Mask? What Mask?

When we last left our intrepid adventurers they were viciously and monstrously attacked by a small girl. The small girl had lured the adventurers into a dark burrow beneath a cliff under the misguided plea that her “Daddy had been taken by a monster”. There was a man being eaten by an Ankeg – which the party dispatched (we dispatched the Ankeg – the man was already dead) with a combination of swift attacks by a monk, deft sword play by the paladin, artful and effective sorcery by the druid and totally missed attempts by the dragon born.

Now the small girl came to look for her Daddy and saw what had happened and started crying. Aria, the compassionate, gave the small child a flower and picked her up. The small girl then attacked Aria with claws – did I forget to mention the small child had turned into a DOPPLEGANGER? It did….

Now the party is in hot battle against the Doppelganger: A hideous creature even more frightening than a small girl child crying.

What followed was a quick succession of: Filbert stabbing and kicking; Aria casting moonbeam; Kelwin thrusting his sword; and Ophelia casting the final blow that destroyed the beast. Did I mention that Rhogar was late to the party? Well the party searched the room and Kelwin cast detect magic. Under some debris Kelwin found a set of chain mail +1 and replaced his acid damaged splint mail. Ophelia asked Rhogar if he minded Kelwin taking the mail or the 45 gold piece lump of gold… hearing no objection Kelwin took the chainmail and gold and gave other finds: a healing potion and small amethyst, to Aria. The party also found 5 gold and 30 pieces of silver each.
The four party members each got 175 exp points. Nothing for Rhogar – did I mention that he came in late?

Rhogar joined the party and we all walked to Landover. Elan told the party that her grandfather Charlis was waiting for them in the Tavern – apparently he had been in the Tavern the entire Winter while the party was away. Have we mentioned that Elan spent the last adventure in a Tavern in High Reach? Apparently this excessive Tavern lingering is a family trait. I will also add that Tavern owners like the family so much they provide free lodging.
However, the party decided to visit a shop or two before visiting Charlis.

Kelwin sold his damaged splint mail for 50 gold and his scroll of magic missile for 50 gold. The large hunk of gold he sold for enough to give each party member 10 gold each. Aria sold her amethyst for 50 gold. Rhogar asked for a ram – the shop keeper directed him to a field outside of town where there are Rams and Ewes. “Whichever would provide him pleasure.” Shopkeepers in this part of Faerun all think they have a sense of humor. But everyone except Rhodgar laughed – some jokes don’t get old.

Now the party went to Charlis. After some discussion…
Charlis: “About time… Did you get the mask?”
Kelwin: “What mask?”
Charlis: “The mask I sent you for?”
Kelwin: “That was a long time ago, can you describe it?”
Charlis: “ it was like the other one you lost. I haven’t seen it. You went to get it.”
Kelwin: “Well if you haven’t seen it how do we know it is the one you sent us for? Perhaps we found another different mask.?”
Charlis: “So you have the mask…”
Kelwin: “Ok, you got me I have a mask. Now that that is settled, what is next?”
Charlis: “I sent you to get the mask for me!”
Kelwin: “Really? I don’t remember that part.”
Elan: “Grandfather perhaps they should keep the mask as it could help them find the others.”
Kelwin: “Yeah, what she said…”
Charlis: “oh, Did you put it on? if you put it on, it has probably already bonded to you. Keep it … FOR NOW!”
Kelwin: “Keep it…right. No problem.”
Charlis: “I have a small errand for you… more of a research trip … a simple delivery. Go to the Port City of Laribus and see the Sage Pharaoh. Give him this small scroll – I have sealed it so very bad shit will happen to anyone that tries to open it except him.”

There followed a lengthy discussion on fees and payment and expenses. Charlis agreed to give the party 2,500 gold for the trip. Then changed it to 2,500 in expense money that Elan would hold. Then it changed to 100 gold per person per week , plus expenses while the 2,500 gold lasted. Charlis then agreed to send the party to Laribus by a transport spell. While he was preparing the spell Ophelia offered to cast a charm spell on Charlis to get more favorable terms. The party convinced her not to try to charm a high level wizard. Terms like: “poke a sleeping bear”, “play with a hornet’s nest”, “get between Rhogar and a ram”, and other adverse situations were mentioned. Ophelia changed her mind.

The party appeared in Laribus at a Temple. That is the good news they avoided a 5 day walk or a 2 ½ day horse ride. The bad news is that they arrived in the middle of a plague that turns the citizens into zombies. Ugh.
The party asked for the Sage Pharaoh and was directed to his house. While walking through town a man dies at a market. Kelwin couldn’t help by laying on hands.

The party reached a burned out house and a guard told them it was the Sage Pharaoh’s. Bummer. He had died 2 days earlier and the good citizens were so distraught they burned down his house, strange customs in this town. While pondering the fate of the town and Pharaoh the party heard screams from around the corner. (no they can’t leave without investigating) – You guessed it a battle with zombies started and the guards that got there first (and died) started turning into zombies. Bad for them and double bad for us. Do you have any idea how hard it is to kill something that is already dead? Mathematically a negative plus a negative equals a positive… So if you kill a dead does it become alive? Answer: no just more dead and very messy.

So two zombies became 4 zombies and the party killed them all. One guard that was killed by a zombie next to Kelwin was beheaded by Kelwin – the guard that is. Hey you never know… but the headless dead guard didn’t turn into a zombie so the dead that stayed dead was a good thing?

Rhogar was bitten by a zombie so Kelwin did the lay on hands thingy. Nothing happened but Rhogar also didn’t turn into a zombie. Kelwin also held his sword in two hands behind Rhogar (and rolled a crit) as he turned around… like the dead guard… like I said … you never know. But nothing happened so Kelwin put away his sword before Rhogar saw it.

As the party started to search the dead zombie guards the captain of the guard stopped them… after all they were his men… once. Everyone got 320 exp points.

Rhogar suggested that Elan open the scroll. Elan refused. Rhogar said some very nasty things about Elan that made her cry. Elan suggested that the party go to a tavern for a few days to wait for her grandfather to summon them back – what a surprise.

The town imposed a curfew and Elan went to a house of healing to help with the plague. A Guard came to see the party and explained that something horrible happened to Elan. Rhogar asked if there was a purse with lots of gold where Elan went missing. No gold was found.

The party went to look and found lots of blood and some small human footprints and drag marks. The Captain of Guards told the party that other priests have been attacked in a similar manner. It is night and the curfew is in effect so the party went back to the tavern. The innkeeper told them there was no more soup but wait a bit for food. Someone (a woman) called the innkeeper into the kitchen. As soon as he leaves the 25 plus patrons of the Inn start choking on their soup and turning into werewolves. Good thing they were out of soup. The party moves to the stairs, Kelwin puts on his mask, and about 25 werewolves are in the first floor Inn common room. Damn Innkeeper and that woman in the kitchen. ZAGAT’s guide is not going to give them a good rating after this….

Author: Tim McDonald

I run the Grimm Tale Games website and I help to produce the content we release on the site each week. I was recently one of the grand prize winners in the 2016 One Page Dungeon Contest with my entry Griswald’s Shifting Dungeon. I have been tabletop gaming for countless years now and I have always wanted to contribute to the content that is generated for the genre. Speaking of which, I am also one of the lead designers for the Grimm Tale Games upcoming Kickstarter, the Codex of Creatures.