(IC) Against the Giants PBP Group 1


Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
"Err, your attention please," Eoghan called out to the rescuees, "do any of you happen to know another way out besides the stairs back to the steading? Please, speak up if you do."

OOC: In case you want a Persuasion roll, here it is:
Persuasion: 1D20+13 = [16]+13 = 29

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"A way oot?" asked the most talkative dwarf, "Nah, we ain't foond a way oot. There's ways t'go doon inta th'dark, an' we've tho' of takin' them. But we dinnae ken where they lead."

An orc shrugged and added, "We shud fight arh way out; up'n'out. Take as many giants as we can onna way. D'ya have extra weapons?"

The two orcs who had been leading the orcs that had helped the group so far came down the tunnel, carrying axes that had belonged to the orogs and morninstars that had belonged to the bugbears. They broke chains, handed out weapons, and formed into two mob-like units, ready to go when the group was.

Looking around them, the group found that there were only five choices on which way to proceed, and four of them were unknown: 1) Back the way they came; 2) An unknown, rubble-strewn hole that lead to as-yet unknown but a clearly ancient stoneworked hall; 3) A hole in the ground leading to who-knows-what; 4) A rubble-strewn natural tunnel; 5) Another natural tunnel, but further back and heading downward.

While reviewing their options, it was suddenly noticed that Tenibor had disappeared. When asked if anyone had seen him go, the dwarf Harmock stated simply, "I think I saw 'im go that way!"

He indicated the furthest tunnel (5).


OOC: TerraDave had to drop out (Running Against the Giants IRL and has to read the adventure, didn't want to ruin it). I have a story to explain it, but at the same time, you don't need to perform heroics to rescue Tenibor). You can try if you like, though!


~I'm not sure how much longer I can keep fighting.~ Valda admitted over the mindlink. She didn't like to admit it, but in the last fight against the stone giants she had gotten hit hard. She could feel pain lancing down her side as she breathed.


Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
Eoghan keeps his face impassive while speaking over the link only to his compatriots.

~<The prisoners and orcs don't know if any of these will lead us out. But if we go back up we most definitely will fight with this many making noise. Do we risk exploring, which may give us a safe way out and a covert way back in, or do we head up. Myself, I would push deeper, though I too have little left to give.>~


Dungeon Master of Middle-earth
Bible nods in agreement at Jack and Eoghan's suggestions to follow the tunnel leading down.

~<Let's presk on,>~ she says over the mind-link. ~<Ten-bor might need some help, and there's no tellin' what's waitin' for us upskairs with all the mischief we've caused today.>~

Seeing how badly off Valda is looking, Bible thoughtfully feels inside a pouch hanging at her belt, bringing out a tiny vial of green liquid, and offers it to the runeblade.

"It's me lask one," she says, "but you can have it. It'll do you some good."


Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
OOC: There's a couple different ways to press on. If someone starts going one, Eoghan will follow. I don't think we have enough information to have a long debate, so let's not drag this out. Someone make a call and I'm with you. Otherwise on Wednesday I'll post about heading towards:
2) An unknown, rubble-strewn hole that lead to as-yet unknown but a clearly ancient stoneworked hall


Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
Eoghan followed well behind so as not to interrupt the stealthy scouting. He gestured for the liberated prisoners, dwarves, and freedom-looking orcs to follow along as well.


Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
"I am not in the front, please take mine even if just to hold", Eoghan intoned while holding out another vial.


Jack slipped into the furthest tunnel, following Tenibor, who seemed to be stumbling off into the dark in some sort of daze. The others went to follow him, letting him have something of a lead. Where the tunnel split into multiple passageways, Bible was stepping over a ridge of rock when it suddenly slid sideways and then reached up for her. She dove to the side, and realized that the whole of the tunnel had erupted into stone-like tentacles. Two were wrapped around Cordit's ape-arms, and another was wrapped around Valda and dragging her off into the north-west tunnel.

