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Into the Shadowhaunt
The Heroes Return

…continues from Book #01, Chapter #01, Scene #05

Synopsis

The 10th Day of Ches in the Year of the Sudden Journey

After accepting Blackengorge Town Council’s request to find their two missing sons the party headed to the mausoleum on a hill to the north of town, where they found the entrance to an old crypt being used for some form of ritual by an elf and his guardians.

Tested to their limits in power the group prevailed and now return to Blackengorge as victorious heroes with the two missing children in tow. But, on the road they are way laid by a band of kobold and goblin brigands!

Scene Length

This scene starts on Thursday 21st October 2010 and is expected to be completed by the end of Friday 29th October 2010.

Players are expected to be able to post at least twice a day.

MAY
17

Combat
Initiative Block

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01) [20] Kobold Minions - 1d20+3: 20
Kobold Minion #1 Dmg: 9=9
Kobold Minion #2 Dmg: 4=4
Kobold Minion #3 Dmg: 10=10
Kobold Minion #4 Dmg: 5=5
Kobold Minion #5 Dmg: 5=5
02) [20] Goblin Grunts - 1d20+4: 20
Goblin Grunt #1 Dmg: 5=5
Goblin Grunt #2 Dmg: 5=5
Goblin Grunt #3 Dmg: 12=12
Goblin Grunt #4 Dmg: 9=9
03) [19] Kireth - 1d20+7+2: 19 - HP 25/27
04) [18] Khalin - 1d20+2+2: 18 - HP 18/31
05) [16] Kobold Slinger - 1d20+3: 16 Dmg: 14+9+7=30
06) [16] Goblin Warriors - 1d20+5: 16
Goblin Warrior #1 Dmg: 9+8+3+8+9=37
Goblin Warrior #2 Dmg: 8+10+15=33
07) [15] Goblin Hexer - 1d20+3: 15 Dmg: 13+9+9+12+16=59
08) [11] Celestia - 1d20+2+2: 11 - HP 23/31
09) [10] Zero - 1d20+4+2: 10 - HP 30/30
10) [06] Tradden - 1d20+3+2: 6 - HP 28/32
11) [05] Kobold Dragonshields - 1d20+4: 5
Kobold Dragonshield #1 Dmg: 4+23+15=41
Kobold Dragonshield #2 Dmg:17+3+21+10=42
12) [01] Children
Offa - HP 10/27 (Bloodied)
Bailey - HP 10/27 (Bloodied)
MAY
17

Combat
Battlemap

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Battlemap
MAY
17

Combat
Features of the Area

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All squares that contain a small triangle in the bottom right hand corner are marked as difficult terrain and cost two squares worth of movement to enter.

Illumination: Darkness, with light provided by torchlight. Visibility shown on map.

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MAY
18

Combat
Kobold Minions

01

The small reptilian creatures rushed forwards with a shrill warcry and hurled sharp javelins at the party.

[Kobold Minion #01 Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Kobold Minion #01: Ranged Basic Attack - Javelin]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+4: 11 vs Khalin’s AC (19)] - misses!

[Kobold Minion #02 Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Kobold Minion #02: Ranged Basic Attack - Javelin]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+4: 21 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - hits!

[Damage: 4]

[Kobold Minion #03 Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Kobold Minion #03: Ranged Basic Attack - Javelin]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+4: 15 vs Khalin’s AC (19)] - misses!

[Kobold Minion #04 Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Kobold Minion #04: Ranged Basic Attack - Javelin]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+4: 14 vs Khalin’s AC (19)] - misses!

[Kobold Minion #05 Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Kobold Minion #05: Ranged Basic Attack - Javelin]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+4: 5 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - critical miss!

Only one of the javelins hit home, scratching Tradden’s shoulder.

MAY
18

Combat
Goblin Grunts

02

The reptiles were followed closely by a wave of goblins, bellowing a war cry as they charged!

[Goblin Grunt #01 Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Goblin Grunt #01: Ranged Basic Attack - Spear]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6: 13 vs Khalin’s AC (19)] - misses!

[Goblin Grunt #02 Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Goblin Grunt #02: Ranged Basic Attack - Spear]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6: 21 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - hits!

[Damage: 4]

[Goblin Grunt #03 Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Goblin Grunt #03: Ranged Basic Attack - Spear]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6: 12 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - misses!

[Goblin Grunt #04 Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Goblin Grunt #04 Charge: ?, ?, ?]

[Goblin Grunt #04: Charge - Shortsword]

[Charge: ?, ?, ?]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6+1: 14 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - misses!

Tradden bore the brunt of the attack, with a spear cutting across his leg.

MAY
18

Combat
Kireth Majere

03

Kireth, the first of the party to react, moved into action. ‘Gorga Amin!’ he whispered staring into the kobold masses.

[Nightmare Eruption]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Minion #03’s Will: 1d20+5: 23] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+3: 10] and [Dead]

[Kobold Minion #04 takes 4+1: 5 psychic splash damage] and [Dead]

[Kobold Minion #05 takes 4+1: 5 psychic splash damage] and [Dead]

[Goblin Grunt #01 takes 4+1: 5 psychic splash damage] and [Dead]

[Goblin Grunt #02 takes 4+1: 5 psychic splash damage] and [Dead]

A kobold within the pack seemed to suddenly look up, terror in its face. ‘Gorga Amin!’ whispered the mage again with a cruel twisted smile.

The kobold dropped its blade and started scratching its face in terror. The scratching became a pulling and a tearing and within moments blood was pouring down its reptilian face and the kobold was screeching.

Those around it turned to see and also began to claw at their faces in terror.

As the party looked on a whole host of the kobolds and goblins fell to the floor, scratching and wailing.

