Thursday, March 16, 2017

Ravensburg/Black Tower Game Report 2

Last week, and last night, the Wednesday night group was unable to get everyone together again, so we hopped into the Black Tower once more (the "casual corner" in Ravensburg) to just to toss some dice. Here is last week's session report; I hope to post last night's report later today.

Boneswa the Elf (+Tim Shorts) was joined by the Fighting-Man Rhogan (+Rob Connelly). Counting their sidekicks (elf, fighting-man, cleric, magic-user), this brought total party strength up to 6 members.

This time Boneswa the Elf (+Tim Shorts) was joined by the Rhogan the Fighting-Man (+Rob Conley). Counting their sidekicks (elf, fighting-man, cleric, magic-user), this brought total party strength up to 6 members.

The adventurers encountered more rats and, more importantly found conclusive evidence that there were in fact zombies in the northeast of the dungeon's first level – keeping the head of one zombie as evidence. The party also encountered three rather hairy, bearded warriors in leather armor (1). Rhogan's sidekick, Lena, charmed them, and sent them off to the north to hunt giant rats.

Numerous rooms were explored. The most curious was one with unusual triangular ceiling tiles in a complex pattern. Some of the tiles had a slightly different color. Rhogan used a 10-foot pole to press on one. It glowed. It also pointed to the next discolored one. Rhogan proceeded to that one and again pressed it, and it glowed, pointing to the next one and so on. This process was repeated until Rhogan had made his way along a tortuous path across the room to the exit on the opposite side. Rhogan warned the rest of the party to follow the path of the ceiling tiles as they must have been put there for a reason. The rest of the party did so, and nothing calamitous happened (evil grin).

Also of note, the party found dropped on the floor in one room a child's rag doll and parchment with a finger painted image of a happy family. Both looked very new. This elicited expressions of puzzlement and concern.

In another room the group found an altar once belonging to the recently defeated cult of Vecna. This particular altar appeared old and not used in ages, however.

Otherwise the adventurers picked up a reasonable amount of treasure and headed back to Ravensburg. On their return trip, they encountered a man with orange-reddish hair and beard streaked with black, sitting on a log at the edge of The Briars, relaxing and smoking a pipe (2). After exchanging a few pleasantries, the group returned to the city and turned in their zombie head to Lieutenant Argus of the Black Guard for a hefty reward.

(1) The party would encounter more of these guys a week later (last night).
(2) The party would encounter this fellow again a week later (last night) as well.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Fantasophy: The Joy of Running

Anything the PCs can outrun is fair game for a first-level adventure, regardless of its hit dice.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Neighborhoods of Ravensburg: South Market



The South Market is one of two large market areas in Ravensburg. Most of the trade coming in to Ravensburg, due to the proximity of the Mist River Wharves south of the city proper, enters through the south gate and arrives in warehouses at the south end of the quarter.

Notable Locations

Market Square: The market square is open every day of the week. Stalls of various sorts sell local and imported produce, fish, and meats, as well as textiles and bric-a-brac. Many services are also offered, such as knife sharpening, boot repair, hair-cutting. Entertainment by jugglers, musicians and local thespians is common.

Miggins' Tea Shop: Mrs. Maggie Miggins, a respectable middle-aged woman in a floral dress and lacy apron runs this tea shop, selling tea, herbal infusions, and shop-made pastries. 

Oakbottom Spirits: Otto Oakbottom is a smiling, good humored young man with a long dark pony-tail. His family has sold fine wines, ales, beers and stronger spirits from this location for generations.

Red Tankard Inn: Sadie & Sal Potbelly, the plump and jolly proprietors, create a home-like atmosphere in this small comfortable inn. Sal's cooking is so good that many believe it has healing and restorative properties.

Sweet Crescent Bakery: Gerald Sweet, a young green-eyed baker with a limp, runs this establishment. He is particularly well-known for giving exquisite new twists to traditional pastries for religious holidays. 

Sylvia's Herbs: Sylvia Evergreen is an experienced elven herbalist, with white skin and even whiter hair. She trades in potion components, as well as herbs such as wolfsbane and garlic. 

Warehouse Blocks: The warehouse blocks at the southern end of South Market take in all the water trade coming in to Ravensburg, as well as a significant portion of the overland trade as well. These blocks consist of row on row of warehouses, with no other residential or commercial buildings in the vicinity. 

Widdershin's Goods: Halfling Willem Widdershins has sold general goods here for over 40 years. Virtually all the general gear an adventurer could want, with the exception of weapons and armor, can be acquired here.