When the group launched their sudden assault on the presumed bandits it was obvious that the strangers were not used to people fighting back. The young woman holding the horse and being battered by D’Harum stayed on her feet thanks to her grip on the horse’s bridle. Getting her bearings, she quickly let go of the horse and moved 30’ backwards into the woods, being careful to avoid Soledad’s Stinking Cloud. (Disengage as an action so no attack but also not provoking an attack of opportunity.)
D’Harum seeing her foe retreat wasted no time following after. The monk quickly moved through the trees and caught her fleeing foe. One solid smack on the back sent the woman sprawling on the ground – unconscious. Quickly looking around she saw another archer in the woods about 15’ away from her, previously unseen in the woods. She prepared to defend herself if needed.
Uthal, meanwhile, transformed into a Polar Raptor (Imagine a raptor dinosaur but suited to the cold areas that were Uthal’s home.) and ran towards the action up front passing the last archer in the rear with a snarl.
Towards the back of the group one archer still stood. Surprised by the large white raptor sprinting past him he nevertheless spun, spotted Soledad (Despite the Pass Without a Trace spell, making an attack such as casting a spell does make you much more notable.) and fired an arrow. It struck its target but a quick dodge to the side at the last moment saved the elf from significant damage. (-3hp but made the concentration save to keep Stinking Cloud.) But she did not look pleased. Perhaps it was the look on Soledad’s face that made the archer turn and move quickly 30’ away into the woods.
Indeed the witch was not pleased and looked after the fleeing archer and cast sleep. Even from a distance it was not hard to see the archer fall to the ground, presumably asleep.
Thaoran, seeing the opponents at the back fall, moved forward on the heels of the snow white rapter.
In the woods not far from the Stinking Cloud another bandit with a bow stared at D’Harum where she stood over the body of the unconscious woman. He pulled back the string of his bow and fired a shot at the monk. The arrow shot true and would have struck the monk in the chest but such a thing is not easy to do to a monk. With a flick of her hand she knocked the arrow aside a moment before it would have skewered her. Her look of calm seemed to unnerve the archer as he turned and moved deeper 30’ into the woods.
Suddenly out of the woods near the front of the party a bright streak flashes out of the wood and hits the road about ½ way between the Uthal-Raptor and the cart. When it hit it burst into a giant ball of flame that expanded into a 40’ diameter blast – catching Uthal, Fenris, Gerdar and much of the cart (but not the horse) in its blast. (Fireball spell. -34 HP each, but all three (!) made their saves and only took -17hp. Uthal has 2 Raptor HP left.) The cart itself was damaged and was in danger of catching fire. Some of the undergrowth to the side of the road was burning. All three victims of the blast tracked the spell backwards and saw the spell-caster 15’ back in the woods. He turned and moved away quickly. Fenris sent a firebolt chasing after him, but he was quickly concealed by the woods and the bolt smashed into the undergrowth harmlessly.
Gerdar stepped through the blast of the fireball and called out to all those around them. "Aight me lads and lasses, I'massuming ye dinnae like the monsters that roam these lands nowadays aye? I'm 'ere to solve that issue - me axe is called Gobber Chopper fer a reason. Would ye really bicker with a man who could make yer homeland safer?" It was hard to tell if the bandits listened as those they were either fleeing or concealed by the Stinking Cloud.
Of those in the Stinking Cloud it was impossible to tell exactly what was happening. The sound of a painful retching could be heard, but how many of them were impacted it was impossible to know.
There is no enemy currently engaged in combat that you can see.
Towards the front both the spell caster and archer that shot at D’Harum have moved away into the woods. Neither can be seen but you have a sense of about where they are. The woods are pretty thick.
There is a sleeping archer 30’ into the woods at the back and another unconscious woman at D’Harum’s feet.
When you cast the Stinking Cloud 4 people (The speaker, the ½ orc in the middle of the road, and 2 archers behind him) were in its are of effect. You can hear puking from probably at least 2 sources within, but it is impossible to know exactly what is happening.
D’Harum is the only party member not currently on the road.