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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 16th, '17, 13:15

Thica: Craft Traps Check
Everyone: Fortitude save & Perception check for your watch

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Namaphry » Jul 16th, '17, 13:41

Craft (Traps):
1d20+3 => 20, 3 => 23

Fortitude Save:
1d20+6 => 8, 6 => 14

Perception:
1d20+5 => 17, 5 => 22

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Glim » Jul 16th, '17, 14:51

Fort
1d20+7 => 14, 7 => 21

Per
1d20+5 => 17, 5 => 22

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

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Fortitude
1d20+5 => 10, 5 => 15

Perception
1d20+5 => 7, 5 => 12
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 18th, '17, 07:27

Thica set up some decent alarms, and staying up during the wee hours wasn't difficult for the team, in spite of the insane day they'd just had. As the storm passed and more stars came out, the faint scent of ozone passed over the lake, and fog creeped in. The paranoid watches were a bit jumpy as small snakes ocassionally rustled the nearby foliage, but overall, the group enjoyed a peaceful night on the beach. The sun crested the horizon as a new day began, and with the notable exception of the screamer, the entire group of escapees found themselves still alive, and looking at their first sunrise since entering the mountain. The thought crossed a few minds as they did. How many others were looking at this same sunrise from this same island?

What is everyone doing this morning?

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby lhx » Jul 18th, '17, 13:26

Zertius would like to scrounge around for some food if there's any to be had, and he'll create fresh water for himself and anyone else who asks.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Namaphry » Jul 18th, '17, 15:05

Thica will salvage what she can from what's left of the pig to serve breakfast, doing her own foraging for clean water and other ingredients. Since it's daytime, now, she's not too concerned about starting a fire, the most dangerous prisoners on the island are bound to be those who were most comfortable in the dark. If the others will cooperate, she'd like to go scouting to confirm that the party is trapped on 'an island', and where, so she can start planning an escape strategy.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Glim » Jul 23rd, '17, 07:51

It takes some kicking and many sleepy protests to get Bill awake, but finally he does come to.
While the others scrounge for breakfast, he'll sit and study his newfound divine focus. When he comes to the realization that this was probably his best sleep in two weeks, and that he wasn't robbed, stabbed or eaten, he sends a silent prayer out to KissTo
(Did Bill get enough sleep to regain spells?)

He's very keen on going with Thica, partially because he hopes the boy will leave them alone, and partially because beachcombing is right up our little hoarder's alley. When the rest is out of earshot he'll whisper to Thica "Think of all the stuff that storm probably brought in. If we're quick we can get our hands on it before anyone else."

He then starts looking over the lagoon, to see if there's a stream flowing away from it. That's probably the fastest route to sea.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Namaphry » Jul 23rd, '17, 10:20

"That depends on where we are, aren't we?" Thica doubted she'd find anything interesting if they were on an island a thousand miles out to sea... though she didn't understand who would bother to transport dozens of good-for-nothings to a secret location just to throw them in an oubliette, even if an eccentric wizard was involved. It was absurd enough if they were still on the coast. All her initial assumptions for why she was here had been proven wrong when she found out there was no one here but prisoners and more prisoners.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby lhx » Jul 23rd, '17, 18:41

Zertius will likely tag along with Bill and Thica if they leave the makeshift camp. He feels like they won't up and kill him in the middle of the night if they get hungry. The half orc and the violent boy make Zertius nervous.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

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The unexpected companions awoke to a sunny morning and the sound of a bird chirping.

With the notable exception of Thica, most of the prisoners had learned to live on less food as they slowly acquiesced to the idea of starving to death. This was good news for these survivors. There was plenty of pig left. Breakfast was plentiful and pleasant.

Bill and the boy seemed to be equally deep sleepers, but those who watched the halfling awaken were presented with another unique sight. The boy, approximately 11 years old, was curled up next to the halfling like a dog curls up next to its owner. The ground under his face was wet with what must have been drool, and the heat of the morning brought perspiration to his forehead. Notably to anyone with decent survival skills, the boy would not have survived this long sleeping past sunrise. So he must have slept well also. The boy arose as the halfling did, as they kicked each other a bit in morning fits.

Unfortunately for Bill, his thoughts of leaving the boy behind we're short lived as he, and their other companions, were very keen to stick around.

It only took a few minutes on the beach of the lagoon to reach the wall due to the lack of foliage. The wall stretched about 50 feet past the water onto the land and into the forest. It followed a curve, reaching the ground in a relaxing slope. Beyond it, more woods were visible and the forest extended. Could it be that simple? Could you just walk out of here?

