“It starts snowing.”
With those three words, my players pause then utter a collective expletive. In the previous session they found out that extreme weather heralds the arrival of new demons, and here they are battling just one to a standstill in a junkyard in the middle of nowhere.
Priority one becomes finishing the Neldrazu off, and fast. They’re 5th level and most of the players have burnt their best Dailies already. The demon is immobilized (thanks to Web) and bloodied. Now Web is a great spell if you want to stop a critter in it’s tracks, but it’s less useful if you then want to get up close and personal too – they end up Immobilised as well if they’re in the zone. Our two Fighters and Rogue don’t have much of a choice though so in they go. Daniel Giddens makes the mistake of taking front point, makes a great Sneak Attack but takes a shedload of damage in return for his trouble. Two rounds later though, and it’s over.
The Neldrazu drops and his remains dissolve into a watery puddle on the floor. They don’t get much time to think about that though as the snow is coming down at a tremendous rate. It’s already settling in some areas, and odd mounds are forming around the junkyard. Odd larger-than-human shaped mounds.
“Hit the snowmen!” Oscar shouts, and our heroes end up running ’round the junkyard making Perception checks and whacking at any pile of snow that looks like it might turn into a demon any time soon. One old filing cabinet takes a hefty critical from Caroline’s Spiked Chain, but many of the snowpiles collapse with an otherworldly shriek of fury.
One Neldrazu makes it to full form before they reach him. The demon erupts out of the snowpile straight at Annette Weber. This critter is Level 6, and weakened from it’s arrival from Hell – he starts Bloodied at 30hp until he gets time to rest up a while. Not that he’s going to get chance. It misses the attack. Oscar hits then Annette shoots off Burning Hands straight at him. I tell her that’s an extra 5 damage due to Vulnerability to Fire (but not why he’s vulnerable), and it does 20 in total.
The Neldrazu’s body explodes, and our heroes are showered….. with snow. Clues, more clues.
The only problem they’ve got now is that they’re snowed in, 3 miles from the nearest motel. Time to start walking.