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The Final Assault
The yells of surprise and pain coming from the orcs attacked in the barracks has alerted the orcs praying in the main room, an the adventurers exit the barracks they seen 8 orcs rushing down the stairs towards them. At the same time the alarm seems to have been raised and 4 female orcs come rushing in from the other direction

Jon and Sam turn to face the orcs approaching on the stairs, Aremil takes up and middle ground and Swaine and Jarod face-off against the female orcs.

Jon fires twice with his bow at the approaching orcs but fails to hit, he then promptly drops his bow and draws his sword ready for the attack. Swaine however is truer with his shooting and takes down 2 of the female orcs with his sling, one with a blow to the chest cracking her ribcage and the second going down to a blow to the head!

Aremil starts to cast a spell however the confusion going on around him distracts him and the spell fails to ignite into life, unfortunately a further 2 attempts also fail

Jarod fires his bow at the female orcs, his shot is very true and released with devastating power with a single shot felling 2 female orcs!

Sam wades forward to meet the oncoming orcs, he strikes the first flush to the faces crushing his head his momentum takes him forward to strike another however his swing fails to find a target

An orc attacks Jon but he is ready with sword to deflect the blow, more ready than the orc realised as he parries the blow with great skill and provides an opening to allow him a quick counterstrike which ends the orcs life

The orcs continue to press, 2 orcs swing at Sam however neither manages to strike true .. Aremil now has regained his senses a casts a spell firing a magical spear into the chest of an orc, quickly followed by another to an orcs head providing another instant kill

Sam continues to onslaught smashing another orc to a pulp, however a second follow through attack misses and leaves him off balance stumbling into the middle of the group of attacking orcs

With sword in hand Jon now presses the attack on the orcs, he gets a strike but it is not a solid one .. a second swing at the orc fails to find its mark

Swaine and Jarod continue to fight against the female orcs, with his sling Swaine takes down another quickly followed by Jarod taking down another two .. the numbers are slowly being reduced, 2 whip welding orcs run around the corner!!

Aremil attempts to cast a spell to conjure up a ball of fire however his unfamiliarity with the spell and the pressure of the oncoming orcs and he fails to form the words correctly, the spell fails

Jon continues to fight against the orcs pressing from the stairs, he strikes but fails to deliver a fatal blow however a follow up blow from Jon takes him down .. he turns his attention to another foe but fails to hit

Sam continues his battle against the orcs he faces, after a couple of misses his third strike hits true and an orc crumbles on the weight of the blow of Sam's mighty Maul

One of the orc manages to break free of the main fight and strike Aremil whilst he is still trying to gather the words for his next spell

The mighty Ogre Turrak is now upon Sam and Jon wielding a 2-handed sword in each hand, his first blow is parried by Sam's maul but the second blow hits true injuring Sam but he manages to stay on his feet

At the rear of the group the fight continues, Swaine and Jarod now face to chain mail wearing orcs wielding whips ... the first sling shot from Swaine hits however the sturdy chain-mail the orc is wearing absorbs the blow

Jarod quickly notches his bow and with a well place shot drops the first orc overseer with ease, he is however unable to hit the other orc as he quickly closes ground

Turrak fiercely presses the attack against Jon, he strikes Jon with such force Jon falls back from the blow and now lies prone on the floor at Turraks feet, he roars with delight hoping to finish his prey

Aremil still struggles to form the words for his spells causing another to fail, composure is regained and Aremil successfully casts a spell sending a spear to pierce the heard of an orc killing him instantly. He then tries to cast some illusionary

Jon manages to struggle to his feet and strikes out with his blade at Turrak hitting the ogre in his torso, but still struggling to fully regain his footing the second strike falls short of the mark

The orc overseer has now closed in on Swaine and Jarod and uses his whip to great affect to strike at Swaine, buoyed by his success he presses for a second strike but this time Swaine manages to deftly dodge out of the way

Seeing his companion in trouble Sam goes for an audacious all out attack against Turrak, the first strike looks to have hit true but Turrak manages to deflect the blow but Sam is quicker to readjust and his second and third strike both hit Turrak curshing a few bones ... a fourth strike from Sam though misses

Enraged by the pain from the blows and the nature of Sam's pressing attack Turrak strikes out at Sam but he manages to deflect the blow, Turrak frustrated turns his attention to Jon and with one mighty blow cleaves Jon down. Now fuel by pain and blood-lust Turrak continues to strike out but misses with three strikes

Seeing Jon fall to the floor lifeless clears Aremil's mind and he manages to form the words to send a magic spear deep into Turrak's chest, he seems to contemplate the hit for a moment before falling backwards lifeless

The fight at the rear continues with the orc striking at Swaine however the attempt is clumsy and he leaves himself off balance allow Swaine a free strike, he hits but fail to penetrate the tough chain mail armor

Aremil sees the fight now still going on behind him and moves to assist however he is too eager and stumbles forward almost dropping his sword, luckily he keeps hold of it and quickly sinks it into the orc killing him

The fight is over and many orcs lie dead, unfortunately for the adventurers so does Jon ... Sam decides that this can't be and tries with all his will to call on the those same power that helped him heal to bring Jon back to life!

It seems the gods favor Jon on this day as he begins to breath life again

After gathering themselves the adventurers continue to search the caves behind Turrak's throne room and find some more miners being held prisoner. After freeing all the miners the adventurers proceed to exit the caves, the enemy defeated and lives saved

The other miners great the adventurers as they leave the cave and together they travel to Tenkar escorting the remaining miners back to their homes
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Into unknown depths
The adventurers move into what appears to the the last room of the mines, they see a rope ladder leading into the depths under the mine that was the starting point for all this chaos

The adventurers move foward towards the edge of the hole to see if they can here movement below, unfortunately the rocks surrounding the hole are loose and began to give way ... luckily the adventurers all react quickly enough not to fall down the hole

The adventurers begin decending down the ladder and as they do notice an awful smell from below, this cause Aremil to cough and in doing so lose his grip on the ladder and he begins to fall. Some quick reactions allow Jon to catch him and they proceed down the ladder normally

Jarod also slips climbing down the ladder but manage to catch himself with his arm giving him some burns but halting his fall

The adventurers move forward through the caves under the mine, first coming across a room that appears to have been setup as a training room with several training dummies setup. Moving on they pass a kitchen with 4 female orcs huddled around a cauldron cooking what appears to be some vile brew

A little further up the corridor they come across what appears to be the leaders bed chamber, there are 3 female orcs sleeping the the bed .. again they decide to leave them be and move on

The next room appears to be a bit more of a challenge as it appears it is the barracks for the orcs living here and there are 8 orcs sleeping soundly. The adventurers decide to mount a surprise attack killing as many orcs as possible before they wake and can act.

