Otanu of Eos: 3 – Darvus Junior is freed

A continuation of my previous mini-campaign about Heliana the Priestess. I am using Ironsworn, Four Against Darkness (mostly for dungeon crawls), PocketLands 1.1 and Scarlet Heroes for hex-crawling and further inspiration. I have created a D100 hex-based version of the PocketLands Discovery Table: D100Lands.

Previously: Otanu is the son of Avella, queen of the island of Eos. The priestess Heliana has forced Avella to return to the True Cult, which she had abandoned to follow the wizard Althus. Otanu refuses to join the True Cult and sails to the East with a few trusted companions, hoping that one day he will bring back to Eos the cult of the Old Gods. Otanu is a devotee of the war goddess Torgana; when he lands across the sea in the small village of Asona, he swears to offer 1000 gold pieces to the Great Temple of Torgana to get guidance from the Goddess. Otanu and his companions travel East to the city of Lavinia, where they join the locals in the search for the son of Duke Darvus who was kidnapped by rebels. While exploring a nearby necropolis, the heroes defeat a group of rebels and capture one of them, but they are also wounded in the fight.

All episodes.

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Main character: Otanu, prince of Eos

Edge:2; Heart:3; Iron:4; Shadow:2; Wits:3. (4AD Level 2)

Assets:
• Companion : “Kindred” (Arakna the Wizard, 4AD Level 2) – Your friend stands by you. Skilled: When you make a move outside of combat (not a progress move) aided by your companion’s expertise, add +1.
• Path: “Herbalist” – When you attempt to Heal using herbal remedies, and you have at least +1 supply, you may choose one (decide before rolling). * Add +2. * On a hit, take or give an additional +1 health
• Combat Talent “Thunder-Bringer” – If you wield a mighty hammer… When you Face Danger, Secure an Advantage, or Compel by hitting or breaking an inanimate object, add +1 and take +1 momentum on a hit.

Heath:3; Spirit:5; Supply:2; Momentum:3. Gold pieces: 260.

Arakna’s Health: 2/4

Background Vow (Extreme): rise an army to conquer the Island of Eos and bring back the Old Gods (Progress: 0).

Dangerous Vow: Offer 1000 gold pieces to the Great Temple of Torgana to get guidance from the Goddess (Progress: 2).

Four Against Darkness party members:
Otanu (4AD Cleric Level 2).
Arakna (4AD Wizard Level 3).
Deshin the Dwarf (4AD Level 1).
Willa the Warrior (4AD Level 1).

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I use the Ironsworn oracles to find something about the character of Duke Darvus.
What is his disposition towards the Old Gods? DEMANDING.
Towards the True Cult? INDIFFERENT.
Character description: AGGRESSIVE and KIND.

Darvus does not care about religion. He is a pragmatic and does whatever serves his goals.

What is his goal? RESOLVE A DISPUTE.

Darvus hired dwarves from the East to build a new stronghold, but the local humans did not welcome them. He tried to fix this trouble, but his efforts made things even worse and some of his subjects are now openly rebellious.

The party can rest in Lavinia and recover from their wounds.
SOJOURN: Challenge: 8,1; Action:1+3Heart (Weak Hit).
Health is fully recovered (Otanu now 5, Arakna 4).

Has Darvus Jr been freed by some other expedition? (50/50) NO.

Otanu offers to search another area of the necropolis. They are charged to capture the Chaos Lord Blarar.

A second delve into the necropolis.


They visit the dungeons again and, when they finally find Blarar, Arakna uses her Sleep spell to put him out of combat. They collect 280 gp (now 450). I mark progress on Otanu’s dangerous vow (Progress:4).

Has Darvus Jr been freed by others (50/50)? NO.

Again, they can rest in Lavinia.
SOJOURN, Challenge:3,9; Action:6+3Heart. WEAK HIT. They fully recover health.

Thanks to the capture of Blarar, the extension of the rebellion is getting clearer. The party will be sent to explore one of the newly discovered areas of interest.
(I use Mythic Magazine #3 to get an idea of the new dungeon). Type: palatial. The place is cursed. The place is home to a group or community of some kind.

Tukun’s Corrupted Manor (Disco Diffusion AI)

The wizard Tukun, one of Darvus’s most powerful vassals, is secretly supporting the rebellion. The party will Delve into a Corrupted Manor and will try to capture Tukun.

The building is isolated, in the middle of Tukun’s lands, South of Lavinia. Our heroes enter the building from a window on the West side. They are immediately confronted by 3 golems. They defeat the creatures and, through a terrace, reach the East of the building. Here they have to kill a minotaur. They find a secret door that leads to the inner part of the building. There are more fights with guards and another golem, but finally they find Tukun.

Delving into the manor….

Is Darvus Junior with Tukun? (unlikely). YES.

They defeat the wizard and free the young duke. They also collect 200 gp in the process (now 640).
I mark progress on the Dangerous Vow (Progress:6).

Duke Darvus offers 400 gp as a reward for their help. He also proposes the party to stay in Lavinia as personal guards of Darvus Junior. Two of Otanu’s companions (Deshin the Dwarf and Willa the Warrior) accept to do so. Otanu gives them the 400 gp he just received. (I plan to abandon Four Against Darkness and try pure Ironsworn Delve instead, so the two red-jackets are not needed anymore).

I also mark progress on the Background Vow for having befriended a potential powerful ally (Progress:0.5). I consider this to be a new bond, without rolling the dice.

