I had the pleasure of running a game set in Runehammer’s latest setting, Relics of Odium. This adventure module includes a battle world map and source book for running adventures.
My party consisted of Meadbeard (hard charging dwarf commander), Varen (smallfolk wild mage), Bjôrn (axe swinging blade), and Velazithro (elf shadow). This was the first ICPRG game for two of the players.
The adventures starts with the stalwart heroes investigating the turnip farm of Reginald Henson. All is quiet at first. Meadbeard ended up kicking in the door to the farmhouse and finding an irate Reginald yelling at him to “get off my land”! The other members of the party had discovered some old skeletons in the woods nearby. All hell broke loose as Velazithro was poking around the old bones. They came to life and battle ensued. Meadbeard ran to engage the skeletons and took a might blow from a rusty spear. He then ran back into the farmhouse shouting “we need to do a PROPER DWARVEN RETREAT!”. Bjôrn did not know what retreat meant and stood like a shield wall in front of the oncoming skeletons hewing many of them with his axe. Meanwhile, Varen was spraying the skeletons with her tears of acid inflicting a great deal of damage to them. On the far end of the valley, Velazithro spied a mage known as Kigron who seemed to be controlling the skeletons. He immediately engaged him and forced him to retreat thus keeping any more skeleton hordes from appearing. Once that was done, the remaining skeletons were quickly dispatched and the valley became quiet again. Henson thanked the party by giving them each a turnip with healing properties.
The party then headed towards the crags hoping to find the goblins that were rumored to be digging for gems. Varen sent her owl ahead to scout the way. The owl indicated that there were goblin archers atop the crags. Bjôrn and Velazithro attempted to sneak up on the goblin guards. Velazithro was able to do so but Bjôrn was about as sneaky as an elephant in a glassblowers shop. A full scale battle ensued with more and more goblins entering the fray. Meadbeard clambered up over the rocks to engage them from behind while Bjôrn and Velazithro hit them from the front. At one point, Velazithro kicked a goblin off the cliff shouting “THIS IS ODIUM!”. As the battle raged, one of the goblins who had been digging shrieked with joy as he found a red gem. With the light glinting off the gem, adventurers and goblins all stepped up their fury to win the battle.
As the battle raged, the mage Kigron reappeared. The goblins quickly took the gem to him. Velazithro saw a dagger hanging from Kigron’s belt. Could it be the Black Candle? Indeed, it was one of Odium’s Relics known as the Black Candle. The pulls of the magic dagger was too much for Velazithro. He immediately snuck up on the mage and successfully stole it right out of the sheath. The battle was raging though and getting away with the dagger would be difficult. As the goblins continued to fight against Bjôrn and Meadbeard, Varen turned into a bat and tried to steal the red gem from Kigron as well. Varen was not able to get it but she distracted Kigron long enough for Velazithro to move away with the Black Candle. Unfortunately, the goblins pressed home the attack and three of the heroes Meadbeard, Bjôrn, and Velazithro fell. As their blood seeped deep into the soil, Varen was able to grab the Black Candle and fly away to the south. Kigron’s rage could be heard throughout the valley as he yelled curses at the loss of his Relic of Odium.
The cost of the Black Candle was high. Three brave adventurers gave their lives to obtain it. Was it worth it?