A Historic Moment for a Verser.   Posted by JohnA1nut.Group: 0
JohnA1nut
 GM, 1075 posts
Sat 12 Nov 2016
at 04:30
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quote:
Not that badly. It depends on how much you would want to write him into the stories. I just feel a responsibility to make sure he does alright. But I don't think I'd mind bumping into him over and over.


Well then he's not going to be your associate. What? You think Heracles won't be able to take care of himself in The Verse once you make him young again?

quote:
So, I can't do a magical skill unless I'm really good at it?


No, you can't do a magic skill over 4 unless you're inside Angus' shoppe, or you are a descendant of Heracles wielding his hammer. I thought I made that clear. Technically, a descendant of Heracles wielding his hammer would have more magic than Yahweh on this world.

Come on man!! Give me something worthy of a reply!!!!!!

(Doing Therapy)
scord
 player, 586 posts
Sat 12 Nov 2016
at 05:48
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quote:
You think Heracles won't be able to take care of himself in The Verse once you make him young again?

lol, no. He'd be rightly insulted if he thought I thought that.

quote:
Give me something worthy of a reply


I'm waiting until we get to Angus's I think. There's nothing else I really want to do before making Heracles young again.

Although, I would like to learn if his hammer can be used to heal a zombie.

IC:
"Heracles, have you ever healed someone else with your hammer? Have you tried curing a zombie? I think you would basically draw the Chaos out of the zombie."
JohnA1nut
 GM, 1076 posts
Sat 12 Nov 2016
at 06:30
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quote:
lol, no. He'd be rightly insulted if he thought I thought that.


OOC) I just realized that when he verses, a lot of museums are going to lose artifacts that belong to him. He never relinquished ownership.

quote:
I'm waiting until we get to Angus's I think. There's nothing else I really want to do before making Heracles young again.


I think it took 2 days to get here from there. So 2 days to get back?

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Although, I would like to learn if his hammer can be used to heal a zombie.


Campbell is all for trying to take one alive so you can test that. Bill and Ted take some persuading but they finally get on board with it.

quote:
"Heracles, have you ever healed someone else with your hammer? Have you tried curing a zombie? I think you would basically draw the Chaos out of the zombie."


Heracles gives a weak impression of an evil grin and says "Of course. Those enemies I found especially evil, I would beat them to within an inch of their lives and then heal them just to do it all over again!!"

But as he thinks back, he remembers that he used the hammer to heal a plague in some kingdom he was ruling. The plague was centuries later identified as smallpox.

He's wondered himself if it could heal the zombie outbreak. But he's not had the means to act on that. Until now.

So, Heracles tells all of you except Campbell to wait outside. When the door opens, Campbell is carrying a rather large suitcase and Heracles is driving his electric wheelchair out. He's got the hammer in his lap and the gauntlet on his arm. Campbell is under orders not to reveal what he and Heracles discussed in private.

OOC) When in doubt, do something cryptic. Also, my favorite plot device is a large container of unknown contents. What do the characters need at this exact moment to get them out of the jam they got into? Oh wow, Heracles has one in his suitcase!!!!!!

You get a lot of looks from the hospital staff. Heracles has to talk to some people and sign some papers. He does this flawlessly whilst wearing the gauntlet. Here they know him as Armand Hammer.

But once that's done, you go outside. You and Campbell lift his wheelchair into the back of the truck. Ted sits back there with you this time. He wants to listen to the stories this old geezer has to tell. And Heracles has no shortage of them. Bill is driving.

OOC) Do you just want to skip the two day drive or what?

(Doing Therapy)

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JohnA1nut
 GM, 1077 posts
Mon 14 Nov 2016
at 11:54
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quote:
That's how power blocks work.

So, I can't do a magical skill unless I'm really good at it?


I'm confused. Where did you get this idea from what I wrote about it? I thought I made it clear that your magic was blocked. Being good at it doesn't change a damn thing there. I mean, you might as well ask if being a good swimmer will let you fly.

(Doing Therapy)
scord
 player, 587 posts
Tue 15 Nov 2016
at 19:37
A Historic Moment for a Verser.
Skip the drive.

I got the idea trying to figure out what power block means. You never said anything to directly suggest it. I'm just wild guessing.
JohnA1nut
 GM, 1078 posts
Tue 15 Nov 2016
at 23:14
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quote:
Skip the drive.


So you skip the drive. Several stops for fuel. Heracles tells stories from his past. Great battles he's fought, people he's saved, women he's fucked.

