Still in the battle-torn and corpse strewn Vandertunt estate, the party moved through a few large rooms, searching for poor individuals in need of rescue from this carnage. Before long, the group ran into another blog of Bullywogs. These were accompanied by a moderately potent Bullywog Cleric, who ceaselessly burbled to his(her?) god and a Half-Orc Fighter.
Dimitri led the way, tearing into the Bullywogs, while their leader hid out of sight for a while. The Bullywogs didn’t put up much of a fight, and so some of the party swept into the room, even while it was still full of beasties. This allowed the Half-Orc to carve into the party at his whim, doing some notable damage to both Dimitri and the Cleric, who was surprised and not pleasantly so, by the strength of his enemy. Throughout tuhis, the Cleric did little but annoy people, and the group targeted him(her?) mercilessly. So the Bullywog Cleric was first to bite the dust, followed by most of the Bullywog Warriors. It took some more time, but before the battle became fatal for any of the Six, the party was able to subdue the Half-Orc into a surrender. And so Dimitri gleefully clapped manacles on his newest prisoner. The captive provided them with some info, mainly that there were more Bullywogs about (obviously), for sure some in the basement and they had a Rust Monster.
Mention of a Rust Monster turned the supposedly fearless Paladins into squeamish puddles of valiantly gutless scaredy-cats. So the Wizard, Bard, Cleric, and their newest allies who they had saved from the last blog of ’Wogs, led the group into the basement. They had shed all their metal equiment and were ready to fight a Rust Monster.
Nuati charmed the monster, but drew the attention of all the Bullywogs in the blog in the basement. They of course attacked the Bard on sight. The Rust Monster, despite being charmed, continued to mindlessly attempt to eat the forks and spoons stabbed into a prisoner while she hung suspended. The Bullywogs swarmed over and around the Bard, who became surrounded and called for help. Not the call to summon the metal-clad warriors hiding up the stairs, but to call the Wizard to send down a fireball., which the Wizard happily provided, singeing a few ’Wogs and crisping the rest.
While the rest of the not-well armoured group battled the Bullywogs who hadn’t burned up initially, Nuati skipped past the combatants and engaged the Rust Monster, not in a fight, but in a hug. Upon doing so, he realized that the monster had a leash, so he grabbed that instead. Once the Rust Monster was held, the Paladins were called down and they assisted in finishing off the blog and their much more powerful leader.
Despite his strength and accuracy, the grand Bullywog was unable to mortally wound any of the party before he was defeated, thankfully, though some dogs got killed pretty badly. Following the battle, the group freed the rest of the Jade Ravens and looted the bodies of the bad guys they had killed. They then spent a day resting up in town, Nuati identified some items and the group split some of the cool magical loot.
Gil got a belt of becoming really strong, which made Dimitri jealous. How Paladinly. And charitable. The Wizard got some slippers of wall-climbing — also neat. They began unloading their loot from the Sea Wyvern and sold most of the most mundane stuff they didn’t want— basic weapons, armor, and random junk they had acquired. But there remains more to be sold and a day of bureaucracy looms over the horizon once again!