Book 2 covers the further adventures of the Aldelle Group in what became The Gate Saga. The write-up of Session 16 is where I started writing the notes as journal entries in my character's personal journal. The devotionals to Ra quickly appeared and I finally found Harkaitz's "voice" as a character.
Session 15 – Mystery at the Museum
Session 16 – Joining the Guild [Start of Harkaitz's Journal]
Session 17 – Demons and Devils, Oh My!
Session 18 – Devils at the Gate
Session 19 – The Devil's Cave
Part 2: Against the Drow
Session 20 – The Forest of Angry Elves
Session 21 – Scouting the Barrow
Session 22 – First Steps
Session 23 – Sleeping Wednesday
Session 24 – "They trapped their own bedrooms."
Session 25 – Dragons and Goblins and Drow - oh my!
Session 26 – Shopping in Elftown
Session 27 - Descent into the Depths
Session 28 – Part 1: Storming the Gatehouse
Session 28 – Part 2: Sweeping the Barrow
Session 29 – Unexpected Allies
Session 30 – Entering the Vault
Sessions 31 and 32, Part 1 – Death of the Matriarch
Sessions 31 and 32, Part 2 – Return of the Vrock
Part 3: The Swamp Gate
Session 33 – Into the Uskar Desert
Session 34 – Into the Uskar Desert
Session 35 – Across the Waters and Into the Swamp
Session 36 – A Favor for a Favor
Session 37 – Tracking through the Swamp
Sessions 38 and 39 – The Swamp Gate
Session 40 – Swamp Revelations
Session 41 – R-and-R in the Forest of Angry Elves
Part 4: The Uskar and Mountain Gates
Session 42 – Into the Mountains and Split Session 43 – Across the Desert and a New Companion
Session 44 – Hiking to the Pyramid
Session 45 – The Pyramid, Top to Bottom
Session 46 – Bottom to Top Session 47 – Light and Darkness
Session 48 – The Thieves’ Bazaar
Session 49 – Temple to Throne
Session 50 – Wave of Undead
Session 51 – Mist, Fireballs, Statues, and Bone Heaps
Session 52 – Only the Penitent Man Shall Pass
Session 53 – The Unbeating Heart of Darkness Session 54 – The Vampire Side-Steps Us
Session 55 – Lucien, Meet Ra.
Part 5: Reclaiming the Terranor Gate
Sadly, I never typed up my session notes for the rest of the campaign. I got deep into writing my first novel and posted chapters of that for the next year . The last blog posting was on July 24, 2012, after Session 82, which was the last session of the entire campaign.
We lead an army made up of contingents from all those Harkaitz contacted, including the Drow and the surface elves and a couple of dragons. I vaguely remember the fight being hard won and we secured the last gate, saving the world.
Book 3 of the campaign was our characters establishing a colony for the kingdom on a major island far to the north. It wasn't as satisfying a campaign because we were too powerful for regular adventuring and the GM had no experience or guidelines for running a campaign where we settled down, established strongholds, and started doing the political end-game things D&D builds to. To quote myself, "We learned why a fresh sandbox setting isn't quite so challenging to characters with tons of money and magic to throw around."
Thank you for reading this. It was a lot of fun to play through. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed playing it.
Previous Parts of the Campaign
Book 1: Dyson's Delve