The Siswa

From his position at the base of the wall in the northeast corner, Nicolai began his climb. Being without grapple or crampons, the rogue was left to use only sheer skill to ascend the wall. Being in the corner helped, braced himself with legs splayed as his agile fingers sought out the tiniest of nooks with which to pull himself up.

As he climbed he kept alert for sounds of alarm from within. Gaining the top of the wall, Nicolai lay flat across it as he viewed down below into the courtyard, which the rogue calculated to be about 80 feet long by 90 feet wide. Weeds had started to cover the dirt floor which appeared to have become recently untended. In the center of the yard as a large pool, 40 feet long and 30 feet across. The water within was brackish and putrid, looking almost glossy black. Beside the pool, a set of stairs lead to the main doors of the temple itself. Four wooden sheds were attached to the west wall, and another four to the east wall. In the southern corners of the courtyard were two small octagonal stone buildings, about 30 feet wide, each covered by a delicate-looking dome.

His gaze followed the Siswa who had emerged from the temple and walked down the stairs into the courtyard. They didn’t take notice of him as they made their way toward the large double-doored exit.

With his back leaning against a tree with brightly coloured fall foliage, Feldard waited in anticipation of battle. In his hands he held his newest weapon—his crossbow. He’d had some practice with it since its purchase and more oft than not he could hit somewhere on his target, but he was still a little uncertain of firing into a melee, but it might give Saeth the time she needed to avoid capture, so he had it cocked and loaded ready to fire at the first sign of trouble.

His axe, Feldard had resting beside him ready for use as well. One shot with the crossbow and then the axe—it was a fair enough battle tactic. The dwarf had to remind himself that he was not trying to kill any of the elves, only this Rahib. ‘Aim for their feet and legs. They can’t fight if they can’t stand’ Feldard told himself silently.

The priest leant against a wide tree with his back to the action so that he was fully obscured. To relieve his tension he slowly exhaled. In a low voice he said, “We must see the reality of the situation. Yes it would be ideal not the slay the guards, but the greater good would not be served if we allowed ourselves to perish or be captured through some misplaced sense of honour. Their blood will lie on the hands of the Rahib, Halav will ensure the worthy have a safe path to the light.”

“Let us hope that Halav’s day will not be too busy then.” said the mage. He glanced around the bough of his tree at the situation. “Six guards are descending into the courtyard from the temple. They are armed, they must be expecting resistance from one elf maid? I doubt it, the villagers may have had a spy amongst them.” Not comforting thought.

“Mind you,” he added, “if he was aware of us, he would know our reputation. I for one was not silent of our previous adventures. Six guards would easily fall to us I think.”

They waited…

Finally, the gate opened and the elves exited. Saeth glanced at them, then quickly looked down, tugging her cowl tighter around her face. Struggling to recall Rahasia’s voice, she called out, “Where is the Rahib? I am told he was to meet me here.”

Without saying a word in reply, the Siswa hurriedly charged toward the faux Rahasia. Their swords were sheathed, and it appeared their intention was to grab the maiden and forcefully take her into the temple.

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12 responses to “The Siswa

  1. Miklos (Mu 3)

    He watched the group emerge from the gate at speed.

    “Well Feldard, it looks to me that they are expecting trouble, otherwise they wouldn’t be running eh? Well it all depends on what Seath will do. Will she run? If so we have them away from the temple we can dispatch them out of sight then we can take their garb and enter.” Miklos offered a prayer to Halav for the first time in his life that this might be so.

    “If she doesn’t we’ll have to fell them where they stand in sight of the temple. The chances are that my sleep spell won’t work on them. That’ll leave this.” He profered the wand. “That’ll take out Seath as well and I only have two charges. We must use them wisely, but this might be that moment.”

    Miklos held his breath as he awaited Seaths decision.

  2. Maruc (Clr 4)

    “I’m ready when you are Feldard.” Maruc hoisted his shield up and readied his flail. He risked a quick glance around the bough to gauge the distance he’d have to sprint.

  3. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    At the mages comment, the dwarf risked a glance towards the temple. Would Saeth be quick enough to avoid capture? Could she lure them close enough that they could take out all 6 without the alarm being raised? The odds were against them. All it would take was one outcry and their plan would be foiled.
    Once again the dwarf found himself torn between wanting battle and hoping the mages magic would take care of the problem. He scowled at his own thoughts and readied himself.
    Still mostly hidden by the trunk of the tree Feldard raised his crossbow, preparing to fire. He picked out his target and followed the Siswa’s charge with the tip of the bolt – aiming low. His only reply to Miklos was a soft grunt.

  4. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    (edit : His only reply to the humans was a soft grunt)

  5. Saeth Tegau

    Saeth tried to watch as the enchanted Elves plodded towards her, their intention to grab her clear. This was neither her expectation nor an improvement on it. She sidestepped once, then again, watching as the villagers adjusted their drugged stride to match. Finally, possessed of a new idea, she continued stepping to the side, leading the six in a large semicircle and intending to round them and open the gate herself, ungrappled…

    Saeth is FULL of really bad plans, isn’t she?

  6. Nicolai (T4)

    “Great,” thought Nicolai. “One way in and one way out.” The only light now appeared to be coming from within the temple, spilling out of its doors, and from the moon above. The state of the courtyard seemed to indicate that it was no longer used, except to move from the temple to the gate.

    “No guards and no light,” he continued in his mind. “Even if the gates are closed behind Saeth, I think the others could easily get over the wall with a little help.”

    “Now to get into the temple itself”. As quickly and quietly as he could, Nicolai moves to the doors and looks to see if he can sneak in. If there is anyone close to the doors, he will just as rapidly retreat.

  7. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    The dwarf watched as, rather than leading the six guards towards her waiting companions as was the agreed plan, Saeth chose to play some sort of dodging game with them. “What does she hope to gain by this?” Feldard grumbled, then shook his head as the ‘elf maid’ circled about heading for the gate. “Turning them about? They will spot the rogue now. What is she doing?” The dwarf shook his head. He looked to the mage “Go with your wand.” Then to the cleric, “We wait 10 seconds for the mage then charge. Starting .. now!” He resumed aim on the Siswa furthest from Saeth and counted out the seconds quietly “10.. 9… 8.. “

  8. Saeth Tegau

    Is Feldard confused, or is it the case that after ALL the discussion we had, we still weren’t clear on Saeth’s plan? {laughs}

  9. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    (Obviously I didn’t understand .. LOL.. I thought the plan was for her to lure the guard to us, to take out .. not have her lead them in a merry chase in front of the gate while the rest of us charged in the 60 ft)

  10. Miklos (Mu 3)

    The young wizard gauged the range to the group.

    DM: Did his studies of the wand reveal its range?

    “To save their lives and gain us simple access, provided they suspect no decite, I deem this a worthy use of the wand.”

    When Saeth is to one side of the group with her side stepping Miklos will summon the power of the wand to encompass as many (preferably all) of the guards as possible.

  11. Saeth: 10xp +10xp
    Maruc:10xp +10xp
    Miklos:10xp +10xp +10xp
    Nicolai:10xp +10xp
    Feldard: 10xp +10xp

    TOTAL:
    Saeth: 6830/8000
    Maruc: 6920/12000
    Miklos: 6935/10000
    Nicolai: 6395/9600
    Feldard: 6890/8800

  12. I think someone likes to kite. again way late and I’m really trying not to respond to some of these posts. But I’m really enjoying them!

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