Zhilin Campaign Journal #21: Solving the Case?

After 4 sessions and roughly 10-12 hours of gaming, our brave group of heroes has found the girl they were asked to track as their first case as city guards in the City-State of Zhilin. And I want to take some time in this post to talk about a few meta-game things before we move…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #20: Truth or Daire

So the party had found a secret entrance to a room beyond this dead-end in an ancient sewer many layers beneath the city and inside was a figure loudly snacking on something. That odor they’d smelled when they opened the door above? Yeah, this was definitely the source. They shined a light inside and really…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #19: What’s That Smell?

We left our heroes at the door to a shack along the wall of the cavern of Haven. This tiny shack is not much bigger than an outhouse and the debate began over who was going to open it. There were no windows, just the one door. Eventually they had Tyrion scope out the door,…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #18: Paranoia by Candlelight

Let’s continue summarizing that last session, shall we? From the Cracked Mug, our band of heroes headed back down towards the Undertown of Haven to speak with Falco, leader of the Goons. Along the way, they saw their “friend” Muril, the Goon guarding the entrance to the sewers after the girl Kathel Luce went missing.…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #17: Second Shift

Hard to believe it’s been two months since our stalwart band of new guards in the City-State of Zhilin last convened to continue the adventure (read here for the end of their last shift). Even harder to believe is the fact that it took three sessions to get through the first DAY of in-game time…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #16: Ending their first shift with the ZCG…

After leaving the ratlings nest, they worked their way back through the tunnels to the ladder into Haven and were happy to emerge into the more open space. (For more about the ratlings, check out the last post…) They were ready to get the missing Goon named Brun back to his boss so they could…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #15: Children of the Scarred Tail

Once our heroes took care of the Shifter, a few preliminary questions were answered to the heroes’ satisfaction, and the ratlings were safe to move back to their nest, they took the PCs with them deeper into the tunnels. (See the last post for details about their encounter with the creature and meeting the ratlings…)…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #14: Ratlings… Meet the Ratlings…

Last time our heroes had just joined the battle between the rats and the strange, hairy, humanoid figure… And our heroes were unsure whether the creature in the center was Brun, a ratling, or something else. Bart, the Cleric, cast Detect Evil on the creature and got a certain “YES!” from his deity in response,…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #13: Into the Dark…

We began the third gaming session of the City-State of Zhilin campaign with a full complement of players. In fact, my two daughters stepped into a couple of roles so that we had even more folks around the table. Here’s a refresher of the cast of characters (human unless stated otherwise): Bartholomew “Bart” Fatima (Jonathan)…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #10: Threads of Fate

No, we’re not talking about Fate the RPG here, but rather the various threads I can pull on a bit like Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos (the Greek Fates) in the plot skein of my campaign. So far we’ve introduced the following threads: The PCs are members of the Zhilin City Guard (ZCG) and tasked with…

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