GUEST POST: OLD SCHOOL ESSENTIALS CAMPAIGN: SESSION 9 (MY DAUGHTER'S CAMPAIGN)
Recapping the 1981 Moldvay Basic (aka "B/X") D&D campaign I'm running for my daughter, using a combination of my original boxed set from back in the day along with the newer Old School Essentials rules set continues with this last installment, written by one of the players. I'll call her "H" and she is one of the last two remaining players who have yet to write a recap. Last month's recap was written by the only other adult in the group (besides me).
It's always fun for me to see the different styles of how the players write, and what they choose to focus on. In this particular case, the session was almost all combat along with some pursuit of a fleeing, bleeding monster. So, this particular recap focuses a lot on "who hit whom" and what happened as a result of those actions.
"H" plays Claira Boba, the Elf, one of the cousins of Holly Short and Cora Netflix (my daughter's character). These three girls all decided when making their characters to have them all be cousins from the same village, Wibbleville. Shortly after the session, "H" sent me an email asking me if she could use the name of the monsters they fought (orcs), because I kept accidentally using that name during the session but then would remind them that their characters don't know what those creatures are. However, I told her that one of their retainers, the gruff and direct Gruumsch the Dwarf, could tell them that his Dwarven people refer to the creatures as "orcs," which in their language means "warriors of the dead god." I just made that up on the spot, but I thought it sounded suitably cool and evocative. From a world-building standpoint, it started to help me define the role of orcs in my campaign. I came up with this by reading the etymology of the word" orc" online. Interestingly, I found two very different origins in terms of the original language (one claimed it came from the Greek word "orkos" which means oaths) and one claimed it came from the Anglo-Saxon word "orc-nea" meaning monster or demon). Both definitions eventually pointed back to the Roman god Orcus (related to the Greek god Hades), the god of oaths and the dead. So, I just took "god of the dead" and reversed that to "the dead god." It'll be interesting to see how that plays into the culture of the orcs in the campaign moving forward.
As always with the other recaps I've shared, I would really appreciate any feedback and comments you'd like to offer so I can share them with the young 12 year-old girl who wrote this recap. The kids especially get a lot of happiness and encouragement from hearing what people have to say about their writing.
I particularly liked "H"'s detailed descriptions of the combat, which helps the reader to picture what was really happening. She also included some comments on what her character thought or how she perceived what was going on. You'll also see something unexpected happens at the very end of the session based on the actions of one of the players.
This session's adventures took place in Cave B of the Caves of Chaos in B2: Keep on the Borderlands, which I've modified some based on the excellent "Caves of Carnage" series of videos on the DungeonCraft YouTube Channel.
For more information on our previous adventures:
- Influences: Some of the Weird Fantasy tropes I'm adding to the campaign
- Session 0 and Session 1, including what I learned and decided to change after our first game
- Our Third Session (I never posted the recap I did for our second session)
- Our Fourth Session
- Our Fifth Session
- Our Sixth Session
- Our Seventh Session
- Our Eighth Session
- General Notes on Playing D&D with Tweens
|A page from my DM Notebook|
The plans for this session. You can
see I had a flowchart with 3 possible
outcomes just so I could be prepared.
The players ended up choosing the
left-path, but now I have the other
ones ready for the future.
SESSION 9 SHORT RECAP (by Martin)
|A sample of how I copied H's recap into a fun|
template to make it look like a vintage journal.
FULL RECAP (as written by "H" in the character of Claira Boba, the Elf)