The Children of Stron – part 26

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 25 Goldy the bandit’s hideout was just as Peep had described. It was enclosed by a tall, spruce log fence that had the look of a palisade without being substantial enough to offer the proper protection of one. There was no defensive ditch with a raised … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 26

The Children of Stron – part 25

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 24 The promontory the squad now occupied at the lookout post was the start of a forested shelf that ran up to the ridgeline in a gentle slope over about a kilometer and a half. There was a well-worn trail from the lookout cabin through the … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 25

The Children of Stron – part 24

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 23 The squad spent most of the next day working their way through the dense forest of the Splitrock valley, mostly on game trails. As they did, Thorn increasingly relied on Peep for guidance. In the late afternoon they reached the crest of a rise from … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 24

The Children of Stron – part 23

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 22 The party worked their way down from the ridge on what was little more than a game trail. The grade was quite steep but rarely treacherous. The trail wound its way through the dense forest and the occasional rocky clearing. It was just after they … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 23

The Children of Stron – part 22

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 21 With the scout and manhunter, Thorn, now firmly in control, Choke and the others left the tower to do as they had been told. Choke got himself cleaned up outside in a water trough by a well before the gaoler, Billy, stitched up the back … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 22

The Children of Stron – part 21

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 20 Sitting in the middle of the street, disarmed and surrounded by soldiers, Choke, Knuckle, Pinch, and Peep waited for the sheriff to come and decide their fate. The barkeep and owner of the Busted Unicorn had made an emphatic, if disorganized, case to the soldiers … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 21

The Mage’s Squad – 2

Ah, the single-class fighter in 3.5 Dungeons and Dragons. What a beast!As I related last time, I spent a large chunk of my 20s and early 30s messing around with the 3.5 D&D system, usually as a DM, but also as a player. When I was a player, I almost always chose to play single-class … Continue reading The Mage’s Squad – 2

The Children of Stron – part 20

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 19 The priest’s office was simple, as befitted a serious man of Stron, but still managed to be nicer than Brother Willem’s in the Pekot orphanage. There was no luxury, but the chairs were quite a bit more comfortable and the walls had simple, homespun tapestries … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 20

The Children of Stron – part 19

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 18 Choke, Pinch, and Knuckle rode west from the city of Strana in good cheer. They each had seven silver in their money pouches, a tidy sum for country boys, and a communal purse of about two hundred and fifty coppers, worth two and a half … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 19

The Mage’s Squad – 1

Last time we explored how a mage’s adventuring party can be used to form the core of an Archmage Lord’s personal security detail. This time, we shall dig into my notions of the kind of squad that a mage would probably want to assemble for themselves, should they have the choice.I am proud to say … Continue reading The Mage’s Squad – 1