Sunday, May 4, 2014

[Pendragon] The Great Pendragon Campaign: Year 494 - Estregales

Salisbury's finest are once again tasked with a diplomatic mission at the behest of their ailing king. Wulfram's singing voice is missed sorely. Leaves are collected.


Dave S.
And…Edie the Dog

The campaign's wiki can be found here.


  1. So it seems like this week the role of Dave was generously taken over by Brendan.

    This seemed like the first session to actually feature outright magical threats that stood in the way, rather than just fighting magical creatures. It's a little odd you don't have to make a Fairy or Folk Lore roll to not be shaken or suffer some sort of penalty to facing down a corridor of endless flames, or treasure that disintegrates in front of you.

    Also this is what happens when you let your villains escape in cutscenes, people! Never let your GM just narrate someone's escape! Especially if they're escaping on what could be valuable breeding stock!

    1. Just some behind-the-scenes reveals to answer your points in the second paragraph there, Jake: a Faerie Lore or Folklore roll would only be good for information; a PC could've asked to make a roll, but all they would have gotten would have been an indication of if they'd ever heard of anything like this, and possibly a clue as to how to get through it. The PCs had to make two rolls to proceed, however: they all made their Valorous rolls (which is sort of the Pendragon version of a Sanity roll), so they were free to pass ahead. Their Honor rolls were to see if they would pass through the flames unharmed. The penalty for missing the first would have been an inability to continue. The penalty for missing the second would've been outright damage. Oftentimes, magical adventures in Pendragon test one or more traits or passions, and sometimes rather unusual ones at that. It's part of what makes them magical. ;)

      As for the knights being non-plussed by treasure turning to leaves, I figure they've all grown up hearing stories of faerie gold and whatnot. I don't think it would be too shocking to them to encounter it in the flesh, as it were.

      And yeah, poor Brendan! Seems like every week someone's singled out to be fortune's fool.

  2. Sir Cynrain being the most valorous when confronted with the fiery stair, and as a result being the one to defeat the knight with the griffin (Knight with the Griffin?) is remarkably appropriate, given that he is (as was pointed out on an earlier podcast) the breakout star of the story so far. It would just *have* to happen that way in the romance that some later person is writing about all this.

    Mind you, I don't know that Chr├ętien de Troyes would have built a story around an obsession with breeding very large horses, although if he did Sir Cynrain would presumably end up learning how to balance horse-breeding with married love.

    1. Yeah, I don't think "courtly horse-breeding" is going to have the same cachet as courtly love, but who knows? :D

  3. I really liked the tower adventure. Was that something you created, or was it from a sourcebook?

    1. David is running through the primary sourcebook- the great pendragon campaign.