Chronicle of Aryssa

Session 5

Session 5: Matt Forgot His Session Recap

In this session the party acquired the dead wood, learned about the Tenth Fang’s history of self-immolation. They also learned of Liviosin, a rival to the Thieves’ Guild who is described as a dwarf, elf, human and “other.” Liviosin took a hit out on a prostitute that was in the stockades along with the kobolds and the accused in the Teyvrain murder. The party was there to cause/stop a riot. After the riot, the gnome lawyer, Oakland Barkley, offered to hire the party to prove the accused man’s innocence.

Session 4
Blood for the Blood God!

Session 4: Kstaria Darah Returns

After making your way into the kobold's basement… you uh, took a nap. On waking up, you confronted the kobold shaman Bugluck, defeating him after a pitched battle in a very large cave.  During the fight Erki Bonesmith died. Probably due to insufficient bone smithing. After destroying the remains of Bugluck, Ksatria Darah was released into the world. The party wisely withdrew as the demon took form.

They reported back to Leafem Smilin' after terrible, horrible visions of rivers of bloooood danced in their heads. There, they met a Goliath who is as well named as the rest the party because I don't remember his name.

The party was asked to go on a creepy shopping trip for Leafem and his new associate, an elven wizard calling herself Rose, apprenticed to Master Nyball, Sage of the Wildlands and Master of the Avincean Manorlands. She seemed pleased with Corinthia's death.

The party also received a prophecy from Hitch: “I see three doors before you, but only one is a true door. The other two are false. I see three paths, one is straight and narrow, the other two perilous. I see three mugs, two are poisoned, I’m sure you get the point now right? There’s three of SOMETHING, and two of them aren’t bad.”

Going on the shopping trip with the party is Jericho, a serious, mustached man. He brings something that the circus desperately needs:  “I’m a businessman. I can look respectable, and I have contacts in Dorle who will sell us things at the fair prices instead of gouging us. I also know a few of the craftsguilds.” Yes, looking respectable is a rare skill among the Deep Delvers. He will be handling all of the non-creepy acquisitions.

Rose was unconcerned about the party unleashing a demon. “I’ve told you, my Master is worried about something much worse than a blood demon. There are probably a hundred different individuals capable of dealing with that threat. It is not of his concern.”

During dinner, a guard from Dorle arrived: “Recently several kobolds have come to the gates of Dorle waving the white flag asking for mercy,” the guard says. “They claim that their warren was infested by an evil spirit that forced them to act against their nature. They gave us your description and asked for you to come and witness to their statements. The City of Dorle cannot FORCE you to come and bear witness and declare them false or true, but we are asking you to come in two days time to ensure the kobolds meet a fitting end for their banditry.” The party mentioned there is SOME truth to there being an evil spirit, which annoyed the guard, as he didn't think the kobolds were telling the truth. The party has been asked to attend the trial so that the truth of the kobold's claims can be tested.

The Shopping List: [ see Leafem Smilin's Shopping List]

The next session begins the next day, waiting in line to enter the city of Dorle with Jericho and one of the guards from the Deep Delvers, the surly crossbow toting dwarf, who refused to give a name when he signed up with the circus, so Kitty took to calling him Hank…


Let me know if you have questions. Here are the four things the party has been specifically asked to do:

1. Attend a trial for the kobolds tomorrow.
2. Acquire Dead Wood from Leafem's contact, who calls himself Shivers. On contacting Shivers, Leafem just shrugged: "He's the sort of guy that you contact by wanting to contact him." Jericho has never met Shivers.
3. Acquire five profaned Holy Symbols of the Aspect of Memories.
4. Acquire the severed head of a person executed for the crime of murder.

Did I miss including anyone?

Leafem Smilin's Shopping List

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Kitty gave me a full report of what you guys did. We’re going to have the greatest ADVENTURE CAVE ever. Actually, that sounds… I don’t know, trite? Let’s call it an adventure park! I think that’s the ticket to get rubes to spend a few coins: DEEP DELVERS ADVENTURE PARK.


Anyway, while we settle in to our AUTHENTIC KOBOLD CAVE, I’m already thinking of the next big thing. No one would come to the circus just to see the halfling do their hocus pocus stuff [not even if we could convince Stitch to do it dressed like a magician’s apprentice. Apparently, the halfling goddess requires modesty!]


So, what I need from you is to help me get the things I need to work on our next attraction. I’ll be honest with you, this next task is a bit less fun than the last one. No scampering through caves finding treasures or chasing down missing employees! I’m sending you on a pretty straight forward shopping trip to Dorle. Jericho’ll be going with you to get the mundane things that we’ll need. However, some of these things Rose is asking us to get? I think they’ll need your special skills.


Now, what I’m going to ask of you might sound illegal, because it probably is. So, you know, factor that in.


First, we’ll need to build the attraction. For that, I need about, I dunno, a thousand pounds of lumber? Jericho’s getting the brunt of it, but we need a lot of a special kind of lumber. I’ve got a guy, calls himself Shivers, who can get us the kind of wood we need. We need what our new creepy friend Rose tells me is called “Dead Wood.” Specifically, we need a lot of wood that has seen some really ghastly stuff! My guy Shivers? He has acquired us some wood from coffins, gallows, sunken ships — you know, “Dead Wood.” He’s in Dorle, and I’m sure you figure out his favorite haunts.


