Last night, @theprincesswife and I picked our solo game back up after a monthlong hiatus. June was a particularly stressful month, with many things planned and the ongoing health issues with my father. It was nice to have a couple of hours of game-time and enjoy some simple fun.
When we last left my wife's character, Aeli, she had just gotten herself extricated from jail after a run-in with some bandits. After preparing a fairly interesting version of a large slingshot, Aeli and party set forth to explore an area of a dungeon guarded by skeletons in a tough defensive position.
In an anticlimatic resolution, the hireling cleric turned the skeletons and the party mopped up on them cowering against a locked door. Beyond that door, Aeli found more interesting situations.
One room literally was 10x10 - except instead of an orc with pie, there were the remains of an exploded chest, an intact chest, a burnt body and it's apparent protector, a small dog. My wife kept expecting the dog to morph into a fantastically nasty creature, but it didn't. What the dog did do was prevent Aeli from approaching the body and second chest.
The ensuing ... resolution ... has given the NPCs and hirelings much mirth - Aeli has several new nicknames. However, I've been told that if I reveal exactly what she did, she will post rather embarassing photos of me in revenge. Let me just say that she chose the most difficult way of resolving the issue.
The climax of the evening was when the party followed a group of turned skeletons in a huge cavern and I got to do something I hardly ever do in the game "Dungeons & Dragons" -- I plopped down the miniature of a black dragon in front of the characters. The cavern had a huge brazier on an altar and a "smoke dragon" had appeared to intone a warning to the players.
Aeli promptly turned and high-tailed it out of the cavern. I have to admit, I was proud of her and slightly disappointed - but I know she'll be back. She just has to hire another posse. She had only 3 fighting men with her, a 2nd level cleric and 3rd level mage - but Aeli likes to have armies when facing hard foes.
In the 10x10 room, Aeli found a mysterious set of robes with possibly arcane writing on them, as well as a mysterious iron ring in a silk pouch. I've been told she wants to do some research on these items, as well as the mysterious minotaur symbol found all over this dungeon. Hmmm...