My Wednesday night Volant IRC game went off wonderfully, The bat riders of The Raft had captured one of the NPCs in an engagement which left Aelia unconscious, though her bird got her away and back to the camp. They suspected they had taken the prisoner to one of their camps - this one on a fragment, with tents and a hastily built log bat barn - that Tyss and Karvan had sighted.
They selected Karvan and Lorah to
sneak in and free the captive Farise, giving them invisibility potions.
Peerless Leader Roy would throw fire bundles on the roof of the bat
barn, while Tyss and Aelia distracted the batriders. Vegred would stay
behind and guard the camp and pack birds.
Karvan and Lorah rode in low, barely over treetop level, while Roy,
Tyss and Aelia came in very high. They sighted two sentries - huge two
man bats with a pilot and a crossbowman in back. Roy dived right between
them on Oundateka, his Maribou Stork, while Aelia and Tyss each dove on
the guard bats, taking out the pilots in each case. One raced away,
without a controlling hand, while the other dove after Oundateka with a
Roy tossed fire bundles onto the roof of the bat barn
as he zoomed past. The roof blossomed with flame as the the pursuing bat
flew over. screeching to wake the devil. Men piled out of their tents
and ran to save the bat barn. Roy did a wingover and flew back over the
barn and away, tossing on more fire bundles as he went, the pilotless
Meanwhile, Karvan and Lorah flew up from
underneath the fragment and came over the lip of the fragment, draining
their vials of invisibility potion. The dove off their birds as they
went over the lip, but Karvan landed badly, spraining an ankle and arm
in the fall, and getting cut up. Lorah and he found each other, not easy
when you are invisible, and - hand in hand for safety - slipped into
the enemy camp.
Tyss was magnificent as she used her bow to deny
the batriders access to the burning bat barn, now filled with screaming,
panicking bats. Despite having little skill with the bow, she used a
maneuver most effectively, and drove them into cover. Aelia tried to
toss more fire bundles onto the roof, but failed - Aelia having the
coordination of a drunken bear.
Karvan and Lorah slit the fabric
of a large, guarded tent at the rear, and slipped inside, but there was a
guard there, along with five naked, trussed up, and gagged women, one
of which was Farise. The guard did not see the invisible two slip in,
but saw the slits appear in the back wall, and was ready. Lorah loudly
whispered to Farise, attracting the guard's attention, while Karvan used
a side kick maneuver to bring him down. Lorah took out the guard at the
front with a sneak attack, while Karvan decided to rescue all the
The bat who had pursued Roy returned. The Bowman had
managed to crawl into the forward saddle and get control. He was diving
on Tyss and her raven Bertok, when Aelia and Rinne slammed into him and killed him.
bats in the burning barn were screaming, and smashing themselves
against the door and walls trying to get out, as the bat riders finally
worked around through cover to free them. When they opened the door,
though, the fire-maddened bats just burst out and flew away. Three
riders were all that were able to swing themselves on board a bat,
bareback, and go after Tyss.
Tyss, however, was riding Bertok, a
raven, who was smarter, faster, and could fly higher than the bats.
Together they led the bats a merry chase as the remaining bat riders
tried to put out the burning barn. Meanwhile Aelia landed with Rinne,
her woodpecker, and carried off two of the women with her, Rinne being a
big, hearty bird. Karvan and Lorah took the other women and they dove
off the fragment and away.