Ice started across the room and almost stepped onto one of the fake floor coverings. Right before he put his foot down, he realized what he was doing and hopped to the side, effectively alerting everyone to the presence of the trap. On the other side of the room, the passageway went south and then turned east. There were more small holes in the walls along the north side of the passageway.
Ice guided the group around another trap where the passage turned to the north. After another 15 or 20 feet, the passageway dumped out into a large room with about a dozen insectiles of various sizes skittering about.
Mark encourages the party to slowly back way from the nest, “knowing” from Entomology in 4H that ants have no hearing he can encourage his friends verbally, “uh, guys, let’s slowly with as little vibration as possible back our asses out of this place” He has no desire to re-enact Starship Troopers!
Ice nodded and followed Mark’s advice by signaling the rest to keep noise and movement to a minimum while backing out.
Two of the insectiles rushed down the hall after the Benders and attacked the warriors with their front two legs, which resembled scythes. Both of the creatures were able slice past defenses (-7 hp for Ice, -3 hp for JohnE).
Linora wasn’t able to do much from her position.
Bex backed up to make room for others to move, if necessary.
Amidst the jostling and swinging, JohnM steadies his crossbow and lets fly at one of the insectiles (G3). The bolt finds a joint in the armored carapace and buries its steel head deep in the ugly thing (-8HP crit – no second hit).
CB readied her staff but there was nothing to do but watch the guys at the front for the moment.
Insectiles came zipping out of the small holes in the walls. One came out at Linora’s feet at bit her ankle (-4 HP). Four others came out of holes behind the Benders, two of them attacking the rear flank but both missed.
JohnE kicks a bug in the head hoping the his finely tuned and weaponized toes tear the fucking head off of one of the bugs (Attk:13+AP:5=18, Dmg:5). Sadly, the bugs head stays attached to its body.
Insectile defense varies by size:
6 Small – Def 14
3 Medium – Def 15
1 Large – Def 16
;;; It’s a long story so here’s the short version: Mark blackmailed me into not only getting the game going but also in setting a crazy pace where inertia will just carry the game forward. So, new picture and post momentarily.