Sagiro's Story Hour: The FINAL Adventures of Abernathy's Company (FINISHED 7/3/14)

Enkhidu

Explorer
Sagiro,

Thank you:

* For finishing! Many of my favorites in this forum over the past decade have petered out before the conclusion, but you persevered.

* For inspiration! If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, know that I have (and plan to continue to) flattered the hell out of you and your group since I sat back in the DM's chair at my table. This story hour has been a veritable firehose of ideas, many of which I have stolen wholesale.

* And for years of enjoyment! It's hard to believe that this story hour has been going for so long, harder to believe that it took you much longer to actually play through it, and hardest to believe that the ride is finally over.

This has truly been a pleasure. Thank you.
 

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Sagiro

Rodent of Uncertain Parentage
Ah, the inimitable lyrical stylings of StevenAC! :D

Not only have your PDF compilations made reading the Story Hour a vastly more enjoyable experience, your efforts made the game itself better. Having a well-organized, easily-accessible archive of all my posts made it so much easier to plan my games, look for old references, and tie distant plots together. Everyone here who has enjoyed experiencing my game second hand has you, in part, to thank for its (relative) coherence.

As for the novels: fair warning to all. They are not going to be a prose retelling of the campaign beat for beat. Not even close. To make a book that works as a book, I've had to cut innumerable side-plots and combats; change, eliminate and add characters; and muck about with the pacing to an absurd degree. It would be more fair to say that I am writing books heavily based on my campaign, but which are in no way beholden to its particulars.

I still hope everyone here buys them when they're done, though. ;)

Thanks for everything!

*standing ovation*

Congratulations, Sagiro, on providing this Story Hour with such an epic conclusion. I particularly like the fact that you didn't go for the "happily ever after" ending. The Company achieved everything they set out to do and saved the world, but the cost was high and even the survivors remain trapped (for the forseeable future, at least) beneath the Iron Barrier, meaning their journey through it really did turn out to be as irrevocable as advertised.

Thank you, as always, for the nice things you persist in saying about me... :) For your information and/or bogglement, the completed Story Hour will contain well over 900,000 words -- that's nearly twice the length of The Lord of the Rings! And given that Part One, which was initially written in a much more condensed fashion, contains more than half of the campaign's 266 sessions, my guess is a full-length telling of the tale would have ended up over 1.25 million... I'm eagerly looking forward to reading your novels based on the campaign, to flesh out the story of those early days.

I love rereading through the story -- there always seems to be more things to discover. It was literally just a week or so ago that it finally dawned on me just who Aravis's mysterious benefactor in the Crosser's Maze had to be, as I was flicking through the early chapters of Part Three. When I suddenly realised the significance of the line about how he "missed the ocean" (page 62), I'm surprised you didn't hear the forehead-slap all the way over there in Boston. Bringing back Abernathy for a final appearance to tie up the last loose ends was wonderfully well done.

The final(!!) part of the Collected Story Hour should be done soon, and I'll post in your new thread when it's ready. For the moment, let me just offer this little tribute in musical form (for anyone who wants to sing along, here's a karaoke version). I hope you enjoy it! :D

If you want to make a story...
(with apologies to Sir W.S. Gilbert)

If you want to make a story that will be a thing of glory
in the realm of RPGs,
You must start out with a world, to be gradually unfurled,
that's packed with mysteries.
You must find a bunch of players who will work with you and stay as
their PCs will learn and grow and change,
With all the complications and surprising revelations
that your cunning can arrange.

And ev'ryone will say, As you play your epic way,
"If this campaign builds multi-year plots with dreams and prophecy,
Why, what a very singularly deep campaign
this deep campaign must be!"

Have monsters great and small bringing menace unto all
that the Company hold dear,
And some villains to despise, each of whom's deserved demise
receives a hearty cheer.
Their triumphs will then send them onward to the end
that they're fated to decide;
From humble pawns, they'll become the fatal thorns
in the Adversary's side.

And ev'ryone will say, As you play your epic way,
"If this inventive group shows off all that's good in D&D,
Why, what a very wonderfully fun campaign
this fun campaign must be!"

Then with eloquent expression after every gaming session
you must write up what transpires,
Thus providing the redaction of the table interaction
that your readership admires.
We can relive every moment from their earliest opponent
to the final clash of power;
With the gripping storytelling and the characters compelling
it's a classic Story Hour.

And ev'ryone will say, As you play your well-told way,
"If this campaign has resulted in a tale that's as good as I've ever seen,
Why, what a most spectacularly great campaign
this great campaign has been!"
 

Sagiro

Rodent of Uncertain Parentage
I am only too pleased that you (or anyone else) borrowed ideas for you own games. Goodness knows I did the same, from numerous sources.

