Rain. Cold, sharp, and heavy it pours over you. The forest dark and quiet of life sings a cacophony to you as the adrenaline wears off, a growing numbness creeps thru your bones. A look heavenward greets you with a miserable swirling sky pierced occasionally with flashes and bangs. The moon, even full, cannot pierce the blanket of anger this storm brings. Fitting, considering your dire straits. Looking down once more you witness the rended form of your mentor, face down in a muddled pool of blood and viscera. A beast, as scared and unprepared as you two, had launched itself towards you in a flurry of fang and claw from the darkness. Your mentor had stepped in, shoving you aside to take the blow. The blow meant for you...Knee meets mud, as strength leaves your legs. Well over a decade you two were together. This man had done so much. Risen you up higher then you had ever been destined for. A teacher, role model, father, and more. And in one swift move it all came to an end. You hadn't even the chance to say goodbye.>Remember the mission, their will be time to mourn.>Try to be strong. Ignoble as it may be, we all must die sometime.>Let it out. This man has done far to much for you to hold back.
>>3193689>>Let it out. This man has done far to much for you to hold back.emotional mc go
Let it out. It's the least you can do for him now
>Let it out. This man has done far to much for you to hold back.
>>3193689>Let it out. This man has done far to much for you to hold back.
The futility of these last few minutes weigh on you as a tonne, making breathing difficult. You know what you need to do, you know that this is far from the safest place to do this. It doesn't stop the tears from coming. Furiously you pound your fists into the soft earth before throwning your face once more to the sky to scream your lamentations. Anger, rage, frustration, sadness, fear, and more come together to rival natures fury within your bosom.This man needs to be grieved for. Nothing else matters at the moment. Minutes go by. The urge to vomit dies down. Between ragged breathes you slowly come to your senses, remembering what you two had set out to do, what you are. As if to call you to attention a flash of green and red lights up the night. The people of Childre have begun their part of the operation. The Burgundians not far behind. You will be expected to pull double weight now.That's right. You are a Scarecrow. You are out here to do what normal citizens can't, be the wall between them and the darkness. He would be ashamed of you if he could see this. Pull yourself together! Another flash, blue this time, reveals a glint in the corner of your eyes. Rising slowly you approach and reach for your weapon...>Execruciator- An assortment of axes designed for versatility>Warfares Maestro- A truly great sword that unfolds into a sword/shield>Strife's Intervention- A cruel hook at the end of a chain accompaneed by an even crueler dagger>Beasts of Burden- Twin gauntlets covered with serrated edges (boots optional)>Ancestors Worship- A bo staff that only the mighty can bend to thread into the finest bow>Extreme prejudice- A grandiose blunt instrument with an inbuilt tube for firing wortarBut what of the body?>Leave it. He'd prioritize the mission.>Send it back to HQ to be buried.>Bury it. You will not leave it for the scavengers.Also;>Call this in before beginning the operation?
>>3193907Also, take a few minutes to pick from the roster of starting outfits. Starting from the top left, pick a number. 1-15Gee, I wonder what this game is inspired by?
>>3193907Hey OP, would it be okay for us to have pic related?Also,>Leave it. He'd prioritize the mission.>Call this in before beginningWe can get his body once we're done.
>>3193907>Beasts of Burden- Twin gauntlets covered with serrated edges (boots optional)>Bury it. You will not leave it for the scavengers.>Call this in before beginning the operation?>A2
>>3193912As for the outfit, I pick the fourth one along on the top row.
>>3193929At this junction? No.But, I do plan to let players design their own weapons. You will not be locked into any one weapon with how I designed the quest.
>>3193907>Extreme prejudice- A grandiose blunt instrument with an inbuilt tube for firing wortar>Bury it. You will not leave it for the scavengers.>Call this in before beginning>A4
>>3193953Aw, darn. How about one of the three starting weapons? If that's also a no, then I'll pick>Warfares Maestro- A truly great sword that unfolds into a sword/shield
>>3193907>Ancestors Worship- A bo staff that only the mighty can bend to thread into the finest bowBut what of the body?>Leave it. He'd prioritize the missionAlso;>Call this in before beginning the operation?Yes15 looks comfy
>>3193907>Execruciator- An assortment of axes designed for versatility>Bury it. You will not leave it for the scavengers.Outfit number 12
>>3193967Those will be possible to design. These weapons I've listed are to help get the ball rolling. The sky will be the limits after a point. All things in due time.>>3193912Also, I'm seeing one vote for 12, and two for 4? If I'm seeing it right. I'll give it a few more minutes before I start writing to see if we can break the weapon tie.
>>3193907>Execruciator- An assortment of axes designed for versatility>Bury
>>31940113 for me
>>3193907>>Warfares Maestro- A truly great sword that unfolds into a sword/shield>Bury it. You will not leave it for the scavengers.and outfit 10
>>3193907>Warfares Maestro- A truly great sword that unfolds into a sword/shield>Bury it. You will not leave it for the scavengers>Call this inF2 orD3
>>319390710 minutes, then I'll start writing. Two more choices to finish character creation, then on to the action. Sorry if itsa bit slow.Looks like we'll be burying him and phoning it in.
