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17th Mar 2015, 6:00 AM
Chrono Chrys, Part 4
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Newbiespud 17th Mar 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
I don't really have a lot of mottos or sayings I subscribe to when it comes to tabletop gaming, but if I did have one, the DM's last line here would be pretty close to it.

To clarify, what Pinkie describes here is the post-death "journey through hell" session, an experience I've had at least twice. Anyone else?

39 Comments:

Toric 17th Mar 2015, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Gotta love that face Pinkie makes when she crushes RD's hopes.
Specter 17th Mar 2015, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Specter
Stair case to hell.

One of my dad's own creation; you start off with two stair cases, one is a giant stone staircase that descends into the depths of the land for miles, with each level containing a large arena. The second, a long, wooden, rickety stairs.

The second one also has two signs on/next to it that say "HELL" written in blood. To take these stairs, you will proceed a very long way down... until some pressure plates (the stairs themselves) go off, and unlatch under the entire party (weight dependent on how far you have to go), when you fall, you fall, for eternity, into nothingness.

...

This is what he made many years ago with the original D&D, and there were ever two survivors. Both who made a sign that said "HELL", and placed them before the stairs.
Digo 17th Mar 2015, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
I once had the party (they were 18th level, D&D 3.5) journey through the nine circles of Hell as described in Dante's Inferno. That was a load of fun because they had met a few old villains from way past adventures residing down there. :D

They did really well and managed not to get killed. And were smart enough not to piss off Satan and fight him. They did however have to fight some weird bosses, like a flying invisible evil shark with levels in Barbarian and a Dire Squirrel Swarm.
Mace Direwolf 17th Mar 2015, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
The party meeting deceased villains in the afterlife is a clever and interesting concept, I have to say.
Mykin 17th Mar 2015, 8:33 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
They did however have to fight some weird bosses, like a flying invisible evil shark with levels in Barbarian and a Dire Squirrel Swarm.

And you said my idea of Invisible Tax Collectors was mean...
Digo 17th Mar 2015, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
It totally is! The worst the invisible shark could you is bite you. :D
Sheepking 17th Mar 2015, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
...While Raging, and invisible.
Toric 17th Mar 2015, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
But at least they're honest about it.
Anakha 18th Mar 2015, 9:32 AM edit delete reply
At that Level EVERY Character is able to auire True Seeing, so this flying shark is actually quite funny (and nondanerous) ^^
FanOfMostEverything 17th Mar 2015, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Can't say I've ever done a journey through hell session. Heck, in my current game, no two characters have the same alignment, so the party would be hard-pressed to even find one another in the afterlife.

On a side note, I have to admire the DM's dedication and talent here. Voicing four distinct characters at once? Not at all easy.
Digo 17th Mar 2015, 8:55 AM edit delete reply
Very much not easy! Many times I'd have to hold up pictures of an NPC so that the players know which one was speaking.
LegendofMoriad 17th Mar 2015, 1:43 PM edit delete reply
I need to do that. I've got an overwhelming number of NPCs in my campaigns, and not enough to distinguish them by speech alone.

That, or get a series of hats...
Hubris Plus 17th Mar 2015, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
Not quite a journey through hell, but I did once TPK the party in the first session to kick off a campaign.

They'd accidentally gained the ire of the local mob boss and were facing steadily worse odds as he rolled in the heavy hitters. Every time a player died I'd toss a balled up piece of paper at them, containing a description of where they found themselves after dying.

Vast dark cathedral, single desk heaped with books and vials and a single candle, cloaked guy telling them to wait for everyone to get there. You know, the usual.

*one TPK and some mysterious exposition later*

"So if we drink this, we get our lives back?" *considering vial*

"Well, SOMEONE'S lives. Probably. I'm sure you'll work it out."

