They tell stories of steel in every land Men live. Tales of knights and heroes, of brave adventurers and wise kings. Those are the tales sung by bards and minstrels. But the stories you hear are different. Tales of gold to be had. Of opportunities the next Kingdom over. Of contracts sealed with blood. For you are a sellsword.…You are Joseph Saintswood, a former butcher from the Eastern Frontier turned a blade for hire. Where your life was once only dictated by the harvests and the seasons, now you live and fight in Gothyka, a land ruled jealously by Knights and Lords. Ever since running afoul of the local law, unjustly you might add, you were rescued by a rogue by the name of Hadhan who recruited you for the Black Hounds, an infamous sellsword group. Since then, you have journeyed with his party in their commissioned Duty against the Count Visihrod in a feudal dispute between him and the Black Hound’s employer, Duke Grenzheim.Currently, you and Hadhan’s party are in the keep of a Lord Zuflucht, apparently an acquaintance of Hadhan. Why Hadhan has an acquaintance of a bannerman of your enemy, you did not know. But then again, you did not know why the conflict was being fought in the first place …================================================================================You had stayed in Lord Zuflucht’s keep for three days. In that time, you had rested and recuperated. A healer had seen to your injuries, treating them better than Schni had been able to. Now you were no longer at risk of reopening your wounds entirely. These few days with no need to travel or worry about where your meals were coming from had given you a chance to rest and maintain your gear more thoroughly. You now felt more ready for further battles than you ever had before. Which was good because it wouldn’t prove long before the next one …But in the meantime, you’ve spent your days …>Working in the kitchen (Good relations with female servants, extra provisions)>Helping in the yard (Good relations with male keep staff, follow your code)>Training in the Yard (Random encounter)>Listening in Lord Zuflucht’s court (Knowledgeable about the goings of the realm)>You mostly kept to yourself (+1 temporary fate point next chapter)>Other?
>>5075730>Working in the kitchen (Good relations with female servants, extra provisions)Gaming.
Back by moderate demandGoing into the rulesRollsRolls correspond to one of your character’s stats or skills and are decided by 3 rolls of 1d100. In a high-difficulty roll, the highest roll is taken. In a low-difficulty roll, the lowest roll is taken. Vice versa for a medium roll.If a roll is lower than your character’s stat, it is successful. If a roll is higher than your character’s stat, it fails. Items are important for situationally increasing the values of these stats. This is not a game for playing naked.Currently our character’s stats are:Strength - 10Agility - 10Dexterity - 10Toughness - 20Intelligence - 10Perception - 10Charisma - 10Willpower - 20CriticalsA critical is either a 1 or a 100, respectively a critical success and failure. Criticals take precedence over other rolls. They are treated as an auto success/failure.Fate PointsFate points are points that can be used to either re-roll or auto-succeed a roll. Spend a fate point to reroll and burn one to auto-succeed. Your character has a number of fate points that regenerate once every chapter. However, burning a fate point gets rid of it permanently.Critical successes can be saved to regenerate one fate point. However, to earn new fate points, accomplish acts that adhere to your code even in times where that code is tested. But the more fate points you earn, the harder it will be to earn them.Be warned that fate points cannot be used to accomplish the impossible.
>>5075730>>Working in the kitchen (Good relations with female servants, extra provisions)E
>>5075730Hell yeah we're back. Been waiting for this.>Training in the Yard (Random encounter)Honestly our boy needs all the training he can get.
>>5075730>>Working in the kitchen (Good relations with female servants, extra provisions)
Now for the stats (one gorillion hours in paint)>>5075744Aw, thank you anon.
>>5075730>>Training in the Yard (Random encounter)
>>5075730>Working in the kitchen (Good relations with female servants, extra provisions)Already kind of started on this earlier so might as well lean into it Also, welcome back OP, I was anticipating your return.
>>5075730>Training in the Yard (Random encounter)
You’ve spent your days working in the kitchen as a butcher. What’s more, you’ve been teaching the women of the castle a little of your trade so that they won’t be left without one when you leave. The women seemed to appreciate a man willing to work in the kitchen and over the last few days, you had built up a rapport with them.But one day, Hadhan summons you to a chamber of the castle where the entire party was present. Caelan, the Chief Steward of Lord Zuflucht is present as well.“New orders from the Company.” Hadhan announces. “We’re to investigate the caravans carrying weapons away from the battlefield …”“Hold off.” Farthorn growls, “Before you continue, why is that castleborn here?”“I’m here to ensure that my Master’s interests are represented in your plans.” Caelan says, “You are guests under his roof after all.”“The way I see it, Castleborn are guests on the land of their fieldborn.” Farthorn says.“Hold your tongue, Farthorn.” Hadhan warns, “We are discussing business.” Farthorn relents.“I hope this won’t be another pleasant outing in the woods.” Ingmyr grumbles, “I’ve been cooped up in this castle for days and my axe hasn’t tasted a worthy opponent in months.”“You know that danger is never far away with me, my friend.” Hadhan reassures Ingmyr.“If I wanted to be a bodyguard I would have joined the Iondan Stewardsguard.” Ingmyr growls. But he does not complain further.“And you Schni? Anything to say?” Schni shakes her head, remaining silent.Hadhan turns to you …>What is the pay like?>You’ll need to hear more about Hadhan’s plan before you think it’s safe to go>You still haven’t been paid for your last Duty, raiding that caravan>You still don’t know why this war is being fought>Another concern?
>>5075730>Working in the kitchen (Good relations with female servants, extra provisions)>Training in the Yard (Random encounter)I'm slighty interested in this random encounter, but I thinks focus on training would help more long term.
>>5076008>You still haven’t been paid for your last Duty, raiding that caravan>You still don’t know why this war is being foughtLol, seems like I just missed the first vote. Nice to see you back Noir!
>>5076008>What is the pay likeMercenary sigma grindset
>>5076008>What is the pay like?>You still haven’t been paid for your last Duty, raiding that caravan
>>5076008>>What is the pay like?>>You still haven’t been paid for your last Duty, raiding that caravan
So happy to see this back so soon Noir! I am very hyped!!Interesting to see that Farthorn of the castleborn / fieldborn class divide may be a proto-communist hehe. I am trying to imagine if he is Far-thorn (makes me think of woodsman ranger archetypes) or the more worrying Fart-horn...
>>5076750The proto-communist is a caveman anon. Not even joking.
“What does the pay look like?” You ask. In the end, that was all you cared about. You weren’t violent by nature and if not for the silver, you wouldn’t fight at all.Hadhan sucks in his breath. “I must admit, this Duty might be lacking in loot. We are mostly traipsing around the countryside. Which is why I’ll pay a little something extra for those who come along.”“I haven’t even been paid for the last Duty.” You point out.“I haven’t either!” Hadhan exclaims, “Do you expect the the Company to send me silver when we’re in enemy territory?”“Why don’t you pay us out of your pocket then?” You ask.“You think I carry enough silver to pay five men?”It seems that you were stuck with not being paid for now. But if you left the Black Hounds, you doubt you’d ever see your silver.“From what I hear, I understand that you are about to undertake a scouting sortie.” Caelan interjects, “It cannot be known that you are being hosted by my Master.”Hadhan nods. “We will take a roundabout path.”“Another trip through the woods?” Farthorn asks.“No.” Hadhan spreads out a map. “We’ll be passing through this village here and staying at an inn a couple days. We can observe any caravans passing through and gather information that way.” Caelan nods. “That sounds acceptable. Hide your weapons until you’re out of my Master’s territory.”Hadhan turns to you and the party. “We leave at noon so take care of any business you have before then. Sharpen your weapons, stock your supplies, kiss your sweethearts goodbye, what have you …”>See the castle’s blacksmith to buy more equipment>Eat your last meal … for now at least>Talk to one of your companions (who?)>Listen in on Hadhan and Caelan’s conversation
>>5077256>Talk to one of your companions (who?)Schni. Want to figure her out.
>>5077256>Listen in on Hadhan and Caelan’s conversation>Eat your last meal … for now at leastI'm not spending our last minutes trying to get equipment that we should've gotten before today.
>>5077256>Eat your last meal … for now at least
>>5077256>Listen in on Hadhan and Caelan’s conversationSo the company is only like 5 guys strong?Isn't this closer to a party, or a bunch of murderhobos?
>>5077279For the sake of moving on to the next chapter, I'm going to say thta you should only pick one option for this vote.>>5077836Hadhan's party is part of a larger company.Wait shit I forgot to post the archivehttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Sellsword%27s%20Code
>>5077256>Listen in on Hadhan and Caelan’s conversation
>>5077256>>Eat your last meal … for now at least
>>5077884Eh, fuck it.>Listen in on Hadhan and Caelan’s conversationI would've loved to say bye to the lasses, but I guess that it's just not in the cards.
