The adventure concludes here in part 5...
Eowyn: Many thanks, Dwarf.
Tyrion: My pleasure, milady!
Commander, do you have visual?
I repeat, we need visual confirmation.
Has the target been destroyed?
I repeat, target remains.
Arwen: So do I...
Tyrion: If its hungry, I hope it likes Shoggoth!
Guess what guys, it's time to embrace the horror!
Look, we've got front row tickets to the end of the earth!
Arwen: (runs behind Halbarad) What's this? A Ranger, caught off his guard? (tickles Halbarad)
Halbarad: (turns around)
Arwen: Oh, you're not him! All you rangers have coats that look the same!
Abdul The Mad Arab: I understand now... (laughs maniacally) Its so great and terrible. Its full of stars!
Lady Arwen: Ahh, see the beastie is quite a gentle soul really.
Lady Arwen: Goodbye strange creatures!
Lady Arwen: Wars? Where?
Abdul: Specifically the Lost City of Pnakotus, for Flying Polyps are attacking the Library City. But the Yithians are fighting a losing war everywhere... They travel through time. In fact it was they all along who have been sending me across time to fight against the waking of the Great Old One known as Cthulhu. We thought he slept under the ruined city of Ryleh in the oceans of the east. But that ocean is not in the east. It is below us, in the center of the world... and Moria is the door to it.
Lady Arwen: Glorfindel, you are an Elf Lord of Old who remembers the Elder days... what lies below Moria?
Glorfindel: The Savage Lands, milady! Or so it is said. The world opens up the further down one travels. The Hollow World is a primal jungle with a bright sky at all times and a small sun that never sets. Or so they say...
Lady Eowyn: Thanks to this Dwarf, I still live.
Eomer: Dwarf Tyrion, if ever you come to the land of Rohan, you will be treated as a royal guest! If ever you need help, the Rohirrim will always come to your aid.
Tyrion: So be it! I get a feeling that someday I just might need some help.
Haldir: Escorting the Lady Arwen from Rivendell to see her Grandmother Galadriel in Lothlorien.
Radagast: Why did you not take the Redhorn pass?
Haldir: Snowstorms. The passages from east to west are blocked unless you pass through the Gap Of Rohan to the far south. We thought Moria was taken back by the Dwarves and might be safe passage.
Radagast: It is said Balin is Lord Of Moria, I wonder where he is.
Halbarad: What news of Rivendell?
Glorfindel: Ominous news as of late, we believe war is coming.
Halbarad: I have been on a quest for months hunting these evil wizards. Any news of my liege lord Aragorn?
Glorfindel: It is said he and many other rangers are watching the Greenway, from Tharbad to Bree and all around the Shire.
Halbarad: The Shire? What for?
Glorfindel: We do not yet know.
Lady Arwen: We welcome Dwarf Tyrion's company!
Tyrion: Thank you milady.
Lady Arwen: Blessings to all Dunedain, to the rangers of the wild, the bravest of men.
Eowyn: (nudges her brother) Shes rather pretty, for an Elf that is.
Radagast: My fellow hunters, Im afraid I cannot go with you this time to chase the evil wizards. I have a promise to keep to an old friend.
Abdul the Mad Arab: Go with the blessings of all good men and hopefully when next we meet, we can tell you how we brought the evil cultists to their deserved justice.
Eomer: That may be, but when you are done with your promise, try to find us in these... Savage Lands that we are heading off to.
Radagast: I will try my best. But it seems Middle Earth has another problem besides this Cthulhu. A certain Dark Lord is mobilizing in Mordor.
Eomer: Gondor can handle it! See ya soon, Radagast!
Radagast: Oh its to another wizard of my order. I am the Brown, he is the Grey.
Lady Arwen: You speak of Mithrandir!
Radagast: Indeed I do. I saw him awhile ago and delivered a message that he should go to Isengard and talk with Saruman the White. Gandalf told me to send an eagle with any news to them. But then this whole evil cultist thing happened, and I forgot. So I need to journey to the Eagle Eyries in Hithaeglir. Which means I travel to Easthold with you folks!
Tyrion: Well, I for one, am happy that you will be travelling with us!
Radagast: Trust me, I am glad of it too, Moria is no place to travel alone... As Gandalf used to say, there are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.
Tyrion: This Gandalf fellow seems like an interesting bloke, I hope I get to meet him someday...
So there is the conclusion of the latest Tyrion adventure powered by Basic D&D. I decided to focus the report on the storytelling aspect of the adventure, rather than the rule mechanics and die rolls. Mechanically speaking, right from the very start, you will notice that half of Tyrion's party is left behind to recover from the various hardships of dungeoneering. Basic D&D is unforgiving in its attrition. I dont have a town in the fluff that the heroes can return to for rest and resupplies. Hence the reinforcements of Radagast and crew. Weaving them into the story arc, seems to be an unexpected high point for not only the adventure, but the whole Moria Project as well. Because now we can see where in the timeline of Middle Earth we are...
Seems Gandalf is imprisoned on top of Orcthanc in Isengard and has been for awhile. And if Radagast had not been playing hunt the cultist with his friends, an eagle might have saved Gandalf sooner! No one yet knows that Saruman has turned to the darkside. Also, I like the foreshadowing that the Fellowship will someday pass through Moria and the fluff of this very blog! Considering how Ive mangled Middle Earth so far with great delight, I cant wait to see what I do to the rest of the Fellowship.
This means that Frodo is still in the Shire. Boromir has left Minas Tirith to search for Imladris/Rivendell. And Legolas is still in Mirkwood. Gollum has already been tortured and has escaped Mordor. He might be in Hollin or on his way there. The Black Riders have probably already left Mordor and are searching for the Shire. Is Murkillor a Ring Wraith, will he have to join his fellows soon? Are there normal non-Ring Wraiths? Or is he just a glorified Barrow Wight? I will have to give it some thought.
Also, now we have yet another storyline arc...
Halbarad, Eowyn, Eomer, and the Mad Arab travelling to the Savage Lands. Which opens up all kinds of story possibilities, as well as scenarios. Do they meet Gimli, or Balin, or both? Do the Slann figure into this? Are they pro Cthulhu or not?
Many questions, questions that need answering...
Next post: (possibly a Savage Lands battle report)
Bonus feature: Soundtrack To This Post!
While playing this battle, I listened to:
Pete & Royce - Years Before
Algarnas Tradgard - Framtiden Ar Ett Svavande Skepp
Nektar - A Tab In The Ocean
Arzachel- Arzachel (1969)
Cold Sun - Dark Shadows