The Tomb of Annihilation’s Revenge 4: Slaying the Queen of Feathers

The Tomb of Annihilation’s Revenge 4: Slaying the Queen of Feathers

In which the Sigil 6 slay the Queen of Feathers in front of Dacaad and return to Omu, a lost city in the midst of being rebuilt.

TEXT: Tomb of Annihilation's Revenge

PIC: Acererak's green-gem eyes looking down on the Lost City of Omu

Who are the Sigil 6 – Trundle, Helewynn, Bugwump, Kuru, Jusko and Shepherd what have they been up to?

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Helewynn’s player always wants to leave her weapons in their scabbards and do some outside the box stuff. I’m worried that 5e’s hit point bloat has attempted to mechanically curb this amazing instinct. Her Moon Elf jumped off her War Raven with a silver chain in her hands, wrapping the blade around the Queen of Feather’s mouth and wrestling her to the ground. When the Queen of Feathers attempted to throw her off, a 20 was rolled in the dueling athletics roll. The Moon Elf Barbarian dragged the legendary T-rex to the ground.

I described the Queen of Feathers desperately trying to get Helewynn off of her, using her Misty Step ability. I described it as stepping momentarily into the Astral Sea returning to Chult 20 feet above the ground but there was no shaking this elven bad-ass.

Kuru put a stone with Immovable Object on it on the back of the Queen of Feather’s head, pinning her in place. Jusko offered his vorpal blade, the one Kuru had ripped from the Queen’s head when they first met, and Helewynn beheaded the beast.

Trundle mentioned checking the corpse for magic items and I rolled on an online random table that generated a pile of magic items, adding in that she also had an undigested Githyanki Silver Sword.

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Dacaad warned the group that the kobold cliffs could be dangerous and cautioned against going to the Yuan-ti part of the city. “Turns out, when people worship a hungry snake god who wants to end the world by eating it, diplomacy is tricky.”

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The ancient Omu trickster snake god is back in Trundle’s head now that he is back, giving the group access to the Godroads again.

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The Sigil 6 hit 11th level tonight. Shit is getting real. I think we’re going to go from 1 to 20. Exciting.

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Next Game: A feast in Omu and then getting the Soul Jars they know are in Acererak’s trapped tomb.

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The Tomb of Annihilation’s Revenge 3: The Heart of Ubtao Hospital

The Tomb of Annihilation’s Revenge 3: The Heart of Ubtao Hospital

In which the Sigil 6 once again travel south across Chult on pterodactyl-back.

TEXT: Tomb of Annihilation's Revenge

PIC: Acererak's green-gem eyes looking down on the Lost City of Omu

Who are the Sigil 6 – Trundle, Helewynn, Bugwump, Kuru, Jusko and Shepherd what have they been up to?

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The crew asked their merchant prince friend, Jessamine, whose nephew they saved from Zhent kidnapping and whose sister they have travelled with across the planes and consider a part of their Sigil 6 Family. They asked her if she knew of any of Acererak’s spies in Port Nyanzaru. She said she would look into it.

I described Jessamine’s face losing its smile as they left and she ordered the kidnapping of a merchant who was a known worshipper of Orcus. She got some intel out of this merchant through unkind means and send it to the Sigil 6 in a letter. Acererak does return to the Cradle of the Death God and is not planning on harming the Sigil 6 himself, believing that other forces will do that for him if he just waits long enough. Also they learned that Acererak lost some standing with other liches when his plans to make his own Death God fell through.

They travelled south and met a Ranger leading a group and he explained Dacaad’s leadership, “He seeks to unite the tribes and peoples across Chult as best he can. Dacaad has placed tablets in all of Ubtao’s deserted holy places, with a litany about what he needs to do to apologize to the people of Chult for abandoning them.”

There was a cool moment where this Ranger asked why they were on Chult. Jusko put it in a cool way, “We are being hunted and need help we can only find here.”

The Ranger nodded, “Being prey is a terrible thing.”

