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The Annals of Pelor
Web of Intrigue

…continues from Book #01, Chapter #09, Scene #04

Synopsis

The 28th Day of Ches in the Year of the Sudden Journey
With the recovery of some of Altair’s Talons and requests from the Blackengorge Town Council, the party have set of for the east and to see the Nentir Vale for themselves. With an ox-led wagon laden with goods and a large travelling party, they set off with the well wishes of the townsfolk ringing in their ears.

After finding an old ruin along the way and a useful map they have managed to make good progress despite the attempts of undead and wolves to delay them. However, they now face a new problem, with a trap laid by orcs.

Cast List

Scene Length

This scene starts on Thursday 30th August 2012 and is expected to be completed by the end of Friday 21st September 2012.

Players are expected to be able to post at least once a day.

AUG
30

Combat
Initiative Block

I

Round #06

Combat Encounter Completed


Creatures in Play:

03) [25] Zero - 1d20+6+2: 25 - HP: 50/50 (7 temp hp) 50,57

06) [20] Kireth - 1d20+9+2: 20 - HP: 36/44 44,51,49,36

07) [20] Rangrim - 1d20+6+2: 20 - HP: 38/53 53,60,49,39,21,38

08) [14] Tradden - 1d20+6+2: 14 - HP: 18/57 (Bloodied) 57,64,49,35,30,19,38,22,6,1,15,9,33,18

10) [12] Khalin - 1d20+6+2: 12 - HP: 28/51 (+2 Def) 51,58,47,38,32,20,10,-5,16,28

11) [11] Rhasgar - 1d20+3+2: 11 - HP: 32/59 59,66,52,37,27,18,32


Removed from Play:

02) [28] Orc Archers - 1d20+9: 28

Orc Archer #01

Orc Archer #02 (Dmg: 49) (Bloodied) 0,12,25,41,49

04) [24] Cacklefiend Hyena - 1d20+10: 24 (Dmg: 108) (Ongoing 8 damage) (Bloodied) (Marked by Rhasgar) 0,4,19,26,38,51,65,81,89,108

05) [23] Orc Runners - 1d20+8: 23

Orc Runner #01 (Dmg: 46) (Bloodied) 0,4,9,32,39,46

Orc Runner #02 (Dmg: 50) (Bloodied) (Marked by Tradden) 0,7,12,25,36,43,50

09) [12] Orc Eye of Gruumsh - 1d20+10: 12 (Dmg: 70) (Bloodied) 0,18,24,32,43,50,59,46,63,70

12) [10] Hyenas - 1d20+7: 10

Hyena #01 (Dmg: 45) (Bloodied) 0,20,28,45

Hyena #02 (Dmg: 44) (Bloodied) 0,21,29,44

Hyena #03 (Dmg: 41) (Marked by Tradden) 0,15,29,41

Hyena #04 (Dmg: 42) (Bloodied) (Marked by Tradden) 0,19,34,42

Sp) [De] Orc Beastmaster - 1d20+12: 32 (Dmg: 83) (Marked by Tradden) (Bloodied) 0,13,34,45,62,69,76,83

AUG
30

Combat
Battlemap

BM
Battlemap
AUG
30

Combat
Features of the Area

AF

All squares that are not part of the marked trail through the forest, including the green (undergrowth) squares and the trees are difficult terrain and cost two squares worth of movement to enter and move within.

Trees: The trees can provide superior cover.

Ropes: The ropes making up the fake webbing provide partial cover and are difficult terrain to pass through.

Wagon: The wagon (the square occupied by Borik and the one directly to the south) is difficult terrain to pass through and blocks line of sight.

Illumination: Daylight. Visibility shown on map.

AUG
30

Combat
Orc Beastmaster

01

The orc holding the leashes appeared to be struggling with its charges. They were not hounds, Khalin saw that when he looked again, they were strange beasts, their faces like the gnolls they had seen in the ruin, hyenas probably. They looked vicious, regardless. Most of them were snapping their jaws now, drooling, and pulling hard on the leash.

‘Gozack!’ brayed the orc at them, holding them back, and for a moment they steadied themselves.

[Delay]

It looked as though the orc were waiting for something, keeping a tight rein on its beasts.

AUG
30

Combat
Orc Archers

02

The archer, on the other hand, didn’t appear to want to wait. The orc behind the ropes already had its target set on Tradden, the youth slightly vulnerable up the tree. With a glint of a smile on crooked and stained teeth it let go of the bowstring.

[Orc Archer #01: Ranged Basic Attack - Longbow]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+11+2-2: 16 vs Tradden’s AC (20+2)] - misses!

The arrow thudded into the tree right next to Tradden’s head, burying itself in the wood.

Another orc with a drawn bow rose up out of the undergrowth to the northeast. This one aimed at Rangrim and let fly.

[Orc Archer #02: Ranged Basic Attack - Longbow]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+11: 20 vs Rangrim’s AC (20+2)] - misses!

The arrow skidded into the undergrowth near the dwarf as Rangrim ducked down.

AUG
30

Combat
Zero Uhlit

03

Zero peered around the edge of the wagon, safe in the knowledge he had some cover at least. Through the thick pines he could just about make out the back of one of the orcs, looking like it was about to spring out onto the trail.

Without hesitation he drew his crossbow and fired through the trees, aware that it would take a pinpoint shot.

[Gloaming Cut]

[Primary Attack vs Orc Runner #01: 1d20+9-5+2: 10] - misses!

[Stealth Check: 1d20+14: 18] - success!

[Zero is hidden and gains Combat Advantage against all enemies]

The bolt thudded into one of the first trees and the rogue ducked down behind the wagon with a curse.

AUG
30

Combat
Cacklefiend Hyena

04

From out of the trees near the rest of the pack of hyenas burst a hideous sight. It was similar to the other beasts, but was larger and more powerful, with black mottled fur. Its jaws were agape with steaming saliva dripping onto the floor where the leaves and steams of the bushes hissed and shrivelled where they were splattered.

It seemed to cough and bark to itself convulsively as it leaped effortlessly through the undergrowth.

[Move: SE, SE, S, SW, S]

It appeared to ignore Rangrim somewhat, bounding into the undergrowth at the other side of the trail from the dwarf.

From its maw it uttered a cackle not of this world, a low, hideous sound that broke and grew in violence as though it had come direct from the gates of the Abyss. All who heard it shuddered in fear.

[Fiendish Cackle]

[Burst 3]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+8: 12 vs Rangrim’s Will (16)] - misses!

[Burst Attack: 1d20+8: 9 vs Khalin’s Will (17)] - critical miss!

[Burst Attack: 1d20+8: 27 vs Rhasgar’s Will (18)] - hits!

[Target is at -2 to attack rolls until end of Cacklefiend Hyena's next turn]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+8: 12 vs Kireth’s Will (16)] - misses!

[Burst Attack: 1d20+8: 28 vs Borik’s Will (14)] - critical hit!

[Target is at -2 to attack rolls until end of Cacklefiend Hyena's next turn]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+8-2: 20 vs Zero’s Will (17)] - hits!

[Target is at -2 to attack rolls until end of Cacklefiend Hyena's next turn]

Both Rhasgar and Zero looked as though they had seen a ghost, even the dragonborn's dark scaly skin appeared to whiten and his hands began to shake.

AUG
30

Combat
Orc Runners

05

With the thud of a quivering bolt just behind it the orc nearest the wagon weaved expertly through the trees looking for the puny human with the crossbow.

[Orc Runner #01 Move: SW]

It knew the human had disappeared somewhere behind the wagon, but where?

[Orc Runner #01 Perception Check: 1d20+1: 8] - failure!

It looked from side to side, but not downwards, where the crouching Zero looked up in fear.

The orc it had left in the woods followed suit, but instead of rounding the wagon came alongside it, just below Kireth’s feet.

[Orc Runner #02 Move: S, S, S]

It reached up with powerful arms, trying to grab the mage’s feet.

[Orc Runner #02: Grab]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+5: 10 vs Kireth’s Reflex (18)] - misses!

Kireth slammed the butt of his staff down hard on the orc’s bony hand and it recoiled in pain.

AUG
30

Combat
Kireth Majere

06

Kireth glared down at the creature. He had had men swing swords at him, mages throw powerful magics at him, and numerous foul beasts try and make a meal of him but no-one, no-one, had tried to grab his feet. How dare it! The mage practically screamed the words of the spell, such was the insult.

[Nightmare Eruption]

[Primary Attack vs Orc Runner #02’s Will: 1d20+9: 16] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+5: 7]

[Orc Runner #01 takes 4 psychic splash damage]

[Cacklefiend Hyena takes 4 psychic splash damage]

Kireth wasn’t sure what horrors the orc saw before it, perhaps memories of a master whipping it as the mage noticed the scars on the beats back as it turned and held its head in a scream. He heard another scream from behind the wagon, another orc perhaps, and the throaty howl of the strange elemental beast — for surely that’s what it was — nearby.

AUG
31

Combat
Rangrim Ironnose

07

Rangrim whirled around to face the strange blackened beast behind him that had let out such a fearful howl. He had seen Tradden was in a precarious position and that there must be an archer somewhere, but he couldn’t see it, so there was nothing he could do. However, he could confront the beast that drooled and thrashed before him.

The dwarf stepped confidently back towards the trail and twirled his twin hammers in anticipation.

[Move: W]

‘Come on, ye bastard!’ shouted the dwarf and charged into the beast’s flank.

[Flailing Shove]

[Primary Attack vs Cacklefiend Hyena: 1d20+11: 29] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10+7: 15] and [Push: W]

[Orc Runner #01 takes 2+3: 5 splash damage]

[Orc Runner #02 takes 2+3: 5 splash damage]

The hammer struck the beast on the rump and it tumbled into the undergrowth and away from the dwarf in a flurry of claws and fangs, catching the orcs surrounding the wagon with vicious-looking cuts.

