The party had tracked down the Black Order caravan headed east, with the intent of speaking to an imprisoned Imposs’Nim. Mr. Clay levitated 0rca’s remote eye to scout out their encampment. Twenty mages were counted before they spotted the eye and crushed it, along with 0rca’s spirits. Curiously enough, twenty was the exact number to make us forget all about the imprisoned Imposs’Nim, and we unanimously resigned him to a creeping death (1).
The party outpaced the Black Order caravan and made camp in the foothills of a looming mountain range. On the first night’s watch, Mr. Clay awoke the party and informed them that a small group of the caravan had split off and were nearby. Hungry to roll some dice this session, the party eagerly set out to ambush the scouts before they ambushed us. 0rca and Winston took sniping position, as did Skoll and Sahnna. Adam and Paul snuck into melee range while Aviadorra and the girl for whom the
statues bell tolls (2) stayed at the camp for safety with no one to guard them.
The black order scouting party was larger than initially thought. They even had a flying creature. 0rca fired the first shot and knocked a mage to the ground. Skoll harnessed the power of fear and unleashed a plague of mind snakes from 200 yards away. Paul and Clay were a furious whirlwind of carnage, Clay with his blades, and Paul with his stick that had some kind of pointed end which eludes classification.
Yes, the battle was going quite well until the flying creature headed toward our former camp. 0rca warned Aviadorra to flee, but she was snatched up en route. 0rca diverted fire to the beast, now with Aviadorra in its claws, while everyone else cleaned up the mess formerly known as a black order scouting party. Angered by 0rca’s pot shots, the beast circled back around and unleashed a violent electrical charge at everywhere near but nowhere close to 0rca and Winston.
Aviadorra decided to take matters into her own hands, despite being quite literally in the grip of someone else’s. Rather than ride the lightning(3)-shooting creature, Aviadorra cut herself free of its grasp and started her descent into certain doom, her fade to black(4) if you will. 0rca pleaded with Winston to act, and in exchange for a yet-to-be-discussed payment, Winston leaped into action and into the air. He caught Aviadorra and brought her to safety.
The flying beast returned and 0rca decided to fight fire with fire(5), but her flamethrower was as accurate as the beast’s lightning. A few more shots were fired before it made its escape(6).
Since half of the black order caravan had already been liquidated into experience points, the party hunted down the remaining group. Clay rescued the imprisoned Imposs’Nim and we returned on our travels east. With any luck, the mountain pass will not see the party trapped under ice(7).
It seems as if I missed something…. Oh, I think the rider on top of that flying beast was named Ktulu. That sounds right. Winston hypothesized that he flew to a black order compound nearby. The party expects confrontation, as the compound will surely mobilize at the call of Ktulu(8).