Help Rankine find her old friend on tonight’s stream!
Dr. Infinity sadly had some irl things crop up that prevented him from attending several games ago and I’m afraid we haven’t heard from him since, so we are looking for someone to either fill his spot by taking over his character or make a new character to fill in the fourth slot (…such as Razza!). Same schedule as we currently have, DM for info!
4/9 Tuesday Eldrid Game 4:
Leaving the cave from last week’s portion of the adventure, we continue through the ravine following razza’s scent markers down a narrow crevasse. Scimitar is keeping an eye out from above when he hears chittering from a Scabbug ambush - sadly he gets surrounded while the team faces the rest of the group, Rankine setting fire to nearly all of them before the battle’s end. The team manages fairly well, all things considered, and hurredly moves on past the ravine to another section of open canyon. The Dr., having learned his lesson, still flies above, but pulls back to the team on sighting more Scabbugs ahead, past another cave. Rather than run into the unexplored cave and possibly be attacked from ahead and behind, the team holds position in a choke point and slightly ahead of the choke point to hopefully bait the bugs into desirable positioning.
Unfortunately for us, they moved around and pulled us apart from each other, destroying our setup. Rankine became harpooned but cut the wire before she got dragged up the cliff face. Scimitar was also harpooned, leaving Zulkas between some juveniles. Not seeing them, he ran past, both hitting him, his core shield protecting him from a crit, only to get to the one that harpooned the Dr, and getting critted by it, nearly taking him down. It was an epic manuever that failed miserably. I highly recommend a watch ( https://www.twitch.tv/videos/408868533 ). With the team pulled apart and all focusing on their own battles, Rankine gets cacooned and injected with a voracious larva eating her from the inside - suddenly making the battle much harder. Thankfully Takeshi finishes with the enemies crowding him and her so he stays nearby to keep her from dying while the other two struggle to survive their battles around the corner. Teamwork makes the dream work, as they say, and with multiple buffs from our bird friend they successfully finish off the last of the attacking party, only to crowd around Rankine’s writhing form to find out what’s wrong. With Scimitar helping him, Takeshi is able to extract the larva with only a bit of damage to Rankine. Without input from the hurt Pangol or our quiet Aelfrin friend the Aventail and golem argue over how to address the larva now that it’s been pulled out…Should it be left alive to be studies or destroyed for the damage it could cause? Neither was willing to waver on their stance, so, in the end, Zulkas overpowers Crackers and squashes the larva into the icey ground.
The matter settled, and the enemies dealt with, Crackers does a little more studying of corpses to determine properties (male and female differences!) of the scabbugs before we head into the cave, Rankine a little more gingerly than the others. Piles of dead Scabbug bodies lay inside, pushed out of the main path, each group rank with Mephitid scent. Razza is definitely nearby.
As we’re travelling deeper and deeper into the cavern, we come across a split path, both sides with traps discovered, and we argue over which path is safer to risk passing by the triggers…Dr. Scimitar decides to send some nanites to investigate the trap above the main path, where a liquid is suspended above, ready to dump down. Rankine, knowing Razza, is fearful of very harmful chemicals and asks everyone to step back. The nanites go crazy as they near the trap, triggering it to spill all over the floor, blocking our team’s path this way. The other path is now the only option if we all want to go through…But it turns out we decide to bypass the trap altogether - Dr. Scimitar flies above and beyond the trigger safely, Takeshi is nimble enough to avoid it, and Rankine burrows directly to the other side, leaving poor Zulkas alone with no method to cross. In this new section of cave we see a pile of blankets in the corner and equipment strewn about. Fearful of more traps Rankine leads the smaller party single file towards to corner slowly, and, on approach, notices a figure within the blankets. The team backs up. Rankine asks the others to stay a safe distance in case she startles what might be Razza into attacking. The Pangol approaches and calls Razz’a name, to very little response - but still, movement. Rankine comes closer and tries to gently shake the figure awake, to again, very little response. Finally Rankine pulls the blankets off to reveal an emaciated and freezing Razza, to which she immediately calls the others over for help.
. . . Can we save her?