Tyrion Lannister has been transported out of Westeros by some unknown power. He has been teleported not just through time and space, but also out of dimension, out of fictional canon... into the Moria Reclamation Project! He doesnt come alone, he has companions from other surprising and unlikely places. What fantastic adventures are bound to happen with the coming of these latest arrivals.
You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of
sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose
boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead - your
next stop, the Twilight Zone!
Onwards to pics, fluff, and a skirmish! I wont be using Warhammer 1st edition here. Will you be able to guess which rules Im using, just from the descriptions?
Tyrion - Lived in some squabbly gossipy land far to the west. In this land, he was pretty much the only Dwarf around. He is also called the Imp, Halfman, and his favorite - the Demon Monkey. For reasons unknown, he has been magically teleported to Moria. He has also acquired the services of some really savage looking barbarians. He once told someone that a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone. You know nothing, Jon Snow!
Podrick - A simple and loyal boy who squires for Tyrion. Apparently, he is a big hit with the ladies.
Lord Varys - Also called the Spider, and Master of Whisperers. He is a eunuch that has information about everything and has spies everywhere. His motives and plans have never been fully known to anyone. However, he does seem to be genuinely supportive of Tyrion and believes the Halfman could make for a great ruler. He also seems to be the only one who knows just where they have been teleported to.
Maester Qyburn - A scholar and healer who was seduced by forbidden sciences and became obsessed with finding the secrets of life and death. He can heal most wounds deemed fatal. So powerful is his craft, that he can bring the dead back to life. In the violent underworld of Moria, he will have plenty of subjects to further his experiments.
Crom the Barbarian - An old king from Hyperborea before the time when the oceans drank Atlantis. Some worshipped him as a god who waged war against the Giants. He also knows the "Riddle of Steel". He has agreed to follow Tyrion because he believes that the Dwarf's destiny is to become a meal for the Giants. When the Giants show up, Crom intends to slay them after they have had their feast.
Beowulf - Word has it he killed monsters and their mothers in the icy north, became a king, and killed a giant dragon. It is said, he continued hunting monsters and dragons in neighboring lands until none were left... now he is in Moria. He follows Tyrion because he thinks rubbing Dwarfs on the top of their head brings good luck and a bonus buff "to hit" against dragons.
Thundarr the Barbarian - Another barbarian that feels the need to advertise that fact. Used to wield a fire sword that uncannily resembled a lightsaber but lost it in a game of sabacc, hung out with a princess/sorceress, and had a pet wookie called Ookla. He follows Tyrion because the Dwarf reminds him of a baby Ewok.
Shagga - Son of Dolf. He enjoys chopping off manhoods and feeding them to crows and/or goats. He is also the only barbarian here who comes from Westeros. Because of this, Tyrion actually trusts him more than the others, but thats not saying much. He follows Tyrion because the Halfman makes him laugh, not more than chopping off manhoods, but almost as much.
Temujin - An eternal champion from the mystical East, has gone by many names through the centuries Atylla of the Huns, Chingiz Xan, Timur-i-Leng. He is a great conqueror who knows the answer to the question "What is good in life?" He follows Tyrion because the dwarf reminds him of a tasty Spring Eggroll.
The lands outside of Moria, are called Hollin, and they are flooded with swampy water.
I dont have a proper mountainside Doors of Durin, so I made do with my Dwarven Forge.
Not too shabby, I think. But I would love to make something more majestic, same with the Eastern Gate.
Podrick is tossing pebbles in the water...
Beowulf: (grabs Podricks arm before he can throw another) Do not disturb the water! It has a foul look to it.
Tyrion: Beowulf is right, everyone stay on the path.
They are also having a religious discussion.
Temujin: My god is stronger. He is the everlasting sky! Your god lives underneath him.
Crom: ... (squints his eyes at Chingiz but has no rebuttal)
Because it is hard to see, it gets a bonus to surprise and initiative.
Ray Stantz: Gozer the Gozerian? Good evening. As a
duly-designated representative of the City, County and State of New
York, I order you to cease any and all supernatural activity and return
forthwith to your place of origin, or to the next convenient parallel
Peter Venkman: That 'oughta do it. Thanks very much, Ray.
