This is the first in a long series of In Character journals written by the players (mostly my friend Sean who is quite prolific!) detailing their adventures as I DM Hoard of the Dragon Queen. The Player Characters (and authors of their journals!) are:
Sallos Zha Zhoala the Human Rogue played by JeffEnnis Naïlo the High Elf Cleric played by LydiaNithbis the Tiefling Druid played by RavenYenorin the Half-Elf Fighter played by NathanDanaeron the Wood Elf Ranger played by Sean
Journals after the cut!
Recently, one of my regular groups was to be sans DM for two weeks due to some work travel. One of the players decided to run a 2 parter mini-campaign for me and the remaining player. We'd be level 5 and the challenges would be very difficult. I was excited to try a class I have never played, and so I made Drevin Boer, the variant human level 5 Circle of Moon Druid. I took Mobile as a feat, and promptly forgot I had it for the duration of the campaign (not sure it would've ever come up...) My comrade ran a level 5 rogue. Together we were a pretty good force to be reckoned with.
The DM wove the campaign into our growing tapestry of "Castle Mac Canon", with subtle cues to tie into the other world, and that eased us right into the characters by making the world feel lived in. Despite only going for two nights, it felt fully realized. The encounters were memorable, the role-playing was top notch, and it was just generally a good time.
We wrapped up our Rise of Tiamat campaign on a spectacular note: a massive battle with a weakened avatar of Tiamat at the Well of Dragons. I worked on the miniature for weeks before unveiling it, and when that massive chunk of demon queen glory hit the table, the players knew they were in for a fight!
Our friend Jeff snapped a picture of my wife with this look of despair, and for 15 minutes or so, she was internet famous. I had people I barely knew who saw this post on Reddit asking me about it; quite hilarious!
The miniature itself is absolutely spectacular. For those wondering it's the Mal'Drakar by Reaper and the mini isn't cheap! However, I had a friend who was not interested in painting his, so we made a deal: He would buy me a "miniature" (Should this be called a "megature"?) if I would paint his. I decided painting two of the same model isn't too much extra work, so agreed.
The model is about the size of a small chicken. Hence, these tiamats…