Trial of the Seven

Pit Battle

Dwyn attempts a sneak attack on the nearest guard and he drops to the ground with a sword in his back. At the other end of the pit the orc sitting on the throne, sees this, stands up and shouts. All the orcs turn to see their companion crumpled to ground with a little hafling standing over him. Dwyn shrugs his shoulders with a little oops… and suddenly the other orc guard beside him goes down with a slavering wolf utop it ripping out it’s throat.

The gladiator’s face turns to anger and he shouts… “PUT THEM IN THE PIT!!!!”

Dwyn dashes forward and attacks the closest orc drudge around the right side of the pit and it goes down.

One of the Orc Savages from the other side of the pit moves around into position and tosses an axe at Dwyn but it goes wide.

Sir Wil moves into the room and approaches one of the orc savages…

Kyrr moves up and a ball of fire shoots out from his raised scepter and kills 2 savages and a Drudge, and wounds an archer standing in the back.

Brogg moves up into the room.

Carra runs up and with a shot of her bow takes a shot at the closest orc savage but misses.

The wounded archer takes a shot back at Kyrr and hits, knocking him back a square.

Pressing the advantage against the mage, the large orc that was sitting on the chair, charges forward and attacks, bloodieing Kyrr. He follows up (action point) with a booming shout that echoes off the walls, knocking Kyrr unconcious, and bouncing Dwyn closer to the pit.

One of the savages charges Sir Wil and attempts to knock him into the pit but he stands firm.

Bardryn runs up and first heals Kyrr and then uses his sling against the large orc Gladiator wounding him.

Below, the wounded owlbear finishes off the last orc it was fighting and looks up at the new combatants in anger…

Keena finally charges ahead and leads of with a skirmish shot against the orc Gladiator wounding him.

The other orc archer hits Sir Wil and knocks him back.

The last remaining orc drudge charges Sir Wil with his club raised, and crits!

Bardryn’s wolf attacks the very same Drudge and murders it!

Dwyn sneaks around the gladiator and with his Duelist’s demand hits and wounds him.

Next Sir Wil acts and with his action point uses his second wind before attacking the Savage in front of him.

Kyrr now stands up and backs up before shooting off an energy bolt into the orc gladiator.

Next Sir Brogg moves up and takes on the gladiator toe to toe. With a strike of his flaming war hammer he wounds him badly.

Carra now moves up and with another shot of her bow tries to hit the unwounded orc archer and crits!

The other wounded archer takes a shot at Kyrr and pushes him towards the edge… but he luckily catches himself just before he goes down.

Harrash, the orc Gladiator, Booms out his name and the thunderous call knocking Kyrr unconcious and then over the edge of the pit where he falls twenty feet to land on his head making a sickening crack.
He also hits Bardryn but he catches himself before going over.

Bardryn stands up and charges with an attack of his scimitar but can’t get through the orc’s armor.

The owlbear charges up to the prone Kyrr, sniffs at him a couple time and then looks up again at the creatures fighting above him.

Keena tries her Thunderstruck boar strike but only hits with one of the shots, wounding Harrash.

The archer that Carra wounded, seeing her charging for him, takes a shot at her and hits, knocking her backwards with he power of the strike.

Bardryn’s wolf companion retaliates by charging the archer and CRITS, bloodieing the archer.

Meanwhile, Dwyn uses his Torturous strike on the gladiator and just find that chink in his armor to slide his blade through.

Sir Wil comes around the pit and charges Harrash, wounding him with his longsword.

Brogg now activates his hammerhands stand and hopes to push Harrash back towards the pit. A CRIT!
He stumbles back towards the pit with the angry owlbear… but doesn’t go over.

Carra meanwhile drops her bow, draws her greatsword and charges the archer that hit her earlier, dropping it with one great slash of her sword.

The remaining archer moves up and zeroes in on Sir Wil but the arrow bounces harmlessly off his armor.

In a fury, Hararsh strikes at Brogg with a blow of his Great axe and hits, lightning crackling around the strike.

Bardryn strikes at Harrash with a shot of his sling but misses. He then spends an action point and charges the archer with his scimitar and also misses him.

The owlbear looks up hungrily at the teetering Harrash above him…

Keena lines up a carefully aimed shot at Harrash… and well… misses.

Meanwhile Bardryn’s faithful wolf companion comes up behind his target and attempts to bit the archer but can’t get through it’s armor.

Dwyn meanwhile steps back and pulls out his sling to take a shot at Harrash but just misses over his head.

Sir Wil also attack Harrash but isn’t able to penetrate his armor.

Brogg turns his head and laughs and says, “This is how you do it!” and smashes down with his hammer, knocking Harrash prone as he saves himself from going over the edge.

Carra moves back around the pit and gets closer to the action.’

The orc archer, sorrounded and nowhere to go, pulls out his hand axe and attacks Bardryn. A CRIT!

Harrash, still immobolized attempts to swing at the feet of Brogg with his war axe but not suprisingly misses.

Bardryn activates his combined attack and he strikes true with his scimitar… sadly Barg is still unable to get through the armor of the orc, but nonetheless, the orc is bloodied.

Keena takes another shot against the prone Harrash but misses again.

Barg continues to gnaw on the leather boot of the orc archer but there is no penetrating the to the orc’s flesh.

