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Adventure: Three Queens in Allaria (DM: BenBrown, Judge: Covaithe)

BenBrown

Villager
Three Queens in Allaria
An Adventure for Characters Beginning at Levels 3 - 4

Player Characters:

Pharodeys (Mewness) Living Statue Shaman 3 (Leader)
Sound of Stone (rb780nm) Thri-Kreen Monk 4 (Striker)
Jarro "Spider" Sarak (Tenchuu) Half-Orc Slayer 4 (Striker)
Tyris (VanderLegion) Shade Assassin 3 (Striker)
Zardi (bluesfella) Goliath Barbarian 4 (Striker)
The Cursed One (jbear) Human Paladin/Warlock 3 (Defender/Striker)

[sblock=Introduction, Rules, Notes]Welcome to Three Queens in Allaria

I’ll be keeping a plot summary updated in one of the spoiler blocks below, and there will also be a list of important NPCs. It can be very hard to remember what’s going on in a PbP game, as combats interrupt the story and can take ages to resolve. So if you can’t remember what the hell is happening, hopefully, it’s somewhere on this page.

Posting frequency: Please aim to post once a day if you can (don’t worry too much about weekends, as they are generally slow). If you can post even more frequently, feel free. If a response from you is required, I will wait for two days (with more flexibility if the two days are over a weekend) before NPCing you and moving on (and I will get annoyed if this happens more than a couple of times). Try to keep up a good posting rate even out of combat: remember that no-one can tell the difference between an inactive player and one who is paying close attention but not posting anything. Everyone appreciates responsiveness--a responsive group makes all the difference between a really great adventure and a mediocre one, so I encourage you to find things to say even if your character doesn’t have much to do in the current situation. Posting something like “Bertie quickly gets bored by the conversation, so he goes off a little way and amuses himself by stomping on ants” is perfectly fine. In fact it’s great, because it gives others something to respond to. Anything is an improvement on silence.

If you will be away for longer than a couple of days, or if your life is getting hectic and you need to slow down, please PM me or warn us in this thread. An unexplained absence of a week or more may lead to my searching for a replacement.

Die Rollers: There are a number of die rollers available on-line. this die roller claims to pull its numbers from Random.org and which, therefore, should actually generate random results. Feel free to use it (but please post all of your rolls for this adventure under the same campaign name). There's also Invisible Castle as well as the die roller built into this board. Be as specific as you can in the notes you add to your die formula before you roll it--specify what you are doing and to whom, as well as what defense you're targeting if it's not AC. i.e. “twin strike on Nincompoop 5.” “Blazing starfall (ref.) on B6-D8, catching Cloddenbeadles 1, 3, and 4.”

Spoiler Blocks: Spoiler blocks with skill requirements will be labeled “active,” “passive,” or sometimes “active or passive.” “Active” means that you must make the check in order to have access to the information within that block; “passive” means that you must have a sufficient passive score (10+skill bonus) in the skill. “Active or passive” means that you can either use your passive score or make a check if your passive score isn’t high enough.

Incidentally, I have no problem with your reading spoiler blocks that you’re not strictly entitled to, so long as you don’t have your character use the information therein.

Character Themes: Themes are allowed on L4W, so they are available for characters in this adventure. However, until and unless everyone's got a theme, please don't use your theme powers. If you need help with themes feel free to ask.

Treasure: If you have items you would like specifically, please put them on a wish list. Otherwise, I'll distribute appropriate-level armor, weapons, and neck items as part of the treasure.

PC Stat Blocks: Please make a summary of your character’s stats and include it in your first post. You should also include it whenever you take a turn in combat, and whenever something happens out of combat that alters your hit points, surges, action points, etc. Here’s a sample stat block:
[sblock=Kaeysari stat block]Kaeysari Female Longtooth Shifter Fighter 5
Initiative: +4, Passive Perception: 20, Passive Insight: 15, Senses: Low-light
AC:21, Fort:19, Reflex:16, Will:16
+2 to all defenses against opportunity attacks
Any critical hit that hits Kaeysari has a 25% chance of being converted to a normal hit instead.

:bmelee: +11 vs. AC, 2d4+7 damage
+3 to opportunity attacks.
If any adjacent enemy marked by Kayesari shifts or makes an attack that does not include her, she may make a melee basic attack against that enemy.