‘Ye want more, eh?’ responded the dwarf as the beast picked itself up and growled back at him.

AUG
31

Combat
Tradden Aversward

08

‘Hmm,’ said Tradden, to no-one in particular. The only thing that heard it was the hedgehog down below, who nodded sagely — it had known climbing the tree had been a bad idea from the start.

Tradden realised he wasn’t doing any good up high. He needed to be down on the ground, but that would take ages the way he had come and that was without taking into account the orc behind the webs taking pot-shots at him!

Kireth would have derided Tradden’s speed of thinking had the topic ever come up in conversation and that was probably a fair comment. However, in some respects Tradden’s thought processes left everyone standing…

[Nature Check: 1d20+5: 20] - success!

Unhooking the rope from around his shoulder Tradden sunk the axe end into a choice branch with a strong chopping motion. Passing the bundle of rope around the branch once for good luck he then let go of the main bundle, allowing it to drop down below, whilst still holding onto the other end. Without further ado he pushed himself off the tree and into mid air, away from the battle below!

[Athletics Check: 1d20+12: 32] - critical success!

Gravity quickly did its thing and the fighter fell downwards. However, as the rope tightened the fall turned into an arc, and Tradden was soon heading back towards the melee by the wagon. As he passed the apex of the swing he let go, momentum carrying him up into the air for a moment, where he performed a neat double pike. A quick shake of his feet at the same time saw two daggers fly up into the air.

[Falling]

[Damage: 2d10: 10]

[Acrobatics Check: 1d20+11: 20]

[Tradden reduces damage by half of Acrobatics check to 0 damage]

As the young fighter hit the ground between Khalin and Rangrim the wind went out of him. The eladrin chain — painstakingly repaired with care by Caldring — locked together in an all-too-tight embrace and for a moment Tradden thought he would pass out with the shock.

As he rolled he looked up, everything seemed to be passing by slowly. The smells of the forest were assaulting his throat, gulps of sickly-sweet pine like a draught of wine rather than a taste of air. Colours were vibrant too, the rich greens of the undergrowth thicker, brighter, and somehow more real. The boughs of the trees dark, brown and mottled in complex patterns and rhythms the youth had never seen before. Even the dusty trail, interspersed with the beautifully rounded cobbles, was a carpet of gleaming jewels of sand and gravel.

The wagon before him was intricately carved out of the most exquisite woods, layered one on top of another and fashioned into elongated curves that accentuated the look of both speed and majesty heightened by the pair of sleek black horses that were harnessed at the front. Atop the driving plate was an old man — a long white beard to his knees betraying his age — dressed in greens and browns of such magnificence they almost matched the distorted forest. He held out a white hand, an onyx signet ring with a crest upon it, reaching out for Tradden to climb up.

He began to reach out as the chain relaxed its grip and he found himself snapping back into the bleak tones of the pine forest, surrounded by his companions and rising to a stand with the momentum of his roll.

The effect was complete when two daggers landed point-down on either side of him.

Tradden completed his stand, for once without words, an elaborate show or a cocky smile. Khalin, who was beginning to get used to this kind of thing didn’t even look sideways. Rangrim’s day wasn’t getting any better.

‘Show off…’ was all the dwarf could manage.

AUG
31

Combat
Orc Eye of Gruumsh

09

An orc brandishing a carved spear marched out of the undergrowth to the northeast bellowing order and pointing furiously at the wagon with the point of the spear.

‘Gachak! Gachak!’ it blared at the skulking orcs next to the wagon. ‘Dak! Dak!’ it stabbed, pointing at Kireth with the tip.

It came forwards itself, bounding onto the trail, closing in on the group.

[Move: SW, SW, SW, W]

As it closed in it brandished its spear once more, feathers and bones near its point jangling together as it was thrust in the general direction of one of the orcs. ‘Dak! Dak!’ it repeated.

[Swift Arm of Destruction]

[Orc Runner #02 makes a Melee Basic Attack as a free action]

The orc responded to its leader and made a grab for Kireth’s legs once more.

[Orc Runner #02: Grab]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+5: 6 vs Kireth’s Reflex (18)] - critical miss!

As before, though, Kireth’s staff came down hard on the orc’s hand and it withdrew with a snarl.

The spear-wielder made a snarl of its own and glared at the mage atop the wagon.

[Eye of Wrath]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+8: 28 vs Kireth’s Will (16)] - critical hit!

[Kireth takes a -4 penalty to AC (Save Ends)]

A cold fear overcame the mage. He had fought battles with powerful enemies before, but for a moment he felt this orc had the better of him.

SEP
02

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

10

Khalin’s visage broke into a wicked grin as he heard the familiar cackling of goblinoid voices. Truth be told he was no great fan of spiders, but orcs? Well, they were just the sort of thing he liked to feed his hammer.

Whirling towards the nearest sound he plunged towards the trees, making a beeline for one of the nearest orcs.

[Move: W]

Raising Aecris as best he could in the confines of the undergrowth, he swung at the rascal.

[Melee Basic Attack - Craghammer]

[Primary Attack vs Orc Runner #02: 1d20+10: 14] - misses!

The warlord’s attack caught in the undergrowth slowing the power of the swing. The orc easily knocked it aside.

SEP
03

Combat
Rhasgar

11

The howl from the strange hyena had unnerved Rhasgar somewhat and he resolved that he would address that beast within the course of the combat. Khalin, however, had headed that way and he believed the warlord would handle that situation.

‘Rangrim, protect the wagon!’ the dragonborn shouted, before heading away from the wagon to confront the orc that seemed to be directing affairs.

[Move: N, N, NE]

Striking into the undergrowth, Rhasgar got a better look at the adversary before him. The orc was a little bigger than the rest, but still thin and covered with what appeared to be the marks of lashes and worse. It was an ugly brute, with a huge spear its only physical weapon, but the sheer terror of its face was somehow another. One eye had been cut or torn out, the scars and tissue left to bulge and rot in its place. Its flea-bitten leather jerking and filthy fur cloak did nothing to hide its hideous brutality.

With more vicious beast lurking in the trees Rhasgar had to offer what help he could to all of those around him. Raising his scimitar he made a show of the blade, calling upon Bahamut to steer his hand.

[Righteous Smite]

[Primary Attack vs Orc Eye of Gruumsh: 1d20+11-2: 26] - hits!

[Damage: 2d8+6: 18]

[Rhasgar gains 5+2: 7 temporary hit points]

[Rangrim gains 5+2: 7 temporary hit points]

[Tradden gains 5+2: 7 temporary hit points]

[Khalin gains 5+2: 7 temporary hit points]

[Kireth gains 5+2: 7 temporary hit points]

[Zero gains 5+2: 7 temporary hit points]

The blade fell on the orc, cutting it across the shoulder, and the warming energy that it seemed to released filled all of Rhasgar’s allies with a divine strength. These orcs were weak and could be beaten.

The dragonborn shouted at the orc, drawing its attention, trying to keep it focused only on him.

[Divine Challenge]

[Orc Eye of Gruumsh is Marked]

The orc’s eye seethed at the paladin. How dare it attack him, how dare it strike its body?

SEP
03

Combat
Hyenas

12

With yelps and growls from the edge of the trees the pack of hyenas was let loose by the beastmaster. Leather leashes were let go with a sharp, barked word and the beasts darted forwards.

They appeared to attack in pairs, the first two struck out towards Rhasgar with jaws outstretched. One took a direct route, the other circling around to the east and then striking through the trees.

[Hyena #01 Move: S, S, S]

[Hyena #02 Move: S, S, SE, SW]

The first one snapped at Rhasgar’s legs, trying to draw the dragonborn away from the orc.

[Hyena #01: Melee Basic Attack - Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 8 vs Rhasgar’s AC (23)] - misses!

Rhasgar turned to face it and swat it away with his shield.

The second hyena’s circling run gave it some advantage, though. As Rhasgar was busy with the first it snapped at him unawares from his flank.

[Hyena #02: Melee Basic Attack - Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7+2: 23 vs Rhasgar’s AC (23)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+3+2: 8] plus [1d6: 6 pack attack damage]

It bit deep drawing a grimace from the paladin.

The second pair leapt out towards Rangrim, the first coming from the side and the second bulleting straight for him.

[Hyena #03 Move: S, S, SE]

[Hyena #04 Move: S, S, S, S]

They snapped quickly, trying to maul the dwarf’s legs with their sharp bites.

[Hyena #03: Melee Basic Attack - Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 18 vs Rangrim’s AC (20+1)] - misses!

[Hyena #04: Melee Basic Attack - Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 19 vs Rangrim’s AC (20+1)] - misses!

They just managed to grab the legs of his armour though, without piercing the skin. The dwarf wheeled and swiped his hammer at them in frustration.

‘Get these bloody things off me!’ he shouted.

SEP
03

Combat
Orc Beastmaster

13

The beastmaster climbed out of the undergrowth and onto the trail, casting down the leashes and drawing a large flail.

[Move: SE, S, S]

It made a series of guttural screeches as the hyenas, their ears pricking up ready to obey any commands. They looked ready to move on a moment’s notice, yet seemed restricted in their actions due to the tangle of undergrowth underfoot.

The large orc twirled its flail, but for now seemed content to let the beasts do their work.

SEP
03

Combat
Orc Archers

14

The archer behind the webs looked disgusted that its quarry had managed to escape so easily. The thought of shooting the human from the tree to fall to a grisly demise had, for a moment, lifted its spirits. Nevertheless, through the webs and trees it could see one of the dragon-kin moving forwards and this could be its next victim.

With slow and steady movements it clambered through the webs until it was free of their confinement.

[Orc Archer #01 Move: N, N, NW]

It then took a steady aim on the dragonborn, hoping for a kill.

