|Troll by www.36peas.com (CC BY 2.0)|
As always remember you may find spoilers, so if you are playing the campaign or think about playing it you probably do not want to read more beyond this point (or perhaps you want, who knows).
As I had explained before players are actively cooperating in the creation of these campaign reports, this time the chronicler assistant had been Ero (who right now is playing Meler the Mystic).
In the previous session characters had been able to release Adrinne, a novice who had been deceived by the wicked clerics of Penumbra and was about to be sacrificed in the previous session (something the group avoided killing the cleric officiating the ceremony and his minions) and were about to liberate her companions from the cell where they were imprisoned.
|Ogre by tinyfroglet (CC BY 2.0)|
Characters opened the cell's door using the key they found while searching the corpse of the officiating cleric and entered, allowing them to look at a room with rich cushions and tapestries accomodating some pretty (and nude) girls... as well as a corpulent ogre armed with a great axe who didn't doubt to attack seeing them crossing the threshold, so this inevitably led to a combat in which Meler and Aradum achieved to defeat the ogre.
After freeing the girls, who were under the narcotic effects of the substances the clerics had used to keep them controlled, characters helped them to dress up with the deceased clerics' robes and so disguised like this and escorted by Daryn Jadegris (the Dwarf NPC accompanying them) to the subterranean complex exit.
Leaving the cell the characters' group found an unexpected surprise, because from one of the tunnels ahead a large band of orcs led by an emboldened berserker orc who surely wouldn't doubt to use his fury when reaching them.
|Red Sonja by Pat Loika (CC BY 2.0)|
Clearly seeing the situation could be dangerous they decided to get back again to the cell and prepare for the attack, which they did in several ways: Meler and Grognak didnt think twice to use their prodigious agility and climbing capabilities to go up the cell's wallsand drop over the attackers when appropiate, meanwhile Kai and Aradum hid under one of the room's sheets and Luna had a somewhat curious idea... Let's say she thought about doing a "Red Sonja" undressing and taking out the armor remaining completely nude hoping the orcs would be confused / amazed / whatever for a few moments, something that didn't happened because soon a furious combat started mixing lucky attacks and fumbles for both sides and a good smashing of furniture and decoration in which Luna, surprising all, achieved to get a good sword strike with a critical hit (20!) at the orc berserker (perhaps she somehow obtained part of the famous character fury...).
|Shark teeth by Wilson44691 (CC BY-SA 3.0)|
Finally they overcomed the orcs and devoted themselves to interrogate the only pair of survivors after preventing their escape, but failed to make nothing of it, so Grognak, being a barbarian, decided to finish their lives suffocating one and slicing the other's throat and then decapitate the orc berserker corpse to hung the head from his belt; Aradum also didn't wasted his time and engaged in pulling out fallen orcs' teeth (a mania he had already shown in previous sessions) and along with the other adventurers he dedicated himself to ransack which allowed him to get a nice +1 axe.
Determined to investigate the place the band came from thye followed their trail and reached the lair, in this moment Meler the mystic seized the moment to send his pet rat in search for Daryn (the Dwarf NPC), although they didn't had much time to see things because they heard more orcs coming, so decided to get back once more and run to the chamber where clerics made blood sacrifices to the being inside the mountain. Aradum tried to counfound them speaking orc but he didn't succeed, so as plan B they disguised themselves with the cleric robes to deceive them.
|Black Robed Monk (Old Book Art) | CC BY 3.0
A Roman Grave altar (A.D. 140-170) of the freedman Catilus Diadumenus | CC BY 2.0
The 8 orc guardians came to the chamber and divided in two groups, the first one stayed with the disguised characters and the other quickly went to the cell where the girls were retained, inmediately discovering their escape and raising the alarm loudly, moment which characters took advantage to attack once more with a frantic combat, Grognak unleashing his berserker fury, again with many critical hits and fumbles and with Aradum nearly dying, luckily Meler interposed between the attacking orc and the dward and quickly snatched him, although the orc didn't hit the dward during the flight, a situation which became more complicated when they run face to face with another orc who was quickly finished by the dwarf...
After killing the orc guards characters rested briefly and recovered their strength thanks to their skills and the healing potions found in previous sessions.
What will happen in the next session?
As is customary to say:
To be continued...
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