The undead horde was only 200 feet away and the town didn’t have much time to prepare. Most of the menfolk were out working in the lumber camps. The rest of the folks streamed into the hill fort while the small militia deployed along the town palisade. Largus, Legertha, Ethel stood by the gate next to the Sitting Duck Tavern. Ginger levitated to the tower next to the gate. Sparkle ran to the west gate. The undead horde consisted of skeletons and ghouls and numbered at least a hundred they thought.
The attack was very dispersed along the entire north wall. Numerous ghouls were picked off with arrows. Ginger turned some of the ground swampy in an attempt to slow down the advance. Neither her nor Sparkle could find a worthwhile cluster of dead to blast with magic. Ethel lobbed bombs over the wall blowing up attackers.
The undead kept coming in waves and some were clawing over the wall and a few lucky ones breached Sparkle’s gate. The militia weren’t felling many with their crossbows. Soon it was reported that bodies were floating down the river and some of them turned out to be ghouls and a ghast. Also a wight minotaur and ghoul frost giant were spotted in the ranks. The fight went on for some time with the creatures resisting Gingers magic at nearly every opportunity. The regular zombie and ghoul peons didn’t do too much until the undead minotaur and frost giant came over the wall. Then militia began to die.
The militia abandoned their posts about the same time as the river ghouls were being finished off by Legertha, Ethel, and a pair of militia. Sparkle kept up magical attacks on the ghoul frost giant with Ginger’s help. Ethel returned to the gate only to get attacked by skeletons. Ginger flung the minotaur into the air and Largus got large to finish it off. Mother blasted a few more minions and Sparkle finished off the giant with magic missiles before it could kill any more militia. The group mopped up the remaining undead and the town was saved with only eight or so militia lost.
Kreed wasn’t pleased at all and sent the adventurers off with a big group of his regulators and some militia to backtrack the undead army and finally put an end to it. Of course they also had to check on the lumber camps so it was a smaller group that camped with the party that night. The woods were quiet all day and night.
The next morning the regulators went back to Falcon’s Hollow and Largus, Legertha, Ethel, Ginger, and Sparkle forded the river that bisects Darkmoon Wood. The trail was still easy to follow but the forest was more disturbing here and they were attacked by a large flock of ghoulish stirges. Luckily the stirges made some noise flapping up and against all odds both Ginger and Sparkle got an Ice Storm and Fireball off before they could drain the party of all their blood.
Their second encounter happened near noon. A strange necromantically altered awakened wolf named Lucimar greeted them. He told them about the wave of negative energy he felt weeks past that began to alter him and bring unlife to the forest dead. That all happened before the other adventuring party arrived but he said they seemed to have killed most of the kobolds that inhabited the old dwarven ruins called Droskar’s Crucible. Lucimar said that the next day undead kobolds and a few living ones left the ruins. They haven’t been back but other creatures have come and gone. He bid them to destroy whatever terrible thing is under the ruins before it changes him into something more horrible.
A short hike took them to the monastery ruins known as Droskar’s Crucible. There was not much left above ground besides some pillars flanked by the remains of two towers surrounded by forest. There were numerous kobold zombies, dwarven skeletons, and fresh human zombies, plus a ghoul in leather armor. They were all just standing around until a commotion over a wand attracted the attention of a couple zombies. Then Largus moved up and Legertha charged. Small mother snuck off in the trees and shadows. Ginger screamed and Sparkle shot her bow at zombies perched on the ruins. Both Legertha and Largus were mowing down the attacking zombies and skeletons creating piles of bodies.
The ghoul seemed interested in sneaking up on Sparkle and a strange conjoined quad dwarf skeleton left the far tower and clacked toward the fight. Like before the creatures resisted Ginger’s magic and something big was coming through the trees. In the ruins a whirlwind erupted from a hole in the ground. It was 15 feet high and appeared to be made of grinding bone pieces. And then a towering skeletal giant with a tombstone hammer broke out of the forest and headed toward Ethelfrith. Ginger screamed. Now the real fight started. Nobody really knew anything about the two new creatures but they soon began to learn.
The whirlwind flattened Legertha on the ground with it’s wind of souls and ground her body with shards of bone and negative energy. The skeletal giant squashed mother even with her Displacement spell active. Magic from Ginger and Sparkle fizzled when it reached the whirlwind. Mother’s bomb hurt it but then the whirlwind pulled all the bones out of the 9 corpses laying around Legertha and grew even more robust.
The giant skeleton continued swinging at Ethel while 3 zombies attacked her as well. The whirlwind continued to grind away at Legertha and Largus. Sparkle Webbed the ghoul and the strange quad skeleton and bought herself some time. When it became clear that weapons and spells were useless against the bonestorm, focus was changed to the giant skeleton. It traded blows with Largus but soon crashed to the ground in pieces when everyone else joined the fight.
Largus returned to saving Legertha when she’d get flattened and grated by shards of bone. The boy would bull rush her out of harm’s way often remaining in the whirlwind himself. All the while Ethel continued throwing bombs at the very agile whirlwind. It was looking to be almost unkillable since it could heal by sucking up bones and anyone getting too close was torn up. It was beginning to look like people would be dieing soon but bombs and holy water finally finished it off.
Wow! Congratulations on your dual epic victories with no losses!