The Tales of Mukoda, Session 1

Here’s a summary of a continuing story, The Tales of Mukoda, a series of actual play in an ongoing persistent solo roleplaying campaign, with my character Mukoda ha’Varou, using Ironsworn and Ironsworn: Delve, and other parts of the system. You can see all of my actual play sessions in the Ironsworn playlist over on my YouTube channel, and consider following me over on Twitter or Instagram as well, or check out all the other things.

This campaign journal entry covers session 1, which is episodes 4–10 of actual play in the video playlist.

Session 1

Welcome to the world of Ironsworn! But, why does it have to be me?

On the world, in the Ironlands, somewhere near nowhere, there is where we begin. Living recently in a dying Ironlander circle community, inside-outsider Mukoda ha’Varou is already swearing iron vows and getting into trouble in Stonetower.

The situation in Stonetower becomes complicated quickly as Mukoda learns more about an ongoing Varou threat. For a dying circle, there sure is a lot already going on around here. And then true enemy is revealed!

A Haunt coalesced on the Stonetower ceremonial mace. Mukoda travels to the Varou, who have the Stonetower ceremonial mace, then convinces them to allow a ritual to break the Haunting bond.

But, the Haunt joins in the ritual keening song and takes angry form in front of all. Mukoda battles the Haunt whilst the Varou are all held sway, unable to break free on their own volition.

Barely surviving the bitter fought battle, Mukoda yet successfully defeats the spirit keened from the Stonetower ceremonial mace. Now fellow Varou are freed from the frightening Haunt’s influence. Mukoda is emboldened and the way forward is made clear but iron vows are demanded.

Stonetower ceremonial mace is returned, and the tale told. Warden and community are compelled to pack up and dissolve, but Stonetower’s dark secret is revealed. Mukoda is sworn to convince the Varou of Stonetower community sorrow and make amends. In return for forgiveness, Varou demand Mukoda swear to become a protector of their community and their marks that claim this territory. Mukoda requests to join, but is rejected by Wardens.

A final sojourn is made in Stonetower whilst community disbands the circle’s ceremonial claim to that place. Of Ironlander circle’s presence at Stonetower nothing but memories and detritus sustains. Stonetower itself now appears an empty and unclaimed husk, not much more than just structure seems to remain. Mukoda returns to Stonetower Varou and becomes part of their community as promised, learning more about their shared ancestry and culture. And, stories hinting at new future troubles to explore are heard.

To Be Continued

But, what have I recently learned?

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