Session 11 - Islas - Defense of Islas
Chat log started at 30.11.2011 / 19:35:05
Nick (Arithel): heya
Kiergath (Safana): lo.
Alex: Aight… sorry, just prepping the notes…
Arithel, Eachra, Safana, Varic and Meich wrap up their planning session, with Meich arriving with news of 500 new hires. They prepare to launch their invasion. Meich returns with a dragonborn lieutenant, and leads them to the Eloper’s Portal. Arithel, singled out as the only one capable of opening it, stammers and delays before Safana throws herself at him, sealing the opening of the portal with a kiss. They make their way to a small port on a Prime world that goes by the name of Vargarel. Varic hires enough ships for their entire crew – they set camp for the night before taking off through the ocean portal to make their way to Islas. Safana lays out the plan of attack: The dragonborn will take the armory, the half-orc will take the barracks, the woman will take the docks, and the kobold will assist in the assault on city hall. Eachra offers up a 500gp bounty to the mercenary who keeps the most of his men alive. On the trip, Eachra and Arithel discuss the history of Eachra’s people’s extermination. Safana opens up with a salvo of diplomacy, and scores full marks. They make their way past some automated constructs to confront a stunning daeva, Nuoi, and get her to peacefully leave her office. They find a room filled with a strange divine energy. Arithel discovers it to be some sort of scrying device. He discovers massive fighting in the streets, between the populace and the occupying militia.
Kiergath (Safana): jezus.
Nick (Arithel): ya
The room that you’re standing in retains the shimmering of the walls – Meich looks somewhat mystified, looking at you both for guidance.
Kiergath (Safana): I’d like a bonus level for arr-pee, plz!
Kiergath (Safana): err.. don’t hurt me.
Kiergath (Safana): I may be wrong, but I believe we cut as we were dramatically running for the entrance.
Kiergath (Safana): I know I had taken off at a run
Nick (Arithel): that sounds right.
Arithel: “We obviously need to assess the situation. To find out what is going on out there. Why is there so much fighting. Only things that come to mind are either…”
Arithel: One there was unexpected resistance.
Arithel: Two the mercs have turned on each other over that gem.“
”font-weight:bold;color:#000000;“>Ah yes. You’re running towards the entrance, shouting at each other!
”color:#660000;">Meich: “It is quite the bounty…”
Arithel: “It is, I know.”
As you approach the front door, you hear the clashing of steel, splintering of wood, and dying men screaming.
Arithel: Head outside to see what the hells is going on.
Safana: Follow him out.
GM: You head through the door – REFLEX CHECKS!
Safana: Reflex save [1d20+12 = 30]
Arithel: Reflex save [1d20+5 = 20]
You both duck out of the way as a cannon lobs a ball through the doorway, covered in blood.
Safana: “What in the Abyss is going on out here!?”
Arithel: “Who is firing cannons?!”
Safana: “Probably the locals, since we didn’t bring any.”
Arithel: Look around and assess the situation.
You see a line of combat – the Kobold’s line is besieged by some extremely well-armed civilians – behind them, there are some short-range cannon pointed at the defense lines. Intermingled with the well-armed normals are elements of the mercenary element that you came to Islas with./
Safana: “We’re going around.”
You see the canon firing indiscriminantly through both lines.
Safana: “We need to stop those damn guns.”
Arithel: Range to cannon?
Safana: oh, right, fire—…
Safana: If I see Arithel eyeballing the cannons meaningfully, I want to hold my action and then tackle him as soon as I get my spellcraft check.
Nick (Arithel): I had something else in mind.
Safana: oh. Carry on
Kiergath (Safana): I wasn’t going to actually do anything unless you, you know, went with fireball :p
Nick (Arithel): lol
Alex: Range… 70 feet?
Nick (Arithel): thats all?
Nick (Arithel): wow ok
Kiergath (Safana): 70 feet?
Alex: It’s the square out front of the town hall
Alex: It’s kind of cramped
Kiergath (Safana): The guns are less than 40 steps away?
Alex: Fine, 170?
Kiergath (Safana): thanks.
Kiergath (Safana): 70 feet from us would be closer to the combat line, especially their own side.
Arithel: Gently touch Safana’s shoulder.
