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Interlude 14 Call to Arms

JIANGU! Interlude 14 Call to Arms

Nimdor attempts to jump down lightly, but lands wrong and crashes into a pile. He skins his knee and bruises his shin on the steps.

His crash alerts the guard on the far wall, who looks down from the battlements to see Nimdor. sprawled on the stairs. He pulls out his trumpet and blows a call to arms.



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Interlude 14 (1d20=4, 1d20=19, 1d20=7, 1d20=10, 1d20=1, 1d20=20, 1d20=8, 1d20=9, 1d20=19, 1d20=16, 1d20=7, 1d20=1, 1d20=14, 1d20=20, 1d20=7, 1d20=12, 1d20=4, 1d20=3, 1d20=2, 1d20=5).
Nimdor rolls 4+mod to jump. Total failure. Falls 20 ft. Takes 3 pts nonlethal and 2 pts lethal. I don’t think you can move silently while crashing. Guard rolls 19+mods to listen. Initiative: Nimdor 7+mods. Guard 10+mods. Guard wins.

Round 1
11 Guard: E45/N60 on level 3. Raises trumpet and blows call to arms.
10 Nimdor: E85/N60 on level 2. 8/10hp w/3 nonlethal. Has not yet acted.

FYI: Guard is CR2.



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"Hello up there! My name is Correll Narengral! I was hired by Barnabus, the chamberlain of the dreaded tower to test the security of this tower. I congratulate you on sucessfully catching me, although I seem to be having an off moment right now."

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Interlude 15 Nimdor Meets Yi

JIANGU! Interlude 15 Nimdor Meets Yi

The guard laughs. “Nice try. My name is Yi. Good luck with your job application.” He drops his trumpet and raises a heavy crossbow to fire it at Nimdor. The heavy bolt ricochets off of the stone steps near where Nimdor lies.

"Nothing personal!" he apologizes, and ducks behind the cover of the battlement to reload.



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Interlude 15 (1d20=13, 1d20=12, 1d20=5, 1d20=19, 1d20=3, 1d20=12, 1d20=14, 1d20=17, 1d20=10, 1d20=17, 1d20=20, 1d20=12, 1d20=15, 1d20=13, 1d20=16, 1d20=12, 1d20=12, 1d20=5, 1d20=4, 1d20=19)

Nimdor bluff 13+7, Guard sense motive 10+mods including +10 (The bluff is hard to believe or puts the target at significant risk).

Round 1 (cont’d)
10 Nimdor: E85/N60 on level 2. 8/10hp w/3 nonlethal. Bluff attempt 13+7=20, Guard sense motive 10+mods including +10 (The bluff is hard to believe or puts the target at significant risk). Bluff fails.


Round 2
11 Guard: E45/N60 on level 3. Fires crossbow. Rolls 5+mods. Miss.

Initiative rolls for other guards that heard the alarm: 19+mods.
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"Wait a second, fine, you know I'm applying, but that doesn't mean you can attack me, especially since I just passed my test. Hold off a moment and let me speak with Barnabus. He had told me that my test was to get inside the complex without using the gate, and I passed that. That was the only test I had to complete, and I have completed it."
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Interlude 16 Climbing & Sneaking & Getting Shot At

JIANGU! Interlude 16 Climbing and Sneaking and Getting Shot At

The guard shakes his head. “Your test is to get inside AND find Barnabus. I thought you burglar-types had listening skills,” he teases. “Until then you must overcome various challenges such as climbing and sneaking and getting shot at.”

Another guard, still in his nightgown but armed with a crossbow, looks down from a barracks window. “Isn’t that one of the henchmen, San?” he asks San.

“Gizerak and Linus are upstairs, Yi.”

“No. I think it is the other one: the dwarf’s sidekick.”

“You mean Wellby. Yi. That’s not him. Wellby is more pale and less cute.”

“This one won’t be so cute once I shoot him.”

“A plat says I hit him first.”

“You are on.”

The both load their crossbows as they banter.



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Round 2 (cont’d)
10 Nimdor: E85/N60 on level 2. 8/10hp w/3 nonlethal. Attempts to reason.

Round 3
19 Guard (Yi) E70/N40 on level 3. Reloads crossbow.
11 Guard (San): E45/N60 on level 3. Reloads crossbow.
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Nimdor simply runs down the stairs, dodging any bolts as best he can.
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Nimdor reaches the bottom of the stairs and then...



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With a double move he can cover 40 ft. It only takes 20 ft of movement to reach the bottom of the stairs. What does he do with his remaining move action? Continue to move? If so, then to where?