>>3194011I change to>Warfares Maestro- A truly great sword that unfolds into a sword/shield
You pick up the slab of iron you call a weapon. Warfare's Maestro. An old design originating from the royal guard of Arcades. With a twist of your arm you plant the blade on your off-hands forearm, causing the blade to expand out into an equally intimidating shield. A following click of a button and a swift motion sees the shortsword drawn from the main body. "Good, none of the mechanisms have been damaged." You sigh, slamming the blade back into the shield, which promptly folds in on itself. Detaching it from your arm you holster it to your back and turn towards your mentors corpse. You can't afford to waste supplies returning him to base thanks to Burgundy's elites ripping thru before your arrival. However, you will not leave him to be chewed on by any passing carrion feeders.You stoop, grabbing a small shovel from your pack, and start to dig. Thankfully the dirt is wet making the effort minimal. After, you kneel to turn over the body. Cold lifeless eyes stare past you into oblivion, you close them. Tho it doesn't sit well with you, you begin to rummage thru his pockets for various items you may use.Acquired;1 health drink2 herbal cures2 caster shells (unknown marks)1 farcry tubePlacing the body into your makeshift grave You decide to take a memento, something to carry with you to remember him by. You take his;>tricorn hat>scarf>amulet>ring>bookAlong with his favorite pocketwatch. Opening it you see a quote inscribed within. It's the one he used all those years ago to describe your budding skill;>"Not all who wander are lost.">"never stop learning, because life never stops teaching">"Stars, hide your fires; let not light see your black and deep desires">"Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides know theyre in the game">"The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our souls"You gingerly close the watch putting it into a pocket, then you begin to push the mud over him. Offering a simple prayer as the only service.
>>3194198>>ring>"The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our souls"
>>3194198>book>"never stop learning, because life never stops teaching"
>>3194198>>ring>"Stars, hide your fires; let not light see your black and deep desires"
>>3194198>scarf>"The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our souls"
>>3194198>ring>"Not all who wander are lost."
>>3194198>>scarf>>"The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our souls"
>>3194198>Scarf>"Stars, hide your fires; let not light see your black and deep desires"More comfy is a must
tie between scarf and ring. 10 minutes from this post for a tie breaker, and I'll post the next bit.
>>3194374Let the dice decide then. Writing.1- ring2- scarf
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>3194407derp
>>3194412Scarf wins, all in comfy in the world
>>3194198Abilities gained;>two handed fighter (novice)>two handed finesse (novice)>shield fighter (adept)>loremaster (novice)>horrifying (boon)As you dig, you remember when he said those words. "The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our souls". He was initially worried about the way you carried yourself. "A Scarecrow must use everything at their disposal, even fear. But, we must remember that we do so for the people. In them we must inspire more. Know when to bring the monster out, and when to bring the man. All tools have there use when the time is right. Remember these words" You will, but, for now? Down to business. You pat the soft mound of dirt one last time before getting up and throwing on his, no, your scarf. Another flash of color. You'll need to hurry if you're to get into position. Taking out a small bowl you scoop up some of the rain water and place the bowl down on a fallen tree. You pull a blade and vial from your pack and set to work. First, drawing a trickle of blood you let it drip into the bowl which promptly turns a red hue. Afterwards you let a drip of ink fall from your vial which causes the water to change into a smooth purple. "Come. I wish to speak." As if on cue you see them. Slowly, surely, small humanoid figures begin to show wthin the purple swirling liquid. Spirits of the long since dead, drawn to the mixture from the air around you. Soon these shapes begin to coalesce into more defined features. Hair, a face, lips, then eyes opening. One entity now taking up the "window" you've opened."Hello, Scarecrow."The Handler, or at least yours. Her(?) features plain, voice hollow, hair billowing like a candles flame or rising steam behind her. She had been assigned to you by the Commonwealth at your anointment, and with you ever since. A conglomeration of souls that aided in the maze work of bureaucracy that your life consisted of."Scarecrow? So soon you call in. Why do you look so sad? HQ is on silent until the operation enters phase 2, but I am here to help however I can."Yes. Operation Decoy. Every twenty odd years or so cloud moths lay their eggs on the upper levels. This wouldn't be a problem, except from the moment the eggs crash and hatch the larvae don't stop eating. And they will eat anything. After finding they would drop near the Steep along the edge of Childre the Commonwealth focused as much as they could on diverting these things away from population centers. Scarecrows and the military will use lights and noise to pull the creatures away. Thankfully, Childre primarily uses their "fireworks" to communicate over distances. Convenient.