Just to make sure the coast if clear Swaine creeps up the stairs ahead to see what is in the next room, as he approaches he hears chanting and upon reaching the chamber is greeted with the sight of 8 orcs praying to something else he the room he cant quiet see .. he decides there is no threat and returns to the barracks

The adventurers position themselves around the room then Swaine fires his sling cracking the skull of a sleeping orc, Jarod then lets loose 4 arrows, 2 make their mark but 2 miss. Jon fires his bow into the room and injures an orc, he cries out in pain and wakes up.

Aremil then joins the fray casting a spell that smothers the injured orc in his bed choking him to death, he tries to cast again but fails to have the concentration required to cast

Sam strides into the room delivering a mighty blow to the first sleeping orc he encounters crushing his skull, he then deflty swings his large maul around striking another orc crushing his ribcage, Sam continues to press striking out a couple more times but fail to hit

Swaine and Jarod change their focus to the orcs sleeping at the end of the room, Swaine his one but only manages to wound him. However Jarod has more luck and is able to dispatch of 2 more orcs.

Sam steps forward to finish the last orc, the surprise attack a success all 8 orcs lie dead having only managed to offer cries of agony as a defence
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First rule of fight club .. hit the opponent!
Jarod decides to sneak up the corridor to see what all the noise is about, he see a group of 8 orcs in the far corner of the room in a circle around what sounds like 2 miners fighting. On seeing this Jarod decides to retreat into the corridor and set up a trip wire using spare bow strings across the corridor and lure the orcs into the trap, unfortunately whilst rigging the trap he makes a bad contact with the piton and a metal sound rings out alerting one of the orcs.

The orc begins to move towards the corridor and Jarod slowly retreats and pushes himself up against the wall, Jarod hears the orc sniffing around and then he speaks to one of his comrades before stepping into the corridor. Unfortunately for Jarod he has failed to hide fully and the orc spots him and moves in to attack, however Jarod is quicker to react and strikes at the orc but he finds his feet quickly and manages to dodge out of the way .. however a second strike from Jarod catches him off guard striking the orc in the arm.

Jarod realizing he is now being pressed by the orc retreats, the orc moves after him but first yells out to him comrades to alert them! Seeing Jarod in trouble Aremil steps out and casts a spell sending a spear over Jarod's shoulder to impale the orc in the head. Sam moves to try and pull Jarod out of the way by lifting him but fails to find the right grip in 2 attempts!

An orc appears at the end of the corridor with a human miner kneeling down in front of him and demands the elf be handed over or the human miners will be killed. Jon peers around the corner and fires an arrow from his bow at the orc taking him by surprise and hitting him in the shoulder, Jon takes a second shot to try and finish him however the shot goes wide and the orc retreats out of view. As he does so 6 more orcs come rushing around the corner and charge toward the adventurers!

Jarod readies his bow and fires at the orcs now charging down the corridor towards him, he manages to fire off 3 arrows before they close in but fails to hit the target! The first orc closes on Jarod and strikes him with his sword, following through he also manages to knock Jarod backwards to allow more room for his comrades to manouver in the cramped tunnels. A second orc faces off against Jarod and he is hit again with a blow glancing his chest.

2 orcs move to the right of Jarod and attack Sam, the first orcs strike is true but some last minute footwork from Sam allows him to dodge the blow .. a second orc tries to press advantage and again strikes true but big Sam is much quicker than he looks and dodges the second strike also! The remaining 2 orcs press on Jon, the first scoring a strike but Jon anticipates the blow and dodges out of the way, the second orc fails to hit swinging at the air instead

Aremil casts another spell this time a volley of arrows striking down one of the orcs attacking Jarod, the arrow pepper his body and the orc slumps to the floor dead, bouyed with his succes Aremil casts again this time at one of the orcs attacking Sam but unfortunately this time the spell fails to cast

Jon now begins to fight back against the 2 orcs attacking him, unluckily his first swing fails to find its mark but a second follow-up strike hits an orc cutting him from chest to belt and killing him instantly.

After dodging the incoming blows of the orcs Sam finds time to heave the maul from his back and swings at one of the orcs attacking him but unfortunately he fails to make a strike. Jarod drops his bow and immediately begins to trade blows with the orcs facing him, his first swing wounds one of the orcs in the chest but he fights on, a second swing fails to find purchase.

Sam now armed with his mighty maul takes a swing at one of the orcs hitting him squarely in the chest and crushing his rib cage killing him instantly, he slumps to the ground. Sam brings the maul around for a strike against the second orc but the orc is too quick and moves out of the way .. a third swing from Sam fails to hit.

Aremil continues to fire magical arrows at the orc fighting Sam taking special care not to hit Sam but in doing so also fails to hit the roc, Aremil then turns his attention to cast a spell at the orc fight Jon but unfortunately the arrows fly wide of the target again.

The orc facing Jarod strike true but Jarod quick on his feet as always manages to move out of the way. The orc attacking Sam fails to find a strike, even though the orc attacking Jon strikes well and last minute parry from Jon means he remains unscathed.

Jon frantically attacks the orc in front of him try to down him before he gets chance to strike again, the first swings are poorly aimed and miss the orc .. more frustrated Jon presses harder but in doing so puts himself off balance with the third strike and trips striking his head on the wooden strut holding up the roof, he is left feeling dazed

Jarod has more success however and strikes down the remaining orc facing him, seeing Jon distress he turns to assist striking twice at the orc attacking Jon but fails to land a blow. Aremil joins in the battle and casts a spell to fire a spear into the shoulder of the orc attacking join, he is wound but still able to fight on, a second spell from Aremil misses as the spear harmlessly hits the wall

Sam is equally eager to down the orc in front of him and goes full out in attacking pressing hard and swinging 4 times at the orc but none of the swings hit the elusive orc leaving Sam frustrated and defenseless against the orcs attacks.

Jon still dazed from hitting his head suddenly finds a moment of clarity and with one swift swing of the sword beheads the orc fighting him, so swift is his move it carries him forward allowing him to strike at the orc fighting Sam. The first blow hits the orc but fails to end him, a follow up strike takes him down.

It seems the fight is over, Jon looks around to see if there are remaining foes and see the orc injured earlier standing at the end of the corridor with a crossbow, the orc fires .. but misses. Jarod quickly picks up his bow and fires off 3 arrows but none of them hit the orc, Jarod quickly finds cover wondering how he could miss.

Sam charges towards the orc hoping to get to him before he has time to reload, unfortunately in his haste he fails to find secure footing and trips falling to the ground in front of the orc, the orc sees an opportunity and moves in to attack, just in time Sam manages to raise his maul to deflect the incoming blow. The orc backs off using Sam as line of sight cover forcing the adventurers to move in.

