Pathfinder 13 – “Okay, so this candy bowl is a church…”

Continuing from last time, we began this game by rolling initiative.

Characters present:

  • Nox, Changeling Swordsage
  • Nonnie, Halfling Sorcerer
  • Reza, Dwarven Cleric, played by another friend
  • Thorbar, Dwarven Barbarian
  • Ristan, Half-Elf Bard
  • Eretri, Aasimar Warlock

Yeah, that’s right, we got full attendance (with one temporary substitution) on Mother’s Day. Impressive? Sad? Maybe a bit of both?

Initiative is rolled, and we start the fight against the Ogre Sorceress and her guard.

Now, due to some good init rolls, and wise use of Nonnie’s Acid Balls and Nox’s Death Mark ability, this battle didn’t last all that long. But it did give me a chance to do something I rarely get to do.

You see, I don’t have a huge collection of D&D minis, but I do have 9 large ones. It is rare to use many in a single encounter in 3e. But thanks to Mirror Image, I had the rare chance to use all of them at once.

They didn’t even all fit in the room!

But the battle eventually ended, and we continued downstairs, where the party came across a beautiful woman. Nonnie immediately began seducing her… mainly by humping her leg.

One of the NPC rangers ran up to her and dropped to one knee, exclaiming how he thought she was dead, and professing his love for her. She basically laughed at him, thanks him for allowing her to take Fort Rannick so easily, and pushed him aside.

The woman congratulated the party, saying her name was Lucrecia, and that her master, Mokmurian, might be interested in meeting them. The group talked to her for a bit, attempting to convince her that they were legitimately interested in joining up. Unfortunately, her Sense Motive is decently high, and Nonnie’s humping attempts were getting on her nerves, so she called their bluff. “So, that’s how it’s going to be, is it? Lies?”

And she proceeded to transform into a snake-tailed woman.

Yes, that’s right. I used another Lamia Matriarch. And I did it by choice!

This one was not nearly as bad. Being a Rogue, instead of a Sorcerer, her tactics didn’t involve massive buffing. So I used the revised attacks that I gave Xanesha, removed her casting, and gave her an aura of crackling electricity. Fun!

Well, this wasn’t an overly difficult battle, but it was tough enough and, with the modifications, decently fun.

After clearing out the rest of the fort, everyone heads back to town at the request of Jakardros, the ranger, to inform the mayor of what happened. (The town of Turtleback Ferry has jurisdiction over the fort.)

The town isn’t rich, and can’t reward the party very well monetarily… so the mayor instead offers them ownership of Fort Rannick. (They don’t really have the men to staff it themselves.)

With this, the group is ecstatic! We have a Fort! We break for dinner, and try to come up with cool names to rename the fort.

Ideas that float around:

  • Fort of Ogre Death (FoOD)
  • gets redone into a “The Gamers” reference with Fort of Ogre Decapitation (“it’s got a +9 against Ogres!”)
  • Fort Fort
  • Fort Etude (yeah, my puns are bad)

Finally, Christine (Nox) speaks up with the winning name, no arguments.

Fort Prefect

So, after dinner, the party busies themselves fixing all the damage they did retaking their nice new fort. After a few days, one of the townsfolk rides up to the gates shouting for help! Apparently, the town is flash flooding. They think the dam has burst due to the torrential rain of late, and people need help evacuating.

Without hesitation, we’re on our way to town. Riding, flying, whatever is fastest.

As the group arrives, the town is a mess. High water is threatening everywhere, especially the riverfront buildings. A group of schoolchildren and their teacher are stuck on a rickety-looking boat being bashed by waves and wind. And a large snake has just grabbed hold of one of the kids! PCs to the rescue!

The boat is out in the water a ways, but not to worry! Eretri can fly, Nonnie can levitate, and Nox can spider climb and teleport. Getting to the boat, fighting off the snake, and pulling everyone to shore is all in a day’s work.

But no sooner are the children saved than a new threat emerges. An object looking like a huge tree trunk floats down the river, threatening to crash into the church (where many of the sick are holed up due to the storm). The party gets ready to spring into action…

…when the tree moves…

Out of the water, a giant neck rises, followed by 4 huge black tentacles. The beast lets out a roar, and I grab the (Huge-sized) Nightwalker mini to represent it.

