Goon Deeps of Sargolis

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The Goon Deeps of Sargolis are a rule/setting combo focused on a procedurally generated catacomb haunted by undead and evil cultists.

We conquered that, killed/released the arch lich boss, found and spoke with his vampire ex-wife (the "God Queen" Ostienne), looted the throne room, and started exploring the ruined city above the catacomb.

Current characters

Jhula: rogueish jack of all trades

Stats: Brute 1, Skulker 2, Erudite 2, Health 11, Breath 10
Gear: 1. Throwing knives; 2. Vicious, jagged shortsword; 3. Sinister dark purple cloak (useful for stealth or intimidation); 4. Sack 1 (containing 5. Rope; 6. Guidebook; 7. Rations. 8. more sacks), 9. Sack 2 (containing 10. Lockpicks, 11. Book of Bone and Flowers), 12. Lantern, 13. Leather armour. 3 fresh Breath.
Combat bonus: +3. Throwing bonus: +3.
Jhula grew up on the streets of Antali, a city on the coast over a hundred miles from Sargolis. Orphaned young by the last war, she fell in with the local Legitimate Businessperson's Mutually Agreeable Cooperative (a brutally run thieves' guild and crime syndicate also known as the Mackers). She graduated from petty larceny to head-cracking and enforcement, then finally organisation, strategy and problem-solving. She's one of the lieutenants of the First of the Mackers, who is gradually dying from the effects of the spices he's addicted to.
She has been sent to Sargolis in search of anything that might hold back the reaper, whether ancient healing alchemy or blasphemous necromantic tome. Privately, she's happy to be on the road and away from the pressures of her work.
Looking at Ricky's vacant bedroll, she feels guilt, something she hasn't felt in a long time. She resolves to see if she can put another team together in Sargolis and retrieve his body, perhaps even complete their mission?

Saray: indebted lady knight

Stats: 9 Health, 9 Breath, 3 Brute, 1 Skulker.
Gear: backpack(Torch, rations), mace, shield. 6 Fresh Breath.
Combat bonus: +4 with torch, +5 with shield.
Saray is a knight of moderate age, skilled in battle and accustomed to comfort. But recently rents have been short and her comfortable life has brought debt. She's planning to plunder the Deeps to get funds to get the lenders off her. Munson looks like a potential patsy, someone she could use and drop ... but she wants a third to round out a crew. She's heard the Deeps are deadly.

Munson: down-at-heels adventurer

Stats: 11 Health, 7 Breath, 2 Brute, 1 Skulker, 1 Erudite.
Gear: Breastplate, axe, shield, backpack(rations, torch). 3 Ready Breath.
Combat bonus: +2 Brute +3 (breastplate, axe, shield) = +5 total.
Munson is a down-at-the-heels adventurer with a dented breastplate, a notched axe, and a small bag of rations. He's been in Sargolis a while, waiting for someone with whom he can enter the Deeps - he's wise enough to know it's suicide to go down there by himself.


In addition to the basic rules of Life and Breath and so forth, here's a few specific ones about combat and magic and loads.


Multiple opponents: When fighting multiple opponents, only your highest roll can do damage. This may be revisited ...
Advantage / Disadvantage: When otherwise at an advantage, you suffer injury on a failure only if you rolled doubles. Conversely, if disadvantaged, you inflict injury on a success only if you rolled doubles.


Learning a spell: Spells are learned from tomes. Each tome holds one spell, which is somewhat defined by the GM rolling randomly for a topic, and is somewhat defined by the player's interpretation of that topic when they study the tome. Once a spell is learned, it sticks in the character's head until forgotten. Forgetting a spell is a deliberate action. A character can hold Erudite + 1 spells in their head. If they hold more than that, they suffer -1 to all rolls for each additional spell.
Casting a spell: Casting a spell costs 1 Breath, which is invested in the spell until it concludes. Casting a spell does not cause the spell to be forgotten. Each time a spell is cast, the player must roll against DS of the spell's target. Many spells do not have "targets" that oppose them. For these spells, the GM and player set the DS collaboratively based on how cool the spell is. ((The GM would prefer a rule where it costs 1 Breath to hold a spell in your head and no additional Breath to cast it, but this is a collaborative game so we will go with what we agreed to.))


Each container counts as one item and can hold any four items at no cost. So a backpack could hold a sack of gold, rations, a book, and a torch. ((The GM is ambivalent about this rule.)) Only items that are worn or held in hand can add to rolls. It takes an action to remove an item from a container.


Sargolis: The ancient ruined and partly-rebuilt city under which the Goon Deeps are delved.
Antali: The somewhat distance city whence Jhula came to Sargolis in search of a cure for her boss.
Ostienne: The vampiric former ruler of Sargolis, once venerated as the God-Queen but now her temple is ruined (it gives access to the first level of the Deeps).
unliving: Creatures that don't breathe but move around. Often vampiric, but not obligate vampires.
The Book of Bones and Flowers: a manual for how to lay a lich down by forgiveness.
Pursuing Colossus: a tome on summoning a mechanical construct that will tirelessly seek a person or object you name.
103 Mysteries of the Slime that Binds All Things: a treatise of yet-to-be-discovered potency.