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As Jibril works to release the door lock, Aronn steps forwards and brushes his hands over the heads of Ranar and de Courcy, leaving a moderate glow behind. As he does so, he quietly mutters something in Elvish.
As the lock clicks, Jibril steps back and Aronn retreats to the threshold of the anti-magic room, halting just outside. Behind him, Thwip aims his rifle at the door.
Lining up behind Ranar, the preoccupied mercenary ignores Hawk’s last question as he reaches over Ranar to slap Eabd on the shoulder. In response, the metal warrior releases his hold on the door, stepping back as the pounding of the Things sends it flying inwards.
Bringing his longsword down in a mighty two-handed blow, Eabd cleaves the first Thing in half, releasing the first of what are sure to be many starbursts. Fortunately, Eabd’s body shields the rest of you from the worst of the flash.
As Eabd steps forwards to follow his stroke, Ranar presses up to his right. He brings his axe down towards the second Thing, but his blow is defeated by the Thing’s speed, as it ducks under the axe and leaps towards him. Beside him, Nic moves to intercept, whipping the tip of his long rapier into the Thing’s side, leaving a deep gash as Jibril steps forwards to buttress Ranar.
Meanwhile, the Things press forwards. One attempts to grab Eabd’s sword, earning nothing but a near-dismembered arm in return. Another leaps at the metal warrior’s torso, both arms outstretched, but Eabd merely shifts his weight and watches it slide past.
Ranar’s opponent clutches at his axe arm, but the shock of de Courcy’s cut slows it such that the dwarf easily evades the grasp. The second Thing leaps in a more determined tackle, wrapping both arms around Ranar’s burly chest.
Shifting his aim to the successful grappler, de Courcy slices at Ranar’s foe. Carefully placing his blow to avoid striking his companion again, he carves a huge chunk from the Thing’s back. Taking advantage of the distraction, Ranar wrenches himself free.
Eabd brings his sword across in another scything stroke, aimed at the furthest of the visible Things. Uncharacteristically, the blow is wildly off target, passing over the Thing’s head and clanging loudly against the door frame.
Snaking his sword around the back, Jibril slices at the more battered of Ranar’s two opponents. His strategy succeeds, as the accumulated damage releases a flash and cloud of dust, forcing the dwarf to hurriedly shield his eyes.
The Thing that Eabd nearly disarmed again snatches at his weapon, but again Eabd whips the blade across in defence. Once more, the accumulated butchery releases a flash, as the third of the Things are downed.
Ranar’s remaining opponent snatches at his axe, but misses. Meanwhile, two Things leap at Eabd, who whips his sword across in the parry once more. The first Thing ducks beneath the blade, grasping hold of Eabd’s left arm. Nevertheless, the iron warrior continues his stroke without pause, releasing his grappled left to meet the second Thing with a one-handed parry that cuts it from hip to shoulder.
Seeing the threat, de Courcy leans in and cuts at the Thing hanging off Eabd’s left arm, delivering a moderate slice at the madly writhing target. Beside him, Ranar swings his axe down in a scraping motion before his chest, neatly bisecting the now ex-Thing that was standing there.
Eschewing the blade, Eabd slams the hilt of his longsword down upon the head of the Thing grappling his left arm. The pointed metal counterweight crunches cleanly through the Thing’s skull, penetrating well into its brain before it disappears in a puff of dust. Meanwhile, the final Thing is neatly dispatched by another of de Courcy’s surgical strokes.
As soon the last Thing falls, the fighters charge en masse down the hallway, pausing briefly to allow Ranar to regather his shield. Scrambling down the stairs into the ankle-deep water of the main hall, you just manage to clear the hallway entrance before another wave of Things appear from the darkness.