This is our second session after we’ve converted to D&D 5e, and our last.
I mean, after this session, I’ve asked my players if it was ok with them if I convert everybody back to Basic Fantasy RPG. Thankfully, they said yes. I’ll write more about this in a future post.
In the meantime, below is the session report for our twentieth session and the first session in 2018. I think we all had fun with it. There were monsters to fight but given the apparent endless supply of them, our heroes decided to focus on getting out of the caves and figuring out how they could do it given their situation.
This session’s PCs:
- Diana – human paladin, level 3
- Elfred – high elf ranger, level 3
- Hermione – human wizard, level 3
- Lavandes – high elf druid, level 3
- Oracle – human fighter, level 3
The heroes continued to battle the zombie horde rushing in from the northern tunnel. Diana looked around and realised that the way back out was in the opposite direction. They then agreed to start stepping back from the zombies. Yobak, the goblin collector who decided to follow the group, was very relieved to leave the zombies behind.
The fighters stepped away first leaving Hermione the wizard and Lavandes the Druid in the shape of a wolf behind to fend for themselves. Hermione was able to avoid getting hit and then turned invisible. The zombies ganged up on Lavandes but she bit back and then swiftly backed away as well.
Diana stood by to make sure that everybody was safe and started shooting arrows at any approaching zombies. Oracle convinced her that it was no use trying to fight the zombies as there were just too many of them. She decided to join the rest of the group.
Thankfully the zombies didn’t move fast and the Guardians were able to outrun them easily. Unfortunately, they came upon a dead end where the cavern opens up to a ravine. They remembered being in this cavern before. There used to be a rope bridge here but they cut it down when they passed by here a few days ago. They no longer have a way to get to the other side of the cavern.
It was just as well since on the other side of the cavern standing by the cliff were walking skeletons. At that point, the skeletons weren’t paying any attention to them yet.
The only way out seems to be to go down the ravine and walk towards the west end of it where they could see light piercing the darkness in the caves. They could also hear the sound of rushing water so they suspected that there must be some sort of river or stream below. From where they stood, they couldn’t see far enough into the darkness to determine what’s below, even with the elves’ dark vision.
Elfred tied her rope to one of the posts that used to support the rope bridge and started climbing downward. Hermione reappeared and then started to levitate. Diana guided Hermione’s floating person to the cliff. From there, Hermione started pulling herself down into the ravine’s depths.
Oracle looked at the cave structure and felt that smashing the nearby rocks could possibly cause the tunnel where they came from to collapse. With that, he started hitting the sides of the cave with his hammer with all his might. It seemed to be working.
From a distance, they could overhear one of the undead shouting commands at the others to get out of his way. It was not an ordinary zombie. It was possibly a wight. Eventually, the wight was able to stand beside Oracle. He shouted at the skeletons at the other end of the chasm to start shooting at the heroes. The wight then slashed his longsword at Oracle multiple times.
The wight slashed Oracle in the arm but then Oracle ducked away from the wight’s second strike. The wight accidentally hit the tunnel wall that Oracle was working on and caused a chain reaction that collapsed the tunnel where the zombies were.
Lavandes changed back into her normal elf form and cast a Heat Metal spell at the wight’s sword but to no apparent effect.
The skeletons on the other side started shooting their arrows. Arrows rained on the heroes wounding some of them but most of the arrows missed.
Elfred eventually reached the end of her rope and could still not see the bottom of the ravine. She needed more rope. Lavandes threw her rope to Diana and then Diana dropped the rope to Elfred. Elfred then tied that rope to the end of her rope which allowed her to descend further down.
She saw that the bottom of the ravine was raging rapids. She suspects that diving into it could prove fatal for them. With the armour and equipment they were carrying, they would just drown if they go in. She shouted back to the group what she saw. They needed some sort of boat.
It was unfortunate that they didn’t buy the box that magically unfolded into a boat from Yobak the collector earlier. Fortunately, Yobak was actually with them and had brought with him the magical folding boat. Yobak volunteered that he had the boat but he wanted to sell it to them. They all struck a deal that they could all use the boat if Yobak could join them and that they would owe Yobak.
To activate the boat, it needed Yobak to say a magic word. So not only do they need to bring the box to the bottom along with Yobak. They agreed to have Yobak hand the box to Hermione and then Yobak climb on Hermione’s back. Then Hermione will pull them slowly to the bottom of the ravine as she continued to levitate.
The skeletons shot arrows at the heroes again. One of the arrows nearly struck the Yobak dead. Hermione saw the arrow flying and decided to turn quickly and take the arrow painfully on her right arm instead. She told the “gremlin” to remember this moment. The “gremlin” reminded her that his name was “Yobak”!
At the bottom of the ravine, Hermione threw the box at the water as Yobak shouted the magic word that unfolded the boat on the water. Elfred then quickly held on to the boat with one hand as she tightly gripped on the rope with her other hand. Yobak jumped into the boat and yelled at the others to come down now.
With the boat only able to hold about four medium sized people plus the goblin, Hermione will have to continue levitating and be pulled along by the boat down the rapids.
However, Lavandes, Oracle and Diana were all still at the top of the ravine fighting off the wight and fending themselves from the rain of arrows from the other side of the cavern.
Will they all be able to make it out in one piece? To be continued.