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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Nimbar motions for the party to wait. He apparently has a plan. And from the looks of it, a bold one...

Nimbar moves up to the corner and peers around it. Then he turns to the party and smiles, raising his index finger to his lips in a "shhhhhh" gesture.

Nimbar turns the corner, and begins to creep up on the creature; apparently (your best guess), the Hobgoblin isn't looking in this direction, and Nimbar intends to capitalize on it.

Nimbar gets about 15 feet into the room, and it is seeming as if the plan will work...

At that point, the Hobgoblin turns, sees him, snarls, and rushes to attack!

Nimbar Hide: 7; Nimbar Move Silent: 16 vs. Hobgoblin Spot: 17; Hobgoblin Listen: 19

Nimbar Initiative: 7 vs. Hobgoblin Initiative: 20

The snarl isn't loud enough to carry, and neither is the grunt that the creature makes as he swings his weapon, a nicely-made, well-maintained longsword!

Nimbar's normal AC with spells: 22; Flat-footed: 20.
Hobgoblin charge attack: (22) = Hit; Damage: 1d8+1 = 5 pts.
Nimbar has taken 5 pts. of damage.
Nimbar is slightly injured.

Nimbar is truly unprepared for how fast the Hobgoblin turned out to be, and how fierce. Were it not for his protective spells, the creature would have skewered him; thankfully, the brunt of the blow is absorbed, resulting in little more than a scratch!

Nimbar takes a single step backwards (one square) and casts Color Spray at his opponent!

DC For Spell: 15
Hobgoblin Save: (19) = Saved!

The Hobgoblin snarls again, turning his head away instinctively; he appears to have resisted the spell! Nimbar is beside himself with amazement!

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Nimbar's "Surprise Round" is over! Everyone roll initiative!

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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Sphynx 20a
Hobgoblin 20b
Hawke 16
Ordred 15
Quixt 14
Nimbar 7

SPHYNX: It's your turn! What do you do?
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Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Being out of position at the back of the group, Sphynx, quickly, makes assessment of the situation based on the sounds that he is hearing. Nimbar is obviously in trouble. He suddenly moves through the party from the position of rear guard to a step or so behind Nimbar, pulling a pinch of powdery substance from one of his many pockets as he moves.

Sliding to a halt, he curls out his left hand in front of him and blows the powder at the now seen enemy, the Hobgoblin. The powder is not sand. During the down time, he knew he could bolster the concept of of the magic he had copied from Nimbar. The powder is bone dust, simple bone dust from no special creature.
OOC: Cast Stun Target, 2nd lvl spell, max HD = 8
My character should have the movement to land 1 square behind Nimbar.

Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Stun Target (an improved version of Sleep)
DC: 18
Hobgoblin Save: (10) = Failed!
Caster Level: 6th; Duration = 2 rounds / CL = 12 rounds.

Unlike Nimbar's spell, Sphynx's spell is quite successful. In fact, the Hobgoblin collapses almost instantaneously, wearing a look of confusion at the appearance of a new foe, then knowing nothing more, as the dark void of unconsciousness overtakes him.

Hawke reacts next, moving in beside Nimbar and Sphynx, and lands a single, massive blow upon the downed foe; his goal is to grant this creature a swift, and merciful death.

Hawke moved more than 5 feet, therefore, he cannot make a Coup De Grace attempt.
Hawke will sheathe his off-hand weapon as part of his movement action.
Hobgoblin AC (Base): 15 = [Base 10] + Dex [1] + Armor [3] + Shield [1]
Helpless AC: 8 = [Base 10] + Dex of 0 [-5] + Armor [3]
Hawke has a +4 bonus to hit as well, since part of the Helpless condition is being prone.
Hawke will therefore call 4 points of Power Attack.
Hawke's attack roll: (19) = Hits
Damage: (Base: 1d8+5) + 4 pts. PA. (Doubled to 8 pts. from 2-H wield) = 1d8+13 = 15 pts.
Hobgoblin: 13 Hit Pts;
Hobgoblin suffers 15 pts. damage from Hawke's blow.
Hobgoblin is now at -2 hit pts.
Hobgoblin is bleeding out / dying.