Thank you for reading!


Sagiro,

Thank you:

* For finishing! Many of my favorites in this forum over the past decade have petered out before the conclusion, but you persevered.

* For inspiration! If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, know that I have (and plan to continue to) flattered the hell out of you and your group since I sat back in the DM's chair at my table. This story hour has been a veritable firehose of ideas, many of which I have stolen wholesale.

* And for years of enjoyment! It's hard to believe that this story hour has been going for so long, harder to believe that it took you much longer to actually play through it, and hardest to believe that the ride is finally over.

This has truly been a pleasure. Thank you.
 


Neurotic

I plan on living forever. Or die trying.
[MENTION=726]Sagiro[/MENTION], you cannot end yet!!

What about Parthol in this new world? What about Kind Farazil? Did the heroes made it back to the surface and created their own archclass (as opposed to archwizards :) ) group? What about the dwarves they freed, did they survive? Oh, and did that sidekick they lugged around, you know that half orc that is never there for heroic action...did he manage to live is life fruitfully? Etc etc...


There are numerous subplots and epilogues to write.


Thank for the wonderful story :)
 

Krellic

Explorer
Now that the dust has settled

Phew..!

Thank you Sagiro for sharing with us the type of game that we'd all like to have a chance to play in and the type of game that we all would like to be a good enough DM to run.

I'll look forward to seein the fictionalised version of it, I suspect that's quite a difficult task making the translation. Very best of luck with that endeavour. Of course if it hasn't got '"By Sagiro" on the front cover there's a good chance I'll miss it...

The problem is of course that now we're all wondering what sort of magical campaign you're running now... ;
 


Neurotic

I plan on living forever. Or die trying.
Stupid of me to forget it :)

But still, he is (was?) an archmage, who knows where he stashed his soul :)
And Farazil helped and is a citizen, but what happened afterwards with him?
 



Richards

Legend
Sagiro, that was a thing of great beauty all the way to the very end. Thanks for finishing it up for the enjoyment of your legion of fans, despite your other commitments. I know it's been over a year since the campaign sessions actually ended; dare I ask if you've started up another campaign? And is Piratecat's "Defenders of Daybreak" campaign still going? (I know he doesn't update his Story Hour any more, but I'd love to hear what Velendo's been up to.)

Put me down for a copy of your novels when they come out. Actually, better make that two of each, since I know my son won't be willing to wait for me to finish them and I certainly won't be willing to wait for him to do likewise!

Johnathan
 

wedgeski

Adventurer
I'm not sure what to write here that others haven't already said a lot better than me.

I've just caught up, in the last couple of days, on about the last twenty or so installments. It was an absolute pleasure to read everything through to the epic finale of the campaign.

For the record, I would have been quite okay with the story as it "ended" in the semi-penultimate update. You had me there, for a few seconds, and a few seconds was all it took for me to move from numb disbelief to a state of zen acceptance that, ultimately, going up against a god-killer is just not the sort of thing mortals are going get away with, especially since their enemies had already been in the Underdark for so long before the heroes arrived.

It was, of course, deeply satisfying to be shown the error of my ways. :)

I loved the hints and implications dropped in the epilogue...just enough for the rest of us to build a little picture of what might have happened to everyone after we parted ways with them.

Like so many other people here, your game has had a deep and fundamental influence on my own DM'ing. Before reading about your game, I had a vague, aspirational fancy of what an epic narrative D&D campaign could look like, and over many years I tried (and failed, frankly) to assemble the right kind of group, and muster the appropriate level of skill to make it so. There's no longer anything vague about my views on what an epic narrative D&D campaign looks like. It's all here, in this thread.

So thanks, and all that. :)
 
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Piratecat

Sesquipedalian
I know it's been over a year since the campaign sessions actually ended; dare I ask if you've started up another campaign? And is Piratecat's "Defenders of Daybreak" campaign still going? (I know he doesn't update his Story Hour any more, but I'd love to hear what Velendo's been up to.)

More like 3+ years, I think! He hasn't started a new campaign, a fact that we're all really sad about. Sagiro will be the first person to tell you that he over-preps games, so there's a pretty serious time commitment that he doesn't have yet. Instead he's composing music, writing a novel, raising kids, and generally being awesome.

The Defenders campaign wrapped up about 5-6 years ago. I'm running two 4e campaigns, one of which has all the players from the Defenders campaign, and those have perhaps a year or two to go on them. They just hit epic level. Sagiro is playing the most un-Velendo-like unwise thief imaginable. :D
 

KainG

Explorer
It's been a long while since I last checked in with Abernathy's Company, and I'm both sadden and a bit relieved that's come to an end. Now to read the entire thing!

