Reign of Winter — Game Session — 004

Game summary for September 27, 2016, Reign of Winter campaign, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Kenwrec Battleglaive (Dwarf Slayer played by Peyton Harmon), Magnus Erlingsson (Human Cleric played by Chris Harmon), and Tiswichtt (Orc Witch played by Casey Scruggs). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The team got up and packed their pavilion.  Heading out into the woods, they came across a frozen body lying partially buried in the snow.  They found it appeared to have been flash frozen.  The team recovered several items and some coins.  On the hilt of the dagger they found the name “Dansby.”

The group continued through the forest and discovered a line of hoof prints which they tracked through the snow.  Eventually they heard arguing and found three men standing by a trio of horses.  The men argued over a pouch and who would get the larger shares.  The team listened and heard them talking about someone named Rokhar and raiding a caravan.  Eventually the argument broke up, and one man went to the horses and another to relieve himself by a tree.  The group ambushed the team at that moment!  Kenwrec ran from the cover of the trees and hurled a dagger into the back of the occupied man.  Tiswichtt hurried out behind the dwarf and cast chill touch on the surprised man, freezing him to death.

Magnus charged out of hiding, and in a booming voice demanded the remaining two men surrender.  The one by the horses leapt upon his steed, but Magnus’ sword met him in the air and sliced across his throat.  The man fell to the ground and died from the grievous wound.  The remaining man lost his nerve and tried to flee through the snow.  Kenwrec and Tiswichtt, wearing snowshoes, pursued quickly!  The orc witch was able to bash the fleeing man across the back of the head with the flat of her axe, knocking him unconscious.

The team spent time interrogating the man and learned he is a bandit working for a man named Rokhar who is holed up in a lodge in the woods.  Rokhar had kidnapped a woman and was holding her hostage.  The man said about a dozen men were with Rokhar, and he even gave them the gang’s safe passphrase, “We’ve come to join the party.”  The team ended up letting the man go free as they got on the horses and rode off to the lodge.

The group spied on the lodge for a while and eventually decided to approach under the guise of looking for work as bandits.  One of their horses tripped a wire that caused a crossbow to fire into Kenwrec’s arm and sound a crude alarm.  Bandits poured out of the lodge and aimed bows at the team.  Parley ensued, and Magnus uttered the passphrase.  The man barking orders sneered and yelled, “Hear that, boys?  They’ve come to join the party.  Kill them!”

Prepared! – The Impregnable Fortress of Dib — Game Session — 001

Game summary for September 26, 2016, Prepared! – The Impregnable Fortress of Dib campaign, for Harm Incorporated. Session included: Dorin Stoutbelly (Halfling Cleric played by Preston Harmon), Lucian Hawkwind (Human Fighter played by Preston Harmon as secondary), Porthos Goldthumb (Gnome Wizard played by Parker Harmon), and Snorri Axebattler (Dwarf Rogue played by Parker Harmon as secondary). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The party, the mighty Goblin Slayers, heard rumor of a group of goblins who had built a fortress out of an overturned wagon.  They headed out and found the ditch and partially dug moat.  They approached and were fired upon with a volley of arrows.  Dorin and Porthos used disguise self to appear goblin-like and engaged the inhabitants in conversation.  They immediately began to praise the legendary status of goblin leader, whose name they learned was Dib Halfling-Chewer.  The team planned to lull the goblins into a false sense of security and started helping dig the moat.  However, they forgot the spell duration of disguise self, and after an hour of labor their cover failed!  The goblins attacked with gusto, shooting arrows and pumping scalding oil on the team.  A well-placed light spell on one of the arrow slits gave the goblins some penalties to attack.  Porthos ignited the wagon with a burning hands spell while Lucian and Snorri took turns putting boots to the door trying to kick it in!  Dib taunted them from within while riddling them with arrows.  Finally, the wood splintered under their assault, and the party flooded in.  Two goblins tried to grapple the team and throw them into a knee bar.  Snorri’s knee with wrenched pretty hard, but overall the team was unimpressed.  Crossbow bolts flew in from the team while the rogue and fighter engaged in melee.  The goblin warlord, Dib, fled down the ladder laughing and yelling, “Fast as fast can be, you’ll never catch me!”

The group killed the goblins and dropped down the ladder to pursue.  They hurtled around a corner and found a fiendishly clever and very goblin-like trap.  The goblins had laid out a lot of rakes and driven nails through the handles.  Snorri threw his arm up just in time as he accidentally stomped on the rake heads.  The nails slammed into his forearm instead of his face!  Arrows and crossbows flew back and forth across the tiny cavern beneath the burning wagon.  Porthos killed two goblins with magic missile.  Dorin stepped up and cast charm person at Dib who shook off the effect yelling, “Wise as wise can be, you’ll never charm me!”  So, Lucian and Snorri flanked him and killed him with a sneak attack.