The Heart of Ubtao, a floating stone half a mile above the ground, was now being used as a hospital by healers, led by Ebelle, an elder. Bugwump rudely suggested they destroy the Teleportation Circle to Red Land of Thay rather than hoping a stone with a Dispel Magic Rune on it will lock it closed.

Ebelle took his advice and so they used Kuru’s Stone to Mud wand, digging up the circle from its stone roots and throwing it off the Heart. They were gifted a flying steed, a winged zebra, as a thank-you. Trundle loved the steed and so it is his.

Next Game: They could see a man on a hilltop, sipping from a canteen, sword across his lap. The Queen of Feathers, a legendary T-Rex is hunting him nearby, almost ready to pounce. That man is Dacaad.

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The Tomb of Annihilation’s Revenge 2: “I don’t know; Scry casual.”

The Tomb of Annihilation’s Revenge 2: “I don’t know; Scry casual.”

In which the Sigil 6 Scry the Cradle of the Death God.

TEXT: Tomb of Annihilation's Revenge

PIC: Acererak's green-gem eyes looking down on the Lost City of Omu

Who are the Sigil 6 – Trundle, Helewynn, Bugwump, Kuru, Jusko and Shepherd and what have they been up to?

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The Corpseflea formerly known as Failed Soldier is now Shepherd. The player described the character not at all responding to the old name.

Love it.

Some players were missing tonight, so we had a low-key scry and chat. It was a lovely downshift.

Shepherd, the Corpseflea Death Priest, scryed into the chamber where the Sigil 6 had destroyed the Death-God Acererak was growing in the dungeon under the Lost City of Omu. He saw 8 Lich Soul Jars and with a Gem of True seeing, saw an invisible lich, bound by iron over its arms, legs, face and hands.

In the Chapel of Hate, they saw the Nothics chained to the wall and with a solid Arcana check, Bugwump explained that Vecna seeding false manuals that did not turn necromancers into liches but into Nothics, one eyed beasts with only vague memory of their previous lives. They also saw the secret doors down the hallway they hadn’t explored because I messed up and shared a map with the secret doors on it.

* shrugs * Eh.

During their last delve into this mess, they had access to the Godroads. This time they do not. They bought a Teleport Scroll as a safe retreat measure.

I really like re-visiting old places, seeing how things have changed. I’ve got fun ideas about the Lost City of Omu and how Chult has changed in the months since the Sigil 6 was here.

An ambitious tribal leader is uniting factions throughout the continent.

Next Game: Into the jungle. No, really.

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The Tomb of Annihilation’s Revenge 1: Return to Chult

The Tomb of Annihilation’s Revenge 1: Return to Chult

In which the Sigil 6 return to Port Nyanzaru.

Who are the Sigil 6 – Trundle, Helewynn, Bugwump, Kuru, Jusko and Failed Soldier and what have they been up to?

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We discussed some shopping options and picked up matched Rings of Protection +2 with the Sigil 6 symbol on it. Yes, the group has matching rings. Items were bought and discussed and they spent down some of the fortunes they’ve accrued adventuring.

One thing was certain, they needed to go back and grab the lich’s soul jars their gnome friend, Dosk, picked up in looking over her scans of the tomb.

They went through a portal that took them directly to Port Nyanzaru and could feel the weight of the Death Curse was gone. The city was even more vital and full of energy now that death wasn’t hijacked.

There were more folk from the country and jungle in the city, people of different dressed and different makes of weapons and heraldry. It turned out that someone named Daacad was uniting the tribes to fight off the undead plague and some of Daacad’s folk were in the port to demand the Merchant Princes did their fair part to make Chult better.

Jusko had given their Ranger Guide, Tefnek some gold to purchase him an apartment. She got him an apartment made from a grounded ship, staked down on a black sand beach just outside the city. Jusko surfed and Tefnek suggested he stay and settle down but Jusko refused (I didn’t quite say, “Drew, do you want to retire this character?” but I came close).

The group got saddles on their pterodactyls and we ended a bit early there. We had some players missing and decided to start the journey back to Omu with more people at hand.

Drew:

Bugwump and Kuru discussing the merits and flaws of deliberately provoking interdimensional tears in the fabric of spacetime — as our opening scene — was pretty damn entertaining.