The stunned Hobgoblin has no chance; the massive blow from Hawke's warhammer cracks his skull with a sickening crunch.


The rest of the room is empty; it is littered with trash, probably as a result of the Goblins' departure. This Hobgoblin was likely stationed here, alone in the former Goblin lair, to check the progress of the slime, and warn his comrades should it manage to get this far.

The Hobgoblin has:
Medium-sized studded leather armor (decent condition)
Medium-sized light wooden shield (decent condition)
Medium-sized longsword (good condition)
24 gp.
13 sp.
2 days of dried rations. (putrid / non-edible by humans or demi-humans)

EVERYONE: Refer to the battle map in the previous post to see the layout of what is nearby. What do you do?

Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Hawke turns to Nimbar with a quizzical look, "What were you thinking, pulling a stunt like that?"

Nimbar shrugs, "I was hoping that I could get the drop on him, and that my spell would work as well as Sphynx's did; I guess I was wrong on both accounts."

It is evident to everyone that Nimbar's pride is wounded far more from his failure than his body was from the Hobgoblin's attack. Nimbar looks very non-plussed at the moment.

Aust Thale

Not altogether ignoring the loot in the room, Quixt is more curious about what could enter from the other side. He moves quickly but carefully toward the western (on the map) corridor, peeking first around the left alcove and, if nothing there of interest, on to the door, putting his ear to the door to listen for what’s on the other side.

Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Quixt, this room is littered with wooden debris; you surmise that whatever wooden furniture that the Goblins left behind was cannibalized to make the torches that now hang in this area. There are two torches on each wall of this large room.

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The alcove marked B is a small shrine, obviously dedicated to some evil deity; the shrine is actually a pile of polished Human skulls that have been lacquered together to form a kind of column, and the top-most skull has three holes drilled in the top of it, which hold one red candle each. The candles are lit, and it appears that they have been burning for some time, because there is a lot of wax oozing down the sides of each candle.

The hallway marked A appears to be new construction; you surmise that it was dug out for the purpose of having storage space, because there are two empty chests at the end of it, as well as two empty weapon racks. The mouth of the hallway shows evidence of being prepped for the addition of wooden beams, and in turn, probably a door. But it appears that for one reason or another, the Goblins never got that far.

As you approach the door (C) you note the lack of any more torches in the area. There is enough light coming in from the big room to see perfectly well in this hallway, but you surmise that past this point, the convenience of ensconced torchlight will be a thing of the past.

SIDE NOTE: As you are on your way to (C), you spare a glance northward; that hallway (D) has no apparent torches, either. Past the point that is drawn on the above map, you surmise that the shadows will deepen quickly.

Quixt's Listen Check: 9

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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Quixt, there is absolutely nothing to be heard. Either the next room is empty, or the door is thick enough to drown out any sound.

EVERYONE: What do you want to do now?


Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Sphynx will also skirt the room edges searching for anything amiss or important, not that he thinks his new friend may be inadequate at the task but because it is instinctual for him to perform such.

Seeing the small shrine, Sphynx thinks to himself, ~This looks like necromancy. I hate necromancy.~

He will extinguish all of the candles, keeping one for himself, in case he may need the wax for something. As quietly as possible he will deface the shrine by attempting to remove the skulls, spitting on the floor in disgust.

Afterward, he will move to join Quixt and gesture, "Which way?"
OOC: random roll just in case, 12, 17

Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Using your rolls...
Search: 12 (+9) = 21
Knowledge (Religion): 17 (+7) = 24

Sphynx, although your search turns up nothing of interest, you are surprised to find that you cannot extinguish the candles! Snuffing them with your fingers (which does NOT cause damage, by the way) results in the candles re-lighting themselves instantaneously! You can remove the candles from the skull, but you cannot seem to permanently extinguish them through normal means.

You have heard of this before; these candles aren't necessarily "evil," per se; they are simply normal candles (albeit, red-colored ones) that have been enchanted with a simple spell to keep them lit. You know that many religions, good and bad, use this spell for the purposes of keeping candles lit. Destroying the candle in some way will end the effect (e.g., throwing it to the ground and smashing the candle flat with your heel, or something similar which destroys the FORM of the candle); otherwise, the candle continues to burn.