The team searched the room and found treasures the goblins had stolen hidden beneath the cushions of the goblin throne.  Happy with their successful mission and healed by Dorin’s magic, the team headed out of the “fortress” to pursue further adventure.

Reign of Winter — Game Session — 003

Game summary for September 20, 2016, Reign of Winter campaign, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: All Might (Human Warpriest played by Andrew Renfrow), Deska Starseeker (Half-Elf Druid played by Kaliegh Belda), Tiswichtt (Orc Witch played by Casey Scruggs), and Tulvur Xandersen (Dwarf Fighter played by Taylor Averdick). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The team came across a trail of hoofprints crossing their route.  As they examined them, a great white stag appeared and began to speak with the team.  The team was a bit surprised at the stag’s higher pitched voice.  They talked for a while about why they were in the forest and the fey allegedly all around.  After a while, Deska approached the stag which seemed to agitate it.  Soon the animal was eating out of the druid’s hand and yet protesting the whole time.  Deska realized something was not right.  The stag’s behavior did not match what it was saying.  She realized a fey was involved!  A winter-touched atomie revealed itself when it attacked her.  It used fey magic to shrink her spear to toothpick size.  The team stormed in and tried to surround the faerie.  It attacked with a rapier and tried unsuccessfully to shrink Deska.  Tulvur stepped up and killed the nasty creature with Icebiter, the cold iron longsword they gained from Yuln.

The group traveled on to a frozen creek and discovered a snowman with a sign warning against trespassers.  Tulvur fired two crossbow bolts into it with little effect.  The team approached, and the snowman spoke!  It again warned them to leave.  Tiswichtt got closer and triggered an explosion of sound.  It stunned the witch and caused two ice elementals to emerge from the water.  They attacked the party viciously with their frigid touch.  Tiswichtt recovered and hit one with chill touch.  All Might moved in to try and flank, and Tulvur tried to slide across the ice into better position but plunged through!  The team quickly put down the elementals and hauled their dwarven friend out of the water.  He stripped as Deska built a fire and All Might began erecting the pavilion.  Afterward the team used healing skills and spells to nurse injuries and settled in for the evening.

Reign of Winter — Game Session — 002

Game summary for September 13, 2016, Reign of Winter campaign, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: All Might (Human Warpriest played by Andrew Renfrow), Deska Starseeker (Half-Elf Druid played by Kaliegh Belda), Kenwrec Battleglaive (Dwarf Slayer played by Peyton Harmon), Magnus Erlingsson (Human Cleric played by Chris Harmon), Tiswichtt (Orc Witch played by Casey Scruggs), and Tulvur Xandersen (Dwarf Fighter played by Taylor Averdick). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The team woke up in their pavilion and stowed it for their continued journey.  Deeper in the woods the snows swelled into great drifts slowing the team to a crawl.  Deska noticed movement under the snow as a great arctic tatzlwyrm burst from the snow to pounce her.  She uttered windy escape and avoided its attack and then countered with a devastating spear thrust.  The team converged, and All Might landed a killing blow.

The team moved on and found an area of more shallow snow.  In the trees they discovered frozen crows riddled with arrows.  As they looked, lights in the trees behind them began to glow.  Deska spoke in Sylvan trying to elicit a response.  Winter-touched sprites revealed themselves from the branches of nearer trees and unleashed a barrage of tiny frigid arrows.  Tiswichtt spun about and scorched a tree with burning hands as Kenwrec stumbled over to chop at another.  Deska attempted to entangle a sprite without success.  All Might called upon the power of Gorum to bless the party.  The team found movement through the snow frustrating as the sprites continued to hit them with arrows.  Deska caught one of the sprites, Pym, with a hurled spear.  All Might galloped his horse forward and bravely stood in the saddle.  At the last moment, he leapt into the air and cut Pym in half with his axe before crashing into the ground no longer occupied by his running horse.  The sprites flitted from tree-to-tree unleashing arrows and taunts all along the way.  Both eventually used their color spray abilities to try and incapacitate the team, but no one succumbed.  Magnus doomed one of the sprites, and Tulvur methodically kept a stream of crossbow bolts flying at the annoying fey.  One finally connected and impaled a sprite, Shor, to an embankment, killing her instantly.  The final sprite’s resolve broke, and she flew out through the forest and over the snow to parts unknown.

