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Sérgio Iglésias
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This is my first time writing a session for Ravenloft but I didn't intend to and so I didn't record our rolls but I do remember our last adventure well, so I'll try to write about it. My group has already played several scenarios mixing in some heroes from other D&D adventure system games playing kind like a campaign, when we play we sometimes make sounds, mimicking and some talk between our characters, I'll try to translate that to my writing, so our brave Adventurers are:

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Thorgrim, Dwarf Cleric (Avdenture 1 and onward)

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Arjhan, Dragonborn Fighter (Adventure 2 and 3)
Heshkan, Dragonborn Wizard (Adventure 4, 5 and 6)
Drizzt, Drow Ranger (Adventure 7 and 8)

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Heshkan, Dragonborn Wizard (Avdenture 2 and 3)
Arjhan, Dragonborn Fighter (Avdenture 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8)

João&Marisa:
Kat, Human Rogue (Adventure 6, 1st half)

Nani:
Kat, Human Rogue (Adventure 6, 2nd half)

Rui:
Quinn, Human Cleric (Avdenture 6)


The story so far.

Our heroes Thorgrim the Dwarf Cleric, Arjhan the Dragonborn Fighter and Heshkan the Dragonborn Wizard arrived at the village of Barovia seeking to put an end to the terror that afflicted the townspeople. The vampire Lord Count Strahd von Zarovich ruled over Barovia from Castle Ravenloft.

They stormed the castle and explored it's crypts, fighting Castle Ravenloft's monsters to seek and find the Icon of Ravenloft, with they could study to find a way to end Barovia's curse and maybe destroy the evil vampire overlord that ruled there.

On their quest, they faced Strahd's allies who proved to be a threat even for the mighty heroes, the strongest of them being, the infamous Dracolich, Gravestorm. Two adventurers that were passing by Barovia decided to join the heroes and help them slay Gravestorm. Quinn and Kat were essential for the heroes success but they were on a quest of their own and left shortly after the glorious victory along with Heshkan who decided to help them with their quest.

After parting ways in the crypt the heroes didn't heard from Quinn, Kat or Heshkan anymore and wondered if they were able to leave the castle safely, but they didn't had time to worry about them because the witch known as the Howling Hag, one of Strahd's ally, used her magic to split the party and trap them in an unknown location of the castle crypts.

The two lone heroes fought their way to the center of the unknown underground crypt level, meeting there but surrounded by Strahd's undead minions and the powerful witch. It didn't matter how many times they stroke her down, she always seemed to return, but it seemed that they were not the only ones trapped in the Howling Hag's spell, as another adventurer arrived at the center of the crypt level and like the shadow of a flame, the adventurer danced and swiftly killed monster after monster while Thorgrim finished a prayer that would put an end to the spell that bound them in that floor, and when he did, Arjhan finished the witch once and for all.

When the spell lifted, the two heroes and their new ally, Drizzt, the Drow Ranger, found themselves at the crypt's entrance. But Strahd's Armies stirred in the deeps, ready to launch an assault on Barovia and the heroes decided to prevent the monsters from leaving the Castle.

After fending off the undead army that was marching to Barovia the heroes realized it was all a diversion, for Strahd was becoming desperate and decided to create a powerful flesh golem made from various pieces of human remains to smash the heroes. The maniac laughter of Strahd echoed from within Ravenloft as the Golem's terrifying cry confirmed the Count's success.

The flesh Golem would surely wreck havoc in Barovia and terrify the townspeople further, it had to be stopped even if they were to walk into Strahd's trap.

The heroes entered Ravenloft and descended deep into the crypt dungeons, two hallways presented themselves after they descended the stairs, one to the left, one the right and one larger chamber to the front.



Thorgrim took point and passed the chamber ahead of them, he explored deeper into the dungeon corridors until a skeletal soldier rose from a near bone pile and assaulted him with a running slash. Caught unaware Thorgrim suffered a large wound.

Arjhan stepped into the chamber and shouted at the undead soldier taunting him into attacking the warrior, the skeleton ran towards the Dragonborn fighter but before it could do anything Arjhan's heavy axe broke the Skeleton Soldier in pieces. Arjhan then picked the skull and turned left to explore, he discovered another room but a misstep and the sudden sound of stone grinding was followed by the movement of the chamber's walls sliding towards each other, trapping the two heroes in between them. Arjhan and Thorgrim pushed the walls as much as they were able and despite some exhaustion they avoided being crushed. Arjhan almost didn't had enough time to block the zombie's attack that came from the newly discovered room unnoticed in all the commotion.

