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You are Ssen, a Lamia raised by a human Paladin who adopted you after killing the ones who birthed you. You are grown now, and Father has passed on. After a great deal of work, you have become a Paladin like your Father, and now take up his duties.

You are accompanied by your best friend from childhood, the insect druid Tricia; Mage, a magic user who ran away from his family of cannibal raiders known as the Ghouls (Yes, his name is Mage. It was his idea); Persephone, a 22-year old thief/ex-guerllia fighter (She goes by Peri), and Mari, a 13-year old prodigy scholar/now sniper, who has her mind and soul trapped within Peri's body; and Lea, a deeply religious musician/martial artist, trained by her father, a famous trainer for arena fighters, she's covered from her mouth down in bandages to hide the horrific state her body has become thanks to the 'cures' that saved her from cancer.

Your journey continues...

Opening theme song (NEW for Season 4!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3FKgL7YVFg

http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Lamia%20Quest

1d4 chan page w/battle stats: http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:Lamia_Daughter_Quest
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You have cried havoc and let loose the dogs of war...or have made this a day of infamy...or awakened the sleeping giants...or pick whatever significantly pithy war saying you want to apply to this day. Either way, the war between the Fey Court/United Free Kingdoms/City-State of White Tree and the Phoenix Empire will hinge upon this day.

Either the Empire will be crippled and the armies that it forced to serve them will be freed, or the city of White Tree will be sacked and burned.

(Or, a very unpleasant thought pops up in your mind as you suit up in armor, which includes a helmet, is that all of your plans could fail. Then the Empire would march on White Tree and First Wood, seize Citadel, and after that...no. No you can't let yourself think like that.)

The plan is pretty basic, using Fell Weed smoke, you'll be able to lure the majority of the Empire's ettin troops, the two headed 12ft tall creatures, towards White Tree. The smoke is a natural and cultural lure/aggravation stimulant, the ettin won't be able to resist.

This will cause several other fronts to collapse. Allowing the Fey Court elves, along with orc support, to advance and to do a little sabotage of their own. Hopefully they'll be able to corrupt the indoctrination the Empire uses on their human slaves, turning them against their masters.

If all goes well, the empire will lose the entire eastern and southern fronts, two whole armies, and retreat.
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>>26566723
The down side is that, while the orcs, and Fey Court, are doing that, White Tree will be assaulted by 100 ettins, give or take, along with human slave support.

Just you, the Dawnchasers, the Paladins, a few UFK mixed-squads, and the White Tree Defense Force; who vary from white haired men on the wall manning the blackpowder cannons, to the standard trained and skilled longbow or sword-and-shield soldiers, and ending with the far too young Blessed Troopers, with their experimental Shock Packs, and Flame Lances.

20 ettins are enough to scatter an entire battalion. You're staring down a force of five times that.

The war won't end today, and this battle will hardly be the last, but if you live to see history books made of this war, this battle will be the one that gets its own special chapter.

Tricia enters your tent. She's suited up in a bit heavier armor than she normally wears.

"Hey." She says. Giving your shoulder a soft squeeze. "So...I was thinking I would be hanging in the back, Trying to use my friends as healing support? Spread my special pollen around in this cloud, maybe try and keep the Blessed from getting too badly hurt."

She looks at the map. "So, Julian and Kincaid are in the van, huh? Is...is that where you're going to be?" She says. "Toll and Balles are on the flank...and Avery's on the Wall with the Blackpowder Crews." She sighs. "I miss the days when it was just us in a room, trapped with just one or two monsters that wanted to rip our heads off."
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Oh shit the lamia quest

"Yeah, I'll probably be in the vanguard. I'm the only one even close to the size of an ettin after all, and a paladin to boot. Things really were just so much easier when we could go around the horde and kill the thing controlling it, weren't they? And yeah- I'd appreciate it if you hung back, we'll need as many healers as we can get out there. It's going to be a nasty battle."
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>>26566852
anyway, this guy here, have we got much of a strategy yet? Can I get a report of how many spears and how much gunpowder this place has? For spearing and trapping, respectively. Also, I assume no fell weed is burning yet, because we're not sick yet.
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Well, since other folk aren't here yet, another question. How much poison can we produce? Enough to give the archers a good volley? A bunch of paralyzed or melty giants would be wonderful at tripping the others up. I mean these things are huge. Sage for samefaggotry.
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Rolled 15

>>26566790
"I'll be with my uncle yes. And that sounds like a good idea with the healing support. I miss the old days too."
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>>26567097
I was hoping for more using our venom to spit clear in ettin eyes,.
>>26567102
seconding this, with the addition of a lamia hug
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>>26567097
Actually, could we find a use for Cloudkill here?
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>>26567122
We'll be spitting for sure, but I want a means of widespread venom use. We're only one person after all.

Also I just had a realization: Terry and Tammy, the two slaves we rescued are in this city somewhere. I really hope not in the military. They especially don't deserve this shit after their extended stay in the north.
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"Yeah, I'll probably be in the vanguard. I'm the only one even close to the size of an ettin after all, and a paladin to boot. Things really were just so much easier when we could go around the horde and kill the thing controlling it, weren't they? And yeah- I'd appreciate it if you hung back, we'll need as many healers as we can get out there. It's going to be a nasty battle." You say.

She kisses you on the cheek. "Take care. May you not die, and all of that." She looks at the map again.

The Paladin's plan is a pretty simple one. Ettin horde advances, army holds line, signal is given after a point, secondary force flanks into the horde, pincer attack, and done. It's Avery's work. Very simple, very easy, no overly complicated plans or heavy reliance on any one force.

Balles and Toll are on hand to gauge the timing and position of the flanking attack. So you know that they won't screw it up.

Kincaid and Julian are crazed fighters and know how to take and give hits.

Also Avery can be on the wall and shoot up communication flares if he needs to adjust.

It looks fairly cut and dried. The random elements in this plan have been acknowledged and minimized as best they could be. It's a good plan.

But for some reason it just gives you a bad feeling. Maybe it's paranoia, or your leviathan brain desperately trying to complicate things for the sheer sake of complexity...or maybe it isn't.
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>>26567131
maybe, if we gave everyone the instruction to fall back away from us when we pop a certain type of flare.
I think a yellow, green, or black flare. Whatever screams "poison" the most.
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>>26567158
Maybe we could spit it into bottles and give one to each of the Paladins?
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>>26567151
>gives you a bad feeling
I have identified the bad feeling. Ettins are HUGE and we have no spearmen. I suggest planting explosives ahead of our lines that the ettins will have to walk through, and then lighting them with marksman fire.
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>>26567161
Might not be good idea in case one of them forgets what it was. Cloudkill is only visible to us and maybe other lamia
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Rolled 9

>>26567178
This might be it. I don't know military so I can say for sure, but this sounds good.

Not that it matters, things are moving fast now.
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I could see one way for things to go wrong. Kingfisher could send assassins after you during battle. He wants all the paladins dead after all.
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>>26567208
More venom and beacon targets i suppose.
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>>26567161
Too unwieldy, gotta be careful with gaseous poison. Also, it'd require three seperate bottles to be thrown accurately.
>>26567151
Give tricia a bit of a hug while you look at the map
"It's times like this I can't help but think of all the extra little things I need to do to make this go better. Check for kingfisher spies, dig ankle-breaks for the ettins, set gunpowder kegs to shoot when the enemy force overtakes them, commission spears for those swordsmen... Think we have time to do any of that?"

Also I'm not sure about cloudkill you guys. It's a low-lying gas. It might not reach up to ettin breathing height.
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Rolled 1

>>26567208

It's not really assasination if it happens during battle. Not unless they're dressed in our colors.
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>>26567253
gotta remember there are spies in Whitetree.
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>>26567253
>dressed our colors
>wielding underhive wasp poison
>shot out of a blow-gun
Calling it this way.
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and it won't be after just us, it'll be after the others.

If I was the Kingfisher I'd target Mage and Kincaid.
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>>26567178
>Ettins are HUGE and we have no spearmen. I suggest planting explosives ahead of our lines that the ettins will have to walk through, and then lighting them with marksman fire.

Okay, good news, bad news, and a few rolls.

The good news is that, the WTDF, and your Mixed-Ranks aren't stupid, you have spears.

The bad news is that there aren't that many people trained in spears, effectively. Your own personal style is something unique to Lamia/Naga, so you can't give an effective crash course to people, because they don't have the same kind of flexible spine that you have.

There's enough spears, but only about 2 out of every 5 soldiers you have, combined, would be any use with the things in the heat of battle. Avery has soundly gone with a 75-25 split of those forces with the majority being in the frontal army.

As for the explosives, and something else. Roll 2d20.
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Rolled 9, 16 = 25

>>26567293
Rollan
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Rolled 14, 4 = 18

>>26567293
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Rolled 11, 17 = 28

>>26567293
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Rolled 13, 16 = 29

>>26567293
Oh boy rolling for spies.

Also, stupid citadel training forces wrong. Don't you know we need many many spearmen? I wonder if we can have untrained guys brace for a charge, drop their ettin impaled spears, and move on to swords.
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>>26567151
The problem is that we're banking on a smart plan going well. We've got enemies that can do that better then us.

We need to be VERY careful about what we do next. Remember what the first lightbringer thought about their invincibility.
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>>26567333
But we hardly have claimed invincibility. Unless we were drunk. In which case we totally claimed that, and that we could eat the sun.

I agree with you on the smart plan and being careful points though. This plan needs more trenches full of pitch that ettins fall into and burn in and hit-and-run lightning guys on horses.
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Rolled 9, 3 = 12

>>26567333
Gotta spam that morningstar i suppose.

wonder if it will work on our fellow pallys this time
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>>26567373
Let's do the morningstar a few times, sure, but don't forget that when we keep it idling at a full 5 charges we LITERALLY glow with the power of the light.

After a beacon discharge or two, we should save a 5count beacon and go to town with claws, being some kind of bloody holy snake tornado.
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>>26567405
We broke a claw a few days ago, I'm not sure if it's healed or not
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>>26567430
oh shit you're right, that was just a few days ago. Beacon never breaks on us, good spear. We should take it to the forge one of these days, get it sharpened and... whatever maintenance you do with a spear-y type thing.
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>>26567324
You've dug ankle-breaks and a pit fall or two, but White Tree is unwilling to give you much in the way of their blackpowder. They're keeping it mostly for the cannons and riflemen on the wall.

A little bit of good news though, Sophie's shown up with five of her spell-shooters in their fancy hats.

"I know it isn't much." She says. (A regular spell-shooter contingent is 10, with grunt support.) "But, well...you guys need the help it sounds like...also..." She looks at Mage who is talking to Kincaid and she sighs and looks away. "Anyway, would you like us on the wall, in the van, or on the flank?"
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>>26567474
"Sophie! You don't know how glad I am for the help.
I think I'd like you on the wall, if you can fire from there. I'm not sure of the range you have on those things, I've never seen 'em in action, but light knows we could use some fireballs raining down on our foes. If for nothing else than effect."

Question. How close will we be to the fell weed in the vanguard?
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>>26567474
..... oh geez, Sophie. Do not get yourself killed over a boy. No matter how awesome. Poor woman's clearly got it bad.

The spell-shooters are going to be most effective in the flank, I think. Maximum distribution of area-effect destruction across the less defended portions of their army without making them too vulnerable to counter-attack or too far back to effectively hit the enemy rear ranks.
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Rolled 9

It would depend how accurate the spellshoters are. If they can act as snipers they'd be better on the walls, but otherwise they should go with crossbowmen.

I think.
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"Sophie! You don't know how glad I am for the help.

"I think I'd like you on the wall, if you can fire from there. I'm not sure of the range you have on those things, I've never seen 'em in action, but light knows we could use some fireballs raining down on our foes. If for nothing else than effect." You say.

"Fire's a bit out of range, but we can hit them with lighting and Eli can do blindness spells."

"They aren't...I command Shadow itself!" A girl with too much eyeliner says.

"Sure, Eli." Sophie rolls her eyes. "Come on girls."

Roll 1d20
This is for later.
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Rolled 11

>>26567552
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Rolled 19

>>26567552
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Rolled 15

>>26567552
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Rolled 9

>>26567552
"Wait, how much shadow? Over how wide a range? I wonder if I could see in it."
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>>26567566
excellent
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>>26567572
..... maybe it's for something good for us?
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Rolled 15

>>26567552

Damn, Too late to roll. Also, if they don't really have the range on the wall then it probably would have been better to have them on the flank or something,
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Rolled 19

>>26567566

Good going sir.
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>>26566723
>suit of armor
>which includes a helmet
>HELMET

Light be praised! I wonder how it fits.
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>>26567718
Hopefully we can still spit/bite in it
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>>26567789
I'm curious. Is it a half helm? One with the flip-up visors? Maybe just a bit of a skullcap?
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>>26567718
>I wonder how it fits.
Pretty well. It's nothing fancy, standard rounded helm with nose bridge and the Nine-Pointed Star of His Light on the front.

>>26567575
"Wait, how much shadow? Over how wide a range? I wonder if I could see in it." You say.

Eli shrugs. "At that range...I think I can try and crack out two, maybe three, people before I have to recharge and reload. It helps that they're such big targets. If you want me to do wide range I need to be closer, but I can play bodyguard if need be." She tilts her head towards Sophie and whispers. "It's not a secret who's going to be getting his own guardian angel.

"But if you like me, and the other four girls can keep the heat off of the Paladins, or any other specific person, or squad that you want."

Just so you know, there's six squads of Blessed. But you're not totally sure which one Denise is in.

"Ssen." Mari comes up to you. "There's a problem. The Blessed and the Regulars are having...problems...with the Mixed Units. They want to not have to fight with them. The Ehite Tree Brassholes are suggesting that all the Mixed be in the Flank and tat the Regular and the Blessed be in the van."

"Do they have the numbers?" Tricia asks as you and she follow Peri/Mari.

"Yeah, but the Mixed have minotaurs and lizard folk in them." Mari says. "They can take a couple of hits."

You see Julian and Kincaid arguing with Billings and a few unpleasantly scarred and battleworn men in white/black armor.

