Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Session 138 - Up Up and Away!

Escape! There's lots of weird shit going down, and so the party bug out via a reverse-skydive and an exciting chase sequence that sees them all somehow surviving.
A good time to leave, too, since the wizards are all out of juice and the rations are running low.

Next week - potential admin adventures! Hoolay!


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- Ollie presents Andromeda aka the Pink Pimpernel!

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- Ollie presents a heroic view of Mairead's last moments, since it looks rad as hell this may be the version of the story that goes down in the history books

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- Tom presents a possibly more realistic version of the same event

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- In an attempt to one-up the descent, I doodle an even worse version

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Finally Charles shows us Zena the nascent Rune Mage and Demon Hunter, bedecked in glyphs most curious



Session 138 - Up Up and Away!
Campaign Date:
Saturday, 6 May, 1660
Moon Phase: Third Quarter
Zodiac: Aries

New Backstory:
- Nix's adoptive barbarian tribe was approached by a group of travelling proselytising Termaxians. She accepted them, and converted to Termaxianism herself. (+1 Con)- Zena fell in love with a strange man who knew much about demons. They grew close, but of course, she was already married. Her honour prevented her from being with him. (Each session, +1 AC until you commit a dishonourable act)
- Mairead was on a police stakeout when she saw another crime being committed, jumping off the roof and giving away her cover in order to catch the culprit. She took the fall, and her reputation was badly damaged. (treat falls as 10' lower)

Enemies Defeated:
- A yellow-robed cultist (100 exp)- 3 red-robed cultists (150 exp)
- 7 grey-robed cultists (225 exp)
- A bunch of aspiring still-human cultists (50 exp)
- Several large tentacles (75 exp)
- A huge egg! (0 exp)
Total: 600 exp

Treasure and Equipment:
- YOUR LIVES (0 exp)
Total: 0 exp

Exploration:
- First party to reach the fourth level of the Tentacle Dungeon (400 exp)
- 3 dungeon areas explored (60 exp)
Total: 460 exp

Events:
- We begin with the party resting up behind the Web POWERLAD managed to conjure up last session. Dwindling rations are devoured, and the web is inspected (50 exp)
- While discussing what to do, a tendril slithers through the area. It gets to the web and gets stuck. Rake tries to assist it through but can't get that deep into the web. (50 exp)
- Zena lights up a Beam-Light-Heat glyph and burns the web out of the way. The tentacle writhes in agony! Rake chops it in half and the rest of it quickly withdraws. (50 exp)
- The larger rigged-up tentacle they used to get down here seems to be withdrawing too. With no way back, the party heads forward in battle formation. (50 exp)
- The cavern the party fought all those guys in last session is empty. Seems to be some sort of training room. (50 exp)
- The next room is dark... strange gurgling and rumbling from within. Zena fires off her fire beam... and the flickering light reveals a whole lot of baddies, as well as the side of the pit with writhing tentacles within! (50 exp)
- Zena keeps her fire beam on, bursting down one of the grey-robes, while everyone else takes up battle formations. Banjo, who was totally here the whole time, sneaks along the wall towards one of the red robed guys (50 exp)
- Mairead charges up a Beam-Mass-Mass glyph... what the hell does a gravity beam even do?! It is decided - it turns whatever's hit by it into a gravity well. Neato! (50 exp)
- Combat begins getting messy. Scattershot takes out a swathe of the aspiring tentacle cultists. I have flashbacks to pre-nerf d30. Zena is dragged off by a tentacle. Banjo garrottes a red-robe silently. (50 exp)
- Mairead's gravity beam is directed straight at the yellow robe guy, pulling everyone else to him like that gravity grenade thing at the start of Guardians of the Galaxy. (50 exp)
- Andromeda charges, getting a boost in from the gravity well. Another red-robe is cut down. Zena wrestles her way out of the tentacle's clutches and does similar... but overcompensates for the gravity and misses. (50 exp)
- POWERLAD fires a crossbow bolt, reloads, and... the crossbow shatters in his hands! Shit! (50 exp)
- Rake cleaves through a couple of cultists and into the yellow-robed dude... before the yellow-robe grabs him and just straight up falls backwards! They fall into darkness! (50 exp)
- Mairead's gambit to grab him just in time fails hard. She hurts herself... again... (50 exp)
- Blue Jon chucks his familiar! It's got Floating Disk, time to save the day! I briefly entertain the notion that summoning a floating disk beneath the falling Rake is basically conjuring a slab of concrete under a falling man. (50 exp)
- The remaining cultists run off as fast as they can... but are slaughtered by the rest of the party as they run for the edge. (50 exp)
- Rake kicks the yellow-robe off in mid-air, takes Unbeliever, and rams it into the huge main tentacle! He slows his fall like Prince of Persia on the tapestries. (50 exp)
- Blue Jon's kestrel summons the Floating Disk under the now-slower Rake. It falls gently, and Rake sees another level down there. (50 exp)
- Big fuckoff egg covered with writhing snakes of light on a ledge of rock, upside-down people getting bled so their blood flows over the egg... and the falling yellow-robe is caught by a tentacle and helped onto ledge by another yellow-robe. (50 exp)
- Rake uses the Floating Disk to get onto this lower level next to the egg. He advances forward cautiously, the only light coming from the writhing egg-light. (50 exp)
- Nix discovers the egg talisman she holds allows her to speak to the tentacle cultists! She asks what's up of one of the survivors, and hears of the blue-robed leader of the cultists who controls the tentacles and thus THE WORLD! (50 exp)
- A tentacle that was getting scrubbed for skin flakes by the aspiring cultists is burned with gunpowder and the skin flakes cleansed with fire. Blue Jon is taking no chances. (50 exp)
- Rake is approached from the darkness by some weird fucking dude. Knots of veins bulge from beneath his skin, pulsing cancers filled with blood, and he rides an even more knotted dude whose painful welts have made him crack backwards on hands and feet. (50 exp)
- Rake questions him on what he's doing down here. The welt-man tries to loan Rake some HP, and when Rake refuses he tries to Charm him into jumping off the cliff. It don't work. (50 exp)
- Above, the rest of the party have a plan - orbital drop! They leap from above in parachute formation, trigger Featherfall, and swoop in to support Rake! (50 exp)
- Except for Mairead, who jumps a moment too late and meteorically falls straight towards the egg! She dies almost immediately... but shatters the egg at the same time! SPLAT! (50 exp)
- Blue Jon, not knowing that she did that on purpose, thinks it's his fault and is wracked with guilt. (50 exp)
- The rest of the party three-point landing around Rake. Cavalry's here! Cool poses on! (50 exp)
- Turns out there's a ton of baddies down here. What do. RETREAT!!! (50 exp)
- This shouldn't have worked, but Blue Jon blows Featherfall and everyone grabs his familiar! It starts rising! Behind, tentacles chase the party upwards! (50 exp)
- Zena and Blue John are grabbed, but they fight the tentacles off! (50 exp)
- Andromeda is about to be grabbed by a tentacle, but she summons an illusory tentacle to distract it! (50 exp)
- Blue Jon is dragged down... but he's on a rope! It's too far away... but he Enlarges himself so he can reach it! Sick! (50 exp)
- Zena slides down the rope to slice the tentacle that's around his leg, and the party are free to rise like a phoenix! The party reach the lip of the pit! Fuck yea! (50 exp)
- Beaten, battered, but triumphant, they limp to the woods to lick their wounds and hopefully get away from the filthy tentacle pit for a while. Success! (50 exp)
Total: 2550 exp

