[pnpgm] Game update #316 File #518 - Sea Giant Battle Begins phase 1
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Alias/Player Character Name Type Status/Notes Sex
NPC Noble Aren Solest Duke Normal/Human Ma
Balrog Balrog Warrior Normal/Human Ma
Tom Crockett Caladan Wizard Normal/Human Ma
Marcel Liberty Chion Sailor Normal/Human Ma
Burton Choinski Cholan Sailor Normal/Human Ma
Bob Eldred/Nomad Damon Sailor Normal/Human Ma
Ryan Torres Farseeker Warrior Normal/Human Ma
Tim Falkenberg Malradh ben Kasha Merc Normal/Human Ma
NPC Spy Suresh Nambler Spy Normal/Human Ma
Orion (Paul Broman) Trembyl Fighter Normal/Human Ma
NPC Fighter Triest Warrior Normal/Human Ma
Franseco B./Bondo Valgor Noble Dead /Human Ma
Scott Adams Xian Wizard Normal/Human Ma
Wout Broere Unali Ninja Normal/Human Fe
Alex Koponen Z'leyra Healer Normal/Human Fe
Chris Wells Ben'dar Warrior Normal/Human Ma
Lyman R. Hampton Kaylle Scholar Normal/Faerry Ma
Wayne Richardson/Uji Thig Sidh MU Normal/Faerry Ma
------???----------- Neva Archer Normal/Elf Fe
Sergi Sallent Jordi Unsure Normal/Elf Ma
Npc Noble Marta Valnon Noble Normal/Human Fe
Ally Section - Diplomats/Ex prisoners - 26 Allies
G1 Akat, Zenon (Goidan), Chandris, Eri (Kolari)
G1 Vaeth, Tuon (Donaran), Vaidia, Anil (Donaran)
G2 *Zablin, Ris (Zen'dan) Ayddar Nylykerka (Thaliban)
G2 Nil Spaar (Ursmaian), Norda Proi (Lemasan)
G3 Walling, Dex (Helvan) Zing, Troyis (Kll'Maun)
G3 Amin, Rajwani (Lemasan), Qasir, Shah (Ro'babzan)
G1 Jevan, Corz (Bhamotin), Jezek, Gord (Bhamotin)
G1 Qualres, Diana (Shuikalese), Oolas, Kirz (Katalan)
G1 Abzyon, Wi (Choisuan), Xavier, Rua (Fomorian),
G1 Makki, Pov (Katalan), Matta, Kartz (R'hiselkan)
G4 Zenakhis, Trom (Fomorian), Ackbar, Feli (Chunrey)
G4 Jozak, Mer (Robari), Zabel, Eti (Artadan)
G4 Goins, Sharmon (Teosian(, Havirmar Havigashu (Vahearian)
Player Email Address Email Status
Scott Adams pnpgm at softhome.net Working
Marcel Liberty/Chion kzinti_maouse at yahoo.com Working
Tim Falkenberg Malradh at yahoo.co.uk Unknown
Wout Broere broere at powersandperils.org Working
Burton Choinski bchoinski at attbi.com Working
Sergi Sallent igresigres at yahoo.com Working
Alex Koponen akoponen at mosquitonet.com Working
Chris Wells ckwells at comcast.net
Animals: Ventrius/Pogo Thig's dogs, Firesnake of Caladan's
Tikil (Cholan's Ferret)
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Game Update #316 in sequence (file #518)
Admin notes: Didn't do one monday as you probably figured out.
Had not many actions so just figured I'd do one for Friday. So
we'll move on. Hope to get more actions by Monday as then the
actual combat will likely get harder and start.
[Recap] - None
[New Stuff - Current Situation]
From Z'leyra: [Re: Actions]
Z'leyra suggests "If we can outrun it, great, lets do so. If not,
lets turn into the wind and stop so we can fight without
seperating from the ship."