DM COMMENT: You also know that sometimes, these candles have other magical functions as well, or perhaps even hold permanent enchantments; if you handle the candle for 10 rounds (1 full minute) you can make a Knowledge (Arcana) check, DC 25, to determine what (if any) the other powers are.

When you attempt to deface the skulls, you find that there is sufficient lacquer on them to prevent their separation; you would need a solvent of some kind to get them apart. Otherwise, you can easily damage and deface them with any strong, solid object; they are not magical in any way. They are simply "well-glued" for the purposes of keeping them in one place.

What next? (This is an open question for all party members.)


Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Realizing that he has stumbled onto more than expected in the hidden shrine, after a few moments of examination and reflection, Sphynx takes a knife, heats the blade for a few seconds in the flame and then quickly cuts through a candle about a finger's breadth blow the lit wick. As the loosed end of the candle will remain lit, he taps them with his foot to extinguish the bitter end.

He repeats this process with all of the other candles. Keeping one of the candles for himself, he explains to the others what he was able to determine and offers one to any who wants it. He then gets one of the torches and drifts it back and forth across the altar of skulls until he ruins the lacquer and it falls apart. He will attempt to catch any skull that comes loose with his left hand, physically dismembering the abomination when the lacquer has been ruined.
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Aust Thale

Not hearing anything through the door, his eye catches Sphynx attending the candles. He is struck by the simple, even obvious cleverness of cutting the candles. He walks back to Spynx, and when offered, he takes a candle and puts it away in his haversack. Then he approaches the door again. Whispering in low tones, “Let’s see who has remained.
He waits until he has the nods of the others in assent, and attempts to quietly turn the latch.

Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Sphynx said:
"... [Sphynx] explains to the others what he was able to determine and offers one to any who wants it."

As Quixt is taking the second of the three candles, Nimbar takes the last one. Before Quixt approaches the door, Nimbar turns quickly to Hawke, to give him a polite command.

Nimbar asks, "Give me my hooded lantern that you have stuffed in your pack. I have an idea."

Hawke opens his magical haversack, and fishes out the small, 6" diameter lantern; he hands it to Nimbar, who is smiling.

Nimbar says, "I have also heard of these candles before. They only shed light in about a 5' radius of the holder. But the strength of the light is not its true talent. The light that is does shed helps others who are nearby; those of you with Lowlight Vision will find that the lantern sheds just enough light to allow your improved vision to function. So that means that the big lummox here, who is of half-Elvin blood, will be able to see, despite the fact that he is not the one holding the candle. From a short distance, it's possible to see the candle's flame, but we can fix that...

I can place the candle in this hooded lantern, and turn the hood around backwards, so that instead of focusing the light ahead of us, as would be the case with a normal candle, it will focus the light behind us instead.

This will have the effect of hiding the candle's flame from anyone ahead of us who happens to be looking in our direction. But it will also be shedding enough light for the rest of us to make use of, as I have already explained.

This will put us on even footing with the humanoids in these cave systems; we'll be able to see just as well as they can, at the same distances. If we are stealthy and careful, we should be able to sneak around quite efficiently, and thus we have a good chance of being able to move about unobserved.

Since I fight with a one-handed weapon, I will take the lantern and carry it. I will stay just behind the point man, so that the lantern gives everyone in the party sufficient light. The candle will grant me Darkvision, so I will be able to see as well. It's a win-win situation for all of us."

Quixt said:
"...Then he approaches the door again..."

Nimbar and Hawke quickly take their places in the ranks, nodding to Quixt that they are now ready.
Sphynx also nods.

Ever-burning Candle of Darkvision
10th; Craft Wondrous Item, Darkvision, Permanency; faint enchantment.
Market Value: 3,500 GP.

Once lit, this candle never goes out, unless the top of the candle is carefully cut off; if the actual form of the candle is somehow defaced (smashing the candle underneath a boot heel, for instance) the enchantment is broken, and the candle is destroyed. If the form of the candle is intact, then it can be cut to any length while still maintaining the enchantment.

