(OOC: Then he'll move right there and stand blocking it, weapon still drawn so that even if Ceshil manages to follow through the crowd, he still can't get past Stulgar. Then next round, nab the crest and possibly more, depending on how things play out)
Latharion runs to the east side of the bridge, looking to see if there are any airbarges passing under the bridge heading west.
(If so : He takes off his armor as quickly as possible, tosses both armor and shield to siobhan, takes a running start and jumps of the west side with aloud Valenar warcry)(OOC using as many action points as humanely possible . I know that this might take a few rounds )
(If not : He curses, and with a loud Valenar warcry makes his way through the crowd.)
ooc: @ DrZombie: Rystil is right, it'll be faster just to walk there. However I like the airbarge idea: if you accept to spend one action point something heading more or less in the right direction may pass near enough for you to grab on it.
Now we're waiting for Inky; I'll post the next round as soon he shows, or tomorrow if he doesn't.
Stulgar finally jumps into the dais where what’s left of Basher is. In his adrenaline-induced state, he’s not patient enough to stay and discern what does all of this mean, of where the crystal could be, so instead he turns to face his enemies.
He finds the horrified faces of those present. It’s curious how a warforged can present a horrified face, but they do, yet they don’t interfere when Stulgar growls his excuse. Beyond these people, Ceshil and what’s left of his men advance. One of them knocks over, on purpose of perhaps (surely) not, one of the stands on Raven’s path, who curses loudly.
Still a long way from the chapel, Latharion finds out that he has no hope of catching those ahead on time. Looking around for some kind of solution, he spots a magic carpet zooming over the platforms. Dropping his shield, he runs, jumps, and grabs it, holding the carpet with just his fingers. “What the…?” says the man on top of it. After a what feels like an hour but it’s really like a couple seconds or two, he slips and falls, to his death it seems. Scenes of his life flash before Latharion’s eyes, rudely interrupted just before hs first date when he rolls on the floor not far away from Orerreth. He looks at Latharion with eyes wide open, before remembering what’s he’s doing there. He waves a hand in the air and touches Niccolo’s shoulder.
Raven and Niccolo hurry after Cecil and co. since they are using the way they (the Canniths) opened with Bluff and Intimidate they don’t suffer difficult terrain penalties.
Stulgar jumps into the dais and quickly checks Basher, then turns and faces his pursuers.
Latharion drops his shield and miraculously manages to grab the flying carpet. He spends 1 extra action point in the jump check (technically, you can’t use actions points more than once per round, but since the first use was outside the rules anyway I’ll allow it this time), and before he’s forced to drop from the carpet he gains some terrain.
Siobhan moves too after the others.
Ceshil gets reunited with his men not far from the gate, except one on the Grease and the other one that’s forced to go around Raven. One still with Ceshil knocks over one of the stands, creating yet another zone of difficult terrain (this one smaller; occupies 3x3 squares).
Orerreth casts Shield of Faith on Niccolo’s clothes and moves forward too,
Status: Latharion 6 damage, Siobhan 9 damage. Niccolo has a +2 deflection bonus to AC.]
*Siobhan continues on her way to the chapel, moving at a reasonable pace. She is not perturbed that she will be last. That is the way of things--Brother takes the front and she will bring up the rear. She hopes that he realises that the Cannithers will not play fair just because he wins the race...then again, Brother was always fairly adept at violence when necessary...perhaps even moreso after his latest absence.*
Niccolo grins at Orerreth as he feels the spell envelop him. "Hopefully it won't be necessary, but who am I to argue?" Then he races on again, doing his best to keep on the other side of the stands from Ceshil's thugs.
”Hopefully not” is Orerreth’s answer to Niccolo. ”But blood has been already spilled, and doesn’t look like that’s going to stop.” The party hurries behind the armed men through the hostile, snobbish crowd of the skyway, now disperse enough to not suppose any impediment.
