We’re back at the inn in Grind. We found Knell, the bladeling, and brought him with us. Talon, the human, has questions for the town elders. That was the first group of Empire soldiers in the town. There is a report of additional squads heading towards an half-orc farm. There is a larger group to the south of town. There must be a camp nearby, although no one is certain. The farm is to the northeast of town, and there are no main roads. The town of Grind is surrounded by light woods. Tolan picks up a Avergine tunic from the dead soldiers before we head to the farm. The town supports us, but cannot rebel or fight back for fear of retaliation. Kusanagi tells us about the soldiers, and revels he has a history with them.
We head towards the farm. We notice voices ahead near the farm. We see the soldiers execute a half-orc adult male by the farm. Tolan has an idea to surprise the soldiers by pretending to be one of them, and having the rest of us run after him. I don’t think it’s best for us to give up or advantage so easily, but the others agree. Tolan runs ahead, but we are to fast and the soldiers suspect something. I attempt to use ghost sound to create the sound of a dragon behind us, but am not sure if it succeeded.
Some of the others want to wait until the soldiers act, I am not so patient. Immeral moves closer and throws a shuriken at a soldier. Knells charges forth and hits the wounded soldier, who is now bloodied. Tolan unleashes his flame cyclone power, killing 2, missing 2, and hitting 1 soldier. The corporal moves and attacks Tolan, who unleashed a backlash of frost. The corporal is bloodied, but still hits Tolan, who is bloodied. Kusanagi moves and whispers a prayer to heal Tolan. Kusanagi takes aim with his crossbow at one of the soldiers. The soldiers attack Knell. They have an advantage due to their formation. Knell is bloodied after the barrage of attacks.
Finally, it’s my turn to act again. An energy bolt of many colors flies from my finger at the corporal. It strikes him in his head and he falls to the ground, clawing at his face. He is dead. 16 damage, 1st kill. Immeral rushes forward, but misses. The archers miss the crowd. Knell shifts and attacks twice, hitting two soldiers. Tirrigeth uses her martial powers to bloody a solder, and helps Knell shift closer for an attack while healing him. Tolan moves into the fray, and attacks with a sword burst missing 1, killing 1, and hitting 1. He focuses, and attacks another archer but misses. Kusanagi draws his sword and attacks with Righteous Brand, but misses. The soldiers attack Knell, who is bloodied again.
Again, after all that, I can act again! A bolt of cold shoots forth from my hand, chilling all that it passes, and hits an archer in the chest. Immeral disappears like a wisp of wind, then reappears behind an archer. He strikes him, and with a burst of action hits again to finish him. The archers focus their attack back on Immeral to avenge their brother, and is hit. Tolan teleports back into the fray to kill another archer, critically. Knell smashes a soldier with his axe, who becomes bloodied. Tirrigeth takes a moment to bolster Tolan with healing power, but misses an attack against a soldier. Tolan strikes another soldier with his sword in retaliation for an attack. Kusanagi moves to attack an archer with a righteous fury, while whispering a healing prayer to strengthen Knell. With all the chaos surrounding him, a soldier surrenders to our awesomeness, and begs for his life.
I decide to spare him, only to unleash another bolt of cold frost at an archer, who is now bleeding from his wounds. Immeral makes a intimidating gesture at the prisoner, and attacks the remaining archer, ending his time in the Empire’s military.
The battle is over, but the hostilities continue. Knell threatens the prisoner, in an attempt to get information from him. Tolan objects, much like the pacifist he is. Kusanagi intervenes in an attempt to make peace, and Tolan wants to tend to the prisoner’s wounds. Tirrigeth supplies rope from her pack, and Immeral ties him. I rest from our battle while the others search the farm. Ever restless, Tolan attempts to the secure the area while looking for treasure. 133 exp.
During his search, Tolan finds the dead half-orc. Kusanagi blesses the body, while Immeral attempts to bluff the soldier. Tirrigeth also attempts to intimidate the soldier in order to interrogate him. It is useless, the soldier obviously is too devoted to his leader’s cause to even fear us. The prisoner tells us there are more on the way, and that the half-orc family had run off. Knell tries to intimidate him again, but his actions are useless. I attempt to be diplomatic with our fearless prisoner, and my efforts are in vain. We think to leave him here, hanging in the farm. Tolan, who hasn’t given up, sits with the prisoner who is still defiant. The prisoner tells us he doesn’t fear death, and is willing to die. Immeral finds 70 gold lying around the farm, and divides it. I manage to get 12 gold from the haul.
We can see the tracks of the remaining half-orcs. We decide to hang the prisoner from the rafters of the barn. Immeral hears voices in the distance to the north. Kusanagi also hears something, but Immeral cannot hear anything more. I reluctantly decide to help with the clean up even though this task is better left to the servants. Immeral sneaks up into the forest, and runs back to join us. He has found another group coming back towards the farm.
We prepare for the return of the remaining troops. We all hide behind buildings in an attempt of surprise. Tolan and Immeral both decide to wait until the soldiers are closer. I however, am not so patient. I move closer to get a better shot at them, but I am spotted. We hear cries of “Get that damn orc child! They’re back here.” Tirrigeth moves into a better position, and readies an action. The soldier move closer in order to retrieve the child with their weapons drawn.
Immeral and Kusanagi have patience, and wait their turns. Tolan moves into the group and uses his flame cyclone power, missing 4, hitting 3. Two of the soldiers are bloodied. Knell moves around the house to flank the soldiers and attack. He unleashes a barrage and shifts closer into the fray to attack again. A burst of blades shoots forth from his skin, penetrating the armor of his foes. Immeral moves to attack around the house, then tries to throw a shuriken at the soldiers but misses. Kusanagi moves to take a shot with his crossbow, hitting the soldier. Tirrigeth moves closer to the soldiers. The soldiers take action, blurting out inspiring orders. They attack Knell, who stumbles back 2 spaces. The archers line up and take shots at Knell, who is missed by their arrows. The regulars move to attack Knell, Tolan, and Tirrigeth. Knell and Tirrigeth escape harm, but Tolan is hit.