You tell him that Angus is seven feet tall, and it starts his mind wondering. He's had exactly one liaison with a giant woman. It was right after he defeated Ho-dare. He had to lay with this giant princess to consummate the treaty. She was nearly nine feet tall. It was the only time he was ever fearful in the bedchamber.

But he remembers it very well.

When you get back to Angus' farm, you and Campbell get Heracles down out of the back. Angus is less than thrilled to see you. Until Heracles speaks up. Speaking very quickly in Learnish he gets Angus' attention. You cannot understand very much of it. You would surmise that most of it is probably proper names of people and places. What you understand comes out as "(Unintelligible) went to (Unintelligible) and met (Unintelligible)" He's giving a genealogy to Angus.

As you watch, Angus's eyes and mouth open wider and wider. He's dumbfounded. Finally seven foot tall hugely muscled Angus drops down onto his knees and bows before Old Heracles. He says in Learnish "I am your servant."

Everyone else is just watching this in awe and bewilderment.

quote:
I got the idea trying to figure out what power block means. You never said anything to directly suggest it. I'm just wild guessing.


OOC) For your purposes, power block is just a different way that a skill can be biased out. The difference is that a power block allows for exceptions. Thus, all magic over 4 is power blocked, unless you are a descendant of Heracles wielding his hammer.

(Doing Therapy)
scord
 player, 588 posts
Wed 16 Nov 2016
at 06:57
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quote:
Everyone else is just watching this in awe and bewilderment.

OOC:
I would completely defer to Heracles here. Angus has power over me due to his physical prowess, position as owner of the home in which I am currently a guest, his ownership of the shoppe I wish to use, and his ownership of the metal alloys I'd like to buy from him. Specifically I want some glasses made from the allow that can magnify things so that I can use them as telescopes and microscopes. And Angus has placed himself under Heracles who is my friend, but is also over 5900 years older than me. But since I am a player and not an NPC...

IC:
"We would like to use your shoppe, Angus. I would also like to buy an object (preferably glasses) made from that alloy which magnifies things. But Heracles' needs come first right now."

Aside to Heracles (when no one can hear) I ask him, "I'm just curious, do you plan on giving your hammer to Angus or keeping it when you verse out?"
JohnA1nut
 GM, 1079 posts
Wed 16 Nov 2016
at 14:14
A Historic Moment for a Verser.
quote:
"We would like to use your shoppe, Angus. I would also like to buy an object (preferably glasses) made from that alloy which magnifies things. But Heracles' needs come first right now."


GE 16

quote:
"We would like to use your shoppe, Angus. I would also


That's as far as you get. As soon as your pronoun switches to "I" Heracles raises his gloved hand and grunts to silence you. He gives you a look that seems to be saying "If I was 1,000 years younger, I'd be stomping you into the ground right now." It seems you interrupted something. How dare you have the audacity to express your own personal desires at a time like this?

Angus rises to his feet. He gives you a look that seems to be saying "If Heracles wasn't here, I'd be stomping you into the ground right now." But then he lowers his head and returns to his servile state to Heracles.

Seems you just stepped on pretty thin ice there.

Then Heracles is speaking Learnish to Angus. They have a conversation. They're speaking too quickly for you to grasp most of it. But when they conclude, Angus takes the hammer from Heracles. It begins to glow and radiate energy. Angus says "Isis Iron." Then he examines the handle. "Hemp stalks" he says.

OOC) I don't feel like going back and checking. Did you give Angus a hemp seed before? Well, whether or not you did, you did now.

IC) Angus gestures to his land. Growing in the field in a position of honor among his other crops is a single hemp plant. Angus said he planted it four days ago when you left, and it's already almost fully grown. You gave Angus the Isis hemp seed.

Then Heracles and Angus share a look together. They know what needs to be done.

Angus leads you into his shoppe. You feel your hammers surge in power. Then he asks how exactly you made the Hammer of Heracles.

quote:
Aside to Heracles (when no one can hear) I ask him, "I'm just curious, do you plan on giving your hammer to Angus or keeping it when you verse out?"


"If I'm right, he can now make another."
scord
 player, 589 posts
Thu 17 Nov 2016
at 06:55
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I tell Angus, "The summer solstice came. I just felt compelled to pick up my multitool. And then I considered going to look for wood, but my eyes fell on 3 dried hemp plants which were each exactly 11 feet long. Taking my hatchet, I cut them into strips exactly 19 inches long each. Then twisted them all together and beat on the strips with the hammer part of the multitool until they were joined into a twisted mass of hemp. It was harder than forged steel. Exactly 19 inches long. It took hours to make handle. Going to the smith, I found him pulling a 31 pound block of iron from the blast furnace. He was just compelled to make the block for some reason. He couldn't explain it.

