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Magic And Light (The Adventures Of Ren) – Chapter IV

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , , , on February 10, 2018 by darkjade68

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Magic And Light

CAMPAIGN 2 – ‘The Adventures Of Ren’

by DarkJade

(Check Out Campaign 1 HERE)

CHAPTER I – Return To Jor – CHAPTER II – Laris – CHAPTER III – Dwarfport

CHAPTER IV – Blue Hob

Dwarfport was magnificent…

Well protected by Dwarven Guard, though you still need to watch your coin purse.

My (Ren) plan was to head to the guarded city of TRO, but I may just stay here for a few days…

I’ll have to check with Chi and Kinner…

They spent most of their time in the ‘Ye Old Tankard’ tavern, and who could blame them…

…meanwhile I made my way around the City of Dwarfport.

Most Ports aren’t cities, but Dwarfport definitely is.

I keep running into Laris, or she keeps running into me/us, hard to say…

…Anyway I heard there was some sort of Arena style fighting going on, where people could fight for money, and onlookers could place bets, and I wanted to check it out.

Laris joined me.

When we arrived, there were hundreds of people surrounding a sunken, well lit, pit where entries competed.

The first two were a larger, muscular bald Human, and a black Dragonborne…

OUT OF GAME

“Go ahead and describe your Character Mike,” spoke Johnny.

“Sure… My Character is a Black Dragonborne Monk… He’s 6’4″ tall, 250lbs, and young,” spoke Mike.

“Lets continue,” spoke Johnny.

The large muscular dude really laid into the Dragonborne at first, but then its’ yellow eyes lit up, and he hit the Human with multiple blows, nearly knocking him unconscious…

…he was declared the winner…

…too bad we bet on the bald guy.

When the Dragonborne exited the pit, I approached him, “Nice fight…” I spoke.

“THALO… The name’s Thalo… Just keeping in shape,” he replied.

“Facinating method,” interjected Laris, “Which Monistary do you belong to?”

He did not answer, and walked away.

“Must have hit a nerve,” I spoke.

Next to fight was the Barbarian girl from the night before in the tavern.

She mopped the floor with the Half Elf she fought, then looked my way again…

…I have to say, she gives me the distinct feeling of being hunted.

When we returned to the tavern, Kinner was caught up in a high stakes poker game, while Chi watched.

“How’s he doing?” I asked.

“He’s holding his own, but I think it cost him 150 gold to buy in…” explained Chi.

Just then, a fight broke out at a back table…

…three Fighter dudes taking on one black masked, hooded, and cloaked guy…

…boy could he move…

…they couldn’t get a hand on him.

Pretty soon they got him and threw him out of the tavern.

Laris followed him outside…

The cloaked figure stood up, dusted himself off, and made his way down the street.

Laris continued to follow him, but then he disappeared down a alleyway.

Perhaps unwisely, she followed him down the dark alley.

Suddenly dropping from above and behind her, he reappeared baring two rapiers.

“Can I help you with something?” he asked.

“She’s with me,” I spoke appearing behind him out of thin air.

“INVISIBILITY… Impressive,” he spoke in a strange gravely kind of voice.

“Now if you don’t mind,” he spoke, then turned to leave the alley…

…”Why did those men throw you out?” questioned Laris.

The man froze, turned around, and pulled down his mask…

…what we saw was completely foreign to me…

…he looked to be part Hobgoblin, part Orc…

But his skin was blue?

“Because I look like this…” he spoke.

“A Blu Hob,” Laris replied.

I looked at her in amazement, what in the world is a Blu Hob..

“That’s right… You two are pretty sharp, I’ll give you that,” he replied, then turned to go once more.

“I will not tolerate this!” Laris spoke then wooshed by the Blu Hob towards the tavern.

He and I followed her there.

After quite a tussle, Laris laid the three of them out…

The Barbarian girl was watching as well, and seemed impressed.

“Is she always like this?” questioned the Blu Hob.

