talumin: K9 from Doctor Who, with the text 'Shooty Dog Thing' (tin dog)
Last session ended with a town under attack, and this session we made our way through the town to the keep. The last few sessions I have been rolling REALLY badly in combat, and this session more than made up for it. Two critical hits, absolutely slaughtering the drakes and kobolds in our way, so I got two "How do you want to do this" and almost absently shot the final kobold as he was fleeing.

We ended up in the keep, coming up through the sewers in the prison. We went to see the administrator of the keep and learned that the place was going to get overrun pretty quickly if the kobold army attacked, since there were also groups of mercenary humans and orc tribes attacking as well. As we were discussing our options, Rashk, the leader of the army and a MASSIVE half-dragon, called out a challenge for a champion. Our dwarf cleric answered him, but the gunslinger wasn't so sure. While they debated our options, Kaz decided to take the matter into my own hands and just started down to fight Rashk. (I'm particularly proud of this bit - the cleric and the gunslinger are good tacticians, but the DM had been clearly trying to build up some tension and sense of urgency, what with hostages and a dragon overhead, so I made myself a rule, that if they could come to a definite decision within 60 seconds, I'd follow their lead, but they were still hemming and hawing after that.)

Anyway, we got onto the drawbridge and the cleric started out, with me and the monk at his side. Rashk seemed to want to fight us one on one, which I was fine with. The cleric got out there first and after a bit of discussion, took a swing at Rashk. The monk joined in, which Rashk saw as dishonourable, so five hostages (out of 20) died. Rashk then KOed both of our guys in one round. I decided to step up then and take him on, but the monk was bleeding out, and Rashk seemed to think the battle was over. He killed five more hostages and left. I dragged our party members to safety and called insults after Rashk.

So, we've now been hired to enact vengeance for the town on the kobold army and the half-dragon. We interrogated a captured orc, and Kaz and him have a bit of a friendship now, so we know a bit more about the different factions in the army.

There are two sessions next week - one at the regular time and then another huge one on the weekend, so we should get through quite a bit of story. Our DM is running another group in the same world, and using the same intro adventure that I arrived at the end of, so it's interesting hearing what other people do in the same situations.
talumin: Doctor Horrible with Penny and captain hammer in the background. "What-ever" (whatever)
Another D&D update - this is the first time that I as a player have been incredibly uncomfortable with something my character would be fine with. The problems of playing a Chaotic Neutral half-orc with a bad childhood are that things that squick me are things he'd happily stand back and watch.

Other highlights of tonight's session were discovering that guns exist, a Scooby Doo re-enactment in a haunted house, and my half-orc hacking his way through a wall after a vengeful spirit and yelling "Heeeere's Johnny!" Seeing the monk get thrown through three different windows was hilarious too.

I really love where this game is going, but I think I need to think more about where I want my character to go.
talumin: I killed a vampire and I LIKED it. (slayer)
OK, so it's been a LOOOOOOONG time since I posted anything here that wasn't fanvid related but I think I'll start using it again - partly as a mental health thing and partly to chronicle my return to D&D. Last time I played D&D proper, I was in high school and that is so long ago I'd rather not think about it. I did have a short period where I was running a GURPS/Wheel of Time RPG mash up for some friends in uni, but that fizzled after four sessions or so.

I've been wanting to play D&D for about twelve months now, bought all the rulebooks, sourcebooks etc, just never had a group to play with. I tried setting up a session with some friends but that fell through because of scheduling. Thankfully, a local gaming store had a Facebook group that lets people post looking for new players so I just lurked around there until someone posted that they needed a new party member. I jumped at the chance.

I won't go into huge details about the game, or my character, because that's the kind of thing that if people don't ask, they probably don't want to know about it. In summary, I'm playing a half-orc fighter named Kaz the Biter (because he bites). He was used as a pit fighter by a bunch of hobgoblins for most of his life and he got VERY good at it. Imagine Joey Tribbiani crossed with Faith from Buffy.

1st session: Kaz and his monk buddy rock up into a town, get accosted by fantasy racism, and turned over to the care of the local adventurers. With the promise of violence, Kaz was convinced to join them. They were after someone called Soth, and maybe someone called Morgkarf? Honestly, there were a lot of names being thrown about. We wandered through an old mine, smashing through the undead. Kaz managed to seriously upset a wraith, but killed it anyway and took away an awesome axe. The session ended as we discovered a vampire's tomb and pushed the lid off the coffin.

2nd session: This was a mammoth one of nearly 8 hours. The vampire was a tough battle, most of which Kaz slept through, since he was incapacitated early on. There were a few more battles, and dark secrets were revealed, but eventually we found Soth, who was a necromancer on the verge of liche-dom. He didn't last long, as Kaz had been promised violence. Landing the killing blow feels amazing! We kept going a bit longer, but nothing of huge note occurred.

There's another session on Thursday again, and I'm really enjoying the group I'm playing with. We'll see where the story takes us, and whether Kaz ever finds a place where he can feel comfortable and needed.

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