Trundle being interested in bringing back Omu to Chult was cool too — Trundle as a chosen of the gods trying to seek a solution involving gods, fun. Also the Incredible Hulk themesong for Trundle the Roadcursed was fun.

Anthony constantly CONSTANTLY brainstorming plans, side grifts, fallback plans, opportunities.. someone get him a job managing disasters somewhere, his brain is shockingly good at engineering solutions out of the detritus around him.

“Judd, did you engineer this bad guy or is he from some supplement?”

“Basically, what I did, was put a Demilch into an Iron Golem. Pretty simple.”

Bees bioengineer new queens. Whoa.

Bugwump hates flying, “I find this method of conveyance appalling.”

I kinda liked that the ship-apartment was the old Styx Boys boat. And that I got the old Slav out onto the water to get some night surfing in. Maybe the matchmakers will work some miracles. I thought about retiring him, but I think walking out on the S6 when they’re being hunted — plus having no idea what I’d play next — makes that hard right now.

Next Game: Into the jungle.

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Planescape Tweener Planning Session

Planescape Tweener Planning Session

In which the Sigil 6 return to Sigil, do research, ask questions and make a plan.

Who are the Sigil 6 – Trundle, Helewynn, Bugwump, Kuru, Jusko and Failed Soldier and what have they been up to?

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With their powers and resources dwindling, they ran like hell from the Tomb that Walks. It did not follow them into Sigil.

After weeks of brutal battle, it was lovely to take a moment and breathe a bit. Kuru visited the Head Administrative Clerk of Sigil, a subtle Hobbit lady who Kuru knows is Sigil’s Spymaster.

She gave him access to intercepted arcane messages sent between liches and their thoughts on Aborak. Established:

Liches are selfish jerks.

They are fascinated with Aborak and think the demilich likes being a bounty hunter in the depths of what is left of their dark soul.

Aborak’s Iron Golem has delayed blast fireball gems on its chest.

Demiliches can’t cast spells and Aborak has to pay necromancers and liches to gate around. The Lich-Queen often barters with them, trading lost Silver Swords and runaways for money. The Githyanki Lich-Queen is the Tomb that Walks’ bank.

NOTE/OATH: If we don’t have a heist on the city of Tu’narath, I’ll have considered this campaign and my entire gaming career a net loss.

They asked their Gnomish Artificer friend, Dosk, questions about demiliches but she didn’t have much to give them but their questions made her go back and look over her scans she took in Chult under the Lost City of Omu. She pointed out to them that there were clearly lich-soul-jars (trying to get away from the term, phylactery in support of fellow Jews who detest its use in this manner).

They are returning to Chult to grab them.

Their Drider handler, Quarace, is going to head to the Radiant Citadel to set up shop so the Outlands Expedition Teams and the Shieldbearers can talk shop and trade techniques.

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Session 1: Cool Ass Title

Failed Soldier met up with a necromancer corpseflea called Failed Lich, who mentioned that his name didn’t seem to encompass his actions and Failed Soldier (Flodier for short) gave a humble answer.

Then they met up with the Corpseflea Librarian who was meeting with a Harlequin-garbed Corpseflea Bard who suggested their species should hold their lore in poetry and song. The Librarian also suggested that Failed Soldier’s name didn’t seem to encompass them.

“I want something about guiding souls to where they belong, helping them on their way…I’m not sure.”

“What about Shepherd?”

I think Failed Soldier has a new name…

Jusko feasted the Holy Order of Ioun and asked the holy eldritch knights who ride tenser’s discs, to watch out for the Sigil 6’s friends and family. We said cool shit about how adventuring comrades become friends and then something like family and then something more than family. It was good shit.

They are going back to Chult, apparently Jusko has an apartment there. Then we’re off to the Radiant Citadel.

Next Game:

PIC: Acererak's green gem eyes looking over the Lost City of Omu

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Gloomwrought: City of Midnight, Session 4, LOOK UPON ABORAZ AND DESPAIR!

Gloomwrought: City of Midnight, Session 4, LOOK UPON ABORAZ AND DESPAIR!

