An easy and well-earned rest in the halls of Hed's floating castle (now inhabited by Krekki) is ruined when Pyimir's army takes advantage of our adventurer's respite.
Our adventurers make it through the area that once housed the valley of Iggthot, which is quickly being consumed by the pity-seeking rains of the oldest of the cyclopes, Hed.
We finally get to see what the failed cyclops has for ability, and what Krekki can really do.
After a pyrrhic victory over Iggthot the Valleymaker, our adventurers grieve and convalesce. Krekki shows his usefulness as Hed rears his ugly... well... head.
This episode was hard. Greeg was a favorite of our characters, and his sea-salt cantankerousness was a joy to build around. And despite the early conversation in this episode, I was extremely sad (and sorry, to Zach) when he died. There was a hush at the table (and, later, when listening back to the recordings) coupled with a fear of how we’d procede.
But we kill our darlings.
More to the point, though, Last Breath is the best move in Dungeon World and to bend the rules to accomodate (read: force) a narrative is disingenuous and works to errode both the emotional stakes of the game and the main tenant of Dungeon World: play to find out what happens.
Krekki has legs, though (literally now!) and we’ve had a lot of fun playing the Brute Playbook in games off-air before now, so finding a(n almost) suitable replacement was easy. And as usual, Zach is more than capable of bringing one of my half-ideas to vibrant and wry life.
Let’s see what happens now. At least Socks is OK.
After fighting off his followers, our adventurers gather within the great earthen exoskeleton of Iggthot, the Valleymaker and combat the powerful cyclops to the death.
The adventurers attack Dodjal, the second son, from within and without, after aid from the sword golem Krekki. Plus, The Chimaera's storied history of making too much of a fight out of gropus of troglodytes continues!
Faced now with Dodjal, a cyclops demanding of awe and attention, our adventurers give pause and consideration to the upcoming battle, even seeking the advice of Krekki, a golem made of swords (!).
Nulsc, running headlong into the cyclopean town, leaves Ozier and Greeg to fend for themselves, as guards, a dragon, and a petty DM try to kill the party.
Nulsc, Greeg, and Ozier step foot on the island of the dead cyclopean god Arahallin for the first time, with promise to kill his five sons.
Here, they encounter Laharisfur, whose inherited breath feeds the kiln he mans with myopic attention.
The dream team is back, baby!! This is the set-up episode for Series VI, which I'm calling The Sons of Arahallin. For a change of pace, I (Nathan, that is) will be putting Ryan, JD, and Zach through the ringer in a series of boss battles as they rip through the lineage of the cyclopean king Arahallin.
Maybe-temporary music: “Walking in the Shadows” by “GO” Saito & Masae Saikade for the Lagoon OST
Finally meeting Ypsilanti face-to-face, our party hopes to finally achieve what they set out to do. But it's not as easy as they'd hoped.
After passing successfully through the mirror passage, Omid, Row, and Gashana have reached the innermost sanctum of Ypsilanti. But to explore it they first must survive a fight with its guardian when they're already weak.
We use Jason Cordova's Labyrinth Move (of Gauntlet fame; link incoming) to construct a session where our heroes explore the magical portal they figured out in the last chapter. They travel across great distances, but push through to get closer to the heart of the Dimansion... and to Ypsilanti's most private space.
Confronted with an unknown contraption, but with sure-footed confidence in their direction, our party shakes off the fear of what came before. Together, they tackle a tower of violet light as friends that have been through hell but still hope to emerge on the other side.
Omid, Row, and Gashana consider how best to handle a mysterious seal and the chain holding it in place. Then a face to face confrontation with someone unexpected leaves Row shaken.
Our heroes find themselves in alien territory as they get closer to their ultimate goal. But they're not alone, they still have more questions than answers, and they're running out of time. Spoilers for Series IV in the stinger on this one (kinda).
Omid, Gashana, and Row aren’t sure where to push forward, but a sudden confrontation drives them to make a decision. And we check in with the characters' emotional states in one of my favorite scenes of the series!
Our adventurers explore Ypsilanti's workshop. Despite feeling a little anxious, Gashana and Omid settle in for some reading. Row pokes around while waiting on the nerds.
Gashana starts a firefight, Omid watches too much pro wrestling, and Row tries to keep things together. When the way forward seems obscured by illusion, what else is there to do but play your own games of light and shadow?
Apologies for the lack of posted episodes over the last few weeks. I (J.D.) have been finishing my thesis and traveling home. While I hadn’t intended on these activities interfering with the podcasts’s release schedule, the additional editing needed to work around technical issues we’ve had since my move proved too much for my available time. Since I’m currently lacking the equipment I need to finish editing, once again there will not be an episode this week. I again apologize for such a long hiatus.
That being said, getting to see Zach, Ryan, Nathan, and other Chimaera members again while I was home was so amazing and so energizing. We have killer episodes recorded and I’m seriously so stoked to share where our current story goes with you all once I’m back home in the editing booth (my apartment). You can look forward to an episode next week on Wednesday, and thank you all for your patience and understanding.
Sending you Cats all of my +1s.
Faced with the crumbling facade of the Dimansion, our heroes decide to push forward one way or another. Though no path in this place meanders without intrigue and obstacle.