And then they were still.

MAY
18

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

04

Khalin’s enthusiasm for battle was now turning into irritation at the appearance of yet more goblinoids.

‘Oi, greenies! You’re getting between a dwarf and his ale! Bad move!’

And with that he angrily smote the nearest goblin with his trusty hammer.

[Melee Basic Attack - Warhammer]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Grunt #04: 1d20+6: 15] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10+5: 9] and [Dead]

He left the dead goblin’s companion to the others and hurryied on to take on the nearest kobolds - a grin of manic glee creasing his face.

[Move: ?, ?, ?]

MAY
18

Combat
Kobold Slinger

05

The kobold slinger poked its head out from behind the rocks and twirled its sling around its head. The shot flew out straight towards Khalin.

[Move: ?]

[Special Shot]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6-2: 15 vs Khalin’s AC (19)] - misses!

The shot rebounded off one of the slinger’s comrades and bounced harmlessly onto the grass, igniting and burning a mark as it did so.

The kobold then shifted back behind the boulder.

[Shifty]

[Shift: ?]

MAY
18

Combat
Goblin Warriors

06

The goblin warriors moved forward, keeping a low profile behind the boulders for cover.

[Goblin Warrior #01 Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Goblin Warrior #02 Move: ?, ?, ?]

MAY
18

Combat
Goblin Hexer

07

The goblin hexer moved out from behind the foliage and pointed his rod straight at Tradden.

[Goblin Hexer Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Stinging Hex]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 8 vs Tradden’s Will (14)] - critical miss!

The goblin hit the rod against his palm repeatedly, cursing as he did so!

MAY
18

Combat
Celestia Gaia

08

Celestia moved to the fore of the line and hacked at the sole goblin with her morningstar.

[Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Melee Basic Attack - Morningstar]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Grunt #03: 1d20+6: 15] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10+3: 12] and [Dead]

Celestia cleaved through the goblin’s skull and looked up for her next target.

MAY
18

Combat
Zero Uhlit

09

Zero quickly raised his crossbow and looked across the gully. He was sure he could see some heads poking out from the rocks in front of him. He aimed for the goblin with the faulty rod - it looked like something magical to Zero, and with past experience that wasn’t something he liked!

[Ranged Basic Attack - Hand Crossbow]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Hexer: 1d20+6: 10] - misses!

Zero hissed to himself as the bolt went wide and dived for cover behind the nearest bushes whilst he reloaded.

[Move: ?, ?, ?]

MAY
18

Combat
Tradden Aversward

10

Tradden’s initial thoughts had been that of fear and trepidation. Indeed he had voiced his opinion that the group should stand back and let the enemy come to them.

However, Kireth had wiped out nearly half of their number, Khalin and Celestia had waded in and crushed some skulls and the young fighter was starting to feel left out.

With a shrug of the shoulders he ran forward to where he felt his natural position was - at the vanguard, side by side with Khalin.

[Move: ?, ?, ?]

‘Save some for me!’ he said, somehow managing to snarl and chuckle at the same time.

He had been waiting for this moment ever since he had acquired his new sword. As he swept it at the first creature in front of him he visualised what he had seen when it was wielded by its former owner, and it glowed with a silver-white hue as it passed through the air.

[Cleave]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Minion #01: 1d20+9: 19] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+7: 8] and [Dead]

[Kobold Minion #02 takes 4 splash damage] and [Dead]

The sword cleanly cut the two creatures in half, leaving a sparking white icy residue in mock cauterisation of the wounds.

‘Ha! Two-to-one in my favour, Master Dwarf!’ he bragged with a wink at Khalin.

Beaming, he turned back and waved at the boys. ‘Shoot whatever you can get a shot at!’ he yelled, before turning back to assess where the next threat would come from.

Seeing the creature with the wand, and like Zero recognising that this was a major threat, Tradden met its gaze.

‘You’re next Greenskin!’ he snarled again, pointing the now ice covered sword directly at it.

MAY
18

Combat
Kobold Dragonshields

11

Two kobolds, who had been hiding behind foliage, watching the battle intensely now charged out from their position, screaming as they ran with swords held out in front of them.

[Kobold Dragonshield #01 Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Kobold Dragonshield #01: Charge - Shortsword]

[Charge: ?, ?, ?]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7+1+1: 23 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+3: 5] and [Marked]

[Kobold Dragonshield #02 Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Kobold Dragonshield #02: Charge - Shortsword]

[Charge: ?, ?, ?]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7+1+1: 29 vs Khalin’s AC (19)] - critical hit!

[Damage: 1d6+3: 9] and [Marked]

Both kobolds hit home, challenging their opponents to face them!

MAY
18

Combat
Offa and Bailey

12

Both Offa and Bailey let fly at the goblin with the malfunctioning rod.

[Offa: Ranged Basic Attack - Longbow]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Hexer: 1d20+1: 4] - misses!

[Bailey: Ranged Basic Attack - Longbow]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Hexer: 1d20+1: 4] - misses!

Both boys’ arrows flew wildly wide of their target.

MAY
18

Combat
Kireth Majere

13

Melee combat, that was for the others to worry about. As usual Kireth focused on the wielders of magic. He twisted his body slightly backwards as if trying to get extra thrust as he threw the orb of force forward. ‘Templa Koron!’ The crackling ball of pure energy sped towards the hexer, charging the air as it passed.

[Force Orb]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Hexer’s Reflex: 1d20+5: 24] - hits!

[Damage: 2d8+4+1: 14]

The ball slammed into the hexer’s chest, its energy crashing outwards accross him.

