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Sunday, April 30, 2023

Recap 1: AD&D Ice World "Town of Ranier & Hardin's Rock"


Dungeon Master: Bill (running his first campaign ever)

Characters & Players:

Bolus II (Male Human Ranger) - BJ

Fern (Female Elf Ranger) - Steve

Kallik of Clan Boarfrost (Male Dwarven Druid) - Tim

Tazgah (Male Elf Wizard) - Wes

Yanni (Male Yeti Barbarian/Ranger) - George

The characters met in desperation to find work when they answered the call for adventurers. They traveled North from the Southlands (the town of Oakcrest) on Kallik's heavy-duty sled pulled by 6 oxen. They eventually pulled into the frontier town of Ranier and found Alvin's General Store. They were told to wait for Alvin many times ("He'll be here soon...) before he finally transformed & revealed himself as a tall Elven Mage.

Alvin sold the adventurers a few magic items before informing them of an Evil Wizard who had made a pact with the Demon Lord Orcus... This pact had cursed the frigid land that brought about a scourge of undead. Intelligent beings that die rise from the grave soon after if not properly dealt with by burning. 

A series of problems were mentioned to the characters but the foremost one was dealing with the supply line issues due to Orc raiding parties. The group hid in transport sleds and let the Orcs steal their goods before following them and slaughtering them with the help of town reinforcements piling out of portals in the back of the other sleds. 

Kallik the Dwarf learned by talking to a spirit of a fallen Orc about another one of their raiding camps further to the North. The Orcs would not reveal the Evil Wizard's name. It seemed they were forced into service for fear of the Demon's power coursing through the Evil Wizard's body and because he wielded Orcus' Rod of Death. A demonic artifact was also given to the Evil Wizard that causes the Undead scourge befallen the local area.

Alvin cast Reincarnation on an Orc corpse and brought him back as a Gnoll with a change of heart. He agreed to guide and help the group. Kallik nicknamed him Skippy. The Orc-turned-Gnoll didn't seem to care. As they were talking to him a Snow Fox approached Tazgah and became his familiar. He named it Folar.

The group returned with Alvin and were given free room & board at one of the guest houses near to his secure Keep. Alvin showed the group around and introduced them to his "Kitties" that were in actuality a score of White Dragons at various stages of age & development held behind a magical dome. 

After a restful night the characters were given a hot breakfast and informed about their next mission which involved Gnomes who were using magic to help them steal food, iron, yaks, and other sundry items from a Northern Dwarven settlement. 

The group headed North from Alvin's Keep and after a day's travel they arrived at the Dwarven settlement Hardin's Rock. Alvin the Wizard knew a secret way into the mines that avoided several Traps and a false door. They were introduced to the Dwarves and learned more about the magic-wielding Gnome thieves. 

The group set an ambush around the sites that the Dwarves suspected would be robbed with some magic alarms in the form of crunching snow. A few hours after nightfall the invisible Gnomes were caught in the trap when their presence was noted as they stepped on the magic snow. 

Kallik the Dwarf Druid held the Gnomes in place with a spell as Tazgah the Elf Wizard put most of them into a deep sleep. One of them was shot & killed by Bolus II the Human Ranger. After the short battle the surviving Gnomes were questioned, and they revealed the location of the Gnome settlement East of the Dwarven town. They also learned that the Evil Wizard's Keep was far North of where the Gnomes live and he comes once a week to terrify them and threaten them into his service.

Through a few Invisibility and Alter Self spells the group pretended to be the Gnome thieves returning home. The characters convinced the Gnomes to seek forgiveness with the Dwarves and to flee the shadow of the Evil Wizard and head South. Alvin guarantee the Gnomes safe passage and to help them find their path going forward. 

We ended the characters back in the town of Ranier in Alvin's General Store. 

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Fantasy Egypt & Sumer Project: D100 Egyptian Pantheon

*Last Update: 5/4/23*

I have this Fantasy Egypt campaign idea where two rival ancient kingdoms are connected by a Nile-like river. One worships my versions of Egyptian gods, while the other worships Sumerian deities. This setting is burning a hole in my DM brain. So, I'm going to be tinkering on it in the next few weeks.

