Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring - except the five assholes coming in the rear in standard 2 by 2 cover formation.
Elise's note, containing the fruit of Trik's spying, turns out to be deadly accurate. The group of adventurers arrives on the morning of the third day after the messenger. Sharp-eyed Bianca gets a brief glimpse of Fitch as he observes their approach, but can only tell her comrades she thinks she saw some movement. Sadly for them, this evidence they might be awaited does not persuade them to turn around.
Grumblejack has made a decent fist of blocking the caverns with rocks, and the group are funneled right where our villains want them: the "ambush room", with its freshly dug camouflaged acid-filled pit trap. Our villains wait behind an illusory wall as the adventurers approach. There was some talk of using the froglok warriors to pad out the ambush party, particularly as Creel points out they can just be raised as undead if they die, but Adelea is confident these relative novices can easily be dealt with.
Hallack Amon, in the lead, is a sword-and-board fighter. He is followed by the brawny form of James O'Toole, who appears unarmed, with the dwarf smith Yorgun beside him. Bringing up the rear is Sister Marta Dian in a nun's habit, and the bard Bianca deVallya who is quietly singing and accompanying herself on a lute.
Yorgun, the dwarf rogue, fails to spot the pit trap. He is on Hallack's shoulder and so he is caught up in the trap as his leader triggers it. However he and O'Toole leap clear and only Hallack tumbles into the pit, taking damage from the fall and the acid.
As Hallack flails in the acid and Yorgun hastily unships his rope, James O'Toole drops into a fighting stance and looks around wildly but fails to spot Fitch lurking in the shadows. Bianca changes her song to one that should inspire Hallack to climb out of the pit. With the heroes distracted and in disarray, our villains strike!
Fitch hurls a dagger at Otoole but it skitters off a rock in a spray of sparks. Our villains charge and the intruders are caught flat footed. Sam hastes the party. Adelea and Grumblejack have closed on Yorgun and O'Toole respectively.
Adela moves in a blur with brutal precision and terrifying power. Her first attack almost kills Yorgun the Smith, her second is messy overkill, and her third attack unecessarily decapitates the extremely dead dwarf before his body has a chance to fall.
Grumblejack does massive damage to the monk, O'Toole.
Sister Marta casts hold person on Adela however her willpower proves surprisingly strong and she shrugs it off.
Zack: : In the name of Asmodeus, SILENCE, you annoying bardic person. Your song offends the master! The bard, skilled at resisting sonic attack, shakes this off.
O'Toole sprints off, abandoning his friends regretfully yet briskly. Fitch takes off in pursuit, acrobatically leaping over Sister Marta's swinging sword.
Hallack Amon tries and fails to get out of the pit, yelling “save yourselves! I'm sorry I brought you here” as the acid does more damage. Bianca flees with a last regretful look.
Sam casts oppressive boredom on Sister Marta who stands, sword dangling slackly at her side, as Adelea walks past. Grumblejack surges down the corridor past them, swooping into the air and landing in front of the fleeing Bianca with a deep chuckle.
Creel places the manacles of cooperation on Sister Marta, effectively ending her part in the one sided fight.
With Fitch in hot pursuit O'Toole turns at bay and unleashes a stunning fist attack. Fitch is hurt but not stunned.
Hallack flails about in the acid, slowly dissolving
Bianca manages to cast Hold Person on Grumblejack, and he freezes like a huge, ugly statue as on the other side of the cavern entrance O'Toole crumples to the ground bleeding out from wounds from Fitch's daggers
Sam wanders over to the pit and waves cheerfully down at Hallack. “Hello dear”
Creel drags the manacled sister over to the pit to join in the taunting. “You want some rope? You can't have some rope. Dance for your rope! I want to see big splashes”
Hallack Amon sighs and says “You've won. Throw me a rope at least”. This time he manages to get five feet up the pit wall and out of the acid.
Adelea may be wearing heavy armour but she is hasted. She blurs up behind Bianca, whose desperate second cast of hold person once again bounces off Adelea's adamantine will. (What is going on?). Adelea proceeds to brutally murder her to death.
Grumblejack eventually snaps out of the hold and drags the bodies back into the caves.
Sam and Creel are cheerfully applauding Hallack Amon's unsuccessfull attempts to climb out, but Fitch suggests getting him out of the acid before any nice stuff dissolves.
Adelea: “what prompted you to attack us? We just wanted to be left alone”
Hallack: Attack YOU? We had no idea you were here. We planned to beat up some frog monsters and head back to town with their treasure. Nobody said anything about whatever the hell you are!”
Pulled out of the pit and gasping like a landed fish on the floor Hallack has no time to collect himself before he is brutally killed by Adelea.
The villains thoroughly loot their bodies before dragging Sister Marta off to find a nice secure cell to await her starring role in the ritual.
Fitch has been somewhat punched in the face, but other than that the party has taken no real damage in the fight while easily despatching their foes. These are just the amateurs though – surely they can expect a more competent try soon?