(IC) We be Jammin' (5e PBP)

Kobold Stew

Last Guy in the Airlock
Sanderson approached the gruff Giff gunner. "Let me help. Tell me what burns on one of these shipsss."

His plan is to send flame either at the tiller or at the gunner stations, but if burning sails will cause panic, or something else, he can do that too. He can explain anything if asked. A child sits on his shoulders.

OOC: Not knowing speeds, can he ready an action for when the ships are 30' apart? Would there be time fr one at 60 and at 30? I presume the ships are moving faster than that, so 30' would be the go-point for him, initially targeting the biggest group of boarders.

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Steve Gorak

"Thank you, it's a bit confusing to handle, you should try it if we make it out of here! I saw a moth ship and heard that astral elves are coming, I wonder what else we'll see!" Nic says to Delphne, a bit mumbling, in his typical stream of consciousness.

Going on deck, he hears the invitation to man the ballista. He is tempted, but thinking twice, he feels he will be more useful on deck. There, he readies his mind and prepares himself.
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Charlie runs up on deck following Monty, where he had been helping the giff go over the stores. He nods at the hippo-man and moves towards one of the ballistae. He organizes the men around the weapon and begins to load and aim the weapon towards the approaching vessel.


Captain Sartell commanded the ship on something of a cat-and-mouse game. At first, they made a ruse of attempting to run. There was no chance that the Moondancer could outpace the Star Moth, but then, there was also no chance that they could outmaneuver it either. If the Astral Elves so wanted, they could keep the Moondancer at a distance and pummel it into submission with superior firepower.

But Sartell had another plan. She had Flapjack fly the ship into a nearby grouping of asteroids. A large rock flew past the ship as they circled around. Just before they disappeared from the sight of the Star Moth, there was a loud crash as the pursuing ship finally landed a stone flung from the mangonel at long range. There were cries from the frightened refugees below, but on assessment, no one had been seriously harmed.

The Moondancer slipped around the large rock that hurled past them, and when it came around the other side, they were close enough to charge toward their enemy - and close enough to return fire with their ballistae.

OOC: 300 feet. The ballistae is still at long range, as are bows and crossbows, but their mangonel will be at short range. The Moondancer took 34 damage.
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GM: Encounter: Star Moth Attack

(General Features) Difficult Terrain: None Visibility: Bright (Wildlight); Cover: Railings, Hulls
Name * AC * HP * Hit Dice * PasPrc * Spells * (Notes)
Charlie AC15 HP 36/36 HD 5/5 PP9 SSdc15 2/2 MA 0/1
Delphne AC16 HP 38/38 HD 5/5 PP13* PI15 SSdc13 3/3
Glau AC15 HP 55/55 THP 0 HD 5/5 PP13 Rg 3/3
Gunthar AC18 HP 64/64 THP 0 HD 5/5 PP14 SSdc12 4/4 2/2 SC 3/3
Nic AC19 HP 58/58 THP 0/0 HD 5/5 PP15* SSdc15 4/4 2/2
Phlox AC17 HP 38/38 THP 0/0 HD 5/5 PP16 SSdc14 Ki 5/5 Insp 1/1
Sanderson AC17 HP 38/38 THP 0/0 HD 5/5 PP17 SSdc15 4/4 3/3 2/2 WS 2/2 Insp 1/1
Sweet William AC19 HP 54/54 THP 0/0 HD 5/5 PP14 SSdc13 4/4 2/2 Insp 1/1
Cpt. Sartell AC15 HP 65/65 HD 10/10 PP10
Able Crew AC11 HP 16ea
Commoner Crew AC10 HP 4ea
Moondancer (Space Galleon) AC15 HP 366/400
Name * AC * HP * PP * (Notes)
Astral Elf AC16 HP 58ea PP13*
-Cpt Azmadian 58/58; Lt. Jalin 58/58; Lt. Zanth/b]
Astral Elf Priestess
AC13 HP 90/90 PP15*
Plasmoids AC11 HP 16ea PP14*
-PM1 16/16; PM2 16/16; PM3 16/16;
-PM4 16/16; PM5 16/16; PM6 16/16;
-PM7 16/16; PM8 16/16; PM9 16/16;
Dark Star (Star Moth) AC13 HP 400/400
GM: Begin Round T-3
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Steve Gorak

Nic gets close to the fore-mast, and extends his hand. From it, lightning shoots out toward the giant moth. Unfortunately, Nic never really used his invention before and the two bolts go wide. He sees that the crystal inside his gauntlet that connects to the elemental plane of Storms is offset, he fiddles with it and smacks his hand on the mast, hoping that this will help with his next attempts. He then moves behind the mast.

Target the mangonel
Attack 1: 2D20.LOW(1)+7 = [3, 1]+7 = 8 Damage 1: 1D6+4 = [5]+4 = 9 (natural 1)
Attack 2: 2D20.LOW(1)+7 = [2, 5]+7 = 9 Damage 2: 1D6+4 = [6]+4 = 10
extra damage 1D6 = [6] = 6
All d20 rolled were under 5! 1/625 odds! I've been really unlucky lately!

