DM – Amy
Characters – Lee, Stealth, Bumble, (no notes from this game available so not certain what other characters were present.) (The paladin was not present – that much I remember) Assuming: Merek, Star, Arabella and the introduction Kenji (new), Johnny Cade, Zack and Jonny as well (since they are in #8 without a pop-in)
The party was back at the start of their map. They’d traveled a complete circle but the room they were in held one other door to the north. Pop-ins/out – Sir Francis/Finn out, Capt’n Pat out – Kenji in. Introductions.
When Stealth listened, she could hear sounds. Quietly she and another (Zack? Merek?) slipped in to investigate – they discovered a room full of wererats. They quickly returned back to the party and informed of this situation. The group discussed how they were going to proceed. No one relished the idea of battling weres without powerful magics or silver. And just as they spoke that 3 large sacks appeared in the room filled with silver weapons of every possible notion.
It seemed they were being spied upon and someone wanted them to deal with the wererats. Several of the group warily picked out weapons from the sacks, Bumble picked out a silver warhammer, and Stealth a silver dagger. Lee however refused – she would battle these creatures with fire rather than accept weapons from an uncertain source.
Once all were prepared, the group entered the room. As the thieves had reported the room held several wandering wererats. At hearing the approach of the group though the wererats, rather than immediately attack, instead moved into a rank and file formation in the center of the main room. There were easily over a dozen wererats possibly closer to 2 dozen. But none made a move to attack rather they stood still in rows and line watching the party as the group approached.
This baffled Lee. She told the others to hold off attacking, stay alert and cover her. She strode forward – her weapon undrawn and introduced herself. There was no response from the wererats, but they shifted position, tensing as Lee approached nearer – as if expecting her to attack.
Lee was able to move past the first row of wererats unharmed to the other side of the room where there was an exit. Perhaps they didn’t need to fight their way through the creatures.. and if the creatures weren’t attacking them they likely weren’t the evil things the party had been sent down there to deal with.
Lee was just in the midst of ordering the others to walk around the wererats single file, when someone, Lee never did discover who let loose an arrow (on accident or on purpose was also in question)(Zack?) towards the wererats. This attack prompted retaliation by all. The party was swarmed.
Things were looking bad, about the only good out of it all the wererats were attacking with sword rather than tooth and claw and there was less likely chance that surviving members would have to be put down due to lycanthropy.
The battle was intense though it seemed as if the wererats were mostly just defending themselves and Lee after realizing that her steel sword was not doing any permanent damage opted for her martial arts. Broken bones and flesh might heal but she couldn’t see how a wererat could survive being deprived of oxygen. She grabbed her opponent around the neck and put it into a sleeper hold. It struggled fierce but she held on… she could feel it losing consciousness when she noticed amidst the battle in front of her several of the silver-killed wererats were suddenly blurring and becoming human… and that wouldn’t have been a surprise but for when she looked back to the wererat in her own grip she saw it blurring as well as it struggled for its last breath and it was Sir Francis!!
Lee immediately let loose her grip and pounded the paladins back to get him breathing again. He did so but slumped to the ground unconscious.
Calling for a cease to the battle, shouting “lower your weapons, they are human” the battle eventually ceased and to Lee’s amazement after a moment the fallen bodies and the remaining survivors all simply vanished. What the hell!?