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Solitude delayed his turn, waiting until his allies has worked the room. He found the greatest remaining danger to be the two new goblins approaching from the east, and so slinked over to the corner of the wall, waiting in hiding in the shadows there. The warrior still left in the room stepped away from Cha'ac and threw a javelin at him, striking his target. He watched the javelin of the approaching goblin warrior fly by, missing Amroth narrowly. Then the goblin blackblade came trotting out, and Solitude struck. He made a flourish as he revealed himself, sending a shuriken hurtling toward the goblin by the time he'd been seen. The blade struck the goblin's throat, tearing into it and dealing him an instant killing blow.

That was one more goblin down. Solitude had to remember to retrieve his shuriken this time, he'd lost one in the previous room somewhere already. He was getting a lot more use of them than he'd imagined, he should've bought more so he could fire and forget. No matter, they were building a nice amount of gold so far, he'd go shopping when they got back to town.

Of course, by this point, Solitude was feeling pretty confident they wouldn't run into death here in this mine.

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There weren't many targets left for Quarius to electrocute, which was a testament to the effectiveness of the party he was in. These goblins were nothing but free experience and gold to them at this point. To hasten up the process, the Wizard decided to target the Goblin Warrior that had been marked by Cha'ac earlier, sending another Arc Lightning his way for 9 damage. Seeing as the creature wasn't even hassled by that damage, he narrowed his eyes and sent a second bolt towards the same target...

 

Only to have it fly in the completely opposite direction. Quarius didn't even know why he had done a neat 180 degree pirouette on the spot before he fired the attack, until he noticed that he had rolled a natural 1 on his attack roll.

 

... He wondered if the game had rolled Amroth's dice for him instead.

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Amroth raised an eyebrow at Quarius, seeing the nice hit he did to the warrior, but missed the other shot. He wondered if Quarius ever managed to hit two enemies with his attack. He chuckled inwardly and readied two arrows for the goblin sharpshooter which he had marked earlier. He pulled back the string of his bow and just as he was about to release them an itch hit him between the shoulderblades making him twich. Both arrows flew past the sharpshooter and he grumbled as they shattered on the wall behind the creature.

 

The sharpshooter seemed to mock him as it drew a bolt and hit Amroth in the chest. Amroth grunted in pain and glared at the beast, a total of 7 damage displayed in front of his eyes. He would get the beast eventually, next round it was as good as dead.

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More reinforcements were coming. He had to cut off their path before they were overwhelmed. So Cha'ac left the goblin warrior behind and moved to the other one, immediately striking with all his might. 18 damage lit up, and the goblin crumbled in pain but did not perish. Soon after, a sudden breeze picked up, howling through the mine as the warriors were buffeted about, forced closer to the warforged. The display of gale force wounded his previous opponent for a small bit, but didn't kill that one either. No matter - his companions would be able to take care of that. Cha'ac now was the target for however little of the goblin force was left.

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Noticing more enemies coming through the exit on their right, Iris trotted over to Cha'ac's side, hitting the same goblin she was targeting at the same time. She could have sworn it smirked at her as a weak looking '5' wobbled above him before fading away. The cleric stuck her tongue out in retaliation while another wash of light settled over Cha'ac, granting him an additional +2THP.

 

"I'll heal you later, Amroth!" She then mouthed at the ranger, giving him a cheesy victory sign. "That goblin's all yours!"

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It was time for the Warrior to act and they had set their sights on the Warforged who had gone through great lengths to harass them. They both readied their Javelins and tossed them at Cha’ac, but neither of them managed to hit.

At the same time the three Sharpshooters who had revealed themselves took their chance to attack. They targeted Iris, Quarius and Cha’ac, but their bolts only managed to strike true on Iris and Cha’ac, dealing 5 and 7 damage respectively.

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The end was in sight now, the next room was visible and there was nothing but a few more goblin shooters. Solitude was confident his allies would mostly wrap things up in the next round, so he ran forward and approached the shooters. With some precise dagger-play, he managed to stab and push one of them into the fire brazier nearby... again. He really enjoyed burning his foes. However, this time the damage was not enough to kill or even bloody the enemy, and so while it took some damage from the heat, it remained standing and relatively healthy.

