Dungeon World Session #3
(Logged by Chris)
Lowest Attribute: XP Bonus
The heroes are taking refuge in an old, abandoned underground house after narrowly escaping from the Magmin. They are ready to make camp in their temporary hideout in order to get some rest after their fierce battle.
Mina goes up to Ajax to thank her for her protection. During the conversation, Mina notices Ajax’s burns from the Magmin encounter, which Ajax brushes off as no big deal. Mina suggests the group camp out for the night.
Mina and Ajax look around the old building. Mina notices that some things have already been taken away by some mysterious other party. She and Ajax do manage to find a basement to the building, and feels that it would be a safe hideout for the night.
Ajax finds a man in the basement, afraid and curled into a ball. The old man panics, but Ajax and Mina reassure him that he’s safe. The man introduces himself as Triscan, and asks for something to eat.
He originally came from Sun’s Peak, and was sent to excavate the mine. Dr. Mechano learns that Triscan was sent here by Cornelius, the same entrepreneur that hired him.
He also informs us that underground cultists have captured Princess Kumari and are planning to sacrifice her.
However, the Magmin outside pose too much of a threat to make a direct assault on the tower right now. The team decides to make camp and wait for the commotion outside to die down.
Ajax lights her white candle, illuminating the basement. It burns brighter than any candle she’s ever seen, and issues a comforting warmth. Mina asks Mechano about the mysterious voice he heard outside; He denies having heard anything, while Mina explains that the voice said it could save her family, expressing doubt and confusion over the experience. Triscan, meanwhile, explains that it’s likely the voice of the cultists’ dark god, and begs the party to escape rather than trudging forward. Triscan also explains that the cultists worship A’Shamasa, much to the surprise of the party.
Before lying down for the night, Mina talks to Go’Zhal. She explains that courage is about doing what you must do even if you’re afraid, and that there’s no shame in being afraid of death. She tells her a story about her and Ajax’s ancestors, which inspires Go’Zhal to rethink her position a bit. She says that she won’t understand some things unless she lives through it herself, and Mina responds that because of that, she should live a long time.
The party goes to bed. While keeping watch, Lucia hears a strange noise coming from upstairs. A deep dark voice shouts, “Lucia, you cannot find her! She is mine!” Then, her sense of direction toward Princess Kumari fades away and she can no longer detect where she is.
Party except Mechano levels up. Mina learns Healing Song, Ajax learns Ironhide, and Lucia learns Smite.
Lucia tells the party about the mysterious voice, and Mina sings a song to try to free her mind of its enchantment. It doesn’t work.
Triscan accompanies the party and shares his knowledge of the Magmin. They agree to leave him in the basement while they go to the tower. Mina leaves him with a sword just to be safe.
Upon leaving the house, the team as surrounded by Magmin.
Mechano tries to make peace with the Magmin, but fumbles his translation and insults and enrages them instead.
The leader of the Magmin, Ignasio, introduces himself. He confronts Mechano, and asks who he is. He says that this group is different from the cultists. He offers them a trade; Mechano gives him his Pyromatic Explosion Flasks, and Ignasius gives Mechano Vials of Healing.
The team approaches the tower, an imposingly tall building. They feel an intense heat and smell what seems like burning flesh, and hear a throbbing sound from within the glowing orb atop the tower. Thinking the front door is probably boobytrapped, they look for an alternate entrance to the tower.
They find a ventilation system to crawl through instead.
In the vent, Mechano gets sick from the noxious smell. Mina can’t bear the smell and goes through a nearby opening instead, as the party follows her.
They arrive in a boiler room full of machinery.
Battle (Insane Cultist):
Inside, they find a cultist, who aims a gun at them. He orders the party to stand back as he alerts the others.
Mechano fakes an eye injury, before shooting him with his Electric Beam Monocle, which hits him square in the chest and causes him to drop his gun.
Ajax uses the opportunity to bull rush the guard.
He’s sent over the railing, and a crack can be heard as he hits the ground.
The party sees a doorway out of the boiler room, and exits through it. It leads to a staircase leading upward into another room.
In the next room, the group sees four people sitting around a table. It’s an ornate chamber with statues of unidentified humanoids. It’s a large room.
Mechano jury-rigs the fallen guard’s rifle with some conveyer treads to create a rudimentary gunner-robot.
