Here’s the write up for our penultimate session of Scarlet Citadel this year. Hopefully these write ups will prove useful to others running the adventure.
You can read earlier posts here. This post contains spoilers for Scarlet Citadel.
This week we were down to just two players so we enlisted a special guest to play Barrett, the Red Hart, using a 3rd level human fighter pregenerated character from the WotC website. Barrett had returned to Redtower after escorting Dugan Lovay back to Peltzenheim to recuperate from her ordeals in the Scarlet Citadel at the hands of the Gaoler and was at something of a loose end.
Our three heroes met up in the Cage for a well-earned drink when an ailing villager staggered in, poisoned by blooms in the forest. Unable to do anything for him themselves, they took the poor fellow to the Temple of Rava to be cured and were surprised to be asked for payment in return for healing magic. They reluctantly agreed to bring Cecylia some items to add to the temple’s collection of “sacred scrap”
En route to the Citadel, the characters ran into a gargoyle, posing as a statue on top of a rocky outcrop. No one was very surprised when it revealed its true nature and attacked but it was fun to watch the players approach cautiously to investigate.
Back on level 1 of the dungeon, the absence of the Gaoler, Scar, and Ushulx meant that undead had started to drift out of the catacombs. The characters ran into some shadows, then plundered the torture chamber and oubliette room, taking various metal implements and chains to donate to the temple of Rava.
After stashing the sacred scrap in the ruins, they headed to the Holzanger shrine and into the catacombs where more undead attacked – first skeletons, then a wight. With Dimitar’s max hp reduced by 15 hp and more skeletons climbing out of the ossuary pit, they decided it was best to withdraw to the surface and await reinforcements rather than investigating the broken sepulchre.
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