DDC – In The Doghouse

We’re approaching an endgame with the story arc for Thorin – which thankfully wasn’t too disrupted by technology this week. That meant a pretty combat-heavy session to start as we picked up mid fight with the tentacled mass of teeth that was roaming the gardens of the Hold.

In the earliest moments of the fight, people had been able to avoid or break free of the tentacles that had been trying to snare them, but then it was successful in latching on and starting to drain them of their lifeblood. This spurred a flurry of spells and the creature soon messily expired in a boneless heap.

The gates to the Hold were closed but consisted of iron grills showing a clear view into the tunnel beyond. There were signs of struggle and torn banners, but still no signs of guards, so Thorin was able to pull the gates open enough for them to slip through and approach the inner portal. Those with keen senses of smell picked up the scent of werewolves and of the dolgrims that had attacked in the night – and the door to the guardhouse was heavily scored with claw marks.

Thorin tried to throw open the inner portal as they could hear movement on the other side, but these doors were much heavier and it took him several attempts to get them open. This alerted the occupants of the room, and when the DDC broke through they were met by a small army of dolgrims and dolgaunts, while a huge ceramic eye crackling with arcane energies glared from the centre of the courtyard.

Thorin rushed into combat with the diminutive and multiarmed creatures and slew many while also getting bloodied in turn. The rest of the group were stymied however as they realised that the eye was a construct that projected an antimagic ray across the front of the courtyard. Battle was joined in earnest, with Caeluma nearly overwhelmed but saved by Arwan – while Kerne fell to the blades and bludgeons of two dolgrims that had cornered them.

On that cliffhanger, we ended the session. It led to the following quick image being produced:

DDC – Assault on Guardhouse 13

Tonight’s game was great fun. We’d left off with them barricading themselves into the guard tower attacked by the dire troll and the full moons rising. Things were out in the dark.

While Arwan explored the tower, he found a swarm of bats around the banked braziers on the roof, so he cast a light spell to see if they would react to it. This unfortunately alerted creatures from the surrounding area that people were there.

Before he knew it, strange winged goblinoid creatures and giant bats descended from the sky, while motion could be seen on the ground below. He retreated and took the risk of untying Caeluma.

On the ground floor, heavy mace blows started on the doors and window from twisted multiarmed creatures that looked like two goblins, or possibly goblins and dwarves, melted into each other. These dolgrims broke through, and Thorin risked untying Valenia.

Battle was joined, but both Valenia and Caeluma assumed hybrid werewolf forms and only had partial control. They could choose an action, or to move, and the savage werewolf side controlled the rest. Used as they were to fighting alongside Thorin the berserker the DDC made the beat of it

The fight raged across all floors of the building. The leader of the creatures was revealed as a mindflayer levitated through a window, mindblasted valenia into submission, and attempted to mind control Thorin so he could be captured. Thorin was far too stubborn for that, and faced with an implacable dwarves berserker the creature and its repulsive gazer familiar disappeared back into the night.

Kerne decimated the dolgrims, but not without setting fire to much of the ground floor. Having run out of enemies to fight, Caeluma left off the tower into an abandoned merchants cart below and began eating all the foodstuffs inside. Similarly glutted with food conjured by Arwen, Valenia was also distracted; and both werewolves were able to take some more control of themselves despite the moons overhead.

With fires extinguished and barricades reformed, the DDC did their best to rest and wait for the morning