Dessarin Devestation

The Camping Trip

As the day dawned, Larchers streamed toward the Market Square, where most of the Highharvest festival was taking place. The Party streamed with them through a sudden and brief hot wind off the hills to the East, though Arizima and Medea were strangely silent for this and many more days. The Party got pretty chummy with a bard from town over the course of the day, and now Kara the half-elf bard is one of the gang!

In the center of the square was a giant pile of straw filled with many wrapped presents and treats to be found by the children scrambling through it. Around the square were many food vendors, people running games of chance, and organizers of the games of skill. Lizzie and Trym took part in the Hide & Seek tournament, which Lizzie won. Raiann won the dueling tournament, and Lizzie participated in the archery tournament. During the course of the day, they overheard many stray comments, including:

“You know as much about them as I do.”
“That blind monk that passed through town a week ago said he was seeking a priceless crown under a purple mountain. Sounds crazy to me!”
“I’m doing well, but the Tricklerock Treasure still calls to me; I’d never work another day if I found it!”
“I’ve got five coppers that says they don’t show; I think they went through Womford instead.”
“There’s a new bunch in town that might start poking around.”
“Naw, since the Watchers took away the night shift, the mister and I agreed to keep our purses sealed today; sorry!”
“That merchant from Waterdeep wouldn’t shut up about losing his enchanted lute in the heart of the forest. I bet he’d pay dearly to get it back!”
“We’re paid NOT to see it, and certainly not to talk about it!”

The Party heard them all with equanimity, and followed up on none of them. : – ) Trym and Kara noticed some hand signals made by people at the festival and connected them with symbols on the free maps handed out in town.

As dusk fell, the town elders recognized The Party for the good works they’d done in the past couple of days and those they would hopefully do in the future. Following Trym’s “We hate to see a town suffer” speech, hundreds of bolts of lightning struck somewhere to the Northeast, which many townsfolk took to be a sign confirming their hopes or fears about The Party, and the festival dwindled to a close soon afterward.

The next day, The Party resolved to find the source of the lightning, and headed two days up the Larch Trail. They did indeed find a hilltop scarred by recent lightning, and decided that the tight clustering of so many bolts was clearly unnatural and must be magical in nature. Unable to find any signs of people or unusual animal activity, The Party decided to return home. On the way, they notice that some rocks have shifted in an abandoned quarried they’d passed on the way out, revealing something. Upon further inspection it’s a cairn over four bodies, some of which are almost certain from the Mirabar delegation! They return to Red Larch to spread the bad news.

The next morning, they head out to Lance Rock to catch the plague! It turns out it creates zombies, as they meet a bunch of them…

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No D&D on Sunday, April 2nd

I’m already booked for Sunday, so no D&D. Sorry!

In the meantime, read over the modules you’ll be GMing, and upgrade your characters to second level. If you have any questions, let me know…

Maia, I can’t figure out what the Forest Gnome “doubling” thing is that is producing a +11 for Lizzie’s stealth; can you point me in the right direction?

Phoebe, there is a level 2 Human Monk pre-generated character at http://dungeonsmaster.com/pre-generated-character-library-dndnext/ that’s probably a good first cut…

Everyone, there’s a pretty solid-seeming character generator at http://www.pathguy.com/ddnext.htm.

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Business

I’m hoping players will check in here periodically, perhaps fleshing it out with their own take on events or providing details they remember about the people they meet and the places they go. If there’s something you want to do that you’re not able to do, let me know and I’ll try to figure it out.

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An Auspicious Beginning

Trym (a wood-elf rogue), Raiann (a dragonborn fighter), Medea (a half-elf wizard), Arizima (a human monk), and Lizzie (a forest gnome rogue) arrived in Red Larch separately. They had seen one another at the boarding house and tavern, and had chatted with one another and with various townsfolk. Among other things, they learned that the constable was offering a small reward if someone could find and stop the bandits raiding the Long Road south of town. They took this job and became a party!

They found a guy at the boardinghouse that had survived a bandit attack, and he described it happening just after his group had crossed a large muddy patch with some logs laid across it.

After walking south for a few hours, the group found the mudhole with logs across it, but no sign of bandits. They pressed on another hour, then worked their way back, searching more thoroughly. They eventually found a faint trail to the side, followed it, and met a hostile group in a small clearing by a shallow cave in a steep hillside. Lizzie riled them up by taking a couple of pot-shots and hiding in the woods, and Arizima tried to calm them with an offer of bread, but the bandits soon returned fire, seemingly gaining the upper hand initially. The party retreated in several directions, with Raiann closely pursued and near death. The tide turned, however, when Trym & Medea snuck back and caught the remaining bandits unaware. A trail around the hill was located, but the party decided to head back to town with one surviving bandit and some low-value stolen goods they found in the cave.

After being welcomed as heroes, the party got a free meal in the tavern and rooms at the inn. It seemed like everyone wanted to thank the team and tell their own personal tale of mystery, including ghosts, plague, mystery skulls, and ancient treasure.

The next morning, they head back to the bandit camp to follow that trail, which very quickly leads to a spot where horses were obviously corralled recently. Hoofprints led back to the Long Road, then headed south. The party resolved to follow as far as they could but still return to town by evening. At the last possible moment, they saw a rider in the distance having trouble controlling a group of horses, and they quickly caught up. After a bit of conversation/interrogation Lizzie decided he was one of the bandits and shot him dead. Discoveries in the saddlebags (the “good stuff” of the goods the bandits had stolen) vindicated her, and the party rode back to town to more accolades! Most sold the ponies and gear for cold, hard cash, but Medea and Lizzie are stabling their mounts at the inn.

The next day, the party investigated a ghost sighting by a little girl, finding that it is a guardian for an ancient warrior’s tomb. They asked to enter the tomb to pay their respects, which the spirit allowed, and then they headed out. Upon leaving the tomb they soon found a small camp nearby, and were attacked by a goblin and a half-ogre. Although several of them were knocked out, Medea was able to put the monsters to sleep, at which point they were quickly dispatched by Lizzie and Trym. They took the half-ogre’s head back to town and were once again applauded for their service. They helped finish decorating the inn for the Highharvest festival and went to sleep for the night.

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