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Episode 10: Vervishkuk
« on: February 12, 2006, 12:47:07 PM »
Episode 10
Vervishkuk

[Saturday 04 Feb 06]

Cast of characters:
Dale: Blackspear
Kit: Dray
Laren: Matt C.
Jarmok: Johan
Maal Brengain: fraz
Ragnar: Rob C.
Sayer: Phin

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Sythus [Spring]
Valley Year 237
Duthash Dracum Voldyn [13 May]
Pre-Dawn at the Ruins of Rivercliff Keep:


Plan:
Jarmok & Maal Brengain will attack from opposite (west) side of ruins.
Maal will cue the others with a Wildlander scream as she launches her attack.
This should draw the attention of the defenders to her and Jarmok's position
Upon hearing the scream others will launch their surprise attacks.
Dale, Ragnar & Laren will attack from the east, approaching the rock wall.
Kit & Sayer will attack from the north (Sayer is instructed to toss Dale's flaming Molotov cocktails up and onto the upper battlements).

Jarmok, Maal, Sayer & Kit move through the woods around the ruined keep.
Sayer & Kit stop at the half-way point and take positions in the woods about 30' from the treeline (which is about 60' from the walls of the keep).

Jarmok & Maal continue on until they reach west side of the ruins.

Commence attack!
Jarmok fires an arrow and striking a short sentry behind the west wall.
Maal immediately charges forward, screaming, and casts her spear, striking the taller man behind the south wall.
Kit fires her crossbow - hitting an archer on the westside battlement.

Maal leaps over the south rubble wall, pulling her antlers from her belt, and hits the tall man.
An arrow bounces off of the wall in front of Jarmok, missing him as he also charges in to engage the enemy.

Ragnar unleashes an Energy Missile (fire bolt) from his hand , hitting two men behind the east rubble wall.

Jarmok's foe (struck by the arrow) tries to regain his feet.
Jarmok hits him with his battleaxe.

Sayer runs forward towards the north battlements.
He lights up a Molotov cocktail and hurls it basket-style up and onto the wall.
It lands on an archer on the corner battlement.
The burning archer runs out of sight.
Sayer hides at the base of the wall.
Kit and Sayer see the north gate opening.

Laren fires his shortbow - hitting a man in the neck.  The man falls dead.

A crossbow bolt misses Kit, striking the ground at her feet.
Sayer is struck by a bolt.
Kit fires a bolt from her crossbow, striking the man who fired at her.
Kit his hit by an arrow from the battlements.
She sees corpse-eaters emerging from the opening gate and head straight for her position.

Maal misses with her antlers.
An arrow fired from above strikes the ground by her feet.

Ragnar jumps over the east rubble wall and attacks with his scimitar, but the man parries the attack.

Jarmok is struck by an arrow from the battlements above.
Sayer is missed by a crossbow bolt.

Jarmok leaves Maal's side and deftly scrambles up along the rubble wall to attack the archers on the battlements.
He strikes an archer with his battleaxe.

Sayer lights another Molotov cocktail and steps away from the north wall.
He throws it through the open gate and it strikes just inside keep.  The gate catches afire.

Jarmok sees an archer coming towards him on the battlements.

Dale fires his crossbow, striking a man.
Laren kills Dale's opponent with an arrow from his bow.

Kit is hit by an arrow.

Maal's tall opponent misses her with his spear.
Jarmok?s shorter abandoned opponent throws his spear at Maal, missing.

Kit barely avoids an arrow near her head.

Maal misses the tall man with her antlers.
Jarmok is missed twice.

Ragnar strikes man behind north wall with his scimitar, beheading him!
Ragnar is struck by a crossbow bolt!

Dale, who has now entered the keep from the east side, casts a Sleep spell.  Two men on top of the east structure near the river fall down asleep!

An arrow misses Maal.

An arrow misses Kit.
Kit unleashes her psi-power on a corpse-eater - it explodes!
Kit moves back further into the woods trying to get back out of range of the arrows.
She is able to destroy the other attacking corpse-eater as well.

Maal hits her tall opponent, but he is tough and still refuses to fall!
Jarmok, still fighting two opponents upon the battlements, is missed twice.
Jarmok's third opponent leaves scrambling down the rubble pile towards Maal's position.

