Thursday, August 1, 2013
Starwatchers of Mourn - A Choice
Starwatchers of Mourn - 22 Redwolf 3122- "A Choice"
The title of this game's session was chosen because I put the players in a difficult place by showing them the 'norm for Shaya'Nor right out of the gate. The players had a choice and they chose to stand against the Darkness when no one else would. This is going to be an epic game!
Black Lantern Dymariti Strongbow Reporting
On the cold foggy street that bears the name Desperation our heroes meet for the first time in a place frequented by both undead and living servants of darkness. It is here, under the very noses of the masters in a place called The Emerald Club, that members of the Starwatchers meet and make plans - for who would suspect that anyone would be so brave and foolish enough to cross the Ordakeim?
Mal Gryx, an initiate member of the Starwatchers of Mourn met with Waverly Skyye to discuss the possibilities of new Red Store movement near a small hamlet just outside of Ironwood about two days north West of Mourn. Mal's mission was to recruit a band of like-minded heroes and gather intelligence for the Starwatchers.
After Action Report
Mal Gryx, a goblin alchemist adept and initiate of the Starwatchers and his companion Kerris Thaal, an adept from the southern lands met with Waverly Skyye of the Starwatchers of Mourn and were given the mission.
Veetha Kai a Shayakar who is running from his past was to meet with a Dwarven noble, Rallidon Fyforg and to discuss plans of their own.
Jarvis Riley, a man trained in the arts of dueling and a fencer of high skill watched the exchange from a seat with increasing interest.
The Emerald Club was fairly full with patrons and three in particular a NightGuard and Hairy Olaran sat together keenly watching one of the prettier barmaids as she bustled around with her long blond pleated hair and charming smile. They watched with ever increasing hunger.
Once pointed out that they believed that one was a vampire the man Waverly and several others around the club left discretely.
Rallidon was surprised by the sudden appearance of Veetha and Wayverly bumped into Aerin, an Alakar archer on his haste to leave the bar. "They may need your help in there friend." Waverly offered to Aerin. "They could use a scout." Aerin and Waverly exchanged pleasantries and Aerin entered the club.
The heroes discussed the mission as Mal recruited the entire party once he noticed their obvious dislike in the vampire and werewolf. The werewolf and vampire, however, had other plans.
Once the heroes left they heard a scream inside. From the corner of the window they saw as the vampire, moving faster than liquid light, grabbed the woman and shoved her to the floor. Then both beasts leaped on her and gourged themselves. The party looked on in horror and disbelief at the scene. The vampire, Hoyden, reached into his jacket pocket even as he was wiping blood from his face and tossed several coins on the table in front of the owner of the Bar. "That's for her." He smiled. "She was enjoyable." The man griped his fists and moved to grab something behind the table his friends stopped him from acting outward against the vampire. "Good day. We will return."
Then they left. Veetha decided to trail them and stealthy followed them until they arrived at an old wooden dilapidated house. Veetha snuck inside while the large red haired werewolf kept walking to wherever he was going.
Meanwhile back at the Club the party raced back inside and quickly ran to see if they could do anything to help poor Natalie. Mal produced a potion and forced it down her throat while the rest of the group attempted to make her comfortable.
Natalie looked up through tear filled eyes and uttered the lonely word "Why?" before coughing and saying "Did you save me?" She looked helpless. Ian, her father, ran right up next to the heroes thanking them and motioning for the workers in the bar to close the shutters and lock the door. "No one leaves." he said, "until we can sort this out."
The patrons watched some very interested and some with obvious disdain. "Well, what are we supposed to do now?" One of the patrons asked Ian. "Ian looked at his daughter, her blood pooled behind her on the ground and then at the heroes who had just saved her. "We're going to fight." He looked at the heroes. "Please."
The heroes bolted out the door and quickly found Veetha. A battle ensued in which the powers of darkness abandonded Hoyden when he smashed his BlackIron sword into pieces missing Veetha and the Light shone in the room as arrows flew true and darkness seemed to be pushed back.
Rallidon's axe was brought to bear against the shadowy NightGuard but his armor and shadowy deflection field saved him from many a well placed dwarven attack. Kerris and Jarvis fought bravely against an obviously superior foe and Veetha's stealthy approach behind Velaris showed that together as a team they could push back the darkness.
The battle in the house quickly moved outside as the vampire and his NightGuard ally retreated through a wall. The party followed continuing their attack while Veetha, ready to take a leap of faith after examining the wall, rushed through the wall to follow the pair. Once passing through the wall Veetha could see the illusion all around Mourn. The buildings, many of them, were just as old and weather-beaten as the one he was currently leaving. Then it all changed back and he was once again face to face with a vampire and Nightguard.
Mal produced a portion of light and smashed in near the pair to temporary blind Velaris while Hoyden shielded himself as best as he could as his skin burned from the brilliant blast of light. "Light!" he cried as the heroes moved even closer to threaten him.
Working together Rallidon, Mal and Veetha kept Velaris outnumbered while Jarvis came from behind and slashed at Velaris' neck with his sabre. Once the final blow had been struck and Velaris could cast no more bolts as he lay on the ground dying, the heroes gave mercy to the guardsman where he had shown none and a swift death was delivered.
As they looked at the battlefield and the smoking manor house that they had just set on fire, the heroes wondered when next their paths would cross with Hoyden Yantar and the Darkness of Mourn.
In Mourn, the small amount of light that radiated from the house was not seen by many but those that did see the light, those few members of the Starwatchers of Mourn, know that one day - The Light Will Return!
Important NPCs Encountered
Waverly Skyye - Mal's contact with the Starwatchers of Mourn. Waverly is nearly in his sixties who speaks very matter-of-factly with the heroes about their chances of survival. Life in the grim lands of Shaya'Nor has made Waverly a man of subtle action but his good heart has led him into trouble on more than one occasion. Waverly walks with a limp but is always pleasant in even the most dire circumstance. Waverly is jaded by the darkness but hopes that the Light Will Return!
Hoyden Yantar - A newly made human vampire. The players encountered Hoyden and his brother, a newly recruited member of the NightGuard while in The Emerald Club. They watched as Hoyden and his companion werewolf friend gouged themselves on the blood of Ian's daughter Natalie. The full power of the vampire was revealed during a battle with the heroes in which Hoyden was nailed by a well-placed arrow shot by Aerin which slammed into his heart and he was not destroyed. Hoyden escaped when Vianar smiled upon him and he quickly left the burning house before the heroes could catch him.
Orag Yantar - A red-haired Olaran who appears to have been adopted into the Yantar family. The players believe that Orag is a werewolf. The truth may be much more frightening. Orag did not see Veetha following them and as a result was not in the final battle between the heroes and Hoyden.
Velaris - A Shayakar NightGuard who was assigned to protect Hoyden. Velaris was defeated at the end of the session by the heroes.
Ian and Natalie - The owner and his daughter of The Emerald Club. The heroes saved Natalie's life and kept her from turning by giving her life giving potions. Ian will forever be in their debt.
Onlookers - When the heroes saved Natalie from bleeding to death even though the blood price was paid by Hoyden and his friend the people in the Inn were confused by the benevolent nature of the heroes. Some joined in to help even though they obviously wrestled with the idea of defying the Masters. In the end, the heroes made a serious impact on the patrons.