Meanwhile the battle is still fiercely raging Tol continues to fire volley after volley of arrows with dizzying speed, some hitting and killing the enemy, others flying harmlessly by. I am orchestrating the lightning Cloud to prevent the basilisk from using its gaze attack and I have also thrown up a storm pillar to give the Troglodyte in front of me something to think about. Weirdly it doesn’t but charges through the lightning to attack me, taking a lot of damage – something is driving it on. Hmm could it be the spell that its cleric is casting on it that is speeding it up, healing it and also driving it into some form of battle frenzy?
Memnnon takes a strike from the trog as he moves over to help the groggy Switch, casting beacon of hope which heals Kathra, Switch and me. Kathra then moves in and smacks her enemy hard before activating her dwarven armour and healing herself.
There is mystical a chanting coming from inside the cavern and Kathra’s trog heals itself as the Clerical Trog appears from the corridor.
Tol has his back to the cliff and is valiantly fighting not to get pushed over the cliff, his two fanged strike missing completely as he flails frantically to avoid toppling over the edge.
I reposition the lightning cloud to cover the Clerical Trog and the one Kathra is battling, as Kathra blindly, but very accurately strikes at the trog in the cloud- connecting with a solid smack and pushing it further in.
There is a low earthy cry of pain from the cavern, as the trog comes back out of the cloud to have go at Kathra, but misses. Switch is hit again and is looking very sick. Tol’s trog turns and attacks Bal goro, before shifting beside him. The Clerical trog moves out of the cloud hits me with a thin ray of green stuff, which again weakens me and deals a lot of internal damage.
There is something big coming down the back corridor, Bal goro moves to see what it is. It’s the basilisk! I didn’t think it could move so fast and had expected it to be being struck by lightning in the lightning cloud. The basilisk turns it’s gazes on Bal goro but bal goro laughs in its face before going fixing it with his own flinty glare.
Meanwhile Switch backs tabs his enemy as he desperately tries to survive. What had previously looked liked we were starting to get the upper hand is no longer looking so rosy. Switch is badly beaten up, as is Tol, Kathra is looking better and I’m on the wrong end of a staff’s powers
I release the eye of lightning, but it is rather frail due to my weakened state, but they all hit causing damage, I then move the storm cloud over the wizard and the bloodied trog. Kathra misses with her site and shifts back a bit.
All Tol’s previous wounds are re-opened as he continues to battle his troglydte and catches a glance from the Basalisk, which poisions him. Switch shifts between the trogs and kills the wounded trog, before turning his attention to the trog wizard.
Suddenly the majority of the cavern is lit up with arcane fire as i detonate my orb, causing the Trog wizard to leap between Switch and I before falling prone to the ground. It flails vainly at Switch with its quarter staff as it gets up but misses.
Memnnon meanwhile has gone to the rescue of the trapped Galebdhur in the cavern of pain, where is charged by the guard, which perishes instantly under Memnnon’s infernal wrath, which is incensed as he discovers the blasphemy and evil powers holding and killing the Galeb dhur here. He immediately sets about the skulls and sigils adorning the walls to break the curse that guards the area and free the remaining Galeb dhur
There is a thunder behind me as the basalisk’s thunders over and bites the bal goro, who is now grievously wounded. Bal goro slams into the basilisk but to no avail before rolling out of the way. Tol, having dispatched his last adversary turns his attention fully to the basilisk, assigns it as his hunters quarry and dispatches it with a single arrow through one of its evil green eyes. Hurrah, things are now turning back in our favour… Can we hold out?
Switch sneak attacks the wizard, stabbing it and bloodying the Clerical Trog, which then shifts out of the way and points its staff at me. I take the full force of the strike and am now feeling very sick, there is blood running from my ears and mouth, I am struggling to breath in my weakened state, another blow may finish me off. But my agony is not over yet – the Clerical Trog sensing that he may yet win this contest, shifts away from Switch’s dancing blade and again levels his staff at me, firing another of his deadly green beams. I am again unable to avoid it and take the hit full in the chest, the foul poison burning my skin and bones, I scream in agony and slump to the ground barely alive.
However that is the last thing the Trog Cleric sees as Switch finally connects and drives his sword up to its hilt in the creatures belly and Bal Goro rolls in from the other side and lands a mighty stoney punch. The Clerical Trog breaths his last.
I stagger slowly to my feet helped by Switch.
The battle is over. The floor is awash with red and green pools of blood. Memnnon feels the weight of guilt at not being able to save more of the Galeb dhur during the battle, only two survive. Memnnon tried to heal them but wasn’t successful . We give them some of the food we have and liquid we have which rallies them. We discover we have found Gor liggs who is one of the supervisors, who thanks us for our assistance. Ozzie asks for the key which gor liggs asks what we want it for. We explain and he gives us the key. It is very slightly magical. Gor liggs suggests that this is a safe place and that there are unlikely to be anymore trogs. We set up a defensive position and search the bodies and the area.
I am keen to take the baslisk’s remaining eye but feel that carrying it will have a longer term dehabiliating effect. I need to have a think of how it can be carried out without being a burden, as it would surely be a valuable asset for an alchemist.
As we search around we find an ornate puzzle box. Switch checks for traps and declares that it isn’t checked and it’s not magical. It’s finally made and appears to valuable 100 gps, inside there is a face staring out at switch…. No its a mask. Which is finely made of yellow and white gold. Ozzie isn’t aware of any human style. It is more than likely a Galeb dhur work. Worth a 1000 gp.
We set guards and go to sleep.