Torchbearer AP (Session 12)

Title: Fight at the Dragonblood Tree

Date: 2/23/2023
Charlie – Lorne
Joe – Varg
Max – Gerald
Aaron – Ivy

The characters rendezvoused at the dwarfen complex, after a small party of dwarfs collected Varg, Willa, and Lorne from where they had been hiding out.

Willa confronted Ivy, saying that she had changed – the Halfling joy had gone out of her eyes. Lorne stepped up to defend Ivy, calling her the “Blood Raven” and saying that she had come to save them all. Willa wasn’t sure how to take this news.

The dwarf chieftain Goldor barged into the room, demanding that the time had come for the halflings to lead him to the dragonblood tree. Gerald tried to delay the dwarf by stating that Varg was injured and needed healing. Goldor responded that they should leave Varg behind to be tended to, but that he was unwilling to wait.

Varg Seeks Healing

Varg decided to stay back to tend to his wounds, and the rest of the party ventured forth with Goldor. Varg found himself led by some younger dwarves into an inner sauna. They stripped him of his dirty and blooded attire and then tended to his exhaustion.

Turn One – Exhausted Recovery Test (ob 3) – Varg Passed

Afterwards, the dwarfs discussed whether or not Varg would survive. He was clearly still both injured and sick, and the dwarfs worried that he was beyond their skills to save. One of them whispered something to the other, who responded angrily “we cannot take him to see the master, it is forbidden!” The other one insisted, worried that Varg may die under their care.

Eventually, they took Varg down a hidden set of stairs and into a room with a sick old dwarf on his deathbed. A tall blue-skinned man tended to the dwarf, and appeared angry at the disturbance in the room. He accosted the dwarfs for bringing Varg into the chamber, but then assented that he would look him over. He accosted Varg for being a magician, saying that humans had no right to touch the dark forces that were never justly given. He said that humans had long ago stolen magick from the elves and devils, and that using it would taint the soul.

Varg begged for healing, but the blue man was worried that Varg would do more harm in the world than good. And warned him that his healing was meant for the pure, which Varg was not. He said that there was a risk that healing would strip Varg’s soul away, and leave him less than he was. Varg assented.

The blue man placed his hands on Varg, and from his forehead a bright light emanated from the center of his forehead – as if a third eye had opened up. The light was scarring, and Varg felt himself captivated and flayed before it’s intensity. He imagined himself in a small alabaster room, held before the blue man like a marionette. Pieces of himself seemed to fall away in the intensity of the light, rendering his soul into something less.

The blue man healed Varg of his conditions: Sickness and Injured, but the process rended away his nature descriptors: running and boasting – leaving him with only one remaining nature descriptor: demanding.

The Expedition to the Dragonblood Tree

Goldor and the party descended from the dwarfen base. They crossed the lake using the tethered vessel, and disembarked on the island with the moon temple. Gerald led the dwarfs through the hidden alcove, to the backdoor to the chamber.

At the door, Goldor asked for the key but Gerald would not give it to him, saying that the agreement was merely that he would open the door. Achron disrupted their conversation by insisting that the door be opened. The party asked Achron what was so special about the tree, and he said that these trees only grow where gods have been slain. The tree’s roots grow down into the divine corpse, and render its divinity into rare materials with unique properties.

The halflings asked what the dwarf intended to use the tree for, and he said that he had sought it for one-hundred years and needed it to craft a masterpiece work. The halflings asked if he needed to cut the tree down, and he said “of course.” They asked if he could not merely craft using a branch of the tree, or some of its cast-off elements. But Achron insisted that he needed the heartwood from the tree.

Gerald opened the door, and the dwarfs entered the chamber. Ivy whistled to the tree, and the golden-warbled appeared on a bough. A dwarf cocked his crossbow, taking aim – but Ivy jumped to action, begging that he lower the weapon.

Turn Two – Persuasion (vs. test) – Ivy Passes

The dwarf reluctantly lowered his weapon, and Ivy stepped forward to call again to the bird. He held out the bloodaxe, an invitation for the bird to alight on the weapon. The bird assented, flew down and grasped the axe. The immense weight of the bird surprise Ivy, and rather than topple over onto the bird, she let go of the axe. Before the party, the bird flew in place for a moment, holding the axe in it’s claws.

Goldor pushed forward, ruining the moment and saying “Enough is enough, it is time we cut down this tree. We must have the heartwood to save Svadil.”

