Munchkins and Dragons

My girlfriend, Tori, has five younger siblings all of which this weekend +2 days we got to hang out with for Winter Break. It has been fun. A couple long days, one? short one. Today I showed them Pathfinder. Using a pre-made module called The Worldwound Incursion by Amber E. Scott, I had them all make a character.

The Youngest, B, played a Rogue, The Youngest Girl, S, a Sorcerer, The Next oldest, C, a Fighter, The Next oldest, M, a Druid with a Tiger animal companion, then the next one, K, a Sorcerer, lastly Tori played a Cleric.

Making the characters was a lot of fun. The dice were dropped a lot but in the end they all had fun, the most important part. Tori and I divided the kids up and I made characters with one of them while the rest played Catan Junior, the game we got them for Christmas.

We started and finished in about 2 hours which I thought was amazing that they actually paid attention that long. They fought Giant Maggots, a Giant Fly, a pair of Darkmantles, Milliorn an insane dwarf, and a the untouchable monster.

They had a lot of fun but after a couple hours the two youngest S and B were just done. C and M would have kept playing, K didn’t care either way. So Tori and I just called it for the night.

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Day 8, D&D Challenge

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Favorite PC Of Your Own.

Wow this is a very difficult one to decide. I have played so many characters. For one campaign alone I had over 13 characters, yeah due to death.

I think my absolute favorite is Sara. Last name, it depended on the year.

Sara was an Ellen a race that is immortal to the passage of time. She was a Psion who believed in her party for support. She joined a group of travelers and was soon falling in love with the group.

After one encounter with a group of rogues who used traps and secret tunnels to evade and confuse the party Sara felt that the party needed a rogue of their own. So she learned the art of picking locks and finding traps.

Later during an encounter with an enraged Minotaur a party member died. As a result Sara felt that only she could fill the void left by this deceased member. So she learned his trade of the arcane arts.

She was beloved by the party except for one quirk that made her hard to get along with. If an item would touch her in combat she was convinced that that object belongs to her. Even if she could not use the item she would take it and keep it because she believed it belonged to her now.

Eventually Sara would die. The party was stopped by a mercenary who had been hired to kill them, the mercenary told the party that they could buy her off. All the party had to do was surrender their individual most valuable items. Sara had to give up a Longsword that she believed was hers due to her quirk.

She gave up the sword, but that night she left everything behind and went out to find the mercenary. Sara challenged the mercenary to a duel for her sword. In the end Sara was killed but the mercenary feeling compassion for Sara’s valiant effort returned Sara’s body and the sword to the party.

Honorable Mention-
Unnamed (Vow of Silence), Half-Orc, Lawful Good, Monk – Sacrificed himself to hold of fa Lich while letting his party escape and seal the tomb preventing the Lich from unleashing his undead army.

The Great Forest Alasee

In a year, long before man walked the earth the First Tree sprouted. For several hundred years the First Tree simply grew, growing larger as the only living thing in the land. As it grew, the First Tree breathed life into the world around it.

Grass began to grow, bushes sprouted out of the earth, and the first lifeforms began to walk the earth. The First Tree eventually began to bud and make seeds. In the year 1,000 a great wind came up and carried the seeds over the land.

These began to sprout and grow, becoming a great many things. The elves believe that this is when the races were born. The forest was born in this instance as well, bringing about what would become the kingdom of the elves. The other great races like Humans and Dwarves would leave the forest and spread to the other areas of the world where the First Tree would not have as much of a reach. Leaving the elves to rule over the forest, they would name the forest Alasee, representing the hope that this forest gives them.

The lesser races like Goblins and Orcs would have to find their own way in the world living wherever they could find a place, feeling abandoned by their creator they would turn to darkness.

It is now the year 10,018 and the Queen of the Forest is Lady Glissadre. With her royal council the Lady Glissadre will invite the Heroes of this realm to a special ceremony to celebrate their great deeds protecting the Great Forest Alasee and with that the First Tree.

Ideas For A Campaign

So my girlfriend has started prodding me to work on a campaign, irrelevant which system I use, but I just need to run something.

My first major debate was which system. I am still in college and don’t have a lot of time for pure creation so that rules out World of Darkness and Rolemaster. A lot of my players want something with a lot of substance and known rules, this rules out Savage Worlds. Now I am left with the choice between Fantasy and Science Fiction. I am a much better DM with Fantasy so that rules out The Firefly Role-Playing Game and the Serenity Role-Playing Game. So now it is between Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 and Pathfinder. In my opinion Pathfinder is Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 just better. So Pathfinder it is.

