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After choosing Race & Class, I selected the Spotter Skill as my Sneak was a bit low. Starting Reward was the Repeater Crossbow- a nice assassin's weapon. My Mission(Saga) was.....Assassinate Leader I couldn't have picked a better one. And as for the Ancient- well, you'll see

The Tale of the Vampire Assassin:
Setting off from the stinking, filth-ridden cesspit of corruption that is Sprawl City, I immediately move off the beaten track. I figure the fewer people see me, the better. Making my way through the old wood, I decide to give the consecrated altar I saw a wide berth- Not really my scene. Crossing a clearing in the forest, I spot a witch in the distance. Knowing them to be quite nasty when annoyed, I stayed out of sight only relaxing once she had gone. Night was closing in & the weather was turning chilly so I set up camp beside a spring that was reputed to have healing powers- a bit of insurance if anything happened. I had no sooner done this when the skies opened & hail came pelting down...but I was safe & warm.

Waking the next morning, I have a closer look at my immediate surroundings. It seems people had made offerings here- amongst them a very nice crossbow. Well...if they no longer wanted it...
Moving further south, the land changed to the craggy territory favoured by gargoyles. I kept my head down & moved through as quickly as possible. It must have worked as I wasn't attacked.
In the foothills, I spy a well-dressed gentleman & stop to speak to him & joined him around his fire. He asked for my assistance on the morrow to escort him safely out of the area. Since I was heading that way, it seemed no trouble. He also told me of demonic rites being carried out in the nearby area- it seems the altar I took pains to avoid had been destroyed. I considered myself lucky that I had not met them as they had done this.

The next morning, I helped the gentleman on his way, making sure he came home safely before taking my leave. I took to the woods again in order to avoid a rambling drunk staggering along the path shouting incoherently. It's best not to call attention to yourself when there's evil afoot so I didn't give him much chance of surviving.
I spent the night under a large tree as the wind howled & the rain lashed down, planning the next day's excursions

I set off early, pushing my way through the undergrowth to the edge of the forest. I don't know if it was just last night's rain or if the area was always like this but the ground was very boggy underfoot & I nearly lost my boots once or twice. As I struggled to extricate myself yet again, I heard a low groaning noise from behind me- a Zombie! Thankfully, these things are no trouble to dispatch & this one proved no exception.
Finally reaching the edge of the bog, I make my way up into the mountains, seeking a way through. I hear sniffing coming from the other side of an outcrop so I duck behind a large boulder & wait. Around the turn came some half-man half-beast creature sniffing the air as if looking for something. Realising he would sense me in a moment, I leapt on him & swiftly ended his life.
I noticed he was wearing a very fine piece of armour & a short distance away had a warm cave. So I claimed them both.
It wasn't the most comfortable of nights, I awoke several times as an ominous feeling of dread seemed to pulse through me & I was glad when the sun was up once more.

Being unable to find a way through the mountains, I had to make my way back down. Taking care to skirt the edges of the bog, I espied a pathway carefully concealed that I didn't remember seeing the day before.
Making my way along it, I found myself in the dark heart of some wood. The nature of the place was strange and it seemed to change & weave as I watched. It took quite some time for my eyes to adjust to it but eventually I was able to find my way back out to where the landscape behaved more normally.

I made my way to a nearby inn. there was a girl by the door asking for money so she could get home. I paid her a coin for any news. It appears the Orcs were on the move. Assassins they called themselves. It's an insult to the profession. Butchers more like.
Since she lived nearby, I offered to help her home, help which she gratefully accepted. Although I suggested right now was not a good time as snow was starting to fall heavily.

We both set off the next morning on her journey homeward, cutting across the fields to avoid a large party of rough looking men. It was a pleasant journey made all the more enjoyable by her company which I was going to miss.
As she bade me a farewell, I sadly turned & made my way out of the village, not even the gambling tents could tempt me, something I would normally take great joy in.
I had not gone far down the track when I heard footstep running hurriedly behind me. turning swiftly in case of trouble, I spotted a familiar figure coming towards me. It was her! Babbling, she said she enjoyed wandering with me so much, she could be useful to me, she heard many things, knew many stories and...and...did I mind? Mind!? Nothing could make me happier. So, with my heart soaring, we made our way across the open heathland.