Jon is the first to move in to attack, he picks up his swoard and rushes forward and swings at the orc but fails to hit, Jarod also moves into the room but can't get a clear shot with his bow so moves back waiting for his chance. It is not required however as Sam finds his footing and strides forward hitting the orc solidly in the chest and sending his body flying like a rag doll to the back of the room.

The fight is over, many orcs lie dead but also 2 miners lie dead in the corner of the room there throats slit as the orcs fulfilled there promise!
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Sneaking around, or maybe not!
The adventurers move further into the mine and hear some noises from ahead so they decide that Swaine will move ahead to determine what lies in wait! Swaine hears some snoring from the room to the left and a light coming from the room to the right.

After a brief discussion they decide to move quickly forward attacking both rooms at the same time, Sam and Jarod to the right, Swaine and Jon to the left with Aremil taking a position in the middle.

Jarod moves into the room and immediately sees and large orc wielding a whip watching some miners at work, Jarod reacts quicker than the orc and fires an arrow with unerring accuracy into the orcs head killing him instantly! As the others move into room on the left and light shows 3 orcs sitting in chairs and 5 sleeping on the floor, the 3 orcs react immediately the first swings at Jon, lukcily he manages to jump out of the way. Another orc swings at Swaine however his attempt falls short of the mark.

Swaine steps back to fire his sling into the room, the stone hits the orc squarely in the chest killing him and knocking him back into the room, this makes enough room for Sam to be able to get past and move into the room. Sam begins his work quickly and pulverizes one of the orcs still trying to wake up, his second swing misses so he takes a small step back to avoid being surrounded.

Jon fires an arrow at one of the orcs wounding him slightly, he then drops his bow due to the closes quarters and draws his sword but the swing at the orc misses as the orc dodges athletically, this gives him the opportunity to strike at Jon's flank however he fails to strike his target

Jarod now moves to fire into the room to the right, his first arrow hits and orc in the chest killing him instantly, he takes another shot but the orc now more awake dodges out of the way

Aremil casts a spell which conjures a wall of swirling blades which cut into the orc facing Jon finely dicing him to death.

Sam moves on the 2 remaining orcs and deftly takes them out, the room is again silent

Bouyed by the quick victory the adventurers move yet further into the mine and see another left/right tunnel up ahead so decide on the same tactics, Jarod and Sam take the right side this time with Swaine and Jon taking the the right, again Aremil takes up a position in the middle

As Jarod and Sam move into the room they find themselves faced with 2 orcs carrying whips, the first orc strikes and Jarod and hits him causing a stinging welt across his skin, the orc tries for another strike however manages to wrap the whip around his foot and falls to the floor

The second orc strikes at Sam however Sam reacts quickly and brings his maul up in front of him, the orcs whip wraps around the maul allowing Sam to pull the whip from his hands. Jarod draws his bow and shoots the orc laying on the ground killing him, he then takes a risky shot at the one fighting Sam however fails to hit and luckily does not hit Sam either.

Sam strikes at the defenseless orc and kills him with one blow.

The adventurers find some miners in the other room, a young man named Corbin introduces himself as an engineer in the mines and thanks for adventurers for saving him as his friends, unfortunately he can not provide much information but tell the adventurers some miners were take by the orcs for some sort of sport

On leaving the room they continue forward, soon however there here orcs yelling and cheering ahead of them ... seems like the adventurers have stumbled on that "sport"
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Hi ho of to kill orcs we go!
The adventurers begin to move into the mines, however Swaine stays behind to guard to the entrance in case more orcs approach the mine from outside.

Sam lights his torch then lights Jon's for him before proceeding forward into the dark mines ahead. As they approach the end of the first corridor then can see a room to the left and a passage leading off to the right, there seems to be some feint noises coming from the right so the adventurers decide to investigate the room first.

It appears this is simply a cloak room to store and retrieve cloaks for protection against the elements outside, Aremil finds some gold in one of the cloak pockets but decides to leave it behind .. the adventurers proceed down the corridor to the right.

As the adventurers advance down the corridor the sounds get clearer and it sounds like the smashing of crates, the adventures decide to send the light in ahead of them and string an attack. The orcs are immediately alerted by the light source however Jarod is quicker and drops once with a well place shot to the head, he re-aims and takes another one in the chest.

Jarod moves to the side of the corridor to let a charging Sam pass him, Sam quickly lays into the first orc crushing his skull then with a quick reverse blow smashes his heavy maul into the chest of an orc crushing the life from him ... 4 orcs lie dead and the room is silent

The adventurers proceed up the corridor to what appears to be a mechanic shop for the repairing of faulty equipment, there is also a couple of rooms leading off this one .. the one to the north has a trail of blood leading to it.

Jarod and Aremil go to investigate the room to the west, as Jarod leans to peer into the room through the broken door some loose masonry falls on his head giving him a small headache, Aremil however pulls him up and he is ok. The room itself appears to be a supply room and contains very little of interest.

Meanwhile Sam and Jon investigate the room to the north and see the blood trail was created what is now a dead miner who seems to have crawled in here in last vain attempt to save his life as this appears to be a medical station. Jon finds a sack under the miners corpse with some money and gems in it but decides to leave it where it is, the only other thing worthy of note appears to be 3 vials of alcohol which Sam takes as they could be used as make-shift explosives.

The adventurers continue to move further into the mines and hear some movement coming from the room of to the right ahead, they talk about how to approach the room however decide that the light source will give them away so they move in with Jarod moving to one side of the door and Jon the other so they can fire in with their bows.

Jarod can see one orc across from him in the room, he fires and arrow but the orc manages to dodge out of the way however a second arrow takes him firmly in the chest downing him instantly.

Jon can see another orc opposite him and also fires his longbow, this orc also manages to dodge but the second arrow takes him in the shoulder but he still lives to fight on .. Jon fires a third arrow to try and finish him off but unfortunately his shot is wide of the mark.

The injured orc moves out to attack, crossing Jarod's path first he decides to strike at him but misses. 2 orcs appear from around the corners of the room, 1 attacking Jarod however in his haste he fails to find firm footing and stumbles off balance, whilst the other strikes at Jon however fails to land a blow.

Sam moves into the melee and strikes down the injured orc with a blow from his maul, he then turns his attention to the orc that stumbled and strikes a blow but now with enough force to take the orc down .. Sam follows up with another strike but this time misses.

Aremil steps back from the fight to cast a spell but fails to form the words correctly and the spell does not cast, he frantically tries again but something goes wrong and he feels a pain build up in his mind causing him to have to retreat and unable to focus properly

Jarod now in melee combat drops his bow and draws his sword, he strike down the orc that stumbled in front of him .. Sam steps in to finish the remaining orc that faces Jon with a strike to the back of his skull

After the fight is done the adventurers hear a voice calling out from one of the carts and then see a relieved halfling emerge. He tells them he is one of the miners and managed to escape and was hiding from the orcs but they almost found him until the adventurers intervened.

