The Pathfinder game we usually run on sundays was cancelled again due to illness, so I whipped out my DCC and continued those players we had onward from the ending of Sailors on a starless sea.
When the last session ended the party had scrambled aboard the ship as the ziggurat was crashing into the underground sea. I must have done a good job describing the danger because the PCs hauled ass straight to the ship and ignored lots of coinage laying about as well as replacement weapons. A Lawful character dragged along the Chaos Lord armor but as soon as he recognized its obvious alignment and the implications of using it, he tossed it overboard; to the horror of the chaotic PCs
The interlude was a description of the sea draining into a tunnel that the destruction had opened, taking the ship with it...like a toilet flushing...or the intro to Land of the lost.
The PCs slowly, painfully awakened to find themselves laying in the mud on the bank of the river in Doom of The Savage Kings.
THe party chose to hide in the bushes and watch the unfolding drama as the young lady was left as sacrifice at the standing stones. THis caused them to meet and defeat the first incarnation of the Hound. Best moment - Dwarf hands the inkeepers daughter a pickaxe so she can help fight the hound. The girl promptly flees down the road, pick in hand.
from ther the PCs largely drove the story without much help from me, other than dropping rumors "Oh the inkeepers daughter you say? well lets talk to him" "There is a witch? I bet she knows whats up"
so without encountering the Jarl and only a brief overnight stay in town, the PCs headed out for the burial mound. Even though I offered them ample opportunity to get garden variety dungeoneering supplies: torches, ropes, etc. They only opted to get a flint and steel, one flask of oil and a rope and grapple.
the rope plus river plus many bad rolls led to a lot of hijinks crossing the river. And a lot of wasted resources (heh)
at the tomb the water spirit beat them up even though they found the bundles of offerings - they had no one in the group whom I could drop any hints about sacrifice to. and they didnt look anywhere but the door. Sadly they didnt run down the tunnel so the spirit could wash them into the pit. Boo.
(side note: unless you make a concerted effort to do so, sketching an overhead view of the business end of the burial mound will look like a dick. every. time. I am twelve)
the party surveyed the pit and didnt like it one bit. a PC managed to snag a dooray down the hall with the grapple but the thief while poking about for secret pit controls, slipped and slid down the pit funnel. SHe managed to catch herself at the lip...but missed badly when the rope was lowered to her.
One PC down