Marpenoth 29th, 1372 DR The Year of Wild Magic
The Horned Hold: Western Bastion
Having cleared the northern bastion the party had a choice to make, head towards the southern bastion where one of the duergar scouts had escaped or try to cross the narrow bridge spanning the chasm to the western bastion. After a short rest the party decided to examine the bridge and Cymbalta led the party across single file. Apart from the howling wind and a 300’ drop the crossing was uneventful until they realised a barred door blocked there way. The group was divided as to there options, breaking the door down or heading back across and trying the southern bastion. It was then that Cymbalta revealed his “peek-o-matic” and began to work on creating a small hole through the wood & iron banded door.
It was slow work, but it was better than repeated bashing on the door that may have alerted any guards and it was not a great place to be caught in a crossfire. After a short interval Cym had worked a hole large enough for him to peer through, all he needed to cast sensing eye and discovered an empty hallway with two single closed doors and one double door as exits. The party was still looking at Cym going “well that’s all good, but the door is still barred” when he suddenly disappeared and they heard a loud clunk and the door opened to the smiling face of Cymbalta proving that shadow jaunt comes in handy even out of combat.
The party quietly listened at all of the doors and on one of the single doors they managed to hear someone talking in the room beyond. The party prepared and threw the door open and charged into the room gaining surprise over the duergar theurge & guard stationed here. Cymbalta drew on his expertise and took a well aimed shot at the female Theurge after running in and hit home and knocked the Theurge prone. Dopey remained outside, changed into panther form and guarded the parties rear.
The guard let loose with a yell, seeming to call out to nearby allies, shifted and took a swipe at Happy only to miss. Sure Thing taking advantage of this used her song to shift Happy into a flanking position on the guard. To the west a door opened and a strange looking arbelest on legs appeared, and took a bead on Bashful. Happy struck out with an enfeebling strike and weakened the guard considerably. From the recently opened doorway two large bolts screamed into the room missing Bashful & Cymbalta and richoched of the walls. Bashful knowing full well how dangerous the Theurge could be shifted a step closer, howled and tried to strike, but was distracted by the sight of another arbelest with legs appearing in the hallway beyond and missed. Cymbalta took careful aim, hit the Thuerge again and shifted further west. Another guard came running up from the hallway behind the party, threw his poisoned quills and pin cushioned Dopey. Dopey sprung closer and retaliated with sharp claws, blood flew.Another guard moved into the room protecting the Thuerge, the guard caught unware as Bashful lashed out with his halberd and landed a heavy blow.Sneezy took the opportunity to position himself for a well placed shroud of flames to engulf the Theurge and both guards. Despite fire resistance the Theurge and one guard were singed, however the ongoing flames that lingered on them had no effect. The prone Theurge looking unbeaten let loose with some vile fumes. Cymbalta must have been taking a deep breath right at that moment has he suddenly convulsed and nearly collapsed, in addition to being blinded. Happy also blinded, coughed and splutted and felt worse for the experience. Luckily Bashful and Sneezy managed to avoid the fumes, the Theurge crawled towards the safety of the doorway. Sure Thing unsuccessfully tried to draw the Theurge closer with some cutting words.
The guard who had been flanked, shifts towards the Theurge and lands a heavy blow on Happy bringing him to his knees. The nearest arbelest lets fly and Bashful takes a solid hit while Sneezy gets away with a graze. Happy feeling the need inspires the group onwards as he wipes his eyes and recovers from the fumes. The other arbelest seems to slow down a little and lets a single bolt fly, missing Bashful by a mile. Again Sure Thing takes advantage of the situation and shifts Bashful into striking range of the Theurge. Bashful shifts closer still to the Theurge and lets loose with a brutal slam and knocks the Theurge backwards into the legs of an arbelester making it totter, finishing with a roar of wrath Bashul shakes the guards adjacent to him. The Theurge was no longer looking so confident, and she glanced around looking for an escape route. Cymbalta aiming his bow this way and that is unwilling to let loose not knowing exactly who is who. Instead he takes deep breath and tries to clear his eyes. Dopey watches the guard bleed slowly from his previous claw rake and decides to finish this. He lets the guard have it with a thunder ram assault knocking the guard off his feet and sending him out the door leading to the narrow bridge. Dopey quickly moved towards the door, closing & bolting it, one guard down! Meanwhile one fo the guard who had been cut off from teh Theurge decides to turn his anger on Sneezy. He shifts closer only to be thwarted when Sneezy becomes like a mist and slides away.The guard lets loose instead with some poison quills but causes no real harm thanks to Happy’s inspiring words and continues moving to close the gap with Sneezy. Sneezy shifts away from the guard and seeing an opportunity to take down the Theurge prepares a scorching burst over the doorway. However something must have gone wrong in the delivery as it just fizzled and no enemies where burnt. The Theurge bleeding from many wounds, still prone in the doorway decides to fight on and covers the area in a wave of despair, afflicting friend and foe alike and then crawled through the doorway. Bashful and both guards failed to resist the despair and where filled with fear & dread. The guard who was closing in on Sneezy was subjected to a staggering barrage of sound from Sure Thing, pushing him into the range of Bashfuls halberd who let him have it bringing the guard to his knees.
