We headed out
After traveling all day we set up camp, Will and Crichton went hunting while Fillio and Balor hung out by the fire.
We soon picked up some tracks and found ourselves face to face with a charging boar. Will got off a good shot, but it didn’t slow down and mauls Crichton to within a few wounds of his life.
We ate well that night.
In the morning, feel rested we headed
west east some more, finding a crazy guy pissing and yelling at a stone head. We chatted for a while he eventually pointed us in the direction of the Gnolls camp.
We should come back to this area for further exploring.
northwest northeast the traveling was easy. Though Will had a bit of trouble with a skeleton that didn’t take to kindly to being searched.
After more walking we saw the smoke of the Gnoll camp on the horizon. It was a descend sized camp of maybe 10 tents from what we could see. We decided to move up quietly, Fillon found it difficult to keep from making noise. We soon had a party of six Gnolls and Three Hyena approaching. Will stood up and let off a couple of pot shots, claiming the first kill he was then set upon by the remaining Hyena. Everybody was trying to get the hyena off Will and heal him up, in the end it was Will’s cane that did the trick. The constant barrages of incoming Bola hampered our strategies, nobody was able to dodge them. Just as we hit the ground the close range Gnolls would charge up to finish us off. The first Gnoll in was after Fillion, Fillion was ready and stood up in front of him, pistol drawn and unloaded point blank. It was a close fought battle Fillion was dropped in the fracas and with the battle winding up the load shots from Fillions gun had raised the alarm in the camp.
Only one thing to do run. Crichton picked up the unconscious Fillion and we all bolted. All we got from the fight was 4 of their pendants.
It took many hours before we felt like we had lost them. Once we felt safe our attentions turned to trying to heal our wounds and waking Fillion.
Everybody was keen to rest up after the skirmish and long chase. Though our camp site was not well chosen, just as we were going to sleep the local spider population descended on us. They were quickly and zealously dispatched with excessive force. Will goat got bitten and was in a bad way, fortunately the paralysis was temporary.
In the morning the group decided to head back to the Gnoll camp for another round of action. We were all hoping to be a bit more sneaky this time. After walking back to where we thought the camp should be nothing was looking familiar. So we kept walking a bit further, the tall grass of the plains started to give way to the squelch of bog. Everybody took the chance to bath in the ‘healing bog water’ before we made camp.
It was Crichtons watch not long after midnight when the next attack arrived. Will got off a good shot and dropped one of the shadowy humanoid figures. The now familiar sound of bola flying through the air told us we were facing another party of Knolls. Crichton cut one of them out of the air before getting hit by a second, once on the ground the Hyena attacked. The pack mauled Crichton badly, putting him out of action for 3 rounds and it was another 2 rounds before he felt his reactions returning to normal. While Crichton was wrestling with the Hyena, Balor had charged forward and was attacking the largest of the knolls. On his own constantly being tripped and pounded, he eventually succumbed to the Knoll pack. Fillion who came to Balors aid was next to fall. Will who had been working on the Crichtons hyenas went to their rescue, the boss Knoll took a massive swing at him and missed, losing his grip on his axe. Crichton finally managed to finish off the last hyena jumped up and charged at the now unarmed boss. On of the minions stepped in to protect his boss, swinging at the running Crichton. It connected but didn’t slow his pace. One last blow ended the boss and made all Balors hard count. With the boss gone the swinging minion was next and the rest soon followed.
Will and Crichton then went to work, stabilizing Balor then Fillion. Everybody was glad the battle didn’t go any longer or we may not have told this tail. It was along trip back from the edge of the bog to town. The party was careful and moved swiftly, managing to avoid the attention of any more Knoll hunting parties.
By the time we got back to town a week had passed since we left.
We had gained 11 blood stone necklaces
Crichton kept the Boss’s Axe (Single Hand, D10+1)
We also gained 254XP each