Cmdr I. Heartly Noah wrote:My impression is that the mage (cleric?) touched Noah, but I was wondering how this was possible with Noah lagging behind, following them into a fog where he couldn't locate them, and then the mage (who presumably could also not see Noah) either waited or doubled back to deliver the touch, and had to do this after not seeing Noah, then suddenly finding him and touching him with only as much notice as Noah had of seeing him. (Should there be a new initiative roll? Reflex check? I don't understand the mechanics well enough to know, it just seems that the playing field there would be level). I know my touch spell requires an attack. And if Lothmar followed me and had the speed to stay level with me, then perhaps the advancing mage would provoke an AOO? I don't know. It would depend on how Chrono and I were placed and we didn't place ourselves.
Another thing I didn't understand (and forgot about) was the "clank of metal on metal." Does the mage have a metal hand? Was one of them wearing gauntlets?
First of all, you were knocked unconscious. Were inert, and prone. Whatever you were, for a war forged. Stunned, to boot. Besides which, you played dead. All of these, except being stunned, imply that you were on your back. Getting up is a move action all by it'self, and chasing after them is another. (Double move. No more actions for the round.) Everyone else was ready to finish off the skeletons and hold the fort. You immediately took chase after the mages. You had 3 HP left, for purposes of staying on your feet. I assumed that in order for Lothmar to react to you running into the fog, he'd have had to delay in order to do so. Same with Joshua.
As for not losing the mages, you were right behind them, whereas I can assume that Lothmar would've had to have a moment to react to you running into the fog, in order to chase you into it. Everyone here seems to have thought it was a trap. Chasing down an evil cleric with spells left is not so a hot idea when you're down to 3 HP. If he hadn't gotten you on the first try, somebody else very well could've, with only a staff swing.
As for the clank, that'd be the sound of your fists hitting your thigh, as they go from raised up to strike, to limp and at your sides.