(IC) Against the Giants PBP Group 1

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Though the giant was able to defend himself against bible by swinging the brazier's chain across her sword's strike-path, he took a quarrel from Jack's crossbow high on his thigh. ::Rogho! Assist me!:: he bellowed.

Suddenly, the door swung in, knocking Bible hard from behind. (OOC: dc21 Str (Athletics) check or she's pushed 10 feet). Outside was a wide hallway, dimly lit. A wide, stocky boulder-like rock creature was trying to force its way into the room.

OOC: Jack did 23; Eoghan did 4. Bible missed. Giant missed. Galeb Duhr is at the door.
Still half the party to go.

Quinn hears the giant bellow and watches as the door bursts in. He raises his sickle and makes some gestures reminiscent of a flame and speaks an incantation. At the completion of the spell a burst of light and heat flare up as a fire springs to life under the new threat.

OOC: Casting the Create Bonfire cantrip on the same square as the Galeb Duhr. I couldn't figure out how you wanted us to do the reverse save roll so it needs to make a DC 18 Dex save or take Create bonfire damage: 2d8 3.

Pass Without Trace drops as I am now concentrating on Create Bonfire.


Bible managed to hold her ground and she held one of the two large doors nearly closed. The stone-creature could not fit through to get into the room and it struggled, reaching around the door. Quinn sent a small flame that grew into a full-on fire under the creature, and it stomped at it uncomfortably. Then it seemed to hum a deep rumbling sound that Eoghan recognized as a very old note, with layers steeped in old earth magic. Suddenly stones from the fireplace fell out onto the floor, rolled, then twisted into four miniature versions of the elemental creature. They acted on its behalf, rushing in to defend the giant.

These may have been small compared to the giant or the big elemental creature, but they were still big stones that rumbled across the floor. Most of the group were able to hold them off, for now, but one struck Tenibor hard in the shin while the elf mage conjured another durge-like note that shattered the giant's determination. Valda did some fancy footwork, avoiding a rolling rock under her while she thrust her longsword at the giant and avoided his swinging chain. She plunged her sword deep, and the giant fell to the ground with an enormous thud.

OOC: Tenibor did 18 & Valda did 22 to the giant, killing him.; Quinn did 3 to the Galeb Duhr. A mini Galeb Duhr did 7 to Tenibor. The rest missed.



GM: Encounter: Steading of the Hill Giant Chief

(General Features) Difficult Terrain: Beds; Visibility: Dim (Fires); Cover: Woodpile
Name * AC * HP * Hit Dice * PasPrc * Spells (Etc) * (Notes)
Bible AC19* HP 85/85 HD 9/9 PP16 AS 1/1 2W 1/1 Ind 1/1
Eoghan AC15 HP 75/75 HD 9/9 PP19 SSdc17 4/4 3/3 3/3 2/3 1/1 BI 4/5
Jack AC17 HP 66/66 HD 9/9 PP20 LK 3/3
Quinn AC17* HP 62/62 HD 9/9 PP19 SSdc18 4/4 2/3 3/3 3/3 1/1 WS 1/2 GB 3/4 CO 4/4 ET 1/1 DS 1/1 H 1/1 MS 1/1 Ba 1/1
Tenibor AC13(16) HP 49/56 HD 9/9 PP16* SSdc16 3/4 2/3 3/3 3/3 1/1 WoMM 7/7 LK 2/3
Valda AC19* HP 64/83 HD 9/9 PP15 AS 1/1 2W 1/1 RNdc15 3/3 GM 4/4 RS 4/4 Ind 1/1
Name * AC * HP * PP * (Notes)
Stone Giant AC17 HP 0/126 PP14* (Dead)
Galeb Duhr AC16 HP 85/85 PP14*t
Mini Galeb Duhr AC15 HP35ea PP12*t
-MGD1 35/35; MGD2 35/35; MGD3 35/35; MGD4 35/35
GM: End Round Two; Begin Round Three


OOC: Regarding silvery barbs - since it didn't activate, Jack didn't have advantage on that attack, correct? I'm not familiar with the text of that spell.


Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
Regarding silvery barbs - since it didn't activate, Jack didn't have advantage on that attack, correct? I'm not familiar with the text of that spell.
Correct. It's a reaction spell like Shield but with a bit wider selection of critria (successful hit, save or ability check, and not self-only). If it goes off it forces a reroll from the target and a grants advantage to an ally.


Tenibor was understandably frustrated, having been struck in the shin, which hurt, and the thing was about to come at him again. He thought about what he could observe about its animation, and his knowledge of elementals. It seemed the creature had cast some elemental animation magic on the stones. They should be able to damage them through magic means, with a decent strike at the right time.

OOC: They're immune to non-magic weapons. In Jack's case, he missed its AC.


Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
Eoghan's thoughts spun out loud to everyone, the first darting, frantic and searching but then rising in joy ~<Shatter - too loud. Hypnotic pattern - too big, it will get some of us. Wait -- that note, what was it?! There was soot, that was an active chimney -- they likely aren't real. Summons or animated perhaps. So -->~

Finally a full fledged though was sent: ~<We get the master!>~

The tall firbolg started to stride across the room, his first few steps were confident but otherwise normal. It was the next ones that took him past the boulders that were extraordinary. He strode as if he not only owned the room, but as if the very boards of the floor owned him personal allegiance. A presence came over him, more akin to the stillness when the faerie decide if you honor or insult them than any human-like authority. He marched forward with an imperious tread, and slight bow invited Jack, then Quinn and Tenibor, and finally Valda to move also, as if nothing else would dare at this very moment. A fae invigoration came upon them.

