Looking for a place to rest the night, our heroes made their way up the rocky slopes of the mountain. They picked up a narrow trail, and soon saw a spindly tower overlooking the peak.
Even though they had found a reinforced cave entrance that promised rest and relative safety, they moved to the summit before the light faded for the day. From the top of the abandoned wooden spire, Boomah and Luix could see far and wide across Malabar. To the north they could see the crowded harbor of Wytchport and the lands they had just traveled. And to the west, they saw plumes of smoke rising from several burning ships moored at a river delta.
Searen told them that this was a commonly used pirate meeting place, and the group decided that the new authorities had decided to ‘clean up’ the area.
Seeing no pressing dangers, the group returned to the previously discovered cave. Boomah scouted out the small cavern, and found several cracks and fissures in the back. However, they did not provide even his small frame much room to move, so they decided not to worry overmuch.
They piled up stones to block as much of the opening as they could and set up watch. Fairly soon after sunset, Luix and Kallius could hear chirping echoing in the cavern. Too loud to be normal insects, they began to investigate. The magus turned invisible and climbed outside.
Almost immediately, to dog-sized insects covered in mushrooms scrambled over the rocks into the cave. At the same time, several more burst out of small passages and attacked the group.
Sleepy adventurers were startled awake by vicious bites and shouting comrades. Menso could not shake the beats atop him and flailed wildly trying to cast spells at it. Others jumped up, grabbed weapons and fought back. Celeste stayed on the ground, channeling healing power and rolling to where she was needed.
The huge insects proved poisonous as well as dangerous, sapping the strength and vitality of those they bit. The small cave was filled with sounds of combat and the scent of blood, but our heroes soon prevailed.
The last fungal crawler (as they were called) leaped past Kallius and Dremahl — vanishing into the brush. They found themselves once again alone on the small landing high in the Gilt range hills. Dremahl chanced to look down, and noticed the movements of something very large in the courtyard of the Cervo mine below.
But with two healers, they poured in more hit points than I could take out. Joe miscounted a selective channel and raised a crawler from the dead, which is the third time that has happened to Oakley.Funny.
At the end of the fight, the last bug jumped into the darkness. Three PCs ended up outside, and in the light of two full moons one noted movement of something large down in the courtyard of the mine. We called it there.