Here is my latent report from our ninth Frostgrave campaign game - from two weeks ago.....
Kodak's report can be found here: Kodak
We were short two players but we did have Chris' new tower. For this session we decided to play a home-made scenario based around random zoo critters spawning and rampaging around the table along with The Complex Temple.
|Chris' new tower|
Before the warband moved out, Knabe promoted Daggit to Treasure Hunter. While everyone was congratulaing him, Knabe and Vogel set about casting their pre-adventure spells. Knabe successfully brewed a Potion of Teleportation. Vogel failed to brew anything other than a cup of tea - and not good tea either. Knabe successfully cast Familiar and a honey badger scurried up to him. Reveal Secret and Summon Zombie were failed casts by both. Things did not appear to be looking good for using magical energy today, only two successful casts out of eight. "I have a bad feeling about this" thought Knabe.
|A view of the table|
|A view from the other end|
|Daggit in the tower|
Fritz cautiously moved into a hidden position near an old aqueduct bridge structure. Peering through the chilly morning air, he spied a figure off in the distance slowly ascending up the side of the aqueduct. Taking careful aim with his enhanced crossbow, he put a bolt dead center of the person's back. As the body fell to the ground, Fritz recognized the face of the young human girl - the same face he had saved from a frost giant a few weeks back. Such is the fortunes of Frostgrave. Fritz hoped she survived.
Vogel, seeing a body fall from the side of the aquaduct, looked up and noticed a chest on top of the structure. Speaking the words and weaving his hands properly, he use Telekinesis to move the chest towards a tower structure where hopefully one of his warband could retrieve it (Unfortunately the Sigilist's warband recovered it).
|One of Kodak's thieves climbs up a tower to get Vogel's treasure|
The two rangers, Legio and Pilum, both fired arrows at a nearby ostrich causing minor wounds. Legio notched a second arrow. Aiming well, he managed to take down the creature. Kruger (Treasure Hunter) moves over to check out the dead bird but doesn't find anything worth keeping except a long feather which he stuck in his hat.
Knabe decides to test the rumors about the strange columns encountered in this area of Frostgrave. He struck it once with his sword. The statue immediately crumbled into dust, leaving behind a large bag of coins sitting atop a leather bound book. Faenger dusted them off and placed the items in his pack. Bobo, sniffing the air, decided to crawl out a window on the other side of the ruin. Once outside, Bobo sees Fleck and The Fox racing towards what appeared to be a Necromancer and some of his minions. He decides to join in the fun.
|Knabe contemplates attacking a statue|
|Bobo and Fleck lay in the snow|
The Zombie found itself fighting a vicious Snow Ape. It held out for a couple rounds before being pounded back into the ground.
Out of the corner of his eye, Knabe spots movement on top of a distant ruined tower. Knowing none of his warband are over there, he casts Push on the unsuspecting individual. With the proper words and hand motions, he successfully sends a magical burst of air towards the tower. The Push spell is remarkably successful. The sneak thief, clutching a bag to his chest, is hurled up into the air to a great height. He plunges down out of Knabe's sight, but not his hearing - SPLAT!!!!! Knabe chuckles to himself as he envisions the poor fellow desperately flapping his arms all the way to the ground. Vogel, witnessing the enire event, congratulates his Master, "Nice cast Master, the guy didn't even bounce; he just splattered all over the place." Vogel, then being distracted by the magical feat his Master just achieved, completely misdirects his Bone Dart at one of the Necromancer's minions.
The treasure chest was now laying up on a walkway. Kodak's apprentice Teleported to the location only to attract with a flurry of Bone Darts, arrow and bolts. In the end, no one is able to recover that treasure item as it remains hidden under the unmoving body of Kodak's apprentice.
|An ape climbs up after Knabe - time to go!|
(We managed to play through eight game turns. The last three turns were extremely fast given that several wizards and apprentices had fled the ruins to safety).
|End of game group picture with treasure and dead warband members|
With the warband down one member, maybe he would consider looking for the services of someone to assist with leading and training his warband in martial matters. Then he could focus more fully on his magical studies - and the continued training of his young apprentice Vogel.
Knabe had recovered a couple of grimoires (Imp and Elemental Shield) along with a Banner of Courage and three potions (Heal, Invisibility, and Burrowing). Total gold collected amounted to 420; added to the treasury holdings of 1185 made for a hefty sum. Maybe it was the right time to hire an expert.
|Generic action shot|
Why was this human girl's death bothering him? He had taken down many other warbands' members over the years - plus frost giants, ice spiders, wild dogs, and many others. He had survived combat with a wraith, been burned by a hot geyser, had beaten one of his own warband members senseless after Uhlmann had been mind controlled (saving a treasure chest in the process; fortunately Ulhmann survived and Knabe rewarded him with a magically enhanced crossbow). what was it that was nagging him? Was it his own mortality? "Nah, I'm a dwarf, still many years left in me." Even so, maybe it was time to consider retiring from active adventuring. But he had been with the wizard Knabe right from the start - and had profited well. "Let me think on it with another pint of ale, or two - BARKEEP!"
Post game notes:
This was the most successful magic casting game I have played, if you discount the pre-game spells - 17 spells attempted, 17 successes. However, out of nine Bone Darts successfully cast, seven failed to do any damage (I think Chris touched my dice).
At least I was able to recover four treasures as detailed above.
It was also the game where I lost the most number of warband members in this campaign: Pilum, Fritz, Kruger, Bobo (Bear), Fleck III (Snow Leopard), The Fox (War Hound), the Owl (Blood Crow), and my summoned Zombie.
Anxiously awaiting the next campaign date.....