Saturday September 27, we had our third installment of the Fallen Empire campaign based in the City of Port. And thanks to random tables, we were able to generate a whole fun night of adventure.
I had prepared to go back into the castle, Castle Triskelion. But I did know that soon (2-3 sessions) it would be Summer and new events would be happening in the city.
So for my own benefit, I rolled up what kinds of things would be happening in the summer so I could put some clues or foreshadowing in. I got:
- large war (reasons TBD)
- shortage (food or water)
Then we all made random die rolls and we generated a rumor - that the Rugg family keeps a monster in the basement and is feeding people to it.
I decided that since one of the players owns a pub that's their base of operations, ale, wine and spirits were in good supply, but the BEER had stopped flowing!
The players immediately realized that the beer shortage was a cool mystery and possibly an opportunity for windfall profits.
So they went the the biggest brewery in the city and heard that the reason beer has dried up is that their main source of malted barley had stopped. That source is the fields about a day and a half out of town.
The dwarves rode out and found that there was an enemy army out there hanging out and burning the fields. about 500 peasants were displaced and about 100 were dead or dying.
One of the dwarves is friends with the head of the Merchants' Guild. He secured space for the refugees in the old disused custom houses.
The Wizard and her man went to the university to tell them about the army, but the head was somewhat unconcerned, saying that someone else would handle it- but if not they would.
The other dwarf went to the head of the Dockworkers and found that he knew what was going on and was going to send his men in exchange for money.
Both dwarves were asked by their guild heads to become captains in the new army.
Finally the unguilded mercenary man spent a few days hunting down a merchant ship, some maritime weaponry, and some marines. They took the ship and went to two towns down the bay and up a river and came back with 10,000 GP of beer which they then sold for 20,000 GP.
They also met some Mermen and became real estate brokers on the way.
All in all a very Chris Tamm adventure and one that went better than I could imagine. All from scratch and a couple of random rolls.