The guard between Bashful & Happy, oppressed by dread only manages to shift one square closer to the door while an arbelest takes another shot at a dejected Bashful, who doesnt even notice the bolt wizz past, so filled with despair. Happy finally able to see again, moves to guard Sneezy and lands a fatal blow on the guard who had been intent on hurting Sneezy. Another bolt from an arbelest goes wizzing into the room striking Bashful a glancing blow. Bashful takes a half hearted swipe at the remaining guard and misses, but enraged by his feeling of helplessness he manages to shake off his depair. Cymbalta seeing the room is mostly cleared moves so he can get a clear shot at the door in the hope of taking down the Thuerge. Unfortunately the Theurge is out of sight so he performs a clever shot on the remaining guard that knocks him off his feet. Dopey hears the guard he just locked out running off into the distance. He prowls down the corridor to where he can hear a great deal of noise. Moving into some shadows he detects a presence nearby and takes a blind swipe to be rewarded with a scream and tearing sound. Sneezy moves and prepares another scorhing burst over the doorway singing both the remaining guard and one of the arbalests. Dopey feeling the dark shape in the shadows take flight he tries a quick swipe but misses in the gloom, only to see the Theurge dash out of the shadows heading south to take cover around a corner. Sure Thing unsuccessfully sings out some staggering notes against the remaining guard.
The prone and despairing guard can barely lift his hammer as he swipes it towards Bashful and misses. In the hallway the Arbalester spots Dopey, but perhaps spinning to face the new threat caused its aim to be off and the bolt wizzes past Dopey. Happy moves towards the remaining prone guard but fails to repeat his killing strike and the guard lives for a few more seconds. In the hallway the other Arbalester sees the new threat and fires at Dopey who shrugs of the damage thanks to Happy’s earlier inspiring words. Bashful shifts into a position to block the guards escape and lands a heavy strike, leaving it barely breathing. Cymbalta moves towards the door still hoping to get a shot at the Theurge and moves through as the guard takes a swipe at his feet as he passes but Cymbalta dodges aside and just to make matters worse for the guard Happys divine challenge kicks in and burns the guard with divine light. Quickly looking around Cymbalta spots a shadowy shape just around the corner and lets loose but the arrow nicks the corner and misses. Dopey leaps in marking his territory and takes a swipe at an arbalester and wood splinters go flying. Sneezy finishes off the last guard with a quick sure fire magic missile and moves towards the door. The near dead Thuerge heads towards the double doors and escapes through, but not before raining down fiery hail, Bashful catches alight and screams in pain, Dopey doesn’t fair much better but Cymbalta and Sneezy absorb the damage thanks to Happys Inspiring words. Sure Thing seeing Bashfuls pain soothes his wounds with some kind words.
An arbalest speeds up a notch, moves to aid the Theurges escape and slams a bolt into Dopey making him see stars and almost felling him, Cymbalta manages to dodge the other bolt. Happy races through the door and heads for the closest arbalest and delivers a shielding smite that splinters the arbalest badly and a glowing shield appears over Dopey as Happy lays hands to assist Dopey with his dire wounds. Happy with his back turned takes a bolt up the you know where bringing him to tears, while the other bolt split hairs on Dopeys head. Bashful feeling better moves through the doorway and finally splinters the closest arbalest into many pieces. Cymbalta takes aim at the last arbalest and knocks it off its legs with a splintering of wood. Dopey regains his feet and pounces after the escaping Theurge who has just reached some shadows, using some hidden energy he takes a swipe, raking his claws across the Theurges back, staggering her but not enough to bring her down. Launching a magic missile from the safety of the door Sneezy whittles away at the remaining arbalest. The Theurge turns, looses a bolt of fire at dopey who shrugs it off and continues running east along the bridge between bastions. Sure Thing moves through the door and sings some soothing words over Happy inspiring him to fight on.
Happy energised, charges after the Theurge and also using a burst of additional energy gets within throwing range and throws his Dwarven Thrower which lands true and takes down the Theurge for good. The last arbalest falls quickly to a heavy blow from Bashful and a final arrow from Cymbata, and the battle ends.
The party gathers and when it appears that no alarm has been raised head back into the barracks area for a short rest.
Cymbalta : Level 9 Rare, +2 Amulet of Health
Dopey : Dwarven Greaves
Sleepy : Level 8 Uncommon
+2 flaming maul
12 × 25 gp gems
4 × 10 gp gems
5 × 100 gp gems
1 x demon idol 325 gp
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Marpenoth 29th, 1372 DR The Year of Wild Magic