The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Cedric » Thu Aug 04, 2016 2:34 pm

"I agree. They are too much for us. We need to inform urgently the Baron, and to prepare a bigger strike force to cope with them".
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:03 pm

Antilles Castle
Scene XVI - 4th month (Bahrlen, Klarmont, early summer, 1st-28th, 990 AC)


As you agree on leaving the Castle for now, you quickly exit it through the main door, which was not closed or trapped, and stop by the woods to catch some sleep, with two people on watch.
Before dawn however Cardia and Arkan awake all. Smokes are rising far to the south and the east, the directions of Verge and Threshold, and all the way between the two towns. The nearest one could be just a mile south from you.
"That cannot be good - Retameron says - we run to the nearest fire, ready for anything. Are you with me?"
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby agathokles » Fri Aug 05, 2016 6:33 am

Some degree of caution seems advisable... literally running would lead us into an ambush. We are only one mile from the nearest fire. Better to approach with stealth and see what's going on.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Cedric » Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:30 am

"Well, I agree... we need to move, but with some caution. If someone is putting something on fire on such a large scale, we could have to cope with a strong attack force hidden in the woods. Or, maybe, also with a big wild fire, and we have to be careful to don't be trapped by the flames. We can divide in two teams, progressing in parallel in the woods mantaining 100-200 meters of distance between us. So, in case of an ambush, we will support each other. And we need to be very careful for the direction of the winds: in case of a big front of fire in the woods, we need to avoid to be trapped by rapidly advancing flames, or caught by the heavy smoke.", says Dim, a bit worried by this strange turn of events, and carefully looking around them.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:59 pm

Antilles Castle
Scene XVI - 4th month (Bahrlen, Klarmont, early summer, 1st-28th, 990 AC)


"I appreciate your suggestions - Retameron says - let's move as quickly as possible but with two groups as we did inside the castle. Sam and Taradain will lead one each, so we may be able to understand what's going on before we decide to act".
You move to the nearest fire, trying to remain hidden in the woods as much as possible
When you approach what is you realize is a small, fenced homestead on a small trail, you see a number of armed humans and goblins gathering several people and goods.
About 15 people between men, women and children have been tied with ropes, clearly to be taken away.
Some of the men are wounded and at least two dead bodies lay on the ground.
There is an armed human with a black armor clearly in charge. There four other armed humans, and another one with a dark robe. There are about twelve goblins too, now busy sacking the homestead and loading on a cart food and goods. Several farm animals are also tied to the cart.
While Taradain is able to approach unseen and unheard, Sam's movements on the right disturb some magpies, which fly away screaching.
The men and the goblin hear it, and the leader immediately send two men and six goblins to investigate the area...

(The men and the goblins are now going toward the group composed by Sam, Bofar, Lucius and Cardia, while the group composed by Retameron, Taradain, Arkan, Kesh and Dim is still undetected).
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby agathokles » Mon Aug 08, 2016 10:06 pm

This would be the ideal time for some spell... If we take out the humans, the goblins might lose heart.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby hihama » Mon Aug 08, 2016 10:29 pm

Either we run or start shooting, says Bofar while loading his crossbow.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Dervish » Tue Aug 09, 2016 4:53 am

I quietly load my cross bow and take aim at the man in robes and wait for the signal to go
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby agathokles » Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:14 am

Lucius also trains his crossbow on the nearest man.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby hihama » Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:33 am

Bofar aims the other man coming toward them. Let's wait until they are in a suitable distance.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:17 pm

Antilles Castle
Scene XVI - 4th month (Bahrlen, Klarmont, early summer, 1st-28th, 990 AC)


Retameron signals to Taradain and Dim to not attack, but aim at the men and the goblins near to the captured people, but not fire yet. Retameron indicates in particular to aim at the man in charge and at the one with the dark robe.

In the other group, Cardia chants something, and suddenly the trees and the plants around the two men and the six goblins are alive, moving, slashing and tying those coming toward you.
Only one of the men and a goblin are able to escape the entanglement, while the others are pinned by vines and branches.
Sam also fires with a small crossbow, but the man in the front manages to avoid it as he avoided Cardia's spell. Enraged, he runs toward you while screaming in defiance.
Bofar and Lucius both fires at him, yet his desperate tactic is successful, because he manages to block both your darts with his shield.
The man attack Bofar with his sword, but his slash is clumsy, completely missing the dwarf.
The goblin still free of the entanglement has remained behind, and is trying to cut the vines and branches blocking the others. Sam moves toward him, trying to hit him from behind.
The man who looks like the leader by the cart curses and commands two more men and two goblins to run to the aid of the others. The man in dark robe touches something by his neck and chant.
Retameron now signals to Taradain and Dim to attack him, to Kesh to attack the leader, then he and Arkan, as silently as possible, run toward the cart.
Whatever magic Kesh tried to do on the leader clearly fails, as the man shakes his head and then turn to meet the charge of Retameron.
Taradain's bolt hit the man in dark robes fully in the chest. The man stagger, becomes pale, lean against the cart and is clearly grievously wounded.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby hihama » Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:32 pm

