Less Blood, More Zombies
Lt. Niamh gathered the small group known as the Irregulars, the Captain had increased the number of patrols in the surrounding area due to the Chimera threat. And no one else wanted to go into the sewers.
Niamh led her team down into the sewers in search of the missing worker, affectionately known as Stinky. The group headed into the sewers, cautiously making their way down the shin deep sludge. They had the uneasy feeling of being constantly watched in the gloom of the tunnels. The only other creatures to be found in the deep shadows were rats, most of which skittered away at the approach of the Draconian group.
It was Sergeant Will that spotted the shadow of movement down one of the side tunnels. No sooner did he alert the others than a group of men rose off the floor and appeared out of the deep shadows in the tunnels.
Sergeant Will shouted for their surrender, he received no response. Suddenly the things were upon them. The group of Draconians, those that were not taken completely by surprise at the sudden appearances, were attacked. As a precaution Silverstone cast a spell of agility upon Uri. Will and Bennie were both struck by their attackers, Bennie being hurt in the chest and leg in the process.
The Draconians, being attacked, moved on the offensive now. Tunnelmouse moved around behind the creature attacking Will, and stabbed it in a kidney, the thing did not even appear to notice. Silverstone cast a bright flashing light into the face of one of the creatures – fully revealing to the group in the light that they were not dealing with men, but zombies. James, because zombies don’t have blood, drew his sword and charged forward, knocking one of the things down. Bennie, holding the line with James, knocked down a second zombie. Uri found himself on the defensive at the back of the group against two zombies, both of which could not hit the nimble barbarian. Niamh had only one zombie to deal with and easily got out of the way of its strike. The two creatures facing James and Bennie stood up. James took a blow to one arm his armor protecting him from being cut, Bennie’s heavy armor protected him completely.
Tunnelmouse continued to stab at the zombie in front of him, while Uri smashed one of his attackers in the chest. Silverstone cast a spell of Might upon James while Niamh enchanted her blade. James brought his sword down, nearly taking a zombie’s arm off at the shoulder, Bennie easily blocked the attack of the zombie upon him. James took a solid hit that didn’t get through his armor, Niamh took a hit to the head and fell into the muck, out cold. Will was able to evade the zombie between himself and Tunnelmouse, Uri was left undamaged by the one zombie on him that did connect.
Tunnelmouse struck the zombie between him and Will again, still to no effect. Silverstone took the opportunity to cast a Might Spell upon the halfling while Uri continued to pound one of the zombies in the chest. James moved to help Niamh, but was unable to call forth his magics. Bennie, taking advantage of being able to grab ahold of the zombie from its previous attack slammed it into the zombie James had just been fighting. Both of them managed to stand back up, but nothing else. The creature that had knocked down Niamh took aim at James, knocking him out as well. Uri and Will were able to dodge their attackers.
Tunnelmouse manage to stab the zombie in the head, while Will swept its legs out from under it. Uri continued to beat the zombie in the midsection. Silverstone, believing overkill is a viable option, cast Might upon the barbarian. Bennie, noticing he was flanked and with two comrades down grabbed Niamh and James and dragged both of them to close ranks with his comrades, taking a hit from the zombie that had just knocked out Niamh and James. Uri continued to evade the zombies, and Tunnelmouse was able to shrug off a hit from the zombie clambering to its feet.
Tunnelmouse removed the zombies ear with a swipe of his blade, while Uri once again bashed a zombie in the chest. Silverstone cast another Might spell on Bennie, though the magic wasn’t as effective as it could have been due to Bennie’s Dwarven nature, he attempted to push the zombie away, finding he could only shove the thing a foot or so. Uri dodged, again, while Tunnelmouse took a hit to his arm that drew blood. James, waking up just in time to roll out of the way of one zombie, lost his glove (but not his hand) to the other.
Tunnelmouse was finally able to drop a zombie with one last hit to the head, Will moved to draw one of the creatures off Bennie and James. Silverstone cast might on Niamh who was regaining consciousness. Uri hit the same zombie again, Niamh stood and sliced at a zombies leg. James was able to hit another creature in the head, Bennie missed the zombie targeted. Uri took another ineffective hit from a zombie, both Bennie and James took hits to the shoulder, luckily their armor saved them. Will was able to dodge the zombie that he got the attention of and tried to hit it in the head.
Tunnelmouse moved on to assist Uri against his two attackers, not doing much harm. Silverstone cast Might on James again, Niamh was able to hit one of the zombies in the arm. Uri finally finished off the zombie he’d been hacking at the whole time. James swung his sword and decapitated another zombie. Bennie double teamed the zombie Niamh had hit and knocked it down. The remaining zombie on Uri missed him, while James took a hit to the chest. The zombie Bennie knocked down took a swipe at the dwarf, but missed. Will dodged the last zombie, and counter-struck by crushing the thing’s face inwards, taking it down.
Tunnelmouse missed the zombie he was attacking, Will moved to fight the zombie Niamh and Bennie were attacking and smashed it in the head. Silverstone cast another Might spell upon Tunnelmouse. Niamh’s swing went wide, while Uri took off his zombies left hand. James’ swing also went wide on the same zombie Niamh missed. It was unable to escape everyone’s attacks, and Bennie dealt the final blow, the zombie collapsed to the muck. The last zombie was unable to hit Uri.
Tunnelmouse missed again, Will made sure the zombie Bennie felled wasn’t ever reanimating. Silverstone recast Might on Uri, and Niamh enchanted Tunnelmouse’s weapon. Uri and James ganged up on the zombie, but both missed, Bennie moved to join the fight. The zombie, surrounded, was unable to hit Uri.
Tunnelmouse slashed out and ripped a hole in the creatures side, with a mighty batle cry Uri hauled back and gave the zombie such a massive hit the whole of the upper torso and head splattered – the final zombie’s remains dropped to the muck with a plop.
After the fight James set about healing everyone’s bruises and cuts while the others inspected the corpses. They found the body of Stinky, and determined the rest of the zombies were homeless. James blessed the bodies while a cart was obtained to get the bodies back to HQ discretely.
James reported to Father Crispin to get some insight into the undead. Father Crispin felt they were ghouls, similar to zombies but instead of being created just spontaneously form.
Will and Silverstone reported their findings of Stinky to the Sewer Workers, and warned them of the threat.
Lieutenant Niamh reported her findings to the Baron, who seemed most concerned with the appearance of the undead.