Wrap Up 1/26/18: Goblins, Guards, & The Gruggle

Goblins, Guards, & The Gruggle

Wrap up January 26, 2018, Entering the tower and defeating the Zombie Lord

Reconnaissance 1

  1. Bernardo sets the scene through his spyglass.
  2. Fenn flies around as an Owl.

Ambush the Scouting Party

  1. The party is caught in a giant murdering hobo dilemma. Having gained superiority over Goblins and Hobgoblins the simple solution is to just slaughter and question until you get the information you can and dispatch the remains.  This conflict in the group leads to poor planning and poor results. The group attempts to come up with non-lethal solutions, but doesn’t quite get there. All (each) -500 xp

Reconnaissance 2

  1. Bernardo disguises as a Goblin and checks out the huts and the caves.
  2. Invisible Thalmas checks the back of the tower.

Approaching the Camp & Entering the Stone Pillar

  1. Bernardo as Disguised Goblin with sanctuaried Kingsley, Fenn in Cloak of Orcishness, and Invisible Thalmas enter the stone pillar.
  2. Keomi dispatches the Goblins.
  3. Orm and Erick observe at a safe distance.

DM Note: This campaign was very clunky because of my inexperience with giving the players options. The result was exactly what was needed for the story line and very much in context with what the fact that a fraction of a Goblin Army lost and starving is truly is no threat to your current quest or the things you hold dear and protect. Many more clues should’ve been given, but the main missing piece of the puzzle was that the Goblins and Orcs at the back of the pillar had strict orders to keep anything from coming out of the cave, and if they were overwhelmed to raise the alarm.  The absurdity of a goblin on a rope going into the Gruggle pit followed by a dead goblin floating on it’s own into the pit was enough for them to let slide a few extra humans heading into what they imagined was certain death.

For advancing the storyline, for realizing the Gruggle was a huge threat (not jumping into the pit), and getting past the guards without raising an immediate alarm.  All (each) 3500 xp

The Cave Grell

  1. Bernardo see the first set of Tentacles and Kingsley reels him in.  Kingsley 50 xp
  2. Keomi climbs around the dome avoiding the Grell, but loses a rope.  Keomi 50 xp
  3. Fenn comes up with a temporary solution, capping the Grell pit with a large disk made from Shape Stone.  Fenn 200 xp

The Puzzles

  1. Bernardo solves the puzzles. 200 xp

DM Note: These puzzles should’ve been better described as necessary to furthering your progress and more interactive for multiple characters to get involved.  DM will need to cast Stamina Spell instead of Cloudy Head Spell All 100 xp

The Zombie Lord

  1. Kingsley hopes to save 7 frozen adventures, is saddened to realize they are dead, but through circumstance saves his own party from a very dangerous situation Kingsley 200 xp
  2. Thalmas controls the threat advancing up the stairs Thalmas 200 xp
  3. 4 party members miss their saving throws, none roll 6 and die. DM 1000 xp
  4. Kingsley deals with strength loss, chooses to buff and remembers Strength of One doesn’t just have to be his strength on others Kingsley 100 xp
  5. Keomi turns tragedy into triumph. In tripping and falling he avoids the flaming mass of zombies on the stairs and removes the ranged and future threats culminating in a Stun / Kill attack. Keomi 300 xp
  6.  7 Dead Zombies, 1 Dead Zombie Lord All (each) 500 xp

Additional XP:

  1. 1/19/18 Fire Swamp: Thalmas buffs Kingsley at the beginning of the Cockatrice Battle: Thalmas 100 xp
  2. Finding the Weakness Spell. Bernardo 66.6 xp Sansegundo 66.6 xp Felipe 66.6 xp

Harold Hates Rats

Harold’s fathers raised chickens and made a comfortable living selling eggs in the market.  One thing Harold learned at an early age was that were there are chickens, there are bound to be rats.  Rats love eggs and feathers and scraps that the chickens leave behind.

From an early age Harold was taught to hunt rats. One year he kept a running total of his number of kills by putting notches in the chicken coop wall.  His total that year from Solstice to Solstice was 412 dead rats. It turns out that as much as rats love eating the feathers off chickens as they sleep, chickens love eating rats they are left dead in the coop.

As soon as Harold could be out on his own, he left the farm and ran straight to the city believing that urban life would be glamorous and free of the noise and stink of the chickens, and most of all free of rats.  When he got to the city he got a job sweeping the floor and clearing dishes at a small inn and had a cot in the wood shed in the back.  Harold couldn’t have been happier, until one day the Inn Keeper came to Harold and gave him a small sword and said, “I need you to go to the basement and clean it up, rats have started coming in from the horse stables next door, and they are eating all of our grain.” Harold dropped the knife, threw off his apron and ran.  He ran out the door, down the street and kept on running.  He didn’t stop until he had gotten as far from people and rats as he thought he could. That is when Harold met the Druids.

Harold learned the ways of the Druids and learned that all creatures have a place in the balance of nature.  He even convinced himself that rats were a necessary evil and they too had a place in the natural world.

 

One day Harold met a Priest and Ranger in a tavern and got swept up into a quest to save a small town from eternal winter caused by an unknown force emanating from a nearby Keep.  They entered the Keep, and the first thing they encountered, – giant rats.  They fought more rats in the pantry and down the hallways. They wound their way through the keep an icy thrown and Harold’s first ever boss battle.  What horror would he face?  What fate had cursed him that it would be a wear rat permanently transformed, wearing a bone crown and calling himself the Ratling King.

At this point the gods should’ve said, “enough”.  They should’ve blessed Harold with the ability to cause paralyzing fear to any scurrying rodent – the word should’ve been spread to every hole that a disease laden scavenger crawls out of – that Harold was a rat slayer.  However, the rats continued to appear in every adventure that he went on.  There were screwed rats and burned rats and decapitated rats.

Harold became a very powerful Druid, one of the strongest in the land.  He had proven himself so worthy that the forces of nature the Fey and the Fell gave him great power. An epic quest came to him as his abilities took on a whole new level of strength. He was trudging through the retched swamps with his companions.  He endured many days of cold, wet, torturous half frozen, half mud terrain, with cockatrice forever flying overhead watching their progress, flame spurts, and quick sand that could swallow a horse.

A storm had been brewing for days overhead and when a large cluster of foul rodents of unusual size ambushed the party.  Harold had had it.  He jumped onto a rock and threw his hands to the heavens that clouds had set in low and began to swirl around the sky.  “I am sick of the Rats!” he exclaimed.  So great was his ambition to use his newly granted spell and rid the party of this horrid curse that he called down all the power he had created in 6 successive quick lightning bolts. The strikes hit their marks to the astonishment and confusion of the rest of the party.  Explosions broke the landscape and shrapnel of trees, mud and rat flesh covered everything with 50 yards.  Harold collapsed to the ground.

When he woke the next day, he realized his party had built a sling and was trudging through the swamp with him as another of their burdens.  It took three more days for him to travel on his own strength and 5 before he could focus well enough to ask the wilds to grant him spells.

During his recovery, a tree sprite came to him one evening while on watch and warned him, the greater power you command, the great your restraint must become. Harold did learn to control the gifts that nature gave him and he never again had to fight another rat.

 

Wrap up 1/19/18: Fire Swamp: Act 1, Scene 1, Take 2

Fire Swamp: Act 1, Scene 1, Take 2

Wrap up of the journey to Bahl’s Tower – January 19th, 2018

Cockatrice Pair Everyone 200 xp

  • Using Lore & Using know enemy. Evading the nesting pair. Fenn intercedes when Bernardo was prepared to attack.
    • Kingsley 50 xp Fenn 200 xp

Lightning Sand Everyone 100 xp

  • Bravery, Self Sacrifice – Bernardo 200 xp – Keomi 100 xp

Cockatrice Juveniles ( 3 dead – 2 elected to keep their distance ) Everyone 400 xp

