The stage is set, I have invited two old high school friends (and their kids) over to begin some new B/X D&D action tonight. I have bought a new vinyl grid and dry erase markers, as well as sets of dice for the kids. I have pre-generated over a dozen 1st level characters and dug out my old (mostly unpainted) minis.
I am using my Axe Lands setting (home of the G+ jousting tourneys now that I have moved on from Normandie). For this adventure I am using the castle & dungeon maps from Bone Hill, but have edited to fit my setting.
The witch Ravina of House Bracken has returned to her ancestral home, Castle Bracken. The castle was sacked over 25 years ago when House Bracken joined the ill-fated Wildfire rebellion. When house Karson tried to take the throne from the ruling Fulwell clan. Like much of the losing noble houses, Bracken lands were pillaged and the castle laid to waste.
Ravina was only a child at the time and was away in her studies when the rebellion began. Now, much older and wiser, she has returned to her home with her rag-tag bunch of brigands to look for lost family treasures. She has charmed the leader of a local brigand group and with help from a scroll she has animated a long dead uncle to serve as her body guard (now known as Sir Dread).
With her brigands, she has been pilfering from the local farmsteads of the nearby Ashford Holdfast (home of House Ashley), and the local population has demanded aid from their lord, who seeks outside adventurers to explore the once forgotten castle...