Otanu of Eos: 5 – The Great Temple of Torgana

A continuation of my previous mini-campaign about Heliana the Priestess. I am using Ironsworn, 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 embrace the True Cult; Otanu refuses to do the same and sails to the East, vowing to 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, 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 free the son of Duke Darvus who had been kidnapped by rebels. Two of Otanu’s companions decide to stay in Lavinia. Otanu and the wizard Arakna leave Lavinia towards the temple of Torgana in the North. They find a dying priestess of the moon goddess Darna who was attacked by trolls; they find the liar of the trolls and recover the sacred ring of the priestess. They reach the ancient fortress built by the dwarf king Bigral. Inside the fortress, they are unable to stop an orcish priest from sacrificing a dwarf prisoner.

All episodes.

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Main character: Otanu, prince of Eos

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

Assets:
• Companion : “Kindred” (Arakna the Wizard) – 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.

Health:3; Spirit:5; Supply:5; Momentum:1. Gold pieces: 730.

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).

NPCs: Avella (Bond) :queen of the island of Eos, Otanu’s mother. Heliana: a priestess of the True Cult who forced Avella to return to the Cult; opponent of Otanu. Deshin the Dwarf and Willa the Warrior (Bonds): left Eos with Otanu and stopped in Lavinia. Duke Darvus of Lavinia (Bond): a pragmatic ruler who faces a conflict between his human subjects and dwarves he hired. Darvus Junior: Duke Darvus’ son, taken prisoner by rebels and rescued by Otanu. Tukun the wizard: a rebel vassal of Darvus captured by Otanu.


(I start this session with a little world-building about the religions I have met so far).

The Old Gods form a large pantheon with a god for each of the important aspects of life and the natural world. The gods we know of so far are Torgana (war), Darna (moon), Etaura (earth). The Old Gods are in an eternal struggle against Chaos; similarly, their worshippers fight worshippers of Chaos.

Chaos: wizards and chaos lords mess with demons and monsters. Their aim is overthrowing the existing kingdoms and gain power upon the whole world.

The True Cult is a newer religion coming from the West, across the sea. They claim that man and magic are the only truly divine entities. The Old Gods are not better than demons: they should all be destroyed and forgotten. The world should be ruled by the Cult as a single planetary organization.

Back to Otanu and Arakna’s journey towards the temple of Torgana:

Journey North-West from Bigral: C:8,8; A:4+3wits-1Woods. MISS + MATCH. (-2 supply = 3).
They follow a river; the woods give place to a barren region with a malignant feel.

Journey West; C:8,3; A:6+3wits-1wasteland; WEAK HIT. (-1 supply=2). Progress +1=7.
They are still in the wasteland, but they find a road leading North-West.

Journey C:3,9; A:4+3Wits(-1wasteland+1road). WEAK HIT. (-1 supply=1). Progress +1=8.
Following the road, they reach a more hospitable plain.

Resupply. C.7,10. A:4+3wits. MISS. (-1 Supply=0, UNPREPARED).
They cannot find anything to eat. They follow the road to the West.

(I arbitrarily decide to let them find a settlement: Elema). Size: 1-3 small, 4-5 medium, 6 larger than Lavinia: SMALL.

Sojourn: C.8,5; A:6+3heart. STRONG HIT. Unprepared cleared, supply=3. Otanu’s recovers his health (5).
They still need to collect about 300 gold pieces for the offering to Torgana. They ask to the villagers for places where there is hope to find treasure.

Scarlet Heroes dungeon oracle: Nonhuman settlement.
I roll a random Basic Fantasy monster: giants.
This will be a Formidable Infested Ruin delve.

The villagers say that there are rumours that treasure is hidden there, but the place is now inhabited again, some say.

DELVE Jaran, ruins of the palace of the giants

Can they enter from the main entrance? 50/50; YES.

  1. Delve WEAK HIT (Progresss:1). They enter directly into a large hall dominated by a huge sculpture. They trigger a bolt trap. Face danger MISS. Otanu takes 2 harm (Health:3).
  2. Delve STRONG HIT (Progress:2). They reach a mausoleum where they find a hidden chest (1d3x100-50=250 gp).
  3. Delve WEAK HIT (Progress:3). A giant bedroom that appears to have been recently looted.
  4. Delve STRONG HIT + MATCH. In a semi-collapsed angular tower, they find a prisoner. 1-3 human; 4-5 dwarf; 6 other: dwarf. Male/Female? Male. His name is Dotan. (progress:5).
    Was he captured by a giant? (unlikely) YES.
    Dotan says that dwarves are being captured and sacrificed: someone is probably trying to evoke a particularly powerful demon.
  5. Delve STRONG HIT. In a corridor, they find Dotan’s battle axe. (Progress:6)
  6. Delve WEAK HIT. Progress:7. In a pillared hall, they stumble upon 3 orcs (a Dangerous enemy). Battle: MISS. Otanu is wounded again (-2 Health=1).
  7. Delve STRONG HIT (Progress:7). A preserved vault.
    Locate objective: WEAK HIT. They find a huge chest that appears to be intact. Before they can open it, they hear the steps of the giant entering the ruins.