The bird flew with the Bloodaxe into the boughs of the tree, and then emerged again as a tall elf with crimson hair and golden wings. The elf flew down from the boughs, wielding the bloodaxe. He landed at the base of the tree, and declared his intention to defend the tree. He named the dwarfs as intruders, and asked the halflings to rally in defense of the tree in return for a boon.

Achron asked Goldor to withdraw and bring the remainder of the clan down, to fight when they have the numbers. The halflings remained silent during this disagreement, and Goldor decided to disregard the advice of his brother. He ordered the guards forwards with the crossbows and barked that the halflings should join him for their even shares of the treasure and honor.

The halflings decided to join the elf instead of the dwarfs, and the conflict commenced.

Dwarf Disposition: 9
Party Disposition: 8

Conflict Round One – Turn One

GM: Dwarf guard maneuver with Crossbow
Players: Elf attack with the Bloodaxe

The players won this conflict, and the elf killed one of the dwarf guards. (I forgot to use Might rules here.)

Conflict Round One – Turn Two

GM: Goldor attacks with Battleaxe
Players: Ivy attack with Bow

The players won this conflict, I used the versus rule wrong and gave the full disposition hit instead of the margin of success, reducing the dwarf disposition by 5 instead of 3.

Conflict Round One – Turn Three

GM: Dwarf guard attacks with crossbow
Players: Gerald maneuvers with his rusty dagger

The GM won this conflict, dealing 5 points of disposition to the team. Again I used the rules wrong, not using margin of success.

Conflict Round Two – Turn One

GM: Achron the Dwarf Defends with Shield
Players: Elf Feints with Bloodaxe

This ended the conflict, as the Elf did enough disposition damage to end the dwarf threat.

End of Conflict:
Dwarf Disposition: 0 / (9)
Party Disposition: 3 / (8)

Since the party won with a half compromise, the bloodaxe was destroyed in the battle. Its magic could not withstand being used to kill its creator, and it shattered into pieces across the battlefield.

Torchbearer AP (Session 11)

Date: 2/9/2023
Aaron – Ivy
Max – Gerald

Turn 1 – Scavenger (Ob 1) – Gerald Succeeds

Ivy and Gerald left their companions at the abandoned raft and proceeded back to the temple entrance. Once there, they saw a blood trail leading towards the cliff. They followed the blood trail and found a corpse near the edge of the cliff. They searched the corpse (scavenger test) and found a silver necklace with a crescent moon sigil. The corpse also had a rusty knife. Gerald took both.

Ivy felt compelled by the Bloodaxe when he saw the bleeding body. He touched the blade of the ax to the corpse, and within moments the corpse became desiccated and dry. Seemingly drained entirely of blood.

Turn 2 – Scout (Ob 4) – Ivy Fails

As Gerald and Ivy approached the ruins, they saw that the complex was still engulfed in the heavy ensorcelled fog from earlier. As they approached the fog, the new necklace seemed to encase them in a bubble of protection that kept the fog at bay, They searched (Scout Test) for a new way into the under-level, not wanting to risk a new encounter with the statue from before. They took a long time, getting hungry from their efforts, but eventually found a passage into an underground storage room,

Figures in a Building c.1830-5 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Turn 3 – Scavenger (Ob 3) – Gerald Succeeds

Entering the storage room, they lit a torch and saw numerous burlap sacks in haphazard stacks, desiccated wooden kegs, and precarious shelving. Despite the age of the room, Gerald was determined to search for something of value (Scavenger Test) and he succeeded at finding some old keys, one in particular was untarnished by time and the bow of the key was shaped like a crescent moon. One of the tarnished keys successfully opened the back door of the storage room.

They emerged into a dark tunnel, difficult to see beyond their torch light. To their right they heard a distant sound like a waterfall, and discussed which way to go. Ultimately, Gerald flipped a coin and fate led them away from the waterfall – to their left instead. They followed the tunnel for a while, eventually emerging into a cavernous chamber with evenly dispersed columns.

Turn 4 – Scout (Ob 3) – Ivy Succeeds

Ivy led the party into the chamber, searching for a path to the dwarfen tunnel. Ivy left copper coins to mark their path. Eventually, they found a forged chain that was hammered into columns with dwarfen nails. The party followed the chain path and eventually found a stairwell leading down deeper. At the bottom of the stairwell, they found an ancient wooden door, the crescent moon key opened the door and they found a large chamber bathed in a reddish light.

