Chaos is Everywhere

Session 1 - Character Creation

Sept 12 – We got together for character creation. In a nutshell:

Bernolt of Ostland, A human thug makes his return from the early parts of the campaign. He is the only old character that will be a part of this campaign. Things of note: Bernolt calls his Club the “Peacemaker”.

Endles, an Elven Apprentice Wizard. He was delivering a message to the mages of Talabheim when the gates were sealed. Things of note: Endles is fairly aggressive in his use of Magic Dart, and was the last one standing in the grand melee on the training ground!

Oldric of Altdorf, a human bounty hunter hot on the trail of one “Nen Ran Brin” and elfish outlaw wanted for salve trading, buggery, and murder. Things of note: Oldric has a pierced nose, and prefers fighting with a net.

Otto the Red, a flame haired Estalian Diestro. This quick and nimble duelist finds himself within Talabheim on Forged papers, provided by none other than Eladio Solarzano of Talaabad! He was looking for a good dueling challenger when the gate of Talabheim were sealed. Things of note: Beside his red hair and blue eyes, this Estalian has a distinct, confident gait to his walk.

Fimakri the dwarven mercenary is the last of our party. Born in the boundaries of Stirland, this dwarf has travelled throughout the empire and even Kislev. He arrived in Talabheim seeking entry to the mercenary guild, but was robbed when he first arrived. Now he waits for work at the Three Apple’s Inn. Things of note: “Kri”, as his friends call him, prefers to use his Hand Axe and shield over his crossbow saying, “Fookin’ thang jest sloos me down”. Oh yeah, he also smells like cabbage.

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The past - 2nd Sessions
Chronicles of Chaos!

The second Game Sessions (Dec, 07 – Feb, 08)

 

GM: Steve

Player 1: Mike (Human Thug named Bernolt)

Player 2: Dickson (Unknown Race named Egmund)

Player 3: Rich (Human Tomb Robber named Hamlyn.

Hamlyn and Bernolt woke up in the Grey Eel Inn only to be informed by Chop Chop that Palemoon had packed up all her belongings and left in the night. Figures…  

 
Hamlyn's Grey Ague has been progressing and after an unsuccesful attempt by Bernolt to soothe him with Vodka, Hamlyn was befriended by a stranger and a glass of warm milk (warm milk? must be the yuletide season).
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After brief introductions the three, urged on by Bernolt, followed a large crowd of downtrodden Ostlanders who were trying to storm their way through the Wizard's pass. The crowd was subsenquently cut down by the City Garrison in a complete Bloodbath of cannon fire. The stranger (Edmund?) and Bernolt seemed unphased by the carnage, but alas port Hamlyn could not take such a sight, especially in his currently weakened state and succumbed further into insanity. 

After the massacre the three intrepid adventurer's decided to return to the residence of the now deceased Alchemist Weidenhoff. After suffering damage from a fall off the rope still attached to the balcony, bernolt decided to let the Stranger scale the rope to the balcony, which he accomplished with ease. bernolt then attempted to tie off Hamlyn to the rope in another dubious plan to have him hoisted up, where the Stranger informed them (after some exxagerated eye rolling) that proceeding through the front door which he would unlock woul be easier. the three now safe inside rejoined their now very deceased cotact still where they left him, slumped over his desk (poor poor Weidenhoff).

 A knock on the door alarmed the group, and Hamlyn rushed swiftly to answer the door wile Hamlyn hid upstairs with Weidenhoff who had no choice but to stay at his desk. Bernolt open the door and after yet another failed attempt to accomplish something (the dice Gods were not smiling, but this would change soon enough!), did not manage to pull the starnger inside- it was only after a an awe inspiring display of his muscles (and the uh hmm questionable marksmanship skills of the stranger, where did that arrow go?), did the messenger decide to enter the house.

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The past - First Sessions
Chronicles of Chaos!

The first Game Sessions (May, 07 – August, 07)

 

GM: Steve

Player 1: Mike (Human Thug named Bernolt)

Player 2: Marissa (Elf Outrider named Palemoon)

Player 3: Rich (Human Tomb Robber named Hamlyn.)

