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 enmity between the two races. If only he’d had time to recharge Dentiata’s wand.
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.
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.
The orcs in turn began frantically waving their torches. “NYY-AKKK! NYY-AKKK!” they chanted loudly, likewise doing their best to drive the spider to attack their foes.
“Arrows!” yelled the warrior, seemingly having gone daft. Feldard, Stephan noted, was onto it. The dwarf 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.
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”.
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, but glanced harmlessly off the spider’s tough shell.”
“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 rhythmically against the beleaguered arachnid. There was little else he could do but offer a swift prayer… “King Halav on your carven throne, guide our weapons against the darkness!”
Meanwhile, 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 recipient for his web spell. Despite his height, it was too risky to cast it from here behind the darting dwarves. He had to wait.
With the orcs superior numbers, the spider had nowhere to go but back into the cavern. The spider’s sharp legs dug into the rock as it pivoted around. Hernane blocked its path, as she swung her axe at the creature. It was faster than the she-dwarf though, and Hernane paid the price for her hotheadedness as its maw bit into her. As Hernane felt the spider sink its fangs into her, she cried out. Dropping her weapon, she then fell to the ground.