Fighting Rats

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Fighting Rats

Post by Sunbolt » Sat Feb 17, 2007 6:50 pm

The rats move quickly, and swarm in and out around you, making counting difficult - at first there seem to be too many... but as Klaxkor and Kelran wade in - each swatting aside a rat without incident, followed by Callisti and Dhanthus's quick sword work - dispatching three rats between them, the fight seems a bit one sided.

Thandeal, Aton, Taman and Anneka each wound a rat, which doesn't seem to stop them...

The swarm continues to attack three rats nip at Klaxkor, two of them manage to find flesh - (4hp) Kelran kills his rat before it can attack, as does Callisti Dhanthus still has a rat attacking him (4hps) lucky rat, but the rat on Aton can't quite get a bite. Thandael takes an additional 2 points, and Taman 3. Anneka's rat finds it's attack foiled as her mace not only damages it, but knocks it off her boot. It keeps at her though.

Totals - Aton -2, Anneka -1, Callisti -4 Dhanthus -9 Klakxor -4 Thandeal -2 Taman -3 and Kelran - undamaged...

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Post by patransom » Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:56 pm

Thandael continues bashing at rats with his club.

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Post by guysorrow » Sun Feb 18, 2007 10:59 am

Kelran unhurt, will continue thrusting his sword at the rats and try to move to the aid of anyone who seems to be over-swarmed.
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Post by Icthius » Sun Feb 18, 2007 5:41 pm

Aton does the best he can to step out of the reach of the rats, reloads and shoots again.

Taking a 5-foot step away from any attackers (if I can), reloading and shooting

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Post by klakxor » Sun Feb 18, 2007 6:45 pm

Klakxor will continue to stab at the rats

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Post by Catharsis » Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:32 am

Callisti takes a step towards the nearest clump of foes -- if possible, she comes to the aid of the overrun Klakxor -- and continues to administer pointy death to the rats, all the while fending off any teeth that snap at her.

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Post by Cyntinia » Tue Feb 20, 2007 2:19 pm

Anneka is upset that the hit didn't stop the rat and hits it again.
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Post by Sunbolt » Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:33 pm

As the fight continues - you watch Kelran skewer a rat killing it dead, Dhanthus flips some mighty fine swords work with his thinblades, but when one of the rats slips past his first swipe, he actually trips himself up with the other and one of his swords flips out of his grip, skids along the stairs and out of site - needless to say he missed...
Klakxor wastes no time in showing him up, however, leaving a very bloody rat barely alive.
Taman misses his rat, as does Thandael - as the little critters scamper and swarm about you, luckily Calisti is faster still and kills a rat at the end of her rapier. This kill is followed by one from Anneka who smashes the rat that was facing her, leaving a grimy trail of rat goo dripping from her mace.

The rats, still swarming about take every opportunity to bite at you:
One misses Kelran, the other bites for 4
One misses Aton, the other bites for 2
One misses Klaxkor, the other bites for 2
One bites Calisti for 4
One bites Taman for 4.
Anneka having killed her rat, Thandael and Dhanthus manage to avoid any bites.

Finally Aton, manages to fire off his second bolt - skewering the rat that just bit him and killing it.

At the end of this round:
Name Damage
Aton 4
Anneka 1
Calisti 8
Dhanthus 9
Klaxkor 6
Than 2
Taman 3
Kelran 4

This represents your total damage at this point.
The rat numbers have also dropped to the point where you can count the swarm - there are six remaining - including one near death but still moving. The rats, for their part, do not seem to have noticed their falling numbers and are coming at you as ferociously as before.

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Post by Cyntinia » Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:38 pm

"Hah," Anneka exclaims as she runs over to the next rat to bash in its head with her now slimy mace.
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Post by klakxor » Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:53 pm

"You need to keep a grip on those things Dhanthus, you might take someones ankle off throwing them like that"

"Ouch, damn you little buggers, quit biting me


Klakxor will attempt to finish off the rat he already has skewered.

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Post by guysorrow » Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:20 pm

"You think these creatures would have the sense to flee!" Kel says as he continues his attack.
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Post by patransom » Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:56 pm

"Yes, this is quite unnatural behavior. They must be very hungry or very frightened" says Thandael, as he looks for the nearest rat to bash with his club.

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Post by Catharsis » Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:07 pm

Callisti curses as hungry teeth find her despite her best efforts to fend them off. She continues to spread death among the pests, and mutters "I hope you brought a healing wand."

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Post by Icthius » Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:20 pm

"Ow! These bloody things hurt!" Aton again takes a step, reloads and fires.

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Post by valinor » Thu Feb 22, 2007 4:49 pm

"OUCH! Sorry about that; was trying to toss it at a rat and I over compensated.. :) " as Dhanthus looks as if blushed embarassed while in the fight.

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Post by Sunbolt » Sat Feb 24, 2007 11:32 pm

The battle rages on... which is odd - since they're just rats... but the fast little suckers...

Kelran strikes at one rat in such a spectacular fashion that you all want to stop and gape - the only down side was that he missed. His flourish however, distracted you all long enough for the rats to attack again...