HP:32/52, Bloodied:26, Surge Value:13, Surges left:9/10
Action Points: 2, Second Wind: unused
Powers: Cleave, Footwork Lure
Covering Attack, Dance of Steel, Longtooth Shifting, Healer's Gift
Villain's Menace, Crashing Assault, Healing Word
Staggering Glaive (Daily)
[/sblock]For speedier PbP combat, we will be using the Malenkirk Conventions for initiative and order of actions.
[sblock=The Malenkirk Conventions]Mal Malenkirk came up with some house rules for speeding up PbP combat that are now so ubiquitous in L4W that almost nobody actually bothers posting them anymore, which can lead to confusion. Here they are:

1. The DM rolls initiative for everyone to save time. Only one initiative value is rolled for all of the bad guys.

2. Any PCs whose initiative beats the bad guys get to act first. They can act in any order they like and their actions are resolved in the order they are posted.

3. The DM then runs all of the bad guys’ turns together.

4. All of the PCs (including any who won the initiative before) now get a turn. Play then proceeds with all the bad guys having another turn, then all the PCs, etc. Again, the PCs can act in any order, and their actions are resolved in the order of posting.

5. Effects that last until the end of someone’s next turn need a special rule, because the changing order of actions could otherwise lead to abuse. Such an effect gives its benefit (or its penalty) to each recipient for one turn only, no matter when that turn occurs in relation to the other recipients or the originator of the effect.

Example: Suppose that PCs Algie, Bertie, Cecily, Dickie, and Edna act in alphabetical order on round 1. Cecily uses a power that grants herself and all her allies a +1 to attack rolls until the end of her next turn. Dickie and Edna each benefit on round 1, as normal, because they act after Cecily.

On round 2, the PCs happen to act in reverse alphabetical order. Even though Edna and Dickie act before Cecily, they no longer benefit from Cecily’s effect, because they have already had it for one turn. Cecily benefits from it on her turn, just as she normally would, and Bertie and Algie benefit on their turns, even though their turns take place after Cecily’s is over.

This rule can be tricky to apply correctly at the beginning, so let me know if you have any questions about it.

6. To save time, the DM makes enough of the bad guys’ stats available to the players that they can resolve their own attacks and any opportunity attacks that they provoke.

This rule is frequently ignored; many DMs are simply not comfortable disclosing enemy stats on the first round of a fight, and prefer to reveal them gradually. Unfortunately, that can cause delays (players will wait to see whether the previous attack hit or whether a bad guy is bloodied before deciding what to do). What I’m going to do is to put the stats in individual spoiler blocks, and ask you to look at them only when it is necessary for figuring out what happened on your turn, after you have decided what you’re doing and made the rolls. Don’t look at them at other times. You’re on the honor system.

7. If any other issues come up, I will play them by ear (with the help of our good Judge).[/sblock][/sblock][sblock=NPCs]In Daunton
Lord Adelin Mallaby, the expedition's sponsor.

In Allaria
Ismene, bandit queen of northern Allaria.

Sven, wagonmaster of Mallaby's caravan.

A Mystery Woman found upon the road.[/sblock][sblock=Our Story So Far]During his previous trip to Allaria, Lord Adelin Mallaby, a Dauntonian nobleman, encountered the bandit queen Ismene. Now he has come back to the Hanged Man to recruit some of his companions from his prior trip, and others who might join him in a new expedition to the Allarian continent. This one is to aid Ismene in transitioning from a mere bandit queen to a more settled lifestyle, her band acting as a bulwark for the local villages.

The expedition is to meet up with Ismene's band at a place called Capadecol Bridge. Three ox carts with drivers accompanied by the wagonmaster Sven are transported to Ristaren on the Allarian coast, and make their way inland from there. The trip goes without incident until shortly before the group arrives at the bridge. A woman stumbles out of the woods, speaks briefly and collapses. Finding that she is not dead, our heroes load her on to the cart and proceed to the bridge which they find swarming with giant ants.

After defeating the ants and saving the bridge, our heroes meet up with some of Ismene's band, who hide the carts and take them to meet Ismene, who explains her plans for the future and asks them to help out.

There is much to do around the area, but looking out for goblins seems to be our heroes' choice. Accompanied by one of Ismene's people, a warrior named Carlotta as guide, they set out on a sweep to the northeast, and sure enough soon run into a bunch of goblins.

