Rome, 44 BC: The long and bloody civil war is over, and Julius Caesar has emerged triumphant as the undisputed ruler of Rome. The Republic appears to have been saved, but all is not right. Dark schemes and intrigues abound, and unimaginable horror lurks behind the scenes. The Time Lord and his companions, along with various people living in Rome, are caught up in the middle of it all. Can they unravel the mystery before chaos consumes everything?
This is Classic Doctor Who meets Cthulhu Invictus, the fourth of a series of connected adventures set in different eras and locations that started with The Terror Out of Time, The Ninth Planet, and The Shadow Over Dunwich.
Even in the midst of battle, Titus tries to draw the attention of his fellows. "There is someone within the corridor speaking to one of the guards in a language I do not know. That person may be important."
He advances behind the soldiers, ready to make use of his spear if need be.
Artemis managed to get his breathing in check and the blood pumping in his ears was fading into an almost unhearable rythm. Suddenly Elizabeth was shouting for Lady Caelia and then also TItus was talking about someone of importance. He shook his head and things got a bit clearer.
"Should we go after that person sounding the alarm, and a few go after Lady Caelia," Artemis asked as he followed after Decius with the pillum at the ready.
Decius shakes his head and speaks with confidence. "We've got these guards on the run, we need to deal with them before they rally. And there must be enough of us that we can protect the young girl and the elder. Once the guards are sorted, we'll have more time to search properly." He keeps moving.
Elizabeth and Titus could hear Caelia call out in the distance: "Please stop! Let me help this guard, he's badly wounded; I'm a surgeon and if he's not tended to immediately you might lose him."
"There's no time," said Akana in Egyptian. "Your friends are too near. Get her below. You two hide the entrance, then join the fight." Shortly afterwards, they heard something heavy being moved.
The group rushed across the atrium and down the corridor, the three cavalrymen and the gladiator leading the charge. They emerged into the peristylium, a large open-air garden. There were three doors on the right-hand side, not far beyond their current position. All of them were open. At the far side, there was a door on the left side and an open doorway on the right side. Two Egyptian guards, each drawing a khopesh, emerged from that doorway. The two guards they were pursuing had stopped fleeing and were also gathered at the far end of the garden, as was another guard. Just as the rescuers arrived, two additional guards with weapons in hand also emerged from the central door on the right, for a total of seven.
Titus was close enough in his Egyptian roll that I'll allow him to understand the speech he heard, especially since Elizabeth can fill in the blanks for him as they run.
Only Decius, Aricus, and Spurius may act before the guards do.
The three cavalrymen and the gladiator charged into the mass of guards, who hastily turned to meet them, with war cries on their lips. The one that Decius attacked did try to turn and run, but he was too slow. The blade caught him in the chest, slicing him open, and he dropped to the ground, motionless. Aricus and Spurius swung wildly in the melee, but their blows did not strike home. The badly wounded guard swung at the gladiator, but in his weakened state he failed to connect. Another guard attacked him, his blade cutting through Aricus's ringmail and wounding him lightly. Spurius was mobbed by two fierce guards. One slashed him in the shoulder, finding a weak spot in his armor and wounding him in the neck. The other hit him, but his scale armor turned the blade. One guard each attacked Decius and Artemis, but their wild blows were ineffective.
As if things weren't bad enough, two more sleepy-eyed guards emerged from the furthest of the three open doors on the right. They wore only loincloths, having just awakened, though they did have their swords in their hands.
Guard 1's Dodge roll (40% skill):
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100: 69
Guard 1's CON x 5 roll (65% stat) to stay conscious:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100: 92
Aricus's Gladius roll (75% skill) attacking Guard 2:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100: 84
Spurius's Long Sword roll (50% skill) attacking Guard 3:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100: 63
Guard 2's Khopesh roll (35% skill) attacking Aricus:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100: 59
Guard 3's Khopesh roll (35% skill) attacking Spurius:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100: 3
Damage to Spurius from critical khopesh hit (ignores armor):
Mr. Handy rolled 1d8: 3
Mr. Handy rolled 1d4: 2
Guard 4's Khopesh roll (35% skill) attacking Artemis:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100: 64
Guard 5's Khopesh roll (35% skill) attacking Decius:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100: 67
Guard 6's Khopesh roll (35% skill) attacking Aricus:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100: 9
Damage to Aricus from khopesh hit:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d8: 7
Mr. Handy rolled 1d4: 1
Guard 7's Khopesh roll (35% skill) attacking Spurius:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d100: 32
Damage to Spurius from khopesh hit:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d8: 2
Mr. Handy rolled 1d4: 1
At this point, Artemis, Elizabeth, and Titus may take their turns. Also, since Decius, Aricus, and Spurius go before the guards in the combat order at the top of the next round, they may act as well now.
Two more? We are going to start losing people very soon. Time to go full Roman. I hope Germanicus backs me on this if it does work.
Decius takes a deep breath. "Egyptians, listen to me! We work for Senator Germanicus! He is rich and powerful! If you stop fighting, he will pay you gold! He will pay your passage back to Egypt if you want it! We can have you enlisted as Roman Army Auxiliaries within the week if you want that instead! I am Decius Lupus and I swear this is true, on my honour as a Roman citizen and veteran auxiliary! May Mars and Jupiter strike me down if I lie!"
"No-one else needs to die, just stop fighting and wait for us at the front of the villa."
Decius punctuates this with another vicious attack at a guard with his khopesh.
Titus, db stands for damage bonus, and yours is 0. Still, 8 damage is very impressive! Please let me know which of the guards you want to stab. There are two each engaged with Spurius and Aricus, both of whom are wounded, and one each with Artemis and Decius. There are also two guards not currently fighting anyone, though rushing them by yourself is risky. If you don't specify, I'll just choose one of the guards fighting Spurius, who needs help the worst. One of the guards fighting Aricus is badly wounded, and the spear thrust will surely kill him. It may even be powerful enough to down one of the uninjured guards, depending on a CON roll.
Artemis, I see that there's a small problem with your character sheet. The Mace skill there appears to have been copied and pasted from another sheet, and it refers to the chemical spray (which doesn't exist in ancient Rome), not a spiked club. That is why it had a base skill of DEX x 5. The base skill for a mace is 25%, as it is classified as a Small Club. I'll just say you stabbed your guard with your pilum, as your roll was good enough to hit with that. Go ahead and roll damage, which is 1D8.
Elizabeth, you may act as well if you wish.
Decius, please roll Status to see how effective your offer is.