On the 8th of June, Year 5, some more experienced adventurers venture out to eradicate the giant spider threat East of Iron Fields once and for all:
- Rovert (TrS): Level 9 Human Necromancer
- Dohasan: Level 3 Druid Henchman
- Drej: Level 4 Psuedodragon Familiar
- Elf Eater Skeleton (Level 5)
- Mutated Elf Eater Zombie (Level 8)
- Conan (MiM): Level 6 Elf Vampire Magic-user (Fire)
- Scar: Level 4 Hawk Familiar
- Mark (JaH): Level 2 Halfling Thief
Like the group from the week before, they make camp in Iron Fields that night, but this time without the incidents that ended the expedition the week before. In the morning, they set out into the woods. With Dohasan leading the way and finding paths, they make good progress through the thickening thicket, encountering no spiders until they see webs ahead.
Rovert throws a rock into a web and spiders the size of dinner plates swarm out from all around them, about a dozen. While Rovert’s wolves hold most of them up in the front, Mark slays the couple that crept in from behind. The battle ends quickly, with Conan the only one bitten (and immune to their poison) and all other damage from the back splash of Rovert’s death burst.
They continue on, finding paths through the webs until more large webs present themselves. Here they again provoke an attack and in addition to several large spiders like they saw before, two spiders larger than Dohasan charge from the front. These are again handled with little trouble as the wolves engage the massive spiders and spells bring them down.
Now as they continue, Dohasan and Conan get glimpses of the massive spiders keeping their distance and soon the webs and underbrush become dense enough that they find themselves cutting through webs. While cutting through one web, five of the massive spiders strike. The ensuing battle is rough. The zombie wolf, guarding the rear, is torn apart by two of the three spiders there, despite Mark and Conan killing one. It goes on to bring down Dohasan, webbed by the spiders climbing the webs in the front. After healing Dohasan, they manage to slay them all and save the skeleton wolf.
While they cut themselves free of the webs and harvest more spider poison and legs, they see a gargantuan spider, possibly 40 feet tall, moving in the forest ahead. They send Drej and Scar to see and find a clearing where a spider taller than some of the trees is stirring in the midst of a dome of webs, spiders of all sizes swarming over the dome and starting to move toward them. They retreat in haste, Conan in bat form, Rovert riding his remaining wolf (and sending an undead spider to slow the attackers), and Dohasan taking bear form to shake his battle fatigue and carry Mark.
They spend the night in Iron Fields again, seeing no sign of spiders following them that far. In the morning, they visit Jacob Pharoe’s manor where they sell the spider legs they collected. They let slip about the massive spider and he resolves to gather a group and lead them himself to deal with what they term the Queen. After all, he’s even more of an adventurer than Verdis…
Tomorrow the players are planning on hitting this again, hopefully with a larger party and hopefully before Jacob Pharoe can beat them to it.