Post by scottenkainen on Apr 7, 2015 7:08:05 GMT -6
Day 9/Turn 2 for Ramon, (Koldo, Fortunato, Daphne, Jean-Marie, Cayetano):
The others were agreeable to goblin hunting, "So long as they do not lure us too far from this cave mouth," Jean-Marie said. "We do not want the others returning and going inside to look for us while we are away."
So the six adventurers spread out, always leaving someone within sight of the cave mouth. They got plenty muddy, trudging through the fens, and they found lots of signs of tracks. And, after about two hours of scouting, they found the goblins -- or almost did. They knew where the goblins were, could hear them and sometimes caught glimpses of them. It was a small-ish pack, no more than a dozen strong, but the goblins were avoiding an encounter and always stayed 300-500' away from Ramon and the others.
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 7, 2015 9:25:09 GMT -6
Day 9/turn 1a for Axen, Clybe, (Gratien, Kepa, +4 more):
...Axen and Clybe were still pushing their way through the fens when they heard splashing to the southeast. Axen and Clybe mounted the cart for a better perspective. Clybe could see, 100 yards away, four animals the size of dogs swimming in the shallow water towards their general direction. They were giant rats!
Clybe informed the others of the approaching rats and told them to be ready as they approached. Axen jumped down and got himself into position to launch a surprise attack at the first rat that appeared, while Clybe stayed on the wagon, watching the approach of the rats and indicating to others via hand signal that the rats were getting very close...
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 9, 2015 13:40:23 GMT -6
Day 9/the rest of turn 1 for Axen, Clybe, (Gratien, Kepa, +4 more):
Everyone was informed of the approaching rats as the rats drew closer -- but then there was a sharp whistle coming from somewhere and the rats stopped. A minute later, they started to move in again, but this time they stopped at 50 yards and made no effort to draw closer.
"They're just...watching us," Kepa observed. "It's not natural."
"I'm creeped out," a man-at-arms confessed.
"Unless we want to fire arrows and bolts at them, we might as well just post one sentry at all times to watch them and have everyone else go back to moving this cart," Gratien suggested.
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 10, 2015 9:10:13 GMT -6
Day 9/Turn 3 for Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Gratien, Kepa, Koldo, Fortunato, Daphne, Jean-Marie, Cayetano, +4 more):
Ramon and the others could see Axen, Clybe, Gratien, Kepa, and four strangers coming long before they reached the dry island around the cave mouth. Seeing that their horse and cart were still having trouble, many raced out into the fens to help.
Now they were all, finally, reunited. Ramon filled Axen and Clybe in on what else they had found in the dungeon (including the mist-shrouded room behind the portcullises that was left alone). Axen and Clybe, in turn, told Ramon about the defeat of the bandits and their bizarre story about being cursed to live outdoors.
"We have fresher news as well, that may likely bode some new danger," Kepa added, for both groups. "We have been trailed for miles by four giant rats who observe us unnaturally, as if because of a guiding intelligence. We are watched, but for what purpose, I cannot begin to guess."
"The way back is rough," Gratien said. "Even if we load all our treasure now and depart at once, we will barely clear the fens before dark."
"Another option," suggested Axen, "is that we might want to have a group of us go investigate the rats and take care of that problem today, then wake up early and load the cart tomorrow. I am wary of having this much treasure out there on the open path while we're being ambushed by giant rats. If I'm going to be fighting those things, I don't want to have to be worrying about defending a big cart full of gold and treasure, too, especially when there's probably some... mage involved."
Clybe liked Axen's idea and voiced agreement with it. "Since the rats aren't that far back, let's leave a relatively small group here just in case and have most of us simply charge the rats and take them out quickly." Clybe did not want to leave the treasure unguarded by himself, however, so he suggested that he stay back with the four guardsmen sent by the dame. He wanted to create a small insurance policy of his own while the others were fighting...
"It gets more complicated," Ramon said. "There are goblins about too and some of the undead have tried leaving the cave to make trouble. Missile weapons might make short work of those rats."
Ramon was glad the group was back together. He voiced his agreement that they wait for the next morning before loading the treasure and departing. "With these two threats out here we will have to leave the cart and entrance well-guarded when we do go in."
