What We Need Is A Plan

“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. Between the webbing and the goblins who were struggling to free themselves, his aim was blocked.

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!”

Ludo, thrusted his sword into the sticky morass and swiftly killed one of the entrapped Goblins.

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 an arrow deep into passageway. It was of no use, the goblins were already gone.

“You’re welcome Feldard.” Miklos replied 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 rudimentary 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 Lightning 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 unpredictable.”

“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.

“Nay Maruc,” replied the mage. “There is no way to undo this spell once cast. It was designed to produce a mass of thick, sticky strands that would be difficult to destroy, except for…” the mage turned to regard the torches that alit the room.

It only took them a few moments to remove a couple of the torches from their sconces along the wall. The strands burned quickly and it was not long before there was a hole large burnt through the web large enough to walk through.

“Did any of the goblins flee through the first door?” asked the elf as he joined Ludo who was using the edge of his blade to try free Feldard from the sticky mess. To everyone’s recollection, all had fled back through the door from which they came.

“I think we might as well try that one. Ludo, what can you tell?”

“Right you are Hasan”, Ludo, after making sure he could get past the strands of webbing safely scouted forward to the first door on the right hand side of the passage. He listened for any sounds to determine what was on the other side. He expected at the very least to hear the sounds of the goblins somewhere back in the complex, gathering their forces, but it was quiet…

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6 responses to “What We Need Is A Plan

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

    TOTAL:
    Maruc: 20,390/24000
    Miklos: 20,495/40000
    Feldard: 20,500/34000
    Hasan: 19,695/32000
    Stephan: 19,470/32000
    Ludo: 19,015/20,000

  2. Ludo

    Ludo whispers to the group “its quiet, too quiet, Hasan, cover me while I try and pick this lock”. The previous minutes had been full of excitement so he takes the time to calm himself and slow his breathing. After a couple of anxious minutes Ludo hears that familiar click of the tumblers falling into alignment signalling success. “There, done, not a sophisticated lock, just badly put together, sorry it took so long. He slowly exhales and cautiously pushes the door open and peers into the room beyond.

  3. Feldard

    Feldard peels away the remaining sticky strands from his armour watching as their new found rogue ‘friend’ begins to work on the lock.

    Feldard looked then to Hasan, and also took up position. His place, however, was just beside the door, ready – should more goblins come pouring out the soon to be open door. His palmed itched slightly in anticipation. The abrupt and unsatisfying end to the last bout, had left him on edge.

    Ludo’s slow and cautious approach was fine when needing to sneak about but with battle pitched just outside the door but moments ago, Feldard was sure that anyone within would be battle ready if capable.

    Feldard ducked under the rogues’ arm and stepped forward – letting Ludo’s bulk block the parties light so his infravision could be of use here.

  4. Feldard

    (palmed = palms)

  5. Hasan

    Hasan watched as the young scout gathered himself and then proved surprisingly adept at his handiwork. If it weren’t dealing with something as simple as goblin craft, he’d be rather impressed.

    As Feldard took his customary place–no fool before him–Hasan readied his bow again and waited for the dwarf’s next move. “Somebody should watch the other door,” he hissed, “listen for their movements.” The elf, however, was too engrossed in the actions ahead to listen himself.

  6. Stephan

    Stephan fell silent along with rest of the party as Ludo plied his skills. His bow still ready, he kept an eye on the far door through which the goblins had vacated.

    “He seems skilled with his fingers,” Stephan thought while glancing to see Ludo’s progress. “I’ll have to keep an eye on my purse.”

    As it became apparent that the door would soon open and battle would likely recommence, Stephan readied his sword; stowing the bow and arrows with practiced skill.

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