After a short rest, they were in much better shape. Rhogar however, had been crushed psychologically by the villagers’ universal derision of his “up-lifting” performance. He decided to stay and work on a song that might be more appropriate for the night’s circumstances.
Before the rest of the adventurers could leave however, the incessant pounding they’d heard earlier in the night resulted in a force of kobolds breaking into the keep’s sally port! (A guarded entryway with arrow-slits for incursions such as this.)
The Guards slew a number of them, but the attackers were able to fortify within the sally port! Making good use of oil and fire, it wasn’t long before those invaders were dead too. The outer-most door was broken off the hinges, and a large force was making its way up the hill… the adventurers needed to act fast or deal with a sizable threat. A mend spell! They called for the keep’s wizard, Milo the young boy-wizard came as quick as he could.
The sally port was sealed, and now they needed healing again! Luckily Rhogar was able to acquire a couple healing spells during his time abroad.
The Keep Master, Castelan Escobert the Red, requested that the adventurers make use of an old tunnel in the keep’s basement. There was a sizable force outside the keep’s front gate, and the tunnel was the best way to avoid more bloodshed.
Of course, Castelan failed to mention the tunnel had never been used. Choked with cobwebs and swarming with rats, they had to again chop and burn their way through another tunnel.
Diceous nervously worked the key in the rusty old lock, scraping away at the corrosion and rust with his thieve’s tools, he heard the musical click of success! Peering around out the grate, he could see more attackers sweeping the riverbed for hiding villagers. Enna was in no mood to go back to the keep for healing, so she used an illusion spell to draw the Kobolds away. “Look there’s one!” a Kobold squawked, pointing at the illusion of a man popping out of the river. “After him!”
Enna smiled, and the adventurers stealthily ducked into the nearby wooded area. The crack of thunder was an alarming reminder of the situation’s magnitude, but by the light of the full moon, they knew they would succeed.
Coming to the edge of the woods there was a clearing crossed by the curving river that they would have to cross. They readied themselves to do so quickly, but Enna Caught sight of a Kobold chasing some villagers and setting fire to their house. Acting quick, and to the chagrin of Ilde… she popped off a crossbow bolt at the Kobold, slaying it immediately. Enna smiled as a terrified little girl ran out of the burning house and into the arms of man nearby. Ilde’s disapproving grimace didn’t budge, but acknowledged the clean kill.
They continued across the stream and through another patch of woods, which they swiftly popped out of to ambush a small group of cultists coming to reinforce the southern raiders. Heads flew off shoulders, and again they moved back into the shadows across the road.
The night was destined to be full of blood, they slew yet another batch of raiders, this time fending off a giant lizard which also attacked them. From their current location they could see two Kobolds had taken positions in front of the Mill and were lighting fires in front of the building. The hurried along the wooded river bank, but were startled as a clap of thunder deafened them. A house exploded in the distance and the blue dragon swept down past the treetops creating a wind that blew the heroes’ cloaks and hair upwards. “Let’s get this done quick,” Diceous said nervously.
All was dark inside the mill’s windows, and the water wheel wasn’t turning. The river was deep here, and the heroes were a little nervous of getting caught defenseless in the water. Something was strange though about the way the Kobolds were dancing around the fires waving their torches. If Rhogar were there, he’d have known it was the worst performance ever. IT WAS A TRAP!!
Diceous and Ilde quickly dispatched the two out front and waited for a reaction. There was nothing for 5 long minutes, when suddenly a small kobold head poked around the corner of the building and saw his companions dead! He darted back around the corner… and still nothing. Enna shrugged, and stayed behind… but Diceous and Ilde decided to go further upstream and cross where it was safer.
Behind the mill was a tall grain silo with a ladder, so the Ilde decided to climb the ladder to get a better look through the darkened second story window. THERE THEY WERE WAITING! Perched in the loft of the mill were 5 Kobolds with crossbows pointed at the front door. Ilde couldn’t wait. She leapt with all her might from the ladder to the window! Crashing through it and onto one of the unfortunate kobolds; she didn’t pause— immediately eviscerating the terrified dragonling in front of her!
Diceous was shocked! This was not part of the plan! He too scrambled up the ladder and aimed his crossbow sending a bolt into the brains of a Kobold who didn’t look ready to die. The creatures scrambled for their weapons, totally taken aback by the turn of events… but it was too late for them. All but one died in the mill that day, the last died in the street as it fled… killed by Enna’s sharp aim.