Dungeon Crawling

Player Characters
  • Kay, age 8 - Starlight, The Halfling Thief
  • Sue, age 11 - Alina, The Half-Elf Fighter
  • Tess, age 43 - Circe, The Elf Cleric
This entry is part 11 of 17 in TD3α – Wrath of the Minotaur

Dragon's Lair Don Bluth

They found themselves inside a two foot high and two foot across hole, the dirt worn floor of the small passage was smooth from the plodding of many feet.

Circe: What kind of feet?
DM: You’re not sure. They’re small as a halfling’s, but long and narrow with three toes.

Except for the halfling who only had to crouch, they had to crawl on all fours through the twists and turns as the tunnel wound through the earth. The passage smelled of stagnant water and the odor of wet dog grew stronger as they approached the end.

There was torchlight up ahead. Calling for quiet, the halfling made out sounds that echoed down the passage that mimicked yapping dogs.

Circe: If we go any further our torchlight will be visible. Starlight, you’re going to have to go ahead and check it out.
DM: Since she’s so small, she can squeeze by Alina in this cramped tunnel easily enough.
Circe: Don’t do anything! Just report back what you see.
Starlight: Alright. Alright.

Starlight reached the end of the tunnel and peered into the 20×30 foot room. Against the far wall was a flickering torch held inside a sconce. Four 3 foot tall creatures with stooped shoulders and slender, muscular bodies covered in black scales from dog-like nose to rat-like tails stood in tattered leather armor and conversed quietly in barks and yips. They did not appear to notice the halfling.

None of the players knew if she had successfully made her Move Silently check, since the results were sitting behind my screen. They sat quietly, tense at the the table, as if any noise in real life would effect the outcome of this encounter.

There were some crates and bags to the right of the chamber, most likely stolen from travelers on the nearby road outside Bullhead Canyon.

Kay: What about shadows?
DM: The torchlight is creating some over by the crates.
Kay: I move in quietly towards the crates, keeping myself against the wall.
Sue: We move up, just in case.
Tess: We’ll have to ditch our torch.

Picking up two ten siders, I rolled her Hide in Shadows check.

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