Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Chapter One: Averwest - Session 03 - Small Beginnings part 3 of 3 and Night of the Straw Men

Session began with the reminder of the last adventure. After short conclusion, PC began arguing about the fate of Winter Wolf's puppies. Subduing the bravest of them, Xandos gathered little animals in cave and blocked path out of it with a branch.

Party returned to Master Aurelius and informed him about Maya's fate. Also they asked him about his inquires in local area and mysterious ruins nearby. The were quite surprised, when he told, he was working on history of small elven community and cult, believing in uniting elven race. Meantime Xandos returned and gathered puppies.

Packing his belongings and providing them to invisible servants, whole group left for Steeplefalls. Although locals were concerned about tragedy on lake's shore, it seemed nothing can disturb the festival. PC's were quite surprised that village's main priest left, to tend over dry fields.

When the sun set down, feast began. On the wooden platform sat mayor and junior priest, Letru, before them on square people danced, drank beer and had fun. Ren and Xandos were picking girls, Connal and Andala danced. Nobody saw, what bas about to happen.

It was before midnight when something strange occurred. At first people thought it's pat of the fest, but weave of fear spread across square. strange, hooded and caped figure crossed place and climbed up the stairs. Announcing "The bigger is sin, the bigger scarecrows comes after sinner!" it threw hat away and blazed with fire from eyes cut out of huge pumpkin. With this words scarecrow jumped at Letru and broke his spine with one mighty blow.

Terrified people screamed and ran. Panic broke up. Ren was first to join the fight, and first to feel wrath of scarecrow. Although he was joined with Connal and Xandos (all fighting improvised weapons), he was severely beaten. With a luck and preservance, Xandos and Connal defeated scarecrow, which collapsed.

Immediately a messenger was sent to Monastery, to get help. Cleric was able to stabilize Ren,but Letru's wounds were to serious to heal him completely. Shadow of death withdrew but left him paralysed.

Next morning began with more healing and investigation. Xandos inspected fields and was assured that one of the scarecrows were missing. Neither field's owner, nor owner of the wagon, where scarecrow was hiding knew anything useful.

Meantime mayor told Connal about troubles in the city of Tristor, priest of Chantea returned only to be more concerned with strange happenings of the last night. session ended with plans for immediate future.

Next session is planned for August 16th.

Monday, 7 July 2008

Chapter One: Averwest - Session 02 - Small Beginnings part 2 of 3

Fortunately, this session was played with full party squad, although began later than we expected and lasted much longer. It was tough but very fun night.

Following unfinished execution, Ren was asked by Connall, if he can bring his armour from home. He rode to the Appleshade, passing strange fellow on the road. He suspected, it was poacher, who set traps in Hieronim's Groove. Coming back to town and managing some issues, he enlisted Xandor on adventure and next day travelled back to Monastery of Sigil, an cloister under auspicies of Gond and Azuth.

In the meantime, Connal and Andala set off to the same monastery. During slow trek through the countryside and hills, the came upon sealed entrance in the hillside. Runes that marked it, were connected to Myrkul, now deceased God of Death and Dead. With shrug of fear and uncomfortable feeling, they moved on to the Monastery. After warm welcome they waited for Ren, who showed up with Xandor.

Party in complete, PC's set off to find Master Aurelius, wizard whom the were to deliver a book. Due to informations acquired from monks, he was camping on the opposite shore of Ice Crystal Lake.

After short search, heroes found glade with big tent and fireplace in the middle. It turned out, that it was wizard's camp. Inside tent were bed, drawer and bookshelf and two chairs. Curious thing, inside tent they could not hear anything from outside. Unfortunately, there were no sign of mage around. With extensive search and tracking, Xandor found burned fragments of paper and than mauled body of unknown male. As they suspected, it was Aurelius. Nearby to the site, Xandor came on fragment of frozen earth. His suspicions were magnified, when during search for herbs,he began feeling cold. Temperature in some parts of the forest was significantly decreasing, to the frozen level.

With curing spells and fish soup, Andala and Connal nursed Aurelius, who began hallucinating about Maya, his assistant and disciple. Putting this facts together, as well as spotting, that during night something was spying them, party was convicted that something awry and strange is going on. Next day the decided to investigate frost sphere and it's influence. Trail of cold and frozen earth lead them to small canyon. Before reaching it's end, from nearby bushes erupted cone of frozen earth and after it, savage wolf attacked PC. Fight that erupted was brutal and tough. Xandor almost lost his life, Andala decided to retreat but despite these drawbacks, white wolf was slain. It's dying breath were two words, surprisingly spoken in common language: "my children...".

Session ended with discovery of seven cubs in hole and argument over their fate.