>>3194469"Master has been KIA. Reporting in to state my intentions to leave a beacon and pursue the objective." "Huh?!" Was that a gasp? Surpising amount of emotion from a programmed ghost. "Are you hurt as well? How... how are you doing?""Fine." A partial truth, "Nothing that will keep me from the objective.""Are, are you sure?" Looking down, she closes her eyes before slowly looking back up at you. Curious behavior. "Very well Scarecrow, continue onto point 2b and..." A flinch, "Correction! We have received info that one larvae has broken thru, roughly two miles from current location. South South-west. Tho towns have gone dark it may still plow straight into it. As the closest outrider do what you must to prevent this. You will receive no backup. Orders received?""Roger. I'll run interception immediately, over." You reach for the bowl to dump the contents when,"Scarecrow!" You pause, looking curiously at the ghost in the reflection. "come back, please. I don't wish to lose both of you tonight."A moment passes, you ponder these strange words before a chuckle escapes your lips. "I will.""That scarf looks good on you.""Heh." with that you toss the water. tightening the scarf about your neck you look out over the landscape. "Two miles? How do I wanna do this?">Engage to scare it off>Engage to have it chase you>Engage to kill
Small pause. The fire alarms are going off in my apartment building.
>>3194481>>Engage to kill
>>3194481>Engage to kill>>3194487fucking qm curse getting you early
>>3194481>Engage to kill
>>3194481Accurate 11Cunning 7Discreet 5Persuasive 9Quick 13Resolute 10Strong 15Vigilant 10Toughness 15Pain Threshold 7Defense 13 (16 with shield)Stress Threshold 5Abilities:*Shield Fighter(adept)Passive- dmg increased for shortsword,+2 bonus to shield instead of +1Reaction-follow up successful attack with a shield bash,1d4. strong<-strong to knock prone*Two Handed Fighter(novice)Passive- Heavy weapons deal 1d12*Two Handed Finesse(novice)Passive- 2 hand swords gain the long quality,may be used with the polearm mastery abilityLoremaster(novice)Free- roll cunning to translate text or understand otherlanguages. No roll for simple things, but a full conversationrequires a rollHorrifying(novice)+1 to persuasive for threats, interrogatian, and coerciancontacts, bushcraft, or priviligedEquipment:Warfare's Maestrogreatsword- 1d12 Precise (+1 to hit)Massive (best of 4 for damage die)Unwieldy (attack takes full turn, cannot move and attack in same turn)Long (free attack on target moving into melee if they don't have a long weapon)Shortsword- 1d8Short (draw as free action)Shield- 1d4Balanced (+1 defense) Scarecrows Armor 1d4Flexible (no armor impedment)Caster- single barrel3 shells, no markings2 vials of health drink (heal 1d6 toughness for 1d6 turns, 1 stress for each turn)4 herbal cure (heal 1 toughness, 2 with medicus ability)1 farcry tube- one time use item that returns object(s) to a designated locationif not logged to a location, can be used to slow falls.Ok lads, I'm back. Someone thought it would be a good idea to warm their apartment with the oven. Idiots! If anybody is still here this is the character sheet we'll be using for this mission, you guys will be able to change things later. Don't worry.I'm using a slightly tweaked version of Symbaroum if anyone knows the system. I gave a brief show of what everything does and while I get to writing I'll answer any questions you may have. Most of it will be me, but here's a brief lay out;Roll under d20, best of three unless otherwise stated. dc is relevant stat modified by opposing stat anywhere from -1 to +5, 0 being neutral.IE: to hit a motherfucker you will roll accurate modified by their quick, and to avoid an attack its quick modified by their relevant stat.Toughness is health, it hits 0, you start bleeding out. Cross that river when we get therePain threshold is if anyone takes that much damage from one attack, they either go prone or take another immediate attackStress threshold is accumulated fatigue were you start to notice it. Full stress is your resolute score. We'll cross that bridge as we get there.I will post the Symbaroum books at some point. But right now I'm gonna get to writing. We gonna try and kill a motherfucker! Any questions feel free to ask!
>>3194774Taking a deep breathe, you ready yourself for the task ahead. Putting away your things and taking one last look at your mentors burial site. Readying a shriek flare you whisper one final goodbye. But, wait. No. You know the final words you must speak, his favorite thing to say. A smile on your face you raise your caster high, "Time to cut the Meat!"And your off, not once looking back even as the flare screams into the air. You dash forward vaulting and dodging your way thru the dense trees and shrubs of these cold lowlands. Within minutes you come upon an area disturbingly devoid of plant life. Looking left and right it seems a blade swept thru here, but from the way things are broken you see the way you need to go. As you make you're way along you debate the way you should go about this. Scare it off? No, you've no idea if it will even flee. And even if it did it may well keep heading towards civilazation. You ponder getting it to pursue you. Again no, it might not as it'll have plenty of easier to reach food and if it should catch you, it would barrel over you. These things are supposed to get big. No, if it should be a fight better to end it swiftly. The night is young and you may have to keep doing this. Swift kill, minimize hassle. Sprinting along you soon come upon the beast in all its hungry glory. As tall as a carriage and twice the length you watch as it uproots and devours an entire tree. This thing is a newborn? Not that you stop, or even slow. No, tonight will be a red night and you will let the beast run free. With a mighty bellow you;>Draw the greatsword, bait it into charging you>Draw your sword/shield, charge it>Draw your sword, attempt to get a swift advantage>Fire your caster, you've no idea what any of these shells do>Free
>>3194891>Draw your sword/shield, charge itSuprise motherfucker
>>3194891>Draw your sword/shield, charge it
>>3195057>>3195125If either of you are still here, roll me a d20+1
Rolled 1 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>3195152Fingers crossed
>>3195168That's good right?
