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: K9 from Doctor Who, with the text 'Shooty Dog Thing' (Default)
Probably the first session in a WHILE where we didn't end up ashamed of ourselves.

Turns out I have a dwarf's ear now. I'd been hoping Kaz would tear it off himself, but the thought was there.

Our new party member is a tiefling, or "human variant" in this setting, and part of her curse is that she needs to hide her true appearance, so every day she appears differently (think metamorphmagi), which confused Kaz for a while, but he figured it out.

While we waited for our cleric to show up, I convinced the others to return to the haunted house (so I could get the axe I left behind). I managed to get my axe, then set fire to the place as vengeance against the spirit within. During this, the cleric showed up and tried TALKING to the ghost, and it turns out we probably should have done that the first time. We got some plot info, then headed to visit the local lord and lady, and then we got to see Kaz at a formal dinner.

There was some more plot stuff that Kaz wasn't present for, but I took notes anyway. Since we were done in this town, we headed off on the next leg of our journey towards discovering the source of a rebellion. A few days of travelling and we came across a dwarf and a gnome arguing. The gnome's cattle had been getting petrified, but the dwarf refused to help. Kaz was bored of just walking, so he wanted something to fight. We made a bet with the dwarf that the gnome wasn't just crazy and went to check out what was going on. We made pretty quick work of the cockatrice, and took back a leg to the dwarf as proof. Kaz then had it cooked and eaten (because it looked kind of like a chicken).

We continued on, and on reaching our destination, discovered it was under attack from a dragon. We saved a family under attack of lizard-like humanoids and tortured the only survivor of our battle. We promised to help get the family to the local keep, and that's where we ended the session.

Other bits of note were when I got the HDYWTDT on the chief lizardperson and smashed his nose out the back of his skull (still not sure if they're kobolds or not), and noting that Kaz now has a "things I have eaten" list to go with his "things I've killed" list (which now includes a house).
talumin: Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic narrowing her eyes. (unimpressed)
Late update is late (and short).

I was a bit of a fail in this session, since I had to leave early and being self-centred, I forgot to tell the rest of the group until right when I had to go (although I had told the DM the week before). I don't think it was a huge thing, but it just made me feel stupid that I hadn't thought to do it earlier so people would have been ready.

Anyway, the entire session was in a fighting pit where I beat down on of our muggers while the rest of the group watched and found different ways to lend support. Apparently after I left, they took someone's ear off, which is perfect for my Kaz.
talumin: captain hammer screaming "I think this must be what PAIN feels like." (captain hammer)
Following on from the ridiculousness of last week, we were down to three players. It was me, a gun slinger and the vampire lawyer putting in an appearance. We were hired to protect a noble from someone following him, figured it was an easy deal, and then got mugged on the way to his house.

This is probably the most shameful thing for Kaz the Biter. Kaz likes his stuff. He was already mad that they left his hand axe in the haunted house from last week (which he fully intends to burn down later), and then some racist half-elf hits him in the head with a rock, and THEN he gets beaten up and half his weapons get stolen... it was a sad day for Kaz. Thankfully, he found the "magic" rock that hit him and this is now his secret weapon.

Trying to investigate the thieves turned up nothing, so we headed to protect the noble for the night. It went really well until the revenant busted in the back door, paralysed us with fear, stomped upstairs and killed our employer. The others seemed worried about this, but Kaz made it look like it was a break in and we looted the place before leaving. Wooo Chaotic Neutral!
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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