Grim Tooths Eulogy

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It is with deepest sympathy that today we announce the loss of a dear friend to us all Grim Tooth.  A loyal follower of his calling to monkshood, he led a pious life.  His life was one often filled with many hardships and trials that many of us can never truly understand.  As an Half Orc he never truly fitted into any community or Commune and often felt out of place even within his own Monastic order.  As such and as part of his ongoing travel and journey into his solicitory life of piety he took some time away to follow a life of preaching and meditation.  It was during these travels he met with his current travelling companions, whom by many descriptions was an odd collection of a Human Ranger, a War-forged Fighter, an Elven Artificer & Sorceress, a Dwarfen Cleric & Halfling Rogue.

OfGam (The Cleric) and Grim Tooth developed a strong bond and would spend many hours discussing the principles of Theology and varying interpretations of the sacred texts with Grim Tooth taking a good understand of the Onatarian principles and would often engage and listen eagerly to OfGam’s Monday Sermons.

Many of the others found him intimidating due to his unnatural size which was in excess of 7ft for his kind.  This was not helped as due to his monastic orders  his body was covered in only a purple loin cloth to preserve dignity for it was said in his order, if the Holy Orders had deemed for him to be covered they would make it so.  So far he had not found the way to such enlightenment or blessed favour.  Nonetheless, this had resulted in many of his more recent battle wounds, as his minimum clothing and height caused a distraction for some of the group whilst in battle resulting in misdirected weapons finding their way into the back of his skull, shaving his ear and other co-incidental scars that now covered Grim Tooth’s body.  As a result of these scars there was always an un-easy relationship between Grim Tooth & Baylan (Halfling Rogue), who had caused many of these additional body scarring.

Nonetheless he learnt that often that what we most want, can not be obtained without war or peace and as such he went on his way and assisted in the groups fight against evil, and would often use the only skill he had available which was that of his size and his fists to help his team won those battles that they fought together as a group and was learning being a monk of solitude perhaps would not change the world but a monk of thought and freedom and crusading could possible do so.

He met his end amidst pitch battle protecting others less capable than his self, and so I ask for you to raise a glass and take a bit of this food and praise that his future journey is filled with joy and happiness, and the contentment that he could not find in this world.

To our one and only Grim Tooth

*Chink*

Grim Tooth

*Hic cup*

A day of twists and turns

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Another Sunday another DnD session began.  This week we picked up where we left off fighting the Duids of flaming eye evil.  Grim Tooth started strongly with a sling throw splattering one druid if one can call them that in the head.  This was followed with Susan producing a cleaved style shot into another.  Baylan follows this up with a back stab as S’yvien summons a Viper, whilst Susan busies herself with another devastating blow.  Grim Tooth follows this up with another blowing shot from the fists.  Baylan determined not to be outdone by the Orc & War-forged on the team takes up his crossbow and strikes an amazing shot right between the eyes, as he keels over like a Unicorn on a Voldermort day.

Out of the conjured Portal S’yvien’s Viper appears and strikes out at the nearest druid causing his arm to shrivel with the Poison injected. The Viper hisses at her victorious strike.

Grim Tooth dodges the hits thrown at him and takes another druid out with his powerful blows, dodging opportunities of attack.  OfGam (the Cleric) does a death defying damage on another but fails to put it in its grave, but Baylan follows this up with a successful back stab as he crumples into nothing and follows this with a double blow to his neighbour with a hit straight into the kidneys.

Suddenly and out of nowhere a deafening silence then descends the hall from no where. S’yvien identifies the spell as silent and although action can be seen no noise emanates from the room.  It is very much like watching an action film on silent. Gwen & S’yvien as they look on from the corridor just outside the spells parameters.

The Druid’s of flaming eye fire aimlessly into the battle during this period and the confusion causes of sudden silences causes them to miss and take down several colleagues during a reign of friendly fire.