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby lhx » Jul 24th, '17, 09:38

Zertius wants to inspect the wall. Did he see this wall when he was at the mountain's peak?
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 24th, '17, 09:39

No, the angle at the peak was not convenient for seeing the lagoon.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby lhx » Jul 24th, '17, 10:32

Does the wall look manmade, dwarf made, magically made? Stone, wood, beaver dam, etc.?
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 24th, '17, 10:40

It looks well hewn, potentially dwarven make. It might have been a single monolithic slab at one time, but over time it has begun to show wear and tear, with the mold creeping up from the lagoon, and occasional chunks missing. To cut a slab of this size at such a perfect curve requires some impressive engineering regardless--or magic.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

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Thica promptly assumed magic. "What the heck is this?" She looks at the wall, ascertains it's impossible to climb (it's too tall to use the trees to get over, also, isn't it?) and then starts looking for a way around. It seems terribly unlikely to her that even the other prisoners wouldn't have escaped if all they needed to do was walk or swim a short distance.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby lhx » Jul 24th, '17, 11:23

"Wow. This is quite the structure... don't run off on me, I'm going to see if I can detect any latent magic in it."

Zertius is going to cast detect magic and spend 3 rounds minimum studying it.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

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The part of the wall over the water is taller than that on the shore. The trees aren't even needed to get over it, as it eventually passes down below the dirt itself. Where most walls would lift up to face the contour of the ground, it's as if this wall was only designed to block off the water, and merely enters the land as a side-effect, where it fades lower and lower over about 50 feet before it is no longer visible beneath the dirt.

Zertius cast detect magic. The boy drew back a punch and turned ready to attack before he saw who it was, then held it at the ready, as an archer might hold an extended bow. The spell was loud and boisterous, as it often could be, and completed with bright blue glowing discs covering his eyes. The discs were only there for a second however, as the quantity of magic overwhelmed him and he lost consciousness, falling into a heap on the dirt. The boy lowered his fist.

Zertius, the magic you saw in your brief moment was powerful and vast. If different magics could be perceived as colors, Zertius had seen a rainbow that was more beautiful than one could even imagine. This place was filled with magic, all different types. There was one other thing of note, however, and that was the wall itself. It was specifically heavily laden with magic, and something else was off about it, but the moment was fleeting and he had difficulty discerning it in such a brief time.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Namaphry » Jul 24th, '17, 12:01

"Er... what?" Thica wasn't looking, so when she heard Zertius fall, it was as if he'd just cast Colour Spray on himself. She didn't understand. She turns back to the wall. "This looks like a tidebreaker, of sorts. Larger than any I've ever seen. If this surrounds the whole... harbour... there might be locks and floodgates, and it wouldn't surprise me if it's related to how we all nearly drowned."

The elevation of the exit from the shaft was much more than one hundred feet above the level they're standing at now, though, wasn't it?

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 24th, '17, 12:03

Well above. The wall extends pretty high though, and curves slightly in toward the mountain, in addition to it's arch-esque shape, making it a unique structure indeed, almost like the crest of a wave.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

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OOC: One of you ask him if it appears the water level has risen lately, or if there's evidence of tides and the like... if Zertius doesn't wake up soon.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 24th, '17, 20:18

For clarification to help with confusion.

The wall is curved like this, but also angled inward toward the mountain as if it were part of a dome.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

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Thank you. That helps a bunch for when I possibly wake up.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

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Bill goes to check on Zertius. "I don't know what you did, but don't do it again."
Then to Thica: "Looks like this prison has tiers or something. Can you see if there's a way around this thing?"

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Namaphry » Jul 26th, '17, 11:51

"Uh... yes." Thica waves toward where the wall disappears into the hillside, only seconds away. She walks over there to take a look around, not interested in waiting for Zertius to recover from whatever he did to himself.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 26th, '17, 11:54

Zertius was easily awoken with a tap. Thica, how closely would you like to investigate the terrain past the wall? Also, perception check for Thica.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby lhx » Jul 26th, '17, 12:48

OOC: Did Zertius take any damage?

"Wow... such... magic. I've never seen the likes of it. I think we're not really on an island, just inside some magical dome that makes us think we're on an island. We're going to have to get through that dome to get out of this place..."

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 26th, '17, 12:55

No damage. Mechanics-wise, the unconsciousness was much like when a cleric detects evil and the level is too high for them.

