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The Kaidan Campaign

Last night I played (rather than DM’ed) D&D for the first time in nearly two years. It was great fun!

This was the first session of ninthcouncil’s Kaidan campaign set in the Empire of Jin (based on China) and I am playing a nearly 7’ tall tiger-like litorian swordsage named Lin Da Chong. We’re all first level which is a big shock after several years of mid to high level games – you don’t get high bonuses on anything and consequently miss all the time. evilmonkey8472 is playing a holier-than-thou druid called Iago who can turn himself into an animal and has already accused Chong of being a vicious killer for attacking goblin muggers (see below); z45tu7 is playing a beguiler called Serl and Jeff is playing a hadozee rogue who won't get a name for several weeks. We suggested Heston, Cornelius and Dr Zaius, and Jeff is considering Uunkk; for now he is known as Monkey Boy. lucybrant wasn’t there last night but she will be playing a barbarian.  So, no cleric and no artillery-firing wizard or sorceror. Could be interesting...

After meeting outside the home of Kang Hong’s "wisest man" Li Kao (and an alcoholic - what is it with these sages?), we ended up helping a mother find her missing little girl who had been kidnapped by dastardly goblins. As Serl ran into an ambush in rundown Goblinsville, I leapt off the roof to his aid, using my Blistering Flourish manoeuvre to dazzle precisely one (1) goblin, giving him -1 on attacks rolls (and Spot and Search) for one minute. Woohoo! I did a bit better on the following rounds, managing to drop one goblin. Then, when I charged into the Wychwood Brewery (how does Graham think these names up!) after Iago had bust down the door, I managed to annihilate one of the goblin kidnappers with my Burning Blade.

Serl interrogated the goblins, finding out that someone called Ben, a Yuwe barbarian, had hired them to kidnap the girl and pass her over the wall into the Yen Compound. By this time, there was a big kaffufle going on back in the Halfling Market at the Yen Compound so I thought it best to drop the little girl back there safely without drawing attention to myself.

Next session, we’ll try and find out why someone hired the goblins to kidnap a small girl in the first place. Looking forward to it!


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Apr. 22nd, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)
Huzzah! I'll post a more detailed session log this evening on my own journal, and perhaps a few more bits of background information. Originally I'd intended only on a short intro in Kang Hong as a prelude to getting on the boat, but I've put in a bit too much plot for a throwaway. So this is likely to be Adventure 1 rather than Adventure 0.1, if you know what I mean.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
Don't be surprised if it takes us several sessions before we actually leave the city!
This wasn't meant to be a detailed session log - I'll leave that to you (and possibly Georg). It's great to be a player again!
Apr. 22nd, 2008 12:35 pm (UTC)
Watch out for Li Kao - he has a slight flaw in his character! (Dude, you're adventuring in Bridge of Birds? That's awesome!!)
Apr. 22nd, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
It's more late 19th century China with the serial numbers filed off and D&D fantasy elements added in place of most of the technology. But, given that, I couldn't resist giving Li Kao and Number Ten Ox walk on parts.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Bridge of Birds is one of those books I always meant to read and never got round to. Looking forward to learning more about these characters.
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