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Svendj, great play review. Can you keep us updated on how this adventure plays out? I'm planning on running it in the near future and I'd like to see how you did it to get some ideas of things to do/not do in my own game. This adventure has really got my interest and reading your review has made me want to run it even more. Thanks!
- The warlock thought about borrowing a page from Shawn of the Dead. He tried impersonating the ghouls to safely cross the street. Amazingly, it worked! This gave the rest of the party some relief. (warlock wanted to try a bluff check. I thought this was awesome but also incredibly difficult to pull off. Nevertheless, she beat a DC 23 check, so I gave the rest of the party a +2 bonus to their next rolls)
Oh and also, Wheree's these Dungeon maps? Are they printable at a site?
Wednesday, the heroes will make their way to the farmstead of Darien in the fading daylight...
After safely reaching the other side of the bridge, the heroes made a break for Darien's farmhouse, trying to dodge the ghouls but unable to prevent an ambush. After a short but bloody fight, they came upon the ruined home of the former farmer (heh). Once inside the house, most partymembers searched the entry room for clues. The halfling monk, however, decided to search the rest of the house. There he came upon a bed which held the corpse of what was once a pretty girl. In the meantime, the sorcerer decided to inspect the insane writings scribbled all over the walls. That's when all hell broke loose - the heroes started getting visions of blood, teeth and torn flesh. Suddenly, their partymembers started to look very tasty... The halfling suddenly saw a spirit rise up from the body of the girl, which seemed to conjure up feelings of hopelessness and despair. But he succesfully countered them and fled through the house towards the others. The moment he came upon them, however, they were all assaulted with the terrible visions of what happened here. The visions lasted for what felt like an eternity, but was only a few seconds in reality. After the heroes came to, they stared upon a horrid visage: the spirit of the pretty girl the halfling saw earlier had turned into a flesh-eating ghoul. And as if that wasn't enough, more ghouls came running from the back rooms! The heroes fought valiantly, but were surprised and horrified to see the ghoulish woman stand up time and again after they had struck her down, seemingly resurrected by the powers of the mansion. One by one, the heroes managed to flee the house, but not without sustaining severe damage. (the players failed the skill challenge badly, 4 failures after 5 rolls. The woman and the ghouls kicked their butts and they managed to escape the house with only a few healing surges left. This would prove to be an interesting bossfight!) Once outside the house, the heroes were overcome with a dreadful feeling of premonition: whatever lived inside this house once had been alerted by their meddling and was coming for them! The screams of the ghouls inside the city had magnified and they knew it would only be a matter of time before they had to face their leader. Seeing as how the farm lied on the outskirts of the town, the heroes wisely chose not to return to the city but instead choose an open field for the showdown with the undead monstrosity. The sorcerer hid in a tree, with the priest and the warlock standing behind it. The dragonborn fighter stood like a mountain in the middle of the field, while the sneaky monk skirted around its edges. Despite the warnings and their preparations, the blood froze in their veins once the Chosen of the Ghoul King entered the field. A small horde of ghouls traveled alongside him, as well as a man completely covered in what can only be described as skin drapings. The man spoke of the Chosen of Doresain and the feast of flesh that was soon to follow. With those words, the ghouls charged. When the Ghoul King closed, the heroes saw to their horror that their own flesh slowly started peeling back. This must be the influence of the beast, getting ready to devour them all. (this was my description of his vulnerable 5 all aura) Despite this, the fighter bravely engaged the Ghoul King, while the monk ran at an almost impossible speed towards the shouting figure. But while the massive ghoul and the dragonborn were duking it out, the warlock suddenly appeared between them and shrouded the whole area in an impenetrable arcane darkness. This gave the heroes time to quickly finish off the horde of ghouls, who were that much more dangerous due to the influence of the Ghoul King (the minions are multo dangerous if the players have vulnerable 5 all!). After a while, the darkness lifted. The Ghoul King quickly looked around him, only to see the monk deliver the final blow to the former priest of Tempus who he had so skillfully managed to convert. No matter, the beast thought, I will take them down myself. At that moment, the fighter, monk and cleric charged him. But they unwittingly played right into his hands. He opened his mouth to unleash a horrible scream, and while the three heroes were stunned, he took a ravaging bite out of their bodies. (this was his encounter power, which hit like a ton of bricks!)But with their superior numbers, the heroes were slowly but surely wearing the beast down. The priest and the sorcerer rained down holy energy upon it, and the fighter and monk flanked him, striking where he was most vulnerable. Then, just as the Ghoul King turned around after trying to claw the halfling monk, the dragonborn released a giant roar, lifting up his sword and delivering a deathblow that cleaved the skull of the Ghoul King. Finally, the battle was over. In the minutes that followed, the heroes saw ghouls run from the town, mostly chasing and eating each other in a wild frenzy of unleashed hunger. The heroes fled the carnage as quickly as they could, eager to return to the peaceful town of Brunswick to deliver their report. There, they were received and honored by the townspeople. Although they never asked for any rewards, the local clergy saw it fit to give them some of the holy relics of Tempus as a prize for destroying the abomination. But what the consequences of the ghoul infestation will be for the rest of the area, nobody knows...
[Report of the adventure]
Let's see, what would I change...