I decided that I would use another unique creature, which is actually quite common for me to keep my players on their toes. This time I chose to use a Nocturnal Strangler. There had been fog that morning that lasted until noon here and I remembered that these creatures are easier to see in fog, which would give the party an advantage to fighting it. I figured out a plan for one of the encounters during this session.
Night terrors were to be unleashed on the party. Descriptive encounters would only heighten the tensions on this encounter.
[GM Notes will be in brackets like this]
Everyone needs a rest
After a long three days of charging forward, everyone decided to get some rest. Watches were set and everyone got something to eat. There was a lot of banter but everyone was tired and exhaustion had set in.
All someone has to do is be awake
Luther, Lear, Freeia, Connell, Seeger, Slater, Turok, and Ludik all felt a chill during the night but no one was hurt. Everyone was now freaked out as they all felt the chill and were suspicious something did happen and not just a figment of their imaginations. They found footprints in the spilled salt from supper and are utterly convinced now that something happened.
[Slater nodded off for a bit during his watch when the creature discovered the party, which humourously enough saved him from being attacked. Talon (Slater) does not know this though.]
The footprint does not match any of their prints because they are as bigger than a Gr’s [Ogre] footprint. Many are concerned that something was there and maybe something scared it off at the right time. Then they were concerned that there might be something else yet out there. Freeia thought Connell was acting funny and that he might even have pulled a prank because he had not done any shows lately. Freeia accused Connell of pulling a prank on them all. Connell swore he did not do it though. The fog in the morning did not help with the Companions concerns. Tensions were high.
Fog has set in and they can’t go anywhere
All day the fog stopped them in their tracks and everyone was antsy and frustrated. No one could go anywhere. No one wanted to rest and yet no one wanted to stay awake either. Tensions are sky high and the night had not even started. The party spread salt and sugar around the sleeping area and wasted all their supplies.