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!
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
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!