|Our teleportation disks|
|Our Frost Giants|
With the preparations complete, we started the game......
You can go here to read Kodak's Report
Legend has it that a long dead wizard had managed to permanently embed a Teleportation spell into a series of disks or pads. But the spell wasn't perfect and he never figured out how to control where he ended up once he teleported. The the cataclysm occurred and his research was lost. Knabe was hoping to find out more and so into the ruins they went.
|The Doctor's warband to the left of the tower|
With weapons in hand, Knabe lead his band of followers through the snowy paths into the ancient city. The sky was clear today but Knabe still had a foreboding that something was awry. As the band rounded the corner of a tumbled down building, he saw several large creatures moving off in the distance - Frost Giants. What were they doing here? After moving a bit further, Knabe found himself standing less than 10 feet away from one of the fearsome beasts. As each stared at the other, Knabe's group was the first to react. Like choreographed swimmers, Bobo (Bear), Fleck (Snow Leopard) and the Fox (Warhound) all moved as one to engage the Frost Giant. Bobo swung left and right; although he out fought the giant, he failed to cause any damage. Fleck threw himself into the fray, clawing and biting. The Fox did some ankle biting, hoping to hamstring the giant (Each managed to cause 10 points of damage).
|Fighting a Forst Giant|
Vogel feared that the noise of the combat might attract more giants, so he attempted to cast Fog to screen the warband. He was not successful. Vogel's fears were justified as another Frost Giant appeared from behind a nearby ruin and attacked Bobo.
|Another Frost Giant joins the fight|
Fleck launched himself at the other Frost Giant to assist Bobo but was easily forced back by a swing from the giant's sword.
Knabe painfully miscast Bone Dart followed by Vogel once again miscasting Fog.
Legio (Ranger) put an arrow into a boar which appeared out of the mist (A result from a random monster roll). The party would be enjoying some fresh meat for dinner.
|Legio saluting his boar kill|
|Fritz's view of the dead Frost Giant|
Kruger jumps into the fight with the frost giant but the giant tosses him backwards with no problem. Faenger also attacks the giant and manages to get in a good hit. While the giant was distracted by the two treasure hunters, Bobo moved in for the kill.
|Bobo takes out a Frost Giant|
After the frost giant had fallen to Bobo, Knabe yelled for Kruger to climb up the tower.
Up in the tower, things were not going well for Knabe's warband. After orienting himself, Speck spots the young apprentice cowering in the corner. He charges in without hesitation and takes a tremendous blow to the head. Speck drops to the floor like a rock; out cold. Uhlmann is now so shaken he can hardly concentrate on the apprentice. As he cut his eyes one last time towards Speck splayed out on the floor, the apprentice rewards him with a crack upside his head. He falls to the ground, dropping the bag of treasure he had in his hands.
|Kodak's dog's last moments....|
Back in the tower, Bobo comes flying into the fray thanks to a Leap from Knabe. The Kodak's apprentice immediately attacks him. Bobo must have been feeling a bit cocky after killing the giant that he didn't perceive the apprentice as much of a threat. As he fell to the floor he realized he was wrong (For those keeping track, that's three of my warband taken down in melee combat by Kodak's apprentice). Kruger entered the tower room. He was taken back by the utter carnage that had taken place there, and in the center of it all was a diminutive little girl wearing robes. Although it was inconceivable to his dwarven mind, he approached her with the caution he would give the mightiest of warriors. Kruger moved in slow. The apprentice's attack was easily parried and Kruger's follow through dropped her to the floor. He saluted his fallen foe and quickly moved to the corner to grab the treasure.
|All this carnage from a single Apprentice?|
|Up on the cliff - death and treasure|
As dusk was getting close, Fritz spotted a treasure hunter (or maybe a thug or a thief - who can tell) on another teleporter pad picking up a treasure chest. He didn't recognized with warband he belonged to but he knew it wasn't Knabe's. It was a long shot (23 1/2 inches) but Fritz took the shot anyway. The bolt flew perfectly straight and caught him high in the chest. The treasure fell from the Treasure Hunter's hands as he was thrown backwards to lay still in the snow. Fritz looked around but no one was there to see his accomplishment. Well he thought, it was still a good shot even if there were no witnesses.
|A fellow wizard made good use of the Fog spell|
Back at the Hungry Shark Inn, Vogel had the warband warming themselves around the fire as they took turns standing watch outside. Uhlmann slowly wandered in - "Where's Knabe? Have you seen Knabe?" the rest of the warband asked. He shook his head no.
Bobo and Fleck came back together, a bit battered but nothing a couple days of rest wouldn't fix. Still no sign of Knabe.
Finally, just as the morning sun was trying to peer over the horizon, Knabe, with the Fox, staggers into the Inn - his hair singed and his robes still smoldering. Vogel came running in "Master, what happened? Are you okay?"
"Bring me a mug of ale to wet my throat and I'll tell you what happened" Knabe replied. After a quaffing back a couple sips, Knabe tells his story:
I landed on that verkakte teleporter pad and found myself on the other side of the ruins, face to face with an archer. The archer must have been just as startled as I was since his arrow flew wide. I attacked him but was still disoriented from the teleport jump, how else could he have bested ME in hand to hand combat (fight +8)? As I reached into my bag to grab a Potion of Invisibility, an enormous bolt of elemental energy hit me from behind. While my body was absorbing the attack, I glanced back and spied a snotty nosed apprentice staring at me from behind a crumbling pillar. As I collapsed, my final thought was "I let myself be taken by a kindergarten magic user" (The apprentice was level 1, I was level 21).
|Knabe is taken down|
In an attempt to make Knabe fell better, Vogel showed him the loot the warband had managed to recover. Two bags and two chests had been obtained. One bag only contained some cheap tin wear, a couple shiny stones, and piece of string. The others contained a total of 400 gold coins and two grimoires: Fleet Feet and Leap. The two spells were already known. Knabe would sell those and add some more gold to his coffers.
|Partial view of the table|
Knabe's fate during this outing is why I like Frostgrave so much. Besides just being a great game system, even high level wizards can be knocked out by lower level wizards - or in this case, an apprentice - despite 20 levels difference (The apprentice rolled a 28, d20 of 20 +8 for elemental bolt). I initially thought we had overloaded ourselves with frost giants, especially with armor 15 and 25 hit points. But the XP spread for killing them varied by level. My warband killed three frost giants but only ended up with 75 XP (25 each). The lower level wizards received 100 xp per giant. Most of us were too busy either fighting or avoiding frost giants to focus much attention on the other warbands - unless someone teleported in front of you.
The teleporters added a new dimension to the game. Of the seven wizards, only three actually braved the teleporter pads themselves. Most sent at least one warband member through in search of treasure. One wizard lured a frost giant across a teleporter pad in an attempt to have him teleport himself somewhere else. The random roll resulted in the frost giant landing back on the same pad. So the wizard then threw up a Wall so the giant wouldn't have line of sight to him.
Overall great fun was had by all. Except maybe the new necromancer who lost both his wizard and apprentice but I'll go out on a limb and say he had fun also.