Content of the article: "Awakened chickens, resentment, and resolve"
be me, DMing a multi-actual-year campaign bringing a party from level 1 to as close to 20 as I can
be not me:
a dwarf barbarian / fighter
a tiefling alchemist / gunslinger / rogue
a half-elf bard
a yewheart (treant) druid
a tortle light cleric, who then died heroically and was replaced by a warforged evocation wizard
a gold dragonborn zealot barbarian… generally CN but occasionally tended towards CE
middle of the campaign, party has found zealot barbarian floating on driftwood out on the open sea whilst traveling to a rumored island, not found on any charts.
(This is how the zealot barb came into the game, and also how I introduced warforged when the Eberron supplement was released for 5e)
party is somewhere around level 11-12
party saves the island, befriend the warforged inhabitants.
warforged send an emissary back to the mainland to establish a port for their skyships
zealot barb “accidentally” raids a farmer’s property and eats a chicken.
guilt stricken, he spends some downtime using his gold to acquire several hundred chickens to deliver to the farmer
chickens overrun the town and the nearby forest.
actually considered a pest creature after several months
zealot finds a chicken he likes and tries to befriend and train it
several sessions and levels later, druid has awaken
zealot gets druid to awaken the chicken
zealot has local blacksmith make chicken armor and weapons
chicken is named Stabby
warforged emissary begins work on skyport, tell the party of rumors of an old Warforged skyship lost centuries ago during storms off of the coast of Waterdeep
was a previous emissary
find the ship and the big arcane crystal that powers it, and maybe we can make you a new one.
party sets off
zealot brings the chicken
cleric using Find the Path
leads them right to a Slaad warren.
leave the chicken to protect the cart and horses
try to sneak through warren
gunslinger fires a gun in a cave system, echoing. Hundreds of slaad now alerted to your presence
who just showed up?
he goes down pretty quick with focus fire tactics
party escapes the warrens, having noped the fuck out of there.
ok, seriously, we out.
druid with the transport via plants for the win
left the chicken and the wagon
literally goddamn near a year later in real time and like eight months in game
zealot has had a repentance arc
party has new threat to all of Sword Coast
party has called for old favors.
Warforged island sending airships and riflemen
zealot asks cleric to cast sending to Stabby, the chicken
Stabby is pissed he’s been left in the forest for months
cleric tells zealot the chicken is fine and happy
demon army advancing through High Forest
about to be a problem for druids progenitor, the Mother Tree
cleric has successful use of Divine Intervention
banishes something like five hundred demons
all that’s left are the generals
a baalor, a marilith, and a homebrewed corrupted fey treant now turned demon
corrupted treant trying to corrupt Mother Tree
marilith sees cleric banish several hundred demons
he’s a threat
she teleports behind him, standing by himself anyway
he gets the full brunt of her attacks
close fight, but party ultimately defeats generals, but the corrupted treant escaped
bury the dead and mourn their losses
meet warforged wizard, out searching the world for lost warforged.
he joins party, why not.
skyport pretty much finished
“hey did you guys ever find that downed airship?”
oh shit, we forgot
there might be lost warforged on it!
wizards all about it
transport via plants
wizard uses diplomacy to tell slaad to bring party to their boss
gonna bargain with a glabrezu
second part of cave system is much different
extremity smooth walls
a gallery full of petrified people and creatures.
all have slightly cracked necks
druid doesn’t notice
casts greater restoration
kills a man
keep going through new place
find an old crashed airship in a cavern, mostly extremely smooth walls
wall by airship seems collapsed
dozens of five foot holes in the ceiling
party calls out to bargain
boss eventually shows himself
it’s a beholder.
party hates me.
thing is, content was designed for like the party being level 12-ish
now I have to supe it up
beholder is a paragon, in a state of flux between life and undeath
it’s basically a death tyrant and a beholder and keeps vacillating between both in the throes of its insanity
two HP pools, 2 sets of legendary actions, 5 legendary resists, and control of its eye rays because I think rolling for them kills the danger of the creature
beholder is also feeding off of the power crystals for the sky ship
was powered up anyway in original encounter
probably also why he’s stuck in a state of flux
also, dropping out of the ceiling is…
has a great hammer that lets him sort of earth-bend
it might be basically just Gideon
there’s a fight
beholder is doing a lot of damage
glabrezu is basically a glass cannon, gets killed pretty quick
glabrezu is beholder’s servant, lieutenant
is bound to the chamber
before death, glabrezu is teleported and reforms at summoning circle
glabrezu uses totally-not-Gideon to cast Bones of the Earth
gunslinger, who has already taken several hits after dealing several crits, is stuck between a pillar and the domed ceiling of the chamber
gunslinger gets hit by a death ray
Killed another PC
group kills the beholder and kills the glabrezu and snuffs it’s summoning circle
airship still technically works
found the warforged crew and some cool treasure
druid reincarnates gunslinger, I had gunslinger roll and used this table
he’s a dope-ass blood red lizardman now
party figures out how to use various spells and the hammer to clear a hole in the side of the mountain to float the not-quite derelict airship out
zealot barb and druid both decide to go find Stabby, but separately
druid finds the chicken
druid grabs remarkably angry chicken with weather and beat chicken armor by the neck
stabs the chicken with a dagger of venom he had
chicken is dead
druid reincarnates chicken
had him roll on same table
Stabby is now a drow elf
Stabby is pissed, confused, and terrified
druid nat 20’s to convince Stabby that the whole party is various awakened animals that have been reincarnated as various peoples.
he brings Stabby the naked drow elf back to the party
gives Stabby the dagger of venom
fighter/barb is giving Stabby some gear
they want him to join the party
now I have to stat Stabby the drow elf.
- The party’s pet chicken
- An overboard approach of rewarding a player’s action
- Dragons. Lots of Dragons.
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