Classic Quest — Game Session — 021

Game summary for August 11, 2020, Classic Quest campaign, Dungeons & Dragons BECMI / RC Edition, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Garadal Davster (Halfling played by Parker Harmon), Joseph Joestar (Human Thief played by Andrew Renfrow), Lodi Shatterhelm (Dwarf-Cleric played by Chris Harmon), Riccon Guerrier (Human Fighter played by Peyton Harmon), Stellara (Elf played by Casey Scruggs), and Timotei Kiraly (Human Fighter played by Preston Harmon). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons. This was a Roll20 session.

Surrounded by undead, the team began a pitched battle against the horde!  The team took numerous hits, but the skeletons proved fairly fragile and several went down with each moment of battle.  Soon only a heaping pile of bones remained. 

After nursing their wounds, JoJo took a torch from Timotei and descended a ladder where he found the dead body of Darados!  The elf’s body was burned and broken.  Soon the rest of the group came down as well.  The group pressed further into the darkness and triggered some poison dart traps.  Although several were hit by darts, none were poisoned. 

In another room, the group found a huge jet-black area with glossy pillars and fanged statues.  Statues that came to life!  The gargoyles attacked and cut gaping wounds into the hides of the team.  From the darkness a magic missile burst forth and slammed into one of the creatures.  The team rallied and laid into the monsters joined by a mysterious elven woman.  After the monstrosities were destroyed, they talked to her for a bit and explored the room.  The torches illuminated an enormous black glass mirror in an ornate frame.  Upon seeing it, the party charged to destroy it… 

Classic Quest — Game Session — 020

Game summary for August 4, 2020, Classic Quest campaign, Dungeons & Dragons BECMI / RC Edition, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Darados (Elf played by Casey Scruggs), Garadal Davster (Halfling played by Parker Harmon), Lodi Shatterhelm (Dwarf-Cleric played by Chris Harmon), Riccon Guerrier (Human Fighter played by Peyton Harmon), and Timotei Kiraly (Human Fighter played by Preston Harmon). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons. This was a Roll20 session.

The team began to explore the misty island and soon found some old stone structure or temple surrounded by stone statues, one of which was smashed.  In its place was a bronze and silver statue matching the description the elves had given them.  Lodi went up to investigate and look for any unusual stone features.  The team was then attacked by half-a-dozen invisible pixies!  The fighting was fast and furious, but Timotei and Riccon seemed uncannily accurate against the unseen foes.  While the combat raged, Darados went into the building to explore and disappeared down a ladder into the darkness. 

After the pixies were defeated, the team followed Darados down into the darkness.  They found dusty footprints leading off down a dark tunnel.  Following, the group stumbled into a massive number of animated skeletons!  The undead surged forward and began clubbing the team with bones.  They tried to fall back, but there were so many undead that they clogged the hallway trapping several of the team among them!

Classic Quest — Game Session — 019

Game summary for July 28, 2020, Classic Quest campaign, Dungeons & Dragons BECMI / RC Edition, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Felix Stonebrook (Halfling played by Shane Bradley), Garadal Davster (Halfling played by Parker Harmon), Lodi Shatterhelm (Dwarf-Cleric played by Chris Harmon), Riccon Guerrier (Human Fighter played by Peyton Harmon), and Timotei Kiraly (Human Fighter played by Preston Harmon). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons. This was a Roll20 session.

After making camp, nursing their wounds, and welcoming a dwarf-cleric named Lodi Shatterhelm to their group, the team returned to the goblin lair.  Their intent was to discuss negotiations for information about Stephan.  They talked to the goblins who seemed quite scared of the team, and rightly so.  Hours earlier, they had slain a dozen of the tribe as well as their leader.  Eventually, the got some information from the goblins that they heard the wolves lair far to the north across the hills near the water. 

