A Mysterious Tower

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One hex = six miles

The campaign so far

Here is the latest session of my solo Exemplars & Eidolons campaign. The warrior Freblun is on a quest to retrieve the Jewel of Athaya, a powerful healing artifact, from the temple of the evil deity Madathak. Athaya is the goddess of healing worshipped in the Drenroth Wilds. Freblun must reach the Temple of Madathak and acquire the Jewel of Athaya soon, because the plague is slowly advancing towards the town of Bruld.

In his previous adventure Freblun spent some time at The Golden Mushroom inn, owned by the wizard Ergrendus, and then explored the cave lair of a green dragon who had destroyed the village of Lothvur. He plundered the dragon’s hoard of treasure and acquired an instant fortress, a magical cube which grows at his command to form a metal fortress that he now camps inside. After killing the dragon Freblun returned to the ruins of Lothvur.

Freblun is a fifth level warrior with seven Facts and five Gifts.

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The Lair of the Green Dragon

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One hex = six miles

Yes I know, it’s been another four months between postings. I’m still working six days a week in my cleaning job, but recently my hours have been reduced so hopefully I’ll have more time and energy for gaming.

The campaign so far

Here is the latest session of my solo Exemplars & Eidolons campaign. The warrior Freblun is on a quest to retrieve the Jewel of Athaya, a powerful healing artifact, from the temple of the evil deity Madathak. Athaya is the goddess of healing worshipped in the Drenroth Wilds. Freblun must reach the Temple of Madathak and acquire the Jewel of Athaya soon, because the plague is slowly advancing towards the town of Bruld.

In his previous adventure Freblun explored the Strange Caves, a huge and magical network of caves in the Drundorn Hills. He rescued seven youths that had been abducted by ogre magi from the hamlet of Drothorn, and learned that four other youths had been taken to the Temple of Madathak. Unless Freblun rescues these youths first, they will be sacrificed when Urkothan, the moon, is full again.

Freblun acquired a magical hauberk of chain mail made from torgunan, the silvery metal found on Urkothan. He also found a treasure map indicating the location of the lair of a green dragon to the southeast of the Strange Caves, a dragon that had destroyed the village of Lothvur on the Trossal River. He rescued a deep elf woman named Darhalnae from Jathara, the cruel queen of the deep elves. Towards the end of his adventure he encountered the Mind Warrior, one of the strange crystalline beings called the ixkrinax who inhabit the Strange Caves. The Mind Warrior teleported both of them to a cave where the last of the ogre magi had made their lair, killing itself in the process. Nevertheless, Freblun was able to kill the three remaining ogre magi and thus ensure the safety of Drothorn. Also, when he merged his mind with that of the Mind Warrior his Intelligence was raised from 7, or below average, to 18.

Using King Othtar’s Shield, which functions as a magical teleportation device, Freblun returned to Bruld. In the temple of Dronlan, the god of merchants and adventurers, the high priestess Medornae informed him that the plague had now reached the city of Thentull to the north of Bruld. His quest has become more urgent, but he will go to the cave of the green dragon to slay that monster so that it will not pose a threat to Drothorn or to the village of Lenthir.

Freblun is a fifth level warrior with seven Facts and five Gifts.

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The Strange Caves

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One hex = six miles

I’ve been working hard in my job as a cleaner, working every day of the week except for Saturday. On Saturdays I’ve been drawing or modelling with my art group. Also, I’m still doing my laundry manually using a Ball mobile washer. So I haven’t had the time for much gaming lately. Nevertheless, I’ve managed to complete the latest session of my solo Exemplars & Eidolons campaign.

Solo gaming tools

For this adventure I used the following tools:

  • The Location Crafter from Word Mill, to randomly generate the Strange Caves during play.
  • Sophia Brandt’s Miso game, a minimalist solo roleplaying game available for free on her blog.
  • Rory’s Story Cubes (the basic set, the Voyages set, the Enchanted set, and the Mythic set).
  • The D30 version of DungeonWords from Risus Monkey.
  • The random letters table from Fernewelt (a set of rules for story gaming).
  • Weird & Wild: A Travel Generator (for the weather).

The campaign so far

The warrior Freblun is on a quest to retrieve the Jewel of Athaya, a powerful healing artifact, from the temple of the evil deity Madathak. Athaya is the goddess of healing worshipped in the Drenroth Wilds. In his previous adventure Freblun came to the hamlet of Drothorn in the Drundorn Hills, where he found that 11 youths had recently been abducted by the ogre magi who live in the magical Strange Caves to the northeast of the hamlet. He must reach the Temple of Madathak and acquire the Jewel of Athaya soon, because the plague is slowly advancing towards the town of Bruld. Nevertheless, he felt compelled to help the desperate people of Drothorn. He travelled to the Strange Caves and on the way experienced various adversities which comprised an encounter with giant woodpeckers, the breakage of his backpack, and being rained on throughout last night.

Freblun is a fourth level warrior with six Facts and five Gifts.

