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The Master and the Minion - IC Thread
« on: June 20, 2010, 08:09 »

The campaign against the Evil Overlord that had been plaguing the realm was a long and difficult one. You'd faced down and slain a number of his lieutenants, thwarted more than a few of his nefarious schemes. In the end, your path brought you to foot of the Overlord's last stronghold.

The land around was inhospitable to say the least, tall, steep mountains and sparse vegetation - and the Dark Tower looming over the whole countryside. A narrow stone walkway over a deep chasm led up to the gate, though curiously enough nobody tried to shoot you off as you approached. With storm clouds gathering overhead, you quickly decided that trying to climb the outside of the tower was a poor idea, and opted instead for going in through the front door. The door itself, though solid, eventually yielded with some persuasion of the forceful kind.

The chamber immediately beyond the gate served as a lobby, no doubt. It was quite spacious and well lit, with a raised floor closer to the opposite wall, with a short flight of stairs leading up onto it. Further along, you could see the main stairwell leading up into the tower proper. There were two large pillars holding up the tall ceiling here, one on either side of the room, and eight large braziers around the room providing a good amount of light.

Of course, the room wasn't entirely unpopulated either. At the foot of the small stair, you saw a trio of short, brown-skinned, goblin-like creatures, huddled together and blocking the approach to the stairs. They were covered in crude hides for armour, and each had a long spear that was pointing in your general direction. They weren't the only problem, however. What you initially thought were more braziers quickly turned out to be more of the odd goblins - red skinned this time, and seemingly lit from inside by an inner fire - as they stepped up to the edge of the raised platform and greeted you warmly - with a voley of small fireballs called up from their hands. Three of them smacked into Tristan, who'd been walking in front, causing very severe burns, a fourth hit Ma'kirr, also causing some serious damage, though the fifth missed the monk by a fair margin.

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Re: The Master and the Minion - IC Thread
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2010, 11:03 »

"Oh come now! That was just cheap!" Aden was surprised, like his comrades were, by the sudden attack. "Saliak! Patch him up! I'll draw their attention!" Aden then moves off to the left, going for cover behind the pillar, and shouting at the goblins: "Over here, you ugly bastards!" Aden then prepares for the fireballs.

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Re: The Master and the Minion - IC Thread
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2010, 13:54 »

The brown goblins seemed to take a bait - all three of them rushed forward from the stair and towards the pillar where Aden had taken cover, two of them going straight for him, the third carefully flanking around the firebowl, keeping an eye on the rest of the party.

With shouts of "Smash!", "Kill!", and other such examples of wit, the two creatures attacked Aden. The first knocked him off his feet with a sweep of his spear, the other lunged at him, but the spear merely scraped off a few sparks off the pillar. The third, for the time being, settles on threateningly pointing his spear in the general direction of the rest of the party.

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Re: The Master and the Minion - IC Thread
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2010, 16:26 »

"I agree. these guys dont play nice at all, but then again..." Ma'kirr quickly bounded behind the group of goblins, " neither do I."
With an open palm she struck the ground causing a short and violent tremor. The enemies around her soon found themselves standing on unsteady ground.
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Re: The Master and the Minion - IC Thread
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2010, 04:50 »

"Please do your best to dodge in the future, Tristan. The Runes are only so powerful." Saliak moves into range for his runes to have maximum effect, tracing the runes along the edge of his shield before smashing his hammer down into the nearest enemy.

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Re: The Master and the Minion - IC Thread
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2010, 05:40 »

- Oh Lolth, annoying as always. - Ryltar strides forward and points at fire-thrower in front of him, summoning inborn drow magic, then draws five shuriken in one fluid motion and starts juggling them - Hey look, a trick! - he shouts just as one of shuriken flies toward his chosen target.

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Re: The Master and the Minion - IC Thread
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2010, 10:34 »

Only one of the speargoblins was hit by Ma'Kirr's attack, but that one at least got heavily clobbered, knocked prone and thrown around. Saliak also had some success, smacking the third speargoblin over the head... though it only seemed to make it angrier as it shook the damage off in short order. Ryltar's magic caused dark flames to flare up around the central firethrower - for a moment. Then flames from the creature's body licked out and consumed the magical flame, leaving the firethrower with a triumphant grin on its face.

Then the shuriken hit it in the face, and the red goblin fell flat on its back, its legs twitching in the air for a few moments more.

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Re: The Master and the Minion - IC Thread
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2010, 12:28 »

'Avandra, guide my sword against the impure!' shouted Tristan, rushing at closest brownie with his sword raised high above his head. He brought it down on the creatures head with full force. Immediately, Ma'Kirr felt... safer. Freeing his hand for a moment, he reached to touch Ma'Kirr's back, to bring her some relief from her wounds.

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Re: The Master and the Minion - IC Thread
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2010, 14:40 »

The goblin received another smack on the head - this time it seemed to leave a more permanent mark on the little creature, but it was proving surprisingly tough. Despite the, for lack of a better term, blood running down its face, it still held its ground bravely.

The red ones on top of the raised area ran around, apparently panicked for a moment by the death of one of their own, but quickly took up new firing positions and sent another volley of miniature fireballs your way. This time, though, they all missed their mark, leaving harmless scorch marks on the floor in front of Ryltar and Tristan.

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Re: The Master and the Minion - IC Thread
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2010, 05:34 »

Aden, of course, is obviously a little shaken at being knocked down, but he doesn't show it. "Why you-You're going to pay for that! One way or another!" Aden pulls himself up, and then swings his Longsword at the goblin next to him. He's a little shaky, but it looks good.

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Re: The Master and the Minion - IC Thread
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2010, 13:09 »

The blow looked set to strike the goblin, but at the last moment one of its fellows helped turn it aside with a timely-placed spear blade.

The goblins in turn struck back. The one that Ma'Kirr had brought down jumped to his feet, stabbing at the monk in retaliation, inflicting a nasty injury and forcing the shifter towards the pillar. The one that Aden had barely missed tried to assist with the monk and trip her up, but she proved too agile for that. Saliak, on the other hand... the big Dragonborn was brought down to ground level with a quick sweep of a goblin's pike.

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Re: The Master and the Minion - IC Thread
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2010, 14:11 »

Rather put off by the goblin's aggressiveness, Ma'kirr took a step back. In immediate retaliation, she struck out rapidly against the nearest foes, pressing them with a flurry of blows. With the goblins thoroughly admonished, Ma'kirr took advantage of their recovery to move out of range.

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Re: The Master and the Minion - IC Thread
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2010, 14:26 »

The goblin looked badly injured by the most recent assault, but it was still standing. Barely.

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Re: The Master and the Minion - IC Thread
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2010, 16:22 »

With a deep grunt, Saliak picks himself up and straightens his armor. "I suppose I asked for that, hitting you so hard. Let us try again, but harder this time."

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Re: The Master and the Minion - IC Thread
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2010, 16:52 »

- Thank you, thank you! - Ryltar bows letting fireballs fly over him then streightens back up.
- And now for another trick! - he takes a step forward, drawing his rapier, skewers the goblin Ma'kirr moved around and grins - I call it... 'The Backstab'. It always kills the audience.

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