We continue our Barbarians of the Ruined Earth campaign!
Last session we left off with the group setting off to explore the ruins of Santa Mo!
Chad– Medical Robot (named Marko Tron), rides a Giant Snailbadger. Life Event: Has trouble understanding why humans whine so much, has mouthed off about it and been chased out of several villages. Trinket: World War II army helmet.
John– Barbarian (named Dagor)- rides on a Giant Snailbear. Life Event: Mother was killed by croc-men when he was a child. Now he fights for the underdog! Trinket: Silver dagger given by his father.
Liam– Sorcerer (named Fulgur Tenebris) Crazy Sorcerer appearance- grey skin, grey hair, cat eyes, jagged nails, yellow teeth, body changes color with emotion (50 shades of grey), has a metalic staff with spider web etching. Power manifestation black orbs with grey lightning. Life Event: Family was pushed out of village because of your birth. Trinket: Golden necklace given to denote remarkable birth. Rides one of the last Ancient Earth elephants (also has grey skin and yellowing tusks). Rules for Spellcasting here.
Fletch– Urchin class (wasn’t able to play today). More on this character later.
Omar– Death Priest (named Morg). Wears totally Gothic stuff and has bone shoulder plates, a bone mace, and a Trump-like demeanor. He was once the ruler of a village of humans, but was chased out and exiled.
Nate– Vek (Anthropomorphic dinosaur- raptor- pretty feathers. Named Valeran the Vek). He thinks humans are savages. Life Event: Father was a brilliant Vek who understood Stupendous Science. Father was eventually killed by a Sorcerer. Trinket: Headdress of bone, wood, and feathers. Rides a camel.
Gene- Cougar Beastman (called Fanth). Vicious fighter. Watched many of his tribe vaporized in front of his eyes by the evil magic of a Sorcerer.
The group got on their mounts (Chad on a Badgersnail, John on a Bearsnail. and Liam on an elephant) and set off to the ruins of Santa Mo.
The group reached the top of a hill on the Ancient Earth Route 66 and the ruins of Santa Mo came into view, sprawling before them as well as the massive, beautiful body of water calle d the “Oshan.”
As the group took a moment to look at the view, Liam and Chad heard the rumbling of an engine coming their way. Chad immediately moved his badgersnail off the road and took cover behind the remnants of a wall. Liam summoned a sand storm on the road (depleting his magic for the day already- ouch!) to block their view and hinder whomever was coming. John was overcome by the sight of the Oshan and just kept exclaiming about it, even after the sandstorm manifested before his eyes.
A broken-down, rustbucket truck pulled into view with four men wearing leather pant, boots, and black suspenders. They exclaimed at the wall of sand and started looking around. John, suddenly realizing what was happening moved himself and his mount towards Chad. The raiders then became aware of the situation as Chad fired his laser pistol at one, killing him.
Two raiders charged at Chad and John while the other charged at Liam. The two made it to John and Chad and John gutted the one on him and Chad missed the one attacking him.
The raider running towards Liam smashed a lantern on his head and went up in flames, giggling gleefully. He jumped onto Liam’s leg (who was still on his elephant mount) and started burning Liam, “Join me… in the flames!” they crazed raider exclaimed as his face started popping, melting, and hissing.
The next round Chad managed to punch the one on him (for a whopping 1 damage). The raider said, “ooooowwww. That hurt.” The raider looked at his fallen comrade laying at John’s feet and saw the burnt charred one on Liam scream out in a final gasp of pain and fall to the ground like a charred rodent. “Uuumm.. Hi! Welcome to the ruins of Santa Mo! I’ll be your tour guide this evening!”
Chad (who we are now calling Binary, as it’s easier than saying 100101 each time) hoisted the raider up by the leg and shook him like a rag doll (he critically succeeded his Strength check). “Tell me about the area and maybe I’ll let you live!”
I had Chad roll a d6 (he got a 3) to determine how much info the raider would know/spill. The raider informed them of a group of scavengers that watches the entrance to the ruins as well as the small settlement Fang’s Point. “It’s a bunch of people from that tower, Nukatomi Plaza! They’re from the Slums and Feral blocks!” He described a dilapidated building which the humans at Feral’s Point tried to expand to, but ran into trouble and had to abandon it. The raider described a new base at the water’s edge, called Pirate’s Point, “I haven’t been there! But I hear it’s a rough crowd! And… they have vehicles that travel on the water! Can- can you IMAGINE such a thing!?” the raider said, laughing hysterically even while hoisted upside down. Finally, he mentioned tales of a Sorcerer by the name of Scarfious wandering the ruins- vile temperament and powerfully magical. “That’s all I know! I swear!”
Chad dropped him, then drug him over to his mount and tied him up over the back of his mount’s shell. “Awww man! Come on! This- this is embarrassing! What are the other guys gonna say when they see me like this!”
The group headed down to the ruins and slowly entered what clearly was a main thoroughfare in the golden days of Ancient Earth. John took point and noticed two guns pointed at him from opposite sides of the street. A booming voice rang out, “Who are you and why do you enter the ruins of Santa Mo?”
“For Adventure!” Shouted John.
“For shits and giggles!” Shouted Chad.
“Because I want to…” murmured Liam.
A powerfully built barbarian stepped out from behind a doorway. “I was unaware that robots shitted or giggled.” he said pondering. “I am Vog. Leader of this band. Why do you bring a Sorcerer into our home? We do not trust his kind.”
“We trust him.” Said John.
After a few moments and a few more words were exchanged, Vog told his group to stand down. A 15 year old female Urchin and an old man (think of Shaggy if he was 62 and had twitchy eyes) each came out of buildings on either side of the group, both carrying crude-looking rifles. Vog introduced the girl as Spaz and the man as Knut (pronounce “nut”). Coming out from a building in front was a grizzled man who grunted at the group. “And this is Grunt. He doesn’t speak much seeing as how raiders cut out his tongue and ate it in front of him.”
The group set off toward’s Fang’s Point.
To be continued in Part Two!