In the middle of the chamber, a dragon blood tree grew out of the stone, nestled on a small island between two creeks of steaming volcanic water. The party slowly circumnavigated the room, and had the sensation of being watched by something above. Ivy made a whistle as a bird call, and from up above a large bird flew down to inspect the party more closely. As the bird flew off, one of its feathers came loose and fell to the ground. The feather slowly transformed into solid gold.

The adventurers were all out of food, but managed to get some of the hot water from the springs to refill their skins. They set off deeper into the chamber, which led through another locked door and then to a hidden alcove. A dwarfen barge was tethered to a secret harbor, with. heavy rope leading across the lake into another chamber.

Immediately, the party heard the sounds of approaching dwarfs from the door by the harbor. Gerald calls out a greeting before the dwarfs reach the door. Upon calling out, the dwarfs went silent. Momentarily, they opened the door in a defensive position with spears at the ready. They quickly surrounded the halflings.

Turn 5 – Persuade (vs Nature 4) – Gerald Fails

Gerald and Ivy attempted to persuade the dwarfs that they had nothing to do with the death of the wizard, but the old dwarf was uncertain. He asked if the halflings would be so kind as to accompany the dwarfs back to their stronghold to discuss the situation with their chieftain. The halflings did not resist, and accompanied the dwarfs across the lake and up the volcano.

They arrived at the dwarfen outpost and were escorted to their chambers where they were told to wait until evening, when the dwarfs would hold a council. They had food and beverages in the room. After settling in, Ivy knocked on the door and asked if the dwarves had any balm to help him recover from exhaustion. The dwarfs complied with the request. Gerald and Ivy both recovered from their conditions while awaiting the council.

Camp 1 – Persuade (Ob 1) – Ivy Succeeds

Camp 2 – Angry Recovery – Gerald Succeeds

Camp 3 – Exhausted Recovery – Ivy Succeeds

Dwarfs – Achron (left) & Goldor (right)

In the evening, the dwarf guards came for the halflings and brought them to an audience hall where they beheld a score of dwarf men. They were led to the center of the chamber, and the hubbub settled to quiet. The chieftain of the dwarfs, Goldor, recounted the many long years of business between the dwarfs and Magister Blanc, the slain wizard. Another dwarf interrupted the chieftan when he saw Ivy was carrying the bloodaxe. The dwarf introduced himself as Achron, and said that he was the smith who created the blodoaxe. Achron asked Ivy to hand over the axe, so that he could inspect how his handiwork had fared.

Achron held his hand to the blade, and for a few minutes all the dwarfs were silent. Achron eventually breathed deeply and opened his eyes, he told all present the story of the axe. He named the many who had been slain by the axe when it was originally used in the great war fought between Bjornings and Greylings for dominion of the island. He then told of the axes long rest, and how it had recently felled Magister Blanc.

The dwarfs were surprised that Ivy had managed to kill the powerful magician so easily, but Achron attested that the killing had been done fairly and openly. The magician had been killed from the front, as he prepared his own battle magicks. The dwarfs asked Ivy to tell how they had come upon the magician, and she told the story of the adventure and also mentioned the dragon blood tree – showing the golden feather.

Upon mentioning this, the dwarfs went ashen-faced. They stammered their astonishment, and asked if they had truly found the key to the ancient chamber. Goldor called the room to order and told the halflings that the dwarfs would hold no grudge with them, if in exchange for the lost business opportunity with the magister, the halflings would lead the dwarfs to the dragon blood tree to see it for themselves. The halflings agreed.

Dwarf Family Tree

Torchbearer AP (Session 10)

Date: 1.26.2023


Charlie – Lorne
Aaron – Ivy
Joe – Varg
Max – Gerald

Adventure Phase

Rivaux Abbey, Yorkshire 1812 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 Presented by A. Acland Allen through the Art Fund 1925

The players began in the baths. They explored the room and saw a small access door in the corner. Opening it, they heard gurgling water in the next room. They proceeded into the room and found a large stone cistern filled with near-boiling volcanic water. A small ladder led to an access hatch above. Ivy went up the ladder, opened the door, and saw a large hall filled with marble columns and ornate classical statues. An owl landed in an alcove across the hall, hooting loudly. Ivy looked towards it and noticed a glimmer coming from the neck of a larger statue in the center of the hall.

Gerald looped Ivy’s rope around the top rung of the ladder, and the group descended into the hall. Varg inspected the nearest statue, trying to read the inscription that seemed to be in a dead language.