He tells them his name is Siman and thanks them for the help and promises he will see them appropriately rewarded should they meet him in Tenkar afterwards, however right now he just want to get out of the mine to safety. Jon gives him one of the crossbows and the adventurers bid him farewell and a safe journey.
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We have a plan?
The adventurers talk among themselves trying to devise a plan to move on the orcs guarding the mine, it is decided that Swaine will move forward to investigate ... Swaine begins to move stealthily towards the first building. Upon reaching the building he looks inside to see it looks like some sort of repair/equipment storage area, he moves on towards the building behind it.

In this building Swaine sees what looks like and office with several desks inside, he does detect a small amount of movement over by the cabinet on the far wall but cant quite make out what is moving inside. He decides to back track a little and cross towards the final building, as he does so one of the orcs starts to move down the path towards them but then goes inside the building Swaine is sneaking to, upon reaching the building Swaine sees it looks like a mess hall and the orc has gone to get some food ... Swaine returns to the adventurers to report on what he has seen.

The adventurers discuss what to do and decide to create a illusionary distraction to draw the orcs out and that they would move forward to positions either side of the main path ambush the orcs as they investigate the illusionary sounds and approaching wagon. Jarod and Aremil move towards the repair shop, Aremil stopping at the corner to give line of sight for the illusion whilst Jarod creeps around the back to flank the orcs. Swaine moves to hide in the trees south of the mess hall with good sight of the road and Sam and Jon decide to move towards the mess hall.

As Sam and Jon approach the mess hall Sam accidentally kicks a rock clanging off the side of the mess hall, at the same time the orc is leaving .. he stops and starts talking to another orc by the entrance .. Jon does not see Sam as stopped and trips over him falling to the floor but quick reactions stop him for hurting himself .. luckily the orcs are too busy arguing to notice.

Swaine casts a spell to create the sound of approaching horses and Aremil provides and accompanying visual illusion, the plan works as the 4 orcs playing a game move from there positions to investigate and 2 from the entrance move around the buildings into flanking positions.

Jarod moves around the back of the office and meets and orc coming the other way, he reacts quicker and takes the orc down with a couple of arrows but not before he shouts out to alert the others. Sam and Jon are hiding behind the corner of the mess hall looking towards the road, this allows an orc from the mine entrance to get the drop on them, he throws he handaxe at Sam but it narrowly misses thudding into the wall of the mess hall ... alerted to the danger Sam shoots him with his crossbow wounding him, a follow up shot from Jon finishes him off.

Jon moves to the corner of the building sees another orc approaching, he fires his crossbow but misses ... Jon decides to drop the crossbow and retreat drawing his sword as he does so.

Jarod holds back expecting another orc to approach after the yell from the first one, the orc appears around the corner of the building .. a well placed shot from Jarod strikes the orc in the heart killing him instantly.

The orcs on the path have been alerted to the sound of fighting and turn to see what is going on, unfortunately Aremil is spotted and one of orcs immediately moves in for the attack however Aremil is very quick on is feet and very deftly dodges which sends the orc stumbling off balance giving Aremil and free strike at his back ... Aremil casts a spell and spears rain down killing the helpless orc.

With no other attackers visible another 2 orcs from the path charge towards Aremil whilst the remaining orc runs towards the entrance of the mine hoping to sound the alarm. The first orc swings his short sword at Aremil but his cut misses the mark, however Aremil is pressed by 2 foes and is unable to anticipate them both .. the second orc drives his blade deep into Aremil's side wounding him badly. Aremil runs behind the offices in retreat.

Swaine fires his crossbow from the cover of the trees striking down the running orc and stopping the alarms from being raised, meanwhile Sam comes around the south corner of the office in time to see Aremil running from 2 orcs so he sprints after them and with one mighty strike of his maul crushes them both!

Aremil and Swaine move towards the office to investigate as it seems the battle is done, Jarod and Sam move towards the entrance of the mine. However Jon still battles on behind the mess hall, Jon and the orc swing at each other failing to land a blow .. finally the orc hits Jon but he is quick enough to bring his sword up to deflect the blow. The sounds alerts Sam that Jon is still in trouble and he moves to assist hitting the orc in the back of the head but failing to bring him down .. Jon still can not purchase a blow, a second solid strike from Sam silences the final orc.

After the fight is done Aremil manages to unlock the door to the office and inside they find a scared man who claims to be the clerk and says his name is Ichabod. He has relatives in the mines but is too frightened to do anything about it, he is no hero thats for sure. He assures the adventurers that he can travel to Tenkar to alert the families there and bring help as soon as he can ... the adventurers agree and give me some food before moving towards the entrance of the mine.
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Surprise Attack!!
The adventurers wake up from a restful stay at The Travelers Inn, they eat well and prepare for the journey ahead make some new purchases at the blacksmith to help them in the adventures ahead, also a saddle for the newly acquired horse named Nipper

After some discussion they decide to leave the wagon at the farm, the woman they saved earlier has no problem with them storing some of there stuff there whilst they travel to the mines

The adventurers set out following the directions given to them by Jon Cooper, it will take about 1 1/2 days to travel there directly cross country or near 5 days if they decide to follow the road ... time they do not have so they decide cross country makes the best sense. One the first day they travel for afternoon and camp for the night, Sam tries to light a fire without success, Aremil has better luck ... thought it is a dirty business he would rather not have had to do!

The adventurers decided to take watches but the night passes without event, the next morning they continue on their travels however after a few hours of traveling there is the sudden sense that they are being watched .. Jarod decides to scout farther ahead to see if he can spot anything.

As Jarod scouts ahead he fails to see 2 orcs hiding in the trees waiting in ambush, as he passes they open fire with their crossbows allowing Jarod little time to react .. Jarod takes a bolt in the leg and one in the side! Now alert to their presence Jarod swings around and fires his bow taking one of the orcs directly in the head and killing him instantly, he fires again but in his haste fumbles his bow. Swaine then casts a spell and sends the second orc to sleep.

A guttural voice is heard barking orders from the tree ahead, Sam moves forward to see where this noise is coming from however he fails to spot the 2 orcs hidden off to the right. The orcs spring from cover and fire there crossbows at Sam's back giving him no chance to doge a bolt hits him in the back, a second bolt hits him in the leg

A third orc steps out from the left hand side and fires his crossbow at Jon but his shot goes wide, Swaine casts a spell that sends this orc to sleep#

Jarod retrieves his bow firing an arrow at the orcs attacking Sam, the first shot takes an orc directly in the heart dropping him instantly .. the second shot hits the other orc in the stomach badly wounding him but he stays on his feet. Jon charges toward the orc, he has not got time to draw his sword so he punches the orc hard in the face and he goes down.