Dwyn meanwhile turns his sling on the orc archer and hits!

Sir Wil, meanwhile, lights up his longsword with his holy smite and strikes! A hit!

Brogg nods in approval and takes another whack with his warhammer and hits again.

Carra meanwhile raises her axe and slams it down at the archer just hitting it…. and cleaving it in half!

Harrash, meanwhile, still dazed from Sir Wil’s attack stumbles to his feet.

But no sooner does he do so then Bardryn slips in with a stab of his scimitar and brings him down.

The adventurer’s look below them at the enraged owlbear and their fallen companion below. Carra looks at the others and pulls out her bow. They follow suit, and after some target practice against the enraged but doomed owlbear below they manage to lower Bardryn down into the pit who checks on Kyrr and looks up his his friends above and sadly shakes his head. Carra, ever the pragmatists, suggests gathering his spell book, ice crown, ice scepter and staff and they bring Bardryn back up with the loot. They also search the room and find on Harrash a pouch with a large flawless saphire (500gp) and a Foe Seeking Longbow and safewing amulet.

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Deeper into the Cavern

After the battle, the party searches the bodies of it’s fallen foes but finds nothing of significant value.

They continue out the exiting passage and reach an intersection with four new possible choices. One passage leads to the right and travels a short way before apparently widening into a room. Directly ahead the passage continues, to the left one passage heads straight into the darkness, while to the left and apparently doubling back another passage turns a corner and seems to slope down. They explore the room to their right first which appears to be a storage room of sorts, where Dwyn finds a coil of rope to replace the one he left in the Ettin cave.

The double back and decide between the remaining three possible directions. They all agree doubling back in the downward slopping passage wouldn’t get them any closer to getting out of here. Baradryn suggests they go straight ahead and the party agrees. They follow the sloping passage down which descends deeper and deeper into the dungeon. As it rounds a corner, they hear what the sound of cheering mixed with the sounds of combat coming from not far beyond. Light is emanating from some source around the corner. Dwyn douses his sun rod and peaks around the corner.

Twenty feet away, the Cavern appears to open up into a large room, longer that it is wide. At the entrance are two more of the green brutes they saw earlier standing guard, but currently facing the other direction looking down into what appears from her to be a large opening in the floor. Torches like the walls as do more of these green skinned creatures all looking down cheering at something below. The sounds of battle appear to be coming from this pit in the floor. At the far end of the room Dwyn can see a larger armored brute sitting on in a high backed chair, apparently overseeing the events below.
With the guards attention focused on the action below Dwyn sneaks up with his sword and attacks!

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Court Battle

The Judge.
The Orc shaman, known as the ‘judge’ to his people, is holding ‘court’ for his followers. Behind him, two orcs hold down his body guard ogre he keeps the others in line. In the back are two archers who the party don’t see at first as they have concealment behind wooden palisades. The judge remains on his dais casting lightning strike until at least two characters are within 6 squares. At that point he’ll use his wolf spirit to attack as many creatures as he can and then retreats off the dais, commanding his body guards and it’s handlers to deal with the advancing intruders. The archers start firing as soon as the characters are within range.

Kyrr begins the battle, striding forward from the back of the ranks and with her ice scepter in hands casts flames from her outstretched hands, and roasts the kneeling dwarves and singes the shaman, who’s eyes pop open wide in horror!

Next Barg, Bardryn’s wolf companion charge forward and attempts to bite the one remaining kneeling orc, but it stands up and dodges out of the way at the last second.

Bardryn attempts to follow up on his companion’s missed attack with a strike of his own, but a shot from his sling bounces right off the orc’s leather armor.

Carra now charges ahead with her axe held high and brings it down on top of the shaman atop the dais, bloodieing him badly.

One of the orc’s holding the ogre’s chains, seeing “The judge” gravely injured, charges forward to attack Carra with his battle axe, but Carra is able to deflect the attack with her thick plate armor.

Brogg now charges the remaining Orc drudge with an attack of his warhammer and crushes it into the dirt.

The ogre, enraged that his master is being attacked charges forward with it’s club raised high and brings down an angry smash atop Carra and connects!

The shaman, gravely wounded chants a few words and summons out of the spirit world a frost wolf which appears and attemps to attack Carra, Bardryn’s wolf companion and Brogg. Carra is hit and knocked prone. The shaman then attemps to move back away from her.

Dwyn now jumps into the frey and attempts to attack the other Orc Reaver who hasn’t acted with a shot from his sling, trying to manuever the sling bullet around the large ogre, just managing to sneak the attack buy and hit the other reaver.

Suddenly an arrow seems to fly from out of nowhere to embed itself into Brogg’s shoulder knocking him sideways. He looks to his right and see that from behind a wooden barrier an orc with bow has popped up and is standing laughing at the injured Brogg.

The Reaver hit by Dwyn’s sling attack charges angrily towards him clobbering him with it’s battle axe. It then immediately takes a left turn and charges at Kyrr hitting him as well.

Keena now charges forward and with a skirmishing shot from her bow attempts to attack the Reaver who just injured her friends but as usual shoots wide. (For some reason I just cannot hit lately with that shot!). She then declares the reaver her quarry.

