With the casualties we faced after the Spirit attack, as well of the disorganization of The Citadel in general, it was necessary to form a new group from the remains of the previous. With that having been noted, I am building a new, larger group, taking many of the Slayers that were in Czislo’s group, and adding in a few new members.
The two additions that I have picked (for now) are “Corn!” (it was insisted that I place the exclamation point at the end of his name) and Gruush Bronzebeard. Both of them are unfortunately rejects due to their nonhuman nature. Gruush is not just a Dwarf, but a cleric of the dwarven god, Moradin. “Corn!” is a half-ogre…and has a limited intelligence.
Other than that, my group is made up of Cosette, Julius, Kridon, and Jorge, the four Slayers who remain from Czislo’s group.
Their mission was to travel to a village that a group of Slayers had been sent to earlier. Specifically, they were trying to finish the mission, find any remaining Slayers, and bring them back.
There seemed to be problems immediately, as “Corn!” could not seem to socialize with the rest of the group properly. I have heard that he is, to put it quite bluntly: unintelligent, even for a Half-ogre. (The circumstances of how a half-ogre would be created are best left to the imagination) I was warned by the priest watching over him that he requires constant supervision. I was hoping that the group of Slayers nearby would be enough to do this. I may have been wrong.
They started their journey to the northwestern mountains, the two largest of which we refer to as “little brother” and “big brother”. The mountains are separated by a powerful river that cascades into a waterfall for most of the year. However, now, in the middle of winter, it is frozen over.
The first choice the group had to make was between going over the mountain, or going around the mountain. The former would be quicker, but the latter would be safer. Knowing that their own safety was the first priority, the group went around the mountain, and soon arrived at the village.
Unfortunately, while many of the houses were still in good condition, they were abandoned. Extensive searching began, and revealed nothing other than some rotten meat (which “Corn!”, apparently, was willing to eat) until a beautiful woman was found hiding under a bed. She was questioned. Her name was, apparently, Ria, and she was the last Slabym remaining of the original villagers. She was surviving only because she had hid. Apparently, the Slayers who had come before had been killed by an invisible force that had come up behind them and slaughtered them. It had also killed the villagers, one by one, until none were left. Finally, Ria warned the group not to go into the basement of the former chieftain’s house.
Now with an idea of what they were looking for, they searched the rest of the houses. A magical rope was found, and Ria confirmed that it had belonged to the Slayers. They turned their attention toward the chieftain’s house next, and Ria again warned them not to go into the basement. She told them that a bunch of bodies had been burned down there, and that the results were disgusting.
Their response was simple: “Corn!” completely dismantled the house, to the point where he peeled away the floor. Below, they could clearly see the basement. It was filled with ashes, as Ria had said, but there were three intact bodies there. Strangely enough, these bodies had Slayer Cloaks. The group went down to search, and were attacked by the bodies as they animated, revealing themselves to be undead. Thankfully, due to there being two Clerics in the group, the monsters were dispatched fairly easily. After this, the group looted the chest in the basement, took the Slayer cloaks as proof of the previous Slayers, and questioned Ria on why they would be down there, as well as why they would burn bodies in a basement. Ria told them she did not know, and seemed as confused as they were.
To celebrate defeating the monsters, Gruush conjured several gallons of ale.
Yes, this IS heavily forbidden. Gruush is new to The Citadel.
Anyway, he went on to share this ale with “Corn!” and while “Corn!” was not effected by it, Gruush became extremely drunk.
After drinking, it was suggested that the group should climb the mountain, and set off an avalanche. If they did so, it would hopefully destroy whatever monster occupied the village…as well as what was left of the village itself.
So, the group began their dangerous climb up the mountain. “Corn!”, with his massive strength, was able to easily scale the natural walls of the cliffs. Julius attempted, several times, to throw up the magical rope he had found and do the same. He failed several times, and then finally managed to throw the rope onto the cliff, and yelled to “Corn!” to grab it. After confirming that the rope belonged to Julius, “Corn!” dropped it back down to give it back to him.
This was the point when I realized that “Corn!” was not suited for future missions.
Eventually, Julius managed to throw the rope up again, and when he did he convinced “Corn!” to grab it, and told him to pull him up. “Corn!” jerked on the rope and, with his massive strength, proceeded to not just pull Julius up, but pull him up with such a high velocity that he landed face-first in the snow of the mountains. From there, Julius helped “Corn!” figure out how to pull the rest of the members of the group up without injuring them. They then continued to scale up the mountain in much the same way.
Finally, when they had gotten above a large amount of loose snow, “Corn!” roared. A huge wave of snow came down and went over the village. The group decided that if there had been a monster still in the village, it wasn’t there anymore, and left to return to The Citadel.
On the way back, as they talked to Ria, they discovered that, in her culture, it was custom for her to engage in sexual acts with a man if he had saved her. (The Slabí are not an advanced people) She soon became aggressive in insisting that this needed to be carried out, but surprisingly, many members of the group were reluctant. Finally, Gruush decided that he would do it, as he was just drunk enough to have no qualms about doing so.
However, just as he decided this, the supposed invisible enemy appeared, and attempted to attack Julius. The creature did practically no damage as it was fought off, and killed with ease due to the massively powerful attacks of “Corn!”. From there, the group was satisfied, as they were sure they had dispatched their foe.
However, when Gruush went into his tent with Ria, she revealed herself as a Succubus, and attempted to seduce him. He managed to resist her lure, and ran out into the snow, where he collapsed. The rest of the group attacked the tent, and the creature focused all of its energy on escaping.
From here, the Slayers returned to The Citadel.
All in all, I will not be sending out “Corn!” again, though he is a useful asset, his lack of intellectual thought could hinder the group when more subtle approaches are needed. I recommend that he remain on The Citadel to take on a permanent defense-duty. If we are attacked again, his ability to fight well will be of some use.
In addition, I would like to recommend this group being promoted to Standard Slayers, and I would request that other novice Slayers who will put themselves forward be sent to me. We need more novice Slayers moved forward, and Jorge, Julius, and Cosette have proven themselves by helping to save The Citadel, if nothing else.
I look forward to your judgement on the matter, fellows of the hierarchy.
-High Priest, Novy Poradie