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D&D Curse of Strahd: Session 77

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Kosef gulped. Seeing Victor killed by the swarm of gleaming blades introduced again reminiscences of seeing his allies slaughtered by Strahd. However his resolve was robust. And he held the Employees of Frost. Pointing it in the direction of the Coronary heart of Sorrow he set off a blast of freezing chilly power that engulfed the swarm, the guts, and the vampires. Icy fissures appeared on the floor of the big coronary heart. Nevertheless it was not destroyed. Nor have been the vampires who slashed and bit on the surrounded rogue.

Our on-line Dungeon & Dragons Curse of Strahd marketing campaign reached the 77th session final night time and we’re starting to see the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel. We’ve been enjoying as soon as every week for over a yr and a half and after final night time we’re one step nearer to defeating Strahd and finishing the marketing campaign.

Sadly final night time’s recreation did endure a minor technical difficulty. My two-year-old son, who’s often asleep an hour earlier than we play, couldn’t calm down. Resulting from a misplaced practice ebook, he was nonetheless awake at eight o‘clock when the session started. I used to be delayed in becoming a member of the sport, and for some time I used to be satisfied that I might miss it altogether. A primary on my half. However fortunately, after 40 minutes of me making soothing “choo choo” noises and pretending to be a tunnel, he lastly allowed himself to board the sleepy practice. So I joined the journey a bit late, not sure if I my character would nonetheless be alive.

Because of Steve (Brundle Swash) for filling within the blanks the place I missed the story.

Beforehand in Barovia…

After weeks of operating blindly round Barovia, we’ve lastly made it to Fort Ravenloft, Strahd’s residence. We now have learnt that a stake via the guts paralyzes him and, if we do handle to kill, him his physique will return to his coffin within the crypt under. Armed with this data, we got down to lastly confront our nemesis.

Final session, after escaping a possessed elevator, we tried to take an extended relaxation to recoup spells and well being. Throughout the remaining, Baräsh forged Magic Circle into Kosef’s Ring of Spell Storing, hoping this might act as a final resort ought to we get into hassle. Nevertheless, our slumber was interrupted and we ran right into a tower and located the Coronary heart of Sorrow. That is Strahd’s precise coronary heart. Warped and twisted by the magic within the citadel, it floats on the pinnacle of the tower, protected by a swarm of animated weapons and three hungry Vampire Spawns. With no spell slots and little or no well being, we attacked the guts and incurred the wrath of the monsters. In the course of the encounter Victor fell from the tower and died. We ended final session with Kosef surrounded by vampires on the prime of the tower and really badly harm.

Nepharon and Associates: The Kosef Division

Kosef – Human Rogue/Wizard, carries the Employees of Frost, performed by me;
Baräsh – Dragonborn Paladin, follower of St. Andell and the Morning Lord;
Gimble Timbers – Gnome Fighter, proprietor of the Solar-Sword, has a pet canine referred to as Kevon;
Brundle Swash – Gnome Druid, will get electrocuted so much;
Ireena – Human Cleric, Strahd’s would-be bride, blessed by St. Andell, NPC.

Castle Ravenloft StrahdThe Kosef Division of Nepharon Associates. L-R: Ireena, Gimble Timbers, Baräsh, Kosef, Brundle Swash, and Victor

Excessive above him, Brundle might see Kosef, beneath the Coronary heart of Sorrow, surrounded by two vampires. They clawed and snapped at him. Snarling and spitting because the badly harm rogue assumed the fetal place, desperately making an attempt to guard his neck and face. Simply as Brundle noticed this, he heard Baräsh charging up the steps behind him. Appearing with uncommon velocity and dexterity, the hirsute gnome jumped up and onto the dragonborn’s again as he sped previous. At that actual second the swarm of halberds and spears handed them, diving right down to the tower depths under and heading straight for Gimble Timbers, who stood protectively over the unconscious Ireena.

The session carried proper on from final week so we stayed in the identical initiative order. Gimble Timbers first, then Brundle Swash, then Kosef, and Baräsh final. Our DM dominated that, as I wasn’t there, Kosef would merely curl up right into a ball and attempt to shield his valuables till I appeared. This was very type and beneficiant of him.

