Tale of Years- Company of the Seven Stars (Probably spoilers)

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Re: Tale of Years- Company of the Seven Stars (Probably spoilers)

Post by Varon » Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:26 pm

Thanks for the insight! I appreciate that. And hopefully it felt like Tolkien. We shall find out! They all enjoyed it enough to want another session, which is good.

And that’s good advice for warning them what might cause a Shadow point. It might have helped to explain things more clearly and warn them ahead of time, although their decisions were discussed OOC for a bit and then ICly. I will keep that in mind! Hard since some of them come from a more... rules lawyerly type of culture and background.
Company of the Seven Stars: viewtopic.php?f=60&t=10326

And even so it came to pass; but it is not said that Húrin asked ever of Morgoth either mercy or death, for himself or for any of his kin. Children of Hurin

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Re: Tale of Years- Company of the Seven Stars (Probably spoilers)

Post by Varon » Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:28 pm

So, just finishing up Stewed Hobbits and there's going to be some terrible news.

Is there a consequence for failed quests?
Company of the Seven Stars: viewtopic.php?f=60&t=10326

And even so it came to pass; but it is not said that Húrin asked ever of Morgoth either mercy or death, for himself or for any of his kin. Children of Hurin

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Re: Tale of Years- Company of the Seven Stars (Probably spoilers)

Post by Wanton » Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:35 pm

Varon wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:28 pm
So, just finishing up Stewed Hobbits and there's going to be some terrible news.

Is there a consequence for failed quests?
Do tell, what happened.... it looks like this will fare poorly for the Easterly Inn :ugeek:

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Re: Tale of Years- Company of the Seven Stars (Probably spoilers)

Post by Varon » Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:43 pm

Oh, we're in the process of finishing it up still. I'm just trying to improvise how to have this end.
Company of the Seven Stars: viewtopic.php?f=60&t=10326

And even so it came to pass; but it is not said that Húrin asked ever of Morgoth either mercy or death, for himself or for any of his kin. Children of Hurin

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Re: Tale of Years- Company of the Seven Stars (Probably spoilers)

Post by Anarfin » Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:02 pm

Varon wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:28 pm
Is there a consequence for failed quests?
Gobbled goblins and mourning hobbits, I presume.

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Re: Tale of Years- Company of the Seven Stars (Probably spoilers)

Post by MrUkpyr » Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:58 pm

Varon wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:28 pm
So, just finishing up Stewed Hobbits and there's going to be some terrible news.
Is there a consequence for failed quests?
It will be even harder for the Easterly Inn to survive without the active assistance of having the site be a sanctuary. If the Players don't work to keep it protected, then it will not survive the first few years of "the return of the shadow".

Oh, and a bunch of well-fed goblins that now have a taste for hobbit-flesh, thus making it even harder for the next batch of hobbits to restock the Inn.

OR perhaps the Inn now turns to Mountain Hall / Beornings / Woodman Town / Dale / Esgaroth to resupply?

Are the players asked to be guards for a group going to Dale and returning with more provisions?
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Re: Tale of Years- Company of the Seven Stars (Probably spoilers)

Post by Robin Smallburrow » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:05 am

Please give details as my group will be doing Herbs & Hobbit next!

Another unintended consequence of the failure of the Easterly Inn - the Inn currently helps keep the rivalry between the Beornings & Viglundings over the Elfwood reasonably 'civilised' - without a nearby establishment for these groups to 'cool' their heads, the rivalry may become more heated earlier than was the case.

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Re: Tale of Years- Company of the Seven Stars (Probably spoilers)

Post by Varon » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:50 am

Early Summer 2946
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For several weeks after their arrival, the heroes rest and recuperate thanks to the hospitality of the Woodmen of Woodland Hall. They recover from their injuries and their fright. Eira Farstrider, meanwhile, seeks word of her long-missing brother, eventually speaking with Ingomer Axebreaker himself in search of any tidings.
Much to her disappointment, the most that he can tell her is that her brother was last seen three years ago with a company of men, grim and fell, as they marched into Mirkwood on a task that they refused to speak of. No word has been heard since.

But, Ingomer has a request of his own. His folk are a taking a wagon full of fresh timber northwards to the Easterly Inn and asks the heroes to join them on the expedition. After some discussion and a promise of coin, they agree, and within two days, depart North with the wagon.

The journey is uneventful, although there is a heavy storm for some time. After a short journey, they arrive at the inn.