The team decided to follow the clay tablet map to the lake and see if the lair was nearby.  When they arrived, they came across a number of elves encamped on the banks.  The party watched them for hours before approaching.  The leader of the elves, Goriidel, told them they had a statue of some value stolen from them earlier in the week by malicious pixies.  The elves had gotten the statue as payment for some supplies they took to a group of gnomish and dwarven miners two weeks before.  The pixies had retreated to the island in the middle of the lake.  The elves are strictly forbidden from going to the island, so they hired the party to go get the statue for the sum of 600 gp in gems and information about the gnomes and dwarves who were tangling with some orcs.  They reasoned if the goblins in the area are stirred up, the orcs may be stirred by the same thing and there could be information there. 

The party agreed and began to row out across the lake to the mysterious mist-shrouded island!

Classic Quest — Game Session — 018

Game summary for July 21, 2020, Classic Quest campaign, Dungeons & Dragons BECMI / RC Edition, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Darados (Elf played by Casey Scruggs), Garadal Davster (Halfling played by Parker Harmon), Riccon Guerrier (Human Fighter played by Peyton Harmon), Timotei Kiraly (Human Fighter played by Preston Harmon), and Vespasian Thanou (Human Thief played by Chris Harmon). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons. This was a Roll20 session.

The team fished Vespasian out of the bottom of the pit and devised a plan to get everyone across.  After a few minutes, they were able to get everyone over.  They crept along for awhile until Darados’ danger sense warned him of imminent problems.  He scouted ahead and found a pack of goblins!

The goblins swarmed forward, and Vespasian ended up holding the gap.  A large goblin in the back kept reaching into a sack and pulling forth a rock python!  He would swing the snake around and hurl it at members of the party!  The team put up a valiant fight and killed several goblins, but Vespasian ended up being slain in the constricting coils of a serpent while the rest of the team fell back.  They kept firing arrows on the retreat killing more and more goblins.  Finally, the leader was cut down, and the rest broke morale and fled.  Badly injured and with one of their own dead, the party retreated to safety to make camp and nurse their wounds. 

Classic Quest — Game Session — 017

Game summary for July 14, 2020, Classic Quest campaign, Dungeons & Dragons BECMI / RC Edition, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Darados (Elf played by Casey Scruggs), Garadal Davster (Halfling played by Parker Harmon), Joseph Joestar (Human Thief played by Andrew Renfrow), Riccon Guerrier (Human Fighter played by Peyton Harmon), Timotei Kiraly (Human Fighter played by Preston Harmon), and Vespasian Thanou (Human Thief played by Chris Harmon). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons. This was a Roll20 session.

The team sprang to action and started trying to scale the barricade.  Several made it to the top while Vespasian hurled a torch over the wall.  The goblins extinguished the torch, which was the only one lit, plunging the cave into darkness.  Only Darados could see as the goblins hurled daggers at the team, injuring several.  The party lit several more torches and ignited the barricade!  Darados grabbed one of the goblins and pulled him into a grapple.  For his trouble, he got cut several times and hit with a hammer while the rest of the team moved back off the barricade.  Darados body slammed the goblin down to the ground where his teammates accidentally set it on fire while he was still holding on to it.  Burned, hammered, and stabbed, Darados limped to the back where Kalana cast cure light wounds upon him. 

The group killed one goblin but was forced to retreat from the billowing smoke filling the cave.  They retreated out the front entrance and looked about to see if they could find smoke coming from any other entrances.  They noticed some and found another entrance.  The party crept in, and Timotei plunged into a pit!  The team lowered a rope and extracted him for Kalana to heal.  Vespasian tried to use acrobatics to jump the pit and plunged to the bottom as well. 

Classic Quest — Game Session — 016

Game summary for July 7, 2020, Classic Quest campaign, Dungeons & Dragons BECMI / RC Edition, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Darados (Elf played by Casey Scruggs), Garadal Davster (Halfling played by Parker Harmon), Riccon Guerrier (Human Fighter played by Peyton Harmon), Timotei Kiraly (Human Fighter played by Preston Harmon), and Vespasian Thanou (Human Thief played by Chris Harmon). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons. This was a Roll20 session.