"While the block was still molten and red hot, I plunged the handle into it. No drilling a hole, I just plunged the handle into a solid block of iron. The metal cooled instantly. The handle and the hammerhead became inseparable. They were fused as one piece. All of the little imperfections in the metal disappeared before my eyes. I watched impurities fall from the block. It matched the door of the Vault of Isis exactly. And it formed into a perfect cube. The edges and corners were sharp enough to cut skin if you pressed hard on them."

quote:
"If I'm right, he can now make another."


Continuing that aside, "I want some glasses made from the alloy that can magnify things so that I can use them as telescopes and microscopes. I don't expect it, but I want it. I am your servant here, and I don't want to overstep. But, I need to be honest with you. No matter what, I will do what I can to fulfill your desires here, and hopefully get into Angus's good graces.

"Also, let me know when to try to make you young again."

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JohnA1nut
 GM, 1080 posts
Thu 17 Nov 2016
at 16:51
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quote:
I tell Angus, "The summer solstice came. I just felt compelled to pick up my multitool. And then I considered going to look for wood, but my eyes fell on 3 dried hemp plants which were each exactly 11 feet long. Taking my hatchet, I cut them into strips exactly 19 inches long each. Then twisted them all together and beat on the strips with the hammer part of the multitool until they were joined into a twisted mass of hemp. It was harder than forged steel. Exactly 19 inches long. It took hours to make handle. Going to the smith, I found him pulling a 31 pound block of iron from the blast furnace. He was just compelled to make the block for some reason. He couldn't explain it.

"While the block was still molten and red hot, I plunged the handle into it. No drilling a hole, I just plunged the handle into a solid block of iron. The metal cooled instantly. The handle and the hammerhead became inseparable. They were fused as one piece. All of the little imperfections in the metal disappeared before my eyes. I watched impurities fall from the block. It matched the door of the Vault of Isis exactly. And it formed into a perfect cube. The edges and corners were sharp enough to cut skin if you pressed hard on them."


GE 8

Angus ponders. "Once the hemp plant is fully grown, Angus will have to attempt that."

Angus generally refers to himself by name when speaking English.

quote:
Continuing that aside, "I want some glasses made from the alloy that can magnify things so that I can use them as telescopes and microscopes. I don't expect it, but I want it.


GE22

Heracles tells you to bend down closer to him. When you do, he backhand slaps you across the face with that metal gauntlet. It doesn't hurt really. But it does get your attention.

"You impertinent dog!!! We've got a plague ravaging millions and your only thought is for yourself. For glasses to improve your eyesight!! Go buy a telescope and a microscope, and stop bothering us with such trivialities!!!"

quote:
I am your servant here, and I don't want to overstep. But, I need to be honest with you. No matter what, I will do what I can to fulfill your desires here, and hopefully get into Angus's good graces.


"Then keep your mouth shut and your eyes open!!!"

quote:
"Also, let me know when to try to make you young again."


Heracles starts barking orders at Angus and everyone else. He orders Angus to take everyone out of the shoppe and wait outside. This frail, helpless old man is barking orders at a seven foot tall giant as if he was once again the general of the military. And the seven foot giant obeys.

"No time like the present."

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scord
 player, 590 posts
Thu 17 Nov 2016
at 18:57
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"You impertinent dog!!! We've got a plague ravaging millions and your only thought is for yourself. For glasses to improve your eyesight!! Go buy a telescope and a microscope, and stop bothering us with such trivialities!!!"


My expression darkens a little, "I am set to experience life in millions of worlds. My actions and inactions could effect quadrillions of people. It is possible that by having such glasses I could save countless lives in other universes. They are not as trivial as you may think. Nevertheless, I have willingly chosen to follow your lead, and I won't ask a second time. That was the first time I mentioned it, and the last in this world.

"I am planning on trying to help you live forever in multiple universes. Turning you into a god of sorts. That implies great power. With great power comes great responsibility. Responsibility not to abuse that power. If you want something of me you need only ask. You NEVER need to emphasize your desire with physical assault no matter how small or harmless. You need never use insults either. You could have just as easily said 'I don't want to hear about glasses, focus on the task at hand'."

