Dying is hard

Two of my player characters tried to die but only one succeeded.

Latest session didn’t have that many events but we got down to good old fashioned survival trip back to town while wounded in unknown and hostile forest.

The session started with assessing the damage the dragon had done to their hired men and wagons. Also couple of players that had missed last session where present today and their characters showed up as well. The players who where not present in this session had their characters return to the town of Edge along with the surviving mercenaries and dragging the half burned wagon and badly scared ox with them. Rest of the characters (Rydiger, Borgo and Edelbert) decided to chase the dragon while the trail was still fresh.

Rydiger knew the general area where the dragon had gone, almost one day journey north of Edge up the river. Since Rydiger was experienced hunter they decided to take go straight through the forest instead of returning to Edge and starting from there. The trip to the base of the mountains was uneventful.

By nightfall the heroes arrived close to the point where vegetation started to become sparse and they set up camp for the night. Nothing major happened during the night. First snow covered the land and the heroes food supplies came under attack from a fox. Rydiger was on watch when this happened and he angrily drove the fox away when the damnable thing was eating his dried herrings. Rydiger seems to have issues with anyone touching his herrings or food in general.

Next day Rydiger goes to scout the nearby cliffs and search for the dragons (assumed) lair/cave/something. Rydiger finds couple of caves but they are unfortunately too small for dragon to fit in. The cliffs are rough and elevation changes sudden but Rydiger doesn’t get hurt and doesn’t encounter any dangerous beasties.

The dangers are all in the forest. Borgo and Edelbert stayed in the forest and slowly made their way to the cliff with their mule and rest of the gear. But fate would have none of that, little before Rydiger returns they encounter a goblin patrol.

Borgo and Edelbert try to hide but realize that their pack mule might not be able to hide on its own. Borgo knocks the mule unconscious and tries to drag it behind a rock he’s hiding behind. Apparently that is not enough since the goblins start pointing their spears at the mules legs peeking from behind the rock.

Borgo Badger, the unimportant son of noble family Badger decides this is his moment to be a hero. Edelbert feels the same and they jump out to deliver death. Borgo pulls out his axe and charges the goblins like Conan. Edelbert is not Conan and gets his crossbow tangled into bushes. Borgo Conan reaches the not completely surprised goblins and bats the first spear away and slays a goblin with mighty blow. Alas, Borgo is not Conan and the two other goblins slay him. The first spear blow knock him out cold and the other just finishes the job.

Edelbert has managed to pull his crossbow free and starts shooting the goblins. They in turn charge him and epic battle of attrition ensues. The goblins manage to get steady amount of small wounds on Edelbert, slowly wearing him down. Edelbert on turn doesn’t get any hits with his crossbow thanks to the goblins shield and his own wounds. In the end Edelbert falls as well.

Rydiger returns and finds Edelberts dog frantically running around and the scene of battle. He finds the bodies of Borgo and Edelbert behind the same rock they tried to hide behind. Edelbert is still alive and Rydiger manages to get him back to his feet. Most of their valuables and the mule are gone, taken by the surviving goblins.

The heroes were in no shape to continue tracking the dragon so they decided to head back to Edge to resupply and recruit more heroes. The problem was that Edelbert had multiple wounds and couldn’t travel very fast. They would not make it to the town before dark.

Another incident happened during the trip that showed something about the true character of Rydiger. Rydiger and Edelbert where traveling along river and suddenly spotted another group of goblins coming from behind them. The goblins hadn’t noticed them yet but they were coming their way. At this point Rydiger abandoned Edelbert and ran away to save his own skin. He got away and hid in the forest. Edelbert quickly scampered deeper into the forest and managed to hide. The goblins walked by talking in their own language oblivious to everything that had happened.

Edelbert and Rydiger where reunited after the incident and made it back to Edge in silence, arriving after dark. Rydiger paid Edelbert’s room at the inn without further arguments.

Next time, more goblins and dragons and a big game hunter.