Tukun the Wizard and Darvus, Duke of Lavinia

SOJOURN: Challenge:2,1; Action:5+3Heart. Strong Hit. They fully recover their health and their supplies.

They receive additional information about Torgana’s temple.
Dangerous / Formidable Journey North? (50/50). Dangerous.

Where can they stop along the way to gather more gold for their offering to Torgana?

Scarlet Heroes oracles: Natural Fortress.
Built by humans or dwarves? (50/50): Dwarves.

The dwarves built the fortress of Bigral on an impregnable rock. It was destroyed by demons centuries ago. Now it is an Ancient Ruin, to be visited in the next episode…

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Current Situation:

Heath:5; Spirit:5; Supply:5; Momentum:5. Gold pieces: 640.

Arakna’s Health: 4/4

Background Vow (Extreme): rise an army to conquer the Island of Eos and bring back the Old Gods (Progress: 0.5).

Dangerous Vow: Offer 1000 gold pieces to the Great Temple of Torgana to get guidance from the Goddess (Progress: 6).

Bonds: Queen Avella, Deshin the Dwarf, Willa the Warrior, Duke Darvus of Lavinia

Otanu of Eos: 2 – Journey to Lavinia

A continuation of my previous mini-campaign about Heliana the Priestess. I am using Ironsworn, Four Against Darkness (mostly for dungeon crawls), PocketLands 1.1 and Scarlet Heroes for hex-crawling and further inspiration. I have created a D100 hex-based version of the PocketLands Discovery Table: D100Lands.

Previously: Otanu is the son of Avella, queen of the island of Eos. The priestess Heliana has forced Avella to return to the True Cult, which she had abandoned to follow the wizard Althus. Otanu refuses to join the True Cult and sails to the East with a few trusted companions, hoping that one day he will bring back to Eos the cult of the Old Gods. Otanu is a devotee of the war goddess Torgana; when he lands across the sea in the small village of Asona, he swears to offer 1000 gold pieces to the Great Temple of Torgana to get guidance from the Goddess. Together with his three companions, he delves into a dungeon and collects the first gold for the offering.

All episodes.

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Main character: Otanu, prince of Eos

Edge:2; Heart:3; Iron:4; Shadow:2; Wits:3. (4AD Level 2)

Assets:
• Companion : “Kindred” (Arakna the Wizard, 4AD Level 2) – Your friend stands by you. Skilled: When you make a move outside of combat (not a progress move) aided by your companion’s expertise, add +1.
• Path: “Herbalist” – When you attempt to Heal using herbal remedies, and you have at least +1 supply, you may choose one (decide before rolling). * Add +2. * On a hit, take or give an additional +1 health
• Combat Talent “Thunder-Bringer” – If you wield a mighty hammer… When you Face Danger, Secure an Advantage, or Compel by hitting or breaking an inanimate object, add +1 and take +1 momentum on a hit.

Heath:2; Spirit:5; Supply:5; Momentum:4. Gold pieces: 131.

Arakna’s Health: 2/4

Background Vow (Extreme): rise an army to conquer the Island of Eos and bring back the Old Gods (Progress: 0).

Dangerous Vow: Offer 1000 gold pieces to the Great Temple of Torgana to get guidance from the Goddess (Progress: 2).

Four Against Darkness party members:
Otanu (4AD Cleric Level 2).
Arakna (4AD Wizard Level 3).
Deshin the Dwarf (4AD Level 1).
Willa the Warrior (4AD Level 1).

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All the members of the team were badly wounded fighting monsters in the dungeon. They take their time recovering in Asona.

Sojourn: Challenge:2,6; Action:2+3Heart; WEAK HIT.

They partially recover: still -1 Health (Otanu:4, Arakna:3) and -1 Life for 4AD.

Otanu asks the villagers about the location of the Great Temple of Torgana.

Gather Information: Challenge:4,10; Action:4+3Wits; WEAK HIT.
(+1 momentum, now 5).
He gets vague indications that the temple is far, somewhere to the North-East. The best route is first reaching a larger town to the East: Lavinia. The party leaves Asona for this Dangerous Journey.

(In the following, I also use the two Journey Challenge dice as a 100 to select an hex from D100Lands. I apply terrain modifiers to the Action die: +1 when on a road; -1 if crossing a river without a bridge / road or terrain other than Grassland or Hills).

Journey: Challenge: 2,4; Action: 4+3Wits+(1 road). STRONG HIT.
Hex 24, Mountains, with road continuing to the East and a new river.
Waypoint: the party reach a bridge across a river in a narrow mountain valley.
Journey progress: now 2.
(I like the idea of Asona being surrounded by mountains, and I add two more Mountain hexes to the North of the current hex).

Journey: Challenge: 9,1 ; Action: 4+3Wits(+1 road, -1 mountains). WEAK HIT.
(-1 supply, now 4).
Hex 91, Hills, road continuing South-East.
They leave the mountains behind and cross gentler hills. A second bridge (waypoint) takes them again across the river. Otanu decides to follow the road, though it is turning South-East.
Journey progress: now 4.

Journey: Challenge: 3,9; Action: 3+3Wits(+1 road). WEAK HIT.
(-1 supply, now 3).
Hex 39, Grassland, road to the South-West.
Waypoint (Ironsworn oracle): Peaceful Hill.
Journey progress: now 6.
The road takes them to a solitary green hill in the plain, then turns South and West. This looks like a perfect place to Make Camp and try to fully recover from their wounds.
Make Camp: Challenge: 8,7; Action: 4+3Supply. MISS.
(-1 Supply, now 2). At night there is a sudden storm. They cannot rest and some of their supplies are lost.

