D&D Session 28

It’s been a long time since we last played D&D, and it will be a long time until we play again (at least until after Eddie and I return from our honeymoon) so we wanted to squeeze in one last session. We finally faced the Ebonfire, and it was one hell of a fight!

SESSION 28

Players:

  • Ciaran (LVL17) and Basile (LVL19)
  • Lorn (LVL19)
  • Marven (LVL19)
  • Rhaegar (LVL 19)
  • Alkaid (LVL 19)
  • Neebs (LVL 18)
  • Kass (LVL 18)

The group continues toward Castle Ebonfire, and Lorn senses that something is going to be teleporting into their area. Lorn casts Magic Circle Against Evil and Bite of the Werebear. Neebs casts Cat’s Grace, while Basile activates his Fell Flight and Ciaran casts Protection Devotion to Ioun. Alkaid activates Displacement and Blur on her armor. Rheagar uses Lions Roar and Kass starts to sing to embolden the group. Marven prepares to use his Breath of Pendralar on the first enemy that appears.

  • Lorn additionally casts Rhino’s Rush and Deathward, and Rocky waits to charge into the first enemy that appears.
  • Neebs casts Haste.
  • Basile begins his Fiendish Resilience and Ciaran casts Cunning Insight.
  • Suddenly, three fiendish creatures with scarlet skin and gray wings appear around the group. Rocky charges immediately, and Marven unleashes his breath on another one. However, they are immune to the acid breath.
  • The creatures start swinging with their great swords at Marven, Rheagar, and Neebs’ raptor – Torrin. Rhaegar is able to counter attack one of the swings, but is still hit twice as the creature is surrounded in a yellow shield. Marven only gets hit twice, and the creature fighting him also gets a yellow shield. As Torrin starts to be attacked, Lorn casts Solarity to create a Wall of Force to protect him. He then releases his Heart of the Unicorn and teleports 300 feet away from the battle. In response, the creature casts Greater Dispel Magic to try and get rid of the Wall of Force but fails. It changes its mind and starts to smack at Alkaid, shielding itself in a white glow. Due to her blur and displacement she is only hit twice. Two of the creatures then quicken a Wall of Force to stop Rocky and an Area of Greater Dispel Magic on Rhaegar.
  • Alkaid moves to get on top of Xylander, then shoots off nine arrows and makes a critical. Lorn casts Instant Power several times to help Alkaid hit more. The arrows slice through and shoots off their wings and wings as they die. Xylander then dashes away with Alkaid.
  • Rhaegar begins hacking away at the creature in front of him.
  • Marven uses his Great Maw of Marven to steal one of the creature’s supernatural abilities. However, it doesn’t seem to work. Instead he drinks a Cure Serious Wounds potion. The creature swings at him again.
  • Kass uses his Scream Bow to shoot, but misses.
  • Lorn casts Reaving Dispel, getting rid of the Wall of Force to allow Rocky to attack. He shoulders his spikes into the creature and rips it apart as it sizzles and boils. Lorn then looks at the last one and says, “We don’t have to be enemies! We can make a deal.”
  • Neebs recognizes the creatures as a Concordant Killers, neither holy or fiendish creatures. He fires off twelve arrows to deal 500+ damage to trip him with Bigby’s Tripping Hand. Instead he just dies because he only had 4HP left.

Lorn makes a big bowl of soup to feed Alkaid and Marven to heal them, and pokes Rhaegar with his wand. As everyone recovers, Lorn stores Splinter Bolt into Rocky’s horn and Rhaegar’s sword. Alkaid summons a cow for Marven to cook to feed to Torrin. They then continue to make their way through the swamp.

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D&D Session 27

Since last week didn’t turn out well for D&D, we got together to play this week! I was very pleased with how everything went (although, I still feel the desire to write out some of the behind the scenes RP between Basile and his family.) It’s been a while since I last wrote something. I might just have to do that…

SESSION 27

Players:

  • Ciaran (LVL16) and Basile (LVL18)
  • Lorn (LVL18)
  • Marven (LVL18)
  • Rhaegar (LVL 18)
  • Alkaid (LVL 18)
  • Neebs (LVL 18)

With Ivuram’s lair before them, the group collect the spoils of their battle (including Dwayne’s old body) and slowly make their way into the cave. They fly down into the chasm several hundreds of feet. At the bottom, they see a mist floating over the floor.  Basile can detect that it’s magic, but can’t figure out what it is.

Alkaid summons a sheep and drops it into the mist. It hits the mist and the group stops hearing the cry of the sheep. Ciaran casts Gust of Wind to blast through the mist, and the group shoots through before the mist closes – but they get the feeling that something is in the mist wanting to eat them.

