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Nomad D2
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Helpless in the dark

Dane nodded at his companions words. "I agree. I don't think we want to try climbing a chute in the dark with goblins likely at the top and wolves at the bottom. There is a clear path forward." At this he nodded at the path along the waterway. "But I can't see anything in here. Once all of the light from the entrance is gone, I'll be totally blind. I know a torch is like a "we are here!" sign, but I don't think there is much I can do about it. I'm here, and, well, I need to see. Can we light a torch as soon as all light from the entrance is gone?"

(OOC: I was assuming there was still a little light from the entrance allowing Dane limited vision. He could carry the torch at the back of the party.)

Posted on 2017-07-07 at 14:34:06.

Nomad D2
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Keeping it moving

Dane understood the argument about not being seen. He had a history of not wanting to be seen - and he really did not want the goblins to see him before he saw them. But without a light he would never see them. And how do you start a light in the middle of a fight? That would be bad timing. So he stressed the need for light.

As for where they went he offered the ranger a choice. They could either kill the chained up wolves and he'd try to climb the hole or whatever it was in the cavern. Otherwise move on. He didn't want to climb with hungry wolves at the bottom. He assumed this meant they would move on.

(If the ranger wants to kill the wolves Dane would aid with that with his bow. But assuming not, the plan is to move on down the path.)

Posted on 2017-07-14 at 13:31:04.

Padre J Roulston
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Once the wolves were taken care of, Pavel poked his head into the chute to see what there was to see.

OOC: assuming there is nothing of interest to be seen

IC: "There's nothing up there that I can see. Which one of you are going to climb up?" Pavel whispered.

Posted on 2017-07-29 at 16:48:53.

Nomad D2
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Climbing into the dark

Dane looked at the wolves where they lay. He didn't like killing them if they were just wild animals, but the pets of goblins likely put a bit more 'wild' into the title than he wanted. And he certainly didn't want to face them and the goblins at the same time. He moved with Pavel to the back of the chamber and glanced up the chute.

It was dark. That was about all he could see. Dark.

Somehow the adventure stories never pointed out the difficulties of climbing around in dark caverns filled with critters that could see in the dark. He held his bow tightly and looked at the ranger.

"Look, you can see in the dark and I can't. If I go up I'd need to bring a torch - I might as well play a trumpet as I go. But you might be able to sneak up." He paused, waiting to see if she reacted. "If you want we can be right behind you coming up. Or we will wait at the bottom so you can retreat more quickly. Your choice."

(Waits for a response.)

"Whatever we find, we need to be ready to light a torch immediately when we get up there."

(OOC: I'm guessing she will want us all to climb together - in the dark with the ranger leading the way. But as I said, we can wait at the bottom. Pavel had the torch before, so probably needs to be ready to light a torch when we get up - although it will depend on what the ranger says.)

Posted on 2017-07-29 at 21:57:23.

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The Climb-finally

"We'd better go one at a time," she reasons, "Otherwise if the person ahead slips, they'll fall on the others."

With some straining an effort, she climbs up the dark cavern,being as quiet as possible except for periodic grunts as her hands and boots negotiate the steep chimney.

The rest of you follow, and as the second ascends to the top, you see flashes of light, so that you can barely see Aspara's face who is putting a finger to her lips, indicating that you should be silent.

As you all arrive to the top, you are lucky to find several large crates obstructing your view of a bonfire that's obviously in the center of the room, and voices speaking Goblin coming from there.

Aspara holds up three fingers and makes a circular gesture, indicating that there are three other people in that direction that she is aware of. It's clear that they aren't aware of your presence, or if they are, they don't acknowledge you.

If you poke your head out from behind cover, which consists of boxes of what looks like stolen supplies, you see A large bugbear holding a club and two goblins sitting at a fire. the bugbear has a large chair that he's sitting in, and he's growling and yammering in goblin at the two goblins.

Posted on 2017-08-09 at 16:51:08.

Padre J Roulston
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Pavel sets his sword on the ground and takes out his crossbow, and indicates to the others that they should also take out a ranged weapon.

Once everyone is ready, Pavel mimes that he will take the bugbear, and that the others should each take a goblin.

When everyone is set, Pavel motions:

As quietly as possible rises above the crates, takes aim, and fires at the bugbear.

OOC: Rolled a 17 + 5 Ranged attack bonus = 22
I hope that is a hit... Rolled a 6 for damage, for a total of 9

I hope that it was alright to post in this fashion rather than answer in the Q/A

Posted on 2017-08-12 at 21:30:48.

Nomad D2
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1. . . .2 . . .3 . . . Fire!

Dane moved quietly to ready his bow as he saw his companion do the same. Sneak attack time! He hoped they could take out the creatures in front of them before they could retaliate or call for aid. At the very least, coming up the garbage shoot probably gamed them an extra shot or two.

He pulled an arrow back and .


Slid out and fired at the goblin on left, having previously indicated to the ranger who he'd fire at.

Once more fate sped towards his target in the form of an arrow shaft.

(Dane rolled a 9. He gets +2 for proficiency. That makes it 11. Are there any other bonuses for unaware opponents or surprise? If he hits it does 1d6 piercing.)

Posted on 2017-08-13 at 18:02:41.

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