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[WFRP 2e] Renegade Princeps 50

My PC
Vaervenshyael - Female Elf Assassin (suffering from a Host of Fiends disability and carrying a magical stone linked to gluttony)

My companions
Tankred "Silver Bear" Tenneckermann - Human Artisan/Mercenary/Champion Wilhelm Hechland - Human Pistoleer/Engineer/??? Doctor Johann Wilhelm Woeller - Human Physician
Imultrud - Knight NPC, liaison to Mathilde

(Previous Notes)
The party finally returned to Mathildeburg, the home of Imultrud, and the northern-most ally of Padua-Upon-Avon. Due to limited ration and drink on the trail, Wilhelm and Vaervenshyael were compelled to head straight to the Drunken Donkey tavern for some much needed sustenance.

At the tavern, a barmaid "helpfully" reminded Vaervenshyael that the place offered baths. It seemed weeks on the trail from Barak Varr had left a noticeable stink on the party. Vaervenshyael dismissed the suggestion until she had gotten a suitable dinner.  "And, if I remember correctly, this town was covered in rats when …

[WFRP 2e] Renegade Princeps 49

My PC
Vaervenshyael - Female Elf Assassin

My companions
Tankred "Silver Bear" Tenneckermann - Human Artisan/Mercenary/Champion Wilhelm Hechland - Human Pistoleer/Engineer/??? Doctor Johann Wilhelm Woeller - Human Physician
Imultrud - Knight NPC, liaison to Mathilde

(Previous Notes)

Does the party help the dwarves defend the bridge from the oncoming orc contingent? Does the party rush to get as far south as possible before the orcs reach the river? The options are taken out of the party's hand as the orcs arrive while the party discusses options.

The orcs arrive with a couple stone trolls hauling ballistae. Homebrew mass battle rules are initiated.

Vaervenshyael spends the first segment of combat on the edge of battle, trying to deftly take on 1-2 orcs at a time only. This strategy does not work, and she is wounded to almost half her full health total. The Fiend takes over.

The next segment, she skewers goblins, opens the guts of orcs, and cuts down a few members of the head …

[D&D 2e] Eveningstar Campaign 34

My Character
Gairloch Ironheart - Svirfneblin Priest of Grumbar
Companions Jemmabink - Gnome fighter
Vahael Corrolon - Human Cleric of Helm
Nina - Human Paladin of Helm
Leonardo - Human Summoner
Revoltac - Elf Ranger

(Previous notes)

Return to Eveningstar

The party returned to Eveningstar from their recent assignment via Arabel. On the way into Eveningstar, Jemma wanted to stop to give young Anna some candy she bought in Arabel. Then it was on to see Lord Tessaril Winter. King Azoun was also with Lord Tessaril, awaiting our return. He was glad the party retrieved his dagger, but would not take it from us. Lord Tessaril did that on our way out. Instead, the King invited us to Suzail for his birthday party! Nina, being a paladin from Suzail, told us it was a very prestigious event and that only the top ranks were invited. The King said the party would be held at Lord Partic Thistle's.

Return to The Keep

The party returned to their keep, Keep Vigilant, to find 3 bugbears had attacked in …

[WFRP 2e] Renegade Princeps 48

My PC
Vaervenshyael - Female Elf Assassin

My companions
Tankred "Silver Bear" Tenneckermann - Human Artisan/Mercenary/Champion Wilhelm Hechland - Human Pistoleer/Engineer/??? Doctor Johann Wilhelm Woeller - Human Physician
Imultrud - Knight NPC, liaison to Mathilde

(Previous Notes)

Events as written by the GM:
The knocks wake each of you almost at the same time.

The cock hasn't crowed and it's pitch dark outside your windows. Each of you rouse yourselves from slumber to make out the knock becoming a pounding on your door. Someone curses and its answered a throaty voice of a dwarf to shut up.

"Wake up! You're summoned to the high council of Barrak Varr. Quickly now. Don't keep them waiting! Dress. Collect all your belongings as well!" The message is the same to each of you, if varied only in the gruff or emphasis of the pounding on your door.