The usual Gloomwrought: City of Midnight title card, session 4 but with the text in obnoxious red in a glitch-font - LOOK UPON ABORAZ AND DESPAIR
Gloomwrought: City of Midnight / Session 3 / The Second Wave

In which the Sigil 6 survive their first encounter with Aboraz, the Living Tomb, the Skull that Walks.

Who are the Sigil 6 – Trundle, Helewynn, Bugwump, Kuru, Jusko and Failed Soldier and what have they been up to?

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Aboraz landed, crushing the stone beneath his feet. He taunted the Sigil 6 in ALL CAPS. The party hated him.

I made some Aboraz houserules. Aboraz slowly imposes Lair status on any battlefield where he strides. I rolled a d6 for his 3 main Lair actions and he’d get access to those lair access when they came up.

We use the bingo chips from our XP Bingo Board as Inspiration. Helewynn and Trundle blew through a ton of inspiration avoiding the Demilich’s Howl, which would have taken them to 0 hit points. So, they were standing but were terrified of the next Howl, not knowing I had rolled and the power had failed to re-charge.

Without any rests, they were diminished and had fewer powers to choose from. When Aboraz Life Drained those in melee with him and the Iron Golem he is encased in, he healed himself of the damage they had managed to do for the first few rounds. Morale was not high.

Bugwump threatened to break the Staff of the Forgotten One, which might have very well destroyed everyone, including the Tomb that Walks. Aboraz was willing to bargain, “CHOOSE WHO AMONGST YOU WILL STAY AND DIE. THE REST MAY LEAVE WHILE I COLLECT MY BOUNTY ON YOUR COMRADE.” They didn’t go for that. Bugwump Dimension Door’ed out, trying to bring Jusko with him but the stubborn old fighter refused to leave just yet.

Trundle used his newfound power from the God of Gates and Portals to grant his comrades increased movement and they ran for it after Failed Soldier kept folks up with a healing spell. Aboraz’s Iron Golem tried to grapple Jusko but rolled a 1 and so they all got away.

I checked in, making sure it was a villain they loved to hate and not just a villain they hated for real. Everyone was having fun. Cool, cool. We’ll start from the guarded gate back to Sigil next week.

DM’s Notes: I’m glad that fight is over. Y’know, I think waves upon waves of enemies is what I’m supposed to be doing for every 5e combat. Oy.

Next Game: I have no idea.

Drew’s comments:

Other highlights: Petty wizard digs between Bugwump and the mechalich: “Something something and your aesthetically unappealing golem chasis.” ML: “AESTHETICALLY UNAPPEALING, YOU HAVE HURT MY FEELINGS. IT IS ALL YOU WILL HURT.”

Judd’s portrayal was amazing – Like a robot luchador moonlighting as a carnival barker. Super irritating, and funny.

Bugwumps signature black hole failed – oh shiz!

The backchannel chatroom: “Someone text Jesse NOOOWWWWWW”

Hellewynn was dropping damage in the 20s tonight, holy crap. Always give the barbarian the lightsaber, folks.

The fact this thing brings lair actions to every party is a problem.

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Gloomwrought: City of Midnight, Session 3, The Second Wave

Gloomwrought: City of Midnight, Session 3, The Second Wave

Gloomwrought: City of Midnight / Session 3 / The Second Wave
Gloomwrought: City of Midnight / Session 3 / The Second Wave

In which the Sigil 6 loot the vault of the late vampire gang, kill the last surviving vampire, stuff 2 vampire spawn accountants in a bag of holding and face Innistradi Vampire Assassins.

Who are the Sigil 6 – Trundle, Helewynn, Bugwump, Kuru, Jusko and Failed Soldier and what have they been up to?

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Tearle, last of the vampire criminal syndicate known as the Barovian Sabbat died on his knees. His last words were, “Get on with it, motherfu-” as Helewynn beheaded him with the same blade she used to kill Strahd. He had said, “Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Who are you to be so eager to deal out death in judgement.”

“We’re the Sigil 6, motherfucker.”

