Tuesday, September 18, 2012
[Wilderlands] The Adventures of Edgy, Thud, and Scythe
First they battled their former shipmates, whose souls were taken by Hel but whose bodies washed ashore next to them... and sought to drag them down to Hel's realm with them. Then, following a pair of raucous ravens, they traveled inland where they discovered a ruined temple of Loki, held by a mad priest and his berserker followers. They barely pulled their bacon out of that fire, and Thud took ability score damage from being "mostly dead" through an adaptation of the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG death rules. They found the cultists run-down longhouse, complete with three flea-bitten horses. Here too they discovered a fine magical elven longsword (which Thud claimed) and a quiver of magical elven arrows (which Scythe claimed). The next morning they took off southwest, deciding to cross the peninsula on foot through howling wilderness... ah, youth!
Then, further down the trail, they discovered a second barrow, this one much more recent and definitely Skandik in origin. Totally into the idea of desecrating a Skandik grave, Thud pushed open the rock, and sent in Scythe to scout. What is it about halfling scouts that they need to always steal something? This time it was the silver-chased horn that Scythe found at the feet of the dead warrior, which rose as a draugr and sought to slay the interloper. Thud jumped into the barrow even as the stone mystically shut, and he and Scythe fought the creature until they brought it low. Scythe took the horn, while Thud claimed the fine silver goblet filled with coins and small gems. Edgy was uneasy about the whole thing, though there was no evidence that the warrior had been a follower of Odin; being a draug, even if he was, he was likely not in good graces, but still...
They camped later that night near a spring, then early the next day discovered an abandoned village. There, in the tumble-down stables, they discovered five pegasi, which Thud miraculously befriended! Several scary missteps later, and the three were whisked into the air on the back of their new friends, the halfling screaming in horror as he held onto the bridle for dear life, his feet not reaching the stirrups by half.
Agreeing to assist the pixies in return for treasures "beyond mortal dreams," the trio spent a wonderful evening being entertained at the fey shee of the pixies, a fairy castle that either shrank the trio to pixie size or increase the pixies to human-size, they could not say... The next morning they were led by a guide to the Cavern of the Owlbear. Along the way they were attacked by a pack of wolves led by a worg, but this did not stop them in their quest, and they soon had some fine wolf pelts.
When they got to the cave, they found the beast was sleeping, and after much cajoling, Scythe was convinced to sneak in (using his elven boots) and slay the beast while it slept. With a double backstab and a critical hit, he brought the thing down to one hit point, upon which Thud stepped in and stole the kill!
Oh... and Scythe the halfling? Totally pimping it with those pixie chicks...