# Kulan: Knightfall's Crisis in Bluffside Game [IC]

#### JustinCase

##### the magical equivalent to the number zero
Tuck curses in what Regdar may or may not understand as the kobold’s racial tongue as they watch the other two assassins snap out of whatever enchantment previously bound them.

Almost too fast to observe with the untrained eye, Tuck rapidly produces bolts from his pack and in quick succession fires his crossbow at each of the assaillants in turn.

”Get ‘em!” he orders Mutt without stopping his own attacks.

 OOC: Full action attack, which with the Rapid Reload and Rapid Shot ranger feats means I make three attacks, although at -2 (already included in rolls). Attack with +1 light crossbow and rapid shot: Attacking Teresa: 1D20+10 = [18]+10 = 28 1D6+1 = [2]+1 = 3 Attacking Shylock: 1D20+10 = [3]+10 = 13 1D6+1 = [1]+1 = 2 Attacking third assassin: 1D20+5 = [9]+5 = 14 1D6+1 = [1]+1 = 2

#### Knightfall

##### World of Kulan DM
Silverbow Inn:
Tuck curses in what Relgar may or may not understand as the kobold’s racial tongue as they watch the other two assassins snap out of whatever enchantment previously bound them.

Almost too fast to observe with the untrained eye, Tuck rapidly produces bolts from his pack and in quick succession fires his crossbow at each of the assaillants in turn.

”Get ‘em!” he orders Mutt without stopping his own attacks.

 OOC: Full action attack, which with the Rapid Reload and Rapid Shot ranger feats means I make three attacks, although at -2 (already included in rolls). Attack with +1 light crossbow and rapid shot: Attacking Teresa: 1D20+10 = [18]+10 = 28 1D6+1 = [2]+1 = 3 Attacking Shylock: 1D20+10 = [3]+10 = 13 1D6+1 = [1]+1 = 2 Attacking third assassin: 1D20+5 = [9]+5 = 14 1D6+1 = [1]+1 = 2
The first bolt glances Teresa's shoulder just before she turns towards Akos with confusion in her eyes. The other two bolts fail to find the mark. At the same time, Mutt growls and rushes out of the tiny hut and throws himself at the third assassin. The big dog tries to bite the man but the assassin manages to barely avoid the teeth. His eyes are wide as he fends off the dog.

Akos watches as Teresa's eyes change from confusion to intense anger. She bares her teeth to the loremaster and then glances at her shoulder before yelling at Shylock. "Get the others! Kill them. Show no mercy!" She looks back at Akos with a wicked look on her face. "Now, you. I'm going to make you suffer for what you just did and it's going to hurt and not in a fun way, for you." She pulls a potion bottle from her belt and drinks it then she draws her blade as she takes a step towards Akos.

Shylock nods and stalks towards the tiny hut (drawing his blade), carefully, after avoiding the fired bolt. He enters the spell's radius and immediately looks at Tuck with his crossbow. He moves towards the urban ranger and slashes out with his short sword but Tuck easily avoids the blade.

 OOC: Big Mutt: Bite > 1d20+6=15 (miss) Teresa: Drinks a potion and draws her blade during a 5-ft step. Shylock: Short Sword > 1d20+5=11 (miss)

#### Knightfall

##### World of Kulan DM
Feeling hit by the hated iron, Akos frowns but continues to speak, the attack isn't hard enough to draw blood even by his enhanced sensitivity to iron weapons. considering the hit until he sees the smallest seep of blood staining his white robe.

I a moment he changes from diplomat to the insulted courtier with some power behind him. He pulls himself up and glares at all the assassins.

"You dare." he breathes "YOU DARE!" he shouts as his demeanor darkens, his face getting forbidding, ominous aspect, eyes darkening, the angles more pronounced and eyes flashing
"Curse of the Fey Court upon you all, you will ALL die, DIE for this! Bow and beg for mercy and you may yet live!"

Free: charm domain free activation of +4 CHA
Move as needed to be within 10' from all assassins or at least the one slowed and Shylak
Standard:
Intimidate Imperious command: 1D20+22 = [10]+22 = 32 total actually 34 due charm domain - they cower unless they beat 34 with (1d20 + character level or Hit Dice + target’s Wisdom bonus [if any] + target’s modifiers on saves against fear)
Teresa's eyes turn once again. "By the gods, no, no!" She barely gets out the words. Once gain she is frozen but now by fear. The other assassin that Akos can see screams and cowers on the floor. Mutt sands guard over him, growling.

