Attack of the Arachnid

“To feed that thing, this tunnel must get quite a bit of use,” declared Saeth irreverently as the beast approached. She threw a dagger toward it, hoping to drive it back with a show of fight, and drew two others, bracing herself for the collision should it come onward.

At the sight of the giant spider, Feldard moved ahead of the Elf, even as she braced herself for it. His shorter size and more compact weapon made him the better choice for facing the beast. It would be a tight battle but he should be able to manage.

Nicolai put his sword away, and moved towards the back of the group to draw bow and arrow.

From behind the party Miklos only noticed something was up when Nicolai, a little ahead of Maruc started scrabbling for his bow. He couldn’t see past the others. So unsure of what was happening he pulled his staff out in case something broke through he glanced back to ensure nothing was coming from behind. He couldn’t prepare a spell as he knew nothing of the nature of the enemy. “What’s happening Maruc?”

Maruc was taller than Nicolai so could make out the movement ahead. It was too dark to determine what it was. “We are attacked Miklos!”

Either way he guessed that someone soon would require the protection of Halav. “Excuse me, Nicolai. Thank you.” Ensuring he allowed his friend enough room to fire Maruc edged forward shield in hand. He started to run the litanies of healing through his mind in preparation for swift casting.

“Is it of the undead?” Miklos tried to keep the waver out of his voice.

“I think not, you magical slumber spell might prove effective. I can see webs. You have the lantern though.” Maruc added dryly

Miklos looked at the lantern and shook his head. He shone the light forward. He took in the webs, Maruc was right, but he had no line of sight. “I could stop it but everyone is in the way. Beware, it may be poisonous.”

 

“You are full of good news Mage.” Maruc said grimly.

The spider had charged out of its lair, moving quickly towards the tasty, dwarven morsel. Saeth’s dagger and Nicolai’s arrow both missed the speedy arachnid. The heavily armored dwarf proved to be a tougher meal than the spider had bargained for. Feldard swung down with his battle axe—his axe blade scraping harshly against the top of the tunnel roof at the apex of his swing. Bug guts shot forth from underneath its cracked exoskeleton as the dwarf’s weapon gravely wounded it.

As quickly as the creature had charged out, Dentiata’s pet fled back into the deep webbing of its lair and out of the range of the group.

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9 responses to “Attack of the Arachnid

  1. Saeth Tegau

    “The lantern, mage!” Saeth’s voice seemed far more forceful than mosttimes. She continued, “Burn the thing out!” She readied a dagger to throw, should the beast advance once more at Miklos’ approach.

  2. Nicolai (T3)

    Nicolai will move forward slowly, and try and hit the spider in its lair.

  3. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    The dwarf seconded the Elf’s idea. “Maruc, get out the oil!”
    Axe at the ready, Feldard stood guard directly in front of the webbing lair while his companions prepared the oil and fire.

  4. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    (doh almost forgot to react to Nicolai’s post – I am assuming that Nicolai is still using the bow and not a sword)
    Feldard flinched slightly at hearing the whiz of the arrow zipping past towards the spider. “You better not catch me in the back with an arrow, or I’ll make mincemeat of you!” the dwarf warned the Rogue only half teasing.

  5. Miklos (Mu2)

    Maruc looked at he lantern. His Maruc’s and Nicolai’s only form of light in the tunnels. He could not see the logic in thrusting themselves into darkness against a creature that had fled.

    “Maruc, pass me a flask of oil.”

    As he said this he pulled out his kerchief.

  6. Maruc (Clr3)

    Maruc sighed and hefted round his backpack and hunted around for a flask of oil. He located one and passed it over to Miklos.

    “Here you go.”

  7. Miklos (Mu2)

    “Thanks.” Miklos damped the kerchief with oil and wedged it into the end.

    “Saeth, your idea, you get the honours.”

    He opened the Lantern and ignited the kerchief and passed the inpromtu bomb to Saeth.

  8. Saeth Tegau

    Warily sheathing her daggers, Saeth took the flask of oil and lit the hastily created fuse. As it caught, she tossed the device into thickest part of the webbing and took a step back.

  9. The Secret Tunnel:
    Saeth: 10xp +10xp
    Maruc: 10xp
    Miklos: 10xp
    Nicolai: 10xp +10xp
    Feldard: 10xp +10xp +10xp

    TOTAL:
    Saeth: 4975/8000
    Maruc: 4925/6000
    Miklos: 4870/5000
    Nicolai: 4620/4800
    Feldard: 4905/8800

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