Friday, June 18, 2021

Rappan Athuk: Spiders and Wolves

 Session played on 5/23

Nick the Pike, Fighter 6 (Me)
Borumar, Thief 9 (Josh)
Lada the Thief (Robby)
Gimbal, Magic User 1 (Scott)
Darryl, Cleric (NPC)
Biffin, Fighter (NPC)
Cassandra, Sellsword

“The Emissary?” Nick yells after the kobold who spilled the beans. Trying to catch him was a fools errand, so Nick cornered one of the other high ranking kobolds and demanded answers.

Meanwhile Borumar was getting shitfaced on ogre and spider flesh and kobold moonshine.

The kobold tells Nick that the ogre had promised to take care of a minor spider problem for a local druid named Druzilla, and that they were expecting her emissary to arrive in the morning… “You helped with the ogre, won’t you help with this? At least talk to the Emessary for us?” he pleads.

“I’m too drunk for this… Fine, yes, I’ll talk to them for you.”

Late the next morning the kobolds had put together something of a conference table and a few chairs in the clearing outside the lair. Padding into the clearing came a pack of big wolves, lead by a massive black wolf.

“Who are you?” it growled.

“We’re here to speak for the kobolds.”

“Where’s Vog?”

“There’s been a change in management. Vog is dead.”

“Vog lied, and these kobolds bear the responsibility. The world is out of balance.”

“How can they restore balance?”

“The spiders. They multiply and spread. They must be dealt with before they overwhelm the land.”

Nick gives the kobolds cowering behind him a dirty look. “This isn’t something we’ll be able to do in the next week… we’ll need some time.”

“4 moons.”

“That… that should work.”

“You accept the responsibility?”

“We do.”

The wolf barks, and a pair of wolves drag  a barrel into the clearing. 4 other wolves drag the bodies of 4 spiders. “Their venom acts quickly, but not instantly. You have 4 moons.” The wolves quickly depart.

Checking the sealed barrel they find a scared little girl who had been part of a caravan that was attacked by spiders. Her older brother sealed her in when the spiders attacked to try to save her.

Conscripting a dozen kobolds to carry the spiders, the party heads back to Zelkor’s Ferry. The spiders are dropped off with Edrick to make antivenom. The girl is dropped off with someone who knew her family. The kobolds aren’t exactly welcome, but gold goes a long way toward making someone acceptable.

Gains: Quest: Kill the spider colony

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