Session 4 – The Crucible of Freya (Lost Lands)

Crypt of the mad wizard

Game System | Blood & Treasure Complete

Setting/World | The Lost Lands by Frog God & Necromancer Games

Dramatis Personae

Hoder | Ogre Fighter 2 [Brute variant] | Flan

Blitz Dunkelsturm | Mountain Dwarf Cleric of Jamboor 2 [Death domain] | Berndt

Brah At Hamed | Human Barbarian 1 | Djuro

Hrunkah | Half Orc Thief 1 | Berndt

Angelina d’Monica III | Human Assassin 1 [Acrobat variant] | Djuro

Fenrir the Vain | Human Barbarian 1 [Thane variant] | Flan

Absent this session

The Old Sleaze | Human Sorcerer 1 | Martin

Session Four – Alone in the dark

This session, three new secondary PCs were introduced:

Hrunkah the half orc thief, an outcast from both orc and human society – orcs consider her human, humans consider her an orc. She hates orcs (as she was concieved as a result of an orc forcing himself on her mother) and wants to eradicate them from the face of the Lost Lands, and have turned into an avenger of sorts.

Angelina d’Monica III the human assassin travels the lands as a hit-woman, taking jobs for whoever pays best. Her specialty is acrobatic moves and daring stunts. And killing people.

Fenrir the Vain the human barbarian is the youngest son of a barbarian Thane. However, being youngest also means that he will inherit absolutely nothing so he travels the world, trying to make a name and a fortune for himself. Fenrir is a bit vain after such a noble upbringing and very proud of his long blond hair, which he grooms all the time.

Hoder and Blitz also leveled up to level 2.


After the party in Fairhill our daring heroes decide to return to the Keep to search the rumoured tomb of the vampire. The PCs have kept Corian’s stolen amulet, which they recovered after slaying Vortigern last session. However, they haven’t told Corian and now he sits in some Fairhill tavern, drinking cheap sour wine and sulk over his lost amulet and dead friend Galdar.

Equipped with stakes and mallet, rope and a ladder, they enter first level of the structure under the Southwest tower.

First they remove the silver coins and spikes, but nothing happens. Then they try to break open the door to no avail. Finally, they use the amulet and the magically locked door open up with a hiss of dry stale air rushing out.

There’s a smell of charnel house, below is a dark room with six statues in armor and full helms. The PCs go down by ladder and investigate. It is an old wizard’s laboratory, about 50 feet in diameter, doors to the east. Very dark and hard to see.

Suddenly, the statues come alive and attack. Angelina is not surprised and manages to attack and chop off the head of one, spraying the room in corpse dust and disgusting maggots.

Blitz tries to turn the things, but nothing happens.

Then the battle is upon them. The things attack with swords and shields. Angelina does some acrobatic moves, jumping behind a foe. Hoder chops hard. Hrunkah manages to get behind and backstab one. Fenrir checks his hair 😉

Brah At Hamed fights well but is hit and falls unconscious to the ground (0 hp). Blitz jumps in, trying to fend off the enemy that is moving in for the kill, but fumbles bad and hits the unconscious barbarian in the side of the head with his warhammer, dealing 16 hp of damage, instantly killing Brah by smashing in his skull.

Finally, the enemy is defeated. Everyone is covered in corpse dust and crawling maggots. The PCs search the room, but find only old lab stuff.

Next they check the trap door in the center of the floor. They find no traps so they open it. Below they see a very dark circular chamber with six sarcophages lining the perimeter of the room. In the center there’s a large sarcophagus with a finely dressed figure lying on top. The figure has been dead a long time, with dry skin like a mummy, dressed in once fine robes and wearing a red fez. In it’s skeletal hands it grasps a finely wrought wooden staff. On the floor beside the sarcophagus, there’s shattered glass and some old papers.

The PCs lowers down a lantern on a rope to see better. Blitz casts Invisibility to undead on himself and Hoder (who holds the ropes). Then Hoder lowers down Blitz (Mission Impossible horizontal style with rope around waist and legs). Blitz manages to grab the staff and tells Hoder to raise him up again. The dry corpse won’t let go of the staff and is lifted up as well. However, the weight gets too high and the corpse’s fingerbones snap. The corpse falls down and shatters against the stone sarcophagus. Meanwhile, Hrunkah the thief sits at the edge of the hole in the ground, watching. She feels a cold draft and suddenly feels very tired. After recovering the staff, Blitz goes down again, picking up some glass shards and the papers on the floor. Hrunkah feels even more tired and weary, almost on the point of fainting.

