5E Tomb of Annihilation campaign recaps

sim-h

Explorer
Great write up. My sessions have slowed to a snail's pace, but should be picking up now - we had one last week, first time since July I think. We're on session 23

A few sessions ago, the group were captured by the Yuan-ti after struggling in Shagambi's shrine (can't wait to see their faces if they go back there and find it all reset and all 4 gladiator ready to go again...). That phrase "When the party first takes a short or long rest" attached to the five malisons following them into Omu is a bit of a killer! They barely got out of Shagambi's shrine alive, so they had no chance.

They had one session as slaves and then three sessions of combat slog at the head of the slave revolt! They seemed to enjoy the slog so far, so that's OK. They have fought their way to the southern exit - aside from the PCs, six slaves and Lomar Dral survive. The other NPCs (Pottery Shard, Gorvax the firenewt, Oloma Authdamar and Zilla Ataza) died when Sekelek assailed them. Sekelek plus minions was nearly a TPK until the druid conjured crocodiles to grapple him, whereupon the battle turned in their favour. The sorcerer had to burn all his sorcery points to get another fireball and blitz the pursuing basilisks and broodguards (second fireball they'd had!).

They won that fight and were free to go, but the Druid started a big debate about the place being reinforced if they left now. He argued they should head back in! Cue more reinforcements attacking through the Venom Distillery - and we ran out of time.

They'll easily defeat this next small wave of attackers, but the big question is what they do next. A full scale assault on the Fane - with Fenthaza now having defeated Ras Nsi thanks to Sekelek's absence - may be suicidal. Yahru and his gladiators, plus six malisons in the fane before they even reach Fenthaza (who will be on half HPs after fighting Ras Nsi) and her priests? Ouch. Only a couple of people have spells or abilities left, although most characters are on full or close HPs.

Next session should be in a week's time - and will be very interesting. I think the Druid player is going to be missing, which may shift the consensus to retreating for now - probably wise!

YUAN-TI BODYCOUNT:
Broodguards: 15
Malisons: 4 (soon to be 5)
Purebloods: 6 (soon to be 10)
Azi Mas: 1
Sekelek: 1
Basilisks: 2
 

Rabbitbait

Explorer
Session 40 - Naked and alone.


This may end up being a good example of why you should never split the party.

We have another game tomorrow and then I am away for the following two weeks. Next week I am a parent helper on a school camp, and the following week I travel to my graduation ceremony. After doing my job for many years I've finally got a qualification.
 

Nebulous

Hero
Great write up. My sessions have slowed to a snail's pace, but should be picking up now - we had one last week, first time since July I think. We're on session 23

A few sessions ago, the group were captured by the Yuan-ti after struggling in Shagambi's shrine (can't wait to see their faces if they go back there and find it all reset and all 4 gladiator ready to go again...). That phrase "When the party first takes a short or long rest" attached to the five malisons following them into Omu is a bit of a killer! They barely got out of Shagambi's shrine alive, so they had no chance.

They had one session as slaves and then three sessions of combat slog at the head of the slave revolt! They seemed to enjoy the slog so far, so that's OK. They have fought their way to the southern exit - aside from the PCs, six slaves and Lomar Dral survive. The other NPCs (Pottery Shard, Gorvax the firenewt, Oloma Authdamar and Zilla Ataza) died when Sekelek assailed them. Sekelek plus minions was nearly a TPK until the druid conjured crocodiles to grapple him, whereupon the battle turned in their favour. The sorcerer had to burn all his sorcery points to get another fireball and blitz the pursuing basilisks and broodguards (second fireball they'd had!).

They won that fight and were free to go, but the Druid started a big debate about the place being reinforced if they left now. He argued they should head back in! Cue more reinforcements attacking through the Venom Distillery - and we ran out of time.

They'll easily defeat this next small wave of attackers, but the big question is what they do next. A full scale assault on the Fane - with Fenthaza now having defeated Ras Nsi thanks to Sekelek's absence - may be suicidal. Yahru and his gladiators, plus six malisons in the fane before they even reach Fenthaza (who will be on half HPs after fighting Ras Nsi) and her priests? Ouch. Only a couple of people have spells or abilities left, although most characters are on full or close HPs.

Next session should be in a week's time - and will be very interesting. I think the Druid player is going to be missing, which may shift the consensus to retreating for now - probably wise!