Bofar curses while dropping his crossbow and reaching for hammer.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby agathokles » Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:43 pm

Lucius drops the crossbow and draws steel, moving to flank Bofar's opponent.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Dervish » Tue Aug 09, 2016 4:13 pm

reloads and tries to put the robed man down permanantly
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:01 pm

Antilles Castle
Scene XVI - 4th month (Bahrlen, Klarmont, early summer, 1st-28th, 990 AC)


Cardia chants again, and all the entrapped goblins and the man fall asleep where they stand.
Sam hits the remaining goblin from behind with the pommell of his dagger, sending him down.
The man attacking Bofar and Lucius is hit by both, particularly Lucius sword hits him on his leather helm. The man goes down in front of you, either stunned or dead.
Two men and a goblin however arrive to attack you. Bofar parry the thrust of a fighter and Lucius parries the slash of another, but then the goblin arrive to Bofar's side and stab him in the right leg with his short sword.
The pain and the amount of blood tell Bofar this is probably the worst wound he has suffered in his life so far, and his leg may not be able to keep him up much longer.
The other goblin slash at Sam and draws blood too. The halfling falls down. The goblin laughs with glee and then run toward Lucius.
Kesh touches his holy symbol again, but the leader clearly shakes the effect away once more, and attacks Retameron, who barely manages to parry. Arkan arrives and stabs the leader with his sword, partially penetrating the armor. The leader cries, enranged and in pain.
The four remaining goblins rush confusely to attack Arkan and fail to hit him, but they are now trying to surround the soldier and Retameron.
The man in dark robes whispers something, probably trying to heal himself, but Taradain and Dim hit him again with crossbow bolts.
The man goes down beside the cart.
The prisoners are trying to free themselves from the ropes, but it seem hard they could succeed. Also 7 are children, 1 is an old man, 2 are old women and of the remaining 4 adult women and 1 man only a woman seems to be capable of some fighting, as the man is wounded.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby hihama » Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:26 pm

Bofar uses all his remaining strength to take a wild swing at the goblin.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Dervish » Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:43 pm

taradain reloads a tries to put a bolt into the leader.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:51 pm

(Taking aim at the leader could be quite a difficult shot as he is now surrounded by Retameron, Arkan and the four goblins. You may risk hitting one of them instead of him. You can try anyway if you want).
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby agathokles » Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:38 pm

Lucius goes in full defense mode, trying to keep his opponents at bay.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Dervish » Thu Aug 11, 2016 3:12 am

then put away my crossbow and try to sneak attack one of the opponents on Bofar
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Thu Aug 11, 2016 3:20 pm

Antilles Castle
Scene XVI - 4th month (Bahrlen, Klarmont, early summer, 1st-28th, 990 AC)


Seeing that Bofar and Lucius are attacked by four enemies, Cardia moves to flank them and say something. A great web appears in front of her hands and engulfs the four attackers.
Bofar can use this distraction to hit the goblin in the chest. The creature staggers and move back some paces, but is not down yet. The attackers however have to spend time to cut the web and are unable to attack you. Finally a man and the two goblins are able to free themselves, while a man remains stuck near Lucius.
Kesh chants something too, and 3 of the four goblins attacking Arkan and Retameron fall, blocked by some kind of magic.
The leader and Retameron exchange blows, but is Arkan again who manages to hit the man and draw blood.
The remaining goblin attack Arkan, but the soldier parries the blow.
A bolt from Dim also scratches the leader.
One of the prisoners, the woman that looked as she could fight, has managed in the meantime to take a dagger from the fallen man in dark robes and is cutting the ropes.
Taradain tries to attack from behind the goblin attacking Bofar, but the creature hears her, snarls and attacks. Taradain however parries his slash.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby hihama » Thu Aug 11, 2016 4:00 pm

If there is any enemy within the striking distance Bofar tries to hit it (preferably goblin). He tries to avoid moving too much because of a bleeding leg.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Thu Aug 11, 2016 4:04 pm

(The goblin has moved a bit away to attack Taradain. You could follow him, but you would risk esposing your flank to the man in front of you).
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Dervish » Thu Aug 11, 2016 4:12 pm

Using the momentum of the parry i try to disarm the goblin and quickdraw my other shortsword and stab him
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby agathokles » Thu Aug 11, 2016 6:22 pm

While the opponents are trapped, Lucius tries to take a lunge at one of them. As soon as they start freeing themselves, he withdraws out of the reach of those trapped while keeping as near as possible to Bofar. If he's not outnumbered, he switches back to an offensive posture, otherwise he remains on the defensive.
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