Play Report: Keep on the Borderlands, Session 5 (Hunting Bandits)

While my Saturday night group has been online for maybe three years, we got together in person for the first time in forever to continue Keep on the Borderlands with Rick Stump’s unfinished AD&D Clone (a step beyond Far Realms). When they sold the Quasqueton statue to the Castellan, they also promised to hunt the bandits to the south of the keep. A week or so after those events, they are ready to go find them:

  • Hary (JaH): Level 2 Halfling Scout
  • Bunrum (ByW): Level 2 Dwarf Fighter
  • Eden (BiW): Level 1 Human Cleric

Henchmen:

  • Rubin: Level 1 Human Man-at-arms
  • Dullis: Level 1 Human Man-at-arms

Not able to cross the river or the swamp with their cart, they leave it at the keep and head out. Hary scouts ahead and soon finds their camp with about half of the bandits there. They decide to try to catch the bandits who are out, circling the hill.

They get noticed by the bandits and they send a handful to deal with them, which they slay before setting up an ambush along the route they came. The next group is larger and includes the bandit captain. Their ambush fails to surprise, but soon (with Eden making sure no one goes down) all but one of the lackey bandits are down and Bunrum and Rubin are in pursuit of the fleeing captain while Dullis keeps the last bandit from fleeing and Hary shoots at him.

The captain is calling for reinforcements as he flees toward the camp and Hary, Eden, and Dullis try to catch up to Bunrum and Rubin who are also calling for help. The bandits are all able to engage Bunrum and Rubin at about the same time, but Bunrum focuses on the captain, already wounded by a well-shot arrow from Hary, and manages to bring him down. When Rubin drops another one, the rest surrender. They escort the prisoners back to the keep to face justice and get paid when the bandits all testify that their leadership is dead and they are the only ones left.

They plan to go out again to search their camp for any treasure that might be left there.

It was fun to pull out my limited mini collection for an in person session. Hary and Bunrum were loving the added HP from being level 2 and with the huge payout from last time, Hary is already on his way up to level 3, though JaH may not be available for many sessions in the near future.

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