In one of the most prudent moves in the campaign, they stuffed vampire spawn accountants (Salem and Star, which upon reading it even SOUNDS like an undead accounting firm) in their bag of holding, hoping to utilize their skills as wealth managers once they are safely at home in Sigil.

Kuru threw water on the rats as he hit them with a wand of lightning bolts. Thought that was fun. He did a sleight of hand in order to not catch his friends in the lightning’ed water.

The Innistradi Vampire Assassins struck from the shadows and as many opponents do, they struck hard but the Sigil 6 weathered that initial storm and hit back. The trio of assassins (Opal, Liam and Lucius), who I pictured as a throuple, turned to mist once the first of them took 109 points of damage and get out of the vault.

In the quiet of the battlefield, as all vampires were mist and the rat swarm was dispersed, dirt fell from the vault’s ceiling as an iron golem with a demilich in its chest stomped its way to the well-entryway to the vault and crashed into view.

I AM ABORAZ, THE STRIDING SKULL, THE TOMB THAT WALKS. DO NOT SURRENDER! I WISH TO LEARN ALL I CAN FROM DEFEATING YOU ALL IN THE HEAT OF BATTLE.”

DM’s Notes: This will be the third week of fighting but I feel like we still get role-playing in, which is fun. Why is Helewynn afraid of rats?

I need to make a wealth sheet for the loot picked up here (like the one I did for the Ravenloft fortune).

Next Game: Another fight. Why not?

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Gloomwrought: City of Midnight, Session 2, Killing Rahadin

Gloomwrought: City of Midnight, Session 2, Killing Rahadin

Gloomwrought: City of Midnight

Session 2: Killing Rahadin
Gloomwrought: City of Midnight / Session 2 / Killing Rahadin

In which the Sigil 6 kill Rahadin and most of her vampire gang that has terrorized the streets of Gloomwrought since Strahd’s curse was lifted.

Who are the Sigil 6 – Trundle, Helewynn, Bugwump, Kuru, Jusko and Failed Soldier and what have they been up to?

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We got a late start, so the game was half a dozen or so rounds of combat.

In the first moments of the battle, Jusko held himself in reserve and took stock. He noticed that someone was watching the battle. He saw the arcane eye that is made when someone is scrying.

Failed Soldier changed the fight with a Daylight spell that decimated the 3 vampires, causing one to flee, another to get caught and another to get separated and eventually killed by Jusko, Helewynn and Kuru. I rolled a 1 on ANOTHER vampire bite. These undead fools love to chip their teeth on Sigil 6 armor; this time it was grappled with Jusko but couldn’t get a taste of his blood.

Failed Soldier’s Blight spell killed Rahadin, who was locked in battle with her rival, Helewynn. Strahd’s red right hand was dead and the Sigil 6’s ending of the Curse of Strahd is complete.

Trundle laid into a group of vampire spawn who were near dead and seemed to drop one with every swing of his flamebrand.

Bugwump’s fireballs were also game-changers. He spent the combat under the aegis of a Greater Invisibility. Rahadin hit him with a lucky shot in the first round or so with a poisoned dart.

Late in the fight, he vampire spawn were sent to kill Failed Soldier, wanting to end the Daylight spell. For one round they surrounded him and just could barely touch him. One Vampire Spawn rolled two 1’s on their two attacks. Based on this I decided these were undead accountants, counting money in the vault of this vampiric gang. The last 2 vampire spawn left surrendered and one vampire is still in an arcane prison circle.

DM’s Notes: I’m not wild about D&D combats. It felt like there weren’t enough fun environmental toys for the players to mess around with in the vaults. I’ll think on that moving forward.

Next Game: What will they do with their undead prisoners? Who is watching them? What now? Surely none of this has anything to do with the vampire assassins they know are after them, sent from Innistrad.

Surely…

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Every so often the best game is no game.

Every so often the best game is no game.

CANCELLED in red stamp letters over the moody Gloomwrought title.

Two players were on the Zoom call but were sick. One had to bow out because family was in town. I had a rough night where I couldn’t sleep and when I did sleep I dreamed that I wasn’t sleeping well enough.

