[Adventure] New Cyre Borderlands (Judge: )

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Luinnar

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150 gold is hardly a lot for a Eldrin of my ability; but I suppose it will have to do. Mythra says with an air of arrogance.
 

RickRoll

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Again, looking at the Captain.

"So will Lightning Rail transportation be supplied back to Sharn from New Cyre after the contract is completed? And will you be supplying horses to go from New Cyre to the tower, or will we be walking? Either way, how far is it from New Cyre to the tower? Will food and other supplies for the mission be made available once we get to New Cyre? Finally, will either or both of you gentlemen be returning to New Cyre with us on the Lightning Rail?

I, for one, am eager to get back out into the field. This sounds like a reasonable assignment to me. Sixteen or so foes when we arrive, possibly a few dozen more as the week wears on. We'll just need a rough map of the interior and exterior of the tower from Sorik here before we leave. In fact, the tower might even be deserted when we arrive.

And like always, we'll need the contract written out with details on the mission, along with method and time of payment. I assume you have the papers already prepared."
Sorik will produce a paper and begin sketching a rough outline of the area (see attached). He explains "The tower wasn't done yet, in fact, we ran into some supply issues getting the stones up there so we haven't even got to the second floor repair works yet, just began laying the stairway leading up and getting the supports in the ceiling. " the man says.

"We will attend to some other matters here in Sharn, I know I personally will be having a discussion with House Deneith over some internal matters..." Faringray says, staring daggers at Sorik "Transportation will be provided each way, I will arrange the trip and pay for your ticket to New Cyre. Once completed we will arrange for your return trip. We have the House Sivis notarized documents here containing the important information about the work. Travel rations and basic supplies can be provided as necessary, I will write you a personal note to bring to the quartermaster for this. We cannot spare any horses right now, but the trip is only about 30 miles, so no more than a day and a half on foot. I will have returned to New Cyre by the time you complete this task so I will leave word for you at the main government building. Seek me out there. I trust these terms are satisfactory?" he continues, producing six copies of the same document, one signature from himself, with House Sivis' symbol notarizing it. He asks you to sign his copy.

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So in game terms you can have a reasonable amount of rations (enough for a tenday or so) as well as torches, rope, etc. We'll glaze over this portion as it's mundane. Please let me know once you've got anything from the stores and RP the entrance to the Lightning Rail. Next post will be with you exiting New Cyre, unless there's something specific you need there [/sblock]
 

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KarinsDad

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"This all seems proper." Grys says shaking the Captain's hand and ensuring that everyone signs the various copies.

"If Sorik would be so kind as to mark North on the map, I think we'll have all we need."

"Susan, would you carry the map and the note for the quartermaster? Not only would someone trying to steal them think twice before making an attempt against you, but I've heard that Warforged do not sleep. Keep them safe as we will have need of them."

Once all of the arrangements are made, Grys will head into the Lightning Rail station.
 

evilbob

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"Certainly. No, I do not sleep. Nor do I eat, so I will not need rations." Unit 16 gathers supplies as necessary for the group and then heads with the others to the lightning rail.

[sblock=ooc]Unit 16 can frankly carry any and everything you need carried... He still has about 100 lbs left to go on his normal load.

He already has a rope and such and his shield arm can't carry a torch, so I don't think he needs anything for himself.[/sblock]
On the way to the transport, Unit 16 asks generally about the fighting tactics of the eladrin members of the group.

[sblock=ooc]I know how wizards work pretty well (is Mythra a staff wizard or something else?), but mostly I was wondering how Grys works. Do you wade into melee or blast from afar? 16 gets bonuses to hit for just having an ally next to a creature (Warforged Tactics), so I wondered if Grys was another front-liner or if this was a party of four ranged guys and me. :) Also, is this too much OOC tactics stuff or is this ok, RickRoll?[/sblock]
 

Luinnar

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[sblock=ooc]I know how wizards work pretty well (is Mythra a staff wizard or something else?), but mostly I was wondering how Grys works. Do you wade into melee or blast from afar? 16 gets bonuses to hit for just having an ally next to a creature (Warforged Tactics), so I wondered if Grys was another front-liner or if this was a party of four ranged guys and me. :) Also, is this too much OOC tactics stuff or is this ok, RickRoll?[/sblock]
[sblock=ooc]Mythra is a tome wizard (from Arcane Power). Once per day he can add extra damage to a summoned creature's attacks. He can also swap out his daily power for a summon power with his Tome equipment ability.