The firbolg kept this up for three, four, five of his long paces, and then the room shifted back to normalcy. He was just a tall humanoid walking again, whatever otherworldly mantle he had worn gone. But it's aftereffects lingered.

He finished the walk, half climbing over the fallen stone giant to get a view of the giant stone past the door.

<Though art ill-mannered and ill-formed, no proper obelisk one would find in a henge. Rather an overgrown pebble cleaved from a tombstone instead of a monolith>, he says in vitrolic Sylvan. <And I hope this works.>

OOC: Folks, this affects most of the rest of the party, so please pay attention.

First, Eoghan starts his movement, moving 15' to R70.

As a bonus action he activates his Mantle of of Inspiration. Everyone except Bible gains 8 tHP, and may spend their reaction to move half their speed without triggering Opportunity Attacks.

He uses that reaction from him to move to O68, which takes him away from the attacking boulders in a way that doesn't trigger their OA.

He then continues his move - 5' to N68, and I'm going to assume the giant is difficult terrain and it take his last 10' of move to move one more square to M69, likely leaning against the giants head.

Then he's hoping the big boulder isn't immune to psychic damage and is doing another Vicious Mockery. (Note, vicious mockery does not require a language in common.)

I got a nat 20 on my reverse WIS save. If it takes psychic damage it takes 6 damage, and even if not hurt it has disadvantage on the next attack roll it makes.
VM vs. big boulder: 1D20+9 = [20]+9 = 29
2D4 = [3, 3] = 6
He's hoping it's either a summon or an animate object and the damage may ruin Concentration.

BTW, no Silvery Barbs, Eoghan used his reaction to move.
Eoghan AC15 HP 75/75 HD 9/9 PP19 SSdc17 3/4 3/3 3/3 2/3 1/1 BI 3/5


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Tenibor understands the dilemma of the bard, and the proposed solution. He appreciates the wordy magic that lets him get away from the killer rocks.

But still: This had better work.

After using his reaction to get away from the flankers, the wizard uses his move on his turn to climb up on the stone giant, in a way where he can see, but still has cover from the rock-fiend outside just outside the room. The rock fiend can have all sorts of cover in turn, it matters not, just as long as Tenibor can see a bit of him.

Tenibor draws his wand and unleashes 4 bolts of unerring force energy at it.

(Wand, 2 charges, 14 auto-force damage.)


Eoghan led the way across the room. The rocky creature in the door was reaching around with a rocky fist, trying to smash at Bible, who was pushing against the door, keeping it from being able to get fully into the room. Bible was also using the door as an extension of her shield, shoving it into the creature and holding it back.

Eoghan climbed over the giant's corpse and mocked the stony thing, and it seemed as if the little ones cried out in pain. Tenibor followed suit, striking it with bursts of force from his wand. The small stone creature chased him across the room and struck him from behind, but his last force burst rattled the larger creature, and all four smaller ones turned back into inanimate rocks.

OOC: Good Call. Eoghan did 6 and Tenibor did 14 to Galeb Duhr, who lost concentration on the last missile. GD misses Bible, but MGD1 gets Tenibor for 8 bludgeoning before turning back into a rock. (Rolled an init-off for timing).

GD Concentration
Check vs 6 dmg: 1D20+5 = [8]+5 = 13
Check vs 14 dmg: 1D20+5 = [18]+5 = 23
made it.

Galeb Duhr slam vs Bible (who has cover): 1D20+8 = [8]+8 = 16 miss
Mini GD1 slam vs Tenibor 1D20+8 = [10]+8 = 18 for 1D6+5 = [3]+5 = 8

It occurs to me that Tenibor did magic missiles, which probably count as 4 concentration rolls. So 3 more vs dc10:
Save: 1D20+5 = [17]+5 = 22
1D20+5 = [8]+5 = 13
1D20+5 = [3]+5 = 8 fail!
Last missile's the charm!
Quick Init-off to see if it happens before the Mini GD attacks him:

Mini GD Init: 1D20+2 = [7]+2 = 9 vs Tenibor Init: 1D20+2 = [7]+2 = 9
Call it simultaneous.[/ooc]


Dungeon Master of Middle-earth
Seeing the tide of battle turn, Bible steps into the open doorway and tries to plunge her magic sword into the stone-creature's rocky hide.

As her blade is turned aside, Bible, worried that either the creature or the noise of battle may summon other foes, sheathes her sword and tries to grab the creature with her gauntleted hand and pull it into the room if she is successful.

OOC: Strength (Athletics): 1D20+9 = [10]+9 = 19
If the grapple succeeds, she moves 10 feet straight back into the room to L70, dragging the creature with her.

(Edited because I realized how impractical it would be to close the door from the other side of the creature.)
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OOC: @FitzTheRuke: I neglected to mention that you can assume Jack uses Uncanny Dodge on the first attack that hits him in a round (from an attacker he can see, per RAW). Can assume he was too surprised by jumping boulders to use it during that first attack.

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