Re: Book 1: Crownfall, Act 3: The Silent Blade

As the political scene in Taldor explodes into chaos, heroes take on the mantle of agents, advocates, and saboteurs working for Princess Eutropia to help secure her claim to the Imperial throne and prevent the Empire from collapsing in on itself in civil war. Will they grow from relative nobodies to powerful politicians and spymasters in the deadliest political arena in the Inner Sea?

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Re: Re: Book 1: Crownfall, Act 3: The Silent Blade

Post by Othniel » Fri Nov 05, 2021 3:12 am

Astraea growls at the assassin with the painted face, steps to the side and slashes with her blade.
5' step to the northwest and attack with bastard sword.

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Re: Re: Book 1: Crownfall, Act 3: The Silent Blade

Post by Grimbold » Sun Nov 07, 2021 9:10 pm

Betram speaks a quick cantrip as he readies his quarterstaff.
Try a "daze cantrip" on Wyssilika, get quarterstaff ready for next round.

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Re: Re: Book 1: Crownfall, Act 3: The Silent Blade

Post by ManWithDoor » Thu Nov 11, 2021 5:29 am

Astraea piles on to Wyssilka alongside Theodrix, her bastard sword chopping into the assassin leader. Bertram adds on a quick cantrip, but the woman is too berserk to pay attention to such a small distraction.

Mercutio ...
Astraea: 18 Hit for 7 Damage.
Bertram: Daze DC 13 -> 18, Saved. No effect.
Rule Number 12: "A soft answer turneth away wrath. Once wrath is looking the other way, shoot it in the head."

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Re: Re: Book 1: Crownfall, Act 3: The Silent Blade

Post by Vardaen » Fri Nov 12, 2021 8:51 pm

"That's it! Keep at them!" Thoedrix shouts as blood sprays across his chest from his strikes.
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Re: Re: Book 1: Crownfall, Act 3: The Silent Blade

Post by Zorbeltuss » Sat Nov 13, 2021 3:04 pm

Mercutio begins once more with his magic words, uplifting tones, but chiefly sassing at the enemy.
Inspire Courage

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Re: Re: Book 1: Crownfall, Act 3: The Silent Blade

Post by ManWithDoor » Thu Nov 18, 2021 9:08 pm

Mercutio's clarion voice pierces through the darkness and danger surrounding him, filling the minds of his compatriots. Instead of a song as many would sing, he instead launches into an excerpt from a famous play. It is a speech from Aroden, as he cut down and cast out the Avatar of Deskari from Sarkoris. It speaks of strength in heart and mind, the righting of wrongs, and the ultimate defeat of evil. The words could stir even a heart of stone.

However, the bloodlust of the assassins is not swayed by oratory, and the strike back! But unfortunately for them they aren't nearly as skilled as Wyssilka, and their attempt to crowd Astraea and slice with their shortswords is less than effective. They can't quite manage to get into a good flanking position, and the warrior uses her superior skill and thick armor to weather their assault.

The Cult Leader, however, is just as deadly as she should be. She again intones a prayer, this time it is clear that she is addressing Thamir Gixx, the halfling god of greed and opportunity, revered by cutpurses, assassins, and mistreated halflings. A second image of herself appears in motion, and it is difficult to tell which is real and which is the fake. Her dagger, still shrouded in an eerie black flame, again plunges into Theodrix's side, bringing him closer to his end as his life's blood pours onto the cold stone at his feet.


Theodrix and Aurelia ...
Mercutio's Perform skill is in Oratory, so used that as the basis for the Inspire Courage flavor text. The modern-day equivalent that comes to my mind is the Independence Day speech by the President (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t1IK_9apWs), which is honestly one of the best Presidential speeches in movie history. Maybe something sassier would be a better fit, but this is what I can think of.

Silent Cultist 2: Move and Attack Astraea: 7, Miss.
Silent Cultist 3: Move and Attack Astraea: 11, Miss.

Wyssilka:
- Move: Activate 'Double', which is a single Mirror Image.
- Standard: Attack Theodrix (you did ask for Aggro!): 19, Hit for 7 damage.

