About-Face

Player Characters
  • Kay, age 9 - Krisella, Level 1 Halfling Thief
    • Finn, Human Torch-bearer
    • Hengest, Human Cleric
    • Hurgar, Human Torch-bearer
  • Sue, age 13 - Sealamin Axeager, Level 1 Dwarf Fighter
    • Killo, The Human Man-at-Arms
    • Bargle, The Human Man-at-Arms
  • Tess, age 44 - Baz Moonblade, Level 1 Dwarf Fighter
    • Hamish, The Human Man-at-Arms
    • Drovay, The Human Man-at-Arms
    • Warrick, Human Torch-bearer
This entry is part 8 of 15 in TD2β - Barrowmaze

The party spent a few days at The Misty Mug, hired more men and then set out to the Barrowmaze.

Sue: We need shovels.

Much later, beneath the mounds in The Forgotten Antechamber, a rusty light crossbow mounted on the north wall misfired. The silence of the hall increased the noise of the bolt as it zipped passed Sea Axe’s helm. He continued to open the wooden door.

Krisella: What’s inside?

Triangular burial alcoves lined the walls. They contained disturbed remains. It was clear to the pirates that the room had been hastily searched.

Barrowmaze Alcoves

This was their first encounter with alcoves, so I covered the mechanics for searching them.

Baz: Forget it. It’s already been looked through.
Kay: I want to look through them.
Sue: What if the remains come to life?
Tess: It’s just going to give the DM a chance to roll more random encounters.
Kay: Maybe they missed something.
Tess: No. Let’s explore the room at the end of the hall.
Kay (@DM): I’m looking through one.

The party filtered out of the room and headed east down the passage. The thief remained behind and searched the nearest alcove as the torchlight left the chamber.

Krisella discovered two gold coins.

Krisella: Look!
Baz: You men stand guard at the door. The three of us will search the alcoves.
DM: How many are you guys going to look through?
Tess: All of them.

Tomb Raiders and Taffers

Gold coins clinked together in the Pirates’ satchels as they moved further into the Barrowmaze. Krisella scouted ahead as they marched on. She discovered a small area with forty-nine triangular alcoves that had been cleaned out. Of more interest was a stash of supplies left by tomb-robbers.

Two backpacks were present along with the following:

  • sledge hammer
  • coil of rope, 50′
  • quiver of four finely crafted arrows (Arrows +1)
  • two unlabeled corked bottles (Potions of Healing)

Krisella: Shoot. I forgot to repair my bow in Naerie.
Sea Axe: Should we check the alcoves to be sure?
Voice: HEY! YOU THERE!
Second Voice: Well, looky what we have here.
Third Voice: Taffers!

The dwarves and men spun around as the halfling put the arrows in her quiver. A group of seven tomb-robbers approached. Most were dressed in chain mail, armed with short swords and carried shields. The others were in leathers and held light crossbows.

Leader: That be our stuff.

They parlayed. The men with crossbows kept the party in line of sight, while the leader of the group ordered a man named Louie to collect their stuff.

Baz: Give him back the arrows.

As the halfling handed over the arrows to Louie, Baz made chit-chat with the tomb-robbers. Baz told them about the rats and he learned that these men were headed out, having left some of their own behind fighting skeletons.

Louie: Stuffs all here, boss.
Leader: Watch your back down here.

The tomb-robbers headed out; the crossbows remained aimed at the party as they departed down the corridor.

Krisella: I wanted those arrows.
Baz: There is no way we could have taken those guys. Did you see them?


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