|A Dark Iron Dwarf: Boooooooo!|
After wiping out the camp of Dark Iron Dwarves at the end of the last session, Kevin's dwarf hunter Tika, his pet bear, Pete's mage Panril and my paladin Tomalok camped for the night before continuing on the next morning to the dam we had been hired to guard.
As we drew closer we spied a couple of guards stationed at the bottom of the stairs up onto the dam... more Dark Iron Dwarves! Panril lobbed some fireballs while Tika took potshots with his musket as Bear and I closed with the dwarves for a short combat.
Up on top of the dam there was a single guard patrolling and we quickly took him out before reaching the structure in the centre of the dam, which led down inside the edifice.
In a storeroom down there we found our old friend Honrid (Simon's character) all trussed up. It appears the dwarf maiden he had run away with last time was a patsy and he'd been taken prisoner by the Dark Iron Dwarves who had left him here to die when they blew up the dam! Yes, it turns out the little buggers were on the verge of detonating explosives within the dam to flood The Wetlands.
Luckily we came across the sappers setting up the barrels of black powder, but it turned out the dwarves we met today were a lot tougher than ones we had met earlier (or we were just rolling poorly!). In the ensuing mêlée, Bear was slain!
Tika was naturally pissed, but decided to hang back and mourn while the rest of explored the remaining passageway.
Unfortunately, this corridor ended in a room containing a wizard of some description - who turned out to be a shape-changing drake (a small dragon). He stunned the lot of us and made his exit - past the already annoyed Tika who took a swing at the beast. The dragon casually took a chunk out of the dwarf - killing him instantly.
|Lady Katrana Prestor: Booooo!|
If nothing else it confirmed our long-held suspicions that she was behind all our misfortune (that and our crappy dice rolling).
Panril also revealed that when we had seen her in person - all those weeks ago - he'd got a kind of "dragon-y" impression from her that he hadn't thought worth mentioning until now!
After that, we returned to the surface, killed the remaining dwarves, disposed of the explosives and buried Tika and Bear in the woods. There was a great deal of arguing over whether Tika's body should be looted - in the end it was decided not. There was also a magnificent scheme to give them both a Viking-esque funeral (with a boat filled with black powder) - which was only scuppered by our lack of access to a boat.
Last night's game turned out to be a really quick session, possibly helped by the fact that once Tomalok realised terrorists were going to blow up the dam, he turned into a "kick the door down, kill whatever's inside" machine. Okay, it didn't completely work - and I think he probably feels guilty for the loss of Tika and Bear - but we stopped the dwarves from blowing the dam.
Now we just have to wait for an actual detachment of friendly troops to come and relieve us so we can continue on our quest.
Kevin has already started rolling up his new character - a human priest called Borin who we shall meet in December as Kevin can't make our next games night.