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Having provided the other prisoners with the necessary distraction to make it unscathed down the ropes, Bran lands near the orcs and attacks one of them with his dwarven waraxe. The orc however dodges his attack. While the six laborers make their escape, the two remaining Argent Legionnaires besides Bran, follow their captain into melee with the remaining Urgruem warriors in the ravine, attacking the savage brutes with their longswords. One of them misses, but the other hits an orc for 13 damage. There are seven orcs remaining in the ravine...
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Post by Mad Monkey Hu Sen on Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:30 am

Turning his head between the two possible courses of action and finding himself without any effective means of getting off the cliff in a hurry, Kardalis follows Imarra and Myrdin, hoping that Doedance knows what he's doing and where he's going.
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As Imarra and Kardalis run after Myrdin, they soon reach the cavern which connects the lower and upper Urgruem caverns with an ascent along its northern wall.

In the lower part of the cavern there is a large crude stone statue of a female orc with long claws and three captives bound to poles. Only one of them is still alive... Morn Buckman... He is screaming for his life as a huge demonic centipede looms over him, hissing and clicking its tremendous mandibles in anticipation of the meal in front of it...

Myrdin is standing by the edge of the ascent, about half way down, swords sheathed and bow drawn...

He fires an arrow at the fiendish monstrosity, dealing 8 damage to it. It immediately turns its attention towards the Moonstar...

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Post by Karbrae on Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:46 am

Outside in the ravine, Rhenwald rapidly fires two more arrows, the first felling the orc (orc 7) which one of the Argent Legionnaires had wounded, and the other dealing 11 damage to the orc (orc 6) that the other Legionnaire is fighting. Amra quickly follows up with another casting of acid arrow, dealing 3 damage to the orc (orc 5) which Bran is fighting.
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Post by mageconsul on Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:01 pm

From atop the cliff, Nerea fires an arrow at the orc Rhenwald wounded, striking it on the shoulder for 4 points of damage. "That's more like it," she says, as she quickly nocks a second arrow.
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Post by Karbrae on Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:41 am

With their leader dead and arrows and spells raining on them from above, the remaining orcs in the ravine realize that they are facing defeat and withdraw into the caverns...
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Post by wigglewyrms on Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:12 am

Avis watches the orcs retreat. "They really are cowardly without their glorious leaders, aren't they?" she muses. She looks about to see how the others have fared. Amra, Rhenwald, and Nerea surround her, with Bran and the prisoners standing below. "Imarra and Kardalis never showed," she observes. She addresses those standing with her on the cliff. "Either they're dawdling back inside, or they chased after Doedance. I'm going to check on them; whatever prompted that scream can't be good."

She turns to run back into the cavern. When she sees that the room is empty, she mutters, "Damn it, Doedance," and sprints down the hall he had entered before.

She spots Imarra, Kardalis, and Myrdin. "There you are," she breathes, winded from running. "What are you three—" As her gaze wanders across the room, her eyes fall to the gruesome scene below them. "Oh, this is just perfect. Thank the gods. I thought this was going to be easy," she says, words dripping with sarcasm.
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Post by Drome on Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:52 am

Seeing Myrdin and the giant Centipede along with its victim there is no question for Imarra what they have to do. She holds the burning piece of wood high to her side as she makes the arcane gestures with her free right hand and points her finger to the Centipede. Arcane energy channels through her arm towards the index finger and three magical arrows shoot from it, spiraling around each other, racing towards the Centipede, impacting for 12 points of force damage.
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The demon centipede hisses loudly as Imarra's force arrows hit it, but the damage doesn't seem to slow it down. The monster quickly climbs up the wall of the ascent and attacks Myrdin Doedance, but the Harper nimbly dodges its attack.

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Post by Mad Monkey Hu Sen on Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:03 pm

Kardalis curses under his breath as he fruitlessly scans the room for the Cave Mother.
"I hate it when they get away"
Turning to the more immediate threat, Kardalis circles around the beast, seeking to stab it in the hind quarters, aiming for it's vitals.
He lunges forward and his crystal sword bites deep, through the exoskeleton, ravaging the soft flesh beneath.
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Kard's crystal blade tears into the flesh beneath the creature's defensive plates, causing enough damage to its nerve cords and ganglia that the huge monstrosity writhes in pain and falls off the cliff ascent from the shock, impaling itself on the northernmost of the poles, on top of the dead captive tied to it. It clicks its fiendish mandibles one last time, before its unholy soul finally seeps out of its monstrous centipede body, returning to the Nine Hells of Baator from which it came...