Move: 5ft behind the front mast, I think it is AC 92, but I'm not able to see the map well.
Item interaction: Artificer fiddling with his gadget


Move: 5ft behind the front mast, I think it is AC 92, but I'm not able to see the map well.
Item interaction: Artificer fiddling with his gadget.
OOC: I'll zoom in when we get closer. For now, don't worry too much about where you are specifically on the ship (a general impression will do). Taking cover behind the foremast is good! Out of curiosity, what's the range on your lightning?

"We need to take out that mangonel. Prevent them from peppering us from range."

Once the weapon is sighted Charlie thumbs the catch to send the bolt arcing towards the Star Moth. He curses as the shot falls short. Charlie begins to adjust his aim as the other crew members begin winching back the firing mechanism for another shot.

OOC: Action: Shoot ballista Ballista shot at Star Moth mangonel.: 2d20l1+6 11 3d10 21. I assumed we are at long range so I rolled with disadvantage, plus I figured calling a shot would add the same.

Kobold Stew

Last Guy in the Airlock
The druid Sanderson looks around at he not-sky they are not-sailing through. It makes no sense to him, and he feels disconnected from the nature which gives him life. He is breathing, though he notices that he has not taken a breath in several minutes now, and so there is air. There is no water, no sky, no wind, no life, no nature. He feels bereft. Where is the power of the storm for him now?

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Phlox was pleased to have spotted the ship as service was salvation, but he quickly realized that there was little else he could do. The vows of Zuoken prevented him from engaging an enemy at distance, so he would wait until they were closer before he engaged them in combat.

Phlox patiently waited, observing the strange sight of a ship without water approaching closer.


The ships came together at what felt like a snail's pace to those impatiently waiting to board. Relative movement was difficult to discern as the space-rock was also moving, rolling along through wildspace toward parts unknown.

In spite of the relative calm of the ships' sailing, the crew of the ballistae worked furiously, loading, aiming, and firing their massive bolts. Charlie's first shot, after coming around the space-rock and sighting the Star Moth once more, fell below the ship as it pierced through the ship's air-bubble and entered the ship's gravity well.

"Jolly good job, Charlie, Monty said to him encouragingly, "But you've got to aim higher to account for the shift, eh? We'll work on it. Soon we'll be close enough that our bubbles will merge and things will be closer to what you're used to."

Sure enough, as the ships moved closer there was a popping sound and a woosh of wind blew through the sails. The ship leaned to one side as it was affected by the gravity of the slightly larger Star Moth. It was a strange sensation, and those that were not used to it stumbled a bit. Many of them were sailors, though, and in a lot of ways, the ship's movements were less volatile than one at sea, though in other ways more similar than one might expect.

Charlie nods to Monty and adjusts his aim as suggested. He engages the firing mechanism and this time the bolt sails high, overshooting the other ship. He curses again and is about to begin re aiming the siege weapon when the other ship comes much closer to the Moondancer.

Charlie leaves the weapon to the other crewman and moves up to the rail. He sends two bolts of force streaking towards some of the crew on the deck of the star moth manning thier siege weapons. The bolts of force strike two crewman, the force of the blast pushing them away from the rail.

OOC: T2: Ballista shot at Star Moth mangonel.: 2d20l1+6 8 3d10 19
T1: Waiting till they are within 120 ft then sending an eldritch blast at some of the crew on the star moths deck. Eldritch blast attack on Star Moth crew.: 2#1d20+7 25 12 2#1d10+4 13 11.
I have Repelling Blast so anyone hit by me gets knocked back 10 ft.

Delphne climbed into the shooter position of the ballista and aimed it toward the other ship. It was so far away, or maybe it wasn't. She didn't have a lot of confidence in being able to hit the other ship so she just aimed for the middle. There seemed to be people on the deck of the other ship waiting to board this ship. Maybe she could wreck the boarding mechanism. Nope. Shot was definitely short. That thing is much further away than she thought. She watched as the others manning the ballista picked up the heavy bolt and reloaded for her.

Firing again wasn't much better than the first time. But she thought she was getting the hang of it.

As the ships came even closer she let loose a bolt that tore into the other ship.



Possibly a Idiot.
Glau had lacked the foresight to bring some crossbows up from below. Turning back to the stairs, they saw it was filled with rubberneckers. "GeT bElOw DeCkS aNd LoCk DoWn ThE hAtChEs If YoU aIn'T fIgHtInG tOpSiDe!"

The Plasmoid bubbles over with rage, and climbs the mast to a line on the yardarm. From there, they lie in wait like a primal beast, ready to swing down and ambush the astral elves in the boarding.

