It must be over, I saw it happen.
I saw him die, saw Telsin deliver the final blow.
I didn’t think this possible, but we finally defeated the Gnoll Fang. The day now feels like a dream. It was terrible, and I will never forget what happened, but none of it seems real. The ash and remnants of fire around me assure me that it was, but my mind wants to pretend this was all a story, that we will laugh about all this destruction and move on.
Somehow, we all survived. Well, by “we” I mean the small group that set out from Glissana, with the possible exception of Daevon, who we have not spoken to since leaving him in that tunnel. Still, it is a miracle that our small band survived at all.
We spent the morning doing final preparations, and around noon we were told that gnolls were approaching, and along with them a growing storm. We took this last moment of respite eating the magical feast we had discovered, trusting that its power would protect us somewhat.
And then, the gnolls arrived. It didn’t begin as a wave, like I’d imagined. They stood outside the gates, waiting for something, and then the elder, Shoyuen, strode out to meet Grimfang. Whatever happened out there, it ended with one of the elves we were protecting dead, and an army of gnolls charging inward.
We stuck to the plan, and defended our section of the village from the invaders. The first wave to break through the outer defenses was easily dispatched. It consisted only of some gnolls, a bunch of undead, and some winged snakes. Following on their heels, Forth arrived, bringing the aid of another whom I did not recognize.
The only real surprise from this were fireballs that were launched into the village from some distance away. They burned with a strange, almost purple flame, and seemed to suck life from the surrounding areas. Lucky went out to try to learn more about the source of these fires, and reported back that he had easily discovered they generated an anti-magic field, and had managed to escape and return with some difficulty. He wasn’t very forthcoming with details of his trip.
While he was gone, the next wave arrived. This time, it was a group of gnolls from behind, who must have managed to evade the other defense parties. As we were fighting them, Miranda and her cat Aseko, along with the Elf Alquin came to our aid. Miranda once again provided me with a magical trinket, this time a bow to wrap around my bow. She said it would help my arrows penetrate enemies’ defenses. Alquin was the real surprise, becoming very furry, large and definitely more intimidating than usual. I’ll have to ask him about that if I get a chance.
With those attackers dispatched, we had a short break before some real challenges showed up. This time, it was Cad Bane and his standard bearer leading a large group of gnolls. Lucky, arriving back just in time, managed to fly past and grab the banner from the gnoll holding it. Demonstrating the anti-magic properties of the flames that were now starting to engulf some of the elven buildings, Lucky tossed the banner in, destroying it completely.
Then several unexpected things happened. First, and most surprising, Kimya started to glow, and take on an appearance similar to the starry beast that visited us a few days ago. In this aspect, she was able to protect our allies from magical harm. I’ll see if I can train her to do that more. Then, Braxtol and his gang arrived, pursued by an ancient, flying gnoll and a small army of undead. Upon reaching us, they turned to fight, and with their aid, we were able to defeat the gnolls and the undead, but the flying one managed to escape.
After that, there was another brief period where we tended to our wounds, feeling that the worst would soon be upon us.
And we weren’t wrong. It wasn’t long before Grimfang, the necromancer from earlier, and the two lieutenants we’d met at the training grounds arrived. Before engaging, Grimfang ordered the necromancer to prepare the ritual, and he quickly departed. While this was worrying, we had more immediate matters to deal with.
Lucky managed to banish the half-demon quickly, leaving us with only Grimfang and one lieutenant, until another appeared from the shadows and joined the fight. At this point, the elf we had been protecting decided to join the fight. Wrexidor fought valiantly, but although we were able to defeat all the lieutenants, he was taken down by Grimfang and carried away.
We hurried after him, with the aid of the pegasus we pranked what seems like ages ago, and were able to confront him at a large bonfire which burned with the same purple as before. We could only watch as he threw the body of Wrexidor into the flames, which consumed him then dispersed.
After that, the pegasus and I managed to occupy the necromancer, preventing him from interfering with the main combat against Grimfang. Together, my allies were able to slowly wear down the gnoll leader, but it wasn’t until Telsin used the secret technique we had found that any real progress was made. And that technique was… interesting. It was certainly effective, but using it seemed to drain all energy from him. Thankfully, he had been warded against this situation, and he was able to remain standing, but it clearly had almost killed him.
After that, to no one’s great surprise, Telsin was struck down by a massive blow by Grimfang. By then, Caleb had managed to catch up, and he managed to restore Telsin somewhat.
With a speed and strength I can hardly believe, Telsin leapt from the ground, and delivered a series of powerful blows to our enemy, finally dragging him down.
After that, time seemed to return to normal. I hadn’t realized it during the combat, but this day has seemed to last weeks. Finally it is over, and we have defeated Grimfang, general of the gnoll army.