[Orc Archer #01: Ranged Basic Attack - Longbow]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+11: 22 vs Rhasgar’s AC (23)] - misses!

The shot thudded into the dragonborn’s shield, much to the orc’s disgust.

The second archer ventured forwards from the tree line.

[Orc Archer #02 Move: SW, W]

The enemy were surrounded and hopelessly outnumbered by the hyenas and would fall quickly. The honour was in the number of kills, however, and the archer was keen to make his stake. It drew a number of arrows from its quiver and let fly with a quick volley.

[Orc Archer #02: Clustered Volley]

[Burst 1] with [Damage: 1d10+6+2: 11]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+9-2: 9 vs Tradden’s AC (20+1)] - misses!

[Burst Attack: 1d20+9-2: 22 vs Khalin’s AC (22)] - hits!

[Damage: 11]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+9: 21 vs Rangrim’s AC (20+1)] - hits!

[Damage: 11]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+9: 15 vs Rhasgar’s AC (23)] - misses!

The dwarves fared worst as the arrows thudded into their armour drawing grunts of pain.

SEP
03

Combat
Zero Uhlit

15

Zero breathed a barely audible sigh of relief as the orc missed spotting him in the melee. His position was good behind the wagon, but it was only a matter of time before one of the orcs would spot him. Time to move on. The trees to the south looked a good vantage point, he’d get some cover there.

He slipped silently away, keeping in a crouch, and firing a bolt into the orc’s legs hoping to confuse it.

[Fleeting Spirit Strike]

[Shift: S]

[Stealth Check: 1d20+14: 29] - success!

[Primary Attack vs Orc Runner #01: 1d20+9+2-2: 24] - hits!

[Damage: 2d6+4: 12] plus [2d8: 11 sneak damage] and [Bloodied]

[Shift: S]

[Stealth Check: 1d20+14: 29] - success!

Even around the corner of the wagon Zero managed to plant the bolt in the orc’s lower leg and it howled in pain, almost dropping to the ground as its leg gave way. A gout of bright red blood spurted from its leg, but the thing did not go down.

Zero faded further into the trees, hiding behind their trunks and paused for breath and composure.

[Move: S]

He crouched behind one of the larger trees awaiting the next victim to show themselves.

SEP
04

Combat
Cacklefiend Hyena

16

From the centre of the trail there was another low cackle as the blackened hyena began to open its jaws and spew forth a horrific noise.

[Fiendish Cackle]

[Burst 3]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+8: 18 vs Rangrim’s Will (16)] - hits!

[Target is at -2 to attack rolls until end of Cacklefiend Hyena's next turn]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+8: 25 vs Khalin’s Will (17)] - hits!

[Target is at -2 to attack rolls until end of Cacklefiend Hyena's next turn]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+8: 10 vs Rhasgar’s Will (18)] - misses!

[Burst Attack: 1d20+8: 10 vs Kireth’s Will (16)] - misses!

[Burst Attack: 1d20+8: 18 vs Borik’s Will (14)] - hits!

[Target is at -2 to attack rolls until end of Cacklefiend Hyena's next turn]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+8-5: 8 vs Zero’s Will (17)] - misses!

[Burst Attack: 1d20+8: 14 vs Tradden’s Will (18)] - misses!

The dwarves fared worst, something about the noise brought childhood terrors to the fore. Their weapon arm trembling more than it had some moments ago.

With brutish speed the beast then reared up at the plate of the wagon and snapped at Borik, a maddening gleam in its eye.

SEP
04

Combat
Orc Runners

17

The orc with the bolt through its leg limped around the side of the wagon, obviously in pain, but fearful of the wrath it may incur of not following orders.

[Orc Runner #01 Shift: SW]

Behind it, to the west, many of the Talons were locked in a similar struggle with more orcs and for now the wagon was poorly defending by an aging dwarf and a puny human. Someone had shot it in the leg but the orc could not see the marksman. The hounds would see to him, it was sure. Perhaps they’d enjoy the brief chase through the trees until they bore down upon him and ripped his flesh from his bones.

With a wicked grin the orc reached up towards the puny human, extending a huge hand to grasp at Kireth’s legs.

[Orc Runner #01: Grab]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+5: 7 vs Kireth’s Reflex (18)] - misses!

The mage seemed to be tiring of the game and the staff banged down on the orc’s hand barely before it had reached the footplate. The hand withdrew with a snarl.

Whilst Kireth’s attention was focused on one orc, however, the one at the other side of the wagon took the opportunity.

[Orc Runner #02: Grab]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+5: 14 vs Kireth’s Reflex (18)] - misses!

The mage was too quick, however, and a spin of the staff — which would even have impressed Tradden — brought the butt down on the thing’s skull and it too withdrew.

SEP
04

Combat
Kireth Majere

18

Tiring of the game was an understatement of the highest order. Mages in general do not appreciate being ‘grabbed’ at. Adding Kireth’s temperament into the equation provided an extremely volatile mix. He glared down at the two offenders, who, as if sensing danger, instinctively shrank back.

It would not save them.

The fury building within the mage, his hand began to shake and then… glow.

[Wizard’s Fury]

[Kireth can cast Magic Missile as a Minor Action until end of encounter]

The mage turned to the nearest orc and vented that fury.

[Magic Missile]

[Primary Attack vs Orc Runner #01] - automatic hit!

[Damage: 2+4+1: 7]

The orc was knocked back as the bolt of force struck it in the face, but Kireth showed no mercy.

[Magic Missile]

[Primary Attack vs Orc Runner #01] - automatic hit!

[Damage: 2+4+1: 7] and [Dead]

The second bolt followed the first, exploding in a shower of blood. Something kept the orc moving, though. Whatever words or orders the one-eyed orc had barked out seemed to follow the runner, even in the throes of death.

[Orc Eye of Gruumsh: Wrath of Gruumsh]

[Dying orcs can use Death Strike to make a melee basic attack]

[Orc Runner #01: Death Strike]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+8: 11 vs Kireth’s AC (18-4)] - misses!

The orc’s filthy maw failed to connect with the mage, however, and it slid to the ground in silence.

For the moment the mage was satiated and used the energy to clear his mind of the one-eyed orc’s minor curse.

[Saving Throw vs Eye of Wrath: 1d20: 20] - critical success!

With a scowl across the battlefield at the one-eyed orc, Kireth shook off any hindrance.

SEP
05

Combat
Rangrim Ironnose

19

Rangrim looked from side to side wildly at the thrashing teeth and snarls from the hyenas in the undergrowth next to the trail. There was no clear way for him to move.

‘I can’t get to the bloody wagon, Rhasgar,’ he shouted, swatting away one of the creature’s snouts with the flat of his hammer. ‘That mage seems to be in charge over there, let him handle the wagon, let me deal with these bloody dogs!’

Without waiting for an answer he feinted one way, then another, and then brought his hammer down on the side of the head of the hyena in front of him.

[Clever Strike]

[Primary Attack vs Hyena #04: 1d20+11-2+2: 29] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10+7+2: 19] plus [2d8+3: 15 sneak damage] and [Bloodied]

The strike was true and caught the hyena on the temple. Rangrim was so sure the beast would fall that he’d almost started moving forwards. The thing was hurt, badly, but it still stood, baring its teeth and preventing the dwarf from going anywhere.

‘By the Nine Hells!’ he exclaimed in frustration. ‘Rhasgar, we’re in trouble!’

There seemed a sudden shift in Rangrim’s cloak as he uttered a soft word and it seemed to gather weight.

[Cloak of Resistance]

[Rangrim gains Resist 5 to all damage until start of next turn]

‘Right then you miserable dogs,’ he addressed the hyenas with a scowl. ‘Come and get me!’

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05

Combat
Tradden Aversward

20

Tradden had come across people like Rangrim before — people who were in many ways quite similar to him! The problem with that, in his experience, was that such folk fell into one of two categories — those that he got on with like a house on fire and those that he just ended up not getting on with. He hoped Rangrim would fall into the former category as he quite liked the brusque dwarf.

The youth drew both his swords and stepped forwards as he thought about it.

[Move: NW]

In any event, Tradden felt his territory was being stepped upon.

‘Hey!’ he chided Rangrim, playfully. ‘That’s my line!’

[Action Point]

With that Tradden swung his sword around his head in highly dangerous fashion.

[Sweeping Slash]

[Close Burst 1]

[Burst Attack vs Orc Runner #02’s Reflex: 1d20+12+3: 30] - hits!

[Cannot Push into Blocking Terrain] and [Marked]

[Burst Attack vs Cacklefiend Hyena’s Reflex: 1d20+12+3: 18] - hits!

[Pushed W] and [Marked]

[Burst Attack vs Hyena #03’s Reflex: 1d20+12+3: 31] - hits!

[Pushed N] and [Marked]

[Burst Attack vs Hyena #04’s Reflex: 1d20+12+3: 21] - hits!

[Pushed NE] and [Marked]

[Secondary Attack vs Orc Runner #02: 1d20+11+3: 26] - hits!

[Damage: 2d6+7: 13] and [Bloodied]

Tradden stood where he was and used the initiative gained by attacking the remaining orc, who was pinned against the cart. It seemed intent on going after Kireth, and that meant it had made itself an obvious target.

‘Go on, lad!’ he heard Khalin roar, which spurred him on to attempt an additional strike — a quick flick of the wrist to try and catch the orc with the longsword again.

[Khalin: Bravura Presence]

[Tradden can make an additional Melee Basic Attack]

[Melee Basic Attack - Longsword]

[Primary Attack vs Orc Runner #02: 1d20+12: 18] - misses!

The enemies were pushed back from the fighter and the orc looked hard pressed against the wagon.

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05

Combat
Orc Eye of Gruumsh

21

The one-eyed orc looked past the central melee and barked out orders to the orc near the wagon.

