The Black Web Orcs


Quick as a flash, Miklos released his spell at the eight legged monstrosity. Layer upon layer of twisting translucent magic curled around its horned carapace. It lurched and struggled, but then shook off the effects of the spell.

As Miklos exhaled, his eyes widened. Apparently this encounter was not going to be so easy!

Maruc feared this creature was not in fact responsible for the marching noise. As his eyes looked to the cavern entrance, he saw a crowd of a dozen orcs come round the corner. The orcs were outfitted entirely in black, with white flourescent paint in the patterns of spider webbing drawn onto their armor. Web tattoos decorated their faces. Bearing torches, they had been guiding the beast back to its lair.

With a steely look, Hernane glared at the spider that she knew had killed and most likely eaten many of her friends. She would show Feldard that she was no damsel requiring rescue but a warrior as every bit as brave and courageous as he was. She was still armed with her hand axe, since she had managed to sheath it even as the spider had ensnared her in its paralytic webbing.

Feldard quickly strode forward toward the front when Hernane darted forward right in his path.

“Hernane! Get out of the way!”

Stephan quickly re-lit his torch with the still burning lantern. He held the torch as a shield, and raised his blade. His mind raced as he considered possible battle tactics. Ahead of the group was a giant spider that was trapped between the fire-bearing orcs and he and his friends.



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12 responses to “The Black Web Orcs

  1. haha, sorry spider is immune to sleep.

    I adjusted posts accordingly (hope that’s cool with everybody). I thought Hasan’s post was hilarious, but didn’t want to leave you guys shorthanded against this bunch. 🙂

    Maruc: 10xp+10xp
    Miklos: 10xp+10xp
    Feldard: 10xp+10xp
    Hasan: 10xp+5xp+10xp
    Stephan: 10xp+10xp

    Maruc: 18,855/24000
    Miklos: 18,940/20000
    Feldard: 18,935/34000
    Hasan: 18,040/32000
    Stephan: 17,870/32000

  2. Stephan

    [OOC: Ah! Very cool with the lighting effects in both the last map and the picture of the spider. It was a clue that someone with light was approaching from behind the spider!]

    Stephan kicked the burning lantern toward the spider. Using his torch, he tried to start a conflagration that would drive the beast back toward the orcs to block them in the tunnel.

    “Drive it back! Drive it back!”, was all he could manage in way of telling his companions what he was trying to do.

  3. Stephan

    As he struggled to create a greater light than the orcs so that the spider would be driven back, he remembered the light stone. Cupping it in his hand, he directed a beam at the spider’s eyes. The spider winced at the bright light and Stephan used the beam as a sort of long-handled prod to herd the creature back to the orcs.

    “Arrows!” he yelled seemingly having gone daft. Feldard, he noted, was onto it. The dwarf had already readied his crossbow and was preparing to fire over the spider at the orcs.

  4. Feldard

    (um please don’t direct what Feldard does unless I’m running late in posting. In addition, it takes a full round to load and cock his heavy crossbow.. his last action was moving forward to attack the spider .. he’s not going to change weapons while in melee-range of the spider.. sorry.)

    Feldard moved in after Hernane with his battle axe, lashing out at the spider, driving it back away from his betrothed and towards the orcs.

    (tired… will try adding more tomorrow )

  5. Hernane

    Hernane, observing that the spider was not stunned or asleep, but already committed to her charge continued to strike at the spider, fury giving strength to her blows. Her intention was to drive the spider back into the tunnel to provide a barrier between herself and the Orcs. She didn’t care about the Orcs at the moment all she wanted to do was kill the spider then she would worry about the Orcs. She gasped to Feldard “drive the creature back into the Tunnel, watch out for bite, one cut and you will be done for”.

  6. Hasan

    Hasan could only draw his bow as his three companions charged past him. As the spider winced away from Stephan’s lights, the elf’s arrow darted forward. At such close range, the arrow’s flight could not miss its target, (two options for DM — one, a hit: “, and it buried itself deep in the spider’s brittle shell.” — or perhaps a miss — “, but glanced harmlessly off the spider’s tough shell.”

  7. Feldard

    (Sorry if I was snappish in my last post – I just really look forward to posting here. It’s a highlight of the day, and when Feldards action is already announced by others.. it takes some of the fun from it. I’ll try to ease up some and be more flexible.) (adjusted post)

    Feldard grabbed up his crossbow which was still cocked and loaded from before he was levitated and fired off the bolt towards the spider but his aim was high and it flew over.. bah with any luck it would hit one of the orcs behind. Then with a bellow, Feldard moved in after Hernane with his battle axe, lashing out at the spider, driving it back away from his betrothed and towards the orcs.

  8. Maruc

    “This will be fun.” Maruc muttered to himself. There was a flurry of activity as the dwarves piled in with what Maruc had come to call their usual zeal. He couldn’t fail but to be impressed by them. Stephan’s bulk sealed off any other approach to attack the spider. The elf next to him had seemed to come to the same conclusion as he gracefully and effortlessly managed to bring his bow to bear, nock and loose an arrow with unerring accuracy. The priest was suck behind the churning blades as they clattered almost rythimically against the beligured aracnid. There was little else he could do but offer a swift prayer … “King Halav on your carven throne guide our weapons against the darkness!”

  9. Stephan

    (I’m still not used to messing with other characters as has been done in this game (although mostly just in words spoken, not actions taken). I overstepped by having Feldard use his crossbow. I’ll try to watch my step in the future.)

  10. miklosdostevar

    Miklos sighed and made a mental note of the spiders markings, what was it? The Beastiary Diabolica probably had an entry on it but sadly Fauna Lore never really excited him at college. Time for an alternative strategy. The orcs shouted at and goaded their spider pet, it took no linguist to work out what they were saying. Crowded into the narrow tunnel mouth they seemed to be unwilling to rush over the spider to get to the dwarves. Which surprised Miklos knowing the long term emnity between the two races. If only he’d had time the recharge denetiata’s wand.

    Miklos wondered what lore there orcs had gleaned from their symbiotic relationship with this spider. Their knotted muscles flexed beneath their tough greenish skin. Miklos felt a nice irony for these black miscreants would be the reciptient for his web spell.

    Depite his height it was too risky to cast it from here behind the darting dwarves. He had to wait.

  11. My take is that if you see your character’s action described in another player’s post, you can adjust it or override it in your post. No problemo.

    If you want to try to incorporate another character or npc’s action into your post you can also use some placeholder text like (insert Feldard’s combat action here), or what have you.

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