A translucent something ahead of you pops. Suddenly, you find yourself freezing and gasping for air!
Type: magical; Perception DC 34; Disable Device DC 34
Trigger location; Reset none
The air in and around the party vacates and the temperature drops. Up to 9 creatures in a 40-ft.-radius take cold damage and suffocate. Vacuum (1d6 cold damage per round, DC 23 Will Save per round for 18 rounds. If one save is failed, target falls unconscious and is dropped to 0 hit points. The second failed save reduces the target to -1 hit points and he is dying. The third failed save kills the target); multiple targets( 9 creatures within 50′ of the of the airship)
The airship immediately falls 50 feet (as there is no air immediately around it) and continues to fall, spiraling out of control before crashing in 1d10+6 rounds without a DC 25 Profession (sailor) or Profession (soldier) check; alternatively, a DC 30 Knowledge (engineering) check can be used as a substitute.
The airspace above Nyamo contains secret defenses that few know about, and several spheres of airspace have been mined with vacuum mines. Even in the official Nyamo air brigade, only the captains and a few select officers know of the existence and location of these dangerous traps. The vacuum mines are housed in small, 9-inch glass spheres that float in the air—they are very difficult to spot and burst if an airship gets within 25 ft., setting off the above trap. An old story that circulates in Nyamo tells of an attack from a griffon mounted wizard army. As the citizens huddled, the onslaught of spells never materialized—instead, frozen griffons and asphyxiated wizards rained down on the city.
This attack is the only known attempt to take Nyamo by air.
If the adventurers aided the Banlan Brotherhood with their sabotage, the party finds that just outside the Production Yards, their allies are waiting in a swift ship just recently stolen—a gift to the PCs for their help disrupting the doings of the mages of Timeaus!
Black Arrow Large air vehicle Squares 12 (30 ft by 10 ft across); Cost 25,000 gp
DEFENSE AC 9; Hardness 5 hp 180 (90) Base Save +3
OFFENSE Maximum Speed 160 ft.; Acceleration 40 ft. CMB +1; CMD 11 Ramming Damage 1d8
Long, narrow, and entirely black, the Black Arrow is an exceptionally uncommon ship in the Timean air force. Built with speed and stealth in mind, the airship is constructed from lighter materials and gains a +16 bonus to Stealth checks made to travel at night. In addition, it contains within its engine a lever that can be pulled to make the ship entirely invisible for up to 10 minutes in a day, or until the lever is depressed (used in 1 minute increments that need not be consecutive). Rather than a ceiling, the black-hulled ship instead has an open roof, providing those on deck an opportunity to lean over the railings and fire upon targets below (which is sometimes essential, as the ship doesn’t contain any onboard weapons of its own).
The Black Arrow can comfortably carry eight, plus a driver, and can lift up to 2 tons of weight. In a pocket on the side of the drivers seat is a map depicting the Klavek Kingdom, and a sheaf of instructions to collect and return with any ‘mind-magic’ the operator can get a hold of. [More on that in November, I swear -MM (the editor MM; I swear I’m done with this gag! -MM)]
Propulsion 2 squares of magic engine at rear of ship Driving Check Profession (sailor) or Profession (soldier) Forward Facing the ship’s forward Driving Device magical Driving Space one square adjacent to engine, providing limited visiblity below, but excellent visibility ahead. Crew 0 Decks 1 Weapons The Black Arrow can be equipped with any one Large siege engine at the front of the ship. A weapon so mounted can fire in a 180 degree arc ahead of the ship, and reduces the number of people the ship can carry by 4.
Cutting the Skies for the Mages of Timeaus
If the PCs aided the Order of the Staff and stopped the sabotage of the Production Yards, the mages of Timeaus reward them with one of their newest model of aircraft: a skyfang.
Skyfang, Class 3 skyship Huge air vehicle Squares 14 (30 ft by 25 ft cross); Cost 25,000 gp
DEFENSE AC 8; Hardness 20 hp 560 (280) Base Save +1
OFFENSE Maximum Speed 80 ft.; Acceleration 20 ft. CMB +2; CMD 12 Ramming Damage 2d8
A fifteen foot hemispherical base makes up the body of this skyship, with a wooden deck covering the engine within. Unlike most ships, its base isn’t made from the shell of a giant tortoise, but carefully fitted iron plates that mimic one. Above, a similar but much smaller roof gives protection from the weather and aerial attack. The railings that run around the edges are broken only by a ten foot long neck that connects to the pilot’s seat (where all the controls are mounted) and a pair of light, side-mounted ballistae that can swivel around to fire anywhere in a 180 degree radius.
The ship has limited capacity to carry soldiers or supplies—what can fit on deck (20 passengers in a pinch, or 10 fully equipped soldiers)—but is still capable of lifting up to 10 tons of weight. Tucked into the drivers seat is a package wrapped in thick fabric that contains an odd compass carved from crystal that doesn’t point to the true north, but slightly north-northeast instead [more on that in November, folks! -MM (not this post’s MM, the other one. The regular MM. -MM)].
