D&D ADVENTURE! THE TEMPLE OF PIETER ONNE-DRAY


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Post Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:02 am

Re: D&D ADVENTURE! THE TEMPLE OF PIETER ONNE-DRAY

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Post Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:34 am

Re: D&D ADVENTURE! THE TEMPLE OF PIETER ONNE-DRAY

Bari was concerned. Seu was brave, and the holy power of the Lady was radiating from his body, but he was in bad shape - time for a little pep-talk and some of Jordann's aid. Lamenting the lack of a three-legged stool to slam down in their corner, Bari ushered Seu to him with a not-so-subtle 'psst!'

Yngwie murmered something to Robin about needing his hands back, and helped the Ranger lower the snakeman to the floor. Swinging his guitar around, he began fiddling with some dials and pressing buttons - what was the elf planning?

Robin knelt over the prone form of Hisston, giving him a couple of sharp slaps across his cheeks, but he couldn't seem to stir the snakeman from his stupor. Rambulge shuffled over, sort of standing protectively over his friends, but also sort of trying to hide behind them at the same time. Eggbert remained oddly silent.

Yngwie was behaving strangely, stomping his feet, and even clapped a couple of times, continually going back and fiddling with the knobs on his guitar.

Seu, not taking his eyes off his opponent, backed up to where Bari was standing, making subtle 'come hither' gestures. "What is it Bari? I'm trying to fight the good fight here!"

"Listen man," Bari prepared to deliver his magnum opus of pep-talks, "you gotta focus up, you gotta use your mind, see, you got a mind, and he got a mind, and you gotta USE your mind, to resolve all those difficulties that you'll be beleaguered with, because you are beautiful, you are smart, you got a beautiful brain, I can see it jumping in there... I love you man..."

"Uhmm, thanks?"

"No problems. Oh, and Seu? Take this sticky thing, with Jordann's blessing." Without waiting, Bari stuffed his 'special aid' cloth into a gap in Seu's battered armour. "Bless you man..."

Seu shuddered as the gross thing made contact with his skin and sent a thrill of Jordann's distinctive form of love through him. He REALLY needed to get his armour reshaped in... places.

Bari grabbed the paladin's shoulders and gave them a quick massage (as best he could through armoured layers) and sent him back into the melee slightly better off than he had been...

 Spoiler: QUEST NOTES
Bari uses Aid on Seu. Seu gains 7 HP and +1 to Hit and save throws for 6 rounds

Seu's HP 17/45


Seu rolled his shoulders and swung his blade too and fro - he felt a lot better with Bari's aid, despite the less-than-palatable delivery system. His opponent was eyeing him with the giant snake version of suspicion, and readied his halberd for the next attack.

"Okay, let's try something a bit different," came Yngwie's sudden announcement, and he pressed a button on his guitar. The sudden sound of stomping and clapping filled the air in a rhythmic, almost tribal fashion, multiplied several times over by some kind of repeater/overlay function built into the mystic musical weapon. Yngwie began to sing...

The two combatants circled grimly, neither wanting to make the first move. The giant snakeman offered a fake jab with the tip of his polearm, but Seu was wiser than that and didn't react. The words of his companion, strange though they had seemed, began to resonate with the paladin. "you got a mind... USE your mind... you're beautiful..." Seu glanced briefly at the beams of weak light streaming from the roof. Somewhere out there, the sun was shining on an unfamiliar world. Would they live to see it? Without seeming to alter his stance or change his pattern of defensive maneuvering, Seu began to angle his way towards the nearest patch of light. Yngwie's song was filling him with renewed vigour, inspiring him with it's raw, unrelenting style. He reached the spot of light, and, keeping his shield facing low, mentally prepared his beautiful brain. The time was close!

Several of the snakemen archers began nodding their heads in time with The Music, but kept their bows trained upon the party of heroes.

The huge snakeman, tiring of this game of cat and mouse, and wary of the effect The Music was having on his opponent, looked for his chance. The paladin seemed distracted by something, for a brief moment his eyes seemed to stray to the ceiling and the crack of light that peeked through high above. With inhuman speed and strength the snakeman lashed out with his polearm, but a sudden flash of piercing light beamed into his eyes off the surface of the Paladin's shield, dazzling his eyes in the low light of the chamber - for a critical moment, he couldn't see! His blow swung wide as the paladin darted aside and called out to the Lady to smite this creature with her holy retribution. Flamebrand burned white with righteous power. Seu brought the flaming blade slicing down on the monster's forearm, piercing the vambrace of it's armour and biting deep through scale and flesh. The snakeman roared his anger and struck again, but the paladin ducked low under his blow and danced backwards, out of reach.