 

The story begins in the port town of Taalagad. Taalagad is dirty, crumbling town in disrepair. A barge docks at the port and the hung over Thug Bernolt stumbles off the ship and runs into his old friend, the Tomb Robber Hamlyn who is in the midst of a pub crawl.

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They decide to find the next pub together but are accosted by several of the poor, unemployed citizen sitting on a nearby stone wall by the docks. Caught off guard two of citizens try to pickpocket Hamlyn and Bernolt. Hamlyn pushed one away and Bernolt attempts to follow suit but is still off balanced from the alcohol and falls on his butt creating a comical scene. Hamlyn and Bernolt arrive at a local pub with out further incident.

The pub is packed with people. Bernolt, followed by Hamlyn, struggle through the crowd to the bar for a drink. Meanwhile the elven outrider Gale Palemoon haggles for a room with the local Pub owner. Finally coming to an agreement, Palemoon is escorted to her room by a shady halfling named Chop Chop. On Palemoon’s return to the main hall of the Pub, she see Hamlyn. Palemoon meets Hamlyn a long time ago through his daughter, Hanna. Palemoon and Hamlyn catch up and she is introduced to Bernolt who is not only in the mood to drink but to have fun as well. Bernolt chooses a puny looking farmer to challenge to an arm wrestling contest, with the winner buying the next drink. The farmer Sven is apprehensive about to challenge but Hamlyn assists Bernolt by audibly reminding him the last time her challenged someone to a competition he bought drinks for half the bar. Sven instantly agrees, hoping to win a free drink. Bernolt shows no mercy and wins with out pause or strain. While he farmer is using a week’s wages to buy a rather expensive drink, Bernolt shows a bit of heart and pays for half the drink and makes new friend. Sven tells Bernolt to stay away from all the people who are coughing, they have plague. He also says there are several peasants who wish to re-settle the decimated town of Breitblat. The man responsible for recruiting men for the expedition is an incompetent drunkard of a magistrate. Hamlyn and Palemon decided to apply for the job and goes to speak with the magistrate. Unfortunately, the Magistrate is no longer seeing people. In a moment of lunacy Hamlyn trades a whole Gold crown for the magistrate’s time.

The conversation goes well. It’s a simple escort job. One hundred Peasants are to be escorted on a three day journey to re settle the town of Breitblat which is on the far side of the city of Talabheim. Talabheim is a large city in the midst of crater with only one entrance through an impregnable fortress at the end of a windy wizard’s road. Hamlyn is actually trying to gain entrance to this city for unknown reasons, presumably to raid tombs and sell items acquired. The job has several benefits. Hamlyn, Palemoon, and Bernolt will receive two Gold Crowns each and another eight after the job is completed. They receive a map and will receive special papers to enter the city of Talabheim. They have two days to gather supplies and tie up loose ends before they are summoned to their charge. Afterwards, Bernolt is filled in on the situation and the party retires for the evening.

The next day the party buys supplies and explores the city. People are in deep poverty and those in charge seem to be hiding in Talabheim. They have even restricted who can enter the city. There are whispers of plague and concern. Bernolt and Hamlyn find a bar called Skully’s. It a hole in the wall which is almost empty aside from the obese halfling sitting on a couch with human females feeding him skinned boiled rats. The halfling is Skully. Skully turns out to be quite the character and hits it off with Bernolt, seeing the unspoken Hamlyn as little more than a lackey. Skully is an entertainer of sorts. He has pit fighting shows and asks Bernolt to fight. Of course Bernolt agrees to a fight. Any chance for Bernolt to display the power of his club the “Peacemaker” is one he won’t miss. The plot thickens when Skully reveals his true desire. Pit Fighting turn a good profit but if he could display a fight with a unique creature the crowds would sell there house to see such a battle. Skully says he will pay 100 Gold Crowns for a black orc and 60 Gold Crowns for a standard orc. Bernolt’s eyes light up at the thought of all that money and Hamlyn isn’t opposed to the idea either.