Escape: STRONG HIT + MATCH. While hastily making their way out of the place, Otanu spots a precious gem in the dirt. It is worth 100 gp, now they have a total of 1080 gp, enough for the offering!
I mark progress on the dangerous vow about the Torgana offering: Progress now 8.

Otanu SWEARS a formidable VOW to stop the evocation of the demon that causes the sacrifices of dwarves.

Challenge:8,9; Action;3+1Heart+1Dotan. MISS. (-2 momentum=1).
He realizes he knows too little about the situation. Hopefully, they fill find out more at the temple of Torgana.
This VOW comes with a thread: the actual evocation of the demon.

Otanu is badly wounded; they must return to Elema and TAKE A HIATUS. Health, spirit, supply=5. Momentum=2. The menace advances (+1=1).

When Otanu has recovered, Otanu and Arakna resume their journey North-East.

Journey C.5,8; A:1+3 Wits. MISS. They are attacked. Orcs? (50/50): YES.
Battle: C.8,2; A:6+4Irons. STRONG HIT.

Journey EAST, C:1,0; A:1+3wits. WEAK HIT. (-1 supply=4). Journey progress+1=9.
They find a road leading North-East.

Journey North-East, C:5,2; A:2+3wits+1road. STRONG HIT. Progress:10.

REACH DESTINATION: C:8,5 vs 10 STRONG HIT.
+1 momentum=3. Progress on the offering to Torgana dangerous vow: 10.

FULFILL YOUR VOW: C.6,7 vs 10. STRONG HIT. +2 Momentum=5.

The priests accept the offering of 1000 gold pieces.
Otanu can sleep in the most sacred room of the temple and Torgana appears in this dreams. Message from the goddess: Action / Theme oracle – OPPOSE PORTENT.

Torgana, as she appears in Otanu’s vision (Disco Diffusion AI)

The goddess is grateful for Otanu’s devotion. She says that they must deal with the menace of the demon, whose name is RALS. They must reach the Silver Mountains and return the moon-ring of the Darna priestess to the dwarves who originally made it. The dwarves can use the ring to stop Rals. In this way, Otanu will also be able to find new allies to take back Eos from the True Cult.
Background vow to take back Eos +0.5progress, now 1.
Formidable vow to stop Rals +1 progress, now 1.

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Current Situation:

Health:5; Spirit:5; Supply:4; Momentum:5. Gold pieces: 80.

Arakna’s Health: 4/4

Background Vow (Extreme): rise an army to conquer the Island of Eos and bring back the Old Gods (Progress: 1).

Formidable Vow: stop the sacrifices of dwarfs and prevent the evocation of the demon Rals (Progress:1). Threat: Rals appears in this plane of existence (Menace: 1).

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

From Asona to the temple of Torgana

Otanu of Eos: 4 – Bigral’s Fortress

A continuation of my previous mini-campaign about Heliana the Priestess. I am using Ironsworn, 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 embrace the True Cult; Otanu refuses to do the same and sails to the East, 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, 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 free the son of Duke Darvus who had been kidnapped by rebels. Two of Otanu’s companions decide to stay in Lavinia. Otanu and the wizard Arakna get directions to reach the temple of Torgana. Along the way, they will find the ruins of the fortress of Bigral, ancient king of the Black Dwarves.

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.

Health: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

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Otanu and Arakna start a Dangerous journey to the temple of Torgana.

JOURNEY: Challenge: 9,9; Action:3+1(bond with Lavinia)+1road+3Wits; MISS and MATCH.

Pay the Price: a surprising event complicates your quest.
(I decide that this will be a side-quest and, because of the Match, the Journey is not Dangerous but Formidable.)

While following the road to the North-West, they find a smashed wagon. All the occupants are dead, but a woman who says she is a priestess of Darna, the Old Goddess of the Moon. She says they were attacked by Trolls, who also stole her sacred moon-ring. She asks for revenge and dies.

They follow westward the tracks of the trolls.