I go back to normal, "Let's put that behind us, friend."

quote:
"No time like the present."


I attempt to use my hammer to make him young.

I also pray for guidance on how to turn him into a verser.

My thought is to supercharge the alarm-clock with a bolt of lightning while he's holding the clock.
JohnA1nut
 GM, 1081 posts
Fri 18 Nov 2016
at 02:07
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My actions and inactions could effect quadrillions of people.


OOC) Just a little aside here. I had a girlfriend who was an English major. What you said here is technically wrong. Effect with an E is a noun. Affect, with an A is the verb form. Here you would want to use Affect, because it's describing an action on your part. To use the example I used when she explained it to me: "I would Affect you by hitting you with a baseball bat, and the Effect would be that you were laying on the ground unconscious."

I'm just always trying to improve my grammar. I hope you take that to heart.

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My expression darkens a little, "I am set to experience life in millions of worlds. My actions and inactions could effect quadrillions of people. It is possible that by having such glasses I could save countless lives in other universes. They are not as trivial as you may think. Nevertheless, I have willingly chosen to follow your lead, and I won't ask a second time. That was the first time I mentioned it, and the last in this world.


"There you go thinking of yourself again. What you could do at some undetermined future time. Not the good you could do in the here and now."

Yeah, Heracles is telling you not to think of yourself. Seems he's changed his tune considerably in his old age.

quote:
"I am planning on trying to help you live forever in multiple universes. Turning you into a god of sorts. That implies great power. With great power comes great responsibility. Responsibility not to abuse that power. If you want something of me you need only ask. You NEVER need to emphasize your desire with physical assault no matter how small or harmless. You need never use insults either. You could have just as easily said 'I don't want to hear about glasses, focus on the task at hand'."


At this, he kind of laughs a little and apologizes for the slap. It's been a long time since he's hit anyone. He kinda missed it. You'd have to understand the warrior.

But he really is sorry for that.

quote:
I go back to normal, "Let's put that behind us, friend."


"Yes, let's. I keep forgetting I am no longer the feared king and warrior. You control my fate. Don't slap the face that makes you young."

Yeah, he's mellowed a lot. He's known real fear for the first time.

quote:
"No time like the present."


quote:
I attempt to use my hammer to make him young.


The magic in Angus' shoppe is so heavily bonused that it works almost automatically. New Use. The downside though is that you're reversing age almost 6,000 years. Good luck getting any more New Uses!!!!!

It works. He's young, but he's not strong. Now he has 60 year old atrophied muscles instead of 6,000 year old atrophied muscles. It's gonna take him a long time before he can walk again. But at least now he could.

He tries to stand and walk on his own. He makes it a few steps before his knees collapse. He begins cursing in Learnish.

+1 Learnish. You learned your first cuss words.

quote:
I also pray for guidance on how to turn him into a verser.


quote:
My thought is to supercharge the alarm-clock with a bolt of lightning while he's holding the clock.


God says that will work. But does the alarm clock need to be plugged in or not? No electricity out here.

(Doing Therapy)
scord
 player, 591 posts
Fri 25 Nov 2016
at 18:00
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OOC:Sorry for the long wait, got a part time position in a church in addition to my regular job and my writing aspirations

affect vs effect - I often get those two mixed up.

quote:
He's known real fear for the first time.


At this, I feel a little ashamed for essentially doing the same thing I was trying to tell him I didn't want him to do to me. But I decide to let it go in the interest of not dwelling on the whole thing.

quote:
No electricity out here.


"Well, I think my plan will work, but it will require a lot of preparation time. We're going to need electricity to power the alarm clock, and the only way I'm certain that will work is to build an electric generator. I can do that, but it takes time and I don't want to do that if Angus won't approve."

I consider my solar charger and try to figure out if it has enough power for this purpose.

OOC: As a player, I'd rather build the generator for the experience, but realistically I'd try for the most obvious and quick solution first.
JohnA1nut
 GM, 1082 posts
Sat 26 Nov 2016
at 21:41
A Historic Moment for a Verser.
quote:
"Well, I think my plan will work, but it will require a lot of preparation time. We're going to need electricity to power the alarm clock, and the only way I'm certain that will work is to build an electric generator. I can do that, but it takes time and I don't want to do that if Angus won't approve."


OOC) To be clear, it might work if the clock is not plugged in. Then again, it might not. You don't know enough about scriff to make that determination, and God isn't being very helpful.