At the chapel Stulgar grabs the Brelish crest on Basher’s chest, only to lift the whole warforged’s body a couple inches from the dais. Suddenly he remembers it’s not any kind of shield they are looking for, but it’s supposed to be a crystal. But where is it? At the chapel’s gates, the Canniths advance menacingly, while Ceshil laughs at Stulgar’s confusion and extends a hand towards the shifter. A sudden weight crushes Stulgar’s brain, throbbing like the worst headache imaginable.
To speed things up a little bit I did two rounds at once, since after completing this round I thought that the situation changed very little and it was very likely that you’d end doing the same thing all over.
Raven, Niccolo, Latharion, Siobhan and Orerreth continue moving after the Canniths, ending slightly behind them.
Stulgar tries to grab the Brelish crest from basher’s body, but he discovers its’ firmly affixed and won’t move that easy. He remembers also that the thing they were looking for is “a crystal, about the size of a human fist, only slightly smaller.”, definitely not the crest. This is for his first round, so he still has a round worth of actions. In other words, you can declare your actions for rounds 6 and 7, while the rest of the party will be declaring their round 7 actions. I hope I’m not being confusing.
While I did expect you to do more or less what you’re doing now (search, keep readying actions, etc) if you had in mind something else don’t hesitate do say so and we’ll retroactively change things for your actions.
Meanwhile the first round Ceshil and his men (except the one that got caught in the Grease) gather near the gate. The next round Ceshil casts a spell on Stulgar, who has to make a DC 15 Will ST or suffer 9 points of non-lethal damage. The rest of the men move into their current positions, ready to attack the shifter, who must be running out of raging steam by now.
Status: Latharion 6 damage, Siobhan 9 damage. Stulgar may or may not have 9 points of non-lethal damage. Niccolo has a +2 deflection bonus to AC]
Raven had hoped the chapel would be well guarded, and everyone would have to stop and talk. But this was evidently not the case. She didn't know anyone here, really, not even those who had been in the Sharn Tavern with her before Orerreth arrived.
But it was clear that those of House Cannith were quick to resort of force to seize this object here and now. There was to be no recourse to diplomacy. No time to figure out the rightful owner of the object, if there even were such a person.
Orerreth seemed to have a better case of ownership, having somehow had a message sent to him with the location, while the Cannith were planning to take this information from him by force. Raven's only options were to enter the combat, or just walk away. At this point, she wouldn't even be able to take th 50 gold for the second option, so it would just have to be the first.
Continuing to dash behind the guards, Raven moves in and strikes down the one standing behind Ceshil.
OOC: I believe Raven is able to move normally now, this would allow her to move 30 feet and attack the guard behind Ceshil. On second look, I believe she would have to move 35 feet to do this. In which case, she will 'charge.' Presumably she can catch the guard from behind, giving her flanking and sneak attack bonus. Coupled with 'charge' this would give her AC 16, longsword: +8 1d8+2, +1d6 sneak damage. Rolls: to hit 16 dmg 8 + 2 sneak.
Latharion moves north and tries to hide in the crowds. He keeps an eye on the thug to the west of him, trying to set up a sneak attack on him, either by jumping him from the crowds, taking him unawares, or putting up a flank attack if he attacks the party from the rear. (this might take a round to set up, depending on the thugs actions)
Stulgar shrugs off the damage, and takes a quick look around for the crystil. Not finding it, he turns to defend the body from the approaching, ready to strike out at any of Cashil's men if the get close.
He will keep his position and strike at one of the men if they get close, hoping that reinforcements come soon.
(OOC: Wow, you're letting the Mage get away with standing in the back and casting spells. Well, I guess he's probably almost out. He's cast too many different spells to be a Sorcerer I guess he could be a Sorcerer if Whelm was his only 2nd-level spell, and despite Whelm, he isn't a Beguiler. Looks like a Wizard, hopefully level 3 and not level 4, which means he would have 1 more 1st and 1 more 2nd, plus another on each side if a specialist)