>>3195168Holy Shit! First roll of the quest, and its a nat 1. Good man. Roll me a d10 for sword damage and a d20+1 for the shield bash.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>3195181Sword
Rolled 9 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>3195181And shield
Rolled 7 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>3195181
>>3195201On fire. Roll me a 1d4 for shield damage, and a d20+5 for the shield bash attempt.
Rolled 1 (1d4)>>3195213Damage
>>3195213SORRY, I'M DUMB! Make that 1d4+2. You guys have advantage because it's a surprise round.
Rolled 8 + 5 (1d20 + 5)>>3195213And attempt
Rolled 1 + 2 (1d4 + 2)>>3195213
>>3195225I'll give you a reroll on the damage>>3195220as I fucked up. Give it another couple of minutes to see if we get more rolls. I'll post one more update before calling it tonight.
Rolled 3 + 2 (1d4 + 2)>>3195236Reroll it is
>>3195168sword>>31951973 -4 armor= 0 damage>>3195201>>3195212shield>>3195231>>31952443,5 -4 from armor= 1 damage>>3195225shield bash successfulI'll get writing
>>3195259It Doesn't see you, does it even have eyes? Those tendrils are busy hold the tree to its mouth. Perfect. Not missing a stride you draw your blade over your left shoulder, sliding it down your arm till it locks into place then pulling free the blade and slashing out at the creatures leg. A test slash, nothing more, proving you right that its chitin is to thick for your blade. You'll have to either put more weight behind your swing or look for weakpoints. However! You won't miss turning this fights tempo into your favor. You ride the momentum of the swing, spinning a bit to put your back towards the front of the startled beast. As it realises it's being attacked and rears up you resheathe your blade and with two hands bring your shield up into its still exposed head with a grunt. You hear a crunch as the creature, squealing, is thrown to the ground and begins to thrash around. A good opening move, how to follow up?Attack as you are (attack)Bring out the greatsword (transform, attack)move to a better spot (move, attack)fire the caster (move, attack)freeDamaging the same spot repeatedly can potentially change parts of the fight. Breaking/removing limbs can weaken or flat out remove enemy combat actions. It way also weaken or remove armor values, making it easier to wound. this however can be harder to hit as the monster will likely try to protect these parts. Food for thought.This is my last post tonight. I plan for Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday after work to be my run nights. I will shoot for 1:00-1:30 EST. Let me know what you think, I need critique. I hope to see you all Tuesday.
>>3195293Drive the blade right into its neck. It has a neck and we have a big heavy metal weapon, and it has to be squishy somewhere.
>>3195293It has heavy armor, we should probably change to the greatsword to hurt it moreBring out the greatsword (transform, attack)
>>3195386>>3195556Qm here, I'm phone posting. We can combine these if everyone agrees. Right now you have advantage, which is a +2 to hit and damage. Targeting a weak spot will lose you advantage, as you will be trying to work thru it's thrashing legs to get to it.Also, remember that with the greatsword you cannot move and attack in the same turn. But, you roll best of 4 instead of 3 for damage.Food for thought.
>>3195912well, let's go with >>3195386 first and if it doesn't work we try >>3195556
>>3195912QM should sword on first round have +2 bonus to damage?
>>3196010Shit. You right. I'll change my notes tonight, you've done 2 damage to it so far.
>>3195293>Bring out the greatsword (transform, attack)Let's go for a decapitation
>>3195293>Bring out the greatsword (transform, attack)https://youtu.be/PO-u068B6RU?t=9
>>3196576>>3196325>>3195556Transform, Decapitation! (you may be able to)>>3195386>>3195921Shank and shieldI'm home from work, it sucked, and I'm ready to kill something. Greatsword wins out, but! An important question. Target a specific spot, losing advantage (+2 to hit/ damage) or put your back into it and swing normally? I'll be back after a shower to see who all is in, and we'll get this ball rolling!
>>3199064I'll give it another hour or so. Then it will wait till Thursday.
>>3199219Feel like rolling me a d20-1?
Rolled 3 - 1 (1d20 - 1)>>3199245I do
>>3199333Good man. That's a hit. Now, best of 4.d12+2
Rolled 2 + 2 (1d12 + 2)>>3199349
Rolled 4 + 2 (1d12 + 2)>>3199349
Rolled 8 + 2 (1d12 + 2)>>3199349
Rolled 5 + 2 (1d12 + 2)>>3199349
>>3199357>>3199358>>3199359>>319937810- 4 armor= 6 damageGreat. For it's turn it'll have to use a move action to stand up. Following this it will attack. Roll me d20+5 for defense. Then, roll a d20-3 for a vigilant test.Slow burning, but we"ll get this thing.
Rolled 11 + 5 (1d20 + 5)>>3199772
Rolled 1 + 5 (1d20 + 5)>>3199772
Rolled 4 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>3199772
>>3199822That's supposed to be a minus 3, does it still count?
