Sunday, August 24, 2014

[Pendragon] The Great Pendragon Campaign: Year 511 - Retribution

A young king sits on the throne, promulgating strange new ideas of knighthood, yet the ghosts of the past continue to haunt Salisbury and its knights. A triptych of mediations on retribution and the quality of mercy.


Dave S.

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  2. That was a good way for Sir Arron(sp?) to retire, considering he actually died from his wounds on the drawbridge, seeing as he applied his shield bonus to an attacker he ignored. [Healed to 5, but actually at -1.]

    Normally, I'm for game mistakes being hand waved away, but the chance for Sir Arron to be visiting the pilgrimage chapel to see what the fuss is about and having that spear wound reopen stigmata style killing him would be pretty cool.

    The Lord having kept him alive long enough to save the Baron's soul even adds to the story.

    1. I'll have to re-listen to that combat section, things tend to get pretty hectic, numbers-wise during play. Thanks for the catch!

    2. Thomas is right--I caught the error myself, but it was later in the session, so I let it slide. Basically, Aeron was hit twice by secondary attackers; you caught yourself the second time when you were about to apply the shield bonus, but the first time the shield bonus was applied.

      I kind of like the idea of a stigmata!

    3. I'd be willing to hear something to that effect over the 511 winter phase.

    4. He did also only get four First Aid rolls when he had five wounds, so there's a chance that last wound can get healed. That is a pretty awesome way to go out though.

      Aeryn was tripping death flags left and right that entire adventure. His chapel is going to be a pilgramage site, somehow. His squire is going to be promoted to take over for him, he's talked about retirement, he's played by Dave S... there really was no hope for him.

      Also it seems like your iTunes link isn't working, I had to come here to get the download.

    5. Yeah, there's something weird going on with the feed link. I've got it fixed on this end, but iTunes isn't reflecting it yet. Hopefully it will soon.

  3. I had the exact same moment of confusion as Larkins when I thought that the roll of Hospitality vs Love of Family was for protecting the people in your hall vs ensuring the safety of your immediate family. Chalk another one up for the Esoteric Order of Hospitality!

    The scene with Wulfram throwing himself on the mercy of a maddened baron was pretty amazing though. I'll support that Hospitality change.

    1. My initial thought was that Archade (who I think has famous Hospitality) was so troubled by his brother's original insult to a guest that he felt compelled to turn him over. It's the sort of scrupulousness that an obsessive passion might compel.

      Overall, I think this might be my favorite episode so far. I'm pretty sure that it's the most genre-appropriate. I particularly liked how the two main episodes, although unrelated in themselves, ended up being linked as contrasting explorations of mercy and hospitality.