And it's freakin' ridiculous what our party pulls off. We started off with an Ifirit alchemist named Snufalufagus, a Fetchling rogue named Ryrik, a Dhamphir ninja named Mori, and a Gnome inquisitor named Tanner. The Ryrik was my character, a lawful evil, very shifty fellow. After our first session, we picked up a new party member, a Dwarf cleric named Hogsnore. He and Ryrik quickly became enemies, mainly due to their alignments being polar opposites. Hogsnore, being a Chaotic Good cleric who was always doing random, idiotic things that pissed off Ryrik, couldn't have made a better rival for him.
The stakes went up when Ryrik was transformed into a vampire, Snufalufagus started multi-classing in barbarian, and Ryrik was offered an aliance with the campaign's Big Bad if he could assassinate Hogsnore, since Hogsnore is the bastard son of the dwarf king, who is allied with the Big Bad. Ryrik failed at this despite a clever plot, involving disguising himself as a sexy Undine man and seducing Hogsnore, who is indeed a homosexual. However, his treachery was not revealed and Ryrik remained in the party until we were all captured in battle by the enemy.
After that, we were forced to fight other prisoners in a gladiator arena. The first battle; Ryrik and Hogsnore vs the Gnome prince and two of his guards. Ryrik pretty much immediately turned on Hogsnore, but this was a bad move for him. Hogsnore was able to cast two spells in quick succession. He summoned 8 gallons of water directly over Ryrik's head, and then blessed the water to make it holy. That much holy water on top of a vampire pretty much immediately destroys them. He killed Ryrik, this badass vampire rogue, in one hit. If you have to imagine what happened to Ryrik, picture the melting Nazi from the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
After that, Hogsnore proceeded to cast a spell on the Gnome prince that allows you to breath under water....with the unfortunate side effect of not letting you breath air anymore. Since there was no water in the arena, the prince pretty much suffocated immediately. After quickly killing the other two Gnomes, the audience was going nuts, chanting "HOGSNORE, HOGSNORE, HOGSNORE!!!". The took him back, and then made Mori and Tanner fight some captured ratfolk. That ended quickly, since they were ratfolk after all....
Finally, it was Snufalufagus's turn. Now, technically, his name is Dr. Snufalufagus, and he has a Phd in "blowing shit up." That is actually what it says on his character sheet. I'll continue with his fight in the next post.