Harold and Chris Zable (!) arrived in the late morning, bearing European
gifts for all! In Amsterdam, they found me a plush tapeworm. The box
says, in part,
Here is the girl with small friends of life present for always. Some
irritation she finds with them, but much fun and love is to be shared!
Tickles Tapeworm is a funny friend.
He is always making jokes to
He lives in Holly's tummy and loves good food.
There is also a drawing of the little girl surrounded by her friends
Tickles Tapeworm, Dig Dig Head Louse, Zzeezz Bed Bug, and Blinky Eyelash
This is by far the most disturbing present I have ever received. By
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Amazon Quintet of Justice IXd: "Look! An Invisible
Finally, the plan is put into
action! Aurmvoris leaps upon the heiracosphinxes on guard at the first
entrance to the dragon's lair and rends them limb from evil limb! A couple
more sphinxes emerge from the cave, but quickly flee! On to the next
As Aurmvoris attacks the sphinxes there, reinforcements boil out of
the previous cave mouth. The Quintet loose a great many arrows at them,
but they stick to their task and pile onto Aurmvoris. This isn't too bad
until the half-dragon hieracosphinx, Junior, appears and joins in.
A barrage of spells and arrows puts the flock to flight, and Aurmvoris
chases them back toword the first entrance. In the meantime, the Quintet
have a bigger problem to deal with, as the blue dragon attacks from
surprise with a bolt of electrical death!
All three spell-casters work on taking down the dragon's enhancement
spells while Alyra and Marika try to fill it full of arrows, but it
turns invisible again and circles around to attack from another
Since the dragon moves so fast that no method of detecting invisible
creatures can detect it far enough away to make a difference, and it
apparently is using magic items to protect it from Amaryllis's best
long-ranged spell, the Amazons decide to sound the retreat for the nonce.
Aurmvoris needs to be rescued from Junior and the sphinxes, who have
ganged up on him, but this is not difficult for the Amazons, and they
even manage to put down Junior for good before leaving the field of
* * *
Marith was falling asleep, and everyone was disheartened, so we
broke there to consider if there was a better plan than "level up before
coming back". Of course, with the tiny amount of experience the book
said Junior was worth, that could take a while.
* * *
As required in the first week of July, there was Grilled Food.
While flopping around after dinner, Ayse and I met a cat of pretty
high quality, who had orange tabby stripes over a black undercoat, and
was as friendly as one could ask of a cat. He liked the Pettersons's
empty flower bed a lot, but could be coaxed out with a straw to chase or
the offer of some petting. Kawaii!
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Forcecage. Forcecage is the spell to use against this dragon, because the
target gets no saving throw and no spell resistance, and we're pretty sure
the dragon isn't powerful enough to teleport out.