Cyr doesn’t attempt to shoot anyone, but instead wades to shore.
Red Sword picks up his crossbow, and takes a 5’ step so he can swing at Yudh! He hits Yudh, barely. Yudh has a weird enervating sickening feeling when he gets hit by the sword.
Arjun hits the mook in front of him, with a solid slice of his greatsword
After a solid blow like that, this half-orc mook looks about ready to say things like, “I’m not getting paid enough for this!” He’s pretty hurt.
Arjun grins at him. “You can always run away.”
The archer on the south side of the ford looks at Saluki in fear as he approaches, and is relieved to not be immediately dead. Also takes a step back and attempts to shoot you with an arrow, despite the risk to himself, hitting you...somewhere!
The Mook on the north side of the ford shoots another arrow at Phaedra and….hits her!
The mook fighting Arjun recovers from being hit and takes a swing! But misses, just barely!
The mook fighting Yudh also takes a swing at him with his axe, and really, really connects, hard.
Yudhisthir goes down.
Still singing, Thessa shoots an arrow at the archer targeting Phaedra. She nicks him, and he shouts.
He screams mightily when Phaedra’s crackling magic roasts him a little bit, and then it’s awful quiet up there.
Yudh lays quietly and bleeds for a little bit.
Cyr loads and shoots her crossbow at...Red Sword, probably. But misses!
Red Sword picks up his crossbow and moves unhurriedly toward Arjun, sword drawn.
Arjun, no longer grinning, slices the half-orc, hard. The half-orc’s head flies off and does little cartwheels through the air! Arjun turns to face Red Sword, as the half-orc’s body falls dramatically to the ground behind him.
Saluki, seeing what happened to Yudh, starts his dance. He hits the archer, hard and then moves over to Red Sword and hits him too.
Red Sword looks pretty shocked that you can move that fast.
The archer isn’t dead, so he readies and arrow as you dance away. He fires! But misses.
Red Sword yells, “Get the horses! We’re leaving!” And the two living mooks start running into the darkness.”
Arjun, at Red Sword: “Where Is Zod? Why did you steal from our village?”
Red Sword- “What? Who are you?”
Arjun: “Arjun of the Elf Coast. Answer me!”
Thessara shoots at the remaining archer because she doesn’t want to interrupt Arjun’s conversation. The archer falls over!
Phaedra fires at one of the fleeing mooks, hitting them. You hear a yell, but not a crash to the ground.
Red Sword- “What kind of demonic thing do you have here?”
Cyr jogs around the end of the little fight to try to get to Yudh before he bleeds out.
Red Sword has apparently had enough of this, because he takes off running!
Arjun swings at him as he runs away, but the damage doesn’t slow him down. Arjun immediately runs to Yudhisthir. He gets there when Cyr does. Saluki hits him as he runs as well.
Red Sword looks pretty wounded, but keeps running and only accelerates when he gets past Cyr, who doesn’t try to hit him. You all hear some running, quickly followed by hoofbeats that fade rapidly.
Arjun invokes his divine favor and heals some of Yudhisthir’s wounds. Yudhithir groans as he regains consciousness.
Thessa wanders over to archer 4 and searches him. Archer 4 is unconscious, but breathing! Thessa takes out her rope and ties him up. “Hey this one’s alive, but I don’t know for how long.” she calls to people who actually know how to heal. Then she rifles through his stuff while waiting.
This archer has a short bow, 15 arrows, a really nice battle axe, is wearing a chain shirt, and is wearing what appears to be a military uniform. He has a small pack with 2 potions in it, and 14 gold pieces.
Arjun calls over to Thessa “Bind his wounds, would you? We’ll get to him after the party is in better shape.”
Thessa shrugs, then takes out her dagger and cuts off the archers pants, using the material to bind up his wounds. “Just so you know, I’m not very good at this,” she calls back. She takes the arrows, potions and gold, but leaves the ax and chain mail. Then she wanders over to check the other archer, because really what else is she going to do at this point?
He’s also alive, but not very. He’s equipped basically identically to the other archer, with 9 gp and two potions. This guy you do manage to stabilize. Thessa takes those arrows, potions and gold as well. “At least we got one for questioning,” she says.