We had not gone too far when we saw a long, low wall running across the tops of some hills. Luckily she knew a way through as I didn't fancy trying to climb it. We made our way down to some sort of guard post. I don't know what was said but I could see the guards smiling & laughing & we were soon waved through. They did pass on a bit of information. Apparently Sprawl City was in arms. & people were rioting in the streets. That might make my job a bit easier, I thought. Getting into places is always easier if there's some confusion.

We shortly came across another dank bog. As I looked for an easy path across, I saw a strange glowing light coming towards us, roughly man sized. As I stood there trying to figure out what it was, it suddenly shot forward, passing straight through me, leaving me feeling strangely weakened.
Pressing quickly on in case it came back, we came to the edge of the Old Wood. Spotting an old man sitting there underneath a tree, we stopped to speak to him. Apparently things had got worse in Sprawl City. It was in open rebellion & orcs had taken the opportunity to attack, laying siege to it.
As we rested up, I could feel an oppression in the air, closing in around us. This, coupled with the news we'd just received made me realise I needed to make my move soon.

Pushing through the tall grass the next morning, we surprised a group of dark-cloaked men, all decorated with strange sigils. With some quick thinking & even quicker talking, we managed to convince them to let us pass.
Pressing on, we encountered a familiar face. It was a merchant I have had reason to deal with before & some of his fellow traders. We haggled for a bit & did some trading and as the fog was closing in, we joined their camp & had a merry evening. Although he did tell some tales of my past that I'd rather he hadn't, leaving me stuck with the nickname 'the Executioner'.
As we left them the following day, he passed on some more information regarding the orcs around Sprawl City. Apparently they were demanding tribute. With the city fighting amongst itself & with the incompetent leadership still in place, it was difficult to see how they could get out of it.

My time to act was now, I couldn't delay any longer.
Heading to the city, I took a short amount of time to check with some contacts & pick up a trick or two.
Since I had last been here, things had got a lot worse. The ruler had clamped down on the populace, refusing to let them fight against the orcs as they raided at will. It was almost as if he was inviting them in. If he could be removed, well...at least they'd have a chance. they just need a symbol to lead the way.

They knew of an entrance into the palace through the sewers. They'd get me in, I just had to finish the job.
Waiting until dark, I went through the sewers & up into a kitchen, stealthily making my way to the master bedrooms. Ducking out of sight once or twice as guards passed by, little realising I was there.
I spotted my quarry snoring away so I crept to the bed & swiftly drew my dagger across his throat.
I quickly headed back the way I had come. Thankfully, the palace seemed blissfully unaware of what had happened.
Making my way back to my contacts, we had a hurried conference.

The townspeople were startled to be awakened from their slumber by a ringing bell. They were even more surprised, as they gathered in the square, to be confronted by a head on a pike.
"This is your leader. He who lead you only into despair. He is no more. Now, now is your time!"
With a great cheer that swelled until the very earth shook, they turned & headed towards the orc army. The slaughter was terrible & lasted the rest of the night.

Morning came, the sunlight peering faintly through great plumes of smoke from the pyres of dead. Thankfully, some had seen sense & brought some captives for us to question.
It seemed the Leader was just a puppet. There was some stronger, darker force pulling the strings. A dragon king.
With this information, we knew we had a chance of finishing this. Not just for now but for all time.

Plans were made. It seemed the best chance would be for a small group sneaking in & catching him unaware. A large group would catch his attention.
Taking with me a few volunteers- my trusty minstrel who refused to leave my side, one of my sneakier contacts & one of the townsfolk who had proved himself in battle the previous night & swore to give his life to free his people- I set off towards the dragon's rumoured lair.

What few problems we encountered on the road were swiftly overcome although I was most pleased to stumble across a hidden cache of armour in an old oak tree, the helmet & cloak being particularly fine.

We rested up at a nearby farm, helping them out while we talked over our strategy. We decided that one would attempt to distract the dragon while I made my way to a place I could shoot from. There I would attempt to pierce his armoured hide, aiming for the soft spot around his throat.