 

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Quarius again went before Amroth, missing his attacks and placing himself against to wall for protection. Amroth grumbled at him, the fight went alright but there were way too many misses. "I'll show you how this is done!" He shouted and aimed his bow at the goblin sharpshooter. He drew two arrows, one he aimed at the sharpshooter, he loosed his arrow and before he saw if it hit he aimed towards the warrior. He shot his second arrow and saw how it hit the goblin, he saw it crash down in pain and die before him. Behind him he heard the sharpshooter die as well. "You think you are a warrior? I'd say you're more like a were-ior!" He grinned and moved himself closer to the rest of his group, ready for more fighting.

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Cha'ac saw a great opportunity. Knowing that both the wizard and the cleric would have a decent area attack, he walks around the warrior to move further into the fray. The warrior lashes out with his blade, but the ineffectual attack bounces off the shield. Now in the midst of the battle, the warden lashes out with another strike of ghostly thorns, pulling one of the archers closer to him and doing a bit of damage. "Iris! Blast them!" he yells out. As grouped up as they are, the area attacks will serve them better now than simple health-buffing attacks.

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"O-okay!" Iris replied, jolted by the urgency in Cha'ac's voice. She thrust her arms out towards the cluster of goblins and activated Divine Glow, causing a square of land in front of her to start to glow.  "Uh...."

 

She stopped for a moment, trying to fight an inexplicable urge to follow up Amroth's pun. Her self discipline lost the fight. "Looks like I am roth, I can't seem to top your snazzy puns!" She yelled at the ranger, just as the glow built up into an almost blinding light and exploded. Squinting her eyes through the light, she could faintly see a '5' popping up above one of the goblin's head. As Cha'ac and Solitude were caught in the blast too, a faint +2 also appeared over them for a second, giving them a power buff.

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With both Cha'ac and Iris up close with Solitude against the goblin shooters, Solitude found the time role for some backstabbing. With the help from Iris' buff to his attack chance, he moved behind the goblin nearest to her and sunk his dagger into its back, the sneak attack boosting his damage enough that the goblin perished, vanishing before he withdrew his blade to let it fall to the ground.

The remaining goblins carefully shifted away from Cha'ac and opened fire on Amroth and Iris, who were busy punslinging. Iris avoided the shot, but Amroth wasn't so lucky, taking a decent blow.

"You're sure gobble-in' up some damage there Amroth." Solitude remarked.

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Quarius stepped boldly out of the cover which he was hiding behind, seeing that the goblins were bunched up nicely for him to hit with a well-placed Freezing Burst. As such, he tossed a bolt of ice magic towards the two goblins, but only managed to strike one with his 50-50 luck. The unfortunate creature slid on its back ever closer to the menacing Cha'ac, finding itself face to face with the Warforged giant.

 

"Looks like you won't be able to shoot'er anymore," he said to the sharpshooter with a smirk.

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Amroth looked at the actions of his fellow adventurers and noticed how there were only two sharpshooters and a half-dead warrior left. He aimed at the warrior next to him, which he had also marked as his target. He loosed his first arrow at it, hittting, combined with the damage from targetting it he destroyed the beast. Next he aimed at the nearest sharpshooter, again he missed. "Our accuracy is horrible guys, this used to be much better, I wonder if there is some kind of curse or something. Should we investigate this Misstery?"

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Cha'ac didn't miss a beat, wisely choosing to ignore the slather of awful puns his teammates were suddenly spouting. With an impressive show of skill, he rained attacks on the two goblins beside him, hitting them for 14 and 3 damage respectively. Taking the chance, Iris hurled her Lance of Faith at one of the bloodied goblins, causing a familiar shower of pixels to spew from him. One goblin down, one still standing.

 

She nodded at Solitude, bestowing him with the +2 power bonus the Lance gave her. The fight will be over soon.

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With just one goblin remaining, Solitude again moved into flanking position, the goblin facing Cha'ac still. He grabbed the goblin and twirled his dagger before sinking it into his back. The goblin was killed instantly, slumping to the ground before vanishing. And that had cleared the room.