The round tower we have been in was about 200 ft excessive and 60 ft vast. It had a 5-foot-wide picket stairway that circumnavigated the room creating a number of ranges every with a quantity of doorways and exits main out. At its apex, the tower was 20 ft extensive; that is the place the Coronary heart of Sorrow hung, beating and throbbing in mid-air. Kosef started the session two-thirds of the best way up, surrounded by two vampires. Brundle and Baräsh have been lower than midway up. And Gimble Timbers and Ireena have been on the bottom flooring.

ROLL INITIATIVE!

With the animated weapons heading instantly for him on the base of the tower, Gimble Timbers introduced out the sun-sword, activating its vibrant radiant glow and selected to carry his assault motion for once they have been inside vary. They have been about 80 ft above him and descending quick.

As Brundle noticed the weapons velocity previous, he tried to sluggish them down with a frostbite spell. It hit one of them and dealt solely a small quantity of injury. Staying mounted on Baräsh’s again, Brundle kicked his legs to rush the dragonborn onwards.

At that second, the beating Coronary heart of Sorrow started pulsing and throbbing violently. This brought on the entire tower to shake and everybody on the steps needed to make dexterity saving throws or be thrown off. Amazingly, all three of Brundle, Baräsh, and Kosef made their saves; the vampires didn’t and have been momentarily disoriented.

Then, with Brundle mounted on his again, Baräsh charged ahead, up the steps, dashing to double his motion velocity. He made it to inside 40 ft of Kosef, who had discovered a second’s respite from the vampires as they recovered from the tower shaking.

Over the course of the subsequent couple of rounds, Gimble Timbers fought off the animated halberds utilizing the facility of the sun-sword, however there have been too many of them, they usually scored multiple important hit towards the gnome fighter, leaving him perilously close to demise. As he batted and swatted them away, he might hear sounds coming from the hall behind him. Growling sounds. Our DM described them as sounding “houndish” and “from hell.” Hell Hounds.

Brundle and Baräsh continued their cost up the steps to rescue Kosef and assault the Coronary heart of Sorrow. Baräsh was utilizing his actions to sprint to cowl as a lot floor as potential, as Brundle despatched flaming and frosty cantrip in the direction of the vampires on the prime of the tower. This brought about simply sufficient distraction to make them momentarily overlook about Kosef, who continued to cower on the ground.

Magic Circle

Simply because the vampires had recovered and have been turning to face Kosef once more, the rogue stood up—it appears I joined the sport simply in time and our DM hadn’t determined to kill me in my absence!

Remembering the spell that Baräsh had helped put together final session, Kosef held out his hand and forged Magic Circle from his highly effective Ring of Spell Storing. This can be a nice spell. It creates a 10-foot radius, 20-foot tall cylinder of magical power that retains monsters of a sure sort—I select undead vampires—from getting into the magical zone. If you forged the spell you may also select to reverse the impact, stopping these monsters from leaving the circle. An ideal vampire lure! I used to be planning on utilizing this towards Strahd later, however this was a determined state of affairs. Thus Kosef was capable of stroll away from the snarling spitting vampire, leaving them trapped inside a glowing circle of magical power.

Brundle and Baräsh bounded up the steps simply in time to succeed in Kosef as he calmly walked away from the trapped monsters. Baräsh appeared up on the Coronary heart of Sorrow and knew what he needed to do.

Shot by means of the guts

Utilizing his Misty Step capability, he ran, jumped, after which teleported to the air simply above the guts. In a flash, he fell closely down on to the roof of the enormous pulsing muscle and, attending to his ft, he introduced down his mighty hammer onto it. The guts shuddered, inflicting Baräsh to lose his footing, however not earlier than he smashed it as soon as extra.

Cracks and fissures appeared on the guts’s floor because it shuddered once more and exploded. Crystalline coronary heart items have been despatched out violently in all instructions earlier than turning into thick viscous purple blood droplets within the air. Because the shards of glass was the crimson liquid, Baräsh’s platform fell away beneath him and he started to tumble quickly down the 200-foot drop.

