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The Goblin’s Lair
The Waterfall

…continues from Book #01, Chapter #04, Scene #01a

Synopsis

The 15th Day of Ches in the Year of the Sudden Journey
Charged with investigating and perhaps even clearing a goblin warren near Blackengorge, the party move slowly up to the lair behind a waterfall.

Cast List

Khalin Grundokri

3rd Level Male Dwarven Marshal (Warlord)

Kireth Majere

2nd Level Male Half-Elven Arcanist (Wizard)

Tradden Aversward

3rd Level Male Human Weaponmaster (Fighter)

Zero Uhlit

2nd Level Male Human Scoundrel (Rogue)

Beltak Ancaron

Scribe of Pelor (NPC)

Scene Length

This scene started on Thursday 13th January 2011 and completed on Saturday 22nd January 2011.

JUN
05

Combat
Initiative Block

I

Round #07

Combat Encounter Completed


Creatures in Play:

[29] Kireth HP: 23/27 27,23

[24] Beltak HP: 10/32 32,28,24,20,10

[12] Tradden HP: 20/38 38,36,23,37,26,22,18,35,33,26,16,13,22,20

[11] Zero HP: 23/30 30,23

[07] Khalin HP: 16/36 36,25,21,18,16


Removed from Play:

[19] Weakened Rot Grub Swarm

[12] Goblin Warriors

Goblin Warrior #01 Dmg: 35 0,23,35

Goblin Warrior #02 Dmg: 35 0,16,35

[09] Goblin Grunts

Goblin Grunt #01 Dmg: 17 0,17

Goblin Grunt #02 Dmg: 7 0,7

Goblin Grunt #03 Dmg: 1 0,1

Goblin Grunt #04 Dmg: 17 0,17

Goblin Grunt #05 Dmg: 17 0,17

[08] Kobold Slink Dmg: 29 0,14,18,29

[07] Kobold Slinger Dmg: 29 0,3,9,17,21

[07] Kobold Dragonshields

Kobold Dragonshield #01 Dmg: 40 0,4,15,25,40

Kobold Dragonshield #02 Dmg: 37 0,10,25,31,37

[04] Kobold Minions

Kobold Minion #01 Dmg: 4 0,4

Kobold Minion #02 Dmg: 9 0,9

Kobold Minion #03 Dmg: 6 0,6

Kobold Minion #04 Dmg: 17 0,17

Kobold Minion #05 Dmg: 17 0,17

JUN
05

Combat
Battlemap

BM
Battlemap: Goblin’Waterfall
JUN
05

Combat
Features of the Area

AF

Trees: The squares containing trees can provide superior cover and are considered difficult terrain.

Rocks: The squares containing rocks can provide superior cover by blocking line of sight and are considered difficult terrain with an Athletics check needed to climb. The rocks are approximately five feet high.

Creek: The creek looks to be ice, and is considered difficult terrain as well as having the potential to be slippy.

All squares that contain a small triangle in the top right hand corner are marked as difficult terrain.

Illumination: Daylight.

Trees: The trees do not hamper movement other than they are difficult terrain, but they do provide cover.

River: The river is shallow enough that it does not hamper movement, except in the squares that also contain rocks. Those areas are difficult terrain.

Waterfall: Water cascades from the cliff high above, concealing the entrance to the goblin lair. The water in the 5 squares between the two rock outcroppings is turbulent, and very deep — these squares are unpassable and are hindering terrain.

DEC
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Combat
Kireth Majere

The enemy seemed totally unaware of their arrival at the waterfall, yet annoyingly, for Kireth at least, they were all stationed a distance apart. Kireth curled his mouth, his chance to affect a number of them was limited.

His eyes darting over the scene he picked out two lucky winners stood in close proximity to each other.

‘Can you hear me, little one?’ he whispered. ‘I am your nightmare… Gorga Amin!

[Nightmare Eruption]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Dragonshield #02’s Will: 1d20+6+2-2: 16] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+5: 10]

[Kobold Dragonshield #01 takes 4 splash damage]

One of the kobolds started screaming, flailing wildly with its arms in front of his face trying to ward off an unknown attacker. Its screeches alerted the rest of the group who turned to look and stare at the worrying sight. The closest kobold took an arm in the face as the first one tried to scratch away the horror manifesting itself in its mind.

Combat
Beltak Ancaron

Beltak looked from party member to party member, unsure of what to do after Kireth’s abrupt show of magic.

[Move: ?]

He moved slowly forwards before setting himself against any attack.

[Total Defence]

[Beltak gains +2 bonus to all defenses until the start of next turn]

‘I’ll hold until you want me to act,’ he stated, plainly.

Combat
Tradden Aversward

The attack had begun, although Tradden was not sure that the assembled goblins and kobolds realised it.

He wondered about the merits of just staying put, but rejected that tactic on the basis that the creatures were going to see the group sooner rather than later. Better to start taking up positions and try and maintain the initiative given to them by the element of surprise.

Remembering something that Khalin had told him once, he moved under the boughs of a nearby tree, looking for some cover whilst they waited for the enemy to come to them — surely they would?

[Move: ?]

Remembering that he had bought a crossbow from Caldring and never actually fired it in anger, he now unslung it, flicked off the safety, and looked for the more choice targets.

[Ready Weapon: Hand Crossbow]

One of the creatures had the same markings and equipment as a previous opponents — the ones with the annoying slings that attacked from afar.

