As Styg approaches the stuck door, he hears John down the hallway encouraging Jared to sing or hum again. He can't help but reflect back to the constant abuse he received from the revenant for his own talking while venturing down the tunnels. He wonders why it is suddenly acceptable for Jared to purposely cause a ruckus, but he wasn't allowed to even speak. Styg tests the door and notices that the wreckage in the room has wedged the door shut - the same conclusion ZhuGuan had come to.
Styg decides that brute force is what it is going to take. He had heard John mention something about the possibility of someone else hiding in the room, perhaps holding the door. It seems too solid for that, but that doesn't mean it isn't possible. He looks to Guan as if to say "prepare for the worst", but the large half-elf just rolls his eyes at Styg. He doesn't expect to find anyone or anything in the room. ZhuGuan Yu steps out of the way a bit so that Styg can give it a good and powerful shove.
Styg follows the door into the room as he pushes the restraining rubble out of the way. He looks around the large room. ZhuGuan waits, expecting a trap to go off or something large to eat Styg. Rubble and dust cover the floor of this room anywhere from ankle- to knee-deep. Movement in this room is not comfortable, easy or safe. This room also seems to have suffered greatly from the tremor the group felt earlier, or from tremors from before the group entered the dungeon.
ZhuGuan Yu is about to move back over to the door to look in and see if a grue has eaten Styg yet, but then he notices the door in the western wall open up all the way. On the other side of the door is a darkmantle. The lights grow dim, as is normal with these creatures, and Guan realizes that they are at least smart enough to push open a door that is already partially opened. Perhaps they are even smart enough to use their tentacles to manipulate a closed door... maybe that is the reason nearly all the doors in the region have been opened at least a little. He also can't help but notice that this darkmantle looks a little more muscular and tough than the last group did, but not as bad as the giant one that they had fought alongside Jack Fox. Perhaps this one has been eating better recently.
Then more start to flood out from the room, apparently attracted by the noise made when Styg forced open the door to the north. One flies out, getting close to Styg, Guan and Richard. It let's out a thunderous shriek. Richard is slightly resitant to it, but there seems to be an extra burst of necrotic energy that strikes him with the
|7 Damage, Dazed until the end of the Darkmantle's next turn.|
|5 Damage, Dazed until the end of the Darkmantle's next turn.|
|Darkmantle 4 will spend it's next standard action (next round) taking the total defense action, and until the end of it's next turn, all attacks that have the "fear" keyword are +4 to hit it.|
The other darkmantle toughs begin flying out of the room. Several of them move towards Guan and his group, while three others speed down the hallway towards John and Jared. The first one to get there screams out, but both men resist the sonic attack. Then another approaches and screams as well. While Jared is unaffected, John suffers from the
|6 Damage, Dazed until the end of the Darkmantle's next turn.|
The sudden shrieks alert Vicky and Turag to the sudden attacks. They know before they even see the creatures that the group is battling more darkmantles.