The team left the goblin lair and decided to head toward the mine on the map they found.  Along the way, they saw the black stallion in the woods once again.  After a short pursuit, it disappeared right before Darados’ eyes.  They then headed back on the trail.

Before long, they came across a trapper named Gregory.  They talked for a while, and he told them where he thought the Viper clan goblins might have a lair.  The group searched along the creek and found the cave and a raft on the far side.  They tried throwing a rope across to snag the raft but had nothing with which to grapple it.  Next, they started trying to swim across and half the party nearly drowned.  Eventually, Darados made it across, secured a rope, and brought the raft across.  The team then crossed over to the cave and chopped down the door. 

Inside, they explored for a bit and found a barracks type room with a large red tapestry depicting a black chalice.  Further into the caves, they found a door marked with a snake sigil.  Beyond it were a few goblin skeletons and a patch of strange fungus surrounded by a cloud of glowing blue spores.  The team backed away slowly. 

Further down the hallway they found a barricaded hallway.  Suddenly, a goblin popped up and hurled a dagger at them!  It missed, and the goblin disappeared behind the barrier and began arguing with someone. 

Classic Quest — Game Session — 015

Game summary for June 30, 2020, Classic Quest campaign, Dungeons & Dragons BECMI / RC Edition, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Joseph Joestar (Human Thief played by Andrew Renfrow), Riccon Guerrier (Human Fighter played by Peyton Harmon), and Vespasian Thanou (Human Thief played by Chris Harmon). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons. This was a Roll20 session.

Joined by Vespasian and patched up by Kalana, the group delved back into the lair and found the remaining shrews.  A quick battle ensued, and the vermin were slain.  With them dead, the group was free to enter the guarded chamber.  Within, they found a tapestry of a red dragon, some terracotta jars, a wooden chest, and a pillow with a large red gem resting in the middle.  They tried to open the chest and caused the red jewel to explode into piercing shards that wounded the entire team.  After patching up, they unlocked the chest and took the contents. 

They then went and tried removing some of the bricks in the far room.  They found a passageway beyond and threw in a torch.  The back of the few bricks they removed were marred from some kind of chopping tool or blade.  They then went around and removed the barricade and knocked down the door to the other room.  This room connected to the bricked up tunnel.  Exploring, they found a long dead dwarf lying in a heap with a battered and dulled axe.  Beside him lay a goblin skull.  Vespasian searched the body and found a fluid-ruined letter that talked about a mine to the north and included a crude map. 

Classic Quest — Game Session — 014

Game summary for June 23, 2020, Classic Quest campaign, Dungeons & Dragons BECMI / RC Edition, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Darados (Elf played by Casey Scruggs), Garadal Davster (Halfling played by Parker Harmon), Goorin Bibs (Halfling played by Chris Harmon), Joseph Joestar (Human Thief played by Andrew Renfrow), Riccon Guerrier (Human Fighter played by Peyton Harmon), and Timotei Kiraly (Human Fighter played by Preston Harmon). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons. This was a Roll20 session.

The team set out down an unexplored hallway and could hear rats in the distance.  They found a large room with multiple doors.  Exploring through one, they came across a gibbet with a human skeleton within.  As they approached, it animated and reached for them!  The group slowly backed away.

Up another hallway, the found a dead human hanging from a chain and covered in maggots.  They took the man down and laid him to rest in the cave.  They then found a door barricaded by a table anchored by iron spikes.  They decided it must be holding something in, so they left it for now.  In another room, they found an iron chisel and a corridor bricked up with nice bricks but crude bricklaying work. 

The team circled around down another hallway and found themselves back in a large room and discovered the rest of the rats they had driven off.  They engaged the rodents and finished them off.  Garadal found an odd clay tablet with undecipherable writing and a picture.  The group figured it out it was a map pointing to something in a fairly nearby lake. 

