7/6/11: Tom was away, but John Z was back...
Anyxia the DarkBringer - Shade Mage
E'sprite - Eladrin Assassin
Klott - Dwarf Warpiest
Krephyx - Dragonborn Slayer
Netochka Nezvanova - Elf Rogue
The town of Duponde was in The Shadowfell again. The heroes were tasked with defending the armory, where many citizens had taken shelter. The adventurers had just headed to the Old Owl Inn to kill some wererats, and returned to the armory to find that the citizens were being overtaken by a feeling of despair and dread...
Arkavyn he gravedigger was telling everyone that he had to be kept alive.. to bury the rest of them. Citizens began to agree with him. Anyxia joined right in, letting them know they could all be dead soon. Klott addressed them, and told them as a cleric of the Raven Queen he knew it was not their time to die.
Madora the tiefling maid wanted to cook something to make people feel better. Netochka tried to help but didn't know how to cook. People just ended up feeling more despair.
Colverslyne the cool tailor took off his fingerless gloves and suggested that when he was dead, people should put his first name "Eugene" on his ombstone. E'Sprite had heard enough and began talking and thrusting. Klott talked colverslyne into getting his mojo back.
While all this was going on, the heroes began to feel despair overtake them. They shook it off (with a group END check).
A woman and her two daughters wept. The daughters would never meet a man! E'Sprite pointed out that they already had - him. He did some more thrusting.
The three dwarves from the old owl began to talk about how repairing the bridge would never happen in The Shadowfell. Anyxia agreed and told them to embrace their despair. Klott gave them a pep talk in dwarven and restored their faith.
Then the adventurers went on a patrol with some guards. When they returned, they saw a dozen skeletons led by two blazing skeletons closing in on the armory!
A shadow stalker lurched forth and melded with Klott's shadow, injuring the dwarf. The blazing skeletons flung fireballs at the guards, killings two. The dozen skeletons rushed the heroes and the guards, slashing them.
Klott ejected the stalker from his shadow as Krephyx breathed, killing three skeletons in one shot. Netochka killed another as Klott and E'Sprite flanked the shadow. They pummeled it from both sides, and Anyxia finished it off with a magic missile.
Krephyx rushed one blazing skeleton while Netochka advanced on the other. Klott came to aid Krephyx, using Smite undead to wrack the skeleton with radiance,. Krephyx then finished it off.
Netochka bloodied the other blazing skeleton, as E'Sprite crept forth. He wrapped his garrotte around its' neck and snapped its' head off!
A few guards had died, but the people in the armory were safe. In a few hours, dawn would come...