Again, I add an arbitrary hexagon: more hills, with the river flowing through them towards the sea.

Journey: Challenge: 8,2 ; Action: 2+3Wits. WEAK HIT.
(-1 Supply, now 1).
Hexagon 82, Grasslands.
Journey progress: now 8.

Otanu decides it is better to try and gather some food.
Resupply: Challenge: 1,7; Action:3+3Wits. WEAK HIT.
(+2 supply, now 3; -2 momentum, now 3).
It takes them more time then expected, but they can hunt something and gather some edible roots.

Journey: Challenge: 6,8; Action: 4+3Wits. WEAK HIT.
Journey progress: 10.
Reach your destination: Challenge: 6,10 vs 10. WEAK HIT.
They reach Lavinia. I mark progress on the “offering to the Great Temple” vow (now 2).
Hex 68: Grassland.
I add to the map the town of Lavinia and a road that follows the directions on Hex 68 (but I would have added an arbitrary road anyway, if it were not on the PocketLands hex).

The Weak Hit requires a complication (an opportunity for a 4AD Dungeon-crawl): Darvus Jr, the son of Duke Darvus, has been kidnapped by rebels. It is believed that they are hiding in the necropolis West of Lavinia. A huge man-hunt is taking place, and all the people capable to fight are ordered to help.

I roll for the hex West of Lavinia: 47, Hills, and I mark the Necropolis.

From Asona to Lavinia.

4AD Mission: after 7 encounters won against monsters, the party will fight d6+2 Lev4 Rebels, with a chance of finding Darvus Jr.

The party explores several rooms in the underground necropolis. They finally find and defeat a group of 3 rebels. They collect more gold (new total: 260 gp).
Do they find Darvus Jr? (Unlikely) NO.
Do they find any valuable hint? 50/50 NO.

They are even more wounded now (Otanu’s Health:3; Arakna’s:2).
They capture one of the rebels and deliver him to the duke’s guards.

Into the necropolis, in search of Darvus Junior.

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Current Situation:

Heath:3; Spirit:5; Supply:2; Momentum:3. Gold pieces: 260.

Arakna’s Health: 2/4

Background Vow (Extreme): rise an army to conquer the Island of Eos and bring back the Old Gods (Progress: 0).

Dangerous Vow: Offer 1000 gold pieces to the Great Temple of Torgana to get guidance from the Goddess (Progress: 2).

Four Against Darkness party members:
Otanu (4AD Cleric Level 2).
Arakna (4AD Wizard Level 3).
Deshin the Dwarf (4AD Level 1).
Willa the Fighter (4AD Level 1).

Ironsworn Star Wars: Nia the Rodian 1

I haven’t been smart enough to join the Starforged play-testing and now I am impatient to get the rules and try the game! As a diversion, I started a short Star-Wars-inspired Ironsworn game. I also thought that it would be fun to create some rough comic-like illustrations for this story.

My character is a Rodian Female, Nia.

Edge:3 Heart:2 Iron:2 Shadow:3 Wits:4

Momentum:+2 Health:5 Spirit:5 Supply:5

Character Goal [Oracle]: Gain Knowledge

Asset: Kindred Companion

Oracle Male/Female? Male

Name: Grig – Your friend stands by you. Skilled: When you make a move outside of combat (not a progress move) aided by your companion’s expertise, add +1. Expertise: Pilot

The Rodian merchant Nia is the owner of the Stingy Eagle cargo ship and Grig is the pilot of the ship. They are both rebels and use the cover of Nia’s trading to infiltrate Empire-controlled planets and collect information for the rebels based on planet [Oracle] Abon.

The Stingy Eagle flies towards planet [Oracle] Essus where [Oracle: An Innocent is Accused] the Empire has imprisoned governor Shona. She is charged of collaborating with the rebellion, but she never did.

The leaders of the Rebellion asked Nia to investigate the situation on Essus and possibly find Shona and take her to Abon.

Dangerous task: Find Shona and take her to Abon – Progress:0

As soon as the Stingy Eagle reaches Essus, Nia and Grig visit the spaceport tavern, hoping to learn some details about the situation.

Do they ask information to humans or aliens? [50/50] Oracle: Human

Male / Female [50/50]: Female

They talk with a local merchant: Denua

Gather Information: C:8,9 A:3+4Wits=7 MISS

Just a few hours earlier, Denua has seen Shona being escorted to an Imperial frigate which has left for an unknown destination. Where has she been taken?

Nia and Grig return to the Stingy Eagle. Nia tries to break into the Imperial Planetary Information System and find out about the route of the frigate.

Gather Information: C:9,10 A:5+4Wits=9 MISS

She is unable to break in. They must find a way to enter the Imperial command at the spaceport and get direct access to an authorized terminal.

The Call of Darkness: steps 3 and 4

This game is based on Cthulhu Dark by Graham Walmsley and Nine Steps And A Bloody Heart (NSAABH) by Lino Pang aka Riccardo Fregi. I am also using the subset of the Game Master’s Apprentice (GMA) deck from Alone (Larcenous Designs) for inspiration.

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Since Gwendolyn seems so passionate about their investigation, Carlos and Bessie ask her to find someone skilled in the Hebraic language to read the rest of Abel’s notes.

[This is an attempt to draw an additional card: something that NSAABH allows to do once during each group of scenes 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, and, optionally, when drawing the Ace of Hearts. To make things interesting, I decided that the heroes must roll a 6 to have access to the extra card. They cooperate in convincing Gwendolyn, also rolling an Insight die.

