It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of goblins, it was the age of charging dwarves, it was the epoch of fallen heroes, it was the epoch of surprising aid, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. Events had, indeed, taken a turn for the critical. The attempted escape had turned into an attempted rescue and it was unclear if anyone would still manage the escape.
Hornet, Thaoran and Silver all acted at the same time. Hornet fired a bolt at the best target he could find – the gnoll that stood raging directly in front of his comrades. Unfortunately, his hurried shot went wide, flying off into the brush and harming nothing. The elf could only grimace and grab another. Both Hornet and silver charged back towards the fallen dwarf, intent on his rescue. To do so they had to dodge around the gnoll in front of them – one went left and the other right, and they met again at Dok. (Note: the plan is to move him, but both characters used their movement to get to Dok’s body this turn – they can not also move him this round. So they are just standing there. I am assuming that they will have a held action – if any creature moves up to attack them they will use their attack to strike. This was not actually stated, but seems likely. Please state very clearly what you want your characters to do.)
The one creature still outside of the cave and awake was a gnoll. After having his foes on the run, it seemed surprised when two of them suddenly spun around and dashed past him back up the gulley. But a new enemy, a dwarf that had wounded it already with a javelin, stood in front of him. The large hyena-shaped beast rammed his spear at its smaller foe. Gerdar was an experienced fighter and moved just enough to the side. The spear slid along the dwarf’s chainmail and into the ground. Lesser armor would have left the dwarf pinioned to the earth. Instead, he was stood in front of his foe and prepared to lash out with his axe.
The task of a hero is a dangerous one and a flight of arrows flew out of the Vargolg at the would-be rescuers. Six arrows targeted the two characters standing protectively over the fallen dwarf. One struck Tharoran (-5 HP, 10 total left). Silver fared worse, being hit twice. Neither was a hard strike but combined they were dangerous. (-3 and -4, 4 total HP left.) And then a group charged out of the cave at the heroes. Since they started back a ways into the cave and had the pass the archers to get out they all dashed to reach the heroes. They got there, but could not attack. Not so restrained were Thaoran and Silver. Both Thaoran and Silver lashed out at the new arrivals and struck hard. Each relieved a goblin of its head, reducing the # of attackers by two. (-8 HP on each strike) Silver’s second attack failed to find a target.
It was now time for Soledad to act. Her sleep spell descended on the goblins that were now surrounding Thaoran and Silver. It was an effective spell. There were five goblins ready to strike and four of them collapsed to the ground asleep. The last goblin standing seemed stunned to be alone. But he wasn’t going to be alone for long. Clearly more goblins remained inside the cave to shoot arrows. And now two bugbears stepped out of the cave. They held large morning stars and seemed ready to join the fight. They too seemed a bit surprised to see the large number of dead and sleeping goblins.
That left the new arrival. Having narrowly escaped the gnoll’s spear, he now swung his axe at the beast. But the attack had staggered him just enough that he couldn’t get the range on his swing and the gnoll escaped with out a wound.
Positions are as follows – beginning at the entrance to the Vargolg.
The web is now completely gone and the path from the cave is now open. Numbers unknown.
At Cave entrance
At least 6 goblin archers inside (one injured from earlier firebolt)
30’ from the cave
Dok is down.
1 gnoll and 6 goblins are asleep here.
Silver and Thaoran – in melee with goblin
1 awake goblin
60’ from the cave (50’ from the river-end of the gulley)
one gnoll fights (one javelin injury)
One gnoll sleeps
Gerdar – in melee with gnoll
90’ from the cave (20’ from the river-end of the gulley)
Hornet and Soledad
The river side of the gulley has an entrance that is about the size of a doorway – that is the only easy way out. Twenty feet beyond that is the river.
Total Killed so far:
Goblins: 18 goblins and 1 gnoll
Currently asleep: 6 goblins (1 wounded) and 2 gnolls (both wounded)