Ut Victor Spoilum and the Scales of War

Night 2: Back-Alley Brawl

Pyrrhus' Finest Hour

The seven adventurers round the charred skeleton of the Antler and Thistle and head into the narrow city streets of Brindol. All around them, the sounds of battle can be heard: clashes of steel, occasional screams in the darkness, and the shrill warcries of the hobgoblins. The night sky is a hellish orange and red from the glow of the Hobgoblin’s efforts at arson.

”...But what I’m asking is, are you WITH us? One minute you’re not there, the next, there you are.” Croaker is asking Ardwinna as they walk.

She finds this funny and laughingly replies “I wasn’t firing arrows AT you, was I?”

“Look, she’s with me. Thats all you need to know.” Aodan says. Croaker consideres the two of them for a moment, then exchanges glances with Carmen.

“All right, lets go.” Croaker says. As the group stands on the street conversing, a pair of town gaurds come scrambling up the alley twoard the bar.

“You all ‘re the ones who drove off them hobgoblins?” One of them says. “Thanks for that, we’re runnin’ ourselves ragged tryin’ to keep up with the little bastards.”

“Look, if you guys can keep this area secure for us, we’re gonna run back to command and get new orders.” The second gaurd adds, and the two of them run off back into the night.

Only a short time passes before the sounds of battle begin to get closer. Soon a crowd of civillians rush the street, chased by an ogre towing a cart of hobgoblin archers. one of the hobgoblins on the cart hands off a barrel of something to the ogre, while the other archer picks off a fleeing civillian.

Croaker gives a shout for the group to ready themselves for battle, and launches a javalin at the Ogre, but it bounces off the monster’s thick hide. The ogre chucks a barrel into the crossroads, which explodes and sets a few small fires in the area. Pyrrhus darts in to attack the Ogre, but his blade proves ineffective. Aodan takes a running start and leaps up to a rooftop, but missjudges the hieght and falls flat on his back. Carmen stops out the fire nearest to him and tries to sap the Ogre’s will to fight, but realizes he’ll have to use smaller words. Lornak also puts out a fire, and flings a dagger that never finds a target. Artemis charges into battle and plants his greataxe into the Ogre, then unleashes a blast of dragon’s breath against the cart and it’s explosives. It is perhaps a fortunate thing that none of the barrels catch fire. With etherial grace, Ardwinna leaps to the roof of a nearby building, and takes careful aim with her longbow.

Croaker moves in closer to the battle, and picks an easier target to hurl a javalin at, but the Hobgoblin archer easily ducks out of the way of the missile. the Ogre swings his club at Pyrrhus, but the scrappy Genesai quickly dodges the attack. With the Hobgoblins and Ogre distracted, the civillians flee from battle and take refuge in houses and behind any piece of cover they can find. The two hobgoblin archers take a shot at Croaker and Lornak, but neither arrows hit. Pyrrhus, confident in his ability, skirts around the Ogre to take up a flanking position, but the Ogre whollops him with his club so hard he nearly knocks Pyrrhus off his feet. The poor swordmage staggers and catches his breath. Carmen once again attempts to taunt the Ogre, but can’t think of anything insulting enough. Aodan picks himself up, and flings a shiruken that sticks itself in the Ogre. Lornak puts out another small fire, and mutters a few dark words in his native Drow toung, but nothing seems to happen. Aremis sweeps his greataxe around him, somehow missing the Ogre but lands a good hit on the Hobgoblin archer nearest him, blooding the archer. From her pearch atop a house, Ardwinna fires two arrows at the Ogre, but she and the arrows fade away before they can hit.

Around them, the villagers continue to flee. Croaker steps into the fight alongside Artemis and slashes at the Ogre. He shouts a word of inspiration to Pyrrhus, and quick command to Artemis, who strikes the ogre with his axe again. The Ogre winds up to strike Pyrrhus, but Carmen interrupts the attack with an arrow of his own, giving Pyrrhus a moment to dodge the incoming club. The hobgoblins both drop thier longbows and draw thier swords. one of them misses Artemis, but it’s companion draws blood from Pyrrhus. Behind the melee, a group of children run out into the street from an alley, pursued by two hobgoblin grunts, Carmen shouts to Lornak to cover the rear. Pyrrhus attempts to pull a faint on the hobgoblin next to him, but fails. Carmen unleashes a sonic attack on the Ogre, and speaks a word of bardic magic to heal Pyrrhus. Aodan makes a second attempt to get onto the house’s roof, but fails in the same spectacular way a second time. Lornak breaks off from the battle heads off to the south to deal with the two stray grunts, ducking into cover. Artemis lands a devestating strike against the Ogre, drawing blood from the massive brute.

Croaker shouts another command, and Artemis strike the ogre again. Infuriated, the Ogre turns around and spies Croaker and swipes at him with his massive club, Croaker raises his light shield in defense but it does him little good. There is a puff of smoke and flame, and Pyrrhus teleports from his position into the air above the Ogre and plants his broadswoard hilt-deep into the back of the Ogre’s skull, who’s lifeless body topples to the ground. With uncanny reflexes, Pyrrhus pulls his sword from the Ogre and spins around in time to parry an attack from a hobgoblin assailiant. the other hobgoblin lands a sound hit on Artemis. Meanwhile, behind the battle, the grunts catch up to the pack of fleeing children and strike down one of them. Pyrrhus marks the hobgoblin attacking Artemis, and strikes the one attacking himself. Carmen hurries down the street and fires two shots from his longbow, one of them lands in between the shoulderblades of a hobgoblin grunt chasing the children. At that moment, Lornak steps out from cover and puts a crossbow bolt into the back of the other maurauding grunt. Aodan picks himself up from the ground for a second time and flings a shiruken that goes wide and misses. Artemis brings his axe down onto the hobgoblin nearest him, and severs it’s head.

Scrambling over the still-cooling body of the ogre, Croaker strikes the remaining hobgoblin and steadies himself with a warcry. Unintimidated, the hobgoblin strikes back at Croaker, drawing blood. Pyrrhus focuses himself for a moment, and then becomes a blur of fire and steel, striking the final hobgoblin three times in rapid succession, ending the miserable creature’s life.

After the battle, the adventurers collect themselves, and a crowd of civillians gather around them. Later, the two gaurds return and ask the group to help stand guard at the bridge overnight.

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