The Thief, the Paladin, and the Cleric have followed the orcs’ bloody trail down the dirt-packed tunnel and into an old cellar. It’s dusty and cluttered, but the tracks end at the far wall, going right through it. Obviously it’s a secret door.
They spread out, looking for a way to open it. The paladin Discerns Realities, but even with the Cleric’s Aid, it’s a miss.
I put them in a spot and as they search, the door opens from the other side. Two orcs stand in the doorway. One blinks. The other snarls and draws his cleaver. What do you all do?
The Cleric starts casting magic weapon. The Thief draws his rapier. The Paladin’s polearm is leaning against the wall, and the quarters are too tight to use it, so he slams the door shut on the orcs.
I have the Cleric and the Paladin roll at the same time (Cast a Spell and Defy Danger with STR or INT, his choice). They both get a 7-9. The cleric chooses to draw unwelcome attention, and that lends nicely to a “worse outcome” on the Paladin’s Defy Danger…
“Paladin, you slam the door on the arm of the one who was blinking, cutting him off, but not before the other orcs spies you, Cleric, and barrels into the room growling “CASTER!” and swings his cleaver at your head, what do you do?”
The Thief interjects: “I lunge at him and stab him! Backstab?” No, not a backstab; the orc is hardly surprised or defenseless. It’s just a Hack and Slash, you still want to do it? “Sure!” Rolls. 7-9.
“Okay, deal your damage. How much? Only 2, huh? Well, it’s still up, and I think it checks it charge and twists back, your blades slices across its ribs.”
Then, for it’s attack, I choose to hurt them (the orc bloodwarrior does messy damage after all) and say “But as you spring back from your lunge it lashes out and just CHOPS into your forward leg, right above the knee and there’s a spray of blood. Take d6+2 damage and your knee buckles under you, not bearing your weight.” The Thief takes like 5 damage, ouch, but he’s got like 13 left so whatever.
You’re the GM. You turn the spotlight back to the Cleric. What do you do?
Option A: Cleric, you see this happen: the lunge, the chop, the spray of blood. The Paladin’s leaning against the door with the other orc’s arm sticking out. What do you do?”
Option B: Cleric, you see this happen: the lunge, the chop, the spray of blood. The Paladin’s leaning against the door with the other orc’s arm sticking out. This orc, though, doesn’t even slow down, it presses the attack on the Thief, stepping in going after him with the back-swing, and you can see the Thief stumble. What do you do?”