The Seven Dwarves (D&D 4e)
Adventure #1 WOTC DCC54 Forges of the Mountain King (Level 1)
Encounter #9 Company of the Blackhammer (Area 1-23)
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Dwarf Cult Warrior (Soldier 1) x8
Encounter Level 3- 800 XP
The Company of the Blackhammer are located in area 1-23 on the map (see below).
Ragnarr quietly ensures the door is unlocked and will open easily, it has after all been well-maintained- Tordek readies his boot.
And they’re in, the chamber is a barracks room, there are eight Dwarves present- four of them in bunks, asleep; two are knelt on the floor in prayer and two are chatting in the middle of the chamber. The two standing are armed with greatswords, sheathed; the others all have similar weapons within reach- all of them are armoured, even those asleep.
Ragnarr spins out a dagger with a Deft Strike and the first is bloodied in an instant, Fenchurch’s Staggering Note shakes the same Dwarf up with its thunderous attack- the rest of the adventurers scuttle into the action but fail to make their surprise attacks count.
Ragnarr spins out another dagger but its high and wide- the foul Dwarf Cult Warriors react, rolling out of their beds and/or grabbing their greatswords; those already armed dive into action- Tordek is slashed and cut twice.
Koda skitters into the center of the chamber and unleashes his Five Storms- all three of his targets take a beating, one of the nasty fellows crashes to the floor.
Grimm sees his opportunity and launches his Thunder and Echo (Daily), alas (again) he’s mostly off target, one of the foul Dwarves is left bloodied and battered, flung into a wall; another is only slightly injured.
Tordek fails again to land his Steel Serpent Strike, and so tries once more with a Weapon Master’s Strike (Action Point), he slices and another foul Dwarf is bloodied. Fenchurch’s Shout of Triumph is still under-performing, another of the Dwarf Warriors clutches at his ears- left bleeding and bloodied- but the rest of his enemies are unaffected by his roaring menace. The Bard however adds some Majestic Words to the mix and Tordek’s wounds heal over.
There was a brief chat at this point between the players, their conclusion- drop the bomb, time for their daily powers, not so much because they’re desperate but because they think this is going to be the last fight before another Extended Rest- some of them are already very low on Surges.
Dwarf Cult Warrior- About to feel the adventurer’s fury.
Ragnarr unleashes a Blinding Barrage, but again with only limited success, two of the Dwarves are cut- actually scratched (not blinded), a third is killed.
A pair of Dwarf Cult Warriors double team Tordek, the fighter is very swiftly bloodied- another two attempt to get past him- to the softer parts of the party- Fenchurch back in the doorway of the chamber. Tordek is having none of it- he cuts both of the foul Dwarves, stops them in their tracks and leaves them both bloodied for good measure.
Meanwhile Ragnarr and Koda are also sliced and cut- it’s a real melee now, and Koda is perfectly placed- Five Storms and a Flurry to follow, two of the Cult Warriors are killed outright, another is left staggering (on 1 hit point), while a fourth is badly injured.
Tordek slashes at another, leaves it staggering and bloodied (on 2 hit points), and then sucks up the hurt and gets his Second Wind.
Fenchurch finishes off another of the enemies with a Staggering Note, actually on his second attempt (Action Point), the first being a bum note.
There are only three Cult Warriors left standing, make that two- Ragnarr cuts one down with a Clever Strike.
“RuUuNN!” the first Dwarf Warrior groans and then follows his own instructions, en route the foul fellow is chopped by Tordek, punched by Koda, and then finally just as he’s opening the door taken out as Koda strikes again, Opening the Gate of Battle on his ass.
The other Dwarf, now the last enemy, is also in motion- trying to escape; Grimm, finally, gets into the action, he swears his Oath and brings his Focussed Fury, and the last guard is cut down.
The encounter is over.