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“Exodus of the Daleks”

“Exodus of the Daleks” (4LD04)
by Gary Gygax

Game Master: Brian   Players: Adam, Erin
Game Dates: 26 October 2019; 24 November 2019

Characters: The Doctor, Riddell
Adversaries: Davros, The Daleks
Time: 3-4 November 34876 CE
Space: Greylok, Constellation of Beriss

 

 

Synopsis: The people of Greylok face a terrible quandary. Deep inside the mountain fastness that lies beyond their duchy is a dungeon filled with the most terrible creatures, beasts of a strangeness and power never before seen on this world. As nearby villages and fortresses fall prey to these monsters, an expedition is assembled to face them. The Grand Duke has called upon the most expendable of his province’s talents: the wizard, whose lacklustre magic defies all good sense; the barbarian, whose bravery is matched only by his absent-mindedness; the monk, whose premonitory visions come at the most inconvenient of times; and the travellers, whose incredible journey through time and space has cursed them with a critical role in this risky affair—an affair that is prophesied to end in inescapable death!

Inside that fabled dungeon, the Doctor and John Riddell must confront horrors far beyond the scope of the myths and legends of Greylok, for the people’s superstitions veil the most abhorrent of the universe’s evils. Buried within the barrier peaks is a spacecraft of advanced design and appalling purpose. The electronic heartbeat of its infernal machinery is a signature the Doctor knows all too well. As the expedition takes the foolhardy adventurers through dark corridors and anti-grav tunnels and into the alien jungles of a sinister hidden preserve, the true scope of the nightmare that has befallen this primitive world is revealed. The Daleks have survived the destruction of their homeworld, and in this fallen saucer they have maintained its biosphere. The Ark of Skaro carries varga plants and slythers and vicious magnedons, the lethal flora and fauna of the universe’s most dangerous planet. At its core, in an underwater laboratory engaged in dangerous research, Davros, the creator, prepares to begin again.

As the Doctor and his party of gallant companions struggle to survive the deadliest of all ecosystems, they face an army of Daleks desperate to ensure their own survival. To stop Davros, to defeat the Daleks, to prevent the unnatural resurrection of the planet Skaro and break a never-ending cycle of death and destruction, the Doctor will have to make the ultimate sacrifice—and John Riddell may have to surrender his very soul!


Teaser: “Exodus of the Daleks”

THE BOLT arced through the air before finding its mark, burying itself deep into the centre of the crude wicker target.

“Bullseye!” roared Riddell in appreciation.

The flame-haired young girl dropped her crossbow and ran to retrieve the arrow, then skipped back to Riddell and pounced upon him with a warm embrace. The pair laughed. They cut a strange duo in some ways—Riddell outfitted in his full hunting gear, the girl in a simple tunic and leather sandals—but they enjoyed an easy familial chemistry.

A pale figure stepped onto the common from behind the pair, his cream linen suit resplendent and his panama shielding his eyes from the afternoon sun. “I never had you down as the paternal type, John,” teased the Doctor.

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