  • Man on watch, thorough analysis of the threat before raising the alarm Thalmas 100 xp
  • Moving side to side and barking to distract the Cockatrice, Fenn in his war dog form takes one for the team.
    • The transformation from War Dogs form healed Fenn and boosted his constitution momentarily keeping the barbed quills from the cockatrices tail from immediately burrowing directly into his skin.
    • Bernardo .. well you’ve heard the tale, he saved Fenn from petrification. Bernardo 300 xp

Flame Spurts & ROUS’ ( 7 Dispatched in Epic Fashion – note to self, Ask Kinsley which is harder to remove from your armor, sand or rat fleshEveryone 200 xp

  • Bernardo finishes the scene grapples the ROUS and rolls it onto the flame spurt Bernardo 300 xp
  • Fenn brings down the lightening, DM wonders at the extreme power of the spell, healthy rule review ensues, and everyone gets a refresher about ROUNDS = 1 minute, and TURNS = 10 minutes.  Fenn 200 xp Kingsley 50 xp Bernardo 50 xp

Téa & The Pond

  • Thalmas on Watch – thoroughly investigates the humanoid in the woods  Thalmas 100 xp
  • Kingsley constant approach to children, “Are you in need of assistance”  Kingsley 50 xp
  • Verbalization of the realization that you may actually be out of your depth and your quest giver is not really known to any of you.  Kingsley 200 xp
  • Not taking the Easy Path to wealth Everyone 200 xp

Worg Riders Attack ( 1 Bugbear, 7 Worgs, 7 Goblins)  Everyone 250 xp

  • Man on Patrol immediately recognizes the threat and wakes the camp Keomi 100 xp
  • Keomi kills a Goblin with his Chi (Qi)  Keomi 100 xp

Bonus

  • Transformation to a War Dog with the neck turning into scruff and fur emerging Fenn 200 xp
  • Training Day: Use of numerous different types of attacks and weaponry Thalmas 100 xp
  • Kingsley accepting his fate in the Lightning Sand ( No Dex Roll ) Kingsley 50 xp
  • For making camp, breaking camp, hunting, cooking, mending and removing all chore duty from the rest of the party Erick 200 xp Orm 200 xp

 

XP Totals:

Fenn Ackerly: 25693

Rohan Kingsley: 22148

Keomi: 9300

Bernardo: ~18000

Thalmas:

Pines: 20252

Erick: 3200

Orm: 3200

 

 

 

The Congress at New Torlynn

The Elm Tree Inn. On the bank of the Crystal River. Inn Keeper Xigmad is always ready with a hearty stew, a stout ale and tale of adventure.

The Feast:  Xigmad has invited the heroes of Torlynn to a feast to mark the grand opening of The Elm Tree Inn. He’s butchered six goats and openeda cask of ale that he set to brew when he first came to New Torlynn.  The food is hearty. The company is good.  Orm and Erik arrive late to the dinner and explain that they could not find Pines to deliver the message that he was requested in New Torlynn. Freya had traveled into the Dark Wood where she usually can find him, stayed for a few days but Pines was no where to be found.  She told Erick that it was not unheard of for him to disappear around the full moon and says she would know if he was in real trouble.

Battle of the Bards: As the dinner is winding down Xigmad jumps up on the table and says and now for some entertainment !  “You there scrawny looking Bard — I challenge you to a Battle of the Bards !”  The entertainment was raucous and lively and at the end of the mock competition, Xigmad congratulated Bernardo and told him he was welcome to join him in song any time he was in town.

Presentation of the Quest: Eventually Fumwa stands and gets the attention of the table.

I suppose I ought to tell you all why I wanted you all here and I’m afraid I cannot delay this any further. I believe the news is grave and there are few that I can find who will listen.  The River Kingdoms are growing fat and forgetting about the ancient horrors that used to roam this land.  Deep in the chambers below the Commandry Abbey the followers of the Lord of Light have for centuries locked away, buried, and when possible destroyed countless evil relics that we have been able to find, buy or steal. Some of these items have begun to become active. Some have just unearthed themselves, a very few have found their way out of our control and been found in the hands of rogues and pirates in the great city of Isadora. Someone is calling to these evil creations. Something far worse than Orcs must have found it’s way back into our lands.

