Ravensgate

Session 18: Someone Saw Rockseeker!

The party led by Aranel leaves Thundertree.
Headed for Aranel’s elven homeland in the woods not many days away.
Half-day into the journey we see a valley.
About 10 miles from her village an arrow strikes the ground. From an elf, Darish.
Queen Raheshia is the elf queen. Few hundred years old.
Co-ta-ho-tun is the elvish village. Crafted around trees.
Aranel’s best friend in the elvish village is…

In the center of the village is a small lake and on the lake is a tall, thin castle. All party members can feel that the castle radiates magic. The guards challenge us.

Elder of the Wood Elves. Sassafrass.
He is a powerful sorcerer. He was a hunter before that.
AND TONIGHT, THE PARTY WON! MIKE HATES US ALL!
The high elves are ruling the wood elves.

Sassafrass lives in a house. Aranel goes to his house. He’s Billy Crystal.
She introduces us to him.
He invites us in.

Caeside asks Sassafrass about removing a curse to remove Geas from Aranel and Silver Feather. Aranel is aware of the Geas. Sassafrass is not interested in helping. He does not support breaking her word.
Aranel thinks it’ll better to go back on her word because it’s Agatha.
Only Caeside and Aranel are in on this conversation.

Agatha has not bothered the elves in 500 years. The elves see her as a balance.

Worms. Are available in elvish lands. This is important.

Agatha was a member of the wood elves clan that lived in this forest. Her clan was destroyed by the orcs.

Agatha, in life, fought the orcs until her arm was destroyed and she refused to die. She became a banshee.
Her people wore masks into combat. The one we are seeking.

He has no new news about Agatha.

He has heard of Rockseeker. That Rockseeker has been taken by goblins. They are in a castle in the Arrowfell Woods.
Three weeks ago. A week ago goblins took into the castle.

The elves are not interested in fighting the goblins but Sassafrass would be interested in helping us.

He offers, as reward, a composite bow and an audience with the queen.

He also asks us about the Green Dragon.
He talks to Ambrosia about the green dragon.
The elves and Caeside discuss making an armor out of the novic (?)
For a shapeshifting armor.
The party stocks up and Darash leads us to the castle.
Nothing encounters us overnight.
We make it to the castle. Several concentric towers and they have crumbled. It is mid-morning.
Ask Darash about it. It was a human outpost a few hundred years ago. It was destroyed by the goblins.
Elves have used it as a way station from time to time.

Caeside asks an animal about what is in the ruins. A fox. It says there are some arrow slits (2) that face into the front doors (smashed in as well). Guards at the front doors. Side entrance on the south side of the castle (not smashed in). Two arrow slits over the direct path to that door. But their is an option of going through the woods. He feels they are not totally engaged in watching.
Part of the northwestern tower has collapsed and we could squeeze in holes.
We move around to the back of the castle and spot a place where there is a hole in the ruble in the north wall. A hole in the rubble and tunneled through it. It is covered in canvas a bit back.
Northwestern tower remains our goal.
Maddox looks into the tower and hears snoring. There are 4 beds inside. Beds on opposite wall. 4 fingers asleep.
At least 4 in that room.
Silver Feather suggested that Caeside use Thunderclap in there against the sleeping goblins.

Instead, Caeside, in spider form, re-cons the castle.

First room: They were four hobogoblins in the room asleep. The bedroom is 15 × 20. They have the door set close to one of their beds that will be hit if anyone opens the door.

From the front door, there’s a hallway 5 feet in and another 30 feet long. Doors on both ends (6 doors and 3 halls).

Caeside goes to the door to the right and listens at the door and hears muttered goblin. In another door he hears snoring.

At the last set of doors, he listens and sees a tripwire on the backmost door (center most door). It will have stuff fall from the ceiling. On the other door, he hears dishes and the like.

Checks doors we are more aware of but it does not have the hobogoblin sleeping sounds behind either.

Caeside goes back to the arrow slits. He checks to see if they can be webbed up.
Decide to attack the hobogoblin bedroom.
Caeside comes in as spider then transforms and casts thunderwave.
Maddox in next.
Silver Feather in next.
Aranel in next.

Thunderwave does 17 HP of damage to all of the hobogoblin. Only one hobogoblin gets up.
Maddox hits the hobogoblin for 6 HP.
All of them are dead.
We set up two of the beds as barricades for Aranel and Silver Feather to hide behind. For half-cover.
Maddox is to the left of the door as crowd control.
Caeside is going to…

We will continue next week.

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Session 17: Thundertree
Yeah... Nothing Happened...

Parcelia sent Caeside and Silver Feather to find a Druid in Thundertree named Radith. Knowledgible on the Arrowfell Woods.
They meet up with Ambrosia, Aranel and Madox.
12 miles north of the ruined tollbooths(?) from where we meet.
If we plunged north we’d run into the wood elves.

We see this town of partial ruins with a tower and a monster at the top of the tower. The monster is a dragon.
They see a sign that reads:
“Danger – Plant Monsters and Zombies. Turn Back Now.”

No other animals for the last few miles before the village. The party looks for animals to talk to. Caeside finds an animal and they tell him that the druid is in a building in the collection of buildings.
The dragon and druid are not messing with each other.

Caeside asks Ambrosia if she has the same family connection with all dragons. She says that she does have a connection with all dragons.

Caeside asks one of the creatures to deliver a message to the druid using Animal Messenger (up to 25 words). “Caeside of the Moon requests an audience” and gives sign of how to reach him/us (landmark). And sends it off.

1.5 hours later a very skinny, gaunt white bearded human leaning on a staff walks up the path.
He tells us of lackeys and the dragon. Some of the plant life has become tainted and warns us from entering the buildings. When he first arrived he encountered some shambling, zombie-like men. The plants within the buildings will wrap them in their vines. They eat but they starve to death as they feed the vampire-like plants. He’s been watching them for the last year.
The dragon arrived in the last few months. He has a few armed men who are worshipping it and they have loaded the tower with treasure.
Caeside says that Ambrosia may be able to talk to it. She knows (nat 20) the young green dragon, ‘Venom-Fang’. He is young and quite violent. He is from further west. He is capricious. He might like a gift of gold or magic.
Aug 20, 10:14 PM
She asks for gold to gift him. We decide to give him the Augury (?) scroll.

