|Virtual Knights: With almost a dozen virtual game sessions under our belts, |
we're getting to be old hands at this Zoom lark!
Picking up from where we left off last time, the Tuesday Knights were camping out in a mountain-top temple on the southern border of Barovia, having returned from the "underworld" to find themselves stranded in a snowstorm.
We were hoping the weather would improve so we could continue our current quest on behalf of the witch Baba Lysaga.
Ragar The Wise and Humble (Kevin's dwarven cleric) was on guard duty, while the rest of us snoozed, when an old man appeared out of a door in a nearby giant statue.
Ragar got a bit flustered and told Heinrich we were looking for the "wine gem" (which we'd actually just retrieved from the deep elves) , which set off a whole tangent about Heinrich really wanting some wine.
The rest of us awoke and, as the conversation proceeded, we gathered that Heinrich (pictured left) was a kind of a guardian to the Amber Temple, as he called it, which was dedicated to "The Powers of The Land".
Thanks to Baba Lysaga's grisly eye, which is still in my character's (Syr Edvard's) head, I noticed that (a) as Heinrich turned away his hands were starting to move like a wizard's and (b) this 'old man' visage was illusory and he really resembled some kind of humanoid fox.
Naturally, I tackled him... and all Hell broke loose as I wrestled the old man to the ground (much to the initial dismay of the rest of the party).
Three terrifying-looking flaming skulls flew down from the high ceiling of the temple, and started to dive bomb us, as Heinrich began zapping me with lightning and causing my chainmail armour to heat up.
Pulling away from the magician, I drew my Blood Spear as behind me, K'Ao (Erica's elven ranger), Dolly (Clare's folk hero) and Rufus (Peter's halfling rogue) filled the air with arrows - some directed at Heinrich, but many at the flaming skulls.
K'Ao, in particular, was doing a good job of peppering the skulls - bringing down two of them in the end - which, for all their shocking appearance seemed ultimately impotent.
Heinrich jumped down to the ground and was suddenly flanked by three mirror images, which all blurred at great speed, making it difficult to target the real creature.
Luckily, I had my "witchy eye" and was able to clip the true Heinrich, as Dolly dispatched a couple of the fake Heinrichs.
Cursing the gods of fate (ie. the "dice gods" for my dreadful run of bad rolls, I 'retired' one d20 and brought in my new Joan of Arc d20... with immediate results), Syr Edvard's fortune suddenly changed dramatically and he struck Heinrich a mighty blow (CRITICAL HIT!) .
Looking the worse for wear, the fox creature/old man immediately tried to escape through another magical portal, opening himself up to a final strike from Syr Edvard.
This "attack of opportunity" impaled the fiend through the heart, killing him instantly (A SECOND CRITICAL HIT!).
Syr Edvard shook as the Blood Spear vampirically drained part of the creature's abyssal life force, transferring it to him.
And, as I'd hoped, only by killing this creature did my chainmail stop burning me!
The last remaining flaming skull dropped to the ground and Rufus swiftly made sure it was really dead.
Ragar looted Heinrich's corpse, while the rest of us went off to retrieve lost missiles. I'd flung my two javelins at Heinrich while he was atop the statue, for instance, and our archers were all running low on arrows and so needed to recover as many as they could.
Ragar took the wizard's rose-tinted spectacles and his patch-covered cloak, which shrank to fit the dwarf when he tried it on.
The patches were: a bag of money, an iron door, wooden ladder, riding horse, pit, rowboat, scroll, and dogs.
Ragar was convinced they were magical, but has yet to figure out how to safely activate them.
|Heinrich's true form|
To Be Continued...
The Tuesday Knights:
- DUNGEON MASTER - Simon
- K'ao - Erica
- Dolly Spartan - Clare
- Ragar The Wise & Humble - Kevin
- Rufus Longhole - Pete
- Syr Edvard of House Dobbin - Me