Thursday, April 23, 2015

Session LXXIII: Blood'n Guts

Current Player Characters:
Torvin Fulvousmith (Dwarf)
Minimus (Cleric)
Su (Cleric)
Thenus (Ranger)
Wang Du (Monk)
Centari (Elf) 

Hirelings and Henchmen
Biggs - Mercenary
Kray Rouis - Magic-user 

With the intention of keeping their surprise on the Hobgoblins the party makes their way deeper into the lair.  Seeing some young Hobgoblin guards in a distant chamber they charge them killing two of the young ones while two escaped through a door.  Torvin kicked the door in to find a large pillared hall filled with Hobgoblin women and children and the two young warriors warning the warriors of their clan who immediately attack the part.  But the wizards in the party are quick and put most of the warriors to sleep (damn magic-users).  The rest of the Hobgoblin warriors engage the party and a bloody and confusing battle ensues with females and children running around in a panic. 

As these warriors fall, more burst into the chamber from another doorway including some big hulking ones.  These newcomers are dealt with in a shower of blood and guts.
 With all the Hobgoblin warriors slain and the females and the young ones cowering in the corner, Cantari and Thenus slit the throats of the ones sill in an enchanted sleep.

Exploring deeper into the lair the party comes across some now empty living chambers and a locked door.  Centari unlocks the door with his magic.  Inside is a chamber filled with rich fabrics.  But beneath the fabrics is found the real treasure; a locked chest!  Torvin, the rash dwarf, smashes the locked chest but the chest was trapped with poison gas and Torvin Fulvousmith dies a horrible poison inflicted death!

Wanting to rescue the dwarf from permanent death, the party decided to hurry back to town but not before going down a few levels to retrieve their hidden treasures, which they do. But on their way back through the hallways they come across a statue of a half-naked halfling in the hallway where there once was none.  Peeking around they are attacked by a Cockatrice!  Minimus fights off the feathered beast and soon it is slain by the hand of Biggs.

Trying to revive the petrified halfling, Minimus tries to wash the halfling in the blood of the Cockatrice and it succeeds in reviving the little on (why not?), who turns out to be none other than Skwanky Furrytoe still in possession of the Soul Gem (last seen waaay back in session 59 & 60)!

With the halfling and treasure in hand the party works their way back to the surface (good map making helped a ton with this!).  There they found their cart turned over in the snow, the results of an attack by a Chimera on their camp which ate and scared off their horses.

Turning the cart over, they piled their treasures in it and pushed the cart through the snow and back towards Berkinstok.  But one day from town they are attacked by a giant Roc swooping down from the sky....!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

More Marvel Value Stamps

Second group of the MCU Marvel Value Stamps.

Toying With Marvel Value Stamps

Who would have thought growing up in the 70's (and 80's) for that matter that we would be seeing these Marvel heroes brought to the screen in such an authentic and successful fashion?  I never did.  That's why I love, love, love these Marvel movies.  Back in the 70's Marvel use to put these 'collector' Value Stamps in the back pages of their books.  You were meant to cut them out of your comic and collect them in a book.  I never did that but you could not miss those stamps with every Marvel hero is some icon pose.  Now-a-days telling someone to clip something out of their comic book would be blasphemous!  But back then, for .25¢ or .30¢ you'd get the good ol' newsprint comic that, yes, you would occasionally mark up and cut them up.

Yesterday I worked up the Captain America one.  Then I thought it would be amazing and fun to see just how many of these characters have been brought to the screen in a bit way.

Yeah....it's pretty amazing.

More to come...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Marvel Stamps

Something that I'm toying around with.
 
 I just love these Marvel movies.  Having grown up with these characters on the comic pages I'm more than thrilled that they've been making these movies.  I don't read the hero comics much these days but these movies have filled that gap.  I look forward to each installment as I did a new monthly comic back in the day.  Back in the 70's Marvel use to put these 'collector' stamps in the back pages of their books.  I guess they were meant for you to cut them out.  I never did.  Now-a-days telling someone to clip something out of their comic book would be blasphemous!  But back then, for .25¢ or .30¢ you'd get the good ol' newsprint comic that, yes, you would occasionally mark up and cut them up.

More to come...

Monday, March 30, 2015

Session LXXII: Apes That Talk Like Men?

Current Player Characters:
Torion Fulvousmith (Dwarf)
Minimus (Cleric)
Su (Cleric)
Thenus (Ranger)
Wang Du (Monk)
Centari (Elf) 

Hirelings and Henchmen
Biggs - Mercenary
Kray Rouis - Magic-user 
Puma - Mountain Lion

Leaving the hall of the young Dragons behind, the party back-tracked they way to more familiar hallways.  Coming upon a chamber with three sarcophagi, which they have usually avoided, decided to open and were immediately attacked by the three mummies within.  Using fire they defeated the ancient foes but not before the mountain lion Puma fell.

