Post-Flood Scord.   Posted by JohnA1nut.Group: 0
scord
 player, 514 posts
Mon 29 Aug 2016
at 05:17
Re: Post-Flood Scord
quote:
ou could breath life back into my fallen comrades?


I am deeply touched and softened to him by his love for his men. I agree to try my best.
OOC: A narcissist would never show humility and loyalty to others like that. This guy is good. I really do like him.

quote:
Just as soon as you tell me where you're getting the tools to build it.

To be clear, I'm not going to build it, now that I know the carts are coming.
But, I could have found sufficiently thick tree trunk for the wheels:

quote:
She taps a wooden log with the hatchet and cuts it clean in half with one blow.


And I could have used that same method to get the rest of the logs, and connected them with glueless wooden joinery techniques. Alternatively, I could join them with the Multitool.

But to reiterate, I'm not bothering with that.

As for the breathing life back into the fallen, I first try to attend them with first-aid and natural resuscitation, explaining that this is all part of an elaborate ritual.

If natural means fail, I will attempt faith-based means only (NO Order or Chaos magic yet).

Then Wearing the Priest's Cope, my copper bracelet, my Black Iron Cross, amber in coil pendant and miniature sculpture of Christ's pierced hand in a cloth bag on a gold chain, I make the sign of the cross, prostrate (lay on the ground face down - ultimate form of kneeling) and pray to Yahweh, (Spoken in Greek) "IF IT IS YOUR WILL, YAHWEH, breath life back into this one person." and then I'll breath into the nostrils of that one person. I will try that with both of the fallen.
JohnA1nut
 GM, 995 posts
Tue 30 Aug 2016
at 12:57
Re: Post-Flood Scord
GE 28

You clear perhaps a ton of meat and organs off of the T-Rex. It's almost not heavy enough for you to move it. Darkness is setting. You've not reached the neanderthals yet. But as you continue clearing meat, you hear multiple thudding and thumping. Heracles goes white. He tells you to grab what you can and go. No questions.

So you, Heracles, Atlas, a few neanderthals and some of Noah's men are all pulling heavy carts away from the scene. Glancing back, four T-Rex approach. Roaring and stomping. Fortunately for you, they seem more interested in what's left of the one you killed. But there's no chance to go back and save the men. They're going to be eaten.

Whilst you're fleeing, Heracles comments "There is no shame in running from a superior opponent. I do hope you don't think me weak for this."

And Atlas agrees "A good run is better than a bad stand any day."

So you all head back to Noah's camp. A lot of the meat is being smoked and dried. You all get to eat fresh meat. Heracles declares the hunt to be concluded. You will return to the city the next day with what you've gotten and celebrate with the townsfolk.

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scord
 player, 515 posts
Tue 30 Aug 2016
at 18:11
Re: Post-Flood Scord
OOC: going on vacation, so my posting May be a bit sporadic over the next week

IC:
quote:
They're going to be eaten.

Sad, but safer. And at least they won't go to waste.

I snap a couple photos of the T-Rexes.

quote:
Whilst you're fleeing, Heracles comments "There is no shame in running from a superior opponent. I do hope you don't think me weak for this."

And Atlas agrees "A good run is better than a bad stand any day."


"I am in full agreement with both of you. Wisdom is the better part of valour.

While at Noah's camp, I ask the three of them to tell a story in turn, and I record the video of the stories they tell for my personal enjoyment and nostalgia in the future.

quote:
You will return to the city the next day with what you've gotten and celebrate with the townsfolk.

Wearing the Priest's Cope, my copper bracelet, my amber in coil pendant, black iron cross and miniature sculpture of Christ's pierced hand in a cloth bag on a gold chain, I pray myself to sleep Asking that God give Hodder peace I wake myself early in the morning, and I go out to a place where I can see the sun rise. I prayerfully practice my yoga regimen until the sun begins to crest. I then stand tall, staring at the sun for 15 minutes as I repeat the prayer in Greek, God fill Hodder with peace After this prayer, I continue prayerfully asking God to pacify Hodder as I go for a run.

Basically my goal is to be able to turn someone who is looking for a fight into someone looking for peace. If it works,
1@1 Prayer Pacify?
JohnA1nut
 GM, 996 posts
Wed 31 Aug 2016
at 05:39
Re: Post-Flood Scord
quote:
OOC: going on vacation, so my posting May be a bit sporadic over the next week


OOC) Understood. One time I didn't post for a week, and I didn't even tell you why.

quote:
While at Noah's camp, I ask the three of them to tell a story in turn, and I record the video of the stories they tell for my personal enjoyment and nostalgia in the future.


Ever boastful, Heracles tells you the story about the time when he did take on four T-Rex with nothing but a bag of rocks. While he tells it convincingly and in detail; and you want to believe him and maybe almost do believe him; you get the impression it amounts to:

Two guys are driving in their car and they get pulled over by the police. After writing the ticket, the driver says something smartass to the officer, and the officer hits the driver on the head with his nightstick. Then the officer goes around to the other side of the car and hits the passenger on the head with his nightstick.

The passenger says "What did you do that for?"

And the officer says "I was granting your wish. Five miles down the road, you were gonna turn to your buddy and say 'I wish that son of a bitch had tried to hit me with his nightstick'!!!!"

That's the feeling you get from the story.

Atlas is more reserved. You actually do believe his story. He tells you of his many travels and explorations. He's an explorer and one of the few people who cares about geography enough to even try to map the terrain. He tells you of the many times he had been treed by wild animals. How many hours he had to wait for the animals to lose interest in him so he could climb down. A lot of the times he just had a few pygmy servants with him carrying things. Yeah, a guy that's 4 foot 4 told you he had pygmy servants. But he thanks you greatly for the bow. He didn't use it in the hunt because he didn't think it wise to experiment in that kind of combat with what is still largely an untested weapon. So he stuck with the spears. He promises though that he's going to use it on his next mapping expedition. After he thoroughly tests it, that is.

