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[Adventure] The Paper Chase (Judge: renau1g)

Antithetist

Villager
Grys starts the exodus from the Tower's Shard, and five others keen to take up Professor Farrow's offer of gainful employment soon follow his lead. Outside the inn it's a fine day, pleasant and mild. The bustling streets are dappled in shifting patterns where shafts of sunlight are able to pierce the throng of towers that rears up above Dura. A rank of skycabs is visible a little way down the street, providing the most obvious means of transport to the university district of Upper Menthis.


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Figured I'd get this started up so that you guys can rp a little and get to know each other while you're travelling. Still waiting for a conclusion about our possible 6th party member but no reason you guys can't chat in the meantime.


Player Characters:
Mythra (Luinnar) - Eladrin Wizard 4
kal'Tarron (rb780nm) - Deva Avenger 4
Grys (KarinsDad) - Eladrin Swordmage/Wizard 4
Serris (raion) - Human Ardent/Battlemind 4
Baracus(Cleverusername) - Human Fighter 4
Orsik (MetaVoid) - Goliath Runepriest 4

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RULES:

- Please include a summary of your character's stats and current status (hp, surges, powers used, temporary buffs/debuffs and so on) and a link to your character sheet in your first post, and in each post you make during combat. Cleverusername, I already have your sheet - thanks. KD, I know you lost your character from the wiki, do you perhaps have a character builder file that you could send me? Email inarticule[at]googlemail.com.

- Please make an account at Invisible Castle if you don't already have one. If you're making a roll, do it there, and include a link to it in your post. If you have another diceroller you prefer to use then let me know so I can check it out and give it the thumbs-up.

- I will make use of sblocks. Sometimes these will contain information that requires you to beat a certain skill check DC to access it, sometimes they will be directed at specific players. Either way, please abide by the honour system and don't read sblocks that you shouldn't.

- I will roll initiative for everybody to keep things moving. Players who beat the enemies' Init will go first, then all the enemies (on the same count), then all the players. You don't need to wait for your own specific Initiative count to post, and actions will be resolved in the order that they are posted.

- If you make a wishlist, I'll consult it when I'm distributing loot.

- I'm hoping for a fast-ish posting rate. 1/day would be lovely. If any of you guys know you won't be able to make that routinely, tell me now so I can adjust my expectations. Otherwise, if I'm waiting on a post from somebody and they're holding up the game for more than 24 hours, they'll be NPCd. If your posting will be interrupted temporarily (for holidays or suchlike) then just tell me beforehand.
 
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Luinnar

Villager
Mythra walks out of the tavern ignoring the others. Hopefully they won't get in his way. I see that other Eladrin is here, the one who "eats dwarfs." Hopefully he won't be so happy this time. Mythra thinks. He can't abide be unnaturally happy people.

Martha, Mythra white cat familiar makes her was among the people with interest. It gives everyone a look. If it could talk it would say "New people to scratch me around the ears; and maybe we will see some of those funny things with swords to scratch!"


[sblock=ooc]
The dwarf thing is a joke from our last adventure :p
Mythra Stelwart[Sblock=stats]
Male Eladrin Wizard 4
Medium natural humanoid (Fey)
Initiative +3; Senses Passive Insight 19, Passive Perception 19
HP 38/38hp, Bloodied 19, Surge Value 19, Surges 9/9
AC 17; Fortitude 15, Reflex 16, Will 17
Saving Throws +5 vs Charm Effects
Speed 6
Action Points:1
Second Wind: Not Used

Powers:
At will:
Illusory Ambush
Storm Pillar

Ghost Sound
Light
Mage Hand
Presidigitation

Encounter:
Fey Step
Shield
Grasping Shadows
Shock Beetle Swarm
Tome of Binding


Daily:
Sleep
Summon Tome

[/Sblock][/sblock]
 
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renau1g

Villager
A few kobold grifters look ready to make a play for the eladrin, but seeing the others hurrying to catch up, scurry back to the shadows of an alleyway.

