Hello, it is your Goddex speaking.
And we’re back! Onto the show.
The party (and by that I mean, Merley, Ryuu and Filen) descended downstairs from the inn and into the tavern and found Royal, Astor, Carmen and Solana missing. They first tried to track them by scent, Filen used his mouse to track breadcrumbs into the pantry, ultimately stealing one loaf of bread.
Then, they used the common sense part of their brain and asked the bartender. He was a black dwarf with a gnarled scar across his jaw, and while Merley did a double shot a straight vodka, Ryuu and Filen asked about their missing friends.
Eventually, they did learn about their hunt for the goblins, and their civil war. They were pointed in a vague direction by the bartender, and started walking. It was a while until they found tracks left by their friends.
Filen immediately went into stealth mode and had a look around, and noticed “Straight-backed Goblins” wearing gas masks huddled around their missing friend’s unconscious bodies while a pile of mauled goblins lay piled up on the opposite edge of the crater. Filen overheard them discussing about how they were not supposed to be the target of the gas, and that they didn’t know how it would behave on “City-dwellers.”
Ryuu then approached the Goblins, and was assault by a plethora of questions about gas on city-dwellers, none of which he could answer.
It turns out, that the Straight-backed Goblins were at civil war with their fellow brethren, but because they had revered a plague demon which then infected them via ear worms that took over their body and hosted them to spread the plague further.
He then tried to wake his friends up. First, he tried to shake Carmen awake, which did not work. Then, Ryuu slapped Royal so hard he immediately woke up and threw up down Ryuu’s front. He tried Solana next, who he only got in a semi-conscious state. Then Astor, of which he did a suplex. The hangovers were absolutely legendary.
One of them wasn’t a combatant, more of a self-described scholar, who specialised in biology. He asked for help from the party in taking out the “nest” in hopes that this would solve their goblin problem before it hit Thelallona, and in payment the party would get cheese, books, and a weapon for Ryuu.
So, they began walking. They discussed goblin-kind, and a bit about the Scholar himself, but stumbled upon two very pissed flail snails.
Now, you think the party could dispatch them with ease. Nope. They spent most of the combat completely missing, including the flail snails. Noteable things happened, such as: Ryuu cleaving one in half with a crit, beheading the other, and Royal yeeting his rapier so hard it went 50 paces and ended up pinning a bee to a tree.
We ended the session there because it was getting late for the DM, but it was cracking and super fun as usual.
How will the party deal with the nest? Will they get infected? Will the scholar get to use his incredibly high explosives? Tune in next time, and @ the MI6 reading this: I am but a simple Goddex, the high explosives are imaginary, please don’t kick my door in.