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Saturday, 20th December, 2008, 12:00 AM #151
Defender (Lvl 8)
While on guard duty Kruk hears an unfamiliar voice. After searching to his right and left he still has not determined the source. To his horror, Kruk learns that the sound is coming from his on arse. "What the..." Kruk stops himself from talking and listens to the rest of the quotes from his talking arse. He then looks around to his group, all of which are staring at him, but only one with a huge grin on his face....Cross. Kruk looks at Cross and states, "I think I had that coming didn't I?" He laughs and tips his helm to Cross and then resumes his watch.
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Saturday, 20th December, 2008, 02:29 PM #152
Defender (Lvl 8)
The three rangers move through the rubble quietly, circling the tavern and climbing up nearby buildings to get a look through the upper floor's windows. As far as they can tell, they are not spotted by the building's occupants. Balth manages to get a peek through a knothole in one of the boards covering the ground floor windows.
Returning, the scouts report. Inside the tavern, orcs are seated at scattered tables. They are listening to Hoofchew, who is speaking from behind the bar, making theatrical gestures over what appear to be the remains of some small... animal, hopefully. Hoofchew is flanked by two large, well-equipped orcs; clearly guards. On the second floor there are a few lookouts, one well-equipped like the guards below, but they appear to be paying more attention to Hoofchew than to the surrounding streets.
ooc: Place yourselves anywhere outside the building. On the ground floor requires no actions; getting to the second floor requires an athletics check to climb as part of your surprise round action. Give me a surprise round action and initiative for the next rounds. Act in whatever order you see fit for the surprise round; feel free to coordinate.
ooc2: Also, I know the holidays are coming up and many people will have reduced connectivity and/or leisure to post, but please do speak up if you expect to be more than a day or two without posting. Combat is going to be slow enough with 9 PCs.
Saturday, 20th December, 2008, 02:47 PM #153
Novice (Lvl 1)
If one of you are so inclined I will attempt a powerful invocation against Hoofchew. A quick strike against him would be a solid blow to their morale.
Last edited by ukingsken; Saturday, 20th December, 2008 at 02:53 PM.
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Saturday, 20th December, 2008, 03:05 PM #154
The report by the forward scouts draws a brief frown from Les. Hoofchew must be either incompetent or very confident to have such weak lookouts. Les looks to the others and a facetious smile grows across her face—her skin stretching like a nightmare in a way that no human can do. Her teeth are slightly peaked and sharp and her yellow eyes amplify the disturbing effect. So my fellow intrepid and sedulous adventurers, shall we show this maverick the obdurate derision of Lauto’s Church? This spurious shaman shall be rescinded on the end of our blades!
With this statement, Les reaches into her satchel and whips out her weapon. A long, silver chain covered in small barbs and that ends in long blades resembling shark fins wraps around her armor and runs along now obvious marks in the hide. The addition of Les’s spiked chain wrapped around her body combined with her metallic and colored braids cause her to seem like something drawn from another world, another dimension even. [OOC: Hey, gith –are- freaky looking already!] The nightmarish smile returns and a flash of sadistic glee appears momentarily before being buried again from the others.
Do we have any high positions for any of our ranged allies to take up? If you can strike at the two guards on the upper level we could achieve an advantage. Additionally, we can take up positions at both doors and; if lucky, the orcs may rush out when they are under attack. We can thus divide up their forces, or if they take to only one door, we can easily push them into a pincer attack.
Saturday, 20th December, 2008, 04:35 PM #155
Acolyte (Lvl 2)
Balth smiles a wry smile after relaying what he saw through the knothole. So what's the plan, then? He looks directly at Raiyek as he speaks. He looks as tho he might be scrutinizing the elf's next reply. Would you have me attempt to take out a sentry on the second level? Or would you prefer me to cover your backs with fire as you storm the ground level?
He smiles widely, anticipation clearly evident in his eye, yet the deep scar running up his face gives you a slight chill of foreboding.
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Saturday, 20th December, 2008, 06:16 PM #156
Scout (Lvl 6)
Seeing Les' nightmarish display, Raiyek is taken aback for a moment, but then regains his composure. "Ah, so that's your unusual taste in weaponry." Taking a moment to examine the weapon, he says, "Yes, unusual indeed. It seems you know your way around it, though; I'm eager to see what it can do."
"As for what we should do ... I'm unsure. I also like the idea of the archers taking positions on the second level; if we could hold the stairs from below they should be fairly safe from harassment. I suppose we could split the rest of us into two other groups, one for each door, I'm just concerned that we might not be able to support each other if the need arises."
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Saturday, 20th December, 2008, 08:25 PM #157
Defender (Lvl 8)
Kruk, eager for battle, grips his battle axe with both hands taking a practice swing. "I hate orcs!" he states. "I'm ready."
Last edited by dimsdale; Saturday, 20th December, 2008 at 08:30 PM.
Saturday, 20th December, 2008, 09:29 PM #158
The gith lets out a short laugh and shakes her head. "I think you may have misunderstood my intentions. There are ten orcs on the ground level and two on the upper floors. They outnumber us, although only by a little. Either way we should take advantage of the opportunity given to us. Mainly, I hope to lure the orcs on the ground floor out of the building. With us placed around both doorways, it will allow us to corner them into a small position and opening. Hopefully this strategy will allow our snipers and magicians to take out the ones of the upper floor while we hold the others at bay.
Once that is finished we can move on to have our artillery focus on one door. One group will focus on keeping the orcs occupied. The other, with the help of our artillery, will work on slaughtering all the orcs trying to exit through their side. Then they can move inside and make a rear attack. Of course, it is doubtful the orcs will let this go in such a manner. I expect them to either barricade the doors if we attempt this, which is actually good for us, or to move to the upper floor and proceed to bombard us from that floor, which is also good for us.
If the first occurs, we focus on one entrance and the upper floor. If the second occurs, we can push through anything on the ground floor easier because they will have split up their troops. Essentially the second event just leads to a variation of the same tactic. Is that cogent?
Les takes a breath and looks around at the others.
Saturday, 20th December, 2008, 11:20 PM #159
Scout (Lvl 6)
"Ah, I was getting excited for a full frontal charge, old school, but I see how your plan has much more merit. Although I don't know that I want to be in close quaters when that chain starts swinging."
Sunday, 21st December, 2008, 01:50 AM #160
Cross looks over the old tavern, and up to the second floor. I'm not getting up there without stairs, unless I'm carried... he thinks ruefully. He reconsiders the scouts' reports of the layout, and tries to think of an idea that doesn't involve him trying to scale a building...
"If we break up into three teams; front door, back door & second floor team... archers take the second floor; Kruk, Raiyek, Vashik and Larinza on the front; and Les, Balth and I come in the back.
As far as timing goes... we have the element of surprise, but maybe we can prolong it. If the heavy hitters take the front door first, closely followed by the back door team... that will draw the orcs attention, especially the upstairs guards. While this is going on the archers will be climbing to take the second floor... by the time they enter the upstairs guards should be focused on us, allowing the archers to surprise them... and I should be able to drop a giant ball of fire on the stairs to discourage anyone else from going up to harrass them.
I'm not primarily a tactician, but what do you think?"