Eoghan had been holding back, keeping track of the new dwarf and orc freed prisoners (though it occurred to him now that it might be safest to send them to where the Elf Knight Tamanar was watching over others of their kin with two human guards, back in the Crypt that had been converted into a barracks). Through Cordit's shaggy ape-form, he could just make out the dwarf Harmock, who seemed to be watching with sinister amusement as Valda slid past him.

GM: Encounter: Roper Tunnels

(General Features) Difficult Terrain: tunnels; Visibility: dim (torches); Cover: walls
Name * AC * HP * Hit Dice * PasPrc * Spells (Etc) * (Notes)
Bible AC19* HP 50/85 THP 0/8 HD 3/9 PP16 AS 0/1 2W 1/1 Ind 1/1
Eoghan AC15 HP 74/75 THP 8/8 HD 3/9 PP19 SSdc17 0/4 0/3 1/3 1/3 0/1 BI 4/5
Jack AC17 HP 31/66 THP 0/8 HD 9/9 PP20 LK 1/3
Quinn AC17* HP 57/62 THP 8/8 HD 9/9 PP19 SSdc18 2/4 0/3 1/3 1/3 0/1 WS 1/2 GB 0/4 CO 2/4 ET 1/1 DS 1/1 H 1/1 MS 0/1 Ba 1/1
Valda AC19* HP 35/83 THP 0/8 HD 8/9 PP15 AS 0/1 2W 0/1 RNdc15 2/3 GM 3/4 RS 3/4 Ind 1/1
(NPCs - Going Forward)
Cordit AC12 HP 11/11 PP12
-as GiantApe AC12 HP 41/157 THP 8/8 PP14 (time remaining: 35 mins)
Dwarf1 (Harmock) AC10 HP 1/5 PP10*
Tenibor AC13(16) HP 56/56 THP 8/8 HD 7/9 PP16* SSdc16 2/4 0/3 1/3 2/3 1/1 WoMM 4/7 LK 2/3
Name * AC * HP * PP * (Notes)
Roper AC20 HP93/93 PP16*
GM: Begin Round One

Quinn tries to push around Cordit to see what was attacking the group. As he tries to move a ball of fire appears in his hand ready to be thrown at any enemies.

OOC: I will try to move past Cordit up to DT81. I will then cast Produce Flame at the Roper if I can. If not I will hold and cast when I am able.

Produce flame attack at Roper: 1d20+10 24 2d8 8


Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
OOC: This is for if Cordit moves. Otherwise, Eoghan will ready looking for more enemies

Eoghan dashed toward the noise, surprise flicking his large eartips back. He paused for a brief moment then a defiant poem ripped from his lips.

"A skin of stone / and without doubt / a heart of one too,
Arms that reach / to feed a maw / of that we hav'a clue,
But Valda comes / and Bible too / times look bad for you,

We won't be stopped / not by a block / can't beat our retinue"

He coughs and looks around.

~<My apologies, Common scans so oddly. Arg, I could have done 'your death is overdue'. No wait, too many syllables.>~

OOC: Move action to DT83. Vicious Mockery : WIS save DC 17 or 3 psychic damage and disadvantage on next attack.
Vicious Mockery: 2D4 = [1, 2] = 3


Dungeon Master of Middle-earth
Bible has just replaced her last healing potion safely into its pouch and is about to follow Jack along the tunnel, when she sees tentacles wrapping themselves around Cordit's arms.

"Hands off!" she says as she draws her sword and slashes at the tentacles.

Then, having freed her friend, she charges off down the tunnel to assist Valda.


Hearing a commotion behind him, Jack frowns at the back of Tenibor before pivoting on his heel and moving swiftly back towards the others. "Damn," he cursed as he rounded the corner, seeing a mass of tentacles and some kind of pillar of rock with plenty of teeth just in front of Valda. He then once again brought out Darling and fired, only to see his shot go wide.

OOC: Jack uses cunning action to move and then dash to DU81 or thereabouts.
Sneak attack with light crossbow: 1D20+10 = [5]+10 = 15
1D8+6+5D6 = [1]+6+[1, 5, 1, 4, 3] = 21

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