Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Chapter Two: The North - Session 11 - Long way home part 1 of 1

Last session was held on March 14th. As almost usual Terentz was absent, due to social obligations. We met at Jarecki's place and talked for a while, than turned attention to game. Unfortunately there was way too much off-topic jokes but I'm getting use to it. I plan to arrange next session at Adrians's flat, where we would sit around the table and check if it improves session's quality and reduces blather.

PC's helped to put out the flames and Connal treated villager's wounds. In the meantime one of fishermen found dragon boat's head that was radiating with red light. Magical research turned out that spirits of fallen Nordmen returned inside it and awaited to be burried. PC's took it and set pout to cove, where Patrick's wife disappeared. By the way they dig shallow grave, blessed it to Kelemvor's favour and hid there dragon's head. Next day PC's decided to explore the cave while their guide was ordered to stay back and wait. After short climbing, they found an entrance to the cave. It was narrow and short but soon the came upon junction. One way led downstairs, other one up. Heroes choose way up and entered an chamber. There they found lamp and blankets, certainly it was place for women's rituals. What interesting, search with help of detect magic spell turned out that on the wall was a magical ribbon, inscribed with runes of magic. They resembled marking's on Oak's Shaft blade, so Ren stuck it. Something strange happened, as Ren suddenly found himself on the other side of the wall. He could not be heard and wasn't able to hear comrades and, moreover, he could not go back. Carlin quickly placed his wizard's mark on the wall and along with Connal and Xandos they together crossed the portal.

Heroes found themselves in a dark cave. After short discussion, the chose to explore the area. Cave had no junctions, so the quickly found way out. The higher the went, the colder it became. After climbing to opening chamber heroes saw high mountains, deep valleys and woods of nordic trees. After short discussion the descended back to one more try to find way back to Averwest. Unfortunately they were not able to do so. In the meantime, a terrible blizzard came, cutting all the way out. Biggest problem was bitter cold but with help of magic and ordinary stones the were able to keep it out. Ren's sharp ear digged out grunts and roars from cave up. He quickly sneaked there and saw three yeti's, sheltering before storm. Unfortunately the sniffed him and descended after his trail and fight erupted. It was short and brutal but in the aftermath PC's had three big furs to protect from cold.

Next day PC's emerged from cave and quickly checked surroundings. the leardned that no village or town was visible and the were transported to the northern side of World's Spine Mouintains. After long climbing down, they moved through the land of ancient forests, thousand streams and lakes. Near the end of the day they found a tail of grim sacrifice. Beside small, very dark lake were a hanged man with chewed off legs. What was more curious, he had an southern complexion. After short but heated discussion, Connal buried him and party moved on. On the night watch dwarf had an unpleasant sensation, they are followed. Next day the continued their travel and by the evening arrived at ruined village. It was obvious it was burned many years ago. On the first watch a strange and poisonous green mist arose but through the fog heroes saw a strange figure. At first it was shy but gained convince and attacked. Fight wit it was very tough and Ren was cut down. He owes his life to Connal's channelling power. Finally heroes defeated snowmonster (it was something like half-breed of human and yeti). Exhausted and tired heroes wet to sleep. Next day the saw a thick smoke rising from neighbouring fiord...

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Chapter One: Averwest - Session 10 - Lost in the Bogs part 2 of 2

Session was held at February 28th and in my design was devoted to polishing rules of combat. As it became obvious that there are no ordinary undead warriors in Monster Manual, only zombies, skeletons etc, I designed monsters according to Pathfinder's guidelines.

After discussion with half-elven wizard, heroes decided to arm themselves properly. First, the set out to find a local druid, to seek his permission for taking jarl's spear. They found circle of stones and soon meet priest. Old man was quite mad but in exchange for fish gave his permission to take weapon from shrine. During conversation the learned, he knew Hieronymus, remembering him as a young, ambitious and goat matingbastard. Connal and Carlin moved to little temple. After some troubles with door the found it's interior packed with all matter of offerings and stuff. The most curious thing was a full sized Minotaur sitting on throne. Carlin came to conclusion it's magical, divine golem. In the meantime Xandos and Ren found queen Cedrika's tomb under burial mound. Not wanting to disturb her peace, they set out for Connal.

Heroes found queen in her last bedroom chamber, lying under furs and resting on pillows. Quick search revealed her battle charriot, stack of weapons, flags and trophies of her conquests. When PC's exited from the armoury, the saw ghost of beautiful, naked warrior-queen, painted with blue circles, shouting insults at them and than returning to the fray.

Armed with spear and claymore sword, PC's headed back on the swamps. It was well after sunset but they correctly guessed, that jarl Haken will rise around midnight. Indeed, undead arose and moved out to stalk village, but was stopped by Connal. Seeing spear, which he called "Oak's Shaft" in hands of Ren asked for returning it, as it was his pass to Valhalla. PC's agreed and presented him a Cedrica's sword, which in brutal way ended his life. Called by Connal, her ghost appeared and fight erupted. An epic combat lasted for a whole night and part of PC's spirit took part in it. In the end, Cedrica was killed by Haken. Spear, disappeared.

Following morning, PC's returned sword to the queen's tomb and decided to stay for the night. Connal took watch but soon went to sleep. Well after midnight he was awaken by shouts and fire. Two houses were burning and in the bay an nordmen drakkar was seen. Erupted an brutal fight with raiders. Many undead nordmen raiders were cut down and in the end heroes faced Haken. Ren disarmed him and catched Oak's Shaft and finally heroes defeated treacherous undead. Session ended when after his destruction, all undead crumbled to dust and drakkar burned with high flames.