Another archers pops up from being a wooden palisade and fires a shot at Dwyn. It hits, knocking him back with a stream of blood shooting out from the wound (bloodied!).

Sir Wil at last charges forward with sword held high and attacks the reaver stabbing his blade right through it’s armor, and granting Dwyn a boon.

Kyrr now shifts back and shoots the reaver with a blast from her scepter, bloodieing it.

Bardryn’s companion leaps up onto the dais and attempts to bite the Reaver standing over Carra but again can’t get it’s fangs through it’s armor.

Bardryn charges ahead and calls for Barg to help him in another attack against the same reaver.
This time both are successful and they injure the reaver badly.

Carra stands up and attempts to follow up on their sucessful attack with one of her own but sadly misses.

The Reaver now turns it’s axe on Bardryn and hits. As it’s fellow before him, it follows up with a charge, this one on Brogg. In doing so, Carra, Bardryn and the wolf companion all attempt to strike at him, only Bardryn hits but critically, bloodieing the creature as it finishes it’s charge against Brogg, who deftly side steps the attack.

Brogg strikes back with his war hammer, wounding it gravely.

The Ogre meanwhile smashes down angrily with his club on Carra, but she easily dodges out of the way this time.

The shaman now turns and fires lightning from it’s finger tips at Carra bloodieing her and also hitting Bardryn beside her, he also continue’s to move further back.

Dwyn, meanwhile, sneaks up behind the Reaver that charged him earlier and attempts his Torturous strike on it from a flanking posistion and manages to wound him badly.

Meanwhile, one of the archers line up another shot on Brogg and gets him in the gut this time, bloodieing him.

The nearby Reaver, meanwhile turns on Barg and attacks with his battle axe and wounds him. He then immediately turns to charge Brogg again but the wolf rips out the tendons in his back legs. As it goes down it lashes out one last time with it’s battle axe against Bardryn’s companion, but misses.

Keena then tries a warning shot to finish of the fleeing “judge” and hits wounding it critically. He is barely standing now.

The other Orc Archer now, seeing a fellow archer nearby turns his attention on Keena. He fires of a shot hitting her so hard she stumbles backwards.

Sir Wil now attempts another Strike of hope on the Reaver near him, missing badly.

Kyrr follows up with a blast of energy from her scepter and finishes him off. In it’s dying breath it lashes out one last time at Sir Wil with it’s Axe but misses.

Bardryn’s wolf companion now works to flank the ogre and attacks at it’s heel finding it’s mark with a bite of his fangs.

Bardryn follows up with a healing word for his companion and then charges forward with a Tending strike on the Ogre.

Carra uses an action point and a second Wind and then attacks the Ogre with a great smash of her axe.

Brogg does a similar action and then charges the archer causing him so much trouble and just manages to hit with his charge attack.

The Ogre, still focused on Carra, strikes down angrily on her with all it’s might and wounds her gravely (CRIT).

The “Judge” attempts another lightning attack, this time on Bardryn and hits, wounding him and Carra.
He then attempts to make a run for it, but runs into the spot right where Keena was aiming and is brought down with a shot from her bow.

Dwyn makes a charge on the archer nearest him managing to get his short sword through it’s thick green skin, drawing blood.

The archer attacked by Brogg attempts to shift back 1 space and plug Brogg with another devestrating shot from his longbow, but this time Brogg is able to deflect it with his readied shield.

Keena now moves towards the archer that Dwyn attacked, declares the archer her quarry and takes careful aim, and hits, bloodieing the creature.

It then shifts back one space and fires a longbow shot at it’s nearest enemy, Dwyn, and hits, knocking the little hafling backwards.

Sir Wil now runs in to help on the Ogre, with long sword glowing with holy light, he strikes down on the beast. He bloodies the beast and it looks dazed.

Kyrr, now moves into position against the archer that Brogg is working against. He opens his tome of Readiness and casts forth Leaden transformation on the archer but is unable to cause any effect to the creature.

Barg now attempts again a nip at the Ogre’s heel and sucessfully wounds the beast.

Baradryn tries a Tending strike against the beast but can’t penetrate the Ogre’s thick skin.
However, he does get off a second healing word to help his quickly flailing ally Carra.

Carra quickly follows that up with her Minor ressurgence power and then attacks the Ogre with another powerful strike, wounding it to within inches of it’s life.

Brogg, meanwhile, is able to pin the orc archer against the back cavern wall and strikes it with his warhammer. CRITICAL! It is badly bloodied.

The Ogre, furious in anger now again angrily tries to crush Carra into the ground. Hitting with the club , and bringing her again towards the brink of death.

Dwyn moves in with his Fleeting strike on the cornered archer but it dodges out of the way.

The other archer, with nowhere to go, drops its bow and pulls out a hand axe that it had hanging on it’s belt and attempts to hit Brogg with it but it is not nearly as deft with it as the longbow and Brogg easily deflects the blow. Knowing it’s end is near if it can’t get away it makes a mad dash to get away from Brogg, but Brogg, very skilled with his hammer is able to catch it as it attempts to flee, bringing it down, it’s feeble dying attack is ineffective.

Keena, meanwhile hopes to bring down the other archer with her thunderstruck boar strike. One arrow strikes true, but the other misses. Being her quarry, however, the orc still takes heavy damage but it remains on its feet.

