Our little messenger bird clearly served their purpose. As we descend upon the town, we see a force gathering in the town square. The good people are arming themselves for battle. Those that are a not ready for a fight a placing their cherished items in bundles.
We notice Lt. Zarrick Bane, local commander of the Knights of Sardonia, giving orders.
Armored soldiers on horseback are dispersed to fell trees. Barricades must be built to fend off the dead that approach. Rask tells the knights to leave. The knights command Rask to stand down. They will handle this abomination that approaches. Rask retorts that the members of this community will not be fodder for their protection. Our heroes decide to join the forces that gather to protect their homes.
A few hours pass as the sky grows black, nervous farmers and soldiers alike sweat under the looming threat. A piercing cry ruptures the night air. Humanoid forms appear surrounding the town. A decaying ogre charges toward the haphazard fortifications that were placed mere hours ago. Fan hurls a flask of holy water which crackles and sputters as it touches ogre flesh. The great creature moans and shudders under the blessed water. AJ sends magic missiles crashing into skeletons as they assault the town. The Ogres putrid flesh and blood receive an onslaught of sacred flame from Xiri.
Zombies and skeletons rush the townsfolk. Two are cut down immediately. Bem is struck by the clattering bones. The ogres rallies its senses brings its spiked log around crashing it into Jalana. Her wits leave her as the blunt force shakes her senses to the core. Bemnar’s self control breaks after witnessing his friend go down. He berzerks and cleaves his great axe into the hulking beast. All around the townsfolk hack and slash at fleshless skeletons. Bones riddle the ground at their feet. Smiles are exchanged as pride fills their hearts.
Fan readies her quarterstaff and strikes the ogre. Cracking bones resonate a ghoulish anthem that rallies the town. A firebolt explodes from AJ missing the ogre by inches. Xiri takes this moment to liberate Jalana from certain death. She casts a mending spell upon Jalana. Xiri grasps hold of her and drags her back as far as she dare. After all, there are still detestable brutes to dispatch.
The great beast, dripping blood from ragged wonnds, rips his club back at Bem. He slips beneath its lumbering swing. Skeletons lacerate Fan’s shoulder. Their feeble bones break and dislocate as they swing at Xiri. Jalana kicks powerlessly from a prone position at Xiri’s feet. Fan is filled with dread as she realizes that humans are animals and the undead come from darkness. More farmers are cut down as the skeletons advance.
Jalana pulls herself up and blasts a skeleton with her fist. The decaying bones explode. She races through the bone dust up to Bemnar’s back. Bem rears up and carves his great axe into the torso of the rotting ogre. Its innards spill onto the good earth. Cheering townsfolk can be heard at the back of the town as the skeleton’s ranks are depleted.
Fan whirls her quarterstaff at the ogre. AJ firebotlt the bulky mass of decomposing ogre. Xiri calls forth a sacred flame to burn the unholy beast. Sizzling chunks fall off the blundering burnt mess before them. Monsterous forms begin to take down soldiers. A ghoul lunges at Jalana with its poisonous claws. She recoils with fresh cuts. Fan slips from skeleton strikes unharmed. The zombie ogre slams into Bemnar with its great morning star. Jalana disengages from the ghoul and downs a healing potion. Bem strikes the ogre once again.
Judge Veylum smites the remaining forces with a great blast. Lady Christine destroys four zombies with a single spell. Fan thunderclaps the ground, shattering a skeleton to dust. The ogre looks stunned that it still draws will from the darkness. Aj releases firebolts into the ogre’s body once again. The smell is nearly overpowering. Xiri’s misses the ghoul as its claws scratch across her shield. Skeletons reach out for Xiri barely missing her. Jalana dashes in, and a skeleton explodes as the quarterstaff finds its mark. Nothing falls at her feet for she is already moving to her next target. The massive ogre smashes its morning star into the ground at Bem’s feet. Bem buries his axe into the ogre’s sternum. The ogre is no more. The brave townsfolk take down ghouls and skeletons alike as the tide abates.
