The Grimlock advances swiftly toward Ptolmek and swings his rusty dagger broadly across the haunty human's chest.
(NPC: Grimlock Attack Action Score 3 vs Ptolmek Melee Defense is 6 (5 DEX + 1 Breastplate). The attack was a miserable failure by the Grimlock.)
The bard returns to tell of his rune discovery, when he rounds the corner and noticed the unmistakable silhouette of a fierce looking Grimlock. Piker watches as his comrade Ptomlek approaches it cautiously.
Before drawing his dagger, Piker decides on a more diplomatic approach. Having been shocked out of his resting state, Blackbird stumble walks backward away from the creature, while he readies his bow with a single arrow from the quiver. He quickly takes aim and shoots!
Morcant turns away from the portcullis upon hearing the commotion. Morcant reacts to the conflict Blackbird has set into motion, by shouting "Arm yourselves!" With that he hurls a silver throwing dagger at the Grimlock.
Ptolmek hefts the mace high above his head and swings with the force of three men, smashing the creature before it even utters a growl of anger. Connecting with the Grimlock's shoulder, neck, and jaw - the entire configuration becomes maligned into a gruesome display of gore.
(OOC: Ptolmek, you will automatically respond with a counter attack based on your desired action - and the Grimlock's desire for a fleshy meal. Your Attack Action Score is 11 (10 STR + 1 Mace) vs Grimlock Defense 1. Successful Attack and 11 HP damage dealt to the creature. Please add 0:05 min to your Strength Ability Focus Time.)
(OOC: Failed Action Piker, the creature was dead before you could approach to begin your diplomatic attempt. Please add 0:15 min to your Diplomacy Skill and Charisma Ability Focus Times.)
(OOC: Failed Attack Blackbird, please add 0:15 min to your Dexterity Ability Focus Time. Because of the shocking fear you experience, you were unready to attack this creature. Backing away, equipping your bow, and loading an arrow only added to the difficulty of your maneuver.)
(OOC: Successful Action Morcant, however, the creature was dead as your dagger sailed through the air. That being said, the dagger buried itself into the falling shoulder of the deceased Grimlock as it descended to the floor. Please add 0:05 min to your Dexterity Ability Focus Time, for the ranged attack.)
The poorly loaded arrow goes errant and fires across the room. Ricocheting against the granite walls and ceiling the arrow firmly plants itself, nock and feathers vibrating with a twang, in the center of the map table.
The body of the Grimlock gurgles as gases and fluids seep from it's dead body. While this type of subterranean vile beast is expected in some crypts and caverns... the party collectively wonders how it wandered into the sealed ancient Vault. Further to that end, the party begins to compare notes on halls passed, doors left unopened, and chambers neglected in their pursuit toward the depth of Kas' Inner Sanctum.