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Empire of the Ghouls Session 19 – Flight of the Valkyries

I was lead designer on the Empire of the Ghouls adventure path for Kobold Press, writing the overall outline with Wolfgang Baur, and then Chapter 2: The Holy Robes of Sister Adelind, and Chapter 6: The Pure City of Vandekhul.

Now that the adventure has been released, I'm posting the brief session write ups I’ve been doing for my players in our monthly Empire of the Ghouls campaign.

In our 19th session, we continued with Chapter 3: The Blood Marriage as the characters raided a Ragnarok cultist camp travelled from Huldramose towards the ruins of Nordheim.

Here's the write up which contains spoilers for the campaign.

An abominable yeti attacks the camp. Map by Loke Battle Mats @battlematsuk
An abominable yeti attacks the camp. Map by Loke Battle Mats @battlematsuk
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Empire of the Ghouls Session 18 – The Memorial Feast of Randgrid Ironeyes

I started work on the Empire of the Ghouls adventure path for Kobold Press nearly three years ago, writing the overall outline with Wolfgang Baur, and then Chapter 2: The Holy Robes of Sister Adelind, and Chapter 6: The Pure City of Vandekhul.

Now that the adventure has been released, I'm posting the brief session write ups I’ve been doing for my players in our monthly Empire of the Ghouls campaign.

In our 18th session, we continued with Chapter 3: The Blood Marriage as the characters travelled through the Northlands from Reaver's Cave to Huldramose.

Here's the write up which contains spoilers for the campaign.

The PCs rescue two bearfolk sisters from a willowhaunt. Map by Dice Grimorium.
The PCs rescue two bearfolk sisters from a willowhaunt. Map by Dice Grimorium.

30th Last Leaf, 92 FY (contd.)

The characters try to surprise the cannibals outside Reaver’s Cave, but unfortunately The Gears’ attempts at stealth go awry and the dwarves are ready for them. After a fierce battle fought in the tunnel and on the beach, the adventurers go back to the jetty. Bubbles climbs aboard the reavers’ boat, triggering the runes that summon a water elemental. Once they’ve dealt with the creature, they scuttle the vessel and return to the Osprey.

4th Rimetrail

The Osprey arrives in Wolfheim. Sigurd sells the captured Grinning Kraken for 4,000 gp, splitting the profits 50-50 with the characters.

7th Rimetrail

Sigurd drops the party off in Marsh Hallow where they hire a skiff to take them to Huldramose. He promises to wait for them in Wolfheim for two months, returning once a week to Marsh Hallow.

8th Rimetrail

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Empire of the Ghouls Session 17 – Reaver's Cave

I started work on the Empire of the Ghouls adventure path for Kobold Press two and a half years ago, writing the overall outline with Wolfgang Baur, and then Chapter 2: The Holy Robes of Sister Adelind, and Chapter 6: The Pure City of Vandekhul.

Now that the adventure has been released, I'm posting the brief session write ups I’ve been doing for my players in our monthly Empire of the Ghouls campaign.

In our 17th session, we continued with Chapter 3: The Blood Marriage as the characters sailed across the Nieder Straits to Reaver's Cave.

Here's the write up which contains spoilers for the campaign.


Reaver's Cave

Reaver's Cave

26th Last Leaf, 92 FY

The characters purchase cold weather clothing for their trip to the Northlands. Just before they board the Osprey, Bubbles buys some food from the stalls at the dockside, so she doesn’t need to live on ship’s biscuit for the whole voyage. Sigurd, the captain, allows Zygmunt to help cast off; the rest of the characters are told to keep out of the crew’s way. Penumbra and Bubbles take a while to find their sea legs.

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Empire of the Ghouls Session 16 – The Wrath of Baba Yaga

I started work on the Empire of the Ghouls adventure path for Kobold Press two and a half years ago, writing the overall outline with Wolfgang Baur, and then Chapter 2: The Holy Robes of Sister Adelind, and Chapter 6: The Pure City of Vandekhul

Now that the adventure has been released, I'm posting the brief session write ups I’ve been doing for my players in our monthly Empire of the Ghouls campaign. 

In our 16th session, the party had to deal with the consequences of removing a gnome's mushroom hat, and used the power of the Holy Robes of Sister Adelind for the first time.

Here's the write up which contains spoilers for the campaign. 

Battling Baba Yaga's minions. Map by Dice Grimorium: https://www.patreon.com/dicegrimorium
Battling Baba Yaga's minions. Map by Dice Grimorium: https://www.patreon.com/dicegrimorium

Harvest Dances, 92 CY

The characters get ready for the return journey from Orzelbirg to Jozht. Penumbra attunes to the Holy Robes of Sister Adelind. Sister Ewa and Sister Miya have recovered from darakhul fever, but Sister Janina has taken a turn for the worst, so The Gears casts greater restoration on her.

Later that day, dark clouds gather overhead. Louthin spots a shape flying towards the party at high speed – a figure in a giant mortar and pestle. As the characters run for cover, the cackling Baba Yaga swoops down and blasts them with lightning bolts. Bubbles puts on the mushroom hat she took from Chapman Bogun to hide herself from Grandmother.

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Empire of the Ghouls Session 15 – Zygmunt's Revenge

I started work on the Empire of the Ghouls adventure path for Kobold Press two and a half years ago, writing the overall outline with Wolfgang Baur, and then Chapter 2: The Holy Robes of Sister Adelind, and Chapter 6: The Pure City of Vandekhul

Now that the adventure has been released, I'm posting the brief session write ups I’ve been doing for my players in our monthly Empire of the Ghouls campaign. 

