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Gaming After Hours: D&D Starter Set - Session 1 [Spoilers]

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Session report of an RPG - as such there WILL be spoilers.


The Party:
The party is mostly the pre-generated characters supplied in the Starter Set however a few of them have been modified.


Lady Petra of Corlinn Hill
A Female Human Noble Fighter - born to an influential family that lost everything in the eruption of Mount Hotenow. Lady Petra looks to establish once again her family's privilege


Samuel Sureshot
A Male Human Folk Hero Fighter - Samuel's family also lost everything in the eruption of Mount Hotenow but they did not have a plush townhouse to retreat to and Samuel grew up going from town to town scratching out what living his family could manage. He knows he is destined for better and is willing to do what it takes to make it happen.


Kithri Thorngage
A Female Halfling Criminal Rogue - Kithri does what it takes to survive, that's not always legal but life has taught her that you've got to look out for number one in this world because no one else will.


Gimlet Ironbeard
A Male Dwarf Cleric (ex Mercenary) - Gimlet thinks of himself as something of a free spirit, his love of the bottle and the results have caused him some trouble and resulted in him getting kicked out of the mercenary unit he was in.


Aras Boughshadow
A Female High Elf Privileged Wizard - coming from an influential High Elf family, Aras carries a clear bearing of nobility... which makes it all the stranger that she has taken up with this group. Quiet and aloof it's hard to find out more.

Also featuring... THIS DUDE:


Session 1 - Goblin Ambush!

This band of budding young adventurers have accepted a job from Gundren Rockseeker to escort a wagon of supplies from the bustling city of Neverwinter to Phandalin, a small, rough settlement just north of the Sword Mountains. Gundren showed a great deal of excitement about heading to Phandalin, and heads off ahead of the party with a hired bodyguard, Sildar Hallwinter, on horseback to reach the settlement early and get things ready.

A few hours after turning off of the Coastal Highway onto the much smaller Triboar Trail, they turn a bend in the Trail to see a couple of dead horses blocking the path ahead. The woods press in close on the left while a steep embankment on the right leaving little room to manoeuvre. As the wagon nears, Kithri spots the arrows sticking out of the horses and jumps off the cart to get a closer look.



Kithri's small stature has given her years of practice and a natural edge in sneaking around, she get's up to the bodies and sees the saddlebags have been looted and an empty leather map case nearby. Kithri's caution slips as she is looking over the horses and a twig snaps underfoot. A couple of arrows come whistling out of the thickets. One catching Kithri in the leg, the other narrowly missing Kithri and thudding into the bluff behind her.

Before anyone can react, another two arrows whistle out at Gimlet, one hitting the wagon next to him, the other hitting him in the arm. A moment later, two goblins brandishing evil looking rusty scimitars rush the wagon, slashing at Samuel, one cutting through his jerkin and into his flesh.



Aras throws an enchantment (sleep) into the forest in the direction that the arrows came from, whilst shouting aloud in Goblin “You’ll regret this!”. Kithri uses this momentary diversion as an opportunity to dive for safety under the cart. Meanwhile, Samuel, enraged at the attack on him, slashes back at the goblin that struck him, cutting it clean in two.

Seeing the injured Kithri diving for cover, Gimlet jumps out of the wagon and directs some healing at Kithri. Lady Petra swings for the goblin still out for Samuel’s blood but in her rush to get round the wagon, she misses her mark.



Looking around and seeing that he has run out of support, our brave last goblin decides that his best bet is to leg it and he turns and runs... Seeing this cowardly behaviour, Aras aims a freezing blast at the coward but ends up petrifying a nearby tree with his blast instead. Having recovered a lot of her strength and no longer bleeding thanks to the ministrations of Gimlet, Kithri climbs out from under the wagon and draws her bow in case there are any other threats to deal with. In a feat of stunning acrobatics, Samuel leaps out of the wagon and comes down running to cut down the retreating goblin. His blade cuts a deep gash into the goblin’s back but it’s not quite enough to put the little guy out of action as he continues running on what must be pure adrenaline (or whatever it is that goblins run on).



Gimlet’s pain catches up with him and, having taken care of Kithri’s wound, he looks for the ale barrel to help ease his own injury. Wanting to ensure she is able to contribute at least somewhat to this defense, Lady Petra chases after Samuel and the last goblin and lands a fatal blow to the head of the goblin, just before it made it to the undergrowth.



Aras, keen to find the source of the arrows, runs into the thickets with Kithri close on his heels. “Over here!” Samuel shouts as he jumps into the dense undergrowth and sees a clearing to one side.
Gimlet finds the ale barrel in the wagon and with a little effort cracks it open. meanwhile, Lady Petra, satisfied that the immediate threats have been dealt with carefully checks the area for any potential threats.



Aras and Kithri head to the edge of the clearing that Samuel found, with Samuel following, ready for any sudden attack. Gimlet shouts "I'll be right there!" before diving head first into the ale barrel hunting for some dutch courage. Lady Petra shouts to Gimlet "Stay here and guard the wagon" before heading into the thicket.



Aras sees a few small bodies in the clearing and, although confident that there is no immediate threat but readies - just in case. Kithri sees Aras reaction and follows his lead, readying incase he has seen something that she hasn't. Samuel ignorant to the reaction of the other two, moves carefully out into clearing seeing the bodies himself with Lady Petra following behind. Gimlet, alone, merry and now in command of the wagon, get's his warhammer ready.



Aras walks over to the goblins but gets no reaction aside from the occasional, rather unflattering, snore. Kithri, still unsure, holds back in cover with her bow. Samuel walks up to the goblins, and hoping to end things quickly, attempts a coup de gras on the nearest. Despite many feats of prowess this day, his sword slips and sticks in the goblin's leg. The goblin is awake in an instant, screaming with pain and waking his comrade next to him. Gimlet, hearing the goblin screech, charges into the woods to help his comrades. Lady Petra swings at the injured goblin but the creature is writhing too much and she misses.



The injured goblin lashes out ineffectually at Samuel, the other goblin panicked by everything that’s happening, flees. Kithri, alert for this fires at the fleeing goblin, as does Aras' frost bolt but both miss their target. Samuel puts an end to the goblin at his feet as Gimlet arrives thirsty for action. The final goblin disappears off into the undergrowth as Lady Petra hurls an axe futilely after him.



Having secured the area, they take some time to heal up and check their surroundings. It isn’t long before Gimlet realizes that his cousin’s horse is one of the two and the other must be Sildar’s. It doesn’t take much to convince the rest of the party to join him in chasing after the goblin to find out what happened to their employer.

Next time on Gaming After Hours...
The Party venture after the lone Goblin in the hopes of finding out more about what happened to Gundren...

Notes:
Although I have included photos, this session was done without minis and I recreated the scenes after the fact. The gaming group is largely new to Role Playing and I wanted them to experience a variety of play styles to see what they preferred.

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And people can't understand why some of us like to play with minis and maps...

Great report!
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Thanks man! Yeah, it's all about ad libbing Ecto-1 in place of an Ox drawn cart. ^_^
I will be painting up the minis as we go through the quest as well so that should add to it too.
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