Lily however, keeps her composure and does severe damage.  Gwen attempts her magic stone spell but misses, however as a newly formed spell, she is still mastering the techniques of such magic.  Nonetheless the Viper circles his already wounded victim and follows this with a successful blow causing him to wither and shrivel into nothingness. All that was left was a jumble of clothes and bubbling motion from the chemical reaction that has taken place between the venom and the human Druidic matter.

Susan then steps forward and squishes the Vipers’ partner death in a single blow, whilst OfGam is busy fighting off another.  The druids attempt to hit Susan but miss and in a blind sided attack Susan hits them with her Sword swatting them away and killing them like flies.  This is followed by a temporary moment of panic as Susan appears to shut down before re-emerging brighter as she mutters something about ‘being blinded’.  Gwen noticing that OfGam is now down goes to heal the Cleric, as S’yvien once again attempts her Acid Splash spell and fails.

Grim Tooth nonetheless manages to throw some punches  before running away as Lily loads some crossbow shots into the fight.  Baylan tumbles through the masses and finds himself face to face with the Head Druid and 2x bouncers, one of which manages to get in a successful shot and knocks Baylan unconscious on the floor.  In anger Lily swings her master work sword and successfully halves one of the Druids in one swift blow. S’y vien seeing a gap in the fighting takes aim with her composite long bow and shoots.  It hits and blasts him off his feet and straight into the wall as he collapses in a heap.  OfGam takes off a hit with his battle-axe and kills his local opponent.

The druids then turn their attentions briefly to Baylan who appears to all to be dead.  The rest of the group think he has been taking lessons from Grim Tooth’s fake heart attacks from last week.  Gwyn then spots an attack of opportunity and takes out another Druid.

The Head Druid then casts a further spell which none can identify shimmers and takes a step back.  Gwyn fires another cross-bolt and does some damage. Susan follows this with another cleave action creating more damage as Grim Tooth throws another sling and creates a solid hit to the head, breaking the head Druids’ concentration in relation to spells.    One of the bouncers attempts to hit Susan but misses quite dramatically.  The head druid casts a further spell at Lily who flees from the fight out of the silence into where S’yvien is waiting screaming.  Her suddenly audible screams  shock her out of the spell as she turns and flees back into the fight.  She retaliates with a crucial blow to one of the nearby humans.  Susan receives a hit from the druids causing damage, which Gwyn heals.

The Head Druid casts another spell which S’yvien fails to recognise or understand, whilst the spell is being cast Lily does another damaging blow with her sword. and so moves into the room with the Head Druid.  After being healed Susan comes back stronger and serves a damaging blow as OfGam hits one of the bouncers.  Baylan now convinced that no one is now paying him any attention crawls his away over to S’yvien who is stood hiding in the corner.  The bouncers hit OfGam and follows through with such a damaging blow to Grim Tooth that he goes down.

The Druids suddenly now seem to have revitalised energy.  Seeing the falling Grim Tooth, Lily drives her anger straight at the nearest Druid and hits him.  S’yvien follows this with a successful acid splash at the head Druid in the face, which is followed by a cross bolt to the bouncer.  Baylan manages a successful back stab at one of the bouncers who hits back at him and makes contact.  Lily follows this with a successful cross bolt to the head in a crunching penetration as the bolt goes through his skull  and into the brain.  Gwyn performs further healing on OfGam as Susan does a crushing blow taking down the last remaining bouncer.   The Head Druid goes for Susan and misses Lily slashes him with her sword as S’yvien provides a crossbolt to his neck piercing his gullet, spine, voice box and leaves him to crumble and gurgle to the floor.

The team rush over to Grim Tooth who has not moved since falling, the team assume he is performing a fake heart attack.  OfGam goes over to wake him and tell him the battle is over, but notices there is no rise and fall in his chest.  He checks for breathing and sees none.  He passes small prayer of Onator over Grim Tooth’s body, closes his eyes, stands and faces his new-found friends as he pronounces the passing of Grim Tooth.

