Dair's slings whirls and a bullet flies out towards the skeleton striking bone with a resounding crack. The Halfling then side steps placeing himself behind to the west of the door as he deftly reloads his sling.
Xir's blade flashes across the room with a green glow but strikes between the ribs of the skeleton without much damage. Dair's slingstone catches it right in the forhead though, causing a small hole and a crack running back through the skull. The skeleton continues forward undetered and reaches out to slash it's claws at Xir just as his blade is reforming in his hand. One claw is blocked, but the other scratches thin bloody lines across the face of the Xeph.
"Oh! You're hurt! Ow! That looks bad! Does it hurt? Don't worry, I know how to take care of lots of kinds of cuts and wounds and things. And I'll stop that mean old skeleton, too!" Periwinkle cries as the skeleton claws Xir. She steps forward and holds the symbol of Galatea high. "Hey, you! Mister Bones! Galatea doesn't like it when people are naughty and hurt other people, so stop it! Right now!" At the last words a weak flash of bluish light washes over the room. It has no visible effect on the skeleton. "Oops," she says, weakly.
[sblock=ooc]5' step into the square that Dair vacated and turn undead. Turning check is a 9, so she can only turn undead that have 0 hit dice. [/sblock]
[sblock=OOC] Pheonix I need to know which square the Skeleton is occupying, I'm trying to tumble past and end up with as large of a gap as possible between Dair and the Skeleton; he should be able to reach any of the squares in the room and next to Xirr's square he would only be tumbling out of Xirr's space as that's the only one which would provoke. Can I also ask if you are sure the Skeleton got two attacks on Xirr? Does it have pounce? Sorry to be that guy.[/sblock]
[sblock=OOC]I posted all this last night and the system ate my post. So I'll try again. The Skeleton moved to E5 when it attacked Xir. It was only able to do the one attack since it moved. (Thanks for keeping me honest, Halford. I don't mind anybody being 'that guy'. I'm a bit rusty DMing 3rd Edition again since I switched to 4E when it came out for my home game.) Since it's first attack was the one that hit, we won't need to retcon anything other than the second attack not being made. I was gonna ask where Xir steps and where Dair tumbles to, but it's irrelevant now after that second slingstone...[/sblock]
Periwinkle tries to channel her divine power against the undead without success. Xir tries again to slice the creature, but his blade skids along dry bones without harm. Dair again sends a slingstone flying and nails the creature in the head once more. The skull crumbles and the rest of the bones fall to the floor in a clatter.
As the skeleton drops, Periwinkle rushes to examin Xir's face where it looked like he got a nasty cut, but now his skin appears unblemished. She is so preoccupied with this that she fails to notice much else.
The writing upon the scroll is legible to Dair and seems unlikely to be magical. It appears to be a hastily scrawled message written in common.
[sblock=scroll]Greetings to whomever has retrieved this scroll from the skeleton. I implore you to take this missive to the pseudodragon that should be the rightful owner of the house where this skeleton was sent to. If perchance an overbearing upstart of a man owns the house instead, then all may be lost as he will likely have sold off the very item which I am in dire need of. The staff with the red crystal affixed to it's end must be brought through the portal to me. It is a matter of life and death. Make sure the bearers of the staff are competent and tough, for they will surely be tested.
"Is he in trouble? Oh, how exciting! I mean, that we get to go rescue him, not that he's in trouble. Hurry up, Dair! Here, let me help you. Did you check behind the cobwebs? Once I lost my favorite sewing needle under a chest and I couldn't see it when I looked because there was a web blocking the way, and I didn't find it until Sister Anemone made me move all the furniture and dust as a punishment after I set her almanac on fire. Oh, did you see that? A crack between the stones! Maybe it's a hidden passage, or a secret treasure room, or a... well maybe it's just a rat hole. But keep looking!" Surprisingly, Periwinkle is actually helpful in Dair's search, pointing out a couple of minor things he missed.