Tower Escape

Ludo, pursued the fleeing mage. He knew he had to catch the mage before he had time to turn and cast more spells. As he ran, he drew his dagger and threw it underhanded at the retreating back of the mage. Unfortunately it missed and clattered against the wall of the corridor. A thought flashed through Ludo mind, he heard the knife clatter, he was outside the spell of silence, things could get ugly now. The good news was that he was fast approaching on the wizard. Again, Ludo yelled out.

“Surrender or die!”

Ludo hoped that the rest of the group was close behnd.

Satisfied that he had done the best he could for Miklos, Maruc lept to his feet summoning the final spell he had in his arsenal. He hoped it would be enough to stop Golthar. He sped after the rogue pausing only briefly to pick up the coin. There probably very little power left to the enchantment but he hoped it was enough. Ludo was already mounting the stairs two at a time. Maruc was just behind him.

Miklos was groggy with inexplicable tiredness. He tried to get his feet under his weight but struggled as his knees gave out.

He idly wondered where Feldard had got to. This stone floor was cold and his eyelids felt heavy. Maybe just a small rest, he thought, then he would feel better. Miklos slumped into unconsciousness.

Hasan joined the pursuit of the fleeing mage, envying Ludo’s lightweight armor as he pushed ahead. The elf sheathed his sword and readied an arrow as he ran.

Stephan was worried about Miklos, but saw the Maruc had done what he could. He followed the others in the chase of Golthar the Fiend. ‘But to not have Miklos with us….’, he worried to himself. ‘You fight a mage with a mage’, is what old Protner used to say back in his militia days. He tripped on one of the steps, losing a half-beat of time. This focused his thoughts to the pursuit and he continued up the stairs.

Yousef tried to argue with Feldard about going after the others but the dwarf with his heavy scowl quickly silenced the complaints. Leaning heavily on Yousef, the dwarf got to his feet, nearly blacking out in the attempt but still refused to see the truth of the situation. Together the two made their way back into the enchanted room.

The gods must have been amused and favored the dwarf and his stubbornness, because mid-way through he stumbled on his axe, which they picked up before continuing on towards the steps.

At the top of the stairs, an explosion sent tiny particles of rock flying into the room. Through the dust, Ludo saw there was now a gaping hole in the wall of the tower. The cleric joined Ludo, and together they witnessed the yellow robed figure of Golthar flying away in the distance.

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  1. 12:33am, Moldain, the 21st of Thaumont, 1001AC

    Maruc: 10xp+10xp+10xp +35xp
    Miklos: 10xp+10xp +35xp
    Feldard: 10xp+5xp +35xp
    Hasan: 10xp+10xp +35xp
    Stephan: 10xp+5xp +35xp
    Ludo: 10xp+10xp +35xp

    Everyone: +1000xp (clearing the tower, rescuing Yousef)

    TOTAL:
    Maruc: 23,480/24000
    Miklos: 23,510/40000
    Feldard: 23,830/34000
    Hasan: 23,065/32000
    Stephan: 22,815/32000
    Ludo: 22,315/40,000

  2. Hasan

    Hasan joined Ludo and Maruc. “There is no catching him. Flight leaves no tracks,” the elf intoned grimly. “We shall have to pursue him later. But now we need to rebuild our strength and learn what this Yousef has that is so valuable. We should rest in the manacled room below. That has but one entry, and so should be easily defensible, should any of the hobgoblins below the tower have escaped.”

  3. Ludo

    Ludo retreated back to the room with the statues, picking his dagger up on the way, he was tired – it had been a long night. It was a pity that Golthar had escaped, but he was sure that they had not seen the last of him.

    Upon reaching the statue room, he went to Miklos and started some first aid, and tried to revive him splashing a little water on his face. “Hold on Miklos, Maruc will soon have you on your feet, Ludo looked at Maruc and whispered “is there anything you can do”?