"Billings is trying to side with Julian and Kincaid, but you know the 'High Father' and how he reacts when his people want him to agree with them." Mari says.

"They have no place on the battlefield at ALL!" Julian shouts. "They should be on the walls."

(cont)
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>>26568001
"The Blessed have every right to defend their homes." One of the Regular commanders says. "More so than anyone else, also they are the one who know how to use their sacred weaponry. The Free-Thinking Beas-"

"Do NOT use that word again, Stafford." Kincaid snaps.

"I will speak as I see it." Commander Stafford says. "The Free-Thinking Beasts can aid us in the assault, but I will NOT have my Blessed be dependent on their presence! If a UFK sees a Blessed or one of their own kind about to die, who will it choose? They WILL protect their own, and I will not allow ANY factor that could cause my Blessed's deaths in this. The Regulars would give their lives a hundred times over for the Blessed. They stay THERE."
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Rolled 15

>>26568011
With due respect, Commander, everyone here is already very dependent on everyone else. Julian is right, we need them on the walls.
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Rolled 4

>>26568068
Bah, should be "Paladin Graves" not "Julian
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>>26568011
"Wait, does that mean you don't want me in the vanguard? No offence, but I thought you guys would snap at the chance to get someone else besides your own taking the biggest hit.
If it makes any difference, I agree with julian that the blessed should be as far back as possible- they're quite young. That, and their swords seem unwieldy to fight with, but just fine to shoot with."
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>>26568011
"So you're going to throw the relatively squishy Blessed into the van rather than the beefy minotaurs and lizardmen who can take a few hits? Thats SUICIDE, Commander, and you know it! If you want them on the field stick them in the flank, but the Blessed would be much more use on the Wall, where they can use their range advantage to the maximum. Honestly, if you're so protective of the Blessed I'd have thought you'd let the 'free thinking beasts' take the hard hits for them."
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>>26568011
"Would you call me a beast to my face Commander, or are you merely content to call others beasts behind their backs? The mixed units are far more effective in the vanguard and it would be better for everyone involved if the Blessed focused on their ranged capabilities instead of being crushed between two armies.
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>>26568011
"This battle is being fought to break the Empire's back. White Tree is only the first domino, after they sack and burn it they will move on to the next target. We are ALL fighting for our homes here."

"And while I thank you for valuing the lives of us Beasts so highly as to throw your own cities children into the front line to save us from the brunt of the blow, I must remind you that we are hardy and capable soldiers. We fight not just for White Tree, but for it's future. Please do not be so eager to sacrifice it so readily."
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>>26568011
"You don't understand the tactics we are employing in this battle, Commander Stafford. The Regulars are being used to hold the line while the Blessed are held in reserve for the counterattack that will break the PE assault in a swift mass assault. With their backs all but broken by the Regulars and fresh troops charging the battlefield, there will be no choice but for the PE to abandon their siege.

Just because the Blessed are not on the front lines at all times does not mean that they will be dependent on anyone. Indeed, without the Blessed's counterassault, the siege would continue. The role of the Regulars is supportive in nature, meant to take blows that would weaken the capabilities of the Blessed and allow them to save their strength for the decisive push."
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>>26568216
>>26568220
These two to start off with

>>26568068
>>26568109
These to keep pushing if he doesn't back down.
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Rolled 1

>>26568216

I like the second paragraph.
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So is there anyone involved the in leadership of WT that isn't a bigot?
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>>26568216
>"And while I thank you for valuing the lives of us Beasts so highly as to throw your own cities children into the front line to save us from the brunt of the blow, I must remind you that we are hardy and capable soldiers. We fight not just for White Tree, but for it's future. Please do not be so eager to sacrifice it so readily."

I think this will bring Billings on our side. He's a caring man, if a bit of a doormat, and he's not going to like that idea at all.
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"If it helps, I'd probably save one of your young ones over an adult soldier. It saddens me that they've been called to the field."
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>>26568011
"And *I* will speak as I see it, Commander. If we do not work together, everyone loses. You would divide our forces and have them play to their weaknesses, and in doing so send your own troops to their deaths over petty grudges, Commander.

Your opinion is noted, but I'll not allow blind hatred to drive up casualties for both the UFK and White Tree, and I would very much appreciate it if you would keep your opinions out of it and think about this from a tactical standpoint, Commander."
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>>26568292
I'd change this to "any young one". Don't show favouritism to White Tree.
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>>26568240
this, but take "you don't understand the tactics" line. replace it with something along the lines of "I think you misunderstand what them being on the walls would mean"
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Man, this is the weirdest showing of racism I've ever seen to the point of being descriminatory the whole other way.
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"With due respect, Commander, *I* will speak as *I* see it. Everyone here is already very dependent on everyone else. Paladin Graves is right, we need them on the walls.

"You don't understand the tactics we are employing in this battle, Commander Stafford. The Regulars are being used to hold the line while the Blessed are held in reserve for the counterattack that will break the PE assault in a swift mass assault. With their backs all but broken by the Regulars and fresh troops charging the battlefield, there will be no choice but for the PE to abandon their siege.

"Just because the Blessed are not on the front lines at all times does not mean that they will be dependent on anyone. Indeed, without the Blessed's counterassault, the siege would continue. The role of the Regulars is supportive in nature, meant to take blows that would weaken the capabilities of the Blessed and allow them to save their strength for the decisive push."

"This battle is being fought to break the Empire's back. White Tree is only the first domino, after they sack and burn it they will move on to the next target. We are ALL fighting for our homes here."

"And while I thank you for valuing the lives of us Beasts so highly as to throw your own cities children into the front line to save us from the brunt of the blow, I must remind you that we are hardy and capable soldiers. We fight not just for White Tree, but for it's future. Please do not be so eager to sacrifice it so readily." You say.

There's four Black-White Commanders. One of them, thankfully was already on Julian's side, but he's obviously the youngest one, and is just a bit of a Paladin groupie. You can see him nodding along with Julian's words.

Your speech has swayed the female commander.

The last 'commander' actually isn't a battle commander, but a supply/civilian/logistics NCO. Actually, you recognize that shade of hair. This must be Vivian's father. He's very clearly on your side, as the Blessed are his priority.

(cont)
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>>26568494
Stafford on the other hand, looks to be a dyed in the wool 'Even some Humans aren't Human enough for him' speciesist. He just sneers at you and turns to Billings.

"High Father, Fellow Champions of the Holy City," He looks at the other Commanders. "You know I was NOT in favor of this plan."

Vivan's father and the Female Commander both look at each other startled. Ah, now you know who REALLY wasn't in favor of it.

"Sir, if I may..." Vivian's father starts "Didn't you say-"

"I SAID that I was not in favor of THIS plan, we were developing our OWN plan. Remember?" Stafford glares at Vivan's father.

"Oh...yes...of course." He retreats.

Oh, His Light give you patience. It looks like Stafford's going to bully his way into getting Billings and the other Commanders to cave.

Julian and Kincaid look like they're ready to kill this prick...which probably wouldn't be useful at this immediate moment.
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>>26568504
"So tell me, what IS your plan? I'd be all too happy to hear it if its better than ours."
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Rolled 4

>>26568504
>"I SAID that I was not in favor of THIS plan, we were developing our OWN plan. Remember?"

Oh man. This guy. At this late stage trying to change things is only going to get people killed. He might well be right that they could form a better plan, but it's too late now to do anything other than support the plan that is being enacted.
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>>26568504
*shift position on our coils so we're a few feet taller than Stafford*
"Stafford, if you are going to bully these people into sacrificing the youth of this city, I suggest you go through me first."
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>>26568504
"Do tell then. Give me your plan that somehow has the mixed forces on the flank and the blessed in the vanguard. It might be genius, who knows, but right now it sounds like you're just going to get a bunch of kids killed."
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>>26568504
I will not see the battle lost simply because you cannot do anything else other than satisfy your own hubris, commander. I don't care what you think of me or others like me but I'll throw my mantle and circlet into the ocean before I allow a massacre of the cities youth.
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Rolled 13

>>26568618
Do this while looming
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>>26568618
>>26568638
This.
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>>26568618
>>26568638
This is our basic point. I have no idea what this guy is doing or what his plan is, but it sounds like it's just... dumb. And looming is fun.
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>>26568504
"Commander Stafford! I will not sit idly by while you throw this fine city, and all the soldiers and citizens within it, under a speeding wagon!

*If* you are so blinded by your petty hatred that you can no longer think clearly about the battle and this war, that you would willingly send your soldiers, who are CHILDREN, to their violent death in battle, then *perhaps* it is time for you to STAND DOWN."
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>>26568504
"Do you know what happens to the forces of leaders who bludgeon their way through strategy? They die, Stafford, because their commanders don't recognize a suicidal plan when they see it. Because they want all the glory to themselves or to their race. Are you that willing to kill hundreds of your own people just to make a point?"
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>>26568638
We really need to abuse our potential height more. We only need a third of our length on the ground to maintain balance
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>>26568573
>>26568578
>>26568618
>>26568675
These are all very good.

I wish they could all be used.
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>>26568694
Echo is alright at lumping our suggestions together
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>>26568676
Should be "force" instead of "race", but the point is very true.
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>>26568707
it makes us kind of longwinded for my liking.
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Rolled 8

>>26568751

We've been long winded since around the 3rd or 4th thread when echo started putting together speech suggestions into big huge things.
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>>26568751
Eh, it gets the point across and they'll respond to the general idea. Just pretend we're only saying specific things instead of repeating ourselves all the time, it's what I do.
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We are Ssen Patrick's army, we are the beastman infantry.
We cannot fight, we cannot shoot, what bleeding use are we?
And when we get to White Tree we'll hear the guardsmen say,
'Hoch, hoch! Mein Gott, what a bloody rotten lot, are the beastman infantry'
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>>26568542
start with this. if he gives an evasive answer say

" with a mixed force like this communication is almost a greater danger than the enemy, especially this close to battle. I do not want to watch the youth of white tree get massacred because we expected them to be somewhere else"

if that dost work, then we try intimidating him.
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Far, far from White Tree I long to be.
Where Phoenix soldiers can't get at me.
Dark are my barracks, cold are my feet.
Waiting for ettins to send me to sleep.
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So, our plan is to get his plan?

I'm for it.
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You stretch yourself up until your'e looming over the man, fangs bared. The other commanders all take a step back.

"Commander Stafford! I will not sit idly by while you throw this fine city, and all the soldiers and citizens within it, under a speeding wagon! I will not see this battle lost simply because you cannot do anything else other than satisfy your own hubris, commander. Do you know what happens to the forces of leaders who bludgeon their way through strategy? They die, Stafford, because their commanders don't recognize a suicidal plan when they see it. Because they want all the glory to themselves or to their force. Are you that willing to kill hundreds of your own people just to make a point?

"I don't care what you think of me or others like me but I'll throw my mantle and circlet into the ocean before I allow a massacre of the cities youth."

You snap.

"But, I'm being rash." You sneer. "Please, tell us your great plan."

Stafford sneers at you and then looks at Julian. His eyes narrow and he looks at Billings.

Billings looks at the other Commanders, who are trying to make it clear that they are NOT standing by Stafford.

(cont)
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>>26569122
"Commander Stafford, the Paladins are the instruments of His Light and His Will. They wouldn't dare give us a plan or a path that would result in death for our most cherished, our most blessed." He says. "We will go as commanded by Lord Paladin Graves."

Stafford shakes his head and looks at Julian. "When you train it to speak again, fix its breath, it reeks of death and dead animal."

He storms off.

"Oh...I am NOT done with that fucker." Kincaid says. He takes a deep breath and raises an eyebrow at Julian.

Julian shakes his head at Kincaid. "No."

He sighs and trows up his hands. "I have to go check the fires and make sure they're ready." He walks off.

Julian orders the other three commanders to follow him as they start setting up lines.

Vivian's father comes up to you. He has a weary/bewildered look on his face. That's a look you've come to recognize of a man who 's realized that the only one who's suited for the job is himself...and that he's WAY over his head.

"I...umm..." He says. "I wish you luck, your ladyship. Also...do...are you required to be in the vanguard? I know a lot of the Blessed would draw much inspiration and strength to see you, and your occuli, aiding them." He licks his lips, nervous. "Word has spread at how they have never fallen in battle and have never allowed others under their shadow come to harm. I...uhhh...I can assure you that there would be many who would be very grateful and filled with cheer and spirit to know that the blessed are protected by the Paladin Serpent."

You've heard worse bribes. But not many...although you've rarely heard one done for a decent reason like this.
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Rolled 17

>>26569163

We're kinda needed in the Van, but I think Trica or Mage on the wall wouldn't be amiss
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>>26569163
"Honestly, I'm not sure I could be anywhere BUT in the thick of things, and still live with myself."
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>>26569204
Yep. You always keep the healer and the mage at the back.
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>>26569163
I like Kincaid
"I need to be in the vanguard, I'm the only one big enough to see eye to eye with the ettins."
>>26569204
Tricia already has her plans and I would prefer having Mage assisting Kincaid. Maybe Peri/Mari would work well on the wall, keep an eye out for sappers and such.
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>>26569163
Your concern does you credit. However.

I assure you that the Blessed are on my mind most of all. I am standing in the vanguard so that whatever is thrown our way will have to go through me to get to them.

If it eases your mind, I can possibly arrange for one or more of my companions to be with them, if of course it is strategically viable.
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Rolled 18

>>26569163
"In Darkness is where His Light is needed most, thus there in Darkness I must stay. I don't think I could live with myself if I wasn't in the Van, but I'll see about having Peri and Mari up on the Wall."
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>>26569163
"Well, my healer, tricia, and mage, mage, are almost certainly going to be hanging back with them. Do you suppose that's enough?

Because we all would like to play to our specialties in the hope of a smoother battle, and to be honest, I'm much more suited getting in close. "
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Lea: rallying the Blessed
Ssen: vanguard
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>>26569352
lets go with this, but don't mention mage. we don't know where he is going to be.
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>>26569393
I kinda want to know what Mage is thinking of doing, otherwise >>26569384
is good.
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Yeah, let's stick someone with the blessed. Maybe Lea, with tricia on a roving-duty.
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>>26569478
I feel like Lea might cause some friendly fire incidents
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"Your concern does you credit. However.
I assure you that the Blessed are on my mind most of all. I am standing in the vanguard so that whatever is thrown our way will have to go through me to get to them.

