So much for a quiet afternoon.
We holed up in the guards’ bunk-rooms to let our wounded companions recover. But only a few hours had passed before I heard something in the corridor outside…munching.
Summoning Mikael and Kelsier for backup, I peeked out the door.
In the darkness and shadows, a giant lizard was chewing on one of the guards’ bodies. Well, that’s unsanitary and disrespectful, and I decided to interfere.
Maybe the torchlight confused it (or the guard was really tasty) because it didn’t react to us right away.
The beam of light from the door threw some weird shadows, so my first arrow went high. After that, Kelsier and I both nailed the creature, and it leapt forward to engage.
Mikael helped us take it down, and though it took a bite out of my cloak, none of us got hurt.
To prevent more nonsense like that, we dragged the dead bodies into an unused guardroom. Besides, we had some time to burn while we waited for Ezekiel and Raven to heal up a bit.
Not too long after we’d locked ourselves in again, someone came down the passage and pounded on the door across the way.
He shouted some things like, “Open up, you fools! No time for stupid jokes. I’m getting Jarvis!”
Then he went away.
Within minutes, Ezekiel and Lancell knocked on our door.
“We have company coming! Let us in, so we can ambush them from this room.”
So our whole party crowded into one room, and our lead fighters readied themselves behind the door. Raven was still snickering; apparently he asked the man for a password or something.
Footsteps came down the corridor, then the opposite door echoed with pounding.
“Open up. You’re in big trouble; She won’t be happy to hear you’re neglecting your duty!”
Lancell threw open the door and charged out with the magically shining shield on his arm. A man in scale mail stood there with two fighters at his back. They stared, open-mouthed, while we swung our weapons.
We had the poor guys outnumbered, but they still put up a worthy fight. They seemed to still have their memories, their names, their thinking abilities…but their loyalties were totally invested in Her. Which made them our devoted enemies.
Poor guys. Still, they had some nice loot.
Once everything was over, Mikael cast Detect Magic to examine one of their short swords, that had a design on the blade.
Turns out, that short sword is magic (somehow), so Kelsier traded up for it. The Enemy Commander’s shield was also magic, so Ezekiel snapped it up. We also looted the commander’s long sword for a spare, and Ezekiel insisted I use a shield, since we now had so many spares of that (since the enemies all had shields).
I tried to tell him that I’m already carrying a bow, a long sword, and a torch (and how many arms does he think I have?!) but he says I need to learn so that I’ll have a better Armor Class.
So now I have a shield hanging on my back. Well, whatever keeps me alive, I guess.
We decided that we weren’t getting any rest anyway, so we should explore some more of the tunnels.
Found a storeroom with food and a weapons rack, and Raven cleaned them out of daggers (he does have a history of losing them, I guess). Come to think of it, Raven has collected a lot of things lately…from their turnips and their wine to their daggers.
Hope this won’t cause problems for us later.
We didn’t meet any more “enemies” except for one thing…I was rear-guard, and heard something skittering up behind us.
When I turned…well, it was the biggest weasel I had ever seen.
As I launched an arrow at it, Kelsier beside me said, “That’s a big weasel.”
Weasels can move really fast. And when they’re that enormous, they move comparatively faster! It charged and made a swipe at me with its teeth, forcing me to switch to my sword.
Raven, who was next in the line, said, “Now that is a big weasel.”
Kelsier nailed it with an arrow. As Raven landed some kind of monk-strike on it, Kelsier muttered, “I’ve never seen a weasel that size.”
We killed it, but not before it took a big chomp out of me. Weasels have wicked sharp teeth, too! I mean, the small ones can be pretty vicious if you’re not careful, but when it’s just that freaking huge…!
While I leaned against the wall and Kelsier tried to make me stop bleeding, Ramne shuffled back to us and handed me a flask.
No idea what was in that stuff, but Wow! it packs a punch. One swig, and I felt much better. He said he only had one more dose, but it put me back on my feet, and that’s what matters for now.
Whew. Burned all the way down, though.
Well, us rear guard caught up with the others, and we started down a corridor we had passed by earlier.
“There’s a mud patch, and a door beyond it,” said Lancell from the front.
“I’ll check it for traps,” said Raven, and dashed forward.
I don’t know what happened (since I’m way in the back) but everybody up front started exclaiming or shouting.
“Don’t touch it,” yelled Ramne.
“It burns,” cried Raven.
“We need some help, here,” shouted Ezekiel. “What do we do?”
Raven came back into view, stumbling, with green goo covering his boots.
“Don’t touch it,” cried Ramne.
Lancell drew his sword and scraped the slime off Raven’s feet. Raven uncorked one of his looted bottles of wine, and doused his feet.
Ezekiel borrowed my torch and ran the flame along Lancell’s sword. The sticky something – whatever it was – bubbled and left a dark, ugly stain behind on the sword.
Good thing we just looted another long sword. Lancell put down the damaged one in disgust, and we retreated from the evil mud puddle.
It was evening out in the lands were the sun shines, so we returned to the guard rooms and bedded down.
This time, we’ll just mind our own business and hope nothing tries to invade us.
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