These are soon dispatched with the exception of one who surrenders. He explains that he is part of a group led by someone named Zareska, who has come south from the Hzakan empire, perhaps to carve out her own territory.

As the party begins heading back to camp, they are interrupted by the arrival of a lone traveler, The Cursed One, who is glad to meet people and get some food, and who brings presents for everyone.
[/sblock][sblock=map]
[/sblock][sblock=Experience Records]Start Date: February 23, 2012
The Cursed One Start Date: May 26, 2012

Experience award 1: May 31, 2012[/sblock]
 
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BenBrown

Villager
Dusk approaches as Lord Mallaby leads the way, leaving the Hanged Man, and proceeding down the hill towards the city's docks.
 

bluesfella

Villager
Zardi finishes his wine in one quick gulp, burps, and heads out the door behind Mallaby. His axe is strapped to his back, and he smiles as he walks out of the bar. It has been some time since he has had gainful employment, and is anxious to get started...
 

VanderLegion

Villager
Tyris follows the group down toward the docks, staying in the shadows as much as possible.
OOC: Hmm, theme...apparently I never grabbed one of those for Tyris, I'll hafta look into it...
 

rb780nm

Villager
Sound of Stone walks beside his employer towards the docks.

OOC:
I'll think about a theme and let you know.

 

BenBrown

Villager
GM: By the way, I've noticed that Tyris and Zardi have large amounts of cash lying around. If you want to equip up before the adventure starts in earnest, please feel free to do so.
 

VanderLegion

Villager
OOC: Would Garrote Strangle be considered a grab attack for the purposes of Wrestler's Gloves (+1 bonus to grab attacks)? They're the only things I'm seeing that really interest me that I can afford (everything else pretty much is level 6+). Also, I'll grab the Guttersnipe Theme. Fits well with my background.
 

Tenchuu

Villager
Spider follows along.
OOC: My googling/searching has failed. I didn't know themes existed until today, and I assume they are now allowed in L4e? Is there a page that outlines the rules here.

Giving them a quick glance over, I think Iron Wolf Warrior makes sense for Spider.


[sblock=Action Block, Mini-Stats]

[sblock=Action Block]

Move:
to
Minor: Berserker's Charge Stance
Standard: Charge MBA

  • Target:
  • Attack: 1d20+14=
  • Damage: 1d12+12+1d8= (+1d12 +1d8 on crit) (+2 damage if enemy bloodied)
[/sblock][sblock=Spider Stat block]Jarro 'Spider' Sarak - Male Half-Orc Slayer 4
Initiative: +5, Passive Perception: +11, Passive Insight: +11

Defenses:

AC: 21, Fort: 21, Reflex: 18, Will: 14 -- Speed: 6 (+2 Charging, +2 stance)

Properties:
Superior Fortitude Feat: resist 3 to ongoing damage

Vitality:
HP: 45/45, THP: 0/5 Bloodied: 22, Surge Value: 11, Surges left: 10/10
Action Points: 1/1, Second Wind: not used

Basic Attacks:
:bmelee: Basic Melee Attack: +11 vs AC - Vanguard Fullblade +1 1d12+12 (Crit: +1d12 +1d8)
:ranged: Ranged Basic Attack: +11 vs AC - Dagger 1d4+10

Powers:
At-Will:
MBA, Charge MBA, RBA, Berserker's Charge Stance, Poised Assault Stance, Pass Forward (Move)
Encounter: Sweeping Blow, Furious Assault, Power Strike, Half-Orc Resilience
Daily: Vanguard Weapon Daily, Bestial Hide MBA