You leave for the kitchen to be able to get one last hot meal before leaving, but as you round the corner, you overhear Hadhan and Caelan’s conversation and pause. Impulsively, you decide to listen in.“Shipments of arms, Sellsword, what does that mean?” Caelan says.“Could be a lot of things.” Hadhan says, “His new liegelord is amassing an army to the west of the front lines. Or maybe he’s struck a pact with the goblins in the woods.”“But why would Count Visihrod not tell us of this?” Caelan says, “My master has been a leal bannerman for a decade!”“Perhaps he knows of our plot. Or perhaps he suspects.”“In that case, he’ll send a representative to investigate.”“Or a spy …”The rest of the conversation turns to more mundane matters such as the village you would be staying in as well as any opportunity for pay. You wait until the conversation ends. You glimpse Caelan leaving the room, perhaps to converse with Lord Zuflucht. Hadhan stays in the room for a while longer.“If you wanted to have listened in, I wouldn’t have stopped you …” Hadhan says aloud, “No need to sulk in the shadows, Joseph.”“How did you know it was me?” You ask.“I heard one set of footsteps peter out as you left. Farthorn and Schni wouldn’t have gotten caught and Ingmyr is too large and unsubtle for any attempt at skullduggery.” Hadhan explains.You hadn’t expected to have been found out so easily. Perhaps you should ask Schni for some lessons on how to be stealthy ……Down in the cellar where you had originally entered was the cart, except it was now piled with hay and provisions. At a glance, it seemed exactly like the cart of a traveling farmer, but under the hay in wrapped oilskins were the party’s armor and weapons. The Party stood about the cart, dressed in commoner’s clothes. Ingmyr wore the thick clothes of a lumberworker, having exchanged his battleaxe for a woodaxe, although it looked just as fearsome in his hands as his weapon. Farthorn was dressed as a forester, bearing his bow but no sword at his side. Schni was dressed as a peasant girl, although the way she carried herself belied a grace and poise few peasant girls would have possessed. She had found a commoner’s wool cloak to replace the fine, silky thing that she usually wore. Even inside, the hood was up. And as for Hadhan …“What the hell are you supposed to be?” Farthorn asked. Hadhan was dressed in dirt-stained clothes reinforced by patches of leather. He bore a rusty old hoe over his shoulder. On his head was a broad, frayed straw hat.“Why, I’m a humble, hardworking farmer as you would meet in any field in Gothyka.” Hadhan exclaimed.…
Chapter 2: Count Visihrod’s ArmsThe Wagon rolled down the muddy paths of Gothyka’s countryside. Hadhan sat at the reins while you, Schni, and Farthorn sat with the cargo, idly watching the countryside roll by. Ingmyr was too large to sit in the wagon, his weight would have sunk it into the mud. So he walked alongside it. Fortunately, this meant that whenever the wagon got stuck in a rut, he was quick to lift it out again.After some time, the party comes across a crossroads where you encounter a fellow traveler>A peasant, a local by the looks of it>A mounted knight with a sigil you do not recognize>A traveling priest, barefoot and threadbare and carrying a heavy cudgel>A halfling merchant riding on a small cart pulled by a pony
>>5080602>A traveling priest, barefoot and threadbare and carrying a heavy cudgelThis or the Halfling.
>>5080602Can i rape the merchant?
>>5080602>A halfling merchant riding on a small cart pulled by a pony
>>5076750>>5080602Please let the mounted Knight's sigil be a crossed hammer and sickle, ie the secret proto-communist Soviet Templar Brotherhood to which Fieldborn Farthorn has sworn eternal fealty. Also the Commissar-Knight's name is Sir Stalin.No not really I would be intrigued with any of these choices. Is Joseph supposed to be wearing a disguise as well?
>>5080717He's dressed as a butcher. Also, are you voting for Knight?
>>5080748Sure - perhaps the knight can provide some more political intrigue background... or the five sellswords should take him and loot his armour. It will be like the historical Battle of Courtrai when we teach the foolish mounted knights the power of fieldborn peasants hehe...
>>5080748Would Joseph previous sellsword experience afford him the knowledge of whether knights fight dismounted in this setting (post 1400 Hundred Years War counter tactic vs massed longbows) or are lance charges still a thing? (pre 1400 etc) Not sure if Joseph has seen enough of warfare to know this.
>>5080789>>5080717A low level knight calling him papa stalin?Stalin should be the name of the enemy lord.
>>5080789Joseph would know that knights fight mounted but can sometimes fight dismounted.
>>5080801nooo I am taking this setting seriously, no anachronisms or memes are allowed hehe. Especially after Noir has chosen a beautiful historical picture to illustrate this Chapter. This setting is going to be a hardcore medieval simulator (+goblins and dark elves), no communist knights permitted. Still we can have peasant rebellions or Jacqueries, they did happen during the Hundred Years War.
>>5080602>A traveling priest, barefoot and threadbare and carrying a heavy cudgel
>>5080602>>A halfling merchant riding on a small cart pulled by a ponyRob the midget
>>5080602>>A mounted knight with a sigil you do not recognize>>5080813kek
>>5080602>>A halfling merchant riding on a small cart pulled by a pony
>>5080602>A traveling priest, barefoot and threadbare and carrying a heavy cudgelthe fanatic
>>5080602>A mounted knight with a sigil you do not recognize
>RIP suptg we never knew yeAs we are in a three way tie I am going to explain this quest's policy when this happens. The first five votes will be taken or as many votes until one of the options wins.>Why not just roll for the option?I've seen quests before that just turned into the QM rolling for every decision and it was just not fun for me.If anyone has complaints you have until I post the next update to raise them. I'm running this quest for you guys after all.Anyways, halfling merchant wins for now.
Trapped in a muddy divot in the road is a small cart, colorfully painted and covered with a canvas canopy that looks more like a tapestry than the utilitarian covering for keeping out the rain. It’s inside is laden with samplings of every imaginable product from a harvest market and more that you can’t recognize. It’s as if the occupant of the cart simply bought and resold everything in a market that caught his fancy.Close by, you spot the cart’s owner. A squat halfling, barely more than the height of a child, dressed colorfully from head to toe save for his hairy, hornlike feet that sank into the mud with no complaint from him. He was currently tugging at the reins of a pony, trying to free his cart from the mud.You knew of the Halflings and had even met a few before. A peoples short of stature and hardy of foot, they were known to have a love of farming, food, and the noxious herbs they smoked in their pipes. The majority of them hailed from faraway Dwarfhome, but there were small communities of them scattered throughout Gothyka, most notably in Tilland to the Southeast. A pleasant and mild-mannered peoples, they still mostly lived in their own communities due to a few of their less pleasant traits, such as an inquisitiveness and most famously, a complete lack of common decency. But this one looked well behaved.He was muttering quiet curses until he notices you approaching.“Greetings, friends and fellow travelers.” He says, wiping a sweaty forehead with a grimy lace handkerchief, “I am Blotto, traveling merchant by trade. Normally, I’d be more mobile, but as you can see, I seem to be stuck in a rut. But if you’re here, might I interest you in some excellent cinnamon straight from the spice markets of Iondos?”>Offer to help (Strength check medium, Follow Your Code)>Convince your party to help him (Charisma check medium, Follow Your Code)>Take the opportunity to trade for some things …> … And aggressively haggle with iron.>Other
>>5082752>> … And aggressively haggle with iron.
>>5082752>>Offer to help (Strength check medium, Follow Your Code)
>>5082752>Offer to help (Strength check medium, Follow Your Code)When that fails>Convince your party to help him (Charisma check medium, Follow Your Code)I honestly don't expect us to accomplish either check, but I figure that I'll give it the old college try.
>>5082752>Offer to help (Strength check medium, Follow Your Code)
>>5082752>Take the opportunity to trade for some thingsRobbing the little fella doesn't feel right but I also don't see why we should help any asshole we meet. this one isn't even human.
>>5083079>but I also don't see why we should help any assholeTo follow our character's Code, we get Fate points that way.
>>5083408Dumb reason to vote for anything IMO
>It is important to be a good neighbour and lend a helping hand in their times of need so that you have a community to fall back on in your own. And neighbours aren’t just the people living in homes close to yours. But beware, for in charity you always give from what little you have.>You have gained 1 fate point. You now have 5/5 Fate Points. You are 0/4 towards the next fate point.“Goodman Halfling, you appear to be stuck. It isn’t a good position to be selling your wares from, is it?” You say.“Well, I would prefer not to be stuck, but unfortunately I’m not strong enough on my own.” Blotto says, pulling on the pony’s reins, “And Fritter here refuses to budge …”“You needn’t worry.” You say, “It’s only a bit of mud. I’m sure I can free your cart.”You roll back your sleeves and fit your palm and shoulder to the back of the Halfling’s cart.“A dozen coppers he fails to move the cart.” You hear Farthorn wager.“Done. Have faith in the lad.” Hadhan answers, “He’ll succeed, watch this … JOSEPH! IF YOU FREE THE CART I’LL LET YOU KEEP HALF OF THE WINNINGS!”>Roll 3 1d100’s for strength. Medium roll.