They reach the bottom of the pit, and see the blackened and frozen sheep carcass on the floor. The ground seems to be a sheet of ice, there are several tunnels within the walls of ice, and there is a huge waterfall near the back. The pool of water appears to be magical, that Ciaran recognizes it as an evocation. Rhaegar suggests bottling some of the water to check out later. As they approach, they sense the temperature drop.

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D&D Session 24 & 25

I can’t believe that we’ve been playing this campaign for a year now! Our characters have grown, the story has been dramatic, thoughtful, and slightly stupid at times, and we’ve all become better friends. This session was a bit weird, as half the party couldn’t show up, and the main DM had to leave half-way to go to perform an improv show before returning. There was also house sitting involving a cat that MADE MY DAY. Regardless, we had a great time with a few pretty RP heavy session.

SESSION 24

Players:

  • Ciaran (LVL16) and Basile (LVL18)
  • Marven (LVL18)
  • Rhaegar (LVL 18)
  • Alkaid (LVL 18)

After receiving an urgent message from Lorn 2.0, Lorn leaves to resolve whatever concern was happening in Neebsenshire. Rocky went along with him (and then had explosive diarrhea, says Jake.)

In the early morn, Marven and Rhaegar (who is wearing a Mask of True Seeing) goes out to check out the place where the Assassin said Lynx was located. They visit the tavern The Fearless Flumph. As they walk in, some of the patrons seem very scared of Marven. Marven asks how the salted pork it and asks for all of it. The bartender is too nervous to respond so Marven just goes to the back. The chef, Bradley, is offended by Marven barging in, but after learning that Marven dropped 20 gold he obliges. He asks Bradley to make him a steak and answer some questions. It’s the best steak Marven has ever eaten and he tips 100 gold. Marven then asks if anyone shadier than normal came around for business, providing sketches of specific emblems from his family. Bradley has never seen the Ebonfire symbol, but recognizes the personal symbol of Lynx. He says that Lynx talks to the bartender. Marven offers him a job in Neebsenshire, but Bradley is like “that place that god their asses kicked by the Commonwealth?” But Marven assures him that “rich people bought it up and now it’s safe – like Detroit.”

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D&D Session 23

It is currently a blizzard outside, and we’ve accumulated about 9 inches of snow now? Eh, rough estimate. But that isn’t stopping us from playing D&D! Onward with our adventures in the Commonwealth.

SESSION 23

Players:

  • Ciaran (LVL16) and Basile (LVL18)
  • Lorn (LVL 18)
  • Marven (LVL18)
  • Neebs (LVL 18)
  • Dwayne (LVL18)
  • Rhaegar (LVL 18)
  • Alkaid (LVL 18)

As chaos ensues in the house, Rhaegar tells Alkaid that she has to sleep outside as long as the missing third goat is inside. Alkaid feigns fear, exclaiming, “Oh no, what am I – a ranger – going to do out in the wildlife? Oh gosh, wow, I’m out of my element.”

Dwayne, Marven, and Neebs show up after walking through town. They take down all the wanted posters for Neebs and Associates to hang in their house. They miraculously face no consequences, for plot purposes. Though they had considered turning themselves in to collect the 50,000 gold bounty per associate. Jennifer warned them not to do that. During this time, Dwayne ordered a Ring of Silence Spell from “Ama-Xi-long” by sending a message spell to Xi-Long. “Skor-bay’s” shipping charges were too high.

Marven explores Rhaegar’s house and meets Lucy, who waves at him. Marven blows some fire, and she blows some back. They’re becoming friends already. He takes Goa’wei to the Master Bedroom. Goa’wei breaks the bed and falls asleep. Marven then looks around to try and find the third goat that everyone is yelling about, but he can’t find it. He then looks for food, and asks for a snack from the kitchen. He steals all of the potatoes. Rhaegar tells Marven to eat the goats outside, and when Marven goes out he sees a tantalizing feast of salted pork and pork drippings. He goes apeshit and shoves everything into his mouth like a train. Basile laughs as he sees past the Illusionary Feast spell that Lorn cast.

Before dinner, Neebs needs to return to Neebsenshire, but Lorn asks if Marven should get his desert first. Neebs agrees, and Lorn casts a spell to make a 40×40 foot ice cream sundae in the shape of a dragon appear. It is blowing a blast of bacon. Marven cries as it’s the happiest day of his life. Then Lorn leaves a gem behind, and he and Neebs teleport away. Marven screams as the food vanishes, and he gives 2,000 gold to a servant to buy all of the sweet snacks. Another servant picks up the gem Lorn left behind and continues his business.