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As soon as he reaches the bottom of the stairs, he runs for the workshop.
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Interlude 17: Nimdor is Transfixed

Jiangu Interlude 17: Nimdor is Transfixed

Nimdor just makes it to the door under the sign that reads “Workshop – Keep Out” before the guards finish reloading.

“Don’t let him open that door!” yells Yi.

Both sentries hit their target, and Nimdor is transfixed by a pair of crossbow bolts that cross each other through his thorax.

With two entry and two exit wounds, Nimdor sees his own blood spraying out in all four directions of the compass as he falls unconscious.

Yi turns from the window to Gizerak, lying on his bed in the same barracks room. “Gizerak! There is a halfling bleeding to death in the courtyard. Maybe you should go heal him up.”



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Interlude 17 (1d20=17, 1d20=17, 1d20=13, 1d20=3, 1d20=16, 1d20=4, 1d20=11, 1d20=15, 1d20=7, 1d20=14, 1d20=17, 1d20=7, 1d20=15, 1d20=20, 1d20=18, 1d20=3, 1d20=17, 1d20=9, 1d20=18, 1d20=16)

Round 3 (cont’d)
10 Nimdor: E55/N60 on level 1. 8/10hp w/3 nonlethal. Double-moves to the workshop door. Opening the door is a move action so it can’t be done until the next round (plus it is locked).

Round 4
19 Guard (Yi) E70/N40 on level 3. Fires crossbow. Rolls 17+mods including +1 for higher ground. Hit. Damage: 2 pts, taking Nimdor to 6hp.
11 Guard (San): E45/N60 on level 3. Fires crossbow. Rolls 17+mods including +1 for higher ground. 7 pts of damage, taking Nimdor to negative 1.
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Startled from a prayer by the Yi's shout, Gizerak gets up and peers out the window to the courtyard. Seeing the body just as the guard had described, he leaves the barracks and heads down to the courtyard.

When he arrives, he makes sure that the bolts had passed completely through the halfling (removing them if they hadn't). and then closes his eyes.

Gathering a handful of dirt from the ground, the disciple of Sha-gaat sprinkles the earth across the wounds and beseeches his deity for a spell of healing.

OOC: Channel a Cure Moderate Wounds on Nimdor
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Interlude 18: Nimdor Meets Golock

Jiangu Interlude 18: Nimdor Meets Golock

Gizerak races through the complex down to the courtyard. By the time he arrives, most of a minute has passed. Nimdor’s pale body is surrounded by a lake of blood.

The door to the workshop is open and Golock is standing in the portal talking to Barnabus, who stands on the other side of the lake of blood.

“I saw a lot of blood coming under the door…” begins Golock.

“Job interview” says Barnabus.

Why was he going this way? Shouldn’t he have been coming to you in the stables?” wonders Golock.

“I told him that even, before we shot him” offers San from the battlement overhead.

Golock frowns. “If he had gotten this lock open, I would have had to reset all my magical traps. That would have been annoying.”

“I guess he was trying to show off his lockpicking and magical trap disarming” replies Barnabus.

“I like that attitude. Somebody should heal him up so that I can hire him. Ah! Here comes the priest now.”

Gizerak snaps off the heads of the bolts and pulls the shafts out. He is able to dig some bloodsoaked dirt out from between some of the pavingstones nearby but it is too gooey to sprinkle. He instead rub it over the wounds, and is able to revive Nimdor.

Nimdor awakens lying in a wide pool of his own blood, looking up at Gizerak and two humans.

He recognizes Barnabus from his eye patch through the peephole. He now sees that Barnabus is a large and strong-looking older man, with one peg leg and a hook for the opposite hand. His good hand holds a staff that he uses for balance. An ear is missing on the same side as his eyepatch.

The other human must be Golock. He has a long white beard and eyebrows so long that they are combed to the side and hang down to his jaw. He wears a tight silver skullcap and a patterned robe that glitters.

“I am Golock! I like your style, burglar. What is your name?”



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It takes Gizerak 6 rounds to reach Nimdor, by which point he is at –7. CMW heals 10 pts. Nimdor is at 3hp.

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Nimdor stands up, acutely aware of his somewhat embarrassing circumstances. "Heh, I am Nimdor Shiha, a most talented thief. Not much for combat, but in most situations I can avoid it. It just so happens that you did well in protecting your tower, and if I could have avoided it, I would never try to infiltrate a wizard's keep in that fashion. I did notice quite a few weakpoints in your defenses though. Should your urban knowledge be up to par, you would have heard of a person known as the Shadow Heart, no?"
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Interlude 19: Advance to the Next Stage

Interlude 19: Advance to the Next Stage

"I waste few resources protecting the outer buildings. My real defenses are reserved for my inner sanctum. Shadow Heart? I have heard that name for a Haigang underworld figure. Now you can advance to the next stage of the interview."

