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Here’s what happened in last night’s game. Each PC gets 1,180 xp.

Next session, we’ll give Fortune Cards another go but divide the cards up into individual decks beforehand to reduce the chance of drawing something useless. I’m going to take this approach in Monday night’s game too and will report back!


13th Iunius (contd.)

Hrothgar opens the secret door and sneaks through, followed by the not-so-sneaky Jihad. The gnoll peers round the corner of the corridor and sees a bunch of Golden Scimitars relaxing in a makeshift lounge area hung with stolen tapestries and paintings. The thieves have heard the clumsy genasi though and Damakos the tiefling sorcerer moves into position, blasting Gil when he appears. The eladrin also manages to trigger a concealed pit trap but luckily he avoids falling in and takes out several Scimitars with his fireball.

The PCs charge forward in a less-than-disciplined fashion – Juma’s reckless onslaught leads to him falling over and Hrothgar misjudges his leap and falls into the pit. Battle is joined in the tight confines of the corridor with Sora and Jihad in the front line as a goliath and two more human thugs reinforce the enemy. Jihad moves Ulthar into the midst of the fray with dimensional warp. The warlord is confused at first but soon realises the swordmage’s astute tactics as he is now in a position to behead first the goliath and then the torn-eared ambusher! Meanwhile Gil has found himself in trouble but finishes off the bald-headed veteran. With all their enemies slain, Jihad removes the goliath’ head as a trophy.

 

The party search the storage room, training area and the bedchambers, then Hrothgar and Jihad manage to set themselves on fire while testing out their newly found thieves tools on a flame jet trap. Next, they head down a corridor leading towards some ancient carved temple doors and trigger another trap. This one is an arcane turret – Hrothgar successfully disables it.

The doors lead into what was once a temple to Ravana, god of the rakshasas, and now headquarters of the Golden Scimitars. Zeno delivers a gloating monologue and then his lackeys attack the PCs who are still in the corridor, with Ulthar and Gil at the front. Gil’s spell unfortunately catches Ulthar (again!) and the warlord is then cursed by the warlock Feng Tzu and hit twice by Zeno’s men, going down on -26 hp. Hrothgar pours a potion down Ulthar’s throat, saving him.

Juma’s dragon’s teeth power has the effect of drawing several enemies to him including the dangerous Vadim as Zeno attacks Sora with vicious mockery and Feng Tzu slings desiccating curses at Juma and Gil. The PCs near the entrance take down the two gnolls and one ambusher, allowing them to move into the room. Ulthar (bashed up and surgeless) and Sora go after Zeno while Juma and Hrothgar flank Vadim. Juma’s signature “dwarf wall of fire” kills the last of the ambushers and Feng Tzu. Zeno and Vadim are tough opponents but Juma delivers the killing blow to the fighter and Hrothgar splits Zeno’s skull when Ulthar gives him a commander’s strike.

 

Looting the bodies, Ulthar takes Vadim’s +2 reinforcing scale mail and Gil takes Feng Tzu’s +2 shadowdance leather armour. Hrothgar scalps the crimelord and Ulthar chops off his hand as a trophy. Then, the PCs search the temple, finding ledgers detailing the accounts of the Golden Scimitars, and also ransack the rooms of Zeno and his lieutenants. A key in Zeno’s drawer opens the treasure vault which contains a pair of dwarven sending stones and a small fortune in coins. Take an extended rest.

Comments

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ninthcouncil
Mar. 6th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
Scalping? Severed hands as trophies? This is a much less civilised party than ours!
richgreen01
Mar. 6th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, I am afraid so. This is what comes of having a gnoll barbarian and a schizophrenic genasi in the party.

When they defeated the Dockside Crew, Sora (the paladin) had to dissuade the others from carving "Juma Gang" into Mr Wang's naked body and hanging him up outside as a warning to other criminals.

Chopping off the fingers of Golden Scimitars gang members during interrogations has also been quite common.
gogmagog
Mar. 7th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
Hrothgar is very offended. Hrothgar never cuts fingers off any person, friend or enemy. Hrothgar only bites fingers off. Taste better that way.
richgreen01
Mar. 7th, 2011 07:48 am (UTC)
That's true but I think Juma Jihad likes to use a sword.
ulthar01
Mar. 7th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
This is untypical for Ulthar, who normally sides with Sora against the crueler or more bestial factions in the party. He has had it in for Zeno since the gangster ordered the killing of beggar children in the Docks quarter.
richgreen01
Mar. 8th, 2011 09:57 am (UTC)
Yes, very true. Zeno told Elias Wang he needed to get rid of Ashna of the Water Boys after she witnessed Captain Gnash bringing in slaves at the docks. This was way back at the start of the campaign or six weeks ago in game time!
ulthar01
Mar. 8th, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
Urskovians bear grudges for a long time, which careless wizards may like to bear in mind.
richgreen01
Mar. 8th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
Clearly! Perhaps Ulthar gave Gil the wrong idea when he said it was OK to catch him in the area with the earlier spell? He clearly interpreted it that a bit of friendly fire every now and then would be OK!
ninthcouncil
Mar. 7th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
I don't suppose I should cast the first stone, anyway, given Khuma's new habit of murdering helpless NPCs....
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