Monday Night Madness

Shadow of the Demon Lord: the Knife in Your Hand - Episode 2.3

In the Belly of the Beast...

Greavings Gutter Patrol:

  • Edwin O’Flaherty, Goblin Rogue, Militiaman and entrepreneur.
  • 4th, Hobgoblin Warrior, Militiaman, medic and lackadaisical refugee.
  • Grimbar, Dwarf Priest, cranky servant of honored dwarven ancestors, and Ragnar’s cousin.
  • Esma, Goblin Rogue, Edwin’s unwanted partner in crime.

Grimbar finally arrives in Duskglen with Jack, having heard where they went from Lucas at the Ratspike Motel and Titty Bar. Having narrowed down the location from locals in town, the two reach the Hollow, bt Jack falls back, overcome by the Spoors. Grimbar is made of sterner stuff, however, and continues on alone.

Meanwhile, in the belly of the Beast, Edwin, Esma, 4th, Pung, Ragnar & Leoren are horrified inside the Flesh Hut as one of the “guests”, a woman with bound hands, dies as her chest ruptures, giving birth to yet another Echinemon infant. Pung & Ragnar panic, fleeing deeper into the bowels of the Beast, three Echinemon hot on their trail. Esma suggests persuading their four remaining hosts to come with them back to Duskglen so they can return the favor, but 4th & Ed are not convinced she can sell them on it.

Back near the entrance, Grimbar finds his way blocked by the portcullis, but manages to force it open so he can slip past. Inside he ponders, amazed at the size of the Beast’s head, more so when he hears a voice in his mind whisper kill me. He climbs up the ladder into one of the gooey nostrils, and after wandering through the mushy sinuses, finds himself in the mouth of the Beast. Thanks to good eyes (and a little mental nudge from the Beast) he spots the Savage Ornament hidden among the Dragon’s teeth, and tucks it in his belt before hustling after the echoing screams of his companions. In the main chamber he finally spots the Heart, Flesh Hut, and his friends surrounded by Echinemon.

When Grimbar fails to sneak up on them, two of the Echinemon turn to intercept him. Seeing an opportunity, the Goblinoids slip out of the Hut, followed by Leoren, to surround the Echinemon leader Gragun. Though Grimbar uses battlemangic to sprint past the closing Echinemon, it is 4th and his strange Green Sword that takes him down. The other three Echinemon rally, paralyzing Grimbar and forcing him to become a host for one of their eggs. But Leoren, Esma & 4th manage to push them back and dispatch them, while Ed snatches the Savage Ornament from Grimbar’s belt, shimmy up to the top of the Flesh Hut and plunge the pearly blade deep into the Beast’s heart (killing the Beast while cementing his pact with the Ornament).

The Beast lets out one last sigh as his heart finally stops, and the air within his massive corpse stills…

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