John's light starts to grow dim. Something big flutters down from the ceiling. It went unnoticed at first, most likely due to it's coloration. Shivers of fear radiate through many of the heroes as they encounter their very first monster, and it is beyond belief. It looks like some sort of
flying octopus creature cloaked in ripples of shadow. It swoops down on Vicky, looking to pick off what it considers easy prey. It catches the heroes a bit offguard as it descends on them.
Vicky looks up with huge eyes at the strange thing hanging in the roof. 'We're supposed to fight that?' she thinks to herself.
A rush of confidence comes to her aid, from the part of her mind that was touched by the swirling chaos. 'Yes, this time I'm neither helpless nor alone,' she replies to her own question.
She gambles that the huge thing isn't going to 'land' as she moves underneath the creature. 'Can't reach the creature,' she quickly evalutes, 'but if it tries to reach us, I'll have something to hit in return.'
"If any of you know anything about this creature, let us know," she calls to the others, not too loud to avoid being deafened by the echoes.
Allyria lurches a little, unbelievably still nauseous from the stench of the previous room. "Darkmantle..." She murmurs weakly to Vicky. How did she recognize it? Maybe remembering some sort of monster manual she'd read back on Earth, or perhaps this is from the bard's encyclopedic knowledge. "Some sort of...aberration....hunts using some kind of echolocation..it should be sensitive to loud noise..."
She wiggles her nose a little, casting a minor spell at the monster that causes it to completely lose focus and bumble through her allies. She then moves to put a little more space between herself and the horrific beast.