Since it may matter here, actions below are explained in initiative order:
The party moved quickly up the ridge trying to reach the ledge where the bugbears now seemed to be staked out. The first to reach it was Thaoran who ran as quickly up the difficult terrain as he could. As he reached the flat area, he saw two bugbears standing there ready to defend their position. Behind them a large flat area extended – it stretched about 100’ or so from North to South – with a sheer cliff wall rising behind it. The flat area was about 40’ wide for much of this space but narrowed near the northern and southern ends. Several small trees grew in the area. A smoking pyre sat near the cliff wall near the southern end of the ledge. About 20’ to the north of the pyre was a small pile of brush and branches, doubtless fuel for the fire. The fire was still burning, although not strongly, and putting out a column of sooty black smoke.
Soledad did her best to race up the hill and catch the others. Lily, meanwhile, surprised to have been caught from behind by Thaoran and Uthal, decided to give up on caution and ran on as well, coming to within 20’ of the ledge.
One of the bugbears had grabbed a large log and threw it at Thaoran as he climbed onto the flat area. The elf, expecting danger when he exposed himself, threw up his shield and just barely managed to deflect the log and it bounced off down the ridge and into the brush, deflected away from the party by his shield. The bugbear howled in frustration.
Dok chose not to dash up the hill, taking a more cautious route knowing that other creatures might be there to attack from the rear or sides. He saw no such attack.
Hornet and Uthal also ran up the path. Hornet was close to the top, but Uthal made it to the top and stood side by side with Thaoran.
The second bugbear, seeing both Thaoran and Uthal climb into view charged forward and took a mighty swing with a massive morning star. But it seems he couldn’t decide which one to target and thus ended up only striking the ground between the pair.
Dok, seeking the bugbear appear on the edge of the ledge above him sent a guiding bolt screaming towards the monster but misjudged the angle and saw his bolt instead fly past the creature’s head.
Notes and Overiew
*I interpreted Dok’s post as a “held action.” You have the ability say, “I will do this if X happens.” Then if whatever the trigger was you designated occurs, you do it. He said he had a guiding bolt prepared. I would prefer you designate something specifically as a held action, but I know some of you don’t know that rule well. Note – if you hold a spell and the trigger doesn’t occur, you still waste the spell slot. That doesn’t impact cantrips or weapon attacks of course.
*Gerdar didn’t post and so moved up slowly.
*Silver – Tann is having some real world issues and will try to post when he can. He has been a very loyal gamer and a part of this site for longer than I have and I will be very patient with his needs. Right now, Silver is along for the ride.
*The two of you on the ridge are up there completely and able to take whatever action you wish.
*Hornet, at 90’ up the ridge and 10’ away from the top can reach the top and attack next turn.
*Those 70-80 feet from the edge still can reach the top next turn only if they dash. That would leave them without an action once there.
*Anyone further than 70’ from the top can’t make it there next turn.
*You can all see the one bugbear that moved forward to attack Thaoran. However, given that he is on the ledge he has partial coverage from anyone still climbing. This means that anyone not yet at the top can make a ranged attack on him if they don’t dash. However, it will be with disadvantage. (Roll two d20 and take the lower roll.) This would not affect Uthal and Thaoran as they are already at the top.
*The second bugbear (threw the log) is further back and not visible to anyone not on the ledge.
*I will get a map posted soon – and will use an alternate method that will hopefully stick.
Distances for everyone from the top:
(Note the distance to the top is 100’ – Hornet has 10’ still to go, Lily and Gerdar 25&rsquo
Thaoran and Uthal – at the top
Lily and Gerdar – 75’
Soledad – 55’
Silver, Dok – 50’