I decided to interpret the popular megadungeon, Barrowmaze Complete, as the scenario/campaign of choice. There were three players that braved the Desolate Swamp to get to the infamous dungeon.
Tunnel-Fighter had bought a pony to ride and carry supplies, while the
stealthy Shinobi elected to run. On the way, the Shinobi, Kurayoshi,
fell behind the Dwarf , Theogeon's, pony and nearly became lost.
Kurayoshi discovered a camp of goblins not far from Theogeon's campsite -
where he was cooking a hearty meal of bacon as he waited for the Ninja
to catch up. The scent of bacon carried into the goblin camp and four
went off to investigate. Kurayoshi followed them in secret, thinking
their sense of smell was keener than his and they'd lead him straight to
his Dwarven companion.
But the Shinobi got flashy and tried to
pass the goblins to better prepare the unsuspecting dwarf for the
encounter, which is when fierce goblin eyes spotted the crafty
Easterner. A running melee was engaged as the Shinobi desperately tried
to defensively get away and alert his comrade to the approaching
danger. Kurayoshi ran into the campground and scurried in the marshy
ground to a tree to conceal himself as Theogeon did the same. The
goblins were fooled by the tactics, split up and further engaged our two
Melee was quick and four goblins met their end in the
gloom of the Desolate Swamp. Theogeon sought to move the camp further
into the marshland, so as not to attract a goblin search party's
This is where they met the Mage-Thief, The Sorcerer,
Seleukos, who also sought wealth in the Barrowmaze. After applying
bandages to their wounds, they settled down for a night's rest.
night was uneventful, and the rosy fingers of dawn woke them to a fog
covered ground. They knew the Burial Mounds were to the North, and
judged by the rising sun which way to travel. In a matter of hours they
came across the first Burial Mound, which had apparently already have
been plundered, as the stone seal had been shattered leaving a somewhat
man-sized crevasse that lead straight into musty darkness. The
party entered the ancient tomb, and proceeded down a roughly hewed set
of stairs that snaked downward into the earth.
The Dwarf's keen
eyes mapped out a rough hallway that had east and west passages every
ten feet down 60 plus feet, but his mapping came abruptly to a halt
when peering down the first intersection, he came face to face with a
great beastly humanoid. The green creatures screamed a warning to
Theogeon as it rose to its full height, some seven or eight feet tall.
Its ferocious claws wracked the diminutive Fighting Man as he
desperately tried to fend the beast off. The Shinobi grabbed a torch,
recognizing the foul creature as a Troll and began using the torch as a
weapon to sear the beast's wounds. The Sorcerer, Seleukos, worked his art
to hide in the arcane arms of an invisibility spell.
Shinobi and The Tunnel-Fighter fought a defensive withdraw from the
hallway and back up the stairs, the Sorcerer, Seleukos, took advantage of
his magical stealthiness and began searching the hallway complex for
signs of treasure ...instead, in the next hallway north of their location,
he discovered the Troll's much bigger sibling waiting in ambush. The
mage-thief attempted to move silently away from the beast, still masked
by his invisibility spell. The Troll started sniffing the air and moving
in his direction, not quite understanding the new scent in his dungeon
home. Thinking quickly, the Sorcerer, Seleukos, emptied a bit of wine
from his wineskin on the floor of the dark dungeon and scurried up
against the wall opposite of his lure. The troll stopped to taste the wine,
still not sure what to make of it. A trollish scream was heard on the
stairwell as a hard fought fight was won by Kurayoshi and Theogeon . The
other troll took the scream to be not one of defeat, but one of
delight, and continued to lap wine off of the floor. Seleukos manage to
quietly slip past the beast, considered discretion the better part of
valor, and hurried to rejoin his comrades ...
We meet again in two weeks to continue ... :)