THE STORIES OF ERRATH THE BARD CHAPTER 3 – PART 4
Earlier parts here
Gnomam, still invisible, heads down the passageway followed by the rest of the group. He goes slowly checking the passage as he goes. The tunnel winds about 70 feet down into the mountain before Goman is hit my waves of heat, thickening the air and making breathing difficult. He enters slowly and using his infravision he can see little due to the hit of the room. However it does smell of dead and decaying bodies. Gnoman goes back to the others to report, where I inspire them all ready for what the cave challenges us with. We head down into the cave and by the light on James head we see. A small, bowl-shaped cavern floor littered with humanoid corpses. Rats skitter through the sea of bodies within the sunken floor, pausing occasionally to nibble at a choice morsel. A host of their brethren lie nearby on their backs, some of them still twitching with a few remnants of life. A tunnel’s opening is visible in the eastern wall of this chamber and, in the distance, the sound of rushing water can be heard. As the rats see the light they scatter towards the walls.
Suddenly bodies rise from those on the floor and the heroes are about to be attacked by zombies. Thorn calls on Hombel to turn them away and one stands stunned while another flees. Gnoman stays invisible and waits while James and Thorn prepare to receive the slow zombies. They soon take the head of a zombie and realise that these hold their undead life in their chests. So they start to aim at the chest and soon have taken down the three remaining zombies. We then hear a warning from Gnoman who says more are coming. Over the next 30 seconds we are hit by a total of four more zombies which are all dispatched along with three of the original four. There is just the one which ran away.
With this area cleared we all realise that our throats are burning and we are suffering from the effects of the plague. This place looks like its incubation place, we need to move on before we all fall to its quickening effects. So we enter the passageway leading deeper underground. Gnoman has to recast his invisibility due to having to defend himself from one of the zombies. He moves quickly down the passage and then reports back.
He says that he can see a single, jagged pillar of rock lined with glowing blue-green moss emerging from the depths of a pool within the centre of the dark cavern. Water courses down its side from a font near its tip, cascading into the pool below. The pool feeds a wide stream that flows rapidly along the length of the visible room. An eerie sense of discomfort pervades this place. There is a occupant hiding on the pillar, a large orc Gnoman thinks. In response I sing about us defeating a unknown evil to inspire the group.
James readies his bow, not something he uses often, and the thorn gets his holy mace out. Gnoman goes back in and moves left with James and the rest of us following him. ‘So you have come for me’ grunts a orcish voice in common tongue. ‘Gahaira will give me my revenge’. Thorn casts detect magic and the water, spire and orc all show as magical. ‘ Detecting magic eh! well two can do that.’
I cast barkskin onto James and Thorn, while Torn casts Silence on the top of the spire. Torns spell goes off, just beating the Orc’s dispell which would have cleared all our support magic. Jakk, the Orc cleric moves down the path round the spire to get under the silence effect and battle commences.
Gnoman and James both move towards the pool, Thorn drops his pack and also moves forward while Jakk comes down the path a little.
Gnoman, James and Thorn continue to move Jakk fails in a spell.
Jakk gets his Spiritual Fail off. [This is the same as Spiritual Hammer I like the idea that it looks like the deities weapon]
Gnoman, still invisible, prepares his crossbow. James starts to cast Shockwave, this will take him some time as he is wearing armour. Jakk moves his fail to hit James in the back, however it does not get past his armour..
Gnoman fires his crossbow and comes visible, he hits but it bounces off Jakk’s armour as well [he is wearing Mail and a steel helm backed by 3 points of Barkskin] Jakk uses his fail again on James and tries to trip him.
Gnoman throws his crossbow on the ground as he enters the pool. Jakk hits James again and again tries to trip James. However this time it does slow James’s casting.
Gnoman starts to cast Charm, James continues to cast his spell. Thorn having moved around the pool transfers his slingshot bag to him hand. Jakk misses with his fail attack this time.
Gnoman casts his Charm spell but it has no effect on Jakk, whose will power is more than enough to shake it off. James manages to cast his shockwave and a booming sound fills the cavern, however the shockwave does not push Jakk back and he remains standing. Thorn moves into the pool while Jakk attacks Gnoman with his fail.
Gnoman starts to cast an Audible Illusion of a holy voice saying ‘Crease’ while James readies his bow. Torn moves up the path towards Jakk. Jakk uses his Spiritual Fail on Thorn but again it can not get past the armour.
James releases an arrow at Jakk which hits Jakk’s shield and has no more effect. Thorn attacks with his mace but Jakk parries and splashes water into Thorns eyes blinding him. Jakk drops his Spiritual Fail and uses his own fail to attack Thorn hitting his left leg but not getting past the armour.
James puts his bow away, Thorn stands trying to clear his eyes, while Jakk attacks again trying to trip him but fails to connect.
Gnoman picks up his crossbow, James draws his great sword while Thorn swings his mace wildly.
Gnoman starts to load his crossbow, James moves towards the spire entering the pool. Thorn with his eyes clear attacks Jakk, getting a good hit in which Jakk fails to parry with his shield, Thorn goes for a trip but does not manage to unfoot Jakk. Jakk uses his passion of hating dwarves and hits Thorn with his fail, however Thorn manages a parry with his shield as well.
Thorn attacks again and this time his trip works and Jakk falls off the spire into the water by James feet.
James plunges his great sword into Jakk, finishing him off, ignoring the calls from James and Gnoman not to. His lack of morals overriding his loyalty to the party.