Seekers of the Flame.   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Narrator
 GM, 7390 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Fri 7 Feb 2020
at 15:58
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Once a crew is assembled,  Christine, Jednesa, Masugatan and others will be heading deep into Sonne to find the oracle of shrine to an eternal flame.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1796 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Fri 7 Feb 2020
at 22:35
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In reply to Narrator (msg # 1):

"Before we go, I just wanted to talk about hiring a healer, and discussing payment. I have no real cash, but there are said to be creature have have gathered massive fortunes there. I am willing to offer full shares are rewards, and I will take the last choice of magic items in the distribution of shares. In situations where a single item is worth more than a share, the group would need to agree, or the person getting the valuable item can repay the group for the extra amount.

Jednessa and I will discuss provisions, but I expect to make them magically, but to take some spares just in case. Thoughts?
"
Camilla
 player, 87 posts
 Guild Broker
Sun 9 Feb 2020
at 20:41
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In reply to Christine Bjorn (msg # 2):

"I can attend to acruing supplies on behalf of Jednesa. In the meantime,  there are a few candidates for healer. One is Alice Abernathy,  priestess of Vejovis,  and the other is Mcnealy,  a gnome who specializes in brewing healing potions... and explosives."
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1801 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sun 9 Feb 2020
at 20:55
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In reply to Camilla (msg # 3):

"Both sound interesting. If they are willing to accept my terms, please send them to speak with me."
Masugatan
 player, 322 posts
 street thug
Tue 11 Feb 2020
at 00:46
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“Thoughts?  Sorry, ain’t got any.”
Camilla
 player, 88 posts
 Guild Broker
Tue 11 Feb 2020
at 03:45
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In reply to Christine Bjorn (msg # 4):

"I can get them into my conference room for you to interview. Let us go there, and I will have Bellarius send for them."



You head up to the large conference room and get settled.

A few minutes later, there is a knock on the door.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1807 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Tue 11 Feb 2020
at 04:00
Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Camilla (msg # 6):

"Please, come in..."
Alice Abernathy
 NPC, 1 post
 Acolyte of Vejovis
Tue 11 Feb 2020
at 17:53
Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Christine Bjorn (msg # 7):

A woman in black robes and a goat medallion and carrying a staff steps in.
"Good afternoon, and blessings from below."

This message was last edited by the player at 17:53, Tue 11 Feb.

Mcnealy
 NPC, 1 post
 Gnomic artificer
Tue 11 Feb 2020
at 17:59
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In reply to Alice Abernathy (msg # 8):

Behind the woman in black, and lower to the ground, is a gnome with a sharp beard and goggles.

"Greetings and Salutations! I am Hugh McNealy, travelling alchemist at large."

This message was last edited by the player at 18:33, Tue 11 Feb.

Masugatan
 player, 323 posts
 street thug
Tue 11 Feb 2020
at 19:00
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Masugatan suddenly realizes he really, really likes Alice's goat medallion.  He seems fixated on it.  In fact, if there was a Quest for Alice's Medallion, he'd probably be first in line, even if he had to go in with no equipment other than boxers and a torch.

He tries to express his appreciation of Alice's taste in jewelry, but somehow the words just come out wrong.  His tongue is caught in a trap!

At long last, he manages, "Whoa."

This message was last edited by the player at 19:03, Tue 11 Feb.

Christine Bjorn
 player, 1808 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Tue 11 Feb 2020
at 19:19
Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Alice Abernathy (msg # 8):

"Good Afternoon Alice and Hugh.

Basically the situation is this: I am seeking the eternal flame in order to learn how to divine. A cult has been going around killing diviners, and there are many folk who are investigating this, but the cult remains hidden. However, I figure I can get them to come to me if I learn how to divine.

In order to do that, I need to go to the eternal flame. The road is dangerous, and many creatures on the way have killed many a traveler. Whilst I cannot offer any reward up front, I am looking for companions skilled in healing us to come with myself and my few friends for an equal share in what is found. Is this what you are looking for also?
"
Alice Abernathy
 NPC, 2 posts
 Acolyte of Vejovis
Wed 12 Feb 2020
at 20:29
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In reply to Alice Abernathy (msg # 8):

"I might need to be staked out for supplies, as Vejovis offers healing and justice for the downtrodden, but usually leaves it to the bakers to bring them bread."
Mcnealy
 NPC, 2 posts
 Gnomic artificer
Wed 12 Feb 2020
at 20:40
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In reply to Mcnealy (msg # 9):

"I can acquire my own provisions, and transport them along with my portable laboratory and smithy with the aid of Belasco, my trusty steed.  If we are to face the guardians of the temple of flame, some fire resistance potions would be in order. As luck would have it, I recently  came into possession of some essential salts from a flame lord that I got from.... you, wasn't it?
Masugatan
 player, 324 posts
 street thug
Wed 12 Feb 2020
at 21:49
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Do any of us have a high merchant skill?  Maybe we could do a batch haggle, if so.
Jednesa
 player, 403 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:29/36 FP:13/13
Wed 12 Feb 2020
at 22:26
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Jednesa just sits waiting semi-patiently as they negotiate.  She occasionally mutters, "dragon" cracks her knuckles, and smiles broadly.

This message was undeleted by the player at 22:31, Wed 12 Feb.

Christine Bjorn
 player, 1810 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Wed 12 Feb 2020
at 22:57
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In reply to Jednesa (msg # 15):

"Yes, it was me with the flame lord salts. I am happy to create food."
Evelina Grattan
 player, 1 post
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Fri 14 Feb 2020
at 00:42
Seekers of the Flame
Two tallish human women enter the large conference room with Bellarius, who passes
documents to Camilla,  who nods.
The two women are clad in leather, carrying coiled whips and small shields, as well as large backpacks.  Their features are strikingly similar; the most visible difference is that one is barely shorter and a little younger than the other.

The taller, older woman scans the room.  Her gaze quickly settles on blue hair, and she strides over to the table, the younger one on her heels.  She hauls her helmet off her short, curly blonde hair, revealing her pale complexion and violet eyes.

"You must be Christine.  Eamon said I might find you here.

"I'm Evelina Grattan, Queen of the Frog God Cult.  This is Holy Sister Elaina Grattan, my acolyte and little sister."

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:00, Sat 15 Feb.

Elaina Grattan
 player, 1 post
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Fri 14 Feb 2020
at 00:45
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The younger woman also removes her helmet and smiles broadly, revealing that, if they weren't obviously of different age, they might be taken for twins.

"We've been traveling for years, and we're hoping Northport can become a permanent home for us, and our god."
Evelina Grattan
 player, 3 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Fri 14 Feb 2020
at 00:52
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"Is that very large one with you?  And did she say something about a dragon?"
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1811 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Fri 14 Feb 2020
at 01:30
Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 19):

"Jednessa? Yes, she is a good friend."

She will go on to introduce those in the room, and repeat the offer of conditions, highlighting what she expects to meet and how much treasure they are likely to have, before continuing.

"There are several ways to our destination. One involved a dragon. The other involved many powerful beasts. I think I would prefer to fight beasts, because they are likely to be more profitable. But what do all of you ladies, and of course Hugh, seek? I already know what Masugatan seeks!" she smiles, knowingly.
Jednesa
 player, 404 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:29/36 FP:13/13
Fri 14 Feb 2020
at 02:35
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Hearing her name she smiles, turns her head to take in the growing group, and jubilantly replies, "Yes, Jednesa want wrestle dragon.  Dragon very strong, good fight!"

She punctuates the last with a smack of one fist into the palm of the other.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 4 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Fri 14 Feb 2020
at 09:52
Seekers of the Flame
"Well, Jednesa, I have to say, I hope you're disappointed.  I think wrestling a dragon might be the end of you.  Perhaps you should start with a slorn, and work your way up?"

She turns back to Christine. "My sister and I, and our Frog God, can be of help.  We are both healers, experienced in the outdoors.  We would welcome the opportunity to enrich our Cult."

Christine Bjorn
 player, 1814 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Fri 14 Feb 2020
at 10:05
Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 22):

"Glad to have ou then. Tell me about your god, and your cult."
Evelina Grattan
 player, 6 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Sat 15 Feb 2020
at 00:37
Seekers of the Flame
"Oh, it's a strange tale indeed.  When we were little -- well, Holy Sister was really little, I was, oh, maybe eight? -- I used to tell Holy Sister stories, because daddy was busy in the fields and mama had all she could do in the orchard.

"Anyway, I'd tell these stories, and the ones she liked best, even then, were always the ones about the Frog God.  Back then, I thought he was just a story, a frog who lived in a swamp and was really a god, and he'd be clever enough to keep from being eaten by the egrets and otters and big fish, and he'd have a harem of girl frogs and all the eggs would belong to him and things like that.  And Holy Sister believed every single word, didn't you?"

She looks at Elaina, who nods, eyes wide and grinning.

"I did this for years, and I told the stories to all my friends, too, and I told them all I was the Queen of the Frog God Cult and they could join if they promised to do whatever I told them to.

And then, one day, when I was oh, about fourteen -- right, Holy Sister?  You were ten?"
  Another nod.  "One day, I did something, and it wasn't just me talking about the Frog God, it was the Frog God, talking through me!  Holy Sister was ecstatic, she though it was the greatest thing ever, and asked the Frog God all kinds of questions, and all I could do was sit there under the pear tree -- we'd been picking, but it was too hot to stay up on the ladder until the sun got lower -- and listen to everything.  It would have been scary, but Holy Sister was right there, and she wasn't afraid, so I decided it was okay.

"I was too tired to climb back up the ladder afterward, and we got a whipping from mama for goofing off -- but Holy Sister kept pestering me to do it again, so I tried to remember exactly what I'd done before -- and a couple days later, I managed it again.

"After that, we talked to the Frog God that way every couple days.  He's got a name, but neither of us can say it.  I don't think anyone human could.  We just call him the Frog God, and he says he's okay with that.  He told us everything we ever needed to know about how to worship him, and he gave us powers and taught us to use them."


Evelina pauses, then says a couple words and gestures, and a tiny light, like a candle flame, appears in the air before her face, then flies around the room for a moment before returning and winking out.

"That was the very first thing he taught us to do.  To make that little light.

"When I started being able to do things like that, I was seventeen, and we'd been worshiping the Frog God, for real, for three years.  When mama and daddy found out, they made me sit down and have a really serious talk with them.  They said God -- they're Triunists, they only believe in one -- didn't approve of people playing with spirits, and I needed to stop.  I had to tell them the whole thing, that it wasn't just a spirit, it was the Frog God.

"They yelled a bit, tried their hardest to make me admit I was making it all up.  Eventually, they calmed down, and I let them talk to the Frog God.  They asked lots of questions, and the Frog God answered them all.  I thought for sure they'd understand after that, but they kept it up so long, I fell asleep before they stopped.

"When I woke up, they told me I needed to leave home.  I needed to stop deceiving and misleading my sister, and using this black spirit magic to convince her I was a prophet and a priestess.  They said there were good, honest ways to use magic, even if I was a spirit talker -- but I needed to stop this nonsense first."


Evelina's voice is choked by now, and a tear runs down her cheek.

"The next morning, I packed up what I owned, some clothes and a comb and a little mirror grandmama gave me when I was little, my knife, a bowl and a spoon.  Mama gave me a water bottle, some bread and cheese and a few pears, and a sack to carry it all in.  I kissed Holy Sister goodbye, but mama and daddy wouldn't kiss me.

"I started walking.  I didn't know where to go; I'd never been farther from the farm than the village market, but there was the road, and it had to go somewhere.  When it forked, I took the left, always the left.  I think I knew it would bring me back home, eventually.

"And two days later, it did -- and there was Holy Sister, standing at the corner of the orchard fence, with a sack just like mine.  We started turning whichever way after that.  We never went back again."


She looks at her sister, notices and wipes away the tear, now fallen to the corner of her mouth.

"We've been wandering for five years, now.  It's always the same.  Find a new village, show them a miracle or two, and they get all excited.  Start telling them everything about the Frog God, and they start to look worried.  Ask them to help support us if we'll help clear away the bugs that eat their crops and clean up their wells so they don't get sick, and they start frowning and suggest we might want to move on.

"Just a few weeks ago, we cured a duke's daughter.  She was coughing all the time, and burning up.  They said she'd been getting sicker, slowly, for months.  They didn't have a healer, I guess, or the one they had didn't know how to help her.

"We cured her, and then started telling the duke and his chamberlain about the Frog God -- and he ordered us out of the house, even though he'd agreed to pay us a purse full of gold if we could save her life.  We were used to that, of course -- but the girl's mother, the duchess, caught up to us before we got to the road and slipped us a purse.  It wasn't what the duke had offered, but it was enough to buy all new equipment, and there's still enough to keep us eating for a while."


She looks at Elaina's shiny new leathers and shield, and smiles.

"So, you see, there really isn't much of a cult.  I think one of my old friends believed me, back when we were kids, before we even started doing miracles, but I haven't seen her since we left home.  We had one convert, a couple years ago, a stable boy who left home to follow us, but I still think he mostly wanted to get into Holy Sisters sleeping fur, more than he wanted to follow the Frog God.  Doesn't matter, turns out he couldn't swim.  At all.  And by the time Holy Sister and I could find him in the river, he was dead, not just drowned, but really, genuinely dead."

"So, here we are.  Queen of the Frog God cult, and her Holy Sister."

Alice Abernathy
 NPC, 3 posts
 Acolyte of Vejovis
Sat 15 Feb 2020
at 04:18
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The woman in black gives the sisters a quizzical look "Really, the frog god? And establishes less than a generation  ago? Vejovis has been worshipped for well over a thousand years. And existed long before that. Your gos is a newborn."
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1815 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sat 15 Feb 2020
at 06:03
Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Alice Abernathy (msg # 25):

Christine was a little disappointment when they talked about how they were forced to leave home, but found the concept of the Frog god amusing.

"So, this frog god, he gives you powers to heal. He is not limited geographically, is he? What powers do you have then? I should check, what upsets him? I do trust that you and Alice can get along, too. We don't want to start a religious war now."
Masugatan
 player, 325 posts
 street thug
Sat 15 Feb 2020
at 07:57
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Masugatan tries hard to follow Evelina’s story, but he’s distracted by unholy musings about what these leather-clad sisters could do to him with their whips.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 8 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Sat 15 Feb 2020
at 14:04
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"Yes, Alice.  A newborn god.  A miracle.  An opportunity."  She turns to Christine.