Rolled 14 (1d100)>>5083822
Rolled 71 (1d100)>>5083822
Rolled 77 (1d100)>>5083902Fuck
You have failed your roll and not succeeded in freeing the cart ...>Spend fate point to reroll>Burn fate point to auto-succeed>Don't use fate point
>>5084004>Don't use fate pointnot for this shit
>>5084004>>Don't use fate point
>>5084004>Don't use fate point
>>5084004Using fate points in anything non-combat related is a waste, and burning them for anything non-lifesaving is just plain retarded, considering the fate point market. Sorry Halfling and Hadhan, but half the wins isn't really compensation for a fate point.
You manage to actually move the cart, but with the sucking mud, every step you take is followed by two steps back. In the end, you are unsuccessful. As you step back, you hear the clinking of coins exchanging hands.>Turn to Schni for help. You're not sure how strong she is, but she's been shown to be altruistic before.>Ask Ingmyr for help. He's strong and should be able to lift the cart with ease (Charisma check, medium)>Ask the party as a whole to help. Together you should have no trouble moving the cart (Charisma check, hard)>Offer a bit to Farthorn and Hadhan. If you and them manage to move the cart, they win. Otherwise, you win.
>>5085037>Ask Ingmyr for help. He's strong and should be able to lift the cart with ease (Charisma check, medium)Yea, fuck it. Might as well try this option, even if I know that we’re going to fail… again.
>>5085037>>Ask Ingmyr for help. He's strong and should be able to lift the cart with ease (Charisma check, medium)
>>5085037>Ask Ingmyr for help. He's strong and should be able to lift the cart with ease (Charisma check, medium)Why not, worth a shot. Maybe he wants to exert himself a little but if he doesn't it's no skin off our back, really. We tried and that's it.
>>5085037>fuck it, we tried, move on along.
>>5085037>Fuck it. Rob the halfling. He won’t be going anywhere.
>>5085037>Ask Ingmyr for help. He's strong and should be able to lift the cart with ease (Charisma check, medium)
You turn to Ingmyr. "You're strong, Ingmyr. You could easily lift this cart. Come, don't they have a sense of kinship with the common man up in the Nordfjords?"Farthorn snorts. "You're not about to work for no profit or pay, are you, my large friend?">Roll 3 1d100's for charisma, medium roll.
Rolled 9 (1d100)>>5085507
Rolled 84 (1d100)>>5085507Come on Ingmyr, be a bro!
Rolled 89 (1d100)>>5085507
>>5085615>>5085691>would've gotten it if the rolling system was reversedPain.
Ingmyr seems to ponder this for a while, before finally speaking.“I traveled to the South for glory, to pay the Iron Price, and to make a name for myself with my strength. My strength isn’t something to use for lifting carts out of the mud.”And with that, the matter was settled. You had tried and that was enough for you.“I appreciate it, Goodman Talling.” Blotto says, “You helped me when no one else would. I’ll manage on my own, the noonday sun will dry the mud. You needn’t worry about this halfling anymore.”“The Gods be with you then.” You say, turning to leave. But to your surprise, Hadhan walks up to the Halfling.“You said you were selling cinnamon? How much?” Hadhan asked?“Three silvers per pound.” Blotto said.Hadhan whistled. “That’s quite cheap.”He counted out the silver and handed it to the Halfling. In exchange, the Halfling rummaged around his cart and handed Hadhan a bag stained orange-red. Hadhan handed you the bag. “Some spices for my cook.”One silver was enough to feed a family for five days. And Hadhan had just spent three because he was bored by the salt and pepper you carried. You were sure now that the bastard could have paid you if he wanted to, he just hadn’t wanted to do it out of his pocket. Well, you’ll have to have faith that Hadhan wouldn’t be able to gather a band of such skilled fighters if he didn’t at least pay them eventually.In the meantime, you might as well see what the Halfling is offering.Shop - Blotto the Halfling’s Wagon>Cinnamon - 2.7 Silver.>Moldy Carrots - 2 Coppers>Fragrant Incense - 50 Coppers>A pipe and pipeweed - 10 Coppers>Other supplies (what)>A strange oddity (10 Silver, what?) A small, non-combat object within reason
Sorry for the short updates and stuff, exams have been chewing up time.
>>5087089>A pipe and pipeweed - 10 CoppersUnless we're planning on trading some cinnamon at a higher price in town, I don't see much of a point wasting money that could be spent on better combat equipment, especially when Hadhan is being stingy bastard that keeps cucking us on our equipment (that fucking guard's helm was ours god damnit, even Ingmyr would agree).
>>5087089>>A pipe and pipeweed - 10 CoppersAs for other supplies, how about a length of rope? You never know when a rope will come in handy.
>>5087089>A pipe and pipeweed - 10 CoppersNothing else really stands out here besides the strange oddity
>>5087089>A pipe and pipeweed - 10 CoppersOLD TOBYFINEST PIPEWEED THIS SIDE OF THE SOUTH FARTHING
>>5087089>Other supplies (what)Cutting board, Other cooking tools including cooking pan & slow cooking pot or cauldron, soup ladle. Firestarter, and tinderbox, pestle and mortar and a proper container for holding spices, Lard, butter, or any animal fat, and any types of salt they have.
>>5087406I'm not going to vote for any of this, it's gonna drain our coffers.
>>5087420We don't have to get everything, I'm mostly looking for a nice pot and ladle and maybe some fat. Firepit tripod stand optional.
>You have used 10 coppers. You now have 40 coppers.>Joseph has new affect: Pipe and PipeweedYou spot an interesting object in the corner of the cart. A curved wooden pipe the length of your forearm with a leather pouch attached to it.“What is this?” You ask Blotto.“Oh that? It’s a Pipe and a bag o’ pipeweed.” Blotto explains, “Tallfolk tend to not take kindly to the smell, but it’s as sweet as springtime to me. Pipeweed is much better than drink anyhow. It won’t fuck up your liver or give you a gut, the smoke is as smooth as butter, and while drink makes folks want to fight, a good bowl o’ Pipeweed’ll just make you nod off after a bite to eat. And if you don’t like smoking, it’s a good flavoring for plenty of foods too.”You were intrigued. “How much for it?”“Ten coppers.”All that for the price of a meal? You were sold.“Be warned, burning pipeweed smells like a skunk dying of dysentery.” Hadhan warns you.“You should have warned me earlier!” You exclaim.Hadhan shrugs “It’s always worth watching someone try pipeweed for the first time.”…In the end, you supposed the party weren’t entirely brigands. At least no one had robbed the Halfling. The party continued down the road before stopping for the night. It was still another day’s journey to the inn where you would be hiding.Hadhan whistles as he sees you roll out your bedroll. It’s an improvement over the one you used to have, thick and soft and lined with wool. “Since when did you get that?”“Haven’t you heard?’ Farthorn says, “Joseph has been making nice with the woman in the kitchen. Why, he’s practically one of them.”“If I knew the kitchen women would pamper me, I’d work as a scullion too!” Hadhan says, “Although, I’d make nice with the kitchen women in a different way …”“You should know that many of the women working in those kitchens tend to be wives and mothers.” Schni interrupts.“So? I like a woman with a bit of substance to them. Young maidens are all such skinny things.”“There is no conquest like love.” Ingmyr muses, “And there are many kinds of love. A gift is as well won as any trophy from battle.”The party banters as it sets up the camp for the night …>A training session with Hadhan>Farthorn is restringing his bow …>Try the Pipeweed>Talk to one of your other party members (who?)>Keep to yourself, it’s been a long day of traveling
>>5087635>A training session with HadhanI'm hoping that we'll try some Pipeweed after, but I figure some training may do us some good (even though I know it won't).
>>5087658>A training session with HadhanWe need to be be getting bigger. Putting on mass. These people are animals. We need to be able to take on four at a time.
>>5087676>taking 4 at a time>in this stat economySee y'all in 2050.
>>5087635>A training session with HadhanWe suck at everything.
>>5087635>>Try the Pipeweed
>>5087635>a training sessionThe first step to getting kinda good at something is to be kinda sucky at it.Ingmyr is right tho. Some of the strongest love I've felt from another person has been the act of preparing, cooking and having meals with them. Natural intimacy. The fact that the kitchen ladies got us a quality bedroll is a very thoughtful gift. Never underestimate a good rest. We'll have to visit if we go back.