The one he was aiming at actually managed to get on top of his blade, climb up to his wrist and bite him! (1 HP)

A second rat - a very large and fat rat, takes a nip at Anneka - but misses. Two more double team Klaxkor, both biting him (total 4 hps)
One goes after Aton and nibbles at him (for 1 hp)
and the last manages to take a piece of Dhanthus's skin with him (4 hps).

Not to be bested by a stairwell full of rats - the rest of you rally!
Thandael swings and misses the large rat, leaving it to Anneka to finish it off with a single swing from her mace!

Klakxor goes after one of the two near him, and then there was one.

Callisti makes short work of anther, as does Aton.

With only two rats remaining - Taman confidently slashes at one, missing it, but only by such a small margin that you think you see a bit of its whisker stuck to his blade.

Dhanthus - down to only one blade, seems a bit shaken as he attacks, and manages another miss for your group.

The two remaining rats don't look in the least perturbed, and seem ready to finish you off in what promises to be the last round of combat.

Final totals:

Kelran -5, Than -2, Anneka -1, Klaxkor -10, Callisti -8, Aton -5, Taman -6, and Dhanthus -13!

There are two rats - and about fifteen stairs to where Dhanthus's sword has stopped..

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Post by patransom » Sun Feb 25, 2007 1:22 am

With only two rats left, Thandael continues bashing away with his club (+4 1d6+1), hoping the injured party members survive the battle.

As he is fighting, he tries to figure out what could possibly be making these rats so agressive (Knowledge: Nature +7)
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Post by klakxor » Sun Feb 25, 2007 8:35 am

Klakxor will continue his assualt at the rat that chomped on him.

"What is wrong with these buggers? Shouldn't they be running."

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Post by steeladept » Sun Feb 25, 2007 10:19 am

"Gah...Must be magic driving them. Even hunger AND fear would not drive them to attack to their deaths, would it Than?"
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Post by Cyntinia » Mon Feb 26, 2007 11:22 am

"Yeah, maybe magic would also explain why we seem to be taking forever with these vermin," Anneka says as she runs to hackey-slashy the next rat. "I just hope they aren't carrying anything."
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Post by guysorrow » Mon Feb 26, 2007 11:33 am

Kel shakes the rat off his arm and continues attacking.
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Post by Sunbolt » Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:43 pm

The rats make two more attacks - with one biting Thandael for a whopping 1 pt, and the other gnawing at Klaxkor's boot, but failing to pierce the leather.

Thandeal in return tries to smash at the rat - but the little bugger dodges the blow as he scampers about trying to find another place to sink his teeth. Alas for the rat - Klaxkor has better aim and dispatches it in proper order. The last rat succumbs to Taman's rapier, and the battle is ended.

Than studies the rat's for several moments. There's nothing else of note at this juncture.

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Post by patransom » Tue Feb 27, 2007 11:30 pm

With the battle over, Thandael has time to examine the rat corpses more closely. "I see now! These were dire rats, so their aggression makes sense now. It is the nature of such evil creatures. I am fairly certain they carry disease, as well. We should all be certain to receive treatment soon!"

Thandael will then say a few words in druidic and touch Dhanthus, followed by himself. (casting lesser vigor on Dhanthus, granting him fast healing 1 for 14 rounds; then cure minor wounds on himself three times. That should put both of us back to full hp.)
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Post by Cyntinia » Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:35 am

"Is everyone okay?," asks Anneka. "If anyone feels even the tiniest bit woosy over the next coupld of days see me immediately."
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Post by Catharsis » Wed Feb 28, 2007 12:32 pm

Callisti wipes her rapier clean of the rat gore, sheathes it and picks up her radiant dagger again. To Anneka, she shows the deep bites on her legs. "Just flesh wounds, but I'd still be grateful if you could have a look at them."

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Post by guysorrow » Wed Feb 28, 2007 1:34 pm

"Vile creatures. I hope that is the last of them. Does anyone need to rest a little before we continue?" Kelran will stand on gaurd surveying the passage ahead.
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Post by klakxor » Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:59 pm

Klakxor goes over to Anneka as well. "These wounds are not terrible, but if you could have a look at them as well, I would be most grateful."

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Post by steeladept » Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:35 pm

"Ah Anneka, you are a true angel of Lathander aren't you? I think these scratches will heal fine in a day or two, but I will be certain to let you know if there are any issues such as poisonous effects. I am more concerned with the disease that they carry. Should it fester, it could be the doom of any one of us. I am glad you are here to take care of it."

"So Than, what is this about dire rats? Do they typically fight to the death like this?"
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Post by Cyntinia » Thu Mar 01, 2007 7:36 pm

"Of course," Anneka says as she heals Callisto and anyone else that needs it.

(Just a note, Anneka will spend any resting time after that praying for cure moderate wounds just in case).

OOC: Why on earth is there no "detect disease" spell?
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Post by Sunbolt » Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:23 pm

Cyntinia wrote: OOC: Why on earth is there no "detect disease" spell?
ooc: so that DMs like me can make you all suffer through an incubation period and then have the effect show up when you least expect it....

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