Approaching the Obelisk that marked the entrance to the tomb Tyria and Kildrak both sensed that something was different. A little investigation indicated that some other people, humans, had been here recently. But the numbers and how long ago were impossible to determine.
In the entry room, they did notice that the first door was locked. And Tyria happened to notice that there was a string attached to the door on the other side, just catching it in a trick of the light that was visible on the other side of the door. Nisaven was able to burn the string away with a little arcane fire before the group quietly unlocked the door.
The group quietly crept through the corridors, led by Kildrak. Until he came into the second entry room, only to find two human soldiers in strange armor standing guard behind a makeshift wooden barricade.
“What do we have here? A Stunt? begone Stunt, you and the pecks behind you, this is not your place.”
At the word of the insults Nisaven reacted immediately. Casting a fireball into the room, which flared into brightness. At the same time, Kildrak and Tyria had rushed into the room to punish the humans for their insults.
This damage was too much for the guards, both falling. Tyria followed by peering down the corridor behind the guards, followed by Nisaven and Alecto. Gromly joined Kildrak in examining the arms and armor of these strangely armored guards.
Which meant the 2 dwarves were the only ones in the room when the rest of the guards and the rogue Senetio emerged from their hidden guard room. Gromly and Kildrak stood to fight the guards. Only to have Nisaven pop back into the room and unleash his Wand of Fear. Which caused the soldiers, Senetio and Kildrak to all flee the room in different directions.
While this was happening Tyria had come upon the Priest Ripanus in the temple Sanctuary. The Priest reacted with anger at the presence of this little creature and flung insults. To which Tyria responded by leaping upon the altar and unleashing a fusillade of blows from her staff and feet. The Priest was stunned, called upon the power of his God, but it was too late.
Kildrak by this time had recovered from his fear but was unable to keep pace with Senetio as he fled, so he returned to the room. While Gromly held the door to the guards room, in case they recovered.
Having overcome the Priest, Tyria and Nisaven moved to investigate the Sanctuary. And opened the hidden door on the opposite side just as Gaius and Proculius were coming to investigate all of the explosions.
Proculius employed a spell to freeze Tyria. And Gaius shoved her aside to find other foes. At this time, Kildrak had finally returned and moved to battle Gaius. A fierce fight then ensued. While Nisaven and Alecto tried to overcome the magics of Proculius.
Eventually, Kildrak was able to overcome Gaius, and Tyria was able to rise and vanquish Proculius. While Gromly found and finished the remaining soldiers. Only Senetio was able to escape the party’s wrath. Having fled, stealing Nisaven’s war pony. Gromly assured the party that there was no way that a man with no supplies or winter clothing could survive long out in the elements.
This was about the most interesting combat the group has fought in a long time. I got them completely spread out. And facing enemies with similar powers to theirs. It was touch and go for a while. I also minimized the actions of the NPC.
They fought one more battle that I don’t think was worthy of narration. And now the group heads home to their base. They finally got a little more loot: a spell book, adamantine chain mail, elven cloak, quiver of Ehlonna.
Apparently the monk player is frustrated that he isn’t doing more. Well, the reality is that he has lots of choices, he is just not making them. I am not going to spoon feed their tactical decisions to them.
All in all, it was a really good session I thought. The boys had to think a little. They got spread out and had to figure things out. And I have begun the planning for the next session, which has me excited.