(In the tiny hut, Shylock begins shaking in fear and can barely stand; his eyes turn towards the loremaster. "W-what is happening?" Is all her say.)

 OOC: Level Checks Assassin: 1d20+5=19 (failed) Teresa: 1d20+6=16 (failed) Shylock: 1d20+5=14 (or 16) (failed) Note that Shylock has moved into the tiny hut, so Akos cannot see him. Now, Shylock can see Akos and can hear him but the sound is a bit muffled. If Akos' needs to be able to see his foes, then Shylock won't be affected. If Shylock only needs to hear Akos, then he gets a +2 circumstance bonus to the roll (not that it matters).

#### Tellerian Hawke

##### Defender of Oerth
Bless: +1 morale bonus to attack & saves
Tim's AC is 25.
Base attacks w/ sword & shield: +11 / +10
Total attacks w/ modifiers: +12 / +11

Tim counterattacks with the Greatsword, as his opponent is snarling in frustration; Tim's stab is aimed at the Loyalist's center mass.

Tim snickers, "Ten more to replace you when you fall, eh? It's nice to know that your leader considers you so expendable."

Tim also tries to bash his opponent once more, but the big Half-Ogre overextends his reach because of a false step. If he managed to hit the man now, it would be a lucky shot indeed.

Greatsword Attack: (Hits AC19)
Greatsword Attack: 1D20+12 = [7]+12 = 19

Rizvan Attack: (Hits AC13)
Rizvan Attack: 1D20+11 = [2]+11 = 13

Greatsword Damage: 12 pts. (If a 19 hits)
Sword Damage: 2D6+8 = [1, 3]+8 = 12

Rizvan Damage: 12 pts. (If a 13 hits, that is.)
Rizvan Damage: 1D8+7 = [5]+7 = 12

#### Envisioner

##### Explorer
Having evidently overestimated the impregnability of his Abjuration, Relgar looks up with annoyance at his would-be assassin, and brings up his hands, held stiffly together at the risk, with his splayed fingers weaving the same sort of transdimensional energy that formed his diaphanous shelter, but much more concretely focused. A series of droning subvocalized equations calls the visualized construct into higher relief, and a blade-studded examplar of hypergeometry manifests into apparition between his palms. From its central core, whose shape resembles a Meta-Stellated Dodecamerkaba, three radial spikes extend out in the attacker's direction, reflective of almost two dozen more which unfold into the higher planes from which the shape's Platonic essence is drawn. If he continued to chant his numerical sequence and fold his digits through the increasingly uncomfortable tiled metrics, the shape in all its glory would eventually emerge into "meatspace", but the wizard has no need for such an idealized object at the moment. Instead, he wills the globe to shatter while nine-tenths of its substance remains theoretical, and the tiny fragment which he allowed to crystallize into solidity, the gossamer framework holding the three spires of the projectile together, flings itself forward along a projected vector with all the inevitability of a broken stalactite plunging to the cavern floor.

 OOC: CoyoteCode Dice Roller Well that was lovely. I have no idea what to add, but it's probably not enough. I also am not sure how much damage I would deal if I hit, since I think I fudged the rules on this feat and I no longer recall how exactly.

#### Scotley

Breva grunts as the foe's sword slices into his shoulder. "You'll have to do better than that." He glances at the newest foe who attacked Custodio. "I see your friends are not more skilled than you." He brings his blade around, but the wound in his shoulder is more impairing than he expected and he fails to connect.

power attack 2 and damage: 1D20+11 = [2]+11 = 13
2D6+12 = [6, 4]+12 = 22

#### Knightfall

##### World of Kulan DM
Throwdown Alley:
Breva grunts as the foe's sword slices into his shoulder. "You'll have to do better than that." He glances at the newest foe who attacked Custodio. "I see your friends are not more skilled than you." He brings his blade around, but the wound in his shoulder is more impairing than he expected and he fails to connect.

power attack 2 and damage: 1D20+11 = [2]+11 = 13
2D6+12 = [6, 4]+12 = 22
Indeed, his opponent manages to avoid Breva's blade using his own sword to parry the assault. The loyalist grins and counters but Breva manages to block it with his blade as well. The ringing of steel on steel echoes through the alley.

The backdoor of a nearby shop opens and a old man walks out with a look of annoyance on his face. He sees the fight and stands in shock. Custodio yells at him to get back inside and lock his door. The man rushes back inside his shop.

