Maplebuzz and Spinleaf watched as the trio of explorers approached the bullywug’s camp.
The two sprites had chattered incessantly during the trip, excited as they were to have some help defending their forests from the amphibious incursion.
“Do you think they’ll manage to do it Mayps?” Spinleaf asked, adjusting his tiny acorn helmet. He was girded for war. Outfitted in tiny bark armor, hardened nut helm, longsword and bow. Always ready for action, was valiant Spinleaf.
“I don’t know, Spinner my friend,” replied Maplebuzz, “They’re so much bigger than us it’s hard to tell.”
“But even so, that gnome and that halfling is still much smaller than the frog-folk. They might just gobble them up! But that halfling lass, she proved she is at least as hardy as Rumtungle, they way they drank each other to oblivion like that!”
Maplebuzz pointed at the alseid priestess, silently stalking forward through the forests underbrush.
“And the grove nymph there, she proved she’s fleeter a’ foot than spry Porto, trouncing him in their hoofrace.”
The sprite pointed at the third explorer, “And lastly, the gnome wizard. He showed he was as smart as the Wine Baron, solving that one’s riddles every time!”
“I’d guess these friendly folk are as good a group as any that we’ll find to help us out.”
Satisfied, Spinleaf flew up after Maplebuzz as they found a good treebranch to watch the confrontation play out.
“Oh no Mayps! That didn’t work out as planned at all! I’ve got to get down there and help them!” Spinleaf practically shook with fury looking down at the brave heroes crumpling under the bullywug’s onslaught.
“Careful Spinner, I don’t think there is much we can do right now. Those gross centipedes have paralyzed the Lady Sariel and Torin. They won’t be able to move one step for at least an hour or so, even if you did manage to distract the frog folk they won’t make it far. And the brave Fen, refusing to leave her friends behind… that bullywug is tying her up, even though she looks so lifeless. She must still be alive. I figure they probably want to question them first before they kill them.”
“If they do that,” mused Spinleaf, “they’ll learn that the satyrs sent them. The bullywugs will try to retaliate, but there is no way they’ll outwit the satyrs on their home turf. Still we’re probably going to get caught in the crossfire if we’re not careful.”
“I wonder if this wasn’t part of the Wine Baron’s plan,” wondered Maplebuzz, “The bullywugs here are now weakened, so they’ll likely leave back to where ever they came from with some hostages. Which means Cabra’uomo gets what he wants- the bullywugs gone, for a bit at least. And with those explorers captured, he won’t have to pay up on the rights to wood harvesting like he’d promised. That crafty Wine Baron wins no matter what!”
“It hardly seems fair,” grumbled Spinleaf, “these folk did everything what was asked of them. And didn’t really ask for much in return. Nothing they couldn’t just take anyway. Plus, that was a really fun party!”
“Agreed! We should do something about it.” The sprite Maplebuzz stood up and straightened his forest green tunic. “I’m guessing they came from Mad Xeto’s tower. I’ll see if I can send word there to any friends or guards they might have there. It’s a long flight, but these folk don’t have long. I’ll fly as fast as I can!”
“And I’ll sneak in as close as I can, and see if there is anything I can do to help!” Spinleaf readied his bow.
The two sprites, filled with grim determination, set their respective plans in motion.
WILL MAPLEBUZZ FIND HELP IN TIME?!?!?
WILL SPINLEAF FIND SOME WAY TO HELP THE CAPTURED HEROES?!?!?
WILL SARIEL, TORIN, AND FEN WIND UP SLAVES FOR THE FROG-KING, OR WORSE YET, END UP IN THE BULLYWUG’S COOKPOT?!?!?!?
TUNE IN NEXT SESSION FOR THE EXCITING CONTINUED ADVENTURES OF FORGED DESTINY!!!