Each of the group pass over his body saying some words of condolences before removing his consumables and burning his body to the ground as per his last dying wish.  On that word, the group collapsed into a heap and drank and ate to Grim Tooth’s passing before falling drunkenly asleep in the now safe guarded room of the Flaming eye Druids

Hooligans onwards and upwards

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Given I missed my write up session last week, I have decided to do a double session this week for convenience.  Given the trauma of previous weeks we decided to leave our mark on this strange and foreboding place in which we found ourselves.  With our ranger advocating her presence with Lily waz ‘ere graffiti and the Cleric Crafting Onatarian symbols across the stones.  Much to our amusement this caused much confusion to the GM’S Monday night gamers,  resulting in  several mishaps in their adventures too – whoops! During our natural state of excavations we uncovered splintered remains of coffins and forced tunnelling excavations by some random creatures that we had yet to encounter. Although, this would not take too long as Baylan, our thief is pulled away by some long spindly creature which turns out to be a ghoul of a horrific nature.   The 7ft Monk is petrified by this act Feasting Ghoulwhilst the Cleric kills the Ghoul by taking on the Monks power of pummeling and making a clerical cry of ‘Onator Protects’. In his traumatized state the monk is slowly being dragged away from the party into some dark recess.  Our resident Warforged spots the action and runs through to attack said ghoul by removing several bodily parties putting the ghoul into a state of residual shock.  Lily focuses her bow on another target and takes them down with a single bolt, has Susan does the final damaging blow to the one mourning over its lost body part and soon to be dinner.  Susan then spots an open cavern, which looks like another ghoulish cavern and spots a large pile of skin and skulls, obviously the dining room and turns and leaves. The team make their way down a secondary exit room instead leading down into even darker and deeper caverns, only to be greeted what can only be described as a large mutated crayfish.  Trevor ( S’yvian’s Toad) spits acid as S’yvian herself focuses on conjuring an owl of gigantic proportions.  Gwen passes to the Cleric a shield of faith by Onator he misses his hit leaving others to think his faith may not be as strong as he would like others to be believe it is, and question whether Onator really does Protect, as he is grabbed by the Crayfish and is slowly crushed within its  pincers. Susan brings down blow, causing some damage to the Crayfish.  Lily misses and hits Baylan.  Gwen misses and hits Susan.  The Cleric who seeing all this starts to lose faith not only in Onator but his companions and tries to break free.  The Crayfish sensing the movement grabs on tighter to his prey forcing the Cleric to pass out, at such point the Crayfish drops him to the ground.  The Cleric remains lifeless and still on the ground. Baylan in anger at this action attempts a backslash and although fails the back stab still manages to catch a pincer and do some damage. The ranger follows up with another  cross bolt as S’yvien lets loose an arrow taking it through the eye straight into the brain.  The crayfish collapses in writhing before falling still.  On close inspection and examination the meat is totally edible and so they gather up as much as they can carry and take it back to their store-room before heading back into the depths. Down some of the side corridors they can hear rattling of what sounds like chains but no clear direction from where this noise is coming from, so they opt to continue on their merry way. Coming across once more a closed-door, the cleric now fully recovered attempts to knock down the door, and fails, and is heard to mutter something about still recovering from his pinching incident.  Upon his second attempt he successfully pushes it open as the team become surrounded by what can only be described as 7ft Gnolls.

Gnoll

Gnoll

S’yvien attempts yet another acid cloud but misses entirely and hits the back wall.  She sits and mutters to herself at how can she conjure a celestial Octopus and Badger but can’t manage a simple Acid cloud.  Susan fires her crossbow and misses, whilst the monk is appearing to have a heart attack in the corner.  Lily takes another cross bow shot causing severe damage.  The cleric now feeling he has something to prove, takes out the Gnoll directly in front of him. S’yvien then summons yet another celestial Owl, and then attempts to hide but nearly falls over Trevor who croaks and moves out the way making her stumble quite ungracefully  and making her very visible to all around her. Gwen then successfully hits Susan – oops wrong person, as Grim-Tooth misses with his sling.  However, the Gnolls then take a step out of the adventurers’ action and also manage to hit several of their own party.  Lily now filled with confidence from her previous encounters goes for the cross-bow again, but this time misses and manages to  de-active Susan who looks very put out by this as she powers down murmuring ‘Mummmyyyyyyy!!!’ Baylan opts for safety by doing a hide and tumble and attempted back stab only to miss and put himself in harms way. The Cleric who is finding that Onator does not always protect retreats a little and casts some healing spells.  S’yvian’s Owl appears and does 2 points of damage whilst  S’yvien herself uses up her scroll of stinking cloud disabling several members of the Gnoll army. During this time Gwen is fixing up Susan just in time for her to use a sword carry out a killing blow and cleave another Gnoll in the follow through.  Grim Tooth fired up by this action manages to perform a critical and carries out what can only be described as a mind crushing blow of Oberon standards. Lily follows this with a further critical and takes out another one of the blighters.  Grim Tooth goes for another hit shot, as the Gnolls start to attempt a fight back but misses both Baylan and Grim Tooth.  Susan comes up behind them and takes one out with a single blow before following the others down a small passage, where they are dry heaving from the stinking cloud and taking them out one by one.