There is an ice cold draft and suddenly a weak whisper: “Feriblan? It’s been so long since someone visited me“.

Fenrir shakes his blond hair mane and answers that he is indeed Feriblan and asks how he can help. There is another weak whisper from beyond the grave: “Chapel“.

Hanging, down in the lower tomb, Blitz notices a shadow that is moving against the other shadows from the lantern, and yells at Hoder to pull him up fast. Blitz cast a Continual Light and indeed, there is an extra shadow in the room!

The party suddenly realize that something is very wrong and notices that Hrunkah is barely awake. The whispering voice sounds angrier now: “Thieves! My precious!

The party scramble up the ladder and manage to slam the hatch shut before anything else happens… It seems that whatever was down there, stays down there. For now at least. Fenrir checks his hair.

Next, they check the eastern door for traps, and enters the room. It is an old bedroom, very finely decorated with all in exact order. On the bedside table, they find a wizard’s spellbook. Meticulous searching reveals nothing else in the room. To Fenrir’s great disappoinment not even a comb or a mirror.

And here we had to break for the evening. To be continued…  

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Session 3 – The Crucible of Freya (Lost Lands)

Orcus – Lord of the Undead

Game System | Blood & Treasure Complete

Setting/World | The Lost Lands by Frog God & Necromancer Games

Dramatis Personae

The Old Sleaze | Human Sorcerer 1 | Martin

Blitz Dunkelsturm | Mountain Dwarf Cleric of Jamboor 1 [Death domain] | Berndt

Brah At Hamed | Human Barbarian 1 | Djuro

Corian | Human Wizard 1 | NPC

Galdar | Human Cleric of Thyr 1 | NPC

Extras in the Crucible:

Lauriel | Human Fighter 2 | NPC

Hathol | Human Fighter 1 | NPC

Absent this session

Hoder | Ogre Fighter 1 [Brute variant] | Flan

 

Session Three – The Keep

Taking the place of slain Gunwald the dwarven ranger, this session introduced Brah At Hamed – a human barbarian from some god-forgotten desert wasteland. Brah has a background as a travelling executioner, offering his services and then moving on.

Brah is very strong (Str 18) but also very clumsy (Dex 3) which will undoubtedly give some fine opportunities for role playing*.

Last session ended with the protagonists standing in the Keep, drenched in gore, having just slain the last enemy. However, the black-clad sinister type and his orcs are still left, barricaded in the chapel.

Hoder is posted outside the chapel, making sure they don’t get any nasty surprises.

Then the party search the Northwest tower, but find nothing.

They search the Gate tower and find that the orcs have disabled the maneuver mechanism for the portcullis.

Next they search the Northeast tower – Blitz kick in door on the upper floor. After checking the rotten floor, Blitz enters down the stone stairs. After a few steps down, he hears a rattling sound and runs up again. After him, 2 giant spiders follow! Blitz and Galdar takes a stand in the doorway. They throw in flasks of oil, setting fire to the wooden rubble inside. The spiders panic and try to get out and there’s a fight in the doorway. Sleaze the Sorcerer shoots arrows with his hand crossbow, charging them with elemental power. Blitz fights the biggest spider along with Galdar, who is hit in the chest for serious damage + poison. Dying, in a last heroic act Galdar throws himself on the spider making it hard for it to move. (Actually, he missed both his survival save and on top of that fumbled his poison save, so he fell into the flaming tower, but don’t tell anyone because they think he’s a bona fide hero). Then, Blitz is hit for serious damage (0hp), but makes his poison save as well as the death save. He falls unconscious to the ground, leaving Sleaze to do the fighting. Luckily for Sleaze, the spider finally dies from fire damage. Blitz is revived with a healing potion, but has become deaf by some weird poison effect and now HE TALKS VERY LOUD ALL THE TIME.