Knowing that Arjhan would take care of the Zombie Drizzt summoned her dear friend Guenhwyvar and explored to the right of the chamber ahead, revealing a narrow corridor and a rabid wolf ready to pounce on Drizzt, Guenhwyvar was faster though and pounced on top of the wolf with all her weight crushing the wolf's bones and tearing into the Wolf's flesh with her claws. Beneath the wolf's corpse Drizzt found a mirror and picked it up.



Turn 1 end Status
Quote:
2 Healing Surges
Party Exp: 3

Thorgrim 5/8 HP
Holds: Potion of Rejuvenation
Powers:
Healing Strike
Lance of Faith
Beacon of Hope
Consecrated Ground
Healing Word

Arjhan 9/10HP
Holds: Necklace of Fireballs, Skull
Powers:
Trapping Strike
Cleave
Brute Strike
Dragon's Breath
Unstoppable

Drizzt 8/8 HP
Holds: Potion of Healing, Mirror
Powers:
Twinkle
Icingdeath
Twin Strike
Figurine of Guenhwyvar
Dancing Serpent

Guenhwyvar 2/2 HP


Thorgrim successfully disabled the sliding walls mechanism before they started to push again and left Arjhan who was dealing with the Zombie and explored deeper to North, High pitched squeaking could be heard from the dark corridor that was ahead and suddenly a rat swarm flooded the chamber Thorgrim was in, climbing and biting The dwarf's body from every direction.

Arjhan shouted a cry challenging the Zombie and with a swing of his mighty war axe, he split the Zombie in two, Arjhan picked a torch that was held on the Zombie's rags and lighted it, illuminating the room ahead as he explored further to west. The room was in fact a large chamber and a horrible stench of decay started to fill the crypt's atmosphere making it hard for the heroes to breathe. In the middle of the chamber there stood a gargoyle, suddenly the gargoyle's eyes moved and met Arjhan's and then the stone fiend jumped towards Arjhan, furiously attempting to slash him with her stone claws, avoiding the attack was impossible as the gargoyle was too fast and Arjhan stood under that whirlwind of claws almost incapable of moving, attempting to block what he could without success.

Drizzt continued exploring east along with Guenhwyvar only to find a larger corridor with a Gargoyle standing in the middle, as soon as Drizzt saw the Gargoyle, Guenhwyvar jumped roaring on the Stone fiend, who was already starting to move in Drizzt's direction, Guenhwyvar's great claws and fangs pierced the Gargoyle's hard stone making fissures and cracks all over the stone monster but the gargoyle was able to shake Guenhwyvar off and mortally wounded the magical panther, who had to retreat to the astral plane in order to survive.



Turn 2 End Status
Quote:
2 Healing Surges
Party Exp: 4
Crippling Miasma Environment in play.(-1 Speed all Heroes)

Thorgrim 4/8 HP
Holds: Potion of Rejuvenation
Powers:
Healing Strike
Lance of Faith
Beacon of Hope
Consecrated Ground
Healing Word

Arjhan 7/10HP and Slowed
Holds: Necklace of Fireballs, Skull, Torch
Powers:
Trapping Strike
Cleave
Brute Strike
Dragon's Breath
Unstoppable

Drizzt 8/8 HP
Holds: Potion of Healing, Mirror
Powers:
Twinkle
Icingdeath
Twin Strike
Figurine of Guenhwyvar
Dancing Serpent

Guenhwyvar 0/2 HP


Thorgrim used his mace to smite the Rat swarm that flooded the room, he killed most of the rats with a single swing while the remaining ones disbanded and ran, any injuries the rat swarm had done seemed to be healing quickly thanks to the light caused by Thorgrim's mace when he smote the rats. The crippling Miasma made it hard to run but Thorgrim managed to get to the end of the corridor panting and discovered another chamber. A skeleton warrior stood in the middle of the chamber, prepared to charge at the dwarf, Thorgrim quickly readied himself but all of the sudden Strahd stepped from the shadows and casted a spell, a blinding flash of purple light shot from his hands and for moments all Thorgrim could hear was Stradh's mad laughter, then Thorgrim found himself, along with the Skeleton, in another chamber. In the room to the east, there was Arjhan under the gargoyle's relentless charge, trying desperately to defend himself from her claws and then another flash of purple light made the Gargoyle disappear only to, for Thorgrim's dismay, appear right next to him. Unaware of the Skeleton's Charge Thorgrim suffered a great slash across his chest.