Turn One – Scholar (ob 1) – Success

Varg was able to discern that the statues were all of famous healers and doctors from ancient times.

While Varg was reading the plinth, the halflings proceeded towards the statue in the center of the hall where Ivy had seen the glimmer. The statue was about nine feet tall, with a large diamond pendant hanging around her neck. She appeared to depict a goddess.

Lorne and Gerald hatched a plan, Lorne stood on Geralds shoulders and attempted to use his spear to lift the necklace off of the statue. Lorne dropped his backpack onto the ground to make the attempt easier, and Gerald put aside his spear.

Turn Two – Laborer (ob 2) – Fail

Unfortunately, Gerald was unused to this form of work and wavered. The spear contacted the statue, who in response shoved the two thieves down. They tumbled to the ground as the statue woke up from its prolonged sleep. The halflings groveled for mercy, but the statue was deaf to their pleas. She screamed in confusion, rage, and pain – the profound sound echoing throughout the temple. After this shock, the party ran for the door of the hall – leaving behind the pack and spear.

The party escaped out of the temple room, looking back to see the statue struggling to free her feet from the plinth. They quickly discussed their options, and decided to hide from the statue in the magical fog below them. They saw the owl flying nearby again, as it descended into the fog bank.

The statue freed herself, and the party held hands to descend into the fog. Attempting to hide from the statue briefly, intending to go back for their pack and spear.

Turn Three – Will Test (ob 3) – Lorne Passed, Others Failed

After entering the fog, the members each heard alluring calls from different directions. They tried to keep holding hands, but each pulled in a different direction. Soon each adventurer found themselves alone in the fog, not remembering clearly when they had lost the hand of their friends. After a time, each adventurer stumbled into a door in the fog. The door was of blackened burned wood, with a round handle in the center of the door. The frame was of heavy granite stones.

Each adventurer stepped through the door, and after stepping into blackness they had the sensation of being in the branches of a swamp tree. They looked at their bodies, and saw that they had become birds.

Lorne’s Memory

We looked down into the swamp near Fencott and saw young Lorne on the back of his father’s skiff. His father was poling through the fog, complaining about the unfairness of life and how the fishermen’s guild would not allow him to sell fish in town. Young Lorne stared idly off into the distance, but was interrupted from his reverie when the skiff lurched and he heard a heavy splash. He turned to see that a swamp gator had disturbed the boat, and his father had fallen into the water below.

His father briefly cried out for help, but the gator closed its jaws and Lorne saw his father dragged into the depths amidst a cloud of bloody water. Lorne stood shocked for a long time, but his father did not emerge.

Eventually, Lorne had the wherewithal to try to pole back to town.

Turn Four – Sailor Test (ob 2) – Lorne Failed

Young Lorne got lost in the swamp, poling aimlessly until long after sunset. He eventually found a small island with a strong willow tree and an abandoned fox den. He crawled into the shelter of the fox den, sobbing and sodden.

Ivy’s Memory

We took flight, entering a dark swampy fog and emerging on a sunny day above a halfling village nested atop a hillock – Hymoor. We descended and saw Ivy on the day that she became a Bounder of Hymoor. This day of celebration in honor of the new recruits was turned, as Ivy became aware that the mayor of the town was involved in some dirty dealing with the dwarves of the nearby mountain.

Ivy confronted the mayor about his indiscretions, and refused to listen to his reasons or threats. She went about town, spreading news of his deceit and misdeeds. Going to her own parents first, to convince them that the mayor needed to be stopped.

Turn Five – Persuasion Test (ob 3) – Failed

Ivy’s mother scolded her for stirring up trouble where she had no proof of misdeeds. She said that the town needed unity at a time like this, not for rumors of indiscretion. The bird saw Ivy go off, in panic trying to convince others of the mayors crime. We then saw Ivy’s mother slip into the mayor’s tower. She told him of Ivy’s actions, clarifying that the mother is also involved in the smuggling operation, and suggested that Ivy be sent away from town before she could discover that the mayor was actually her father.

Gerald’s Memory

We flew from Hymoor to the neighboring town of Noke, a busy crossroads where Gerald’s friend had just been given a large bag of coins to take to a nearby garrison of rangers. The friend trusted Gerald to help him keep the coins safe, but as soon as he fell asleep Gerald took the coins. Gerald went gambling, proud that he finally had enough coins to go to the high rollers table.