"Someone can try talking to it, maybe it just wants to bandy
words. I doubt it, I will prepare for battle. It would be
helpful if when battle starts, someone casts an illusion that
"My personal plan is to go invisible, levitate, then teleport
above and behind it in point blank range to shoot it in its
spinal cord from behind and with surprise. Try to avoid hitting
me with area weapons please."
Because with levitation she only has a PMR of 1 Z'leyra wants
the ship to be stopped and the Sea Giant to be almost alongside
the ship before she teleports. Otherwise she would rapidly
fall behind both the ship and the Sea Giant.
The reason for her action is to maximise the possibility of a
Severe, Deadly or even Fatal hit. It would work better if the
Sea Giant is blinded (and much better if she actually had skill
with a ranged weapon). If the Sea Giant is doing too much damage
she will close and attack with her axe (which she IS skilled
with) hoping to get a lucky hit....but she is unlikely to retain
the bonuses with a melee weapon beyond the first hit.
Along with what she announced to everyone, Z'leyra will suggest
tactics to the eagle "Fly above the fight, only attack from above
and behind, with surprise, if you feel you need to be in the
fight. This is a fight we do not seek, but I will not shirk as
I must help my comrades."
She will ready her longbow and quiver of arrows as well as her
axe (if arrows fail she may close with the axe). When the
timing is right she will cast Invisibility; Luck at the maximum
EL possible with Tongue; Levitate; Teleport then start shooting.
Because with levitation she only has a PMR of 1 she wants the
ship to be stopped and the Sea Giant to be adjacent to the ship
From Ben'dar: [Re: Actions]
Ben'Dar grabs the drum that is used to pound out the rhythm for
the slave rowers and he screams, "Ramming Speed!!!!" and starts
thumping out an insanely fast beat: *thump* *thump* *thump*
*thump* Oh wait...it's Ben'Dar, not Ben'Hur.... Sorry, I couldn't
Well since Ben'Dar still can't communicate too well, he probably
won't be able to contribute strategy too well as everyone rushes
around... Ben'Dar feels that an attempt at parlay may be advisable
with such a fearsome adversary. Maybe the giant just wants some
food or treasure or something? Anyone speak Giant?
Actions: Ben'Dar looks to Damon for orders. Ben'Dar is willing
to help fire the ship's weapons, or if he is not needed there, he
will get to a position on the deck closest to the giant's probable
approach and fire off as many arrows as he can as the giant
approaches. When the giant gets close, he will present himself
as a target for the giant (shudder at THAT thought...a Ben'Dar--
shish-kabob), fighting with his new pike and trying to create a
good opportunity for spellcasters in the group to do their thing.
Ben'Dar cannot swim, so if he gets tossed around, he will
desperately grab at ropes or whatever to keep from falling
overboard. If he does fall overboard, he will concentrate on
holding onto something that floats (including the giant) to
keep from drowning.
Vote: I vote for at least 2 phases per email during combat. To be
honest, I would probably be ok with 3 or 4 or more combat phases
per email. We could just give the GM our general intentions, a
few specific initial actions and several possible follow-up
actions and let him take it from there.
GM: Hope you had good turkey day! Heh. On the ramming thing, the
ship in my eye is more 16th century design no slaves or rowers
but pure sails. If you are on the main pnp list you'll eventually
see me do a full ship module for the game that I hope will reform
my beliefs in such ships - I read two full books on the subject
of ancient ships so have better idea of ship design now. :) But
for now I like the 16th galleon type idea of ships for now.
As to actions very heroic. Thanks. Vote noted.
From Jordi: [Re: Actions]
OOC: Sorry for the delay.
Jordi says: "Wait a second, Z'leyra."
Jordi, trying to move slowly, so the Giant doesn't get the
impression that we are hostile, casts a "Luck" spell on himself.
