The Happy Muggers

The Death of Tarque

An ambush in the desert takes one of the Muggers away

  • Interrogation of the Tri-kreen, “Chitters”
    • He just chitters instead of speaks
    • Johnto tells us that they all speak Common
    • D’cafnaet’d intimidates him; he speaks
    • “When the queen hears of this you will all die and the village will be burned to the ground”
    • He refuses to give us directions to the Queen’s fortress
    • Johnto will give us supplies, but makes us promise we won’t tell the queen he helped us
      • A cart pulled by ostriches
      • Scarves
    • What do we do with the Tri-kreen?
      • Tarque won’t kill in cold blood
      • Dunesend isn’t set up to hold him, and is so scared they’d let him go
      • He’s coming with us
  • Travel into the desert
    • 3 days uneventful travel
    • See something flying in the distance
      • A wingéd grayish-brown thing
      • It soon flies off
      • What was that, Chitters?
        • “A rock, maybe?”
      • Leeloo thinks it might have been a dragon. Not a blue dragon, but a dragon.
  • On the fourth night, we find a woman on top of a rock, looking at the sand
    • She’s scantily clad, a la slave Leia
    • She’s super pale
    • Tarque thinks of animals that live under the ground: some dragons, and wyrms
    • Tortolla: “What are you doing”
    • Her: “They’re under the ground; they ate all my companions!”
      • Everyone climbs up on the rocks
    • Leeloo: “How big are they?”
    • Her: “Big, but I haven’t seen it.”
    • Moving sand!
    • Leeloo: “Chitters, do you know what it is?”
    • Chitters: “A wyrm or a dragon!” as he jumps onto the cart
    • D’cafnaet’d stealths over and pushes Chitters onto the ground.
      • A large reptilian head pops out of the sand and chomps Chitters in half
    • Leeloo: “Woman, do you have a name?”
    • Her: “Emilia! Have you seen it?”
    • Leeloo: “Yes, we’ve seen it; it’s over here. Is there more than one?”
  • Combat ensues; it’s a Young Earthquake Dragon
    • Leeloo eldritch blasts the Dragon with a critical hit
    • Emilia runs over onto the larger rock everyone else is on
    • D’cafnaet’d dazing strikes the dragon, but misses
    • Tortolla calls his bramble ally to slow the dragon
    • Montiago phantom bolts the Dragon
    • The Dragon moves under the cart
      • Aegis snaps at him, but misses
      • D’cafnaet’d is thrown from the wagon, but lands safely
    • The Dragon bites at D’cafnaet’d and misses
    • The Dragon claws at D’cafnaet’d and hits
    • Tarque runs over to him and hits him with the weight of earth but misses
    • Leeloo misses with forceful assault, calls the Dark One’s Own Luck, and misses again
    • Emilia Sand Drowns Leeloo and Montiago, but misses Tortolla. The sand swirls around them and crushes them against the rock. Then she burns an action point to hit Leeloo and push her over to the Dragon.
      • Emilia is a Sand Bride!
    • D’cafnaet’d tries to cloak fearie fire around the Dragon, but misses him, then moves to flank him and gets hit with an opportunity attack, then sly flourishes to hit him and critical hits
      • Tortolla calls bear spirits from his leather armor and gives everyone temporary hit points
    • Tortolla blows the wind of pain and succor, then heals Montiago, D’cafnaet’d. Then he burns an action point to spring renewal strike the Dragon and heal Leeloo.
    • Montiago is invisible, but comes out to miss Emilia with a sleep. He then fails to break the restrain.
    • The Dragon expands his quaking aura to five squares
    • The Dragon smashes Tarque into the sand to restrain him
    • The Dragon saves versus the ongoing poison from D’cafnaet’d
    • Tarque misses his Warden savings roll at the top of his turn, gets petrified, and then saves at the end of his turn.
    • Leeloo fey steps away from the Dragon, then misses him with witchfire, and does a Sacrifice to Caiphon to not expend it.
    • Emilia drops an illusion into the middle of the battlefield to make difficult terrain
    • D’cafnaet’d sly flourishes the Dragon, then low slashes him but misses. He then burns an action point to make the Dragon an easy target.
    • Tortolla sicks the spirit of the tempest on the Dragon, but misses.