You get the feeling he's a very courageous coward. He's stood his ground enough times to know that sometimes (oftentimes) it's best to run like hell. But he will still stand his ground if he deems it the best thing to do.

Noah of course tells what it was like on The Ark. A question he gets asked a lot is what did he do with the poop? He tells you that the animals were in a kind of slumbering, tranquil state. They only had to be fed about once a week. Or whatever proportion that would amount to for that animal. And since everyone knows that the poop and the feed are the same thing, he just stored the poop in the place where he had been storing that day's feed and never changed the weight or volume of the ship's cargo. Then he had a whole bunch of fertile poop to begin planting and reconstruction. That's why this area is so dense with jungle. It's growing in The Ark animal poop.

He was following what he felt were God's instructions.

quote:
You will return to the city the next day with what you've gotten and celebrate with the townsfolk.


So three days back. When you get back, the woodworkers and the blacksmith/coppersmith have begun construction on a second trebuchet. They've also made improvements on the spears and to your design. They are experienced craftsmen, even if they've never seen this type of weapon before.

There's talk of building yet a third, and that most of the outlying towns are working on their own. Word has spread of Ho-Dare and has a lot of people worrying.

Bows and crossbows are being sold at an alarming rate. Again, all over the place. Iron spearheads and knives are in such high demand that they're having trouble mining enough iron ore. They want to know if you have any suggestions to improve their mining.

Every single coppersmith around is now also a blacksmith, and there are no shortage of people trying to apprentice with them. At any given time, they're almost teaching classes of students whilst working. So they've got a whole bunch of not so experienced blacksmiths. The 1@3 blacksmith that you trained is the resident master teaching a bunch of 1@1s. And woodworkers are working on and improving on building techniques you've employed. They're technically better woodworkers than you, but you introduced new techniques to them. You gave them New Uses.

It's a major celebration. Heracles's jerky is widely renown. And Noah's recipe is also becoming most popular. It's an even rarer treat.

You've got no shortage of women willing to go to bed with you. A trio of sisters ask if you and Atlas would like to join them. Proposing a five-way. You can tell Heracles is itching to accept it for himself, but he's got enough respect for you to leave it be. At least until you decide not to. Then he's gonna take all three of them.

Yrem and Tracy show up. She's got a nice baby bulge. All indications are that is is a healthy baby boy. They've got a few hemp plants with them for you. To show their success. Sorry, they left the seeds they owe you at home. They're more proud of the actual plants. Fine plants they are indeed. Tracy shows you some crude first attempts to spin the hemp into thread, and to weave the thread into cloth. She'll get it one of these days. She's certain of that.

Heracles holds an impromptu ceremony where he plants an Isis hemp seed in the middle of the town square. It starts to sprout almost at once, and should be full-grown by week's end. He gives Yrem and a few other farmers bags of seeds to plant. He also gives some to random travelers and instructs them to just plant a seed every few miles of their travels.

Very happy attitude. Things are going well.

quote:
Basically my goal is to be able to turn someone who is looking for a fight into someone looking for peace. If it works,
1@1 Prayer Pacify?


OOC) Hodder made his willpower check, so pray all you want, it ain't happening!!!!! You only get the skill if it works.

(Doing Therapy)

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:05, Wed 31 Aug 2016.

scord
 player, 516 posts
Fri 2 Sep 2016
at 01:08
Re: Post-Flood Scord
I laugh and enjoy my time with the guys.

I'd love to prolong the inevitable confrontation (whether violent or peaceful) with Hodder for as long as possible. But I'll have little say other than that I likely won't initiate it.

For now, I'd like to start a training regimen.

Me training Blacksmiths, and being trained in woodmaking and stone weapons (stone weapons to the goal of being able to make a crystal sheild). I'd also love it if Heracles trained my body (strength, stamina and agility).

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Word has spread of Ho-Dare and has a lot of people worrying.


I remind them that we don't know his intentions yet. He may be peaceful unless provoked, so if he comes we have to treat him well unless we are provoked. He may even be brokering peace between men and giants for all we know.

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They want to know if you have any suggestions to improve their mining.


I suggest they use pickaxes and make one to show them. I tell them all the in-game me knows that the RL me don't. I also tell them to look for red rocks, red streaked quartz, and gold. Gold likes iron, and is often found together. I also explain the principle that ore tends to be found in the same layer of rock even under the ground.

I don't know what they know, but I also try to learn all I can about finding and mining iron ore from them as I can.

quote:
You can tell Heracles is itching to accept it for himself, but he's got enough respect for you to leave it be. At least until you decide not to. Then he's gonna take all three of them.


I suggest also including Heracles.

 I offer to teach any aspects of 1@8 weaving I can to Tracy.
JohnA1nut
 GM, 997 posts
Fri 2 Sep 2016
at 08:58
Re: Post-Flood Scord
quote:
I laugh and enjoy my time with the guys.


Ah, but now it's your turn to tell them a story.

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Me training Blacksmiths, and being trained in woodmaking and stone weapons (stone weapons to the goal of being able to make a crystal sheild). I'd also love it if Heracles trained my body (strength, stamina and agility).


Who are you going to to train you in making stone weapons?

GE10

Heracles has something of a weight room in the castle. It amounts to lifting sacks full of rocks and the like. He is going to be going there to train himself. But you're not going to be able to compete on his level, so you're going to have to make them smaller.

quote:
I remind them that we don't know his intentions yet. He may be peaceful unless provoked, so if he comes we have to treat him well unless we are provoked. He may even be brokering peace between men and giants for all we know.


GE21

This does little to nothing to calm them. The counter argument of course is that he could be coming to rape, murder and pillage. If anything, the weapon sales increase.

You are asked repeatedly if there are any other weapons you can build or teach them to build.

quote:
I don't know what they know, but I also try to learn all I can about finding and mining iron ore from them as I can.


GE 14

They take it to heart. Within a few days, iron ore production has jumped 15%.

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I suggest also including Heracles.


