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by Ken St. Andre and the members of Trollhalla. what’s going on?  This entire post will be devoted to a continuing cave crawl adventure in Trollhalla, and I will post it as I go along. There probably won’t be any convenient chapter headings, but major breaks in the action will be indicated thusly: ***************************************** Members of Trollhalla are invited to send their avatars or other made-up character into a mysterious set of new caves that a trollworld quake has opened into the lower levels of Trollhalla.  The format of this narrative may be extremely rough. If I ever turn it into a real narrative, I’ll clean it up. Now let the adventure begin. ************************************************************

NEW CAVES 1(You are all invited to this adventure. It all takes place on the walla. We may not even use attributes. We will just play by the What’s reasonable rule. If you become unreasonable in your actions, the Game Master will kill you. Use any character you like. The game is timeless. Nothing resolves until the previous action is resolved. You’ll pick it up as you go along.)It felt like a herd of mastodons stampeding through Trollhalla, but it was in a fact a trollworld quake. Later Trollgod put out a call for volunteers. He spoke to the Elite in the dining hall:”The quake has opened a new set of caves on one of the lower levels. I don’t know what they contain, but since they are now connected to Trollhalla, they need to be explored and claimed in my name. Anyone who wishes to undertake this mission for me can start by picking up a FUNNY-ONCE ring from Ea. I think she’s acting as Jeweler this week. Go together, go separately, just follow the blinking green arrows I’ve hung in the air outside the back entrance to this dining hall.”As usual, most of the Elite ignored the Trollgod and went on with whatever they had been doing when he wandered in. A couple of champions put their heads together and considered the job. A strange centaur popped into the room just in time to hear Khenn’s speech.
NEW CAVES 2The tunnel leading beyond the dining hall quickly split into multiple passages, one of which spiraled down steeply. Of course, that was the one that had the blinking green arrow hanging in the air pointing to it. A strong cold breeze came out of that passage–distinctly odd since most of Trollhalla was quite warm.Trollgod wondered if anyone would take the bait.

After hearing the words of the Trollgod and getting sick of inventorying the “special weapons” for the assault planned on the evening of the 4th. (Of course I intent to attend, I’m just sick of stocking the warwagon.) Sniff at the cool breeze, and if I detect no sent of my sudden and unavoidable death, proceed carefully, these new passages can be a bit unstable before a skilled minetroll shores them up properly.     New Caves A Runt Troll about 6 feet tall and 220 pounds dressed in leather duster and floppy hat joined the Centaur. He looked a lot like Yorrdamma vrash, but said he was Yordy’s nice twin – a clone. He had a wizard’s staff and a pair of Sax knives on his belt. He said he was looking for a troll named Kaboom or something like that.   New Caves Kkragthorrr the skeleton merrily joins to march to his death, or uhm redeath? Kkragthorrr is not sure which, his brain turned to dust years ago.   New Caves Uncle Cranky, a fat, tall old Troll with a squirming backpack, several dirks, and a pegged cane that looks suspicously bejeweled and…springy, toddles down to the tunnel with the blinking green arrow, and down the tunnel he goes, shooing various cats and smaller Trollhallans OFF his cane as he goes. “NO rides, Dr. Yorrdy, I don’ care HOW bad the hum-a-ditty eats inta yer rheumatizz! An’ I don’ care ’bout yer Shazambago, neither! I need th’ stick ta git aroun’, Glarmph it all!”     New Caves Kkragthorrr too, goes down the path with the green arrow. Kkragthorrr is cradling his crossbow which is loaded with troll grenades on thick sticks. Kkragthorrr loves the pretty explosions they make.   IT WAS NEVER QUITE DARK INSIDE TROLLHALLA. DIM, YES, LIKE THE BRAINS AND WITS OF THE INHABITANTS, BUT NEVER ABSOLUTELY DARK. IT SEEMED AS IF A DIM BLUE LIGHT PERMEATED THE VERY AIR OF THE PLACE. THE ADVENTUROUS ONES STARTED DOWN THE RAMP TO THE LOWER LEVELS. A BIT OF COLD DIDN’T BOTHER THEM. THOSE WITH A KEEN SENSE OF SMELL PICKED UP THE AROMA OF CAVE BEARS, AND OF LIVING STONE. EA STOOD AT THE TOP OF THE RAMP AND HANDED EACH ADVENTURER A FUNNY-ONCE RING. FOR THOSE WHO HAD NEVER SEEN ONE, SHE EXPLAINED, “IF YOU DIE, THE RING WILL EXPLODE,AND YOU WILL BE TRANSPORTED BACK TO THE DINING HALL. OF COURSE, YOU WILL LOSE EVERYTHING YOU ARE CARRYING, SO TRY NOT TO DIE. TROLLGOD WILL PROBABLY REVIVE YOU IF HE FINDS YOUR NAKED DEAD BODY IN THE LUNCHROOM. IT’S THE LEAST HE CAN DO FOR CHAMPIONS LIKE YOU.” WHEN THEY REACHED THE BOTTOM OF THE RAMP THEY FOUND THEMSELVES IN AN IRREGULAR CAVERN ABOUT 50 FEET WIDE. THREE SMALLER TUNNELS LED OUT OF THE MAIN CAVERN INTO THE UNKNOWN. THE MAIN CAVE ALSO EXTENDED BEYOND THE LIMITS OF VISION TO LEFT AND RIGHT. THE THREE VISIBLE TUNNELS WERE LABELED WITH THREE GLYPHS, AKK, BORKK, AND CRNCH.

NEW CAVESSeeing the blinking arrow from a crystal ball, anen gathered what little he owned (a pair of matching Dirks) & headed to the New Caves.T
NEW CAVESAfter receiving the ring from EA, Anen heads toward the right tunnel (Crnch).

New Caves Naharaht the rock troll mage joins the party. Weapons: Trollhammer level 3 Backups: Wizardbow with Bottled Dragon Breath arrows in a full quiver, 2 Khennzdaggers on belt, deluxe magic staff on his back. Armour: Supershirt Equipment: Backpack, crowbar, grappling hook, First Aid Kit, Second Aid Kit, flint & steel, tinderbox, Lantern & oil, spare flask full of oil, lockpicks, a wire garotte, 100′ of silk rope, large sack. piton hammer & 20 pitons, pickaxe, flask full of water, provisions for 1 day.

