"Let us go, then. The Woad and I are ready."
Change, change, oh form of man...
Bonus point to whomever can finish the quote and tell me where it comes from (in PM, because I am sure Peregrine knows and I don't want to spoil it)
Maurice first changes into a cat, walks out of his crumples clothing, then assumes his natural firedrake form. He expands his wings, spanning wider than his length. He is not as large as you may have imagined. Size +2, about the same as a warhorse or a bear.
The taloned hands on his forlegs are quite nimble. He folds his clothing up and places his outfit in a satchel he then slings over his shoulder.
Saddel up! I can carry three, maybe four of you.
Edith comments I can float alongside. I still think this is a bad idea, but fortune favors the bold.
Marcellus approaches almost as soon as Maurice tells them to, and climbs aboard. He tries to settle as comfortably as possible, between any large scales or spnines on Maurice's back. Though he has seldom have had a chance to ride, he is confident of his ability to hang on (Perfect Balance, Athletics 3, Dex +1).
The Woad comes along without any doubts. He holds a firm grip on his spear though.
OOC: Giving Jebrick (Ikelos) a chance to catch up. But I will proceed anyway tomorrow.
Ikelos loves a chance to see even more Dragons so he will climb aboard.
OOC: My work is requiring a lot of concentration at the moment. I will try to be better as a poster.
OOC: No worries at all
As you soar through the sky, Maurice chuckles as he randomly remembers a past event.
This reminds me of the time I gave a few Andorra magi a ride to the Arc of Fire, just off the coast of Sicily. That was just after I learned how to fly, but before I learned to shapeshift. At the moment I can't remember what the quest was or the bargain we made, but it worked out well
As you approach your desitination, the scene is one of mass combat. A dozen or more pikemen lie dead in burning flames. A bishop, guarded by soldiers, is reciting something from a book (probably a bible). A battered knight faces a deadly beast, his sword crackles with thunder and the symbol of House Flambeau can be seen on the dressing of his dead horse.
Venkath, the vicious, snarls in rage. A few broken spears are lodged in his hide. He roars a gout of flame, which showers the knight-magus, but washes over his parma.
Maurice bristles in rage, and dives down towards the bishop with a roar.
Make a roll to keep hanging on. Str or Dex plus Riding or Athletics. Or whatever. I am only requiring a 6 or better.
1D10+1 => (5 + 1) = 6
Ikelos wants to yell as he barely hangs on to the back. All he is thinking now is that he does not want the Bishop to see them.
Marcellus Dex 1 + Athletics 3 + Perfect Balance 3 + stress die 4 = 11.
(How does one post the link to the die roll from rolz?)
OOC: In the header bar above the window in which you type your message. One of the buttons is two chain links, which represents "link". Copy and paste the url into it. Or paste the url into your message
OOC I know how to add a link to a post here. But in Rolz, how do I get the link? It seems to just give me a generic link (https://rolz.org/#) when I try to copy the link to the roll result.
Still need a check for The Woad. I am reasonably sure he will make it or fall safely. The matter at had is how you guys react to the situation. Maurice is about to kill this bishop. Are you going to let that happen? Are you going to try to prevent it, or help with it? And what of this Flambeau mage-knight? He seems to be holding his own against Venkath. It would be unlawful to take him out of course. But if you don't care, though he may be more powerful than any one of you, you outnumber him. This is a really sticky situation.
As a side note, you have crossed the border of Ordino Parish Andorra, and are now in France. Provencal Tribunal Jurisdiction.
Marcellus is looking for a way to disengage from the coming fight. He does not want to fight for either side. Here's why.
On the one hand he suspects that Venkath's actions (he's been described by other magi and his brothers as a traditionnal drake that preys on humans) probably triggered the attack, so he's probably just getting what's coming to him. The Code alsoprevents Marcellus from acting against the Church so blatantly, and even more against another magus.
On the other hand dragons are creatures of the wild and deserve a chance to live in peace. He doesn't want to fight either Maurice or Venkath. And things may not be as they appear.
So he will try to cast Rise of the Feathery Body to float down from Maurice's back before he (edit: Maurice) joins the fight against the bishop's party.
OOC: Sorry, I’ve been off for a while. I’ve been a little ill and there are outbreaks of Covid in my daughter’s class. We’ve all been tested and all negative though. All good.
The Woad rolls 9 (http://roll.coyotecode.net/lookup.php?rollid=238317 )+ 3 (Str) + 3 ( Athletics) = 15 . So plenty.
The Woad must wait until they land, he has no fancy tricks here.
Unless cast into the battle, the Woad won’t charge into something he doesn’t know the story of.
However he’ll try to get the attention of everybody by shouting “STOP, MY FRIENDS” in Latin and as loud as possible. By Mundane means though, he can’t cast Creo Imaginem to save his life.
Been a busy weekend. I will catch up soon!
The scene is one of chaos and confusion:
Marcellus lands to intercept Maurice and stand between the drake and the bishop.
Maurice lands, breaking off his intended attack, wisps of fire emitting from between his teeth.
Ikelos and The Woad???
The mage knight is distracted. Venkath goes to pounce for the killing blow!
Edith fast casts her signature spell and rescues him (hand wave plot device).
They appear next to the bishop, on the other side of him than Marcellus.
New round. What do you do?
The Woad leaps off Maurice's back, once it's sufficiently close to the ground and not suicidal.
I assume some kind of roll is apporpriate
...a 10 I interpret as an 0. A potential Botch. Sigh!
I assume 5 Botch dice (leaping off a flying dragon)
no further 0s
Dex(2) + Athletics(3) = 5. Not impressive, I assume the Woad is inelegant and hurt. But with his Soak I think he survives. We we're going to speak with a dragon, flying there on the back of another one. I'm countng on his Stoneskin power having been activated.
He intended to yell (in Latin):
Truce! Please, let us talk and resolve the situation
But that won't be until he climbs up from the man-shaped crater he makes in the ground.
So let's see if his timing is right, or if anyone listens.
Ikelos falls off Maurice as he lands and attempts to cast Veil of Invisibility(20) on himself( quite and subtle)
cast Veil of Invisibility: 1D10+17 = +17 = 19
All the excitement has left him a bit flustered so it was not his best effort.( - 1 fatigue level)
(OOC Not what Marcellus intended, so his positioning is entirely accidental.)
Bewildered about landing between the hostile parties, Marcellus raises his hands non-threateningly on each side, his head whipping from the dragon to the bishop. "PLEASE! Please! Calm down everyone!" He's trying to gauge each side, ready to jump away if they decide to rush towards each other and resume combat.
(Rolled on his Brave personality trait: die 8 + 1 = 9)