Tuesday, June 28, 2016

(Hackmaster) Burning Trogs Rule! #44: The Destiny of Barons

Zorin Redrock - Gnome Titan Fighter.  Veteran of the Barbarian Wars, and hero of Marakeikos due to the retaking of Frandor's Keep.
General Fonzy "The Fonz" Schlepprock - Hero of the Siege of Akorros.  In reality a low-level Gnome Titan fighter with a silver tongue.
Janus Redrock - Gnome Titan Priest of Pangrus.  Cousin of  Zorin Gnome Titan of loose morals and a hero of Marakeikos.
Cecelia Darkspruce - Half-Elf Fighter Cleric of Sif.   Her previous sorority girl-styled ways had been hardened by weeks travelling the dusty trails of the Northern Mer Kasp completely alone, desperately trying to get back to Celsior.
Terval Sit - Half-Elf Mage
Gwendalyn Lorax  - Half Elf Druid.  Her trials alone in Mer Kasp did not last as long as Cecelia, but they were equally intense and damaging to her psyche. 
Tywuelyn - Pixie Fairy Infiltrator - Gwen's sidekick

30th of HexDec, 1135, The Free Barony of Vadevinscy
The Trogs finally reach the border for the "Vadevinscy Free Barony" renamed according to a few local sources... or were they spies.  No sooner do they cross the border, than but twenty cavalry come charging at them!

Terval threw up a Wall of Fire, but half still managed to charge through!  Gwen whipped up an Entangle spell to discourage the rest. 

As the horsemen were harried, the gnome titans move to attack their flanks.   In spite of yet another nasty injury to Janus (a quite serious flail to the head)...

Zorin: We kicked serious ass!

Janus brought one of the dead soldiers back and they questioned  him, but the Raise Dead had made the man delusional. They were able to determine that their names and descriptions were on a list of people to either kill or just not let into the territory.  The list got to the garrison before they had even decided to come to Vadevincsky, so something was definitely up.

In a split decisions, they decided to continue to Baron Edrin's castle.

31st of HexDec, 1135 Vadevinscy Capital 
The Trogs reach the capital and rest outside of it. Terval cast Invisibility on everyone, so they could infiltrate undetected. Our their way in, they saw an army leaving.

Against Zorin's better judgement, the party was split up.  Gwen, Tyweulyn, and Zorin went go into the castle and Fonzie, Janus, and Terval snooped around town.

After wandering around for the castle for a bit, they discover Baron Edrin's Seneschal's room.  He had supply requests and a letter from Edrin telling him to run the joint while he's gone running the army (!)  Maps strewn about indicated an army may be going to Linnard.

The Seneschal's journal indicated that he'd been the Seneschal for the last few Barons  He also wrote that he was responsible for the murders of the last Baron, Halfred and his son, in order for Edrin to ascend to Baron! Most of the other papers in the office were no more than supply orders for the army, but they did uncover an unsealed letter telling him to contact Bargle if there are any problems.  It was signed by L.

The Baron's room was heavily guarded.  Gwen successfully distracted the guard, but it was also well locked, so no one could get in, and the Trogs felt forced to flee caused a distraction to get the guards away from the door, but it's locked, we couldn't get in and we were forced to leave.

Zorin and company managed to escape the castle and meet up with the other half of the party, but when they got back to where they had left their horse, they were gone!

This is what happens when you leave the sidekicks and protégés at home!

Next:  Episode #45 - The Destiny of Dukes... and Princesses

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