Yrth: The Legend Begins

Session 7 -- Things are still bloody

And Thirlim climbs a lot

Back to bloodbathing.

We are in the hall, surrounded by a large group of bodies. Baern breathes deeply, bringing himself under control as the red haze of rage clears from his vision. We all take a deep breath as we deal with the fatiguing effects of the battle in its aftermath. We check the surrounding rooms, finding a guardroom and two bedchambers, all empty. We also locate a foyer leading into what looks like a tower adjacent to the house that was the product of obviously poor surveying and masonry as it is semi-circular in nature. Oddly this produces semi-circular rooms, which grant a feeling of significant disquiet to all. We find the entry hall, whose two large doors are closed and look to be unused recently. The building in the southeast corner is a library, filled with books but none seem to be the ones we’re looking for.

As we’re clearing the ground floor a few of us hear loud movements upstairs; Thirlim estimates 5-10 men moving around upstairs. As there is no doorway at the top we hear everyone moving around up there but see nobody doing so. As we’ve cleared the ground floor to our liking we decide to charge upstairs to give them no further time to prepare. Baern, Nagarajoss and Mathieu charge upstairs with Bolos behind in support.

Meanwhile, Thirlim informs his compatriots he’s going to try and attack from an opposite angle; he runs outside and begins climbing the face of the building to reach the second floor with the intention of either tracking down Ibn or attacking the house’s defenders from the rear.

As Mathieu races upstairs he’s greeted with several armed and armored individuals at the upstairs landing, brandishing a variety of weapons and ready for him. One in particular has a crossbow at the ready and looses a bolt at him. He acrobatically dodges to the side but is still struck squarely in the skull by the bolt, which embeds itself deeply inside poor Mathieu’s head as he goes down hard and the world suddenly snaps to blackness for him. He lies at the bottom of the stairs, breathing shallowly but amazingly still alive, for now. We don’t know it but this head wound will temporarily cause him to lose empathy in general and become a bit of a cold fish.

Thirlim continues climbing.

Baern and Nagarajoss move up to the stairs, preparing to charge up and moving Mathieu out of the way. Bolos steps up behind them and casts a healing spell on Mathieu, stopping his bleeding and stabilizing him.

Upstairs the defenders close ranks at the top of the landing.

Mathieu continues lying on the ground, now no longer bleeding.

Thirlim continues climbing.

Nagarajoss takes up a defensive position over Mathieu with Baern waiting behind him.

The guards, intimidated by Nagarajoss’ extremely long spear and his menacing look, step backwards slightly.

Bolos begins preparing to cast a spell, taking a moment to direct Nagarajoss to not go far.

Mathieu, whose senses return to him somewhat, is able to apprehend the situation and reaches out to Baern to be pulled back down the stairs to safety.

Thirlim continues climbing.

Baern begins hauling Mathieu down the stairs, pulling him beside Nagarajoss.

Nagarajoss, meanwhile, steps forward, growling for his prey to come closer. The group visibly shakens; the crossbowman freezes in fright during the act of reloading but the rest hold firm, although clearly uneasy. They all wait for our group to advance in a defensive posture.

Bolos casts Haste on Nagarajoss in a completely non-sexual manner; his movements take on a sharpness as it looks as though his reflexes take on a new acuity.

Mathieu holds on to Baern as tightly as he can as he’s pulled downstairs to safety.

Thirlim continues climbing.

Baern completes relocating Mathieu behind him on the stairs.

Nagarajoss steps up and swings his huge naginata at one of the guards around the corner to the right, the angle a bit awkward due to the corner; the armsman is able to stop the blow with his shield.

One of the guards charges Nagarajoss, leading with his shield, but Nagarajoss is able to parry his attack against the stairway wall. Two other guards follow behind, stabbing forward with spears around the attacker. Nagarajoss tries to dodge out of the way but slips slightly on the stairs, oddly in the same spot that Mathieu took the crossbow bolt, as if it were CURSED. His feet give way and the huge lizard-man falls prone on the stairway.

Bolos shakes his head in amazement and casts a spell on the closest guard at the top of the stairs, whose sword hand suddenly freezes as his weapon drops from his grip.

Mathieu lays at the bottom of the stairs.

Thirlim continues climbing.

Baern steps up, right on top of Nagarajoss, and takes a defensive stance to give him cover while he regains his footing. He strikes out at the swordsman at the top of the stairs. He’s able to strike him cleanly through his defenses, stabbing him brutally in the gut; he staggers a bit but remains on his feet somehow.

Nagarajoss twists suddenly, trying to make an acrobatic leap to his feet, but he fails to do so and instead finds himself sitting on the stairs.