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NEW CAVES
ANEN KRAM, A GOBLIN, WALKED PAST THE FIRST TWO TUNNELS AND ENTERED THE THIRD. HE CHOSE THE CRNCH TUNNEL BECAUSE IT SEEMED A BIT SMALLER THAN THE OTHER TWO, AND HE HIMSELF WAS AMONG THE SMALLEST DENIZENS OF TROLLHALLA.INSIDE THE TUNNEL IT WAS DARK AS NIGHT, A MOONLESS, BUT NOT A STARLESS NIGHT. KRAM MOVED SLOWLY, WITH ONE HAND LIGHTLY TOUCHING THE LEFT HAND WALL, BECAUSE HE COULD BARELY SEE EVEN 10 FEET AHEAD. THIS WAS NO DWARVEN PASSAGE, BUT A TRUE CAVE WITH AN UNEVEN FLOOR, AND COLD SLICK WALLS. THE ROCK UNDULATED IN FROZEN WAVES BOTH BENEATH HIM AND TO EITHER SIDE. THOUGH IT WAS THE SMALLEST TUNNEL, CRNCH WAS NEVER LESS THAN 5 FEET WIDE OR 8 FEET HIGH. HE WALKED FOR WHAT SEEMED A LONG TIME IN THE DARKNESS. HE HEARD THE OTHERS BEFORE HE SAW THEM. AT FIRST JUST A FAINT MUTTER, BUT AS HE WALKED HE BECAME AWARE OF VOICES IN THE DARKNESS AHEAD OF HIM. LOW, HARD VOICES THAT SOUNDED LIKE ROCKS GRATING TOGETHER. MORE THAN ONE. THE FURTHER HE WENT, THE BETTER THE VISIBILITY BECAME, AND HE STARTED TO NOTICE FAINT VEINS OF SOME BLUE MINERAL GLOWING AGAINST THE CAVE WALLS. HE BEGAN TO HEAR A DISTANT CLINK CLINK NOISE THAT WOULD DROWN OUT THE LOW VOICES WHEN HE HEARD IT.
New Caves Yorrdummy vroosh politely greets Naharat and asks if he has seen Kaboom. The Runt Troll is impressed with the amount of equipment carried by the Rock Troll wizard, and compliments him on his selection.
NEW CAVES Yordummy tips his leather cap to Uncle Cranky as he passes, and thinks to himself that it is a sad thing when cousins marry.
NEW CAVESVella (statted and equipped exactly as shown on Trollhalla) picks up a ring, tries to put it on, and frowns at it when it doesn’t fit. “Silly thing. Why too small?” She squeezes it onto the tip of one pinky.Seeing Anan Kram head down toward one of the tunnels, she runs after. “Hey, goblin! Where you going?”
New Caves Yorrdummy tips his hat to Vella as she goes by, and wonders what is keeping Kaboom. He asks Tzhett if he knows where Kaboom is.
NEW CAVESMearrrleann thanks EA and puts the ring on, wondering about the instructions again. Did you die, then it explodes, then you wake up in the other room, or did it explode, you die, then you wake up in the room. Well, either way it ends up with you back there. Maybe I should have stashed an extra set of robes in their. Then again, it’s not like you can leave anything unattended in the common areas around here.With a pointless bounce in his steps, Mearrrleann heads off to Borkk, hoping it’s not the lair of a giant frog, the tongue slime is just nasty from them. On the other hand, with a decent fire and a handful of spices, the legs are great.
New Caves Yorrdummy is getting restless waiting for Khaghbboommm to show up. He offers Tzhett some candy from the large bag of goodies he carries. It never seems to run out…The Runt Troll wonders too what is going on with the impetuous souls who have hurried on into the dark below.
New Caves Uncle Cranky thanks Ea with a “beautiful lady, may the TrollGod kiss you thrice!”, pops the ring on the end of his pinky, mounts his Pogo-Cane, and trailed by cats, hops down the trail marked “AKK”. Squeaking and cursing comes from inside his backpack.
New Caves Kkragthorrrr puts his ring on and trails after Uncle Cranky. He hopes Uncle Cranky will not mind, strength in numbers after all. Kkragthorrr also wonders why he should fear death seeing as he is already dead.
New CavesKhagh grunts greetings to all trolls who have rallied to the Trollgod’s call to arms. He seeks out Yorrdummy and Chet the Centaur and ask them if they want to accompany him in exploring the middle passage. If they agree, he suggests Chet (assuming he has one)readies his bow and that they follow him in…
Anen hears Vella calling & heads back the way he came. While heading back, he casts a Hidey Hole on himself.
NEW CAVES!Chester Centaur had seen strange humanoids before, but this group – it didn’t seem possible these could come from the same world. He supposed they were from different places, as was he (for he realized from the conversations that this place was a world called “Trollworld”) nor did they seem to be startled by his accursed ugliness.One, easily as ugly as he, offered him a sweet, which he readily accepted. “Ta whmm d’yosm grhhp?” he asked with his mouth full. (This was a sweetness he’d never tasted before!) A humanoid of strange hue suggested that Chet and Y’dummy (which he called the leperous looking sweet-giver) explore the passage marked “Borkk” – the centaur hoped there were no bats involved – and, ignoring Sligo, trotted to the front of the group, aiming his strung bow into the darkness…
NEW CAVESNaharaht thanked Ea for the magic ring, put it on and also entered tunnel Akk, looking for traps as he went.

NEW CAVES VELLA RUSHES AFTER ANEN KRAM, HER OGRISH BELLOW DROWNING OUT EVERYTHING OTHER NOISE IN THE CAVERNS. EVEN FAR DOWN THE TUNNEL, ANEN HEARS IT, AND DECIDES TO TURN BACK. ON THE WAY BACK, HE DECIDES TO CAST A HIDEY HOLE ON HIMSELF. HE BECOMES INVISIBLE. VELLA NOTICES THAT THE FUNNY-ONCE RING HAS SLID DOWN PAST THE FIRST KNUCKLE ON HER PINKY. IT FITS AFTER ALL. WHAT ELSE WOULD ONE EXPECT FRO A MAGIC RING? THE CRNCH TUNNEL IS BARELY LARGE ENOUGH FOR HER TO FIT INSIDE, ONCE INSIDE IT TAKES A MOMENT FOR HER EYES TO GET USED TO THE EVEN DIMMER ILLUMINATION, BUT SHE DOESN’T WAIT. NOT SEEING THE GOBLIN–HOW DID HE GET SO FAR AHEAD–SHE KICKS HERSELF INTO A TROT. COMING AROUND A BEND IN THE TUNNEL, ANEN SEES A HUGE BLACK SILHOUETTE BEARING DOWN ONHIM WITH SPEED. (IT IS SO DARK THAT FINE DETAILS SUCH AS THE FACT THAT IT IS VELLA ARE COMPLETELY OBSCURED.) (KRAM, YOU HAVE 2 SECONDS UNTIL COLLISION, WHAT DO YOU DO? VELLA, YOU HAVE NO IDEA YOU ARE ABOUT TO SMASH RIGHT OVER AN INVISIBLE GOBLIN) NEW CAVES “Goblin? Where are you, goblin? Where you go?” bellows Vella. NEW CAVES Mearrrleann STRIDES BOLDLY INTO THE BORKK PASSAGE. HE IMMEDIATELY NOTICES THAT THE PASSAGEWAY IS VERY IRREGULAR AND THAT HE WILL HAVE TO MOVE SLOWLY TO AVOID TRIPPING IN A HOLE IN THE FLOOR. MEARRLEANN HEARS A VOICE YELLING AT HIM TO WAIT UP. HE SLOWS HIS PACE AND IN A MINUTE IS JOINED BY CHET THE CENTAUR, KHAGH AND VROOSH, A COUPLE OF TROLLISH WIZARDS. CHET IS WAVING A BIG CROSSBOW AROUND. BY THE TIME THEY ARE 100 FEET FROM THE ENTRANCE THE TUNNEL HAS BECOME SO DARK THAT THEY ARE LITTLE MORE THAN BLACKER SHAPES IN THE DARKNESS TO EACH OTHER. (LEVEL 1 SAVING ROLLS ON DEX FOR ALL OF YOU). CHET ROLLS 19, MEARRLEANN ROLLS 5, YORDUMMY ROLLS 7, KHAGH ROLLS 8. MEARRLEANN CATCHES HIS FOOT ON A ROCKY PROTRUSION AND STUMBLES INTO CHET’S FLANK BUT DOES NOT FALL. TAKE A.P. FOR THE SAVING ROLLS.) UNCLE CRANKY REACHES THE ENTRANCE TO THE AKK TUNNEL AND STEPS OFF HIS POGOCANE. UNLIKE THE BIG CAVERN HE STANDS IN, OR THE SPACIOUS HALLS OF TROLLHALLA, HE IS FACED WITH A NARROW, TWISTY TUNNEL THAT STARTS OUT WITH A KIND OF GNARLY STAIRCASE TWISTING DOWN INTO A DEEPER GLOOM. TO TRY AND RIDE A POGOCANE INTO SUCH A PASSAGE IS JUST BEGGING FOR A FALL. AS HE THINKS, NAHARAHT AND KKRAGTHORRR CATCH UP TO HIM. THE SKELETON MUTTERS SOMETHING APOLOGETIC ABOUT TAGGING ALONG, BUT THE TROLLISH MAGE JUST STRIDES PAST HIM AND STARTS DOWN THE STAIRWAY. HE HAS TO SLOW HIS PACE AS THE ENTIRE TUNNEL IS BARELY LARGE ENOUGH FOR HIM TO FIT INSIDE IT.

