Cave Lizard

Hasan looked at the path ahead. “I don’t like the looks of that cave,” the elf said flatly, “but I remember hearing words before that we wouldn’t want to proceed leaving it unexplored. I suppose the same applies now. Still, the first thing will be to get there. Ludo, I suppose the honor is yours?” The elf’s head disappeared into the neck of his mail shirt as he pulled the old mail up. Hasan tucked his mail shirt into his backpack, to ease his movement during the climb down the canyon.

Ludo looked at the crags and handholds for the climb down. It looked not too difficult, if you discounted the huge drop and certain death if one should fall. Turning to Stephan “Tie the ropes together and secure the end of the rope to that tree. I will loop the rope around my waist and climb down. The rope will provide a useful safety line for the less agile members on the descent and if necessary to help us all get back up.”

Ludo carefully made his descent. Confident in his abilities, he took his time to ensure he found good hand and foot holds as he descends. Once at the bottom of the gorge, he took up a position near the entrance to the cave.

Miklos followed next gingerly testing the rope before he descended, moving away for the base before anyone had a chance to fall on him.

“Da,” Stephan nodded at Ludo and prepared the ropes as directed. He watched the rogue’s progress noting where the foot and hand holds were. All in all, Ludo made it look easy.

“Easy for him. But how about us with heavier equipment?”

Despite the woodsman’s idle concern, he quickly made to follow Ludo. “Best not leave the lad alone down there. Arrows and bolts at the ready please!” he made his enigmatic request of those in the party with distance weapons to cover he and Ludo while separated from the others.

Alone for a couple minutes on the rock face, Stephan felt the crisp morning wind trying to send him swinging like the pendulum of the old time piece back at Sukiskyn Hall. Alighting at the bottom, he quickly drew his blade and checked the surroundings keeping close attention the on cave opening.

Maruc looped the rope around his armoured frame and took the weight. He’d carefully watched Ludo lightly lower himself expertly with one to to seemingly insignificant touches with his feet. The reality was altogether different after just feet feet Maruc’s sore palms were burning against the course rope.

While the others descended, Feldard had removed what armour he could and strapped that to his pack. It weighed heavily on his back but at least he could move somewhat. His turn was approaching far too soon. This was one of those moments when Feldard didn’t like being last. He knew all eyes would be on on him as he clambered down the wall. No easy task.

At the bottom, the others watched as Maruc continued to make his descent. He awkwardly dangled in mid space rotating like a child’s mobile. There was little or no grace to his descent.

The priest was about halfway down when, suddenly, from out of the dark cave-mouth came a disgusting lizard with pebble-colored olive skin. It was enormous, about 8 feet long. Large white spikes stood erect from its back. It stared stupidly for a moment before thundering to the attack.



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7 responses to “Cave Lizard

  1. 10:20am, Tserdain, the 14th of Flaurmont, 1001AC
    Partly cloudy, cold and windy.

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

    Maruc: 28,025/48000
    Miklos: 27,910/40000
    Feldard: 28,430/34000
    Hasan: 27,445/32000
    Stephan: 27,550/32000
    Ludo: 27,200/40,000

  2. hasan

    Hi Mystara DM —

    Sorry to ask this, but could you clarify who is where right now? The way i read this, Ludo, Miklos, Stephan and Hasan are on the ground (hasan using no shield and with only half his armor on — ick — so maybe an armor class of something like 5 or 6 instead of usual 2?). meanwhile, dear Maruc is hanging around on the rope, and Feldard, who said he would be last, is hanging out on the cliff, waiting his turn on the rope.

    Would Hasan have any sense of how long it would take the latter two to join a combat? I presume Hasan would guess Feldard won’t be available for several combat rounds (to the extent that the elf thinks in terms of game mechanics!) but that Maruc would join far more quickly and be just a bit delayed?


    (Oh yeah, ps, i don’t say it often enough: thanks for creating and holding this fun project together through these many (>5!) years.)

  3. Yes, you have it exactly correct.

    And you are welcome! Thanks right back to you all for playing all this time!

  4. Feldard (Dwf)

    Feldard, from far above, saw the lizard emerge from cave. He gave a bellowed warning to those below while he pulled free the crossbow he had just finished strapping to his heavy pack in readiness for his own descent. He cussed in dwarven at his uncharacteristic attempt at efficiency, as he hastily loaded his crossbow.
    The dwarf could hear faint shouts from below as he watched his companions meet the creatures attack. Even with his crossbow ready now, there was little he could do without risking hitting one of his own. His aim was not that good.
    Feldard called down to Maruc, “Hurry they’ll need our help.”

  5. Hasan

    “Fall back, Stephan,” Hasan urged, “Fall back!”

    But the elf ignored the advice he gave his warrior companions. Instead, Hasan walked forward steadily to meet the angered beast, slowly swigging from one of the yellowing glass bottles they had found from in the gnoll shaman’s hut. When finished, the elf raised both hands and addressed the cave lizard. “You have ruled here undisturbed for many years,” the elf began. “We interupt you, but for just the shortest moment.”

    The elf stopped, about 30 feet from the lizard, and leaned forward. Hasan addressed the lizard insistently, “Great one, know that we seek only passage, and that we shall not tarry. Let us travel onward. Return to your watch. Go home.” The elf pointed to the cave, hoping the profound magic of animal control he sensed in the gnollish potion would extend to the great beast before them. But the elf readied the words to levitate himself beyond the lizard’s grasp, in case it didn’t.

  6. dtwilder

    Stephan raised an alarmed eyebrow at the elf’s actions and words. Nevertheless, he obeyed Hasan allowing for the seemingly remote possibility that the lizard would buy the elf’s saccharine ploy.

    Perhaps it was his anthropomorphic tendencies but it appeared for a split second that the beast was actually heeding Hasan. But the phantom moment of higher thinking attributed to the creature flicked beyond reality as the dominant instinct of the scaly monster’s primitive neural system became manifest in a lightening charge toward the placating elf.

    “Morndu,” Stephan once again uttered the Traladarian curse as he lunged forward to engage the mere dragon.

  7. Ludo

    Ludo dived to one side as the creature charged towards Hasan and as the lizard moved past him, flicked out his sword as best he could to stab the lizard in the side.

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