The girls don't want Heracles. If they wanted Heracles, they would have offered themselves to him first. They want you and Atlas. You are being picked first over a king, bodybuilder and all around living legend. You should jump on it.

quote:
I offer to teach any aspects of 1@8 weaving I can to Tracy.


Unless you've woven hemp, it's not going to help. She has 2@5 weaving but this is a New Use. It's like the woodworkers. They are 2@6-2@7. Better than you, it's just you're introducing new techniques. But if you've never woven hemp, you're useless to Tracy.

OOC) In the game I ran in, the husband's name was Yrem. I named the wife Tracy because her physical description reminded me of an old girlfriend of mine. I have no idea what name the GM originally had for her.
scord
 player, 517 posts
Sat 3 Sep 2016
at 13:17
Re: Post-Flood Scord
quote:
Ah, but now it's your turn to tell them a story.


Once I get to a computer w/ a keyboard

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Who are you going to to train you in making stone weapons?


I ask around town who the best stone and crystal weapon crafter in town is, and ask him if I could study under him/her.

quote:
you're going to have to make them smaller.


I'll make them from iron. Quick, crude but effective.

quote:
You are asked repeatedly if there are any other weapons you can build or teach them to build.


I teach the best one for each field, how to make:
((I don't know if any of these would be new uses for me. Let me know?))
-Compound bow
-throwing knives
-plate armor
-scale armor
-chain mail
-shields
-helms
-halberd
-poleax
-broadsword
-short sword
-bastard sword ((6ft blade to hilt))
-war hammer
-mace
-trident
-scimitar
-machete
-punch-dagger
-longbow

quote:
You should jump on it.

I do.
((just wanted to give my friend a chance))

Realizing she is better than me at weaving, I ask if she could teach me (if I have time.)
JohnA1nut
 GM, 998 posts
Sat 3 Sep 2016
at 18:46
Re: Post-Flood Scord
quote:
I ask around town who the best stone and crystal weapon crafter in town is, and ask him if I could study under him/her.


GE 17

The only stone maker you can find in town is a mason who makes statues and the like. If you start training with him, you start a 1@1 since it's a completely different skill.

quote:
I'll make them from iron. Quick, crude but effective.


Heracles reminds you to make his war hammer.

quote:
I teach the best one for each field, how to make:
((I don't know if any of these would be new uses for me. Let me know?))
-Compound bow
-throwing knives
-plate armor
-scale armor
-chain mail
-shields
-helms
-halberd
-poleax
-broadsword
-short sword
-bastard sword ((6ft blade to hilt))
-war hammer
-mace
-trident
-scimitar
-machete
-punch-dagger
-longbow


Most of those are made from copper already. You wouldn't really be teaching them anything except that the same things could be made from iron.

quote:
I do.
((just wanted to give my friend a chance))


It's doubtful he'd extend you the same courtesy. But anyway.....

So you spend a nice evening together.

quote:
Realizing she is better than me at weaving, I ask if she could teach me (if I have time.)


She has to get home. If you want to do that, you've have to commute to her house every day. She would let you, but.....
scord
 player, 518 posts
Sun 4 Sep 2016
at 01:27
Re: Post-Flood Scord
quote:
Ah, but now it's your turn to tell them a story.

Censored

quote:
The only stone maker you can find in town is a mason who makes statues and the like. If you start training with him, you start a 1@1 since it's a completely different skill.


That could be useful. So I'll learn that, and train my woodcrafting from the local expert, and also my soft-metal working (if the best one is better than me)

quote:
Heracles reminds you to make his war hammer.


Right! I'll make the warhammer, making the hexagonal pentagonal handle from wood on the day of the Solstice. After the hammer is done, I'll make the weight-lifting set, and begin strength and stamina training with Heracles.

Is there a way to train your Will? IRL, I'd set up tasks for myself that would be unpleasant in order to stick to my goal and train my willpower. Anything like that in-game?

This message was last edited by the player at 21:47, Sun 04 Sept 2016.

JohnA1nut
 GM, 999 posts
Sun 4 Sep 2016
at 08:27
Re: Post-Flood Scord
quote:
What do you think happenned next?"


Heracles finds your story boring. "You were supposed to entertain us with stories of your valor and heroism. Not this boring mystery."

Atlas is intrigued "Tell us more. What happened next?"

Noah is kinda ho-hum "Just get on with it boy. I ain't got all night."

quote:
That could be useful. So I'll learn that,


GE 19

The stonemason will help you just as soon as you personally craft him a set of iron tools to work with. He wants the best, and you're the only one who can craft them.

quote:
and train my woodcrafting from the local expert,


You're going to be getting really good at making bows and wooden weapon handles, but sure.

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and also my soft-metal working (if the best one is better than me)


Sorry to tell you, but the coppersmiths have pretty much abandoned that craft in favor of iron working. You're fairly certain it's just a phase and in a few months they will return to copper working as well as iron. They just want to hone their iron crafting for the moment.

quote:
Right! I'll make the warhammer, making the hexagonal pentagonal handle from wood on the day of the Solstice.


So you're trying to make him a Chaos hammer?

GE 15

The solstice is next month. Tell me exactly what you're doing.

quote:
After the hammer is done, I'll make the weight-lifting set, and begin strength and stamina training with Heracles.


I would assume you're making the weight set now since the solstice is next month.

Heracles tells you that the war hammer better be pristine. The finest weapon you've ever crafted, if you're going to make him wait a month for it.

quote:
Is there a way to train your Will? IRL, I'd set up tasks for myself that would be unpleasant in order to stick to my goal and train my willpower. Anything like that in-game?


Yeah there are. Unfortunately I can't tell you how to do it. That would be cheating. So you tell me exactly what you're doing to train your will and I'll tell you if it's working or not.
JohnA1nut
 GM, 1000 posts
Sun 4 Sep 2016
at 12:40
Re: Post-Flood Scord
Two Posts

OOC) Just something I need to tell you whilst I'm thinking about it. Your Chaos multitool. Smashing rocks with one blow, chopping wood with one blow and ripping open doors with the crowbar are all listed as Bonus Strike. Sealing locks and putting things back together is a different skill. The Chaos bow shooting energy bolts without an arrow is also under Bonus Strike. Using the arrow is something else entirely. If you hit something with either hammer or the staff much, much harder than intended, it is also Bonus Strike.

