2017-06-26

Decaying Lands 10: Return to Hommlet


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PCs Present & Played:

Barthelm Schade, Specialist 4 (James)
Caleb, Fighter 1 [farmer kit]
  Suzie, a stubborn but loyal mule
Claus Drexol, Magic-User 3 (Vegas)
Jewel, Really Good Dog 1 (Rudy)
Tenkos, Cleric 1 [plague doctor kit]
Viggo Marklund, Specialist 1 [bounty hunter kit]



First, to address the elephant in the room: Hommlet. This game / campaign has nothing to do with the Temple of Elemental Evil. I needed a name for a town for the very first (originally one-shot) session at the first IntroCONso and that's what jumped out of my brain. Now nine sessions later it's too late. I'd say it's about on par with when I asked Vegas to name the university city and he just named it "University City" in German ("Universit├Ątsstadt"). At least we'll never forget what's important about it.



The last session ended with the party holed up in bottom of Captain Skovgaard's ship heading back to the port city of Letath, their entry back onto the continent from the Wandering Isles. During the downtime, Viggo once again began inquiring about Heidi, deceased former party member. The bounty hunter pressed Claus for more information about the woman because he's hunting her father, Einrich Fassbinder.

Claus and Heidi's players did a bunch of work for me, coming up with some relevant details. Turns out that Claus knew that she had three brothers and reminisced very fondly of her time with them and her father during her childhood. He did recall that she brushed off any talk of recent events and hadn't seen her family for a long time.

Claus didn't tell Viggo any of this though! Nope!

"You don't know anything about her? Nothing? No letters or journals or missives from her family?"
"Heidi? Oh, I don't even think she could read! Maybe? She was pretty good with a spear, at least."

As far as Viggo knows, Claus apparently picked up Heidi for protection when he was passing through the capital city of the kingdom, never getting very close to her. Oh, the seat of the kingdom's name? Didn't pick one yet... Hey Vegas, you want to come up with something?

"Teutonitopia!"

Note to self: Vegas' naming privileges are revoked
Well I guess we won't forget the name now.

Claus (or maybe Barthelm, he's kind of a bastard) asked about how much the bounty on Heidi's father is. The only answer that Viggo gave was that "if I ever find him it'll be my last bounty before retirement."

Sidebar: This just means we don't really know because we have to figure out how much money Viggo would need in order to retire. Huh.

Around this time the party remembered that hey, some people really hate them in the port city of Letath! Specifically, the crew of the first ship they chartered into the Wandering Isles, the Purple Marigold. Their captain was taken, screaming, by the wizards on the island of Wilhelm the Wily AND the party never paid the second half of the agreed upon fee. Claus, wearing a magenta cloak and pants, suggests that they wear disguises, do their business, and then make haste. They just needed to figure out a suitable disguise from what Captain Skovgaard had on her boat. Barthelm scrounged a top hat and Claus...

No one could figure out why Captain Skovgaard had this.
Unfortunately despite this brilliant disguises they were immediately recognized by the very same dockmeister that they spoke to prior to leaving while trying to find a suitable captain. Barthelm immediately shushed the man and passed him a pouch with 30 sp in it ("the universal traitor fee") and the man "forgot" ever seeing them. He did comment that Claus' disguise was terrible, however.

At this point the players, being in a town and all together for the first time since the beginning of the campaign, decided it was time to go shopping. They especially wanted to get some armor for Caleb, their new hulking warrior farmer, and Jewel, their cuddly wuddly little murder-dog. They didn't know that last part yet, but soon. We rolled some dice and figured it would take a week for someone to fit some leather armor for Jewel and about the same to fit a suit of plate for Caleb. Someone also wisely mentioned that they should get a carrying strap built into Jewel's armor so that they could more easily haul her up ladders and cliffs and whatnot. Because dog.

They found a not-to-nice not-too-crap inn to stay in and got to waiting. Caleb shared in confidence that he really joined up with them because he's hoping to find a powerful wizard that can bring his boy back to life. Non academic magic is heresy, scandal! Viggo visited an information broker that he's known for a while to drop off some payment and see if they had any extra information on his bounty, Einrich. Tenkos popped out during one day to find the local postmaster and sent some letters. While there, he noticed a sketch of a wanted man that looked very suspiciously like Barthelm. The poster said that "Hans Grubermeyer" was wanted for attempted murder and that there was a 400 sp reward for capture.

