As we take the giant gnome things with us, we are set upon in rapid succession by some sort of frilled lizard and Kari-Krex. Kari-Krex, we fill in on what’s been happening, and send her back to the caravan. She seems less and less opposed to going back to the caravan, and I can only assume it’s because her companions keep dying. As for the frilled lizard, we manage to scare it off and, sadly, do not get to kill it and take its skin.
We follow the river for a little while, and reach a bend at which point we confer with Hiriyya and Gordoto (the two giant gnomes). Gordoto, at this point, shouts for backup and flees into the river. I can only surmise that his companions are nearby. However, rather than finishing his escape, Gordoto very quickly re-emerges from the river bleeding and screaming. Apparently, the local fish are not hospitable. I race after him, pick him up, and throw him back in the river. He does not re-emerge.
Ah. On second thought, that makes questioning him more difficult. But I’m still in a state from not getting the skin of the frilled lizard.
Unfortunately, Gordoto’s clamoring has not gone unnoticed. Varia uses her new mask to strike fear into Hiriyya, and the giant gnome runs off. We prepare to engage this new threat. Six giant gnomes attack. They slap me a lot, it hurts, and so with a flurry of my weapon, I do my very best to intimidate them all.
And I get a little healing, get struck a little more, and go down. Which is a very tiresome trend for me.
The battle wages on, during which our new half-orc companions prove themselves quite well. Zoo is struck a good many times and goes down as well. Kadda is killed outright. We return the favour, and kill some of the giant gnomes in return.
After a very long, involved battle, we kill all but one of the giant gnomes, get those of us who are down healed up, then send the surviving giant gnome off alone with Kara and Zoo. Only Kara and Zoo return.
We loot the assorted corpses. At this point, I notice the smell from my skin bag is quite… ripe. It is with great sadness that I am forced to empty the skin slurry out of my bag and rinse it out. Perhaps I shall undertake some craft whereby I learn how to preserve skins I collect. Regardless, I am not having a good day today.
After the battle, we rest and travel for four uneventful days. At which point we come across four naked women bathing in the river. This far from civilization, this can only be some sort of trap. So we attack them. Rafan electrocutes the river they are standing in, then Marcello engages the angriest looking one. Who grows claws, and clumsily claws at herself.
I am unsure of the tactics behind such an action, but nevertheless, I wade in as well. We down one of the naked women, then I focus on the one with the claws. I strike her mightily, she swings at me, and I don’t particularly care. She, frustrated, tries to move away. I strike her again, and by this point she is looking rather unhealthy. So she disappears.
This is quite frustrating.
Turns out the three naked ladies (who were actually real naked ladies, and not some sort of thing with claws and a bad attitude) were being controlled by the one naked lady who wasn’t a naked lady but a thing with claws and a bad attitude.
I know, it confused me a little bit as well.
Regardless, from what I understand, the… thing… was using this ruse to prey upon passing travellers. Unfortunately, not having killed her means that she is still out there, possibly to enact this trap all over again. Regardless, there is little we can do, and so we move on.