Cast of Characters:
Utor, the elf enchanter (level 2 Mage)
Jarvis, a level 2 fighter
Bud, a level 2 dwarven cleric
Bart, a level 2 fighter
Marthanes the Summoner, (level 3 Mage)
Tancrede, a level 3 cleric of Typhon
Wulfengard, a level 3 dwarf fighter
Mumford, a level 1 fighter (former henchman, now a new player)
Game 10 was another school-night game where my kids petitioned me to run a short pick-up game for their friends on a night when my wife was out doing her theater stuff. The players returned to the Eld sub-level of dungeon 2A in search of the Pool of Life.
I'm going to breeze over this game session since the exciting stuff starts to happen in games 11 and beyond. I need to hurry up and get the games caught up to the present. When the reports are current, I’ll be able to start asking meaningful questions from the readers on what should happen next.
The players returned to the Eld sublevel and began exploring. They found a machine where a carcass scavenger lived behind it, entered a room with archer bushes, and another room with vampire rose bushes, killing everything they met without incident, other than grumbling about no treasure. They helped out some sapient rats in a desperate fight against a throgrim (thoul), and the rats repaid them by scrawling on the player map where there was a secret door up ahead.
It wouldn't be a D&D game with kids without at least one signature knuckle-head moment. After waving goodbye to the sapient rats, the players noticed a greenish wet area on the floor, and a discarded weapon nearby. A green slime had fallen on a gnoll and eaten it. But of course these guys aren't very experienced with old time D&D stuff, so Bart decided to splash through the puddle. He screamed in agony on the other side as the green slime quickly destroyed his boots!
The players tossed torches across to Bart so he could burn it off his feet and boots, while the players started pouring oil on the slime to destroy it. While Bart was stranded across the burning oil puddle, a Gray Ooze came along too, and he needed to kill it with minimal help. He was horrified to learn that Gray Ooze can melt magic weapons, and quickly started switching to disposable weapons to survive the ooze attack.
It was a short night due to school, so after retrieving Bart, they headed back to Muntburg. Coming next time, the Pool of Life…