The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

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

Postby hihama » Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:16 pm

Seeing that the goblin has moved away Bofar concentrates the man before him. He tries to hit him on the knee.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:32 am

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


Cardia chants again and a bright light appear in the face of the goblin in fron of Lucius. The creature run away blindly, terrified.
Lucius moves to attack the trapped man, but he raises his hand in surrended and drops his sword.
The man in front of Bofar avoid the dwarf's hammer and runs away too.
The goblin fighting Taradain has not the time to do the same, as the girl hits him fully with her shortsword. The goblin goes down trying to stop the flow of blood from a chest wound.
Kesh chants again, and the remaining goblin runs away too as fast as he can.
The leader, seeing he is alone now, retreats from Retameron and Arkan and runs to the captured people, trying to take into his arms the smallest baby, a child about two years old.
Retameron tries to stop him, but is pushed back.
Arkan however stabs the man again in his belly and Dim also hits him with one more bolt.
The woman among the prisoners also hits him in the leg with the dagger.
The leader falls down, failing to take the child.

(Situation now is: Leader and Dark robed man fell, wounded or dead, as the goblin in front of Taradain and a man in front of Bofar and Lucius. Man in front of Lucius surrendered. One goblin running away blindly, one man running away, another goblin running away in fear. 3 goblins blocked by Kesh's magic. One more goblin stunned by Sam, one man and 5 goblins entangled and put to sleep by Cardia's magic.
Your situation is Sam is down. Two men were also down in the homestead when you arrived).

The former captives are freeing themselves now and seem inclined to beat the attackers who went down to a pulp, while Cardia and Arkan seem also ready to pursue the fleeing enemies, but Retameron intervenes.
"Leave them go - he says - we will leave this place immediately anyway. First of all tie any enemy who went down, even if they look dead. Kesh, please see to the wounded from what you can do, starting with Sam. Good people of the homestead, pack all your things in a cart and prepare another for the prisoners but be quick. We have to leave soon and we will speak later. Everybody moves now!
"I must point to you that I brought down at least 8 enemies alone" - Cardia says, approaching Sam to check on him.
"We could not have won without you and Kesh - Retameron says - but everyone of the others was wonderful too. Sam was very unlucky to be spotted and also wounded, I did not plan to face them this way. We are all lucky to be still alive"
Kesh says Sam will live, then moves to heal Bofar.
"Never expected to thank Thyatians for saving us from other Thyatians, but thanks" - the young woman of the homestead says to Retameron.
"More natives than Thyatians here - Retameron smiles - me and Taradain are half Thyatians, we have a halfling, a gnome, an elf and a dwarf, Arkan and Dim are Traladaran and Lucius is the only full Thyatian".
"Still we have never received before any protection from the government so far" the woman says.
"We happened to be around and saw the fire - Retameron says - all went well in the end".
"One of the men of the homestead is dead - Kesh says, pointing to a young man that some of the others, crying, are putting into a cart - but I can save the other and maybe also the leader of the band, the dark robed man and the other two wounded, man and goblin. But no guarantees, they could die".
"Our people first obviously - Retameron says - but see what you can do also about our enemies. We need answers and we will get them"
"I will make so many new friends!" Cardia says smiling.
"Please help loading the prisoners into the cart after you have tied them" Retameron says to you.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby hihama » Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:38 am

Bofar tests his leg after Kesh has tended it, then picks up his crosbow and goes to help loading the carts.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:43 am

The lef still feel stiff.
"Wound was bad and you could have bleeded to death - the gnome cleric says - you will have to walk slowly for a day, not making any effort of it will re-open. Tomorrow I may be able to further help you, but now follow my instructions!"
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby hihama » Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:24 pm

You can count on it that I do not want to bleed anymore. I will be extremely carefull.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby agathokles » Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:08 pm

Lucius ties the man who surrended, then recovers the crossbow.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Dervish » Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:01 pm

