Darius responded to Jet Lee’s challenge by spitting in his face. Everyone knows that spitting in one’s face is the universal sign for bring it on. Seeing as how the pit has no doors, the room guards marched down and not so gently pushed Darius into the pit. They also lowered a ladder so Bilba could exit. The ring announcer introduced the new set of fighters and the crowd rushed the bets maker to make their wagers. Switchman must not have had much faith in his friend, but he did not make any wagers. After the rules were announced, the two monks squared off in the ring.
The fight started with a dirty trick from Jet Lee. When Darius wasn’t looking, he scooped up a handful of dirt and threw it in Darius’ face. Fortunately, Darius raised his hand just in time to block the sand and keep his eyesight unhindered. He also responded with a flurry of blows and connected with a couple punches. Jet Lee changed his fighting style to defensive and attempted to dodge the next round of attacks. Darius, confident in his recent success, unleashed another combo of punches and kicks, but this time, all his attacks were deftly stepped away from. The momentum switched to Jet Lee who sensed his opportunity to display why they call him lightning fist. He wound up and focused his chi into his fist which crackled with electric energy and swung for the fences. Darius seen it coming a mile away and the attck not only missed, but caused Jet lee to lose his balance and fall down. (rolled a natural 1) the lightning hit the ground and created a small crater and glass formed in the center in the shape of his knuckles. Now prone, the fight switched back into Darius’ favor and he connected with a couple kicks to the lower back and wrist. Jet Lee rolled way and made it back to his feet. Darius pursued the attack, but perhaps was a little to anxious and he lost his footing and also fell down.
Seeing his friend at a big disadvantage, Switchman used the noise of the crowd to his advantage and cast command on Jet Lee. The command word was “Taunt” and it succeeded. Noone detected the spell being cast and it gave Darius a chance to get to his feet.
The crowd roared at the showmanship of Jet Lee and went crazy at the severe tounge lashing. Darius must have responded too as the two monks went back to beating the crap out of each other. Jet lee struck another blow to Darius, but it was nothing that the tough son of a gun couldn’t handle. Darius thought back to his early years to his old monastic master Mr. Norris. Darius unleashed his master’s signature move and dealt a roundhouse kick to the temple. (natural 20)
Jet Lee’s clock was cleaned and lost consciousness for a second in a stunning knockout. The crowd erupted in applause and bedlam. When Jet Lee’s head began to clear, he seen Darius on top of him with his fist cocked back for a finishing blow and asked if he conceded. Jet Lee had no choice but to concede. Jet Lee called for Bilba to throw him some manacles and informed the ring announcer that he was taking him for the bounty on his head on the mainland.
Before our heroes could exit the pit, their old friend Francis from the Freemasons and Captain Chuck from the Lockman’s guild hop into the pit. You could both sense a tension between them, but neither one made a move. Both men offered to give Darius 500 gp if he would release Jet Lee into their custody. Darius looked to his cloaked friend for guidance and he simply stepped forward, grapped the prisoner, and started to walk away. Noone tried to stop them, but Francis did give a second look thinking he was familiar.
They exited the pit via the ladder and the crowd was totally loving on Darius. Being the prideful person he is, he couldnt resist giving the crowd a little love too. He was announced as Darius One Punch! Who know how this new notoriety will be viewed by others?
Once outside, it was late – about 1 in the morning and they needed to keep thier bounty safe overnight. It was suggested that they find a guard station near the docks to hold him overnight and deliver him to Homar first thing in the morning. The guard at the docks agree to keep their prisoner provided they are gone by morning and no paperwork is needed. The night passes uneventfully. In the morning, the group heads to the docks and locates Homar and his animated suit of armor and proudly steps forward with their living bounty. Before they hand him over, Darius takes a second to ask Jet Lee where he got his tattoo. Jet Lee doesn’t immediately divulge any information, but eventually agrees to give them something. He says his friends brought him to a guy on Castlerock. They brought with them the scroll of shocking grasp and a bunch of gold. They asked which friend it was and he says he was in the pit before they took him away. Of course, Bilba wants his money and to get on with the exchange. Thinking quickly, Switchman tells Bilba that they negotiated a free healing with the bounty and directs the dwarf to the clerics hut. Now that the dwarf was gone, Homar has his giant servant take custody of Jet Lee and promptly pays out 900 gp to his bounty hunters. They each pocket 350 gp and give 200 to Bilba. As you all know he agree to split 700 equally, but understands that he didnt do much to help in the capture and was ok with his smaller share. Switchman did give him an additional 35 gp and parted ways on good terms. The cleric sent the heros back to Homar as he had a request for them.
Homar discussed a matter that he needed reliable men to perform for him. The Pirate “El Skippo”‘s ship was found on the docks. It was sailing under the name Albatrose which he recently learned was destroyed some time ago. They confiscated all valuable goods, but the captains quarters contained some notes that he found disturbing. He originally thought the pirate acted on his own to tunnel under the warehouse, but now knows that he was instructed to do so by someone known as Dum Dum Dugan. Homar asks that they track down and deal with whomever is behind this. Homar is well connected and has access to gold and magic items if they can help him with this. The hero’s agree and exit the hut to begin the search for Dum Dum.