Seven years of memories. Since the first session post in February 2015, to 2021. Madness.
I had no idea running sessions of 3-5 hours long, sometimes weekly, sometimes bi-weekly, would take up seven years playing for the most part, a single vast campaign. It would be eight years if I included the year of me running my first run of Enemy Within.
This post will be going over some rememberable moments that transpired over those seven years and a brief comment regarding them.
First things first, my 2020 roleplay awards! Few years back I started a little tradition of doing some roleplay awards for my group. A few categories contain awards and such, be it a miniature of their character or a funny little trophy. I have decided to belatedly post the results of that, which took place in December of last year. Bear in mind that the context of these categories are for 2020 moments, with some exceptions. All of these have been voted on by the group.
Player Favorite Moments:
• Eadulf giving mercy to two Blackhearts – a swift end at the tip of a dagger.
• Fighting Gideon in Bogenhafen – In Shadows Over Bogenhafen
• Battling the necrarch vampire – Death on the Reik
Favorite Player Character In Warhammer:
1. Goes to Bash, the Ogre! – Played by kurt.
2. Coming in at a close shave is Wick. – Played by Darren.
Comments made about Bash:
• “Bash really grew as a character before his death, and it’s down to both superb GMing and Roleplay.”
• “He dominates any scene he’s in. And the way he relies on other characters for certain things despite being an unstoppable juggernaut makes him incredibly endearing.”
• “Lovable, deep lore, vast background, goodhearted, a force against chaos.”
Other comments made about Wick & Otto:
• I feel that he utilizes his dog’s very effectively and does very well as this character. Has stepped into his character really well.
• Wick wasn’t with the party for long, but for those moments he was, he left a mark, stepping up to act as Bash’s mouthpiece. He will be missed.
Favorite Past Warhammer Character Is:
1. Gado Duval, The Bretonnian Knight! – Played by Kurt.
2. Second coming is Jurgen Noffein, played by Darren.
• The fact that they were an archetype played straight and done well. How many people play the righteous knight without some kind of edgy twist? And which character was a better righteous knight than Ser Gado Duval?
• Stories are still told about the Bretonnian Knight that dragged the man outside into the snow in the middle of the night and killed him for pretending to be someone he wasn’t.
• Comment made about Jurgen: Powerful sense of duty, loyal and unflinching. His rp with Wolf Lord Brunner was tense and captivating.
Favorite Moment In Warhammer So Far:
• Ingo sacrificing himself to save the Black Hearts from an entirely hopeless situation. – Summoned up a vortex of dark magic to save the Black Hearts from being trapped by a horde of undead.
• Bash getting his ass kicked by a naked bearded nature spirit. – A strange old naked man in the woods thought Bash that strength can come in surprising forms.
• Bogenhafen burning as a result of Kall Horst’s actions. – Kall Horst’s frantic and daring escape from the Crossed Pikes tavern inadvertently caused a raging inferno in the east quarter of the city.
• Liliana rejecting her humanity – Liliana submitting to Tzeentch’s will in the mini-Marienburg campaign.
• Bash surviving the cave-in under Fort Randyll.
• Bash’s fight with Oskar, legendary. – Bash dealing with a mutinous Oskar and putting him in his place, at least for a time.
Favorite Fuck-Up Moment:
• Ulrico goes to talk to the Witch Hunters in Warhammer, which leads to a party wipe.
• The party in Warhammer rushing in to save a ‘baby’ in the village of Lhen only to find out that the baby is a wooden carved doll.
• Honorable Mention: Drop, Drop, Drop… Harbl’s elf Gadriel casting illicit magic and targeting the Champion of the Graf in Middenheim with the Drop spell, so that Ser Gado Duval would prevail in his fight. His actions causes a 3 session diversion as the party fight for their lives in a trial that results in the elf being cast out from the city, banished for life, and Ser Gado barely getting out of the trial with some semblance of honor intact. – Power Behind The Throne.
Award For The Most Fuck-Ups Goes Too…
Joel! (He got a little trophy!)
Comments: (All these are from other players)
• I feel bad for this but it’s always hilarious, from innocents and threatening their lives. Killing characters only for them to kill off the whole party. Let’s not forget starting a war with the elves, as well as slapping the crap out of a teenager after having his dogs bite his leg.
• Child Murder (the act itself), Child Murder (The method of), Going behind the party’s back to child murder (Not making his case to the party) Setting his hounds on a scavenging teen farmhand.
Most Badass Moment In Warhammer This Year:
• Bash’s sacrifice, taking on the monstrous creature to save his lads from yet another hopeless situation. Bash also collapsing a section of a cavern atop himself to stop a mutated Orc from killing the lot of them.
• Bash tackling the flying beast off the castle battlements. (Gets 3 mentions in total)
• Bash drowning Oskar in the river, forcing him to submit.
• Ingo conjuring up the vortex to save the Black Hearts.
Favorite NPC In Warhammer This Year:
• Brannigar The Bull (2 mentions): Keeping everyone in line and being the morale officer.
• Dane Ironheart & The Misfits.
• Mallus Gundersson: “There’s a mystery to him.”
Favorite NPC From Past Games:
• Gideon – Scheming Daemon of Tzeentch, stole every scene he was in.
• Ernst – A stalwart companion at one point, and trusted ear at another.