The PCs decide to investigate the Southwest tower. On the first floor they find a lot if once valuable but now urine-contaminated rugs. In a corner, Brah At Hamed is found bound. He doesn’t want to talk about what the orcs did to him (but he’s pretty f-ing NOT ok). They find most of his gear on the 2nd floor where the ogre used to live. When searching the tower they find a secret trap door in the floor under the urine-rugs (which were removed with some barfing involved).

Too late to help, Corian returns with five rowdy characters that he has picked up in the taverns and seedier places of Fairhill, by promising adventure, loot and fame. (This congregation of riff-raff are to be the new secondary characters).

After some discussion, the PCs decide to wait with investigating the trap door, instead taking care of the last enemies. The plan is most simple: attack chapel head on. Hoder the ogre and Brah the barbarian break open the doors, and throw in flaming oil. One orc is set on fire. The orcs attack, and their black clad leader Tavik stays back at first, observing. Hoder and Brah storm into the chapel room in a rage. However, Brah’s low AC (Dex 3) makes him take a beating since all enemies hit him all the time. Blitz, Lauriel and Sleaze stand outside behind a low wall of dead orcs, and shoot missiles into the chapel. Sleaze-o uses Mage Hand to put out the evil looking black candle that sits on the altar. Tavik now joins the battle, and is wounded bad by a massive sword blow by Hoder and retaliates by casting Hold on Ho(l)der. Having neutralized the ogre for later, he charges out of the chapel but are hit badly by crit missile fire and dies in front of the chapel! The body and all his possessions immediately dissolves, leaving a ashen burn on the ground.

When the chapel is searched, treasure and some evil books dedicated to Orcus is discovered.

Our heroes now return to the Southwest tower, to try to open the trap door. Finally, after much trying it opens. The room below is a mess. Apparently, the previous residents have used it as a trash bin. However, the center of the room is free from debris, revealing a second trap door spiked with silver nails and the crack between the floor and the hatch is lined with silver coins. On the walls, lots of garlic hang on nails. There’s also garlic tossed on the floor. Brah throws down an orc head to see what happens. However, nothing happens. Now Blitz and Sleaze chicken out, and won’t enter the room. Brah laughs at the waeklings and lowers himself down with a rope. He then proceeds with removing a silver coin. Still, nothing happens…

All the silver and garlic have made the PCs nervous, thinking of vampires or worse. They decide to go back to Fairhill to rest and resupply before taking on the vampire.

They collect loot from all the orcs and the rest of the Keep and return to village, where they are greeted as heroes. As a token of gratitude, they are moved to the Noble House, generally reserved for nobles and other bigwhigs. Then there’s a big party held in their honor.

The PCs talk to Arden about taking over the Keep as a base. After some thought and discussion with his peers, Arden agrees. It is advantageous to have the heroes live there and be available to help the village as well as keeping bad guys out of the area. After a few pints of mead, Blitz tries to make a pass at Shandril the hot elven cleric of Freya, but alas, she’s not into dwarves…

They also hear rumors of a vampire in the Keep. Apparently, everyone knows that rumour, except the heroes.

And this is where we stopped the session.


*This was rolled using 3d6 in order – I saw it myself. The normal for this campaign is roll 4d6, remove the lowest, arrange as wished, but of course I allow 3d6 in order if the players want to do that.

The players all rolled up an extra character as backup if the main character dies. We also discussed using several PCs per player sometimes and maybe take turns adventuring with the two PCs. We’ll see how this works out.

Session 2 – The Wizard’s Amulet / The Crucible of Freya (Lost Lands)

Orcses…

Game System | Blood & Treasure Complete

Setting/World | The Lost Lands by Frog God & Necromancer Games

Dramatis Personae

Hoder | Ogre Fighter 1 [Brute variant] | Flan

Blitz Dunkelsturm | Mountain Dwarf Cleric of Jamboor 1 [Death domain] | Berndt

Gunwald | Mountain Dwarf Ranger 1 [Explorer variant] | Djuro

Corian | Human Wizard 1 | NPC

Galdar | Human Cleric of Thyr 1 | NPC

Extras in the Crucible:

Lauriel | Human Fighter 2 | NPC

Jerinor | Human Fighter 1 | NPC

Hathol | Human Fighter 1 | NPC

Absent this session

The Old Sleaze | Human Sorcerer 1 | Martin

Session Two – Smells like chicken, tastes like napalm

This session saw the première of a new character: Gunwald – the dwarf ranger (explorer variant). A well-traveled dwarf with much knowledge of both wilderness and cities (dragoman background).

