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An Odd Couple
Bog Creatures

…continues from Book #01, Chapter #02, Scene #02

Synopsis

The 12th Day of Ches in the Year of the Sudden Journey

While Kireth studies, Celestia looks for enlightenment at the temple, and Zero entrenches himself in the inn, Khalin and Tradden have agreed to assist one of the villagers, the elf smith Caldring, in looking for iron ore in the swamps to the southeast beyond the lake.

The group have headed into the marshes where Caldring has spotted an iron cartwheel. As she tries to pull it out she falls into the swamp with a splash, but resurfaces with skeletons not far behind!

The group managed to despatch the skeletons, but not without Caldring using her runic magic, causing a mist to descend on the group. When the mist finally cleared Caldring was nowhere to be seen. But then her shouts were heard some way off in the swamp and when Tradden and Khalin arrived, she was being attacked by ghoulish figures.

Cast List

Scene Length

This scene started on Tuesday 23rd November 2010 and completed on Friday 26th November 2010.

NOV
23

Combat
Initiative Block

I

Round #04

Combat Encounter Completed


Creatures in Play:

01) [24] Tradden - 1d20+3+2: 24 - HP: 19/32 32,25,13,22,30,22,30,32,21,9,19

04) [10] Khalin - 1d20+2+2: 10 - HP: 31/31 (5 temp hp) 31,19,12,7,12,19,26,36

05) [07] Caldring - 1d20+4+2: 7 - HP: 0/36 (Unconscious) (Prone) 18,7,-4,0


Removed from Play:

02) [23] Sodden Ghoul #01 - 1d20+7: 23 (Dmg: 59) (Bloodied) 0,13,23,33,40,59

03) [21] Sodden Ghoul #02 - 1d20+7: 21 (Dmg: 74) (Bloodied) 0,11,25,34,47,74

NOV
23

Combat
Battlemap

BM
Battlemap
NOV
23

Combat
Features of the Area

AF

Illumination: Daylight. Visibility shown on map.

NOV
23

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NOV
23

Combat
Tradden Aversward

01

Seeing Caldring in trouble, molested by two… things… and clearly injured, Tradden ran without a word and straight into combat with one of them, knowing Khalin would be right behind him and would want to take the other.

[Charge]

[Charge: ?, ?, ?

[Primary Attack vs Sodden Ghoul #01: 1d20+9+1: 22] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+7: 13] and [Marked]

Tradden charged in, and certainly drew the creatures’ attention!

NOV
23

Combat
Sodden Ghouls

02

The creature struck by Tradden steadied itself, looking down at the prostrate Caldring and then back at Tradden with a hiss. At close quarters Tradden could see its pale green flesh, almost translucent, glistening with a mixture of bog water and the driving rain. It was not human, that was for sure, its extended maw and claw-like stretched fingers. Whatever horror this was, it stared balefully at Tradden and struck…

[Sodden Ghoul #01: Rending Pounce]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+11-2: 11 vs Tradden’s AC (18)] - misses!

[Secondary Attack: 1d20+11-2: 22 vs Tradden’s AC (18)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+6: 7]

The creature swung both arms almost as one, as if to grab the young fighter. The razor-like claws skittered across Tradden’s armour and found purchase on his arms.

The second creature moved around the fallen body of Caldring.

[Sodden Ghoul #02 Move: ?, ?, ?]

It then aimed a swipe at Tradden.

[Sodden Ghoul #02: Melee Basic Attack - Claw]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+11: 20 vs Tradden’s AC (18)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+6: 12] and [Grabbed] and [Bloodied]

The claw cut across Tradden’s face and then grabbed onto the straps of his armour, pulling the fighter towards the creature.

NOV
23

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

03

Sure enough Khalin was right behind his comrade and angled his run towards the second of the two ghouls which had grabbed the young fighter.

[Move: ?, ?, ?]

He deftly whipped his hammer hard into the ghoul, while interjecting his shield arm to best protect both Tradden and the fallen elf.

[Shielded Assault]

[Primary Attack vs Sodden Ghoul #02: 1d20+6: 20] - hits!

[Damage: 2d10+5: 11]

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

‘Keep going, young ’un!’ shouted Khalin at Tradden.

[Inspiring Word]

[Tradden spends a Healing Surge and regains 1d6+8: 9 hit points]

[Tradden no longer Bloodied]

Tradden appeared to be somewhat invigorated regardless of the hold the creature had upon him.

