Between getting Draugr& Draculas
finished and fulfilled, getting Leopard Women of Venus
ready for public announcement, preparing for
Gencon, getting Patreon
getting the new website
set up, I
haven’t had a chance to keep up on my session reports like I should have. We’ve
had three sessions of Ashes of Angels since my last report, and there’s big
some significant changes in both system and atmosphere. I’m going to touch on
that and the hit the highlights of the last three sessions. After that we should
be all caught up!
The big change is that we switched systems from Lamentations of the Flame Princess
to Dungeon Crawl Classics.
I ran LoftFP
with a lot of house rules—some I made myself, others I stole from Cavegirl
, 10-Foot Polemic, and Jeff’sGameblog
. After 9 sessions I stepped back and looked at all the house rules
I had added:
- Rules to let characters survive at 0HP.
- Rules to let fighters do cool fighter things.
- Rules to remove spells-per-day restrictions on wizard and
clerics, with magical backlash for failures.
- Luck mechanics.
It occurred to me, all the rules I was adding were a subconscious
effort to make LwoV more like
DCC, all while DCC was sitting right there on my shelf looking right at me. I also realized that what I really like about LotFP isn’t so
much the system itself (although I do like it) but the adventures that go along
with it. I think Scenic Dunnsmouth
and Blood in the Chocolate
will work just fine with DCC.
So we made the switch. We converted the PCs to DCC
characters and continued the 17th Century campaign with no major changes in the narrative. My
players have mostly enjoyed the switch. Non-fighters now actually hit in combat
occasionally. Spellcasters feel like powerful (or at least useful) wizards. I
even found a homebrew DCC adaptation of the Alice
The tone of the campaign has also changed, but that was a
more gradual change, and I’ve mentioned it before
. I originally intended this game to be a bleak exploration of
apocalyptic Europe with death and despair everywhere. I’m just not wired that
way, and the campaign has slowly morphed into a Roger Corman-esque costume
dramedy with goopy monsters and comical peasants. I wanted A Field in England
and I got The
Honestly I’m happy there.
So here’s what’s been going on:
Serpentblood 2 (re-skinned Elf), Midwife
Alice 2, librarian
Warrior 2, soldier
Cleric 2, cultist of Balor
Thief 2, grave robber
Witchy henchwoman, devotee of Lucifer, Wizard 1
: Belinda’s doggos
The PCs decide that they need to take care of the Demon of
Hegendorf before the witch hunters arrive. Of course, the witch hunters show up at the Abbey the very next morning, just in time for breakfast.
is a member of Der
, a powerful inter-faith coalition of witch hunters that the PCs
have run afoul of in the past. Meyer is fire-scarred with a mad look in his eye.
He’s armed with a blunderbuss and several fire-bombs. He has six men with him
and two dogs. (Warrior 4, 6x 0-level men-at-arms, 2x 2HD dogs)
The PCs convince Meyer that they too have run afoul of
witches and demons, and are eager to help the witch hunters. Jacob’s “Crazy old
man to crazy old man” talk with Meyer helps seal the deal.
After breakfast the party heads out with Meyer’s crew for
the 5-hour trip to Hegendorf. Before they leave, Mortimer sneaks into Meyer’s
wagon and sabotages all his guns.
Half-way to Hegendorf, the PCs launch their surprise attack.
Several of Meyer’s goons go down in the first round. When the goons fight back,
several of their guns blow up in their faces. Jacob uses Word of Command
on Meyer, telling him to “run!” The witch hunter
spends the next several rounds running away from the conflict. Blades and
bullets cut down the rest of Meyer’s crew.
Meyer finally breaks free of the Command,
just in time for Belinda to hit him with Charm Person
. The party easily convinces
the charmed Meyer that his crew were really in league with Satan, and he’s
lucky they were there to save his life. They take the charmed with hunter with them to go find the demon.