"If it eases your mind, I can possibly arrange for one or more of my companions to be with them, if of course it is strategically viable. I was thinking for my healer to be with them."

The man lets out a small breath of relief. "Yes, anything will help. Now, I know that all the Blessed need aid, and combat sends everyone everywhere, but could your healer friend, could she start and try to stay close to Second Blessing? Again, I know many who would be thankful, Second Blessing has some very new recruits, they'd need the help."

Give a man an inch...

Well, he is just trying to keep his daughter safe. Although, you expect all of the Blessings (Who came up with that name?) to be new.
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Rolled 9

>>26569593

Say that we'll see what we can do, but promise nothing.
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>>26569163
"Don't be confused- they are under my protection. My occuli are to be distributed throughout the army, and the blessed ones are probably going to be meeting my dear healer, given where she's set to be stationed. By the same token, while they are under my protection, it is not perfect. I'm sorry to say I've lost a few in my time. I'm relying on you, the blessed, everyone involved even to do their utmost. We'll be needing it."
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Rolled 19

>>26569638

Have we ever actually lost anyone? I don't think we have.
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>>26569593
"I'm afraid she'll be going where people are hit hardest, so you had better pray she's not near the second.
I think I will have the spellshooters prioritize the blessed if we're taking hits on multiple fronts, however. Assuming they're not all on the wall shooting lightning, who knows how those things work.
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>>26569688
Nobody's died yet.
Yet.
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>>26569688
we lost some people when we faced Tragedy. We couldn't save them.
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Rolled 7

>>26569725
Fairly sure that doesn't count for these purposes, but we might count it anyway out of guilt. But in terms of people we go into battle with, the closest we've come to losing someone is Lea against the Avatar of Ice.
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>>26569638
>>26569725
There were the tragedy casualties, those two other vampire sisters who may or may not have been forced into it, that blinded guardsman, and that's all I can think of, other than the iffy ones like "All the people unable to get to the bell in the crafter city".
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Rolled 7

>>26569762

We would have lost a bunch of people to the bell if not for that reroll.
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>>26569593
"I wont ignore other companies, but I'll see what I can do."
>>26569688
Several people died to stop Tragedy, along with the other Humours (including several who had pledged themselves but decided that we were more sane then their masters).
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>>26569163
>reeks of death and dead animal
At some point, discreetly check your breath. How embarrassing.
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"Don't be confused- they are under my protection. My occuli are to be distributed throughout the army, and the blessed ones are probably going to be meeting my dear healer, given where she's set to be stationed. By the same token, while they are under my protection, it is not perfect. I'm sorry to say I've lost a few in my time. I'm relying on you, the blessed, everyone involved even to do their utmost. We'll be needing it.

"I'm afraid my healer will be going where people are hit hardest, so you had better pray she's not near the second.

"I think I will have the spellshooters prioritize the blessed if we're taking hits on multiple fronts, however. Assuming they're not all on the wall shooting lightning, who knows how those things work."

He sighs and nods. "I understand. Thank you for your help." He shakes his head. "You want to do what you can, as much as you can...even up to knocking them up and tying them up in your basement." He smiles at you and then frowns and shakes his head. "Wait. No. That was horrible. I'm sorry. I'm woolgathering, there are things I need to do. Good bye." He hurries off.

You go looking for the others, and you find Mage working on a very complex looking scroll. Lea is keeping watch. She holds up a finger for you to be quiet.

"He says it's for when we get our hands on the war idol." She says quietly. "Also, about that, are we waiting to claim it as a trophy after the battle, or are we going to try and get it during the fighting?"
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>>26569874
"From what I understand, whatever the idol is doing for these ettins is slow acting and insidious, which makes me unsure we can stop them mid battle with it. Also, it's a giant rock I think, I don't know how to steal one of those without a work crew."
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if we grabbed it during the fighting would we be able to drive the ettins from the field?
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>>26569924
seconding
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>>26569874
>even up to knocking them up and tying them up in your basement

What the fuck?
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>>26569874
Well, if we get the chance we might want to claim it during the battle, but I would think it safer and better that we spread our poison gas around the idol and, wait for the battle to be won and then after the gas has been dispersed, take our prize.
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>>26569962
I think he meant 'out' not 'up'.
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>>26569962
I'm assuming that's a typo for knocking them out.
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>>26569962
...Send someone to check his basement.
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>>26569969
*sometime later in the battle, Ssen is wrapped around an on top of an idol, sunbathing with a bunch of PE guys twitching around the idol*
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>>26570004
>idol
>smoothed sunbathing stone
my god you're a GENIUS
I know what we'll bring home for Ssai and Ssah! The perfect sunbathing boulder!
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>>26569962
>>26569983
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>>26570029
The more you guys talk about presents for Ssai and Ssah, the more likely they're gonna get killed in a surprise attack on Stone Hall. War fiction 101. Quit your shit.
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>>26570029
hah
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>>26566790
>The war won't end today, and this battle will hardly be the last, but if you live to see history books made of this war, this battle will be the one that gets its own special chapter.
We'd better have some serious battle maps today.
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>>26570098
I'm the one who usually makes those, but I'm kind of busy today, I can only check in once in a while.
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>>26569962
>What the fuck?
Right that was supposed to be out and not 'up' a typo on my part. Sorry.
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>>26569874
"Maybe if it's small enough for peri to make off with. Otherwise, it's just too dangerous to go for."
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>>26570258

Yeah, if that had actually been an "up" instead of an "out" I would be pushing to arrest him on the spot.
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>>26570258
>>26570297
>arrest on the spot
Eh, I'm more of the mind of "send an officer to his house", but same thing.
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>>26570274
I was hoping to keep Peri on the walls anyways, keep an eye out for sappers and such.
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>>26570297
Well, not immediately. I'd suggest a generous beating while shouting "STOP RESISTING! STOP RESISTING!"
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Rolled 5

>>26570346

Lets not be the police brutality lamia.
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I just got back from dinner out. We're splitting the party.

I hate it, but it's what kinda makes sense right now for the whole effort.
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"From what I understand, whatever the idol is doing for these ettins is slow acting and insidious, which makes me unsure we can stop them mid battle with it. Also, it's a giant rock I think, I don't know how to steal one of those without a work crew.

"Maybe if it's small enough for peri to make off with. Otherwise, it's just too dangerous to go for." You say.

"Alright." She nods. "So where do you want me, Peri/Mari, and Mage to be?"
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>>26570346
>a generous beating while shouting "STOP RESISTING! STOP RESISTING!"

Hey, that's Lea's shtick.
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Rolled 4

>>26570405

Peri/Mari we told the other guy should be on the walls. Lea can be there too. Where should Mage be?
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>>26570405
Peri and Mari should be up on the wall, sharpshooting and keeping an eye out for if the enemy does anything funny. They're a smart couple, they'll get the message to me if something changes. I was going to let you go in the vanguard or with the blessed, they both can use the support. Mage, being mage, will be shooting the largest fireballs possible from the vanguard, hitting their vulnerable side.
First time we've split up like this for a fight, I suppose war is quite different than our gallivanting about."
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>>26570479
er, quote that. dialogue.
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>>26570405
Maybe we could blow it up. We have any explosive runes or a spare barrel of blackpowder?
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>>26570450
Mage might be better with us as a "wind guy" when we use Cloudkill. Lea might not be best on the walls, but as a flanker She would do major damage.
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>>26570405
"Peri/Mari you can be on the wall, keep an eye out for anything like assassins or saboteurs of any sort and help out Avery. Mage you should stick with Kinkaid, better to keep pressure on the enemy and keep some good magical advice if we reach the idols."
>>26570450
I'm not sure about Lea, but I do want Mage to hang behind Kinkaid,
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Actually i do have an idea for Lea, stick her with Toll so she can focus on archery.
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>>26570508
Kinkaid's gonna be in the vanguard.

And I was originally thinking of putting Lea in the vanguard, but you guys are convincing me she would be more effective as a flanker.
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>>26570532
So you want her playing bouncer so toll can play sniper?

Good dynamic, I suppose.
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>>26570544
I wouldn't put Mage in the very front lines, just a bit behind.
>>26570549
Exactly
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So:
Mage: In front but not the Van, (With the Blessed maybe?)
Lea: With Toll and Balles
Peri/Mari: With Avery on the wall doing tactics/rearguard
Tricia: With the Blessed
You: Vanguard.

Is that good for everyone?
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>>26570604
Worksferme!
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>>26570604
Sounds good to me.
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>>26570604
Sounds good.
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>>26570604
Looks good.
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>>26570604
I'd have Mage with the Blessed. I like the idea of keeping as many of our party with as many paladins or other members of the party as possible.
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Rolled 8

>>26570604
I'm fine with this.

Only worry is that we're splitting the party, but that's not really avoidable here.
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>>26570657
They are Occuli, it works out and their strengths are being well used
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>>26570039
I want to know what this is from, now...
For... reasons.
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So. Which major characters are we gonna lose?
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>>26571007
Could be anybody.
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>>26571007
No matter who dies, we lose.
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>>26571031
>>26571067
I'm still wondering about those slaves from the north. I would have hated to deliver them straight to battle.
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>>26571067
>Kingfisher yucks it up
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>>26571093
I am 100% certain kingfisher is going to do something about this.
That fucker.
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Rolled 10

>>26571093
Kingfisher is more Chinese inspired than Japanese inspired, last I checked.
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This is just going to go so poorly. There's not nearly enough fire, explosions, and poison.
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>>26571138
Who cares, they're from Not-Asia.
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>>26571110
Our great advantage right now is that we are doing something so absolutely retarded that Kingfisher will be hard-pressed to react to it. Kinda like how he had no idea that we would FLY in and out of the camp before anyone noticed.

Eventually he's going to start making plans to account for us taking wildly insane actions. He'll be wrong as often as he is right, but he'll start thinking "She might possibly do that" instead of "She would never do that."
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>>26571208
I wish at some point he would accept peace talks. Too bad we gotta force it.
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>>26571245
It's not in his nature to negotiate from a position of equality.
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>>26571245
It's funny because we'd pretty much help build his city.
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>>26571281
>>26571320
I'm already thinking about how we're going to deal with all the phoenicians to the south and make them a non-hostile nation.
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>>26571345
Care to share those ideas?
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>>26571359
no, I don't have many. I've no idea how many noncombatants and civilians there are, but I'm fairly certain it's going to include a lot of communism, given the high expected population of human ex-slaves. Ettins are still a variable. I know nothing about them.
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>>26571376
>communism

See, my idea was Kingfisher's city would be like Hong Kong, i.e. extremely lax economic regulations which bring a large amount of foreign investment.
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>>26571412
It's really up in the air depending on how well Ryan's stuff takes. And the exact nature of it. And whether or not we'll be able to come up with a neutral freedom-book that winds them down from book-device use.
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>>26571376
I figure when we take it over we don't make to many changes, and what we do change we keep to stuff that the masses will like. use economic incentives to encourage allot of contact with other cities and just let the culture change over a generation or two.
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So, to avoid idle dread over the battle, I suppose we can think of things we can do during the battle. Just stabbing-and-morningstarring is probably not the optimum way to go.
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>>26571589
We're gonna be fighting Ettin and morningstarring.

I mean really, what else can we do? We're a figure of inspiration, we're supposed to be in the thick of the fighting doing things which look inspiring. I guess we could try to hamstring a few Ettin, but when we have enough reach to go straight for the throat, I don't see that much point.
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>>26571589
I was thinking we could use our venom, yes its horrible but when your fighting 100 giants I think we can afford to use a distasteful means of combat.
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>>26571642
>>26571589
I'm kinda hoping it'll be like that run we did in Stone Hall, back when it was sacked by ghouls. That was a really interesting "fight" sequence, rather than the typical "you encounter a large amount of enemies who all gang up on you" bullshit.
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>>26571664
This is one of those times where even I'd be completely okay with it. Even if it doesn't really work on the Ettins, might as well thin out the humans if we can.
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>>26571680
Acid in the eyes gets damn near everyone
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>>26571664
>>26571672
that might be nice, a series of problems instead of just straight battle roll.
And I'm all for some poison use here, when it's opporotune. Basically a 1 hit kill on things it works on.
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>>26571694
I'm all for using the gas as long as Mage puts up an air barrier between us and the rest of our forces. Choke the whole enemy army.

While we're at it, let's see if there are any lamias from the UFK detachment.
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>>26571735
almost certainly not, but worth looking into.
I think we're even more rare than the harpies. And we aren't repopulating like they are.
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>>26571281
>It's not in his nature to negotiate from a position of equality.

He cannot conceive that you would be willing to help the Phoenix Colony gain independence, and then just let them be. He's brilliant, but he's fallen for the grand fallacy. He believes that people view the world in the same way he does, or how he imagines that they do.

- - -
You give out a few orders, make sure that your people are where they can help the most, send off a few bird mesages, and do a headache inducing whisperflute conversation with Jesse-May.

Then the Fell Weed fires are lit.

The scheduled attack was going to happen at dawn, a good luck sign for the Phoenix (and His Light if you ask Lea.) For the fires to have any effect, you had to light them in the middle of the afternoon. Ugh, you despise that smell. It makes you nauseous and the smell reminds you of rotten meat and vomit.

Standing upwind, you beathe into your mouth for a moment...damn, that asshole was right about your breath. Well, unlike him, some people don't have the advantage of a diet that allows sweet smelling things...but you take comfort at the fact that your teeth aren't missing and/or brown like his. True, you regrow teeth swiftly, and whenever you need to, but the principle is the same...kinda...sorta...eh fuck the Commander and his species rhetoric anyway. You have a war to fight.

Julian comes up besides you on the battlefield as you both watch the sun set. "These have been an eventful year or two, haven't they?" He chuckles as he readies his greatsword. "Liam probably would be twisting both our ears, all things said and done. Wouldn't he?"
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Rolled 13

>>26571888
"Probably. Although I like to think he'd be proud of me. Heh, did you know I went out to distract myself from his death?"
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>>26571888
"Then, he'll probably pat us on the back or give us a big hug. We've done a lot for the peoples of our fair nation.


I wish Dad was here."
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>>26571888
"In my dreams I keep getting told 'this isn't the hard part' so I'm not too sure"
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>>26571888
"He'd be furious, to be sure. He got all worried when I went after boar, a war would just make his hair fall out."

"I haven't visited River's Cross for a long while. I hope they're doing well."
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>>26571888
"Too eventful. Things have really spiraled out of control- Not a day off in sight for months."

also,
>Yeah, our breath is kind of bad
>but the teeth grow back so it's OK, right?
>right?
Fucking adorable. Maybe we ask humans how they keep their breath good.
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Rolled 11

>>26571888
And Echo, please just pick a single thing. This conversation is not the place for rambling. I'm fine if you don't pick mine.
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>>26572023
I, too, am fine with not being chosen. Poignant times happen.
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>>26572023
Agreed.
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>>26572023
I could see one or two couldn't hurt to be combined, but I won't hold it to echo
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>>26572023
>>26572038
>>26572045
though, I don't want to be forceful about this, I see a few ways we could fit in maaaybe two, sentiment wise.

I sort of want to shoe in some complaints about the weeds in the following conversation.
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I wonder what we do with our old teeth. Probably just toss 'em out.
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>>26571932
I vote for this one.
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>>26572169
I do sort of like that one. Mostly because of the telling him why we left part. When we try to distract ourselves, by golly we're distracted.
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>>26571932
If we go for one, this is my choice
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>>26572188

I bet 1269 Internets and 34 Chanboards tha

>>26571932
Also recieves my vote. If we have a navel, now's the time to contemplate it.
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>>26572227

*that it rains. All the big battles have rain.

Goddamn keyboard...
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>>26572227
I like to imagine... no navel. But yes, I hope for some rain, it would completely ruin/make better our lightning troopers.
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Rolled 19

>>26572284
Well, I'm no biologist, but seeing as we lay eggs, I'm pretty sure we shouldn't have a navel.
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"Probably, he got all worried when I went after boar, a war would just make his hair fall out. I like to think he'd be proud of me, though. We've done a lot for the peoples of our fair nation.

"Still, I do wish Dad was here. Heh, did you know I went out to distract myself from his death?"

"Heh, well I hope you succeeded a little." Julian says.

"In my dreams he keeps telling me 'this isn't the hard part' over and over." You say.

"He used to say that." Julian says. "Never really understood what he meant by that, we had certainly seen enough difficulty. Every time that we seemed to be heading into death itself, he'd always say that 'This wasn't the hard part.' I thought for a moment that he thought that the Hard Part would be raising you...or any child. But no, he just smiled and said that it was difficult, but not the hard part."

You hear the roar and scream and you see the horde. They really are blue. You suppose that in a certain bright desert light you could call it a very pale grey, but in the light of dusk, they're pretty clearly blue.

"Don't die, little girl." Julian says. "I don't want Liam kicking my ass."
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>>26572301
Considering the fact that we're reptiles we should have any...

Oh fuck it, let's not start.
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>>26572307
"Good luck Julian. Why are they blue?"
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>>26572301
>>26572311
As i recall, we're like tiger and nurse sharks.

We can just contemplate our lack of navel then.
>>26572307
"Same for you Uncle"
*raise Beacon and give a wary cry*
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>>26572362
I am going to second this.
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>>26572307
"Same to you Uncle!" Ready Beacon and start on the cloudkill.
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>>26572307

Ettins aren't blue...I think it's our magic vision.
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>>26572406
hold up on the cloud kill for a moment, want to save it for a bit when we can be sure of having mage around to redirect it, as he is rather behind us in formation
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>>26572434
>>26572406
yeah, no cloudkill yet, we're still near humans.
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>>26572430
Magic is not-purple, though.
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>>26572307
Here it comes.
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>>26572364
speaking of our biology, I figured out why we have spines and why they're arranged outwards so they can't help with constriction.

They're so we can't get eaten by giant predators. Just coil up in a spike ball.
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>>26572505
They let us cut up whatever we're constricting, as well as deliver venom. Helps with more unruly prey i suppose
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>>26572307
Alright, this is how the war works.

As of now, the Phoenix Empire forces are at a score of 500.

You have 300, now. With 200 waiting in the flank.

Things are pretty even as they are right now. Naturally, that's going to change when things go to hell.

You'll get three options every turn. Each option will cause a roll, and that roll will determine how much each side has their numbers drop...among other things.

As of now, once the PE army (or you) reaches half strength, the flank will attack. That's the plan.
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>Oncoming horde of ettins
>Contemplate our biology

Lamia Brain strikes again!
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>>26572615
Okay, do we get any options or is it straight dice rollings?
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>>26572615
ALRIGHT HERE WE GO

>>26572617
It's just nerves.
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>>26572615
Any chance of lamia brain forth options?
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>>26572615
>clusterfuck coming
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>>26572659
I bet so, but we'll probably not have a unified backing of a good idea to produce one.
>>26572617
>>26572640
We've enjoyed contemplating how we work for a long while. I look forward to lamia doctors and scientists.

Also, we need to borrow julian's book from tricia and see if they've got a good organ anatomy of a dead lamia. Because who would have that other than monster hunters?
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>>26572713
Talk with another Lamia character for a long period should be fun.
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>>26572713
This is one of the generally acceptable images for lamia biology. Prob some deviations in Echo's canon but this'll give ya the basic idea
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Rolled 6

>>26572615
>>26572638

nvm, I missed the part about 3 options each turn
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>>26572615

So when our strength = 150 or theirs = 250, the flank goes.

DS(us)=150

DS(them)=250

150/250=15/25=3/5

We need to kill more than 5 points of troops and lose less than 3 on average every turn, or multiples thereof, to be winning.

This assumes that when the flank occurs the greater strength army will win. It's likely more complicated than that.
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There's only one thing about Lamia biology we can all come to consensus on.
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>>26572783
Sorry, I'm a snake ass man.
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>>26572798
We don't got an ass
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>>26572810
We have Isen.
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Rolled 11

>>26572798
I don't think snakes have those.
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>>26572829

But seriously though I'm nervous as hell about this battle, we're going to lose a lot of dudes. Giants and by extension ettins are NOT something you can fuck around with. I think the blue means they're angry, like hulk rules.
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Oh and you'll be shooting for 14+ every time.

>>26572615
The ettin are charging...but they're not headed towards the sinkholes and ankle breaks. You miscalculated where to set up the damn traps.

1) Hold position and engage them anyway, you've got the forces all dug in properly here. 10/5 Success, 5/5 failure. (2 crits make it a 0 losses, depending on the side)

2)Try to lure the bastards over to the trapped area by breaking rank. Risky, but the chaos you'll cause will be very much worth it. 15/5 success, 5/10 failure.

3) Charge the fuckers. Risky as hell, but you'll get full control of the terrain if you're the ones directing the charge. 20/5 success. 5/20 failure.

(So if you chose option B and succeeded, you'd be at 295, and the PE would be at 485)
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Rolled 5

>>26572905
Do we vote on an action then roll, or do we vote with a roll and the winning one gets the first 3 in the ones voting for it?

3
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>>26572905
I'd prefer to lure them over, I think, but I am unsure of what breaking ranks means in this instance.

I am going to assume the lure option is a faux charge to draw them in/get their attention, then fleeing back to the fortified lines. Which I am going for, option B.
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Rolled 10

>>26572905
I'm thinking of holding position
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>>26572905
I am going to vote for option 2. We have gotten this far by risking our neck, why not see how far that holds.
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>>26572905
2 sounds like the best bet. Its not terrible if we fail (Remember that failure is more likely than success if we need 14+)
option 3 just sounds terrible
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>>26572905
A.

We hold now and besides this is the first wave. They might just try to flank us.

Roll now or after choice decided, Echo?
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>>26572934
>Do we vote on an action then roll, or do we vote with a roll and the winning one gets the first 3 in the ones voting for it?

Vote on action, roll for action, best of first three.
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>>26572934
Probably standard pick a choice, then roll. At least I hope, otherwise you just charged twenty men to their deaths.

>>26572936
Attack and feign retreat sounds like a good idea. Going for Option 2/B.
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>>26572905
I'm going to vote be a lure. To make it more effective grab a branch of the smelly junk if its nearby and wave it in their faces.
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Rolled 2

>>26572905
B)
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Rolled 6

>>26572905
Oh, this is pretty risky no matter what.

I guess 2.
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>>26572963
Honestly, a charge against giants just has so many things that could go poorly, much better if at all possible to have them come to you.

But I already voted.
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i vote we go with option 2. its almost as good reward as option 3 and much lessrisk
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>>26572905

The first mistake anyone with a hardened salient makes is to assume it's impregnable and dig in without thought or care to harassment. I vote 2 or 3. We can risk early on, to make the lead. If we lose, we can still retreat and hold out.

Any plan has a 6/20=30% success rate. Be wary, questers!
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>>26572970
Best of first 3 rolls or first three rolls for the winning vote?
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>>26572982
>>26572978
>>26572956
>>26572934
With the way these rolls are turning out we're probably going to fail horribly.
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Rolled 17

>>26572970
Okay, so none of the rolls so far count?

In that case I'll vote for 3.
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Rolled 9

>>26573004
Yeah. It's not looking good.
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Rolled 20

>>26572905
Option 2. Lets lure the overgrown fuckers.
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>>26573004
People do seem rather confused about the rolling mechanics
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huh the vote\dice mechanics are still a bit unclear.
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Rolled 18

>>26573025
I think it's that "We vote, then echo calls for a roll" sort of thing.
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>>26573023

Now we're talkin!
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>>26573043
I hope so
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>>26573043
Well, its how we've always rolled before. See no real reason to change it but you never know. This is a new way of doing battle after all.
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>>26573024
You dash to the side and a few of the Mixed and Regulars follow you. Julian keeps position but understands what you're trying to do.

You make a LOT of noise and 'charge' forward. You hope that enough ettin take the bait.

Roll 1d20
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>>26573043
likely, but I'm sad about >>26573023 then.
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>>26573056
Everyone stop rolling.
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Rolled 1

>>26573066
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Rolled 7

>>26573066
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Rolled 3

>>26573066
No whammies
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Rolled 4

>>26573066
Fuuuuck
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>>26573066
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ow our dice, ow ow ow
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Well shit.
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>>26573077
Redaeth you son of a fuck.
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Rolled 10

>>26573066
Oh son of a bitch.
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Do we still have a reroll?
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>>26573077
oh my fucking god. Redeath it's back. You were doing so well. Your rollitis was in remissions ffs.
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Rolled 2

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>>26573077
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My sole consolation is that I rolled highest.
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>>26573111
... maybe?

Also I think our dice need to be changed. 6 rolls and nothing over 10
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Rolled 16

>>26573066

Let's GO!
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>>26573111
not here not now. there will be a time when it's utterly necessary. We'll know when the time comes.
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>>26573124
You mother fucker
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>>26573124
Fuck yo, Small and Weak, yo ass is LATE.
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>>26573077
Redaeth
Redaeth why
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>>26573077
Do we have a reroll? We NEED to reroll.
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Welp.
We're gonna all die.
Phoenix empire wins.
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>>26573164
Yes. The dice were clearly off before Echo had the roll.
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>>26573166
GOOD.

Who am I kidding. It'll never happen.
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>>26573085
Shit, not enough ettin took the bait, and now Julian's forces are getting swamped. You get a few, but just not enough.

Roll 1d10
This is for something later.
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Rolled 5

>>26573195
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Rolled 4

>>26573195
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Rolled 3

>>26573195

Spreadsheet powers GO
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Rolled 9

>>26573195
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Rolled 5

>>26573195
damnit dangit damnit damnit this aint working at all. We should go pincer those forces on julian
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>>26573195
Hellfire and damnation, I was hoping we had a reroll.
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Rolled 5

>>26573207
You couldn't have waited a few more seconds?
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our dice are really rolling low tonight

looks like we have an... interesting battle ahead
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>now we're barely getting above 5

KINGFISHER NO WE WANT TO HELP YOU BUILD YOUR CITY STOP DOING THIS PLEASE
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Rolled 10

>>26573241
On d10s
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>>26573210
Fuck! Julian's getting swamped! Kincaid's group is also getting attacked heavily. They need backup.

But if you break position now, the ettin WILL slam into a squad of Blessed!

1) Hold Position. 10PE/Roll For Julian(5PE/Special)/Roll for Kincaid(5PE/Special)
2) Help Kincaid. 15PE/Roll for Julian(5PE/Special)/1st Blessing is now under attack
3) Help Julian. 15PE/Roll for Kincaid (5PE/Special)/1st Blessing is now under attack
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>>26573330
2/3. Whichever one is more in need of aid.
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>>26573330

I vote 1. If it comes to it we can reroll.

Speaking of, did I earn a reroll for drawing a map of the continent, Echo?
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>>26573330
Hold Position. HOLD YOUR GROUND!
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>>26573330
I am leaning towards helping the newbies. Kinklaid is basically heavy artillery incarnate, and julian is a scary mofo. The blessed are just kids and their gadgets.
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>>26573330
1) Hold position. Julian and Kincaid are serious business.
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>>26573330
Hold position and pray like a motherfucker.
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I really hope those two are as ballin' as we think they are.
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>>26573330
Hold position and fuckin pray
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>>26573330
Uncle Julian is a seasoned Veteran. Kincaid is a motherfucking Crater Machine.

Hold position.
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>>26573428
Yeah, but we're still at the mercy of the dice.
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>>26573439
The current pattern suggests this is the end of lamia quest...
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>>26573439
Yeah what else is new?
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Rolled 6

>>26573509

LIES. We've worked miracles. We've killed GODS. We can put the smackdown on a few two-headed brainwashed hooligans! LET'S DO THIS!
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>>26573509
You are NOT letting those kids have to deal with these bastards, not for as long as you can handle them.