During this time, they collected some rumors, I rolled for random encounters. They didn't even ask about rumors but this is the first time that they've actually slept in a place with other people to gather them and I'll be damned if that rumor table is going to waste. Even the dog got to roll for rumors, which were going to be secret until we said that was too complicated.

Sidebar: This was when I started to realize just how much extra complication having a Really Good Dog in the game was going to potentially add, especially with someone as on point as Rudy. First thing he had Jewel do when they got to town was strike up conversations with some strays to get the local news. I was caught off guard and realized that I probably need a parallel Canine rumor table. This is hard.

Anyway, here's what they heard, dog included:

- The Princes of Ghallia have been secretly plotting a return to war with King Heinrich IV.
- To kill a dwarf you have to cut off their beard. Even the women!
- Lots of wizards had to leave tons of valuable magic and knowledge behind after the end of the war.
- Some of the Ghallish princes created the plague as part of a deal with the king of Teutonia to sell out their country for riches and influence.
- The King got the Church to decry most magics as blasphemy so that none would challenge him after the War.
- The plague spread so quickly through Iberika and Ghallia-That-Fell that hardly anyone made it out. Whole towns of rotten bodies and tons of valuables are waiting for enterprising individuals.

On the fifth night in the inn some travelers showed up claiming to have a specially trained lizard from the far south. They had collected quite a crowd of onlookers as they ran the creature through a variety of tricks with coins. It seemed like they were doing this to attract a buyer but those hopes seemed dashed when Jewel got jealous of the attention and started to perform the tricks better than the lizard was, even jumping up on the table and swatting at it. Everybody love a furry smart cutesy dog so the pair trying to sell the lizard lost their audience and the night continued.

Sidebar: This was my a dragon on the encounter table. You should go read Beloch Shrike's excellent post on building encounter tables. On this night I rolled a dragon and needed to figure out something that would fit in with that. Tricksy lizard that has an affinity for gold? Seemed like a good fit. Did that thing actually have any special powers? Guess they'll never know.

The week passed without obvious incident, although a fair bit of time was spent in real life shopping and calculating and figuring. When your players are discussing wagons and horses and food and encumbrance and one of them says "It's the getting-to-space problem!" you know that there might need to be some tweaks made. I want encumbrance and movement rate to matter but I don't want them to need a logistics specialist just to go from place to place. It's in the hopper for a closer look.

During the trip south to Hommlet they heard some really ominous wolf howls at night. This put the party on edge, especially the three that had been to Bottenburg, until Jewel listened in on the conversation. That's right, party member that speaks Canine! Jewel realized that the wolves were just doing normal wolfy stuff, nothing sinister, and calmed down. When she relaxed, everyone else did too.

The last night before reaching their destination, the last watch of the night, Caleb heard something outside the edge of his firelight. He didn't have much time to warn his party before four yelling figured charged out of the darkness and four more started peppering him with arrows. Two of the four charging in, however, ran straight into the party's bear traps! Because yes, they always setup bear traps when they camp for the night. At this point, they almost have enough bear traps for everyone to carry one.

Caleb's new plate mail deflected almost all of the blows but a hit from one of them charging nearly killed him outright, dropping him to zero. There's a lot of missing going around everywhere on both sides of the battle until Claus steps up and fires his pink lance magic missiles into Bernhardt, popping his head like an overripe pimple. Bernhardt was the first mate of the Purple Marigold and the rest of their assailants were crewmembers. However, with their new boss dead the rest of the crew tried to flee. The four archers got away with only a few nips from Jewel but the two surviving melee combatants were not so lucky.

Sidebar: I did the morale check backward, only one of the assailants should have failed. Will get it right next time, probably. This ended up pretty sweet.

The party didn't waste much time interrogating their prisoners before Barthelm callously murdered them. Claus got busy smashing up Bernhardt's head so that it looked like a mace killed him rather than anything magical. They cleaned up a bit and quickly left the scene, started the day's before the dawn had even fully come.

Sidebar: I used the treasure tables from Low Fantasy Gaming again to roll the carry loot for this crew. Wasn't going to give them anything special but then I ended up with a "curio" result again. They found a pouch of cold iron caltrops. The party is getting rich with random trinkets.

As they approached Hommlet Polde began to get more and more excited. When they finally arrived, he ran up to his home, shouting for his wife and child to come out. Instead the town blacksmith opened the door, shocked, and said "What the fuck are you doing here?!"



Addendum: This is that first interaction in Letath between Jewel and the local strays. It's technically got things the other players wouldn't know in it. I don't care about meta knowledge, my players seem to, so y'all don't read this, okay?

