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The Doors Beyond
The Crumbling Stairs

…continues from Book #01, Chapter #03, Scene #03a

Synopsis

The 14th Day of Ches in the Year of the Sudden Journey
Khalin and Tradden have set off for the island in the middle of the lake to explore the Tower of the Mists in the hope to bring Kireth some further texts to translate.

No sooner have they stepped on the island when they are attacked from above! After a brief battle with some stirges they enter the ruins of the tower, only to be confronted by yet another creature!

For a chapter summary please see Chapter #03 Summary.

Cast List

Khalin Grundokri

2nd Level Male Dwarven Marshal (Warlord)

Tradden Aversward

3rd Level Male Human Weaponmaster (Fighter)

Scene Length

This scene started on Saturday 25th December 2010 and completed on Friday 31st December 2010.

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Combat
Initiative Block

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Round #05

Combat Encounter Completed


Creatures in Play:

[20] Tradden HP: 10/38 38,27,22,10

[05] Khalin HP: 20/31 31,18,13,20


Removed from Play:

[21] Ambush Spider #01 Dmg: 56 0,13,25,29,41,56

[22] Ambush Spider #02 Dmg: 39 0,9,17,28,39

[14] Ambush Spider #03 Dmg: 26 0,4,12,16,26

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Combat
Battlemap

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Battlemap
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Combat
Features of the Area

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Illumination: Daylight. Visibility shown on map.

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Combat
Ambush Spider

The spider darted out from barrels and debris at the bottom of the stairs, hidden from Tradden and Khalin behind sheets of webbing.

[Move: ?]

The spider was the size of a small dog, its legs stretching out and scuttling across the rubble. Tradden froze for a moment, not knowing what to think.

[Venomous Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 12 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - misses!

The spider’s fangs bit down hard on chainmail that spared the young fighter.

Combat
Ambush Spider

The spider was on Tradden again before he had time to react.

[Bite]

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

Again, Tradden’s chain mail came to the rescue before the spider moved away slightly up the stairs.

[Shift: N]

It scuttled past Tradden onto the stairs.

Combat
Tradden Aversward

Tradden looked down at the green slime now dribbling down his chain mail. He couldn’t tell for sure whether it was venomous, but surely that would make sense?

Ah, yes, it was taking the shine off the steel rings as it dripped towards the floor. It seemed as though Caldring would have more than one repair to do when they got back.

Thinking about the training, hints and tips Khalin, ever wise in the ways of war, had been giving him, his first thought was that as they had a numerical advantage, they should try and use that by flanking it.

Crouching down at first, the young fighter moved towards the eight legged monster in a hop-skip-jump maneouver, firstly taking a spring off the first step on the crumbling stairs, then using the momentum to leap up towards the wall.

The spider made a fairly half hearted snap at him, but he was already over the top of it, kicking off from the wall and turning into a half-pike before landing expertly on the stairs behind it.

[Pass Forward]

[Move: ?, ?]

‘Maybe just having two legs has its advantages!’ he mocked, before launching into an attack. Arguably the comment was lost on the arachnid.

[Melee Basic Attack - Frost Longsword]

[Primary Attack vs Ambush Spider: 1d20+9: 15] - misses!

[Marked]

However, the spider had readied itself for the attack, and managed to avoid the human’s blow by dropping down one whole side of its body deftly.

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

‘That’s a biggie for this time of year,’ remarked Khalin matter-of-factly. The dwarf had seen enough creepie-crawlies, both big and small, in the mountains and caves around the dwarven stronghold to take the sudden appearance of this little blighter in his stride. ‘Watch out for the mandibles though, they’ll give you quite a sting!’

As he spoke the dwarf deftly moved into a flanking position behind the spider…

[Shift: ?]

…and brought his hammer down in a neat arc to splat the creature.

[Melee Basic Attack - Warhammer]

[Primary Attack vs Ambush Spider: 1d20+6+2: 12] - misses!

‘Grrr!’ grumbled the dwarf as the arachnid felt the sudden movement of air and scuttled quickly aside.

The dwarf then quickly raised his shield to better parry any counter from the creature.

‘Tricky blighter!’ commented Tradden, holding his blades in a defensive position, ready for the spider’s next attack, should it choose him. It certainly was menacing. ‘Must be something in the mainland air that makes them so big!’ It wasn’t like the little, old purplebacks that used to run around his old house in The Mavens, back in Deepingwald that was for sure.

Combat
Ambush Spider

The spider briefly appeared to weigh up its options. Above it, on the staircase, was a human wielding two points of steel. Below, a smaller figure brandishing a large blunt instrument. The spider leapt in the air, trying to get off the staircase as quickly as it could.

[Move: ?] - interrupted!