While it is true that there are worlds where Order magic will work and Chaos will not, a good rule of thumb is that if Bonus Strike works with one weapon, it will work with them all. I just felt the need to tell you that.

This message was last edited by the GM at 12:52, Sun 04 Sept 2016.

JohnA1nut
 GM, 1001 posts
Sun 4 Sep 2016
at 16:45
Re: Post-Flood Scord
Three Posts

One of the locals asks if you know of any other vehicles that can be made with wheels. Something light and fast that could move a warrior into hunting position quickly?

A bicycle would probably fit what he's asking for.

(Doing Therapy)
scord
 player, 519 posts
Sun 4 Sep 2016
at 22:06
Re: Post-Flood Scord
quote:
"You were supposed to entertain us with stories of your valor and heroism. Not this boring mystery."

"I'm sorry, but it is true. My part in it is minor. I didn't even mention my part in it. I versed out for the first time before anything ever came of it, but when I first died, I didn't know what happenned to the body. I don't know what happens next. Perhaps one day I will have a dream, and Yahweh will reveal the end of the story to me. But that is all I know so far."

quote:
The stonemason will help you just as soon as you personally craft him a set of iron tools to work with. He wants the best, and you're the only one who can craft them.


I'll add that to my list.

quote:
the coppersmiths have pretty much abandoned that craft


If I live long enough, I'll work on giving them electricity. In preparation for this, I tell the miners to keep an eye out for coal, and describe it to them.

quote:
So you're trying to make him a Chaos hammer?

I'm trying to make him the best item I can possibly make him. If the gods of Chaos deem it worthy of their blessing, then so be it. But yes, that would be cool.

quote:
Tell me exactly what you're doing.


First and foremost, leaving myself open to suggestion from the gods of Order and Chaos.
But my basic plan is to use my chaos hammer to find the most Orderly or Chaotic wood I can find, and then use my Chaos multitool and Chaos Hammer in coordination with each other to craft the most chaotic 5 or 7 sided (maybe spiked) warhammer handle that I can. Then before the end of the day, attach it to the iron warhammer head.

I will consider using a fire to blacken/strengthen the wood. And anything else that feels right.

quote:
I would assume you're making the weight set now since the solstice is next month.

Good point. Yes.

quote:
Heracles tells you that the war hammer better be pristine. The finest weapon you've ever crafted, if you're going to make him wait a month for it.


"That is certainly my intention. Nothing but the best for the manliest man I've ever met."

quote:
So you tell me exactly what you're doing to train your will and I'll tell you if it's working or not.


Well, I'm going to try an aweful lot of different things. The first thing I'll try is a vow of chastity to last until I verse out.

quote:
all listed as Bonus Strike

I don't understand. Does that mean that I should put them in as one skill, and a new use in one raises the others?

quote:
I just felt the need to tell you that.


That makes me think I may need to use an Order weapon to strike Hodder.

quote:
A bicycle would probably fit what he's asking for.


I was thinking the same thing before I read this.

I'm going to start with a unicycle though. I figure that a unicycle is simpler and easier. Something to get my feet wet.

Then I'll graduate myself to a 1 speed bike with fixed cog

quote:
Let’s start with freewheel. Freewheel is what most riders are familiar with. If you pedal forward, you will move the bike forward. If you stop pedaling, the pedals will simply stop and you will coast, and if you pedal backwards…well, nothing much is going to happen. Fixed gear, on the other hand, is slightly different. Fixed gear means that the motion of the pedals is directly connected to the motion of the rear wheel. If you pedal forward, the bike will move forward. If you stop actively pedaling, but the rear wheel is still turning, the pedals will continue to turn. This means there is no coasting, if that back wheel is spinning, so are the pedals. And if you apply reverse pressure to the pedals, you can slow the rear wheel, or move the bike backwards if starting from a stop.


Then a freewheel cog

Then I'll work on a 10 speed bike.

In each case, I'll coat the wheel with leather. Since I've never done any of that, new uses?

This message was last edited by the player at 22:10, Sun 04 Sept 2016.

JohnA1nut
 GM, 1002 posts
Mon 5 Sep 2016
at 03:46
Re: Post-Flood Scord
quote:
"I'm sorry, but it is true. My part in it is minor. I didn't even mention my part in it. I versed out for the first time before anything ever came of it, but when I first died, I didn't know what happenned to the body. I don't know what happens next. Perhaps one day I will have a dream, and Yahweh will reveal the end of the story to me. But that is all I know so far."


They're disappointed at the anti-climatic ending. Heracles comments "You have many fine skills my friend. But storytelling is not one of them!!!"

quote:
The stonemason will help you just as soon as you personally craft him a set of iron tools to work with. He wants the best, and you're the only one who can craft them.

I'll add that to my list.


So you make him tools and now you have 1@1 masonry. Different skill from stone tools. You need to get to 2@1 to even attempt to make anything.

quote:
If I live long enough, I'll work on giving them electricity. In preparation for this, I tell the miners to keep an eye out for coal, and describe it to them.


They're a bit skeptical. "Rocks that burn????" they say with a snicker. But they promise to search for it.

quote:
So you're trying to make him a Chaos hammer?

I'm trying to make him the best item I can possibly make him. If the gods of Chaos deem it worthy of their blessing, then so be it. But yes, that would be cool.

quote:
Tell me exactly what you're doing.

First and foremost, leaving myself open to suggestion from the gods of Order and Chaos.
But my basic plan is to use my chaos hammer to find the most Orderly or Chaotic wood I can find, and then use my Chaos multitool and Chaos Hammer in coordination with each other to craft the most chaotic 5 or 7 sided (maybe spiked) warhammer handle that I can. Then before the end of the day, attach it to the iron warhammer head.