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New Caves
Yorrdummy vroosh politely greets Naharat and asks if he has seen Kaboom. The Runt Troll is impressed with the amount of equipment carried by the Rock Troll wizard, and compliments him on his selection.

 

NEW CAVES
Yordummy tips his leather cap to Uncle Cranky as he passes, and thinks to himself that it is a sad thing when cousins marry.

 

NEW CAVES

Vella (statted and equipped exactly as shown on Trollhalla) picks up a ring, tries to put it on, and frowns at it when it doesn’t fit. “Silly thing. Why too small?” She squeezes it onto the tip of one pinky.

Seeing Anan Kram head down toward one of the tunnels, she runs after. “Hey, goblin! Where you going?”

 

New Caves
Yorrdummy tips his hat to Vella as she goes by, and wonders what is keeping Kaboom. He asks Tzhett if he knows where Kaboom is.

 

NEW CAVES

Mearrrleann thanks EA and puts the ring on, wondering about the instructions again. Did you die, then it explodes, then you wake up in the other room, or did it explode, you die, then you wake up in the room. Well, either way it ends up with you back there. Maybe I should have stashed an extra set of robes in their. Then again, it’s not like you can leave anything unattended in the common areas around here.

With a pointless bounce in his steps, Mearrrleann heads off to Borkk, hoping it’s not the lair of a giant frog, the tongue slime is just nasty from them. On the other hand, with a decent fire and a handful of spices, the legs are great.

 

New Caves
Yorrdummy is getting restless waiting for Khaghbboommm to show up. He offers Tzhett some candy from the large bag of goodies he carries. It never seems to run out…The Runt Troll wonders too what is going on with the impetuous souls who have hurried on into the dark below.

 

New Caves
Uncle Cranky thanks Ea with a “beautiful lady, may the TrollGod kiss you thrice!”, pops the ring on the end of his pinky, mounts his Pogo-Cane, and trailed by cats, hops down the trail marked “AKK”. Squeaking and cursing comes from inside his backpack.

 

New Caves
Kkragthorrrr puts his ring on and trails after Uncle Cranky. He hopes Uncle Cranky will not mind, strength in numbers after all. Kkragthorrr also wonders why he should fear death seeing as he is already dead.

 

New Caves

Khagh grunts greetings to all trolls who have rallied to the Trollgod’s call to arms.
He seeks out Yorrdummy and Chet the Centaur and ask them if they want to accompany him in exploring the middle passage.
If they agree, he suggests Chet (assuming he has one)readies his bow and that they follow him in…

 

Anen hears Vella calling & heads back the way he came. While heading back, he casts a Hidey Hole on himself.

 

NEW CAVES!

Chester Centaur had seen strange humanoids before, but this group – it didn’t seem possible these could come from the same world. He supposed they were from different places, as was he (for he realized from the conversations that this place was a world called “Trollworld”) nor did they seem to be startled by his accursed ugliness.

One, easily as ugly as he, offered him a sweet, which he readily accepted. “Ta whmm d’yosm grhhp?” he asked with his mouth full. (This was a sweetness he’d never tasted before!)

A humanoid of strange hue suggested that Chet and Y’dummy (which he called the leperous looking sweet-giver) explore the passage marked “Borkk” – the centaur hoped there were no bats involved – and, ignoring Sligo, trotted to the front of the group, aiming his strung bow into the darkness…

 

NEW CAVES

Naharaht thanked Ea for the magic ring, put it on and also entered tunnel Akk, looking for traps as he went.

 

 

NEW CAVES

VELLA RUSHES AFTER ANEN KRAM, HER OGRISH BELLOW DROWNING OUT EVERYTHING OTHER NOISE IN THE CAVERNS. EVEN FAR DOWN THE TUNNEL, ANEN HEARS IT, AND DECIDES TO TURN BACK. ON THE WAY BACK, HE DECIDES TO CAST A HIDEY HOLE ON HIMSELF. HE BECOMES INVISIBLE.

VELLA NOTICES THAT THE FUNNY-ONCE RING HAS SLID DOWN PAST THE FIRST KNUCKLE ON HER PINKY. IT FITS AFTER ALL. WHAT ELSE WOULD ONE EXPECT FRO A MAGIC RING? THE CRNCH TUNNEL IS BARELY LARGE ENOUGH FOR HER TO FIT INSIDE, ONCE INSIDE IT TAKES A MOMENT FOR HER EYES TO GET USED TO THE EVEN DIMMER ILLUMINATION, BUT SHE DOESN’T WAIT. NOT SEEING THE GOBLIN–HOW DID HE GET SO FAR AHEAD–SHE KICKS HERSELF INTO A TROT.

COMING AROUND A BEND IN THE TUNNEL, ANEN SEES A HUGE BLACK SILHOUETTE BEARING DOWN ONHIM WITH SPEED. (IT IS SO DARK THAT FINE DETAILS SUCH AS THE FACT THAT IT IS VELLA ARE COMPLETELY OBSCURED.)