Dropped my name. Woops.>>3199822It would be a pass either way, so I'll allow it.>>3199796>>3199799And with a successful block I leave for work. I'll post an update tonight when I get home. I can post a little bit at work, so if you have any questions just ask. Would it be better to run early or later? Y/N?
>>3199882either way is fine by me
>>3199882Apologies. I won't be able to update tonight. However tomorrow I'll try to be on as soon as I get home from work. In the mean time, we have top of the order. Lets get thru your part of the turn at least. Will you:>turn towards the loud crashing, brace for it>turn towards the crashing, prepare to counter>turn towards the crashing, fire the caster>Attack the wounded beast, try to finish this>transform and attack the wounded beast>free
>>3200956>turn towards the crashing, prepare to countercrashing?
>>3200963Woops. Somehow lost the last bit. >>3200956The passed vigilant test had you notice a loud "skree" sound and crashing heading in your direction.Remember kids, proofread before you post!
>>3200956>>turn towards the crashing, prepare to counter
>>3200956>turn towards the crashing, prepare to counter
Update in ~20 minutes. If anybody is up.
Strike will the iron is hot! While another blow to the head may end this fight you don't wish to tempt fate with all those legs thrashing around wildly. No, better safe then sorry. You practically slam home the lesser blade, detaching and bringing the assembly around for an overhead slash. Flawlessly trained and polished technique sees your weapon coming down just as it completes its transformation in a meteoric strike of destructive power."SKRRREEEEEAAAACCCKKKK!"To crush into the squealing carapace of the beast. It serving as little resistance. Shell, flesh, and fluids fly free as you push deeper into it's soft innards. Riding the momentum sees you take almost two legs along with a decent chunk from the larvaes left flank. A potentially crippling blow. However this merely insights it to lunge in your direction, to which you bring your blade around, catching the bite meant for your shoulder. You roll with the blow, spinning with a sidestep to come around to face the backside of the cornered bug. It begins to writhe, and starts to fold itself? You bring up your blade for another shot, hoping to finish this before it can try anything. However, you manage to catch what sounds like crashing trees coming from... behind you? "Skreeonk!"Another one!? Your report only claimed one had broken the blockade, what are the Burgundian and Childred military doing? Is it something else? Is it responding to this ones cries? Has something happened? Is the operation compromised? Will you be able to handle two at once? Is someone pursuing this one? You find it difficult to maneuver enough already with this thing, but the shorter blade might not have enough punch. What if... if... No matter. With a deep breath you clear you mind of the unnecessary clutter. The excess thoughts. These are the mind-killers. These will only slow you down. Let them pass over you, thru you. Remember what matters."All that matters is the here, this instant. Make it count. No second chance."You turn, as one in mind and purpose. Death. Ignoring the mewling bug at your back you strain your senses trying to pick up this new problems locale. One breathe, two breathe, and there! A crash, a bang, as the beast plows out from the treeline. Another larvae and it's charging headlong towards your location. If its aim is its injured sibling you are directly between them. Making it a terrible place to be. You bring up your blade and slide one foot forward feeling a slight grin sprout. Some may say you're right where you need to be.
>>3203148Lets see a d20+5 for defense. Best of three!
Rolled 3 + 5 (1d20 + 5)>>3203152
Rolled 13 + 5 (1d20 + 5)>>3203172Oh right options field. Been forever since i've been on /tg/ and first time on /qst/See you in a few weekends fool
Rolled 16 + 5 (1d20 + 5)>>3203152I hope you're all ready to defend. We've got a strong defence. We're gonna defend so hard, people are gonna say "wow, you really defended against that caterpillar thing".
>>3203152+5? damn, that must be hard opponent
>>3203156>>3203175>>3203182It is a 20+ foot long bug. That'll fuck anything it hits up. But you Blocked! Now for the fun. It moved into melee, so you get a free attack thanks to the long quality. Then its your turn anyway. Give me 2d20+3 to hit this fucker! Best of three.
Rolled 19, 9 + 3 = 31 (2d20 + 3)>>3203197
Rolled 12, 14 + 3 = 29 (2d20 + 3)>>3203197
>>3203203>>3203204I'll give it another couple minutes. If nobody else posts I'll let you guys reroll.
Rolled 18, 18 + 3 = 39 (2d20 + 3)>>3203197
>>3203203>>3203204>>3203225Well. No hits. I'll get to writing. Should be a quick one.
>>3203232It is far faster then you had anticipated!You throw yourself off balance, swinging you and your weapons combined weight to the right side of the charging beast. Slamming your blade into the dirt sees you stopped abruptly. But, better some discomfort then being stuck in deaths jaws. Its feelers are now waving around franticly trying to sort out your new location as it turns its head left and right. These things truly must rely on other senses to manuver. A look to the injured larvae reveals that it had rolled up, covering its face and wounded section.>roll d20-1 for vigilant, best of three.Also. New turn, you have initiative.>Attack larvae in front of you (attack)>Move towards the wounded one (move)>Transform, attack (specify target)>Fire caster (specify target)>Leave, this is getting to hectic (test)>Free
Rolled 19 - 1 (1d20 - 1)>>3203243dice+1d20+-1Just a reminder how to roll with ->Fire caster (specify target)wounded one FUCK IT! Open mystery box!
