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21st Jun 2018, 12:39 AM in Chapter 4
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Chippewa Ghost 21st Jun 2018, 12:46 AM edit delete reply
Chippewa Ghost
Situational Awareness, bro.

never considered that he might be the one to get whacked first
Haegan2005 21st Jun 2018, 1:19 AM edit delete reply
Haegan2005
yeah, that caught me by surprise too.

I suspect that he is "merely" badly injured.
David Argall 21st Jun 2018, 4:51 AM edit delete reply
Probably only wounded. He has good potential for plot immunity as the boyfriend, and our barbarian missing suggests another rescue mission, which requires a live victim. Now each plot element needs reversing at time just to keep us on our toes, but the odds favor his wounds being survivable, right now.
But looking at the picture of the area, I see a dozen of what could be additional "stone snakes", which could make this a very serious fight [or just a lot of rocks]. So this could be where the party learns to work together [or learns they should have]
ErictheTolle 23rd Jun 2018, 5:42 AM edit delete reply
Or they just need to salvage enough of him for a Raise Dead spell. I'm sure those are available at a reasonable price back at the city. Assuming any of them get back to the city.
ErictheTolle 23rd Jun 2018, 5:42 AM edit delete reply
Or they just need to salvage enough of him for a Raise Dead spell. I'm sure those are available at a reasonable price back at the city. Assuming any of them get back to the city.
ErictheTolle 23rd Jun 2018, 5:42 AM edit delete reply
Or they just need to salvage enough of him for a Raise Dead spell. I'm sure those are available at a reasonable price back at the city. Assuming any of them get back to the city.
Rocktopus 21st Jun 2018, 4:00 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
I remember everyone calling TPK and casting votes on the order of deaths at the beginning of the chapter :P
Dalton Westmoore 21st Jun 2018, 1:58 AM edit delete reply
Dalton Westmoore
OZZI NO!

YOU WERE THE ONLY SMART ONE!
Rudofaux 21st Jun 2018, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
Rudofaux
Not if Ox has anything to say about it.
Rocktopus 21st Jun 2018, 4:01 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
"Smart" and "Wise" are two different things
yodal 21st Jun 2018, 3:52 AM edit delete reply
If he survives this he is going to be watching his back forever on.
Rocktopus 21st Jun 2018, 4:01 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Never trust a stalagmite ever again
Crinos 21st Jun 2018, 4:11 AM edit delete reply
You've been Gricked son!
Swagner 21st Jun 2018, 5:04 AM edit delete reply
Swagner
Hey, that's how our warlock met 0 hp for the first time (a trend that continued until the end of the campaign)!
Rocktopus 21st Jun 2018, 4:02 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Getting Gricked is my new expression from now on
Dalton Westmoore 21st Jun 2018, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
Dalton Westmoore
"Get Grickity Grickity Gricked, Son!"
Rudofaux 22nd Jun 2018, 8:15 PM edit delete reply
Rudofaux
GRekt
StLOrca 25th Jun 2018, 3:28 AM edit delete reply
StLOrca
+5 upvotes
StLOrca 25th Jun 2018, 3:32 AM edit delete reply
StLOrca
It’s not the tentacles, it’s that beak—rather squidlike, IIRC.
padanew 21st Jun 2018, 4:35 AM edit delete reply
padanew
At least its not purple.
Rocktopus 21st Jun 2018, 4:02 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
It can be though; it can change colors :P
Verycoolname 21st Jun 2018, 7:32 AM edit delete reply
I counted seventeen of the X-marked stalagmites, so it looks like they have their hands full.
Rocktopus 21st Jun 2018, 4:03 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
;)
Lurker 21st Jun 2018, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
Whoa, you're right! That's a lot of gricks for our dysfunctional little party here. Let's see who makes it out alive here...
padanew 21st Jun 2018, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
padanew
To be far I was to distracted by the parties arguement to notice the similar rock features.
Worstcase 21st Jun 2018, 8:29 AM edit delete reply
So how many turns of battle will it take the arguing party members to realize the fight is on?
I bet they all missed out on their rolling for initiative.
Rudofaux 21st Jun 2018, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
Rudofaux
Wouldn't surprise me if Ox is the ONLY one that knows of this event.
Rocktopus 21st Jun 2018, 4:03 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
hehe
kyrtuck 21st Jun 2018, 4:02 PM edit delete reply
kyrtuck
When treated with certain chemicals, leather can be extremely fireproof.
Rocktopus 21st Jun 2018, 4:04 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Something an alchemist would know, I imagine
yetanotherguy 21st Jun 2018, 4:21 PM edit delete reply
Oh that is terrifying. And that cave and sword were very effective distractions. What are their chances of not getting surrounded or, worse, separated?
Rocktopus 21st Jun 2018, 4:29 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
Given that they were already surrounded, and separated themselves into two groups... probably not so good
Lurker 21st Jun 2018, 4:32 PM edit delete reply
This is where they need that drunk dwarf's Rule #1 advice: don't trust anything in the dungeon, everything is out to kill you.
yetanotherguy 21st Jun 2018, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
And with Ozzy being pushed away like that, their chances of regrouping quickly are... maybe not so bad if Ox succeeds in getting him back?