The fire warrior summon is OK, he is basically a fighter but he can fly. Burning Sphere is better, but has less maneuverability and does not get Attacks of Opportunity or the bonus from the tome ability (it is conjuration). If I summon it you could be next to it for your bonus (I suppose it counts); Jarren's spirit companion might be a candidate too.

My encounter power is pretty good CC, Storm Pillar is fairly good trap like ability (I think it takes up a space too) and the other encounter is trap like a well.

Once we get in the tower he will be good at setting up a defensive positions. The summon last until the end of the encounter. If it dies though he take a lot of damage, and he only has half his HP.
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Mezegis

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Ryda follows the group to the lightning rail, listening to the discussion of tactics. She smiles slightly, knowing that the skills of the two newcomers could only increase the teams potency.

Too bad neither of you can heal, Susan likes to get beat up something fierce. Jarren was nearly overworked keep her fighting last time. laughs the half-orc, playfully rapping on Unit 16's shield with a knuckle.
 

Luinnar

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Ryda follows the group to the lightning rail, listening to the discussion of tactics. She smiles slightly, knowing that the skills of the two newcomers could only increase the teams potency.

Too bad neither of you can heal, Susan likes to get beat up something fierce. Jarren was nearly overworked keep her fighting last time. laughs the half-orc, playfully rapping on Unit 16's shield with a knuckle.
I have mastered the art of using my innate Eldrin powers to get you out of harm's way of my spells; but all my other abilities are more...dangerous. says Mythra with a smirk.

[sblock=ooc]I have a feat that once per encounter I can burn an Fey Step use to get you away from an AOE of my spells. If I don't teleport you where you want to go please tell me where to teleport you :) [/sblock]
 

KarinsDad

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"Well, I cannot heal. But, I throw minor force discs out during combat to protect one ally a little and I can also distract my enemies somewhat. I should be able to use the discs to protect Susan on occassion so that Jarren does not need to heal her quite as often. My perspective, though, is that offense is the best defense. The faster we take out each foe, the less damage that foe can do to us."

Once the group is on the train, Grys says some more:

"This is KeKe." Grys says, pulling a small demonic creature out of his pocket. "Don't let his appearance fool you. He's actually quite harmless. But, he can assist us in combat. I send him invisibly in amongst our foes and he can distract them so that our melee combatants like Susan here or any of our summoned allies can get a bit of a drop on them." Grys then puts KeKe back.

"Personally, I prefer to stay out of a lot of close combat. I'm hardly dressed for it." Grys says, indicating his regular clothes and lack of armor of any sort. "But, I will move into close combat on occassion. I am not very good with my sword in melee, but I can use it to send out arcane blasts of Force."

"My personal thought was that Susan appears to be the best protected, so she should be up in front the most. I should stay near the center of the group where I can assist where needed. The rest of the team should spread out where they think they are most useful, preferably in areas of cover. I am fairly mobile, so I should be able to move from hot spot to hot spot. But I tend to not stay in one place for long, so I won't be able to help Susan too much. The summoned creatures and companion will have to fill up that niche. Along with Susan, they are our front line."

"Did you bring enough arrows Ryda? Hobgoblins multiply like rabbits. We might be in for a long haul."

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Re: Summoned Creatures. Mythra can dismiss the creature before it dies so that he does not need to expend a healing surge.

Re: Storm Pillar. It does not take up a space. Anyone can move into it's square, it just cannot be conjured into an occupied square. One of the best ways to use it is to put it in the square above a foe. That way, that foe is locked down from any normal movement unless it wants to take damage.

Re: Creatures. My familiar cannot prevent a foe from moving into its square, but Jarren's spirit companion and Mythra's summoned allies can. We should be able to often set it up so that Susan isn't surrounded. The spirit companion, however, is pretty limited. It cannot flank. But, it does take up a square which is helpful, and it is also immune to burst and blast attacks, so those of us with bursts or blasts that target creatures do not have to worry about damaging the spirit companion. Such attacks might, however, damage my familiar or Mythra's summoned allies.

A good tactic is to have the spirit companion out in front the most, even in front of Susan before we get into an encounter. If foes move in to attack the companion, then Mythra and I can blast them with Grasping Shadows and Scorching Burst without having to worry about harming the spirit companion, or Susan for that matter. And, the spirit companion might be able to set off traps so that Susan doesn't.

