I started a new campaign Monday night. I went in with the idea of a harpy attack on a PC family dinner which included all the PCs. I chose this due to a cool harpy image I saw, and feeling that endangering someone’s family would be a cool start. We ended the session mid fight, since it was late.
My dilemma is… I don’t know the harpies’ motivation yet, and they have felt too passive so far, partially because a PC rolled a 3 when discerning reality and the unwelcome truth was seeing eight more harpies lurking in the trees watching.
The character chosen for this family meal is Sauran. Or one of the lizardfolk. He has 18-20 family members present, 11 of them kids, only 3 are “combat ready” The dinner is taking place at the families heritage tree, which is where the family lays it’s eggs. (makes lizardfolk babies)
One of these family members is hated by the druid for summoning up a pack of unnatural demons to devour a competitor earlier that day. The druid is looking for a way to kill that family member, without alienating the family.
The attack started at the other side of this huge tree, 2 harpies made an unnatural noise that felt like lave inside your brain, and then attacked two “helpless” aunts that were up in the tree, preparing “ritual dishes and deserts” while everyone else was seated to eat at long tables on the ground.
The action broke up into two sides very quickly.
on the table side of the tree.
The druid took an owl shape and is investigating the harpes above the family. most of them are ignoring him as an animal, although the druid just attacked a harpy… so this could change.
The thief is hiding under a table by a child(that is still trying to eat dinner). The thief is ready to pounce on any harpy that attacks the child.
Most of the family is running around confused. two of them got out some javelins, but don’t seem to know what to do with them.
The harpies so far have been patiently watching. (why?)
on the far side of the tree:
both aunts ripped to pieces while still up in the tree.
The gladiator (the lizardfolk player) the cleric and one brother have killed one of the harpies, and are in battle with the second one.
So why did the harpies want the sauren aunts to bleed on the heritage tree?
Why are most of the harpies just watching? How do I teach the druid that an barn owl is no match for a pack of harpies, and do that lesson in a fun way that allows me to be a fan of the druid?
Should I just ask the players to answer these questions to start out? or do any of you have cool ideas?