IC) Heracles is in no hurry to verse out. He still can't walk. He refuses to let you use magic to restore his physical strength. He had to work to get where he was, and he'll just have to work to get there again. He's not going to even think about wanting to verse until he can at least heft his hammer. So you might have months to work on this problem. Heracles thinks you should all stay here for the time being. He's fairly certain he can keep Angus in check as long as you don't push things too hard.

quote:
I consider my solar charger and try to figure out if it has enough power for this purpose.

OOC: As a player, I'd rather build the generator for the experience, but realistically I'd try for the most obvious and quick solution first.


OOC) For the moment, this isn't a concern.
scord
 player, 592 posts
Wed 30 Nov 2016
at 17:11
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"Well, are you ready to show everyone your younger self?"

Once this is settled, I'll request the use of Angus's materials to build the generator.
"I have no use for it beyond fully powering the alarm clock. So once this is over, I don't care what you do with it - after all it is and will be yours."

I plan to use woodcutting to make a wind turbine for the power source.

Throughout, I make every effort to be polite to Angus (as much as everyone else, really) and I treat Angus as the Lord of the Manor, so to speak, in that I differ to him and whenever appropriate ask his permission before using any of his things or going anywhere new.
JohnA1nut
 GM, 1083 posts
Wed 30 Nov 2016
at 18:47
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quote:
"Well, are you ready to show everyone your younger self?"


Heracles says bravely "I need to walk out of here."

He says it's been at least a hundred years since he's walked under his own power. He asks you to help him out of the wheelchair but he needs to walk on his own.

So he gets on his feet and he takes a few steps. He stumbles. You catch him. He thanks you. He steps some more. He makes it to the door. He stumbles and catches himself in the door frame. Everyone is gathered around the door watching this. Angus looks at the young Heracles with shock and disbelief. Heracles is still leaning on the door frame. He says something to Angus in Learnish. You can't catch most of it.

But then Heracles steps away from the door and steps outside. He stands straight and tall. Angus kneels before him. And then so do Bill, Ted and Campbell.

Heracles is happier than he's been in a very long time. He's recaptured a semblance of how it felt to be a king. But then his knees buckle and he's kneeling with them.

There's a bit of snickering from Bill and Ted, but a look and a grunt from Angus silences them. Heracles rises again under his own power.

Heracles says something to Angus is Learnish. You get the gist of it as "We're going to stay here for a while."

And Angus says back "Yes my king."

quote:
Once this is settled, I'll request the use of Angus's materials to build the generator. "I have no use for it beyond fully powering the alarm clock. So once this is over, I don't care what you do with it - after all it is and will be yours."


GE6, Intuition check 14

Angus tells you that he's got all the materials to do that. He's says you are welcome to use his shoppe to build it. He's contemplated doing that. But just can't do it. It's against his heritage. But you better be on your best behavior.

It occurs to you that Chaos magic can create electricity but you would need to Order it to make it compatible with the alarm clock. Chaos creates uncontrolled lightning. And while it can be directed in a general direction, it would need to have a great deal of Order added to create the 120 AC current needed. Perhaps something you might want to try.

quote:
I plan to use woodcutting to make a wind turbine for the power source.


Angus has all the tools and has skill making windmills. He'll help you. You see a few windmills around the property powering different things.

quote:
Throughout, I make every effort to be polite to Angus (as much as everyone else, really) and I treat Angus as the Lord of the Manor, so to speak, in that I differ to him and whenever appropriate ask his permission before using any of his things or going anywhere new.


One thing you are all going to be doing is working on his farm. You need to earn your keep. This generator thing is going to be a side project, and not even Heracles' influence can change that. Dems da rulezzz.

You start tomorrow. Angus invites you all to the barn. He tells his wife to fix a special meal for all of you.

After a few hours (In which you can do different things) five sons and five daughters join you in the barn for the meal. It's a happy, jovial attitude.

Angus' eldest son is named Hezekiah. He's put in charge of you. Kind of your overseer to make sure you do your farm work right.
scord
 player, 594 posts
Fri 2 Dec 2016
at 02:33
Re: A Historic Moment for a Verser.
quote:
Heracles says bravely "I need to walk out of here."

I smile, knowing that Heracles is strong even if his body denies it.

quote:
But then Heracles steps away from the door and steps outside. He stands straight and tall. Angus kneels before him. And then so do Bill, Ted and Campbell.


I don't kneel, but I do bow at the waist.

quote:
There's a bit of snickering from Bill and Ted, but a look and a grunt from Angus silences them. Heracles rises again under his own power.


