Oh man I’m so far behind on my campaign write-ups. To those who are only just tuning in we’re playing 4e D&D set in the modern day where our heroes battle demons on the run-up to the end of the world. There’s thirty sessions covering thirty levels so we’re gaming at a breakneck pace where 6 billion souls are (literally) at stake. So, no pressure then.
We left our heroes returning from a field trip to a junkyard in the middle of nowhere where they had battled Neldrazu made of snow. No, really.
The following day finds them back at Annette’s bookstore which has rather unfortunately been trashed while they’ve been away. Nailed to the ceiling is what can only be described as an angel (mainly because that’s what it is), and its blood is making one heck of a mess on the carpet. More of a mess, that is. Books and angelic blood everywhere. Lovely.
In short, this is Laezarn, an almost-but-not-quite dead Angel of Valor who fills our heroes in about the whole “Demons and Angels are really forgotten gods” thing when they manage to get him down. This was one heavy role-playing session which primarly revolved around the characters, Laezarn and lots of research in Annette’s tomes. Laezarn’s final words leave them with a chilling warning; “Stop Jack or the world will end too soon………”
The next day throws the spotlight on Daniel Giddens. While the others are trying to identify a demon called Jack he’s trying to get his life back in order over in the corporate law firm. That didn’t go so well and ended up with him being called to a private meeting at the home of James Clovis, the firm’s president and all-round imposing figure. He’s also rather inconveniently being held by his Household God – now a Barlgura – and it’s cackling demonic underlings. This is a straight by-the-book encounter right out of the Monster Manual (page 54) with Gnoll stats serving admirable duty as faux lesser demons.
Ok, it’s by the book-ish except I spread the entire encounter across an entire freakin’ mansion and run the first part of it as a Skill Challenge for Daniel alone as he tries to avoid and survive the demons before the rest of the heroes arrive. It’s 5 successes before 3 fails and he fluffs the third check just as Annette, Oscar and Caroline turn up to see him being trussed up and carted down to the cellar.
Running 4e D&D as a bad horror movie? I love it!
Incidentally, I love the idea of the old Household deities – Hestia and the like – becoming angels and demons under the new religions and having to choose a side in the battle between good and evil. That’s something I’m definitely going to explore further. Imagine a powerful Cofgodas in an ancient British castle becoming a mighty demonic force. Hmmmmm….
Meanwhile, a series of pretty bloody combats around the house (not to mention substantial property damage) later and Daniel is free to join in the fray once more and between them they make pretty short work of the Barlgura and co. James Clovis, Daniel’s boss, looks destined to spend the rest of his life in a heavily sedated state – when his external wounds finally heal, that is. But hey, at least Daniel’s job is safe.
To speed things along, I reveal that Annette and the others hit upon the identity of the demon Jack by cross-referencing mythology with anomalous world-wide meterology reports.
Their next stop is Chicago to face off against none other than Jack Frost, the forgotten god of early winter himself!
And yes, there will be Wendigos in the Windy City.