    After Maruc started his healing work, Ludo waited for the others to join them and stood aghast when Feldard stumbled into the room in his badly injured state. Upon seeing Feldard he understood how close Golthar had come to overcoming the party, the consequences of that happening sent shivers down his spine.

    With the party all together again he started to investigate the room searching every nook and cranny for treasure that Golthar had left behind and for any traps. As he searched he wondered what a powerful mage wanted with Yousef – a mystery that he anticipated would be answered soon.

    “Maruc I agree with Hasan, we can all rest and recover in the room with the beds, it will be a while before we are in any state to pursue Golthar”.

  4. Maruc

    Maruc swifty stepped through the broken masonery and threw the coin away. He yelled the command word of his holding enchantment and watched as the trendrils for magic leapt to greet the fleeing mage. The yellow robe started to stiffen he throught he had him, but his grin turned to consternation as the mage slipped out of reach. He made a mental note of his direction. “Another time Golthar!” he cried.

    He turned and stared around the room. “Well he left in a hurry so he can’t have taken much with him. Let us see what evidence he has left as to his schemes.”

  5. miklosdostevar

    Miklos woke with a start, water dripped from his face. “Thanks. I think.” he said as the slowly and painfully picked himself up. “The yellow robed man?” he asked.
    Ludo shook his head. “He fled using some kind of flying magic.”
    Miklos sighed, “Nevermind. It could have been much worse he could have blasted us all away. But you kept him on the back foot. Well done my friend. You say he went up the stairs?” Miklos eased his way to the stairwell and climbed the stairs. The breeze made a hollow noise through the fresh hole in the side of the tower. “Well I for one and glad he didn’t use that fire magic against us.” said to Maruc who looked particularly upset. “Whats wrong?”
    “Golthar was out of range.” he replied.
    “Oh well, I have a suspicion that this will not be the last we see of him. I also imagine he will be better prepared.” Miklos glanced around the room. “At least most the the rubble went outside. Stephan would you mind asking what tale Yousef has to offer in explaination?”
    “Maruc what are you doing?”
    “I’m seeing what he has left behind, Miklos.”
    “I can do that, I’m sure the others will help. You however are going to do your job and put us back together!”
    “Ahh Feldard nice of you to join us. You look almost exactly the way I feel. Still whilst we are waiting the Maruc I suggest we start over there. If anyone finds a book like this one.” Mikos proffered his spell book in the air, “Do let me know.”

    Despite feeling lightheaded Miklos maticulously sectioned and serched the room.

  6. miklosdostevar

    About two minutes into his search Miklos chuckled to himself. He opened his spellbook and calmly read and recited his Detect Magic incantation. If anything would help. That would.

  7. Ludo

    DM – After searching around, Ludo will move some beds to barricade the door to the stairway leading down, just in case some Goblins/Hobgoblins/Slavers decide to investigate the exploding wall that Golthar created in his escape.

  8. Feldard

    Feldard made it up the stairs only with Yousef’s aid.. only to learn that the yellow-robed man had fled. Feldard slumped against the nearest wall at hearing this. With the threat gone, the dwarf could let himself rest up. Sure there might be more hobgoblins in the tower, but Hasan and Ludo could handle those, at least long enough for him to get some much needed rest. And with that the dwarf slept – right there… right then.

  9. Stephan

    “Morndu!”, Stephan bellowed the old Traldaran curse upon seeing the fleeing Golthar. In frustration, he kicked a piece of the broken wall out into the night.

    Back downstairs, Stephan was overjoyed to see Feldard up and about. “By the grace of Halav! You live!”, he couldn’t help saying. But the dwarf seemed in no mood for happy reunions and the human shed his obvious delight out of respect. The dwarf was soon asleep regardless.

    Stephan assisted the others in searching the room. He also helped Ludo barricade the entry. Then, taking another look at the blissfully asleep Feldard, he felt a great weariness and chose one of the cots for a bit of a rest.

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