While “the scoundrels” are occupied at Skully’s, Palemoon visits the area known as Little Kislev where she has a conversation with an old woman scrubbing wash.  The kindly old woman tells of the plight of the Kislevites, and how they are being replaced by the newcomers in town – refugee’s and survivors of the Storm of Chaos – mostly from Hochland. 

Later, Palemoon re-unite with the others where Bernolt tried to sell the idea of the black orc to her but she isn’t having it. She is concerned with the one hundred non combatants under their charge, and is taking her responsibility very seriously. The argument is short, and the elven maiden cannot be swayed… yet the scoundrels hope there is still a chance to persuade her, maybe on the way back from Brietblatt. The party retires for the night.

The next evening they go back to Skully’s and drag Palemoon to meet him. Bernolt is hoping Skully will convince her to accept the idea of capturing a black orc for the arena. Bernolt is hoping to fight but forgot to sign the roster the previous day and can’t fight. Palemoon is disgusted by Skully. Bernolt tried to tell him to convince her but Skully is angered Bernolt would even mention the idea of him placing such a bounty in public and denies everything. With nothing more to do the three get some rest for their big day.

 

In the morning, following another meal of fried potatoes and vinegar, a sergeant escorts the party to the peasants whose number exceeds one hundred. There are one hundred adults and an unknown amount of children. The whole bunch is excited to be leaving Taalgad and start anew. There are two peasants that stand out. An elderly veteran archer with a grey dog and very excited blacksmith named Minhadrt. The sergeant addresses the crowd briefly, and then introduces the three escorts to the refugees, asking them to speak to their charges.  His request is met by silence.  Then someone in the crowd yells speech, and soon there is a roar for a speech. The three escorts ignore this, readying themselves to move out, until a wee lad is the only one left yelling for a speech.  Somehow this lone child’s convincing request cannot be ignored, and the two scoundrels step back, leaving the speech-giving duty to the elf Palemoon. She speaks slowly at first, the with more fervor and eloquence, informing the crowd of refugees that the road may be perilous, and they should move with utmost speed, keeping their children close by. When she is done, the crowd cheers and woots excited by the prospects of their future.  She has won the respect from all of the refugees, and is now deemed the leader of the escorts.

The first day and night is uneventful. There is some concern about the coughing peasants and the possibility of plague but it is brushed off as “road dust”.

During the second day of the exodus the group encounters three ogres in brightly colored garb, wearing large hats with feathers. One approaches, removes his hat, and in what seems a polite tone requests a few children to feed their starving bellies! The thought of these ogres devouring the children turn the party’s stomachs. Palemoon and Bernolt try and convince the ogres of an alternate food source, but the ogre’s show little interest in a flask of vodka. Hamlyn listens carefully, but holds his tongue and his weapons. The ogre is not willing to accept refusal and turns to rejoin the others. Palemoon fires an arrow which flies wide over the ogre’s hat. And thus, the battle begins.

Palemoon rides to a good firing position and let arrows fly. Bernolt charges in and let’s his club, “Peacemaker” taste ogre blood. Hamlyn tries to follow suit but he’s a robber not a fighter and takes a club to the face for his insolence. The old veteran is guarded by his dog while he tries to lend aid by firing his bow. The fear combined with age renders him useless. Hamlyn is nearly killed when a devastating blow crush his left arm from the shoulder down. With Hamlyn down the ogre rushes the peasants and starts killing them left and right. Bernolt is still going “hit for hit” with the leader, while Palemoon turns the third monster into a porcupine. The excited blacksmith, Mihardt, joins the battle, confronting the other ogre, now in the midst of the refugees. His foolhardiness is only matched by his bravery, as his blacksmiths hammer cannot strike true.  The Ogre once again uses his mighty flail to smash the young blacksmith into oblivion. The old veteran also falls before the battles concludes. The three ogres take a few bodies including that of the blacksmith and run off to have their meal and heal. 

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