Off Topic: The Chronicles of "Of Course Brugo Did" - Chapter 5: Stag (Snipe) Hunting
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While the Thief is stalking the not-yet-known-to-be-a-vampire vampire, apparently the Bloodrager & Druid (plus the Cleric) shall play...
The port town we're in has an annual spring festival & the entire region shows up to party. Because who's going to say no to a week-long festival of ales & meat? Well, the "main event," per se, is a great hunt, where all participants chase after a golden stag. And the victors get a huge cut of the entrances fee's pot, which consists of nearly five figures worth of gold. And at our current level... that's quite a serious haul.
That being said... the Druid couldn't care less about the gold. She just doesn't want the poor stag to be hurt. The Bloodrager doesn't care either. She just wants the thrill of the hunt. That means, however, the Bloodrager can chase & capture the beast, but she had to promise the Druid that she'd neither kill nor harm it.
I didn't bet any money with the bookies on this one either.
So they're concocting all kinds of plans on how to capture it. The Druid wants to chat with it, of course. And the Bloodrager wants to chain the Cheetah's Sprint spell to charge it from halfway across the continent (which is not entirely an exaggeration...).
Next thing we know, the gates are open & the hunters are allowed to chase after the stag as it too is released. One poor bastard Crit Fumbles & shoots his horse, causing it to throw him & cause him critical injury. Luckily for him our Cleric is on hand, so he doesn't die.
According to the master of the hunt, the hunt takes place over the course of a week & more often than not, no one catches the golden stag.
So, obviously, the Druid & Bloodrager show up about 2 hours later with the golden stag following them like a bored feline.
Are you kidding me...? I guess I should have put down that bet... Shit...
Yeah, so apparently the Druid DID get to speak with it. And the thing was catty & arrogant as all hell. But. However, it was not stupid & knew what had happened to others like it in the past. So, as a result of the Druid's assurances that they'd take it to safety so it could then leave on its own... the stag chose to follow the Druid on its own.
Because of COURSE it did.
The Bloodrager wasn't super-enthused about such an "easy" victory, but what she didn't know...
Is that the stag was some oddball otherworldly creatute summoned by a Druid specifically for the hunt. Apparently its movement speed might as well have been that of Hyper or Light or Ludicrous, as it was close enough to triple digits that no amount of Cheetah's Sprint would have accomplished anything.
No seriously, the thing's "5-foot step" is basically a football field. On the way back, it's walking alongside the sprinting Raptor & Bloodrager practically yawning, as though to say, "Is this the fastest you creatures can move?" Note their base movement rate at that time was 60.
Oh & did I mention it cannot be captured? One of its special properties prevents it from being restrained, in almost every way.
I think it may have also had illusory and/teleportation properties as well. Because of COURSE it did...
Example, what?, 4?, of the best Druid ever.
Gee, I can't imagine why the thing is almost never caught. And the Druid walks back with it like a gangster. The gathered audience, mayor & master of the hung were like, "Uhhhhh... we're.... going to have to verify that that's real..."
Needless to say, it was.
Also needless to say, the Bloodrager (and her friends, i.e., the Fighter) got a line of ales bought for them that'd've stretched around the entire tavern.
And... because the Raptor agree NOT to eat the stag, the Bloodrager bought him a pig. Like a whole pig. Not dead. That the Raptor then chased into the bush. You can imagine what "clever girl" business happened thereafter.
Next time, on The Chronicles of "Of Course Brugo Did," The Economics of Shields