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Adventures » the Brazen Bull (SPOILERS THEREIN) » 11/19/2019 8:27 am

alShanfara
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this one was fun!

I ran this for my usual Monday night group where I'm a player usually. Some of our number were interested in Hyperborea and I've been a fan for awhile now so this seemed like a great introduction.

what a great adventure, especially in the context of a level 1 one shot. Absolute murder hobo mayhem.

Spoilers:

My group threw both Venutius and Neitol down the hole in the first room. I have to say I love the drug deal gone bad introduction to this adventure.

we never actually found the brazen bull or the priests. we did find the witch's tomb and we did unwittingly release her.

Having done all this and having gotten lots of treasure, the party then went back to mess around with Thaumagorga's Consignment, ending up impaling two of the party members on hooks, adding to the 3 already there, leading the the liquification of half the party.

On the way out, the surviving party members encounter the newly born lamia, attack her, get charmed and become her foot soldiers. 

the end.

4.5/5





 

Bestiary » Minotaurs info needed » 9/18/2019 6:22 am

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mabon5127 wrote:

I used Female Minotaurs on the Floating Isle of Paradoxon and the Cloud City as allies of the Amazons.  They were guardians of the Queen and classed as berserkers to make them a tad more ferocious!

this is a really fun idea. I may need to use it myself,
 

Adventures » Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess [spoilers therein] » 9/16/2019 9:32 am

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Recently we've been running this at our table and we didn't see another thread here about the adventure so we've made this one. Our party is having a helluva time. Its been fun and challenging, a great time. 

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So far our heroes have made into the pyramid from the secret passage. In the pyramid the party's longtime NPC companion, Vorr, the huntsman, died fighting an Asp. It was a dark moment for the group.

Hours later, the party inadvertently tried to camp within the pyramid, near Kang Som's personal chamber. Kang Som attacked the party, a desperate battle ensued, and the party fled up the pyramid to the top.

Now they're stuck at the top of the pyramid, its night, everyone is wounded, the spellcasters are low on spells, etc. The party is now trying to figure out a way to escape into the jungle. On the pro side, the party has already murdered all of the acolytes and lay brothers.

Right now Kang Som is sending runners from the village to the pirates;-) . . . .

 

Announcements » HYPERBOREA: Players' Manual, Referee's Screen, and more! » 3/29/2019 7:27 am

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Got the screen and my copy of Rats in the Walls. Super happy with everything. My players are going to love the evocative art on the GM screen.

Hyperborea » Thoughts on currents and the sea » 3/04/2019 9:48 am

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I wanted to offer an update as the party's pirate plans altered:

By the time the party went from where they came up with the idea to get a ship (a small fishing village located on south shore of the big lake west of Yithorium) to the place where one gets a ship, Xambaala(Yay!), plans altered a bit.

Instead of stealing a ship, the party would pool their meager treasures and buy a coaster. Even then, funds were light. Thankfully, it being the 2nd week of the 13th month in the year of the Wolf at that time, ships were going cheaply as the year of the Tempest was nearly at hand.

a little while later, after an epic battle at sea, the bigger questions now were:
1)"What really is an Ixian carrack?" we played it off as a Cog with 2 masts.
2)"What happens when you take an Ixian ship? How does it move without needing the wind?" Some magical item only Ixian captains carry, I'm thinking a medallion that holds a genie.

The party's patron, the debauched lord Arsenios of Pentos, is now one ship richer, and the party now has at least one new arch enemy; a particularly wet and cold Ixian necromancer who survived losing his ship and has washed up on a beach, some miles south of Xambaala.
 

Hyperborea » Thoughts on currents and the sea » 2/06/2019 5:46 pm

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I GM for a group of players who are aiming at stealing or acquiring a ship and becoming pirates.

I'm thinking of making it so the currents in the seas of Hyperborea generally move in certain directions during certain years. Like imagine if, during  year 4, the currents just make it really easy to get from Vikland to the Zangerios Islands, or example.

Anyone ever do anything like this? Would it be too rough to have it so that during the year of darkness the seas currents don't really move at all?

Side note: What's awesome about this whole idea is that it was entirely the players'. Also, plot-wise, this pirate scheme brings the party back to Xambaala and into the greasy hands of Aramis D'athak. When the party was last in Xambaala, they never really finished the Anthropophagi adventure. 

Swordsmen & Sorcerers » What Are You Playing? (Shamans) » 2/02/2019 12:11 pm

alShanfara
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In the party I GM for, there is a 3rd level Viking shaman. The players love the flexibility and practicality of this class. Just recently this shaman healed 3 out of 4 of the party suffering from giant rat plague, thankfully the non-lethal kind.

This is another cleric/magicuser

General Discussion » Introduction Thread » 11/12/2018 8:57 pm

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Hello everyone. My name is John.

I got into this when I saw the pdf of Drivethru on sale recently for like $11.99. The PDF looked so good we rolled up some characters and started wandering around Yithorium in the 3rd year of the last cycle, and we've been messing about ever since. 

We love the setting and the heavy sword and sorcery feel.

 

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