‘That’s the one…’ whispered the young fighter to himself as he tried to get a bead. It was a tough shot, through the various trees and bushes, but not impossible…

[Melee Ranged Attack - Hand Crossbow]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Slinger: 1d20+7-2-2: 21] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+2: 3] and [Marked]

The “Yip” of of a cry suggested some kind of hit — not bad for his first go.

The element of surprise now well and truly lost, there seemed little point in staying quiet. ‘There you go, Zero, I knew this crossbow lark was easy. Top that!’ Tradden laughed as he shouted behind him.

Combat
Zero Uhlit

Zero followed Tradden’s suit — deftly moving forward and shooting through the trees at one of the kobolds.

[Move: ?]

[Deft Strike]

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

[Damage: 1d6+3: 7] plus [2d8: 8 sneak damage] and [Bloodied]

The bolt thudded into the chest of the kobold drawing a cry of pain. Zero turned to look at the young fighter hiding in the trees and simply winked!

Tradden mumbled something about a “lucky shot” and went back to trying to work out how the hell to reload his crossbow.

Scaly crocodile-like heads and green goblin faces peered into the trees from where the bolts had come from with puzzled looks.

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

There was no way Khalin was going to make up the ground to the nearest of the enemy before they would be able to react.

[Move: ?]

As arrows from his allies whistled into the trees, Khalin hefted his shield and readied his hammer as he deftly padded up to the edge of the cover.

[Total Defence]

[Khalin gains +2 bonus to all defenses until the start of next turn]

He then stood ready to strike any greenie or man-lizard that was foolhardy enough to come through and investigate.

Combat
Goblins and Kobolds

One of the goblins, scanning the treeline, spotted a glint of metal and a snap of a twig. It pointed over towards the party, uttering a yell.

Heads turned and a great battlecry sounded, as creatures readied their weapons and turned toward the party.

Combat
Kireth Majere

Kireth’s eyes narrowed as he whispered words of unspeakable horrors, trying to twist the creature’s mind and increase its torment.

[Nightmare Eruption]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Dragonshield #02’s Will: 1d20+6-2: 5] - critical miss!

A leaf on the nearest tree curled and browned and started the long fall to the earth. Those around it could swear they heard it screaming as it fell.

Combat
Beltak Ancaron

Beltak looked to Khalin nervously, hefting his mace from one hand to the other, clutching his symbol of Pelor in his teeth to calm his nerves.

‘I'’ll follow your lead, warlord,’ he hissed to the dwarf, charging at the goblin warrior. His battle cry might not have been as loud, but it was meant with the same heart.

[Move: ?

As he crashed into the goblin he uttered a prayer to Pelor.

[Invigorating Assault]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #02: 1d20+3-2: 9] - misses!

But the swing of his mace was easily dodged by the goblin from within the cover of the trees.

Combat
Tradden Aversward

Tradden had ducked down slightly when Kireth had started mumbling — he knew what that meant, and he waited for the fireworks.

Nothing happened except a very, very — almost inaudible in fact — high-pitched screaming sound starting to ring around his ears. Ignoring the cursing mage behind him, he tried to track down the source of the sound.

Worryingly his senses directed him a solitary leaf, floating down to the ground from a tree in front some distance in front of him, in the direction of the nearest kobolds. Even more worryingly, he noted that Zero, stood to his left, also seemed to have noticed it, and their gazes both fixed on their leaf, their heads tilting down in unison as it spiralled down to the spongy floor of the copse of trees.

As it touched down to join its many leafy brethren covering the area, forever to be its resting place until the gods reclaimed it back into the cycle of life, both Tradden and Zero could swear that it had a final word, that being “Whhhhhhhhyyyyyyyy?”

The two men, both stood with similar positions, crossbows ready to fire, turned their heads and shared a meeting of eyes for a second, before breaking the look and turning their eyes towards the enemy. Neither man would ever speak of it again.

Seeing that none of the creatures had yet made any movement towards them as of yet, Tradden held his ground and fired another shot at the slinger, trying to ensure that he had its full attention…

[Melee Ranged Attack - Hand Crossbow]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Slinger: 1d20+5-2: 12] - misses!

[Marked]

Also noting that many of his comrades were stood in the open, the young fighter shouted out: ‘Find cover if you can!’

If the various kobolds and goblins were armed to the teeth with bows and crossbows, they might just pepper the group with shots. Tradden was hoping that was not the case — his style of fighting was up close and personal. He waited to see what they would do…

Combat
Goblin Warrior #01

The first goblin warrior splashed across the stream, pointing with his javelin towards the group and shouting earnestly.

[Move: ?]

As he got to the treeline, he let fly with his javelin at the last person to fire at his colleagues.

[Javelin]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6-2: 14 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - misses!

The javelin thudded into the tree in front of Tradden.

Combat
Goblin Warrior #02

The second goblin warrior, spurred on by his comrade, dashed through the trees to his left.

[Move: ?]

He stopped at the edge of the treeline, and hurled his javelin towards Khalin.

[Javelin]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6-2: 20 vs Khalin’s AC (19)] - hits!

[Damage: 2d6+2: 11]

The goblin’s ferocious sprint leant speed to the javelin, which sailed straight and true into the dwarf’s mail, puncturing through into his side.

Combat
Zero Uhlit

Zero knelt down and took aim again at the kobold he had perforated a few seconds earlier.

