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After Thwip falls, the guard once again spins its back to the wall, moving into the corner next to the door. As it does so, it thrusts at Jibril. Although the lithe Wazifi attempts to avoid the blow, he also proves unable to evade the deadly swordsman. As with Thwip, the blade passes clean through his chest, leaving him shocked and staggering.
Ranar follows the guard’s move, continuing to bash away with his hammer. However, he continues to fail to penetrate the guard’s excellent defences, as his blow is turned by an elegant parry.
Showing the caution of an experienced warrior, de Courcy steps back to evaluate his foe. As he does so, Jibril collapses to the ground, and Hawk continues to shout over the din of battle.
Meanwhile, Aronn presses forwards into the room, swinging slowly and clumsily at the guard with his magic-infused staff. However, blows as crude as this have almost no chance of getting through; the guard casually deflects the blow with his shield.
Jibril dealt with, the guard turns its attention to Ranar. A ferocious strike comes scything down as the dwarf presses forwards; although he lifts his shield to defend, it is not quite in time. His extensive armour prevents the blade from splitting him from shoulder to pelvis, but the mere force of the blow is enough to audibly crunch into Ranar’s bones.
Ignoring the pain, Ranar continues forwards and attempts to grapple, swinging his pick behind the guard’s legs in a wrap shot. However, even Ranar is not immune to pain; the shock of his injury slows him down, and the guard skips aside from his questing grasp.
As Nic continues his surveillance, Hawk continues his speech. Meanwhile, Aronn tries another futile swing, once more casually swatted aside by the guard. However, Aronn’s persistence has drawn the guard’s attention; after skipping around Ranar, it once again extends into a lunge, this time with the elvish invalid as its target. The blade sinks home once more, instantly dropping Aronn to the ground.
Enraged by his dismissal, Ranar spins and swings again. Once more, the guard deflects his strike with textbook elegance.
Deciding that time was running short, de Courcy steps forward to act. Feinting towards the guard’s visor, he quietly exults as the guard’s balance is clearly thrown off.
However, before he can follow up his feint, the guard once again brings its long blade crashing down onto Ranar’s shoulder. Although the edge once again fails to penetrate Ranar’s mail and plates, the impact is even stronger this time; it seems certain to have broken at least a collarbone. Although the dwarven warrior does not fall, he is visibly battered by the strike; his blow in return is perfunctory, never coming close to the target.
Loosing a battle cry, Nic takes his chance. Swinging with all his might, he aims a blow at the guards leg, from an angle newly exposed by his preceding feint. Finally, one of you manages to defeat the guard’s defences: Nic’s rapier goes in cleanly, striking with a resounding crash against the guard’s leg armour.
Where it fails to penetrate, although it does leave a visible scratch.
(PLAYER CUE: you’ve now had time to absorb Hawk’s statement. Nic, Hawk and Ranar (barely) are still on their feet; Thwip, Jibril and Aronn are KO’d)