Ars Magica

Summer 1221

Alastar brought a group to the caves in which the dragon Caleba was defeated by his friends over twenty years ago. The dragon was still dead, but an ally of the dragon had left a trap for Alastar and his former allies. Alastar triggered a rune specially attuned to him, and was then killed in a horrible manner.

An earthquake rocked the cave system leaving only two exits out of the chamber the party was in: a deep well and a sloping passage up. A disembodied voice told the group to leave this place.

The party investigated the well first. Along the sides of the well were several cave openings (with ledges). The first thing the party discovered was at the bottom of well: a magically lit dragon stature, and a river flowing through the area. The second thing was investigating one of the cave openings. One of the grogs was killed by a horrifying creature seeming made of semi transculent goo and acid, with strange appendages and eyes. As the death was so swift, and other creatures might be in the area, the party withdrew from the well.

Taking the ramp up, the first thing the party found was a metal supported door. They decided to investigate this side passage. When Faolin (a grog)passed a nearly invisible rune in the wall, it fired out a lightning bolt, killing him instantly. After some investigation, the rune seemed to still be magical, but didn’t go off for awhile. After a couple minutes of discussion the group decided to proceed down the corridor by hugging the wall on the opposite side of the rune. Unfortunately, when the magus Hans was passing the rune (which actually covered the width of the passage), it had recharged and went off, shooting two! lightning bolts at Hans. The bolts easily penetrating Hans’ parma magica, and killed him instantly. The group decided that this corridor just wasn’t worth exploring after that.

The group quickly made their way up the slope, passing the living areas of small humanoid like weasels (?). The group passed through so quickly, that it frightened these creatures into protective mode and no fights happened (they were very frightened of a charging Ursina in her bear form).

A small crimson dragon (no wings) blocked the final door out. Alain (grog) wanted out badly, and charged the creature. The rest of the group joined in. The small dragon has no chance. The group had reached freedom.

Experience:7
Confidence: Any magi or companions in the first adventure in 1220, should have received 1 confidence point. Again, any magi or companions in the second adventure receive a point. Ursina gains an extra point for taking charge of the group’s exit out of the caves.
Vis: 3 Animal, 3 Ignem from dragon’s body

[OOC Notes on Adventure creature: This adventure was created as a standard low powered adventure with optional offshoots that were more dangerous (but contained more rewards). Proceeding straight up the slope without opening doors or going down wells would result in fairly normal fights and rewards for a lower powered adventure (my guess is the lil’ weasels/kobalds would have been fairly simple since I was convinced the dragon was going to kick a little bit of ass). Unfortunately, the offshoot portions really were successful in bringing horror and fear to the party, so much so, that the standard portions couldn’t be enjoyed properly. Because of this, one of the failures of this adventure to show how many available resources were available in this type of setting (10-20 additional pawns of vis, mainly corpus, were available in the basic fights; of course, we might have seen some corpus vis used if one of the lil’ guys had landed a good blow). I do like that my first adventure was more roleplaying, while the second was more combat and investigation based. I’ll probably keep that same pattern going. I do want to keep in the horror elements, but hopefully, they’ll be greater rewards when something bad happens (the good events/bad events balance wasn’t good).]

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