"For myself, by the power of the Frog God I can call on the god, find and talk to animals of all kinds, make water, earth, and food pure and wholesome, detect and neutralize poison, heal wounds and fight disease, and find my way, if I know where I'm going.  I also have skills in healing without magic."
Elaina Grattan
 player, 2 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Sat 15 Feb 2020
at 14:13
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"And the Frog God permits me to heal wounds and fight disease, create and purify water, and, at some cost, lay the dead so they will not walk.  Further, the Frog God sometimes shows me signs, and has granted me the ability to repel those dead who were not properly laid to rest."
Evelina Grattan
 player, 9 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Sat 15 Feb 2020
at 14:21
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"In return, we must perform certain rituals, some daily, some less frequently, but these are in worship of the Frog God; we do them gladly.  Of those we help, all that is required is that you seek the good of the world, rather than destruction and death, do not harm the land or waters beyond need or their ability to heal, and do not actively persecute the followers of the Frog God."
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1816 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sat 15 Feb 2020
at 21:09
Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 30):

"Ok, then. As I said to Alice and Hugh, basically the situation is this: I am seeking the eternal flame in order to learn how to divine. A cult has been going around killing diviners, and there are many folk who are investigating this, but the cult remains hidden. However, I figure I can get them to come to me if I learn how to divine.

In order to do that, I need to go to the eternal flame. The road is dangerous, and many creatures on the way have killed many a traveler. Whilst I cannot offer any reward up front, I am looking for companions skilled in healing us to come with myself and my few friends for an equal share in what is found. It goes without saying that fighting amoungst ourselves is not going to be acceptable.

So, Alice, Hugh, Evelina and your sister, are these terms acceptable to you all?
"
Evelina Grattan
 player, 11 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Sun 16 Feb 2020
at 01:02
Seekers of the Flame
The two priestesses look at each other briefly.  A nod might have passed between them, barely visible.

"We agree to those terms.

"I overheard you saying you can create food.  Do you know how long we might expect to travel?  Do you even know where this eternal flame is located, or must we first follow ancient clues and decipher riddles to find it?"

Christine Bjorn
 player, 1818 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sun 16 Feb 2020
at 01:11
Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 32):

"I am not sure, but I understand it is a long way. Yes, I can create food. I have been given directions, but not a map."
Masugatan
 player, 326 posts
 street thug
Sun 16 Feb 2020
at 02:27
Seekers of the Flame
Masugatan is flattered that he wasn’t even asked to accept the terms, since his face is so cherubic that the thought of him doing anything wrong was utterly beyond conception.

If only they knew...
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1819 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sun 16 Feb 2020
at 02:33
Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 34):

Actually, message #2 was for him as well. Since he did not answer, it implied acceptance...
Masugatan
 player, 327 posts
 street thug
Sun 16 Feb 2020
at 20:25
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He accepts.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1821 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Mon 17 Feb 2020
at 00:21
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In reply to Masugatan (msg # 36):

"Did I miss Alice?"
Alice Abernathy
 NPC, 4 posts
 Acolyte of Vejovis
Mon 17 Feb 2020
at 20:46
Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Christine Bjorn (msg # 37):

"Wow. Two healers... of a freshly invented deiform. Are you sure you need Vejovis to bless this quest?
Also, what do we eat if somethingwould happen to you?"

Narrator
 GM, 7416 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Mon 17 Feb 2020
at 20:48
Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Alice Abernathy (msg # 38):

Masugatan, realizing that it is getting toward late afternoon, knows his window of getting good and tight and acquiring temporary companionship before the inevitable start up time is getting smaller and smaller.
Mcnealy
 NPC, 3 posts
 Gnomic artificer
Mon 17 Feb 2020
at 20:54
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In reply to Christine Bjorn (msg # 37):

"I see you have a surfeit of healing options... perhaps you might need my explisive flame producing ability?"
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1822 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Mon 17 Feb 2020
at 21:22
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In reply to Mcnealy (msg # 40):

"Probably both are good. I can cast fire magic if we have mana...but if not, healing and fire could be in trouble... right? Do potions need mana?"
Masugatan
 player, 328 posts
 street thug
Mon 17 Feb 2020
at 22:06
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Masugatan briefly considers getting wasted and/or laid before setting out, but decides against it, in a rare moment of wisdom.  Besides, he’s rather taken by the females in the party, even though he realizes he has a rat’s chances against an owl bear with any of them.

But strange things happened on the road sometimes, and in stranger eons even he might get some without paying for it.
Elaina Grattan
 player, 3 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Mon 17 Feb 2020
at 23:05
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"We both are skilled and experienced in surviving from the land, especially in swamps and lakeshores, and my sister catches fish.  So long as we're near water, we ought to be able to eat.  And now that my Queen has seen Northport, she can, by the power of the Frog God, find her way back here from anywhere upon the Earth."
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1823 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Tue 18 Feb 2020
at 01:11
Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Elaina Grattan (msg # 43):

"Excellent, then. In that case lets prepare tonight, sleep well, and leave from the guild at sunrise."

She will be ready to leave in the morning, after last minute shopping.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 13 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Tue 18 Feb 2020
at 09:59
Seekers of the Flame
"We shall return here at dawn, then.  We, too, have some final items to acquire."
Narrator
 GM, 7422 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Tue 18 Feb 2020
at 18:05
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Ooc:

Alice and Mcnealy are both options I presented pending the addition of a healer plsyer. Do you really need them? I need at least 1 npc, and Masugatan could help with that, but I don't need more than one.
Jednesa
 player, 408 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:29/36 FP:13/13
Tue 18 Feb 2020
at 18:18
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Narrator:
Ooc:

Alice and Mcnealy are both options I presented pending the addition of a healer plsyer. Do you really need them? I need at least 1 npc, and Masugatan could help with that, but I don't need more than one.

OOC:  My recommendation would be to have Alice decide to bow out.  She 'feels' like she's slightly antagonistic towards the Frog Sisters* and really, we don't need her (though running snide commentary from an NPC would be amusing...).  However a potioneer would have adequate potency in healing Jednesa as potions do not diminish despite her being SM+2 (which literally triples spell costs cast on her) and don't take a penalty on their 'casting roll' (since they don't have one, and she has MR)... though she would still be making HT Resistance checks against them (Magic Resistance is a blessing and a curse).

Honestly Jednesa needs to invest in an Ally NPC slinger who can sling Healing Spellstones at her (No resistance roll and no cost increase), as that would be literally the best way for her to heal up (since Berserk precludes using the spellstone herself)...


* Now I feel like a side trip to their hometown of Santa Carla to fight vampires is in order.

Christine Bjorn
 player, 1825 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Tue 18 Feb 2020
at 19:26
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 47):

OOC: Yep, likewise, I do not think she is needed here, though I agree the potions would be useful.

I can always modify my potential Ally for that though. Spellstone is not on any of the cleric lists, though, but triple the cost would make healing more expensive. I thought I heard of a perk that could help with that, for one spell?
Jednesa
 player, 409 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:29/36 FP:13/13
Tue 18 Feb 2020
at 19:52
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Christine Bjorn:
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 47):

OOC: Yep, likewise, I do not think she is needed here, though I agree the potions would be useful.

I can always modify my potential Ally for that though. Spellstones is not on any of the cleric lists, though, but triple the cost would make healing more expensive. I thought I heard of a perk that could help with that, for one spell?

OOC:  Spellstone is an Enchantment and in DFRPG meant to be an expense, ie you buy Spellstone in town, you don't make them.

From DFRPG Adventurers:  Gem of Healing. Jasper stone heals 8 HP when crushed in hand. One use. $400, neg.

Referred to as Stones of Power in DFRPG Magic Items, there are like 10 different ones, all meant to be used on/by the wielder, they aren't meant as 'ranged' weapons, though there is literally nothing stopping it (particularly Healing, Awakening, Unpetrification, though a really good slinger aiming for the hand/weapon could deploy the others at party members*).



* Though a mildly complicated Heroic Archer/Slinger Wizard with a "ritual"† version of Blank Spell Arrow would be a cheaper (moneywise) way to do this.  Or a Potion Master Sage/Heroic Slinger could cook up grenade versions and sling them... that sould be interesting....

† IE replacing time/money for FP as there is no way an adventurer could Enchant a Blank Spell "Arrow" in this game on a regular basis (30 x FP capacity of Spell to be held?  Pffffft).

Christine Bjorn
 player, 1826 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Tue 18 Feb 2020
at 20:04
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 49):

This is what I was looking for...

Thaumatology; Magical Styles P25:
Huge Subjects†‡
You’re accustomed to casting a particular Regular spell on larger-than-human-sized targets. This perk is common among dragon wizards, giant mages, and so on! You must specialize by spell. When casting that spell, subtract one from the target’s SM (minimum SM 0) before multiplying cost. You may take this perk twice, to reduce SM by two, but no more.

Jednesa
 player, 410 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:29/36 FP:13/13
Tue 18 Feb 2020
at 21:27
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Christine Bjorn:
This is what I was looking for...

Thaumatology; Magical Styles P25:
Huge Subjects†‡
You’re accustomed to casting a particular Regular spell on larger-than-human-sized targets. This perk is common among dragon wizards, giant mages, and so on! You must specialize by spell. When casting that spell, subtract one from the target’s SM (minimum SM 0) before multiplying cost. You may take this perk twice, to reduce SM by two, but no more.

OOC:  Yes, right.  Sorry thought you were talking about taking Spellstone... I figure if we ever get a permanent Healer in the party (Frog Sister's maybe) the healer might, might, invest in a few levels of that for a heal or two.  Though, gwythiant might also allow for a variant of "Huge Subject [Specific Subject]" instead of "Huge Subject [Specific Spell]".
Masugatan
 player, 329 posts
 street thug
Tue 18 Feb 2020
at 21:41
Re: Seekers of the Flame
On second thought, Masugatan realizes his whistle could use a little wet.  Good booze can be hard to find on the road.

He goes out for a drink.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 16 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Wed 19 Feb 2020
at 00:08
Re: Seekers of the Flame
OOC: I suspect the primary qualification for that Huge Subject perk -- being accustomed to casting on a larger than human subject -- would be covered by traveling with Jednesa for a while.  OTOH, FWIW, both of use use slings for things we can't reach with our whips.  Not master level skill, of course, but we get by.

In the meantime, both of us can cast a maximum Major Healing, even at triple cost, without just falling over afterward.
Jednesa
 player, 411 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:29/36 FP:13/13
Wed 19 Feb 2020
at 05:27
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Evelina Grattan:
In the meantime, both of us can cast a maximum Major Healing, even at triple cost, without just falling over afterward.

OOC:  Something else to be wary of if you cast a spell on Jednesa, she has MR 3, so you're at -3 to your spell checks.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:28, Wed 19 Feb.

Christine Bjorn
 player, 1827 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Wed 19 Feb 2020
at 05:47
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 54):

Does that not also work against spellstones and potions?
Jednesa
 player, 413 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:29/36 FP:13/13
Wed 19 Feb 2020
at 06:12
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Christine Bjorn:
Does that not also work against spellstones and potions?

OOC:  Neither make a roll, so neither are directly affected.  However, she has to make a HT+MR and fail for Potions to work; against Spellstones only if they have a Resistance Roll (which none of them do as they are all meant to be used by the wielder).

So upon reflection... there is a damned good chance potions will fizzle (which I didn't think about when she took the Healing Potion as loot)... so she needs to start stocking up on Gems of Healing.  Or pick up Regeneration, somehow...

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 06:13, Wed 19 Feb.

Christine Bjorn
 player, 1829 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Wed 19 Feb 2020
at 06:51
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 56):

Created an Ally on standby with the appropriate perks if we cant work out something else. An appropriate fire god would be suitable for an ally of Christine...I think I still have cp I can use for her, right Narrator?
Evelina Grattan
 player, 17 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Wed 19 Feb 2020
at 10:01
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Jednesa:
OOC:  Something else to be wary of if you cast a spell on Jednesa, she has MR 3, so you're at -3 to your spell checks.


That's inconvenient, but not breaking.  If the spell fails, it only costs 1 FP; both can spare one on that (and with net skill 10, we have a 50% chance of success each casting).  Nor does that change our fumble rate.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1830 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Wed 19 Feb 2020
at 10:21
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 58):

Unless you have the Huge Subject perk, they will cost 3 fp for even the basic healing spells...
Jednesa
 player, 414 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:29/36 FP:13/13
Wed 19 Feb 2020
at 11:32
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Christine Bjorn:
Unless you have the Huge Subject perk, they will cost 3 fp for even the basic healing spells...

OOC:  The rules say "If success would have cost energy, you lose one energy point; otherwise, you lose nothing."  So I don't think the times 3 is applied in a failure (unless it was Information spell as well, as Information spells cost the full value even in a failure).

This message was last edited by the player at 22:10, Wed 19 Feb.

Narrator
 GM, 7425 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Wed 19 Feb 2020
at 14:39
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Christine Bjorn (msg # 57):

Let's  look at acquiring an ally along with the spell, a suitably impressed temple guardian works well.
Mcnealy
 NPC, 4 posts
 Gnomic artificer
Wed 19 Feb 2020
at 15:26
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Narrator (msg # 61):

Alice departs, and the gnome has signed on.
Do whatever shopping you need (Camilla will arrange for Jednesa to gave her harness repaired and the wagon supplied with group basics and some rations suitable for the ogress.
All regroup the next morning.
Valerie
 NPC, 1 post
 Barfly
Wed 19 Feb 2020
at 15:49
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Mcnealy (msg # 62):

Masugatan wakes up in the Shady Lady to the scent of frying bacon. His bed looks like more than one person slept in it, and once he comes down to eat, the barmaid serves him, winks, and says "Let me go pack. Be ready by the time you finish."
Masugatan
 player, 330 posts
 street thug
Wed 19 Feb 2020
at 20:48
Re: Seekers of the Flame
“You’re coming with me?  You know it’ll be dangerous, right?”

But what did it matters?  All was right with the world, as long as you got bacon.
Elaina Grattan
 player, 4 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Wed 19 Feb 2020
at 23:21
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Been a while since we slept in a common room, Holiness.  No stones or roots, I could get used to it."
Evelina Grattan
 player, 19 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Wed 19 Feb 2020
at 23:23
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Don't get too used to it, Holy Sister.  We need to advance the cult, and that will inevitably mean we get a place of our own, with actual beds, at some point."
Valerie
 NPC, 2 posts
 Barfly
Thu 20 Feb 2020
at 20:45
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 64):

A few minutes later, she returns, wearing travelling leathers, including a light helm and a cuirasse set with metal plates and studs, and she carries a bedroll, a spiked mace, a knife and a throwing axe.

"Alright Sug, let's go kick some tail!"
Evelina Grattan
 player, 22 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Thu 20 Feb 2020
at 23:30
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Evelina notices the armed and armored woman with Masugatan.

