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The party have concluded their business in Withick, having made an ally of Sprig, gaining a new companion in the form of the griffon Sir Gawain, and being rejoined by Aegis. However, not all is well. They have been effectively forced to flee the peaceful swamp town due to a new threat, a nefarious assassin and old enemy of Hermodur's called Gavrilo. Employed by Lysander, Gavrilo has delivered a mysterious dagger to the party, its purpose unknown.

Not all is despair, however. The party have decided on a heading after much debate; they have opted to head southeast, retracing their original journey and traveling back towards Durenwol Fen. There, they hope to strike a deal with the Beldam, a captive spirit of the swamp, and have her keep the Cuckoo's Egg safe from harm in exchange for her freedom. To do that, however, they will first need to deal with their old acquaintance Black Pudding, an adversary of the Beldam. With his current whereabouts unknown, the party have opted to follow his trail, heading to his last known whereabouts: The cursed hamlet of Larkstead, which has been plagued by a false Oneiromancer. This mysterious entity is a puppet of Lysander and Grosvenor, intended to act as a threat to distract from their true intentions…
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 No.745065

>>745063
>>745062
''Master Rabi, I think now is the time for the 'flashy' arrows''

 No.745066

>>745063
"Well… hrm. We better be ready to move fast, then- They might've spotted him." he says, frowning a little.

>>745065
He flicks his ears a little, before looking to Aegis "Hmm? Might be, yeah- if everyone's sure, I can fire it off to distract them."

 No.745067

>>745063
Zunden chuckles quietly, "Black Pudding taught me runecraft, unfortunately."

Zunden tries preparing the Return rune again, a little frustrated.

[1d10] Return (frozen)

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.745068

>>745063

Hermodur quietly draws Mjolnir and revs it up out of sight.

>Sentry, Sharpen


He sizes up the lead bandit.

>Hunter's Eye Diamond Dog bandit leader

 No.745069

>>745063
"Hmm.. Perhaps i can move into position while they're busy. A spot of sleeping poison will certainly help."

crouching low, i slink into the treeline, circling down into the foliage to wait nearby.
[1d10] Stealth

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.745070

>>745066
''We'll see if we can trust Master Norvegicus to succeed, and if not Zunden can bring him in, but in either case stand ready to fire at moment's notice''
Aegis follows her advice and summons a set of crystal orbs behind her
'1d10' homing magic, ice

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.745071

>>745064
You hide in the bushes, laying on your belly as they approach. A squad of four approach; a griffon, an earth pony, a crocodile saurian and a Dog. They look armed to the teeth, and are moving in single file, scanning the area intently.

>>745067
Your Return rune flips about like a coin as you conjure it. "Never heard of such a thing," Violet remarks, watching with interest.

>>745068
You keep an eye on the leader. He seems to be scanning the horizon with his single eye at the moment, doubtless looking out for any other threats.
[1d10] Perception

>>745070
Violet nods. "I'll go with Silver and catch them off guard." She grabs her dual blades, frowning a little as she briefly wonders what happened to her spear, and takes off after Silver into the bushes. "I'll, er, stay my ground with the rest of you, I suppose," Gawain says sheepishly. "I've never been good at staying quiet for too long."

Two icy orbs manifest behind you with a subtle hiss.

>>745069
As the bandits start putting themselves on alert, you flit out of sight, taking the long way around to hide in the nearby foliage, completely hidden. You are aware of Violet following you, soon splitting up to flank them.

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.745072

>>745071
>>745066
''We'll be the artillery then, Master Rabi, be ready''
Aegis turns to Gawain ''Master Sir Gawain, you'll be our first defence, dont let them get to us''

 No.745073

>>745071
I quietly lie in wait with my dart gun at the ready. As I see them start to make their way this way, I search on the ground for a rock or stick or something and toss it a little away from the tripwire, attempting to coax them toward it. I should have left something subtle as bait, but I guess it's too late now.

 No.745074

>>745072
"Of course. I'll be ready." the stallion says, putting his magic bow away in ordr to ready the Dragonslayer Yumi.

 No.745075

>>745071
safe in the undergrowth, i prep my shivs and wait for the commotion of traps sprung.

 No.745076

>>745071
>>745072

"I only see the leader. You'll have to tell me when to unleash hell on him."

 No.745077

>>745071
"Zymbolz of baze conzeptz, zhat are zhaped by one'z interpretation of ze conzept, wizh zheir power defined by zheir meaning and intent." Zunden says, shaping another as she watches Violet follow Silver.

