“This could be older than the Elyan nation,” whispered Hasan as the six adventurers peered over a small lip at the settlement below. “We can only hope Ludo’s friends have not awakened greater, older evils. Let us be cautious, and examine the outbuildings first.”

Stephan scanned the desolate scene. “Looks like the forgotten cousin of Highforge,” he whispered.

In response to Hasan, he whispered “Why don’t we just lay low for a bit and see what happens after nightfall? It’s getting on late in the day already. But we can scoot around that way and see more of the place without coming out of cover.” Stephan gestured to the west, along the gully. He scanned the ghost village again. In a continued whisper, “I don’t see any smoke from cooking fires or the like.” Looking up at the tower, “I’d like to see if any light shines in that tower after nightfall. It would give us a clue to where greenskins may be about. And yellow robes….,” he added nervously.

Ludo looked sideways at Hasan, he whispered, “I agree with Stephen I think we should wait and see who visits this place, its too quiet at the moment. It is time for the evening meal and yet no one is around”.

“I think we should go in just before the dawn, when we have had time to see what we could be facing, this looks a lot bigger than a Goblin stockade. One thing is for certain, I am sure Vlaak and his scheming master are there somewhere.

We have been traveling all day, lets use this time to rest up as best we can, use some healing faith, rest the spellcasters fully, monitor the situation and then move in around 4:00 am in the morning, just before dawn. This will give an element of surprise and cover”. It would be folly to just charge in, without it least seeing what we could be facing.

“Feldard, are you happy to take first watch? I will cover the 2 hours before the dawn”.

Hasan took great care in finding a safe spot from which to surveil any activity occurring in and around the ruins. As darkness was approaching, they witnessed an Iron Ring patrol return to the ruins. Minutes later, a patrol of hobgoblins departed on foot seemingly to take their place. After they left, the sun was set. Dim torchlight could be seen emanating from various windows in the tower, while the ruins below remained entirely in darkness.

At last, it was time to rest for the night and begin the first of the three scheduled watches. Those in the party not on duty found it hard to go to sleep in the vicinity of such a place.

A bestial screech from a nearby area of boulders quickly roused the group to attention. A troop of six brightly covered apes broke cover and rushed toward the party.



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7 responses to “Surveillance

  1. 11:00pm, Moldain, the 21st of Thaumont, 1001AC
    Clear, dry, hot and windy.

    (Note: I returned everyone to their full hp while they were in Highforge)

    Feldard: 10xp
    Hasan: 10xp
    Stephan: 10xp+10xp
    Ludo: 10xp

    Maruc: 21,775/24000
    Miklos: 21,840/40000
    Feldard: 22,010/34000
    Hasan: 21,165/32000
    Stephan: 20,985/32000
    Ludo: 20,490/40,000

  2. Stephan

    “Aye!” Stephan shouted, “we are attacked!”

    He was ready, however, having not really slept a wink, resting with his sword arm free and even one arm strapped in his shield (something he learned during the Folcaan Campaign in the Soderfjord Jarlands).

    Stephan was on his feet before the first peel of screeching monkey repeated itself via echo off the dense surrounding rock. The clear night and waxing moon afforded some level of sight allowing Stephan to meet a leaping simian in mid flight. His sword flashed and the possessed beast fell upon it — impaled through the chest. And yet it fought, grasping and biting Stephan’s sword arm even as it give the final twitch of death.

    “By the Gates of Glastri!”, Stephan bellowed in pain while quickly extracting his blade from the ape. Greasy blood splattered about and he wheeled to avoid another flying ape. Impacting it with his shield, the creature fell to the rock smacking its head with a sickening crunch. The blow, however, did not slow it down and it leaped again with an incredible arc.

    Standing near the rock edge with his back to the gully, Stephan ducked under his shield but sprang with it to propel the flying monkey over the edge. Its beastial screech echoed up the rocks as it fell some sixty feet to jagged bottom.

  3. hasan and Miklos

    Miklos rose as quickly as Stephan, having felt no weariness–only unease–after the haunting trip through the moors. He sighted the attacking primates and quickly gathered the magical energies at his power. “Shhhhazaaam,” the magician intoned as he cast the familiar sleep incantation. After the practice of recent days, his casting of the spell was fluid and swift–in ways perhaps unmatched in western Karameikos. three of the attacking apes fell incapacitated.

    Hasan woke more groggy and more slowly than Miklos, but he drew his sword as the apes careened down the slight slope. “Ai!” the elf screamed, throwing an unarmored arm up to protect his even more vulnerable face. A claw raked across his arm. He swung away with the other arm and landed a slashing hook to the beasts side. The ape howled his anger and bounded away to safer distance. from there, he took up a small rock that he pegged back at the companions before bounding away.

  4. Feldard

    (and I’m back – sorry work has been brutal recently – no free time to anything)

    Feldard, mid-way into his watch, turned at the screeching and opened his mouth to give warning but Stephan was quicker.

    The dwarf hefted his weapon and moved to greet the attacking apes with the bite of his axe blade.
    He grunted in annoyance as all the screaming was sure to alert any patrols to their presence. So much for having the benefit of surprise. Speaking of which.. how had these apes snuck up on their position without his seeing them? His infravision had noted nothing, prior to the attack.. damn boulders and cover.

    Feldard struck down one before the mage’s magic, and his companions dealt with the others.. only one beast seemed to quick enough to retreat. It wasn’t worth the time and effort to load his crossbow and fire off a bolt – the beastie would be long gone before then.

    Feldard turned his glance to the tower and the ruins below – had the noise of the scuffle been enough to alert any sentries?

  5. Ludo

    Ludo rolled quickly to the side at the first sound of the apes, but even his normally quick reactions were not quick enough, the sleep spell did its work. He quickly moved in and dispatched the remaining apes as quickly as he could. He too was worried, had the apes attacked alerted anyone else?

    “I think we should move and quickly he whispered, I suspect a patrol will be sent to investigate. Hasan, your vision is better than mine, can you lead us away from here”?

  6. Hasan

    Hasan nodded at the thief. Pausing only to pull the heavily studded leather armlets that completed his armor and gather his bow and quiver, the elf slipped silently over the hillock, following the path of the retreating ape.

    (Hasan will follow the ape if it heads toward the settlement. if it turns away, Hasan will let the ape go and lead the party by the most covered nearby approach to the edge of the settlement and look for an opportune building to enter and search.)

  7. Stephan

    Stephan was not adept at reading dwarven faces but he could see that Feldard was concerned, as he himself was, about what the ruckus may bring. He quickly gathered his things — easy enough to roll up the bed and don his pack — and followed Hasan’s lead as quietly as possible. The bright moon was a blessing and curse. It allowed him to easily follow the elf’s lead but he couldn’t help but feel it shown on him like lanterns on a bard in a traveling show.

    It was a struggle to keep up with the elf and maintain some level of stealth but Stephan and the other somehow managed it.

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