Roll 2d20 for Julian and Kincaid. +1 to both rolls
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>>26573509
Or at the very least we get a serious case of PTSD and fall hard.

Who am I kidding? We're getting that anyway based on the first roll.
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Rolled 13, 9 = 22

>>26573550
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Rolled 8

>>26573548
>Rolled 6

We're doomed
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Rolled 5, 16 = 21

>>26573550
Praised be the light
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Rolled 6, 12 + 1 = 19

>>26573550

FIGHT!
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Rolled 6, 16 = 22

>>26573550
Oh for the love of God..
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Rolled 13, 2 = 15

>>26573550
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Rolled 13, 7 = 20

>>26573550
rollan
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Rolled 3, 8 = 11

>>26573559
>>26573566
I think we passed.
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>>26573566
>>26573559
>14, 17

Yes?
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>>26573559
>>26573566
>>26573574
Well okay then.
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Rolled 11

>>26573559
Julian's forces are holding, but Kincaid's forces are struggling.

He looks behind him at the lines of Blessed and Mixed then back at the front lines. He takes a deep breath and focuses.
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>>26573554
FALLING? We witnessed all of our friends being mindcontrolled, the prior Robin Goodfellow's HORRIBLE death and effective eternal damnation, and were exposed directly to the mind raping effects of the Dragon Who Was Shadows, the Dark Man, and the Unholy Choir. A mere crippling military defeat is NOTHING to all that.
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>>26573623
You'd think that dude would have some sort of bonuses for whatever he is doin.
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>>26573623

>deckyH staves

oh boy here we go
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>>26573624
Yeah, but this time we've ordered kids to be sent into the grinder. If we fail to save White Tree, that isn't just going to be another "you're gonna carry that weight," that's going to be mental disorder that leads to alignment change.
Which is what Kingfisher intends to do before he has us killed.
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Rolled 17, 15 = 32

>>26573659
I hope he has at least a +3
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>>26573678
>>26573659

That'd be the bonus if he was doing something normal-sized. Which he isn't. Pic related, hopefully.
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>>26573677
Oh woopidy dee, we ordered Child Soldiers to stand behind us as we charged into battle, supported by a massive army, against another massive army that was going to attack anyway. Still nothing compared to letting Robin Goodfellow and his merry band be Soul Bound to Citadel.
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>>26573678
12 is the req to hit for allies using magic, the roll before gave them a +1 so we might suceed
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>>26573623
You wish that you knew Kincaid better than what little you did of the elf.

Kincaid orders his battalion to retreat, and the man's rune gauntlets started to glow.

The explosion was a mass of light, and deafening sound. Massive amounts of dust and dirt are blown up into the air, along with trees, water vapor, and more than a little vaporized blood and flesh.

The ettins took a certainly nasty hit with that, that's for clear.

As for Kincaid... Well...you never know until the dust settles?

10 + 5 + 11= 26
Your losses are 5, and Kincaid is now MIA
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>>26573775
Well

Fuck
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Rolled 15, 3 = 18

>>26573775
Shit, I think we lost Kincaid
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>>26573775

the score reads:

PE: 474
UFK: 295

I really hope we don't have to do that again.
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>>26573775
Kinkaid I swear to god if you exploded yourself and every damn enemy around you I am going to beat you up once I die and get into the light
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>>26573775
Well, he died as he lived.
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>>26573826
Eh, we can just ask The Only Not-A-Jackass God to kick him in the balls when he sees Kincaid.
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>>26573836

I believe NOTHING until I see a body or part of one.
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>>26573844
we just don't know how he's a jackass yet
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>>26573807
Now's not the time for thinking, but for killing. Less wasted thought. Think like a general. Any clever ideas we can implement mid-battle could mean everything. Let's get some Leviathan brain magic going.

What of the Brillitite bullet?

Better yet, let's attack in a brutal flurry of Beacon strikes to power it up swiftly and spam the AOE buff. (Morningstar, is it?) Having an army behind us makes that move fucking CLUTCH.
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>>26573857
>turns out it was just a teleportation spell
>he's actually in space summoning a meteor
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Rolled 10

I am off to sleep. Please don't lose there war while I'm away.
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>>26573867
morningstar doesn't work on those who aren't... holy units?
It works on us and our occuli.
I wonder if the blessed are really blessed.
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>>26573928
Welp we'll find out.
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Rolled 12

Most likely it grows attuned to those who fight and draw blood for us. Beacon is a hungry blade.
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>>26573775
Alright, the ettin and the slaves are at a bit of a disadvantage in this massive dust/fog of war cloud that Kincaid created.

You're at a less of a handicap, thanks to your own personal eye guards, and a few UFK and WT gadgets. But it's still a bit of a pain.

1)Back out of the cloud with Julian slowly and regroup the defensive lines. 20/10, 10/10.

2)Stay in the cloud, and hold these fuckers in this hell. Julian and his people will have to be on their own. 25/5+Roll For Julian, 10/10+Roll For Julian.

3)Order a charge of the remaining Mixed and Regulars into the melee. 30/10+Roll For Julian, 10/20+Roll for Julian
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>>26573928
They are (regrettably) children. They are nothing but blessed. And -all- of them are fighting for their homes. They all seem blessed to me.
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>>26573952
Regroup
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1)Back out of the cloud with Julian slowly and regroup the defensive lines. 20/10, 10/10.
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>>26573952

Tighten up the line. go for 1.
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Rolled 12

>>26573952
Stay in the could
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>>26573952
We might get lost ourselves if we pick 3, same with 2...

Regroup sounds best.
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>>26573952
Stay in the cloud. Strike them again and again until we are clearly visible through the smoke to any and all, such will be our brightness.
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>>26573952
Stand your ground and slaughter the enemy.

>>26573960
Children served in world armies for hundreds of years, even in the mightiest days of the British Empire. They are serving in the defense of their homes out of love, at least.
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>>26573952
Stay in the cloud, keep the rat bastards unbalanced.
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>>26573952
2) Quickquick and stir them up solo while everyone else regroups.
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>>26573952
Regroup. This is a defensive fight.
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>>26573993
I vote for this. The Light will have vengeance!
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>>26574011
We still have the 19 from earlier.

might save the guy
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>>26573993
Elaborating. We focus on pestering and dodging. We won't be slaying any here, but they won't touch us either. We just need to make sure they get bogged down here like idiots while our allies redouble their efforts.
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>>26573970
>>26573974
>>26573979
You lost Kincaid, you're not losing your Uncle. You fight yourself out as best you can.

You really aren't sure if you are kiling any on the giant bastards really, just a quick thrust into bluish flesh and quickquick out of the way of swinging limbs and weapons and another stab. Beacon is slowly starting to glow and vibrate.

You see Julian and you both head for fresher air.

Roll 1d20
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Rolled 7

>>26573952
2) Stay in and try to make the most of the dust.
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Rolled 1

>>26574045
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Rolled 15

>>26574045
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Rolled 7

>>26574045
Vengeance!
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Rolled 4

>>26574045
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>>26574051
Fuck. I recommend a reroll. When else are we going to use it?
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Rolled 3

>>26574045
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Rolled 5

>>26574051
Fuck.
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>>26574051
fuuuuuuckj


youuuuuuuu
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>>26574051
oh, okay.
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>>26574051
Oh, for fuck's sake.

We've got a reroll, yes?
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Rolled 5

>>26574089
I don't believe so. I think we used it up for the bell.
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I am done. I am so fucking done.
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Let's use the damn reroll. It's a RESOURCE, we HAVE it. It does no good to us moldering in Quasispace because we MIGHT need it in future. We DO need it NOW.
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Rolled 13

>>26574051

Echo, did I earn a reroll for making a map of the continent?

Please...?
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>>26574089
dont use it here
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>lose large battle
>other paladins die
>Ssen forced to lead guerilla-warfare style strikes against PE
oh boy this is gonna go poorly
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I'm gettin really fucking sick of tonight's dice.
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>>26574108
WHEN? WHEN DO WE USE IT? AN ARMY IS CHARGING US. WHEN THE FUCK DO WE USE IT, CITADEL!?
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our dice are NOT happy with us tonight.
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>>26574127
You're responding to a nebulous fear of failure. We use it in the face of otherwise -certain- death, which this is not. Stiff upper lip, ma nigga.
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this IS certain death, Kincaid sacrificed himself. Don't you think Julian isn't going to do the same?
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>>26574145
LITERAL ARMY CHARGING US. BIG. HUGE. LARGE FORCE.
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>>26574158
Kincaid might still be alive, he's only MIA right now.
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>>26574127
See, /tg/ has this issue all the time. They're too afraid of accidentally using it too early that they'll never use it until it's too late.

Every campaign, every quest. Every time.
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>>26574168
We've been tits-deep in worse. At least these things can't rape minds or collectively transcend the mortal coil to become an artificial flesh-shaping god.
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>>26574180
MIA is a euphemism for "he's dead, jim"
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note: this issue is pointless since I am pretty sure we've no rerolls left, our last one was that lea picture which was used fighting icegodman. The bell.
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>>26574195
>>26574201

Listen, you fools! It's not the last one in the world. WE CAN GET MORE. We just need to make some more fanart or something.
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>>26574195
Oh I'm not afraid of using it early, I'm afraid of using it when we don't know what it's for. We ought to save it for a roll we are actually aware of, otherwise it is likely a waste of resources. Just being tactical, here.
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>>26574210
No. That would be KIA.

MIA is "we have no clue where this assfuck is."

Fucking hell guys. A few bad rolls and you're all panicking.
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I wish we had some drawfags interested in this quest. All the quest fans that actually drew seem to have vanished though sadly.
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>>26574247
Nearly every roll that has counted has been single digits.
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Didn't this guy roll a 15

>>26574055


why are people panicking
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Probability does not favor us this night. Perhaps we should turn in early? These rolls are nearing Sir Sigismund the Unlucky levels.
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>>26574280
Someone also rolled a 1, which is a critfail
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>>26574247
lets just put it this way, we are LOSING this battle so far.


>>26574280
it didn't count. Only the first three and nat 1s cancel out the highest roll
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Rolled 12

>>26574280
nat 1 cancels highest roll in normal play. Echo might not be doing that here, but he might be. We don't know until he responds.
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>>26574280
Critical failures overrule the highest roll, so we go with second highest. Which is a seven, assuming we don't just go straight for "you forget how to breathe, fucknuts"
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>>26574247
Thank you. Trust your comrades. Keep a cool head, get shit done.
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>>26574247
yep. Things are still going OK. nothing is super critical yet.

We've just had a bad start.
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Rolled 12

>>26574330
Unless Echo is ignoring the 1 cancels highest, and is just straight keeping the highest, the statistics are very much against us winning the battle.
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>>26574278
Probability is a motherfucker.

And all the panic in the world won't affect the rolls we make. Chill the fuck out.
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>>26574330
Heh so, do you guys want to use the map reroll? It's up to you, but I'll take the next three
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>>26574330
Two critfails is NOT a "bad" start. It's a disastrous start.
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>>26574369
honestly I wanted to use it for kincaid... but for saving Julian I vote yes to the reroll.
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>>26574369
no
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>>26574389
This
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>>26574369
First a question, does the 1 cancel the highest for the battle?
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>>26574369
Depends... is this a character death moment or not?
If not then no. I'm just worried that Julian will die.
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>>26574369
Not quite yet is my vote. I'm still pretty sure kinkaid's alive.
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>>26574389
For the record, Julian's fine, this just makes it from a 10/10 to a 20/10.
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>>26574413
Fuck that then.
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>>26574369
No. It's not that bad yet.
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>>26574413
We wanted to use it to save kincaid. Why didn't you let us?
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>>26574435
Probably because he took his own life.
If he is dead, anyway.
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I'm honestly not convinced Kincaid is dead yet.

One or two bad rolls to kill off a paladin when we couldn't do anything seems a bit much
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>>26574369
I refuse to vote because I'm better at dialogue and strategic planning. I'm terrible at managing dailies and game mechanics.
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if this isn't going to cost us julian then I'll bend to the will of the board... still all these nat 1s are adding up bleh.
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>>26574413
We can handle some casualties. Rule one about war is that soldiers die. Rule two is that nothing can change rule one.

But when it seems one of our own is in danger of dying, we step in.
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I must bed now, fellow questers.

May we not die.
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Look, all these nat 1's at the stzrt mean that our rolls in the future will HAVE to be good!

Right?

RIGHT!?
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>>26574499
>gambler's fallacy
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>>26574499
thats called gambler's fallacy anon... if we get a 1 it doesn't mean we're garunteed a 20 in the near future.
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>>26574520
That only works with dice that aren't shitty and deliberately spiteful.
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>>26574552
/tg/ are notorious for rolling low. Thats why people use the best of three heh.
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Let's think of it this way: At least we're not stricken with pneumonia. That shit kills snakes dead.
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>>26574420
Alright, now...remember that 19?

It's a bloody slog, you give as good as you get, but you get a LOT. Small cuts and wounds everywhere, and you think all in all you've maybe dropped 5 ettin, with help, and who know how many servants...ugh.

This is bad. The line's been forced back enough that the Blessed are going to come into combat now, there's noth...wait...that's not ettin roars.

They move with no grace, their weapons have no style, and they are male or female, pretty uniformly ugly...

but that big group of orcs charging at the ettin, with Garkat at the front, have to be one of the most beautiful things you've ever seen in your lives.

Now you just have to decide what to DO with them.

+50 Points to you.

1) Send the orcs to smash into the Ettin right fucking now. 20/5 or 20/10

2) Order for the orcs to sweep around and attack the ettin from the rear, it's not a proper pincer move, as your numbers are too few, but it'll scramble the bastards if done right. The down side is that you'll have to break off from Julian's group to hold them...but that's only bad if this plan doesn't work. S:40/5, F:30/10+Roll for Julian

3)The riskiest move of them all, fall back and regroup...with the Blessed. S:50/10, F:50/20. (Blessed casualties will begin)

4)Send the Orcs to back up the Blessed. You and Julian can handle the machine...hopefully. S:10/5 F:5/5, Blessed get 1 more round of security.
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>>26574508
>>26574520
Actually it's not Gambler's Fallacy, it's Dice Gods Cruelty.