>>5087635>Farthorn is restringing his bow …>Try the Pipeweed
>>5087635>A training session with Hadhan
Hadhan turns around to see you approaching him. “Joseph.”“Up for a bout?” You ask.Hadhan smiles. “Always.”Minutes later, you’re facing Hadhan, your walking sticks serving as makeshift wooden swords …================================================================================Weapon ReceivedWeapon: Wooden SwordDamage: 1d5 BluntWeight: MediumQuality: CommonRange: ShortBonuses: NoneAttributes:Nonlethal Weapon - Cannot critical wound with this weapon================================================================================Combat: Black Hound Commander Hadhan, Middle Range“You know how this works! Have at me!” Hadhan shouts.>Strength Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)>Agility Action>Dexterity Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)>Toughness Action
I forgot that we're in a new thread and I need to repost the rules for combat. How silly of me.Combat-- Rolls --In combat, instead of successes being determined by rolling under your stats, it is determined by if your roll is closer to being under your stat than your opponent’s roll to theirs. If your roll is under your stat, you land a successful wound on your opponent. If both of you roll under, the one who rolls under by more’s action succeeds.--Initiative--The central mechanic of fighting is initiative, which controls whether you are attacking or defending. At the beginning of the combat, you and your opponent(s) roll dexterity and the victor gains initiative for the beginning of the fight. However, initiative can be lost.If initiative is not gained or lost in the round, it will be reassigned with an agility check.-- Turns and Wounds --If the attacker succeeds in their roll, they damage part of their opponent’s toughness. Once toughness reaches below 10, the defender must succeed on an independent willpower check to continue fighting. If toughness falls below 0, the defender receives a critical wound where a potentially disfiguring or lethal injury is selected from a wound chart. Alternatively, a dice roll of 1 results in giving a critical wound while a 100 results in receiving one.If an attack is landed while defenseless, you receive a wound that reduces your toughness by 10 until the wound is healed. Strength Actions reduce your toughness by 20. Landing a blow on a defenseless opponent cedes the initiative to the opponent next round.1/3
-- Actions --In combat, every turn you have four possible actions to take tied to your four physical stats. Every action plays itself out differently depending on whether or not you have the initiative.Strength Action - A heavy blow that does twice the toughness damage. All strength actions are full actions.- With initiative, it gives the initiative to the opponent the next turn- Without initiative, it is a desperate attack that leaves you defenseless next turnAgility Action- With initiative, it is a half-action outmaneuvering of the opponent that either lets you control your range or opens their defenses for the rest of the turn.- Without initiative, it is a full-action desperate dodgeDexterity Action- With initiative, it is a half-action skillful blow that opens up combos- Without initiative, it is a half-action parry that negates an enemy attackToughness Action- With initiative, it’s a regenerative full-action that recovers toughness- Without initiative, it is a full-action that tanks an opponent’s blow in return for seizing initiative the next round.Defenselessness is a state where you cannot take actions. This also serves as a window for the other person to complete an objective outside of the fight, such as grabbing or throwing an object or running away.If you have a half-action left, you can move in and out of range of an opponent, use any abilities you have or roll intelligence, perception, charisma, or willpower.Intelligence - Gain a small buff to actions until parried or rendered defenselessPerception - If on the defensive, gain a large buff on the current and next turnCharisma - If on the offensive or your opponent is below 10 Toughness, taunt your opponent, reducing their willpower. If willpower drops below 0, they can no longer fight.Willpower - Regain a small amount of willpower.
-- Gear --Weapons buff different stats, have different weight classes, and different grades of quality.They can also have attributes and abilities.A weapon can only be defended against by a weapon of the same weight class or higher, or parried by a weapon of the same weight class, or one weight class lower with an underroll, or two weight classes lower with a critical. Otherwise, debuffs for the turn are inflicted ranging all the way to an automatic critical wound.Weapons also have optimal ranges and suffer debuffs when outside of those optimal ranges.The other major piece of gear is Armor which provides a flat damage reduction.To take our Main Character’s gear for example.Weapon: UnarmedDamage: 1d5Weight: LightQuality: Shoddy (-3 debuff)Range: Grappling/Knife- Unable to kill opponent- Defending against a weapon above light class or sharp, take 1d3 damage for every weight class.Armor: AketonArmor Points: 10Weight: LightQuality: CommonAttributesTextile Armor - Piercing and Heavy weapons will ignore it’s APWarm - +3 buff against cold damage, -3 debuff against heat damage
Hadhan ceded the initiative to you. As much noise as he was making, he was waiting for your attack so you could afford to be smart about it.You try to flank him, and then thrust your sword out to catch him in the ribs …>Roll 3 1d100s, medium roll.
Rolled 69 (1d100)>>5090266Fun
Rolled 95 (1d100)>>5090266Rolling
Rolled 44 (1d100)>>5090266We're already fucked
>>5090340Hey, at least we looked good with that 69, eh?
>>5090341So we try to suck him off or what?
>>5090410The opposite. Really what's going to end up happening is that we'll get raped. Again.It honestly make me think that rolling in a 'training' session is such a waste of our time, speaking OOC and in a meta sense.
>>5090488I'm honestly not sure what we were expecting considering our background.If anything, I'd argue that the best way for us to survive is to fight as dirty,and brutally as possible to compensate for any lack of experience.
Rolled 2 (1d100)Rolling for Hadhan
>>5090507Not sure if being underhanded is exactly in line with our current characterization of being a decent person.
Rolled 100 (1d100)Rolling Intelligence for Hadhan
>>5090507Even if we fight dirty, it's bullshit rolls like>>5090705 that'll really kill if for us.I won't be voting to train again, we don't get anything tangible from this and it's a fucking waste of our time irl.
CombatJoseph Saintswood (agi): 59Black Hound Hadhan (agi): Underoll…Hadhan lazily swings to the side dodging your thrust with ease.“Come on, boy. Tender and gentle might be popular with the kitchen ladies, but it won’t do any favors with me …”-- Result --Hadhan has gained a free half-actionHadhan used his half-action to STRATEGIZE (int)Crit Fail. (-5 Debuff until parried or rendered defenseless)>Roll 3 1d100’s for initiative. Medium roll.
>>5090740Uhhhh, da fuck?
Rolled 83 (1d100)>>5090745Oh. I was actually excited there for a moment.
Rolled 68 (1d100)>>5090745
Rolled 7 (1d100)>>5090745
>>5090755Good showing lad, shame that it wasn't in the cards.
>>5090744True, though we could just try to attack from range while our opponents have to get in close to hit us, provided they also don't have a ranged option.
>>5090777Nice trips, but we don't have a non-lethal ranged option, and even if we did, we'd have more of a chance of shooting ourselves in the foot than we have of hitting an enemy.
Rolled 9 (1d100)Rolling agility for Hadhan
>>5091147This is joke.
Rolled 78 (1d100)Rolling intelligence for Hadhan
>>5091150What the hell is this man, an idiot savant?
InitiativeJoseph Saintswood: 58Black Hound Hadhan: UnderrollHadhan has the initiativeCombatHadhan has received a free half-actionHadhan used his half-action to STRATEGIZEHadhan’s strategy failedBlack Hound Hadhan: Dex ActionWielding his sword one-handed to increase his range, Hadhan whips his tip forwards almost too fast for you to see …>Strength Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)>Agility Action>Dexterity Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)>Toughness Action
>>5091154>Toughness ActionOnly nonshit action we can do.Actually, I got a question Noir. If we were ceded the initiative, and an Agility Action with initiative only costs a half turn, but an Agility Action without initiative costs a full turn, then shouldn't we be doing the other half-actions and Hadhan be stuck with wasting his full action? It seems like we got this combat routine backwards, at least for the first round, or am I not understanding the mechanics here?
>>5091157That is a good point. I'll give you a free full action after Hadhan finishes his turn.>>5090744I didn't say this yet, but if you lose Hadhan will teach you a dirty trick or two and if you win, you'll increase your stat skill as a swordsman.
Hadhan's attack was as fast as a whip, but it wouldn't have much weight behind it. If you brace yourself, you could absorb the blow and seize the initiative!>Roll 3 1d100's for toughness, medium roll.
Rolled 30 (1d100)>>5092912
Rolled 45 (1d100)>>5092912Rollan
Rolled 88 (1d100)>>5092912
Rolled 72 (1d100)Rolling dexterity for Hadhan
>>5093628I was legit expecting a single digit roll there.
Rolled 2 (1d5)Rolling damage for Hadhan
CombatJoseph Saintswood’s Roll: 25Black Hound Hadhan’s Roll: 37…You firmly block Hadhan’s blow. It jarrs your arms, but a quick, single-handed strike cannot break a solid two-handed block. Or at least it doesn’t this time.-- Result ---2 Toughness. You now have 18 Toughness.You have the INITIATIVE>Strength Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)>Agility Action>Dexterity Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)>Toughness Action
>>5093732>Agility ActionI'm honestly feeling like we're spinning our wheels here, Noir.
>>5093743Thank you for your input.Additional action>Keep fighting offscreen>Lower your sword. "What's the point of training? You'll always win ..."
>>5093767>Keep fighting offscreenNo problem Noir, thanks for listening. If you don't mind, I'd like to keep the fight going until we've already taken our free action from >>5091168, if you don't mind.I know the point of training, but the fight is uninteresting when you already know the way it's gonna go- us struggling to get into range, Hadhan staying out of it, Hadhan attacking us, us tanking it and being beaten down little by little, rince and repeat until we either get in range for a Hail Mary Strength Action or Hadhan wises up and eventually commits a devastating combo. Maybe one of us crits, and that'll be the only way for us to 'win' if we're that lucky. Maybe in a couple level ups we stand a better chance at betting the bastard, but I'm already demoralized as to our chances at beating him and actually getting something useful from the effort.
