Monday, April 25, 2016

Moathouse Frogs Follow-up

Just a quick follow-up from last week, regarding my players' encounter with the Moathouse giant frogs: The party eventually defeated them all, although the Halfling was hit by a tongue attack and was nearly swallowed alive himself.

The party Cleric was technically "dead" by the time the other characters managed to cut him out of the giant frog's stomach. However, per my house rules, there is a period of negative & declining HPs before a character is truly dead. Although it took the use of some magical healing resources, the other characters managed to bring the Cleric back up above 0 hp before he truly passed away.

Spugnoir also had to be cut out of the belly of the beast, but he had only just dropped below 0 hp at that point. However, the players did not know how badly off he was and he was the one who told them about this place and brought them here. Feeling responsible for his imminent demise, they expended magical healing resources on him as well and thus saved his life.

Because he spent several rounds inside the frog's stomach, I did require the Cleric to make Save vs. Acid rolls for his belongings. His clothing did not save, and so I described to the players how the Cleric's now-dissolving clothes were falling off his body and into a liquefying mass at his feet. Everyone thought that was pretty funny, but now the Cleric is wearing chain mail with no clothing underneath. I'm still trying to decide how that might affect his ability to act.

After nearly losing 2 or 3 characters to this first, initial encounter, the Halfling's player is advocating for the party to go back to Hommlet to rest, re-learn spells, and re-think how to approach the Moathouse. However, everyone else seems determined to forge ahead. In the screenshot below you can see the Halfling hanging back, while the others are preparing to cross the drawbridge and enter the Moathouse grounds...

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