Meanwhile the source of the guttural voice reveals himself as a large orc steps out of the trees ahead to confront Sam, he is weilding a mean looking morning star and growls menacingly at Sam before taking a mighty swing. Sam desperately tries to parry however he can not get his heavy maul up in time the orc knock the maul wide striking Sam in the chest .. Sam is now off balance but tries to deflect the second blow. The blow is mighty however a strikes Sam viciously in the side cracking bones and leaving a large cut, Sam is very badly injured and seeks to retreat but manages to strike the orc as he does so.

As Sam steps out of the way Aremil casts a spell that produces a volley of spears however he still has not perfected the spell and the spears fall harmlessly short. Swaine fires his sling hitting the large orc on the shoulder, injuring him but not slowing his pursuit of Sam .. however a second well place shot hits the orc in the head cracking his skull and silencing him forever!

The adventurers gather the sleeping orcs and once awake begin to question them however the orcs don't respond, Aremil casts a spell allowing him to speak in orcish however this yields little more conversation other than the trading of a few insults. The adventurers decide the orcs are of no further use to put them to the sword.

The adventurers bandage their wounds as best they can but Sam is injured well beyond a simple bandaging. He remembers the potions found in the crypt and decides to try his luck in the hope that healing will be provided, Sam chooses to imbue the red potion and immediately feels fire in his blood and tingling in his skin .. the wounds begin to close .. luck is with Sam on this day

The adventurers retrieve the crossbows from the fallen orcs and move cautiously towards the mine, on approaching they see several building flanking the mine and outside the entrance 4 orcs stand on guard whilst 4 more are sat at a table playing games

The adventurers discuss the best course of action ....
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Hunting can be dangerous!
The adventurers leave the crypt gathering what treasure they can and loading up the wagon recently acquired from Mikel Irons and then discuss what they should do following the discovery that the town elders betrayed the ghostly women!

After a long discussion in the rain the adventurers decide they will stop off at the now deserted farm and rest up for the night, with Sam eager to finally eat the free food they were given in the town.

Upon reaching the farm Jarod decides that bread and cheese is not quiet enough to satisfy his hunger and announces to the others that he is going to go hunting in the woods near the farm.

Jarod finds that hunting in the bad weather is not easy, the rain has washed away most of the tracks and most wildlife seems to be taking shelter .. then he spots some movement in the forest ahead of him. Just as he is distracted by this movement he hears a whoosing sound from behind him, turning just in time to see a spear whip past him and into the tree behind him, a goblin is a few feet away but seems to have stumbled from the energetic throw!

Jarod quickly draws his bow and fires an arrow into the goblins head killing him instantly, however the distraction has allowed another goblin to sneak behind Jarod .. the goblin strikes with his short-sword hitting Jarod in the side, his armor provides some protection but not enough to stop him getting a nasty wound.

Jarod draws his sword and swings at the goblin, through pure reaction the goblin raises his blade and deflects the blow, Jarod strikes again but somehow the goblin franticly deflects the second blow whilst peddling back under the onslaught! The goblin strikes back but this time it is Jarod who deflects the blow forcing the goblins sword out wide to provide Jarod with an opening ... Jarod strikes the goblin down with a cut across his chest.

The fight is won, Jarod however feels weary, his wound seeping blood. A quick bandage stems the flow a little but Jarod decides hunting is over for the day and returns to the farm to rest and recuperated with the other adventurers.

The adventurers rest for the evening and set out at first light for Moordoth agreeing to see Elwin first to collect the award then tell there story in the evening in The Travelers Inn. The meeting goes well with Elwin and business is concluded to the satisfaction of both parties, the adventurers make sure that Elwin will be at the inn tonight to hear the full story .. the stage is set!

In the evening the adventurers tell there story as planned at The Travelers Inn, as expected there is outcry from the villages and Elwin stands up and tells his story.

"Fifteen years ago the village of Moordoth was attacked by a dragon. At first it was just cattle that disappeared. The leaders of the village sent messages to a nearby baron to ask for aid, but the request went unanswered. When the first child was taken, the villagers finally decided to act.

The most able-bodied men struck out with poorly-made weapons and armor. They tethered a cow as bait atop a high hill and waited. When the dragon came, it laughed as it toyed with the would-be ambushers. It slew some for sport, the others it drove to a point of near insanity as it did things to them best lost to the ages.

When the dragon finally departed it left the terror-stricken men with an ultimatum: “Deliver your women to me by tomorrow’s high moon and I will leave your village in peace. Do this not, and I will come back for ONLY you.”

The heroic thing would have been to sacrifice themselves to the dragon on the next night. But the men reasoned that the chaotic beast was lying and would never leave the village alone, so they made a terrible choice.

They returned to the village and lied, claiming to have subdued the dragon and forced it to flee. They held a great celebration. When it finally died out, they lured a handful of village women out to a high hill and toasted their victory. But they poisoned the women’s drinks, and they collapsed weak and weeping. With regret they tied the women to posts atop the highest hill and waited.

The dragon came, as it said it would. The men approached and begged the beast to keep its word. The dragon laughed and ate the women, claiming it would now kill the entire village as well. Then the dragon swayed and fell, dropped by the toxins now coursing through its blood. It was dead in minutes, poisoned by a half-dozen toxic maidens.

The men vowed never to tell the truth of their tale. They burned the body of the beast, and told a tale about the dragon returning and how they battled and slew it dead, but not until it ate the maidens."

The villagers thank the adventurers for uncovering the truth and decide that amongst them they will discuss what to do, as it is clear a crime was committed but this same crime also saved the village .. but was it there choice to make?!

It appears that the ritual chamber that held the star alignment spell is what caused the women to haunt the town, only with the truth being told could they finally be put to rest.

The villagers extended the welcome of the town to the travelers saying they could stay and rest as long as they needed, however due to not wanting to get caught up in the events that were due to follow they decided they would move on the next day.

That night the adventurers were woken by and man asking for there help, on following him they met a man who was badly injured and he told the story of the mines to the south being overrun by orcs and his work companions taking prisoner. He pleaded with the adventurers to help save his friends and free the mines.
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What a big place this is!
The adventurers proceed further into the crypt however coming on the next junction they notice a terrible smell coming from the corridor to the north, upon further investigation they see a pack of 6 ghouls eating what appears to be the carcass of a cow. The adventurers discuss what to next, leave alone and check out the southern corridor or attack .. the decide to attack but this time sneak towards the unsuspecting ghouls!

Swaine and Jon carefully sneak into the room and let loose with a volley of stones and arrows, Swaine takes one down with a well placed hit whilst Jon's arrow flies true to take another one .. Jon quickly reloads and fires of a second shot also hitting his target.

