June 16th, 215
Sigrun Evardsdottir (Angela), Ingrid Horoldsdottir (Kathy), Vigfur Egilsson (Tom), and Ranulf Beinirsson (NPC) are shocked and surprised to encounter one of the legendary folk at the hundehoveder encampment. The creatures says that it is a dokkalfar, and tells them its name - Shvestigar. Shvestigar tells them he is surprised to see them here, saying that he had no idea the Midgarders were so bold and tenacious. When he says that they must all die, Sigrun surprises him by saying that they have come to negotiate. He asks her to continue, but when she looks to Ranulf, the Jarl of Havnor's son tells her to carry on; she's doing fine.
At the caves in the Maren Trae, Jordis Hodersdottir (Ellie) has taken several of the children out into the nearby woods, accompanied by the Havnor skald, Dagmar Igorsdottir, so as to give the adults room to breathe before the day is done. While she plays a game with the children, Jordis talks with Dagmar, and the skald tells her that she's lucky to have one as talented as Amund. Jordis laughs at this, and proceeds to tell Dagmar what she thinks of Amund and his skaldic ways. They are interrupted by the screams of one of the children! They see one of the hundehoveder carrying two of the children off in its arms!
Back in Havnor itself, Grim Egorsson is pleased at the progress that's being made to conduct makeshift repairs to the wall and gates of the town. Amund Torkelsson (David) tells him that it will be for nought if the dog heads return to plague the town, but he's confident that Sigrun and his friends can do what they've set out to do with whatever intelligence is behind the hundehoveder attacks. Dagna Styrsdottir (Joanne), Ogir Haralfsson (Nick), and Hrapp Svensson return and report that they've not found any other living souls in the community. Grim says that he doesn't have an exact count for the people of the town, that would be Dagmar Igorsdottir's purview at the moment, but he believes that the dog heads take those they capture and/or kill back to their settlement for nefarious purposes. Grim sends Ogir and Hrapp out on patrol near where the craftsmen are working, while he keeps Dagna with him. He wants the volva's advice on some matters...
Meanwhile, the dokkalfar Shvestigar tells Sigrun and the others that the truce between the hundehoveder and the Norsemen she proposes is an interesting idea, but says that the dog heads (he laughs at that term) won't necessarily respect such an arrangement; they are carnivores, after all. Ranulf tells the dokkalfar that one way or the other, the dog heads will cease their attacks on Havnor and its people, but the dokkalfar doesn't take well to threats of violence - for that's what Ranulf is proposing. Shvestigar suggests an alternate proposal - to see what these Midgarders are capable of! At a sign from the dokkalfar, one of the creatures attacks Vigfur, and another of them attacks Sigrun!
Meanwhile, Jordis and Dagmar defend themselves from the pair of hundehoveder that have attacked the children, forcing the one creature to drop the two scared, angry children. Weaving a defense around themselves, Jordis and Dagmar hold off the creatures until the ruckus attracts the attention of the Norse cave camp guards. Two of the hirdmen, Gisli and Torkel, arrive on the scene in time, though they are impressed as the volva's apprentice manages to club one of the creatures to the ground. Killing the two dog heads raises the spirits of the children, but Jordis shows she is a volva-in-training by telling them not to revel in the carnage and violence. That will take time. She manages to calm down two of the violently ill children, and asks Dagmar for her help. The group heads back for the shelter of the cave community.
In Havnor, Grim talk to Dagna about her concerns about Dagmar Ivorsdottir, the relatively young volva of the community. Dagna tells him that while Dagmar has to grow into the job and the role, it's important the community trusts her. He tells her that's the problem - that the volva was unable to predict the attack by the dog heads. Dagna says that not all volvas come into their strengths and their element at once. The townspeople have to give her time to adjust, adapt to the responsibilities. She had to learn this lesson as well, is still learning it. Once they've had their chat, he takes her out to where the repairs are being made. Ogir and Hrapp tell them that everything is quiet.
At the base camp of the hundehoveder, Sigrun and Vigfur find themselves fighting for their lives against the two dog heads that Shvestigar has ordered to attack them. When Ingrid and Ranulf attempt to get involved, the dokkalfar tells them that this is a test of two, and if they interfere, he will have no choice but to allow the hundehoveder to attack en masse. The two give as good as they can, but Sigrun is still learning some of the arts of combat, and is wounded relatively gravely. In a fury at her plight, Vigfur dispatches his own opponent, and then madly takes on hers, the two of them finally beating the second creature down, killing it. Shvestigar is impressed with their will to live, and tells the two Norsemen that he will consider Sigrun's offer. Several of the dog heads escort the wounded Sigrun and Vigfur, along with Ranulf and Ingrid and several of the others, to a small cave that will serve as their accomodation while the dokkalfar considers matters.
As mentioned in a previous post, last night's session of the Yggdrasill campaign was quite a nice little session.
I don't have a lot to add to what I wrote in that post. There was a bit of something for all the player characters concerned, even Ellie's Jordis Hodersdottir seeing some action (literally), and when it was all over, the players commented that while the scenario was dragging a bit in places, it was still quite fun to play and get to see what was going on in the various locations. Kathy commented that it feels as if there are several sub-plots going on here, which there are, and is wondering how exactly things are going to wrap up.
Overall, a pretty good game session of Yggdrasill, and I'm pretty pleased with how the scenario is going. The players have surprised me several times, notably in this game session in several ways, but that's always a good thing. :)
Looking forward to next week's session, to be sure. :)