After explaining all the mistakes of past session, about failing and use of conditions/twists, about instincts and other stuff, I told them I would’ve given a check per person “as a help for the camp”, rather than annulling the conditions I gave them.
Since one player was absent on this second session, and another was in (absent on first), it was easy to exploit their situation, just out of the cages (area 10, Three Squires Inn), to tell them “Amaya Qu’l Isha, the elf, just went somewhere, you trust him since he’s an experienced elf ranger; in another cage you find Caisa, the Inquisitrix, who missed the set appointment upstairs”.
One of the player gave account of past session, and recovered exhausted, Caisa gave account for her delay (she was busy inquiring some sinner guy) and got a free Fighter check (“I had to convince him with the subtlety of my steeled arguments”), and I told them “since this area is dark and full of apathetic people, you can try to camp but it’s a dangerous underground camp, I’ll give you for free the +1 for finding a good camp”, they rolled 8+1=9 and they used their check (also sharing since Caisa didn’t need hers) to recover some conditions (and to log the passes and the fails).
First turn, they decide to free the prisoners, “but only those not apathetic, the others deserve their imprisonment for having given up the fight”, and suddenly all the prisoners (who heard them) where very active “I’ll fight those damned, just give me a sword” so, first turn was a Ob2 Criminal test with help from the halfling, they freed all the prisoners, had recounts from Ronwald’s gambit and of the fear for this Uttan monster, and also about Crooked tooth being the boss and Saw back being the underdog.
Second turn, they move to area 9, Crooked tooth and her guards, and had a “capture” conflict, which they won completely untouched.
Many questions here:
- Luccio the halfling gave his sword to Seymour, a prisoner lumber with the will to fight, to have him help them in the fight, I only narrated the use of a PNC because I didn’t know how to “use him” mechanically (to give them help?); Luccio’s raiment is a swiss-army-knife which he used as improvised weapon to fight not unarmed. Any suggestion here, on NPC and raiment as improvised weapon?
- How do I roll the disposition of Kobolds? It says Capture: 3, Flee: 4, Nature: 2, so should these numbers refer to when the Kobolds are respectively capturing and fleeing? And should I roll these as dice, adding them to their Nature 2 as baseline disposition? Do they get help for being 5 Kobolds?
Third turn, they engaged Crooked tooth in a Convince conflict, the PCs stake was “we get rid of Uttan on your behalf, you leave us and all the prisoners go, you give us all the richness you have (money, jewels)” [the thief already searched thoroughly for precious, and got a free Criminal test to rob poor prisoner Crooked tooth of her jeweled necklace], Crooked tooth stake was “you give me back my necklace, you get rid of Uttan on my behalf, you get no richness, only your safe life, not the prisoners”.
Convince conflict ensues which the players enjoyed sooo much! They loved roleplaying the various intimidation, deception, promises, evidence weapons in the conflict. Caisa the Inquisitrix was playing bad cop, “you know Crooked tooth, I really hope this negotiation goes nowhere, so I can just draw my sword and exterminate all of your tribe” [Intimidation on Maneuver]"; Gionni the thief was playing good cop, “ah Crooked tooth, this necklace I robbed you of is priceless! they’re going to cover me with gold for this, in the bustling metropolis” [Deception on Feint]. Such an amazing mechanic!
My question here is: they won the conflict with minor compromise, Crooked tooth asked “I want my jewel back and I want the eggs safe, and Saw back beaten in front of everyone to reestablish my authority”. They accepted, but they also decided, apart, that later they’re going to withhold her jewel rather than giving it back. My question is, in the compromise I introduced elements which were not there before (the eggs, beating Saw back), is that playing by the rules? And, the players abode to the request with the precise will to break a part of it (the necklace), is that feasible?
Fourth turn, they prepare a guard of honor arming three former prisoners with kobolds’ spears, and the whole group, Crooked tooth with her new guard of honor, the PCs, Anita and Rikard, Seymour, and all the others, they march into the “throne room” where the torture is happening. I describe them the scene, and the players lead the guard of honor towards the males and start beating them with the wood of their weapons, while Crooked tooth yells orders and reestablish fully her authority. Saw back complains loudly, and threatens to flee “to call the other guards, loyal to me”, but the PCs say, with one voice, “we kill him”, so I rule for a single Fighter versus Nature test, and they kill him on the spot.
In the meanwhile, the lashing of the male on the table goes on undisturbed, and Joerg complains loudly “where is my Elsa? I can’t see my Elsa!”
How would you have ruled the simple “fleeing vs. stabbing” situation? I got inspiration from BW rules book, in the “hog and stakes” section.
Thank you all for your past help, and for any suggestion you’d like to provide!