NOV
23

Combat
Caldring Andrezar

04

With the creatures now fully occupied with Khalin and Tradden attacking them, Caldring struggled to her feet.

[Move: Stand]

She swayed for a moment — she was in bad shape, caught off-guard as she had strayed from the others in the mist and been ambushed.

The stench of the creatures were on her, and the rending cuts and bites stang in the rain. She was angry that she’d brought the two adventurers here thinking they would be safe, and now due to her they were in dire straits.

Markings along Caldring’s scimitar glowed a dull red as she traced the outline of a rune in the air. She gritted her teeth against her own pain as a rune appeared shimering on the breast of Tradden’s chain mail.

[Rune of Mending]

[Caldring enters the Rune of Destruction stance]

[Tradden spends a Healing Surge and regains 8 hit points]

[Khalin and Tradden gain +2 to damage rolls until end of next turn]

She then swung for all her might at the creature they were surrounding, another rune flaring on her scimitar.

[Rune of Iron’s Rebuke]

[Primary Attack vs Sodden Ghoul #02: 1d20+6: 24] - hits!

[Damage: 2d8+5+2: 14] and [Slowed] and [Cannot Shift (Save Ends)]

The scimitar cut across its legs and for a moment it seemed unable to move.

NOV
23

Combat
Tradden Aversward

05

Now over the shock of being grabbed at by the two creatures, Tradden could at least take heart from the fact that Khalin was indeed by his side and that Caldring had been saved for now from the ghastly things. There was, however, no time to let up…

[Cleave]

[Primary Attack vs Sodden Ghoul #01: 1d20+9: 14] - misses!

[Marked]

Bringing his longsword round to cleave in an upwards diagonal motion, the young fighter misjudged exactly where the ground was and he caught the blade on a stumpy section of swamp grass!

Ironically, the action did manage to give him momentum, which he used to twist athetically away from the grappling arms of the ghoulish monster!

[Escape Grab]

[Athletics Check vs Sodden Ghoul #02’s Fortitude: 1d20+9: 23] - success!

Hoping to continue what he thought was a trend of impressingly Caldring (slightly), he mocked the two beasts.

‘Ha! Is that all you have?’

NOV
23

Combat
Sodden Ghouls

06

The first creature ignored Caldring’s rise and Khalin entering the fray and continued its assault on the young fighter, drawn to him by Tradden’s taunting.

[Sodden Ghoul #01: Rending Pounce]

[Recharge: 1d6: 2] - failure!

It struck out one of its loathsome extended hands towards Tradden with a swift movement that belied its gangly frame.

[Sodden Ghoul #01: Melee Basic Attack - Claw]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+11: 20 vs Tradden’s AC (18+2)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+6: 8] and [Grabbed]

Claws snagged into Tradden’s armour holding him fast.

The second creature looked from side to side at Khalin and Caldring as though contemplating which was the most threatening foe. It seemed to decide upon Khalin, having already tasted the dwarf’s hammer, and the dwarf not yet being injured. With its claw now free after Tradden’s escape, it tried to grab the dwarf with both claws.

[Sodden Ghoul #02: Rending Pounce]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+11-2: 29 vs Khalin’s AC (18+2)] - critical hit!

[Damage: 1d6+6: 12]

[Secondary Attack: 1d20+11-2: 27 vs Khalin’s AC (18+2)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+6: 7] and [Grabbed] and [Ongoing 5 damage (Save Ends)] and [Bloodied]

The creature grabbed hold of Khalin with both hands and dragged him towards itself. Khalin was overwhelmed with the stench from the creature — rotten and slimy.

[Sodden Ghoul #02: Saving Throw vs Slowed: 1d20: 2] - failure!

The creature couldn’t shake off the cut that Caldring had made on its lower leg.

NOV
23

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

07

The ghoul tightened its grip on Khalin and the dwarf gritted his teeth against the pain.

[Sodden Ghoul #02: Grab]

[Damage: 5]

The warlord shrugged hard against the demon, his stocky yet powerful frame overpowering the creature’s grip.

[Escape Grab]

[Athletics Check vs Sodden Ghoul #02’s Fortitude: 1d20+9: 25] - success!

The dwarf roared with rage. What should have been a simple search and salvage operation was turning into a journey into the elemental chaos.