Both Tradden and Khalin saw the movement, and struck with the opportunity granted.

[Tradden: Opportunity Attack]

[Opportunity Attack vs Ambush Spider: 1d20+9+2+2: 19] - hits!

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

[Combat Superiority means movement ends]

[Khalin: Opportunity Attack]

[Opportunity Attack vs Ambush Spider: 1d20+6+2: 22] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10+5: 12] and [Bloodied]

The spider remained rooted to the spot, stunned by the ferocity of the attacks.

Combat
Tradden Aversward

Tradden allowed himself a grin — he and Khalin had struck in unison — firstly the dwarf had barged his shield into the side of the spider to slow its movement and that had been quickly followed up by the young fighter aiming a solid kick at two of its legs, which had given way. The prone spider had then been an easy target for their blows.

Looking to now take further advantage of their combined assault, Tradden weaved his swords this way and that, trying to ensure that the arachnid would not know where the next strike was coming from despite its many eyes.

[Surprising Stab]

[Primary Attack vs Ambush Spider’s Reflex: 1d20+9+2: 30] - hits!

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

[Secondary Attack vs Ambush Spider: 1d20+9+2: 19] - hits!

[Damage: 2d6+7: 12]

Tradden’s attack arced through two of the spider’s legs, slicing them clean off.

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

The dwarf swiftly followed up once more with his hammer.

[Melee Basic Attack - Warhammer]

[Primary Attack vs Ambush Spider: 1d20+6+2: 16] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10+5: 15] and [Dead]

Khalin followed up Tradden’s attack with a devastating hammer blow, squashing the remains of the spider onto the stone stairs with a squelch.

Combat
Ambush Spider #02

As Khalin’s hammer blow against the stone staircase echoed around the ruined tower, dust and particles cascaded down from above. As the pair looked up, fearful for their safety, they failed to notice the long legs sneaking out from the rubble near Khalin’s legs, as two similar spiders jumped out in revenge for their fallen comrade!

The first of the two new spiders turned its attention straight to the dwarf that had landed the killing blow against its comrade.

[Move: ?]

It leapt up and tried to sink its venomous fangs into the warlord.

[Venomous Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 27 vs Khalin’s AC (19)] - critical hit!

[Damage: 1d8+5: 13] plus [Slowed] and [Ongoing 5 poison damage (Save Ends Both)]

The fangs sank into Khalin’s flesh and the dwarf could feel the venom flow into his bloodstream.

Combat
Tradden Aversward

Just as Tradden grinned in victory, the smile was wiped from his face as two new spiders appeared!

Seeing them both start to attack his friend, without a second’s thought he leaped off the crumbling stairs — right onto top of the nearest spider! It was not enough to cause any harm to the large arachnid, but it must have enraged it to have the young human use it as a stepping stone!

[Pass Forward]

[Move: ?, ?]

Now behind the two creatures, he lashed out with his longsword.

[Cleave]

[Primary Attack vs Ambush Spider #02: 1d20+9+2: 24] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+7: 9] and [Marked]

[Ambush Spider #03 takes 4 splash damage]

Tradden’s swipe came round in a great arc, hitting both the spiders.

Combat
Ambush Spider #03

The third spider concentrated its fury on the dwarf that had splattered its mate on the stairs.

[Venomous Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 10 vs Khalin’s AC (19)] - misses!

The fangs hit bare metal at Khalin’s breast and failed to pierce his armour.

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

As Khalin tried to concentrate on the two arachnids facing him he could feel the poison congealing within his blood.

[Ambush Spider #02: Ongoing Damage]

[Khalin takes 5 ongoing poison damage]

It was at times like this — where it didn’t matter — that Tradden displayed signs of insight well beyond his years. ‘Uh oh, Khalin, I think you killed its mate — it looks… mad.’

‘You don’t say!’ responded the dwarf. ‘I hate spiders…’ he grumbled, before lashing out with his hammer once more…

[Melee Basic Attack - Warhammer]

[Primary Attack vs Ambush Spider #02: 1d20+6+2: 18] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10+5: 8] and [Bloodied]

As his trusty hammer hit home once more he shrugged and steeled himself against the venom-induced fog in his brain.

[Dwarven Resilience]

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

[Khalin gains +2 to all defences until end of next turn]

[Saving Throw vs Poison: 1d20+5: 20] - success!

He cleared his head and readied himself for the next attack.

Combat
Ambush Spider #02

The second spider looked from foe to foe and decided to continue trying to down the dwarf that had killed its companion.

[Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7-2: 11 vs Khalin’s AC (19)] - interrupted!

Tradden thrust his blade into the mix as the spider attacked Khalin.

