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Re: (082) The Darkness Below

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:22 am
by waysoftheearth
At the end of last turn only Karl and Fried (up on the mezzanine) have seen the serpent-figure. Zax, Leudigar, and Akbar (near the archway) have heard a lullaby voice. Zem might have heard the voice and/or seen the others respond to it.

So... as I understand it; we have Zax and Akbar firing missiles at a target they presume they will see before they fire, and Leudigar averting his gaze and swinging his sword into space he presumes will be occupied before it gets there. Zem is rushing down the ramp to assist. Fried is suggesting missile fire from the mezzanine, but Karl is rushing across the mezzanine and then down the ramp.

So be it.

Re: (082) The Darkness Below

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:18 am
by waysoftheearth
A ghastly Medusa pops its ugly head around the corner. Zax and Akbar go to loose missiles, but only Zax hurls his... to clatter off the stone arch; Akbar is petrified as he stands!

Leudigar--averting his eyes--lunges into where he anticipates the monster to be, and is rewarded with a solid stab to what he presumes (by the terrifying squeal) to be its awful head. The monster strikes back immediately dealing 4 hp damage to the tracker, and throwing off his balance. Fortunately, Zax is there to support him, and delivers another terrible blow to the monster's head-quarters, driving it back. With the monster reeling, Zem rushes into the melee and the three rascals slash, hammer, and cut the beast down before it can do any more harm.

The statue of Akbar creaks imperceptibly as it cures in the pungent air.
Zax and Akbar both want to loose missiles which, instinctively, has them sighting the target. A save vs petrification will determine how much of the ghastly sight they saw...
2d20 (Zax and Akbar, in that order)=19, 13. Zax is safe...Akbar requires a throw of 14+, so is petrified before he fires.
Zax's throw 1d20=12 would hit AC 7. However, the monster is mostly hidden behind the stone archway which the ref concludes is "hard cover", or equivalent to -4 protection, so it's a miss (in fact, Chainmail has hard cover being "arrow proof" except to indirect fire).

Melee; 1st Round
Leudigar (man+1) 1d20+1=16... again hardcover and blindness penalise his attack by -4 (!), so it's a 14 which would hit AC 5, so a hit. 1d6=6. a head hit too! The ref determines the medusa's hp total (4d6=??)

The medusa is a 4 HD beast, so has 4 normal attacks vs normal types; 4d20=6, 12, 1, 19. Let's presume the 19 hits Leudigar since he just stabbed it. 1d6=4, so Leudigar takes 4 hp.

By this time Karl is at the top of the ramp, Zem is near the bottom of the ramp, and Zax has switched to his pick.

Melee; 2nd Round
Even attempting to avert their eyes, the ref decides (based on the Mirror of Life Trapping description) that there is a 1 in 6 chance they will accidentally "see something nasty" during the melee. 2d6 for Leudigar, Zax=2, 1, so Zax is exposed! Before/after he attacks (even/odd)? 1d6=2, so after.
Leudigar (man+1) 1d20=9 at +1 and -4 is a miss.
Zax (man+1) 1d20=15 at +1 and -4 is a 12, which would hit AC 7, so it's a hit. 1d6=6 again!
Now Zax must save vs petrification a second time... 1d20=18! is he invulnerable?

The medusa attacks 4d20=8, 7, 10, 8. Four misses!

By this time Zem has rushed into the melee. Karl is most of the way down the ramp, and Fried is following in his wake.

Melee; 3rd and final Round for this turn
Will Leudigar, Zax, or Zem see anything nasty? 3d6=2, 1, 2! So Zax is exposed again. He seems infatuated. Before/after? 1d6=2, so after.
Leudigar, Zax, Zem all attack: 3d20=17, 20, 16 (at +1, -4 = 14, 17, 13) three hits; 3d6=2, 5, 1, total of 8 more hp, slays it.
Zax is spared a third save.

Re: (082) The Darkness Below

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:23 am
by waysoftheearth
What now?

Re: (082) The Darkness Below

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:36 am
by Tonneau
"Well," grunts Zax, puffing slightly at his exertion as he retrieves his throwing axes, "she were no looker...."

"...but if ya'd seen ma last missus," he adds, prodding the corpse with a mailed boot, "well...."

Re: (082) The Darkness Below

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:51 pm
by ehiker133
Leudigar looks around (still not comfortable looking at the corpse of the medusa, though, even in death) to see how the party fared in the battle. He sees Akbar with his huge arbalest pointed at them and calls out, "It's dead, Akbar. You can put that down now..."

When Akbar doesn't move, Leudigar cries out and runs up to the statue to confirm his fears.

"Damn that hideous bitch!" He returns to the group near the corpse. "Can someone stand guard while I rest a bit? Then we can see if anything can be done for our friend..."
Leudigar takes a turn to bind his wounds.

Re: (082) The Darkness Below

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:51 pm
by mgtremaine
Zem is still holding tight to his Axe even after it clear the creature it dead."I thought we may had charged to our deaths for a moment. Alas poor Akbar. Tend that wound tracker, I'll stand guard."

waysoftheearth wrote:What now?

Seriously we cheer! We took out a medusa! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Re: (082) The Darkness Below

PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:17 am
by Eris
Freid finally makes it down to the lower level, "What was that thing? And what has it done to Akbar?"

Re: (082) The Darkness Below

PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:58 pm
by coffee
Karl says nothing, aghast at the scene. Just a minute ago, this was a comrade. Now he's a statue.

Re: (082) The Darkness Below

PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:30 pm
by flightcommander

Re: (082) The Darkness Below

PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:19 pm
by Tonneau
Zax shuffles over to where the new Statue of Akbar stands, still poised with arbalest ready to fire.

He taps the figure, not entirely gently, with his pick, and is rewarded with the clear ring of metal on stone.

"Well," he mutters, "you long-legs still have a few surprises up ur sleeves then eh? So what do you do with 'em when thar like this?"