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Not these foul creatures again! Rai thinks to herself as she sees the hellhounds; a familar foe. "Shall we?" she asks to Jasmine. The two friends take aim at one of the hellish creatures. Rai smiles to herself as she sees her bolt strike its target. At least I hit something this time... She takes a quick look around for Ben just to make sure he was ok then readies herself for another attack.

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Ben grins in grim determination at the Darkspawn that he has just drawn the attention of, "Not this day, my friend. Why don't you leave the shiny knight alone and try dealing with something just a bit darker?" He presses his attack upon the foul creature looking for any opening to end the abomination's worthless life.

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Aridwyn cringed as she saw the infernal arrow tear into Fin's thigh. Even with the hellhounds bearing down on them, she couldn't leave the attack unanswered, and so she fired an arrow at Fin's assailant. If she could eliminate the archers, the others could attack without fear of an unexpected arrow in the back. She wasn't exactly sure what she was going to do about the hellhounds mobbing her, but she figured she'd think of something if she could just stay alive long enough.

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Though she was aware of the hellhounds, they would have to wait their turn. The darkspawn attacking Joe was no ordinary darkspawn judging by his fancier armour and weapons. Janara was worried maybe Joe had finally picked a fight he couldn't handle.

 

Drawing her longsword, she snarled at Joe's attacker through clenched teeth, "It's a baaad day to be you!"

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With no foes behind them, the Crusader force can concentrate on the charge of the hellhounds. George stations himself to protect the magic users, should one of the abominations break the first line.....Erik steps up to support Roman, rending a massive wound into the flank of the beast, without bringing it down. Aeolene uses her bow with good effect on another...

 

Joe and the darkspawn leader continue locked in combat. Such is the skill of the fiend, that even the assistance of Janara does not break through his defence...Jasmine and Rai continue to fire on the hellhound previously wounded, and continue to land hits.....Fin drops another darkspawn archer, while Aridwyn misses...she feels the faintest wave of nausea, then it passes.."Poison, but weak, I won't die that easily...."

 

Licia runs forward to help cover Roman's side, only to have to immediately dodge a set of gaping jaws....Roman is not so fortunate, and feels a mix of pain and pure hatred as one clamps down on his arm....shaking loose, he delivers a return blow to the already wounded beast....Bootknife Ben slides behind the hound that is in combat with Erik, and slips his shortsword through it's ribs....it falls dead.

 

As Malachias and his archers prepare to fire, they are hit by a wave of hellhounds, one on each man...In a horrid scrum of man and beast, bows are dropped, swords drawn, and blood spilled. Only Jonathan remains unwounded, and only Percy seems to have the upper hand on his opponent.....

 

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As the foul beast drops dead, Ben flashes a quick smile at Erik then quickly scans the melee for Rai. Seeing that George has moved in to protect her, Ben feels relatively reassured. He quickly grabs his crossbow and takes a bead on the remaining Darkspawn archer.

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George realizes with horror that one of the hellhounds, poised right in front of Jasmine and Rai, is inhaling for a flame attack. He charges in, weilding his sword in a deadly attack that beheads the already wounded beast.....Erik is nearly knocked off balance by one of the monsters, but avoids its bite....Roman blocks another set of gaping jaws, then thrusts his sword through the back of the creatures ribs, spraying ichor all about...Licia, trying to help Roman, finds herself engaged with her own private enemy...she slahes it savagely, but it remains in the fight, only to turn, ignoring her as a small cloaked figure darts in, two rapiers flashing, "Woahhh, bad doggie!!!", his warcry.....

 

Joe takes another viscious wound from the darkspawn captain, then vows "By "Rellius, you die!". He and Janara move in to flank the foul leader, and cut him down like a rotten pine....The bloodied berserker smiles at Janara, showing his ornate capped tusks, "We work good, t'gether"....

 

Jasmine drops her sling, draws her sickle, and slashes at the hellhound nearest her, drawing open a huge wound...the beast thrashes about madly, with no effect....Aridwyn finds herself trapped between two of the monsters, and fires point blank at the nearest one, only to have her shot ruined by the jostling of another hound....

 

Malachias and his crew find themselves in desparate straights with three raving beasts within arms reach, the deal no real damage, and one of the monsters emits a terrifying breath attack ....Mal and Jonathon are lightly scorched, Percy and Kenyon take the brunt of the attack...Percy also takes a bite, dropping him to the ground in agony.....

 

Bootknife aims down the passageway, fires at the fleeing darkspawn archer, and misses...... Aeolene strides towards the wounded archers, firing her bow at the hound still dripping flame from his mouth...her arrow is true, and the beast falls.....

 

Rai, having relodaed her crossbow, fires at the beast Jasmine has attacked, but misses as it lashes about......

 

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A sense of satisfaction settles over George as he frees his sword from the hellhound's neck. "Not while I'm around you won't." He thinks to himself with a satisfied smile as he spits on the fallen creature.

 

But his attention is needed elsewhere. George turns back to his friends and comrades, and sees Jasmine and Rai fighting with another of the creatures.

 

The young Knight raises his sword, adjusts his fingers on the hilt and moves to engage the foul beast.

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As the foul beast drops dead, Ben flashes a quick smile at Erik then quickly scans the melee.....

Ben's smile is returned, as Erik turns toward another hound. Well done!

Erik is nearly knocked off balance by one of the monsters, but avoids its bite....

This one's quicker than the other. Got to be sure of my strokes! Though still swinging his bastard sword two-handed, Erik is no longer using powerful strokes, but more carefully measured cuts.

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The bloodied berserker smiles at Janara, showing his ornate capped tusks, "We work good, t'gether"....

 

'Work good together' was an understatement. There would be no point in salvaging his armour, and even a necromancer would probably not see much point in salvaging the semi-dismembered corpse. The walls of the cavernous tunnel were a mess, Joe was a mess, and Janara was covered in it too; so she found it impossible to see Joe's idiosyncratic grin and not return an equally enthusiastic smile. Besides, she had decided she liked his tusks. They were strange, but in a good sort of way.

 

"Yeah we ..."

 

"Man down!" shouts Malachias.

 

Her reply was cut short by Malachias' plea for help for one of his archers.

 

"You get that'un and I got the one b'side it." she said to Joe, pointing out the two hellhounds that were closest to the fallen archer.

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Aridwyn's heart sank as her arrow completely failed to do any damage. She wondered, almost idly, how long she could last against the hellhounds with one arrow in her already. She muttered something that sounded suspiciously like an orcish profanity as she pulled another arrow and prayed to any gods that might happen to be listening that this one would find its mark straight through the hellhound's heart.

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