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Drothorn in Peril

One hex = six miles

My solo Exemplars & Eidolons campaign continues. The warrior Freblun is making his way across the Drundorn Hills to the temple of the evil deity Madathak. In the underground depths of the temple he hopes to find the Jewel of Athaya, a powerful healing artifact, which he will take back to the town of Bruld. The Jewel will safeguard the town against an oncoming outbreak of the plague, which is slowly advancing towards the town along the trade routes to the north.

Freblun is a fourth level warrior with six Facts and five Gifts. In his previous adventure in the Drundorn Hills he defeated hill giants and a mysterious sorceress, but lost his adventuring companion Zagzir, an artificial reptilian warrior from the planet Morteko.

What’s the weather like? Pleasantly sunny.

Freblun wakes up in the hill giants’ cave. Dim sunlight and distant birdsong penetrates the silent gloom. Outside the Drundorn Hills are basking in the warmth of a pleasant summer morning; it is not so oppressively hot as it was yesterday. He has a quick breakfast of rations and wine, cooking his food in the giants’ fireplace. Then he saddles up his horse and leaves the cave, travelling southeast along the north bank of the Trossal River. The hills, densely forested with oak woods, loom up around him with no signs of habitation.

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Beyond Lenthir

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One hex = six miles

I completed this adventure back in March but I’ve had to buy a new computer and accessories, which has been a huge hassle. Anyway, here is the latest adventure of my solo Exemplars & Eidolons campaign. The hero Freblun is making his way towards the temple of the evil deity Madathak in the Drundorn Hills. He hopes to retrieve the Jewel of Athaya, a powerful healing artifact that has been lost in the underground temple, and so preserve the town of Bruld from the deadly plague that is advancing along the trade routes. On his way through the Drundorn Hills he is searching for anything that may help him in his quest.

Freblun is a fourth level warrior with the following Facts:

  • He survived the dungeon of Gevdrin’s Tower and is experienced in dungeon exploration.
  • Before he came to Bruld and explored the dungeon of Gevdrin’s Tower, he rescued a wizard named Ubrevod from a band of orcs in the Drundorn Hills. Ubrevod counts him as an ally.
  • He is capable of feats of great strength.
  • He is renowned in the Drenroth Wilds as he is the only person known to have returned alive from the dungeon of Gevdrin’s Tower and from the interior of the burial mound of Lenthir.
  • He destroyed the shrine of Madathak in Bruld; he has gained resistance to Madathak and his servitors. This Fact can be applied to all checks and saving throws involving Madathak and the cultists and monsters who serve him.
  • He has a grim countenance, the result of his battle scars and experience in fighting. This Fact can be used in Charisma checks where appropriate.

He has the following Gifts:

  • Cloud of Steel: a Fray die of 1 can be rerolled.
  • Hardy Vigour: when performing first aid on himself Freblun heals 4 hit points of damage instead of 2. He also gains 1 extra point of healing from all other sources.
  • The Defy Death ability from Scarlet Heroes. This Gift replaces the Nine Lives Gift from Exemplars & Eidolons (which can only be used once). In Scarlet Heroes Defy Death can be used to overcome an obstacle as well as to avoid certain death. In this campaign it will only be used if Freblun’s life is in immediate danger, or if there is absolutely no way that the adventure can proceed without it being used.
  • Titanic Blow: Freblun can commit an Effort point to double the damage inflicted by a Fray die or a melee or ranged attack. This may be done after the dice are rolled. The Effort point remains committed until the fight is over.
  • Force of Destiny: Freblun can commit an Effort point to automatically succeed at a failed saving throw. The Effort remains committed until he can sleep.
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King Othtar’s Shield

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One hex = six miles

My solo Exemplars & Eidolons campaign continues. In this adventure the warrior Freblun returns to the burial mound in the village of Lenthir to retrieve King Othtar’s magical shield. Freblun is a third level warrior with the following Facts:

  • He survived the dungeon of Gevdrin’s Tower and is experienced in dungeon exploration.
  • Before he came to Bruld and explored the dungeon of Gevdrin’s Tower, he rescued a wizard named Ubrevod from a band of orcs in the Drundorn Hills. Ubrevod counts him as an ally.
  • He is capable of feats of great strength.
  • He  is renowned in the Drenroth Wilds as he is the only person to have returned alive from the dungeon of Gevdrin’s Tower and from the interior of the burial mound of Lenthir.
  • He destroyed the shrine of Madathak in Bruld; he has gained resistance to Madathak and his servitors. This Fact can be applied to all checks and saving throws involving Madathak and the cultists and monsters who serve him.

He has the following Gifts:

  • Cloud of Steel: a Fray die roll of 1 can be rerolled.
  • Hardy Vigour: when performing first aid on himself Freblun heals 4 hit points of damage instead of 2. He also gains 1 extra point of healing from all other sources.
  • The Defy Death ability from Scarlet Heroes. This Gift replaces the Nine Lives Gift from Exemplars & Eidolons (which may only be used once). In Scarlet Heroes Defy Death can be used to overcome an obstacle as well as to avoid certain death. In this campaign it will only be used if Freblun’s life is in immediate danger, or if there is absolutely no way that the adventure can proceed without it being used.
  • Titanic Blow: Freblun can commit an Effort point to double the damage inflicted by a Fray die or a melee or ranged attack. This may be done after the dice are rolled. The Effort point remains committed until the fight is over.