I will consider using a fire to blacken/strengthen the wood. And anything else that feels right.


OOC) First off, making magical weapons is a blessing from the gods of Order and Chaos. It's something they permit rare tool users to do. Thus, you get no skills or skill increases for it. You are completely at their mercy to do it.

IC) So the solstice comes. You just feel compelled to pick up your Chaos multitool. And then you consider going to look for wood, but your eyes fall on the 3 hemp plants that Yrem and Tracy brought. For some reason, you could never bring yourself to smoke them or do anything with them. You just hung them up to dry. But now you know why.

They're each exactly 11 feet long. (Prime number) Taking your Chaos hatchet, you cut them into strips exactly 19 inches long each. (Prime number) then you twist them all together and beat on the strips with the hammer part of the multitool until they're joined into a twisted mass of hemp. It's not multi sided, it's just a whole bunch of strands twisted together. But it's harder than forged steel. Exactly 19 inches long.

So now you've got the handle. It took hours to make, but the hammerhead will be a piece of cake. Going to the smith, you find him pulling a 31 pound block of iron from the blast furnace. (Prime number) He was just compelled to make the block for some reason. He can't explain it.

While the block is still molten and red hot, you plunge the handle into it. No drilling a hole, you just plunge the handle into a solid block of iron. The metal cools instantly. The handle and the hammerhead become inseparable. They're fused as one piece. All of the little imperfections in the metal disappear before your eyes. You watch impurities fall from the block. It's not black iron, but it matches the door of the Vault of Isis exactly. And it forms into a perfect cube. The edges and corners are sharp enough to cut skin if you press hard on them.

Presenting it to Heracles, his eyes light up. "Now that's a war hammer!!!" And he takes it. Lightning flies to his fingertips as he does so. His hair stands on end momentarily. He grins the evil grin of someone who is incredibly happy. Then his eyes go completely white. He looks you up and down. Then he turns around and kind of stares off into space for a few minutes. He says curiously "What is that?" Looking through your hammers, you see nothing out of the ordinary. But then his eyes return to normal. He boasts "A fine weapon indeed. I am most happy!!!" And this will quickly become known as The Hammer of Heracles. From this day forward, he will never be seen without it. He then tells you that you now and forever have your pick of his servant girls to satisfy your heart's desires. But if he sees them with bruises, you will get to know this hammer intimately. Intimately. Do you understand?

OOC) There's looking through tools, then there's actual Order/Chaos sight. Looking through tools is the poor man's version of sight. Of course sight is more advanced. But Heracles still has no idea what he was seeing. I thought giving Heracles a moment of sight would be a good way to let you know it was a Chaos weapon. Don't try to do sight yourself though. It won't work. Looking through tools is the best you can get. Magehammer told you the gods of Order and Chaos are selective about what skills the give to tool users. You can't have sight, but you're one of the rare tool users that can make tools. There's not nearly as many toolmakers as there are users with sight.

OOC) The door of the Vault of Isis is neither black iron nor magical in any way. It's just a unique, technologically made iron alloy that will not rust or corrode and is denser and stronger than regular iron. So you didn't make magic iron. But you did make an iron alloy inspired by Yahweh Himself. On this world, the recipe has been lost to history. Although it might possibly be found on another world. To intentionally make it without instructions on this world or any other will require multiple sets of 1 in 1000 rolls to happen in succession. But it is possible.

quote:
Good point. Yes.


So you make iron weights. Heracles is impressed. He would have never thought of that.

quote:
Well, I'm going to try an aweful lot of different things. The first thing I'll try is a vow of chastity to last until I verse out.


The servant girls will be instructed to try to seduce you at every turn. That's just the way Heracles is. So are you sure you want to do that?

quote:
all listed as Bonus Strike

I don't understand. Does that mean that I should put them in as one skill, and a new use in one raises the others?


OOC) No, it means list the skills as:
Chaos bow, Bonus Strike
Chaos hatchet, Bonus Strike
Chaos crowbar, Bonus Strike
Chaos hammer, Bonus Strike
Etc.

But you only get New Uses for New Uses with that one tool.

I'm telling you that because it will help you to keep track of the skills. It also lets you know that if you can rip a bank vault open with your crowbar, it's a safe bet your Chaos bow will also work.

quote:
I'm going to start with a unicycle though. I figure that a unicycle is simpler and easier. Something to get my feet wet.


What are you making it from? How are you making it? Describe your process in detail. Gotta do that before we can do anything else.

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scord
 player, 520 posts
Tue 6 Sep 2016
at 02:18
Re: Post-Flood Scord
quote:
They're disappointed at the anti-climatic ending. Heracles comments "You have many fine skills my friend. But storytelling is not one of them!!!"

OOC: Remember I said I couldn't talk about it? I found a way around that. I've deleted the text to be safe.

quote:
You need to get to 2@1 to even attempt to make anything.

Do you mean magical? I could work on a mundane stone wall at 1@1, couldn't I?

In any case, I keep training with him.

quote:
OOC) First off, making magical weapons is a blessing from the gods of Order and Chaos. It's something they permit rare tool users to do. Thus, you get no skills or skill increases for it. You are completely at their mercy to do it.

OOC: That's a fair trade-off

quote:
Intimately. Do you understand?

I laugh and explain that I would rather cut off my own arm than hurt someone who was making love to me. I keep private the fact that perfectly consensual S&M is the sole exception, even though I'd have difficulty with that as well.

quote:
He then tells you that you now and forever have your pick of his servant girls to satisfy your heart's desires.


Whom I will politely refuse whenever they approach me for this purpose.

quote:
The servant girls will be instructed to try to seduce you at every turn. That's just the way Heracles is. So are you sure you want to do that?


A vow, once made, is not to be retracted except to save a life.

quote:
What are you making it from? How are you making it? Describe your process in detail. Gotta do that before we can do anything else.