[Melee Ranged Attack - Hand Crossbow]

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

[Damage: 1d6+3: 6]

The bolt thudded into the kobold’s thigh and drew a bark of rage!

Combat
Goblin Grunts

With a large warcry, the goblins to the end of the stream raised their shortswords as one and charged towards Khalin and Beltak!

[Goblin Grunt #01 Move: ?]

[Goblin Grunt #02 Move: ?]

[Goblin Grunt #03 Move: ?]

[Goblin Grunt #04 Move: ?]

[Goblin Grunt #05 Move: ?]

Combat
Kobold Slink

The kobold slink came round the treeline towards Zero and hissed!

[Move: ?]

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

Khalin snarled, snapped the javelin out of his side, and swiftly scanned the scene, his martial instincts quickly taking over.

‘Zero,’ he yelled over his shoulder, ‘don’t let that scaly rascal outflank us! Tradden, take the middle! Beltak?’ he stole a curious glance at the cleric. ‘Know any good prayers for killing greenies? If not…’ he roared, eyes wide and blazing, ‘follow me! Ha ha!’

[Move: ?

With that the warlord hurtled to meet the three oncoming goblins on the right, again trying to prevent the group from becoming outflanked. Cunningly darting just inside the treeline to gain cover as he grew close, he ploughed into the largest goblin in the centre, hammer-hand whirling…

[Warlord’s Strike]

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

[Damage: 2d10+5: 16] and [Bloodied]

[Allies gain +2 to damage against Goblin Warrior #02 until end of next turn]

The warhammer hit home with a satisfying crunch of bone.

[Dwarven Resilience]

[Khalin spends a Healing Surge and regains 9 hit points]

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

‘Follow up on one of these stunty bastards, Beltak!’ urged the dwarf as the frenzy of battle took hold.

Combat
Kobold Slinger

The kobold with the sling hissed in Tradden’s general direction and took a small ceramic globe from its bandolier. It loaded it into its sling and took aim at the young fighter.

[Sling]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6-2: 7 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - misses!

The globe bounced harmlessly wide and broke on the floor some distance behind the warrior.

Combat
Kobold Dragonshield #01

Combat
Kobold Dragonshields

The two dragonshields urged their troops forward with a cry!

[Kobold Dragonshield #01: Delay]

[Kobold Dragonshield #01 delays until end of round]

[Kobold Dragonshield #02: Delay]

[Kobold Dragonshield #02 delays until end of round]

But the pair stood ready, rather than charging in themselves.

Combat
Kobold Minions

The first of the kobold minions tore through the thin trees, charging at Tradden with a wicked spear.

[Kobold Minion #01: Charge - Spear]

[Charge: ?]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+5+1-2: 16 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - misses!

However, it only connected with a low branch.

The other minions followed closely behind…

[Kobold Minion #02 Move: ?]

[Kobold Minion #03 Move: ?]

[Kobold Minion #04 Move: ?]

[Kobold Minion #05 Move: ?]

‘and then hurled their javelins at the group.

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

[Primary Attack: 1d20+5-2: 14 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - misses!

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

[Primary Attack: 1d20+5-2: 12 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - misses!

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

[Primary Attack: 1d20+5: 14 vs Zero’s AC (16)] - misses!

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

[Primary Attack: 1d20+5: 12 vs Zero’s AC (16)] - misses!

But all of the javelins fell short.

Combat
Kobold Dragonshields

Both dragonshields charged when the minions went past them.

[Kobold Dragonshield #01 Move: ?]

The first dragonshield had further to go and didn’t quite make the distance, but the second skipped through the trees effortlessly and barrelled into Tradden.

[Kobold Dragonshield #02: Charge - Shortsword]

[Charge: ?]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+8+1-2: 13 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - misses!

The trees once again provided Tradden with some cover, however, and the dragonshield bounced off before slyly shifting around his flank.

[Kobold Dragonshield #02: Shifty]

[Shift: ?]

Combat
Kireth Majere

Kireth’s eyes darted over the scene, taking in the possible threats.

A single kobold was trying to flank them on his left; Tradden and Zero were almost surrounded; and Khalin and Beltak faced three. It was a “no brainer”. Tradden would certainly need help.

The staff began to vibrate within his grasp as he called forth the words, words that one day would shatter cities. ‘Templa Koron!’

[Force Orb]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Dragonshield #01’s Reflex: 1d20+6: 11] - misses!

Kireth’s orb of energy passed the dragonshield by and harmlessly dissipated into the ether.

Combat
Beltak Ancaron

Beltak continued to strike at the goblin warrior.

[Invigorating Assault]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #02: 1d20+3-2: 9] - misses!

But the priest once again failed to connect with the greenskin.

Combat
Rot Grub Swarm

From just behind Tradden the sound of ceramic pieces breaking and shifting could be heard. Kireth watched on in amazement as a swarm of small grubs trickled out of the broken pot and crawled at speed towards Tradden’s legs.

[Move: ?]

With haste they swarmed around his legs and the surrounding area.

[Swarm Attack]

[Aura 1]

And then the creatures began to bite…

[Infesting Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+9: 11 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - misses!

The swarm made its way up Tradden’s legs, but couldn’t gnaw through his armour.

Combat
Tradden Aversward

The grubs were insistent though and small bites and scratches tickled Tradden’s legs.

[Rot Grub Swarm: Swarm Attack]

[Tradden takes 2 damage]

Zero had watched helplessly as javelin after javelin after javelin speared into the little copse of trees where Tradden had been taking cover. The branches obscured his view, but he was concerned to hear a howl of sadness and pain emanating from the now porcupine-like set of bushes.

