I mean, it wasn't a purple worm, but I can adjust the fight a bit if that would be convenient. Everybody loves sneaky ninja purple worms in forests, right? You can't spell TPK without Total PurpleWorm Kill!
This is probably where Caleb's winning streak dries up.
"Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy. It is an art like any other. Its virtuosi are called altruists." - H.L. Mencken
I'm going to do better than Caleb.
You did 500% better than Caleb.
Three zombies clamber out of the brush, moving toward the center of the clearing. They do not appear to notice Eryndir.
One of the zombies, denoted in green, appears to be missing significant portions of its anatomy. It drags itself along the ground with its hands.
One of the zombies, denoted in blue, is wearing a familiar motley of colors and fabric.
Eryndir will delay his action.
RIP Eryndir. I don't even think my turn will come up before they kill and eat you, so I may be absolved of responsibility for fulfilling my vow.
I was counting on the "they do not appear to notice" part, and hoping if he stays quiet, they'll all move towards you guys, and I can backstab appropriately...
It is now Charn's turn.
"Let them get a little closer, rather than run into their arms," says Charn. He delays, too.
I shouldn't have any trouble complying with that idea.
The green zombie catches sight of Caleb. Its spine extends along the ground and pushes its chest off the forest floor. Its arms flail wildly, a mocking parody of living locomotion. The green zombie moves to square J4 and attacks Caleb by attempting to thrust the exposed spine through Caleb's leg in a pinning strike.
After the green zombie misses, the orange zombie follows its lead. Its gait shifting from a shuffle to a sprint, the orange zombie simply attempts to barrel into Caleb at full speed, moving to square J5.
The orange zombie's bull rush leaves Caleb rattled.
It is now Able's turn.
I also made a rules mistake. Orange zombie provokes from Eryndir. If Eryndir wants to take an attack of opportunity, he may do so before orange zombie body slams Caleb with sufficient force to cause Caleb to question his faith in roads, taxes, and universal healthcare.
Eryndir won't react yet, because I believe I will also get an attack of opportunity on the Blue Zombie (if he moves), can then take my held action, and then attack again at the top of the second round. That would give me three attacks in a row.
Is that correct?
Almost. Eryndir could take his reaction against the blue zombie if the blue zombie provokes, the blue zombie would then get to go, Eryndir could then take his delay, and then Eryndir could go at the top of the second round. So, Eryndir, Blue Zombie, Eryndir, Eryndir.
Okay, I'm going to stick with that. Eryndir just feels too exposed off by himself. I'm going to wait until they've all moved into the clearing and hope that some rapid fire actions can ruin their day.
I'm going to allow Caleb to go first. Maybe being a cleric of civilization and roads will let him turn them into roadkill with minimal fuss. I'm also hoping that I can roll something to know more about them, like are they resistant to weapons or anything like that?
You can spend an action to roll Knowledge Religion. Generally, you know animated corpses with flesh attached are zombies, but that doesnt tell you much about what type of zombies you are dealing with. It does take your action in combat though.
IF I remember correctly from the fight with the Communists, moving within someone's threatened space doesn't provoke opportunity attacks. So that's what Caleb will do on his turn - move one square south to give Able and Charn room to maneuver against the zombies.
I am going to take a big gamble here and instead of healing myself this round I will try to make a Religion check to convey some useful information to the rest of the party.
Big gamble indeed! That said, Caleb realizes a couple of things. First, he knows that zombies are very, very hard to kill.
Undead Fortitude: If damage reduces the zombie to 0 hit points, it must make a Constitution saving throw with a DC of 5+the damage taken, unless the damage is radiant or from a critical hit. On a success, the zombie drops to 1 hit point instead.
He also knows that these zombies are immune to poison damage and cannot suffer from the poisoned condition. Finally, he knows that the green zombie has only 1 hp - but it still has its Undead Fortitude.
I imagine a number of delayed actions are going off now.
Eryndir is still waiting on Blue Zombie to see if I can get an attack of opportunity (with advantage for being unseen?). If he moves, that is...
Are Charn and Able going? Flanking opportunities abound.
Charn will move to K6, drawing sword and shield along the way, and attack the zombie at J6.
Assuming a 21 hits.
Just to clarify, I think Green (1HP) is at J4 and Orange is at J5.
Orange zombie, in J5, is hit for 8 damage.
For reference, Caleb is in I4, Orange Zombie is in J5, and Charn is in K6. That's the line to the NE.
I suspect Able does not want to get into melee. That means that Eryndir would be able to flank on his turn in K4.
Depending, of course, on what blue zombie does.
I'm blasting the Orange Zombie. I'm also backing away from the melee.
In addition to your +3 CHA, you also get to add your proficiency bonus - so attacking with eldritch blast is at +5 instead of a +3! Needless to say, you hit, and hard.
Where do you want to go?
While DDMW picks a square, blue will move to K5. I assume Eryndir takes the AoO?
Yes, please. Attacking from an unseen position with my rapier.
Hit. Only once, but damned if you weren't trying to murder the hell out of 'em.
Forgot sneak attack.
As you have advantage, also roll sneak attack.
You tried very hard to hit, and your damage is really bad. Blue Zombie ignores you, continues its move to K5, and attempts to slam Charn.
Blue zombie fails to hit Charn even with its aroma.
I assume Eryndir is taking his delayed action?
Yes, please. Eryndir will move to K4, so as to provide the most flanking opportunities for the party.
While I normally prefer to focus fire, I think I'm going to try and hit the green zombie. Caleb determined that he has 1HP. I'd like to try and take him out.
That's more than 1. Here is his undead fortitude roll.
Green zombie's fortitude has run out. He is now dead. Once we know where Able is standing, I will update the round.
I like 'b4' because it sounds like 'before', but c6 sounds like 'seasick' so it's okay.
Eryndir will glance sideways at orange, frustrated that he can't get a flanking attack off on him. He'll stab at blue.