The Mystery Of The Multi-Armed Menace

Pulling his flail from his shield hand, Maruc leaped forward to meet the creature and perhaps to draw some of its attention from the beleagured dwarf.

The cleric’s flail bounced harmlessly off the giant, multi-armed skeleton. Though he did his best to interject himself into the fray, the thing did not seem to be interested in engaging anything other than the dwarf. What could it be that this animated pile of bones had against Feldard? It hadn’t made a move when Miklos or himself approached the altar, but as soon as the dwarf got near, it attacked.

Saeth, confused by her lack of effect, took a step back. Her one good eye focused on the creature, and she stood almost still amid the pulse of battle, trying to identify a weak point, or anything that could be a weakness of the creature. Though she slashed and stabbed at the creature repeatedly, it appeared her scimitar was useless against the beast.

Miklos was staring slackjawed at the fighting menace wondering what incantation that he knew might gain them some advantage. He doubted if sleep or charm enchantments would affect it much as they were designed for the living. His only elemental evocation was a conjured missile and sure it would harm it. But, it wouldn’t supply the party with a winning edge.

“It is no hellborn creature! It is a made thing…” The mage’s words were cut off when a movement caught the corner of his eye. Automatically he spun and was uttering the first syllables of his sleep incantation when he recognized the face of Nicolai. He swallowed the words back and reorientated his mind.

Nicolai entered the room. He was wearing the same Siswa robes that three of the others wore. “I see you guys can’t be left on your own for a minute!” And then, with Saeth’s sword in his hands, charged into the fray, trying to get around behind the beast.

Still moving as deftly as possible and avoiding those blades that he could, Feldard swung again and again at the towering skeleton. His axe hacked at the bones of the creature like they were trees to be felled. Long sweeping strokes, first from one side then from swinging around gaining momentum to the other. With each swing the dwarf added another descriptive to the title of the animated skeleton. “I will not be brought down by an elf-weak, sword-flailing, oversized corpse with a couple too many arms!”

The skeletal bohemoth landed another blow on the dwarf, who, if not for his armor would have been sliced to pieces by now. The beast showed no signs of stopping its onslaught and continued to focus all its fury solely on Feldard.

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10 responses to “The Mystery Of The Multi-Armed Menace

  1. Saeth Tegau

    Well, if she couldn’t hurt it directly, she supposed she’d have to do whatever she could to help the Dwarf. Ducking low to avoid the new-come Nicholai’s sword and its swings–HER sword, darn it!–she charged into the back of the creature’s kneecaps, grabbing its legs and trying to knock it from its feet.

    I have no idea what the mechanic is for this! Fight hard, you two with real weapons!

  2. Feldard is now at 5/17 hp.

  3. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    The dwarfs attacks were slowing. His wounds telling on him, yet still he refused to back down from the undead thing that seemed only to have malice towards him. While others might ponder the why and wherefor of the creatures motivations, Feldard was battling for his life and his attention remained on dodging and blocking attacks.

  4. Maruc (Clr 4)

    At this point the priest realised the creature posed no threat to him, yet. A movement to his left saw Seath grappling its legs. ‘Worth a try’ he thought, then lauched himself at the other leg with all the force he could muster. “We’ll attempt to hold it Feldard!” he said grunting with effort to stay the creature. “It only wants you. Get out and we’ll regroup.”

  5. Miklos (Mu 3)

    “I agree, this guardian is beyond us. I have nothing to affect it. We must flee.” Miklos made for the nearest door opening it ready to slam it behind Feldard as he passed through.

  6. Nicolai (T4)

    If Saeth and Maruc’s attempts to up end the beast fail

    “I suggest a tactical withdrawal now. I’ll try and slow him down whilst you get Feldard out.”

    I their attempts succeed

    Nicolai proceeds to rain down blows with Saeth’s sword upon the beast.

  7. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    (Call the dwarf stubborn – the only way he’s leaving from this fight is either victorious or unconcious LOL)

    ” I can take him!”

  8. Maruc (Clr 4)

    “I knew you’d say that, fool dwarf.” said the priest struggling to gain purchase on the creature to slow it down. “This is not some game to see who is most valourous in the face of impossible odds! We are here to end the evil of the Sons of Night! I’d like to see youdo that from beyond the grave! Now RUN!

  9. Maruc (Clr 4)

    … it seems the priest and te dwarf are never going to see eye to eye…..no pun intended….. 🙂

  10. Saeth: 10xp +10xp
    Maruc: 10xp +5xp
    Miklos: 10xp +5xp
    Nicolai: 10xp +5xp
    Feldard: 10xp +10xp +10xp

    TOTAL:
    Saeth: 7270/8000
    Maruc: 7375/12000
    Miklos: 7405/10000
    Nicolai: 6990/9600
    Feldard: 7430/8800

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