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 14, 2015 14:50:58 GMT -6
Day 9/Turn 3, rds. 1-2 for Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Gratien, Kepa, Koldo, Fortunato, Daphne, Jean-Marie, Cayetano, +4 more):
Gratien, Kepa, and Daphne all had bows, though Daphne had not strung hers in days. They readied their bows, formed up in a line, and let arrows fly, while Ramon, Axen, Clybe, Koldo, Fortunato, and a man-at-arms ran forward.
Two rats were missed entirely by the first volley. One of the two rats hit was skewered and was dying on the spot. The other arrow hit only seemed to wing the rat.
The remaining three rats seemed to think better of staying where they were and ran away, but the six charging adventurers were now hot on their heels -- even as they splashed through thick mud.
Ramon swung, but there was still too much distance between himself and the rat ahead of him.
Axen got a little ahead of Ramon, swung and tripped the same rat, but the rat seemed unhurt by his sword. It scrambled back to its feet and kept running.
Clybe and Koldo both hit the middle rat and they killed it, bashing and then cutting it up.
Fortunato's sword and the spear of the man-at-arms both struck only glancing blows on the remaining rat, which didn't seem much bothered by them.
Although they were now at the edge of water the rats could have escaped in, the two remaining rats turned and stood their ground.
"There is something unnatural about these rats!" Fortunato called out. "Kepa, we need your magic sword! Who has silver weapons?" he asked loudly as went for a dagger at his side.
((Rd. 1: to hit - 10, 2, 19, 3, 15, 11 - 3 dmg; rd. 2: to hit - 4+2, 13+2, 17+2, 10+2, 13+2, 10+2- 2, 2 dmg))
As soon as Axen and Clybe heard Ramon's shout, they began to retreat from the rat nearest them to give the archers a clearer shot. Axen stopped after about ten feet, and Clybe backed up another foot or two beyond that. They both braced for the rat to charge them.
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 15, 2015 9:16:30 GMT -6
Day 9/Turn 3, rds. 3-4 for Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Gratien, Kepa, Koldo, Fortunato, Daphne, Jean-Marie, Cayetano, +4 more):
Those in melee with the strange rats tried to back away, but the rats simply chased after them now. Ramon and the man-at-arms wound up retreating the least far back and were attacked by the giant rats. Ramon wound up being bit on the leg; it was a light wound.
Fortunato had a silver dagger in hand now and ran back up towards the rats, swinging at the rat on the man-at-arms, but just missed. Ramon's mace struck the rat, but it seemed a glancing blow that only knocked it back without hurting it.
Axen was next back in the melee, swinging at the rat on Ramon that was as big as he was! The rat dodged his blade.
Clybe tried to come at the rat from its opposing flank, but it rolled away from his blow too.
Koldo and the man-at-arms weren't having much better luck against the other rat. These rats were almost as tough as bandits!
Kepa was charging towards them to join the melee. Gratien and Daphne avoided shooting arrows into the melee.
The rat that bit Ramon now turned to flee south towards the water again. Clybe thought his head shot should have staved in the rat's skull, but that turned into a glancing blow as well that the rat scrambled away from. The same with Axen's sword. Ramon's swing just missed.
The other rat continued to fight. It leaped over Fortunato's dagger and went for the man-at-arms again, again missing him -- but not by as much.
Kepa was there now, but his magic sword missed as well. Koldo and the man-at-arms, again, fared no better.
((Rd. 3: backing away - 2, 10, 12, 11, 10, 5; to hit Ramon: 16- 4 dmg, to hit maa#1: 3; Fortunato's to hit: 9, Ramon's to hit: 15, Axen's to hit: 7, Clybe's to hit: 6, Koldo's to hit: 9, maa #1's to hit: 11; Rd. 4: Clybe's to hit: 19+2, Axen's to hit: 13+2, Ramon's to hit: 9+2, Fortunato's to hit: 8; to hit maa#1: 8; Kepa's to hit: 7+1, Koldo's to hit: 10, maa#1's to hit: 11))
Axen and Clybe chased the rat into ankle-deep water. If they managed to get a blow in on the retreating rat before the water got deeper than that, they each swung with their melee weapon. If the rat was too fast, they turned and went toward the remaining rat that wasn't in the water.
