A Grain on the Scale

The Road Less Traveled

exp for now, but more to come, 4,200 to all players, 800 more for those who went after the tree, 1000 for those protecting the children, and Lumas gains 500 additional for saving team members without risk to himself. Oh and Elric gets 50 for foolhardy bravery. ;)

After quite a journey through a less taken path up the the mountain dwelling of the kobolds, the group—Tec, Suska, Elric, Lumas, Morgan, Ingo, the 4 Kobold children and I (Nyan the Fire Gazer), along with our new companion Giltren—all parked the cart and set up camp in a spacious area to rest. After setting up the night’s watches, everyone did their own thing for a time, and then turned in for the night. The night was going smoothly until Elric got up for his shift. He spotted a camp fire quite a distance down the cliff from the path we had just traveled on. In an attempt to figure out who or what it could be, he woke Lumas, asking for his telescope to try and see better. After only spotting silhouettes, Elric decided to place a marker to remind him exactly where he had been when he had seen this. Suddenly he smelled something bad and heard a rustling from behind him. Taking cautious steps, he moved to Giltren (who was going to take the next shift) and woke him up. Meanwhile, I was grappled and dragged away from camp by some sort of small, wrinkly, smelly, orc-looking things. In an attempt to escape, I shape-shifted into a wolf and only got to slightly free myself; I then gave a howl to alert my group. Down at the camp only two had heard the howl, but at the same time one of the children started to scream his head off. Many of the group ran to the biggest tent where the kobold children slept, while the commotion had yet to wake the last few others. On arrival at the tent, Suska, Elric, and Giltren saw two of the wrinkled “orc” creatures dragging a child away and went to stop them. In the tent, Morgan fended off and succeeded in killing a third creature, preventing it from taking the screaming child. Suska and Elric succeeded in releasing the children and finishing off the “orcs” with Giltren’s help. While that was going on, Tec noticed a trail of darts falling down from the cliff side and headed up to follow it. Elric called out to everyone to make sure everyone was present and realized that there was no response from me. He then tried to climb up the cliff, but failed miserably. Following Elric, Ingo took a potion to start climbing up. Next, Lumas cast spells to make Morgan climb quite fast. Suska then used her shield to help her climb, and Giltren headed up. Finally, after many attempts to release myself by shape-shifting between my normal self and other forms, I was released. As I tried to get up, one “orc” tackled me back down. I decided to use my fire, which happened to also help the others to locate me. Tec was first to arrive, followed shortly by Morgan with Lumas on his back. Once they’d helped me out I realized what it was that had just attacked. They were wortlings, a form of fruit from a gigantic flesh-eating tree called an Orcwort. They could be very dangerous and were not of the natural order. Tec, to my surprise, asked to carry and fly me down to camp, and then picked me up and flew. The others saw us coming down and followed with some disappointment. Back at camp, I informed the others of the wortlings and that they were dragging the children and I to the tree as food. We all started to discuss what would be the best actions to take. Elric at first wanted to leave the spot and hoped the wortlings would get who/whatever seemed to be following us, Suska could not think of putting any form of life in danger and wanted to search out the tree and destroy it, Lumas . . . , Ingo didn’t want to waste the time, Tec thought it was completely worthless to waste time and wanted us to just continue to take the children back, Giltren had left long before this, and I just didn’t want to see nature getting destroyed in almost any form. Eventually, Lumas got tired of the arguing and just took off, making himself and Morgan invisible. We all agreed that he couldn’t go alone, so with great difficulty, we figured out who would stay with the children and who would follow Lumas and Morgan: Suska and I agreed to stay at camp while the others followed.

At the camp, Suska and I lit the perimeter of the camp with Ingo’s sun rods. We started to pace the inside of the perimeter. We then noticed that the fire that Elric had spotted was out. Suska thought it would be best if the camp was packed and ready in case anything happened. I decided to follow the lead and helped. Afterward Suska watched the perimeter along the torches and I on top of the cart. Suska then spotted something and said something to me about something shimmering through the trees, but I didn’t see anything. Soon after, we spotted shimmering black eyes coming down from the cliff. Suska pulled out her crossbow and started shooting as I created my trusty fire sphere. The eyes belonged to four more Wortlings. After finishing them, we decided to take the cart and take off before whatever Suska had seen caught up to us.

The group following the tree: On his way, Lumas ran into Giltren and together they finally caught up to the tree. Soon after, Elric, Ingo, and Tec caught up with Giltren and Lumas. Giltren was up in a tree throwing axes at the wortlings, then something invisible seemed to attack one of the wortlings. Tec made a realization that the invisible attacker was possibly Lumas and/or Morgan. Tec then roasty-toastied many of the wortling pods on the tree. Eventually Tec ventured a bit closer to see if he could do more damage, but got dragged up and eaten by the tree. Lumas then sent Morgan to rescue Tec and succeeded only in getting Morgan eaten too. Lumas decided to un-summon Morgan to release him. Elric then started to rage and attack, but also got dragged, eaten and paralyzed like Tec. Once again Lumas summoned Morgan back to rescue Elric and once again succeeded only in getting Morgan eaten. Ingo, meanwhile, pulled the two paralyzed teammates away from danger. Suska and I then spotted a huge tree being illuminated by fire. Once we got there, Tec came around, got on the carriage, started to aim the ballista at the tree and finished it off. Everyone then went and salvaged what they wanted from the tree and pulled out a good amount of loot from the tree’s mouth.

Comments

Note: Even though we get XP, you cannot level up your character since we have not had a night of sleep since gaining the XP

The Road Less Traveled
 

I just like that I got extra xp for “foolhardy bravery”.

The Road Less Traveled
Janibee

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