Letting Thica's action resolve before the rock throw.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Namaphry » Jul 26th, '17, 12:56

Thica was just going to walk over there, but after hearing Zertius, she'll at least poke the ground with her staff when she tries to pass by the wall. She has no compulsion to go further than a few feet on the other side right now (though perhaps that's impossible, if magic is involved.)

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

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Thica poked at the horizon with her staff, extending it ahead before she was going to step past the wall. The boy ducked as she did, but her staff stopped her short, hitting a solid object in mid air right above the wall itself. There was, indeed, some kind of illusion as Zertius suspected. A tiny light flashed near the end of her staff as it touched the invisible object. The boy stood back up after a moment and said, "Yeah, there's a wall there."

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Namaphry » Jul 26th, '17, 16:12

Thica looked back over her shoulder at the boy, while thinking about how to get past this invisible wall... mostly amounting to spinning her metaphorical wheels.

"Why did you duck? Have you seen what happens when someone tries to get through this before?"

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

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Zertius interrupts: "I would bet there are some defenses in the wall itself. It certainly had magics from all the different kinds. It was like staring at a kaleidoscope."
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 26th, '17, 16:21

The boy grinned and nodded at Thica.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Glim » Jul 26th, '17, 16:23

"Back to camp then. We don't even have copper thread or gemstones or whatever magic users need to get through this... whatever this is. Also, no magic users, because buddy here sliced up the only spellcaster I saw back in jail, apart from our priest here. Unless you guys have any ideas?" he adds, looking more at the half-orc than at anyone else.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 26th, '17, 16:34

The half-orc shrugged at Bill. "Can't you just knock down walls by hitting them enough?"

The slinky guy added. "How come part of the wall is visible? If it is trapped anyway, why bother telling people it's there in the water?"

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Namaphry » Jul 26th, '17, 16:43

"Not right now. This doesn't make any sense. They trapped us in a cave, why? We barely escaped from the cave, only to learn that we're trapped inside an invisible magical wall? What's the point? It's clearly not worth the effort, so did they just find this already here? If so, why did they bother trapping us in those caves, why didn't they just leave us all out on the surface?

"There might be a way out. Or they might still be inside this area, so they don't want us to find them, or something that belongs to them. There's no reason to trap us all underground, inside this, unless it's all just for giggles, and I'd rather think that they didn't intend us to escape at all, and now they have to rely on a backup plan. Because there's no way the same people who threw us all in those caves, wearing these rags, build and maintain a gigantic magical wall several miles around.

"Let's keep exploring." Thica wasn't sure what to rely on when she couldn't trust her eyes, but fortunately, she'd just spent several hours the day before in the darkness, figuring that out. The water currents and smells weren't likely to tell her anything up here, but sounds and air currents still might. Did echoes bounce off the invisible wall, did air flow through it? Those were ways to detect its contours, as well as any gaps. She didn't want to shout herself hoarse for the sake of echoes, so she chose to bang rocks together, instead.

In response to the slinky guy's comment, she said, "At least we know there's no ceiling, so that's at least one way out. I'd rather not build a catapult to test it out, though."

To the half-orc, she said, "From our young friend's reaction, I'd guess that you'd fall down before the wall did. And possibly catch on fire."

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

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The half orc looked at Thica confused as she searched for rocks to bang together. "What about that really weird ladder we climbed?"

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OOC: do we actually know there's no ceiling? Looks like I never threw the rock.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Namaphry » Jul 26th, '17, 16:54

"It wasn't a ladder, it was a pipe. Though I don't know what you'd pipe through something that hot. Molten lead?" Thica was not familiar with steam power.

OOC: We've experienced a thunderstorm. The ceiling would have to be pretty high to dupe us about that.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 26th, '17, 16:59

You can throw the rock, but it hits the wall in a similar way to Thica's staff, unless you wanted to do something creative with it, which is why I was letting you add more details.

There is no proof that it has no ceiling. Thica is suspecting that the portion over the water is entirely visible, indicating a clear top, rather than simply a visible portion of the wall, which could mean there was a ceiling.

The storm, which you spotted on the horizon, would not fit the idea of a ceiling, unless the storm, or ceiling was also magical in some way.

**Please keep OOC posts directed at the DM. In the interest of encouraging more RP, I would prefer the CHARACTERS disseminate information, rather than the PLAYERS.

The half-orc will reply to Thica. "Can you even pipe a volcano? Doesn't the whole mountain have to be a volcano." Clearly, his friend who fell down the shaft was the smart one. He seemed to be going off information gathered previously.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

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"I wouldn't be surprised if it was some kind of cruel joke. Seems to fit the pattern, really. At this point I'm ready to believe that if we wait a while, this whole place will be turned upside down and it'll start snowing, like a big giant magic snowglobe."

