Home is Where the Heart Is

Session 3
Party: 10, Kobolds 0.5

Kobolds race through the night. Indra's family farm, along with her sister (and Gwen's cousin), lay directly in their path.

Time for a badass montage at the town armory.

Lots of stuff to pick from

Imagine "Take it to the Limit" playing in the background

Syn, Sheol, Gwen and Indra grabbed every relevant weapon and piece of armor they could before leaping onto horses and charging out of town. And not a moment to soon. They spied Kobolds slinking across the fields as they arrived.

Syn lead the charge, leaping off his horse and letting loose a Thunderwave, Kobolds bursting away from him like thrown rocks (and sadly killing his horse in the process). Indra and Sheol attempted to goad their horses into trampling the Kobolds, while Gwen brought down the wrath of the gods in the form of a fire bolt.

It was going well until an avenging Kobold stabbed Syn and dropped him to the ground, dying if not dead. Sheol, calling upon the powers of her patron, summoned the "Arms of Hadar". Shadowy arms burst out of the ground to strangle the remaining Kobolds. Gwen rushed over to stabilize Syn and bring him back to consciousness.

If you play D&D without a cleric, you're gonna have a bad time

Truer words were never spoken

Gani, Indra's sister, ran out to thank them, and to offer them a place to sleep and a hot meal. Syn, being Syn, hit on Gani. Indra threatened Syn with a dagger. A fun time was had by all. During the meal Sheol (between trying to trick Gani out of an iron pot) revealed that she had snuck into the mayor's house the preceding evening.

The next day they returned to Pegasus Bark to a buzz of questions about the Kobold threat. Syn attempted to awe them with an epic ballad of "The Battle of the Bees", but nobody quite bought that he had fought off a hundred kobolds single-handily. Realizing that the mayor, if anyone, would know what the dragon threat was about, our party headed to "The Golden Goat", a slightly run-down pub that nonetheless had been commandeered by the city council as a base of operations.

There were four members of the council: Johnathan, Andrew, Percival, Kirkland, and Annabelle.  Directing them was Mayor the Mayor. Each member of the party spoke to a different council member, Sheol even attempted to blackmail the mayor, but other than some generic info about dragons no one knew anything.

One interesting piece of information did arise. The house of Gregory the Spice merchant had been ransacked. His house had been nowhere near the fires or looting, so this was considered extremely odd. Gwen posited that the fire may have been a distraction.

With nothing more than a theory and some luck, our band of adventurers made their way out into the morning air, destination firm in their minds.

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Session 2
Burnin' Down the House(s)

Our heroes looked out at the dragon as it flew off into the East, leaving behind a lake of dragon fire.

Suddenly a group of enforcers marched up and demanded that Edmund fulfill his guardly duty and aid them in maintaining law and order. Reluctantly, Edmund left Sheol with Gwen, Syn, and Indra, hoping that they would keep an eye on his charge.

Sheol ditched them within five minutes.

Not setting appropriate, but such a badass picture

"Sneaky Tiefling": It's a stereotype for a reason

Filled with the love of their gods and fellow human beings, Indra and Gwen immediately ran into the burning buildings to rescue as many innocent civilians as they could. Although successful at first, Indra quickly succumbed to smoke inhalation and had to be escorted to the temple by Gwen for healing.

Syn meanwhile, being filled with the love of… other things I suppose, had already made his way to the temple and was playing his latest hit "I Lost My Nessie" for any victim who retained arms to pull up a seat or ears with which to listen. Upon seeing his friends, he lent his bardic talents to aiding them in healing the villagers.

Across the village, Sheol attempting to take advantage of the information she had gained about the mayor (that he was sleeping with a concubine) in order to blackmail him. After rescuing a houseful of cats from a fire (long story), she used her excellent disguise skills to make herself and her several dozen cats appear as a half-Orc deliverywoman and a package. The servant allowed her into the mayor's house, but her attempts to sneak around were thwarted, quite possibly because of the several dozen felines she insisted on carting around with her. A house servant notified her that the mayor was downtown, coordinating the relief efforts.

Making her way downtown, Sheol stumbled upon Indra and Gwen working a bucket brigade, and Syn using his amazing skills to convince people he was helping with the bucket brigade. They had been put to work by the temple when it became clear that more firefighters were needed.

As the flames died down from their efforts, they looked for, but were unable to locate, the mayor. However, they did overhear rumours of a band of Kobolds making their way towards the city. The captain of the guard asked the group if they would help

How come their armor is so much nicer?

"Seriously, so much other stuff on our plate right now"

At first they hesitated, it had been a long night and they were all badly in need of rest, but then the guard revealed which direction the Kobolds were approaching from. Realizing this put her sister, and Gwen's cousin, directly in their path, Indra immediately volunteered. Gwen, Sheol, and presumably Sheol's several dozen cats, quickly followed.  Syn had the wisdom to ask about weapons and armor, to which the captain agreed.

And so our heroes stood amid the ashes of burned buildings, preparing to arm themselves with whatever weapons they could find against the monsters racing towards their loved ones in the dead of night.

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Session 1
Dat Mountain Ain't Running No More

Syn was up on stage, ripping into a bagpipe solo. Not the greatest performance of his career, but the cleric Gwendoline more than compensated with a dance set for the ages as her cousin Indra cheered her on. Her moves were enough to distract the normally vigilant Edmund from his Tiefling ward, Sheal, who was in the process of liberating a silver (gold? reports are conflicting) necklace from a slightly bewildered patron. It was boisterous. It was loud. It was a good time at "The Running Mountain", the epicenter of merrymaking in the small town of Barking Pegasus.

Then everything blew up.

You're not a party until you've blown up a tavern.

With one door buried in the rubble and the other behind a kitchen engulfed in flames, Syn dashed to the second floor, through a private room, past a not-too-impressed naked patron and his paramour, before leaping to the roof of the adjacent building. Indra and Gwen ushered scared patrons upstairs to ensure as many survived as possible. Edmund made sure Sheal was safe before going off to assist them. While waiting, Sheol noticed that the pantsless customer was none other than the mayor of Pegasus Bark, a fact that will no doubt prove useful in the future.

After sweeping the top floor our remaining heroes leapt for safety themselves. They had scarcely landed when a furious noise drew their attention skyward:

Dragon Burning Village by Christopher Burdett

Discretion is the better part of valor. They hoofed it out of there.

From a ridge overlooking the town our heroes heard the dragon roar something in the ancient tongue of wyrms. Arrius, an elder of the village, translated it for them:

"MY EGGS! MY BROOD GOLD! RETURN THEM THIEVES!!!"

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