MAY
18

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

14

‘Good work, Kireth!’ shouted Khalin. ‘He looks to be the leader - at least for now!’ The warlord hollered another call over his shoulder: ‘Celestia, Zero, concentrate your fire on the stuntie with the stick!’

Khalin’s own hands were full with the kobolds in front of him. He shaped to attack the nearest one, while raising his shield to give both himself and Tradden some cover.

[Shielded Assault]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Dragonshield #02: 1d20+6: 23] - hits!

[Damage: 2d10+5: 17]

[+2 AC to self and adjacent allies until end of next turn]

MAY
18

Combat
Kobold Slinger

15

The kobold behind the rocks stepped out slightly and twirled its sling around his head. At the right moment it let fly with an odd looking projectile towards Tradden.

[Move: ?]

[Special Shot]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6: 10 vs Tradden’s AC (17+2)] - misses!

The little reptilian snarled as the pot flew wide of its target and exploded into a small ball of flame harmlessly on the road. It shifted back behind the rocks.

[Shifty]

[Shift: ?]

MAY
18

Combat
Goblin Warriors

16

Two goblins, better armed and protected than the others, burst out from behind the trees and charged at Celestia and Kireth.

[Goblin Warrior #01 Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Goblin Warrior #01: Melee Basic Attack - Spear]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6: 10 vs Kireth’s AC (13)] - misses!

[Goblin Warrior #02 Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Goblin Warrior #02: Melee Basic Attack - Spear]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6: 26 vs Celestia’s AC (17)] - critical hit!

[Damage: 1d8+2: 10]

The first goblin missed with his swipe of a spear against Kireth, but the second connected forcefully with Celestia.

MAY
18

Combat
Goblin Hexer

17

The goblin with the rod repeatably banged it against its palm.

[Stinging Hex]

[Recharge: 1d6: 1] - failure!

The goblin snarled and then pointed the rod at Tradden.

[Blinding Hex]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7-2: 25 vs Tradden’s Fortitude (18)] - critical hit!

[Damage: 2d6+1: 13] and [Blinded (Save Ends)]

The goblin danced in a circle on its toes, squealing with delight.

MAY
18

Combat
Celestia Gaia

18

Celestia whirled around, confronted by the two goblins and attacked the one between her and Kireth.

[Melee Basic Attack - Morningstar]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #01: 1d20+6+2: 18] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10+3: 9]

She took opportunity of the goblin being unsure of which combatant to keep it’s eyes on to strike a good blow.

She then turned her attention to Tradden, who was losing blood fast.

[Healing Word]

[Tradden spends a Healing Surge and regains 1d6+8+5: 18 hit points]

MAY
18

Combat
Zero Uhlit

19

Zero tried to use the goblin’s uncertainty to his advantage, taking careful aim with his crossbow.

[Confounding Attack]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #01: 1d20+6: 23] - hits!

[Damage: 2d6+3: 8]

[Goblin Warrior #01 makes attack against adjacent creature of choice]

The goblin whirled around in confusion and stuck its spear into its comrade.

[Goblin Warrior #01: Melee Basic Attack - Spear]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6: 7 vs Goblin Warrior #02] - critical miss!

But only succeeded in clashing against the other’s spear.

MAY
18

Combat
Tradden Aversward

20

Reeling from the effects of the magical greenskin’s attack, Tradden nevertheless kept his cool - something that the young fighter would likely not have been able to do even a few days ago.

He knew that there was an enemy right in front of him, so using his best guess as to where its defences would and wouldn’t be, he lashed out.

[Sure Strike]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Dragonshield #01: 1d20+11-5: 24] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+3: 4] and [Marked]

He was rewarded with a yelp of pain from the foul thing. However, despite hitting home, his lack of vision meant that the blow actually caused minimal damage.

[Saving Throw vs Blinded: 1d20+1: 9] - failure!

He shook his head, knowing that he was at a huge disadvantage, but everything stayed a blurry white.

MAY
18

Combat
Kobold Dragonshields

21

The kobold dragonshields continued the assault on the party’s warriors.

[Kobold Dragonshield #01: Melee Basic Attack - Shortsword]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7+1+2: 14 vs Tradden’s AC (17+2)] - misses!

[Marked]

[Kobold Dragonshield #02: Melee Basic Attack - Shortsword]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7+1: 12 vs Khalin’s AC (19+2)] - misses!

[Marked]

But both of the reptilian creatures couldn’t make contact with their targets - Tradden, although blinded, kept skipping out of reach, ducking and diving, and Khalin just raised his shield against any blows.

MAY
18

Combat
Offa and Bailey

22

Both Offa and Bailey let fly at the goblin nearest them - the one attacking Kireth.

[Offa: Ranged Basic Attack - Longbow]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #01: 1d20+1: 15] - misses!

[Bailey: Ranged Basic Attack - Longbow]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #01: 1d20+1: 8] - misses!

Both boys’ arrows flew wide of their target.

MAY
18

Combat
Kireth Majere

23

Fleet-footed, Kireth jinked sideways then backwards, wrong footing the warriors, giving himself the opportunity safely avoid their blows... at least for the moment.

[Shift: ?]

Pointing the tip of his staff at the first warrior he uttered ‘Rauko Rutha!’, flames immediately rushing forward to engulf their target.

[Hellish Rebuke]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #01’s Reflex: 1d20+3: 15] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+2: 3]

Flames engulfed the goblin warrior and its tortured screams could be heard echoing around the hollow.

MAY
18

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

24

The enemy was proving more troublesome than anticipated. Khalin had done his best to shield his comrade Tradden, and though dazzled the boy had done a remarkable job of avoiding further injury...for now at least. Celestia had fared less well.