The disarmed guard rears back and once again tries to thump Nagarajoss with his shield but he manages to lean out of the way of their thrusts. The two guards behind stab with their spears; one of them connects with his chest but only deals a small flesh wound.

Bolos, once again amazed at the comedy of errors before him, steps forward slightly and casts another spell. The arm of the disarmed guard at the top of the stairs begins shaking violently, causing his shield to drop slightly as he looks a bit preoccupied with his wildly moving arm. He is unable to get out of the way of a length of steel that impales him once again, this time dropping him to the ground.

Mathieu continues lying at the foot of the stairs.

Thirlim continues climbing.

Nagarajoss gets to his feet once again and resumes his fighting stance.

The two guards with spears strike at the lizard man; Nagarajoss is able to parry their strikes deftly out of the way. The two spearmen step backwards while two swordsmen step in to take their place.

Bolos steps forward again, casting yet another spell. The guard immediately in front of Nagarajoss has a funny look on his face but that’s the entire effect of the spell.

Mathieu continues lying senseless.

Thirlim continues climbing.

Baern waits for Nagarajoss to attack, looking for an opening.

Nagarajoss attacks the guard in front of him with a very annoying looking feather on his helmet but the guard is able to parry the attack.

Baern roars from behind Nagarajoss about the friend of the guards he just skewered but his shouts are lost in the din of battle and go unheeded.

The four guards cluster around the top of the stairs and all attack Nagarajoss, right in front of them. He’s able to somehow evade all four of their attacks in the confined space.

Bolos once again casts a spell; the guard immediately in front of Nagarajoss lowers his shield arm as it begins shaking uncontrollably.

Mathieu continues lying senseless.

Thirlim continues climbing.

Baern swings his sword wildly, once again ventilating another set of innards, this time the guard right in front of Nagarajoss as he fails to evade the strike. The guard drops to the ground, out of the fight for now.

Nagarajoss strikes at the guard behind the one who just dropped, immediately in front of him. Some fancy maneuvering sees the point of the Naginata through his defenses, giving the man a nasty wound that he manages to keep his feet from.

The recently downed guard takes a second coming to his senses. Another guard swings wildly at Nagarajoss, intent on revenge. Nagarajoss is caught unaware and while trying to move his weapon to block he fumbles his grip and drops it. Another mean flesh wound is his reward. The other spearmen, excited by his compatriot’s success, jumps hurriedly to take advantage of the lizard-man’s lowered defenses; in his haste his grip slips and so does his spear, clattering to the ground. The remaining swordsman tries to do better but fails to connect his blow on Nagarajoss.

Bolos casts yet another spell and the spearman two paces in front of Nagarajoss gets a funny look on his face as his weapon arm begins shaking uncontrollably and his weapon joins the growing pile on the ground.

Mathieu continues lying senseless.

Thirlim continues climbing.

Baern again waits for Nagarajoss to advance as he has no target at the moment.

Nagarajoss steps forward to the group of guards. He stands ready to defend while he sizes up the one guard still with a weapon in hand, giving him a rueful glare.

Baern steps up after him and stabs his huge claymore at one of the guards but his weapon clatters off the side of the staircase, missing its target.

Out of the corner of their eye Baern and Nagarajoss see the crossbowman finally nock and ready a bolt in his weapon.

Both the spearmen kneel down and retrieve their spears. The swordsman next to Nagarajoss that Baern failed to strike swings his sword at Nagarajoss, whose enhanced reflexes are abnormal enough to throw off his timing. His armor is able to easily stop the blow as he moves just enough to take its force away.

Bolos stands back and watches the fight evolve, conserving his energy and planning his next move.

Mathieu continues lying senseless.

Thirlim continues climbing.

Baern swings his sword in a complicated pattern as he tries to evade the defenses of one of the spearmen; unfortunately it’s a bit too complicated and he misses entirely.

Nagarajoss steps up next to one of the guards who knelt to retrieve his weapon and grabs for his neck with both hands, taking hold firmly.

The grappled guard writhes but cannot break free. His friend with the sword swings it at Baern, who easily parries it out of the way. The spearman besides him also stabs at him and connects in a vital area; his armor stops the majority of the blow but he still staggers backwards briefly as he tries to regain his breath. The guard with the crossbow raises his weapon and sights down its length, aiming at Nagarajoss.

Bolos continues to observe the situation.

Mathieu continues lying senseless.

Thirlim continues climbing.

Baern makes a quick thrust at the spearman, getting his sword back in position swiftly to defend; the spearman reads the maneuver easily and stops the attack with his shield.