(OOC: repeat until succesful). After that, he casts it on
Z'leyra (she will need it if she carries her plan) (OOC: repeat
until succesful), and then on Neva (OOC: sorry, guys, but she
is Jordi's girl.).
After that, he cast the spell on Ben'dar, Unali, Farseeker...
(OOC: I have the strong intuition that Jordi won't have enough
time to do it...).
GM: Ack. Luck on you, Z'leyra and Neva, Ben'dar, Unali, Farseeker.
Will do in that order.
From Z'leyra: [Re: reply to Jordi's actions]
Z'leyra motions Jordi to skip her as she already is casting that
spell on herself (if he casts it at better than EL2 it would still
help her). She just hadn't mentioned it (except to Scott) because
she did not want to be kept busy in future encounters casting Luck
on everyone when she was busy with her own plans and actions.
Good idea though. Thanks for the thought.
[The ship becomes total chaos as those in the party and those
not in the party go here and there. Orders are shouted and
weapons readied. Many silenly or loudly shout prayers in
their own languages.]
[Aren gathers Marta close and both organize the diplomats to
gather their weapons. Most likely don't know how to fight
on a moving ship or swim so many of them begin to panic at
the sheer sight of the creature. But with Aren's help they
only stay frantic and not a full blown panic to becomes problems]
[Balrog heads to the one ship weapon installed. There was no
room for 2 weapons on the ship. So only one ballista weapon
was installed from the warships.]
[Caladan has no problem with the swaying ship and can swim. So
he stays admidships and watches the beast. He ponders what
kind of spell to use. He has 3 possibles..He gives slight
hand signals to the firesnake..]
[Chion stands near Caladan and watches the beast..]
[Damon is the most busy of those on the ship. He shouts
multiple fast orders..Including to tigthen ropes and fix
the sails into certian configuration...orders everyone
on deck as it'll be safer if the ship begins to sink...etc.]
[Farseeker comes up on deck with great sword sheathed, a large
lance in hand and a axe on his back ready for action. He
stands firm on the deck.]
[Kasha can't swim or hold his footing on deck so grabs his
mace and shield and heads for a railing to hold on in case
[Trembyl grabs his arbalest and loads it while pondering
what magic he could use. He stands firm on the deck.]
[Triest takes position on deck then runs to the masting with
his heavy crossbow on back. He begins to climb the rigging
so he could get a heightened spot for for firing on a small
rigging platform only inches wide but enough to prop the
[Xian neither able to fight well on deck or swim wonders how
far it is to mainland for a good teleport?...]
[Unali watches the beast..]
[Z'leyra readies her gear as above..]
[Ben'dar grabs his pike and heads for a ship's weapon that
is on the left of the ship...]
[Kaylle takes to the air and hovers and wonders what he
can do..if anything..]
[Thig quietly forward ship gathers up his gear into his
bag and looks the beast over while doing so...Kaylle spots
him and flies over..]
Kaylle: "What are you doing?"
Thig: "I'm not staying here...to die.."
Kaylle: "You can't leave! We will need your help..."
Thig: "Can't stop me.
Farseedker: "What's going on?"
Kaylle: "Hes trying to flee."
Farseeker: "We have no time for this! You leave your dogs are
going overboard or eaten or drown..."
Thig: "You...he..they..fine!" [He puts the bag down and grabs
his repeating crossbow...]
[Neva prepares her bow and tries to stand near some boxes for
balance on the shifting deck..]
[Jordi does his actions above...]
[The Eagle calmly sitting on top the rigging watches the
giant with interest but no alarm. It simply eyes it and listens
to Z'leyra talk to it from far below. As the giant approaches
it takes to the air but circles high above far out of reach..]
[As everyone prepares the Giant leans slightly closer and with
his large eyes peers at the ship. The hand holding the large
net has his fingers move as if trying to count something.