OOC: Oh boy, Rage is a dozy now, it can last for up to 10 min, and be maintained with just a bonus action if need be. Which is great for exactly this kind of set up!
Even more impressively, Acrobatics, Intimidation, Perception, Stealth, and Survival all become become STR skills. Which means that barbarians have Advantage on all of those things from being in Rage! Glau is angry enough to track you by the smell of your fear alone, and with an effective passive perception of 22, there is nowhere you can hide!
Talking, and using Rage.
t-2 Climbing
Rage Athletics check : 2D10.HIGH(1)+7 = [9, 4]+7 = 16
t-1 hiding
Rage Stealth check : 2D10.HIGH(1)+7 = [9, 3]+7 = 16

Kobold Stew

Last Guy in the Airlock
Sanderson watches the ships draw closer to each other. He is at the gunwales, which provide some cover for him, but he is as close to the approaching predator as he can get. Where the boarding will take place.

He hears the creak of the ship's hull, tugging against forces he can't see, and feels the pull of the rope he holds onto, even though he feels no wind tugging at the sail. It is an eerie place, and he feels abandoned.

He's there, steadying himself and tryiing to target one of the weapons. He thinks he has a clear shot, and three fiery beams fly forth, but one of them flies wide.

When the ships draw near, he sees the boarding party -- creatures unlike any he had ever seen before today, but like the one among their crew hear. Glau it was called.

Sanderson looks for a sense of recognition in ther eyes, as he shifts his form back and forth defensively, until...


With a snap, He summons the Spark, which flames into existence among the densest group of boarders. A burst of flame radiates, and there she is. She sees him, and he feels the warmth of her love as the boarding party blisters, as she rises above them all.

OOC: T-3: dodge, behind partial cover.
T-2: dodge, behind partial cover.
T-1: Cast scorching ray: three beams. 2 hit with 21 and 25, for a disappointing 9 points fire damage total.

Sorry: Also rolled round 1, thinking it was -1. Here you go, when ready, cast at 30' away).
Action: Summon Wildfire spirit (uses 1/2 Wildshape).
Summons them amongst the biggest group of boarders. All within 10' radius must make a Dex save vs DC 15 or take 2d6=10 points fire damage. It is AC 13 with 30HP. She flies straight up 20'

(her move is 30', but I am guessing that she needs to also fly forward to stay with the ship? Or maybe everything in the bubble around the ship moves with it? Honestly, it's fine if she goes 30' up and the ship pulls away from her a bit. You'll make it work.)

Spells left: 4/4, 2/3, 2/2.

Steve Gorak



As the ships came toward each other, the new crew of the Moondancer did their best. Delphine managed to score a solid hit with her ballista, sending a bolt that punctured into the hull on the aft part of the ship. Gunthar's bolt struck the Star Moth in its "nose", very close to where its ballistae were firing their bolts out the "eye" holes (the whole ship living up to its name, shaped like a giant moth).

As the ships neared, Charlie, Nic, and Sanderson fired at the mangonel crew who could be seen loading their weapon on a mounting that was between the Star Moth's fore and main deck, that also made up the main structure that held its massive, fibre-mesh "wing" sails. Similar to the ballistae aboard the Moondancer, the Star Moth's mangonel had a shield-wall built to protect the gunnery crew, and Nic couldn't find a way around or through it. Charlie was luckier, and he knocked one of the creatures there with a well aimed bolt. The crew appeared to be of a similar sort to Glau - plasmoids - and Sanderson sent a trio of firebombs that left the one that Charlie had struck burned to death.

Meanwhile, the Star Moth had continued to pound the Moondancer with its slightly superior firepower. Earlier, a mangonel stone had struck the Moondancer low and hard enough to cause minor injuries among the frightened refugees below. A close-call came when a ballista bolt burst through the wall of the room where Flapjack's helm was located. Luckily, the flumph felt it coming and took cover while splinters burst through the room into the metal back of the spelljamming helm.

The damage was cosmetic, and Flapjack's focus never wavered as he brought the Moondancer in for the boarding action. Both ships wanted the "upper" position, where crew could jump or rain fire down upon the other, while the other side might have to climb or have their ranged attacks hindered by the height of the other ship's hull. For a moment it seemed that the Star Moth would achieve it - but then Flapjack ran the Moondancer's fore hull into the Star Moth's somewhat-flexible sails, which brought the galleon sliding up-and-over.

There was a grinding sound as the two ships came to a relative stop side-by-side, faced back-to-front and slowly spinning in a dance as the fight became a close battle of increased ferocity. The remaining crew of the mangonel began to abandon their now-useless siege weapon, and three astral elves in strange body armour climbed out of their command deck onto the main deck, carrying bows. Similarly, the plasmoid crew of the balistae were climbing through a hatch that led to the fore deck.

Aboard the Moondancer, it was clear that with their superior position, they had become the attacker and the other ship the defender.

OOC: Charlie did 13 to Plasmoid1. Delphine did 29 to Dark Star's Aft Deck; Glau raged & climbed. Gunthar did 14 to Dark Star's fore hull (which unfortunately has a "damage threshold" of 15); Nic missed; Phlox readied; Sanderson did 9 fire, finishing off Plasmoid1. William helped below decks. The Dark Star did 87 damage total to the Moondancer. Flapjack beat the Astral Elf Star Priestess for the "higher" positioning.

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