I am picturing many religious temples and hierarchies of priests in both kingdoms vying for power and also working to fight the sway of heresy from across the river. I'm picturing the characters all being multiclass Clerics in the Egyptian kingdom. Dump in a bunch of khopesh swords, pyramids, and a lot of random encounters with crocodiles & desert creatures and you get the idea.

There are a lot of great older resources (Deities & Demigids, Desert of Desolation, GURPS Egypt, Legends & Lore, Valley of the Pharaohs, etc.) for this idea, and some newer ones like the Egyptian-themed Magic: the Gathering CCG sets, Egyptian Adventures - Hamunaptra, etc.

My versions of the following gods will be slightly different than the source material, and will have more of a fantastical edge to them.

I think I'm going to go with the name of Kemet & Desheret for the setting which are Egyptian names for the dark soil around the rivers and the red dirt/sand of the desert. 

1. Ahti
(Wasp-headed Hippo)
Portfolio: Chaos, Danger, Death, Destruction, Insects, Poison, Venom
51. Manduilis
(Ram-headed Hawk with Crown of Cobras)
Portfolio: Air, Glory, Light, Rams, Scalykind, Snakes, Sun
2. Aker
(Two-headed Lion)
Portfolio: Death, Earth, East, Future, Guardian, Horizon, Law, Lions, Past, Protection, Underworld, West
52. Mehen
(Snake Coiled Around the Sun)
Portfolio: Good, Protection, Scalykind, Snakes, Strength, Sun
3. Amenhotep
(Pharaoh Granted Godhood)
Portfolio: Death, Funerals, Good, Healing, Knowledge, Lore, Medicine, Repose, Sages, Scribes, Wisdom
53. Mehet-Weret
(Cow with a River Pouring Out of her Mouth)
Portfolio: Air, Cows, Good, Flood, Rivers, Sky, Water
4. Ammit / Ammut
(Crocodile-headed Lion-Hippo Hybrid)
Portfolio: Animals, Crocodiles, Hippos, Hunger, Judgement, Lions, Panthers, Truth
54. Meretseger
(Human-faced Naga)
Portfolio: Cobras, Law, Poison, Scalykind, Silence, Snakes, Venom, West
5. Amun / Amon*
(Ram-headed with a Goose on Top)
Portfolio: Creation, Foretelling, Frogs, Geese, Good, Hidden Power, Invisibility, Law, Oracles, Pharaohs, Prophecy, Rams, Secrets, Spirits
55. Meskhenet
(Woman Sitting on a Brick Giving Birth)
Portfolio: Birth, Community, Creation, Destiny, Fate, Good, Healing, Protection
6. Amunet
Portfolio: Hidden, Invisibility, Power, Secrets, Scalykind, Snakes
56. Min
(Mummy Holding a Flail)
Portfolio: Battle, Chaos, Embalming, Fertility, Mining, Repose, War
7. Anat
(Warrior Woman with Axe, Lance, & Shield)
Portfolio: Battle, Good, Loyalty, Protection, War
57. Montu
(Falcon-headed with Cobra Crown Riding a Bull)
Portfolio: Air, Battle, Courage, Destruction, Sacrifice, Sky, Suffering, War
8. Anhur / Onuris
(Arms Raised to Kill his Enemies with 4 Plumes on his Head)
Portfolio: Battle, Chaos, Hunting, Strength, Violence, War, Warrior
58. Mut
(Vulture-headed Mother)
Portfolio: Air, Birds, Birth, Death, Good, Healing, Mothers, Vultures
9. Antewy / Antiway
(Two-headed Falcon)
Portfolio: Air, Balance, Birds, Duality, Falcon, Integration, Opposites, Peace, Punishment, Reconciliation
59. Naunet / Nunet**
Portfolio: Creation, Good, Poison, Rivers, Scalykind, Snakes, Venom, Water
10. Anubis
Portfolio: Balance, Cemeteries, Death, Embalming, Judgement, Law, Magic, Mummification, Repose, Rites, Rituals, Scales, Stomach, Tombs
60. Nefertem / Nefertum
(Cat-headed with Lotus Flower Staff)
Portfolio: Cats, Creation, Earth, Flowers, Good, Nature, Plants
11. Anuket / Ankhet
(Gazelle-headed with Ostrich Feathers)
Portfolio: Animals, Desert, Hunting, Wilderness
61. Neith
(Warrior Mother Nursing a Crocodile with a Shield with Two Crossed Arrows)
Portfolio: Battle, Birth, Cloth, Creation, Crocodiles, Hunger, Mothers, Nursing, Stomach, Textiles, War, Weaving
12. Apis-Buchis-Nemur
(Bull-headed with Sun Between his Horns)
Portfolio: Bulls, Cows, Fate, Glory, Good, Justice, Law, Oracles, Sun, Vengeance, Visions
62. Nekhbet
Portfolio: Air, Birds, Good, Law, Sky, Vultures
13. Ahy / Ihy (Youth with Cobra Through his Chest)
Portfolio: Children, Dancing, Good, Music, Sound
63. Nempty
(Falcon-headed Ferryman)
Portfolio: Air, Birds, Falcons, Foolishness, Mistakes, Punishment, Rivers, Travel, Water
14. Apophis / Apep
(Netherworld Snake of Darkness)
Portfolio: Assassins, Chaos, Evil, Fire, Poison, Scalykind, Serpents, Venom
64. Neper
(Holding Grain)
Portfolio: Earth, Farming, Grain, Harvest, Plant, Seasons, Sowing
15. Apshai
(Praying Mantis)
Portfolio: Faithfulness, Farming, Insects, Plague
65. Nephthys / Nebethet*
(Crowned with a Bowl Holding a Castle in Front of a Sun)
Portfolio: Breath, Castles, Chaos, Civilization, Community, Death, Frontiers, Good, Grief, Home, Lungs, Protection, Repose, Wealth, Women
16. Astarte
(Woman with Bull's Horns Riding a Horse)
Portfolio: Battle, Beauty, Chaos, Good, War
66. Nu / Nun**
(Snake-headed and Frog-headed with Baboon Body Holding a Boat Above his Head)
Portfolio: Chaos, Destruction, Floods, Rivers, Water
17. Baal
(Warrior with a Pointed Beard Holding a Club & Spear)
Portfolio: Air, Chaos, Destruction, Sky, Storms
67. Naunet / Nunet**
Portfolio: Chaos, Destruction, Floods, Rivers, Water
18. Banebdjedet
(Ram-headed with Long Horns)
Portfolio: Air, Law, Rams, Virility, Sky
68. Nut*
(Blue-skinned with a Pot on Her Head with Stars Above her)
Portfolio: Air, Birth, Crafts, Creation, Death, Law, Light, Pottery, Repose, Sky, Stars, Wind