Outside your room waits two armed dwarves, one less so than the other, both holding lanterns. You see others at your…

Cat Summoning Tables

As a follow up to my Cat Summoner idea, I compiled this list from the various AD&D 2e Monstrous Manual and Compendiums (Compendia?). "Normal" cats would stick more to the spirit of the idea, but I also included optional monsters with cat parts. The list goes up to level 13, but the Monster Summoning spells only go to level 7, so that's where I stopped. To give you a taste of the rest, the only monster I listed at Level 13 is a Render. I, personally, would consider summoning a Render to either be a final act of life-or-death desperation or an act of Chaotic Evil. Enjoy!
Monster Summoning 1 (Level 3 Spell) Level 1 Cat, Crypt : Normal (Compendium 2) Cat, Small: Domestic Cat, Small: Wild Cat, Winged: Lesser (Compendium 1)
(Optional) Tiger Squirrel
Monster Summoning 2 (Level 4 Spell) Level 2 Cat, Great: Giant Lynx Cat, Winged: Tressym (Compendium 1) (Optional) Feystag (Compendium 1) (Optional) Tabaxi
Monster Summoning 3 (Level 5 Spell) Level 3 Cat, Great: Cheetah Cat, Great: L…

[D&D 2e] Eveningstar Campaign 33

My Character
Gairloch Ironheart - Svirfneblin Priest of Grumbar
Companions Jemmabink - Gnome fighter
Vahael Corrolon - Human Cleric of Helm
Nina - Human Paladin of Helm
Leonardo - Human Summoner
Revoltac - Elf Ranger (Absent)

(Previous notes)

The Amazing Adventures of Jemmabink, the very same adventures that encouraged me to leave the comforts of the Underdark and travel to the World Above, these adventures are no more easy to believe now that I live them side-by-side with the legend Jemmabink herself.

The lock on the iron door would not yield to our key, and we weren't quite ready to force it. We retraced our steps back to the antechamber to try another route. There was a door ajar on the east wall, just the way we left it. Jemmabink and Nina opened the door to a hallway. The hallway had two doors across from each other nearby and another two further on. The second door to the south lined up with the iron door we couldn't open. At its end, the hallway turned south.
When the figh…

Cat Summoner

What is the feasibility/playability of a Summoner who only summoned cats? I bet you could find different strength cats in various monster books to equate to every summoning spell: House cats, lynx, bobcat, cougar, cheetah, jaguar, leopard, lion, tiger, sabertooth, etc.I think it would be fun, but I'm a big cat fan (that is, a fan of cats larger than house cats).

[WFRP 2e] Renegade Princeps 47

My PC
Vaervenshyael - Female Elf Assassin

My companions
Tankred "Silver Bear" Tenneckermann - Human Artisan/Mercenary/Champion Wilhelm Hechland - Human Pistoleer/Engineer/??? Doctor Johann Wilhelm Woeller - Human Physician
Van Duster - Mercenary NPC
Imultrud - Knight NPC, liaison to Mathilde
Gertie - Knight NPC, liaison to Mathilde

(Previous Notes)

The party was four weeks into their stay at Barak Varr after finding the latest talisman. Vaervenshyael was hungry a lot. She had put on over 5 lbs, while still doing all the activity she was used to doing. Some mornings she woke up mad. Very mad.

On the day she thought she might finally talk the party into returning to Padua (after all, Tankred's sword would not be finished for months yet), the dwarf guard entered the inn where the party was staying and requested the party join them at the gates to the Temple of Verena. Apparently the gates had been closed for some time, and the party members were the last ones seen coming or goi…

[WFRP 2e] Renegade Princeps 46

My PC
Vaervenshyael - Female Elf Assassin

My companions
Tankred "Silver Bear" Tenneckermann - Human Artisan/Mercenary/Champion Wilhelm Hechland - Human Pistoleer/Engineer/??? Doctor Johann Wilhelm Woeller - Human Physician
Van Duster - Mercenary NPC

(Previous Notes)

Tankred kicked open yet another set of double doors. Inside was a pile of bones with a seat on top. In the seat was a humanoid in disturbing armor, borne by those Chosen of Chaos. The creature's helmet was shaped like the visage of Abdul Al Shar. He exuded chaos and terror. Johann and Vaervenshyael failed their terror tests. Tankred and Wilhelm attacked.

