Valour from Within

Upkeep I (Session Four)

Hello, it is your Goddex speaking.

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Between the chaos of the player’s schedules, illness, and the DM actually having a job for once, scheduling has been a nightmare. But tonight, we finally played.

We say goodbye to Broadbeard and his player, Rowan, as our group schedule conflicts with her sleeping schedule. Thank you for sharing your fantastic character with us, Rowan!

They had a chat with Solana and Carmen, who revealed that despite escaping Whitecliff, are still held by the intricacies of politics and cannot legally tie the bind just yet. They offered to explain their story at the local pub.

The King of Whitecliff was known for his political proweress, and often hosted cultural events where people from the nearby cities would bring their best and brightest to show off their skill. Thelallona brought Solana and her mother, who were both esteemed rangers. Through this, she met Carmen, who was just beginning her rebellious phase and was fascinated by Elven archery & ranger culture.

She began training with Solana in private, and they fell in love. They began a secret relationship only shared between themselves, and after many years, they finally managed to hatch a plan to get Carmen free from the grasp of her horrible father. The rest is history.

With the group levelling up after having a wonderful meal, they checked their inventory, and went shopping.

Upon return, Solana and Carmen informed them of a problem that needed a close quarters touch, as they were both archers. A ranger group had gone missing investigating an apparently haunted house, and needed the group’s help.

The group chose to deal with it in the morning, and camped up in the Ranger’s camp. Thelallona architecture is beautiful, it’s interwoven with nature, sharing the space instead of occupying it. The group is lead out to the edge of Thelallona’s main city, to the largest forest they’ve ever seen. The trees are incomprehensibly huge, and within the treeline, is a multitude of fires and multiple rangers milling about. They’re told to grab a hammock hanging from the trees, sleep close together, and Carmen and Solana will find them in the morning.

It was a short but sweet session, but totally satisfying.

Tune in next time to see the spooky haunted house, and if they either go Scooby Doo or Resident Evil 6.

… and they better start praying to me, your Goddex and extraordinarily gay DM, Asari.

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New Lands, New Discoveries (Session Three)

Hello, it is your Goddex speaking.

Another week’s delay because mother nature thought it’d be rather funny to coup de gras my crotch. Oopsie daisy. But regardless, we finally got to have our third session, which was very roleplay heavy and was an absolute joy to experience.

Please refer to the last adventure log, Of Horses and Sea, to see where we last left off.

While Carmen disposes of the bodies, Royal attempts to help, rolls a -1 and eats shit on the deck. He plays a sad tune while multiple members ask where they’re going and why. They’re heading off to Thelallona “because”. At a failed apology and attempt to show cleavage from Astor, Geovanna approaches and kindly asks why they’re heading to Thelallona.

Carmen divulges the difficulty of growing up with a sexist father, and admits she had already had found a love and could not stand to keep it quiet and keep it so far away any longer. She just asks for patience.

They talk to Jackie, the helmswoman, ex-pirate and peg leg extraordinaire, if she needs help navigating. She says no, explains the reason of her peg leg (much bigger than a shark and destroyed her third ship) and tells the party to go the fuck to sleep.

So they do.

They wake up to Jackie kicking them awake (with Ryuu blowing lightning into the wood), and Carmen gone. They briefly panic (well, Royal does anyway), and go above deck to find cooking gruel and Jackie at the helm. Royal asks, and Jackie facepalms, and Royal actually looks up to see Carmen in the crows nest looking towards the horizon.

Character interactions happen, with Jackie throwing her peg leg at Royal (of which he keeps after she pulls out another peg leg), and Carmen skilfully descending the sails and thanking Royal for his… romantic interest.

Arguments happen, and Ryuu intimidates Merley after being insulted, causing Merley to shit herself.

Astor aptly asks where Carmen learnt how to shoot and how she became skilled in archery, and she said despite her dad being sexist and confined by rules, she went behind his back to teach herself with some help.

Merley asked why the food tasted unspiced and wasn’t flavourful, to which Jackie just asks “do you see a single plant around us?” and gestures at the ocean.

More character interactions happen, and it’s glorious. (Discussing how they met, and why they like each other.)

They finally discussed the golden necklace around Carmen’s neck, which they figured out was of Elven make, and Royal figured out that it was written in Thelallolan Elvish dialect.

Royal manages to lay Jackie, or is it vice versa? Who knows.

Two weeks pass of them somehow managing to entertain themselves, and they finally land in Thelallona. The port is ram packed, so many elves everywhere, and so much food. Carmen is practically impatient as they take an hour to pull up, and by the time the gangplank has dropped, she vaults off the boat. The party watches as she runs into the arms of her lover, a very tall, a beautiful dark skinned with beautiful afro hair, also has golden tattoos, and embraces her and kisses her. After a few minutes, they separate, and Carmen introduces the party to her fiancée, Solana.

Tune in next time to see how gay this campaign gets, and if they can handle how adorable Carmen and Solana are.

… and they better start praying to me, your Goddex and extraordinarily gay DM, Asari.

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Of Horses and Sea (Session Two)

Hello, it is your Goddex speaking.

With only a week delay thanks to randomly falling ill, we managed to have our second session. And boy, was it a session.

Please refer to the last adventure log, Drawbridges, to see where we left off.

The guards see through their disguise, and ask what they’re doing. Astor fails a deception, Ryuu fails an intimidate, but Broadbeard succeeded, and threatened to replace their eyeballs with their scrotum and vice versa.

One guard runs away, the other guard attacks, misses, and Broadbeard kicks him so hard in the nutsack, his ballsack splits and is instantly knocked out.