It too, drops its bow now and strikes at Dwyn with a hand axe, but misses. It tries to run away, but takes a stab from Dwyn’s short sword as it makes it’s escape, and he wounds it, as it still manages to escape and make it’s way to the other passage out of this cavern.

Sir Wil, again calls on the gods to bestow power on his longsword strike and attackes the ogre with a slashing blow and with a deft strike to the creatures exposed throat brings the beast down with a crash.

Kyrr sees the lone remaining orc trying to slink away down the exiting passage and easily dispatches it with the uneering arcane magic missle from his scepter.

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Meeting the "Judge"

After the battle, Bardryn finishes lowering Barg the rest of the way into the cavern and then, apparently, decides to slide down the chute instead of use the rope. At least that’s what she told them when she got down, which of course no one believed. They searched through the web which seemed to contain all sorts of previous meals of the spiders and find 50sp in a pouch, along with a bunch of tattered and somewhat rusted equipment of their previous victims. The group deduces that the Ettin’s often dumped the remains of their victims or things they didn’t like down their garbage chute to the waiting spiders who were kept fat and happy while it lasted.

It appears there is only one exit from this cavern room, a downward sloping passage to the northwest.
After taking a short rest and fixing themselves up they decide to head on, Dwyn lighting the way with his sunrod.

The sloped passage ran another sixty feet before reaching a fork where the passage split in two. The right passage angles slightly upwards and is quiet, while the left passage continues it’s downward slope. They also hear the sound of voices drifting up the passage.

“I think we should go up, “ Carra says, “It would be a way out.”

“I don’t believe we’ve gone far enough yet,” suggested Bardryn.

“But clearly there is something down there… “ Sir Wil declared. “Might it not be best to try and avoid such trouble?”

Bardryn seemed to have no retort to that, so the adventurer’s headed up the slope. It went another eighty feet, however, before it ended in a collapsed passage.

“Looks like our choice is made for us, “ Sir Wil chimed. “Let us see just what awaits us down that passage. Quietly…”

The group went made their way back to the fork and slowly made their way down the cavern. The passage opens up into another large cavern, where they witness a green skinned humanoid, in a head dress hanging with skulls addressing other such beasts wearing tattered leather armor. Behind the leader, who is standing above the group on a makeshift dais, are two more of the humanoids, holding the chains to a large gray skinned beast holding a club.

The shaman in the center is mumbling words to the prostrate orcs before him when Brogg bumps up against the rock he’s hiding behind. The prostrate orc heads turn and the Shaman switches to speaking in the common tongue. “Ah, we have guests, “ Seeming unpreturbed, “Deal with them. But take them alive. Varrus will want them alive.”

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Spiders, why did it have to be Spiders?

DM NOTE: At the start of this encounter, since the players managed to fall into the web, I’m going to decide to place them all prone on the map and immobolized till save which results in them immediately getting up from Prone. Once they can move, they will be slowed while they are in the webs and the webs are considered difficult terrain.

A spiderling skitters into the center of the web where it finds a prone and immobolized target – Carra, which it attempts to Bite but doesn’t break through her armor.

Keena attempts to riggle free of the sticky webs and is sucessful as is Dwyn.

Baradryn, seeing her new friends fall immediately begins lowering a whimpering Barg down the hole.

Another small spider scurries to an immobolized target, Kyrr this time, but can’t bite through his thick woolen robes. Kyrr manages to quickly wriggle free of the webs and stand up as does Brogg nearby.

Another spiderling scurries up the web and attempts to bite Sir Wil and manages to find a chink in his armor to sing it’s fangs into, injecting it’s poison. The weak poison doesn’t seem to effect Sir Wil, but a build up of the poison (ie. Another bite) might.

Carra and Sir Wil both manage to wriggle their way of the sticky webs and stand up.

Another spiderling runs up the web and attacks Carra and hits, with similar effect to Sir Wil earlier.

Another spiderling comes up to attack Brogg but can’t get through his armor.

Suddenly, from the other side of the Cavern, by the light of Dwyn’s sunrod that dropped with them and hung in the webs nearby, emerges a Large spider clittering and clattering and skittering towards them. It climbs up the web and seems to be making its way towards either Keena or Kyrr…

The first spiderling again tries to attack Carra but again is unsucessful getting through her thick plate.

Keena attempts to take a step back while one of the Spiderlings in the web attacking Carra, who is much more agile in this enviroment strikes out to bite Keena. But does not penetrate her hide armor. She in turns shoots an arrow at the very same spider and slays it.

Dwyn moves deftly in the web and strikes at the spiderling near him with his short sword and slays it.

Bardryn meanwhile continues lowering his whimpering wolf down the narrow tunnel, managing another 15 feet this round.

The spiderling near Kyrr this time manages to get it’s fangs through his wool robes and inject it’s poison.

Kyrr manages to get a bolt of arcane energy off with his ice scepter but not before the spider is able to bit him again before it burns up in his arcane bolt.

Brogg now attacks the spiderling that was trying to bite him before and manages to hit and kill it with a smashing blow from his flamehammer.

Another spiderling skitters up the web and attacks Kyrr with more poison (he is now bloodied).

