The Super Amazing Tale of How Arradon the Cunning met Stonebreaker the Mighty
(As recounted by Arradon the Elf and Stonebreaker the Warforged to Pinecone the Pixie on the road to the subterranean Lolth lair under Melora’s abandoned temple a day’s journey north of Cravensfeld)
I was travelling through the wilderness between my old city of Rest to the city of Iridia. Traveling through the moors at evening, I found myself across the field from a pair of dire rats. Wanting to avoid the diseases that they carry, I pulled out my trusty hand crossbow. I fired on the lead rat as I tried to walk past them. I hoped that the rats would flee from the potential danger. Unfortunately, as I stepped up onto a slight rise nearby, the rats followed, and a group of lizardmen showed up.
I holstered the crossbow and pulled out my dagger, knowing that trouble would be unavoidable. Of course, the lizardmen all rushed up to me and started hitting me with clubs. I was introduced to levels of pain I had not felt since that bully Mellicent used to call me ‘runt’ and use me as her personal punching bag. On the ground, I still tried to knife my attackers. Unfortunately, there were six of them and only one of me.
As I was getting ready to pray for Erevan to accept my soul as a good pickpocket. Thankfully, (as I found out later) Melora was sending Stonebreaker to help me. That reminds me, I still have to give something to Erevan for not taking my soul. I guess I owe Melora, too.
Anyway, Stonebreaker arrived and, with his mighty axe, he cleaved through the lizardmen who wanted to kill me. Working together, though I will admit that Stonebreaker did most of the work, we made short work of the lizardmen. Stonebreaker just could not miss. I was really impressed. Unfortunately, one of the lizardmen ran away toward some rocks a good distance away from us.
Helping me up, Stonebreaker introduced himself, and I introduced myself, asking if he knew of a bar. I was a little out of it, having nearly died. Thankfully, Stonebreaker had a potion that reinvigorated me and healed some of the heinous wounds inflicted upon me. Knowing that a lizardman escaped, we decided that it was better to end its life. I wanted revenge, I admit it.
We found that the rocks provided shelter for a small house, the door was broken down. Inside, we saw a lady and three lizardmen. Stoney rushed in to attack the lizardmen, and I pulled out my hand crossbow to take them down. Then, I saw something amazing. The Eladrin woman raised a staff, and several bolts shot out of the end. The three lizardmen were all hit. She may have retreated behind a table, but I tell you that she showed no fear in the face of the enemy. She simply aimed her staff and continued to blast the lizardmen. Stonebreaker put his axe to good use, and I will say that his strikes destroyed one of the lizardmen.
Meanwhile, I was standing in the doorway firing bolts. I saw an opportunity. I rushed forward, rolling up to the lady’s table. After returning to my knees, I fired a bolt through the eye-socket of the last lizardman.
The Eladrin sorceress turned to us and demanded to know if we were enemies. Stonebreaker had similarly demanded to know if she was friend or foe.
I don’t blame her for being angry, we had busted into her house and started killing things. However, I did not want to die, so I tried to get the huge stone and wood construct to lower his axe. We explained to the sorceress that I had been attacked by the lizardmen and simply sought to kill the runaway. Thankfully, she accepted our story.
At that moment, a young Dragonborn rushed into the house. He and the Eladrin, who identified herself as Meriele, came close to blows because he had simply burst into the room with no regard to identifying himself. He simply looked over the bodies, and started spouting about a nearby town. Rhogar, we eventually learned his name, finally explained that he was not our foe, and that he had been chasing the lizardmen as well.
We decided to follow Rhogar back to the town. There, I hoped to get more information about the lizardmen and kill more of them. In the town, we found an inn. The Innkeeper had some information, saying that the lizardmen had been a menace for travelers in that area for a long time. It is believed that they are holed up in tunnels that are to the east of the town. I thanked him for the information, and started getting wildly drunk. I may be brave and adventurous, but I am not going to take on a nest of lizardmen sober.
Before, I could start on my way back to the wilds to take on the lizards, I was reminded by Rhogar that I had wanted to be monetarily compensated. That put a damper on my plan. We decided to approach a merchant and get a paying gig. The merchant was agreeable to paying us for escorting him for a day trip to another town. He would leave in the morning.
The next day, the four of us met the merchant and we started on the road. We were a few hours into the journey when we were attacked by lizardmen. Thankfully, it wasn’t an ambush. However, it was a mess. The only thing that went right was that none of our party died. In the end, we killed the lizardmen, but it was horrible. Rhogar and Stonebreaker simply rushed the enemies. Yes, they were successful in killing them, but there was no working together. Meriele was able to kill her targets and I also made my mark. However, we nearly lost the merchant. Only his quick snap of the reigns and his horses rushing off saved his life. It was a victory, but it was rather pathetic.
As we caught up to the wagon, we all agreed that we needed to be better prepared if we were ambushed again. We agreed that Stonebreaker and Rhogar would provide a wall protecting the wagon while Meriele and I found good spots to pick off enemies and protect the wagon and merchant. Truthfully, I hoped that we would not need the strategy. The merchant scoffed us for a while because he thought that having a plan was stupid because we were obviously clear of danger.
The second group of lizardmen wiped his smug grin off of his face. We put the plan in action because we had a group of six attacking us, and two of them did not look like the typical lizardman.
Thankfully, the plan worked. Of course, Rhogar decided to attack a lizardman who came after me in the trees, leaving Stonebreaker alone. But he is practically a kid, who can blame him for breaking the plan. I can, that’s who.
Just kidding, the kid did a good job, and saved my backside from a nasty lizard.
Stonebreaker did not really need a lot of help. His axe kept finding flesh to embed itself into.
Meriele, for her part, kept hitting our enemies with her staff’s bolts, which she said spread chaos through the enemies. The bolts coming out of her staff lit up the evening.
Finally, the marauders lay on the ground dead.
We arrived the next day with the merchant, and let me tell you, he was not disappointed.
Feeling that I had some good revenge on the lizards, I found the road that would take me to Iridia, a twelve day journey. Thankfully, I would not be alone. Stonebreaker joined me because he had heard the tales of the spiders and he wanted to kill them all. I asked if the others wanted to join us. They both refused. Meriele wished to return to her home, feeling that she had stopped the lizards from bothering her. Rhogar said he was looking for more foes to vanquish, so he went off in his own direction.
I won’t say that I miss them, but I really wouldn’t mind meeting them again.