Now the next discussion is what kind of story do I want to tell? Where will it take place and so on. I think I am going to do my very first Forest Setting Campaign (having them adventure within the vastness of the Great Elven Forest of Alasee), starting the characters at a higher level (10), and maybe there will be a dragon.

In the forest they will discover many things like a great army of Goblins trying to wipe out all other races, driven by someone else to commit such a daring act. Machine like men who cannot see the beauty they are seeking to destroy. A plot from within to release a great seal that is holding back an unmentionable horror. They will find themselves traveling across the land beset upon by the great creatures themselves, then traveling into the First Tree to find answers regarding the recent evils.

 

An Idea, Should I Pursue It?

Alex Lang thought himself lucky as he wandered home from the bar with a beautiful woman at his side. They had hit off from the start of the night though he couldn’t recall her name. At this point there was no need to ask she had made it clear that tonight it was going to be just the two of them and all the time in the world to have some fun. If he had been a smarter man he might have noticed that she never touched the drink in front of her and all the while kept a steady flow of drinks in front of him, but he was not a smart man and this night was going perfectly.

As they made their way down the street towards his apartment, or as Alex called it his bachelor pad, the woman kept reaching inside her purse as if comforting herself by touching something within. Alex’s only thought at that moment was maybe she had some condoms stashed inside. Little did he know this night would end with a much different bang.

At last when they reached the complex where Alex lived the woman shoved him against the wall and thrust her hands down into his pants. Finding what one would expect she kissed him solidly on the lips and pulled her hands back out.

“Get us inside and we’ll take care of that.”

Alex in eagerness fumbled with the key before managing to get the door unlocked letting them into the dark lit apartment. He went to turn on the light by the bed suddenly her hand caught his. She turned him around and looked directly into his eyes. They were ablaze with passion.

“Don’t turn on the lights; we are going to do some things that only belong in the dark.” She whispered lust filling her voice as she shoved up against him. She let his grabby hands work their magic in getting both her and his clothes off all the while she worked out a way to get what she wanted from this drunk.

“I have an idea, I brought along some toys to make the night more interesting. Let me go and get them.”

Alex could only stand there as she walked away, her nearly naked form hidden in the dark of the room. He stood there as she bent down and got something out of her purse. As she moved back towards him he saw that she was carrying a pair of furry handcuffs. He laughed this night was going to be one for the books he thought as he allowed here to clasp his hands behind his back in the cuffs. He turned to look at her right as she smashed a lamp into his head.

Knocked to the ground Alex tried to get free. Who was this woman! Why would she do that! He struggled to his knees in time to see her grab something else from her purse. She put the object to his head and then pulled the trigger. The pistol blew apart his skull shattering any last thoughts Alex had about his life. The woman stood there blankly for a few moments before returning to her purse.

She spent only enough time in the room to don a pair of gloves, collect the bullet casing, and write the words “get detective Grey”; before fleeing the scene. She left down the fire escape where she had hid some spare clothes waiting. Dressing hurriedly she covered herself in large baggy clothing to cover any blood that may have got on her. Into the night she went, an overdressed woman to any who may see her.

My Father

Prompt- Who’s your hero? Tell us a story about why that person plays such an important role in your life.

My Hero

There are so many stories as to why I would say that he is my hero. So I will just sum up a few ways that he has affected my life.

My father is the one who made it ok for me to be a gamer. He is himself and because of his willingness to teach me how to play games and have fun, I have many friends from gaming, am president of a student organization dedicated to gaming, and many other things.

He used to read lengthy books to us kids and now to this day I read massive amounts of books on various subjects. There are no limits to the imagination. Also because of this I find that I am more accepting of things that are different because in reading many things are just different.

I learned how to work from my father as well. In all of my jobs my supervisors have only good things to say about me and most of the time the biggest complaint is I work too hard and need to take breaks. But I am going to apply for my masters degree and then most likely my PHD so it cant be all bad right?

He has protected me from danger. I grew up on a ranch and one winter evening we were trying to get the cattle up against a treeline for protection. Well I was on foot with my dog and my father was in the pickup leading the herd while I was trailing behind keeping the stragglers moving. Well one of the cows was sick and being young at the time I didnt know better but she turned on me. She had decided she would rather charge me then take another step towards the treeline. I don’t know how my father knew but mid charge the pickup flew between me and the cow. Just one example of my father being a hero in my life.

