Calvin puts the scrolls away again (especially since there's a fire in the room!) and takes another step back. He raises his 10' pole, which he can use as an (expendable) weapon should the rug-thing come any closer.
Dieter the Deathless, anger-fueled fighting machine.
The party cowers back towards the door. Kate pulls Tharkus to safety while Calvin tries to ward the monster off with his long pole. Ivan swings fruitlessly trying to finish the thing, and Gwydion misses his shot. Gus attempts a dagger-throw, but that too is unsuccessful. Lakelyn manages to put an arrow through it, shredding the cloth further, and it wavers...but does not fall.
The monster lurches towards Calvin and engulfs the pole entirely, even burning the cleric a little (1 point again), but the party escapes further damage by moving away from the creature. The fire is roaring all over it and threatens to consume the thing entirely, if you can but survive a little longer.
(DM: One more round of defensive actions, it looks like...no more 10 foot pole, but only taking 2 points damage so far (1 to Ivan and 1 to Calvin) is good for such a tough foe...so let's see you finish it off!)
Nice rolling this round! The thing is peppered with arrows and sling-bullets, and collapses in a burning heap. After it smoulders for a time and you recover, Kate retrieves her sword, but the pole is charred and ruined.
Far in the distance through the open passageway to the east you still hear the sounds of work, though they are getting fainter.
Kate kicks at the ashes, looking a bit insulted at the thing. "I understand all the weird monsters in here trying to kill us out of sheer boredom, but I won't stand for my stuff snatched away." She examines the floor to see if it was covering anything interesting.
The blanket-monster (?) doesn't seem to have been hiding any valuables. Here and there amidst the burns you can see some interesting stitch-work; it seems to mostly be charred out, but as far as Calvin and Tharkus can tell it's likelly more of the heterodox religious imagery found in this temple.
The party creeps eastwards, down the columned hall. There are torches in a large square chamber at its end, and beings of some sort working with rope. Flynn and Lakelyn move forwards to investigate.
There are three southern men and two larger, jackal-headed half-men working with ropes. They have stretched them around a white marble statue at the center of the room of the beautiful youth-god, his foot atop the obsidian head of a snarling wolf. They appear to be attempting to topple the statue.
One of the jackal heads is chanting in Adar...the name "Set" is clearly audible among his incantations.
Tharkus grips his spear with white knuckled hands. It takes all of his fortitude to not rush into the chamber and start smiting these heathens blindly. His party members can see he is obviously ready to attack, and will if the party wishes that course of action.
Ernest Gary Gygax 1938 - 2008 "How many people could say that they impacted the lives of millions without bloodshed, political power or a global marketing machine - just a small game of gelatinous cubes, strange dice and 10' corridors? Gary did it just like this, and he did it out of his humble game room in Wisconsin. The context makes it all the more remarkable." - Melan
Post by Lord Gwydion on Jul 7, 2008 1:36:48 GMT -6
If the party decides to attack (and Flynn thinks this may be a good idea, while we have the drop on them), he will try to sneak behind the nearer jackal-head and run it through with his sword from behind.