The party asks Raidth how many human lackeys? Six of them that are in the third corner of the triangle (tower, druid’s home) in a camp. Armed with scimitars and wear light armor. And they are dressed as men of the far south (desert lands), Deserts of Saredcoor (?).

Any way to deal with the plants? Human thralls about a score. He is more concerned with the plant creatures. The zombie plants have not missed with the lackeys at all. He thinks the zombies are seeding the plants. The plant zombies lure lone travels to the plants to bolster their numbers.

Which houses are zombie plant free? Thralls live in the roofed houses. Roofless houses are either zombie plants or giant spiders. Very few unoccupied houses.

Raidth warns about the human servants in a battle with the green dragon. The dragon slaughtered and ate one of its servants.

Large spiders number two.

Note – Forest is to the east of town.

In case the humans come out to aid the dragon in any battle, Caeside will talk with the giant spiders to see if they’ll possibly attack the humans for us (using Speak with Animals).


[At this point, Miyah signs off because she’s not feeling.]*

Ambrosia will talk with the dragon while the rest of the party stays near Raidth’s or the spider house.

Caeside asks Raidth about Agatha. [Mike will type up the conversation later.]
Aug 20, 10:53 PM
Leland Beauchamp
Ambrosia goes to talk to the green dragon, Venom-Fang. At a round tower with a cottage attached. Arrow slit windows on the tower. Corpses of two giant spiders lead to the tower.

Ambrosia knocks on the tower’s door and gives him the augury (?) scroll. The green dragon the size of a horse. He receives her well and recognizes her and her father, the King of the North (JON SNOW!) They converse.

Nillanth is Ambrosia’s father and the Great White Wyrm of the North.

He is coming to nest to gather territory and has his own servants. He tries to use dragon fear on her but fails. He is going to tax/toll the mortals that come along this road.

“You travel with interesting friends.” He wants to know if she serves Nillanth or the humans. He asks many pointed questions about their presence. She persuades him that they help her. He is unsure about why and it confuses him.

She returns to us and tells us. The road connects Ravensgate with the lands to the south.

Raidth feels that all of the bad from the start of our adventures is related.

Ambrosia is aware of cultists who worship the dragons as gods.

He is the equivalent of a dragon “teenager”.

Can’t set the village on fire because of the time of year. It’s now September-ish time wise and winter is coming and it’s going to be early and long. We likely will not get to the vampires this season.

We decide to move on from this town and this green dragon adventure (Thundertree) because he’s a dragon and we’re not strong and he has not done anything to us.

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Session 16: Something Happened on the Way to Thundertree

Silver and Caeside are going off with the Druid, Partsalia to receive further instructions on what being a Druid means in this land. In the meantime, Madox, Arnel, and Ambrosia will take the road to the north to meet up with Arnel’s people. The two groups will meet back up at the abandoned town Thundertree (south of Raven’s Gate) where an “Unnamed Druid” lives.

The three took shelter in an abandoned toll station as the weather began to turn sour with the days of Autumn in full. While Arnel and Madox were looking for firewood, a man in black with a red sash is spotted in the trees. In response to Arnel notching an arrow, an archer from another direction fires an arrow at their feet in warning.

Madox moves toward the Man in Black after he claims to know Madox. Claims that Madox taught him while in the “Brotherhood”.

A fight ensues between the two Monks, many KI points and Luck points are burned and in the end Madox is left standing with 1 HP left while his enemy is bleeding out.

Madox asks Ambrosia to stabilize the Man in Black in the hopes of being able to gain some insight into his own missing past. Madox then carries him back to their base. Ties him up and begins questioning him.

Among the Man in Black’s possessions are:
Holy Symbol, prayer book, 5 sticks of incense, vestments, common clothes, (explorer’s pack), short sword, 10 darts

In the meantime, Arnel chases the Bow-woman who runs away. When she catches up to her, it seems that this ranger was hired by the Man in Black and the job is done one way or another. When pressed to come back to the camp or possibly helping to lead the party to the Elves who live nearby, the Half-Elf reveals she has no desire for such things and scampers off into the woods leaving Arnel to return to camp empty handed.

Interrogation with Enrice’ of the sanguine Brotherhood (the bodyguards/assassins of the Callain Emperor). Apparently Madox was set on a target of Neraen Kitomeir, however, chose to spare her life and made off on a ship from the capital. This name causes a small bit of fog to lift inside his brain and the vision of a dark-curly-haired woman becomes a little clearer.

Since then Madox has a bounty on his head and this man has been tracking him.

Plenty of blame on Madox for apparently causing a minor (possibly more) dissent among some in the Brotherhood about right vs. order.

(The woman Maddox failed to kill was a member of the prior Imperial dynasty, and by helping her escape, he added fuel to the fire of a rebellion in the Empire which has apparently already claimed at least hundreds of lives.)

Ambrosia casts charm person on him. She proceeds to debate with him about freedom vs. the protection of the empire.

Madox tells Enrice’ that this isn’t the Empire, this is the Frontier and how the Empire can’t help anyone out here, but the Party is trying to (with the orcs, with the Redbrand)
When the conversation ends, Madox knock him out, keep him bound and take all his stuff, leaving him like the Reality show “Naked and Alone”

We then head on to Thundertree where the DM seems to think the whole party might be needed to… survive.

