The Wanton Imp

Boys Will Be Boys…

ROUS are not fun...

After the tussle with the swarms of rats, our group continues to survey the tunnels and hear voices in the distance. A gate trap in one of the rooms carved out of the tunnel walls has a captured a couple of rats of a different sort in the form of two street urchin, plus an odd surprise for our group. This gat trap is similar to a trapped room the group was in earlier so it is quick work to get the boys out. The boys were not willing to talk much but after some coaxing, and failed escape attempts, the boys informed the group that the thieves’ guild ran these tunnels and they were just here to pilfer some of the guilds goods.

A small whimpering could be heard in the back of the room. It was what seemed, at first, to be a small boy. After a bit of enticing to get the child out of it’s hidey hole, the group finds that this is in fact a humanoid rat child. It seems the he followed the boys and being smaller than them they had beat him up. Our hunter gives the boy a silver coin to test if he is a were-rat but the boy passe3s the test. His name is Timmins and he leads the party further into the tunnel. Near the cave exit Timmins shows them the back entrance to the warren of his people. The gnome monk, being the only one small enough, walks the boy the rest of the way home. After getting Timmins back to his family, Skret (Timmins’ father) and Whisker (one of the town protectors) follow back to than the party. Some quick negotiations and trade of information it is confirmed that the tunnels are one of the store areas for the Grinning Ogre thieves’ guild and that another group of Ratkin (skret’s true race) also live in tunnels under Ecron’s Gate. The other Ratkin that Skret will only refer to as Takers are not pleasant folk to begin with and have been acting even more strangely for the last month or so. Thanking him for his information the party said their goodbyes and decided to continue searching the tunnels.

After leaving the Ratkin and heading back for a different tunnel that forked off, the party is ambushed by eight ROUSes (giant rats). It was a hard fought battle as the rogue was felled by two of the beasts in the opening attack. The monk fought hard before he too went down. The giant rats soon learned that blade and axe is more than a match for teeth and claw. One hapless rat that thought the mage would be a safer target, learned that a bite on a blood means a mouth full of acid. A quick application of bandages and works from a healer’s kit stabilized the two downed members and the party works it’s way back to the vintner’s cellar to wait out the rest of the night.

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