In our 15th session, the characters recovered the Holy Robes of Sister Adelind from Castle Orzelbirg and Zygmunt got his revenge on General Frazko Grimslade, the Ghost Knight who killed his beloved.

Here's the write up which contains spoilers for the campaign. 

Rescuing the Spear Maidens
Rescuing the Spear Maidens

30th Redleaf, 92 FY (contd.)

The characters go upstairs to the 3rd floor of Castle Orzelbirg’s round tower and search General Grimslade’s quarters and the almost empty library. Penumbra finds plans to the castle in the one remaining book, and Bubbles successfully picks the lock on the general’s chest after the tiefling disarms the magical trap. As well as treasure, the chest contains a Grant of Title document for the castle. 

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Empire of the Ghouls Session 14 – Castle Orzelbirg

I started work on the Empire of the Ghouls adventure path for Kobold Press just over two years ago, writing the overall outline with Wolfgang Baur, and then Chapter 2: The Holy Robes of Sister Adelind, and Chapter 6: The Pure City of Vandekhul

Now that the adventure has been released, I'm posting the brief session write ups I’ve been doing for my players in our monthly Empire of the Ghouls campaign. 

In our 14th session, the characters reached Castle Orzelbirg where they need to rescue captured Spear Maidens of Hope and recover the Holy Robes of Sister Adelind.

Inside Castle Orzelbirg
Inside Castle Orzelbirg

29th Redleaf, 92 FY

The characters and the two Spear Maidens head for Orzelbirg. Late in the day they run into a Ghost Knight patrol. They make short work of them, capturing one of their number, and taking their uniforms and two horses. The hapless fellow explains he was conscripted and keen to desert. He reveals that the Dobrogosts who held the castle before General Grimslade had a secret escape tunnel built, and Lord Dobrogost may have used this to escape when the castle fell to the undead.

30th Redleaf

The party arrives at Orzelbirg. While the others keep watch on the outskirts, Bubbles and The Gears enter the village and talk to the locals in the Hungry Wolf tavern. Bubbles offers a “10 gold piece piece” to Rustem, if he will let the characters borrow his wagon tomorrow. 

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Empire of the Ghouls Session 13 - The Spear Maidens of Hope

I started work on the Empire of the Ghouls adventure path for Kobold Press just over two years ago, writing the overall outline with Wolfgang Baur, and then Chapter 2: The Holy Robes of Sister Adelind, and Chapter 6: The Pure City of Vandekhul

Now that the adventure has been released, I'm posting the brief session write ups I’ve been doing for my players in our monthly Empire of the Ghouls campaign. 

In our 13th session, the PCs reached the ruins of Yarosbirg.

Battling the Ghost Knights at Yarosbirg
Battling the Ghost Knights at Yarosbirg

22nd Redleaf, 92 FY (contd.)

The characters try to keep a low profile as they cross Varshava, City of Horses, to the Black Stallion Inn recommended by local boy Zygmunt. As they pass the construction site for the new temple of Marena, Zygmunt draws the attention of a couple of the work crew who appear to recognise him. A Red Sister sends a patrol over to check the party’s credentials but Penumbra is able to charm him with her Fey Presence, allowing the characters to proceed.

23rd Redleaf

Zygmunt casts find steed to summon his celestial warhorse, Magnu. The others continue on foot.

26th Redleaf

The characters battle a wolf spirit swarm on their way to Yarosbirg; Magnu drops to 0 hp in the fight and disappears.

27th Redleaf

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Empire of the Ghouls Session 12 – The Crate

I started work on the Empire of the Ghouls adventure path for Kobold Press just over two years ago, writing the overall outline with Wolfgang Baur, and then Chapter 2: The Holy Robes of Sister Adelind, and Chapter 6: The Pure City of Vandekhul

Now that the adventure has been released, I'm posting the brief session write ups I’ve been doing for my players in our monthly Empire of the Ghouls campaign. 

In our 12th session, the characters are travelling through Krakovar by boat and there's a mysterious crate in the hold. Here's the write up which contains spoilers for the campaign. 

The Feisty Goose
The Feisty Goose

9th Redleaf, 92 FY (contd.)

The party return through the maze to the village of Ogrodu and tell Rektor Elena they have destroyed the Arborstone and killed the corrupted Lord Mazar. Zygmunt breaks the news to Tulip’s father Wiktor that his daughter is dead. Working together the group are able to cobble together directions to where Tulip is buried so he can pay his respects.

11th Redleaf

The characters are attacked by will-o’-the-wisps and leech-spewing putrid haunts as they travel through the marshes. 

They arrive in the village of Tochy that evening and agree passage upriver to Varshava with Gerwazy and his sons on the river boat, the Feisty Goose. They notice a suspicious-looking crate in the hold stamped with a black vulture symbol.

16th Redleaf

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Empire of the Ghouls Session 11 – The Arborstone

I started work on the Empire of the Ghouls adventure path for Kobold Press just over two years ago, writing the overall outline with Wolfgang Baur, and then Chapter 2: The Holy Robes of Sister Adelind, and Chapter 6: The Pure City of Vandekhul

Now that the adventure has been released, I'm posting the brief session write ups I’ve been doing for my players in our monthly Empire of the Ghouls campaign. 

In our 11th session, we continued with the Warlock Lair, the Garden of Shade and Shadows by Brian Suskind, as a side trek. Here's the write up which contains spoilers for the campaign. 

Battle in the Hedge Maze
Battle in the Hedge Maze
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