The important part of this conversation is that Rudy is killing it and I seriously need to step up my game.

add what you want there
(From Rudy): jewel would like to strike up a conversation with a local stray and learn of any possible canine local events or figures of note
(To Rudy): yes!
(To Rudy): i just realized i need a doggy rumor table
(From Rudy): her natural tone is high class and she cannot turn it off
(From Rudy): like nobleman style "hello peasant"
(To Rudy): they talk a lot about extra rats
(To Rudy): and that time that they spilled a lot of meat at the docks and everyone ate till they barfed
(From Rudy): jewel is unimpressed by this
(To Rudy): they are kind of annoyed with your tone
(To Rudy): but like your butt
(From Rudy): jewel asks if the rats have been appearing in mass from a specific point
(To Rudy): just rats, sometimes more rats sometimes less
(To Rudy): more rats is more cats to chase!
(To Rudy): a bunch of them want to make sex with you
(From Rudy): yeah that's not happening with these plebs
(From Rudy): growl growl growl!!!
(To Rudy): the chuch kicks any of us that come around
(To Rudy): but some of the guards are nice


2017-06-20

Decaying Lands 09: Return to the Wandering Isles

PCs Present & Played:

Barthelm Schade, Specialist 4 (James)
Caleb, Fighter 1 [farmer kit]
  Suzie, a stubborn but loyal mule
Claus Drexol, Magic-User 3 (Vegas)
Jewel, Really Good Dog 1 (Rudy)
Tenkos, Cleric 1 [plague doctor kit]
Viggo Marklund, Specialist 1 [bounty hunter kit]

This summary will contain some major SPOILERS for the The Trail of Stone and Sorrow if you're paying attention. Maybe giving a warning makes the spoiler stand out more, but I'd rather link to a great adventure than not.



The ratman Brian that helped Claus and Barthelm deal with the feathered swine fled west as soon as they were out of the cave, leaving the two friends to carry the gravely injured and useless wizard Felix Longworm back towards their seaside rendezvous. Luckily for them, they met up with Caleb, Tenkos, and Viggo who were on their way west from Bottenburg. And Jewel the dog! She's so fluffy! Dirty, but fluffy. Everyone decides to be friends because it's expedient for the ref and the new folks help Barthelm and Claus get Felix to Captain Skovgaard's ship in time.

Captain Skovgaard's job is to bring Claus, Barthelm, and their haul from the feathered swine back to the island of Wilhelm the Wily. They were also tasked with removing a gate key ring from the intestines of Brian the ratman. Barthelm lies and says that Brian died first because he was a useles rat thing guy. Skovgaard was skeptical that Brian died so easily but since they did have the ring she didn't press it. She did question bringing Suzie the donkey ("Mule!") on board. Caleb's immediate angry response provoked little more than a shrug from the captain and a request that Caleb take care of the poop.

Sidebar: The players of Barthelm, Claus, Heidi (dead) / Viggo, and Helga (dead) / Tenkos have been playing for this the entirety of the campaign so far. They started off with a one-shot of The Trail of Stone and Sorrow and decided, against all odds, to be heroes in a Lamentations of the Flame Princess game and save Polde the farmer. They've spent the whole campaign up to this point trying to track down the wizard Wilhelm the Wily because of a vague notion that he can help them.

Wilhelm the Wily lives in the Wandering Islands so it takes several weeks of game time to successfully arrive. During the downtime, I get to sit back as ref and let the players do some planning and learning about each other. It's magical. Of note:

- The bounty that Viggo is looking for Einrich Fassbinder, the father of the recently deceased Heidi! (and the player's former character). The party gave the details of her death and the fact that she had three brothers, cementing Viggo's choice to join up.
- Friendly farmer Caleb found that their new dog jJewel has a really fancy collar with some Cronov (pretend Russian) written on it that says "Jewel - ALPHA" and an old noble family's coat of arms. Claus, as played by the rest of the party since his player was late, discovered that Jewel is incredibly smart (for a dog) and delighted in testing her abilities, understanding, and generally fawned over her fancy collar and how great she is.
- Tenkos is a plague doctor from a neighboring country that was nearly annihilated by some kind of super plague. What's he doing in Teutonia (pretend Germany)? Don't know but he keeps a vial of blood that he says has the plague in it.
- Felix Longworm has recovered from near death but is now crapping his pants that Helmutt, one of the inhabitants of Wilhelm's island, will be pissed that Felix didn't recover his loaned spellbook from the cave the feathered swine was brooding in.
- Barthelm explained what happened with the feathered swine.

