Into the Ruins

Feldard followed the party as rearguard once more, doing his best to keep pace with the nimble-footed elf who led. As they descended into the ruins below, he exchanged his axe for his crossbow and carried it cocked and loaded. He kept watch up along the cliffsides as well as behind them – alert for movement and straining to hear sounds that were not their own.

Following Hasan who was keeping a blistering pace, Ludo kept to the shadows as much as he could. Obviously Hasan thought that the recent encounter with the apes was too close to the settlement and patrols would be sent to investigate. Keeping his sword in hand, Ludo moved as silently as he could, inwardly cringing at any sound coming from the less stealthy members of the group.

Coming up on the shoulder of Hasan as he paused at a corner, Ludo darted across the street to the opposite corner of the building, listening for any sound that might indicate alarm.

Not having the nightvision to watch for wild apes or worse, Stephan hung back with Feldard as Ludo and Hasan determined what to do now that the ape had turned a bend. The strategist in Stephan screamed for the group to take cover but he dared not utter a sound.

Instead, he kept his shield and sword ready. In slow, carefully quiet movements, he kept turning to see as much as he could, keeping an eye on Feldard’s face to note if the dwarf saw anything. His movements, he hoped, would make it more difficult for someone to get a clean shot on him.

As Hasan and Ludo crept forward, Stephan managed to move to the side, behind a fallen stone column, where he could watch but be ready to run. He noticed Maruc and Miklos doing the same — Miklos kneeling behind a crumbling statue of a jackal-headed shaman, and Maruc crouching behind an odd menhir carved with what must be shaman or animistic symbols.

Hasan moved forward with Ludo, his hunter’s instinct’s on full alert, ready to discern any clue that revealed their prey’s location.

From ahead, he heard what sounded like an armored patrol moving rapidly toward them.

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7 responses to “Into the Ruins

  1. 11:12pm, Moldain, the 21st of Thaumont, 1001AC
    Clear, dry, hot and windy.

    Maruc:
    Miklos:
    Feldard: 10xp+10xp
    Hasan: 10xp
    Stephan: 10xp+10xp
    Ludo: 10xp+5xp

    TOTAL:
    Maruc: 21,795/24000
    Miklos: 21,875/40000
    Feldard: 22,060/34000
    Hasan: 21,220/32000
    Stephan: 21,045/32000
    Ludo: 20,535/40,000

  2. Feldard

    Feldard watched the ruins warily. Because he was facing away from Hasan mostly, he was the last to become aware of the threat ahead.

    (was hoping Hasan would post ahead of him.. )

  3. Hasan, Maruc and Miklos

    (Hasan is chagrined at slow reaction.)

    Hasan reacted quickly to the noises ahead, moving quickly to seek shelter in the shadow of a ruined outbuilding. The chinked walls allowed his close-pressed eyes some view of the arc before him. The elf waited and sightlessly drew an arrow from his quiver.

    Maruc’s pace quickened as he saw the elf skitter under cover, and he also dashed behind a nearby wall. It was a short wall, though, perhaps the stall of an ancient vendor of fruits or some less tasty morsel, and so the cleric knelt low beneath the half-open wall. Maruc clutched his shield to his chest, whispering a silent prayer to Halav, and waited for a sound that signal his charge.

    Miklos had followed his friend to the vendor’s stall, but watched the man’s preparation for combat with a bemused smile. He ducked low beside Maruc, but couldn’t contain himself. “A nice ball of fire would do nicely now, don’t you think? I’ve read of such spells. The plane of energy can source great bursts, I believe, if you can open the channel.”

  4. Ludo

    Hearing the sounds of the patrol approaching the group, Ludo silently disappeared off into the shadows using a crumbling mishapen stone column as cover. Croucing down he waited for the patrol to pass him.

    DM – Sword in hand Ludo will wait for the patrol to move past him. If the patrol engages the party he will attack the last patrol member from behind. If the patrol passes the group without being detected, he will wait for Hsan to resume scouting position.

  5. Stephan

    Stephan continued to keep an eye on Feldard, hoping that his night vision would be an early warning of any attack. All he knew was that Hasan and Ludo had stopped. Stephan also stopped, adrenalin the senses. His entire being was focused on listening.

    “Okay, Stephan,” he said to himself. “Take it easy. Just breathe. It’s like the calm we had before the Battle of Zadreth.” He felt his nerves settle. “Blessed Halav,” he continued with his inner voice, “keep them dreaming down there,” he muttered from the old ‘Dream of Halav’ poem he learned for confirmation.

    Clank! He heard the distinctive sounds of an armored foe! Looking to his companions, hidden in the gloom, he could see they too had heard the clamber of approaching battle!

  6. Feldard

    As the dwarf turned around to glance ahead, he noted the group scattering, seeking cover. Feldard cussed under his breath and motioned for Stephan to take cover, even as he sought out the same. He moved into the ruins of a building. He ensured his bow was cocked and loaded and waited in anticipation.

  7. Stephan

    Stephan did as Feldard suggested and took cover. He readied his short bow, checking the angles.

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