[1d10] Severance (frozen)

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.745078

>>745073
You grab a rock and throw it. The griffon perks up. "Over there. Easy now. We don't know what we're dealing with."

"Probably just a mosscat or something," the earth pony gripes, picking her teeth.

The saurian takes the lead. "Don't worry lads, I'll find whatever's out there. I've got the ears of a fox and th-"

WHAM

He doesn't get the chance to finish his sentence as he springs the trap. The log swings towards them, throwing all four bandits into the bushes like bowling pins. Three of them are out of commission, but the fourth, the mare, seems relatively unharmed. She pulls herself up and starts running back to raise the alarm. "Men down! Men down!"

>>745076
"The only problem is how to get down there safely and in a timely fashion," Gawain muses. "I have wings so I can fly, but you…" Idea. "Say. What if I were to give you a boost?" he suggests.

>>745077
You conjure another orb. The eyes blink and look around before settling into their usual shape.

>>745077
>>745076
>>745075
>>745074
>>745072
You don't have to wait long. You hear a commotion of splintering wood, followed by yelling. The bandit leader turns sharply, growling. "Ambush. Stay close, boys. Someone's got the drop on us!" They start heading towards Norv's position.

 No.745079

>>745078
Springing into action, i wait for the bandits to begin moving, creeping forward to stab the bandit furthest back, applying a coating of midnight oil as i approach.

[1d10] Sleep serum

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.745080

>>745078
I draw a bead on the bandit leader, take a small breath, hold, and squeeze.

[Cheap shot, automatic, autocrit]

 No.745081

>>745078
>>745074
''Now'' Aegis muters before getting a bit closer to the cliff's edge for a clear shot and unleashing frozen hell on the nearest bandit
'1d10' homing Magic, ice
'1d10'

'2d10' Magic bolt, ice

Roll #1 5 = 5 / Roll #2 2 = 2 / Roll #3 4, 5 = 9

 No.745082

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>>745078
Zunden prepares the final orb of hers, watching from more of a distance.

[1d10] Union (frozen)

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.745083

>>745078

"I can make do," Hermodur says to Gawain as he swings back Mjolnir like a golf club. The front opens up. He launches a magic ball at the bandit leader.

>[1d10+3] [1d10+3] ranged attack

>DC-1, take the higher roll

Roll #1 7 + 3 = 10 / Roll #2 6 + 3 = 9

 No.745084

>>745078
>>745081
Rabi nods a little bit and draws back the bowstring, forming a bolt out of light and firing it at the bandits. The bolt spreads out into a wave, trying to catch a couple of the bandits

>Dragonslayer Yumi (Light Element, Cleave 3): [1d10+2]


Roll #1 8 + 2 = 10

 No.745085

>>745080
>>745078
>Correction

Well, three ain't bad. I wait until the still standing mare is out of sight and step out of the brush, circling back around toward where the group was to wait, watch the fight from the side, and wait for a good opportunity to snooze someone.

 No.745086

>>745079
You shank one in the back, wrapping one hoof around his mouth and dragging him into the bushes. He's out like a light in a matter of seconds, and no one is the wiser.

>>745081
Your volley of magic misses, hitting the side of a dead tree. It seems to weaken the trunk; you hear a wooden creaking and groaning after the fact. The bandit, a blunderbuss-wielding griffon, yelps and takes to the air!

>>745082
The familiar three rings coalesce with a faint clang sound.

>>745083
You hit him straight in the chest, making him stagger backwards and take a knee. He clutches his chest and looks upward, face twisted in pain and anger. He lets out an inarticulate cry, pointing towards you as he makes eye contact. The other bandits are on full alert, and start swarming to attack the party!

>>745084
You anchor the longbow and draw an arrow of light, which bursts in a brilliant display, blinding three of the bandits. They yell and cower, raising their arms to defend themselves.

>>745085
The fight is only just beginning. Seems the party took the opportunity to spring their ambush!

>>745085
>>745084
>>745083
>>745082
>>745081
>>745079
The bandit leader, whose name is Ahab, pulls out a black longbow and fires an arrow at Hermodur!
[1d10+1] [1d10+1] Higher roll succeeds

The blunderbuss griffon runs and guns, flying toward Aegis and opening fire!
[1d10]

Two crossbow wielding Felids, including one who was blinded by the light arrow, fire at Rabi and Aegis respectively!
[1d10] vs Rabi, DC8
[1d10] vs Aegis

Those without ranged weapons start heading up and around to your location. Violet takes the opportunity to pounce out at one and tackle him to the ground!
[1d10]

Gawain lets out a battle cry and swoops down to meet them, unsheathing his zweihander!