A man is running west across the open courtyard of the keep towards towards Maal.
Ragnar drops his scimitar and shoots the running man with his crossbow.

Two men are emerging from the open gate now.
Sayer escapes from them by moving unseen around the corner of the keep.
He sees that Dale and Ragnar have moved over the east wall and into the ruins.
Sayer moves to the rubble wall.
Laren joins him there.
Together they cross over the rubble wall and enter the ruined keep.

Jarmok hacks at a man with his axe, killing him.

Dale advances across the courtyard of the keep.
He casts his Sleep spell for the second time - Three more men go down (including the two that ran out of the front gate).
Kit sees that the two men have fallen down and that the archers on top have moved away.
She takes the opportunity to begin moving towards the south end of the ruins where Jarmok and Maal launched their initial attack.

Maal finally kills the tall man with her antlers.
The shorter opponent turns to flee.
Maal tries to strike him swiftly, but misses.

Ragnar drops his crossbow and quickly unsheathes his longsword.
He attacks the same man that he has just hit with the crossbow and kills him.

Jarmok misses with his axe.

Sayer advances across the courtyard and lights the last Molotov cocktail. He lobs it up over the three archers atop the battlement. It lands behind them and bursts scattering flaming liquid all about.

Dale approaches two doors on the north side of keep at the base of the battlements.
He shoves a dagger in left door to jam it closed.
He then climbs a set of steps up onto the battlements where the three archers have been firing arrows down into the courtyard below.
He casts a third (and final) Sleep spell.  Two of the archers drop.
The third man draws a spear and moves towards Dale.

Laren begins searching the dead men at the east wall.

Maal sees a man moving towards her (the same man who fled down from Jarmok - he eventually runs past the Wildlander, climbs over the wall, and flees west into the woods).

It is then that a giant, ten foot long, armor clad, black dragon-man emerges from the nearby shadows.
It must be Vervishkuk!

Vervishkuk breathes fire at Maal (who is closest).
Maal attempts to use her shield as protection but the flames blast around the shield, burning her.

Maal quickly pulls out a fresh (Stormhunter-made) spear from her quiver.
Letting loose her battle cry again, she launches an attack on Vervishkuk, but misses.

Jarmok blocks a spear attack with his axe, breaking his opponent's weapon!

Ragnar sees Vervishkuk emerge and attack Maal.
He attacks Vervishkuk with an Ice Energy Missile from his finger tips.

Jarmok misses his now unarmed opponent.

Dale's oppoent hits him with a thrown spear.

Kit continues to move towards west wall of the ruins.

Laren snatches a pouch from a man on the ground, but notices that Vervishkuk has emerged on the other side of the keep and has engaged in combat with Maal.

Maal misses Vervishkuk
Vervishkuk strikes Maal, piercing her in the left shoulder with his spear!

Kit approaches the battle with Vervishkuk from the south and tries a Mind-Thrust on the dracotaur, but it fails.
Sayer moves across towards Maal's position, intending to perform a reading with his seer stones.

Dale fires his crossbow at his opponent, but misses.

Laren assesses the situation and moves across the keep towards the center of the courtyard. He is not interested in engaging or even approaching the giant dragon-man, though, and hesitates, looking about for some other way to be useful.

Maal strikes Vervishkuk [critically] with her Stormhunter spear.
Vervishkuk responds by piercing Maal's right shoulder with his own deadly weapon.
Maal screams in pain as the spear drives her to the ground! She is hurt very badly.

Jarmok's opponent finally turns to run away.
Jarmok strikes the man as he runs away along the battlement.
Knowing that Maal is in trouble, Jarmok immediately turns and heads toward the Wildlander's position at the west wall.

Dale's opponent draws a dagger and strikes him.

Jarmok leaps down from the battlement and strikes Vervishkuk with his axe!

Sayer approaches as close as dares to the battle with Vervishkuk and throws his stones.
recites a True Strike prophecy intended for Jarmok.
Jarmok hears him [gaining +20 on his next attack].
Ragnar attacks Vervishkuk with another Ice Energy Missile from his finger tips.

