Saturday, 16 April 2016

GURPS Free Cities Session 3: Wyvern Hunt

Arc Sol - Human Cleric of Pelor, the god of the sun (254 points)
Aurum Red-Brand - Human Wizard (255 points)
Mor'ath Enanqua - Elven Swashbuckler/Thief (250 points)
Zaxod - Half-Orc Knight (250 points)

Day 5 (Cont.)
The Dire Wolves got surprised thanks to Born War Leader 2 + Tactics + higher IQ, and were defeated pretty quickly, with no wounds.  The group gave up tracking when they realized they had switched trails at some point and returned back to Greenbrook.

Once back in town, Arc decided to ask alderman Tobias if they would be allowed to stay overnight, but was approached by another villager who claimed that he had seen what was stealing the sheep: a dragon.  The villager described how he had seen a great serpent with huge wings and two powerful legs grab a sheep and fly off to the southwest.

Though the description was poor, Aurum realised that the beast the villager had described was actually a wyvern, which, though less intelligent than a dragon, was still a massive threat due to its immense strength, tough scales, and the deadly venom delivered by its tail.  Luckily, wyverns are also nocturnal, meaning that they could potentially take it by surprise, if they could find it during the day.

After asking alderman Tobias' permission, the group decided to rest near the sheep pen closest to the forest in case the wyvern attacked overnight.  Luckily for them, it did not.

Day 6
Arc tried Tracking the blood trail (now two days old, and largely washed away) and miraculously succeeded, finding the 30' stone cliff where the beast had made its lair.  Mor'ath easily climbed the sheer stone face, saw the wyvern sleeping over on a raised area, and dropped a rope back down for the rest of the party.  Zaxod tried next, but was too heavy for the rope and it snapped, sending him plummeting to the ground.

Zaxod tried, and failed, again, so the group decided to wait for him to recover.  Unfortunately, a wandering Owlbear happened upon them, and, thanks to Frightens Animals, it rushed Aurum before he could climb out of reach.  Mor'ath tried to drop on top of it but missed and landed on Aurum instead while Zaxod hacked it up.  Once it was dead, Arc used his knife to harvest some bits for Alchemy ($500, 1lb).

Arc healed up the wounded, and with a little bit of luck, and a sturdier rope, everyone managed to climb up.  Aurum and Arc charged up 9d Fireball and Sunbolt spells while Mor'ath snuck into position right beside the sleeping beast.  Zaxod then failed his (default) Stealth roll, while the wyvern critically succeeded its Perception and woke up.

Aurum landed a solid hit for over 30 damage, lighting the wyvern on fire, while Arc landed a 20 damage hit to the face and Mor'ath struggled to penetrate its thick scales.  The beast took flight and bit Aurum, grappling him, but was parried by Zaxod, who crippled its wing.  With the wyvern prone, Mor'ath got in some vitals stabs while Zaxod landed two neck blows before being stung by the tail.

After many more attacks (and succeeded death rolls), the still-flaming wyvern died from a stab to the eyes, putting it at -160HP.

The ambush made the fight a lot easier because the wyvern was below 0HP the entire time, but it still put up a hell of a fight.  HT 14 might have been a bit much.

Zaxod doing half-damage on all successful parries assisted greatly in both fights.

Not sure if I should have an Owlbear be affected by Frightens Animals, because it's kind of animal-adjacent.

2 for success
2 for roleplaying well
1 for beating a Worthy foe
MVP was Aurum for landing the big opening hit.

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