We retreated back into one of the remaining guard towers in order hopes of recovering before continuing are assault on kolbolds that were plundering Olleth. Once inside the tower we found some arrows and bolts to replace what we had expended on the in our previous battles. However as we began to settle in for the night the sound of a kobold war chant filled the air, which would make it difficult to get the rest we needed. Bart and I passed the first watch uneventfully until Freya came to relieve us. With some difficulty I and creative use of items from my pack I was able to doze off into a deep sleep.
As I would learn later, a small group of kobolds attempted to sneak up on the tower during Freya’s watch. With Bart and Kiara’s help they were able to run them off with there bows, inflicting a few losses to the kobolds. Afterwards Bart and Kiara returned to sleep and Freya passed another hour of her watch before spotting a larger group of kobolds moving towards our tower. Once again waking Bart and Kiara they prepared to repel the assault. Only this time Bart decided to take up position outside the front door and Kiara thought it would be a good idea to go outside with him. Together they apparently put up a valiant defense of the door while Freya provided support with her bow. Until they began raising ladders to scale the tower. Freya began kicking ladders and cutting down any kobold that actually made it to the roof. She eventually found that it was easier to simply knock them back off the roof and hope that gravity would do the work.
For awhile it looked like they were going to repel this assault with little difficulty, but a mighty roar issued up from the darkness and at least sixty kobolds charged towards the tower. Seeing that situation was going to deteriorate rapidly Freya called into the tower for more help and succeeded in rousing Rhianna. Rhianna moved up to the roof and began helping Freya fend off the increasing number of kobolds making it to the roof. Out front Bart and Kiara were still holding their own but were increasingly in danger of being over run. One of the kobold leaders made its way up to where Bart was holding the door and began to get the better of him. Bart and the kobold leader traded a series of mighty blows, but the fatigue of battle began to show in Bart’s actions. Kiara seeing Bart begin to falter rushed to lend aid, but even together they could not finish this impressive specimen of a kobold. Another series of blows was exchanged and Bart collapsed under the onslaught. Kiara seeing Bart fall knew she didn’t stand a chance on her own, but she couldn’t bring herself to leave Bart. As she dove between kobolds to make it back into the tower she grabbed Bart and drug his unconscious body through the door. The sound of them bursting through the door finally jarred me from my sleep. Awakening to see the door open with a hoard of angry kolbolds outside I rushed to shut and bar the door. With the door closed Kiara ran up stairs help hold the roof. Seeing Bart laying on the floor in growing pool of blood, I found one of his healing potions and poured it down his throat. As he regained consciousness he murmured, “Why do these things always taste like pineapple?” Seeing him awaken and as it looked like the door would hold for awhile I ventured upstairs to the roof. Arriving on the roof I saw the three catgirls fending of the kobolds as they made it to the roof. Seeing the situation I moved over to the nearest ladder and dropped a flask of alchemist fire covering a both a kolbold and the ladder in fire. Rhianna seeing this let loose a sound burst and destroyed the other two ladders on that side of the tower killing a many kobolds on that side as well. Kiara and I moved to the opposite side of tower and threw another set of flasks down onto the ladders taking two more out of commission. While we where doing that Rhianna decimated the group that was chipping at the front door with another mighty sound burst. Sometime during all of this Bart made his way to the roof and hunted down and killed the kobold that had knocked him out with his crossbow. With all but one ladder destroyed and the assaults leader dead the kolbolds broke off the attack.
The next morning a kolbold messenger appeared with a white flag and asked what we wanted to go away. We agreed to leave them alone and they agreed to leave the city and give us our choice of three of their wagons of loot. As we talked to the kolbolds we found out the the emissary sent by the town had insulted the wives of the orc tribe chieftain and everyone seemed to over react which lead to the raid on the town. Between what we could learn from the kolbolds and the surviving towns people there is definitely something strange about the this emissary. According to Freya he shares a name with some king who disappeared some 500 years ago in her home region. We also learned of anti-dragon forces from the southern kingdom that are starting to gain favor in the eastern kingdoms. When we reported what we learned to our employer, Nigal Mansel, we were instructed to return home at once.
-Devon Ae Zarzuket