Carra moves up to take on the lurking large spider, taking an attack from the spiderling which luckily misses. She crashes down on the large spider with her great axe and hits with a powerful strike. (25 dmg).

Sir Wil meanwhile moves through the sticky webs to try and take care of the other spiderling that was attacking Carra and manages to kill it with a Valiant strike and grant a boon to Kyrr (+5 tmp hp).

The large spider, enraged at Carra now for wounding it strikes out with it’s mandibles but can’t quite get a grip on her slippery plate armor.

Keena lines up a Thunderstruck boar strike with two shots of her bow. Both hit (19 and 20) knocking the spider back (and bloodieing it.) The spider shoots out webbing from it’s hind body while it skitters away.

Dwyn struggles through the web to try and cut off the large spider. While Bardryn works on lowering Barg further into the cavern.

Kyrr deals with the last spiderling but not before it gets one more bite on him with it’s poisoned fangs.
He then moves towards the giant cave spider.

Brogg manages to charge out of the webs and ignites his warhammer with flame bringing it down on the spider who squeels and scurries to get away from this new unwanted threat.

Carra also manages to break out of the web and charge the spider as well landing a well placed strike of her axe on it’s backside

Sir wil now charges forward with his longsword ready to finish the beast off… and with a downward strike of his sword through the spider’s swollen abdomen he does so.

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What's for dinner

After dealing with the Ettin’s, they party enters the cave and searches through the filth and find 140 gold pieces and what Kyrr identifies as a Foe-Seeking longbow which Keena turns over in her hands with loving care, despite the fact that it was buried in a pile of Ettin dung.

Searching the cave also reveals a vertical passage that leads straight down. It was much too small for the Ettin’s to fit through, but any medium sized humanoid or smaller can easily fit through. Shining their light rods into the call reveals that it slops down at a precipitous 80 degree angle and it’s impossible to see the bottom from this vantage.

Carra begins pulling the rope out of her backpack.

Kyrr looks skeptical, “What are you doing? You aren’t planning on shimmying down that hole are you?”
Carra looks a the rest of the group, “Anyone have any better idea?”

Sir Wil shakes his head. “She’s right. We’re commited to finding a passage through the mountain and unless Bardryn knows of another entrance.. “ he pauses looking at Bardryn who looks down shaking her head, “then this is it. Dwyn, get out your pitons and hammer. We’re going to need to anchor the rope up here for the last person down.”

They work together to get the rope secured and look from one to another. Carra speaks first, “I’ll go.”

Brogg puts his hand in front of her and in a chivalrous gesture says, “Let me.” Carra shrugs and waves the affable warrior forward and he starts to make his way down on the rope.

They begin to make their way down the rope, Brogg leading with Carra right behind him. Sir Wil is next, the Dwyn Kyrr, Keena and finally Bardryn who says he’ll bring up the rear so he can help lower his companion down on a rope after everyone else has made it down.

They start making their way down when suddenly Kyrr loses his grip on the rope and starts to fall (Rolled 1), he makes a desperate grab for the rope and is able to hold on (natural 20)

Holding on for dear life he takes a couple deep breaths before signaling the rest of the group to continue.

As they continue to move down, Keena gets on the rope and like Kyrr before her loses grip on the rope that has gotten slick from the moist cave walls. Unfortunately, this time she cannot hold on and starts sliding down the shoot towards the next person on the rope. Kyrr hears that Keena is falling and holds on tight to the rope… but knocks Kyrr off the rope as well. Dwyn has one last chance to stop the whole group from falling… but fails and with a clatter and screaming they all slide out of the shoot.

(I’ve decided, that the rough walls of the shoot do enough cutting and scratching to do 1d4 dmg for every 20 feet slid or so. Not a lot of damage but just a little bit to soften them up for what’s next)

Expecting to fall upon the hard cavern floor Brogg finds himself flung out of the chute straight into what feels to be sticky spider web. His companions fall out of the chute shortly after to all land prone stuck in spider web. All around them they hear clicking and clattering as what ever is about them in the darkness has heard the dinner bell rung.

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Four heads aren't better than one

Brogg runs up and then charges the closest Ettin from behind and with a crushing blow from his flaming war hammer wounds the Ettin who lets out a yelp as its flesh is burned (With power Strike rolled 10 + 10 + 6 =26 dmg!).

Meanwhile Dwyn sneaks around the back up Brogg and makes an attack with his sling knocking him on the head with a sling rock (17dmg which includes sneak attack damage for his First Strike Feat).

Bardryn steps out from behind a rock and attempts to hit the other Ettin with a sling attack of his own and hits (4 dmg).

Keena runs up and supports Bardryns shot with a Skirmish shot of her own but the arrow flies high over the Ettin’s heads (Used Knack for success plus Running attack bonus… and rolled a 2! :( )

The first Ettin, turns on Brogg and tries to smash him with his club. Brogg takes a ringing blow to the head. The Ettin then kicks Brogg away rumbles back inside the cave entrance.

Kyrr steps up with her new Ice Scepter and shoots out a bolt of energy at the second Ettin which is unerringly strikes directly in the chest. (8dmg)

The second Ettin now charges forth and attempts to smash his club down on Bardryn but Bardryn rolls out of the way just in time.