[sblock=ooc]
Judge here [/sblock]
 

raion

Villager
Serris walks out of the tavern and over towards the skycabs. His bag is back over his shoulder, and he's obviously leaning on the spear. He gets a short distance before he stops, looks around, and takes a deep breath. A wave of contentment flows around him as he continues to walk.. slower this time.

[sblock=ooc]Sorry, new here.. I'll try another color..[/sblock]

[sblock=sheet]Serris - Male Human Ardent|Battlemind (Mantle: Elation) 4
Passive Perception: 13, Passive Insight: 13
AC:20, Fort:18, Ref:18, Will:20 -- Speed:5(6 w/ pp)
HP:45/45, Bloodied:22, Surge Value:11, Surges Left: 11/11
Power Points: 4, Action Points: 1, MI Daily Uses: 1, Second Wind: not used
Powers: Ire Strike, Energizing Strike, Whirling Defense
Battlemind’s Demand, Mindspike, Spectral Legion
Ardent Surge, Implanted Suggetion, Feather Step
Byeshk Spear Power
Mantle of Elation: Serris and each ally within 5 squares has +3 to damage rolls for opportunity Attacks. Each ally within 5 squares gets +2 to diplomacy and intimidate.
Conditions: None[/sblock]

Serris Vilman
 

KarinsDad

Villager
"Well, do we want to take a cab, or do we want to walk and save money on this fine day?" Grys asks. "It's only a few miles away."

[sblock=Luinnar]
Don't worry. Grys is far from a happy guy. He just happens to be on one of his upswings in mood. The opposite is sure to show up. ;)
[/sblock]

[sblock=stats]
Grys - Male Eladrin Hybrid Swordmage Wizard
Medium natural humanoid (Fey)
Advantageous Conditions:
Adverse Conditions:
Initiative: +3
Passive Insight: 13 Passive Perception: 18
Senses: Low Light Vision
HP 39/39
Bloodied 19
Surge Value 9; Surges Per-Day 8/8
AC 22 Fortitude 14 Reflex 18 Will 17 Speed 6
Saving Throws +5 vs Charm Effects
Action Points: 1
Second Wind: Not Used

Powers:
At will:
Scorching Burst
Sword Burst
Familiar Harrier
Ghost Sound
Light
Mage Hand
Presidigitation

Encounter:
Fey Step
Aegis of Shielding
Sword of Sigils
Fire Shroud

Daily:
Flaming Sphere

Trained: 8 Athletics, 8 Endurance, 8 Perception, 8 Stealth

Untrained: 3 Acrobatics, 11 Arcana, 1 Bluff, 1 Diplomacy, 3 Dungeoneering, 3 Heal, 11 History, 3 Insight, 1 Intimidate, 3 Nature, 7 Religion, 1 Streetwise, 3 Thievery

Feats:
Hybrid Talent
Arcane Familiar
White Lotus Riposte

Magic Items:
+2 Challenge-Seeking Longsword
+2 Magic CLoth Armor
Gauntlets of Arcane Might
+1 Amulet of Protection
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Antithetist

Villager
[sblock=ooc]
Judge here [/sblock]
[sblock=OOC]Thanks r1! Apparently it's not possible for me to edit the title of my thread. Doh. Hopefully a kindly moderator will update it at some point. fixed[/sblock]


[sblock=ooc]Sorry, new here.. I'll try another color..[/sblock]
[sblock=OOC]Hell, nothing to apologise for, just a coincidental clash. Thanks for changing it, I updated the first post with the new colour. Just ask if you have any queries as a newbie, I'll be happy to help you along.[/sblock]
 
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renau1g

Villager
[sblock=update title]
You need to hit edit & then there's something that says "go Advanced" which will take you to a new screen that will all you to edit the title [/sblock]
 
"You ain't gettin' me on any of those sky cabs, flying's for fools. You get up there, something happens...you fall and *splat*, not to mention those sky pirates I keep hearing about. No, I'll be walking." Baracus says, punching his right fist into his left palm to emphasize the splat


