Monday, November 23, 2020

'Hope You Guessed My Name' - Further Mediations on The Stormbringer rpg & OSR Campaign Memories

Rogue Mistress presents a high-powered, dangerous campaign for either the Stormbringer or Hawkmoon roleplaying games. Rogue Mistress features eight chapters, comprehensive listings of new weapons, additional races from which new adventurers can be created, plentiful illustrations, plans, and diagrams, and new rules and clarifications for the Stormbringer roleplaying game."

We were feeling pretty good having just double crossed Dog crazed NPC mercenary & all around bad ass. Back at our hotel things were quiet for a bit & unlike Dungeons & Dragons games we needed some down time to actually rest, buy equipment, & start looking around this world. This session picked right up from here. 
We had made our way to Albyon a sorta of quisi European world of the million spheres. The technological level was 16th century European so  the rise of Western civilization and the Age of the Islamic Gunpowders where in full swing. We had seen Elric & Moonglum leave which was fine with us because had absolutely no intention of returning to the Young Kingdoms except for a flying visit or two. We didn't just have one chaos lord on our collective asses but two at this point. 

We as players knew that we were breaking the Rogue Mistress's adventure plot train. But as players we had to recruit other PC's, so we dived into the deepest  darkest hives of scum & villainy for our new PC's. We found three mercenaries in the employ of a priest of Law who were getting a bit sick of their current 'gig' & then hooked up with Edward Burns Jones a black wizard of the deepest dye. Edward Burns Jones was an agent of chaos. Specifically he was an agent of 'Satan' & apparently we had some issues with 'Lucifer'! Edward Burns Jones was named after the painter & the PC looked like his classic art piece 'The Wizard'. The girl in the painting is Edward's demon of desire familiar. 

According to our latest recruit 'Lucfier'  the version that appeared in Michael Moorcock's The War Hound & The World's Pain. And we knew there was gonna be Hell to pay. This wasn't an entity we had any desire to meet up with. We had only a day or so to get our next recruit before 'Lucy' caught up with us. And we had a member of the Bon Vek family in our midst. 

So we did the next best thing & signed up with the Rogue Mistress as crew with the promise of a new recruit to join us. That night this bitch showed up & we got our demon hearts in our PC's! We doomed to follow her orders & major plot point came in!? Umm no! 

We still had a major boon by Satan in our back pocket! And that was called in! He removed the demon hearts! And our party had a major mad on against this sorceress! So we had an enchantment that made her think we were still implanted with the hearts. We then had another encounter with 'Dog' & his mercenaries! 
The party managed to recruit a 'down on his luck' martial arist, assassin, & former servant of Chaos named Fo Fuk Fenn. Fo was a disgraced  Shaolin monk half Chinese & Irish who had turned to the worship of Chaos after losing everything during the Boxer Rebellion. He was based on a miniature that I've never seen after '91. The closest that I've seen are some of the Foundry's   1st China War (1st Opium War) 1839-42 miniatures. 

Fo had turned to drink after losing his demon weapon staff & had washed out with his old mercenary outfit. He had horrific visions of our party dying in a Hellish landscape. Our DM had recently read Nifft the Lean (Nifft the Lean #1)  by  .  The book is definitely Appendix N worthy & sorta of Sword & Sorcery meets Journey To the Center of the Underworld written by H.P. Lovecraft. Shea's dialogue & storytelling are top notch. 

We as players had a feeling that Satan's part of Hell was modeled on Shea's vision! We got back to our hotel rooms & there was a letter from Karl Edgar Wagner's Kane warning us of the monumental planar shifts about to happen on the plane. We reported for duty aboard the Rogue Mistress in the morning. Our problems were only starting! 

We went back to hotel to collect our equipment, check out, & made a short cut between some woods. And Morgan Le Fey snagged us! Where was the ring she demanded?! Why have you aligned yourself with the dark powers?! Morgan was in her goddess aspect and it was only the intervention of Marie De Pistola & her crew because we were late that managed to escape! This NPC was based on "Venus between Terminal Gods" 1895 Drawing with india ink by Aubrey Beardsley. Found at the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford, United Kingdom.

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