Uktar 12th, 1372 DR The Year of Wild Magic
Day 33 – Midmorning
The Well of Demons: Gnoll Outpost
On opening the doorway the group was assailed by a putrid stink that was something of a cross between Haggis and a wet dog, which admittedly is almost the same thing but given the choice you would rather have a wet dog in your home than a dry Haggis. Moving down the hallway revealed a pair of Gnolls inside a mess room. Bashful bravely raced forward to confront the pair while Cymbalta provided fire support. Happy and Haggis were just moving to engage when from further down the corridor there raced a pack of rabid hyenas. Mouths frothing and baying like insane loons the dog creatures rapidly surrounded Bashful and cut him off from the rest of the party. Undaunted Bashful smashed his way through the pack back towards Happy and Snow while Cymbalta and Haggis helped whittle down the pack with well-placed ranged attacks.
With the group once again united Happy and Bashful had just begun to cut down the beasts when from the darkness to the east an arrow sped and stuck Bashful a painful blow. Lurking cowardly in the dark the gnoll’s leader had joined the battle loosing feathered death down the corridor. Happy strode forward to engage the fiend closely followed by Cymbalta while Bashful, Haggis and Snow strove to finish off the surviving hyena pack. With the leader now firmly in sight Cymbalta let loose an accurately placed shot which stuck the gnoll’s hand to the wall and made him an easy target. As Happy moved to attack Cymbalta shadow shifted behind the monster and pushed it forward into Happy’s waiting warhammer and its painful death. With the leader gone and the dog pack dispatched it was a simple matter for Bashful and Haggis to finish off the remaining gnolls and claim victory.
On searching the area some small amount of gold and trinkets were found along with a pale blue cloak which, upon donning, Haggis proclaimed to be a most fitting match to his eyes.
Moving to the south the party descried the sounds of a creature in distress coming through a set of doors; a high pitched squealing and grunting could be hard along with the sharp laughing barks of more hyenas. Bursting through the door they were confronted by the sight of a giant boar chained to the ground inside a cage made of metal bars rammed into the floor while several hyenas tormented the poor beast from outside. Further south a line of hay bales split the room behind which several gnoll archers stood and, upon hearing the party enter, raised their bows to attack. In a sound tactical move Happy, Bashful, Haggis and Snow raced down the outside corridor in search of a rear door to make entrance to the chamber and engage the gnolls without needing to run the gauntlet of their arrows. Cymbalta stayed in the north and provided covering fire, both figurative and literally as he sent his deadly arrows speeding towards the gnolls and then set the bales of hay alight. Once the party had engaged the gnolls from the rear Cymbalta shifted into the cage and began to sooth the wounded boar which struggled to free itself. For all its size and fearsome countenance there was something about the beast which showed it to be more than just a simple pig and Cymbalta wished to free this noble creature from its unjust imprisonment.
Meanwhile Bashful, Happy and Haggis had engaged the gnolls in fierce hand-to-hand combat. The gnolls, trapped by the fire and confronted with several angry faced dwarves, dropped their bows and attempted to fend off the attack with their hand axes. However the dog-like beings were no match for the enraged dwarves and they soon fell to the superior skill of the three warriors.
Once Cymbalta had calmed the boar and tended its wounds he was able to free it from its chains and release it, but instead of just running away the beast stayed and almost seemed to indicate it’s thanks to the group in yet another indication of its apparent intelligence. Upon spying a collar around the boar’s neck Cymbalta wrote a hasty note to let the creature’s master know who had freed it from imprisonment and then showed the boar the way out of the chamber and bid it fare well on its journey home.
Searching the gnoll bodies provided another small pile of gold but no clues as to where the boar originated or why the gnolls had held it prisoner.
Happy : Cloak of Resistance +2
Party : 118 Gold, 2xGems @ 150g, Set of gaming dice
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Uktar 12th, 1372 DR The Year of Wild Magic