Roll #1 2 + 1 = 3 / Roll #2 3 + 1 = 4 / Roll #3 7 = 7 / Roll #4 9 = 9 / Roll #5 6 = 6 / Roll #6 4 = 4

 No.745087

>>745086
Zunden prepares for battle, heading towards those with ranged weapons while channeling magic.

>Bask: Flash

>move zones

 No.745088

>>745086

Hermodur side-steps the arrow while he swings another ball of energy at Captain Ahab.

>[1d10+3] [1d10+3] ranged attack

>DC-1, take the higher roll

Roll #1 1 + 3 = 4 / Roll #2 8 + 3 = 11

 No.745089

>>745086
Rabi nods a little bit to himself, and tries to line up another shot- this time, aiming for one of the ones moving towards them.
>Lightning Bolt: [1d10+2] [1d10+2] )Take Higher)

Roll #1 9 + 2 = 11 / Roll #2 1 + 2 = 3

 No.745090

>>745086
With one dispatched and my cover intact, i approach the leader of their band, applying a blinding agent to my shivs next, waiting for him to turn before slinging the soaked blade at his face!

[1d10] Blind

Roll #1 1 = 1

 No.745091

>>745086
I stick to the shadows in the treeline, looking for the best one to fire on. Seems Hermodur has the leader under control, so I fire at one of the crossbow weilding felids.

[1d10]Cheap shot, improvise, autocrit

Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.745092

>>745086
Aegis raises her shield in front of her and backs off, reloading
'1d10' homing magic, ice

Roll #1 6 = 6

 No.745093


>>745087
You join the fray as Gawain charges in to 1v4 the bandits.

>>745088
Your ball of energy sends him barreling backward, slamming into the tree Aegis hit. It creaks even more, and you hear wood splintering. Groaning, he pulls himself up, minding the delicate tree.

>>745089
Despite being blinded, the Felid manages to clear his vision, firing a crossbow bolt at you. A rush of pain shoots up your right foreleg as it hits you in the elbow. You stumble backwards and fall momentarily.
>Rabi takes 5 hits, helpless

>>745090
As Ahab recovers from getting hit by Hermodur's blast, you rush out to try and blind him. His ears prick up, and at the last moment he shoots a powerful arm out with a snarl, grabbing you by the face and throwing you to the ground. Without hesitating, he wraps the longbow over your head and starts pulling you backwards!
>Silver takes 5 hits, helpless
>grappled

>>745091
The Felid that shot at Aegis does a little 'huh?', turning around. He does a double take and smacks you in the jaw with the butt of the crossbow. You see stars!
>Norv takes 4 hits

>>745092
You back off and conjure another orb, but are not quite fast enough to avoid the incoming shots. You are hit by two quarrels and the blunderbuss shot, knocking you over, winded.
>Aegis takes 5 hits, helpless
>1 homing magic orb

>>745087
>>745088
>>745089
>>745090
>>745091
>>745092
Violet's attack misses as her attacker sidesteps her, kicking her in the back. She grunts and whirls around, lashing out with her dual blades and engaging the bandit in single combat!

Gawain takes on two of the other bandits at once, cleaving at them with his sword!
[1d10+1]

A fourth bandit breaks off, going after Zunden with an axe!
[1d10]

The griffon shotgunner starts flying to target Zunden!

Ahab yanks Silver backward, one hand on the bow and another grabbing her by the mane. He grins evilly in Hermodur's direction as he starts using her as a meat shield!

The Felid Norv attacked extends his claws and lashes out at him!
[1d10]

The other Felid breaks off and starts gunning for Violet!

Roll #1 9 + 1 = 10 / Roll #2 1 = 1 / Roll #3 8 = 8

 No.745094

>>745093
Zunden raises her claw, beckoning her allies to rise again through the healing power of her magic.

[1d10] Healing Bonds, Rabi, Silver, Aegis
>Temperance if fails

Roll #1 1 = 1

 No.745095

>>745093
Grimacing, Aegis tries rolling back to her hooves and into action
'1d10'

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.745096

>>745093
Rabi lets out a panicked whinny, before muttering "A-At least it's not the bad leg."
>Recovery: Arabian Endurance

 No.745097

>>745093
I wobble a little and shake my head trying to get my sight strait. Everything comes back into focus right as the felid swipes its claws at me. Instead of trying to get away, I growl, pop my sun, and lunge at him, trying to bite him.

