Part 7: Session 5 Part 1: Poor Planning Pays OffHello, everyone. Did I miss anything?
Nah, I let William know what happened last session, but weve just been bullshitting since then.
We can start now, though. So one last time: are you guys sure you want to go to Emridy Meadows first? You dont want to get any experience clearing the Moathouse first?
Whats the deal? You seemed set on us getting to Emridy first earlier.
Yeah, that was before I looked up the stats of Hill Giants again. Its CR 7, guys. 7. Your level is 2.
If it ends up too much for us, we can always run away, assuming you dont have him chase us for too long. We do have other business in Emridy, after all.
Alright, but dont say I didnt warn you.
Revenge of the Giant Enemy Crayfish! Im not sure I mentioned earlier, but the first time didnt end so well for the party.
Looks like were starting things out easy with a random encounter. Hal, looks like you won initiative.
Ill start out by embiggening Big McLargeHuge.
Go figure thats the one character name he can remember
Lewis, youre next.
Shield of Faith and I run partway to the oversized crawdad.
Next is Meleny, and she summons a wolf who will hopefully distract the Crayfish for a little while. Suzie?
Id like to get close, but only as close as Lewis. What should I do with my standard action?
You could always Ready an Action, like readying versus the enemys approach, for instance.
How does that work?
Well, you pick a condition, and if the condition is fulfilled before your next turn, you get to take the rest of your action just before the condition goes off.
Its good for fighting defensively or sniping spellcasters.
Huh. I should remember that for the solo campaign.
I run up and wait, too.
And the Crayfish spends its turn trying to kill the wolf and failing Paul?
Inspire Courage and I run to the same range as everyone else.
That brings us back around to Hal.
Magic Missile! Woo!
Thats 15 damage.
Pretty good, but since youre the first one to hit it, the Crayfish decides to attack you next. Whats your AC again?
So Meleny moves to flank the Crayfish with Garrett, which means Suzie gets +2 to hit and can use her sneak attack damage. Suzie?
Alright, let me mark that down Oh, thats actually enough to kill it.
Can I get some healing now? Im at, like, zero hit points.
Relax, Im on it.
Okay, but thats still less than half my hit points.
Oh very well. I use the Cure Moderate Wounds scroll on William. Is that better?
Yeah, close enough.
Right, I suggest we all rest before continuing on.
Several more random encounters showed up while I tried to rest, but nothing you havent seen before. In fact, theres really only one notable incident from this part:
Meleny got a critical hit and dealt 1 damage. Thats normally twice as much damage, and Meleny hit for 1. So much had to suck for that to happen, its mind boggling.
(Quite the introduction for an empty field.)
(Youre telling me.)
Throughout the Meadows are a few distinct skeleton encounters. Theyre actually larger than the usual random encounter, so while Alistor is cutting this one short, there were still a few more to go.
Really, the most irritating aspect of the skeletons is that they are rolling encounters. You walk along and one pops up on its own, so you run up to kill it, but then two more are suddenly in range and attack, so you go kill those, but now you have four more skeletons to fight. Then when youre done, you walk ten feet and another skeleton who was just out of range gets the drop on you again.
Damn, Im dying.
Relax. Ill let you use the potion from Cuthberts place.
The blue potion, you mean? Are you sure you want to use it?
Blue is code for healing potion, right? So I let him use it.
Im just saying you kind of wasted a Heal potion on him.
Wait a second. A Hill Giant and a Brown Bear? You seriously threw in a Brown Bear? Let me make a quick calculation here Encounter Level 8. EL 8 against a bunch of level 2s.
Hey, I warned you. And what do you know, both the bear and the giant are going last.
Right, now may be a good time to run away, everyone. Paul, since youre going first?
Hang on, Ive got a better idea! Giants have bad Will saves, right?
Tashas Hideous Laughter? The save for your first level spells is, what, 15? The giant only has +4 Will, but it gets another +4 for not being Humanoid.
I cast it anyway.
Thats good, but youll have to do better to kill the giant.
Next is Meleny, and she casts Entangle to hopefully keep the bear from mauling you all.
And holy shit, that worked, too.
Hit for 11!
The bear breaks loose and heads for Meleny, dealing ouch, she is now at negatives. Better hurry, guys.
So I can deal Sneak Attack damage, but I cant Coup de Grace the giant?
No, Tashas means hes prone and flatfooted, but not helpless. Lewis?
Damn, that Holy damage is really stacking up. The giant still has more hit points left, though.
Crap, that means Im dying again.
Well, the two turns are up, and the Hill Giant now gets to take his turn. Hes trying to stand up, so thats Attacks of Opportunity all around.
We have to make this one count, guys. I doubt anyone but William could survive a hit, and we will get hit.
Well. Thats enough to take it to negatives.
Goddamn, William, you are a wrecking machine.
Well, everyone keeps buffing me.
Shows not over yet, though. Lets just hope the Entangle spell makes the bear keep wasting its turns. I move to flank it with Suzie.
And with the Sneak Attack, that should be 10 damage.
So with 13, Lewis gets the kill.