Rolled 16 - 1 (1d20 - 1)>>3203243>Transform, attack (specify target)Fibish off the wounded
Rolled 15 - 1 (1d20 - 1)>>3203243>fire at wounded
>>3203246>>3203250>>3203254Test failed. But you don't trust the wounded one.First to roll me a d3, go!
Rolled 3 (1d3)>>3203255so we are firing wonder what
>>3203255>>3203262Oh boy!Roll me a resolute test, d20-4! Best of three.You guys are gonna love this
Rolled 4 - 4 (1d20 - 4)>>3203264
Rolled 7 - 4 (1d20 - 4)>>3203264
>>3203265>>3203266Wonderful. Give me a second to do a write up.
>>3203264What is that blasted thing doing? The healthy one continues to thrash around looking for you. You shimmy over more to its side, trying to avoid the questing tendrils. You have a second to breathe and decide to fight fire with fire. Drawing your caster in your off hand you pop it open and slide in one of your unmarked shells. This could be anything, cross your fingers!Pointing the barrel you pull and hold the trigger. What starts as a low moan quickly reaches a high pitched scream as the chamber, and shell, start to spin and glow with barely contained power. Spirits drawn to the prayers and spells weaved onto the scroll within your shell force you to brace as your whole arm starts to quiver from the strain. Whatever it is, you are not attuned to its disipline! This is gonna hurt!BANG! All the pent up energy releases in a burst of purple hues that rocket forth into the wounded beast. The other turns to you, expected, nothing wouldn't notice that action.It moves to act just as you notice the sigils appear on its sibling. Bend will! Perfect! A wonderful edge to gain in this fight.>you must either use one of your actions to concentrate on the spell, or roll a resolute test. IE; attack, concentrate or move, concentrate etc.>the afflicted target will do what you command it to, but only one action per turn>right now, the beast has used its carapace ability to double armor by sacrificing all actions. This ends as soon as it does anything.Roll 1d4 for stress gain!The healthier beast gets first action. What do you command of the weaker?>attack>move>leave>free
>>3203278>attackMunch on the other one.
Rolled 4 (1d4)>>3203278>attack
>>3203281>>3203282Ouch. That's a blow to your stress.Ok, First, the bug goes for you. Then, your bug attacks.Give me 1d20+5 for your defenseand 1d20 for bugs attack.Best of three. Last post of the night. I might post tomorrow to finish the rolls, and I'll start a write up. Be back Saturday around 1;00, I'll be running all night. I hope to see you all Saturday
Rolled 3, 17 = 20 (2d20)>>3203289First d20 for bugSecond for defence
Rolled 10, 9 = 19 (2d20)>>3203289
After that we probably should switch back to shieldThat +5 will be a death to us
Rolled 20, 18 = 38 (2d20)>>3203289
Sorry, running late from work. I'll try to be one within the hour. If anybodies out there? Roll call.
>>3203290>>3203294>>3203311That's a successful defense and a successful attack. I'll get to writing.
Elation quickly turns to shock as you feel the jolt from the spell link to your subconscious. A small figure appears in your peripheral giving you a physical link to aid in concentration. Something that is quickly tested as you need to bring up your blade to catch the drooling maw of the larvae bearing down on you. Growling with effort you try to force the beast back and off of you. Unfortunately its ever writhing face tentacles begin to wrap around different parts of you and your weapon. It's trying to ensnare you! Worse is the figure, a haunt you think is the term, on your shoulder becomes fainter with your slipping thoughts.You try to focus on the figure, and thru it your target, willing it to aid you. It seems to become more corporeal. Fight. Fight for me you think. And, with worrying slowness, the beast starts to move. Perhaps it's far to gone to be of much help?"Skree!" As if to answer your lack of faith it suddenly lunges forward with a burst of speed, plowing headlong into its siblings side. The surprised bug quickly detaches from you and turns towards this new assailant. The two seem to wrestle for dominance and while your sudden ally is helpful, surely the wounds will affect it in this protracted brawling.Best to finish this.bite5- 4 armor= 1 damageTop of order. Will you;>Attack, concentrate>Move, concentrate>Transform, concentrate>Transform, attack*>Transform, move*>fire caster*>Free (may require test)>(*will require a test against resolute to not lose the spell)Also, will your ally to;>Attack>move>defend>leave>freeAs the beast is currently flanked, you both have advantage (+2 to hit, damage)Toughness as of this post;Larvae1- 7 Larvae2- 14You- 15
>>3209036>>3209166>>3209174I think I'll try something different. Roll 3d20. For your attack, your defense, and allies attack in that order. Best of three. I'll add modifiers after the rolls.
Rolled 12, 13, 18 = 43 (3d20)>>3209179
Rolled 15, 10, 18 = 43 (3d20)>>3209179
Rolled 10, 6, 12 = 28 (3d20)>>3209179
>>3209216>>3209226>>3209279You hit, get hit, and your bug hits.Cross your fingers, if you do enough damage it might still miss.1d12, best of four!