Seat: A metal frame, feather-stuffed leather padding added.
Frame: Metal
Pedal: Metal, studded foot rests, ball-bearings if not too difficult
Wheel: Wood, leather tacked on rim for padding
JohnA1nut
 GM, 1003 posts
Tue 6 Sep 2016
at 03:09
Re: Post-Flood Scord
quote:
Do you mean magical? I could work on a mundane stone wall at 1@1, couldn't I?

In any case, I keep training with him.


Yeah, magical. Something else. Have you assigned all of your tertiary skills yet? If not, you can have masonry at 1@3 and say now you're up to 1@4.

quote:
I laugh and explain that I would rather cut off my own arm than hurt someone who was making love to me. I keep private the fact that perfectly consensual S&M is the sole exception, even though I'd have difficulty with that as well.


OOC) You have the ability to heal all injuries and blank memories remember? Magehammer figured that one out really quickly. I'm not saying he did rape Samantha. All I'm saying is that if he did, she would never know it.

quote:
He then tells you that you now and forever have your pick of his servant girls to satisfy your heart's desires.

Whom I will politely refuse whenever they approach me for this purpose.

The servant girls will be instructed to try to seduce you at every turn. That's just the way Heracles is. So are you sure you want to do that?

A vow, once made, is not to be retracted except to save a life.


OOC) Okay, well see here's the thing. Some of these servant girls are trained to seduce men. And they're very good at it. You're trying to train your willpower. That means that there might be situations where the servant girl gets a skill check and you get a willpower check. If she makes her check and you fail yours, she seduced you. That's how training willpower works. So I ask again, are you sure you want to do that?

quote:
Seat: A metal frame, feather-stuffed leather padding added.
Frame: Metal
Pedal: Metal, studded foot rests, ball-bearings if not too difficult
Wheel: Wood, leather tacked on rim for padding


OOC) I said In Detail!!!!! What kind of metal. Describe your processes. I want to be able to see this thing in my head.

IC) All of these events have been happening over the course of several weeks/months.

In the upcoming weeks/months, Heracles will learn to use his war hammer to throw fireballs, create destructive tornadoes, throw lightning, heal people of all manner of afflictions and summon Chaos sight on command. Five skills. They will be inscribed on the five sides of his hammer after he does them. That's all the magic he (or anyone) can do with it. (So remind me if I try to do more with him.)

Often enough to become disturbing, his eyes will go white and he will stare off into space. Always in the same general direction and say "What IS that?" Looking through your hammers will show you nothing out of the ordinary. And you can't do sight, even using his hammer. So you cannot see what he's seeing.

(Doing Therapy)

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scord
 player, 521 posts
Tue 6 Sep 2016
at 03:40
Re: Post-Flood Scord
quote:
Have you assigned all of your tertiary skills yet? If not, you can have masonry at 1@3 and say now you're up to 1@4.

I don't think I have, so I'll take it.

quote:
OOC) You have the ability to heal all injuries and blank memories remember? Magehammer figured that one out really quickly. I'm not saying he did rape Samantha. All I'm saying is that if he did, she would never know it.


No, but he would. Plus, I have a vow to stick to.

quote:
OOC) Okay, well see here's the thing. Some of these servant girls are trained to seduce men. And they're very good at it. You're trying to train your willpower. That means that there might be situations where the servant girl gets a skill check and you get a willpower check. If she makes her check and you fail yours, she seduced you. That's how training willpower works. So I ask again, are you sure you want to do that?


Of course! IRL, I would resist. I have already resisted the seductions of 14 women. I would remember my pre-verser-life wife, and that would help me resist. So even if I fail to resist in-game, I know that it is ultimately just a game, and that I would resist IRL.

quote:
OOC) I said In Detail!!!!! What kind of metal. Describe your processes. I want to be able to see this thing in my head.


If they have aluminum, I'll use that. But otherwise, I'll stick with iron.
I'll begin by creating a mold for a cast-iron (or aluminum) pipe. The mold will be 3 feet long, and 2 inches thick, with the vacant space for the metal about 1/4 of an inch thick.

After obtaining 2 pipe sections, I'll bend one pipe into a "U" shape to fit around the wheel, and cut the other section into 6 6" sections. I'll use one 6" section to raise the seat above the wheel.

A removable/lockable pole through the "U" at the tip will provide the axel of the wheel and connect to the pedals.

I'll form a mold for the seat, and hammer plates of metal on the mold (I don't know what this would actually be called) to fit the form of the seat, then hammer out a few holes to accommodate the tacking. The seat itself will have a pole attached to it for easy fitting into the 6" pipe section, and for later addition of a shock-absorbing spring.

Then, take a sheet of leather, and attach it to the seat. Then, a larger sheet of leather, leaving space between it and the first, which is then stuffed full of feathers before being sealed.

For the wheel, I'll make a regular wooden wheel, bound with a metal rim, but then with strips of leather wrapped around the rim for cushioning.

I'll make the pedals simply with rods of metal bent into shape, and a flat wooden block for the foot-rest (why not make it simpler?).

And I believe that's all the pieces. Why am I describing this in such detail?

quote:
Heracles will learn to use his war hammer to throw fireballs, create destructive tornadoes, throw lightning, heal the injured and summon Chaos sight on command.


I have 1@1 Chaos Healing with my Chaos Hammer. I'll help him learn if I can. I'd appreciate him helping me learn anything also.

quote:
Often enough to become disturbing, his eyes will go white and he will stare off into space. Always in the same general direction and say "What IS that?" Looking through your hammers will show you nothing out of the ordinary.


I ask him to describe it to me in detail, and I will sit down with pencil and paper to draw it. I have some skill at art, so this isn't really a leap for me. I'll get him to correct any bits that aren't quite right, and redraw it until he says it's right.

If the ordinary person has drawing 1@1, I have drawing 1@7. I'm no Van Gough, but I am good. Especially at sketching (more like 1@9)
JohnA1nut
 GM, 1004 posts
Tue 6 Sep 2016
at 04:20
Re: Post-Flood Scord
quote:
I don't think I have, so I'll take it.