Re: Marks. Susan's mark is better than Grys', so she should mark most foes as often as possible. However, Grys' mark is what lessens the damage an ally takes, so she shouldn't override his mark too often. But, there will be times where it is best for her to override it so that he can use it on someone else instead. Also, whichever foe Grys has marked should typically be the last foe we attack since Grys reduces the damage done by that foe if it attacks anyone besides Grys. For all intents and purposes, Grys decreases the effectiveness of one foe per encounter, so that foe should often be the last to fall. I will try to make this an elite or other strong foe each time so that we can concentrate on shifting action economy to our favor as fast as possible.
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Antithetist

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"I'll be impressed if these hogoblins manage to press Susan as hard as the Owlbear did," Jarren puts in with a smile on the back of Ryda's remarks.

"My spirit ally can take form where it is needed, and it can take a lot of physical punishment without serious risk. So, yes, it can serve as a distraction or a shield," he replies to Grys. "But I also channel many other spirits through my bonded companion. The more that we stay grouped up, the more of us I can aid at once in that way. Balance that against the possible benefits of spreading out."

[sblock=OOC]Sudden Call lets me port my Spirit Companion around as a Free Action multiple times per round, so for instance I can send it up to the front lines to target Susan/ Unit 16 (who is a he, by the way :p) with the addditional healing from a Healing Spirit (Minor Action), and then hit something with Watcher's Strike (Standard Action) and resummon the Companion next to our ranged attackers to provide +1 on attack rolls and a Fort/Ref/Will defense benefit to everybody adjacent.

If we use the Companion as a front line blocker, chances are that only U16 will ever get the (constant) f/r/w defense bonus and the possible +1 attack buff from Watcher's Strike, which might be a bit of a waste compared to the possibility of it otherwise providing those buffs to the whole rest of the party if we group up as a bunch at range (though obviously that can be riskier if we're facing enemies with Burst attacks).

Not saying that the Spirit Companion should never be on the front lines, 'cos it's certainly useful for that too (not least because it has a great OA option which hits anything moving out of adjacent squares - even if it moved into a nonadjacent square, thanks to the range of 2 from my Totemic Spear - which also provides temporary hp to allies), but flexibility is the thing.[/sblock]
 

evilbob

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"I redirect the enemy's focus to myself."
[sblock=ooc]Unit 16 doesn't care which pronoun you use. :)

16's tactic is to stand in the middle of everything and grab all the enemy's attention and get beat on. His AC is very high and he can make it higher, so the idea is to make the enemies waste their attacks. Alternately, he punishes those who ignore him with damage or negatives to hit (that's his mark). He also has good HP and his 2nd wind is designed to get used every battle, so he recovers well, too. His only fault is that his to-hit is a bit low, so he misses more often.

It is worth noting that when you're fighting a level n+4 elite who can hit you all the time anyway, this tactic does break down a bit. :)

Regarding allies: unless I am mistaken, I think generally things that are summoned do not flank and do not count as allies for the purposes of Warforged Tactics. Sometimes they specify that they flank, but I'm pretty sure nothing we can bring to the table would count as an "ally" for the purposes of 16's feat. I could be wrong, though.

It's ok, though: I traded his feat that made his OAs so good they would never get triggered for Warforged Tactics, so no worries if this one doesn't get used as well. :)[/sblock]
 

KarinsDad

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Turning to Jarren:

"Yes, you should do what you think best in combat. Your companion will make a great front liner a good majority of the time, but you will need to balance that with circumstances and the needs of the rest of the team. For example, if the Hobgoblins have archers, you may want to distract them by putting your companion in amongst the enemy archers."

[sblock=OOC]Sudden Call lets me port my Spirit Companion around as a Free Action multiple times per round, so for instance I can send it up to the front lines to target Susan/ Unit 16 (who is a he, by the way :p) with the addditional healing from a Healing Spirit (Minor Action), and then hit something with Watcher's Strike (Standard Action) and resummon the Companion next to our ranged attackers to provide +1 on attack rolls and a Fort/Ref/Will defense benefit to everybody adjacent.

If we use the Companion as a front line blocker, chances are that only U16 will ever get the (constant) f/r/w defense bonus and the possible +1 attack buff from Watcher's Strike, which might be a bit of a waste compared to the possibility of it otherwise providing those buffs to the whole rest of the party if we group up as a bunch at range (though obviously that can be riskier if we're facing enemies with Burst attacks).

Not saying that the Spirit Companion should never be on the front lines, 'cos it's certainly useful for that too (not least because it has a great OA option which hits anything moving out of adjacent squares - even if it moved into a nonadjacent square, thanks to the range of 2 from my Totemic Spear - which also provides temporary hp to allies), but flexibility is the thing.[/sblock]
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Calling Susan a she is roleplaying. I figured that she was a he, but Grys does not know that. In reality, Warforged are neither, they just happened to take the characteristics of one or the other and by picking Susan as a name, Unit 16 has taken the characteristics of a female until Unit 16 says otherwise.