Later in private, I say to ten, "Guys, Heracles is your rightful king as much as he is Angus' king. He's been alive for thousands of years, and when he is at his normal state, he could bench press all of us for fun. I know it was unexpected, but keep in mind how much this all means to Angus if nothing else."

quote:
Angus tells you that he's got all the materials to do that. He's says you are welcome to use his shoppe to build it. He's contemplated doing that. But just can't do it. It's against his heritage. But you better be on your best behavior.


I will be.

quote:
It occurs to you that Chaos magic can create electricity but you would need to Order it to make it compatible with the alarm clock. Chaos creates uncontrolled lightning. And while it can be directed in a general direction, it would need to have a great deal of Order added to create the 120 AC current needed. Perhaps something you might want to try.

Yes by not here. If I screwed that up, Angus would verse me out, and I wouldn't blame him.

quote:
One thing you are all going to be doing is working on his farm.

No prob.

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After a few hours (In which you can do different things)


I tell Angus, "I'd like to try to heal one of the plant zombies if you would allow it. Would you allow me to try to do that? I'd have to make the attempt in the workshop, and I won't do anything like that if you don't approve it first."

Otherwise I use the rest of the time to gather supplies for the project.

quote:
five sons and five daughters join you in the barn for the meal. It's a happy, jovial attitude.

Angus' eldest son is named Hezekiah. He's put in charge of you. Kind of your overseer to make sure you do your farm work right.


I greet Hezekiah in Learnish, (I'll only be talking Learnish with him, so that I can practice it and hopefully learn more). "What are our first tasks?"
JohnA1nut
 GM, 1086 posts
Sun 4 Dec 2016
at 01:31
Re: A Historic Moment for a Verser.
quote:
Later in private, I say to ten, "Guys, Heracles is your rightful king as much as he is Angus' king. He's been alive for thousands of years, and when he is at his normal state, he could bench press all of us for fun. I know it was unexpected, but keep in mind how much this all means to Angus if nothing else."


You talk to them. You get the feeling they're thinking my favorite Robert Downey Junior quote:

“Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the fuck you were gonna do anyway.”
― Robert Downey Jr.

quote:
I tell Angus, "I'd like to try to heal one of the plant zombies if you would allow it. Would you allow me to try to do that? I'd have to make the attempt in the workshop, and I won't do anything like that if you don't approve it first."


Angus says "NOPE!!!"

However, Heracles did have a private conversation with him. He says that the hammer of Heracles can heal them. And Angus has a zombie locked in a root cellar. He gives it just enough sunlight and water to keep it alive. If the hammer of Heracles doesn't heal it, at least he'll get to use the hammer to beat it to death.

Yeah, he's willing to give that a go.

quote:
Otherwise I use the rest of the time to gather supplies for the project.


As you enter and leave the shoppe, Angus is inside. He keeps watching your hammers. Apparently they change color when you come inside. The square hammer turns white and glows, and the round hammer glows black.

He's attributing it to a mushroom flashback.

quote:
five sons and five daughters join you in the barn for the meal. It's a happy, jovial attitude.

Angus' eldest son is named Hezekiah. He's put in charge of you. Kind of your overseer to make sure you do your farm work right.

I greet Hezekiah in Learnish, (I'll only be talking Learnish with him, so that I can practice it and hopefully learn more). "What are our first tasks?"


Hezekiah is in his early 20s. Still lives at home. The children are staggered in age. Boy girl boy girl boy girl. That birth order is considered a blessing on the household.

He tells you "Help Simple Simon."

And he points to his youngest brother. A lad of 10-12. He's clearly suffering from Autism or some other severe mental illness.

"Simple Simon knows how to work on his own. Just follow his lead. Help him carry things. Do what he does. And keep an eye on him. The spirits take him sometimes. And you'll do twice his work in half the time."

About Simple Simon he says "The Lord blessed him with a unique mind. He knows things sometimes. Do not let his appearance deceive you."

And Simple Simon takes your hand like a child. He leads you through feeding chickens and milking cows and feeding livestock. He's really good at what he does. But he's like a robot. Doesn't speak. It's like he's on autopilot. You learn by watching what he does.

(Doing Therapy)
scord
 player, 596 posts
Sun 4 Dec 2016
at 18:18
Re: A Historic Moment for a Verser.
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Yeah, he's willing to give that a go.

Does he want to do it? Or does he want me to?

