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I was not sure where to place a session recap, but I recently started a Carrion Crown campaign with myself as DM. I had a preparation thread for it here.
And now, the recap itself!
Haunting of Harrowstone:
Our tale begins as the four player characters, all either friends or at least acquaintances of Petros Lorrimor, arrive at Ravengro in the evening to attend to his funeral. While getting ready to bring the professor's coffin to its proper place, the four were asked if they wished to help carry him. All but one (Maeve) volunteered as pallbearers, carrying the coffin until the group runs into a bunch of rowdy locals telling them not to bury "that necromancer bastard" in the graveyard. Celeste managed to solve the issue peacefully, appealing to sense and respect for the deceased with a Diplomacy check. Gibs Hephenus, the ringleader of the bunch, was confused as the crowd dispersed, but reluctantly left the scene as well.
Father Grimburrow and his gravediggers buried the dead professor, while a tiefling priestess named Sotiria gave the last rites to the man before stepping aside and letting the people in attendance give a speech. The four saw a man in fine clothes give a speech, respectfully referring to professor Lorrimor as a good man and an even better teacher, informing the group that he must depart to attend to something right after. Kendra holds a speech of her own, and then explains that the man they saw was Adivion Adrissant, a nobleman and wizard who was a student of Petros back in the day. She seemed as confused about his presence and sudden leave as they were, but then invited the four over to read the professor's will.
While waiting for Councilman Vashian Hearthmount to arrive, the player characters had some food and drinks while introducing themselves to each other. Dampérenovich insisted that he simply be referred to as Dampé due to the length of his name, but Malthazar remarked that if they learn his name well enough, he shouldn't worry about needing to have it shortened every time. As the councilman arrived, he found himself bemused by the fact that all four of these guests were clearly not human, but then proceeded to read the will, letting the four pick up the key while he kept reading. After finishing the job, he bows and takes his leave. Kendra then brings the chest that the key goes to to the table, letting the four check its contents.
They open the chest to look through its contents, with Malthazar picking up the professor's journal and reading the circled entries. Funny enough, Lorrimor's handwriting caused people to take turns reading the journal, with Celeste and Dampé taking turns while Maeve glanced through the other books, putting them away in disgust once they realized the contents of the dark tomes. After they had checked through them all, Kendra decided to call it a night, as she had run out of steam by that part. Maeve did the same, and the other three soon followed after trying to do some research concerning the Whispering Way.
Once dawn arrived, the four wasted no time and quickly went to do some more research on Harrowstone, the Whispering Way, and the Five Prisoners, making good use of the Temple of Pharasma as well as the Town Hall, both of which they got to with a bit of luck and rolls. Not only did they get the last bits of info they were looking for, but they also discovered the name of Warden Hawkran's wife Vesorianna, which coincided with the mentions of a bloody smear in the shape of a "V" letter marking the local stone monument to the guards of Harrowstone. They then proceeded to fetch the items from the False Crypt, having received permit from the clergy of Pharasma. While one of the giant centipedes managed to surprise Maeve, nobody was seriously harmed in the encounter. As evening began to set in though, strange things have begun to occur, a song about murder related to the five prisoners echoed in the wind, and many have noted that the air around Ravengro feels strange.
At the end of the session, the four inheritors of the professor's will had found a locket that belonged to Vesorianna herself, and decided that they will try and find who's behind the blood ritual (since they realized it seems oddly similar to the Splatter Man's method of killing and Vesorianna's the only person who's name starts with a "V" associated with Harrowstone), as well as perhaps preparing for the trip to Harrowstone itself.
Totes McScrotes wrote:
Falcon's Hollow said hello...
Good thing I learned to freeze my heart when it comes to shows like that after reading the Elfen Lied manga unprepared.
By the rules, there is no concrete effect when you cast a Good spell or an Evil one. The only reason those labels (along with Lawful and Chaotic) exist on spells by RAW is to limit the repertoire of Clerics and Inquisitors (and other classes with alignment restrictions), who are not allowed to cast spells of opposing alignment. There really isn't much more to it in the Core Rulebook. And unless someone can provide me with proof to the contrary, I will stick with my stance on this, since it is supported by the rules in the actual book.
Two days till my birthday, and I feel tired.
Anyway, since I have some spare time on hand, I will go ahead and give that recap I had under way.
So, where we last left off, the heroes had been granted titles and a guildhouse of their own after helping rescue the crown prince of Elefris as well as finding the artifact that had been stolen from the church of Metrean.
However, the great city of Valche was still in need of heroes. The church of Zarus had sworn revenge against the locals for going against the deity's teachings and may be plotting a rebellion, a red dragon named Savrinox has awakened and has his eyes set on the city, and assassins have been targeting the local nobility as of late. Naming their guild the Firestarters (due to their favourite tactic to dealing with threats), they set off to investigate the threats.
After some investigations (and fights against undead), they find out that the assassins are being led by some noble named Lord Talador, who turns out to be a vampire. Meanwhile, the dragon Savrinox demanded the city hand over riches and maidens within three days of time, to which the heroes planned accordingly. Eventually, the vampire was dealt with, but he managed to bite Seo Yoon, who unfortunately became a vampire as well. This set her off the deep end, which is worrisome.
The heroes then went to fight Savrinox, which almost ended up a TPK but the plans of the heroes paid off, and the dragon was slain.
Now, the problem is that aside from Sage and Heglash, everyone in the group has turned Evil. The heroes of today seem to be turning into the villains of tomorrow.
Apologies for losing pace near the end, I am really tired and I don't even recall which details were worthy of noting.
As much as I am fond of the Cu Chulainn example that Kirth Gersen provided earlier, I think it doesn't help as much as it could here.
Why? Because the Celtic hero being spoken of was a demigod. The breaks from reality only become acceptable because he has a supernatural element to him despite his Fighter levels, so to speak.
It isn't really a viable solution to slap on a magical template to every melee class. That is (correct me if I am wrong on this) the general consensus when it comes to possible fixing of classes like the Fighter.
Doomed Hero wrote:
I actually wish people did more with the Duergar. All I get from most campaign setting books comes down to just a quick glance at them that boils down to "Dwarves but angrier and with more magic" before moving on to the Drow. There's so much one could build on with them, it's annoying how they are just thrown away like that. Even the Deep Gnomes got more love! But hey, at least one can build them up in an interesting way in homebrew settings. Better than nothing, I guess.
I got the results of my University entry exam today.
No studies for me this year. I passed, but didn't score high enough.
Sure, I feel a bit down, but there are things to look forward to, like my birthday on July 14th.
Besides, I don't need a University level degree or diploma to publish books, so it's a minor setback.