Barthelm also explained about the island: there's a formidable keep populated by a ton of burly folk who don't talk and seem to serve Wilhelm the Wily. They never met anyone named Wilhelm but there were three people they actually talked to: Lars ("call me Larry!"), William ("please don't call me Billy..."), and Helmutt.  Lars seemed to be the one calling the shots despite being friendly, deranged, and unstable. Their plan was to give the gate key ring to Caleb while the rest of the party delivered the spoils from the feathered swine and hope that Lars and company upheld their end of the bargain and helped Polde.

As a last minute addendum right in the nick of time, Barthelm tells Jewel not to exhibit any special smart dog stuff around Felix or especially anyone on Wilhelm the Wily's island.

Sidebar: I was equally disappointed and pleased that they thought of this. It probably would have been catastrophic but it definitely would have been interesting. I love when players do smart things though, so maybe pleased wins out.

The arrival at the island and entry into the keep was tense. As soon as the ship had docked some of the Voiceless servants came and aggressively removed Felix, taking him into the keep. He struggled, and the party could hear his screams and protests, but they chose not to intervene. Lars welcomed them into the entry floor of the central tower. They enter into a large mess hall with William sulking at a table but Helmutt nowhere to be seen. Lars was immediately taken with Jewel and motioned for her to come over. Playing up her "normal dog" angle she instead vomited up some hay on the floor. At this point Helmutt entered from a stairwell but was crawling around on all fours, panting with his tongue lolling out of the side of his mouth.

Sidebar: Polde is a farmer. His dog ended up in his body, turned to stone. Polde ended up in the body of a creature that turns you to stone and swaps souls with you if you make eye contact. Helmutt forced eye contact when the party was here last, to bring beast-Polde to Wilhelm the Wily.

At this point Rudy (Jewel's player) threw me a curveball. Really Good Dogs can speak canine, so Rudy has Jewel ask this man-dog Helmutt all sorts of good stuff. She revealed some of her story and learned (at a minimum) how to get a good belly rub.  I try to roll with things but I had not expected this angle at all and probably did not handle it well. I had been curious to see how a Really Good Dog worked out in play and this was the first time I got an inkling of some of the extra challenges. It is awesome and I love it.

Barthelm interrupted the doggy banter by handing over the bag of worm cysts from the feathered swine and demanding to know where Polde was. Claus was more nakedly curious about how Lars & co. got the dog into the body of Helmutt when the last time they saw Helmutt he was a statue. The rest of the party seemed on edge and confused, probably realizing that they were in a very dangerous situation.

Lars was overjoyed when he inspected the bag of awful worms and jokingly fake tossed one to Jewel to play catch. This is what I used to help describe the worms:

worm heart thing from The Strain
At this point Polde came down the stairs from above and ran over to embrace Barthelm and Claus, crying tears of joy. Lars and William had not only returned him to his proper body but they had been quite hospitable to him, especially after Polde helped Lars to train the man-dog Helmutt. Claus wasn't as concerned with Polde as he was with concerned with a need to understand the magical process that got Polde back to normal, which Lars explained with some handwaves about how easy it was. Maybe Claus would stay on the island to learn? Maybe everyone should stay for dinner!

Sidebar: Claus' player only showed up around now, but Claus had done plenty in the session before now. Vegas has done such a good job of giving Claus personality and motivations that everyone else was able to call out very "Claus-y" things for the magic-user to do.

Barthelm seemed like he wanted to get back on the boat as quickly as possible but Viggo interjected that they would love to stay. Afterwards the rationale was that they definitely not piss off such obviously powerful wizards by refusing their invitation. Dinner seemed normal until one of the Voiceless started choking and coughing before falling backwards off their bench. Lars jumped up with glee and ran over, calling out to the party to come and see. His experiment with one of the worm cysts was even more effective than he had imagined and he cavorted at how quickly the worms spread when ingested directly.

The party's night in the barn was not a restful one.

Session ended with everyone (including Polde!) back on Captain Skovgaard's ship to cross the sea back to the mainland and finally get Polde home.

