Reality is the playground of the unimaginative
Home Of Superheroes, the Supernatural, Swords, Sorcery, and Star Stuff

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

[HOW] Chapter Twenty-Four: In The Kingdom Of The Blind...


This week's games' session was run for only three members of the Tuesday Knights, and again worked very well. These weren't the 'combat monsters' of the group and so I'd expected a stealth mission, but it turns out that the "haste" spell, combined with Holly's keen fencing ability, turned her into a murderous version of The Flash.

The adventure was an adaptation of +Clint Krause's With Thine Eye Beheld, from the second issue of his great fanzine, Vacant Ritual Assembly, filtered through a Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Wrong Turn lens.


Salli - In Better Times
It was a dark and stormy night. The refugee caravan had crossed over into the Duchy of Kel as it continued east towards Bendwyn.

Picking up a few locals along the way, Cobblethwaite's Companions learned that the duchess, the elderly Lady Zadell, had recently died and now several families were feuding to take control of the theocracy.

This might have contributed to the absence of any military presence as the refugee train entered the duchy.

The caravan had pitched camp for the night and as the Companions were sitting round a fire, enjoying a basic supper, a bedraggled woman, battered and bruised, staggered into the camp, requesting their assistance.

She explained that her name was Salli, an acolyte from a local church, and that she and four of her friends had been ambushed while looking for rare flowers (to decorate their church, in memory of Lady Zadell).

They had been attacked by a pair of ugly wildmen, who'd dragged them through the woods to a hut by a small lake. Overlooking the lake was a carved cyclops head, water pouring from its one eye into the lake.

Salli told the adventurers that she had managed to slip her bonds while the rest of her friends were taken away - she knew not where - and she escaped.

Besides being able to direct the party back to the lake, the only useful information she could share was that the three or four people she had seen were all missing an eye!

Hunter
Harry, Holly, and Marigold agreed to lead a rescue mission, while Davian stayed guarding the caravan and Kirchin and Dirkin recuperated from their run-in with the ogres.

The trio made their way slowly through the woods, in the dark and the rain.

At one point, about an hour into their journey, Marigold stumbled over a plank upon which was crudely carved "KNGDOM OF TH BLND".

Some time after that, they came upon the clearing around the lake, which abutted a steep hillock, and the hut.

As they watched, they saw a hulking great man with a bow slung over his shoulder wander through the clearing, take a small coracal out of the trees near the lake, paddle behind the waterfall, and disappear.

They recognised him, from Salli's description, as one of the men who'd ambushed the church group.

Scrapegrace - the daughter
After spying on the hut for a while, and learning that there were two people in there, the three adventurers staged an ambush of their own: attacking an elderly crone and a ditzy teenage girl.

Harry, for the first time in a physical fight, quickly realised he wasn't cut out for this, and ducked past the crone into the hut.

There he found a crude altar surmounted by the decapitated head of one of the youngsters they were supposed to be rescuing. The poor boy had had one of his eyes removed.

Holly and Marigold eventually slew the women they were facing, hid the bodies in the hut and then retreated back to the treeline, to allow Marigold to recover the strength she had spent casting her magic.

While there, a spindly wildman, dragging an enormous axe (the other original ambusher) came back and was horrified to come upon the corpses of his mother and sister.

Truffle
Enraged he rushed out of the hut, swinging his mighty axe round his head.

From the trees, Marigold tried to 'zap' him with her wand of the marrow squid. Unfortunately it failed to work on Truffle, instead alerting him to our heroes' presence.

He charged, but Marigold was able to entangle him in magical webbing, allowing Holly to step in and stab him repeatedly with her fencing foil, even as he broke free.

With another of the one-eyed woodsfolk felled, the adventurers slipped back into the shadows and discussed their plans to get behind the waterfall and see what was there.

Poppa One-Eye
Having found a small pile of crude coracals at the lake's edge, Holly led Marigold and Harry as they paddled behind the waterfall, to find a small landing dock in the "mouth" of the carved head.

Before she could even land, though, out of the shadows of the tunnel complex within, Hunter opened fire, grazing the young scholar.

It was soon after this that Marigold cast a magical enchantment on Holly that accelerated her natural speed and turned her into a blur of a killing machine.

Charity - the mother
Even when they were confronted by the father of this inbred family, a hedge wizard named Poppa One-Eye, Holly's speed and deftness with her fencing blade (inspired, also, by Harry's trademark rousing songs), soon made short work of him - even if Marigold finished him off with a ranged magical punch.

The final member of the family, who'd been chasing Harry through the halls of this underground complex, was soon dispatched as well, then the adventurers' turned their thoughts back to rescue.

