The Happy Muggers

To Dunesend

South through the Thornwastes to find a mine, but they find a terrorized village, instead

  • Standing in the middle of the battle
    • send an animal messenger to Stonehammer
    • set the tent on fire
    • cut of Tusks head to bring with us
    • a scout patrol arrives; we run
    • some grey skinned things give chase; we shoot them
    • back to the secret tunnel, back into the city
    • back to the council to talk to Stonehammer
    • show the head
    • extended rest; Level Up!
  • The next day
    • summoned to the council
    • say they: Heroes who have saved Overlook! We have come together to thank you and reward you for your efforts
      • 300 Gold
      • a Battle Standard of the Hungry Blade, with a big mug on it
    • everyone explores the town
  • A dwarf finds Tortolla
    • Bram Ironfell a merchant from the town, wants to meet with us to present an opportunity
      • Bram is one of the wealthiest merchants in the city
      • Kalad Ironfell was his brother
      • family was very churched and into mining
    • Tortolla rounds us up
  • We arrive the following night
    • servants show us in
    • Bram comes out, sharply dressed
    • Tortolla: “Our condolences on your brother”
    • Bram is a “representative” of the Elsir Consortium
    • dinner!
    • talk
      • old dwarf kingdom used to claim all of Elsir, but that was long ago
      • Ironfell has always been the predominant mining clan
      • they used to own a mine in Kerak Lode
      • it used to be huge, but it was unsustainable after the kingdom fell
      • was deep in the southern dessert (past the Thornewastes)
      • its location was a closely held secret, and that knowledge was lost
      • a parchment found in Modra’s possession might be referring to it
      • it might be connected to the arms running Modra was running
      • it mined everything, from gold to iron
      • it could help all of Elsir Vale’s defenses
      • for your troubles, 1000 Gold, and you can keep whatever you find along the way
      • the parchment leads along points of interest to the mine
      • “We’ll do it!"
  • At the Thornewastes
    • razor-sharp thorns
    • Tortolla finds a trail, ill-used but usable
    • Tortolla rolls to know creatures of the desert
      • small ones that can avoid the brambles
      • flying ones that go over them
    • Montiago Dillermo does arcana to see if there’s magic looming
      • nothing
    • Tarque uses athletics to follow the trail
    • endurance checks all around
      • 11, 14, 20, 24, 30
  • At night, hear a hacking
    • it’s Mag Blackthorn
    • a ranger who lives nearby
    • has not seen anyone else passing through these parts lately
    • the road, he says, goes to Dunesend
    • he’s been to Dunesend once or twice
      • a small town slowly getting smaller
    • anything we should be wary of?
      • raiders
    • any rumors of people to the south?
      • nope
    • what beasts are there?
  • To Dunesend
    • a tiny town of 100, mostly tents, around an oasis
    • almost all humans, if not all
    • everyone seems to be avoiding us, but when asked about supplies, they point us to Johnto
      • it’s kind of a shop
      • he finds our presence odd
      • “ever since the Queen took over, it’s been very difficult.” Queen Shephatia, demands tribute every month. They are due next week
    • let’s stay for a week and waylay the brigands, then find where they come from
  • Hollywood Montage of us doing nice things for the village
    • Thri-kreen baddies
    • we set up an ambush
  • Battle
    • red leader, a scout, wanders out
    • D’cafnaet’d sly flourishes red leader
    • Tarque runs up, plants the standard, pulls everyone in, kills three mooks, misses one, who jumps away
    • orange mauler grabs the banner, Tarque hits him and he falls prone with the banner
    • Leeloo critically hits the last mook, who dies
    • Montiago Dillermo Phantom Bolts red leader
    • Tortolla bramble allies the ambusher, but misses
    • the ambusher misses Tarque
    • the desert talker leaps behind Tortolla, swirls sand around him, and then hits Montiago Dillermo and Leeloo with a jet of sand, which blinds them
    • red leader leaps over to Tarque and stabs him from behind
    • D’cafnaet’d runs over and stabs the mauler
    • Tarque uses the boiling cloud to miss red leader and hit the desert talker (but takes an opportunity attack)
    • the mauler stands up and leaps behind D’cafnaet’d, then hits him twice
    • Leeloo calls forth Eldritch Rain, misses red leader and hits the desert talker. She fails her savings vs blind, but D’cafnaet’d uses the broach and she succeeds on the second time
    • Montiago Dillermo shoots the desert talker, who is bloodied
    • Tortolla uses his Second Wind, then uses healing spirits to heal D’cafnaet’d and Tarque
    • the ambusher misses Tarque again
    • the desert talker hits Tortolla and Tarque, knocks them prone, and slides them into the sand pits, which restrains them
    • red leader leaps over to Montiago Dillermo and hits him
    • D’cafnaet’d misses the mauler, who leaps away
    • Tarque thorn strikes the desert talker
    • the mauler runs over to Montiago Dillermo because he’s bloodied, misses then hits him, and gives him an ongoing damage
    • Leeloo Witchfires the desert talker
    • Tortolla heals Montiago Dillermo and D’cafnaet’d, then calls the Spirit of the Tempest on the desert talker, who dies. Leeloo teleports on top of a rock
    • the ambusher misses Tarque again
    • red leader leaps over and stabs Tortolla with a critically hit
    • D’cafnaet’d leaps up a rock, flanks red leader, misses him, and then low slashes him
    • Tarque thorn strikes red leader to pull him into a sand trap, but misses. He moves up and allows D’cafnaet’d to shift into flanking position
    • the mauler hits D’cafnaet’d, and Tortolla uses his totem to push him away
    • Leeloo misses the ambusher with Curse of the Dark Dream
    • Montiago Dillermo stays invisible
    • Tortolla Spring Renewal Strikes red leader
    • the ambusher actually hits Tarque
    • red leader hits D’cafnaet’d
    • Tarque thorn strikes red leader and pulls him close
    • D’cafnaet’d bats aside red leader, who knocks the mauler prone and then dies
    • the mauler does full defense
    • Leeloo misses the ambusher with forceful strike, uses dark one’s own luck to reroll, and misses again
    • Montiago Dillermo immobilizes the mauler, burns an action point and hits the ambusher with a Phantom Bolt, and he’s bloodied
    • Tortolla gives D’cafnaet’d a chance to second wind, then Haunting Spirits the mauler
    • the ambusher runs
    • Tarque runs up and grapples the mauler, who surrenders

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