Adventure Summaries (Spoilers)

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Re: Adventure Summaries (Spoilers)

Post by Majestic » Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:10 pm

Though I've pretty much switched over to Adventures in Middle-earth (game mechanics-wise), I'm still using many TOR resources, so I think I'll keep my campaign summaries here.

We played on Saturday night, and though I'd planned to roll into the next chapter of Darkening (2969), it was still early in the year, and the PCs decided to do other things.

“Clearing out the Marsh-dwellers”
Spring 2968

As the five travellers make the long journey up and across Mirkwood, they find more spider webs crossing the Elf-path than ever before. They encounter Gandalf the Grey and later King Thranduil, on a royal hunt of white deer, and share information with both; sickness seems to be affecting men both north and south. Eventually they reach the ruins near the Rotting River where they rescued Balin and Óin twenty years earlier. The party clears out the underground chambers of the many Marsh-dwellers within, and finds a great natural cave filled with treasure.
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Re: Adventure Summaries (Spoilers)

Post by Majestic » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:42 pm

I've been ready to run the next chapter in The Darkening of Mirkwood (which is "Wheels within Wheels", TA 2969) for quite a few sessions, but my group keeps travelling and finding things to do instead. So I've just improvised, using the encounters that have come up on the various charts and rolling with the results. It helps to read ahead, and you can see here that I'm prepping my group for the general Plague that is starting to affect Wilderland.

“A Sickness Spreads”
Spring 2968

After burying much treasure, the five adventurers journey north for days through the Long Marshes. As they near Lake-town, the party comes across a small bedraggled family who have recently left there. They make camp and construct a tent, Me’lereal helping to cure the sick father and daughter. At night the group is surrounded by many Wargs, as well as a few subservient Orcs. Falandor races out to fight, but everyone else stays close to their main campfire, and the wolves hesitate to approach the flames. During the skirmish, a beautiful woman appears, but she soon reveals her true form: a vampiric Secret Shadow in the form of a giant bat! Falandor slays the beast, and together the group kills all of the attackers. After nursing the family back to health, the company travels on to Lake-town, where new construction has begun outside the city.
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Re: Adventure Summaries (Spoilers)

Post by Majestic » Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:11 am

We played last Friday night, and I've amended my write-up to slightly tweak the description of how the last adventure ended, since we really picked up at that point. The 'behind the scenes' explanation is that they'd hit a Revelation Episode, so I went with the Láthspell, and made the people of Lake-town very cold towards them (which really fit excellently, as right now there's a lot of bad blood between the people of Esgaroth and the Elves).

So first amend the last line of the last adventure to read:

After nursing the family back to health, the company travels on to Lake-town, where they receive an extremely cold welcome.

then...

“Wheels within Wheels”
Spring 2969

Gathering in Dale, the group hears that a quarantine has been ordered in Lake-town as a plague spreads across the North. The companions decide to head into the Heart of Mirkwood to confront whatever evil they can find, so they journey down the River Running. After briefly sensing an unseen power as they move westward across the Old Forest Road, they come upon the aftermath of a battle. A dozen men from Dale appear to have been ambushed by a large number of Orcs and Wargs. They follow prints into the woods, where they rescue Prince Bain, son of King Bard, and his bodyguard Ottarr from a large Spider. The young prince explains how a teen stranger named Girion, who has recently risen to prominence in his city with the backing of many nobles, claims to be the direct descendent of the last king before the Dragon. His outlaw mother’s dying wish was for him to seek his fortune in Dale. When his tale mentions an omen with a talking raven that conveys messages to Mirkwood, it alerts the adventurers that Valdis and her pet Eágbitar are likely involved. Bain’s former “Woodmen” guides and other men arrive and try to capture the prince, but the heroes swiftly defeat them. They interrogate one of the outlaws and learn that they serve Valdis’ ally Elfsigil, who occupies a fortress near the Mountains of Mirkwood; Elfsigil also appears to be in league with the Shadow. As they plan their next move, a bird arrives with word that King Bard has fallen terribly ill. Though Bain also wishes to deal with Elfsigil, he presses to return home; Ottarr counsels him to adopt a new identity and lie low, gathering allies in Mirkwood. The party has a vote, deciding to pursue the outlaws before returning to Dale. They travel north to the Beacon Tower on the Haunted Hills, briefly catching a glimpse of the Messenger of Mordor before the Ringwraith flees on a black steed. Togo challenges Elfsigil, who agrees to a duel with Falandor to save face before his men. Falandor quickly cuts the chieftain down, and the other outlaws pledge themselves to Prince Bain. In Elfsigil’s chambers, letters are found that reveal that Valdis seeks some ‘treasure’ to aid her son, Girion.
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