Weapons:
1 Vanguard Fullblade +1 1d12
1 Dagger 1d4

[/sblock][sblock=Spider's Journal]
[sblock=Adventure: Get Me to The Church on Time]
1. Lord Adelin Mallaby recruits me and some other adventurers from the Tavern. He asked for protection, on a trip to Allaria. He is to be wed to Elena of Terconis, daughter of the Count of Terconis. According to tradition, the wedding must take place at the ancient chapel of the Terconis family, and the chapel in Count's Crovale lies in the high hills of old Allaria. The lady and the Count are already there.
2. The adventurers board Starlight's Veil, Mallaby's brig. The ship is built for speed, not cargo or battle.
3. Intended Path: Land at Ristaren (100 miles south of Fromish), and make our way up the old highway to here. A mile or two off the highway is the village of Achirem, which is still thriving in the midst of rough country, so they say. From there we cross Derianis ridge, and then down to Crovale. The last part through the hills may be dangerous.
4. We land at Ristaren, and it is a small, poor town.
5. We killed a bunch of spiders.
6. We arrived at Achirem, where Kelvan told us to watch out for:
a. Bramble scar: some kind of trap/pit thing we can't avoid.
b. Hzaka Raiders
c. Ismene: Local robin hood bandit type. Lady, with a band of rugged ladies.
7. Get Jumped, or try to Jump, some Hzaka Raiders.
8. Meet up with Ismene's band, but managed to talk our way through it.
9. Encounter: Angry Bear, Angrier bees, and a hungry frog. Graval got eaten by a frog, but Spider saved him.
10. Meet with Ismene and convince her to give us safe passage if we help her take on a local Goblin raider.
11. Launch surprise attack on Goblin tower. Climb to roof and take out archers. Jump in the tower, and find more hobgoblins.
12. Run in to some creepy mushroom field. Attacked by big mushrooms.
13. Stop to rest in an abandoned (?) charcoal burner's hut.
14. Get to Church: wife/father-in-law sent Lord M on a wild goose chase, and don't want to marry him after all.
15. Find out true love Ismene is kidnapped, and we go to her rescue. Fight a bunch of goblins.
16. Rescue Ismene from dirty goblins, give lord mallaby a chance at true love, and collect rewards.

NickNames
Grava
Strangla
Mount'in-mon
Gold'orn
Mista Magi
Lor' Malabee
[/sblock]
1. Returns to the Tavern.
2. Lord Mallaby returns to the tavern and recruits Spider for a mission to return to Allaria. Need to escort a supply convoy of three wagons down the northerly road from Ristaren. Wagonmaster is named Sven. Map:
http://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss315/randomlinenoise/Three Queens/InitialMap.gif

NickNames
Lor' Malabee
Sven - Wagonmaster
Spirit-Ooman
Sound a Stone - 'alf mantis 'alf amazin
Strangla
Mount'in-mon
[/sblock]
[/sblock]
 

BenBrown

Villager
Spider follows along.
OOC: My googling/searching has failed. I didn't know themes existed until today, and I assume they are now allowed in L4e? Is there a page that outlines the rules here.
OOC: There's been a couple of threads about themes. Here's the proposal thread. I can take 'em or leave 'em, personally, but I wanted to be sure everyone's on the same level.
 
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Mewness

Villager
OOC: Pharodeys has one but I wouldn't use it unless it was cool with the other players anyway (it involves my making die rolls in advance for another character; if you really hate the sound of that and don't want me to do it to you, tell me so).
 

bluesfella

Villager
GM: By the way, I've noticed that Tyris and Zardi have large amounts of cash lying around. If you want to equip up before the adventure starts in earnest, please feel free to do so.
OOC: Good idea - I picked up a set of Acrobat's Boots and an Everburning Torch. Thanks!
 

VanderLegion

Villager
OOC: Would Garrote Strangle be considered a grab attack for the purposes of Wrestler's Gloves (+1 bonus to grab attacks)?
OOC: Anyone know the answer to that (Guess I could always go ask in the discussion thread...). If it works, I'll pick those up, otherwise I'll save the cash for later
 

BenBrown

Villager
Mallaby leads the group down to the harbor, and out on to a pier where an elderly, but sturdy looking ship is tied up. A bemused looking ox is being hoisted aboard via a crane, and several of its fellows mill about on the dock. Sailors not involved in the hoisting watch the process stoically. Writing along the gunwales near the front of the ship proclaim its name to be Calm Digger.

Seeing Mallaby arrive, a young man approaches, wearing a new-looking helmet on his head and bearing a large crossbow slung across his back.

"Ah, Master Sven," Mallaby says. He turns to those who have been following him. "This is Master Sven, who is in charge of the wagons for this expedition. Master Sven, is everything ready?"

"Yes, Lord Mallaby!" Sven replies cheerfully. "The supplies are loaded on board, and there is plenty of space for them, so it didn't take much ingenuity to pack them in tightly, but that's no excuse for sloppiness, and I know sailors like to have their cargo tied down securely in case of storms. They're in with the ship's supplies for the voyage, which if we aren't delayed should be enough to get us to Allaria and them back without having to buy anything there. The drivers on board helping with the oxen, which, as you can see, are being loaded now. We're all ready to go!"