…”Yup,” I replied.

PICTURE CREDIT – Nightingale

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Magic And Light – Chapter XXXXVI

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , , , on February 7, 2018 by darkjade68

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MAGIC AND LIGHT 

by DarkJade

Adventure Prep & Character Introductions (Chapters 1-9)

1 – A Gathering Of Friends – 2 – Making Characters – 3 – Choose Your Class – 4 – Stigus – 5 – Chi (Red) – 6 – Ren – 7 – Kinner – 8 – Zhan –  9 – Tor-Atimus

The Campaign (Chapters 10-Present)

10 – Beginnings – 11 – The Crimson Blade Tavern – 12 – Waiting – 13 – North To Drudgek – 14 –  Session 3 – 15 – Day 1 – 16 – Orcs – 17 – Kenku – 18 – XP – 19 – Drudgek Barbarians – 20 – Faren – 21 – Captor – 22 – Rude Awakening – 23 – Session 4 – 24 – The Hunted – 25 – The Druid Jarothh – 26 – Dinner’s At 8 – 27 – A Question Of Beliefs – 28 – Session 5 – 29 – Dreyha – 30 – He Did It For The Girl – 31 – The 12th Day – 32 – Session 6 – 33 – Ambush – 34 – Gnolls – 35 – Level 3 – 36 – Thaen – 37 – Session 7 – 38 – Into The Lair – 39 – Clanculum Vermi – 40 – The Wizard And The Dragon – 41 – Remorse – 42 – Session 8 – 43 – A Time Of Challenge – 44 – Short Encounter – XXXXV – Quiet Before The Storm

CHAPTER XXXXVI – Battle

As night fell, the Orcs drums returned, but this time from all sides of the encampment.

The 30 settler Hunters stood ready, hiding behind bales of hay, and anything else they could hide behind.

Meanwhile, the Roc Riders of York awaited the horn of battle, as they waited in the nearby mountainsides.

Zahn, Tor-Atimus, Stigus, Kinner, Ren and Faren were all in the strategy tent…

“Where’s Chi?” questioned Kinner.

“He’s taking a closer look,” spoke Zahn.

Kinner went silent, then left the tent.

Minutes later he appeared by Chi’s side, who was hiding in the shadows behind a tree outside the encampment.

“What’s the word,” spoke Kinner.

“Any moment…” replied Chi.

Suddenly three Orcs started to sneak towards the encampment, drums beating in the background.

Chi drew back his bow, and right before his shot Kinner put his hand on his shoulder… “FORTITUDINEM PATRARE…” and a dark blue glow crossed Chi’s body…

…with this Chi filled with bravery as he released the shot striking one of their shoulders.

They both then ran back towards the encampment.

The three Orcs ran after them, but waiting for them was the Barbarian Faren.

He goes into a RAGE, and a FRENZY, then throws both of his hand axes striking two of them…

The three Orcs then throw javelins at Faren, two hitting him, but being in a Rage, he did not flinch.

The rest of the Orcs then charged into the encampment throwing spears, striking 7 Hunter settlers, but killing none.

Zahn raises his hands, “BENEDICITE…” and a white light passes over Stigus, Tor-Atimus and himself.

Tor-Atimus blows the horn of battle summoning the 8 Roc Riders of York.

“PULL BACK THE SERIOUSLY WOUNDED!” yells Zahn, and Tor-Atimus runs out to the settler Hunters, and raises his hand, which glows white, and touches a badly wounded Hunter, healing him some.

Stigus pulls back her bow, and shootsa an Orc in the throat, it crumples and falls to the ground.

Ren then speaks, “CHROMATIC ORBIS!” and a 4″ diameter orb of fire appears, and he hurls it at an Orc, engulfing it in fire.

Suddenly the 8 Roc Riders of York appear in the sky, and tear down onto the battlefield, each of the Riders shooting arrows, two of them hitting Orcs…

…their Rocs (Large Birds) then swoop down, talons blaring, they grasp, squeeze and drop  7 or 8 Orcs, killing them.

