Sorry for the delay on this. I had two wisdom teeth removed on Friday. It hasn't been much fun.
2011-08-31 Adventure Log [part 1 of 2]
Thelonius…………….Human Fighter, 4th
Sir Ryan von Krause…Human Paladin, 4th
Xander Tinks………...Human Druid, 4th
Ram the Lonely………Half-Orc Thief, 5th
Gorax………………..Dwarf Fighter, 4th
Rayn…………………Human Magic-User, 3rd
Chef Boyardee (C.B.)…Halfling Thief, 4th
Crynton Dragon-Eye…Human Magic-User, 2nd
Otto von Grunwald…..Human Ranger, 3rd
Ken H. ……………….Human DM
The party, having spent some time in Delgrat, had picked up on several rumors concerning adventure opportunities in the realm. They gathered in the tavern to discuss them and decided to rid the northern village of Curtal of a pair of ogres that had been harassing the area. After a good night’s rest and reequipping, the party set out northward.
Curtal was three days journey distant, but the trip went uneventfully. The party briefly stopped at “My Brother’s Inn” and learned from the twin owners that the ogres near Curtal had not taken any human or demi-human lives yet but only killed livestock and damaged property so far. The next day, soon after the sun rose above the eastern cliff, they set out with their lamas and arrived at Curtal in mid-afternoon.
Drawing near the village, they found it to be a dusty and utilitarian mining village. The inhabitants all seemed joyless and dressed in simple mining clothes. The party passed by several people who gave the new comers strange, almost disapproving, looks while carrying their loads of tools or pushing their carts of ore. When the party arrived at what seemed to be the village center, they were approached by a solitary elf that appeared to be quite old. In a flat tone of voice, he greeted the adventurers with, “You must be here for the ogres.” Sir Ryan stepped forward smiling and offering his hand to the elf saying, “Why yes. We’ve heard that they are raiding your village from the north.” The old elf seemed to liven up a bit and told the party a similar tale to the one they’d hear back at the inn. Rayn then asked, “So there are just two of them?” “Indeed,” replied the elf, “as far as we know. They strike alone, but descriptions from witnesses show that there are two.”
Sir Ryan thanked the elder for his help and assured him that the party would “take care of it.” Ram then proposed that they all go investigate the latest raiding site to look for clues and so the group set out.
At the shack, the party found a man mending a fence. The man told the party that the ogre had broken through and stolen two hogs before leaving. From a nearby doorway, the man’s wife stood weeping. Otto scoured the area and found the ogre’s trail. Following the ranger, the party pursued the trail back toward the eastern cliff face. Standing atop a boulder where the trail stopped, Otto looked up and spotted a cave about forty feet above in the cliff that was presumably the brutes’ lair. Ram and C.B. both donned their Rings of Invisibility and climbed up to the opening while carrying a rope. Once up, Ram scouted the entrance while C.B. tied the rope to a large piece of rock and threw the rest down for the party to climb. As the rest of the party came up one by one, Ram could see that the cave extended back into the cliff in a very natural fashion. He didn’t see any signs of the ogres though the whole cave smelled as if it was inhabited by something foul.
Gorax lit his bull’s-eye lantern as Sir Ryan activated his Plate Mail Brooch. Cautiously, the party began winding its way into the cave littered with rock formations and large boulders. A hint of movement was caught by the lantern light as a bowling ball sized stone whizzed past Otto’s head and smashed against a rock formation. Gorax instantly aimed the lantern at where the missile had come from and then handed the light source to Xander. Another rock went bounding past and now the party could make out the shapes of two large ogres, dressed in rags, half-covered by stalagmites about twenty feet ahead in the passage. Otto returned fire with his short bow, but an intervening boulder caused his arrow to clatter away into the darkness. Sir Ryan and Gorax did their best to charge the monsters while Ram moved invisibly along the cave wall to try and get behind the creatures. Rayn cast Scare on the foes causing one of them to be frozen with fear while Xander, setting the lantern on a handy rock, cast Fairy Fire on the ogres.
Gorax leapt from a boulder and landed two blows of his ax across the frozen ogre’s torso severely wounding it. Sir Ryan’s two-handed sword was somewhat hampered by the close quarters but he still managed to land a single mighty blow on the second ogre. C.B. had been invisibly following the two fighters and sprang out with his magic long sword but missed. Crynton cast one of his special Magic Missiles and the glowing violet ball slammed into the frozen ogre causing it to reel back a step. Thelonius was stymied as the narrow passage was filled with combatants forcing him to stay back with his halberd, magic bracers and loin cloth.
In self-defense, the scared ogre swung wildly at Gorax but missed due to his smaller size. Sir Ryan was also attacked by his foe and missed. Rayn then cast her Magic Missile at the scared ogre killing it. Gorax stepped over to Sir Ryan but missed the ogre. Sir Ryan landed another blow finishing off the final enemy.
Stepping past the fallen monsters, the party discovered a cave lair several paces further down the tunnel. In the lair were two palates of hay and hides next to the remains of a greasy fire pit filled with blackened animal bones. Beneath one of the piles of hay and hides C.B. discovered a sack containing several dozen gold coins and over a dozen gems of various types. Gorax explored the cracks around the cave but found no “navigable” tunnels. He then went back to the fallen ogres. Sir Ryan said, “The villagers will probably desire some proof that we defeated them.” Gorax grinned wickedly and loped off the corpses’ heads with his ax. Ram wrapped them up in some rags from the cave lair and the party headed back to Curtal.
The villagers greeted the party with cheers and bought them several rounds of drinks at the local bar. Celebrations went late into the night and the party woke up at mid-morning the next day ready to move on to their next adventure lead.
Happiness is wanting what you have, not having what you want.