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Re: The Quest for Malagosbe (chapter 8)

Post Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:53 pm

The larger creature starts making a screaming noise that is perfectly i time with the smaller creature that scared you initially.

Combined, the screaming sounds like this:

https://southernsteve.files.wordpress.c ... scream.mp3

You don't have to save again as you are already leaving.

The, the larger creature comes down out of the tower and chases you out of the castle and through the woods. Kilian had a lead of 120' feet on the creature, the others 80. It's going at 40 and Kilian's only going at 30 so it is going to catch him in 12 melee rounds, if it can find him. The others can outrun it.

It might not follow you that far. Or, you could turn and shoot at it as it runs through the trees. That's up to you.

Meanwhile - the others are trudging up the side of the mountain en route to..where exactly? The slate mine? I had a memory you stuffed that place with dead bugbears. And Kilian collapsed the entry.
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Re: The Quest for Malagosbe (chapter 8)

Post Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:21 pm

Freya and Talin (and hopefully Fido) all race after Kilian. Let me know if the gump is still chasing them after three rounds. Hopefully it will look to him like he won't catch anyone (since they'll all far away) and will give up the chase.

"See that ridge up there? There's some old ruins up there you can wait in. We'll investigate the castle and try to come up by nightfall."

The others are heading to the place where the dog-men were found. Does Tiana hear a scream?
Freya HP 24/24 AC 16 (17 two weapons)
Kilian HP 20/20 AC 19 (18 no shield)
Talin HP 29 AC 16
Tiana HP 11 AC 12 SP 8/8
Fido HP 9/9 AC 16
Anna HP 12/12 AC 15 (19 defensively)
Bruce HP 20/20 AC 16 (15 no shield)

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Re: The Quest for Malagosbe (chapter 8)

Post Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:33 pm

Good question. Yes, she does hear it. So do the two shape-changers. No saves required but it is very eerie.

The monster is still chasing you all after 3 rounds. Kilian is now only 90 feet ahead and 10 ahead of the other two.

The rest of the party continue to head across the valley and up the mountain.
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Re: The Quest for Malagosbe (chapter 8)

Post Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:51 pm

Run Forrest run!

Can Tiana turn around and run back?
Freya HP 24/24 AC 16 (17 two weapons)
Kilian HP 20/20 AC 19 (18 no shield)
Talin HP 29 AC 16
Tiana HP 11 AC 12 SP 8/8
Fido HP 9/9 AC 16
Anna HP 12/12 AC 15 (19 defensively)
Bruce HP 20/20 AC 16 (15 no shield)

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Re: The Quest for Malagosbe (chapter 8)

Post Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:22 pm

Not without leaving Abigall in an unknown situation. She may leave you if you do.

Anyway, you are roughly 1.5 miles away from the castle now. (You were .75 miles away when you gave up, they went on, and you went in the other direction.

Are you continuing to run?
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Re: The Quest for Malagosbe (chapter 8)

Post Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:18 pm

Tiana won't leave her friends (especially Freya), and if she thinks they're in danger, random new girl can fend for herself a bit -- and with both Anna and Bruce there, she won't worry much about Abigall.

I didn't realize that Tiana wasn't with the rest of the PC group. Once I did, that's when the rest of the PCs decided to abandon the castle and go get Tiana (but the gumps spoiled that plan).

Yes, the PCs will run at least as long as it takes for Kilian to recover; they'll all run alongside him trying to calm him down.

Hopefully it doesn't get to this, but if the gump gets close enough to engage the PCs, Talin will try to get Fido to charge the gump and then run off in another direction. Hopefully the gump will follow Fido, not catch him, the PCs get away, and Fido catches up to Talin later. IOW, if he has to, Talin will sacrifice Fido to keep the rest of the PCs from getting attacked by the gump.
Freya HP 24/24 AC 16 (17 two weapons)
Kilian HP 20/20 AC 19 (18 no shield)
Talin HP 29 AC 16
Tiana HP 11 AC 12 SP 8/8
Fido HP 9/9 AC 16
Anna HP 12/12 AC 15 (19 defensively)
Bruce HP 20/20 AC 16 (15 no shield)

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Re: The Quest for Malagosbe (chapter 8)

Post Tue Mar 03, 2015 7:43 pm

It continues to chase you for another 3 rounds. By the end of this time, Kilian is about 60'-70' ahead of it. The other two have to slow up to be near him so they are also the same distance away.

In this time he has also made a save, and succeeded. He is no longer terrified, Probably more embarrassed, I'd say.

Also - the gump may have lost track of where you are in the trees, and has headed off to one side a bit. Or maybe it has just taken a different way. Point is, it is no longer right behind you, running the same way that you just ran.

It has stopped screaming. The other scream remains from up at the castle, but no further saves are required, as you are running away anyway.
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Re: The Quest for Malagosbe (chapter 8)

Post Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:00 pm

They run all the way up the hill to the collapsed cave. Freya will make encouraging statements about how Killian was trying to tire the gump out in order for the kill to be easier, and asks next time for Killian to inform the rest of them on his plan before he does it. As part of the discussion, Freya also recollects an old Elvish story about how a sailor put candlewax in his ears to avoid some banshees. She doesn't remember all of the details, but suggests trying that the next time they attack gumps.

Once the party rejoins, they won't comment much to the NPCs, just "gumps" for now. Everyone will head up to the lake to spend the night. Double watches as usual, and hopefully no gumps appear.

Edited to correct Siri's typos.
Freya HP 24/24 AC 16 (17 two weapons)
Kilian HP 20/20 AC 19 (18 no shield)
Talin HP 29 AC 16
Tiana HP 11 AC 12 SP 8/8
Fido HP 9/9 AC 16
Anna HP 12/12 AC 15 (19 defensively)
Bruce HP 20/20 AC 16 (15 no shield)

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Re: The Quest for Malagosbe (chapter 8)

Post Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:47 pm

Um...I can see you trying to get this moving but unfortunately the actual situation still isn't over. Sorry.

You try to escape by sneaking, but it hears you, and gets back on your trail again, and gains another 20 feet. It is now 50 feet behind your party and crashing through the trees, grunting.

I'm taking this 2 rounds at a time. What do you do in the next 20 seconds?
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Re: The Quest for Malagosbe (chapter 8)

Post Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:10 am

Hopefully Fido runs his slant left to distract the gump. Argh! Tiana has the candles!

Yikes, at this point it's caught up to Kilian. The rest can outrun it, but not Kilian. Can the archers get a clear shot?
Freya HP 24/24 AC 16 (17 two weapons)
Kilian HP 20/20 AC 19 (18 no shield)
Talin HP 29 AC 16
Tiana HP 11 AC 12 SP 8/8
Fido HP 9/9 AC 16
Anna HP 12/12 AC 15 (19 defensively)
Bruce HP 20/20 AC 16 (15 no shield)

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