Chi then turned around and took another shot, but missed.

Kinner then started to sing, and play his fiddle, causing a yellow glow to go over Chi.

Faren takes two swings of his great axe, but the Orcs are able to avoid the blows.

The remaining 20 Orcs then enter the encampment, their great axes above their heads…

…they kill 8 of the 30 Human Hunters.

Zahn raises his hands they glow white…

…suddenly white flashes strike 4 different wounded Hunters in the chest, healing each of them.

Stigus takes two shots, slaying another Orc…

…and Ren hurls another ball of flame, but misses.

The Roc Riders shoot arrows, but only one strikes an Orc, knocking him to his knees.

And the Rocs swooped down and killed two more.

Kinner attacked with two short swords, but the Orcs dodge the blows.

Zahn raises his hands, “PESSULUM!”

A flash of light strikes an Orc in the chest killing it.

The remaining 14 Orcs kill 3 more Human Hunters, and one of them strikes Stigus in the chest.

Tor-Atimus raises his battle axe, and it glows orange as he strikes down two Orcs.

Stigus throws both of her hand axes which strike one large Orc…

…but he still stands.

Ren puts his hands up once more and they glow red, summoning one last fireball, he hurls it and incinerates an Orc.

Two more arrows strike Orcs from the Roc Riders, and the Rocs kill 5 more…

Leaving 6 alive.

Chi stot one more.

Kinner misses two…

…and the last 5 Orcs run off.

In the end, 25 Orcs, and 12 Human Hunters lay dead.

PICTURE CREDIT – Orc

Magic And Light – Chapter XXXXV

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , , , , on February 6, 2018 by darkjade68

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MAGIC AND LIGHT 

by DarkJade

Adventure Prep & Character Introductions (Chapters 1-9)

1 – A Gathering Of Friends – 2 – Making Characters – 3 – Choose Your Class – 4 – Stigus – 5 – Chi (Red) – 6 – Ren – 7 – Kinner – 8 – Zhan –  9 – Tor-Atimus

The Campaign (Chapters 10-Present)

10 – Beginnings – 11 – The Crimson Blade Tavern – 12 – Waiting – 13 – North To Drudgek – 14 –  Session 3 – 15 – Day 1 – 16 – Orcs – 17 – Kenku – 18 – XP – 19 – Drudgek Barbarians – 20 – Faren – 21 – Captor – 22 – Rude Awakening – 23 – Session 4 – 24 – The Hunted – 25 – The Druid Jarothh – 26 – Dinner’s At 8 – 27 – A Question Of Beliefs – 28 – Session 5 – 29 – Dreyha – 30 – He Did It For The Girl – 31 – The 12th Day – 32 – Session 6 – 33 – Ambush – 34 – Gnolls – 35 – Level 3 – 36 – Thaen – 37 – Session 7 – 38 – Into The Lair – 39 – Clanculum Vermi – 40 – The Wizard And The Dragon – 41 – Remorse – 42 – Session 8 – 43 – A Time Of Challenge – 44 – Short Encounter

CHAPTER XXXXV – Quiet Before The Storm

By the end of the night, Zahn, Chi and Tor-Atimus had returned to the Human Encampment.

Kinner had also been dropped off by Dreyha, and she had reentered the sky, and headed towards the Green Tower to deliver her report to the High Druid Jarothh.

That night, as the encampment slept, Faren lead a watch of he and 4 Human settlers.

During the watch they spotted several Gnolls who seemed to check out the encampment visually, but did not approach.

“Gnolls… That’s all we need,” spoke Faren.

And later, three Orc Scouts were spotted, who also did not approach.

In the morning of the 19th day Zahn threw a meeting, and Faren spoke first.

“We spotted three Gnolls last night, and three Orc Scouts…” he reported.

“Our talks with the Leader of the nearby Orcs did not fare well… I’m afraid they may attack at any time…” spoke Zahn.

