Before the start of the session, I offered my dwarven dice to Sue.
DM: Here. You’re playing a dwarf.
Sue: Thanks. I felt odd using my elven dice.
With that settled, I sat back behind the screen, restocked the dungeon using my old red with white polyhedral d6, and was very happy with the results.
- A band of Tomb Robbers.
- A mob of Saphire Skeletons.
- One Mongrelman
- One Huecuva
Hm. Maybe this d6 was rolling too many 1s.
In the moorlands, the pirates and their hired men inspected The Standing Stone of the Chosen. The thief was able to make out a little of the Black Tongue: Life in Death.
They headed south towards a sealed mound. The dwarves smashed the door with their sledgehammers. Baz was disappointed with their findings.
Baz: Hauling amphorae back would be a pain.
Sea Axe: You’re right. We should focus on the real treasure.
Later, dwarves and men alike descended on ropes from the four columned room. They walked in designated marching order underneath the stone archway.
Baz: Let’s check the hall to the left. We didn’t explore that last time.
I hid my excitement.
Sea Axe: Wait. Let me go first with my pole.
And with that, my excitement was gone.
A stone wall descended from the ceiling, triggered by a pressure-plate set off by the ten foot pole. They were cut off from exploring the room beyond.
Sea Axe: Sledgehammer?
Baz: Nah, let’s just move on.
In another section of the Barrowmaze, they shut a door on a room full of more giant rats and headed for three crypts just down the hall.
They are coming was scrawled on the walls of the first crypt. They moved on to the second crypt door, ignoring an empty room sealed off with a portcullis.
They called the thief to the front of the group.
Krisella: I can’t open it.
Sea Axe: We can hack it down with my new axe.
Baz: Let’s check out the third one, before we start breaking down doors and making a bunch of noise.
Not to discredit their strategic exploration of the Barrowmaze, but perhaps you are familiar with the Tom and Jerry cartoon? Maybe you’ve seen the 1958 episode entitled Tot Watchers? Put simply, these pirates walked around the tombs “on an even keel”.
That was about to change.