Faerun(Mosstone)

So *THAT'S" What Was Down There cont...

Thor defeats water (and other things happen...) cont...

The catacomb went off in several different directions. Zivon continued following me wherever I went. The lean human had seemed to develop some trust in my instincts. Aramis and Caveyon explored a different passage and of course, I ended up finding something first. A human was hanging upside-down and upon seeing we were not whatever hung him up there, begged us to let him down. Zivon was quick to action, but unfortunately I couldn’t catch him, or the hanging man, in time. The heavy thud make me thing immediately that the man’s neck was broken, but he must have been made of stern stuff. He had a bit of a glassy look in his eyes, but I attributed that to the concussion. I introduced myself and Zivon to the man. He called himself Rouldin and while he was getting his balance, I offered to examine his wounds. While not life-threatening, something seemed off about the man. Almost immediately, he began talking about a beautiful girl. I suspected some sort of foul enchantment, but he also began talking to us about a strange new battle strategy. He offered a strategy that someone create a distraction while the others attacked the enemy while they were concentrating on the, well… “bait” if you will…

I volunteered immediately because I was ready to get away from this guy to kept referring back to this beautiful girl. Humans and their infatuations with females. Bah! A frothing mug of beer, loyal comrades, and the strong will of Moradin can keep a dwarf from dithering on that sort of thing! I gave the lads a chance to prepare themselves, then jogged into the room that Rouldin claimed had orcs and an ogre. As I came around the corner, there were a handful of the creatures that were shouting some obscenities at a pool of water. Now while I understand how much someone can hate large amounts of water, it was kind of strange how focused they all were on the pool. After getting the ogre’s attention with a well-placed thump from Deal-Breaker, they stopped shouting at the pool and focused on me. Now I know that the others were supposed to rush in and have fun, but Caveyon used one of his spells and once all the bodies hit the floor, there was hardly any fun left-over for Zivon or Aramis. Their weapons and gold were a welcome addition though…

After the skirmish, a water nymph came out of the pool. YECH! I don’t know what human’s see in creatures like that, especially since they just saw it came out of the water. Well Zivon and Aramis stared longingly at her, but the water nymph retreated leaving only ripples in the water behind. I was starting to get frustrated that we would never find Melrilial. I decided to back-track a bit and attempt to stone-shape a passage that was guarded by a magical rune. Zivon decided to follow me (he’s becoming almost a friend) and while we were gone, Caveyon and Aramis discovered that there was another route to take to find a different passage. Unfortunately, that passage meant we would have to swim…

After drying off, we continued into a clean, well-lit room that had three bugbears and three orcs waiting in ambush for us. Fortunately, they were terrible shots. Caveyon again cleared the room with a nifty spell and I froze an orc in mid-shot as he aimed from the balcony. His neck snapped with a satisfying sound as his body hit the floor. I noticed that the lights were coming from gold-plated lanterns, something of which I resolved to collect before the day was done. I became a anxious and trotted ahead, not really waiting for the others. When you are in enemy territory, you have to move fast and strike quickly, otherwise, they will be able to organize defenses against you. I burst through a door and there were four bugbears eating at a table, but the thing that really caught my eye was the large glass tank full of water sitting in the center of the table. It must have held hundreds of gallons of water and swimming inside were some strange fish-creatures that I had never seen before. Before the bugbears could even spit out a bite in surprise, I leaped towards the tank and smashed it with Deal-Breaker. Three creatures attached themselves to the bugbears and slew them quite efficiently while the last bugbear’s face had a close, personal meeting with Deal-Breaker. As I walked out of the room moments later, Aramis and Caveyon were curious as to what the sounds of broken glass were, but as I shrugged they looked in the room. I think they were pretty impressed…

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