>>5093774Noted. The option you suggested will be something I'll allow people to vote for. The options in the actual post are also still open to vote for if that isn't clear.As for fights, I'll try to keep enemies fresh and balanced. From now on, training with Hadhan will be something that's done offscreen unless anons say they want to fight him.
>>5093767>>Keep fighting offscreen
>>5093767>Keep fighting offscreen
>>5093774as many anons mentioned in the past thread, the dice likelihood of success is just too low and too difficult. I think QM mentioned exams and it is christmas etc. so I understand if other things are getting in the way. I am really here for the world, characters and story, not that involved in the dice rolls etc. I don't really mind how this training goes either way, but I do want to hear more about the Black Hounds and the backstories of the characters etc.
You had sucessfully managed to block one of Hadhan's attacks! Emboldened, you press your advantage. Although Hadhan slips away from your attack, you fight with renewed energy for the rest of the bouts. You never manage to score a blow, but halfway through the fight, Hadhan starts giving you tips and teaching you a few tricks. By the end, you can feel yourself improving ...>Roll 3 1d5's for your training progress, You are 0/10 towards being SKILLED in swordplay. And I'm bumping your lowest roll to a 5 since you didn't get to use your free action
Rolled 4 (1d5)>>5094539
Rolled 5 (1d5)>>5094539Just want to see if we can get quads.
Training Result>You are 10/10 towards the next level of swordsmanship>You have defeated 1/1 peer enemies required to reach the next levelJoseph is now SKILLED in swordsmanship. Rolls against enemies under his skill level will be reduced in difficulty.…The sun is setting. You’re wiping the sweat from your forehead from a productive session of sparring when you see a figure approaching in the distance.“Hadhan, isn’t that someone coming down the road?”The rest of the party glances down the road. Farthorn squints. “Isn’t that the halfling from earlier?”“You have good eyes.” Hadhan compliments.As the figure grows, you can make out more details. A short, squat figure. Gaudy clothing. A crossbow clutched in his hands. He was looking back over his shoulder so much that he didn’t notice the campsite until he practically stumbled into it.“My friends!” Blotto declares loudly, “You must help me! They took my wagon! Brutes! Savages!”Blotto excitedly babbles incomprehensibly for a few more minutes. You notice that the frilled collar of his doublet has wilted from sweat … and blood.“.. And Gold! I’ll give you gold!”Hadhan’s ears perk up at this. “Gold, you say? Please, calm down friend. Have a seat by the fire. Are you wounded?”“Just some small scrapes.” Blotto says, sitting down by the fire.“So. What was this about gold?”Blotto takes a deep breath. “Goblins … They attacked me and my cart. I barely escaped. Please, you have to help me get it back.”“And why would we help you?” Hadhan asks.“You’re mercenaries, right?’ The Halfling says, “That giant over there, he speaks with a Nordfolk accent. the Archer’s from Rosland. I spent a decade in Iondo’s markets, I know all the accents. Aren’t any Nordfolk in these lands except if they’re sellswords. Look, I’ll pay you in gold, the gold I have in my cart …”>”I’m sorry, but we only accept payment upfront.”>Kill the Halfling. He’s figured out too much.>You’ll go after the cart, even if the others don’t …>... As long as you get your pick of what’s inside.>You’re not risking your life, there might not even be a cart left.>Blotto may follow you until the next village for protection. (Follow Your Code)
>>5095276> You’ll go after the cart, even if the others don’t …>... As long as you get your pick of what’s insideHadhan and the Northman I don't see passing this up. It's just gobbos, right?
>>5095276>Blotto may follow you until the next village for protection. (Follow Your Code)Then>You’ll go after the cart, even if the others don’t …I'll even do it for free. Unless it turns out that he's a smuggler. Then>... As long as you get your pick of what’s inside.
>>5095276Rolling with: >>5095328
>>5095276Blotto may follow you until the next village for protection. (Follow Your Code)>You’ll go after the cart, even if the others don’t …>... As long as you get your pick of what’s inside.
>>5095276>Kill the Halfling. He’s figured out too much.
>>5095276>... As long as you get your pick of what’s insidebut not alone
“Sounds like a good venture.” You say, “But I want my pick of what I find in the cart.”Blotto sighs before relenting. “Fine. Have your pick. Just help me get my cart back, it’s my entire livelihood.”You look around at the rest of the party.“I won’t say no to a profit,” Hadhan declares, “It’s just goblins.”“I don’t like it. Goblins usually don’t attack before dusk.” Farthorn says, “. If they’re that bold, the colony might have grown to have started taming wolves. If they get your scent they’ll never forget it.”“How about you, Ingmyr?” Hadhan asks, “Are you going to fret and worry like an old woman?”“Someone has to keep Farthorn company.” Ingmyr rumbles.Schni wordlessly gets up and sheathes her knife.Hadhan digs into the hay of the wagon to retrieve his broadsword. You do the same, retrieving your falchion. You consider retrieving your aketon and crossbow as well, but if someone saw you with a crossbow in the dead of night, they’d think you a poacher. If they saw you in your armor they’d recognize you as a sellsword. If someone saw you with your armor and your crossbow, they might think you both …>Only bring your falchion>Bring your armor>Bring your crossbow>Bring your armor and crossbow
>>5095776Wait, if its gonna be night time then how would they see our armor?
>>5095902thermal vision, obviouslybut moonlight can illuminate the glint of steel. The moon is pretty bright in the absence of electric light
Could we bring our armor in a bag then put it on when its dark?>>5095907That makes even less sense, Thermals have poor ability to distinguish clear angular objects and shapes.
>>5095902>>5095939If you think they can't feel free to vote to don it. You don't have a bag for your armor but I suppose you could empty your rucksack.>>5095907Your armor is textile so it wouldn't glint
>>5095776>>Bring your armor
>>5095776>Bring your armorBecause realistically we're going to be tanking damage even with a successful Toughness Action.
>>5095776>Bring your armor and crossbowElse we gonna die.>>5096159Wait, what if we wore a cloak over everything?
>>5095776>Bring your armor
>>5095776>Bring your armor and crossbowOf course we take our gear to a fight. If by some off chance someone sees us and starts fretting, he can eat a crossbow bolt.
You retrieve your armor. You doubt you’ll need more than your falchion to kill mere goblins, but even a goblin could manage a lucky strike that could wound you badly if you didn’t wear your aketon. If you hide it under your traveling cloak, no one will notice it unless they look closely.“Lets go.” Hadhan announces.By the time the Party departs for Blotto’s cart, the sun has disappeared beyond the horizon. It’s a long trek to where the cart was and even in springtime the night is cold, and you are soon glad you brought your traveling cloak along.But eventually, you come across the cart. It was lying turned over off the road, good spilled out over the fallowing field. A band of goblins had lit a fire with the ruins of the cart, although you could see some crates burning in the fire as well. The Halfling’s pony had been slaughtered and spitted above the bonfire, with some Goblins messily tearing into hacked off limbs and the pile of entrails that lay on the ground.“Fritter.” Blotto moans quietly in grief.“I count fifteen goblins.” Hadhan whispers, “Five for each of us then.”“Wait, what’s that?” Schni points out a larger goblin in the midst of the group. He was larger than the others, the size of a skinny youth, and held an iron spear as well as an iron helmet. You recognized that helmet, it was the one the Town Guard you had killed had been wearing.“Some special kind of Goblin. Their chief maybe?” Hadhan guesses, “Dammit, damn Farthorn and his womanliness, right when we could use ‘em.”“What do we do now?” You ask Hadhan.Hadhan snorts. “We attack.They’re just goblins. The fire and cart form a wall. We can use it to divide the beasts in two. We’ll attack from three sides. I’ll form an anchor point where the goblins are divided. Schni and Joseph, you take care of the rest. Halfling, stay put and don’t make any noise.The party splots up and you sneak forwards into position. But just as you are sneaking forwards, you spot a goblin with it’s loincloth down. It had wandered away from the it’s group to relieve itself. It turns it’s head. You can tell that it sees you …>Roll 3 1d100’s for initiative, easy roll
Rolled 55 (1d100)>>5096883Praying for a holiday miracle
Rolled 87 (1d100)>>5096883
Rolled 24 (1d100)>>5096883
Rolled 100 (1d100)Rolling initiative for goblin
>>5097205My god, that goblin doesn't have any eyes!
You guys should quit mercenary work to become a goblin slayerInitiativeJoseph Saintswood: 12Goblin: Critical failYou have gained a free actionUpon seeing you, the Goblin yelps in surprise, dropping it’s spear. You have a brief window to slay it before it can alert the rest of it’s band …If you do not kill the Goblin within one round, it will alert it’s band>Strength Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)>Agility Action>Dexterity Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)>Toughness Action
>>5097223>Strength Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)I'm hoping one of the +10 Iron Falchion bonuses (+10 Strength, +10 Novice Swordsman) absorbs the debuff while still keeping up on top. Besides, only a Strength Action can do the damage needed to kill this fucker in one turn, and an Agility/Dexterity Action would have a -5 debuff on it with half the damage of the Strength Action.
