D&D 5E New Vecna Battle (Let's Get Ready to RUMBLE!!!) - CONCLUDED

DND_Reborn

Legend
4.7.14 (Zombie) The zombie takes 10 radiant damage from the holy nimbus and then retreats into the shadows.

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It is now Vecna's Turn on Initiative 12.
 
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DND_Reborn

Legend
4.7.12 (Vecna) Venca teleports next to Pyre, inflicting 14 psychic damage and healing his wounds.

Again, she is assaulted by his necrotic magic, but this time the Rogue is ready and steals herself against it (SAVES roll 18+4=22 vs DC 22 CON save), taking only 26 necrotic damage (half 53 of half 106).

Vecna stabs Pyre with Afterthought twice again, hitting (Roll 6+13=19, 12+13=25 vs AC 17) and dealing a total of 5 damage (uncanny dodge half: 9 piercing + 2 necrotic (half 4)) and 13 damage (9 piercing + 4 necrotic (half 8)). Pyre is now affected by Afterthought three times!

"Soon you will die, little fly..." Vecna sneers, then turning to Vyrlim, "Watch as another of your allies perishes by MY hand!"

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@Smythe the Bard it is now Vyrlim's Turn on Initiative 2.
 



"Dude this is such a most non-triumphant turn of events" Vyrlim exclaims as he runs up to Vecna "Sorry bro, got to get next to the evil dead dude." as he tries not to step on Lossy's body. Vyrlim strikes with his most bodacious Lightsa... I mean Sunblade (4 lvl slot for Smite) and then attacks with his shield to shove Vecna north over the wall and into that fizzy green stuff. "Catch you later evil dead dude!"
 


FitzTheRuke

Legend
Could just be the format that's hard to follow, but...Stroke of Luck? Uncanny Dodge?

Lucky Feat:
You have inexplicable luck that seems to kick in at just the right moment.

  • You have 3 luck points. Whenever you make an attack roll, an ability check, or a saving throw, you can spend one luck point to roll an additional d20. You can choose to spend one of your luck points after you roll the die, but before the outcome is determined. You choose which of the d20s is used for the attack roll, ability check, or saving throw.
  • You can also spend one luck point when an attack roll is made against you. Roll a d20, and then choose whether the attack uses the attacker's roll or yours. If more than one creature spends a luck point to influence the outcome of a roll, the points cancel each other out; no additional dice are rolled.
  • You regain your expended luck points when you finish a long rest.

Uncanny Dodge is a level Rogue feature: "When an attacker that you can see hits you with an attack, you can use your reaction to halve the attack’s damage against you."
 

No, I mean, couldn't you have used Stroke of Luck when you rolled a 3 on your attack? Again, possible I missed it or that you'd already used it. Likewise with the Uncanny Dodge -- it didn't seem like you had used it, but skimming through these posts isn't the easiest.
 

DND_Reborn

Legend
No, I mean, couldn't you have used Stroke of Luck when you rolled a 3 on your attack?
Yeah, that's what I was hinting at... 🤷‍♂️

4.7.2 (Vyrlim) "Dude this is such a most non-triumphant turn of events" Vyrlim exclaims as he runs up to Vecna "Sorry bro, got to get next to the evil dead dude." and then he rushes over to confront the archlich.

He swings his sunblade and HITS (Roll 18+11=29 vs. AC 18) for 26 radiant damage (half 52), but the crackling black tether between himself and Vecna pulses with dark energy and Vyrlim takes 13 radiant damage (half 26).

Vecna utters a fell word and Vyrlim takes 14 psychic damage as Vecna teleports back.

Vyrlim advances to keep Vecna in the holy nimbus

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It is now Lair Actions on Initiative 20 (round #8).
 

DND_Reborn

Legend
4.8.20 (Lair Action) A horrid soul manifests and attacks Vyrlim, dealing 14 necrotic damage (half 28 of half 57 SAVED roll 15+7=22 vs. DC 20 CON save) before the soul disappears!

@FitzTheRuke it is now Pyre's Turn on Initiative 19.

NOTE: Pyre takes a total of 13 necrotic damage (half 10+6+10), and fails all three saves to shrug of Afterthought's effects (rolls 15,14,1+4= 19,18,5 vs. DC 20 CON save).

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FitzTheRuke

Legend
No, I mean, couldn't you have used Stroke of Luck when you rolled a 3 on your attack? Again, possible I missed it or that you'd already used it. Likewise with the Uncanny Dodge -- it didn't seem like you had used it, but skimming through these posts isn't the easiest.

