The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

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Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Post by hihama » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:30 am

Let's try to break through as quickly as possible.
Bofar charges towards the western door swinging his hammer around.

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Post by Sturm » Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:56 pm

Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LVIII - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 21th day, 993 AC


You run to the west door and soon two troglodytes with their skins painted black try to stop you. Kesh says something and one immediately falls down blocked. Before Bofar and Lucius can reach the other one, Sam drops him down with a precise sling hit to the head.
The way to the western door is open and you open it, finding yourself in a long hall, with another door to the other side. Opening the other door after Sam and Taradain have checked, you find stairs going up.
"I guess we'll search on the upper levels of the pyramid then", Kesh says, looking at you.
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Post by hihama » Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:57 pm

Unless you want to go back...

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Post by agathokles » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:57 pm

Let's keep moving!

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Post by Sturm » Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:25 pm

Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LVIII - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 21th day, 993 AC


You go up the stairs, with Sam and Taradain always checking ahead, and find a door, Beyond it there is a big room full of scrolls, crates and with a small desk. But you soon notice there are three figures hiding in the shadows. Suddenly they run toward you. Ghouls!
Kesh says something and the creatures seems to slow down a bit, while you feel strangely stronger, but they are still coming, snarling and drooling as the ones you met in the destroyed village.
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Post by hihama » Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:37 pm

Not those again. I think I hate ghouls even more than ogres...
Bofar rises his hammer and shield preparing for the impact.

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Post by Sturm » Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:07 pm

Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LVIII - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 21th day, 993 AC


The ghouls charge fast against you, and try to scratch Bofar, Lucius and Sam. The dwarf is hit and immediately feels strange and soon is paralyzed, but manages to score a hit, sending a ghoul some feet back. Lucius and Sam hit each a ghoul, but are both scratched. The halfling is paralyzed, but succeeds in planting his dagger in the ghoul's eye, dropping it. Lucius split the head of the ghoul in two, and resist the paralysis.
Lucius, Taradain and Kesh then focus on the ghoul left, destroying it. The creature scratches Lucius again, but the warrior resist the paralysis.
Kesh soon proceed in freeing Bofar and Sam from the paralysis.
"Damn, they are annoying. The spell I placed on you give us some resistance, probably we should go on as fast as possible. This room seems to be a library but not the hideout of such a precious artefact as the Orb", Kesh says.
"Scrolls and potions, but no secret doors or compartments, apparently", Sam says
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Post by agathokles » Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:13 pm

Let's pick what we can, and move forward.

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Post by Sturm » Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:11 pm

Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LVIII - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 21th day, 993 AC


Kesh picks some potions and scrolls that could be useful and then you go on, to another corridor and room, always carefully checked by Sam and Taradain. There is another sort of library, without occupants and a strange room full of stuffed animals and monsters which scare you for just an instant: crocodiles, a small hydra, snakes. The room also contains shells, corals, pearls and gems which certainly have value, but you do not have the time for this at the moment.
You go toward the next door, when it suddenly opens, revealing a creature which walks as a man, but has a canine head and is dressed with a loincloth. It does not seem as tall as a gnoll, but it is certainly muscular. His head resembles vaguely a jackal.
"I suppose my mistress has not invited you here, and I must assume you are trespassers", he says in fine Thyatian.
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Post by hihama » Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:51 pm

And what if we are?

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Post by Sturm » Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:17 am

Westron road, Blight Swamp
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"Then you have to die!", the creature says, running toward you wih bared teeth. Kesh is the first to react, saying something under his breath. The creature freeze for just an instant, but then shakes off the spell and continues his charge.
Sam hits him squarely in the chest with a dart, but even this does not slow him down. He comes down on Lucius, trying to bite and scratch him. The warrior manages to keep him at bay, but barely, and the creature draws blood in several places. His strenght is clearly exceptional and Lucius realizes he could never beat him one on one.
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Post by hihama » Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:52 pm

Bofar tries to hit the creature.