‘Hold firm, Mistress Celestia! ’Tis but a scratch, my lady!’

[Inspiring Word]

[Celestia spends a Healing Surge and regains 1d6+7: 11 hit points]

The warlord then renewed his attack on the pesky lizardman in front of him, impatient to get through to the other rascal and rid the blinded Tradden of danger.

[Melee Basic Attack - Warhammer]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Dragonshield #02: 1d20+6: 11] - misses!

Khalin’s impatience worked against him, as his hurried strike missed the kobold.

MAY
18

Combat
Kobold Slinger

25

The kobold behind the rocks stepped out once more and twirled its sling around his head.

[Move: ?]

At the right moment is let fly with another odd looking projectile towards Tradden.

[Special Shot]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6: 19 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+3: 5] and [Immobilized (Save Ends)]

The little reptilian screamed with glee as the pot struck Tradden on the shoulder and a viscous goo spread across his upper body and dripped down to his legs. It shifted back behind the rocks.

[Shifty]

[Shift: ?]

MAY
18

Combat
Goblin Warriors

26

The first goblin warrior snarled viciously at Kireth, the flames slowly dying over its green skin, and launched into a ferocious attack against the wizard.

[Shift: ?]

[Goblin Warrior #01: Melee Basic Attack - Spear]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6: 9 vs Kireth’s AC (13)] - misses!

The goblin’s strike went past the lithe half-elf.

The second goblin warrior circled the elf maiden, its pointed tongue licking its sharp, crooked teeth. As it circled it drew back its spear, feinting this way and that, and then driving the point home.

[Goblin Warrior #02: Melee Basic Attack - Spear]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6: 14 vs Celestia’s AC (17)] - misses!

The creature hissed, as Celestia knocked away the spear thrust with the edge of her morningstar.

MAY
18

Combat
Goblin Hexer

27

The goblin with the rod, still dancing and squealing on its toes, banged the rod against its palm once more.

[Stinging Hex]

[Recharge: 1d6: 5] - success!

The goblin sprinted towards the cover of the bushes still squealing with delight.

[Move: ?, ?, ?]

It then pointed the rod at the dwarf, and a ray shot from the end towards Khalin.

[Stinging Hex]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 15 vs Kireth’s Will (15)] - hits!

[Damage: 3d6+1: 12] and [Stinging Hex (Save Ends)]

Khalin felt an enormous itching over his body and thought it ill-advised to move.

Once more the goblin pointed its rod towards the dwarf and a billowing vapour appeared over the area.

[Vexing Cloud]

[Burst 3 Zone]

[Enemies within zone take -2 to attack rolls and zone grants concealment to Goblin Hexer and allies]

MAY
18

Combat
Celestia Gaia

28

Celestia burst out of the cloud, coughing as she did so.

[Shift: ?]

As her vision cleared she saw the first goblin warrior pressing Kireth, Tradden immobile and blinded, and Khalin looking uncomfortable. She drew upon the strength of Melora to aid her friends.

[Sacred Flame]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #01’s Reflex: 1d20+6: 16] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+5: 8]

[Grants saving throw to Tradden]

[Tradden Saving Throw vs Blinded: 1d20+1: 10] - success!

Tradden found his vision clearing a little, although obscured by clouds.

Celestia also found the energy within Melora to assist Khalin.

[Healing Word]

[Khalin spends a Healing Surge and regains 1d6+5+7: 18 hp]

MAY
18

Combat
Zero Uhlit

29

Zero looked suspiciously at the cloud billowing out from behind the bushes he was screening himself behind and decided not to fire one of his precious bolts through the mist.

Instead he aimed carefully at the goblin attacking Kireth and let fly.

[Gloaming Cut]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #01: 1d20+6: 14] - misses!

[Shift: ?, ?]

[Stealth Check: 1d20+12: 14] - failure!

The bolt fizzed past the goblin to the annoyance of the rogue, who then tried move into the shadows, finding that just as difficult.

MAY
18

Combat
Tradden Aversward

30

Tradden spluttered as he was forced to inhale the noxious fog. It didn’t seem to do anything nasty in itself, but once again his vision, always critical in battle, was impaired.

Taking a second to flick his head from side-to-side he realised that the green fog must cover quite an area and whilst leaving it was to be desired, the consequences of a tactical withdrawl could be dire for both he and Khalin - the fight must go on!

Bellowing a mighty dwarven battle cry, despite their ongoing melee, he looked to readjust his feet.

The young fighter would have fallen over was it not for the fact that the strange substance now rooting him in place actually kept him upright. He was disappointed because he felt the overall impact of his warcry had been spoiled by this.

Snarling he focused on the outline of the shape in front of him - he would still do his best to hit the foul thing anyway, and as he imagined his new sword slicing through scaly skin he felt it become even colder in his grasp...

[Sure Strike]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Dragonshield #01: 1d20+11-2-2: 27] - critical hit!

[Damage: 1d8+3: 11] plus [1d6: 4 critical damage] and [Marked]

[Frost Longsword: Cold Damage]

[Damage: 1d8: 8] and [Bloodied]

The sword cut straight into the kobold’s scaly skin and left a deep slash. Blood had started to pour out, but became crystallised as ice as the kobold let out a howl of pain.

[Saving Throw vs Immobilized: 1d20+1: 19] - success!

MAY
18

Combat
Kobold Dragonshields

31

The first of the dragonshields, still reeling from Tradden’s icy blow, cut back at Tradden with its short sword.

[Kobold Dragonshield #01: Melee Basic Attack - Shortsword]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7+1: 23 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+3: 9] and [Marked]

It flicked out a sliver of a tongue as the blade cut across Tradden’s thigh.

