||Tales from the Tavern
Posted on: August 2, 2010 by admin.
Ever wonder what it was like to play Dungeon's and Dragons? Intrigued by the game but can't find a group to play with? Welcome to Tavern Tales, a new series on FanboysCloset recounting the adventures of a group of D&D enthusists who play once a week.
Tonight we continued our travel towards what we hoped was the nearest town. Having no memory of the lands we're in, or any of our pasts, we’re pretty much travelling blind, looking for a clue as to where we may be.
After travelling a few days to the Northwest of the Kobold caverns we had just cleared, we came across a stone road that started suddenly along the overgrown merchant-cart trail we had been following. The stone-paved road was menacing and clearly magical in some way that we, at our levels, could not ascertain. The thick growth of trees and plants next to the road refused to grow over the stone, nor cross a clearly defined canopy above it.
As we stepped onto the road, our druid began speaking of ways that we might refrigerate the fish I had caught from a river we’d crossed a short time before. I had caught the fish when I decided to test if SLEEP worked on non-humanoids. As he mentioned a metal box he stopped suddenly, and had a flashback to some lost memories of his past, which we have all had from time to time. The memory, along with being locked in a metal box and tortured, included visions of a hooded blue-eyed man, who we all remembered tormenting us.
The DM will release certain facts about our pasts only when we use certain pre-decided keywords, that we may or may not say over the course of the adventure.
As we progressed along the road, night fell, and conveniently there was a clearing to the left. Our group, being ever paranoid, decided not to camp in the clearing, but in the overgrown brush on the opposite side. We also decided each watch would keep a close eye on that clearing while remaining hidden. No watch saw anything, however in the morning when we inspected the clearing, there were signs of a huge fire and worn down grass. In the grass, there were large numbers of light-footed creatures that had apparently danced around the fire through the night. Something every watch had missed.
After inspecting the area, which had no trail of footprints entering or leaving the clearing, we decided to press onwards. Further down the road the magic that was protecting it, or the evil magic pushing back nature, had begun to fail, and passing became significantly more difficult until we reached a covered bridge. Passing the bridge uncovered a very large footprint about 8 feet wide and 8 feet long. Wanting to avoid this creature, I cast INVISIBILITY on our ranger, who then proceeded to see where the creature had gone and what it was. She was unable to find it, but the trail ended deep in the woods where a very large desert appeared. The desert started in a clearly define line right on the edge of the thick forest. Very unusual. Climbing the high sand mountain revealed it was a large castle, covered entirely in sand except for a few windows in the highest towers.
"This is clearly dangerous, and we have no reason to climb in these windows...so obviously you guys will want to go in there." I said to the party.
Of course they did.
Paranoid, I thought that the windows were spaced oddly; like the nostrils of a giant monster would be, if it had covered itself in sand. Again, we decided we would enter the windows.
Inside we found a circular room with a trap door that had green glowing symbols on it. As we opened the door, "surprisingly", the windows sealed and a green poison gas filled the room. Luckily, this time around we all were able to resist the poison and proceed to the next room. The trap door in this one naturally brought the skeletons in the room to life, and they overwhelmed us. After dispatching the skeletons, the party then proceeded down one more level to try and revive the wizard who had fled to avoid the skeleton fight (having not prepared for undead creatures and then succumbing to the poison). At about this time we ended the night’s session.
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