Scene 9: Victorious Skies.   Posted by Gamemaster.Group: 0
Gamemaster
 GM, 223 posts
 That GM Guy
Thu 5 May 2016
at 04:01
Scene 9: Victorious Skies
After racing from the skull village, the group makes it way back through the caves and the tunnels. Climbing out of the vertical tunnel to the surface, the group emerges from the crest of the hill. The entire rock bluff seems to shake from thunder and wind whipping around. The very moment that the boar skull is carried up and touches sunlight, the wind suddenly ceases. it does not slow; it stops suddenly. The thunder also switched to silence. The clouds overhead part for the first time in weeks, allowing a harshly bright beam of sunlight directly onto the bluff.

The heroes of the Cloud People and their new allies have emerged (mostly) victorious. They are delivered a punishing blow to the tribe of thieves. They also recovered two of the three purloined treasures: the diamond arrowhead and the scrimshaw boar skull. The only treasure they did not retrieve was the reed flute. They have also learned a great deal of wisdom about this new homeland and its inhabitants.

For Rahaneb, Mishlei, and Vug, the sunlight is more than just acknowledgement from the spirits. It is a symbol of freedom. All three of them had been held underground and had begun to wonder if they would ever feel sunlight on their skins again.
Nin-kagina
 Cloud People, 131 posts
 Priestess
 Ritualist, Soothsayer
Sat 7 May 2016
at 00:55
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Nin-kagina glanced around the group, then looked at Capin in particular as she spoke. "Well done, everyone." She looked up at the sun, then back down. "The Sun smiles on our success. We should return to the tribe."

She looked at their newly-liberated companions. "You are welcome to join us. The Cloud People are the most hospitable band I have ever been in, and we can always use more strong arms for the hunt and quick minds around the fire."
Vug
 player, 23 posts
 caveman
 prowler
Sat 7 May 2016
at 09:57
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Vug stretched his arms and legs and admired the distant horizon.

"Thank you for the invitation," he said.  "I could use a new home."
Neerga
 Cloud People, 132 posts
 Cloud Tribe
 Caster, Crafter
Sat 7 May 2016
at 11:09
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"Wise Nin-kagina is welcome to share my hearth fire and furs, I can keep her warm and make her beautiful and useful things. I'm not as pretty as others but make up for it with being skillful with my hands and my heart will be true. And I'm lonely in my heart and want her arms around me to.," she said to Non and returned to her home.
Nin-kagina
 Cloud People, 132 posts
 Priestess
 Ritualist, Soothsayer
Sat 7 May 2016
at 17:10
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Nin-kagina did not seem surprised at Neerga's offer. She caught the huntress' arm as she started heading off. "Walk with me a moment," she instructed, though she wouldn't try to force the other woman.
Mishlei
 player, 15 posts
 Neanderthal Healer
 Spirit (9) Heals (3)
Sat 7 May 2016
at 23:54
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Michlei nods his head in acknowledgement.  He looks around, wondering in what direction these people would lead him.
Neerga
 Cloud People, 133 posts
 Cloud Tribe
 Caster, Crafter
Mon 9 May 2016
at 09:53
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Neerga won't stop the beauty walking with her and being in charge some.

"I'm not one to hint around when I have something on my mind, your a fine woman and am a hunter, and want you.," Neerga said plainly but affectionately.
Nin-kagina
 Cloud People, 133 posts
 Priestess
 Ritualist, Soothsayer
Mon 9 May 2016
at 10:17
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"If you would like, you can move in with myself and Sulea."
Neerga
 Cloud People, 134 posts
 Cloud Tribe
 Caster, Crafter
Mon 9 May 2016
at 10:25
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"Will she mind? I mean its your hearth fire so your in charge and I can keep my hut for crafting work it will give me more room to put things to work on. So I accept. But don't want her angry at me she can be your first woman and I your second its more proper.," Neerga replied.
Capin
 Cloud People, 141 posts
 Med Man, Cave Paintr
Mon 9 May 2016
at 16:55
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"Does anyone know what the Flute did?"

