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+ THE ADVENTURERS +
+ The various characters contained in these writings are +
+ copyright 1992 by Thomas Miller. Any resemblance to any +
+ persons or characters either real or fictional is utterly +
+ coincidental. Copying and/or distribution of these tales +
+ is permissible only under the sole condition that no part +
+ of them will be used or sold for profit. In that case, I +
+ hope you enjoy them... +
+ THE PARTY: +
+ Alindyar 11th level drow elf mage (N) +
+ Lyra 7th level female drow elf mage (N) +
+ Belphanior 8th/8th/9th level high elf w/m/t (CN) +
+ Ged 9th/9th level grey elf priest/mage (NG) +
+ Arnold 7th level human warrior (NG) +
+ Mongo 9th level dwarf warrior (CG) +
+ Peldor 12th level human thief (N) +
+ Rillen 9th level human warrior (N) +
+ Date: 7/16/571 C.Y. (Common Year) +
+ Time: late afternoon +
+ Place: the Underdark +
The party stands at the entrance to a smaller side
passage into the main tunnel.
Mongo: Enough ado about nothing. Let's do it.
Belphanior: Right. (he, Mongo, and Rillen lead the
party in, and they go through a long and extremely
winding tunnel, barely wide enough for two people
to walk through abreast)
Rillen: (moves back to the second rank of the party,
with Ged) Hi there.
The twisting passage soon opened into a large cavern.
The floor ended abruptly, for the cavern was covered
in dark water. Opposite the party, however, could be
seen a passage leading out...
Rillen: I remember the _last_ cave like this.
Ged: Yea, the tentacles.
Mongo: Bah. This water doesn't look that deep.
Rillen: (tests the water with his staff) It is only
up to my knee.
Belphanior: We could move ahead slowly, testing for
sudden drops and such.
Mongo: I heard that. (plods into the water) Let's
Rillen: (joins the dwarf, and they go first, finding
that the water depth increases to two feet, but no
Mongo: (the water is up to his waist now) Good thing
I'm not a halfling.
A short distance away, the giant leech moved silently
through its pool. It smelled blood nearby, and a lot
of it, and immediately began swimming toward this long-
Mongo: Hey! Something touched my fuckin' leg!
giant leech: (emerges from the water, attempting to
latch onto its victim's face) Slurp!
Mongo: Fuck! (swings his hammer in a deadly arc,
scoring a mighty hit on the invertebrous parasite)
giant leech: (pulped, dies, having chosen the wrong
Ged: Good job, Mongo. You creamed him with one blow!
Rillen: (regarding the messy remains of the leech)
Yes, creamed is the right word.
Mongo and Rillen reached the far side without any
further incidents, and soon the whole party was across.
Alindyar and Lyra flew, though, not wanting murky lake
water on themselves. The adventurers moved along a
larger passage, which abruptly split. They chose the
right fork, while Peldor, invisible and unnoticed,
silently took the left fork.
Mongo: There's a room ahead...
Belphanior: No souls though.
Rillen: What is that? (points)
This fork led only a short way, and opened into a
large cavern. The place was crawling (no pun intended)
with segmented green monsters - carrion crawlers!
Peldor: (leaves his tunnel, enters a room full of at
least six carrion crawlers, who seem occupied with
something in another tunnel) Heh. Peldor will show
the worms who's boss. (the thief lights two vials
of Greek fire, a rare and expensive incendiary oil)
Here comes trouble, wormies...(uses his ring to TK
the flaming vials into the worms' lair, then smash
them to the ground, spreading flaming goo everywhere)
Ged: (pokes his head, and his wand, between Mongo and
Belphanior) Boccob! (the roomful of carrion crawlers
in front of him suddenly ignites) Whoa. (he points
his wand at the flames) Yea! Inzus!
The flames suddenly magnified tenfold, and the green
monsters within the room died a quick and fiery death.
Shortly, Ged used the "Lbuzi" command to extinguish all
of the flames, and the party entered the smoking room,
coughing, and found Peldor already in there.