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Post by agathokles » Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:02 pm

Lucius remains on the defensive, trying to fend off the creature and leave openings for the others to wear it down.

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Post by Sturm » Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:31 pm

Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LVIII - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 21th day, 993 AC


Bofar fails to hit the creature completely, and loses his hammer when it hits the ground hard. Sam and Taradain hit the creature with missile weapons, but the darts fails to do significant damage on his thick skin. Kesh hits him hard on the leg, making him howling and snarl in pain. The creature, in rage, throws the gnomes several feet back by sheer force, but now his mobility is clearly compromised with a wounded leg.
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Post by hihama » Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:45 pm

Bofar tries to grab his hammer.

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Post by Sturm » Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:59 pm

Westron road, Blight Swamp
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With Kesh and Bofar trying to recover and Lucius on the defensive, the creature turns on Sam while the halfling was trying to stab him, grabbing Sam by the throat and throwing him away at the end of the room. Taradain too tries to stab the creature, but he is too quick, and easily escape from the attempted blow.
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Post by agathokles » Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:32 pm

While the creature is busy with Sam, Lucius moves to the offensive and tries a slash at the creature's free arm.

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Post by hihama » Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:59 pm

When Bofar has his hammer again, he tries to hit the creatures leg.

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Post by Sturm » Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:37 am

Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LVIII - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 21th day, 993 AC


Bofar tries to rise with his hammer, but the creature stomps on it and then kick the dwarf hard on the chest, sending him back again. Kesh tries to hit it too, but he easily escapes. Taradain shoots another dart on his back, but the creature still does not stop.
Lucius uses his distraction to bury his sword into the creature's belly. Such a wound would have been enough to kill a normal human, but the creature roars in pain and rage and then bites Lucius on the neck, squeezing hard and drawing a lot of blood.
Unable to breath and overwhelmed with pain, the warrior realizes that if the creatures does not die soon, he may have a few instants left to live.
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Post by agathokles » Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:55 pm

Lucius slashes madly with the sword to make the wound larger, hoping it will kill the beast.

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Post by hihama » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:32 pm

Bofar charges against the creature trying to grapple its legs.

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Post by Sturm » Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:04 pm

Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LVIII - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 21th day, 993 AC


Lucius tries frantically to move the sword, while Kesh, Taradain and Bofar hit and stab the creature as hard as they can. For a moment it seems the beast will not fall down, but eventually he crashes on the floor, with Lucius' throath still in his maws.
The warrior has already passed out, but he comes back to his senses a few instants later, as Kesh heals him.
"I think I have torn you right from the grasp of Thanatos this time, my friend", Kesh says, quickly going to heal Sam too.
As the halfling too rises, you see the jackal headed creature turn in front of your eyes into a red skinned human.
"Werecreature. And this goes into the top worst we have faced after the dragon but before ghouls and that ogre", Kesh says.
"I wonder what else Trinkla has in store for us on the upper levels", Sam says gasping.
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Post by agathokles » Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:49 pm

Thanks, friend. Now, let's get moving. The others can't hold forever.

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Post by hihama » Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:01 pm

Bofar grabs his hammer and kicks the creature before continuing.

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Post by Sturm » Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:06 pm

Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LVIII - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 21th day, 993 AC


With all due caution, you go up another set of stairs, finding a closed door. This is locked, but Sam manages to open it. Behind there is what seems to be a laboratory, full of vials, books and contraptions. You touch almost nothing and go on to another corridor, another closed door, a small library with a study and then to an almost empty room open to the sky, with only some cabinets and a mat.
The room has another door leading to more stairs. After them, there is another closed door which seems to have quite a complicated lock. Sam and Taradain have to work on it for some time, but finally manage to open it.
The room in which you enter has a big strongbox of wood and metal directly in front of you, several closets and a big writing desk.
"The Orb could be here, but I think we have to take a look at the room with extreme caution", Sam says.
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