Carlos:5 Bessie:3 Insight:4 – not enough]

Gwendolyn says she has no idea where to find someone qualified and trustworthy. She will try asking her connections in the next days.

Step 3 – Card: Ace of Diamonds. The Horror is not the Great Cthulhu, but some lesser creature

[I think I need an NPC who has witness the rites of the cult. Oracle: is it Farema or a new NPC (50/50) New NPC Male or Female? A man GMA: Bargain Religious Knowledge ]

The City Newspaper publishes an article about an English student gone lunatic. Livius Lyndon studies anthropology at the City University: he contacted the police narrating a story about a group of people worshipping blood-thirsty aliens of maybe demons. He was terrified, possibly under the effect of drugs. Livius was promptly assigned to the local mental asylum. Gwendolyn this time is able to help: she has a friend in a leading position at the asylum. She obtains permission for Carlos to visit the patient.

[Investigate: Human die + Insight die: 1 + 2. Carlos will find out very little]

Livius is still terrified. He refuses to speak with Carlos. As speaking to himself, he says half sentences like: “they called that thing and it came…. it spoke to them… I even paid to be there, my greed for knowledge has doomed me…”

Step 4 – Card: 4 of Clubs – The main meeting point of the cult is not at a warehouse

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On a free night, Carlos and Bessie explore the industrial area, where the deceased Eruk (see Step 1) used to work as a security guard. They hope to hear the mysterious pounding music reported by Eruk.

[Investigation Carlos:1 Bessie:2 Insight:6 – they found more than they wanted to, and they will need to roll and Insight test. GMA: meet fraudolent]

They hear noises from inside a warehouse: when they look inside, they see smugglers unloading crates of tequila from a truck. The men see them and chase them. [GMA: stones of all shapes and sizes]

Bessie and Carlos manage to hide in a yard full of building material. In the dark, they stumble upon a heap of dismembered bodies.

[Insight test – Carlos:6 (new Insight level:3) – Bessie:6 (new Insight level:4)]

The two heroes are totally terrified.

[Since this double 6 roll is so exceptional, I decide it’s a good moment to try getting the bonus card for steps 4-6. Investigation – Human dice + Insight die: 3,5,6 – Success! But a new Insight test will be needed. Carlos: 5 (new level:4) Bessie:4 (level unchanged:4)]

Bonus Card – 2 of Spades – A Clergyman

[Oracle: Christian or Zoroastrian? (50/50) Christian]

Carlos recognizes the head of Father Miguel, a priest at a Catholic church he sometimes frequents.

Investigation deck summary:

Who is the leader of the cult? – SPADES: 1.Sen.Irving; 2.A Clergyman or woman; 3.An Artist; 4.The Owner of the Sun Palace Hotel(Gwendolyn); 5.Prof.Heidelberg [Only 3 suspects remain as the leaders of the cult: the Senator and the Professor suggested by Gwendolyn and as still mysterious Artist]

What is their main meeting place? – CLUBS: 1.A Mountain Lake; 2.A Graveyard; 3:A Mansion; 4.A Warehouse; 5.The Sun Palace Hotel; 6.A Church

What is the inhuman horror they serve? – DIAMONDS: 1.Cthulhu; 2.Fthaggua; 3.The Deep Ones; 4.The Mi-Go

Keera the Sunderer 2: the Gauls lose their chariots

An Ironsworn solo campaign, with battles fight with the Commands and Colors Ancients boardgame rules. Battles are won by the first side who destroys six enemy units. See campaign set-up here. [This is a gaming campaign: please do not expect historic accuracy]

Previous Events: Keera is the leader of a Gallic clan: the Sunderers. She allies with the Wind-Riders, lead by Mogurix, in order to march South towards the richest lands that once were Gallic and are now controlled by the Romans. But when the two clans are ready to move, they are attacked by a Roman army.

NPCs:

Mogurix; the leader of the Wind-Riders, a clan allied with Keera’s Sunderers

Lavinia:  Mogurix’ wife. A Healer who was born a Roman but was adopted by the Gauls when a child.

Beltros: a Druid and the oldest member of Keera’s Sunderers. He disapproves the expedition South, believing that the risks of war should be avoided whenever possible.

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Keera and Mogurix lead their clans in the battle against a Roman legion. Mogurix leads the chariots and cavalry of the Wind Riders on the left wing; Keera is at the centre of the line, with the main body of the Gallic warriors.

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The two wings are the first to engage combat, while the warriors wait behind. The chariots are destroyed in the first impact [G:0 R:1], but the cavalry opens a gap in the Roman line and rushes through it.

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Yet, the now isolated unit is doomed: the Romans surround it and destroy it [G:0 R:2]. The Gauls also lose a Warrior unit on their right flank [G:0 R:3].

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Mogurix falls back and joins the leftmost group of warriors. The Roman line advances at Double Time and the two main bodies of infantry engage a furious fight.

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The Roman elite soldiers attack the centre of the Gallic line

Keera is initially successful, destroying the two Roman Heavy Infantry units and a Medium Infantry unit [G:3 R:3]; one of the Roman leaders is now alone in the middle of the battlefield. But also Keera’s men are now in bad shape.

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The second Roman leader comes to the aid of his colleague with his cavalry, but this counter-attack is only partly a success, with heavy losses on both sides [G:5 R:5].