Losco Baggins is overjoyed to discover his kin out here in the Wild, but unfortunately, due to a bad cold from the storm, he is not in the best spirits. They are welcomed freely, but soon, Dody asks them to search for his brother Dindy, who has not yet returned. After some deliberation and concern, in which they fear that the poor Hobbit is already dead, they agree to seek West for him, albeit cautiously, for a party of traveling Dwarves whispers rumors of goblins in the High Pass Once again.

They set out the next day, heading first South along the River and then West across the Old Ford into the mountains. After a quiet journey of which there is no sign, they rest for the night in a ruined town. Erengir, the Dunedain takes first watch and wraps himself in his cloak as he keeps an eye out.

Unfortunately, he sees nothing as a night-wight steals his sleeping companions and buries them in the mud along the edge of the stream. Only when he is assailed by a shadow does he become aware of the situation and shouts for the others.

Eira is the first to awaken and break free of the mud and she calls back through the night, drawing Erengir towards her, as well as the wight. There is a fierce, cold struggle in the dark along the river-bank, with flashing steel and shouts for the companions. Erengir manages to evade most of the shade's attacks, but Eira wore not her armor to bed, and took a scratch. Bronach awoke and freed herself before running back to the camp-site, from which she grabbed a torch.

Seeing the thing, a cloak of night and shadow, Erengir runs to grab a torch as well, but pauses to loose an arrow at the wight, which now stood between him and Eira. His arrow, while well-aimed, passes through the shadow and catches Eira in the shoulder. After that, he too turns to grab a burning brand.

Canjir, unfortunately, has only just awoken and has been struggling to break free of the mud, for he is some distance from the rest. Seeing himself trapped and fearing a band of brigands, he remains quiet. The shade turns away from Eira to pursuse Erengir, allowing her a slash at its shape, but does nothing. A mighty spear it hurls towards the running man, but misses. Eira runs for the fire and grabs a brand before joining the others in approaching the shadow.

With a long, piercing shriek, the thing flees across the river, just as Canjir manages to free himself from the mud and make his way back to the camp.

All falls quiet and they stay close to the fire. Eira's hound Conan whines nervously and Bregolad, the horse, shuffles uneasily.

Yet morning dawns bright and early. So they continue, eager to put the haunted town behind them. So they continue, climbing ever-higher into the mountains, in which the bite of winter still hung in the air.

At first, they see nothing, but they discover a wounded pony, and after extricating the goblin arrow, press on warily. They find goblin tracks and Bronach slips ahead. Above them on a hilltop, a bonfire bursts into light, and they all hold back, suspicious, as the sun dips beneath the peaks above.

From all around comes the sound of many cruel horns and drums accompanied by goblin shrieks. Canjir kicks his horse and gallops forward up the hill, heading for the fire, with the others close behind.

There, they found an embattled band of Bree-landers and a very frightened Hobbit.

"Are you Dindy?" Eira asks as she approaches, but the Hobbit nods and ducks beneath a basket.

"Indeed!" He squeaks. "But I fear many uninvited guests are about to arrive."

After searching the small fort, they find the tunnel in the center of the ring and shove an empty crate down the tunnel, before setting it aflame, and sealing the tunnel with a boulder that took all of them to move.

With that, the heroes move to the entrance. Bronach crouches behind the entrance of the fort with bow ready, while Eira and Erengir climb to the top of the entrance on either side. Canjir strides to the entrance itself-- sword, shield, and bow at the ready.

At the base of the hill, a towering orc strides forward and calls a challenge to them.
"Trapped like rats in a hole! I am Ubhurz and I have come to slay and to kill and to take what remains into the dark beneath the mountains. Throw out your weapons and some will survive!"

The heroes hold fast, but the youngest of the Breelanders throws out his weapons and leaves the fort. As the companions try and stop him, but fail. Before young Andy can get much farther, he is beset upon by wolves and torn apart.

Canjir lets out a wild, high-pitched battle cry that causes some of the smaller goblins to fall back, they are soon goaded onwards by the large ones.

And so they charge, with a hail of goblin arrows raining into the fort. Eira, Erengir, and Canjir loose arrows from their bows. Several smaller goblins collapse under the attack, and one strikes an orc's shield, yet they press on. Four large ones, all with shield and spear, press forward, and hurl their mighty spears at the defenders. One catches Erengir in the side and he falls from the parapet. Eira draws back another arrow, but through ill-fortune, a goblin arrow sllices her bow-string and it snaps. Still behind the wall, Bronach tosses her bow up to Eira. More goblins continue to fall under their attack as the big ones get nearer.