[Tradden: Combat Challenge]

[Opportunity Attack vs Ambush Spider #02: 1d20+9+2: 26] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+7: 11] and [Marked]

Khalin easily slowed its advances by raising his shield as Tradden lopped off one of the spider’s legs.

Combat
Tradden Aversward

Not stopping at all, Tradden followed through on the slice that had sent one of the spider’s legs flying across the courtyard and span round. The movement gave him momentum to once again cleave through both creatures.

[Cleave]

[Primary Attack vs Ambush Spider #02: 1d20+9+2: 13] - misses!

[Marked]

However, the young fighter had just been a fraction too slow and both spiders saw him coming.

Quickly, he spun again.

[Action Point]

[Tradden gains a Standard Action]

[Cleave]

[Primary Attack vs Ambush Spider #02: 1d20+9+2: 30] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+7: 11] and [Dead]

[Ambush Spider #03 takes 4 splash damage]

They did not see the second spin and cleave, though, no human or goblinoid of this land had ever done anything quite like it as it cut the spider in two.

Combat
Ambush Spider #03

The third spider now concentrated its fury on the young fighter, the obvious threat of the two.

[Venomous Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 22 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+5: 11] plus [Slowed] and [Ongoing 5 poison damage (Save Ends Both)]

The fangs pierced Tradden’s skin easily, the spider’s fury unleashed!

‘Yeow!’ screamed Tradden in pain, his vision starting to go a bit green around the edges. ‘Get this thing swatted will you?’ he asked with gritted teeth of his companion.

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

‘Darn things…’ Khalin was still muttering, while wondering what Zero would’ve made of the multi-legged monsters.

He shimmied round to better shield Tradden…

[Shift: ?]

…while arcing his hammer in another almighty swing…

[Shielded Assault]

[Primary Attack vs Ambush Spider #03: 1d20+6: 7] - critical miss!

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

The swing was high and wide however, and the spider easily dodged the blow.

Combat
Tradden Aversward

The poison running through Tradden’s veins made him stagger as his vision started to blur.

[Ambush Spider #02: Ongoing Damage]

[Tradden takes 5 ongoing poison damage]

Wobbling only slightly as his body fought the poison now looking to take a hold, Tradden tried to attempt a similar manoeuver to that which had initially taken him onto the steps when fighting the first spider.

[Pass Forward]

[Move: ?, ?]

The young fighter’s legs felt light however, and this time the move was far from graceful. However, he got there in the end and stabbed downwards, hoping to end the foul creature and so be able to take a rest.

[Reaping Strike]

[Primary Attack vs Ambush Spider #03: 1d20+9+2: 24] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+7: 8] and [Marked]

[Frost Longsword]

[Ambush Spider #03 takes 1d8: 4 cold damage]

He felt his blade stab home, and the entry point showed signs of his blade’s frost damage coming into play, a flower of ice expanding across its slimy abdomen.

Things started to blur again — he shook his head violently, trying to clear his senses.

[Saving Throw vs Poison: 1d20+1: 11] - success!

His vision came slowly back into focus.

Combat
Ambush Spider #03

The spider turned its attention towards the young fighter who towered above it on the stairs. It quickly darted forward, trying to catch him on the thigh.

[Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 24 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+5: 12] and [Bloodied]

The bite opened a nasty would on Tradden’s leg and blood poured forth.

‘Gah!’ sputtered Tradden, once again through gritted teeth. ’It’s my birthday soon,’ he shouted down to Khalin. ‘I would like some leg armour!’

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

‘Kireth can get his own books next time!’ grumbled the increasingly irritated Khalin. The final arachnid was proving more than a nuisance now. Still he was loathe to once again kill a creature, despite the fact the spiders had attacked first. Perhaps he could scare it off…

‘GAARRR!!! Away with you, before more blood is spilt!’ snarled the dwarf, thrusting his visage at the beast.

[Intimidate vs Ambush Spider #03’s Will: 1d20+9: 25] - success!

The spider, on its last legs, visibly retreated on Khalin’s cry. Then, with a look from side to side, it tried to scamper away on its remaining legs to the far corner of the tower. Tradden saw the beast flee, though, and took a swipe with his longsword.

[Tradden: Opportunity Attack]

[Opportunity Attack vs Ambush Spider #03: 1d20+9: 20] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+7: 10] and [Dead]

The blade sliced the spider in half, leaving blood and ichor trailing across the stones.

Combat
Completed

CO

[Combat Encounter Completed]

Combat
Short Rest

XP

Healing Surges

Healing Surges are applied.

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

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

Encounter Powers

All encounter powers are recharged.

Milestones

No milestones reached.

Experience

Experience awarded.

[Khalin gains ? xp to reach ? xp]

[Tradden gains ? xp to reach ? xp]

Levelling

No one is ready to progress.

End of Scene

XP