‘Kachak! Hakkah! Gorko magi, magi slako!’ came the guttural shouts.

[Swift Arm of Destruction]

[Recharge: 1d6: 2] - failure!

The orc near the wagon, however, appeared to be too distracted by Tradden’s blades to heed the words.

With what seemed to be a curse the orc turned its attention back to the melee and Rhasgar before it. With a withering glare it tried to intimidate the dragonborn.

[Eye of Wrath]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+8: 13 vs Rhasgar’s Will (18)] - misses!

Not only did its glare not seem to take any effect it meant the orc lost concentration on its defences and Rhasgar took full opportunity.

[Rhasgar: Melee Basic Attack - Scimitar]

[Opportunity Attack vs Orc Eye of Gruumsh: 1d20+9: 26] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+4: 6]

Another curse blurted from the orc’s lips and it raised its spear in defiance. With a swift reversal it brought the point down, aiming towards Rangrim and uttered a monosyllabic command word. A blast of force erupted from the spear tip into the centre of the melee.

[Chaos Hammer]

[Area Burst 1 centred on Rangrim] with [Damage: 2d6+3+2: 15]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+8-2: 23 vs Rangrim’s Reflex (20)] - hits!

[Damage: 15] and [Knocked Prone]

[Damage reduced to 10 due to Resist]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+8-2: 20 vs Tradden’s Reflex (20)] - hits!

[Damage: 15] and [Knocked Prone]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+8: 17 vs Rhasgar’s Reflex (16)] - hits!

[Damage: 15] and [Knocked Prone]

Tradden and Rhasgar were knocked off their feet in an instant, landing heavily on the ground, but Rangrim was made of stern dwarven stuff and tried to resist the barrage…

[Rangrim: Stand Your Ground]

[Saving Throw vs Prone: 1d20: 12] - success!

[Rangrim negates being knocked Prone]

Through sheer determination he managed to stay on his feet, but it was the orc that seemed to be gloating now.

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06

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

22

Khalin regarded the slight tremor in his hammer hand with disdain. His anger grew at the debilitating effect, at the encroaching branches that were restricting his swing, and at the sight of his comrade Tradden knocked to the ground.

‘This will not bloody do!’ he roared.

Rangrim had faired better though. Khalin still was not quite sure what to make of his kinsman, but there was no doubting he was made of stern stuff.

‘Put those dogs out of their misery, Rangrim!’ he yelled.

[Direct the Strike]

[Rangrim makes basic attack against Hyena #01 as a free action]

[Rangrim: Melee Basic Attack - Warhammer]

[Primary Attack vs Hyena #01: 1d20+11-2: 29] - critical hit!

[Damage: 1d10+7: 17] plus [2d6: 3 critical damage] and [Bloodied]

Rangrim didn’t waste any time acting on Khalin’s command with an impulsive strike at the hyena nearest him. The beast wasn’t expecting the dwarf to attack so quickly and was caught on its foreleg, the sound of splintering bone audible over the battlefield.

Khalin looked for a more advantageous position but with all the undergrowth he couldn’t move without the orc nearest him getting in a swing. For now, at least until he regained his full composure, he would remain where he was.

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06

Combat
Rhasgar

23

Rhasgar kept his own eyes on the one-eyed orc as he slowly rose from the floor.

[Move: Stand]

He nodded at the orc in respect of its abilities, but perhaps not of its morals. He was wary now and had to ensure that he did not let his guard down.

He turned his head slightly to the left, the hyenas snapping and yelping at his flank. A wry smile covered his scaly face — they might not expect his next move.

He opened his mouth as if to shout an order, but instead of words of command there came a jet of cold blue lightning, as though the paladin were truly a dragon.

[Dragon Breath]

[Close Blast 3] with [Damage: 1d6+2: 8]

[Blast Attack vs Orc Beastmaster’s Reflex: 1d20+7: 13] - misses!

[Blast Attack vs Hyena #01’s Reflex: 1d20+7: 24] - hits!

[Damage: 8]

[Blast Attack vs Hyena #04’s Reflex: 1d20+7: 24] - hits!

[Damage: 8] and [Dead]

[Blast Attack vs Orc Eye of Gruumsh’s Reflex: 1d20+7: 22] - hits!

[Damage: 8] and [Bloodied]

The lightning covered the beasts, sizzling the hyenas’ fur. One of the hyenas dropped to the ground, its fur charred and blackened. The other whimpered and yelped. The one-eyed orc shrieked in pain as the lightning coursed around its gouged eye socket.

The dragonborn was not finished, though, and swung his blade at the one-eyed orc before stepping back slightly to cover Rangrim with his shield.

[Shielding Smite]

[Primary Attack vs Orc Eye of Gruumsh: 1d20+11: 24] - hits!

[Damage: 2d8+6: 11]

[Rangrim gains +2 to AC until end of next turn]

The blade struck home and the dragonborn licked his scaly lips.

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06

Combat
Hyenas

24

The hyenas had suffered at the hands, or at least breath, of Rhasgar and were keen for revenge. Two of them were close by and snapped out with vicious attacks.

[Hyena #01: Melee Basic Attack - Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7+2: 16 vs Rhasgar’s AC (23)] - misses!

[Hyena #02: Melee Basic Attack - Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7+2: 28 vs Rhasgar’s AC (23)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+3+2: 8] plus [1d6: 2 pack attack damage] and [Bloodied]

The dogs tore at the dragonborn’s flank, one ripping a large cut in his scaled thigh.

The remaining hyena, having being pushed back by Tradden’s earlier assault fixed its glare on the young fighter’s prostrate body and leapt into the fray.

[Hyena #03 Move: S]

Poised above the boy it mauled his sword arm with savage ferocity.

[Hyena #03: Melee Basic Attack - Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7+2: 12 vs Tradden’s AC (21)] - misses!

The eladrin chain protected Tradden’s arm, though, the links sealing together to provide an impenetrable barrier.

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06

Combat
Orc Beastmaster

25

With its hounds swarming the enemy the beasts’ master strode slowly and surely towards the melee, a dark flail in its hand.

[Move: S]

Whilst the puny human on the floor had his attention turned by one of the hyenas, the beastmaster struck down with the flail.

[Melee Basic Attack - Flail]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+12+2: 18 vs Tradden’s AC (21)] - misses!

Even with the hyena tugging at his arm Tradden had the wits about him to roll and dodged the flail that would have surely split his skull. The thin face of the beastmaster, covered with scars and welts, scowled down at the young fighter and raised its flail ready for the next opportunity to strike.

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06

Combat
Orc Archers

26

‘Borko, borko!’ shouted one archer to the other, pointing desperately at the group and opening its fist with fingers erect. The other archer nodded and notched its arrow. It let fly.

[Orc Archer #01: Ranged Basic Attack - Longbow]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+11: 23 vs Rhasgar’s AC (23)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10+6: 9] and [Pushed SW]

The arrow hit Rhasgar squarely in the chest and he staggered backwards onto the trail.

There was a cry of victory from the archer and a nod to its partner who let fire with a volley of its own.

[Orc Archer #02: Clustered Volley]

[Burst 1 centred on Rhasgar] with [Damage: 1d10+6: 9]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+9: 10 vs Rhasgar’s AC (23)] - critical miss!

[Burst Attack: 1d20+9: 13 vs Rangrim’s AC (20+2+1)] - misses!

[Burst Attack: 1d20+9-2: 14 vs Tradden’s AC (21+1)] - misses!

[Burst Attack: 1d20+9: 27 vs Khalin’s AC (22+1)] - hits!

[Damage: 9]

There was no cheer from the archers after the volley, however, as only one of the arrows found its mark.

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07

Combat
Zero Uhlit

27

Zero shuffled uneasily within the tree line. Tradden was a sitting — well, laying down — duck with all the hyenas around him. The rogue would do his best to save his chum.

His position wasn’t the best, the wagon and oxen were in the way, so he decided to sneak through the trees to get a better line.

[Move: SE]

Being careful not to make any noise and slip unseen he then crouched once more and picked his target.

[Gloaming Cut]

[Primary Attack vs Hyena #03: 1d20+9+2: 14] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+1+2: 9] plus [2d8: 6 sneak damage]

[Stealth Check: 1d20+14: 31] - success!

[Zero is hidden and gains Combat Advantage against all enemies]

The bolt skimmed through the air and caught the hyena in the side unawares. It let out a yelp and scanned the tree line for the archer, but could see no movement.

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07

Combat
Cacklefiend Hyena

28

The contorted hyena-beast growled at the prostrate Tradden, not being used to being pushed about. It snapped its jaws, drool flying into the undergrowth where the vegetation fizzed and blackened. Slowly and surely it made its way through the plants and bushes with only one thought on its mind. Revenge.

[Move: E]

Tradden started to squirm and roll ready for the beast’s advance but it took its time, waiting for the right moment before attacking.

[Melee Basic Attack - Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+10+2: 27 vs Tradden’s AC (21+1)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+5+2: 9] plus [1d6: 5 pack attack damage] and [5 ongoing acid damage (Save Ends)]

The jaw bit deep as the beast clamped down on Tradden’s leg and wrenched it from side to side. It let go and the pain subsided only to be replaced by a sharp stinging sensation that would not go away.

For once the beast did not howl, though, and at least those that had been affected by the unnerving call composed themselves.

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07

Combat
Orc Runners

29

The orc nearest the wagon appeared to be in two minds. It had been pushed against the side of the wagon by the youth that was now splayed out in the undergrowth — one that had a weapon trained on it. Yet it had been given orders. Which did it fear more; the prostrate youth with the sword or its own master?

Years of subjugation won out and the creature turned back to the wagon to follow its master’s heed and looked to attack the mage.

