Game Session: 7/1/2012
The Blood Marsh, Hampshire, England.
Cold, Cloudy, Light Winds
The travelers made their ways through The Blood Marsh, a bog laden with soft wet mud and barren trees. The cart had a difficult time getting through the wetlands, but the strength of the bear pulled them on. Kyrs was allowed to sleep for nearly six hours before Madmorsight woke him by returning the amulet to his neck. They could see the ruined keep off in the distance, sitting atop a gray hill – the walls crumbled and taken by the overgrowth of shrubs, brambles and thickets.
As Kyrs rubbed his eyes and adjusted to the new surroundings, he caught a strange blur moving through the dead trees behind them in the distance. It was quick, and pale blue and too fast for him to discern what it was. The party continued on towards the keep, Kyrs kept his mouth shut but pulled his bow out as he watched. Another flash of the strange being, lightning fast, directly behind them. Kyrs quickly strung his bow, but whatever it was did not appear again.
Soon, they stood before the ruined keep. A long stone bridge spanned over a stagnant brown moat, leading to the barbican. The sun was not far from setting and the cold began to deepen. Stairs led up towards the gatehouse and the bridge. Beldet unfastened the bear from the cart. A war shriek then sounded from the barbican. There stood a hideous little goblin, it’s pointed ears long and pulled back with fury, his green muscles rippling. He held a spear and shook it at the party, daring them to cross.
Beldet jumped on the back of the bear, drew his sword and charged towards the monstrosity. The great bear’s gallop was awkward, nearly throwing Beldet off, but he held on strong and maintained the charge. From the south tower, which still stood, arrows rained from the loop holes towards Beldet and the great brown bear. Several shafts went into the brave fighter, but Beldet continued to charge and pummeled into the little creature, flinging it against the wall. The bear tore into the goblin, ripping it to shreds. Beldet found the barbican’s ceiling to be caved in, leaving little room to climb over the rubble to gain access to the keep. The ancient portcullis were nearly rusted completely away. He called for the others to cross the bridge and had the bear shove the rubble aside, clearing a path.
Sasha strung her bow and took cover in the interior of the gatehouse, hiding behind the corner of the doorway. She fired several arrows, but they bounced off of the blackened stone walls of the tower harmlessly. Madmorsight sprinted across the bridge with Keldon right behind, trying to keep up with the tall man. More arrows were unleashed from the south tower, many striking the two men as they ran across the bridge.
As Aiden and Geddren crouched down, readying themselves to sprint into a hail of deadly arrows, Elora stopped them. She waved her hands and shouted words in an unknown language and motioned towards the arrow slits.
“Run!” Elora shouted to the party.
Arrows once again poured from the tower, they flew out towards the rest of the party dashing across the bridge, but this time they caught some strange and unnatural force that seemed to make the arrows light as feathers. They drifted and fluttered down harmlessly as the remaining five party members made it across the bridge safely. Sasha grabbed several of the arrows off of the ground, adding them to her quiver once safely beneath the cover of the crumbled barbican. They could hear the war cries of more goblins from within the ruined keep.
Morsight quickly moved past the rubble to find the keep swarming with the disgusting goblins, some firing from the walkways along the curtain walls that still stood, others firing from the ground. Beldet and his bear was being fired upon from all sides. Sasha, Keldon, Kyrs and Geddren slipped past the rubble, leaving Aiden and Elora in the barbican to protect the rear.
Sasha began to return the arrow fire as Morsight joined Beldet in taking down a group of snarling goblins armed with menacing cleavers and twisted swords. Geddren pulled a strange weapon out, a bladed steel circle about a foot in diameter. She threw it at the closest goblin and it cut threw the beast easily, spouting it’s green blood to the ground. Kyrs ran into the melee with sword, hacking at beasts.
A horn blew out, it’s sound shrill and hideous. Then a loud guttural roar from a beast was heard, then several more. From around the corner of the keep, three beastly and strong humanoid monsters emerged. Each was muscular and dark, patched with coarse black hair. Their faces a combination of ape and boar, tusks stained a grotesque yellow. Armed with black swords and cruel maces, covered with crudely fashioned mail and leather. From the stories they had heard from childhood, these were the monsters that were called Orcs.
Keldon gasped beneath his breath, “It can’t be.”
Beneath the bridge, a swarm of creatures climbed up the stone columns from the murky waters where they emerged before Elora and Aiden, muddy and disgusting and howling. But these were not goblins, they were larger, and skinnier, their teeth longer and more numerous. Not as large as orcs, but far smellier. They rushed towards Elora and Aiden with a surge of bladed weapons and hungry yellow eyes.
“Get down!” Elora screamed as she put her thumbs together, fingers spread out in a fan. Aiden dropped to the ground as Elora unleashed a blanket of flame just as the monsters were upon them. The fire spread across the beasts and covered them instantly, burning nine down within a manner of seconds. Some of the fire caught Aiden as well, but he survived the deadly fire. He looked back to see the screeching monsters swallowed by orange and red flame, dropping to black and charred figures. The ones that survived turned and ran, some climbing back down the columns, others leapt to the water. They weren’t sure, but the creatures may have been hobgoblins.
Beldet continued to dodge blows, but lost concentration of keeping the bear within his control. The brown beast ran, and lumbered through a crowd of hobgoblins that appeared near the orcs. It was the last time they seen the bear.
Morsight ran up towards the walkway along the curtain walls to take down the goblin archers. Geddren stayed with Beldet to dispatch the deadly orcs, all the while being shot at from a group of hobgoblin archers. Keldon picked up a goblin blade and opened the door to the south tower. Kyrs heard a scream from the tower and went in to find Keldon being attacked by a gray and hairy spider the size of a dog. Kyrs shot the spider down with bow, but Keldon did not look well – his mouth foaming and his arm swollen and red.
The party continued to slay and kill many goblins, hobgoblins and five orcs before the battle was finished. It was a tough fight, Geddren, Sasha, Aiden and Keldon did not look good.