Turn Six – Criminal Versus Test – Failed

He gambled all night, winning enough to keep hope but still gradually losing every coin. In disbelief, he begged for mercy, but the gamblers laughed at him and threw him out of the tavern.

Varg’s Memory

Finally, we followed the river all the way down to the south coast. We saw a young war orphan, Varg, sold to the wizard in the nearby Gymirtårn. The wizard worked him to the bone, cruelly demanding perfection and hours of service. When Varg would disappoint him, he would torment him with cruel spells. We saw the wizard demand Varg’s help in gathering alchemical components.

Turn Seven – Alchemist Test Ob 3 – Failed

Unfortunately, Varg did not remember exactly how to harvest and transport the components. He disappointed the wizard, who sent him cruelly to his room without food. In his room, Varg was tormented by ghostly whispers around him and the occasional loud noise that seemed to come from just behind him. With this torment, sleep eluded him and he suffered in quiet agony.

Camp Phase

The adventurers emerged from this strange trip through their memories, finally free from the temple and it’s enchanted fog. They tried to make an unsafe wilderness camp, but unfortunately some wandering monsters appeared nearby. Gerald and Lorne decided to keep watch, so they were wise to the arrival of these newcomers. A raft of beastmen landed on the island, with two captive prisoners. The beastmen led the prisoners towards the temple, and the party tried to hide from them.

Check One – Sneaky Nature Versus Test – Gerald Passed

Gerald and Lorne were able to hide the party in an alcove as the beastmen marched their captives past. After the beastmen entered the temple, the party made camp.

Lorne’s Instinct – Hunter (ob 3) – Failed

Lorne went down to the water and attempted to capture a small flock of waterfowl. He made too much noise, scaring them off before he could set his snare.

Gerald’s Instinct – Cook (ob 3) – Succeeded

Gerald prepared a preserved ration and shared it with the group.

Check Two – Varg Afraid Recovery Roll – Failed

Varg tried to overcome his fear, but failed.

Torchbearer AP (Session 9)

Players: Joe – Varg, Charlie – Lorne, Aaron – Ivy

Adventure Phase

Turn 10 – Health Test (ob 1) – Whole Party Succeeds

The party forced scribe Folbert to open the chest of Magister Blanc. The scribe does so, but it triggers an explosive trap which kills him outright. The trap creates enough heat to destroy the documents in the chest. Inside is a large, heavy lump of metals which have fused together into an amalgam of gold and silver.

Turn 11 – Survival Test to Make Camp (ob 3) – Lorne Fails

With two checks and a number of conditions, the party decided to get ready to camp. Unfortunately as Lorne was securing the doors in the wizards dungeon, he overheard the approaching sounds of two dwarfs – Vili and Geror. He gathered that they were bringing food to the wizard.

Turn 12 – Manipulate Test to Make the Dwarfs Leave (vs. Will 4) – Ivy Succeeds

Without opening the door, Ivy used her feminine voice to persuade the dwarfs that the wizard was indisposed at the moment. He told them to return the next day instead. The dwarfs seemed perplexed, but were seemingly accustomed to the wizard acting in ways illogical and imperceptible. They complied by leaving, complaining about it on their way out.

Turn 13 – Scavenger Test to find a Bottle of Wine (ob 2) – Lorne Succeeds

Lorne searched the wizard’s dungeon finding a larder that is nearly bare of all stocks. He managed to find one wine bottle, and used it to refill his wineskin. He shared the remaining ration with Ivy.

Turn 14 – Varg Attempts to Heal Willa (ob 3) – Varg Fails

Before camping, the party decided to check behind the remaining door in the wizard’s chamber. They found an old hallway that seemingly had collapsed long ago. In the rear of the hall, near the rubble of collapse, the found Ivy’s childhood friend Willa chained to the wall. She seemed seriously injured and on the brink of death, unable to talk much and mistaking the party for the Wizard. Varg channeled his energies to heal her, but overexerted himself. He ended up transferring his vital strength to her, but became sick in the process.

Camp Phase

Camp Event Roll – a bottle/jug/vial breaks

The only vial that the party had was being held by Lorne. It was the bottle that made rats go berserk, they had taken it from the yellow man. When it broke, the party held their bated breaths – in mere moments they picked up the distant sounds of a rat horde making haste towards them. The party broke camp, carried Willa with them, and charged for the cliff face to climb out of the dungeon. They climbed the rope back up to the dias above, but the rats were on their heels. They ran up the stairs into an unexplored room, which turned out to be a hot bath. Lorne jumped into the water, and this seemed to dissipate the strength of the potion. The rats did not follow. The party camped in the bath instead.

