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Post by Sturm » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:15 pm

Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LX - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 22th day, 993 AC


The hydra roars and moves, rocking the ship hardly. Lucius falls down in water and blood and Taradain too has a hard time staying upright. The partially untangled safeboat in the meantime swing dangerously above your heads. Bofar and Kesh hit the lizardman, but the creature's bone armour is surprisingly effective in protecting him. The lizardman hit Bofar with his club right in the head, making the dwarf dizzy while blood flows down his forehead. Another lizardman comes to try to stop you, while the other lizardmen, the humans and the elf keep fighting against the hydra.
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Post by agathokles » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:47 pm

Lucius tries to grab some wood plank or other buoying object to keep himself afloat.

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Post by Sturm » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:52 pm

(Note that Lucius has not fallen into the river, he just slipped on the deck wet with water and blood. Maybe it was clear and he picked some wood for later, but just to be sure)
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Post by agathokles » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:06 pm

(Sorry, I misunderstood).

Then, Lucius gets up and back to work on the boat, trying to cut the ropes.

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Post by hihama » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:25 pm

Bofar curses and wipes blood away from his eyes.
Will you hurry up with that boat. I'm also lousy at swimming.

[OOC: Next time its Bofar's turn, he tries to disarm the lizardman.]

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Post by Sturm » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:58 am

Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LX - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 22th day, 993 AC


Lucius rises and tries again with Taradain to untangle the ropes, but the violent movement of the hydra on the ship make the procedure extremely difficult and slow. Finally however they get to lower the boat toward the river, but the argan is not very fast and to cut the ropes would certainly damage the small safeboat. Lucius cannot do much else than watch the boat lowers slowly.
In the meantime the humans, lizardmen and elf seem to have more success against the hydra. The newly arrived lizardman misses Bofar completely, but the other hits Kesh squarely on the head. The gnome passes out on the floor and now Bofar has two lizardmen against him. Bofar tries to disarm one, but the lizardman resists and parries.
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Post by agathokles » Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:03 pm

Lucius goes to help Bofar against the lizardmen.

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Post by Sturm » Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:19 am

Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LX - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 22th day, 993 AC


Lucius hit a lizardman, hurting him in the arm and pushing him back. Bofar too hits his lizardman on the leg, forcing him to step back. In the meantime the fight with the hydra goes on, but now the elf pierce the body of the beast with his sword, straight to the heart. With a last shudder, the beast goes down in the river, rocking the ship even more.
Everyone falls down, but now the safeboat is down. Taradain starts to cut the ropes. Kesh is still passed out on the deck.
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Post by hihama » Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:07 pm

Take Kesh and go for a boat. I'll cover for you. Bofar says to Lucius while trying to hit lizardman again.

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Post by agathokles » Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:14 pm

Lucius pulls Kesh to the safeboat.

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Post by Sturm » Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:44 am

Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LX - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 22th day, 993 AC


Realizing you are getting away, and with the elf screaming to stop you, the two lizardmen attack Bofar viciously. The dwarf scores a good it himself, sending one down, then he jumps overboard while Lucius does the same with the unmoving Kesh.
You hit the safeboat, a rough landing, but you are alive. You reach for the oars, but then Bofar realizes he is profusedly bleeding from his belly, where a lizardman hit him.
The safeboat gently drifts to the right side of the ship, with Taradain maneuvering the helm as best as possible. Sam is already outside the hatch and immediately jumps on the safeboat with a package in his arms. "What kept you so long?" he asks, then looking up he adds: "Watch out!".
On the right board of the ship above you the elf is preparing to cast a spell at you, while several humans are notching arrows and some lizardmen are putting blowguns to their mouths.
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Post by hihama » Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:03 pm

Bofar tries furiously to stop bleeding.

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Post by agathokles » Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:06 pm

Lucius uses his shield to cover against arrows, saying to Sam to put an arrow in the elf.

