September 28, 2010

Encounter: Momma Mia!

Here's an encounter I ran back in March of this year. I wanted a break in the gritty and grim dungeon crawling, and so had the PCs come upon a kitchen area, stocked with a mad Halfling chef, his crew of cronies, and an unholy abomination: The Lasagna Golem.

The original inspiration for this was a Side Trek adventure put out by WotC in the 3rd Edition days about a wizard and her chef husband who were tripped up by a mischeivious imp. There was a calzone golem in there. I ran the side trek on multiple occsaions, and everyone always had a good time with it.

This encounter also gives the Dungeon Master a great opportunity to stretch their silliness factor and come out with funny names. I always thought Halflings would be more entertaining if they all spoke in Italian accents, so when I ran and wrote this, that's what I had in mind.

Also a note, I always print out the known terrain elements (wheel of cheese, etc.) for my players in very large font and have them on the table as soon as Initiative is rolled. I find it best to let everyone know way up front exactly how everything is going to work.

Encounter: Kitchen                                                             
Encounter Level 4 (175 XP each)
+ Lasagna Golem
+ Lamberto, halfling chef

SETUP (Additional PCs after 4)
+ Add (4) Sous Chefs

Lasagna Golem                                     Level 6 Elite Brute
Large natural animate (construct)                          XP 500
HP 146; Bloodied 73                                        Initiative +5
AC 20; Fortitude 19, Reflex 17, Will 20   Perception +2
Speed 6 (8 while charging)
Saving Throws +2                                     Action Points 1
Resist 10 fire
Gooey Sticky Cheese (fire)                                                 
While bloodied, each attack that hits also gives the target ongoing 5 fire damage and slowed (save ends both).
STANDARD ACTIONS                                                      
M Slam + At-will                                                                 
Attack (one creature): Melee 1; +9 vs. AC
Hit: 2d6 + 10 damage.
MINOR ACTIONS                                                              
m Forearm Shiver + At-will                                               
Attack (one creature): Melee 1; +7 vs. Fortitude
Hit: 1d10 + 8 damage, and the target is pushed 3 squares and knocked prone.
IMMEDIATE ACTIONS                                                     
m Burning Hot Marinara (fire) + At-will                         
Trigger: An adjacent enemy attacks and damages the golem.
Effect (immediate reaction): the triggering enemy is attacked: +8 vs. Reflex
Hit: 2d6 + 10 fire damage, and the target is knocked prone.
Skills Athletics +7, Endurance +11                                    
Str 20 (+8)     Dex 15 (+5)    Wis 11 (+3)                               
Con 17 (+6)    Int 9 (+5)        Cha 10 (+3)                               
Alignment unaligned                                   Languages

Lamberto, Halfling Chef                            Level 5 Artillery
Small natural humanoid (halfling)                            XP 200
HP 48; Bloodied 24                                            Initiative +4
AC 19; Fortitude 16, Reflex 19, Will 19     Perception +5
Speed 6
Saving Throws +5 against fear effects
Combat Advantage                                                                
Lamberto deals an extra 1d6 damage on all ranged attacks he makes with combat advantage.
Quick Reaction                                                                    
Lamberto gains a +2 bonus to AC against opportunity attacks.
Prime Shot                                                                             Lamberto gains a +1 bonus to ranged attacks if he is the closest ally to his target.
STANDARD ACTIONS                                                     
M Cleaver (weapon) + At-will                                           
Attack (one creature): Melee 1; +8 vs. AC
Hit: 1d8 + 5 damage.
R Cutlery (weapon) + At-will                                            
Attack (one creature): Ranged 10/20; +10 vs. AC
Hit: 1d10 + 5 damage.
r Rain of Forks (weapon) + Recharge 56                       
Attack (one, two, or three targets): Ranged 10/20; +8 vs. AC
Hit: 1d10 + 5 damage.
IMMEDIATE ACTIONS                                                   
Second Chance + Encounter                                            
Trigger: Lamberto would be hit by an attack.
Effect (immediate interrupt): Lamberto forces the attacker to reroll the attack and take the new result.
Skills Acrobatics +8, Stealth +11, Thievery +13          
Str 10 (+2)     Dex 18 (+6)    Wis 11 (+2)                         
Con 12 (+3)    Int 14(+5)       Cha 14 (+4)                          
Alignment Unaligned        Languages Common, Elven

Sous-chef                                                               Level 4 Minion
Small natural humanoid (halfling)                                       XP 44
HP 1; a missed attack never damages a minion. Initiative +6
AC 18; Fortitude 15, Reflex 18, Will 15              Perception +7
Speed 6
STANDARD ACTIONS                                                               
M R Steak Knife (weapon) + At-Will                                         
Attack (one creature): Melee 1 or Ranged 5; +9 vs. AC
Hit: 6 damage.
Str 8 (+1)       Dex 18 (+6)    Wis 8 (+1)                                        
Con 10 (+2)    Int 13 (+3)      Cha 13 (+3)                                     
Alignment Unaligned                 Languages Common


c Boiling Soup                                 Single Use Terrain
You topple over a boiling cauldron of thick, sticky , green soup.
Single Use
Standard Action                                 Close blast 3
Check: Strength DC 10
Attack: +9 vs. Reflex
Hit: 1d10+6 fire damage and the target is slowed until the end of their next turn.

r Wheel of Cheese                             Single Use Terrain
This massive piece of cheddar is carefully rolled until it gets enough momentum to crush your enemies.
Single Use
Minor Action                                        Ranged 5
Check: Acrobatics DC 14
Attack: +9 vs. Fortitude
Hit: 1d8+4 damage and the target is knocked prone and immobile (until escape), DC 14.

Oven                                                              Terrain Effect
A roaring fire blazes from the hot brick oven.Terrain Effect
Terrain Effect
Immediate Reaction + Fire
Trigger: A creature moves or starts its turn in the oven.
Effect: The creature takes 1d8 fire damage and ongoing 5 fire damage (save ends).

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