 OOC: Loyalist: Long Sword > 1d20+8=11 (miss)

Tim counterattacks with the Greatsword, as his opponent is snarling in frustration; Tim's stab is aimed at the Loyalist's center mass.

Tim snickers, "Ten more to replace you when you fall, eh? It's nice to know that your leader considers you so expendable."

Tim also tries to bash his opponent once more, but the big Half-Ogre overextends his reach because of a false step. If he managed to hit the man now, it would be a lucky shot indeed.

Greatsword Attack: (Hits AC19)
Greatsword Attack: 1D20+12 = [7]+12 = 19

Rizvan Attack: (Hits AC13)
Rizvan Attack: 1D20+11 = [2]+11 = 13

Greatsword Damage: 12 pts. (If a 19 hits)
Sword Damage: 2D6+8 = [1, 3]+8 = 12

Rizvan Damage: 12 pts. (If a 13 hits, that is.)
Rizvan Damage: 1D8+7 = [5]+7 = 12
The loyalist misjudges his position and steps into Tim's blade, which nearly takes his head off. The man is bleeding profusely from his wounds and looks ready to drop. He manages to sidestep Tim's shield bash and tries to go for the knight's gut.

 OOC: Loyalist: Longsword > 1d20+8=28 (hit and possible crit.), Confirm Roll > 1d20+8=11 (not a crit.), Damage > 1d8+2=3

Round 4
The third loyalist manages to to right himself and swing his blade around at Custodio but the avenger easily blocks it. with his bastard sword. The elite guardsman roundhouses his blade and nearly takes the man's head off! The blade cuts deep; blood sprays from the wound. The man chokes out a gasp and clutches at his chest. A moment of panic enters his eyes.

"Surrender," Custodio orders calmly. "I will cal for my fellow guards and you will receive a fair trial."

The man composes himself and stares down the avenger with renewed anger, in silence.

"So be it then. The Purifier will judge you."

 OOC: Loyalist: Longsword > 1d20+8=11 (miss) Custodio: Bastard Sword > 1d20+11=31 (hit and possible crit.), Confirm Roll > 1d20+11=18 (Confirmed!), Damage > 2d10+8=18+2=20 (almost forgot bless)

#### Knightfall

##### World of Kulan DM
Silverbow Inn:
Having evidently overestimated the impregnability of his Abjuration, Relgar looks up with annoyance at his would-be assassin, and brings up his hands, held stiffly together at the risk, with his splayed fingers weaving the same sort of transdimensional energy that formed his diaphanous shelter, but much more concretely focused. A series of droning subvocalized equations calls the visualized construct into higher relief, and a blade-studded examplar of hypergeometry manifests into apparition between his palms. From its central core, whose shape resembles a Meta-Stellated Dodecamerkaba, three radial spikes extend out in the attacker's direction, reflective of almost two dozen more which unfold into the higher planes from which the shape's Platonic essence is drawn. If he continued to chant his numerical sequence and fold his digits through the increasingly uncomfortable tiled metrics, the shape in all its glory would eventually emerge into "meatspace", but the wizard has no need for such an idealized object at the moment. Instead, he wills the globe to shatter while nine-tenths of its substance remains theoretical, and the tiny fragment which he allowed to crystallize into solidity, the gossamer framework holding the three spires of the projectile together, flings itself forward along a projected vector with all the inevitability of a broken stalactite plunging to the cavern floor.
The projectile would have missed the foe if not for the boisterous intimidation that the one called Akos spoke. The assassin, frozen in stark fear, cannot move to avoid the needle and it hits him directly in the face. The cowering man only whimpers in response. He doesn't even try to attack Tuck who is standing near him. Did Relgar forget the kobold was there? 'You didn't hit the kobold, so don't worry about it', Eclipso muses to him.

Envisioner said:
 OOC: CoyoteCode Dice Roller Well that was lovely. I have no idea what to add, but it's probably not enough. I also am not sure how much damage I would deal if I hit, since I think I fudged the rules on this feat and I no longer recall how exactly.
 OOC: As a ranged attack it would be 8 + you BAB + your Dexterity modifier, so it would be as follows: 8+3+2=13. It is a hit since the assassin, Shylock, is cowering because of Akos demoralizing Intimidate, so Relgar hits! I believe he does 1d4=4 damage to Shylock since you already cast tiny hut.