Before the battle was over, Vaervenshyael failed 3 Terror tests, which lead to 3 Insanity Points, and 1 mental disability. For the disability, she rolled Host of Fiends. She will have to pass a Willpower test daily or be taken over by an Aspect of Khorne! This fits in perfectly with the campaign and her background.

After Tankred unleased Ulric's Fury and Wilh…

Did I Play an X Card?

It finally happened. My Warhammer character failed a Terror test, and then failed her Insanity check. The GM said we'd get around to finding my disability later, and my character failed 3 Terror checks in a row, so I had plenty of time during combat to look up the options of mental disabilities.

By the time combat was done, I had looked through them all. There were some that seemed to fit my situation better than others, and there were two I wasn't interested in playing at all.

I spend every workday dealing intimately with addicts. It gets to be very taxing at times. During my game time, I don't want to have to roleplay a weirdroot or mandrake addict or an alcoholic. That's just no fun to me, though I could probably do it with uncanny accuracy. When the time came to roll, I stated these feelings out in the open.

Luckily I rolled one of the disabilities that seemed to fit my situation perfectly. I'm sure the GM would have let me reroll if I had rolled one of the dis…

[WFRP 2e] Renegade Princeps 45

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My PC
Vaervenshyael - Female Elf Assassin

My companions
Tankred "Silver Bear" Tenneckermann - Human Artisan/Mercenary/Champion Wilhelm Hechland - Human Pistoleer/Engineer/??? Doctor Johann Wilhelm Woeller - Human Physician
Van Duster - Mercenary NPC

(Previous Notes)



Tankred was impatient to get this quest over with. He kicked in the first door on the left, into what looked like a stable. Two gunshots rang out from a wraith-like creature wielding pistols. Vaervenshyael tried to shove Tankred away from the doorway and out of the line of fire. Unfortunately, the creature's aura held Vaervenshyael in the grip of fear and she couldn't move.

When Vaervenshyael broke the spell of fear and she could move, she wanted to stay as far away from the monstrosity as possible. She pulled her own pistols and fired...with very little effect. She was forced to pull her hand weapons and engage. Her first attack with her rapier killed the creature that Tankred had beaten down.

The straw in t…

[WFRP 2e] Renegade Princeps 44

My PC
Vaervenshyael - Female Elf Assassin

My companions
Tankred "Silver Bear" Tenneckermann - Human Artisan/Mercenary/Champion Wilhelm Hechland - Human Pistoleer/Engineer/??? Doctor Johann Wilhelm Woeller - Human Physician
Van Duster - Mercenary NPC
Imeltrud - Knight, liason to Mathilda NPC
Gertie - Knight, liason to Mathilda NPC

(Previous Notes)

A beaten Verenan was released from the shackles holding him up. The doctor tended to his wounds. Tankred began burning cultist bodies. The Verenan started mumbling.

"They've opened the portal...they sent Felix and Gustav to retrieve the stone...They know...They know about the talisman."

There is a door on one side of the room that the priest is looking toward. Vaervenshyael listens. Crickets. It could be a pleasant outdoor evening on the other side of the door...only the party is underground.

The door is a portal to another dimension. There was much debate about turning around and going back. Tankred despises magic. Vaerve…

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[D&D 2e] The Tomb of the Lizard King 2

Mist: Human Shadow Walker (Mage/Thief) Level 5 Jairus: Elven Mage/Thief Level 3/4
Kell: Human Ravager (Barbarian) Level 4
Sanaka: Human Windwalker (Priest) Level 5
Gunel: Human Fighter/Gladiator Level 5
Garrin: Gnome Cartographer (Thief) Level 5
Droop: Goblin Lackey (Fighter) Level 1
(Previous Notes)
A gnome cartographer named Garrin joined the party. He walked into Waycombe at dusk, intrigued that it was empty. He entered the only intact building with lights on and introduced himself. Droop, the goblin, took a liking to him immediately. The party spent the night at the inn in Waycombe, splitting watch duties between the non-spellcasters.

