What a great and heroic finish to the 1st book!
Our band of merry makers leave Oleg’s after dealing with the Kobolds and Mite issue. They make a quick stop at the last unexplored hex in the northern Narlmarches in which they find a dead unicorn with it’s horn broken off at the base.
It appears it was killed with some kind of death magic which left no marks and even normal carrion are staying away.
They continue south west along the Skunk river and find the Stag fort quite easily. Waiting until night, the ranger and druid stealthily sneak up the hill only to discover that some zombies start busting out of the ground. Well, the ranger’s motto has always been, “if we don’t need to fight it, run”, so the two start running around the hill. The zombies follow, but are too slow to catch them and they escape with no problem. One of the bandits in the fort notices and laughs at them.
The next morning, the PC’s decide to just walk up to the gate, all 4 stag amulets exposed (because officers always walk around the wilds together?), and asked to be let in. The gate guard on duty calls Akiros up, he takes a gander at the pcs, sees their amulets and lets them in.
After a brief time of chatting with a couple of bandits, breakfast being searched out, and Akiros asking them in a hushed tone who they really are and what they are doing here. He seems to be open to turning on the Stag lord, but doesn’t commit to anything right then.
A bit later, the heroic adventures form a plan of attack, get to their places (the sniper all innocent like walks up to a tower that gives her great view around the fort. The other three take positions up on a cat walk) and let the pixie lead the attack by putting a bandit to sleep with a well placed itty-bitty sleep arrow.
The other bandits start to notice something is up and begin to draw swords and bows. Our battle cleric of the Inheritor counter charges Auchs before he gets his charge off and puts a dent in Auchs head (unfortunately, an organ he has little use for).
The paladin drinks the enlarge potion and steps down off the 2nd story into the lower part of the fort. He proceeds to engage 2 mook bandits and put an end to there miserable lives.
A sniper battle ensues between the ranger and another tower inhabiting bandit, but she proves to be awesome at what she does, and takes him out with one hit (don’t be a human in her cross hairs boys…). Two more badits come running around the corner right under her tower, one of which is Falgrim Sneeg, and puts a foot of wooden arrow shaft down through his shoulder into his lung and kills him outright (see above parentheses). Woops! So much for “worth more alive than dead”…
The enlarged paladin advances farther into the structure and encounters a large owlbear that apparently is a pet of the staglord. Well, it busts out of it’s cage and attacks Darius.
Right then, the much sought after bad guy, The Staglord, in a skeletal stag helmet steps out from another room armed with a wicked looking bow. He puts an arrow into darius and smiles with wicked satisfaction.
Meanwhile, back up on the second story, Isabella the warrior cleric is busy tying up a defeated Auchs who is crying and blubbering like a scared child.
Kyras has by now jumped down into the fray after dispatching a bandit with his Eagle of doom…doom…doom…
He summons an earth elemental that turns a bandit into a red smear on the wall.
Darius realizing the staglord is the greater threat, leaves the owl bear behind him and advances right up into his grill and smacks him with a really big sword.
The staglord retreats taking a swat in the rear and disappears into some back room.
This whole time, the invisible pixie has been peppering the owl bear with 2 inch sleep arrows to very little effect. Finally though, the magic affects the owl bear and it wobbles and falls. Isabella, who is down with the rest at this point, walks over and ends its miserable existence.
Vanima, lacking any good targets from her high vantage point comes down and looks for more targets to pin cushion. Unfortunately for her, the staglord reappears up on a wall and plugs her for a very hefty hit with his own bow.
Darius then walks over and hits him, knocking him back off the wall. Being 12’ tall, Darius looks over the 10’ wall and sees the staglord getting up. He decides to hop over the wall and finish in head smashing fashion, the leader of the bandits, the Iotolla of rock and rolla, the protector of virginity…………….. Oreck Von Lichtenstein!!!!
Oh, ahem, woops. Sorry, got carried away there. Its just so exciting.
After a brief rest and healing surge to get everybody back to as close to full health as possible, the group goes down the trap door into the supply area. They are cautioned by Akiros that an old creepy guy lives down there that they used to sometimes get healed by.
In the basement they find a large stash of stolen loot and a nearly dead woman staked by a collar to the ground. As they move in to check it out, a large ant and spider swarm materializes and attacks.
Darius uses his last lay on hands to stabilize the bleeding out woman, but a green acidic bolt hits her from the ceiling. Isabella channels to heal her more. On the 15’ ceiling, a wolverine is walking across it.
Vanima smacks it with an arrow. It walks down the wall and tears into the old woman who is actually surrounded by a bloody circle on the floor.
She screams and starts floating with an arched back (none of this in a good way).
The wolverine is easily killed by the heroes who than turns into an old man.
In front of their eyes, the woman’s skin starts splitting and this gore covered, emaciated demon looking thing pulls itself out of her. Darius hacks into it with his cold iron long sword with sizzles as it cuts into the red thing.
An exchange of blows leaves Darius near death and the pixie shoots the demon. Turns out Demons are not immune to sleep effects and is staggered by the sleep arrow. While it is seemingly staggered, the paladin stabs it deeply and is screams out in common, “You can not stop Sifkesh the Corrupt. The crown will be bathed in the blood of innocents!”
At which point it starts to smoke and crumble and then winks out of existence.
We stopped here with everything un looted and this is where we will start next game.
Great time everybody. Great way to end the first book.