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He's attributing it to a mushroom flashback.

Good.

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And Simple Simon takes your hand like a child. He leads you through feeding chickens and milking cows and feeding livestock. He's really good at what he does. But he's like a robot. Doesn't speak. It's like he's on autopilot. You learn by watching what he does.


Simon is Angus' representative to me. So I treat him with respect and communicate on his level. If he is silent and nods, I will nod and confirm what I believe he meant with simple and direct words. If he is truly autistic, I'll avoid touching him, loud noise and eye contact. ((If saying Autistic was meant to just tell me that he is "special" then I'll act appropriately.))
JohnA1nut
 GM, 1087 posts
Tue 6 Dec 2016
at 17:07
Re: A Historic Moment for a Verser.
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Does he want to do it? Or does he want me to?


You can't do it. Only the hammer of Heracles can.

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Simon is Angus' representative to me. So I treat him with respect and communicate on his level. If he is silent and nods, I will nod and confirm what I believe he meant with simple and direct words. If he is truly autistic, I'll avoid touching him, loud noise and eye contact. ((If saying Autistic was meant to just tell me that he is "special" then I'll act appropriately.))


He's not autistic, he's just special. Nothing you could diagnose. It might not even be something that exists here.

He's a good worker. He grunts in offensive if you call him Simon. He likes to be called Simple Simon. It's not seen as offensive by anyone, least of all him. It's just a nickname like any other.

Where are we going? Let me know.

(Doing Therapy)
scord
 player, 597 posts
Mon 12 Dec 2016
at 06:05
Re: A Historic Moment for a Verser.
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You can't do it. Only the hammer of Heracles can.


Cool. I am interested to know what happens when it is attempted.

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It's just a nickname like any other.


Then I accept it and use it.

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Where are we going? Let me know.


Toward the completion of the generator.
JohnA1nut
 GM, 1092 posts
Tue 20 Dec 2016
at 06:49
Re: A Historic Moment for a Verser.
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You can't do it. Only the hammer of Heracles can.


Cool. I am interested to know what happens when it is attempted.


Angus has a captured zombie hidden in an underground cellar. Only him and his two eldest sons know about it, as far as he knows. And you now. Heracles doesn't want to see it. He's trying to train himself. By the end of the week, he can walk almost a hundred feet unassisted. You get the feeling Angus was saving the zombie for a special occasion, for lack of a better word.

So you and Angus and his two sons go to the cellar. The two sons head immediately to the corner and pull back a large cloth. Underneath it is an M-60 machinegun. The eldest takes up position as shooter, and the younger gets into loading position. He's feeding the belt of ammo into it. They're not concerned about ricochets as the walls are dirt/earth. It shouldn't ricochet.

Angus goes to the opposite corner and gets to a wall cabinet. You hear thudding and moaning from inside. He opens the cabinet and a zombie step-falls out onto the floor. He takes a step and falls on his face. He's green-skinned. Used to be a teenager most likely. Clothes are shredded. He's weak and in pain from it. He's trying to crawl towards the sunlight. You almost feel sorry for him.

Angus says "King Heracleez say wave hammer over zombie in left hand."

And so he does. A white aura flows from the zombie and into the hammer. His green pigmentation fades and turns pink. Human skin pink I guess. His eyes turn blue. He stops moaning and starts babbling. He's speaking English, but you can't understand very much of it. He's thirsty. He wants a glass of water. That much you are certain of.

Angus doesn't think you should give him one.

He's also sorely disappointed that he doesn't get to use the hammer to beat the zombie to death. He promised Heracles he wouldn't unless nothing at all happened.

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It's just a nickname like any other.


Then I accept it and use it.


Simple Simon smiles when you call him that. He takes your hand and leads you into the barn for your next chores. Pitching hay to cows.

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Where are we going? Let me know.


Toward the completion of the generator.


24 hour day. 14 hours working. Meals every 7 hours. Breakfast, work 7 hours. Lunch, work 7 hours. Dinner. 7 of course is a blessed number. So more like a 16 hour workday. How much sleeping? How much whatever else? That's how long you've got to do it a day.

(Doing Therapy)

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scord
 player, 601 posts
Thu 22 Dec 2016
at 06:39
Re: A Historic Moment for a Verser.
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Angus doesn't think you should give him one.


