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RPGs TUW: The Outpost

Waynan

Explorer
Raven Elk, after sitting himself by the fire, does not partake of the morning ritual as he normally would. Instead, he spends the time memorizing every detail he can of the Dream-Vision. As he does this, he also begins to ponder its message.
 
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MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Y 0: Day 160: Doldrums 40: Moving On

GM: The group breaks camp in short order, making sure that the fire is completely extinguished. Taylar fastens his talisman to his belt and Raven Elk shakes from his reverie. Having only traveled 3 hours the previous day, it is estimated that another 7 hours will be needed to locate the desired location of the herbs.

After about 4 hours of travel, the party breaks for lunch, only having observed the normal flora and fauna of the area. Three more hours into mid afternoon brings no surprises, either. Once the field is located, it is obvious that something has gotten into the soft plants. Pigs have never really cared for this particular herb, and the deer only crop the occasional leaf or two. Every single plant in over 3/4 of the field has been cropped off at ground level, like someone had deliberately harvested it all with a knife, but any person understanding the use of the herb would never have clear cut the area. Plants would be taken at random to insure that the crop would reseed itself.

GM: The party has nothing more to do than wait it out to see if the culprits return. Waiting is not a strong suit of Vittero and Taylar, who decide to wander about and search the area, but neither goes to far.

True to form late in the afternoon, a group of deep green cutter beetles the size of a man's head come marching directly toward the remaining herbs.

OOC: Sequencing needs to be determined. 1d100. Post results in LINE.
 

Kwargrow

Explorer
Since his last rush into battle left him with a dizzy head, Taylar intends to try a new tactic on his turn. He will look around for any stones on the ground to throw at the beetles, hopefully knocking them over or causing them to show any defensive measure like the carrion beetles did. If any draw near to the group he will switch to his club and swing as he did before, to knock them away.
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Y 0: Day 160: Doldrums 40: Cutter Beetles

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GM: As with the beetles previously encountered, these 10 currently seem oblivious to their surroundings and completely focused on the herbs. The party is currently spaced around the remaining herbs to strategically cover any approach. The beetles happen to have approached from Raven Elk's direction. They are approximately 5 paces from him and moving closer. Adisakti is 5 paces to Raven Elk's right and about 8 paces from the approaching beetles. Vittero is 5 paces to Raven Elk's left and about 8 paces from the approaching beetles. Taylar is 5 paces further from Vittero, and Maka is 5 paces further from Adi.

@Waynan
Raven Elk reacts first.
 
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Sylvar B.

Explorer
Not being around for the first encounter Adi keeps an eye on the beetles but asks Raven. So how did you best the last set of creepy crawlies?
 

Waynan

Explorer
Raven Elk considers his reply as he watches the beetles approach. Trying at a bit of flippancy, or at least the best he can offer, he answers Adi:

"Flip 'em over and bludgeon them for all you've got, my friend. It worked with the last ones.". He then gives his smirky smile that could be either humorous or sarcastic. Always hard to tell with Raven Elk.
He could have left it at that, but then he can't help but add an extra morsel of "scholarly" info, killing any chance at humor, "Of course, like people, many beetles are very different. These could be susceptible to piercing or slashing.". He then looks at Adi and shrugs.

Raven Elk then waits for the first of the beetles to approach in order to flip one over and then "punch" it with the butt end of his spear.
 
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MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Y 0: Day 160: Doldrums 40: The Cutter Beetles

Raven Elk considers his reply...
"Flip 'em over and bludgeon them for all you've got, my friend...

Raven Elk then waits for the first of the beetles to approach in order to flip one over and then "punch" it with the butt end of his spear.
GM: At the sound of the voices, the beetles, which had been solely focused on their food source, look up at their surrounding. Seeing the people, they prove to be as aggressive as Richelle had described. As a group they fan out and begin moving as quickly as they can toward everyone. It is also noted, as they charge in, that they are about twice the size of a man's head.

