Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 8
The Chronicles of Ragnar part Seven
As the electric birds did fly off Thorsgrim began to poke at a nearby pile of rocks with his boot. This disturbed three snakes that immediately attacked. The ferocious little reptiles managed to bite Thorsgrim, Sven and Ragnar before being splattered with much vigour. Azimi took the opportunity to run off the wall during the combat to avoid any responsibility.After combat Azimi the medic arrived with her ever present kit and immediately applied pressure bandages on the fang marks. Nothing was found in the pile of rubble.
Attention then turned tohow to get into the tower? Azimi and Skrogg, backed up by Sven asked for a roof assault and Sven agreed to climb up the tower face discovering a worn roof and a trapdoor. Lowering a rope, Skrogg quickly climbed up. Azimi cast a levitation spell and silently rose into the air amazing her colleagues with a new recently discovered spell. Ragnar also made the risky climb, but as he stepped onto the rickety roof proper, it gave way under his weight causing Skrogg and Sven to also fall through. Sven rolled to his feet like an expert, but the plate mail wearing duo of Skrogg and Ragnar both made a lovely clang. Finding themselves in what had once been a kitchen
Meanwhile both Clerics at the bottom of the tower had decided that climbing wasn’t for them and decided to boot in the doorway. Kurin took a heavy boot and surprisingly gave the door such a kick that it splintered in with one mighty boot. As they cautiously entered Kurin and Thorsgrim, were suddenly attacked by six glowing blue dishevelled individuals who burst from the rubble and moved to attack with weapons and grasping hands. Thorsgrim brought forth the power of Thor only to see two of these creatures shuffle back as four still attacked. Three on Kurin and one on Thorsgrim. Kurin rallied and splattered one with his magical hammer only to un-rally and begin to miss in spectacular fashion. Thorsgrim attempted to turn the ones that had previously run off again when they began to run in again. Seeing this was futile he switched to swinging his hammer. Kurin splattered another only to be grabbed and automatically given a lightning hit from the creature. Thorsgrim with an even more grim expression began to methodically work his way down onto these lighting zombies until they were pulped. As only 3 were left they suddenly shuffled off leaving one behind to be splatted quickly.
Up above a noise could finally be heard and the fab four began to rush down the staircase. As they rushed down to the second floor they met the two Zap zombies shuffling up. With Skrogg in the lead and Ragnar swinging his heavy Axe over his head the Zombies were quickly dispatched as Thorsgrim and Kurin puffed up the stairs in pursuit.
As Azimi who had stayed at the back again and offered unhelpful advice began to bandage the wounded Thorsgrim a jumping spider, (head plopper); fell on her head sinking its fangs into her neck paralyzing her immediately. A plopper also fell on Thorsgrim who fell paralyzed as well. The ploppers were quickly splatted, leaving Azimi and Thorsgrim paralyzed and dribbling. Both were taken upstairs and as old Nordic tradition dictated in these situations placed them in a compromising position. Before this could progress to far Kurin remembered that a Cure Light wounds spell could also cure paralysis. Thorsgrim was revived and didn’t look too pleased at having Azimi draped across him. Thorsgrim then cured Azimi’s paralysis before the Heroes decided to boot in the door to the six rooms. Sven and Azimi both failed as all the more fighter types quickly booted the door down. Another Lightning Zombie was seen in Skroggs room at the rear, but before it could utter a single urggggg; Skrogg jumped in and in one hit disembowelled it and then cut its head off for good measure.
At the end of the corridor an obvious secret door was discovered revealing steps into the mountain, and a crypt. Ragnar triggered a trap causing part of corridor floor to give way to a watery trap. Thorsgrim fell in and a grate slid in trapping him underwater. Through quick thinking of Azimi passed her blowpipe to Thorsgrim who was able to breathe. Sven managed to find a mechanism releasing Thorsgrim from what could have been a watery grave.
A voice from the side rang out, the party answered in good faith only to see a boy zombie reading some scrolls He duly began a diatribe dialogue directing their diagnostical dissection. Apparently he was a zombie of the boy of the household and there was a big bad up (Lord K something) ahead and some more Zombies, plus some treasure. Thorsgrim blessed the party as the heroes left to see the treasure, across and watery hall five zap zombies blocked their path and began to monologue. The party patiently waited for the pre-ordained rambling to finish and then attacked most vigorously.
Seeing water and lightning zombies, Azimi rose into the air as Ragnar stood on its surface. In less than twenty seconds all 5 zombies were destroyed and a big bad Lord K emerged. He was carrying an obviously magical sword and began to walk towards the party. A magical missile from Azimi struck him, but it was the surprising holy symbol of Thorsgrim that kept him at bay. Kurin, Skrogg and Ragnar all strode forward and smote many grievous wounds, before a simple hello could be said or another monologue could begin.
More wounds were dealt on the abomination, before as it reached out and touched Kurin draining his life force as horror cross his eyes, reached down and lightning charged the water nearby. Another magical missile from Azimi did strike it in the chest causing Lord K to die (again being undead). Kurin lying unconscious was given first aid by Azimi noting a hand like white scar on his chest.
Lord Ks bedroom could be seen beyond with a large bed. Azimi immediately asked for Ragnar to chop off a bed post a drive it into the undead beast’s heart. Lord K twitched from the last time, fountaining blood from his fangs. Looting of his bedroom began, including a picture of his family from 150 + years ago, large platinum pieces and a mirror. A face in the mirror said hello and begged to be set free as to save the planet. It promised to free the person in several days. Kurin hero now most puny volunteered, and before a cry of “leave your hammer”; vanished inside the mirror. The Green individual wearing what can only be described as a Black overall jump suit appeared. He began to grow before; suddenly screaming about something wasn’t right, turning into a bright flash and vanished as well as the mirror. Azimi was immediately knocked unconscious. After 30 minutes she awoke to find that the largely LAWFUL and honorable party had cared for her in a respectful manner, placed her in the recovery position and put a cloak under her head as a pillow.
Day ends Dum dum dum!