HP:
Theodrix = 8/21
Aurelia = Full
Astraea = Full
Mercutio = 16/26
Bertram = Full

Wyssillka = -17
Halfling Killer = Full
Silent Cultist 1 = DEAD
Silent Cultist 2 = Full
Silent Cultist 3 = Full

Initiative:
Wyssilka = 19
Theodrix = 18.1
Aurelia = 18
Halfling Killer = 17.1
Astraea = 17
Mercutio = 13
Bertram = 10.1 (upgrading from 9 to keep things moving faster)
Assassins = 10
Rule Number 12: "A soft answer turneth away wrath. Once wrath is looking the other way, shoot it in the head."

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Re: Re: Book 1: Crownfall, Act 3: The Silent Blade

Post by GuyWithSword » Mon Dec 06, 2021 10:28 am

Aurelia stays where she is, since she is boxed n anyways. Almost all of her are spells spent, but she does have one healing spell se can use to help Theodrix. She intones words of power, adding a phrase in Infernal, and then touches Theodrix's wounds. The wounds start closing up slowly over time! Then, she concentrates on the thunderous cloud she had created earlier, and moves it into Silent Cultist 2.
Cast Infernal Healing on Theodrix, granting him Fast Healing 1 for 10 turns. Then, move action to move the Aggressive Thundercloud into Cultist 2. 3d6 electricity damage. Reflex save DC16 negates.

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Re: Re: Book 1: Crownfall, Act 3: The Silent Blade

Post by Vardaen » Mon Dec 06, 2021 2:43 pm

"Focus on the leader!" Theodrix staggers to the side as he's stabbed in the other side. The bleeding is stopped by Aurelia's spell and the wound will heal little by little but it may not be enough if he takes another hit like that. He grabs at his bandoleer for a potion and finds it empty, "Oh shiii..." He never finishes as he rolls to the side. Both blades stay on the target woman, "Now or never folks!" He slices and dices hoping to flank her with both strikes.
So, out of healing potions!
5ft to flank? I'm unsure of map.
TWF against the woman that just hit me again. My only hope is to take her down
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Re: Re: Book 1: Crownfall, Act 3: The Silent Blade

Post by ManWithDoor » Wed Dec 08, 2021 3:19 pm

Aurelia continues her magical manipulations, this time surrounding Theodrix with an unsettling red glow. His wounds begin slowly closing up, but unlike a priest's ministrations, this feels unnatural and disturbing. Fortunately the enemy gets much more disturbed than the group, since her thundercloud envelops the body of another cultist, burning him badly.

Theodrix does not have real room to maneuver, but instead continues to press Wyssilka. Luck is with him, and his longsword strikes true in his chest, choosing correctly which version to strike. Her lung is lacerated and she spits blood, but her insane rage keeps her upright, at least for now. She still manages a solid cross-block, stopping his hand-axe from finishing the job.

On the opposite end Mercutio easily side-steps a stab from the halfling he is solo-ing, the assailant seemingly much better at ambushes than straight-up fights.


Astraea, Mercutio, and Bertram ...
Aurelia: Cast 'Infernal Healing' on Theodrix: Fast Healing 1 or 10 Rounds
- Move Aggressive Thundercloud on Cultist #2: 6 Damage

Theodrix: TWF vs Wyssilka:
- Longsword: 23, Hit , 52% (hits her, not the double) (Possible Crit, 22 Confirmed!): 12 Damage
- Handaxe: 12, Miss

Halfling Killer: Attack Mercutio: 12, Miss


HP:
Theodrix = 9/21
Aurelia = Full
Astraea = Full
Mercutio = 16/26
Bertram = Full

Wyssillka = -29 (almost dead!)
Halfling Killer = Full
Silent Cultist 1 = DEAD
Silent Cultist 2 = -6
Silent Cultist 3 = Full

Initiative:
Wyssilka = 19
Theodrix = 18.1
Aurelia = 18
Halfling Killer = 17.1
Astraea = 17
Mercutio = 13
Bertram = 10.1 (upgrading from 9 to keep things moving faster)
Assassins = 10
Rule Number 12: "A soft answer turneth away wrath. Once wrath is looking the other way, shoot it in the head."

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Re: Re: Book 1: Crownfall, Act 3: The Silent Blade

Post by Othniel » Sun Dec 12, 2021 5:21 am

Twisting her grip ever-so-slightly, Astraea strikes once more at Wyssilka.
Attack, but -4 to try to hit her with nonlethal damage. I would like to take her alive if possible.

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