"Good morning to you!  I am Holiness Evelina Grattan, Queen of the Frog God cult -- but while we travel together, you may call me Evelina, or just Evvie."

She gestures toward the other, very similar looking woman with her.  "This is Holy Sister Elaina Grattan, First Acolyte.  Before she was Holy Sister, but just my little sister, I used to call her Lainie."
Valerie
 NPC, 3 posts
 Barfly
Fri 21 Feb 2020
at 22:29
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 68):

"And I am Valerie, lately of the Shady Lady Inn and Tavern, on my way to kick tail and line my pockets with coin."

This message was last edited by the player at 22:33, Fri 21 Feb.

Evelina Grattan
 player, 23 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Fri 21 Feb 2020
at 23:59
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"That's more or less what we have in mind, too.  We need to enrich our cult.  Ideally, I'd like to see us buy a nice piece of swamp front land and build a temple, but we'll start with renting something in town, if we can raise the coin."
Elaina Grattan
 player, 5 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Sat 22 Feb 2020
at 00:01
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"I once heard someone say something about doing well by doing good.  That's us, we hope."
Masugatan
 player, 331 posts
 street thug
Sat 22 Feb 2020
at 00:18
Re: Seekers of the Flame
“When I do well, I’ll do lots of good.  The brothel and tavern segment of the economy will get lots of stim, anyway.”

Or is it ‘ecomony’?  He hoped he’d gotten it right.
Jednesa
 player, 418 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:29/36 FP:13/13
Sat 22 Feb 2020
at 01:04
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Jednesa just waits by the cart for everyone to be assembled and ready to go.  There are five barrels and two chests lashed to it with rope and a tarp partially tied down covering it.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 24 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Sat 22 Feb 2020
at 12:26
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Queen Evelina and Holy Sister Elaina slip off their heavy packs and spend a few moments ensuring they won't shift or fall off the cart.

"We've seen a couple other ogres around Northport just since we arrived -- there's 'elga the Henormous who works for the city, and that fellow at the Guild. didn't catch his name -- but they seem more, um, city-bred.  I think I like you better, Jednesa.  I'm looking forward to this journey."
Jednesa
 player, 419 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:29/36 FP:13/13
Sat 22 Feb 2020
at 12:48
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Jednesa smiles at Evelina, "Small ogre better for city.  Mountain tribes not have city ways." She sighs, "Small man from Camilla say Jednesa wear this while in city."

She plucks at the sailcloth poncho and skirt she is wearing.  "That why Jednesa just sitting, not moving.  Everything weak in city, break when Jednesa move and if not careful."
Mcnealy
 NPC, 5 posts
 Gnomic artificer
Sat 22 Feb 2020
at 20:19
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 75):
The tiny alchemis pipes up:
"I had best watch my step around you, as should Bucephalos, my steed. It is good to have a woman of your... stature on our side."
Masugatan
 player, 332 posts
 street thug
Sun 23 Feb 2020
at 00:59
Re: Seekers of the Flame
“You could move on me if you want.  I won’t break.”

And if I do, who cares?
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1832 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sun 23 Feb 2020
at 11:36
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 77):

"I am delighted to have you all join me on this trip. I probably should say something inspirational, but what the heck. Lets go kick some ass and learn about divination! "

With that she leads them out of the city on the start of their journey.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 25 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Sun 23 Feb 2020
at 12:49
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Once we're away from the city, you can wear what you like, as far as I'm concerned."  Elaina nods agreement and smiles.

The sisters fall in behind the cart, setting their pace to match the slowest of the group (likely themselves, however).
Narrator
 GM, 7443 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Sun 23 Feb 2020
at 16:33
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Christine Bjorn (msg # 78):

As you head toward the Merchant gate, Christine feels something tugging st ger sleeve.


Make a will roll.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1833 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sun 23 Feb 2020
at 19:54
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Narrator (msg # 80):

Christine turns...
wretch
 NPC, 1 post
 I thought I saw someone
 nevermind I was wrong
Sun 23 Feb 2020
at 20:59
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Christine Bjorn (msg # 81):

An emaciated person you are having trouble looking at is clutching at your sleeve and pleading. The sound of their voice seems indistince, and in general they seem unimportant and immediately forgettable.


Everyone with Christine needs to make a Will roll.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 26 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Sun 23 Feb 2020
at 23:04
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Who is that?"
Jednesa
 player, 420 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:29/36 FP:13/13
Mon 24 Feb 2020
at 00:18
Re: Seekers of the Flame
OOC:  Oh my, Jednesa might just pass...

19:14, Today: Jednesa rolled 9 using 3d6.  Will 7.

Fail by 2 if it's straight Will.  However she has an Amulet of Protection from Evil +3, and Magic Resistance of +3, so it's possible she'll succeed by either MoS +1 or +4.

Christine Bjorn
 player, 1834 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Mon 24 Feb 2020
at 00:29
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to wretch (msg # 82):

"Who are you, exactly?"

She is careful not to loose anything...
Masugatan
 player, 333 posts
 street thug
Mon 24 Feb 2020
at 00:48
Re: Seekers of the Flame

19:47, Today: Masugatan rolled 15 using 3d6.  Will roll.

Sadly, this fails...
wretch
 NPC, 2 posts
 I thought I saw someone
 nevermind I was wrong
Mon 24 Feb 2020
at 21:17
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 86):

Everyone except Masugatan and Valerie notice a frail, emmaciated woman in stained and worn blue and white robes carrying a bow. She looks like she hasn't eaten in days. Valerie and Masugatan see nothing of significance,  nothing memorable.
Elaina Grattan
 player, 6 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Mon 24 Feb 2020
at 23:40
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Holiness, she looks starved!  How can we help, madam?  We can offer food, if you can manage trail rations, or coin to buy food for yourself.

Stop, Jednesa!"

Masugatan
 player, 334 posts
 street thug
Tue 25 Feb 2020
at 01:45
Re: Seekers of the Flame
“Huh?  What are you talking about?”

This was like one of those games he saw kids playing in the alleys sometimes.  All those weird dice...
Jednesa
 player, 421 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:29/36 FP:13/13
Tue 25 Feb 2020
at 01:58
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Jednesa stops, waiting to see what comes of this.
wretch
 NPC, 3 posts
 I thought I saw someone
 nevermind I was wrong
Tue 25 Feb 2020
at 02:28
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Elaina Grattan (msg # 88):

She spills a bag of silver into her palm,
 "I have coin, but none can see me to sell to me. I beg you Marie, lift your curse! I have been living on the flesh of rats that I shoot, and fallen crusts. Forgive me!"
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1838 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Tue 25 Feb 2020
at 09:52
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to wretch (msg # 91):

"I am Christine. I believe Marie is the slut that works in some brothel. But I will try to help you..."

She casts a spell...
Jednesa
 player, 422 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:29/36 FP:13/13
Tue 25 Feb 2020
at 11:25
Re: Seekers of the Flame
OOC:  Christine, Dispel Magic will affect all spells in the area, this means your and Jednesa's Bless as well.  So be careful where you splash that...
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1839 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Tue 25 Feb 2020
at 12:12
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 93):

It is an area spell, with a radius of one, so it should just effect her...
Masugatan
 player, 335 posts
 street thug
Thu 27 Feb 2020
at 07:40
Re: Seekers of the Flame
“Marie sounds like my kind of gal.”
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1845 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Thu 27 Feb 2020
at 08:23
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 95):

"Then I, most definitely, am not. You would do well to remember that!" she replies coldly. You almost feel the temperature drop a few degrees...
Elaina Grattan
 player, 7 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Thu 27 Feb 2020
at 10:06
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Alright, you two, get a, er, get separate rooms."

Elaina looks on at Christine and the beggar.  "Did it work, Christine?"
Emma Wilson
 player, 1 post
 Priestess of Helios
Thu 27 Feb 2020
at 21:28
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Elaina Grattan (msg # 97):

"can you see me?"

This message was lightly edited by the GM at 17:41, Fri 28 Feb.

Christine Bjorn
 player, 1846 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Fri 28 Feb 2020
at 01:56
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Emma Wilson (msg # 98):

"I could see you before. question is, can any of those who did not notice you see you?"
Masugatan
 player, 336 posts
 street thug
Fri 28 Feb 2020
at 02:11
Re: Seekers of the Flame
“Just kidding.  I would never associate with the likes of Marie!  Just the thought makes my skin crawl.”
Narrator
 GM, 7466 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Fri 28 Feb 2020
at 17:42
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Emma Wilson (msg # 98):

All of you can see her now!
Jednesa
 player, 423 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:29/36 FP:13/13
Fri 28 Feb 2020
at 20:03
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Jednesa can hear you better now.  And you are not so blurry.  Who are you?"
Evelina Grattan
 player, 28 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Sat 29 Feb 2020
at 00:23
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"I agree, it's much easier to look at you now, and your voice seems clearer as well.  Do you know Christine?"
Masugatan
 player, 337 posts
 street thug
Sat 29 Feb 2020
at 03:39
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Masugatan hocks a loogie, spits it on the ground and awaits further developments.
Emma Wilson
 player, 2 posts
 Priestess of Helios
Mon 2 Mar 2020
at 04:01
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 104):

"You can all see me? Oh thank you...wait if you are not Marie, who are you and how did you lift the curse?"
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1847 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Mon 2 Mar 2020
at 04:10
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Emma Wilson (msg # 105):

"I am Christine, and I am told I look a lot like Marie. I am a mage, and I and my friends are headed out of town for a bit. Why don't you join us?"
Emma Wilson
 player, 3 posts
 Priestess of Helios
Mon 2 Mar 2020
at 04:14
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Christine Bjorn (msg # 106):

"I, uhhh. Ok then. Mind if I stop by a merchant on the way and get some food? Can I leave this small bundle with anyone so I can be a bit quicker, and meet you at least the town gate?"

She holds up a tent and blanket, tied together with string.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1848 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Mon 2 Mar 2020
at 04:16
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Emma Wilson (msg # 107):

"Sure. I will come with you. Jednessa, why don't you guys head to the gate, and we will see you there shortly... after I find out a bit about her..."
Masugatan
 player, 338 posts
 street thug
Wed 4 Mar 2020
at 02:51
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Masugatan shrugs and gets ready to head to the gate.  He just hopes the girls don’t get into some heavy shopping while they wait.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1849 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Wed 4 Mar 2020
at 03:59
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 109):

After a quick meal and purchasing more, Emma and Christine arrive at the gate at about the same time as the rest of the group.
Narrator
 GM, 7481 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Wed 4 Mar 2020
at 14:35
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Christine Bjorn (msg # 110):

Together, you head out through thr Merchant's gate, with a plan to head south and then slightly eastward. The poor folk outside the wall retreat into their shanties at the sight of the ogress. Agead lies a road past fields of .barley and lavender, and you can see the treeline of the once bandit filled woods. Masugatan, Christine, and Jednesa  all know this route. If they continued due south, they would eventually  reach the Abbey, if they took the eastern fork, they would pass through Balar's old camp, which is the direction to take.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1850 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Wed 4 Mar 2020
at 23:07
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Narrator (msg # 111):

Not knowing much about Balar, and with the problem resolved anyway, they head out past his old campsite.
Jednesa
 player, 424 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:29/36 FP:13/13
Wed 4 Mar 2020
at 23:09
Re: Seekers of the Flame
As soon as they clear the gates and get far enough away as to not be in the shadow of the city, Jednesa stops, carefully takes off the skirt, gently folds it, and puts it in one of the two chests.

She seems to stand taller* and move more freely, not having to worry about destroying the "pretty dress" (or the buildings, or bystanders, etc).




OOC:  She is wearing a loincloth and the poncho.  She'd take the poncho off too, but it's under her harness, so it's a bit more involved.  Besides, it won't survive the mission.

* To her full 11' 6".  She tends to slouch and scrunch down in the city.

Evelina Grattan
 player, 29 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Wed 4 Mar 2020
at 23:50
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Well, look at you!"  Evelina gives Jednesa a grin.  "You look more yourself already!"
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1851 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Thu 5 Mar 2020
at 00:54
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 114):

"Yes indeed! Freedom is underrated! There is something nice about being out of the city!"
Masugatan
 player, 339 posts
 street thug
Thu 5 Mar 2020
at 01:21
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Masugatan, confident in his toughness, offers to take point.  If a black arrow must strike someone in their party, let it be him!
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1852 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Thu 5 Mar 2020
at 01:43
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 116):

Offer accepted...
Valerie
 NPC, 4 posts
 Barfly
Thu 5 Mar 2020
at 21:16
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 116):

"You keep some weird friends, between the Frog sisters, the ogre stripper, the invisible  beggar and the blue elf and her clay knight.  I swear she looks like Marie, but she doesn't sound like her. Mind if I walk with you?"
Elaina Grattan
 player, 8 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Thu 5 Mar 2020
at 23:23
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"We're the Grattan sisters, actually.  Holiness and I are the priestesses of the Frog God, but we were sisters before we learned about him."
Masugatan
 player, 340 posts
 street thug
Fri 6 Mar 2020
at 09:41
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Assuming he’s the one being spoken to, Masugatan has no objections to some company.  This isn’t usually a big problem for him, however.
Valerie
 NPC, 5 posts
 Barfly
Sat 7 Mar 2020
at 21:29
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 120):

Valerie, walking ahead of the group with Masugatan, was speaking to him.

The woods are fairly quiet, and while the road is not in good repair, there are signs of very deep mule prints coming through this way; Masugatan would remember why.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1853 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sun 8 Mar 2020
at 04:34
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Valerie (msg # 121):

Christine is happy for company as long as she does not hear about Marie...
Masugatan
 player, 341 posts
 street thug
Sun 8 Mar 2020
at 23:25
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Masugatan sighs as he sees the deep mule prints.  Such sweet memories they bring back...
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1854 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Mon 9 Mar 2020
at 05:25
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 123):

"Is there a story, Masugatan?"
Masugatan
 player, 342 posts
 street thug
Tue 10 Mar 2020
at 08:17
Re: Seekers of the Flame
“A long one.  About a girl, and a wretched young hero who sacrificed a princely fortune just watch her steal his heart and ride away on a mule.  Not that I’m butter.”
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1855 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Tue 10 Mar 2020
at 08:27
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 125):

"Do tell..."
Evelina Grattan
 player, 30 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Tue 10 Mar 2020
at 08:59
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"I agree, a good story will pass the time as we walk."
Masugatan
 player, 343 posts
 street thug
Wed 11 Mar 2020
at 01:32
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Masugatan momentarily closes his eyes and sighs dramatically.  "Would you pluck this tale from me like a jagged arrowhead from my heart?  Very well, then.  Her name was Lisa.  Her eyes were silken orbs.  Her breasts were silken orbs too, only way bigger.  And the way she walked... it's like she had two gelatinous cubes stuffed down her pants.  Anyway, she was the princess, and I was a mere stable boy who was put in charge of her favorite pony.  She named him 'Bologna.'  One day she came in while I was greasing his sides up, and the moment she saw me her cheeks lit up bright pink.  She pretended not to see me, but I knew she had.  And boy oh boy, did I see her..."
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1856 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Wed 11 Mar 2020
at 08:15
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 128):

Christine just waited for him to keep going...wondering if she was going to regret asking...
Elaina Grattan
 player, 9 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Wed 11 Mar 2020
at 09:02
Re: Seekers of the Flame
The two sisters pass a cryptic look, and Elaina partially stifles a giggle.
Valerie
 NPC, 6 posts
 Barfly
Thu 12 Mar 2020
at 23:35
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Elaina Grattan (msg # 130):

"Good gods, Sug, I heard a limerick version of this! There once was a clergyman's daughter
Who detested the pony her father had bought her,
 until she found...."


