Allyria is surprised by the strange rats, and feels her stomach turn in knots at seeing their protruding bones. "Gross, gross gross...this whole dungeon is just gross.." She decides, before running in to help Vicky. Using her newfound psionic abilities, she slashes forward with her sword, projecting a burst of energy. She then focuses her will on the rat in front of her, challenging it to bite her.
'More rats?' Vicky mentally shudders. 'Whoever wades in there will surely eat teeth...' She glances back at the others. '... I might have gone mental at some point,' she suggests to herself as she moves up to the bunch of rats. Six swift steps is all it takes to stand face-to-face with them -- or perhaps foot-to-face. Vicky raises her sword and ... braces herself for the swarm of teeth.
After John recovers from the shake and the noise he heard he knew right away there were more rats. 'This place is infected with rats,' as John walks around the corner and sees Vicky ready for battle. 'Big ones this time,' John draws his sword and raises his hand out in front of him to use his psychic attack against one of the rats. His attack hits one of the large vermin and when it is finished, it can no longer see Vicky... at least for the moment.
Jack curses under his breath as he scrambles back onto his feet, then rushes up to help Vicky. Jack Fox stumbles a bit as he unleashes his dragon's breath on the rats. Though he hits most of his targets, he finds he has stumbled into a slightly different position than he had originally planned.
Grumbling under his breath, Jared climbs to his feet, and then scampers up to the corner. "Oh... I wonder why they have bones through their skin like that... it can't be comfortable." With his eyes watering due to the dust, Jared raises his rod and shadows, almost hidden in the depths of the dust, stream towards the rats. Two of the rats are hit out of the bunch, and pushed away from most of the others.
Allyria is surprised by the strange rats, and feels her stomach turn in knots at seeing their protruding bones. "Gross, gross gross... this whole dungeon is just gross.." She decides, before running in to help Vicky. Using her newfound psionic abilities, she slashes forward with her sword, projecting a burst of energy. The rat avoids the force spike that blasts from her sword with ease. She then focuses her will on the dexterous rat in front of her, challenging it to bite her.
Guan Yu rushes forward looking for an opening. Vicky and Allyria are doing a good job blocking the rats from moving very far, but he still finds an opening. He charges at the rat that avoided Allyria's attack, but meets with similar results. He scoffs at his miss just as the rats begin to rally against the heroes.
fourth rat decides to attack Jack instead. It bites at the dragonborn paladin, but has the same result as it's earlier brethren. Since it did not attack Vicky, she evokes the wrath of nature. spectral vine materialize and they grasp the rodent, pulling it
When they fought the darkmantle, the group had been being watched by a powerful demon from the level of hell known as Avernus. It had thrown up volcanic rock to add to the worry and woe of the heroes. Now they are being watched by something more devilish... something from a much deeper level... the last level... Nessus. The demon from Nessus quickly flashes a glimpse of terror into the minds of the heroes. For one terrifying moment they are shown a glimpse of the Labyrinth of Nessus. Its red walls are made of spinning trellises covered in hooks and spikes. Each has collected an army of dead, gory bodies like flypaper. The images tear through the group wracking them with psychological
stunnedThe images are horrifying and will surely haunt them for the rest of their life... if they have much left.
Dire Rat 6
rat charges up to attack it's prey. Unlike another of the rat's it can see Vicky just fine. Having to weave through and around some of the other rats leaves it's attack ineffective. It misses it's target. Even a simple fight against horrid rats has been complicated by some outside source. They need to end this battle quickly or it will end them.
Although the demonic images strike Jared as hard as the others he brushes off the after-effects quickly... what's a demon down there, going to do to them up here... anyway, Jared can summon things to scare and frighten as well... with a little luagh he points his rod -
Vicky almost panics, overpowered by the rats and the sudden fearful vision. 'No, not again,' she steels herself. She draws at all the voices at once, restoring some of both her own and Jack's resilience. With an extraordinary effort, she releases a burst of spirits at the closest rats, attempting to trap them close to her. Most of her attacks miss, but at least one connects successfully.