The party makes camp about an hour outside of Hegendorf, deep
in the woods. Their plan is to lure the demon out then ambush it. Garritt makes
some scouting rolls and finds a good kill-spot with several trees and boulders for
cover. Belinda uses herself for bait. Madeline helps disguise her as a young
girl, while Belinda makes some witchcraft rolls to mix up some demon-attracting
They wait, and around midnight they hear the weird theramin-sound
of the demon’s wailing, and spot the eerie green witch-light of its glowing crystalline
Suddenly the demon is among them, appearing right beside the
tree where Garritt was hiding! The fight is on! The PCs pelt the demon with
arrows and bullets, but have trouble getting through its crystalline hide. One
of Meyer’s fire bombs goes wide and light a tree on fire. Garritt
uses his Mighty Deed of Arms
(yay DCC!) to crack the demon’s armor, making it
easier for his companions to land blows.
At last the demon is slain! Belinda takes one of its claws as
trophies and proof of its destruction. The rest of the body melts into a puddle
go radioactive sludge that sprouts deformed fungus in the tarry mud. “Let us
all kneel and give thanks to the Lord!” shouts Meyer in triumph. The witch
hunter kneels and prays his thanks, and the party uses this opportunity to hit
him with two backstab attacks, one critical hit, and two normal attacks—just mercilessly
beating him to death. It’s just goddam brutal.
The party makes their way into Hegendorf, where they tell
the remaining villages of how they slew the demon, and how poor Meyer the witch
hunter died a heroic death. “But the demon devoured his body, so don’t bother
going to look for it.” The PCs are lauded as heroes, and there is much
Eventually the party returns to the Abbey of St. Agnes and
their loot cache in the hidden cellar. They are stunned to discover that a trio
of Molemen have dug up into their hiding spot from the Veins of the Earth. The subterranean
diggers are going through their loot! The party doesn’t stand for this, and the
Molemen are brutally slain. (“Poor little guys were having a dungeon adventure
and wandered into a treasure cache. Then they failed their wandering monster
check and you guys showed up. TPK for those poor Molemanic adventurers.”)
With their stash-space compromised, the party decides to
pack up and head south towards Berlin, where they can take care of some “city
business.” They take a few days to recover, then pack up their wagon with their money, the Lucifer Mirror, the Baleful Spear, and other treasures.
It’s three days to Berlin. On the second day they are
accosted by bandits and a fight ensues. Ana calls out to Lucifer to protect her
(casting Invoke Patron
, currently using Sezrekan as a stand in for Satan), and
she is instantly teleported away.
The fight is brutal, but short, and the bandits are soon
defeated. Mortimer is pretty badly battered, but the rest of the party comes
out of it okay. Belinda sacrifices the surviving bandit to the Lucifer Mirror
and finds out that Ana is somewhere in Berlin. Jacob heals Mortimer's wounds, and the party resumes their journey.
After another day of travel, the party bribes their way
through the gates of Berlin. The city is currently occupied by Swedish forces,
and has suffered greatly from the War. One-third of the city has been destroyed
and half the populace is dead or gone.
Belinda uses some of Ana’s spare clothing to give her scent
to Arbok, and sets the dog loose to go find the missing witch. After a short while,
the party is reunited with their henchwoman, and they all go off in search of
While Ana’s been slumming about Berlin the past couple of
days, an attractive young man gave her a handbill for a puppet show called “The
Court of Chaos.” Ana is excited about going, and the rest of the party is
interested in attending as well.
Midnight finds the party in a deserted part of town,
entering an old abandoned opera house. A garish puppet theater has been erected
on the stage, and the party are the only people in attendance. As the strange shadow puppets begin their act, the building shakes, hellish light shines
through the cracks in the walls, and the party experiences a sinking feeling of
vertigo. The walls of the theater fly apart and the party finds themselves on an
obsidian island in a sea of blood surrounded by misshapen demon giants. They
have entered The Court of Chaos