She finishes it, and then recites the sequel about the girl's boyfriend Tony...
Elaina Grattan
 player, 10 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Fri 13 Mar 2020
at 08:56
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Elaina snickers.

"What is it about limericks?  Is there some kind of rule that they always have to be naughty?"
Masugatan
 player, 344 posts
 street thug
Fri 13 Mar 2020
at 16:39
Re: Seekers of the Flame
“I was a pony once.  Then I grew into a horse!”  He winks.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 31 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Fri 13 Mar 2020
at 21:41
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"A whole horse?  Or just part of one?"  Evelina looks sidelong at Elaina, and both break out laughing.

"Never mind us, Masugatan.  We used to make fun of everyone back home."
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1857 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Fri 13 Mar 2020
at 21:57
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 134):

Christine just keeps an eye on where they are going, not really getting the humour, and not really wanting to!
Narrator
 GM, 7533 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Sat 14 Mar 2020
at 19:22
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Christine Bjorn (msg # 135):

Valerie's limericks may have caused Christine to have made a phobia check at +4.


In addition to that, hearing rolls all
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1858 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sat 14 Mar 2020
at 21:19
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Narrator (msg # 136):

Fortunately Christine is focused on everything but the naughty limericks going on behind her as she and Chris move ahead of the talkative one...
Jednesa
 player, 425 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:29/36 FP:13/13
Sat 14 Mar 2020
at 23:07
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Jednesa is humming to herself, trying to find a decent marching song to fit the occasion...




OOC: 19:06, Today: Jednesa rolled 11 using 3d6.  Per 7, hearing check.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 32 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Sun 15 Mar 2020
at 10:38
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Evelina cocks her head, suddenly looking quizzical.
Elaina Grattan
 player, 11 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Sun 15 Mar 2020
at 10:40
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"I hear it too, Holiness."
Masugatan
 player, 345 posts
 street thug
Sun 15 Mar 2020
at 16:48
Re: Seekers of the Flame
“Hi ho, hi ho.  We’re off to kill some mo’!”
Jednesa
 player, 426 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:29/36 FP:13/13
Sun 15 Mar 2020
at 20:21
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Hearing everyone else getting into the mood for a proper marching song, Jednesa begins to sing out (extremely loudly):

"Příliš horké na dnešní život,
Dnes bojuje příliš mnoho nepřátel,
Pochodoval příliš daleko aby odešel bez zabití dnes,
Co je nebezpečí? Nebezpečí!"
...

Narrator
 GM, 7542 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Mon 16 Mar 2020
at 16:54
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 142):

There is a faint rustling in a tree off to the side, a bit louder than a squirrel.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1859 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Mon 16 Mar 2020
at 19:39
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Narrator (msg # 143):

"Jednessa, just a minute, please...what was that noise in the trees?"

She points to the area in question.
Jednesa
 player, 427 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:29/36 FP:13/13
Mon 16 Mar 2020
at 21:54
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Jednesa stops and turns to look at Christine (and thus the exact opposite direction of the rustling).
Evelina Grattan
 player, 33 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Mon 16 Mar 2020
at 22:18
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Evelina moves as quietly as possible toward the tree with the rustle, uncoiling her whip as she goes and flipping it into a ready position.  After a few steps, she veers to the left and jerks her head to the right as she heads for a position two or three yards to the left of the tree.
Elaina Grattan
 player, 12 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Mon 16 Mar 2020
at 22:23
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Elaina keeps a few steps behind her Queen, also loosening her whip, and veers right at her Holiness's head jerk, finishing two or three yards to the right of the tree.  Once she stops, she looks up into the branches.
Masugatan
 player, 346 posts
 street thug
Tue 17 Mar 2020
at 02:35
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Masu stops singing, draws Butcher’s Blade and gets ready to do some rustling of his own.
Emma Wilson
 player, 4 posts
 Priestess of Helios
Tue 17 Mar 2020
at 07:14
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 148):

"That way, my big friend." Emma directs Jednessa quietly, staying behind Christine and Chris.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:14, Tue 17 Mar.

Narrator
 GM, 7549 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Wed 18 Mar 2020
at 14:45
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Emma Wilson (msg # 149):

An arrow strikes Masugatan un the torso, but glances off of his heavy armor.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1860 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Wed 18 Mar 2020
at 19:41
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Narrator (msg # 150):

Christine creates a fireball as she seeks the source of the arrow.

"We are under attack!"
Evelina Grattan
 player, 34 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Wed 18 Mar 2020
at 21:50
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Evelina takes a step toward the source of the rustle, looking up into the branches.
Masugatan
 player, 347 posts
 street thug
Thu 19 Mar 2020
at 02:44
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Masugatan finds a tree to take cover behind as he tries to locate his attacker.
Jednesa
 player, 428 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:29/36 FP:13/13
Thu 19 Mar 2020
at 04:39
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Jednesa turns and seeing the Frog sisters surrounding the tree with weapons ready she finally groks the situation.  She gently sets the cart's tongue down and eases into a sprinter's crouch in preparation to rush the tree...
Valerie
 NPC, 7 posts
 Barfly
Sat 21 Mar 2020
at 20:14
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 154):

The barmaid checks on Masugatan,  while readying a throwing axe.


Up in the tree, an archer wearing a dark ragged surcoat is trying to draw another arrow.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 35 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Sat 21 Mar 2020
at 22:31
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Evelina twirls the handle of her whip, launching the tail into the tree.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1862 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sun 22 Mar 2020
at 19:15
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 156):

Christine throws her fireball at the archer.

"There he is...but I bet he is not alone...check behind us, Emma."
Emma Wilson
 player, 5 posts
 Priestess of Helios
Sun 22 Mar 2020
at 19:19
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Christine Bjorn (msg # 157):

Emma happens to be standing in front of Jednessa when she turns to look behind them, and sees nothing. She creates a sunbolt just in case.
Masugatan
 player, 348 posts
 street thug
Sun 22 Mar 2020
at 23:19
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Masugatan grins excitedly as he sees the fireball fly to its target.  At times like these, he loves this job.
Jednesa
 player, 429 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Mon 23 Mar 2020
at 00:09
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Upon seeing an enemy Jednesa whoops "ANO!" and bolts forward stampeding past Emma to slam into the tree!




OOC:  Move and Attack, Slam.  'Ano' is Ogrish (Czech) for 'Yes'.

19:53, Today: Jednesa rolled 8 using 3d6.  Slam 16, shoulder into tree.

19:57, Today: Jednesa rolled 19 using 3d6+6.  Slam damage to tree, 3d+6 cr.

20:04, Today: Jednesa rolled 11 using 3d6-2.  Collision damage, 3d-2 cr.

Her rhinohide stops the damage, but she takes 2 injury from blunt trauma.

If the tree falls, Jednesa goes down with it, to slam it as hard as possible into the ground.

Evelina Grattan
 player, 36 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Mon 23 Mar 2020
at 09:07
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Evelina jumps out of the way of Jednesa's charge.

"Jednesa!  We had this under control!  We need to look for others, bandits of this sort are like rats -- if you see one, there are probably ten more around."
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1864 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Tue 24 Mar 2020
at 19:36
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 161):

"Lets see how many fall out of the tree before criticizing her..."
Masugatan
 player, 349 posts
 street thug
Wed 25 Mar 2020
at 04:24
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Masugatan cheers on the mighty ogress.  He can’t wait to see what she does if she gets her hands on them.
Narrator
 GM, 7577 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Thu 26 Mar 2020
at 19:52
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 161):

The stree shifts as it is slammed, some of the roots ripping from the ground, and the frog sister whose whip had entangled the leg of the archer is hoisted off the ground as the slightly charred archer falls out of the tree, along with his arrows and bow.

ST check to hold on to the whip, or fall and take 2d-6 crushing.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1865 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Thu 26 Mar 2020
at 22:20
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Narrator (msg # 164):

Christine looks around for accomplices as she creates another fireball...
Jednesa
 player, 430 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Fri 27 Mar 2020
at 01:09
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Jednesa grabs the archer and then shifts her grip to its head.




OOC:  All Out Attack, grapple and grapple head.

21:04, Today: Jednesa rolled 8, 10 using 3d6,3d6.  Grapple 16 and Grapple (Head) 11.

Narrator
 GM, 7584 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Fri 27 Mar 2020
at 18:18
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 166):

As Hednesa yanks on the archer, the whip weilding Frog sis yanked further into the tilted tree... now needing to roll vs 4d-12 falling damage if a ST check fails!
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1866 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Fri 27 Mar 2020
at 22:23
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Narrator (msg # 167):

Does the archer have any accomplices?
Evelina Grattan
 player, 37 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Sat 28 Mar 2020
at 00:16
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Evelina's whip jerks out of her hand, and she tumbles through the air and falls to the ground, Elaina already rushing to her side.



OOC: tried to post this morning, but RPOL went down just as I was typing and I couldn't wait, had to run out to work.  Also, that whip attack was a disarm in the first place, not an entangle; should have just pulled the bow out of the guy's hand.  See msg. 156.
Elaina Grattan
 player, 13 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Sat 28 Mar 2020
at 00:24
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Elaina is beside Evelina almost before she hits the ground.
Narrator
 GM, 7592 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Sun 29 Mar 2020
at 18:10
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 169):

Given how high in the tree he was, you would have been able to reach the ankle, not the bow.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 38 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Sun 29 Mar 2020
at 21:45
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Ow!  That's gonna bruise, fer sure!"  Her Holiness seems to have forgotten some of her refinement in the moment.
Elaina Grattan
 player, 14 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Sun 29 Mar 2020
at 21:56
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Oh, Holiness!  Let me heal you!"

Elaina puts her hands on Evelina's body and prays to the Frog God in a clear, carrying voice, taking longer than seems strictly necessary.
Emma Wilson
 player, 6 posts
 Priestess of Helios
Mon 30 Mar 2020
at 07:44
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Elaina Grattan (msg # 173):

Noticing that the only person injured seems to have been the archer and a Frog priestess, Emma looks for the archer, but it seems hidden by the foliage...
Jednesa
 player, 431 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Mon 30 Mar 2020
at 10:38
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Jednesa pulls the archer out of the tree slowly incase the whip is still attached to one of the sisters, "Sorry."

Then she turns and holds the archer out and looks to Christine, "Alive?  Dead?"


Note, she has one hand wrapped around the archers torso, the other about it's head, and she's holding it firmly, but not crushingly.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:40, Fri 10 Apr.

Christine Bjorn
 player, 1867 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Mon 30 Mar 2020
at 10:55
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 175):

"Dead if he wants to keep fighting, otherwise I want to know what he was thinking to attack us alone..."
Evelina Grattan
 player, 39 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Mon 30 Mar 2020
at 21:30
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Her holiness gets up from the ground, brushing dirt off her previously new-looking leathers.  "I wouldn't mind hearing that, either.  Do you have enemies, Masugatan?  Or was that a 'stupid tree'?"  She frowns and knits her brow.

"Even that first year, when we actually did consider banditry, and I was younger than Holy Sister is now, and she was barely a woman, we knew better than to take on a group this size."
Masugatan
 player, 350 posts
 street thug
Tue 31 Mar 2020
at 02:21
Re: Seekers of the Flame
“I know of no one who would go to these lengths just to get at me.  At least not when I’m traveling in a powerful group such as this.”

Class dripping out everywhere, he thinks smugly.
Narrator
 GM, 7603 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Wed 1 Apr 2020
at 18:43
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 177):

Masugatan recognizes the gear this guy is wearing... he looks to be a leftover from Balar's group.
Masugatan
 player, 351 posts
 street thug
Wed 1 Apr 2020
at 22:54
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Masugatan tells them about Balar and informs them that they may be dealing with a splinter group, contrary to what he just said.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 40 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Wed 1 Apr 2020
at 23:00
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"So, leftovers from a defeated group of robbers and bandits?  Unless there are many of them, they're barely a threat to us.  If they intended to ambush us, they should have closed the trap as soon as the first arrow was fired."
Jednesa
 player, 433 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Thu 2 Apr 2020
at 00:12
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Jednesa carefully unwraps her hand from the bandits face, giving it room to speak (and breathe) but not letting go of the bandit's head.

"Why you shoot Mossygotten?"

This message was last edited by the player at 20:40, Fri 10 Apr.

Narrator
 GM, 7614 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Thu 2 Apr 2020
at 16:44
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 182):

"That bastid killed me matey!"
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1868 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Thu 2 Apr 2020
at 22:22
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Narrator (msg # 183):

"They were bandits. Tell me why we should not finish what he started."
Evelina Grattan
 player, 41 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Fri 3 Apr 2020
at 09:01
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Evelina looks back toward the city to judge the distance.

"The city guards don't come this far out, do they?  I think we should just break his legs and leave him here under the tree.  Maybe some of his fellow bandits will rob him before he dies.  Or maybe he'll live as a crippled beggar."

Her Holiness considers for a moment.