Nagarajoss begins strangling the poor guard but a well-timed movement from the guard causes his grip to falter as the man breaks free, breathing deeply in relief. The guard, still on his knees, scrambles backwards. His friend with the crossbow fires but misses badly. One of the other guards misses with his spear while the remaining one swings viciously at Baern with his sword, connecting and dealing a deep wound to his chest. Baern again staggers backwards but remains on his feet, blood leaking down his chest from.

Bolos asks Baern’s permission to heal him which is of course granted. Bolos casts a spell and the wound Baern just took closes itself, staunching the bleeding. Baern still looks slightly unsteady but continues fighting.

Mathieu continues lying senseless.

Thirlim continues climbing.

Baern attacks the remaining guard with a sword but his form is a bit slow; the guard stops the attack without difficulty.

Nagarajoss levels a wicked kick at the neck of the kneeling guard in front of him; the guard tries to raise his hands to stop the attack but can’t quite do so in time; the sharpened claws on his feet tear into the soft tissue of his neck and create a large gash that quickly begins pumping blood out. The guard remains conscious as he observes his lifeblood pouring out.

The crossbowman has had enough; he drops his crossbow and unsheathes his scimitar. The guard bleeding from his neck staggers to his feet, unwilling to die on his knees. The other spearman fails to connect as Baern parries his attack; the swordsman next to him swings and misses.

Mathieu continues lying senseless.

Thirlim continues climbing.

Baern turns and swings at the swordsman next to him, catching him fully through the chest with a wicked thrust. The man shakes slightly as he pales and seems to wither slightly. Baern immediately stands up straighter as his eyes widen slightly and he seems to regain some of his lost vigor.

Nagarajoss moves slightly to a more defensible position and tries to claw the swordsman but misses.

Bleeding guard somehow remains on his feet. Heedless of his grievous wound he stabs out at Nagarajoss but is unsteady and can’t connect. The other spearman attempts to make lizard-man-kabobs and skewers his torso, creating yet another scar to tell the ladies about. The crossbowman charges into combat but should have stuck with the crossbow; he misses. The swordsman attacking Baern isn’t up to fighting further and passes out from blood loss.

Bolos continues to watch.

Mathieu continues lying senseless.

Thirlim continues climbing.

Baern steps forward and attacks the crossbowman (now wielding a scimitar). While his neck is not bleeding his chest begins doing so as a large claymore-shaped hole is punched in his chest. The man was obviously not built for melee combat as he drops immediately, stunned from the wound.

Nagarajoss steps forward towards the one remaining unhurt guard.

Former crossbowman remains on the ground. Bleeding-neck guard finally passes out from blood loss. The one remaining guard valiantly fights on, stabbing wickedly at Nagarajoss, who dodges out of the way.

Bolos continues to watch.

Mathieu continues lying senseless.

Thirlim continues climbing.

Baern advances, moving to flank the one remaining guard.

Nagarajoss advances and strikes the last defender with a vicious series of blows; he tries to get his shield in the way but can’t do so in time. Nagarajoss grabs and holds onto the man. He writhes furiously but accomplishes nothing.

Bolos continues to watch.

Mathieu continues lying senseless.

Thirlim continues climbing.

Baern leans back and puts his full weight into a stab, fully running his sword through the man. A full two feet of steel bloom out of his chest with what look like pieces of a few recognizable organs along for the ride, now visiting the outside of his body. The standard spray of blood occurs and he goes limp immediately.

Crossbow-turned-scimitar man shakes himself back to his senses, finding himself on all fours on the ground. He regains consciousness right in time for Nagarajoss to get a running start onto a kick to his midsection that he puts his full force into. His armor takes most of the blow but an audible crack is heard as a rib gives way and the breath is knocked completely out of him.

Bolos continues to watch.

Mathieu continues lying senseless.

Thirlim continues climbing.

Baern walks over to the remaining guard, now gasping for air. He raises his sword high and puts his back into a downward swing on the poor man’s leg. Baern bellows a Celtic war cry about fallen comrades as his sword shatters his femur and destroys the flesh, leaving his leg connected by only a scrap of ligament and a whole lot of blood.

As the man screams in agony Nagarajoss steps to the side and lands a claw-footed slice to his neck. The man gurgles a furious scream as he shakes and puts a hand to his neck, failing to stop his blood gushing onto the floor.

Bolos continues to watch.

Mathieu continues lying senseless.

Thirlim continues climbing.

Baern also steps to his side, winding up and stabbing his sword downwards through the back of the man’s head. While the blow fails to penetrate his helmet the blunt trauma finally knocks him out so his misery can end in unconsciousness.

Nineteen rounds later, with all of the defenders at hand eliminated we stop for the night and each receive three character points.

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