OOC: NOTE:
Physically attacking for all characters involves all 3 basic skills: Collegiate, Commercial, and Combat. The Collegiate skill considers the potential for Way as it pertains to augmenting the character. The Commercial skill considers accuracy, and the Combat skill considers actual training.

Raven Elk: 12(Fury) + 20(Lethality) + 20(Attack) + 91(d100) = 143
Beetle: 4(Defense) + 8(Defend) + 60(d100) = 72
Damage: 143 - 72 = 71% * 10 = 7 - 2(soak) = 5
Mind: 2 - 5 = -3: unconscious
Body: 4 - 3 = 1: hurt

GM: When the beetles decide to charge in, Raven Elk quickly adjust his strategy to accommodate the movement. He swings his spear like a club, smacking the beetle for all he is worth, knocking the thing aside, as it stays on its back with it's legs twitching.

Vittero, who reacts next, runs forward to close the distance even faster, swinging his bow like a club.
OOC: Vittero: 11 + 22 + 22 + 87 = 142
Damage: 142 - 72 = 70% * 10 = 7 - 2(soak) = 5
Mind: 2 - 5 = -3: unconscious
Body: 4 - 3 = 1: hurt

GM: Vittero has the same success as Raven Elk.
[MENTION=6855195]Sylvar B.[/MENTION]
Adisakti reacts next.
 
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Sylvar B.

Explorer
Adi approaches the nearest beetle and uses his staff to flip it over onto its back. Then he picks a spot that looks soft and attempts to drive his staff through it.
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Y 0: Day 160: Doldrums 40: The Cutter Beetles, part 2

Adi approaches the nearest beetle and uses his staff to flip it over onto its back. Then he picks a spot that looks soft and attempts to drive his staff through it.
GM: Adi immediately realizes that Raven Elk must have been oversimplifying matters, as there seems to be no feasible method to simply flip the bug and elects to just smack it, hoping to catch it where the top plate meets the bottom.

OOC: Adisakti: 11(Fury) + 19(Lethality) + 18(Attack) + 83(d100) = 131
Beetle: 4(defensiveness) + 8(defend) + 60(d100) = 72
Damage: 131 - 72 = 59% * 10 = 6 - 2(soak) = 4
Mind: 2 - 4 = -2: unconscious
Body: 4 - 2 = 2: hurt

GM: Adi whirls his staff, catching the beetle on the side and upends it. Like the previous two, it lies on its back unconscious, involuntarily kicking its legs.
[MENTION=6855382]Kwargrow[/MENTION]
Taylar reacts next.
 
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Kwargrow

Explorer
Since the bugs are on the group quicker than he anticipated, Taylar abandons his plan of throwing rocks and golf-club swings into the closest beetle.
 

Waynan

Explorer
GM: said:
Adi immediately realizes that Raven Elk must have been oversimplifying matters, as there seems to be no feasible method to simply flip the bug and elects to just smack it, hoping to catch it where the top plate meets the bottom.
Seeing Adi's technique, Raven Elk actually cracks a smile:

"Looks like you've got the method down!"
 
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MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Y 0: D 160: Doldrums 40: The Cutter Beetles, part 3

Since the bugs are on the group quicker than he anticipated, Taylar abandons his plan of throwing rocks and golf-club swings into the closest beetle.
GM: Taking a few steps forward just to increase his momentum, Taylar gives full might to his first blow.

OOC: Taylar: 11(Fury) + 20(Lethality) + 23(Attack) + 75(d100) = 129
Beetle: 4(Defensiveness) + 8(Defend) + 60(d100) = 72
Damage: 129 - 72 = 57% * 10 = 6 - 2(soak) = 4
Mind: 2 - 4 = -2: unconscious
Body: 4 - 2 = 2: hurt

GM: At this point the party is 4 for 4. These beetles look more vicious than the last, but they seem to be falling more readily.
[MENTION=6790669]Tellerian Hawke[/MENTION]
Maka and the remaining beetles react last.
 