Most of the relics that are coming back to life were acquired more than 500 years from a rogue who told us they came from the caverns under a tower. He described the tower as a 6 magnificent white spires reaching many stories into the air and poised on top of a mountain that was nearly impossible to climb.  When the relics started appearing we searched for any information we had on this tower and came a cross a very old painting and a caption that took our best linguists to decipher.  It says, “Where the Eastern Range Meets the Southern Shores, with peaks insurmountable Bahl reigns supreme.”

With further digging in our libraries we found a few tidbits about who we believe to be the Evil Wizard Bahl, he specialized in Necromancy and had legions of unholy creatures at his command.  Our church was in it’s infancy when his influence over the lands was the greatest and all our records come from a Monk named Tarsals Hitch.  He evidently had a set of scrolls that Bahl wanted dearly because they spoke of an evil far more insidious than him and the fear was should he discover the names of the evil he would be able to bring it back to serve him. We need to know if Bahl has returned.  We need to know if he found the scrolls. We fear that more evil has come to our lands and we need to extinguish it. Do what you can, find his tower, search for the scrolls, destroy as much of his evil as you can.

Bring us back proof so that we can convince the powers that we need to fight against this evil.

Wrap Up 1/12/18: Torlynn Redux

Keomi

Keomi at the Monastery. 1200 xp

  • Suspense of the Spider – Hang upside down and wait for your prey.
  • Water Spider – Walk across the water with quickness and balance.
  • Iron Body – Take blows, break bricks (recover from critical head injury), shatter stone
  • Dance of the Spider – Collaborative dance on pilings.
  • Iron Eggs – Take multiple kicks to the groin.
  • Seek no honor and humbly serve Keomi  BONUS: 200 XP

Keomi traveling to Petty Kingdoms 250 xp

  • Aid the Baron of Fruitlessville and attempt to make him a leader.
  • Travel through the high mountains to the South East of the Petty Kingdoms
  • Survive the Bedrohlich Swamp
  • Return from the Dead upon meeting your old friend Bernardo

Total: 1650 xp

Rohan Kinsley

Help Protect Torlynn from a wandering band of Orcs – 500 xp

Build a Shrine to the Lord of Light 400 xp

  • Find a reliable supply of stone
  • Research a spell that will help you work long hours

Receive visits from your 3 Messengers 400 xp

  • Recognize your own Valor and head to Barriks Keep
  • Know the limits of your own Wisdom and find friends to help (Cypher)
  • Remove the False profit from the Torlynn Market BONUS 200 xp

Total: 1500 xp

Bernardo

Help Protect Torlynn from vagabond Orcs – 500 xp

Avoid Battle of the Bards – 200 xp

Spend 3 nights in a Crow’s Cage – 150 xp

Deliver Rohan’s Letter to the Ministry of Light in Isadora – 200 xp

Turn down the offer to help the Duke – 100 xp

Accept a dance and the offer from the Duchess  – 200 xp

Allowing the DM to put you in the Crow’s Cage even with a quality disguise – BONUS: 200 xp

Return from the Dead upon meeting your old friend Keomi – 100 xp

Total: 1650 xp

Thalmas

Help Defend Torlynn from ugly Orcs +500 xp

  • Practice outstanding Crowd Control, Flash Bang, Burning Hands, Sleep from the tower: BONUS: +200 xp

Join the Thieves Guild +250 xp

Plot the theft of the Ioun Stones from the Gem Trader Theruse +250 xp

Free Jes and Bernardo from the Crows Cages (Burning Feet Diversion) +100 xp

Successfully complete the Ioun Stone heist +400 xp

  • Cover Blown: Theruse will recognize you as the thief -100 xp

Total: 1600 xp

Fenn Ackerley

Help Safeguard Torlynn from marauding Orcs +500 xp

  • Persistence with the animal form, disabling then dispatching an orc as a war dog BONUS: 100 xp

