We had a mix of people not being able to make it, while other people who hadn’t been there in awhile showing instead. I’ve started being a bit flippant about saying, “All right, you run back to camp and swap out.” In other games I’d probably just run people’s characters as NPCs, but with old school being so deadly and so player skill dependant, that just doesn’t feel right. Sadly, our sessions are rarely more than 3 hours, so the party doesn’t often have the time to make it back in a single session.
We picked up where we left off, but since two of the players couldn’t make it, and another that wasn’t there to start with was here, we decided they headed to the cave entrance and swapped out people to guard the wagons outside the Caves of Chaos.
The following is the description of the city of Threshold, the city nearest to Restwell Keep. It’s where the party has spent the second largest amount of their time. They even have a house there now. In game terms, it is a Class IV market.
This session ended up being the first one without Rage Claw and Lilith, as their last session was the previous one (the player’s wife had a baby so that was that). The two took their share of the treasure and built a house in the pale outside of Threshold. They may come back, we’ll see.
We picked up where we left off, except I retconned a little. I had the familiar with Loremastery warn them that the lizardmen were almost certainly infected with lycanthropy. They debated for a few moments but ultimately decided (thanks to White Scar asking) to let the tribe take the chance with them. So they healed them up and then escorted them from the dungeon.
We picked up right where we left off. The party continued went back to the room with the metal skeleton and continued across the opposite set of tunnels heading north and west. The party traveled forward, letting the dwarf and lizards go ahead of the party out ahead of the torch bearing group. Traveling to the end of the tunnel, they were surprised when two large trapdoor spiders burst out of the ground and tried to grab Rage Claw and Grimnor. Grimnor was bitten, but his dwarven constitution shrugged off the poison. The lizards and dwarf proceeded to beat the spiders quickly down. Down in the pit, they saw there might be some stuff in the nest of the spiders, so Long Tom hopped down and lashed a rope around the corpses.