Episode 8 sees Our Heroes embroiled in sacking the city of Azagara. They entered merely as deserters; now, they are also wanted for killing a number of superior officers in making their getaway.
Things started well, with the party surviving looters, panic-stricken mobs and fires. Admitting they had no idea where the treasure they sought might be, they started questioning NPCs. They made a number of friends this way, however temporary, but when they got to the first of the two people who actually knew the answer, simultaneous critical failures on Notice rolls combined with general paranoia caused them to stab him to death in the mistaken conviction that he was drawing a weapon on them.
Despite The Warforged doing his best to blow up the second useful NPC, Nessime managed to spirit him away and Persuade him to tell what he knew.
They didn’t find what they were looking for, but did find another NPC, who in exchange for the party escorting him home, offered to make them rich. That was all Gutz needed to know, and since they are still going in roughly the right direction, the rest of the group tagged along.
The recurring villain, last seen thrown down a well, led both his henchmen and a group of regular military to arrest the party for desertion. This led to a violent altercation involving the Fear and Blast powers, longswords, and frying pans, which as in the movie Tangled are proving surprisingly effective as melee weapons. While this was going on, though, the recurring villain managed to sneak away again – despite vowing to kill him, they didn’t keep their eyes on him.
It was a session of extreme dice rolls. Critical failures everywhere, and when people did finally manage to connect with a blow, ridiculously high damage rolls. Nessime noticed that the odds of survival for NPCs drop dramatically when they have a name, leading to a couple of bit players responding to the question “What’s your name?” with “Haven’t got one. I’m just a nameless Extra, no threat to you at all.” The running gag continues, in that by pure luck, whatever anyone else does in combat, Gutz manages to upstage them by means of ludicrous die rolls on his next action.
The party and a couple of new friends are now camped in the jungle outside Azagara, in a howling tropical thunderstorm, whilst opposing armies fight over what remains of the city.
And people say Kyros has no night life…