Camp Turn 1 – Ivy Recovers from Angry

Camp Turn 2 – Lorne Recovers from Angry

Torchbearer AP (session 4)

Charlie – Lorne the Guide
Max D – Gerald the Burglar

Leaving Town Rolls:
Lorne – Resources 1 – Ob 2 – Wealth Spent 3d – Success
Gerald – Resources 0 – Ob 1 – Wealth Spend 2d – Success

Adventure Phase Rolls:
Turn 1 – Gerald – Scout 2 – Ob 3 – Success (Tapped Nature 6)
Turn 2 – Lorne – Sneak Nature 5 – Versus Giant Centipede (Nature 4) – Success
Turn 3 – Gerald – Scavenger 2 – Ob 1 – Success
Turn 4 – Gerald – Scholar (Beginner’s Luck) – Ob 1 – Success
Turn 5 – Lorne – Sneak Nature 5 – Versus Giant Centipede (Nature 4) – Failure
Turn 6 – Lorne – Laborer 2 – Ob 2 – Success

Adventure Recap:

  • Hjordis gave Lorne and Gerald the location of the Abandoned Armory, which she received from Svana Goldnose
  • Lorne and Gerald arrived at the Armory. The larger door was sealed from the outside, with a large iron bar and some paint in the shape of a rune or glyph. Another door swung in the wind, open.
  • Lorne and Gerald lit candles, and proceeded through the open door. They investigated a room that had a fire-pit and three bedrolls. T1 – Scout Test. Gerald successfully found a hidden satchel behind a wooden shelf. It contained a partial map of the dungeon and a leather-bound journal embossed with a blazing sun.
  • Partial Map (From Dyson Logos)
  • Lorne read the last page in the Journal, it said that:
    “…we are doing the good work of the lord, giving these men the burial rights now that they were denied in their day. All is well, except the workers keep insisting that something is watching them while they work. I told them it is just the rats, but they insist it is something else. I must keep vigilant.”
  • Lorne and Gerald explored the next room, it was an abandoned kitchen room with six large rats. The rats scurried out of sight from the candles.
  • They explored the adjoining room, it was a larder with eight human skeleton. Each skeleton was broken down into a pile of bones topped with the skull. Underneath each pile there were some chalk marks. The room also contained a small bag with chalk, incense, and candles.
  • They explored the next room, a long hallway filled with makeshift cots and abandoned skeletons. The dead looked as if they were sick and injured, and died from their wounds.
  • The party explored to the right, on the inside of the large exterior door, they saw 10 skeletons that looked as if they died while trying to get out through the main door. T2-Sneak Test. The party continued down the hall.
  • Further down the hall, the makeshift infirmary cots ended and rows of pews began. At the end of the hall, a bust of an old man oversaw the pews from atop a plinth. Around the bust stood six torchière, one had toppled over.
  • Gerald decided to take a rubbing of the inscription below the bust, as it was difficult to read and filled with soot and cobwebs. First, he needed to scavenge about for some charcoal or soot to blacken his paper. T3 – Scavenger Test
  • Gerald, with scavenged charcoal in hand, made quick work rubbing the inscription into a blank page in the journal he just found. T4- Scholar Test
  • Grind Advance
    The candles went out. Lorne lit his lantern. Both adventurers ate a ration.
  • The adventurers decided to sneak back out of the armory and report back to town with the journal, map, and etching. The made a bit too much noise however, and stumbled upon a giant centipede. T5 – Sneaking Test
  • Lorne and Gerald ran from the beast, busting into a room that they had not yet opened. Lorne looked about for means of barring the door, and saw a heavy wooden chest. He lugged the chest over just in time, hearing the giant centipede busting against the door in protest. T6 – Laborer Test
  • Catching their breathe, the two adventurers heard gibbling whispers behind them, somewhere out of sight. “…lightssss…. noissssse… breathsssss… yessss… ssssssomeone has come to vissssit…”

End of Session


Torchbearer AP (session 3)

Session Three (10/13/22)

Charlie – Lorne the Halfling Guide
Aaron – Ivy the Halfling Bounder
Max D – Gerald the Halfling Burglar
Joe – Varg the Magician

Plot Summary:

The adventurers began the session in the treasure room of the goblin tower, having just rescued Olrun from the three goblin raiders. They talked to Olrun and she told them that Krakki mentioned being paid to raid her steading, and that the reward was the location of an ancient armory from where the goblins would be able to raid the valley with impunity. She told the party that Krakki must have taken off to meet with whoever hired the goblins.