Instinctively, Kosef forged Featherfall on the dragonborn, slowing his descent to a protected velocity. Baräsh started singing as he glided right down to the bottom. “Shot through the heart, and you’re to blame, you give love a bad name.”

And also you’re in charge

The room shook as a howl of rage resounded across the fort. Strahd knew what we had carried out and he was not pleased.

Baräsh continued to sing Bon Jovi songs as he slowly descended, receiving inspiration for his musical efforts. From the shadows, a vampire jumped out on the slowly falling dragonborn they usually tumbled down collectively, grappling and putting at one another as they did. By the point they reached the bottom the vampire was lifeless.

As they fell, they handed Kosef and Bundle on the first degree. Brundle healed Kosef and the 2 thought-about their subsequent transfer. They needed to get to the crypt, however the best way down was blocked. They noticed an exit on the extent above that result in the roofs. Maybe they might discover one other means down?

In the meantime, as quickly because the Coronary heart of Sorrow was destroyed, the halberds and weapons that have been attacking Gimble Timbers all fell to the bottom immobile. Grabbing Ireena, the gnome seemed round, not sure of what to do subsequent.

You give Strahd a nasty identify

“What have you done!” Stahd’s determined voice rang out. The footsteps grew louder and as Baräsh reached the ground, he might see the silhouette of Strahd by way of the hall, getting nearer. “It’s Strahd!” he referred to as out, “Run!”

“You fools. You cannot hide from me in my own home. I AM Ravenloft! Besides I’m not done with you yet. I have some old friends for you to be re-acquainted with. ”

Chilled by Strahd’s determined taunts, the Associates ran as quick as they might to the stairway and up. First Kosef and Brundle, then Baräsh, Ireena, and Gimble. They needed to depart Victor’s physique the place he lay. There was no time for ceremony or commiserations. As Gimble Timbers reached the underside step he might hear the growl of one of the hell hounds because it handed via the door throughout the room. He turned simply the hound roared a blast of hearth, uncooked and untamed in his course. Gimble Timbers screamed. END

Afterthoughts

This was a enjoyable session with moments of each brilliance and insanity. Each Baräsh and Gimble Timbers have been awarded inspiration, which hopefully will help us within the battles to return. The suggestion that there have been “old friends to be re-acquainted with” can also be a bit chilling. Maybe some of our ex-party members will return having been turned by Strahd?

There was additionally a reasonably vital mistake throughout this recreation. We didn’t understand till afterwards, however Magic Circle, which Kosef forged from his Ring of Spell Storing, has a casting time of one minute. Subsequently not a spell that can be utilized throughout fight in the best way that I did right here. One spherical is the equal of six seconds, so it might value ten rounds to forged the spell. Not preferrred. After the session there wasn’t very a lot we might do about this, our DM didn’t fancy retconning the entire battle, however now, no less than, we all know for subsequent time.

What did we study?

DM Tip: Make notes of participant’s places between periods. Particularly for those who don’t play one week since you’re nonetheless hung-over out of your birthday celebrations two days earlier. You may be capable of keep in mind from one week to the subsequent, however what for those who don’t play for some time? Will your hazy reminiscence of late night time Dungeons & Dragons periods maintain as much as a two-week break?

Participant Tip: If in your flip you determine to “hold an attack action” till a monster is inside melee vary, ensure you are absolutely conscious of the precise location of stated triggering monster. And that they will truly attain melee vary earlier than your subsequent flip. In any other case you’ve simply wasted an entire motion ready for them to get shut sufficient to strike. Identical to Gimble Timbers did with the animated halberds. Additionally, don’t overlook to deploy your held motion. It’s all too straightforward to overlook this if you’re appearing outdoors of initiative.

Subsequent week we’ve to determine if we run and conceal, or keep and battle. Whereas our object is to defeat Strahd, we aren’t in one of the best situation to face him. I feel we’ll find yourself making an attempt to run away within the hopes of discovering a protected place to relaxation. Though the probabilities of that appear fairly slim.

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