An actual play post of Dungeon World in an Ancient Greek setting.

The gods are dead. In the wake of their passing, those of divine descent are hunted down. Eventually they band together on the island of Atlantis and enjoy a brief golden age before the last Titan, the mighty Kraken, brings the island to its watery grave. During the dark times that follow, man learns to create massive clockwork devices powered by Titanite, the crystalized blood of the gods. Then, after centuries, Atlantis is rediscovered, a treasure trove of Titanite and relics of power. Many seek their fortune on its long forgotten shores.

Our first session began in medias res, while our ship was being attacked by a giant octopus. Most of us dove into the water to fight it off (or flee the sinking boat) but together we managed to scare the creature away and save our ship. Xander, the hero who fought her way out of Hades, fearlessly stabbed at the beast, as did my brother Taemon and Manestes, another veteran of the war. Virgil and I cast spells to scare it off, and light the depths where we fought. 

We had journeyed forth, hired by the rich and eccentric Creossus, to gather Titanite from Atlantis. Each of us, of course, has our own reasons for going. I intend to find a magical instrument, something that will help gain me political power so that my brother and I can take back our home from the invaders that imprisoned our brother. Taemon intends to fight back in more physical ways, and became a bounty hunter to help pay our older brother’s blood price. The others have not yet revealed their true goal in going to Atlantis, but I am sure there is more to them than meets the eye.

When we had first set out on our journey, we had come across a ship wreck. Manestes knew that this ship was carrying a shipment of wine, and being the loyal followers of Dionysus that we are, we felt compelled to rescue the wine. We found the remnants of the crew, looking as though they had been crushed to death. Luckily we saved the wine and had a fine celebration with our crew that night. There were some fascinating conversations, and I was able to get to know Xander a little better. I have sung about her for so long, it is so amazing to actually meet her. She left her arm behind in the underworld, and now has a shadow arm that can transform her weapons into something . . . terrifying. She touched my face with it, and it was chilling.

When we arrived at Atlantis, well all right, not Atlantis proper, one of the small islands at the foot of it, my brother tried to give me a long lecture about staying on the ship so as to not get into trouble. The usual big brother nonsense. But they wanted to canvass the island first to see what we were facing, and I can become invisible. So Teamon agreed to take me along with him to look things over. We discovered that there were some harpies guarding the island, and a strange mechanical whirring sound. There was a cult of Cacus, the fire breathing giant, drilling on the island. We snuck back to the ship and filled in the rest of our group.

Out plan was to distract the harpies while our big fighters, Manestes and Taemon, went on ahead to the site where the cultists were drilling for Titanite. Virgil and I helped to destroy the harpies instruments, and Xander leaped up to them and fought them off. I tried to help her leap back down, but well, I’m not built like a fighter, and it didn’t go so well. I am now tasked with carrying Xander’s shield to build up my strength. I hope that means she intends to teach me to fight.

Teamon and Manestes had managed to surprise the cultists, who swallowed some foul potion that let them breathe fire. We found a flaming mess in the swamp around our allies. The others continued the fight, and I hurried toward the enemy in charge, and charmed him into being my best friend. It was easy to get rid of them after that, though I am a bit afraid at how easy it was for my brother to wound and then drown them all in the swamp. The others are all veterans or the war, or followers of Hades, but Taemon had never been so violent before.

We grabbed as much Titanite as we could, and hurried off the island before the sea hag that lived in the cave on the island discovered what we had done. Overall a fine adventure, though nothing worthy of song. I do hope to some day become a great enough hero, like Xander, and have my name be in a poem.

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