[sblock=ooc]

Baracus[Sblock=stats]
Male Human Fighter 4
Medium natural humanoid
Initiative +3; Senses Passive Insight 14, Passive Perception 14
HP 52/52hp, Bloodied 26, Surge Value 13, Surges 11/11
AC 22; Fortitude 23, Reflex 16, Will 16
Speed 5
Action Points:1
Second Wind: Not Used

Powers:
At will:
Grappling Strike
Knockdown Assault
Dual Strike


Encounter:
Takedown Attack
Slamming Rush
Forceful Drag


Daily:
Villain's Menace
Dwarven Scale Armor +1

[/Sblock][/sblock]
 
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rb780nm

Villager
kal'Tarron exits the Tavern behind Grys. "I am happy to walk"

[sblock=OOC] Is this text color any better? Also, I'm happy to average 1post/day - but I'm travelling next week, so there might be a 24hr gap in posting monday/tuesday[/sblock]

[sblock=Character Stats: kal'Tarron]kal'Tarron - Male Deva Avenger - Medium natural humanoid (Immortal)

Initiative: +3 - Passive Insight: 18- Passive Perception: 21
HP 44/44 - Bloodied 22 - Surge Value 11; Surges Per-Day 8/8
AC 21 - Fortitude 14 Reflex 17 Will 17 Speed 6
Action Points: 1 -Second Wind: Not Used
Powers: At will: Bond of Retribution - Radiant Vengance
Encounter: Oath of Emnity - Channel Divinity (Abjure/Guide/Prey) - Avenging Echo - Halo of Fire Memory of a Thousand Lifetimes
Daily: Temple of Light -Blessing of Vengeance
Skills: Acrobatics+3,Arcana+6,Athletics+2,Bluff+2,Diplomacy+2,Dungeoneering+6, Endurance+3,Heal+11,History+8,Insight+8,Intimidate+2,Nature+6,Perception+11,
Religion+13,Stealth+8,Streetwise+2,Thievery+3
Feats:Auspicious Lineage, Improved Armour of Faith, Balinor's Prey
Inventory: Sanguine Robes +1, Bloodclaw Greataxe +2, Holy Symbol of Hope +1, Backpack, Bedroll, Flint and Steel, Belt Pouch, Waterskin, Rations, trail, Rope, silk (50'), Sunrods (2), 391gp, 9sp

wiki page: http://leb.wikia.com/wiki/LEB:pC:kal'Tarron_Alrahain(rb780nm)
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Luinnar

Villager
"Well, do we want to take a cab, or do we want to walk and save money on this fine day?" Grys asks. "It's only a few miles away."
Yes, you would want to walk, Mythra says with a sneer as he walks to the sky cabs. He needed time to think anyway. Think of the best way to get that stupid human alone and mention Jarren's name. This will be an entertaining trip...

Martha stays with Grys however, hoping to get another look at the flying rat that follows him around.


[sblock=KarinsDad]
I have nothing against Grys. Mythra does not either, he generally dislikes everybody ;)[/sblock]
 

MetaVoid

Explorer
"I don't think I can fit into one of those." pleasant baritone bordering on bass say from above. Turning, you see a goliath almost full nine feet in height looking at the flying thing. "But I will try."

He shows interest in tiny creature purring next to him and his hand all but covers the cat entirely.
"We had bigger mice then this feline of yours. Cute though."

"Strange bunch these, but if I understood correctly this is helping some scholar. Maybe I can get access to their libraries if I do them a favor. Ah, curse this small body, I probably couldn't handle proper tome, how do they manage to live here...and they are smaller yet."

OOC: hello, all, proposal passed and I'm allowed to join you. I'll use teal color to better distinguish myself

Italics will represent thoughts/inner dialogue
 
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KarinsDad

Villager
[sblock=KarinsDad]
I have nothing against Grys. Mythra does not either, he generally dislikes everybody ;)[/sblock]
[sblock=OOC]
I know. It's all good.
[/sblock]

"Well, we'll just let Mr. Grumpy Pants take a skycab and we'll meet him over there. It seems that his pet thinks the same thing." Grys laughs.