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Post by Mad Monkey Hu Sen on Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:31 am

Kardalis watches the descent of the monstrous creature, and breathes out a long sigh.
"Are we done now?"
Rubbing his temples, he retreats from the edge sheathes his sword after snapping it forward a couple time, to remove the gore.
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Post by Drome on Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:56 am

"I certainly hope so." Imarra answers Kardalis and begins to walk down the slope to get to the last prisoner, tied to the pole "Hold out a little longer, I'm coming.". Carefully and slowly she holds the burning wood up to light her way and keep an eye out for any traps, until she drops her lightsource at the bottom of the slope, the heat getting too close to her hand and too much to hold on longer.
As she draws closer Imarra reassures him "Captain Brightfist is taking the others to the station himself and sent all of us to get you out of here. Can you walk?" before taking out her dagger to cut him free.
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Post by Karbrae on Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:45 pm

Morn Buckman, who is badly bruised, undoubtedly due to the young Chondathan conscript having fought for his life against his orcish captors, when they dragged him off to sacrifice to Luthic, and severely shocked from nearly being eaten alive by a huge demon centipede, nods in exhausted affirmation. "I think so. And thank you." He musters a bloody but humorous smile and adds. "I mean, I guess we'll see when you untie the ropes... If not, I'll happily get down and crawl as fast as that thing you just killed, whatever it takes to get the hell out of these damn dark caverns and back to Jalanthar!"
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Post by Drome on Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:04 am

Giving him a smile at the humor the injured man manages to muster, Imarra wraps one arm around him to hold him up while she reaches with the other to cut his binds, ready to lean him onto her shoulder should he need to. "Let's get you out of here then." the young wizard tells Morn and looks up to her companions.
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Post by mageconsul on Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:13 am

Just then, Nerea rounds the corner, bow in hand. She pauses beside Avis, her heart still racing. "The prisoners are safe outside. What, uh..." She pauses, casting about for any sign of a threat. "What happened in here?"
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Post by wigglewyrms on Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:18 am

"We had a slight infestation. It's been taken care of," says Avis. Somewhat miffed at her lack of contribution in the fight against the centipede, she begins to look around the room for anything interesting. Ikkri appears from her hood and positions himself on her shoulder, ready to lend his eyes.
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The cavern is a large natural cavern with a tunnel leading southwest into the Underdark, complete with a palisade "sluice" area to ensure that only welcome Underdark visitors enter the Urgruem Caverns from the depths below. A large crude stone statue of Luthic, envisioned as a voluptuous orc with long hair and claws, looms eerily above the cavern and the sacrificial area beneath her, where five wooden poles stand in a neat row, two of them holding the mutilated corpses of an Argent Legionnaire and an elderly man, who you guess might be the mulemaster, and the last holding Morn Buckman, who is quite eager to be freed from his excruciatingly tight-bound hemp rope ties... An ascent leads to the upper caverns along the northern wall of the cavern and another tunnel leads to the remainder of the lower caverns to the southeast...
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Myrdin Doedance: Myrdin walks over to the edge of the cliff next to Kardalis, looking at the impaled monster beneath them, and then at the half-drow, nodding to him in respect. "Impressive work, Kardalis." The blue-haired moon elven Harper then proceeds to put his exquisite bow back on his back, before putting two fingers in his mouth and whistling loudly. His blue-feathered hawk answers with a majestic screech from afar and comes flying from the upper caverns and lands on his outstretched arm, where upon he gives the beautiful bird of prey a small piece of meat. "Good girl, Gweyr."

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Amra Braegen soon enters the cavern where the others are and casually strides down the ascent to where Imarra and Morn are located, her dragazhar familiar following close behind. When the Argent Legion conscript is freed and the whole party is gathered in the lower part of the cavern, the blue-clad moon elven Kelemvorite serenely addresses the gathering:

Amra Braegen: "Well done everyone. We just defeated an entire orc tribe. I believe celebrations are in order. With the portal to Jalanthar allowing us quick travel between here and there, I'd say we can afford another night of rest at the Cockatrice, and that we should take the opportunity to have a meeting to discuss our new findings in regards to our mission to Whisperwind Keep, preferably with you at the table, Saer Doedance. I believe a sit down would be mutually beneficial at this point, and that you should consider joining us on our venture to the keep, now that our causes align."
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Myrdin Doedance: Myrdin nods in agreement. "Aye. I also promised you payment for helping me out here, and I'm sure Lady Dragonspur would be interested in meeting you all as well... The portal leads directly to Dragonspur's house in Jalanthar, but I'm not sure she's there at the moment. She mentioned some business she had to attend to in Everlund, right before I left for Fort Falknar. You may also want to have a meeting with Bran Brighthand and his commander, Badel Kilmander, as I'm quite certain the Argent Legion would be rather interested in retaliating against the Kreels as well..."

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