The settlers were very upset, and the three that Zahn had met with originally had questions.

“What do we do now? The walls your Barbarian speaks of won’t be built for weeks if not months.

“How well can your people fight?” questioned Zahn.

“I mean… Several of us have battled Orcs, and also hunt for the encampment,” the settler replied.

“We need more help… You spoke of Dwarves in these mountains who we might employee to build the walls… Would they consider standing beside us?” spoke Tor-Atimus.

The settlers looked perplexed, “I mean… Why would Dwarves helps us?” one spoke.

Zahn smiled, “You’d be surprised…”

“I speak Dwarven… I will lead a Party to retrieve some of the Dwarves to come and meet with us both for the construction of the wall, and the general support of the encampment…” spoke Chi.

Zahn nodded.

“We’ll send four of our hunters with you,” spoke the settler.

And so Chi and the four settler hunters departed.

Faren approached Zahn, “If they attack, we do not have the men to defend this encampment.”

Zahn put his hand on his shoulder, “Do what you can… Determine how many of them can fight, and get back to me.”

Faren nodded, and went to get a count.

Stigus approached Zahn with Kinner, “We’ve set up a tent for you to strategize,” spoke Stigus.

Zahn nodded, and they all went to the tent…

…Stigus, Kinner, Tor-Atimus and Zahn.

Before them was a map of the local area.

Tor-Atimus stood in the doorway of the tent…

…”It’s too quiet… The Orcs must be preparing an attack… I suspect we have a day at most,” spoke Tor-Atimus.

Zahn nodded.

On the morning of the 20th day, 13 Orcs stood some 50 yards from the encampment banging their drums.

Faren had determined that the encampment had some 30 or so that could handle a weapon…

…Chi and the four Human Hunters had returned with four Dwarven warriors.

“Your situation is grim my friend,” spoke one of the Dwarven Warriors to Zahn.

Suddenly 8 Roc (Large Bird) Riders landed in front of the encampment…

…Roc Riders of York.

From one of the Rocs back was a passenger…

…Ren.

Kinner ran up and hugged him, “Glad to see you old friend,” he spoke.

Ren smiled and nodded.

“We have York’s support,” spoke Ren to Zahn.

“Eight Roc Riders… Not bad,” replied Faren.

With this the Orcs departed.

Zahn looked at Tor-Atimus…

…”They’ll return, with greater numbers,” Tor-Atimus spoke.

Magic And Light – Chapter XXXXIV

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , , , on February 5, 2018 by darkjade68

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MAGIC AND LIGHT 

by DarkJade

Adventure Prep & Character Introductions (Chapters 1-9)

1 – A Gathering Of Friends – 2 – Making Characters – 3 – Choose Your Class – 4 – Stigus – 5 – Chi (Red) – 6 – Ren – 7 – Kinner – 8 – Zhan –  9 – Tor-Atimus

The Campaign (Chapters 10-Present)

10 – Beginnings – 11 – The Crimson Blade Tavern – 12 – Waiting – 13 – North To Drudgek – 14 –  Session 3 – 15 – Day 1 – 16 – Orcs – 17 – Kenku – 18 – XP – 19 – Drudgek Barbarians – 20 – Faren – 21 – Captor – 22 – Rude Awakening – 23 – Session 4 – 24 – The Hunted – 25 – The Druid Jarothh – 26 – Dinner’s At 8 – 27 – A Question Of Beliefs – 28 – Session 5 – 29 – Dreyha – 30 – He Did It For The Girl – 31 – The 12th Day – 32 – Session 6 – 33 – Ambush – 34 – Gnolls – 35 – Level 3 – 36 – Thaen – 37 – Session 7 – 38 – Into The Lair – 39 – Clanculum Vermi – 40 – The Wizard And The Dragon – 41 – Remorse – 42 – Session 8 – 43 – A Time Of Challenge

CHAPTER XXXXIV – Short Encounter

Chi, Zahn and Tor-Atimus rode into the mountains north of the Human Settlement for a two hours, then ran into three Orcs standing upon some sharded rocks, some 80′ ahead…

…as if waiting for them.

