Session/Game: Marches 3e #8 Date: 11/19/00
Campaign Date: Odec 1st— 26th Imperial Year 468
Whitefire, human, rogue-1/ wizard-3, CN, Chuck Fleurie
Ragnar, human rogue-5, CG, Shaun Sipple
Kronin, dwarf, fighter-5, LN, Dave Hanley
Rannos, human, fighter-4, CG, Bob LaForge
Ostler, human cleric-2, LN, Joe Fryer
Garl, half-orc, barbarian-2, CN, Chuck Tillinghast
Einar, Meenar, and Mynar, human, warrior-3, N, hirelings
Odec 1st-Odec 7th
Party Spends 1 week resting, recuperating and buying equipment.
Ragnar, Rannos, Kronin, Ostler and Garl decided to clean out the basement caves of their home, Fort Blacksword, once and for all. They descended into the caves and fought several giant soldier and worker ants, discovering the queen and slaying her too. Garl, however, was torn up pretty badly in the fight, so they returned to the fort for rest.
The party rests at the Fort.
The same group returns to the caves and wipes out the last batch of worker-ants, destroying the eggs as well. They then find a nest of stirges in the final chamber of the cave complex. Despite several members losing a lot of blood (Kronin and Rannos especially), the stirges were wiped out and the caves finally free and clear.
Everyone rests at the fort.
Whitefire, Ragnar, Rannos, Kronin, Ostler and Garl decide that they will return to the ruins in the wasteland and attack the Chapel Perilous. Bayne is asked to guard the fort in their absence. While the rest decide to ride to Baltburg to hire some mercenaries and buy some equipment, Whitefire says he needs some time to make mystical preparations and will meet them in Ludwig in a few days. The rest ride to Baltburg.
In Baltburg, Ragnar buys an ever-flaming torch from Blorgo’s house of wonders, but passes on the mystic powder and the ever-flaming Robin Hood hat. Garl buys a set of spiked gauntlets from the smiths. Rannos hires three Stahling mercenaries: the brothers Mynar and Meenar, and their cousin Einar, paying top dollar since they are experienced and have horses.
The party rides to Ludwig and meets up with Whitefire. On the way they are stopped by the retinue of Sir Brustios of Ulm, a high-elven knight-errant, who will not yield the road without a joust. Rannos agrees to a “joust of honor” and after neither he nor the elf are unseated after 3 passes, they part amicably.
The group (Ragnar, Rannos, Kronin, Ostler, Whitefire, Garl, Einar, Mynar and Meenar) dashes across the waste to the ruins. Once there they assault the brigand fort once occupied by the half-fiend Grudgore. The fort was now held by 14 elite hobgoblins, former followers of Grudgore, known as the “Hammer-Boys”. Despite early success by Rannos’ axe, the attack bogged down. Nevertheless, the party killed all the hammer-boys in the end, although Einar was also killed and most of the party received serious wounds.
The party rests and heals in the brigand fort. Scouting missions by “Petey”, Whitefire’s owl familiar, report undead activity at night around the area, and humanoids in the Chapel Perilous.
Leaving Meenar and Mynar to guard the horses, the rest burst into the Chapel Perilous as the High Priest, Nargax the Terrible, and his underlings were in the middle of performing an evil ceremony to the Unholy Feaster. An immediate battle erupts between he six adventurers and the priest, his 4 acolytes, 6 cultists, 8 orc double-axe fighters, 6 ghouls and 6 zombies. Despite early success due to a sleep spell and well-placed web from Whitefire, Ostler’s blasting all 6 ghouls into dust accompanied by the chanting of “the Law of Bor is All” by the party, and competent axe-work by Rannos, Kronin and Garl, the party ran into difficulty when the priest escaped the web and axe attacks to heal in a side room, and the cultists enveloped the room in magic mist. The four acolytes put up a stubborn resistance and Garl was killed when placed under a hold spell by the priest. Some orcs awakened by cultists took the party from the rear and temporarily disabled Kronin. But at last the foes fell one by one, and only the priest himself escaped, using a flying potion.
The party rides back to Ludwig.
The party rides to Baltburg
In Baltburg, Garl is raised from the dead by Bishop Lucius. The party provides the diamond component and hands over some of the evil regalia of the Feaster cult to the Church. Bishop Lucius issues each one with a diploma of commendation and gratitude from the Church of Bor.
Party rests in Baltburg.
Party returns to Fort Blacksword.