19. Bastet / Bast
Portfolio: Art, Cats, Chaos, Children, Destruction, Fertility, Good, Household, Joy, Love, Music, Perfume, Pregnancy, Protection, Sight, Strength, Vengeance, Vision, War
69. Opet / Ipet
(Lion-headed Hippo)
Portfolio: Contentment, Drink, Food, Hippos, Light, Lions, Nourishment, Pleasure, Pregnancy, Protection from Magic, Warmth
20. Bat
(Human with Cow Ears & Horns)
Portfolio: Community, Family, Farms, Fertility, Harvest, Love
70. Osiris*
(Green-skinned Mummy Holding Crook & Flail)
Portfolio: Air, Civilization, Death, Drought, Earth, Eternity, Farming, Fertility, Floods, Good, Grain, Harvest, Intuition, Judgement, Law, Nature, Plants, Rebirth, Repose, Underworld, Vegetation
21. Bennu
(Fiery & Heron-headed)
Portfolio: Air, Birds, Glory, Light, Rebirth, Sky, Sun
71. Ptah
(Mummy with a Staff with 4 Pillars & Ankh)
Portfolio: Crafts, Creation, Knowledge, Good, Law, Names, Nobility, Protection, Royalty, Secrets, Teleportation, Travel, True Names

22. Bes
(Dwarf Dressed in Panther Fur)
Portfolio: Entertainment, Games, Gambling, Household, Luck, Music, Protection, Trickery
72. Qadesh / Qatesh
(Standing on a Lion Holding Flowers)
Portfolio: Animals, Chaos, Flowers, Good, Lions, Night, Plants, Pleasure, Stars
23. Duamutef
(Jackal-headed Funeral Jar)
Portfolio: Cemeteries, Death, East, Embalming, Funerals, Intestines, Jackals, Mummification, Repose, Stomach
73. Qebehsenuef
(Falcon-headed Funeral Jar)
Portfolio: Cemeteries, Death, Embalming, Falcons, Funerals, Intestines, Mummification, Repose, Stars
24. Geb*
(Greenskinned & Goose-headed)
Portfolio: Animals, Air, Birds, Earth, Fertility, Geese, Nature
74. Qebhet
(Snake-headed, Filled with Stars, Holding a Bowl of Water)
Portfolio: Death, Drinking, Refreshment, Replenishment, Renewal, Souls, Spirits, Truth, Underworld, Water
25. Hapi
(Baboon-headed Funeral Jar)
Portfolio: Cemeteries, Chaos, Death, Embalming, Fertility, Flood, Good, Harvest, Lungs, Mummification, North, Plant, Repose, Rivers, Water
75. Qerh / Niau**
Portfolio: Chaos, Darkness, Evil, Frogs, Night
26. Hathor
(Human-headed Cow)
Portfolio: Alcohol, Birth, Children, Community, Cows, Dance, Fate, Fortelling, Good, Happiness, Love, Luck, Moon, Mothers, Music, Prophecy, Sky, Sun
76. Qerhet / Niaut**
Portfolio: Chaos, Emptiness, Evil, Frogs, Hollowness, Void 
27. Hatmehyt
Portfolio: Fish, Good, Lakes, Rivers, Water
77. Ra / Re
(Hawk-headed with Cobra Headress)
Portfolio: Combat, Courage, Creation, Fire, Glory, Good, Life, Light, Nobility, Pharoahs, Travel, War
28. Hedjhotep
(Holding Royal Garments and Loose Cloth)
Portfolio: Cemeteries, Clothing, Death, Embalming, Fashion, Healing, Law, Style, Tapestries, Weaving
78. Renenutet / Ernutet
(Cobra-headed Naga)
Portfolio: Children, Cobras, Good, Harvest, Mothers, Names, Protection, Secrets, Snakes, Underworld
29. Hedjwer-Babi
(Pale Baboon with Human Head)
Portfolio: Ancestors, Aggression, Baboon, Combat, Fertility, Strength, Sun, Underworld, Violence
79. Reshef / Resheph
