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Climactic encounter idea for a city under siege? [Jun. 22nd, 2010|07:05 am]
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I'm trying to plan out a climactic (combat) encounter for my next D&D session--something that will wrap up a story arc, and end with a bang for a player who is leaving. The players are Level 12, so I need something suitably epic.

Currently the PCs are heading back towards a hostile Orcish city in an attempts to return to their ship and escape the area. But the city is about to be attacked by an army of Giants, led by one who is carrying a McGuffin they've been interested in. I've planned out a good climax if they go to fight off the Giants, killing their leader and saving the city and such.

But I want to have an idea for if the PCs decide to try and actively avoid the fighting, sneaking through the attacked city in order to get out in the confusion. I don't want to just move the Giant general fight to the PCs if they attempt to go around the battle, but I still feel like I want some kind of big fight to end the story arc.

Any ideas? What kind of big fight do you have for a group of low-paragon characters who are trying to return to their ship in the harbor outside a city under siege? (the city is being attack from land, so away from the harbor)
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[User Picture]From: schlake
2010-06-22 02:45 pm (UTC)
My first thought was that as they sneak through the alleys they come across a band of assassins sneaking in to assassinate the city leaders. While the party doesn't have to kill the assassins, the assassins will have no choice but to kill the party, so a fight is assured.
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[User Picture]From: highbulp
2010-06-22 03:48 pm (UTC)
Hmm, maybe... that has a bit of a "random encounter" feeling though, rather than a big finish. I'm not sure the Giants would be trying to assassinate people rather than just crush them (and city leaders would be in the opposite direction anyway). Any any Orc dissidents the PCs would probably try to side with (this group has been trying to make friends with the Orcs, who want none of that :p).

Thanks for the suggestion though :)
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