Bill sits down, defeated. Last night's dream about settling down here was very enjoyable and all, but in reality he wanted nothing more than to get away from this place. Following the stubborn and determined Gar had seemed his best option, but now they had ran into this magical barrier and all hope appeared lost. And poor Gar had lost her mind, apparently, with her rock concert.

(Have we seen or heard any birds on the mountain or in the jungle at all? Can we see any now?)

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 26th, '17, 18:00

deltreey wrote:The unexpected companions awoke to a sunny morning and the sound of a bird chirping.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby lhx » Jul 26th, '17, 21:03

Zertius wants to try and throw a rock over the wall... i.e. where there is no visible wall up high; in order to test whether there is a ceiling or not.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Namaphry » Jul 26th, '17, 22:43

"'Piping a volcano' sounds like a dwarven thing. I can't fathom why anyone would want to, unless they live underground and can't stand the light of day. So much that they're willing to risk melting their faces off, or being crushed in a cave-in, just so they don't have to go for a walk in the woods, sometimes. Even dwarves are seldom so bent out of shape.

"You wouldn't call me an expert on this. All I know about volcanoes, really, is that I'd rather be far away from them."

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 27th, '17, 08:58

lhx wrote:Zertius wants to try and throw a rock over the wall... i.e. where there is no visible wall up high; in order to test whether there is a ceiling or not.


On land, the visible wall doesn't extend more than a few feet above the ground at it's highest, and gets lower and lower, eventually going below the ground itself. This is where Thica tried to step past it and found that there was still a wall.

If you try to throw something above that, it doesn't have to be more than 5 feet. The visible wall over the water curves like a dome and is 30 feet high, so it'd be hard to gauge where that would correlate relative to the invisible wall you're looking at/throwing at. Clearly this is confusing, so to help things along, here's an even more confusing picture because I suck at drawing things.

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For guessing purposes, the wall is about 30 feet high or so. The curve at the top makes it difficult to figure out where to throw so you would go over rather than hitting the lip of the curve.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 27th, '17, 09:12

The boy smiled and looked at Zertius throwing rocks and sticks up higher and higher at the wall, listening to Thica muse about volcanoes. "You all are like my friends now, right?" He interjected.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby lhx » Jul 27th, '17, 11:30

"Well we defended each other, at that last battle and we're not fighting right now, so I'd say we're friends. I still don't understand why you punched the half orc we were with earlier; was it just because he ate some pork too early? Also, have you ever noticed the water levels at the beach going up and down? Is there a tide that comes in and out?"
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby lhx » Jul 27th, '17, 16:01

OOC: I thought the boy came back and punched the half orc that ate early from the pig before we started the battle?
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 27th, '17, 16:04

deltreey wrote:Putting the dagger away, he went over to the west side of the fire near the caster, who stood up, perhaps to relinquish his seat. He seemed to be trying to show a lack of intimidation, as one does in the moments before a fight might break out.

1d20+15 => 5, 15 => 20
The boy punched him in the chest.

10d6+5 => 4, 6, 6, 2, 6, 5, 4, 4, 5, 4, 5 => 51


Thica, on the southern log, and Bill, beside the caster, could see that his fist had changed slightly and silver spikes protruded from the caster's clothing in the back. The screamer collapsed onto the ground, a bit of leg bone from the pig protruding from under him as crystalline structures were dissipating from the wounds in his back.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 29th, '17, 15:26

The boy grinned at the people. The half-orc nervously shuffled back as he opened his mouth to speak.

"The mages who run this place". He finally said after an uncomfortably long silence. "are also my friends."

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby lhx » Jul 29th, '17, 15:45

"If they're your friends, why are you trapped here like the rest of us?"
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 30th, '17, 14:04

The boy raised his finger and then opened his mouth, then stopped, his finger slowly lowered and his expression turned to a frown.

"Because they don't know it's me." He said, sounding resigned

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby lhx » Jul 30th, '17, 14:15

"Why don't they know who you are?"
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 30th, '17, 14:26

"Uh..." The boy rubbed the back of his neck nervously. "They think I'm their family." He shrugged.




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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby lhx » Jul 30th, '17, 15:15

Does Zertius think the boy is sane? He's not making any sense to Zertius.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 30th, '17, 15:40

I guess that'd be sense motive.




