On the Rhest Trail

The party head east on horseback, passing through several villages on the way. Fear (or is it Phil?) is spreading like wildfire as rumours abound of a vast invading force. Along the way Brother Bryn, dubbed Doomsayer of Pelor by his companions, seeks to gather converts to his cause. Naturally the SRaO do their level best to bring down the tone.

Brother Bryn: “And lo, Pelor said unto the multitudes…”
Brick: “Show us yer knob!”

Bryn’s preaching soon seems to gather attention, and by the time the party reach Talar Bryn has fallen uncharacteristically silent.

Leaving  Talar the party run into a particularly foul mouthed gang of looters. In the face of unacceptable provocation (“Fuck yer bastard Pelor!”) the party have no choice but to attack (and anyway, everyone knows that Palor hates ducking halflings).

The looters are a lowly local criminal gang known as the Crimson Tigers, and prove no match for our mighty heroes. They fall before the onslaught with suitably colourful colloquialisms (“Shit the bed!”).

Only one of the Crimson Tigers escapes with their life, the gang’s eladrin leader Ezkabel. But in so doing she incurs the wrath of Tetsu the elven avenger. In an act of horrific savagery he takes leave of the party to hunt her down, rape her and leave her by the roadside in the name of “honour”. Is this what the Heroes of Drellin’s Ferry are made of?

Tetsu rejoins the party in Witchcross, and from there the SRaO press on east along the Rhest Trail. Six days after leaving Drellin’s Ferry the party arrive at the hobgoblin roadblock.

Tactics are discussed. Should they sneak up? Bluff their way past? Leroy the blockade? In the end they combine all of the above, launching a highly effective assault underpinned by some exceptional teleporting work from the bard. Despite a couple of comedy pratfalls from the fighter and the priest (“I’m a paladin!”) the party are soon atop the the blockade and kicking hobgoblin and ogre butt. The DM, confounded by the theft of all the double digits on his d20s, eventually gives up in disgust to general high-fiving and whooping.

9 Responses to “On the Rhest Trail”

  1. Russell Bannister Says:

    Tetsu is not a very nice person. But still you can’t expect a Bahamut worshipper to keep his trousers on.

    Brother Bryn likes the title of Doomsayer. I have changed his character class accordingly.

    Fine work by both the bard and the dwarf in the final encounter. I thought we were in trouble for a while until I realised that we weren’t actually getting hurt. Still I suggest that we invest in a few bows to save embarassment next time.

  2. OY, the wench attacked me after I had surrendered…she was thus honourless and I saw no reason not to teach her a lesson about what happens to womens with no honnour.

    Tetsu is much like Brother Bryn in that respect: once someone is branded as “evil” or “honourless” you can do more or less what you want to them, as it will be for the greater good. 🙂
    Biggest difference is that Tetsu knows he is above anyone who doesnt follow his path of belief, and thus feels no need to preach and save the rest of humanity…if they are to weak to find out the “right” path for themselves its their problem.
    Also Tetsu has a massive ego when it comes to insults, if anyone insults him or his friends, he wants to avenge that.

    • Russell Bannister Says:

      Stefan, I’m sure that this was clear but just in case that it wasn’t, I am not saying that Tetsu’s actions were bad roleplaying. Just that they were evil in terms of modern morality.

      I would argue that they they are also evil in game terms but this is between Tetsu and Bahamut. Brother Bryn doesn’t know what Tetsu did and probably wouldn’t have cared too much anyway about the virtue of an evil witch.

      Tetsu’s beliefs seems pretty alien to me as a player, but this is reasonable given that he is an elf worshipping a dragon god.

  3. Habbakuk thought the whole Avenger/Sex crime thing distasteful too. Mind you, he’s not judge of correct behaviour. Why on earth he attempted to scale the ramparts and get up close and personal with the goons when he is a ranged attacker gods only know.

    And a comforting message. To the person who has been having sleepless nights I have found the small, blue six-sided dice which was dropped under my kitchen table. It will be returned to its rightful owner on Friday if they can tell me who they are.

    • Russell Bannister Says:

      The dice is mine and I will be glad to have it safely returned. I apologise for littering your kitchen.

      I don’t think I can make it this Friday as I am at the hospital getting a load of free drugs that afternoon.

      I found it amusing that our party can handle dragons and ogres without missing a step but we were nearly foiled by a big fence.

  4. I thought you handled the big fence rather effectively. I was wondering how you were going to deal with it.

    I have to say that I think that for me that was one of the most enjoyable sessions I’ve run. Lots of silly voices, that’s the key. Having gone in planning back to back combat encounters for the evening it was lots of fun to have the first half of the night take an unexpcted RP turn.

    And as for Tetsu’s dark deeds… well, what goes around comes around my elven friend. What was it that was said on Friday? It won’t seem so funny when you’re being gang-raped by hobgoblins? Think on…

  5. BTW Stefan, did you get my text re Tetsu?

  6. I agree about the RP. The highlights for me of the last two weeks have been Jerel’s stirring monologue in the town centre in Drellin’s Ferry and Brother Bryn’s sermon and parable in the boozer in Talar. Fantastic ad-libbing guys. (One hopes it’s ad-libs, because if you chaps actually practice this stuff at home then we’re in a much darker, less comfortable place than I had ever imagined….)

  7. Russell Bannister Says:

    No just ad-libbed. For some reason (despite being an atheist) I find playing a religious maniac worryingly easy.

    I enjoyed last session too, especially the Crimson Tigers and their colourful banter.

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