29th Aston, 2951 (Spring)
The Company venture into the webbed maze, cautious and ready for the spiders they expect to find. They follow twists and turns, and soon feel vibrations in the floor: five Hunter Spiders and three more Attercops swarm from around the corner.
Three fall dead before they reach the heroes, felled by a flurry of arrows from Gilthannas, Alberic and Dafydd Ap Alfred. Then battle is joined, although it is short: sword, spears, axe and bow slay spider after spider in rapid succession, with barely a sweat broke.
Leaving the twitching carcasses behind, they continue to explore and come across a chamber that acts as a larder, where more spiders guard half-a-dozen cocooned farmers, half of those they have come to rescue. They ambush the spiders and free the prisoners, who tell them that the others were taken deeper into the maze. Leaving the farmers in the larder for safety, the Company continues on, following the tunnels deeper; soon they reach a large domed chamber, the centre of the maze and Alberic sneaks forward and peers inside.
He spies the remaining villagers, but they are guarded by more wolves, larger wargs, giant spiders with human-like faces, and a robed and hooded figure that oozes menace. Too many to take on.
The Company reluctantly retreat, taking the farmers they’ve freed out of the maze and head back towards The Black Tarn and Amaleoda, Shieldmaiden of the Black Tarn. After a few hours it is obvious that they are being pursued, but the heroes manage to increase their lead and lose the pursuers and make it back without incident.
They ask Amaleoda to send word to Radagast about what they’ve seen, and after a night’s rest they head off across the forest towards the East Bight to meet Ceawin the Generous and learn what task he needs them for.
Six days later, just a day or so from the halls of their friend and ally, they are looking for a place to make camp, when a pack of wargs attempt (and fail) to ambush them. Three wolves are slain before they attack, the others rush in, surprising and scaring Storr, grabbing and pulling Grimgar to his knees, and clamping teeth on Dafydd Ap Alfred’s leg. Both Bardings find themselves wearied as they fight off the wolves, and Gilthannas frees the Beorning by felling the wolf that has grabbed his leg. Three more wolves fall to sword, spear and axe, and another to a well-placed arrow. Alberic decapitates the larger wolf leading the pack, and they jointly slay the last wolf before it can escape.
They tend to their cuts and scrapes, find a defensible place to camp, and in the morning head off, reaching the growing settlement as the afternoon draws into evening.
End of Session
XP Award: 3 each.