Help perform the sacred ritual of Initiation: 350 xp

  • Quality Audio work on the voice over BONUS: 100 xp

Speak with Entwise 500 xp

  • Learn about past, present, future tense.
  • Observe the slowing of time while speaking with the Ent.
  • Begin to understand the layering of messaging from the great tree

Total 1550 xp

Pines

Help Secure Torlynn from the stinking Orcs +500 xp

  • Exploding Nat 20 to send an arrow through the eye on one orc out the back of his head and into the carotid artery of the Orc Behind BONUS: 200 xp

Feeding the Beast +700 xp

After the orcs were defeated Pines apologized to Burgomaster Decoy that he had to leave, but he had some business elsewhere that required immediate attention. He then traveled to visit the Witch that lived south of Freehold hoping that she might be able to give him a way to stop the curse.  She said that she didn’t have the magic to stop the curse, but that she had some herbs that could keep the wolf from being permanently transformed.  She gave to him a small vial of aconite with instruction to take it on the morning of the full moon and again when he awoke from transformation.  She only had a small amount, 3 or 4 treatments, the tincture is made from the stamens of the flowers that prevalent in the grasslands of the Free Lands but only blooms for a few days in early spring. Before he left the witch issued a stern warning to be very careful with the Aconite, it could kill him instantly if not exactly prescribed.

Dearth then traveled North and visited with Bejorn where he warned him not to hunt in the Dark Wood around the turn of the moon. Worried for Freya’s safety he acted aloof and distracted when she made a point of sitting near him during the dinner Bejorn insisted he stay for before he continued North.

Dearth spent the next three months in the woods studying the orcs and learning their habits, killing them if they ventured too close to the Free Folk.  Leading up to each full moon he would set traps and lure large groups of Orcs into the deeper wilds where he would be ready to prey on them should the urge hit him.

Month 1

Pines dispatches 20 Orcs before the beast is fed.  He struggles back to small lean-to where he takes a few days to recover and survives the Aconite that he spiked his mushroom stew with (rolled 90).

Month 2

A storm rages overhead on the night of the full moon and Dearth does not transform (5 on d20).

Month 3

Another month passes without the Wolf desiring to be fed (2 of d20)

Total 1400 xp

Preparation Notes: PT2FT – Act 2 – 1/19/18

Act 2: The Fire Swamp

  1. Torlynn Congress.  30 minutes – Start 7:30 PM

    1. Feast
    2. Battle of the Bards
    3. Presentation of the Quest
  2. The Retched Swamp – 2 hr – Start 8:00 PM
    1. Travel down the Crystal River
    2. The Cockatrice
    3. The 3 terrors of the Retched Swamp
      1. Flame Spurts
      2. Lightning Sand
      3. R.O.U.S – Frankly I don’t think they exist
  3. Tea and the Pond – 30 min – Start 10:15 PM
  4. Worg Rider Attack – 45 min – Start 10:45 PM
  5. Track the Worgs – 15 min – Start 11:30 PM

 

Torlynn Congress

The Feast:  Xigmad has invited the heroes of Torlynn to a feast to mark the grand opening of The Elm Tree Inn. He’s killed two goats and opened a cask of ale that he set to brew when he first came to Torlynn.  The food is hearty. The company is good.  Orm and Erik arrive late to the dinner and explain that they could not find Pines to deliver the message.  Freya traveled into the Dark Wood where she usually can find him, stayed for a few days but he was no where to be found.  She says it is not unheard of for him to disappear around the full moon and says she would know if he was in real trouble.

Battle of the Bards: As the dinner is winding down Xigmad jumps up on the table and says and now for some entertainment !  “You there scrawny looking Bard — I challenge you to a Battle of the Bards !”  — KAZOO TIME !  After a couple rounds of “Play That Tune” Xigmad declares that Bernardo is a force to be reckoned with and welcomes him to join him in playing to the guests of the Inn anytime.

Presentation of the Quest: Eventually Fumwa stands and gets the attention of the table.