 Spoiler: BATTLE STATS
Combat round 2

Yngwie sings an inspirational song (+1 to hit)

Yuan-Ti Lord attacks Seu with a halberd. He misses.
Yuan-Ti Lord attacks Seu with a halberd. He misses.

Seu attacks Yuan-Ti lord with Flamebrand +1 (Holy Smite) dealing 14 damage.

Due to the initiative modifiers in place for weapon speed, Seu and the Yuan-Ti performed simultaneous attacks.
Even without your mirror trick (or maybe because of it), this snakeman rolled terribly this round (like, a 4 and 2 to hit :s). It seems that your 'mind over matter' theory is permeating the meta-game JB!


The Yuan-Ti made some space between himself and the paladin, to regather his composure. The paladin had scored several telling wounds, but the fight was still anyone's...
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Post Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:36 am

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Robin let Hisston fall to the ground. At the moment there was nothing he could do for the unconscious snake man. Standing up, he felt Yngwie's music flow through him, his heart thumped in his chest, his breathing increased. Flexing his right hand, Robin itched to reach for an arrow but now was not the time.

Seu continued to fight bravely and whatever Bari had done seemed to be helping. Perhaps the Lady had sent this light to aid them at this time?
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Post Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:41 pm

Re: D&D ADVENTURE! THE TEMPLE OF PIETER ONNE-DRAY

Even his the most dire situations, a paladin could rely on more than steel, the Lady of the Lake had lent him his light and his companions were lending him their might.

"Wherever you have light or friends, there is hope, and wherever their is hope, lies the promise of victory..."

Those were Seu's father words but never until now had he truly got the essence of those words...

 Spoiler: Seu's actions
Time for a 2 attacks round for Seu :twisted:
The paladin will keep the same strategy :
- Praying
- Keeping the sun rays at reach to blind his opponent again
- hit him with his best

Thanks a lot James for aknowledging the fact that this is not all superstition. YES, the mindstate in which you are when you throw dice is crucial and YES picking the right dice is vital too. I'm living Seu's fights like I'm living my own when I'm fighting my own combats in Kendo. I can tell you this 2 combats are making me ache from everywhere but man it's good. I've been living with the idea I might have to say farewell to Seu and that I may need to roll another character but for now I want to drink every drop of this combat. ;)
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Post Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:42 pm

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Eggbert watched in horrified fascination as the two mighty warriors traded blows.

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No actions for Eggbert, he dares not intervene in case the archers start shooting. Unfortunately I am a bit busy with work and things in these days so I am not sure I will be contributing much.
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Post Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:43 pm

Re: D&D ADVENTURE! THE TEMPLE OF PIETER ONNE-DRAY

The Yuan-Ti lord was angry. He had looked upon the pathetic, battered creature before him and seen nothing more than an insignificant bug, ripe to be trod on (figuratively speaking; the Yuan-Ti had no feet). But this creature... it would not stop defying him. Against all expectation, he was starting to feel the battle turning against him - HIM! The Great Sire of the Yuan-Ti, the Chosen Mate of the Snakemother... he was being made a fool of by this tattered inferior. This could no longer be endured - the little man must die!

The snakeman stared down his opponent with dark, fathomless eyes, waiting for his next move, trying to determine the next trick. He kept a wary eye on the bright, reflective shield that had blinded him just now. He watched, waiting for the moment the paladin tried to catch the light again... he watched the shield... the shield... the bright, shiny shield... the-

With a roar, Seu brought his blade crashing through the Yuan-Ti's guard. Utterly stunned, the snakeman could only raise his halberd in a pathetic attempt at defending himself - and the flaming blade cleaved the haft of the polearm in two! The tip of the blade sank deep into the breastplate of the Yuan-Ti from the momentum of the blow, causing black blood to well and boil in it's wake. The monster howled in rage and pain as Seu brought his sword around for another stroke, but this time the sword was dodged by the large yet lithe creature. The Yuan-Ti threw aside his broken weapon and drew an ornate blade from a scabbard at his hip. Trying to regain some advantage, the snakeman pressed Seu with an attack, but it was a half-hearted effort at best, and the strike was easily blocked by the Mirror Shield, which bore no mark or scratch from the impact of the blade.

 Spoiler: Battle Stats
Combat Round 3

Yuan-Ti Lord makes a magic resistance test. He fails. Yuan-Ti lord is dazed.

Seu attacks the Yuan-Ti lord with Flamebrand +1, CRITICAL HIT! Dealing 9 damage!
Seu attacks the Yuan-Ti Lord with FLamebrand +1. He misses.

Yuan-Ti lord attacks Seu with a Khopesh. He misses.