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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

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1d20+7 => 5, 7 => 12
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Namaphry » Jul 30th, '17, 20:11

"Who are you, then? And how are they running this place, anyway?"

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 30th, '17, 20:36

The kid doesn't seem like he knows the mages well, if at all. He's also a kid, and may be running into grammatical faux pas.




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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 31st, '17, 10:28

Namaphry wrote:"Who are you, then? And how are they running this place, anyway?"


The boy looked at Thica confused. "I'm Ben." he said. "and how should I know. They're mages. I think they like the death." He shrugged, looking confused by the entire conversation

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Glim » Jul 31st, '17, 11:50

"Leave the kid alone, it's all just semantics anyway."

(OOC: From the drawing it looks like the wall can easily be climbed, walked on even - at least for a bit. Can I try that?)

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 31st, '17, 12:03

That's what it looks like, but as Thica and Zertius have figured out, the part where you would stand to walk on it is actually more wall, just apparently invisible.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Jul 31st, '17, 12:11

(after many attempts)

As you all are talking, one of Zertius' throws nails it, or so it seems. His rock goes up, but doesn't come back down. It doesn't fall to the other side in any obvious way, so either it got caught on a tree, or found a ledge or got wedged in somewhere. Something fishy is afoot, and I'm not just saying that because you're all next to the lagoon.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Glim » Jul 31st, '17, 12:12

Bill will cast Commune with Birds and ask "Can you guys fly to other lands or are you trapped here as well?"

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Namaphry » Jul 31st, '17, 15:24

"You're saying they, what, purchased us as slaves, but instead of having us work, or fight in an arena for them, they just throw us all in a pit and... what, are they watching us? To see what happens?" Thica is incredulous, though she lacks a better explanation.

"That doesn't make any sense. If it's for entertainment, why don't they do anything? This makes more sense if they wanted to keep us trapped here, and forget about us..." It's saying something that she thinks this is a more comforting thought--mostly because if no one's watching, she figures it will be easier to escape, especially if the cave prison was improvised and the magic wall was just something they found by chance.

(How are her efforts to detect how high the invisible wall is with echoes going?)

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Aug 1st, '17, 08:51

Glim began making low squawking tones, completely annoying Thica who was trying to figure out if the invisible wall had an echo.

Fortunately, she had completed determining that there was enough of an echo to follow along beside the wall, making a ton of noise, and she might be able to avoid hitting it. Unfortunately, the heavy forest on most of the mountain meant that the echo would not be prevalent pretty much anywhere else.

The boy replied to Thica, "They said something about power--" but cut himself off as Bill completed his bird call.

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1d20+15 => 12, 15 => 27


He grabbed the halfling by the throat and shook him, just as Bill was beginning to hear some birds reply "Food? Fight? Flee?"

"It's like this: " the boy squawked a simpler message with essentially no preparation. "Flee where?" And then, without waiting for a reply he pointed back toward the peak of the mountain. The birds began to reply "Flee here!" and the few birds in the area took off in flight toward the peak, to what can only be defined as precisely where the boy was pointing.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby lhx » Aug 1st, '17, 09:04

Not skilled in knowledge nature.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Aug 1st, '17, 11:24

Not being experts in bird calls, Thica and Zertius were stumped by the interactions between Ben and Bill.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Glim » Aug 1st, '17, 15:41

Knowledge (nature):
1d20+7 => 3, 7 => 10

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Glim » Aug 1st, '17, 15:50

Bill looks shocked at the boy showing off his new skill, but then starts to frown. "No, no, no; not where they flee to. Of course they'd head for the mountain. Ask them where they migrate to... or from. Tweet tweet where do you go on vacation tweet tweee...."

Realizing his spell has run out, and that he's sounding like a lunatic, he blushes deep red.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Aug 1st, '17, 15:52

Ben's bird chirping was very different from Bill's. Because Bill was communing, he could tell that the bird Ben was mimicking was a crow, which seemed unusual, and in no way matched the style Bill had chosen.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Aug 1st, '17, 15:56

Ben shook his head, still chirping away for a good few seconds, not realizing Bill couldn't understand him.

Finally, flustered and frustrated, and apparently unaware that he wasn't speaking common, he transformed into a crow in front of everyone.