Tor-Atimus stepped forward,”We wish to speak to your Leader…” he spoke in Orcish.

The Orcs paused, then started to lead them to their dwelling.

Soon they entered the heavily populated mountainside where the Orcs all watched them go by, but made not a noise.

These Orcs were all wearing black leather armour.

Zahn noted Human slaves here and there.

Soon the three Orcs lead them, and stood before a great tent, where a more fierce looking Orc came out.

“What do you want Human…” he spoke in Common, looking at Zahn.

Zahn dismounted, “I’ve come to request that you leave the Human encampment alone.”

The Orc laughed angrily, “These are our mountains…”

With this he went back into his tent, and the tree Orcs lead them back out of the camp.

“Well, that went well,” spoke Zahn.

Meanwhile to the west in the Port of YORK, where the YORK ROCK RIDERS circled the Port as protectors, Dreyha sent word upon a vessel heading to Despa to Zahn’s Order.

Soon they would receive it, then send some of their Clerics/Priests to retrieve the ship in Jor, and bring it here to York.

Meanwhile Ren and Kinner rode to the cliffs above Jor, and got into a large wooden rope pulled contraption which would be lowered to the Port of York.

Soon they were in the BLUE RING TAVERN.

“I don’t feel right leaving them,” spoke Kinner.

“Then go back,” replied Ren, already half drunk.

“Alright,” replied Kinner who rose, and left.

Ren was stunned…

…but spent the rest of the night drinking.

Kinner made his way to the stables to fetch his horse.

“Want a lift?” spoke the familiar voice of Dreyha from the shadows.

“Dreyha…” he embraced her, “It’s good to see you… But what about my horse?”

“We’ll leave em here for now,” she replied.

Kinner nodded, and Dreyha became a Great Eagle once more and carried him back towards the Human settlement.

PICTURE CREDIT – Orc

Magic And Light – Chapter XXIV

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , , , on January 24, 2018 by darkjade68

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MAGIC AND LIGHT 

by DarkJade

Chapter I – A Gathering Of Friends – Chapter II – Making Characters – Chapter III – Choose Your Class – Chapter IV – Character Introductions (Stigus) – Chapter V – Character Introductions (Chi (Red)) – Chapter VI – Character Introductions (Ren) – CHAPTER VII – Character Introductions (Kinner) – Chapter VIII – Character Introductions (Zhan) –  Chapter IX – Final Character Introduction (Tor-Atimus) – Chapter X – Beginnings – Chapter XI – The Crimson Blade Tavern – Chapter XII – Waiting – Chapter XIII – North To Drudgek – Chapter XIV –  Session 3 – Chapter XV – Day 1 – Chapter XVI – Orcs – Chapter XVII – Kenku – Chapter XVIII – XP – Chapter XIX – Drudgek Barbarians – Chapter XX – Faren – Chapter XXI – Captor – Chapter XXII – Rude Awakening – Chapter XXIII – Session 4

CHAPTER XXIV – The Hunted

As the 5 Black Rock Orcs, and Chi the Elven Ranger they’ve captured, near the Black Rock Tribe’s Home Dwelling, one of the Orcs suddenly comes to a halt.

“What is it…” speaks the Leader.

“Somethings following us…” he replies

Chi, fluent in 7 languages, including Orc, becomes hopeful.

“WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU’RE GOING WITH MY FRIEND!” comes a Booming Voice from in front of them.

Standing in path before them is Ren, the Tiefling Wizard, his eyes glowing an unnatural red.

The Orcs seem shaken, but do not flee.

“GET HIM!” yells the Leader in Orcish.

Three of the Ors charge the Wizard, axes risen above their heads, when they get some 15′ from him…

“TONITRUA FLUCTUS!” Ren speaks…

…and with a thunderous ‘BOOM!’ sound, a glowing cube of energy appears before him, blowing them all back 10′, wounding them.