The candle sheds a dim light, in a 5 ft. (1 square radius) around the caster. The candle's flame cannot be seen at distances of 31 feet or more; the flame can be seen by careful onlookers (Spot DC 15) who are between 16 and 30 feet distant. Onlookers who are 15 ft. distant, or closer, can see the flame normally. A good practice for using this candle is to place it inside a hooded lantern, and turn the hood around backwards, so that the light of the candle is projected backwards (instead of forwards, as would normally be the case.) Doing this gives onlookers no chance at all to the see the candle's flame from the front (although from the back, they have the normal chance to see.)

The holder of the candle is granted Darkvision, at a distance of 60 ft.

Those whom possess Lowlight Vision, and can see the flame (i.e., those within 15 feet of the candle) are granted enough light to activate their Lowlight Vision, thus, in a mixed party of humans and demihumans, this candle helps everyone. Typically, each human will carry one of these candles, and their demihuman allies will simply stay close enough to activate their natural vision.

Components for creation: a normal wax candle, and 3.5 oz. of diamond dust.

Quixt opens the door... [To be continued]...
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
DM's NOTE: Using the method described above, Sphynx is able to melt the lacquer, separate the skulls, and thoroughly deface the altar.

Sphynx Bonus XP: +250

Party Bonus XP: +125 each.

Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
To everyone's relief, there awaits no horde of either Goblins, or their larger kin, behind this door; instead, the party finds that this rather large room was formerly a bedroom. There is quite a bit of good furniture here, albeit all of it Goblin-sized. The large bed is stripped of its sheets, although the canvas, straw-dtuffed mattress remains. There is a low bench near the foot of the bed, which was likely used for dressing, putting on socks and boots, and the like.

In the corner of the room is a well-made, wooden stand with a pewter bowl atop it. The bowl is empty, although you surmise that it perhaps once held items of a personal nature, probably rings, necklaces, hair pins, and the like.

There are also three, smaller beds in this room, which have also been stripped of their sheets. You suspect that these beds were (perhaps) for the chieftain's harem, although you cannot be certain. They are also ideally sized for use by the chieftain's offspring, if he had any.

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EVERYONE: What do you do?

Aust Thale

Simplify please? Will this grant me the ability to see in the dark? “ If the answer is yes, he nods and continues on; if the answer is no, then he reaches into his spell pouch at his belt (which conspicuously doesn’t look like a spell pouch), and removes a pinch of carrot, and in Draconic he casts Darkvision on himself.

Quixt searches the room more carefully. And he examines the pewter bowl more carefully. He doesn’t touch it. But he wants a more careful look.


Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Simplify please? Will this grant me the ability to see in the dark? “...
Sphynx shakes his head. "No. You would have to hold your own candle."

Moving around the room in the opposite direction of Quixt, so as to not be in each other's way. Sphynx will also examine the room, though lacking his friends precaution of look but don't touch.
OOC: Search: d20 + 9 = 20... I could have almost taken a 10.
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Sphynx, your search turns up two things: a silver cup, hidden under the bed, and a forgotten, rolled-up tapestry with silver and gold threads, which was hidden in a secret compartment in the dressing bench.

Quixt, in the time it took you to cast your Darkvision spell (which you stated you did BEFORE searching) Sphynx was able to find the two pieces of treasure; after another good going-over, you can see that there is obviously nothing left to be found.

Quixt, as you look at the bowl, you notice faint engravings on the side, that appear to be a mural of the nearby keep. Someone in the keep will probably pay a reward for the return of their nice, pewter bowl.

EVERYONE: What Do You Do Now?


Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Sphynx offers the bowl to Quixt and asks Hawke if he want to carry the tapestry.

The hallway to the left, upon exiting the first room , that appears to dead end, Sphynx will specifically search it for secret doors or traps.
OOC: Search: d20 + 9 = 21... woo 1 point increase. lol.

Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Knowing that the tunnel is new construction, Sphynx decides to see if the unfinished end of the tunnel is a facade to hide a secret door; after a thorough search, he determines that it is not. The hallway truly does dead-end there. However, he does find a secret panel, which was also apparently forgotten by the Goblins on their exodus. The panel is small, about 16 inches wide, 6 inches tall, and 18 inches deep. Inside, Sphynx discovers four small gems (two bloodstones, a peridot, and a piece of amber) along with 325 silver pieces, and 128 gold pieces.