Mission 1: The Missing
The kingdom of Errendar fell in less than a week, the mysterious power called Shadow Deep is slowing advancing in the kingdom of Elaris. Strange creatures and monsters are sights everywhere on the borders and things aren’t looking good. King Rasmus called for every capable man and woman to volunteer and help the kingdom in these times of need and despair.
Natheran, a skilled Ranger, answer the call, helped by his company of fortune, the Company of Darkwaters. Another ranger named Aventine was sent to visit the village of Pisand. He has not returned. Determined to find the missing ranger, Netheran and his company decided to go to Pisand and find what happened to the missing ranger.
As soon as the Company came within sight of the village, they realised something was wrong. A strange silence surrounded the area. They could smell the stench of death and figures were laying on the dirt. The sun was setting down, the company slowly advanced to the center of the village where a cart was abandoned, supplies scattered all around, like something prevented the villagers to finish the work they were doing.
Natheran gave quick, short orders to his companions, something was very wrong in this village, the smell of rotten corpses and disease was debilitating. Jonah, the young recruit, was eager to show his bravery, he pointed towards the big communal house: -‘There! A beast! Near the crates, it’s a huge rat!’. – His voice just trembling a little.
Martinoc, the experienced tracker replied frowning:
-‘We’ll be lucky if this was caused only by giant rats, but I think there’s something more sinister going on’. –
Suddenly some of the dead bodies scattered around the village started to raise, a chill fog surrounded the heroes. -‘Time to fight!’- Yelled Alaric the warrior, with his rasping voice.
Natheran looked around and decided to split the group, – ‘Red, Martinoc, cover the south-west side! Riddle, with me! Alaric and Jonah, hold the east side. For the King! ‘ –
– ‘ For the King! ‘ – The rest of the group yelled.
The company manage to get rid of the first wave of enemies, time to search for clues. Natheran hears a lamentation coming from the alley between two buildings, both Alaric and Red go check the wheat fields. Jonah finds some herbs next to the pig shack.
The old woman explains to the group what happened, – ‘ Spiders! giant ugly spiders attacked the village, they carried away some of the villagers. Please help me recover my pig, I lost everything and everyone. ‘ –
Natheran orders Alaric and Jonah to prepare the cart in the middle of the village, Riddle in the meantime went to open the lock of the last house, suddenly part of the burned house collapse and more zombies and giant rats appear from the darkness. – ‘ Regroup! to the center! ‘ – Martinoc yelled.
The company was tired but the morale was high, they discovered the fate of Aventine and they saved an old woman. It was now time to regroup and push back the last assault of the undead, take the cart and leave this cursed village.
At least our brave companions leave the village, it’s now time to go back to camp, cure wounds, both physical and mental, and go follow the spiders tracks to their nests.
I was surprised by how easy it is to pick up Ranger of the Shadow Deep once you know the Frostgrave rules. The game fits perfectly these times of pandemic. The solo experience is fun, and the possibility to share the adventure online makes it a little bit “social”. It’s not only about the game itself, each scenario is a little project, at least for me, that pushes me to paint few models (or even buy them, I recently bought some giant rats and spiders) and get the scenery ready, not only to enjoy the scenes for yourself but also to take some pictures and share the outcome with the community.
If you’re looking for a fantasy solo experience in these darks times I strongly suggest this game, it can be also played in co-op mode.