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Black Horse Parsantium Campaign Session #5

“If you wake at midnight, and hear a horse's feet,
Don't go drawing back the blind, or looking in the street,
Them that ask no questions isn't told a lie.
Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by.”

- A Smuggler’s Song, Tew Pennyfeather

Here’s what happened in last night’s game. Each PC gets 165xp each.

16th Maius (contd)
After some discussion, El’em, Ella and Krivinn loot Sorgrim’s body and then return to the surface. At the Fat Grouper, they are reunited with Gong who introduces them to a new acquaintance: a dwarven invoker called Sharden. Talk to Tew Pennyfeather about Ashna and learn about smugglers (“the Gentlemen”) coming in to the Old Docks at night. Tew seems to be holding something back but Gong is able to persuade him to talk: the bugbear pirate Captain Gnash and his ship the Howling Raider were at the docks a few nights ago.

Before returning to the tunnels in the Hidden Quarter, most of the PCs decide to ask around town and try and find out more about what’s going on. Meanwhile, Krivinn decides to go shopping instead, buying a suit of plate armour from Bilal’s Blades before heading off to the Maker’s Ward to get the silver dragon on his shield altered to look like Bahamut.

Ella goes to the Black Dolphin’s Wake and chats to a drunk fisherman called Arktaros, finding out that a big bearded man wearing a turban had been asking questions about Ashna and that the Dockside Crew, based in the Old Fishery, were the main contacts for the smugglers.

El’em and Sharden go to see Brother Jerome in the slums. The genasi grills the priest about criminal activity in the neighbourhood and is disappointed that he doesn’t seem to know much, ending up getting rude and stroppy with them. However, Sharden does a bit better and learns that Orloch, King of the Slums and gnoll leader of the Mangy Curs, is based next door to Brother Jerome’s chapel and soup kitchen. Gong chats to merchants in the Fish Market. Despite mending their scorched stalls (damaged by El’em’s flaming sphere) at cost, he learns little.

Later that evening, the PCs get back together at the Fat Grouper and compare notes. Ella decides to stay up and keep an eye on the docks. She doesn’t see any suspicious ships but does spot a woodpecker-like bird (a nail stealer) pull a shiny nail out of Mangesh’s houseboat before flying back to its nest in the Fat Grouper’s crows nest.

17th Maius   

The PCs return to the pelican house and head back down into the tunnels. Sorgrim’s body is gone so at Krivinn’s urging they head down a side tunnel in pursuit of whoever or whatever dragging his corpse away. When they reach a five-way intersection and lose the trail, the party return to the main tunnel and start following the cart tracks again.

Arrive at a door. After several failed attempts to bash it down and pick the lock, Gong eventually manages to kick it in. Krivinn heads inside and is attacked by a gelatinous cube. The others rush in to help, but El’em’s thunderwave unfortunately pushes the cube on top of Krivinn, engulfing him. Gong gets engulfed too and El’em is paralyzed by the ooze’s pseudopods. Eventually the PCs are able to kill the cube and Ella heads up the ladder and through the trapdoor above. She finds herself in a warehouse and under attack by beggars and lowlife scum. The rest of the party come up the ladder to her aid and defeat the ruffians pretty easily. Eight are killed but two are knocked unconscious for questioning.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 7th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
how piddly
What is the point of being brave and leaping into a room full of baddies if they're only worth 4xp each? :-(
Jan. 7th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
Re: how piddly
Well, 25 xp each actually but divided by 5 PCs, that is just 5 xp. They were minions though.
Jan. 8th, 2009 07:55 am (UTC)
Re: how piddly
Yes, in the current downturn, minions are not worth as much as they once were.
Jan. 10th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
Re: how piddly
Yes, but it cuts both ways - I bought a job lot of a thousand on e-bay recently for next to nothing. Unfortunately they were priced in Euros, so I didn't save as much as I'd hoped.
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