Seu rolled a natural 20, once again making all the bonuses gained from other means somewhat irrelevant, but hey, what a result! I decided before the fight began that a roll of a 20 would break the halberd, didn't expect it to happen!

By the way, if the snakemother had rolled a natural 20 when performing a normal attack, the target would be swallowed whole... she rolled one for her tail attack, so that was close! ;)


The Yuan-Ti hissed something sharply at his watching group of archers. One of them quickly fumbled with a strap, then tossed his lord a shield. The huge Yuan-Ti hefted the shield and slammed his khopesh against it in challenge. Seu, not one to be roused so easily, hunkered down behind the mirror shield and prepared for the onslaught. The Yuan-Ti slithered forward, feinting left, then right, then darting in for a strike, which Seu easily countered. The next blow followed quickly on, but was again turned aside by the paladin's shield. Seu, seeing his chance, made a strike of his own, but his blade was similarly denied by the Yuan-Ti's shield. The fight was becoming an intense game of move and countermove, and it seemed that each had met their match in the other...

 Spoiler: Battle Stats
Combat Round 4

Yuan-Ti Lord attacks Seu with a Khopesh. He misses.
Yuan-Ti Lord attacks Seu with a Khopesh. He misses.

Seu attacks Yuan-Ti Lord with Flamebrand +1. He misses.


I can't seem to roll higher than a '7' for this 'boss level' monster... he was supposed to do a lot better than this!


Gaining a measure of respect for his opponent, the Yuan-Ti chose his next action carefully - seeking any hint, any clue from the paladin that the next blow was coming, he watched, waited - and then they both struck together!

The paladin's blade, guided by holy vengeance, shattered the snakeman's shield, and his arm with it. At the same time the Yuan-Ti smote a hefty blow upon the paladin, but found his blade turned aside by the warrior's pauldron. Seu's next hit came close to the mark but was unable to pierce the ornate armour of his opponent. The snakeman's second attack was so easy to avoid that Seu laughed in sudden, uncontrollable elation. His mighty opponent was losing the fight!

 Spoiler: Battle Stats
Combat Round 5

Seu attacks Yuan-Ti Lord with Flamebrand +1, CRITICAL HIT! Dealing 8 damage!

Yuan-Ti Lord attacks Seu with a Khopesh. He misses.

Seu attacks Yuan-Ti Lord with Flamebrand +1. He misses.

Yuan-Ti Lord attacks Seu with a Khopesh. He misses.

And there you have it - TWO critical hits in one round. Are you happy JB? DO you see what you have reduced my proud monster to, with your weird mind powers?? ;)


The Yuan-Ti lord gasped as his useless arm hung limp at his side, the remains of his shattered shield dangling in splinters of wood and iron. He was experiencing something he had not known since he was but a hatchling, fighting for survival with his siblings...

It was fear. He was.... afraid.

He hissed something to his assembled warriors in the Yuan-Ti tongue, words incomprehensible to the party, and yet, the meaning was clear.

KILL THEM. KILL THEM ALL!
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Post Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:56 pm

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Rambulge had been anticipating this moment, and as the archers made their move he went to unleash the spell, hoping the snakemen would be caught unawares...
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Post Mon Sep 22, 2014 4:25 pm

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The intent was clear; they all knew it had to end like this but Robin had hoped it wouldn't. Using some of the fallen rubble as cover, Robin reached for one of his arrows - he wasn't going to waste one of his enchanted arrows on these creatures.

 Spoiler: Bad form sir
well, we all knew they were going to attack didn't we? Hopefully, Robin will put some of the rubble as cover between himself and the incoming arrows; then he'll return fire with some normal arrows. At least to start with...
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Post Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:28 pm

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Eggbert saw one or two of the snakemen taking aim in his direction and decided to fall back on one of his favourite tricks.

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Eggbert will cast the spell that makes six copies of himself and start moving around to distract their aim.
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Post Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:59 pm

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Seu's eyes were piercing the Sakeman, "how could I be so fool to believe you could have honour... and there I was thinking there was at least one creature with some moral sense in this temple..." right now, Seu was hurting more from the disapointment than from his wounds (which was quite telling). The guards would leave them no choice, Seu tried to get as close to the Snakeman as he could to make his servants frightened of shooting at their master... and he wanted the end of their fight even at his own life's cost.
Trying to get cover from his own opponent, Seu started to balance his left arm and the shield at its end to the rythm of Yngwie's tune...

 Spoiler: Seu's actions
Seu is running at his opponent to use him as a cover from one side an to make the guards have second thoughts of shooting if they are surrounded... He will place his shield towards the guards in his back if there are some (just so they feel dazy)
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