(Centaur Wearing a White Crown with a Beard Holding a Spear)
Portfolio: Combat, Disease, Gazelles, Healing, Horses, Plague, Protection, War
30. Hehet / Hauhet**
Portfolio: Chaos, Destruction, Floods, Formlessness, Scalykind, Snakes
80. Sah / Saah
(Holding Wine and a Star)
Portfolio: Hunter Constellation, Night, Sky, Spirits, Stars, Vineyards, Wine
31. Hehu / Heh / Huh**
Portfolio: Chaos, Destruction, Flood, Formlessness, Infinity
81. Satet / Satis
(White Crown with Antelope and Gazelle Horns)
Portfolio: Archery, Flooding, Gazelles, Good, Law, Protection, River, South, Water
32. Heka
Portfolio: Chaos, Duality, Incantations, Magic, Rituals, Spells, Summoning
82. Sekhmet / Pahket
(Lion-headed with Sharp Claws)
Portfolio: Claws, Combat, Desert, Drought, Fire, Glory, Healing, Heat, Hunter, Light, Poison, Powerful, Protection, Strength, Sun, Venom, War
33. Heket
(Frog-headed with Green Skin)
Portfolio: Childbirth, Fortitude, Good, Healing, Magic, Motherhood, Protection
83. Selket / Serket / Serqet
(Human-headed Scorpion)
Portfolio: Amulets, Assassins, Elbalming, Intestines, Justice, Magic, Murder, Poison, Protection, Repose, Scorpions, Vengeance, Venom, Wrath
34. Heptet
(Snake-headed with Long Dagger)
Portfolio: Dreams, Healing, Monkeys, Protection, Nightmares, Renewal, Rest, Sleep, Snakes
84. Seshat
(Wearing a Horned Tree snd 7 Pointed Star Crown with a Panther-skin Robe and Holding a Crooked Time Staff with a Frog on Top)
Portfolio: Knowledge, Languages, Lore, Plants, Reading, Scribes, Stars, Trees, Writing
35. Herishef
Portfolio: Creation, Glory, Good, Law, Light, Rams, Sun
85. Set*
(Aardvark/Donkey-headed with Square-tipped Ears, a Canine Body, and Seepents Coiled Around his Arms)
Portfolio: Air, Assassins, Barreness, Chaos, Darkness, Death, Desert, Destruction, Drought, Evil, Infertility, Night, Pain, Poison, Storms, Strength, Suffering
36. Horus
Portfolio: Air, Falcons, Fire, Justice, Kingship, Law, Life, Mind, Nobility, Pharoahs, Righteousness, Sky, Sphinx, Vengeance 
86. Shai / Shay
(Serpent-headed Pig)
Portfolio: Birth, Chance, Chaos, Destiny, Fate, Good, Kismet, Luck, Rebirth
37. Hu
Portfolio: Authority, Creation, Lawful, Magic, Spells, Tradition
87. Shezmu / Shesmu
(Lion-headed Hawk Holding Wine with a Snake and 2 Stars Above)
Portfolio: Alcohol, Beauty, Blood, Death, Murder, Oils, Slaughter, Underworld, Violence, Wine
38. Imhotep
(Pharaoh Granted Godhood Wearing Skullcap and Holding Papyrus Scroll)
Portfolio: Artifice, Crafts, Carpentry, Fertility, Healing, Knowledge, Medicine, Sculpting, Wisdom
88. Shu*
(Lion-headed with a Feather Crown Sitting on a Throne)
Portfolio: Air, Birds, Clouds, Elementals, Emptiness, Fire, Knowledge, Lions, Lore, Sky
39. Imsety
(Human-headed Funeral Jar)
Portfolio: Cemeteries, Death, Embalming, Good, Law, Liver, Mummification, Repose, South
89. Sia / Saa
(Bleeding Eyes & Holding a Papyrus Scroll)
Portfolio: Fire, Law, Perception, Sight, Speech, Sun, Understanding, Vision, Wisdom
40. Isis*
(Pharaoh with Throne Crown)