Reign of Winter — Game Session — 001

Game summary for September 6, 2016, Reign of Winter campaign, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: All Might (Human Warpriest played by Andrew Renfrow), Deska Starseeker (Half-Elf Druid played by Kaliegh Belda), Tiswichtt (Orc Witch played by Casey Scruggs), and Tulvur Xandersen (Dwarf Fighter played by Taylor Averdick). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The party is a group of fri-hal soldiers of the Iron Axes of Jomsborg, a company of Viking mercenaries.  The team’s drengr, or leader, is Tiswichtt.  They were dispatched to the village of Heldren in southern Taldor to relieve another team in their guardianship of Lady Argentea Malassene.  When they arrived, they learned a bizarre unnatural pocket of winter had claimed part of the forest and the Lady’s caravan had been attacked.  The team went about the town talking to several people getting the latest rumors and information.  They discovered a farmer’s son had plunged into the icy creek supposedly following a talking white stag.  Farmers near the woods reported crops being frozen or stolen.  Local hunter Dryden Kepp claimed to have witnessed a giant white weasel, and he went to trap it to prove its existence and has not been heard from since.  They found Lady Malassene had called off her engagement and was ambushed on her return home.

The team talked to their fellow Iron Axe, Yuln Oerstag, the only guard to survive the ambush.  He was suffering from severe frostbite, and the party was able to help somewhat with his injuries.  He described the ambush claiming they were attacked by human bandits along with tiny winter-touched fey able to unleash powerful icy attacks.  He claimed the winter-touched must be in league with the White Witches of Irrisen and doing their bidding.  Yuln knew his days of fighting were over for some time, but he gifted the team with his cold iron longsword, Icebiter, to strike down the fey.

The team discussed what was known of the White Witches and the frozen country of Irrisen.  Exactly 1,400 years ago the Queen of Witches, Baba Yaga, arrived in the Lands of the Linnorm Kings in her Dancing Hut leading an army of monsters and winter fey.  This sparked the Winter War, and Baba Yaga conquered Raemerrund and the Djurstor Confederacy to form Irrisen, which she locked in a permanent icy winter.  She enthroned her daughter, Jadwiga, as the first Queen of Irrisen and disappeared in her Dancing Hut.  Exactly 100 years later, she returned and took Jadwiga with her, leaving another daughter to rule in her place.  This has happened 13 times, and it is time for the 14th queen, Elvanna, to leave with Baba Yaga and a new queen be crowned.

The team bundled up in their cold-weather gear and traveled to the ambush site.  They investigated the intact carriage and found two zombies within!  These were the animated corpses of fellow Iron Axes, and the team had to fight against their own brethren!  Tiswichtt stepped up and cast burning hands, receiving a staggering punch to the face for her troubles.  She spit the words of the spell out around the blood and broken teeth, unleashing burning fury over the zombies and All Might!  Tulvur and All Might repositioned and began to hack at the zombies.  Deska firmly entangled one with her druidic magic.  Tiwichtt disemboweled the zombie that hit her using her fine orc double axe.  All Might and Tulvur then succeeded in cutting down the zombies.  The team searched the intact carriage and found a jewelry box filled with treasures and the Lady’s signet ring.

The team then walked past the wrecked carriage to look at an ice statue.  They discovered it was the frozen body of a fellow Iron Axe missing an arm and deep gouges from its flesh!  Looking around, they found his severed arm still grasping a masterwork longsword.  The team claimed the sword and pilled all the bodies of their slain companions into the intact fully-functional carriage and lit it of fire as a makeshift pyre.  They then walked by the wrecked non-functional carriage over to a trail.  Deska channeled her animal focus to take the muzzle of a wolf and confirm by scent the direction the bandits took the missing Lady Argentea.

The group heading down the trail for a bit and discovered a large wooden chest lying in the snow.  Tiswichtt walked up and opened it triggering a trap!  An enormous log spiked with sharpened branches swung from the trees and impaled the orc, shattering bone and spraying blood.  It crashed into All Might as well but did not harm him quite a badly.  The team pulled the perforated unconscious witch off of the log and let Deska do some healing.  Then, All Might cast cure light wounds on Tiswichtt and Tulvur.  The group dug up the chest to take with them and found all the stolen weapons and armor from the slain Iron Axes!  The team outfitted themselves and returned to town to rest.  There they purchased a massive pavilion tent and returned to the trail.  They finally found a clearing in which to camp and setup their tent.  Drained of all healing magic, the team decided to rest again before proceeding.