We could hear the bubbling of lava & great hisses of steam as we got closer. Picking our way over rocks & around lava pools, we found an old passageway leading into the heart of the dragon's lair.
We spotted the dragon, seemingly asleep in the middle of a large cavern.
I spotted a ledge a bit higher up that looked like it would be a good spot to shoot from so I started climbing.
As I did so, I saw the townsman moving around on the floor of the cavern, hoping to turn the dragon so I could get a better shot.
I had just reached my spot when I saw the townsman stumble over a rock. With a great roar, the dragon awoke, snapping forward with it's great jaws & powerful teeth, neatly catching our unfortunate companion.
It tossed him into the air, stretching it's neck to catch him again.
That was it's last mistake.
Seizing my moment, I swiftly launched a volley of shots- watching as they seemed to all thud home.
The dragon turned it's scaly head towards me, looking to take out this creature that had hurt it so...but it was too late, the arrows had done their job.
With a great sigh & a puff of smoke, the dragon collapsed to the ground, quite dead.

We saluted our fallen companion & decided to bury him where he fell before we turned our weary feet homewards, hoping to make it back in time for the real celebrations.




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Absolutely great - I kid you not I've got goose pimples. At first I was trying to guess what the encounters and rewards were but I was soon lost in the narrative of the story. I love how you brought the world to life, with Sprawl City as a "stinking, filth-ridden cesspit of corruption". And where would we be without the rambling drunk?? laugh

Thanks for taking the time out to type this up, it's neatly written and very evocative. It sounds like you had the perfect storm of events and encounters to nail your Saga - and the Ancient.

You guys are gonna quickly bankrupt me with these excellent session reports - and rightly so, keep em coming!

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PS. Is it me or where there a few Hidden tokens in play here?? And who was the girl by the door? Bah, enough questions. Brilliant post!
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Awesome stuff!!

All we need now is for a publisher to spot some of these reviews....
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Great report.


Mmzomba wrote:

All we need now is for a publisher to spot some of these reviews....


Fingers crossed.
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Mmzomba wrote:
Awesome stuff!!

All we need now is for a publisher to spot some of these reviews....


Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves - we'll have to see if more than two different people enjoy the game first! laugh
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Counting you and me, that is 4. Plus the 80 or so fans...
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Nice report...

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Great stuff

Hey Nick, have you received your Artscow cards yet? I think you ordered your's a day or so before I did, and I'm still anxiously awaiting...
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ninjadorg wrote:

It sounds like you had the perfect storm of events and encounters to nail your Saga - and the Ancient.

Yeah- I was riding a wave of luck from start to finish. The encounter with the Cult of Masklaw was the luckiest- passing an Influence 4 test when you only have 4 Influence

ninjadorg wrote:

Is it me or where there a few Hidden tokens in play here?


I think my first action of all but 2 turns was to Hide. The Assassin ability was too good to pass up

ninjadorg wrote:

Who was the girl by the door?


The Stranger was the Beggar but since the Ally reward I got from it was the Minstrel, I wove the two together

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Toc13 wrote:
ninjadorg wrote:

It sounds like you had the perfect storm of events and encounters to nail your Saga - and the Ancient.

Yeah- I was riding a wave of luck from start to finish. The encounter with the Cult of Masklaw was the luckiest- passing an Influence 4 test when you only have 4 Influence


Those rolls are great if you can pull them off! cool


Toc13 wrote:
ninjadorg wrote:

Is it me or where there a few Hidden tokens in play here?


I think my first action of all but 2 turns was to Hide. The Assassin ability was too good to pass up


On balance, what are your thoughts on being Hidden after this session? Over/under-powered? Either/neither?


Toc13 wrote:
ninjadorg wrote:

Who was the girl by the door?


The Stranger was the Beggar but since the Ally reward I got from it was the Minstrel, I wove the two together



Nice - that's how I usually resolve these smaller stories too.
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ninjadorg wrote:
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On balance, what are your thoughts on being Hidden after this session? Over/under-powered? Either/neither?


It's a bit tricky to tell from this playthrough as I had the Assassin's ability to really pump the Sneak Attacks. Being able to Sneak certainly saved me from a kicking at the hands of the Gargoyle though.
I need to test out Spells for my next game so I suspect Hiding may happen a lot there too & I'd be able to judge it better.
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Toc13 wrote:
ninjadorg wrote:
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On balance, what are your thoughts on being Hidden after this session? Over/under-powered? Either/neither?


It's a bit tricky to tell from this playthrough as I had the Assassin's ability to really pump the Sneak Attacks. Being able to Sneak certainly saved me from a kicking at the hands of the Gargoyle though.
I need to test out Spells for my next game so I suspect Hiding may happen a lot there too & I'd be able to judge it better.


Cool, can't wait to hear about your wizardly exploits too!
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