Unfortunately, before they got much further, Harry trod in a pool of acidic, sentient, slime that was eating away at his hairy hobbit foot before Marigold poured one of her vials of precious "joy juice" (from Jerol of Jirrey's haunted manse) over it, shocking the creature enough for Harry to pull free.

Previously, Harry had heard a faint voice calling out from a deep well, down which the party saw a small pile of bodies, one of which was missing a head.

Pham - in better times
Shouting down, the adventurers established communication with the lone survivor of the ambushed church group, a girl called Pham, who'd broken her leg when the crazed cultists threw her (and her fellows) down the well.

The adventurers convinced her to crawl to the bottom of the well (it opened into a large cave, which they - possibly wisely - opted not to investigate) and tie a rope round her they had lowered into the pit.

Holly, Harry, and Marigold pulled Pham up, loaded her onto one of the coracals, took her across the lake, then dragged the coracal back through the woods, with the wounded girl on top, eventually reuniting her with her friend, Salli, back at the refugee camp.

Dawn had broken and the two survivors, despite their wounds and the loss of their friends, were delighted to be alive.

CAST:
  • Harry (Simon)
  • Holly (Erica)
  • Marigold (Clare)

4 comments:

  1. That was epic twisted cool Tim! kudos on the creepiness! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for the kind words. We've had 'dark' adventures before, but I think this was probably the most 'twisted' ;-)

      Delete
  2. Wonderful adventure, retold so well!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. The adventure had just enough information to spark my imagination - and keep it ticking over - but not so much that I was bogged down in skimming through massive blocks of text or game statistics at the table.