(KRAM, YOU HAVE 2 SECONDS UNTIL COLLISION, WHAT DO YOU DO? VELLA, YOU HAVE NO IDEA YOU ARE ABOUT TO SMASH RIGHT OVER AN INVISIBLE GOBLIN)

NEW CAVES

Mearrrleann STRIDES BOLDLY INTO THE BORKK PASSAGE. HE IMMEDIATELY NOTICES THAT THE PASSAGEWAY IS VERY IRREGULAR AND THAT HE WILL HAVE TO MOVE SLOWLY TO AVOID TRIPPING IN A HOLE IN THE FLOOR.

MEARRLEANN HEARS A VOICE YELLING AT HIM TO WAIT UP. HE SLOWS HIS PACE AND IN A MINUTE IS JOINED BY CHET THE CENTAUR, KHAGH AND VROOSH, A COUPLE OF TROLLISH WIZARDS. CHET IS WAVING A BIG CROSSBOW AROUND. BY THE TIME THEY ARE 100 FEET FROM THE ENTRANCE THE TUNNEL HAS BECOME SO DARK THAT THEY ARE LITTLE MORE THAN BLACKER SHAPES IN THE DARKNESS TO EACH OTHER.

(LEVEL 1 SAVING ROLLS ON DEX FOR ALL OF YOU). CHET ROLLS 19, MEARRLEANN ROLLS 5, YORDUMMY ROLLS 7, KHAGH ROLLS 8. MEARRLEANN CATCHES HIS FOOT ON A ROCKY PROTRUSION AND STUMBLES INTO CHET’S FLANK BUT DOES NOT FALL. TAKE A.P. FOR THE SAVING ROLLS.)

UNCLE CRANKY REACHES THE ENTRANCE TO THE AKK TUNNEL AND STEPS OFF HIS POGOCANE. UNLIKE THE BIG CAVERN HE STANDS IN, OR THE SPACIOUS HALLS OF TROLLHALLA, HE IS FACED WITH A NARROW, TWISTY TUNNEL THAT STARTS OUT WITH A KIND OF GNARLY STAIRCASE TWISTING DOWN INTO A DEEPER GLOOM. TO TRY AND RIDE A POGOCANE INTO SUCH A PASSAGE IS JUST BEGGING FOR A FALL. AS HE THINKS, NAHARAHT AND KKRAGTHORRR CATCH UP TO HIM. THE SKELETON MUTTERS SOMETHING APOLOGETIC ABOUT TAGGING ALONG, BUT THE TROLLISH MAGE JUST STRIDES PAST HIM AND STARTS DOWN THE STAIRWAY. HE HAS TO SLOW HIS PACE AS THE ENTIRE TUNNEL IS BARELY LARGE ENOUGH FOR HIM TO FIT INSIDE IT.

 

New Caves
Yorrdummy vroosh politely greets Naharat and asks if he has seen Kaboom. The Runt Troll is impressed with the amount of equipment carried by the Rock Troll wizard, and compliments him on his selection.

 

NEW CAVES
Yordummy tips his leather cap to Uncle Cranky as he passes, and thinks to himself that it is a sad thing when cousins marry.

 

NEW CAVES

Vella (statted and equipped exactly as shown on Trollhalla) picks up a ring, tries to put it on, and frowns at it when it doesn’t fit. “Silly thing. Why too small?” She squeezes it onto the tip of one pinky.

Seeing Anan Kram head down toward one of the tunnels, she runs after. “Hey, goblin! Where you going?”

 

New Caves
Yorrdummy tips his hat to Vella as she goes by, and wonders what is keeping Kaboom. He asks Tzhett if he knows where Kaboom is.

 

NEW CAVES

Mearrrleann thanks EA and puts the ring on, wondering about the instructions again. Did you die, then it explodes, then you wake up in the other room, or did it explode, you die, then you wake up in the room. Well, either way it ends up with you back there. Maybe I should have stashed an extra set of robes in their. Then again, it’s not like you can leave anything unattended in the common areas around here.

With a pointless bounce in his steps, Mearrrleann heads off to Borkk, hoping it’s not the lair of a giant frog, the tongue slime is just nasty from them. On the other hand, with a decent fire and a handful of spices, the legs are great.

 

New Caves
Yorrdummy is getting restless waiting for Khaghbboommm to show up. He offers Tzhett some candy from the large bag of goodies he carries. It never seems to run out…The Runt Troll wonders too what is going on with the impetuous souls who have hurried on into the dark below.

 

New Caves
Uncle Cranky thanks Ea with a “beautiful lady, may the TrollGod kiss you thrice!”, pops the ring on the end of his pinky, mounts his Pogo-Cane, and trailed by cats, hops down the trail marked “AKK”. Squeaking and cursing comes from inside his backpack.

 

New Caves
Kkragthorrrr puts his ring on and trails after Uncle Cranky. He hopes Uncle Cranky will not mind, strength in numbers after all. Kkragthorrr also wonders why he should fear death seeing as he is already dead.

 

New Caves

Khagh grunts greetings to all trolls who have rallied to the Trollgod’s call to arms.
He seeks out Yorrdummy and Chet the Centaur and ask them if they want to accompany him in exploring the middle passage.
If they agree, he suggests Chet (assuming he has one)readies his bow and that they follow him in…

 

Anen hears Vella calling & heads back the way he came. While heading back, he casts a Hidey Hole on himself.

 

NEW CAVES!

Chester Centaur had seen strange humanoids before, but this group – it didn’t seem possible these could come from the same world. He supposed they were from different places, as was he (for he realized from the conversations that this place was a world called “Trollworld”) nor did they seem to be startled by his accursed ugliness.

One, easily as ugly as he, offered him a sweet, which he readily accepted. “Ta whmm d’yosm grhhp?” he asked with his mouth full. (This was a sweetness he’d never tasted before!)

A humanoid of strange hue suggested that Chet and Y’dummy (which he called the leperous looking sweet-giver) explore the passage marked “Borkk” – the centaur hoped there were no bats involved – and, ignoring Sligo, trotted to the front of the group, aiming his strung bow into the darkness…

 

NEW CAVES

Naharaht thanked Ea for the magic ring, put it on and also entered tunnel Akk, looking for traps as he went.

 

 

NEW CAVES

VELLA RUSHES AFTER ANEN KRAM, HER OGRISH BELLOW DROWNING OUT EVERYTHING OTHER NOISE IN THE CAVERNS. EVEN FAR DOWN THE TUNNEL, ANEN HEARS IT, AND DECIDES TO TURN BACK. ON THE WAY BACK, HE DECIDES TO CAST A HIDEY HOLE ON HIMSELF. HE BECOMES INVISIBLE.

