[Started the game at about 5pm; group enjoyed BBQ tri-tip (Tin foil to retain moisture, and made to medium rare, yum! Thanks to our marinade supplied by Bekah, a very tasty snack), BBQ chicken (Half using the tin foil method, again thanks to our Marinade Queen), Garlic Bread with the Oil/Vinegar mix, along with Hawaiian Rolls and the Salad rounded out the meal. I think everyone appreciated it.]
Players: Malcolm the conjurer, played by Mike; Caleb the bard, played by Joshua; Pip, the ranger, played by Terry; Arkansas ‘Arky’ Jones the warrior/rogue, played by Max; Lelia the druidic warrior, played by Rebekah.
Companions: Demetrius – Squirrel Familiar of Malcom; Black Wolf – Companion of Pip; Keyblade – Mystical Relic of Arky.
[GM Notes: This game was the start of moving from the classless d(liberation)20 system to the ‘Eclipse – The Codex Persona’ point buy system. All characters had attained level 2, but the game was planned to have the level 2 abilities manifest. In point of fact, Caleb’s and Lelia’s newly acquired companions “Familiars”, came from the lv 2 character point pool. Hence the growing aspect.]
We started where we left off, with a recap of previous events and then Pip rejoining the group with a wolf, and then Malcolm getting a scare from a squirrel avoiding Caleb. For the most part, the group seemed un-phased by their new additions, and set off towards the west! The new additions are the Wolf and a rather ordinary looking Squirrel. A detailed look at the squirrel reveals that the fur is actually spines of an earthen nature; the wolf has yellow eyes and is jet black, it’s “fur” is actually black feathers
GM Note: Pip got a Stat boost from the Wolf; Malcolm floats above the ground by an inch.
Caleb felt a strange urgency to proceed to the West as If he was being threatened. Lelia later felt an unseen injury and the feeling of being surrounded. The two affected members rush in the direction and stumble upon an in-progress fight between the shadowy heartless creatures and two unlikely animals, a small cat and a tiny bird. Why the bird hasn’t flown away is unknown, but it looks to be a Sparrow perhaps, and the cat is ‘small’ [picture of an ‘Ocelot’ used for the cat]. Before the group can intervene, the ‘tiny’ bird is struck and is thrown in the direction of the party by a hit.
[Combat begins] The bird hobbles towards Caleb, the cat manages to down a shadowy heartless creature. The party leaps into the fray to assist the injured animals. Pip heads toward the cat, only to have a shadowy creature appear in front of him. Lelia also approaches and engages a few shadowy creatures managing to ‘injure’ one. Malcolm, frustrated by his constraints decides to fling a magic missile into the fray instead of summoning a creature, only to discover that instead of a magic missile, he has summoned a creature who seems to be slightly more powerful.
GM note: Creature summoned also remained longer than normal.
Caleb, picked up the injured bird and healed it with his ‘healing’ potion. He then proceeded into the battle, and managed to cast a sheet of flames of intense fire, striking several shadowy beings.
GM Note: The spell did more damage and Malcolm noticed the bird let of a red burst when Caleb cast the spell.
Near the end of the battle, Lelia and the cat saw each other clearly, and in that moment Lelia felt a connection. The cat increased in size and destroyed one of the remaining shadows… At the conclusion Lelia healed the cat, noting the injury on it’s foreleg was the same area she had felt pain. The healing was a wonderful discovery for Lelia, having for the first time successfully channeled magic. She and the cat then tried to bond, only to have Pip anxiously insisting they move saying they shouldn’t waste precious daylight. Caleb likewise had found a tree to lean up against and was trying to discern the nature of the bird.
GM Note: Details for the Bird, [picture of American Kestrel Falcon used] this is a small raptor bird.
Caleb discovered it seemed to enhance his fire based spells (adds +1 die of fire damage to fire based spells as long as the bird is within 5 feet), it also adds +6 to all Performance Based Skill Checks. Arky discovered some treasure in the form of golden balls, and has a conflict with his greedy nature and the Keyblade. The Keyblade wins out and Arky splits the ‘loot’ fairly with the party.
Lelia does not discover anything unusual about the cat, other than it stays with her and it had grown for a short time (It had shrunk back to a ‘small’ size).
The group set up camp and decided upon a four watch rotation (2 hours a piece, with one person getting a full nights rest). Malcolm volunteers for the first watch. Sitting atop his bedroll he hunkers down for his two hour rotation. Demetrius (His Squirrel Familiar) shouts a warning, but Malcolm is too slow to react before he is injured by a ‘dire wolf with red glowing eyes’. Malcolm shouts out a feeble warning and then is barely able to get a spell off before the wolf takes him down with another mighty attack. Lelia is able to stop the bleeding and revive him while the wolf is above him. An earthen fist flies up out of the ground in an Uppercut distracting the beast and then falls onto Malcolm’s chest as it forms into his squirrel (Demetrius), as the Squirrel’s feet touches Malcolm, he is sucked right into the ground. Pip engages the beast and deals severe injuries to the beast, and then Caleb gives it the killing blow whereupon a black shadowy mist rises from it and the body seems to shrink, looking like a common wolf. Moments later the squirrel heads pops out of the group looks around, and then Malcolm is back where he had fallen. Arky is finally awakened from his deep sleep and asked to probe to wolf. Arky makes some comments about the wolf not appearing to be much of a threat and then tries to use his ‘psychic’ ability to discern some facts from the wolf’s body. His attempt fails miserably, but some in the group noticed a flash of something go into his hand, he denies any change and then decides to go back to stay up for his watch. The rest of the night is uneventful for the party. Breakfast is cooked by Lelia.
