Monday, June 10, 2024

Stonehell: Trolls in the Mines

Session 237 was played on 12/03/23

Morgana, Magic User (Rob)
Borumar, ½ Orc Thief (Josh)
Blotto, Goblin Fighter (Lanse)
Koltic, Cleric 7 (NPC)
Aroon, Fighter 5 (NPC)
Jameth, Fighter 5 (NPC)
Lor’Koth, Dwarf 5 (NPC)
Nick, Fighter 7 (Me)

The party decides to check the mines under the hermitage. The rusted lift down into it was fixable, but loud as it clunked its way down through the worked stone into the mines. At the bottom rusty cart tracks lead off into darkness. Morgana uses her wizard eye to explore to the north, and sees some trolls lurking out of the party’s light, ready to pounce, but she tosses in a fireball. Amazingly, the one that survived begins to regenerate, even through the burns! Blotto and Borumar beat down the one that kept trying to stand up, and they notice the others are regenerating too. They begin to dismember the trolls, and then begin swapping parts. Morgana pokes and prods the bodies to see what will stop their regenerating. Not having much luck they bring the bodies back up to the hermitage and to the stasis chambers in the sewers, tossing in all the troll bits.

Gains:
Kills: 4 undine trolls
Losses:

Friday, June 7, 2024

Stonehell: Downtime in the Hermitage

Session 236 was played on 11/20/23

Morgana, Magic User (Rob)
Borumar, ½ Orc Thief (Josh)
Blotto, Goblin Fighter (Lanse)
Koltic, Cleric 7 (NPC)
Aroon, Fighter 5 (NPC)
Jameth, Fighter 5 (NPC)
Lor’Koth, Dwarf 5 (NPC)
Nick, Fighter 7 (Me)

Downtime in the Hermitage. Lor’Koth gives Morgana a room in the hermitage to use as her personal lab/teleport chamber. Lots of helping the dwarves get things cleaned up, dusted off, etc. to make it more livable, and less like something inhabited by nearly-undead shades.

Gains:
Kills:
Losses:

Monday, June 3, 2024

Stonehell: Crown Affairs

Session 235 was played on 11/12/23

Morgana, Magic User (Rob)
Borumar, ½ Orc Thief (Josh)
Blotto, Goblin Fighter (Lanse)
Koltic, Cleric 7 (NPC)
Aroon, Fighter 5 (NPC)
Jameth, Fighter 5 (NPC)
Lor’Koth, Dwarf 5 (NPC)
Nick, Fighter 7 (Me)

Returning to the manor, Blotto headed right for the rust monster pen, curious to know the abilities of the crown in relation to the beasts… but they wouldn’t go near him, and would attack when cornered. The rest of the party watched with trepidation. It was clear there was a struggle going on within Blotto’s mind, and he turned to Koltic, pleading in his eyes. Taking the opportunity, Koltic cast Remove Curse on the goblin, and Blotto pulled the crown from his brow. Morgana snatched it away, and shoved it in a bag, then put the bag in a box, and then put the box in a bigger box.

Dark whispers tickling Morgana’s mind, she took the well wrapped crown to Boris’ fortified cloister and asked him to seal it away. Meanwhile back at the manor, Karl and Lor’Koth discuss the future of the Hermitage, and they decide that they’ll work together as caretakers.

When Morgana returns the party agrees that they’ll tell their Vrylian patron that Deepeyes and the crown got away, but they’ll hunt him down.

Returning to Stonehell, they go directly to Rocky and ask their questions
What is the location of the portable teleportation device for Stonehll?
Hollow leg of a great stone table, high above the dungeon proper
What guards it?
Anonymity
From here, what is the direction of the stone table?
Up

They thank their stony friend and continue on to the teleporter, and down to level 5, and straight to the bar, updating him on things in the Hermitage, then to the minotaurs to pay them for their services.

Morgana lightning bolts a trio of spiders near the gate to the Hermitage, killing them, and then they head in to check on things since they left a few days ago.

Gains:
Kills: Spiders x3
Losses:

Saturday, June 1, 2024

May ‘24 In Review

I really want June to be a chill month, but it isn’t going to be, not with a work trip right in the middle of it, followed by a short vacation since I’m already out of town.

But before looking ahead to that, May was another busy month. The first half of the month was swamped by the audit at work, and then the second half was spent catching up on all the work that was put on the back burner by the audit. In non-work busyness no major house projects, but some more work on the lawn. The clover in the back yard is coming up beautifully, but the wildflowers I planted in the front didn’t come in as well as I’d hoped. I just reseeded it with more wildflower seeds and mixed in some clover in case the wildflowers fail me again.

I did take a day off for myself where I binge watched Star Trek Prodigy and made a forest worth of trees for the gaming table (more on that below).

Gaming
Got in a game of Necessary Evil. We managed to free and collect the supers that were trapped by the finheads, and destroyed a good chunk of the facility.
Our Stonehell/Rappan game, the party has FINALLY reached the temple that is our current mission, and made it into the oceanside caves. That only took a couple of months…
And finally I’m gearing up to run some D&D at the staff retreat again! I bought some more dice sets to give away, and need to start writing up some quick start characters.


Miniatures
Again, I didn’t finish the sc-ifi troopers this month. I did finish up almost all the minis from The Spiders of Emrith Kul (still need to do the halfling) and a rat swarm.
What I spent the majority of my hobby time on this month was my forest. 18 trees that as of the end of the month are all painted up, and now just need foliage. There’s going to be a long post about it soon-ish. 