#### Tellerian Hawke

##### Defender of Oerth
Bless: +1 morale bonus to attack & saves
Tim's AC is 25.
Base attacks w/ sword & shield: +11 / +10
Total attacks w/ modifiers: +12 / +11

Tim re-aligns his footing, stepping in on his nervous foe. This time, he leads with Rizvan, seeking to use the Loyalist's exhaustion against him; Tim pulls the punch, hitting him in the thick, top-most part of his forehead, so as to render him unconscious.

Tim muses to himself,~I refuse to kill such a weakling; and besides, he is worth more to us alive. If the gallows is his fate, then so be it, but in the interests of justice being served, he will speak of what he knows before he hangs.~

 OOC: Tim inflicts 14 pts. of Non-Lethal damage upon the Loyalist. If it is enough to render him unconscious, he will take a 1-square adjustment, placing himself within range of the most recent Loyalist who is attacking Custodio. If it isn't, he will attack this Loyalist with the flat of the blade (non-lethal damage) as well. If his Loyalist gets cold-cocked by Rizvan, his Greatsword attack on Custodio's foe will be for lethal damage.

#### JustinCase

##### the magical equivalent to the number zero
Tuck ignores the spell effects that are obviously from Relgar, and the kobold keeps firing his crossbow at Shylock who is now so close.

Meanwhile Mutt keeps attacking the third assassin like Tuck ordered him to, tearing into the man's legs with his huge fangs.

 OOC: From the description, I was unsure if Shylock is adjacent to Tuck or not. So I rolled a full attack (with rapid shot), but if he has to take a 5-foot step back first, I think only the first of those attacks matters. Or perhaps I'm misremembering the 5-foot step rule; a quick search of the SRD didn't show up what I wanted. Anyway, he only attacks Shylock. rapid shot: 1D20+10 = [6]+10 = 16 for 1D6+1 = [2]+1 = 3 damage 1D20+10 = [2]+10 = 12 for 1D6+1 = [1]+1 = 2 damage 1D20+5 = [20]+5 = 25 (possible crit!) for 1D6+1 = [1]+1 = 2 damage crit confirmation: 1D20+5 = [6]+5 = 11 (probably miss) for 1D6 = [4] = 4 additional damage Mutt attacks the third assassin. Mutt: 1D20+7 = [19]+7 = 26 for 1D6+5 = [2]+5 = 7 damage

#### Neurotic

##### I plan on living forever. Or die trying.
Akos calls upon his powers. The time for not-fighting is passed, death is the order of the day. He joins his hands together and mimics opening the book with his palms. Upon them, a ghostly book made of leaves manifests and bluish light plays over his forearms before the leaves blow over into the assassin.

But he is not a warrior, his spirit is his weapon, not real weapons. The ambient temperature falls, but the blast is totally ineffectual unless one counts the frozen drinks caught in the blast.

Move: as needed
Swift: activate gloves of eldritch admixture
Standard:
Eldritch blast; cold damage: 1D20+3 = [1]+3 = 4
4D6 = [3, 3, 1, 6] = 13
- forgot the bonus from Knowledge devotion, but natural 1

#### Envisioner

##### Explorer
The results of his Invisible Needle clearly illustrate to Relgar that he isn't going to overcome this challenge by simply blasting away at his assailant. Time for a different approach. The social skills he's never mastered are possible to simulate artificially through illusion magic; with a few subtle gestures of hands held by his side, behind his back, under the furniture or the like, and a few mumbled incantations between sentences of normal speech, the wizard weaves a semblance of normality whose Glamerous nature masks its own manifestation, like an skilled water elemental gliding under the surface of a lake, naturally absorbing the ripples of its own passage so that its motion goes unnoticed.

 OOC: Casting Serene Visage to gain a +10 to Bluff checks; I'm hoping that I can perform the actual Bluff check itself as part of the same action.

"That uncomfortable stinging sensation is only the veriest tip of the proverbial iceberg; I am capable of wreaking a much more thorough arcane deconstruction upon your unfortunate physiognomy. You see, I'm not trapped in this bubble with you; you're trapped in this bubble with me. A decision which you will have ample opportunity to regret. Unless, of course, you feel like purchasing some clemency from my considerable aggrievance, and its resultant painful manifestations. So speak quickly, while you still have a functioning tongue. Who sent you, and why? I want names, locations, and exact details of whoever chose you as their hapless patsy for this uniquely unwise provocation."