Sam charges into the room with the thoughts of his poor show of the last fight maybe still on his mind, but this time to strikes true crushing the skull of one of the ghouls before it has time to react. Swaine takes another one down from range with his very effective sling, Aremil had cast a spell to create the illusion of others rushing in but on realizing how quick the fight was going drops the spell and charges in buoyed by his success in the last fight ... however on this occasion he trips and drops his sword ... how embarrassing!

After the surprise attack the ghouls finally come to there senses and one strikes at Sam, he manages to hit causing minor wounds .. the ghoul presses further trying to bite Sam but only gets a mouthful of armor for its efforts. Having drawn his sword Jon moves into the fray a kills the last ghoul be removing his head.

With all the ghouls dispatched the ghostly women suddenly appearing crying out in fear of what seems to be a dragon, after a while they calm and speak to the adventurers answering there questions .. it appears many years ago the women were lured to the hill by the men now the town elders and tied to the posts as sacrifice to the dragon to save the village from the attacks. The ghosts can not rest until the elders have admitted the truth of what they have done, the adventurers decide they need to confront the elders and will return to Moordoth to do so.

Once the ghosts disappear the adventurers look around the room and can see many plates, cutlery etc. made of silver probably worth a fair bit if collected but very unwieldy to carry so they decide to leave it. However there are 2 locked chests that are much more portable, Swaine quickly unlocks the first to find 200gp inside, unfortunately he is not so lucky with the second and breaks his pick in the lock but a couple of well placed blows from Sam's maul reveals the contents are the same.

They investigate the south passage to find it ends in a alcove where there seems to be what was once a potrait of the family hung on the wall, the adventurers believe there should be something more here but there searching finds nothing.

On the way back out of the crypt Jon decides to investigate the crystal statues and see if he can pry the red gems out of the eye sockets .. he manages this with ease however as this happens the statue suddenly comes to life and strikes Jon with his spear, Sam is alert and steps in and stops it with one mighty blow of his maul removing the head.

Sam decides the crystal head looks nice so he takes this after removing the red gem from the other eye socket, the adventurers head out of the crypt ..
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A Meal for Two?
The adventurers wait for Jarod to return before proceeding, however Jon returns in his place as it seems Jarod is better at calming the upset horse!

Moving down the corridor to the room with a blood trail leading to it the adventurers take up position, Jon moves to the other side of the doorway without alerting the ghouls in the room that are greedily eating two corpses than can be seen on the floor

Aremil casts an illusion of a wall between themselves and the ghouls in the room in an attempt to be able to move into the room without being spotted, they manage to move into the room but it seems one ghoul is not fooled by this magic ... Swaine quickly dispatches him with a vicious swing from his sling catching it square in the face and cracking its skull!

The ghouls now more alert move to attack, one of the ghouls tries to rake his claws at Sam followed swiftly by a bite however Sam manage to block the arm with his maul and move out of the way of gnashing teeth, Sam taken off guard swings wildly at the ghoul several times but they all fail to find there mark! Another of the ghouls strikes at Swaine and seems to have hit him, however through some good fortune at the last minute he moves out of the way.

Jon moves into the fray and delivers a great blow to the chest of one of the ghouls, surely this would have felled a man but the ghouls undead nature allows it to continue to fight even though its rib cage is carved open. Aremil drops the magic and draws his rapier however the thin blade fails to make meaningful contact.

The ghoul cut so so viciously by Jon lashes out with its claws narrowly missing him, however Jon's movement leaves his neck exposed and the ghoul bites into his flesh, immediately the feeling of fire courses through Jon and he is unable to move. Sam continues his dance with the ghoul neither able to find a solid hit, Sam is frustrated by his inability and raises his maul to strike forgetting the low ceiling, masonry loosens from the ceiling and falls on him giving Sam a headache for his efforts!

Aremil makes a perfect strike with his rapier piercing a ghoul straight through the eye killing it instantly, on retrieving his sword he seems the eyeball slide down the blade, disgusted Aremil drops his blade, however quickly moves to retrieve realizing there is still a fight to win. Sam continues to be frustrated by the cramped conditions and again with several swings is unable to strike any foe. Aremil produces some more fine swordsmanship and deftly pierces another ghoul through the back of the head.

The ghoul facing Jon bites at him again whilst he struggles to fight of the paralysis, Swaine seeing Jon's plight draws his dagger and moves to help however the fight has left a ghoul corpse in his path and he slips on the ghouls rotting flesh and almost falls but manages just to maintain balance. Aremil also moves to help Jon however just at this moment a stumbling Swaine cuts across his path forcing Aremil to suddenly have to draw back, he manages to but falls backwards as he does.

Jon seeing all this finds extra strength from deep within and manages to fight of the paralysis that seized him, immediately he raises his sword and skillfully decapitates the last of the ghouls ... the fight is won!
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Treasure or traps!
At the end of the main corridor the adventurers see a room offset by a small alcove making the door, they can also see the corridor turns left and continues into the distance

The rooms seems to be an art room as several paintings can be seen hanging on the walls however all have suffered with age and look worthless. The adventurers discuss the value of entering the room being both suspicious and unsure of the worth, Swaine checks the floor regardless and finds what looks like a pit trap poised to drop them into what can only be assumed a spiky death!

They decide to move on and soon come to another room which provides a ghastly sight, on the wall of this room hang several hunter trophies … heads of dead animals. However unlike normal trophies these seem to have been infected by the ghouls and thrash wildly on their mountings … Jarod looks to be greatly disturbed by this, the adventurers move on.

A little further up the corridor there is yet another room, in this one there is several human sized crystalline statues each seems to have a pair to red gemstones as eyes! Sam proceeds into the room despite Swaine's attempt to stop him and alert him of possible traps, he is fascinated by the way the torch light makes patterns with the crystal .. however after a few moments the adventurers decided to press on, much to Sam's disappointment no doubt.

After this room the corridor comes to an end and splits left and right, continuing on for a while to the left opening to a large room on the right .. the adventurers decide to investigate the large room

On entering it appears this room has been set out to look like a small church, most likely to prove that the family has strong religious beliefs there is even a tapestry of them all praying though it has seen much better days.

Swaine searches the alter looking for the cliched secret door hidden there but finds nothing, however his keen eye does pick up on the value of the 6 candle holders dotting the room .. they decide to come for these later and proceed to the door at the end of the small church.