I suppose I ought to tell you all why I wanted you all here and I’m afraid I cannot delay this any further. I believe the news is grave and there are few that I can find who will listen.  The River Kingdoms are growing fat and forgetting about the ancient horrors that used to roam this land.  Deep in the chambers below the Commandry Abbey the followers of the Lord of Light have for centuries locked away, buried, and when possible destroyed countless evil relics that we have been able to find, buy or steal. Some of these items have begun to become active. Some have just unearthed themselves, a very few have found their way out of our control and been found in the hands of rogues and pirates in the great city of Isadora. Someone is calling to these evil creations. Something far worse than Orcs must have found it’s way back into our lands.

Most of the relics that are coming back to life were acquired more than 500 years from a rogue who told us they came from the caverns under a tower. He described the tower as a 6 magnificent white spires reaching many stories into the air and poised on top of a mountain that was nearly impossible to climb.  When the relics started appearing we searched for any information we had on this tower and came a cross a very old painting and a caption that took our best linguists to decipher.  It says, “Where the Eastern Range Meets the Southern Shores, with peaks insurmountable Bahl reigns supreme.”

With further digging in our libraries we found a few tidbits about who we believe to be the Evil Wizard Bahl, he specialized in Necromancy and had legions of unholy creatures at his command.  Our church was in it’s infancy when his influence over the lands was the greatest and all our records come from a Monk named Tarsals Hitch.  He evidently had a set of scrolls that Bahl wanted dearly because they spoke of an evil far more insidious than him and the fear was should he discover the names of the evil he would be able to bring it back to serve him. We need to know if Bahl has returned.  We need to know if he found the scrolls. We fear that more evil has come to our lands and we need to extinguish it. Do what you can, find his tower, search for the scrolls, destroy as much of his evil as you can.

Bring us back proof so that we can convince the powers that we need to fight against this evil.

The Wretched Swamp

Travel down the Crystal River: Fumwa hires a boat to take the party down the Crystal River. The Old Wood to the East is haunting and dense. The trees are just beginning to wake and plumes of pollen are shot out from the base of trees.  The party stops at the edge of the Retched Swamp and the Old wood and begins it’s journey.

Cockatrice Nest

The travel is very difficult on the edge of the swamp and the party makes very slow headway.  It is the beginning of the melt and some ground is frozen, other has softened and the players fall into the muck often.  The colors are unnerving.  Bright Reds and deep blues with many many rust tones.  The plants of the swamp are twisted and thorny.

The Cockatrice Nest.  The party hears a piercing cry ‘cocka coo’ and the head of a cockatrice rising from the marsh it spreads it’s wings and lifts to the air in a threatening manor. An answering cry sounds from the bushes behind the party.

The cockatrice has tons of quills on his tail that have little barbs that work their way into your skin and travel under your skin towards your heart. If it makes your heart… petrification.

Start with a nesting pair.. unless they REALLY want a Cockatrice Egg they can easily avoid the Nesting Pair.

At a later time in the swamp introduce a group of Fledgling Cockatrice fighting for territory and looking to prove themselves with their peers.

Three Terrors of the Wretched (Fire Swamp)

Flame Spurts: There is a loud pop pop pop, 3 flame spurts come out of the ground.

Lightening Sand: Know who is in the lead, first 1,2 or 3 people fall into the lightening sand

ROUS: (8) 10 HP each, d6 damage, 5% Chance for Disease, THAC0 19, AC 8

Téa and the Pond

The party comes across Téa for the first time and has to make a hard decision.

Worg Patrol

While the party is traveling the encounter a 10 Goblins on Worgs with 2 Bugbears. The Goblins are not expecting to run into anyone. They’ve been on this patrol for a month and not seen anything worth investigating.

Goblins (5) Archers on Worgs, d6 dmg, THAC0 20, AC 7

Goblins (5) Spear Goblins on Worgs, d6 dmg, THAC0 20, AC 7

Bugbears (4) 2d4 dmg, THAC0 16, AC 5