215 GP and all his stuff are now in the party’s possession… and

700 XP for Madox defeating Enrice’ solo. 200 XP for Arnel and Ambrosia.

And the Callain Emperor looks like Vin Diesel (which Sara seemed to like ☺ )

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Session 15: Back to Phandelin

Aranel and Silver Feather approach Agatha’s lair to learn more about the mask.
Mists forms and Agatha appears.
Dark haired mortal, pale skin. Gray eyes, crimson in the right light. A prince and wore red. Spoke with a fair voice. She slept with him and when she rose he left with her mask. His name was Caladas Blackstone.
There is a city at the northern end of the Ossiri Marches that is called Blackstone Keep. 100 to 150 miles from here.
Likely describing a noble of the Ossiri Marches to the south (human land ruled by 11 vampires). They are called Pike Lords. Known for holding back barbarians from the great Calemum Empire. They traded their souls for power to fight the Golden Riders. These lords are loyal to the emperor.
50 years ago was when the mask was taken.
The mask is made of ivory and neutral expression. With a ruby in the place of the third eye. And you will need True Seeing to see it if it is worn. It will not be immediately apparent to mortals such as Silver Feather.
Remove a weakness and disguise the nature of the wearer. They would appear as an ordinary mortal or as an immortal.
Return this mask to Agatha’s lair.

Aranel does not trust her. And she scares Silver Feather.

We go to meet Waldrof to ask about Agatha’s mask.
Jul 23, 9:59 PM
Waldrof’s answers about Agatha’s mask.
She was queen of all of the Arrowfell Wood with the mask. Without it she is diminished.
He does not feel she is totally evil though she can come for vengeance.

Geas tingled in the back of our heads.

The people of Conyberry have limited knowledge about the banshee.

Caeside asks Waldrof about historians. The Tower of the Seer is to the north (a day or two to the north). On the shores of the Lake Umbra. He requires a high price.

Aranel knows that the high elves may be able to help. They are in the Adern Forest to the west (about 5 to 7 days to get there).

Ossiri March Pike Lords. Their main enemies are the Golden Riders and the elves.

Caeside’s knowledge of the Blackstones. The druids know this of the Ossiri, 100 to 150 years ago the Golden Riders were really pressing them. They made the pact and gained power that they can pass on and it diminishes during the daylight. They became ruthless (Vlad like). They feed upon their own peasantry. Druids and clerics see them as heretics. They are vampires and have been for six generations. They do have children and heirs who are converted in their mid-twenties. Some of the vampires have died (many die in the ceremony).

The Blackstones are the most powerful of the Ossiri March families. Blackstone Keep is known as the city of towers. Their family’s power run to the east of the Keep. They are planning to conquer the Umbra Marches (to the north).

May be able to find allies among the other 11 families.

No additional info on Caladas Blackstone.

Aranel wants to go see her people. We are going to head south to Phandalin first and then to her high elf people.

Convenient of Stone. A day or 2 west of Phandalin. A meeting circle of the druids.
Phandelin is two days away, 2 days to Convenient of Stone and then another day to the Lady of the Lake. And another day to the high elves.
7 or 8 days total.

The party leaves Conyberry and gift us with food and mead as we leave.

We return to our manor home in the Phandelin. We decide to leave Sildar and the other two NPCs to defend the town and look for more info on Rockseeker.

We secure Sildar’s +1 long sword for Aranel.

Cleric lady (Madox), turn in the orc heads (townsfolk).
Jul 23, 10:52 PM
Pay out for orc scalps – 10GP per head equals… however he taps out at 200GP and some riding horses
Pay out for clearing out Wyvern Tor – 100GP

Silver Feather wants a long bow (and to be trained by Aranel on it). In Phandelin a Golden Rider composite long bow is 150GP discounted by 20GP by Ambrosia. He decides to wait until we meet the elves and see if they have a cheaper option.

Cleric lady Garel is pleased with the information she gets. She gives Madox 3 potions of healing (2d4+2 HP each). She gives him a letter of introduction for the Church of Law in Ravengate and speak to Timdalin. He may be able to help against the Pike Lords due to his grudge. This is because she is aware of our plans to fight the Ossiri March Pike Lords.
Jul 23, 11:15 PM
Leland Beauchamp
Sildar is put in charge of the town as Ambrosia plays music to rouse the populace.

We get two riding horses. We already have two mules.

The party leaves for the Convenient of Stone. They cut across the woods to it. Caeside finds a good path. A white stone like Stonehenge.

Caeside sends out some animal messengers and one comes back to state that another druid is coming to meet Caeside.

An Umbran woman (she is in her 30s). She is beautiful and her gaze is sharp. She is dangerous and Caeside knows her as Partsalia. She is direct and she has an acid tongue. She is Caeside’s elder.

She cuts him verbally for working with Agatha the banshee to defeat the orcs. But she still talks to him.

Historically, Agatha is the druids way to hold the orcs in check. They were happy when she lost her mask.

Caladas Blackstone. The Pike Lords of Ossiri come from the eighth, the same power that creates the orcs. The Eighth’s domain is Death (in the DMG). He is bound beneath the black mountain of Skelloth. Heir apparent of his family.

Weaknesses? Standard vampire weaknesses.

Mostly lives in Blackstone Keep.

She believes the mask is likely with him.

No specific elf or Golden Rider character to ally with against Caladas.

500 XP to each player for the roleplaying.

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Session 14: Orc Cleanup
The Aftermath of the Battle of Conyberry

50 orcs emerged from the woods.
A group of 25 to 30 plus an ogre are coming up the road.
They stop at the leader’s body. The lone ogre stays to stare at the body when we snipe it.

We hit it for:
Silver Feather 15 pts
Arnell 17 pts
Scout 12 pts
Caeside 5 pts

It charges and hits at Ambrosia but misses. She counters and does 5 pts and kills it.
75 XP for each of us.
Jul 16, 10:05 PM
The party decides to chase the 25 to 30 grouped orcs as they are headed back to their camp.

The party targets a retreating party of 23 orcs. Caeside as a brown bear and Madox lead the chase.
Arnel is a bit behind.
The rest are further behind us.
The orcs turn and hurl javalins (8).
4 at Caeside (hit for 14 HP).
Madox (hit by 2 but uses his monk ability to block one. He reduces the damage on one to 0 HP and for the other 9 HP).
Arnel is missed by 2 javalins. She hits one of the orcs for 11 HP.