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D&D Session 22

The struggle to get everyone together to play D&D has been a huge struggle, which has been killing me inside since I am so damn attached to Basile and Ciaran. But with everyone catching the cold or flu, it hasn’t been ideal to get everyone together. No one else wanted to get down with the sickness (ooh wah ah ah ah).

Bad puns and memes aside, it’s been a long time since everyone has been together. Unfortunately, this session was the same as more people were either working or sick. But the show must go on (or else I’ll lose my mind.)

SESSION 22

Players:

  • Ciaran (LVL15) and Basile (LVL17)
  • Lorn (LVL 17)
  • Rhaegar (LVL 17)
  • Alkaid (LVL 17)
  • Kass (LVL16)

Story:

With the white portal formed in front of them, the group heals themselves before going following Rhaegar in. They appear in a large cave that is well furnished like a bunker. In the back of the room there are four caskets. The portal dissolves behind them.

A disembodied voice speaking Shalan asks who disturb the slumber of Watari. Lorn and Alkaid remember Watari as one of the Nine Staves who once ruled over the wizarding world. He was interested in opening gateways to elemental planes, and it is said that he locked himself away ages ago.

Lorn speaks out and tells Watari that we come with good intentions, but there is no response.Alkaid introduces herself as someone from the Shalan era, and a purple mist starts to emanate from the caskets. Lorn casts Bite of the Werebear as four elementals before them: air, fire, earth, and water.

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D&D Session 20 & 21

Despite the holiday season being super busy, we still found the time to play some D&D. Even if it meant having to have a short four hour session one day instead of our standard ten to twelve hour session. SO MUCH happened in the last two sessions as the group decides to head north to the Common Wealth.

SESSION 20

Players:

  • Ciaran (LVL14) and Basile (LVL16)
  • Lorn (LVL 16)
  • Marven (LVL16)
  • Neebs (LVL 16)
  • Rhaegar (LVL 16)
  • Alkaid (LVL 16)
  • Dwayne (LVL16)

Story:

The group prepares for their trip to the blue dragon. On the day they leave, a Rheck – aka a rhino man – comes out from the Wizard Tower. Rocky has a new humanoid form. He questions why Marven looks like a gnome, stating that Marven needs to be a better gnome dragon now that Rocky is a better rhino.

Chip comes out to sell salves and Xylander picks him up by the neck and drags him away. Rocky explains that Marven couldn’t do that, and he must be larger. Lorn casts Enlarge Person on Marven, but Marven resists it. Rocky wants Marven to return to “normal size” and Lorn pretends to cast Shrink Person. Dwayne casts Greater Illusion to make it appear that Marven is four stories tall. People start fleeing and screaming. Rocky demands that Lorn fix this. Lorn dispels the illusion.

Rocky suggests that he and Rhaegar spar. Rhaegar declines, and Rocky says that he’s patient and can wait another day. Rhaegar makes a comment about “is this Rocky and Associates now?” and Rocky proudly proclaims, “YES! This is Rocky and Associates, featuring Dwayne the Rocky Gnome Johnson the Illiterate.”

Neebs gets on the ship to fly away. Marven also flies away. Rhaegar pulls out a turkey and Marven swerves back to eat it like a bird of prey. Everyone gets onto the ship to travel north to the Blue Dragon.

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D&D: Basile’s Backstory

Here’s a fun fact, Basile was born on November 28th. So, to celebrate his belated birthday, it’s time to share his entire backstory with you!

As a writer, I can’t just write a simple backstory. No. I have to write a 65 page backstory including several developed scenes. Oops. At least it gives me something creative to do while I wait for the next session, and keeps my writing juices flowing.

Enjoy:

Eythan woke up earlier than usual.

The house was silent except for the gentle hum of the wood furnace trying to keep out the bitter chill. He rolled onto his side and curled into a ball, burrowing under the thick fleece blanket. Winter mornings in Modelheim were always unbearable until the sun poked over the mountains and warmed up the earth.

A loud snore broke the silence. Eythan peeked out from under the covers to stare at his brothers sharing the bunk bed at the opposite end of the room: Tomas the sleep-talker and Judah the snorer. He could barely see Tomas on the bottom, wrapped in a cocoon of blankets with only the top of his strawberry blond hair poking out. Meanwhile, Judah was practically hanging over the edge of the top bunk, his mouth open and drooling as he let one arm dangle.

Beside them, the door to their room was cracked open – most likely from their mother checking on them periodically in the middle of the night. She had picked up the habit shortly after Eythan’s horns started growing in. He didn’t like to think about how his mom may be a little afraid of him.

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