‘Tradden? Tradden — are you… dead?’ enquired the rogue, suddenly fearful.

His fears grew as one of the larger kobolds barreled into the copse, slashing away and hoping to rend human flesh.

[Ready Weapon: Frost Longsword]

A frosty blade suddenly appeared, and the kobold’s strikes were parried away. As it slinked around the side of the trees, Tradden was exposed fully — miraculously untouched except in one, important, respect on which he explained angrily.

‘My shirt! My bloody shirt! This is my last good one as well! How am I going to get that kind of quality in this gods-forsaken land now?’ He picked at what was left of the large frilly collar on his left hand side with his free hand — ruined. He would have looked almost tearful were it not for the murderous look in his eyes.

Zero breathed a sigh of relief. ‘Not to worry my friend. It would have been mine in this evening’s game of cards anyway — I have won all your gold so far, and the shirt from your back is the next logical…. What in the hells are they!’

The tone of Zero’s voice snapped Tradden out of his fashion-related rage, but before he could even start to wonder why the rogue was so concerned the reasons became all too apparent. Strange, grub-like creatures were swarming over his legs, and whilst they could not penetrate his armour they quickly found ways in-between the joins, and he felt a very, very unpleasant sensation on his thighs and calves. The ground in the middle of his current cover was literally crawling with the things — time to move!

[Pass Forward]

[Move: ?]

As he ran out, the grubs seemed to drop away, and bar the odd ticklish sensation he seemed clear of them. He now had other problems however, not least of which was that he had not yet had chance to draw his other sword. There was no time do anything than to strike out at the nearest creatures…

[Cleave]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Dragonshield #01: 1d20+9: 15] - misses!

[Marked]

Unbalanced by only wielding a single sword, Tradden missed his target, which slyly moved to one side.

[Kobold Dragonshield #01: Dragonshield Tactics]

[Shift: ?]

Thinking back to the problems caused by a creature using a sling in a previous battle, Tradden growled out: ‘Someone take care of that bastard with the sling!’

Combat
Goblin Warrior #01

The first goblin warrior turned in the trees, noting that the secondary warrior was taken care of. He turned back towards his colleague to concentrate on the main warrior of the party.

[Melee Basic Attack - Spear]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6+2-2: 12 vs Khalin’s AC (19+2)] - misses!

The dwarf was too canny to let a greenskin flank him, though.

Combat
Goblin Warrior #02

The second goblin warrior continued to attack the warlord.

[Melee Basic Attack - Spear]

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

The spear bounced off Khalin’s shield drawing a thunderous shout from the dwarf!

Combat
Zero Uhlit

Alarmed at the proximity of his enemy, Zero darted aside nimbly and let loose another bolt at it.

[Deft Strike]

[Move: ?, ?]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Slink: 1d20+6: 9] - misses!

But the thing was too well hidden by the branches of the trees for the rogue to find his mark.

Combat
Goblin Grunts

The goblin grunts continued their sprint through the woods and surrounded Khalin and Beltak in a tight circle.

[Goblin Grunt #01 Move: ?]

[Goblin Grunt #02 Move: ?]

[Goblin Grunt #03 Move: ?]

[Goblin Grunt #04 Move: ?]

[Goblin Grunt #05 Move: ?]

With taunting words they struck out with their swords.

[Goblin Grunt #01: Melee Basic Attack - Shortsword]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6+2-2: 21 vs Khalin’s AC (19+2)] - hits!

[Damage: 4]

[Goblin Grunt #02: Melee Basic Attack - Shortsword]

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

[Goblin Grunt #03: Melee Basic Attack - Shortsword]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6: 22 vs Beltak’s AC (17)] - hits!

[Damage: 4]

[Goblin Grunt #04: Melee Basic Attack - Shortsword]

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

[Goblin Grunt #05: Melee Basic Attack - Shortsword]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6+2-2: 18 vs Khalin’s AC (19+2)] - misses!

With a pair of good strikes the goblins hissed at the heroes.

Combat
Kobold Slink

The kobold slink moved silently over the battlefield close to Tradden, pushing aside the dragonshield.

[Shift and Slide]

[Shift: ?]

[Kobold Dragonshield #01 slides ?]

With its spear it thrust dangerously at Tradden whilst the fighter was busy fending off other attacks.

[Melee Basic Attack - Spear]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6+2: 27 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8: 7] plus [1d6: 6 sneak attack]

The spear hit home, drawing a nasty wound on Tradden’s arm.

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

Khalin’s grin grew wider as he beheld the throng of goblins surrounding the two heroes — the warlord seemingly never happier than being in the very heart of the battle — there was no doubt things could turn very ugly very quickly given the sheer advantage in numbers the enemy held.

The dwarf wasted no time trying to even the odds, raising his shield to better guard himself and his companion, and thrusting his hammer at the largest of the goblins again, looking to finish it off…

[Shielded Assault]

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

[Damage: 2d10+5: 19] and [Dead]

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

The goblin crumpled under the assault with a crack of bone.

Khalin had no time to savour the minor victory and turned to the next opponent. ‘Who’s next?’ he challenged, grinning manically at the next greenie, before yelling over his shoulder: ‘Hang in there, Tradden, we’ll have these greenies on the run in two shakes of a hammer!’