• Smoff The Ogre – Loveable dumb brute even by Ogre standards.
Favorite NPC & PC Interaction Moment:
• Brannigar pulling Eadulf aside to discuss what to do with the two infected Black Hearts.
• Karth reprimanding one of the Black Heart scouts for wanting to abandon their mission and leave.
• Wick meeting L’hen for the first time.
• Jurgen and the Wolf Lord scenes, meeting the Al’Ulric.
• Ser Gado and the Slaanesh cult hideout.
• Bash and the nature spirit in the forest.
Favorite Death/Fate Point Use In Warhammer:
• The speech given by Crash as Bash looked down into the maw was brilliant.
• Liliana’s escape from the Maria Borger, resulting in a fate point and an explosion of magic.
• Otto getting fucked up by the Black Ork at the village of L’hen.
• Bash’s final moments of reflection. (2 mentions)
And finally, the players voted for the Roleplayer of the Year…
Darren, who has played Liliana, an eccentric and unhinged lady of Marienburg, to two halflings with spunk to a fierce and hardened devout Ulrican Jurgen to his latest character, Sindri the Roamer, the Norscan who has found himself with a life debt to Ifaris Kroll.
^Trophy that I got Darren.
There are some moments that stand out for me, personally.
Mistaken Identity – In the very first chapter of Enemy Within, saw the group ambushed at Weissbruck, a port town that they briefly stopped over on their way to the Bogenhafen festival. Ser Godfrey de Montfort, a player character who had just joined the game, received a harsh welcome in their first session. Played by Tom, they found out how brutal 2nd Edition Warhammer combat can be when they received a crossbow bolt to the head upon stepping out onto the boat. It was literally their first session and not only was he not wearing his helmet, he nearly died as a result of that single hit. What a way to be introduced to the grim nature of the game!
Shadows Over Bogenhafen produced many fond memories. In my first run of it when I ran my first campaign, the party of adventurers were scoping out Johann Teugeon’s manor in an affluent part of Bogenhafen. Their halfling rogue, Fidget, was on his own lurking about the streets when he was approached by a watch man. Upon being questioned as to why he’s roaming about the area, Fidget’s response was, “I’m just admiring the houses.” This immediately got a reaction from the other players, who were not there, but couldn’t help laugh at the response. Even better was that the player of Fidget, Sandeep, could not comprehend what was wrong with what he just said. A dirty little halfling in an affluent neighborhood, remarking, “I’m just admiring the houses,” caused the watchman to immediately get suspicious of the little fella and proceeded to grab him by the arm and bring him down to the local watch barracks.
Fast forward to my second running of the game, and again, set in Bogenhafen. This time a dwarf, Borri, is scoping out the area in an affluent area of the town. Played by Idrael, the player wasn’t aware of what went on in my first campaign (as I closed off the blog of my first run to prevent spoilers) but that didn’t prevent history repeating itself, of a sort. When approached by a patrolling pair of watchmen, and questioned as to his purpose, Borri replied, “I’m admiring the architecture,” which gave a momentary pause fromt he watchmen, who responded with, “Fair. Just stay out of trouble, and don’t go admiring anything too close.” After all, a dwarf admiring the architecture is a fair excuse, certainly more passable than a dirty unwashed halfling!
Another moment in Bogenhafen – when Kall Horst is planning to sneak out of Johann Teugeon’s estate gardens, and looks to climb over a fenced wall, he’s left wondering where his horse, Belvar, went too. Little did he know that the party figured they would bring his horse around to the front of the estate, figuring that Horst would make his escape via that route. It was a hilarious gaffe by the party – the dashing rogue leaving his horse at the rear of the estate for a quick exit, only for two other members of his party to come along, see said horse waiting there, and proceed to lead it by the reigns around to the front of the house. Poor Horst.
During that campaign – Liliana de Sato, played by Darren, is kidnapped by Gideon for a good portion of the campaign. The party are busy trying to find her, but are left with their own problems. Liliana devises her own escape, and finds herself on the outskirts of the town as she escapes a cellar, used by Gideon and couple of Johann’s lackeys. She runs into a fleeing Kall Horst who had a run-in at the Crosspike Tavern and is galloping out of the town in a desperate attempt to escape the fire that he just started, inadvertently. Liliana and Horst meet in the most unexpected way as he’s knocked off his horse from pursuers and dragged to safety out of the way by Liliana. His words, upon waking up and seeing her, were, “Oh. I found Liliana.” It was one of those moments that you couldn’t plan for, but just worked.
There were many moments that I can think back on. All worthy of mention, and i don’t believe I have enough time to mention them all. From the inter-party conflict that arose from Liliana’s attempt to make Godfrey de Montfort’s horse a tad drowsy so that his jousting tourney would not prevail to Ulrico being far too honest for his own good when he put poor Eckhardt in the thick of it in Weissbruck when a creature of darkness came calling to his room, and then the subsequent hilarious attempts by the party to free Eckhardt from the noose.
Valkhana (not sure if I’m spelling that right) played by Cortez, a high-elf mage that was introduced from the aftermath of the Middenheim campaign. Her hilarious miscasting of a spell that caused all her clothing to shoot off her. It was more than just her pride that got wounded, as this happened in the middle of winter, up in the cold north of the Empire. Hilarious.
2021 should bring with it many new memories that I hope will continue to merit discussion many months or years after.