Initiative
Caeside 1st
Orcs 14
Arnel and Madox 8

Caeside bites an orc (19 HP) and pulls his throat out. Claw attack does 14 HP to another orc (severally injured).

21 unwounded orcs and 2 wounded.

Orcs attack with their great axes:
Caeside two hits for 19 HP.
Madox two hits but John uses a luck point to reroll and only hits once for 9 HP.
Arnel comes in with rapier and dagger. For two orcs she hits with the rapier for 4 HP. And action surge to do another attack and does 5 more HP.

Madox does a ki point. Does 3 attacks and hits with 3 hits and killed one with a sword and then takes out another (scrambling the orc away).

With arrows we shoot the orcs:
Scout did 9 HP
Silver Feather 19 HP (kill)
Ambrosia does Cloud of Daggers dealing 9 HP to four orcs.

New Round

Ambrosia and Silver Feather and Scout – 17 initiative

The rest of the party saddles up to the existing one.

Ambrosia does her breath attack against 6 orcs for 8 damage max (2 save to take 4 HP).

14 of the 21 remaining are damaged.

Silver Feather rolls a 1 and loses his first rapier and misses with the other.
Scout does 6 HP and badly wounds one of the frosted ones.

17 orcs remain that are engaged.

Silver Feather faces 2 orcs and everyone else faces 3.
Caeside does his bite and does 13 HP (badly wounded). Claw at the next one over and did 16 HP killing him (down to 20 orcs).

Orc attacks.
Caeside – Missed.
Silver Feather – Hit by one for 15 HP.
Ambrosia – Two hits for 16 HP.
Madox – One hit for 6 HP (burned a Luck Point). He drops.
Scout – He takes 20 HP and dies.

Arnel’s turn. She hits twice for 12 HP and kills it.

Silver Feather (defending Madox). Does 13 HP (killing him). 6 HP with the dagger.
Ambrosia – Casts Cloud of Daggers. 10 HP to each. Killing 2 wounded orcs.

16 total orcs with 12 left in the battle.

New Round

Our attacks:
Silver Feather – 17 HP and kills him. Missed with the second attack.
Ambrosia – 8 HP to each. Killing 2 more.

13 orcs left and 9 left in the fight.

Caeside – Bite does 13 HP (kill) and claw does 13 HP (this one is falling back).

5 are wounded badly enough to stop fighting.

Caeside does an intimidation check for 21. The orcs break and run.

Silver Feather – 13 HP on an opportunity attack. Kill.
Caeside – 15 HP on an opportunity attack. Kill.

Madox – healed for 7 HP by Ambrosia.

Silver Feather and Arnel attack with arrows as they run.

460 XP for each player.
Jul 16, 11:12 PM
Hello World: with MiyahLeland Beauchamp
Loot = Nothing.

But there are those that treasure chests back at the camp.

The party takes an hour long rest to regain HP and Wild Shape and Ki Points.
20 townies arrive and we set off for the orc camp.
On the way to the orc camp.

At the camp. Some orcs and an ogre are around. They are eliminated by the archers.
We look at the single treasure chest. Also a red banner with a black sign on it (pi). No other papers or other info.
Caeside does detect magic but finds nothing.

No traps on the chest but not able to open it. Ambrosia does open it.

Inside is:
1000 CP, 500 SP, 20 GP, 3 gems (10 GP), 2 potions and a scroll.
Jul 16, 11:35 PM
John McGuire
Orc scalps – Unknown.

XP for the camp clearing – None.

Next session. Mask hunting for Agatha. Waldroft recommends researching in a major city. Suggested by Arnel is to go back toward Phindelin and then we can visit her people. Then head toward Ravensgate. Or a tower to the north (on the coast) with a sage.

Our plan is toward Phindalin.

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Session 13: 4th Level!
Banshee & Ambush: The Battle of Conyberry

Agatha tells a tale about the loss of her mask to a Lute player from the northlands over 100 winters ago. He charmed her with a song. The mask would allow her to move among her people once more.

She has an enmity with the orcs as well, and agrees that if we get her back the mask she will help us in the battle to come. ""Bring them into my domain and I shall strike many of them down." She places her Touch on Arnell and SIlverfeather to ensure our cooperation.

Agatha the Banshee
The Mask. A mask was stolen 100 winters ago from her. A northman, pale skinned. A peasant with a lute. He entertained her and stole her mask.
The need to find the mask has been put into Arnel and Silver Feather.
100 XP for working with Agatha.

For the Battle of Conyberry,

Caeside casts Enhance Ability +12 HP

Orc Leader and 2 Ogre and an orc bugler

Bugler – Hit by Silver Feather for 10 HP.
Arnel missed.

Scouts x3
Sara Scout – Kills Bugler (misses with second attack)
Egg Scout – 15 to hit for 8 HP with Ogres (misses with second attack)
John Scout – Hits twice for 9 and 5 (14 to a single ogre)

Caeside attacks the leader but misses.
Caeside hit by a javalin for 6 HP by the orc leader.

Ogres throw javalins and miss (use clubs after).

Round 02

Initative. Orc Leader (AC 20) – Nat 20
Caeside – 23
Party – 16
Ogres

Caeside takes 15 HP of damage. The orc leader tries to suck Caeside’s soul out of him. Leader became stronger for it.
Caeside does bite and then claw. Misses with both.

Sara Scout – 6 HP and 5 HP for single ogre
Egg Scout – 9 HP and misses with the second
John Scout – (2nd Nat 20) for 16 HP and 10 HP for the second

Silver Feather – 10 HP for another ogre
Arnel – Misses and uses a power to get a second hit and hits for 5 HP (only 2 HP left)
Ambrosia does her breath weapon attack for 9 HP that kills one and it slows down.