Travel day 12

On the morning after the meeting with the familiar, an unknown dwarf tramples into your camp. It is Gunwald, a ranger Corian also hired for the journey. Since he was on another mission, they had arranged for him to join you on the way. Two days of travel pass. You are on a constant alert, but see no enemy activity whatsoever and the feeling of being hunted gradually fade away. The landscape around you steadily gets rockier and the steady drizzle of rain also get less frequent and everyone’s spirits improve.

In the afternoon, Gunwald spots a pillar of smoke coming from somewhere north of the road. You decide to make a detour to investigate and find a pillaged farm. The farmer lies on the yard, arm missing and some pigs are fighting over something in the corral. After searching the area you count five dead – the farmer, his wife and their three children. All butchered in an enthusiastic manner. You can’t find any clues as to who did it or from where they came, but manage to secure a big footprint from a iron-shod boot in the mud. The smoke came from the still smoldering. Nothing seems to have been stolen in the house, where you find the farmer’s meagre coins and an old military issue short sword hanging over the mantelpiece (turns out to be a magic sword +1). The smoke came from the outhouse, now reduced to a blackened pile of debris. As sundown is approaching you stand in front of the house, discussing what to do and if you maybe should make camp here. Hoder argues that they should roast a pig. Finally, they decide to make a famous dwarven dish: A cow, stuffed with a pig, stuffed with a chicken, stuffed with an egg.  The discussion is interrupted by a soft voice coming from the nearby treeline. Turning around you see a slim black clad man reading from a scroll in an arcane speech, a large red eyed raven perched on his shoulder. Beside him, two brutish half orc thugs have taken up position with bows, arrows nocked. As he speaks the final words of the spell, the raven lifts and while in flight it transforms into a demonic bat-winged shape with a long barbed tail. Shocked, you reach for your weapons, but the ground below you suddenly

Vortigern style

erupt as the dead claw their way to the ground to serve their new master. The bodies of the farm family also rise and begin to shuffle towards you. Blitz, away in the barn, hears the commotion and devise a most cunning plan – to charge into battle on the draft horse in the barn.

A frantic battle ensue. The wizard stays at the fringe of the trees with his thugs. The thugs shoot arrows at anyone in range and the undead try to surround the PCs to move in for the kill. Hoder makes a circling maneuver by running around the house in full speed to get at the half-orc thugs from the side, and is followed by Gunwald (not as fast). The rest of the PCs fight the skeletons and zombies where they stand. Meanwhile, in the barn Blitz tries to climb the horse, but to no avail.

Hoder reaches the half-orcs, and in rage chops them down with some mighty cuts. The wizard, looking startled throws something in the air and vanishes without a trail. In front of the house, the demon-familiar manages to get hold of Corian’s amulet, while a skeleton wounds him badly. Galdar manage to chase the zombies away with his holy symbol, but the skeletons keep coming and stabs Corian through the chest, felling him to the ground while the familiar flies off with the amulet, towards the trees. The ogre, Gunwald and the now mounted Blitz joins the fight. One skeleton manages to smash its own head with a sword and Blitz falls off the horse trying to make a mounted attack. After some more fighting our heroes prevail. Luckily, Corian isn’t dead, but hurt very bad and unconscious. A search of the trees is done, but in the dark no tracks after the wizard can be found.

The group decide to make camp here and spend an uneventful, if nervous night in the simple farmhouse. The next morning they make a simple stretcher for Corian and round up all animals to bring with them.

Travel day 14

The fellowship travel for two more days, leaving the Tradeway for a smaller road going north, higher into the foothills of the Stoneheart Mountains. Corian has regained consciousness, but is still too weak to move.

