Monday Night Madness

Shadow of the Demon Lord: Mines of Madness! - Episode 3.4

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

The Lightning Racers:

  • Edwin O’Flaherty, Goblin Rogue/Mountebank, Militiaman and entrepreneur. Bearer of the Savage Ornament.
  • Esma, Goblin Rogue/Scout, Edwin’s unwanted partner in crime.
  • Ragnar, Dwarf Priest/Psychic, cheerful servant of honored dwarven ancestors.
  • Pung, murderous Orc Warrior/Consumer with an eating disorder.
  • 4th, Hobgoblin Warrior/Ranger, Militiaman, medic and lackadaisical refugee.

The wave of unusually large insects arrive at the camp, and while Leoren and her man, along with 4th & Ragnar, do their best to ralley and take them on in the heart of the camp, Pung cowers behind the Lightning Racer while the Goblins hide in the mine enterance, hoping the bugs will pass them by, and Arren flees along with the last remaining servant down the beach. Esma fails to stay hidden from the bugs, and the insects split into several groups to take on both those behind them at the mine entrance and the party members still scattered in camp. Ed pops out to become the little green murder-goblin of death the Savage Ornament desires him to be, breaking them free of the swarm at the mine, but Esma is knocked out on the way to joining the rest of the team. As the fighting spills over towards the beach Pung pops up to surprise the bugs unfortunate enough to get too close. As 4th rages, his face imploded in that weird way it does whenever he looses his temper, bugs manage to knock him down as well, but he comes to & swigs a healing potion as soon as the bugs move on, before jumping back up to rejoin the fight.

The gang realizes the drones aren’t to difficult to kill, presuming you can hit them in the first place, but their jitterbug tendency to run every which way makes them a pain to fight. Still, they pull together to slaughter them all, eventually managing to surround and beat down the soldier-bug leading the swarm.

Exhausted, they FINALLY manage to rest for the night (though Pung is sore pressed to decide what parts of the insects are eatable). They also debate what their plan for tomorrow: Do they press further into the mine? Or do they hope the ferry will return for them so they might return to the safety of home, tails between their legs?

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