The obelisk cracked on the samurai's first stroke, and was cleft in twain on the second, a tingling sensation bursting forth from it before the ambient tingling faded. Whatever arcane thing(s?) the obelisk was doing, it wasn't doing anymore.
The distant wailing of ghosts seemed to fade. I guess the obelisk was somehow keeping them bound? Who knows. Ghosts are weird.
Yaaay! Mision acco-
Oh, wait. Why is the ground shaking?
The moment the obelisk shattered the ground shook in a brief but relatively powerful tremor. Cracks and tiny fissures appeared in the ground of the shrine, as well as the walls and even the vines of the nearby dead plant-life, all billowing thick black 'smoke' and weeping black ichor. The stench of the stuff was unbearable and overwhelming - the group could *taste* the foulness.
Before the group could make a break for it, the mass of smoke(?) and oil(?) had congealed into a, well, into a something. A monstrous, vaguely humanoid, something with arms and legs splayed out from its sides on all fours. From its fang-lined mouth it sputtered and drooled more of the black sludge, while also billowing out the thick smoke. Various pores and fissures on the things body similarly belched the thick black smoke, while the entire creature seemed to be composed of the black goo, dripping and oozing and reforming, constantly.
With a sound that was midway between a roar, a cough, and the sound of shifting earth, the abomination hurled itself onto Akaiji, apparently trying to force the samurai prone, but failing since, well, Akaiji was kind of sturdy.
The moment the thing's body made contact with Akaiji's, the Samurai could feel his very life draining away. It didn't help that, while grappling with the thing, it proceeded to vomit black ichor all over the humanoid crab, the viscious black liquid burning at the samurai's carapace as it gnawed at his very life-force.
Akaiji felt sick. In fairness, so did everyone. The horror seemed to emanate a palpable aura of disease and defilement.
Akaiji takes 5 damages from the creature's touch!
Akaiji takes 15 damages from the creature's vomit!
Everyone needs to make a DC20 Fortitude save or be Nauseated. Whether or not you succeed or fail you are still Sickened for 1d4 rounds.
Sickened applies a –2 penalty on all attack rolls, weapon damage rolls, saving throws, skill checks, and ability checks. This applies after you make the initial Fort save against Nausea, so you don't have to apply that -2 to the initial Fort save.
A Nauseated character is busy puking their guts out and can only take a single move action on their turn.
The creature got two actions because surprise round + regular round. I obviously am assuming the creature won the initiatives.
The creature is currently *on* Akaiji grappling with him. The area is small enough that Hui can't use her explosives or acid for fear of collateral, and it's not like anyone else have abilities that depend on range. Suffice it to say that unless you are Akaiji or Ganzorig, you need to move into position to attack the creature, but that the movement distance is negligible enough for one move action. No map. No initiative, either. The creature goes (it already did) than everyone else in whatever order you feel like posting in. As the new rules generally go you each have 24 hours from whoever posted last or I reserve the right to skip your turn.
I'm not giving the creature's abilities just yet. Although the first time someone hits it I will edit this post.