#### Knightfall

##### World of Kulan DM
Here is the intro for @Aust Thale's PC, Falen Aust Thale.

Falen watches from the foredeck of the Firequeen as it pulls into the Harbor District of the floating canal port of Sordadon. While the crew scrambles around him to settle the large sailing ship near the docks, Falen can't help but stare up at the imposing cliffs of western Kanpur. Up on those cliffs is the city of Bluffside — his destination after all these months of travel to and from Tânger. His hand inadvertently goes up to his chest where the letter is safely tucked in an inside pocket.

His old mentor, Max, had sent him to get the missive for an man named Lord Cassianus Avitus, the current ambassador of Ticinum to Bluffside. Why he had to go all the way to Tânger by ship to physically pick up the letter is a mystery. Magic would have been considerably faster. Max hadn't told him the reason why had to be this way, but he'd paid Falen well for the trip, up front. Max never parted with gold easily.

Falen had little trouble getting the letter but booking passage back north had been a challenge. News had arrived in Tânger that trouble is brewing in Bluffside. Rumors about war and disease and magical explosions. Gossip flows like coin and mead in Tânger; it never ends.

The Firequeen's anchor is dropped and the ship is firmly secured to the dock as well. The crew is taking no chance, as they don't want to displease their captain, Meri-en-sekar. The Khemitian woman is a fierce warrior and sailor and a long time compatriot of Falen's good friend Bixby Cobblegood. At first, Falen had thought it luck that she'd been in Tânger but Max and Bixby had planned it that way in case the unseen seer had gotten into trouble get out of the city. He had and luckily Meri-en-sekar and her crew were there to bail him out. He'd had to pay extra, of course, but it had been worth it.

A group of cutthroats simply known as The Dusk had come out of the shadows and tried to kill Falen and take the letter. Meri's first mate, Hanodeen, had been watching the half-hobgoblin's back without him realizing it. The man had been a ghost until he and his scimitar came out of the night and kill three of the cutthroats and whisked Falen to the Firequeen. Once out to sea, the Dusk tried again alongside hired pirates of the bleakest sort. Two pirate ships had tried to board the Firequeen, but they were no match for the galleon's impressive cannons.

"You better get going," Captain Meri says to Falen. The tall Khemitian woman had snuck up behind him while he was deep in thought. "And try not to get those pretty eyes of yours in trouble. I won't be there to bail you out this time, malih."

Meri-en-sekar had taken a shine to him but had kept Falen at arms length during the voyage. She had to keep up appearances for the crew. Now, the bulk of the crew was disappearing onto Sordadon's streets looking to spend their pay and bonus for getting the Firequeen to port in one piece. The captain sets her chin on top of Falen's head and points to a waiting cog, "the Vulture won't wait long before heading into the Cavern Harbor. Captain Reeth is doing you a favor taking you to into the Undercity without payment. Don't forget that."

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#### Knightfall

##### World of Kulan DM
Silverbow Inn:
Tuck ignores the spell effects that are obviously from Relgar, and the kobold keeps firing his crossbow at Shylock who is now so close.

Meanwhile Mutt keeps attacking the third assassin like Tuck ordered him to, tearing into the man's legs with his huge fangs.

 OOC: From the description, I was unsure if Shylock is adjacent to Tuck or not. So I rolled a full attack (with rapid shot), but if he has to take a 5-foot step back first, I think only the first of those attacks matters. Or perhaps I'm misremembering the 5-foot step rule; a quick search of the SRD didn't show up what I wanted. Anyway, he only attacks Shylock. rapid shot: 1D20+10 = [6]+10 = 16 for 1D6+1 = [2]+1 = 3 damage 1D20+10 = [2]+10 = 12 for 1D6+1 = [1]+1 = 2 damage 1D20+5 = [20]+5 = 25 (possible crit!) for 1D6+1 = [1]+1 = 2 damage crit confirmation: 1D20+5 = [6]+5 = 11 (probably miss) for 1D6 = [4] = 4 additional damage Mutt attacks the third assassin. Mutt: 1D20+7 = [19]+7 = 26 for 1D6+5 = [2]+5 = 7 damage
All three bolts hit the mark, as Shylock remains frozen in fear. The ugly assassin looks like a pincushion. The third bolt sinks deep into the man's shoulder while other two are in his chest and thigh. Blood trickles down from his shoulder wound. "Please, no more," he whimpers.