Kiergath (Safana): at that range, I’d expect they’d be taking damage even from the shockwaves.
Arithel: Spell [Dimension Door]
> Teleports you short distance.
Arithel: Targeting us behind the firing line.
Safana: can I grab Meich as soon as I feel his hand on my shoulder?
Alex: Sure thing.
Nick (Arithel): sorry meant to forgot
Nick (Arithel): distracted that jay and doug arent here
You slip behind the cannon lines – the crews are distracted with loading the cannon, and nobody senses your arrival.
Arithel: Spell [Haste] → One creature/level moves faster, 7 = 22]
Arithel: Ray of Enfeeblement Attack (Damage) [1d6+4 = 8]
Arithel: Str damage
The fuseman collapses in a heap, unable to support his own weight.
Safana: all at an additional 6 = 7]
Safana: Sling (Attack 2) [AUTOMATIC MISS]
Safana: Sling (Attack 1) [1d20+11 = 28]
Safana: Sling (Attack 1) [1d20+11 = 19]
Safana: no, its not a mistake, haste. The two 1 = 2]
Safana: Sling (Damage) [1d4+1 = 2]
Safana: fuck me.
Alex: Two lumps on the head!
GM: [1d20 = 6]
GM: [1d20 = 18]
Meich rushes in, crashing into one of the gunners, knocking him a good ten feet back.
GM: [1d20 = 16]
Safana: Initiative [1d20+4 = 7]
Arithel: Initiative [1d20+3 = 12]
GM: [1d20 = 15]
The last remaining gunner turns and looks at you, then goes running off into the city.
GM: He seems to be a civilian.
Arithel: “What now?”
Safana: “Restrain the two that didn’t run.”
Meich: “…No need.”
gestures to both of them, each not breathing.
Meich gestures to both of them, each not breathing.
Safana: Judging by what they were doing when we hit them, is the gun loaded, just charged, or neither?
Is was just discharged when you got there.
Safana: “Meich, there ought to be a powder ladle somewhere about, a single load should suffice in a weapon this small.”
Meich scrounges around and begins charging the weapon.
Safana: We ought to be facing one flank of the battle line, yes?
Arithel: I think we made it to the one on the end.
Safana: Which means we ought to be pointed at a flank. Which?
Arithel: So ya
Arithel: Left probably. that what I was envisioning.
Safana: good enough, so that’d be the Kobold’s right flank
Safana: DM, casting
Safana: as soon as its done
You hear shouting coming from the line, and the shape of the battle begins to change.
Safana: pull a bag out of my sash and throw it to Meich, “Down the barrel and ram it!”
Safana: “Arithel, there’ll be a little hole in the rear of the gun, take some of that powder and get it primed.”
Arithel: “Ok! Ill see what I can do.”
Arithel fumbles with the cannon powder thingy.
Kiergath (Safana): there’s a limited margin for error; there’s only one hole and its just a matter of getting powder down said hole until it fills.
Meich rams the bag down the gun.
Nick (Arithel): are you firing a six demon bag at them?
Kiergath (Safana): I wish
Everything is prepared!
Arithel snaps his fingers and produces a flame from his fingertip.
Arithel: Spell [Prestidigitation] → Performs minor tricks.
Safana: “Go for it.”
Arithel: “What am I aiming at?”
Safana: “You aren’t, you’re lighting that powder.”
Arithel lights the powder!
Arithel sets the cannon off, and there’s a horrible pealing sound and the cannon bucks backwards wildly – you see a flaming ball hurtle out of the barrel, separating as it travels at a much faster speed than anticipated. You see flecks of gold separate out, shredding the forces ahead of you.
Safana: “Poetic justice, that.”
You see the fighting line break at the carnage, seeing so many men shredded by the slivers of gold – most have had small holes blown straight through them – those who are unlucky enough to have the gold embedded in them are quickly cut down by their fellows, and the line degenerates into a massacre of greed.
Safana: “Meich, help me get this thing pointin’ down the gunline!”
Arithel: “We taking out the cannons?
”font-weight:bold;color:#000000;“>Meich, already setting another overcharged amount of powder into the cannon, gives the side a hard shove to get the orientation right.
”color:#000054;“>Safana: Toss her another bag.