VELLA NOTICES THAT THE FUNNY-ONCE RING HAS SLID DOWN PAST THE FIRST KNUCKLE ON HER PINKY. IT FITS AFTER ALL. WHAT ELSE WOULD ONE EXPECT FRO A MAGIC RING? THE CRNCH TUNNEL IS BARELY LARGE ENOUGH FOR HER TO FIT INSIDE, ONCE INSIDE IT TAKES A MOMENT FOR HER EYES TO GET USED TO THE EVEN DIMMER ILLUMINATION, BUT SHE DOESN’T WAIT. NOT SEEING THE GOBLIN–HOW DID HE GET SO FAR AHEAD–SHE KICKS HERSELF INTO A TROT.

COMING AROUND A BEND IN THE TUNNEL, ANEN SEES A HUGE BLACK SILHOUETTE BEARING DOWN ONHIM WITH SPEED. (IT IS SO DARK THAT FINE DETAILS SUCH AS THE FACT THAT IT IS VELLA ARE COMPLETELY OBSCURED.)

(KRAM, YOU HAVE 2 SECONDS UNTIL COLLISION, WHAT DO YOU DO? VELLA, YOU HAVE NO IDEA YOU ARE ABOUT TO SMASH RIGHT OVER AN INVISIBLE GOBLIN)

NEW CAVES

Mearrrleann STRIDES BOLDLY INTO THE BORKK PASSAGE. HE IMMEDIATELY NOTICES THAT THE PASSAGEWAY IS VERY IRREGULAR AND THAT HE WILL HAVE TO MOVE SLOWLY TO AVOID TRIPPING IN A HOLE IN THE FLOOR.

MEARRLEANN HEARS A VOICE YELLING AT HIM TO WAIT UP. HE SLOWS HIS PACE AND IN A MINUTE IS JOINED BY CHET THE CENTAUR, KHAGH AND VROOSH, A COUPLE OF TROLLISH WIZARDS. CHET IS WAVING A BIG CROSSBOW AROUND. BY THE TIME THEY ARE 100 FEET FROM THE ENTRANCE THE TUNNEL HAS BECOME SO DARK THAT THEY ARE LITTLE MORE THAN BLACKER SHAPES IN THE DARKNESS TO EACH OTHER.

(LEVEL 1 SAVING ROLLS ON DEX FOR ALL OF YOU). CHET ROLLS 19, MEARRLEANN ROLLS 5, YORDUMMY ROLLS 7, KHAGH ROLLS 8. MEARRLEANN CATCHES HIS FOOT ON A ROCKY PROTRUSION AND STUMBLES INTO CHET’S FLANK BUT DOES NOT FALL. TAKE A.P. FOR THE SAVING ROLLS.)

UNCLE CRANKY REACHES THE ENTRANCE TO THE AKK TUNNEL AND STEPS OFF HIS POGOCANE. UNLIKE THE BIG CAVERN HE STANDS IN, OR THE SPACIOUS HALLS OF TROLLHALLA, HE IS FACED WITH A NARROW, TWISTY TUNNEL THAT STARTS OUT WITH A KIND OF GNARLY STAIRCASE TWISTING DOWN INTO A DEEPER GLOOM. TO TRY AND RIDE A POGOCANE INTO SUCH A PASSAGE IS JUST BEGGING FOR A FALL. AS HE THINKS, NAHARAHT AND KKRAGTHORRR CATCH UP TO HIM. THE SKELETON MUTTERS SOMETHING APOLOGETIC ABOUT TAGGING ALONG, BUT THE TROLLISH MAGE JUST STRIDES PAST HIM AND STARTS DOWN THE STAIRWAY. HE HAS TO SLOW HIS PACE AS THE ENTIRE TUNNEL IS BARELY LARGE ENOUGH FOR HIM TO FIT INSIDE IT.

NEW CAVES

VELLA RUSHES AFTER ANEN KRAM, HER OGRISH BELLOW DROWNING OUT EVERYTHING OTHER NOISE IN THE CAVERNS. EVEN FAR DOWN THE TUNNEL, ANEN HEARS IT, AND DECIDES TO TURN BACK. ON THE WAY BACK, HE DECIDES TO CAST A HIDEY HOLE ON HIMSELF. HE BECOMES INVISIBLE.

VELLA NOTICES THAT THE FUNNY-ONCE RING HAS SLID DOWN PAST THE FIRST KNUCKLE ON HER PINKY. IT FITS AFTER ALL. WHAT ELSE WOULD ONE EXPECT FRO A MAGIC RING? THE CRNCH TUNNEL IS BARELY LARGE ENOUGH FOR HER TO FIT INSIDE, ONCE INSIDE IT TAKES A MOMENT FOR HER EYES TO GET USED TO THE EVEN DIMMER ILLUMINATION, BUT SHE DOESN’T WAIT. NOT SEEING THE GOBLIN–HOW DID HE GET SO FAR AHEAD–SHE KICKS HERSELF INTO A TROT.

COMING AROUND A BEND IN THE TUNNEL, ANEN SEES A HUGE BLACK SILHOUETTE BEARING DOWN ONHIM WITH SPEED. (IT IS SO DARK THAT FINE DETAILS SUCH AS THE FACT THAT IT IS VELLA ARE COMPLETELY OBSCURED.)

(KRAM, YOU HAVE 2 SECONDS UNTIL COLLISION, WHAT DO YOU DO? VELLA, YOU HAVE NO IDEA YOU ARE ABOUT TO SMASH RIGHT OVER AN INVISIBLE GOBLIN)

NEW CAVES

“Goblin? Where are you, goblin? Where you go?”

Fearing for his life, Anen Kram casts a Glue-You on Vella to slow her down.

NEW CAVES

KRAM’S CHOICE OF A GLUE YOU SPELL ON VELLA IS PERHAPS NOT THE BEST CHOICE HE COULD HAVE MADE. HE SNAPS IT OFF IN 1 SECOND. BEFORE HE CAN CAST ANOTHER SPELL, THE RUNNING OGRE SMASHES INTO HIM ANYWAY, SMASHING HIM OUT OF THE WAY AND BACK INTO A TUNNEL WALL FOR 110 POINTS OF STUN DAMAGE AND 10 POINTS OF REAL CON DAMAGE.

BARELY AWARE THAT SHE HAS BLASTED RIGHT THROUGH KRAM, SHE CRASHES PAST HIM, STILL BELLOWING FOR HIM TO STOP AND WAIT FOR HER. LUCKILY, SHE DOES NOT STEP ON HIM AS SHE GOES BY.

(since Anen has indicated that he has to be gone for a while, this seems to be a good point to state that he is indeed knocked unconscious for a while, and that Vella will continue on into the next situation on her own.)

NEW CAVES

Mearrrleann STRIDES BOLDLY INTO THE BORKK PASSAGE. HE IMMEDIATELY NOTICES THAT THE PASSAGEWAY IS VERY IRREGULAR AND THAT HE WILL HAVE TO MOVE SLOWLY TO AVOID TRIPPING IN A HOLE IN THE FLOOR.

