Primordial Frontier S17: Beaten to the Punch

Immediately after Rathdar’s bat form is struck down by the dark raptor, the toad-like creatures attack all around the rest of the party.

  • Rathdar (ByW): Level 6 Human Vampire (23) Cleric of Vardor
  • Bilbil (RiH): Level 6/5/1 Harpy (16) Thief/Alchemist/Technician
  • Amhran (BiW): Level 6 Fey “Pucca” (10) Cleric of Emedia
    • Clarence: Level 11 Four-armed Skeleton Gunner with Revolvers
    • Mazur: Level 9 Dead Lord
    • Level 1 and Level 2 Trackers

Bilbil, Seradal, and Amhran’s undead open fire, picking off a few of them, while Amhran casts spells that kill or wound large swaths of them and scare other away. Rathdar strikes at the shadowy bird with his sword of light and scores a critical hit and impressive damage roll, instantly destroying it in a burst of light that demoralizes the toad creatures (they worship the shadow birds).

While Rathdar charges the enemies between him and the party, cutting them down, and gun fire further thins their ranks, Amhran plants herself in the middle of a group and activates her fireshell ring to burn them all up. Soon they have all fled or been slain.

In the aftermath, Rathdar keeps his eyes on the sky for another shadow bird and instead spots an alien ship descending toward the mountain near where they intend to search for Lamila’s last known location and her axe. They continue up the mountain and eventually come to a flat space on a cliff above them where the ship seems to be unloading. They formulate the following plan:

  • Amhran and her undead will attack and distract the enemy
  • Rathdar and Seradal will teleport into the ship and keep it from leaving
  • Bilbil will provide overwatch

While they wait for Amhran’s signal, she turns into a bug and brings her undead into the facility where the ship is being unloaded to, changing back in the store room where robots are dropping the supplies. She and her undead attack from the store room when two robots are in view. Bilbil stops a third from joining the battle while Rathdar and Seradal teleport to the cockpit and Rathdar kills a pilot there. Rathdar quickly sweeps the ship while Amhran and her team finish the robots, but an alien arrives through another door, casting the spells to ward off her gunners’ attacks and to extend the entry room before fleeing.

Amhran pursues, but is trapped by the alien’s spell when the extended entry room collapses back to normal size. Bilbil enters with Rathdar and they try to figure out how to get her back until she suddenly reappears.

They intend to pursue the escaped alien deeper into the facility.

The Primordial Frontier Campaign is set in the Perenia world of the Tyranny of Mundanity and Stormguard campaigns, but in a future where the world is characterized by wild magic below a mile above sea level.

Sentient Skies, a module for 5th edition, is intended to help introduce alien invader elements into your main quest or side quests just like this session did. Its content ultimately culminates in an attack on the mother ship
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