"Whoa, Man! Get a shave!" Krynn
, the satyr, made a disgusted face, lowered his head, and sprang forward, charging at the easternmost barbazu
guard and ramming into it with his curved horns.
The hellish guards had no idea whence this new creature had come, but they also did not care. One of the door guards disappeared and reappeared behind Krynn
, flanking him. The one to the west stepped forward to get a better view of the strange intruder. The guard that Krynn
had rammed dropped its glaive and swung its claws. Krynn
avoided the first swing, but the second left a gash across his bare, hairy chest.
"Ha! You will have to try harder than that, devil
. This gorgeous chest is made of fey skin!" By the time the fawn finished his sentence, his skin had sealed itself back up; there was not even a scar. He swung his head at the devil
a second time, while drawing a long, wavy dagger from a sheath hanging from a belt around his waist.
The guard behind Krynn
prepared to swing, but Krynn
was not alone.
"Strike!" shouted Belvin
. The guards had not noticed the dark cloud that had quickly formed overhead. A bolt crashed down from the cloud, striking the devil
and shocking it. A half-second later, an extra large arrow plunged into its back, the first shot fired by the young minotaur Kytharrah
in combat. Leokas
' teaching had worked.
One by one, the rest of the Misfits sprung from around the corner and began unleashing magic. Unfortunately, the devils
had a level of resistance to magic, and all eight magical projectiles sent at the devil
with the arrow in its back were deflected, and it took a swing at Krynn
's back. Again, there was a streak of blood, which immediately went away.
It still caused the satyr pain, however, and he hopped to the side with a strange bleating sound. Krynn
then spun around and swung his wavy dagger, but the devil
deflected it with his claws and then lunged, grabbing the satyr in its claws. The tentacles of its "beard" sprung forward, snapping with the strange orifices at the ends. A few of them made contact with Krynn
's face. He yelled out and kicked the devil
away with his hoofs.
"Strike!" shouted Belvin
, as another bolt fell from the sky, just as Hakam
stepped out and struck the devil
with a ray of intense light from his outstretched palms. Mythlos
magically appeared through a rift, swinging his sword madly at the solitary devil
guarding the door, but the devil
avoided the first swing and ducked to avoid decapitation. Mythlos
' moonblade stuck itself in the ice wall beside the door. The door guard screamed in rage, tossing its glaive to the side and instead swinging its fist. It punched Mythlos
on the side of the jaw and then caught him by the neck with its other hand. It pulled the moon elf
closer, and then Mythlos
too found the ends of the devil
's tentacles sucking on his face, before Mythlos
was able to free himself and remove his sword from the ice.
The remaining of the four devils
was calling out loudly in its Infernal
, who had been turned invisible by one of his companions, now appeared behind this guard and filled him with three arrows.
It was not enough to take it down, however; it finished its summoning and there was a powerful smell of sulfur as four repulsive and writhing blobs of pseudo-humanoid flesh appeared on the battlefield — lemures
. The devil
who summoned them then vanished.
, swinging their claws. Leokas
was struck by several blows, but his armor protected him. He leapt to the side and stuck to the wall like a spider, using another magic trick that they had planned beforehand. He scurried up the wall and out of the reach of the four minor devils
had dropped his bow and charged at the nearest barbazu
, reaching behind his back and removing his battleaxe as he ran. He slashed at the devil
, as the devil
turned to face him. As it was about to return a swing, it was pummeled by two bursts of magic from Solisar
's wand. Enraged, the devil
cursed in its tongue, and then it, too, vanished.
Back at the door, Mythlos
swung a blow of devastating force at his opponent, leaving a silver wound diagonally across its chest. "Use silver weapons!" the moon elf
shouted, before stabbing the devil
in its gut. Leokas
, still stuck to the cliff wall, heeded this advice. He jumped back to the ground, landing adjacent to the slow-moving lemures
, taking a few scratches from their claws as he nocked two silver arrows simultaneously and sent them flying through the air at Krynn
's remaining opponent, who was dodging another head butt. Cassiera
was sending a non-stop barrage of magical bursts from her fingertips at the same devil
, and Belvin
called down another lightning strike. It swung a claw weakly at Krynn
, but four clones of Szordrin
ran along the ice wall, and all four completed the words of a spell. There was a loud boom near the devil
, and it reached up to cover its ears. Cassiera
's next three pulses of magic knocked the devil
to the ground, and moments later, Hakam
decapitated it, sending its essence back to the Hells and leaving only its glaive behind.
! To Mythlos
!" shouted Leokas
, as he shrugged off more painful scratches from the four lemures
that once again were attempting to surround him. He got back onto the wall and began to climb, hoping to get to the ledge high up that Hakam
had found the day before for a better tactical advantage. Belvin
sent a bolt into the crowd of lemures
and rushed to help his friend.