The guards at the front doors notice through the disguise, and sounded the alarm. They all started running, Filen did a perfect stealth check, and Astor, on a shitty stealth check, started setting fire to things in an attempt to distract.

With everything on fire, they paint a giant target on their backs, and a hail of arrows hits the party. Some are hit, some are not, and they try to set fire to the drawbridge on the way out, which fails horribly.

They start bolting towards the stables as per Carmen’s request. They all get on a horse, with Filen on backwards, and they start bolting for Whitecliff. Bells are going, the alarm is sounded, and guards are mobilising both in front and behind.

Carmen responds by nicking a guard’s bow, another’s quiver, and headshots a guard as she’s riding. Broadbeard misses entirely, Royal runs a guard through with his rapier, and Ryuu gives someone a nice haircut.

They finally approach the docks, and Carmen dives in to get to her ship. Royal dives after, and starts drowning, while everyone else just about swims. Geovanna grabs him, but struggles to keep up. Filen grabs Merley and becomes a dolphin, while Ryuu helps Geovanna and Royal. They all scale the ship, with Geovanne fucking hucking Merley up when she gets up.

Carmen stamps on the boat, waking up the Captain and helsmen, who grumpily wakes up and goes above deck. She grumbles, laughs at Lorechester Castle being on fire, and instructs them to unfurl the sails and get going.

As the ship picks up speed, two boats pull up alongside, and guards start to climb aboard. Ryuu shanks one in the chest, and Merley finishes him off with a magic missile to the face.

A fight breaks out, and Geovanna accidentally chucks her shortsword into the ocean, and dives after it. Royal gives a guard even more depression with Vicious Mockery. Princess Carmen headshots a guard after Filen slices his throat. Astor moves behind Filen and Broadbeard, and the guard charges, causing Filen and Broardbeard to dissect him. Geovanna finally makes it back up aboard the ship, and runs through a guard, while Carmen continues to pop off headshots.

Eventually, all the guards fall, and the helmswoman whoops and cheers as they pick up speed, and head out into the open ocean.

Tune in next time to see how they manage the chaos of the seas, and hey, maybe we’ll get some even more interesting rolls.

… and they better start praying to me, your Goddex and beloved DM, Asari.

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Drawbridges (Session One)

Hello, it is your Goddex speaking.

Our first session was a major success, with everyone having fun. Rolls were had, and the dice gods blessed and damned many.

To remind you all, the party, as a branch of the Ebon Adventuring Group, got hired out by Princess Carmen to kidnap herself. All they actually have to do is pull it off.

Let’s see what our intrepid adventurers got up to.

We started off outside Lorechester castle, with the party looking at a raised drawbridge.

Royal and Merley stand on the opposite side of the drawbridge and distracted the guards. Ryuu pushed Astor into the moat in an attempt to throw her, while Broadbeard literally chucked Filen at the wall. Filen scrambled up, got distracted by food, and alerted 2 guards on the drawbridge.

Astor saw what was happened, scrambled up herself, and started initiative. Filen begged for mercy successfully (he was just so hungry!), but Astor tried to slice guard 2’s throat, but got interrupted by the other guard. They both got slapped about, Broadbeard intimidated them, the casters got involved, guard 1 jumped off the bridge in fear. Guard 2 pointed and laughed when Ryuu tried to intimidate.

After another shitty intimidation check, guard 2 decided he wasn’t getting paid enough for this shit, and backflipped off. After some poor strength checks to crank that crank, they just dropkicked it and lowered it down quietly.

So they make their way through the courtyard, and get stopped at the main door by two guards. The guards ask them what they’re doing – Royal convinced the guards that they’re entertainers. They make their way up to Princess Carmen, and after finding out what actually is her room (and Royal checking out her ass), Princess Carmen notices Royal and invites them in. Royal kisses her hand, and picks her up bridal style, and she’s not impressed.

To make it look like a kidnapping, Broadbeard flips the bed, Filen carves a smiley face in the wall, Ryuu smashes the window, and Carmen gets sick of waiting and just starts smashing stuff up. Royal, in a clever move, attempts to use his disguise kit… and changes her hair, but draws an epic moustache on her upper lip. They leave, and lock the door them and head for the stairs.

They get approached by guards at the top of the stairs because of they heard a ruckus, and Royal says “uhhh… we were just done entertaining the Princess,” and the guards go to check on the Princess, Astor goes, “uhhh… don’t do that, the Princess is… loudly reading.”

Ended session here, because holy shit. Holy fucking shit.

Tune in next time, where we see how the party gets out of this scenario. And hey, maybe they’ll roll better.

… they better start praying to me, your Goddex and beloved DM, Asari.

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Introductions (Session Zero)

Hello, it is your Goddex speaking.

I’m Asari, the DM, and after every session, I will be posting an adventure log after every session explaining what my party has been up to… for better or for worse.

We finally established characters, introduced the premise of the campaign, and finally planned to do session one.

So, I am more than happy to introduce, the party:

  • Alex – Ryuu, dragonborn fighter, lawful good
  • Blake – Broadbeard, dwarf barbarian, chaotic good
  • Chels – Royal, half-elf bard, chaotic good
  • Meg – Merley, tiefling wizard, chaotic good
  • Pokeh – Astor, human rogue, true neutral
  • Potato – Filen, elf rogue, chaotic good
  • Spidey – Geovanna, human paladin, neutral good

Goddex (ha, me!) help their souls.

Now, onto the premise for session one.

The party, through their employers, the Ebon Adventuring Guild, has hired them out to help Princess Carmen of Whitecliff kidnap herself.

Good luck.

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