After watching the wagon and horse collapse into the hive the adventurers drop down into the hole and decide to explore the hive further…
After following the north most winding passage the adventurers finally entered a large dug out chamber with two soldier ants guaring the rest of the next. Both soldiers immediately went at the leader adventurer which happened to be Brogg. The first ant’s mandibles cut through Brogg’s plate armor like it wasn’t even there. As he struggled to free himself from the ants jaws the 2nd soldier ant came up behind and immobilized him within IT’S jaws as well. Brogg was in trouble.
Luckily with the two soldier’s attention on the struggling Night, Eenn and Keesha were able to harass them at will. Eenn’s Lance of Faith cut struck deep into the 2nd soldier while Keena ran to the other side of the room and let loose her skirmisher shot deep into the 2nd soldier’s hindquarters. The soldier immediately released Brogg and when straight for Keena, wrapping her up in it’s mandibles and digging it’s sticker deep in her side. Keen screamed out in pain as she dropper her bow and stabbed at the soldier with her longsword. The sword went straight threw the soldier’s head and it dropped to the ground thrashing, dragging Keena along with it.
Meanwhile, Brogg pounded at the first soldier with his war hammer as the soldier tried desperately to find a weak spot in Brogg’s armor to insert it’s hind stinger, dripping with acid. One more Lance of Faith from Eenn and the soldier ant dropped to the ground dead.
Nearby they found a skeleton and a decaying bag from which gold was starting to pour out. In all they were able to scrouge up 30 of the gold coins to pocket.
After a short rest the party moved out of the first room into the Northeast passage and almost immediately were set upon a group of Hive workers led by a Hive warrior. The hive Warrior charged and ripped into Brogg’s armor with it’s piercing bite. Brogg screamed out in pain as one of the workers surged forward and latched onto his leg. He brought his hammer crashing down on the warrior and denting it’s Chitinous shell. Safely behind Brogg in the passage Keena and Eenn were able to make short work of the hive workers from a distance as Brogg held his ground and drove the Hive warrior deep into the earth with his overwhelming hammer blasts!
Exiting from the east they didn’t travel far before they encountered a lone soldier ant. The odds were on their side and they quickly dispatched the hive soldier without barely taking a scratch.
Heading Northeast from one of the exits the adventurer’s ran into a dead end. The room was small, no more than 60sq feet. In the middle was a large pile of refuse, from behind, which, scurried more hive ants – a warrior, soldier and worker. The warrior reached Brogg first and with a vicious bite tour through his plate armor. Brogg returned the favor with a swing of his warhammer at the head of the beast. The warrior filled the narrow passageway, preventing the other ants from reaching Brogg. The battle continued back and forth between the ants, scrambing over it’s dead companions one at a time until they were no more. Keena dug through the refuse discovering 600sp, a small ivory statue of a beautiful woman, and a rod in pristine condition. Eenn grabbed the rod from Keena’s hand grinning. “I can’t WAIT to use this one!”
As there were no exits leaving this room the adventurer’s backtracked to the initial cave in room and left via the south exit. The passage curved back upon itself and opened up into a huge chamber. A terrifying screech drew the adventurer’s attention towards the back of the chamber where they saw a grotesque bloated ant creature. With it’s screech, 2 worker ants turned on the party and rushed towards Brogg. Before they reached him Keena put them in the ground with two well placed arrows. Brogg charged the bloated queen and ran straight through her putrid aura to smash his warhammer through her bulbous body. The warhammer bounced away to Brogg’s suprise and the queen turned her jaws on the warrior nearly swallowing him in her huge mandibles. Keena shot an arrow followed by Eenn’s Lance of faith and both struck the queen who scurried backwards dropping Brog. Keena and Eenn ran forward as the queen let out another scream. Four more workers scurried from the walls towards the adventurers. Eenn cast his Moment of Glory and knocked them all back while Keena and Brog sprang forward towards the queen. She spit a noxious green cloud that sorrounded Keen and Brogg and began eating away at their armor and skin. Brogg let out a cry of pain and dropped to the ground unconcious. Eenn cast his Holy word to bring Brogg back from the edge of death and then hurled a Lance of Faith at one of the queen’s minions, turning it into dusk where it was stuggling to stand. Keena let loose two arrows in quick sucession to knock down two more of the queen’s workers while the last worker charged forward and attacked Brogg while the queen used her pincers to carve through his armor yet again. Brogg went down again and this time would not be getting back up. Eenn lashed out with another lance of Faith and took down the last of the workers while Keena took careful aim at the queen and struck her between her multi-faceted eyes. The queen reeled backwards, screeching and rolling over and over until it finally remained on it’s back… it’s legs twitching slightly in the air. Eenn immediately ran to Brogg who, after some bandaging was able to limp to conciousness. Among the debris in the chamber the adventurers were able to find a gleaming longsword which Brogg strapped into his belt with a grin…