Carra maneuvers around the the second Ettin and comes in on with from his Flank with a charge attack with her Axe. She slams it hard into the side of the Ettin leaving a deep gash (Power Strike for 23 dmg).

Barg, Baradryn’s faithful wolf companion, seeing its master in trouble slinks around to flank the second Ettin and attacks with a snap of it’s jaws but they don’t penetrate the giants thick skin.

The Second calls out for help and the first Ettin now comes charging back out of the cave and attack Carra but misses with is club, so he kicks her instead sending her stumbling back with the Ettin close on her heels.

The Second Ettin, emboldened by his friend, attacks Bardryn again, but he ducks under the blow. The Ettin then kicks out with his foot on the wolf snapping at his heels and send it flying back to the tree behind him.

Sir Wil runs into battle, attempting to help Carra who is now turned on by the first Ettin. He approaches from his flank and stabs with his longsword at it’s back and with a heroic last minute move manages to slash its side (10dmg and used heroic effort).

Brogg charges back into the fray with his flaming warhammer and attempts to get the attention of the second Ettin who is now harassing his lightly armored allies. He hits with a Powerful strike and suceeds in getting the two headed giants attention on him (Powerstrike and 16dmg this time)

Dwyn now draws his short sword and charges ahead to attack the first Ettin but he slips in the snow and misses.

Bardryn now draws her curved bladed scimitar and slashes at the Ettin with a Tending strike, which hits wounding the Ettin and giving a boon to Brogg. (10 dmg and +3 tmp hp to Brogg and Ettin #2 is Bloodied)

Keena steps back and lets loose two arrows from her bow (Thunderstruck boar strike) hitting with the first but missing with the second but still manages to wound her quarry with a nice strike (10 dmg)

The first Ettin now turns to attack Sir Wil with its club but Sir Wil raises his shield just in time to deflect the blow. In the meantime, it kicks out with his foot and pushes Carra away.

Meanwhile Kyrr takes a step back and uses his Freezing Burst power cast from her Ice Scepter to attack both Ettins and with skill and aplomb manages to miss both of them.

Then the second Ettin takes a swing again at Brogg and connects with it club hardly hurting him at all (4 dmg, 3 of which came off Brogg’s tmp hp)

Carra recovers from the Ettin’s earlier kick and charges back in to attack from its flank, managing, with a last second heroic effort to keep herself from slipping in the snow to sink her axe deep into the back of the Ettin. (Heroic Effort + Power Strike – 20dmg and the other Ettin is now bloodied).

Bardryn’s wolf companion flanks the second Ettin again and this time manages to sink it’s fangs into the heel of the Ettin (10dmg).

The First Ettin, now dripping with blood and realizing it’s enemies are too powerful attempts to get past the adventurer’s blocking it’s path. First it tries to kick Dwyn out of the way and manages to do so. It then tries to move away from it’s flanking enemies but takes an attack from Carra (16dmg) and from Sir Wil (11 dmg) as it tries to escape. It then runs towards it’s cave to seek shelter.

The other Ettin, seeing it’s mate run away, does not seem to easily frightened and with a last ditch effort attempts to bat away its foes. First it kicks again at the wolf behind it but this time Bardryn’s companion is ready and easily dances to the side. Then he again swings his club at Brogg and misses completely due to his weakened condition (a natural 1!)

Sir Wil turns and chases down the fleeing Ettin and his sword flashes with the power of radiant magic (holy smite). He misses completely (another natural 1!) but still manages to burn the Ettin with the power of his holy magic. (4dmg)

Brogg now brings down a powerful strike of his hammer on the Ettin and wounds it gravely (25 dmg with heroic effort and power strike).

Dwyn moves to help Sir Wil finish off the first Ettin with a Deft Strike but sadly is unable to penetrate it’s thick skin with his short sword.

Bardryn meanwhile casts a quick healing word on Brogg and then calls his companion to attack with him to bring down the Ettin. Before his companion is even able to get its teeth through the skin of the Ettin, Baradryn brings him down with a deft slash of his blade.

Keena then runs up, taking careful aim on the fleeing Ettin and once again manages to bring it down with a killing strike of her arrow.

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Knowing Bardryn

The characters follow the dwarven druid up the snowy slope into a small copse of fir trees where they found a makeshift shelter near an extinguished camp fire.

“Is this where you live Dwarf?” Kyrr snorted derisively.

“In fact yes, “ she replied, ignoring the rudeness of the elf. “Well… yes for today at least.”
“My home is this range of mountains and I know them well, “ she turned back to Sir Wil who she assumed to be the leader, “You see, I’ve spent my entire life on these snowy peaks,” she hesitated, “but it’s not my real home.” “My real home is somewhere beneath the mountains. I was raised out here, but my heart lies within the earth still.” She elaborated no further, seemingly lost in her thoughts.

Sir Wir cleared his throat. She looked up and smiled. “I believe it is fortune that has brought you to me… and I to you. I am of the dwarven clan Bardryn. That is my clan name which I choose to take as my own when I was brought into the druid circle and grown enough to take a name of mine own. What my name may have been before I do not remember. However, none of that is important. What I am asking, neigh, offering, can be a benefit to both of us.”

The adventurer’s looked at each other, and Sir Wil nodded his head for her to continue.

