Session 18

  • We begin the session in the 4 bits in Altaruk where the group are looting the bodies of the mercenaries
  • find an indigo stone perfectly round and perfectly smooth, when touched it jerks into life and blue light shoots from one side surprising all and it is dropped but maintains a mid air position.
  • Ali the mercenary guard captain identifies the device as a psionic communication device
    the blue light takes shape and forms the figure of a man with long ghostly white hair and black robes, he looks down with eyes closed as if asleep, then wakes up suddenly asking why he has been summoned before realising it is not who he expects
  • words are exchanged before he gets to his point which is to offer 10,000 gold ceramic to each pc if they can bring to him narissa, the witch child and the orb, most of all however he wants the orb and the child. He does not say his purpose
  • Ali shuts off the device and group debate what to do. Eben tires of the discussion so goes to sleep
  • in morning group are up early to meet the elves who are downstairs at the inn waiting. Eben does not like the idea of joining with the elves but is put at ease by orsk who reassures him they will betray them later
  • elves set off first with group close behind
  • orsk purchases a crodlu war mount and much jesting and teasing ensues
  • naraaku scouts ahead and finds a suitable ambush site
  • eben and orsk prepare pits and spike/caltrop traps as solzak oversees and ensures all is hidden from view
  • Ali recalls battles she has studied and strategies that could be useful for the coming fight, suggests that she will play dead to lure mercs into traps
  • solzak takes up position on a cliff nearby and all others hide from view using terrain as cover
    half hour or so passes and no sign of mercenaries, exposed to the full heat of the sun on the cliff solzak becomes weary and begins to lose concentration and soon slips into natural sleep
    suddenly an arrow falls close to ali
  • a few minutes later another, telepathically she warns the others, naraaku uses animal call to alert solzak but recieves no reply, sends an arrow and solzak pops up none the wiser
    solzak realises what is happening and takes cover as another arrow comes in, dangerously close to ali
  • solzak spots the half-giants and mul mercenaries a little way off firing arrows to test if it is an ambush or just a simple body in the road, send 2 of their members up cliffside to scout ahead, as they near solzak he gets nervous and decides to fire, it is an excellent shot, straight through the neck, knocking the mul off his feet, clutching his bleeding wound and choking
    the other, dumbfounded stares at his companion for a moment as solzak flips and jumps down to the ground
  • the unwounded mul screams to his companions to come running to his aid and chases solzak, jumping down on him from above causing a minor wound, he wears a fearsome tribal mask and wears hide armour that is covered in spikes, animal teeth and bone protusions that makes him look extremely tough
  • solzak runs off down the path, chased by the mul as the other mercenaries charge, the half giants in the lead with clubs raised
  • the silt stalkers remain silent and hidden as eben and ali charge in to attack the mul
  • naraaku steps out to aid the others firing into the melee
  • orsk then emerges on his crodlu as the mul screams a warning of ambush but by now the half giants are closing in with a bloodthirsty look on their faces
  • The wounded mul tries to follow down the cliff but slips on the way down, falling and breaking its neck on the rocks
  • The half giants wade into the fight swinging bastard swords like they were knives and cleaving their way through the defences of the group
  • inspiring words of encouragement from ali keep the group together as their attacks bounce off the tough armoured foes
  • solzak makes some good hit and run strikes from hiding as naraaku rains down arrows from high that seem to do little to the brutes
  • finally the silt stalkers get involved as they see the tide of battle go toward the group, raining down arrows in concentrated attacks
  • finally one half-giant falls as the group rejoice but not before time as orsk is struck from his mount by a charging foe
  • The silt stalkers move quickly around the outskirts of the battle firing volley after volley at the remaining half-giant
  • solzak too fires from distance as the rest of the mul mercenaries fall one by one until only a single half-giant remains. Calling a primal battle cry Eben charges into him from the rear swinging his mighty executioners axe and bringing it down squarely into his back. With a great moan the half-giant stands for a moment with a look of amazement on his face before falling to the ground with an almighty crash.
  • Quickly the group try to clear away the mess as best as possible, burying the dead and covering the blood on the floor, just in time as a flock of Kestrekals gathers high above ready to feast on the corpses.
  • This time the group decide not to have any bait for the trap and decide to be more patient
    as the morning wears on, fatigue sets in once more for solzak as he is again less than alert as the mercenaries approach
  • Two muls lead 6 human mercenaries cautiously towards the narrow pass of the ambush. As they get close one is ordered to splinter from the group and take a side channel, but when she does she falls straight into a caltrop trap, screaming with pain
  • The mercenaries look nervous but proceed more cautiously that before, one mul gets to within a few feet of the silt stalkers, almost breathing on them but fails to see them
  • solzak attacks from hiding, but this time is not so successful, instead causing panic, and the silt stalkers strike, almost killing one of the muls outright
  • the silt stalkers take damage from the muls and mercenaries and withdraw close to the group who choose not to act and stay hidden
  • The Muls and mercenaries persue as the silt stalkers flee the field and they are met by orsk eben and ali who face them down as the final trap is sprung…

Session 18

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