Theseus Deeds – A Mythras Adventure in Bronze Age Greece (pt4)

Sciron

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Here’s my interpretation of the intervention: regress plot.

The next day, Theseus continues on his path towards Athens. The trail takes him on a dangerous path, alongside the cliffs, there a landslide has blocked the road. Theseus will have to either remove the boulders or find another way.

Theseus will attempt to climb through the blocked path.
Theseus: Athletics (39): 14: Success.

Theseus finds the necessary footholds, and quickly he manages to get on top of a sheer boulder blocking the path.

Now that he has a better facing, Theseus will attempt to push the large boulder off the cliff.
Theseus: Brawn (58): 34: Success.

Theseus may have gotten past the obstacle, but what about fellow travelers? He muscles up his strength and pushes slowly the boulder, until it rolls off the cliffside. The path can now be easily cleared.

Theseus approaches Sciron’s location.
Q: Is the scene as in the myth?
A: Yes, and, it’s going to be Likely in the next scene question.
Theseus: Perception Easy-(58): 51: Success. He notices the giant turtle by the sea.

Ever vigilant, Theseus looks down the cliffside. What he sees, gives even more truth to Pittheus’ advice. The old man has yet to be proven wrong.
By the cliffside at the rocky shore, await a sea turtle. The size of which could scare brave men.
Theseus recalls Pittheus telling him about another villain, called Sciron (Σκίρωνας), an elderly man who forced travelers to wash his feet, and then he kicked them off the cliff, down to their deaths. Those who survived, were eaten alive by the giant turtle.
Theseus looks ahead, and he sees an old man, sitting by a stool by the path, a bucket of water at his side.
Theseus approaches, and the old man stands up. “Hold it there traveler. If you wish to pass, you must pay tribute.”
“What is the tribute?” Theseus asks.
“You must wash my feet. They are weary, and need some care.” Sciron replies.
Theseus kneels to wash Sciron’s feet.

Theseus will attempt to Deceit Sciron that he shows obedience, and then he will grapple him to throw him off the cliff.
Theseus: Deceit (51): 10: Success.
Sciron: Insight (46): 98: Failure. Sciron falls for Theseus’ Deceit.
Sciron suffers the effects of Surprise.

Initiative:

Theseus: 20
Sciron: 9

Round 1:

Theseus Turn 1:

Theseus will spend 1 AP and attempt to grapple Sciron who is surprised.
Theseus: Unarmed (59): 16: Success. Theseus wins 2 Special Effects, since Sciron is surprised.
Theseus chooses: Choose Location: Right Leg, Grip.

Sciron Turn 1:

Sciron will spend 1 AP and try to escape from Theseus’ grapple.
Sciron: Unarmed Hard (40): 47: Failure.

Theseus Turn 2:

Theseus will spend 1 AP and attempt to throw Sciron off the cliff.
Theseus: Brawn (58): 91: Failure.

Sciron Turn 2:

Sciron will spend 1 AP and try to escape from Theseus’ grapple.
Sciron: Unarmed Hard (40): 12: Success.
Theseus: Unarmed (59): 67: Failure. I will spend 1 Luck point to reroll this: 55: Success. Theseus wins the opposed roll as he scored higher.

Theseus Turn 3:

Theseus will spend 1 AP and attempt to throw Sciron off the cliff.
Theseus: Brawn (58): 14: Success.

As Theseus kneels and wets his hand with water from the bucket, Sciron relaxes and lets his guard down. The moment Sciron extends his leg, Theseus grabs it and doesn’t let go. Sciron’s eyes open with surprise, he tries to pull off Theseus, but he’s too strong for him.
Theseus plants his legs firmly, and with renewed footing, he pulls strongly Sciron who loses his balance, and throws him off the cliff, to his death.

Q: Is Sciron dead?
A: Yes

Sciron’s body lies motionless at the bottom of the cliff, where the giant sea turtle starts chewing at it.


Theseus will climb down the cliff.
Theseus: Athletics (39): 74: Failure.
Theseus: Athletics (39): 96: Failure.
Theseus: Athletics (39): 77: Failure.
Theseus: Athletics (39): 99: Fumble. He falls down! I will spend Luck point to reroll this: 92: Failure.
Theseus: Athletics (39): 17: Success.