Laren approaches the two doors on the west side of keep below the battlements. He removes Dale's dagger and opens the door.
The halfling hollars into the darkness: "Is anybody down there?" He is hoping to find the missing priests.
He hears some muffled screaming from nearby, but not from this chamber...

Jarmok barely dodges Vervishkuk's spear.
Kit fires a bolt at Vervishkuk from over the south wall, but misses.

Maal very painfully regains her feet and flanks Vervishkuk, who is now facing Jarmok. She attacks again with her spear, but just misses.

Ragnar Mind Thrusts Vervishkuk (using his last psi-point), but, as with Kit, there is again no effect.

Jarmok strikes Vervishkuk with his True Strike attack.
Sayer backs away from the combat, holding his action...

Dale continues to struggle with his opponent upon the battlements. The man misses Dale with a dagger strike.

Laren hears loud yelling from behind the second door as he approaches.
The door is locked, but easily picks the lock and it opens.
Within, he finds three women prisoners: an elf, a half-elf, and a gnome.
Their clothing is tattered and they are lying shackled on the ground.
"Please help us!" they plead.

Maal fights defensively, very aware of the danger of Vervishkuk's powerful tail, but it is for naught as the dracotaur smashes the Wildlander in the head with his tail. Maal falls unconscious, but Vervishkuk is distracted slightly by the attack on Maal and misses Jarmok with his spear attack.

Kit finally succeeds in hurting Vervishkuk with a Mind Thrust.
Ragnar strikes him with a crossbow bolt.

Dale misses the dagger man.
Laren unlocks the shackles on the elven woman.
Thinking (and hoping) that these women are the missing priests, he quickly explains that they are from Threshold and that his friends need some help outside.

Sayer wants to help Maal, who is lying unconscious and bleeding, but cannot move past Jarmok and the giant dracotaur to get to her.  They are battling in a very confined area next to the south rubble wall.

Vervishkuk suddenly rears up on his hind legs and then comes down with much force, piercing Jarmok's shoulder with his deadly spear.  Jarmok falls also!
Vervishkuk looks around... he is very injured.

Dale finally kills the dagger man!

Laren frees the half-elf woman and hands her his two healing potions, asking her to go help his friends who are fighting the dragon-man outside.

Vervishkuk suddenly turns and runs towards the river!
Kit has time to try a Mind Thrusts on the fleeing dracotaur, but it fails.
Vervishkuk leaps off of the cliff into the river below.
Dale chases after him to the cliff edge, hoping to get in one last parting shot at the dragon-man, but Vervishkuk has disappeared quickly... too quickly in Dale's opinion.
He moves along the cliff edge watching the river - looking for any sign of the dracotaur - but he sees nothing.
He continues walking downstream for a bit, but never sees any sign that Vervishkuk swam or floated downstream.

Laren frees the last prisoner.
Ragnar retrieves his dropped weapons.
Sayer moves in to try to help stabilize Maal and Jarmok.

Kit attends to the bleeding Jarmok feeding him a potion.  He awakens.
Kit then gives another potion to Maal and then quickly backs away.
Kit uses her own healing potions for both Jarmok and Maal.

Dale returns and dispatches all of the sleeping men.
He then moves to the first door (the one that he had jammed with the dagger).  There are stairs descending inside this chamber...

Laren retreives his two unused potions back from the rescued women.
The three women are the missing Threshold council members.  There is no sign here of the missing priests.

Continued in:
The Weary Road Home (ICD)
Is Vervishkuk Hiding in the Fortress? (OOC)
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Episode 10: Vervishkuk
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2006, 05:43:25 AM »
Quote from: wildfire
What you have labeled as South is actually West and so on around the clock (The river is on the South side of the Keep).


Doh! It makes sense now that you point it out.  I will fix it up a little later when I have more time.

Thanks for the feedback, WF!
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2006, 09:32:58 PM »
Excellent! Thank you Fraz. This complex melee must have been tedious to keep track of...I know it was a challenge for me!

Anyway, I have nothing to add except that:

Yes Kit did destroy the second Corpse Eater and the chronicled directions are 90 degrees from accuracy...no biggy.

What you have labeled as South is actually West and so on around the clock (The river is on the South side of the Keep).

Again, my thanks.
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