Run time: 2h 30m

Story

 

Last time, on Dungeons and Dragons…

The session begins with the Earthborn King and the PCs having stepped outside his throne room, ostensibly in search of Lord Granite – but they have discovered themselves surrounded by guards who are no longer loyal to the king.

 

Outside the Throne Room

The soldiers are only there on orders to capture and imprison the King, and just tell the PCs to leave. The King is fairly resigned to it and will go with them, but you can tell he’s planning something. If the PCs’ weapons are drawn, then… the fight begins.

If the PCs choose to let the King go, he will be taken to the cells where the PCs can later fight their way down and find him – in a cell near Ailsa (who remains unrepentant). If the PCs choose to fight, the King will implore that there are too many enemies; the PCs will eventually be subdued and imprisoned alongside the King.

As the King is taken, the guard captain reaches into the flames on his head and removes a golden crown that was hidden within. The King’s fire looks diminished.

 

In the Cells

If the PCs are imprisoned or if they have fought their way down, they can talk to the King and Ailsa in nearby cells. The King is amused that by deposing him, Lord Granite has removed the only one with the ability to stop the “infection” of green-ness. He has anticipated the panic to come as it spreads, and that they will inevitably come back to the King for help.

“Wait but an hour,” he says. “They will realise their mistake.”

But an hour passes, then another. The baking-hot stone walls of the cells are getting cooler and mossy. The King has had enough – he needs his crown back, or the Queen will have “won this round”.

Seeds or other means used to escape from the cells. Characters emerge into mossy, abandoned corridors. They make it outside, and shit’s gone all Nausicaa. With more panic/wonder in the streets.

 

On the Hunt

The King can trace the faint energy signature of the crown – it’s headed off over a bridge into the lava tunnels, via one of the other bridges. A short way inside the lava tunnels, the guard captain and his men are trying to hack down a dense mass of tree trunks that has blocked their way.

Stabby time ensues.

Guard captain has the crown, King puts it on if allowed. Taunts Ailsa? – she was not given instructions for what to do in this circumstance.

King returns to the palace, aiming to reverse the forest damage. Others hopefully accompany.

 

 

End session.

 

 


NPC / Enemy Roster

 

Name Arken Race Earthborn Cl/Lv Fighter/4 Align LG
Init +5 HP 24 17
AC 14 AtkB 6M 6R Fort +5 Ref +4 Will +2 Move 30ft
Str 16 Dex 18 Con 14 Int 8 Wis 15 Cha 11
Skills Hide +4, Jump +8, Listen +2, Move Silently +4, Ride +9, Spot +2
Feats Dodge, Power Attack, Cleave
Wpn Obsidian sword Atk +9 Dmg 1d6+2 Crit 19×2
Spells None

 

 

Name Ailsa Race Forestborn Cl/Lv Druid/3 Sorceror/2 Align CG
Init +0 HP 17
AC 12 AtkB 3M 3R Fort +3 Ref +1 Will +8 Move 30ft
Str 10 Dex 10 Con 11 Int 10 Wis 14 Cha 14
Skills Craft (Alchemy) +8, Craft (Woodworking) +10, Craft (Sculpting) +6, Diplomacy +8, Handle Animal +3, Hide +5, Knowledge (Nature) +8, Knowledge (Nobility and Royalty) +4, Knowledge (Religion) +4.5, Listen +3, Move Silently +2, Spot +1, Use Magic Device +4
Feats Combat Casting, Extend Spell, Silent Spell
Wpn Tangling Vines Atk +6 Dmg 1d8+1 Crit 20×2
Spells Druid Spells Per Day: 4/3/2
Sorcerer Spells Known (6/5):
0th — Detect Magic, Detect Poison, Mage Hand, Message, Ray of Frost
1st — Charm Person, Obscuring Mist

 

 

Name ?? Guard Race Earthborn Cl/Lv Fighter/4 Align LN
Init +6 HP 24 20
24
24
24 19
24 19 14 7
24 16 8 3 0
Init Cap 20 Esqui 18 Arken 18 King 16 Gavil 13 Dan 11 James 10 Zeke 8 Ailsa 6
AC 14 AtkB 6M 6R Fort +5 Ref +4 Will +1 Move 30ft
Str 16 Dex 18 Con 14 Int 8 Wis 15 Cha 11
Skills Climb +6, Handle Animal +4, Hide +2, Intimidate +6, Listen -1, Move Silently +2, Spot -1
Feats Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Improved Initiative, Improved Unarmed Strike, Lightning Reflexes, Mobility
Wpn Obsidian sword Atk +9 Dmg 1d6+2 Crit 19×2
Spells None

 

 

Name ?? Guard Captain Race Earthborn Cl/Lv Fighter/6 Align LN
Init +3 HP 69 65 57 54 46 42 37 33 25 19 12 11 6 0
AC 13 AtkB 9M 4R Fort +8 Ref +5 Will +0 Move 30ft
Str 16 Dex 16 Con 17 Int 13 Wis 6 Cha 6
Skills Climb +6, Handle Animal +4, Hide +2, Intimidate +8, Listen +2, Move Silently +2, Spot +3
Feats Blind-Fight, Cleave, Combat Expertise, Dodge, Leadership, Power Attack, Rapid Reload (crossbow, heavy), Toughness
Wpn Heavy Obsidian sword Atk +11 Dmg 2d6 Crit 19×2
Spells None