About two hours before arrival, the PCs spot the silhouettes of three humanoid behind a hilly ridge beside the road. They hardly have the time to take cover before a volley of black arrows cut into the soil beside them. The main group of PCs take cover and shoot arrows back, but Hoder and Blitz (on the horse) charge around the hill to flank the enemy. The flanking maneuver works and soon the three ambushing orcs are running for their lives with a crazy ogre on their heels with an even crazier riding dwarf by his side. Hoder, gets a bit overconfident and manages to throw away his sword, but Blitz bashes down two orcs with a warhammer to the back of the head. The last one is split in two by the ogre’s sword. The plan was to take a prisoner for interrogation, but the warriors got a bit overzealous in their task…

The village of Fairhill

As the PCs approach Fairhill from the south they are halted by a grim one-handed warrior named Baran, head of the guard, and interrogated as of their business in Fairhill. Lauriel, Baran’s second in command looks at them disapprovingly.

The PCs are directed to Freya’s temple to pay their respect. On their way there, they pass the market and decide to make a stop to sell the animals. It takes some haggling, and sour words from the local merchants as they have no license, but they manage to sell the livestock for a decent sum of coin. The horse they keep, however (stabled at the Three Kegs tavern). The PCs also see a finely dressed man in a luxurious booth and goes over to talk with him. This turns out to be Arlen the magistrate with whom they discuss selling some gems. After the market they pass the smithy and visit the smith. Voril the smith is clearly depressed and they learn that his daughter Arialle has been missing, having not returned from a trip to the nearby village of Crimmor. The PCs promise Voril to look into the matter. Blitz also borrows some money from Hoder and Gunwald to afford a new chain armor.

They then visit the Temple of Freya and meet Shandril, the very hot elven cleric of Freya and leave after a short but positive discussion on matters both divine and mundane. All the dwarves are in love and would do anything she asks of them. Shandril also works some magical healing on Corian.

The PCs finally get boarding at the Drunken Cockatrice Inn (run by Glarian the half-elf), where they feast on the excellent food and drink. All take an early night except Gudmund the dwarf, who has an ale in the tavern. There he meets the Dwarves of the Shattered Axe – a gang of obnoxious dwarven heroes (or at least they claim they are) and learn some rumours. When Gunwald disbelieve the pompous claims of their leader Durgis, a test of strength is called for, but Durgis says that he has a lot of important stuff to do and backs out. As Gunwald leaves for his room he sees them move to another table and start their stories again with some other guests. Gunwald also notice a depressed-looking peasant sitting in a corner, drinking ale after ale, staring at the wall.

The Crucible of Freya

Just before dawn, Blitz is awakend by a commotion in the streets. He quickly wakes up the others and they arm themselves. It turns out that orcs have raided the village, stolen the Crucible and set fire to the temple. Standing in front of the blazing temple, Shandril asks the PCs to help. She and Baran suspect that this was a decoy raid to draw the guards from the village so that the orcs can attack when the soldiers are away. The PCs agree and get horses to speed up the pursuit. The orcs went away on foot so there is a chance of getting to them. Shandril offers her longsword Valkyria to the most able fighter, which is Hoder, and he accepts the honor. The sword is to be used to hunt down and punish those who defiled Freya’s temple. Lauriel and two guards (Jerinor and Hathol) go with the PCs as guides and to guard the horses.

At the river ford they find tracks that indicate that the orcs went over the river here not too long ago. When reaching the forest, the spot the secret path and search it. They find a few silver trinkets recognizable as coming from Freya’s temple and decide to use the path. Lauriel objects, but is voted down. After about two hours of fast travel on foot along the path, the PCs hear guttural laughs. The overconfident orcs have stopped and have taken a break. A black leather flask is passed around and their leader, Kren, keeps defiling the crucible by spitting and urinating in it, to the great glee of the other dwarves. The PCs decide to ambush the orcs by surrounding them. First, they loose a volley of missiles from all directions. A few orcs fall with arrows in their throats, and then the PCs attack, cutting down the orcs without mercy. Kren dies by a blow from Valkyria, sending his head flying and having him drop the urine-filled crucible over himself. This is not a fight as much as a slaughter. One orc is saved for interrogation and the PCs learn that many orcs, led by Nagrod and the Boss is holed up in a Keep nearby. The prisoned is then neutralized (=killed). A discussion ensue: Lauriel insists that they bring the crucible back immediately, but the PCs argue that this might be the best time to scout and/or attack the keep as the orcs are off guard and on top of that, it is day.

