Reign of Winter — Game Session — 055

Game summary for January 23, 2018, Reign of Winter campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Baknarla (Adlet Shaman played by Shane Bradley), Deska Starseeker (Half-Elf Druid played by Kaliegh Averdick), Svala Alehorn (Orc Unchained Barbarian played by Todd Hughes), Tulvur Xandersen (Troglodyte Fighter played by Taylor Averdick), and Yelnoth the Dark (Winterborn Triaxian Sorcerer played by Casey Scruggs). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

Following the death of several allies and the reincarnation of some, the team encountered a sorcerer named Yelnoth who had deserted from the Drakelands.  He soon joined the cause, and the team found a chamber with seven bodies frozen in ice.  While investigating, a roper plunged from the ceiling trying to impale Deska!  She sidestepped, and it began whipping its paralyzing strands all about.  Deska pinned it with a wall of stone, and the group swooped in and killed it.  They thawed the ice using Yelnoth’s wall of fire, and they found the body of Sarnok.  They claimed his magical items, and Baknarla agreed to help them try and slay Yrax.

The group exited the crevasse near Ivoryglass.  They disguised themselves quite well as members of the Drakelands army and allowed Yelnoth to do the talking.  They avoided several patrols and one awkward conversation with a hydra-handler.  The group found themselves standing before the doors of Ivoryglass and several armed guards.  Yelnoth stepped up and told a lie of epic proportions so convincingly, they just ushered the team right through the doors and locked the gate behind them.

A bit shocked, the group continued into the gardens of Ivoryglass where they were challenged by a half-dragon destrachan.  They decided to just ignore it.  This perplexed the creature for a bit until it finally blasted them with a cone of cold.  A fight erupted, and the team swarmed around the creature.  It took devastating shots from the party and was soon dead at their feet!

Reign of Winter — Game Session — 054

Game summary for January 18, 2018, Reign of Winter campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Denessia Rapidarma (Dwarf Gunslinger/Paladin played by Casey Scruggs), Kenwrec Battleglaive (Kobold Slayer played by Peyton Harmon), Magnus Erlingsson (Human Cleric played by Chris Harmon), Svala Alehorn (Orc Unchained Barbarian played by Todd Hughes), and Ten-Penny Tacey (Halfling Rogue played by Shane Bradley). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The team took their first steps into the Rimekeening Crevasse, a massive glacial fissure stretching down hundreds of feet.  Deep in the depths of the world, they came upon a mated pair of frostcrawlers!  The reptilian monsters leapt to defend their lair and unhatched egg.  Svala charged and killed the first with a single hit!  The rest of the team converged on the second and brought it down with only a slight injury to Magnus.  Next the team decided to try and hatch the egg and keep the monster within as a pet.  Magnus successfully hatched the egg.  The hungry creature opened its mouth for food several times.  When none was forthcoming, it blasted Magnus with lightning and tried to eat him!  The team brought the young down in moments, with only slightly more injury to Magnus.

Deeper into the fissure, they came across what Ten-Penny recognized to be a carnivorous crystal!  The fearsome entity could petrify members of the party and eat them!  It was not fully aware of them, so they tried to run past it.  This got its attention, and its subsonic hum stunned Denessia.  Most of the team ran on, leaving her behind.  Baknarla doubled back, as did Magnus.  With the benefit of blessing of fervor, the team was able to get out of the range of the crystal and outpace it, leaving it far behind.

Quite some way into the crevasse, the team noticed something burrowing beneath them.  Suddenly, a frost worm burst up and began trilling!  Several of the party swayed in fascination at the sound, doing nothing to help.  Moments later, a second frost worm arrived and blasted the party with a breath of cold.  The trilling worm was brutally hit by several members of the party.  It stopped trilling and also breathed cold.  The combined effects hit almost the entire party, and the team was in very, very poor shape.  The worms then began biting.  Kenwrec was bitten nearly in half and swallowed.

Magnus hit back with flame strike while Baknarla and Svala tried melee.  Ten-Penny was grievously injured, and Greta was able to heal some of her wounds.  Ten-Penny consumed a ditch dram to heal further and turn invisible.  Denessia then shot the first worm and killed it, cause it to explode in a shower of piercing shards and freezing air!  This blast killed Ten-Penny outright and badly injured everyone else, including Greta and Shatha.  Fortunately, both shrugged off the cold effects.

