For the library itself, we used almost all Dwarven Forge sets, with the addition of David's beautiful Temple as the central piece. We also had the first three random beasts to show up selected as classic geek Library creatures: a Wraith Librarian (Ghostbusters), and two swarms of Vashta Nerada (Dr Who).
For the report on the previous game, see: Game 10
|A view of the table before the game starts, with 8' of Library! Note the enticing pile of presents at the far end. :)|
The old Elf Illusionist and his band made their way down a twisted tunnel that he had heard led to a long forgotten library. He could tell they were descending deep into the ground. They came up before a rotted old door, and before they broke through it, Kodak took the opportunity to divide up his group as best he could in the cramped tunnel. With him he would take Linesse and Hanwell, the Treasure Hunter's; and Danlin, the Marksman. He assigned to his Apprentice, Leighlyndana: Cadwalleter, the Thief; Connisyn, the Treasure Hunter; and Bash, the Man-at-Arms. The Rangers, Edel and Weiss; the Templar Sister Zandkara, and the War-Hound, Odullorf were left to their own initiative. Kodak was hoping to move in quickly, grab any treasure to be found, and get out. He just didn't feel up to an extended fight this day with any other wizard groups that might also be exploring this library. Both he and Leigh tried to cast an Illusionary Soldier, but neither had success.
|Kodak and his crew prepare to enter the Library.|
There was an opening at the end of the hall Kodak had turned into, and the old Illusionist moved through it, followed by his three companions. They emerged into a large cavernous room. There was a curved stairway to Kodak's left, which lead nowhere but up to the ceiling; Kodak thought he could see something of interest at the top of the stairs, so he motioned to Linesse to head up there to check it out. Before him was an expansive book case stretching almost the entire length of the room. The wizard motioned to Hanwell to move off to the right and check another bookcase on the right wall. Kodak's Elven senses could detect a slight draft coming from that wall on the right, which made him think there may be a secret passage behind the bookcase that was there.
|The Doctor and his party emerge from a strange blue box!|
|Kodak enters a large room with Linesse and Hanwell. In the distance Elsa and her group can be seen heading their way.|
Almost immediately, Leigh saw the Doctor's Treasure Hunter enter the next room over. She attempted to cast Mind Control on him, but the link she generated was too weak, and the enemy soldier easily ignored the commands he heard being whispered inside his head. Then, before Leigh could react, the Doctor's Apprentice, River Song, entered the room as well; and pulling a strange metallic device from a holster on her hip, River fired a blast of light (Elemental Bolt),at Kodak's Apprentice, hitting her in the side as she tried to duck out of sight. Leigh winced in pain as a searing burn radiated up and down her left torso (-11 HP).
Through gritted teeth, Leigh called for Edel and Weiss to come forward and back her up. The duo fired their arrows into the far room, but they were unable to hit anything.
|Leighlyndana, on the right, faces off against the Doctor's Apprentice, River Song (in the far room); as Cadwalleter, on the left, recovers a treasure. Meanwhile, the floating head on the pentagram keeps it's eyes fixed on Leigh.|
As he was concentrating on the spell, the Illusionist was oblivious to the groans that began to emanated from behind a bookcase off to his left, and it wasn't until Danlin turned and noticed the beast in time to shout out a warning, that Kodak was aware of a Ghoul which had appeared from out of the shadows and shambled towards him. The foul creature was upon the wizard before he had time to fully prepare, but his instincts kicked in; and one mighty blow from his staff crushed the skull of the undead horror.
|An overview of the action in Kodak's sector.|
|Kodak is set upon by a ghoul!|
|A view of the game in progress.|
|The Sigilist's Apprentice's Elemental Ball explodes harmlessly above the heads of Connisyn and Odullorf.|
|Leigh Mind Controls the Doctor's Treasure Hunter, right before he turns the corner and passes out of view.|
|Connisyn and Odullorf battle the Sigilist's Duck-man, as Bash stands guard.|
|Leigh is taken down by the Doctor's Knight, in an ill-considered charge to try and keep the soldier occupied. (Ghostbusters fans will note the inhumanly stacked pile of books in the center of the room.)|
|Elsewhere in the library; the Wraith Librarian checks the book indexing (Near the center foreground), while the Vashta Nerada chase some of Knabe's men (The shadow on the floor near the center of the photo)|
|A contemplative Kodak studies some of the book titles during a lull in the action.|
The old Elf looked up at her, and gave a half smile. "Seeing all those books today brought back some memories." He said. "I have quite an extensive library myself back in my home in Cercenia, and today I was reminded of that." He said the word again, "Home."
He placed both hands on the table and looked at them, contemplatively. "I've been here for almost a year now. I've learned much......seen much", he paused, "......and lost much." He looked up at Leigh and gazed into her pale blue eyes. So full of youth and life. "I think it is time for this old man to return to his home.
"Oh, no, master!" Leigh protested. Kodak smiled at her, a sad tired smile. He knew she would react this way.
"No, Leigh, my mind is made up". He leaned forward and reached out a hand to take one of hers. He held it firmly. "You have a bright future, Leighlyndana. You are intelligent, and skilled. More so than I think you realize yet. " He released her hand and sat back. "I will help you any way I can, once you decide where you will head from here."
Tears now shown in the young half-elf's eyes. She knew there was no turning Master Kodak's mind once it was made up. She would miss him truly.
He stood now. "I will tell the others tomorrow." He gazed around the room. "They're a good group of companions, you know..." His eyes turned back to Leigh, "...If you should want to continue here on your own. They trust and respect you."
Leigh contemplated this. Kodak gave her a slight bow of the head, then turned and headed towards his room. The young woman watched as he slowly faded into the darkness of the hall. She could hear him open the latch of his door, and then he was gone.
Epilogue: Wow, what a fun campaign! For the record books Kodak came in second behind his nemisis, Knabe, with 3200 Experience Points after this last game. Of the crew that started with Kodak those distant 11 months ago, Bash, Edel, Weiss, Linesse, and Cadwalleter remain. And I would be remiss without a last mention of those memorable souls who were lost in the frozen city: Cherowyn, Kodak's first Apprentice; Sister Elessa, his old and dear friend; and her twin sister Riessa, who Kodak came to depend on and befriend.
I am very sad at having to leave this brave band of adventurers behind; consoled only by the prospect of getting to know a whole new group of interesting explorers in the months to come.
Elsa the Elementalist's report can be found here: Silence in the Library
Knabe's report can be found here: The Finale
|After the game, the real "treasures" are claimed!|