Behind the door is a small corridor that leads to another door, upon entering this room there seems what can only be described as a ritual chamber! Markings and runes clearly indicate to Aremil that this room and the alignment of the stars have much to do with the raising of the dead. Many scrolls and books litter the room but most are crumbling, the book in the centre of the room however seems to detail the ritual

On a shelf to the side of the room Sam sees 4 vials of liquid all of different strange colours, it is impossible to tell what they might contain … they take them for later research

The room being a dead end the adventurers return to the main corridor via the church. They soon come across another small room to their right in which they can see their torch light is reflected off what appears to be many mirrors. Aremil goes into the room to check the walls and in doing so glances a moment too long into one of the mirrors, he suddenly gets the desire to stop and stare at his reflection however the desire soon passes but not without leaving Aremil with the impression that he was almost entranced in some way.

On leaving this room they see a blood trail leading down the corridor to another room just to their left, they move forward to investigate further ….
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Hole in the hill
After some discussion the adventurers decided they can not leave Mikel's corpse here just in case in raises from the dead, they therefore decide to put Mikel's body in the cage with his former wife and take the cart with them

After a short journey they approach the top of the hill, as they approached the top of the hill 6 maidens appear all seem to be tied to posts, they are crying out "Nooooo …" over and over again, they here a crack of lightning followed by a roar of a beast then they disappear as quickly as they appeared. After this due to the rain still falling visibility is low so it takes them a while to spot there is a hole in the side of the hill which looks like it was made by something coming out from the inside ...

A quick survey of the surrounding area shows there is no further holes on the hill so this appears the most likely way forward, Swaine casts a spell to product some light and moves just inside the hole with Jon, however they hold back and Jarod moves ahead ... as he does so he hears some screaming coming from a room just off to the left whilst ahead of him he can see a crumbled door.

The adventurers cautiously move forward into the opening in the wall to see 4 sarcophagi in the room, 3 have the lids removed and appear to be empty the fourth appears to be the source of the screaming, there is a ghoul trapped and struggling to get out ... Jon quickly puts a swift end to his sorry existence!

Jarod moves straight ahead down the main corridor but finds a passage that leads to intersect with his companions, together they progress into a small room, they here a quick scuttling noise as the approach .. in the middle of the room seems to be a pile of bones, dry blood can be seen on the floor also.

Jarod decides to pick up a loose bone and throw it on the pile, as he does this large Dire Rats scurry from beneath the bones upset that they have been disturbed they attack the adventurers. Swaine quickly dispatches of the first rat with a well aimed shot from his sling crushing it's small skull, Jarod seems to lack a little composure however and wildly swings missing twice. Aremil decides to step out of the room and casts a spell, however it seems it is still a little startled as he fails to successfully cast ... Aremil resorts to drawing his rapier.

One of the rats manages to bite Jarod, luckily for Jarod his armor absorbs most of the blow but still his toe might be sore tomorrow!

It appears that as elephants don't like mice Sam does not like rats as he swings wildly 3 times failing to find purchase with any of them, Jon however has no such misgiving a deftly skewers a rat from head to hail on his sword. Jarod still seems to be concentrating more on his in injured toe that the rats and again misses with a couple of wild swings, Aremil favouring rapier over magic quickly kills the one nipping at Jarod's toes saving Jarod further embarrassment. Sam on the other hand has find his battle wits and soundly squashes a rat into the stonework with such force it shakes the bones loose to reveal some hidden treasure

The adventurers move to the small room at the back and find it is full of broken pottery, however Swaine notices that something is not quiet right with the room .. it seems too small so the adventurers decide to look for a secret door. Aremil comes across a small moss covered leaver and pulls it, a small room is reveled with 2 suits of red enameled plate mail armor inside .. they decide to leave it there and come back later.

It appears they have reached a dead end so they go back to the main corridor and continue to press on further into the tomb …
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Cage Fighting
On resuming the journey travel was swift, well as swift as it could be given the conditions, due to the road already traveled presenting no surprises for the adventures ... they soon came within site of the hill and their destination

Coming down the hill was a cart, pulled by a single horse and drive by a man who looked to be in the mid thirties .. he appeared to have a cage in the back of the cart inside this cage was a woman or what was once a woman!

The adventurers stopped and started talking to the man, his name is Mikel Irons and he is determined to take he wife to the village of Moordoth to exact vengeance for the death of his wife as he blames them for the fact he lived in the country and therefore was exposed to attack from the ghouls!

The adventures position themselves around the man and try to talk him out of the madness, Jarod is trying to calm the horse whilst Jon tries to persuade the man of his folly however he does not choose his words well and angers the man .. Mikel starts to try and goad the horses into action!

Jon sees he attempts to talk the man down have failed and jumps onto the wagon pushing Mikel from the reins, then Jon swiftly applies the breaks to ensure the wagon remains stopped .. he tries to kick Mikel from wagon but fails. Mikel produces a knife and stabs at Jon, the strike would have been true bar for Jon's armor stopping the blade.

Sam has moved around the side of the wagon and tried to pull Mikel from the seat, after a couple of failed grabs to manage to find purchase and brings Mikel crashing to the ground .. Jon jumps of the wagon and tries to use his shield to pin Mikel's arm to the ground so he can no longer use his knife but Mikel is quicker and moves his hand out of the way

The others try to dispatch of the ghoul but it thrashes around madly in it's cage making it hard to land a blow. Sam manages to restrain Mikel and disarm him, Jon moves to join the fight against the Ghoul and with a precise upward strike buries his sword up through the skull .... the ghoul once Anna Irons the wife of Mikel Irons is silenced and remains still and lifeless once more!

Mikel is distraught by everything that has happened and thrashes wildly to escape however Sam keeps he still as he is bound .. once bound he suddenly returns to calmness and asks to hug his wife one more time, the adventurers seem dubious but allow him the chance and cut his bindings. Mikel however has other ideas and quickly moves to pull a short sword from the back of the cart and wildly begins attacking but in his madness his blows fail to find a target.

Sam moves in to help and from ones mighty blow from his Maul silences Mikel Irons!
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New Friends
The fight now over the adventurers all take a moment to rest, whilst resting Sam and Aremil spot someone coming out of the forest and walking towards them he seems to outstretch his arms in a gesture of peace and as he approaches greets the adventurers

The traveler is a ranger named Jarod who claims to be a woodsman of sorts and was drawn by the noises of battle to investigate what was happening on the road. After everyone makes introductions the following discussion leads Jarod to lend his assistance to the adventurers as it appears an extra sword hand will not go amiss

Together with the new found friend the travelers continue the journey along what is still a very muddy road as the rain still pours from the sky making visibility very poor, however they just begin to make out what looks like a single cart track branching off the main road to what can only be one of the farms. Since the adventurers had decided to question the people of the farms they head down the track

After a few minutes what looks like a wagon can be seen at the side of the road, it is not moving and on closer inspection it becomes apparent why as the horses than once pulled the wagon lay dead in front of it seemingly stripped of all there flesh.