If he survives, Ox is a strong nominee for MVP of the dungeon run and an extra share of the loot.
Guest 24th Jun 2018, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
@Rocktopus Yeah, you are absolutely right, I should not comment when I am exhausted. I still wondered whether it was just that one worm or not, though everything points towards that room being filled with them.

And after looking up Gricks, if this is the variant from D&D 3rd edition (http://www.d20srd.org/srd/monsters/grick.htm), this encounter could be incredibly bad for the party - that damage reduction is not something to laugh at near their (presumed) character levels. Do they have any magical weapons? If they don't, it seems that both Marigold, the elf archer and Ozzy will have a very hard time dealing damage to them. Ox might be able to hit so hard that he simply punches through the damage reduction. The alchemist might be their best bet, but this depends: If most or all of the worms attack them, then incinerate as much as possible before the worms get him - but if only one or a few worms at a time attack them, using fire without limiting the area of effect to the attacking creatures might hurt most or all of them, and thus rouse many more to battle... though possibly also kill many more of them - that variant does not have many HP.

If the worms are hungry, this does not bode well for the party. I think it is also critical whether they both recognize the creatures and their abilities (or quickly figure out they have damage reduction and which kind) as well as communicate that information to the rest of the party, for else they will have a very hard time fighting them effectively, or rather figuring out that they might need to retreat. This shows that Randulf's insistence on calling monsters right and knowing about them is incredibly important.

In more general terms, while I am uncertain about the abilities of the party and the challenge of this encounter, it seems like an encounter that is much harder (though avoidable) than what the party can handle (unless they discovered the monsters before everything and that alchemist proceeded to burn everything). It seems that Marblegate at least some of the time does not pull its punches...

Also, this is a really scary encounter, though not unfair - those rocks were very strangely shaped, and everyone knew something was up.
John190 21st Jun 2018, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
Tis but a scratch!
Packless1 22nd Jun 2018, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
...with the only voice of reason gone...
...THEY ARE DOOMED...!!!
Lurker 22nd Jun 2018, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
This is fuelling my prediction that Ozzy, if he makes it alive through this mess, will end up teaming up with Colleen.
Packless1 23rd Jun 2018, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
...IF he survives (ok, this isn't 'Game-of-Thrones ;-))...
...I agree...! ;-)
yetanotherguy 24th Jun 2018, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
He definitely might, though I am not all that certain anymore. He might end up on another party, and we will see two different parties and how they go into the dungeon, with he and Colleen joining up later on in the story if they both survive. I do believe both he and Colleen will survive, however.
Commander Dulton 23rd Jun 2018, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
Oh hey a Grox. Nice.
Rocktopus 24th Jun 2018, 3:25 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
I think you mean "Grick"
Sturzkampf 23rd Jun 2018, 5:03 AM edit delete reply
Ozzi and Ox togther might work well, a bit like Ms Colleen and Randulf.
Rocktopus 24th Jun 2018, 3:26 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
They've know each other for a while :)
crevate 24th Jun 2018, 2:14 AM edit delete reply
So now Ozzie has worms? or do worms have ozzie?
Rocktopus 24th Jun 2018, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
Rocktopus
It's likely planning to stick him at the end of a huge hook to see if they can catch some fish. Or at least some Dire Crocodiles.
W 25th Jun 2018, 3:57 AM edit delete reply
I hope he didn't need that crossbow for anything...