Return to Daggerford, Ambush!, Session Twenty Nine
When I scried upon the heroes again the next day I quickly observed they had just reached the top of the mine shaft….As the heroes exited the mines they were greeted by multiple cave-ins, injured miners and an angry mine boss. By the time the heroes reached the main entry they observed a large contingent of garrison soldiers filing in to the central compound of the mine. The soldiers were led by a lieutenant named Mikella Venderen, who Nyphystra was familiar with, and respected as a leader. It was realized instantly that they were escorting the mine manager Derwin Ironeater and his personal guards. Derwin and the heroes spoke briefly on what transpired, and mentioned the Ebon Triad, but Derwin appeared to be very confused about how some cult was operating under his mine. Reaver was with the garrison soldiers; he hailed the party, and looked to be very pleased to see them alive. After some questions and answers, the party agreed to split up. H.S., Grog and Twexlin volunteered to stay behind and help search for missing miners, and help the injured. Nyphystra, and Cha’ti borrowed horses from the garrison and chose to leave in order to report to the church of Tyr, and the garrison Commander. As Nyphystra, Cha’ti and his wolf Shadow departed, Grog quickly stepped in to help the miners move rock, while Twexlin and H.S. Searched out the missing and wounded.
The two adventurers rode the horses back toward town as Shadow followed closely behind. As the three of them were about a mile and a half from the mine and rounding a bend they were greeted by the hulking albino half-orc Kullen. He stood in the middle of the road leaning on his great axe with an evil grin on his face. Words were exchanged, but it was obvious that a parley was not going to be fruitful. Kullen yelled “Knuckles Attack!”, and as he initiated the fight the heroes were engulfed in a fireball that was cast from a mage (Meerovin Bask) levitating about 20-30 feet off the ground. It was one of Kullen’s associates, and known to work for Balabar Smenk as well. A large dire ape flew from the ledge above the heroes near the bend and attacked Shadow. Cha’ti reacted quickly dismounted and summoned a Hippogriff to assault the mage; Nyphystra dismounted and charged the dire wolf. Kullen drank a potion and went invisible, as a large fighter in banded mail erupted from the foliage to the rear and swiped at Nyphystra with a Guisarme. The battle raged, and it appeared Cha’ti’s summoned creature killed the mage as he fell to the earth below. Kullen erupted from his invisibility swiping at his foes with his great axe as he raged. Nyphystra helped shadow dispatch the dire ape and tried to keep the new combatants at bay while Cha’ti called lightning upon the enemy. Cha’ti, Shadow and Nyphystra fought like warrior poets trying to kill the enemy that out-numbered them two to one. Cha’ti kept dropping his lightning on his enemy, but they were more resilient then he had suspected. It was not until a third enemy; a duel wielding ranger (Rastophan) entered the fray and swiped the druid with a deadly blow from his long sword that things got real ugly. The druid went down under the onslaught, and Nyphystra screamed a battle cry and with a mighty blow took out the albino half-orc. It was not looking good but between the summoned creature and Shadow they were able to kill the evil ranger before he could do any more damage. Shadow was at deaths door, and escaped the battle running back up the road from where they came. Nyphystra stood defensively as the mage showed himself again. It was two on one, and Nyphystra bled from multiple wounds. As she retreated drinking a healing potion the warrior with the Guisarme came in attacking. The mage attempted to immobilize the Aasimar warrior, but Nyphystra was able to shake it off. She retreated defending herself trying to buy time, the evil warrior known as Todrik continued his assault as the mage struck the Fighter of Torm with a scorching ray. The magical assault nearly dropped Nyphystra. She shared blows with Todrik, but new she could not keep this up for much longer. Again, she saved from some sort of enchantment the caster hurled at her. Lady Luck was on her side for now, but the odds were not in Nyphystra’s favor. The battle continued with Nyphystra swapping blows with Todrik, drinking healing draughts and saving from dire arcane spells. The mage must have been getting low on spells because his next attack was with a wand; a pulsing green ray struck the fighter, and she felt her strength drain. Todrik smiled knowing what just happened, he waded in striking her, but the attack did not suffice in taking her out. She struck back, but due to her lack of strength, the blow was minimal. The mage finally did her in by dropping a charm spell causing her to laugh uncontrollably. Todrik took advantage and swiped at her with his Guisarme. Suspecting he had just killed her, he moved back up the road to see how the Druid fared. The mage and evil fighter began stripping the downed foes, but realized the druid was alive still. Just as Todrik tied Cha’ti up he was forewarned that new enemy approached. The mage tried to hide as Shadow the wolf led Grog, H.S. and Twexlin around the bend. The three saw Nyphystra lying in the road; H.S. and Grog spurred the mounts they borrowed and approached her. As they dismounted realizing she was still alive H.S. spied the mage in the woods aiming a wand at them. The battle began anew; the mage attempted to strike the cleric of Lathander with a ray from his wand and missed. H.S. answered with a spell of his own called searing light which nearly killed the evil mage. Grog dropped a healing potion down Nyphystra’s throat while H.S. summoned a spiritual weapon and sent it after the mage who began to run away through the woods. In the meanwhile Twexlin was confronted with the evil fighter holding a dagger to Cha’tis’ throat threatening to kill him if he attacked. Shadow not knowing anything else attacked trying to defend his master. Twexlin shot the dagger out of the fighters’ hand with a ranged disarm, and shadow bit at the warrior but missed him. Todrik dropped the druid and grabbed his Guisarme striking the wolf nearly dead. As Todrik planned to strike the unconscious druid dead, Twexlin completed another ranged disarm on the fighter knocking the pole arm from his grasp. Todrik scooped up his weapon again, but by this time Grog came into the fray and speared the warrior. Twexlin fired arrows, but this time to kill his enemy. At the same time just up the road H.S. was able to get in a killing blow from his spiritual weapon; the mage went down. Nyphystra gathered her senses and ran up to where the mage fell, and made sure he was dead by stabbing him through the chest with her sword. The two of them worked their way back to where the fight still continued, but it appeared Twexlin and Grog had everything under control. Todrik threw his pole arm down, and dropped to one knee in a show of surrender. Todrik was panting heavily, and bled from multiple wounds, but he still smiled knowing he had fought well. While his captors approached he prayed to Cyric, calling curses down upon his enemy. The heroes bound the captor, started healing, and searching the dead and the wounded warrior was stripped of his gear.
14 Kythorn, 1374 Year of Lightning Storms