28 Dec

Quail Valley Session 16 (SW)

When we last left our heroes, they had returned to Presov for, hopefully, some badly needed rest and recuperation. Instead, they ended up spending a lot of time defending their activities to Captain Bernhard, learning just what a predicament they’d gotten in with Farkas, and, perhaps most importantly, occupied themselves with trying to hunt down a new shadow creature that was terrorizing the village. Given that many of the villagers were siding with the PCs, popular opinion seemed to be swaying in their favor even if they may not have swayed the Captain’s opinion of them. They were also successful with defeating the shadow of the recently slain priestess, Sandra, allowing the village to sleep peacefully for at least one night. With Cailana and Wink were in no shape to “adventure” more, the others decided to do some “scouting” in the Underdark without them. This scouting culminated in their finding an ossuary, one where something was still guarding the bones. We pick up with that after the break.

As usual, my GM comments are in [brackets and italics]. There are potential spoilers for The Vault of Larin Karr as well as the Crucible of Freya below the break.
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26 Dec

Quail Valley Session 15 (SW)

In our prior session, the PCs continued their explorations of the Underdark…albeit just a small part of it. They ambushed a large party of gnolls, quite successfully, and then encountered some strange cave octopus fisher wall thing that led to the partial collapse of a cavern wall and the near death of Cailana. A short period after that, a couple of trolls attacked from the nearby lake which turned into a series of running battles before the pair were defeated…one burned and another with its head separated from its body. They also “looted” a small cave of some coin.

All of these essentially started as “random encounters” that have quickly evolved into something more to better establish the “Gygaxian Naturalism” of this particular corner of the Underdark.

The group then escaped back to Presov to recover from their wounds only to find the village under attack by another shadow creature of some sort. That is where we pick up below the break.

As usual, my GM comments are in [brackets and italics]. There are potential spoilers for The Vault of Larin Karr as well as the Crucible of Freya below the break.
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13 Dec

Quail Valley Session 14 (SW)

For the past couple of sessions, the heroes have largely been exploring some of the underground areas and tunnels that are said to riddle the Quail Valley. It has not been easy. They’ve suffered numerous wounds from their battles with the denizens of the Underdark that they’ve encountered, some of the permanent wounds. At the end of the last session, they were preparing to ambush a fairly large group of gnolls…a dozen of them. Perhaps the “good guys” will get to turn the tables with this ambush.

As usual, my GM comments are in [brackets and italics]. There are potential spoilers for The Vault of Larin Karr as well as the Crucible of Freya below the break.
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12 Dec

Quail Valley Session 13 (SW)

In our last session, the party returned to Származás Keep to continue their explorations and campaign against the hobgoblins. Deciding to pursue the hobgoblins that had presumably escaped down a well in the chambers below the keep, the party dropped down into the “Underdark.” Their travels led them to the “Dark Lake” and a battle with a dripping wet troll that attacked just as the group finished a fight with a trio of gnolls. Once the battle with this aquatic abomination was over (the heroes victorious), a rumbling could be “herd” (ooh…foreshadowing) and the ground was shaking slightly. That’s where we pick up after the break.

One of the players has asked that I stop using their name on the site. As such, I’ll no longer be providing information as to who provided the recap, who was in attendance, who played which character, or who brought what beer. Simply taking off one person’s name doesn’t provide the anonymity that I assume they are seeking. As usual, my GM comments are in [brackets and italics]. There are potential spoilers for The Vault of Larin Karr as well as the Crucible of Freya below the break.
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