“ARGH!” they yell.

Suddenly Faren, the Drudgek Barbarian, leaps down from the nearby rocks, and goes into a RAGE!

“You’ve made a huge mistake, Orcs!” he proclaims in Orcish.

He then brings down his great axe upon the Orc standing in front of the Orc Leader, knocking him to his knees…

The Leader seems frantic as Kinner suddenly appears two rapiers drawn before him…

“On guard!” he speaks in Common.

He takes two strikes at the Leader, striking him each time.

Suddenly the Cleric Zahn appears on the hill…

…”SACRIS FLAMA!” he speaks, and a flame like radiance leaves his hand, and strikes the Leader Orc in the chest, knocking him to the ground.

Stigus, the Dragonborn Warrior, also appears in the rocks above, longbow drawn back…

Next to her the Half Orc Paladin Tor-Atimus appears as well…

“Please… Stop this… Release our friend… We do not wish to kill you…” he yells in Orcish.

The other 4 Orcs then make their way back to the Leader, all of them wounded.

The Leader motions the release of Chi, their Elven Ranger friend, and so they unchain him.

Chi makes his way to Tor-Atimus.

Suddenly a horn can be heard some 10 minutes away to the East.

“It’s my fault…” speaks Ren… “My Tunderwave let off such a noise.”

“No matter… We’re leaving now!” proclaims Zahn, and their Party retreat to their horses, save Tor-Atimus, who stares down at the Orc Party.

“You are a traitor to your kind…” yells the Leader.

Tor-Atimus says nothing, then retreats to his horse as well.

PICTURE CREDIT – Paizo

Magic And Light – Chapter XXIII

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , , , on January 24, 2018 by darkjade68

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MAGIC AND LIGHT 

by DarkJade

Chapter I – A Gathering Of Friends – Chapter II – Making Characters – Chapter III – Choose Your Class – Chapter IV – Character Introductions (Stigus) – Chapter V – Character Introductions (Chi (Red)) – Chapter VI – Character Introductions (Ren) – CHAPTER VII – Character Introductions (Kinner) – Chapter VIII – Character Introductions (Zhan) –  Chapter IX – Final Character Introduction (Tor-Atimus) – Chapter X – Beginnings – Chapter XI – The Crimson Blade Tavern – Chapter XII – Waiting – Chapter XIII – North To Drudgek – Chapter XIV –  Session 3 – Chapter XV – Day 1 – Chapter XVI – Orcs – Chapter XVII – Kenku – Chapter XVIII – XP – Chapter XIX – Drudgek Barbarians – Chapter XX – Faren – Chapter XXI – Captor – Chapter XXII – Rude Awakening

CHAPTER XXIII – Session 4

Last Session was a cliff hanger.

Due to creativity, skill and diligence, our Party has yet to see battle.

And yet we ended last Session with one of our Party Members, Trevor’s Elven Ranger Chi, being captured by a Party of Orcs.

As I sit on the bus heading to Johnny’s house, I can’t wait to see how our Party responds.

Being it was the Ranger who was taken, it might be rough to track them down without him.

I enter Johnny’s house 20 minutes later, 10 minutes early as usual.

“What’s up Connor,” speaks Trevor, more friendly than usual.

Perhaps he’s just more relaxed because his Character is captured…

…he’ll likely be chillen, and watching us play.

Stacy and her friend Lisa come in, “Hello Connor,” says Stacy.

I’m speechless, but reply, “Hello.”

Lisa waves as well as they go upstairs to Stacy’s room.

I get my stuff out of my backpack, and Barry comes in.

“Hello, hello!” he proclaims.

“We’re going to be ordering some pizza’s if you guys want in,” speaks Johnny.

“I’m in, how much do you need,” I ask.

“Five bucks each is fine,” he replies.

Mike arrives, “Hey Barry, Trevor, Conner, Johnny.”