The party searched the room, finding two bags of copper and a very fine rug. They decided to try to take the rug back out the tower through the main door, instead of out through the collapsed tunnel.

Test One: Ivy – Laborer Ob 2 (beginner’s luck) – Lift the rug up the ladder (grind 4)
Result: Fail

None of the group had the laborer skill, but Ivy took the lead with a beginners luck test assisted by Lorne’s Peasant skill. Unfortunately, with the failed result their efforts took too long and were too loud. The four goblin guards that had been busy with the loosed animals returned to see the halflings stealing their treasure. Gerald decided to try to distract the goblins with a riddle.

Test Two: Gerald – Riddling Nature – versus test (Grind 5)
Result: Fail

The goblins initiated a fight, and the party decided to run for it.

Conflict One: Flee conflict
Conflict Captain: Ivy
Beginning Disposition: Party 7, Goblins 6
Ending Disposition: Party 2, Goblins 0

The party managed to escape the goblins, but lost the fine rug in the process. Varg and Ivy also got exhausted from the effort of dodging the goblins attacks. The party returned to Halla’s Steading, reuniting Olrun with her mother. The party were each paid with a silver pouch.

Camp at Olrun’s Steading

Check One: Recovery Roll – Ivy – Exhausted ob 3 – Fail
Check Two: Recovery Roll – Varg – Exhausted ob 3 – Fail
Instinct One: Hunting Roll – Lorne – ob 2 – succeed (caught a coney)
Instinct Two: Scavenger Roll – Gerald – ob 1 – succeed (gathered some barley grain)
Instinct Three: Cartographer Roll – Varg – ob 2 – succeed (Map the goblin tower)

Town Phase: Arrive at Sunnås

The random town event for Sunnås was a public execution, the execution was for Krakki and two of his goblin lieutenants. The high priestess Hjordis and Svana Goldnose were on the dais, Hjordis spoke of the evil acts the goblins had committed on the road, and praised Svana for bringing them to justice. Just before the gallows dropped them to their death, Krakki shouted “you betrayed us!”

The party followed Hjordis and Svana back to the temple of Freydis, where Varg confronted Svana and accused her of hiring the goblins to raid Halla’s Steading.

Test: Varg’s Demanding Nature vs. Svana Goldnose Manipulate 5
Result: Success

Svana rolled all wyrms, so Varg’s accusations caught her flat footed. She stumbled and didn’t know what to say. Halla and Olrun came into the temple, further accusing Svana of her malfeasance and Olrun claimed that Krakki said he was in league with Svana. Hjordis had Svana arrested on suspicious of treason. Hjordis thanked Varg and the party, giving them a free place to stay and telling them to come see her in the morning after she had a chance to question Svana.

Town Rolls

Recovery – Ivy automatically recovered from exhaustion from staying in Hjordis’ guest rooms

Ask Around – Circles ob 3 – Varg tried to identify the symbols on his bracelet, the last thing he had from being an orphan. At the temple, he asked a priest who told him that the symbols were from Gorm the Boneless, wizard of Svartårn. He said that was an unholy place and that Varg should get rid of the bracelet.

Find Someone – Circles ob 3 – Lorne looked for a fighting trainer, finding a fighter in the tavern. He trained with the fighter.

Something Else – Cooking ob 3 – Gerald cooked up a paella feast with the barley and fresh rabbit, preserving four fresh rations.

Tell Tales – Merrymaking ob 5 – Ivy tried to tell the story of home, finding the mayor dallying with the sherif, but she was laughed out of the room.

End of Session


Torchbearer AP (sessions 1 & 2)

Session One (9/29/22)

Charlie – Lorne the Halfling Guide
Aaron – Ivy the Halfling Bounder
Max D – Gerald the Halfling Burglar

I began the group with pre-gens, and after two of the players texted me with interest in halfling characters we decided it would be fun to play an all halfling session. I assumed that this was a session zero, and we would roll new characters at the end of it, but everyone loved the pre-gens enough to keep playing their character. We are using the Middarmark setting so there are lots of norse words to maneuver around and misspell viciously.

Plot Summary:

We began the campaign at a huldufolk (halfling) moot, celebrating the disablot (spring solstice). Three huldufolk villages had gathered for the occasion, since each of the three characters had a different hometown. Each town selected a representative to carry an offering to the neighboring city of Sunnås, in tribute to Freydis, so that the lady of sowing and reaping would bless the fields for a bountiful planting season.

