Keep on the Borderlands – Game Session 002

Game summary for September 1, 2011, In Search of Adventure campaign, Keep on the Borderlands adventure; present characters included Illithor (elf veteran-medium), Nicholae Dragos (cleric acolyte), and Theobald Goblinbane (dwarf veteran).

With Lucian in his grave, and their wounds tended, the party set back off to the Caves of Chaos with a retainer, Katarzina Markhov.  They debated entering a different cave than previously but decided to again test their mettle against the kobolds.  Katarzina lit a torch, and the four heroes stepped within.

The light drew the attention of more giant rats who scurried forth to investigate.  Battle ensued, with the rats championed by a particularly large and fearsome pack leader.  Although tense, the battle was really one-sided.  In close to a minute the rats lay dead.  The party discovered a silver necklace around the pack leader’s neck.  Further investigation of the nest revealed nothing else of value.

The party headed further into the caves and found several branches along the way.  The group turned along the northern branch and discovered a locked door.  Nicholae used a hammer and iron spike to begin beating the lock out of the door.  Presently, a trio of kobold guards approached to investigate and battle erupted.

One kobold, armed with a crude hand axe, advanced on the team while two archers fired at the party.  Katarzina took several minor hits.  The melee kobold took a sharp blow and ran for his life down the hallway.  Meanwhile, Nicholae closed with the archers with slower-moving Theobald and Illthor trailing.  Theobald hurled his spear at the retreating kobold and missed.  Nonplused, he drew his mace for action.  Illithor and Katarzina slowly drove the archers back while Nicholae tried to treat injuries as necessary.  Eventually, the archers were dead, the retreating kobold was gone, and the party had a moment to bind their more serious wounds.

The break was short-lived, however, as a wandering squad of goblins had heard the ruckus and arrived.  The wicked little creatures charged forward with crude axes held high.  They particularly focused on their hated foe the dwarf.  Despite the struggle they had with the kobolds, the team found their stride and tore into the goblins with zeal and aptitude.  Illithor cast magic missile, exploding one goblin skull like an overripe melon.  Illithor then used Theobald’s spear to kill another.  Katarzina felled a third.  The remaining goblin darted down the hallway with the team in close pursuit.  A vicious backhand planted his axe deep into the chest of Katarzina.  Although alive, she was out of the fight.  The group swarmed in, and Theobald killed the goblin before  he could get away.

Nicholae tended to Katarzina and then resumed his work on the locked door.  The rest gathered coins from the slain monsters.  Behind the door lay the kobolds’ food supply, which the party promptly set ablaze.  They then withdrew from the caves and returned to Castellan’s Keep.

Once at the keep, they sold the necklace for 400 gold coins and purchased plate armor for Theobald and Nicholae.  They also rented some space in the bank vaults to store equipment and valuables.  With a set of spare dwarven chainmail, they went to negotiate hiring Wuldric Mineshield at the tavern while others secured lodging at the inn.

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

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