All of us chip in for pizza, Stacy and Lisa come down stairs, and we begin.

“Let me see that,” speaks Faren, the Drudgek Barbarian who the Barbarian Prince Noria has sent with the Party for some mysterious reason…

He kneels down and looks at the tracks, “These are Black Stone Orcs… Their Tribe is 4 hours from here on foot… This Party has a two hour lead on us, but on horse we have a chance to reach them just as they enter their Tribes territory…”

“They’ve come for me, not the Elf,” speaks Tor-Atimus grimly.

“How can you possibly know that,” replies Kinner.

“Of course… Because you’re a Half Orc… Or is it because you’re a Paladin…” interjects Ren.

“Both,” replies Tor-Atimus.

“Well, we haven’t got much time, to our horses!” proclaims Zahn.

“Someone needs to stay here with Zara and Prin,” speaks Tor-Atimus.

“I’ll stay,” says Toto.

“I can stay as well,” adds Kinner.

“No Kinner, we may need your tricks,” replies Zahn.

And so the Party takes off, two hours behind them, it will take them two hours to catch up.

 

 

Magic And Light – Chapter XXI

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , , , on January 23, 2018 by darkjade68

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MAGIC AND LIGHT 

by DarkJade

Chapter I – A Gathering Of Friends – Chapter II – Making Characters – Chapter III – Choose Your Class – Chapter IV – Character Introductions (Stigus) – Chapter V – Character Introductions (Chi (Red)) – Chapter VI – Character Introductions (Ren) – CHAPTER VII – Character Introductions (Kinner) – Chapter VIII – Character Introductions (Zhan) –  Chapter IX – Final Character Introduction (Tor-Atimus) – Chapter X – Beginnings – Chapter XI – The Crimson Blade Tavern – Chapter XII – Waiting – Chapter XIII – North To Drudgek – Chapter XIV –  Session 3 – Chapter XV – Day 1 – Chapter XVI – Orcs – Chapter XVII – Kenku – Chapter XVIII – XP – Chapter XIX – Drudgek Barbarians – Chapter XX – Faren

CHAPTER XXI – Captor

On the 8th day of travel, the Party moved across the Drudgek grasslands North West of Drudgek Keep.

No one made an effort to speak to the Barbarian Faren, as he rode up the rear of the group.

The Marching Order was Stigus and Chi in front, with Zahn and Tor-Atimus behind them.

And then the two slave (now free) girls, named ZARA and PRIN.

Behind them, the Bandit (now ex bandit), TOTO.

Behind him was Ren and Kinner…

…and then Faren.

When they made camp, Stigus would take first watch, but Faren would secretly be awake as well.

Within the first hour of watch, Stigus heard a crunching sound coming from some 30 feet from camp.

She moved into the dark, her Darkvision made it easy to see, and she quickly came across an Ogre eating a Deer.

Unnoticed by the Ogre, she backed her way back into camp and woke Tor-Atimus and Chi…

…both who spoke the language of ‘Giant’, which is what Ogres also speak.

Tor-Atimus went out to the Ogre, and was able to convince it to move on…

…it took its deer with it.

“I must say, traveling with you Tor-Atimus, being a Half Orc, does change things a bit…” spoke Stigus.

“Orcs and I have never gotten along… But I consider you a friend Tor-Atimus,” added Chi, who stuck his hand out.

Tot-Atimus grimaced, and shook it.

“I do believe it’s my watch,” continued Chi.

All was quiet on Chi’s watch, until…

…out of nowhere two Orcs ran into the camp, covered the Elven Ranger’s mouth, and fled the camp with him.

Once some 40 feet away from camp, they tried to knock Chi unconscious, but his Elven slyness allowed him to out maneuver them…

Suddenly a third Orc came leaping at him and Chi ducked completely, causing the Orc to tumble on the ground.

A forth then came, but he dodged him as well…

…unfortunately Chi did not see the fifth behind him, who knocked him out with a rock to the head.

PICTURE CREDIT – The Origin