"No, we can't do that.  It would be kinder to just execute him.  Or we could break all his arrows, take his other weapons, and just leave him here.  Holy Sister, what would they do to a bandit back home?"
Elaina Grattan
 player, 15 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Fri 3 Apr 2020
at 09:02
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Holiness, I don't recall them ever capturing one alive.  They always seemed to get shot while resisting arrest.  Sheriff Ward was a really good shot, but lacked patience, I think."
Valerie
 NPC, 8 posts
 Barfly
Fri 3 Apr 2020
at 22:29
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Elaina Grattan (msg # 186):

"Strip his weapons and boots."
Evelina Grattan
 player, 42 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Fri 3 Apr 2020
at 22:40
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Her Holiness brightens.  "Yes, that's even better!  He won't be able to keep up with us without boots, but we're still close enough to town that he can most likely make it there."
Masugatan
 player, 352 posts
 street thug
Sat 4 Apr 2020
at 05:59
Re: Seekers of the Flame
“If we ain’t gonna kill him, can we at least tie him up and suspend him upside down from a tree?  By the time he gets out of that, I figure he’ll be too tired to mess with us again.  Although to be honest, I like the idea of breaking his legs better.”
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1869 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sat 4 Apr 2020
at 09:59
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 188):

"Can't say I trust him, but I don't think we can just rob him either. I can justify taking his weapons, but not his boots. Let's just take his weapons and take him back to the town guard. It is not like we have a time limit..."
Elaina Grattan
 player, 16 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Sat 4 Apr 2020
at 11:51
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Does Northport not execute bandits, then?  How is that better than breaking his legs or taking his boots?"
Valerie
 NPC, 9 posts
 Barfly
Mon 6 Apr 2020
at 16:13
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Elaina Grattan (msg # 191):

"Northport sells em into indentured servitude, and the guild buys up a lot of those contracts, and work them as heavies when guildmembers go on proficiency runs with padded weapons."
Evelina Grattan
 player, 43 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Mon 6 Apr 2020
at 21:39
Re: Seekers of the Flame
The two sisters look nonplussed, then Evelina speaks up.  "Perfect!"
Jednesa
 player, 434 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Wed 8 Apr 2020
at 00:21
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Go back to boring town?  Jednesa say just kill him and move on."  She looks longingly down the road away from town.

She gives the bandit a little shake, "Attack Mossygotten first, is okay kill in defense yes?"
Elaina Grattan
 player, 17 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Wed 8 Apr 2020
at 09:09
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Jednesa, he's no longer a threat to us.  If he'd died when he fell out of the tree, that would have been 'in defense' but if we kill him now, it's just murder.

"If we were days from the nearest town, it might be different -- he'd be likely to try us again, and he might hurt one of us, or even kill one when he does.  He'd still be a threat, of sorts.  But here, we can turn him over to the guards and go our way, they won't kill him because the city profits from selling his indenture.  Indentures aren't permanent, so he isn't even really a slave.

"And if the guards won't take him, we can just bring him back here, take his weapons and his boots, and walk away.  All it'll cost us is an hour or so of extra walking."

Jednesa
 player, 435 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Wed 8 Apr 2020
at 13:57
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Grmmph.  Too many word.  Fiiiine, not kill now."

She turns the bandit to face her and looks him in the eye, "Do what God Sisters say or Jednesa kill you."  She grins and licks her lips.

Then she sets him down in front the sisters, "All yours," she mutters and starts turning the wagon around to trudge slowly back to town.




OOC: 09:42, Today: Jednesa rolled 9 using 3d6.  Intimidation 13  (Skill 7 + 3 Monster + 2 Hideous + 1 Penetrating Voice).

MoS +4.

Evelina Grattan
 player, 44 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Thu 9 Apr 2020
at 08:50
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Evelina retrieves the handle of her whip and, with a twitch, loosens it from the bandit's leg.

"You heard the lady.  We don't want to just kill you, or break your legs and leave you here to possibly die of thirst -- but we don't want you causing any more trouble while we take you back to turn over to the guards, either.

"Have you heard of 'parole'?  Do you understand what it is?"

Masugatan
 player, 353 posts
 street thug
Fri 10 Apr 2020
at 18:51
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Masugatan shrugs and gets ready to move on.  He thinks this is probably a mistake, but he’ll abide by the group’s decision.

Funny how being in the mercenary business could civilize a fellow.
Mcnealy
 player, 6 posts
 Gnomic artificer
Fri 10 Apr 2020
at 19:22
Re: Seekers of the Flame
OOC  New driver for McNealy getting ready to take over.  Just finalizing the character.  Very complex build, just need to finish negotiating a potion list with the big boss.
Narrator
 GM, 7645 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Sat 11 Apr 2020
at 16:03
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Mcnealy (msg # 199):

Y'all heading back or leaving him bootless and unarmed?

McNealy, send me a pm
Jednesa
 player, 437 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Sat 11 Apr 2020
at 20:59
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Narrator:
Y'all heading back or leaving him bootless and unarmed?

The trio of lovely ladies (Christine, Evelina, and Elaina) have decided to turn the adventure around and go back to Northport to turn the bandit over to the Authority.

To that end Jednesa was outvoted.

McNealy
 player, 7 posts
 Gnomic artificer
Sat 11 Apr 2020
at 22:47
Re: Seekers of the Flame
OOC I have posted what looks to be the final character for the GM to review.  I need his various brews and equipment, but I think the points are done.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 45 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Sat 11 Apr 2020
at 23:29
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Indeed, if Evelina is able to extract the prisoner's parole (against the consequence of being turned back over to Jednesa) not to attempt to escape or harm anyone while we do so, we'll march him back to the gates or wherever within we can find a guard or squad of guards to turn him over to.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1871 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sun 12 Apr 2020
at 22:59
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 203):

Indeed, much as Christine would like to get rid of him, she feels morally obliged to return him to town, and the to get moving.

"I am sure we will get our chance to kill a lot, Nessy. Let us do the right thing, else we be no better than those we fight, except we win..."
Guardsman
 NPC, 41 posts
Mon 13 Apr 2020
at 13:54
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Christine Bjorn (msg # 204):
You march him back toward the gates, espying another party taking the south road...
The guardsmen bristle as Jednesa apporoaches, but relax when they see the rest of your group.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 46 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Mon 13 Apr 2020
at 21:34
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Valerie, Masugatan, you're from around here, aren't you?  We aren't, and I'm honestly not sure how to go about turning this man over to the guards."
Masugatan
 player, 354 posts
 street thug
Fri 17 Apr 2020
at 04:50
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Masugatan takes a momentary break from picking his teeth. “Nothing to it.  Just tell ‘em we brought a fresh delivery of scum, then kick him in their general direction.”
Guardsman
 NPC, 42 posts
Fri 17 Apr 2020
at 16:10
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 207):

"Didn't you lot just come through here?  Is that you Masugatan? "
McNealy
 player, 8 posts
 Gnomic artificer
Fri 17 Apr 2020
at 16:33
Re: Seekers of the Flame
OOC  Points are done, Potions are in to the GM for review.  Will work on equipment next.  Probably start posting in character once you finish the delivery of your prize.

One of the toughest characters I have had to build in a while.  Quite complicated.

Jednesa
 player, 439 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Fri 17 Apr 2020
at 18:59
Re: Seekers of the Flame
McNealy:
\One of the toughest characters I have had to build in a while.  Quite complicated.

OOC:  Yeah, I've toyed with making an Artificer... Potion Master is probably the best version for dungeoneering as you can always use potions and being able to rejigger a potion "on the fly" is so f-ing useful.  The Gadgeteer artificer just looks to be so very dependent on traps and having time to devise devices to deal with problems... would probably work better as an AA Build* using Powers as gadgets rather than trying to use the Invention and Gadgeteering rules.  Though for a 'less DF' more 'serious bizniz' Heartbreaker Fantasy, pulling the scrounging and 'Inventing, Upgrading, and Repairing' rules from After the End would be damned useful.  I've been waiting for Kromm or PKitty or someone to write up GURPS Gadgeteering forever now...

Are you using the Alchemist from Pyramid 3-82 "Brewmasters"?



* That is various 'one-use' traps built as Alternate Ability Powers that the Mad Trap-builder Artificer can unleash each encounter.

Narrator
 GM, 7665 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Fri 17 Apr 2020
at 20:21
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 210):

We are using 3/82.
The best gadgeteering  write up was in Atomic Horror, and could be used with Science! Which I liked because it had a heavy prerequisite chain; research and two hard  sciences.
Ditto weird science, which needs occultism and weirdness magnet


Similar setup I use for weird magic, but it needs occultism, enigmas, hidden lore eldee and weird thaumatology...
McNealy
 player, 9 posts
 Gnomic artificer
Fri 17 Apr 2020
at 20:36
Re: Seekers of the Flame
OOC  You pretty much nailed it.

DF 4 Sages book for the Artificer template.
Pyramid DF Collected book for the Dungeon Brewmasters template
Add in that McNealy was already created as a Gnome, which meant an additional shuffling of points.
Alchemical potions are 2 points apiece as a hard technique, which makes them quite expensive.
I decided on Average techniques for things like Alchemists Fire and Liquid Ice, subject to approval.

Every point has to be spent carefully to honor 3 different templates as much as possible while still giving him a credible role and function while delving.  Pretty sure you own Gareth and Jareth too, right?  Probably also builds with some challenge.

Jednesa
 player, 440 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Sat 18 Apr 2020
at 01:05
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Narrator:
The best gadgeteering  write up was in Atomic Horror...

OOC:  I'll take a look.  I haven't delved into that book as it's not my preferred genre (likewise if they hide any Gadgeteering rules in a Steampunk supplement, I'll miss 'em).


McNealy:
Alchemical potions are 2 points apiece as a hard technique, which makes them quite expensive.
I decided on Average techniques for things like Alchemists Fire and Liquid Ice, subject to approval.

The premise in Brewmaster (Pyramid 3-82) is to not bother with Techniques, they've been tossed to the winds, along with all the rules out of Magic.

Indeed, the rules for brewing are altered you don't need Techniques, it takes days not weeks (spending more than 1 day gives bonuses), etc...

And for you, you can even speed it up faster (down to 4 hours for a potion, 30 minutes for a poison), because Quick Gadgeteer. And with Gizmos, you can just "have it on you".

So you're better off raising Alchemy or taking the Formulary Perk out of Pyramid 3-82.


quote:
Every point has to be spent carefully to honor 3 different templates...

3?  Surely just Artificer with the Alchemist lens?  Or are you dabbling in other forbidden arts?

quote:
Pretty sure you own Gareth and Jareth too, right?

Just Jareth of those two (I'm not a fan of Wizards, I'm pretty sure Gareth is run by Christine, who also runs Melchizedek and Goran?).  I run Jareth (originally Sage 60%/Agent 35%/Psi 5%, now more like Sage 50%/Psi-Elder Thing Cultist 40%/Agent 10% - there is a lot of overlap between Psi/Elder Thing Cultist and Sage and Agent since the Psi abilities are mostly information and communication), Jednesa (a real departure from my 'skills heavy builds' and a Barbarian in 'name' and Disads only - she's got some Martial Artist mixed in, 3 skills and a Style!), Stenet (almost purely on template Holy Warrior, someone else built him), Dilandua (Swashbuckler/Martial Artist with some Ninja) and Ülo (my challenge to myself to build a Wizard that wasn't from a 'standard' Wizarding race, who goes off template a bit, and in building her I decided I really like the Troll race writeup).

And then Benny Morales†, a Dungeon Saint who is remarkably on template (for me anyway, actually like Ülo he's pretty "off template" but still does the template's job*) who hasn't had an adventure to join yet.



* Unlike Jednesa who is so off template she can't do a Barbarian's wilderness job, no Outdoorsman or Outdoorsman skills (okay, she has a Survival (Mountains) of 6).

† Yes, a pun name, I finally decided to sneak one in.

McNealy
 player, 10 posts
 Gnomic artificer
Sat 18 Apr 2020
at 04:28
Re: Seekers of the Flame
OOC  I have Balir the dwarf as my own build.  Pretty much Dwarf as a class.

Aegis was inherited, and I normally don' like the morally gray as much.  He has been decent to play with all the social disruption.  Not a nice traveling companion.

I have Haveron/Amelia/Omar over in the Al Menir thread, although the GM uses Amelia to push the plot a lot there so we share her.  Again I inherited him.  He has an interesting agenda, and has offered a lot of good meaty role play.

I own Goran too, for the record.  He's a pretty standard country bumpkin priest who looks down his nose at everyone else.  Inherited.

Finally, Nodwin.  He's got a few interesting quirks in his build.  Overall pretty good, and interesting.  Young kid, building a church.  I wish I had half the points for how I want to grow him, but I'm just trying to get caught up on the Junior House.  Inherited.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:55, Sat 18 Apr.

Christine Bjorn
 player, 1872 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sat 18 Apr 2020
at 11:59
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to McNealy (msg # 214):

Christine will tell the guards that this bandit tried to attach them as the left, and will hand him over to them.

Then she will attempt to resume her journey.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 47 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Sun 19 Apr 2020
at 10:53
Re: Seekers of the Flame
The sisters confirm Christine's story for the guards.

"It's just luck his arrow struck heavy armor; Masugatan could have been killed!"
Valerie
 NPC, 10 posts
 Barfly
Mon 20 Apr 2020
at 21:10
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 216):

"This boufon worked with Balar the Red to waylay travellers. We caught him shooting arrows by ambush."
Guardsman
 NPC, 43 posts
Mon 20 Apr 2020
at 21:11
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Valerie (msg # 217):

"We'll bring him before the magistrate then."

Two guards frogmarch him in through the gate.
Elaina Grattan
 player, 18 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Mon 20 Apr 2020
at 21:34
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"That was easier than I thought it would be.  I expected to have to at least testify before a scribe, under a dire oath."  Elaina blinks a couple times.  "What prevents someone doing that with false charges?"
McNealy
 player, 11 posts
 Gnomic artificer
Mon 20 Apr 2020
at 22:18
Re: Seekers of the Flame
The gnome speaks up, since he has first hand experience with this sort of thing.  "They have their ways of knowing.  Magical compulsion, history spells, potions.  You name it, they can get it if they want to know badly enough.  It's not a pleasant experience.  Trust me."
Jednesa
 player, 441 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Tue 21 Apr 2020
at 04:05
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Yay."

Jednesa turns the cart back around and starts warming up for a racous marching song...
Evelina Grattan
 player, 48 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Tue 21 Apr 2020
at 09:01
Re: Seekers of the Flame
The sisters fall back into line.

"It'll be good to be away from the city again."

Valerie
 NPC, 11 posts
 Barfly
Tue 21 Apr 2020
at 18:43
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to McNealy (msg # 220):

"The guard was on alert about people in that outfit, because the Merchant's guild had a bounty placed on them, and some priest of Helios and some bird man made a lot of noise with the guard over the bandit lord's men. Masugatan was with that group, he would know more. That was just the gossip I heard."
Evelina Grattan
 player, 49 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Tue 21 Apr 2020
at 23:09
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Ah, I see.  So, if we're going to turn someone over to the guard, it helps very much if they're a known criminal."
Masugatan
 player, 355 posts
 street thug
Wed 22 Apr 2020
at 01:40
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Masugatan starts humming a little tune he heard some soldiers singing when he was a kid, swinging his arms in time as he walks.  So help him, he’s learning to enjoy the outdoors, even if all this fresh air is a poor substitute for the reassuring feel of scum-covered city pavement under your boots.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:40, Wed 22 Apr.

