Tales from Rhovanion – Session #1
This is a write-up of the first session of our The One Ring: Adventures over the Edge of the Wild campaign. The adventure is based on the first part of Studio 9′s Caran Gaur campaign (published in the free French RPG Magazine Le Maraudeur). John H played Malaric, Emma S played Grunehild and Ben C played Grimald. This session is from May 2013.
*** SPOILERS – CARAN GAUR CAMPAIGN FROM LE MARAUDEUR MAGAZINE ***
Chapter I, Part I
During late summer of the 2944th year of the Third Age, two Beornings, Malaric and Grunehild, were tracking Wild Wolves through the eastern foothills of the Misty Mountains when they came upon a goatherd, his two children and their silver-grey wolfhound being set upon by a pack of evil Wolves. The goatherd fought desperately with his back to a tree, shouting, “Where are you foul servant of Shadow? Come out and face me!” The children were terrified. The wolfhound raced desperately back and forth trying to defend all three but, up against the whole pack, the brave animal couldn’t be everywhere at once.
Without hesitation, the Beornings charged across the meadow to the family’s aid. Within moments, they too were surrounded by angry, snarling Wolves.
As they fought for survival, a third traveller arrived on the scene. Grimald, a Woodman, stepped out from the trees nearby, drew his bow and felled one of the evil Wolves with a well-placed arrow.
A savage battle ensued.
As the fighting raged, there was a terrible, blood curdling howl and a monstrous great Warg with rust-coloured fur appeared from the woods at the far end of the meadow. The shadows in the trees seemed to lengthen and the foul creature sprang forward, racing down at them, flanked by yet more Wild Wolves.
Malaric, Grunehild and Grimald faced the full fury of the pack while the Red Warg went after the wolfhound. Soon Grimald was wounded and Malaric was near to collapse. Only Grunehild remained defiant, expertly blocking with her shield.
And yet somehow the three brave companions managed to hold on and gradually the tide began to turn. One by one the Wolves fell, until eventually those that survived turned and ran.
[COMMENTARY: Grunehild killed four Wolves while suffering barely a scratch, Grimald killed three but was both weary and wounded, and Malaric killed two and was also weary. In fact, without a series of Defend Companion actions from Grimald, Malaric would probably have fallen. Two more Wolves had been killed earlier, by the wolfhound.]
With the rest of the pack routed, the Red Warg gave up its attack on the wolfhound. The foul creature let out another blood-curdling howl and then turned and disappeared back into the trees.
[COMMENTARY: Fellowship status prior to post combat recovery was: GRUNEHILD 26 of 29 END; MALARIC 7 of 29 END + Weary; GRIMALD 6 of 24 END + Wounded + Weary.]
After the battle had been won, Grimald sat down heavily and began treating his wounds. Introductions were made and the girl, Ailla, thanked the three travellers for rescuing them.
The goatherd, Frael, seemed angered and frustrated at the Red Warg’s escape and Ailla told Malaric and Grunehild that the evil Wolves had been terrorising the mountain pastures for some weeks. Barely holding her emotions in check, she revealed that in a recent attack her mother, Frea, had been slain by the Red Warg and that was why Frael was so consumed with hatred for the creature.
Malaric, Grunehild and Grimald offered to escort the family back to their village, and were soon making their way down out of the hills. As they travelled, Malaric wondered why the Wolf Pack had seemed to be tormenting the goatherd and his family rather than killing them, and why they had seemed more intent on exhausting and presumably killing the wolfhound. Was there something special about the animal?
A while later, as the small band passed through some rocks, the Red Warg suddenly reappeared on an outcrop above them. At that moment the goats scattered and three of the surviving Wild Wolves leapt out and attacked. In the confusion one of the Wolves grabbed Ailla.
Frael cried out and scrambled to save his daughter but it was Grunehild who swiftly intervened. Her axe bit deep into the first Wolf’s shoulder, and then Grimald shot it through the head with an arrow. The Beorning woman then split a second Wolf’s skull as Malaric blocked its path to the girl. The last Wolf turned and fled, leaving only the Red Warg watching them balefully from above.
Frael wrapped Ailla and Geim in his arms and held them tight while Grunehild headed determinedly up through the rocks. However, before she reached the top, the Red Warg gave a final dreadful howl and left.
Afterward, the small group quickly gathered themselves and resumed their journey.
[END OF SESSION STATUS:
MALARIC – Hope: 12 of 13, Shadow: 0, Endurance: 12 of 29END + Weary, Fatigue: 18 (incl. 0 Journey Fatigue);
GRUNEHILD – Hope: 12 of 13, Shadow: 0, Endurance: 29 of 29END, Fatigue: 18 (incl. 0 Journey Fatigue);
GRIMALD – Hope: 11 of 14, Shadow: 0, Endurance: 6 of 24END + Weary + Wounded, Fatigue: 14 (incl. 0 Journey Fatigue).]