Last night's gaming session with the Friday night group was a pretty good one. DavidM continued on with his Sixcess Core fantasy game, and it was a lot of fun. You can read the report on the fourth session by following the link.
DavidM and the other players showed up at my place around 7:00 pm last night, and after we chatted for about 10 minutes or so and relaxed a bit around the table, DavidM announced that he was ready to get started, and so play began for the evening.
Herna of Morspell (Kathy) - Swordswoman
Safira Markas (Angela) - Sorceress?
Adara Theniss (Ellie) - Thief
Barak Thar (Mark) - Caravan guard
Haven Randar (JohnK) - Forester
Day 30, Month 4, Year 3512
I dropped my bow, as I didn't have time to re-load it before the hyenas were upon us, and engaged one with my sword. The beast fell to my attack, but not before it bit my shoulder, but I didn't have time to consider the wounds as Adara Theniss was struggling against the one that attacked her. I almost slipped in the blood on the ground, but managed to save the thief from the creature, gutting it on my sword. I was attacked by a third hyena, and defended myself, killing it with relative ease. I saw that Herna of Morspell was a whirlwind with her swords, and Barak Thar had also managed well, and too soon the area of our camp returned to the quiet of the night.
I pointed out that we couldn't remain where we were, as the sheer number of dead hyenas would attract scavengers. Herna wanted to look at my injuries, but I told her they would wait. After we gathered up our belongings, I led the way and we skirted the copse of woods in the dark, until I judged we were far enough away, and settled down to camp once more, with only a small fire to take us through the rest of the night. Barak, who had not been injured due to his armour, took the watch, while Safira checked out Adara's wounds and I looked to my own and those of Herna. The swordswoman was not badly injured, just shallow cuts and a couple of bite marks, but my shoulder wound was deep. I washed away the blood, and used a poultice of herbs that I had obtained from Javrikiss back in Karakoram, hoping that the wound was not infected. Seeing that I was worn out from my exertions of the day (and still not fully recovered from the broken ribs I had suffered), Safira and Herna suggested I get some rest after I treated Adara's bite marks. I slept, somewhat fitfully.
I woke around dawn, to find that Safira had made a steaming pot of oatmeal for the morning meal, and had prepared some hot tea as well. We talked until Herna joined us, and I told her that I felt better, but was stiff in the shoulder and the left ribs, though I hoped that would ease with the warmth of the day and exertion. She said that for a forester, I handled myself well in combat, and I replied that I did what I had to, and nothing more. I don't like taking the life of animals, as they are to be valued, but I do what I must to survive. Both Adara and Barak joined us a short time later, and after breaking camp, we set off once more towards Pasran Woods.
Much of the rest of the day passed uneventfully, and fortunately my injuries felt better and didn't cause me any problems during our travels. I listened as my comrades chatted amiably through the day, though we kept alert for any dangers we might encounter. Barak said that other travellers were unlikely here, as there were only a couple of villages near Pasran Wood. Adara seemed somewhat quiet and I went and talked with her a bit as we walked. She said that her injuries weren't bothering her, but she was concerned about where we were heading. I asked what she meant, and she told me that she had heard stories of ghosts, wild spirits, and other creatures that haunted the Pasran Wood. I didn't laugh these tales off, as I'd heard a couple of them myself, but did my best to reassure here.
As the afternoon moved on, we came upon an area that held ruins of some sort, covered and obscured by vegetation. I grew...concerned, by something I couldn't put my finger on. Scanning the area, I warned the others. Barak told me that we had entered the ruins of what he thought was once the city of Hasjpuran. Even I had heard of the thrice-cursed ruins of Hasjpuran. Adara cried out, and when we were all at her side, she said that she thought she'd seen movement. The rest of us looked around, but didn't see anything moving. And then I saw it - something shadowy moved among the trees and ancient stone structures. I thought the creature I saw was ape-like, but I could have been mistaken. Adara huddled against me, her body shaking somewhat with fear; I wasn't all that calm myself, but managed to keep the fear out of my voice as I told the others what I thought I'd seen. Safira commented there was some sort of evil presence here, but she couldn't identify it. I looked around carefully, and saw what I thought were three of the creatures, lurking in the foliage clinging to several of the ruined structures. I shouted a warning to the others, just as two of the creatures launched themselves at us, sharp claws slashing at both Herna and myself.
And that was the Friday game session. I have to say that I am thoroughly enjoying DavidM's Sixcess Core fantasy game that he's running, and I really do like my character, Haven Randar, and am starting to get a good feel for the character's personality. The game situations that we were presented with last night were interesting, and I like how DavidM has handled the world building stuff that is necessary when running a game.
Overall, I really had a fun Friday evening, and can't wait to see what we're up against next week! :)