If Marith had spent a mere three minutes less wandering aimlessly in
search of breakfast, or Rebecca hadn't forgotten her gaming stuff, we would
have arrived in Roseville before anyone expected us! Oh well.
Amazon Quintet of Justice IIIb: "Attack of the
Last month: Our Heroines had found a ruined temple in which to
cremate the fallen villain, hopefully luring the other set of
necrotheologians in to be ambushed. Sophia and Serenity volunteered to
serve as bait, since they needed to give the deceased proper last rites
After some time, a small band of armed men made its way through the
rubble, under the watchful eyes of the hidden Amazons. When they reached
the temple courtyard, Sophia called on them to surrender. One produced a
wand and let fly with an impressively useless Color Spray, and then fell to
the ground with an arrowhead in either atrium of his heart.
The rest of his party attempted to flee, but Amaryllis conjured a dirt
elemental to block the narrow path through the rubble, bottling them up
long enough for Solara to reach them. One of them tried to do something
rash with a wand, and lost his hand for his troubles, whereupon the rest
Meanwhile in the courtyard, a huge flaming infernal equine appeared as
it broke its invisibility by attacking Sophia, Serenity, Alyssa, and Hearth
Lady, shortly followed by several necrotheologians (including the one who
escaped the previous ambush) and their horde of zombies.
The shield-maidens of Pelor formed the core of the fight, assailed from
all sides by all manner of villains but never yielding ground, while the
rest of the Amazons took advantage of the villains' unguarded backs
(Alyssa, Solara) or unleashed arcane missiles and acid arrows from afar
(Amaryllis). The zombies, bolstered by the dark will of their master, were
difficult to turn, but Fresa put a few to flight, and made a few of the
living villains into prisoners instead of corpses.
Most of his companions defeated, the main villain took to the air to
escape. Arrows and sling stones followed him until he was out of range,
and Amaryllis flew after him, scoring a few more hits with
long-range spells. Then he blinded her with a curse, pummelled her with a
morningstar, and sent her stumbling back to her comrades. With another
Fly spell and a potion of Expeditious Advance, Solara gave chase, but
eventually was paralyzed by a spell, which didn't remove her ability to
fly but did prevent her from being able to do anything when she caught
him, so she also retreated.
Our Heroines gathered up the prisoners and hurried back to their camp,
where they laid low. Dwayne, the villain who had surrendered most abjectly
succumed to heroic dialogue from Solara during the interrogation, and
attempted to join the forces of good. After he spilled the beans about Lord
Octavian and Lord Carleton and where their wagons were and so forth, he was
put on probationary probation.
The next day, after Moradin's grace had restored Amaryllis's eyesight
and everyone had their spells and hit points back, Our Heroines (and
Dwayne) went to the wagon train of the refugees, where they were greeted by
Lady Octavian (who knew of their coming from the one villain who had made
tracks all the way back to the wagons), who graciously volunteered the
Quintet to escort her party back to town: since Lord Octavian and Lord
Carleton had been carried off last night by someone who matched the
description of the flying evil cleric, those not so deeply committed to the
necrotheological cause were heading back to civilization. Stephen was with
them, having been originally kidnapped by the evil lords but not
rekidnapped by the evil priest. While considering the issues over lunch and
a bit of interrogation, Our Heroines were set upon in another dastardly
Zombies shambling out of the woods to attack the noncombatants and
fire arrows shot into the wagons caused a lot of chaos, but the few
remaining able-bodied fighters with the wagons (including Runaway and
Dwayne) and Thad, backed up by Serenity, held the line
against the zombies while Kara and Solara dealt with the devil bats. The
others concentrated their efforts on the cleric who had conjured the
rest, and with the destruction of his protective and enhancing magics by
Fresa's spell he was quickly brought down.
The vanished lords Octavian and Carleton were among the zombies, so
the Amazon Quintet concluded that the necrotheologians had been
thoroughly extirpated, and returned triumphant to town.
While Our Heroines were preventing the resurrection of ancient dark
gods, Connor's party was rescuing a strayed princess, in celebration of
which the royal family was holding a grand ball. As saviors of the city,
the Amazon Quintet will of course attend...
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I returned home with Earl and Emily, which became more exciting when
we encountered the sign saying "680 closed"! The 238 then betrayed us by
turning to run parallel to and between the 680 and 880 instead of
connecting them, but finally we saved ourselves by using the 84.