They woke up on the other side of the wrong planet, and then the universe wanted them to die.
Razomyure 17th Mar 2015, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
Razomyure
I've had a 13th level (convenient for what ended up happening) LG Hellfire Warlock (9 Lock, 3 Hellfire, 1 Binder for Naberius to offset Con damage), die a horribly painful death while the rest of the party survived, ask his god to send him to Baator instead, end up in Minauros, walk through the Worm of Minauros, then blast his way from there all the way up to Avernus and back to the material plane, killing the devil with ownership over his soul and making himself a new body along the way.

He came out three levels higher than the rest of the party.
Raxon 17th Mar 2015, 10:33 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Does it count if you plane shifted to hell to gather an army in order to storm heaven's gates and retrieve your best friend from the icy grip of death?

Done that. turns out it was unnecessary. Dude died before his work was done.

Alls I had to do was plane shift to heaven and retrieve him. Silly me, assuming heaven wouldn't relinquish a soul so easily.
Toric 17th Mar 2015, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
Think that maybe that's the reason Diablo wants to wreck the place in "Diablo III?"
Mykin 17th Mar 2015, 11:13 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
Yeah, heaven is pretty laxed with their rules around who stays and who goes. Heck, our Dragonborn died after falling a 100 feet and slamming into some Blue Ice and Helm saw fit to just throw his resurrected butt back into the party a few sessions later. My cleric didn't even have to beg him to do that. All he did was say that it would be nice if Helm did something for him every once in a while to make up for all the crap he had to go through on a daily basis.

The out of game explanation was that the player for the Dragonborn was the second DM at our game shop and we needed to split the group up so both DMs could get paid. This only lasted for a few sessions though before we had a drop off of people and everyone came together again. On an off-hand note, I've been picking up on a lot of ways to introduce and reintroduce people into the mid point of a campaign. Fun stuff.
LegendofMoriad 17th Mar 2015, 1:46 PM edit delete reply
I run a game at a college, part of the general Gaming Club. I make sure the game is open to whoever wants to join. I've gotten good at throwing people in on the fly. I've had them join as part of a local army, hired mercenaries, and a couple people were found after being kidnapped by monsters. Good times.
LegendofMoriad 17th Mar 2015, 1:46 PM edit delete reply
I run a game at a college, part of the general Gaming Club. I make sure the game is open to whoever wants to join. I've gotten good at throwing people in on the fly. I've had them join as part of a local army, hired mercenaries, and a couple people were found after being kidnapped by monsters. Good times.
Digo 17th Mar 2015, 12:32 PM edit delete reply
My players managed to do that without the army. They managed instead to bribe the guards in heaven.

Apparently everyone does have a price!
Blueblade 20th Mar 2015, 12:54 PM edit delete reply
Wait... Heavenly Angels in HEAVEN a place you go for NOT being Sinful were bested by their sense of GREED which is a SIN... Why am I not surprised. XD
Blueblade 20th Mar 2015, 12:51 PM edit delete reply
Yeah Heaven is kinda chill about that kinda stuff. Hell on the other hand... Let's just say you would need an army from Heaven or an entire oceans worth of Holy Water... Or both cause why not.
Winged Cat 17th Mar 2015, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
As it happens, I have just started a D&D (5E) campaign in the Dark Souls 'verse. The premise is that we "volunteered" to go to the realm of the dead to do a task. To get there, we had to die. (A certain goddess was promising a fate worse than death if we declined.) Special rituals were conducted so we would wake up as intact as possible, but even so...

For this campaign, our DM is tweaking "undead" for the mechanics of holy powers and the like: those that still retain their humanity, like the PCs, don't count, those without little humanity left to be NPCs (like most hollows you fight) do. There is something like a SAN track, which will tick down each time we die. Like most PCs, our party will try not to die.

