|Talisman | Published 27 March 2009|
Our journey thus far has been relatively safe. Aside from the Umbra Spider, we have not encountered anything malicious. I fear this trend will not continue as we descend further into the dungeon. Our group, all though small, is well prepared and well armed. Trusting our newest compatriot, we follow the Gladiator further into the dungeon proper. The library gives way to a beautiful view of the Outer Region, and I am surprised at our sudden altitude. Birds are seen wheeling through the skies beyond, and the breeze is welcome after the dank air of the library. Distracted by the blue sky, we find ourselves caught unawares by the Goblin Marauders boiling up from behind us. Daggers drawn, they advance like the tides. I draw my sword, and our group prepares to meet them in battle.
Having caught a glimpse of the board layout, we are now able to discuss some of the new menagerie awaiting in the Dungeon expansion. Keeping true to the flavor, all of the encounters in the Dungeon are specific to it. From trap doors and snake pits, to cave-ins and lost dwarves, the Dungeon has plenty to immerse you in the darkness. Even more, the followers found in the Dungeon are able to stay with you and provide a benefit outside the Dungeon. Most notably is the Tunnel Fighter, a welcome addition outside the Dungeon, and a fantastic fighter inside the Dungeon.
We find ourselves battered, but victorious. The Goblins are no match for our group and the remainder slink back into the shadows to find easier prey. We bandage up our wounded and proceed down a darkly lit corridor. The Gladiator is a welcome addition, providing his own Helmet, and he seems to be trained with his armour, as each of the blows against him seem to have less impact. Although I am unsure of his motives, I am sure of his abilities. We proceed down the corridor, wary of further attacks. At the end of the passage, we see torch light. As we approach, a bony figure commands us to halt. Startled, we can only stare at this skeleton guard. He demands a "toll" in order to allow us to pass. Before we make our decision, the Gladiator leaps at him, weapon drawn.
In addition to the traps and treasures in the Dungeon deck, many of the new creatures will push the adventurers to have a decent Craft. Many magical denizens will do a fair amount of damage to the unwary, and the chances of running into a creature, such as the Lesser Demon, are good. Not all of the inhabitants are quite as powerful as the Lesser Demon, but you will need to prepare as there are both Craft and Strength values as high as 8!
The guard defeated, we proceed to our first staircase. The stairs spiral down, and flickering shadows dance on the walls. The passage is warmer, and the smell of burning is thick in the air. We make our way down the staircase, weapons at the ready. The bottom is a scene from a nightmare. The walls are bathed in flame, and the air is acrid with smoke. Breathing hurts, the temperature too hot for comfort. We spot the door and head towards it as fast as we can. In my haste I run into the back of the Gladiator, who is standing quite still and staring up. I raise my head and stare directly into the eyes of terror. A Demon stands before us! Scrambling we prepare for the fight, the Demon watching with a faint hint of amusement. It stalks forward and snatches one of our group, flames licking from its skin. The beast casts our former member aside and heads for me. I am a warrior, but staring into those eyes froze me to my soul. Hand outstretched, the Demon walks right at me. Suddenly the Gladiator bellows out unfamiliar words. As he yells, the Demon wails in pain. It falls to the ground stricken, and explodes into a cloud of cinders. Staring in wonder, the Gladiator replaces the scroll he picked up earlier. "Thought this might come in handy." With that he heads back towards the next room.
Our party did return from their harrowing adventure, and the story they returned with was shocking to say the least. Evil awaits them at the end of the Dungeon, evil and the potential for wealth beyond their wildest dreams. Until next time...
For the first glimpse into the Dungeon, check out The Path Ahead.
These installments are exceptionally well presented. Brilliant job.
As for May 09... bring it on!!
Can hardly wait to have it on my table!
Cool. Can't wait to see some more