After having lost their wizard in the last quest, a fresh new recruit, right out of the School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, had joined out team. Thankfull for his help, they bought him a wizard's staff from a local armoury. "Don't worry lad! We won't lose our wizard so easily again, we promise!" said the dwarf to the young wizard.
So once again, the foursome stepped through the entrance to yet another dungeon. Before them lay a long passageway, with some stairs.
The barbarian took the lead, and the wizard followed closely. The elf and dwarf took the rear. All of a sudden a large boulder dropped from the ceiling, and started to slowly roll downwards, toward our heroes! "RUN!" yelled the dwarf, and the barbarian and wizard ran on, finding 2 doors in the corridor. "Let's take refuge beyond this door!" said the wizard. "Good idea!" said the barbarian, and opened the door. Inside, he saw some orcs and goblins. The barbarian had some movement left, so he ran in, and started hacking at the first goblin in sight. The elf and the dwarf almost got run over by the giant boulder, but they managed to flee into the room, and so did the wizard. Barely inside, the boulder thundered past the open door, ripping the wooden door off of its hinges. Crowded by the monsters, the elf could not use her crossbow, but the dwarf and the barbarian quickly disposed of the bad guys.
Searching for traps revealed nothing.
The dwarf killed the second one, before they had a chance to attack, and after searching for treasure, a wandering monster popped up! Apparently, and orc had gotten hold of a cloak with the magical ability to hide him from plain sight.
Bravely, the barbarian warded off the attack, and slew the orc where he stood. On to the next room! More monsters awaited them there. The end of the corridor was blocked off by the boulder, so they had no choice but to kill everything inside the room, which our heroes swiftly managed to do. Some bodypoints were lost, and potions were handed over.
With no apparent exit, they searched for secret doors, and found a hidden room, which led back to the winding stairway.
Cautiously (weary of more boulders) they searched for more traps and walked down the stairs, untill they found another door.
Around the corner of the corridor, the barbarian found a pit trap. The dwarf opened the door to the next room, to circumvent the pit, and was not too surprised to see more greenskins.
He decided to use the door-blocking tactic, and waited for the monsters to come to the door, so he could attack them one at a time.
A cozy hearthfire was burning in this room, with a fimir enjoying a cognac in front of it. At the sight of the dwarf, it attacked, but did not survive the dwarfs axe.
Another orc with one of them strange hiding cloaks jumped at the dwarf, and attacked him.
Another bodypoint lost! And this time, there were no more potions or spells. Better be more carefull from now on, they thought.
The barbarian took care of the orc, and the elf took the lead into the corridor, shooting at a goblin further down the stairs. It never saw it coming and died. The dwarf found another spear trap, but managed to disable it.
A couple of turns later, the heroes passed another corner, and spotted a goblin guarding a door.
The goblin bit the dust, but the orcs and goblin inside the room managed to nibble off some more bodypoints from each member.
Another turn passed, and the others followed behind the elf, who at the moment had most body points left.
"There's a door here guys!" she said, "should I open it?"
"Perhaps we should examine the corridor further first" said the barbarian "I think we're close to the end of the stairs".
"There might be some good loot in there" said the dwarf.
An entire army of orcs led by a chaos warrior awaited there.
"How are we ever going to kill them all?" cried the barbarian. "Can't you cast something?" he asked the wizard.
"I'm almost out of spells!" he replied.
"RUN!!!" shouted the elf, and she ran.
One orc ran up to him and hit him for 2 damage.
"Oh no! I need 2 white shields!"
He threw 4 dice in defense, and rolled not a single white shield. The barbarian looked over his shoulder, and saw the wizard fall
"Fly, you fools!"he shouted, and died.
"This better be the end of this orc-infested stairway!" the dwarf said.
The barbarian opened the door, and yelled "Yes! it is!! Come quickly!"
The remaining heroes ran for the stairs and barred the door behind them.
"I can't believe we lost another wizard!" said the barbarian.
"Ah well, I didn't know him too well anyway" replied the elf.
"We'll find another one, don't worry" said the dwarf.
And with that they cheerfully set off toward their next adventure.
To be continued...