“You wish to find your way out of these mountains. I wish to return to my home within these mountains. If you can make me a promise to help me reclaim my home and find my REAL family, I can promise to lend you my skills and lead you from this peak until such time as your promise to me is fulfilled.”

“And what skills can a woodling dwarf such as yourself offer to us exactly?” Carra asked.

The wolf beside Bardryn growled, but instantly calmed when Bardryn layed her hand on his head and scratched his ear.

“I have talents in the healing arts and I am quite skilled with a blade. I’m an accomplished hunter and have survived out here for many years, much on my own. I would be forever grateful and indebted to you for your assistance. It is clear as a group you are quite capable. I only ask that you allow me to come along and, if the chance avails itself, to help me reclaim my true home. I know these mountains quite well, both outside and, well… entrances to the underground, though I have not dared often to venture in myself.”

Brogg walked forward, and his face seemed to brighten for the first time since Eenn fell. “You seem like a likeable sort. And we’re are certainly in need of someone with your skills, “ He put his arm around Bardryn’s shoulders which seemed to startle her. “I say we take her along!”

The group smiled at the affable Brogg’s brightening disposition and Sir Wil concurred with a “Why not?”

Brogg, patted the girl on the back with a hearty “Welcome to the group my lady!” which brought a chuckle from everyone buy Kyrr who was still his usual reserved scowly self in the back.

“So what can you tell us of those tieflings we encountered earlier?” Carra asked.

“Well, “ Bardryn responded her voice suddenly taking on a concerned note. “They normally do not
come this far up into the mountains. Clearly their purpose was made clear when they captured the young white dragon and attempted to drag it off the mountain, but the reason behind that, I do not know.”

“Have you ever heard the named ‘Varrus’ before?” Sir Wil asked

Bardryn seemed to think for a moment. “No that doesn’t sound like a name I have heard. Why do you ask?”

“The tiefling commanding the rest of the group mentioned the name before he spotted us and attacked.”

Bardryn pointed back the way they came, “There is icy tower at the base of the mountain path that you were following. It is known to us as ‘Ice Fang Keep’. The tower is a lookout over the mountain pass. It is partly built into a cliff face but it is believed that tunnels lead into the mountain within… My order has always warned against passing that way.”

“Your order?” Carra asked. “There are others?”

“There were others, “ Bardryn corrected quickly. “Now it is just me. But we cannot continue that direction. Anyone in that tower would easily see our approach down the step slopes a mile away.”

Sir Wil, “Then do you know another way?”

“I do, “ she said hesistantly, “There are but three ways off this mountain, down and through the pass guarded by Ice Fang Keep,” she turned pointing further up the mountain “Up and over the other side, which requires navigating steep cliffs of ice and deep crevasses or, “ she paused for a moment, “we attempt to go through.”

“Through, “ Sir Wil questioned with an arched eyebrow.

“Yes, through. As I said before I know of many cavern entrances on this mountain that go deep into the underground. I have not been able to explore them on my own but I am sure they must have multiple exits that would allow us passage off this mountain and, perhaps, “ she shrugged her shoulders with seeming innocence, “treasure?”

The rest of the group seemed to nod their assent at that idea, but Sir Wil looked askance at the dwarf and responded, “Treasure? Or perhaps clues to your family?”

Bardryn’s face darkened, “Well what does it matter, “ she huffed. Unless you care to scale cliffs of ice with your shiny fancy armor or go marching down and throw yourself against the walls of that keep, do you have some better idea?”

Sir Wil smiled, “Alright, alright. You got me there. Lead on!”

After a couple hours of trudging through deeper and deeper snow, Bardryn signals for the group to halt. She points up ahead to an ice encrusted cavern with icicles hanging down.

“This is it, “ she whispers pointing.

Sir Wil steels himself. “The lets go.”

Just as he stands up to to approach the cave entrance, 2 large fur clad two headed giants step out of the cave, seemingly arguing with each other in a four way argument.

The sun reflecting off Sir Wil’s armor grabs their attention and they immediately stop talking for a moment seemingly stunnded. The one head of one giant points and says, “Foooood!” And they charge.

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Unexpected Guests

Carra acts first, charging around the large boulder and hitting one of the Tieflings holding down the White dragon. He crumples to the ground.

Next one of the Tieflings, drops his chain and charges against Sir Wil with his dagger raised, but he easily deflects it with his shield.

Kyrr, then follows the path that Carra took and gets in position to cast his Burning hands at the back group of Tieflings. He only hits one with the effect, but burns up two others in the blast as well as slightly wounding the White dragon. The one Tiefling he hits gets of a last second thrown dagger and misses.

Brogg, skirts around the back and charges the nearest standing Tiefling holding down one of the corners on the White dragon. It crumbles like a sack of potatoes beneath his war hammer.

Keena meanwhile aims her bow at the Tiefling that charged Sir Wil and easily drops it with a twang of her bow. She follows up with a move to be near Kyrr.

Dwyn moves up and with a twang of his sling attacks the Tiefling poacher. The stone hits the Tiefling in the head with the sound of a thunderclap! (CRIT! And 35 dmg!)