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The Roman Cavalry charges Keera

While Keera is forced to retreat, Mogurix drives the final blow by killing the isolated Roman leader. [G:6 R:5]

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This Battle is only a Weak Hit for the Gauls (Pay the Price). They are now able to begin their Southward journey, but all their chariots have been destroyed in the battle and they will fight with only 11 units instead of 12 until they can rebuild them.

 

Keera’s current situation:

Stats – Edge:1 Heart:2 Iron:2 Shadow:3 Wits:1
Health:5 Spirit:5 Supply:5 Momentum:0
Vow: find the tomb of Dag in the South (Dangerous) – Progress:0
Background Vow: plunder a major Roman city (Extreme) Progress:0

Cybela and the Iron Talisman 5: intrigue at the war council

A solo campaign with plastic toys based on the Ironsworn RPG and the OnePageRules Grimdark Future Firefight skirmishing rules (but this is a purely Ironsworn session).
See setup here.

Previous events: The Duchy of Elfbrook has been attacked by the Duchy of Boarwood. Duchess Cybela of Elfbrook is the best remotely-controlled-mecha-pilot around: she swears a vow to rescue her friend Tahuta, who has snatched the Iron Talisman from the hands of the invaders but is now trapped in the Boarwood-occupied territory. The town of Abon is freed, but Cybela’s power mecha is destroyed in battle. Etana, the chief engineer at the Mechanization Ministry, assigns her a much less powerful machine. Nevertheless, Cybela plays a vital role in re-conquering Axeford. Stonetower, the ultimate goal, is now in sight.

NPCs:

  • Duke Themon of Elfbrook – Cybela’s father
  • Archmage Brynn, uncle of Cybela and leader of the Cult. A powerful and ambiguous man.
  • Tahuta – an agent in Elfbrook special forces and Cybela’s best friend.
  • Etana – chief engineer at the Mechanization Ministry. She favours AI robots over human-controlled mecha.

In this session, I focus on what happens at court, far from the battlefield.
Will this involve a new NPC? [50/50] Oracle: YES
Male or Female? [50/50] Male
NPC Role: Raider
NPC Goal: Harm a rival

Is the rival Cybela? [50/50] Oracle: YES

Count Fanir is the second best mecha-pilot in Elfbrook. He is a fervent adept of the cult. At the war council, Archmage Brynn suggests that Fanir should replace Cybela in the fight for Stonetower: he says he is worried about the safety of the young Duchess but, now that the war seems to be nearly over, he really intends to promote his pupil.
Face Danger: Challenge:5,10 Action:5+3Wits=8 / Weak Hit (-1 Momentum)
Cybela must use all her dialectical skills to convince the war council that her involvement in the operations is essential. She also suggests that this could not be a good time to introduce new people in key roles. The final decision is that she can keep her position, but Fanir will be placed to her side in the next battles: he will use a robot of a different model, so that it will be possible to measure the effectiveness of the two different machines. To Cybela it is clear that the competition will not be so much among different mecha-models as among the two pilots.

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Cybela’s current situation:

Stats: Edge:2 Heart:1 Iron:2 Shadow:1 Wits:3
Health:5 Spirit:5 Supply:1 Momentum:1
Vow: retrieve the Iron Talisman (Troublesome) Progress:5
Background Vow: limit the power of the Cult (Extreme) Progress:0

Goldsworn 4 – Reaching Isla de la Fuente

[An Ironsworn pirate adventure set in the fictional Islas Nuevas archipelago]

Previous Events: The Danish captain Haf Moriensen arrives to the Roca Larga island from Europe on his ship, the Rebis. While Haf and his quartermaster Ithela are in town, Haf’s younger sister Miranda and part of the crew disappear from the ship. The Captain swears a vow to find Miranda. The girl has been imprisoned by Sir Alban Kinry, the English governor of the island: he will free her after the Rebis has secretly taken him to a nearby island and back. Haf agrees and the Rebis sails towards Isla de la Fuente. They are attacked by English pirates, but the Danish win the fight and capture their ship.

Main character: Captain Haf Moriensen
Edge:+1 Heart:+1 Iron:+2 Shadows:+3 Wits:+2
Health:5 Spirit:3 Supply:4 Momentum:5

ASSETS
Path – WATERBORN Gather Information, Face Danger and Secure an Advantage at +1 when using water-related knowledge and skills.
Ritual – DIVINATION Gather Information by a blood-form of bibliomancy.
Custom – BATTLESHIP Mighty: Strike and Clash at +1 and to +1 harm in naval combat. Ship Health: 5

BONDS
Miranda (Haf’s sister) [oracle: a young and kind bandit, i.e. pirate]
Ithela (quartermaster of the Rebis) – an African warrior fond of bone amulets [oracle: a Dangerous and Artistic Hunter]
Morien (Haf’s father) a Danish occultist and merchant [oracle: Confident and Adventurous]

Other NPCs
Sir Alban Kinry – the jealous and stubborn English governor of Roca Larga
Brian Reese – an English pirate defeated by the Rebis

VOWS
Background Vow: – Epic. Seize an Atlantean source of occult power that must be hidden somewhere in the Islas Nuevas. Progress: 0
Dangerous Vow: Find Miranda. Progress: 2
Journey to Isla de la Fuente, Progress:3


While the the crew celebrates their victory on the English pirates, Captain Moriensen, Sir Kinry, Ithela and a couple of other officers search the Angry Boar for valuable objects. Haf and Kinry find two interesting objects in the cabin of the English captain:
D6 1. map 2.book 3.box 4.idol 5.mask 6.jewel 2.BOOK 3.BOX

In a small chest, they find what appear to have been the possessions of a Portuguese phyisician, including a manuscript that appears to be his personal journal and a beautiful inlaid ivory box, decorated with a caduceus and Greek inscriptions. The box is empty.