This all makes me wonder if he just needs Order added to him to help restore his mind. Either way, there's not much I can do other than talk about it. I suggest to Heracles later on when I'm alone with him, "Your Hammer took away the Zombie's plant-ness, but it left him with no real mind. I wonder if my Order hammer might be able to restore Order to him. But that could only be done in the workshop, but Angus has already said no when I asked him about healing a zombie there - and I don't blame him. I'll leave it with you. I'll be happy to make the attempt, but I don't want to ask Angus directly."

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Pitching hay to cows.


Considering the farm-work I've done in the past, I got off easy. I'll happily do it.

If I can, I'll use the same sleep minimization technique that I've used before to stay awake for 3 days and sleep for 12 hours. But this time, I'll spread the 12 hours out if I can so that I sleep 4 hours a night every night. I'll use the extra time to strength train with Heracles.

I'm happy to let the days pass by as quickly as you are.
JohnA1nut
 GM, 1093 posts
Thu 22 Dec 2016
at 12:45
Re: A Historic Moment for a Verser.
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This all makes me wonder if he just needs Order added to him to help restore his mind. Either way, there's not much I can do other than talk about it. I suggest to Heracles later on when I'm alone with him, "Your Hammer took away the Zombie's plant-ness, but it left him with no real mind. I wonder if my Order hammer might be able to restore Order to him. But that could only be done in the workshop, but Angus has already said no when I asked him about healing a zombie there - and I don't blame him. I'll leave it with you. I'll be happy to make the attempt, but I don't want to ask Angus directly."


You mean this is what you would do. Unfortunately, it's not what you are going to be doing.

Hezekiah, Angus' eldest son, is also one of the few people who holds any sway over him. Angus views him as his second in command and values his input. When Angus refuses to give the former zombie any water, Hezekiah speaks up.

"Father, is it not our sacred duty to help those in need whenever possible? We should do as the Lord would command and help this man in any way possible."

He's speaking English. The children speak much better English than their father.

Angus is still less than thrilled at the prospect, but makes no effort to stop him.

Hezekiah gets into a barrel and gets a metal cup of water. He gives it to the former zombie. The zombie downs it in one gulp and asks for more. He gets more. After he's had about a liter or two of water, the former zombie begins speaking coherently.

"What--what happened? Where am I?"

And for some reason, he's looking at you for an answer.

OOC) I wanted to see how hard you would push against Angus to give him water. I think though that most people here would tell you that going over Angus to Heracles probably wouldn't be wise.

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Considering the farm-work I've done in the past, I got off easy. I'll happily do it.


To be clear, that's in addition to everything else you've done. Like these are going to be your daily chores.

Whilst the cows are eating, Simple Simon gives you a shovel and starts cleaning up the manure.

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If I can, I'll use the same sleep minimization technique that I've used before to stay awake for 3 days and sleep for 12 hours. But this time, I'll spread the 12 hours out if I can so that I sleep 4 hours a night every night. I'll use the extra time to strength train with Heracles.


So you're going to go into Angus' workshop and amp yourself up on Order so you only have to sleep 4 hours a night? New Use.

But as far as strength training with Heracles, that consists of walking very slowly and hoping he doesn't fall over, trying and failing over and over to do one sit up and likewise trying and failing to do one pushup.

Angus doesn't approve. If you've got that much energy, he's got work for you to do. But Heracles tells him to back off.

You can almost see Angus' disdain for you on his face.

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I'm happy to let the days pass by as quickly as you are.


So, what are you doing?

(Doing Therapy)
scord
 player, 602 posts
Sat 24 Dec 2016
at 06:33
Re: A Historic Moment for a Verser.
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And for some reason, he's looking at you for an answer.


Do I recognize him?

"You were diseased for a time, but the Lord has cured you through the actions of this man, named Angus. You are in his home at the moment." I gesture at Angus.

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OOC) I wanted to see how hard you would push against Angus to give him water. I think though that most people here would tell you that going over Angus to Heracles probably wouldn't be wise

OOC: I'm basically following ancient Host-Guest rules. This is his house, and his rules. I also assumed that the man was incoherent because he was still basically non-human and not sentient. I wouldn't have let him die, but I'd lean toward trusting Angus and his judgement. Despite my experience, I'm still younger than Angus. But this has all helped me understand Angus a little better.

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Angus doesn't approve. If you've got that much energy, he's got work for you to do. But Heracles tells him to back off.


I consider this, and I say to Angus in Learnish, "I want to spend time with King Heracles. He and I are old friends. I also want to build my strength. If you have work that I can do which will allow me to accomplish both of these tasks, I will gladly do it."