Dr. Garret Farwild-halfling warlock extraordinaire... and, as mentioned in a past editorial, eternal instigator-may have a shady past. Thrown out of his university for experiments unbecoming a scientist (you considered owlbears an abomination?) he grudgingly took up with his current adventuring party, Biggie and the Smalls, named for fellow halfling Biggie Smallpenny. It helped that his brother Jarret also traveled with the Smalls and could vouch for the miscreant Jarret, though he's regretted making that recommendation almost every day since.
Not last night, however.
Oh, they might have laughed at Garret, once. Once. But that was all before... before the night of the frogs!
Our group is playing through Revenge of the Giants, currently waging their war against the frost giants; last night, we took the fight to Zaelex's ice tower (pg. 116). Once inside, Zaelex appeared along with his ice archons, and so began the combat.
And here's where Garret's new power came into play. On the second floor of the tower, Zaelex held his ground, alternating between throwing ice shards at half the party on the roof, and using his ice maw to drop the rest of the party straight through the floor and down to his level.
With Garret, Biggie, and the wizard Kathra working together, what could have been a brutal, knockdown slugfest against a level 19 controller and his level 19 soldiers turned into something of a highly entertaining farce.
Kathra managed to use visions of avarice (Arcane Power pg. 105) to lock down Zaelex and his ice archon bodyguard. For the rest of the fight, they failed their saves and couldn't escape.
And in came the frogs.
Our party recently hit level 15, and Garret chose (for its name alone) plague of frogs (pg. 81)-a power that summons "a zone of hopping, carnivorous frogs". What an awesome power, both mechanically and flavor-wise. With the enemies held in place, the frogs swarmed over them, chewing, and chewing, and chewing....
Biggie and Kathra added further insult, with both hidden behind closed doors on either side of Zaelex. As the frogs did their worst, on each of their turns they would open the door, fire off a ranged attack at Zaelex, close the door....
At one point the room caught fire, and suddenly it was a swarm of flaming frogs devouring Zaelex... and further hilarity ensued. (Did the frogs get their little tongues frozen to the ice archon? Did they all wear little canes and top hats, singing "hello my baby...")
It was a great fight, and a memorable session. I think my takeaway has to be the roleplaying potential of a well-named, well-used power. It's not just a zone that creates difficult terrain and inflicts 2d8+Cha damage-it's a swarm of carnivorous frogs! And Garret, wicked gleam in his eye, never had more a more satisfying battle.