“On now,” hollered Hasan, and the elf charged forward. “We have no surprise now. We need speed, before they ready for us.” The elf raced past Stephan and the rest of his companions and launched himself at the charging wolf. They met just past the log bridge, where Hasan tried to dodge and rake his sword alongside the wolf. The great canine’s agility matched the elf’s, however, and both assailants fell backward, bloodied but neither broken. Hasan’s recovery was faster, though, and as he stepped in to swing his sword yet again, he also shifted his position to close off access to the bridge. Hasan stepped onto the bridge, hoping his companions would protect his backside from another assailant.
Ludo, seeing that surprise was lost, drew his swords and charged down the slope from his position of concealment. He jumped across the still sleep induced Goblins, nimbly crossed the bridge, stepping around Hasan and into the shadows to the left of the gateway, using the walls of the compound as cover and protection.
Feldard, after sustaining some wounds via wolf teeth, finally killed one of the rabid beasts with his great axe. Ignoring the pain, he ran toward the lair. With his short stumpy legs, he was slower at making it down the slope, but whereas the others ran past the sleeping goblins, Feldard ensured the devious creatures would not be a hindrance later. For a moment, as he did a headcount of the group and assessed the situation, the dwarf felt his heart stop when he could not account for Hernane, then came the remembrance that she had left the group. Feldard gripped his axe tightly, and charged once more after the group, moving into a position to provide protection to Miklos.
Stephan, wincing a bit, rushed to help Hasan secure the strategic at the bridge. Approaching the high-stakes dance between the wolf and elf Prince, Stephan attempted to match the flow of the sparring rather than just rushing in. Seeing Hasan move to the left, Stephan moved to the right–slightly behind the snarling hell-beast. He waited fractions of a second, trusting in the Prince’s ability. Sure enough, Hasan managed a telling blow to the wolf that put the fiend within striking range of Stephan’s sword. With an unintelligible yell, he lunged, swinging the blade into the lupine’s left thigh. The beast erupted a sickening, brief howl and Stephan knew he’d dealt a deep slice.
In a strange and rapid mimic of the children’s game ‘paddle ball’, Stephan and Hasan used the wolf as the ball, their weapons as paddles–each vying to whack the object of ‘play’ with as much force as possible. The wolf was helpless, having been caught in a trap of sharp steel. Despite it being all muscle–taught sinew pushing hard at the world — the beast soon succumbed, trying in it’s last breath to deliver one more snap of the jaw. One more rake of the claw.
Thinking quickly, Miklos urged Feldard and Maruc to aid securing the bridge. “I thank you for your protection, but we must get out of the open into a more defensible position. Least ways we must stop those creatures summoning more of their brethren.” Taking his staff he followed the others toward the desperate melee which seemed to be drawing to a close as the creature yelped and collapsed.
Maruc nodded and limped his way toward the bridge his leg started to throb as the excitement of the battle subsided and his shoulder ached. He couldn’t help admiring the deft skill displayed by the lithe elf and the burly woodsman as finished off the newcomer. “It seems our intervention was unnecessary.” he grinned. “Come let us enter and see if we cannot locate the escapee! Perhaps we may surprise our yellow garbed foe?”
Taking a quick glimpse around the edge of the gate, Ludo hoped to assess the inside of the compound, calculate the number of goblins, and look for Vlaak. Instead, glancing to his left, he saw three goblins who were frantically trying to release more dire wolves from their pen. Their were two wolves left in the pen. Ludo’s eyes opened wide as one of them charged out straight toward him as the goblins barked orders for it to attack.