Vra’uul heroically took little damage and killed many enemies – hey, he was just doing what was right for his particular idiom.
Although cramped, the landing where the stairs went up into the next level provided an adequate spot to stop. Exhausted, we took an extended rest – nearly all Daily powers and healing surges had been used.
Then, we went climbed the stairs and found a clock and a portal. The clock seemed to be running down and it was set for 10 rounds. After going through the portal we arrived on the holodeck, but unfortunately, it was also a cross with the LOST hatch, with some Harry Potter time turners thrown in…
It looked to us that we were in a wooded area with no obvious barriers that would match the tower walls. We urged Tatsu to join us in a group hug so that we would all have the damage bonus during the inevitable encounter. Since this was the first encounter of the day, with no threats at all, Tatsu refused and decided to explore the area instead. Otto spotted what looked like a portal but it was hard to see and kept moving around. We found that the portal became more defined and less sparkly when the uglies with the hourglass pendants were killed. Periodically we would hear a scary noise altering us that time was running out. We didn’t know what would happen at the end but we assumed it would be bad. Cross-the-streams bad.
With time counting down, Tatsu walked into a trap that set the battle in motion. Gigantus heroically came to his aid and was lost in the darkness that consumed the area. Gaylord was next on the scene and he cast light on his sword so the party could see what was happening. He successfully cast Visions of Avarice to immobilize and control the enemies. There were 4 Ghost Trolls (2 each of brutes and lurkers) plus 3 Shadow Hounds who created the darkness.
Shortly after, the two rogues showed some astounding team work as they blinded and attacked with their area attacks back to back causing confusion and pain amongst our foes. While this was going on Gigantus and Tatsu quickly learned that marking the bad guys was a very poor decision, the bad guys where able to reflect the marks back on to the “markers” causing all the negatives to apply to their originators. Vra’uul cast area effect after area effect to great effect (thanks to the Visions of Avarice).
Otto noticed that the Ghost Trolls were all using a pendant, shaped like an hourglass, to gain extra actions. He tried to steal one but to no avail.
The party quickly came into shape and found itself controlling the battle. Otto attempted to come to the aid of Gigantus and Tatsu fighting on the opposite side of the battle from the rest of the party. Sadly he fell in this attempt. After the battle was done, the party collected the time turner pendants from the fallen foes. Tatsu, being angry with the party for some disparaging comments early in the day, left the rogue to his fate (confident the Raven Queen would welcome him). Will Tatsu use the anger to power his wrath, or will he learn to control his temper to the benefit of the party?. Will the party members’ luck run out in the tower and someone actually die? Will the time turners function outside of the tower level? The answer is no.
XP: 575 per person
MNP: not voted yet