Sir Thornston Snow (Hedge Knight)
Valkomen Gimilzor (Paladin of House Branch)
St Bede (Cleric of the Old Gods)
Very excited that my hastily formed plan does seem to be working. However I'm a bit upset in that it appears St. Bede has passed me in near death experiences. I just can't let this stand.
How this happened. We where down in the dungeon and unable to find a way forward. St Bede needed to get outside and get some fresh air. Plus the remaining rations were in the stable. St Bede eats a lot of food. All that praying must make him hungry.
Stretching and taking a look around the grounds of the keep we found another of Fritjof's Sewer Entrances. Sir Thornston and St Bede were of like mind in thinking it led to a unexplored part of the dungeon. However it might be days before Fritjof is any condition to go down there and explore. Sir Thornston and I can't fit down that skinny pipe.
I suggested we have another whole tower and several low buildings to explore of the Keep. We should go and do something. Sir Thornston was game however St Bede was reluctant. He was still recovering from the huge battle in the dungeon. Without Fritjof to open the doors we had to tie ropes and yank them open. This is very time consuming.
The three of us entered the lower level of the unexplored tower. However no encounters. Although recent signs of a fire in the fireplace. Someone has been in here. We decide to go up to the next level. No sooner do we make our way up and then we here a argument upstairs. It is in Xaxian. They talk about loot and not wanting to pay a tax to her.
Joy of joys my comrades are up for going up the stairs to do battle. However they wanted to try sneaking up on the Xaxians. Luckily I was able to convince them that the three of us could never sneak up on anyone. We rushed up the stairs. I think that in running up the stairs I might have broken loose a stair. For Sir Thornston Snow slipped on the stairs. St Bede was able to catch him. However he dropped my lantern he was carrying.
Bursting out onto the 3rd Floor of the Tower I immediately see two of the biggest Xaxians I have ever seen. There was also a tiny goblin. Three in all and a fair fight. With the Gods on our side we should be able to win.
Sir Thornston Snow made it to the top with the assistance of St. Bede. Sir Thornston was then immediately cut down. St. Bede drew his sword ( Clerics using swords) and was cut down. I made a few attacks against the biggest of the Xaxians. A magnificent fighter. Never have I encountered such defense before. I quickly made a tactical decision to attack the other two. If I could reduce the number to 1 on 1 I could probably take him. One blow apiece I was able to cut the other two down.
I traded several more blows with the Great Xaxian Fighter. However I was unable to even scratch him. Full knowing Xaxian's love of dirty fighting I tried to parley with him. Hoping he would try something and this would give me a chance to get a blow in. Sure enough he tried something. To counter so did I. Neither of us did any damage to the other. However he changed tactics and now came at me in a attempt to knock me out.
In a sudden inspiration I recalled what Sir Thornston had said on the stairs. He said something about Xaxian's would want to capture us alive. So as the Xaxian prepared another pommel attack I stepped into it. Letting him knock me out cold.
Now things are going to plan. The Xaxian tended to our wounds and has us tied up. We are alive and hopefully to be brought to her. No more wandering around lost and having to kick in every door. We will be brought straight to her. Why didn't I think of this plan earlier?