Mina tries to discern whether any of the guards are more important or have a higher rank than the others while Mechano is cobbling his creation together. She sees that one of the them is the priest she met earlier in town.
Battle (Cultists + Priest):
Mechano sends his gunner robot into the room and blasts one of the guards with his newly-modified machine gun. It blasts the three other men, but the priest dodges and hides behind a table. Mechano’s robot shorts out and explodes, much to his emotional strife.
Mina rushes into the cloud of smoke from the explosion to apprehend the priest.
She grabs the priest but begins coughing from the smoke. She tries pulling the priest out, but he whips around and hits her in the face with his rifle, breaking free of Mina’s grip.
Ajax has had enough and rushes the table, swinging her ax at it. She inhales smoke and gets sick, but smashes through the table anyway. The priest yells in fear as Ajax crashes through, releasing a hand from the ax and swings at him to knock him down.
Ajax grabs the priest, who continually thrashes about and hits her in the struggle.
Mechano blows the smoke out of the room with his Steam Propulsion Gloves.
Lucia reasons with the priest, using her authority. The priest calms down, and again panics when he sees Mina, mistaking her for Princess Kumari. Mina slaps him in anger.
The priest begs forgiveness, saying he was only following orders. Lucia says that his punishment will be meager as long as he cooperates, and asks for the princess’s whereabouts. The priest lets them know she’s at the top of the tower. She is going to be sacrificed. The priests believe that this is necessary for the Phoenix King’s resurrection. The ritual will happen today, as the solstice has already begun.
The priest is afraid of his fellow cultists branding him a traitor, and his god tormenting him, so Lucia uses her leverage over the priest to convince him to help. To convince the priest, she heals him of his battle wounds, restoring him to strength and convincing him to temporarily join their party.
The priest tells us his name: Garin.
The team loots the corpses of the other guards, taking golden necklaces, a gun, and ammo. Mechano arms himself with the gun.
Garin leads the team to another staircase, getting them past the other guards. There are windows nearby, filled with lights, wires, etc.
Garin asks the team to let him distract the guards for them, but Lucia feels he’s lying so that he can escape and confronts him about it. Lucia makes Garin swear an oath in the name of the Phoenix King to not betray them, but he’s clearly insincere. So Ajax just threatens him instead, changing his mind after breaking his wrist.
Garin distracts the other cultists and the team makes it into the next room.
They arrive at a locked door, and Mechano examines it. The door is covered in prints of golden beetles.
Mina pulls out her Party Lockpicks and picks the lock, opening the door.
Battle (Golden Beetle Horde):
The prints of the beetles on the door start glowing, burning with a blinding light. The shapes themselves become physical tangible creatures that begin to grow on the door and fall onto the floor and breathe fire at the team.
Ajax swings her ax at the beetles and does some damage.
Mina sings her Song of Battle to power up Mechano before his attack to charge up its power.
Mechano aims his Electric Beam Monocle at the Golden Beetle, causing it to explode with electrical energy.
Lucia hacks and slashes at another Golden Beetle. Lucia then wades into the horde of beetles, cleaving right through the next beetle, seeing flames inside of it before she flings it off her sword.
Mina reaches into her rations and throws bags of water at the beetles. It causes the beetles to scream and back off.
Mechano notices the beetles are weak against water, and he also notices the door is the spawn point for the beetles. He finds a water pipe behind a wall panel and shoots it with the rifle. It lets out a burst of water that hits the beetles, but knocks Mechano over into the fray. While Mechano is shooting, he notices that the stock of the rifle says “Cornelius Incorporated”.
Ajax pulls Mechano out of the horde of beetles, letting her guard down and getting burned in the process. Mechano yells for them to destroy the door.
Lucia runs toward the door but takes damage along the way from the beetles.
Mina plays her Song of Healing for Lucia, healing her of the damage she sustained from the horde of beetles.
Lucia begins dismantling the door while the team holds off the beetles.
Ajax rushes through the beetles and takes a lot of damage, but crashes through the door with her axe, knocking it off its hinges and chopping it to bits. The beetles stop spawning, and the ones that have appeared already melt into magma.
Ajax is in danger of being overtaken by the magma, but Dr. Mechano engages his Magnetic Field Boots and runs over the magma and grabs Ajax, pulling her out of the way.
Guards rush the team from outside of the room.