Tradden was not unaware of the orc’s intentions, however, having moved into a position ready to defend the wagon. Even as he was being mauled by the hyenas and dodging a wicked flail lunge all from the confines of the forest floor, he still managed to thrust out his sword as the orc clambered up the wagon with his back turned to him.

[Tradden: Combat Challenge]

[Primary Attack vs Orc Runner #02: 1d20+11-2: 27] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+7: 11]

The blade bit deep into the orc’s ankle and it let out a scream before continuing its assault on the wagon and those upon it.

[Orc Runner #02: Grab]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+5-2: 21 vs Kireth’s Reflex (18)] - hits!

[Grabbed]

Kireth felt a bony hand grab the folds of his robe and manhandle him roughly. Anger burned up inside. He could feel the hands pulling him away but firmly kept his poise.

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07

Combat
Kireth Majere

30

Kireth looked down at the gruesome face of the orc clutching onto his robes. A mixture of repulsion and anger filled his body, his hands quivering with the power of his emotions.

‘No-one,’ he started, ‘no-one…’

A brilliant bolt of force shot from his hand.

[Magic Missile]

[Primary Attack vs Orc Runner #02] - automatic hit!

[Damage: 2+4+1: 7]

‘…touches me!’ he finished as another bolt streaked down at the orc.

[Magic Missile]

[Primary Attack vs Orc Runner #02] - automatic hit!

[Damage: 2+4+1: 7] and [Dead]

Both bolts crashed into the orc and with a sickening gurgle it fell to the floor at the side of the wagon, its hand clutching the mage’s robes until the last.

The mage seemed to calm himself quickly as the orc tumbled to the floor. His hands were now steady and his emotions in check. With patience he remained seated atop the wagon until he was ready. He held out his hand pointing towards the closest enemy and softly uttered his command word.

[Magic Missile]

[Primary Attack vs Cacklefiend Hyena] - automatic hit!

[Damage: 2+4+1: 7]

The bolt thudded into the side of the cacklefiend, but the creature hardly seemed to notice, all its intent focused on the prostrate youth before it.

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07

Combat
Rangrim Ironnose

31

‘Get to the bloody wagon,’ Rangrim muttered as he swung his hammer out in front of him to ward off the snapping beasts. ‘Can’t bloody move from here for a start.’

The folds of the dwarf’s cloak seemed to have returned to normal — the impact of the one-eyed orc’s thrust being diverted for a moment by its previous rigidity.

‘Sort that one-eyed freak out, Rhasgar!’ the dwarf bellowed. ‘I’ll get rid of these hounds. Then we can get to the wagon.’

He pushed his hammer at the snapping face of one of the hyenas, daring it to strike back.

[Riposte Strike]

[Primary Attack vs Hyena #01: 1d20+11: 26] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10+7: 17] and [Dead]

Rangrim cheered as the hyena went down, kicking the lifeless body for good measure.

‘Bloody thing,’ he barked out turning about to see what else he could strike out at.

He noticed Tradden squirming on the floor with hyenas and an orc above him.

‘First it’s trees, and then it’s the floor. Get up, lad! If you hadn’t noticed we could do with some help!’

Turning back to the melee he continued to grumble. ‘Do it all yourself, Rangrim.’

[Action Point]

With another clever thrust he dodged a snarling bite from another hyena and smacked it squarely on the side of its head.

[Clever Strike]

[Primary Attack vs Hyena #03: 1d20+11+2: 18] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10+7+2: 14] plus [2d8+3: 12 sneak damage] and [Dead]

‘Right!’ shouted the dwarf. ‘Who wants more, eh?’

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07

Combat
Tradden Aversward

32

As Tradden squirmed on the floor the pain from his leg increased. It seemed as though something was biting away at his flesh.

[Ongoing Acid Damage]

[Damage: 5]

In other circumstances Tradden might have thrown a quip in Rangrim’s direction, but right now he was in too much pain to really think about it.

Indeed, he hadn’t even really noticed Kireth’s show of force — he was focused on the job at hand, which was currently the two enemies adjacent to him. Shaking the vicious dog-thing off him he rolled sideways and stood up.

[Move: Stand]

Surveying the scene from a ‘normal’ viewpoint — not from the floor or fifty feet up — was satisfying, especially as so many of the original attackers now lay dead. Some of the nearer ones were also wounded, conditions which Tradden intended to add to!

[Rain of Steel]

[Enemies starting turn adjacent to Tradden take 1[W] damage until stance ends]

Tradden began his trademark whirling dervish manoeuvre, blades spinning and whirling in all directions, but never seeming (amazingly) to hit either friends or (more amazingly) sever his own limbs or head. At the very start the young fighter made a point of lashing out in two directions, one with each blade…

[Dual Strike]

[Primary Attack vs Cacklefiend Hyena: 1d20+12: 17] - misses!

[Marked]

[Secondary Attack vs Orc Beastmaster: 1d20+11: 16] - misses!

[Marked]

Tradden hadn’t yet landed any blows of note, but he felt invigorated being back in the thick of it.

[Saving Throw vs Ongoing Damage: 1d20+1: 14] - success!

So much so that his body purged the foreign bodies that had threatened his leg.

He could match Rangrim’s bravado any day of the week. Let the rogue dwarf and Rhasgar concentrate on the other nearby melee enemies — he and Khalin could handle these fellows, thus leaving Zero and the Kireth to choose their targets with impunity.

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07

Combat
Orc Eye of Gruumsh

33

The one-eyed orc looked upon the battlefield with a thoughtful stare. It had lost some of its party, but a pair of lame orcs and hounds were no real loss, they could be replaced. Time to pick off the feeble and wounded of the enemy, though, before too many losses were incurred.

[Swift Arm of Destruction]

[Recharge: 1d6: 6] - success!

An order was barked out towards the beastmaster and a nod given in reply. The single eye then glared down upon Tradden.

[Eye of Wrath]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+8: 21 vs Tradden’s Will (18)] - hits!

[Tradden takes a -4 penalty to AC (Save Ends)]

As the eye glared out a shimmering radiance covered the beast and it yelled out in surprise.

[Rhasgar: Divine Challenge]

[Orc Eye of Gruumsh takes 3+4: 7 radiant damage]

‘Kocha!’ yelled the one-eyed orc, trying hard to mask the pain, and the beastmaster raised its flail.

[Swift Arm of Destruction]

[Orc Beastmaster makes a Melee Basic Attack as a free action]

[Orc Beastmaster: Melee Basic Attack - Flail]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+12+2: 28 vs Tradden’s AC (21+1-4)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10+4: 6] plus [1d6: 5 extra damage] and [Bloodied]

This time the beastmaster made no mistake and the flail struck Tradden with almighty force, the impact worsened by the fact the young fighter still had to keep the drooling cacklefiend at bay.

That eye, though, kept on moving across the battlefield, and the orc focused on the dragonborn.

[Eye of Wrath]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+8: 15 vs Rhasgar’s Will (18)] - misses!

Rhasgar shrugged off the odd sensation and readied himself for his own manoeuvre.

[Move: E, NE]

Before Rhasgar could react, however, the orc backed off down the trail towards the archers.

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08

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

34

Khalin heard Tradden’s yell of pain. The enemy were raining down blows on the boy, who was struggling to regain his feet.

‘Hang in there, lad!’ yelled the warlord as he scurried to his aid.

[Inspiring Word]

[Tradden spends a Healing Surge and regains 2d6+14: 19 hit points]

[Last Legion Officer: Tradden receives +2 to AC and Reflex until start of next turn]

Raising Aecris again, now clear of the trees, the dwarf barreled into the orc handler, putting all his weight behind the blow.

[Charge]

[Charge: NE, NE]

[Primary Attack vs Orc Beastmaster: 1d20+10+1: 26] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10r2+7: 12] plus [1d8: 1 charge damage]

As the dwarf’s hammer crashed into the orc it barked out a command and the hyena snapped at Khalin’s ankles.

[Orc Beastmaster: Sick ‘Em]

[Hyena #02 can make melee basic attack against Khalin as a free action]

[Hyena #02: Melee Basic Attack - Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7: 25 vs Khalin’s AC (21+1)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+3+2: 6]

The hound clamped down on the dwarf’s lower leg.

Khalin turned again to survey the theatre.

The hyena at his boot was a distraction, but the beastmaster still loomed over Tradden. Meanwhile, Rhasgar was now looking more the worse for wear. Widening his stance the dwarf lashed out with his hammer hand at the orc once more and used the momentum to swing his shield round to guard the dragonborn and his kinsman.

[Action Point]

[Shielded Assault]

[Primary Attack vs Orc Beastmaster: 1d20+10: 25] - hits!

[Damage: 2d10r2+7: 21]

[+2 AC to self and adjacent allies until end of next turn]

The orc seemed to laugh off the challenge, his confidence and focal point now stretching to something else…

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09

Combat
Rhasgar

35

Rhasgar could see the tide finally starting to turn. Many of the hounds were left strewn around the undergrowth and the orcs attacking the wagon had been dispatched by the mage.

He took a moment to gather his wits and strength.

[Second Wind]

[Rhasgar spends a Healing Surge and regains 14 hit points]

[Rhasgar gains +2 to defences until start of next turn]

[Rhasgar is no longer Bloodied]

His head seemed to clear and strength coursed back to his sword arm.

‘By Bahamut’s honour we will prevail on this day!’ he shouted and a clear radiant light shone out from his scimitar.

[Wrath of the Gods]

[Khalin, Tradden, and Rhasgar gain +4 to damage rolls until end of encounter]

The light bore strength and speed to the group’s attacks.

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09

Combat
Hyenas

36

With a call from the beast’s handler the hyena was up and off in an instant, fleeting into the tree line. As it moved away Khalin roared and took a swipe at its rump.

