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Grandmaster of the Pathfinders' Guild at Martin Luther King Middle School.

Wrath of the Righteous #53+54: The Defense of Drezen

Our heroes defend the crucial city of Drezen from the demonic onslaught led by the marilith general Aponavicius. (-GM)

11th day of Arodus, 4728 AR

Killing the leader of the dragon army wasn’t going to be easy…

After routing one army, we decided it was time to move on to the next step of our war plan. However, killing the leader of the dragon army wasn’t going to be easy. Not only did we have the dragon himself to worry about, but there was also the issue of the succubus that was assisting him.

But luckily for us, we had the aforementioned plan. After scouting them out for a bit, we teleported into the middle of the army, hoping to do a quick and easy assault. Beckles ran up to the beast and began to pound it to a pulp with his fists, while Fella riddled it with arrows. I bewitched the demon, and our new companion Pinacra, Death’s Blade followed up by ripping out its heart upon her blade. All the while, the song of Sir Harold fueled our fervor and sped us to an unnatural extent.

Just as quickly as the battle had begun, it was over. We whisked ourselves back to Drezen and began to prepare for the siege. The demon army teleported to the hilltop a few miles from the city and began their approach.

I had a devious plan, but sadly there wasn’t enough time to enact it. The nuke would have to wait. Our attention was drawn to the basement of Citadel Drezen, where a series of unholy runes had begun to light up.

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Rappan Athuk #105: The Solution

In an unwritten chapter of our tale, the party miraculously survived a demon-goblin ambush, the party explored the remainder of their caves, finding altars to Orcus, treasure, and a revealing note. Bright Yilling also was murdered by a half-orc viking fighter, Grom-gil-Gorm, who stole his gear and joined the party…

(-GM)

29th day of Desnus, 4722 AR

Valestar looked up from the pile of treasure which lay before us in the chest of the once-leader of the goblins. The “compensation” we had received from this long and extremely eventful encounter was hardly worth the amount that was spent here. However, it did not matter, for a long-time bastion of the Prince of the Undead, the demon lord Orcus, was no more. The goblin priests of this abyssal city were among his most devout and brutal followers, never shying from the opportunity to spread his corruption. 

Among the treasure we had found a note from the persona “GC,” which we have interpreted as the Grand Cornu, which used to lead the Cult of Orcus in the ancient evil city of Tsar. In this letter he revealed that he had in fact given the goblins the balor demons who we had fought in the antechamber outside the room in anticipation of our eventual “return” to the city. Orcus and his followers have become aware of our party’s growing prowess. The challenges of the past will likely pale in comparison to what we are going to face in the future.

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Wrath of the Righteous #52: What Was Once a Beautiful Forest

In a missing chapter of our mythic heroes’ journey, the party returned from the Abyss and met Sir Harold, the new herald of Iomedae. Three weeks later, the demons launched their greatest assault yet, sending their three largest armies after the heroes and the citadel-city of Drezen. (-GM)

10th day of Arodus, 4728 AR

Carrock

I gazed at the army from the top of a collapsed mountain. Hundreds of treants had marched from their homeland to do battle with the forces of good. They were corrupted beyond return, and burning them was the only way to stop the destruction of Drezen. I told myself this as the wizards and I rained storms of fire upon them, but I didn’t believe it.

How could an aspect of nature be evil? Shouldn’t we work to cleanse the demonic taint inside them, rather than kill the innocent creatures whose only crime was to exist in the den of those we call “enemy”? What would the world be like if we chose to solve conflicts with kindness and compassion rather than wanton slaughter? Yet the fact remained that we lived in a world of mistrust and violence, where any sign of weakness would be exploited without mercy. So I fought along with all the others, and hoped that the smoke from my fires would obscure my tears.

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Rappan Athuk #103: The Ambush

In an unwritten chapter of our tale, the party decided to destroy Greznek, the goblin city deep within Rappan Athuk. They got more than they bargained for, as the goblins and hobgoblins were led by priests who seemed to have been granted favors by demons…

(-GM)

27th day of Kuthona, 4721 AR

In this chapter, the party pays another visit to the goblin city…

The session started in the middle of murdering hobgoblins which Deckard Cain defeated with jatembe’s ire and fireball. After most were weakened by Susurrus’ amazing ray of frost, DFSIFA shot six arrows, missing four and completely killing one of the flying hobgoblins. Suddenly, two large spellcaster hobgoblins came forward and one attempted to dispel my fly, but I still had my wings of flying. Then two smaller hobgoblins advanced and were pushed swiftly out of the air and into the Jatembe’s Ire. After this, an alchemist came at DFSIFA but failed to throw a bomb.

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Gloomhaven #3: Portents and Permutations

(Scenario #3 Inox Encampment, Scenario #5 Ruinous Crypt, Scenario #8 Gloomhaven Warehouse)

Diviner

The dark void where her eyes should have been made it difficult to read her intent, but it did speak of great power.

“I knew you would come,” she said when we approached her in the Sleeping Lion looking for more adventurers. She introduced herself as Diviner. “I am ready to go.”

She said she knew that we would succeed at “sending a message” to the Inox encampment this time, but only if she came with us. Since there seemed to be no reason to distrust her — there being other reason for her to go to the encampment — we agreed she could come. She smiled, and promised to “guide” us on our journey. We already knew where the encampment was; what she meant only became clear later.

We again confronted the encampment. I expected Diviner to step forward manipulate the elements in the same manner as I, but instead she stepped back and the darkness in her eyes deepened and her hair waved back.

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Posted by on July 1, 2019 in Campaign, gloomhaven

 

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Gloomhaven #2: From Another World

(Scenario #4 Crypt of the Damned, and Scenario #3 Inox Encampment)

We decided to investigate the turn in the Still River to find out more about this “Gloom.” But while leaving the city, we came upon a vermling who offered to send us a slimy gear. We gave the rat ten gold for the curiosity. Impulse said she would add it to her “collection.” Whatever she meant I don’t know, but the mystery of its origin intrigued me.

We ventured north along the river, helping a caravan carrying prisoners retrieve their lost charge along the way.

“Doing good deeds will do you good!” said Impulse.

The stench of death told us we had found another crypt. The bandits inside consorted with skeletons and cultists, which was surprising by itself. But nothing could have us prepared us for the mountain of pure elemental energy that we faced in the form of an Earth Demon.

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Posted by on June 26, 2019 in Campaign, gloomhaven

 

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Wrath of the Righteous #50: Made Whole

The party enters the heart of the Ineluctable Prison to reclaim Iomedae’s champion. (-GM)

19th day of Erastus, 4728 AR

The time had finally come to fulfill our mission and save Harold, at any cost. We navigated through the twisting halls of the prison, the maze burned into the back of my mind as I turned again and again. Soon, we reached an altar that would teleport us to Harold himself.

Moments later, we were in a great chamber, with black ash drifting through the air and pits of lava before us. We had been joined a bit earlier Arackthos, a mammoth rider who had been trapped within the prison, but he was disgruntled by the obstacle between us and our poor corrupted friend. Harold rose from the altar upon which he had been resting and leveled two glaives at us.

“Foolish mortals, you are too late. Your blood will wet the last step I take to ascension. Your time is up.”

He flew at us, a swirling whirlwind of blades and death. Beckles leaped into the fray, unleashing a powerful barrage of punches. Nunya blessed the party and holy light surged around us. Fella shot arrow after arrow into Harold, yet still he remained standing. Meanwhile, demons crept out of the shadows and began to let out unholy shrieks, bringing the mammoth to its knees and staggering the rest of us. I tried to obliterate Harold, but I could not overcome the incarnation of Baphomet’s will.

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