Fan and AJ destroy skeletons with thuderclaps and magic missiles. The monstrous villains surround the town’s soldiers, Rask, and Christine. Puffs of bone dust burst as Jalana zips through the crowd. Fan and Xiri dance with a ghoul. Claws dash against the shield. Bem hacks at a zombie. A high level fireball detonates near Christine and Rask. It lays waste to the remaining evil forces.
Lights appear in the sky. Some become aware in time. Others meet death. Flaming arrows reign down. Xiri takes an arrow, skeletons around the group are struck as well. A ghastly laughter fills the air. A Flameskull destroys one of the centuries old buildings bringing it to rubble. Bem swallows a health potion. Everyone hurls their mightiest of armaments at the skull. Firebolts, javelins, foul language fly at the skull. It returns a fireball to the assembled defenders of the town. AJ is stuckdown.
Jalana magic missiles the skull and it collapses. The team breaths a sigh of relief. Xiri caresses AJ with the power of the light. He recovers his wits. AJ, Xiri, and Bem take healing pots. Fan casts a blade ward as more evil crawls out of the darkness. Another heavy-footed zombie ogre sullies the good earth that brings nourishment to the people. An anger fills the hearts of the defenders. This shade upon all that is good will not keep out the light. Xiri breaches the darkness with sacred flames. They all rally to her cry and rend the beast. As its will is broken and it falls to its knees, Bem uses his tankard to break the jaw from the beast’s head. It swivels to take someone, anyone with it back to the darkness from whence it came. Xiri brings her sacred flame to bear one last time. The beast’s head burns to ash.
Sister Amara comes to the aid of all that have suffered during the battle. Temple acolytes remove some of her burden. They walk among the suffering people. They bring peace to those that need it. They pour life-giving magics into those that hold on.
The adventurers make for the other side of town. They hear the cry of a soldier as a specter drains the life from his body. The band attacks the specter with magical blades, holy water, and thunderclaps. It dissipates under the assault. Adventurers hops fences, (Ferris Bueller-it), through town. A trio of ghouls attempts to eat a mother and her child cradled in her arms. They are cut down. Zombies amble into death as well. The mother thanks us and hands Jalana something.
Satiya destroys a ghoul as we approach. There is a multitude of corpses surrounding her. We see the knights near as well. They watch as the remaining ghoul mangles her body. Bane shoots the ghoul after it is done. We advance to find her dead. Her life-force given in protection of the people of this town.
We double back to the town square to find two ghouls entering the temple. A banshee attempts to stop us. We each use our talents to remove this horror from the temple’s entryway. The undead begin to flock to us. Amodius blasts the horde of undead from this world. And yet no one feels safe. An undead beholder floats from the sky. Amodius stands ready and orders us into the temple to end this. We barge into the temple. Two ghasts meet us. Xiri uses the power of the light to spread fear into what was left of their hearts. They run from her. We take one down as the other runs fearfully from the temple.
We walk cautiously, deeper into the temple. Aj casts a scorching ray as he spots the necrodickface. Jalana runs up and magic missiles him. He immediately cast a wall of whirling blades that splits the room in twain. Xiri screams to Jalana, telling her to run. Bem follows and Fan runs as well. AJ attempts to offer the necrodick a gem. He is denied.
Jalana fires another magic missile into the necrodick’s body. He responds by paralyzing Jalana. Bem bezerks and misses with a javelin. Xiri hits him with a crossbolt. The necrodickface casts a spell. A putrid, yellow/green cloud burns our eyes and obscures our view. Bem and Fan are taken down by the cloud of putrid gas. Xiri runs to attempt to drag her unconscious comrades to safety. Xiri heals Bemnar so that he may aid her. Bem attempts to grab Fan and feed her a potion. Fan is revived and runs for it. Necrodickface releases a dark spell that begins to remove all moisture from Bem’s body. He knocks out AJ and Xiri. Bem and Jalana attempt to take Xiri and AJ to safety. Xiri is struggling to stay and remove this evil from the world. Bem is taken down again. Xiri pulls Bem up and carries him out of the temple.
In the square, Xiri stabalizes Bem. Necrodickface fires at us once again. We run!!!!