Ice took his position at the north entrance as John E had done for the south. Anything coming out would meet the longsword.
JohnM “I’m not inclined to waste all the remaining dynamite ‘attacking the darkness’. But a single stick might do the trick to shake things loose. Actually if I threw the dynamite in one side and someone with a gun fired in the other, it might shake things loose in a hurry. There are five of us on this side of the river anyway. Bex, why don’t you go across and then we can send in the opening salvo together.”
Ice pointed across the creek, kind of, by waving his shield in that direction. “John E has an MP 5. That might shake things,” he said.
JohnM “Even better! JohnE, I’ll toss a dynamite stick through this gab to land some 15’ inside the cave. When we hear it go off, can you shoot off a burst of gunfire to follow it up? Maybe aim down toward the floor to minimize potential for ricochet and unintended consequences. Who knows… maybe we’ll even hurt someone besides ourselves.”
John E gave the thumbs up on the deal and reached behind him to pull the gun forward on its sling. (;;; The DM is playing John E until Sunday.)
Seeing the high sign, JohnM took a step forward right behind Ice, lit one of the two short-fuse dynamites, took one deep breath, and then threw it through the gap between the rock wall and the waterfall and watches it go sailing into the darkness. He was pretty sure it was going to land where he wanted it to.
All the kobolds in the cave looked at the dynamite (which makes one hell of a flash-bang btw). The two closest watched as the fuse fizzled down to the scroll tube. When the dynamite blew, they were both thrown backwards, unconscious, and dying.
Linora stepped up and laid a hand on John E’s back and healed him a bit before he made his valiant charge into the valley of the shadow of the cave (because the DM had already rolled the healing and changed the Hit Point page a couple of days ago).
John E made a slight change to Bex’s plan and stepped forward into the splashing water. He wanted to see what he was shooting at.
There was a lot of yelling and screeching going on that John E didn’t understand but it sounded like a lot of confusion to him. Glancing around quickly over the sights of the MP 5, he looked for his target. There were five of the little guys kind of crowding both entrances and a couple of them laying on the ground not moving. Behind the little guys were a couple of the steroid bastards. His finger tigthened on the trigger out of instinct as he scanned right but behind that one was another one of those magic orb tossing, masking wearing, acid spewing kobold mages. He tightened on the trigger some more but something caught his ear to the left. One of the voices sounded like it was issuing commands more than uttering confusion-induced blathering.
Well, well, what the hell is that? It wasn’t a kobold. It was a bit bigger than a kobold and had a double edged war axe. Where the kobolds had long snouts like a lizard or a rat, this thing had a mashed up face with barely a nose to speak of, more just a place where the nostrils were. It had pointy ears and sharp fangs and those fangs were the give away because even though the waterfall muted the afternoon sun, the metal glinting off those teeth was easy to see.
John E pulled the trigger. This area of the cave was about 35 feet square, which seemed perfect for echoing the noise of the shot. Everyone inside flinched a bit. The cave looked like it was part natural and part cut and had three exits. The ceiling had a natural dome and was about 12 feet high at the center.
The bullet hit Irontooth (-9 hp) and he yelled some more commands at the kobolds in rage.
Once John E entered, Ice did too. He jumped through the splash of the waterfall and looked around. There was a kobold to his left, back in an entrance, like he was waiting to attack unsuspecting people from behind. Ice wasn’t unsuspecting, spun to his left, and drove the longsword right through the kobold (-9 hp). Now, the only thing between Ice and Irontooth was a Dragonshield. That’s all. Just a Dragonshield.
Bex enters after Ice, with his face darkened, and looking as menacing and bloodthirsty as possible. He spots the same odd-looking creature barking orders that JohnE did, although now bleeding a bit. That must be Irontooth… Unfazed that JohnE was suddenly using tools instead of his fists, Bex levels his gun at Irontooth, and squeezes off a bullet with deadly accuracy (crit hit 20, hit 14+5, dam 23!)
“I know you understand my language, Irontooth!” Bex didn’t know this for certain… but assumed he might since they intercepted a letter to Irontooth in English… “How hurt do you think you need to be, before your treacherous men leave you to die?”
Mark ducks thu the edge of the water fall and takes a gander, quickly seeing Irontooth he advances to 6 spaces (in front of Ice) away and lets go a bolt from his x-bow praying that this time all those years of rifle shooting will transfer! Obviously, rifles and x-bows are very different as Mark watches his bolt go flying up towards the bats hanging out on the ceiling (seriously a 2? ROLLER IS CRAP!)
CB amped up her magic sling as she followed John E through the water. Once inside, she waded through the water toward Ice, toward the side with less bag guys and let the magic bullet zing off toward Irontooth. He luck with sling was still with her (by burning 1 AP) and she hit the kobold leader (-7 hp).
Devon’s cheese slipped a bit toward the edge of his cracker. When he saw everyone else go in, he charged through the waterfall, and on the other side he kept on charging at full speed in straight line. He screamed as loud as he could the whole time that he was running, even when he went through the waterfall, with the quarterstaff held over his head like he was getting ready to chop wood. When he blinked the water out of his eyes, there was a kobold (O4) just ahead of him and he swung the stick down as hard as he could. The kobold, at first surprised by all the screaming and water sputtering, gained its wits, stepped to the side, and let the stick smack solidly against the ground.
Irontooth really wanted to the mage that had blasted him with the loud, metallic wand but Mark was in the way so he moved forward to hack him down on his way to Bex. It was a simple plan, cut down the human with the crossbow as quickly as possible and move on. The battle axe was the perfect weapon for the plan, slicing deep into Mark on Irontooth’s first swing (-10 hp).
Two of the kobolds (O4 & O5) worked on dealing with Devon the Demented. Both of them jabbed him with their spears but the kid was tougher than anyone expected and kept on swinging the staff around like a madman.
The remaining minion jabbed at John E and missed.
(;;;OMG!) The Dragonshield acting as Irontooth’s bodyguard moved forward to deal with Bex so that the mage couldn’t use the wand anymore. He ducked under one of Devon’s wild swings but the kid saw him and spun all the way around with all of his might and bashed the kobold in the chest, breaking ribs on both sides and damn near putting the creature down (-30 hp, rolled four nat 20s in a row on an attack of opportunity – I need to rethink my critical rules). The Dragonshield recovered enough to finish his journey to Bex but his swing with the shortsword was weak and off target.
The Dragonshield acting as the Priest’s bodyguard moved forward to take care of John E, who had a bigger, noisy, metallic wand on Irontooth. The shortsword missed as John E ducked and dropped the MP 5, letting the sling carry the gun out of the way so that he could counter with his fists.
“I get the warder,” the kobold said in heavily accented English, lending some credibility to Bex’s assumption on Irontooth’s ability to understand English. The Priest held out his hand like the previous kobold mage had done but this time the glowing ball that formed was a shifting pattern of bright blues, oranges, and darker reds. He threw the globe baseball style at Linora instead of lobbing it, but that could have had more to do with the distance between them and the confines of the cave. Right before the globe got to her, it burst apart, covering her with magical fire that burned her (-7 hp) and immediately extinguished.
;;; Going to try to get the next post and map out before exercise, otherwise it will be shortly after.
Irontooth – 18
Dragonshield – 18
Priest – 17
Guard Drake – 15
Minions – 15
Round 8 Map