Smoke and Flame

Adventure 1 - Saving the Princess?

  • Laslo and company meet Baron Toregon.
  • He needs the Hell Hounds to bring back his love/betrothed Dolores,as she has been kidnapped.
  • She is being kept in the royal quarters of Baron Hershfeldt, under a spell, and she is very young, 13 years old.
  • The castle is well protected and the town around the castle is known to have contain competitors of the Hell Hounds called The Red Death, thus a frontal approach isn’t ideal.
  • Instead they should infiltrate the nearby Outpost. The Baron Toregon has discovered that a secret and long forgotten escape tunnel connects the Outpost to the Castle.
  • Once they make it to the Castle they can use a magical item, a necklace, that will break the spell that has been cast on Lady Dolores.
  • To escape the castle they can take a dumb waiter to the level below the kitchen.
  • In this subterranean level they will find a dock and a fast boat. Baron Hershfeldt has been using this boat in secret to leave the castle for a series of trysts.
  • The Hell Hounds adopt the guise of a troupe of traveling entertainers as they approach the outpost.
  • They are welcomed in and Bob The Insignificant, Tzura, and Gundobold put on a show.
  • After the show, Gundobold woos the cook, and thus the troupe is allowed into the building interior for the night.
  • Gundobold leaves at some point and begins a fight for a rock.
  • The Hell Hounds kill all but one in the ensuing fight and then eliminate the one remaining witness
  • They enter the tunnels and hike for most of a mile.
  • The tunnel descends until they reach a section (50 meters) covered by water.
  • As they approach they hear the sounds of intense battle from outside, and impacts against the tunnel walls behind them.
  • They find the decrepit remains of a wooden bridge crossing the water.
  • Ever larger insects (10-20 inches) emerge from the tunnel behind them* grasshoppers, spiders, flying beetles and millipedes.
  • While fighting off the escaping insects, the Hell Hounds utilize nearby fallen planks to reach from one bridge support to the next and thus stay above water
  • Most make it across until Gundobold is left alone in the dark
  • He jumps across the last gap by himself. Tzura receives a minor injury.
  • The Hell Hounds emerge in the castle and make way to the royal quarters.
  • Outside they can see the pitched battle continuing.
  • They eliminate the castle guards, and grab the Lady Dolores.
  • They put the necklace on her and she is immediately compliant.
  • They head for the kitchen and along the way discover the necklace is actually robbing the Dolores of her will, and they are in fact kidnapping her as the necklace seems to have a Mind Slaver spell upon it..
  • They take the dumb waiter down and find the boat protected by two guards.
  • The guards tongues have been removed, rendering them mute. The guards put up a good fight but are eventually eliminated.
  • Lady Dolores suffers a mysterious injury in the fight although no one saw her get attacked.



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