[Inspiring Word]

[Tradden spends a Healing Surge and regains 1d6+9: 14 hit points]

But Khalin was not done there…

[Action Point]

The dwarf quickly decided the goblin to his right would be the best target, eliminating another threat to Beltak. Outside the treeline would be no cover to protect this one…

[Melee Basic Attack - Warhammer]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Grunt #04: 1d20+6: 11] - misses!

The warlord cursed as the strike failed to hit home. ‘Your go, Beltak!’

Combat
Kobold Slinger

The slinger pulled another ceramic jar from his bandolier, loaded it into his sling and swung it around his head. At the right moment he let fly.

[Ranged Basic Attack - Sling]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6-2: 24 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - critical hit!

[Damage: 1d6+5: 11] plus [Immobilized (Save Ends)]

The pot crashed into Tradden’s armour, spreading sticky glue all over his legs and feet, sticking him to the spot!

Combat
Kobold Minions

The kobold minions joined the fray, sweeping through the trees and surrounding the heroes.

[Kobold Minion #01 Move: ?]

[Kobold Minion #02 Move: ?]

[Kobold Minion #03 Move: ?]

[Kobold Minion #04 Move: ?]

[Kobold Minion #05 Move: ?]

With their rough javelins they attacked with no mercy.

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

[Primary Attack: 1d20+5+2: 20 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - hits!

[Damage: 4]

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

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

[Damage: 4] and [Bloodied]

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

[Primary Attack: 1d20+5: 13 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - misses!

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

[Primary Attack: 1d20+5-2: 5 vs Khalin’s AC (19+2)] - misses!

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

[Primary Attack: 1d20+5: 17 vs Beltak’s AC (17+2)] - misses!

Two javelins connected with Tradden, drawing deep wounds.

Combat
Kobold Dragonshields

The first kobold dragonshield looked the bloodied and immobilised Tradden up and down as if weighing him up. It then struck swiftly with its short sword.

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

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

[Marked]

Although the lizard missed, it taunted Tradden the best it could.

The second kobold dragonshield, blood flowing from its wounds, struck out at Zero.

[Kobold Dragonshield #02: Dirty Tactics]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+5: 16 vs Zero’s Reflex (18)] - misses!

[Damage: 2d6+7: 15 halved to 7] and [Slowed]

Zero reacted quickly, dodging out of the way of the wicked swipe, but the sword still cut across his thigh, slowing the rogue down.

Combat
Kireth Majere

What had started out as “Advantage, Party” was quickly becoming a disaster. Bad luck and poor decisions were weighing heavy. The gods were plainly against them — more reason to despise them.

Deal with that which is right in front of you for you cannot clearly see the future until you have.

‘Right,’ thought the mage, ‘free up Zero first so that he can better aid the others.’

Pointing his staff at the enemy, it pulsed a familiar glow. ‘Gurtha da Simone!’

[Magic Missile]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Dragonshield #02] - automatic hit!

[Damage: 2+4: 6] and [Dead]

The force missile took the dragonshield in the chest, blasting it back and leaving it smoking on the floor.

Combat
Beltak Ancaron

Beltak began a slow rhythmic chanting, holding aloft his symbol of Pelor in his shield hand. As the symbol reached its zenith the clouds above began to part and motes of light played across the creatures around him and Khalin, perhaps a sign of the radiance to come.

[Solar Enemy]

[Close Burst 2 centered on Beltak]

[Goblin Grunt #01 gains Vulnerable 5 to radiant damage]

[Goblin Grunt #04 gains Vulnerable 5 to radiant damage]

[Goblin Grunt #05 gains Vulnerable 5 to radiant damage]

[Kobold Minion #04 gains Vulnerable 5 to radiant damage]

[Kobold Minion #05 gains Vulnerable 5 to radiant damage]

[Goblin Warrior #01 gains Vulnerable 5 to radiant damage]

The chanting drew to a crescendo and thin beams of light appeared to be growing in the clouds.

[Light of Arvandor]

[Burst 1 centred on Khalin] - interrupted!

Beltak was concentrating so much on his prayers that some of the enemy took their chance to attack.

[Goblin Grunt #01: Opportunity Attack - Shortsword]

[Opportunity Attack: 1d20+6: 25 vs Beltak’s AC (17+2)] - hits!

[Damage: 4]

[Goblin Grunt #02: Opportunity Attack - Shortsword]

[Opportunity Attack: 1d20+6: 12 vs Beltak’s AC (17+2)] - misses!

[Goblin Grunt #03: Opportunity Attack - Shortsword]

[Opportunity Attack: 1d20+6: 19 vs Beltak’s AC (17+2)] - hits!

[Damage: 4]

[Goblin Grunt #04: Opportunity Attack - Shortsword]

[Opportunity Attack: 1d20+6: 16 vs Beltak’s AC (17+2)] - misses!

[Kobold Minion #05: Opportunity Attack - Javelin]

[Opportunity Attack: 1d20+5: 12 vs Beltak’s AC (17+2)] - misses!

The thin beams of light pulsed into a web of gleaming strands and shot down from the sky onto the foes surrounding Khalin.

[Light of Arvandor]

[Burst 1 centred on Khalin] with [Damage: 1d8+5: 12]

[Burst Attack vs Goblin Grunt #01’s Will: 1d20+6: 16] - hits!

[Damage: 12] plus [5 radiant vulnerability] and [Dead]

[Burst Attack vs Goblin Grunt #04’s Will: 1d20+6: 16] - hits!