Unfortunately, Grys is not designed to be a front line combatant. The only other PC with a good AC is Ryda and she is not designed to be a melee combatant. So, we are mostly left with Susan and the spirit companion to hold the line.

As for Protector Spirit Adept, it's kind of like Ryda's Prime Shot. She will rarely get to use it. At least Jarren will get to use Protector Spirit Adept on many rounds, even if he cannot always get a lot of PCs with it. But this group is not melee heavy, so we shouldn't clump up and play them melee heavy, just to get Protector Spirit Adept in use more often. Obvious, each situation will be different and what works for one will not work for another, so we do need to be flexible. I just see that the spirit companion out in front of everyone including Susan to be a good solid tactic for the start of encounters. Presumably, RR will have foes not ignore the companion most of the time, so we should be able to get a few area effects that harm foes, but do not harm the companion. The vast majority of effects do not affect the companion in any way, so it should be used as bait as often as possible.

Although this group is not melee heavy, we are effect heavy. Nearly all of us have some ways in which to help allies or hinder enemies and that is where our strengths lie. As an example, Grys will often move next to the spirit companion (once Jarren tells Grys knows about Protector Spirit Adept) just to be near the front and to get the bonus. If Grys moves next to the companion and then Jarren teleports the companion away, that kind of defeats the purpose of that movement. So I don't see moving the companion a lot as a way to help the team a lot. Sure, it needs to be done when it needs to be done, but the companion should be a front liner as often as possible and not in the back with this particular group of PCs.

Jarren is designed to move the companion often and to have a lot of allies around the companion, and that's great. Unfortunately, this group is not designed with a lot of melee types (Barbarian, Rogue, melee Ranger, etc.) to take advantage of that. Just like Susan is designed to have a better chance to hit an enemy if the enemy is adjacent to an ally, that won't happen too often either. Grys and Mythra's summoned allies will be able to allow that to work on occasion, but I doubt Jarren will manage multiple adjacent allies often without weakening the front line more than it assists the back rank.

You can run the companion as a back rank +1 defense/attack boost, but as a general rule, that just means that foes will get into the back rank faster in some circumstances because of there being one less body in the front ranks.

Obviously, not all encounters will even have a front line. Foes will come from multiple directions, so the companion should sometimes be used to create a second "front line" away from Susan.

Grys as well is not designed to be front line, but there will be times when he will need to pick a side of the party to protect. I want to run him as a back rank spell caster and to not have him in melee at all, but I will more often have to run him as a second rank defender. That's just how things will work out with this particular group of PCs.
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RickRoll

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[sblock=ooc]I know how wizards work pretty well (is Mythra a staff wizard or something else?), but mostly I was wondering how Grys works. Do you wade into melee or blast from afar? 16 gets bonuses to hit for just having an ally next to a creature (Warforged Tactics), so I wondered if Grys was another front-liner or if this was a party of four ranged guys and me. :) Also, is this too much OOC tactics stuff or is this ok, RickRoll?[/sblock]
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I'm fine with this outside of combat, but inside I'd prefer things to be IC, ie "Susan, get back I'm going to blast them" from Mythra and that way Unit 16 gets the jist of it. If there was a kalashter with Group Link feat (is that the name of it?) I'd be more open to some OOC chatter, but otherwise that feats useless. Also, you can be discussing this stuff on the train so that's also fine. In the interesting of moving the game along it's ok this way to summarize what your characters strengths are, especially to the ones who haven't adventured together.[/sblock]
 

Mezegis

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Well, since we seem to not have much in the way of melee fighters, I can pseudomelee distraction. I am quite skilled at skirmish fighting, and can slide in and out of melee range at will. As such, if need be, I can be up near Susan most of the time to keep them away from you casters. says Ryda as the group navigates their way to the Lightning Rail

[sblock=Ryda’s skills]I built her to be very much a skirmish fighter, and nearly all of her powers allow her to shift before, during, or after the shot. As such, she can still be “ranged” while in melee most of the time (shift back, shoot, shift up) and try to offtank any that get by Unit 16. Her AC with her armor boost is the same as Unit 16’s, so I’m hoping she might do a fair job at it. [/sblock]
 

Antithetist

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Jarren quirks an eyebrow at Grys, but nods good-humouredly enough. "Like you say, I'll do what the situation calls for. It seemed sensible to let you know how I work best, that's all."