2017-06-05

Decaying Lands 08: Heartless Intro Session

PCs Present & Played:

Caleb, Fighter 1 [farmer kit]
  Suzie, a stubborn but loyal mule
Tenkos, Cleric 1 [plague doctor kit]
Viggo Marklund, Specialist 1 [bounty hunter kit]

NPCs Encountered:


Farric Grosskopf, tracker
Frau Wetzel, nominal mayor of Bottenburg
Herr Grosskopf, father of Farric
Iris Kenefels, guide retired from lameness
Otto Ringesstadt, husband of Rute
Rich merchants
Rute Ringesstadt, leader of hunting party



This session is a bit of an interlude. Heidi and Helga's players both needed to roll up new characters and Caleb's player was new not only to the group but to RPGs in general so I wanted something smaller. There is one more player to add but they unfortunately couldn't make it that night.

These considerations unfortunately meant that whatever happened this session needed to be resolved by the end of the night so that these folks could meet up with the two survivors from the previous session. Because of that I felt like I had to push the players more than I normally would (i.e. almost never) and they didn't end up with enough time to fully explore all they would have liked. We did however end up with some really solid moments​ and one more player in the fold after after a great session so I shouldn't complain too much. I just felt dirty.

This play report will contain SPOILERS for Gift of the Silent God from S J Grodzicki's $1 Adventure Frameworks.



We started with some introductions and descriptions of the party and players to each other. My general rule is that the players can do whatever and go wherever they want. My one exception is that when we have new PCs is that they get integrated with a minimum of farting about with "but can we trust them?!" type business. They all decided that they were traveling together for safety because of the general lawlessness east of the Dwarfgrave Mountains. Good enough for me, lesgo.

Their first clue that something was wrong as they traveled west was a plume of heavy smoke rising above the village they were approaching, Bottenburg. As they approached, they saw a crowd of people in what amounted to the village square clustered around two large pyres. Caleb got closer and saw that the bodies were already quite rotten and bloated. The decomposition made him realize that the two had been left out for the evil to bubble out of their flesh and then burned to try to remove any last traces of bad luck that befell them. Despite the rot, he could see where claws and teeth had ripped up the bodies but the most striking wound was a huge hole in their chests, ribs burst open.

Meanwhile Tenkos and Viggo were off on the fringe of the crowd chatting with a grumpy man and his young son. Grosskopf was complaining about the superstitious townfolk and how they should be focusing on the missing hunting party. Apparently the town had been suffering from the depredations of a pack of deadly wolves for more than a month. An attack two weeks ago prompted the dispatch of a dozen of the town's best hunters and trappers to go out and deal with the threat but they should have been back by now. Grosskopf's son Farric was one of the main trackers to go out and he is anxious to find out what happened.

During the conversation we got something of a measure of the two adventurers. They both are hardened and seem to have "seen some shit;" this is in sharp contrast to their companion Caleb, a near giant of a man with natural strength venturing away from his farm for the first time. Grosskopf latched onto the capable presentation of Tenkos and Viggo, especially the plague doctor mask dangling from Tenkos' shoulder, and corralled them over to talk to Frau Wetzel, closest thing to a mayor the village has.

Frau Wetzel was engaged in a heated argument with two well-dressed merchants. The merchants had lost some of their own people along the roads near the village in the past few months and they were threatening to find an alternate route if Wetzel didn't take care of things. Wetzel latches onto the presence of three capable men and donkey~

"Her name is Suzie! And she's a mule, have some respect!"

Right, Caleb is quite protective of his companion. Anyway, the party manages to negotiate 100sp from the merchants to clear up whatever is plaguing Bottenburg and Frau Wetzel throws in some supplies and eternal gratitude if they can succeed. This translated into food and one "survivaly" item for each of the players. Tenkos and Viggo's players, having played in a variety of my games, immediately suggest two bear traps. They rounded out their gear with some snares and bait.

Frau Wetzezl suggested that they talk to the various family members to get some information. They started with Otto Ringesstadt, husband of Rute Ringesstadt, the leader of the expedition to kill the wolves. Otto was a mess. He seemed already like a sunken man, no confidence, and now that his wife was missing he was even more withdrawn. He sighed a lot and seemed to barely keep it together. He told the party about how broken his was had been after their children got picked for a culling during an extraordinarily brutal winter some years ago. Rute seemed to barely be hanging onto life until just the past few months when she found a new drive and passion for life again. When the wolf attacks got to be even more consistent she became determined to find and kill the creatures that had been preying on traveler and townsfolk alike and swiftly volunteered to lead the hunt.

Sidebar: Shout out to cecil howe for inspiring this bit with Let Us Not Die In The Dark Night Of This Cold Winter. I guess I laid it out pretty stark, with more detail than above, and now my players think I'm even more messed up than they already did. Which I guess is a bit, by now? That value isn't going to go down ever, I don't think.