Rolled 12 (1d12)>>3214827
>>3214842And it seems only one was required
>>3214842yeah, I'm good with that roll lol
>>3214842Wonderful! Now, we get a choice. If you do more then an enemies pain threshold you choose to either>Knock the enemy proneor>Immediately make an additional attackI'll give it a few minutes.
>>3214900>Immediately make an additional attack
>>3214900>Immediately make an additional attackLets try to finish it
>>3214901>>3214910Another attack it is. 1d20, best of three.Last post tonight from me. I'll try to bang this turn out tomorrow, even if I gotta phone post from work.
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>3214926
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>3214926
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>3214926
>>3214929>>3214953>>3214958Thank god I decided not to use auto fail in combat.The 11 is a hit! 1d12, best of three!If this doesn't do enough we'll have to roll armor.
Rolled 3 (1d12)>>3215334
Rolled 2 (1d12)>>3215334>best of three!4?our bug friend damage when?
Rolled 12 (1d12)>>3215334
Qm here. I prayed the snow would close work, but alas!>>3215376>>3215380>>3215382You are correct, it's what I get for rushing. However it doesn't seem we need another roll. You guys are cleaning house. Now. A most important decision needs to be made about our temporary alliance. Before the spell fades will you;>finish off the weakened one, it won't fight back>let it leave, you don't have to kill it (heal it?) >free
>>3215477>finish off the weakened one, it won't fight back
>>3215477>>finish off the weakened one, it won't fight back
Damn. No mercy for beasts then. I'll get working on the update, but I'm unsure how to go about it. Will he be;>merciful>cruel>professional >indifferent >mournful>enthusiastic >free inputChoose any of the above, or multiple if you think it applicable. This'll give me an idea how I will go about writing in the future.
>>3215817>professional>indifferent nothing more than a means to an end
>>3215817>>professional>mournful>mercifulmake it painless
You step back from the escalating melee before you, rolling your shoulder to help alleviate the prickling from your caster shot's recoil. Bringing it up you pop the used shell and eye it on its downward arc. The markings don't match either of your other shells. Great. Better not to push your luck with another one then. Turning back to your enemies sees your initial worries unfolding. Unfortunately due to its prior injuries the bound larvae is slowly and surely being overwhelmed. Thou not without giving as hard as it gets. Poor thing. Taking a moment more to read ahead you pounce. This was far from your smartest move, but you needed to see this end. Bounding up to the healthier beast you hop up onto its rear area and leap just as it is sent reeling by a body slam. You bring up your blade, the swing of which sees you pause in mid fall, and bring it down right where you assume the neck begins. A crushing blow that shatters carapace and brings both of you down, but you catch yourself. Bending your knees to soak the fall you throw your weight to spin into an upward swing that connects roughly under the prior hit. this passes into the softer underside and punches up thru and all the way out, beheading the beast. It also throws you to the ground unceremoniously, but whatever. Better discomforted then dead. The body lands aside you in a thunderous collapse. Followed almost immediately by your erstwhile ally. who proceeds to begin feeding in disgusting earnest. Seems cannibalism is an option.
>>3216864A wave coming from your peripheral as you jump slightly, until you realize its only the haunt. It has started to fade slightly. You focus on it and the bond, but to no avail. Seems the spell will expire soon. That could be a problem that you'd rather not have to deal with. But what to do? You could will the larvae to head back towards the boundary set by the organization. However the beast before you is heavily injured. You can see the laborous breathes it takes between each mouthful. Now that the adrenaline of battle has started to wear off you seem to find it harder to consider the obvious. You had originally planned to kill it, hadn't you? Was this because you've bent it to your will? Does that really not sit well with you? Were you that soft? No, it has to be done. "Finish what you've started." As the old man say if he was here. For a moment you consider ending the spell to at least give it a fighting chance. You laugh to this. Honor does not exist to these creatures. They are instinct fueled animals. Besides, you had been lucky not to suffer any true injury in this engagement. But the night was long, and you'd no idea what else it will entail."Come, lay down." You speak to it, as thou it was a pet or something. Strange. It obeys, utterly subsumed to your command. It walks up to you and lays down on it's healthier side."Forgive me the suffering. Mayhaps luck simply wasn't in your favor." Placing the blade upon your back you kneel next to the panting larvae. It twitches slightly, showing its clear discomfort. You pop out the shorter blade and, with one hand on the beast, position the tip right at the beasts heart. And pause. Why? What makes this suddenly so different? Different to its dead sibling not twenty feet away. To what you had been working towards only a few minutes ago. You had let the monster run free, but now the man had taken the reins. You had never really thought about it till this moment. The weight of a life, man or monster. Should it be so easy to take? Looking down at the haggard results of your work you see the sigils begin to fade. Turning to your side you see the haunt looking at you, into you, expectently. Taking a deep breathe you find your resolve and sink the blade to the hilt. A jolt, tremble, whimper, and then nothing. It is done."Finish what you've started." You say low, withdrawing the blade and flicking it clean, "If I am called, I will answer." Seemingly satisfied, the haunt fades without a sound.>You have resolved to do what you are called for. But never in malice, spite, or hatred. Life is sacred. You know your duties.