"In the meantime, those of us that are walking can get better aquainted. I am Grys, a fire mage. I focus mostly on fire spells because I believe that those who prey on others should be punished severely. A quick stab to the heart doesn't give them time to contemplate their misdeeds. Don't get me wrong, I love swords. I carry one myself all of the time. It just isn't a proper weapon of justice. It's more of a weapon of execution and that is not what I strive for. How about the rest of you? What are your abilities and beliefs?" Grys asks.
 

MetaVoid

Explorer
"My beliefs are my own. I lead my people into the battle and direct them to be more efficient. I call focus of the enemy on myself so others can focus on offense instead of defense. And when enemy focuses, I stake them into the ground. Words are my power and my weapon."

Goliath shows his maul covered in runes, his armor also having deep etched designs.
 
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raion

Villager
Serris matches pace with the others talking, and speaks up, "I use my mental energies to protect and encourage my allies.. and what does belief have to do with it? I'm unemployable otherwise. You ever get fired for broadcasting boredom?"
He smiles, as faint waves of amusement radiate from him. "The spear's just a habit. Long sticks keep bad guys at bay."
 
How about the rest of you? What are your abilities and beliefs?" Grys asks.
"Beliefs? That only the strong make the rules, and that you gotta be strong or else you end being prey. As a kid I got three meals a day. Oatmeal, miss-a-meal, and no meal. When I was growing up, my family was so poor we couldn't afford to pay attention. Good..bad...whatever, it don't matter much.

What do I do? Well, ain't it obvious? I fight people. I protect people. I'm the best bodyguard you'll see because I'll take an arrow, I'll take a stab wound, I'll get hit upside the head; I ain't afraid of nothin' and nobody. I get nice and close to a guy and once I get my hands on him, the sucka ain't going nowhere. I ain't met anyone who got away once I got me hands on them"
Baracus says as the walk.
 

MetaVoid

Explorer
"
I get nice and close to a guy and once I get my hands on him, the sucka ain't going nowhere. I ain't met anyone who got away once I got me hands on them"
Baracus says as the walk.
OOC: challenge time :) Try to hold still goliath twice your weight and with enough height difference he treats like you're prone ;)

IF we were playing RL game, I'd do it in a second, this way, we'd just waste time
 

KarinsDad

Villager
"Fair enough. I do have a question though. I've heard that grapplers like you Baracus and mentalists like you Serris, have ways to get your foes to focus on yourselves. I too have similar abilities. How do we propose to not trip over each other in the heat of combat?" Grys asks.

[sblock=OOC]
Basically, our three PCs have marks. In the last game I was in, the player of the Warden got annoyed that I overwrote his mark with my mark, even though it was the best tactic at the time.

I don't want a repeat of that. My mark is defensive. It puts -2 to hit on all attacks by the foe and -6 damage for the first successful attack by a foe. I then move to the other side of an encounter so that the foe cannot easily attack Grys. Once my mark is up, it stays on that same foe and I cannot change it until the foe dies or someone else marks that foe. So, I tend to not change it a lot.

Unlike the two of you who will probably tend to be in the faces of the foes you mark, Grys stays away.

But, I do prefer putting Grys' mark on the last foe of an encounter because it does shut down that last foe quite a bit unless there is a reason someone else's mark is better.

I don't want to get into mark wars though.

Thoughts on when / how to use our marks cooperatively?

Does anyone else in the group have a power that marks?
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MetaVoid

Explorer
[sblock=Mark wars]
I don't have marks, I just want to point out that even if someone overwrites your own mark, he had reason to do so (maybe fighter wanted to stop movement instead of having your mark lower damage or you thought fighter or I needed breathing room etc...)

Simple solution is: just accept your mark has been overwritten and that's that.

Now, cooperating in PbP means getting tactics hammered out in advance, so hammer away!
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