[Damage: 12] plus [5 radiant vulnerability] and [Dead]

[Burst Attack vs Goblin Grunt #05’s Will: 1d20+6: 17] - hits!

[Damage: 12] plus [5 radiant vulnerability] and [Dead]

[Burst Attack vs Kobold Minion #04’s Will: 1d20+6: 23] - hits!

[Damage: 12] plus [5 radiant vulnerability] and [Dead]

[Burst Attack vs Kobold Minion #05’s Will: 1d20+6: 22] - hits!

[Damage: 12] plus [5 radiant vulnerability] and [Dead]

[Burst Attack vs Goblin Warrior #01’s Will: 1d20+6: 26] - critical hit!

[Damage: 13] plus [1d6: 5 critical damage] plus [5 radiant vulnerability] and [Bloodied]

[Tradden and Khalin gain +2 AC until end of Beltak’s next turn]

Four of the foes were turned to ash in the searing light, causing Khalin to shield his eyes for a moment. The fifth was left smoking and howling in pain.

[Healing Word]

[Tradden spends a Healing Surge and regains 1d6+9+4: 17 hit points]

[Tradden is no longer Bloodied]

Beltak lowered his symbol, uttering one final prayer to Pelor before wheeling around to face the rest of the goblins.

[Action Point]

[Beltak uses Khalin’s Bravura Presence]

He then struck out once more with his mace.

[Invigorating Assault]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Grunt #02: 1d20+3: 17] - hits!

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

[Khalin gains 4 temporary hit points]

Khalin spurred Beltak on to complete the job.

[Melee Basic Attack - Mace]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Grunt #03: 1d20+3: 19] - hits!

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

The goblin fell, leaving the remaining goblin warrior alone, facing the mighty dwarf and the power from the sun.

Panting and bloodied, Beltak looked Khalin in the eyes, seeking approval for his inclusion in the party. ‘Leave the last greenskin to me,’ he said between gasps. ‘You go help your friend.’

Combat
Rot Grub Swarm

The small rot grubs scrambled around Tradden’s static limbs, gnawing and biting.

[Infesting Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+9+2: 13 vs Tradden’s AC (17)] - misses!

Despite their numbers they could not yet find a way past his leg greaves.

Combat
Tradden Aversward

Although the rot grubs could find no gaps in the young fighter’s armour they still managed to find small openings to plant bites and scratches.

[Rot Grub Swarm: Swarm Attack]

[Tradden takes 2 damage]

‘Right!’ snarled Tradden, drawing his second sword, and batting away some grubs, ‘I have had enough of this!’

[Ready Weapon: Shortsword]

He howled in frustration as he lashed out, twisting as he did so.

[Cleave]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Dragonshield #01: 1d20+9: 20] - hits!

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

[Kobold Minion #01 takes 4 splash damage] and [Dead]

His bluey-white, glimmering longsword flashed through the air, cleaving through the kobold in front of him, through its breastplate and tearing across its chest, before carrying on in an arc to neatly behead the one behind.

[Saving Throw vs Immobilization: 1d20+1: 2] - critical failure!

However, the effort of twisting so far had the consequence of not allowing him any opportunity to break free from the goo currently fixing him in place.

Combat
Goblin Warrior #02

The remaining goblin warrior, smoke still issuing from its hide, continued to attack the warlord.

[Melee Basic Attack - Spear]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6-2: 23 vs Khalin’s AC (19+2)] - hits!

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

This time the spear got through, at least giving the goblin some minor victory.

Combat
Zero Uhlit

As the kobold on him hit the ground, dead, Zero hastily backpedalled to beside Kireth.

[Move: ?]

‘Thanks,’ he huffed in relief.

He then planted his feet and took careful aim at the kobold that was jabbing viciously at Tradden. If he sliced its arm in the right spot, it might just blame its ugly friend beside it…

[Confounding Attack]

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

[Damage: 2d6+3: 10] and [Bloodied]

[Kobold Dragonshield #01 makes attack against adjacent creature of choice]

The bolt caught the dragonshield in the right spot, spinning him round and his shortsword caught the minion across the chest.

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

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 16 vs Kobold Minion #02] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+6: 9] and [Dead]

The minion fell in a crumpled heap.

Combat
Kobold Slink

The kobold slink took a moment in the confusion to shift himself into an advantageous position.

[Shift and Slide]

[Shift: ?]

[Kobold Dragonshield #01 slides ?]

[Shift: ?]

It then struck swiftly at Tradden’s back with its spear.

[Melee Basic Attack - Spear]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6+2: 25 vs Tradden’s AC (18)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8: 2] plus [1d6: 5 sneak damage]

It hissed slyly as the point rammed home.

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

Khalin surveyed the enemy carcasses strewn around himself and Beltak in barely concealed wonder, then briefly locked eyes with the panting cleric. ‘Why didn’t you do that before?’ he queried, before his questioning look broke into a hearty guffaw and he slapped his new comrade on the shoulder in a gesture of approval and new-found respect.

He then turned to sprint to Tradden’s aid…

[Move: ?]

…diving momentarily out of the treeline then back in to attack the nearest kobold from cover.

[Brash Assault]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Slink: 1d20+6: 25] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10+5: 14] and [Bloodied]

[Target can make free attack with Combat Advantage, if does then ally can make attack with Combat Advantage]

The slink was startled but Khalin’s strike left the dwarf open to retaliation.

