Proceeding With Caution

Stephan wiped blood and dust from his brow. Despite the noise of melee that was still ebbing away, he felt it necessary to keep his voice down. In a hissing whisper, “We need to be away from here now! Ludo, can you lead us into some hiding place?”

Ludo whispered to anyone in range “It’s no point hiding now, our main advantage is speed and force of action, let’s continue before these green skins gather what forces they have to intercept us.”

Stephan nodded at Ludo’s recommendation and prepared to follow the rogue.

Maruc looked out from the close quarters of their melee to see the street bedecked with gore, including some elven blood, judging by the way Hasan reeled toward Ludo. Maruc quickly moved forward. Invoking the power of his deity, the cleric laid his healing hands on the thin elf’s wounded chest.

Hasan’s posture improved immediately. The elf waited as the group approached, but anxiously looked up the path from which the hobgoblins and baboons had emerged. “There lies our path,” he whispered. “I had worried that the hobgoblins might occupy the outbuildings, and something worse lay within the tower beyond, so it is a good sign to see them coming toward us from the tower. Let us make speed.”

“The legendary patience of elves seems lost on you,” chuckled Miklos. “Yes, let us proceed, but should we not make our way a bit more cautiously than what brought us to this point? You are the master huntsman, but lead us a bit more slowly this time, no?

While the others discussed plans, Feldard finished off the sleeping hobgoblins. It would do no good if they awoke to alert others to the groups presence.

Once that task was done the dwarf resumed his rearguard as the group continued on.

Ludo kept to the shadows, moving as silently as he could along the dark cobbled pathway between the eerily silent buildings. He thought to himself how unusual to use baboons as guard animals, but in retrospect his family’s gamekeeper had wanted to use geese to warn of intruders on the family estate. However, his father, in his usual arrogant way, scoffed at that idea and insisted on using guard dogs that no one could really control. He smiled to himself maybe his father should have used baboons.

Glancing at the sky, he figured that it was close to midnight. With any luck, the bodies would not be found for a few hours, maybe not even till day light. Ludo was the first to hear it, and then Hasan. Sounds of the hobgoblin tongue. The source was obvious. A pair of doorways to the right were marked with the crimson red bloodskull of Vlaad’s hobgoblin tribe.

Ludo approached a dark doorway. He stopped, motioned for Hasan to cover him crouched down and listened intently. Both doorways seem to lead to the same place. The rogue was on edge, feeling as though a band of the ugly humanoids could come charging out any moment.



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8 responses to “Proceeding With Caution

  1. 11:24pm, Moldain, the 21st of Thaumont, 1001AC
    Clear, dry, hot and windy.

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

    Maruc: 21,845/24000
    Miklos: 21,925/40000
    Feldard: 22,130/34000
    Hasan: 21,335/32000
    Stephan: 21,110/32000
    Ludo: 20,615/40,000

  2. Stephan

    While Ludo and Hasan gave proper attention to the doors. Stephan scanned the surrounding for any unfriendlies. ‘There might be a guard or two around here’, he thought.

    A guttural paroxysm of hobgoblin laughter caught the attention of Stephan’s ears. His limited goblinese was able to make out a few of the words: “Stinky tower”, “blood pit”, “yellow monkey”, “temple on rubble”, “black sisters”, and “dread” and “sons” and “night”.

    He could make much of the words though.

  3. Stephan

    [correction: “He could not make much of the words though.”]

  4. Hasan, Maruc and Miklos

    Hasan began to dig through his backpack. After much rummaging, the elf withdrew his battered, brown-leather spellbook. Maruc’s eyes widened in surprise. “Hasan, now is not the time for study.”

    The elf, reading slowly from his spellbook, gathered the magical energies that he withdrew from the innermost recesses of his mind and the surrounding environs. His arms outstretched, he cast the gathered magical energies into a binding on the door.

    Miklos saw the elf’s intent well before the others, recognizing the ancient antecedents of his own training in the elf’s motions. His own motions were considerably more compact, but he found them magnified by the magical energies gathered nearby. Together, the two mages enchanted the two doors. There would be no escape from these portals for the goblins within.

    “We can move on, or we can ambush these from another entry,” panted Hasan, still strained from his exertions.

    “We should move,” said Miklos. “These little ones cannot be the ones we are called to face first. We can return to them at our leisure.”

  5. Stephan

    It took Stephan some extended seconds to realize what happened but when he did, he was relieved to not have to give battle again so soon.

    “Yes,” he said in concurrence with Miklos, “let’s move on to the real prize. And rid these lands of this evil!” putting hissing emphasis on the last syllable.

  6. Feldard

    Feldard grimaced. “I don’t much like the idea of leaving the enemy alive behind us.” The dwarf looked over the building assessing what other exits might be usable by the hobgoblins and buildings overall sturdiness. “Miklos, would you have anything that might deal with the hobgoblins in one fell swoop? Something to bring down the building on them?”

  7. Ludo

    Ludo moved back from the building now that it seemed unlikely that the Gobbos would be engaged in combat. Slinking into the shadows he listened for any sounds that might indicate trouble approaching.

    He whispered to Feldard and Miklos “do you think it a good idea to bring down the whole building, it would bring every Gobbo and their pets for miles around. I suggest we move on and use steath to achieve our aims. I don’t think it is wise to take on an entire Gobbo tribe. If the doors are barred then that should be enough for the moment”. In my experince it is best to avoid the direct approach and strike where you are least expected”.

  8. Stephan

    In a hushed voice, “Ludo, has a good point. And if we can get their leaders, all these underlings may just flee.”

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