Chapter 4: Old Wounds & New Battles

Thirty-seven walks out of her room clutching the towel, and heads down the hallway After following her a while she leads us to the room with the three doors in the middle of it. This time she opens the center door and disappears into the darkness. After following her we enter a grand cathedral, however all the pews have been overturned, and shoved against the walls. There are many signs of battle taking place in this room. Thirty-seven quickly steps behind one of the damaged pillars that has collapsed.

Thirty-seven: “Hurry, someone is coming.”

After following her behind the pillar we watch as a group of six people enter the cathedral. The two in front are both wearing heavy full plate armor with helmets one carrying a massive sword the other has a sword and shield. Behind them, two more are in lighter armor and you can see their faces these two are both males one has a bow and is wearing leather armor, the other has a chainmail armor with a sword in both hands. The last two at the back are females in robes, one carrying a staff, the other empty-handed.

Man 1: “Well this seems like a good place to stop to eat lunch. Navi fix us some food.” says one of the men in the full plate armor. He then pulls one of the pews over to the center of the room and sits down on it taking his helmet off. The young woman with nothing in her hands moves quickly after the guy spoke and pulls some things from her backpack, then starts a fire in the middle of the cathedral floor.

The other person speaks with a scratchy but feminine voice as she takes off her helmet and speaks. “I told you to lay off of her. You have been useless and just been getting in my way all day. Next time I think we will just leave you behind.” The woman is by no stretch of imagination beautiful but she has some charm with her short light colored hair she sits next to the man and then talks to the others. “I think we got a pretty good haul today, after lunch you think we should start heading back? I don’t think I can put up with Nick’s excessive whining for much longer.”

The man in chainmail speak while both him and the other light armored man sit on either side of the young woman with the staff. “I know my pack is starting to get full but it would be a shame to head out after making it this far in. Maybe we should sort through we have collected and ditch some of the more useless stuff, or we could just use Nick as a pack mule.”

the guy in the heavy armor speaks again. “You keep saying that, James and I will leave the next troll that thinks your some fair maiden alone and let him run off with you.”

James: “He didn’t think I was a maiden he could just smell Ann’s scent on me because of having to carry her across that rickety old bridge.”

The young woman with the staff: “I’m sorry.”

James: “Don’t worry about it, I was glad to be able to help.”

The group continues small talk while the young woman, Navi, cooks the meal. After finishing there food, the group packs up there things and they move out through the opposite door they entered from.

 “Well took them long enough. Was there really any reason to hide from them, though?” I ask Thirty seven but when I turn and look at her she is clutching the towel really tight and shaking all over. “Thirty-seven! Are you ok?”

she doesn’t say anything for a minute but eventually loosens her grip and stops shaking before speaking. “Yes I am fine now. That was a very close call. If the man in the light armor had been paying even a little bit more attention right now we would both be dead..”

Well they didn’t seem to scary, would they of really killed us just because they seen us? We don’t really look much different then them.”

Thirty-seven’s fear seems to have subsided but it looks like it is changing to anger. “Fine if you want to explain to humans how you have made it this far into a dungeon without any armor or weapons go right ahead I am heading back.”

Wait don’t leave me here.” I barely have time to jump through a door she summoned behind her as I land on to the floor. Thirty sever is already heading out of the room and back towards the bedrooms. Her emotionless face is back as she walks down the hallways. She won’t say another word to me all the way back even as she enters her own room and closes the door.

Well I guess I screwed that up, they honestly didn’t seem that bad. I head back to my room and just lay in bed till I drift off to sleep.

Falling asleep so early causes me to wake up in the middle of the night, with nothing to do I decide to check on my dungeon. Entering my dungeon I find all the goblins in the room sound asleep in a pile on the floor the only movement I see is the two blue slimes sliding around on the floor. I enter the dungeon core room and lay down on the cot while looking through all the screens. I finally drift off to sleep again and when I wake it is still dark. However Thirty-seven is standing right at the entrance of the dungeon clutching the towel. I get up off the cot and move back to the first room. “Good morning you are up early.”

Thirty-seven: “It is almost time for next attack I came to wake you.”

I take her wrist and pull her with me as I transfer back to the dungeon core room. “Well this time we are ready for them.” I pull over the chair from the desk and have Thirty seven sit down. I then stare at the screen waiting for the intruders to enter the dungeon.. Five minutes pass…Ten minutes pass and the intruders still haven’t shown up. “I thought you said the intruders where coming?”

Thirty-seven: “Yes, I was told to wake you one and a half hours before the attack to get you ready it has been sixteen minutes sense that time. The intruders will be here soon.”

Any tension building up in me is now lost as I sigh and plop down on the cot. “You think we will do ok today?”

Thirty-seven: “That has yet to be determined, it all depends on Madam Erin’s mood.”

Yes I guess so, I hope she is in a good mood. I don’t want her to clear me out and leave me defenseless the entire rest of the month.”

Time slowly ticks past as I ask Thirty-seven how much longer till the attack about every five minutes. Finally we get to the last few minutes and I start getting tense again. Then shortly after.

Intruders have entered the dungeon.

A group consisting of the same equipment as the day before come charging into the dungeon, the first spear kobold hits the pit trap at a dead run disappearing down inside. One of the sword and shield kobolds hits the tile switch as the other spear user helps the first out of the pit. With a loud click the wooden spikes launch out of the ground around the kobold, all the spikes miss but one, but it catches him right under the chin lifting him off the ground before the spike breaks and the kobold hits the ground dead. The last sword and shield kobold stands guard alone as the two spear kobolds are finally free of the pit. The two goblins wielding the rusty sword and shield both hit the kobold at the same time. One goblin takes a minor slash from the kobold, but they manage to take him out one taking his iron sword the other taking the shield. The goblin carrying the great sword hits one of the spear users in the back as the blue slimes drop from the ceiling landing on the other. The rest of the goblins charge the mage, but he gets his spell off first setting one of the spear goblins on fire. The goblin hits the floor and starts rolling around and the goblins pick off the last spear using kobold that is being attacked by the slimes.