    • Montiago phantom bolts Emilia, but misses, then fails to un-restrain himself. He then burns an action point to miss Emilia with a Mirror Maze
    • The Dragon triggers his earthquake, knocking Tarque, D’cafnaet’d and Montiago prone.
    • The Dragon then chomps at Tarque, who attempts but fails a Desperate Parry.
    • The Dragon then burns an action point to chomp at Tarque.
      • Tortolla uses his uses his totem of thunder keeper to push the Dragon away.
    • The Dragon goes beneath the sands, but fails to stop his slow
    • Tarque, prone, thorn strikes the Dragon to knock him prone. He then burns an action point to gets his Second Wind.
    • Leeloo misses with a witchfire, then misses with an eldritch blast.
    • Emilia shoots a sand blast at D’cafnaet’d and pushes him far away, then shoots another at Tarque to push him, too.
    • D’cafnaet’d sly flourishes the Dragon, crawls toward Tortolla, then saves so that he can stand next turn
    • Tortolla guides Aegis to snap at Emilia, then heals D’cafnaet’d and Montiago. He then fails to call the spirit of the tempest.
    • Montiago is on top of the rock, restrained and prone. He phantom bolts the Dragon and pulls him toward (but not to) the surface.
    • The Dragon stands up, then burrows deeper into the sand (3 squares under). He saves against his slow.
    • Tarque stands up.
    • Leeloo eldritch blasts Emilia.
    • Emilia misses D’cafnaet’d with a sand blast, then hits him with another.
    • D’cafnaet’d gets his Second Wind.
    • Tortolla still cannot call the spirit of the tempest.
    • Montiago crawls to the edge of his rock and misses Emilia with Grasping Shadows. Emilia’s illusions pushes him off the edge of the rock.
    • The Dragon stays submerged.
    • Tarque thorn strikes Emilia, but misses.
    • Leeloo misses Emilia with an eldritch blast.
    • Emilia hits Tarque and Montiago with a sand drown. Montiago is down to 1 HP. He goes invisible.
    • D’cafnaet’d sly flourishes Emilia, who is bloodied
    • Tortolla uses his gem to restore healing spirit, and then uses it on Tarque and Montiago.
    • Tortolla finally calls the spirit of the tempest to let Montiago stand up.
    • Montiago stands up and goes invisible.
    • Tarque is immobilized, so he can’t move up to her. He saves at the end of his turn.
    • Leeloo eldritch blasts Emilia.
    • Emilia misses Montiago twice.
    • D’cafnaet’d flanks and sly flourishes Emilia
    • Tortolla sicks the spirit of the tempest on Emilia
    • Montiago stops being restrained.
    • The Dragon grabs Tarque and flies into the skies.
    • Tarque misses with an earth grasp strike on the Dragon, but marks him,
    • Leeloo eldritch blasts Emilia.
    • Emilia Dehydrating Touches D’cafnaet’d.
    • D’cafnaet’d delays
    • Tortolla tries to run past Emilia, but is opportunity hit and pushed away
    • D’cafnaet’d flanks Emilia, then misses.
    • Montiago is invisible.
    • The Dragon misses Tarque twice, then drops him. He Down Counts
    • Leeloo eldritch blasts Emilia, who dies. She teleports and climbs up a rock.
    • Everyone readies an action to hit the Dragon
    • The Dragon grabs Tarque’s body and flies away.
      • We find the Battle Standard, but Tarque is gone
    • Leeloo cries
  • Our cart was thrown; we have but a days’ water left
    • The fortress is a day away
    • we sleep on the rock through the night
  • The next day we head south to the Fortress
    • Tri-kreen, lizard-men, and humans at the mine
  • Edrick is heading to the fortress the other way
    • His party perished in a previous ambush
    • This fortress is built around an old mine
  • The Happy Muggers find Edrick
    • D’cafnaet’d sneaks up behind him, “So what do you think the best way in is?”
    • Edrick: “Drow! Friend or foe!”
    • Montiago steps up and greets him, too
    • Edrick: “A drow, a gnome, an old man and a little girl?”
    • Leeloo: “Are your friends hiding somewhere?”
    • Edrick: laughs “Unfortunately, they did not make it.”
    • We fill him in on the Ironfells and how much they’ll pay us
    • We all agree to assault the mine together
      • Find Tarque
      • Clear out the baddies

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