During the first watch, Kell saw two men walking out into the field behind the inn. They started yelling toward the town, but she couldn't make out what they were saying. She woke Mist and Gunel. The men were too far away to understand. The three kept eyes on the men until the two gave up and headed back into the forest. There was no other commotion du…

[WFRP 2e] Renegade Princeps 43

My PC
Vaervenshyael - Female Elf Assassin

My companions
Tankred "Silver Bear" Tenneckermann - Human Artisan/Mercenary/Champion Wilhelm Hechland - Human Pistoleer/Engineer/??? Doctor Johann Wilhelm Woeller - Human Physician
Van Duster - Mercenary NPC
Imeltrud - Knight, liason to Mathilda NPC
Gertie - Knight, liason to Mathilda NPC

(Previous Notes)
Vaervenshyael stared into the room. There were three pale female dressed in antiquated clothing, sitting around two long tables drinking dark wine out of goblets. In the back of the room was a seductive tapestry. Under the tapestry was a 2 inch slit in the floor. The room slanted slightly toward the slit.

The females looked up from their cups and smiled invitingly. Vaervenshyael got straight to business. “What is this place?” The women answered with an invitation into the room.

From behind, Imultrude warned the party of nefarious emanations coming from the room. Tankred charged. Before she could react further, one of the ladies cast a s…

[D&D 2e] The Sword Coast Adventures (Setup)

Brielle the Academician and Ulric the Loremaster met in a library in Waterdeep. They were both looking to access the same historical archive and soon learned of their common interests. Through research, they soon learned of long forgotten historical sites of yore and set about investigating them in person.
Early on, they hired common mercenaries to accompany them to remote sites. It didn't take long, however, before they realized the need for a trustworthy (wo)man at arms to coordinate these escapades. They did some research (naturally) and found a warrior in Candlekeep who came highly recommended: Nora.
On one of the remote explorations, the party came across a minotaur in an underground complex. After a rough initial impression, the party came to realize the minotaur was not a menace but instead a Ranger named Kolot. Brielle and Ulric were happy to offer such a unique creature a place in their exploratory band. This caused some dissention amongst the hirelings, and Nora was for…

[WFRP 2e] Renegade Princeps 42

My PC
Vaervenshyael - Female Elf Assassin

My companions
Tankred "Silver Bear" Tenneckermann - Human Artisan/Mercenary/Champion Wilhelm Hechland - Human Pistoleer/Engineer/??? Doctor Johann Wilhelm Woeller - Human Physician
Van Duster - Mercenary NPC
Imeltrud - Knight, liason to Mathilda NPC
Gertie - Knight, liason to Mathilda NPC

(Previous Notes)

Kaldezeit 13th: Chilly. Fires lit around Barak Varr. Less than 1 week until the 1st day of winter.

Vaervenshyael engages in a conversation with the head of the Cult of the Practicing Owl (Verena). The conversation is in regards to her party accepting the mission from the priest. The priest states the mission is of utmost secrecy. Vaervenshyael tells him in no uncertain terms that half of the party can not be depended on for secrecy. His wish is for her to bring the rest of the party to the temple so he can impart the dire need for secrecy.

Kaldezeit 14th.

The entire party heads to the temple. After a talk with Doctor Woeller, Vaervenshy…

13 Fun Things to Do When You're Bored in Barak Varr

Your recent travels have brought you to Barak Varr. If you're lucky, you have some time to yourself but have no idea what to do on a day off in a dwarf hold. Here are some ideas to keep you busy (but not necessarily out of trouble).
Indoor Treasure Hunt: Barak Varr is filled with dwarven riches!

Dwarves have so much gold that they can't even contain it in their massive treasure vaults. Check every nook and cranny of the hold. Don't forget to look under the throne cushions!Scrub Last Year's Filth Off!

Slip into a soothing bath laced with your own moisturizing soap blend. In a clean container, mix together ½ cup lye, 1 tablespoon beef tallow or pig fat, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Pour the entire mixture under the running water as you draw your bath. Honey is a natural humectant, which will attract and retain moisture in your skin.Create a Recipe Book

You won't be in Barak Varr forever, and who knows when you'll have access to these wonderful recipes again. Travel tav…