Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Session 142 - Dungeons and Dragons

Hey so this session contained both a DUNGEON and a DRAGON!
Session 142. We did it. Close the game, we won.
(Not really)
Also the dragon was imaginary so maybe doesn't count.

A non-classic split party situation today, as most of the party braved a perilous march into mould-held territory and Blue Jon met his most hated nemesis yet... the head librarian.
But also, Blue Jon discovered a classic fetch quest situation! Hurrah!

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- Tom depicts Rake slaying a dragon!

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- Tom also grants us insight into the local press release

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- Charles doodles session events mid-remembrancy!

Session 142 - Dungeons and Dragons
Campaign Date:
Sunday, 29 June, 1660
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Zodiac: Gemini

New Backstory:
- Zena's demon-hunting days in the wilderness drew the demon's attentions. They were obsessed with hunting her down... and Zena knew fear. (Run away as fast as possible from an enemy that's attacking you to force it to switch targets)- POWERLAD ran away from home when his powers first began to manifest and had a whole origin story adventure that will appear in Issue 111 of the POWERLAD comic book. After several thrilling moral lessons, he returned to his worried and loving family. (+1 Wisdom)
- Carrie's lateral move from torturer to dominatrix ensured that she was adored by her "clients". Those under her employ hold her in similar regard. (Henchmen standing next to you are immune to morale)

Enemies Defeated:- An imaginary dragon 0 exp)
- A horde of mould junkies (100 exp)
- The rude librarian... conceptually one-upped (10 exp)
- 3 mould junkies (30 exp)
- 1 mould Cleric (75 exp)
Total: 215 exp

Treasure and Equipment:
- Grave goods (120 exp)
- A sandwich
Total: 120 exp

- 2 groups of randoms encountered (100 exp)
- First party to visit the Alabaster Oracle (100 exp)

- First party in a while to enter the second level of Moonminster Cathedral (200 exp)
- First party to enter the third level of Moonminster Cathedral (300 exp)
- Alternate entry to the third level of Moonminster Cathedral found (300 exp)
- 5 dungeons rooms explored (100 exp)
- 1 secret door discovered (50 exp)
- 1 group of wandering monsters encountered (50 exp)
Total: 1200 exp