Narrator
 GM, 7689 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Wed 22 Apr 2020
at 18:52
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 225):

You head back down the path to the place where the ambush occurred.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 50 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Wed 22 Apr 2020
at 23:51
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Now, if that gonif had a friend or two and an agreement with them to take a fall to find our weaknesses, the friends might pick this spot to try again -- and not aim at Masugatan's heaviest armor this time."
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1873 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Thu 23 Apr 2020
at 03:46
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 227):

"They could pick any spot. Best to try to be careful and make good time..."

She will continue until evening if there are no further incidents. She will start looking for a good spot the camp about an hour before sunset...
Evelina Grattan
 player, 51 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Thu 23 Apr 2020
at 08:55
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"I don't see any dry hummocks or big tree forks to sleep in anywhere."
Narrator
 GM, 7694 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Thu 23 Apr 2020
at 20:38
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Anyone else want to try a survival roll?
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1874 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Fri 24 Apr 2020
at 01:09
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Narrator (msg # 230):

Not need. That is why I hired folk!
Jednesa
 player, 442 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Fri 24 Apr 2020
at 01:27
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"How 'bout here?"

Jednesa points out a vaguely flatish spot... surrounded by inconvenient brush and trees that would screen anything sneaking up on the camp, but not quite thick enough to block light or hide the camp from observers.



OOC:   21:16, Today: Jednesa rolled 9 using 3d6.  Survival (Mountains) 6, looking for a campsite.

Anyone who merely failed the roll can find a campsite with one of Comfort, Concealment, or Lines Of Sight.  If you succeed, you can pick 2.  Critical success picks 3.  Critical failure and you find none of them.  Comfort means we can rest and regain FP.  Concealment gives us a reroll on spotting ambushers and penalyzes them (-1 to Per, +1 to our Camouflage) spotting us.  LOS gives a +1 to Per/Observation rolls to notice ambushers and a -1 to their Stealth.


And yes, Jednesa has a 6 Survival... with a point spent in the skill.  She ain't no Mensa candidate.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:08, Fri 24 Apr.

Christine Bjorn
 player, 1876 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Fri 24 Apr 2020
at 07:03
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 232):

"We might be better out in the open somewhere..."
Elaina Grattan
 player, 19 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Fri 24 Apr 2020
at 09:04
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Holiness, Christine, perhaps there?"

She points out a potential site on top of a small knoll, high enough to be dry, and clear of brush and low foliage.  We'd have to carry water, but we'd be able to see and hear anything around us.

"It's not perfect, but I think it's okay."
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1877 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Fri 24 Apr 2020
at 11:03
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Elaina Grattan (msg # 234):

"I can create water. Ok, that sounds good."
Evelina Grattan
 player, 52 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Fri 24 Apr 2020
at 22:38
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Oh, yes, both of us can either create or purify water as well.  We tend to forget the create option, we've spent a lot of time in lands that have plenty of water, it just needs some help before it's good for humans to drink."
Masugatan
 player, 356 posts
 street thug
Mon 27 Apr 2020
at 08:09
Re: Seekers of the Flame
“When it’s time, I’ll volunteer for first watch.  I usually stay up late, anyhow.”  He scratches himself inappropriately.

This message was last edited by the player at 08:10, Mon 27 Apr.

Valerie
 NPC, 11 posts
 Barfly
Wed 29 Apr 2020
at 15:01
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 237):

"I can share the watch with Masugatan"

This message was last edited by the player at 15:01, Wed 29 Apr.

McNealy
 player, 12 posts
 Gnomic artificer
Wed 29 Apr 2020
at 16:19
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"I have some brewing to do.  I will take the middle watch so I can check on it while you sleep."
Jednesa
 player, 443 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Wed 29 Apr 2020
at 16:23
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Jednesa take middle watch.  Ogres see good in dark.  Ogres, trolls, and goblin folk always take middle watch in Great Army."
Elaina Grattan
 player, 20 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Wed 29 Apr 2020
at 22:51
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Why do we need to have people waking through the night?  The Frog God has given me a spell that will instantly wake me if anyone or anything enters its area with hostile intent -- so we only need awake if we're attacked; we can all sleep straight through a quiet night.

"Even someone leaving the spell's circle to answer nature's call, and then returning, will wake us only if they make enough noise or disturbance to wake us naturally.  The spell detects hostile intention.

"It will detect wolves or bears as readily as bandits, too.  Holiness and I have never kept watches in our travels since I received this spell."

Christine Bjorn
 player, 1878 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Thu 30 Apr 2020
at 01:55
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 240):


"Interesting. But surely the definition of hostile intention leaves room for concern."

Sounds like watches sorted. Emma and Christine can make food...
Jednesa
 player, 445 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Thu 30 Apr 2020
at 02:56
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Christine Bjorn:
Sounds like watches sorted. Emma and Christine can make food...

OOC:  Who is taking third watch?  Or is Christine conceding to Watchdog and not worrying about it?
Masugatan
 player, 358 posts
 street thug
Thu 30 Apr 2020
at 05:37
Re: Seekers of the Flame
“Not that I doubt the Frog God, but old habits die hard.  Besides, is it wise to put your god to the test?”
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1879 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Thu 30 Apr 2020
at 06:40
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 244):

Christine and Chris can fill in as needed.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 53 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Thu 30 Apr 2020
at 11:31
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"One could as easily ask if it's wise to show a lack of faith -- but still, if the rest of you prefer to stand watches, we will do our fair share.  I guess we'll get up very, very early to stand the last watch.

"Holy Sister will still cast her spell -- no sense giving up any sort of protection."

Elaina Grattan
 player, 21 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Thu 30 Apr 2020
at 12:26
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"As you say, Holiness.  We should bed down soon after eating, if we're to be up hours before sunrise."

About ten hours before sunrise, Elaina stands at the center of the camp site and casts, then immediately staggers to her bedroll just beside Evelina's.

"That will wake me for anything coming with ten yards of that spot with hostile intent."
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1880 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Thu 30 Apr 2020
at 22:43
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Elaina Grattan (msg # 247):

"Indeed, extra protection is welcome. Keeping watches is a time honoured tradition for many good reasons, though. A band of archers or a mage that can dispel the magic can easily bypass magical protections, so while helpful, they should not be relied upon."
Elaina Grattan
 player, 22 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Thu 30 Apr 2020
at 22:48
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"P'raps we just din't have any...  ...any, um... ennnemeees."  Elaina mumbles sleepily.
Masugatan
 player, 359 posts
 street thug
Fri 1 May 2020
at 07:57
Re: Seekers of the Flame
“That’s why I always use protection.  Except... oh, nevermind.”
Narrator
 GM, 7726 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Sun 3 May 2020
at 19:24
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 250):

Chris is not exactly observant as far as noticing enemies, and requires advance instructions to act. Not requiring sleep, he can be available to cover all shifts, but just needs a list of SOP to function.  Masugatan , Valerie,  and (Chris) the first watch... then who?
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1883 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sun 3 May 2020
at 19:53
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Narrator (msg # 251):

Probably Christine and Emma (and Chris)...
Jednesa
 player, 446 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Sun 3 May 2020
at 21:02
Re: Seekers of the Flame
OOC:  Mcnealy and Jednesa both volunteered for middle watch.  The Frog Sisters seem to have volunteered for morning watch.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:03, Sun 03 May.

Christine Bjorn
 player, 1884 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sun 3 May 2020
at 23:07
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 253):

So 4 watches.

Masugatan and co
Christine and co
Jednessa and co
Froggy's

Sound right?
McNealy
 player, 13 posts
 Gnomic artificer
Mon 4 May 2020
at 16:50
Re: Seekers of the Flame
McNealy spends time at the end of the day hunting for herbs and bringing in extra firewood.  He won't wander too far away, just enough to find what he is looking for.

When they settle in to camp, McNealy empties some alchemist's fire onto the gathered wood.  He will admire the beautiful colors in the dancing flames for a few minutes.  When he lays down to sleep, he will make sure he has a good view of the flames.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1885 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Tue 5 May 2020
at 01:51
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to McNealy (msg # 255):

Christine will try to stop him using Alchemist's fire, using magic instead.

"Save that. We may need it later..."
McNealy
 player, 14 posts
 Gnomic artificer
Tue 5 May 2020
at 14:41
Re: Seekers of the Flame
McNealy resists at first, but then when he realizes that she plans to do it with magic he steps back to watch.  "I feel most comfortable when we have a robust fire.  It keeps the predators away, and I enjoy it's warmth."
Evelina Grattan
 player, 54 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Tue 5 May 2020
at 15:38
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"We are not great friends of fire, but we need warmth as much as the next person -- and we can put it out quickly at need."
Narrator
 GM, 7741 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Wed 6 May 2020
at 17:38
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 258):

The night passes uneventfully!
Masugatan
 player, 360 posts
 street thug
Thu 7 May 2020
at 00:13
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In the morning, Masugatan gnaws on some jerky, does a few easy thug stretches and otherwise behaves like he’s starring in a commercial for Folger’s coffee.  But with swords.
Jednesa
 player, 447 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Thu 7 May 2020
at 03:23
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Jednesa rolls up her huge fur blanket, ties it onto her harness, and the shrugs into and straps on her harness.  She checks to make sure her handaxe/mace is in place, and then sits down next to the cart to wait on everyone else while chewing a food brick.

Jednesa laments the taste of the iron ration, "Not as good as donkey."


If Masugatan is a morning coffee commercial, Jednesa is a primitive 'soldier gearing up for battle montage', ending with what soldiers do best.  Sitting and waiting.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 55 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Thu 7 May 2020
at 11:33
Re: Seekers of the Flame
The sisters, who've been up for a couple hours by sunrise, have already rolled up their bedding and packed up their things; once others start stirring they turn to breakfast.  This close to the city, they'll eat rations without bothering to try to gather or hunt.

"Holy Sister, it's good to be out of the city again."  The older sister turns to the other travelers.

"Do we need more water?"
McNealy
 player, 15 posts
 Gnomic artificer
Thu 7 May 2020
at 17:00
Re: Seekers of the Flame
McNealy for the most part is up with everyone, but off doing his own work.  He has potions brewing on his miniature horse, and needs to add ingredients before their morning travel.  In his experience, the movement of the walking horse is good enough to mix the less volatile potions quite nicely.

Once that is done, he collects his belongings, rolls them up, and has a ration until they are ready to leave.
Valerie
 NPC, 12 posts
 Barfly
Fri 8 May 2020
at 16:53
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to McNealy (msg # 263):

Before everyone started noshing, Valerie had her pan over the fire, and with water and some seasoning, had made a bit of a stew.
Elaina Grattan
 player, 23 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Fri 8 May 2020
at 20:32
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Oh, nice, Valerie.  Can you do that with a fresh-caught duck or rabbit?"
Masugatan
 player, 361 posts
 street thug
Sat 9 May 2020
at 23:30
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"What'cha cookin' Val?"  Masugatan's spice-craving nose leads him to the fire.

He laughs to himself as he thinks about how much his life has changed since an adventurer tossed him a silver piece in return for his services.  These days he was a classier breed of scum.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:31, Sat 09 May.

Valerie
 NPC, 13 posts
 Barfly
Mon 11 May 2020
at 17:12
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 266):

"Eggs, bacon, mutton, beef, fish, fowl. Hare is better that rat, had to cook that often enough."

This message was last edited by the player at 17:12, Mon 11 May.

Christine Bjorn
 player, 1886 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Wed 13 May 2020
at 00:05
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Valerie (msg # 267):

"Impressive. We should see if you can make created food taste nice next. That will be the real test!"

The canteens still full from last night, we should be good for water. Christine has Chris pack up the tent and bedding and put it on his back as she guards the others doing their morning rituals.

As soon as food is eaten, she is ready to move on.

"I wonder what awaits us today...anyone else have any enemies we should know about?"
Jednesa
 player, 449 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Wed 13 May 2020
at 01:43
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Jednesa begin believe nejvyšší Raniba sold Jednesa and other warriors to Great Army... but not see how that come up now."
Evelina Grattan
 player, 56 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Wed 13 May 2020
at 09:07
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Then perhaps we can make camp tonight with enough daylight remaining for Holy Sister and me to hunt up some small game.  Neither of us is much of a cook."
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1887 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Wed 13 May 2020
at 09:24
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 270):

"I am not keen for anyone to be running off on their own, or even in pairs. The attack on Masugatan indicated that together we are strong, but I do not want to find out how strong we are or are not individually. But if you want to scout ahead a little to hunt game as we travel, then that is fine."
Evelina Grattan
 player, 58 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Wed 13 May 2020
at 22:34
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"As long as we're following roads or a visible landmark, we can do that.  We're neither of us great navigators, but we can keep track of a road or a mountain top well enough -- and we'd normally set traps for rabbits, squirrels, and the like while we sleep rather than hunting as we travel.  We didn't bother last night because we were still so close to the city."
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1888 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Wed 13 May 2020
at 23:07
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 272):

"That is fine, we can set traps in the evening and then clear them in the morning."
McNealy
 player, 16 posts
 Gnomic artificer
Thu 14 May 2020
at 02:04
Re: Seekers of the Flame
McNealy makes small talk while he mixes potions over on his diminutive horse.  He throws herbs in here, some liquid in there, and then shakes it up by walking the horse in a circle.

"What kinds of traps do you use?  I generally prefer the live traps, because the meat is fresher that way.  What do you typically favor?"


OOC McNealy is chatty this morning, and he's well versed in traps.  He'll have a lot of questions to ask, and suggestions to make.  We can do this IC or behind the curtain, whichever.
Elaina Grattan
 player, 26 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Thu 14 May 2020
at 09:07
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"We usually use deadfalls -- you can make one from twigs and a rock or log, no wire or string needed.  As long as you set them in the evening and check in the morning, the meat will still be fresh.  We never leave them set longer than that."
Masugatan
 player, 362 posts
 street thug
Thu 14 May 2020
at 17:30
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Masugatan turns to Jednessa.  “Did you say they freakin’ sold you?  Oh man, I’d be out for big time revenge.”
Narrator
 GM, 7767 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Thu 14 May 2020
at 19:00
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Jednesa  knows that the nejvyšší Raniba is still alive, they are far to cunning to have been caught by men, and wealthy enough with the coin they raised as to have hired another army again...


Thank you for worldbuilding!