It’s a tough climb down, and Theseus slips, only managing to get hold of tree by the cliffside before dropping down to the void. At the end, with a lot of effort, he’s at the sea level, the turtle a few meters away, still chewing at Sciron’s corpse.

I will tried to generate some stats for the turtle.
I have no idea if it’s balanced, but here goes.

Theseus will try to make a stealthy approach.
Theseus: Stealth (28): 64: Failure.
Turtle: Perception (17): 25: Failure.
Neither succeeded, so there’s no ambush, but the Turtle is occupied eating Sciron.

Pebbles and rocks roll down the cliff as Theseus descends. He hoped for a silent approach, but the moment he comes close to the reptile, it leaves Sciron, and turns to face Theseus.

Initiative

Theseus: 22
Turtle: 15

Round 1:

Theseus Turn 1:

Theseus will attack the turtle with his iron club spending 1 AP.
Theseus: Combat Style (67): 64: Success.
Turtle: Teeth, Crushing (41): 44: Failure.
Theseus chooses Choose Location: Hit Location: Head: Damage: 4 HP: No Damage.

Turtle Turn 1:

Turtle will attack Theseus spending it’s last AP.
Turtle: Teeth, Crushing (41): 49: Failure.

Theseus Turn 2:

Theseus will attack the Turtle, spending 1 AP.
Theseus: Combat Style (67): 60: Success.
Theseus chooses Choose Location: Hit Location: Head: Damage: 4 HP: No Damage.

Theseus Turn 3:

Theseus will attack the Turtle, spending 1 AP.
Theseus: Combat Style (67): 01: Critical Success.
Theseus chooses Bypass Armor and Maximize Damage: Hit Location: 12: Body: Damage: 10 HP: Minor Wound.

With the gigantic reptile’s head facing him, Theseus scores two hits with his club, but it’s not fazed at all. At last he strikes with all his might to an opening right under the creature’s carapace. It moans, but isn’t slowed down a little bit.

Round 2:

Theseus Turn 1:

Theseus will attack the turtle with his iron club spending 1 AP.
Theseus: Combat Style (67): 56: Success.
Turtle: Teeth, Crushing (41): 93: Failure.
Theseus chooses Press Advantage: Hit Location: 16: Left Fore Flipper: Damage: 9 HP: Minor Wound.

Turtle Turn 1:

The turtle will delay using its AP for a parry.

Theseus Turn 2:

Theseus will attack the turtle with his iron club spending 1 AP.
Theseus: Combat Style (67): 20: Success.
Turtle: Teeth, Crushing (41): 95: Failure.
Theseus chooses Stun Location: Hit Location: 11: Body: Damage: 2 HP: No Damage.

Theseus Turn 3:

Theseus will attack the turtle with his iron club spending 1 AP.
Theseus: Combat Style (67): 65: Success.
Theseus chooses Choose Location: Hit Location: Body: Damage: 4 HP: No Damage.

As it moves its flipper to the front, Theseus hits it hard, smashing it, and tries again to hurt it under its carapace, but fails to find an opening, his blows glancing away by the beast’s armor.

Round 3:

Theseus Turn 1:

Theseus will attack the turtle with his iron club spending 1 AP.
Theseus: Combat Style (67): 79: Failure.

Turtle Turn 1:

Turtle will attack Theseus spending 1 AP.
Turtle: Teeth, Crushing (41): 60: Failure.

Theseus Turn 2:

Theseus will attack the turtle with his iron club spending 1 AP.
Theseus: Combat Style (67): 98: Failure.

Turtle Turn 2:

Turtle will attack Theseus spending 1 AP.
Turtle: Teeth, Crushing (41): 26: Success.
Theseus: Combat Style (67): 78: Failure.
The Turtle will choose Grip: Hit Location: 7: Abdomen: Damage: 9 HP: Serious Wound.
Theseus: Endurance (43): 02: Critical Success. He doesn’t pass out.

Theseus has over reached. Frustrated, he tries again and again, failing to hurt the turtle. At one moment of carelessness, he lets the creature too close, and it bites him right in the abdomen. He screams in pain, feeling his insides get crushed. The beast has locked its jaws and doesn’t let go.