>>5097223>Strength Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)
You swing you Falchion in a mighty cleave. You doubt a grown man wouldn’t be split shoulder to hip. A goblin will be easier to butcher than a chicken …>Roll 3 1d100’s for strength. Easy roll.
Rolled 81 (1d100)>>5097778Yolo
Rolled 36 (1d100)>>5097778
Rolled 43 (1d100)>>5097778
Rolled 21 (1d100)Rolling for Goblin
I’d like to wish all my players a merry christmas!CombatJoseph Saintswood (str): 21Goblin (Agi): 16…The Goblin dashes out of the way of your swing, barely avoiding being clipped. You could have taken off it’s head but you were left with not even a toe. The Goblin sucks in air for a loud call. But you are still close …You have a free half-action left>Agility Action>Dexterity Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)
>>5098010Will an Agility Action prevent him from alerting the others?
>>5098050It would allow you to run away so they don't immediately find you.
>>5098010And here I thought that Goblins had a -5 on Agility. Guess I was mistaken. We certainly should've prayed before we went into this, that +5 buff would've tied us up here.>Dexterity Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)Glory or death, I say. May the dice gods not cuck us outta our good rolls again.
>>5098010>Dexterity Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)We gonna die from a single goblin dodging and we trip and fall to our death.
Gods damn this, you hadn’t thought goblins were this agile. You only have time to throw a quick cut with your Falchion. It was do or die, glory or a nameless demise.… Were you thinking like Ingmyr now?>Roll 3 1d100’s Easy roll.
Rolled 33 (1d100)>>5098475
Rolled 83 (1d100)>>5098475RIDE OR DIE BROTHERS!
Rolled 97 (1d100)>>5098475
Rolled 97 (1d100)Rolling agility for Goblin
Rolled 1 (1d10)Rolling damage for Falchion
CombatJoseph Saintswood: 17Goblin Roll: 92Damage: 1 + 5 (Cleaving) = 6Goblin has 0/5 Toughness left…You manage to catch the Goblin with your falchion. The tip shears through it’s thin ribcage. It dies immediately. You haven’t even pulled the blade out before the light fades from it’s goatlike eyes.Even in death, it manages to fart as it sprawls out on the ground. Foul creature …-- CONCLUSION --1/1 Goblins KILLED================================================================================Well, you weren’t completely fucked anymore. You still didn’t know why Farthorn feared Goblins so much. All you had to do was be a little more careful.You sneak closer to the bonfire. Goblins really were loathsome creatures. The more you watched them, the more they disgusted you. They were like perversions of children, cunning and mischievous in their movements, constantly speaking their uncouth, high-pitched tongue amongst themselves, squabbling over food and loot at any opportunity. It was almost sick watching such childish figures with such monstrous heads, all leathery skin, scarred ears, and needle-like teeth. They either went naked or wore shapeless clothing sewn from hides, pelts, and pieces of stolen human clothing, often stained with some filth you could not identify. They tore into their meals half raw like animals, blood and grease running down their chins. Did the creatures have no understanding of cleanliness?Soon Hadhan would give the signal to fall upon them. You almost relished the thought of putting the lot of them to the sword. And sure enough there it is. You heard it, a high pitched whistle. The signal!>Charge into the fray! (Start with initiative, +5 str for the encounter)>Approach cautiously (Start without initiative, +5 agi, dex for the encounter)>Seek out the Goblin ‘Chief’ personally (Selectable with the other options, +5 toughness)>Take potshots with your crossbow
>>5098862>>Take potshots with your crossbow
>>5098862>Charge into the fray! (Start with initiative, +5 str for the encounter)Lets get bloody
>>5098862>Charge into the fray! (Start with initiative, +5 str for the encounter)Let's goooo!
>>5098862>Seek out the Goblin ‘Chief’ personally (Selectable with the other options, +5 toughness)Also this. Mama didn't raise no coward.
>>5098862>Take potshots with your crossbow
With fifteen goblins, you’d be at risk if you charged into the fray. You wouldn’t be able to cover all your blind spots. So you decide to hang back and take potshots with your crossbow.Your crossbow was a light hand-spanner. While that decreased it’s power, the weapon was still intuitive to use. All you need to do is point and pull the trigger. You take aim at a goblin …>Roll 3 1d100’s. Medium Roll.
Rolled 5 (1d100)>>5099106I don't understand why anons what to make this harder on us than it already is, but sure, we'll try out our crossbow.
Rolled 43 (1d100)>>5099106
>>5099110we don't get a bonus to our rolls but our chances to be hacked to pieces by 15 gobs are much lower when we keep our distance.
Rolled 62 (1d100)>>5099106
>>5099205I'd prefer us to actually hit something instead of ruining the element of surprise on an untested bow.
Ranged CombatJoseph Saintswood (Dex): 43+20 (firing into crowd of 5)- Joseph missed (Target 10)…Your quarrel sails over the heads of the goblins, hitting none of them. You bite back a curse. Perhaps the crossbow wasn’t as intuitive to use as you had thought.One goblin notices the arrow and picks it up. It glances in the direction the arrow came from. It’s goatlike eyes spot you. It snarls, raising it’s weapon and alerting it’s companions to your presence …… And then Hadhan and Schni charge into the fray.The Goblins are thrown into chaos. Hadhan wades into them, hewing into the Goblins with his broadsword. Schni slinks around the perimeter of the camp like a predatory animal, catching any goblins that try to run. While they are distracted, you take the chance to reload your crossbow.In the chaos, a goblin holding a plank shield raises his weapon, a crudely carved club, and rallies four other goblins to his side. Three holding spears and another holding a club. If you are forced to exchange blows with them, you’ll have to get in close to avoid being skewered by the spears.They cautiously begin approaching you …-- Result --5/5 Goblins remainThe Goblins are 1 Round away from melee range>Charge into the fray! (Start with initiative, +5 str until initiative lost)>Approach cautiously (Start without initiative, +5 agi for the encounter)>Fire your Crossbow again (Easy Roll)
>>5099376>Charge into the fray! (Start with initiative, +5 str until initiative lost)Told ya shooting from range was a bad idea.
>>5099376>Charge into the fray! (Start with initiative, +5 str until initiative lost)The pope banned crossbows for a reason you cowards!
>>5099376>>Charge into the fray! (Start with initiative, +5 str until initiative lost)
>>5099376>Fire your Crossbow again (Easy Roll)
… But you are anything but cautious. Yelling a battle cry, you charge into their midst, shield raised and falchion bared …Combat: Goblin Swarm>Strength Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)>Agility Action>Dexterity Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)>Toughness Action
>>5100130>Strength Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)We need to make the most outta this Strength buff while we still have it.
>>5100130>Strength Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)
>>5100130> Strength Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)
As soon as you’re in reach of the Goblins, you hack down with your falchion, aiming at the collarbone of the closest Goblin, one holding a stone-tipped spear …>Roll 3 1d100’s for strength, Easy Roll.
Rolled 57 (1d100)>>5101139
Rolled 11 (1d100)>>5101139
Rolled 83 (1d100)>>5101139
Rolled 19 (1d100)Rolling agility for Goblin
Rolled 4 (1d10)Rolling Damage for Falchion
CombatJoseph Saintswood: 1Goblin Roll: 14Falchion: 4 + 5 (Cleaving) = 9The Goblin attempts to dodge out of the way. But the beast is clumsy. You easily hit your target, slaying it …-- Result --Goblin has 0/5 Toughness left4/5 Goblins RemainingYou have LOST the initiative…Another Goblin lunges at you with a spear! It’s a surprisingly skillful move … for a goblin …>Strength Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)>Agility Action>Dexterity Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)>Toughness Action
>>5101885Quick question- do we have our Heater Shield, and do we get the Dexterity debuff if we're just parrying a weapon?Also, even with a successful/underroll, we still tank the damage with a Toughness Action, correct?
>>5101885>>Toughness Actionfuck GOBS
>>5101896Thinking about it, it makes no sense to get a debuff if you are parrying a weapon so I'm going to retcon that.Yes, with a successful Toughness Action you still take the damage. I will add that an underoll will block with your shield.I should update the rules next thread.
>>5101885>Toughness ActionFun then.
You doubt a stone spear will penetrate your gambeson. You simply prepare to take the blow. You’ll only return it tenfold …>Roll 3 1d100’s for toughness. Hard roll ...
Rolled 50 (1d100)>>5102732Well, that hard roll came outta left field. Had I known it was going be that bad, I probably would've decided to parry instead.
Rolled 78 (1d100)>>5102732
>>5102744Wait shit that should be an easy roll ... I mean it is an easy roll. Your QM had a sudden bout of ESL, sorry.
>>5102753Oh thank god, because I was about to kiss our ass goodbye to a bloody goblin spearman with a stone spearhead.