The ogre attacks Ambrosia but he misses her.

Madox – Hits twice for 7 HP and 7 HP.

Round 03
Orc Leader hits Caeside for 10 HP (and he gets stronger).

Caeside goes up by 7 HP for healing power. He attacks twice and misses both times.

Ambrosia attacks twice but only hits once and kills the ogre dead.

We run toward Caeside and the Orc Leader.
Round 04

Orc Leader hits for 16 HP against Caeside.
Caeside attacks and does 8 HP (bite) and does 13 HP (claw).
Caeside heals 16 HP.

Round 05

Orc Leader hits for 16 HP against Caeside.
Caeside attacks and does 11 HP (bite) and misses

Silver Feather hits the Orc Leader for 10 HP.
He uses a reaction to hit Silver Feather for 13 HP.
Ambrosia hits for 8 HP.
Madox attacks but misses.
John’s Scout misses.
Arnel attacks and hits for 4 HP.
Round 06

Orc Leader attacks John’s Scout and kills him (Robear).
The Orc Leader gets stronger from the attack.
Caeside attacks and does 10 HP and kills the Orc Leader.
XP for the combat is 270.
Silver Feather and Caeside level!!!!!
The orcs are running down to the village despite their leader dying.
Caeside chops off the Orc Leader’s head.
We hear the Banshee cry from the woods.
Many ogres and orcs fall. The rest break and retreat.
We head back to the town to not engage the retreating orcs.
A potion and a magic sword (Caeside has it) and 50 GP and 7 gems (10 GP).
XP for defeating the orcs 300.

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Session 12: That's A Lotta Orcs!

Because we were running through the woods, Caeside and Silver Feather got cut off from Madox and Arnel. We get away from the orcs. After 5 to 10 minutes, Caeside stops to look around and spots a light humanoid footprint. He is aware of orcs in the woods semi following us. We are roughly 20 to 25 minutes from the orc camp in the valley and 4ish hours from Conyberry.
They have crude cages but no one in them.
There is some brush that could be set on fire.
The far wall is easier to climb down.
40 feet down to the main tent. Jumping to the tent is an option but would end our stealth.
It takes Silver Feather and Caeside about half an hour to reach the camp (in a valley that is cut by a stream from a waterfall. Walls are steep and the area broadens out where the orcs are). Orcs are on a flood plain and the stream is 10 feet wide and shallow.
With its back against the valley wall is a large tent (main tent) with a fire inside of it. At the back of the camp.
How many orcs remain in the camp? 100 orcs at the moment. A tent count reveals about 200 orcs total (with 100 out looking for the horn blasts) plus ogres and light treub bu shays. Conyberry has 40 men, 40 women, 60 kids.

Caeside, as a spider, climbs down to scout out the camp. Silver Feather stays up to be a sniper if needed.
Caeside gets down to the bottom. On the ground he hears a magical harp and points toward it for Silver Feather’s benefit.
Ambrosia as an orc is playing the magical harp under a tent and it’s charming the orcs.
Jun 25, 10:13 PM
Caeside spider tries to approach Ambrosia to be seen by her alone. Ambrosia sees a giant spider that is waving at her. She winks at Caeside. He points at Silver Feather up the cliff with his bow. She is surrounded by 30 orcs who are engaged by her charm.
Caeside cannot rescue her from those numbers so he enters the leader’s tent and out of Silver Feather’s view.
Caeside brings Ambrosia orc up to where Silver Feather is. The three take off at a jog.
They hear shouting and anger but they outpace it.
As we’re moving through the woods, we hear the whispering again.
Silver Feather is carrying the cursed gold. Silver Feather hands the 300 GP to Caeside. Caeside hangs it from a spider web. The thing appears and takes the gold.

JOHN – Remove 300 GP from our funds.

We get 150 XP each for overcoming the whispering creature.
For escaping the camp, we get 250 XP each.
Jun 25, 10:48 PM
Leland Beauchamp
Silver Feather asks Ambrosia about the orc camp.
Over 200 orcs in leather, hide, axes, javalins.
7 ogres armed with trees as clubs.
They looked that they’d need another 1.5 days before completing the catapults. There is not a specific path to the town so they’ll build, breakdown and reassemble for the siege. Will be pulled on wheels and pulled by ogres.
They were led by Margraud (Margret) the Orc.
She spelled them with the harp. She befriended an orc.
They had a weapon that was strange. The forged a magical sword that had runes on the blade and colors coming out of it. Two-handed orc sized sword.
“Whomever has this sword can overcome their enemies.”
NOTE – She cannot look ogre size.
They spoke of a sorcerer named Drashac. She never saw him but he might have been half-orc/half-human.
Ogres camp separately from the orcs.

Ambrosia and Caeside hear the sounds of figures moving through the brush toward you before we see them. They hear around 10 of them. 2.5 hours of sunlight left. We decide to run.

Silver Feather – 9 Stealth snaps a twig and alerts the orcs. They charge us.

Silver Feather ducks behind a tree and shoots arrows.

Silver Feather hits one for 14 HP taking one to the knee.

Four orcs return javalins at Silver Feather. All miss.

Caeside spider climbs up a tree with his webbing.

8 total orcs. In two ranks. 100 feet and 150 feet away. They use a bonus action to close to 70 and 120.

Orcs – 13
Silver Feather – 5

Orcs close another 30 feet. They all throw but mostly at disadvantage at Silver Feather and Ambrosia. They all miss.

Silver Feather does 12 HP to one arm of an orc.

Ambrosia does her breath weapon for 9 HP. Fail, fail, succeed. One dies (due to previous wounds), another takes 9 and another 5.

Caeside does a webbing attack against one of the orcs. The one that is least hurt. Caeside spider hits and restrains the orc.

The orcs have difficulty finding Caeside spider in the tree.
Jun 25, 11:37 PM
Round 02
The orcs are staring up to look up for Caeside.
Silver Feather hits one with an arrow to kill it.
Ambrosia heals Silver Feather for 9 HP.