1@4 masonry.

quote:
Of course! IRL, I would resist. I have already resisted the seductions of 14 women. I would remember my pre-verser-life wife, and that would help me resist. So even if I fail to resist in-game, I know that it is ultimately just a game, and that I would resist IRL.


OOC) Yeah, I've resisted that too. It's really not that difficult. But have you ever been seduced by a professional who was under orders from a feared and respected king? That's why it's a check. But you do get a bonused willpower check. BTW, this isn't enough to raise it yet. I'll let you know when.

Skill check 99 BOTCH!!!!! Willpower check 7

So you go to your chamber in the castle. Two nubile young hotties come in. They're under orders from Heracles. They start doing a seductive striptease dance for you. You're rock solid. But then one of them slips on a slick spot on the ground and takes her friend down with her. They end up in an awkward pile on the floor and start begging you not to tell Heracles of their failure.

You made your willpower check, so you resist the urge to laugh at them as you help them to their feet and out the door.

quote:
If they have aluminum, I'll use that.


GE 7

Yeah, they have aluminum.

quote:
And I believe that's all the pieces. Why am I describing this in such detail?


OOC) So I know what you're doing? You've run games before right? Isn't it a pain when you and the player are thinking two completely different things about the situation?

So you built a unicycle. Somebody asks you to show them how it works.

quote:
I have 1@1 Chaos Healing with my Chaos Hammer. I'll help him learn if I can. I'd appreciate him helping me learn anything also.


Can you throw fire, lightning or tornadoes?

Heracles sometimes leaves for days at a time to attend to other business at the other cities under his rule. He leaves you in charge when he does that. With his hammer, he can tell if someone is attempting to deceive him. (Lying Chaos) and he quickly gains a reputation for throwing non-lethal bolts of lightning at those who do. Intentionally misses them by a few feet to make sure they don't try to lie to him again.

Yeah, he really likes this hammer!!!!!

quote:
I ask him to describe it to me in detail, and I will sit down with pencil and paper to draw it. I have some skill at art, so this isn't really a leap for me. I'll get him to correct any bits that aren't quite right, and redraw it until he says it's right.


What he describes to you is a white picket fence with rounded stumps at regular intervals at the top and moving legs at the bottom. Between the stumps and the moving legs is just a solid mass of white. But it reminds him of a white picket fence.

(Doing Therapy)

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JohnA1nut
 GM, 1005 posts
Tue 6 Sep 2016
at 05:17
Re: Post-Flood Scord
Two Posts

There was a detail I forgot to mention. A very important detail.

When Heracles goes into Chaos sight and stares off into space, it's always in the same general direction as Hodder's scriff sense.

(Doing Therapy)

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scord
 player, 522 posts
Tue 6 Sep 2016
at 15:33
Re: Post-Flood Scord
quote:
BTW, this isn't enough to raise it yet. I'll let you know when.

Thank you.

quote:
Yeah, they have aluminum.

So the pipe will be aluminum. But I'll still make the pedal bar from iron for its durability.

quote:
OOC) So I know what you're doing? You've run games before right? Isn't it a pain when you and the player are thinking two completely different things about the situation?

True enough

quote:
So you built a unicycle. Somebody asks you to show them how it works.


So I do. I've ridden unicycle once before. I'd say I'm only 1@1 at it though. New use? You never know when riding a unicycle could come in handy.

I explain that the advantage of this unicycle is that both arms are free to wield weaponry.

Any new uses out of the unicycle construction?

Next I'll work on a fixed wheel bicycle. Same basic construction as the unicycle but with two wheels etc. The details are unimportant to me, but I can post a pic of the goal if you want.

quote:
Can you throw fire, lightning or tornadoes?


Not yet, though I am aware of the possibility.

quote:
Yeah, he really likes this hammer!!!!!


I am very gratified.
I approach the oldest looking person I can find, and ask them if they would like me to use magic to make them young again. If they agree, I try to remove the Chaos of age from them. If this works, I offer to teach it to Heracles. He is a good king, and if his kingdom can last for thousands of years, this world will be blessed.
quote:
it's always in the same general direction as Hodder's scriff sense.

Makes me think it might be a satellite.

I try to use my Hammer to create an Order Laser Shield (Mirror).

I also use my morning prayer to pray that God reveal the nature of the object to me.
JohnA1nut
 GM, 1006 posts
Tue 6 Sep 2016
at 20:57
Re: Post-Flood Scord
quote:
So I do. I've ridden unicycle once before. I'd say I'm only 1@1 at it though. New use? You never know when riding a unicycle could come in handy.

quote:
I explain that the advantage of this unicycle is that both arms are free to wield weaponry.


OOC) I rolled the dice six times and they were all failures. Sometimes it's like that. Thus, no new uses. Only get those for success.

So you try to demonstrate it. Faceplant. You get back on. Faceplant. Try again. Faceplant.

Heracles has a mighty chuckle at this.

"If you wanted to take over the role of village idiot, you should have just asked!!!!"

Needless to say, he's less than impressed and has no intention to employ those.

quote:
Any new uses out of the unicycle construction?


+1 Soft Metals. Magehammer never taught you how to work aluminum. He taught you tin, copper and brass.

quote:
Next I'll work on a fixed wheel bicycle. Same basic construction as the unicycle but with two wheels etc. The details are unimportant to me, but I can post a pic of the goal if you want.


This is going to take a while, and I think you're about to have more pressing issues to deal with. So let's just hang off for a second.

quote:
I approach the oldest looking person I can find, and ask them if they would like me to use magic to make them young again. If they agree, I try to remove the Chaos of age from them. If this works, I offer to teach it to Heracles. He is a good king, and if his kingdom can last for thousands of years, this world will be blessed.


As much as Heracles would love to live forever, his hammer is not capable of doing that. He can heal his injuries and keep himself healthy by curing any diseases he might get. But reversing age is outside its ability. But with it he is going to live much longer than he would have.