The second dragonshield, bouyed by the sound of kobold sword finding man-flesh, kept his attack going on Khalin.

[Kobold Dragonshield #01: Melee Basic Attack - Shortsword]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7+1: 18 vs Khalin’s AC (19)] - misses!

[Marked]

But its strike was not as sure as his partner’s, Khalin easily brushing it off with his shield.

MAY
18

Combat
Offa and Bailey

32

Offa and Bailey were positioned just behind Kireth, and the disgusting goblin nearest them looked bloodied and frail. They felt confident stood behind the wizard - he had single-handedly blasted the evil elf from the mausoleum into oblivion, caused goblins and kobolds to clutch their own faces in despair as they perished, and thrown fire and more around the battlefield. They were in the presence of a truly great wizard that would protect them.

Offa let fly at the nearest goblin.

[Offa: Ranged Basic Attack - Longbow]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #01: 1d20+1: 13] - misses!

His friend also aimed at the nearest greenskin.

[Bailey: Ranged Basic Attack - Longbow]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #01: 1d20+1: 11] - misses!

But neither of the two boys could connect. They were, however, sure that the wizard would continue to protect them, and easily dispatch the vile creature when he next acted.

As the arrows sped past the goblin, however, it ducked and shifted out of the way, getting closer to its ally.

[Goblin Warrior #01: Goblin Tactics]

[Shift: ?]

MAY
18

Combat
Kireth Majere

33

The additional surge of energy he had felt on that last spell intrigued him and he sought to test it further, to isolate its source.

The goblin seemed to be trying to hem him in but it was looking very tired now and was surely no match for Kireth’s elven fleet footedness.

[Shift: E]

Deftly stepping to his right he raised his new found staff, its weight and balance already feeling familiar. ‘Gurtha da Sinome!’ the words channeling down the length of the staff and erupting in a blue bolt.

[Magic Missile]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #01] - automatic hit!

[Damage: 2+4+1: 7] and [Dead]

The goblin took the full energy of the force bolt in his chest and the impact dropped him to floor, instantly dead.

Kireth looked at the staff with admiration as he lowered it. Power was useless unless you understood it and he was starting to understand.

MAY
18

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

34

Khalin was feeling very peculiar - to put it mildly. The warlord’s skin was crawling, he felt apprehensive at moving from the spot, and the green haze around him made it difficult to see. Disoriented though he was, this was just a setback surely, and he was able to lash out with his hammer with all his might, taking a best guess at where the rascal in front of him was.

[Furious Smash]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Dragonshield #02’s Fortitude: 1d20+6-2-2: 17] - hits!

[Damage: 3]

[Tradden gains +3 on next attack and damage roll vs Kobold Dragonshield #02]

Khalin’s assault would at least confound the kobold and give his comrade Tradden alongside him a better chance to strike.

[Saving Throw vs Stinging Hex: 1d20: 7] - failure!

MAY
18

Combat
Kobold Slinger

35

The kobold slinger stepped out from behind his boulder once more and let fly at Tradden with its sling shot.

[Move: ?]

[Kobold Slinger: Ranged Basic Attack - Sling]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6: 9 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - misses!

After the attack the kobold shifted back behind the boulder.

[Shifty]

[Shift: ?]

MAY
18

Combat
Goblin Warriors

36

The remaining goblin warrior shifted into the billowing cloud and became a blur to the rest of the party.

[Shift: ?]

It then thrust its spear at Celestia.

[Goblin Warrior #02: Melee Basic Attack - Spear]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6: 21 vs Celestia’s AC (17)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+2: 5]

The spear bit home, opening a small cut on Celestia’s arm.

MAY
18

Combat
Goblin Hexer

37

The goblin hexer appeared to be enjoying itself, dancing on the spot and continuing to screech with glee. It waved its rod in the air in a figure of eight and the cloud moved to the southwest.

[Vexing Cloud]

[Zone Moves: SW]

The rod sparked and fizzed.

[Stinging Hex]

[Recharge: 1d6: 2] - failure!

The goblin hissed and pointed its rod at the dwarf within the cloud.

[Blinding Hex]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 12 vs Khalin’s Fortitude (15)] - misses!

The goblin stamped its feet and snarled at the sky.

MAY
18

Combat
Celestia Gaia

38

Celestia raised her symbol to Melora and thrust it in the face of the remaining goblin warrior.

[Sacred Flame]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #02’s Reflex: 1d20+6-2-2: 3] - critical miss!

[Elven Accuracy]

[Celestia can re-roll attack roll]

[Sacred Flame]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #02’s Reflex: 1d20+6-2-2: 3] - critical miss!

Flames and shadow from the symbol spluttered and fizzed.

Celestia seemed unflinching and kept her symbol out, sparks and radiant light shooting out towards Tradden.

[Healing Word]

[Tradden spends a Healing Surge and regains 1d6+5+8: 18 hp]

MAY
18

Combat
Zero Uhlit

39

Zero wrapped his cloak around him and moved silently out of the cloud.

[Fleeting Ghost]

[Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Stealth Check: 1d20+12: 17] - failure!

Cursing to himself, he aimed carefully at the goblin.

[Preparatory Shot]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #02: 1d20+6-2: 14] - misses!

The curse came again!

MAY
18

Combat
Tradden Aversward

40

‘Damn fog!’ snarled Tradden, his vigour renewed due to the power of Melora.

Khalin’s superb battle tactics had opened up the other scaly creature’s flank nicely, but Tradden was aware that his current opponent would equally have the drop on him if he turned away for one second.

Gritting his teeth he made the call to stay on his current foe - it was the more badly wounded, and the sooner it was dead the happier it he would be, and the quicker he would be able to turn on Khalin’s opponent. He just hoped the dwarf would understand.

