July 18, 2016

An Underwater Campaign

About 11 months ago, I decided I wanted to play an OSR RPG with my daughter, one on one. She was 14 then and we decided to use Basic Fantasy with some of the rules from Sine Nomine Publishing for solo roleplaying. Our campaign setting was all going to be in the ocean. We looked through the player character choices in the D&D supplement PC3: The Sea People and she liked the shark-kin. Using that and an AD&D supplement Sea of Fallen Stars, we were off!

We started out with her character being a survivor from a kraken attack and then going to the capital city of the ocean , Myth Nantar. There, she went on a mission with a young trition and they rescued from other shark-king from some pirates. My daughter then played all 3 shark-kin as they went exploring and found some sea goblins and others who were kidnapping magic-users. Investigating this, all but one of the shark-kin died so it went back to its home tribe, trying to enlist help. Instead, it found a coup had happened in the tribe. Finding some friends, the shark-kin PCs got the former king back in power but then were disappointed to find out the king was going to war with Myth Nantar! They fled the tribe and decided to warn the city of what was coming.

After warning the city, the shark-kin were then sent to find out what had happened to great magician friend of the city that had gone missing. They eventually find him, about to be sacrificed to a kraken! They rescue him and he repays their kindness with a few magical items and they go back to Myth Nantar to see what they can do.

They find the city under siege so they help fight off some invaders and find that aboleths are helping the shark-kin army. The aboleth tells them that it is trying to fight off the kraken and needs the magic-users to become powerful enough to stop it. The PC decide to fight the aboleth and defeat it but lose another PC. Also, before leaving to get help, the PCs see a bunch of deep ones summoning a kraken. The surviving shark-kin decided to raise an army of magic-users, each with magic missile so the magic items are sold and a 100 magic-users are enlisted in the quest.

They go back and find the kraken has destroyed Myth Nantar and is digging through the rubble. It tells them telepathically that it is going to open a portal to the plane of water elementals so it can drown the entire world and rule the planet. Initiative is rolled and magic missiles go flying but this kraken has magic resistance which wards off some of them. It was a great fight with 89 of the magic-users and one of the PC shark-kin dying but the kraken was finally destroyed. The PCs will now be famous if we return to the campaign.