Round 4:

Theseus Turn 1:

Theseus Fatigue: Endurance (43): 48: Failure. He gains one level of Fatigue.
Theseus will attempt to break free of the grip. Theseus Brawn (39): 08: Success.
Turtle: Brawn (31): 10: Success. The Turtle wins the opposed roll. Theseus remains grappled.

Turtle Turn 1:

The turtle will continue its grip.
Turtle: Brawn (31): 55: Failure.
Theseus: Brawn (39): 07: Success. Theseus gains no damage.

Theseus Turn 2:

I’m quite confused at this point regarding the action points economy and the struggle. So instead Theseus will try to break free again, but the roll will be unopposed.
Theseus: Brawn (39): 55: Failure.

Theseus has started to get winded by the combat. He’s out of breath when he tries to force the turtle’s strong jaws open, and he can’t succeed. His efforts aren’t for naught though, as the creature can’t bite him deeper, Theseus still clinging to his life.

Round 5:

Theseus Turn 1:

Turtle Fatigue: Endurance (40): 10: Success.
Theseus will attempt to break free of the grip. Theseus Brawn (39): 11: Success.
Turtle: Brawn (31): 100: Critical Fumble. Theseus breaks free and gains a special effect. Theseus chooses Accidental Injury: Hit Location: 10: Body: Damage: 8 HP: Serious Wound.
Turtle: Endurance (40): 53: Failure: Unconsciousness.

Theseus kills the turtle.

Theseus gathers all his strength. He manages to pull the jaws open. Startled the turtle starts to thrash around with its flippers, crushing at the rockside, catching its flipper under a huge rock. As it tries to break free, it tears a tendon that runs to its inside, lashing out in pain and closing its eyes incapacitated. Theseus, doesn’t waste any moment. He climbs on top of the beast and drives his xiphos deep down its neck.

Theseus spends some time to recover his breath, then tends to his wound.
Theseus: First Aid (43): 73: Failure.
Theseus: Healing (29): 20: Success: Heals 1d3 HP: 1 HP. The injury stays a Serious Wound.
Theseus: Survival (28): 60: Failure. Theseus can’t find a place to stay there.
Theseus will remove the carapace of the Turtle. Theseus: Crafting (58): 28: Success.
Theseus will Climb back up. Theseus: Athletics (39): 65: Failure.
Theseus: Athletics (39): 71: Failure.
Theseus: Athletics (39): 79: Failure.
Theseus: Athletics (39): 22: Success.
Theseus climbs back up.

Wounded, Theseus travels to Megara (Μέγαρα) to stay one week until healed.

In the meantime, Theseus will attempt to craft a shield from the turtle shell.
Theseus: Crafting (58): 17: Success, 25% Complete.
Theseus: Crafting (58): 37: Success, 50% Complete.
Theseus: Crafting (58): 62: Failure.
Theseus: Crafting (58): 03: Critical Success, 100% Complete.

During his time in Megara, Theseus recovers from the turtle’s bite, and uses her carapace to forge a fine shield.
His fame grows, having dispatched three robbers and killed two beasts, and he continues on his path to Athens.


Session Background: In Mythras it’s heart racing every time I get into combat.
I really liked how the encounter with Sciron played out, so close to the myth depiction.
The turtle combat on the other hand, oh boy was tough. The armor was really hard to get past and I realized that only through a critical could I score damage with certainty. Also noticed that the special effect Maximize Damage can only be chosen with a critical strike, so I may have done a mistake or two in past sessions.
I’m not 100% certain that I made the rulings correct regarding unarmed combat and the turtle’s grip, but it made sense to me according to what I read in the book.
Finally I would like to note something regarding the Climbing (Athletics) skill. I didn’t like the interpretation gameswise. I wanted something a tad bit more detailed. Maybe not as much as the Moving Maneuvers of MERP, but maybe something using task rounds.
Story wise I’m not focusing at all on Theseus’ downtime in Megara, and sticking to the deeds and how they play out. It’s a nice get-to-know for me regarding the Mythras system, even though I’m still just scratching the surface.