[Sure Strike]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Dragonshield #01: 1d20+11-2-2: 27] - critical hit!

[Damage: 1d8+3: 11] plus [1d6: 4 critical damage] and [Dead]

The kobold slumped to the floor after Tradden’s strike with a thin film of frost covering the body.

MAY
18

Combat
Kobold Dragonshields

41

The remaining Dragonshield shifted away from its fallen companion, a look of fear on its scaly face.

[Shift: ?]

As it rounded the other side of the hesitant dwarf it struck out with its sword.

[Kobold Dragonshield #02: Melee Basic Attack - Shortsword]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 13 vs Khalin’s AC (17)] - misses!

[Marked]

However, despite his uncertainty about moving from his spot, Khalin was vigilant enough to raise his shield.

MAY
18

Combat
Offa and Bailey

42

Offa and Bailey both tried to peer into the murk of the magical cloud, and seeing smaller shadowy forms they loosed their arrows.

[Offa: Ranged Basic Attack - Longbow]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #02: 1d20+1-2: 19] - critical hit!

[Damage: 1d8: 8]

[Bailey: Ranged Basic Attack - Longbow]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #02: 1d20+1-2: 14] - misses!

Bailey’s arrow shot wide, but Offa sealed another great hit.

MAY
18

Combat
Kireth Majere

43

Trusting, or perhaps hoping, that Celestia could handle the remaining warrior in this location, Kireth gathered his robes about him and quickly darted to the northern outer edge of the cloud.

[Move: ?, ?, ?]

From there he could see the hexer, hopping with glee at the mayhem it was causing.

‘Dance with this!’ sneered the mage as he pointed his staff at the irritant.

[Magic Missile]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Hexer] - automatic hit!

[Damage: 2+4+1: 7]

The magical force bolt left a vapour trail through the swirling cloud and slammed into the torso of the goblin hexer. The goblin peered through the mists with a snarl!

MAY
18

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

44

Khalin lashed out at the remaining kobold before him again, hoping to catch his enemy despite the fog around him.

[Melee Basic Attack - Warhammer]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Dragonshield #02: 1d20+6-2-2: 21] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10+5]

The kobold took the full force of Khalin’s hammer on its side, knocking the wind out of it. Clutching its side, the kobold grimaced and snarled at the dwarf, flicking out a thin tongue in mockery.

[Saving Throw vs Stinging Hex: 1d20: 12] - success!

MAY
18

Combat
Kobold Slinger

45

The kobold slinger stepped out from behind his boulder once more and let fly at Tradden with its sling shot.

[Move: ?]

[Kobold Slinger: Ranged Basic Attack - Sling]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6: 13 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - misses!

After the attack the kobold shifted back behind the boulder.

[Shifty]

[Shift: ?]

MAY
18

Combat
Goblin Warriors

46

The remaining goblin warrior shifted round the side of Celestia, getting closer to Kireth, but still staying within the cloud.

[Shift: ?]

It then thrust its spear at Celestia.

[Goblin Warrior #02: Melee Basic Attack - Spear]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6: 18 vs Celestia’s AC (17)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+2: 3]

The spear bit home, further opening the cut on Celestia’s arm.

MAY
18

Combat
Goblin Hexer

47

The goblin hexer hissed over towards Kireth, as it rubbed the area where the force bolt had hit. With a snarl it waved its rod in the air in a single stroke and the clouds billowed once more.

[Vexing Cloud]

[Zone Stationary]

The rod sparked and fizzed.

[Stinging Hex]

[Recharge: 1d6: 6] - success!

The goblin chuckled through smiling teeth and pointed its rod at the dwarf within the cloud.

[Stinging Hex]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 20 vs Kireth’s Will (15)] - hits!

[Damage: 3d6+1: 6] and [Stinging Hex (Save Ends)]

Once again the goblin wheeled about on its heels, dancing and singing to the sky. It focused itself and pointed the sparking rod at the warrior behind the dwarf.

[Blinding Hex]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7-2: 8 vs Tradden’s Fortitude (18)] - misses!

The goblin hissed and crouched down.

MAY
18

Combat
Celesia Gaia

48

Celestia examined her options carefully, hoping to catch the last goblin warrior in a cross-field of fire. She uttered a prayer to Melora and swung her morningstar at the goblin’s head.

[Wrathful Thunder]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior: 1d20+6-2-2: 20] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10+3: 10] and [Dazed]

As she struck a terrible thunderclap smote the goblin, leaving it reeling.

Whilst the goblin’s head swam, Celestia slightly withdrew.

[Shift: ?]

MAY
18

Combat
Zero Uhlit

49

Taking advantage of the moment’s hesitancy from the goblin warrior, Zero used the advantage to take very careful aim, going for a sensitive spot.

[Unbalancing Shot]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #02: 1d20+6-2+2: 21] - hits!

[Damage: 2d6+3: 6] plus [2d8: 9 sneak damage] plus [Dead]

The goblin fell instantly, a bolt straight through its neck.

Zero then cast his cloak around him and headed off around the bushes in shadow and silence.

[Fleeting Ghost]

[Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Stealth Check: 1d20+12: 21] - success!

MAY
18

Combat
Tradden Aversward

50

Seeing their attackers reduced to only three, Tradden surveyed the mini-battlefield.

Celestia and Kireth had been ‘smoting’ for fun, and both they and the boys now seemed secure, despite the cloud hanging around in front of them.

Khalin was now essentially toying with the remaining scaly creature, which was clearly badly hurt. It was just a matter of time.