”color:#000054;">Safana: “Arithel, prime and get ready to touch it off, but do not.”
Arithel: “Wait Safana, these are civilians only trying to defend their home.”
Safana: “Thats why I said don’t touch it off.”
Nick (Arithel): alex how long is the gun line?
Meich rams another bag home.
Nick (Arithel): in feet? approx
Alex: twenty guns, each gun spaced around 10 feet apart, 200 feet?
Nick (Arithel): ok
Safana: A bit long, but if they’re civilian militia…
Arithel: “I might be able to stop them all at once with a magic wall.”
Arithel: “Shall I or do you have a plan? with this thing”
Safana: “That doesn’t stop the main battle. Those aren’t all mercs fighting our people.”
Arithel motions towards the cannon.
Arithel: “Why are some of the mercs fighting alonside armed civilians?”
Safana: Shame I don’t have the one spell I could really use, today..
Safana: “Because they changed sides for profit.”
Safana: Wait for a lull in the firing.
Meich: “…how are the populace affording them? We wouldn’t change sides on the cheap… we do have a code, you know.”
One of the cannons fires a lull!
Safana: “I’m not seeing it at work here, luv, present company excluded. And I never said the populace at large was doin’ the paying.”
Safana: Righto, in my best outdoor-make-myself-heard-over-the-drunks-in-the-mosh-pit bard voice…
Arithel: Alex, does it look like the mercs are only fighting other mercs or are they indiscriminatly killing and attacking everyone?
Alex: …define your merc terms.
Alex: There are two sides, and I need to know what you mean
Kiergath (Safana): I think I can answer that.
Arithel: “Ones we hired”
Kiergath (Safana): The Kobolds’ mercs are fighting other mercs and locals.
Kiergath (Safana): The mercs mixed with the locals are just killing our mercs.
Kiergath (Safana): Correct?
Kiergath (Safana): this is MISLEADING, however, because the Kobold’s mercs are our mercs, and they’re the ones fighting the locals.
Safana: “Lay down your arms and surrender or the next shot rakes yer guns! We’ve got no quarrel with you townsfolk, but my patience is wearing thin!”
Safana: ^ Yelled.
Kiergath (Safana): standing at the breech opposite of Arithel.
The fighting slows, and eventually stops.
Eventually, two figures come out towards you: the woman with the dead eyes, and the orc armored in books.
Safana: Do I see the kobold?
Safana: more importantly, how are things looking? Is the kobold’s company still maintaining cohesion? Are the locals? Are the turncoat mercs?
The Kobold is sprawled on the steps, bleeding.
The kobold’s company is drawn back into a small fighting knot.
GM: Note: Bleeding
Safana: Can I get to him with relative ease?
GM: You’d have to get past the two figures coming towards you.
Arithel: “Are we even going to have words with these two or should we tend to the kobold?”
Arithel: “He seemed the most loyal of all of them. Ill see to his wounds.”
Safana: “Meich, can you kindly get around these two and bring the kobold over here?”
Arithel: Target next to the kobold.
Arithel: Spell [Dimension Door] → Teleports you short distance.
Arithel: Check to see if he is alive.
Arithel: Item [*Potion of Cure Moderate Wounds]
Arithel: If so give that to him.
Arithel: Then walk back to Safana.
Arithel: With the kobold if he can walk.
Arithel: Ok sorry thats all.
Alex: Gotta go AFK
Alex: Pls discuss what your immediate plan is
Safana: I can’t discuss anything
Safana: he’s across the plaza from me
Safana: I reject your invitation to metagame
Alex: The discussion can take place befroe he teleports
Alex: This may take a minute
Safana: its really not a stage we can plan, seeing as we are largely at the mercy of a far larger force and have no idea which way the wind will blow
Arithel: True, just have to play it out as our chars would. Thats why I went to save the kobold.
Arithel: And I dont want to leave Safana and Meich so I used to spell to get there faster before orc and death lady arrive.
Kiergath (Safana): lulz.
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Dragonling: alls good, here.
GM: Closing down
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Kiergath (Safana): someone should poke doug.
Nick (Arithel): want me to text him?
Kiergath (Safana): no
Kiergath (Safana): I got him on vent
WHEN LAST WE MET! Short Recap time!
