The Goblin Guards
Kyalia rushes to Viator’s aid, past Spizz the Goblin who juggles his hand crossbow and short sword, the Goblin slices as the Elf dashes by, but fails to connect. Kyalia is still not quite sure what is going on around the corner, and her quarry has fled, she jogs to a halt – pulls out two arrows and aims at the fleeing goblin.
Uh-oh. Four more Hobgoblins down the corridor.
She calls back, and then fires…
Her first arrow flies – and thuds in to the fleeing Goblin’s back, the creature falls and skids to a halt on the cold stone floor – stone cold dead.
Kyalia re-aims in an instant, picks out one of the lightly armoured Hobgoblins in the chamber ahead. The Hobgoblin spots the Elf, looks distraught and unprepared, Kyalia’s second arrow flies, catches the creature in the throat. It clutches the spot and goes down gargling blood and fighting for air – in seconds the Hobgoblin is dead.
Spizz looks left, then right, then left – and right again, it sucks to be him, and yet. He moves… dodging in between the nasty Elf that winked at him (his mind conjures all manner of terrible perversions – Elves, they give Spizz nightmares), and the other poncey looking Elven one – here goes nothing.
Viator is shocked, he swings hard with his staff attempting to teach the foul Goblin a few manners – alas the troublesome beast is away before he can get a proper grip on his weapon…
Spizz screams and rushes into the second chamber, he screams and rants in his foul Goblin tongue, bringing bad news.
Meanwhile, back in the first chamber Velani hopes to finish off the last of the defenders there, the Hobgoblin Soldier – slices her longsword hard in to the dazed Hobgoblin, the creature is left a bloody mess on the floor. The good ex-Sgt. heads out of the chamber at speed, dashing to help her new found friends.
Freggo is somewhat surprised and delighted that he is still alive.
Wow, that Ah-shahran does good work!
He remarks, and then gingerly stands up and moves reluctantly onwards – to the front line. Hopefully there are not too many Hobgoblins there, he’s still bloodied, battered and bruised.
Kali moves off also, following his companions, preparing himself for more Goblins that need slaying – he feels invigorated, the big Shifter grins at the thought.
Aware of the wounds his fellow adventurers have taken, Viator steels himself. Stepping out into the corridor he exerts his power, he pulls the shield wielding Hobgoblin Soldier a little towards him, then unleashes his power.
The creature alas avoids the unseen explosion that tears his fellow Grunt apart.
Viator’s eyes shine as he braces himself for the Hobgoblins’ onslaught.
That said, the Hobgoblins are much depleted, only two of the five remain. A leather armour clad Grunt scrambles to its feet, draws its longsword and rushes down the corridor towards Viator, screaming all the while –
Clearly the creature is unfazed by the killing it has seen.
The Hobgoblin Soldier is the leader of this group, it calls the shots – shouting and screaming in the Goblin tongue…
Kali, a little way back down the corridor, listens in and relays all that is said -
Get down there, slow them…
What are you waiting for, Maglubiyet’s birthday? Get Eggnog, and the Gimp!
Stop blabbering, shift that… and then cover me…
Shouting done, the Soldier barrels down the corridor, looking for things to kill – its flail already at the ready.
The Soldier rumbles forward, building up a head of steam, before finally breaking in to a charge –
RED HAND! RED HAND! FOR BLOOD!
Straight at Viator…
Who suddenly disappears, only to be replaced with Velani, who appears in the Eladrin Psion’s place.
I don’t think so, mister.
The ex-Sgt. attempts to intercept the Hobgoblin’s blow with her Righteous Shield, but fails and pays the price – sliced and cut badly.
The Hobgoblin looks left and spies the massed ranks gathered there, the other adventurers moving towards the fracas.
Is that all you’ve got!
The Hobgoblin bites off and spits. Clearly it means business.
Looking a bit winded there, young man. Might want to take a moment to catch your breath.
Ah-shahran lowers his voice to a whisper and then mutters to himself.
I’m afraid I’m running out of tricks, here.
Meanwhile, Gorm makes a brief appearance at Velani’s side, growling at the nearby Hobgoblin, then dissolving into mist that flows into Kyalia and empowers her to snap off an arrow at the Hobgoblin Soldier.
Almost at point blank range the arrow hits, and with devastating effect, the Hobgoblin is badly wounded, blood pours from a gaping wound in its side, made all the worse when the brutish thug rips the arrow out, causing the flow to increase dramatically.
End of Round #4
Three PCs wounded, with two bloodied – Freggo (27/6 +4 HP), Kali (25/22 HP), Velani (28/13 HP).
Three Hobgoblin Grunts killed.
Goblin Acolyte of Maglubiyet dead.
One Goblin Sharpshooter dead.
Two Hobgoblin Warriors deceased, and one wounded – bloodied (47/20 HP).