Media
Star Trek Prodigy S1 rewatch
Resident Alien
Star Trek Discovery
Delicious in Dungeon
Letterkenny

Goals for June
Play scenario 3 for Hope Eternal (Realistically this is probably gonna be July, but who knows…)
Try to get at least 2 session reports written per week.
Wrap up some of the many projects on my hobby desk

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Miniatures: Chainmail Felldrakes

I've been wanting to paint more of my non-Reaper minis, and I have a good sized collection of old Chainmail minis kicking around. They're generally fun, if a little on the flat side. Not all of them were bought new, and I had in my collection these 3. The green one I painted sometime around 2001-2002. The tan one I have no memory of where it came from or who painted it. It wasn't me, I know that. The unpainted one was probably bought sometime around 2004-06 when I picked up a bunch of Chainmail minis on discount.

 

As I'd already painted a trio of drakes, I wanted these three to be visually consistent with them, so all three minis got primed, and then painted with Pine, Wilderness, and Naga Greens for the main bodies. I added in just a bit of Candlelight Yellow for the final highlights. I used Runic purple for the crests, and Skeleton Bone for the teeth, horns, claws and spikes.

The bases were covered with a mixed gravel that was based with brown liner, then brought up with Russet Brown and dry brushed with Cairn Stone.

And here they all are together!

Friday, May 17, 2024

Stonehell: Death of King Deepeyes

Session 234 was played on 11/5/23

Morgana, Magic User (Rob)
Borumar, ½ Orc Thief (Josh)
Blotto, Goblin Fighter (Lanse)
Koltic, Cleric 7 (NPC)
Aroon, Fighter 5 (NPC)
Jameth, Fighter 5 (NPC)
Lor’Koth, Dwarf 5 (NPC)
Nick, Fighter 7 (Me)

The party rested as well as they could, locked in a guardpost within the Hermitage, but they knew it was a temporary rest at best, though they got longer than they expected. A couple hours passed before the door to the hall rattled. There’s another pause, and then the Draugrdwergs began to break it down. Morgana made sure everyone was as far away from the door as possible, and then as soon as there was an opening large enough, she cast Ice Storm, slaying the 5 trying to bust the door down.

Unfortunately the spell was witnessed, a 6th Draugrdwerg was just up the hall beyond the spell’s reach. He ran, and a moment later a shadowy voice echoed down the hall taunting the party. This was followed by an ebony bolt of shadow that zapped down the hall, chilling Morgana, but not taking her down. In return she used her wand and tossed a fireball down the hall. The party charges in after the fireball, but more Draugrdwergs rush in from behind the party. Morgana Ice Storms the ones behind, freezing 2 and leaving the remaining 2 badly injured. Blotto finishes them off. Morgana uses a major illusion spell to make it look like the party has been slaughtered in the hall, and rushes up to join the fight against the Draugrdwerg King.

The fighters are going blade to hammer against the grey dwarves, but the king is making it difficult to make progress. Borumar, bowless, uses his scroll of Fireball. The King shoots Blotto, who takes it personally. Morgana uses the last of her Ice Storms to blast the King and remaining Draugrdwerg guards.

A grim silence settles on scene as the ashen skin of the dwarves fades, and their normal skin tones return… too late for these poor souls. Blotto, listening to the whispers from the crown, puts it on. Koltic tries to cast Remove Curse, but Blotto isn’t having any of it, and demands the cleric stop. Morgana tells Koltic to pause, and she begins the ritual to teleport home. A few moments into the ritual, a pair of shadow hounds charge into the room. Blotto shoots one with the crown, destroying it, while Kotic smashes the skull of other with his mace.

Gains: Gloom Crown, various coins and gems, magic hammers
Kills: Draugrdwergs, Shadow Hounds, King Olan Deepeyes
Losses:

Monday, May 13, 2024

Stonehell: Shadowflame in the Hermitage

Session 233 was played on 10/29/23

Morgana, Magic User (Rob)
Blotto, Goblin Fighter (Lanse)
Koltic, Cleric 7 (NPC)
Aroon, Fighter 5 (NPC)
Jameth, Fighter 5 (NPC)
Lor’Koth, Dwarf 5 (NPC)
Nick, Fighter 7 (Me)

After passing out some healing potions, bandaging wounds, and double checking their supplies, they emerged back into the hall, and continued on toward where they thought the King was. Passing a cistern, they come to a room with a locked portal in the floor. A series of ropes and gears controls a lift that would descend through the portal down to… the next level? The mechanism is rusty. They make note of it, and continue on.

Coming to a T-instersection, with the hall branching to the north, they start to head down the hall when a portcullis drops at the intersection, splitting the party in half! Aroon, Lor’Koth, Bloto, and Borumar are split to the north, while Nick, Morgana, and Koltic are to the south. Then a sliding door opens and a troop of Draugrdwergs and shadow hounds attack the party to the north. The shadow hounds’ breath attack is more powerful than the hellhounds previously encountered. Between the hounds and the 4 Draugrdwergs, the fight goes hard, and Aroon, Jameth, Blotto & Koltic (caught in the shadowflame of the 2 hounds through the portcullis) drop before the party manages to kill the attackers.

Potions are forced down the throats of the fallen, and Koltic is revived enough to use his magic staff to heal the rest. The party heads into the room the Draugrdwergs came from, to catch their breath (again) when another hidden sliding door opens from an adjacent room and more Draugrdwergs and a pair of clankers attack the weakened tired party. Luckily the party’s adrenaline was still pumping and they weren’t surprised, and Morgana got off an Ice Storm while all but took care of the Draugrdwergs. Blotto finished on off by getting his fishing polearm through the nose of one, and ripping out a chunk of brain. Borumar’s daggers are remarkably effective as getting in between the clankers joins, and breaking their inner workings.

Hurting worse than before, Morgana uses a scroll of Hold Portal on the door to the adjoining room, and the door to the hall is hammered closed with pitons. Everyone collapses down to rest.

Gains:
Kills: Draugrdwergs, Clankers, Shadow Hounds
Losses: