The Banner of the Bleeding Wheel ended last session at the mouth of a yawning pit, attempting to find the source of a mysterious lightning storm that has blasted a swampland into oblivion. The journey there had been uneventful until a mud monster ambushed them and slew Richard the fighting man and Modesty the scout.
Scene. Into the Dark.
Chaos: Level 3, no roll
The party peers down at the torch flickering 40′ below.
Is there anything within 10′ that they can tie a rope to? -4: No.
“How are we going to get down there?” Balthasar asks. “Looks deep.”
“Rope,” Hannibal says. “String it around the stone there, and we’ll daisy-chain half of the second.”
“Better be a good knot,” Balthasar replies. “We’re heavy.”
“I grew up in a ship’s rigging,” Hannibal says. He cuts one of their lengths of rope in half and joins it with the other using a good knot. He loops them around the donkeys’ harnesses before tossing the end down into the dark.
-Inventory: 2 lengths of 50′ rope
+Inventory: 25′ rope
“Should we leave something up here, just… you know… in case?” Miles asks, peering down into the hole.
Israel nods. “I’d rather my gold be returned to the poor than lost in the dark.”
They each chip in 40 gold pieces and bury them in an inconspicuous place beside one of the standing stones.
+Thread: 240 gp buried beneath the stones
When the coins are buried, Balthasar moves to the rope. “Me first,” he demands, grabbing the rope and dropping into the pit.
“Godspeed, my son,” Israel says. He shoulders his pack and prepares to drop onto the rope next.
It takes a few moments for Balthasar to reach the ground, but they soon see the torch pick up and wave the okay. Israel grabs the rope and rappels down.
One by one they descend until they find themselves in the darkness.Continue reading “Keep on the Borderlands Solo – 10”