"Good, good. Ah, here comes the captain now. Captain Gadus, is all in readiness?"

A balding, bearded, barefooted man approaches, rolling gently with a sailor's walk.

"Aye," he says. "Tide's high in an hour, then we cast off." He looks over the assembled party, appraising them, but reveals no signs of any conclusions he comes to.

"Then may my friends come aboard?" Mallaby asks.

"Aye," the captain says again.

"Then, my friends, I wish you good luck on your voyage. Master Sven, keep the wagons well. Master Sarak, Master Zardi, Master Tyris, and you, Master Sound of Stone, I know I can trust you to keep everything and everyone safe." He hands his rolled up map and a thick envelope to Spider. "This is a letter for Ismene, which I put into your capable hands. I, alas, will not be accompanying you, but I will follow on when I can, with more supplies. Again, good luck to you all, and may the blessings of the gods go with you."

Mallaby turns and heads back down the dock, to where a carriage has pulled up. Behind gauzy curtains a shapely feminine form is half-visible in the looming twilight.

"Well," says Sven, "Let's get on the ship. I'll show you where things are."
OOC: Sorry about the delay.
 

BenBrown

Villager
The passenger quarters--such as they are--have a somewhat low ceiling, but are roomy enough otherwise although there's very little light and the place smells distinctly of fish. The crew is efficient, and as the tide turns, the ship moves away from the pier and out into the harbor.

The voyage is as uneventful as sea voyages in the shifting seas ever are. While the vessel is being used for transport rather than fishing, the crew still watches the waters for signs of a plentiful catch, and a few long lines are tossed over the stern, which come up with a nice selection of medium-sized game fish, which the ship's cook turns into a pleasantly steaming and tasteful chowder.

The voyage takes no more than a few weeks, and the Calm Digger soon approaches the harbor of Ristaren on the coast of Allaria. The ship steers cautiously into the port, and after a short conversation between the captain and the pilot, is allowed to pull up to the quay. Ristaren is a small port, on the edge of prosperity. As the crew begins unloading the cargo and hoisting the oxen out of the hold, everyone else is able to go ashore.

An exquisitely carved marble statue of a beautiful woman stands incongruously at the edge of the quay.
 

bluesfella

Villager
Zardi steps out onto dry land, and looks around him. He briefly considers kissing the ground, as he doesn't particularly like sea travel, but quickly puts that notion to rest.

It would be unbecoming, he thinks, for a Goliath of his stature to expose such a "weakness" like that. Instead, he mutters something indistinct about "preffering the stability of his mountan home" and wanders off to look at the statue.
 

rb780nm

Villager
Sound of Stone is clearly overjoyed to be back on stable ground. Clattering his mandibles, he leaps after Zardi.
 

Mewness

Villager
The statue is made in the style of the old Imperium. The figure is life-size, beautiful in an old-fashioned way, with a long but very straight nose, a high, smallish bosom, a slightly plump figure, and long, wavy hair. She is wearing a light corselet and holding a small, ceremonial spear.

As Zardi approaches, the statue turns its head and regards him with a serene expression.

[sblock=Pharodeys]Pharodeys Female Human Living Statue Shaman 3
Initiative: +0, Passive Perception: 20, Passive Insight: 20, Senses: Normal
AC:18, Fort:14, Reflex:15, Will:16; Resist 5 psychic
HP:36/36, Bloodied:18, Surge Value:9, Surges left:9/9
Action Points: 1
:bmelee: totemic javelin +4 vs. AC; 1d6+1 damage
:branged: totemic javelin +4 vs. AC; 1d6+1 damage
Call Spirit Companion, Spirit’s Wrath, Spirit Infusion, Word of Battle
[o] Scorching Sands
[o] Sly Fox Spirit
[o] Dimensional Scramble
[o] Cast Fortune
[o] Shard Swarm
[o] Speak with Spirits
[o] [o] Healing Spirit
[o] Second Wind

[o] Spirit of the Healing Flood
[o] Spirit of the Great Cat
[o] Skald’s Armor Daily


Conditions:

Full sheet: Pharodeys[/sblock]
 

VanderLegion

Villager
Tyris follows the others off of the boat, then misses a step when the statue moves unexpectedly.

OOC: Edit: character name
 
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