On 04/07/16, Tracy Johnson wrote:
Games are on Monday night sometime after 5:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.
This week I forget what type of pizza we had, but it was a large instead of extra large.
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After capturing the fort's defenders and enslaving them they were disarmed and made slaves. They got to keep their armor however.
One thing I forgot to mention about the previous week was secret door and downward staircase found in the room the defenders surrendered from. I'll just act as though it was found this week. The newly enslaved fighters disavowed any knowledge of the secret door.
The players descended the staircase with Rubbio and Huang leading the way. Rubbio was hit by a Green Slime that was waiting above the archway at the bottom of the stairs. Rolling a four sided die, I determined Rubbio had two rounds to scrape it off. Meanwhile Tujef had the marvelous idea to cast a Create Water spell and wash it off. So down the stairs Tujef went so he could get a visual on Rubbio and cast it. Twelve gallons of water fell down on Rubbio and drenched him with the side effect of getting rid of the Green Slime. The wash did not however harm the slime, but merely made it scatter on the floor, like after a sudden plumbing accident with sewage. More on this later...
Huang, next to enter the archway tried to avoid the piles of slime on the floor got hit by a second slime that got locked and loaded after the first one fell on Rubbio. Mysteriously, the this slime decided fall off Huang of its own accord into the onto the wet floor.
Aerys who was not far behind, decided to cast Faerie Fire on the piles of slime using her racial ability. (As a Player the person did not realize the purpose of the spell, as it doesn't really make fire but caused the little piles of slime to cast an eerie glow.)
With the Green Slime well illuminated at least they could avoid stepping on it. Until I told them it started to coagulate like the silver stuff near the end of Terminator II. So there was only one thing to do, toss oil on it and burn it, which they did.
Next item on the agenda was to explore the bottom of the stairs. I told them it was dark, so they lit and gave a bullseye lantern to one of the newly captured slaves he became henceforth known as "Torch Guy". Where they found a column filled hall with five doors straight ahead and a passageway leading left, behind and to the left there was a column and a door, and to the right was a column and a pile of rubble.
Going straight ahead they decided to start opening the five doors. Behind the first door were a pair of Zombies, both of which Huang killed outright. The second door followed the same pattern a pair of Zombies that were killed (with some effort) by Tujef and Sum Dum Gai.
At this point the party thought this was good training so they put one of Huang's first level Monk followers and one of the newly indentured slaves to open the remaining three doors, simultaneously. (Although for combat purposes we played them out sequentially.) Behind doors three and four two more Zombies each came out (as expected).
But after opened door number five, two Zombies instead came from behind the last column and attacked from the rear getting some benefit for the blind spot and surprise. While this slave and Monk turned to face this unexpected direction, a third Zombie came from the open door and attacked the Monk named Hu Yu Hai Ding. Again, from the rear. It hit but to no effect, as it was more of a grab than an outright strike.
Next round Jacko who was nearby (apparently in reserve) attacked the two out of place Zombies who were ganging up on a slave. Unfortunatly for Hu Yu Hai Ding, he missed his initiative and the Zombie on his back bit through his skull with the oh so familiar word "Brains ..." being mumbled by the Zombie.
What followed the next few rounds were hectic, eventually all the Zombies were defeated, but not without the loss of two more Monks: Won Hung Lo, Yu Too Fat, and two more slaves. Even Hu Yu Hai Ding had to be put down because he got up and started saying "Brains ... Braaaaiiinnnssss..."
Since they weren't really dead and faced with the possibility they might come back, the party discussed two methods of getting rid of them. The first was to cut off their heads. The second was to burn them. They decided on both.
While looking for something to burn they utilized broken furniture and wood from the pile of rubble mentioned above and found two more doors behind that pile.
Concurrent with the battle (there are so many characters this had to be declared in parallel). Aerys and one other (Torch Guy?) wend down the open passage to find a torture chamber. A careful look at the skeletons on the wall determined they were "fresh" and a trail of blood led to one of the floor to ceiling columns. Following this clue, Aerys had Torch Guy open a concealed hatch in the column and found it had iron rungs leading down a tube.
(With Torch Guy being with Aerys, I had to rule other lights were lit for the battle.)
Also during Zombie battle, Rubbio and a slave went exploring to the room on the stairs left and found it full of filth and sewage. (Again, they must have had their own light.) It appeared to be used as an open restroom. There was a door at the other end. For some strange reason, Rubbio had the slave knock at the door. Whereupon it immediately opened, a large arm reached out, grabbed the slave, and pulled him in. Then the door was slammed shut followed by a "crunch" followed by what the Players told me was a "Wilhelm Scream".
Rubbio decided to retreat.
We end the session with Huang, Honda, Donorin and Rubbio about to knock on the same door saying: "Candygram."
Possible follow on contingencies are the secret passage down the hollow column and the two newly discovered doors.
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++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++
++++ CHARACTER ROSTER ++++
CHARACTERS (New players on top.)
Dornorin, a Sylvan Elf, Magic User, General Practitioner.
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, 2nd level Infiltrator (slip).
Blake, a Human 1st level Infiltrator (a.k.a. Sneak).
Vixine Numar, a Human 1st level Chosen One (a.k.a. Touched)
Aerys, an Elvariel 2nd level Thief (Footpad).
Count Elefus, a Human Male Abbot
Sir Huang - a Master of the North Wind of the Stone Tiger Order, Baron of Catan
Dame Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Tujef, Numrendir's sidekick and a Human 3rd level Zealot of Thor (recently converted to Zealot)
Curly - Insane Keeper a.k.a 1st level Paladin and Elefus' other Sidekick (a Gargoyle really wouldn't do).
Twitch - Raised from the Dead (twice) Treasure Hunter.
Gargoyle - Elefus's hench person (demoted from Sidekick)
Rubbio - Redeemed Footpad
Sum Dum Gai - Male 1st level Monk (a.k.a. Grasshopper)
Won Hung Lo - Male 1st level Monk (a.k.a. Grasshopper) (Deceased)
Bang Mi - Female 1st level Monk (a.k.a. Grasshopper)
Stin Ki Poo - Male 1st level Monk (a.k.a. Grasshopper)
Yu Too Fat - Male 1st level Monk (a.k.a. Grasshopper) (Deceased)
No Tsmo King - Female 1st level Monk (a.k.a. Grasshopper)
Hu Yu Hai Ding - Male 1st level Monk (a.k.a. Grasshopper) (Deceased)
Nine err, seven Slaves as disarmed first level Fighters (their former leader is a second level Fighter however).
MISSING or CAPTURED CHARACTERS (PCs or NPCs)
Numrendir - a Human Conjurist - Gone off to BlackMoor to check his Investment Account
Junkbot Jackson - a Human Tracker/Adept
Gerry Castagere, Human Fingersmith, and ever loving devotee of Elefus
Fundisha - a Half-Elf Swordsperson
Sir Weasel, Human Guild Soldier, Warlock, & Champion (he stayed back in BlackMoor)
- and nine Pilgrim henchmen of various levels. (They wear hoodies.)
Slade Wilson - Dwarven Professional (Left behind at Catan)
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