[Heroic Effort]

[Allies add +3 to damage rolls until no longer bloodied]

[Khalin gains 5 temporary hit points]

Khalin swung his hammer at the ghastly creature again, singing a prayer to Moradin that his luck with the weapon would finally turn.

[Melee Basic Attack - Warhammer]

[Primary Attack vs Sodden Ghoul #02: 1d20+6: 20] - hits!

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

As the dwarf’s warhammer struck the side of the creature there was an audible crack and brackish blackened blood seeped out from a great rend in its side.

[Saving Throw vs Ongoing Damage: 1d20: 14] - success!

Free of the ghoul’s claws Khalin shrugged off any ill-effects.

NOV
23

Combat
Caldring Andrezar

08

A rune on Caldring’s shield glowed a pale yellow casting dancing shadows over the battlefield, the light from the symbol washing out, drawn from Caldring and splashing onto Khalin and Tradden.

[Shield of Sacrifice]

[Caldring loses a Healing Surge]

[Tradden regains 8 hit points and receives +5 bonus to AC until end of next turn]

[Khalin regains 7 hit points and receives +5 bonus to AC until end of next turn]

The light intensified as Caldring uttered another soft syllable.

[Battleforged Shield]

[Tradden regains 8 hit points]

[Khalin regains 7 hit points]

[Khalin no longer Bloodied]

Runes along Caldring’s scimitar glowed a dull red as she traced the outline of a rune in the air. She gritted her teeth against her own pain as a rune appeared shimmering on the breast of Khalin’s scale mail.

[Rune of Mending]

[Khalin spends a Healing Surge and regains 14 hit points]

[Khalin and Tradden gain +2 to damage rolls until end of next turn]

She then twirled acrobatically and slashed one of the creatures with her scimitar.

[Symbol of Wrath Reversed]

[Primary Attack vs Sodden Ghoul #01: 1d20+6: 22] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+5: 10]

Caldring looked exhausted.

NOV
23

Combat
Tradden Aversward

09

Caldring had been calling on some clearly potent powers and both he and Khalin had been battling ferociously, but Tradden could see that they were up against it, even with a numerical advantage. The elven smith now looked like she would struggle to even raise her blade again, and if these monstrous things kept on clawing and biting as they had, they could be in real trouble…

Flicking his eyes from side to side and subconsciously realising that at this point he could strike with impunity at either creature, the young fighter struck out, lazily at first, on the one which looked most injured. If they could take one down quickly, they may have a chance…

[Surprising Stab]

[Primary Attack vs Sodden Ghoul #02’s Reflex: 1d20+9: 12] - misses!

[Marked]

He then tried to wriggle free from the grasp of the other, kicking out.

[Escape Grab]

[Athletics Check vs Sodden Ghoul #01’s Fortitude: 1d20+9: 24] - success!

At last he was free!

NOV
23

Combat
Sodden Ghouls

10

The first creature turned its attention to the enemy causing the most hurt and pain now that Tradden had focussed his attack elsewhere.

[Sodden Ghoul #01: Rending Pounce]

[Recharge: 1d6: 5] - success!

The creature lunged at Caldring.

[Sodden Ghoul #01: Rending Pounce]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+11-2+2: 24 vs Caldring’s AC (19+5)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+6: 11]

[Secondary Attack: 1d20+11-2+2: 23 vs Caldring’s AC (19+5)] - misses!

As the creature attacked the rune that Caldring had traced before her last attack shimmered softly over the creature’s head. Tradden noticed the rune of out the corner of his eye and as the creature was distracted trying to understand the faint light, Tradden took his opportunity…

[Caldring: Symbol of Wrath Reversed]

[Sodden Ghoul #01 provokes an Opportunity Attack]

[Tradden: Melee Basic Attack - Longsword]

[Primary Attack vs Sodden Ghoul #01: 1d20+9: 24] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+7+2: 10] and [Bloodied]

…and opened a large cut in the creature’s thigh.

Caldring looked to be on her last legs, her scimitar faltering in front of her.

The second creature, sensing blood, whirled upon Caldring, regardless of Tradden’s attempts to block it.

[Sodden Ghoul #02: Rending Pounce]

[Recharge: 1d6: 3] - failure!

With a snarl it swipes at the elf with its claw.

[Sodden Ghoul #02: Melee Basic Attack - Claw]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+11+2: 25 vs Caldring’s AC (19+5)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+6: 11] and [Grabbed] and [Dying] and [Prone]

The creature swiped its claw across Caldring face, her guard barely raised.