Which of the two do Haf and Kinry prefer? [50/50] Haf:Book Kinry:Book

Haf tries to COMPEL Kinry in taking the box, leaving the manuscript to him. He tells Kinry that the Greek inscription is a love spell: if an objected belonging to a woman is closed in the box, she will love the owner of the box.
C:8,10 A:6+3(shadow)=9 WEAK HIT
What does Kinry ask in reply: [Oracle: Risk Honour]
Kinry agrees to take the box, but he asks in exchange that Haf swears to help him with an illegal and not exactly honourable mission he is going to attempt while in Isla de la Fuente.

Haf accepts and SWEARS A [Troublesome] VOW on his golden medallion:
C:3,10 A:6+1(Heart)=7 WEAK HIT Momentum+1=6
Haf has no idea of what the mission could be, but he feels things are going well. He almost begins to like Kinry.

That night, Haf begins reading the Portuguese journal. His knowledge of the language is limited, but the author must have been interested in alchemy. He mentions hearing first hand report of the fountain of eternal youth to be in one of the Islas Nuevas. Could this be related with the mythical source of power that Haf is searching? I mark 1 tick progress on Haf’s background vow.

Make Camp C:3,8 A:4+4(supply)=8 WEAK HIT (+1 one next action)
Journey C:5,3 A:5+1(Wits)+1=7 STRONG HIT (Journey progress now 6)

The next morning, they reach the French-ruled island of Placeforte.
SOJOURN C:6,9 A:3+1(Heart)=4 MISS
The French turn out to be hostile. They have to sell the Angry Bear at a very low price: but the damaged English ship is too slow and it’s better to get rid of it anyway.

Journey C:1,10 A:5+1(Wits)=6 WEAK HIT -1 Supply (now 3)
Journey progress: 9

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Reach Destination C:1,4 STRONG HIT +2 Health
They reach Isla de la Fuente. The island is ruled by
D6 1,2.France 3,4.England 5,6.Spain = France
With the money gained from selling the Angry Bear, they can buy all what is needed to finish repairing the Rebis, which is now in perfect shape (Ship’s health back to 5).
I mark progress on Haf’s vow to free Miranda (now progress=4)

What is Kinry’s secret and not too honourable mission?
[Oracle: Find Creature] Two months earlier, the wife of the French governor died while giving birth to her first child. [Male of Female? 50/50 Male] Kinry is the true father of the baby and he intends to kidnap it and take it to Roca Larga.


Current situation:
Health:5 Spirit:3 Supply:3 Momentum:6
“Health” of the Rebis: 5
Epic Background Vow: (source of occult power) Progress:0.25
Dangerous Vow (free Miranda) Progress:4
Troublesome Vow (help Kinry kidnap his son) Progress: 0

Goldsworn 3 – the Angry Boar

[An Ironsworn pirate adventure set in the fictional Islas Nuevas archipelago]

Previous Events: Captain’s Haf Moriensen ship, the Rebis, has just arrived to the Roca Larga island from Europe. While Haf and his quartermaster Ithela are in town, Haf’s younger sister Miranda and part of the crew disappear from the ship. The Captain swears a vow to find Miranda. The girl has been imprisoned by Sir Alban Kinry, the English governor of the island: he will free her  after the Rebis has secretly taken him to a nearby island and back.

Main character: Captain Haf Moriensen
Edge:+1 Heart:+1 Iron:+2 Shadows:+3 Wits:+2
Health:5 Spirit:5 Supply:5 Momentum:2

ASSETS
Path – WATERBORN Gather Information, Face Danger and Secure an Advantage at +1 when using water-related knowledge and skills.
Ritual – DIVINATION Gather Information by a blood-form of bibliomancy.
Custom – BATTLESHIP Mighty: Strike and Clash at +1 and to +1 harm in naval combat. Ship Health: 5

BONDS
Miranda (Haf’s sister) [oracle: a young and kind bandit, i.e. pirate]
Ithela (quartermaster of the Rebis) – an African warrior fond of bone amulets [oracle: a Dangerous and Artistic Hunter]
Morien (Haf’s brother) a Danish occultist and merchant [oracle: Confident and Adventurous]

Other NPCs
Sir Alban Kinry – the jealous and stubborn English governor of Roca Larga

VOWS
Background Vow: – Epic. Seize an Atlantean source of occult power that must be hidden somewhere in the Islas Nuevas. Progress: 0
Dangerous Vow: Find Miranda. Progress: 0


At midnight, Sir Alban Kinry boards the Rebis.
Is he escorted? [Likely] NO
He is disguised as a pirate, with two pistols and a fake moustache. He asks Captain Moriensen to be introduced to the crew as “Albert”.

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At dawn, the Rebis leaves the port.
Is Kinry’s destination really a nearby island? [50/50] YES
They set sails towards Isla de la Fuente, about 200 miles North-West of Roca Larga.

Undertake a [Troublesome] Journey:

Challenge:5,8 Action:1+2(Wits)=3 MISS

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In the early afternoon, a pirate ship flying English colours sails towards the Rebis (the purple ship). The Rebis steers to the West, to take advantage of the South-East wind and try to outrun the English ship, but they cannot avoid the fight: a [Dangerous] opponent.