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:33, Thu 14 May.

McNealy
 player, 17 posts
 Gnomic artificer
Thu 14 May 2020
at 20:51
Re: Seekers of the Flame
McNealy grins.  They think like he does.  The more efficiently you work, the more you can get done.

"My favorite is to use a deadfall variant, with a little twist.  Being that I have a certain talent for mixtures, some good old-fashioned stickum works way better than a log.  It locks the critters down hard, without all that lifting and moving. And it works when you aren't in the forest.  Maybe we can set something up tonight and see what you think."


OOC A couple things with McNealy, now that the customer is just about finished.  Most of this should be "common knowledge" from when he joined.  Still, it should be fleshed out since he has become a PC, and thus is a full character now.  I welcome GM or player comment, to find what feels appropriate to everyone.  A happy agreement would have been ironed out at the time he decided to come along.

1. He prefers to be addressed by Alchemist McNealy, or Tradesman McNealy. It's a quirk, and seemed fun to me.  Advertising, you know.

2. As a tradesman, I assume he was retained (way back when) as a healer.  He'll provide healing potions for free as needed to fulfill his part of the 'contract'.  We should probably include antidotes as part of that, when appropriate.

3. Specialty items (Alchemical potions, known formulas, or poisons) will be provided at some level of cost.  For people in his party it will be very cheap.  I'm putting this here to try and maintain game balance on behalf of the GM.  Please remember McNealy has to manage materials and inventory, where casters can use fatigue to power their abilities.  He has to think like a businessman if he wants to break even.

4. Item cost can be paid in coin, services, or materials.  Herbs are always useful because he can gadgeteer them, if anyone has Naturalist.  Monster parts, animal venom, and whatever else the group can harvest also counts as payment.  McNealy is a team player, and he'll give you what you need for a couple chickens if necessary.

5.  Since McNealy is very talented with traps, I expect he should have some idea of the various kinds.  Hence, I researched a few kinds of traps.
https://www.outdoorlife.com/ho...best-survival-traps/
Bait Stick Snare
Motion Triggered Snare
Fixed Snare
Peg Snare
Drown Snare
Treadle Snare
Squirrel Pole Snare
Rolling Snare
Deadfall
Figure 4 Snare
Pine Pitch Bird Cup Trap
Paiute Deadfall
Greasy String Deadfall
Toggle Deadfall
McPherson Spring Deadfall

Christine Bjorn
 player, 1889 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Thu 14 May 2020
at 21:04
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Narrator (msg # 277):

"Sure, McNealy, you are welcome to set traps as you wish.

Jednessa, after listening, these enemies of yours could be a concern. Tell me more about these...nejvyšší Raniba. What are they, and how did they 'capture' you to sell in the first place? If we meet them, we need to be prepared to deal with them...please tell us what you know of them.
"
Elaina Grattan
 player, 27 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Thu 14 May 2020
at 22:17
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Oh, like the way pitch or sap can capture an insect?  Even mice are too strong to get trapped that way, never mind rabbits, but if you can make something stickier than pitch, it could be useful."

OOC: Both sisters have Naturalist, as well as Pharmacy (Herbal); Her Holiness also has Poisons.  Both have Esoteric Medicine as well as a number of healing spells.  Between your potions and our spells, we should be well set, even with an ogress as tank.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:18, Thu 14 May.

McNealy
 player, 18 posts
 Gnomic artificer
Thu 14 May 2020
at 22:49
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Politely, but with a bit of an edge, the Gnome responds "Tradesman McNealy, or Alchemist McNealy.  Please."

He then turns his attention to Elaina, and walks over to her from his horse, carrying a vial of fluid.  He pulls out the stopper and hands it to her for examination.  "I tend to use brewers slang when referring to concoctions.  You probably know it as Glue."

OOC  DF Adventurers, p 115.  This setting has such a thing as a Glue grenade.  And McNealy can make them.
Jednesa
 player, 450 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Fri 15 May 2020
at 04:39
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Nejvyšší is, ummm.  Errr.  Leader?  No, like 'train' but also 'chief', but not chief chief, like small chief take order from bigger chief, you know?  But mostly show Way.  Nejvyšší Raniba teach warrior Srdce Vzteku, Heart of Rage, Way of Stone Fist, Way of fight like Chlapáku," she makes grappling, strangling, and 'tearing limb from limb' motions with her hands and arms.  "Ebjo, little brother, say join Great Army bad idea, him come anyway.  Say 'Jednesa go, Ebjo go'.  Ebjo say always 'Raniba sell warriors to Great Army and is bad'.  Jednesa not know slavery till Great Army.  But, Great Army was good.  Many fights.  Jednesa smash town wall, push big tower, haul rock throwy thing, punch horsemans.  HAHA, like punch horsemans.  Party many times!  Was not bad life, but always going away from home, Kamenná Hora.  Then Ebjo die.  Jednesa's clan ogres die.  Small ogres die, goblins die, hobs die, others die.  Many defeats.  Great Army, now not 'great', small.  Run away and um... dis-band?  Yes, disband, near city.  Big Sergeant take umm... 'his' ogres to city.  Big Sergeant good.  Find small ogres job at docks, with merchants, guards.  Jednesa too big for city, house break when Jednesa bump it.  Sergeant find Jednesa job with Camilla.  Camilla is good."  She taps the Guild Badge on her harness.

She sighs.  "Ebjo know way home, Jednesa not know where Kamenná Hora, um... where Stone Mountain.  But know it far away, that why Raniba not worry here.  Raniba only worry if Jednesa find home."

After letting all those words out, Jednesa seems a bit deflated.  But she just shrugs, and gets up, looking around to see if everyone has packed their belongs on the wagon, and if so, she hauls it out onto the road and waits to get going.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1890 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Fri 15 May 2020
at 05:53
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 282):

As Jednessa starts, Christine starts beside her.

"I am sorry about your brother. War is like that, but I am glad you are with use now. Didn't you ever want to meet a nice big Orge and settle down to make little ogres?

Ok, so this Raniba, he is only a little person in the army that got defeated. This stone mountain, I wonder where that is...
"

She looks over her maps to see if there is any location that might be called stone mountain on their route...
Elaina Grattan
 player, 28 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Fri 15 May 2020
at 09:00
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Elaina examines the vial McNealy -- Tradesman McNealy -- has handed her.  Seeing no obvious way to open it without damage, she just turns it and watches the fluid inside creep, rather than properly flow.

"That certainly looks sticky.  Strong enough to capture a rabbit, you say?"
Jednesa
 player, 451 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Fri 15 May 2020
at 14:37
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Ho, yes.  Jednesa want babies, someday, not now.  Much more fight.  Also, Jednesa never meet man strong enough beat Jednesa, if not strong enough beat Jednesa, not strong enough protect Jednesa and babies."

She looks wistful, "Ebjo die battle, so was good.  Jednesa always worry about Ebjo, Ebjo small ogre and maybe 'too smart' die Nekonečný Bitva, not go Nikdy Život.  Ebjo die fighting, Ebjo fighting and partying with gods in great longhouse at end of world."

She wipes her eyes with the back of her hand and then shakes the feelings off like a dog shedding water.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1891 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Fri 15 May 2020
at 22:12
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 285):

Christine comforts her friend as best she can.

"Perhaps we can meet such an Ogre on our journey...time will tell."
Masugatan
 player, 363 posts
 street thug
Sat 16 May 2020
at 23:29
Re: Seekers of the Flame
“It would take more than a man to beat you,” he tells Jednesa.  “I’m not even sure ten men could do it.”

Then Masugatan discreetly asks Alchemist McNealy what sorts of poisons he can make.  And since he isn’t into suicide, he also asks if he can make antidotes.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:32, Sat 16 May.

Jednesa
 player, 452 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Sun 17 May 2020
at 00:28
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Haha, yes.  Jednesa strong like raging river!  Sweep away all enemies!  HAH!"
McNealy
 player, 19 posts
 Gnome Alchemist
 10/10 hp 11/11 f
Sun 17 May 2020
at 03:38
Re: Seekers of the Flame
With a hint of boast in his voice, McNealy tells Elaina "If left for a bit it will darn near immobilize a person.  I think it can handle a rabbit.  One of these days I'll chuck it at a Goblin or something so you can see what it does."

On his way back to the horse with his glue bottle, McNealy claps Jednessa on the back in a supportive, friendly sort of way.  "We're glad to have you Jednessa.  We can be your family now, if you want."

When Masugatan happens by to ask his question, McNealy's voice lowers and he speaks in hushed tones for a moment.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1892 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sun 17 May 2020
at 03:43
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 288):

"Indeed, dear. But the Alchemist is right. We can't give you children, but we can be your family. I definitely consider you like my sister.

That glue, if put on the ground, how long before it sets and can be walked on again? Also, what ingredients does it need?

Say, can you use scrolls then?
"
McNealy
 player, 20 posts
 Gnome Alchemist
 10/10 hp 11/11 f
Sun 17 May 2020
at 04:11
Re: Seekers of the Flame
McNealy looks at the glue a minute and thinks.  His face wrinkles up a bit, and he looks a little confused.  He adjusts his tented glasses as he looks randomly up in the air in thought.  It takes a couple seconds before he snaps his fingers and looks back at Christine with a bemused look on his face.

"For this batch I used a couple of those orange Shevnian caterpillars and some troll dung as a thickening agent.  The oil I boiled off some giant spider legs keeps it viscous.  That's just the carrier, though.  By taking the spinnerets from the spiders, I was able to find the right proportion to keep the liquid silk fluid, without coagulating.  I can't say the last batch was made the same, though.  Sometimes the combinations just come to me, and when I mix them I can usually make them work.

If you pour it on the ground, I'd say it would slow down the average person at least a step.  It takes a good long while to dry too.

Can't say I have used a scroll in years.  The last time I tried it didn't do anything.  Plus, i have my trusty mixes to help me handle trouble.  I don't really need any more firepower."
He snickers to himself after saying this last part.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1893 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sun 17 May 2020
at 04:41
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to McNealy (msg # 291):

"Good to hear. Do you have potions to not get burnt if those fire potions go off at the wrong time though? Because if you plan to use them around things Jednessa is beating up on, it might be nice to give her one of those fire resistance potions...

Also, if we come across any special ingredients, let us know. Time for sleeping now, though, isn't it?
"
Jednesa
 player, 453 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Sun 17 May 2020
at 06:17
Re: Seekers of the Flame
OOC:  It's still morning, we haven't managed to leave camp yet.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1894 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sun 17 May 2020
at 06:49
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 293):

OOC: Are you sure? I thought we had only just found a spot...we were talking about setting traps overnight.

Speaking of overnight, same as last night: Christine Creates some food and water.
9 meals and 2 gal or water created, and shared with all, following which she will rest for one hour.
Then she will create food for tomorrows breakfast...flour, etc from grass, and 2 more gal of water with all the containers, before resting again before taking her watch.

9 Meals should provide 1 meal for everyone and 3 for Jednessa. If game is caught, it will be a bonus!

Masugatan and co
Christine and co
Jednessa and co
Froggy's

This message was last edited by the player at 06:51, Sun 17 May.

Jednesa
 player, 454 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Sun 17 May 2020
at 08:02
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Christine Bjorn:
OOC: Are you sure?

Yes.  Go back to msg  #258 ("The night passes uneventfully!") and wind forward post by post.  It's a pair of conversations started by Valerie cooking breakfast that forked off into "Christine and Jednesa muse about Jednesa's past" and "McNealy and the Frog sisters discuss traps and hunting".  With some criss-crossing by Christine and others.

We haven't finished leaving camp, or, since Val is cooking, even finished breaking it.  ;)
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1895 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sun 17 May 2020
at 08:26
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 295):

Ah, Ok. I rolled for creating food for everyone for two meals...did anyone else actually catch any food to add to it, or did we just discuss how they would do it tonight?

Anyway, lets hit the road...
Evelina Grattan
 player, 59 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Sun 17 May 2020
at 10:57
Re: Seekers of the Flame
OOC: we didn't even try to catch food last night, too close to town.  We'll try on upcoming nights.
McNealy
 player, 21 posts
 Gnome Alchemist
 10/10 hp 11/11 f
Sun 17 May 2020
at 16:43
Re: Seekers of the Flame
OOC To review, McNealy got up, and worked on his alchemy lab for a few minutes.  Things need to mix while they travel, and Cookie does a good job of sloshing things around.  Once McNealy had everything prepared to his satisfaction, he had a ration and/or some of the cooked breakfast.  Then he prepared to leave.

As a separate thread throughout all of the activity, he discussed trapping game, glue, and some other discrete subjects.

Narrator
 GM, 7787 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Sun 17 May 2020
at 19:18
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to McNealy (msg # 298):

You break camp, and pack up, and head back on the road.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 60 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Sun 17 May 2020
at 19:46
Re: Seekers of the Flame
The sisters resume their marching position behind the left wheel of the cart, staying attentive for hazards or opportunities as we travel.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1896 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sun 17 May 2020
at 21:37
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 300):

So I assume the first set of rolls to create food was for breakfast, and the second set will be for dinner tonight. Should we fast forward until something happens/it is time to camp tonight? Some routine?
McNealy
 player, 22 posts
 Gnome Alchemist
 10/10 hp 11/11 f
Mon 18 May 2020
at 02:19
Re: Seekers of the Flame
OOC Where will McNealy be?  I assume he will probably attach the reins for Cookie to the back of the cart, so he is free to move about some.

He's fine with a fast forward to evening, although he's chummy so he'll be talkative.  Probably in depth about traps and the best ways to trigger them, plus materials, and the finer part of setting them without getting caught by it.

Christine Bjorn
 player, 1897 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Mon 18 May 2020
at 02:25
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to McNealy (msg # 302):

Christine is a loner. While the talk of traps interests her, she can only listen for a while before wanting to wander ahead and leave him chatter with the others...
Emma Wilson
 player, 7 posts
 Priestess of Helios
Mon 18 May 2020
at 02:35
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Christine Bjorn (msg # 303):

Emma, on the other hand, is a different story. Happy to talk the whole way, her staff glistens in the sun, the end spiked to look like the sun, the gems inside glowing brightly as she walks along. At the talk of traps, she mutters a few words and fires a bolt of light from her staff at a rabbit or edible bird seen some distance away.

"That, friends, is how you catch a rabbit. Or at least, it would be if I could aim straight! I don't have the patience for traps, but I do admire those that do."

He knees are only visible under her leather skirt when she steps up to something, so on this flat road it is not so often.
McNealy
 player, 23 posts
 Gnome Alchemist
 10/10 hp 11/11 f
Mon 18 May 2020
at 03:17
Re: Seekers of the Flame
OOC  Just because I don't recall seeing Emma before, can I get a general idea of who are the players and what are the roles?

