Today’s adventure: exploring Castle Aaaaargh’s lower levels. The castle was once the home of Count Fergusen, a minor noble who ruled the far reaches of the kingdom. It was attacked by a pair of young dragons twenty years back and Ser Jack has been tasked to reclaim it and find any remaining heirs to House Ferguson. He is joined by Rufus the Red (F3), Archie the Archer (F3), Sakura the Wizard (MU3), Jeremy James “JJ” the Goblin (Th3/MU2), Wang Fei (Monk 3) and an as-yet unnamed Lizard Man (F3). Previously they had killed the two young dragons.
Today’s encounters included a giant rattler (killed), a fire salamander (tail snapped off) and a were-rat who was once the castle’s chamberlain (hired).
The party doesn’t know the chamberlain is a were-rat. I think I’ll let that plot thread dangle awhile, at least until the local cheesemonger complains of thefts. They need a chamberlain and I need someone for explication and plot hooks.
They almost killed the salamander, but it failed a morale check and tried to escape. Boy wanted to step on its tail, so I had him roll to hit. He got a 20, so I ruled that the tail snapped off (and hit the lizard man for 3 HP). The wizard’s sleep spell put it under and the chamberlain, who had not gotten a word in during the combat, informed the party that the salamander was a smokeless heat source for the forge in the basement (which I put in place of the torture chamber).
There were also many barrels of wine turned to vinegar, which the party used to pickle the dragon guts (after bits of armor and bones were removed and buried, of course). The wizard read a cursed scroll and was polymorphed into a newt. He did get better back at the village.
There was a great dragon BBQ feast with the villagers and the party has made some small progress toward raising the funds they will need to repair the castle.
I had him control the entire party this time. There was a point where they had chased a giant rat downstairs and found an old man (the chamberlain) cowering in the pantry. I played the old man and my son had no idea what he was supposed to do. I coached him through talking on behalf of Ser Jack. Eventually he used third person to speak as Ser Jack and managed to have a conversation with the chamberlain. After the game, he spent a lot of time packing the lego treasure and the dragon carcasses on the battle wagon.