Phaedra drags herself out of the water, and takes a knee. She keeps an eye on the woods.
Cyr stands up and loads her crossbow.
Saluki, to Arjun - “Is he alright?”
Arjun: “He will be. Who else is injured?”
Phaedra - “I am, I suppose.” She has two bolts sticking out of her, as she didn’t want to bleed to death when she pulled them out.
Saluki will check the beheaded guy and the one he killed. These both happen to be half orcs, and are carrying really nice longswords, but are otherwise equipped identically (no shortbows, though). And they have identity cards, similar to the ones you all carry.
Arjun goes to Phaedra and heals her as well. The arrows pop out of her wounds, she feels much better!
Pheadra goes over to the archer Thessara mentioned, and tries to fix the bandages. It takes her a bit, but she gets it before he dies. Phaedra will then use detect magic.
The potions all ping as magic (you now have eight total), but nothing else does. Phaedra - “The four potions Thessara has are magic, nothing else is.”
Arjun goes back to Yudhisthir and heals him more. He is now fully healed. “Is anyone else injured?” If no one else admits to any injuries, he’ll heal himself.
In toto, you have two nearly dead humans, two dead half-orcs, all dressed and equipped nearly identically. Each had chainmail, a melee weapon, two throwing axes, a small steel shields, two potions, a bit of money, and their identity cards. The humans also have the short bows.
Thessa sighs heavily. “You know I thought you guys were going to keep me OUT of trouble around here. Why did we just attack a group of Gran March soldiers?” She quickly explains that these are soldiers of the 2nd Regiment of Fusiliers, of Gran March The 2nd Regiment is based in Hookhill, the capitol of Gran March, about 125 miles away, but there is one company of that regiment stationed in Orlane, which is only 25 miles from where you stand.
Yudhisthir: “They attacked us first, you know.”
Phaedra - “I suppose that’s true. Now what do we do with the two who are alive?”
Arjun: “Heal them and question them.”
Yudhishir: “Tie them up first at least.” He suit action to words
Arjun expends a cure light wounds on each archer. Saluki jumps in to blindfold them first.
Both archers gasp as the magic, er, works it’s magic.
There is a general, “Hwhazzat! What happened?”
Arjun: “Gentlemen. Tell us who you are and why you are here.”
Saluki goes to look for their horses.
Both of them look freaked out. One just starts babbling incoherently, and the other say, “Please don’t hurt us!”
Yudhisthir mutters” Too late for that”
Arjun points at the babbler “Shut up.”
He keeps blabbering, cause he can’t see you pointing at him. On account of the blindfold.
Arjun slaps him upside the head “Shut. Up.”
“Not sure that’s helping,” Thessa points out.
The Blabberer jumps and shuts up.
Arjun “Thank you.” He puts his hand on the other guy’s shoulder. “Answer my questions.”
Non-blabberer- “What do you want from us?”
Arjun: “Who are you. Why are you here. Who were the orcs your leader expected to be at this ford.”
Saluki returns with a horse, and gives the reins to the nearest loitering party member before going to look for more.
Non-blabberer- “Look, I only do this to make a bit of money on the side, you know? We don’t get paid a lot, especially what we all go through, so you gotta understand that we’re not bad guys, we just need the cash, okay?”
Arjun grabs the guy by his shirt front and lift him up a bit. “Answer. My. Questions.”
Non-blabberer- “Okay! Okay. Okay. My name is Brudeen. I’m just a fusilier with the Second Regiment, right now from Orlane. Okay? We are out here on a patrol, a normal, nice patrol….” He trails off.
Arjun laughs. It’s not a nice laugh. “Try again. Your leader expected orcs at this ford. Explain.”
Brudeen- “Look, that guy with the Red Sword only shows up every few weeks, when we have a patrol in this area. He pays us some cash to stick around the ford for a few extra hours. Someone always comes from the other side of the river, brings a couple of orcs with them, and the guy takes them away. I don’t know where they go. Okay? Then we get our money, and we continue with the patrol like nothing happened.”
Arjun: “Tell me more about Mr. Red Sword.”
Brudeen- “All I know about him is that he pays in cash and he needs some muscle for this job. I don’t know his name.”
