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An Odd Couple
The Bog Barrow

…continues from Book #01, Chapter #02, Scene #03b

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 bey ond the lake.

The group headed into the marshes where Caldring spotted an iron cartwheel. As she tried to pull it out she fell into the swamp with a splash, but resurfaced 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.

With great difficulty the ghouls were vanquished, but Caldring fared badly, being knocked unconscious. Tradden and Khalin now look for some nearby shelter to get the elf warm and let her recover.

Cast List

Scene Length

This scene starts on Friday 26 November 2010 and is expected to be completed by the end of Monday 29 November 2010.

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

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Combat
Initiative Block

I

Round #03

Combat Encounter Completed


Creatures in Play:

[13] Tradden - 1d20+3+2: 13 - HP: 32/32 32

[05] Khalin - 1d20+2+2: 5 - HP: 16/31 31,22,19,14,12,3,10,5,17,16


Removed from Play:

[14] Green Slime - 1d20+9: 14 (Dmg: 59) (Bloodied) 0,3,5,20,21,25,45,45,59

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Combat
Battlemap

BM
Battlemap
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Combat
Features of the Area

AF

Illumination: Torchlight. Visibility shown on map.

NOV
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Combat (surprise)
Green Slime

01

Khalin awoke with a start, bad dreams haunting him, and with horror he noticed the green slime from the trough in the other chamber creeping up his leg as he had dozed!

[Engulf]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7+2: 12 vs Khalin’s Reflex (13)] - misses!

The slime oozed up his leg, but Khalin managed to scurry backwards on his arse, and kick it out of the way for now.

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Combat
Green Slime

02

The slime kept coming though, and faster than Khalin could imagine, it leapt towards his legs once more.

[Engulf]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 16 vs Khalin’s Reflex (13)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+3: 9] and [Engulfed] and [Ongoing 5 acid damage]

The slime engulfed Khalin’s legs and stretched up his torso and arms.

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Combat
Tradden Aversward

03

Tradden woke with Khalin’s scream and had to rub his eyes more than once to understand what was happening. His friend seemed to be almost completely engulfed by this monstrosity, and hitting it and avoiding Khalin would be difficult.

His face stayed in a fixed status of ‘What the…’, but his hands were fast becoming used to having to act faster than his brain. They scrambled about to get a proper grip on his blades, and went to work.

Suddenly catching up, Tradden’s brain caused his mouth to say: ‘Fear not, Master Dwarf — I will have you cut out of this mess in but a few seconds!’

He struck with his frost sword, Narcissus, looking for a clean slice that would start to free the dwarf. This was tricky looking, but it was just slime — hardly the kind of thing to get worried about.

[Sure Strike]

[Primary Attack vs Green Slime: 1d20+11: 22] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+3: 6] and [Marked]

[Damage reduced to 3 and Khalin takes 3 damage due to Engulfed]

As Tradden hacked into the slime it parted quickly, and he found himself striking his engulfed friend as well!

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Combat
Khalin Grundokri

04

As Khalin struggled against the slime its acid stung him again.

[Engulfed]

[Ongoing 5 acid damage] and [Bloodied]

Somewhere smouldering in Khalin’s mind behind the shock of the sudden ’attack’ of the slime creature was an increasing incredulity at this mad continent — an ongoing internal debate about whether the hardy folk of Blackengorge were defiantly brave or just plain pigheaded in establishing a foothold in this gods-forsaken place. What in Moradin’s name would be next?

But to the fore was a sheer panic as the clinging, clawing ooze threatened to choke the life from the warlord. If he could once more invoke the flames from the magical bracers on his forearms he might be able to repel the foul substance. For now he shuffled out his dagger and frantically tried to cut through the slime…

[Melee Basic Attack - Dagger]

[Primary Attack vs Green Slime: 1d20+7-2: 23] - hits!

[Damage: 1d4+3: 4]

[Damage reduced to 2 and Khalin takes 2 damage due to Engulfed]

Khalin’s dagger slipped through the slime unexpectedly and cut across his own leg.

[Saving Throw vs Engulfed: 1d20: 20] - success!

Struggling, he managed to pull himself free.

‘Now you’ll get a taste of me!’ he roared, drawing his warhammer.

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Combat
Green Slime

05

Even as Khalin wriggled free from the slime’s grasp it approached again, oozing up towards his legs at an unearthly speed.

[Engulf]

[Primary Attack vs Khalin] - interrupted!

As the thing attacked Khalin, Tradden saw an opportunity to attack.

[Tradden: Combat Challenge]

[Primary Attack vs Green Slime: 1d20+9: 27] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+7: 15] and [Marked]

The beast recoiled with shock — fortunately it hadn’t completely engulfed Khalin by the time Tradden had struck.

[Engulf]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 27 vs Khalin’s Reflex (13)] - critical hit!

[Damage: 1d6+3: 9] and [Engulfed] and [Ongoing 5 acid damage]

Khalin was sucked into the thing’s grotesque body.

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Combat
Tradden Aversward

06

As had been the case at other times, Tradden’s thoughts about this insane continent mirrored his friend’s, although they were not to know this at the time.

Things were going from bad to… badder! Damaging the blobbish monstrosity was clearly required, but doing so was problematic it seemed. The young fighter looked around quickly as he considered his next steps.

[Nature Check: 1d20+3: 7] - failure!

Tradden couldn’t fathom the green slimy substance’s weaknesses, though.