Meanwhile, Mutt growls and then bites the other assassin in shoulder and shakes the man. His magic fangs tear open a gash and the man yells in agony.

 OOC: Shylock is cowering this round, so it doesn't matter. Shylock doesn't threaten Tuck this round. You crit. confirmation roll was a success since he has a -2 to AC and no Dex this round.

Akos calls upon his powers. The time for not-fighting is passed, death is the order of the day. He joins his hands together and mimics opening the book with his palms. Upon them, a ghostly book made of leaves manifests and bluish light plays over his forearms before the leaves blow over into the assassin.

But he is not a warrior, his spirit is his weapon, not real weapons. The ambient temperature falls, but the blast is totally ineffectual unless one counts the frozen drinks caught in the blast.

Move: as needed
Swift: activate gloves of eldritch admixture
Standard:
Eldritch blast; cold damage: 1D20+3 = [1]+3 = 4
4D6 = [3, 3, 1, 6] = 13

- forgot the bonus from Knowledge devotion, but natural 1
The table next to Teresa splits apart and the drinks are soon misshapen ice cubes on the floor. The female assassin doesn't move, still feeling the effects of Akos intimidation.

The results of his Invisible Needle clearly illustrate to Relgar that he isn't going to overcome this challenge by simply blasting away at his assailant. Time for a different approach. The social skills he's never mastered are possible to simulate artificially through illusion magic; with a few subtle gestures of hands held by his side, behind his back, under the furniture or the like, and a few mumbled incantations between sentences of normal speech, the wizard weaves a semblance of normality whose Glamerous nature masks its own manifestation, like an skilled water elemental gliding under the surface of a lake, naturally absorbing the ripples of its own passage so that its motion goes unnoticed.

 OOC: Casting Serene Visage to gain a +10 to Bluff checks; I'm hoping that I can perform the actual Bluff check itself as part of the same action.

"That uncomfortable stinging sensation is only the veriest tip of the proverbial iceberg; I am capable of wreaking a much more thorough arcane deconstruction upon your unfortunate physiognomy. You see, I'm not trapped in this bubble with you; you're trapped in this bubble with me. A decision which you will have ample opportunity to regret. Unless, of course, you feel like purchasing some clemency from my considerable aggrievance, and its resultant painful manifestations. So speak quickly, while you still have a functioning tongue. Who sent you, and why? I want names, locations, and exact details of whoever chose you as their hapless patsy for this uniquely unwise provocation."
Shylock can do nothing but stare and listen to Relgar. The man's mind is mud and Relgar's word take the fight right out of him. He drops his short sword on the floor and repeats, "No more, I- I'll tell you whatever you want to know. Just, no more pain." The man's knees buckle and he crumples to the floor. "We are members of the Brelish Thieves Guild here in Bluffside."

"No Shylock, stop talking," the third assassin yells. "Don't tell them anything!"

Shylock continues speaking without even acknowledging his fellow guild member. "The guild is located in The Crossed Candles in the Old City district. We were sent by our guildmaster, Kelik, although he goes by another name as the owner of shop, Barclay Winton. H- he and Phelix are old friends from their time together in Sharn. Phelix offered him a chance to relocate to Bluffside so they could work together and Kelik could create his own guild. Phelix wants you," he finally looks up at Relgar. "And the ones named Custodio and Tymbeck dead at any cost." He glances at Tuck. "We didn't know these other would be here helping you, but we had our orders."

Blood begins to seep out of the man's mouth. "Phelix is worried. That's why we're here and why he sent the others after your friends and Lady Émilienne too. Phelix is sending assassins throughout the city and not just from our guild. His loyalists are tracking the other two, and he is sending his best assassins to kill that guard commander known as Oakfirst, as well as Lady Pomander. He's targeting everyone that has been getting in his way." He shakes his head. "You cannot stop them all. He has spies everywhere and half the guards are on the take or just corrupt. The best of of your allies will be dead by dawn."

"You fool!" The Brelish assassin yells.

He ignores Mutt and tries to find his way to Shylock to silence him. Mutt chomps down on him again, but the man rips himself away and stumbles into the tiny hut. He sees Shylock on his knees and throws his short sword like it's a dagger. The blade sinks into Shylock's back and Shylock howls in pain.

"I said stop talking, you spineless idiot!"

Shylock slumps forward onto the floor and doesn't move.

