Here's my write up from our tenth campaign game - albeit a little late getting it published. Been busy making bookcase and books.
Other write ups can be found here:
Elsa the Elementalist’s Account: Another Day in Frostgrave
"I want the job" said the gruff looking dwarf standing in front of my table. I looked up from the meal I was enjoying with my young apprentice Vogel in the local tavern. The dwarf standing in front of me looked like he had just finished a long, arduous journey. His clothing was damp and his boots were caked with mud. But his armor appeared to be well maintained.
|Knabe's new Captain|
I invited him to sit. "You look a little parched Master Dwarf" and yelled for the barkeep to bring more ale.
"Now what is this about a job?" I asked.
"Word about has it that you are looking to hire a weapons master to train and help lead your warband. I've traveled a far piece to get here - I'd like the job."
"Well, I have been contemplating obtaining someone to augment my band....someone with the requisite skills to increase their fighting skills and overall ability to survive encounters with the creatures of Felstad and other warbands. What qualifications, or references, can you provide?", I replied as I packed my pipe for an after dinner smoke.
"Well, my most recent experience was with an outfit out of......." The dwarf droned on about his skills, foes he had conquered, and how many skirmishes he had survived. The list was quite extensive, as was his thirst. He downed numerous pints of ale. I wondered to myself, why would a dwarf of his skill and experience want to join a small warband rather than a military unit - but was hestitant to offend him. That question could wait until a later day. I was impressed with the dwarf, as was Vogel who hung on every word. And with the warband down one member, I was considering the services of someone to assist with leading and training my warband in martial matters. Then I could focus more fully on my magical studies. I have several grimoires I have yet to open, plus many spells that need additional focus. Plus I would have more time for the continued training of my apprentice.
I decided to hire him as the Captain of my warband. I hoped he would work out well. At least he had one fan - Vogel.
I looked up, "Master dwarf, I'd like to obtain your services. We can settle on the particulars later tonight. For now I assume you'd like to meet the rest of my band. Vogel here will show you to our base."
The dwarf drained his mug, stood up and offered his hand, "I accept, pending our final discussion."
"By the way, what's your name?" I inquired.
"My name is Keinegnad but I am called Keine", the dwarf replied. With that, he and Vogel departed the tavern.
I smiled as I contemplated the meaning of the name. Yes indeed, he would do nicely......
With the addition of a Captain to my warband, I suddenly had a lot of extra time to devote to magical studies. This enabled Vogel and myself to improve our casting of several spells: Reveal Secret, Fleet Feet, and Bone dart. We also decided to dabble into the dark arts and learned how to cast a spell to call an Imp from the demonic planes. While not entirely comfortable learning this spell, it may come in handy to harass or slow an opposing warband (Knabe chuckles at the thought of Kodak being chased around by an Imp).
Remembering how some of his band had been mind controlled during past trips into the ruins, Knabe was able to find an old retired Sigilist who transcribed a Scroll of Dispel for a modest price.
|Knabe likes the new temple|
|A view from Knabe's end of the table|
|A view of the center of the table|
|A view from the far end of the table|
|The Doctor and his warband|
|Knabe's nemesis - Kodak|
Vogel attempts to cast Leap on Uhlmann (Owl Master) but in his haste ends up burning himself instead. Fleck (Snow Leopard) swiftly moves through the ruins and leaps through the window of an old building.
|Fritz adds another notch to his crossbow - River (Apprentice) falls prey to his marksmanship....just before he is knocked out|
Faenger picks up a treasure and immediately hears the spine tingling roar of a White Ape. The Fox bravely engages the ape to allow Faenger time to drag the treasure out of danger. One treasure chest had to be left behind as two Ice Trolls could now be seen on the other side of a pile of rubble. Daggit wisely ducks down out of sight.
|My treasure hunter and some of Kodak's henchmen ponder whether to risk trying for the treasure|
|The owl dives on Kodak|
|Another wandering monster appears near Pilum and Vogel (and Vogel's honey badger familiar)|
|A strategically placed Wall of Fog|
Vogel sees Kodak's mangy mutt madly rushing towards him. He casts Bone Dart but the dog jinks out of the way. If magic fails, there's always cold steel. Vogel's training sessions with Keinegnad pays off as he takes the dog down in hand to hand with a single deft strike to the head (pun intended).
|Vogel takes out Kodak's mutt|
|Bobo triumphant and Keiengnad moving in to assist|
|The White Ape takes out Daggit|
|Fleck leaps through a window|
Hearing the triumphant roar of the ape, Knabe knows it is time to leave. Between the Doctor on his left, Kodak to his front, and the unusual number of creatures roaming around, things are getting a bit too hot for comfort. He casts one more wall of Fog and then signals the for warband's recall. Feeling tired, Knabe turns to leave - a very disappointing excursion.
At the end of the day, all Knabe had to show for his warband's troubles was one measly treasure chest. It did contain 120 gold coins and a Raise Zombie grimoire. At least the grimoire could be sold for a nice profit. The grimoire reminded Knabe that he had received a map supposedly showing the location of the forgotten Felstad library. The library was rumored to contained a treasure trove of information about old spells and forbidden incantations.
Two Ice Trolls, Giant Ape, another Ice Troll, two Giant rats, Large Construct, and an Ice Toad all appeared with within 12 inches of my warband. Fortunately, some of them followed after Kodak's warband. While Knabe and Kodak ended up with the majority of the random monsters in their area, I liked the automatic generation concept. Definitely made things more interesting.
Knabe and Vogel managed to cast eight spells but they were almost all utility spells. The one successful casting of Bone Dart failed to caused any damage.
My expensive Captain did not impress on his first outing....maybe next time.
Well, back to making more books and then some more books for the Library scenario next weekend.