Thank you Sagiro and your group for the many hours of entertainment you've provided! Your campaign is one of the examples I look to as a great example of a long-running campaign that gets into the high-levels. I'm hoping we'll eventually see a new story hour campaign from your group!

And a big thanks to StevenAC for collecting the campaign in a great pdf format! I'm currently reading it to catch up, and I can't wait to re-read the whole thing again from the beginning!
 

StevenAC

First Post
COMPLETE AT LAST!

It's with great pleasure that I can announce that the Collected Sagiro's Story Hour is finally complete. On the site you'll now find the entire story of Abernathy's Company, from their earliest adventures to the final epic battle to save the world. For the statistically inclined, the final PDFs clock in at a total of 1440 pages and more than 1.125 million words (including all the invaluable commentary from dozens of EN World-ers over the years).

I'd like to thank everyone (most especially, of course, Sagiro himself) who has given me words of appreciation over the years. It's lovely to know that what started out as an entirely private exercise, intended only for my own enjoyment, has become something that others around the world have found useful too.

It's possible that there may be some supplementary material added to the site later on (maps, character sheets, monster stats, and so on), but I'm not making any promises on that. It will depend on whether Sagiro can find the time in his busy schedule to engage in campaign archaeology (he does have some novels to write... :D), and on whether such material still exists anyway -- after all, the campaign actually ended nearly three years ago.

For now, though, the story is done. I really hope you enjoy reading (or re-reading) it, and don't forget to leave comments in Sagiro's new thread here .

Steven Cooper.
 

Belated thanks and congratulations to Sagiro for the completion of the Story Hour, which is truly spectacular in its scope and intricacy. There are many great Story Hours on EN World, and many great authors, but only one sustained a high level of excellence for so many years and reached a satisfying conclusion: Sagiro!

Like others, I have brazely borrowed numerous ideas from Sagiro -- the Het Branoi section (my favorite) is the thematic basis for my just kicked-off campaign.

Also like others, I will happily purchase Sagiro's novels when they are published.

Thanks again for the many years of enjoyment and inspiration.

Yours,
-- Joshua Randall
 

Sagiro

Rodent of Uncertain Parentage
I'm not sure what to write here that others haven't already said a lot better than me.

I've just caught up, in the last couple of days, on about the last twenty or so installments. It was an absolute pleasure to read everything through to the epic finale of the campaign.

For the record, I would have been quite okay with the story as it "ended" in the semi-penultimate update. You had me there, for a few seconds, and a few seconds was all it took for me to move from numb disbelief to a state of zen acceptance that, ultimately, going up against a god-killer is just not the sort of thing mortals are going get away with, especially since their enemies had already been in the Underdark for so long before the heroes arrived.

It was, of course, deeply satisfying to be shown the error of my ways. :)

I loved the hints and implications dropped in the epilogue...just enough for the rest of us to build a little picture of what might have happened to everyone after we parted ways with them.

Like so many other people here, your game has had a deep and fundamental influence on my own DM'ing. Before reading about your game, I had a vague, aspirational fancy of what an epic narrative D&D campaign could look like, and over many years I tried (and failed, frankly) to assemble the right kind of group, and muster the appropriate level of skill to make it so. There's no longer anything vague about my views on what an epic narrative D&D campaign looks like. It's all here, in this thread.

So thanks, and all that. :)

You're very welcome! It's nice to know that at least one person believed the fake ending, if only for a few seconds. :D It was an incredible journey with some of my favorite people, and it was my privilege to amass a readership who enjoyed it along with us. Thanks for being one of them!
 

Sagiro

Rodent of Uncertain Parentage
Belated thanks and congratulations to Sagiro for the completion of the Story Hour, which is truly spectacular in its scope and intricacy. There are many great Story Hours on EN World, and many great authors, but only one sustained a high level of excellence for so many years and reached a satisfying conclusion: Sagiro!

Like others, I have brazely borrowed numerous ideas from Sagiro -- the Het Branoi section (my favorite) is the thematic basis for my just kicked-off campaign.

There's nothing brazen about borrowing ideas placed in a public place! :) And goodness knows I borrowed from all sorts of sources over the years.

Also like others, I will happily purchase Sagiro's novels when they are published.

I'm working on it!

Thanks again for the many years of enjoyment and inspiration.

You're very welcome.

-Sagiro
 

Kestrel

Explorer
I've been reading this for years, since I first came here. Thank you Sagiro and Abernathy's Company. I have taken more inspiration from this for my own game than any other source. Whenever I get stuck for ideas or feeling a little burned out, I read a few posts and I'm jazzed to run again. Its a shining example of what a game can be.

Thank you so much for the story.

Brian

(And I will definitely be buying the novels)
 

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