 OOC: You can make the Bluff check as part of the same action (we'll also consider it a feint in combat) and Shylock has at -2 circumstance penalty to his Sense Motive check. Relgar: Bluff check > 1d20+9=19 Shylock: Sense Motive check > 1d20-2=2 | He's also flat-footed for the next round. Mutt: AoO > 1d20+6=23 (hit), Damage > 1d6+5=7 Assassin: Thrown Short Sword > (-2 for shaken, -4 throwing melee weapon): 1d20+1=15 (hit), Damage > 1d6+2=5

#### Knightfall

##### World of Kulan DM
Throwdown Alley:

Tim re-aligns his footing, stepping in on his nervous foe. This time, he leads with Rizvan, seeking to use the Loyalist's exhaustion against him; Tim pulls the punch, hitting him in the thick, top-most part of his forehead, so as to render him unconscious.

Tim muses to himself,~I refuse to kill such a weakling; and besides, he is worth more to us alive. If the gallows is his fate, then so be it, but in the interests of justice being served, he will speak of what he knows before he hangs.~

 OOC: Tim inflicts 14 pts. of Non-Lethal damage upon the Loyalist. If it is enough to render him unconscious, he will take a 1-square adjustment, placing himself within range of the most recent Loyalist who is attacking Custodio. If it isn't, he will attack this Loyalist with the flat of the blade (non-lethal damage) as well. If his Loyalist gets cold-cocked by Rizvan, his Greatsword attack on Custodio's foe will be for lethal damage.
The shield bash snaps the loyalist's head back. If Tim had used all his might the man would be dead. His eyes roll into he back of his head and he falls to the ground, unconscious.

He follows up the 'pulled' attack with a full-force swing of his greatsword into the man fighting Custodio. The blade sinks deep into the man's side. He never saw the attack coming.

Annoyed, Breva takes a calming breath. "You are starting to bother then neighbors. Let's bring this to a swift conclusion." He continues by drawing his blade back and stabbing deep into the man before him.

OOC: power attack 2 and damage: 1D20+11 = [17]+11 = 28
2D6+12 = [1, 1]+12 = 14
The loyalist tries to sidestep the blade but takes it full in the chest. His eyes glaze over and he drops to the ground. Breva can tell that the man isn't dead, only unconscious. But he won't be getting back up any time soon.

Round 5
The loyalist looks at Big Tim nervously and then notes that his allies have both fallen. He snarls at Custodio and slams his blade into the Elite guard. Custodio easily blocks it with his heavy wooden shield.

"You are all alone," he says. "Surrender now and we will show you mercy."

The man spits in Custodio's face and laughs.

Custodio brings his bastard sword down on the man's shoulder with all his strength. The blade tears into the loyalist and it looks as though he's about to drop to the ground.

"Well, I see you two have been busy," a voice says from on high. Tim and Custodio look up to see a figure flying overhead. The elven woman has a pensive look on her face, but her appearance is slightly disheveled. "I was worried I wouldn't find you in time." She looks at Breva. "Who's this?"

"Lady Émilienne," Custodio says plainly, hardly believing his eyes.

"N-no, you're supposed to be dead!" The loyalist shouts.

"The villains tried and failed," she replies.

 OOC: Loyalist: Longsword (+2 Power Attack) > 1d20+6=16 (miss) Custodio: Bastard Sword > 1d20+11=22 (hit), Damage > 1d10+4=8 Lady Émilienne: Initiative > 1d20+2=12 @Tellerian Hawke and @Scotley, you guys are up. The last loyalist now looks weaker than the one that Tim shield bashed.

#### Tellerian Hawke

##### Defender of Oerth
Bless: +1 morale bonus to attack & saves
Tim's AC is 25.
Base attacks w/ sword & shield: +11 / +10
Total attacks w/ modifiers: +12 / +11

Greatsword Attack vs. Last Loyalist, Punch Pulled
Greatsword Attack Roll Last Loyalist: 1D20+12 = [11]+12 = 23

Rizvan Attack vs. Last Loyalist, Punch Pulled (Probably a Miss)
Rizvan Attack Roll vs. Last Loyalist: 1D20+11 = [3]+11 = 14

Greatsword Damage vs. Last Loyalist
Greatsword Damage Roll Last Loyalist: 2D6+8 = [4, 4]+8 = 16

Big Tim states, flatly, addressing Custodio as he attacks the last Loyalist, "The time for ASKING is at an end. He's going to surrender the hard way."