Peldor: Hi, guys!
There were two exits. One was at the cavern's opposite
end, and led away; the other was right next to the party.
This second tunnel was very short, and led to a chamber
full of green eggs.
Ged: These must be young carrion crawler eggs. Stand
back, I shall burn them! (raises his wand)
Belphanior: (having preferred to leave the eggs be,
to promote chaos, he slips away and takes the other
exit from the crawler cave)
Rillen: Green eggs?
Mongo: Green eggs. What would go with green eggs for
breakfast? Ah, I've got it! Green eggs and ham!
Ged: Not today, pal. (uses his wand to roast the egg
chamber in a miniature inferno) Axui.
Belphanior: (follows the tunnel around a bend, and then
stands in a large cavern) Hmm.
Suddenly, the ground in front of the elf exploded, and
an enormous, purple-mottled worm erupted from the remains
of the dirt-rock floor. Its huge, round mouth was ringed
with sharp-looking teeth, and the elf knew that he was in
Belphanior: (yelling with all his might) AAAAAA! HELP!
(charges the worm, hacking wildly) HELLLLP!
Arnold: (in the previous room, happens to be most distant
from Ged's roaring inferno, and vaguely hears the cry
for help) Whad's this? (races away) I'll cheg it oud.
Mongo: Where's he going? (bored with the flames, he ambles
off after the big warrior)
Ged: (preoccupied with his wand's power) Look at it! My
wand is truly a vessel for Boccob's infinite power!
Peldor: (becomes invisible again, and begins sneaking here
Arnold: (arrives just in time to see Belphanior get
swallowed whole by the worm's huge maw) Whaaaaaaat?
purple worm: (rears back, pleased to see more food)
Arnold: Aaaaaaa! (charges) Ah-nold is coming to save
the day! (he opens a tremendous gash in the monster's
Mongo: (arrives, and quickly sizes up the situation)
Shit! (hurls his hammer at the worm's head, with all
purple worm: (reels from the mighty impact) Snort!
inside the worm...
Belphanior: (in the monster's stomach) Fuck. (listens
to the echoes of his voice in the blackness, then is
knocked off his feet as the worm moves about) Argh.
(digestive juices begin to eat away at the elf's flesh
now) Ouch! (he begins looking for his cube of force)
on the outside...
Alindyar: (he and Lyra arrive)
Mongo: Watch it, drow. (catches his hammer)
Alindyar: Where is Belphanior? (begins spellcasting)
Lyra: (begins spellcasting as well) Yes, wherever did
he get off to?
Arnold: He got swallowded! Eaden alive! (hacks the
worm another time, slicing a chunk from it)
purple worm: Euroooogh! (bites at Arnold, but the big
warrior jumps aside, saving himself from the bite)
Alindyar: (casts Color Spray at the worm's head)
purple worm: (not really affected by the swirling arcs
of color) Roooooorgh!
Alindyar: Ah, I should have known that would have no
effect...the creature is too massive.
Lyra: (fires a Lightning Bolt at the monster, cutting
it in half) Yes!
Alindyar: Good work.
in the previous room...
Ged: (hears a thunderous blast) What was THAT?!?
Rillen: Beats me.
Ged: (looking around) Hey, where IS everybody?!?
Rillen: (points) They all went that way. I was here
waiting for you.
Ged: Damn! (he and Rillen run after the others)
Peldor: (remaining behind, he waits until the flames
in the egg room die out, and then ventures in there)
back to the battle...
Alindyar: We must make all haste in cutting Belphanior
Lyra: Yes, there's no telling how long the monster's
digestive juices will take to dissolve the elf.
Arnold: Ridht! (he begins chopping up the worm's
corpse, splattering blood and guts everywhere) Dhis
Mongo: Cripes, he's getting us all covered in blood.
Shortly, they found Belphanior, inside of a faintly
glowing cube of energy. He was very much alive, and
weakly waved his greetings as the party found him.
After turning off his cube's field, the elf fell
unconscious from his wounds. Ged arrived just then,
as if on cue, and tended to Belphanior's wounds.
