The pillared hall is a charnel house, Riki and Cale take a short breather as Davus examines the huge rusted iron gateway. The only sound is the low moans as goblins and wolves fade from this life. Brahms has stopped singing and moves from body to body looting coins.
The iron door is huge and scorched… this gives all concern particularly Davus. The sudden sound of the openning cords of … “Have an extra plus two and a change of underware” from Brahms is the signal for Davus to get out the blaggin kit and try and jemmy the door.
Several minute later after much swearing and at least 3 encores from Brahms, Davus admits defeat…. Riki and Cale debate the merits of the “Warriors lockpick” but decide that it would take to long and might involve a dousing in burning oil if those nozles above the door are armed.
In a few minutes a plan is hatched….to attempt to trick the goblins into oppening the door to help their comrades pursue the defeated adventurers….
The low thrum and bark of goblin mob chanting can be heard beyond the door in a room which our heroes recall is surrounded by a fortified gallery with a ramp to access the dungeon complex proper within.
Riki and Cale hide to the sides of the door with weapons ready and visors down… Zylia, Davus hide down the hall behind pillars … rufus sits next to xylia hoping for a scobbie snack.
The ruse works well… Brahms delivers a convincing goblin impression, helped by some quite good dying human sound effects from Davus (He has had plenty of practical experience and knows how it goes).
The goblins open the gate and peer out, they do not rush out as planned and rufus is spotted straight away, however some adlib and impromtu additions to the plan by Xylia who proceeds to run away like right girl shouting “it the wolf… its the wolf” was sufficient distraction and confussion for Davus to step from cover and hurl the long awaited fireball into the door area as Riki and Cale rush the door…
Cale has just enough time to duck back as flame flashes back into the hall, Riki’s head is bathed in flame but he presses on with much swearing and wisps of smoke escaping from his helm and armour joints.
The whole company surges forward to the doors behind the armoured point… all to the sound track of Brahms and his lute but his voice is masked by the taunts and jeers of whatever mans the galleries beyond.
Cale and Riki rush into the courtyard like Butch Casidy and the Sundance Kid …. every goblin is poised with javalin and greek fire pot …. these goblin mexicans have also got a couple giants in support (which is a major deviation from the original screen play) who proceed to hurl full barrels of oil at the two amigos …. Cale says “Tempus sheild me from the fires of my Foes” … Riki saye “Eh…?”
The rest of the party slide to a stop as ahead of them is a forest of javalins and a roaring pool of fire… the amigos are not hit head on but are on fire as they rush on leaving a smoke trail behind them. Riki rushes the ramp flailing at the goblins defending it but slips and slides back down the slope still roaring in pain as the fire licks around his armour. Cale stops to call down devine A&E for his commrade …. as he looks up a rock hurled by a giant takes him full in the chest, crushing armour, flesh and punching his armour through his ribs (He considers that Tempus may have an each way bet on this one ….but what a way to go), he crawls to the relative safety of the far side of the ramp.
In a desperate rage Riki staggers up the ramp throwing his great hammer at the enemy as he smolders at them in defiance ….. the javalins and rocks in response fly wide.
This buys the re-enforcements time to negotiate the burning oil and start to retaliate …. the galleries are blasted with fire, lightning and sonic distuption as the companies casters lay down everything they have got. Its another masacre with goblins falling by the score leaving many dazed … and although more come forward to replace the fallen at the command of their leader the numbers and pressure lessens. Rikii and Cale use the few seconds respite to recover composure, weapons and health to renew the fight…
The goblin commander yels at his troops to X@%*^ them casters and rushes the ramp held by Riki half way down. The giants leap down… one is floored by Cale with an axe blow to the neck as he rises from the jump …. the other buldozes past Riki with minor wounds to attack Xylia, Davus and Brahms.. Rufus licks his Bolox and prepares to do his thing.
To Be continued….