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A quick poke around the remaining store-rooms revealed nothing but the foul scattered detritus one might expect from the lair of such creatures. Had the knights really dealt with the fate that befallen their friend?
Through another door were another trio of goblinoids, rapidly dispatched, although not without weakening our heroes...
... making further exploration a little nerve-wracking...
... and resulting in an ambush that drew the two knights apart as Sir CJ fell back to cut off a party of goblins attempting an outflanking manoeuvre.
His heroism almost cost him his life as the gobbos swarmed over him in a foul-smelling tide [his Current Dice was reduced from d20, through d12, d10 and d8 to a mere d6, despite his Weapon Master (sword) skill - being outnumbered 3-to-1 is seriously bad for your health. There were howls of dismay and even the almost-unforgivable cry of "It's not fair!" at this point]. Fortunately, Sir EM was able to defeat his opponents and hurry to his brother's rescue. Crisis averted.
Far more cautious now, and with the sense of their own mortality uncomfortably brought to the forefront of their minds, the two knights made their way past the bodies of their erstwhile foes towards the door EM's foes had seemed to be guarding. It was locked, but the key was in the lock. Crossing themselves and remembering their oaths as knights, the two opened the door and ventured into the blackness...
...only to find Sir Reginald and three of his men, shut away in the darkness!
Sir Reginald related how he'd returned from the hunt one day to find the courtyard of his modest castle deserted before being ambushed by orcs and goblins led by a particularly monstrous orc with a blue face painted upon his shield. They had been overpowered and locked below for weeks, with no idea of why (or for how long) they were being kept alive, or if any of the other human inhabitants of the castle had survived.
These dastardly deeds could not go unpunished so, pausing only to take the most serviceable weapons that could be taken from the slain, the newly strengthened party prepared to head up to the castle proper to seek their vengeance...
What fate will befall them? I don't know yet!
Join me to find out in a week or so,