…I stop, look at the picture, and double check the stats. I get up out of my seat and walk over to the TV, as the players wonder what I’m doing.

And then one of them realises, and I hear an “Oh… shit…” from the table.

You see, on top of the TV are our Black and Blue Dragon minis. I was grabbing the black one. This thing was Gargantuan, and it was getting ready to attack the church (represented by candy, see the picture above).

Now this? This was a tough fight! So many hit points, really good attacks, a bite that deals negative levels (penalty to stuff until the end of the encounter), and a breath weapon that deals Wisdom damage and causes Confusion! This was evil, but considering the purpose of the creature, everything was fair game here!

Thanks to half of the party strongly favouring touch attacks and spells with reflex saves (Warlock, Sorcerer, Swordsage) they were actually doing some pretty good damage to it, as well! When it attacked, it used strong Power Attack, so it didn’t hit a lot, but when it did it really fucking hurt! Two attacks managed to bring Eretri into negative hit points, making him fall, crashing into the river. Reza, on her horse, was able to get right up to him for the heal, thankfully.

But even with that, the party was holding their own.

Until it used its Breath Weapon against them.

Now everyone but Nox (not in the area) is Wis damaged and confused. They attack each other, the horse attacks its rider, Reza responds by attacking the horse. (Don’t worry, Reza, your horse is just fine. He was just wounded. Thorbar rolled minimun damage when he hit the horse as well.)

One more solid hit from Nox, however, and the monster decided it has better churches to destroy and jets away, down the river.

At which point, the townspeople gathered along the riverbanks rise up in a cheer! Hooray we aren’t all dead! Hooray Fort Prefect!

We ask the mayor and the townspeople about what that thing was, and find out that it’s known in legends as Black Magga, though they didn’t think it was real. It was said to live up in the Storval Deep, past the dam.

Speaking of the dam, the water is receding. The dam must not have actually failed, or we would have a lot more water than this. But with the rains as heavy as they have been, the floodgates should have opened, allowing the water to drain in a smaller mini-flood instead. Since water levels have been normal until today, they obviously didn’t.

With that, the mayor asks if the PCs can see what’s wrong with the floodgates. The dam is to the north of Fort Prefect. But nobody has been there in years, thanks to a tribe of trolls claiming it as their home.

Hmm… Trolls? Acid-based sorcerer, fire-based swordsage, and barbarian with a giant-bane axe are all very happy!

What the players liked (plus relevant quote from Christine/Nox):

  • Owning a fort! “We has a fort! Whee!”
  • Black Magga “Big dangerous monsters are dangerous!”
  • Terrain difficulties. “Water. Yay!” (also churches)

What the players disliked:

  • We still dislike ability damage. I’ll use it when appropriate, but it will always be rare. Negative levels will also always be represented by temporary penalties.

Lessons learned:

  • Despite their alignments saying CE or CN, all my players are still Neutral Good, and will help out people in need on a moment’s notice. I don’t know why some of them have such an aversion to playing anything that doesn’t have “Chaotic” in the alignment.
  • Owning things like a fort is a good thing to reward them with in future games.

6 Comments

Dave T. Game  on May 17th, 2008

“Why would you do that? Those things are dangerous!”
“Fort of Ogre Decapitation.”
“Ooooohhhhhhh.”

But wait, according to Monty Python, churches float! And small rocks!

reza  on May 17th, 2008

Heh, You guys are soooo lucky you didnt kill my horse while I was gone!

W00t fort! I hope it has a place to dock my boat!

Graham  on May 17th, 2008

I should mention, as well, that the picture is a good representation of our game table on any given game day. Dice everywhere, snacks used as props, boobs on the other side of the table…

Christine aka Nox etc...  on May 17th, 2008

Oh behave :P

Credit where credit’s due… I only came up with Fort Prefect because someone was tossing out things like “Fort F150” (If you don’t understand my thought process from there, go read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy now… we’ll wait)

And as for my quotes above: Hello my name is Christine and I’m a LOLcats addict.

dean  on May 19th, 2008

That’s one froody fort!

BYOT?

Graham  on May 19th, 2008

Froods!

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