[1d10+1]

Roll #1 5 + 1 = 6

 No.745098

>>745093
Slammed into the ground with my mane being painfully pulled, i grit my teeth and buck against his grip!
[1d10] Struggle

"Why the nerve! Unhoof me this instant!"

Roll #1 9 = 9

 No.745099

>>745093
>>745098

Hermodur pauses briefly. Then, he smirks. Ahab is underestimating them. He's underestimating Silver. And, he's underestimating Hermodur's resolve to attack anyway.

He swings for another attack. Either Silver will get out of the way in time, or he's wrong, he'll hit them both, and he'll likely lose his grip on her.

>[1d10+3] [1d10+3] ranged attack

>DC-1, take the higher roll

Roll #1 10 + 3 = 13 / Roll #2 3 + 3 = 6

 No.745100

>>745094
>>745096
>>745095
>>745098
Zunden spins around and lashes with her tail, tripping up the axe wielding bandit before channeling healing magic into her allies. They all find their wounds healing as quickly as they appeared, and filled with the strength to keep fighting.
>Rabi, Silver, Aegis all healed

>>745097
You heal yourself with the sun, but are unable to dodge the incoming claw swipe. Gashes appear across your chest with a spurt of red. Instinctively, you rush forward, biting his shoulder briefly. You get a mouthful of fur. The bandit yowls and pulls back, doing a bit of a capoeira spin before getting into a defensive position.

>>745099
>>745098
Silver manages to pull away just in time, kicking Ahab in the shins and pulling the longbow off of her. He growls and barks ferally, grimacing in pain, only to get blasted in the face by Hermodur's attack. He hits the tree again. The impact proves too much for it to handle, and it starts splintering and cracking…
>Silver roll to dodge

>>745099
>>745094
>>745095
>>745096
>>745097
>>745098
The axe bandit gets back up and shakes his head before charging Zunden again!
[1d10]

The shotgunner, now in range, fires at her!
[1d10]

Gawain strikes both bandits down in one mighty swing. Without missing a beat, he rushes to help Zunden, Rabi and Aegis!

The brigand attacking Violet headbutts her, knocking her to the floor. Seeing him having the situation under control, the other Felid instead fires at Aegis!
[1d10]

The Felid fighting Norv extends his other set of claws, swiping furiously at him!
[1d10][1d10]

Ahab looks up in slight horror as the tree begins to collapse. He's too weak to get out of its way, but chooses to take this last opportunity. He pulls out a metal orb and whispers something to it before throwing it at Hermodur!

Roll #1 5 = 5 / Roll #2 8 = 8 / Roll #3 8 = 8 / Roll #4 3 = 3 / Roll #5 9 = 9

 No.745101

>>745100
Holding out her ring, Zunden explodes in a ray of light.

[1d10+2] Flash: spell, recharge 3; Emit a burst of magical energy, attuned to Light. Affects enemies all around you, but does not deal damage unless on crit, instead debuffing them with the effects of the Light element. (The target is momentarily blinded, suffering +1 DC to all rolls on its next turn, or +2 on a crit. This damage type deals twice as many hits versus undead enemies. Radiant spells can be used to illuminate the environment, providing a dazzling light source.)

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9

 No.745102

>>745100

It's an unlikely shot, but you know what? What the hell, why not? Hermodur decides he doesn't want this man to succeed at anything. So, he aims his next shot specifically for the tiny ball.

>[1d10+2] [1d10+2]

>ranged attack, DC-1

Roll #1 7 + 2 = 9 / Roll #2 1 + 2 = 3

 No.745103

>>745100
Kicking away from the dog, my elation is cut short as the sound of the tree collapsing brings me back to attention. Scrambling to get away from the tree, i use the commotion to slip back into the shadows.

[1d10] dodge
[1d10] stealth

Roll #1 3 = 3 / Roll #2 1 = 1

 No.745104

>>745100
renewed, Aegis tries shooting the gryphon with the blunderbuss out of the skies again
'1d10' homing magic, ice
'2d10' magic bolt, ice

Roll #1 3 = 3 / Roll #2 3, 6 = 9

 No.745105

>>745100
"Thanks, Zunden!" he manages, before lining up a shot at the Axe Bandit and the Shotgun-Wielding Bandit.
>Magic Bow (Lightning, Split): [1d10+2]

Roll #1 3 + 2 = 5

 No.745106

>>745100
Not letting up, I focus completely on the felid attacking me. Not having an actual weapon, I pull the sleeper coated dart out and let my dart gun fall to the ground. Trying to step inside the felid's claws, I lunge out and attempt to stab the dart into the side of his neck.