Oh. Yeah. I forgot about Stroke of Luck (I knew about it weeks ago, when I wasn't missing, of course, but when I finally missed I couldn't think of it). As far as I know DM's been using Uncanny Dodge, as it should be "always on". I have to admit, I don't like the "gotcha"-ness of this. It's not how I play. If I forget to use abilities at this point, it's probably because I've started to give up.
 

DorkForge

Explorer
There's a thin line between DMing and playing the PCs yourself, I know I find it hard not to point out the various times my players don't notice x or y ability at the right time.

At the end of the day players make mistakes, that's a part of real play and isn't a gotcha
 


FitzTheRuke

Legend
There's a thin line between DMing and playing the PCs yourself, I know I find it hard not to point out the various times my players don't notice x or y ability at the right time.

At the end of the day players make mistakes, that's a part of real play and isn't a gotcha
If you say so. I don't mind story-based gotcha's (like Vecna disappearing and otherwise being difficult to find), but I don't like it when it comes to mechanics: if you want to know if I use an ability (one that I would obviously and clearly use), just ask.

I mean, keep in mind circumstances of playing here. For example, I was at work when I answered the question of "did I want to do anything else" and didn't have time to pour over my character sheet. It slipped my mind, in spite of planning to use it weeks earlier (when I didn't miss, so didn't need it).

Again, Pyre knows her abilities better than I do. It's one thing when NO ONE thinks of it, it's another when it's not included because "you didn't say....."

Look, I'm not trying to insult DND_Reborn, I think he's done an amazing job. This whole thing's been a lot more work than I bet that any of us expected, and I am grateful for it (and had a really good time, overall!)
 
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FitzTheRuke

Legend
So far, @DND_Reborn is quite fair. Players are doing the best they can under the circumstances. I much prefer this one battle over the white room we had earlier.
Absolutely. IMO, this is a much better take on how it would go down, on average, than all those "Vecna sucks because I can make the perfect Vecna-killing character after reading his stat-block" type-posts.
 

So far, @DND_Reborn is quite fair. Players are doing the best they can under the circumstances. I much prefer this one battle over the white room we had earlier.
Very much agree on the first two points, disagree on the last. This fight is all about the lair, and the takeaway is "Don't pick an endgame fight when you have no intel on the battlefield."
 

Very much agree on the first two points, disagree on the last. This fight is all about the lair, and the takeaway is "Don't pick an endgame fight when you have no intel on the battlefield."
No. The point is: "Don't take a rest before fighting the BBEG. That BBEG will prepare for you!"
 

Cruentus

Adventurer
Absolutely. IMO, this is a much better take on how it would go down, on average, than all those "Vecna sucks because I can make the perfect Vecna-killing character after reading his stat-block" type-posts.
I'm mostly struck by how hard they had to buff Vecna, and give him so many reactions and other abilities to counter PCs. It is frankly mind-boggling. (I get that as a lone BBEG, he normally loses out on action economy against 4 PCs).

I also am on one hand enjoying reading through how @DND_Reborn is running this, and how the party is reacting to it and fighting through it. On the other hand, I'm also cringing at how amped up it all is, when toning down everything on both sides would make for just as interesting a fight (IMO). (And again, I do get that this is the design paradigm for 5e now, and accept that).

Edit: and forgetting abilities mid battle (taking into account the format and all the challenges that brings), I think points to the absolute bunches of things that players have to navigate and track at mid and higher levels that its easy to overlook them, or forget.

Thanks to all for doing this, it has been fascinating! (y)
 

No. The point is: "Don't take a rest before fighting the BBEG. That BBEG will prepare for you!"
Huh. I didn't get that sense. He's been scrying them, but I expect he could have been doing that whether or not they "took a rest." Did I miss something in the intro/setup?

The lair empties the PCs into a kill box where they can't effectively get out of line of sight. None of the PCs have a way to create cover without casting a spell, which they can't do because they can't cast a spell. 🤷‍♂️

ETA: I want to make clear I'm not saying the lair is "unfair." It's cool. In a real campaign, where the players could gather intel and resources and make a plan, it would be sweet. No problem with the lair at all.
 

Stalker0

Legend
Edit: and forgetting abilities mid battle (taking into account the format and all the challenges that brings), I think points to the absolute bunches of things that players have to navigate and track at mid and higher levels that its easy to overlook them, or forget.
I think its more a factor of we aren't playing 20th level characters "organically". We are just putting some characters together and going to work. In a normal campaign, the players have grown into these characters (and the DM has watched them grow) over many many sessions, so the abilities become ingrained. Under that condition its a lot easier to run 20th level games, because everyone just knows what everyone in the group can do.
 

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