Ye Gilde

Basic Bitches III

Hacking and Slashing Continues

The group went through the secret door that the female hobgoblin attempted to use. It led into a storage room. It wasn’t apparent but the hobgoblins were using the secret door to steal from the neighboring goblin tribe. The party marched the deserted passages of the goblin lair but all had evacuated. They returned to the hobgoblin complex in order to check out the door they had left behind that seemed to led outside. Meanwhile the escaped goblins and hobgoblins were on the canyon floor paying the local ogre for help with their adventurer problem.

The party got back around to the stout, wooden door. Weiss heard creatures approaching but as it was barred from the inside they remained unconcerned. They didn’t know there was a secret method of opening the door from the outside. So when it flung open they were shocked. Standing in the doorway was an ogre that clumsily swung and missed Weiss. To the side was the hobgoblin that had unlocked the door. In the second rank was a goblin archer and a hobgoblin spearman. Behind them was another archer, a spear-goblin, and a robust goblin wearing a headress of sticks and feathers. The groups began exchanging arrows and Afarrah cast a Hold Person spell on the ogre, 2 hobgoblins, and goblin chief but her feeble magic did nothing. Fortunately for them the ogre was nearsighted and couldn’t hit anything. When half of the goblinoids were killed the rest scooted down the hill to find refuge in the ogre’s cave.

The party pursued the goblinoids (with Afarrah tumbling head over heels down the steep slope) to the entrance of the ogre’s cave. There was another exchange of violence and poor Gary lost his pet panther. The adventurers pushed into the cave. The goblin chief was offering to pay them to go away but they slew him instead and rummaged through the stinky cave. The got a large haul of coins between the ogre’s stash and what the goblin’s brought as payment.

While the goblin’s last stand was going on, some people noticed that four figures were coming down from the top of the canyon. One of them appeared to be Shivs, their forgotten companion, and the others were assumed to be the Priest from the Keep and his two silent guards. That sight didn’t stop them from taking their time to count up and distribute money but at least they decided to go to that cave entrance next and check it out.

When they did arrive at that cave entrance they found it exuded a faint, foul draft from the large 20 ft wide opening. Red strata intertwined with black running through the hewn rock walls. The floors are smooth and worn by the thread of countless feet. Their footsteps echoed alarmingly and when they entered the diagonal passage beyond the entrance tunnel, Afarrah’s shield illuminated zombies coming at them from both sides. They were quickly surrounded and began taking hits, but Afarrah continued Turning Undead and destroying zombies until they were all gone.

The next two chambers went the same way except with numerous skeletons exploding into dust. The dead didn’t carry anything of value but one room provided some large rubies after they were pried from a throne. Gary snuck one but then Tiffany picked his pocket. There was no sign of Shivs and this southern area was a dead end so they turned around and walked north. They soon found two doors that needed to be investigated.

One was picked open revealing stairs going down. At this time though the other door opened and four red robed humans attacked. Two cast Cause Fear and the other two swung maces. Another group of four came up the stairs and started fighting from that direction. The spells caused Gary and then Shok to run off for short time. The young clerics never had much of a chance and then from below Shivs appeared attacking the clerics on the stairs from behind. The clerics lost the fight and Shivs reunited with the group. She told them that below is a torture room, prison cell, and some other passages she hadn’t seen. The jovial cleric was down there with his two silent companions. They had planned on sacrificing her and had her captured but the sounds of fighting distracted them. They left her alone with the torturer and she managed to fight him and get away to join the group.

Before rooting out the evil cleric they wanted to see a little more of the wide passageway behind them. They marched up a slope and turned left at a T intersection. The 20 ft wide tunnel led them to the Chapel of Evil Chaos. It was empty except for some items on the altar. They decided to loot the bloodstained bronze vessels from the altar not caring about the feeling of great evil exuded by the items. They looked extremely valuable. After they scooped up the items they heard armored people approaching and could see the glow of light. They rushed back to the sloping passage and saw five people standing there.

The jovial evil priest was there with his two silent guards in chainmail. There was also a hobgoblin standing behind and controlling a bound peasant woman with a bag over her head. They exchanged some words and then the priest said that they would make nice statuary and pulled the hood off of the medusa being held by the hobgoblin. Poor Shok and Weiss turned to stone immediately but the others averted their gaze quick enough to avoid the same fate. The fight was on!

Both sides began moving up and shooting arrows or casting spells at the other. Maestro Pugno was Held by the Priest when he ran up out of the darkness. Then Shivs tried the same spell on them but only Held one of the chainmail clad clerics. The battle was long and drawn out. Because everyone was averting their gaze away from the medusa, the cleric ordered the hobgoblin to secure her in on of the empty rooms and come back out to join the fight himself. Tiffany took the opportunity to run in the same room and free the medusa in a desperate attempt to change their luck. They were slowly losing the fight. The hobgoblin tried to shut the door but the medusa turned him to stone.

Having the medusa’s help spared Shivs the beating she was getting. Soon the Priest was surrounded but his armor kept him in the fight. He was eventually worn down and the remaining heroes defeated him. The medusa told them that she was carrying several doses of an elixir of Stone to Flesh when she was captured by the Priest so there is hope yet for those two. As the medusa left she called back that they are probably looking for the Minotaur Caves.

Basic/Expert D&D XP: 1,155 + any Prime Requisite bonus – Pugno, Shok, Weiss, Afarrah, Tiffany, Gary
Basic/Expert D&D XP: 254 + any Prime Requisite bonus – Shiivs

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