Madness & Mayhem

To Tell the Truth - Game III

When we last left our heroes…

Adventure No. III: To Tell the Truth

Of our heroes’ task of divvying the spoils and on the nature of Truth.

SETTING: Essembra (Faerun, Dalelands, Battledale)
DATE: 1378, 15th Tarsukh, Nighttime
CHARACTERS: Gaharis, Kiriandra, Loraina, Rowan, Salvia, Mugwort
LOCATION: Essembra (Fest Hall)

We find our heroes making camp in the Fest Hall for the eve, set with the task of dividing their loot.

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Scene I: Mage…armour – The metaphysics alone boggle the mind

After dispatching the hobgoblin cleric, the party goes about ransacking the bodies and consolidating all of the loot. Kiriandra awakened her senses to the realms of the mystical, to find that there were several magical items. Not knowing how to identify them, an enterprising halfling by the name of Ravi Thistledown (the aforementioned Bard), was discovered to have that desired ability. With much deliberation, the party decided to employ his services, much to the chagrin of Salvia (who didn’t trust him one bit, thank you). Finally, an agreement was reached, and the party maintained possession of an identified wand.

Game IV approacheth… we will finish this later.

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Slippery When Wet - Game II

When we last left our heroes…

Adventure No. II: Slippery When Wet

Of our heroes’ adventures as a party in twain and their eventual reunion.

SETTING: Essembra (Faerun, Dalelands, Battledale)
DATE: 1378, 15th Tarsukh, Nighttime
CHARACTERS: Gaharis, Kiriandra, Loraina, Rowan, Salvia
LOCATION: Essembra (various)

Kiriandra and Salvia were trying to find somewhere to take Rowan so he could be healed, and were wondering what to do with their new goblin “friend”. Loraina and Gaharis went off to fight in the big battle which had commenced beyond the city walls. And the halfling Bard chose to stay in the Fest Hall, to dance a merry jig.

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Scene I: “Rule #1… don’t EVER split up the party”

Loraina and Gaharis headed off towards the gates of Essembra, to join the battle which was raging. Along the way, the duo were attacked under cover of darkness by a quartet of mean-spirited goblins. Both were sorely wounded, and before they could recover, a battle ensued in the streets of Essembra. Many blows were traded and Loraina fell, and smote a goblin as she collapsed. Gaharis, once the scene was clear, tended as best he could to Loraina’s wounds. Realizing his ability to heal was lacking, he took her to the nearest temple, the House of Gond. As he could not carry her fully, some of her equipment was left at the wayside. Leaving her at the temple, Gaharis went off to fight more battles, and ended up fighting alongside one of the Lord’s Men, the halfling from the Fest Hall.

Salvia and Kiriandra discussed their options, and decided to take Rowan (who was now a token in Salvia’s neck pouch), and their goblin buddy, to the Lord’s Hall, to see if they had set up a triage and hostage area. During their travel across town, they encountered a horde of hobgoblins surrounding a fallen member of the Lord’s Men. During the ensuing fight, the goblin “friend” leapt between Salvia and one of the hobgoblins to protect her, and received a near-fatal gash to the chest. This caused something to snap inside the mind of Salvia and she proceeded to psionicly thrash her opponents, causing each one in turn to succumb to the painful memories she was bringing alive inside them. Kiriandra drew forth her longsword to repay the hobgoblins in kind for their assaults. Once the hobgoblins were slain by their combined efforts, the pair proceeded to take the member of the Lord’s Men and the unconscious goblin “friend” to the Lord’s Hall. Upon arriving at the Hall, they spoke with a member of the Guard, who proceeded to tell them that there was no triage, nor POW camp, set up at that time. The Lord’s Man was left with the Guard, and the pair took the hostage to the Fest Hall to see if there was someone who could heal the three of them.

Scene II: Loraina’s Fists-of-Fury

Loraina awoke, healed, in the House of Gond, somewhat poorer for the journey. Much of her equipment had been left behind at the scene of her fall. Determined as she was to rejoin the fight, she left the House of Gond unarmed, wearing only armor. As she exited the Temple, she heard the sounds of fighting from around the side of the building. There, she encountered a bevy of goblins assaulting a solitary Lord’s Man. Not thinking twice, she ran to assist, attempting to alternately grapple and kick the goblins. After a period of confusion, during which some of the goblins attacked their allies, the Lord’s Man was saved and the goblins were defeated. Loraina then went to find her missing equipment and her comrade, Gaharis.