The preceding corridors have seen lots of traffic tooing and frooing from the current door.  The group knocks and a human figure opens the door and looks at the group.  Baylan steps forward requesting assistance as they have forgotten the password and they don’t wish to die.  The human looks less than impressed and dismisses the request as more humans in cloaks appear.  Other humans further down the passageway start making strange whistling noises, which Gwen comments on this being a primitive form of communication and urges us to kill them, kill them quickly before more hoards arrive en masse. Susan successfully fires her cross-bow once more and executes a death stroke in the process, whilst Grim Tooth misses and his mysterious heart attack re-appears.   Cleric uses his recently acquired  battle-axe and splits one of the humans heads wide open.  S’y vian this time manages to conjure a celestial Centipede as Baylan shoots causing damage to another human.  The centipede manages to take a swipe and although it does Dexterity damage  the human saves itself from long lasting health damage.  S’y vian considers doing yet another attempt at our Acid cloud test but is told ‘not to do it’ . Then from no where maniacal laughter is heard echoing around the corridors from nowhere before it slowly comes to a chilling end: https://youtu.be/qc8vxx6J5Xw

Reconnected Hooligans

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So it has been about three weeks since the hooligans get together around a table and had a game, a chat and general misadventure or not as the case proved to be this week.

The lasting effects of our 6ft+ loin-clothed monk has left him a little timid of late of shooting and flying objects and wary of getting into to close a combat range moving forwards.  This weeks session saw a change of venue as mentioned on TimMaidment.com, to Maidment Towers adding less pressure to complete ventures within defined time-frames and allowing us to dog sit Mr & Mrs GrimTooth’s dog who is aptly named Chips.  This quickly became a running joke as Chips tied to devour the D&D doors and soon everything was being rescued from the dog’s mouth

Despite this there was lots of entertaining moves and goodies found including S’yvien performing a critical and having her arrow taking a zombie’s head right off. GrimTooth himself performed a double kick and have the rib cage pass right through the body which resulted in numerous pins around it not just being Red Bull that gives you wings.  Susan determined not to be outdone by a Puny monk takes her double sword and slashed the next zombie in half.  Gwen who then tries to compete, inadvertently misfires and hits and damages Susan by mistake –  lucky for Susan she is  War-Forged and made of Adamantium.  Thief also completes actions of taking a zombie in half, whilst Susan and Grim Tooth who now seem to have their own competition running take another 2 down between them.

After then stumbling into what was only described as a torture chamber, and hearing the faint rumblings of a possible giant marsh lizard, the opted to come back later to re-examine, sensing not only trouble but also being aware that some of the flayed bodies were only recently flayed.  There was also some sign of movement with fresh blood trails across the floor.  In stead they opted for a side door were they were greeted by an Ogre.  Once again Grim Tooth takes his ultimate chance and pummels said Ogre to a pulp before we all decide to head back for healing and rest in one of the outer rooms of safety.

So the adventure continues and will the Giant Marsh Lizard materialize from the slimy deaths or something far worse impede its spindly  doom upon the makers of this little band of misfits and miscreants as they journey on their merry way

Giant Marsh Lizard