…Sam, Rothe and the still-unconcious Elyas were still trapped…
…below the gnomes and ettercaps which had wasted the rest of the party (with the exception of the ever-resourceful Roland). And yet somehow it was their enemies who found themselves surrounded: The desperate trio below them was more than matched by Roland’s party of rescuers above them.
The only problem for the rescuers was coordinating their attack with the halfling and the former slave below. Belinda was able to supply the solution:
- She cast a Magic Mouth ritual on the door above.
- Roland’s mysterious friend, Madras, helped sneak her past the gnomes and their friends.
- She cast another Magic Mouth ritual on the door below and told Sam and Rothe to attack when the door told them to do so.
- She continued downward to tend the needs of the poisoned Elyas.
With the MMs set up to issue the attack order at the same time, a coordinated attack was launched.
With attacks coming from both directions at once, the ettercaps were mostly unable to execute their deadly surround-and-bite-and-poison tactic which had proved so successful in the previous battle.
Well, they were able to surround Kane, who seemed intent on emulating the brave tactics of an old acquaintance of his (the elven archer who precipitated the TPK). Kane, whose self-image seems to preclude the wearing of heavier armor, charged right into the middle of things. Chainmail proved insufficient for stopping the poisons of the ettercaps, but Lokki was able to come to his aid in time.
After the battle, the rest of the party was at least able to convince Kane to try on some magickal chainmail they found on one of the bodies the ettercaps were devouring.