The team continued to trade powerful blows with the surviving worm, and things looked very bleak.  Finally, Denessia shot this one dead as well.  It also exploded.  The second explosion almost eliminated the entire party.  Greta, Baknarla, and Shatha held on by a thread.  Svala only survived due to her drunken rage!  Greta quickly healed her what she could.  Magnus and Denessia were slain by the second blast.  In total, four members of the party died in the epic battle!

The group fled to nurse wounds, meet up with Deska, and reincarnate those they could.  Kenwrec and Magnus came back to life in all new forms…  Denessia and Ten-Penny’s souls refused to return and went on to their final rest.

Reign of Winter — Game Session — 053

Game summary for January 2, 2018, Reign of Winter campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Denessia Rapidarma (Dwarf Gunslinger/Paladin played by Casey Scruggs), Deska Starseeker (Half-Elf Druid played by Kaliegh Averdick), Kenwrec Battleglaive (Kobold Slayer played by Peyton Harmon), Magnus Erlingsson (Human Cleric played by Chris Harmon), Ten-Penny Tacey (Halfling Rogue played by Shane Bradley), and Tulvur Xandersen (Troglodyte Fighter played by Taylor Averdick). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The team tried to communicate with the wolf-like alien they encountered.  Magnus cast comprehend languages and started to understand her.   This led to finding out she can speak Triaxian, which Shatha could also speak.  Baknarla, an adlet, told them she believed them to be the “destined ones” foretold in prophecy of old.  The party agreed to go with her into a deep crevasse in search of Sarnok, an adlet hero who disappeared long ago.  She wants to prove to her tribe he existed and she found the body.  She offered to give the party his famous spear he used to kill multiple dragons.  The crevasse runs alongside Ivoryglass, so the team may be able to ascend and approach Yrax’s lair unnoticed.

The party and Baknarla the adlet set out for the crevasse.  Along the way, they ran into a herd of ice runners.  Some of the birds smelled Tulvur and headed for the party.  A furious battle followed with flame strikes, charging horses, glaive-wielding dragons, exploding pistols, swarm skin, and more.  The fighting was bloody but quick, and soon the birds were slain or driven off.

Reign of Winter — Game Session — 052

Game summary for December 26, 2017, Reign of Winter campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Deska Starseeker (Half-Elf Druid played by Kaliegh Averdick), Kenwrec Battleglaive (Kobold Slayer played by Peyton Harmon), Magnus Erlingsson (Human Cleric played by Chris Harmon), Ten-Penny Tacey (Halfling Rogue played by Shane Bradley), and Tulvur Xandersen (Dwarf Fighter played by Taylor Averdick). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

With the siege nearly broken, Commander Pharamol asked the team to strike directly at the enemy commander, General Malesinder who was even then trying to rally the troops for one more assault.  The team contacted their mercane merchant and purchased a bunch of potions of invisibility and cast numerous enhancement spells upon themselves.  They then swooped in to attack the general.  They found her on the battlefield barking orders, they ambushed her.  It began with Tulvur trying to gracefully dive off his bonded dragonkin and instead face-planting invisibly in the snow.  He tried to make up for it by demoralizing the general, but since she could not see him, it was just odd sounds among the retreating army.  Ten-Penny bravely stepped up and fired a ­dragon-bane bolt given to her by Commander Pharamol.  Sadly, the bolt bounced of the general’s scales.  The team began to swarm in, and their dragonkin ally, Efrixes, breathed fire over the general.  Deska tried to end the fight with baleful polymorph, but it did not take.

Malesinder was close to surrounded, and she desperately tried to drive her enemies back with her icy breath.  It did tremendous damage, but the team already had the upper hand.  She was too swarmed to flee, and she went down beneath a hail of blades and spells.  There was much rejoicing at Spurhorn that evening, and the team was hailed as heroes.  They were awarded the two-headed eagle as payment.  Commander Pharamol told them about a larger army gathered at the command of a dragon named Yrax at a stronghold named Ivoryglass.  Meanwhile, the team tried to puzzle out the meaning of their remaining clues:  a hand mirror and an elephant tusk.  They finally realized they were meant to be combined in name, a looking glass and an ivory tusk…  Ivoryglass.

