*** WARNING: This thread contains Extreme Spoilers! ***
Ok, so after reading and thoroughly enjoying JediOre's 'C&C style' play-report posts, I'm going to attempt to share some posts of our DCC sessions as well.
I give advance warning that I'm not much of a writer and don't have all that much time to write in, so they will not be anywhere near the length or quality, but I will try to get as much of the feel of the moment across as I can.
So, here it is: The Sinister Secret of Whiterock, C&C style!
Our characters/players consist of:
Frawd the Dwarf Fighter
Mantol the Human Monk
Proxy the Human Wizard
Zarleth the Elf Rogue
Truku the Human Cleric
First of all, this was our first C&C session ever and we were all very excited to try out the system. It did not disappoint at all, though we had a few minor issues with it (which can be seen/discussed over that Troll Lord's forums here
). DCC was a perfect fit for both C&C's system and our style of play.
Character creation took us about an hour and a half for the 5 characters, which felt like a lot but was mainly because none of us have any recent PnP experience and we took our time going about it; mostly it was a very straightfoward and simple business.
I kick everything off by explaining very quickly that the had arrived in town (didn't give the name), they had looked for some jobs, they had been told that the tavern master's son was missing, that there were rumors of a giant black monter that 'glowed green', and that Frawd had a quest to retrieve his family's heirlooms from a nearby 'ancient place'.
Then I described a huge stone menhir they had found 'somewhere near the town', and that when Frawd touched it, a big door opened, they went in, and that is where we were starting.
(Btw, as you can see our playstyle can pretty much be summed up as 'heavy on the dungeon, light on the roleplaying'
Beneath the Menhir
Ok, so, first room, the party walks in, I describe the dust and stale air, as well a crate smashed by a ceiling beam in the corner, a dark passageway going south, and a dirty puddle next to the east wall (I added the puddle myself to draw attention to that wall).
Frawd the Fighter decides to try to look in the crate, I inform him that he can see a dwarven skull inside, but he can't reach it without going into the crate. Frawd promptly decides to attack the crate
with his war axe
. Skeletons fall and we have our first battle. Big laughs were had by everyone as the skeletons missed every single attack
they made against Frawd, but hit and high-damaged every attack against Mantol the Monk. The dice were not kind to Mantol.
Zarleth the Rogue tries shooting the skeletons with his arrows to little effect, while Proxy the Wizard hits hard with his Magic Missiles. As the skeletons are worn down I describe which bones or appendages they're losing as a way for them to sort of guess at the hit points. The fight was won, and Truku performs his first ever CLW on Mantol. Frawd then continues his search of the crate and finds and pockets the skull's ruby.
After that the party starts to head down the south passageway, which I dreaded because it was going to complicate things a lot, and the party had not yet caught on to the need to constantly search for traps. However, just at the last second, Mantol exclaims, 'Hey! What about the puddle?? I bet you
there's something weird going on with that puddle!' I breathe a sigh of relief.
Assorted members of the party take turns trying to drink the water and do spot checks against the wall, they find the 'secret' rune above the wall, and then one by one they all completely fail at trying to decipher what it means (and I mean fail like everyone rolled less than 5 on the descipher
), however, eventually Frawd decides to just shove the rune into the wall, and the wall falls open.
The party makes its way down the corridor. They stop just shy of entering into the Watch room, and observe the two sih'hel blindly going about their cooking (little does the party know that the sih'hel are perfectly aware of them, thanks to the fight with the skeletons, and are simply biding their time to attack!) The party stops in the passageway and whispers back and forth opun what to do - and what do they decide to do: They decide to head back and rest
in the first room
Well, as soon as their backs are turned, the sih'hels let out a hissing war cry, one of them turns the cauldron over while the other throws a javelin at the passageway. It happens that only Frawd and mantol are in range of the spilling soup. Frawd makes his DEX save easily and jumps clear of the soup, while Mantol fails it and gets his feet cooked, prompting more laughing and joking at Mantol's player. Poor Mantol. The Javelin does hit Frawd though, which annoys him very much.
