We had a good time and defeated 2 nasty bosses. In fact we had to assault the Crossing which was an island with 2 bridges, 4 watchtowers manned by archer Gnolls. A large hut (which turned out to have Mr Crap Troll himself). Also had Gilt the scary barbarian of fury that bloodied 3 or 4 group members all by himself.
Oh the island waters was patrolled by a steenking water elemental.
SOooo there was a pen holding dwarf slaves on the island behind the island guarded by 3 hyenas (the ones that knocked us down before).
We scouted the area and decided to return at night. The tactics discussed were argued over for some time. In the end we did not know what the heck we were doing and decided to come back at night instead of being shot at by 4 watchtowers of archers.
Haloisi got us over the river using her control of water. (Trivial she thinks while we sweat… erhm build a raft? Anyone know water walking?) We used Chunnks of Meat™ from Axiomus’ backpack to attract the Hyenas. Then we ahem pounced on the hyenas. It came down to a last blow from Lyra or Nisa to take all the hyenas out before they could give the alarm.
Then Haloisi went stealth and went to release the dwarfs. We found out that the dwarf owned crossing was captured by some kind of bardic fell person who sang them to the point of not fighting.
The gnolls called for the hyenas to reply in their language and we rued not bringing along the potion of language that was available back at the caravans (which had circled the wagons while we scouted). Lyra decided to FAKE hyena instead of FAKING Gnoll which was brilliant.
Unfortunately Lyra’s rolls were not so brilliant and the Gnolls sallied forth to attack us. Running right into Axiomus’ super powerful field sowed with 24 pounds of caltrops. The caltrops did 4 points of damage split amongst 3 berserkers. Power indeed.
Note all of this occured in the dark and we had no idea what was happening.
Lyra then created fake images of dwarfs escaping to the South that led GILT (the barbarian boss) south for a bit while the main group took care of the berserkers.
Axiomus wisely refused to light his flaming sword thereby presenting our group as a massive target for the 4 watchtowers. He was further encouraged in this by people (Haloisi) hissing, “Don’t light the bleeping flaming sword!”
Anyhow we got the idea that the diversion was more or less successful and figured it be a good time to go flame the towers. Axiomus imbibes the potion of stoneskin that we negotiated from the caravan leader. ALSO casts Invisibility on himself and rushes off to go burn stuff.
Remember Axiomus is quite addicted to his Flaming Breath draconic magic spell. It makes him feel alive!!!
Anyhow he almost runs straight into Gilt the boss but a 32 stealth check while invisible saves the day.
Axiomus torches one tower (well starts a fire on) using Flame Breath. He uses the tower as cover so only 1 other tower can shoot at him. He is deciding which other tower to torch when a 4 square big troll comes out from the dark after him.
He figures out whether he can hide behind the tower because the troll is too big but figures that the troll has reach (which the troll does).
Basically it was time to retreat to the tune of “CRAPTROLLCRAPTROLLCRAPTROLL.”
Axiomus’ stoneskin basically blocks 20 or so points of archer damage. And a couple of hits from Tik Tik the nasty troll. Tik Tik catches up to Axiomus on the bridge and grapples him. To break grapple Axiomus basically has to roll like 18 or higher. It did not happen. BUT Stoneskin allows Axiomus to shrug off like another 20 points of damage.
Meanwhile the rest of the group abandons the plan to lure Tik Tik to the UBER power FIELD of Caltrops. Tik Tik promises to fight them on the Field of Caltrops (because it is so insignificant to Tik Tik’s mind) AFTER eating Axiomus.
Thankfully the rest of the group moves to engage Tik Tik.
After trying to chew on Axiomus’ stoneskin for 2 rounds, Tik Tik throws Axiomus into the river chain shirt and all. Good thing Axiomus had been practicing his swimming. Library and sword fighting in the morning for practice and YEARS of swimming in the river as a daily routine prepares Axiomus for the swim of his life in the swift river (DC 15). Saving 3 times Axiomus makes it to the land without drowning. Axiomus’ 5 skill ranks in swimming saves the day!
(Anyhow I was lucky)
Then Tik Tik grabs Thifal and chews on the previously bloodied dwarf. The 2 healers decide to not heal Thifal since their heals are TOUCH only and no one really wanted to get anywhere NEAR Tik Tik. Tik Tik throws the Plate wearing dwarf into the river. [Cue ominous music]
Thifal basically walks on the river bottom having held his breath to safety. Dwarfs can’t swim but they sure know how to survive.
Haloisi grows tired of the Troll and does magiicks. Oh yah all this while Lyra, Fletcher and Nisa are hitting Tik Tik for all they have got. Fletcher misses the troll on occasion but thats good because Tik Tik is using Thifal as a shield.
Lyra kinda sets the troll on fire using some magicks. OOOPS actually Lyra casts GREASE and the troll kinda lets Thifal out of his grasp. Thifal CHOOSES to fall into the river. Crazy dwarf that one.
It might have had something to do with the 2 blocks of ice (courtesy of Haloisi) blocking Tik Tik’s retreat that the dwarf HAD to stand on.
Standing on ice. Probably not fantastic so I don’t blame crazy dwarf for jumping into the river. Especially since Thifal could not swim. Nope don’t blame him at all. Also at this point we did not know where the water elemental was. Thankfully it did not appear.
Yah but note again. Jumping into DC 15 raging river WITH water elemental WHILE wearing full plate (+1) AND bloodied. Not crazy at all. Very rational actually.
Oh at this point Fletcher and Axiomus are engaging Tik Tik on the bridge. Axiomus continues to joke that the troll has to pay a toll to cross the bridge. Having used the ironic joke multiple times, the troll is pretty much super enraged. Tik Tik decides to bull rush Axiomus AND Fletcher into the water.
Pretty much Tik Tik fails and it is Tik Tik into the water.
Oh so Haloisi grows tired of this nonsense (how far she has come from the tentative adventrurer). “Stand there and stand there!” (paraphrase) she cries out to Fletcher and Axiomus (“Single Column!!!” cries Maximus…cue music from “The Gladiator”). Then using water magics she HEAVES Tik Tik onto the shore right into the target zone of our prepared attacks.
A whopping 30 or so damage takes the bloodied Troll out. It helps that Axiomus’ sword is flaming at this time because Tik Tik had been happily regenerating (as trolls do).
Anyhow so the chief scout of the caravan, who we suspected was not really who he said he was, turns up, AND wait for it. Is actually a minion of our PATRON.
Our Patron is Mountain Breeze the dragon. The one with the voice that is to turn us insane.