“Vanished Lands: A New Dawn” Session 40.7 — Escaping the Dark Elves

Fellow role-players, here are my notes for “Vanished Lands” Session 40.7, which was held on Sunday, 5 January 2014:

Long ago in a distant land, spirits and men directly traded bamboo, silk, and steel. Wars to the west, twisted monsters, and power-hungry sorcerers threatened the eastern kingdoms, so the call went out for new heroes of honor and tact….

Player Character Party 40 in Gene D.’s Vanished Lands: A New Dawn” Asian-style telecom campaign, using the Basic Fantasy Role-Playing Game and Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (1st Ed.) Oriental Adventures, plus house rulesSkype, and an online dice roller

  • Souji Nobuto ‘Sonny’ Yoshimitsu [Beruk A.]-male Shengtese Tian Kensai (eastern human weapon master) from a dishonored house in the Lion Clan, specializing in chain weapons; LNg, Lvl. 2
  • Saigo Kasugi [Bruce K.]-male Bamboo Spirit Folk Samurai (eastern Sylvan Elf Cavalier) discreetly serving his daimyo; LNg, Lvl. 2
  • Ember Talon [Sara F.]-female Crane Hengeyokai Wu (shapeshifting Druid), actually a young gold dragon banished from the Celestial Court; NGl, Lvl. 2
  • Soske’ Tiatoshe [Geoff C.]-male Shengtese Tian Shukenja (eastern human Cleric), priest of Shang-ti and animist from the Phoenix Clan, prophesied to do great things; LNg, Lvl. 2
  • Moon Jung-mo [Dexter V.H.]-male Nannuattan Ninja (Msamaki, eastern Dark Elf Assassin) who has left the Shadow’s Claw clan and is posing as a River Spirit Folk Yakuza (eastern Grey Elf Rogue); LNg, Lvl. 2

“22 to 23 March 1227 B.C.E.:” The travelers ventured into marshes, where they defeated an Undead traitor and restored the honor of skeletal sentries. They then visited the Gokuri hamlet of Dulthor, where they received an insincere welcome.

Ember had seen a serving girl toss a gas grenade into the guest chamber, and Soske’ had tossed it back, incapacitating the sentries. Fortunately, Saigo had memorized the route into the subterranean outpost, and Toshi readied charcoal to mark the path.

Moon Jung-Mo and Sonny help Oh Kum-Ja, the Draconian bodyguard of Lady Yun Aei-Yong, who inhaled some gas. The Nannuattan (eastern Dark Elf) diplomat notes that onetime rival Byong Sudae apparently still holds a grudge.

Soske’ suggests searching for evidence that the commander has defied the orders of the kingdom of Gokuri, but Ember and Saigo recommend making a direct escape while they still can. Toshi hears noise in the passages outside their suite [Area 15].

Bamboo Spirit Folk Saigo and Hengeyokai Ember take the lead, followed by Shan Sao Toshi and Shukenja Toshi. Spirit Folk Jung-Mo, Shengtese human Sonny, Oh Kum-Ja, and Lady Yun follow toward the main staircase [Area 1].

The group creeps to a door into a central foyer, taking turns peeking at the local militia as it assembles. Toshi stumbles, revealing the escapees’ position, and Saigo throws a gas capsule confiscated from unconscious servants. It knocks out four out of six Gokuri guards.

Ember casts Light, but the Dark Elves shield their eyes in time. Tosh casts Elemental Burst on the earthen floors, injuring one soldier. Soske’ fires two arrows, slaying the wounded sentry. Reinforcements arrive, bringing the number of opponents back up to six. They strike Saigo and Soske’.

Samurai Saigo advances against the Nannuattan and draws his katana. Wu Ember kills a Gokuri human with her kama (sickle). Wu-Jen Toshi finishes another with shurikens (throwing stars). Shukenja Soske’ heals his companions with a Positive Energy Burst.

Yakuza Jung-Mo and Kensai Sonny haul burly Oh Kum-Ja up the stairs. Saigo slashes a foe in front, but Ember misses. Toshi slips on the stone steps, yet still manages to kill another with shurikens. He then casts Grease on the stairs below, and Soske’ fires arrows to further delay pursuit by three troops.

With eight enemies already dead and javelins flying from more below, the adventuring party ascends to the second level. Saigo is struck, but he pushes on. Rather than try to prevent an alarm from being raised, the team races up to a central hall on the ground level [Area 13], where more militia await.

Saigo crosses blades with Byong Sudae, who says that she wants no part of Lady Yun’s brokered peace with Gokuri’s neighbors. Ember Wild Shapes into a terrifying tiger and pounces on a Nannuattan Bushi.

Toshi flings more shurikens, and Soske’ drops the enchanted coins planted on him and fires an arrow at armored Byong Sudae. The Nannuattan Samurai is less lucky with the katana than Saigo, but she continues taunting him.

Jung-Mo and Sonny use their blades and chains to fend off yet more reinforcements and protect Lady Yun and Oh Kum-Ja. Desc Raidon, Byong’s lieutenant, hits Ember twice, and Hyoi Sun, a priestess of Yurdanthis, lord of the void, attempts to curse the interlopers.

The Nannuattan guard underneath Ember tries to stab her with a knife, but the Druid uses her tiger claws to dispatch him. Maehata Zen, a Wu Jen, Levitates Toshi to the ceiling. The diminutive Wizard shifts to baza (bird) form. However, a guard stabs Toshi with a naginata (halberd).

Saigo turns from Byong to help Ember and Soske’ with Desc. Hyoi casts Faerie Fire on Toshi, who throws his last shurikens in response. Ember rakes at the lieutenant and the remaining guard, who knock out Soske’ before being slain by the tiger.

Maehata casts Magic Missiles at Toshi, as well as Darkness and Shield spells to defend himself and Byong. Toshi casts Sonic Burst and Light, which partly negates the darkness around the melee. He then flies down to drag Soske’ to Sonny to bind his wounds.

Saigo cuts down Byong Sudae, and Ember kills Desc Raidon. Soske’ casts Weapon Bless on an arrow and drops Hyoi Sun. The Shukenja casts Light on a spear, but Maehata Zen gets away under cover of darkness and the sound of approaching warriors.

Ember treats Soske’s wounds, and Toshi grabs Byong’s katana as a trophy for Saigo. The group runs to the main gate and narrowly evades the falling portcullis, thanks in part to Sonny and Oh Kum-Ja.

As they run toward the dock, the travelers are pelted by crossbow bolts and sling stones. They find two human guards by their boats. Saigo, Toshi, and Soske’ fire a volley of arrows, knocking one into the chilly water. The last foe wisely jumps after his partner rather than fight.

Lady Yun and her escorts leap aboard the three barges and continue down the Balef River, eventually passing out of Dulthor’s reach. They rest and vow to avoid other Nannuattan.

Toshi later identifies Byong’s sword as belonging to the White Scorpion clan. It has a minor vampiric enchantment [heals 1 hit point to wielder for every 10 HP dealt]. Saigo and Jung-Mo note that it could be useful, but it should probably be sold in the longer term.

The three human crewmen take the boats southeast, in the direction of Shang Tao, a human town on the wide Plains of Sathendo….

Happy Anniversary, Dexter! We missed you and Beruk at last night’s telecom game. Bruce, Rich C.G., and I enjoyed fantasy flick 47 Ronin, despite its poor reviews, and Janice liked the animated Frozen.

I look forward to seeing some of you at tonight’s “Vanished LandsVistel’s Circus” face-to-face session. In the meantime, I also look forward to Jason E.R.’s “Glassworks: the Devil’s Den” superhero scenario (using Icons).