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Skyknight's Dungeon Crawl

Posted October 27th, 2010 at 10:55 AM by truth
Longtime Heroscaper Skyknight has started a long running campaign of Heroscape battles with his kids and he is keeping us up to date in Dungeon Crawl thread: http://www.heroscapers.com/community...ad.php?t=32840

Here is a sample:

Originally Posted by skyknight View Post
Well rugby is done and its time to start hunkering down for the Winter. I have been thinking about what I want to do for entertainment with my kids for the Winter and I came up with this idea. I am going to set them a complete dungeon crawl to be advanced throughout the winter. I will post pics here and the scenarios but it is not going to be Classic Heroscape per se....it is going to be a dungeon crawl first without much regards for Generals other than special powers being activated. It will not be Vahalla....the heroes will become generic and as swarms of heroes invade the dungeons of StormDeep I will constantly tell the story, introduce new heroes, new traps, new rule twists, and all sorts of other fun stuff. We will carry treasure forward and use Heroscape rules but the landscape and the story is mine. Hope to dust off the graveyard next week and then assault the front doors of the ruins the following week...from there we will go ever deeper into the depths until I decide to end it.....think this should be a blast

Chapter 1......

Sudema's Playground!!!

As the Knights of the Sacred Flame follow the burial road South, Denrick talks to the Cleric Ana. "Ana...I would ask for caution on your part when dealing with Maccabeus Hawthorne. Though he is the King's cousin there are those that say he is linked to the troubles we are about to face. I tried to dissuade his majesty from this course, but King Petronius believes the only way to truly claar his beloved cousin is by allowing him the chance to help overthrow this new evil....be wary for I do not know his intentions"

With a nod in Denricks direction Ana moves back alongside Rhogar Dragonspine, a Dragonborn Paladin of incredible conviction and power. The column of the Flame's most trusted knights and cavalry winds its way through the forests and pines. Suddenly from ahead comes the thunderous sound of hoofs as they move torwards the host of knights. Captain Dupuis drives his horse forward...as he comes to a halt before Denrick he pauses to catch his breath....sweat dripping from both his forehead and his mounts flanks. "Denrick....the enemy is ahead....they control the graveyard not a half mile down the road from this very spot". Denrick replies...."then let us not tarry good Captain...we have a date with the undead!!"

The column rushes forward until it comes to a wide creek with a bridge spanning the waters. The knights line up on the far side of the stream able now to see what lays in wait for them. There, standing upon an elevated graveyard stands a female wrapped in bandages...her life has crept from her long ago. She stands behind a black and twisted tree flanked by statues of hideous gargoyles. She extends her arm towards the Knights and flicks a skeletal finger in their direction....a dry hiss escapes her rotted lips...the challenge has been issued. From behind her the graves stir as hungry zombies rise to their feet in anticipation of a fresh meal. Behind the graveyard lies stairs descending into a chamber deep in the earth.....this must be the entrance to the underdark. From out of the entrance pour eight hounds of bone and dripping flesh. Disease and rot surround their bodies and a horrible cry escapes their jaws as they attempt to howl in expectation of the slaughter.

Many of the knights seem visibly shaken at the Mummies appearance and the mass of undead....many that is except for Denrick. He stands with shoulders square glaring at the abonimation that was once a proud elf queen. His lips are parted into a snarl and his eyes blaze with a hatred and loathing. It is difficult to know who is saner at the moment between the two opposing leaders. Denrick cries aloud..."FORWARD GILBERT...LIFT THE FLAG OF THE SACRED FLAME HIGH ABOVE SO THAT THESE CURSED WRETCHES MAY KNOW WHOM IT WAS THAT LAID THEM TO ETERNAL REST!!!!" With that Rhogar releases a blast of fire from his lungs into the air and the host begins to cross the bridge moving straight towards the undead horde!
This is the first battle for Denrick...the armies as they stand.

Heroes of the Sacred Flame

Sir Denrick (General Denrick)
Ana Karathon
Sir Dupuis (Captain Dupuis)
Rhogar Dragonspine
Sir Hawthorne (Kings Cousin) (boo hissss)
and brave Sir Gilbert

The Knights of the Scared Flame include...
six squads of knights of Weston
five squads of Templar Knights

The enemy Hero


And her Undead Horde...

six squads of zombies
two squads of hounds.

