Welcome to the Flaming Faggot

Callovia is called "the boundless empire" yet you have managed to find its northern border - a notorious roadhouse deep within the Madrasan Marches on the edge of the wilds of Llanvirnesse. The sign above the door reads "Flaming Faggot," which would suggest a cozy, homey inn with fresh biscuits served at teatime if not for the severed troll heads mounted on pikes at the gate.

As you cross the threshold the raucous din quiets momentarily as all eyes dart to the door and calloused hands drop instinctively to well-worn sword hilts. The threat, instantly assessed, is dismissed and roadhouse patrons go about their business hardly missing a beat.

Grim, hard-eyed men huddle around tables in close conversation thick with conspiracy; caravan guards gamble away their earnings; Caemric rangers sit close to the fireplace cooking the damp of the Black Annis from their clothes as they warm their innards with Red Dragon Ale; minstrels play and buxom wenches dance for the pleasure of men who pay them little attention - until they need a companion to warm their bed.

As you approach the bar, a huge, bald barman with a greatsword slung across his back slides a mug of freshly-pulled ale towards you, its frothy head dripping over the rim.

"Pull up a seat, lad," he says, "and let me tell you a tale of high adventure."

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Session 9: A Burial Niche Bonanza

The inevitable consequence of putting off writing session reports for so long is that the details start to become hazy, and try as I might, I can't recall which rooms were explored in which session, but thanks to my Dungeon Master's Adventure Log, I do know what monsters were fought and how much treasure was recovered.  So, this report is going to be very short, which is actually a blessing, since I have two sessions to catch up on before this evening's session.

During this foray into the Barrowmaze, the party was short-handed due to the absence of several players.  Nonetheless, it was the sort of expedition that every adventurer dreams of: very few monsters and a great deal of treasure!  Of all the creatures encountered, swarms of giant carnivorous flies proved to be the most persistent and annoying.  And, aside from a battle with a giant rattlesnake, the only other fight was with six skeletal undead in tattered robes that crawled out from the burial niches in which they were interred.  Ironically, though these Huecuva posed one of the deadliest threats they were quickly dispatched with little harm to the party, thanks to a long succession of lucky saving throws.  Although the party was short a couple of characters, their mercenary crossbowmen acquitted themselves well, providing some deadly accurate ranged attacks proving, once again, the value of hirelings.

The party recovered a veritable fortune in gems from the burial niches - enough for every player to gain a new level, and to celebrate with a drunken debauch in Catapesh.  During the course of the revelry, the warrior, Ebin, came to blows with an off-duty guardsman over a tavern wench.  The angry and humiliated guardsman stalked off, vowing revenge against the upstart outlander, and it was only after he left that a nervous bar keep told Ebin that his adversary was Watch Captain Jerhyn Dragomere.  Scions of noble houses make for bad enemies, and this one is sure to make trouble for Ebin in the future.

4 comments:

Dan said...

" and this one is sure to make trouble for Ebin in the future."

heh, ain't that the truth! :)

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