But he does ask you if you can take some age off of him. "Once a man hits one hundred years old, things are never the same. If you could reverse me back to 60. That's when I felt the best."

He's also the only one brave/stupid enough to volunteer for this.

So you do it to Heracles. He goes from looking 35-40 to looking 20-25. So about the difference between T3 Arnold and T1 Arnold. You took about 60 years off of his age.

After that, you have no shortage of people requesting it.

1@1 Reverse age.

quote:
Makes me think it might be a satellite.


What makes you think that?

quote:
I try to use my Hammer to create an Order Laser Shield (Mirror).


Explain.

quote:
I also use my morning prayer to pray that God reveal the nature of the object to me.


That night you have a dream. A vision. Seconds 45-60 of this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSjqF5tR894

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JohnA1nut
 GM, 1007 posts
Tue 6 Sep 2016
at 23:49
Re: Post-Flood Scord
Two Posts

These people have an average lifespan of about 250 years. Noah was born before the flood so he's the exception. Pushing 900. A person is not fully grown here until they're about 30 or 40 years old. Still a child. Heracles was about 120-130. Middle aged. You took him back to 60. That's prime young adulthood here.

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scord
 player, 523 posts
Wed 7 Sep 2016
at 02:05
Re: Post-Flood Scord
quote:
So you try to demonstrate it. Faceplant. You get back on. Faceplant. Try again. Faceplant.


But if I practice, I can't get a "new use", but I also can't botch, right? I'll practice once a day for as long as I can until circumstances change.

quote:
He taught you tin, copper and brass

So gold, silver, bronze and other soft metals would each be new uses?

quote:
This is going to take a while, and I think you're about to have more pressing issues to deal with. So let's just hang off for a second.

Ho-boy

quote:
After that, you have no shortage of people requesting it.

I'll go for new uses, or if not, then practice.

quote:
What makes you think that?

Clearly something he's never seen before, otherwise he'd be able to describe it better. Hodder has the tech to make something like that, and one could make a laser-equipped satellite to annihilate one's enemies.

quote:
Explain.


A Mirror Field is an area - much like a force-field - which rather than repelling physical force alone, also repels electromagnetic radiation. No matter what frequency of EM radiation you project at it, it reflects that projection back to the source or scatters it depending on the skill of the one controlling the Mirror Field.

I figured this would be an Order Magic skill because it would be perfectly smooth and round, it would change the direction of light in an Orderly fashion and it could be essentially a perfectly dark layer directly behind a perfectly shiny-smooth layer with a perfectly clear layer in front of that.

quote:
That night you have a dream


Looks like lasers to me. Or meteorites. Or giant robots. Gonna need magic for this one.
JohnA1nut
 GM, 1008 posts
Wed 7 Sep 2016
at 02:29
Re: Post-Flood Scord
quote:
But if I practice, I can't get a "new use", but I also can't botch, right? I'll practice once a day for as long as I can until circumstances change.


You didn't botch. You failed. A failure is a faceplant. A botch would have been a faceplant and a broken nose.

But you try to practice it. Do you want that unicycle to come with you when you verse out?

quote:
So gold, silver, bronze and other soft metals would each be new uses?


Not bronze, but yeah.

quote:
I'll go for new uses, or if not, then practice.


Practice. You unage quite a few people.

quote:
Clearly something he's never seen before, otherwise he'd be able to describe it better. Hodder has the tech to make something like that, and one could make a laser-equipped satellite to annihilate one's enemies.


Or something he's all too familiar with, but presented to him in a way that's unrecognizable.

quote:
A Mirror Field is an area


You're not gonna need this.

quote:
Looks like lasers to me. Or meteorites. Or giant robots. Gonna need magic for this one.


Or a horde of giants walking shoulder to shoulder?

As you are unageing people, suddenly and without warning, a house 20 feet behind you inexplicably explodes. Somebody said they saw a fireball from heaven come down and annihilate it. More explosions coming in. Fire raining from the sky. Heracles sees where they're coming from and runs out that way.

Then you see it. A column of giants about a mile away. Walking shoulder to shoulder. Looking through your Chaos hammer, you see the picket fence that Heracles described. A white wall with regularly spaced stumps (heads) at the top, and moving legs. They're wearing iron and leather body armor. And marching straight at the city. Hodder is out in front leading them. They're throwing atlatl spears. Some of the spears have clay jars on the tips. These explode on impact. Molotov cocktails. The giants can lob these things from a mile away with the atlatl.

Heracles begins barking orders. Soon, every man in town is right behind him with a vast assortment of weaponry. Everything from bows to brooms. The two trebuchets are manned and begin firing back.

Heracles raises his hammer and begins to conjure up a tornado. But before you can see or do anything else, you are impaled through the skull by a spear.

Thou Art Dead.

OOC) I always thought that would be the worst part of being a verser. Dying right at the beginning of something and never seeing how it goes down. But fear not.

OOC) Sorry, I'm just sick of this world. Onto bigger and brighter things!!!!!
scord
 player, 524 posts
Wed 7 Sep 2016
at 02:44
Re: Post-Flood Scord
I'll take the unicycle, because - why not?

Did I get replacement Hemp and seeds?

quote:
OOC) Sorry, I'm just sick of this world. Onto bigger and brighter things!!!!!


Understandable.

I would like a bit of a trade-off for this kind of thing. If a world is cut short- not because I botched, or did something stupid - but because I just got randomly killed. Perhaps I could get a new use from something that I was working on at or before my death. One could call it an epiphany or something.

Unless....

Is it 100 days of practice to level up once? or every 30 days, I forget. If it's 100:

Does my practice effect continue to the next world if I practice again? For instance, if I die 30 days into practicing unicycle, and then wait 30 days in the next world, but start practicing unicycle again later on, dying 30 days after that. Would I be able to still level up at the end of a further 40 days of practice?

In other words, can I pick up practicing something where I left off in a previous world? If so, I don't really need any kind of trade-off.