I will be playing the undead horde in hopes of thinning the nasty living creatures of their numbers.

The Cavalry will be controlled by my daughter along with Rhogar Dragonspine, Sir Dupuis, and Hawthorne. The rest of the army will be played by my son.....game to commence Wednesday night....I will fill you in then

For more check out Skyknight's complete thread: http://www.heroscapers.com/community...ad.php?t=32840
Total Comments 26


Tolamos's Avatar
Good work Skyknight! That is pretty Epic! It actually reminds me of what I was working on a while ago. I should really finish that . . .

Anyway, excellent stuff!
Posted October 27th, 2010 at 11:53 AM by Tolamos Tolamos is offline
MegaSilver's Avatar
Completely awesome skynight!

That's a lot of knights and undead!

Posted October 27th, 2010 at 11:53 AM by MegaSilver MegaSilver is offline
Maddog A1's Avatar
Holy smokes thats cool. That graveyard is just ... no words man very very cool
Posted October 27th, 2010 at 12:11 PM by Maddog A1 Maddog A1 is offline
Rogue A$$asSIN's Avatar
Great stuff brother, love your maps.
Posted October 27th, 2010 at 12:29 PM by Rogue A$$asSIN Rogue A$$asSIN is offline
i_r_beej's Avatar
Great idea! I started something similar (although maybe a little less ambitious) with my own son. I've created a campaign with emphasis on narrative than on straight-up skirmishing. I also throw in side missions (his characters meet NPCs who ask for help banishing a forest demon/bridge troll/etc) that allow him to earn "money" with which he can hire new heroes and squads or purchase healing glyphs, etc.

I'll be flowwing your thread closely-- it sounds just awesome!
Posted October 27th, 2010 at 12:40 PM by i_r_beej i_r_beej is offline
Eirikr's Avatar
This sounds fantastic. I was in the process of developing something similar but based in a more sci-fi type setting. Sort of lost steam when heroScape dropped those elements and went pure fantasy. That being said there is enough to work with already and you have inspired me to carry my project forward. Thanks.
Posted October 27th, 2010 at 03:09 PM by Eirikr Eirikr is offline
Taeblewalker's Avatar
Sweet! I love the armies and the custom terrain.
Posted October 27th, 2010 at 04:14 PM by Taeblewalker Taeblewalker is offline
skyknight's Avatar
Thanks everyone for the comments...glad everyone likes it so far and some others are thinking of picking it up. I have a long way to go with this. I am hoping to get many more battles for each army before they start linking up in the Underdark. I figure I will take each army two battles at a time and then retire them and tell some of the other parts of the story. At some point some of their stories may come together if they can survive to that point. So far so good...Denrick and the boys did well...lets see how the elves fare...if they do make it through the bog I have a very nasty surprise waiting for them just below the surface.
Posted October 27th, 2010 at 04:52 PM by skyknight skyknight is offline
PsychoticPanda's Avatar
This is awesome!! Will you post the maps and scenarios?
Posted October 27th, 2010 at 05:32 PM by PsychoticPanda PsychoticPanda is offline
Sylvano the Wasabus's Avatar
Beautiful map. It's so nice to see so many knights too. Excellent and wonderful!
Posted October 27th, 2010 at 06:29 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus Sylvano the Wasabus is offline
Freezie's Avatar
Definitely front page material, very epic! Can't wait to see how this thing ends up.
Posted October 27th, 2010 at 06:41 PM by Freezie Freezie is offline
DrummerScaper97's Avatar
Very cool stuff! I love the custom terrain.
(Especially the Raelin Gravestone.)

EDIT: Looks like there might be other fig gravestones, too, but I can't tell who they are; I think I see a Viking...?
Posted October 27th, 2010 at 08:02 PM by DrummerScaper97 DrummerScaper97 is offline
You did a very good job on that.
Posted October 27th, 2010 at 08:52 PM by Mikerofone Mikerofone is offline
Mossman's Avatar
Awesome! Looks like fun. BTW- Not too intimidated by the Knights of the Scared Flame
Posted October 28th, 2010 at 08:00 AM by Mossman Mossman is offline
yoyomansizzle's Avatar
Dang that is alot of bent spears
Posted October 28th, 2010 at 08:22 AM by yoyomansizzle yoyomansizzle is offline
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