YUAN-TI BODYCOUNT:
Broodguards: 15
Malisons: 4 (soon to be 5)
Purebloods: 6 (soon to be 10)
Azi Mas: 1
Sekelek: 1
Basilisks: 2
I really enjoyed the Fane. I think every group will have a unique experience with it. I almost wish I could approach it multiple times and see how it pans out.
 

Nebulous

Hero
Session 40 - Naked and alone.


This may end up being a good example of why you should never split the party.

We have another game tomorrow and then I am away for the following two weeks. Next week I am a parent helper on a school camp, and the following week I travel to my graduation ceremony. After doing my job for many years I've finally got a qualification.
This reminds me, I can't find my modron minis for this adventure! What the hell did I do with them?
 

Rabbitbait

Explorer
It's a wee while since my last game, so this is a very short journal entry compared to normal because my memory has lost some of the details. Good fun, and Besh came very close to dying. Next week they will be heading down into the hags lair.

 

Nebulous

Hero
Cool. Our Tomb campaign has likewise slowed to a crawl and it is very unlikely we will be able to finish it. That said, I have greatly enjoyed it up until now, especially Omu which felt like the highlight of the adventure.
 

Rabbitbait

Explorer
We'll definitely finish ours, but as Christmas approaches it is getting harder to get everyone together (particularly me). One of the players in this game will be taking on Decent into Avernus, and I've preordered the upcoming Eberron stuff.
 

MockingBird

Explorer
Been on a 2/3 month hiatus due to work and real life stuff. I hope we can get ours back going and finish it. We are in Omu now about to get diverted to the Temple.
 

Nebulous

Hero
Been on a 2/3 month hiatus due to work and real life stuff. I hope we can get ours back going and finish it. We are in Omu now about to get diverted to the Temple.
I absolutely loved Omu. I'm actually considering putting a new group together, start at 6th in Omu, and guide them through the city, the Fane, and finish the parts of the Tomb I won't get to with the old group. So levels 6th-9th probably.

The old group, we played at his guy's house and he cancelled WAY too often, which screwed everyone else up, but now I have my own dedicated game room at home so that's not an issue.
 

Rabbitbait

Explorer
Session #39 - Lost Xenoseth & The Secret Entrance to the Fane

Box
That went better than I thought it would. Good for them finding the back door - I don't know how anyone would survive an assault from the front. They are approaching the hydra now though, so that could go very badly.
 

Nebulous

Hero
That went better than I thought it would. Good for them finding the back door - I don't know how anyone would survive an assault from the front. They are approaching the hydra now though, so that could go very badly.
Ah, the hydra. I've never seen a party run so desperately hard in my whole life from an encounter.
 

Rabbitbait

Explorer
Session 42: The hags lair


I've got to admit, the group solved those puzzles a lot more easily than I thought they would.

The games are getting a bit more few and far between at the moment as everyone gets more busy leading up to Christmas. Since we are at the business end now, I'm not running this game unless everyone can attend.
 

Nebulous

Hero
Session 42: The hags lair


I've got to admit, the group solved those puzzles a lot more easily than I thought they would.

The games are getting a bit more few and far between at the moment as everyone gets more busy leading up to Christmas. Since we are at the business end now, I'm not running this game unless everyone can attend.

Aww, man, I'll probably never get that far in the Tomb. We are still stuck at the first room in Level 2. There's SOOO much left. OTOH, I'm prepping a gigantic Pulp Call of Cthulhu campaign with new players, so that might be my new fix this winter season.
 

Nebulous

Hero
We plan to play tomorrow night. It has been two months since our last session.. They just entered level 2 where the tomb dwarves were unleashing a flesh golem guardian from its case. I think they will meet Withers that session as well. We will see.
 

Rabbitbait

Explorer
We played last night :)

The players destroyed the atropal and the soulmonger, and now part of the party is facing Acererak while one of the party is off on his own adventure.

Never split the party, especially when fighting the boss.

 

Nebulous

Hero
We played last night :)

The players destroyed the atropal and the soulmonger, and now part of the party is facing Acererak while one of the party is off on his own adventure.

Never split the party, especially when fighting the boss.

Oh wow you made it to the end. Good job. We didn't play after all the other day. Maybe next week. We are still at the very first room in level 2 so there's tons left.
 

Advertisement

Top