Portfolio: Beauty, Children, Commitment, Devotion, Fertility, Good, Heart, Liver, Love, Magic, Marriage, Mothers, Nobility, Pharoahs, Protection, Rebirth, Resurrection, Rituals, Spells, Water
90. Sobek
Portfolio: Animals, Chaos, Combat, Crocodiles, Evil, Lakes, Lizards, Pharoahs, Reptiles, Rivers, Scalykind, Strength, Swamps, Violence, War, Water, Wetlands
41. Kekui / Kek**
Portfolio: Chaos, Darkness, Evil, Formlessness, Night
91. Sokar / Seker
(Falcon-headed Mummy)
Portfolio: Embalming, Death, Endurance, Glory, Good, Justice, Law, Light, Mummifacation, Repose
42. Kekuit / Keket**
Portfolio: Chaos, Destruction, Darkness, Evil, Formlessness, Secrets
92. Sopdet / Sothis
(Cow-headed with a White Crown & a Star Above)
Portfolio: Fertility, Floods, Law, Light, New Year, Night, Rain, Rivers, Sky, Stars
43. Khentamentiu
(Jackal Skeleton with a Bushy Tail)
Portfolio: Cemeteries, Death, Guards, Protection, Law, Skeletons, Tombs, Underworld, West
93. Tatenen
(Ram-headed with Blue Skin Holding a Falcon-headed Mace and Magic Staff)
Portfolio: Air, Archery, Combat, Falcons, Floods, Good, Magic, Plants, Soil, Silt, Water
44. Khepri / Kheper
Portfolio: Creation, Glory, Good, Lawful, Light, Sun
94. Taweret
(Crocodile/Lion/Hippo Hybrid)
Portfolio: Animals, Birth, Crocodiles, Fertility, Hippos, Household, Mothers, North, Rebirth, Rivers, Water
45. Kherty / Aken
(Ram-headed Ferryman Holding Bread and Standing on a Boat)
Portfolio: Boats, Bread, Death, Guide, Rams, Sleep, Souls, Spirits, Underworld
95. Tayet
(Shrouded Woman Holding a Mummy)
Portfolio: Bandages, Cemeteries, Cloth, Death, Embalming, Good, Healing, Herbs, Mummification, Repose, Weaving
46. Khnum
(Ram-headed with Pottery Wheel in his Hands)
Portfolio: Artifice, Crafts, Creation, Earth, Good, Pottery, Rams, Soil
96. Tefenet / Tefnut*
(Lion-headed Serpent)
Portfolio: Air, Destruction, Good, Law, Rain, Storms, Water, Wind
47. Khonsu
(Falcon-headed with Moon Crown)
Portfolio: Animals, Good, Light, Moon, Night 
97. Thoth
(Ibis-headed with Moondisk Crown Holding an Ankh, Sometimes a Baboon)
Portfolio: Knowledge, Law, Learning, Light, Lore, Magic, Mind, Moon, Order, Protection, Rituals, Rune, Sages, Scribes, Secrets, Spells, Teaching, Time, Wisdom, Writing
48. Maahas / Mihos
(Lion-headed with a Crown of Snakes)
Portfolio: Courage, Lions, Scalykind, Snakes, Strength, War
98. Wadjet
(Cobra Twined Around a Papyrus Stem)
Portfolio: Cobras, Embalming, Knowledge, Lore, Mummification, Pharoahs, Purification, Repose, Scalykind, Snakes
49. Ma'at
(Pharaoh with Ostrich Feather Crown) 
Portfolio: Balance, Equality, Fairness, Good, Justice, Law, Order, Righteousness, Stability, Truth
99. Wadj-Wer
(Green Long Hair and Blue-skinned Pregnant Body Filled with Water)
Portfolio: Life, Mothers, Pregnancy, Prosperity, Rivers, Salt, Sea, Water, Wealth
50. Mafdet
(Lynx with Snake in her Mouth)
Portfolio: Good, Protection (especially vs. scorpions & snakes), Snakes
100. Wepwawet
Portfolio: Death, Dogs, Guide, Hunting, Travel, Underworld, Wolves

