Sunday, October 25, 2015

Saturn Ascends Session 2: The Castle Assault Part 1

Nakist “Kist” Anamyra – Human Mystic Archer Assassin (300 points)
Zubira Mgadwar – Human Messenger Cleric Thief (300 points)
Nibaw Velor – Human Knight (300 points)
Gilran – High Elf Wizard Knight (300 points)
Wossnam – Human Barbarian (300 points)

The session began in Vir, a good-sized town that serves as the main trading point for the valley. There, the party did some rumor-gathering in the form of pub crawling and schmoozing with the upper crust. While no sponsors were to be had, information about a castle on the northern ridge was plentiful. The castle was a stronghold of pale-blue skinned giants who serve as sergeants in what amounts to a jungly version of the Wild Hunt. After a little more research, they found that there are a couple dozen giants, plus their household guard and servants – less giant but still, just as blue humanoids. After picking up some extra rations, they decided it was time to head out.

The first day passed uneventfully as they slogged through about five miles of jungle, but the second saw some fun after lunch. In a particularly level and clear area, they heard some noises in the trees. Some quick glances revealed three monkeys armed with staffs ahead of the party. Another party member spotted a fourth, and Gilran decided to send a conjured servant out to talk to them. While it was approaching, three more monkey-men appeared from the trees on each side of them, firing darts from blowguns. After some quips about them being clever girls, the party sprang to action.

Kist sprayed four of them with bolts to the vitals from his repeating hand crossbows amped up with a dose of Homing Weapon; this put down three monkeys and severely injured a fourth. Wossnam charged toward the four monkeys in front of the group, while Zubira shielded herself, Gilran began charging up Concussion, and Nibaw sang taunts at the monkeys. The latter-most action proved the most useful, even if it was the most painful to hear: provoked by his singing, all but one monkey-man started going after Nibaw.

Next second, Kist sent out more homing bolts, taking down a pair of monkeys, but by now, the party was starting to notice that the monkeys were getting tougher as they tried to avenge their fallen brethren. This didn't stop Wossnam from playing cricket with one of the monkey ninjas and sending his corpse flying six feet through the air. It didn't stop Gilran from stunning two monkeys, either, but Zubira's attempt to smack the first monkey that came in reach got dodged. Nibaw missed a few more monkeys as he tried to skewer something on his shield, but having drawn their attention, Kist and Wossnam were able to keep dropping monkeys. Eventually, Wossnam wrapped up the encounter with a homerun of a hit from his tetsubo that sent a monkey ninja corpse flying nine feet.

Picking over the corpses didn't yield much in treasure aside from the weapons they were carrying - staves, chakram, a pair of katars, an urumi, some blowguns, and a bottle of monster drool. There was also some discussion about how much monkey-man meat would sell for, but ultimately, the bodies were left for now.

The rest of the day's travel passed quickly enough, and the party made it to the castle by nightfall. Gilran sent a wizard's eye to see what the castle looked like, which revealed a, well, giant castle. Its curtain wall stood about six and a half men high, with towers reaching ten men high and the main keep twice that height. Sentries were sparse though – only four. Unfortunately, the party would have to cross one hundred yards of open field without being spotted.

After some discussion, the party decided the best plan was to attack under cover of night, then have Gilran use Invisibility to sneak up to the wall with their rope and a grapnel. He'd then use Levitate to ascend the wall and fasten the rope at the top so the others could climb up. This worked until Levitate was cast. As soon as the wizard began to rise, he found himself unable to move. Kist traversed the field and took the grapnel from Gilran and climbed the wall while Gilran ended his Levitation, dropped to the ground, and was able to start moving again. He also dropped his invisibility, since he didn't want to pay to maintain it.

Kist scaled the wall successfully and secure the rope while the others crossed the field. Then they began to climb to the top, one by one. Everything was going well until one sentry noticed the party on the wall walk. Kist put a Silencing Homing arrow in his throat, which alerted his partner. Soon two house guards had arrows in their throats. The party carefully hunkered down, while Nibaw put an arrow in the third tower guard, leaving only one long shot hit the guard on top of the keep itself. Kist used another Homing arrow to accomplish this.

The party then entered the tower where the nearest sentry was located and climbed to the roof to check the guard's body for possessions. They got his mail shirt and helmet, along with 17 copper pieces. Then Kist wrapped up the night by killing the two guards who were still flailing about with arrows in their necks.

The party has made it over the wall. We shall see what happens next.

Nest Time: The Castle Assault Part 2.

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