The party chases after the fleeing gnolls, and though they lose them in the forest, Taman is able to pick up their tracks and continue the chase. The party eventually finds a cave entrance, and a few gnolls take shots and Loghren and Dawn. Taman kills the shooting gnolls, and he party moves into the cave.
Andraste and Taman scout ahead, eventually coming into a room with a large pool of water in it. Andraste helps Taman climb up the ridge, but they get attacked by hyenas and Taman leaves Andraste in the pool
:( ouch. They take care of the hyenas and move up the ridge, only to be blocked by a gate covered in razorvine. Taman and Loghren are able to open it, but it crashed onto Loghren and hurts him.
As the party begins to move through, a gnoll throws a jar of pitch at Dawn, Loghren, and Alex, and another ignites it, setting the three (and a nearby hyena) aflame. Deeper into the cavern, the party finds a whole host of gnolls, and they start chewing through them. While most of them are pretty easy to fell, the one wielding a flail proves to be a challenge, and severely hurts Alex.
Another gnolls ignites the pitch by Taman and Andraste, forcing them to move. Meanwhile, Dawn obliterates a large number of the gnolls with fire. The flail-wielding gnoll and its ugly friends down Alex, and Andraste and Loghren finish it off while Taman heals him back up.
The party kills their way through the room and come across another closed gate. Andraste and Loghren open it with the power of two natural 20s, but once again hits Loghren on the way up (though it also caches Alex this time). Taman, quite literally shooting in dark, hits what he thinks is a gnoll, but is actually a human prisoner, and kills him
Taman is totally chaotic evil now.
Loghren and Andraste chase after the fleeing gnolls, and are followed closely by Dawn and Alex (Taman goes to investigate the innocent person he murdered). Andraste is the first to see the spellcasting gnoll; when she fires at him, it knocks his fake gnoll head off, revealing his true human face beneath. Loghren throws two javelins at him, and knocks him into the pit behind him.
Taman heals the man he shot and tells him to wait there as he searches for another way out. Back in the other room, Alex knocks the final gnoll into the pit, and, save for the fire currently threatening to burn the party, the danger has seemingly passed.
The bottom of he pit is covered in a redish brown goo, and the bodies of the gnoll and spellcaster seem to be… dissolving into it. Much to no ones surrpise, the goo at the bottom of the pit is super evil
just kidding. of all the things i expected to fight in a gnoll cave sentient sludge was not one of them and rises to attack the party.
The party wisely chooses to GTFO, but unwisely scatters. Alex yells at Andraste to teleport herself, Dawn, Taman, and the dude Taman almost killed back to Alton. She does so, but immediately teleports them back to Alex, who isn’t very happy to see them again. As the sludge slowly approaches, Andraste makes a third teleport, getting the whole party to the Frothy Mug relatively unscathed.
Ending EXP Count: 71,950