Don’t blame the healer


It took a little doing, but eventually I got the DPS kids to fill in the rest of what had gone down after they’d sealed themselves in the cave. (I’m not going to stick Gurtash with having to do comic panels for every last word of it when we can just exposition our way over it, because seriously, that would burn through a TON of paper, and there’s only so much Ashenvale lumber on hand.) (For now.)

Like Gurtash and Giska were saying last time, they encountered saurok – multiple packs of them, actually – and did their best to fight them off while fleeing deeper into the caverns. By the time the saurok gave up pursuit, the kids were pretty far underground…and one fewer in number. Lok’osh – another orphan that Gurtash knew from Matron Battlewail’s place – got hacked up pretty badly in the fight, and while the rest of the kids managed to get him out of there with them, his injuries turned out to be too much for him.

He was a good kid. Quiet, but I guess that comes with being a rogue. I was maybe going to introduce him to Garona one day, except for the fact that, you know, who needs to be subjected to that, right? So maybe not. Anyway, moot point now. Unfortunately.

I decided to have the kids check our perimeter while I figured out our next move. There were two ways into the small chamber where they’d set up camp, and I’d just used one of them a short while before, so we knew that one was clear. So I had the batch of them chain their way down the other passageway to scout as far as they could. Standard procedure in unfamiliar territory, when you have limited numbers and want to play it conservative – one of them plants themselves in the passage, within sight of me, then the others spread out while going further. Each one in the chain goes as far as they can while still maintaining line of sight with the person before them. This way you cover the widest range, without anybody ever being in a position where the cavalry can’t be called in within ten seconds. Plus it would be giving them something to do to get their minds off Lok’osh and feel like they’re helping.






Korrina couldn’t get close enough to get a good look – I’m sure she would have tried, if they all weren’t under orders not to try to be a hero – but she was pretty sure she could see shadows moving further down the tunnel, and something seemed to be making some noise. I rounded the trainees up in the passageway and had them chain behind me while I went down to check it out – not even for the sake of them backing me up, really (spirits help me if I ever wind up needing the kids to save my ass), but mostly so they could call me back if something snuck up behind them. No surprise to anyone, Gurtash made a point of making himself the last link in the chain to me. As the passage started to widen into another room, I reminded him to keep me in sight, but also told him in no uncertain terms to stay back, no matter what. And down I went.

So…yeah, hold on to your hats for this one.


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July 26, 2013 6:00 pm

Dun dun DUNNNNNNN~!!!

Not going quite like I expected — but the arc isn’t over yet…

July 26, 2013 7:31 pm

Poor Reukie! She did the best she could. Sometimes even the best of healers can’t save someone. *sniff*

July 26, 2013 7:36 pm

Never, EVER blame the healer. Or I will Hammer you. Wrathfully. Or the guy you roped into standing between you and the baddies (me, it usually seems), but that’s an issue for another time.

Also, what the blazes is he doing down there, and why is he sneaking off alone? Does Anduin have all of his bodyguards now?

July 26, 2013 10:56 pm
Reply to  Vyrin

Nah. I hear through da grapevine dat kid be always mind-controlling dem, so who’d want bumbling bodyguards dat can’t keep their heads?

Methinks Wrynn Sr. took a tumble and landed on his royal rear. =P

July 27, 2013 1:44 am
Reply to  Alayea

He mind-controlled the SI-7 lads sent after him, but I ran into him up in the Tavern in the Mists with a couple of my friends. He had bodyguards, but he also had a cast and crutch. Kinda needs them.

July 27, 2013 4:01 pm
Reply to  Alayea

@Vyrin: Ya, havin’ bones broken does that to ya. For dem humans, anyway.

July 27, 2013 8:51 pm
Reply to  Alayea

Oh, and both of them are probably going to be so reasonable, seeing they’re both mad about what happened to their kid(s).

July 26, 2013 7:46 pm

Its not fair that such an exciting cliffhanger comes after such tragic events… I want to be all “RAH RAH FUCK ‘EM UP, GARROSH!” but, well, Lok’osh and all…

Rakael Paladin (@RakaelWhispers)
July 28, 2013 9:02 pm

No words…just funny squee sounds.