So, Taverners – riddle me this.
The group I was GMing for reacted against my expectations in the late stages of a Front resolution.
Put simply, when the Dwarf Librarians declared (albeit cryptically) they would take forbidden knowledge they and the players suspected was in the Library of Tiza, the PCs decided to run away and hide out with the Blood Mage’s old master in a faraway city, before checking out the group of elves they’ve suspected of having the book all along. The Front of the Dwarf Librarians is reaching its critical stage – all that is left is for them to storm the library and take the forbidden book.
What do I do?
A) Proceed with the Front as planned, leaving the PCs to return to a smoking hellhole of a city, with its people enslaved beneath the Librarians they failed to stop?
B) Resolve the Front, but in a reduced way? (turns out the Librarians just wanted to stop it falling into the wrong hands!)
C) Disregard the Front until they return? (The guards have held them off just long enough! Please, heroes, save us!)
If the front was more obvious, the choice would be simple – “You walk away from the Cultist summoning an Elder God? You sure? Ok, reality buckles…” But it seems to belittle the players when they make such a drastic mistake without realising it, despite the RP opportunities it offers. Advice?