[1d10]Cheap Shot

Roll #1 7 = 7

 No.745107

>>745101
You move away, avoiding taking an axe blow to the collar. The buckshot from the blunderbuss catches you, though, peppering you with shrapnel. It smarts like nothing else.
>Zunden takes 2 hits

>>745102
It's an almost impossibly precise shot you're aiming. Your fireball goes wide, but only by a hair.

>>745103
You try to scramble away, avoiding getting crushed by the falling tree, but a branch splinters off and hits you on the head. You are knocked to the ground, only just managing to get back up.
>Silver takes 3 hits

>>745104
You clip his wing, forcing him to land momentarily. He grunts and turns to face you, reloading.

>>745105
Your shot misses, electrifying a nearby boulder.

>>745106
You charge him. You feel a flash of blinding pain as his claws sink into your gut, but you manage to stab him in the neck with the dart. He gasps, reels, then his eyes roll up and he slumps over. Exhausted from the exertion, you find yourself sinking to the forest floor on your hands and knees.
>Norv takes 4 hits, helpless

>>745106
>>745105
>>745104
>>745102
>>745101
>>745103
An almighty creaking and crashing rings out as the tree gives in, falling and crushing Ahab under its enormous weight. The ground quakes, and a cloud of dirt and debris flies up, limiting your vision momentarily. Through it all, Zunden thrusts her fist into the air, a flash of blinding light sweeping across the battlefield. Those bandits that are left are incapacitated by the burst of light, blinded and knocked away.

It seems the worst of it is over; however, Hermodur notices the metal orb is emitting a sinister fizzling sound…
>Hermodur roll to avoid the grenade blast

 No.745108

>>745107
Zunden waits a small bit to make sure Ahab as expired before returning the tree in place with a rune carved into the tree.

[1d10] Return

Roll #1 8 = 8

 No.745109

>>745107
My chest heaves as I look over the felid, and I clutch at my stomach. I wince and pull my paw away as a sharp pain shoots back through it. My mind wanders back to that cannibal in the Shifting Sands so long ago, and the scar across my face aches with a phantom pain that feels almost as real as the slashes across my chest and stomach. Something seems different, but I can't really figure out what.

I jump as the tree slams into the ground, pulling my thoughts away. Right. Battlefield. Even though most of the bandits are out of commission probably better to focus for now. Drawing in a sharp breath as I try to stand back up.

[1d10]Recovery

Roll #1 10 = 10

 No.745110

>>745107
Aegis trades glares with him, looking down at the gryphon from her high ground, reloading as well
'1d10' homing magic, ice

Roll #1 3 = 3

 No.745111

>>745107

"Shit," is all Hermodur has time to say before he holds up the shield to activate it's mostly-broken magic.

>Bulwark [1d10]


Roll #1 2 = 2

 No.745112

>>745107
"Gah- almost. Everyone alright?"

>>745111
"S-Shouldn't have said anything." he says, folding his ears back as he spots the grenade.

 No.745113

>>745107
mostly clearing the tree's collapse, i briefly see stars when a splintered branch bonks my head. with a pained hiss, i shake it off and return to the others.

"Phew.. Is everypony alright? Have we sent them scattering to the wind?"

 No.745114

>>745108
You invoke Return, but it's only partially successful. The tree starts lifting slowly before suspending in midair. A closer look reveals it's falling in slow motion; it'll be a few minutes before it's back where it just was. The grisly crushed remains of Ahab lie beneath.

>>745109
You stand back up, looking around and getting your bearings. Seems the fight's over, for now.

You feel an unexpected tap on your shoulder. It's Violet. She's holding some medicinal herbs, looking a bit roughed up but in decent shape all things considered. "Here. You might want to line those wounds with these, if Zunden doesn't have time for us. …You alright?"

>>745110
The griffon is no more, having been knocked out by Zunden's blast of light. Looks like it's all clear now.

>>745111
You lurch backwards and throw the battered shield up to defend yourself from the explosion. A deafening BOOM rings out as the grenade goes off, with a flash of flame and magical blue smoke. Your ears ring as you recover, dizzy but otherwise unharmed. Your shield, however, is a goner. It absorbed the brunt of the explosion, getting shredded and warped into an unusable mess of steel. It's not much more than scrap now.

>pausing


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