' instructions, turning and charging at Mythlos
' opponent at the door. He struck the devil
with a staggering blow. With its black blood spurting out, it attempted one more attack with its claws and failed, before Mythlos
finished it off with a final swing. Then, the moon elf
"Huzzah!" shouted Krynn
, raising his dagger and leaping ten feet straight into the air, but the battle was not over yet. They heard the sound of one of the bearded devil
's voices high above.
"It is summoning!" yelled Solisar
in warning, before waving his magic wand in the direction of the lemures
and blasting one of them.
"Let them come!" Krynn
shouted, and he pounded his chest. As if in answer, with a flash of flame and smoke and the smell of more sulfur, another bearded devil
appeared ahead of Krynn
and swung. The satyr deftly jumped over the swing with a hearty laugh, jumped over the devil
's head and stabbed it in the back. Mythlos
charged at the newly summoned barbazu
, passing Belvin
, who was now surrounded by moaning lemures
. The devil
on his left thigh, but the elf continued moving and cut off all of the devil
's tentacles with a swing. Cassiera
struck him with her magic, and Kytharrah
ran up, joining the new melee and contributing a solid blow from his axe that left black organs hanging out of the devil
's belly. It roared and spat at Mythlos
' face, swinging its glaive down, but Mythlos
parried the blow and cut both of the devil
's arms off in a single swing. It fell forward into the snow and burst into black smoke. Solisar
heard the devil
up above them speaking with the hell hounds
. "Are you not going to help us?" He heard the dogs growl in response. Leokas
reached the ledge and peeked quickly to see if the elemental
had seen patrolling the fortress hallways yesterday was there. It was not, yet neither could he see the devil
on the other side of the missing bridge, which he could have sworn he had seen seconds earlier as he climbed the wall. He crouched behind the ice pedestal for cover if the elemental
should return and to get a clear shot if the devil
should come into view. It did not.
!" the four Szordrins shouted. "Behind you!"
She spun around, hand to the hilt of her scimitar, but the barbazu
that had teleported behind her was already swinging. A look of shock came over her face, and she felt a wet, spongy mass touching her hand. Looking down, she saw her intestines hanging out of her body. She then fell back onto the snow.
The Szordrins, Krynn
, and Kytharrah
rushed to her side. The minotaur
struck with a blow that knocked the enemy's glaive aside and took a chunk from the top of its skull. Solisar
waved his wand, but the devil
deflected the magic and teleported away, just as it looked like it was about to fall over.
Dropping to their knees, the Szordrins each removed a potion vial from his belt, and one of them placed it to Cassiera
's lips. Her head tilted to the side and all the liquid poured out. Szordrin
touched her neck. There was no pulse. "How can you be dead?" he called out. "I wasted a potion for you!"
"Little sister?" said Kytharrah
, trying to comprehend why the potion didn't heal Cassiera
"Maybe some alcohol will help...." started Krynn
, and then his summons ended and he vanished.
Several yards away, Belvin
was surrounded by lemures
tried to step over to engage them, but Hakam
stopped him. "Mythlos
, your wound is spurting blood; you'll pass out!"
The moon elf
tried to heal it with his sword, but this failed. Hakam
put pressure on Mythlos
' leg; the blood kept coming.
Three arrows from up above dropped two of the lemures
, freeing Belvin
, whose arms and face had been bloodied by them. The wild elf
, rushed over to Mythlos
with glowing hands and was able to stop the blood flow from Mythlos
' thigh with his magic.
kept approaching. Mythlos
spun around and obliterated one with a swing, cutting it cleanly in half. Hakam
stabbed his sword into one of those lying on the ground with arrows in them, and its form also burst into smoke and vanished. Leokas
was about to shoot at the remaining lemure
, but he heard the sound of wind rushing behind him. He tumbled forward over the ledge to get out of sight of the patrolling elemental
and began coming down the wall again, dropping to the ground from ten feet up.
One of the Szordrins touched Kytharrah
after completing a spell. "Lunk
, carry me and climb up that wall as fast as you can." All Szordrins pointed at the far wall leading up to where the hell hounds
"But," he protested, looking at Cassiera
"Are you fast or not?"
fast. Uh, which you?"
"The left one. Not that left; your other left!"
picked up Szordrin
, rushed to the wall, and began climbing up using Szordrin
's magic, as Solisar
shot at the remaining lemure
with his wand and then Mythlos
finished it off. A lightning bolt annihilated the last of the fallen lemures
could stab it.
The field was cleared of enemies but at great cost. Leokas
's side, and the two looked in the direction of Cassiera
will bring her back," said the cleric. "I can take care of this in the morning."
"We will need to keep her body safe," said Leokas
hustled over to her still form. Then there was the sound of a creaking door, and the sun elf
heard a loud voice in a dialect of Giant with which he was not very familiar. "Smash them!" Leokas
turned to see a hairy, ten-foot-tall ogre
coming through the door.