[Khalin Opportunity Attack: Melee Basic Attack - Warhammer]

[Opportunity Attack vs Hyena #02: 1d20+10: 21] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10r2+7+4: 21] and [Bloodied]

The hammer cracked down onto the beast’s backside but it limped off nonetheless into the forest, skirting around until it was on the trail to the southeast of the wagon.

[Hyena #02 Move: S, S, SW, W]

It gathered speed as it slipped out of the trees with only one target in mind.

[Hyena #02: Bull Rush]

[Charge: W, W]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+7+1: 23 vs Kireth’s AC (18)] - hits!

[Kireth Saving Throw vs Precarious Push: 1d20: 7] - failure!

[Pushed NW] and [Falling Damage: 1d10: 2] and [Prone]

The hyena leapt up onto the wagon and Kireth took the full brunt of the creature’s weight. For a moment it looked as though he might topple from the wagon.

The mage tried to steady himself but the momentum of the hyena was too much and he toppled off the wagon landing on his back into the dirt behind.

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09

Combat
Orc Beastmaster

37

The orc handler flashed a wicked grin at the fighters that were besieging it. With a feint of its mighty flail it started to step back.

Tradden’s blades were on it in a flash, however, his stance not allowing the orc any time before they cut into its flesh.

[Tradden: Rain of Steel Stance]

[Damage: 1d8+4: 11] and [Bloodied]

The twin blades cut a large gash along the orc’s face and it snarled back at the youth before backing away.

Tradden wasn’t about to let it escape, though, and struck out once more.

[Tradden Opportunity Attack: Melee Basic Attack - Longsword]

[Opportunity Attack vs Orc Beastmaster: 1d20+12+2: 18] - misses!

This time the orc was quicker and moved off into the trees.

[Move: NW, NW]

The two dwarves tried desperately to land blows with their hammers on the fleeing orc.

[Khalin Opportunity Attack: Melee Basic Attack - Warhammer]

[Opportunity Attack vs Orc Beastmaster: 1d20+10: 24] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10r2+7+4: 17]

[Rangrim Opportunity Attack: Melee Basic Attack - Warhammer]

[Opportunity Attack vs Hyena #02: 1d20+11: 16] - misses!

Khalin managed to connect but the thing managed to continue its flight into the trees.

It then appeared to change direction, coming around to its left and with a shout at the archers and the hideous blackened hyena it charged straight at the dirt-bound mage.

[Charge]

[Charge: SW, SW, S]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+12+1-2+2: 23] vs Kireth’s AC (18)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10+4: 12] plus [1d6: 1 extra damage]

No sooner had Kireth hit the dirt than his vision blackened as the orc crashed into his midriff with a heavy blow.

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09

Combat
Orc Archers

38

On the command of the beastmaster the pair of archers let fly at the small group that were so conveniently clumped together.

[Orc Archer #01: Clustered Volley]

[Burst 1 centred on Rangrim] with [Damage: 1d10+6+2: 12]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+9: 12 vs Rangrim’s AC (20+1+2)] - misses!

[Burst Attack: 1d20+9: 11 vs Rhasgar’s AC (23+2+2)] - misses!

[Burst Attack: 1d20+9: 24 vs Khalin’s AC (22+1)] - hits!

[Damage: 12] and [Bloodied]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+9: 15 vs Tradden’s AC (21-4+2+1)] - misses!

[Orc Archer #02: Clustered Volley]

[Burst 1 centred on Rangrim] with [Damage: 1d10+6+2: 16]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+9: 29 vs Rangrim’s AC (20+1+2)] - critical hit!

[Damage: 18] and [Bloodied]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+9: 23 vs Rhasgar’s AC (23+2+2)] - misses!

[Burst Attack: 1d20+9: 20 vs Khalin’s AC (22+1)] - misses!

[Burst Attack: 1d20+9: 28 vs Tradden’s AC (21-4+2+1)] - hits!

[Damage: 16] and [Bloodied]

The volleys took their toll, with both of the dwarves and Tradden caught in the flurry of missiles.

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Combat
Zero Uhlit

39

From his position in the tree line Zero could see the hyena just in front of him, but the thing hadn’t noticed the rogue at all. With a smile the rogue loosed a bolt, right up the beast’s jacksy, before trying to melt into the gloom of the trees once more.

[Gloaming Cut]

[Primary Attack vs Hyena #02: 1d20+9+2: 22] - hits!

[Damage: 1d6+1+2: 8] plus [2d8: 15 sneak damage] plus [Dead]

[Stealth Check: 1d20+14: 17] - success!

[Zero is hidden and gains Combat Advantage against all enemies except Cacklefiend Hyena]

The bolt thudded into the hyena’s rear and before it could react to Zero’s risky attack it collapsed to the floor. The orcs appeared not to have noticed the black shape move out and then back into the trees, but the cacklefiend hyena’s ears pricked up and its muzzle turned round to scan the tree line.

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Combat
Cacklefiend Hyena

40

The blackened hyena seemed to steam in the undergrowth, its drool drawing hisses and splutters from the plant life beneath it and a thin cloud of noxious vapour. Tradden’s blades, arcing from side to side, drew patterns in the steam and eventually nicked cuts and scratches from the beast.

[Tradden: Rain of Steel Stance]

[Damage: 1d8+4: 12]

The creature howled and hissed back at the fighter before turning abruptly and leaping for the wagon.

Tradden had been keeping a close eye on the larger dog-thing, wary of sudden movement. His attentions proved worthwhile — the thing crouched as if to spring towards the cart, surely bounding after Kireth. As powerful as Tradden knew the mage was becoming, he wasn’t going to last long with every orc and his dog smashing into him.

In a flash the fighter hacked at the creature’s hamstrings, trying to prevent it from taking the leap at all.

[Tradden Opportunity Attack: Melee Basic Attack - Longsword]

[Opportunity Attack vs Cacklefiend Hyena: 1d20+12+2: 25] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+7+4: 13] and [Bloodied]

The strike opened up deep wounds in its hind legs. In an instant the beast almost seemed to explode. A gout of fizzing liquid, noxious smelling and fizzing burst out of the beast in all directions, covering and burning anyone close.

[Acid Bloodspurt]

[Close Burst 1] with [Damage: 2d8: 16]

[Burst Attack vs Tradden] - automatic hit!

[Damage: 16] and [5 ongoing acid damage (Save Ends)]

Tradden beamed and was about to make a suitably amazing quip (it was about the ‘orc and his dog’ bit — Tradden thought it was rather clever), but he was stopped in his tracks due to the large amount of acid that suddenly covered him and he was instead left to hiss in pain. He started to black out due to the pain but just, only just, managed to stay on his feet…

With a snarl the beast turned back and snapped at the dazed youth.

[Melee Basic Attack - Bite]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+10: 30 vs Tradden’s AC (21-4+2+1)] - interrupted!

Khalin had already started moving towards Tradden, the outcome of the beast’s ferocious attack fairly clear in his mind. The burly dragonborn too edged quickly towards the youth with his shield out raised.

The fighter had absolutely no idea what was happening, but his sense of danger screamed out at him. In in instant he had activated the teleporting bracers and so neatly avoided the sharp, acidic teeth. In the blink of an eye he was stood some fifteen feet away, further up the trail.

‘Ha ha!’ he said, but rather tamely — the exertions of the battle were starting to take their toll.

[Tradden Immediate Interrupt: Bracers of Escape]

[Teleport: NE, N, NE]

The cacklefiend snapped down on empty space as the young fighter disappeared into thin air.

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Combat
Kireth Majere

41

The stars cleared from his vision as the mage sucked air back into his lungs. Ever calculating, he quickly considered the available options.

‘Always plan ten steps ahead,’ he heard the voice of one of his old tutors say. Plan ten steps ahead? Bah! Small minded fools, he planned ten years ahead.

That, however, was all well and good when someone wasn’t trying to smash your skull in. The presence of the beastmaster loomed into Kireth’s immediate thoughts. Scrambling to his feet was the obvious, instinctive, choice but it would waste valuable seconds, seconds in which his life could be put to an abrupt end. No, he would gamble and try beat the creature to the punch.

With a flick of his slender wrists, three arcane bolts bit into their mark.

[Magic Missile]

[Primary Attack vs Orc Beastmaster] - automatic hit!

[Damage: 2+4+1: 7]

The first bolt pushed the orc further into the undergrowth.

[Magic Missile]

[Primary Attack vs Orc Beastmaster] - automatic hit!

[Damage: 2+4+1: 7]

The second bolt slammed into its chest and sent it back against a tree.

[Magic Missile]

[Primary Attack vs Orc Beastmaster] - automatic hit!

[Damage: 2+4+1: 7] and [Dead]

The third bolt ploughed a hole through its chest and nearly tore the tree apart.

The beastmaster looked down in surprise at the gaping wound and then fell forwards, flat on its face, into the bushes.

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Combat
Rangrim Ironnose

42

Rangrim had flinched backwards involuntarily when the cacklefiend had seemed to explode.

‘Bloody hells!’ he exclaimed when Tradden had started to sizzle. The youth then disappeared as the hyena tried to finish him off and popped back into existence further up the trail.

‘Bloody show off,’ the dwarf continued. ‘Well if that lanky streak doesn’t make a good meal, then try me for size!’ he shouted at the blackened form before charging towards it.

[Move: W]

He stopped a little short with a grin on his face and dodged from side to side, twirling hammers as he did so, taunting the beast.

[Ferret Out Frailty]

[Rangrim gains Combat Advantage vs Cacklefiend Hyena]

‘You can’t eat me if I’m all dissolved you stupid mutt!’ he called before swinging the hammer down on the side of the beast’s head.

[Deep Cut]

[Primary Attack vs Cacklefiend Hyena’s Fortitude: 1d20+11+2: 25] - hits!