Zero’s crossbow was finally starting to shoot straight, and if Tradden was any judge the direction in which the rogue had, literally, disappeared into meant that the magical greenskin was heading for a bolt or blade in its back fairly soon. Most of the group likely felt like the young fighter, that they had a score to settle with the little demon and its sparkling wand. However, Tradden reckoned that if he charged over and managed to land the killing blow, Khalin in particular would not buy him any drinks that night should they make it back to town - the dwarf had suffered more than most. He was not sure he could reach the little pest in any event.

Accordingly, he sprang away from the melee between the warlord and his prey, instead heading in a round about fashion for the scaly devil that had been slinging rocks at them from afar.

[Move: ?, ?, ?]

Tradden’s bounding steps soon brought him toe to toe with the thing, which looked all the world like a cross between a rat and a little dragon. Ensuring that his approach meant the creature was pinned back against the rock it had been cowering behind, blades held aloft ready to strike separately, the young fighter this time voiced his previous frustrations with a wild warcry, which was really just pure, unadulterated shout. ‘Aiieee!’

No one saw it, but a mouse stood on its hind legs in a nearby bush shook its head, rolled its eyes and scurried away.

[Surprising Stab]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Slinger’s Reflex: 1d20+9: 21] - hits!

[Damage: 4] and [Marked]

[Grants Combat Advantage to Tradden until end of next turn]

[Secondary Attack vs Kobold Slinger: 1d20+9+2: 30] - hits!

[Damage: 2d6+7: 10]

The kobold looked somewhat surprised, tp say the least, to see Tradden career around the corner of the bushes and stab him!

MAY
18

Combat
Kobold Dragonshields

51

The remaining kobold dragonshield, seeing his goblin allies fall or pressed under attack, launched what it hoped was a devastating blow against Khalin

[Kobold Dragonshield #02: Melee Basic Attack - Shortsword]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 12 vs Khalin’s AC (19)] - misses!

[Marked]

The kobold’s stab at Khalin went wide, though, and the kobold retreated with a hiss, backing away a little to force the dwarf into the next move.

[Shift: ?]

MAY
18

Combat
Offa and Bailey

52

Offa, confidence oozing, drew back his bow and let fly at the retreating kobold.

[Offa: Ranged Basic Attack - Longbow]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Dragonshield #02: 1d20+1: 7] - misses!

This time his shot went high and wide.

Bailey smiled at him. ‘More for me, then!’ he stated, with a cocky edge, and targeted the same kobold.

[Bailey: Ranged Basic Attack - Longbow]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #02: 1d20+1: 15] - misses!

The arrow bounced of the kobold’s armour drawing a hiss and a flick of the tongue from the lizard creature.

MAY
18

Combat
Kireth Majere

53

The goblin mage, urgh, how he loathed to think of such a creature skilled this way, was still a thorn in their sides. He had limited skill but was effective in using what he had.

No matter, this would end soon.

‘Gurtha da Sinome!’ Kireth’s staff let fly another missile.

[Magic Missile]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Hexer] - automatic hit!

[Damage: 2+4+1: 7] and [Bloodied]

The goblin staggered back a yard or two, a great red weal blistering on its chest where the force bolt had struck him. It focused its eyes on Kireth and inspected its fizzing wand.

MAY
18

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

54

Khalin was starting to get angry. The infernal itching had started again, and the warlord, while ready for seemingly any eventuality on a battlefield, was not used to this. It was clearly some sort of magic, and while Kireth and Celestia could fight fire with fire in that regard, Khalin would have to resort to smiting the source. But to have a chance to even consider moving and letting his hammer have a word with the stick-wielding greenie, he’d first have to finish off the increasingly stubborn lizardman before him.

Trying his best to ignore the incessant itching, Khalin moved towards the kobold.

[Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Stinging Hex]

[Damage: 3d6+1: 14]

Khalin sucked in a huge breath of wind as he tried to ignore the pain when he moved. In retaliation, the dwarf lashed out again, hoping the instinct guiding his hammer hand would again prove fruitful in finding the enemy.

[Melee Basic Attack - Warhammer]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Dragonshield #02: 1d20+6-2-2: 20] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10+5: 10] and [Dead]

As the creature finally breathed it’s last Khalin gritted his teeth and steeled himself again.

[Dwarven Resilience]

[Khalin spends a Healing Surge and regains 7 hit points]

[+2 bonus to all defences until start of next turn]

[Saving Throw vs Stinging Hex: 1d20: 18] - success!

As the tingling and itching subsided, Khalin pointed his warhammer at the greenskin. ‘By Moradin, you’re next greenie! I’ll show you an itch!’

MAY
18

Combat
Kobold Slinger

55

The kobold with the sling, now being sorely pressed by Tradden, panicked somewhat, dropping its sling and pulling out a short blade. With a swift cut, it tried to slash at the young fighter.

[Kobold Slinger: Melee Basic Attack - Dagger]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+5: 9 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - misses!

The panicky strike went quite wide of its target, though, and the kobold’s eyes grew large with fear.

MAY
18

Combat
Goblin Hexer

56

Keeping its eyes on both the force-wielding wizard and the encroaching dwarf the goblin hexer slapped his fizzing rod against his palm with ever increasing speed.

[Stinging Hex]

[Recharge: 1d6: 2] - failure!

The goblin looked around, trying to think of a way out of the situation. With all of the combatants before it, if they couldn’t see it, they couldn’t catch it. It smiled, flicking its tongue out between its sharp teeth and waved the rod.

[Vexing Cloud]

[Zone Move: ?, ?, ?]

The roiling fog moved towards the goblin.

It then aimed the rod at the dwarf and uttered a command word.

[Blinding Hex]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 11 vs Khalin’s Fortitude (15)] - misses!

