As you may have read, our three-year Heroes & Other Worlds campaign came to its dramatic (and rather bittersweet) conclusion this week, with all - bar one - of the player-characters meeting their end... and their world being irrevocably changed into something rather hell-like.
The Chronicles Of Cidri would not have been possible without our monthly gaming group, The Tuesday Knights, who portrayed members of the adventuring party known as Cobblethwaite's Companions.
Kevin played Davian Battlebeard, the nigh-indestructible one-dwarf army, who fell during the party's final stand this week (cut down by a pair of flying monkey-demons)
Simon played Harry Cobblethwaite, the halfling bard who, for most of the campaign, was the group's morale officer (boosting their skills with his angelic voice and lute playing), but ultimately discovered his fate was to be The Chosen One. He gave up his life-energy to open a portal to "elsewhere".
Erica played Holly, the naturalist and scholar, who was killed in an avalanche in The Gargoyle Mountains. Erica then took over Dirkin (a GMPC that had been run as a 'second character' by several people), the brother of...
Peter played Kirchin, the forgetful physicker and swordmaster, who died - with his brother - in a hail of arrows from flying monkey-demons during the group's attempt to escape through the inter-dimensional portal Harry had opened.
Clare played Marigold Weaver, an apprentice sorceress, whose storied life included being tricked by The Witch Of The Woods into bearing the spawn that became The Yellow King (the "god" that eventually transformed the face of Cidri). Marigold was the only member of the party to escape through the magic portal.
Meredith played Imogen, a joyfully stabby thief, who left the group when Meredith and her husband moved to New Zealand in mid-2015.
Of course, as well as my enthusiastic players, I also need to thank my "behind-the-screen" help, without whom I'd never have been able to pull this epic campaign off:
- +c.r. brandon for creating Heroes & Other Worlds in the first place;
- +Tim Shorts for his endless supply of mini-adventures that formed the backbone of the campaign;
- +Simon Forster for his magnificent maps of Bendwyn (the PC's home town) and Southern Elyntia (where the bulk of the adventures took place);
- +Craig Oxbrow for the stunning cinematic opening sequence (at the top of the article) he put together based on the actors chosen to represent the PCs; and
- Neil Wilson for painting the miniatures that graced our table.
|A selection of metal minis, painted with Neil, mixed in with prepainted plastics, |
depicting the Final Stand of Cobblethwaite's Companions
And last, but by no means, least, I have to thank my patient wife, Rachel, for supplying (and cooking) the pizzas every month, tolerating our geeky banter, and supporting me and my strange hobby.
Next month we're planning a small party to mark the end of the campaign - and celebrate my impending 50th birthday - then after that the Tuesday Knights will start thinking about Knight City and our proposed Villains & Vigilantes 3.0: Mighty Protectors campaign.