Danger Has Come Upon Us

“We must bury these poor souls. No matter what their cause this is no way to be left to eternal rest. No wonder the valley is full of restless spirits.” Maruc lent closer. They have met a violent end. They do not look like normal men. Perhaps they have come from distant country?”

Avoiding the macabre scene Miklos turned aside. “A distant country? Ha! I’ll lay a bet that they are more local than we are. Ancient culture remember? They seem to dwindled somewhat though. Perhaps these are the degenerate offspring of the mighty Hukataan empire? All that remains of a once powerful culture.” Miklos thought for a moment. “With a fetish for carving Jackal-headed sculptures? Some superstition perhaps?”

Ludo stood back, he had no interest in burying bodies and kept watch. What Feldard and the others did not seem to realize was that the deceased had died suddenly and violently. Whoever did this was still out there and could be watching them. This place is evil, was the thought that flashed through his mind. This was the Valley of Death.

Feldard grumbled at the suggestion of burying the dead. “If these things start moving while I am piling rocks on them, I’ll blame you priest!” But the dwarf agreed, the dead did need to be laid to rest. He picked up the nearest rock and moved closer to begin burying the remains.

Hasan watched and listened. “To find here the shadows of the dead did not surprise me, but this is too strange. Do what you must, Feldard, but do it quickly. Let us stay together. Danger has come upon us.”

Nearer now, Feldard was wary and studied the bloodied remains more closely. The blood appeared quite fresh from a recent combat.

Suddenly, nine mounted warriors came into view. They were of similar appearance to the dead trio. These warriors were not mounted on horses, but rather giant lizards with long, spindly legs and toes flattened to form round, sticky pads. They rode quickly towards the group and their dead comrades.

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7 responses to “Danger Has Come Upon Us

  1. 6:05am, Nytdain, the 16th of Flaurmont, 1001AC
    Humid, warm

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

    TOTAL:
    Maruc: 30,265/48000
    Miklos: 30,120/40000
    Feldard: 30,680/34000
    Hasan: 29,745/32000
    Stephan: 29,810/32000
    Ludo: 29,445/40,000

  2. Maruc turned to confront the newcomers. Staying Feldard’s reflex to draw his axe he stepped before the party. “Assuming you speak our common tongue I say hail and well met. We do not know your burial custom but when we came across your slain brethren we buried them as befitting as we could. I have spoken words of spirit guidance so their souls can rest in the great halls of their fathers. We grieve for your loss and would ask what foes trouble you for we are new come to your land in search of knowledge.”

  3. miklosdostevar

    Miklos held back. The priest was indeed brave to make a stand before armed cavalry but at least they were not of the undead. Cautiously he summoned to his mind a binding web spell in case things turned ugly. He didn’t chance to start the spell in case these were casters and take his actions as offensive. He waited their response. Miklos’s first impression was disappointment. Armed warriors was not what he expected of the high Hukataan culture. He hoped they might meet a more intellectual caste, Maybe these soldiers would lead them to the Hukataan secrets that the Sons of Night coveted? Or maybe not.

    Miklos didn’t dwell of the alternative.

  4. dtwilder

    Stephan quickly rose from the work of burying the dead. He stood ready with hand on the hilt of his un-drawn sword. He hoped it did not appear that they had slain the comrades of these riders. Oh how he wished for a horse right now!

    He noted the strange tracks of the lizard mounts and cursed himself for not recognizing them before. But how could he? These were tracks never before seen by the likes of a woodsman from the south.

    With bated breath, he awaited the riders’ response to Maruc’s bold gambit.

  5. Hasan

    Hasan stood quietly next to Feldard and watched Maruc and the visitors.
    “I wish we had a spear or pole ax to set against their charge,” he whispered bitterly to His companion.

  6. Feldard held the rock he had been about to place atop the dead and nodded to Maruc at his cautioning motion, as the priest greeted the lizards riders. The dwarf wouldn’t draw his weapon – at least not at the moment. However, if the mounted riders grew aggressive his rock would fly – straight towards the lead rider.

  7. Ludo

    As soon as the riders appeared, Ludo crouched down, partly to create an impression of being less of threat to these strangers and also to quietly loosen his sword in his scabbard.

    He wasn’t happy this situation looked very bad, here they were burying some bodies and caught red handed. Ludo would not be surprised, if the riders had not already made up their mind as to what had happened and demand retribution. He hoped that Feldard would not try and talk to these strangers, his skills in negotiating were not the best.

    Whispering to Hasan “Lofty Prince, I hope your skills in diplomacy are up to the task to talk to these strangers, otherwise this could get ugly real quick”.

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