The characters decide to take the fight to the mean streets of Riddleport in the fifth installment of Reavers on the Seas of Fate, “St. Casperian’s Salvation.”
Fifth Session (11 page pdf) – Michael Vick, eat your heart out. The PCs start off by arranging one of the Gold Goblin’s underground animal fights. The NPC ranger, Bojask, got a diseased bear off the back of a ship somewhere, and their boss Saul wanted a championship match with the current champ, Pigsaw the boar. Here’s the naked bear:
I based this on reality – I read a recent news article about how all the spectacled bears at this German zoo all lost their fur all over except for on their faces. Zoo staff is baffled.
Anyway, player reaction: OH MY GOD LOOK AT THAT THING. They then spent an inordinate amount of their funds buying some drugs to knock it out so they could paint it green. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. They started channeling Don King and dubbed the fight “Pigsaw vs. Bearclaw.”
The PCs wandered through Riddleport separately to go spread the word and got the worst end of the deal. It’s a rough town, and when Ox went into the gambling district run by the head crimelord and started putting up flyers, three goons quickly showed up, beat his ass senseless, and robbed him. Others fared slightly better.
I was planning to run the 3e Atlas Games adventure “Three Days to Kill.” I handed out some rumors, though, gleaned while beating the streets doing fight promotion, and they were fascinated by a (totally false) rumor about a haunted treasure hoard in the cellar of St. Casperian’s Mission, a local derelict flophouse where, it turns out, their old buddy Vincenz is hiding out. I had planned to run “St. Casperian’s Salvation,” a set piece adventure set there, later, but the PCs were all over that mission like white on rice as soon as they heard a rumor of cash. Ever prepared, I switched and ran that instead. Basically there’s a local small street gang using the second floor as a hideout. This was somewhat of a surprise, and it was a brutal tight quarters battle. The gang leader, the “Splithog Pauper,” got away with the gang’s loot.
Eventually they had the fight and the bear won. In attendance was Captain Scarbelly, the orc pirate, a clear warning to those in the know that the Freeport trilogy is almost upon us.
Next time – Three Days to Kill! I hope.