Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Kobold Menace of Witchover, Session 1

Dramatis Personae:

  • · Lily Flower, a half-elven cleric, played by my wife Maria
  • · Iona Shalot, a half-elven ranger, played by Kate
  • · Remo, a human monk, played by Chris
  • · Finchetto, a halfling baker, played by me

Our heroes met while traveling in a caravan. The caravan was destined for the town of Witchover. The Spring Festival in Witchover attracts people from far and wide with its large market. Many merchants stay for much of the spring, through until Mayfair.

The people of Witchover are guided and protected by the Lord Mayor Colin, who has a permanent office in the manor house overlooking the fountain square.

Upon arriving in Witchover, our heroes made for the Rusty Lantern (aka The Lamplight Inn). There the party met Wendy, a niece of Rusty the proprietor. Remo diced with some children – Rachel, Seth, and Henry. He paid each child a copper farthing for their service as eyes and ears in the town. While dining, our heroes learned of some kobold bandits who have been stealing cows and goats.

Remo immediately saw return on his investment. The children returned, announcing, “Old man Axel’s taken a drubbing.” Our heroes sped away to Axel’s farmstead where Lily healed Axel back to health.

Axel and his wife, Linda, informed the party that kobolds stole their milk cow. When Axel followed, he saw the kobolds drag the cow into a labyrinth. Axel was then jumped by goblins that beat him severely. The goblins were driven off by their fear of another group of humanoids. Axel fled home.

The Lord Mayor Colin arrived to look in on Axel and Linda. The mayor offered a reward of two hundred fifty gold crowns if the party saw to the kobold menace.

Following a map Iona drew from Axel’s sketches, our heroes went to the labyrinth’s entry way, There they decided to eat from the rations Linda provided while they plotted. They devised a plan to set traps and await the night when the dungeon denizens might emerge.

Advanced Edition Labyrinth Lord

Finally, I have convinced my wife to play Dungeons & Dragons with me. I have played D&D for the last twenty-five years. We have been together for sixteen of those twenty-five years, six dating and ten married. I am not quite sure what made this happen but she decided to give it a try.

In addition to my wife, the group consists of Kate and Chris, a wife and husband with whom we are friends. The name of the game is Advanced Edition Labyrinth Lord, which is essentially a free edition of first edition D&D for those not in the know.

I have decided that I am not going to use any canned adventures. I have learned from my previous campaigns that I am an overplanner. I am only designing enough of the campaign to set the wheels in motion. The rest I am going to make up as I go along.

I will report how it goes.