The Tiefling stumbles back from the blow before casting out his net towards Brogg. He nabs Brogg in the net and then shoots a shot from his hand crossbow and hits! He then slips around a nearby rock.

Sir Wil then charges ahead and tries to hit one of the Tiefling minions nearby with a strike of his longsword but misses.

One of the remaining Tieflings, seeing what the mage did to his friends, throws one of his daggers at Kyrr and strikes true.

The other Tieflings, while holding onto one of the chains keeping the dragon down, strikes at Sir Wil but can’t penetrate his armor.

Seizing on its chance, the white dragon rears up and breaks from the remaining chains holding it down. With a roar of hatred and it’s jaws free from it’s chains, its frost breath at the closes Tiefling which also catches Sir Wil in the blast.

Seeing the dragon is now a threat, Carra charges the best with her great Axe raised and brings it down hard on the beast striking a large gash in its side.

Kyrr now tries to use her leaded transformation spell on the Young white dragon and with a hit wounds it and slows it.

Keena decides to move to get the poacher in her sites and fires! The arrow flies true, and strikes deep in the poachers chest, dropping it dead.

Dwyn runs up and lets off another shot with his sling at the closest Tiefling. It strikes true as it goes down it returns the favor with a dagger which hits Dwyn in the leg.

The dragon rears up and stomps over Carra. Still slowed by Kyrr’s Leaden transformation it doesn’t get far and Carra easily dodges it’s claw attack.

With the white dragon being the only remaining threat, Sir Wil charges over and lashes out with a strike of his longsword at the beast. He hits and dazes it with his Holy Smite power.

The White dragon snaps back at Wil with it’s frosty jaws but he’s able to dodge out of the way.
It then shakes of the daze…

Carra shifts and attacks again with her Great Axe and hits again with a crushing blow.

Kyrr then follows up with a strike of his magic missle against the white dragon .

Brogg moves into position and lands a blow from his flaming warhammer.

Keena moves around the dragon and srikes out with a hit from her Skirmish shot.

Dwyn, dashes out of site behind a rock and handsprings his way onto the dragon’s back cutting deep with it’s sword.

Blood dripping from its back, the enraged dragon charges forward and slashes out at Brogg, Carra, and then Kyrr. All four combatants near the dragon hit true with their blades and hammers and Carra and Brogg manage to dodge out of the way, but Kyrr, perhaps not expecting a charging dragon at that moment, is toppled and raked by an attack from the beasts claw.

Sir Wil runs after the dragon and hits it’s hind side with a radiant strike from his longsword. It screams out and pain and begins flapping its wings as it rises into the air and attempts to escape!
It begins flying back up the mountain…

Carra, drops her axe and unslings her long bow as she’s running forward. She unleashes a shot at the dragon as it begins flying away and it strikes the beast in the hind leg.

Kyrr stands up and casts a bolt of energy from his staff, also hitting the dragon as it flies away.

Keena, dashes forward and with an expert flourish shots off an arrow from her bow and downs the beast!

As the adventurer’s congratulate Keena on her killing shot a voice comes from above them. Keena turns her bow in that direction and they see a short figure in furs with a white wolf striding next to her. The female dwarf raises her hand in greeting, “Hail dragonslayers. I mean you no harm. Please lower your weapons.” Keena looks dubious but lowers her bow, keeping an arror knocked, just in case. The dwarf makes her way down the steep slope towards the group.

Sir Wil steps forward with hand on his sheathed sword. “That is far enough dwarf.” She stops and speaks. “I heard the commotion of your battle from my home and came out to investigate. I’m sorry I didn’t reach you earlier but by the time I arrived it was clear you had things well under control. I think you for ridding these lands from that terrible beast and I’d like to offer you the hospitality of my home if you’d like to rest after your fierce battle.”

Sir Wil seemed to relax a bit. “Actually we’re just trying to make our way out of these mountains.” He stopped as if he were thinking “I don’t suppose you’d be able to direct us.”

For the first time, the dwarf smiled. “I’d be delighted! Perhaps you’d care to heal you wounds by my fire while I pack a few items and we can head out as soon as your rested and ready to go!”

Carra, walked up and asked of the Dwarf, “What is your name and what are you doing up here?”

“Why my name is Baradryn, and why I am here is a long story that, if you wish to hear it, I can relate to you as we walk if you’ll join me?” She waves her hand towards the direction of the slope she just came down.

Despite herself Carra smiled and looked at her friends. “We shall.” And the followed the dwarf, Baradryn up the slope…

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Morning Dawns

As Morning dawns, the group breaks open the doors from the Winter Kings tomb, and are greeted but a burst of sunlight. The group, still heavy hearted at the death of their friend, being to trudge down the path down the mountain. After travelling a few hours, the path opens up into a clearing where they see a pack of Tieflings leading a large white dragon bound in chains down the Mountain. One of the tieflings, apparently the leader, is barking orders at the others. “Careful! Varrus, needs the beast unharmed!”. The other tieflings grumble as they pull hard on the chains, trying to coerce the dragon down the mountain.

Brogg and Sir Wil, attempt to duck back behind a rock but the Tiefling leader spots them.

“Well, well, who do we have here? Trophies, perhaps for Varrus?” He motions to some of his Tiefling underlings holding down the dragon. “Well what are you waiting for. Get them!”

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