"If we save them" Taradain says pointing at the leader and the robed one "bind their hands and feet blindfold and gag them" Taradain then moves to bind the the robed person hogtying, blindfolding, and gagging not really caring whether or not i dislocate his arms as she secures them behind his back
Life is alot more valuable when you are strapped to an altar
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Cedric » Sat Aug 13, 2016 3:37 pm

Dim too checks carefully the Dark Robe man and the Leader, searching for rings, talismans, etc, removing them. He also uses Detect Magic to be sure to find every hidden magical object.
Then, he approaches the freed people, checking their health conditions and asking what happened to them, or if they are aware of other bandits around.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Sun Aug 14, 2016 4:47 pm

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


You bind and gag all the captured enemies, and Kesh tend to their wounds at best as possible. All the humans have a iron ring at their left thumb.
The leader has also a magical protection ring and the dark robed man has holy symbol and magical vest..
The people say the attackers have come out of the blue and they did not heard of other attacks before.
Retameron suggests to ride toward Threshold as fast as possible to check the situation there.
"Me and Taradain should ride in the front to warn the others if there are dangers on the road" he says.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby agathokles » Sun Aug 14, 2016 5:23 pm

Lucius suggests to remove all things magical from the captives.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:34 pm

Back to Threshold
Scene XVIII - 4th month (Bahrlen, Klarmont, early summer, 1st-28th, 990 AC


Retameron agrees with Lucius and order to remove any magical objects and vest. The holy symbol of the black robed man has the depiction of a pair of black manacles. After that you run to Threshold as fast as you can with the horses and the carts.
You see in the distance more burning homesteads and farms, and some scared farm animals running around. About an hour after midday you encounter a patrol of 15 Threshold soldiers, including Neim and Petrus.
"Happy to see you are all still alive - Neim says - farms and small villages have been attacked all over the barony . Humans, humanoids, undead and monsters. All the available soldiers and adventurers have been mobilized, but it is not enough. I see however you have been very successfull. We were searching for refugees or survivors, but if you have not encountered anymore probably we should return together to Threshold and bring the captives to the Baron!".
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Thu Aug 18, 2016 6:22 pm

Back to Threshold
Scene XVIII - 4th month (Bahrlen, Klarmont, early summer, 1st-28th, 990 AC


By late afternoon you are in sight of Threshold. You see more burned farm and smoke rising from several locations, obviously going on since the morning.
You also spot some people walking toward the town. At first you think they are more refugees, but looking better you realize they walk in a strange way, and approaching you can see their tattered clothes and rotting flesh. They are zombies! Dozens of them.
A group of about 20 zombies somehow senses your group and changes direction, starting toward you!
Other individual zombies join them and soon it seems their number has doubled.
The dark robed man you have taken captive laughs aloud.
"Ideas?" Retameron asks.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby hihama » Thu Aug 18, 2016 6:56 pm

We feed any laughing prisoner to them. Or more seriously outrun them to Threshold.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Dervish » Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:46 am

I agree
Life is alot more valuable when you are strapped to an altar
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby agathokles » Sun Aug 21, 2016 9:40 am

We'd better start running...
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:43 pm

Back to Threshold
Scene XVIII - 4th month (Bahrlen, Klarmont, early summer, 1st-28th, 990 AC)


"Yes their numbers will keep growing if we stop and fight.. better run through them
- Retameron says - me, Cardia, Kesh and Dim in the front to destroy or turn away as many as possible, the others behind to defend the carts!"
Taking the formation Retameron suggested, you try to run through the zombies.
Kesh manages to turn several away and more are brought down by Cardia's magic missiles, but many others approach and grab the carts' railings. The refugees try to chop their hands off, but many zombies are now trying to surround you...
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby agathokles » Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:00 pm

Damn! We need to break through or we'll be overwhelmed! Retameron, we need to leave the carts -- call for a spear formation with the refugees in the center, and we charge through! shouts Lucius, while hacking at the nearest zombies
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Cedric » Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:02 pm

To risk that the refugees could die it is totally unacceptable for Dim.

