We settled in for the third installment of the Descent campaign, the second half of the Plight of the Cardinal quest.
The objective this week was for the heroes to find the key and rescue the Cardinal. The Cardinal is immune to attacks from anyone but the faithful. However, the evil Lord Merrick Farrow was raising zombies of the faithful to do the attacks for him.
Tonight's crew was me (Mike) back as the Overlord, and Valerie, Chip, Brian, and newcomer Brandon as the heroes.
Then the Overlord made his move. He 'forgot' to attack the Cardinal for one round. The heroes got cocky and decided to take out some goblins ahead of rescuing the Cardinal. He seemed to be doing well on his own. But their rolling luck was about to run out.
Three of the five goblins dropped fast. But two survived and moved to block the entrance to the Cardinal's library. The heroes were unable to dispatch of them both. The door remained closed.
And then the Cardinal died, just before the heroes could bust in and save him. It all played perfectly into the Overlord's plan: let them think they are doing well, then bring the pain.
Brandon's rolls dried up. The Overlord's rolls were hitting for multiple damage per zombie.
Next week will start with everyone gaining new skills and weapons before the next quest begins.