Enter the Fray: Challenge:6,2 | Action:3+1(Heart)=4 WEAK HIT +2 Momentum (=5)
Now that they are closer, Moriensen is not impressed by the strength of the English ship: even if Sir Kinry does not seem happy with the trouble, this could be a good chance to make some money.

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Face Danger: Challenge:1,5 | Action:3+2(Wits)+1(Waterborn)=6 STRONG HIT (+1 Momentum=6)
Captain Moriensen orders to lower half of the sails, so they will offer a smaller target. The English, feeling sure that they are now faster than the Rebis, change direction, coming to a momentary stop when taking their ship’s bow through the wind: the position seems perfect to rake the Rebis with a starboard broadside, but they miss their shot. The Danes feel even more confident that they can conquer the English ship.

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Strike Miss

Strike: Challenge:6,10 | Action:1+1(Edge)+1(Mighty-Ship)=3 MISS
The Rebis turns Eastward: the Danes can rake the approaching English ship in their turn, but a gush of wind at the critical moment stops their cannonballs short.
Pay the Price: it’s stressful. (Spirit=3)
Endure Stress: Challenge:10,4 Action:5+3(Spirit)=8 Press on
The Captain feels he has given the order too soon: he should have waited for the opponent to be closer. The English are approaching swiftly and Haf has wasted the opportunity of making damage at long range.

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Face Danger:
Challenge:7,4 | Action:1+1(Waterborn)+2(Iron)=4 MISS
[Action=1 all damage will be inflicted to the Rebis, -2 Health=3]
The English manage to align the two ships side be side and then fire the port-side guns: they hit the rigs and sails, the Rebis will be even slower now. Three sailors are killed.
Companion Endure Harm – Challenge:7,10 | Action:3+3(Ship’s Health)=6 MISS (-1 Momentum=5)

Captain Moriensen assesses the damages: the hull has not been hit and the crew has already reloaded the starboard-side guns, but now also the English have had the time to do so. The two ships fire at the same moment.

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Clash!

Clash: Challenge:5,5[a match] | Action:6+1(Mighty-Ship)+1(Edge)=8 STRONG HIT
Damage:2+1(Clash)+1(Mighty-Ship)=4
I will count the match as an extra Damage point; Progress from 0 to 10 with a single broadside!
End the Fight: Challenge:5,3 vs 10 STRONG HIT

The English ship either A.Explodes or B.is Immobilized [50/50]: B
The main-mast of the Angry Boar has fallen, badly damaging the fore-mast and killing several pirates. The Rebis can easily manoeuvre to the front of the English ship, threatening it with its guns. The English Captain (Brian Reese) and his crew are glad to yield their ship and all their belongings in exchange of their lives: after helping fix the fore-mast of their ship and being searched one by one for valuable objects, the surviving Englishmen leave on board of two small boats.

Ithela takes command of the Angry Boar, together with half the crew of the Rebis, and the two ships continue their journey, with great satisfaction of Sir Kinry.
Undertake a [Troublesome] Journey: Challenge:5,3 Action:2+2(Wits)=4 WEAK HIT (Progress=3)
At dusk, they reach a desert islet only ten miles South of the French-ruled Placeforte island. They find the Angry Board totally lacking in provisions: the celebration for their victory is at the expenses of their supplies (-1=4).


Current situation:
Health:5 Spirit:3 Supply:4 Momentum:5
“Health” of the Rebis: 3
Epic Background Vow: (source of occult power) Progress:0
Dangerous Vow (free Miranda) Progress:2
Journey to Isla de la Fuente, Progress:3

Goldsworn 2 – Sir Kinry’s trick

[An Ironsworn pirate adventure set in the fictional Islas Nuevas archipelago]

Previous Events: Captain’s Haf Moriensen ship, the Rebis, has just arrived to the Roca Larga island from Europe. While Haf and his quartermaster Ithela are in town, Haf’s young sister Miranda and part of the crew disappear from the ship.

Main character: Captain Haf Moriensen
Edge:+1 Heart:+1 Iron:+2 Shadows:+3 Wits:+2
Health:5 Spirit:5 Supply:5 Momentum:2

ASSETS
Path – WATERBORN Gather Information, Face Danger and Secure an Advantage at +1 when using water-related knowledge and skills.
Ritual – DIVINATION Gather Information by a blood-form of bibliomancy.
Custom – BATTLESHIP Mighty: Strike and Clash at +1 and to +1 harm in naval combat.

BONDS
Miranda (Haf’s sister) [oracle: a young and kind bandit, i.e. pirate]
Ithela (quartermaster of the Rebis) – an African warrior fond of bone amulets [oracle: a Dangerous and Artistic Hunter]
Morien (Haf’s brother) a Danish occultist and merchant [oracle: Confident and Adventurous]

VOWS
Background Vow: – Epic. Seize an Atlantean source of occult power that must be hidden somewhere in the Islas Nuevas.


On the deck of the Rebis, in front of the whole crew, Haf vows to find his sister: he solemnly swears on a golden sun-shaped medallion.

[This will be a Dangerous quest]
Swear an Iron Vow: Challenge:8,6 Action:5+1(Heart)+1(bond)=7
Weak hit: +1 Momentum.

Haf his determined, but he has no hint of what to do. He and Ithela are preparing to use blood-divination to find out more, when a guard summons the Captain to the palace of Sir Alban Kinry, the English governor of Roca Larga.