[Kobold Slink: Melee Basic Attack - Spear]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6+2-2: 12 vs Khalin’s AC (19+2)] - misses!

Khalin’s gambit was spoiled, however, as the slink didn’t follow through on its attack and leave him open for Zero to get a shot in.

Khalin pointed his hammer at the larger kobold that had been leering at Tradden. ‘You’re next scale-face!’ he challenged, hoping to distract the dragonshield from the defenceless fighter.

Combat
Kobold Slinger

The slinger took his final ceramic pot from his bandolier and hurled it with his sling towards Tradden.

[Ranged Basic Attack - Sling]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+8: 15 vs Tradden’s AC (18)] - misses!

The lizard stamped his feet and hissed in the general direction of the group.

Combat
Kobold Dragonshield #01

The dragonshield circled warily, the vast majority of its companions had been put to the sword already. The battle wasn’t going the way it had hoped. Still, in front of it was a puny human, trapped by the slinger’s gluepot and ravaged by rot grubs. This one would be an easy kill.

[Kobold Dragonshield #01: Dirty Tactics]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+5+2: 23 vs Tradden’s Reflex (15)] - hits!

[Damage: 2d6+7: 10] and [Immobilized until end of dragonshield’s next turn] and [Bloodied]

The slice across Tradden’s legs further locked him in a rigid posture.

Combat
Kobold Minions

The remaining kobold minion held its javelin aloft and charged at Kireth, shrieking as it sped across the ground.

[Kobold Minion #03: Charge - Javelin]

[Charge: ?]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+5+1: 25 vs Kireth’s AC (16)] - hits!

[Damage: 4]

The javelin struck home, drawing a momentary wince from the wizard.

Combat
Kireth Majere

Only a short time ago a wound such as this would have had Kireth staggering back in shock. Now, he looked down at the flesh wound and curled his lip in annoyance.

He flicked his wrist at the kobold, as one might swat at an annoying wasp. Giving it little more attention.

[Magic Missile]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Minion #03] - automatic hit!

[Damage: 2+4: 6] and [Dead]

The creature let out a final gasp of air, sank to its knees and fell forward.

[Move: ?]

Kireth stepped over it to stand next to Zero.

Combat
Beltak Ancaron

Beltak narrowed his eyes at the goblin warrior, circling around him to the other side of the trees into the strange stone circle, and raised his shield arm and his holy symbol to Pelor once more.

[Sacred Flame]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #01’s Reflex] - interrupted!

As Beltak looked to the sky the goblin sliced at his exposed belly…

[Goblin Warrior #01: Opportunity Attack - Shortsword]

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

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

…but the scribe’s resolve was strong…

[Sacred Flame]

[Primary Attack vs Goblin Warrior #01’s Reflex: 1d20+6+2-2: 16] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+5: 7] plus [5 radiant vulnerability] and [Dead]

[Tradden gains 4 temporary hit points]

Sacred light shone from above the goblin, searing down on its head. The goblin dropped with a howl.

Combat
Rot Grub Swarm

The small rot grubs scrambled throughout the ground at Tradden’s feet. They crawled across his immobile legs, up to his thighs and began to burrow.

[Infesting Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+9+2: 27 vs Tradden’s AC (18)] - hits!

[Ongoing 5 damage (Save Ends)]

The swarm made its way up Tradden’s legs and started to burrow under the skin.

Combat
Tradden Aversward

The grubs were insistent and kept on burrowing and biting.

[Rot Grub Swarm: Swarm Attack]

[Tradden takes 2 damage]

The worst was the burrowing, however, as they began to find routes into Tradden’s frozen limbs.

[Rot Grub Swarm: Burrow]

[Tradden takes 5 ongoing damage (Save Ends)]

Tradden’s vision started to narrow a little — pain was coming from all directions at the moment. He was fast getting used to the fact that he and Khalin were the “front line” in any battles against the various creatures they were coming up against, but he feared he would never be ready for the many slings and arrows of misfortune (Tradden was quite educated) that were always coming his way…

Trying to choke back the rage, he instead looked to focus his anger into a more positive form. However, the calm, cool precision he had found in previous battles would not click into place due to the pain, and he could only lash out again, trying to twirl round despite his immobility.

[Cleave]

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

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

[Kobold Slink takes 4 splash damage] and [Marked]

The dragonshield took the full force of Tradden’s blow and fell instantly.

[Action Point]

[Second Wind]

[Tradden spends a Healing Surge and regains 9 hit points]

[Tradden gains +2 to defences until start of next turn]

[Tradden is no longer Bloodied]

The young fighter took a moment to steady himself.

[Saving Throw vs Immobilization: 1d20+1: 5] - failure!

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

Once again, his twisting, cleaving attack bore fruit in terms of its ability to harm foes, but it prevented him from breaking free from the gooey mess. The movement did however have the benefit of shaking loose some of the burrowing worms.

Combat
Zero Uhlit

Zero changed targets to the kobold slink, skulking around behind Tradden. He set his feet, took his aim, and let fly.

[Unbalancing Shot]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Slink: 1d20+6: 12] - misses!

The bolt flew straight past the slink and harmlessly into the trees beyond.

Combat
Kobold Slink

The kobold slink kept its attentions on Tradden, seemingly content to fight to the death.

[Melee Basic Attack - Spear]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+6: 9 vs Tradden’s AC (18+2)] - misses!

Tradden knocked the spear away with his shortsword.