Tim turns the Greatsword so that the next blow strikes with the flat of the blade, inflicting non-lethal damage; he swings with the precision of a battlefield veteran, connecting HARD with the man's jaw! But alas, the force of the blow puts him out of position for an effective follow-up from Rizvan, not that it matters much...

#### Envisioner

##### Explorer
Relgar looks up with anger at the assassin of his would-be assassin. Since he's just disarmed himself in what appears to be desperation, the wizard assumes he no longer poses a threat, and a sudden surge of righteous indignation overcomes him. Not even bothering to conjure another Invisible Needle, he strides forward and aims a kick at the knees or vitals of the new attacker.

 OOC: Unarmed attack. Rules-wise I'm probably just going to get myself punched, but it seems in-character to try. I'll let you just decide for yourself whether it works.

#### Knightfall

##### World of Kulan DM
Throwdown Alley:
Greatsword Attack vs. Last Loyalist, Punch Pulled
Greatsword Attack Roll Last Loyalist: 1D20+12 = [11]+12 = 23

Rizvan Attack vs. Last Loyalist, Punch Pulled (Probably a Miss)
Rizvan Attack Roll vs. Last Loyalist: 1D20+11 = [3]+11 = 14

Greatsword Damage vs. Last Loyalist
Greatsword Damage Roll Last Loyalist: 2D6+8 = [4, 4]+8 = 16

Big Tim states, flatly, addressing Custodio as he attacks the last Loyalist, "The time for ASKING is at an end. He's going to surrender the hard way."

Tim turns the Greatsword so that the next blow strikes with the flat of the blade, inflicting non-lethal damage; he swings with the precision of a battlefield veteran, connecting HARD with the man's jaw! But alas, the force of the blow puts him out of position for an effective follow-up from Rizvan, not that it matters much...
The greatsword impacts the man's face, snapping it back. If Tim had used the cutting edge, he would have taken the man's head clean off. Instead, there is a flattening of his nose and a crack of the man's jaw. Even keeping control not to kill, Tim leaves the loyalist with a lasting mark. The man crumples to the ground, unconscious, which means Tim swings his shield through the open space above the loyalist.

"I have to ask them to surrender," Custodio says to Tim. "It's my duty as an Elite even if I'm not wearing the uniform. Considering my interactions with them in the past, I knew that they wouldn't drop their weapons. Their fanatics."

Lady Émilienne flies down to the street and end her spell. "The ones that attacked me were just as crazed. If the Sectarian Guard hadn't come to my aid, I would have been hard pressed even with my fly spell."

"No, I used up two of my healing potions to restore myself." She walks up to Breva and notes his attire. "Another worshiper of the Purifier, I see. You calling in reinforcements, Custodio?"

"Not exactly," he replies while reaching for the manacles attached to his belt. He puts them on the loyalist that Tim just knocked out. "I wished I had two more for these others. We should bind them, but I left my pack with my rope back at the manor."

"I am Lady Émilienne, Wizard of the Seventh Order and cleric of Sky and Air," she introduces herself to Breva, her hand outstretched to shake Breva's. "Like Custodio, I am one of Bluffside's Elite and a Tower Wizard for the area around the Gardens. I am glad you were here to help them."

Breva is taken aback by the elf woman's contradiction of titles and adventurer's appearance. She does not dress like a guard but then neither does Custodio.

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#### JustinCase

##### the magical equivalent to the number zero

Shylock's other words register as well, and the urban ranger ponders what he knows about this Brelish Thieves' Guild and The Crossed Candles.

"Akos! Stop flirting, we need to warn the others!" the kobold calls out to his companion, and whatever he was going to do next is interrupted by the sword thrown into Shylock's back.

"Fool thief," Tuck hisses, followed by a foul curse in his race's version of the Draconic language, and his reptilian eyes narrow as they focus on the assassin still standing - for now. He aims his fine crossbow, but changes his mind when Relgar unexpectedly kicks the man on the knee.

Dropping his crossbow, Tuck slips his deceptively dull looking sword out of its sheath and from the other side stabs the blade in hard.

Mutt moves after his intended target, and if he still stands, will bite him again.

 OOC: Moving up to the third assassin, flanking with Relgar (+2), and attacking with the +1 shortsword: Shortsword: 1D20+9 = [3]+9 = 12 for 1D4 = [4] = 4 damage If the assassin still stands, Mutt will attack too: Mutt: 1D20+7 = [6]+7 = 13 for 1D6+5 = [3]+5 = 8 damage

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