Lorne loaded the party onto a small halfling skiff, and began the onerous task of poling his way up a tributary of the Dreik River. Before long, they saw an abandoned skiff – filled with barrels and tied up to the side of the river. As they neared the vessel, they heard screaming in the woods and saw a merchant and his two guards running from assailants. Five goatmen chased the humans out of the wood, with vicious spears and snarling teeth.

The party considered setting off with the skiff, but quickly changed course and helped the merchant flee the goatmen. A flee conflict ensued, with Lorne making the skiff ready to set off, and the others haranguing the goatmen with loosed arrows and sling bullets. The party rolled well, and won the conglict with a minor compromise – some of the skiff cargo was lost in the haste. The merchant rewarded the party for their efforts – 1d silver each.

Next, the party looked for a safe place to camp. Lorne failed in this, the soggy character found a narrow sodden beach where it was impossible to start a fire.

End of Session:
MVP – Gerald the Burglar
Workhorse – Lorne the Guide

Session Two (10/6/22)

Charlie – Lorne the Halfling Guide
Aaron – Ivy the Halfling Bounder
Max D – Gerald the Halfling Burglar
Joe – Varg the Magician

We had one more player join, I asked him if he was willing to play a magic user and gave him a list of options: Theurg, Magician, Sorcerer, or Shaman. Despite the joy of having an all-halfling party, I decided against giving him a Halfling option (although I recently re-watched Willow so I seriously considered allowing Halflings to be sorcerers). He chose the Magician.

Camp Phase:
During camp, Gerald scavenged around the camp for bait and Lorne used his check to go fishing.

Town Phase:
The group made their way up river with no further complications, arriving in the busy crossroads of Noke. Lorne asked a dock worker to keep his skiff safe for him, and Ivy asked around after her missing friend who was last seen with a group of dwarves. On trying to leave town, both character failed their resources rolls – Lorne was told that the docks couldn’t guarantee the safety of the skiff since he couldn’t afford the price of the warehouse and Ivy’s circles was reduced by one, since she couldn’t pay her bar tab after listening for rumors.


  • The town of Skogenby is full of stuck-up puritans, but the barrows are full of gold and will make a man rich enough to live comfortable.
  • On the road south of Sunnas, there was a rockslide that could’ve been the work of dwarves trying to excavate something.

Adventure Phase:
The party met Varg at the north exit of town, he offered his humble assistance as a magician for the road to Sunnås. The huldufolk accepted his company, warily. After a half-day journey, the party saw a signal fire shoot up from a steading beside the road. They discussed whether or not to help, and approach cautiously. From cover, they saw two helgeit depart from the steading – one with a kidnapped woman. They also saw two more helgeit in the livestock pen, leading a herd of animals roped together chaotically.

The party was too late to stop the assault, but approached the steading after hearing a woman’s cries of lament. They found a teenager slain (Bjorr), a father badly bludgeoned (Valbjorn), and a mother in morning (Halla). Ivy demanded Halla tell them what happened, and in the exchange Halla speculated that she believed the raiders came from the tower up the road, and further that the tax collected had been haranguing them for months. Halla swore she had coin buried and available to them, if the adventurers would only rescue her daughter (Olrun).

The party took off for the tower, seeking to rescue the girl. As they approached the tower stealthily, they saw Krakki and his retinue ride off from the tower. The party investigated the situation, seeing two guards in the ramparts and two guards in the animal pen. The magician used Aetheric Appendage to open the gate to the pen, and the animals seized upon the opportunity to flee. The guards followed, trying to herd them up – shouting for help from the ramparts.

The ramparts and guards chased the fleeing animals into the woods, terrified of Krakki’s wrath should they fail to recapture the stock. In the chaos, the party entered the tower and took stock of their surroundings. They heard the voices of three guards down below, and attempted to manipulate them into coming up the ladder to help recapture the animals. Unfortuntely, halflings can’t do a good job emulating the voice of a goblin – and the attempt raised the goblin’s suspicion. The goblins below grabbed Olrun and barricaded themselves in the treasure room.

Gerald and Ivy followed them with weapons drawn, barging in after the goblins and heartily slaying the three guards.

End of Session:
MVP – Gerald the Burglar
Workhorse – Ivy the Bounder

Area Map:

map of the area