(Naturally, at least one of the PCs seeks to introduce life to this realm.)
Disloyal Subject 17th Mar 2015, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Not... Hell, per se, but we did stumble down a rabbit hole and end up following a stone staircase a few miles downward. Going back up wasn't an option, since we found ourselves on an unfamiliar plane almost immediately, not that we understood that detail or knew what the crap was going on.
I'm guessing it was demielemental, since nearly everything down there was related to fire in some way, but there were a couple minor devils and some tieflings too, so evil was involved in some form. A network of sooty caverns, filled with deathtraps we miraculously avoided or bypassed... It was a good introduction to AD&D. We even unexpectedly diplomanced a fire elemental into quitting his job and joining the party. After a while, the master of that realm offered us a way home, and since we thankfully lacked a Paladin to be overly upset at how obviously evil she was, we took the FedEx quest and went home.
zimmerwald1915 17th Mar 2015, 2:55 PM edit delete reply
I've had two journey through hell sessions in the same campaign. The first was of the type described in 'Spud's author note; a short jaunt to meet with a devil I'd previously called to help the party clear out an infestation of Yog-Sothoth spawn, which ended with selling my soul for a second chance at life. The second was much later in the campaign, and ended with that contract . . . annulled.
Digo 18th Mar 2015, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
I'm a little wary at that pause just before typing 'annulled'. :D
Boris Carlot 17th Mar 2015, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
I don't have anything for this one. None of my campaigns have gone on long enough for us to have the money or interest to get the dead dude back.

GM lack of interest has TPK'd us far, far more times than any encounter.
G0d 17th Mar 2015, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
Never had one of those. A DM tried once, over powering the party in such an obvious and sadistic manner in order to spawn a "return from the dead" type thing. When my character was killed I knocked over his screen, tossed him bodily out the door, and said to f*@k off. Never spoke to him again.
Disloyal Subject 17th Mar 2015, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
That escalated quickly. What warranted physical violence, and violating the sanctity of the DM screen?
Specter 17th Mar 2015, 10:58 PM edit delete reply
Specter
(Reading again) ...

*Screams, falls backwards from desk*

How did I miss that!? Why does Pinkie have to look so demented and creepy in the ninth panel!? *Hyperventilating*

Well, either way, I'm pretty sure I can think of something they (or at least Pinkie, with that demented look on her face) would sing... while walking to hell.
j-eagle12212012 18th Mar 2015, 4:55 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
Scoot's "why am I hear" and RD "whose the third kid" lol
Digo 18th Mar 2015, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, poor Scootaloo. :)
Mykin 18th Mar 2015, 7:56 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
"But we never met before..."

Yeah, you probably shouldn't have been standing next to the other two then, Scootaloo. Random strangers that are related to the heroes are always main targets for kidnapping. Not to mention that they aren't picky if they nab a few extras along the way. Your just a consolation prize to Chrysalis at this point.

Either that or Chrysalis found out that your the temporally displaced daughter of Rainbow Dash and- *Bang* *Thud*
j-eagle12212012 18th Mar 2015, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
"Medic!"
Mykin down I repeat Mykin down

@Mykin what where you thinking nopony can ever know Dashies secrect, NOPONY...

Specter 18th Mar 2015, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
Specter
Mykin down, acknowledged. Sending medical evac to your location.

@Mykin and j-eagle: What? I thought (if anything) Scootaloo would be her sister.
Hokina 18th Mar 2015, 4:32 PM edit delete reply
In before we find out that Scoot's player is Rainbow's players real life Daughter. Who only the DM know about. As only the DM ever asked.
"What? You never asked if I had a kid."
Blueblade 20th Mar 2015, 1:05 PM edit delete reply
Don't worry I know people who can resurrect Mykin if need.
Skorzah 18th Mar 2015, 7:45 AM edit delete reply
We've had a couple of trysts with psychopomps and the like, along with some flavorful ressurections, but never a proper hell plot. The real thing I wanted to say here is that our GM has the most terrifying grin as his poker face. he is also very good at using voices, which are really terrifying, especialy since most of the characters he uses them for are godsdamn terrifying, typically with some form of sadism, masochism, mania, or other general terror. Also of note, the GM is my boyfriend, and it's still enough to give me out of character penalties to charisma and intelligence. That said, he's the best GM I've ever known (cast detect bias)
Blueblade 20th Mar 2015, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
Pinkies first suggestion made me think of Fallout is Dragons. I wonder why. XD