Session/Game: Marches 3e #24 Date:8/5/01
Campaign Date: Quoct 15th—Odec 15th Year 469
Kronin, dwarf, fighter-10/ dwarven defender-2, LG Dave Hanley
Sir Rannos, human fighter, CG, level 12, Bob LaForge
Gorgonzolla the Cheese Wizard, human wizard, level 8, CG, cohort
Sarissa Lin, human, monk, level 9, LN, Charles Tillinghast
Gabriel Leadfoot, halfling rogue 6/ ranger-1, NG, Mike Miller
Sir Whitefire, human rogue-1/ wizard-11, CN Charles Fleurie
Brother Frankie, cleric level 5, LN, cohort
Sir Ostler, human, cleric, LN, level 10, Joe Fryar
Galliard, human barbarian-2/bard-5, CG, Andrew Smith
After finding Rannos safe and sound, the party returned to the area around Storm Eagle and Baltburg for some well-needed rest. Until, that is, Kronin received an urgent message from his brother Tharkin that the dwarf settlements in the Melvek Wilds were sore pressed by the ravages of the Orc-Army known as “The Black Plague.” Kronin gathered all the adventurers together and they traveled off to the west to help the dwarves. It was strange that each of them had discovered a mysterious gift among their belongings.
Arriving at Fort Lester in the Western Marches, they found that the Army of the Black Plague had killed the Bishop of Lester and was reducing all the dwarf strong points along the caravan route. The party set off toward the ruins of the New Temple that had been being built along the Chid River. Sir Rannos quickly destroyed a guard-troop of Pisser Orcs at the site and the party camped for the night. During the night an old man claiming to be Mancreed of Fort Lester approached the party and discovered their plans to attack the orcs at the Dwarf Mine. He gave them some warnings about the powers of the Arms of Morpheus, which the leaders of the Black Plague possessed and then departed.
They then traveled 2 days to the dwarf mine. They sighted 100 Pissers guarding the entrance, and a tent placed 100 feet back “obviously” containing Lord Strydor of the Black Plague. Gabriel failed his attempt to scout the tent, but Whitefire and Ostler pelted the tent with magic. As the rest of the party advanced, Lord Strydor, Big Bad Blog and his Skull-boy Bugbears suddenly appeared from being invisible and viscously slashed Whitefire, Brother Frankie, Sarissa and Galliard, but through shear bad luck they were foiled with Blog and the bugbears all killed and Strydor escaping. The Pissers then fled too.
After relieving the mine, which contained Tharkel and 40 dwarves. The party rested a day and then moved off toward the north, where Bor had revealed to Ostler that the Plague-leaders were gathered. After 2 days travel to the wood, near the cave of Lamiarchus, they spotted a group of 30 elite Crap-meister orc infantry blocking the forest path. A grueling battle ensued when it was discovered that all of the leaders of the Black Plague: the elf Wizard Feclar, Strydor, Childeric of the Great Serpent, and Titus the Reborn, plus some additional skull-boy bugbears were invisibly hiding among the orcs. Whitefire had one of his fireballs reflected back upon him. Kronin was mauled by orcs once he was paralyzed by a hold spell. Sir Rannos was wounded nearly to death by orcs when he tried to ore-leap them on his horse. He was only saved by Sarissa’s amazing sprint across the field. Gorgonzolla, the Cheese-Wizard was killed and Frankie, Ostler and Galliard were all wounded by a fireball from Feclar. Rannos had nearly stabbed Feclar but he dimension doored across the field to stab Galliard and Ostler before he was struck down by a Gabriel jap-attack. Just after Feclar fell, Strydor attacked Gabriel and nearly killed him. Now all the adventures fled like monkeys at bath-time. Whitefire flew in invisibly and used a dimension door spell to allow Kronin to escape from the press of orcs.
The party fled back to the dwarf minesand the Black Plague re-incarnated Feclar as a Centaur.