      Delete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Tags

10th Doctor (192) 11th Doctor (213) 12 monkeys (3) 12th Doctor (77) 13th doctor (4) 1st Doctor (78) 2000AD (59) 2nd Doctor (62) 3rd Doctor (66) 4e (44) 4th Doctor (101) 50th birthday (10) 5e (27) 5th Doctor (62) 6th Doctor (56) 7th Doctor (65) 7th Voyage (5) 7TV (21) 8th Doctor (42) 9th Doctor (51) A41 (15) Aaron Allston (11) abney park (18) academy of heroes (10) Acrobatic Flea (46) action figure archive (10) action figures (130) Adam Buxton (9) Adam West (21) addams family (21) adventure time (13) agent 47 (4) Agent Carter (65) AHS (12) airship 27 (1) alcatraz (4) alec (48) alice (103) all out war (1) almost human (5) alphas (18) amazon streaming (29) American Gods (3) Amy Dallen (22) Ancient Aliens (27) anime (58) anniversary hop (35) ant (1) ant-man (46) Anya Taylor-Joy (4) Apama (4) aquaman (41) arduin (45) arrival (2) arrow (161) arrowstorm (38) artist appreciation (71) ask heropress (1) assassin's creed (1) AT-43 (21) atlantis (22) atticus institute (1) audio (228) auton (9) Avengers (260) Aviator (12) Axanar (8) Babylon 5 (21) babymetal (16) baking (8) band maid (4) banshee (14) Barack Obama (16) barney (40) bates motel (14) batgirl (13) bathroom watch (8) batman (448) Battlefield Evolution (8) Battlestar Galactica (82) Beacon Point (5) bedlam (7) beowulf (6) bettany (11) big hero 6 (6) biggles (1) Bill Willingham (11) birthday (58) black guardian (3) black hood (3) black lightning (5) black panther (23) black sails (33) blackest night (28) Blackmoor (18) blade runner (24) Blair Witch (26) Blake's 7 (21) blood drive (7) Bloodshot (6) BMG (9) boardgame (66) BoL (5) book (850) book of the month (61) borgias (7) boston legal (5) bottom of the pile (24) bournemouth (31) brave (8) breaking bad (9) bright (1) brothers barbarian (1) BtM (25) BTTF (5) BtW (13) Buck Rogers (17) buddy (1) buffy (214) buffy campaign notes (4) Bukowski (9) Bushido RPG (4) C and C (78) c and t (93) Caity Lotz (4) Call Of Cthulhu (113) calvin and hobbes (11) Caper (10) Captain America (287) captain britain (20) captain marvel (6) cara (2) carcosa (9) card game (20) carnacki (1) carnevale (1) Carnivàle (1) Caroline Munro (12) castle (15) cataracts (5) cathryn (4) cats (5) charity (2) Charlie's Angels (10) charmed (28) chin scratcher (27) China (88) chitty (1) Chris Hadfield (9) christmas (285) christmas village (2) Cidri (130) clangers (1) clare (227) Class (1) cloak and dagger (2) clone wars (48) clovenstone (16) cloverfield (9) clown (22) cody deal (3) CoE (12) Coggershall (15) colin (3) colliders (3) colour out of space (9) comic-con (3) comics (2041) community table (13) competition (48) computer (81) Conan (128) constantine (50) cool website (3525) copper (4) Cortex (10) cosplay (464) cosplay goddess (9) creepypasta (8) Crime Nation (1) crimson peak (6) critical role (3) crossbones (1) Cyberman (57) D and D (788) da vinci (24) dad's army (3) dalek (159) damage control (1) damien (4) Dan Abnett (10) dan dare (5) daredevil (119) dark matter (2) dark tower (11) Darkseid (17) darna (1) David Bowie (19) DC Fancast (4) DCC (3) de strange (1) deadlands (14) deadpool (26) Deathstalker (17) Deathstalker Week (6) decorating (83) defenders (28) defiance (20) dejah thoris (8) demons (12) desolation (2) devo (2) Dexter (19) Dick Garrison (7) Dickensian (15) dilbert (3) dining room watch (5) dinosaur (82) disney (149) doc savage (27) doctor steel (1) Doctor Who Skirmish (3) dollhouse (17) dolls house (29) dominion (3) doom patrol (13) Dorian Gray (14) Dr Horrible (19) Dr Strange (78) Dr Who (1120) DR WHO RPG (146) draconians (8) Dracula (55) dragon age (8) dragon warriors (2) dragonlance (14) Dresden Files (58) dune (2) dungeon bastard (67) dvd (1179) dvd of the week (387) e-space (4) EAP (5) eBay (141) Egypt (43) Elementals (6) elm street (41) Elric (38) Elvis (8) enormous (2) episode VII (58) episode VIII (6) equipment (2) ercia (3) erica (45) Erik Menard (9) eureka (7) eurovision (13) Evil Dead (47) EWDG (2) exorcist (32) Facebook (319) faction paradox (13) faith (10) FAL (1) falling skies (1) Fantastic Four (193) Fantazia (6) farscape (6) FCBD (28) FDTD (11) felicia day (21) FEMM (10) FFL (1) fiction (4) film (3495) film night (33) Firefly (74) firestorm (37) flash (296) Flash Gordon (39) flashback (867) fleamarket friday (604) fleapit (77) Flintloque (6) fmj (10) FoG (14) Formula De (26) foxy friday (5) France (33) Frankenstein (35) fringe (48) fu manchu (1) funky dice (18) funny (1199) GAFDOZ (37) GAH (1) gal gadot (22) galavant (1) game of thrones (321) gamesroom (125) garden watch (33) geek god (5) geek pin-up (141) Gen Con (47) generator (13) GFT (16) ghost (192) ghost in the shell (8) Ghost Rider (8) ghostbusters (69) Gillian Hills (3) glee (36) godzilla (20) googleplus (51) Gor (8) Gotham (58) Grant Morrison (46) green hornet (4) Green Inferno (17) green lantern (150) greywulf (9) grimm (19) grindhouse (10) growler (1) Guardians (158) Guardians RPG (9) gublin (18) guest post (13) gunther (2) hack slash (23) Hackmaster (31) halloween (170) hammer glamour week (8) hangman (1) Hannah Spearritt (8) hannibal (42) Harley Quinn (48) Harry Potter (54) harryhausen (48) Hattie Watson (7) Haunted Mansion (2) Hawk The Slayer (67) Hawkeye (47) Hawkgirl (15) hawkman (24) health (221) helix (8) hellboy (1) Hercules (28) hero kids (17) HeroClix (20) Heroes (62) HeroPress (681) Hertsmonceux Castle (9) Hever (13) HEX (115) HEX campaign notes (6) hey kids (4) HHGTTG (37) HIMYM (20) HMP (5) hobomancer (1) holiday (30) Hollyoaks (15) hollywood me (3) hook (3) hornets' nest (5) horror (1319) houdini & doyle (1) houserules (57) HOW (177) HOW spell (6) HOW treasure (4) howard the duck (12) hrumph (2) hulk (118) hunger games (12) Hunter S Thompson (6) ice warriors (12) ICONS (77) ID4 (15) IHMN (2) illuminati (4) ilyat (2) Immortal Iron Fist (42) immortals (1) indiana jones (68) infographic (21) ingrid pitt week (7) inhumans (57) InspiroBot (3) interview (41) into the odd (5) IRBKM (74) iron man (210) Ironclad (7) irrepressible (1) iTunes (40) izombie (9) Jack Herman (60) james bond (80) James Purefoy (8) Jane Seymour (5) Japan (163) Jason Statham (4) Jason Voorhees (24) jason xmas (11) Jeff Dee (82) jekyll and hyde (12) jeni (10) jericho (1) Jessica Alba (4) jessica jones (55) JLC (25) jody mills (8) joe gilgun (5) John Carrigan (5) john carter (56) john carter RPG (5) John Wick (3) Josh Trank (10) Josie and The Pussycats (4) Joss Whedon (67) JSA (9) Judge Dredd (57) Judges Guild (9) judoon (21) jumanji (3) jungle book (2) Jupiter Ascending (6) jupiter's moon (1) justice league (120) K9 (73) Kai (8) Karen Gillan (48) keira knightley (23) Ken Hulsey (9) kevin (114) Kevin Bacon (15) key to time (7) KFC (5) Kickstarter (373) killjoys (2) king kong (14) kitchen watch (17) Klingon (16) Knight City (112) knightfall (2) Knightmare (7) knights of badassdom (6) kom (11) KOTDT (58) Krampus (6) Kree (12) krod mandoon (6) krypton (3) labyrinth lord (51) Lady GaGa (7) larp (34) Lauren Cohan (4) Legends of Tomorrow (44) legion (2) LEGO (21) leverage (17) Life on Mars (13) light city (8) limitless (6) LoA (37) lodoss (9) Lois Lane (30) Lost (103) LotFP (33) LOTR (168) LoTS (23) lou (5) lounge watch (11) love and rockets (2) Lovecraft (304) LSH (57) lucy (5) luke cage (62) Lulu (42) mack bolan (6) mad max (26) Maelstrom (3) magazine (252) Maleficent (13) man in the high castle (1) mapamonday (103) Marama Corlett (8) Mars (116) Mars Attacks (15) Mars McCoy (1) marvel rpg (5) mary poppins (1) Matrix (25) matt (19) max neptune (12) megan fox (24) melin (1) meredith (95) merlin (193) Merlins Miscellany (15) MG (3) midale (12) mike the knight (1) Military Odyssey (8) mindprobe (9) miracleman (3) Misfits (26) miss peregrine (2) misty (2) MLP (3) mob city (1) Moby Dick (6) MoC (11) model train (28) model village (1) mojo (3) monkey (125) monster (634) monster mash (40) monty python (43) moorcock (38) mor (1) morgan (1) Most Wanted (2) mr robot (3) ms marvel (6) MSP (14) MtG (2) mummy (38) muppets (43) murdoch (8) murmurs (1) music (542) musical monday (251) musketeers (4) mutant future (6) Mutants and Masterminds (41) MV (7) My Chemical Romance (7) my first (8) my life and roleplaying (34) Mythica (38) narnia (11) nashville (12) natalie dormer (11) natalie portman (18) Necronomicon (21) nemesis (1) nemo (5) nerf (1) netflix (160) new spell (12) nick g (22) nick l (245) Night Blogger (7) nightwing (9) Ninjak (7) NOF (7) nosferatu (3) NPH (10) Oats Studio (5) Oculus (6) odd thomas (2) officer downe (1) Olivia Cooke (10) Olympics (21) olympus (3) Once Upon A Time (20) one ring rpg (10) opinion poll (47) orange is the new black (9) Orin Rakatha (4) orphans (1) orville (2) ouija (9) outcast (2) outcasts (16) OVC (19) oz (22) ozombie (7) pacific rim (22) paranoia rpg (1) parks and recreation (14) Pathfinder (23) Patreon (19) paul (110) pembury (17) Pendragon RPG (11) penny dreadful (28) peri (21) period slang (6) pete (282) Philip Reeve (111) philosophy (42) pick