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

Khalin stepped out of the treeline, moving around the side of the slink trapping the creature between himself and Tradden.

[Shift: ?]

‘How do you like that, lizard?’ bellowed the dwarf and brought down his hammer.

[Melee Basic Attack - Warhammer]

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

[Damage: 1d10+5: 11] and [Dead]

The hammer cleaved through the kobold’s skull, leaving it a bloody crumple on the floor.

Combat
Kobold Slinger

The remaining kobold, the slinger, took one last look at the decimation the group had brought on its fellows. It dropped its sling and headed across the river, aiming for the small entrance on the far side.

[Move: ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?]

[Move: ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?]

The going was rough, and it only managed to get halfway across the river before the group noticed it.

Combat
Kireth Majere

A retreating enemy, fleeing for its very life, its back unguarded and open to attack. So what?

The mage raised his arm and smiled.

[Magic Missile]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Slinger] - automatic hit!

[Damage: 2+4: 6]

The bolt thudded into the back of the slinger, who faltered, but continued to splash across the river.

Combat
Beltak Ancaron

Beltak took a few steps towards the edge of the river and held his arms out once more.

[Move: ?]

The sun caught off his holy symbol and a beam of focused sunlight struck the kobold as it ran.

[Lance of Faith]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Slinger’s Reflex: 1d20+6: 17] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+5: 8] and [Bloodied]

[Zero gains +2 to attack Kobold Slinger until end of next turn]

Zero certainly seemed impressed by the light show, but the creature carried on.

Combat
Rot Grub Swarm

The grubs continued to swarm around Tradden’s legs, trying to find more ways past his armour.

[Infesting Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+9+2: 19 vs Tradden’s AC (17+2)] - misses!

But they could not chew through his leathers.

Combat
Tradden Aversward

Those grubs that had somehow managed to get through to his skin continued to bite at his legs.

[Rot Grub Swarm: Swarm Attack]

[Tradden takes 2 damage]

Tradden watched immobile, seeing the kobold running for the cover of the cave.

‘Get him before he alerts any others,’ he shouted, quickly sheathing his sword and drawing his crossbow.

[Ready Weapon: Hand Crossbow]

He forgot about the rot grubs in his haste, loading the weapon and firing quickly at the sprinting kobold.

[Melee Ranged Attack - Hand Crossbow]

[Primary Attack vs Kobold Slinger: 1d20+5-2: 7] - misses!

As the bolt flew wide Tradden cursed, then looked down as the grubs had scampered up his tunic while he aimed.

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

Tradden wasted no time in trying to wriggle free from the glue, but just could not move.

Combat
Zero Uhlit

Zero peered through the trees at the fleeing kobold and took aim.

[Ranged Basic Attack - Crossbow]

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

[Damage: 1d6+3: 4]

The slinger dropped into the river as the bolt struck home, but managed to get to its feet slowly and hobble further on.

‘Drat,’ he cursed.

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

With the remaining kobold well out of the dwarf’s range, Khalin turned and assessed Tradden’s predicament. The young fighter was well and truly stuck, and though the ghastly beasties swarming him appeared to be moving more slowly, they were still persistently gnawing at the human.

It appeared the only option would be to get his hands grubby, so to speak.

[Move: ?]

‘I’m going to regret this…’ grumbled the warlord, before stepping carefully towards the fighter and attempting to splat the grubs with his hammer…

[Rot Grub Swarm: Swarm Attack]

[Khalin takes 2 damage]

[Melee Basic Attack - Warhammer]

[Primary Attack vs Rot Grub Swarm: 1d20+6: 9] - misses!

The dwarf repeatedly slammed his warhammer down onto the floor, but the grubs burrowed into the ground to avoid his attacks.

Combat
Kobold Slinger

While Khalin turned his attention to the rot grubs the slinger made his escape, climbing some rough hewn stairs to the side of the waterfall and entering the cave complex behind.

[Move: ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?]

[Kobold Slinger is Removed from Play]

The battlefield became silent.

Combat
Tradden Aversward

‘Gods be damned!’ screamed the normally mild-mannered Tradden, venting his frustration. He rounded on the group in general, nearly falling over due to the now stone-like goo affixing his legs.

‘Next time! Next time we kill those bastards with the slings FIRST!’

‘And will someone get these bloody things off me?!’ he finished, swatting with one sword and trying to scratch with his other hand — not easy when holding a short sword.

As the kobold slinger disappeared behind the waterfall the grubs crawled down Tradden’s legs and began burrowing into the ground. Where they could, Khalin and Tradden stamped and squished the bugs, but most escaped into the ground.

Combat
Completed

CO

[Combat Encounter Completed]

Combat
Short Rest

XP

Healing Surges

Healing Surges are applied.

[Khalin spends 2 healing surges (? left) to get to 36/36 hit points]

[Kireth spends 1 healing surges (? left) to get to 27/27 hit points]

[Tradden spends 2 healing surges (? left) to get to 38/38 hit points]

[Zero spends 1 healing surges (? left) to get to 30/30 hit points]

Encounter Powers

All encounter powers are recharged.

Milestones

No milestones reached.

Experience

Experience awarded.

[Khalin gains ? xp to reach ? xp]

[Kireth gains ? xp to reach ? xp]

[Tradden gains ? xp to reach ? xp]

[Zero gains ? xp to reach ? xp]

Levelling

Zero progresses to 3rd level

Combat
Completed

End

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