After we scout the city and the gates, Tarquin comes up with a plan. Orion and our guide map out the storm drain system to find the closest drain to the gate outside which the army is camped. The plan is to send Screech out to the army with a note requesting they send 20 troops to infiltrate the city through the storm drains. We will send the guide to meet them at the storm drain entrance and lead them back to the gates. While the troops storm the defenses from the inside. We can use the distraction to attempt to rescue Fagin. Screech flies off in the late afternoon with the note, and we wait for our reply. Sounds like a good plan, no?
Just as the sun is going down, and I’m beginning to fear that Screech won’t make it back before sunset (hawks are notoriously poor at flying in the dark), he returns with a reply from the Army. “Ghoul army arrival imminent. Get out of the city now,” is not the reply that we expected, but it’s the one we got. Well, shit… now there’s no help from the outside.
Fagin still needs rescuing. We go back to the safehouse, grab all of our gear and knock the priest out so he can’t give us away. Hopefully, we’ll be able to swap the priest for Fagin in the cage with a note that says, “Ghouls coming. Leave the city.” There’s just something poetic about it.
Well after dark, we make our way to the square using the storm drains. We manage to find our way to within a block or two of the central square. The guards near the cage tower have a torch, so they’re easy to spot. There’s only 3 of them, and they’re not very professional looking. We get just outside of the torch’s light, then rush the guards. Tarquin and Coggen fire with bows, while Orion, Sulin and I rush them. The fight is over before the guards knew what hit them. Poor bastards.
Fagin’s cage is too high for any of us to reach. Orion puts the unconscious priest down at the bottom of the cage tower. I climb up to stand on Orion’s shoulders. I can just barely reach the ca… Fuck. That’s embarassing, falling like that. Fagin says he can pick the lock with a dagger. Orion tosses one up to him. Fortunately, it’s a nice toss and Fagin manages to catch it. He breaks the lock after a few tries. Not only does he break the dagger, but he falls from the cage as it unlocks. Now he looks even worse that he did in the cage.
Neither Sulin nor I can offer him any healing. We’re tapped out. He’s not happy about it and asks for a blade instead. It’s probably going to be dangerous getting out of the city so I hand him my scimitar. And of course he turns on the priest and lays into him stabbing repeatedly. Coggen has to walk up to him and drop his ass before he got any other ideas. Stupid… I should have known better. Anyway, fuck that priest. We’re leaving this city.
We head back to the storm drains, with Orion carrying Fagin. The guide is going to leave the city with us. Making it to the exit is no problem now that we know how to navigate the tunnels. As we emerge, we can see fighting along the bridge. It looks like there are a lot of people charging the gate, but it’s not opening. The ghouls are here. Good thing we’re heading the other way.
We head off to the South towards the capital. Before long, Tarquin picks up the trail of the army. After he points them out, it’s pretty obvious to everybody. We continue well into the night and eventually catch up with some of the mounted rearguard. Fortunately, one of them recognizes us and takes us into camp.
Play is suspended until next week.