- We open mostly on people getting on with getting to grips with the town. (50 exp)
- Blue Jon, meanwhile, heads to find whatever passes for a library here in Moondin. As luck would have it... the library is near the arena, but more or less unscathed. (50 exp)
- He enters and meets the surprisingly characterful head librarian. He inquires about a book on "The Heart of Thorns", paying through the nose for a library card but getting the book for a week (50 exp)
- Bookspeak, once again, turns out to be almost OP when combined with the book system. Blue Jon discovers the Heart of Thorns' nature, location, origin, and that the location is suitable for 4-8 players between levels 2-5. How knowledgable! (50 exp)
- Meanwhile Rake seeks to abuse-but-not-abuse-too-much his new station as Steward of Moondin, and heads to the stables. (50 exp)
- As he enters, the shifty overweight stablemaster hurriedly hides the alterket she was just getting ready. Rake studiously pretends to have missed it. (50 exp)
- His horse of choice? The strangely named Pippi's Saudi's Mighty Lady. He buys some armour for her in the hopes of forestalling the group's track record with horses. (50 exp)
- Nix and Carrie head to the red light district. Carrie carries her newly purchased self-flagellating silver holy symbol. (50 exp)
- A scheme is enacted and a press conference is called. POWERLAD stands ready to summon an imaginary dragon. Rake smokes a joint to counteract the illusion. Blue Jon gets his familiar ready to give Rake orders. (50 exp)
- Castigate acts as a megaphone for Rake's voice as he begins an empowering speech... and behind him the enormous black dragon emerges, roaring! (50 exp)
- Rake can't see it and is slow to react (because he's high) but the familiar gives him instructions! He leaps onto his horse and turns to face the great beast! (50 exp)
- His timing is a bit off because he's high and can't see it, but nobody's going to notice that in all the fear and excitement! With a great flourish, Rake rides along the dragon's belly with the Castigate Axe, "killing" the great beast. (50 exp)
- As it disappears, Blue Jon blasts some magic missiles at the ground in an attempt to make it look like there was a real ghost dragon here. (50 exp)
- Rake addresses the crowd, now even more impressed with Rake and his abilities. What a hero! (50 exp)
- We also discover that Castigate has gained more power - now killing someone with him sucks their soul into the axe, allowing Castigate to use it as Last Breath. (50 exp)
- Oil, hay and gunpowder is purchased while the party discusses next steps at great length. Quell Moonminster? Eliminate the Heart of Thorns? Embezzle treasury money? (50 exp)
- Rake calls a vote - Moonminster it is! Anti-mould prep begins. POWERLAD puts together a strange invention - a diving helmet-style mask with emergency air supply. Neat! (50 exp)
- In case it doesn't work, the traditional anti-mould masks are also prepped ready to go. (50 exp)
- Blue Jon does some initial scouting by sending his familiar into the cathedral in mould rat form. Things seem mouldy in there, surprise surprise. Trapdoors under the god's altars are noted. (50 exp)
- Everyone is ready to go except for Blue Jon, who's going to the library to find out some stuff about the Heart of Thorns. The librarian is a dick and Blue Jon hates him. (50 exp)
- After extorting money out of Blue Jon for a library card and various fees, the librarian lets him borrow the book. Bookspeak is utilised to find out a bunch of stuff, much of it useful. (50 exp)
- Not knowing where Blue Jon is (he's arguing with the librarian again), the rest set off towards Moonminster. (50 exp)
- Blue Jon goes back to the library with some guards in an attempt to strongarm the librarian. Everyone in the library is looking at Blue Jon with annoyance and reflected embarrassment. He has a strop and vindictively steals the librarian's lunch. (50 exp)
- Meanwhile everyone else has reached the cathedral! They approach the breach in the wall, only to discover that there are a bunch of mould people there trying to repair it and telling the party to stay away! (50 exp)
- Rake and Carrie investigate the graveyard, hoping that the mausoleums have some convenient secret dungeon access, while Raaf sticks around to chat to the mouldmen. (50 exp)
- Blue Jon, finally at least somewhat satisfied with his bookspeaking, decides to catch up with the party. But he's waylaid! The alabaster oracle, strange marble automaton, runs into him and declares that entering Moonminster will mean his DOOOOOMM!!! (50 exp)
- She tells him to meet her in the hill-caves in the forest... she knows a way to fight the tentacle and bind it forevermore. (50 exp)
- He's totally spooked by her prophesy and decides to seek her out! Cool beans! (50 exp)
- The Fasburg mausoleum is investigated... Rake and Carrie try to breach it and make a lot of noise! Mould folk begin swarming from their houses towards the interlopers! The other party members quickly join Rake. (50 exp)
- The entrance to the graveyard is Webbed to slow the horde down, and POWERLAD manages to get the lock open with joke-turned-artifact jerky lockpick. (50 exp)
- They pile into the mausoleum, hoping it's got room for everyone. The door is blocked from the inside, and the team descend... (50 exp)
- Blue Jon gets a horse and rides out into the forest! I sure hope no random encounters get him! (50 exp)
- As luck would have it, they don't! He reaches the series of low hills rising from boggy marsh that the Oracle lives amongst with her strange cult. (50 exp)
- She says she can read the future, and amongst her acolytes are both mouldy and non-mouldy people. How strange! (50 exp)
- Apparently she knows of an ancient witch killed by heroes long past whose rituals kept the tentacle down. She is Baba Yaga, and might be resummoned if her Pestle, Mortar and Broom can be found. (50 exp)
- She knows not where these items can be found... but her statue-husband to the north knows. Blue Jon agrees to this quest, and sets off back to his favourite haunt - the library! (50 exp)
- Over in the mausoleum, various things are found. Paris catacombs-esque bone piles. Nice sarcophagi for grandparents. That sort of thing. (50 exp)
- Castigate recommends looting everything. The Necromancers are running out of essentials like bone powder! They'd have ripped this whole graveyard up already if the mould people weren't an issue! (50 exp)
- Grandparent sarcophagi are discovered to have grave goods. Yoink! (50 exp)
- Grandiose sarcophagi for the main husband and wife are inspected... the wife's contains stairs! Secret entrance! (50 exp)
- The stairs go down some way, turning back on level 2 and finally coming out in the depths of dungeon level 3. ooOOOoOoo. (50 exp)
- At the bottom, a pretty rad blood fountain. Also, voices are heard! Some mould people come round the corner, see the party, and run back the other way! (50 exp)
- The party give chase, Nix and Rake in the lead. A voice intones "flee!" and Nix is overcome with a compulsion to run away! Turns out there's a mould Cleric in the group! (50 exp)
- No problem for Rake, who cleaves through a couple of mould men and nearly murders the Cleric too in one swing. Their spirits are sucked into Castigate's soul gem. (50 exp)
- Zena strikes in with a polearm, and POWERLAD finishes off the Cleric with a mighty two-fisted head crush attack. Enemy down! (50 exp)
- With the third floor shortcut found and some dudes murdered, the excursion is deemed a success. The party go back up to the mausoleum and close the sarcophagus behind them. Time to nap! (50 exp)
- Blue Jon has reached the library and advances on his most hated foe - the head librarian. Much banter ensues as he tries to get books on Shub-Niggurath and Baba Yaga. (50 exp)
- Next time... a choice of quests! What will the party do?! (50 exp)
Total: 2400 exp

