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Graul Farm, Round 3
Lleidr sneaks around, and slides the Fang of Elyrium into the Crowfood's misshapen side, past some kind of hanging, tumour-ridden mass.
Shelalu lands a lethal blow on one of the 2 hounds attacking her.
NICH - not sure what your intention is, so, let's say you've held your actions till after the bad guys act
Ned delivers a pair of quick strikes that slide deep into Crowfood's torso. With a gasp of surprise before dying, he wonders aloud, "You ... ya'll are surveyors?"
Selia begins another summoning ...
The sole remaining dog leaps and snaps again at Shelalu, but she fends off the vicsious beast.
Parthen fires another volley of magic missiles at the ugly fellow approaching you from the south, who seems unfazed.
"Ya'll killed all my dogs, and that makes me hot enough to shout. Your magic nonsense hain't got no compare with my Mammy's." Lunging forward with his huge spear, he strikes one of the Parthens deep in the chest, who promptly vanishes, leaving only three wizards.
NOTE - I'm having trouble getting a new map to upload. The map is essentially unchanged, other than 1 hound and Crowfood are dead; Nich, Ned and Lleidr are at the north edge of the map with no opponents. The other bad guy is in the south section with Selia, Parthen, Shelalu and a dying firepelt cougar.
Graul Woods, Round 2
Kibb fights with unchained ferocity, badly mauling two of the dogs.
Shelalu flings her bow to the side and slashes wildly with her short sword, trying to keep the hounds at bay.
Nich rushes to engage Crowfood.
Ned delivers a devestating attack on Crowfood, but his second thrust is parried with the great hook, wielded with monstrous strength.
Parthen takes a step back from the second ogrish fellow, and now there are 4 Parthens, each moving in perfect synchronization.
Selia's unicorn bats away at Crowfood, hitting him with a glancing blow. Selia fires a bolt from her crossbow, hitting the ogrish man square in the chest. He pulls it out and tosses it to the ground. "Found one o' you's hairpins, darlin'."
Lleidr flings an arcane bolt at Crowfood.
The hound previously pinned to the ground by Kibb tries to stand, only to have its throat ripped out. The two remaining hounds leap and snap at Shelalu, but the elven woman has the better reach with her sword, and she keeps them at bay.
"The durn cat's bein' a whole mess a trouble." The misshapen newcomer steps over to Kibb and spears the poor beast, driving his weapon right through its body. The cougar cries out and then is silent.
"Trespassin' on muh land. Mammy won't like it. Mammy'll git you all." Crowfood's anger begins to give way to dismay and he spits out the last sentence like a curse. His hook lashes out and tears into the unicorn, who vanishes at once. Crowfood brings the hook around to his other side on top of Ned (39 dmg).
Graal Woods, Round 1
Shelalu looses an arrow at a hound, racing towards the party, then steps sideways into the trees, blending into their cover.
Nich is now blessed with divinely increased strength, and the horses are tethered to nearby trees.
Ned runs towards the pumpkin-headed Crowfood, smashing into him with his sword. Crowfood curses and takes a step back from the furious assault.
NOTE - got clarification on what Parthen is doing - he's spraying the south-approaching villains with magic missiles.
Selia summons a creature from deepest myth whose presence causes your foes faces to fall in dismay. A unicorn leaps forward, coming around to flank Pumpkinhead.
Lleidr fires at Crowfood, who dodges the arrow.
Crowfood swings about, wielding an ugly, over-sized hook with deadly expertise (20 dmg to the unicorn, 18 to Ned). The hounds and Rukus run toward the south end of the party; Rukus is close enough to grab at Parthen's cloak!
At the sound of Ned's voice, the one named 'Crowfood' whips his head round towards Ned, his lower face twisted into a snarl.
The speaker south of the party is soon in sight - he comes blundering around the bend of the trail, brandishing an evil looking spear and with a pack of snarling hounds round his feet.
"I's huntin' cat, but found some men with it and then horses to boot!. And right pretty wimin. Crowfood, we's havin' some fun toniiight!"
The cougar zips south of the party, making a beeline for the lead hound, and crashes into it, its body wrapped around the dog. The dog yelps in surprise and fear as its body smacks into the ground.
Lleidr, correct on the geography. you are north and west of Claybottom Lake.
The pumpkin headed fellow dashes over to his field of sickly corn, chasing away a flock of crows.
"Git outta here, you stinkin' magpies!" he yells, waving his arms like a madman.
Shortly after that outburst, you hear a deep voice singing a crude ditty about eating kittens. This voice is coming from the south, headed towards the farm.
"Hey, Crowfood! Seen that big stinkin' cat sneakin' 'round? That blamed varmint got away from me!"
You see a particularly ugly fellow skulking about the trees edging the farm's property. His grotesquely deformed head resembles a giant pumpkin on the right side—a huge puffy mass of tumors and overgrown bone giving his head a lopsided look.
He appears to be busy, wiping the blade of a massive hook against a rotting log. The firepelt cougar tenses and begins a low growl.
The cougar leads to a half-overgrown path. The narrow trail winds into the wooded hills about half a mile, and up ahead, you can see a clearing with a couple of buildings. The trees approaching the land are decorated with several hanging cornhusk-and-leather humanoid shaped
The site ahead looks to be a sickly farm. A tangled field of corn and other diseased plants grows in the eastern section of their land, while
Your summoned cat vanishes into the deep woods and after several moments, the hounds' barking begins to recede until the commotion disappears.
The firepelt cougar you've rescued seems agitated even after your ministrations. It nibbles at Ned's cloak, tugging it. Then it steps forward into the woods, towards the west. After a few stops, it stops and looks backward at you, waiting.
About 100' west of the party and off the trail, within thick woods, Lleidr can see a firepelt cougar looking behind then turning to look ahead, then back again. It's trying to move, but something grey colored has ahold of a hind leg, which is bleeding.
The great cat hisses at whatever holds it with great teeth, then tugs again, crying out in pain.
From much farther west comes a more distant sound, that of several baying hounds. Upon hearing this noise, the cougar tugs again at its leg several more times, but with no success.
Next day, Shelalu leads you on the road forward. The most direct route, she explains, is to follow a narrow trail leading up along the banks of the Skull River, north of Turtleback. Despite the chill from wind sweeping off the mountains and from a light shower of rain, you make decent progress.
After a few miles, you see the road crossing an old wooden bridge to the western shore of Skull River, before heading north again.
The Grauls have a notorious reputation in these parts. That family has many labels, typically variations on 'half-breeds' and 'ogre-kin'. Word is that they hunt villagers down for food and sport. With no word on the Black Arrows, there's been an increase in sightings outside the village lately. They're said to live in the hills, just west and a bit north of Claybottom. If you're headed in that direction, be wary!
So, there'a couple of reasons why I like this system:
1) I'm old. Really ancient, and I cut my RPG teeth on Mentzer Basic. So, yes, as you may have guessed, I also like the Rules Cyclopedia, but that came out about 8 years or so after my initial exposure to the hobby. So, nostalgia is one factor. But, while BFRPG revels in its inspiration, it also updates it with more modern fixes like ascending AC, etc.
2) While I admire the mechanical depth of games like Pathfinder, I'm finding I have less and less patience for them. Time for prepping, especially for a live game, is hard to come by, and it's easier to make stuff for BFRPG than this.
Having said all that, I'm not impressed with the published adventures for BFRPG. I still like my old collection of B and X modules better (and the CM ones too!).