Continuing down some unexplored hallways they came to a chamber where dwelt intelligent mutant ape Klorbag.  Klorbag gave them refuge from the dungeons and the party learned that the mutant white ape was part of the clan that they had slain earlier.  Klorbag had sought vengeance on his clan for shunning him and banishing him into the depths of the dungeon.  It was there that he stumbled upon a chamber which changed him and gave him the big brain that he now possessed.

The party also learned from Klorbag that they were currently exploring the fourth level of the dungeon and that there were as many as ten levels filled with all manner of horrific beasts and deadly traps.  Also that there was an even more fierce dragon down deeper.  They also learned that a clan of hobgoblins infested the level above them and that they may find Fumark there as well.

After resting in Klorbag's lair, and learning of the nearest stairway up, the party ascended to the third level and quickly came across some hobgoblins which they quickly dispatched.  Exploring down a long hallway they spied a larger lair.  Avoiding that for now, they explored some more hallways and came across another group of hobgoblins guards which they fought and were victorious. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Session LXXI: Dragon +1

Current Player Characters:
Torion Fulvousmith (Dwarf)
Minimus (Cleric)
Su (Cleric)
Thenus (Ranger)
Wang Du (Monk)
Centari (Elf) 

Hirelings and Henchmen
Larton - Man-at-Arms
Biggs - Mercenary
Kray Rouis - Magic-user 
Puma - Mountain Lion

 With the dead body of Edan the Atleantean slain by spider poison, the party loots his body and continues exploring the rooms and tunnels beneath Xlarthen's tower ruins. 

It wasn't long, however, until they ran into a small band of hobgoblins dragging around a prisoner.  A quick battle ensued and the hobgoblins fell to the blades of the party. The rescued prisoner turned out to be a dwarf named Torion who had been traveling with the infamous Skwanky Furrytoe (last seen in session 59)!  Skwanky had hired Torion as a body guard and descended into the Underworld when things on the surface had become too hot due to the halfling's involvement with Baron Blackmoor's death.  Exploring the dungeons, the two were attacked and got separated.  Torion was captured by Hobgoblins and does not know the fate of the "Little White King".

With a new companion in the dwarf, the party continued exploring and very quickly ran into more hobgoblins.  After a quick fight, the monsters were dispatched but not until loyal Larton had fallen.

Feeling like that had explored as much of this level as they could and with many stairs descending down, the party chose one set of stairs and delved yet deeper into the dungeons!

They came out into a diamond shaped room with black stonework and four sarcophagi leaning against the wall.  This reminded them of a chamber they had seen two days ago when they had descended a ladder to some unknown level.

After some debate it was decided it was wiser to leave the sarcophagi unmolested and explore further where they came upon a room where one corner was the ceiling was covered with thousands of tiny spiders again, similar to something they came across two days ago.  They began to believe that they they may have entered the same level they had discovered earlier. 

Another room proved to be haunted by a weeping woman and soon more exploration did indeed connect their older maps.  They had been on this level before but from a different entrance. 

Winding their way back to where they had seen the tiny spiders on the ceiling the previous days, they cautiously made their way past them and into an unexplored part of the dungeon.  Here, at a door, they heard gruff arguments coming from the other side. With the aid of a silent spell, the dwarf Torion was able to peek into the chamber and see three Minotaurs arguing in front of a chest.  The fearful dwarf easily persuaded his companions to quietly leave the area and avoid the Minotaurs.

Exploring some empty rooms they soon found themselves in a dead end.  Behind them, however, were the three Minotaurs.  The spell-casters stepped up and put one to sleep and held the second.  The third was slain by the warriors in the party. 

With the Minotaurs dispatched the party backtracked back to the monster's treasure chest and grabbed quite a bit of loot!

With plenty of more gold in their pockets, they continued down some more deserted halls and eventually came upon a large hall at the end of which were a pair of tall iron doors. 

These the dwarf Torion swung open and before them was an immense sunk-in pillared chamber with pools of water in the corners and in the center of which was a pile of treasure the likes of which were only talked about in fairy-tales.  Unfortunately, sitting atop this glittering hoard was, not one, but two red dragons not at all surprised by the party's presence!

Centari, speaking in the tongue of the dragons attempted to dismiss their fear of attack.  The dragons, however, once discovering that the party was from the surface, asked them if they had heard any news about their mother Medora.  The party had indeed heard about the fate of that fierce dragon and it's death at the hand of Sir Fumark (session 16) who may very well be somewhere in this very dungeon searching for the dragon's 'unguarded' gold.

The dragons, upon hearing of this news, thank the party and offer to let them live if they can find this Sir Fumark and bring him to meet the vengeful brood of Medora!  The party agrees and slowly backs out of the dragon lair in search of Fumark!


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