Canjir tosses his bow behind and switches to shield and sword. Arrows continue to fall. The proud Rider takes a glancing blow from a goblin, but it is felled by Eira's arrow.

The first of the large orcs approaches and rushes Canjir, who parries with his shield, but in the counter-attack finds his sword pinned and snapped beneath the weight of the orc's push. Erengir climbs back up the parapet and puts an arrow in the orc's arm, but it only roars and snaps it off as another shoves forward. Bronach tosses her sword to Canjir, who catches it. And as he catches it, he catches it with both hands, and just manages to raise to catch the orc's sword. The orc blade shatters with the impact, and disarmed, the orc hurries back, catching another arrow before plunging down the side of the hill.

Yet the battle presses forward, with Canjir trading many mighty blows with the orcs as the others hew them down slowly. Night passes and dawn approaches.

When the last orc falls, they the heroes stand triumphant, but then they hear shrieks behind. The largest of the orcs, Ubhurz has crept over the parapets and charges them from behind. With his spear, he catches Bronach in the shoulder, in surprise. The others turn and they engage.

Goblins still surge forward, so alone, Canjir holds the gap, once slaying two goblins with a single stroke. The daggers and arrows hammer into Ubhurz, until he too falls.

But no victory yet, for two goblins flee over the parapet with Dindy in tow. Canjir leaps upon his horse and gallops after, while Eira grabs a burning torch and follows. The other trail behind until they reach the cave. Seeing the goblins disappear inside, they return to the hill to check on the others, but Iwgar urges them to rescue Dindy.

So, without gathering more supplies, they plunge into the cave. Bronach, having the keenest hearing, takes the lead, tracking the goblin's singing from above, but the echoes are confusing, and they wander for hours, until they become lost, eventually finding a great shadowy crevasse with the cave continuing forward. Seeing no way across, and forgetting their rope, they turn back, finding a dead end. They retrace their steps, but pause after hearing a chilling tap-tap-tap echo softly through the stone.

It is a twist of fate that they find themselves at the entrance to goblin caves, with two very drunk goblins on guard. After some discussion, in which Bronach volunteers to sneak ahead, no decision is reached. Instead, Eira, Erengir, and Canjir decide to attack, loosing three arrows simultaneously on the guards, followed by a swift charge. The goblins are taken by surprise, but yell loud enough to sound the alarm. One is greatly injured and collapses, but the other continues to sound the alarm.

A horde of goblins bearing forks and dinner knives rush forward. The party turns and flees into the tunnels, with Eira taking a deep gash across her back as she flees. They end up lost once more and find themselves on the other side of the crevasse. Hearing shrill voices, they decide to creep across the ledge. At first, it seems successful, but Canjir slips on the narrow stone, and falls. He reaches to grab the ledge, while the others reach to grab him, but they miss and his hand scrabbles against stone before he plunges into the crevasse below. Even Conan, bold hound as he was, slips and plunges after Canjir.

Driven by fear and grief, after several more hours, the party escapes into the sunlight. With heavy hearts, they return to the hill-fort bearing bad news. In their absence, Iwgar has succumbed to his poisoned wound. Having nothing left, the party takes the survivors and begins the long trek back to the Easterly Inn.

After a slow journey, they return. Dody is there to hear their return, but upon seeing their grim faces, expects the worst.

"Did you find him?" He finally manages to say.

"I am afraid that he was... eaten," Eira finally manages to say. The poor Hobbit faints, but is soon revived, tear-stricken, and he offers them some silver in recompense for their loss. Yet the party accepts none of it, and after staing for the night, decide to travel to Beorn's House.
Company of the Seven Stars: viewtopic.php?f=60&t=10326

And even so it came to pass; but it is not said that Húrin asked ever of Morgoth either mercy or death, for himself or for any of his kin. Children of Hurin

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Re: Tale of Years- Company of the Seven Stars (Probably spoilers)

Post by Mim » Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:39 pm

Wow! That's quite an adventure, filled with heroism and tragedy. Thank you for sharing, and yes, it's a tough experience for all of you. BTW, you wrote it up very eloquently.

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Re: Tale of Years- Company of the Seven Stars (Probably spoilers)

Post by Varon » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:27 pm

Thank you! I appreciate that. Yeah, definitely did not see any of it going the way that it did. But such rolls the dice, I suppose!
Company of the Seven Stars: viewtopic.php?f=60&t=10326

And even so it came to pass; but it is not said that Húrin asked ever of Morgoth either mercy or death, for himself or for any of his kin. Children of Hurin

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