Tyrion: Ummmm... Varys, I need you to start running towards me... NOW!
Tyrion pulls out his bow and fires off an arrow.
You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? Perfect
organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.
You admire it.
I admire its purity. A survivor... unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.
Beowulf: No one eats my Dwarf, except Giants!
The worm turns its attention back to the plumpness of Varys. As the Worm hovers over Varys about to eat him whole, Tyrion pulls out his sword and charges in... and manages to wound the creature! Maester Qyburn manages to Cure Light Wounds on Podrick and frees him of paralysis.
Tyrion: Maester Qyburn, we can take this thing if we attack it together! (looks around and finds himself alone) Qyburn...?
The Worm rears up and prepares to strike the hapless lone Dwarf...
Dude, you are agro-ing all the monsters, you prick!
Stop Leroy Jenkins-ing the Swamp Worms!
Tyrion: Loot the bodies! We will figure out xp and divvy up the gold later.
Maester Qyburn, out of heals, tosses healing potions to Varys and Thundarr.
Shagga and Temujin watch the back, while the rest of the party moves in.
Shouldnt I be a bard? I want to reroll my class!
Thats only in the advanced version!
At the front, Beowulf and Thundarr lead the party into the unknown darkness of Moria...
Varys: (Varys casts Light) We are in a 10' corridor heading east. The walls and floor are littered with bones. There is a faint sound of water dripping down from stalagmites off the ceiling. There seems to be a long dark dungeon ahead of us... what do you want to do now?
So another nice little skirmish, to test the mettle of these newcomers to Moria.
Did you guess what rules I was using?
You will notice I used the term party, hitpoints, saving throws...
Of course you did! Im using basic D&D, red cover, Moldvay edition! Look at that Erol Otus artwork! Everytime I look at it, I hear metal guitars harmonizing.
The barbarians are fighters, Tyrion is a dwarf, and Maester Qyburn is a level 2 cleric, and I gave him a couple of healing potions to help out. Varys is a magic user, and only has 2 spells. I decided to use random spell generation, and Varys got Light and Read Languages! Which is extremely fluffy, but makes him useless for now. Oh, I should add to the fluff, that even though the doors were open, Varys used "Read Languages" to read the inscriptions on them. So he knows the name of the place is Moria.
The Swamp Worms were baby Carrion Crawlers, modified to be less deadly, and the Shadow Monster I used rules for a Thoul (a ghoulish Troll with paralyzing touch). Again, I lessened its hitdice. I didnt want a total player kill for my first adventure encounter.
Even with all the downgrading of the monsters, the party is in very bad shape.
I decided that Podrick, Varys, and Qyburn should be subject to Morale
rules. Checks happen when they witness friendly deaths/knockouts, and if the party is reduced to half
strength with a modifier. The barbarians are too bloodthirsty to ever run involuntarily. I decided that dropping to negative hitpoints, doesnt mean death, but
unconsciousness. -10 hitpoints is real death. This way monsters can keep attacking or eating a fallen PC until it dies. Which means, a PC better have some friends nearby to help them out!
So there you go. Using D&D to play a Game of Thrones character in a Middle Earth location, where Warhammer characters are to be found. Crazy, I know... Im testing the limits of sanity here.
Will I continue using D&D, I dont know... maybe. Thought it would be a fun little change of scenery... and it was.
But the next few posts go back to Easthold and the upcoming siege and for that type of game we need some Oldhammer!
Bonus feature: Soundtrack To This Post!
This is going to be a new feature I will start adding.
I made a Youtube playlist of music to listen to while playing the game.
Some proper 80s 'Eavy Metal... Those album covers look like D&D modules!
Exciter - Long Live The Loud
Omen - Battle Cry
Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King
When I played the previous Ziggurat of Doom game, I listened to:
Hawkwind - Warrior On The Edge Of Time
King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King
Rainbow (w Dio) - On Stage Live
Yes - Tales From The Topographic Oceans