We are back to using the Basic Fantasy RPG ruleset starting from this session to make it easier for me to prep and run our weekly games. Some noticed the downshift in power from the 5e-version of their characters but I hope they’ll be okay (since the monsters are also all weaker now).
This session’s PCs:
- Diana – human fighter, level 4 (controlled by other players)
- Elfred – elf fighter/magic-user, level 3
- Fredo – halfling thief, level 5
- Hermione – human magic-user, level 4
- Mistamojo – human cleric, level 5
- Lavandes – elf druid, level 4
- Oracle – human fighter, level 5
Atop a cliff inside a huge cavern stood Oracle, Lavandes and Diana against a single wight. With the corridor behind them sealed off with boulders and loose rocks, they didn’t expect the two zombies to crawl out of that rubble. Fortunately, there were only two that got through.
It has just dropped its sword when it bacame to hot to hold, thanks to Lavandes’ Druidic magic. Oracle wasn’t too pleased though because now that the wight is unarmed, it will very likely attempt to touch him and drain his energy — a worse outcome than just getting slashed by a sword.
Farther along the cliff were Fredo and Mistamojo crawling out a tight opening in the wall and on to the floor. They had just barely escaped the goblin lair below but they couldn’t rest yet. They could hear zombies trying to claw their way up the same opening they just came out of.
At the bottom of the cliff, Elfred desperately held on to the rope and at the magical folding boat that was being pulled aggressively by the strong river rapids. Yobak the goblin collector beckoned the rest of the group to get on the boat while Hermione continued to levitate beside them.
Elfred’s grip on the rope and on the boat started to weaken. The boat floated l away a couple of inches but she was able to regain her hold on the boat. All this was happening while the skeletons from across the river showered them with arrows.
It looked like the Elfred needed more rope to tie the boat to the rope tied to the top of the cliff about 100 feet from the water surface. Thankfully Mistamojo had a couple of 50-foot hemp rope. He handed them to Fredo who then easily crawled down the side of the cliff toward the boat as if gravity didn’t matter.
Meanwhile Oracle’s main concern was avoiding the energy draining touch of the wight. He swung his magical long sword and chopped off its right hand. That didn’t stop the wight from touching Oracle with its left hand. He immediately felt weaker as his life energy transferred to the wight. This only made Oracle more determined to slay it. He swung his long sword around again and cleaved the wight’s head off.
At the same time, Diana and Lavandes tried to destroy the other two zombies but were not doing too well. Eventually Oracle came over and sliced the first zombie in half by the waist. Then he sliced the other zombie vertically in half.
At the bottom of the cliff, Fredo finally got on the boat and tried to tie it to the rope from which Elfred was hanging but did not succeed. The strong waves rocked the boat violently making it difficult to tie a knot that will hold the boat in place. Hermione tried to tie the boat to the rope a couple of times but failed as well.
Mistamojo started climbing down the rope from the top of the cliff but slipped and fell into the water. He was slightly hurt but he managed to hold on to the side of the boat and get on board. Fredo tried to tie the boat to the rope again and succeeded the second time.
Finally, Elfred was free to let go of the rope and got on board the boat. She noticed that the skeletons were still firing arrows at them. She turned around and let loose an arrow of her own. The arrow hit one of the skeletons right between the eye sockets which made it stagger down the cliff and into the river below.
At the top, Diana, Oracle and Lavandes stepped closer to the edge of the cliff, thinking about how they would get down. At that moment, zombies started coming out of the wall from where Fredo and Mistamojo came. To help things along, Hermione floated up to them by pulling on the rope to the top.
Diana tried to come down to the boat using the rope but fell into the water. Like Mistamojo, she was able to hold on to the side of the boat. With Hermione offering to carry them down to the boat one at a time, Oracle took the offer. They both descended down to the boat. Lavandes decided to not wait a second longer and used the rope to climb down and successfully reached the water without getting herself hurt.
As the magical folding boat could only fit five people and there were eight of them, Lavandes and Diana would have to stay in the water while holding on to the boat. Hermione could continue to levitate and be dragged along by holding on to a piece of rope tied to the boat.
With Yobak, Fredo, Mistamojo, Elfred and Oracle settled on the boat, they undid the rope that tied the boat to the post at the top of the cliff. The boat was then carried away by the strong water current toward the bright light up ahead with Hermione in tow floating above them, and Diana and Lavandes holding tightly to the side of the boat.
Hopefully, this underground river leads to the outside world and ultimately, back to the town of Landseal.