 

As Iris went about her healing duties, restoring herself, Cha'ac, and Amroth to health again, Solitude found it excellent that he'd avoided taking a hit this time around, after his bloodying last time. Quarius inspected the room for traces of magic, finding some traces of power resonating from the center of the room. There lie a Dwarf and a Human - or rather, what remained of them. It seemed they were two of the missing adventurers, dead for a while, most likely killed by the Goblins. It did not bode well for the fate of the remaining adventurers. The magic power was coming from a pair of magical items the adventurers had: a Symbol of Life +1 and a Bloodcut Hide Armour +1 - this was their first real loot in this game. While Solitude had braced for some bickering over loot, the decision turned out to be fairly unanimous. Iris would get the Symbol of Life, since it was fit only for a Cleric anyway, and their tanky defender Cha'ac would get the Armour, better for him to withstand damage.

 

Solitude checked some crates piled about the room, finding nothing of value - only rotting fruit and vegetables. He'd hoped for something more valuable. "This stinks" he mumbled.

 

They were faced now with three doors to choose from. Amroth checked them out, his dungeoneering knowledge helping him to discern that the door to the south led back to the entrance. The door to the north led deeper into the mines (where they'd most likely find more goblins), and the door to the east leads to the tunnels.

 

After some brief discussion, the group decided to head north. They job was not done until they exterminated the goblins, after all.

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The tunnel led the group into what seemed to be a dimly lit tunnel that forked to the left and right at the end. They were unable to see beyond the corner, but Quarius noted that Initiative had been rolled - something was there, and it was not friendly. As much as he would have liked for Cha'ac to go first, it seems like his high Dex had caused him to roll the highest Initiative once more, and it was up to him to scout out the enemy.

 

Moving forward six paces, his Speed was just enough to bring him to the end of the tunnel. And from there, he managed to spy the entire room that lay to the left: a huge, empty space occupied by two Warriors, two Blackblades, and most importantly, a new enemy none of them had seen before: a towering goblin monstrosity with a pink name: Kerz the Underboss.

 

"Things are about to get real bad," Quarius muttered under his breath. He cast two bolts of Arc Lightning at Kerz, hoping to deal some damage at this range to soften him up. Whether by bad luck or Kerz's great reflexes, both shots went wide, only serving to enrage the boss creature that much more. "Uh oh."

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After Quarius granted everyone vision on the neighboring room Iris moved several steps forward, while making sure that she kept her distance from the various creatures threatening them. Cha’ac on the other hand rushed forwards as fast as he can to set up a one-man wall in a chokepoint to try and prevent anyone from approaching his much more fragile allies.

Kerz couldn’t help but take the bait and approach Cha’ac. As soon as he was close enough he suddenly sped up and charged at the Warforged, ready to strike with his shortsword. Despite Cha’ac’s best efforts he couldn’t prevent being hit, but he was lucky to only take the minimum amount of 5 damage. Meanwhile the two Blackblades who had been waiting around to corner approached the Warden and attempted to close him in and flank him.

This gave Cha’ac the chance to strike at both with his Warhammer, making them both suffer a satisfying 14 damage, sending them both into a Bloodied state. Angry they retaliated, but despite having the advantage only one of them managing to connect and deal 11 as revenge.

As all of this played on Solitude snuck up to the corner, but made sure he stayed out of sight as he activated his stealth.

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Amroth was startled to see his companions jump out into the hallway before him, hearing Cha'ac getting hit while he was frozen in his location. He couldn't believe his horrible luck in this game. When finally he entered the hallway his breath caught at the sight of the big badass goblin standing in front of Cha'ac. He knew he couldn't be able to take the big guy out in one hit, so he looked at the Goblin Blackblade. "You're gonna be a Goblin DEADblade now!" He shouted at the creature, marking the beast, and loosed one arrow, missing. He shot another arrow and had a solid hit. He goblin crashed down in front of him, freeing Cha'ac from the flanked position he was in.

 

Next up were the Warriors, they moved up and threw their javelins past Cha'ac to Iris and himself, scraping Iris for 3 damage but hitting him straight in the chest for the maximum of 8 damage. He grunted loudly and glared at the creatures. He'd get his revenge before long.