Thank you for reading. Have a great day.

Rise of the Runelords Session 1

A group of 5 friends plus myself are playing a Pathfinder campaign called Rise of the Runelords. I am going to post the story of the sessions after they occur in hopes that you will all enjoy the spectacle and story as it happens. There are 5 characters played by my friends and then I myself am running everyone else and the world itself.

The five characters are as follows. As I learn more about them you can expect to receive individual bios on each one.

Vina Martell- A Lawful Good Sacred Servant Paladin

Milah- A Chaotic Neutral Knife Master Rogue

Durella- A Chaotic Neutral Witch

Chet Soten- A Chaotic Neutral Fire Elemental Sorcerer

Natir Zahera- A Neutral Barbarian

The five of them either grew up in Sandpoint or where coming to this town on their own various missions. As they came to Sandpoint the opening of the towns new cathedral was scheduled to take place. Wanting to see and take part in the spectacle the characters all waited for the celebration to unfold before them.

During the day of the ceremony the characters had little to do with each other. Vina and Milah partook in a game of wits at which point Milah won bragging rights for the rest of the day. Durella and Chet both took part in different dextrous games. At which point they challenged each other after winning their individual competitions. Durella came out as champion of fineese. Natir took part in a competition of drinking. Being the giant she is Natir found herself an easy champion.

As evening approached a man stepped out onto the podium that had been set up before the cathedral. He took out a thunderstone and threw it on the ground to gather the attention of the crowd. Unknown to him and everyone else the thunderstone strike was a trigger for the unexpected guests at this day of merriment.

As soon as the stone struck cries and singing erupted from all around the town. As small fires started and goblins stepped out to attack from nearly every location. The city guards were outnumbered and unprepared for such a spectacle. The characters were faced by three of these beasts holding their wicked dogslicers.

Now they came together, at this very moment all that mattered was the defense of this town and yet it would be in these moments that a bond would be forged. Natir waded into the fray with her earthbreaker hammer leading. She quickly crushed the skull and even most of the body of this diminutive foe. Vina while slower than Natir engaged another of the goblins, where they exchanged a few swings. Durella put the last unengaged one to sleep as she pulled power from her witch patron. Milah ran up to one fighting Vina and with a few deft strikes to the back with her deadly daggers this group easily overcame the goblins who foolishly attacked them.

However no sooner did the first ones fall that another group of goblins encouraged by the sounds of a goblin song coming from nearby. The goblins with glee ran forward to chop the characters to minced bits but soon began to understand the failures in their understanding of this battle. No sooner did they appear that one fell as a bolt of energy burst forth from Chet’s hand and buried into the chest of the screaming goblin.

Natir hearing the screams turned and charged the lead goblin, again her deadly hammer struck downwards ending the life of a goblin. She roared with a primal fury as the other goblins made sure to run around her towards the rest of the party. Vina set herself up to defend the spell casters as Milah ran forwards taking the offensive to the goblins. She quickly dropped one with a display of fineese and skill with her daggers. Durella fired her crossbow into another ending its life abruptly. The singing now sounded worried and ended as a goblin covered in strange markings came out of hiding. The goblin fired off a set of its own spells while the party moved to engage. Spells range all around as the party fought but it would be the swing of a hammer that brought the fight to an end.

With these new foes defeated the party had come together and held strong against their enemies. They helped to save the town but their work had just begun. For the screams of a man echoed down the street.

Running down the street the characters ran around a corner just in time to see a goblin on a goblin dog mount cleave a dog in half using a horsechopper. A man was cowering against the wall of a building as the goblin dog and rider began to descend upon their prey.

The characters immediately came to the rescue of this man as they waded into combat more goblins came out of houses to join in the fray. The goblins on foot ran to engage the characters not knowing that their fate was sealed in death. However the goblin rider stayed to the rear instead taking out a bow of deadly design and rained arrows into the characters.

As the fight went on the first goblins fell quickly and the goblin rider made to charge the characters. However Durella was able to put the great beast to sleep in time for them to avoid the deadly collision. As the now dismounted goblin charged forward it had to meet the fearsome foes on equal footing. The goblin never stood a chance.

The man that they saved was none other than the noble Aldern Foxglove and he made a point of inviting the characters to the Rusty Dragon Inn.

After the conflict the characters became known as the heroes of Sandpoint. Their brave acts had bested many goblins and by the count of the guards only about 30 had attacked Sandpoint. The characters killed a third of that number.

