THE RESCUE OF SVEN JOHANSSEN
When we last left our intrepid adventurers, they had battled vile and evil creatures on the island of Coatzaco. They boarded their ships and sailed out of the harbor to regroup, only to find a squadron of ships sent by the Governor was waiting to intercept them! Cannons roared like thunder and tempered steel flashed like lightning as men clashed with men off the island coast on the glorious 21st of June.
Luck would be with our characters that day, crippling several of the warships and taking the flagship as a prize by boarding action. Petru and a small prize crew transferred to the flagship only to find the Governor himself onboard! An epic hand to hand combat ensued as the ship drifted toward the island.
From the deck of the Gimlet, Captain Dwailyn could hear the actions from the flagship. He knew Petru was a seasoned seadog and could handle himself, but there was something in the back of his mind that was bothering him. Was it that Petru could be in need of assistance? No, Petru’s capable of taking control of his situation. Was it the fact that the Governor’s ships were waiting in ambush as if they knew we were here all along? No, that can’t be possible, chances of them knowing our exact heading when we left Lion’s Port are slim to none. Was it all the booty and the 400 gold coins that sit in the Captain’s quarters? Aye, that’s it! A very nice payoff for the crew after facing what they went through on that cursed plot of sand!
Wait…the crew… Dwailyn did a visual check of the crew on board - Chun, Little Jim, Doc, Pankin, Sven… Where in the hell is Sven? A frantic search of the decks revealed no Sven! In fact none of the crew had seen Sven since the landing party hit Coatzaco’s shore. Sven’s still there! We have to go back and find him!
Dwailyn assembles Chun, Doc, Little Jim and some other crew members as a rescue party. As they discuss a plan, Chun mentions a temple marked _ _ ZOD _ _ on one of the maps he acquired from the island. It’s determined that this is where they will start looking for Sven and they won’t stop until he’s found – dead or alive!
Are you willing to take up the quest to find Sven? Does the thought of returning to the island make your skin crawl? Do you have your brown pants on? Don’t bother, they’ll be brown at some point, but a red shirt might be handy.
The Secondhand Lions gathered for the annual Halloween Heroquest game and this time we revisited our pirate themed re-skinning of this game. It has been a full year and the tales of the brave Flashing Steel gang are growing numerous and vivid. We were heading back into the jungle island of Coatzaco to rescue a friend. The game was a dungeon crawl and was played with the full Heroquest mechanics. Unfortunately no visual images survived the dank and horrendous caverns of the tomb below the island.
The synopsis however was a huge butcher's bill and a very vivid Halloween horror tale. Dwailyn crawled out of the dungeon at the end of the night dragging Petru's arrow riddled corpse followed by an egregiously wounded Sven. Left in the howling undead mound of skeletal warriors were Chun, Doc and Pankin. The last sounds were of gunshots and the slicing clash of many scythe wielding skeletons as the lost disappeared in the maze.
We lost the "Rapier of Despair" in the final run for safety. It was left behind with Chun as he tried to hold off a zombie rush that outnumbered him 12 to 1. Pankin got greedy and went into a room against the best wishes of Dwailyn. "There has to be great prizes in those chests! This adventure is not over," were his last words as a failed attempt at unlocking a chest animated about 12 skeletal warriors all around him and Doc.
Great times with the best of friends. Comradery and an annual gaming tradition.
The night ended with a little box hockey. Caroms on speed. More of that in another post.