As always, answers drawing on experience would be ideal.
In our session last night, our party faced a number of enemies which, to us, seemed impossible to defeat in combat.
The enemies included:
- A high leveled hag (with spell slots above level 9), who had corrupted and taken over a member of our party (our rogue)
- A corrupted Eldritch Knight
- A legendary Kraken
- A rogue who was corrupted by the Hag, and forced to do her bidding
This battle also occurred underwater, meaning many (though not all) of the relevant underwater combat rules were applied (our DM used some discretion to streamline the encounter, but did impose movement and spellcasting penalties).
What was frustrating was how it seemed impossible for us to defeat these enemies. Without our Rogue, our damage-dealing power was significantly impeded. Further, the Hag was targeting my Barbarian player with Suggestion - a Suggestion which could not be counterspelled using our Wizard's level 9 counterspell.
This meant that within 1 round:
- Our Rogue and my Barbarian were corrupted and forced to fight the rest of the party.
- We were all took HUGE amounts of damage (who knew a legendary Kraken could hurt so much?), downing our Bard almost immediately.
- Our Sorcerer, Wizard, and Druid now had to take on: a Hag, an Eldritch Knight, a Kraken, a level 20 Rogue, and a level 20 Barbarian on their own.
- Our Wizard, who eventually used dimension door to escape the combat, was inevitably punished by the hag for running by using some DM-concocted curse resulting in a decrease to his INT score.
Now, I do recognize that not all encounters need to be resolved through combat, however in this circumstance it felt like my agency as a player was almost entirely removed, forcing us to fight and then subsequently submit to the hag. There seemed to be NO WAY to win this fight, but worse, it seemed that my character in particular was forced to bargain with the hag in exchange for the lives of the rest of the party (without a roll by the DM she reached out to my character asking what I could provide her in exchange for the lives of my fellow adventurers). While this could feasibly be a plot milestone the DM wanted us to encounter, based on my previous sessions with this DM, I have serious concerns that I have been railroaded by the DM into entering a deal I will surely regret.
How can I deal with this railroading, and more specifically, with a plot device that appears to have been engineered to be a) unavoidable, and b) targeted specifically at my character?
Is this simply a part of the game that I need to deal with? Were there other options available to me that I missed?