Which states that "You will roll nat 1's when it is most damaging/embarrassing/disadvantageous to do so, and rolling several nat 1's increases the chances of more nat 1's"
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>>26574603
1 sounds the best, but 2 has the best roll outcomes.

So 1 or 2 are my votes, either or.
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>>26574603
Leaning towards #2. That 40/5 with no Blessed casualties seems tasty.
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>>26574603
1) Never get in the way of the Orcs' style. They're all bloody fury and momentum. We have them smash into the Ettin and embroil the two forces in their age-old tribal feud then our forces sweep in from behind.
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>>26574603
If you can get the Orcs to go along with it, go with 2.
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>>26574603
I want to hurt them as much as I can without getting the Blessed involved.

Man. I want to do number 2, but if we fuck it up...
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>>26574603
Number 2 and lets pop a morning star as we've gotten at least 5 hits in
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>>26574603
Put me down for a numbah 2, extra large, with a side of dead ettins
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>>26574603
2.
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>>26574603
2 please
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>>26574603
2
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2) Order for the orcs to sweep around and attack the ettin from the rear, it's not a proper pincer move, as your numbers are too few, but it'll scramble the bastards if done right. The down side is that you'll have to break off from Julian's group to hold them...but that's only bad if this plan doesn't work. S:40/5, F:30/10+Roll for Julian
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Least we got a helmet and a shield. Imagine how much more dead we would be without that.

Also I'm really, really hoping I hear some explosions from kinkaid soon. Mage was over there.
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>>26574603
The majority is looking like 2, but I think a better strategy would be a more direct one.

1.
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>>26574966
Yeah honestly the Orcs' strength would be diminished if we tried to have them be delicate, I think. Plus if they strike -NOW- their entrance is far more sudden and damaging.
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>>26574669
>>26574674
>>26574694
(Mage is with the Blessed)

You break off from Julian and gesture to Garkat and hope he gets the signal.

Roll 1d20
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Rolled 14

>>26575012
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Rolled 9

>>26575012
Meh
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>>26575017
STOP ROLLING! NOW! STOP!
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>>26575017
Well there's a sucess
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>>26575032
>>26575031
I need 1 more to confirm it.
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Rolled 3

>>26575012
GOGOGO
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Rolled 18

>>26575012
you heard him, he needs 1 more.

ONE more!
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>>26575044
Thank fuck
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Has this QM ever let anything horrible happen to you guys and made you stick with it?

I mean besides that poison arrow thing
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>>26575065
yeah, we lost our stealth backup team to tragedy's hostage scenario.
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>>26575065
Tricia becoming a sterile bag of insects comes to mind.

And one way or another we are getting that Dragonfly, even if we have to scam Citadel to do it.
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>>26575065
We really didnt stick with that either if you think about it. I mean what damage it did to us that was permanent was erased by Granny as soon as we met her.
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>>26575065
Oh, and this isn't really a terrible thing that HAPPENED to us, but donovan was instructed to go into the woods, track us, and kill us. We haven't seen him ever again since.

For all we know, there's still a zombie elf just... waiting. watching. Just out of sight.
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>>26575065
The poison arrow thing wasn't that bad.

Now, getting Robin and his crew perma-killed, and what we accidentally did to Tricia on the other hand...and Paladin Odette...
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>>26575065
TBH I wanted the harm from the poison to be permanent. Aesthetics are meaningless but scars as a reminder of the lengths we go to to do the right thing are pretty kickass.
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>>26575145
What was Donovan's deal anyway? Was he Comedy's son or something?
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>>26575065
There was that time all our orc friends exploded. That time Robin and his crew exploded. That time we fucked up and got everyone in Citadel trapped in Hell forever. That time the Bitch Queen Mab betrayed us and caused White Tree to become a bunch of rebel scumbags. That time HIS became a huge bitch.
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>>26575161
I think Odette was our first big fuckup.
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>>26575183
Yeah, I think so. We never quite found out since we killed through the end-plot way faster than we meant to.
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>>26575176
>>26575161
we've still got a little scarring., on the wrist, entry wound, and shoulder. And yellowed eyes. But yeah, the damage is almost entirely gone.
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>>26575187
>trapped in hell forever
no man we'll totally get them out. We promised that guy a divorce. We always follow through on our promises.
Which means we can't lose here, right?
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>>26575246
>come back
>guy has worked out his problems with his wife thanks to Citadel
>it isn't a complete bastard
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>>26575246
>Shounen logic detected
>character death incoming
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>>26575261
>Citadel
>Not a complete bastard
>0 AC (After Citadel)

I sure hope you guys don't feel this.
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>>26575261
Citadel doesn't fix problem's, it just makes them go away. When Citadel goes they'll be back.
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>>26575017
Garkat nods and the orcs sweep along the battlefield and you and Julian hold the ettin's attention.

Again, you rue the fact that you just can't see the faces of the soldiers or the ettins in the rear when the orc squad hits them like a pile of squat, heavily muscled, always grumpy, bricks.

You HEAR it though, and the sounds are SO very sweet.

And Beacon is shining and ready. Yes, yes, yes!

Wait...what? OH NO!

You don't know why you looked, maybe it was because she is part of your horde, or that Beacon was trying to show you the truth as well...whatever it is you looked and saw way back, along the wall...

Fucking Stafford and a few of his Regulars are trying to enact a 'battlefield accident' with Avery. Thankfully Avery and Peri/Mari are fighting them. There's just a couple, but Stafford looked like he'd been in more than a few dozen fights. Odds are okay for them...but...still...

Well...you could use the Morning Star (50) or you can shoot an Enlightenment Beam at the group, you don't even need to hit, just get people to LOOK and see what's going on at that end of the battlefield.

It'll ruin Stafford and his plans forever, and guarantee no blowback. Plus people will stop Stafford and help Peri and Avery. Also 10/5 from regular fighting.

But you'll lose your shot with Morningstar for now. The next time it's ready, odds are that the Blessed will be fighting before the flank can pull them out.
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>>26575343
Enlighten on Stafford
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>>26575343
gawdDAMNIT STAFFORD YOU PIECE OF LOUSY SHIT

If we morningstar, it should boost avery and peri/meri without boosting Stafford. Think a sure-hit will be enough for peri to put the ice on Stafford?
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>>26575343
I'm really tempted to do that.

"And lo, the Light shone forth, and all saw that he was being a dick."

Let's do it. We got a good hit in, we can probably wait till next time.
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>>26575392
I'd prefer to enlighten Stafford, Stafford is ruined either way and the direct look of Enlighten would help better
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>>26575343
Whatever option fucks Stafford over the hardest.

We just set up an awesome sweep, I'm NOT having any fighting in our backfield.
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>>26575343
Hey Stafford.
Don't touch my stuff.

Enlighten his dumb ass.
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>>26575343
I swear, it's always something.

Smoke the Mother, let him be enlightened.
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>>26575343
We're already in a good position

no need to be greedy with buffing

We really can't let this guy have his way
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>>26575402
I kinda want to do this. We need more humor
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Hopefully this won't hurt morale too bad. Seeing their own go traitor can't be good for it.
Hopefully us glowing and shooting laser beams makes up for it.
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>>26575465
It might even raise morale.
Ssen sees corruption in her midst and purifies it with the Light forged weapon Beacon.
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We shall enlighten them.
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>>26575465
Good thing our god has a light motif.

Should be a done deal
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>>26575343
Trust in our guys. I trust Avery and Peri/Mari to win. Enlightenment.
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>>26575392
If that works, I'd be for it. Boosting lots of people seems a better use.
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>>26575465
I don't think it will hurt morale. The White Tree troops will see THE FUCKING LIGHT is watching over them. Not just watching, but sticking it;s finger in and saying HEY LOOK THIS GUYS BEING A NOT COOL FAGGOT
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>>26575483
Morningstar only works on our group. Enlightenment has better potential of morale boosting
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>>26575343
Morningstar. We win the battle. Besides it may aid Avery.
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>>26575507
And our group starts shining with holy light if we use Morningstar. That's not good for morale... how? Also, it lets our doods be better at stuff for a bit.

Enlightenment is a waste here.
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>>26575514

>>26575507
Besides, it's not a guaranteed win. We'd kill more Ettin, but probably only twenty or so. No, we need to show the troops that the Light itself is coming down on Stafford for being a traitorous fuckhead.
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>>26575543
Only 5 more hits till another go. Enlightenment gives the idea that the Light can snipe
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>>26575552
Also, it gets the obstructive asshole out of the way. The guy's tried to shut us down once and is actively trying to kill our party. Do you want to let him get away with that?
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>>26575552
And like I said, having the paladin and her crew GLOWING WITH AN AWESOME POWER accomplishes the theatrical goal while also having a more useful effect on the battlefield. It'd still look like a miracle.
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>>26575598
We can do morningstar later, obtrusive asshole needs to be dropped with the light
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>>26575622
Yeah. Morningstar is for the finale.
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>>26575570
>the Light can snipe
360 noscope Lightshot?
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>>26575622
Using Enlightenment here is the classic trap of feeling like we've got to do everything everywhere all the time. We don't. A lighted-up Peri/Mari can take this jackass perfectly fine, and it spreads the buffs around in the process.

It gets the same job done and then some if we could just get over thinking we're the only ones here who can do shit.
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>>26575384
>>26575402
>>26575427
You swear and point Beacon at Stafford's general area and fire.

Enough people turn to look to see Stafford and a few of the Regulars actually attacking a Paladin and an occuli.

The poems and stories of this bit get a little flowery at this part. They SAY that you blasted him to ash in His Light's sight, or that you blew a hole through his chest and vaporized his wicked heart.

Truth is you just winged the bastard, caused a lot of massive burns on his arm and caused him to lose his sword. Peri was the one who actually gutted him, and Avery smashed his head into a pulp with his hammer. Less poetry and more utilitarian gore, but...eh...it'll do.

You see Mixed and Blesseds coming to their aide as well, so you don't have to worry about the rest of Stafford's flunkies.

Back to keeping your own ass alive.

Alright, you're going to have to make a call. If you hold the battle lines here, or let them fall back a bit. The orcs are helping from the rear, so they're slowing down the advance, but...

1) Fall back and regroup the lines. You'll have more people BUT the Blessed will be in combat. 30/5, 30/10

2) Hold the line here, but spread out a bit, you'll detach from Julian's squad again though. 30/5, 30/5+Roll For Julian

3) Call the Flank early. +200. No PE, but the Blessed get pushed back.

4) Flare signal for Mage and Tricia to leave the Blessed and bring up their own squads of Mixed into the fray. A decent move, but it means a lot more of the regulars will be put into the grinder as you wait for the backup. 30/10, 30/15

You can now signal the Spell-Shooters whenever you want. They're worth 20 PE now and that number will go up the further you hold off.
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>>26575684
Yes, but people will SEE him being a backstabber before he goes down. Right now everyone is looking at the fight. Otherwise Mari/Peri kills him and then has to explain why she stabbed the commander to death.
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2) Hold the line here, but spread out a bit, you'll detach from Julian's squad again though. 30/5, 30/5+Roll For Julian
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>>26575703
Can we get a rough count, for those of us who are running low on coffee?
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>>26575703
2)
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>>26575703
Number 2
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>>26575703
4. Gotta move that gear up. Spell-Shooters just fire at will. Hit anyone you can hit.
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>>26575703
This is a battle of attrition. The longer we can hold them without getting the other units involved, the better. Let's hold the line for now, and then send in fresh units.
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>>26575703
Question: Are the blessed firing?

I don't want a bunch of soldiers doing nothing, I expect them to be firing while we hold the line away from them.
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i think we should hold off the spell shooters for a more decisive blow
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>They're worth 20 PE now and that number will go up the further you hold off.
I'm confused as to what this means.

>>26575703
HOLD THE LINE!
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>>26575773
It would be a good idea to hold off on the Shooters until we do fall back, that way we can inflict casualties while retreating.
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>>26575804
The old Parthenon Shot, probably a good idea.
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>>26575738
>>26575737
>>26575719
You nod at Julian and he nods back and you spread out the line and start to fight. The ettin and the phoenix will get to the Blessed by way of a lot of blood.

Roll 1d20
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>>26575793
>>26575749
It means the spell shooters are our wave motion gun. The longer we hold off, the more PE troops they vaporize in the instant we -do- call them in. So we could wait till the PE is down to like ~80 and wipe them in an instant.
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>>26575793
It means that they'll add 20 more PE casualties if we use them now, and the longer we hold off on using them the more casualties they'll cause.

Basically, they're a force multiplier.

>>26575735
Kind of a big deal. Makes the difference in my mind between 1 and 2.
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>>26575793
Basically, they'll do more damage the more we hold off on using them.
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Rolled 2

>>26575831
Lets do it
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Rolled 14

>>26575831
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>>26575852
Or maybe not

time to put away my dice
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>>26575764
>Question: Are the blessed firing?
Yes. They are. The range on the packs isn't really great.
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Rolled 1

>>26575831
no whammies no whammies
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>>26575862
14 is our goal.
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>>26575862
Alright. As long as none of you chucklefucks roll a one, we're aces.
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Rolled 12

>>26575831
YOSH!

Let's hope those Blessed earn their scars!
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>>26575877
YOU MOTHER FUCKER
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>>26575862
I... I CONTRIBUTED!
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>>26575877
aaaaAAAAAAAAAAH
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Rolled 4

>>26575831
Come on dice!
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>>26575884
>>26575877
GOD FUCKING DAMNIT
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>>26575877
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>>26575877
Fuck's sake. All you had to do was NOT roll again.
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>>26575897
Wanna use that reroll now?
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>>26575703
2.) NOTHING CROSSES THE RED LINE!
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>>26575892
Nevermind. This piece of shit had to piss in my cheerios:
>>26575877
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>>26575884
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>>26575906
Probably. Would this song help?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htgr3pvBr-I
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>>26575906
Since you are asking, yes.
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>>26575900
But we need to roll thrice, anon. We need to roll thriiiiice.
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>>26575906
Yes.
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>>26575906
Is this you asking out of politeness or a Bell situation where you ask because we just fucked up something fierce?
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>>26575943
>>26575939
>>26575936
Okay roll 1d20 again.
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Rolled 13

>>26575964
COME THE FUCK ON!
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Rolled 1

>>26575964
Please light, help us
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Rolled 18

>>26575964
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>>26575969

Really?
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Rolled 19

>>26575964
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>>26575969
>>26575968
>>26575964
I hope it's the first roll for rerolls, and not the three-roll thing.
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>>26575969
GOD FUCKING DAMMIT
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>>26575969
dear god the dice are VICIOUS tonight

oh well it means a 13 instead of a 18 here.
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>>26575969
I don't believe it.

