Monday, 22 February 2021

The Great Oubliette of Shyish, part 14 The Map


In an effort to find a way out of the Great Oubliette, should they find the Adm'rul or not, the Cleavermaws had started to map the magical flux of the seemingly endless dungeon. Uzzog showed the crew how to plot the levels of magic onto a map by counting the number of creaks that the Dead Man's Chest emitted while watching a 3-minute sand-timer and noting the number on their location on one of their scrap-paper sketched maps. He knew it would not be terribly accurate, as the levels rose and fell constantly but he hoped it would be enough to spot a pattern and find one of the hide gates out of the underworld.

"...six, seven, nine, ten..." said Liberty Snik, his face screwed up in concentration.

Dogwatch Fug interrupted "You missed eight, mate."

"... eleven... what?" said Liberty Snik, annoyed.

"You missed eight," said Dogwatch Fug, "which you went 'six, seven, nine' and didn't say eight."

"I did too say eight! Now you've made me miss one and I've lost count" said Snik, even more annoyed. "We'll have to wait for the sand to run out and start again now!"  in a louder voice.

Mr Sludga noticed them arguing and moved toward them, fuming. The crew immediately stopped shouting and tried to look like they were doing their job.

"We'd have had to anyway as you missed eight, like I just said." muttered Fug.

"Shut up." said Snik. "One, two... "

Sludga gave both of them a punch in the head, just to make sure they remembered their task.

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The Adventuring Party:
Kaptain Mogrum (Wurrgog Prophet)
- Bonesplitterz spell: Bone Krusha
- Bonesplitterz Command Trait: The Power of the Beast
- Loot: Scroll of Translocation (single use)
Lost Uzzog (Ship's Wardokk)
- Loot: Gravesand Ossuary (single use)
- Bonespitterz spell: Breath of Gorkamork
Mr Sludga (Savage Big Deck-Boss)
- Bonesplitterz Artefact of Power: Greatdrake Toof Sword
Mr Deadwood (Savage Big Deck-Boss)

11th Exploration Roll - The Map
Dungeon Fight!
4 Glaivewraith Stalkers, 8 Chainrasps and 4 Grimghast Reapers

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The orruk pirates found themselves on top of a hill and paused for a few minutes to look around and get their bearings. Lost Uzzog stared at his aetheric compass for a few moments while the needles and dials span.


The others noticed the Nighthaunts approaching a long time before he did!


The Chainrasps and the Glaivewraiths held back for a while but the Grimghasts drifted forward slashing blindly and at random with their scythes.


They suddenly charged up the hill with scythes raised. 


Two attacked Mogrum but the Kaptain fended them off, and the other two attacked and injured Sludga and Uzzog. 



Mogrum dispatched his two and Sludga dealt with the rest. Uzzog only then looked up and realised what was happening, and that he was bleeding!


Deadwood laughed at Uzzog and pointed at the other spirits that were now moving.


Mogrum blasted the Glaivewraiths with arcane lightning and they disintegrated into nothing but scraps of ragged black cloth.


The orruks moved down the hill to engage the remaining Chainrasps.


Sludga and Deadwood charged through them and sent them all to another underworld.


When it had gone quiet again, Kaptain Mogrum spotted a piece of paper nailed to a tree. He went closer to investigate and found a partial hand-draw map, it looked like the Adm'rul's work!


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Chamber cleared!

Map Fragment discovered. (When the Cleavermwas have found three Map Fragments, they will be able to locate the Adm'rul and begin trying to escape the Oubliette!)


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The Adventuring Party Update:
Kaptain Mogrum (Wurrgog Prophet)
Bonesplitterz spell: Bone Krusha
Bonesplitterz Command Trait: The Power of the Beast
- Loot: Scroll of Translocation (single use)
Lost Uzzog (Ship's Wardokk) - two wounds sustained
- Loot: Gravesand Ossuary (single use)
Bonespitterz spell: Breath of Gorkamork
Mr Sludga (Savage Big Deck-Boss) - one wound 
sustained
- Bonesplitterz Artefact of Power: Greatdrake Toof Sword
Mr Deadwood (Savage Big Deck-Boss)

The Trap


12th Exploration Roll
Dungeon Fight!
Two units of 8 Chainrasps

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As the Cleavermaws moved on to the next area Lost Uzzog used his Weirddokk powers to heal himself. He was about to do the same for Sludga when another two bands of Nighthaunt appeared.


Chainrasps formed out of the shadows of mausoleums and prison cells, to the north and south of the orruk pirates.


Mogrum and Uzzog summoned their arcane energies and blasted the band to the south, shredding them with the power of Gork and Mork.


Mr Sludga and Mr Deadwood charged.


Sludga got to the enemy first, his Greatdrake Toof Sword carved a viscous path of destruction through the entire northern band of ghosts!


The Dreadwarden to the south realised he was alone and evanesced...


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Chamber cleared!
Second Map Fragment discovered.


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The Adventuring Party Update:
Kaptain Mogrum (Wurrgog Prophet)
- Bonesplitterz spell: Bone Krusha
- Bonesplitterz Command Trait: The Power of the Beast
- Loot: Scroll of Translocation (single use)
Lost Uzzog (Ship's Wardokk)
- Loot: Gravesand Ossuary (single use)
- Bonespitterz spell: Breath of Gorkamork
Mr Sludga (Savage Big Deck-Boss)
- Bonesplitterz Artefact of Power: Greatdrake Toof Sword
Mr Deadwood (Savage Big Deck-Boss)

13th Exploration Roll - The Encampment
Long Respite - time enough for Sludga's wound to be healed by Uzzog.

The Cleavermaws found the remains of a campsite. Someone other than Nighthaunt had been there quite recently! A triangle of canvas was tied up and a makeshift roof over a corner of a ruined building. They couldn't be sure but they felt like the way it was knotted was nautical and that gave them hope that they were on the Adm'rul's trail.

14th Exploration Roll - The Library
Dungeon Fight!
8 Chainrasps
4 Myrmourn Banshees

But that's a story for another night!

(I felt that the fights are getting a bit easy for the Cleavermaws, so I decided to add the Myrmourn Banshees to whatever they met next.)

Dark Skies Over The Harrowmark - part 13 Gallowmire


These two mausoleums came from Mortal Realms Magazine (the full kit was split over two issues but it's still really good value!). I cut down the paving stones on one side of both parts so they would sit closer together. I filled the resulting small gaps with texture paint.






They will be serving double-duty for Gallowmire in the Harrowmark, and the Great Oubliette: