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

Eighteenth Session (9 page pdf) – “Capture of the Black Bunyip” – The crew of the Araska finds out that Morgan Baumann has set an ambush for them. “What’s the plan?” “Let’s get ‘em!” It’s touch and go and many a gold Infamy Point coin is spent. Who leaves the crew on this very special episode of Reavers on the Seas of Fate?

All right, we’re back on board the Teeth of Araska and they’ve finally located who they came here to find, Captain Baumann, and gotten rid of pesky Flying Azlanti Death-Ray Lenses that stood in their way.

Most of the guys have read various naval fiction so I like throwing in some realism; they had to get started by towing the ship with the ship’s boats out of the cove. The Black Bunyip has laid a trap, as well, which in classic adventurer fashion they deliberately run right into!

Lacking any other options, Sindawe declares, “We’ll ram and kill them all in hand to  hand!” The pirates cheer, because that’s the way they roll.

The fight is brutal but in hand until a rogue dispel magic removes Samaritha’s domination of Daphne the sorceress. She snatches up the fallen Gareb’s dragon staff (he found it some damn place, it’s worth a fortune) and turns into a blue dragon and turns on the Araskans.

They manage to fell Baumann and drive off the dragon for now, at the cost of many Infamy Points. Sindawe cuts off her thumbs, an idea he got from when they found the thumbless Mase Venjum in the Araska’s brig originally.

JJ [the disturbingly anatomically correct sea-homunculus] approaches the officers and says, “Hey, hey. You know why thumbless people can’t  betray you?”

A concerned Sindawe replies, “No. Why?”

JJ hunches over and talks in a stage whisper, “Hey, do you know who’s going to betray  the captain?” He looks around conspiratorially and says, “This guy!” He begins poking his own chest, but keeps his thumbs hidden indicating that they have been cut off. The conspirator is crestfallen to realize that he can’t identify himself as “this guy.” This amuses the command staff greatly.

Those that survive, level! Ooh, level 7!  They all writhed in glee. (Remember we started in 2009, so it’s a little more than a level a year.)

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

Seventeenth Session (11 page pdf) – “Kill All Vampires!” – The vampire crypt keeps the pirates occupied for a while, and finally they finish up at the Sun Temple Colony and set out to hunt down Morgan Baumann.

The PCs are trying for a by-the-numbers disposal of staked vampires and retrieval of loads of loot, but Lil being enchanted nearly puts a huge wrinkle in that; they recover very quickly though.

But luck catches up with them on one of the five crypts; those find/remove traps rolls are always just waiting for you to fail them. They escape the crypt as it fills up with water and a stone slab seals it off…  Oh, but that’s not good enough, time to go back in!  That’s when the going gets rough.

Tommy leaps the stone slab with Sindawe and Serpent close behind. All of them clear the chamber before the slab closes the way. It grinds shut and the sound of water filling the crypt can be heard through the stone.

Wogan says, “I have a Chime of Opening and Water Breathing. Let’s get you guys back in the game!”

Serpent comments that most of the Azlanti race’s enemies were water breathers.

Tommy announces, “That’s fiendish… they trap their enemies down below to starve but give them the water necessary to survive.” They cooperatively spin a tale of some hapless skum caught by the trap, perfectly comfortable but slowly dying. Good times.

They stake the last vampire but overnight Tommy and Lil are a little distracted while on guard duty and some blood ooze thing I found in some book recovers it. Once they get down there again he’s alive, which really, really freaked them out. But then all those God-touched cultists they’re dragging around with them got real lucky (five, hits, two crits) and laid 35d8 damage worth of searing light on the guy!

After that, it’s all done but the partying. They got a metric ton of loot out of it too, so they were happy, and then they traded a lot of it for cool Azlanti magitech doodads (including a walk-in freezer for the ship).

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

Sixteenth Session (10 page pdf) – “Lair of the Vampire” – It’s back to Rana Mor to retrieve Lavender Lil from the clutches of the vampiress. I leave it up to the players how much sex and violence there will be.  Hint: Lots!