of the pods (27) picture parade (96) pirates (110) Playboy (32) PMF (4) podcast (179) poldark (6) polly (5) Poltergeist (7) PotA (68) power rangers (3) powerless (4) preacher (13) Pride and Prejudice (23) Primeval (45) primeval RPG (20) Prince Valiant (14) Prisoner (4) prometheus (9) Pulp (228) Punisher (56) pushing daisies (2) PVF (10) QB (9) quantum and woody (3) quatermass (23) Quentin Tarantino (28) rachel (739) railhead (8) reading list (15) real life (2363) rebels (46) Red Dwarf (11) red sonja (19) rendel (7) Resident Evil (9) retro comic (101) Richard Sharpe (10) riddick (4) riese (4) rip hunter (13) Ripper Street (11) riverdale (122) roan (1) Robin Hood (30) robocop (14) robotech (3) rochester (4) rocket age (11) rocket raccoon (64) roger corman (14) rogue one (14) roleplaying review (38) rom (6) round-up (57) RPG (2553) rpgaday (33) runaways (2) Runequest (11) Russia (79) s and s (1) s w (80) sabrina (21) salem (1) Salute To The 40s (8) sara jean underwood (7) satine phoenix (3) saturday morning matinee (391) savage worlds (100) SB (6) scooby-doo (29) scorpion king (5) Season 10 (5) Season 16 (6) Season 18 (6) Season 19 (6) Season 22 (5) Season 26 (4) serial thrillers (26) sevenoaks (14) seventh son (2) shadowrun (5) shakespeare (44) Shannara (3) shark (49) sharknado (36) shazam (34) Shedward (14) sheep (5) sherlock (41) shield (217) show me the mummy (7) Shyamalan (8) sick (12) sick week (9) sidcup (1) silurians (15) simon (103) sinbad (56) sinbad week (7) SixoftheBest (61) SJA (106) slaine (20) sleepy hollow (10) sls (11) smallville (78) smurf (6) snake plissken (2) snoopy (12) snow (42) snow white (16) sns (2) soap box (63) sontaran (29) space 1889 (109) space 1889 library (3) space 1999 (3) spam tasting (5) spartacus (82) Spawn (3) spellfury (34) spelljammer (6) Spider-Man (276) sponsored post (2) sport (76) Squadron UK (3) st trinians (2) stacks (1) stacktastic (6) staghind (5) staircase watch (1) Stan Lee (84) Star Trek (337) star wars (726) Stargate (53) statistics (90) steampunk (119) steve (136) Steve Costigan (1) STO (1) STP (3) stranger things (16) stroke survivor (27) strontium dog (2) sucker punch (7) suicide squad (49) Sunday Funny (383) sunday specials (16) sunflower (5) Supergirl (139) Supergirl Sunday (29) superhero 2044 (3) superman (458) Supernatural (365) superteam (159) survivors (15) swing (11) t and t (11) t-shirts (32) tales from the loop (3) tales from the vault (4) tales of the gold monkey (9) tarzan (26) TBBT (60) TCM (29) Teen Titans (58) tekralh (201) tekralh reborn (17) tekumel (29) Terminator (40) terra nova (3) TFT (43) Thanos (13) the 100 (4) The 4400 (14) The Asylum (65) The Atom (40) the cape (8) the following (33) the gifted (14) The Guild (11) the hobbit (76) the hoff (8) the librarians (9) The Lurking Fear (3) The Mist (6) the quest (3) the ray (2) the river (2) The Shadow (7) this defiant earth (1) this is england (3) Thomas Jane (5) Thor (210) thrilling locations (11) throwback thursday (66) Thunderbirds (7) thundercats (2) Tick (6) Tim Peake (2) timeless (1) tina guo (3) tintin (12) TMNT (16) tomorrow people (4) tomorrowland (2) Tonbridge (141) Toni Darling (4) top of the pile (185) Top Secret RPG (85) top shelf (11) Torchwood (137) torn from the headlines (193) trailer (2376) transformers (14) Traveller (43) treasure trove (38) Trial Of A Time Lord (5) trigan empire (1) trope tuesday (1) True Blood (43) True Detective (11) tuesday knights (439) tumblr (57) Tunbridge Wells (144) tv (3028) Twin Peaks (46) ubiquity (73) unisystem (46) Urban Exploring (8) urban knights (3) V (25) V and V (336) Valerian (14) valhalla (2) valiant (30) Valorie Curry (4) vampire (254) vampirella (20) van allen plexico (5) vandal savage (8) vault (1) venture bros (4) Venus (31) video (25) vikings (32) vixen (18) voltron (3) wales (6) warcraft (36) warehouse 13 (49) wargame (412) Watchmen (86) wayward pines (3) wedding (69) week in geek (111) week in TV (47) Weekly World News (30) weird wednesday (41) wentworth (6) werewolf (92) western (189) westworld (8) WGA (12) white canary (24) wii (6) wil wheaton (39) wild cards (11) wild dog (6) Wildthyme (14) william shatner (15) Winnie The Pooh (8) WoH (6) Wolverine (77) wonder girl (13) wonder woman (546) wonderland (34) World of Darkness (6) WRC (18) wrinkle in time (1) wuxia (47) www (365) wynonna earp (1) X-Files (57) x-men (183) x-o manowar (10) xena (40) yggdrasill (3) ZD (9) zelda (4) zenescope (19) zombie (434) zorcerer of zo (4) zorro (1) zot (1) zygon (17)