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Maka, seeing that clubbing the beetles has proven to be effective, intends to club his beetle where the top plate meets the bottom.
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Y 0: D 160: Doldrums 40: The Cutter Beetles, part 4

Maka, seeing that clubbing the beetles has proven to be effective, intends to club his beetle where the top plate meets the bottom.
GM: As Maka swings the two beetles approaching him, along with the one remaining on each of the others, sprays a clear liquid from a gland on the front of its head.

OOC: Beetle: 20(Muddle) + 60(d100) = 80
Maka: 10(Skepticism) + 11(Tranquility) + 62(d100) = 83
Raven Elk: 12(Skepticism) + 10(Tranquility) + 91(d100) = 113
Vittero: 15(Skepticism) + 10(Tranquility) + 87(d100) = 112
Taylar: 12(Skepticism) + 9(Tranquility) + 75(d100) = 96
Adisakti: 11(Skepticism) + 10(Tranquility) + 83(d100) = 104

GM: This particular spray seems more concentrated than that of the carrion beetles, yet everyone is able to ignore its intended muddling effect.

OOC: Maka: 11(Fury) + 21(Lethality) + 22(Attack) + 62(d100) = 116
Beetle: 4(Defensiveness) + 8(Defend) + 60(d100) = 72
Damage: 116 - 72 = 44% * 10 = 4 - 2(soak) = 2
Mind: 2 - 2 = 0: unconscious

GM: Maka's blow is not quite as well placed as he would have hoped, but it was effective, nonetheless.

OOC: Sequencing needs to be redetermined. Roll 1d100. Post results on LINE.
 
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MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Y 0: D 160: Doldrums 40: The Cutter Beetles, continued

GM:
OOC: Sequencing: (order of action)

  • Impetus (Collegiate Task) +
  • Body + Motility +
  • Mind + Knowledge +
  • Commercial
This passive technique is used to determine the initial reaction time with regard to combat. A single combat sequence comprises all actions possible in ONE SECOND of time, which is divided into 100 equal parts called tics. Not all characters will be able to act in the first second, especially when using slow weapons.

Raven Elk: 10(Impetus) + 20(Sequence) + 83(d100) - 24(armor) - 50(weapon) = 39
Maka: 11 + 21 + 72(d100) - 22(armor) - 50(weapon) = 32
Vittero: 10 + 22 + 99(d100) - 24(armor) - 50(weapon) = 57
Taylar: 9 + 20 + 73(d100) - 24(armor) - 50(weapon) = 28
Adisakti: 10 + 19 + 44(d100) - 24(armor) - 50(weapon) = -1
Beetles: 0 + 8 + 80(d100) - 20(bite) = 68

GM: The remaining beetles, fully intent on aggressively protecting the food source, launch themselves into the air at each of their respective opponents clipping at them with their enlarged, pincher-like mandibles.
OOC: Beetle: 8(lethality) + 12(attack) + 80(d100) = 100
Vittero: 10(konokoro) + 14(defensiveness) + 99(d100) = 123

Vittero instinctively dodges the beetle, whirling his bow like a staff and spinning in a complete circle to swipe as it goes by.
OOC: Vittero: 11(Fury) + 22(Lethality) + 22(Attack) + 99(d100) + 76(luck) = 230
Beetle: 4(defensiveness) + 8(defend) + 80(d100) = 92
Damage: 230 - 92 = 138% * 10 = 14 - 2(soak) = 12
Mind: 2 - 12 = -10: unconscious
Body: 4 - 10 = -6: dead

Vittero's mighty swing not only contacts with the beetle while it is still in the air, it cracks the body open spraying noxious fumes into the area. Though Vittero resists the effects of the gas, he immediately begins backing away from the broken insect.
@Waynan
Raven Elk reacts next.
 
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Waynan

Explorer
Watching his friends having such "sport" with these beetles, Raven Elk is suddenly inspired by the game Begadwe ("little brother war"/Lacrosse. Pronounced --- bag-gat'-ta-way), a game of stickball he and his friends played when they were mere boys. Raven Elk had been quite good at it, (he had been the highest scorer) and used those skills now.