Shenanigans. I call shenanigans.
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>>26575969
Put away your dice
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When they said this play would be high risk high reward they weren't kidding

I'm going to bed.
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>>26575995
I was going to when i got that 2...

guess the reroll got me excited...\

I hate myself now

I mean more than normal, but you get the idea
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Rolled 17

>>26575970
>>26575969
>>26575968

Alright.
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>>26575988
no, no shenanigans. We're just taking a hammering.

Shit's going about as expected.
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>>26576000
no please don't, we need your TACTICAL INSIGHTS
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>>26576011
Bless you, Echo.
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>>26576011
I don't like the look of that...
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>>26576014
It's the fourth critfail of the thread, and we rolled into it off a reroll from another critfail.

So, I say again. Shenanigans, sir.
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>>26576038
The dice gods are vindictive.
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>>26576038
I like to think that /tg/ has a night janitor that gets bored and starts fucking with the roll probability of random threads
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>>26576038
just wait until we get a doublecritfail. two 1s.
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>>26576038
Remember the cautionary tale of Sir Sigmund....

http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/19180656/

The Dice Rollers can sometimes glitch out a bit...
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>>26576049
Maybe mootykins is lying about about having an interest in /tg/ and trolls us because his website doesn't make as much money as facebooks
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I feel like I need to take a breather of some sort, this shit is getting intense.
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>>26576011
There's a reason they call Lord Paladin Julian Graves, the Gravemaker, His Light's Butcher, The Paladin of Blood, and a host of other things. When he slices the arm and leg off of two different ettins and then ram his blade deep into the guts of a third, you see that reason in the living flesh...and Uncle Julian's got grey in his hair these days!

Roll 1d20, this is a spot check.
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Rolled 7

>>26576112
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Rolled 6

>>26576112
One.
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Rolled 10

>>26576112
Oh boy, I don't have to feel bad about failing this one, we're in a chaotic battle where missing something is easy.
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Rolled 18

>>26576112

>>26575969
>>26575877
>>26574051
>>26573077

Payback for the Cold Man boss fight, I guess.
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>>26576130
Well, congratulations. We did not critically fail, nor get anything but a thoroughly average roll.
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>>26576112
We don't yet have bonuses to our spot checks?

Cmon we're a fucking predator!
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>>26576138

FUCK MY TIMING
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>>26576146
I'm surprised we don't get penalties for magic vision.
And our primary sense seems to be much closer to scent and heat vision than normal sight.
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>>26576146
What predator do you know of that is capable of keeping track of everything that goes on in a battlefield? We're a magical mansnake, not Skynet.
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>>26576173
Still,
>>26576194
Levithan brain man.
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>>26576194
If Tricia'd grow some wings and carry us we COULD be Skynet.
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>>26576154
Nah, brah, you got an 18. Your timing was good.

Fuck EVERYONE ELSE'S timing.
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>>26576130
Sorry. Heat of battle and all that.

Alright, so it's the same deal as before, only your number are starting to thin.

1)Hold the line. 30/10 30/15+Julian rolls.

2)Call for the flank. +200, No PE

3) Call the Dawnchasers. 30/15 30/20

Spell-Shooters are at 25
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>>26576247

Hold the line. What's our current score?
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>>26576247
Perhaps we should call in the flank. The enemy are WELL and good entangled now, they could be trapped easily.
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>>26576247
1) Love isn't always on time.
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>>26576247
Hold that line like it were the only thing suspending your house over a fiery gorge!
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>>26576247
I want to save the spell-shooter and dawnchasers for the finale.

Also how many charges we got, cus morningstar has to go with them
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>>26576247
What are the army numbers now?
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Rolled 11

>>26576247
Call the flank.
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>>26576247
Can we get a status update on both side's numbers?
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>>26576297
>>26576285
Really need this shit
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>>26576247
I can't make good decisions without knowing where we stand numbers-wise.
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>>26576247
1 Hold the Line
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>>26576247
Echo, why would we call the Dawnchasers at this point? Why are you suggesting a decision that would hurt us, Echo? What is it's hidden advantage, Echo?
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>>26576259
>>26576267
>>26576271

You're holding that line as long as humanly possible. Every inch is paid in blood. You hear the KRAKs and FWAMs from behind as you see bolts and blasts being launched into the horde by the Blessed.

Part of you is panicked, but another part of you is having the time of her life. The blood splattering everything is sweet and lovely and every muscle in your body is singing in joy for being able to finally MOVE. The orcs screaming and the shouting just make this even better.

Roll 1d20
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Rolled 12

>>26576343
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Rolled 6

>>26576343
Party time.
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Rolled 15

>>26576343

Score?
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Rolled 3

>>26576343
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Rolled 8

>>26576343
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>>26576334
>Echo, why would we call the Dawnchasers at this point?
Keeps the Blessed safe for longer.
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Rolled 3

>>26576343
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Rolled 6

>>26576343
May we not die.
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Rolled 14

>>26576343
Ssen: enjoy some nice exercise and some nice food smells. Try not to think about the source of both of those things.
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>>26576355
Thank fuck
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>>26576355
You did good, lad. You did good.
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>>26576355
15. Should be okay.

Also, numbers please? Echo? This would be immensely helpful.
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>>26576354
>>26576356
>>26576357
>>26576360
>>26576365

Shenanigans, I say.
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>>26576355
You: 310
PE: 349

Roll that spot check again 1d20+1
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Rolled 8 + 1

>>26576386
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Rolled 20 + 1

>>26576386
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>>26576393
BASED ANON
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Rolled 13

>>26576386
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Rolled 1 + 1

>>26576386
Don't choke.
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>>26576386
Dice gods, be merciful.
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>>26576393
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sudvyZlxts

Thread theme.
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>>26576393
Spotting accomplished.
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Rolled 4

>>26576386
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>>26576397
HAH! TOO LATE!
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>>26576397
HAHAHA I'M GONNA STOP NOW BEFORE I PUT MY EYE OUT.
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>>26576393
LAMIA VISION ACTIVATE
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>>26576386
oookeydokey!
We're gonna be like goddamn coated in ettin blood by the end of this, given the upward angle of stabs.
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>>26576400
I dunno, I'm listening to Sabaton right now.
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>>26576393
While I'm happy for this, I'd be happier if we found Kincaid.
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>>26576426
Who knows, maybe we will
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>>26576426

That might have been what the spot check was for.
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>>26576426
"You see Kincaid and Graves in a most compromising position with Kingfisher and an Ettin. Ewwwwww."
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>>26576386
Just an observation, we still need to kill about 100 before the flanks are scheduled to come in, and our spellshooters should now be good for 30. Thanks to the Orcs, we are now 10 above our starting point.
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>>26576400
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyZxiYeuabM
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>>26576393
The slaves are freaking out...and not because of you! You think it's weird that they're still fighting, but you spot it instantly and realize what's going on. If the slaves are attacked, they'll snap out of their 'gazing into space' deal and defend themselves and fight. If you retreat and leave them alone...which you can do on enough fronts so you can hold the line and join up with Julian again...they just stop in the middle of battle and stare into space.

-50 PE as you direct your forces pull back and let the human slaves stare and drool in peace.
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Our first real battle:
Not the best. Try not to fall into some kind of battle frenzy.
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>>26576461
Guess we don't find Mage's only potential male friend.
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>>26576461
299//310.

Spellshooters and a solid tactical choice this round calls in our flanks.
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>>26576461
Okay! This is good. We now significantly outnumber them. DEPLOY THE FLANK!
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>>26576458
>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyZxiYeuabM
I change my mind. I'm liking this
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>>26576461
Marvelous, wonderful, they're the voodoo kind of zombies, and not the other kind.

Now it's just the ettins and any humans we couldn't withdraw far enough from.
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>>26576461

So the spellshooters are at 30 or 35?
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>>26576486
We're beating them by 11, and our flank comes in automatically with a particularly effective round of combat.
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>>26576461
All right, we gotta back off the non hostile human units and focus on the giant fuckers.

Also, I have an amusing suspicion of what we're spot checking for.
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Can we morningstar yet? If so call in the dawnchasers and morningstar, along with the flank and spellshooters

Lets push this advantage.
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>>26576461
Fall back for now. Do we deploy shooters now, or when the flank hits for maximum casualties?
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>>26576494
30. They were at 25 last time.
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>>26576483
Agreeing with this.
Call in the tactical spell strike.
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Rolled 13

>>26576515
If we hit with both at the same time we may cause a large enough shock to rout them in one go.
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>>26576515
Depends on our next set of options.

I'd say a low-risk 20 maneuver and spellshooters to trigger the flanks would be fine, if a bit conservative.
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Ssen: Be ready for when you inevitably pass out after the battle and find a comfortable pile of bodies or rock to lay on before passing out. Not yet, but keep it in mind.
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>>26576537
We're full murder-ladyboner right now.

Gonna be hard for us to calm down
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>>26576537

>White Tree tries to cremate the "corpse"

"I'm still alive, you cheeky fuckers."
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>>26576461
Pull back and regroup with Julian, Hopefully this means Robin has begun tampering with the Mind Spell.
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>>26576546
>we just sleep as they can't get the oven working hot enough to cook us before our friends save us
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>>26576546
"B-b-but you were so cold!"
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>>26576557
"...I'm a SNAKE."
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>>26576542
>full murder-ladyboner
The best kind
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>>26576494
So, PE is at 299 now.

Actually Sophie's squad is at 35.

Anyway, you can continue to hold the line. It's much easier now that you don't have as many humans to fight.

1) Continue to hold the line 30/5, 20/10

2) Spread out, a bit riskier with Julian, but you'll get better control of the field. 40/5, 30/10+Julian rolls

3)Call the flank +200, No PE...yet.

4) Merge with the Blessed 50/5* 50/10*

5) Call Dawnchasers 40/10, 30/10

*Mean Blessed casualties
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>>26576546
In this condition, we'd be increasingly likely to yank the head off the first person that tried.

Without waking up.
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>>26576567
1, continue to wear them down, i have a feeling they also have reinforcements.
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>>26576567
2.
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>>26576567
hold the line once more. This will bring in the flank, and when the flank falls we and it will crush them.

The blessed will move forward at our backs when this happens, but not yet.
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>>26576567
How many charges we at?

Hold the line for now
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>>26576567
Let's hold for a little while longer and maybe call the flank next round.

When should we use the spellshooters?
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>>26576567
Hold the line.

next round we hold the line and call spellshooters, to drop PE to around 200 and trigger reinforcements, putting us in the neighborhood of 500.

From there it's a route.
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>>26576567
HOLD DAT FUKKEN LINE
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>>26576567
Call the Dawnchasers.
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>>26576602
I like this plan. Let's use it.
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>>26576567
1) 6/1 is a fantastic ratio and will only swell our advantage
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>>26576567
>3)Call the flank +200, No PE...yet.
Hmmm.... this means something...

I say 2. We defense in depth now.
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>>26576567
2, we need the advantage that spreading out gives us, even if it could cause problems.
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>>26576601
Next round they'll do a lot of damage. With something like what >>26576602 is suggesting, we drop PE as far as possible before the flanks come in, which minimizes the likelihood that some reinforcements on their side will cause a problem and maximizes the effectiveness of 200 new troops.
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Alright, at what point should we order the Blessed to charge?
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>>26576567
>No PE...yet.

Maybe it wuld be a good idea to wait and see if they pull something, THEN active the Shooters to counter.
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>>26576629
Their weps are shit in melee, moreso now that the Ettins are the only issue
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>>26576625
We shouldn't risk Julian this close to winning. If we play conservative, we win easily.
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>>26576629
When the ettin are running.
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>>26576629
I think the round after we send the flanks in. That's when the PE will do something. We'll use the blessed to counter whatever trick the PE have.
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>>26576644
Losing paladins is just bad for morale. Bad enough Kinkaid is MIA
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>>26576661
Yeah. I've said it before and I'll say it again, we need to start recruiting new Paladins.
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>>26576629
Never.
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>>26576683
Blessed should at all times have people in front of them. They are NOT melee combatants.
>>26576681
Well, if the PE, Kingfisher, and the Fifth give us the time...
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Guys, that was the first time beacon straight up BURNED somebody with an enlightenment.

I am almost 100% certain it gets stronger the more death and blood is nearby.
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>>26576725
He was being pretty heretical.
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>>26576725
Nonsense. It is perfectly fine to let our guards down. Even for a second!
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>>26576736
yeah, but they usually, you know, collapse in a pile of shame at realization that what they did was wrong.

Not... burst into flame.
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>>26576602
>>26576601
>>26576581

You continue to hold the line, and you find yourself laughing. The ettin are dying the Blessed are not and you are COVERED in blood. What's not to like?!

- -MEANWHILE- -
"KINGFISHER! KINGFISHER!" A Heron barges into the tent where the damnable spymaster and his murderous flock have been dwelling.

He stops when he sees a figure sitting with his back to him at a table, tea set steaming.

"What in the game of the Great Phoenix is HAPPENING?!" He snaps. "Our Grand Flock Leader of the Heron is missing, the ettin are marching the WRONG WAY, there are elves EVERYWHERE in our advance camps, and now all of our slaves are acting strange. What is going on? What happened to your fool proo-"

His voice pauses in mid-reach as he puts his hand on the wooden dummy that was propped up in the chair. Not out of surprise mind you, but because he cannot speak at all.

Sideways' first dagger ensure that her victims don't scream. The second makes them unable to move.

