Here is the full party:
Bord Fask = Mage PC
Ilkhannar = Elven Nightblade PC (elven thief + wizard)
Iloni = Nobrian Wonderworker NPC (wizard + cleric spells, but no combat skills)
Glevina = Elven Ranger NPC
Jerry, son of Terry = Fighter NPC who carries a torch
Hans = Fighter PC (player is unable to join for a while, so he is sitting at the tavern and visiting the horribly wounded former adventurers)
After the absolute slaughter on level 3, the party ventured down to level 4, loaded up with phasers and plenty of magical items. Shortly after arriving, they met a dark elf named Teft who just wanted to be left alone. He had escaped from his dark elf clan and was seeking some solitude.
The party had other plans.
They killed him. He wasn’t hostile, but they killed him anyway. Ilkhannar, the Elven Nightblade, initiated the battle with a backstab. As one of the players said, “Elves are magically malicious”.
I am slightly afraid to meet my players in real life.
Upon his death, they acquired his staff that makes a hailstorm once per day, as well as his magical amulet that protects against 10 cold damage a round, and a +3 dagger.
They were hurt and went back to town for rest. Upon returning to the dungeon, they were attacked by degenerate cannibals, but fought them off with no problems. The cannibals were eating the dead dark elf. If a human eats an elf, does that make the human a cannibal? Hmm….
Further exploration revealed a room full of bloodless bodies and a room with a door covered in a bat motif. They went in and saw a coffin covered in jewels. Approaching the coffin, a vampire wielding a two-handed sword came out.
He was initially friendly and offered them gold to bring him some “food”. The party considered finding the annoying gnome they met earlier on this floor (which I have not mentioned in the blog post until now) and giving him to the vampire, but decided to attack him instead.
He charged them and, despite the slight bonuses that a ‘Protection from Evil’ spell afforded them, he went through them like me through a Chinese buffet. 4 party members hit the floor and only two ever got up again. Cleaves are brutal when the enemy can use them on you.
Somehow, the damage the party did (particularly the flaming arrows from Glevina) dropped the vampire, so this did not turn into a party wipe. We’ll see what happens next week with a bunch of new party members!
The Cleave rule cuts both ways.
Remembering the Fallen
Iloni the Nobirian Wonderworker (cleaved in twain by an angry vampire)
Bord Fask the Mage (cleaved in twain by an angry vampire)
Furthermore, Ilkhannar is completely blind and he has wisely decided to retire from adventuring. Jerry, son of Terry lost one eye, but he still can fight!
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