Keep on the Borderlands – Game Session 001

Game summary for August 25, 2011, In Search of Adventure campaign, Keep on the Borderlands adventure; present characters included Grey Mouser (thief apprentice), Illithor (elf veteran-medium), Lucian Zieroff (fighter veteran), Nicholae Dragos (cleric acolyte), and Theobald Goblinbane (dwarf veteran).

Five young heroes gathered at Castellan’s Keep seeking adventure and fortune within the nearby Caves of Chaos.  They began their journey within the Hearth and Road Tavern inside the keep by talking to some of the individuals gathered within.  They asked half-a-dozen individuals their rates to hire on to an adventuring party to get an idea of the needed investment.  They spoke to Arathorn the elf, Archibald Baker the halfling, Katarzina Markhov the guardswoman, Quintinus Metelko the archer, Ursula Botsaris the arcanist, and Wuldric Mineshield the dwarf.  After determining they lacked sufficient funds, the five set out on the two mile trek to the caves.

Lucian used his wilderness skills to study the terrain and tracks around, and they sought out a less frequently entered cave.  Nicholae and Lucian ignited torches in preparation.  As Lucian moved into the cavern, eight kobolds shimmied down ropes from a large tree and attacked with their crude spears.  Illithor and Theobald suffered minor injuries but helped put the kobolds down quickly.  After looting the bodies and binding wounds, Lucian charged into the cave.

Within, more kobolds awaited, with several readying weapons while two fled down a side passage.  The party moved in, and as Lucian advanced, he found himself dumped ten feet into a flip-lid pit trap.  A brutal fight ensued, and Grey Mouser tried to get within the pit to disable its workings.  He accidentally triggered the trap and crashed into Lucian from above.  The rest of the group eliminated the remaining kobolds while Lucian exacerbated his injuries trying to heal himself.

After rescuing their allies from the pit, Lucian moved into a side chamber filled with trash and debris.  Numerous giant rats swarmed up from the heap and attacked.  The brave fighter went down beneath a gnashing horde of vermin teeth.  The party bought themselves a few moments of reprieve, slaying several rats and dragging Lucian’s body free.  With more kobolds just out of sight to the right and a dozen more rats bubbling up from bolt holes to the left, the team fled back to the keep.

Gathered around the body of their fallen companion, Nicholae attempted to perform his first funeral ceremony.  He was very nervous and got some of the rituals wrong.  Lucian is now at rest but may be married to his casket.  It was all a bit confusing.

Bolstered with a few gathered coins, the equipment from their fallen friend, and some knowledge of the caves, the team plans to launch a second foray better prepared.

The above summary is for a game session of Dungeons & Dragons BECMI / RC edition played by the Phoenix Gaming Club.