Campaign Logs

The Jade Letters

By Beth Griese

The text content of the following pages containing The Jade Letters are the property of the author, Beth Griese and are used with permission by Candlekeep.

About the Campaign

Every other Saturday, six friends of mine and I gather up and play Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. We've been doing it for around five years now, although not always with this group of characters. I write The Jade Letters as a log of the events of each gaming session; it's a good way to help everyone get back in synch with what happened the last time we played.

You don't have to be a role-playing gamer to enjoy these. It's not a bunch of game mechanics; the logs concentrate on the story, since that's the important part of playing these games. Think of the game as getting the chance to control your own characters in a book: this is the novel my friends and I have created so far. Jade and the rest of the Wayfarers' adventures continue to this day, so I'll be adding more logs as we go!

I've gotten an amazing amount of positive feedback on these logs, from the other players and the multitude of friends they've shown the logs to, so I figured I might as well put them on the web! The writing is my own, but the credit for the characters and the stories are shared with:

Jim Leitzel, our illustrious game master. The head storyteller.
Stu Collins, who plays the gnome, Nory, so well it frightens us all.
Jim Gaynor, the creator of the reluctant adventurer, Telaran.
Vaughan Herron, who plays the rather mysterious, don't-say-monk monk, Lorivar.
Kent Jenkins, he of the continually-bemused priest of magic, Verence.
Brian Smith, who plays the amazingly studly Borreau. (Pronounce his name with the accent on the e, or bear the wrath of Brian's French expertise.)

Jade's Background

To give the background leading up to the beginning of the letters, Jade is a woman who begins the stories at about 20 years of age. She's not sure what her true age is; as she understands it, she was born to a gypsy family, and then sold at a young age as a servant to a man named Garen. Garen is a great priest of Mielikki, the forest goddess, and has brought up Jade not only as his housemaid, but also as a ranger of the forest. When the first letter is written, Garen has gone missing for some time now, and so Jade has begun to write as a way of reporting all that has happened for the time she's sure she'll see Garen again.

As mentioned previously, Jade is a member of an adventuring band known as The Wayfarers. This is their sigil:

Wayfarers Sigil

The Jade Letters

Click on a log below to read, or start at the beginining and read of the ongoing events of the Wayfarers, as written by Jade. (Each Jade Letter links to the next and previous log).  Each log contains the writings of Jade as well as a list of characters and their players at the time of the adventure session.

Date Journal Title
3 March, 1995 Jade meets some newcomers.
18 March, 1995 The party forms.
1 April, 1995 Adventuring's not all fun and games.
29 April, 1995 A woman is rescued.
27 May, 1995 The group gets a lesson in humility.
24 June, 1995 A visit to the big city.
8 July, 1995 City life: training and... romance?
21 July, 1995 The party hires itself to a magician.
5 August, 1995 The hunt for a cursed book.
2 September, 1995 The company is named: The Wayfarers
16 September, 1995 The Wayfarers investigate a haunted house.
30 September, 1995 The secret of the haunted house - and a new friend - are discovered.
14 October, 1995 A battle to the source of the problem.
28 October, 1995 Jade's comeuppance and the return home.
11 November, 1995 The romance blooms, and word from Garen is found.
25 November, 1995 Bear hunting, and suspicions within the party.
6 January, 1996 Jade receives a mysterious visitor.
20 January, 1996 The assault on Cloud Tower.
3 February, 1996 Down into the depths of the mountains.
17 February, 1996 Jade finds her purpose.
3 March, 1996 The Wayfarers find a haven in the midst of evil.
27 April, 1996 The end is found, only to have to go back again.
11 May, 1996 The party fights their way to the drow leader.
25 May, 1996 The mission is finally completed.
8 June, 1996 Jade is reunited with Garen.
20 July, 1996 The Wayfarers go skinnydipping!
3 August, 1996 The mist mystery continues.
17 August, 1996 The Wayfarers join a posh club.
31 August, 1996 A demon's trial shakes everyone up.
14 September, 1996 Gnolls mix it up with the Wayfarers.
28 September, 1996 Terror - and age! - come knocking.
12 October, 1996 Bartering for years.
9 November, 1996 Travel via a magic platter.
23 November, 1996 The Wayfarers hunt for couatl feathers.
7 December, 1996 Encountering a strange band of old adventurers.
4 January, 1997 Facing gods, wizards, and dragons.
18 January, 1997 Protecting a demon artifact from thieves?
1 February, 1997 Taking to the High Seas.
15 February, 1997 Battling underwater.
15 March, 1997 The Wayfarers enjoy a carnival.
29 March, 1997 A mage tries vengeance on the Wayfarers.
24 May, 1997 Journey with precious cargo.
7 June, 1997 Jade makes a monumental purchase.
27 June, 1997 The Wayfarers play highway patrol.
5 July, 1997 Taking care of the remains of an egomaniac.
16 August, 1997 The party is cursed to parts unknown.
30 August, 1997 Borreau and Jade: hitched at last.
13 September, 1997 The Wayfarers have a territory dispute with a dragon.
8 November, 1997 Exploring a haunted house.
6 December, 1997 A quiet winter on the moors.
3 January, 1998 Defending the homeland.
17 January, 1998 Jade duels with a giant.
31 January, 1998 The giants return home early - with drow help.
14 March, 1998 The Wayfarers get some R&R, then get refrigerated.
28 March, 1998 A plot to destroy a nation is discovered.
23 May, 1998 Giant royalty meet the Wayfarers.
6 June, 1998 The Wayfarers find an unexpected exit from the ice caverns.
20 June, 1998 A desperate canyon charge.
18 July, 1998 An audience with the king, and a rude surprise for Jade.
15 August, 1998 The Fire Giants get a healthy dose of the Wayfarers.
12 September, 1998 The Wayfarers learn that a fire giant queen is not a pretty sight.
26 September, 1998 A small herd of drow prisoners gain their freedom.
7 November, 1998 Jade fights her nemesis and meets her goddess.
21 November, 1998 The dragon! The dragon!
16 January, 1999 The Wayfarers find an old "friend"... and make new ones.
27 February, 1999 Hunting a golem-maker.
27 March, 1999 The Wayfarers square off against an angry demon.
27 March, 1999 End Game: In which we find out how it all turns out.

A Note from the author, Beth Griese:

The Jade Letters are finished, long live the Jade Letters
In March, we decided that we had gone as far with this group of characters as we wanted; we were ready to move on to new things. So the Jade Letters are now finished, and the "Endgame" notes at the very end was our collaborative effort to decide how everybody ended up. As you can see, we're a sucker for happy endings.

Email Beth with any comments on The Jade Letters.

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