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Post by Sturm » Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:49 am

Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LX - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 22th day, 993 AC


Lucius raises his shield, parrying some arrows and darts. The elf send a magical one against him, which burns the left shoulder of the warrior, but as Sam hits the elf with an arrow near the neck at the same time, the magical dart is much less effective that it could have been.
One dart hits Sam on the leg too, but then the safeboat drifts farther away from the ship, that without a mast and heavily damaged, cannot immediately pursue you.
Still the small ship certainly has oars, Sam says, and it will not be long before they come after you. The halfling bring Kesh back to his senses with some water, and the gnome cleric soon heals all of you. You also start rowing down river as fast as possible. Taradain and Sam also mount a small mast and sail which help the boat go much faster.
"We have the Orb and we have escaped, but what now? Should we continue down the river or land and try our luck in the swamp?", Kesh says.
"In the swamp we could try to rejoin the others. Also the river is full of hydras", Sam says.
"Yet the river is a much fastest way", Kesh says. "What do you think?", the gnome then adds.
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Post by agathokles » Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:32 pm

Let's see what the elf does. If they don't pursue, we can land. Otherwise, we should take advantage of the boat and leave them behind -- we have a mast and they don't, and their ship is also much larger and therefore slower to push by oars.

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Post by hihama » Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:45 pm

I don't likes boats but I think I hate the swamp even more...
At least let's try to get some distance between us. Maybe we can then land somewhere without them noticing it.

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Post by Sturm » Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:46 am

Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LX - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 22th day, 993 AC


Before you lost sight of the small ship upriver you see they are preparing oars to pursue.
"I agree, we should risk a day of travel on the river, to put some distance between us and them. But before nightfall, we could disembark and let the safeboat go without us. That could buy us some time and maybe allow us to find the others", Sam asks.
You continue your course with sail and oars, going as fast as possible, and being as careful as possible.
In the early afternoon however suddendly a big wave, coming out of nowhere, passes right over you, splashing water everywhere. After a moment of confusion you see Taradain going down in the river, struggling as if something is pulling her down.
Sam immediately turns the sail and tell you to stop rowing to remain in the area where Taradain his. Then, cursing, he tie a rope to his belt and dive underwater. You see him struggling with something which is holding Taradain.
"It's a sort of water creature", Kesh says.
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Post by agathokles » Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:52 am

Any useful spell? Or should we try crossbows?

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Post by Sturm » Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:25 pm

Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LX - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 22th day, 993 AC


"Try crossbows. The best I can do is try to help Sam with a blessing", Kesh says. You shoot trough the water, trying to hit the strange water creature and not Taradain or Sam. The halfling fights furiously too. Bofar's bolt does not seem to do much, but Lucius shoot passes right through what could be the head of the water creature. In a moment, it somehow releases Taradain and disappears into the river. Sam returns on the safeboat with the girl. Taradain spits quite some water overboard.
"Damn a water weird. I had only read of such creatures in books", the halfling says.
After a while you focus back on sailing, and less than half an hour later you see something on the right shore of the river.
"That's the hobgoblins village in which we stopped on our way to Rosentos island. They helped us before, we could stop here", Sam says.
"Yet by sailing till dusk we would put more distance between us and the elf. Also in the hobgoblin village the elf may have contacts which will report us. What do you think?", Kesh asks.
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Post by agathokles » Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:44 pm

Lucius agrees with Kesh. It's not worth the risk, and we cannot truly count on the motivation of the locals to help us against the major powers of the region.

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Post by hihama » Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:38 pm

They helped us last time, but I don't trust them to do it again.

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Post by Sturm » Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:54 am

Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LX - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 22th day, 993 AC


As you prefer to keep a low profile, you try to pass along the opposite shore of the hobgoblin village, yet you cannot exclude someone could have seen you. Anyway you go on until sunset, with no sign of the pursuers on sight. Then you see another village on the left shore of the river, with some wooden houses which seem of human construction.
"I see lookouts, at least a human and a lizardman. Would not surprise me if this is a base of the elf's friends", Sam says.
"Probably then we should stop now on the right shore,let the boat go and walk west. What do you think?", Kesh says.
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Post by agathokles » Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:11 pm

Seems reasonable

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Post by hihama » Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:43 pm

I agree, want to stretch my legs...

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Post by Sturm » Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:40 pm

Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LX - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 22th day, 993 AC


As decided you let the boat go south and disembark on the right shore.
"We should proceed to the north west until there is at least some light, without torches. That's the direction where the others were", Sam says.
"Or we could go to the south, we must be not too far from the sea. We could find a passage there maybe and leave the swamp", Kesh says.
"It could be difficult and dangerous, but I suppose we could even follow the coast west to the Shires. I would advise not to go east to Von Hendriks' barony", Sam says.
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