Battle: Healer Turned Hostile (26 comments) Here we go! I’m back in the action! With double the HP of my compatriots,

Here we go! I’m back in the action! With double the HP of my compatriots, I’ll be starting as the Vanguard.



11-19-2019 05:43:40 UTC

[Distracted] The Monster has lost interest in attacking the other Adventurers!

Let’s get this off to a good start with a little scam!


11-19-2019 05:51:20 UTC

[Action] Already alert to the possibility of Transformation, TyGuy6’s inner trigger finger lights up the room… with cleansing Fire! (15)

And Kevan steps up as Vanguard, next, cold resolve once again in his too-sunken eyes.

The Duke of Waltham: HE/HIM

11-19-2019 11:11:59 UTC

I dispute the legality of these actions, of course. (And I ask you all, my fellow Adventurers: from a moral standpoint, who is the real monster here?)

Kevan: HE/HIM

11-19-2019 17:14:32 UTC

[Action] Knowing the fastest route to a full recovery from this affliction, I take the rifle from my shoulder and unfold a dry packet of gunpowder into the muzzle.

15 damage to the Monster from my Shoot action, +10 HP to me for Persistence.

Kevan: HE/HIM

11-19-2019 17:15:43 UTC

[Action] Ah, forgot to specify the Vanguard. I take a Shoot action as described above, and Card is the next Vanguard.


11-19-2019 19:09:20 UTC

[Action] Fire!

TyGuy6 is the next vanguard

The Duke of Waltham: HE/HIM

11-19-2019 19:27:01 UTC

[Action] I show my Terrifying Visage to Kevan, and it doesn’t take more to send him running. He will be Retreating for the foreseeable future…


11-19-2019 20:09:45 UTC

This is the stuff of nightmares! Is Fear incarnate immune to the flames? And where is Duke’s head? WHERE’S HIS HEAD?!?

I use Fire (2). Kevan, with no other option, you’re up as Vanguard.

Kevan: HE/HIM

11-19-2019 22:08:21 UTC

Afraid you need to precede that with the Action tag for it to be valid.


11-19-2019 23:15:53 UTC

[Action] Right, sorry. Where’s his head, and so forth!

I use Fire (2). Kevan = Vanguard.

Kevan: HE/HIM

11-20-2019 08:56:55 UTC

[Action] Rattled by what I have seen, I Retreat through the smoke. Card becomes the new Vanguard.


11-20-2019 14:26:08 UTC

I fire again!

TyGuy6 becomes the next vanguard

The Duke of Waltham: HE/HIM

11-20-2019 17:52:54 UTC

[Action] I attack TyGuy6 with my powerful Claw, tearing deep into his flesh.


11-20-2019 18:30:10 UTC

I rip my shoulder out of Duke’s rending grasp, and stumble away into the shadows. If I thought I would be hiding, it’s immediately foiled as I direct my soul Fire (2) back toward the beast. But instead of a flamethrower-type bonfire of virtue, a whimpering lighter-type puff of a spark flies, barely singeing Duke’s flesh. Duke’s body points in my direction, and I sense that if he had a face, he might have a cruel smirk creeping across it.

card is the Vanguard. (All humans besides me were Recovering.)

Alternative roleplay line:
“He’s definitely fireproof! Guys, we need a new strategy!”


11-20-2019 18:30:55 UTC

[Action] Fire (2), card is Vanguard.

Kevan: HE/HIM

11-20-2019 18:38:46 UTC

Hmm, is that choice made under the interpretation that I’m still Recovering and can’t be chosen? (If I’m not Recovering, you have to choose me over Card.)

I wasn’t expecting that, but I can see how the attack being an atomic action would mean that until the AA is complete (“the time of an Atomic Action shall be the time that it is completed”), its first step hasn’t happened yet, so for the purposes of step two my Battle Action is still within the three most recent ones.

The Duke of Waltham: HE/HIM

11-20-2019 18:48:05 UTC

I’d expect the “Choose a Human Battle Action and its target, if applicable, and apply its effect” part to not include the turns of other Adventurers, on which the timing of your next Battle Action (i.e. turn) relies.


11-20-2019 18:54:13 UTC

That’s how I see it, yes.


11-20-2019 21:11:12 UTC

[Action] So it’s come to this? Well I’ll immolate myself then, feel the fire of my soul evil spirit haunting The Duke of Waltham! My death won’t be in vain!

Kevan is the next vanguard


11-21-2019 04:38:27 UTC

My last reply was to Kevan, btw. I hadn’t seen Duke’s comment, yet.

[Duke] I don’t fully understand your comment. But assuming it’s about what Kevan’s saying, I didn’t expect to be challenged by Kevan/anyone. I thought we’d worked out that your atomic action steps don’t happen until the last one is complete.

I see you had considered writing a response in “Monstrous Cleanup”, but maybe scrapped it?


11-21-2019 04:40:38 UTC

AA sequence is a bit of a paradoxical ordering scheme, ain’t it? Don’t happen until they all have happened? Room for interpretation, probably.


11-21-2019 05:59:25 UTC

Three little devils
Hide from sight, unlike the fourth.
The Duke is headless.

The Duke of Waltham: HE/HIM

11-21-2019 07:49:03 UTC

I initially interpreted Kevan’s comment to mean that Kevan’s own action was considered not to have been completed because it was to Retreat, but I then realised this was not the case. I think your reasoning is correct, TyGuy.

Kevan: HE/HIM

11-21-2019 09:31:48 UTC

[Action] Recovering my senses, I reload and Shoot at the Duke again, with a steely Persistence. TyGuy6 is the next Vanguard.

The Duke of Waltham: HE/HIM

11-21-2019 10:45:39 UTC

[Action] I display my headless neck to Kevan once more, taking advantage of his recent traumatising experience to break his resolve and force him to Retreat…


11-21-2019 20:23:50 UTC

[Action] Fire for 46. He dead! Kevan is Vanguard.