Surprise round over, one sih'hel wins initiative by a long shot and throws another Javelin which also
hits Frawd and annoys him even more. The players run into the room and hit and kill the cauldron-pushing sih'hel, but are too slow to stop the javelin-throwing sih-hel from running the hell out of there through the south door and shuts it behind him.
Truku decides to use his CLW on Frawd this time, and the party has a long discussion about what to do with the escaped humanoid. They thoroughly search the south door for traps and even go as far as having Proxy cast Open on the door while standing from a safe distance, but nothing happens.
The party has another discussion and decides to make camp and rest
behind the cauldron before going after the other sih'hel!!
Needless to say as soon as they fell asleep the sih'hell shows up once again, and Truku gets a rude awakening to find the creature standing on top of the overturned cauldron and slicing its hooksword down into him. The creature uses the rest of its move to turn tail and run, shutting the door behind it once again
After a few curses and laughs the party decides they're gonna have to hunt down the little rascal before resting. They step into the south corridor, and by being very paranoid and very careful they discover the tripwire, and Zarleth manages to disarm it, not without tripping it one time first, but being able to easily dodge out of the swinging block's way.
Zarleth the Rogue sneaks into the gear room, and with some very high DEX and WIS rolls manages to stealth around and spot the sih'hel without it spotting him. Zarleth sneaks up behind the sih'hel and tries a Back Attack, only to blow the roll and miss, alerting the sih'hell to his presence.
Initiative is rolled and Proxy the Wizard wins it. Sadly, Proxy is all out of missiles, and being outside the gear room (everybody is outside save for Zarleth) elects to fire his sling instead. He misses and hits the gear right behind the sih'hel, causing the entire gear room to spin into chaotic action and Zarleth to have to DEX roll to avoid being hit by the turning metal, which he succeeds.
Truku decides to brave the gears in the room for the sake of doing the evil creature in once and for all. As soon as he walks into the room he fails his throw and takes full damage from the gears. He fails his attack against the sih'hel and next round takes full damage from the gears as well, whittling him down to 3 hit points.
Everybody shouts for him to get the hell outta there, and Frawd goes 'screw this!' and runs into the room, also
fails his DEX roll and takes gear damage, but manages to cleave the sih'hell in half with a single greataxe attack! Truku asks if he should stay and search for treasure and gets promtply shouted down with requests that he evacuate the room, which he does. The party then heads back to the cauldron room and rests, this time successfully.
Beneath the Menhir again
After resting, the party decides to go back and explore the first dark passageway again. This time though, they have developed a very healthy paranoia, and it saves them from the horrible trap in this room which I dreaded having to deal with. First, thanks to a Stonecraft roll Frawd manages to detect that something is wrong with both the door at the end of the passage way and the tiles right in front of it.
Zarleth tries to detect any traps and fails horribly. The party decides to try an old trick, and this time it serves them well: Proxy the Wizard casts Open at the painted door, and his spell fizzles. The party decides the door is fake and throws a torch at it, which bounces off the door, falls into the pit trap, and fizzles out when it hits the water.
Truku and Mantol go forward and inspect the trapdoor, and debate whether they should climb down and investigate. They decide not to, and instead go all the way east, past the cauldron room and into the chain room.
The chain room proves not much of a stumper for our party, since with Truku's high WIS rolls and Zarleth's inhuman DEX rolls, after a little bumping around they have found and figured out the lever mechanisms.
Mantol grabs hold of the chain with a hooksword they looted off of the first sih'hel, and the scene ends with Zarleth perched up on the wall managing the levers while Frawd hangs by his belt from the bottom of the chain like a big dwarven worm on a giant fishing pole and is lowered into the darkness.
Here we took a little break for snacks, and continued the game soon after, which I will do in the next post