Nasty, Brutish, and Short

Session 1

The Savior of the Prodigals calls upon any in the village who will agree to end the scourge of the Bone Sorcerer upon the village of Remnant. The area has been plagued with disappearances, and many believe that those disappearances are linked to the Bone Sorcerer — that he captures people and takes them to his Fungoid Gardens for unknown purposes.

Twelve respond. They are Hor-yinyagagg (1st-level Lawful Purple Fighter), Ke’pha (1st-level Lawful Orange/Bone Fighter), Kra-deera (1st-level Chaotic Black Fighter) with Torgdon the lizardwolf, Lotloth (1st-level Lawful Dolm Sorcerer), Oggo-otha (1st-level Neutral Bone Fighter), Ogort (1st-level Neutral Green Fighter), Shothothor (1st-level Chaotic Purple Sorcerer), Timid Claw (1st-level Neutral Red Fighter), Tsar-Phote (1st-level Neutral Green Sorcerer), Uthak (1st-level Chaotic Jale Fighter) with loyal retainer Pheebo (0-level Blue Man), Yaan-krok (1st-level Neutral Blue Sorcerer) with a child slave (0-level Bone Man) with a short sword, and Zothaanyig (1st-level Lawful Red Fighter).

The Savior of the Prodigals indicates he only wishes for peace, so they do not have the kill the Bone Sorcerer. In fact, peace may be preferable, but whatever must be done is acceptible.

The group travels to the local market to outfit themselves, but finding nothing of note, they start across the Blighted Lands.

After a few hours of walking, the group finds the crevasse in the mountains which leads to the Fungoid Gardens. The caverns are cool and seem fairly nonthreatening, so the group chooses a hallway and walks into a room of white lotus flowers tended by eleven Yellow Men. The Yellow Men are glassy-eyed and mechanically go about their motions, obviously under the effects of white lotus powder.

While discussing what to do, one of the group muses about killing the Bone Sorcerer, and at this, the Yellow Men snap to attention and start on the group with knives. Uthak’s retainer Pheebo falls first, followed by Ogort, but all of the drugged Yellow Men fanatics fall.

The group presses onward, finding a large room with a pool of jale slime in the middle. Most of the group cuts left, while Shothothor, Uthak, and Yaan-krok cut right. Those who go left find a small room with a desk; stooped over the desk is a Bone Man in plate armor and robes. Parley is initiated, but terms fall apart when the Bone Sorcerer asks, “What do you propose?” and Ke’pha leaps forward, shouting, “DEATH!” The Bone Sorcerer pulls out a raygun, but it is no match for Tsar-Phote’s psychic attack. After he unleashes that, the Bone Sorcerer is swiftly defeated — although he shouts for his minions as he dies.

Meanwhile, Shothothor, Uthak, and Yaan-krok encounter a caretaker robot in the gardens, and once they determine that they cannot destroy it, they flee. They encounter some of the Bone Sorcerer’s retainers and speak to them, indicating that there might be others in the Fungoid Gardens attempting to defeat the Bone Sorcerer. Then they wander deeper into the caves.

Ke’pha, Kra-deera, and Lotloth stay behind while Ke’pha dons the Bone Sorcerer’s armor. Hor-yinyagagg, Oggo-otha, Timid Claw, Tsar-Phote, and Zothaanyig go for the exit, but encounter resistance from a score of Yellow Men. All five of the travelers from Remnant are slain in the melee.

Once Ke’pha is outfitted with the Bone Sorcerer’s armor and raygun, Ke’pha, Kra-deera, and Lotloth move through the Fungoid Gardens, evade the caretaker robot, meet up with Shothothor, Uthak, and Yaan-krok, and end up slaying the Bone Sorcerer’s acolytes. Ke’pha, Kra-deera, and Lotloth also encounter and slay some weird, immobile creature in one of the chambers.

During this, Shothothor and Yaan-krok decide there is nothing further and return to Remnant. When they return, they speak with the Savior of the Prodigals, who indicates he has nothing to offer other than the continued safety of the town. They reject this offer and slay him; Shothothor then steps out in front of his longhouse and delivers a rousing speech, single-handedly revealing the gospel of the Great Old Ones to the village.

Ke’pha, Kra-deera, Lotloth, and Uthak are, maybe, a half-hour behind Shothothor and Yaan-krok. When Ke’pha and Lotloth determine that the town is prepared to accept the Great Old Ones, they realize they need ot leave, but Shothothor orders the others to slay the unbelievers.

The fight is brutal, and Lotloth falls swiftly, but Ke’pha manages to hold out with her new armor. However, Uthak manages to deliver the fatal blow, and so claims the plate armor and raygun for herself.

Newly christened in the name of the Great Old Ones, the town of Remnant celebrates. Shothothor takes the mantle of mayor.

Of the twelve who set out for the Fungoid Gardens, only Kra-deera, Shothothor, Uthak, and Yaan-Krok survive.

Addendum: At some point, Kra-deera licked a colorful slug in the Fungoid Gardens. Within a few hours, her nails hardened and gained the colorful patterns of the Garden slug. She can now render others unconscious with but a scratch.

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