Reavers on the Seas of Fate – Season Three, Fifteenth Session

Fifteenth Session (9 page pdf) – “Civil War, Part 2″ – We cover the mass combat that happened in the background last time.  The New World Order is put into place. And Lil is kidnapped by the vampire stripper!

Last time, we worried mainly about the PC on named NPC action.  This time, we resolve the mass combat between the pirate crew and cultists. The players run the crew and the major crew NPCs without having to be distracted about what their characters are up to.

It is hard fought.  Tommy gets a flame-slug inserted down his throat but refuses to give in, and takes a large amount of burning damage before he can expel it. Finally we reach the round in which the priest and Shining Child died and all the cultists (their parasites all have a telepathic link) bail and head back to the village.

But then comes the real wrinkle – Samaritha is panicked after nearly dying and reveals to Wogan that she is pregnant with Serpent’s child! Turns out their honeymoon tryst on Wedding Rock back in Nal-Kashel (Season Two, Session 24) overcame both the fact that Serpent is (mostly) human and Samaritha’s a disguised serpentfolk, and that serpentfolk are sterile in this age! She demands that he keep it secret, though.  Draaaaa-ma!!!

It’s always dramatically appropriate to do major personal unveils at the same time of major climaxes of violence.

And it gets worse – they return to the ship and Saeng Ki has kidnapped Lavender Lil and one of the two elf woman captives (the other was hidden in the hold). She knew they weren’t going to bring her the Flame of Guidance and wanted to give them some motivation. Sindawe wants to just kill her vampire tiger she left behind as a “message” and guide but Tommy won’t have any of it, knowing that Saeng Ki might kill (or worse) Lil if provoked… Sindawe continues down the path of “but vampire strippers are crazier than a bag of rabid goblins we should just leave” but finally relents and starts planning a rescue mission.

Carrion Crown Chapter 6, Shadows of Gallowspire, Session 4

Fourth Session (15 page pdf) – Dr. Vaus turns into his alter ego Ironface and head butts the Grey Friar till they both regret it. Then, shopping! And then we meet the most helpful ghasts in the world. And then we fight fight fight.

ancientpsychictandemwarelephant

Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant

First, Bruce our session scribe treats you to an extended bout of more-purple-than-usual prose. I missed the Grey Friar fight because I was taking my daughter to band camp, but I got there in time for the shopping!

We went to Gallowspire and fought the ravener first.  That’s like a dracolich but not copyrighted, apparently. I liked the end scene where I gently send him to his rest courtesy of my (Su) Healing Hex.

Then we had one of those shitty D&D fights, with “dreams” that look and act all undead but aren’t because they know we have anti-undead stuff going on, and they spam fear and confusion and such on us all combat.  Yay, I got to spend the whole combat running away. That’s one game mechanic that needs to die in a fire, it is so un-fun.

Then we rested.  Then we fought two devourers and a nightshade, and went to rest again.  I summoned a celestial triceratops again but to make it more Indian-y I insisted it was an ancient psychic tandem war elephant (see pic above!).  Dr. Vaus’ force bombs are the one thing that actually allows us to dump damage onto anything in this craphole.

I’m not too jazzed with this final chapter, but next time should be the climax!

Reavers on the Seas of Fate – Season Three, Fourteenth Session

Fourteenth Session (9 page pdf) – “Civil War” – The crew sponsors a coup of the cultist leadership and organizes a battle with most factions of the island mobilized against each other. Meanwhile they plan to kill the village priest and get the Lens control item.  They can handle two CR 12′s and some trash mobs right?

First – more planning! They negotiate with the Fertile Families and go get the crazy hermit and his killbot (turns out he’s the priest’s disenfranchised brother) into the fray.

They start the battle by luring the death ray away; as it returns Wogan casts a Lunar Veil spell that Saeng Ki gave them in the Rain Tiger, which I let work like a solar eclipse. The mass combat was a big barrel of pain, especially as whenever a cultist was defeated, a firey blob came out of them to join the fight itself. Olibrax the priest was high level, and he brought out his ace in the hole, left here deliberately to guard the Flame control – a Shining Child.

Shining Child

Shining Child

Remember our heroes are still sixth level. But it doesn’t have time for a symbol of insanity and a scintillating pattern would mainly mess up all the various mook troops around, so it scorching rays the heck out of them, nearly killing Samaritha. Every round is a whole load of pain for them. But they pull it out with an alley-oop – Serpent kills the priest and Sindawe passes the Flame control headgear to Xiola, and then Wogan drops the eclipse and Xiola burns the Shining Child to death with the Flame of Guidance! That reminded me of the anime Bastard! where the hero burns fire so hot that it fries an efreet… The Flame actually does half fire and half plasma damage so even flame critters get burned!

Efreet the Fire Elemental from Bastard!

Efreet the Fire Elemental

There’s still a bunch of cultists, but this is enough to call for surrender… Next time!

Carrion Crown Chapter 6, Shadows of Gallowspire, Session 3

Third Session (14 page pdf) – As we wander through Renchurch, our necromancer and dirge bard keep us in lively discussion with the local undeads. And we do bong hits with Whispering Way acolytes. (No, really!)

The Worm That Walks

The Worm That Walks

Apparently there’s nothing you can’t add the lich template to, including werewolves and worms. The grind would be a bit trying, but with all the charmed undead we have around, we at least get to talk some before the killing.  When we came across Whispering Way acolytes smoking spirit siphons, Girl was so put out by the dungeon that she flopped down and started taking hits with them. This was quite successful, as we talked with them for a long while and then moved on.

When we fought a bunch of “cenobites” it took us a long, long time to get through our heads that wasn’t code for Hellraiser type cenobites (which you see a lot in Pathfinder, they’re called kytons) but actual, you know, monk type cenobites. But undead, so whatever.

Then it was double up action with the Worm that Walks and the wolf-lich. Spells! Violence!

 

Reavers on the Seas of Fate – Season Three, Thirteenth Session

Thirteenth Session (8 page pdf) – “Dreams of Conquest” – The crew and Xiola hatch a plan to get control of the Celestial Lens.  They get the outcast colony on board and create a battle plan that doesn’t involve them all getting wiped out.

The PCs return to the rebel colony and, as usual, anytime all the PCs are gone I do some rolling to see what happened in the meantime – in this case, one death, one marriage, some loot, and a recruit. And a lead on finding the Black Bunyip!

The group does what they do best, which is gathering intel and synthesizing an attack plan out of it. They will wait till a day where the control doodad for the Flame of Guidance, aka the Flying Azlanti Death Ray Lens, is in the less secure hands of the cultist colony instead of the “near infinite CR” third island which is a blasted fiery hellscape. They convince the Fertile Families of the Sun Temple group and the rebel colonists to help to various degrees. All session is spent on the battle planning and prep – but they know the better they plan, the better it will go – next time!

Mastodon and Pathfinder

So this new Mastodon video has a bunch of gaming – larping mostly, but also the Pathfinder Beginner Boxed Set (which the titular nerd plays with his super old grandma, entertainingly – he is a level 10 CN Barbarian named “Usurper of Death” and she is an eighth level CE mermaid who wears a thong). I find it bizarre but entertaining. Two devil signs up! Courtesy ENWorld.

Carrion Crown Chapter 6, Shadows of Gallowspire, Session 2

Second Session (11 page pdf) – We force our way into the monastery and fight various high level outsiders. Then we try to act chill when we meet our vampire lady friend.

Devils, daemons, undead, we’re racking up the CRs here. Then we find our vampire lady friend parleying with the locals. We collaborate with her and then waste some spectres. It’s mostly fight, read the session summary for the nitty gritty!