Haven: Dragon Slayers

With the dragon bearing down on them, Verdis and Aronis brace themselves for the impact. It doesn’t seem to see Conan and Rovert in their positions among or below the battlements. The battle begins.

  • Verdis the Prickly (HuS): Level 10 Human Fighter
    • Phineas, Talking Rock
  • Rovert (TrS): Level 9 Human Necromancer
    • Drej, Level 4 Psuedodragon Familiar
    • Elf Eater Skeleton
    • Zengiff, Talking Rock
  • Conan (MiM): Level 6 Elf Vampire Magic-user (Fire and Wind)
    • Scar, Level 4 Hawk Familiar
  • Aronis (WaB): Level 5 Human Magic-user (Fire and Wind)

As the dragon approaches, Conan starts to cast a three turn spell. He has the option on the second turn to add more range if needed. It isn’t needed, as the dragon crashes down onto the cliff side not far from him, beating wind down that knocks Verdis to the ground as he supports Aronis. While Rovert moves to get to the rear parapets near Ovomoda’s flank, Aronis misses with a gout of fire and darts right away from Verdis, who loses an arrow. Continue reading

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Raglan’s Journal 22

As we departed the vault by the way we entered, having rested in the safety of the inner vault, we were confronted by guards and a dragon at the entrance to the tunnels Juniper and Anduin formed. The tunnels were near the Mage College, so I can only surmise that their patrols found them. I have no reason to suspect treachery.
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Haven: Storming the Castle

On May 11th, Year 5, a few seasoned adventurers leave the Vale toward gnomish lands, anticipating a fight with a dragon for the first time since emptying the Kobold garrison near the Vale the first time. It takes them 3 days to reach Slighe Domhainn, where Dargos harbors them and tells them about the settlement that disappeared and Rovert being missing since reporting the dragon’s presence weeks before. He tells them where the village is, two days away.

  • Verdis the Prickly (HuS): Level 10 Human Fighter
    • Phineas, Talking Rock
  • Rovert (TrS): Level 9 Human Necromancer
    • Drej, Level 4 Psuedodragon Familiar
    • Elf Eater Skeleton
    • Zengiff, Talking Rock
  • Conan (MiM): Level 5 Elf Vampire Magic-user (Fire and Wind)
    • Scar, Level 4 Hawk Familiar
  • Aronis (WaB): Level 4 Human Magic-user (Fire and Wind)

On the 14th, they set out from Slighe Domhainn through settled gnomish lands. By the 15th, the settlements are becoming more sparse and with Verdis sensing a thunderstorm coming at 5 in the evening, and believing they are close, they make camp early. In the early hours of the morning the 16th, Conan is on watch and sees kobolds go to the river nearby for water. He wakes the others, but they don’t consider it urgent. Continue reading

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Biweekly Item-Mischief Shield

The Mischief Shield is a nuisance you will wish had never come into your life, even after it has saved it on various occasions. It’s just so annoying!

The shield is a large, bronze shield with intricate embellishments around the edges and a highly stylized face in the center. This face speaks, when it so desires, and it desires to do so often. In fact, it either can’t or it refuses to resist the urge to mercilessly mock everyone it meets.

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Hero Kids: Attack on Rivenshore

In Hero Kids this week, the town of Rivenshore where the heroes live was attacked, presumably by agents of the Order of the Eye. It started with four bugbears (two warriors and two boulder throwers) coming into town, and I started to worry about how the next wave was going to go, because I stone dice were rolling way too many 6’s. Continue reading

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Biweekly Monster-Ravenous Floor

Often mistaken for some kind of elaborate magical trap, the Ravenous Floor is actually a relative of the Gelatinous Cube that eats away a section of floor to a depth of 5 feet or so, about 10 feet by 10 feet, in which it awaits its prey. Its upper surface it can make match the floor that was eaten and even keep solid until the prey is on top of it beyond hope.

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Haven: That Wonderful Dwarf

On May 11th, Year 5, still without all the pieces in place to go deal with the dragon near Dargos’ domain where Rovert is training, a band of newer adventurers decide to take another look at the ancient windmill to the South. After several events there, the crumbling stone shell has become rumored as a locus of strange happenings. Vale youth claim to have seen a ghost there and recently it seems a hunter was killed there.

  • Caramon (CoB): Level 3 Human Fighter
  • Mark (JaH): Level 2 Halfling Thief
  • Ragnvaldr (TrS): Level 1 Human Fighter

They arrive near noon and find the usual ashes and food remnants from teenage parties swept out of it. This time, though, Caramon and Mark ascertain that it was swept only the day prior, maybe even during the past night. They search the area around the tower and find no tracks, though, not even in the swept area just outside the door. Continue reading

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DM Tip: Perception Test

I’ve seen other RPG creators having fun with googly eyes in their source books and maps and such, and thought I’d bring my own independently developed googly eye idea to the table.

This is something that started innocently enough. My wife had some massive googly eyes that wandered around the house and one day I put them near the kitchen table to see how long it would take for the Haven players to notice them. When they didn’t say anything the first couple of weeks, I decided I’d give a perception bonus to first one to mention them. Eventually, we added fangs to draw attention, and so a tradition was born.

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Primordial Frontier S8: Loitering and Looting

With the massive cruise ship completely abandoned by passengers and crew, the Raven’s Roost adventurers are left alone with the opulent wreck.

  • Rathdar (ByW): Level 3 Human (23) Cleric of Vardor
  • Bilbil (RiH): Level 3 Harpy (16) Thief/Roboticist
  • Amhran (BiW): Level 3 Human (10) Cleric of Emedia
    • Clarence: Level 5 Skeleton Gunner with Revolvers

Though their might have been some question whether they take the time to loot the place in this dangerous country, that course is made inevitable by Amhran’s desire to reanimate Clarence’s broken bones, for which she needs an altar to Emedia that will take her three days to prepare and sanctify, then an hour to complete the ritual.
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Raglan’s Journal 21

As I led the search of the vault, I came upon a creature I recognized instantly: a vampire. I charged into the battle, but was ashamed to be overwhelmed by the vampire’s hypnotic abilities. Thought I did not harm my companions, I did turn on them and try to prevent their spells from hurting the vampires. Continue reading

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