Harbinger of Battle

Who Puts Dragons in a Crypt?

More hobgoblins, fireball-spewing braziers, and very angry miniature dragons.

The party (and Eoffram the town councilman) enter the bronze-bound doors of the crypt at Rivenroar and slowly descend a set of stairs, led by Garil-Kai and Gunnar. Eoffram stayed well behind the rest of the group. Halfway down the staircase they were noticed by two flail-wielding hobgoblins in the room below, they moved in position to protect their charges, two goblins armed with crossbows at the end of the room.
One of the goblins moved to open a double door at the far end of the room, causing two braziers flanking the sides to begin moving north to south, spewing balls of flame across the room as they went. Gunnar charged into the room and Garil-Kai once again bugged out (hah!) and flowed up to the hobgoblins, attacking them in a swarm of fury. Tira hung back with Eoffram, playing a drum beat which seemed to take a hobgogblin by surprise sending him staggering backwards and Eoffram watched awestruck.
Gunnar punctuated the battle with swings of his father’s great axe, fanning the hobgoblin he had engaged with furious near-hits and expletives. Garil-Kai was hungry in this battle, taking many insect-sized bites out of the second hobgoblins and the goblins behind him; Tira surprised everyone by closing in on one of the goblins behind and pulling out an actual weapon! She took on the goblin with her scimitar in hand, forcing it to abandon its crossbow and draw a short-sword. Eoffram entered the battle heroically by tossing a vial of oil at the hobgoblin Gunnar was fighting and succeeding in causing a small mess on the floor half the room away, mattering little because he hadn’t lit it on fire first, at which point Gunnar shouted at him to use his sling instead. He did so and managed to smack a hobgoblin directly on its temple, causing almost as much damage as Gunnar had done the entire battle raining down miss after miss on his less-than-terrified enemy. He made up for it though and buried his axe deep into goblinflesh, killing the hobgoblin mercilessly. Garil-Kai dispatched his hobgoblin as well and they both killed the goblin crossbowman that Tira hadn’t engaged. Tira’s foe, sensing the battle was going to end badly for him, tried to escape by running down the flight of stairs beyond the north door. Tira tried to stop him but the slippery goblin almost got away when Garil-Kai sent out a whip of sand that wrapped around his throat, simultaneously pulling the goblin back into the room and twisting its head off. Eoffram didn’t land another hit for the duration of the fight. Miraculously no-one was hit by the roving fireball-spitting braziers.
After the battle they found that the three exits from the room marked the burial crypts of three well-known families. They chose to exit through the northern door, marking the crypt of the Rivenroar family, and descended a long staircase. At the bottom they heard reptilian sounds byond the door ahead, and stealthily opened it. Beyond lay a vast chamber covered in ruined architecture from years gone by. It was dark and musty and groups of large mushrooms dotted the floor. Against the right wall, flanking the only exit, were two large lizards, looking like small dragons guarding the door.
The party was noticed almost immediately by the drakes and they closed in for battle, one of them stepped on a particular mushroom, causing spores to burst forth in a cloud and obscure the battlefield. No-one caused any damage the first few rounds as they struggled to see through the cloud of spores. Garil-Kai entered the room and investigated a shaft that led upwards from the room, seeing only darkness above. Tira rattled one of the drakes with her drumbeats of fury and Gunnar swung his axe mightily, though he couldn’t see a thing in the cloud. It was Eoffram who finally got the battle going, lighting a flask of oil aflame and throwing it into the cloud hoping to score a hit on a drake. It exploded and ignited the cloud of spores, burning it up in a flash of flame, and everyone could finally see again. The battle went quickly after that. Gunnar was bit and clawed many times, and Tira had to use her bardic healing aura to great effect, but he hit just as many times. Garil-Kai wore away at the drakes with close ranged attacks. Tira pushed one of the lizards backward and into a mushroom which began screeching loudly. Gunnar charged the other and it stumbled into another mushroom, which covered the drake in viscous green fluid and poisoning it. It charged back at Gunnar and raked him with vicious claw attacks, it looked bad for the barbarian but then from behind whizzed a sling stone, lodging in the lizards’ windpipe as it hissed menacingly at Gunnar. Eoffram had managed to make a heroic shot, finishing off the drake and possibly saving Gunnar as well.
The party finished the other lizard, Gunnar killing it by cleaving off its head. Immediately the warrior ran and picked up Eoffram in a bearhug, spinning him around and congratulating him on his first kill.



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