Chronoshift: Spelljammer — Game Session — 042

Game summary for May 2, 2023, Chronoshift: Spelljammer campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Edonna Match Wushu Lu Klighke (Dragonborn Oracle played by Casey Scruggs), Hekera Nephera Mawhesk Vyk’sebekenka (Sebek-ka Fighter played by Preston Harmon), Helg Ingvar (Aasimar Cleric played by Chris Harmon), Jiraiya (Hurwaeti Freebooter played by Andrew Renfrow), Khesen Pavel (Human Brawler played by Parker Harmon), Komorebi (Kitsune Bard played by Josh Jenkins), and Stanley (Tieflng Sorcerer played by Peyton Harmon). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

Sturion returned after arranging a meeting with the party and one of Bral’s Underbarons, the Juggler.  They went to an old warehouse to talk with her.  They agreed to do her a favor “soon” (she indicated she would call in whatever it is soon before they depart from Bral) in exchange for information.  The Juggler gave them information about how the court system works on Bral and some advice on ways to improve Neko’s chances for a more positive outcome.  She also hinted about bringing in the gnoll that attacked them so the public has someone else to blame for some of the guilt of the fire.  Finally, she let them know the gnoll and her press gang were working for a pirate named Boris “the Butcher” Steelbeard, a relatively new criminal player on Bral.  He “recruits” pirate crews by kidnapping travelers.  Although he is currently away from Bral, his team is operating out of a place called Torvey’s Tent Pegs. 

The group returned to the Laughing Beholder to inform Luigi and then went to investigate Torvey’s hoping to find either the gnoll or Joey, or both.  Edonna crept up close and cast detect thoughts and learned of several people inside playing cards, including an ogre!  The group devised a fairly solid plan and cloaked everyone except Helg with invisibility.  Helg then beat on the door.  A man inside called out asking what he wanted.  Helg then began spewing some nonsense, which at first the man believed.  Confused, he began discussing with the other occupants and caused some squabbling.  The man opened a port hole in the door and talked to Helg more, but as he provided more details, the man began realizing things were not adding up at all.  The man slammed the porthole (and slid the bolt to unlock the door so the party could come meet the resistance).  Inside, the foes started spelling up and preparing to slip out a secret back door and ambush the party. 

The group threw open the door to come in.  A ja noi oni priest cast spiritual weapon while an ogre mancatcher, and a freebooter slipped out the secret door.  Jiraiya saw them and began waiving frantically in warning while Khesen charged through powered by Komo’s inspire courage and Edonna’s haste.  Stanley (still invisible) slid up behind Jiraiya and caressed him with a spell, whispering “you’ll be rock hard, baby all night.” Yeah, he cast stoneskin.  Helg went in to put pressure on the gnoll spellcaster, and she was only able to fire off an obscuring mist

Jiraiya then charged into the fray through the fog!  One of the ogres hacked a gaping wound into Helg and then whipped him to the ground.  Out the back, Khesen took out the ja noi oni while a freebooter and another ogre came rushing around the building only to run into Hekera, Komo, and Edonna.  The other freebooter flanked Helg while Komo hit the outdoor foes with blistering invective which demoralized them and caught the ogre on fire!  The horrific sight of a towering burning ogre became even worse when the nearly panicked creature used its hook to snatch Komo, fling him to the ground, and stomp him nearly unconscious.  The freebooter took a hit from Komo in exchange for better positioning where he then used sneak attack and inflicted a nasty bleeding wound. 

Stanley, still invisible, sneaked into the building and tried to protect Helg by casting shield.  However, shield is a personal-only spell, so he just protected himself.  Helg then stood up and discovered the sad fact the ogre has Combat Reflexes.  Between the ogre and the freebooter, Helg didn’t have a chance and was murdered by their assault!

Outside, Hekera killed the burning ogre mancatcher.  Will Komo survive his severed arteries?  Will the team be able to resurrect Helg?  Can they take the gnoll spellcaster alive?  Is Joey somewhere in the building?