Arjun drops Brudeen to the ground, and put his hand on the other guy’s shoulder. “Tell me something your buddy here hasn’t told me about Mr. Red Sword.”
Blabberer- “AHG! Don’t hurt me! Looklooklook I tell you anything you want to know, just don’t hurt me!”
Blabberer- “Right, okay, okay, I’m Menoer Jepsman, from Shibboleth, I’m in the 2nd Fusiliers as well, okay? So I know that Red Sword- that’s what we call him, I don’t know his name either- works for that gangster, Zod. They have a base up in the Dim Forest, and it’s guarded by some crazy druid and her animals. If he ran anywhere he probably ran there.”
Arjun: “Excellent. I won’t kill you. In fact, I’m going to heal you a bit more. I suggest you find a way to live within your means so that Red Sword doesn’t get you involved with me.”
Menoer- “Hey man, if you want to do something worthwhile, tell that other gangster, Kratha, not to charge so much for her damn hookers.” Arjun slaps him upside the head again.
Menoer, not expecting that, yelps and falls over.
Arjun uses another cure light wounds on each of them. “You will sit here, blindfolded, for thirty minutes. Do nothing that would make me waste the spells I just used on you.”
Phaedra waves her hands at the others, to call them over to her location, about 30 feet from the soldiers. She makes talking motions. Saluki has heard the lack of voices, so he comes back.
Cyr gathers with everyone else.Thessa follows, pulling the horse. The horse is nervous, being pulled around by a giant cat. Thessa hands it off to Cyr.
Arjun leaves the soldiers and joins the rest of the group, with Yudhisthir.
Phaedra, whispering - “So what’s the plan, then? Specifically, I don’t particularly want to get them killed, so if we’re going to release them, we should make sure they get the horse. Also I would feel bad taking their money under the circumstances.” Saluki rolls his eyes at that last part. Cyr does as well.
Thessa just raises an eyebrow, as she currently has both archer’s money, and their arrows in her pouch.
Arjun: “They can have the horse. I don’t care about their property. We should get back across the river. I only have the most basic spells left.”
Yudhisthir: “That’s what they get for attacking us.”
Phaedra sighs. “Well, we don’t want to leave them tied up either, for the same reason. How about everyone but one person heads back to the other shore, that one person will untie them and tell them to keep the blindfolds on until we’re on the other side, on pain of me frying them again, and I can stand in the middle of the river for that part, and then give them the okay to remove them. Sound alright?”
Yudhisthir: “Arjun already told them to leave the blindfolds on for 30 minutes. I’ll untie them. You all cross over. I’ll fly over once everyone is across.”
“Someone may want to grab the dead people’s stuff,” Thessa says. Then stops and listens.
The two prisoners are whispering to each other, but you can’t hear what they’re saying.
Cyr has led the horse over to the dead guys and has picked up their swords. “So are we leaving, or what?”
Saluki - “Yep, let’s go.” He starts to head back across the water. Thessa wrinkles her nose and follows.
Arjun follows Saluki. Yudhisthir stands about 15 feet away from the archers, between them and the river. Phaedra starts to cross back, but waits near the middle until everyone else has crossed.
Cyr leaves the horse behind and wades back across. When she gets close to Yudh, she stops for a second. “Is there anything else you want to ask them?”
Yudh considers for a moment. “Not particularly. You?”
She shakes her head. “Nothing I can think of.” and she crosses the river.
As soon as the splashing from people crossing dies down, Yudh unties the archers and flies to the center of the river. Once he reaches that point, Phaedra cross the rest of the way, keeping an eye on the bank to make sure they’re not going to fire at her and Yudh’s backs, in case Thessa didn’t grab all the arrows.
The whole party makes it to the other side without any kind of water monster accosting them, or another attack by the Gran Marchian forces. You don’t hear or see much of anything from the east bank.
Saluki - “Well, should we head into the woods a bit before setting up camp? Or use our existing camp?”
Yudhisthir: “Into the woods”
Saluki - “I know the rest of you seem to have dark vision, but if we’re going into the thick of things I’ll need to use a light. The moon won’t be much help.”
Arjun: “That’ll give away our position. Our existing camp will do well enough.”
And so you make camp again, and are able to make it to morning without anything attacking.