Rolled 27 (1d100)>>5102732
>>5102777Given that our heater shield gives us +10 without initiative, and I think we're in the clear. Also, blessed trips there mate!
Rolled 66 (1d100)Rolling dex for Goblin Spearman
Rolled 4 (1d5)Rolling damage for Stone Spear
CombatJoseph Saintswood: UnderollGoblin Spearman: 61Stone Spear: 5 - 10 (shield) - 10 (aketon)Just as you thought it would, the Goblin’s blow is absorbed harmlessly by your shield. Now, it’s your turn to strike!-- Result --You have 20/25 Toughness left You didn’t take any damage, that’s just the 5 missing from your last wound.5/5 Goblins remainYou have GAINED the initiative!>Strength Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)>Agility Action>Dexterity Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)>Toughness Action
>>5103024>Strength Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)I think the play here is to always Strength Action with the Falchion, and have our +20 Falchion bonuses just absorb the range debuff, as it's never worth trying to Agility-Dexterity with our stats and our weapon.
Hell yeah. It's been a while since I've been here and I'm glad to see your boy Joseph is still standing and Noir is still going.>>5103024>Strength Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)I see why not. -10 is being negated by some other bonuses for the time being and a strength action allows us to OHKO gobbos
>>5103033You actually only get a +10 bonus on your falchion because Joseph isn't a novice swordsman anymore.
>>5103024>Strength Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)
>>5103080When did that happen? Ugh, now we need to buy that fucking longsword, because I ain't playing a Cat&Mouse game of failed Agility Actions just to get rid of that damn -10 range debuff.
>>5103080>train hard to become a better fighter>DC gets harderthat's some bullshit, OP
>>5103275To be fair it's only because we picked the scrub peasant weapon, we can get something that's not completely ass later on.
You lunge forwards, swinging your falchion as if it was an axe …>Roll 3 1d100’s for strength, easy roll
Rolled 55 (1d100)>>5103510ROLLAN
Rolled 68 (1d100)>>5103510ROLLAN
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Rolled 64 (1d100)Rolling strength for Goblin
Rolled 7 (1d10)Rolling damage for Falchion
CombatJoseph Saintswood: 40Goblin Spearman: 44Iron Falchion: 7 x 2 (strength) + 5 (cleaving) = 19Facing certain death, the Goblin launches a desperate attack, charging at you. You can almost admire it’s bravery. But instead you cleave it in two …-- Result --Goblin has 0/5 Toughness left.]3/5 Goblins remainYou have LOST the initiative…The remaining goblins back away, growing wary of you. But their ringleader with a shield snarls at them, cowing it’s underlings. Together, they screech some sort of war cry and charge at you!>Strength Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)>Agility Action>Dexterity Action (-10 debuff, you are not in range)>Toughness Action
>>5104125>Toughness ActionHappy New Years lads!
>>5104125>Toughness ActionLet's ring in the new year by making the chief gobbo our bitch.
>>5104273Just to let you know, that isn't the chief goblin, it's just a better equipped goblin in the gang you got.Also happy new year anons!
>>5104284Where's our holiday porridge? We must have a scene of us making some some porridge!
Even three on one, you're confident that you'll be able to take their attack head-on!>Roll 3 1d100's, medium roll
Rolled 28 (1d100)>>5105489Oh boy
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Rolled 36 (1d100)Rolling for Goblins
You're going to tank the attacks of three goblins for no initiative benefits. Would you like to use a Fate Point?>Spend Fate Point to reroll>Burn Fate Point to auto-succeed
>>5105767>Spend Fate Point to rerollWe really can’t deal with anything above Easy, huh?
>>5105767>>Spend Fate Point to reroll
>>5104504Forgot to respond to this, it's actually mid-spring where you are.
>>5105767>Spend Fate Point to reroll
>>5105767>Burn Fate Point to auto-succeedAnything above easy is going to give us a hard time. So might as well burn a fate point to not get fucked.
>>5105885My problem with that is that fate point economy doesn't encourage burning to avoid injury, as once the FP is gone, it's gone, and mining more if going to be a long and exhaustive process that isn't worth the effort to focus on, so we're likely stuck at the amount of fates points we got. I just don't see the point in burning them when they're already going to be so rare to begin with.
>>5106292I have no problem burning a fate point here because, currently, we have three gobbos rushing us and one of them is better armed and armored than the others. Burning a fate point could help us survive the beatdown we're about to take.
>>5106658So could rerolling. The problem isn't surviving this beat down, the problem would be surviving future, higher level threats. Simple put, using a Fate Point now comes at the cost of not having it when we need it later, and I think were more likely to survive a goblin beatdown than we would suvive getting cut down on an actual battlefield.I don't make this determination lightly, because getting hit here will suck balls for the remainder of the thread.
Rolled 25 (1d100)Rerolling for Joseph
>>5106767>25HELL YEA BROTHERS! UNDERROLLED BABY!
Rolled 1 (1d5)Rolling Damage for Goblins (Their weapons all have identical raw damage dice so I'll only roll once.)
>>5106787You didn't, you have reduced toughness due to your wound. You still survive injury-free though since goblin weapons are shit.
>>5106812Actually, I was referring to the +10 from lack of initiative with the heater shield, but this opens up an entirely new can of worms. Are you saying our Toughness skill is directly proportional to the amount of Toughness we have, like if we have 20/25 Toughness, that means our Toughness DC is 20 instead of 25?
>You have used one Fate Point. You now have 4/5 Fate PointsCombatJoseph Saintswood: 8Club Goblin 1: 41Club Goblin 2: 26Ringleader Goblin: 31Wooden Clubs: 5Stone Spear: 5Aketon AP: 10The three Goblins all land attacks on you. And they all fail to defeat your aketon. Their blows are as weak as children’s, you aren’t even staggered.However, one holding a club snuck up closer to you. You’ll have to keep an eye on it …-- Result --You have 20/20 Toughness leftYou have GAINED the initiative!>Strength Action>Agility Action>Dexterity Action>Toughness Action
>>5106831Yes. Also shit your heater shield!
>>5106837Actually no, not your heater shield, gear only gives a bonus when you use it, which you don't when you choose Toughness.
>>5106834>Strength Action>>5106838Actually, I'd argue the opposite. If we don't use the heater shield when we do a Toughness Action, what would be the point in carrying one in the first place? Shields would be almost exclusively a Dexterity focused items, which renders the main use of a shield- to tank damage- totally useless. I don't see how that would make any sense.
>>5106848You make a good point.Proposed rule change. A shield is active in toughness checks, but it's AP only comes into play if you succeed on your roll.Versus what we have now where a shield increases dexterity and protects you when you underroll on toughness checks.There's also a projectile defense element that hasn't really come into play yet but that is irrelevant.
>>5106834Like chaff>Strength action
The Goblin might have been more dangerous when it was closer to you, but really it was the Goblin's mistake for stepping into your range ...>Roll 3 1d100's for strength, easy roll.
Rolled 59 (1d100)>>5108576
Rolled 98 (1d100)>>5108576
Rolled 92 (1d100)>>5108576Oh boy
Rolled 31 (1d100)Rolling for Goblins
Rolled 4 (1d10)Rolling damage for falchion
It should really be a medium difficulty action being a three-on-one fight but I’ll let you anons have it.CombatJoseph Saintswood: 34Club Goblin 1: 28Club Goblin 2: 38Ringleader Goblin 1: 11Iron Falchion: 4 x 2 + 5 (Cleaving) = 13The Goblin closest to you tries to block your attack with it’s club, standing its ground. But your falchion simply shears through the wood and then through it’s side. It was foolish to try to take an attack that would simply kill you.The second Goblin with a club leaps forwards while you were distracted, stepping into your range. Their ringleader stabs it’s spear forwards, hitting you with a solid blow to your stomach. But the stone spearhead snaps off from the stress without penetrating your aketon. Snarling, the ringleader Goblin draws a stone knife.But from the death of more than half their number, the Goblins lose heart and back away slowly, before breaking into a run …-- Result --Club Goblin 1 has 0/5 Toughness left2/5 Goblins remainingThe Enemy has TURNED TAIL>Roll 3 1d100’s for agility. The number of successes is the number of enemies you cut down!
Rolled 56 (1d100)>>5109387Come on AGILITY!
Rolled 100 (1d100)>>5109387I hope we didn't skip leg day
>>5109387Could we also fire a bolt into their backs, or is that not feasible?
>>5109396I will add it as a free action.>>5109395Good thing that didn't happen during combat.
Rolled 37 (1d100)>>5109387
>Critical FailYou charge after them, but your foot catches on the corpse of a goblin you had killed earlier. You trip, sprawling onto the ground.Even though they had been running away just before, the Goblins seem to sense your momentary weakness and pounce on you, weapons drawn. They straddle you, trying to keep you from being able to get up …-- Result --You have LOST the initiativeYou have been GRAPPLED>Strength Action (throw a Goblin off)>A̶g̶i̶l̶i̶t̶y̶ a̶c̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ You are grappled>Dexterity Action>Toughness Action
>>5110214I don't understand grapple mechanics, so I'm curious if it's the same as the normal mechanics?