Scene III: So Happy Together

Loraina met up with Gaharis, reached the Gate of Essembra, and closed the Gate. From behind them, they heard something trying to sneak up. They turned around to see a deranged-looking goblin, tattooed on his forehead with a jawless skull surrounded by a purple sunburst. The goblin carried two javelins, and no shield. Gaharis could barely contain the laughter which welled up inside him. Loraina tried to intimidate the goblin, but failed to do so. The goblin attempted to strike both of them, and he was slain by Loraina. (He probably should’ve been intimidated, I would think). She then proceeded to dismember the goblin and put his head on a javelin, and carried it around. The duo then decided to return to the Fest Hall.

Scene IV: A Merry Reunion

Salvia and Kiriandra were heading back to the Fest Hall, with their goblin “friend” in tow, when they were confronted by a pack of four goblins. The goblins wanted their goblin cohort back and were extremely derogatory in their requests, which did not succeed in their persuasion. Combat ensued with Gaharis and Loraina trying to find their way toward the fracas, unsuccessfully (as Loraina was busy picking her nose with a javelin). Ultimately, the party proved victorious and managed to defeat the goblins, and returned to the Fest Hall.

Scene V: MARCO!

Once in the confines of the Fest Hall, the party bartered with the halfing Bard, as they found he had the ability to heal. The party was healed to the fullest extent, for the price of Rowan and Loraina’s take from their performance, and there was much rejoicing (yay…). Shortly thereafter, some members of the group heard the gutteral speech of goblin from outside the building. Kiriandra informed the party that the group outside was intending to come in, and that they had said something about a temple. The party took up strategic locations and waited as the goblins rushed inside. As the last goblin entered the room, Loraina kicked the door shut behind them. Loraina remained in her position by the door, taking swipes at the nearby goblins. Gaharis opened fire with his long-bow, hoping for that one perfect shot, whilst Kiriandra let forth a bolt of mystical energy. Salvia focused all her effort on forcing the goblins to remember the most embarrassing moments of their lives. Rowan remained a token in a pouch.

As the goblins tried to close the gap on Gaharis, who continued hoping for that one great shot, they took swipes at Loraina. The door was suddenly kicked open into Loraina, and in entered two hobgoblins. The hobgoblins began to confront Loraina, and Gaharis could see another hobgoblin in half-plate armor standing outside, where he cast a spell, sending a wave of fear through the room. The goblins continued to close in on Gaharis (who was still working on that perfect shot) and Kiriandra, while the rest of the horde were attacking Loraina. Salvia couldn’t quite muster the embarrassing moments, and instead began trying to arouse fear in the enemy’s minds. The caster in half-plate entered, and with the door closed, attempted to invoke more fear into the mind of Loraina, causing her to experience to some degree the dark void his Goddess espouses. The tumultuous fight went back and forth, with our heroes picking the enemy off, one-by-one, until the enemy caster caused mist to rise from the ground and obscure the aim of the archer, Gaharis. Gaharis and Kiriandra, no longer able to see the rest of the combat, attempted to reposition themselves, with goblins in pursuit.

Before entering into the mist, the hobgoblin caster cast a final spell on the ground in front of him, causing it to become saturated with water. Shortly thereafter, all the enemy, save the hobgoblin caster, were decimated. The party then, unwilling to risk entering the mist, launched arrows blindly towards where they thought the enemy may be. At Kiriandra’s suggestion, Kiriandra and Salvia decided to drag a rope through the mist to gain a sense of where the enemy may be. As Salvia came around the final edge of the misted area, she slipped on the water-saturated floor and fell. This attempt having failed to locate the enemy, Kiriandra proceeded to summon her sorcerer’s might to cause a whirlwind to dissipate the mist. Coupled with rounds of flaming arrows, the mist dissipated much more rapidly than normal. As the mist receded, the party located the hobgoblin and made short work of him. Eventually, Salvia stopped slipping, and got up. By this time, Loraina was already stripping the hobgoblin of his armor and replacing it with hers. She also found a key around the hobgoblin’s neck, which went to a chest which had been hastily left outside.

STAY TUNED NEXT WEEK FOR MORE MADNESS & MAYHEM!