5 orcs moving toward us. 2 wounded, one badly.

Caeside has a 23 initiative.

Caeside spider leaps down to bite an orc on the back. He hits the one and leap bites and kills the orc.

2 closest to the spider go for the spider, the other 2 come at Silver Feather/Ambrosia.

One attacks Silver Feather for 15 HP.
Another hits Ambrosia for 9 HP.

Ambrosia attacks her wounded orc with her rapier (after missing with the dagger) for 5 HP. He dies.

Silver Feather attacks. Did 13 HP with the rapier and killed them.

The two orcs attacking the spider fail. One drops his ax (1) and the other does nothing.

Caeside attacks the one with his weapon. He bites him and hits for enough to take him down.

Orc swings back and misses Caeside.
Round 03 (or 04 or 05)
2 orcs engaged with Caeside. One wounded with an arrow in his knee. One that was held by his web.
Caeside is facing those 3.
Ambrosia heals Silver Feather for 11 HP.
Silver Feather kills an orc with his rapier (15 HP).
With the dagger for 9 HP on another orc.
The remaining orc with his ax. He hits for 9HP against Caeside.
Jun 25, 11:59 PM
Round NEXT
Caeside bites at the orc. For 8 HP and 6 HP. He is still up.

Orc attacks again and misses.

Silver Feather kills him.

Silver Feather chases the wounded orc and he’s 240 feet so it takes 5 rounds to close.

The orc turns to face us and throws a javalin at range at Silver Feather for 4 HP.

Caeside tries to web the orc but it misses.

As the orc is behind a tree and then we run to get on both sides of you.

He throws himself at Silver Feather for 12 HP.

Silver Feather hits back and kills the orc.

That is 235 XP a piece.

Caeside healed Silver Feather for 6 HP and 9 HP and Ambrosia for 5 HP and 7 HP.

We make it back to Conyberry.

Silver Feather healed all damage.

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Session 11: "My Gold"
Ambush Failure & Ambush Redemption!

Picking up immediately after last session’s fight with the orcs and ogre, it is headed toward night and the party is in a copse of trees. They have heard enough noise to believe that their battle alerted other forces to their location. They hash out a quick plan to ambush whoever is coming. The plan centers on:

  • Ambrosia will use her illusion and her orcish language to appear as one of the orcs that was killed in the last battle (with blood coming from its neck to explain her non-orcish voice) to run out of the woods where we fought to tell the other orcs that there’s the advance guard of the humans of Conyberry in the woods and they are retreating. The orcs need to rush in full charge now if they want to catch them.
  • As the orcs enter, Caeside will cast Entangle on the ground the orcs will run into (so we can pepper them with arrows). Because wild shape does not interrupt concentration, he is either going to wild shape into a dire wolf or a giant spider.
  • Silver Feather and Aranel are going to be in the trees. Once the orcs are in the woods and entangled, Ambrosia will hit them with her breath weapon attack from behind, Silver Feather and Aranel will make with the snipping and Caeside and Madox will attack.

Just as we are discussing the ambush, Madox arrives. After assisting with putting away the mules and Conyberry’s defense he followed our path and the sounds of battle to find us.

Due to his injuries from the previous encounter, Caeside casts Cure Light Wounds on Silver Feather for 9 HP.

The party (Aranel, Caeside, Madox and Silver Feather) take up their ambush positions in the woods. Ambrosia casts a spell and makes herself look like an orc before going out to meet the incoming orcs.

Four orcs plunge into the clearing just beyond the woods and encounter Ambrosia-orc. She tells them that she was attacked by three human villiagers who injured her and killed the others. The orcs, instead of charging into our trap, they send her back to the stitcher and accompany her. The party, unaware because we don’t speak orcish, wait for the orcs to attack. However, Ambrosia goes with the orcs instead and there is no fight then and there.

Madox, Silver Feather, Caeside and Aranel wait about five minutes for either some orcs to come before deciding to track the party that took Ambrosia.

NOTE – At this point, DM (Mike) and Ambrosia (Sara) roleplayed what happened to Ambrosia-orc separately and it is not recorded in this write up.

An hour later, the party has gone as far as it can undetected. Following up a trail into the narrow pathway formed by a pair of 50 foot tall crevice walls, they find four orcs guarding the path from the top. They are armed with javelins and two have horns. The walls up to them are steep and just beyond the chokepoint can been seen tents.

Due to the unlikelihood that we could approach undeteched, the party decides to backtrack and try to find another way in.

As the party travels along a plateau covered by conifer trees, Madox feels like something is following us. Madox motions and lets the rest of the party know that something is behind them and they should spread out.

Silver Feather, Madox and Aranel hide behind tree trunks within 10’ to 15’ of each other. Caeside decides to make himself bait by standing out for the unknown thing to spot.

As the party waits, they all start to hear a whispering noise that fills them with dread. The whispering is coming from all around them. The whispering is indistinct but clearly wants something.

Trying to locate the source of the sound, Silver Feather focuses on it. However, instead of finding a source for the sound, the sound instead assaults him searching for his fears. [Note – Silver Feather made a save against Fear (19) and was not affected.]

Madox tries to circle back behind the whispering to learn more (Stealth 22). As he travels back, alone, Madox spots an otherworldly creature with a big mouth full of teeth. Its sudden appearance catches Madox off-guard and it attacks him. The creature wraps its clawed hands around Madox’s throat (7 HP) and screams into his face, “My gold!” Without warning, it then disappears like it was never there.

Madox stumbles backwards and runs back to the rest of the party. His throat is bruised and he croaks out, “Something is out there.”

With that, the party decides to move away from the area quickly.

Despite the haste with which the party is moving, they run into six orcs on patrol. The orcs are forty feet away and have not spotted the party but there is a likelihood that they will (they’ll pass within twenty feet). The area is still the plateau with conifers around it.

Due to the terrain and nearly even numbers, the party works out their attack plan via hand signals.