They then backtracked to a large iron-bound oaken door they had passed earlier.  Jojo was able to pick the lock.  On the other side was a pack of starving giant shrews!  The vicious creatures charged forth and tore into the party.  The team suffered severe injuries, and Darados led the retreat toward the exit!  The group managed to slay four of the six giant shrews as they fell back, but Goorin went down under their gnashing teeth and died a quick and horrific death.  The last two shrews let the party flee as they feasted on Goorin’s remains.  The rest of the party regrouped at the entrance to the lair. 

Classic Quest — Game Session — 013

Game summary for June 16, 2020, Classic Quest campaign, Dungeons & Dragons BECMI / RC Edition, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Darados (Elf played by Casey Scruggs), Garadal Davster (Halfling played by Parker Harmon), Goorin Bibs (Halfling played by Chris Harmon), Joseph Joestar (Human Thief played by Andrew Renfrow), Riccon Guerrier (Human Fighter played by Peyton Harmon), Sensei (Human Fighter played by Todd Hughes), and Timotei Kiraly (Human Fighter played by Preston Harmon). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons. This was a Roll20 session.

The team rested at Fyodorll’s and met and hired a cleric named Kalana to accompany them.  They then headed toward the goblin lair.  After a day of travel, the team found a rough door and a crude painting of a red blade.  Old tracks showed lots of traffic had been in and out of here in recent weeks but not in the last few days. 

The group opened the door and moved into the cave.  Within, they were attacked by a flock of stirges!  The vicious creatures lodged their proboscises into the team and began draining blood.  The group fought valiantly and were able to eliminate the menaces without too much injury to themselves. 

After the stirges were slain, the team examined two doors and decided to head to the south.  They went down a hallway and found some kind of shrine decorated with red blades painted on the walls.  From behind they heard skittering, and a hoard of giants rats came rushing down the halls!  The team began to fall back, and Darados took out his flask of oil and doused many of the rats around him and the floor.  Unfortunately, the rats got around him, and he was cut off from the rest of the party.  He was standing in a pool of oil and shouted for Goorin to throw the torch and save themselves.  Goorin was reluctant to throw it, so JoJo snatched it out of his hand and hurled it!

JoJo’s aim was terrible, and the party’s only lit torch careened down the hallway way off the mark and slammed into the end wall.  It broke apart and fell sputtering to the floor and went out!  Plunged into the darkness, the team was paralyzed with indecision.  Darados could still see, but he was surrounded and started trying to fight his way out.  Kalana was able to take out her tinder box and ignite a torch.  With sight restored, the group was able to engage and drive off the rats and save Darados! 

Classic Quest — Game Session — 012

Game summary for June 9, 2020, Classic Quest campaign, Dungeons & Dragons BECMI / RC Edition, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Darados (Elf played by Casey Scruggs), Garadal Davster (Halfling played by Parker Harmon), Riccon Guerrier (Human Fighter played by Peyton Harmon), and Timotei Kiraly (Human Fighter played by Preston Harmon). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons. This was a Roll20 session.

The team traveled south through the Dymrak Forest toward the goblin lair.  As they moved through the woodlands, they were attacked by five giant vampire bats!  The vicious creatures were tenacious but not terribly accurate with their attacks.  The party proved likewise, so the battle drew out for quite some time.  Most of the bats were dead when a squad of hobgoblins led by a hobgoblin king astride an ice wolf attacked!  The hobgoblins proved more dangerous with their swords and the freezing breath of the wolf.  Several of the party were badly injured, but they took down the hobgoblin foot soldiers and the rest of the bats.  The mighty hobgoblin king swung away with a massive two-handed sword, but the team was able to injure his mount badly enough that it ran off with the king still in the saddle! 

The group nursed their wounds by rubbing random plants from around the forest in them, since they had no healer.  They then looted the bodies and lamented they had no healer.  They decided to turn back to Fyodorll’s camp to rest before seeking out the goblin lair.