Now, Rose isn’t exactly the religious sort, so she doesn’t see a problem with this next part. We need — I feel dirty just writing this — profaned holy symbols of the Aspect of the Memories. Five to be exact. One for each wall and the roof. I, uh, don’t know exactly how you get a profaned holy symbol. But, I know you can find lots of churches in Dorle. Maybe they’ll have some they can sell you at a discount? Like you’d get on a busted clock or slightly off cheese? I don’t know; you’re the doers. Go do.


Last piece, probably the trickiest. I normally wasn’t going to ask you guys for this, I was just, you know, going to just get someone to make us a fake one — not by like, killing some random person, but like, out of a pumpkin or something? Rose insists that we need the Severed Head of a Person Condemned for Murder to really make this thing tick. She was quite adamant: No one who was hanged. No one stabbed trying to escape. Not rape. Not theft. Just straight up beheaded for murder.


So, those are the three things I need you to pick up for me from Dorle. Thanks, you guys are peaches!


Session 3
Doors Getting Kicked In

Session 3: Doors Getting Kicked In

1. You freed the Green Singing Dog instead of keeping it.
2. You let the orcs go without a fight.
3. You killed the kobold cleric in cold blood.
4. You rested the night instead of clearing the first floor in one go, leaving who knows what to do who knows what to the rest of the kobolds.

Next time, the conclusion of the adventure.

Four Notes Now That the Tutorial Is Over:

#1 The Party now has the Traditional Once A Campaign Do-Over open to them. This is essentially a rewind. You get one for the whole campaign, and the choice to use it needs to be unanimous. [And yes, this means campaign. For as long as these characters are active and adventuring. Not once a story arc, the whole deal.]

Rules: 1. This rewinds ONE choice, decision or action. It needs to be used immediately. It will, essentially, reset one scene or combat. Once a scene is over or the combat has resolved, it's too late to use it. If the party wipes in a combat, it'll automatically get used. If you don't have it at that point, well, uh, I have a Plan B?

#2 Monsters are no longer going to be softened up by having things like their spell list or weapon list limited, and are now able to critically hit and are likely to learn from terrible tactical decisions made.

#3 No more DM hints. I wanted to make sure the early kobold ambushes, while still feeling right [Kobolds are tricky and sneaky], didn't completely overwhelm the group.

#4 It's going to be fun.

Session 2
Splitting the Party. Why? Why do you do it?

The party prepared for their excursion to the Kobold Lair, expecting for it to be a nice, quick adventure wrapped up in a single setting instead of this being a significant story chapter intended to help set the stage for the rest of the campaign.

Their first stop was Leafem Smilin, who gave them the run down of their goals: 1. Find the kobold lair. 2. Kill them all, including the shaman Bugluck (Booglock? Buglock? Boglick? Whatever!) 3. Come back so that the circus can set up a nifty adventure town there.

Lyle the Rogue was replaced with a Wild Mage. Kudd the Ogre and security chief of the circus told them some information, that Bugluck the Shaman was once a minor bandit but recently rose to prominence thanks to his successful burning of the Sterling Whistle. There's a bounty of 200 gold for him and the Envoy of the Kobold Warren.  They also learned that the alchemist wanted kobold brains and eyes. They were totally in for this and bought a bunch of kobold brain and eye jugs.

On speaking to Hitch and Stitch, the party had two visions revealed to them. The first was of a green dog that sings in Draconic, allegedly held by the Kobolds. Stitch asked them to bring the dog back to the circus so that she could give them a nice home. The second dream was of a dark cavern, damp and filled with skittering. And blood. Don't forget the blood.

The first night was uneventful until the Druid [yeah, you guys gave me names, but, uh, I suck] spoke with an owl to find out that the Kobold shaman was using bats to spy on them. The next night the party decided it was a good idea to screw with the bats.

The third night was a brief kobold ambush that beat the party up, but they survived. So, they pushed on along the road. During the day, the party came across the destroyed caravan and spoke with the severed, animated head of Corinthia, who warned them of the growing evil in the Everbright. Upon removing the gem that was leaving her head animated, the party was introduced to the minor illusion that was a projected image of Master Wizard Nyball [not Nibble as Corinthia had pronounced it.] His exact title, in case you forgot, is: Master Nyball, Sage of the Wildlands and Master of the Avincean Manorlands. [Fun fact: I never considered that the party would think the kobold shaman had animated the head. If I ever run it again, I may need to provide more information about the missing caravan to ensure that's not a possible conclusion.] The party found some loot, like a Protection From Evil Scroll.

Nyball warned the party of a terrible evil in the Everbright and then dismissed the party … before his communication was dismissed by the fact spells have limitations.

For some reason, the gnome Necromancer took the no longer animated head.

The second ambush was the darkness ambush that the party trounced in part because kobolds had yet to learn how to critically hit. Don't worry; they've figured it out and will critically hit as appropriate during all future encounters.

The assault on the kobold gates was a mixed success, as the barbarian, necromancer and druid ended up inside the slowly closing ominous door, while the bard, wild mage and paladin [if he is able to make it next time!] ended up outside.

Session 1
Matt Lost His Session Recap

The party met the circus. The party went on the hunt for missing circus members and to find the map to a location in the Everbright. They found the map after stopping at the Sterling Whistle, where they met Rhia, a Dragonborn calling herself the Prophetess of the Reconciliation, they pretty much ignored her though. They accidentally ruined Leafem Smilin’s affair with a tavern keeper and avenged Spittz. Also, they let the Sterling Whistle be burned down. Because, despite being adventurers, no one has time for that.

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