Several of the Dragon Legion volunteered to fly the team most of the 200 miles to Ivoryglass.  They dropped them off nearby so they could infiltrated on foot.  They came across a wolf-like adlet on the run for her life from two massive ursikkas!  The insect-like monsters had already injured her.  The team engaged and found the monsters hit with tremendous force.  Shatha and Tulvur got in trouble early.  Greta managed to slay one, but soon Tulvur lay dead on the ground.  Finally, the team won the battle and Magnus healed much of the party, including the adlet woman who was being chased.  They began trying to communicate with her as Deska reincarnated Tulvur.  The team was appalled by the sudden horrific stench that assaulted them as his body reformed…

Reign of Winter — Game Session — 051

Game summary for December 21, 2017, Reign of Winter campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Deska Starseeker (Half-Elf Druid played by Kaliegh Averdick), Svala Alehorn (Orc Unchained Barbarian played by Todd Hughes), and Tulvur Xandersen (Dwarf Fighter played by Taylor Averdick). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

After nursing their wounds from the blockhouse encounter, the team started across the courtyard when a pair of black dracolisks and a copper dragonkin swooped over the walls!  Several of the defenders were petrified by the dracolisks’ gaze!  The team rushed to their rescue and wisely deduced the dragonkin was keeping around 35 feet or so from the dracolisks.  The group assumed this to be the range of the gaze attacks, and they endeavored to engage while averting their eyes.  Deska cast ice spears from her icicle wand to great effect while Tulvur and Svala moved in.  Greta blessed the party and cast bull’s strength on Svala.  The team was doing an excellent job avoiding the dracolisk gazes, but finally, it caught up to them.  Tulvur was turned to stone!  Svala and Deska each killed a dracolisk, and then they converged on the dragonkin, and Svala cut it down before it could flee.  The Triaxians then revealed the blood of a dracolisk, if applied within an hour, can restore the petrified to life!  They were able to recover everyone who had fallen victim.

Badly depleted and injured, the team was able to rest.  By midday the next day, the group witnessed a silver dragonkin, Shatha, under attack by a trio of Drakelands dragonkin!  As they watched, a blast of lightning knocked him from the sky to crash to the ground nearby.  The team rushed forward to assist.  Greta cast bull’s strength on Svala once again.  Enhanced, the orc barbarian rushed into battle and drove the blue dragonkin back with a barrage of blows.  Deska attempted baleful polymorph on it but failed.  Meanwhile, Tulvur charged the gold dragonkin.  The white dragonkin charged Deska and then disrupted her second casting of baleful polymorph.  Greta slipped over and healed Shatha as the dragonkin began unleashing their breath weapons.  Between glaive attacks and breath weapons, the party was rocked with injury.  Deska fought back with a trio of flame strikes!  Svala dove in a decapitated the blue dragonkin!  Deska used flame blade and killed the white dragonkin, and Tulvur and Shatha killed the gold dragonkin!

After the battle, they nursed their wounds, and Shatha and Tulvur recognized they made a great team.  In appreciation for saving his life, Shatha performed a rider bond with Tulvur!  The two can now communicate telepathically and coordinate their attacks.

Reign of Winter — Game Session — 050

Game summary for December 5, 2017, Reign of Winter campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Deska Starseeker (Half-Elf Druid played by Kaliegh Averdick), Kenwrec Battleglaive (Kobold Slayer played by Peyton Harmon), Magnus Erlingsson (Human Cleric played by Chris Harmon), and Tulvur Xandersen (Dwarf Fighter played by Taylor Averdick). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The team rushed to one of the fortress’ blockhouses in a snowstorm to try and fend off a pair of barbarians and a sorcerer trying to bash their way in to make it down to the underhalls.  One barbarian used an adamantine warhammer to try and smash the stone door.  As the party arrived, the sorcerer hit them with a cone of cold.  Tulvur and Kenwrec moved in and landed some hard early blows on the other barbarian.  Magnus unleashed a holy smite with limited effect.  Deska dropped a flame strike on all three but found them warded heavily against fire!

The barbarian traded blows with Tulvur, and finding him effectively armored, switched to Kenwrec.  The team had not moved much, so the sorcerer hit them all again with another cone of cold.  Magnus moved to the side of the blockhouse to setup for a charge.  Meanwhile, Greta cast several healing spells on Deska.  Magnus crashed into the hammering barbarian, but his companion spun on him and tried to defend against the big cleric.  With most of the team still clustered together, the sorcerer hit them with a third cone of cold.