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Kinry is a [oracle: jealous and stubborn] man. He tells Haf he has his sister and sailors. The men will be immediately returned but, before freeing Miranda, he has a small favour to ask.
[goal oracle: Travel to a place]
He must go to a nearby island, only a couple of days away [a Troublesome journey], and must do so in total secrecy. A newly arrived Danish ship that nobody knows is perfect and the Rebis seems swift and well-armed. They will leave the next day. Kinry will only stay at his destination for one day: they will be back in less than one week. Haf can only agree to this “proposal” (I mark 2 progress on the new vow) and the governor can be a useful ally for the future. Haf’s men are immediately freed and they confirm that they and Miranda have been treated well.

Current situation:
Health:5 Spirit:5 Supply:5 Momentum:3
Epic Background Vow: (source of occult power) Progress:0
Dangerous Vow (free Miranda) Progress:2

Amara of Whitebridge 7 – Redhall

[An Ironsworn adventure in the Ironlands. I have played these fights with the Song of Blades and Heroes ruleset by Ganesha Games. Larger battles are played with the Ancient One Hour Wargames rules by Neil Thomas]

Main character: Amara
Edge:+1 Heart:+3 Iron:+2 Shadow:+2 Wits:+1
Health:3 Spirit:2 Supply:1 Momentum:7

Place Whitebrige – a riverside village
NW Haven (near the center of the Ironlands)

ASSETS:
Martial Focus – BRAWLER Secure an Advantage by engaging in close-quarters brawling.
Ritual – AUGUR Summon a murder of crows and ask a single question.
Path – HERBALIST Heal people using herbal remedies.

BONDS:
Deshi (Amara’s father) [oracle: stingy and manipulative forager]
Lestara (Whitebridge overseer) [oracle: generous and powerful healer]
Quinn (Amara’s cousin) strong and dumb warrior
Lago – an attractive and friendly warrior from Redhall

Other NPCs:
Zura – a warrior from Whitebridge who wants to replace Lestara as overseer
Kaivan – the son of the Stoneford healer
Lona – Lago’s sister, another Redhall prominent warrior

VOWS
Background Vow: – Extreme. When Amara’s father Deshi was overseer, he started a feud with the nearby Stoneford community (another village on the same river, twenty miles NE of Whitebridge). Amara intends to mend the conflict started by her father. Progress: 0.5
Vow: – Dangerous. Let Lestara be overseer for the next seven years. Progress:2

Previous events: Amara, Quinn and the crossbowman Delos attack a group of broken that are raiding the area. The heroes are defeated. The overseer Lestara harshly critiques Amara’s initiative, which ended in favouring Lestara’s rival Zura. Amara, Quinn and Delos leave Whitebridge heading for Stoneford. The Stoneford river-idol is stolen and the heroes join the villagers in the hunt for the thieves, but the idol was stolen by the Makari, a mysterious invading army, as a diversion to help in the occupation of Stoneford. The party joins a successful counter attack against the Makari: the leader is the friendly Lago of Redhall – it’s love at first sight with Amara. Amara, Quinn, Delos and Lago travel towards Whitebridge where the Makari, with the help of Zura, have imprisoned Lestara. They free Lestara, but Lago and Quinn fall in the fierce fight with the Makari. Lestara has more bad news: the trolls are going to join the Makari in their invasion of Northern Haven.

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Amara, Lestara and Delos leave from Whitebridge heading for Redhall, a troublesome journey.

Undertake a Journey: Challenge:1,4 Action:2+1(Wits)=3 weak hit
They are at 0 supply: unprepared

They proceed: Challenge:4,2 Action:2+1=3 Weak Hit. -1 momentum (now 6)

Challenge:7,3 Action:1+1=2 MISS. Pay the price: the journey takes extra time. -1 momentum (5)

Challenge: 3,1 Action:1+1=2 Weak Hit

Reach your destination – Challenge:3,9 Progress:9 Weak Hit

They reach Redhall, but there is some trouble going on.
[Oracle 7 – Settlement Trouble] Rival settlement
Lona, Lago’s sister that Amara hoped to befriend, will be away for a while. She has been sent to the rival settlement of Longlake to negotiate a truce and possible an alliance to face together the Makari.

Can the heroes “sojourn” in Redhall? [likely] YES

Sojourn: Challenge:1,10 Action:2+3(Heart)=5 Weak Hit
The “unprepared” condition is cleared and they take +2 supply (now 2)

Amara, with the help of Lestara, tries to forge a bond with Maya, Redhall overseer and mother of Lago and Lona.
Forge a bond – Challenge:3,2 Action:1+3(Heart)=4 Strong Hit
(+2 Spirit, now at 4)

Maya asks Amara to travel South, to the forest were the twin sisters Varena and Purena live. They are said to be great sorcerers and an authority among the Broken. The task is again to build a temporary alliance: with the help of the Broken, it could be possible to free Whitebridge from the Makari, hopefully rescuing Lago and Quinn, if they are still alive. Amara will travel with her loyal companion Delos and two Redhall warriors, while Lestara will remain in Redhall. The new bond with the Redhall overseer brings 2 progress in the Vow of having Lestara being overseer of Whitebridge for the next seven years.

Finding Varena and Purena will be a Formidable Journey.
Undertake a journey: Challenge:4,1 Action:1+1(Wits)=2 Weak Hit
(-1 supply, now at 1) Progress:1

The party decides to resupply.
Challenge:6,10 Action:2+1(Wits)=3 MISS – In the next session, there will be fight.

Current situation:
Health:3 Spirit:4 Supply:1 Momentum:5
Background Vow, Extreme: (alliance with Stoneford) Progress:0.5
Vow, Dangerous: (have Lestara oversee for the next years) Progress:4