The rod fizzed and spluttered and the goblin screamed with displeasure.

MAY
18

Combat
Celestia Gaia

57

Celestia tore across the battlefield, her morningstar raised in ire at the goblin.

[Move: ?, ?, ?]

She rounded the bushes and threw all her might against her enemy.

[Righteous Brand]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Hexer: 1d20+6-2-2: 18] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10+3: 12]

[Zero gains +3 to melee attack on Goblin Hexer until end of next turn]

The morningstar slammed into the goblin, sending it reeling.

MAY
18

Combat
Zero Uhlit

58

Zero remained embroiled within his cloak watching events unfolding, unseen by the enemies. As Celestia smashed her morningstar into the goblin he took careful aim into the cloud.

[Ranged Basic Attack - Hand Crossbow]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Hexer: 1d20+6-2+2: 25] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+3: 7] plus [2d8: 9 sneak damage] and [Dead]

The bolt flew straight into the back of the neck of the goblin and jutted out through the front, almost surprising Celestia. With a smile and flourish, the fog disappearing as the goblin fell.

Zero stepped forward wrapping the cloak around himself again and disappearing into the chaos of the battlefield.

[Fleeting Ghost]

[Move: ?, ?, ?]

[Stealth Check: 1d20+12: 22] - success!

MAY
18

Combat
Tradden Aversward

59

Having easily evaded the greenskin’s clumsy stab by simply stepping back a pace, Tradden now stepped forward again, his smaller blade held defensively, but his frosted longsword held high, the sun catching on its glistening edge, an image the fighter saw reflected in the eyes of his opponent.

[Move: ?, ?, ?]

He kind of felt sorry for it. Kind of. For a second.

[Melee Basic Attack - Longsword]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Slinger: 1d20+9+2: 14] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+7: 9]

The slinger took the sword thrust in its shoulder and reeled for a moment, tottering on the balls of its heels. However, it did not go down.

MAY
18

Combat
Offa and Bailey

60

Offa and Bailey sprinted forward, victory on their minds, hoping to finish off the kobold where the fighter could not, hoping to write their names in Blackengorge lore.

[Offa: Ranged Basic Attack - Longbow]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Slinger: 1d20+1: 17] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8: 7] and [Dead]

Offa got his shot off first, catching the slinger in his midriff. The kobold looked down at the black-shafted arrow protuding from its belly, and then fell over silently at Tradden’s feet.

MAY
18

Combat
Completed

61

[...Combat Encounter Completed...]

MAY
18

Storyline
The Old Road

62

Khalin had watched the final exchanges with growing mirth. And as the young cow-herder prevailed in downing the goblin that Tradden had been unable to, his grin broke into hearty guffaws.

‘Well played young lad!’ the dwarf boomed at Offa with glee. He then turned and slapped Tradden amiably between the shoulder blades. ‘Now then, Tradden, my boy, stick by these young ’uns and you could learn a thing or two about taking down greenies!’

The dwarf was still chuckling as he began to search the nearest bodies.

[Khalin Perception Check: 1d20+1: 15] - success!

After the clash and fervour of battle and the sounds of Khalin’s mighty bellows the gully now seemed to grow quiet and the sun began to dip over the rise to the west.

The group began to pick through debris of combat. Tradden seemed particularly keen to relieve the goblins and kobolds of their weaponry, maybe so that they couldn’t be found and used by other vermin.

Khalin and Celestia looked carefully at the bodies to see if there were any clues or clan symbols they could find.

Kireth stood to one side, deep in his own thoughts, and somewhat reluctant to join in the manual labour of picking over corpses.

Zero moved quickly, inspecting pouches at belts and checking fingers and necks for anything of value. In a few short moments he seemed to have acculmulated another stack of coins, similar to the silver ones he had gathered before. [34 silver coins]

The majority of weaponry had been thrown into a pile by Tradden, who was now trying to sort them into bundles to carry and instructing the two boys on how best to carry them without picking them up. As he passed them each weapon he would drop into a stance, showing the boys how to thrust and parry with a flourish. By the end the boys were laden with weapons, whilst Tradden merely held a spear, still thrusting, parrying, and twirling it about.

As Khalin investigated some of the goblin bodies he found markings on all of them - a singular stripe of white down their bodies, sometimes coming all the way up to their faces. Of most interest, however, was a small obsidian necklace around the goblin hexer’s neck. Khalin snapped it off to take a closer look, passing it to Celestia when he’d finished.

He also checked for the rod that the goblin had been waving around that had given Khalin so much pain. The rod was below the goblin’s body, cracked in half and inert.

MAY
18

Storyline
The Old Road

63

Upon the necklace that Khalin had found dangled a dragon figurine competently carved in obsidian. As he had turned it over to check the craftmanship he had noticed an outline etched onto the base of a skull with ram’s horns.

Unsure of the meaning he had passed it to Celestia, who took a good look.

[Celestia Religion Check: 1d20+5: 14] - failure!

Celestia shook her head - the meaning of the symbol was lost on her - and she passed the figurine back to Khalin.

MAY
18

Storyline
The Old Road

64

Zero suggested that the corpses of the goblins and kobolds needed to be buried or at the very least moved from the trail. With the sun setting, there didn’t seem to be enough time, so the bodies were piled behind some of the boulders to the side of the trail - the intention being to alert the guard back in Blackengorge, who could hopefully finish the job.

The heroes then cautiously made their way back along the trail to Blackengorge, the keen senses of Celestia and Khalin searching out before them through the growing gloom.

MAY
18

Storyline
The Old Road

65

[...continued in Book #01, Chapter #01, Scene #07...]