The focus had to be on Khalin — the brave dwarf had taken some horrific hits, and would be unconscious in seconds if he didn’t act.

[Heal Check - First Aid: 1d20+8: 18] - success!

[Khalin granted a Saving Throw]

Tradden reached into the slime to try to pull out his friend, allowing Khalin purchase against the slime.

[Khalin: Saving Throw vs Engulfed: 1d20: 2] - failure!

But Khalin stuck fast, immovable even with Tradden’s lended strength.

[Action Point]

Tradden could see that his friend was weak, and so pushed in both arms to attempt to wipe away the slime nearest the worst of the acidic attacks.

[Heal Check - First Aid: 1d20+8: 10] - success!

[Khalin can use Second Wind]

[Khalin: Second Wind]

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

Some of the pain seemed to subside for the dwarf.

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Combat
khalin Grundokri

07

As Khalin struggled against the slime its acid stung him again.

[Engulfed]

[Ongoing 5 acid damage]

Khalin continued to fight, but this was a foe that would not be intimidated by war cries, would not be outwitted by a battle strategy, simply an implacable and creeping menace. Still, the dwarf steeled himself against the pain again.

‘I’ve dispatched the dead themselves this night with flame and wrath! I will not fall to an overgrown slug!’ roared the dwarf again.

[Inspiring Word]

[Khalin spends a Healing Surge and regains 1d6+7: 12 hit points]

This time the warlord swung his hammer, hoping the impact and the sudden whip of his arm might weaken the thing.

[Furious Smash]

[Primary Attack vs Green Slime: 1d20+6-2: 20] - hits!

[Damage: 3]

[Tradden granted +3 to either attack or damage on next turn against Green Slime]

[Damage reduced to 1 and Khalin takes 1 damage due to Engulfed]

The quick blow once again stung himself almost as much as the ‘creature’ it seemed, but might at least distract it for his comrade to strike.

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

As the blow struck Khalin punched out with his other arm, freeing himself once more with a gasp.

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Combat
Green Slime

08

Even as Khalin wriggled free from the slime’s grasp it approached again, oozing up towards his legs at an unearthly speed.

[Engulf]

[Primary Attack vs Khalin] - interrupted!

As the thing attacked Khalin, Tradden saw an opportunity to attack.

[Tradden: Combat Challenge]

[Primary Attack vs Green Slime: 1d20+9: 12] - misses!

[Marked]

As Tradden swung wildly the thing continues to attack Khalin.

[Engulf]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 9 vs Khalin’s Reflex (13)] - misses!

Khalin was too wary for the beast this time and easily side-stepped its advances.

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Combat
Tradden Aversward

09

Now that Khalin was free, and looking a little more hearty, the time for reckless abandon was again nigh. That suited Tradden just fine, who began displaying fine melee footwork, hopping around taunting the green slime, first feinting with his longsword and catching a glancing blow, then striking with a swift stab, then once again bringing the frost sword to bear.

[Surprising Stab]

[Primary Attack vs Green Slime’s Reflex: 1d20+9+3: 19] - hits!

[Damage: 4] and [Grants Combat Advantage] and [Bloodied] and [Marked]

[Secondary Attack vs Green Slime: 1d20+9+2: 31] - critical hit!

[Damage: 2d6+7: 19] plus [1d8: 1 cold critical damage]

‘Three fine strikes, the likes of which you will not see again!’ Tradden was getting carried away, and he suddenly realised this. ‘Erm… because you are a blob. But the point still stands!’ he continued, although by his final outburst he sounded like he didn’t really believe it himself. ‘Yah, har.’

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Combat
Khalin Grundokri

10

While Tradden attempted to taunt the thing — Could it even hear his shouts? thought Khalin — it could certainly see them somehow though — the dwarf quickly grabbed a torch from the near wall and lashed at the slime with it, hoping to at the least ward the beastly slick away — perhaps it feared flames?

[Melee Basic Attack - Torch]

[Primary Attack vs Green Slime: 1d20+4: 14] - misses!

Before following up with his trusty warhammer…

[Action Point]

[Melee Basic Attack - Warhammer]

[Primary Attack vs Green Slime: 1d20+6: 17] - misses!

But both swipes were wild and caused the slime no harm.

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Combat
Green Slime

11

Oozing green pus leaked from the bulk of the slime, but still it edged closer towards the dwarf, trying to claim some flesh.

[Engulf]

[Primary Attack vs Khalin] - interrupted!

As the thing attacked Khalin, Tradden saw an opportunity to attack.

[Tradden: Combat Challenge]

[Primary Attack vs Green Slime: 1d20+9: 24] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+7: 14] and [Dead]

The beast shuddered for a moment, and then Khalin was spat out of the mass with a slurp. The green mass started to melt into the floor, its juices and ooze no longer contained.

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Combat
Short Rest

XP

Healing Surges

Healing Surges are applied.

[Khalin spends ? healing surges (? left) to get to 31/31 hp]

[Tradden spends 0 healing surges (? left) to get to 32/32 hp]

Encounter Powers

All encounter powers are recharged.

Milestones

Milestone achieved.

1 Action Point awarded.

Experience

Experience awarded.

[Khalin gains ? xp to reach ? xp]

[Tradden gains ? xp to reach ? xp]

Levelling

No characters ready to level up.

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Combat
Completed

End

[…continued in Book #01, Chapter #02, Scene #04b…]