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The Shadow over Bruld

One hex = six miles

For various reasons I haven’t found any time for gaming these past few months. I’ve been studying in my online medical transcription course and working on my house. I’ve also been learning to draw; I’ve joined an art group and I’ve been earning a bit of money as an art model. This adventure, the third instalment of my solo Exemplars & Eidolons campaign, includes my first attempts at illustration. I mostly used The Location Crafter (from Word Mill) and Sophia Brandt’s Miso RPG to randomly generate the adventure during play.

Freblun, the hero of the campaign, is a second level warrior with the following Facts:

  • He survived the dungeon of Gevdrin’s Tower and is experienced in dungeon exploration.
  • Before he came to Bruld and explored the dungeon of Gevdrin’s Tower, he rescued a wizard named Ubrevod from a band of orcs in the Drundorn Hills. Ubrevod counts him as an ally.
  • He is capable of feats of great strength.
  • He is renowned in the Drenroth Wilds as he is the only person to have returned alive from the dungeon of Gevdrin’s Tower and from the interior of the burial mound of Lenthir.

He has the following Gifts:

  • Cloud of Steel: a Fray die roll of 1 can be rerolled.
  • Hardy Vigour: when performing first aid on himself Freblun heals 4 hit points of damage instead of 2. He also gains 1 extra point of healing from all other sources.
  • The Defy Death ability from Scarlet Heroes. This Gift replaces the Nine Lives Gift from Exemplars & Eidolons (which may only be used once). In Scarlet Heroes Defy Death can used to overcome an obstacle as well as to avoid certain death. In this campaign it will only be used if Freblun’s life is in immediate danger, or if there is absolutely no way that the adventure can proceed without it being used.
  • Titanic Blow: Freblun can commit an Effort point to double the damage inflicted by a Fray die or a melee or ranged attack. This may be done after the dice are rolled. The Effort point remains committed until the fight is over.

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The Successor of Drenroth

The Drenroth Wilds PNG imageOne hex = six miles

My solo Exemplars & Eidolons campaign continues. In this adventure the warrior Freblun returns to explore the interior of the ancient burial mound in the village of Lenthir, a place that he briefly ventured into in his previous adventure. I used The Location Crafter from Word Mill to generate the interior of the burial mound during play.

Freblun is a second level warrior with the following Facts:

  • He survived the dungeon of Gevdrin’s Tower and is experienced in dungeon exploration.
  • Before he came to Bruld and explored the dungeon of Gevdrin’s Tower, he rescued a wizard named Ubrevod from a band of orcs in the Drundorn Hills. Ubrevod counts him as an ally.
  • He is capable of feats of great strength.
  • He is renowned in the Drenroth Wilds as he is the only person to have returned alive from the dungeon of Gevdrin’s Tower and from the interior of the burial mound of Lenthir.

He has the following Gifts:

  • Cloud of Steel: a Fray die roll of 1 can be rerolled.
  • Hardy Vigour: when performing first aid on himself Freblun heals 4 hit points of damage instead of 2. He also gains 1 extra point of healing from all other sources.
  • Nine Lives: when Freblun is killed, he somehow evades his fate. This Gift can only be used once before being lost, after which I will replace it with the Defy Death ability from Scarlet Heroes.
  • Titanic Blow: Freblun can commit an Effort point to double the damage inflicted by a Fray die or a melee or ranged attack. This may be done after the dice are rolled. The Effort point remains committed until the fight is over.

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The Burial Mound of Lenthir

The Drenroth Wilds PNG imageOne hex = six miles

I haven’t posted anything since June because my time has been taken up by a long and fruitless search for online work. Recently I’ve started studying in an online course in medical transcription, and I’m now returning to a campaign which has been shelved for over three years. This is the sequel to The Dungeon of Gevdrin’s Tower – Final Expedition.

I’ve decided to convert the campaign from Labyrinth Lord to another system, Exemplars & Eidolons, which is a free game from Sine Nomine Publishing. Exemplars & Eidolons is from the same publisher as Scarlet Heroes and it uses many of the same mechanics such as the Fray die. The game is concerned with playing a hero of exceptional power. This makes Exemplars & Eidolons ideal for a campaign based on the adventures of a lone hero, in this case the warrior Freblun who was the only survivor of the final adventure in the dungeon of Gevdrin’s Tower.

This campaign takes place in my own setting of the Drenroth Wilds. I’ve added rivers and a village to the map, but most of the locations will be generated randomly during play using Rory’s Story Cubes and other tools. For this session I used the following tools:

  • Rory’s Story Cubes (the basic set, the Voyages set, the Enchanted set, and the Mythic set).
  • The d30 Sandbox Companion from New Big Dragon.
  • The Village Generator from Nordic Weasel Games.

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