Obsidian Frontier, Episode 19: The Twilight Cincture

Chapter 19 of Obsidian Frontier is now online.

Our heroes, racing ahead of a large thunderstorm, entered the hills at the eastern edge of the Drowned Plain. Desperate for shelter, they located a cave in the hills … and its cyclops inhabitant. They defeated the giant (the creature all the while protesting that it hadn’t bothered anyone) and threw its corpse down the hill. They spent several days in the cave while the storm raged outside, and then eventually emerged to continue their quest.

They plunged into the Outer Band of the Verdant Waste and soon came upon a patrol of the Wing That Hunts — kobolds serving the Green Blight. They killed most of the creatures — including a half-green dragon hybrid — but a few escaped deeper into the woods. They encountered a band of time-lost adventurers who had been unknowingly trapped in the Waste for a century; rather than join up with them the other adventurers shouted their disbelief and decided to head out of the Waste to see the world for themselves. There after the heroes heard hunting horns blowing and caught sight of a Great Stag that crossed their path.

Ignoring the threat behind them, the heroes chased after the stag, finally catching it in a great autumn-like clearing. Once captured, the Great Stag gave them a series of boons, then fled off into the rain-drenched forest. Left behind, the heroes found the clearing began to fade away, reverting to the previous game path they were on. Worse, the sounds of the horns had drawn much, much closer…

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Obsidian Frontier, Chapter 18: The Wing that Hunts

Chapter 18 of Obsidian Frontier is now online.

Our heroes are on a quest to put an end to the Green Blight, a dragon who has taken over a portal to the Feywild located deep within the Verdant Waste. Leaving from Obsidian Bay, they made their way east, taking a southerly route along the shoreline to avoid the elemental vortex (and resulting storms) they’d inadvertently opened to the north. Doing so also allowed them to avoid many of the dangers of the Drowned Plain, an overgrown wilderness of briars, thorns, and scraggly trees that sees frequent flooding during the hurricane season (or after someone inadvertently summoned persistent thunderstorm over the Dire Downs).

Their way was not without danger though — they slew a iron-clad gorgon in the Death’s Breath Forest, then defeated a chimera that had been hunting along the coast line. The journey has been arduous, but their destination — the rampant tropical forest of the Verdant Waste — lies mere hours away.

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Obsidian Frontier, Chapter 17: Death’s Breath

The Griffins Guild has dispatched three of its proteges — Tanevir, Telthanas, and Burgell — to deal with the threat of the Green Blight, a green dragon that has seized control of a portal to the Feywild at the heart of the Verdant Waste. Accompanying them on this quest are several new recruits:

  • Hawkwind, a Pomarjian native whose tribe was wiped out by humanoid invaders,
  • Fargrim Frostbeard, a dwarven cleric of MuammanDuathal
  • Shump Bloodoath and Hank Ironvow, both half-orc fighters hired on from the Nazarn’s Answer mercenary company.

With the swirling elemental storm they accidentally summoned still raging over the Dire Downs to the East of Obsidian Bay, they have chosen to travel through the tamer (or at least, less lightning blasted) hills to the south. Even here they can see signs of the Verdant Waste’s rampant expansion, as well as signs of flash flooding caused by the deluge to the north. They’ve dealt with their first significant threat — bugbears who successfully ambushed them in their camp — and are now pressing on toward the Waste.

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  • There is no Charge action, but there is a Charge-related feat.
  • Monster lore? House rule: Nature rolls for natural beasts, Religion for undead creatures and Arcana for magical creatures
  • Delay vs. Ready: There is no “Delay” rule in 5th Edition. Instead there is “Ready”, which lets you prepare a single action as a re-action, with someone else’s action as the trigger.
  • Name Generator
  • Portal: Dragon Names
  • St. Handraleo

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Obsidian Frontier, Chapter 16: Recruitment Drive

Our heroes have returned to Obsidian Bay and report to their respective masters in the Griffins Guild about the happenings in the Dire Downs and the rapidly-expanding Verdant Waste. They earned praise for the death of the legendary Ol’Triple Threat, but the elders of the Griffins Guild — including the mage Robertson and the bladesong warrior Willow Wind — were particularly concerned when they learned that the strange eastern auroras of the last few weeks had been caused by a green dragon seizing control of the Viridescent Keep. **The Green Blight**, as the dragon styled itself, had driven out the keep’s Unseelie lord, **Prince Selanar**, and was now in control of the Emerald Way — a portal to the Feywild itself. The dragon has been using this portal the manipulate the surrounding countryside in a bid to expand its own power.

Meanwhile, the Robertson and Willow Wind explained that the guild was facing its own troubles in the form of the Purple Squid hobgoblins, who had managed to build a sizable fleet of ships and were using it to raid shipping in the Azure and disrupt trade with Obsidian Bay. The Griffins are planning a major expedition to deal with the hobgoblins once and for all, but acknowledged that the threat of the Green Blight could not be ignored. They asked that the heroes — Finn Underbow, Burgell Nackle, Tänévir Calywyn, Hawkwind, and Telthanas — investigate the threat and do their best to end the Green Blight.

To that end, the heroes are now assembling a force of adventurers and retainers eager to head out into the unknown in search of glory, gold … and a dragon. Read the full saga.

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Obsidian Frontier, Chapter 15: Bean Counting

Ol’Triple Threat is dead at the hands of the Griffins Guild and their associates. The heroes then traveled into the Dire Downs, where they discovered that the land had been transformed. Magic radiating from the Green Way, a Feywild portal located deep in the Verdant Waste, was causing rampant flora growth. In addition strange creatures like phase spiders and dinosaurs were suddenly running rampant in the area.

The heroes successfully looted the wyvern’s lair and are now contemplating their next move. Read the saga.

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