- Absolutely Disgusting bonus (50 exp)
- Aggressive Negotiations 
bonus (50 exp)
- Balls to the Wall bonus (50 exp)
- Bookworm bonus (50 exp)
- Breach and Clear bonus (50 exp)
- Brutal Kill bonus (50 exp)
- Dramatic Battle bonus (50 exp)
- Dramatic Escape bonus (50 exp)
- Enmity Inciter bonus (50 exp)
- Fame bonus (50 exp)
- Leave a Man Behind bonus (50 exp)
- Long Deliberation bonus (50 exp)
- Politico bonus (50 exp)
- Pundemonium bonus (50 exp)
- Split the Party bonus (50 exp)
- Spoopy bonus (50 exp)
- Tomb Raider bonus (50 exp)
Total: 850 exp

Party Roles and Individual Exp:
- Remembrancer (Charles / Zena - 100 exp)
- Caller (Tom / Rake - 100 exp)
- Mapper (Fraser / Nix - 100 exp)
- Treasurer (Tom / Rake - 100 exp)
- Quartermaster (
Henry / Blue Jon - 100 exp)
- Guard (Kitty / POWERLAD
 - 100 exp)
- Tracker (Henry / Blue Jon - 100 exp)
- Art Attack bonus (Charles, Tom - 100 exp ea.)
- Artapalooza bonus (Charles - 100 exp)
- Attacco d'Arte bonus (Tom - 100 exp)
- Fiction Fanatic bonus (Tom - 100 exp)
- Snackbringer bonus (Kitty, Fraser - 100 exp ea.)

Death Toll and Injuries:
- None!
Exp Totals:
- Fraser / 
Nix Neckbiter, Level 5 Barbarian: 28366 (Level up at 32000)
- Tom / Rake Hacker, Level 5 Fighter: 24934 (Level up at 32000)
- Henry / 
Blue Jon Goujon, Level 5 Magic-User: 24242 (Level up at 36000)
- Kitty / POWERLAD!, Level 5 Muscle Wizard: 23671 (Level up at 36000)
- Charles / Zena, Level 5 Fighter: 19906 (Level up at 32000)
- Andy / Carrie Meleste, Level 4 Specialist: 10338 (Level up at 12000)
- James / Raaf van Held, Level 4 Fighter: 9977 (Level up at 16000)

Absent or Retired:
- Ollie / Ollie's next character: +300 exp
- Ollie / Andromeda Spiderbite, 
Level 4 Muscle Wizard: 17372 (Level up at 18000)
Will / Cecil Fulbright, Level 5 Cleric (Termaxian): 15063 (Level up at 28000)
- Tom / Insanity Mammoth, Level 3 Barbarian: 5192 (Level up at 8000)
- James / William Fox-Shitt, Level 3 Cleric (Zeanist): 4571 (Level up at 7000)

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