The day started out bright and cheerful as Orshar led our group out to the Notch Fells. We traveled through the morning until we arrived at the Fells. This section of the forest was quite odd, there are trunks lying around that were clearly felled by lumberjacks of some kind, but no one has been here for at least a generation. It almost looks like this whole section of woods is stuck in time.
Orshar led us into the Fells, and Garavon noticed something white under a tree. As he stooped over to take a look, spiders dropped out of the trees upon us. I was completely taken by surprise by this attack. Before I could defend myself, I was bitten several times, and at least one of the spiders must have poisoned me, because I felt quite ill afterwards.
We quickly dispatched these spiders, and Garavon searched under the tree and found the bones of a long dead human, along with a rusty sickle and 20 gp. If I didn’t know better, I would have sworn these spiders planned to use the distraction of the bones to ambush us.
We continued through the Fells, and just as we were approaching the other side, 3 larger spiders dropped out of the trees and attacked us. Again, we quickly defeated this foe, with only slight damage to us. At this point I suggested we move out of the Fells to regroup, but the rest of the party wanted to head in further, so we went deeper into the forest.
As we got close to the center of the Fells, we began to notice that large spiders were all around us, and normal size spiders were coalescing into swarms. My dwarven barbarian friends decided it would be a good idea to through javelins at the spiders, and they attacked.
We quickly realized we were way over our heads and started to retreat. This went better for those of us in the back of the party than those in front. Izeo, Garvon, Darem and myself were easily able to outrun the spiders, but Orshar was swarmed by the swarms and Zorn was webbed by a spider. Garavon called upon his mystical powers and the plants and trees came alive to entangle the spiders, but unfortunately Orshar and Zorn were also caught up in it.
Darem must have noticed that his sister was in trouble because he turned around and ran back at the spiders to save her. Orshar managed to overcome her sickness and got away from the spiders, and Darem fled with her.
Zorn finally managed to slip free of his webbing and began his retreat, but just not in time. Just as he broke free, the other spiders caught up to him and brought him down. Zorn was cut down by the nature he tried to protect. Isn’t it ironic? Don’t you think?
As we were fleeing and I looked back to see Zorn go down, I swear I saw a very large tree, larger than the rest, that had an opening that led into the roots, very much like a cave.
On our way back out of the Fells, we ran right into a very large, very angry bear. Then the most amazing thing happened. Garavon stepped forward, and talked the bear into NOT attacking us. After that we were able to make our way safely to town.