Silver Feather, Aranel and Caeside will pop up and surprise the enemy with bow fire while Madox will throw one of his darts [Seriously…].

The surprise gives allows all of the archers to hit the orcs. Aranel hits for 10 HP wounding her target. Silver Feather hits for 14 HP and drops his orc to one knee. Caeside, still unused to the bow, hits with a Natural 20 for 4 HP and lightly wounds his target. Madox attacks with the dart and misses.

Despite the surprise, all six orcs throw their javelins at us.
1 hits Silver Feather for 6 HP.
1 hits Caeside for 5 HP.
1 hits Madox for 9 HP but he uses his ancient monk training and deflects it which lowers the 9 to 1 HP of damage.

Their javelins gone, the orcs pull out their great axes and spread into a semi-circle to charge the party.

At this point, Caeside casts Entangle on the orcs. It only impacts only one of them.

Round 02 Initiative:
Orcs (5 of the 6) go first
Madox 12
Aranel 12
Silver Feather 11
Caeside 10

The five unentangled orcs charge up and attack.
Silver Feather gets hit for 10 HP.
Aranel gets hit for 13 HP and a second blwo against her does an additional 4 HP. [Note – Aranel uses second wind and regains 10 HP.]

Madox tries to attack but misses with both his sword and his fist.
Aranel has two orcs on her. She switches from her long bow to her rapier and hand ax attacks. She hits with the rapier and does 10 HP killing an orc (he took an arrow earlier). She also hits another orc with her hand ax and does 8 HP against an unwounded orc that is now gushing blood from its arm.
Silver Feather attacks one with his rapier and kills it. He then whirls and attacks the one Aranel just wounded. Silver’s dagger cuts the orc’s neck, killing it.
Caeside wild shapes into a dire wolf and bites the orc that he had shot with the bow for 11 HP killing the orc.

Round 03

One orc is still entangled and one survived the slaughter the party just brought.
The unentangled orc tries to disengage and run. Madox, with his amazing speed, runs it down and hits him for 6 HP with his fists.
Silver Feather misses the orc with his bow.
Aranel charges the orc and attacks with her rapier but misses. Then attacks with her hand ax and hits with a crit for 6 HP. This kills the last free orc.

150 XP each for the party for defeating/killing six orcs.

The party adds a horn and five more orc heads plus 22 CP, 32 SP and 7 GP. Silver Feather takes two of the orc javelins since they have hit him so often.

The party approaches and binds the one orc that is alive in the Entangle spell. Caeside and Aranel interrogate the orc who speaks broken common but he is not willing to break easily. Aranel, whose people were oppressed by the orcs, steps up and tries to intimidate the orc but he refuses to break. Silver Feather begins testing out the javelins that he’s secured by throwing them around the orc. This attempt to intimidate him has no effect. His questioning leads him to believe that the orcs have not captured Rockseeker and do not know anything about Glass Staff.

While we are addressing the orc, Caeside, still as a dire wolf, feels that there is something in the air and it is making him nervous. He moves to Madox and growls and points behind us. Caeside hears a snapping branch from not too far away and then becomes aware that all of the area’s wildlife is gone and has been gone since before the fight. Caeside alerts Madox who alerts us.

We believe it is the whispering presense that we felt before. Knowing that it is out there, Silver Feather asks the orc about it. The orc says that it drinks the blood of orcs (fifteen so far). He will reveal no more so Silver Feather leaves him to Aranel. She cuts him so he will bleed to death and, at the same time, this draws the whispers to us.

The party decides to take their plunder and run. Silver Feather tosses the captured orc horn to Madox. Madox blows the horn and the party takes off. As soon as the horn is blown, the whispers cease.

They run 500 yards and turn around. Something appears and crouches over the bleeding orc and snaps its neck.

As the party is moving, they hear 6 or 7 orc horns sound and rumbling enough to let them know that a horde of orcs is descending upon the area that Madox sounded the horn. As the party continues to run wide around these sounds, we pass a tree that has a message written on its trunk. Written in dripping blood, it reads “My gold.”

Caeside believes that the spirit is referring to the 300 GP that we got from the ogre in the previous session. Once he is certain that the spirit is drawn to the gold, he wants to return it to the orcs and let this be their problem.

Note – Mike said that this evil spirit that is after its gold came about due to a messed up roll on his part. When rolling for the ogre’s treasure, he rolled up 300 GP which is way too much. Instead of correcting it, he decided to build it into a plot point.

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Session 10: Preparing for the Invasion

Five days have passed since the last encounter with the orcs. The party has been traveling toward Conyberry, the area’s largest town. At night, as the party travels, Sildar and Caeside have been helping the NPCs to learn to use their spears and dagger. As well, Sildar has instructed Silver Feather on heavier fighting techniques. Along the way they’ve encountered at least one small, isolated single family mining camps that proved friendly.

Since our last encounter, we’ve picked up some DISTANT tails, orc scouts (2 or 3). They have been following over the days but have not attacked us.

On the fifth day, the party arrives outside of the defended mining settlement called Conyberry (in a valley). The town is defended by a ditch ten feet deep with water at the bottom and 15 feet wide as well as a “hedge” made of spiked sticks (not a solid “wall” but mound of dirt with polearm-like spears pointed out of it). The party arrives about noon allowing Caeside and the party’s humans to approach the town. Silver Feather, Ambrosia and Aranel wait behind so their appearance does not raise alarms and trying to spot the orcs as the rest of the party approaches the town.

Caeside greets the town and waves us down at their behest. Together we learn that the town is armed defensively and the citizens have been raided before. The crowds say “Oh-rok” as the party enters (likely for orcs).

Beyond the mute and defensive wall, the town has several longhouses of stone around a central one of wood that is their great hall and is build for defense (it is higher than the other buildings). The town’s leader, an old warrior named Old Wodroff, greets us and is resolved to the oncoming of war. He puts Roric, his son, in charge of the town’s defenses and scouts. Roric is unhappy with the party, blaming them for “leading” the orcs to the town.

