Monday, February 16, 2015

The Troll & Toad and Were-Pi-Rats - 5e WNW

Session 7 of the weird new world campaign was played on Friday 2/6

The party consisted of the following:
Verdt, 1/2 Elf Wizard 3 (John)
Nessendra, Wood Elf Cleric 3 (Erindale)
Kethra, Human Fighter 3 (Nikki)
Bach, Dragonborn Warlock 3 (Erik)
Riia, Human Ranger 3 (Hanna)
Guy Noir, ½ Elf Rogue 2 (Nadia)
Anya Bowen, Tiefling Ranger 2 (Allison)

Things in town were subdued, as everything basically shut down for the funeral of the children. The general opinion of the party was somewhat lowered in the eyes of the Sheriff, and so the party began to investigate a means to get to the pirate lair. Walking through the swamp was doable, but slow and gross. Getting a boat was doable, and Guy was strongly in favor of borrowing a boat to do just that. The fact that none of them knew how to pilot a riverboat was something of an obstacle that the rest of the group decided wasn't worth dealing with. Instead they hired a boat to take them to within a few miles of the lair, drop them off, and then come back and check on them in a couple of days. THe riverboat captain, Marty, wasn't really thrilled with the idea of taking them that close to the pirates, and demanded extra for the trip. Guy negotiated a reduction in that rate in exchange for his services during the trip.

The rest of the party tried to remain as far from the wheelhouse as possible during these services.

A couple of hours into the trip, as the party dozed on deck, the boat rocked violently, and a large green-skinned female humanoid lept onto the side of the boat, reaching over to grab at Verdt. She missed, and the party lept into action, hacking at the creatures rubbery skin, They were dismayed to see her wounds knit together during the fight. Once Verdt got out of the creatures reach, his flamebolt spell proved immensely useful. But while everyone was distracted, Nessendra found her midsection wrapped on a great purple tongue, while she was pulled toward the opposite side of the boat by a giant toad. Freeing herself from the tongue with a great flexing of her arms, she then smashed the creature with a sacred flame, knocking it back into the water. With the toad driven off, the party finished hacking the troll apart. Verdt then spent minutes making sure every bit of flesh was scorched before kicking the chunks of burnt troll off the deck.

Toward sunset, the party made landfall, and began setting up camp to rest for the night. Riia, Guy, and Anya scouted toward the pirate lair, trudging through the muck of the swamp. Just beyond the lair, they stumbled across two pirates on patrol outside of the lair. Unseen, they decided to take them out. Anya and Riia  readied their bows, while Guy snuck in close. The two arrows sent the one pirate stumbling, badly injured. Guy's sword went right through the other's guts. However, rather than reacting with the agonized gurgling he was expecting, the pirate looked over his shoulder at him and sneered. Then he began to transform into his hybrid form, and bit Guy.

Lacking silver or magic, Riia and Anya still charged in, and hacked ineffectively at the ratman. Quickly realizing the futility of that strategy, they switched tactics, and instead piled on top of him, and held his face in the mud until the struggling ended. During the fight, everyone ended up wounded, but in the chaos of it all, was anyone else bit? And just how infectious is lycanthropy?

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