[Damage: 2d10+7+2: 15] plus [2d8+3: 15 sneak damage] and [Ongoing 5+3: 8 damage (Save Ends)]

The crack rang out across the forest trail as the hyena’s skull succumbed to the blow. Fizzing ooze slid out of a gash, but the thing managed to stay on its feet.

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Combat
Tradden Aversward

43

Tradden’s skin and clothes continued to steam and sizzle as the acid ate into them. The pain was becoming excruciating. As he looked up he could see the archers and the one-eyed orc glaring at him. Maybe he wasn’t in such a good position.

[Ongoing Acid Damage]

[Damage: 5]

Tradden burned all over — it really, really hurt.

Part of him wanted to just curl up, or hide in a corner. However, that would be letting the others down and would be no guarantee of safety anyway.

Gritting his teeth he walked towards the forest where the orcs were. If he was going to go down, he would go down fighting!

[Move: SE, NE]

He then steeled himself against any onslaught.

[Second Wind]

[Tradden spends a Healing Surge and regains 14 hit points]

[Tradden gains +2 to defences until start of next turn]

The resolve triggered an inner strength, causing the fighter to feel a little better.

[Saving Throw vs Eye of Wrath: 1d20+1: 9] - failure!

[Saving Throw vs Ongoing Acid Damage: 1d20+1: 18] - success!

The searing pain subsided as Tradden moved in on the orcs.

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Combat
Orc Eye of Gruumsh

44

The one-eyed orc stared at Tradden, not quite believing the youth had managed to cover distance in the blink of an eye. It barely had time to put up any defence against Tradden’s whirling blades.

[Tradden: Rain of Steel Stance]

[Damage: 1d8+4: 9]

The blades kept the orc on its back foot slicing across its chest and it looked across to its comrades for assistance.

[Swift Arm of Destruction]

[Recharge: 1d6: 1] - failure!

However, they too looked to be pressed with the fighter’s blades and were in no position to follow the one-eyed orc’s instructions.

The thing growled and hefted its spear, thrusting it out at Tradden.

[Warrior’s Surge]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+10: 27 vs Tradden’s AC (21-4+2)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+3: 6]

[Orc Eye of Gruumsh spends a Healing Surge and regains 13 hit points]

The cuts on the orc seemed to close before Tradden’s eyes when the spear bit into the young fighter’s leg.

It then looked for somewhere to go, out of the way of the human’s blades, but there was nowhere obvious. It couldn’t afford to take its eye of the warrior, so moving into the undergrowth or through the ropes was out of the question. It decided to stay — it would finish off the youth itself.

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Combat
Khalin Grundokri

45

Khalin piled after the re-appearing Tradden, who no sooner having completed his miraculous escape was under the cosh once more.

‘Keep those swords moving, Tradden, m’lad!’ he urged, as his short legs pumped into motion.

[Inspiring Word]

[Tradden spends a Healing Surge and regains 2d6+14: 24 hit points]

[Last Legion Officer: Tradden receives +2 to AC and Reflex until start of next turn]

[Tradden is no longer Bloodied]

Once more he brought his craghammer smartly round in stride, putting his full momentum into the blow…

[Charge]

[Charge: NE, NE]

[Primary Attack vs Orc Eye of Gruumsh: 1d20+10+1: 27] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10r2+7+4: 17] plus [1d8: 8 charge damage] and [Dead]

The orc collapsed under the mighty blow, but as a last hurrah it shouted at the archers and thrust its spear towards its tormentor.

[Orc Eye of Gruumsh: Death Strike]

[Orc Eye of Gruumsh can make a Melee Basic Attack]

[Orc Eye of Gruumsh: Melee Basic Attack - Spear]

[Primary Attack: 1d20+10: 27 vs Khalin’s AC (22+2)] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+3: 10]

The spear punctured Khalin’s arm, just above his shield, and the one-eye smiled at the dwarf as it slid down onto the ground.

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Combat
Rhasgar

46

‘Rangrim, keep that beast pinned down,’ shouted the dragonborn at the dwarf. ‘The rest are falling, victory is surely ours!’

The dragonborn then cast a steely gaze at the chaotic beast, pointing his scimitar towards it, daring it to attack any other than he.

[Divine Challenge]

[Cacklefiend Hyena is Marked]

Rhasgar then placed a scaly hand on the dwarf’s shoulder uttering a prayer to Bahamut. Rangrim felt warmth and strength flooding into him.

[Lay on Hands]

[Rhasgar spends a Healing Surge but regains no hit points]

[Rangrim regains 13+4: 17 hit points]

[Rangrim is no longer Bloodied]

The dragonborn then turned around to view Tradden and Khalin, the pair confronting what was left of the orcs. He could see the young fighter was still shaken.

‘Have no fear, Tradden’ he started. ‘Strengthen your arm and defeat your foes.’

[Divine Mettle]

[Tradden can make a Saving Throw with a +4 modifier]

[Tradden Saving Throw vs Eye of Wrath: 1d20+1+4: 23] - success!

With Rhasgar’s words the fear from the orc’s one eye lifted from the youth.

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Combat
Orc Archers

47

The archers seemed to shed no tear as the one-eyed orc fell, they simply acted on its last words.

The first of the pair quickly stowed its bow over its shoulder and took off towards the webs.

‘Somebody stop it!’ shouted Khalin, but it was too late, the creature clambered through the ropes with ease and appeared to set off own the trail at speed.

[Orc Archer #01 Move: SE, S, S, S]

It could still be seen further down the trail, but then instead of the expected flight to the east it turned sharply and plunged into the tree line to the southwest.

[Orc Archer #01 Move: SW, SW, SW]

It disappeared within the trees, hard to spot, but could be heard crashing through the undergrowth.

The second orc looked to act too, but first had to deal with Tradden’s blades. They whirled and cut through the air and there was no escape.

[Tradden: Rain of Steel Stance]

[Orc Archer #02 Damage: 1d8+4: 12]

Escape it tried, though, and it too backed off towards the webbing.

Tradden was on it in an instant.

[Tradden Opportunity Attack: Melee Basic Attack - Longsword]

[Opportunity Attack vs Orc Archer #02: 1d20+12+2: 18] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+7+4: 13] and [Bloodied] and [Marked]

The cut was vicious and drew a long line of blood along the thing’s thigh. It was undeterred though, and managed to limp off towards the ropes, getting some small cover.

[Orc Archer #01 Move: E, SE, SE]

It then turned and raised its bow, aiming at the hapless pair on the trail. It unleashed a volley of arrows.

[Orc Archer #02: Clustered Volley]

[Burst 1 centred on Khalin] with [Damage: 1d10+6: 15]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+9: 23 vs Khalin’s AC (22)] - hits!

[Damage: 15] and [Dying] and [Prone]

[Burst Attack: 1d20+9: 26 vs Tradden’s AC (21+2+2)] - hits!

[Damage: 15] and [Bloodied]

One splattered into Tradden’s shoulder opening yet another bloody wound. The other struck Khalin squarely in the chest and with a gurgle the dwarf sank to the floor.

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13

Combat
Zero Uhlit

48

Zero couldn’t see the orcs, but he could hear them crashing about in the trees. Without a line of sight there was no way he could do anything about them. The cackling hyena, on the other hand, he could at least try to stop.

It was just at the back of the wagon and he didn’t have a clear shot, so he moved through the trees to his right to get a better angle.

[Move: E]

With his path now unblocked he lined one up, ready to dart back into the gloom under the trees to hide.

[Gloaming Cut]

[Primary Attack vs Cacklefiend Hyena: 1d20+9: 18] - misses!

[Stealth Check: 1d20+14: 26] - success!

[Zero is hidden and gains Combat Advantage against all enemies]

The bolt thudded into the wooden side of the wagon. The cacklefiend seemed oblivious, concentrating on its own thoughts.

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Combat
Cacklefiend Hyena

49

The blackened hyena’s ears remained pricked up from the moment that it had heard the twang of Zero’s crossbow to the moment the beastmaster and the one-eyed orc had fallen. The last orders of the one-eye were clear in its inhuman mind and it would carry them out to the letter, regardless of its own safety.

[Ongoing Damage]

[Damage: 8]

First it steeled itself against the deep cut that the dwarf had opened over its skull. Then it ignored the dragonborn’s shouted challenge and even the twin hammers of the dwarf before it and leapt up lithely onto the top of the wagon.

[Move: SW]

Rangrim was ready for any flight, however, and struck quickly.

[Rangrim Opportunity Attack: Melee Basic Attack - Warhammer]

[Opportunity Attack vs Cacklefiend Hyena: 1d20+11: 17] - misses!

The hyena was too quick for the dwarf and the hammer thrashed into the undergrowth behind it.

For a moment the beast was confused — the wagon was laden with several goods and sacks and chests. However, in seconds the beast honed in on its prize, its radiance obvious to its nature. It briefly considered snapping at the old dwarf hiding at the front of the wagon, but that would waste valuable time. Clenching a sack in its dripping jaws it leapt down once more and sprinted off towards the trees with the prize.

[Run: SE, SE, SE, E, E]

[Cacklefiend Hyena grants Combat Advantage until start of next turn]

It disappeared within the tree line in moments, the only clue the crashing and splintering of undergrowth under its bulky frame.

[Saving Throw vs Ongoing Damage: 1d20: 2] - failure!

The headache caused by the dwarf’s blow would not go away, however.

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13

Combat
Kireth Majere

50

Pushing himself up, the mage dusted himself down and quickly scanned the area to see where he was needed. The combat seemed to be moving away from him and at this position he seemed of little use.

[Move: Stand]

Edging round the side of the cart he caught sight of Zero and moved with haste in his direction.

[Move: S, S, SE]

As the mage approached, Zero nodded towards the tree line where the hyena had disappeared. Gesturing with his crossbow the thief whispered, ‘Over there.’

