Well after a couple of weeks we managed to get to session 10 today... played until supper then shut it down to watch the UFC.
All 3 players were here and we pushed on from the meeting with Caldeth... pretty much winged it tonight, now that i'm getting a handle on the style of play the boys like (fast & dirty). I still pushed a little with the hopes of getting the players involved a little in politics, but have concluded it's going to be a slow work in progress.
The PC's along with members of Clan Dryak continue through Vemenshire.. it was a quick journey with very little distractions. I had decided to go with the flow as the players did not show a whole lot of interest in getting involved or checking out Kaldoric politics or anything else for that matter and just wanted to reach Fana ASAP. Cool. I can live with that. The group made their meeting with the contingent from Getha. I had decided that earlier that this was Clan Dryaks last kick at the can... they would get royal support from the King if they could get help from the Kaldorians... share the cost in blood so to speak. Since it affected the pocket books of Indama, Troda, LoP, and the King, the kaldorians supplies troops to the operation.
Once joined this army made it's way to a bace camp set up for the assault on Fana. At this point I have to thank David baldwin and his Nolomar rising
Campaign, which gave me the inspiration for the attack on Fana.
Once at base camp it was decided that Xhost and Albanis would joind 6 Khuzan and sneek in to kill the queen, the king if there, and find the artifact. The reason they were allowed to go is because they survived and slew a troll.. Grindin figured if they could manage that, then this should be easy for them.
Lathar Arien volunteered to assassinate the King while he was outside training with his troops. From where the shot would be, it was a slim chance that even an archer as skilled as Lathar would be able to kioll the orc king, and said so. The khuzdul gave him 3 arrows with a cylinder on the head and instructions not to drop them. they assured him that if he got a head shot, it would kill him.
The cave team was given a 12hr head start, then the assault would go ahead, wether the succeeded or not. The 6 dwarves an 2 humans snuck in and began their dungen crawl... they used most of the 12 hours trying to find their way in, bad rolls on navigating and stealth had them lost most of the time and they ran into a patrol that was swiftly defeated. I gave them a little help from Karzak the ghost when they were trying to get around a work gang by the smelters... showed them a back route through the catacombs once they promised to avanged him and his kin. Once in position they waited until the assault started before attempting the stair case going up to the royal chambers.
Out side, with all assets in place the attack wopuld begin with Lathars shot. His first went long a exploded with a loud bang amongst the training orcs... this caused a fair bit of confusion and excitment. His second shot missed and hit a sub-lieutenant... this had the effect of spinning around to see where the shot came from, giving lathar a full frontal... at this point the archers, khuzdul crossbow and ground troops moved up. missile fire started raining down on the orcs and the Khuzan heave seige weapons were brought up.
lathar fire his 3rd arrow, taking advantage of the surprised king and rolled a CS... then he rolled location and got a facial! Hell of a shot which did the job, blowing the orc king's head apart... everything went according to plan from that point. The Khuzan set up towers with clear lines of fire for their scorpions, they also had smaller rock throwers and catapults. The tower was brought under fire by rock and pots full of nasty dwarven fire.
Everything was looking good until Lathar noticed something lurking within the doorway of the main gate... in the player's own words "oh crap... they have a Troll". Lathar then sent a runner to grindin to warn him about the Troll.
Back inside, the group heard the battle begin with the shouts of alarm from the gargun. They waited for 15 minutes as the gargun rushed to defend the outter gates then bolted for the stairway... xhost blew another stealth roll, I think his 10th at this point causing the guards at the top of the stairs to come down... they were cut down by the charging group in a quick and bloody manner. When the group got to the top they started searching for the queens chamber... it was easy to find as theydecided it would be were the guards were coming from. The battle was short again with the group rolling like crazy. By this time they could hear the insanity from outside and resumed their search finding the queens chamber. The fight with the queens guard was a gory, bloody afair with Albanis and 5 Khuzan. Xhost and 1 Khuzan had enterd the king's chamber, and realizing where they were began ransacking the place. Xhost found the chest and began hacking them open with his sword, when he attemped to bash open the chest with the artifact he triggered the defencive spell and got zapped. Unfortunately the GM's rolls had been and continuing to be vert bad and Xhost survived with bareky a scatch.
The battle next door was proceeding woith the princess barely able to hit the broad side of a barn if standing inside of it... I mean really? 00, 00, 98, 97, 96,, 85, 95.... and on and on. It was a cake walk for the boys. They killed the guard then butchered the queen...
and then the ribs were ready, so we ended there to fill our belly's before the UFC fight started. A good night all in all.