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 22, 2015 8:33:16 GMT -6
Day 9/Turn 3, rds. 5-6 for Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Gratien, Kepa, Koldo, Fortunato, Daphne, Jean-Marie, Cayetano, +4 more):
Fortunato and Kepa kept at attacking the surrounded rat, but it dodged in and out between their legs and Kepa's magic sword only gave it a haircut.
The cornered rat tried to escape, but Ramon was right there blocking it -- so it lunged to attack him. Luckily, Ramon's shield kept him safe.
Axen and Clybe chased into the swamp water in pursuit of the fleeing rat. Axen was ankle-deep immediately and had to stop. Clybe got in one more attack on the fleeing rat -- and while he was sure that should have been a crushing blow, his mace only sent the rat sprawling deeper into the water.
Ramon was too busy fending off the rat to get in an attack. Koldo and the man-at-arms fared little better.
Fortunato and Kepa continued to fail to hit the rat. The rat continued to miss Ramon.
Axen and Clybe stood their ground, watching the fourth rat swim safely away in water that, Clybe guessed, could be half up to his knee.
Koldo and the man-at-arms, again, fared little better.
((rd. 5: Fortunato's to hit: 6, Kepa's to hit: 9+1, to hit Ramon: 2, Clybe's to hit: 19+2, Ramon's to hit: 3, Koldo's to hit: 9+1, maa #1's to hit: 4; rd. 6: Fortunato's to hit: 4+2, Kepa's to hit: 1+2, to hit Ramon: 2, Koldo's to hit: 7+1, man-at-arm's to hit: 11))
Axen grimaced and chased the rat deeper into the water. He was a bit nervous about going that deep because he didn't know what was in the water. He continued to chase and attack the rat until the water was roughly at navel height on him, then retreated to dry ground if the rat was out of reach.
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 27, 2015 10:33:43 GMT -6
Day 9/Turn 3, rds. 7-8 for Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Gratien, Kepa, Koldo, Fortunato, Daphne, Jean-Marie, Cayetano, +4 more):
Clybe turned and rejoined the fight with the others.
Axen waded out further and managed one more swing at the fleeing rat before the water rose too deep, but his sword was inches off from the mark. When he turned to wade back, he found the weight of his armor had made his bare feet slosh deep into the muck at the bottom of the fens and he was having trouble moving.
Kepa and Fortunato still couldn't lay a finger -- or a magic sword blade and silver dagger respectively -- on the remaining rat. Both men colorfully cursed at the rat for how good it was at dodging and evading them.
Ramon got scratched again by the rat as it tried to flee past him. It was remarkable how smart the rat was at biting less protected areas around his armor. It threw off his aim and he missed completely again.
Koldo and the man-at-arms, again, fared no better, though the man-at-arms' spear seemed to graze the rat.
Clybe was, again, sure his mace had struck, but the rat came out from under it unscathed again.
South of them, Axen managed to slosh through about 6 inches of muck before getting stuck again on his way back to shore. He was still 20' from dry land. The rat he had chased after was no longer in sight, obscured by tall reeds at least 40' further south.
Fortunato and Kepa -- again -- could not hit anything but the ground as the rat ducked and weaved.
The rat turned its attention to Clybe, trying to bit and claw its way through him. He took some nasty bite marks.
Clybe definitely hit the rat back, but it didn't seem to hurt the rat.
The same was finally true for Ramon -- that head blow should have crushed it dead, but instead the rat just rolled out from underneath it. The same was true for Koldo and the man-at-arms.
"What's going on here?" Koldo shouted in frustration.
Gratien and Daphne were at the scene of the fight now, instead of guarding the cart, but could not get into the tightly-packed melee.
((rd. 7: Axen's to hit: 6+2, Fortunato's to hit: 5+2, Kepa's to hit: 4+2, to hit Ramon: 15 - 1 dmg, Ramon's to hit: 7, Koldo's to hit: 2+1, maa#1's to hit: 13, Clybe's to hit: 14; rd. 8: Fortunato's to hit: 3+2, Kepa's to hit: 5+2, to hit Clybe: 14 - 4 dmg, Clybe's to hit: 19, Ramon's to hit: 20, Koldo's to hit: 20, maa#1's to hit: 14))
"Let them flee," Ramon called as he stopped his attacks and backed away from the rat to give it an escape. He was now concerned that the cart was unguarded, though it had nothing of value on it at the moment. "This must be magic that protects them."
