Interlude: Twelve Years Ago….

Year 32 of the New Calendar – The Southern Masaan Range   An old man, a woman, and a twelve-foot-tall stone giant follow a ridgeline high in the mountains amidst gale-force winds and biting snow.  She stumbles and nearly slips down the slope to her death, but is caught by the old man, who plants his staff in the snow and uses it as an anchor to pull them both back to the path.   “We can’t go on like this, girl, you’re leading us to our doom!” he shouts.   “Just a little farther, there’s shelter!” she responds.   “How can you possibly know that?!?!  No one has ever lived up here!”   She smiles and pats him on the cheek with frostbitten hands and continues trudging ahead.   Another hour passes, and the two human travellers are...

Khevoran 3 Session Notes: 18 March 2017

Khevoran 3 Session Notes: 18 March 2017

The campaign begins with a cutscene. Twenty years ago, around October of 1997, I began telling a story.     This is how it ends.   —   At the edge of the swamps north of Trinsic, there stood a dark tower.  Soldiers drilled in a small patch of land cleared between the tower and the bay and crossbowmen stood watch behind the parapets.  Inside, they drank, slept, laughed.  Did all the things that soldiers do.   There was a large room at the top of the tower, packed full of books, maps, and the occasional martial bauble.  There were two desks, a small one, at the back, where an old man sat translating an ancient and brittle scroll into a fresh book, and a large one in the middle of the room, facing the door, where a middle-aged man sat,...

Khevoran 2 Finale & Epilogue

Khevoran 2 Finale & Epilogue

It turns out that the leader of the Slayers, a fellow calling himself Rock, is a distant cousin of Gronk’s, and he spends quite a lot of time while traveling listening to the tales of the party.  That evening after dinner, he approaches Gronk.  During the conversation, Moriel finds a rock in the woods with “The Woman Is A Lie” carved into it.  Cutscene ensues. — [Rock very deliberately lays out two tin cups full of some thick brew, loads a pipe, lights it, and sets it down between the cups.  Pretty much Dwarven for “we need to talk”] Seems to me, you’ve been set up. Been talking to your mates – sounds like that dark goddess got her claws into one of the ancient ones, woke ‘im up, drove ‘im mad, made...

Khevoran 2 Session Notes: 25 September 2010

The party arrives at the cavernous city of Karak’Ven.  The people they come across seem both surprised and appalled to see the non-Dwarves and shocked to see Gronk, but they are very obviously in the cusp of an evacuation and most just continue on about their hurried ways.  It doesn’t take long before a band of the local constabulary arrived and, recognizing Gronk, ushered the party through the city to a small command center.  They were greeted by Dorn Heavyfoot, chief advisor to Prince Borin Ironfist, who was in Karak’Ven overseeing the evacuation.  He, like nearly every other Dwarf encountered, recognizes Gronk and seems delighted to see him, but remained aloof as decorum would demand until all of the Dwarves had left the...

Khevoran 2 Session Notes: 11 September 2010

Khevoran 2 Session Notes: 11 September 2010

The party returns to Leitus’ abandoned compound and gathers their things.  Gronk drains the mine completely and they recover the two pounds of warpstone from the containment chamber.  During a subsequent search of Leitus’ compound, the party comes across a small crate full of keys, perhaps a sign of Leitus’ growing madness.  They also discover a pit cell whose recent occupant had completely covered its walls with strange, meaningless phrases in his own blood.  One phrase stood out among the rest though: “The woman is a lie.” This phrase was repeated several times and with emphasis against the rest of the mad meanderings of the prisoner. The party returns to Everwatch and report in to Volkov – who reports that Mengst has...

Khevoran 2 Session Notes: 14 August 2010 – Chapter 3 Finale

Khevoran 2 Session Notes: 14 August 2010 – Chapter 3 Finale

The party takes care of miscellaneous business in Hillcrest until that evening, when Vlad and Poppy hold a funeral pyre for Warder Kev.  The next morning they depart for Leitus’ compound. When they arrive, they find the facility abandoned, ten Elven Etu’sauri are on the premises, they have been sent to punish Leitus for his crimes and are hunting for clues as to his whereabouts.  When Poppy inadvertently uncovers such a clue, indicating that Leitus may have fled into the Eastern Wastes, the Etu’sauri depart with the promise that if they find Leitus, they will return with any warpstone he may be carrying. The party quickly finds the flooded mine shaft which leads to the goblin cave, after a few attempts, Gronk swims into the murk and...

Khevoran 2 Session Notes: 31 July 2010

Khevoran 2 Session Notes: 31 July 2010

The party proceeds into the woods in search for the winged creature – several miles behind the lines they encounter it, a huge winged creature that appears to be a mythical dragon, it appeared to have tendrils of black mist encircling it which would occasionally contract, causing the beast to wince in discomfort.  Gronk confronted the dragon directly, and during the exchange the dragon intimated that it recognized Gronk, that he was “the one from Karak ap’ Karak”.  Eventually détente failed and the creature attacked the party.  A fairly intense battle ensued where most of the party was seriously injured by the beast’s flame.  (Two cutscenes occurred during the fight, both can be found below.)  Eventually, a crack shot by Alton and a charge by...