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.