argument with Avner, convinces him to let the group use his horse to transport the food and a few other supplies.
Skald and Illyria start to head off to scout when a sudden roar breaks the relative silence of the morning. A few trees begin to shake and suddenly a huge dinosaur emerges from the jungle approximately 60 feet from where everyone has gathered around the supplies. With a roar, it charges.
"What the hell is that?" Kit yells as he spins around and runs towards the water. Hopefully being in the water (not like totally submerged mind you) will discourage the dino from going after him in favour of more land-bound targets.
Because there are quite a few adventurers around, aside from the party, Kit will begin firing arrows at the dino.
*Btw, dinosaurs are animals. Maybe Lia should shoot for some animal charm or control spells or whatever.
Gandt stands and blinks at the rex for a second. Quickly getting over the initial shock, he activates his tower shield and takes total cover, so as to ward off the impending charge. Seeing Lia looking for cover, he'll stand in front of her (and anyone else he can). If there's anything big nearby that he can throw in the rex's charging path, he does that before taking cover.
Once it's within range, he aims a two-handed Shield Slam at its knees.
Kit yelps and turns and runs for the water. (he's now 100ft from the dino).
Illyria disappears and moves away from the group.
Lia darts behind some crates and readies her bow. Tamaska darts behind some debris and crouches down.
Gandt readies his animated shield. It floats up in front of him. He moves to place himself between the t-rex and as many of his friends as he can.
James quickly loads his crossbow.
Amelia draws her sword and stands beside James. Lirith and Avner huddle behind Gandt, while Avner's horse panics and flees down the beach. Tavey raises his sword, but he's shaking so bad he nearly drops it. Skald fires off an arrow, but it sails over the head of the creature. Urol flees back toward the water.
The t-rex snorts, and charges after Urol. The gnome ends up just out of reach.
Kit fires an arrow, while desperately trying to get Urol to move away from him. The arrow strikes the dino in the side, but doesn't seem to phase it (-5HP)
Illyria reappears next a few feet from Lia, and fires an arrow. It's a little more effective than Kit's attack (-18HP).
Lia fires an arrow. The shaft shatters sending splinters into Lia's arm (-1HP) .
Gandt charges after the dino, trying to get into a position to protect Urol. The dino swings around, trying to bite Gandt, but the new shield does its job, easily blocking the attack. Gandt goes low, swinging at the dino's knee. The shield slashes through the knee like a hot knife through butter (called critical attack, -36HP). Strangely, nearly having its leg severed doesn't seemed to have effected the creature much.
Tavey yells a string of curses, and thinking the t-rex severely injured by Gandt's attack, charges. The t-rex snaps at him, grabbing her in its mouth, shredding her with its teeth, and gulping the remains down its throat. Lirith screams, while Avner turns white as a sheet. Amelia mutters something about stupid children and holds her position beside James. Urol circles away from Kit, trying to get behind Gandt. Skald fires another arrow, but he's shaking so bad the arrow misses by more than a dozen feet.
With a meal in its belly, the t-rex turns and runs back toward the forest. Gandt strikes it as it moves away (-22HP), but it doesn't stop fleeing.
Status: Tavey - dead Lia: -1HP TRex: -79HP, fleeing
Lia glares at the bow for a second, wondering why she even bothers to use the damn thing lately. She has no anger toward the t-rex though, so unless it's dying, better to let it go. We're in no position to go hunting through the forest.
(Tavey was a random sailor, the only one to survive)
Skald and James take up positions on opposite sides of the encampment as everyone else settles down to sleep after a brief meal. The sounds of the jungle and the crash of the waves is actually quite soothing, and even Urol nods off, despite his attempt to study some of the artifacts he apparently managed to salvage from the wreckage of the Sea Wyvern.
A few hours later, James wakes Kit, while Skald wakes Amelia. They quickly take up their positions on the watch, and too Kit's dismay, Amelia doesn't seem much like talking. The duo make a couple circuits of the camp, passing briefly, but the night remains quiet, as the jungle creatures have apparently settled down for the night as well.
Kit wakes Lia after his shift, while Amelia wakes Avner. The noble balks at having to stand watch, throwing such a fit that he wakes half the camp. Finally Lirith offers to take the watch of the "cry baby" which gets Avner to relent. He mutters the whole time he's on watch, with nearly leads to Lia missing the three large birds circling the camp. She can't recognize them in the dark, but they definitely look threatening.
(Good ol' red shirts.. dying so that the story can have death )
Lia doesn't even bother to alert Avner, as the more time she spends with him, the less she can stand him. He'll probably wake the whole camp with his whining anywa. She goes through the mental list of who to wake. James and Amelia already took watch, but are her best choices. She decides quickly to rouse James and explain what she saw.
Lia will shout at the birds (and maybe wake Gandt) warning them to keep their distance and asking what they want. If they move closer to anyone in a way she perceives as aggressive, fire the bow (draw if needed while shouting).
The large birds pull up short at the squawks and chirps that issue from Lia's mouth. The look back and forth, as if shocked. They squawk at each other, then turn back toward Lia.
"Hungry! Take Food!" the middle one squawks angrily. As one the three birds turn their heads to look at Urol. It's clear to Lia that the three birds are unlikely to leave without a fight.
The squawking has woke Gandt up. (Gandt's Init: 10)
Avner moves towards the back of the party during the exchange.
The conversation has allowed everyone save Gandt to start the battle as normal.
Lia fires an arrow at the lead bird. It sails over its head and into the forest beyond.
Illyria, taking that a cue things are about to go back, disappears and before firing an arrow of her own. The arrow nails the lead bird (-13HP).
Kit fires a pair arrow as well. One penetrates the lead bird's side (-6HP), while the other flies over the head of the birds.
Lirith and Amelia draw their swords and move to form a wall against the birds. Avner continues to linger behind everyone else, while Urol moves closer to the fire. Skald fires an arrow, but where it goes, no one knows.
The birds charge, two of them heading straight for Lia. Her armor withstands the first attack, but the second beak slices her armor and nearly tugs her off her feet (-5HP). The remaining bird charges straight for Urol. As it passes by Amelia she strikes out, sending a few feathers flying (-4HP). The bird strikes at Urol, grabbing him by the arm (-7HP), but Urol manages to break free.
Gandt rolls to his feet, groggily shaking his head while he reaches for his shield.
James turns and fires his crossbow at the bird harassing Urol. The bolt nearly strikes Thunderstrike, Avner's horse at the camp parameter.
Lia hops back and fires another arrow. This one hits (-3HP). Tamaska makes a dart for the bird, but can't get inside the beaks range (-8HP).
Illyria disappears, takes aim and fires again at the birds attacking Lia. One of the birds nearly gets rolled by the force of the arrow (-21HP).
Kit fires a pair of arrows, concentrating his attack on the one Lia hit. Both arrows strike home (-10HP).
Amelia and Lirith turn to assist Urol. Amelia takes a beak in the gut (-12HP) while Lirith manages to run in and attack the bird (-12HP). Avner moves over near Thunderstrike, while Urol backs away from the bird attacking him. Skald fires an arrow in support of Illyria and Kit, striking the bird from behind (-4HP).
One of the terror birds attacking Lia turns and makes off for the forest. The remaining bird facing Lia leaps at her, beak and clawed feet flashing, but only one claw manages to catch her (-4HP). The lead terror bird darts forward again to grab Urol (-8HP). This time Urol doesn't manage to jerk free.
Gandt roars to life, using his shield to remove a large number of feathers from the last bird facing Lia (-17HP).
James fires at the bird facing Lia, hitting it (-4HP). He then drops the crossbow and draws his daggers.