See Ya Later Aligator

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!”

“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 interrupt you, but for just the shortest moment.”

The giant Tuatara immediately stopped in his tracks. The elf had its full attention.

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.

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.

Ludo flicked out his sword. He was prepared to dive to one side should the creature charge towards Hasan.

Perhaps it was his anthropomorphic tendencies, but it appeared that the beast was actually going to heed Hasan.

The lizard blinked twice, then turned about and waddled back into its cave.

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8 responses to “See Ya Later Aligator

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

    Maruc: +50xp
    Miklos: +50xp
    Feldard: 10xp+10xp+50xp
    Hasan: 10xp+10xp+10xp+50xp
    Stephan: 10xp+50xp
    Ludo: 10xp+50xp

    TOTAL:
    Maruc: 28,075/48000
    Miklos: 27,960/40000
    Feldard: 28,500/34000
    Hasan: 27,525/32000
    Stephan: 27,610/32000
    Ludo: 27,260/40,000

  2. hasan

    Hasan smiled in triumph. “It is Nature’s nature for an animal to coexist beside another. And we and this wonder shall too. I will never forget this day.” The elf’s eyes shined as he returned the forgotten-empty potion to his pack. “I hear the birds more clearly than ever. This canyon is blessed with life. Tell me, little one,” the elf whispered to what Stefan saw clearly as a rock, “how long have you lived here? What have you seen of the rim above?” The rock shifted and a much smaller cousin of the great Tuatara uncoiled and stared, apparently meaningfully, at the elf. The elf listened, rapt with attention.

    Two steps later, the elf noticed a hare. As the party crossed the small, slowmoving stream in the center of the canyon, the elf noticed three brown trout. As they approached the canyon’s opposite side, Hasan became preoccupied with a sparrow. Each visit occupied the elf completely.

  3. maruc

    Maruc clapped the elf on the back. “Quick thinking there old chap, well done, maybe you could ask it to bring out its treasure?” Maruc wondered what a lizard might consider treasure, “Hmm on second thoughts perhaps not. Come, your conversation, riveting as it may seem, must end we are still pressed by time. Who knows what devilry the Sons of Night have in store for us?” Maruc turned to the rogue, ” Ludo, can you climb up and fasten a rope to aid our ascent?”

  4. miklosdostevar

    Miklos eye’d the cave. “Much of the history we have gleaned of the Haakuta has been within such caves. Feldard our reptilian friend is cowed for the moment, I think it would be worth our while to investigate the cave for clues as to what lies ahead. Would you aid me in a swift search?”

    The mage fumbled for his light-stone and waited at the cave mouth for the sturdy warrior.

  5. dtwilder

    Stephan relaxed but did not sheath his sword.

    “Da. There’s that!” He turned to look up at Feldard. The dwarf, as yet, seemed disinclined to lower his crossbow.

    Stephan took a good look at the lizard’s tracks to learn the pattern. He noted the tell-tale drag mark of the tail and dewclaw marks. Following the tracks, he sidled over to the cave entrance and got out his light stone. He waited for the others to be ready to enter the cave. It seemed to be the logical next step.

  6. Feldard (Dwf)

    Feldard watched the giant lizard head back to its cave. He didn’t know what the elf had done but whatever it was it seemed to work.

    With the others down below waiting on him, Feldard wasted no time in starting down. He clambered down the wall, the safety rope running through a strap loop leaving his hands free to scale down the cliff face. No easy task. Reaches that were at hand for the others in the party were near impossible stretches for the short limbed dwarf. In fact, twice, the reach was impossible and the dwarf had to trust the rope entirely and swing over to a better vantage along the cliff. Only his skill in caving made the journey at all possible. Delving into deep underground caves was not all that different than scaling down vertical cliffs.

    At the bottom, Feldard freed himself from the ropes and frowned at the necessity of leaving them behind. He was quick to redress in his armour. Who knew what dangers might lay ahead.

    He regarded Miklos at his suggestion of checking out the cave that the lizard made its lair from. “Are ye soft in the head? That’s where it lives. We go poking about there and we will be sure to rile it. So unless you are planning to put it under an enchantment, I think it best to leave the beast and its lair alone.”

  7. Ludo

    Ludo thought investigating the cave asked for trouble, we still need to get across the gorge, I will climb back up, grab the ropes and make my way across and secure them to the top so you can all make your way up the cliff with a safety rope to guide you. With that he started climbing.

  8. dtwilder

    Stephan put his light stone away. He was not at all unhappy to leave the cave alone. He was impressed at Ludo’s easy ascent. The rogue hardly used the ropes!

    Meanwhile, Hasan seemed to be “at one” again with some rock beetle that had emerged. Stephan approached to see the insect but quickly saw that his presence was not welcome. When the beetle made a buzzing sound, Hasan turned to see what it was and saw the woodsman. The look on the elf’s face sent Stephan away.

    He then surveyed a hundred foot perimeter noting a variety of interesting rocks. He attention was divided, however, as he kept track of Ludo’s progress.

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