Chapter 19:

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Session Number: 19
Date: Sunday 21st June 2015
Venue: Densial's
PCs & Players:

Besheeba Wlk2 (Alain) (kills: 1 bandit [John], 1 dog lizard [spooked])
Connor Brd2 (Yeran) (kills: 2 kobolds [put to sleep])
Johnny Rog2 (Craig) (kills: none)
Nicolai Clr2 (Fergus absent) (kills: none)
Oskar Mnk2 (Ash) (kills: none)

XP Awarded:

Johnny asks the others about their recollection of the prisoner interrogation back at Greenest (particularly Oskar, who seemed to be paying the most attention) - didn't the prisoner say something about dragon eggs? Might that be what is in the cavern and explain the monk's ambiguous responses?

Connor, Johnny and Oskar want to rescue the monk. Johnny and Connor are also interested in exploring the cavern, albeit for different reasons - Johnny to have less dragons in the world, Connor for profit. There is talk about sending Nicolai towards Greenest with the liberated prisoners while the others remain behind. Besheeba will not leave the prisoners, and time is slipping by: they estimate there is only an hour and a half before dawn.

While the conversation winds on, John, one of the two captured bandits, edges away and breaks into a run towards the camp. Johnny notices and makes a snap decision: he fits an arrow to his bow and shoots. The arrow hits, but does not stop the bandit. Besheeba follows up with an Eldritch Blast. The bandit is killed, blasted off the cliff out of sight.

This galvanises the party into action: the decision is made to leave together - as soon as possible. But what to do with the remaining two bandit prisoners? Connor wants to simply kill them and draws his rapier to do the deed. He is stopped by Johnny, who advocates tying and gagging them and leaving them behind. This they do.

Nicolai Cures the wound on the injured prisoner's gammy leg, allowing him to walk. This leaves three prisoners unable to move by themselves. Connor carries one, aided by another prisoner, as does Oskar. Besheeba organises the five women prisoners to carry the third between them. Even so, the going is very slow.

Connor heads off by himself, in the wrong direction (east). Johnny calls him back and all head out to the north, navigating by the stars. Johnny takes point, keeping around 50 yards, looking for trouble. The others keep an eye and an ear to their rear.

Half an hour into the journey they stop and begin building makeshift litters out of branches and cloaks. It takes about half an hour to make three serviceable litters. They load the three unconscious prisoners onto the litters and continue on, at better pace.

Dawn comes. There are no familiar landmarks besides mountains to the south, so they keep on going.

An hour later, there is still no familiar landscape. Johnny suggests changing direction to the west to try and intercept the flattened grass they originally followed leaving Greenest. Connor suggests heading northwest so as to keep putting distance between themselves and the bandit camp. Agreement. Head northwest.

x minutes later Johnny spots flattened grass made by the passing of many booted feet heading south. They change direction and follow it to the north.
Some time later, while Johnny is still thirty yards ahead, the others hear a barking growl behind them to the south. They turn and see a lone doglike lizard creature.
Johnny: 18
Connor: 17
Besheeba: 14
Oskar: 10
Prisoners: 10
Nicolai: 10
Lizard: 3

"Everyone head towards Johnny!" yells Connor. "And stay behind us!" Johnny doesn't hear and keeps moving away. "Johnny!" yells Connor. Connor puts down his end of the litter, then advances, standing shoulder to shoulder (sort of) beside Besheeba, granting her Bardic Inspiration. Besheeba takes a step towards the dog, closing to within 60 feet. She then takes a dessicated eye from her pocket, crushes it and casts a spell that sounds like a dissonant song. The spell psychically wounds the creature and sends it running south, spooked. It turns to the east out of sight. Besheeba then moves north, urging the prisoners ahead of her. "Faster, faster!" she yells. Oskar. Nicolai and the prisoners head away to the north. Then three other doglike lizards advance into view, driven on by five kobolds!

Johnny dashes south 60 feet, readies his bow and fires a long-distance arrow at one of the lizards: AC20 hits for 9 damage -a solid hit that deeply wounds the creature but does not drop it. Connor casts Sleep amongst the kobolds. Two keel over. He then steps back, noting that Johnny has heard and is responding. Besheeba retrieves another dried eye, crushes it in her hand and casts Hex, targetting the already-injured doglike lizards' Dexterity. She then Eldritch Blasts the same creature the already-injured lizard: It survives - barely. She then retreats towards the line of prisoners. Oskar lowers the litter he is carrying to the ground and retreats north. The prisoners retreat. Nicolai lowers his litter to the ground and closes with the enemy. One of the kobolds yells something in its guttural language. In response, the three lizard dogs close with Connor and attack as a pack. The one on the left bites for 3 damage. The one in the middle takes a large chunk out of Connor's abdomen doing 9 damage - a crit. The one on the right bites for a further 6 damage.

Yeran wishes to use Luck points to mitigate some of this, or else he is in dire trouble… We have pressed pause at this point to clarify the rules.


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