Kiergath (Safana): that mean he connected?
Kiergath (Safana): he’s retrieving! Woo! We have a launch!
You had broken up the melee, and the Kobold seems to be stabilizing on the steps. Arithel, Safana and Douglet are standing on the far end of the cannon line, the mercenaries staring at them in shock (those that aren’t squabbling for gold). The woman with the dead eyes and the orc that was armored in books are slowly approaching
Kiergath (Safana): oh. right. that.
Kiergath (Safana): my gold coin grapeshot.
Kiergath (Safana): that was rather clever of me.
Alex: Effective as well!
Kiergath (Safana): and ironic. I like irony.
Kiergath (Safana): a bard should always have a keen sense of irony… :p
Nick (Arithel): right lol, they must think we are really rich to use gold as grapeshot
Kiergath (Safana): doesn’t matter, Eachra took care of that anyway.
Kiergath (Safana): a couple hundred gold coins as projectiles won’t make it much worse.
Alex: It’s true.
Nick (Arithel): how many sessions have we played?
Alex: This is “Session” 11
Kiergath (Safana): sorry, stepped out.
Alex: No worries.
Kiergath (Safana): that was mainly so doug would know I was afk, not just ignoring him
Alex: Sure sure.
Nick (Arithel): well
Nick (Arithel): not to sound like a broken record but, any chance of accelerating the xp output?
Kiergath (Safana): LOL
Kiergath (Safana): keep in mind they’re short sessions and we routinely get nothing done.
Nick (Arithel): right
Nick (Arithel): thats why im saying, maybe an auto 5% per session towards our next level?
Nick (Arithel): because our sessions are short
Kiergath (Safana): …you want to ding once every 20 sessions?
Kiergath (Safana): that could take years.
Nick (Arithel): 5% plus whatever we make normally
Alex: …you do realize that for major events, you’ve been getting an automatic 10%, more if you contribute a lot.
Kiergath (Safana): well, no, we have no way to realize that
Alex: …if you had been looking at your XP bars
Alex: After each session, I was updating them
Kiergath (Safana): you mean on the wiki that hasn’t been updated in a month
Alex: We havent gamed in a month!
Nick (Arithel): Yeah I checked it a month ago.
Nick (Arithel): Its just a suggestion mind you, but that way it gives the PCs auto xp and then whatever we do in game goes on top. So after say 10 sessions we will have an auto 50% of our new level’s xp earned plus whatever we made in game.
Kiergath (Safana): its an interesting theory. I’ll withold judgement – personally – until I see how things roll if we get moving on a semi-regular basis again.
Alex: If we’re moving on a semi-regular basis, you’ll be seeing a bigger XP gain than 5% each session
Nick (Arithel): Im not trying to powerlevel mind you.
Alex: It’s mostly determiend by what your actions are
Alex: More XP comes from more decisive actions and advancing the story.
Kiergath (Safana): wiki
> gameplay → cast of characters
Kiergath (Safana): yes, yes, thats where they are.
Kiergath (Safana): …and I’m not talking to myself
Kiergath (Safana): though I understand it appears that way.
Alex: I figured.
Alex: It’s a one sided conversation, that I can hear both halves of.
Alex: Hi Doug.
Alex: No, no, don’t get Morgan to say Hi for you.
Alex: Leslie got hit in the face by a sack of potatos?
Doug (Eachra Branogeni Silathdiir): Hello Alex
Alex: That’s terrible!
Alex: It worked!
Kiergath (Safana): LOL
Kiergath (Safana): win
Alex: So, my battery is showing 34 minutes.
Nick (Arithel): hey Doug
Kiergath (Safana): so we need to get alex a 1 mile extension cord. Or a second power cord.
Alex: Next weds I will be running the session from home.
Kiergath (Safana): or possibly a portable fusion generator.
Alex: I want that.
Alex: I would personally run a session from each of your homes, flying everyone around, if you got me one of those.
Kiergath (Safana): more importantly we’d all be able to comfortably retire from the profits.
Kiergath (Safana): in any case
Doug (Eachra Branogeni Silathdiir): Hello Nick
Nick (Arithel): one day perhaps
Alex: So do we have any questions about where we are/what our direction is, so we have impetus next week?
