The first chicken will ultimately be the least traumatized. Leo had to chase her around some, and also she bit him.
The second chicken was a total badass and was furiously pecking the rat holding her by the feet. When the rat started swiveling its ears around trying to figure out where Leo's sling bullet came from, the chicken bit one ear. The rat let go of the chicken. The chicken did not return the favour.
Another rat removed the chicken, and Leo took a sip of invisibility potion and swooped in to bag the chicken before the rat could hurt her (or, more likely, before she could strip the flesh off of it's tender little hands).
Then Leo engaged the rats in battle. While holding a chicken in a sack. He splattered the skull of one rat, but the other one lunged with a spear, missed, and ended up with his spear deeply buried in a tree. (We were in hysterics.) Unfortunately, my dice decided they hated me at that point. Fortunately, the rat didn't fare much better. There was a lot of misses, Leo hammered a tree and pissed off a squirrel, etc. Eventually Leo just let the rat run and went and put Chicken 2: The Peckening into her very own cage -- accidentally scary the daylights out of the donkey, due to being invisible. OOPS.
Leo: Next time, I'm not hanging onto the bag o' chicken if I can help it. Throws off my balance.
Invisible again, Leo returned to the giant-tree/cave entrance thing and explored in, following the sound of clucking. (Incidentally, if you are invisible and you're carrying a lit torch, the torch itself is invisible but the light is not. Which is good in that you can see, and also could be very useful for scaring people, faking a haunting, etc.)
Alas, the path to the chicken stash was guarded by a giant fire ferret. Leo almost died twice in this battle. On the bright side, it's much easier to bash something in the head if it's latched onto your leg and won't let go. He had to drink his healing potion (tastes of strawberries!) mid-fight just to survive, and he could have used another afterward. Erring on the side of caution, he went invisible again and limped his way into the burrow where the chickens were.
chickens: *cluck in fear and gaze in awe at the mobile source of light -- the sun had a baby and sent it to find us!*
Leo: *has torch*
The chickens were not the most interesting thing in the room, though. There was a ledge at the back overgrown with moss and fungi and other such things. The elven skeleton on the ledge was also overgrown. It had a very rusted dagger, which Leo took as proof (as a Cleric, he's not allowed to use sharp weapons). There was also a wooden chest which essentially disintegrated when Leo touched it. Fortunately, he found a flask of healing potion inside and immediately downed it. Also some elven chainmail (wrapped in what proved to be some very fine purple elven linen, once washed), a stash of elven money, a couple of scrolls, and what would prove to be a magic ring.
And then the skeleton got up.
And once again, Leo's attempt to Turn Undead did not work. (I rolled pretty close, though, so I hope he felt like he was almost getting it right). He didn't have any holy water on him -- an oversight I intend to correct before next session -- so he whacked/squished it to pieces with his hammer.
Leo: Ew. *wrinkle nose*
Leaving, he came across two more rat people, one of whom was the one he'd let escape before (I think?). He would have just snuck past them, as much as an invisible dude in a forest, wearing armour and carrying a sack with two chickens and some chainmail in it can sneak -- except one of them was wearing a shrunken head on a necklace. Leo's not cool with that.
This time, he hid the chickens before starting a fight.
He managed to splatter the shrunken-head-wearing one's skull open, and he other rat just ran the fuck away.
Leo and Jack took the chickens back into the village with greater speed than it had been possible to coax the donkey into the woods in the first place, and Farmer Billy was very happy. Unwilling to shake Leo's brains-and-miscellaneous-gore-splattered hand, but happy. Leo is assured of a lifetime supply of eggs. He made sure to point out the violent hen, in case she takes sick from consuming rat-person-flesh, and then he had a beer, took a long bath, and told his story.
The villagers were not pleased that the rats have taken to domesticating the fire ferrets, and were suitably impressed/grossed out by the shrunken head.
The only thing Leo set on fire this time was his torch.
Also! He is no longer an Acolyte! He leveled up, so now he his *fanfare* Leo the Adept. And you know what that means, aside from more hit points? SPELLS, BABY! 8D