Propulsion 3 squares of magic engine Driving Check Profession (sailor) or Profession (soldier) Forward Facing the ship’s forward Driving Device steering wheel Driving Space one square at the end of a 10 ft. ‘neck’ ahead of the ship, containing steering wheel and seat for driver provides improved cover from below and partial cover from sides. Crew 1 Decks 1 Weapons The Skyfang comes equipped with two light ballistae, one mounted on either side. However, they could be replaced with any Huge or smaller siege engine. They can be swivelled to any direction before, beside, or behind their side of the ship, as well as 45 degrees above and below.
Depending on what choices the PCs made in yesterday’s Sidequest Saturday, they either run afoul of an Order of the Staff Commandant or one of the Banlan Brotherhood Resistance Leaders!
Order of the Staff CommandantCR11 XP 12,800 Human barbarian (superstitious) 7/fighter (weaponmaster) 5
LN Medium humanoid (human) Init +3; Senses low-light vision; Perception +17
DEFENSE AC 23, touch 15, flat-footed 19 (+8 armor, +1 deflection, +3 Dex, +1 dodge) hp 109 (7d12+5d10+36) Fort +11, Ref +6, Will +5; +4 vs. spells, supernatural abilities, and spell-like abilities
OFFENSE Speed 40 ft. Melee+1 shock greatsword +17/+12/+7 (2d6+7 plus 1d6 electricity, Crit 17-20/x2) Ranged longbow +15/+10/+5 (1d8, Crit x3, Range 100 ft.) Special Attacks rage 18 rounds/day, reliable strike 1/day, weapon training 1 (greatsword)
TACTICS Before Combat The commandant drinks the potion of fly and the potion of haste as soon as intruders are revealed, then throws a fireball before swooping across and attacking one target with Improved Vital Strike, Power Attack (taking no penalty to attack due to Furious Focus), and Spring Attack, ending their movement out of line of sight. During Combat After determining who is a spellcaster, the commandant targets them first with a charge, taking a full attack action as soon as possible. As soon as the healer is revealed, the commandant goes after them next. Morale The commandant flees when reduced to 35 hit points or less, summoning more guards and reinforcements (along with healing potions, to get back into the fight).
STATISTICS Str 14, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 9 Base Atk +12; CMB +14; CMD 29 (30 vs. disarm and sunder) Feats Dodge, Furious Focus, Improved Vital Strike, Mobility, Power Attack, Spring Attack, Vital Strike; Improved Critical (greatsword), Weapon Focus (greatsword), Weapon Specialization (greatsword) Skills Acrobatics +14, Climb +13, Intimidate +11, Knowledge (engineering) +7, Knowledge (local) +5, Perception +17, Survival +9; Armor Check Penalty -3 Languages Common SQ chosen weapon (greatsword), fast movement, improved uncanny dodge, rage powers (knockdown, renewed vigor 3d8+4, superstition), sixth sense, uncanny dodge, weapon guard Combat Gear+1 shock greatsword, +2 breastplate, necklace of fireballs type II, ring of protection +1, longbow (20 arrows), potion of fly, potion of haste; Other Gear climber’s kit, everburning torch, 376 gold
Banlan Brotherhood Resistance LeaderCR11 XP 12,800 Human alchemist (vivisectionist) 12
CN Medium humanoid (human) Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +15
DEFENSE AC 26, touch 16, flat-footed 20 (+6 armor, +6 Dex, +4 natural) hp 90 (12d8+36) Fort +10, Ref +11, Will +3 Immune poison
OFFENSE Speed 30 ft. Melee+1 corrosive claws +16/+11 (1d6+5 plus 1d6 acid) and +1 corrosive bite +16 (1d8+5 plus 1d6 acid) or +1 corrosive claws +14/+14/+9/+9 (1d6+3) and +1 corrosive bite +14 (1d8+5 plus 1d6 acid) Ranged daggers +15/+10 (1d4+4, Crit 19-20/x2, Range 10 ft.) Special Attacks sneak attack +6d6 Alchemist Extracts Prepared (CL 12th; concentration +13)
4th—dragon’s breath, freedom of movement, echolocation
3rd—cure serious wounds, fly, haste, nondetection
2nd—darkvision, flame breath, invisibility, protection from arrows, resist energy (fire), see invisibility 1st—comprehend languages, deathwatch, disguise self, endure elements, negate aroma, shield
TACTICS Before Combat The Resistance Leader drinks a greater feral mutagen along with darkvision and endure elements extracts about an hour before the combat (these are worked into the statistics). If aware of enemies and given a few moments to prepare, the Resistance Leader drinks extracts of haste, nondetection, fly, freedom of movement, protection from arrows, resist energy (fire) and negate aroma—but most importantly—echolocation. After drinking this crucial extract, the Resistance Leader pulls the stopper out of an eversmoking bottle attached to their belt by a weapon cord. During Combat Moving into range of enemies, the Resistance Leader unleashes a dragon’s breath extract to confuse foes, targeting anyone that casts a spell first with a flurry of claws and bites. Morale Those that flee and run away live to fight another day—the Resistance Leader retreats when reduced to 30 hit points or less.