Thursday, November 15, 2018

Golden Humongous NPCS (Wrath & Glory)

We're coming up on the last couple of sessions of out Warhammer 40K: Wrath & Glory campaign. The campaign's going to be shorter than I orignally intended--it's not quite hitting my creative buttons as much as I'd like, and I'm eager to start my historical horror-fantasy LotFP campaign. The warband is going to scour the lost city of Yggdrail on the planet Ymir, then I think we're going to put them on the shelf for a while. It will be a good adventure to end the campaign on.

All that said, I'm pretty plleased withthe NPC crew I came up with for the Golden Humongous--the voidship the warband serves on under the command of Lord Captain Gabriel Galahad.

"WWPHITM" (pronounced WHUP-a-tum) stands for "Who Would Play Him/Her in the Movie." It's a useful character stat Ipicked up from my work with QAGS.

Golden Humongous

  • Conquest class Star Galleon 
  • 5 km long. Crew of 65,000 
  • Massive void ship, ancient and powerful. 
  • Several decks have been closed off for 5000 years. 
  • Persistent maintenance problems. 
  • Giant golden Valkyrie on prow. Custom gravity generators on outer hull to make massive banners flap and wave impressively.

Lord Captain, Gabriel Galahad, Rogue Trader
Servo skull! Take a letter!
  • Arrogant and daring. Swashbuckling vagabond hero of the Imperium who’s claimed a dozen systems in the name of the Emperor. Also the ponciest ponce who ever ponced. 
  • Writ of Trade signed by the emperor Himself, passed down for over 200 generations over 10 millennia. 
  • Currently looking for a proper wife. 
  • Bridge crew is all attractive women. 
  • WWPHITM: Matthew Berry 

Sister Lucinda
  • Adepta Sororitas Hospitaller 
  • Ship’s Medicae 
  • WWPHITM: Salma Hayak 

For the emperor!
  • Tech Priest 
  • Ship’s Engiseer 
  • Lecherous and foul 
  • Overclocked emotional processor 
  • WWPHITM: Matt Frewer 

Captain Boudica Grimm
  • Ship’s arch militant 
  • Commander of Imperial Guard, 317th Battalion. “Emperor’s Fury” 
  • WWPHITM: Angelina Jolie 

Desdemona of House Belphoebe
  • Ship’s Navigator 
  • Haughty and Serene. Secure of her position onboard. 
  • Long proud line of Navigators that have worked on the Golden Humongous for 10,000 years. 
  • WWPHITM: Cate Blanchett 

Caliban Cane
  • Ship’s Atstropath 
  • Blind, spidery, unusually tall. 
  • Has 17 cats. 
  • WWPHITM: Doug Jones 

Ecclesiarch Hironimus Blott
  • Old but fiery 
  • Side interest in archaeology 
  • Champion swordsman in his youth 
  • WWPHITM: Michael Gambon 

Tiberius Grubbs
  • Ship’s Bosun and Galahad’s chief aide. 
  • Soft-spoken, but fiercely loyal to his captain. 
  • WWPHITM: Noel Fielding 

Corporal Daniel “Danny” Daniels
  • Shuttle and transport pilot 
  • Chirpy, excitable, optimistic 
  • WWPHITM: Tom Holland

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Voyage of the Golden Humongous, part 2

Between conventions, and work, and people getting sick, we haven't had a chance to get back to our Warhammer 40K: Wrath & Glory game for several weeks. But it looks like Fate is smiling on us finally, and we're going to get back to the campaign tomorrow.

Our last session was pretty short and direct, as the war band continued to look for the missing techpriest, Thermius Stembolt 57. Looking through the ruins of Stembolt's workshop-shrine, they found the remains of the techpriest's gun serviotrs and found his damaged servo-skull. Nero performed the proper repair litanies and was able to repair the skull as well as access some of its data recordings. The recordinds showed Stembolt barricading himself within his work-shrine before being grabbed by giant crab-claws and drug away. Thinking quickly, the warband was able to hack the servo-skull and use its connection to its master to use the servitor as a guide-dog to lead them to wherever Stembolt was drug off to.

As the warband exited the work-shrine back into the filthy hive alleys, they were suddenly attacked on three sides by several bobs of Crazed Slaanesh Thrill Killers.

Crazed Slaanesh Thrill Killers
Naked, erect, and howling. Tentacles replace fingers and genitals.
Strength: 2
Intellect: 1
Agility: 4
Willpower: 3
Toughness: 3
Fellowship: 2
Initiative: 4
Defense: 3
Speed: 7
Wounds:   3
Shock: 3
Soak: 3
Resolve: 3
Conviction: 2
Passive Awareness: 2
Skills: Weapons Skill 4, Default 3
Size: Average
Keywords: Human, Heretic, Chaos, Slaanesh

Agonizing Tentacles: Damage 5+1ED, agonizing
Naked, erect, and howling (Fear 3): Encountering a Mob of these creatures requires a Fear check (DN: 3)
Crazed: Thrill Killers never fail Resolve tests.
Touch of Slaanesh: A creature brought to 0 Wounds or 0 Shock by a Thrill Killer must make a corruption test.

This was the PCs' first big combat, and they chewed through the cultlings pretty quickly. A timely warp surge from Ayza the scaavy psyker's paralize power took out half of them in one burst. Chainswords and bolters took care of the rest.

Pressing on, the warband followed the servo skull deeper intot he underhive, eventually winding their way into a narrow passageway filled with heretical graffitti. In an abandoned storehouse, they discovered a discarded servo arm and a tech-priest face plate. Bad signs for old Stembolt.

Moist, glowing, underground passages led to a sticky chamber full of discarded matresses that stank of opium and skin. Stembolt-57 the techprist lay slumped against the side of a well, his exposed face glistening metal and raw bone with his eyes rolling senselessly. Two distressingly aluring daemonettes languidly cut long strips of skin from his exposed chest.

Sudeenly a holo-projector flickered into action. Antioch Gol, rogue psyker, cultist, and old enemy of Lord Captain Gabriel Galahad taunted the warband:

“I had hopes that Galahad would have come here himself, but I should have known he’d send lackys instead. Never do yourself what you can have underlings do instead. Speaking of… ladies…” 

The daemonettes attack!

The fight was fast and furious. Toska the Death Cult Assassin took out one daemonette with a single critical hit from her sniper rifle. But the daemonette's sister stuck back with horrific speed and put dow the assasin with her own critical. After that it was a tense but simple exchange of blows while the rest of the warband took out the daemonette and her thrill killer reinforcements. Commisar Elizabeth quickly stabilized the sticken Toska.

After that it was all clean-up. Techpriest Stembolt is brought to the Golden Humongous. With his over-clocked emotional processor, he is vocally and exuberantly grateful for his rescue and happy to be reuinted with his old friend the Lord Captain.

The first short adventure of our Wrath & Glory campaign went fairly smooth. The system's a bit kludgy, but it get easier with each session. I'm not sure how long I'm going to run it (I'm itching to start some Lamentation of the Flame Princess). The next adventure will be a bit more involved and will center around exploring an abandoned city on a dead planet.