A new player has joined our group this week. He hasn’t played anything like D&D before and thought the whole thing was just too nerdy. But, he wanted to give it a go so I had him roll up a character before the actual game session.
His brand new character is a dwarf fighter berserker he called Rusty. He seemed to have liked the idea of a short but strong battle-hardened dwarf. The other players were excited to have Rusty join the group.
On Tuesday, we had our second session and we only have an hour to play. It concerned me a little because two hours of play was already considered short. It can’t be helped though as some guys have work meetings to attend after the game.
The game started where we left off in episode 1. The heroes were victorious against a group of goblin raiders but unfortunately, four town children were still abducted by another group of goblin farther away. They didn’t realise this until it was too late.
After getting some provisions from town, they set off north to track down the goblins that took the children. They followed the tracks for a couple of hours but it soon became too dark to continue. They had to set up camp for the night. It was just as well. Their spell casters needed the rest.
Mistamojo the cleric, Elfred the elf cleric and Hermione the magic-user went to sleep as the other half of the group stayed up to keep watch. Rusty the dwarf berserker, Oracle the brute and Fredo the halfling thief were drinking some ale by the bonfire and swapping stories when a growling large black bear walked into camp.
Rusty took a piece of wood from the bonfire and strode toward the bear intending to shoo it off. Startled by the advance, the bear reacted by attacking Rusty. Luckily, the dwarf was good at dodging bear hugs.
Oracle advanced to engage the bear. Meanwhile, Fredo stepped away from the heat of combat and hid in the shadows. Fredo used his stealth to circle around the bear and then at the right moment, struck the bear from behind, half killing it with a single blow. With the bear severely weakened, Oracle easily finished off the bear.
In the morning, the group woke up to a hearty bear breakfast. When everybody was ready to go, they continued their hunt for the goblins into the woods.
After a few hours of walking, they came to a clearing. In the middle of the clearing was a mausoleum on top of a small hill. As they were approaching, they saw a goblin in front of the mausoleum standing by the door. It did not seem to have noticed them as it casually went into the building and closed the door.
There was a lengthy discussion on the best way to deal with the situation. In the end, Fredo volunteered to go through the door and see what’s on the other side. He was hoping that whoever was inside wouldn’t notice him entering.
Elfred the elf cleric felt Fredo would need help so she cast a Protection from Evil spell on him. And just in case Fredo might need more help, she decided to accompany him through the door.
Luckily, behind the door was a dark staired corridor leading down and nobody was around. Thanks to Darkvision, neither the halfling nor the elf required any light. They carefully descended the stairs and took a peek at the room at the end of it.
It was an offering chamber as evidenced by the large brazier at the centre of the room with dried flowers and candles around it. There were six unarmed goblins hanging out in the room, oblivious to the fact that our heroes were close by.
At that point, everybody went downstairs and they acted quickly to dispatch the goblins. Hermione cast a Sleep spell on the creatures that put three of them to sleep. However, this caused two of the remaining conscious goblins to attack her with their spears. Having been stabbed by spear, Hermione stepped back to let the fighters Rusty and Oracle take the front.
Meanwhile, Fredo went for the lone goblin at the corner of the room and successfully killed it before it could act. And then, while the other two goblins were busy fighting Rust and Oracle, Fredo snuck behind one of the goblins and killd it with his dagger. Rusty then killed off the last goblin.
With the melee over, they took some time to check the room and if there was anything there that was noteworthy. First, they noticed that there were some equipment and money left behind by the dead goblins on the floor.
They looked around further and saw that the walls had tapestries depicting knights of a holy order engaged in fierce combat against goblinoid creatures. On top of the tapestries were the words: “I pledge myself to the holy order of the temple. I declare this solemn oath of obedience, poverty and chastity. I give the order my sacred word.”
On the wall opposite the stairs was a passageway and above the entrance was a sign that read “Only the penitent man shall pass.”
With the rest of the group busy collecting anything from the room that might be of any value, Oracle hastily decided to just walk throught he passage way entrance. On his third step into the corridor, he felt his feet sank by an inch and then heard a click. A large blade came out of the wall sideways but Oracle was quick enough that he was able to kneel down in time to avoid the blade. Fredo then disarmed the trap by putting a pole between the blade and the wall, jamming the blade in place and making it safe for everybody else to pass through.
Afterwards, Fredo decided to continue down the dark corridor to scout ahead. Due to his Halfling nature, he was not seen nor detected by the goblins in the room at the end of the passageway. They were busy chanting, performing some dark ritual. There was a goblin in robes facing the statue on the far wall holding a bloodied dagger. His chanting echoed through the room and into the passageway. The four children appeared to be alive still but bound on the floor in front of the shaman. There were seven other goblins visible to Fredo but he wasn’t sure if there were more.
As he left the scene to report back what he saw to the others, he heard the chanting grew louder with more voices joining in. The chanting definitely felt like it was building up. Will the heroes make it in time to save the children? We’ll see in session 3 next Tuesday.