*Ennead, **Ogdoad

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Recap 9: Skyrealms of Jorune RPG Campaign "Crystal Crime Time, Corastin Bar Fight, & Red Shantha"



*Ahte, Muadra Caji (played by Bill).
*Blogren, Muadra Caji (played by my son Wes).
*Bruus, Boccord Soldier (played by George).
*Titanius Englesmith, Human Explorer (played by Kris).

*Addacar (Corastin NPC), Hookbeard (Human Guide/Thief)

Ahte with the help of Hookbeard found a reputable dealer of crystals but quickly learned how expensive they were. Hookbeard (not seeming to be squeamish about committing crimes) provided some cover and a distraction so that Ahte could steal a few. Ahte botched the attempt badly... but he did get his greedy hands on 3 powerful and charged Boccrods. Hookbeard knocked out the owner and tied him up so that they could escape. 

Titanius spent a relaxing time at the research facility while his fellow adventurers were committing crimes. He learned that the Zero-Point Energy Source can now recharge a Power Cell in one week's time. The researchers hope to improve that recharge rate.

Bruus and Addacar decided to get in some of the local bar scene and Addacar convinced Bruus to meet him at a Corastin brothel. It didn't take long before Addacar was upstairs with two Corastin ladies. That left Bruus to brush up on his Corastin Culture skills... which proved to be sorely lacking. He managed to irritate the remaining bar patrons with rude egg comments. Ahte showed up and then a bar Brawl ensued. The characters fled hoping that Addacar would meet up with them later. He did, and apparently he got married! His wife barely spoke, and the characters never asked what her name was. 

Hookbeard gave everyone a quick tutorial on all things criminal and thiefy (they bumped up some larceny skills). 