To assist with the orcs, that night Silver Feather, Caeside, Ambrosia and Aranel form a plan to infiltrate the orc camp that evening. Old Wodroff believes that the orcs will rally at some hill caves five miles away. He expects either their scouts or their whole band will be in that area. The plan is to recon the enemy, assess their size and maybe capture an orc for interrogation.

That night, an hour into the journey Silver Feather (as the party’s point/advanced scout) finds a disembowled town scout in the woods. As Silver Feather looks around for what happened, two orcs in the trees throw javalins that hit him (4 and 7 points). They jump down from the trees with axes in hand to charge Silver Feather.

Round 01:
Silver Feather 21
Ambrosia 19
Caeside 18
Orcs 18
Aranel 16

Silver Feather bulleyes an orc with an arrow and slays it with a Natural 20 even as Silver Feather is moving back toward the party.

The remaining orc paces Silver Feather’s retreat but does not close the gap.

Behind Silver, the party sees the attack and start to move foward when a huge thing looking like a rock suddenly stands up. It is an ogre. The ogre swings at Aranel with its club. She takes 10 points of damage and goes flying.

Caeside swings at the ogre with a staff (Shillelagh) for 7 pts.

Ambrosia uses her breath weapon and does 6 pts against the ogre.

Aranel rolls a Natural 20 to hit the ogre and does 15 pts with her rapier. But misses with her hand ax.

Round 02 (same order):

Silver Feather drops his bow to pull his rapier and dagger as he counter-charges the orc. Silver Feather attacks the orc twice hitting both times. Doing 12 and 8 points. This kills the orc.

Ambrosia attacks and hits the ogre for 7 pts.

Caeside and the ogre go at the same time. The ogre is hit with Caeside’s staff (Shillelagh) for 12 pts.

Caeside is hit by the ogre’s club for 13 pts.

Aranel attacks with her rapier and her hand ax against the ogre. She deals 13 pts and 5 pts for the two hits. Aranel downs the ogre.

XP for the ogre and two orcs – 165 XP per PC.

The party takes 2 orc heads and 1 ogre head as well as 8 SP, 7 CP and a sack with 300 GP.

Because of the noise of the fight, several large things are coming through the woods toward us.

Aranel and Silver Feather scramble up the trees to be snippers. Ambrosia turns into (illusion) an orc (one of the dead ones) and Caeside becomes a wildshape lizard (or dire wolf).
We plan an ambush. Ambrosia, as one of the dead orcs, along with Caeside as a lizard goes to “call for” the orcs to help as they’ve been attacked.
The bad guys will charge into a wall of arrows.

We will work out the final details next week.

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Session 09: Die, Orc, Die!

The party consisted of Arnell, Caeside, Madox, Sildar and Silver Feather while Ambrosia was mostly run as an NPC (and the 2 NPC henchpeople and 2 mules).

After defeating the first orc raiders, the party set their sites for the largest of the mining settlements in the area – Konberry.

Along the way we encountered Sosen Fenat and his family panning for gold in the hills. He was friendly and fed us. He did not know anything around our quest for Rockseeker. He was thankful we’d defeated the orcs and an ogre.

After moving on the next day for Konberry we spotted six orcs tailing the party on the 4th day. We were in a rain storm and traveling up a ridge.

We each maneuvered to gain the high ground (us straight on, they going wide). We ran to cut them off with Maddox at the lead.

Caeside cast Entangle to halt three of the orcs allowing the party to deal with them in two waves.

[NOTE – The rest of this is pulled from our Google Hangout messages.]

3x are entangled by Caeside’s Entangle spell. 3x are coming at Madox.
3x orcs approaching Madox throw javalins. They hit 3 times. Madox uses his monk ability to catch one. He takes 12 damage from the other two.
Madox throws the javalin back and hits (7pts). That orc smiles and pulls an ax.
Arnel throws an ax but misses.
Madox uses a ki point and attacks the wounded orc with the ax (hit and 8 pts), staggering the orc back. Next two attacks with fist (one misses and one hits). This orc takes 6 pts.
The two orcs attack Madox but he leaps between them avoiding their blows.
Round 02
Silver Feather 8
Caeside 22
Ambrosia 21
Arnel Natural 20 (23 total)
Madox 16
Sildar 19
Orcs 1

JOHN – Yeah! You weren’t expecting the Monk to be travelling with a BEAR!!!
Stupid Orcs

Arnel throws her last ax at an orc. She does 4 pts.
Caeside drops the Entangle spell and turns into a bear. Caeside charges in to attack the non-wounded orc near Madox. Claw (11 pts) and bite (6 pts) which knocks down and kills the unwounded orc.
Ambrosia does her breath attack against the 3 orcs that had been entangled. 1 takes 7 pts and 2 take 4 pts.
Sildar runs down the hill to help Ambrosia. He hits with his second attack (9 pts). The orc is not dead but seriously wounded.
Madox attacks the final of his 3 orcs. First attack is a Nat 20 (8 pts) and kills him. He moves down to engage the other orcs. He hits one for 4 pts.
Silver Feather hits with first orc he reaches (17 pts) killing it.
1 orc charges the bear and 1 at Madox.
Orc/Bear. The orc hits 7 pts.
Orc/Madox. The orc attacks but Madox uses a luck point and Mike has to reroll and Mike does a 1.
Round 03:
Arnel pulls her rapier and dagger and attacks the orc that’s fighting Caeside/Bear. She hits and does 4 pts and kills the orc.
She slits the other orc’s throat with her dagger.
All orcs are dead.
XP is 100 per PC.
Taking orc scalps (cause it’s what we do). They don’t have anything worth taking.

First thing next session we will interrogate a mostly damaged/dead orc. [NOTE – Mike also hinted that more orcs are on the way and that he may develop this story a bit more.]

We are skipping next week (Mike will be away teaching) and John will be out the next 2 weeks (Alaska).

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