The heroes having moved up into one of the abandoned town houses observed the tower and two Gnolls which appeared to be monitoring the surrounding area. Behind the Battlemarket were a number of merchant caravans, some hitched to horses. The noise of a crowd could be heard behind the Battlemarket relative to where the heroes were positioned.
Kay’enn decided to move behind the buildings to come closest to the North door which he had been given the key for by Undrella. As he moved into position he could hear a rousing speech by someone at the top of the Battlemarket.
"My Kin! For over 200 years I have wandered this land and at no time have I relished in the cry of the beast as I have today. Gnoll clans from across the Brazen Peaks have finally come together to protect our new home here in Kat-Creeak-tor."
Howls came from the crowd.
"The humans come to us with their magics and their blades and they burn and cut us. But do we give up?
In gnoll, the crowd of of the creatures scream the word, "No!"
"And why? Because always behind us is our Lord and saviour who will bring those not of our kin to their knees. As night falls my friends, we will begin our purge of this land and reclaim what is rightfully ours. Soon, we will feast on their flesh and we will be victorious. For we are Kuldis; we are Circle; we are Al’Chorhaiv; we are Three Jaws; we are Wormhollow; and we are we are all brothers of the Carrion King!"
The final words result in the gathering gnolls erupting in applause and howls. Kay’enn realised that this was the perfect opportunity to make their move, and so he signaled to the others.
As Vash and Khalid moved up, the Gnomes took the opportunity to run to a cart to discover what was contained within. The Gnomes arrived at the back of the first cart and Nini was assisted inside by Ding whilst Piranya kept a watchful eye out. Unfortunately, one of the Gnolls in the tower spotted Ding as he lifted Nini inside. The Gnolls fired an arrow each hitting both Ding and Nini. Nini sent Piranya to scare the horse which worked well causing the horse to reel in fear and begun running down the path away from the Battlemarket. As Nini held on, she yelled at Ding to jump on, and Ding jumped successfully managing to grab onto the back of the cart, dragging him behind.
Kay’enn reached the door and hid behind the alcove created by the door jam. As he reached into his pocket to obtain the key to open the massive wooden door, his eyes focused on the horse and cart rushing away down the path. Kay’enn shuddered as he saw the cause of the horses panic – Dini in the cart, a few coins falling behind in the dirt, and trailing behind, Ding – somehow wishing that he had brought his snow shoes.
As much he was concerned with Ding and Nini’s latest adventure, it was the perfect opportunity for him, Khalid and Vash to sneak inside. Kay’enn motioned for his companions to come across as the door easily unlocked, and Kay’enn slipped inside.
Khalid and Vash followed the ranger inside the door, closing them quietly behind them. Before them was a huge gathering of human, gnoll and other races. The sounds of arguments, friendly conversations, laughter, music and of course battle filled their ears, while the smells of cooking meat, liquor, smoke, and the stench of wet dog assaulted their nostrils. This was clearly a party for the gnolls who had taken control of Kelmarane – and one the heroes were clearly not invited to.
As the door closed the noise was heard by one of a group of Bugbears who were reveling in the bar. Kay’enn offered a friendly wave, and the bugbear raised its drink in reply. Beyond the bugbear the heroes could see what appeared to be a battle arena of sorts with a raised platform constructed of hard wood and metal. Standing on the platform was a massive ogre facing off against a man of short stature, dressed in peace-meal leather armour and armed with a rusty sword and handmade shield. This was clearly a match that would end badly for the human. As the heroes watched on, the human attempted to charge the monster as the creatures hands wrapped around the mans throat and with a loud pop the ogre tore the man’s torso in half spraying blood across the crowd seated in the small standium. Khalid begun to move forward, but Kay’enn placed a hand on his shoulder.
“This is not our battle,” claimed Kay’enn, “We have a job to do.”
Khalid nodded as Kay’enn motioned towards the set of stairs to their right which led to an upper portion of the battle market. The three, along with Zuum, made their way up the curved stairs which lead them them to the second level.
As they reached the second level, the heroes make their way down a corridor an notice that the level had a large opening in the centre allowing people to watch the battles below. The heroes also notice that there are a series of stores in rooms on the level along with an area where the band area playing. As the heroes explore the market they come across a strange room filled with a bizarre alchemical apparatus against the west wall — the infusion — is a maze of glass beakers connected by rubber tubes. Seven of these tubes project from the apparatus, ending in syringe-like needles, and each containing a strange liquid. Suddenly a being enters the room, mixing two chemicals together. The creature looked up to see the group a smile crossed her face.
“Oh good. You made it. I was beginning to get worried”, said Undrella, the Harpy that the heroes had met earlier.
- Conversation with Undrella when Khalid confirms that the harpy was evil and clearly displayed that he was not interested in working with the creature. The conversation ended with Kay’enn and Vash leading the young Paladin away.
- Whilst sneaking around, the heroes saw a gnoll enter a storage room and remove a barrel of rum, but not before stealing a bottle of obviously stolen wine.
- The heroes came across a doorway protected by two gnoll guards. While the guards attempted to intimidate the heroes, they soon learned that the attack that they were prepared for had finally come. Two of the gnolls quickly fell, as two others entered through the door. The heroes dispatched them and moved into the room.
- The heroes heard gnolls yelling at each other calling for them to barricade the door. Vash send Zuum to investigate and was set upon by one of the gnolls who was hiding behind a wall. Zuum retaliated bringing the gnoll to the ground. Vash joined his companion up the stairs only to be set upon by another waiting gnoll.
The story of what the gnomes got up to – coming soon…