As Thwip shouts to Eabd, he steps back and snaps off a shot into the Thing in front of him. Although the creature does not fall, the bullet slamming into its chest appears to have distracted it enough that its grasping claws fail to reach the frantic goblin.
As he does so, Hawk spins to confront the Thing threatening to launch itself at Thwip from behind. Thrusting his spear, he forces the snarling creature to leap back.
Back in the side corridor, Aronn steps forward and raises his staff. Dark energy flows from the tip, wrapping itself around the Thing grappling Ranar. However, beyond the visual effect, no other impact is apparent.
Responding to Thwip’s cry, Eabd races forwards, aiming a shield rush at the nearest Thing. However, his charge is diverted at the last moment, as he turns his shield to deflect a Thing that was charging as well.
Nearby, Ranar frantically contorts his wrist in an effort to chop at the back of his grappler, while Jibril swings desperately as he rises to his knees.
While Ranar fails to connect, Jibril does not; the new blade is sweet in his hand and his Tulwar cuts deep, almost slicing the Thing in half. The wound would have dropped any normal man; although the Thing is visibly staggered, it does not fall. Instead, it claws at the kneeling rogue, leaving his chest a mess of bleeding scratches, while the other Thing wraps its arms around Jibril in a grapple.
In the corridor, Nic’s rapier slashes at the Thing that was charged by Eabd. His blade whips home cleanly, dealing a similar amount of damage to Jibril’s strike. Again, the Thing staggers but does not fall.
In his efforts to free his axe, Ranar paid insufficient attention to maintaining his balance. With a sudden shift of weight, the Thing knocks him to the ground. Charging up the stairs past the fallen dwarf, another Thing unsuccessfully claws at de Courcy.
Meanwhile, the Things continue to press around Hawk. As a pair of them lunge at him, he retreats and raises his shield to defend. However, there are too many attackers to block them all; the claws get through, leaving blood in their wake.
The sound of rushing water continues in the background.
Nic is under Thing 4, Eabd is under Thing 8, Ranar is under Thing 1, Thwip is under Thing 2, Jibril is under Thing 7 (so is Thing 3), there’s a Thing under Hawk. Hawk lost 1HP to scratching, Jibril lost another 1HP on top of the five he lost in the shoulder charge. Thing 2 is the one Thwip shot, Things 3 and 4 are the ones Nic and Jibril sliced up. Jibril is kneeling but grappled, Ranar is lying on his back, still grappled by Thing 1