Golock strokes his beard.

"Gizerak, I need you to pray for a zone of truth. Once you are ready we will conduct the interrogation stage of the interview. Until then, one of the guards will keep an eye on Nimdor. In the meantime, don't give him any more healing until he is hired."
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"Fine by me. Oh, and the shadow heart is indeed a Haigang underworld figure. I have absolutely no problem communicating with him. He is a most valuable resource for me."

Anything that could be a problem, I should be able to talk my way around.

Nimdor merely smiles.
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Bowing in acknowledgement to Golock's request, Gizerak speaks up.

"I will be able to cast the spell come dawn, I will go petition the Prince of the East Wind and his breath will remove the false truths."

"I wish you luck, Nimdor. I will see you in the morning."

Without another word, the halfling retired to the barracks and prayed for the necesary spell.

Waking at first light, with his god's blessing seated deep inside his soul, Gizerak returns to the interview chamber, prepared to cast the spell at his employer's signal.
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Nimdor goes to bed, and awakes in the morning, well aware that he is being watched. He feels rested and healthier, and approaches the decided location for his interview.
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Interlude 20: Nimdor’s Interrogation

JIANGU! Interlude 20: Nimdor’s Interrogation

A guard escorts Nimdor to the audience chamber the next morning. Golock is at the seat of honor, with Gizerak nearby. Once the normal formalities are observed, Golock gestures for Nimdor to sit.

Golock focuses on a copper piece while Gizerak holds forth his holy symbol. Both of them intone spells.

Golock then asks Nimdor the following questions:

"What is your motive for seeking this job?"
"Do you oppose the restoration of the emperor?"
"Are you working on behalf of the forces that have haunted the capital?"
"Are you allied with or employed by any of my rivals or enemies? The dragon Nathrach? "Majutsushi? Nakigara the lich? The Ogre Mage of Cheng? The Shen Clan? The Aikou clan? Prince Guizu Lunzhe? General Wang?”



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Interlude 20 (1d20=7, 1d20=11, 1d20=9, 1d20=2, 1d20=6, 1d20=17, 1d20=1, 1d20=15, 1d20=19, 1d20=1, 1d20=15, 1d20=8, 1d20=16, 1d20=8, 1d20=6, 1d20=7, 1d20=9, 1d20=14, 1d20=9, 1d20=2)
Nimdor saving throw vs zone of truth: 7+mods vs DC15. Fails. Nimdor is magically prevented from speaking any deliberate and intentional lies.
Saving throw vs detect thoughts: 11+mods vs DC17. Fails.
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"My motive? I need money.

I do not oppose the emperor's restoration to power.

No, I work on behalf of nobody but myself at the moment.

The shen clan would be the closest thing, but I do not count myself allied to them. For a little while I was considering a job to rescue a maiden, but it turned out to be a foolish endevour. However, there was a good pay offered, and if you would allow me to return her, the money would be of some aid. I hardly know of some of the others, and I refuse to work for undead."
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Interlude 21: Golock Shoots a Barrage of Magic Missiles

JIANGU! Interlude 21: Golock Shoots a Barrage of Magic Missiles

Golock raises his hand as if to cast a terrible spell, then reconsiders.

"See, this is why I question the applicants" he explains to Gizerak.

To Nimdor he says "If you are working for the Shen clan, then behold your boss. There stands the chieftain of Shen." He gestures towards an ugly statue near the door, of a middle aged gentlemen pointing accusingly towards Golock. "It is time to resolve this conclusively."

With a word and a gesture he returns the statue to living form. The chieftain of Shen staggers in alarm. "Now you listen here!" commands Golock. "Go back to your village and call off this bounty you are offering, and look for your whorish daughter elsewhere. If anyone from your pathetic village bothers me again, you will wish you were still a statue. Do you agree?"

"Um..y..yes" stutters the chieftain.

"Why are you still here?" roars Golock, and shoots a barrage of magic missiles at the chieftain. The wounded chieftain runs out as fast as he can, jumps down the stairs, runs through the stables, and lets himself out of the main gate.

"Now that your competing loyalty has been eliminated, you are hired. Don't ask for any bonus equipment or spells. I made the mistake of buying your comrades horses once, and it set a bad precedent. I use henchmen to get things done cheap. Gizerak can show you to the barracks. Dismissed."

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What a disposition! I didn't even work for him, I just inquired at the office about the job, and was turned away.

"At once my lord."

Nimdor follows Gizerak to the barracks.

"Well, he sure is interesting." He says to Gizerak once he is out of earshot.

What fun this could be!
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