http://www.omlettesoft.com/newjournal.php3?who=Lord+Omlette&id=1614240101Derp in the Time of Coronavirus
Woke up around noon, 8 hours of sleep whoo.
Skipped workout because it was late.
Lunch = Dunkin. No need to hit bank since I had exactly the # of quarters needed!
BTW 3rd month in a row that deposits beat withdrawals. I'm slowly getting my shit together!
Spent most of the day on my Imrik campaign, so much fun!
Dinner = leftover orange chicken + Crabbie's + Mike's hard tangerine lemonadeD&D 5e: Slow Times in Tortle City
Rangers Stevens and Druk are accompanying Dulkut (me), Gadnuk (MoshingBadger), and Bear (NPC played by DM Nerdbert) to the old watch keep when we heard rustling from the forest! More wolves?? Gadnuk beat me to it: "Who goes there?" Ludwig is here, and it appears he had a good night. How he got here was a bit of a mystery, but at least he's not a mimic. Stevens cast lesser restoration on Ludwig, and he's no longer drunk. Gadnuk tried to finagle potions from the rangers. Stevens objected, but Ludwig haggled successfully.
"Yea, memories" was Gadnuk's sarcastic response to the wolf corpses we'd made earlier. The rangers examined the bodies. Normal wolves, possibly under control of a druid. Everything lined up with what Ranger Bellhorn had speculated earlier. We proceeded onward while Ludwig sang for us. As he finished, the rangers and I noticed that the forest was unusually quiet. "No birds," Druk said.
We're blocked by trees. Gadnuk asked Druk for a lift, which Druk reluctantly provided. But Gadnuk saw nothing, even with the vantage point. Gadnuk tried to volunteer Ludwig as bait, but Ludwig had a better idea: an illusion of the group. We tried to follow quietly, but my shell was too damn big to be stealthy. After a short amount of time, we heard whistles. Bird song? STevens told us that Druk spotted at least 2 attackers up ahead. Druk shot something with an arrow. It screeched and charged us. It's a bunch of sacks tied together, filled with leaves and sticks and other dead plant matter. The rangers, Gadnuk, and Bear bloody one of them. I insist that the other stand down, but it ignored me. Ludwig tried to clean the bloodied one with prestidigitation. In the process, he marked himself as a bigger target than me, defeating the purpose of deploying a snare. Le sigh...
But the scarecrow got lost trying to attack Ludwig and fell into the snare anyway! It wanted to attack me but couldn't! Stevens complemented my quick thinking and weedwhacked the damn thing. Bear finished killing the other.
The scarecrow near me had a tiny wicker man inside what used to be its skull. I showed it to Stevens who showed it to Druk. Druidic construct? Someone doesn't want us poking around. The scarecrows were tied together with enough vine for another snare. Bear rested up.
We saw a sign indicating the watch keep is up ahead. We could hear sounds in the forest again. Probably no scarecrows nearby...
Gadnuk wanted us to run for it. No thank you! But there was something else. While Gadnuk and Druk had a little chat, I saw some odd shadows on the trail to the left. I asked if anyone else noticed the same? Druk signaled to Stevens: 2 things are waiting for us. The rangers stealthed away in an attempt to sneak up on them. Ludwig played a party song in an obnoxious manner hoping to draw all attention to himself.
Two people showed themselves. One asked me questions but I pretended to just be out for a walk for my health. I tried to distance myself from Ludwig pretending I didn't like the music. The bandids came closer alleging that someone said a member of the watch would be out here. I claimed it couldn't be me, I didn't tell anyone I'd be out here. (A blatant lie.)
Ludwig's song is so bad it causes one bandit to run, straight into Druk, who skewers him. The other gets slapped around by Bear. We tied them up, disarmed them, and stopped the bleeding. Stevens kicked one awake. I asked who told him the watch would be paying another visit? His boss, Goldtooth, got a message from the city. Inside the keep is Goldtooth, the druid, the Hunter, and some other goons, at least 9. Possibly some wolves too, but nothing stronger. I asked about entrances. Only one, heavily trapped.
Gadnuk scared the 2 bandits into running straight for the ranger station. After the left, Gadnuk wanted me to take point. I asked Ludwig to try an illusion again, but a quiet one. Ludwig promised to try... but his illusions require *some* sound. Once again, before we could make it up the trail to the keep, we heard rustling in the forest. Knives fly out, and Ludwig made a big deal of the illusions who were struck falling down. Druk moved to investigate and got arrows in his direction. Not a good situation. Gadnuk wanted to charge out, but I convinced the moron to stealth instead. Ludwig played a distraction song and got a knife for his troubles. We caught up to Druk, who estimated maybe 2 to 6 guys./D&D
Stayed up late to get some whiteboard stuff in and also because my Imrik campaign was so interesting.
First time wearing a hair tie, and it mostly kept the hair out of my face all day!
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