On closer investigation of the wagon they find the body of a man and what looks like to be 2 boys, most likely his sons accompanying to market, the bodies all looked badly scratched a have started to rot as if they have been here a few days. In the distance they can see the farm house so grimly they decide to investigate fearing for what they might find

On reaching the farmhouse it appears deserted and all locked up, a quick bit of finger work from Swaine seems to remedy this situation and the adventures setup into the farmhouse calling out to see if anyone is inside .. no ones answers so they decide to split up and move through the house

As Sam turns to enter the kitchen something flies towards him, whilst his wit may sometimes be slow his reflexes aren't and he ducks just in time to avoid a woman swinging a frying pan towards the space his head had occupied .. she turns to swing at him again however the frying pan flies from her grasp, Sam easily restrains her

The commotion causes the other to rush and see what is going on, Swaine proceeds to mutter what seem to be calming words in a foreign tongue and the women becomes more subdued and seeks comfort from Swaine

Swaine and Aremil decide to stay in the house and look after the woman, whilst Sam and Jon will dig graves for the father and son .. Jarod says he will patrol the surrounding area to make sure all is safe

After assisting with digging the graves Jon goes to retrieve the father and sons from the road whilst Sam completes the work, upon reaching the bodies Jon decides to drag the father first and makes his way back towards the house

About half way towards the house Jon notices it is becoming harder to drag the body, on looking down he notices the father's had is moving ... he calls out for Sam however he is too far away to hear but luckily Jarod is near by and quickly comes to Jon's aid the father is still slowly re-waking so is quickly dispatched by a swift beheading!

Jarod and Jon discuss what to do next whether to go and bury the father or back to see what is happening with the sons, they decide to hastily go back to the cart .. meanwhile Sam has noticed the longer than expected absence and heads to see what is going on only to see Jarod and Jon walking back to the cart, he decides to follow

As Jarod and Jon approach the cart they see the bodies of the sons are no longer there and tracks are leading towards the house, it seem during the time Jon was dragging the father (a slow process) and thanks the to low visibility the sons have managed to slip by

In the house Swaine is keeping the woman company and she remains calm in his presence, Aremil is gathering supplies for the woman to take with her as they have decided to take her back to the town before continuing on further ... there is a knocking on the kitchen door leading outside! Aremil quickly moves the woman into the dining area to keep her safe .. Swaine looks for a way to see what is going on outside

Jarod and Jon run towards the house calling out as they do not to open to doors, Sam seems them and quickly decides to collect his Maul from around the side of the house ... Jarod and Jon meanwhile go around the other side! As they round the house they see the 2 sons banging on the door trying to get in, it seems though Swaine and Aremil have heard the shouts and the door remains firmly closed. The sons are distracted allowing Jon, Jarod and Sam to approach unnoticed .. Jon takes a mighty swing cutting one of the boys completely in half, his halves fall to the ground ... Sam quick follows this by caving in the chest of the second as he turns to see what is going on, his small rib cage shatters almost tearing him in half!

The adventurers bury the remains of father and sons and escort the woman back to town, Swaine takes the woman to The Travelers Inn and ask Tommo to look after her, giving he some money for the room. The others restock supplies from the general store, get healing from the town doctor and also inform Elwin of the situation, it seems to be something he was unaware of and he thanks them greatly for there efforts.

On the way out of the town they stop by the blacksmith, Jon sells his old sword and purchases a shield on Elwin's chit ... they leave the town and head back towards their destination
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The First Encounter
After 20 minutes or so of walking along the path leading the hill, Jon seems something in the distance out of the corner of his eye and stops to take a closer look ... at the same time however Sam and Swaine spotted something ahead to the side of the road, it looks like a couple of people bending over something

Whilst Jon stops to try to determine what he has seen Aremil notices his pause and tries to discern himself what might be

Meanwhile Sam and Swaine continue up the road unaware that their companions have stopped, something though soon noted by Swaine who looks back to see what the problem is ... Sam however continues forward and can now make out there are 4 figures as a further 2 are opposite

As Sam approaches closer the 2 furthest figures suddenly look up, there piercing red eyes are hard to miss even in this down pour ... as they see Sam they being to stand up one of them seems to be holding a human arm, it appears a new fresher meal had arrived however!

Immediately the others forget the distraction that Jon spotted and all focus their attentions on the approaching ghouls! Sam bravely steps forward trying to shield the others from attack, Swaine and Aremil decide caution is the best part of valour and step back a little ... Jon moves forward to join Sam.

Aremil tries to communicate the the creatures using magic, however he finds they are mindless beings only interested in consuming flesh

Sam maybe slow but he know these are bad things, he brings his maul down upon the head of the first ghoul crushing it instantly and it falls to the ground. Encouraged by this success Sam presses forward and strikes and a second ghoul however it appears to over enthusiasm affects his accuracy and he misses.

Jon strikes out with his sword first at one and them at another unfortunately both of his blows fall short of the mark, Swaine tries to use his magic to send the ghoul running in fear however it does not seem affected so he slowly backs away reading his sling to fire stones towards the ghouls, however his shots are wide of the mark

Due to Sam's over enthusiasm he has left himself a little exposed, the ghoul rakes at him clawing him across the neck ... it is a nasty gash that almost puts Sam off balance but he stays on his feet however a strange fire courses through his veins and he suddenly finds himself unable to move

The fight continues and blows trade back and forth, with Sam unable to move Jonathan steps to defend yet he still can not find purchase with his blows! Aremil casts another spell creating illusionary magic to distract one of the ghouls, it appears to work at the ghoul shambles towards this new feast.

Swaine continues to slowly back track all the while using his sling to attack the incoming ghoul, he gets a firm contact to the face of the ghoul breaking it's jaw however it continues to shamble forwards

Sam bravely battles against the fire coursing through his viens, maybe though a bit to fiercely as it appears he bursts a blood vessel causing himself more pain, meanwhile Jon finally lands a blow and beheads one of the ghouls

Sam finally manages to get control of his body and immediately runs to attack the ghoul still pursing Swaine, however yet again his enthusiasm outwits his skill and he misses .. the ghoul turns around to bite Sam however due to it's broken jaw it can not pierce his armour, Sam quickly dispatches him

The remaining Ghoul presses towards Aremil now that the illusion of the extra people has disappeared, Aremil ran to meet it jabbing with his blade however the thrusts missed. Sam managed to reach this final monster be he also failed to land a blow leaving the ghoul a chance to finally sink its teeth into some food ... unfortunately this was Aremil, fire courses through Aremil and he finds himself frozen in place!

Jon ran to join the fray but due to the slippery conditions his attempt to strike put he off balance and he fell prone to the ground, Sam did not waste any time in pounding the head of the monster sending it back to whence it came

The battle is over, the fight is won .. but at a cost in injuries to flesh but also a rude awakening to the dangers the world of adventuring holds for the travellers
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