Misc:
- AAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaa bonus (50 exp)
- Absolutely Disgusting 
bonus (50 exp)
- Aggressive Negotiations bonus (50 exp)
- Antagonist Antagoniser bonus (50 exp)
- Balls to the Wall bonus (50 exp)
- Best of Intentions bonus (50 exp)
- Brutal Kill bonus (50 exp)
- Dramatic Battle bonus (50 exp)
- Dramatic Chase bonus (50 exp)
- Dramatic Escape bonus (50 exp)
- Dramatic Rescue bonus (50 exp)
- Enmity Inciter bonus (50 exp)
- Fame bonus (50 exp)
- I Immediately Regret This Decision bonus (50 exp)
- Leave a Man Behind bonus (50 exp)
- Ludicrous Gore bonus (50 exp)
- Noblebright bonus (50 exp)
- Pundemonium bonus (50 exp)
- Split the Party bonus (50 exp)
- Tentacle Molestation bonus (50 exp)
- This! is! Sparta! bonus (50 exp)
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong bonus (50 exp)
- WWE bonus (50 exp)
Total: 1150 exp

Party Roles and Individual Exp:
- Remembrancer (Charles / Zena - 100 exp)
- Caller (James / Mairead - 100 exp)
- Mapper (Fraser / Nix - 100 exp)
- Treasurer (Kitty / POWERLAD - 100 exp)
- Quartermaster (Ollie / Andromeda - 100 exp)
- Guard (Tom / Rake - 100 exp)
- Tracker (Henry / Blue Jon - 100 exp)
- Art Attack bonus (Tom, Ollie, Charles - 100 exp ea.)
- Attacco d'Arte bonus (Ollie / Andromeda - 100 exp)
- Death's Witness bonus (All who saw Mairead's death - 100 exp ea.)
- An Hero bonus (James' next character - 200 exp)
- Famous Last Words bonus (James' next character - 200 exp)
- Noble Sacrifice bonus (James' next character - 1000 exp)

Rumours:
- None down here, but soon!

Death Toll and Injuries:
- Mairead is dead! Smashed into a giant egg at terminal velocity.
Exp Totals:
- Fraser / 
Nix Neckbiter, Level 5 Barbarian: 18228 (Level up at 32000)- Tom / Rake Hacker, Level 5 Fighter: 16496 (Level up at 32000)
*DING!* +1d8 HP! +1 to hit! +Backstory! 
- Henry / Blue Jon Goujon, Level 4 Magic-User: 17604 (Level up at 18000)
- Kitty / 
POWERLAD!, Level 4 Muscle Wizard: 16833 (Level up at 18000)
- Ollie / Andromeda Spiderbite, Level 4 Muscle Wizard: 16508 (Level up at 18000)
- Charles / Zena, Level 4 Fighter: 8341 (Level up at 16000)*DING!* +1d8 HP! +1 to hit! +Saves improve! +Backstory!
- Andy / Banjo Fishwick, 
Level 4 Specialist (Thief): 8306 (Level up at 12000)
- James / Mairead, Level 3 Specialist (Policewoman): 5784 (Level up at 6000)*DECEASED*
- James / Next Character: +2195 exp

Absent or Retired:
Will / Cecil Fulbright, Level 5 Cleric (Termaxian): 15063 (Level up at 28000)
- James, Raaf van Held, Level 2 Fighter: 3544 (Level up at 4000)
- Tom / 
Insanity Mammoth, Level 3 Barbarian: 5192 (Level up at 8000)
- James / William Fox-Shitt, Level 3 Cleric (Zeanist): 4571 (Level up at 7000)

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