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Well, good thing I didn’t toss that Dungeon after they left Rana Mor, because they go right back.  I tried something new this time, which was to have the group vote on how much difficulty, complexity, ultraviolence, and eroticism they wanted in this session.  Go read the details of that in my previous post about Agile Session Ratings then come back here. Those were the values from this session, so I was trying for, on a 1-5 scale, Difficulty 3; Complexity 2; Ultraviolence 4; Eroticism 3.

The first part, briefing the crew before they left, was funny.  Sindawe wanted to get Big Mike to look out for the remaining elf woman captive. So he goes up to him and starts in on an oblique approach, with “Do you love your mother, Mike?” He gets convinced that Sindawe is threatening to kill his mother for some bizarre reason and eventually others have to intervene to calm a blubbering Mike so he can be given his orders and they can move on.

They take some Tear-possessed cultists into Rana Mor with them, which ends up being quite helpful. They have another fight in that darn dart room (third one!), this time with the vampire tiger, who doesn’t care about CON-draining darts as much as all the people do! It has all kinds of AC and defenses but not a lot of hit points, so a bunch of Burning Hands from the cultists do it in after it downs Sindawe. Then it’s time to fight a vampire stripper cleric!

Here’s Saeng Ki’s character sheet for your use! She’s under the influence of the Enemy’s Heart spell she cut out the elf captive’s heart to power.

When she hits the PCs with a negative energy burst, it caused this exchange:

Sindawe is surprised that the negative energy affects him and demands, “I’m evil! This shouldn’t hurt me! What use is there in being evil if negative energy can hurt you?”

Serpent replies, “You never have to say you’re sorry!”

Quite so.  Finally they recover Lil.  In the retrospective, I hit the Difficulty and Complexity dead on, but not enough gore and not near enough sex.  I tried to give some hooks early in the session with the “Kahina and JJ” thing and Little Mike trying to seduce some colonists, but the PCs were like “Uh huh on to the dungeon” and they weren’t in a mood to talk to Saeng Ki, so I couldn’t deliver on that count.  Maybe next time!

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.

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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!

 

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

Twelfth Session (11 page pdf) – “Tower of the Vampire Queen” – Collecting their reward from a crazy evil vampire stripper takes a while. Then, they decide it’s time to clean up Lefty’s act at a most inopportune time.

OK, this is where the whole “don’t trust the vampire stripper” thing really started to make this drag a bit, but I rolled with it. In the module, it really was just a matter of going down into a room, messing with some trapped sarcophagi, and coming away with scads of loot. But they distrusted her so much that they wouldn’t go down there.  “Bring it to us!” they demanded. It eventually comes to blows, but the vampiress’ vampire tiger totally owns Serpent and so she manages to force a detente. The players are all talking depressed like “oh we lose we’re minions now” while she’s like “come get your treasure you crazy blood-sacks.” Finally they take it, including the spell-storing gem the Rain Tiger, and depart Rana Mor.

Then mistrust hits a second time. Lefty is on watch and tells Sindawe something’s coming.  I guess he thought it was a trick since Lefty’s still flame-slug-possessed, so he sleeper holds him and the group ends up fighting his flame slug. This wouldn’t have been so bad if Lefty hadn’t been telling the truth, because they’re all otherwise engaged when the gibbering flaming guys show up again (those possessed by Tears of Nuu’rugal sometimes mutate till they’re kinda flaming gibbering mouthers on legs over time). I had anticipated a tough fight where they finally defeat the guys they ran from a couple sessions ago, but since they were in disarray already from fighting Lefty and his flame-slug it was going poorly for them – Wogan spent an Infamy Point to collapse the ruins on them rather than fight it out.

And that’s the session – it was supposed to be “loot some treasure and then have a random encounter” but ended up taking the whole time!

Carrion Crown Chapter 6, Shadows of Gallowspire, Session 1

First Session (5 page pdf)- Teleport traps make us sad. As do wilderness encounters. We finally reach Renchurch and begin our assault.

Along the way, Xurak does his best to provoke a group TPK by summoning a demon while everyone’s asleep. Some very lucky rolls on a spell combo from me and crit from Oswald puts paid to that, however.

Then we about get burned to death in a barrow.  But eventually we get to Renchurch!  There’s a banshee on the wall, but Zurak charms her too. We start to go in, and get attacked by an athach and an unseen sniper. Storm the beaches!!!

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