The players asked whatever other questions they wanted of the various family members at large in the interest of time and went off into the woods in the general direction of the abandoned lodge that the expedition was to use as the base for their hunt. The took with them Iris Kenefels, a sister to one of the missing, as a guide to help them get there easily.

Ran with altered encounter tables from the adventure framework because of the less fantastic nature of the world that the players are running around in. Their first or second night Caleb heard something skulking off in the distance but it never came closer and they didn't investigate. The party did listen for wolf pack sounds but didn't notice anything out of the ordinary.

When they had nearly reached the farmhouse they found Arran, one of the missing townsfolk. He was frantic, trying to convince them to leave "or else the wolves will get you!" Arran claimed that the wolves had them penned into the walled farmhouse compound and that he had only ventured out because their food supplies were running low. The party remained unconvinced based on how insistent he was on them leaving and the fact that if the group could make it back to the town why couldn't the hunting party? After some pressuring he agreed to take them back with him to the farmhouse.

At the farmhouse it was plain to see that Arran was lying and Rute scolded him for doing so. Six of the original twelve members of the expedition were holed up in the small compound. Rute explained that they tracked the wolves to a cave but then they came out of nowhere in complete silence and started ripping people apart (think raptor scene with Muldoon from Jurassic Park). She blamed Farric, the son of the guy they originally talked to in town, for pushing down their guide Iris' sister and leaving her for the wolves while making his escape. Rute said that none of them could bear to return to town before finding Farric and getting revenge for his cowardice.

Caleb refused to leave his Suzie outside so he decided to sleep in the decaying barn with her and Iris. Iris and the mule had become close during the trip on account of Suzie carrying the lame tracker for the duration. Viggo and Tenkos opted for somewhat nicer accommodations in the farmhouse with the rest of the survivors. Of course, being paranoid adventurers (for good reason), the crew setup one bear trap in front of each building's door.

I lean on the dice a lot to help keep things surprising for everyone and this session was no exception. Farric's chance to show up popped during the middle of the night and everyone was awoken by the sounds of his frenzied screams as the bear trap near the barn door snapped shut around his leg. Rute led the rush out of the farmhouse and Caleb quickly jumped out next to the trapped trapper. Rute was howling about killing Farric but he countered that Rute and the other five had murdered everyone and ripped their hearts out. The only thing preventing Rute from killing him was Caleb's gigantic frame interposed between the two. Rute approached but Caleb popped her in the face and she lost it, screaming "Enough, kill the infidels!"

Caleb's hit rolls kept coming up crap but his damage rolls were monstrous; twice over the farmer could have finished off the crazed leader of their attackers. Tenkos likewise could have killed all five of the other attackers with a fancy firebomb but rolled a 1 on damage. Viggo got in and was doing some work but they weren't connecting enough with Rute or the rest of the attackers. Iris jumped into the fray too but again, only did 1 damage. Before too long Tenkos went down and things were looking pretty grim.

Sidebar: Before starting the session, I made an outline with all the names and people that I was going to need for the original twelve person hunting party. When we started the session with three PCs instead of four I thought that I had better cut down on some of the enemies because otherwise the intro session for new level 1 PCs would likely turn into a TPK, kind of defeating the purpose. When I actually ran it though I just read names and numbers from my outline though, so it stayed at six enemies. Oh well, no harm no foul.

The next shot at Rute got her low enough where she was thinking discretion was the better part of valor, however, and she booked it. This initiated a chase sequence! I think Caleb got up to Rute but again whiffed, leaving it all on Viggo. The bounty hunter caught up to her and nailed his attack roll with his 10' grappling hook, stopping her in her tracks. I think at this point there were only two other attackers left so the group bound the three survivors and went back to take care of Tenkos and Farric.

They paused long enough to search the grounds and heal up Tenkos. Since the adventure framework references treasure tables in Low Fantasy Gaming I went along with it and ended up doling out a pouch with a snowflake inside that never melts. Seems similar to the kind of curios in the 5E PHB but I'm curious to see what they might do with it.

They dragged Rute and the other two killers back to town and convinced Frau Wetzel of their guilt with the personal affects of the missing and consistent accounts from Iris and Farric. Viggo, Tenkos, and Caleb (and Suzie!) collected their reward and quickly headed out of town as the folk of Bottenburg set to tying a few nooses.