MEARRLEANN HEARS A VOICE YELLING AT HIM TO WAIT UP. HE SLOWS HIS PACE AND IN A MINUTE IS JOINED BY CHET THE CENTAUR, KHAGH AND VROOSH, A COUPLE OF TROLLISH WIZARDS. CHET IS WAVING A BIG CROSSBOW AROUND. BY THE TIME THEY ARE 100 FEET FROM THE ENTRANCE THE TUNNEL HAS BECOME SO DARK THAT THEY ARE LITTLE MORE THAN BLACKER SHAPES IN THE DARKNESS TO EACH OTHER.

(LEVEL 1 SAVING ROLLS ON DEX FOR ALL OF YOU). CHET ROLLS 19, MEARRLEANN ROLLS 5, YORDUMMY ROLLS 7, KHAGH ROLLS 8. MEARRLEANN CATCHES HIS FOOT ON A ROCKY PROTRUSION AND STUMBLES INTO CHET’S FLANK BUT DOES NOT FALL. TAKE A.P. FOR THE SAVING ROLLS.)

UNCLE CRANKY REACHES THE ENTRANCE TO THE AKK TUNNEL AND STEPS OFF HIS POGOCANE. UNLIKE THE BIG CAVERN HE STANDS IN, OR THE SPACIOUS HALLS OF TROLLHALLA, HE IS FACED WITH A NARROW, TWISTY TUNNEL THAT STARTS OUT WITH A KIND OF GNARLY STAIRCASE TWISTING DOWN INTO A DEEPER GLOOM. TO TRY AND RIDE A POGOCANE INTO SUCH A PASSAGE IS JUST BEGGING FOR A FALL. AS HE THINKS, NAHARAHT AND KKRAGTHORRR CATCH UP TO HIM. THE SKELETON MUTTERS SOMETHING APOLOGETIC ABOUT TAGGING ALONG, BUT THE TROLLISH MAGE JUST STRIDES PAST HIM AND STARTS DOWN THE STAIRWAY. HE HAS TO SLOW HIS PACE AS THE ENTIRE TUNNEL IS BARELY LARGE ENOUGH FOR HIM TO FIT INSIDE IT.

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Fearing for his life, Anen Kram casts a Glue-You on Vella to slow her down.

 

NEW CAVES

KRAM’S CHOICE OF A GLUE YOU SPELL ON VELLA IS PERHAPS NOT THE BEST CHOICE HE COULD HAVE MADE. HE SNAPS IT OFF IN 1 SECOND. BEFORE HE CAN CAST ANOTHER SPELL, THE RUNNING OGRE SMASHES INTO HIM ANYWAY, SMASHING HIM OUT OF THE WAY AND BACK INTO A TUNNEL WALL FOR 110 POINTS OF STUN DAMAGE AND 10 POINTS OF REAL CON DAMAGE.

BARELY AWARE THAT SHE HAS BLASTED RIGHT THROUGH KRAM, SHE CRASHES PAST HIM, STILL BELLOWING FOR HIM TO STOP AND WAIT FOR HER. LUCKILY, SHE DOES NOT STEP ON HIM AS SHE GOES BY.

 

NEW CAVES

VELLA TROTS ON INTO THE DARKNESS, BARELY AWARE OF A BRUISE RISING ON HER LEFT KNEE WHERE SHE SMACKED INTO SOMETHING (ANEN KRAM) A MINUTE AGO. THE POUNDING OF HER OWN FEET CREATE ECHOES THAT DROWN OUT THE FAINT SOUNDS THAT WOULD BE COMING FROM AHEAD UNTIL SHE ROUNDS A CORNER AND SEES IN THE DIM BLUE LIGHT WHAT LOOKS LIKE SEVERAL ROCK APES EQUIPPED WITH PICKAXES CHIPPING AT THE WALLS. THEY ARE NOT TAKEN BY SURPRISE AND HAVE FORMED UP IN 3 RANKS, BUT VELLA DOESN’T REALLY HAVE TIME TO COUNT. (VELLA, WHAT DO YOU DO?)

 

NEW CAVES
Y’dummy casts a second level Willowisp spell that orbits the tip of his staff to provide illumination of the tunnel ahead. He offers a candy to Kaboom. He watches and observes carefully as his clone father Yorrdamma taught him.

 

NEW CAVES!
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The smells in this cave were astounding, and made Chester Centaur a bit light-headed. Something smacked into his left flank, and he instinctively kicked.

 

NEW CAVES

(with Level 3 Trollhammer) Vella SMASH!

 

New Caves
Uncle Cranky locks the Pogo-Cane into “cane” position, puts it into a holder on his backpack (prompting a fresh round of squealing from within the backpack), and starts down the stairway, using the walls for support. Before each step, conscious of the risk of collapse, Uncle Cranky tests the walls with his hand.

 

NEW CAVES

Milokk, an unobtrusive hobb, watched the enthusiastic delvers heading off an a new adventure with both apprehension and jealousy. Surely this new exploration was no place for a fresh faced hobb?

Sense warred with desire in the little creature and before he knew it he was asking Ea for a ring. Here he paused for a while, contemplating. Adventures with Hobbs and rings can go very bad, he told himself, but then suddenly he decided. With a squealing “WAIT FOR MEEEEEEEE!” Milokk launched himself into the dark tunnel, dancing from rock to rock as he sped uncautiously to catch up to the group.

 

New Caves
Kkragthorrr descends the stairs as well after trading out his crossbow for the lantern shield and broadsword on his back. He cautiously listens for any sounds of danger. Then he realizes he hasn’t had ears in a long time.

 

NEW CAVES

After counting the last of the headache stars, Anen dusts himself off & catches up to Vella.

 

 

NEW CAVES
Y’dummy admired the pretty ring Ea gave him (He gave her some candy from his everful candy bag in return). He wondered if he would be allowed to keep it if he was not forced to use it. Noting that Tzhett seemed a bit skittish he made it a point to avoid walking in front of the Centaur with the crossbow, and also stayed well clear of the powerful hindquarters. Otherwise he kept his attention on the cave ahead which was faintly illuminated by his willowisp spell.

 

New Caves:

Khagh grunts at Yorrdummy by way of thanks for the light and pound his way over to the middle passage, waving those with him to follow. He holds a large spear in his hands, a souvenir from a wrestling match with a cyclops he is now on good terms with (the cyclops now has his second best pair of speedoes).

 

NEW CAVES

Mearrrleann says to Chet “Thanks for the assist there. I think it’s time for a little light so nobody falls into any holes.”
He then casts a Willowisp spell. Since it likely doesn’t provide enough light to explore with friends unless we all had catseyes, he starts rummaging around in his pack muttering something about a sun crystal, or bottle of glowmoss, and where the heck did that lantern get too, I’m sure I packed it, and the like.
While muttering he searches pack for better light source, hoping nobody “borrowed” it without telling him.

 

NEW CAVES
((Did we pick up Mearrrleann somewhere here? If so, Y’dummy offered him some candy. Y’dummy also cast Catseyes on himself so he could see better in this dimly lit place. Making sure Tzhett (Chet?) knew where he was, he hustled off to follow Kaboom. He hoped the size limits of the cave would not hinder his troll buddy from using that formidable weapon.))

 

NEW CAVES
Naharaht casts Catseyes on himself and cautions descends the stairway.

 

NEW CAVES
Mearrrleann

After Mearrrleann finishes rummaging in the pack for a light source, he puts on the ring (if he hadn’t already) and casts a catseye on himself. (Either because he couldn’t find a light source, or just in case it isn’t good enough or inevitably gets lost.)

He happily accepts the candy from Y’dummy, a treat he rarely obtains and so enjoys it immensely.

Looking at his new companions of Chet the Centaur, Khagh, and Vroosh,he has a small instance of feeling bad for anything dumb enough to attack them. He sticks with them as they head off down the passage.

 

NEW CAVES!!!
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Chester continued ignoring Sligo, which was easy since Sligo was not there.

 

 

New Caves:

Khagh flicks on his Cat-Eyes and casts Little Feets too. He whispers a welcome to Mearrrleann and chews on the candy he hasn’t got. Then he waves to Chet’s imaginery friend, Sligo.

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NEW CAVES

VELLA CHARGES INTO THE FRAY WITH A WARCRY OF “VELLA SMASH!”

THE ROCK APES ARE HAPPY TO STOP MINING AND FIGHT THE CHARGING OGRE. SINCE THEY HAVE NO IDEA HOW STRONG THE OGRESS IS, ONLY 3 OF THEM LAY INTO HER WITH THEIR PICKAXES ON THE FIRST COMBAT ROUND. THE OTHER 6 HANG BACK TO SEE HOW THE FIGHT IS GOING TO GO.

(VELLA, EMAIL ME YOUR COMBAT TOTAL.)

 

 

NEW CAVES

CHESTER CENTAUR KICKS BACK AT WHATEVER CRASHED INTO HIM, BUT HIS FLYING HOOVES MISS MEARRLEANN BY A GOOD 2 INCHES. MEARLEANN FALLS BACK A FEW FEET AND RUMMAGES IN HIS PACK FOR A LANTERN OR A SUNSTONE, BUT DOESN’T FIND ANYTHING EXCEPT A HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF HIS PACK. SOMETIME WHEN HE WASN’T PAYING ATTENTION, A CAVE MOTH ATE THE BOTTOM OF HIS PACK AND ALL THE STUFF HE WAS CARRYING FELL OUT, PROBABLY DURING HIS LAST DRUNKEN STUPOR IN THE DINING HALL, WHERE IT WAS CARRIED OFF BY THE SANITATION ALLIGATORS. SEEMS LIKE HE ONLY HAS THE WEAPONS ON HIS BELT/BACK AND THE CLOTHES HE IS WEARING.

AFTER CONSIDERABLE WALKING THE GROUP OF CHESTER, Y’DUMMY, KHAGH, AND MEARRLEANN COME TO A LARGE OPEN CAVE, MORE THAN 200 FEET IN DIAMETER. THEY STOP AT THE ENTRANCE BECAUSE THE GROUND UNDERFOOT GROWS SLICK AND MUDDY. WITH THEIR AUGMENTED VISION, THEY CAN SEE THAT THE WHOLE FLOOR OF THE CAVERN IS A SEA OF MUD, WITH MANY A PUDDLE SCATTERED AROUND IT. HOWEVER, THEY DON’T SPEND MUCH TIME LOOKING AT THE MUD BECAUSE THEY ALSO SEE 18 LARGE BEASTS ROLLING AND PLAYING IN THE MUD. THEY LOOK LIKE GRIFFINS, BUT THEIR WINGS ARE VESTIGIAL, THEIR BIRD-HEADS ARE OVERSIZED, AND THEIR LION-LIKE BODIES HAVE A SCORPION STING INSTEAD OF A TAIL. THEY SEEM TO BE ENJOYING THE MUDBATH THEY ARE TAKING. THERE IS ONE SENTINEL, BUT IT IS NOT LOOKING AT THE ENTRANCE TUNNEL WHERE CHESTER HAS JUST COME TO AN ABRUPT HALT.

 

 

NEW CAVES

MILOKK THE HOB DASHES DOWN THE STAIRS TO JOIN THE OTHER ADVENTURERS, BUT TAKES A WRONG TURN WHEN HE MISSED A GREEN ARROW AND WOUND UP ON THE EDGE OF THE ALLIGATOR PITS INSTEAD. HE QUICKLY RECOVERS, BUT BY THE TIME HE REACHES THE LARGE CAVERN WHERE THE NEW CAVES ARE, THERE ARE NO OTHER DELVERS IN SIGHT.

(MILOKK, WHAT DO YOU DO? WHICH TUNNEL DO YOU TAKE? AKK, BORKK, OR CRNCH?)

 

NEW CAVES

NAHARAHT MAKES HIS WAY DOWN THE STAIRS AND COMES OUT IN A CHAMBER ABOUT 30 FEET IN DIAMETER. IN THE CENTER OF THE CHAMBER IS A LARGE CAVE BEAR, ABOUT 12′ TALL, WEIGHING PERHAPS 2 TONS. IT IS DOZING WHEN NAHARAHT FIRST SEES IT, BUT SOMETHING ALERTS IT BEFORE NAHARAHT CAN TAKE ANY ACTION. IT CLEARLY SEES THE TROLLISH MAGE, GETS ON ITS HIND FEET AND EMITS A TERRIFYING ROAR.

 

NEW CAVES

ANEN LAY UNCONSCIOUS FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES AFTER VELLA SMASHED INTO HIM AND STUNNED HIM. WHEN HE GETS UP, HE DOESN’T NOTICE THAT HIS HIDEY HOLE HAS WORN OFF. HE HURRIES AFTER VELLA, BUT EVEN MAKING THE BEST SPEED HE CAN, HE WILL NOT CATCH UP WITH HER IN TIME TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FIRST ROUND OF COMBAT WITH THE ROCK APES.

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NEW CAVES
Mearrrleann

Upon noticing this new potential threat, Mearrrleann silently cursed the hellspawned moths and signaled to his companions about the muddy griffin, scorpion, lion, manticore, err, muddycore things.
If then don’t cast before him, he’ll throw a hidey-hole spell. It can assist with sneaking past, or at least give a temporary advantage if combat occurs.
Then he unconsciously licks his lips in contemplation as he wonders if those creatures taste like eagle, and if they’d go better with a green sauce or cheese dip as he’d apparently skipped breakfast today.

 

New Caves:

Boomer thanks Mearrrleannn for his observation and his nifty spell by high-fiving him quietly. He also offers him a needle and thread. Then he asks Chet if he can borrow his bow and a few arrows as he fancies twanging the fandango with these wee beasties.

 

NEW CAVES

Milokk teeters on the brink of the alligator pits, desperately putting his ring on and taking it off again before finally accepting it wasn’t going to turn him invisible.

Once he finally reaches the large cavern and finds it empty he sighs heavily, contemplating the 3 tunnels ahead of him. Crnch was the magic number and he knew magic was not his thing, so he decided against that one. Akk was something he heard other delvers say when things went wrong, so he definitely wanted to avoid that. Borkk sounded like it might be some sort of food, which was much more his thing. Fitting an arrow to his bow he plunged into Borkk tunnel…

 

NEW CAVES!
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“Not NOW!” whispered Chester, or what passed for a whisper with him. He had immediately tracked the Sentinel and now let fly with an aimed arrow at the creature’s neck. He tossed the bow to the Boomer, and drew his Black Eagle Sword. “Now,” he stage whispered to the Boomer creature. Darned impulsive centaurs anyway!!

((Ignorant of what a Practice Bow’s dice are, rolled as if a Heavy Self-Bow. DX SR=6+3+30=39; Damage, if any = 3,3,2,6,1 + 402 Adds; as always, bowing to the Trollgod’s wit, sense of what entertains him, and the What’s Reasonable rule even though What is on second base.))

 

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NEW CAVES
Y’dummy cast a Know Your Foe spell on the fascinating creatures in the cavern, and hoped that it would not be necessary to fight and kill them. They looked like they were having such a good time. But, alas, the Centaur fellow discharged an arrow. Oh well! The Runt Troll drew his Sax and prepared to use his powerful staff if combat required.
“Why didn’t they let me go in first and offer them some candy?” he muttered quietly.

 

NEW CAVES

MILOKK HASN’T GONE FAR DOWN THE BORKK PASSAGE BEFORE HE STEPS INTO SOMETHING LARGE AND SQUISHY. HE SCUFFS THAT FOOT AGAINST THE STONE TO GET RID OF MOST OF WHATEVER HE HAS PICKED UP, BUT KNOWS HE WILL NEED TO WASH HIS FEET SOMETIME SOON. HE CONTINUES DOWN THE PASSAGE, BUT IT DOESN’T TAKE HIM LONG TO CATCH UP WITH THE PARTY AHEAD OF HIM.

 

NEW CAVES

THE GROUP ACTS WITHOUT ANY PLAN. Y’DUMMY CASTS A KNOW YOUR FOE SPELL AND A SPECTRAL VOICE TELLS HIM THE CREATURES ARE KNOWN AS GHRUNTS. THEY ARE A FORM OF GRIFFIN THAT HAS TAKEN TO A SUBTERRANEAN EXISTENCE, AND HAVE LOST THE USE OF THEIR WINGS.

THE CENTAUR LAUNCHES AN ARROW AT THE SENTRY. THE ARROW PIERCES THE GHRUNT’S EYE. WITH A BLOOD CURDLING SHRIEK, IT JUMPS UP INTO THE AIR AND THEN FALLS BACK DEAD.

THE 17 OTHER GHRUNTS LEAP UP FROM THEIR MUD BATHS, FLINGING WET SOIL IN ALL DIRECTIONS. THEY MILL ABOUT UNCERTAINLY. SOME INVESTIGATE THE CARCASE. OTHERS HEAD FOR THE EXITS. THERE ARE ONLY TWO EXITS WHICH MEANS THAT SOME HEAD STRAIGHT FOR THE PARTY. ONCE THEY START TO LOOK IN THAT DIRECTION, IT ONLY TAKES A SECOND FOR THEM TO SPOT THE CENTAUR, AND HE LOOKS LIKE FOOD. BEFORE CHET CAN EVEN STRING A SECOND ARROW 7 OF THE CREATURES START TO CONVERGE UPON HIM. THE GHRUNTS ARE GRUNTING, HISSING, SHRIEKING. WITH 17 OF THEM MAKING NOISE, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO HEAR ANYTHING ELSE.

AT THAT MOMENT MEARRLEANN SUDDENLY FEELS SOMETHING POKE HIM IN THE BUTT. (MILOKK HAS ARRIVED.)

 

NEW CAVES

(UNLESS THE GROUP MOVES INTO THE MUDDY CAVE, THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN FIGHT WILL BE CHET THE CENTAUR AS HE COMPLETELY BLOCKS THE ENTRANCE FROM THE TUNNEL. Y’DUMMY HAS JUST ENOUGH ROOM TO SEE INTO THE CAVE AND POSSIBLY GET A SPELL OFF. KHAGH, MEARRLEANN, AND MILOKK ARE COMPLETELY BLOCKED OUT OF THE ACTION UNTIL CHESTER DOES SOMETHING. CHESTER, YOU CAN GET PERHAPS ONE MORE ARROW OFF BEFORE THE CREATURES ARE UPON YOU.)

(117 A.P. TO CHET FOR THE GHRUNT HE JUST SLEW.)

 

New Caves:

“Come on boys!” roared Khagh, stepping out into the caves with Chester. “Let’s give ’em what for (or five)!” Khagh shoots an arrow then gets ready to fight with his great troll weapon.

[Must look up what that great troll weapon is.]

 

 

 

NEW CAVES

Trollhammer Level 3 swings for 300D. Vella has 669 adds. Rolling dice 10 at a time yields:

669+
32+39+44+28+35+32+36+48+34+36+
40+31+34+38+36+32+46+42+31+47+
32+34+33+28+41+25+38+36+34+29

= 1,740 hits. If the Rock Apes win, Vella’s Super Shirt stops 500 hits.

 

NEW CAVES
Staff in one hand and Khennzdagger in the other, Y’dummy yelled “gedowdada way, Tzhett.” If he could do so without hitting the Centaur, he fired off a Hold that Pose at the nearest Ghrunt in his field of vision. (Where is Kaboom?). “Watch out for the horse’s arse,” called Y’dummy. “He will kick you clear out of the tunnel if you goose him!”

NEW CAVES:
Yorrdummy will start casting LIttle Feets on his companions: First on himself, then on Tzhett, Then Kaboom, then Mearrrl, and finally on Milokk.

 

I’m here!” Khagh yelled invisibly. “That’s 2 Little Feets spells on me now – boy, now I understand what it is to be Samos Treek.” Khagh looks for a horse’s arse to attack…

 

NEW CAVES!

Chester had tossed his bow to the Boomer, and drew his Black Eagle Sword. ((He seems to know what sort of stats this weapons has, but I don’t.)) He rushes the flying creatures, chopping as if his next meal depended on it. “STAY BEHIND ME!” he shouts.

He intended to only step forward a step or two — but the LITTLE FEETS takes effect and he finds himself rushing into the middle of the muck!
NEW CAVES
Reaching round behind him with one hand to grasp his deluxe staff, Naharaht casts a level 4 Take That You Fiend at the giant cave bear. If it works, it will do 8×189 = 1512 points of damage to the bear.

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