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"Careful, Cha'ac! The baddies are hot on your heels!" Iris called, sending another wash of light over the Warforged and healing him for another 9 points. "Thankfully, I'm hot on my heals, too. Ha ha. Ha." Fueled by the excitement of cooking up a pun, she directed her next verbal attack to Kerz instead, and yelled at him. "Just you wait, we're gonna dish some Ker-azy damage on you!"

 

It was as if she has forgotten all about the gravity of her current situation.

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"Yeah, I noticed." Cha'ac intones dryly back at the healer, before buckling down. "Time to go to work." With a mighty stomp of his foot, a few rough stone slabs rip themselves from the wall and fly towards him, forming around his arms, legs and chest to give him some more armor. Whirling his hammer about, he moves around the elite goblin - taking a small blow in the process - and strikes at one of the warriors, drawing him closer. Spreading his mark to both goblins now next to him, the Warden also spends another action point to call forth the wind again that batters the goblins as he smacks the underboss in the face. Moments later, two thunderclaps sound off and batter the enemies for even more damage.

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Kerz the Underboss didn't take kindly to the Warforged playing around in his vicinity, and tries to lash out with a powerful attack - only to miss. He sheepishly shifted away and that was all he could do.

 

Solitude emerged now from his cover around the corner, rushing toward the Underboss with the intent to flank him and deal extravagant Sneak Attack damage. However, as he tried to slash, he found himself missing entirely. It was far too anti-climactic. Solitude spent his own action point to have another go, and this time landed his attack, sliding the Underboss into such a position that Cha'ac would be harder for the warriors to try to flank in turn. However, the damage was yet still not extravagant.

 

Solitude grumbled and held his position. Maybe next time would be more extravagant.

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Amroth looked at the rather threatening looking boss guy goblin, he needed to do something about it. One of his more awesome techniques was his Hunter's bear trap, the boss goblin probably couldn't bear the pain of that attack. He marked the creature with his hunter's quarry and loosed his arrow. He missed, bearly. He used his Elven accuracy to shoot again, he watched the arrow beary itself in the boss' chest. The boss still stood and for a second Amroth stood there looking at his bear hands, thinking what to do.

 

He used an action point to make another move, knowing that Quarius would use an AoE attack, he aimed at the goblin warrior which hardly had been touched and shot two arrows, each of them hitting the creature, dealing some damage and bloodying the thing.

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The badly hurt Warrior decided that this battle was lost and ran to the back of the room towards a slope leading into another chamber. He shouted something in Goblin that no one understood and all of a sudden two goblins wielding big battleaxes came charging up the slope.

The second Warrior used his spear to strike at the Warden and managed to hit one of Cha’ac’s vitals, dealing the maximum amount of 7 damage.

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Quarius conjured a massive ball of fire and used it to strike Kerz. Afterwards he moved down the hall to be in range of the entire room while Iris used her Divine Glow to strike at Kerz, but she missed.

The wounded Warforged used his Second Wind to regain his health and increase his defenses against the goblin onslaught while sliding the the Marked Warrior to the right and Kerz in between him and Solitude.

Kerz shifted to the north and attempted to strike at Solitude, but he missed and was immediately dragged back to his original location by Cha’ac’s Warden’s Grasp. Solitude took this chance to strike and used his combat advantage to strike Kerz for massive damage.

Amroth shot two arrows at Kerz, the first one flew right over the Goblin’s head while the other struck him clean in the shoulder.

The two Skullscleavers waiting in the back charged towards Cha’ac, but only one of them managed to reach him and attack using his Battleaxe, but like the majority of the attacks it failed to connect. The Warrior standing next to Cha’ac shifted away and threw a Javelin far over Quarius’ head while the second Warrior ran down the slope and disappeared from sight.

Quarius used his magic to move the orb and strike Kerz once more, but the Goblin was still standing. Hoping to finish off the bloodied Kerz Iris used her Divine Glow, but she missed.

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Cha'ac grinned as every goblin the room ganged up on him. "Welcome, friends, to the eye of the storm!" Raising his hammer high and bathing it in a soft blue glow, the warforged leans back and batters his hammer down at each of the goblins surrounding him in turn. The sickening crack of each hammerblow connecting with goblin skull is accompanied by a mighty boom of thunder, and two of the goblins - including the big boss - explode into pixels. "Let's finish it, people!" The warden yells.

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