Welcome To The Party

A 4 Hour Gaming Session Of AD&D

2nd Edition (Spikehelm Campaign World)

The Back Story: (aka the idea that became the setup for this game)
This was an introductory game for a new player, set up with about 30 minutes for the story, and an hour to create Rodan. The characters started off knowing each other. Nikigga is an old PC from 2007, being revisited.
The Adventurers: (aka the Player Characters)
Name Class Level Gender Race Brief Description
Nikigga Thief/Mage 2/1 Male Albein (Elf) N/A
Rodan Ranger 1 Male Southern Durnite (Human) N/A
Session Start: Sunday - 3:30 pm ( Actual Start - 5:00 pm due to PC generation )
Location: Southern Durnite
Game Date: The 1st day, in the of month of Tending, in the year of the Gold Hunter, 6th Age, 941 years after the Great Crossing.
Moon Phase: Last Day Of The Full Moon
Nikigga had seen almost an entire Age go by (he was 131 years old) and had been telling Rodan about his Albein (Elven) homeland for the past two years.  These stories had inspired Rodan to want to travel there and see it for himself.  So finally, he asked Nikigga to take him there.
It took just over 2 days for them to walk beyond the lands that Rodan knew.  Surprisingly, the trip was easy and they met no one.  The third day differed, as they came across a large wagon and 4 people who had made camp around it.  From a distance they could see an old man, a couple and a small girl.  Before they approached they watched as the little girl started a fire with nothing more than a wave of her hand.  That gave Rodan pause -- he knew that Nikigga was a Mage, but he was a friend and trusted ally -- he had always been told that magic users were in league with Skrie, the Dark Lord, and would lead to no good, but Nikigga didn't seem worried as they continued down.
They spent a pleasant evening and shared food together.  The old man, named Thaen, was a ancient druid who was travelling to his homeland in his final days.  The couple, Amara and Horod, owned the wagon and were accompanying Thaen home.  The little girl, named Syleste, turned out to be a Halfling.  They spent a very educational night learning herbal concoctions; good for everything from sour stomachs to healing from both Thaen and Syleste.
After three days beyond that happy night, they saw the smoke and heard the sounds of battle.  They investigated and found a small settlement under attack by 2 Ogres.  Rodan and Nikigga came to the village’s rescue and attacked the ogres from behind managing to kill one in their first volley.  The second Ogre noticed the first crash to the ground and turned, throwing its tree trunk in their direction.  They managed to duck just in time -- good thing too as the tree tore a furrow in the ground just behind them, decapitating half of their set arrows. 
Nikigga cast an illusion to hide them from its sight, but as it advanced it almost stepped on Rodan. This forced him to get up and the Ogre turned to crush him -- luckily this gave Nikigga the opening to backstab it.  As he started to rise there was a shout of outrage from the settlement and half a dozen crossbow bolts slammed into the Ogre and the area around it -- one just missing Rodan by a hair's breadth, its fletching creasing his forehead.  Nikigga, already in motion, managed to stab it in the small of the back and finished the Ogre off -- and with great dexterity tumbled out of the way as it fell over backward.
The settlement was on fire and after a tense moment of talking, the settlement let them in and they joined in the fight to put out the fires.  By the time they were done it was dark.  For all their help, the settlement’s leader trusted them enough to give them leave to stay within their walls -- albeit only in the half burned out main hall.
-- To Be Continued --
Session End: Sunday - 9:00 pm