Finally, they send Corian back to the village with the crucible and to get reinforcements. Hathol is guarding the horses at the entrance to the secret path. Lauriel agrees to scout the place, but not to attack. Blitz, Gunwald, Hoder, Lauriel, Galdar, Hathol and Jerinor proceed to the Keep.

After an hour the PCs arrive at the back door and manage to scout around the place, hiding in the forest. They detect very low activity. To the south they see a rotten elf carcass nailed to a great oak with a metal spear. Apparently, the orcs have some heavy ordinance in the form of a ballista. They also spot the orc in the clock tower and manage to shoot him dead without the alarm going off. Using the large metal key found on Kren the open the back door, and fortunately spot the green slime in the center of the room. The group proceed up the stairs to level 2, keeping away from the rotten floorboards. From the curtain walls (south and east) at the nortwest tower they have a good view of the inside of the keep. There are 2 orcs patrolling the inner  courtyard and 6 at the outer courtyard. Our heroes decide to ambush the two inner courtyard orcs when they are out of sight from the others. Gudmund and the NPCs position themselves at the nortern curtain wall while Blitz, Hoder and Galdar sneak down to the courtyard and hide behind the chapel. As the guards enter the killzone, the three archers at the curtain wall loose a volley of arrows. One guard falls and the other is cut down by Hoder. Unfortunately, Gunwald fumble his shot by slipping and manage to shoot young Hathol in the crotch, killing him.

Suddenly an orc from the outer courtyard starts yelling, looking for his 2 buddies. The door to the Chapel opens, and Herr Vortigern steps out, telling orc to shut it. Hoder’s ogre blood shows and without thought he attacks the wizard from nowhere. Vortigern didn’t see this coming and has no active battle spells. He is cut down fast. The fiendish familiar also joins the fight, and manages to sting Blitz, but the dwarf manages his save and is unaffected by the poison. This is also the point where the outer courtyard orcs sound blow the alarm horns and the battle is on!

Six orcs emerge from the palissade parts of the wall, shooting arrows from a range. The six outer courtyard orcs charge towards the PCs on the ground. After a few rounds of combat the door to the southwest tower opens and eight orcs plus Nagrod the über-orc charges out screaming their fierce battle cries. After them an even bigger creature follows – Grosh the Ogre, armed with a gigantic spiked club.

The PCs fight well, but it’s an uneven battle. On the ground, Blitz, Hoder and Galdar take on the orc horde from the outer courtyard. The ogre, Nagrod and Vortigern’s familiar also fight here. The other orcs from the southwest tower storm the stone stairway to get access to the curtain wall so that they can clear out the 2nd floor of the gate tower where Gunvald, Lauriel and Jerinor have taken up defense, shooting arrows from the narrow window slits. The orc archers on the palissade concentrate their fire on the gate tower.

During the battle, a sinister black clad figure exits the Chapel, surveying the battle. Sure of victory, he leaves the fight to his minions and retreat to the chapel with his guards. The PCs catch a glipse of a weird star shaped symbol on his chest.

baphomet

The Sign of…who?

Despite uneven odds, the PCs manage to slay many orcs, and when Nagrond and the ogre falls, the remaining three archer orcs on the palissade break and run for it, but not before shooting young Jerinor dead with their black arrows. The fight at the gate tower is fierce and very close. Lauriel shoots arrows at the assailants, while Gunwald lobs flaming flasks of oil at the curtain wall and stairway, delaying the orcs and setting some on fire. At this point several of the PCs are down to 1-2 hp. The last group of gate tower attackers try to shield bash their way into the tower, but are held back by Gunwald. Despite his heroism, Gunwald finally runs out of luck and is stabbed through the chest by a sneering orc warrior. The brave dwarf dies on the gate tower floor. Just a few rounds later, the last orcs are defeated.

The battle for the courtyard is over, our heroes stand wounded, drenched in gore, barely able to move because of their multiple cuts and bruises. Two of them are dead. And the battle is not over. Not yet…

Defending the Gate house

Gate house battle, Gunwald the Defender


Total defeated enemies this session:

The Farm

5 skeletons

5 zombies (3 child zombies)

2 half-orc warriors

Ambush

3 orcs

Orc raiding party

1 orc boss

6 orcs

The Keep

1 orc boss

27 orcs

1 ogre

1 imp

1 evil wizard