The Sticky Cloying Presence of Mage-Magic

Miklos could see that the party would swiftly be overwhelmed if they remained in the tight confines of the entrance. But he knew they were professional and had heard him. He started casting his spell in preparation for the withdrawal. He hoped they wouldn’t take too long as holding magic was not the easiest thing to do.

Miklos started to perspire.

Maruc felt the sticky cloying presence of mage-magic filling the air. At first he was alarmed, afraid that it might be the Man in Yellow Robes. He glanced around, and was relieved to find it was Miklos. He quickly realized that everyone needed to be out of the way. Fast. “Withdraw. Incoming!” he cried.

Hasan gave ground, stepping back into the wolfpen. He watched to see what would fail first: the fighters’ defenses or the mage’s grip on his attack. He tried to move so he could keep the hallway doors in sight.

Feeling refreshingly blessed in mind and body by the power of Halav wielded through his faithful servant, Maruc, Stephan heeded the calls to fall back. Nearly colliding with Hasan, who easily avoided a crash with elf alacrity, Stephan fumbled to ready his bow to fire from a receded position should he get a clear shot.

Feldard heard Maruc’s call, noted his companions withdrawing and with a grumble gave ground as well. The goblins swarmed after him out into the open and despite his best effort to get out of the way, Feldard was stuck in the forefront of the fray whether he liked it or not.

If Miklos had another lightning planned there was no way he, in his plate mail armour, could avoid being struck in such a tight fray. The notion of being killed in such a manner was not appealing. In a last desperate effort to put space between him and the goblins, Feldard turned and bolted to the side, calling out. “Now Miklos!”

Ludo, seeing that retreat was the best course of action and trusting that Miklos would have another bolt of lightning prepared, ducked back into the evening air, and to the side of the door. “Hot work in there,” he said to no one in particular. He prayed that the magic from Miklos would thin the Goblins out. He prepared himself to attack any Goblins that appeared at the doorway, to cover Miklos from any attack.

Thankfully the others had responded with professional alacrity and Miklos took his chance. As Feldard, ever the last to withdraw, ducked back into the fighting line swiftly assembled by the others around the entranceway he blasted the area with a shower of constricting mage-wrought web, choking the flow of attackers.

The two lead goblins got completely stuck, along with Feldard’s left arm. The rough voice of a goblin barked out fresh orders as the doorway was effectively blocked. Those in the group who understood the goblin tongue knew that the goblin leader had given the command for withdrawal. Further orders from the goblin were lost amid the sound of goblin armor and shouting.

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11 responses to “The Sticky Cloying Presence of Mage-Magic

  1. Maruc: 10xp+10xp+10xp
    Miklos: 10xp+10xp
    Feldard: 10xp+10xp
    Hasan: 10xp+10xp
    Stephan: 10xp+10xp
    Ludo: 10xp+10xp

    TOTAL:
    Maruc: 20,380/24000
    Miklos: 20,485/40000
    Feldard: 20,480/34000
    Hasan: 19,665/32000
    Stephan: 19,450/32000
    Ludo: 18,995/20,000

  2. Hasan

    “Let none escape,” shouted Hasan, who loosed two arrows in the blink of an eye. He wasn’t sure if he could shoot through the doorway, which now was cluttered with goblin and dwarf parts, but he knew he didn’t want the remaining goblins waiting for the party deeper in the den. So he hoped for the best and shot quickly, aiming deep into the passage beyond.

  3. Feldard

    (I hope I misunderstood but it reads to me that.. Miklos just webbed our only entrance into the goblin lair and that Feldard is stuck in it.)

    Feldard scowled at the realization that he was stuck in the web along with two goblins. “Bah! I’m stuck.”
    A quick glance at the doorway behind him showed it completely blocked. “Miklos. Get rid of this. We need to get in there! What purpose is this stupid web, when our goal is within the encampment? Bah, just free me!”

  4. Ludo

    Ludo, thrusts his sword into the sticky morass and swiftly kills the entrapped Goblins. He tries to use the edge of his blade to free Feldard.

  5. Ludo

    Ludo will when he can and its safe to get by the web, have a look around for the dead goblins for any Goblin arrows that he can use, as his supply is running low.

  6. Stephan

    Instinctively, Stephan trained a point-blank arrow at the ensnared goblin farthest from Feldard. The newcomer rogue, however, beat him to it and with a blade, no less!

    Following Hasan’s advice and trying to find a clear shot, Stephan loosed two arrows deep into passageway. Piqued goblin squeals suggested at least some of the arrows found goblin flesh.

  7. miklosdostevar

    “You’re welcome Feldard.” Miklos reliped lightly as the dwarf pulled the remaining strands from his sleeve. “Look, I was obliged to do something. I couldn’t just stand there and let you be overwhelmed. These strands can be easily removed. We have control over the situation so don’t panic. We know they have time to prepare only the most rudementary of defenses. They haven’t even barred their main gate. It is obvious they have the advantage of numbers so we must take stock as use our own advantages. Which would be to force them into tight confines in which their numbers would mean little.”

    “What we need is a plan.” he continued, “Maybe some preplanned shock clearance tactic? I could try to read the Lightening Strike incantation straight out of my book by I’m not well versed in the spell so I’m not confident I can hold it for long, if at all. The results could be unpreditcable.”

  8. Maruc

    “I for one am glad of your intervention, Miklos, Thank you. But whatever we decided we must be swift and take advantage of their disorder. Can you cancel the spell Miklos?” Maruc asked.

  9. Hasan

    “Did any of the goblins flee through the first door?” asked the elf as he helped to untangle Feldard from the sticky mess. “i think we might as well try that one. Ludo, what can you tell?”

  10. Ludo

    “Right you are Hasan”, Ludo, after making sure he can get past the strands of webbing safely will scout forward to the first door on the right hand side of the passage. There he will listen for any sounds to determine what is on the other side.

  11. miklosdostevar

    DM: If Miklos can simply cancel the spell he will do.

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