But the look on the giant's face seems to indicate hes having
trouble counting..it finally gives up then starts to walk toward
the ship..while on the water]
[The ship moves quickly through the water moving 40 feet in just
a second with the help of the wind and Sava's powerful friendly
current spell. But the giant plots a intercept course and
tries to run toward the ship. In just one turn the giant reaches
400 feet closer to the ship while the ship reaches 530 feet
further eastward. This makes the ship actually pass the giant
and for a brief few seconds it looks as if the ship will speed
past the giant. By now the giant is only 120 feet from the
ship. It realizes this as well and suddenly dives into the
water. The wave and splash creates a surge and rocks the
ship. Soon the giant is lost under the waves but it begins
to swim under the water. Those on the ship hold their breath
and hope they can outrun it. Five or six seconds later the
giant reaches directly behind the ship but by now is 250-270
feet behind the ship. It looks as if the ship will out run
the giant. Unfournately the spell that gives the ship's speed
boost also helps the giant's speed. Within seconds it overtakes
the ship underwater alongside the ship. It passes the ship and
50 feet from the ship he climbs back onto the water.]
[Damon quickly sees a collison coming and shifts the wheel to
swing the ship to starboard. He only gives a quick "hold"
warning to hold onto something but many fall down as the
ship quickly takes to the right and strain makes the wood
moan and groan. The ship begins to slow as it moves into
the wind and slowly begins to stop. The giant begins to
slowly walk toward the ship with a smirk on its face. He
raises the net up over his shoulder and holds it out in his
left hand. Its clear the giant is hostile. Damon and
Farseeker order free to fire at any time..]
Turn 1: Phase 1
[Caladan, Jordi and Trembyl continue to allocate mana..]
[Most of the fire all occurs at the same time]
[Thig fires at 5 hexes with his crossbow and the bolt hits
the giant in the abdomen doing 12 points to the giant..]
[Triest fires his heavy crossbow and hits also doing 4 points
to the giant.]
[Xian fires his arbalest and hits doing 5 points of damage]
[Neva fires her bow but the arrow just bounces off the giant.]
[Ben'dar and Balrog with help of 2 Diplomats finish loading
the ballista weapona and fire it. Five arrows miss the
giant entirely but the other 7 hit. One penetrates deep
into a critical area while 6 just do normal hits. A total
of 39 points of damage is done...]
[Jordi casts luck already on himself, Neva, Ben'dar,
and Unali. Now he finsihes up and casts it on Farseeker.]
[Caladan and Trembyl wait as their magic range is not far
enough to affect the creature 50 feet away..]
]Z'leyra now invisible casts levitation on herself and
she begins to float just inches off the deck. She
prepares for her teleport spell.]
[Melee and Movement]
[Everyone prepares if the giant closes..]
[The Giant walks closer another 30 feet..]
---------------End of phase 1----------------------------
Player Spell Phases left Cast By
Jordi Luck 1 Jordi
NEva Luck 2 Jordi
Ben'dar Luck 3 Jordi
Unali Luck 4 Jordi
Farseeker Luck 5 Jordi
Z'leyra Luck 13 Z'leyra
Z'leyra Invisibility 10 Z'leyra
Z'leyra Levitation 8 Z'leyra
Only one phase will be done for this combat.
Here is the situation.
Giant is now 2 hexes away. At its walking speed it will reach
the ship end of next phase. The giant is on the port (left)
side of the ship. The ship has slowed down to only a slow
speed and is slowing down. In order for those to fight it will
have to be stopped completely. Sava may be releasing the speed
spell its hard to tell at this point. The missile wapons other
than Neva's bow will have to be reloaded and this will take
time. Magic will fire off before the giant reaches the ship
however keep in mind only Neva's bow will fire next phase.
Monday I'll do phase 2 of the combat. If needed I can do a map
but don't think tis required?
The creature has taken a total of 60 hits to it. This virtually
halves it down. Its hurt and bleeding in multiple locations.
The only problem is now its a bit angry...
Update on Monday..
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