Sunday, February 25, 2007

Noah's Game: February 21st

  • Tanya as Lulabelle, a half-elven sorceress with an owl, and she's not afraid to use it.
  • John as Kikow !!(pronounced 'click-click'), a gnomish barbarian. Long on passion, short on range.
  • Jake as Böbō, the dwarven barbarian and only returning character. Might berserk from afar.
  • Emmy as Droso, a (male) gnome cleric. Rides a dog well.
  • Triften as Hands, a human rogue. Occasionally has the feeling that others in the party are out to get him.
  • Sean as Vindo, a half-orc monk. Enjoys insulting Kikow in Orcish.

Also With
  • Lt. Horowitz, the Unfortunates dispatcher. He's got a no-nonsense haircut. Whatever that means.
  • Bella, Lulabelle's trusted familiar. Quite fond of mice, rats, and other vermin.
  • Charles Van der Schmidt and Iggy Rodriguez, a pair of Monstrous Scorpions on the run, and with nothing left to lose. Or so they thought.

Pregame: The party were all recruited into the Unfortunates, and arrived in the city less than a week ago, except for Böbō. The date is Grunfast, Grune 16th, Year of the Evil, Evil Monkey.

Horowitz summons the party to tell them that bounty season has begun. Starting today, there is a two thousand gold bounty on scorpion tails (of 6 feet or longer). The bounty is offered regularly by the Alchemists guild, presumably for ingredients. Horowitz doesn't have a posting for the party, but advises them to take advantage of the bounty while it lasts. Bounty season also marks the end of the trial period for all new Unfortunates, meaning that combat rates will be going up, but that the party will no longer be getting special rates on healing from Rothgab's temples.

The party decides to go after some bounty cash, and heads for the Unfortunates' gate. There is a cluster of merchants by the gate. Vindo buys a long pole from one of them.

The party exits the city through the Unfortunates' gate into the desert, Böbō upon his pony, Kikow upon his attack pig, and Droso on his riding dog. There are tracks of other hunters heading in various directions, the majority going south. The party heads south as well. After a little while, Lulabelle sends Bella ahead to scout for scorpions. Bella leads the party south-southwest, where they come upon a pair of monstrous scorpions sunning themselves on a rock.

Kikow leads the charge, jumping off his pig, and running full pell down the dune. Vindo and Hands follow behind, but hold their distance. Lula, Böbō, and Droso set up a position on top of the dune, and

Böbō shoots Hands in the back by accident. The scorpions jump off the rock. One attacks Kikow, but is unable to hit him. Lulabelle shoots a succession of magic missles into the scorpions, weakening them severely, and Droso casts "Heat Metal" on Böbō's arrows to increase their potency. The other scorpion overwhelms Vindo while Hands flanks the first and attacks it.

Böbō continues shooting into the melee, while Droso rides her dog down to the fight, and does a ride-by healing on Vindo, bringing him back to the brink of consciousness. Kikow, in his beserker rage, misses the scorpion at first, and attacks Hands. Hands pulls back. The party manages to kill the scorpions, and Droso finishes reviving Vindo.

The party chops off the scorpions' tails and other bits, and drags them back to Rothgab, where they collect their bounty of four thousand gold, which they split evenly. Vindo and Hands buy healing from Droso at half the market rate, and the party disperses.

1 comment:

busbeytheelder said...

"The other scorpion overwhelms Vindo" hardly seems to capture a successful sting, claw, and a critical claw hit. I'm surprised I didn't have to deal with death from massive damage.

Seriously people, as part of the 25% of group resources expended in the encounter I'd really appreciate it if we started "refueling" the group before dividing treasure gained.