Has Capan returned to normal size btw?
Nin-kagina
 Cloud People, 134 posts
 Priestess
 Ritualist, Soothsayer
Mon 9 May 2016
at 20:10
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"We've been discussing you already," Nin-kagina replied amiably. "I will get her final approval to take you as second-wife, but I think it's a good idea. And while I have no use for a husband of any kind, a hunter and crafter in our hut should make things easier for us."
Neerga
 Cloud People, 135 posts
 Cloud Tribe
 Caster, Crafter
Mon 9 May 2016
at 21:18
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"Good, we need to also make a new flute between me, you and Capin we could craft a formidable item of power. As a gift for the Elders and the village.," she said already thinking about how to craft one and materials they could use.
Capin
 Cloud People, 142 posts
 Med Man, Cave Paintr
Tue 10 May 2016
at 11:48
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In reply to Neerga (msg # 12):

"Well, I had hoped to gift them a giant skeleton with death eyes, but a flute isn't bad either.  I dunno, I just consider failure to retreive an item failure and a gift would be nice on top of that....either works with me.  Do we know what it did?"
Nin-kagina
 Cloud People, 135 posts
 Priestess
 Ritualist, Soothsayer
Tue 10 May 2016
at 13:13
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Nin-kagina was about to reply to Neerga, then Capin interjected. "We succeeded in getting the rest back," she replied. "That was two more objects than anyone else in the tribe. If we lose one item, we can make something new in its place. Not another flute; new magic, for new times."
Capin
 Cloud People, 143 posts
 Med Man, Cave Paintr
Tue 10 May 2016
at 14:15
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In reply to Nin-kagina (msg # 14):

"Interesting.  So if ...the new flute for example summoned a giant skeleton that shot bolts of fire out of its eyes they might find this acceptable?"
Gamemaster
 GM, 225 posts
 That GM Guy
Wed 11 May 2016
at 03:37
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Narea (NPC, 25 year old married female) describes the missing treasure. "The flute was crafted from the reeds of the jungle which is now flooded. It was the best crafted item that our elder ever made, and even she said so. The music was the most beautiful I have ever heard. It can, however, be replaced. If we had to lose something, I suppose that the flute is an acceptable loss. Our village will fare well without it."

The group is very tired and takes it time returning to the village of the Cloud People. Now that the rains have finally stopped, the hillside village built on top of the sturdy rocks shows that it has weathered the storm impressively well. The view from these huts over the flooded plains and jungle below is breath-taking.

When the group arrives, however, it is greeted with a hero's welcome. All of the other villagers greet the heroes. They listen with awe and admiration to tales of a hidden village of tiny thieves and their bone-commanding priest-caste. The children marvel at the new visitors to the village. (They do not see strangers often, so any unfamiliar face is exotic.)

The recovered treasures are presented to Old Hak, eldest of the elders. The old storyteller whispers something into the ear-hole of the skull. He buries the treasures in a hole underneath his own sleeping mat so that they cannot be stolen again as the tribe sleeps.

Vug, Nin-kagina, Neerga, Mishlei, and Capin have each earned one new advance. Others may claim the advances that they missed when and if they rejoin the game. An advance may be used to remove a flaw or gain a new talent or gain a new profession or increase the character's permanent Spirit score by 1 point. If increasing ones Spirit, roll 2d6 with the target number being the new score; if not successful, the attempt at increasing does not work, but the advance may still be used in one of the other ways. A character's talents+professions may not exceed the same character's Spirit Score.

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:37, Wed 11 May 2016.

Mishlei
 player, 16 posts
 Neanderthal Healer
 Spirit (9) Heals (3)
Wed 11 May 2016
at 04:54
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Mishlei offers wide smiles to the children of the tribe.  He plays small games with them, learning their names and laughing at their youthful minds.

