This is the story of my first DragonMech session. Having spend weeks to gather up players and finding a day to play, we finally started yesterday.
I had decided to start with The Shardsfall Quest, since none of my players knew much if anything about DragonMech.
The characters was all created using the standard point buy system from the DMG, which lead to severe whining from some of my players. Especially after the session had ended, but more about that later. Now to introduce the characters:
was an elven warrior, or so he would say anyways. In reality he was a 1st level transmuter, with the ambition of gaining ranger levels and perhaps some day become an eldricht knight. While a good guy when all came to all, he was proud to the point of arrogance of his elven heiritage, and he didn't much like the changes brougt by the Lunar Rain or the coming of mechs for that matter. Especially steamtech abhored him.
was a dwarf, who took pride in his clan and name, and the coming of mechs and steam had in his opion challenged the rigthful place of religion and clans. However one fateful night he was hit by a meteor. To save what was left of him his family had to hire a coglayer to transform Kesskahn into his current form as a steamborg. Kesskahn was furious and desided to leave his family and clan...
came from the Endless Plains where his tribe of Stavians had traveled since the dawn of time. Lau had aspired to become tribal shaman, but the increasing failure of the gods to improve the world left him filled with doubt. The tribes head shaman felt this an commanded Lau to travel the world to gain certainty of his religious dedication. So Lau, currently a ranger, ended up with the rest of the party...
was a human kid whose town had been wiped out by a severe Lunar Rain followed by a Lunar attack. To his own luck the Stenian Confederacy reach the town in time to save the boy, whom they brought aboard the Nedderpik. Here Atin reach adulthood among machines and mech, and like every other kid he wanted to be a mech jockey. The Stenian requitment officer however found Atin to random and chaotic in his behavior, so Atin set to into the world to prove, that he had what was needed to become a mech jockey. Atin started the session a first level stalker to reflekt his tech interest without making him a gadgeteer.
The first night and the coming of the Temple
Thariliss looked to the horizon soon it would be dark, and the moon would rise and death with it. Especially tonight... every traveller knew that when the moon was full, you had to reach a shelter. This evening however they were travelling in unknown territory, and they had no way of know where the next shelter could be. Luckily he was traveling with Lau, who more than once before had been able to find shelter where none were. He had hardly finished that thought before Lau proclaimed, that he had found three day old trails leeding to a small rocky hill to the north east.
It took the small group of wanderers almost two hours to reach the small hill. Much to their surprise they found that the hill actually housed an artificial shelter with a ceiling of metal plates to withstand the coming Lunar Rain. After much searching of the small shelter and examining the stucture of the most secure sleeping place the group finally settled down for the night.
This night was not like any other though, and shortly after midnight they awoke from the sound of a gigantic meteor hitting the surface nearby. The group decided to search out the landing site first thing tomorrow morning.
After two days of travelling the group reach the impact site, and found the meteor, that much to their surprise had split in two halves. They decided, that it would be best to secure the perimiter before entering the meteor and scouted the crack between the two meteor halves. Here they observed strange creatures unlike any they had ever seen. The creatures was constantly pulsing and growing new tentacles and alterering their shape. The cautious group decided to take a look on the other side of the meteor only to find similar creatures there. However this time one of the creatures spotted the group and started to move slowly in their direction.
Using their ranged advantage the group started throwing rocks at the creature, who in return sought cover behind the rocks between the two halves of the meteor. However the group spotted that the two oozes from the other end of the crack had approched them and Lau started to fire arrows at them. Each of the arrows hit its target with no difficulty, but the oozes showed clear sign of intelligence and sought cover.
Abandoning the plan of fighting the oozes the group returned to the entrance into the meteor, and Kesskahn decided to scout the entry chamber. Here he found a wounded ooze, that he desided to approch to see if it was still alive. Kesskahn managed the walk right up to the ooze and poke it with his morningstar. This however didn't sit quite right with the wounded ooze and it assaulted Kesskahn. Much to his terror Kesskahn found himself growing two additional finger on the left hand and one on the right hand. Seeing their friend attacked the rest of the group moved into action. Atin attacked the ooze with his rapier, and had it been a mortal man the hit would surely have been fatal. Lau decided to run around the ooze so that he could get a clear shot with his bow, while Thariliss casted Mage Armor.
Finally Kesskahn got the opputunity to return the attack, and hit the ooze hard. The ooze however returned the favor, and Kesskahn went down. This caused panic to spread across the group. Atin ran out of the cave barely dodging the oozes attack. Lau seeing his Atin run and Kesskahn go down followed Atin example. Thariliss cast Shield.
The ooze went into cover by the entrance await the return of the group for their fallen commerade, and surely Lau decided to run into the cave to retrieve their fallen friend. The ooze hit him hard, but Lau felt that he had no choice but to rescue Kesskahn. While Lau picked up Kesskahn the ooze landed another blow, which sent Lau falling to the ground. Atin seeing this jumped to the rescue and attacked the slime. Thariliss cast Magic Weapon, and then attacked the ooze. Shortly after the ooze died, but by then it was to late to rescue Lau.
The Atin and Thariliss buried Lau and tended to Kesskahns wound, and then decided to further investigate the caverns. Thariliss was must fascinated by the changing symbols in the greeting chamber, but wasn't able to figur out their meaning. He then returned to tend to Kesskahn.
Now it was Atins turn he went into the greeting chamber and using a grapling hook he reached the hole into the ceiling. He picked up his grapling hook and proceeded into the next chamber, where he was attacked by the Dronog. The battle was soon over, the Dronog killed him in one blow.
Outside Thariliss and Kesskahn awaited the return of their friend, but he never came... they decided to abandon the meteor.
Thus ended the Shardsfall Quest for my poor players. They argued poor stats, overkill monsters and bad rolls, I argued poor tactics and stupidity.
I think I'll give them another shot at it restarting at the meteor.