Soon, the door collapsed, and a barbarian and the sorcerer slipped inside!  The sorcerer cast wall of fire and burned several in the party.  With the heat radiating out, Tulvur was driven back.  The barbarian outside was cut down, and Magnus moved through the flames into the blockhouse.  The sorcerer breathed out a breath weapon, a shorter cone of frigid breath!  The cold hurt several of the team.  The sorcerer was badly injured by Magnus, but the cleric was soon cut down by the barbarian.  Greta came in through the fire, but soon she and Kenwrec were both sent fleeing thanks to a fear spell.  Deska moved in and summoned an owlbear and trio of wolverines using her cauldron of overwhelming allies!  This limited the maneuverability of the enemies, but not enough to prevent the barbarian from slaying Magnus!  Deska blasted the sorcerer with call lightning storm while the owlbear injured the barbarian.

The wall of fire expired, and Tulvur was able to move in.  Soon, the enemies were all vanquished.  Deska gathered up the slain corpse of Magnus and cast reincarnate.  Magnus returned to life as a human once again, of Taldan descent…  a female human!

Reign of Winter — Game Session — 049

Game summary for November 28, 2017, Reign of Winter campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Denessia Rapidarma (Dwarf Gunslinger/Paladin played by Casey Scruggs), Deska Starseeker (Half-Elf Druid played by Kaliegh Averdick), Svala Alehorn (Orc Unchained Barbarian played by Todd Hughes), Ten-Penny Tacey (Halfling Rogue played by Shane Bradley), and Tulvur Xandersen (Dwarf Fighter played by Taylor Averdick). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The team was summoned with haste to one of the keep walls.  They could see an enormous siege tower being pushed up the hill by a pair of seven-headed war hydras.  Two frost drakes circled to provide protection.  The team had only moments before this tower would arrive up against the wall providing a way for the Drakelands barbarians to swarm into Spurhorn.  Tulvur used his engineering skills to recognize the tower might be toppled backwards if the rear wheels were destroyed due to the steep angle of inclination.  The group decided they did not have time for that.  Instead, Ten-Penny gave Deska a potion of flying, and she wild shaped into a mastodon.  She then catapulted herself off the keep walls and slammed into the top of the tower!  The massive mastodon’s collision shook the tower and toppled it over!  It hit a drake and hydra on the way down.  Deska was a bit stunned by the impact and crashed prone to the ground.  Svala, having also imbibed a potion of flying, entered a rage and charged through the air to hit a drake.  She was successful initially but then crashed into it, plunging both to the ground.  After impact, Svala, still prone, rolled over and mightily lopped off the drake’s head!

Tulvur went flying out toward the other drake and bull rushed it away from Deska.  Greta, unable to fly, dropped off the wall and just tried to roll with the impact.  She was somewhat successful and rushed into the fray.  Ten-Penny did the same and ended up hiding in Deska’s mastodon fur hoping to surprise her foes.  The hydras proved devastating with their massive number of attacks, and the remaining frost drake unleashed its frigid breath weapon.  Denessia unleashed a barrage of fireballs from atop the wall using her newly purchased necklace of fireballs.  Deska cast baleful polymorph and turned one of the hydra’s into Triaxus’ first hamster.  Tulvur killed the other drake, and then he stepped over and killed the remaining hydra.

The team scrambled back up into the keep and healed their injuries while the defenders of Spurhorn cheered them on and hailed them as heroes.

Reign of Winter — Game Session — 048

Game summary for November 21, 2017, Reign of Winter campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Denessia Rapidarma (Dwarf Gunslinger/Paladin played by Casey Scruggs), Kenwrec Battleglaive (Kobold Slayer played by Peyton Harmon), Magnus Erlingsson (Human Cleric played by Chris Harmon), Svala Alehorn (Orc Unchained Barbarian played by Todd Hughes), and Ten-Penny Tacey (Halfling Rogue played by Shane Bradley). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The team landed upon Spurhorn, and with the help of Efrixes and Bescaylie convinced the defenders to give them audience with Commander Pharamol and the council in the morning.  They team rested in a guest room and met with the council.  After being grilled over their story, the team won over the council’s trust.  They also demonstrated the summoning of their mercane contact, Zilvazaraat.  The Commander was overjoyed at the prospect of a ready resupply line.  The team agreed to help fend off this siege in exchange for the two-headed eagle possessed by the Commander.

The next day, the Drakelands marauders attacked!  The party was dispatched to a tower to rescue the soldiers there and save the siege weapons from destruction when a frost drake landed and breathed upon them.  The party swarmed in and focused fire on the drake.  Svala decapitated it with her furious waraxe!  The group then turned on the pair of Drakelands barbarians that had ridden up on the drake.  The pair were no match for the party and were quickly cut down.  A cheer and huzzuh! went up from the defenders in support of the party after their resounding victory and saving of ten Triaxians!