>>3216871A moment passes in silence before fresh movement catches your attention from the tree line. A new haunt sits before a great pine, holding a rolled parchment. Orders from hq? Trotting over you take up the note, unrolling it and giving it a quick review. It reads;"To all outriders along the Eastern front we give warning. A large monster, order Naturia, has been provoked and has begun rampaging along the hold lines of the Childre forces fending off the wave of Cloud moth hatchlings. Immediate action has been requested by any available outriders to intercept and deter/destroy the target. All rights of scavenging and a 5000 bounty have been enacted. As of this letters sending, it is believed to be an adult Aggrex-Tok. Should you accept be cautious and plan accordingly.-HQ, "Accept?>yes>noGreat. That would explain the hole the unreported larvae slipped thru. This could be a bigger problem then you can handle, how to go about this? An Aggrex- Tok, or Herdsman of Cinder, is one of the apex monsters of Childre.>I have to. Innocent peoples lives depend on this operation.>I don't think I can handle this, I'd be a weight on anyone else who goes.>Not my problem, stick to the operation.>For the glory!>Wait, this couldn't have been. Was this what attacked me and my mentor?!>Write in
>>3216877>>I have to. Innocent peoples lives depend on this operation.>yeswe are healthy and able, we have to at least try
>>3216877>yes>Wait, this couldn't have been. Was this what attacked me and my mentor?!
>>3216877>yes>>I have to. Innocent peoples lives depend on this operation.>Wait, this couldn't have been. Was this what attacked me and my mentor?!
>>3216932>>3216950>>3216978And so, we join the dance once more. Who will be joining us on this venture?>no one, we go it alone (hardest, full rewards)>The man who claims us his rival (hard, half rewards)>Masked man of few words (hard, half rewards)>Both (less hard, 1/3 rewards)Last post tonight. Thank you to those who have been here and those just joining us. Congratulations on your first combat. And without a single injury! But, now the gloves come off. I'll start up a fresh thread this Saturday. I hope to see you all there again. I will be around to answer any questions.For this one I ask...How are you guys liking it so far?What could I do different?Critique? Lord knows I need it.Anything peak your interest lore wise?Anybody have weapon ideas? I will do what I can. (I've not forgotten you, bowblade man)
>>3217015>Masked man of few words (hard, half rewards)As I understand we are acting as containment for some guys trying to escape right? And those things are big ass monsters.Our guy is a scatecrow, how many more like him exiat around? Is it only one organization or are there more? What separetes him from other warriors.
>>3217015>>Masked man of few words (hard, half rewards)
>>3217020>As I understand we are acting as containment for some guys trying to escape right? And those things are big ass monsters.The term scarecrow was picked up from the common folk. It's a catch all term for hunters, slayers, witchers, inquisitors, etc. They are the ones that bump back. Keeping the darkness at bay, like a scarecrow to crows. You're basically a monster hunter/ witcher/ bloodborne hunter mash up that uses "science" and mysticism to fight shit normal humans could never hope to.The Organization covers most of the bureaucracy so you can focus on doing your job.The organization is a joint effort by a group of nations, the Commonwealth, to stick together and benefit from a more militarized defense. The nations are; Burgundy, Childre, Arcades, Heim, Norlans, and Imporio. Each is as distinct from each other as you can get, but united because the world is a hard place. Currently, you are helping Childre, who have had 20+ foot caterpillars hatch within their borders. Dropped in from the sky. This happens about every thirty years.>Our guy is a scarecrow, how many more like him exist around?The organization is a fairly expansive group, but active hunter wise? Probably only a few thousand. Hell, the operation you're on now? Aside from military bodies moving, there's only about a hundred scarecrows running around. And only about 2/3 are juiced up. You for example are not. >Is it only one organization or are there more?The Org has been around for a good while. It has seen fads and movements come and go. Some have changed the structure significantly, others die a whimper. You will see and hear about them throughout the quest. These are called Kindreds, but its all still the Org. >What separetes him from other warriors.I mentioned the term "juiced" before. This is the nickname for the slew of concoctions you are conditioned to imbibe to do the crazy shit you do. Stuff like barely needing to sleep, rarely needing to use the bathroom, or not needing to eat unless you feel like it. But, once it wears off, you have a miserable "cool down" time of about a week. It will have mechanics behind it. I'll talk more when we get to that point. One example, drinking a "potion" heals us, but the strain it puts on the body sees us gain stress. We could potentially chug them all day, a normal person would get knocked on their ass in one sip. This is because, even after the alchemy and such, it has literal spirits in them. Ironically, these is why alcohol is called spirits. You drink shit that can kill you, you just have a higher tolerance.
>>3217015>Masked man of few words (hard, half rewards)
>>3217015>How are you guys liking it so far?Very, setting, combat, all of it.>What could I do different?Idk everything seemed fine>Critique? Lord knows I need it.Once or twice I think you given different rules. Nothing big>Anything peak your interest lore wise?The Handler>>3215817>Damn. No mercy for beasts then.You seemed surprised? But do we have reason not to kill it? I thought that it would be completely out of character if we would let it leave.