>>5110214>>Strength Action (throw a Goblin off)
>>5110217It's combat with some options changed. If there are differences, I will make them very clear.
>>5110214>Strength Action (throw a Goblin off)
Your sword and shield are rendered useless with the goblins literally clambering over your body even as you get up. You drop them. As the Goblins attack you with their knives, you try to grab onto their bodies to fling them off ...>Roll 3 1d100's. The number of successes is the number of goblins you throw off. Be warned that they will resist.
Rolled 98 (1d100)>>5111182
Rolled 27 (1d100)>>5111182I'm wondering if we should've just went with a Toughness Action instead.
Rolled 59 (1d100)>>5111182
Rolled 31 (1d100)>>5111182AHHH
Rolled 5 (1d100)Rolling for Goblins>>5111462I won't be counting this roll but I appreciate it nonetheless.
CombatJoseph Saintswood: 0 SuccessesClub Goblin (Agi): UnderollRingleader Goblin (dex): UnderollBoth Goblins launch attacks that hit home. The one holding a club climbs up onto your shoulders to hammer your head while the ringleader goblin holding a knife slips it’s stone knife through a gap in your aketon …Critical PointYou’ll be able to roll for toughness at the beginning of the next round>Burn a Fate Point for an ally to assist>Spend a Fate Point for best out of 3 wound table result>Gain a Fate Point for worst out of 3 wound table result>Roll for wounds
>>5112158Two things before I decide. I'm gonna need an example of a wound table, and I'm gonna need to know what the hell our actual mission is.
>>5112256I just cribbed the Kingdom Death wound tables, although the deadlier maimings aren't possible with a dagger or club. You won't be losing your arm. You could still die though.Your actual mission right now was to investigate arms shipments but you got sidetracked by Halfling loot.
>>5112158Fuck it>Gain a Fate Point for worst out of 3 wound table resultI'm willing to play this retarded game.>>5112316>I just cribbed the Kingdom Death wound tablesThat doesn't help me understand what's happening or the odds of death, because I have no frame of reference of what your referring to or how this system would work out in practice, but I'll take you at you word that we won't be horrifically maimed and take our chances at getting another Fate Point from a less deadly encounter than the more dangerous future encounters.
>>5112158>>Gain a Fate Point for worst out of 3 wound table result
>>5112365It's a 4/5 survival rate per roll and you're doing three.
>>5112418I don't know where you get the idea that a 20% Wo3 chance of dying is somehow worth a Fate Point to us, because that just seems like insane trade off to me.>>5112158Changing my vote from >>5112365 to>Spend a Fate Point for best out of 3 wound table resultBecause gambling with 4/5 chance of dying is just retarded.
Do we need a coin flip for this, or is it too important?
>>5113895Too important I'd say
>>5113895I don't mind going back to my original vote if I have to, but considering we have a 20% of dying, we certainly shouldn't coinflip it.We could also just say fuck it together and just burn a fate point instead if you want?
>>5112158Changing vote>>Spend a Fate Point for best out of 3 wound table result>>5113900Or burn it if that's alright
>>5113909I'm cool with that. I'd like to make a hard rule to never gamble our life for a Fate Point, it's such a bad option that I'm surprised it was even suggested.
>>5112158>Spend a Fate Point for best out of 3 wound table resultHow quickly the tide turns.
This thread feels a bit slower than the last one ...Please roll 4 1d10s for wounds.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>5115337
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>5115337Rolling
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>5115337Fun
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>5115337
Critical WoundWound Location (6): TorsoWound Severity (1): Destroyed AketonWound Severity (1): Destroyed AketonWound Severity (9): Destroyed AketonThe Ringleader Goblin stabs you multiple times on your chest. Had you been unarmored, you would have been lucky to escape with your life. But with your armor in the way, your flesh was unscathed. However, your aketon was torn to tatters. You’re lucky you were stabbed in the chest …-- Result --You have lost a fate point. You now have 3/5 Fate Points.Equipment Lost: Aketon>Roll 3 1d10s for toughness. The result will be summed.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>5116502Yea, gonna need a lot more information on the wound tables and mechanics when it comes back up if you don't mind Noir. I feel like I've been shanghaied, but that only because I honestly don't know what's going on.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>5116502
>>5116544To break it upWound location1-2 Head3-4 Arms5-6 Torso7-8 Waist9-10 LegsFor the Torso1-2 Instant Death3 Bleeding4 Gaping chest wound5 Destroyed back6 Disembowled7 Ruptured spleen8 Broken rib9 Collapsed lung10 Knocked downAll the other wound locations have similar wound severity tables with similar matching severity.But the stone dagger had a trait where it cannot crit wound through armor so your armor took the crit instead.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>5116502
>>5116739Thank you for explaining, this make much more sense. Don't know how any reasonable person would ever trade a Wo3 result on the wound table for a fate point, especially with instant death on the table, but maybe I'm overthinking that point.
CombatRecovered Toughness - 14 The Goblin’s stone knife broke snapped against your aketon. It immediately jumped off and ran away. The Goblin on your head with the club jumped off at the same time, afraid of being abandoned by it’s companion. You were free.But so were the two goblins …-- Result --You have 14/20 Toughness left2/5 Goblins remainThe enemy has TURNED TAIL>Roll 3 1d100’s for agility. The number of successes is the number of enemies you cut down!
Rolled 10 (1d100)>>5117332
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Rolled 80 (1d100)>>5117332
Rolled 3 (1d100)Rolling agility for Goblins
CombatJoseph Saintswood Roll: 0 SuccessesGoblin Rolls: Underroll…You try to run after the Goblins, but they’re slippery creatures and have soon disappeared into the night. Curse them. It was like trying to run after mischievous children. Children that had tried to murder you …>Run after them into the night. You can’t let them escape.>No, it’s too dangerous …
>>5119009>Run after them into the night. You can’t let them escape.Not to confuse the issue, but don't we have an Agility of 10? Shouldn't there be one success before the goblins escape?
>>5119033You underolled but they also underolled. It's still combat, you don't automatically succeed because you successfully underoll. It's still compared to the rolls of the enemy.
>>5119045Oh, thank you for explaining.
>>5119009>>No, it’s too dangerous …
>>5119009>No, it’s too dangerous …
For a second, you think about chasing after them. But you quickly abandon the idea. Goblins were slippery creatures and chasing after them in the dark would only get you stabbed in the back.-- CONCLUSION --You have 14/25 ToughnessYou have 3/5 Fate Points3/5 Goblins SLAIN================================================================================You look over the battlefield. Hadhan and Schni had finished their fights quite handily. Dead goblins littered their campsite. Their chieftain had been backed into a corner by Hadhan and Schni.“Joseph, done with your fight?” Hadhan asks.“Yes, but two got away.” You reply. “Should I have gone after them?”“Only if you think you could have caught them.” Hadhan says. “Schni, you’re used to the dark. Go.”Schni nods and slips into the shadows. Without thinking about it, you take her place.You stare at the Goblin Chieftain. He was wounded and battered.“Manlings … Release me …” The Goblin growled. It’s voice was guttural, deeper than the squeals of the goblins you had fought before.“Eh? A Goblin that can speak?” Hadhan laughs, “Tell me then, Goblin. Why should we do that?”The Goblin hissed, but didn’t provide an answer.Hadhan laughed. “How about this? If you can beat my man in one-on-one combat, then you may go free. Well Joseph? Willing to give this poor creature a chance at freedom? If you manage it, I’ll blood you on the spot …”>Accept Hadhan’s challenge (Fight peer enemy. You are 0/2 peer enemies to the next level of swordplay)>You’ve risked your life enough tonight
>>5120159>Accept Hadhan’s challenge (Fight peer enemy. You are 0/2 peer enemies to the next level of swordplay)God, we need a new set of armor. What do you think our first action with initiative should be? Trying to attack, or simply regenerate our toughness?
>>5120161Should we open up with a crossbow shot? Though I doubt we have the training to use it effectively.Personally, I'd say end the fight as soon as possible by attacking.>>5120159>>Accept Hadhan’s challenge (Fight peer enemy. You are 0/2 peer enemies to the next level of swordplay)
>>5120159>Accept Hadhan’s challenge (Fight peer enemy. You are 0/2 peer enemies to the next level of swordplay)
>>5120159>write in"I'll take that wager."Shoot it in the face right there on the ground.
Alright anons, I don't want to begin a fight on page 10 so we'll pick up thread three with it. I promise I'll be back.Sorry if this thread was a bit slower than the last one. Still, I'm greatly enjoying this quest!End of Thread
>>5121282I'm enjoying the quest as well Noir! Can't wait for the next thread!
>>5121282Thanks for running. It's dice heavier than I tend to like but I'm really enjoying it.
>>5121463>>5122824These are the dearest things a QM can hear.