Khalin reacted immediately as the killing blow swept in and thrust his hammer into the creature’s face.

[Khalin: Fearless Rescue]

[Primary Attack vs Sodden Ghoul #02: 1d20+7: 20] - hits!

[Damage: 2d10+5+2: 13]

[Caldring cannot spend Healing Surge (none left) so goes to 0 hit points]

[Calding is no longer Dying but is now Unconscious]

Although he found good purchase, it wasn’t enough to fully block the blow, and the claws knocked Caldring to the floor.

[Sodden Ghoul #02: Saving Throw vs Slowed: 1d20: 9] - failure!

The creature still couldn’t shake off the cut that Caldring had made on its lower leg.

NOV
23

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

11

Having blocked the the killing blow, Khalin breathed a silent plea to Moradin to protect the fallen elf, before instantly trying to drive home the sudden advantage. Following up Tradden’s lunge, the dwarf swung his hammer at the nearest ghoul again.

‘By Moradin’s Hammer, you shall burn!’ yelled the dwarf as he brought the weapon to bare.

[Flame Bracers]

[Extra fire damage on next hit]

[Brash Assault]

[Primary Attack vs Sodden Ghoul #02: 1d20+6: 26] - critical hit!

[Damage: 1d10+5: 15] plus [1d6: 6 fire damage] plus [1d6: 6 critical damage] and [Dead]

Flames raced down Khalin’s arms from the bracers and surrounded his warhammer as he struck the creature. The flames engulfed it and with a scream it ran off further into the swamp like a torch and fell to the ground some distance away, still burning.

Khalin then kept on the offensive, swiftly moving around the remaining creature, trying to distract it to allow Tradden to attack.

[Shift: ?]

NOV
23

Combat
Tradden Aversward

12

The mountains and valleys of Tradden’s emotions continued — his sense of elation at he and Khalin having finished off one of the fiends tempered by his despair at having been unable to have prevented Caldring from being struck down. At the sight of her prostrate form already sinking slightly into the boggy ground, the edges of his vision started to blur as he fought back both tears and rage. He threw himself at the remaining creature, his coldly efficient blow belying his tempestuous outburst:

‘Take your filthy claws away from her, you, you… thing! You want some warm blood? Try me!’

[Sure Strike]

[Primary Attack vs Sodden Ghoul #01: 1d20+11+2: 26] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+3: 7] and [Marked]

Tradden taunted the creature and slashed across its side.

NOV
23

Combat
Sodden Ghouls

13

The creature roared with the loss of its companion and snarled at the young fighter’s strike.

[Sodden Ghoul #01: Rending Pounce]

[Recharge: 1d6: 5] - success!

With renewed vigour it struck out with both its claws at Tradden.

[Sodden Ghoul #01: Rending Pounce]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+11-2: 22 vs Tradden’s AC (19)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+6: 11]

[Secondary Attack: 1d20+11-2: 27 vs Tradden’s AC (19)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+6: 12] and [Grabbed] and [Ongoing 5 damage (Save Ends)] and [Bloodied]

With a snarl it grabbed the youth and hissed at Khalin viciously.

NOV
23

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

14

‘Stay with me, Master Tradden! You’re no help to the elf maiden if you fall!’ yelled Khalin as he tried to focus his comrade. The battle was not yet won.

[Inspiring Word]

[Tradden spends a Healing Surge and regains 1d6+8: 10 hit points]

[Tradden is no longer Bloodied]

The dwarf again looked to draw his foe’s attention away from the ailing fighter…

[Brash Assault]

[Primary Attack vs Sodden Ghoul #01: 1d20+6: 26] - critical hit!

[Damage: 1d10+5: 15] plus [1d6: 4 critical damage] and [Dead]

The creature folded under another of Khalin’s immense blows, releasing Tradden and sinking to the floor writhed in eldritch flame.

NOV
20

Combat
Short Rest

XP

Healing Surges

Healing Surges are applied.

[Khalin spends ? healing surge (? left) to get to 31/31 hit points]

[Tradden spends ? healing surges (? left) to get to 32/32 hit points]

Encounter Powers

All encounter powers are recharged.

Milestones

No Milestones achieved.

Experience

Experience awarded.

[Khalin gains ? xp to reach ? xp]

[Tradden gains ? xp to reach ? xp]

Levelling

No characters ready to level up.

NOV
20

End of Scene