He moved back toward the cart once he was clear of the melee. He racked his brain for any knowledge of divine magic that could afford a beast or man the sort of protection he had just witnessed.
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 28, 2015 8:21:09 GMT -6
Day 9/the rest of turn 3 for Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Gratien, Kepa, Koldo, Fortunato, Daphne, Jean-Marie, Cayetano, +4 more):
As Ramon and Clybe retreated away, the remaining rat had an opening to make a break for it. Now Fortunato finally managed to land a dagger swipe on the rat that drew blood. Kepa's magic sword, again, came up short. Both Koldo and the man-at-arms stabbed at it with their weapons, but the rat emerged unharmed from both.
Neither Ramon nor Clybe could think of any magic that would have protected the rats like that.
"Did you see that?" Fortunato asked, pointing at the rat as it fled into the water. Silver hurt it, where steel could not."
"I did," Gratien said, stepping up. "And I sensed they were evil. We have fought undead that could only be hurt in such a way before, but never rats. Did they seem like they could be undead rats?"
"I would stake my useless sword on them not," Kepa said, disgusted with his lack of success the whole combat. "Indeed, I fear they were were-creatures -- and Ramon here was sorely bit and scratched by it..." he said, giving Ramon a wary look.
"I can cure mundane diseases, but lycanthropy..." Gratien said, looking at Ramon like a dying man, "for this we must return to the city. And for now, just monitor Ramon and see. Fortunato, stay here and help me fish our halfling friend out of the water when he comes closer to shore."
Over two minutes, Axen managed to slog 5' closer to shore. It was slow going, as mired in the mud as he had become, but he wasn't stuck yet. Just 15' more to go!
The cart had never been abandoned; Jean-Marie and three men-at-arms still guarded it.
"Let us examine the rats we did slay," Kepa said. He walked back to the two giant rats that had been downed with arrows earlier. He slit their bellies open with an ordinary hunting knife and examined them. "Nothing unusual about these two, that I can see," he declared.
((Fortunato's to hit: 18+2- 3 dmg, Kepa's to hit: 9+2, Koldo's to hit: 17+1, maa#1's to hit: 19))
Ramon took the grim news of his possible infection with the curse of lycanthropy stoically. He would pray for protection and turn to the gods and his brethren of the church if he was destined to become a were-rat.
"If those were were-rats, would their bodies look different? We will have to be aware that some dangerous creatures are stalking us. I will heal my own injuries. Is there anyone else who needs assistance?"
Ramon cast the healing spell on himself and then spoke again, "If we are prepared, we should prepare and fight our way back into the cave. If the gods bless us, perhaps we can hold the enemy at bay as we enter."
Clybe secretly hoped for Ramon to be a lycanthrope, but then he considered the danger. "Perhaps we could bind Ramon during the night and observe, in order to keep all of us safe. What do we have that could work for binding?" He began to search through the packs.
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 30, 2015 8:46:19 GMT -6
Day 9/turns 4 for Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Gratien, Kepa, Koldo, Fortunato, Daphne, Jean-Marie, Cayetano, +4 more):
Everyone waited for Axen to get closer to shore and then several people helped fish him out. Poor Axen was caked in mud from the knee down; it was up under his armor and he had to disrobe to get rid of it all.
People listened to Clybe's talk about restraining Ramon calmly, as if they had all been considering it, but had not been keen to voice it in front of them.
"Let's deal with that later today," Gratien said. "We'll concentrate on getting this cart back to the cave entrance for now."
And it was still tough going, though they now at least had enough hands to move the cart through muck at a faster clip than before. Within an hour they were at last parked right in front of the vaguely skull-shaped mound with the cave mouth in the base of it where a mouth would be.
The horse was hesitant to approach the cave mouth, but within 10' of it grew insanely agitated and reared up to get away.
"We would need a druid to calm this beast enough to make it go in," Kepa said after trying to soothe her.
"We need the cart," Daphne said. "Perhaps we can tie up the horse out here and all move the cart together -- or at least most of us move the cart, while a small contingent up front watches for the undead?"