Arjhan took awhile to recover from the Gargoyle's assault and then stepped inside the larger chamber where Thorgrim was and yelled "Take cover!", with no further delay he took a deep breath and with a roar, a deadly blast of fire shot from his open mouth, engulfing their foes within. Although the Gargoyle resisted the heat, her stone skin was damaged and the skeleton turned to ashes, with no time to waste Arjhan yelled to the Gargoyle taunting it and when he was within the Gargoyle's reach he used his war axe to shatter the weakened stone head into pieces and then the Gargoyle stopped moving, when he killed the Gargoyle he had a glimpse of the future and foresaw a Wolf's howling, a treasure chest and cackling skulls. Dazed from the vision, he took a small step back, glancing south and saw that the chamber continued and that Giant Spider was descending from the ceiling , ready to attack. The distant baying of a Wolf echoed throughout the crypts just before the spider shot an acidic web towards Arjhan, entangling him on the web who burned as it touched the fighter's hard skin and then the spider pulled herself towards the fighter using the web.

Meanwhile Drizzt angered by what the Gargoyle had done to his dearest friend assumed the Dancing Serpent stance and moved quickly behind the damaged Gargoyle and with the Icingdeath he pierced the Gargoyle's head opening more fissures that started touching one another until the gargoyle broke into pieces, oddly enough he looked behind and although he could barely see him, Drizzt yelled to Arjhan “Shake it off!”, Arjhan heard Drizzt and snapped out of it and released himself from the acidic web, then Drizzt continued to explore east, stumbling on an ancient treasure chest with a rusty lock, he opened the chest and found a potion of healing inside. At the end of the corridor Drizzt found a crossroads and a Wolf ready to attack him, the wolf pounced on top of him and Drizzt had to struggle beneath the wolf's assault, flinching as the wolf's fangs skunk in Drizzt's shoulder.



Turn 3 end status
Quote:
2 Healing Surges
Party Exp: 12
Crippling Miasma Environment in play.(-1 Speed all Heroes)

Thorgrim 2/8 HP
Holds: Potion of Rejuvenation
Powers:
Healing Strike
Lance of Faith
Beacon of Hope
Consecrated Ground
Healing Word

Arjhan 6/10HP
Holds: Necklace of Fireballs, Skull, Torch
Powers:
Trapping Strike
Cleave
Brute Strike
Dragon's Breath
Unstoppable

Drizzt 7/8 HP
Holds: Potion of Healing x2, Mirror
Powers:
Twinkle
Icingdeath
Twin Strike
Figurine of Guenhwyvar
Dancing Serpent


Badly wounded from all the monster assaults, Thorgrim whispered a brief prayer and a divine healing light washed over himself. Seeing as Arjhan released himself from the web to face the Giant Spider and how he was handling himself and had no need of help, Thorgrim explored to the north of the chamber finding another narrow corridor with a skeleton warrior already charging at him, meanwhile a crystal skull floated out of the darkness, due to his experience Thorgrim smashed the skull before the skull could do anything and timely blocked the Skeleton's attack.

Arjhan challenged the spider with a roar and sunk his large war axe in the spider's body, removing it while she still twitched, moments before her death. Next to the spider he found a bag of food, Arjhan picked it up and explored west, which was a continuation of the large chamber they were in and a Ghoul could be seen coming towards him, but one of the floor stones sunk under Arjhan's foot and the walls started sliding separating the heroes from each other. Arjhan was pushed deeper into the chamber where the Ghoul was and Thorgrim was pushed away in the opposite direction. Surprised by the sliding walls trap, Arjhan was caught flatfooted by the ghoul's paralyzing claw strike that wounded and paralyzed Arjhan.

Drizzt summoned his strength to overpower the wolf and slay him using his elven blade, Twinkle. On the corner of the wall, there was a scared kitten and Drizzt decided to bring the little animal with him before exploring South. The room Drizzt found to the south was a workshop, filled with all kinds of body parts and cirurgical equipment, a giant abomination made from different body parts, was lying down on the cirurgical table tied with straps on his wrists, ankles and neck, before Drizzt could process everything he was witnessing, Strahd's voice could be heard, ordering the Flesh golem to head to Barovia and destroy everything in it's path. The Flesh Golem forcefully released himself screaming and started heading in the direction of the dungeons' exit.