He wanders the tribe, having been invited openly... indeed, accepted nearly as one of their own if he understood the social nuances correctly.  He had helped in a great quest of the people and for that they were grateful.  He was grateful as well, that they were so accepting of him, for he is not of the Cloud People... nor of the Mu people.  His mind wanders now and then to his far away homeland, a place he may never get to return to.  It is a long journey and filled with dangers.

The village is a collection of huts.  They cloud people make their own caves with wood and skins.  They do not have to journey and seek out the best caves.  It is a wonder, one of many that these people have shown him.  They could pick up and leave within a day if they wanted and have a new hut in the next day if they wanted.  It was not so easy in his homeland.

Passing one cav-- hut in particular, Mishlei spies a woman.  A woman that is not Cloud People, or at least not of this tribe.  Perhaps from some other tribe of the land of Mu.  Mishlei is not sure.  She is slightly darker skin than the rest of the tribe, and has short hair. As he watches the woman, he notices she does not speak, but gets her message across with gestures.  When the young woman notices his stare, he nods a greeting.  She disappears into the hut with a basket.  The other woman glares at Mishlei with an unreadable look. He finds himself intrigued.

Now... where would he be staying.  His eyes look back at the hut the woman entered, then he continues on to find Hak, the leader and eldest of the elders... and apparently the most imaginative in creating images in the clouds.  This makes him leader, and Mishlei finds this  most unusual.  He has only recently learned of such a thing as portents or meaning in the shapes of clouds, and does not question the validity of it.  It is just that he personally believes in the spirit totem. Only through the Otherworld can spirits communicate directly with those of this world.  Or, so he was taught.  It may be, that here, the spirits reveal information in the clouds.

Mishlei looks up, spots some clouds, and does not see any portents within them.  He suddenly has the urge to perform the ritual and commune with his spirit totem.  It would have to be done soon.  His path will be revealed then (Advance).  But first, he needs a place to rest and prepare.

Where is that Hak?




This message was last edited by the player at 05:07, Wed 11 May 2016.

Neerga
 Cloud People, 137 posts
 Cloud Tribe
 Caster, Crafter
Wed 11 May 2016
at 11:53
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Neerga will keep her hut for crafting making room for more materials. Then studies wood and resin glue to bind them its more experimenting as she focuses on this s the crafter she is.

Eventually layering it into a composite material and asks the strongest warrior to try to break it by bending it. And adding fire at some point to bond the wood and glue together and has different attempts having the strongest warrior in the village help test them by bending them hopefully one of her techniques will hold.

But she does this at the expense of hunting and in a "scientist" obsession as she experiments.

She eventually returns to her wife's hut wary but if successful pleased with herself.


07:51, Today: Neerga rolled 3 using 1d6.  Experiment  Wise.
Gamemaster
 GM, 228 posts
 That GM Guy
Thu 12 May 2016
at 02:39
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In a fit of creativity, Neerga spends a few (nearly) sleepless days in her hut. By the time she emerges and rejoins the social life of the tribe, the crafter has made breakthroughs in natural philosophy. She knows more about hardening and gluing compounds than any other living person on the continent of Mu. The downside is that using this knowledge to craft anything as sturdy as a weapon will requires weeks or months to cure to a proper hardness. The other crafters of the village are greatly impressed, but Sulea couldn't care less and is just glad to have Neerga back home at night.

Mishlei finds that the Cloud People are not frightened by his appearance as some other tribespeople have been in the past. Children like to touch his thick sloping brow. Women giggle at his accent. He finds a kindred spirit in the Cloud People's own resident healer, Sulea. The two are able to discuss the healing arts for hours and learn much from each other.

Old Hak is found inside of his own hut, keeping vigil over the tribe's treasures. When Mishlei comes to Hak for counseling, the storyteller tells him a story. This rambling story seems to go on without end and has no moral that Mishlei can find, but it is Hak's favorite story. Just as Mishlei starts to fall asleep, Hak mentions that the healer may stay with Hak in his hut. The elder's hut is larger than any others because it also serves as a meeting room for the adults, and Old Hak lives there alone. It will suffice, Hak says, until the wood of the hills dries enough that Mishlei can build a hut of his own.