Peldor eventually reappeared, declaring that the egg
chamber was cleared out and that no further danger
Rillen, fresh and ready for action, peeked into a
chamber which was placed next to the exit. He then
yelled in surprise, and pointed into the chamber.
Mongo came running to see what was the matter.
Mongo: Holy shit! It's filled with worms!
Rillen: Big worms. (actually, they are only as big
around as his thumb, not too big compared to the
purple worm - but there are thousands of them)
Ged: (leaps forth and takes a look) Never fear,
for Boccob's power is here. (points his wand in
and speaks) Axui. (the room ignites, and the
huge colony of rot grub is no more) Hah. So much
Rillen: (looks at the exit passage longingly) Hmm.
(to Mongo) Shall we take a look?
Mongo: Sure, why not? (the two warriors head for
Ged: (he and Alindyar revive the healed Belphanior)
Wake up, you.
Mongo: Can you see in here?
Rillen: No. (lights a stubby torch) But now I can.
Mongo: That's good. (they move down a small, narrow
passage, the dwarf leading)
Rillen: Hold. I hear laughing.
Mongo: Huh? (he forges ahead, and the torchlight
soon illuminates something moving in the passage
In front of the two warriors stood a horde of small
humanoids. They were about a foot tall, and their
skinny little limbs gave them a malnourished look.
Malevolent eyes and toothy maws betrayed a hostile
intent to the pair of adventurers. The fact that the
minute menaces stood three abreast, and also atop
each other's shoulders (some also clung to the walls
and ceiling of the passage) made Mongo nervous.
Mongo: Okay, back up, slowly. Real slowly.
little vermin: Bee-yah! (they swarm toward Mongo
and Rillen) Cha cha!
Mongo: Fuck! (he begins bashing them with his
Rillen: (backing up, but slowly, in the cramped
passage) Retreat! This tunnel gives them the
Mongo: Yeah! (he has already pulped a couple, but
their numbers are great, and several have bitten
or clawed him) Ouch! Agh! Ugh! Damn! Little
shits! I'll smash you all!
verminoids: Eee-yah! Hahahaha! (they swarm at
the dwarf again)
in the worm room...
Peldor: What's that? Where are Mongo and Rillen?
Ged: (holds his wand up) I thought they went to
have a look at that exit passage. But then, why
do I hear screaming?
Alindyar: Who can say? (readies a spell) We had
best be prepared, though.
Suddenly, Rillen ran out of the exit tunnel and
toward the party, breathing hard. A second later,
Mongo stumbled out of the same passage, bleeding
from a dozen small wounds. Something in the exit
tunnel was giggling and shrieking, and the sounds
Ged: (points the wand, as the first verminoids
appear) I'll deal with these...things. Observe
my power and tremble, drow. Ndrek! (a wall of
flame appears, and then moves away, toward the
tunnel, leaving burning carcasses in its wake)
Hah! Boccob! (his wand begins to sputter and
hiss) Oh, no! Not now! It can't be!
Lyra: But it is. The wand is empty, no?
Ged: Damn. Yea, but last time, it was okay after
I let it rest for a day or so. Hopefully, that
will be the case now.
Mongo: Don't worry about it. The wand bit was
getting to be old anyway.
Alindyar: (moves up to the tunnel, which is now
empty and silent, having been cleared by the
wall of fire) I still hear more of the things,
back in this tunnel. (aims his hands forward
and steps into the tunnel) They are coming
for us! (releases his Fireball spell and then
leaps back with surprising grace)
The fireball took off down the tunnel, and in
about four seconds, there was a tremendous blast
and a booming sound, and licks of flame spurted
out of the passage entrance, though not far enough
to concern the adventurers. The noise of the loud
explosion drowned out the hundreds of tiny death
cries, and shortly, the tunnel was indisputably
Ged healed Mongo's wounds, and the group made
ready to explore the charred, smoke-filled tunnel.
next time : "Glass? Who gives a shit about _glass_?!?"
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