JOURNEY: Challenge: 3,4 Action:6+1(road)+3Wits. STRONG HIT. Journey progress: 1.

The road ends and they must cross a river in a forest.

JOURNEY: Challenge:8,2; Action:6+3wits-2(river, forest). WEAK HIT. -1 supply (now 4). Journey progress: 2.

They are at the foot of the mountains and find the lair of the trolls: an ancient mine.

(This will be a Dangerous Delve into an Infested Mine.)

The lair of the trolls: an infested mine

Briefly: at the entrance they fight the troll’s pet, a hyena. They go down a vertical shaft and meet a young troll, that they easily dispatch. After crossing an underground stream, they find two more trolls. Strong hit, on Locate Objective, therefore the Trolls are sleeping and only count as Dangerous. In the following battle, they kill the trolls but Arkana is lightly wounded. The only treasure they find is the moon-ring of the Darna priestess.

They resume their journey.

JOURNEY: Challenge:2,8; Action:5+3Wits-1(Mountains); WEAK HIT; Journey progress: 3. -1 supply, now 3.

They are still in the mountains, they must cross a river, but they also find a path to the North.

JOURNEY: Challenge:7,3; Action:2+3Wits-2(river, mountains)+1road; WEAK HIT; Journey progress: 4; -1 supply (now 2).

They are still in the mountains. They must abandon the path that turns westward.

JOURNEY: Challenge:6,4; Action:6+3Wits-1(mountains). STRONG HIT. Journey progress: 5.

They go across a flat wasteland, then they turn to the North-East.

JOURNEY: Challenge:5,7; Action:2+3Wits-1(mountains). MISS.
They can see Birgral’s fortress in the distance, but they must cross a dangerous river.

FACE DANGER. Challenge:1,5; Action:5+3Wits, STRONG HIT. They cross unharmed.

JOURNEY: Challenge:10,5; Action:2+3Wits. MISS. -1 supply=1.

The fortress was built on an island in the middle of a lake. They must find a way to cross the lake.
They are also short of supply and search the area for game or other food.

Bigral’s Fortress (Disco Diffusion AI)

RESUPPLY: Challenge:5,7; Action:2+1Wits, MISS. They find nothing and waste time. -1 momentum (now 4).

They explore the Northern shore of the lake.

JOURNEY: Challenge:3,4; Action:6+3Wits. STRONG HIT. Journey Progress:6.
They are in a wooded area, where they manage to resupply and rest (Health and Supplies fully restored). There is wood that they can use to build a raft and reach the fortress.

DELVE into Bigral’s Fortress, a Formidable Ravaged Stronghold

They cannot enter from the main portal, which is closed by dwarven iron gates. They manage to enter through a window on the West side.

  1. Delve: WEAK HIT (Progress: 1). They go through deserted dorms.
  2. Delve: STRONG HIT + Match (Progress: 2). A corridor. They find a secret passage.
  3. Delve: STRONG HIT. (Progress: 3) A hidden a storage room where they collect 100 gold pieces.
  4. Delve: WEAK HIT. (Progress: 4) More dorms. Otanu is tricked by a crumbling wall and is wounded (-1 health=4).
  5. Delve: STRONG HIT. (+1 momentum=6, Progress: 5). They drop upon some orcs and slaughter them.
  6. Delve: MISS. In the courtyard, an orc priest is getting ready to sacrifice a black dwarf. The scene is overlooked by 3 orc warriors (Extreme enemies).
    Battle: WEAK HIT. Arakna kills the priest with a lightning bolt spell, but the orc warriors kill the dwarf and seriously wound Otanu before he can kill all of them (Otanu’s health -3=1).
  7. Delve, MISS+Match, burn momentum to turn it into STRONG HIT+Match (Progress: 6). A chapel devoted to Torgana. Otanu recovers some of his health (now 3).
  8. Delve: WEAK HIT (Progress: 7). Path blocked by more collapsed walls.

They decide that it’s better to conclude their exploration before they meet more orcs.

Locate Objective: C:3,7 vs 7: WEAK HIT.

They are unable to find more treasure. I will not mark progress on the dangerous vow to offer 1000 gold pieces to Torgana.

ESCAPE THE DEPTHS: WEAK HIT (-1 momentum, now 1).

(Though the delve was not very rewarding, I am happy that I could get the distinctive flavour of this Infested Stronghold. I will experiment more with pure-Ironsworn dungeon-crawls).

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Current Situation:

Health:3; Spirit:5; Supply:5; Momentum:1. Gold pieces: 730.

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