Turn 4 end status
Quote:
2 Healing Surges
Party Exp: 7
Crippling Miasma Environment in play.(-1 Speed all Heroes)

Thorgrim 6/8 HP
Holds: Potion of Rejuvenation
Powers:
Healing Strike
Lance of Faith
Beacon of Hope
Consecrated Ground
Healing Word

Arjhan 5/10HP and paralyzed.
Holds: Necklace of Fireballs, Skull, Torch, Food
Powers:
Trapping Strike
Cleave
Brute Strike
Dragon's Breath
Unstoppable

Drizzt 7/8 HP
Holds: Potion of Healing x2, Mirror
Powers:
Twinkle
Icingdeath
Twin Strike
Figurine of Guenhwyvar
Dancing Serpent


The Golem's scream echoed from within the crypt, Thorgrim and Arjhan knew they had to make haste, Thorgrim returned to the sliding walls chamber and sanctified the ground around him, warding evil from the chamber and disabling the trap, then he quickly finished the skeleton with a smite of his mace, the divine light that scattered from the mace healed Thorgrim's more of Thorgrim's wounds, behind the skeleton there was a portrait of a beautiful woman, Thorgrim picked it up but voiced from the shadows started whispering horrifying secrets but Thorgrim's willpower and experience bested the shadow spirits and dismissed them before they could grow and spread.
Meanwhile, the golem slammed on the ground hitting an helpless Drizzt and sending him flying across the room, the flesh golem then pressed on towards the exit.

Arjhan was paralyzed but the adrenaline carried him through battle and forced his body to swing his heavier than ever axe and cut the Ghoul in it's torso sending the creature flying across the large chamber. Then he yelled to Thorgrim “RUN!” as a mysterious portal appeared in front of him, luckily his experience allowed him to avoid being sucked inside the portal! And the golem continued towards the exit.

Drizzt ran towards the Golem and then face to face with the giant abomination, he remembered that they discussed that the Golem's mind would be that of an animal and that certain objects might had a soothing effect on the creature, so he urged the monster to calm down, “Wait... Look, it's a mirror” Drizzt said and handed the mirror the creature. The golem glanced at the mirror and saw an ugly, scary and horrifying creature looking back at him and in anger screamed and attacked Drizzt with the mirror “Wraaaaaargh! Little-Grey-Man BAD!”, then the creature slammed on the ground and hitting Drizzt, he thrown him back deeper into the dungeon again severely injuring him.

(Encounter Bubbling Cauldron, no effect in current situation)

Turn 5 end status
Quote:
2 Healing Surges
Party Exp: 2
Crippling Miasma Environment in play.(-1 Speed all Heroes)

Thorgrim 7/8 HP
Holds: Potion of Rejuvenation, Portrait
Powers:
Healing Strike
Lance of Faith
Beacon of Hope
Consecrated Ground
Healing Word

Arjhan 7/10HP
Holds: Necklace of Fireballs, Skull, Torch
Powers:
Trapping Strike
Cleave
Brute Strike
Dragon's Breath
Unstoppable

Drizzt 2/8 HP
Holds: Potion of Healing x2
Powers:
Twinkle
Icingdeath
Twin Strike
Figurine of Guenhwyvar
Dancing Serpent


Thorgrim heard the creature's screams become closer and closer and knew they had little time to stop the creature so he drank his potion of rejuvenation and ran towards the sounds! The creature could now be glimpsed far away in the dark corridor. Seeing that Thorgrim was right in front of the exit and in it's way, the golem roared in fury and ran towards him.

Arjhan recovered from the paralysis and rushed behind Thorgrim, he caught up with him just to find themselves face to face with the monster. The creature slammed the ground next to Thorgrim and missed but the feedback sent Thorgrim flying against the wall.

Using the dancing serpent stance Drizzt ran swiftly towards his comrades and was able to arrive in time before the golem's next attack. “Hey golem, here look!” Drizzt handed the kitten to the Golem, the monster picked cat who was scared of him and scratched the Golem's wrist making the giant cry in pain. “HARRGH! LITTLE GREY MAN BAD!” The golem smashed the animal in his hand and attacked the three heroes in it's rage. With no other resort, and almost dead, Drizzt drank the two potions of healing he had and flashed his two scimitars at an impressive speed and dealt several critical blows on the giant. The bleeding flesh Golem attacked Drizzt once again, slamming the ground where Drizzt was and sending him flying once again.