Doug (Eachra Branogeni Silathdiir): We just unlawfully removed the lawful ruler of the little town… were fuggered
Kiergath (Safana): no we aren’t
Kiergath (Safana): we removed the lawful rulers
Kiergath (Safana): who’s going to prosecute
Kiergath (Safana): I’m more worried about my own damn mercenaries
Doug (Eachra Branogeni Silathdiir): We kill the one dude or dudes they will fall in line
Nick (Arithel): ok so as far as we know, that deva or whatever entity she is, was in charge of Islas and had no clue about the corruption going on in the city.
Kiergath (Safana): eyup; since the corruption was at low levels
Nick (Arithel): i.e the night harbormaster
Doug (Eachra Branogeni Silathdiir): I am more worried about the dude that likes to lob cannon balls into the town…
Nick (Arithel): also we the bounty put on our heads we surmize was done by that “heaven and hell” duo, who both oppose Bartholomew Stormtamer and wanted us dead because we knew to much about the night harbormasters dealings of which he was involved correct?
Kiergath (Safana): that was confused, but I’m agreeing with what I can puzzle out.
Nick (Arithel): – the first we.
GM: …so, both sides of the mercenary conflicts, and also Safana? (Both fired cannon into the town on some occasion)
Doug (Eachra): Thats the dude lobbing cannon balls at us
Kiergath (Safana): I didn’t fire cannon BALLS into the town.
Kiergath (Safana): I fired gold coins.
Kiergath (Safana): I’m absolved of guilt in doug’s statement
Alex: None of the mercs are though
Kiergath (Safana): Besides; Arithel did the honors :P
Kiergath (Safana): I’ll make a pirate of him yet.
Doug (Eachra): I am refering to the time we got shot at after dropping off the dead elf girl, then when they were chasing us and we wreaked that ship…
Kiergath (Safana): yes, you’re referring to Heaven and Hell, we know.
Eachra: So our first and main concern are the Mercs
Nick (Arithel): did we discover what underhanded dealings the night harbormaster had with heaven and hell? Was it that voucher for large quantity of armaments that he was likely selling to them illegaly?
Nick (Arithel): or is there more we discovered?
Kiergath (Safana): As far as I know, he didn’t even sell them.
Kiergath (Safana): He just handed them over
Doug (Eachra): If I remember it was he just gave them to Heaven and Hell
Kiergath (Safana): most likely solely for the purpose of attacking the town in an attempt to kill the party.
Kiergath (Safana): Doug’s hit it on the head, methinks; our primary concern at the moment has to be our own troops.
Kiergath (Safana): As far as we know, Heaven and Hell may still be on Ysgard; since it appeared they were the ones leading the attack on … Kord, was it?
Nick (Arithel): Right, I wonder what he got in return, maybe the dead elf girl so that he could have his way with her and anger Bartholomew at the same time?
Doug (Eachra): Once we have them under control then we can figure out what to do about Heaven and Hell
Kiergath (Safana): He didn’t get the dead elf chica from Heaven and Hell, he got it from you guys.
Nick (Arithel): well yes but someone gave us the ‘box’.
Kiergath (Safana): I suspect the deal with Heaven and Hell was “X” amount of powder and shot in return for a strike on the town; they keep the surplus.
Doug (Eachra): I think he gave them the stuff to kill us, so there would be no record of our giving him the elf girl
Kiergath (Safana): ^.
Doug (Eachra): Who knows what he was going to do with her once he had his fun…
Kiergath (Safana): He needed to remove witnesses; especially since Eryn and Eachra can’t have made him particularly confident.
Doug (Eachra): Yeah
Nick (Arithel): Oh so its that simple? I had figured there was more of a conspiracy.
Kiergath (Safana): Oh, probably; but this is just a sideshow in it.
Kiergath (Safana): Also, I think we took a minor conspiracy and blew it WAY out of proportion :P
Kiergath (Safana): ( well, obviously we did that; we invaded the town )
Doug (Eachra): Well if I had not kille dhim right out of the gate and we extracted information from him, we might have found a deeper reason as to why he wanted the dead elf but…
Nick (Arithel): Wait there has to be more, because why would there still be a hit on us after we killed the night harbormaster. heaven and hell would have said screw it, our contractor is dead.