Jednessa - Fighter, basically the muscle
Alchemist McNealy - Healer / Alchemist (so a little bit of everything)

I know we have at least 3 of the ladies, 2 of which are spell casters, plus Senderic?

This message was last edited by the player at 03:17, Mon 18 May.

Christine Bjorn
 player, 1898 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Mon 18 May 2020
at 03:50
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to McNealy (msg # 305):

Christine: Leader, she is an elemental mage seeking to learn divining. Frigid...
  Emma: recent ally joined, Priestess of Helios
Frog Sisters: Priestesses of a frog god (of some description)
Masugatan: Playboy mercenary swordsman.
   Valerie: Assistant of Masugatan...barmaid?
Jednessa: Heavy handed Ogress
and of course
McNealy: Alchemist

Think that is everyone...
Masugatan
 player, 364 posts
 street thug
Tue 19 May 2020
at 23:06
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Masugatan asks Alchemist McNealy if he could make a poisoned dagger lethal enough to kill something BIG.  Preferably a blade he could have ready well in advance, requiring no last minute preparations.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:06, Tue 19 May.

McNealy
 player, 24 posts
 Gnome Alchemist
 10/10 hp 11/11 f
Wed 20 May 2020
at 14:58
Re: Seekers of the Flame
McNealy responds discretely to the request.  "Depends on what you're looking for.  I can make a poison that would hurt.  But you wouldn't kill anyone outright with it.  However, we could blind him so he can't defend against attacks, or strip a mage of their ability to cast spells.  Some of my alchemical preparations could make you stronger, or faster, or resistant to magic.  There will never be an alchemical fix for every situation.  But, we can adjust to almost anything with time to react.  There are many ways to get the work done."
Emma Wilson
 player, 8 posts
 Priestess of Helios
Wed 20 May 2020
at 21:23
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to McNealy (msg # 308):

As they walk along, Emma mentions that she is not a big fan or poisons, since they are indiscriminate if a mishap occurs. She would prefer something that would make the person exhausted, so they could not cast spells, but could be recovered from relatively quickly, say a matter of hours rather than days...
McNealy
 player, 25 posts
 Gnome Alchemist
 10/10 hp 11/11 f
Wed 20 May 2020
at 22:11
Re: Seekers of the Flame
McNealy will acknowledge what Emma says.  "I prefer not to use heavy poisons myself.  Usually they require application from up close.  I try to avoid the front lines when it becomes necessary to defend ourselves.  Gnomes aren't usually the ones to wear heavy armor and dish out a beating.  We're usually quick and hard to hit, if anything.  I prefer something lighter when I do use it.  And given my skills, alchemical brews are usually more effective."
Evelina Grattan
 player, 61 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Wed 20 May 2020
at 23:03
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Her Holiness frowns at the discussion of poisons.

"I know something of poisons.  Many of nature's smaller creatures carry venom, but they generally use it to kill their prey, or rarely in self-defense.  Since they generally have no need to kill something much larger than themselves, they seldom have enough venom within them to do so.  Some serpents are exceptions to this, of course, but even the deadliest asp would be hard pressed to slay a great beast.

"No, if you want to slay something truly large, you should look to either dose its food, or cause it to inhale something noxious.  Castor beans in such a creature's meat might work, or hemlock root.  Perhaps Alchemist McNealy knows a way to concentrate the poisons from plants like these, or to reliably administer them?"

Masugatan
 player, 365 posts
 street thug
Thu 21 May 2020
at 21:48
Re: Seekers of the Flame
“But if you run into something out here, you won’t have time to dose its food.  You’ll be its food, unless you have the right weapon prepared.”
Evelina Grattan
 player, 62 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Thu 21 May 2020
at 22:12
Re: Seekers of the Flame
The older sister gives Masugatan a little smirk.

"That depends very much on whether you spot the thing first, or it spots you.  If the latter, it's likely to be a bad day regardless, but if the former, you might be able to arrange a special snack..."
Emma Wilson
 player, 9 posts
 Priestess of Helios
Fri 22 May 2020
at 00:54
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 313):

"Hypothetically speaking, you might be able to arrange for a snack, but the intelligent creatures that pose the biggest danger will be the least likely to take such a snack. That is why I was wondering if there was some kind of contact poison that would drain someone, so a mage or evil cleric would be too exhausted to cast spells, and yet if it were to effect one of us, we would recover soon enough without special healing. Does such a poison exist, either in nature or manufactured by our Alchemist friend? Kind of like a negative paut..."
Jednesa
 player, 455 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Fri 22 May 2020
at 03:06
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Bah.  Jednesa find best way deal with enemy is rip off head.  No cast spells if no head.  No bite with venom either."
Emma Wilson
 player, 10 posts
 Priestess of Helios
Fri 22 May 2020
at 04:01
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Jednesa (msg # 315):

"That is true, Jednessa. I have never had that as an option though..."
Elaina Grattan
 player, 29 posts
 Holy Sister of the
 Frog God Cult
Fri 22 May 2020
at 09:16
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"I think in this case, Jednesa may be right, though.  We were talking about something big, like a dragon or these, um, slorn? that they have around Northport, or the great worms I've heard tales of.  Things that would normally be beyond killing with weapons.

"For creatures like that, leaving some bait, like a dead horse or something, with poison in it is a much better idea than just launching into it with half a dozen swords or whips or slings or bows or what have you.  If a thing like that even notices, you're likely to make it angry."

Emma Wilson
 player, 11 posts
 Priestess of Helios
Fri 22 May 2020
at 09:26
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Elaina Grattan (msg # 317):

Emma looks at her with a questioning glance.

"Jednessa suggested that? I must have missed that bit.

But for really big things like that, one probably needs magic, or an army. I suspect big critters will be much less susceptible to poison as well as physical damage...or maybe mind magic?
"
McNealy
 player, 26 posts
 Gnome Alchemist
 10/10 hp 11/11 f
Fri 22 May 2020
at 14:52
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"If I hit'em with some Despell then they won't be chucking any spells.  But, it only lasts an hour.  And for people of the cloth, meaning those people connected to the divine, it would not stop them."

OOC That's a nickname.  For the drivers, that would be Magebane from in the book.
Emma Wilson
 player, 12 posts
 Priestess of Helios
Fri 22 May 2020
at 22:21
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to McNealy (msg # 319):

"That sounds like a good start. Do you have any of them handy? With several priests here, that could be a very useful thing to have. How is it administered?"
McNealy
 player, 27 posts
 Gnome Alchemist
 10/10 hp 11/11 f
Fri 22 May 2020
at 22:42
Re: Seekers of the Flame
McNealy starts rummaging around in the Delver's Webbing on his mini-horse.  "It's lobbed via sling or thrown as a grenade bottle.  They are made of glass, and usually shatter on impact.  I think there should be at least one stashed away here, somewhere..."

OOC  McNealy has an outstanding item to finish buying all his potions and brews for the trip.  He has a "crap ton", so to speak, so he'll be able to produce an example Magebane for you.  Just need to finish up the detail.  Probably Monday at the latest (in theory), as I'm covering the holiday.  Hoping for a nice slow day.
Emma Wilson
 player, 13 posts
 Priestess of Helios
Fri 22 May 2020
at 22:47
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to McNealy (msg # 321):

"What ingredients are needed to make more?"
Masugatan
 player, 366 posts
 street thug
Sat 23 May 2020
at 22:29
Re: Seekers of the Flame
“Wouldn’t a dragon be too smart to eat a poisoned horse carcass?  I thought they had a really good sense of smell.”
Evelina Grattan
 player, 63 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Sat 23 May 2020
at 22:39
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Well, I suppose it depends on which stories about dragons you believe.

"We've heard tales of dragons being wiser than men -- but why would such a creature feel the need to prey on men's flocks and herds, or men themselves?  I would think it smart enough to know better.

"There are also tales that would make a dragon a mere beast.  Even if they can scent as well as a tracking hound, if the poison simply smells like food, how would they know not to eat?"

McNealy
 player, 28 posts
 Gnome Alchemist
 10/10 hp 11/11 f
Sun 24 May 2020
at 01:37
Re: Seekers of the Flame
"Like I have said before, the ingredients are a bit flexible.  Usually I can find a combination of what is on hand that I can make work.  Plus, I can't give away too much of my trade."
Masugatan
 player, 367 posts
 street thug
Wed 27 May 2020
at 08:57
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Bored with the conversation, Masugatan tries to pry some gunk out from beneath his thumbnail.
Narrator
 GM, 7818 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Thu 28 May 2020
at 19:26
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Masugatan (msg # 326):

Now that you have broken camp you can proceed.
Emma Wilson
 player, 14 posts
 Priestess of Helios
Thu 28 May 2020
at 20:56
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Narrator (msg # 327):

I thought we were talking while walking? Messages 300 to 303 indicate breaking camp back then...
Narrator
 GM, 7826 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Sat 30 May 2020
at 17:03
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Emma Wilson (msg # 328):

Carrying on then through the woods, you see a southward turning of the main road,  which should be your preferred direction.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1899 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Sun 31 May 2020
at 00:36
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Narrator (msg # 329):

Christine will lead them on the southern branch, according to her map.
Jednesa
 player, 457 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Sun 31 May 2020
at 03:57
Re: Seekers of the Flame
As they head into the shade of the woods Jednesa belts out a song (the first of many), but this one isn't a marching song, it's got a more 'folksy' step-dancing beat.  You can still half march, have dance to it, but it doesn't set a hard pace at all... (and yes, she's incredibly loud and clearly an ogre singing and enjoying herself)


"Vzduchem proudil zvuk trubek
A postavím nohy na poklepání!
Ieva matka měla oči na její dceru, ale
Ieva se jí podařilo oklamat, víte.
Protože kdo bude poslouchat matku říká ne
Když jsme všichni zaneprázdněni tancem sem a tam!

Ieva se usmívala, dýmky zpívaly
Když se lidé shlukli kolem, přáli jí štěstí.
Všichni byli horkí, ale zdálo se, že je to jedno
Silný mladý muž, skvělý losů.
Protože komu bude vadit kapka potu
Když jsou všichni zaneprázdněni tancem sem a tam!

Ieva matka se zavřela pryč
Ve své tiché místnosti zpívala modlitbu.
Tím se náš hrdina nechal pobavit
V sousedním domě, když jsou světla slabá.
Protože nezáleží na tom, co říkají staří lidé
Když jste všichni zaneprázdněni tancem sem a tam!

Když se hudba zastavila, začala skutečná zábava
A tehdy tančili kolem.
Když ji vzal domů, když skončil tanec
Její matka zlostně čekala, že ji našli.
Ale řekl jsem jí, Ieva, neplakej
A brzy budeme tančit sem a tam!

Řekl jsem její matce, aby ten hluk zastavil
Nebo nebudu odpovídat za to, co dělám.
Vraťte se tiše a zůstaňte ve svém pokoji
Nebudete zraněn, když tančím s vaší dcerou.
Protože tento silný muž je divoký druh chlapa
Když je celý zaneprázdněn tancem sem a tam!

Jedna věc, kterou vám říkám, je, že mě nebudete chytit,
Ne, nenajdete mě lehký úlovek.
Cestujte na východ a cestujte na západ, ale
Ieva a já si uděláme zápas.
Protože tento mladý muž není plachý
Když je celý zaneprázdněný tancem sem a tam"




OOC:  22:21, Today: Jednesa rolled 8 using 3d6.  Singing 13, going for a pleasant folk song beat.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 64 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Sun 31 May 2020
at 23:19
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Although the sisters can't make out a word of Jenesa's song, by the second stanza they pick up on the mood and hum along (completely failing to stay in tune), keeping the beat (poorly) by slapping their thighs and stamping their feet.

When the song ends, Evelina speaks.  "That would have been even better with a concertina or mandolin accompanying."
Emma Wilson
 player, 15 posts
 Priestess of Helios
Mon 1 Jun 2020
at 07:38
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Evelina Grattan (msg # 332):

Emma too joins in the singing, though she is not particularly musical either. A bit nervous at the start, the poor musicial talents of the group are almost calming for her.
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1901 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Mon 1 Jun 2020
at 07:39
Re: Seekers of the Flame
In reply to Emma Wilson (msg # 333):

Christine, as always, stays quiet, keeping her eyes peeled for trouble as they travel. As the day get later and the shadows longer, she begins looking for a spot to camp. Well, fresh water maybe.
Evelina Grattan
 player, 65 posts
 Queen of Frog God Cult
 And don't you forget it!
Mon 1 Jun 2020
at 08:57
Re: Seekers of the Flame
When Christine starts looking for a camping spot, the sisters do so as well.
Jednesa
 player, 458 posts
 Naked Barbarian Ogress
 HP:27/36 FP:13/13
Mon 1 Jun 2020
at 14:47
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Jednesa is very happy to have 'backup' singers, and tries to learn any traveling songs they know (but this will take time... she's a slow learner).

Once Christine signals the need to find camp, Jednesa once again proves that's she's clearly not cut out for this outdoor stuff by pointing out the worst campsites ever.



OOC:  Hey, it was worth a roll.

10:44, Today: Jednesa rolled 9 using 3d6.  Survival (Default) 3.

McNealy
 player, 29 posts
 Gnome Alchemist
 10/10 hp 11/11 f
Mon 1 Jun 2020
at 17:38
Re: Seekers of the Flame
McNealy hums along with the group, but doesn't really participate in the singing.  Since they are not talking during this travel period, he takes some time to look over the potions he has mixing on Cookie, to make sure everything looks the way it should.

When they reach the campsite, he takes some time to add components to his mixtures, and generally tend to that work.  He combines this with taking Cookie out to graze, after the long day's walk.  That way he can do his work while she is mostly in one place.
McNealy
 player, 30 posts
 Gnome Alchemist
 10/10 hp 11/11 f
Mon 1 Jun 2020
at 17:44
Re: Seekers of the Flame
OOC  I should add...  The required details for McNealy are still on the radar.  We have a co-worker out a couple weeks with Covid, and another one that lost his wife yesterday.  He has mostly been out the past couple weeks too.  I have been pretty much swamped between that and other important details (example - HOA manages a lake, and I am on the board, that takes a lot of side work).  Hoping it will get done this week.
Masugatan
 player, 369 posts
 street thug
Mon 1 Jun 2020
at 23:22
Re: Seekers of the Flame
Although he doesn’t mind the singing, Masugatan keeps a wary eye out for foes who could be trying to sneak up on them.  He fears that all this ogreish merrymaking will attract unwanted attention.

Ooc: be well.