I get as close as I can while maintaining total cover perhaps behind the door frame before you enter then I cast mage hand then ready an action to mage hand the sword over to Dirk once I see him reach for it (visual que)
I break out my lute, singing and playing as loud as I can in hopes of distracting the dragon's sense from the party. I love you, You love me, We're a happy family. With a great big hug And a kiss from me to you, Won't you say you love me too. I love you, You love me, We're best friends like friends should be. With a great big hug And a kiss from me to you, Won't you say you love me to. I walk right through the front door to Venomfang's lair, now fully realizing how dumb this is, and dead I am. Honey! I'm, hooome!
Good luck everyone I'll climb up and watch your backs from above. I wildshift to a giant wolf spider and wait a minute to let them start talking to venomfang in the hopes he's too distracted with them to notice the sound of a spider climbing the wall. At the top I stay out of view of the hole until I hear shit start. Stealth 22 Adv. 16
Fjolnir follows about 10' behind Dirk, nonchalantly, allowing himself to be noticed, but staying toward the first door, and staying back from the cloister door where Dirk is. In his mind, he repeats the hunters' mark mantra, readying the spell to be blurted out at the moment he hears Hymir grab Talon.
Everyone makes it to their desired positions. Venomfang simply watches Dirk while everyone files in, raising a scaly brow. His eyes dart around at the hobgoblin, Dirk, and Fjolnir to the back. Az Emberi successfully climbs the 40' tower to the roof, seemingly unnoticed.
The pile of treasure sits just to the South of Venomfang, under the staircase. On top of it, the sword Talon.
His voice booms, You return. I was beginning to think you had abandoned your station. That would've been unfortunate for you. I see you bring more servants, perhaps to replace the one you lost? The hairy one is no longer with you. Did he fall? Tell me, what other treasures do you bring from your mission to Cragmaw?
Venomfang sits upright and stares down at you intently.
The greatest treasure of all oh great one, wisdom... and yes, a little more gold I guess if that's your thing. Dirk thinks about saying more, but realizes the futility and the need to not provoke the fight just yet. Just waiting for Hymir, how about a little dance while we wait? 13 Sings Puff the magic dragon and dances. Can I ask you a question mister Fang? Something that's reeeaaaally been bothering me. They say dragons are wise and intelligent, but I can't understand how you don't see your inevitable demise. I mean, you are really just an over bloated bandit. You make yourself a problem for the surrounding area, which invites challenge. You may best many of these challenges but eventually you will be overcome, as is the fate of any two bit scoundrel. Your garish head will no doubt be mounted on some ****** bags wall all because you fail to realize where you have made your stand in life. So tell me, are you just the dumbest dragon or are all your kind so shortsighted. As I extend a hand to the sword at the top of the treasure pile, reaching for it from afar.
Venomfang replies to Dirk over the course of the conversation. yes, a little more gold I guess if that's your thing.Yes, gold, bring it to me... Just waiting for Hymir, Hymir? Which one is he?...
Venomfang is thoroughly confused by the performance. Why are you dancing, scaled one, when you could be getting my treasure? I am getting impatient... A question? He sighs. One question, then bring me my gold, servant.
During Dirk's monologue, Venomfang squints, then gets up to all fours and cranes his neck to get his nose inches from your face. He glares at you as you continue, a sickening grin widening on his face. When you get to the end, Venomfang laughs.
Ha ha ha ha ha! You do not see the irony of your own words. You think you speak things to me that I have not already pondered? You think yourself clever, that your plan to kill me was not already foreseen? You have not pulled the wool over my eyes, I am the one that has been using you, fools! There are unseen machinations already upon you and your ilk that will be YOUR demise, even if you survive ME!
As Venomfang is talking, Dirk reaches for Talon, and Hymir stealthily casts mage hand to force grab the sword and place it right in Dirk's waiting grip. Venomfang maintains direct eye contact with Hymir's surprised face as he does so.
Fjolnir marks the dragon as his prey.
Zhermong holds his shield in front of him and reaches his empty hand out toward Dirk as his mouth gapes open looking up at the Dragon.
Venomfang takes a deep breath.
Hymir, Fjolnir and Dustfinger all hear Sildar quietly say, "Fuck."
Az Emberi may act in a surprise round, he is the only one who rolled above the dragon's perception of 21 earlier, in case you didn't know what that 21 was for.