Master had called it perfectly, arranged it as well, the Heron they sent was the same height, weight, and close enough age to Kingfisher. She forced the tea known to the nobility as 'Honor's Keeper' down his throat. Personally, she would have rather the bastard burn to death, as she set the tent on fire, via a 'knocked over' lantern. However, finding the tea was important, all of it was.

Still, it was a little unnerving to see that shocked look on Master's face when he smelled the Fell Weed on the air. He recovered quickly enough, save a few curses to the Damned Serpent.

She had to hurry to Citadel. The others would not wait for her long.
- - -

Roll 1d20
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>>26576739
that sounds like sound logic there clang buddy ol' pal.
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>>26576743
>>26576725
It burns brightest when times are darkest.
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Rolled 17

>>26576745
Well, we're fucking his plans up at least.
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Rolled 3

MORE BLOOD. MORE.
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Rolled 3

>>26576745
I always love these MEANWHILEs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuZxn0aT_UQ
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>>26576743
It was a long shot, sometimes the Light has to eyeball the power gauge a bit.
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>>26576725
are we sure he wasn't actualy woking for the other side after all not all bad guys wear masks.
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Rolled 4

>>26576745
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>>26576767
I'm fine with this.

Also, when we inevitably capture Sideways again, we put her to death. Slowly. By Pun.
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>>26576794
That would be OOC
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>>26576794
why would we put sideways to death? We're not currently enemies, and we are unaware of the circumstance of whatever "murders" she committed. in character at least.
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>>26576794
Not to Death. To PAIN.
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>>26576794
No, we drive her to go back to the Southern Colony and become a housewife.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tawnOvY-DcM
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>>26576801
You... DO realize that puns can't actually kill, right?
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>>26576801
>>26576819
>>26576827

missing the point
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>>26576827
that's not what I heard.
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>>26576767
You're in heaven. Creatures you want dead are dying, and YOU'RE causing it, and your horde, look at all of their happy shining faces as they launch fireballs and lightning bolts into these two headed giant THIEVES...oh no no no. No one, but NO ONE STEALS from YOU.

And...oh yes! Yesyesyesyesyyes!! Beacon is ready, oh that bloodthisty thing is all but SINGING in your hands. It's ready itsreadyitsreadyitsready!

1)Call the Flank +200 PE

2) Unleash Morningstar 50

Sophie and Crew are at 50
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>>26576827
We don't know that for sure.
Further testing is required.
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>>26576842

Morningstar. Maybe that'll clear up our murderboner.
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>>26576842
Morningstar
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>>26576842
Morningstar and Sophie.

Keep the flank in reserve. for now.
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>>26576842
Bring the noise. Spell-Shooters and Morningstar!
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>>26576842
I CAN FEEL THE DRAGON OVERTAKING ME
AHHHHHHH IT IS A GOOD PAIN

Morningstar. Let's unleash one more miracle.
And order Sophie to fire.
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>>26576842
Try to chill down on the murderfrenzy there, Ssen. Or at least, I don't know, try not to get it in your mouth.

Option 2, fire the morningstar.
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>>26576842
holy fuck we're going full dragon.

Unleash Morningstar, call the flank, unleash the spellslingers.
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>>26576842
And Ssen has officially lost her mind.
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>>26576842
LAUNCH THE MORNING STAR, CALL IN THE SPELLSHOOTERS AND UNLEASH THE FLANKS!
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>>26576842
Morningstar and spellshooters.

Hopefully releasing all that pent-up Beacon juice will calm us down a bit.
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>>26576876
look, humans go into fight or flight in these situation, lamias do too. One of those modes just happens to be dragon with us.
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Ssen: Think of the entirety of those under your protection as your horde.
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>>26576878
Yeah, hopefully the combination of 100 in one turn plus the coming reinforcements will allow us to retire from the field.
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>>26576842
>Snap the fuck out of it, everyone needs us alert
>Use the Morningstar
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gH0y3_-jX3o

Dragon!Ssen theme.
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>>26576842
Echo, if we save Sophie and Crew, will they go up by 10?
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>>26576898
Our horde is people. We collect entire Nations
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>>26576904
>>26576876
>>26576878
>>26576901
Think of it this way.
At least we're out of those firebombs.
If we weren't, this would be a LOT more dragony.
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>>26576900
Should put the PE troops at 169, by my count?
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>>26576870
Ha fuck no. Let ourselves me a monster. If we must detroy ourselves and scar our mind that we may prevent children from being sent to die, then let's dive smiling into that fucking meatgrinder.
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>>26576922
That's entirely out of character.
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>>26576918
Maybe we shouldn't be allowed to own guns
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>>26576918
We should try breathing fire right here and now. I mean, it wouldn't work if we were Paladin!Ssen.
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>>26576935
For Paladin!Ssen, yes.
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>Dragon intensifies
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>>26576937
I don't think that's even part of our biology or it would have come up when Granny feral'd us.
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>>26576961
>>26576937
yeah, we have poison breath.
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>>26576961
We can always try
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... I wonder if we could sprout wings right now.
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>>26576935
War is out of character. Didn't say we wouldn't regret it later, but shit's gotta get done and if we have to be in an altered state of consciousness to accomplish it, then oh well. War is an ugly thing and it wreaks havoc on people's minds. But disregard me if you want, it's nothing to get uppity about.
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>>26576961
We hold a torch in front of our mouth and exhale the triple concoction
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>>26576961
Fuck you! Dragons don't need to take shit from biology.

That's how dragon magic works! They just don't give a shit so much that nature bends to their will.
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>>26576977
no, no we couldn't.
We probably have spines out, though, if it's any better.
>>26576997
We don't know dragon magic, but it MIGHT manifest if we go dragon enough. I think it's much more likely that what will manifest is us just biting a whole bunch of ettins to death.
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>>26576980
And we haven't prepared for it, so calm the fuck down.
>>26576994
It's not a breath weapon, it's cloudkill, on us.
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>>26576980
You're wrong. Rising above base instincts is a fundamental aspect of the character, and has been from the start.
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>>26576994
Our concoction reacts with methane and normal air to explode.

We checked the chemistry during the corpse-ball monster thread
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>>26576980
Yeah, we're going to have to do some serious penance of our own after this.
No debating what that is. Let's have Lea decide this time.
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>>26576869
>>26576868
>>26576862

"FIRE! SOPHIE! MAGE! EVERYONE! FIRE FIRE FIREEEEEE!" You cackle with joy as you slam Beacon into the ground.

"And so, did the Great Paladin Serpent, call forth His Light upon that battlefield, and guided the hands and eyes of every child there. He saw their Works, their weapons and creations, and was gladdened by His Children's cleverness. (Later editions will be slightly edited by you, Lea, or the Nitors to have His Light also be saddened by the Flame Lance and Lightning Pack's uses for war...but the first edition was written by Tammy who was watching the whole thing from the wall...so she just wanted them dead, and wasn't remunerating on the horror of war.)

His Light and His Fire leapt from their hands, and with cracks that could split the heavens the Beautiful Spell-Shooters, capes fluttering in His Wind, His Light guiding their eyes under their wonderful hats...and Lord Paladin Julian Graves swung his sword in a arc of the most blinding Glory to His Works...and that was when we all knew that we were His Chosen. Beast, Human, Elf, or Dwarf, all were beloved in His Light. For had He not smote the Betrayer among them? And now He was guiding us all...to victory...to home...and (Tammy goes off into poetic purple prose at this point and we can skip it)

You: 305
PE: 169

The flank takes that massive surge of light, as the signal to charge. Weakened as they are, the charge nails into the ettin like a sack of hammers.

- 19, for clean up.

PE: 150

You're less giddy now. The high's gone off, and even Beacon seems to have calmed down now.

You have some options.

1) Focus on finishing these fuckers off. Wont take long.

2) Find the War Idol

3) Look for Kincaid

4) See if you can do anything about the zoned-out human PE slaves.
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>>26576997
That makes a good amount of sense.

Also, let me get this straight. We started out as a rogue with a bow, but reclassed to paladin while retaining points in sneak and charm, and now we've just multiclassed to a berserker. Fun.
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>>26577027
Find our fellow paladin, we need to calm the fuck down.
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>>26577027
War Idol. We can find Kinkaid and deal with the PE Slaves once that is dealt with, no sooner.
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>>26577027
Either 2 or 3.
Let's go find Kincaid.
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>>26577027
3. Kinkaid and mage. We outnumber the enemy significantly on the field, and we can send a crew to get the idol. Those two are important.
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>>26577028
It's more of bloodlust than a beserk fury. It's a racial trait that crops up every once in a while.
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>>26577049
scratch this.
>>26577027
We can send Lea and Peri/Mari after the idol. Tricia and Mage should look for Kincaid with us.
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KINCAAAAAAAAID! COME BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!
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>>26577027
Find that War Idol.

We've calmed the fuck down, now it's time to get to work.
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>>26577028
>>26577063
yeah, it happened in our first fight, and occasionally pops up when we have to gut a whole bunch of folk or crush some.
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>>26577027
Look for Kincaid. I refuse to believe that his own spell would kill him. Not a mage that has survived for so long around that many explosions.
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>>26577027
The idol is the primary objective. We complete our mission and look for Kincaid amongst the dead later. But perhaps he will not be one of them.
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>>26577027
>Find the War Idol

Gotta get it before they can cart it away or scuttle it.
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>>26577078
We don't know kincaid's status, making sure he's alive would be great for morale
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War Idol.

Finish our initial objectives.
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3) look for Kinkaid.
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>>26577086
actually our primary objective is allowing the elves to wreak havoc and replace the slave codex
the idol is our optional bonus objective that we can do at a later time but want to knock out now.
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>>26577080
Biting accelerates it a lot as well
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>>26577027
Look for Kincaid.
We are not letting him stay MIA. The War idol is next and I doubt the PE will regroup anytime soon.
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3) look for Kincaid
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Since we can't seem to choose, can we split the party like i suggested up >>26577074
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>>26577049
>>26577061
>>26577062

Alright, you see Lea in the Flank going to town, and it looks like she and Julian will be fine holding the line, and there's Mage and Tricia with the Blessed, keeping them together and stable.

Mari's gotten herself a rifle and is shooting with Sophie's crew.

Kincaid! You slither away from the line to try and find the Paladin Arcane.

Roll 3d20, you're trying to hit a target number.
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>>26577090
As opposed to pulling shit that will later be remembered as calling a direct divine intervention? After smashing apart a third of the remaining force at one go?

Kincaid's a grown-ass man. He can take care of himself, or he's dead. But the entire point of this was to draw attention away so NewRobin can do her work, and so that we can get the Idol. So let's go ahead and DO that, yeah?
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Rolled 7, 2, 19 = 28

>>26577122
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Rolled 14, 3, 9 = 26

>>26577122
good to go
>>26577123
didn't we agree before the battle we would claim it after the battle?
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Rolled 16, 15, 19 = 50

>>26577122
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>>26577099
You can have more than one primary objective of equal importance, but the fact remains that Kincaid is a side mission. We need the idol.

Let's just have the Blessed move up and search for him while the rest of us advance, mop up the ettin, and take the idol.
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Rolled 17, 2, 12 = 31

>>26577122
I still say we more pressing engagements than finding Kincaid.
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Rolled 7

>>26577122
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>>26577138
Fuck yes
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>>26577028
I still stand that we're more of a generic Hero/Lancer or a Templar at best instead of being in the paladin class.

All of our Light/Holy base abilities come from Beacon instead of ourselves
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>>26577138
I think we got it.
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>>26577138
holy hell thats some good rolls.
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Rolled 17, 19, 13 = 49

>>26577122
here goes everything
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>>26577138
NICE! Goddamn man. Way to make up for that 1
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>>26577027
2 War Idol
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>>26577138
What is WITH you and numbers, Redaeth?!
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>>26577142
He is literally the only Paladin of his order available. Losing him is major morale problem
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>>26577138
Damn, son. At least we succeeded in the random side mission.

NOW can we try to find the idol before thy get the idea they're losing and try to retire with it?
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>>26577155
If you're rolling low 90% of the time, that 10% is bound to come up aces.

Just don't push it.
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*WAR ALL OVER!*
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>>26577138
Ace! We find ALL of his parts so they can be buried together.
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>>26577138
I think we found him guys.

>>26577165
It's War. People die. Confirm deaths when hostile forces go into retreat. No sooner.
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>>26577176
Soon as we find him and mage?

Yeah sure.
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>>26577165
He's a Red, like Julian. This was explicitly mentioned. There are TWO Reds.
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>>26577165
Admittedly, his order mostly makes explosions, but I think some discussions with Mage and Granny could shape his world-view. There are so many more efficient ways to destroy things, for example.
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>>26577138
You find a groaning elf slightly buried in a large mud puddle. He's completely caked in mud from head to toe.

He looks up at you and blinks. "So...you look like you've had fun." He spits out a mouthful of mud. "Are we winning?"
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>Tammy is on the walls, writing poetry
>Poetry is actually flattering towards us
Holy shit, do Terry and Tammy like us now? Did they forgive us for that little knockout, like we had hoped?
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>>26577205
Not sure, but the Ettin are definitely losing.
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>>26577205
"I made light. Lots and lots of it."
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>>26577205
"Yesyes, lotsa dead two headers. Slaves staring off into space. Not enough. Need to find War Idol. Out of mud now."


Start yanking on him.
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>>26577205
Pluck him out of the mud and show him the desolation.
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>>26577205
So far. Wouldn't be surprised if something jumped up, but most of the army is intact.

How about you? Anything broken?
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>>26577205
Yes. We've wittled them down enough that they are outnumbered and surrounded.
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>>26577204
Instead of blowing the whole thing up, blow up tiny little parts and watch it fall. Fun!
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>>26577205
"So much fun that we're pushing them handily. Are you okay? I need to rush off and attend to the idol, if you are. Oh, and have you seen Mage?"
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>>26577189
The man is a living artillery cannon and an important part of the theocracy that pretty much everyone follows.
>>26577199
I must have missed that bit, I thought we only had one guy from each order.
>>26577205
"I think you'd be pleased with what we got done, just don't pull that kind of stunt again."
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