The energy was low and despite the fact that this is the third session we’re missing, our overall attendance is so good that it won’t muss up our overall inertia.

We were saved from the hangout becoming a communal primal scream of pain and frustration at the state of the world when one of the players said something positive in her life and we went around the table, saying something good in our lives.

Even with online games sometimes you have to step away, chat and catch-up. Sometimes folks are just too exhausted to game and so we get to learn about the cover-band, solid physical therapy, library conference, successful dental work, fixed pool filter and/or t-shirt sale that are keeping our friends going.

When we start the next session, we’ll be at a good starting point – with the Sigil 6 having climbed down a dry well into the Barovian Sabbat’s treasure vault. Somewhere they can hear the voice of Rahadin, Strahd’s Red Right Hand who got away from the group with 2 hit points during one of the final battles. It is a good place to hit the PAUSE button because it is such a fun place to hit PLAY.

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Alex’s Questions

Alex’s Questions

Sigil 6
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Alex has some questions on his blog. Here we go.

The link under the Sigil 6 title image above is a kind of index of posts about this game if you want to know more.

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How many sessions have you been playing, more or less?

I’ve written about 41 sessions. I bet I missed about 3 but let’s just call it 41+ for the sake of argument.

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How long have you been running this campaign?

The earliest blog post is from February 5, 2021, so, a bit more than a year.

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Have you had long breaks? If so, how did you pick it up again?

We’ve missed a week or 3 here and there because of holidays or family emergency.

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How many people are at the table when you play?

Me and 6 friends over Zoom.

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How many characters are in the party when you play?

That is a great question. The team, The Sigil 6, definitely adopts folks. A ranger, who was their guide through the jungles of Chult and taught them how to fly pterodactyls is seen as part of the family. The wizard has taken on an apprentice recently. The posse can be anywhere from 6 to 10 or so at times when NPC’s join up. In Barovia they had a whole other team, affectionately called the B-Team.

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How many players have you had in total over that time period, not counting guest appearances?

Just the core 6 and me.

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Have you had guest appearances? How did it go? Did you gain regular players that way?

We haven’t done that yet. I think we’d be more likely to do that if it was going on in person.

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What have the character levels been over time?

We started at level 1 and now all of the characters are level 10. The Bingo XP Variant is a nice pacing mechanism (on top of a few other things).

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What classes did the players pick? Did you add new classes over time?

We’ve got a Fighter, Barbarian, Ranger/Cleric, Cleric, Rogue, and Wizard.

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Tell me about some adventures you ran over that time that I might enjoy hearing about?

Here are some unanswered questions about them:

Is Bugwump who he thinks he is or is he a clone of the arch-mage he remembers being?

Will Failed Soldier, the Corpseflea learn about the origins of his people in the Radiant Citadel? Will Helewynn gain a reputation even more famous than Slayer of Strahd?

Will Jusko Hajek reconcile with his family or be forced to destroy them?

Whatever happened to Trundle’s mountain home that was at war with demons?

Will Kuru retire to raise goats or will his impulsiveness get him killed?

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Have the rule changes over that time? Do you maintain a house-rules document?

I definitely propose house-rules and we all agree on them. We should make a house-rules doc; that would help keep track of things.

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Has the setting changed over time?¹

I think their understanding of the setting has deepened and that has changed the meaning of certain things – if that makes sense. They are certainly well known now.

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How much in-game distance did the party cover, how big is the area they have visited?

It is a planar-game, very much inspired by my memories of the Planescape boxed set, set in Sigil, so wide areas are covered through gates and such.

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Have you used proprietary setting books? Like, could you publish your campaign or would you be in trouble if you did?

It is pretty heavily steeped in D&D intellectual property. It would take some heavy filing of serial numbers to make it publishable

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¹ Have you added cultures or regions after years of play because you read a good book? Have your players toppled governments, resettled people, or made other large scale changes to the setting – without that being the end of the campaign?

I’m sure lots of tidibits from my own reading or conversations with people in my life drip in. I definitely added a War Corvid after reading Black-Tongued Thief and some drug sales in Gloomwrought were clearly influenced by The Wire.

War Corvid
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