Foundering Valley – Table of Contents

I invested quite a lot of energy into developing a web of characters and plots for a role playing campaign, then Covid-19 hit and I had no players.  My friends had started a few interesting characters, and it all seemed such a waste, and so, I decided to just use this as the basis of a Swords & Sorcery serial novel.

WARNING: This is a work in progress.  TOC below shows what I’ve written so far and I’ll link them as I upload them.

FYI – the events in this story follow the roleplaying system “guidelines” also published on this web site.

I want to encourage anyone reading to suggest next moves for the adventurers, particularly anyone who started a character.  Let me know if you wish to ‘animate’ one of the adventurers still on the beach (including one of the 6 pictured in Chapter 12).

The Foundering Valley

by Dr. Gerald Keep

(C) 2020, All rights reserved.


            And so the word went out – an ancient ruin had been found in the mountains far west of The City, with unexplored catacombs beneath. It promised something different to everyone, be it knowledge, treasure, adventure, or danger. And so the preparations began. Warriors looked to their equipment, and their comrades, to decide whom they would fight or die beside. Wizards began to build up powerful stores of manna in their wands and staves. Historians dusted off ancient tomes and looked for clues to hidden mysteries. Merchants counted their coins and beefed up their inventories, knowing that all the others would pay them for equipment and supplies to pursue their goals. Few paid heed to the troubling rumors about the small village, Founder’s Valley, that rested on the principle route across the mountains and squarely in the path to this oasis of dreams.

Chapter 1 – The Caravan

Chapter 2 – The Town Meeting

Chapter 3 – The Adventurers

Chapter 4 – The Town (Cleo & Rufus) & Maps of Valley and Town
…. Maps – Founder’s Valley, Area and Town

Chapter 5 – The Beach and Uptown (Animus)

Chapter 6 – Market and Cathedral (Sapphire & Grace)

Chapter 7 – Town Offices and Shops (Flummox & D-Stract)

Chapter 8 – The Fishing Huts (Cleo & Rufus)

Chapter 9 – Back at the Inn & Historic Timeline Summarized

Chapter 10 – Loose Ends in the Morning

Chapter 11 – The Yellow Brick Road Experts

Chapter 12 – Thursday Evening, June 5 — Plans and a brawl

Chapter 13 – Friday Morning, June 6 — A dip in the river

Chapter 14 – Friday Afternoon, June 6 — Dragons and Mice

Chapter 15 – Friday Evening, June 6 — Camping Out

Chapter 16 – Before Dawn Saturday, June 7 — Coming Home

Chapter 17 – Saturday Morning, June 7 — Market Day

Chapter 18 – Saturday Afternoon, June 7 — The Festivities

Chapter 19 – Saturday Twilight, June 7 — The Assembly

Chapter 20 – Saturday Evening, June 7 — The Party

Chapter 21 – Saturday Night, June 7 — Skulking About

Chapter 22 – Sunday Morning Service, June 8

Chapter 23 – Sunday Afternoon, June 8 — Approaching Their Fears

Chapter 24 – Monday, June 9 — Hung Over in the Lab

Chapter 25 – Tuesday, June 10 — Up to the Mountains

Chapter 26 – Tuesday Afternoon, June 10 — Into the Mountains

Chapter 27 – Tuesday Night, June 10 — Spelunking Adventures

Chapter 28 – Wednesday Morning, June 11 — The Inquisition

Chapter 29 – Wednesday Afternoon, June 11 — War Council

Chapter 30 – Wednesday Night, June 11 – Once More Into the Mountains

Chapter 31 – Thursday Morning, June 12 – Bon Voyage


Chapter 32 – Thursday Afternoon, June 12 – The Crew of the Narwhal
…. Map – Path Through the Swamp

Chapter 33 – Friday Morning, June 13 – Rainy Morning

Chapter 34 – Friday Afternoon, June 13 – Lucky Afternoon

Chapter 35 – Saturday, June 14 – Beach Weddings

Chapter 36 – Sunday, June 15 – Two Hunting Expeditions

Chapter 37 – Monday, June 16 – Dealing with Dwarves

Chapter xx – Muddled Mouslings

Chapter xx – A Wolf in the Night

Chapter xx- Land of the Lizards

Chapter xx – Between a Dragon and Medusa

Chapter xx – The Lair of the Vile Ones

Chapter xx – Elementary Problems

Chapter xx – Road Repairs

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