Reign of Winter — Game Session — 047

Game summary for November 7, 2017, Reign of Winter campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Denessia Rapidarma (Dwarf Gunslinger/Paladin played by Casey Scruggs), Kenwrec Battleglaive (Kobold Slayer played by Peyton Harmon), and Magnus Erlingsson (Human Cleric played by Chris Harmon). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The team climbed a ladder inside the storeroom and found themselves in a hut with a cauldron.  A trio of ravens took flight in the room and began to speak, “Baba Yaga has gone on, off to see her only son.  But a trail she left behind, if the breadcrumbs you can find!”  They knocked several items off the shelves on to the floor:  a stuffed two-headed eagle, a hand mirror, and an elephant tusk.  The team used the index to enter the library and found a name for Baba Yaga’s son, Grigori.  They figured out the items were not hut keys but clues to find others.

The team exited the hut and were stunned to find themselves in a snowy mountain range with an odd sky above.  After a few moments, Kenwrec determined they were on an alien planet!  They debated for a while what to do when a red dragon swooped down from above and circled.  They could tell an armored rider was on its back.  The dragon landed, and the rider approached.  The team found themselves speaking in Draconic to a white-furred female who seemed unsure what exactly they were looking at.  After talking awhile, they learned they were now on the planet called Triaxus and the woman had never seen a human or dwarf.  The woman is named Bescaylie, and the red dragonkin is named Efrixes.  Both are members of the Dragon Legion from the citadel of Spurhorn.  Their fortress is currently under siege by the barbarians of the Drakelands.  The team discovered the commander of Spurhorn has a pet two-headed eagle.  The group agreed to help the Dragon Legion defend against the siege in exchange for an audience with the commander and perhaps possession of the eagle.

The only problem was the team needed to cross the siege lines to get into the fortress.  They waited until dark and used flying ointment to try and cross.  Magnus boosted their speed with blessing of fervor to allow them to avoid a patrol of frost drakes.  They were unable to avoid the dimensionally shifting daemons in pursuit, however.  The greater ceustodaemons swooped in and breathed fire across the party.  Kenwrec hit one with a critical sneak attack.  Bescaylie and Efrixes charged another.  Greta hit the third with a critical as well.  The team swarmed around the daemons and finally brought them all down.

The group then landed on the walls of Spurhorn and were surrounded by crossbowmen.  Bescaylie let them know they party were friends, and the crossbowmen looked at one another and lowered their weapons.

Reign of Winter — Game Session — 046

Game summary for October 24, 2017, Reign of Winter campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Alfbern Winterbloom (Half-Elf Inquisitor played by Preston Harmon), Denessia Rapidarma (Dwarf Gunslinger/Paladin played by Casey Scruggs), Kenwrec Battleglaive (Kobold Slayer played by Peyton Harmon), Koloth Kruge (Centaur Ranger played by Parker Harmon), Magnus Erlingsson (Human Cleric played by Chris Harmon), and Ten-Penny Tacey (Halfling Rogue played by Shane Bradley). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The team entered the storehouse and encountered a lone denizen of Leng!  They were a bit shocked to see such a creature and engaged it in conversation.  It offered to take them to its master to discuss business.  It led them across the hallway where a moon-beast emerged!  It tried to get them to trade one or more of the party members to it for information.  When they refused, it attacked!

The moon-beast tried to dominate Magnus but failed.  However, it managed to dominate Ten-Penny.  The denizen and Ten-Penny flanked Alfbern and injured him severely.  Meanwhile, Denessia began smiting the moon-beast using her pistol and broke it on a misfire!  Koloth injured the denizen, and Kenwrec studied it and was able to slay it, but not before it was able to drain all of Magnus’ dexterity and cripple him!  The moon-beast tried to dominate Greta and failed.  Finally, Alfbern’s bear companion scored a critical hit and then pawed the moon-beast to death!

The group was unable to restore Magnus, so he was left paralyzed on the floor as they ransacked the room and corpses.  They found the denizen carried several rubies, and they noticed a figure trapped inside one!  Alfbern broke it open and released a strange creature named Zilvazaraat.  He claimed to be a merchant interested in magical items, and traded the team two scrolls of restoration for a magical flail they were carrying.  He then presented them with an obsidian raven and told them to use it to call him into safe areas to conduct further trade.