Seeing the first of the flying beetles as the Ball, Raven Elk Squared Up a Star Pass by striking the "Ball" (the beetle} in an effort to "pass" it to the next beetle attacking him, knowing that the other beetle would never be able to Cradle the "Ball" (having no hands, nor a Stick). In this manner, Raven Elk hoped to "kill (or at least wound and disorient them by putting them into an Unsettled Situation) two birds with one stone", as it were. Then , he could Poke Check or Slap Check them into submission --- or death.

As he strikes the first beetle, Raven Elk, caught up in the moment, cries: "BALL!"
 

Kwargrow

Explorer
When Taylar sees the beetle take into the air in front of him, he marvels at these creatures. He wonders if he found the right material if he could fashion himself a pair of wings. The clacking of the mandibles brings him back to the fight and he shifts his hands on the club into a wider two handed grip. It will be easier to make quick swats at the bugs rather than pull back and try for a big swing.
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Y 0: D 160: Doldrums 40: The Cutter Beetles, continued, part 2

Watching his friends having such "sport" with these beetles, Raven Elk is suddenly inspired by the game Begadwe ("little brother war"/Lacrosse. Pronounced --- bag-gat'-ta-way), a game of stickball he and his friends played when they were mere boys. Raven Elk had been quite good at it, (he had been the highest scorer) and used those skills now.
GM: The beetles reactivity being quicker than Raven Elk's spear, clacks its enlarged mandibles at him before his weapon is ready.
OOC: Beetle: 8(lethality) + 12(attack) + 80(d100) = 100
Raven Elk: 9(Konokoro) + 11(Defensiveness) + 83(d100) = 103

Despite the beetles movement and the slower weapon, Raven Elk's reactivity allows him to avoid the launch.

Waynan said:
As he strikes the first beetle, Raven Elk, caught up in the moment, cries: "BALL!"
GM:
OOC: Raven Elk: 12(Fury) + 20(Lethality) + 20(Attack) + 83(d100) = 135
Beetle: 4(defensiveness) + 8(defend) + 80(d100) = 92
Damage: 135 - 92 = 43% * 10 = 4 - 2(soak) = 2
Mind: 2 - 2 = 0: unconscious

As Raven Elk exclaims his mark, he knocks the wingward beetle from the air. He does not crack the shell, but the blow is still enough to stun it.
 
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MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Y 0: D 160: Doldrums 40: The Cutter Beetles, continued, part 3

When Taylar sees the beetle take into the air in front of him, he marvels at these creatures. He wonders if he found the right material if he could fashion himself a pair of wings. The clacking of the mandibles brings him back to the fight and he shifts his hands on the club into a wider two handed grip. It will be easier to make quick swats at the bugs rather than pull back and try for a big swing.
GM: Taylar's adjustment to combat tactics brings his weapon into play faster but not before his second beetle is up on him.
OOC: Beetle: 8(lethality) + 12(attack) + 80(d100) = 100
Taylar: 8(Konokoro) + 9(Defensiveness) + 73(d100) = 90
Damage: 100 - 90 = 10% * 4: ineffective

Though the beetle manages to make contact with its enlarged mandibles, Taylar's defensiveness is enough to render the assault ineffective. He spins his granbaton from the hand position in the middle to attempt to knock the beetle down and away.
OOC: Taylar: 11(Fury) + 20(Lethality) + 23(Attack) + 73(d100) = 127
Beetle: 4(defensiveness) + 8(defend) + 80(d100) = 92
Damage: 127 - 92 = 35% *10 = 4 - 2(soak) = 2
Mind: 2 - 2 = 0: unconscious

Even though the blow was administered one handed, it is enough. The beetle is knock down and stunned.

[MENTION=6790669]Tellerian Hawke[/MENTION]
Maka reacts next.
 

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