After their lesson they agreed to head back to the Bronth Tonista's farm to see what was going on in the South. On the way there Blogren was kidnapped by a Shantha through a Warp that suddenly opened and closed. Ahte was able with the aid of the red crystals from the Shanthis temple to reopen the Warp so that the characters could follow after to rescue Blogren.

The characters found themselves in what they thought was some sort of chemical factory, but later it was revealed that they were in a settlement on one of Jorune's moons! There was a blend of old Earth-tec, Lamorri, and Shanthic technology present around them. The characters marveled at being able to see the whole world beneath them through a series of small windows.

As they explored the moon settlement the characters were greeted by the Thriddle Canth Lor Snoggis from their earlier travels. He was brimming with potent Isho & Lamorri power, but his Aura looked unhealthy to Ahte as if the powers were slowly ripping him apart or warring inside him. Canth revealed about the Crugar, Ramian, Shantha, & Thriddle alliance to try to destroy Ardoth and the rest of humanity's influence on Jorune. A battle broke out and Canth was effectively slaughtered despite his best efforts to kill the characters.

The Red Shantha appeared with two other Shanthas who quickly waded into the characters with violence. Their Shanthic Blades sliced and diced up the characters, but eventually they were slaughtered. Ahte was tempted to use his Lamorri powers again... but he resisted that temptation. 

Titanius got in a wicked hit on the Red Shantha that disrupted its connection to Isho (thanks to a 30 on a D30 critical hit table) and it seemed utterly under the control of Titanius. 

Further in the settlement they discovered 4 flesh-tech construct creatures with crystals for heads, wires for fingers, and Shantha corpses for bodies. They seemed to be flushed with Lamorri energy and... their blood. Titanius ordered the Red Shantha to give control over the constructs to the characters and then fall on its blade and it did so quickly without any last statement. The constructs each chose a character to follow.

Blogren was released from the medical device that had wires in his brain... Holes were left in many places from the constructs' fingers as well. Ahte and Bruus wrapped up his wounds, healed him, and plan to take his unconscious body back to Jorune. 

Lastly the group found silver-white crystals that give off light as if they were very bright lanterns. These they learned were infused with the Isho Spirits of fallen Shantha warriors.

Edit: Due to losing a vital player and gaining 2 new players we opted to wrap up this campaign and start a new one. I had a blast running a campaign in the Skyrealms of Jorune. Something I could finally scratch off my bucket list. :)

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Recap 8: Skyrealms of Jorune RPG Campaign "Shattered Lamorri Skull"


*Ahte, Muadra Caji (played by Bill).
*Blogren, Muadra Caji (played by my son Wes).
*Bruus, Boccord Soldier (played by George).
*Titanius Englesmith, Human Explorer (played by Kris).

*Addacar (Corastin NPC), Hookbeard (Human Guide/Thief)

The characters started off in the capital city of Ardoth. They were given free room and board by the Dharsage... on the condition that they stay away from him and his royal palace.

They underwent an odd Isho transformation during their stay in their free rooms that seemed to alter their very being. The end result of that change is still unknown. 

In the morning in the common room there were rumors of Ramian shock troops and raids on human settlements, as well as Crugar attacks to the South. 

Hookbeard was recommended as a city guide and the group hired him on. Other than his greasy homeless look he had the ever-so-pleasant habit of coughing out infected masses of writhing worms. 

They were lead to Korron's Estate which had several unusual items for sale. Hookbeard got Korron to open up since his hours were very limited. The group bought rare crystals, Cleash Capsules, and a few weapons. 

Titanius bought some illegal Earth-Tec, and he was able to cut some corks and use them in some incupods to generate some reco-creatures. The most notable one was a reco-milkshake-maker. :) They spent time in the botanical gardens and bought some limilates too.

In Korron's practice yards the ancient Lamorri skull that Blogren had kept secret this whole time in his backpack was discovered by the other characters. The group destroyed it, which thereby destroyed Ahte's Lamorri Black Box of Death (which Bill was greatly disappointed by). Korron wrote an official writ stating that they were cleared of Lamorri energy so that they could once again talk to the Dharsage. 

Titanius started a foundation to study the Zero-Point Energy device that he brought North and he is very invested in learning how it works. The researchers later stated that they believed that they might learn how to recharge Power Cells with it.