The group couldn’t believe that the phylactery wasn’t in the room as Zelirith the Witch claimed. They searched the room for clues, including the roasted dead goblins on the floor that were around the pedestal.
ME LOYAL SUBJECTS.
DEEP IN WOODS IS HOLE, DAT HOLE GO DOWN TO UNDER EARTH THAT IS KEEP SAFE BY BIG MAJIK, IN DER IS VERY BIG POWER MAJIK BOX DAT CAN CONTROL A VERY OLD BUT BIG STRONG MAJIK MAN. WID BOX, US CAN TAKE BAK LAND FROM DEES YOOMANS, ELFS AND DWARFS!
IF US CONTROL MAJIK MAN, US CONTROL DA WORLD! BRING BAK BOX TO ME AND YOU GET BIG LOOT, GOOD MATE AND BE ME RIGHT HAND!
YOU MAJESTIC, KING XUBOR
From this they suspected that the goblins may have taken the phylactery before them.
They took a rest inside the bigger chamber to recuperate before setting out to tracking down the goblins that may have taken the “magic box” before them.
When they reached the surface, they smelt smoke in the air. They looked out to see that the sky had an orange red hue, like it was sunset but the shadows cast by the trees outside the cave suggested that it was closer to midday. They knew something went terribly wrong.
Now that they knew to look for signs of goblins, they noticed faint small footprint tracks leading out of the cave heading north. They walked out of the cave, completely forgetting about the gargoyles guarding it outside.
The three gargoyles swooped down on the heroes. The group made a run across the open clearing to the edge of the forest.
The fighters at the front of their column had a head start. The spellcasters at the rear became the initial targets of the gargoyles.
Diana the fighter stood by to attack the gargoyles with a magic dagger as the rest of the group ran. Hermione the magic-user was caught by one and fended it off with magic missiles. The last gargoyle attacked Rusty the dwarf fighter from behind.
Fredo the thief, being one of the faster members of the group, was one of the first to reach the edge of the forest. Once there, he heard a man shouting in the distance. He decided to ignore the man for now and waited for everybody to cross the clearing first.
Mystic called for the others to help those who were being attacked by the gargoyles and launched her own magic missiles. Oracle, who was already at the edge of the forest, kept yelling for the rest of the group to run toward him and forget the gargoyles.
Elfred tried to heal those who were near death from the gargoyle attacks as the others managed to destroy two of the three gargoyles. They saw that the gargoyles did not venture far away from the cave. Once they all managed to reach a certain distance, the lone gargoyle perched back on the top of the hill where the cave was.
With everybody away from immediate danger, they considered their options. Do they take another rest? Can they actually track down goblins by themselves? Do they help the man shouting for help in the distance? Where was Zelirith?
To be continued…
We only had about an hour to play in today’s session. There was only really enough time to do a setup for what the player characters might choose to do next and wrap up the current task.
To spice it up a little this time, I decided to add music and some sound effects using SoundPad on my iPad. The players appreciated it and thought it was cool. I need to be better prepared next time so all the sounds and music I want to play are queued up, linked and ready to go.
Another thing I decided to do was print the actual letter they found on one of the dead goblins. I was going to just narrate the letter to them but it was way better to have an actual letter they can read for themselves. They’ve reread it out loud a few times and then while we were continuing with the adventure, a few continued to reread it again. I thought that was good and it allowed them to really absorb the content of the letter without me having to recite it multiple times.