Turn 6 end status
Quote:
2 Healing Surges
Party Exp: 2
Crippling Miasma Environment in play.(-1 Speed all Heroes)

Thorgrim 5/8 HP
Holds: Portrait
Powers:
Healing Strike
Lance of Faith
Beacon of Hope
Consecrated Ground
Healing Word

Arjhan 6/10HP
Holds: Necklace of Fireballs, Skull, Torch, Food
Powers:
Trapping Strike
Cleave
Brute Strike
Dragon's Breath
Unstoppable

Drizzt 3/8 HP
Holds:
Powers:

Twinkle
Icingdeath
Twin Strike
Figurine of Guenhwyvar
Dancing Serpent


The Golem then turned to Thorgrim and Arjhan still angered. Thorgrim held the Portrait of the beautiful woman and gave it to the angered golem, the Golem picked the Portrait and stood there looking at it for awhile. “Hoooo... P'itty...” He said calming himself down while around him the entire crypt shuddered as if some gargantuan creature was moving one the levels below, Drizzt got up and rushed towards the monster with Twinkle ready to attack.

Arjhan then tried to further pacify the monster and gifted him with a Flaming Torch, the Golem picked it and mesmerized watched the flame dance on the tip of the Torch, with it's mouth open, when a shrieking banshee emerged from the shadows and passed by the chamber howling but its howl was weak and had no effect.

Drizzt assumed the attacking stance and used twinkle to wound the Golem on his arm. “WHAAAAAAAARGH! LITTLE GREY MAN BAD!” and with a cry he attacked Drizzt, dropping the torch and the portrait on the floor. Drizzt received another blow from the Golem and the sound of bones cracking echoed in the chamber, Drizzt was sent once again across the chamber, panting and bleeding almost dead, from the punishment he received continuously. Suddenly the haunting sound of an organ filled the crypt, sending shivers down the spine of the heroes.


Turn 7 end status
Quote:
2 Healing Surges
Party Exp:
2
Music of the Damned Environment in play.

Thorgrim 5/8 HP
Holds:
Powers:

Healing Strike
Lance of Faith
Beacon of Hope
Consecreated Ground
Healing Word

Arjhan 6/10HP
Holds: Necklace of Fireballs, Skull, Food
Powers:
Trapping Strike
Cleave
Brute Strike
Dragon's Breath
Unstoppable

Drizzt 1/8 HP
Holds:
Powers:

Twinkle
Icingdeath
Twin Strike
Figurine of Guenhwyvar
Dancing Serpent


Thorgrim closed his eyes in prayer and light shined from beneath his feet, sanctifying the ground around him and warding the heroes from any evil. The light blinded the Golem and he turned to attack the cleric he slammed on Thorgrim who tried to block the blow with no success. Mists seemed to fill the crypt chamber but the light from the consecrated ground faded and with it the mists.

Arjhan tried to calm the monster down again and offered him the bag of food, the Golem opened the bag of food and started eating it peacefully. “Lizard Good, Lizard friend?” he said when he finished, Arjhan confirmed and teaches the Golem that the strong protect the weak and that he was strong. The golem then went deeper to the dungeons, with the promise that he wouldn't hurt the villagers of Barovia even if they were scared of him.

The heroes then returned to Barovia to rest and to heal for Strahd would have to face his demise the following night!

Next morning, some of Strahd's minions were found dead near the village and rumors about a Giant guardian started during that day.

Adventure's End Status
Quote:
2 Healing Surges
Party Exp:
2
Music of the Damned Environment in play.

Thorgrim
3/8 HP
Holds:
Powers:

Healing Strike
Lance of Faith
Beacon of Hope
Consecrated Ground
Healing Word

Arjhan 6/10HP
Holds: Necklace of Fireballs, Skull
Powers:
Trapping Strike
Cleave
Brute Strike
Dragon's Breath
Unstoppable

Drizzt 1/8 HP
Holds:
Powers:

Twinkle
Icingdeath
Twin Strike
Figurine of Guenhwyvar
Dancing Serpent
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Sounds like a fun session of CR.
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foxfan wrote:
Sounds like a fun session of CR.


It was, from a thematic point of view it was odd for Drizzt to attack while we tried to calm the golem down but we had fun, although Drizzt seemed to make the game easier.

And By the way, English isn't my language and the session report may have some grammatical errors here and there. Also, the image quality may not be the best they were taken with my iPhone 3G but it's all I've got. Next time I intend to take the photos with the minis on the tiles, I forgot to do it this time around as I just wanted to illustrate the dungeon's layout to go with the writing.
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