Monday Night in Ephemera

Last night I played Darius the Handsome for my second session in Ephemera setting (it was the group's third session in Ephemera), run by Chris (The Clash of Spear on Shield).

Darius is neither strong nor smart, and he is downright slow of foot. He is, however, quite good looking. He can toss out a charm person with the best of them. He spent most of this session hitting on Lana, a woods-woman of vague orientation (not that there is anything wrong with that).

We did manage to deliver our rescued man, Ryan, back to his village. In the process, we discovered that Brill, the village elder, had sold out his people to a nearby minotaur runt. Thanks to a charm person spell, we got the truth out of Brill. His fellow villagers are not a forgiving lot and he was polished off after a quick up/down vote on the village green.

We stalked the minotaur and in an anti-climactic move typical of our Monday Night Gaming Group, we cast a sleep spell the minotaur and his minions. All the village archers stood down and we gathered up the booty after we dispatched the minotaur and his minions.


  1. Yeah, it was a bit anti-climactic, wasn't it? Sleep is quite the cannon. Even without it, you had enough help from Lana and the three other villagers that I think you would have had a 3-to-1 advantage (better than the 2-to-3 disadvantage Bo and Sidwin had in session one), and you would have made short work of the minotaur and his minions.

    I'm gonna have to find something tougher to challenge you guys with. :)

    1. Try giving the Minotaur and his companions a few extra levels.

    2. Yeah, I might need to beef things up in the future like you say.

      This particular baddie was one that two of the players had faced before (and lost both their PCs in the process). Their new characters found an in-game reason to go after him, and did so loaded for bear, with 3 M-Us and a fighter (now a party of 4), a fighter hireling and 4 extra archers from a nearby village.

      I think the minotaur and his minions would have been about right challenge-wise for just a party of 4. He totally overmatched the 2 level-one PCs that faced him initially. Then he was overmatched by the party of 9 that took him down.

    3. It was still a good night of gaming. Sleep is not a GM-friendly spell. My own nemesis is Color Spray. I have grown to hate that spell.

  2. Unfamiliar with all the new Games out there, Ken. Was this Swords & Wizardry, or blood & Treasure?

    The Manor #3 reminded me of your side bar. I'll have to look into those two systems.