Saturday, February 25, 2017

Player's Log: Ice Mesa

Happy Saturday! Once again doing the pre-writing for my live blogging of our weekly D&D game while everybody else is leveling. Been a rough week, but this is my favorite part of it 90% of the time so it's totally much needed.

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Pre-Game Reference Stuff:

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR RISE OF TIAMAT,  TYRANNY OF DRAGONS AND POSSIBLY LOST MINE OF PHANDELVER AHEAD.

We're finally back in town! Waterdeep! And we have a new party member so this is going to prove to be super interesting.

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Cast of Characters:

Nicophel Arthainas - Moon Elf Wizard - Me : D - Robed and wielding the Glass Staff of Defense. He's quiet and observant, and considers himself the definition of a subtle wizard. (He...is actually getting there.) Nicophel does not like to be spoken to as though he doesn't know what he's talking about. Currently undergoing an alignment shift.

Varis the Illustrious - Elven Fighter - June - Big armored badass, his noble papers are faked, cannot say no to a challenge. He's arrogant and (kind of) short tempered, but unquestioningly strong and an amazing warrior. He's also a fucking maniac that does things like throw dead bodies out of windows.

Stalkurn XVI - Drow Rogue - Patrick - Stalkurn as Stalkurn always is (Yes this is actually the 16th Stalkurn Patrick has actually played; not the same Stalkurn but Stalkurn son of Stalkurn--the one in the Nim books was Stalkurn the 8th so he's a great great ect grandfather of this Stalkurn). His personality traits literally say "Is Great" and his "Ideals" are "To be Greater". His bonds say "I love myself". That should give you an idea of who this guy is.

Iroh - Human Ranger/Fighter - Cody - Really fucking hates dragons and will always kill them. Also a bounty hunter so his other favored enemy is "humans". Is very probably named after the one from "Avatar". Is the most rational party member.

Genevieve - Aasimar Paladin - Richie - Our new party member, she's a paladin in super awesome armor with super awesome grey dreadlocks. Have I mentioned I love seeing older ladies in games and stuff? It pretty much never happens and I respect it so hard.

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Waterdeep

We're going shopping when a raven shows up and speaks to us to let us know that Leosin wants to meet us where he's staying within city limits. He tells us there's a lot going on right now and the various factions are kind of rubbing each other the wrong way through their begrudging decision that the cult is something that needs dealt with. They have put together a council but people are iffy about whether or not they want to contribute.

We walk in to find them arguing about whether or not destroying those dragon eggs a while back was the right thing to do and Nicophel handily convinces them that we couldn't have done it any other way. The woman at the head of the table is shuffling papers and wasn't sure when to expect us but says that now is as good a time as any.

They ask us to go and appropriate a dragon horn. They say it is far in the North in the Sea of Moving Ice. That it's past Neverwinter. They ask us to go find Makath the Crimson (at this point Nicophel says he wants a color, Varis snarkily suggests Nicophel the Rainbow but Iroh says "Nicophel of Many Colors" and it sticks).

They also tell us they've been investigating dragon attacks in the Misty Forest. They say it isn't pressing but are pretty sure there is a wyrmspeaker involved.

The Order of the Gauntlet finally tells us they have a resource they can give us right now. A large towering figure steps forward, totally decked in plate armor. The right gauntlet is shimmering white as opposed to the rest of it which is regular steel colored. He is also decked out in vestiments, chords and small banners. He is quite decorated and has a huge halberd and at this point I realize Richie keeps saying "They" so I will do the same.

Then she takes her helmet off and she has hella long grey dreadlocks, is kind of older and is pretty damn awesome. Her name is Genevieve. I already adore her.

A super attractive elven woman approaches Nicophel and gives him an envelope and tells him to "give it some thought" and Stalkurn immediately wants to sleep with her. Nicophel just wants the name of her tailor because her robe is very flowy and amazing.

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We Get On the Boat

Nicophel buys a small ship for 3000gp because he got a copy of the spell Ringmaster's Captivating Caravel. No one else paid for it it's just mine so I'm the captain even though no one wants to listen to me when I say so. It gets colder and colder as we go. It's a good thing we have a hot tub.

And I have a boat to name.

Genevieve and Nicophel name it the Snowskimmer but Stalkurn and Varis insist that it is the Pishrot. We settle on "The Dragonrot". I put an arcane lock on the door to the captain's cabin.

Iroh knows where we are going all the time always so he is officially named the Ship Navigator and told to find out where we're headed. Stalkurn is the Quartermaster, Varis is the Tactical Officer and Genevieve is the First Mate. So spake Nicophel. He's having a really fun time pretending to be a sailor.

It turns out it is a really dinky ship and the next step up was 10k gold but I'd have totally bought it if I'd known this boat was gonna be so crappy. We do kind of nudge into something and Genevieve goes to check it out, and what she finds is a desert tundra dotted with some of the natives up here.

We get up closer and find an actual village with banners and homes made out of what appear to be the remnants of some sea creatures. We proceed on to the mesa that towers over the city and finally get to the top to see several dragon related carvings in the ice.

And now we're dungeon crawling again so I will give you the highlights.

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The  Ice Mesa

We get a treasure chest and we're also fighting some trolls right now. We kill the trolls and keep on trucking. We find a calishite style tent in the middle of a chamber and I just bet the tiefling we're looking for is in there.

And she is. And she tells us that she's doing a translation of some ancient arcane documents and I tell her that I can put her stuff in my portable hole and help her get back to mainland. She tells us that the dragon is beneath the scriptorium and most of the material stolen from the host tower is in there but a few might be in his lair.

She gives us two arrows of dragon slaying (which Iroh takes) and a ring of Cold Resist (which Nicophel takes). She tells us that the dragon moves in and out via underwater passages. The Drakhorn was here whenever she arrived but a group in robes came and took it already a year ago.

We get a bunch of books and papers and head down into the dragon's lair to fight another gd cold dragon. It's like in the negatives down here and so dark and foggy that we can only see 30 feet in front of us and this is creepy and the ambiance is amazeballs.

Trolls and kobolds for trash mobs, it was a miserable battle but we dominated the field eventually and our new paladin friend made all the difference. That said now we have a long rest to take and a crap ton of loot to dig out from under the ice. Good thing I have firebolt as a cantrip.

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Alright all we got left is divvying up the loot so we're going to go ahead and put this up <3

What I Learned Today: Finger of Death leaves what you killed with it permanently under your control.

Fortune Favors,
Megan R. Miller

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