Intruders neutralized

Acquired: 15XP, 2 torn leather armor, 2 iron spears, 1 mage robe, 1 wooden mage staff, 1 iron sword, 1 small iron shield, 1 rusty sword, 1 rusty shield.

Lost: Goblins suffered minor damage, one blue slime suffered minor damage, spike trap moderately damaged, one goblin suffered moderate damage.

Not bad, but I don’t know how long we can hold out.”

I quickly replace the mismatched sword and shield goblins so I now have three goblins with iron swords and shields, and two still with rusty swords and shields. I also instruct the injured goblin and another one of the goblins carrying a iron sword and shield the torn leather armor to wear. I collect the remaining equipment and clear out the kobold bodies before with [Menu] and just as the goblins get back into position I see.

Intruders entering dungeon.

These kobolds must of been from the set from day one because they jump over the pit as soon as they enter and move around the spike trap. The group consists of a rusty great sword wielding kobold, two with iron swords and shields, two with spears, and two mages. Quickly avoiding the traps they attack the goblins spear users first. The two goblins with swords shields and armor deflect the spears of the kobolds and charge in. The spear wielding goblins move in from the sides and try to take out the mages but sword and shield goblins block the path. The rusty sword and shield goblins charge into the spear using kobolds along with the other goblins. The final great sword wielding goblin moves in on the mages.

The kobold mages each in turn hit the blue slimes with fire spells as they try to slither across the battlefield to attack the spear kobolds. The great sword wielding kobold drops the iron equipped goblin that is not wearing armor and attempts to break the group up, but not before the remaining four sword and shield goblins take out the spear users. The goblins keep pushing the group of kobolds in as all the sword and shield goblins gang up on the great sword kobold. The great sword wielding Goblin manages to take out one of the mages while the spear using goblins hold off the sword and shield wielding kobolds. The great sword wielding kobold manages to take out both of the unarmored rusty sword and shield wielding goblins before finally falling to the remaining two armored goblins. The remaining mage tries to retreat but is caught by both slimes, and falls to the blade of the great sword wielding goblin. The spear wielding goblins finally kill the sword and shield kobolds when the two goblins with swords and shields pull their attention.

Intruders neutralized.

Battle results:

Acquired: 23XP 3 iron swords, 2 Iron spears, 2 wooden mage staves, 2 rusty swords, 3 iron shields, 2 rusty shields, 2 torn leather armor, 2 mage robes.

Lost: 3 goblin brutes, 2 goblin brutes severely injured, 1 goblin brute moderately injured, 2 blue slimes moderately injured.

One goblin brute has gained a level.

Well I would like to say that went well but we lost more then we gained, starting to collect few weapons though so maybe I won’t have to buy any more of them at least. To bad I wasted xp on equipment for the kobolds already. Oh well.”

I quickly gather the items, clean up the corpses, and give the two armors to the remaining unarmored goblins.

Thirty-seven: “Madam Erin said congratulations you have lived through the day. Only six more to go and she will grant you a award. She would also like to see you when you get done cleaning up the dungeon, and healing your monsters.”

Wait, heal them? How do I do that?”

Thirty-seven: “There are several ways to heal your dungeon monsters you can use xp to heal them, manually heal them with healing magic, use magic potions, or use first aid.”

I open [Menu] and there is indeed a new option to [Heal Monsters], [Repair Dungeon], or [Heal and All] I select the heal all and it brings up a window

Healingall within dungeon current cost: 13xp. Would you like do that now?

After saying yes Thirty-seven says. “If you plan on using xp to heal them you might want to wait till morning because the monsters natural healing will heal some damage overnight, sense we know for a fact your dungeon will not be attacked again till tomorrow.”

I sigh.  “ahh…Oh well lets go see Madam Erin now.” Thirty-seven and I leave the dungeon core room and exit the dungeon. Thirty-seven still leads me all the way to the throne room, bows to Madam Erin and myself, and then leaves from the room.

Madam Erin: “Not bad, that is more like it pup. However it does still seem like I was able to cause more damage then you where able to gain from the intruders so you still have a ways to go. Keep going like this and you are going to run out of xp. I don’t know if you decided to put all your defenses in the first room or if you had more planned but if you don’t step it up we will find out tomorrow.”

Thirty-seven enters the room again leading me back to my bedroom. Before entering my bedroom I ask her. “Is there any way I can gain some xp? We might be able to hold out for tomorrow but I am pretty sure we won’t make it the rest of the week.”

Thirty-seven: “At the moment your options are rather limited, but I would not worry to much. Madam Erin might have something planned for you in the next few days, so just try to hold out till then.”

Thirty-seven then walks off but instead of entering her room she walks past it, down the hallway then out of sight. I decide to enter the dungeon and try to come up with some kind of plan. I break the rusty swords, rusty shields, the extra mage robes and wooden mage staffs down , and barely only recover 11XP. I then summon two more goblin brutes and give them the iron swords and shields placing them in the first room with the rest. I then get a screen pop up.

Summoning at least fifteen Goblin brutes has unlocked the Hobgoblin

Hobgoblin:                               cost: 50xp

Well thats nice and all but won’t do me any good unless I can get some more xp I barely over 10xp as it is. Unable to do anything else I decide to just rest on the cot in the dungeon core room.

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