He runs near the Dark robed man, and put firmly his own Elvish dagger on his throat.
"You have five seconds. If you have any possibilities whatsoever to control or disperse them, do it. Now. Six seconds from now your bleeding, agonizing corpse will be used as nourishment to slow them. One, two, three, four...".

If he collaborates, Dim mantains the dagger on his throat until they arrives in Threshold.

If he doesn't collaborates, Dim kills him at "six", and launch his body against the zombies.
Then he uses Ventriloquism, and Ghost Sounds/Dancing Lights cantrips, to simulate at his best the sounds of an attacking party charging behind the zombies.
And then he rejoins the first line, attacking with ample swings of his mace the zombies, fighting with all his force until they break the lines or dies.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Tue Aug 23, 2016 2:41 pm

Back to Threshold
Scene XVIII - 4th month (Bahrlen, Klarmont, early summer, 1st-28th, 990 AC)


"Leave the carts, leave all the prisoners except for the leader, the dark robed man and a goblin, form a spear formation, riders on the outside to push them away!" Retameron says. Still Cardia has to take Sam on her horse, Arkan has to take the prisoner leader and Petrus a goblin. Dim has already taken the dark robed man, who submits to the threat, sending about 7 zombies away.
"That's the best I can do, I'm not controlling them" the man says.
The refugees try to run among you on foot, but they have to carry a wounded man.
The efforts of Kesh, Cardia, Dim and the dark robed man have turned away or stopped 18 zombies, but more than the same number is still surrounding you and the patrol of Threshold soldiers which included Neim and Petrus.
In the ensuing melee some of the zombies are able to grab some Threshold soldiers, and 7 of them are brought down their horses, while 6 succeed in pushing the zombies away, as Petrus, Arkan, Neim and Kesh.
Retameron is struggling with a zombie who grabbed him by the neck.
Another zombie pushes Cardia and Sam out of their horses.
Lucius and Bofar succeed in cutting down the zombies coming at them.
Taradain is grabbed by a zombie, who tries to push her down and bite.
Dim succeed in kicking a zombie away, and manages to stun the dark robed prisoner when he tries to break free.
Another zombies grabs a woman among the refugees.

(those who were not grabbed by the zombies can decide to help those who are)
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby hihama » Tue Aug 23, 2016 5:05 pm

Lucius, help Taradain, I'm going for Cardia and Sam.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby agathokles » Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:51 pm

Lucius tries to help Taradain while keeping the formation.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Cedric » Wed Aug 24, 2016 2:28 pm

Dim launches Magic Missile against the Zombie attacking Retameron; then, he charges with full force the zombie attacking the woman.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:10 pm

Back to Threshold
Scene XVIII - 4th month (Bahrlen, Klarmont, early summer, 1st-28th, 990 AC)


The melee continues and the soldiers free from the zombies try to help those who were grabbed, with Neim, Petrus and Arkan too rushing to their aid. Kesh and Dim helps Retameron get rid of his zombie, and Bofar manages to hit hard the zombie over Cardia and Sam, pushing it back. Lucius and Taradain however fail to push away the zombie grabbing the girl, who is now pinned under the corpse, while the creature is nearest to bite at her neck. Lucius hacked the creature fully in the back, but it doesn't even seem to notice the grievous wound.
Four soldiers are likewise fallen, and the zombies are now biting them while they scream horribly.
The woman grabbed by a zombie is also about to suffer the same fate.
"We must run away now!" Retameron says, indicating more zombies, dozens of them in small groups, coming your way from several directions. If you go now you should be able to outrun them, but it doesn't seem you have much time..
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby hihama » Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:49 pm

Bofar takes a quick look around. I think he is right, if we do not leave now we are all dead. He starts running in the direction of Threshold.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP Road to Highforge (IC thread)

Postby agathokles » Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:28 pm

Lucius tries one last blow, aiming at the zombie's neck, then turns and flees.
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