[sblock=OOC]My bad on Unit 16's implied gender. :p I thought he identified as male but had simply made an unusual choice of name.

I'm not unhappy with the prospect of my Spirit Companion being upfront and acting as a blocker and distraction most of the time, but I think it's nice to have the option of buffing the ranged attackers as well. Depending on the situation, one or the other might make more sense. For instance, in Grys's example of an archer-heavy enemy force, I would be inclined to have the Companion buffing our own ranged attackers rather than wading into the enemy. I just can't see it looking like much of a threat to them, even if it's in their midst, compared with the punishment that our Strikers and Controllers will be putting out there - so it seems better to just do what I can to buff those guys rather than trying tenuous distraction tactics on the enemy.

Note, also, that I can bring the Companion back to use Healing Spirit and grant temporary HP (via Strengthening Spirit) to as many people as are adjacent to it, and then put it back on the front lines in the same turn. In short, I don't think that it's by any means impossible that I'll get a good chance to buff the ranged guys now and then just because we're short on melee. If the ranged guys want to make the most of those opportunities when they come up, they should stay within a couple squares of each other. It's not vital, but if there's no particular reason not to do it, then it might come in handy.

It's also worth mentioning seperately that if multiple people are wounded and want healing then, all other things being equal, they should try and be within 2 squares of each other to maximise Jarren's output (he gets to add Con modifier to healing done on allies adjacent to his Companion, and they also gain his Con modifier in temp hp).[/sblock]
 

Luinnar

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[sblock=ooc]Mythra's cat will be useful in scouting for enemies as it does not have a range limitation. The only problem is that it will have to report back as I don't have the feat to communicate with it telepathically. (granted the feat is only 10 squares maximum range)[/sblock]
 

KarinsDad

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Well, since we seem to not have much in the way of melee fighters, I can pseudomelee distraction. I am quite skilled at skirmish fighting, and can slide in and out of melee range at will. As such, if need be, I can be up near Susan most of the time to keep them away from you casters. says Ryda as the group navigates their way to the Lightning Rail
"Well, with this being said, I too am fair at being a skirmish fighter. In fact, I will need to move forward on occasion to use some of my short range arcane spells. We may want to consider the companion in the far front rank, Susan in the front rank, Ryda and myself in the second rank, and Jarren and Mythra in the back rank at the start of combat if possible. Unfortunately for Susan, you cannot provide her with flank because of your typical lack of melee weapons in use Ryda. However, Keke can fulfill that role on occassion, as can I. As a standard rule though, I prefer to stay out of close combat most of the time due to my lack of armor. But, I can easily stay near the front where I can assist as needed."

Jarren quirks an eyebrow at Grys, but nods good-humouredly enough. "Like you say, I'll do what the situation calls for. It seemed sensible to let you know how I work best, that's all."
"Of course. As you were indicating your best individual tactics, I was merely pointing out that subpar individual tactics are sometimes the best team tactics. If we could get the vast majority of enemy attacks to target your mostly immune companion instead of one of us, that would often be an optimal goal. Obviously, that will not often happen, but it's something to keep in mind. Your companion can help in many different ways and be of assistance for more than just healing and buffing. Keke too can help in more ways than just one as can Mythra's cat. A single attack will send Keke back to the spirit world for a short while, but a single attack against Keke or Mythra's cat is one fewer attack against the rest of us. The same is often true for your companion and for Mythra's summoned allies as well. And hence, the reason for this tactical discussion. None of us knows everyone else's skills or the best way to use them for the benefit of the team." Grys says.
 
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evilbob

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[sblock=ooc]Couple of quick things, none of which are really worth belaboring:
...on Unit 16's implied gender. :p I thought he identified as male but had simply made an unusual choice of name.
You are 100% correct. I think KarinsDad was just saying "Grys doesn't know that."

I think you don't need a melee weapon to flank anymore. Anyone can flank with anything - you just "must be able to attack."

As for tactics: "best laid plans..." We all know best what our characters can do; it'll sort itself out when we get in combat.[/sblock]
Unit 16 casually listens during the train ride as his companions speak of tactics, knowing his place is always between the enemy and his allies.
 

Antithetist

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With nothing more of import to add to the tactical discussion, and no desire to turn it into a pedantic squabble, Jarren sits back and does his best to follow Susan's good example of detached receptiveness.


[sblock=OOC]My correction on Unit 16's gender was because 'she' started cropping up in OOC text too - if it had only been in IC speech, I would have taken it for RP. Anyhow, let's move on. ;)[/sblock]
 
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