As the characters stayed in Sandpoint over the next couple days people rewarded them for their bravery and made sure to help out in any way to rebuild the town. In a couple days the attack would be almost entirely washed away from the minds of these durable people.

Aldern Foxglove was able to convince the characters to join him at the Rusty Dragon and at which point he asked them to come boar hunting with him. The characters tried to avoid this situation but found Aldern to be very convincing. Eventually they went on this journey and with him they tracked down a boar to be desired. They slew the beast with ease but what was really important about this trip? Aldern used this time to learn about the characters specifically Durella who he both questioned and watched with great interest. She was a beautiful drow (dark elf), and he lusted after her with great passion.

Upon their return to the Rusty Dragon with their quarry Ameiko Kajitsu (owner of the Rusty Dragon) started preparing it for a feast. Her father burst through the door and threatened her and wanted to take her away from here. He turned on the characters and told them that their recklessness threatened the city and that they should never have fought the goblins. He then turned and stormed back out of the Inn.

Chet at this time was under the thumb of the daughter to the general store owner. She had seduced the poor halfling and led him into her basement where she proceeded to have her way with him. Her father came home and down into the basement where he caught them. Chet was immediately in distress from the size and strength of the much larger man. Chet was able to escape the situation but with little of his dignity. A debt to the store owner would need to be repaid by Chet to mend these wounds.

After all of this the characters were hoping for a day of rest but none would come. A woman approached them with two children in tow. One had bites all up and down his arm. She was in tears and explaining that her husband had gone to take care of the goblin in her sons closet.

The characters ran off to the woman’s house to see about the husband and the goblin. They entered the boys room to find a half eaten man laying on the ground with what was left of the torso in a hole in the closet. After pulling out the mans body a goblin burst out of the hole hoping to put a quick end to the battle. He highly underestimated the characters.

The widow was taken in by her sister. The heroes of Sandpoint were gaining fame as they continued to handle situations as they happened.

The mayor brought the characters in to hear the words of a local scout named Shelelu. She recounted the recent events from outside of the town and explained that she believed that there were going to be more larger and deadlier raids. Sheriff Hemlock set off to the next town to request help while leaving the characters to act in his stead here in town.

As soon as the sheriff left disaster struck.

Father Zantus had found that the crypt had been opened by an outside force during the raid and requested the characters to go and explore the insides. The characters marched in without fear. They found two skeletons awaiting them and combat soon began. The characters had never seen skeletons before and learned that bladed weapons to easily fit between the bones. While hammers and other blunt weapons made quick work of them.

In the crypt they found that the remains of Ezakien had been taken by someone for surely dire reasons.

They decided that it would be best for the town to not know about this until later. After the Sheriffs return for sure.

The next morning they awoke to the sounds of distress from Bethana employee of Ameiko. She held a note that was presented to the characters. In the letter the characters learned that Ameiko went to her father’s glass works to meet with her brother.

The characters ran off to the glass works. Upon arrival they acted with certain levels of stealth. Sending a scout onto the roof to look through the windows on top. The scout (Durella) looked through the windows into the gore that was now the glass works. A glass statue could be seen, upon closer examination he characters could tell that this was the remains of Ameiko’s father. He had been covered in molten glass and was now solidified into a sadistic statue of torture. Goblins ran around in the glass works with the remains of the workers trying to recreate the glass statue.

The characters quickly entered the building and went directly to where the goblins were. They set about killing the goblins quickly however in their hast Natir was tripped and taken by the goblins. They tried to shove her several times into the furnace that was used to keep the glass molten hot. In failing several times they gave up and tried to kill her by hacking at her. The rest of the characters slew the goblins with ease. However one of the goblins was smart and ran for its life down into the basement of the house where it warned its master.

Once the characters entered the basement they were engaged by both the escaped goblin and its master. Tsuto brother of Ameiko. Together they faced down the characters. In truth Tsuto was not a hard fight for the characters his ally fell quickly and he took only a few hits before being brought to his knees.

The characters found Tsuto’s journal and then Ameiko who had been chained up and knocked unconscious by Tsuto. The characters explained what had happened to Ameiko and her father, they also discovered that there was a series of caves that left this basement leading into the abyss.

The journal hinted that there was going to be an attack on Sandpoint with numbers of goblins being around 200. It also depicted a woman who was slowly becoming a demon of some kind. A goblin named Ripnugget is also mentioned. Shelelu told the characters that this goblin is the chief of the Thistletop goblins.

End of Session 1.