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Dagger Up The Strap

Adventure No. I: Dagger Up The Strap

Of the meeting of our heroes and their initiation into the adventure.

SETTING: Essembra (Faerun, Dalelands, Battledale)

DATE: 1378, 15th Tarsukh, Nighttime

CHARACTERS: Gaharis, Kiriandra, Loraina, Rowan, Salvia

LOCATION: The Elf and Flying Stag Feast Hall

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SCENE I. The Set-up

We find our heroes enjoying the food and warmth of the Feast Hall. There is a fire, music and dance, and children playing happily at their feet. The races of the patrons runs the gamut from human, to halfing, to half-elf, and even a Maenad. Our heroes are spaced around the great room; some by the fire, some at the tables, and one even joins the performers in a dance or two.

Suddenly, a few of our heroes notice the distant sound of horns coming from outside. Shortly thereafter, a handful of the patrons head out the door. A few of our heroes gather information from the patrons that the ones who left are part of the “Lord’s Men”, those chosen to protect the city. Our heroes, for various reasons, decide to head outside to determine the cause of the distress.

Once outside, our heroes ready themselves as they hear cries distinctive of goblins. In the darkness they can see nothing, but they prepare themselves for the worst.

SCENE II. Dehms is filthy things…

While most of the party was outside of the Feast Hall (while one remained inside to don his armor), a goblin scout slipped past unnoticed. The goblin retreated back to his group and alerted them that they should circle the party, who were still in the dark, unaware of the cause of the disturbance. The keen-eared hunter of the party, who especially hated goblins, heard the goblin speaking, but didn’t understand what it was saying. He went to investigate and most of the party followed. The goblinoids circled the building while the party was investigating and attacked the party from the rear, hitting the rogue who had just recently exited the Feast Hall (finally having donned his armor). The keen-eared hunter again heard the disturbance and alerted the party. As the hunter, Gaharis, rounded a corner, he took aim, fired, and felled one of the hobgoblins. Rowan, the rogue, having been just hit by two javelins, yanked one out and threw it, spearing a goblin and mortally wounding it (+1 style point). The battle commenced and the scene was revealed when Salvia, the Maenad Wilder (Psion), illuminated the field with her lantern, the Eye of Truth. From that point ranged shots were exchanged, and goblin and hobgoblin alike were felled, at great cost to the party. Kiriandra, the Sorceress, waged war using Magic Missile (she attacked the Darkness), while Loraina, the fighter, charged the goblin line with her longsword. Just as it looked as though the party would defeat the goblinoids, one cried out, “Mercy, Mercy!” With quick discussion, it was determined by the party that they would spare him, and instead take him as a prisoner of war.

SCENE III. Wie Sagt Man Das…?

Kiriandra, being fluent in the filthy tongue of goblin, assisted Salvia, who used Telempathic Projection to soften the goblin’s mood, in gaining some information. He provided the news that there were many more goblinoids, who had attacked under the mantle of the Dark Lady, because elves had evicted them from their homes. Meanwhile, Loraina searched the goblin for weapons (and valuables). Loraina proclaimed that she needed rope. Darting out of the shadows, Rowan tossed some over her shoulder, startling her, and prompting her to whisk around and stab him in the clavicle with a dagger, sending him prone. Salivia promptly responded by dressing his wound in a Blessed Bandage, thus stabilizing him. Salvia and Loraina discussed whether to take him to a church or the Feast Hall. Gaharis announced that he would be joining the battle which they could all hear taking place beyond the walls, and Kiriandra voiced that she wanted to take the goblin to where the rest of the hostages were kept.

That concludes this installment of MADNESS & MAYHEM. Tune in next week to see where the adventure will lead next!

© 2010, indigo sturm

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A new adventure awaits...

TOMORROW IS THE BIG DAY!

We have been making frantic preparations all week. Cleaning, cooking, organizing, drawing, typing, re-typing, writing, re-writing, re-re-writing… it seems our list will never be finished. This will be our first time hosting guests in our new apartment and we’re very excited. Most of all, we’re excited to be gaming again. We’re thrilled that we’ve found some wonderful people to game with and it will be great to be back at the table again.

I will be updating Portal as best I can. I would like to keep a running record of the gaming sessions on here, so we’ll see how that goes. Keep checking back. I will be updating.

Faerun, HO!

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