Narrowing his eyes, Kireth surveyed the area and nodded.

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Combat
Rangrim Ironnose

51

The cacklefiend appeared to have managed to slipped out from under Rangrim’s nose and the dwarf’s demeanour showed it. He whirled about looking for the thing but couldn’t spot it easily in the trees.

Out of the corner of his eye, however, he spotted Khalin slumping to the ground and knew that help was required. He sprinted across to the prostrate dwarf and lanky friend as fast as he could.

[Move: E, E, NE]

The scene didn’t look good. A wicked black arrow jutted out of the warlord’s chest and the dwarf was barely breathing.

‘By the Nine Hells, Rhasgar, get yer arse over here,’ Rangrim shouted looking up for the perpetrator. He spotted the orc smirking in the tangle of ropes.

‘Right, ye bastard, have some of this!’ he called and charged headlong into the webbing.

[Charge]

[Charge: E, E, E]

[Primary Attack vs Orc Archer #02: 1d20+11+1: 23] - hits!

[Damage: 1d10+7: 16]

The blow nearly knocked the orc down, but it managed to grab the ropes to steady itself.

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14

Combat
Tradden Aversward

52

Difficult choices. That is what life seemed to come down to these days. Difficult choices.

The heat of battle seemed to speed Tradden’s mind up considerably and in truth the decision was made in a flash. It was hard — very hard in actual fact, but he knew Khalin would understand and agree it was the right thing to do.

He couldn’t help the warlord. Rhasgar likely could, and the dragonborn had already been summoned by Rangrim.

The orc nearest to him was clearly on its last legs — let Rangrim have him!

‘Hang in there, master dwarf!’ yelled the fighter as he skipped past, rounding the corner as he did so.

[Move: SW, SW, SW, S, S]

It was clear that the remaining orc and large dog were somewhere in the undergrowth to the south. Tradden made his best guess and charged past Rhasgar into the bushes!

[Perception Check: 1d20+5: 25] - critical success!

Tradden’s guess as to where the enemy were was spot on — he saw them both for the merest of seconds, the movement of the foliage betraying their positions. Interestingly, that wasn’t all that appeared to be hidden in the woods.

‘Traps!’ he called out whilst barrelling into the large dog thing, ‘man traps in the bushes!’

[Charge]

[Charge: SE, S]

[Primary Attack vs Cacklefiend Hyena: 1d20+12+1+2: 24] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+7+4: 19] and [Dead]

The sword plunged through the beast’s hide and it crashed into the undergrowth with its last exhale of steaming breath. The sack it carried rolled out into the brush.

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Combat
Khalin Grundokri

53

The dwarf lay still on the ground, perhaps not even breathing. Blood trickled slowly from around the shaft of the arrow and from the corners of his mouth.

[Saving Throw vs Death: 1d20: 3] - failure!

His skin started to turn a whiter shade of pale.

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14

Combat
Rhasgar

54

On Rangrim’s shout Rhasgar ran over to the bloodied body of Khalin.

[Move: NE, NE]

The wound looked bad, but Rhasgar had seen worse. He muttered words of encouragement to the dwarf, interspersed with prayers to Bahamut.

[Lay on Hands]

[Rhasgar spends a Healing Surge but regains no hit points]

[Khalin regains 12+4: 16 hit points]

[Khalin is no longer Dying]

Khalin’s eyes fluttered open and he spat a gout of blood onto the floor. With a furious snarl he snapped the arrow’s shaft with his hand before reclaiming his warhammer.

‘Take it steady,’ advised the dragonborn. ‘You’d be better waiting here.’

With that, Rhasgar looked up, away to Rangrim, and ran off towards the webbing.

[Move: NE, NE]

He baulked at the webbing, unable to swing his scimitar effectively at the archer after the sprint, but he knew it wouldn’t be able to get away without turning its back.

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Combat
Orc Archers

55

The first of the orc archers gulped as the human with the two swords charged towards it, but was relieved to see the man swerve at the last minute to avoid the animal traps. He had thrust one of his blades through the cacklefiend — a mighty beast in the orc’s lowly opinion and it was saddened to see its demise.

However, it had a job to do, and grabbed the tumbling sack as quickly as it could. The rough sack caught on some of the brambles and the orc had to yank quite hard to pull its prize free. It came up with a tattered shred of the sack surrounding a bronze orb. Stuffing the thing in the crook of its arm it took off, this time back towards the east.

[Orc Archer #01 Run: E, E, E, E, NE]

[Orc Archer #01 grants Combat Advantage until start of next turn]

[Orc Archer #01 is removed from play (leaves battlemap)]

It disappeared down the slope, sprinting along the trail.

The remaining orc, beset by Rangrim and Rhasgar, appeared to panic and turned and fled. The two Talons struck almost as one.

[Rhasgar: Melee Basic Attack - Scimitar]

[Opportunity Attack vs Orc Archer #02: 1d20+9+2: 21] - hits!

[Damage: 1d8+4: 8] and [Dead]

It was Rhasgar’s scimitar that cast it down, cutting through a couple of the ropes at the same time.

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Combat
Zero Uhlit

56

Zero quickly jogged over to the young fighter in the tree line.

[Move: E, E, E]

‘Are you alright, Tradden?’ the rogue enquired.

‘Be careful!’ Tradden responded. ‘There are traps all about in here.’ The youth pointed out a couple of large bear traps, rusted iron jaws set carefully and camouflaged within the undergrowth.

Zero looked about to see if he could spot any more.

[Perception Check: 1d20+11: 18] - failure!

There were none that he could see, but he felt uneasy about the whole set up and decided to keep his feet still for the moment.

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18

Combat
Kireth Majere

57

Kireth dusted himself down, ensuring that no dust or dirt remained on his robes. He didn’t rush or make grand gestures of speed, but he was close to Khalin in but moments.

[Move: E, E, NE, N, N, N]

[Move: NE, E, E, NE, NE]

The mage looked down at the prostrate dwarf and his blood-encrusted beard and punctured armour. ‘Perhaps we should bring the scribe along to keep you alive?’ he said disdainfully, before heading towards the ropes to clamber through.

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18

Combat
Tradden Aversward

58

Tradden looked down through the trees and could just about spot the rest of the trail winding down the slope. He tried to remember where the orc had stepped, hopefully he would avouid any traps.

‘Zero, don’t you have some bolts that fire webs or something? Well, get them ready, let’s get after this orc!’

With that the young fighter plunged further into the trees, hoping to match the orc’s strides and get after the thing.

[Move: E, E, E]

[Move: E, E, E, E]

[Tradden is removed from play (leaves battlemap)]

The young fighter disappeared off down the trail.

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18

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

59

Khalin started to pull himself to his feet. ‘Zero,’ he barked, ‘follow Tradden! They took something from the wagon — and it looked like they knew what they were looking for!’

[Move: Stand]

They couldn’t leave the wagon undefended, though, and the dwarf called out yet again. ‘Rhasgar, you and the Talons look after the wagon, we’ll go after the orc.’

The dragonborn nodded and started marshalling the rest of his party.

Khalin readied himself to give pursuit, drawing a great lungful of air to test his wounded chest.

[Dwarven Resilience]

[Khalin spends a Healing Surge and regains 12 hit points]

[Khalin gains +2 to defences until start of next turn]

[Khalin is no longer Bloodied]

With a sly glance at Kireth, the dwarf called out again towards the wagon. ‘Beltak!’ he shouted. ‘Beltak, you’re with us, come on!’

The warlord then set off towards the ropes to show the mage how to get through.

[Move: E, SE, SE, S]

He was quickly through the ropes, picking off the thinnest section of the false webbing.

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18

Combat
Beltak Ancaron

60

The scribe, looking harried and sweaty after battling orcs further up the trail, sighed, but followed Khalin’s orders, trotting down the trail quickly, puffing as he came.

[Move (Run): E, NE, E, E, E, NE]

[Move (Run): E, E, E, SE, SE]

The scribe passed Kireth and the mage let out a smirk as he went by.

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18

Combat
Zero Uhlit

61

Zero quickly checked his quiver. He still had nearly a dozen of the strange spidery bolts that they had found in the cave near Blackengorge. He’d only used one so far as they were so precious. Well, he knew where they were and he would use them if he saw fit.

He gulped at the prospect of an iron trap snapping shut around his leg and could even feel some of the pain. But, he resolved to follow Tradden, so closed his eyes and followed in the young fighter’s footsteps.

[Move: NE, E, E]

[Move: E, E, E, E, E]

[Zero is removed from play (leaves battlemap)]

The rogue was hot on the heels of the disappearing Tradden, following the fighter down the slope.

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18

Combat
Kireth Majere

62

Kireth slowly but surely made his way through the webbing, following Khalin and Beltak towards Tradden and Zero.

[Move: SE, S, S, S]

[Move: SE, SE, SE]

[Kireth is removed from play (leaves battlemap)]

The mage moved with grace onto the trail, the top of Zero’s head just visibile further down.

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18

Combat
Khalin Grundokri

63

With a shout to the wagon for them to follow as soon as they could Khalin surged after the others.

[Move: SE, SE, SE]

Khalin joined the pursuit.

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Combat
Beltak Ancaron

64

The last of the chasing pack, Beltak followed Khalin.

[Move: SE, SE, SE, SE]

With a wave to the remaining party he too disappeared down the trail.

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18

Combat
End of Encounter

XP

Milestones

No Milestones achieved.

Experience

Experience awarded.

[Khalin gains 529 xp to reach 8,717 xp]

[Kireth gains 534 xp to reach 8,689 xp]

[Tradden gains 527 xp to reach 8,733 xp]

[Zero gains 531 xp to reach 8,700 xp]

Levelling

No characters ready to level up.

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18

Combat
Completed

End

[…continued in Book #01, Chapter #09, Scene #06…]