The next day and night progresses without fuss…
The second day, Pip scouts ahead (Sans wolf, in fact the wolf has been absent, though this doesn’t seem to bother Pip, or does it?). Pip spies a wagon on the road ahead, it has a small person driving it. Pip, deciding the group needs a faster mode of transportation decides to shoot the driver**1. (Deals 11 points of damage). The driver slumps over. Pip quickly closes the distance and hides the body in the brush and then brings the wagon to the rest of the group.#2
#1 – Pip shoots driver to get wagon (Evil POINT acquired) justifying the ‘kill’ as ‘survival’ for the group.
The groups sees the wagon heading in the distance and are surprised that Pip hasn’t returned from scouting to warn them about this and decide to take cover, leaving Malcolm as ‘bait’ in the middle of the road. Seeing it’s Pip driving the wagon the party questions the sudden appearance of the wagon, and it’s method of acquisition. Pip finally confesses to his deed, but displays no apparent remorse at the decision.
Lelia takes umbrage at this news and refuses to get in the wagon. She debates Pip over the apparent cold blooded murder of the driver. [Yes, I’ll say cold blooded murder. Though in fact of “law” it was attempted murder] and finally gives up and walks away. Pip again catches up with her and tries to persuade her that the decision was made in the best interest of the group, but makes no progress in swaying her from her righteous morals. During the conflict Arky has a vision (shared with Malcolm and Caleb) involving pillars and beams of light coming from the pillars striking a golden ball floating in the center situated between all the pillars. With his impressive ability he is able to see the pillars are actually representative of each person in the group. He sees his line is a solid gray with a solid white filament and a growing black filament; Pip has a dark gray line; Lelia has a white line; Malcolm and Caleb both have light gray lines.
Lelia continues walking with the cat held in her arms, when the cat jumps from her arms and sniffs the area, leading Lelia to find and recover the well-hidden body of the Halfling. Lelia is able to revive the near-dead halfling. She is able to glean information out of the battered halfling, and even sweet talks him into giving her and the group a ride back into the nearby town. The halfling drops them off near the village gate and continues on his way leaving the party near the gate to the small town of 500 or so inhabitants. [Nobody ever asked his name, so he remains nameless at this time.]
After conversing with the friendly lone gate guard, the group finds themselves at the local common room where the locals have converged for a night of conversation. Caleb feels right at home and soon has fair following as he sets to entertain the crowd. While Caleb entertains the locals, Pip slips away to scout the area and get away from the crowds. Lelia also slips away to visit the Herbal Lady, Angelina. Angelina the herbalist, is an elderly woman. She was found sitting on her front porch for the last hour of daylight. Her ages show, with arthritic hands and a frail look about her. However, of note is the piercing gaze of her Amber eyes. Lelia seems to befriend the old woman, and she divulges some secrets of the local flora and perhaps some druidic knowledge. The conversation is interrupted as she announces the arrival of another. Pip happens upon the end of the conversation and makes a snide remark. As he walks closer, Lelia notices that his hair is ‘hot pink’. Pip seems to take umbrage to the old woman and ends up leaving. Angelina says a cryptic message about letting Anger fester in you, but whether for Pip or Lelia, they don’t know.
Lelia and Pip head back to the common room where Pip discovers his hairstyle change by the group snickering. Pip shaves his head only to find that the hair quickly grows back. They rest in the common room and decide to pay the herbalist another visit before heading out. Angelina is found in her garden, somewhat oblivious to their presence. Caleb clears his throat, which elicits a remark from Angelina and a request to at least help with the gardening. The group tries to get some ‘healing’ potions, but find the price a bit to steep for their liking, but settle for acid. Angelina shows Lelia how to create acid, but whether by natural use, or magic was unclear. (She placed a simple leaf in a bucket of water and then took it out and claimed it was acid). The party tested it and found it to be acid. A final cryptic warning she uttered to group “Do not be consumed by the dragon!” Lelia noted little motes of magic floating around the area; in conversation Angelina divulged to Pip on how to have his fey prank lessened or removed.
The party proceeded, with some annoyed, others intrigued and promising to return. Down the road the party heard Pan Pipes being played off the side of the road. Caleb decided to join in playing and Pip started to dance. They both wandered off the road, the non-dancing members followed with some concern. Caleb and Pip were joined by three Satyrs, one playing the pan pipes, and the other two dancing. The satyrs then left and Pip found his hair color to be back to normal after getting the Satyr wreath around his head…
Group (Except Malcolm) have the Satyr Wreaths. (Light Enchantment)
GM Notes: Bonus of Racial abilities kicked in, +2 to Strength, Constitution and Charisma; level 2 applied across the board.
Ended Game at 11pm
2 – I’ll allow a character to commit most any act, however, the whole premise of this group is to be the Heroes or at least the good guys. This act in and of itself struck me as very wrong for several reasons, whatever the justification may be. I don’t believe in a true alignment system, but I do believe in evil vs. good and right vs. wrong. The majority of the group seems to have seen this act as a blatant act of evil, whether or not they act upon it or not is up to them.