After defeating the Pale Lady, the
party returned to the mortal world and the Abbey of St. Agnes. There
were debriefings to give, rewards to earn, secrets to hide, and
fallout to deal with. It was mostly a decompression session after the
action of the previous game. Most of the action took place in the
village of Hegendorf. It was a good social/role-playing
session, but they managed to get into spooky trouble near the end.
- Belinda Kage: Serpentblood 1, Midwife
- Madeline: Specialist 2, Grave-robber
- Mortimer: Alice 2, Librarian
- Julius Cervantes: Fighter 2,
- Gerrit Liddstadt of Worms: Fighter 1,
- Ana Fischer: Witch
- Girnot: Dogsbody
- Hernando and August: Children rescued
from the Pale Lady.
The party stepped out of the woods, as
they returned from the Pale Lady’s realm. They had two pre-teen
boys with them, August and Hernando, potential sacrifices rescued
from the faeire queen. It was a frigid winter night, so the party
sent Julius ahead with the boys to explain things to the Mother
Superior. The rest of the party stashed the magic mirror (containing
Lucifer) in the hay loft of the abbey’s barn.
With Lucifer hidden, the party headed
towards the Abby and ran into Ana waiting for them on the steps
outside. The witch had a tuft-eared squirrel sitting on her shoulder,
who regarded the PCs with judgmental black eyes. “This is my new
friend, Beverly,” Ana explained. When asked how she got the
squirrel Ana said “Well you know… Innocent country girls like me,
we’re always making woodland friends.” The party decided to leave
it at that for now.
Once inside the Abby, the sisters made
sure August and Hernando were feed and warm, then the party met with
Mother Ruth in her office. They told her all that had transpired in
the Pale Lady’s home (leaving out the demonic mirror and the child
murder). They explained the nature of the Word of Creation and gave
Mother Ruth the amulet that would her to experience the Word herself,
come the next solstice. The Mother Superior was clearly disappointed
that the Word wasn’t something they could simply give to her, but
the party had kept their end of the deal, and they were owed their
Mother Ruth took them to the secret
vaults under the church (the players were briefly concerned that they
were returning to the Ghoul Market). Once there, she presented the
party with the Sword of Prester John. It was an old cruciform sword
in a shabby scabbard. The blade was rusted, dull, and useless, but
the golden hilt was decorated with biblical scenes and valuable
jewels. Belinda, the chaotic, half-alien serpentblood felt uneasy
looking upon it. Julius took possession of the Sword for the time
being. The former witch hunter was determined to have the blade
GM’s Note: As written in the
adventure, the sword of Prester John is a rusty old fake of little
value. That seemed like a cruel trick to my PCs (although they could
have asked to look at it before accepting the job.) But I didn’t
want to give them a boring old magic sword. Luckily, Eldritch Fields recently posted ideas for religious artifacts, so I swiped some ideas
from there. The Sword of Prester John is useless in combat, but it
acts as a holy symbol that gives non-clerics the ability to turn
undead, and lets clerics turn undead at +1 level.
The next morning, the party headed off
to the village of Hegendrof and stayed there for three days. My
computer crashed in the middle of writing this, and I don't have the
wherewithal to write it all out again, so I'm going to hit the
highlights with some bullet-points, then get to the house robbery.
- The party spent most of there time at
the Alexander Hegen's trading post, the main social hub for the
- They met the new PC, a retired infantry soldier named Gerrit Liddstadt.
- Pig framer, Karl Hogon, told Madeline
that crazy Old Man Hagan has treasure hidden somewhere in his house.
If they help him get it, Karl will cut them in for 50%.
- Belinda charmed
Antonio the blacksmith and convinced him to take on Hernando and
August as apprentices.
did not have the skills to repair the Sword of Prester John, but game
Julius a letter of introduction for the master blacksmith who taught
him in Neubrandenburg.
made friends with Black Molly, the charcoal burner, who is also a
skilled trapper and skinner. She was able to skin the body of the
Pale Lady, preserve the spell runes on her flesh, and bind them into
an ersatz spellbook.