"See? Family!" He said, motioning to himself with his wing.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Namaphry » Aug 1st, '17, 16:01

Arcana:
1d20+3 => 5, 3 => 8


Thica was more confused than anything.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Glim » Aug 1st, '17, 16:04

(I don't have Arcana trained)

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Aug 1st, '17, 16:08

He might not have realized the difference between Familiar, and Family (something which is nuanced even from an etymology perspective). A crow is an awful lot like a raven...to a moron. And with this group's survival skill, moron is definitely the definition of a mage--someone with no survival skills whatsoever.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

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Arcana:
1d20+6 => 10, 6 => 16
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Aug 2nd, '17, 09:04

Since clarification still seems to be needed:

Your current interpretation is: the boy is telling you that the mages think he's their familiar because he can turn into a bird that looks a bit like a raven.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Namaphry » Aug 2nd, '17, 09:16

Well, this seems like a dead end. "I don't think climbing the mountain is a good way to get out of here. Let's see what else we can find."

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Aug 2nd, '17, 09:26

and....
Perception Checks.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Glim » Aug 2nd, '17, 11:44

Perception:
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

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1d20+5 => 7, 5 => 12
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Aug 2nd, '17, 13:15

Thica and Zertius were stumped by the bird-boy, trying to consider alternative ways out of this place.

Still focused on the birds, Bill noticed that they reached the peak and started circling upward like a small cyclone before disappearing.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby lhx » Aug 2nd, '17, 14:26

Zertius doesn't quite know what to think of the Ben bird thing. He says to Ben: "do they help you change into a bird? Or could you always do it?"

Also, Zertius wants to investigate the area here his rock got stuck and disappeared. Can he climb a tree or something to get closer?
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Aug 2nd, '17, 14:53

"I don't need no dumb mages." Ben said, seemingly unaware that he was still a bird.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby lhx » Aug 2nd, '17, 23:26

"Well great about that... how long have you been able to change shapes? Hey, since you're a bird, can you fly up there and see where my rock went? It never came back down." Zertius points where he threw the rock.
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Glim » Aug 3rd, '17, 00:29

"Hey, did you guys see those birds disappear over the top of the mountain too? That's weird..."

(How are our other friends reacting to this?)

(Also, is the kid a normal sized crow, or some kind of giant monstrosity?)

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Aug 3rd, '17, 00:37

Normal sized crow. It looks like wild shape to Bill. The other 2 are trying to avoid being around for the crazy murderous kid shapeshifting.

"I don't know. I just can. What happened to your rock?" The boy turned back into a human and looked at Zertius confused.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby lhx » Aug 3rd, '17, 00:50

"I threw the rock up there and it disappeared. Maybe there's a hole in the wall? I figured you could fly up there and see..."
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Aug 3rd, '17, 11:56

The boy laughed. "There's only one hole I know about. But I ain't going up feeling around on an invisible wall that shocks you for another one."

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby lhx » Aug 3rd, '17, 12:49

"Ahh. It shocks you? Where is this other hole?"
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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Namaphry » Aug 3rd, '17, 14:49

Thica gave up on her echo-detection attempts, picked up her staff again, and aimed it up at the wall. "It seems to be safe at this length. Shocks or not, searching for holes would take a while. It's better than doing nothing, but we might have something better to do."

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Aug 3rd, '17, 15:01

"Sure, I can show you guys the hole as long as you don't tell anyone." He said, looking at Thica and the half-orc more than the others.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Glim » Aug 3rd, '17, 15:33

"I think he means the mountaintop." Bill says, pointing at the mountain where the birds disappeared.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Namaphry » Aug 3rd, '17, 17:03

"Fine with me. The others can find it themselves. If you can change into a bird and fly, why haven't you gone through it?"

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Aug 4th, '17, 11:32

"No, not there. It's this way." Ben pointed parallel to the wall.

Thica, are you holding your staff against the wall? Because the sparks/light will grow in intensity and eventually your staff will catch fire even though wood is not conductive. I was under the impression you were being cautious.

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby Namaphry » Aug 4th, '17, 11:39

(No, holding the staff against the wall wouldn't accomplish anything unless the goal was to determine its fine relief or search for holes that are too small to fit through, neither of which are interesting. It seems safe to assume the invisible part is as smooth as the visible part, anyway.

The rock banging would have been rhythmic, since it would be necessary to wait a few seconds between each noise for the echoes of the last strike to die down and her ears to recover. If anyone was imagining it as a constant clamor for some reason, that's not it--it wouldn't work.)

Thica is near the top-right corner of the map.

Perception:
1d20+5 => 4, 5 => 9

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Re: Chapter 1: The Mages' Prison

Postby deltreey » Aug 4th, '17, 11:43

Forgot to clarify, the map is oriented with north pointing up. The wall is at the south edge, indicated by my black line drawn in paint.



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