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 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 20 – Saturday Evening, June 7 — The Party
Chapter 21 – Saturday Night, June 7 — Skulking About
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 – Mountain Adventures