- On a
trip back to the Abbey, Belinda and Ana were unable to bring the
Lucifer mirror into the convent. Instead they made a generous
donation and rented an unused tool shed elsewhere on the grounds.
When Lucifer complained about his new abode, it startled Ana, whom
the party had not told about the mirror. After Belinda introduced Ana
to “Lucifer,” the witch slyly replied “That's
- On the
way back to town, Ana confided to Belinda “Y'know, if you wanted to
meet Lucifer, I can make that happen.” Belinda replied “Let's
save that for later.”
wanted to drum up some money by entertaining the villagers, so he put
on “a saucy puppet show.” The villagers were thrilled and
delighted. But then Old Man Hagan entered. The crazy old man was
outraged by the puppets' excessive sauciness and attempted to thrash
Mortimer. Julius clocked the old man on the back of the head,
diffusing the situation.
Old Man Hagan unconscious, Madeline and Gerrit took this opportunity
to rob his house (without telling Karl Hogon).
is where things got real interesting. While the rest of the party
kept the villagers distracted, Madeline and Gerrit snuck off to Old
Man Hagan's home, a large, two-story house that had seen better days.
They had heard that Hagan had a dog named “Manfred,” but none of
the villagers could recall ever actually seeing it. Needless to say,
the two thieves were playing things cautious.
came to the back door, picked the lock, and opened it. With a sharp
“THWANG!” Madeline took a crossbow bolt to the shoulder. The old
man had trapped the door, and likely had traps elsewhere. They
entered the house and came to the next door. Madeline took the time
to examine this door more carefully, and found a wire leading from
the handle into the doorjamb. Carefully plucking this wire, a 50lb
weight crashed through the door frame, and would have crushed the
heard of anyone who had carelessly opened the door. “This place is
like Home Alone,” commented Madeline's player.
next room was a large dining room, with an open doorway that lead to
the sitting room. The dining room was dusty, and seemed mostly unused
except for one spot at the end of the table, presumably where Old Man
Hagan ate alone. The nine unused place settings all had taxidermied
animals sitting in their places. Poorly stuffed badgers, squirrels,
foxes, and other critters with glassy, misaligned eyes. “This is
severely fucked up,” said one of the off-scene players. Madeline
and Gerrit carefully examined the expensive looking silverware but
found no traps. The heavy knives, forks, and spoons all went into a
sack. Loot at last!
they moved on to head into the sitting room, Madeline said “I stop
to look at the floor under the arch to see if there's a tripwire or
something. Should I roll?” Nope, I told her. She was looking for a
specific thing in a specific place, so there was no need to roll.
Madeline is played by my kid, our youngest and least-experienced
player. It makes since that they're the one most quickly adapting to
OSR-style trap finding. They don't have 20-plus years of programming
to overcome! I was very proud.
was no trip-line to be found, so Madeline and Gerrit moved into the
sitting room. The room was decorated with old German flags and a huge
(and expensive-looking) painting of the Emperor. That's when the two
thieves heard something on the stairs. The looked up to the landing
and saw a small black schnauzer staring at them. “That must be
Manfred” said Gerrit.
said the dog.
Did he actually bark, or did he say 'bark'?”
said the dog.
we're backing slowly away.”
they backed away, the dog continued to approach them. “Growl,”
said the dog. It opened it's mouth, wider and wider until its head
began to hinge backwards towards it's spine.
it, I turn and run,” said Madeline, and she did so.
two ran as fast as they could, through the kitchen and out the back
door, Madeline made for the Trading Post across the street, while
Garret tried to climb a tree while fumbling for his rifle. A failed
saving through meant while he got safely up the tree, he dropped his
gun and it landed in the snow.
Gerrit watched from his perch as the
“dog,” no looking perfectly normal walked outside, picked up his
rifle and brought it back inside. Once inside, the dog dropped the
gun and turned around. It looked Gerrit straight in the eye, said
“bark” once more, and the door closed without anyone touching it.
briefly considered going back into the house for his musket (it's an
expensive piece of equipment), but eventually thought better of it.
The party is now fully ready to leave Hegendorf behind them.
500sp in fancy silverware
Hand-crafted faerie-skin spellbook
The Sword of Prester John